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Letter From the Tulsa Press Club President


imes, they are a-changin’. But not always for the better. The journalism industry is experiencing a state of crisis. People have been talking about this crisis for the past 10 years, but I want to share a few recent statistics with you. • Outside of D.C., L.A. or New York in the past 10 years or so, one out of every four reporting jobs vanished – some 12,000 jobs. – U.S. Department of Labor • Twenty-one of 50 states do not have a local daily newspaper with its own dedicated D.C. correspondent accredited to cover Congress. – Pew Research Center 2016 • Over the past decade, weekday circulation of U.S. newspapers has fallen 17 percent and ad revenue more than 50 percent. – Pew Research Center 2015 This mass exodus from the journalism industry is to the detriment of our society, which is based on freedom of information and freedom of the press. If newsrooms are shrinking, who is asking the tough questions of business leaders, politicians and decision-makers? Who is there to search through public records or attend community meetings? If it doesn’t involve blood or fire, will it lead the evening news? And who is factchecking news releases before posting them online? We must support the future of journalism by supporting and rewarding both today’s and tomorrow’s journalists. I am proud the Tulsa Press Club is fulfilling its mission and honoring talent in the region through the Great Plains Journalism Awards. If you are a finalist or recipient of an award at this year’s event, thank you for the tremendous work you are doing for your community and our society. If you are student receiving a scholarship today, congratulations, and know that your future in journalism means so much to me, to the Tulsa Press Club and to everyone who will ever read or listen to your stories and learn something new, be inspired or decide to make positive change. Finally, I want to thank all of our honorees, sponsors and guests for being a part of the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Cheers to a great year for journalism in the Great Plains states.


Rachel Anderson 2016 President, Tulsa Press Club VP, Schnake Turnbo Frank

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Great Plains Journalism Awards and Conference April 18 | Historic Mayo Hotel | Downtown Tulsa Bringing together award-winning journalists from an eight-state region.

Meet the presEnters Erik Logan

Since 2011, Erik Logan has served as president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. With Sheri Salata, Logan oversees the day-to-day operations of the network, which has seen success with programs like “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” “Super Soul Sunday” and “Oprah’s Master Class.” Soon, the network will debut the race riot miniseries “Tulsa” starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.


Logan has had a successful career in media, working at Citadel Broadcasting and for more than 10 years at CBS/Infnity Broadcasting. He eventually landed at XM Satellite Radio where he helped grow a subscriber base to more than 9 million. In his role as vice president of programming and broadcast operations with XM, he negotiated partnerships and managed day-to-day relationships with major content providers including Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, CNN, Clear Channel Communications and Fox News. It was with XM that he met Oprah Winfrey, who would lure him to Chicago in 2008 and eventually help launch her namesake network.






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The Oklahoma native’s first foray in radio was as Oklahoma City station mascot “Chuck the Duck.” Today, Logan lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and two daughters. 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards and Distinguished Lectureship Schedule

JOIN US APRIL 18 Great Plains Journalism Awards and Conference April 18 | Historic Mayo Hotel | Downtown Tulsa LECTURER FEATURED Bringing together award-winning journalists from anSPEAKER eight-state region.

DISTINGUISHED 10:15 a.m. Q&A withErik Erik LoganLogan

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10:15 a.m. Student session with Diana Marcum

President ofAsOWN: Oprah Winfrey LA Times reporter and 2015 Pulitzer Prize 11 a.m. staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, Diana Awards luncheon registration Network and Oklahoma native, with a long winner Marcum covers the 900-square-mile Central Valley for her narrative portraits of farmers, professional11:30 career in radio andshe television and others experiencing of California. In 2015 won the Pulitzer Prize fieldworkers for a.m. Awards luncheon feature writing for her series of narrative portraits of broadcasting California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. Welcome and introduction

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President of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Oklahoma native, with a long professional career in radio and television broadcasting

LA Times reporter and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for her narrative portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and others experiencing California’s drought-stricken Central Valley.

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WORKSHOPS: FREE Distinguished Lectureship Luncheon the AQHA Cup. Dickerson and Awards Presentation: $40; co-anchors Tulsa’s Channel 8’s evening Before graduating from Oklahoma State University, Kristin came newscasts at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. $35 for students and RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE AT SHOP.TULSAPRESSCLUB.ORG OR BY CONTACTING AT SHAUN@TULSAPRESSCLUB.ORG AND 918-583-7737. to Channel 8 as an intern. After nearly six months of free labor, she Kristin spent five yearsSHAUN on theLEE morning shows. media personnel

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Meet the Judges Brian Malasics

Malasics serves as copy desk chief of The Virginian-Pilot. He previously worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader and before joining the Pilot in 2012.

Buddy Moore

Moore is a sports designer at The Virginian-Pilot, where he has worked in a variety of design roles over the years.

Michael Workman

Workman directs the design and user experience team of He joined the Globe in 2011 after 14 years as a print and online designer at The Baltimore Sun, where his work was recognized by the Society for News Design.

Mike Semel

Coffield is business editor at The Denver Post, where she has worked previously as city editor, features editor, Sunday editor and as a feature writer. She also worked at several other publications during her 30year journalism career.

Semel is metro editor of The Washington Post, managing a staff of 80 journalists. He led The Post’s coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news and the paper’s coverage of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s gifts scandal, which won the 2013 Polk Award.

Landon Nordeman

Mike Sielski

Dana Coffield

Nordeman is a New York City-based freelance photographer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, W, Vanity Fair and Vogue as well as museums in Beijing, Houston and Columbus.

Mark Di Ionno

Di Ionno is a columnist in North Jersey’s largest newspaper, The Star Ledger. He is a former sports writer for the New York Post. He is the author of three nonfiction books and a novel, “The Last Newspaperman.” He was finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Martin Smith-Rodden

Smith-Rodden is an assistant professor at Ball State University. He previously worked as a photojournalist and photo editor at The Virginian-Pilot and at the San Antonio Light. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology.

Sielski is an award-winning sports columnist for The (Philadelphia) Inquirer, which he joined in 2013 after spending three years as a sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He was previously the sports columnist for Calkins Media, a chain of daily newspapers in suburban Philadelphia, and has written two books.

Paul Nelson

Nelson is director of presentation for The Virginian-Pilot, a position he has held since 2007. He has worked at the Pilot since 1990 with a brief stint at the Detroit Free Press.

Sam Hundley

Hundley is a designer/ illustrator at The VirginianPilot, where he has worked since 1994. He previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News and Arizona Daily Star.

Bill Herbst

Herbst has 23 years of experience in Grand Rapids television journalism - 10 years at the ABC affiliate, 13 years at the NBC affiliate - in a variety of roles, including producer, executive producer, assignment editor and assignment manager.

Jeff Greer

Jeff Greer is the University of Louisville beat writer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. He is a threetime AP Sports Editors award winner and has won multiple regional awards for his work.

Carol Marbin Miller

Carol Marbin Miller is a senior investigative reporter for the Miami Herald. Writing about children and vulnerable adults, Marbin Miller’s stories have had significant impact, leading to the passage of several Florida laws. She has won a number of awards, including the Goldsmith Prize, Selden Ring Award, Worth Bingham Prize, Heywood Broun Award, Eugene Pulliam First Amendment Award, the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award, and the the ONA Public Service Award. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for public service.

Jill Burcum

Burcum has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the Editorial Board after working in the Star Tribune newsroom as an editor and reporter. She writes on a broad range of topics, including health care, water quality and American Indian issues. Her “Separate and Unequal” series on dilapidated Bureau of Indian Education schools was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing.

Megan Garvey

Megan Garvey is a deputy managing editor at the Los Angeles Times where she oversees the news and enterprise hub and data team. She was a member of the team that won the 2004 Pulitzer for breaking news for coverage of wildfires in Southern California.

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Meet the Judges Tracy Brown

Brown is deputy managing editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she oversees the Education, Lifestyles & Entertainment and the Print Presentation team, which includes A1 and Sunday editors. She’s joined the AJC in 2008 after 12 years with the Dallas Morning News as a news editor and arts editor. She has also worked at the St. Petersburg Times and The State in Columbia, S.C.

Ashlei King

King is a general assignments reporter for the NBC and FOX affiliates in San Antonio, Texas. She has won a Texas Associated Press Award for deadline editing and won a Society of Professional Journalist Award.

Bill Pitzer

Debbie Leiderman Geiger

Leiderman is a staff editor for The New York Times, where she has worked on the National, Science, Styles, House and Home, Dining and Arts sections. She is a longtime member of the American Copy Editors Society and is the co-captain of the New York City regional chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Diana Fuentes

Award-winning journalist Diana R. Fuentes has been in news for 35 years in various roles at several papers, from police reporter to publisher. She is president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and past president of Texas APME.

Elizabeth Hudson

Pitzer, former graphics editor for The Charlotte Observer, is an illustrator, educator and writer who specializes in visualizing information and creating compelling content for print and online. His informational graphics have won numerous regional, national and international awards.

Hudson is the editor in chief of Our State magazine, an 83-year-old regional publication in North Carolina. Under her leadership, Our State won two Gold Eddies for Best Full Issue from Folio. (Our State Design Director Claudia Royston and Art Director Jason Chenier helped Hudson with judging.)

Catherine Matusow

Emily Linnert

Matusow is the current executive editor at Houstonia magazine and the former managing editor at the Houston Press.

Daniel Brown

Brown is in his 20th year at the San Jose Mercury News. His profile of Giants pitcher Sergio Romo was voted the top sports feature of 2014 by APSE.

Linnert is the morning anchor at WOOD TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has worked as a producer, reporter and a morning anchor for 10 years. A graduate of Michigan State University, she started her career at WLNS in Lansing.

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Jeremy Ross

Ross joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2014, after working in Milwaukee as a reporter/ anchor at FOX 6. He has won a regional Edward R Murrow award, Eric Severeid Award, and multiple Emmys, Associated Press, Milwaukee Press Club and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards.

John Timpe

Timpe is the Tampa Bay Times’ Enterprise Editor. He’s taught narrative journalism to media students at the University of North Florida and reported for the New York Times bestseller “Under the Tarnished Dome.”

Kevin Siers

Siers is the editorial cartoonist for The Charlotte Observer. His cartoons won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014, and his work, syndicated by King Features, has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and The New York Tiimes.

Kristen Go

Go is the San Francisco Chronicle’s Managing Editor, Digital. She oversees and runs The Chronicle’s Incubator, a program that provides digital and social media training to the entire staff. She joined The Chronicle in 2008 and prior to that worked at The Arizona Republic and was part of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news at The Denver Post.

Leroy Chapman Jr.

Chapman is a deputy managing editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He oversees teams that cover local government, the economy, state and federal government, short-term enterprise and breaking news.

Meet the Judges Meredith Cohn

Susan Bahorich

Cohn is health and medicine reporter at The Baltimore Sun. She’s won several reporting awards, most recently for stories on medical errors made by hospitals and dysfunction at the state’s new health insurance exchange.

Bahorich is originally from Maryland where she went to college at Towson University outside Baltimore. She worked at WDBJ7 in Roanoke for more than 10 years before coming to NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia. She has won several awards from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

Mindy Matthews

Matthews has been an editor at The New York Times for 21 years. She is a Kansas City native and University of Missouri graduate. Previous jobs include the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Seattle Times and International Herald Tribune in Paris.


Pat McDonogh Katharine Shilcutt Zach Ryall Rachel DePompa Sharon Chapman Tom Johanningmeier Megan Garvey Mary Tyler March University of North Carolina Daily Tar Hell staff staff

Bill Henry

As one of two senior editors at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Henry serves on the newsroom leadership team while overseeing coverage of three cities and several regional topics, including health care, the environment and transportation.

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With appreciation Great Plains Journalism Awards and Distinguished Lectureship committee Nicole Amend Kevin Armstrong Dan Bewley Marcia Brookey Anne Brockman Blayklee Buchanan John Clanton Matt Clayton Michael Overall Ashley Parrish Vanessa Pearson Ariana Pickard James Royal Mike Simons Brian Sittler Jerry Wofford Saint Francis Health System for printing our booklet Tom Gilbert and Tulsa World for printing our gallery Tulsa Press Club Foundation

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Table of Contents Great Plains Newspaper of the Year.................. 14 Great Plains Newspaper of the Year Finalists....... 15 Great Plains Writer of the Year........................ 16 Great Plains Writer of the Year Finalists............. 20 Great Plains Newspaper Photographer of the Year............................... 21 Great Plains Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Finalists................................................ 23-24 Great Plains Designer of the Year..................... 25 Great Plains Designer of the Year Finalists.......... 26 Great Plains Magazine of the Year.................... 27 Great Plains Magazine of the Year Finalist....... 28-29 Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year............ 30 Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year Finalists. 36 Great Plains Magazine of the Year Finalist........... 37 Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year... 38 Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year, Finalists................ 39-41 Great Plains Website of the Year...................... 42 Great Plains Website of the Year Finalist........ 43-45 News Package Winner................................... 48 News Package Finalists.................................. 49 Project/Investigative Reporting Winner.............. 50 Project/Investigative Reporting Finalists............ 51 General News Reporting Winner....................... 52 General News Reporting Finalists..................... 53 Narrative Story/Series Winner......................... 54 Narrative Story/Series Finalists........................ 55 Beat Reporting Winner.................................. 56 Beat Reporting Finalists................................. 57 Feature Writing Winner................................. 58 Feature Writing Finalists................................ 59 Business Reporting Winner............................. 60 Business Reporting Finalists............................ 61 Business Feature Winner................................ 62 Business Feature Finalists.............................. 63 Sports Reporting Winner................................ 64 Sports Reporting Finalists............................... 65 Sports Feature Winner.................................. 66 Sports Feature Finalists................................. 67 Sports Column Winner................................... 68 Sports Column Finalists................................. 69 Review Winner............................................ 70 Review Finalists.......................................... 71 Food Winner.............................................. 72 Food Finalists............................................. 73 Entertainment Feature Winner........................ 74 Entertainment Feature Finalists....................... 75 Specialty Feature Winner............................... 76 Specialty Feature Finalists............................. 77 Special Section Winner.................................. 78 Special Section Finalists................................ 79

News Page Design Winner............................... 80 News Page Design Finalists............................. 81 Feature Page Design Winner........................... 82 Feature Page Design Finalists.......................... 83 Sports Page Design Winner............................. 84 Sports Page Design Finalists............................ 85 Graphics/Illustration Winner........................... 86 Graphics/Illustration Finalists......................... 87 Editorial Cartoon Winner............................... 88 Editorial Cartoon Finalists.............................. 89 Editorial Portfolio Winner.............................. 90 Editorial Portfolio Finalists............................. 91 Personal Column Winner................................ 92 Personal Column Finalists............................... 93 Headline Winner......................................... 94 Headline Finalists........................................ 95 News Writing Winner.................................... 98 News Writing Finalists................................... 99 Feature Writing Winner................................ 100 Feature Writing Finalists............................... 101 Profile Writing Winner.................................. 102 Profile Writing Finalists................................ 103 Column Writing Winner................................ 104 Column Writing Finalists............................... 105 Page Design, Magazine, Winner....................... 106 Page Design, Magazine, Finalists..................... 107 Magazine Cover Winner................................ 108 Magazine Cover Finalists............................... 109 Specialty Photo Winner................................ 112 Specialty Photo Finalists............................... 113 Portrait Photography Winner.......................... 114 Portrait Photography Finalists........................ 115 General News Photography Winner.................. 116 General News Photography Finalists................. 117 Spot News Photography Winner....................... 118 Spot News Photography Finalists..................... 119 News Photography, Multiple, Winner................ 120 News Photography, Multiple, Winner................ 121 News Photography, Multiple, Finalists............... 122 Feature Photography, Single, Winner................ 123 Feature Photography, Single, Finalists............... 124 Feature Photography, Multiple, Winner............. 125 Feature Photography, Multiple, Finalist............. 126 Sports Action Photography Winner................... 127 Sports Action Photography Finalists.................. 128 Sports Feature Photography Winner................. 129 Sports Feature Photography Finalists................ 130 Magazine Portrait Winner.............................. 131 Magazine Portrait Finalists............................ 132 Magazine Specialty Photo Winner.................... 133 Magazine Specialty Photo Finalists................... 134 Magazine Photography, Multiple, Winner............ 135

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Table of Contents Magazine Photography, Multiple, Finalists.......... 136 Magazine Photography, Feature, Winner............ 137 Magazine Photography, Feature, Finalist............ 138 Spot News Video Winner............................... 140 Spot News Video Finalists.............................. 141 General News Video Winner........................... 142 General News Video Finalists......................... 143 Feature Video Winner.................................. 144 Feature Video Finalists................................. 145 Sports Video Winner.................................... 146 General News Video Finalists......................... 147 Multimedia Project Or Series Winner................ 148 Multimedia Project Or Series Finalists............... 149 Best Website Design Winner........................... 150 Best Website Design Finalist.......................... 151 Best Overall Website Design Winner................. 152 Best Overall Website Design Finalist................. 153 News Blog Writing Winner............................. 154 News Blog Writing Finalists............................ 155 Entertainment/Specialty Blog Winner............... 156 Entertainment/ Specialty Blog Finalists............. 157 Sports Blog Winner...................................... 158 Sports Blog Finalists.................................... 159

Web Special Section Winner........................... 160 Web Special Section Finalist.......................... 161 Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year.... 164 Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year Finalists................................165-67 Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year... 168 Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year, Finalists................................169-71 Great Plains Student Designer of the Year.......... 172 Great Plains Student Designer of the Year Finalists................................173-75 Great Plains Student Writer of the Year............. 176 Great Plains Student Writer of the Year, Finalists. 178 Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year....... 179 Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year, Finalists................................180-81 Great Plains Student Website of the Year........... 182 Great Plains Student Website of the Year Finalists................................183-84 Great Plains Student Website of the Year Finalist.184 Great Plains Student Broadcaster of the Year...... 185 Great Plains Student Broadcaster of the Year Finalists.................................... 186

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Best of The Great plains

The 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards

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Great Plains Newspaper of the Year Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Staff Judges’ Comments: The staff at the Omaha World-Herald stood out not just for the range of storytelling from the 40th anniversary of the tornado, to the officer’s husband hoping for citizenship, but also for the strong use of photos, graphics and illustrations. The idea to recreate the likeness of Warren Buffett was a fun idea, and the artist’s description of how he did so was a nice addition. MAY 3, 2015 • SUNRISE EDITION • LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1885

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City’s rage gives way to relief when cops charged


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Saying ‘no one is above the law,’ prosecutor calls Freddie Gray’s arrest illegal and unjustified


BALTIMORE (AP) — Rage turned to relief in Baltimore on Friday when the city’s top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday that Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified. She said that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he bounced around inside the small metal box. The swiftness of her announcement, less than a day after receiving the Police Department’s criminal investigation and just hours after official autopsy results — in which a medical examiner classified the death as a homicide — took the city by surprise. So, too, did her detailed description, based in part on her office’s independent investigation, of the evidence supporting probable cause to charge all six officers with felonies. Three of the officers are white, three of them black. “I heard your call for no justice, no peace,” Mosby, elected five months ago, told protesters gathered at the marble steps of Baltimore’s War Memorial building. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to bring justice for Freddie Gray,” said Mosby, 35, a former assistant state’s attorney and the daughter and granddaughter of police officers. “To those that are angry or hurt or have their own experience of injustice, I urge you to channel your energy peacefully.” As demonstrators erupted in shouts of approval, Mosby told them, “No one is above the law.” But she also reassured police officers that the charges “are not an indictment of the entire force.” Those arrested were: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero, Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White. The officers were booked Friday on charges ranging from assault and manslaughter, carrying 10-year prison sentences,

‘The crowds are bigger than we thought,’ Borsheims rep says.


We asked first-graders for advice on spending their first billion. Living


Tune in early today for live coverage online, and read the full report in the Sunday World-Herald.

Crowds keep vendors hopping Extra day of shopping proves popular as shareholders snatch up once-a-year deals BY BARBARA SODERLIN AND PAIGE YOWELL WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS

A party 50 years in the making kicked off early Friday as tens of thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders filled the CenturyLink Center, packed airport terminals and prepared to toast their collective investing success. At the CenturyLink Center — opened on Friday for the first time to accommodate an extra big crowd — visitors from South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota brushed shoulders with those from India, Bolivia and Spain as they shopped, jostled for a slice of Dairy Queen ice cream cake and tried to catch a glimpse of their host. If they didn’t see Warren Buffett when he made a brief early afternoon appearance, the shareholders seemed content with their postcards from Omaha: bags heavy with See’s Candies, Fruit of the Loom boxer shorts, Heinz ketchup bottles, Justin boots and Borsheims bling. Vendors did not know what to expect or how much merchandise to have on hand.

Governor isn’t tipping his hand on veto, but he’s still against granting documents, despite rising support


Tracking Huskers drafted by NFL We break down the 79-year history of Nebraska football players who go pro. Sports, Pages 5-7C

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It’s a princess for William and Kate Mom leaves the hospital the same day she delivers the 8-pound, 3-ounce girl. Living, Page 2E

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From his vantage point at the Ak-Sar-Ben grandstand, track photographer Bob Dunn captured perhaps the most vivid photos of the tornado that hit Omaha May 6, 1975.


Communication and forecasting were primitive by today’s standards, so an eyewitness account from someone like Campbell would be life-saving. The 23-year-old figured he was far enough away that he could parallel the storm by driving north up 72nd Street. “It seemed like it was going to be a good idea.” What he didn’t know was that the tornado that had formed in Sarpy County and had touched down near 96th and Q was shifting to meet him. The F4/EF4 tornado would cause $1.1 billion in inflation-adjusted damage during its 15-mile rampage. Yet only three people died.


Scholars Section The paper’s annual salute to high school seniors showcases the 2015 All State Academic Team.

Omaha weather

Today’s forecast High: 84 Low: 58 Full weather report: Page 10B On the latest updates


Campbell’s harrowing account, relayed to the public in real time by TV, radio and the National Weather Service, saved lives. For some six miles, the tornado pummeled Campbell’s cruiser as he steered it through the dark chaos and torrential rain. At the peak of the tornado’s destruction, Campbell feared he might die. Utility poles snapped around him, wires grabbed at the cruiser lights and siren, his rear window exploded and a brick smashed through the windshield. “I thought I might cash in my chips. ... It didn’t happen, so I continued on.”

Listen to frantic calls to 911 and take a flyover journey of the storm’s rampage.


Officer David Campbell drives the same route he followed while tracking the twister 40 years ago.


We chart the tornado’s path and the havoc left in its wake in an exclusive interactive map.

Debate on raising state gas tax boils down to shortfall vs. windfall Legislators say a backlog on repairs has the state shy on funding, but opponents of a hike say roads revenues are at a 20-year high

Index Around & About .....3E Celebrations.......... 5B Obituaries.........6&7B Opinion .............8&9B Puzzles....................5E TV ............................8E 156 PAGES



A recent infusion of sales tax dollars has Nebraska’s road construction budget at its highest point in recent history. So why the Legislature’s push for a 6-cent gas tax increase? Count Gov. Pete Ricketts among the skeptics. “The take-away here is we have the resources to deal with our roads,” he said in an interview, noting the recent healthy revenue. “We’ve got a problem that no one has defined for me.” Advocates for a tax hike counter that even at the higher current spending, the

roads budget remains short of the improvements needed to ensure Nebraskans won’t increasingly find themselves stuck in traffic, or risking damage to their cars or safety on potholed, degrading roads. “We’re short,” said Lou Lamberty, a former state roads director now working for an Omaha engineering firm. “When there’s a shortfall, it catches up to you over time.” As the Legislature and Ricketts appear headed for a showdown over the proposed gas tax hike, defining how well revenues balance with needs could prove critical to the debate. Ricketts last week questioned whether See Roads: Page 2

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WASHINGTON — Hector Orozco always worried about the safety of his wife, Kerrie Orozco, when she headed to work as an Omaha police officer. “I’d say to her every day ‘Be careful,’ ” Hector said. But the terrifying thought that the worst could happen, that she could be killed on the job, never entered Hector’s

ONLY IN THE WORLD-HERALD mind. “No. No. No,” he said. “Never. Maybe that’s because ... you don’t want to think about it.” In an exclusive interview with The World-Herald, Hector broke down and wept as he spoke about 29-year-old Kerrie, who was fatally shot May 20 while attempting to arrest a fugitive on a felony warrant. Her slaying left the Omaha metro area grief-stricken and

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reverberated across the nation. Thousands lined the streets of Omaha and Council Bluffs for her funeral procession. Those who knew her have talked about her compassion and about her dedication to the job and to her community. In the wake of that terrible loss, Hector, 33, is trying to provide for his family as a single father. One challenge he faces is that he is still a long way from obtaining his U.S. citizenship. Hector came to the United

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For prosecutors, it’s the crux of their case: A struggling doctor — bent on revenge for the firing that has dogged his career — commits a double homicide in Omaha, five years after another double homicide in Omaha. For the defense, it’s a poisonous accusation that could rob Anthony Garcia of a fair trial. In the most substantive hearing leading up to Garcia’s trial, attorneys Bob and Alison Motta of Chicago will ask Judge Duane Dougherty on Monday to order separate trials for Garcia in the March 2008 slayings of Shirlee Sherman and 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and in the Mother’s Day 2013 slayings of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary. The Mottas also want the judge to order a separate trial in the May 2013 attempted burglary of the home of another Creighton doctor, Chhanda Bewtra. The Mottas argue that trying the cases together could unfairly sway jurors. If the judge’s schedule is any indication, See Garcia: Page 2

The president of the Omaha Public Library Board wants to start a discussion that could lead to major changes in the library system’s funding and governance structure. Library Board President Mike Meyer wants to see Omaha’s library system become one of the best in the country. To that end, the board has launched a privately funded study about the future of Omaha’s libraries. One option likely to be considered is whether to move the library system out of city government and give the library taxing authority. The discussion comes as tension grows between the board and Mayor Jean Stothert over next year’s budget. Library officials are pushing for $850,000 more in city funding than the mayor recommends. Meyer said he doesn’t know in what direction the library should go but prefers a radical change to what he calls the annual City Hall ritual of fighting over small items in the library system budget. Meyer said public libraries are an important part of serving the community — along with schools and parks — and the city should strive for the best. “Why wouldn’t Omaha want to have the best public schools, the best public library and the best public parks?” he said. “My passion is for the library aspect.” Stothert said she’ll consider any specifics offered by the study but said the library should continue to operate as a city department. “Do I want a good library system? Yes, I do,” she said. Meyer said he didn’t want to speculate about a possible gov-

Due to a low participation rate and lack of an official push, it’s as if residents are tossing money into a landfill

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BY HENRY J. CORDES With a roar and clatter, the Deffenbaugh waste truck dumps its load of crushed cardboard boxes, soup cans, plastic drink bottles, week-old World-Heralds, beer cans, cereal boxes, milk jugs and soap bottles to the concrete floor of Omaha’s Firstar Fiber. Don’t call it trash. After the mountains of recyclables picked up in the City of Omaha’s green bin program have been sorted by the machinery and workers at Firstar, they’ll be compacted into bales weighing as much as a Volkswagen and sold for reuse — in some cases, bound for halfway around the world. “Trust me, no one buys trash,’’ said Firstar CEO Dale Gubbels. But that’s the way many in Omaha and Nebraska treat such recyclables today. When it comes to recycling, Nebraska is a state with low participation, lagging commitment and no solid plans for

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in the nation to deny driver’s licenses to a category of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, was started in 2012 with an executive order by the president. Legislative Bill 623 would reverse a directive by former Gov. Dave Heineman to deny licenses to DACA immigrants. The bill has yet to be debated in the Nebraska Legislature, but it already has the support of a veto-proof majority of See Licenses: Page 2

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TILLWATER — Gail Lamb was among the hundreds who massed near the southwest corner of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue, securing a prime location from which to view the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday. Lamb is a Stillwater resident who attended OSU. Her daughter is a university employee. Her son-inlaw is a university professor. Lamb says she was excited to attend the parade because her 8-year-old granddaughter and other members

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TILLWATER — There have been too many days like this for Oklahoma State. “The Cowboy family pulls together,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to do it before. We’ll do it again.” Oklahoma State, wrestling with the emotions of yet another tragedy, played a football game Saturday. OSU coach Mike Gundy said he went into a meeting room with his team in the morning and “we told them the truth.”

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store where it set up a sting operation with a known gun and drug dealer, nor the elementary school to the south where kids were playing outside. Mid-morning on April 2, an undercover gun buy in the parking lot of the Dollar General at 1906 N. Harvard Ave. — a store with a steady flow of pedestrian and car traffic — ended in a short foot pursuit. Suspect Eric Harris headed north from the store and was tackled moments later and


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uther and LaRue Treanor were faithfully punctual and devoted people, pitching in often to care for their eight grandchildren, including their 4-yearold granddaughter, Ashley Eckles. § Luther, a former dairy delivery man, was looking forward to his pending retirement, so he could do things like take Ashley to lunch and shopping in Oklahoma City with her grandma. That was the plan that day: Go to the Social Security Administration office, sign retirement paperwork, take Ashley and LaRue shopping afterward. § Luther Treanor’s appointment was just after 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, on the first floor of Oklahoma City’s Alfred p. Murrah Federal Building. He was never, ever late.

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Death of a salesman

On his last known night, Carl Christiansen helped his two little boys write their letters to Santa. On his last known morning, he carried those boys downstairs on his back, so they could all eat breakfast together. He picked out a brown suit, brown tie, blue shirt. When the buckle on his dark belt broke, he put on a white one instead. He was in a hurry. He asked Ruth: What difference does it make? Nobody will see it anyway. The car salesman was eager to get to Seward, to deliver a Chrysler to a

young farmer. Christmas was coming, and the commission from this sale would help with the holiday. He kissed Ruth and stepped out of their home on North 30th Street, into the icy day. He wore a light Stetson on his head and a dark overcoat, the letters to Santa in his pocket. He wanted his boys to believe he mailed them. He called later with an update. He’d be home between 5 and 6, after he dropped off the car and picked up the farmer’s trade-in. On his last known afternoon, Dec.

14, 1937, Carl Christiansen was seen driving south through a darkening sky, $825 in his pocket. Looked like he was headed toward the road home, the farmer would tell police. Blood on the road Ruth Christiansen waited for Carl that night, and the next day, and all of the weeks and the months and the years that would pile on her like weight, slowly smothering any hope she held of his return. It would be enough to simply know

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what had happened to him, she would tell reporters when they visited her a year later, and then five years later, and then 15. “I’ve got to the place,” she said as early as 1938, “where I want to hear some report — one way or another.” Time was covering Carl’s tracks from that night, too, and the few clues investigators had uncovered were promising and slippery at the same time. Taken together, they seemed to point to his violent end in the hills north of Crete. But if they were indeed the dots that mapped the end of his life, they were never solid enough for investigators to connect them. There were just too many questions. Why was the farmer’s trade-in abandoned in Crete the afternoon Carl disappeared? Was that his blood and hair found on a seldom-used road five miles to the north? What role did a poker game play in the case? Ruth watched lawmen from three counties and at least two decades search for those answers, and for her husband. She watched the state sheriff grow personally invested. William Flake would leave his office at the Capitol for days at a stretch to work the case, and he would take the Christiansen boys to the movies. But three years after Carl disappeared, Flake would be found dead in an Omaha hotel room, his door locked from the inside, a bullet between his eyebrows. Authorities closed the case in hours, ruling that he had been drinking and that he had taken his life, but there were doubters. When the new state sheriff inherited the case, all of the files from Carl’s case had vanished. Just like the salesman. Ruth never remarried. She never dated. She fought her poverty by learning to sew for other wives and mothers. She learned to rejoice in her sons’ successes, their college graduations, their families, their careers. She learned to wait. But nearly a quarter-century after Carl vanished from her life, she let herself let go of him. She began writing a long letter that still has no ending. “As I sit here alone with my thoughts, at this very time 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 14, 1961, never

thinking I would be saying ‘goodbye’ for the last time to the most wonderful husband and father of our two sons ...” The nightmare before Carl Viggo Christiansen wasn’t a big man, but he was described as stout: 5-foot-5, 150 pounds. He was born in Falster, an island off the coast of Denmark, in 1896. He served both the Danish and U.S. armies as a balloonist, though he never saw action. He’d been trained as a machinist but learned to fix cars in Detroit, at the Chrysler training school; his sons grew up hearing how their father, one of the company’s super mechanics, had met Walter Chrysler himself. The company put him first in Iowa, but he traveled, servicing cars and teaching other mechanics. He was given three counties in Nebraska, and he met Ruth Peterson at an Armistice Day banquet in Stromsburg. They were a little later in life when they married in 1929: Carl was 33, Ruth 38. After Dannie Paul was born in Stromsburg in 1930, the new family moved to Lincoln, where they were joined by little Allen Dale. “Carl was such a family man,” Ruth wrote. “He thought he was the only one who could take care of his boys. He used to tell his fellow workers when his boys were grown, they would be different and clean morally. The fellows laughed at Carl, but they couldn’t discourage him.” Carl owned a repair shop near 18th and O, but he was growing tired of the grease that gathered behind his nails. He wanted more, for himself and for his family. So in the summer of 1937, he started selling Chryslers — the car he believed in — for Nebraska Motor Co., around the corner from his shop, on the edge of downtown. That November, he started dealing with a 26-year-old who farmed 9 miles southeast of Seward. The farmer had wanted a used car, but Carl convinced him to order a new Royal, dark blue with gray trim. Looking back, 24 years later, Ruth was able to inventory her concerns, the signs that now seemed clear and strange in retrospect.

She remembered one of Carl’s friends had warned him against working for “those people” at Nebraska Motor Co. She remembered the farmer had called constantly, checking on his car, but claimed he didn’t have a phone of his own. She remembered that when the Royal finally was delivered to Lincoln, the farmer bought time. Don’t come tomorrow, he said, come the day after. Ruth had asked Carl: Why doesn’t he just come to Lincoln to get it? “Oh, Ruth, I guess you don’t understand the car business,” he answered. “I’ve delivered cars all over the state. Think nothing of it.” He was so happy, she wrote. They had great plans for Christmas. She remembered his nightmares, too. He had warned her once not to interrupt his terrors, but to agree with him, to comfort him. The night before he disappeared, she wrote, he sat up in bed and called: Ruth, Ruth. “Do you see those fellows coming up with those white things over them towards me?” Yes, she said. She saw them. He asked: “Who are they? And what do they want or are they going?” She answered, softly: Well, Carl. I think they are going to work. Don’t you? He woke then, and apologized. He’d been anxious about this car deal, he explained. Waiting, worrying on North 30th The salesman and the farmer conducted their business at the Sunshine Cafe in Seward, the farmer giving his ’31 Chevy and $825 for the Royal. They stopped at the courthouse for the paperwork, and then the farmer took Carl into the country to meet potential customers. They talked to a man at a farm sale and paid a visit to a minister’s home. Late in the afternoon, they returned to Seward, and both men headed home. They took the same route initially, south on the oil road toward the Milford Corner. The farmer told police he turned east on his road at about 5:30 p.m. and watched Carl continue toward his turn on West O Street. From there, the salesman would

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have been only 20 minutes from Lincoln, and from Ruth and his two growing boys. That day had been filled with ice and snow and travel warnings. At first, the family on North 30th thought Carl might have slipped off the road. Ruth and their boys and her mother, visiting from Stromsburg, were waiting; he had said he would be home no later than 6. “My mother sat by the window, I can see her yet, she was so worried,” Ruth wrote. “I said, ‘I trust Carl,’ such a good driver, thought nothing could ever happen to him.” She didn’t know that earlier that evening, 30 miles south of Seward in Crete, Marian Wagner was working at her downtown photo studio when she watched a man pull up, get out of his car and dog-trot across the street. Wagner thought little of it until three days later, when officers identified the car as the farmer’s trade. From her description, investigators thought its driver could have been Carl. They dusted the car for fingerprints but found no signs of violence. Two days after Carl vanished, and about 5 miles north of the Wagner Photo Shop, a child walking to school found a splash of red on an icy rural road, 50 feet from a bridge. He told his teacher. Later, the boy’s father would say it looked like something tragic happened. But what? Nobody had stopped at his farm, nobody had needed his phone to call a doctor. When Flake investigated, the state sheriff told Ruth he found what looked like a quart of blood in one spot, and another pool nearby. He also found scalp and hair, some pulled by its roots. “He told me it was about the worst he had seen and no one could have lived after losing so much blood,” Ruth told reporters a year later. Ruth and her boys scoured their home for samples of Carl’s hair. They found a few strands in his comb, a few more on a coat. The state sheriff sent it off to the FBI in Washington, which concluded the hair from the road “seemingly” was Carl’s, and that the victim had sustained a terrific blow. But then, nothing. No new leads. No

suspects. No Carl. “Investigators ran up against a blank wall at about that point,” a reporter wrote 13 years later. ‘Still-hopeful mother’ Ruth held her hope for years. She hired a lawyer. She hired a private investigator. She didn’t shield her sons from their father’s disappearance. “I haven’t tried to keep anything from the boys,” she said months after he disappeared. “It was hard to make them understand at first — and I’m not sure they do yet.” The newspapers were kind to Ruth, catching up with her every few years. Reporters called her “a small pleasant woman with blue eyes and a touch of red in her hair.” They described the “heart-broken letters from Denmark” Carl’s mother wrote, asking if they’d found her son. They called Ruth “a still hopeful mother, who for 15 years has raised her two sons in the image of their father.” They let her make her case: “Carl was so fine, so clean, he never even smoked and he had no reason to leave. He wouldn’t lose his mind as some people thought, for he was too alert.” And they let her make her plea: “I want the story of what happened — one way or another.” But really, Ruth was keeping her husband’s case alive. “For years,” she wrote, “we caused the Lincoln Journal and Lincoln Star newspapers to print stories with Carl’s picture.” The stories generated calls and tips that she’d forward to police. One stood out, a coarse voice. Get a pencil, he told her. “Then he said, ‘Put down car salesman, fisherman, lazy, drives an old Ford coupe, married, divorced, now married to a young woman. Fishing at a dam near Crete. Near these dams is where this happened to Carl. This is the last clue. He lives on Washington between 10th and 17th. I’ll be watching the papers.’” Like all the leads, though, any promise this tip held faded away, and it wouldn’t get Ruth any closer to Carl. But she was persistent. She wrote the Salvation Army’s missing persons bureau in Chicago, asking for help. “It has been hard to stand. If we could only hear something or find some

clue. The uncertainty of whether Carl has been done away with is terrible.” She visited the rural road north of Crete and was dismayed to see it had been graded, any clues turned under. Her little boys poked in the dirt anyway, searching for their father’s pocketknife. “I stood on the bridge and a million thoughts raced through my mind,” she wrote. “And I felt so close to Carl.” She met the young farmer near Seward, and was surprised to see a telephone in his family farmhouse. She challenged him: I thought you told Carl you didn’t have a phone? The farmer explained it away; he hadn’t wanted neighbors to hear his business on the party line. Ruth’s younger brother was a dentist who had worked on Carl’s teeth. And for years, whenever an unidentified body was found in Nebraska or a neighboring state, he would get in his car and drive to inspect a dead stranger’s mouth, trying to find answers for his sister. Investigators were persistent, too. In 1939, Flake brought the co-inventor of the lie detector, Leonarde Keeler, from Chicago to Lincoln to question the young farmer. The last person known to see Carl alive passed the polygraph twice, clearing his name, the newspapers reported. Two cases haunted Flake, both from 1937: The June slaying of Boone County Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer and the December disappearance of Carl Christiansen. He would leave his office for days to try to solve them. And he grew close to the Christiansen boys; his own son wasn’t much older. He befriended them, bought them Christmas gifts, took them to movies. But on Feb. 5, 1940, the state sheriff was found dead in an Omaha hotel room. Investigators found the locked door, the signs of drinking, his .38-caliber snub nose, his powder-burned skin, and quickly concluded he had killed himself. Still, there were questions. He didn’t leave a note. He wasn’t in debt. His job was stable. And he had checked into the Castle Hotel but was found at the Hill, in a room that had been rented by a Wayne implement dealer.

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Newspapers would later hint the ruling was rushed, questionable — even suggesting the specter of an assassin — but they didn’t elaborate. In Lincoln, two women met, connected now by the loss of their husbands. Ruth asked Flake’s widow: Had the sheriff been slain by the same men who killed Carl? No, Flake’s wife said. He had told her he was a failure. But Ruth was left with the impression Flake had learned more about the case than he could take, or he could tell, she wrote. The new state sheriff met with Ruth, too. Lloyd Mengel was starting from scratch, he told her. All of Carl’s case files were missing. More than a decade later, the Saline County sheriff reopened the case. John Tesar wasn’t in office when the salesman disappeared, he told the Crete News in 1952, but his county had played a part in the case and the lawman intended to solve it. A few weeks later, the Lincoln Star reported Tesar had made “hopeful developments,” which he refused to reveal. The Lincoln Journal went further, saying the sheriff was searching for anyone who remembered a poker game in Crete at about the time Carl vanished. Then the stories ceased. Carl Christiansen’s name would make the Lincoln newspapers again only in his sons’ wedding announcements and stories of unsolved murders. “Time marches on and everything about Carl’s case stopped,” Ruth wrote in 1961. “Now my boys are grown and wonderful men and respectable citizens … Carl would be proud of them and their families. They are exactly what he wanted them to be.” ‘Our last goodbye’ Carl Christiansen was declared legally dead in 1945. He has no grave, no marker, no obituary. Ruth spent her last 36 years waiting for him. She died in 1973. She’s buried in Stromsburg. Of Carl, her obituary said: “Her husband disappeared … and no trace has ever been found of him.” The farmer also died years ago. As a young man, he had been questioned by police, confronted by Ruth, subjected to

hours of polygraph testing. But he didn’t speak a word of it to his children, who were born a few years later and still live in the area. And who were surprised, interested and, ultimately, a little wary when they heard about this chapter in their father’s life. “Keep us posted if you learn anything,” wrote his daughter, now in her mid-70s, “although not sure how much digging into this matter we want to do.” The places still exist, too. Something important happened here, something that forever interrupted the trajectory of a family. The oil road, now paved, connecting Seward with Milford, where Carl was last seen. The county route where blood was spilled, the same trees that stood witness to whatever happened beneath them in 1937. And the house on North 30th where, nearly 80 years ago, a father helped his boys write letters to Santa on his last night and carried them down to their final breakfast together. One of those boys sits at his own table now, in a bright retirement apartment near Holmes Lake. Allen Christiansen was 4 when Carl Christiansen vanished. He is 82 now. When asked about his father, he talks about his mother, because he has so many more memories of her, and of what they went through together. His father’s disappearance thrust them into poverty, he said. They moved from their home on North 30th to what he called hovels, on South 31st, on H Street, on Q. “My mother trained herself to be a seamstress, to work from home, and she literally wore herself out doing that.” The boys worked, too. As an 8-yearold, Allen delivered papers and swept up at Demma’s market and collected dirty drive-in trays at the Mug, earning a nickel apiece. He gave all of his money — sometimes $200 a month — to his family. His mother had friends, and people who helped her, but never another man in her life. “She devoted herself to trying to find Carl, her husband,” he said. His older brother, Dannie, went to Germany as a radar technician and returned to attend the university. He found a career as an accountant for

George Abel’s construction companies. He died in 2000. Allen had worked for Abel, too, and for State Farm Mutual downtown. He helped manage Hillcrest Country Club and then helped run minor league ball teams; his signature was on Bob Gibson’s first pro contract. Then Allen’s career in TV advertising took him and his wife, Norma, to Tennessee, where they lived for decades and raised their family. They moved back to Lincoln three years ago. A daughter and her family followed. Carl Christiansen had been gone from Lincoln for nearly eight decades, but now three generations of his roots had returned. Allen thought hard about whether to tell his father’s story. He prayed about it. He called his pastor. So many people are gone now, unable to speak for themselves, and he didn’t want their names smeared. But he also didn’t want his father forgotten. He knows it’s unlikely the case will ever be solved, but at least people should know. “Now I’m just looking forward that hopefully my wife and I will go to heaven,” he said, “and we can be with my father again.” So much of what he knows of his father he learned from his mother, and from the collection of clippings, papers and photos that tell Carl’s story. Pictures of Carl with his violin, and with the car he raced around dirt tracks. The receipt for his passage across the Atlantic in 1920, $72.50. An extra swath of brown fabric from the suit he wore when he disappeared. And, most importantly, Ruth’s long letter. She wrote it in longhand in 1961. When Allen typed it up, it filled 15 pages, single-spaced. She told Carl’s story in detail. She listed those who helped, those who hampered. She wrote of her hope and her despair. She called it “Our Last Goodbye.” At the end, she wrote: “Someone knows, I’m sure.” But the story wasn’t finished, even after she wrote her last word.

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Great Plains Writer of the Year Finalists Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Erin Grace

Publication: The Frontier By: Casy Aspinwall

Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Matthew Hansen

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Sitting in the prosecutors office, the victim stared at the conference table and could barely speak. Her leg bounced up and down, up and down. Sometimes she cried. LaTasha Edwards was beyond nervous. She was scared to death. Julie Medina, who prosecutes some 2,000 domestic violence cases a year, could understand why. Medina had done a little homework before their meeting. Edwards’ ex was no run-of-the-mill abuser. Dammon Haynes was different. He was a stalker. He had a long history of ignoring protection orders, of calling, texting or otherwise harassing ex-girlfriends, even breaking into their homes. “Do you really think locks are going to stop me?” Haynes once asked Edwards. Edwards told Medina she wasn’t sure anything would stop him. But Medina promised she would try. *** For years, Dammon Haynes was rather unstoppable. He had been arrested plenty of times, charged plenty of times, and he even served jail time plenty of times, though usually just for short stints. Some of his crimes stemmed from how he treated women. Between 1999 and 2009, Haynes burned through at least 10 girlfriends, each of whom had called police for help because Haynes had hurt them, threatened to hurt them or harassed them. Fourteen people, including parents and friends of some of his exes, sought protection orders against him. But their complaints didn’t easily translate into criminal cases.

Diana Thurman pulled her blouse down, tousled her bleached-blonde hair and strutted her boots inside the rodeo gates. There he was, right at the entrance: Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. “Just the sonofabitch I was looking for,” she thought. Diana went to the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo in May 2014 to meet Walton, flirt and cause a scandal for the sheriff. She was also there as a 48-year-old mother desperate to help her son, who was jailed and facing serious prison time for repeated charges of drunken driving. Diana believed she was there on marching orders, that if she followed through on plans to catch the sheriff’s eye, a certain Rogers County power couple might make her son’s mounting legal troubles go away. Diana claims she was approached with an offer: “How far are you willing to go to help your son?” A drinking problem In October 2013, just five days after 26-year-old Justin Thurman signed a court document promising not to drink or break any laws as conditions of his eight-year probation for DUI, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a rollover accident in Mayes County. Thurman was pinned in his red Chevy and first responders had to cut him out of the pickup. Witnesses told police he’d been driving erratically and passing everyone before his car flipped. His breath smelled like booze. The patrolman noticed his speech was slurred.

Sarah fell in love the moment she opened the front door. She fell in love before she even understood why. Sure, this house had all the obvious things that Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik and her husband, Jon, were searching for: more room than their first home; a location in a nice Westside neighborhood; a big basement and big yard for their newborn son, Hugo. Sarah liked all that, but what she loved was harder to describe. It was there in the mirrored shelf beside the fireplace. It was there in the thick cream shag carpet that many 30-year-olds would hate, but Sarah adored. It was there in every nook and cranny, every detail that felt so purposeful, so perfect. “It seemed like the sort of place you want to come home to and cuddle up in a lazy chair,” said Sarah, who co-owns Hello Holiday, the popular Omaha-based women’s clothing boutique. From my vantage point, Sarah also serves as a sort of fashion North Star for the city’s millennial women, many of whom borrow heavily from her retro glamorous style. “It seemed like somewhere familiar,” Sarah says, searching for the right words to describe the house. “Somewhere kind of like your parents’ home. Somewhere you could exhale.” Sarah didn’t know it yet, but she had fallen in love with a style, and a history, and a woman she hadn’t yet met. She had fallen in love with a house. She had also fallen in love with Ione.

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Great Plains Designer of the Year Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Tim Parks


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“Here the marriage laws enforced by the respondents are in essence unequal: same-sex couples are denied all the benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples and are barred from exercising a fundamental right.” Justice Kennedy


marriage. The ruling allowed gay couples across the nation to apply for marriage licenses and afforded them the ability to enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of married couples. • Brokaw and Stanley, both 30, got engaged last

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July, planned their wedding details and applied for a marriage license in Iowa. • But the couple from Bellevue were pleased to find that they would be allowed to get a Nebraska marriage

“If you are among the many Americans -— of whatever sexual orientation —- who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.” Chief Justice Roberts




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license before their Friday nuptials. • “We did not expect the Supreme Court to make this decision when they did,” Brokaw said. “But it’s about time.” • As with any couple on See Wedding: Page 6

STATES THAT ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGE It wasn’t too long ago that legal same-sex marriage seemed impossible. We examine how the landscape changed in Sunday’s World-Herald.

One escapee killed not far from N.Y. prison MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from the prison on Friday, and the other is still on the run, authorities said. Authorities tracked down

and killed Richard Matt after a person towing a camper reported that there was a bullet hole through the back of it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state police said at a press conference. David Sweat hasn’t been spotted, Cuomo said. The shooting of the camper led officers to a cabin Friday afternoon in Malone where they

could smell gunpowder, said Joseph D’Amico, superintendent of New York State Police. There were indications that someone had recently been there and fled out the back door, he said. While searching the property, officers heard coughs and detected movement, and tactical

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s historic ruling Friday granting gays and lesbians an equal right to marry nationwide puts an exclamation point on a profound shift in law and public attitudes — and creates the most significant and controversial new constitutional liberty in more than a generation. Though the court’s 5-4 opinion is tightly focused on the question of same-sex unions, its broad wording and soaring rhetoric will reverberate beyond the two-decadelong battle for marriage equality and almost surely lead to the striking down of any remaining laws that directly discriminate against people due to sexual orientation. The decision was cheered by some as a long overdue validation of a basic human right and condemned by others as an effort by liberal justices to usurp states’ See Ruling: Page 5


10-3 7-6 Bret Bielema 12-1 9-4 68-24, .739, hired by Arkansas 10-3 9-3 7-6 8-6 5-7 117-74, .613, retired Wisconsin

< 1990: Barry Alvarez

Bitter disappointment for advocates of traditional marriage


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After 10 straight losing seasons, the Scarlet Knights have made bowl games in nine of the past 10 years, and Schiano’s hiring was the catalyst.

Hope was largely a victim of Tiller’s success — which included a Rose Bowl berth — and Hazell started from scratch with the Boilermakers two years ago.

Paterno’s legendary career ended suddenly and in scandal, and NCAA sanctions have contributed to O’Brien’s and Franklin’s struggles.

Tressel reignited the program but left the Buckeyes with sanctions. Meyer ended his “retirement” and picked up where Tressel left off, at least on the field.

Fitzgerald took over after Walker died of a heart attack in June 2006, and he guided the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1948, followed by two losing seasons.

Callahan’s West Coast offense never caught on in Lincoln, and neither did Pelini’s “here-to-stay” promise after the Huskers’ win in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Kill, who also laid the foundation for Northern Illinois’ current success, has turned the Gophers into one of the league’s most respected programs.

The Spartans whiffed on Smith, but Dantonio won a conference championship and made them, at least for a while, the face of the Big Ten.

Rodriguez oversaw the Wolverines’ first back-to-back losing seasons since 1962-63, and Hoke’s first season lent what turned out to be false hope.

Friedgen led the Terps to an ACC title in his first year but faltered with a 2-10 season. Edsall’s teams have improved each year as he’s led them into the Big Ten.

Every few years, the Hawkeyes seem to be on the verge of a breakthrough under Ferentz, but they haven’t been able to sustain that success.

After more than a decade of futility, the Hoosiers were on track with Hoeppner, but he died of complications from brain cancer after finishing his second year.


Jenna Stanley, left, and Kaily Brokaw exchange rings as Royal D. Bush, who is the chaplain at the Inclusive Life Center, presides at the couple’s wedding ceremony Friday in Omaha. The couple had planned to get married Friday in Iowa, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage led to a late change in plans. Watch video of the first same-sex marriages on



Gary Andersen 9-4 10-3 19-7, .731, hired by Oregon State

90-83 7-5 6-7 Kyle Flood < 9-4 22-16, .579 Joined in 2014 (AAC)

4-8 4-8 8-5 8-6 5-6 7-5 9-4 7-6 Purdue

Greg Schiano 2-9 1-11 68-67, .504, hired by Buccaneers (NFL)

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Darrell Hazell < 1-11 4-20, .167 Danny Hope 5-7 22-27, .449, fired

< 1997: Joe Tiller

6-6 87-62, .584, retired

interim coach

9-4 7-6 11-2 11-2 9-4 9-4 11-1 4-7 3-9 9-4 5-6 409-136, .749, fired

< 1966: Joe Paterno*

Penn State

11-2 Ohio State

Jim Tressel* -0 7-5 14-0 106-22, .828, resigned


109-64 Bill O’Brien 8-4 7-5 15-9, .625, hired by Texans (NFL)

James Franklin < 6-6 6-6, .500

148-32 12-1 12-2 12-1 11-2 10-3 -2 11-2 -1 12-1 10-2

5-7 10-3 6-7 7-6 8-5 9-4 6-6 Pat Fitzgerald < 4-8 60-53, .531 7-5 6-6 6-7 3-9

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4-7 37-46, .446, died

10-3 7-7 11-2 58-19, .753, fired Nebraska

Joined in 2011 (Big 12)


9-4 10-4 9-4 10-4 10-4 9-4 66-27, .710, fired 5-7 8-4


Bo Pelini

Bill Callahan 5-6 27-22, .551, fired

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Urban Meyer < 12-0 36-3, .923

8-5 6-7 3-9 6-7 8-5 4-7 64-57, .529, fired

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7-5 15-17, .469, fired Michigan State

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John L. Smith 8-5 22-26, .458, fired







Tim Brewster 1-11 15-30, .333, fired


9-4 Mark Dantonio < 7-6 74-31, .705

9-4 11-2 7-5 9-3 10-3 8-4 10-3 122-40, .753, retired Michigan

Luke Fickell 6-7 6-7, .462,

13-1 7-6 11-3 11-2 6-7

7-6 5-7 Rich Rodriguez 3-9 15-22, .405, fired

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Jerry Kill < 3-9 25-25, .500

7-6 Brady Hoke 11-2 31-20, .608, fired








107-70 10-2

110-66 5-7

95-79 7-6 9-4 2-10 8-5 6-7 9-4 5-6 5-6 10-3 11-3 Ralph Friedgen 10-2 75-50, .600, fired Maryland

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Terry Hoeppner Bill Lynch 4-7 5-7 7-6 9-14, .391, leave of absence, died 19-30, .388, fired 3-8 2-10 Gerry DiNardo 3-9 8-27, .229, fired 5-6 18-37, .327,

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Randy Edsall < 2-10 20-29, .408



111-65 8-5 4-8


5-7 4-8 Kevin Wilson < 1-11 14-34, .292 5-7 3-9


3-9 5-7 9-4 2-10 Ron Zook 2-9 34-51, .400, fired 3-8 1-11 5-7

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Illinois Turner and Zook oversaw trips to BCS bowls but the Illini haven’t done much else, leading to Beckman’s ongoing rebuilding project.



Hires Improved Got worse

Rodriguez 89} Rich Michigan


Beckman 91} Tim Illinois

Kiffin 90} Lane USC


Dorrell 92} Karl UCLA

Jagodzinski 93} Jeff Boston College


Golden 94} Al Miami

Stewart 95} Bill West Virginia


Strong 97} Charlie Texas

Wilson 96} Kevin Indiana


Franklin 98} James Penn State

Teevens 99} Buddy Stanford


MacIntyre 101} Mike Colorado

Graham 100} Todd Pittsburgh


Robinson 102} Greg Syracuse

Muschamp 103} Will Florida


Hoke 105} Brady Michigan

Chizik 104} Gene Auburn


Holgorsen 107} Dana West Virginia

Shula 106} Mike Alabama


Neuheisel 108} Rick UCLA

Tuberville 109} Tommy Texas Tech


Weis 111} Charlie Kansas

Hazell 110} Darrell Purdue

Doba 112} Bill Washington State


O’Brien 114} Bill Penn State

Zook 116} Ron Florida

Erickson 113} Dennis Arizona State

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Tim Beckman < 2-10 12-24, .333 7-6 7-6

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Two Big Ten powers have stumbled since their glory years, and two others have seen their programs deal with scandal. As Michigan and NU struggle to return to relevance, Ohio State is back on top with one of the era’s best coaches.

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Great Plains Designer of the Year Finalists Publication: Tulsa World By: Katie McInerney


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Juvenile life terms still up in air after court case


T’S A NeW day in golf. Chambers Bay hosts the U.S. Open this week. The virtually brand new course just outside Seattle has interchangeable tee boxes, alternating pars on 1 and 18 and, hey, one tree. It’s the USGA’s first time to stage its national championship in the Pacific NorthJohn E. west, part of an ongoing effort to Hoover broaden the sport Sports Columnist into a wider (if john.hoover not cooler, edgier and younger) 918-581-8384 demographic. Twitter: And Fox, not @JohnEHoover NBC or CBS, is broadcasting the 115th Open beginning Thursday. “This is a new age and a new era for the USGA,” United States Golf Association president Tom O’Toole told the Tulsa World. Of course, that might ultimately mean Tulsa and Southern Hills Country Club may have to wait a bit longer to host their next U.S. Open. Southern Hills last hosted the U.S. Open in 2001. Future Opens are currently booked through 2021, although numerous reports say the 2022 Open (The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts) and


Missouri has not decided what to do if sentencing rule is made retroactive

When Joseph Aldridge killed seven neighbors and cousins, then himself, some assumed he had snapped after finding his cancer-stricken mother dead at home.

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igh above the Arkansas river, she is our Vesuvius, and boy, is it something to see when she erupts. She sleeps for 364 days of each 365, a dormant hillside lined with indistinguishable single-level homes and condominiums. That one day, though, that one Sunday in June, she blows. She spews water from a hose, beer from a can, the excess of both from the couple-thousand partygoers who climb her highest point at West 13th Street and South Jackson Avenue. She screams — ecstatic yelps from the crowd, melodies and mixes from the bands and DJs who take stage, whooshes from the cyclists — those poor cyclists — who must ascend and descend her multiple times in pursuit of glory. Oh, and the earsplitting ding-ding-dings of the cowbells, those cheerleading boons and hangover exacerbators.

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She shines a bright light on Tulsa’s most creative and most grotesque: the blonde woman in a lobster suit, the man test driving the sunglasses/white necktie/ short-shorts combo, the heroes who wear merely their Speedos. One resident prefers to call her the “Hill of Half-Naked Women.” Almost a decade old now, our Vesuvius knows to alert the neighbors and the masses of her eruption. The warnings appear in the days before she rumbles, in neon orange paint as the hill ascends, in the form of

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her credo and her common name: Mind the Gap. Mind the Gap. Cry Baby Hill. She is growling again this weekend, perhaps for a crowd larger than she has ever seen. Word continues to spread that Cry Baby Hill is the party of the year in Tulsa, and maybe even the party of the year in cycling in the United States. But as Cry Baby Hill once again welcomes swaths of cycling fans and people looking for a good time SEE HILL B10

INSIdE: Results from Day 2 of Tulsa Tough in the Brady Arts District, plus schedules and maps for Sunday’s events. PAGE B10

In a tied NBA Finals, James ready for whatever • leBron says neither team has the momentum going into Sunday’s Game 5 against Golden State. By BRIAN MAHONEy Associated Press

OAKlAND, Calif. — leBron James casually swished a jumper from the corner, an otherwise ordinary shot with a higher degree of difficulty given the backpack hang-


ing over his shoulders. In the NBA Finals, James might have to carry something much heavier than a backpack. He might have to put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back. “Well, I’m in a spot where I have to be very productive, and that’s

just the spot I’ve always been in,” James said Saturday. He’s certainly been in this very spot in the finals, Game 5 of a tied series, the game that has historically foretold who would win the title. So it’s all about the next game, with no reason to get hung up on what happened in the last one — no matter how bad things appeared. “I think when you get to a championship-level type game with it


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ST. LOuIS • Their crimes are among the worst of the worst. An elderly man beaten, then suffocated in a freezer in his Maplewood home in 1985. A 15-year-old girl strangled with a speaker wire in 1993 at the doughnut shop in Spanish Lake where she worked. In St. Louis, a security guard killed in 1990, then a police officer slain in 2007. They are the types of callous, premeditated acts that send killers away for life without any chance of release. And in each of those cases, that’s exactly what happened. Tommy L. Thomas, Tony W. Jones, Edward Anderson and Antonio Andrews were all convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to forever behind bars. But there’s a twist: Each was a kid when he committed his crime. In a changing legal landscape, that factor now could mean their eventual release — along with that of dozens of others — in Missouri, a leading state for sending juveniles away for life. The U.S. Supreme Court has over the past decade moved away from the harshest sentences for youths, recognizing

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Is the best treatment for cancer already inside of us? Research is underway at Washington University to test a new approach to cancer treatment. Beyond traditional therapies like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, scientists want to know if the human body’s own immune system can attack tumors. They’re testing personalized vaccines designed to target deadly cancer cells in each patient. A vaccine is any substance that prevents or treats a disease with properties of the disease itself. Scientists know that fighting fire with fire works for many viruses such as flu, measles or polio. Now they want to test that theory with cancer, but since every tumor is different, every vaccine will be different. Advancements in genetic sequencing, or decoding the DNA of cells, have made it easier to figure out what makes tumors unique. Scientists have found potential targets in tumor cells that could cause them to



Aldridge had spent time in prison on a 2008 drug and weapons charge. And there were other red flags that now haunt people who knew him.

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black billboard with yellow and white letters notifies drivers rolling down U.S. Highway 63 near here that they are entering a “prayer zone.” Last winter, in this deeply rural and religious part of south-central Missouri, a man momentarily caught the nation’s eye by carrying out one of the deadliest mass shootings of 2015. It has since been overshadowed by even deadlier ones in Charleston, S.C.; Waco, Texas; and Roseburg, Ore. And yet the reasons for it remain more elusive because its mastermind knew all of his victims but left investigators with few clues. On a frigid February night, a convicted felon armed with guns and knives donned a military-style vest and fatally shot seven of his neighbors and cousins. He then took his own life.


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“Scared New World”

When you are a camera, nobody can see who you are; You get to see them. You get to decide what they see. —From “Dear Digital Camera” by Stephen Burt In a time of hot debate over drones and bodycams, security cameras are about as sexy as peering into a porn star’s window and finding her knitting. Cameras are already operating all over St. Louis—in alleys and neighborhoods, on bridges and the riverfront, in stores, warehouses, businesses, schools, and hospitals. There are cameras that record license plates, thermal cameras that sense body heat, infrared cameras that see at night, facial recognition cameras that can flag people from a database. Jonathan Finn, author of Capturing the Criminal Image: From Mug Shot to Surveillance Society, calls surveillance “the dominant metaphor of our soci-

ety.” With our selfies and social media, drones and nanny-cams and People of Walmart, “we are always on watch. Always on the lookout for something, anything that’s an aberration from the norm.” Cameras have become an antidote to anonymity, an almost comforting, almost parental oversight of what’s otherwise a fast urban blur. And when it comes to crime-fighting, they’re accepted without question as the next best thing. In 2001, the global mass surveillance industry was worth so little, there’s no number out there. By 2013, it was worth more than $13 billion, and a ReportsnReports market analysis forecasts $39 billion by 2020. The technology and our cultural fascination with it have grown apace with our fear, since 9/11, of terrorism and violence. We’re used to trading privacy for convenience, and

we’re downright eager to trade it for safety. Assured of popular support, Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are building a real-time center that will “systematically start federating private cameras,” letting law enforcement use their video feeds to track suspects and fugitives and share data with other agencies. Yet there’s still no public policy consensus about how all this surveillance should be conducted, how long data should be archived, who should monitor it, what ethics are involved, and how our laws must bend to accommodate the new reality. And though cameras rank right up there with fingerprints and DNA in helping solve crimes, studies don’t show much evidence that they reduce crime.

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The fact that so many cameras are already up and running with neither proof nor consensus tells us just how eager people are for security cameras— and how much they trust their efficacy. Last October the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri issued a report, “Caught in the Web of Mass Surveillance,” warning of the dangers of this kind of aggregated surveillance: The cameras aren’t terribly effective; they eat public money; monitors can be biased; data can be sold or reused in ways impossible to predict; new technologies violate civil liberties; unchecked power rests with the police; mixing public and private cameras makes accountability and transparency unattainable. Yet for all its outrage, the ACLU knew better than to expect anybody to turn off cameras. The report just begged for a little more oversight and transparency—and even that caused many folks with security cameras to roll their eyes. Have privacy activists just not caught up to technology’s new reality? Or are we not thinking ahead? Real-Time Intel Capt. Angela Coonce, commander of intelligence for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, steps into the big raw space down the hall from her office and draws a deep breath, inhaling the smell of fresh-cut wood and the promise of, at long last, efficiency. This will be the new Real-Time Crime Center, formerly dubbed the Real-Time Intelligence Center but shrewdly renamed to emphasize crime-fighting. Phase one is mainly for demo; the mayor’s looking for funding for the rest of the project. But the long wall, freshly painted a drab taupe, will eventually be a wall of camera monitors, fed by private cameras all over the city. And the tiers on the opposite side are built out for platform seating, with the back row the chief’s bridge. SLMPD crime analysts will use the room to determine crime trends and hotspots. Neighborhood associations’ tech-savvy volunteers will be invited in for training, and federal agents and analysts will stream in and out. “Our plan is to have people from different agencies here all the time,” Coonce says, “so when there’s something happening…” The room will become command

central. Relying this hard on technology is called intelligence-led policing. Critics see it as nationalization—and, to some degree, militarization—of the police force. But from Coonce’s perspective, it’s just working smart. “Before, we’d have to send a request to the Downtown Partnership and wait 24 to 48 hours to get their video. Having a snapshot of what’s happening in real time, as the officers are responding, helps not only with solvability but also officer safety.” From her perspective, the genius of this center is precisely what worries the ACLU: that it’s “truly a private-public partnership,” able to give multiple agencies instant access, but with private companies paying for—and controlling—most of the cameras and their data storage. “Chicago has about 20,000 cameras, and the city owns only 3,000,” she notes. “What they’ve done that we want to do is exploit what’s already out there. Businesses like BJC, Peabody Coal, Bank of America already have systems.” The police won’t be monitoring all those feeds live, but a 911 call will automatically pull up 15 seconds of video. “If there’s a robbery, assault, or homicide, we can click on cameras and push that information out in real time to the investigators.” The police keep video for six months; they’re waiting for the state to set a standard policy, with any luck in the next session. If someone moves a camera, it’s tagged with that person’s name, Coonce says. “We wanted those audit trails in place for the privacy concerns, to be able to see who is zooming in on people.” Cameras are best at preventing crimes of opportunity, she says, not impulsive violence (such as the domestic homicide that recently took place in full view of multiple cameras at Tucker and Chouteau). But they do make any crime they capture easier to solve and prosecute. Just this morning, her team used video to ID a bank robber. A few weeks earlier, they found the solitary shooter in the Drury Inn homicide. I ask for comparative data showing how cameras reduce crime. “It’s hard to quantify,” she says. “There are ebbs and flows. We did a five-month snapshot

analysis last year of Grand and Osage, getting as close as we could to what we’d identified as a hotspot.” Calls for service originating within 200 feet of the camera dropped by 42 percent between the spring and summer of 2013 and the same months in 2014. The biggest decreases involved calls about suspicious persons (26 fewer) and general disturbance calls (36 fewer). “We can’t say for certain that the camera caused the drop, but it’s those little pieces of data I took to the chief.” Later, she sends a study that evaluated surveillance systems in Baltimore, Chicago, and D.C. About four months after Baltimore saturated its downtown with live-monitored cameras, crime dropped by about 30 incidents per month. But in other Baltimore neighborhoods, the effects on crime were mixed. After Chicago installed an extensive camera system, crime spiked in one location, then dropped; in another location, crime didn’t change. In D.C., the cameras had no obvious effect. The report emphasized that cities should invest in live monitoring. Our center will be staffed around the clock and capable of live monitoring, but “we can’t watch 22,000 cameras a day,” Coonce says. Instead, the system will be triggered by 911 calls. This won’t replace officers on the ground, she adds. (The SLMPD has proposed spending $8 million to add 160 officers over the next two years.) “But as technology moves forward, we have to move forward also.” Watching the Watchers While Coonce was fighting to strengthen SLMPD intel, John Chasnoff, former program director of the St. Louis ACLU office, was trying to figure out just how much surveillance was already up and running throughout St. Louis. He’s an unintimidating sort, with a gentle voice, wire-rimmed glasses, and a ball cap over a graying ponytail. But he’s as persistent as a schnauzer. He first worried about cameras when two residents of the 21st Ward protested outside Alderman Antonio French’s office and promptly had their photos posted on Facebook. That was in the spring of 2012. Chasnoff made a few Sunshine Law requests, trying to find out whether those cameras were public or private.

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What he found was that the city was full of cameras, and the line between public and private had been erased. “I couldn’t go to the city, even, and say, ‘Tell me about all your cameras,’” he says. “They had no idea. The cameras they were monitoring belonged to the Locust Business District. And the guy who answered our Sunshine request didn’t know the Port Authority had cameras; didn’t know there were 120 alley cams to catch people disposing of trash improperly.” Then Chasnoff saw the PowerPoint, prepared by the SLMPD for Mayor Slay, proposing a real-time intel center that would rely on private camera feeds. “To me, that’s a real dangerous model,” Chasnoff says, “to build an infrastructure for other people’s cameras.” He worried about the biases that come into play when human beings monitor live cameras. (A 1999 study by the Centre for Criminological Research, in England, found that monitors disproportionately focused on people who were young, black, or both. A 2004 study conducted in Oslo found a pattern of targeting people who looked “scruffy.” A 2011 study in Criminal Justice and Behavior found that monitoring was heavily biased toward minorities, males, and youth.) Chasnoff also worried that “the law has not caught up with the realities of this technology.” The old standard of privacy was measured by the human body: If you were in public, where strangers could see and hear you, you couldn’t very well expect your movements to be private. But today’s camera networks “can record a whispered conversation; track individuals as they go to the doctor, engage in political activities, or attend their house of worship; even zoom in on someone’s diary while they are writing on a park bench,” Chasnoff notes. Meanwhile, the FBI’s Next Generation Identification database is already collecting the DNA profiles, iris scans, palm prints, voice profiles, scars, and tattoos of millions of Americans. Video of people’s movements could be integrated with that data or shared with other agencies. Chasnoff asked SLMPD Chief Sam Dotson whether he planned to coordinate this real-time center with the St. Louis Fusion Center, which

pulls together scores of federal and state agencies for homeland security. (In 2012, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee pointed out instance after instance in which fusion centers had violated civil liberties.) “He said there were no plans and then finished by saying, ‘I am thinking about asking the county fusion center to move into our building when we get the real-time intelligence center.’” But the biggest surprise, Chasnoff says, was that the effectiveness of intelligence centers remains unproven: “Boston had a 10 percent reduction in crime after their center opened in 2010; Houston had a 15 percent reduction in violent crime in the three years after theirs opened in 2008. With no intelligence center in place, St. Louis had comparable or better numbers: a 9.25 percent reduction in crime for 2010 and a 15.6 percent reduction in violent crime for that year alone.” The Caveats Jeff Rainford returns my calls in January, just after announcing his coming resignation as the mayor’s chief of staff. “The feedback we’re getting from the people of St. Louis is, ‘We want you to do more to keep us safe,’” he says. “This is all an initiative of the mayor, being carried out by public safety and the police department. We are in favor of cameras for public safety, for crime prevention.” I ask what gave the mayor’s office confidence that cameras would prevent crime. “We partnered with [the University of Missouri–St. Louis] and asked them to advise us on cameras,” Rainford says. “The answer comes back that they work if they are monitored live—which can be by human beings or by sophisticated software that is monitored by human beings. What UMSL has told us is that surveillance cameras do in fact have a significant impact on crime when they are monitored live, both deterrence and solving. I’m convinced it will make the city safer.” Rainford calls the UMSL report “the strongest basis for my thinking” and urges me to talk to its main author, UMSL criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld. Actually, I already have. Rosenfeld and his colleagues studied the 21st Ward’s closed-circuit TV cam-

eras. “There was a reduction in crime for a relatively short period of time,” Rosenfeld says, “and in a few months we found crime levels returning to baseline. That’s not unlike other studies about the impact of CCTV cameras on crime. They sometimes have a relatively immediate and short-term effect. But over time, especially if people began to perceive that the footage was not regularly monitored…” The key is indeed live monitoring, he says. “But my own view is that cameras work best when they are accompanied by regular police patrols. People draw a connection between the presence of cameras and the presence of police.” He thinks the Real-Time Crime Center will be a good idea “to the degree that the police are successful in collecting and centralizing images from all over the city.” But he’s not sure that it will reduce crime. “It certainly can make the investigation of crimes more efficient,” he says, adding, “I do have reservations. The question always has to be ‘What are the additional benefits of compiling, centralizing, and disseminating up and down the chain of authority all these kinds of information?’ The benefit has to outweigh the risks and be worth the effort. I don’t know that I’m fully convinced that it is.” I call another academic, Neil Richards, an internationally recognized privacy expert who’s on Washington University’s law faculty. Born in Liverpool, he’s well accustomed to surveillance cameras, and Oxford University Press just published his first book, Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age. “CCTV is interesting,” he says. “CCTV does not really deter crime. It can move street crime around. Violent crimes, people don’t think about cameras. And they don’t deter terrorism.” The case inevitably cited is the Boston Marathon. Yes, Richards says, cameras confirmed the Tsarnaev brothers’ presence there, “but all the CCTV cameras in the world would not have stopped those guys—and in the end, they got found by a guy walking out his door and saying, ‘There’s a bloodstain on my boat.’” Private Eyes From the glass walls of Downtown STL’s conference room, I notice a nondescript little brown bird perched on the wing of the American eagle atop the

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Old Post Office. The statue’s a replica of “Peace, Vigilance, and the American Eagle,” which, it occurs to me, is exactly what we’re talking about—the vigilance needed to make the streets peaceful, and how to balance that vigilance with liberty. Missy Kelley, chief operating officer, and Doug Woodruff, president and CEO, bring out a big map of downtown’s security cameras. There’s no central registry, so they walked the streets and asked who had cameras. The board’s clustered with so many red and blue dots, it looks like an epidemiologist’s trying to track the common cold. The 100 red dots are cameras that Downtown STL actively monitors. The blue dots are private cameras, but not all of them, Woodruff says: “There are cameras people don’t want you to see.” I ask whether a common code of ethics seemed to be emerging. “I’m not sure how to answer that,” Kelley says. “We hand-select the people that monitor, and there are very strict rules.” (I later learn the minimum requirements: Monitors must be highschool graduates, 18 or older, with no criminal record.) “The police department trains them,” she continues, “and we have a manual.” May I see it? “I don’t know that it’s something we can turn over to you.” (When I ask Coonce, she says that a new manual’s being prepared but isn’t yet approved for release.) How long is video archived? “Well, we don’t have a policy,” Woodruff says. “I think that’s an issue with the police department more than with us.” Does it concern him that all those private cameras are exempt from public accountability yet will be networked into a public system? “That’s not our issue,” he says, “other than the benefit of having 700 cameras downtown and we ought to be able to access them.” Could we show readers that cool map? After all, to work as deterrents, cameras have to be visible. “Flashing lights, police logo—that’s what we are encouraging even private businesses to go toward,” Coonce told me. “No,” says Kelley, “we can’t let you have the map.” Walking back to my car, I stop on the sidewalk below one of the cameras and ask passersby, “Do you know where the

downtown security cameras are?” “Gosh, no. I’ve lived here all my life, so I thought I could help you,” says a nice young man in a suit. “No, but I’m lost myself,” says another man, slightly harried, with a briefcase. “Haven’t a clue,” a woman says with a shrug. “No, ma’am,” says the hot-dog vendor on that corner. “I have been here 11 years, but I do not know where that is.” Next I stop by the office of the Locust Business District. Its cameras went up more than five years ago. “You have to be careful,” treasurer Barry Adelstein tells me, “because we don’t necessarily want folks to know where all the cameras are. We think people knowing we have them is enough.” He gets regular crime-comparison reports from a supplemental security firm, The City’s Finest, staffed by current and retired police officers. But when I call his liaison there, I’m told “those reports are not public information.” My next stop, the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, looks like an outdoors shop in the Pacific Northwest, with pale hardwood floors and a row of black mountain bikes hanging on one wall. Executive director Jim Whyte is an affable guy, eager to show privacy advocates that the cameras aren’t violating any civil liberties. A former police officer, Whyte points out that “cameras do prevent crime,” in the sense that they remove a particular criminal from the street for a time. They won’t stop somebody from robbing a bank. But when the Bank of America at Euclid and Lindell got robbed, various cameras showed which way the robber ran and captured him getting into a car—all in real time, with helicopters circling overhead. The CWE cameras have helped in more than 20 incidents since mid-2013, Whyte says, often sorting out exactly who did what. The CWE’s securitycamera policy states that “signage, which is still in development, will be posted to disclose this activity.” But the group still hasn’t put signs up notifying people of particular camera locations— they worry that it might produce a false sense of security, plus it’s “an aesthetic issue,” Whyte says.

“I don’t get the whole privacy argument,” he adds. “It’s something that is perpetuated by the media.” Partnering with Washington University Medical Center, the NSI has $465,000 to expand its system; soon the office will control more than 80 highdefinition cameras. “It’s very expensive,” Whyte says, “but there’s no better feeling than to come in here after some innocent person has been victimized and be able to review the footage, call the police, and say, ‘We have them.’” The Perception of Safety At every neighborhood or business office I visited, someone spoke fervently about cameras “giving people confidence” or “creating the perception of safety.” But there are ways that perception can backfire. First, there’s the danger of overconfidence. Reasonable, law-abiding people park near cameras thinking they’ll be somehow safer there—maybe they can even leave their laptop in the car. But impulsive, aggressive criminals don’t even register the cameras’ presence. Second, there’s the lessening of community cooperation and vigilance. “It takes a lot of work to be vigilant about crime and come down to court to testify,” says St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, “and sometimes, in more affluent neighborhoods, the feeling is, we spent money on cameras, so we don’t have to do that anymore.” Then there’s what’s called the CSI effect: Jurors think that if something wasn’t caught on camera, it didn’t happen. Fourth, “you can see a video that only shows you part of what’s happening and assume you know what’s happening,” notes Joyce. “A couple years ago, on New Year’s Eve, an officer was at a gas station at I-55 and Arsenal. Two guys took video and were narrating, saying things like, ‘Wow, he’s really punching him.’ You could only see the officer from the waist up, because a car was in the way. He was hitting with his baton, and it was a disturbing video. “We talked to people at the scene and found out this individual had lunged at the police officer and had him in a wrestling hold around his legs. If an officer gets knocked over, he can lose

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control of his gun. So he was hitting— on the meaty part of the thigh, where you don’t break any bones, just as he’d been trained to do. “Video’s just one piece of the puzzle,” Joyce concludes. “You have to be really analytical when you review it, but it’s powerful.” She mentions a recent murder-for-hire case that was solved because there was video: “Those three people would have murdered a victim of domestic violence, and we would never have found them.” The City’s Finest After hearing that both Locust and the CWE hire The City’s Finest, I visit its office—founder Charles Betts’ old apartment in Forest Park Southeast. He was a beat cop down here before rising to homicide detective, he says, and after an injury forced him to retire, he founded TCF, offering supplemental security patrols. Now he’s adding hightech surveillance. The office is immaculately clean— with fragrant candles, a pale wood floor, and a leather sofa—and freezing cold, for the new computers’ sake. One room holds a bank of eight large screens. Betts shows me how the software allows him to move cameras and pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) remotely. “The thermal camera on the perimeter says there’s a person, the fixed camera sees them, and the PTZ follows to get a close-up, and the monitor can then take control and zoom in on facial features. He can warn the person through an Internet Protocol microphone—there are two loudspeakers at the site.” The entire system can be controlled from a cellphone, Betts says. Business owners “can even watch employees to make sure they’re doing a good job. And we can monitor remotely at night instead of putting a police officer in a dangerous area alone. “All our camera systems are designed to feed into the SLMPD system,” continues Betts. “We are going to be giving them information all the time. But we are not subject to the Sunshine Law. I can do whatever I want, because I’m private. The private sector has unlimited resources. You just say, ‘Hey, I want 30 monitors in this room, and I want to store video for a year. You could do that.” (He doesn’t, as a rule; after 60 days, it gets recorded over.) Betts doesn’t worry about invading

privacy, because “when we put a camera in, if there’s anything we feel is a privacy concern, we put a mask over it. The computer has drawn a virtual line around that window and blocked it out. The mask is controlled by the administrators of the system.” Facing the Future A Starbucks cup clamped in his teeth, Joe Spiess digs out his security card so he can swipe his way into Blue Line Security Solutions’ conference room. “We need facial recognition right here,” he jokes, rescuing the sloshing cup before it spills. Spiess retired as a major with the SLMPD; now he’s the chief operating officer of Blue Line, promoting a facial recognition system whose users enter photographs of people they want recognized. Called First Line, the software can stop thieves, sexual predators, employees turned violent, abusive spouses, baby kidnappers, or corporate spies, Spiess tells me. The system just went online at St. Mary’s High School, one of the first in the nation to use facial recognition. And the city’s 32 circuit judges have allowed it to be set up in the downtown courthouse. It’s working, Spiess says. “A father made a threat, so his photo was put into the system, and when he showed up for the termination hearing, he was searched twice and escorted to the judge’s chambers.” First Line differs from the myriad patent-pending facial recognition systems, because it uses small, user-created databases. All those shoplifter photos pinned to cork in Walmart back rooms? They’d go into a First Line database, and a security alert would come up if that shoplifter returned. He or she then could be greeted—and tracked—by a courteous security agent, not just waved in by a cheerful retiree. I wonder aloud: Can somebody say, “No, you can’t take my picture,” if he or she hasn’t been charged yet? “I don’t think so,” says Blue Line CEO Tom Sawyer, who worked 21 years for the SLMPD, “but it really wouldn’t matter, because this is all videotaped anyway on 5.0-megapixel cameras. You’d just pull off a still.” That’s the trick of facial recognition—short of a Mardi Gras mask, there’s little anyone can do to prevent his or her image from being collected.

And it’s another reason that access to these databases needs to be tightly controlled, Spiess says. “If I want to mess with him”—he gestures to Sawyer—“I can change him from green to red in 1.2 seconds and tell everybody he’s a pedophile.” What if the camera gets it wrong all by itself and misidentifies Sawyer as a pedophile? “Most facial recognition uses 160 to 180 data points” measuring a face’s features, Spiess says. First Line uses 380, and it reads them in a tenth of a second. Granted, even the best facial recognition systems can be fooled by hoodies or sunglasses, aging or plastic surgery or cryptofashion’s tribal paint makeup. “But we dressed my wife up in a burqa,” Spiess confides, “and it got her, because it was all in her eyes.” Sawyer steps into the hall, and a black speck on the wall about 18 feet away identifies him, claiming 99 percent accuracy. “You can extract the video to see what else he’s wearing,” Spiess says. “You can snip it and mail it to anybody.” I leave Blue Line with a slight tingle down my spine, realizing that I’m still on their cameras and someday could be tracked all the way to my next meeting—with a privacy rights activist—and our whispered conversation could be overheard, taped, and sent God knows where. I used to comfort myself with the thought that there was too much information being gathered for anyone to sift through anyway. Then I read about software programmed to automatically detect anomalies in a camera feed. About computers that train themselves, using an annotated database, to recognize what’s happening in a photograph. About private companies that are now building license plate photo databases available to all buyers. People assure me video’s never going to be kept long, because it costs too much to store—but storage costs are in freefall. John Villasenor, a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates that by 2020 the cost to store a year’s worth of around-the-clock high-res video will be $6 per camera. “Why would a mall throw away their footage?” asks Frank Ahearn, an author and privacy consultant. “There’s too much money in data.” It can be

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resold for marketing purposes, national security purposes, private purposes. “Let’s say Frank Ahearn was the guy sitting behind the buttons. I’d contact all process servers and tell them I can locate all their people for them and charge them $100 a head. You have a grudge against somebody, you find the bar and say, ‘He’s there now.’” The Chinese government has installed more than 20 million surveillance cameras, along with advanced video analytics and facial recognition software, to prevent crime, track criminals, and—according to human rights groups—monitor political dissidents. In 2012, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Gansu province told a New York Times reporter, “ There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear.” The Times also reported that a fund run by Bain Capital had bought the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that produces infrared “anti-riot” cameras for Chinese police—and has set up an emergency command center in Tibet “for the maintenance of social stability.” This is what privacy activists mean when they talk about “function drift” or “mission creep.” It doesn’t take a science-fiction writer to come up with a scenario in which we’ve played into a future authoritarian government’s hands. And it’s perfectly possible that some organizations will save data and, a decade from now, it will be analyzed in ways that we can’t possibly foresee. A Careful Policy The director of protective services at Washington University School of Medicine, John Ursch, has been quietly overseeing an extensive, tightly controlled CCTV system for many years. Its cameras are passive, not live-monitored, so they’re not catching criminals in the act. Is the system worth it? “Well,” Ursch says, “I’m prejudiced. I’d say so. Could I give you a cost-benefit analysis that proves this on paper? Probably not.” The med school “would be crimefree if people were actually afraid of

doing things in front of a camera,” he says. “It isn’t enough of a deterrent. But in a lot of theft situations, without the video, we’d be pretty much stymied. And there’s a soft value to it that I would say is invaluable. It builds confidence.” Will the medical school’s camera system be merged into the SLMPD’s real-time center? “If it’s up to me, no,” Ursch says firmly. “We will always be good partners with the police. We can burn images and have the video ready by the time a patrol car gets here.” The police want his cameras to be part of the network, I remark. “Yeah, I know they do,” he responds. “They want it all. But quite frankly, I don’t think they can effectively manage it all. I would be very hesitant about throwing in and saying we are all part of this single integrated system.” Ursch is a retired Army intelligence officer. “There’s part of me—with my background in law enforcement and intelligence—I’m not comfortable with that level of aggregation and single point of control.” Safeguarding Security Surveillance tech brings with it the ultimate irony: Just at the point when we don’t trust anybody, we’ve got to trust a whole lot of people to do this right. Chasnoff thinks that there should be a record of who logs into a camera network, that a third party should collect the data, and that police should need a warrant to obtain it. “You can’t build a system where it’s entirely at the discretion of the police department to show restraint,” he says. “If I were in charge?” says Ahearn, the tough-talking privacy consultant, “everything would be incident-based. You can’t consolidate it. Get a subpoena for a copy of the CCTV footage. What happened to the idea that there had to be probable cause?” The Electronic Privacy Information Center, an independent nonprofit in D.C., wants legislation “that provides for penalties and public oversight.” The United Kingdom has appointed

a surveillance camera commissioner and directed users to regularly reassess their camera systems: Are they effective? What’s their privacy impact? Is there adequate signage? Is the images’ integrity safeguarded? The European Forum for Urban Security says equipment should be proportional to the problem it is intended to address, and citizens should receive regular reports about costs, the areas being surveyed, and what the results are. “Surveillance is dangerous for two reasons,” says Richards, the law prof. “When we’re talking about surveillance of our intellectual activities or social behavior, it inclines us to the boring, the bland, and the mainstream. And two, it changes the power balance between the watcher and the watched.” Sure, there’s talk of “sousveillance,” in which citizens turn the tables and conduct surveillance of those in power. There’s even a new app for Android smartphones, Alibi, that records your audio, video, and location data—for an hour. But for most of us, protection will have to come from the law. And when it comes to the newest forms of surveillance, Richards says,“legally, we have a mess. The rule for public surveillance is that things in public aren’t private. It’s not very deeply theorized! And we haven’t thought about the consequences” of today’s surveillance capabilities. “We have to ask what privacy does for us, what values it serves,” he continues. “Protecting political defenses, protecting individual eccentricity, promoting equality. You have to weigh those values against the prevention of crime. They are both important. That’s the point. We don’t want to live in a society in which we have perfect prevention of crime and perfectly efficient policing; that means there are no civil liberties. And we don’t want to live with perfect civil liberties, if it means we can do horrible things to each other. “We need to be always vigilant in striking that balance,” he finishes. “It’s become too easy, post-9/11, to pick security.”

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Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year Finalists Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: William Powell

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Kenny Williams loves milk. To stay trim, he’s switched to 1 percent, though he misses whole milk, thick and creamy, like melted ice cream. He’d like to switch to skim, but he’s yet to acquire a taste for white water. Last year, Kenny traveled to Paysandu, Uruguay, to begin his career as a professional basketball player. Everything about his new home was a shock: the architecture, the cars, the language, the food, and most of all, the milk. It came in plastic pouches, not jugs, and the flavor was all wrong. For the first few days, he wondered whether he could survive in this strange land with its strange milk, 5,000 miles from his family. Then he picked up a basketball. With that ball in his hands, Kenny is a marvel on any continent. A prototypical swingman, he stands 6-foot-7, with a chiseled physique—washboard abs and long, wiry arms. He’s fast, strong, and an impressive leaper; he’s a vicious dunker, a capable shooter, and an imposing defender. The language barrier didn’t matter. A teammate or manager would translate the coach’s Spanish instructions. And, anyway, the message was always the same: “Get the ball to Kenny.” The season was a grind. The team crammed dozens of games into just a few months, playing night after night, and the action was much more physical there, like cage fights with dribbling. Rival teams quickly realized that beating the Paysandu Wanderers meant stopping Kenny Williams. He won’t accuse opponents of trying to hurt him, but they would bring goons off the bench to commit hard fouls, send a message.

Walking down Birmingham’s tree-lined avenues or driving past its youthful restaurants, boutiques and breweries, it’s strange to think that, for many reasons, this city shouldn’t exist. In fact, for much of Alabama’s storied history, it didn’t. There was no river flowing through the city’s heart to give it life, no harbor to attract the nation’s commerce. But then, after the Civil War had run its course, the railroad came, and what was once a collection of three small farm towns became something else. It became “The Magic City.” Despite lacking the traditional geography of many of the South’s other great cities, Birmingham had something else—something special. Just outside downtown in the long, low ridges of the once-mighty Appalachians could be found iron ore, coal and limestone: the three main ingredients for steel. And in a rapidly industrializing nation gearing up for what would become the American Century, that was enough for a city to seemingly materialize overnight, as if by magic. In 1910, just 39 years after it was founded, Birmingham’s population had boomed to more than 132,000 people. By World War I, the city’s famed Sloss Furnaces was one of the foremost producers of pig iron in the world. But things change. During the 1950s and 1960s, Birmingham became synonymous with the brutal tactics used to suppress civil-rights demonstrators, and white flight to the suburbs saw the city’s population decline. At the same time, Birmingham’s industrial heart was struggling to keep going. In 1971, the great Sloss Furnaces shut down. A year later, the last of the region’s ore mines shuttered.

It’s shaky because his hands are shaky, the way your hands would be if you knew you were about to lose the very thing—the physical thing, mind you—you loved most. And it’s jerky, shifting left to right, left to right, because he’s filming the video as he’s walking, as he’s retracing the steps he’s trod daily through his 1954 Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home, the one he and his wife, Sharon, lovingly, painstakingly brought back to life over the course of decades. He’s retracing the 25 years of footsteps he’s taken across his home’s threshold, through the entryway, past the open stairway and on into the living room, a room that explodes in soaring glass and mahogany and trees and New Jersey sky. It’s bright and it’s warm and it’s morning. It’s just the way you’d want to remember it, if you had to. And Lawrence Tarantino had to. You could follow his footsteps, too, by viewing the video on YouTube, and you’d watch it again, and again, because there’s just that much to take in. At first you’d see the polished board and batten, the mezzanine that blurs the line between indoors and out, the towering hearth. And then you’d see other things, more personal things, like a throw pillow set slightly askew, an orange ceramic coffee mug left on a windowsill, a pair of wind chimes, a framed photo of Wright affixed to the concrete wall. That is to say, you’d first see the architecture. And then you’d see the home. It was a home that deserved to be saved. And saved, it was—first, when the Tarantinos bought the house and tracked down its original owner, got the original blueprints and set to work restoring it piece by piece.

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Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year Publication: ALIVE Magazine By: Attilio D’Agostino


WOODS Explore new territory with daring combinations of luxurious knits that channel the romance of the great outdoors.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ATTILIO D’AGOSTINO Stylist: Trudy Hayden Model: Kasia Krol, NY Models Hair: Angela Schoolfield for Notch Salon Makeup: Randi Davis

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Sleek tailoring, heavy knits and a touch of sportswear usher in a new era of femininity.


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Stylist: Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann Model: June Downs, NY Models Hair: Angela Schoolfield for Notch Salon Makeup: Randi Nicole Shot in White Hall, Illinois, at the historic home of Eloise Seekamp.

Purple Haze A rock ’n’ roll revival brings about a new season of headlining acts, from jewel-toned velvet to multi-colored graphic prints—all with a dash of ’70s-inspired opulence. ’Scuse us while we kiss the sky…

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Stylist: Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann Model: Sija with NY Model Management Hair: Caitlin Ford for Notch Salon Makeup: Kat Hinkle for ABTP

Photography by Attilio D’Agostino Fashion Editor: Sarah Stallmann Contributing Creative Director: Tania Beasley-Jolly Styling: Sarah Stallmann and Tania Beasley-Jolly Model: Alanna Arrington for Mother Model Management Hair: Valerie Brown Makeup: Kat Hinkle Shot on location at the historic Fabulous Fox Theatre in Grand Center.

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Today’s girl takes minimal dressing to the next level with monochromatic looks that channel beauty inside and out.

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Stylist: Trudy Hayden Model: Olivia Anakwe at NY Model Management Hair: Caleigh Hampton Makeup: Sharday Johnson

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Today’s girl takes minimal dressing to the next level with monochromatic looks that channel beauty inside and out.

In the heart of The Hill, among some of St. Louis’ top dining destinations, lies an unmarked building a block wide with whited-out windows. While the outside is rather nondescript in comparison to The Hill’s motley style, inside is an eclectic world of its own: the home of SKIF International. SKIF has been a staple of the ‘made in St. Louis’ movement since its launch in 1994 by designer Nina Ganci, whose vision and early investment in fashion in STL created a thriving, collaborative design studio that specializes in knitwear. The space serves several purposes. It’s a home base of operations and manufacturing for the internationally successful SKIF-branded knitwear line that is sold in well over 300 boutiques, an incubator for emerging St. Louis artists and designers like Michael Drummond, DJ Kennedy

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Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year, Finalist Publication: Omaha Magazine By: Bill Sitzmann

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Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year, Finalist Publication: 405 Magazine By: Simon Hurst

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With no time to waste – Cremieux Super 130 blue suit, Kenneth Cole pink glaze shirt, Murano paisley and floral tie, Johnston and Murphy leather and canvas belt, with Magnanni monk strap dress shoe and Polo by Ralph Lauren leather briefcase, all from Dillard’s Penn Square in OKC.

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Knits are an outstanding staple for any closet – this Missoni Zebra knit dress answers the call in style. The gold earrings by Julie Vos and the Stella McCartney black kid suede bag with gold chain detail add a deftly fashionable finishing touch; all available at Balliets in Classen Curve.

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For years, sections of downtown’s west side have been abandoned, derelict or decaying, with few permanent residents and little new development. That may be about to change.

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Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year, Finalist Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: Kevin A. Roberts

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Great Plains Website of the Year Publication: St. Louis Magazine, By: Steph Zimmerman Judges’ Comments: St. Louis Magazine has a strong visual identity and an intuitive navigation that allows readers to explore new topics and to also quickly find what they came to find. The First Bite videos have a strong sense of place and deliver good information to consumers. the Best Restaurants guide, a staple of city magazines, is also well done and easy to use.

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Great Plains Website of the Year Finalist Publication: The Frontier, By: Robert E. Lorton III, Ziva Branstetter, Cary Aspinwall, Kevin Canfield, Dylan Goforth

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Great Plains Website of the Year Finalist Publication: The Oklahoman, By: NewsOK .com

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Great Plains Website of the Year Finalist Publication: TulsaKids Magazine. By: Abby Rodgers, Betty Casey, Charles Foshee

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The 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards

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News Package Winner Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Alia Conley, Maggie O’Brien, Alissa Skelton, Bob Glissmann

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015


Judges’ Comments: Superb coverage, under time pressure, of a is major story inofficer the community. Rather than Grim milestone Kerrie Orozco city’sbreaking first female to be killed a straight news approach, the lede zeroes in on the central tragedy — that Officer Kerrie Orozco would never go Armed,That dangerous Suspect was sought September shooting home to raise her newborn daughter. was a great choice. Profiles of the in slain officer and her killer, thumbnails on other officers killed in the line of duty, an explanatory graphic on the shooting — all the elements work together Time off was set She was ready to take her preemie home from hospital today seamlessly to answer every key question a reader would have. A follow-up package several days later on the officer’s funeral continues the strong reporting and visual storytelling, starting with a simple but powerful front-page design showcasing a photo, shot from above, of the funeral procession and the crowd lining the street.


Excerpt from “City mourns a mother, a mentor, an officer killed in the line of duty” BY ALIAPolice CONLEY, MOfficer AGGIE O’BRIEN A month ago, Omaha AND ALISSA SKELTON WORLD-HERALD WRITERS Kerrie Orozco was proud of theSTAFF weight A month ago,gained. Omaha Police her premature daughter had Officer Kerrie Orozco was proud of theto weight her premature daughter “She’s pretty close 6 lbs!” Orozco had gained. wrote on Facebook, underneath “She’s pretty closephotos to 6 lbs!” Orozco wrote on Facebook, underof her two stepchildren baby neath holding photos of her two stepchildren holding baby Olivia Ruth. Olivia Ruth. Orozco had been looking forward today — the day when she Orozco had been to looking forward to could take Olivia home after three months in the neonataltake intensive today — the day when she could care unit. Butmonths she didn’t make Olivia home after three init.the Orozco, 29, was killed Wednesneonatal intensive care unit. day, her last scheduled day of police duty before taking the rest of But she didn’t make it. leave to spend with her maternity her firstborn child. Orozco, 29, was killed GunfireWednesday, erupted when Orozco other officers attempted to arher last day of policeand duty before taking rest Marcus D. Wheeler, on a felony warrantleave for first-degree assault, the rest of her maternity to spend about 1 p.m. Orozco, who was part of the gang with her first-born child. unit, is the first female police offiGunfire erupted when and cer in the Orozco department to die in the line of duty. She is the 25th Omaha other officers attempted to arrest Mar-and officer killed on duty overall first since 2003. cus D. Wheeler, on athefelony warrant for Wheeler, 26, also died of injuries from the shooting near 30th Street first-degree assault about 1 p.m. and Martin Avenue. Wheeler was a felon and gang a known gang Orozco, who wasconvicted part of the member, police said. a press conference unit, is the first femaleInpolice officerlate Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief said Orozco, in the department toTodd dieSchmaderer in the line of who was a seven-year-veteran, dedicatduty. She is the 25thedOmaha officer her life to service. See Officer: Page 5 killed on duty overall and the first since 2003. TO DONATE to the Officer Kerrie Orozco Wheeler, 26, also Donations died of injuries Family Fund are being accepted at: from the shooting near 30th Street and » Police Federal Credit Union at 3003 S. 82nd Ave. in Omaha and 10791 S. Martin Avenue. Wheeler was a convict72nd St. in Papillion. » Omaha Police Foundation at ed felon and a known gang member, police said. Police are planning a 4:30 p.m. Wednesday press conference to provide more information on the shootings. In a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Orozco, who was a seven-​year-veteran, dedicated her life Omaha Gives to service. a doggone hit “This isNonprofit a somber day for the city groups across the Omaha area had celebrationssaid. “Officer of Omaha,” Schmaderer Wednesday for Omaha Gives, a 24-hour online fundraiser individual, Orozco was a top-notch in its third year. The events generated excitement among and the city of Omaha owes her a debt donors, who gave $8.9 million to theand drive. Here, Ellis of gratitude, herAaron family, like no plays Snuggles the dog in other.” an Omaha Gives program at the Bookworm store. Ellis is a paid actor with RESPECT, Schmaderer laid out aa basic timeline group that helps youths form of events: healthy relationships and resist bullying. At 12:58Seep.m., Orozco and other more in Midlands. members of the Metro Area Fugitive


Omaha Officer Kerrie Orozco, here at a National Night Out event in August, was known as a committed community volunteer who worked with Girl Scouts and coached baseball for the Boys & Girls Club.

Task Force were near Martin Avenue en by ambulance to Creighton SCHMADERER UniverSPEAKS police chief and Read Street, looking for Wheeler, sity Medical Center in The extremely critical remembers Kerrie Orozco, when they spotted him about a block condition. They were pronounced dead and video from the scene of the shooting. Videos away, near 31st Avenue and Vane at the hospital. on Street. Angela Valentine, who livesPAST just A CHECKERED The fugitive who died Wheeler shot at officers, then ran east of 3057 Martin Ave., was taking a was a felon who had faced charges in multiple north through a wooded area toward nap Wednesday afternoon when her shootings. Page 5A the backyard of a house at 3057 Martin son walked in and said, “I think I heard ‘A SOMBER DAY’ John Barber pauses after placing Ave. shooting.” heard what flowers ThursdayValentine at a makeshift then Sacrifice is not too big memorial outside Omaha a word for this tragedy. Orozco, another officer and a sershePolice thought were police outside the Headquarters for Orozco, Editorial, 6B shown above with her newborn geant confronted Wheeler, and shots house say, down! Get down on the daughter, Olivia “Get Ruth. RYA N S O D E R L I N / T H E W O R L D - H E R A L D were exchanged. ground!” The officers were yelling toOrozco collapsed. ward the back of the neighbor’s house. While officers rendered first aid to Valentine then heard two shots, then Orozco, Wheeler ran east and collapsed many shots. in the backyard at 3042 Read St. A She looked outside and saw a female semiautomatic handgun with a drum police officer on the ground near the magazine was found near him.DEATH PENALTY corner of her house. “There was blood A man living at the Read Street on her pants and the upper part of her house said he saw Wheeler lean against body,” Valentine said. Other officers a downspout and fall to the ground. He were trying to keep the officer calm, she said Wheeler was pointing at his chest, said, and were “going into CPR mode.” where he had been shot. Following the news of Orozco’s Officers performed CPR on Orozco death, condolences began pouring BY JOE DUGGAN However, it would leave the DEATH PENALTY IN NEBRASKA state nawith no way to carry out and Wheeler, Schmaderer said. into socialA timeline media from across the WORLD-HERALD BUREAU showing the method of their executions. execution has changed, notable “It was really sad,” ValentineLINCOLN said, — The Nebraska tion. Hundreds ofthepeople, including The governor and McCoy executions and ongoing Legislature’s monumental vote lamented that sentences debate. Pages 2&3A “really heart-wrenching, watching theto repeallaw enforcement officers and police Wednesday the death affirmed by juries, judges and penalty intensified a political, reappellate courts could not be officer.” departments, posted comments, many 11 MEN STILL ON DEATH ROW ligious and philosophical debate carried out against those responRYA N S O D E R L I N / T H E W O R L D - H E R A L D The repeal wouldn’t convert their over the meaning of justice. sible for the Rulo cult killings, Both Orozco and Wheeler were takcontaining the hashtag #SupportBlue. sentences to life in prison, but As lawmakers waded into an the Norfolk bank shootings and

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Publication: Lawrence Journal-World By: Karen Dillon

Excerpt from “Mason & Jason: Proving them wrong”

Excerpt from “Web of lies”

The sun has warmed the turf at Leonard Yarbrough Stadium, and teenagers sweat and strain as they finish their conditioning sprints, some wheezing a bit, some groaning, but most pushing through the fleeting torment. A cool north wind has begun to blow away the afternoon heat. The day is changing. Evening storms loom to the west. At the front of the pack, well ahead of everyone else, hurrying from one sideline to the other and back, changing direction every 5 yards, is Mason Fine, shirtless, slender, focused on his pace, focused on winning. Not far off his flank is Jason Pirtle, trying to chase down a plucky freshman who has somehow slipped ahead of him and well behind Fine. As usual, Fine is the winner. “I still haven’t beat him at that,” Pirtle said. “He just runs for days. I came close one time. But yeah, we compete in everything.” The Locust Grove High School football team has finished another fast-paced spring day, with some clarification needed between the play-calls of “Red Panther” and “Red Cougar” and a seemingly endless encyclopedia of two-point conversion plays and a 2,050-yard fitness run. Fine, the Pirates’ impossibly precise quarterback, probably has thrown some 60 passes during the 45-minute session, most of which were caught by Pirtle, Locust Grove’s glue-gripped receiver. “Read the corner,” head coach Matt Hennesy shouts to Pirtle. “If he bails, you’re gonna hook that safety.” “Bubble! Bubble!” shouts offensive coordinator David “Pookie” Blevins. “Coaches, work on his bubble!” “Hey,” Fine says to Hennesy, “I did that wrong. Let’s do it again.” It’s just another day in Locust Grove, where football is better than ever, fast and fun and fortified by the recordsetting Fine-to-Pirtle connection. They’re only finishing up their junior year, but Fine and Pirtle already are Oklahoma’s most prolific passing duo. Fine completed 68 percent of his throws in 2014, amassing 5,006 yards and 71 touchdowns — all state records. Pirtle caught 99 passes, gained 2,096 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. Fine’s career total of 113 touchdowns also is an Oklahoma prep record, and Pirtle now has 40 career TD catches. The football comes out of Fine’s hand blurry-fast, like a T-shirt out of an air cannon. He almost never throws a bad ball. But when he does, Pirtle catches it, twisting, sliding, falling or diving like a trapeze artist. These are two high school football players at the absolute top of their game.

In the beginning, even before the 14-year-old girl’s body was found on that unusually warm November day in 1999, authorities knew it was Tom Bledsoe who killed her. After all, he said so himself. He told his parents he did it. He left messages on his pastor’s phone saying he was sorry for doing it. With his attorney, he led the police to the body hidden by a trash dump near his parents’ home outside Oskaloosa. He also handed over the Jennings 9mm handgun that was used to kill her. Zetta Camille Arfmann, a ninth-grader, lay in a shallow grave, a bullet hole in the back of her head, an exit wound in her face. Her shirt was pushed up, exposing her chest, which was riddled with an additional three bullet holes. Tom Bledsoe, then 25, was arrested and charged, but 48 hours later he began to change his story dramatically, often to dovetail with facts emerging from the crime scene investigation, court testimony revealed last week. His new story eventually was this: He did not kill Arfmann; his younger brother, Floyd Scott Bledsoe, did. Tom told detectives he was driving to work when he saw his brother Floyd on Nov. 8, two days before the girl’s body had been found. He stopped to talk to him. Floyd was upset and nervous, Tom told detectives, and he finally admitted to Tom that he “accidentally shot her” and sexually abused her. It was Floyd who told him the girl’s shirt was pushed up, Tom said, in an attempt to explain why he knew that detail. And the gun that belonged to Tom? Floyd had somehow taken the gun from Tom’s car to shoot the girl and returned it without Tom’s knowing, Tom told detectives. Tom told detectives he initially confessed to the murder because Floyd forced him to. Tom had been caught having sex with a dog, according to court files, and Floyd was going to tell his friends about it unless Tom took the blame for killing Arfmann. Tom also had other sexual predilections that his brother threatened to reveal. Tom still lived with his parents, Floyd L. and Catherine Bledsoe, and they provided him an alibi and an attorney, and they testified in support of their favored son. From the moment Tom accused his brother of the crime, Floyd was clearly on his own. Floyd’s court-appointed attorney, John Kurth, whose practice is in Atchison, was later criticized by state and federal judges for not providing his client with a proper defense.

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Judges’ national headlines FROM: Judge TO: Prosecutor SPECIAL SECTION • K1 Wes Dalton Keith Cheung — and got the goods. With crisp, compelling writing, reporters showed how the minicipal court system had restaurantsgame and sort in which well-connected lawyers did favors for each other — while poor people paid become anBrowse insiders’ them by cuisine and price range. the full freight. This was watchdog reporting at its best. STLTODAY.COM/STL100

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The email in Keith Cheung’s inbox was from a judge asking for a favor. The subject line: “Help!!!” The sender was Wes Dalton, then an associate circuit court judge in Warren County. It was about a case in Frontenac Municipal Court, where Cheung was prosecuting attorney. The defenPAC was a front for dant was Dana Baker, 18, one of three political operative teens who had been written summonsmanaging es for illegal possession of alcohol. Hanaway’s run Dalton’sfor email said that the 18-yeargovernor old was the daughter of “our connection” to Porto Cima, a private golf club at the Lake of the Ozarks, the resort area where an annual conference of municipal judges is held. Roe Hanaway Firmisclaims “Her Dad WayneDenies Baker (owner of 81 percent involvement LAURIE SKRIVAN • Warrenton victory Oil and rate a ——load in political adof other People wait this month for the doors to open for the municipal courts at Dellwood City Hall. Cheung is one of the most promilawyers are stuck with answering to stuff),” Dalton wrote. “Can we make VIRGINIA YOUNG BY JEREMY KOHLER, JENNIFER MANN AND STEPHEN nent figures inS.the system. HeDEERE is the the original charge, and sometimes end this one go BY away??? By the way, we’re MUNICIPAL COURTS St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch prosecutor in Frontenac, St. Ann and upWORK in jail ifIN they miss court appearances hooked up for golf at Porto Cima at the SECRET, JEFFERSON CITY • When Normandy, and the judge in Ladue. because they cannot pay. Conference!!! (is no cost okay???)!!” bars, bowling alleys and other he email in Keith Cheung’s inbox He TRY HARD TO KEEP businesses in St. Joseph, worked as prosecutor in Ballwin, A blistering report released by the was dated MayMo., 2. The email mobilized to fight a smokwas has from a judge asking for a favor. IT THAT WAY Town and Country and Hazelwood. Department of Justice on March 4 The police report that a ing ban on lastindicates April’s ballot, they formed a political acline: Cheung and“Help!!!” his colleagues at the calledBYFerguson’s police department aThe subject dispositiontion of “nolle prosequi” committee and gave it a was enJENNIFER S. MANN wholesome-sounding name: AND STEPHEN DEERE The sender was Wes Dalton, then an associate court judge in Clayton law firm Curtis,circuit Heinz, Garrett collection agency for a “constitutiontered on the case the next day. It meant Citizens for Fairness in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Warren County. It was about a case in Frontenac Municipal Court, where Missouri. attorney. Thethe defendant was Dana Baker, 18, one & O’Keefe are judges, prosecually deficient” court. The reportCheung said was prosecuting the daughter would not be prosecuted. The businesses argued that of three teens who had been written summonses for illegal possession of ST. LOUIS • Some of the best deals tors or city attorneys in more than 20 city officials were dismissing tickets The other two teens pleaded guilty to the anti-smoking proposal alcohol. that are made in the region’s municwas unfair because it affected Dalton’s email said that the 18-year-old daughter of “our connecipal friends courts never see the light of day. municipalities inwas St.the Louis County. for and family while blaming amended charges, paid fines and were their establishments but not tion” to Porto Cima, a private golf club at the Lake of the Ozarks, the resort When prosecutors dismiss a citalocal Still, the orarea where the annual Missouri Bar Association conference is held. tion it is often done at a whisper, in aof “personal Those positions, typically part time, African-Americans’ lack ordered to the take a casino. three-day alcohol dinance passed. So the com“Her Dad is Wayne Baker (owner of Warrenton Oil and a ----load of other side room, or out of court altogether. paid more than responsibility” for their instuff court. course. mittee went dormant, its ),” Dalton wrote. “Can we make this$1 onemillion go away???combined By the way, we’re Then the record is sealed under woes a to $2,062 at Porto Cima at the Conference!!! (is no cost okay???)!!” state law that is ostensibly to protect year. city up for golflast After the report, Ferguson’s hooked That wastreasury 2006,dwindling but favors are still as of Dec. 31. the falsely accused but in reality oflast month, ten hides favors. See COURTS • PageThe A10 Justice Department report manager, police chief and municipal traded just asThen freely todaytheincomSt. Louis mittee resurfaced. Citizens for It’s just one example of how the criticized one of the firm’s lawyers, Ferjudge theoperate city in court clerk was County’s municipal courtrooms. Fairness sponsored a radio ad region’sresigned; municipal courts that aired across the state. The secret, keeping uneven treatment guson prosecuting attorney Stephanie fired; and the Missouri Supreme Court Sheltered from the scrutiny of the ad belittled Missouri Auditor private and using laws and court appearance, rules tothe justify it. Tracking thefor money thein dismissals Karr, fixingand a ticket Hazelwood, took extraordinary step of assignstate courts,Tom theSchweich’s municipal courts are inanother municipal courts.she INSIDE, A11prosecutcity where is the ing all pending cases to the a system run and Seeby ADSmunicipalities • Page A8 See SECRECY • PageFerguson A12 ing attorney, at the request of Ferguson circuit court. lawyers that often serve to enrich judge Ronald Brockmeyer. The government report noted that municipalities TODAYand lawyers. 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Publication: Oklahoma Watch By: Nate Robson

Excerpt from “Tangled truths from Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office” “This is going to be bad.” The day after Eric Harris was fatally shot during a botched undercover gun sting, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Shannon Clark learned that a reporter was about to identify department booster Robert Bates as the killer. Clark’s response on the phone was short and ominous. As predicted, the fallout for the sheriff’s office has been bad following Harris’ death and revelations that Bates had power and privileges based on his financial largesse, favors and friendship with Sheriff Stanley Glanz. The sheriff’s office and its representatives haven’t quelled the furor, engaging in a series of missteps, issuing conflicting statements and failing to produce or release records that would fully support their claims. Now, a grassroots organization is trying to gather 5,000 signatures by the middle of June to call for a grand jury investigation, based on allegations that Glanz had essentially lost control of the sheriff’s office. The grand jury petition is asking for Glanz’s removal from office — Glanz has already publicly stated he will not step down, but will not seek re-election in 2016. In response to the petition being filed last week, Tulsa County spokesman Terry Simonson said the sheriff’s office was prepared to file a “libel or slander” suit against the petitioners. Bates’ initial story was that he inadvertently shot Harris after mistaking his own handgun for a Taser.

Excerpt from “The Punishment Gap: Disparities in School Discipline” In Jenks Public Schools, campus police physically restrained and handcuffed a second-grade special education student. His crime? He ran to the playground to escape a noisy classroom. At Tulsa Public Schools, officials called a father and told him to pick up his 6-year-old daughter, who was having an emotional meltdown. He arrived to find four armed campus police officers holding her down, saying she assaulted one of them. In the Deer Creek School District in Edmond, a member of the school staff slapped an autistic child on two occasions, but a judge tossed out the federal lawsuit, saying the employees acted out of frustration. Across the state, students with physical and mental disabilities are bearing much of the brunt of classroom discipline, government data show. They’re more likely than their peers to be suspended, expelled, arrested, handcuffed or paddled. In dozens of schools, special education students are anywhere from two to 10 times more likely to be disciplined, the data show. At some schools, every special education student has been physically disciplined, suspended or expelled. The discipline trend has angered and frustrated some Oklahoma parents and triggered calls for reform from groups that advocate for special-needs children. They say excessive discipline is hurting students academically and psychologically. Teachers and administrators need better training on how to educate students with emotional and learning disabilities, not simply punish them or drive them out of the school, advocates say.

Publication: The Argus Leader By: Mark Walker, Emily Spartz Weerheim

Excerpt from “‘No other option but to plead guilty’” James Marken thought he was getting better. It had been more than five years since his last major schizophrenic episode. Medication had helped stabilize his life after a handful of arrests in his 20s and early 30s. At 37 he had a stable job at Applebee’s. He had an apartment on the city’s eastside. He had his cherished 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Then he lost it all. Marken spent nearly eight months behind bars in a legal limbo prolonged by South Dakota’s long wait times for court-ordered mental health exams. An Argus Leader Media investigation found the state is routinely locking up mentally ill defendants for half a year or more without trial because of delays in scheduling mental competency evaluations. Marken felt like he was regaining control of his life. He started to wean himself off his medication in hopes of lessening side effects. On March 8, he went into a manic state. A police officer found Marken lapping water from a drainage ditch near Lincoln High School. When the officer approached him, a confrontation ensued. Marken ended up being hit with a Taser and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer. He also broke a rib during the struggle. Marken’s criminal case was suspended, and he waited five months in jail after a judge ordered a competency evaluation in his case. The exams assess a defendant’s understanding of their actions and legal proceedings.

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Excerpt from “After six decades war, refugees still WITH flee FEW Myanmar” BURMA TOof IOWA REFUGE RESOURCES Way Moo had struck his son back in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand or in the hill villages of southeastern Burma, where many of his people still live, no one would have batted an eye. Jobmu, his 5-year-old, had been acting up back in December at McKinley Elementary School in Des Moines. The father’s choice of discipline: hitting the boy with a clothes hanger. But in Iowa — a place that couldn’t be more different from the lawless camps where Way Moo and his wife, Mu Mu, lived for more than 15 years — bruises led to child protection workers and many questions. In mid-January, Way Moo, 32, walked into the cavernous Polk County River Place building on the near-north side, looking for someone to translate a letter. It was the first time the depressed, outof-work father of two had sought any help since he was accused of child abuse a month before. What happened after Way Moo learned the contents of that letter has shaken all those who crossed paths with his family since they moved to Des Moines in 2007. Way Moo, sitting alone in his living room, covered himself with a blanket. In a brief phone call, he told his wife he loved her and asked her to look after their children. Then he took a .22-caliber rifle and shot himself twice in the chest. Hopeful beginnings, gauntlet of obstacles The U.S. Department of State this year is winding down one of the largest refugee resettlements in recent history — more than 100,000 people from Burma, the country renamed Myanmar. Roughly 6,000 to 7,000 have settled in Iowa, many of them secondary migrants


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General News Reporting Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Staff

Excerpt from “Four killed, dozens injured as car crashes into crowd at Oklahoma State University homecoming parade” STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade quickly turned into chaos Saturday morning when a car with a driver accused of being impaired barreled into a crowded street corner, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. Three adults were declared dead at the scene soon after the accident, and a 2-year-old boy died later in the day at The Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the child had been taken for treatment. The crash occurred about 10:30 a.m., and 35 people with injuries ranging from minor to severe had been taken to Stillwater Medical Center by 12:35 p.m. Saturday, said Shyla Eggers, the hospital’s director of public relations. In addition to the four fatalities, at least seven of the injuries were critical and nine serious, the Stillwater Police Department reported. By 7 p.m., the list of injured had grown to 44 people. Seven people were evacuated by air ambulance, police said. University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz identified one of the victims as Nikita Nakal, of Mumbai, India, a MBA student at UCO. The names of the other fatality victims and the injured were not immediately released. The driver of the vehicle, Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, was arrested and was being held in the city jail on a complaint of driving under the influence, said Capt. Kyle Gibbs of the Stillwater Police Department. He said it was too early to say whether the crash was intentional.

Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Roseann Moring

Publication: Oklahoma Watch By: Clifton Adcock, Arianna Pickard, Christina Nihira, Brad Gibson

Excerpt from “Stothert’s flying fingers raise records concerns”

Excerpt from “After Many Years, a Grasp at Recovery”

Dozens of people came to Omaha City Hall a couple of weeks ago to hear a public discussion about how the city can direct more jobs to highpoverty areas. It was their chance to directly and publicly speak to the City Council about a controversial ordinance. That day, Mayor Jean Stothert also made her opinions known to the council. But not from the podium. She used text messages instead. Stothert sent the ordinance sponsor, Councilman Chris Jerram, a text message asking if he would delay his proposal. “You told me - you would table it. What is the reality of this?” Jerram responded, also via text message. “Nothing has changed.” He added that if the mayor agreed to part of his plan, he’d back off the rest. “You have not agreed to the pilot yet so the ordinance continues.” “Are you kidding me?” Stothert fired back. “Blackmail Chris?” And they continued to trade heated text messages during the meeting and after. As a method of communication, texting has become a common practice among Omaha city leaders. City business is increasingly conducted by text message, particularly by Stothert — who has garnered a reputation as a frequent texter. Councilman Franklin Thompson, a fellow Republican and a close ally of the mayor, said Stothert has texted him during council meetings. He described texts that contain both positive and negative interactions. “She texts most people, I think, when she’s unhappy,” he said. “That’s just her style. And it’s a style that’s different from the other mayors.”

The earliest jolts of trauma in childhood can last for a lifetime, unless help is offered and embraced. Patricia “Trisha” Munz said she was sexually molested when she was 6 years old. She said her mom used to blame her for the abuse, so she grew up believing it was her fault. “I hated myself because of this one event,” Munz said. At age 10 her grandmother adopted her and took her to a counselor, who diagnosed her with post traumatic stress disorder. Yet her self-blaming followed her through adolescence, and she fell into abusive relationships. Munz said she began smoking marijuana at age 12 and later began taking harder drugs like cocaine. At age 15 she left home. “As I got older, in relationships I’d be with guys who would beat me, get me high and sexually abuse me,” Munz said. “I always blamed it on myself and thought everything that happened was my fault.” Munz was convicted of robbery with a weapon twice in 2005 and 2006 and sentenced to prison. Munz said she didn’t realize she had a serious mental disorder until fall 2013, when she began participating in cognitive processing therapy at Women in Recovery, a Tulsa diversion program. Now, she no longer gets startled easily or has nightmares. She also doesn’t need medication for anxiety. As part of her therapy, she wrote down what she has control over, what is her fault and what she can do to change her thinking. “I realized I never had control over what happened to me as a child,” Munz said. “I have control over what happens me today.”

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Narrative Story/Series Winner Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Dirk Chatelain Judges’ Comments: This story balanced strong scenes with summary narrative, but even more importantly for a piece like this one, the character development shone through. We got to know the brothers, as well as how alike and different they were. The writer adhered to strong, straight-forward structure and properly placed insightful details. It was a joy to read.

Excerpt from “Twin brother still fuels Fremont phenom” Ty Hansen rose from his front-row seat, walked by the casket topped with a Tiger football helmet and turned toward the congregation. Not an empty seat in the church. He looked down at four sheets of paper — the eulogy he’d written the night before — and took a deep sigh. I don’t know where to start. I could stand up here forever and talk about this goofball. Ty was 16 — two weeks removed from his sophomore year at Fremont High, three weeks removed from medaling at the 2013 state track meet. Just before his race started, he looked over and saw a familiar face behind the chain-link fence. I remember when we were little, Trey and I would go into mom and dad’s room right before bedtime and we’d go snuggle with my mom and watch TV. I’d always lay on her left shoulder and Trey would always lay on her right. We’d kinda have a tug-ofwar with her to, you know, snuggle with her the most. He’d barely slept since Monday night, when he got the phone call. Now it was Saturday morning, June 8, and in five days, he’d dropped from 130 pounds to 115. Trey really liked to check himself out. Every time I’d walk in the bathroom, there’s Trey with his shirt off, checking his muscles. He looks at me and he’d always say, “I’m bigger than you, I’m stronger than you.” He called me Tiny. When me and Trey got into arguments, we threw all weapons at each other. One time, I threw a chair at him. One time, he threw a baseball at me. But ... we always hugged it out. They shared T-shirts and birthday parties. They shared a car and a cellphone and a summer job. Sharing is the worst part of being a twin. It’s the best part, too. He was the person who taught me how

to dance. We all know Trey could dance. I remember everyone circling around him at dances and watching him do the “Dougie” and “Cat Daddy.” And as we were going home, he’d be like, “Ty, that is how you get girls.” For seven minutes, 10 seconds, he stood at the pulpit and told stories. He said that God had a plan, and “even though I hate God’s plan right now — and it sucks — I still love and trust in the Lord.” He didn’t comprehend what lay ahead. Who was Ty going to mock for picking a new favorite NFL team every season? With whom was he going to write rap lyrics for a math project? Who was going to wear the penguin costume to pep rallies? For the next two years, Ty wondered, how much better would I be if Trey were here? Then came a sunny afternoon in Omaha, two weeks before graduation, a triumph that reinforced he was going to be OK. I know he’s listening to this right now. I just want him to know that mom, dad and

Hope love you. I love you. And we all love you. Seven minutes, 10 seconds. He didn’t stumble. His voice didn’t crack. And when the words on the paper ran out, he ad-libbed the last line. Rest easy, buddy. *** Todd Hansen watched the ultrasound wand move over his wife’s belly. The technician studied the screen. And studied. And studied. Did she know what she was doing? “Guess what, kids,” she said. “Double trouble.” It was May 1996, the last day of the school year. They had planned to take a California vacation. They had planned to buy patio furniture. By the time they got home, Todd nixed both. “I still don’t have patio furniture,” said Shannon, who continues to teach special education at Fremont High. Todd was 6-foot-4, a former defensive end at Kearney State College. Shannon was 5-2, the daughter of a football coach.

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Narrative Story/Series Finalists Publication: The Wichita Eagle By: Roy Wenzl

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Juliana Keeping

Excerpt from “When your father is the BTK serial killer, forgiveness is not tidy”

Excerpt from “Saving the Last Dance”

The FBI man knocked on Kerri Rawson’s door 10 years ago Feb. 25. She looked out from her tiny apartment near Detroit. He was holding an FBI badge. She almost didn’t answer. Her father, a code compliance officer in the Wichita suburb of Park City, had taught her to be wary of strangers, and this one had sat in his car next to her trash dumpster for an hour. She’d called her husband. But after the FBI guy knocked, she let him into her kitchen, where she’d made chocolate bundt cake. From now on, the smell of chocolate cake would make her queasy. He asked whether she knew who BTK was. Yes. BTK – Bind. Torture. Kill. – was the serial killer who scared her mom decades ago. The FBI guy was her dad’s age – late 50s, wearing glasses and a necktie, nervous. She was a substitute teacher taking a day off, still wearing mint-green pajamas, though it was past noon. Her dad had been arrested as a BTK suspect, the man said. He needed to swab her cheek for DNA. Lunch waiting At that moment in Park City, shortly after 12:15 p.m., Kerri’s mother, Paula Rader, sat down to lunch at home, waiting for her husband. Cops rushed in, guns drawn. A week later, Paula’s lunch still sat uneaten in the house she had lived in with her husband, Dennis, since the early ’70s. She would never sleep at that house again. Other cops had just arrested Dennis Rader as he was driving home for lunch, pinning him on the pavement as they cuffed him. Around Wichita, officers were picking up Rader’s family and friends for questioning. At the police station, Paula defended her husband. Had she ever noticed anything unusual? No. A daughter’s disbelief Back in Detroit, Kerri yelled at the FBI guy. The last time she had seen Dad was weeks before, in Park City at Christmastime. He looked sad. She remembered his bear hug, how he smelled, his brown code-compliance uniform. “See you in a while,” he’d said. This could not be true, she told the FBI agent. Dad had called last night, asking whether she’d checked the oil in her car. Now, with the FBI guy, she did something she would do many times over the next seven days – defend and then doubt her father’s innocence.

On a warm Tuesday evening in October, Shannon Primeau walks the short distance from her home to the Everything Goes Dance Studio in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District already having choreographed how she will deliver the devastating news. For the past 19 years, Primeau, a professional dancer turned instructor, has offered dance classes and produced an annual spring revue and, along the way, transformed the lives of thousands of young people, from the affluent to the underprivileged, through the power of her art. For this year’s production, the ebullient, raven-haired instructor will use more than 400 performers, most ages 3 to 18, who take part in the various weekly classes at her studio. They’ll practice nearly nine months leading up to the late-May performance. For Primeau, the perfect pirouette or the timely toe tap — technique — is important. Equally so, though, is sparking a passion for dance like that which alighted in her at a young age. From the girl who stood frozen during her first performance at age 3, Primeau grew into an artistic force, mastering a variety of dance styles, performing across America and, in 2010, earning induction into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame. Above all the rest, Primeau loves one dance: flamenco. The melancholic guitar solos, the evocative red hues and swishing ruffled skirts; the rhythmic, heavy steps and staccato clacks of her castanets — it is through flamenco that Primeau most lays bare her artist’s soul. Though small of stature, barely breaking 5 feet, Primeau, 45, casts a long shadow in the city’s Hispanic community. She often delivers her lessons, as well as her comments to parents, in both English and Spanish and is as happy performing for a crowd in a Walmart parking lot as she is on a stage before the state’s governor. For the past five years, she and fellow members of her troupe, Flamenco Fantastico!, have danced every Friday at Zorba’s, a northwest Oklahoma City restaurant. At this point in her life, it’s not about pageantry, attention or honors. And while she sets a tight monthly budget for the studio and keeps a meticulous ledger in a spiral notebook, it’s never been about the money. While determined to run a successful business, Primeau is driven to assure that each child, even the most disadvantaged, has access to the same opportunities she had. To do so, she strikes the occasional deal with parents, like the mother of seven desperate to keep her kids busy and away from the harsh life of the street. Instead of paying for lessons for the children, Primeau agreed to let the woman clean the studio at night.

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Beat Reporting Winner Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Christine Byers Judges’ Comments: Writer does an excellent job of telling one of the defining stories of our time — the tension between communities of color and the police. The sample of coverage has impressive range. It includes sharp watchdog reporting on the use of deadly force, a searing portrait of what it’s like to live in one of the most notorious communities in St. Louis and struggles police officers endure when they’ve been involved in a deadly force situation. Readers of this coverage got a full view of a complicated problem, from the street to the precinct to the inadequate bureaucracies that fail to keep count of essential information on use of force. Most outstanding entry with consistently superior work.

Excerpt from “Troubled housing complex illustrates St. Louis homicide crisis” Eric Davis lives with a bullet near his spine. He said it lodged there in a drive-by shooting last year that killed his cousin, Joseph McGhaw, 27, as they walked in a public housing complex known simply by the name of its street: Hodiamont. Four months later, Davis’ mother, Juliette Davis, 46, was shot to death in another drive-by a distance away as she walked with her grandchildren to a store. “When I came out, she was lying on the ground bleeding,” he said. Violence is part of everyday life in Hodiamont, Davis said recently, as he stood near a wall scrawled with RIP eulogies. Residents in and around the small complex of 22 apartments presume that every one of them has been shot, or shot at, or is connected to a killer or someone killed. “It shouldn’t be like that,” Davis, 24, said. It is within troubled communities like this one, in the 1900 block of Hodiamont Avenue, that the surge in St. Louis homicides and other violence has been felt most. It is where homicide detectives say they see hopelessness take hold. Where people tell police they imagine themselves as either dead or in prison in five years, said Capt. Michael Sack, commander of the Crimes Against Persons Unit. “If that’s your reality, then why not engage in a robbery or other crimes?” he asked. As this year’s homicide total rolls into the 130s — two-thirds higher than the same time last year — Sack’s team tries to get a sense of the victims. Mostly, they represent more of the same: an overwhelming majority are young black men

slain by other young black men. As of Aug. 18, when the toll stood at 128, police determined that 118 of the victims had misdemeanor or felony records. In all of last year, it was 144 of the 159 killed. One thing is a little different this year: an increasing number of female victims. There were 25 at that point, compared to 23 in all of 2014. And in a new role. “We’re seeing more women engaging in a lifestyle that is similar to their male counterparts,” Sack explained. “They’re setting up robberies, or getting involved in the drug trade as they move into that lifestyle. They’re putting themselves more at risk. “Drugs, especially heroin, is driving a lot of it. But drugs, regardless of what kind, equal profits and greed as an incentive. We had a triple (homicide) over a $60 drug debt. It doesn’t take much money to set someone off.” The violent atmosphere is making it

harder than ever for police to get cooperation from witnesses. “I think (mistrust) has always been there, but now the public is getting a better understanding as to why people don’t talk to us,” he said. “The downside to them not talking to us is that a case doesn’t advance and there is an increased potential for retaliation.” Charges have been filed or are under consideration in only about one-fourth of the murders. The city is not suffering alone. There have been 34 homicides this year in St. Louis County as of Friday, only five fewer than in all of 2014. County police are handling 23, municipal police the rest. County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that for his agency, it’s three more murders than at this time last year. “There doesn’t seem to be a big pattern or rhyme or reason to them,” Belmar said. “All seem to be situated in North County at the moment.”

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Beat Reporting Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jaclyn Cosgrove

Publication: Oklahoma Watch By: Nate Robson

Excerpt from “Driving to deliver”

Excerpt from “In Oklahoma Schools, Record Numbers of Homeless Children”

The police officer looked past Travis Gray in the driver’s seat and saw Krista Gray, leaned back in the passenger seat, her feet on the dash, in mid-contraction. Travis Gray had been driving 80 mph in a 70-mph zone, trying to get to an Amarillo, Texas, hospital so his wife could deliver their second daughter, Audrey. “Her contractions are about five minutes apart,” he told the officer. The officer’s face turned pale, and he tossed their insurance card and Gray’s license back. “Good luck,” he told them as their car sat on the side of the road near a cattle feedlot in Dumas, Texas. “I don’t think he wanted to deliver a baby on the side of the road,” Krista Gray, a Boise City resident, said. Gray chose to deliver her daughter, Audrey, now 8, in Amarillo, wanting a higher level of care than was available in her hometown. But that meant a two-hour drive when she started having contractions at 11 p.m. A lengthy distance Across Oklahoma, thousands of women must drive more than an hour for access to a hospital with a maternity center, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And the problem doesn’t look to be getting better anytime soon. In Oklahoma and across the U.S., there has essentially been no increase in the number of obstetrician-gynecologists trained since 1980. In 2014, 48 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties did not have obstetrician-gynecologists, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported. For women like Gray, living in rural Oklahoma can mean driving long distances for care, and in some cases, going without.

A resilient economy and low unemployment have done little to stem the tide of students who are finding themselves homeless in Oklahoma. Despite a five-year oil and gas boom and falling jobless rates, growing numbers of youths are finding themselves without a bedroom to call their own – a trend seen across the nation. Tonight, thousands of Oklahoma children will fall asleep on the couches or beds of friends or relatives, according to data reported by school districts to the state. Those adults have no legal obligation to care for the child or their family and can kick them out at any time. Hundreds more will stay in a hotel or motel. Others will sleep in a shelter or on the streets. The surge in homeless students has raised alarms among school officials, lawmakers and child advocates. According to data collected by the Oklahoma Department of Education, the number of homeless students shot up by 43 percent over two years, from 17,539 in the 2011-2012 school year to 25,114 in 2013-2014. Figures for the recent school year are not yet available but are expected to exceed last year’s total, education officials said. The state’s numbers also grew just after the recession of 2007-2009, federal data show. The rising counts spurred a state legislator to author a bill this year that requires the state to gather more precise data on homeless children. The bill, offered by Sen. Kate Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, and signed by the governor in April, will be used to shape future state policies addressing child homelessness.

Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Paul Hammel

Excerpt from “Mentally ill since 6, inmate in solitary confinement goes untreated” Long before he landed in solitary confinement, Chris Seaton struggled with mental illness. His mother says he used to “bounce off the walls” with hyperactivity as a child, defied authority at every turn and was aggressive to the point of being scary. He has been diagnosed over the years with numerous illnesses, including bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder. He has problems with impulse control and is so easily distracted that he’s been deemed officially disabled. He was on medication by first grade, was first hospitalized by third grade and was caught shoplifting in junior high. “When he’s in a good phase of his illness, he’s fun to be around. He’s witty, quick, a lovey kid,” said his mother, Barb Graeve, a wellknown Omaha swimming instructor. When he was at Boys Town for a couple of years, he played football, wrestled and swam. He made friends and, with some exceptions, his behavior was under control in that strict residential setting. But because he’s difficult to be around, he had few friends elsewhere, his mother said. He fell in with a crowd that did drugs and worse. Seaton has been sentenced twice to prison, most recently for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Graeve blames much of her son’s criminal behavior on his mental illness. Seaton himself says he often can’t remember what he did or why. Now, at age 29, he spends 23 hours a day in a solitary confinement cell at the state’s highest security prison.

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Feature Writing Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Michael Overall Judges’ Comments: An old man takes $34.46 worth of candy every week to nurses who cared for his dying wife years ago. And in that small-moment framework is a story about living and dying and marriage and human connections. It’s the sort of tale that has the magic to make you look at someone you come across in your daily life and take a moment to wonder what their story is. It could have been too sweet — but the humor of a deathside vow that the TV is paid for, the unflinching look at caring for a dying loved one and a great ear for dialogue — makes Michael Overall’s piece much more than a bon-bon. It’s a classic.

Excerpt from “The Candy Man: Chocolate becomes a sweet connection to the past” Her hand felt cold in his and her breathing slowed down until he could barely see her chest moving at all. Sitting beside his wife’s hospital bed, Bill Salwaechter leaned over to whisper in her ear. “It’s OK,” he told her softly. “It’s OK to go on.” Ann Salwaechter had been in the hospital for nearly a month after suffering a stroke, but her health had been declining for at least a year and a half. Every morning at home, Bill would lift her out of bed to change her diaper, then try to feed her something soft and mushy before laying her down again. Every morning for 18 months, until one morning Ann couldn’t even talk. He carried her limp body to the car and drove her to a doctor’s office, where the staff told him to take her on to St. Francis Hospital. And for the next 28 days, Ann never opened her eyes or uttered a sound. Doctors described it as “a permanent state of unresponsiveness.” “It’s OK to go,” Bill whispered into her ear again. “I’ll take care of Beth, and if I buy a dog, I won’t let him in the house. I’ll change my underwear once a day and my sheets once a week. “And don’t worry.” Bill paused a moment for emphasis. “The TV is paid for.” Nobody else would get that joke. But if Ann could hear him — and part of Bill seemed pretty sure that she could — she would have laughed. Ann died Aug. 30, 2011, at the age of 73. And her husband actually felt relieved. “It’s over,” he told the nurses. “The suffering has ended.” They gave him a few minutes in the room alone with her. Then Bill called the funeral home and a couple of men came right over. He watched them unfold the

body bag and roll Ann into it. And he watched them zip it up, her face disappearing behind the black plastic. The sound of that zipper followed him out of the room, down the hallway past the nurse’s station to the elevator and all the way up the Creek Turnpike on the long, lonely drive home to an empty house in Claremore. “What now?” Bill kept asking himself. “What am I supposed to do now?” ‘Let’s get married’ The Linger Lounge used to sit on North May Avenue across the street from Oklahoma City’s Northwest Classen High School, a blocky mid-century building that was brand new and suburban at the time. In the late 1950s, the bar was always busy on a Friday night with young professionals — particularly unmarried 20-somethings who worked in the oil industry — drinking beer and playing shuffle board. Bill, a geologist not far out of college, went there to say goodbye to his pals before heading to Montana,

where he hoped to find a job close to the mountains. Plopping down in an empty chair next to one of his buddies, he glanced across the table to see “the prettiest girl in the world” — high cheekbones, curly dark hair and rosy lips. When his friend got up to order another round, Bill asked Ann if this was a serious relationship. But it probably wouldn’t have mattered. He was going to ask for her phone number anyway. And if his friend didn’t like it? Too bad. The very next day, he was driving across the plains of eastern Colorado thinking about that girl and almost turned around. Forget Montana. And maybe that explains why he didn’t find a job there after all. Maybe he didn’t try very hard. Maybe he wanted to come back to Oklahoma City. When he called, Ann said she was busy. “Well, how about Saturday?” he asked.

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Feature Writing Finalists Publication: The Des Moines Register By: Mike Kilen

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jaclyn Cosgrove

Excerpt from “Holocaust survivor recalls the lie that saved his life”

Excerpt from “Costello family struggled for years to help son with mental illness, long before tragedy at Braum’s”

At the party, people asked to snap a photo of the tattoo on his left forearm. Each time he pulled up his sleeve, David Wolnerman’s unease faded further, as had the blurry blue numbers — 160344. For a long time, he didn’t show the numbers that the Nazis put on his arm in 1940 at Auschwitz or tell what happened afterward. But he is 88, and he and his wife, Jennie, are the last known survivors of the Nazi concentration camps left in central Iowa. He wants people to see it now, including the 12-yearold girl from West Des Moines who wrote about his experiences in “A Lucky Lie,” a book written for students that was unveiled at the April 16 party in Waukee. The hidden meaning behind that number, he told young author Sydney Pearl, came to him only later in life. Add the individual numbers together and they equal 18. Wolnerman had lied when he stood in line in 1940. Josef Mengele, the Nazi nicknamed “The Angel of Death,” stood before him with a stick, pointing it to a line to the left or right as each person approached him. Wolnerman, then 13, noticed that the old, young and sickly were in a line to the left. When Mengele asked his age, Wolnerman said, “I am 18.” Mengele pointed his stick to the right. The left line was eventually sent to the gas chambers. “I didn’t have brains to say this,” said Wolnerman on a recent afternoon in his condominium off Fleur Drive in Des Moines. “I believe God told me. If not, I wouldn’t be here.” In Hebrew, the number 18 is symbolized as chai, or “life.” At 18, he was liberated from the camp. And what a life. All these years, he has acutely understood the slim margin between death and life. It affected every day, the way he worked and the spoiled food he couldn’t throw away because he couldn’t bear to waste it. In the concentration camp, they didn’t talk much because they didn’t know what was going on in the world or even know what day or year it was. “We had no mind. You had mind like cow,” Wolnerman said in his broken English. “The only thing we could think was bread, bread, bread.” They got two slices a day. If a boy took the bread of another, a shovel handle was held to his throat, he said, because stealing bread was like a death sentence to the theft victim. He worked in the crematorium and gas chambers and watched them “throw the live ones in the oven.” He loaded cement blocks on trucks, and he prayed. He listened to boys tell of their castrations and watched people “die like flies.”

Cathy Costello’s home is starting to quieten down. Shortly after her husband’s death, Cathy announced she wanted to continue Mark Costello’s term as Oklahoma labor commissioner. In some ways, her campaign was a welcome distraction from immeasurable pain. But that campaign is over, and someone else sits at his desk. So now, Cathy has time to reflect. Memories roll through her mind, especially from the last few months of her husband’s life. Like that time they were in their bedroom getting ready to start the day. Cathy felt they were out of options to help their son, Christian. He was suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia, and the Costellos had spent six years trying any hospital, any doctor or any medicine they thought would help him. The 56-year-old mother of five abundantly loved her children, but all the time she spent helping Christian didn’t seem to make a difference to his disease. “I have lost hope,” she said to Mark one spring morning as she pulled on her shoes. “I have no hope anymore for Christian.” Mark turned to her, almost sternly. “There’s always hope,” he said. A few months later, Cathy watched as Mark took his last breath. Outside their minivan, bystanders pinned down their oldest son, bloodied from attacking his father in a Braum’s parking lot. That moment propelled Cathy and her family into the public limelight where thousands of strangers knew only the end result of years of a family desperately trying to save their son. Some nights, Cathy lies awake, replaying a movie of Christian’s life over and over in her head. She thinks about the love she and Mark showered upon Christian. She thinks about past holidays, like the Christmas when Christian was 4 and she stayed up late assembling a toy horse for him. Or the countless Halloweens when she made any costume Christian wanted — a green Power Ranger, a dinosaur or a gladiator. She thinks about the loving home that she and Mark gave Christian. And she tries to understand how all that love still didn’t bring forth a healthy child. Christian’s brain disease has been like a slow-growing tumor that infected his mind until the boy, the brother, the son that his family once knew, was gone. He was replaced by a paranoid man who lives in a universe that would terrify anyone if it was their reality: His car is rigged with bombs.

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Business Reporting Winner Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Russell Hubbard Judges’ Comments: Excellent writing. Clever point of entry for an obviously important Omaha story. Well researched. Tough concepts clearly explained.

Excerpt from “Leading ConAgra to crisis paid pretty well” The six highest-paid executives at ConAgra Foods collected about $63 million in aggregate compensation during the crucial three years when they were making many of the decisions that led to what employees face today: the payroll slashed, the headquarters moving to Chicago, the company splitting into two. In the rarefied world of executive pay, those figures aren’t out of line with what leaders at other consumer packaged food companies were paid from 2012 through 2014, according to a World-Herald analysis of four of ConAgra’s close peers. In fact, ConAgra during the period paid its top executives less than two of those four peers. ConAgra executives also faced pay cuts during the period as conditions at the company worsened. There’s a reason for that: Looking at the in-depth metrics Wall Street investors use to analyze a company, ConAgra badly trailed some of those peers, such as Hershey Co. and Campbell Soup, especially in key areas of profitability and cost control. Other peer companies of about the same size in the packaged-food business are Hormel Foods and J.M. Smucker. Such lagging performance has led ConAgra to where it is now: under pressure from impatient investors to improve its stock price, cut expenses and sell off business units. Some of the executives who made the fateful decisions are no longer around, victims of the Wall Street drama that has engulfed the Omaha food manufacturer. Even if those executives have found themselves without jobs, they’re likely not scraping to get by. In 2014, when the company was hurtling toward crisis, no executive named in compensation filings had total annual pay of less than $2.1 million. It was during those years — 2012 through 2014 — that people such as former Chief Executive Gary Rodkin were making decisions like the nearly $7 billion purchase of St. Louis-based Ralcorp, the maker of generic, supermarketlabeled groceries that was jettisoned this year in a fire sale for $2.7 billion; it was a money-loser for ConAgra from almost the day it joined the company in 2013. Ralcorp never succeeded for ConAgra, dragging down profits, increasing expenses and leading to this year’s management and board changes that have resulted in the current makeover scenario. The dream of teaming a company with high-profile brands such as Peter Pan with a manufacturer of generic equivalents — a bid to own both sides of the supermarket aisle — turned out to be a nightmare. Still, during that three-year period, Rodkin and a handful of other executives were awarded $62.5 million in total compensation, according to the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rodkin himself col-

lected almost half the total: $30.1 million. The Omaha-based company, like all other publicly traded ones, must report the details of executive pay to investors and the SEC. Salary and other compensation paid to the CEO, finance chief and three other highest-paid executives must be disclosed each year in a form called a proxy statement. The World-Herald analysis used each year’s proxy statement, filed in 2012, 2013 and 2014, to determine what the five highest-paid executives collected for those years. Sometimes someone who joins the top five for the first time has compensation listed for prior years. The World-Herald has considered only the compensation they earned when they were part of the top five. Also, sometimes more than five people are listed as highest paid because of midyear turnover in the executive suite. Chris Kircher, ConAgra’s vice president of corporate affairs, said the company’s filings with the SEC on executive pay speak for themselves. “We are focused right now on taking the steps necessary to transform ConAgra Foods into a lean, competitive and profitable business that delivers sustainable, long-term shareholder value,” Kircher said. Another ConAgra spokesman, Jon Harris, said ConAgra shareholders have overwhelmingly supported the company’s executive pay. Stockholders are allowed to voice their views on such matters in a voting procedure whose outcome is purely symbolic and nonbinding on the company.

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Business Reporting Finalists Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Barbara Soderlin, Paige Yowell

Excerpt from “Naughty or nice, all companies now targets” Don’t take it personally, Nebraska. “Activist” investors study financial statements, not state maps, when hunting for their next corporate target. And there’s likely nothing about the state’s culture, laws or business climate that put both ConAgra Foods and Cabela’s in the cross hairs. “I doubt it’s anything in the water in Nebraska,” said Jay Lorsch, a Harvard Business School professor and expert in corporate governance. There are some similarities between ConAgra and Cabela’s: Both are longtime, homegrown companies that employ thousands of Nebraskans. Both have struggled recently to turn around falling sales. But when it comes to activist investors, the Nebraska companies have plenty of company: A growing number of the investors are casting their nets to encompass wider geographies and industries. Activist investors publicly subjected 344 companies to their demands in 2014, the majority of them U.S. companies. That was up 18 percent from the year before, according to Activist Insight, a London-based publisher of financial information. “It’s really across all industries,” Activist Insight Editor Josh Black said. “I don’t think it’s an issue with Nebraska.” Nebraskans are feeling the pain and worry, though, as Omahabased ConAgra and Sidney-based Cabela’s announced layoffs and changes in their businesses since activists got involved.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Adam Wilmoth, Paul Monies

Publication: Oklahoma Watch By: Warren Vieth, Mark Lash

Excerpt from “Reading the rock: Scientists are trying to quickly answer Oklahoma geological questions”

Excerpt from “How New Subsidies Started”

As the state continues to shake under pressure from the ongoing earthquake swarm, researchers are focusing their attention on a well-used, but little-understood rock layer that underlies most of the state. Most scientists, state regulators and oil and natural gas industry leaders now say oil and natural gas activities have contributed to or caused the rapid increase in seismic activity over the past three years. While many of the specific mechanisms still are not fully understood, regulatory efforts have focused on water disposal wells drilled into and through the Arbuckle layer, which is the deepest sedimentary rock layer throughout much of Oklahoma. Oil wells in Oklahoma and much of the world recover large amounts of saltwater along with the oil and natural gas. Sometimes called fossil water, the produced water is believed to be remnants of ancient oceans, containing many times the salt content of seawater, along with other chemicals and components. Regulators focused first on depth, requiring companies to prove disposal wells do not extend into to crystalline basement, the dense crust that underlies sedimentary rock. Regulators also are looking at volumes, requiring disposal wells near the largest earthquakes to reduce or stop disposal activity. Localized high volumes can cause pressure to increase in that area, squeezing the water or pressure up or down into other rock layers or causing pressure between the Arbuckle and the basement, state hydrologist Kyle Murray said.

It all began with a Kerr-McGee spinoff. A “change-in-control” provision was added to the Quality Jobs program by the Legislature in 2006 and signed into law by then-Gov. Brad Henry. Commerce Department spokeswoman Leslie Blair said it was done at the request of McAfee & Taft, an Oklahoma City law firm acting on behalf of a new company called Tronox Inc. Tronox was a spinoff of KerrMcGee Corp., the big Oklahomabased oil and gas company. It contained all of Kerr-McGee’s former chemical operations. It remains one of the world’s leading producers of titanium ore, titanium dioxide and zircon. In 2006, Tronox was headquartered in Oklahoma City. Tronox received the state’s first change-in-control contract in August 2006. Over the next two years, it received $2.1 million in Quality Jobs payments for maintaining a minimum of 260 jobs in Oklahoma City. The payments ended in 2008 for unstated reasons. In 2009, Tronox filed for reorganization under federal bankruptcy law. It turned out Tronox not only got all of Kerr-McGee’s chemical operations, it also inherited billions of dollars in undisclosed legal liability for toxic waste sites in several states. Last year, the company that had acquired Kerr-McGee in 2006, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., entered into a $5 billion waste cleanup settlement with the federal government, the biggest ever. The spinoff emerged from bankruptcy in 2012 as Tronox Ltd. It is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., but maintains an Oklahoma City division office with about 130 employees.

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Business Feature Winner Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Janice Podsada Judges’ Comments: Great way to use an interesting stat to tell the story of your local economy. Great choices for subject matter — I liked that we heard from people who were in two jobs for so many reasons. Really nice writing. And excellent use of stats throughout.

Excerpt from “Meet some of the Midlanders who work more than one job — and learn why” Roughly one out of every 12 workers in Nebraska held down more than one job last year. Only two other states have a greater percentage of workers with multiple jobs, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why do so many people in this part of the country work multiple jobs? Economists offer several theories: » The strong work ethic traditional to the Midwest. » The region’s relatively low wages, which push some workers into second and third jobs to make ends meet. » The large number of farmers who have skills they can use for odd jobs off the farm. Historically, Nebraska and other Midwestern states have chalked up some of the highest multiple job rates in the nation since the U.S. Labor Department began tracking them on an annual basis in 1995. In 2014, 8.4 percent, or more than 82,000 of Nebraska’s 984,000 workers, had more than one job, followed by Iowa at 8.2 percent, according to data the Bureau of Labor Statistics hasn’t published but provided to The WorldHerald. Only first-ranked South Dakota (8.7 percent) and Vermont (8.5 percent) had higher rates. By comparison, the national average of workers doing double duty — or more — has held steady since 2010 at 4.9 percent. People who work more than one job offer their own myriad reasons for working second and third jobs: They need to help their children pay for college. They don’t earn enough at their full-time jobs to provide for their families. They’re drowning in bills. Here are some of their stories: Marina Carson, 51: full-time teacher, part-time sales representative The Omaha music teacher hopes to

leave her second job within the next five years. Why does she work two jobs? “Bills accumulate,” Carson said. She depends on the extra income to pay down debt she and her husband incurred when they ran a golf shop at Rockbrook Village and also to help pay the college tuition for their two children. Her husband, a computer consultant, also works long hours, though at one job. “Teaching doesn’t pay as well as other jobs,” Carson said, “which is one of the reasons I have two jobs.” Since 2000, most of those who hold multiple jobs have a full-time job and moonlight at a second, part-time job. Some economists suggest the state’s relatively low wages contribute to Nebraska’s high multiple job rate. Others, such as Eric Thompson, economics professor at the University of NebraskaLincoln, cite residents’ “higher taste for work.” Nebraska has a strong rate of labor participation, or number of people in the workforce. During the summer, Carson gets a break from her full-time teaching job.

But during the school year — which starts this week — she’ll work from 7 a.m. to about 5 p.m. teaching music to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. After she finishes her school day, she’ll jump into her car for a 15-minute commute to The Maids’ corporate center, a sprint that doesn’t give her time to grab dinner. “I usually don’t eat until I get home,” she said. At The Maids, she answers calls from 5:30 p.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at least two Saturdays a month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a schedule she’s maintained for the past 2½ years. “When the bills are paid, I hope I can stop,” Carson said. “I just didn’t want to ask friends or family for help with any debt.” In 1997, more than 11.2 percent of Nebraska’s workforce held two or more jobs — a state record — compared with the U.S. annual average of 6.2 percent. In 1995, 10.2 percent of Iowans held multiple jobs, a record high for the 20year period from 1994 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Business Feature Finalists Publication: St. Louis Business Journal By: Ben Unglesbee

Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Tim Barker

Excerpt from “$436 million worth of love”

Excerpt from “Sustainable farming is full-time commitment”

An $800,000 wedding, for those who can afford it, can bring a stunning view of the Grand Basin in Forest Park from a tented ceremony. Or a special guest appearance by St. Louis recording artist Nelly or a band bussed in from Chicago for the special occasion. Shelli Alred, owner of Alred Wedding Consultants, has seen all of that and even booked horses, acrobats, professional dancers, fire throwers, caricaturists, palm readers and Chinese dragons for her clients in St. Louis, turning the traditional ceremony into a full-fledged festival. Grooms-to-be have even asked her for elephants (though she couldn’t produce one because of zoning regulations). Those exotic wedding additions can add up to as much as $800,000, and she’s heard of even bigger weddings. “I know there have been weddings in town over $1 million.” The most expensive design job for a wedding that Randy Shamel, owner of Artistry Florist and Event Design in the city of St. Louis, has booked cost as much as some houses in the area: about $125,000 — and that’s just for the flowers. “That job included large floral centerpieces that were about $1,000 each,” said Shamel, adding that the volume and type of flowers can run up the price quickly. “The wedding ended up with 35 guest tables.” As spending on weddings climbs ever higher here and around the country, tying the knot has become a $436 million industry in the St. Louis market, according to research by the Wedding Report Inc., an Arizona-based research company.

It was a bitter cold morning, with a light dusting of snow on the windswept pasture, when a little boy tried to save a pig named Taco. The morning — it happened last November — started like many others at Live Springs Farm. Rowan Weber was helping his parents round up a dozen of the farm’s pasture-raised pigs for slaughter later that day. But as they went about the business of sorting out the day’s selections, the 5-year-old realized that, with only two dozen pigs left from the season’s litters, time was running out. And so the tears started flowing when his mother gestured toward Taco — raised by hand after the piglet was stepped on by its mother. The outburst drew Bobbi Sandwisch to her knees in front of the child, offering a host of reasons why it was time for the hog to go. “Go give Taco a hug,” she urged. “You can give him an apple or a banana.” But eventually, the tear-streaked face won, with Bobbi agreeing to leave Taco off the trailer. “Fine, Rowan,” Sandwisch said, exasperation creeping into her voice. “But he’s going in two more weeks.” It was, in many ways, just another lesson to be learned on this small organic operation in rural Greene County, about 60 miles north of St. Louis. There have been many such lessons for Rowan and his parents, as they carve out a life on a farm that’s trying to do things a little differently. This is a place where the pigs roam wooded acres, rooting out acorns, pecans and grubs.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Brianna Bailey

Excerpt from “Walk on Western Avenue shows Oklahoma City’s best — and its worst” I was sunburned and dehydrated when I finally saw Chester — the waving, neon cowboy that stands guard over the old Winchester Drive-In Theatre — appear on the horizon on S Western Avenue. I had come a little more than 19 miles on my walk down Western Avenue. I started four days earlier about 270 blocks north on a damp Monday morning, slogging down the muddy shoulder of a country road punctuated with brief respites of sidewalk. For days, I had been calling Winchester owner Lindy Shanbour seeking an interview as I slouched slowly south toward his drive-in at SW 70 and Western. “We’re still getting the place ready to open for the season,” Shanbour told me, seeming a bit more annoyed and puzzled with me each time I called. “Can’t you just come back in a few weeks when we’re open?” I’m sure it was hard for Shanbour — who is well past 80 and opened the Winchester in 1968 — to understand me as I shouted into my cellphone over the wind and the traffic. “But you don’t understand — I’m walking there. I’m walking there right now,” I said. “Right now? But I’m not there right now — I’m at lunch,” he would say. I called back again — and again — trying to explain. For the five days of my 26.7mile walk down Western, I marked progress in the major highways I would pass — the John Kilpatrick Turnpike; Interstates 44, 40 and 240.

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Sports Reporting Winner Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jenni Carlson, Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel, Ryan Aber

Excerpt from “Oklahoma football: Eric Striker can’t stay silent any longer” NORMAN — Less than 12 hours after viewing the video — and three hours before he would walk arm-inarm with teammates and coaches into the Everest Training Center in silent protest — Oklahoma senior linebacker and team captain Eric Striker sat in the OU library, calmly detailing his outrage and heartache over the racist chant that went viral Sunday night and embarrassed his school. Striker’s initial reaction to the video, showing members of the nowdisbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon OU chapter cheerfully singing that they’d never accept a black brother, went viral itself. He posted an 18-second, profanity-laced tirade to SnapChat, angrily accusing the same fraternity members who sang that racist song of shaking athletes’ hands and hugging them after big games. Monday morning, Striker posted a much more subdued video in which he apologized for his language, but not for the substance of his message. Between those two video messages, though, Striker reached out to a reporter from The Oklahoman and asked to meet so that he could more fully express his feelings — and the feelings of other OU student-athletes — about the racist video, the struggles young black men sometimes face on OU’s campus and his profound desire to be seen as more than a football player. “I hate to be defined as a football player,” Striker said. “I’ve got a great personality. I’m humorous. I’m a political science major. I love everybody. I’m a people person. “Football is not who I am. All you know is the number ‘19’ on the back of my jersey.” Silent no more Striker grew up in Seffner, Fla., a suburb of Tampa, with a single mother and two siblings. Lia Skelton raised her children to treat others with respect, reject hatred and constantly pursue knowledge.

Eric, her youngest son, once said he got his “kindness,” “humbleness” and “relentlessness” from his mother, who is working her way through law school at age 44. After he saw the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video, Striker texted the link to his mother, then called her in tears. “He was very upset,” Skelton said. “My heart breaks for him. I was ready to get on the next plane and get up there to stand by him.” She didn’t see his rant video until Monday morning. As his mom, the language bothered her, but she also admitted having no idea how she might respond to something similar. “I told him he might want to apologize for the cursing, but that he shouldn’t apologize for what he said or what he feels. “He really doesn’t speak that way, but he was angry and he was hurt. I don’t know what it’s like to be a black man in America. I don’t know what it’s like to be a young black man in Oklahoma. I will never know.”

As Striker sat in a quiet corner on the fourth floor of OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library, he tried putting it into words. The All-Big 12 linebacker — perhaps best known for tormenting Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in the 2014 Sugar Bowl — said he and his teammates have kept quiet about the way they’ve been treated in the past at fraternity parties — and not just SAE events. No more. Despite often being invited to parties because of his athletic prowess — and used to promote and create buzz about those parties — Striker said he’s been singled out and asked who invited him, then told he can stay, “as long as you don’t cause any trouble.” Striker recalled defensive end Charles Tapper being called the N-word at one fraternity party, and former OU running back David Smith overhearing someone whisper that people at a date party should watch out for Smith, because he might take a girl home and rape her.

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Sports Reporting Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jacob Unruh, Jenni Carlson

Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Derrick Goold

Publication: Tulsa World By: Bill Haisten, John Klein, Andrea Eger, Mark Cooper

Excerpt from “Cache players say their coach tried to injure opponent”

Excerpt from “Pena, Jay join MLB tour in Cuba”

Excerpt from “‘Wholesome, happy’ OSU homecoming parade shattered”

MIAMI — When Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena got the call last month inviting him to return home to Cuba for his first substantive visit in more than 15 years, his initial reaction was uncertainty. “Must be a prank or something,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.” His next was to catch his breath. “Is this really happening?” he said. Pena was 16 in 1999 when he defected while with the Cuban national team in another Latin American country, and save for a brief day trip a few years ago he has not been back to where he grew up, in Havana, since. He chased a career in professional baseball off the island, and now the game is bringing him back. Pena will arrive in Cuba on Tuesday as part of a traveling party that will represent Major League Baseball during a three-day visit. It is the first official visit by Major League Baseball to Cuba since March 1999, that same year Pena left. Described as a “goodwill tour,” the joint venture by Major League Baseball and the players union is scheduled to include Cuban major leaguers Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Pena, and possibly Yasiel Puig as part of an eight-player contingent. Most of them will be returning to their home country for the first time since they defected, a rare opportunity that Major League Baseball has worked with the Cuban government and other officials to make possible. “When I was young I left my family, my friends and my country to pursue my dreams,” said Pena, who signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals earlier this offseason.

STILLWATER — Gail Lamb was among the hundreds who massed near the southwest corner of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue, securing a prime location from which to view the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday. Lamb is a Stillwater resident who attended OSU. Her daughter is a university employee. Her son-in-law is a university professor. Lamb says she was excited to attend the parade because her 8-year-old granddaughter and other members of a dance troupe were to be featured passengers on a float. The granddaughter’s float rolled past the Main and Hall of Fame intersection only moments before a car careened into a crowd of spectators, leaving four dead, including a 2-year-old. “You think you’re safe at a parade,” Lamb said, “and you’re with your grandchildren, and you realize that they all could have been killed in the blink of an eye. “Little kids were sitting all along that curb, getting the candy and everything. I just realize that they all could have been taken so quickly, when they were all so happy. This is a trauma they will never forget.” Described by OSU President Burns Hargis as “probably one of the most wholesome, happy events in the country,” the parade was nearing its conclusion when a car driven by an allegedly impaired woman plowed into a cluster of stationary people. At 10:31 a.m., according to Stillwater police, a 2014 Hyundai Elantra — reportedly driven by 25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers of Stillwater — crashed through a barricade, struck an unmanned police motorcycle and traveled into a crowd of parade-watchers.

Gary Holt is convinced the Cache High School girls basketball coach called an inbounds play designed to slam a basketball into his daughter Jentry Holt’s face, a play designed weeks before with the intent to “break her nose.” On Feb. 10 during Elgin’s senior night, Elgin star Jentry Holt was struck in the face by the pass late in the ballgame. In the eight months since, she has begun her college career at Oklahoma State with the Cowgirls while Gary has conducted his own investigation that has led him to believe that Cache coach Kenny White orchestrated the incident ahead of the game, that the punishment levied from Cache Public Schools is not enough and that the coach led a cover-up of the incident. Trailing nine points with 20 seconds remaining, Elgin set up its full-court press following a basket. With Jentry Holt holding her arms out and closely guarding the inbounds pass, and after two Cache players appear to be signaling something by touching their nose, Cache’s Nautica Butler threw the inbounds pass off Holt’s face. An official called a flagrant foul on Butler, but Jentry Holt does not remember shooting the ensuing free throw. She was not diagnosed with a concussion, though her parents did take her to the doctor after she struggled to sleep, was irritable and suffered anxiety over the next few weeks. During Gary Holt’s investigation through several open record requests, he acquired from both schools video he believes shows intent and multiple attempts to hurt his daughter.

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Sports Feature Winner Publication: Lincoln Journal Star By: Alex Lantz Judges’ Comments: This is a great idea and wonderfully told. The lede is a grabber and the pacing throughout is smart ... I could have gone for a few more specific, vivid examples (snatches of conversation, what the bus was like, etc.) but the overall impression felt genuine, fun and often moving.

Excerpt from “The drive to be the best” The Lincoln Stars spent four days on the road last week, traversing more than 1,000 miles of Midwestern highway to play hockey in Madison, Wisconsin, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On paper, the result was one win and one loss, but sometimes the game is about more than that. This is a story about those times. It’s a story about the lives of those teenagers on the bus, the ones who drop everything and move thousands of miles to play in the United States Hockey League. It’s a story about the struggles of being away from home, and about the quest to fit in with a new family. And, in the end, it’s a story about why they do it. *** Inside this bus, Cam Lee can forget about everything on the outside. The Lincoln Stars defenseman can forget that he’s only 17 years old but 2,000 miles away from his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He can forget that his 49-year-old father, Tom — the man who taught him how to skate, the man who taught him how to hip check and defend an odd-man rush — is in his sixth year of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He can forget how badly he wants to be by his dad’s side, watching hockey, helping him through the fight of his life. “It goes away when I’m joking around with the guys and just having fun,” he says. Like here on this eight-hour bus ride to Wisconsin, when he and his teammates pass the miles watching “Draft Day” and “Home Alone 2” and laughing as defenseman Dylan Woolf gyrates to his version of “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. He can let loose with his teammates because they’re no different, living in Lincoln with host families (billets),

going through the same cramped bus rides and feeling just as homesick. There’s floppy-haired forward Ludvig Hoff from Norway; funny-talking Walt Hopponen from Finland; quiet Dominick Sacco from Brooklyn, and 19 more. “You meet these random people — your teammates, your billets — and at first it’s a shock,” Sacco says. “But over time you get a lot more comfortable, and they’re not strangers anymore. They turn into family.” They’re a team on the ice, but they’re just as close off it. They hang out in the basement of Hoff’s host family’s house, playing NHL 15 on the Xbox. They catch rides with each other to and from practice. The United States Hockey League has brought the game to 17 small cities from Kearney to Youngstown, Ohio. Its players represent 36 states, 12 countries and countless situations. Some are taking high school classes, others are taking online college courses. But for those hours together on this bus, they share a commonality that can’t be matched. They all have the same dream as

they ride this bus, with endless snowcovered fields rolling past outside. In the dream, they see themselves skating into another season, into another level, into an arena with more than 20,000 screaming fans. They see themselves as the next Sidney Crosby, hopping on charter flights to Chicago and New York and Los Angeles instead of this bus to Madison and Sioux Falls. *** Guys in this league understand that where they play isn’t up to them, and they know the jersey they wear today might be different from the one they wear tomorrow. The USHL exists as a place for players to develop, but it’s also a business. For Stars general manager Jon Hull, the line can blur between doing what’s best for the team and what’s best for a player. The league is a stepping stone for his players to get where they want to go, and that weighs on him when making roster decisions — he’s made three trades in January, each time altering a teenager’s life and career. But he also has to put the Stars in a position to win.

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Sports Feature Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jason Kersey, Bryan Terry

Excerpt from “How OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s brilliance carried him from Muleshoe and onto the coaching fast track” MULESHOE, Texas — As Debbie Conner stood at the chalkboard during her Muleshoe High School honors math courses, one student always sat in the back, rarely taking notes. It would have been easy to mistake him for a goof-off if not for the occasional question as Conner was explaining some difficult formula. “Couldn’t you just do it this way?” he would ask before detailing an alternate route to the right answer. Other students groaned. “Shut up! We don’t understand what you’re saying!” Thirteen years later, Lincoln Riley is using that uncanny brain power in a different realm as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, hired by Bob Stoops in January to coach quarterbacks and reinvigorate a Sooner offense that had grown stagnant. The 31-year-old whiz is regarded nationally as one of football’s top young offensive minds, and his rapid rise in the college football coaching world affirms that label. “He had shortcuts that I didn’t even know about,” Conner said. “He’s one of the smartest kids I’ve ever taught. He’s brilliant.” His success can all be traced back to Muleshoe, a small West Texas farm town on the South Plains — located 70 miles northwest of Lubbock, 30 miles east of the New Mexico border and nearly 400 miles southwest of Norman — where four Rileys have quarterbacked the high school team and everyone insists Lincoln can do anything.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater

Excerpt from “New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments” The Wheelchair Classic is an annual hoops tournament that brings together the best amateur basketball talent from around New York City, dividing teams up into the boroughs. After the Big East formed in 1979, basketball interest in the northeast spiked. The early ‘80s produced a golden age for high school point guards in NYC, meaning the 1983 Wheelchair event, the 10th annual, was a must-see edition. That graduating class had Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, the playground legend and soon-to-be Syracuse star, and future NBA starters Kenny Smith and Mark Jackson. But it was a sub 6-foot white kid from an affluent area of Long Island who stole the show in that showcase game. His name was Billy Donovan. “Oh, Billy went off,” said his high school teammate, Frank Williams. Donovan’s Queens team faced the Brooklyn squad led by Pearl Washington, the game’s headliner. Months earlier, Donovan battled Washington’s in a six-quarter high school scrimmage. Pearl had 82 points. “We pressed the whole game and he just weaved in and out,” Donovan said. “I learned a lot.” Donovan was a game-control point guard. Slick ball-handling was his greatest strength. Pearl was a wizard with the ball, his moves legendary. At the Wheelchair Classic, Donovan put his mental notes from the scrimmage to use. “I don’t think Pearl was ready for it,” Williams laughed.

Publication: THe Topeka Capital-Journal By: Jesse Newell

Excerpt from “Portrait of toughness” LAWRENCE — The workout is just a few minutes old when a scream halts play in the Kansas practice gym. A scowl on his face and anger in his voice, Bill Self storms toward one of his players. “Cheick,” he yells, “the least you can do is play hard!” Cheick Diallo might only be a 19-year-old freshman forward, but that means nothing to Self. The Kansas coach is not going to let one of his best players slide. The message immediately is received. On the next possession, Diallo outhustles a teammate for a defensive rebound, gets the ball to a guard, races down the floor, then catches a pass and finishes with a dunk in transition. The display of ferocity isn’t something Self hopes for. It’s what he expects. The coach, who officially began 30 years ago as an assistant for Larry Brown at KU, has built a career preaching the same message to his players. Shots may go in. They may not. But one thing you can always control is your effort. And also your frame of mind. It doesn’t take much time around Self to realize what he believes is most important. The picture he is most proud of in his office features Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur diving for a loose ball in the Final Four against North Carolina, their bodies parallel to the floor. Go to Self’s practices, and you immediately notice there are no fouls called and no out-of-bounds lines, leaving players tumbling against walls and chairs as they chase down rebounds.

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Sports Column Winner Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Dirk Chatelain Judges’ Comments: Well reported. Cleanly written. Detailed. What columns ought to be.

Excerpt from “Nebraska’s Mike Riley has complimentary breakfast, but still no place to call home” LINCOLN — At 6:18 a.m., the longest-tenured guest at Embassy Suites steps out of his room and into the red carpeted hallway. He turns left for the elevators, where the middle door opens, and drops to the atrium. He passes the fake trees and stops at the omelet station, where a man in a chef’s hat stands. “Hey John.” “Good morning, how ya doing?” “Good. ... Over-medium.” He grabs a tray and fills his cup with ice and raspberry juice, finds a table near one of the fountains and sheds his backpack. Behind him, three glass elevators are marked with “Go” and “Big,” and “Red.” He’s in black and gray, wearing a T-shirt he bought in Texas hill country: “Gary P. Nunn and The Bunkhouse Band.” Outside this hotel, across Lincoln and hundreds of miles beyond, strangers dissect his fickle offense and his porous defense. They wrestle with Nebraska’s first 1-2 start in 34 years. But here at Embassy Suites, the fountains are always splashing, the breakfast is always hot. Eggs are ready. Mike Riley walks to the breakfast bar and adds bacon and potatoes, covers them in ketchup and splashes them with Tabasco. The usual. “Hey Tiff, how are ya?” “Good,” says the breakfast supervisor. “You guys got a quiet day today, huh?” “I know, it’s supposed to be 100 percent, but I don’t think it’s gonna hit that.” “One hundred percent full? Doesn’t feel like it.” Sometimes the omelet line is backed up to the lobby, Riley says. On this Tuesday morning, only three guests dot the dining area. He returns to his seat and digs in, a self-described “creature of habit” living a routine he never intended.

When Riley left the peace and tranquility of Corvallis, Oregon, he called Nebraska an adventure. Nine months and three games into his first year, he’s still playing the part of a traveling businessman. The Embassy Suites is a relocation headquarters for new Husker coaches. Riley checked in when he got the job last December. His wife, Dee, began hunting for a house almost immediately. It wasn’t easy. She has a chemical sensitivity to certain paints, varnishes and other materials. Throughout the winter and spring, she spent days touring Lincoln homes, seeking a place that didn’t make her sick. Meanwhile, she bounced back and forth from the Riley home in Corvallis, where their daughter, Kate, and grandson, Eli, still live. January turned to March, which turned to May. The other coaches found houses and moved out. Every time Riley was out of town for an extended period, he checked out of the hotel. But he always returned. When he came back from vacation in July, he moved into his current room on the third floor. That’s about the time the Rileys found a house. Closing was three days

before the season opener. One problem: their furniture wasn’t there yet. So when Dee and the kids traveled to Lincoln for the season opener, they checked into the Embassy Suites, too. The hotel is a Husker hub on game weekends. As Riley put the finishing touches on his first game plan, his family attended the Friday night pep rally in the atrium. They listened to the alumni band’s rendition of “Hail Varsity.” They felt “Go Big Red” chants bounce off the walls. Even Herbie was here, Riley says. On Saturday, Dee and the kids watched from Riley’s sixth-floor suite. Nebraska fell behind 24-14, then rallied to take the lead. One more play and they could celebrate. Then BYU completed a Hail Mary. “Heartbreaker,” Dee said. That night, Riley’s personal assistant and the Embassy Suites general manager teamed up to get Coach to his room without attracting a crowd. Embassy is a hard place to hide with its open atrium and glass elevators, especially on game nights when it’s wall-to-wall red. But the hotel staff often hosts VIPs; they know the drill.

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Sports Column Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Jenni Carlson

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Berry Tramel

Excerpt from “Baker Mayfield and Baillie Burmaster: Love Bedlam style”

Excerpt from “Why Oklahoma’s football team is the wrong messenger in the protest against a racist fraternity video”

STILLWATER — Baillie Burmaster is sure of three things where Bedlam is concerned. She’ll be sitting near midfield Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium, she’ll be pulling for her boyfriend, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, and she’ll be wearing orange. Yes, orange. “Believe me, I am loyal and true,” she said using a popular phrase from Oklahoma State’s alma mater. “I am loyal and true, OK?” But during a week when this grand rivalry puts at odds husbands and wives, priests and parishioners, teachers and students, there is no stickier situation than the Sooner quarterback dating a lifelong Cowboy fan. It’s not like I’m playing against her, but she’s been a Cowboy all her life,” Baker said. “Now, she’s dating the quarterback at the rival school, so it’s kind of a moral conflict for her.” Baillie said, “I’m going to be wearing orange, but Baker for Heisman.” This is love, Bedlam style. Both have lifelong allegiances to their school, both have family who are alums of their university, and both have played for the college that they love. So, how did this happen? Baillie and Baker met last fall. A tough, physical defender on the OSU women’s soccer team, she had played her final game of her senior season, and she needed some time away. Get out of Stillwater. Decompress a bit. So, she decided to spend a weekend in Norman. Baillie had become friends with Cowboy receiver Austin Hays, who is a close buddy of former school teammate and current Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight. She told Knight that she’d be in town the weekend of the Kansas State game, and they decided to hang out. That’s when Baillie met Baker. They talked. They exchanged numbers. But Baillie had her doubts. “This is going nowhere,” she thought. For several weeks, she didn’t hear from him. But then over Thanksgiving break, he texted her. He was back home in Austin, and since her parents moved there a few years ago, he wondered if she was around. She ended up still being in Tulsa, so that was that. They didn’t talk again until Christmas break. Baker was in Austin again, so he texted Baillie. “Where do you live in Austin?” he asked.

The Sooner football team skipped practice twice last week, both times to demonstrate against the racist video that came from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon party bus. You can understand the players’ outrage. Football is the most high-profile brand on campus. More than half the team is made up of young black men. And yet here comes a bigoted chant clearly rooted in and produced by members of an organization certified by the university. It’s a wonder the football team was so composed. It’s a wonder their anger didn’t spill into the streets. You’d think Eric Striker’s profanity-laced response would be the norm, not the exception. “First and foremost, we want to bring awareness to a nationwide issue of racism and discrimination on college campuses,” OU center Ty Darlington said Thursday while giving an opening statement for the team leaders who met with the media. Right message. Wrong messengers. Despite their obvious stake in the topic of campus racism, the Sooners have little room to stage campus protests or present themselves as an aggrieved party. Racism is horrible. So is violence against women. And OU football has been associated with the latter a little much in recent months for the Sooners to claim some kind of high road. Joe Mixon slugging the coed in Pickleman’s Café on Campus Corner. Frank Shannon being suspended from school after a Title IX sexual assault investigation. Dorial Green-Beckham being handed a scholarship after being dismissed from Missouri after being accused of physically assaulting two women. I am not prioritizing the sins. Racism is horrible. So is violence against women. I’ll let the angels sort out which is worse. I’m not here to even argue that Joe Mixon’s crime is worse than the SAE video. Legal minds debated for weeks whether Mixon should be charged with a felony or not charged at all, since Amelia Molitor pushed him first after Mixon uttered a homophobic slur. District attorney made like Solomon and charged Mixon with a misdemeanor. But I am here to say that the football team’s new act as OU’s campus consciousness falls short of legitimate. Where were the protests when violence struck their fellow female students, some at the hands of teammates?

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Review Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Phillip Martin Judges’ Comments: Wide knowledge of literature past and present contribute to insightful critiques enhanced by lively writing.

“Bones author Marlowe: Underdog with feral voice” There’s a fairy tale that we like to believe about how cream always rises to the top and talent always will out. But that’s not true; there are all sorts of things that contribute to whethersomething gets noticed. The son of the boss has a better chance of being boss than the kidaging out of the foster care system, and it seems probable that our next president will be onewho has already spent considerable time in the White House. I’ll admit I give more attention to the boxes from Knopf, Pantheon or Algonquin than I do thehandaddressed envelopes that cross my desk. There are a lot of slim little paperbacks thatnever get read because I feel obligated to check out the newest Judy Blume or Paulo Coelho. And no, it’s not fair, but time is a nonrenewable resource and they’re not giving out gold starsfor working late these days. So it’s easier to do what most everyone else does, and completelydefensible too. I can’t do anything about the bestseller lists any more than I can make theGrammys smarter. It’s for purely selfish reasons that I pick up a book like Dale Marlowe’s Digging Up the Bones (Roundabout Press, $15.95). I just do it to make myself feel better, to pretend that I at leastgive the underdog a shot. It shows up unsolicited from a fairly new press I don’t know muchabout. I think maybe I’ll read the first chapter just to reassure myself that it’s ordinary enoughto skip. I don’t have to pan it, I don’t have to step on some aspiring

novelist’s neck - I can justpass on it. But I couldn’t pass on Digging Up the Bones and I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to say it’sthe best book I’ve read all year because I always suspect that kind of hyperbole; after all, I’veonly read a tiny fraction of what’s available anyway. Still, it’s the best book I’ve read all year. It’s a brief (128 pages) suite of connected stories about cursed members of the meth trashNash family, originally of Ebb Holler, Ky., that take place over the course of a few decades,from 1969 to 2003. In these stories we meet all manner of scarred and stunted folks, fromwould-be presidential assassins to disillusioned white supremacists. They are all fantasticcreatures, yet they seem very much like people I have known, or might have known. Or mighthave been. But more importantly than these characters or what happens to them is the author’s voice - a ferocious, low-tothe-ground animal with yellow eyes. The easy reference points are Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) and Larry Brown, but there’s an economical mania to Marlowe’s prose that occasionally puts me in mind of Denis Johnson (The Laughing Monsters: A Novel): Lies and false reasons and makebelieve swirl around him like dithering leaves. Kyle decides he will not allow them to settle or pile up and cover this day, these truths, that kiss, not again,nevermore. He pounds the roof of his Pontiac with the side of his fist, and it rumbles like a timpani. He raises

his head to the light. No sense in fighting it. He will go back and knock onMarion’s door. When it opens he will enter, and once inside, he will stay. That paragraph is the end of a story, but it can stand as a story itself, a clot of clocked words,all rhythm and echoes, a resolving chord. Marlowe’s voice snarls and snaps - he can unwind it into a feral howl. It’s not always pretty music, but it’s surprisingly tight. It is as disciplined as it is dark. There’s a precision to his licks, and a stubborn insistence on the residual humanity of even the most thwarted and beaten down. It’s almost always a mistake to confuse an artist with his work. I’ve stalked Marlowe on the Internet and satisfied myself he’s not some backwoods wizard transcribing his hallucinations, but a reasonably comfortably fixed family dude living near Dayton, Ohio. He teaches at a community college and practices law. He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. Pays his taxes. Quiet and normal as a serial killer. I didn’t expect that. But then I didn’t expect this. Don’t ask me to lend you my copy of Digging Up the Bones. I’ve already pressed it into the hands of a friend with the assurance that it’s the genuine article, the good stuff, the work of an original and fierce intelligence to which attention must be paid. I hope he sells a few books. I hope he writes a few more.

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Review Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Brandy McDonnell

Excerpt from “Miranda Lambert fires up Chesapeake Energy Arena, with a little help from Blake Shelton” Miranda Lambert didn’t need any help firing up the sold-out home-state crowd Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. But the pistol of a performer, who has called Oklahoma home for the past eight years, brought along extra ammunition anyway: her fellow superstar spouse Blake Shelton. “I don’t usually do two acoustic songs in the middle of my set, but I think I should tonight – because I brought my husband with me,” Lambert said to set up his surprise appearance. That casual declaration set off a sonic bombshell, instantly cranking the crowd noise from deafening to ear-splitting as the other half of the Tishomingo-based country music power couple took the stage. “Hello, Oklahoma,” Shelton drawled, inciting the audience to literally painful levels of shrieking joy as the Ada native strolled onto the stage in a bright red shirt and his usual jeans. “I wanted to do this song tonight because Miranda is the reason I recorded this song.” Perched on stools at center stage, Shelton and Lambert turned his hit ballad “God Gave Me You” into a lovely, unabashedly romantic duet as the fans blissfully sang backup. The couple, who celebrates its fourth wedding anniversary in May, smiled sweetly at each other as her stellar band lingered over the last notes. Shelton dropped an affectionate kiss atop his wife’s short blond hair before taking his leave of the ecstatic crowd.

Publication: Tulsa World By: Jerry Wofford

Publication: The Tulsa Voice By: Joe O’Shansky

Excerpt from “Nickelback at the BOK Center is ‘endurance challenge’”

Excerpt from “The Hateful Eight”

I never really thought Nickelback deserved all the hate and bad jokes thrown its way. Yeah, its songs can be generic and underwhelming, especially some of its earlier work. But I guarantee you know at least some of the words to “Photograph.” After seeing the band play the BOK Center on Tuesday night, I take it back. It was an hour and 50 minutelong endurance challenge, an assault that left me battered. But I was definitely in the minority at the show. The upper bowl was closed off, and the lower and floor sections were full of excited fans. They came to party, and Nickelback delivered. One time, it delivered that excitement with T-shirt cannons and by throwing cups of beer into the crowd. That actually was the point it lost me. If you need a T-shirt cannon to pump up your show, it’s time to really examine how things have gone. With 50 million albums sold worldwide, it’s impossible to deny that Nickelback is a remarkably successful band. Even with its most recent album, “No Fixed Address,” the band continues to give fans the industrial, hard rock they want. It found what works, and its fans love it. No fault there. The band members don’t take themselves too seriously, and they love to have fun. That energy on stage was reflected in the audience, hard-drinking, rock fist-flying folks singing along. It’s easy to get caught up in it. But the set was confusing, and the music was underwhelming. Lead singer Chad Kroeger has one of the most distinct voices in the genre, instantly recognizable with its deep, raspy tone.

Finally, a Quentin Tarantino film that isn’t a revenge fable. The controversial but oft-lauded writer/director’s previous four films are all about some form of vengeance. There’s the lone warrior woman out to kill a guy named Bill (“Kill Bill”), and the group of girlfriends bent on emasculating a serial killer armed with a deadly muscle car (“Death Proof”). In “Inglourious Basterds,” Tarantino seeks payback on behalf of the entire Jewish race; most recently, in “Django Unchained,” he followed a freed slave-turned-righteous hero in the antebellum South, on a mission to kick some cracker ass and save his woman. The genres were different, but the theme remained the same. There’s no doubt he grew as a filmmaker over the course of the last four movies, even if, as a stylist, he continued to crawl further up his own ass. These movies were exciting in ever more absurdist ways, yet began to feel a little shopworn as the work became suffused with the hubristic confidence of a filmmaker too obviously pleased with himself. Which brings us to “The Hateful Eight.” Tarantino has largely abandoned the navel-gazing indulgence of his recent output to give us his most disciplined, accomplished film since 1997’s “Jackie Brown.” Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) is an ex-slave who rose through the ranks of the Union army before becoming an infamous bounty hunter. He’s on the road to Red Rock, Wyoming, hauling the bodies of three dead men. Lacking a horse, he hitches a ride with John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), another bounty hunter escorting the vicious outlaw Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to her date with a rope.

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Food Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Kelly Brant, Celia Storey Judges’ Comments: Lovely, evocative writing, especially the article on pecans. Interesting subject matter (bean liquid to make meringue — who knew?)

Excerpt from “Heaven in a nutshell”

A pecan tree stands just on the other side of the fence on the southwest side of the house. Its tall canopy of branches is ample enough to shade two houses. In the summer squirrels scurry from bough to branch plucking the nuts from their clusters and tearing into the green fleshy coating, cracking the shell and gobbling up the meat inside. The remains are fervently discarded, hitting the roof in thuds and crashes. During pecan season, one does not sleep late in a second-story bedroom under such a tree. And one never walks barefoot in the side-yards between nearby houses. In the fall, the clusters that are not pillaged by the squirrels eventually ripen, their green husks turning to brown and opening, releasing the meaty nuts

that will fall to the ground, either on their own or with a nudge from a pole. It’s backbreaking work, stooping and gathering the nuts by hand, but there is something quite satisfying about eating a pecan that grew in your own (or nextdoor neighbor’s) yard. A smart gatherer with productive trees might invest in a pecan picker-upper — a wire basket with a handle that picks up the nuts (and the occasional rock) as it is rolled across the ground. For the rest of us, farmers markets and grocery stores brim with bins of nuts in their shells or, for a price, bags of pristine, shelled pecan halves just waiting to be eaten. The pecan is currently the only major nut tree native to North America, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

The black walnut, though indeed native, is not considered a “major” crop, with just 25 million pounds harvested per year, compared with more than 300 million pounds of pecans. The American chestnut was all but wiped out by fungus in the early 20th century. The majority of U.S.-grown chestnuts are from Chinese-American hybrids. Acorns, produced by oak trees, are generally not considered people food. Pecans were a seasonal staple of the American Indian diet, and the name comes from the Algonquin word “pakan” or “paccan.” Pecans are most commonly associated with pie and pralines, but the native nut adds flavor and crunch to a variety of foods, sweet and savory.

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Food Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Daniel Neman

Publication: The Oklahoman By: David Cathey

Excerpt from “Without loafing, you can make bread in one hour”

Excerpt from “Open Flame: Oklahoma City chefs fire up grills for fall”

I had an hour for lunch, so I baked a loaf of bread. Let me rephrase that: I just baked a loaf of bread in one hour. I don’t mean that it was in the oven for an hour. I don’t mean that I allowed the dough to rise for an hour. I mean that I just made a loaf of bread, from start to finish, in exactly 60 minutes. The recipe has been bouncing around the Internet lately. I had been holding off on trying to make it for several reasons. One is that the name given to it, or at least the name I saw, is “Easy-Peesy French Bread,” which offended my senses in many ways, only one of which is that it should be spelled “peasy” if it is going to be spelled at all, which it should not. Another is that it is not even remotely French bread. It would not be French bread if a French person made it in France while singing “La Marseillaise” and shouting “Vive la France!” Also, the image that accompanies the recipe says “4 ingredients. 1 hour, start to finish. Fool proof.” This gave me pause, because I counted all of the ingredients (water, yeast, honey, salt, flour) and I’m pretty sure that adds up to five. But the biggest reason I have avoided trying this recipe is that it takes an hour to make. That means very little time for kneading, little time for the first rise, no time at all for the second rise and not much time for baking. In other words, it doesn’t have enough time for bread to do what it has to do to become bread. On the other hand, it only takes an hour to make. What could I lose? So I set a timer for 1 hour and began. The recipe is easy to make, as befits a recipe that cooks in an hour and only has four (or four-ish) ingredients. Simply mix together yeast, honey and warm water, and allow the yeast to bloom for about 10 minutes. Add flour and salt, and stir. Knead and add more flour as necessary to make a smooth, non-sticky dough. Shape into a loaf and allow the dough to rise for just as long as it takes your oven to reach 425 degrees. Bake. That’s all. But how is it? Well, let’s say I’ve made better bread. But I’ve certainly never made faster bread. This bread has a nice, soft crumb, a soft crust and kind of a soft flavor. More than anything, it reminds me of the white bread made by Pepperidge Farm, which is quite good for what it is. There is nothing to startle you in this bread, nothing sour or sharp-flavored, nothing that picky eaters could object to. It makes a superb conveyance for butter and would be even better with peanut butter and jelly. And it is absolutely terrific for toast.

After taking the summer off to avoid heat that barely flickered, the return of Open Flame came on a gorgeous October evening for three of Oklahoma City’s most gifted chefs. For the event, I challenged chefs Josh Partain of Rococo, Henry Boudreaux of The Museum Cafe and David Henry of The Coach House to take standard grill items into composed, gourmet dishes. They did. But first, Alyson Fendrick of Homeland dazzled the crowd with a super-simple, extraordinarily delicious salad. Cheesemonger Dwight Darrow set up his usual spread of extraordinary cheeses. Meanwhile, I prepared some double-smoked bologna sliders for guests as they arrived. I rolled tubs of old-fashioned Schwab’s bologna in olive oil, added salt and pepper then popped them in my trusty HastyBake outdoor oven, which was burning pecan logs at 250 degrees. After 45 minutes, they were ready to pull. I let them rest until cool, then sliced them in slider-sized portions. Just before guests arrive, I spread the thick bologna slices to a Primo Kamado cooker, putting off pecan smoke at about 220 degrees, to help impart smokiness more thoroughly. Bologna, being a processed meat, is much more dense than typical smoking meats. If you don’t want to double-smoke the bologna, you can score the tub, but don’t expect the smoky flavor to be as balanced. Sliders were served in two ways. First, we spread slider buns from Homeland with Seikel’s Oklahoma Gold Mustard. The second was a play on the classic Oklahoma Theta burger, which was on the same bun but with a homemade Hickory Sauce, a dab of mayonnaise, sliced pickles and sliced shallots. Once guests were seated, saladed and partially satiated with bologna and cheese, chef Henry served his version of gyros. Instead of a fire-kissed processed lamb tub, he slow-cooked legs of lamb and sliced them thin into his version of flatbread and topped with his play on classic Greek Tzatziki sauce. Henry is keeping plenty busy celebrating 30 years at The Coach House. In fact, he will turn the keys to the kitchen over to his boss Kurt Fleischfresser for a special dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. (Call 604-3015 for reservations.) Next up was Boudreaux, drawing inspiration from his grandfather, whom he says is such an avid fisherman he has a line in the water daily. Boudreaux said fish fries are his family’s default celebratory food.

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Entertainment Feature Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Michael Smith Judges’ Comments: Deftly handled — a seamless blend recounting the charming subject’s story, Hollywood history and the atmosphere of the WWII and early 1950s eras. Truly engaging.

Excerpt from “Star qualities” If you live in Tulsa, you may know the name Peggy Helmerich. Perhaps you’ve made a visit to the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at one of Hillcrest’s hospitals. Maybe you’ve read about the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author’s Award through the Tulsa Library Trust. Or visited the Peggy V. Helmerich Library on 91st Street. She has become that much a part of the fabric of Tulsa, which has benefited greatly from her philanthropy of more than 60 years. She and her late husband, Walter Helmerich III, the longtime chairman of Helmerich & Payne who died in 2012, made a point of donating money to Tulsa institutions — and she’s raised much more through her work with many nonprofits in the city. But did you know that Peggy Helmerich was a Hollywood movie star before she became one of Tulsa’s brightest stars? Do you know the name Peggy Dow? Those who do can probably tell you that Peggy Dow played the pretty nurse in the Hollywood comedy classic “Harvey,” starring opposite Jimmy Stewart. But even they might not be able to name her other films, despite her appearing in eight films released in 195051, three of which were nominated for Academy Awards and in which she was billed among the top four cast members each time. Peggy Dow was being groomed for big things in Hollywood. A Southern belle and a classic beauty, she was signed to a seven-year contract with Universal Pictures. Peggy Dow was on the cover of Life Magazine. She presented legendary costume designer Edith Head with her first of eight Oscars at the 1950 Academy Awards ceremony. She was, at age 23, the very definition of a rising star.

And then she fell in love with and married Walter Helmerich III and moved to Tulsa, stunning most everyone in Hollywood, including columnists like her friend Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, who wrote of Peggy Dow returning to the film set soon after the wedding. But Peggy Dow was now Peggy Helmerich. “I was very happy with my career. I was having a great time, and he was messing me up,” Helmerich said with a chuckle thinking back to that time. “But I loved him,” she said about her marriage of more than 60 years to the Tulsa oilman and father of their five sons. Helmerich has rarely spoken extensively about her Hollywood career, but she did so recently over lunch at a restaurant at Utica Square, the shopping center that Helmerich & Payne purchased in 1964. She will do so again on Tuesday at Circle Cinema — her 1951 film “Bright Victory” is screening twice that day as a benefit for the theater. She will speak about making movies during the “golden age” of Hollywood and will

answer audience questions. “I love what they do at Circle Cinema, and Clark (Wiens, co-founder of the theater’s foundation) has asked me to help with a few things,” Helmerich said. “They even put my name on their ‘Walk of Fame’ sidewalk, and that was the sweetest thing.” ‘That was my war’ The screenings come a few days before the Tulsa Library Trust’s presentation of the annual Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award on Saturday, Dec. 5. This year’s recipient is Rick Atkinson, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and military historian who has written extensively about World War II. “Bright Victory” is a WWII drama in which Helmerich starred opposite Oscar-nominee Arthur Kennedy, who played a soldier blinded by sniper fire in North Africa and who returns home and struggles to adjust to losing his sight. Dow plays a woman who befriends and falls in love with Kennedy’s character in the town where the U.S. Army General Hospital is located.

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Entertainment Feature Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Judith Newmark

Publication: The Tulsa Voice By: Mitch Gilliam

Excerpt from “A princess is a wonderful thing to be”

Excerpt from “Cult of personality”

Call a man “a prince,” and it’s a terrific compliment. The title implies lithe good looks, gallantry, the bold elan of the youthful charmer everybody loves. But in our everyday speech, “princess” is far from a parallel. The woman called a princess is young, that’s true. But she’s also high-maintenance, spoiled and self-centered. Make her a Jewish-American Princess, the phrase that reintoduced the word to ordinary parlance, and it’s offensive to boot. Could the problem be the suffix? “Ess,” after all, has virtually disappeared from our language. Nobody calls Maya Angelou a “poetess” or Joyce Carol Oates an “authoress,” and “actress” is rapidly giving way to “actor” for performers of either sex. Maybe “princess” deserves the same fate. Would it strike a blow for equality if Kate Middleton and her husband were both called the “Prince of Wales”? No, it would not, and here’s why: A princess is still a wonderful thing to be — in the world of fairy tales. And that world matters, too. One of the most esteemed princesses comes to the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, when the tour of the Broadway hit “Cinderella” opens there. Prefer something more traditional? On Jan. 24, the famed Russian National Ballet will perform the story — told with music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Rostislav Zakharov — at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts in St. Charles. The show at the Fox is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” not Disney’s 1950 animated version. A new Disney live-action “Cinderella” opens in theaters in March. The R&H “Cinderella” debuted on CBS in 1957 (just two years after “Peter Pan” proved there was a huge family audience for TV musicals) and was remade twice after that (starring Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy, respectively). That R&H show is a favorite in St. Louis, where it’s played the Muny six times. On Broadway, they kept the best songs from the original and added some others from the vast R&H catalog. Just as important, this production has a fresh script by Douglas Carter Beane (“As Bees in Honey Drown,” “The Little Dog Laughed,” “The Nance”) in which, among other things, Cinderella opens the prince’s eyes to inequities in his kingdom.

Johnny Polygon is a micro-manager. The emcee met my request for an interview by asking for this issue’s cover. He then asked to move this article back to promote an upcoming show of his; asked to postpone his photo shoot so he could “cop some freshness,” (not liking the results of this first rescheduled shoot, he asked for a do-over) and after his excellent interview was conducted (during which I asked all of ten questions over an hour and a half; he’s a verbose micro-manager) he requested a second chat. Ever the salesman, Polygon had more to say about his product. Since what he’s hauling door to door is Johnny Polygon, this vice grip on his image is simple business acumen. A one-time collaborator with Nas and Kid Cudi, Polygon fired his label in 2010. The move has only proved beneficial. “The music industry never chewed me up and spit me out,” Polygon said. “But I just didn’t like not being in control of my life.” The label’s marketing, Polygon said, was a blind shotgun blast. They simply shot and hoped something hit. Now, Johnny is half a decade into his ultra-targeted approach. “People don’t really buy music anymore, but they support their favorite musician,” he said. “So now the hunt and mission is to become people’s favorite fucking artist.” For members of his “Johntourage,” Polygon may already be their favorite fucking artist. The group is a subscription-based VIP list, where fans fund Polygon’s records and tours while receiving special perks and updates. “The way you treat your fans; the people that give a shit about what you’re doing, that’s the most important part of the music world. Period.” Receiving album funding directly from his fans (he’s known to say “my fans are my label,”) lends him a coveted artistic license. His content is influenced only by his vision, and albums are only released when he feels they’re ready. Those moving target release dates could be headaches for some, but Polygon makes sure to treat his “label” right. The march up to his latest album, I Love You, Goodnight, was fraught with missed deadlines. The patience of his Johntourage was rewarded though, when the unannounced Water Damage EP was released exclusively to them. Eventually released this past October, I Love You, Goodnight was clearly made by a man who answers only to his fans. Fortunately, those fans just ask that Polygon be Polygon.

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Comfort in clutter?

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Excerpt from “Help for hoarders” SEARCY — The front yard hosts a few cars, a no-trespassing sign, a porcelain toilet lying on its side, a tangle of scrap wood, unidentifiable mechanical Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/NIKKI DAWES bits and several cats who broadcast their relation via halfbobbed tails. Melinda LaFevers, 56, stalls near the closed door, making nervous small talk — the cats, the weather, the poisonous encounters her son has survived (his arm still bears rattlesnake fang marks), the plethora of brown recluse spiders CELIA STOREY ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE inside. Researchers studying how Finally shebacteria gulps and says, “OK, you move through buildings have found evidence that we are all ready?” and opens Pigpen. the door. Like the little boy in the Peanuts To the left,cartoon, the office is un-navigable, a new study finds, humans travel about inside personal clouds but a narrow ofpath leads ahead, our own creation. But whileweavPigpen’s was an obvious brown aura ing through the living room’s haphazof dust from dirt, these real-world are mostly invisible and full ardly stackedclouds ofboxes microbes.and floor-to-ceiling People exhale bacteria and books, past a other TV,microbes an empty water cooler and shake our skin and scalp cells and a old TV microbe-laden tray bearing cleaning into the air. Bacteria ride lint as it drifts off our clothing. supplies. Like Pigpen, every move we make stirs up whatever live or There is a makeshift sitting —a dead bacteria, dust, lint, hair area and other human debris happens to be tiny wooden Sunday School chair and lying around us. What’s more, researchers say, a stool — wedged among the piles on these invisible clouds can amount to a bioaerosol signature — traceeach side of the path, and LaFevers has able, under the right conditions, to specific people. the musk of lighted candles to cover Writing in the Sept. 22 edition of the journal a research mold. (Sometimes thePeerJ, living room and team from the University of Oregon at Eugene describes exkitchen flood.) periments involving just the right conditions: scantily clad people The path winds on, around the sitting quietly alone in a sanitized, climate-controlled chamber. Eleven cling island in the kitchen, where plants such people were found to emit clouds to a window, detectable bottlesmicrobial crowd theinto tops of surrounding indoor air. a genetic analysis that food appliances and Using boxes of packaged looked for 12 species of bacteria, researchers foundsurface. that test (some empty)thecover every Plassubjects also dropped around them different,dangle personal assortments of tic shopping bags from chairs, microbes. The researchers cabinets and handles, andobserved piles of how quickly heavier bacteria and particleson settled dishes jumblebacteria-laden on the floor, the counonto petri dishes set on the surtheir sedentary test ters and atop faces thearound washer and dryer. subjects. And they saw that other The bathroom isremained usablesuspended (“Notina microbes the air until they fetched up against hoarder’s bathroom,” something theyLaFevers stuck to — air profilters. claims, parroting a professional cleanup “Bacterial clouds from the occupants were statistically distinct,” service that once assessed home), the researchers write,her “allowing the identification of some individual with a clean sink and toilet. But the occupants.” The study, “Humans Differ in door doesn’t move, lodged halfway Their Personal Microbial Cloud,” can be downloaded free online at open by piles of clothes, magazines and See MICROBES containers of half-used toiletries and on Page 3E blocked at the top by draped towels. A few weeks ago, a friend helped LaFevers replace the wiring in her water pump, restoring running water to

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clinical worker inshe Rogers who house firstintime in oftwo years. her Melinda LaFevers for sits bythe her laptop the kitchen her home in Searcy. In an effort tosocial understand her hoarding, blogs, posts on Facebook and has published a book, Meditations of a Hoarder (Just Cause, 2015). specializes in hoarding disorder. 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Sheila Jo Kornblum is a li“OK,guilty.” you ready?” and opens the Hoarders turned down Melinda LaFevers hoarding was added as a stand-alone so when she applied for the ca- censed clinical social worker door. ble TV show because she did not have minor children at home and in Rogers whofor specializes ToAthe left, theJohns office is Hopkins disorder. But Kornblum says manyin 2008 was notUniversity in a crisis. hoarding disorder. un-navigable, but a narrow path “Hoarding is compoa very complex crowd the of applileads ahead, weaving through ers of half-used toiletries andalso includes people, hoarding study suggests that 4 tles percent oftops the disorder, in that it can come ances and boxes of packaged the living room’s haphazardly blocked at the top by draped from ahyperactivity lot of different triggers,” food (some empty) cover every towels. nents of attention deficit population be hoarders (in the stacked boxes and could floor-to-ceilshe says. “A lot of times it’s trigsurface. 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The average size of a single family home in the U.S. has increased 50 percent since 1978, from 1,780 square feet to 2,662. Our nation has collectively eaten a lot of cheeseburgers, but surely not enough to necessitate that kind of expansion. Increased wealth and a culture of conspicuous consumption appear to be primary drivers. The backlash against building bigger gained some ground in 1997 with architect Sarah Susanka’s The Not So Big House, which extolled building better, not bigger, and a return to housing under 1,000 square feet. The economic collapse a decade later began with the subprime mortgage crisis, which made living smaller a necessity for many. The tiny house movement, building homes under 400 square feet, is becoming increasingly appealing for people looking for an alternative and more efficient lifestyle. Tulsans Cheyenne Butcher and Blake Peters had each been drawn to the idea before they met. Butcher is a local artist and photographer; Peters does commercial audio/visual installation. “We liked the concept of living small and minimal,” Butcher said. “And having something that you built yourself.” Searching online for inspiration to construct their tiny house, Peters found something else: a 2000 Blue Bird All American—a school bus—with 282,000 miles. “The bus is actually from Bixby Schools,” he said. “They received bond money to buy new buses, so they were getting rid of this one.” The mileage is low for a bus, and there’s 250-300 square feet of living space. The cost of their future home? “$2,500,” Peters chuckled. For them, preparing to downsize from their current 1,150-square-foot home was an easy decision. “We get sentimental attachments to things that aren’t necessary,” Butcher said. “You don’t need to use all the money; you don’t need to use all the electricity on daily consumption.” “You don’t really spend a lot of time in your house,” she said. “You sleep and you cook. We like camping and hiking. So really, wherever we go, that is our entertainment.” Making use of The School Bus Conversion Network (, a resource-sharing community of people working on similar projects, Butcher and Peters have found everything from basic conversion tutorials to tips for using alternative fuels like vegetable oil and biodiesel. They recently completed demolition on the bus, removing the seats, ceiling panels (a maddeningly grueling process, as anyone who follows them on Instagram has observed), insulation, flashers and stop signs.


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oklahoma st. cowboys // preview Is mason rudolph as good as advertised?

How’s tHis for a promotion: “Little bit unique, but he can definitely sling it. A Ben Roethlisberger comparison is not out of the question by his movement in and out of the pocket and his ability to throw the football. That’s the scouting report on him.” That’s part of the brief synopsis of Mason Rudolph’s game that Fox Sports analyst Charles Davis gave while doing color commentary for the Oklahoma State-Baylor game on Nov. 23, Rudolph’s Cowboy debut. Excitement around these parts has continued to grow after Rudolph won Bedlam on the road and the Cactus Bowl over Washington. Entering the 2015 season, only Ohio State’s Cardale Jones and perhaps UCLA freshman Josh Rosen have comparable hype around them in relation to games played. Is it warranted? We’ll know in four months. But what Rudolph showed last year, at times in difficult environments, is that he’ll be unflappable no matter the opponent or elements for Oklahoma State. “It’s important to us at Oklahoma State that our quarterbacks are tough, durable, and they’re gritty and they’re good leaders,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. “I think he’s shown signs of that.” The Tulsa World watched and charted all 86 passes Rudolph threw last season. Some of what we learned: Rudolph throws an accurate deep ball. On passes of 20-plus yards, he

DOWN WITH THE DUMPS Urban Meyer quickly turned around Ohio State. An undefeated season in year one. A spot in the Big Ten title game in year two. And a national title in year three. The World-Herald is backing another Gatorade bath. See Page 37CF

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Oklahoma State’s offensive line was panned last season for its inability to protect the quarterback and the team’s 3.5 yards per carry average. Greg Adkins, the third offensive line coach at OSU in three years, has provided a much-needed reboot. UAB transfer Victor Salako and redshirt sophomore Zachary Crabtree lead a group that must revive OSU’s tradition of great line play.

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We’ll let Mike Gundy sell the running backs: He described Chris Carson as having “12-pack” abs. The junior-college transfer certainly looks the part, and junior Rennie Childs also looks improved. And don’t forget OSU’s other new Carr — Jeff, a freshman from Temple, Texas, who has dazzled in camp.

completed 11-of-23 for 421 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He was 5-of-6 on deep throws down the left side of the field and 6-of-11 over the middle. In many ways, his only loss was his most impressive performance. He made his debut in Waco, Texas, on a day when it never stopped raining, in front of a raucous crowd. And despite the fact he was playing from behind the entire game, he made smart decisions aside from two interceptions. His game is not without kinks. He turned the ball over five times in three games. But he also has his teammates and coaches brimming with confidence, which must mean something. “I feel like he’s really matured and his confidence level is just way above his years,” senior cornerback Kevin Peterson said. “I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do this year.”


That’s “We’re taking it back,” the self-declared credo of the 2015 OSU defense. The Cowboys’ offensive problems in Transfer Chris Carson.  2014 were exacerbated by a defense that didn’t recover a JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World fumble until the 12th game. This year, OSU is three-deep at linebacker and has an excess of talent and experience at cornerback, but the unit’s success will be measured by an increase in turnovers more than anything else. Best-case scenario for 2015 The Cowboys take their show on the road and impress the nation in early wins at Texas and West Virginia. They’re 8-0 heading into a treacherous November, which includes games versus TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma. All three are in Boone Pickens Stadium, though, and OSU takes two of them, including Bedlam. At 11-1, OSU wins the Big 12 championship and reaches the College Football Playoff at the expense of its rival.

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Worst-case scenario for 2015 Remember Troy, 2007? Like that trap game in Alabama, Oklahoma State is shocked by Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. That dampens the mood before Mason Rudolph’s home debut. Worries continue when OSU falls on the road at Texas, West Virginia and — gulp — Texas Tech. After a win in Ames, Iowa, OSU is 5-5 with games left against Baylor and Oklahoma, just like 2014. But the magic is missing.

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Likely scenario for 2015 Oklahoma State is on the national radar after posting gaudy point totals in its three nonconference games. It stumbles on a road trip to Texas or West Virginia, but rebounds to be 7-1 when TCU comes to Stillwater. Though the Cowboys fall to the Big 12 favorite, they do beat Baylor two weeks later, setting up a Bedlam showdown with meaning: It could get OSU to 10-2 and, possibly, a New Year’s Six bowl game.


BUILDING a CAMPAIGN FOR mason rudolph Mason Rudolph: We’ve known he’d be Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback ever since he survived against Baylor, led the Cowboys to a Bedlam upset and brought home a bowl win over Washington. But what does last year mean for 2015? He’s been hyped all offseason, so we figured we’d create an ad to match it.



Despite a five-game slide before the Bedlam and bowl wins, Oklahoma State ended the season on a positive note. And remember — the 20-year-old from Rock Hill, S.C., still hasn’t started a game in front of the home crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium. That, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm from Mike Gundy following a renewed relationship with T. Boone himself, might imply fans are in for something fun this season.






MAybE wE juST wON’T MENTiON ... You could chalk it up to inexperience, but Rudolph did throw four interceptions and lost a fumble in his first three games. He’ll have to prove in 2015 that he can take care of the ball. Three of the four picks came on short-tointermediate throws.


PaT JoNES PITCHES OSU FOOTBALL From the Sports Animal to the Coaches’ Cabana, it’s hard to miss Pat Jones during football season. The former Oklahoma State coach is one of the most recognizable personalities in the region. In between his media work, he got a chance to see Oklahoma State practice in preseason camp. Jones shared his thoughts with the Tulsa World in a Q&A.

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“Well, I’d seen them in the spring and I’d try to start forming opinions there and then kind of have some questions I’d want to get answered when I went in the fall. I think lots of team speed, both sides of the ball. I knew that. Lots of receivers that can make plays, I knew that. Quarterback (Mason Rudolph) has a chance to be a good player, again, with his limited body of work, but he

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looks like he’s physically helped himself in that regard. I think (J.W.) Walsh is important to the program for a lot of intangibles. That’s a plus. Running back, the jury’s still out, although we saw (Chris) Carson, we don’t have any real body of work there although they’ve got a chance. (Rennie) Childs, the little kid (Jeff) Carr has had a pretty good preseason. He’s awfully little. There’s unknowns there, but they have a chance. They have a chance to be OK there. Offensive line, I watched (Greg) Adkins pretty good in the spring.

They don’t have much depth. I think they’ll be OK. I don’t know whether they can absorb hits there or not physically. But he’s sound and aggressive. They’re not the best I’ve seen out of them but they should be OK there.”

Have you formed an outlook on this season for Oklahoma State?

“If they were opening with Florida State or had a high-profile opener, I would worry a little bit simply from the standpoint that none of those backs have played and this will allow them to get going with those guys. So I think the schedule does set up and I don’t think this league’s very good. “They should, on form, be 3-0. I don’t think this first bunch will lie down for them but they should be 3-0 and I hear nothing good out of Texas, although I think that’s a very crucial ballgame the way it looks now.”

There’s a lot of hype around Mason Rudolph for a guy who’s only played three games. Do you think he’s going to be as good as advertised? “I don’t know. He’s not Troy Aikman. The ball doesn’t jump out of there. The guy’s still a young guy, obviously. But he should be a good player if he’s what we think he is mentally and all. He’s not the quickest, strongest arm I’ve ever seen. I think to paint the picture this guy’s Troy Aikman or something is probably not accurate. But he should be good enough to win a lot of games with if the right things happen.”

If you were making a pitch to the fan base of why this a team that’s worth watching, what would that pitch be?

Rudolph has the composure and focus of a veteran. It was evident right away against Baylor, both in completions — like a 34-yard pass deep down the left sideline that he dropped over David Glidden’s left shoulder perfectly on a third down — and in response to errors. After throwing his second interception, Rudolph hopped off the ground and chased down Baylor’s Orion Stewart, making the tackle.


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Acampora, sometimes called the godfather of technical analysis, visits Omaha, as he did last week to talk with students and investment advisers about the economy and how he figures out what stocks to buy or sell. Buffett, as chairman and chief executive of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. of Omaha, is well­known for pick­ ing investments based on fac­ tors such as the type of business, See Warren Watch: Page 2

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even though his friends and co­workers make fun of it. “I hate smartphones. I hate how they take over people’s lives and they spend all their time looking at them,” he said. “I’d love to stay on this phone forever.” People such as Sommerfield are a rarity. More than 90 per­ cent of smartphone users trade up for newer models within two years, said Ramon Llamas, See Old phones: Page 2

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The call lasts a minute and six seconds. Most of it is one-sided, with a lot of dead air. “911, do you need police, fire or medics?” a Douglas County 911 operator asks the person who called the dispatch center. Silence. The operator waits a few seconds, then sends out a teletype message in case the caller is hearing impaired. Nothing. She calls the person back. “This is the 911 operator. We had a call from your cellphone. Is everything OK there?” Another try. “Hello, sir? This is 911, do you have an emergency? Hello?” Finally, the caller picks up his cellphone and responds. “My phone pocket-dialed you on accident,” the man says. The dispatcher ends the call. “Oh, OK. ... Thank you very much, sir. Bye-bye.” Accidental 911 calls, once an occasional slip or prank by a kid using his parents’ land line, have become more common





Two young men from France stood in the driveway of a Memorial Park home and strapped the last of their things onto their white road bikes.

They carried granola bars and Gatorade, sleeping bags and plastic tarps. They had Kerouac (in French)

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jamin “Ben” Rieu and Alexandre “Alex” Aubertin are a third of the way through a journey that began the first of June in New York City and ends on the 25th of August in Los Angeles. They’ll cover 5,000 miles of field and mountain, countryside and city, the postcard scenes and the less-remarkable terrain and all the strangers along the way.

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Two young Frenchmen have set out to do something many Americans won’t or can’t — see it all. And they’re doing it all from the seat of a bicycle. Alexandre Aubertin and Benjamin Rieu seem equally impressed by famed sights and the mundane scenery of middle America. Watch and listen to the journey of Benjamin Rieu and Alexandre Aubertin as they travel across America on bicycles. Video on

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Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest. Around the globe, flags — some of nations, others of affiliation — have wrapped spectators at soccer matches and participants in protest marches, flown over revolutions and holy wars, adorned advertisements and marked lunar landings. But even to people gazing up at the same flag, it can mean very different things. And, experts say, there may be nowhere else in the world where flags stir See Flags: Page 2

House, Senate leaders say ‘cleaning up the culture’ is priority for 2016 Republican, resigned because of sexually charged messages he exchanged with a 19-year-old intern from Missouri Southern State University. A few months later, Sen. Paul LeVota, a Democrat, resigned amid sexual harassment allegations from multiple former interns. While the intern situation is not directly related to traditional ethics reform, McCreery said it “shined a light on the goings-on in Jefferson City.” Missouri’s ethics laws fall short in three specific areas: limits on lobbyist gifts, laws governing when a legislator can become a lobbyist and campaign

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report, slowed just long enough to ask the question after ignoring the pedestrian crossing sign. Battreal then took off down Emma Avenue in Jennings. It was Feb. 20, 2014, a sunny, dry day. Battreal, 86, later told police that he made a right turn and “all of a sudden there was a black guy on my hood.” They charged him in municipal with•failure to yield for a Seecourt COURTS Page A1

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pedestrian in a crosswalk and leaving the scene of an accident. Battreal hired an attorney and just over a month later, the prosecutor recommended one charge be dismissed and the other be amended to “illegal parking.” Battreal paid $250 plus court costs and was done with it, never having to worry about the accident going on his driving record. His defense attorney was Ronald

Brockmeyer — then one of the more prolific players in St. Louis County’s municipal court system and the judge in Ferguson. Brockmeyer resigned from all five municipalities where he was either prosecutor or judge after a Department of Justice report March 4 accused him and other court officials See COURTS • Page A8

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briefed teams on Kroenke’s plans for a glamorous, 80,000-seat, $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Afterward, a group of key owners and league executives made another thing clear: Moving the Rams will be difficult if St. Louis planners nail down a proposal to build a new football stadium downtown. And that shifts the fate of St. Louis football out of the enigmatic owner’s hands and — temporarily — into those See STADIUM • Page A11

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Drought, ice storms and tree diseases can take their toll on our green infrastructure. Although replacing those dead trees is important, not all trees are created equal, said Justin Evertson, interim director for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Here are some types to plant this Earth Day and Arbor Day.


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Suitable to eastern Nebraska; fast growing. This multitasking tree provides shade in addition to its nut production, Evertson said.


TULIP Suitable to eastern Nebraska; more prone to ice storm damage. In addition to its namederiving owers, this tree’s distinctive leaves utter in the wind like a cottonwood’s.

In this new year, you may be hitting the gym a lot more. But all those things you remember about exercise may be wrong. Cardio doesn’t burn more calories than weightlifting, sit-ups won’t give you a six-pack, and static stretching may not prevent injuries. Mental Floss’ latest episode of “Misconceptionsâ€? runs down the top 10 exercising misconceptions. Check it out: “Stuntmanâ€? seems like a really fun job, but it also looks incredibly dangerous. Damien Walters, whom you’ve seen in movies such as “Hellboy II,â€? “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsâ€? and “KickAss,â€? makes it look simple. He compiled an entire year of ips, including the time he backipped into bed and under the covers, into one amazing 5-minute video. Watch it:




Drought-tolerant; very tough and reliable. Evertson said these trees’ slow growth but long lifespans mean they will “span the generations in a community.�

Suitable for eastern Nebraska; prefers moist, fertile soil. This medium-size tree, reaching 30 feet at maturity, is native to the eastern Great Plains and has tasty fruit.

The acoustic guitar swells over that moving “Grey’s Anatomy� scene. A running back jumps the defense accompanied by bouncy punk rock chords. Beats bump during the trailer for a new action movie. ★ Music helps us feel a connection to what we’re watching. ★ More and more TV shows, movies and even commercials are using pop music, and it’s not only big artists like the Rolling Stones or Fall Out Boy that are being featured. Local artists and local record labels benefit from getting exposure and some cash by having their music played. ★ But how does a song by a local band like Icky Blossoms make it into a movie trailer? We spoke to musicians and others in the music business about choosing the right song, getting approval and — maybe most important — getting paid.

If there’s one man you shouldn’t challenge to a pushup contest, it’s Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast.â€? And not just the ďŹ ctional muscle-bound cartoon character. If you challenge Gaston while at Disney World, which a young man recently did, he’ll show you up pretty fast. Check it out:




Choosing a song for a ďŹ lm or TV show begins with a director or screenwriter. Sometimes, they’ll mention a speciďŹ c song in the script. Often there’s simply a vibe or feeling that they want to convey in a scene. It works similarly

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Children’s imaginary friends are often portrayed negatively, making parents feel their child may be anti-social, shy or have low self-esteem. What would other parents think if your little Cindy started talking about her new pretend friend? Would they think you are not spending enough time with your child, or that she’s not developing properly? Relax! The other parents will probably tell you their child also has an imaginary friend — maybe two. The truth is about two out of three children have played with or spoken to an imaginary friend by the time they are 7 years old. An imaginary friend is how your child expresses her creativity. Maybe it’s a dragon, a teddy bear, another person who makes her feel more comfortable in social situations, or just a partner for play. Imaginary

Artists have the potential to earn by placing their music in advertisements, TV shows and ďŹ lms. The following local artists have done just that. ★ Bright Eyes, “We Are Nowhere and It’s Nowâ€? in movie “Knocked Upâ€? ★ Mynabirds, “Wolf Motherâ€? in “Pretty Little Liarsâ€? episode “Grave New Worldâ€? ★ Sail by the Stars, “Icebergs Are for Penguinsâ€? on MTV’s “The Real Worldâ€? ★ 311, “Love Songâ€? in movie “50 First Datesâ€? ★ Azure Ray, “Shouldn’t Have Lovedâ€? in “Grey’s Anatomyâ€? episode “Something’s Gotta Giveâ€? ★ Oxygen, “Do You Want to Play a Gameâ€? in movie “Saw IVâ€? ★ Bright Eyes, “First Day of My Lifeâ€? in a Zillow commercial ★ Icky Blossoms, “Babesâ€? in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill Forâ€? trailer ★ The Faint, “Worked Up So Sexualâ€? in “The OfďŹ ceâ€? episode “Night Outâ€?

ELM Tolerant of wet and drought. There are many new disease-resistant types of elms, and elms will provide shade more quickly than oaks.

CONCOLOR FIR Drought-tolerant. Evertson described this evergreen tree as a good survivor that performs well in the Nebraska climate.

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Female-fronted bands get crowds going Intense Dead Sara, mellow Alvvays and harmonic Girlpool didn’t disappoint


AUSTIN — Women rock. So far, female-fronted bands have made up about half of the artists I’ve seen at South by Southwest music festival. And the ladies have been the highlights of the festival for me. Best Coast was the ďŹ rst band that I saw at SXSW, and they’ve always been a favorite of mine and of other music critics from all over. On Wednesday, I caught sets from L.A. rock outďŹ t Dead Sara, Canadian rock band Alvvays and Philadelphia duo Girlpool.

The focal point of Dead Sara is singer/ guitarist Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley. Armstrong has a voice that’s one in a generation in terms of intensity and ability. She sang so intensely that her voice sounded raw and strained. I met Medley before the show and she was very kind. When she got on stage and strapped on her Gibson guitar, she turned into a ferocious slayer conjuring explosions of sound from her instrument. Dead Sara blew me away. I’m not the only one who says so. See SXSW: Page 2












Tending to the community’s roots Neighborhood groups see trees as vital landmarks that deserve extra protection


The old Kentucky coffeetree in Elmwood Park was a constant presence in Diana Failla’s childhood, the scene of family picnics and afternoons spent reading. “We grew up under the tree,â€? said the president of the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance. It was “shelter, refuge and a place for calm.â€? That tree came down last year, but it’s at the top of her list to replace. As a soon-to-be certiďŹ ed arborist, Failla

pays close attention to her neighborhood’s trees. “I see trees as landmarks,� she said. “The trees mark generations of people who move around them.� She points to Bemis Park’s druid oak, which was planted in 1787, and Elmwood Park’s white oak, a champion tree planted 150 years ago. Those trees have stood the test of time, but many others in Nebraska are in jeopardy. Approximately 50 percent of the state’s public trees have been lost since the late





No, owner Denny Moran does not yet have a reopening date on the calendar for the Dundee Theater. Yes, work on remodeling is continuing, and Moran said it’s possible the theater, at 4952 Dodge St., could open in late fall. The Dundee, Omaha’s only remaining single-screen movie outlet, closed in May 2013 for installation of a digital projector, new sound equipment, renova-

tion of the lobby and concessions area, seat refurbishing and more. The theater was last renovated in 1987. Moran said work on the exterior continues. Tuck-pointing of brickwork is complete. New electrical panels are installed. New heating and air conditioning units are now fully functional. Moran said he didn’t want to begin plaster repairs, painting and upgrading seats until new rooďŹ ng is in place. The weather See Theater: Page 2




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OUT THERE “I am your father!â€? Darth Vader’s declaration to Luke Skywalker in “The Empire Strikes Backâ€? is one of the most memorable lines in cinema. We’ve all done our own impression of James Earl Jones delivering the iconic line, but how does it sound in other languages? A YouTube video collects 20 different versions of the line. Some are as fearsome as the original. Others are delivered atly. Watch it: Want a fun way to grow some spring plants? Try an upside down planter shaped like an octopus head. Your plants growing from the bottom

will look like tentacles growing out of the octopus’s head. California artists Cindy and James Searles sell the planters in their Etsy shop. Check it out: You’ve probably sipped hundreds or thousands of beverages out of aluminum cans. But have you ever stopped to wonder why every can is shaped the same way? A lot of thought went into making the can the way it is, and YouTuber engineerguy, University of Illinois professor Bill Hammack, explains it all in a video that has nearly 1 million views. Watch it:


Kelly Curtis “We had our ups and downs, but I always knew he loved me. He called me his number one.�

Kelly Curtis was 3 when her dad’s movie, “Some Like It Hot,â€? was released. She visited the set and was even photographed on the beach where part of it was ďŹ lmed, but she has no memories of it. She was 5 when her late parents, iconic movie stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, divorced. “It wasn’t a particularly good time,â€? she recalled. “I was not pleased with that. But I never had any other father.â€?

So, Friday night, Curtis will appear at the Joslyn Art Museum for Omaha ďŹ lm historian Bruce Crawford’s special screening of “Some Like It Hot,â€? speaking to fans and signing autographs. She’s doing it to honor her dad, just as she honored her mother by appearing with her at a 1994 Crawford screening of “Psycho.â€? “I’ve never spoken about my dad before to the press or public,â€? Curtis said by phone from Bellevue, Idaho. Her 1885 Victorian home overlooks the Sawtooth See Curtis: Page 2

‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’ What: Commemorative screening by Omaha ďŹ lm historian Bruce Crawford Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. When: 7 p.m. Friday Who: Special guest Kelly Curtis, a daughter of actor Tony Curtis BeneďŹ t for: Omaha Parks Foundation Tickets: $23, available at all Omaha Hy-Vee Supermarkets Info: 402-926-8299 or omahaďŹ

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Do studios still stack up? Academy voters increasingly embrace indie movies for their top award By Bob Fischbach

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Get ready for a little song and dance with Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris hosting. Page 2E


Bob Fischbach plays prognosticator on who will take home the statues. Pages 4&5E

GOING MY WAY Do you know your cinematographers from your composers? Try our Oscar quiz. Page 4E

It’s official this year. Oscar loves independent movies. • Hollywood’s major studios may have created the AcademyAwards, hoping to drum up publicity for their product. But those same studios are increasingly getting the cold shoulder when the gold statuettes are handed out. • Or is it the studios that are turning their backs on award-worthy movies? • Of the eight best-picture contenders at tonight’s 87th annual Academy Awards, only one, “American Sniper,” is the product of a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. Another, “Selma,” had independent financing sources and a developed script before making a distribution deal with Paramount. • The two best-picture front-runners? “Birdman” had five production companies led by New Regency, a company founded by Israeli independent producer Arnon Milchan. “Boyhood” is a product of IFC, a leader in independent film founded in 2000, and director Richard Linklater’s Detour Films. • The trend has been building for a while, said Omaha filmmaker Mark Hoeger of Oberon Entertainment. • “The major studios, for the most part, don’t want to invest in smaller, under-$30 million pictures that are less high-concept events,” Hoeger said. “They need to create big shows with big audiences, for a whole variety of reasons.” • Big-budget movies appeal to the increasingly profitable international market, he said. That means lowest-common -denominator stories — comic-book characters, epic heroes — driven by action that will translate to any culture. That’s generally not the kind of film the academy wants to celebrate. • The big studios see smaller movies as too risky, Hoeger said. A moviegoer in Kyrgyzstan won’t


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t is inevitable that any film sequel be judged against the success of its origins.

It is impossible to not compare the new all-star superhero team-up “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to the spectrum of Marvel’s films, because they are all so intricately connected to one another, whether through storyline or shared characters. “The Avengers” set the bar so high in 2012. It was a nearperfect entertainment, creating an origins story for how Marvel’s iconic characters came to join one another in fighting a threat to the Earth. It was one of the best-made movies of that year — no matter the genre. Iron Man, Captain America and Thor were witty, smart and brave. The Hulk smashed, and it was fantastic. The supporting players were all given moments to shine, and we embraced these characters full of heart and humor.

ALPACAS, GENTLE BY NATURE, ARE ‘JUST SO SWEET’ Sheri and Mike Jacoby’s alpacas are social creatures. They rove the couple’s 13-acre farm near Fort Calhoun in packs. Look like you’re going to feed them and they’ll dash toward you, eagerly waiting to nibble a carrot from your outstretched palm. The care and keeping of 29 alpacas could be a full-time job. But Sheri Jacoby maintains her animals in addition to her work as a pharmacist. Jacoby goes out in the morning around 5:15 and spends an hour making sure the animals have water and giving each of them a bowl of grain and pellet supplements. She also gives the alpacas some fresh hay and water and scoops their waste. When she returns home in the evening, she feeds them their grain right away, lets them out to the pasture to graze and then repeats much of the morning’s maintenance duties. Each spring, the alpacas are shaved so the soft fiber can be used to make socks and other items. — Andrea Kszystyniak

‘AvEngErS: AgE of ULTron’ Cast: Robert Downey

Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders Theaters: Cinemark Tulsa, Warren Theatre Broken Arrow, AMC Southroads 20, Starworld 20, Admiral Twin Drive-in, Cinemark Broken Arrow, Owasso, Eton Square, Sand Springs run time: 2 hours, 21 minutes rated: PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments) Quality: ••• (on a scale of zero to four stars)

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BAPAC brings powerhouse women in new season • The Broken Arrow venue has announced the lineup for its seventh Spotlight Season. By JAMES D. WATTS Jr. World Scene Writer

A quintet of legendary women of stage and screen — Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Lily Tomlin and Broken Arrow’s own Kristin Chenoweth — will be featured as part of the Broken Arrow PAC’s

seventh annual Spotlight Season. The season will also include touring productions of three musicals, as well as concerts by Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman and the Ten Tenors. “We have packed this season with nothing but legendary artists and shows,” said Mark Frie, BAPAC Foundation president/CEO. “To see all these names side by side, it makes me proud to know the BAPAC is becoming an entertainment destination.” The main season will include seven SEE SEASon D3

liza Minnelli (left), Bernadette Peters, Patti luPone, lily Tomlin and Broken Arrow’s own Kristin Chenoweth will be featured as part of the Broken Arrow PAC’s seventh annual Spotlight Season.   Associated Press file photos

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CHAMPAIGN PAIN: Illinois stuns Nebraska with late touchdown. TIME MANAGEMENT: Huskers unable to make key plays to run out clock.


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Illinois receiver Geronimo Allison celebrates his game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter Saturday in Champaign, Illinois. The Illini kicked the PAT to pull out the win.


Late-game struggles add up to another loss for the Huskers.

NU’s 2-3 start reflects poorly on new staff


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The final minute confused everyone more than the game’s officials, and that’s some accomplishment, since they spent several minutes of Saturday’s game trying to figure out if it was a third down or fourth down. Yeah, that happened. And so did a Husker late-game giveaway that was almost impossible to understand, with Illinois topping Nebraska 14-13 on a 1-yard touchdown catch by Geronimo Allison with 10 seconds left. Five games. Three losses. By a total of nine points. “I hope we don’t have to weather any more,” said Husker head coach Mike Riley. “That’s a rough one for them.” He repeated it, because See HUSKERS, Page C5


The Final Four is back in Nebraska, and for three Husker standouts, it’s practically in their backyard. The Rolfzen twins and Kelly Hunter are ready for the moment, and the people who watched them grow up couldn’t be more proud. BY BRENT C. WAGNER | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

The introduction of the starting lineup for the Nebraska volleyball team doesn’t offer much variety. || From Papillion, Nebraska, Kelly Hunter. || From Papillion, Nebraska, Amber Rolfzen. || From Papillion, Nebraska, Kadie Rolfzen. || How did we get to where three players from the same city, and the same graduating class at Papillion-La Vista South High School, are now starters for a team that has a chance to win the NCAA championship this weekend? And even better, the Final Four is being played about 20 miles from where they grew up. See OMAHA, Page B14

Cook’s evolution helps put NU on brink of crown Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook is guided in part by a saying: “The longer I coach, the less I know.” During the past few seasons, the 16th-year NU head coach has emphasized learning more about himself in his profession. He wanted to address his shortcomings. Don’t underestimate Cook’s desire to improve, and the lengths he’s gone to do it, as a leading reason the fifth-ranked Huskers reached this week’s

NCAA Final Four. Excellent leadership involves both art and science. Cook long has STEVEN M. had the science SIPPLE Lincoln Journal Star part down. You know, the technical side of the sport, the physical training, the tactical

John Cook watches his team during practice Wednesday at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Cook has led Nebraska to six Final Fours. MATT RYERSON Lincoln Journal Star

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Watch highlights and view photos from Saturday’s game. Monday: Watch Mike Riley’s weekly news conference beginning at 11 a.m.

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THURSDAY’S MATCHES At CenturyLink Center Omaha Minnesota (30-4) vs. Texas (29-2), 6 p.m. TV: ESPN2 (35) Nebraska (30-4) vs. Kansas (30-2), approx. 8:30 p.m. TV: ESPN2 (35). Radio: 107.3

MORE ONLINE Photos: Check out a gallery from Wednesday’s practice sessions. Video: Husker players have a request for fans.

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley (left) and defensive coordinator Mark Banker watch the replay of an Illinois catch ruled out of bounds late in the fourth quarter Saturday. The Huskers are off to a 2-3 start in Riley’s first season.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf stood in a darkened tunnel under Memorial Stadium. He wore short sleeves. He was cold, he said. He faces hard and cold reality, as does Husker head football coach Mike Riley and the rest of the STEVEN M. staff. SIPPLE Five games into Lincoln Journal Star their tenures at Nebraska, the Huskers are 2-3 (0-1 Big Ten). The first two defeats, to BYU and Miami, were jarring enough for everyone involved, including an intensely loyal fan base. Saturday’s collapse — a 14-13 loss to deeply flawed Illinois — feels even worse. Even more jarring.

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NO. 1 BUCKEYES SURVIVE INDIANA Ezekiel Elliott (left) rushes for a career-best 274 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 1 Ohio State needed every bit of it to hold off Indiana 34-27 in Bloomington. A late goal-line stand helped the Buckeyes, who may fall in the polls. PAGE C6

Pelini in South Dakota: Coyote fans try to rattle ex-Husker coach in his return to the Great Plains. Page C6




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CHANGING THE NARRATIVE Beating Michigan State would help NU move past a season of bad breaks By Jon nyatawa WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Mike Riley would prefer not to discuss the potential narrative-altering impact that an upset win over an undefeated top-10 team could have on a disappointing debut season. To Riley, any assertion that a single game has added value over another jeopardizes the workmanlike approach he’d like his program to adopt. So he’s reluctant to acknowl-

edge what seems fairly evident about the opportunity in front of the Huskers this weekend: If they beat Michigan State, they could change the perception and tone of 2015. It’s clear that, regardless of the outcome, NU’s staff has plenty of work to do. Schematic weaknesses, personnel deficiencies and lingering internal issues from the coaching change will still need to be addressed during the winter and spring. A See NU football: Page 14

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MORE INSIDE STEVENSON MOVES ON Freshman running back Jordan Stevenson quits the Husker football team. Page 14C

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Good morning, Vegas. What do you know that we don’t? It’s Saturday. Finally. Mercifully. If Nebraskans ever needed a game, it’s this Saturday. Maybe not this game. The road to the College Football Playoff goes through Lincoln (as Husker fans stand on the side of the road, watching the parade go by). Michigan State is on that road. Sixthranked Sparty is on a mission to compile victories and style points, in that order. Playoff committee member



INCOLN — Rewind, for a second, to kickoff on

Stadium. Nebraska, which had roused its moribund, frustrating season with an upset win over Michigan

a bye week of preparation, that Iowa would have to play its best game to escape with a win. •• As it turned out, the Hawkeyes won

ty, but the Huskers handed them the game with four turnovers

Previews for Saturday’s other bowl games. Page 8C

and a few defensive busts that will haunt the team into the offseason, regardless of what happens in Saturday’s Foster Farms Bowl


against UCLA. •• That Iowa loss was a microcosm of Nebraska’s

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Live analysis, photos, video and more. Want to chime in? Use the #NEBvsUCLA Twitter hashtag.

football program in recent years. NU rises, peers out the window at opportunity, rubs the crust out of its eyes, and turns right


back into its slumber. In this way, the

Mike Riley power-hooked his drive off the first tee way left, so far into the junk that his caddie, Shawn Eichorst, refuses to go look for it. Fortunately, he gets a mulligan. That’s what this Foster Farms Bowl is tonight for Riley and his Husker football program. After a season in the blender, this one’s a freebie. Second chance. A Mully. Whether anyone thinks the Huskers deserve to be here at 5-7 is beside the point, really. They’re here. So is UCLA. This is a made-for-TV show, See Shatel: Page 10

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State, had a fine shot at upending undefeated Iowa. •• Within the



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Bielema’s final league title comes with an asterisk, as neither Ohio State nor Penn State was eligible, but he and Andersen excelled under Alvarez’s shadow.

After 10 straight losing seasons, the Scarlet Knights have made bowl games in nine of the past 10 years, and Schiano’s hiring was the catalyst.

Hope was largely a victim of Tiller’s success — which included a Rose Bowl berth — and Hazell started from scratch with the Boilermakers two years ago.

Paterno’s legendary career ended suddenly and in scandal, and NCAA sanctions have contributed to O’Brien’s and Franklin’s struggles.

Tressel reignited the program but left the Buckeyes with sanctions. Meyer ended his “retirement” and picked up where Tressel left off, at least on the field.

Fitzgerald took over after Walker died of a heart attack in June 2006, and he guided the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1948, followed by two losing seasons.

Kill, who also laid the foundation for Northern Illinois’ current success, has turned the Gophers into one of the league’s most respected programs.

Callahan’s West Coast offense never caught on in Lincoln, and neither did Pelini’s “here-to-stay” promise after the Huskers’ win in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

The Spartans whiffed on Smith, but Dantonio won a conference championship and made them, at least for a while, the face of the Big Ten.

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Bret Bielema 12-1 9-4 68-24, .739, hired by Arkansas

7-5 4-7 5-7 Rutgers

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Kyle Flood < 9-4 22-16, .579 Greg Schiano 2-9 1-11 68-67, .504, hired by Buccaneers (NFL)



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Bill O’Brien 8-4 7-5 15-9, .625, hired by Texans (NFL)

James Franklin < 6-6 6-6, .500

148-32 12-1 12-2 Urban Meyer < 12-0 36-3, .923 Luke Fickell 6-7 6-7, .462, 12-1 11-2 10-3 -2 11-2 -1 12-1 10-2 11-2 Ohio State

Jim Tressel* -0 7-5 14-0 106-22, .828, resigned


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Friedgen led the Terps to an ACC title in his first year but faltered with a 2-10 season. Edsall’s teams have improved each year as he’s led them into the Big Ten.

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Rich Rodriguez 89} Michigan


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Lane Kiffin 90} USC


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Jagodzinski 93} Jeff Boston College



Strong 97} Charlie Texas

Stewart 95} Bill West Virginia

Franklin 98} James Penn State

Teevens 99} Buddy Stanford

Mike MacIntyre 101} Colorado

Todd Graham 100} Pittsburgh

Greg Robinson 102} Syracuse

Will Muschamp 103} Florida

Wilson 96} Kevin Indiana





Dana Holgorsen 107} West Virginia

Brady Hoke 105} Michigan

Gene Chizik 104} Auburn


Neuheisel 108} Rick UCLA

Mike Shula 106} Alabama


Weis 111} Charlie Kansas

Hazell 110} Darrell Purdue

Erickson 113} Dennis Arizona State

O’Brien 114} Bill Penn State

Clawson 115} Dave Wake Forest

Ron Zook 116} Florida

Tuberville 109} Tommy Texas Tech

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Small ball. Not enough offense. Baseball yin, if you will. This is the college game of the past decade. Gorilla ball. Too much offense. Baseball yang. This is the college game of the ’90s. Where is the happy medium? Perhaps the answer lies in the curving seams of a baseball, an Americanized yin yang symbol. Flattening the seams may provide the harmony the NCAA is looking for.

Turner and Zook oversaw trips to BCS bowls but the Illini haven’t done much else, leading to Beckman’s ongoing rebuilding project.


Two Big Ten powers have stumbled since their glory years, and two others have seen their programs deal with scandal. As Michigan and NU struggle to return to relevance, Ohio State is back on top with one of the era’s best coaches.


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Ranking the college football hires of the past 14 years based on winning percentage, longevity and program status.


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High hopes for high-flying wind The tallest wind turbine in the nation will soon harness breezes hundreds of feet above Corning, Iowa





The nation’s tallest wind turbine will be mounted on a concrete tower being constructed at the site of a MidAmerican Energy Co. wind energy farm near Corning in southwest Iowa. The company, a division of Berkshire Hathaway

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Inc., said Monday the prototype tower in Adams County is MidAmerican’s first concrete tower. Taller towers can raise electricity-generating turbines into higher-wind zones, opening up areas now rated as having “low to medium” wind resources to future development. “Generally speaking, the higher the altitude, the greater the wind resource available,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president for renewable energy at MidAmerican. The tower’s 2.3-megawatt turbine will be part of a 64-turbine, 154-megawatt wind farm to be comSee Wind turbine: Page 2


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Over more than half a decade, Berkshire partners Buffett and Munger have formed their own mutual admiration society, influencing each other on investment and business philosophies — and with nary an argument

Gallup hopes its halt to presidential horse-race polling will shine a light on its other ventures


Omaha survey: Most local businesses don’t expect faster growth BY CINDY GONZALEZ WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Fewer than half the businesses that participated in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s outlook survey, or 44 percent, believe the metro area will see faster economic growth in 2016 than in the current year. That’s a better bet, however, than companies were willing to wage on their state or country. Indeed, only 32 percent said they expect Nebraska’s economic pace next year to surpass that of this year; and 29 percent expect the national economy to outperform its 2015 growth. Shannon McClure, who directs the chamber’s research arm, said the higher confidence in local versus state or national economic conditions is a consistent See Chamber: Page 2


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spokesman Johnathan Tozer said of the focus on horse-race polling. “It often overshadows our general polling on economics, jobs, education, customers and employees, as well as our growing global consulting business,” he said. And sitting out polling for the presidential primary doesn’t mean there’s no longer a “Gallup Poll.” The company still surveys on other matters that power the analytics Gallup uses to help other firms make decisions. (Recent surveys: How much will Americans spend on Christmas shopping? What jobs are workers looking for?)

HOW THEY MET It all began with a series of intense discussions when they met in Omaha in 1959. Dr. Edwin Davis, a prominent Omaha urologist, had called Buffett in 1957 about investing in the partnerships Buffett had started in Omaha. One of Davis’ patients, Arthur Wiesenberger, had known Buffett in New York City and suggested the contact, according to biographer Roger Lowenstein. Davis and his wife, Dorothy, gathered their family to meet with Buffett, who was 27 and looked a decade younger. But he laid out the terms of his partnership, and the Davises soon invested $100,000 with Buffett. Buffett asked Dr. Davis how he agreed to a large investment so quickly. Davis said: “Because you remind me of Charlie Munger.”


Two years later Dorothy Davis and her son-in-law, Lee Seemann, still struck by the similarities between Buffett and Munger, invited them to lunch at the Omaha Club, where the city’s businessmen met for meals and special events. Munger had long since moved to California and was practicing law in Pasadena. His father, Alfred, had died and it fell to him to return to Omaha and wrap up his father’s law practice. Soon after the Omaha Club lunch, businessman Richard Holland was mowing his lawn when Munger walked by — his father’s house was just up the street — and Holland invited him to dinner that night. Buffett also was invited. A few days later Buffett and Munger took their wives to Johnny’s Cafe. At one point, Munger slipped out of the booth and rolled on the floor with laughter, according to Buffett biographer Alice Schroeder. On all three occasions, Munger and Buffett talked with each other to the exclusion of everyone else. After the session at Johnny’s, Nancy Munger asked her husband, “Why are you paying so much attention to him?” “You don’t understand,” Charlie replied. “That is no ordinary human being.” See Partners: Page 21


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For-profit education company to settle case for $95.5 million

Urban Outfitters will buy celeb chef’s restaurant group

Pandora reaches $75 million deal with Rdio

A Pennsylvania company that enrolls more than 100,000 students at for-profit trade schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada has agreed to pay $95.5 million to settle claims that it illegally paid recruiters and exaggerated the careerplacement abilities of its schools. Under the deal the Justice Department announced Monday, Education Management Corp. also agreed to forgive $102.8 million in loans it made to more than 80,000 former students.

Celebrity Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri is selling his restaurant group to retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. The deal should be completed by the end of the year, according to No terms were released. The Vetri Family deal includes restaurants Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina, Lo Spiedo and Pizzeria Vetri. The group’s flagship Italian restaurant, Vetri, isn’t included in the sale. Urban Outfitters Inc. has a stable of clothing and home brands including Anthropologie, Terrain and Free People. It has been integrating restaurants into its stores for several years, calling them “lifestyle centers.”

Pandora says it is acquiring technology, intellectual property and potentially employees from Rdio and will add new features to its Internet music streaming service by late next year. The $75 million cash deal depends on Rdio seeking bankruptcy protection and gaining court approval for the deal. Rdio will wind down its service. It would be the second big purchase by Pandora following its agreement to buy ticket seller Ticketfly last month for $450 million. — From wire reports

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Buffett said that in an emergency Munger would serve as interim CEO while Berkshire searched for a long-term successor. Age has overtaken that plan; Buffett is 84 and Munger 91.

Gallup is called “a responsible company” as federal oversight of it is ended early.

McDonald’s hopes it has a catchy new deal that will be as popular as its Dollar Menu. Starting Jan. 4 the fast-food chain will launch the McPick 2 menu, which will let customers pick two of the following items for $2: a McDouble, a McChicken, small fries and mozzarella sticks. The offering has gained the votes of franchisees to make it onto the national menu, and it will be available in U.S. restaurants for a five-week run. After that, McDonald’s said it may change the details of the offering, but that it plans to stick with the McPick concept and name.

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“(Charlie) is one very smart guy. ... I know lots of people with high IQs. But in the investment world and in certain other respects, they would not be remotely in Charlie’s class.”


A DIFFERENT ANIMAL Gallup’s move away from the political horse race might seem to be an abandonment of the company’s bread and butter. After all, what’s an election without the Gallup Poll? But Gallup has moved beyond the who’s up, who’s down of politics, the company says. It’s been long-focused on workplace and marketplace consulting, and it wants the public to focus on that part of its business, too. “We want this image to slip away,” Gallup

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Two old friends will get together once again today for Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual shareholders meeting. If Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett were only friends, their 56 years together would be only admirable. But because the two Omaha natives also formed one of the world’s most enduring and successful business partnerships, their journey to the stage of the CenturyLink Center Omaha has been remarkable as well. Their partnership predates Buffett becoming chairman of Berkshire. Its roots stretch to the Great Depression, when Charlie Munger worked for $1.98 a week for Buffett’s grandfather Ernest Buffett. Over the decades, the men have influenced each other’s decisions and philosophies, perhaps as deeply as any two partners in history. Today, Munger marvels at Buffett: “Warren’s a lot more able than I am, and very disciplined.” Buffett, in turn, praises Munger as “both smarter and wiser.” Not that they are alike in all ways. Buffett’s hobbies include playing the ukulele and appearing on cable TV. Munger is an architect on the side, designing some of the buildings he supports with multimillion-dollar donations to universities. The two get along personally, saying they may disagree about investments or politics, but they’ve never had an argument. When they were younger,


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We used to wonder how much television we should watch. • But in the age of a near-constant stream of media, the question has changed: How much TV can you possibly take in? • As the fall TV season kicks into high gear this week, viewers have tough decisions to make. We want to help you navigate what to watch — and what to miss. • There are more than 400 scripted TV shows planned for network, cable and streaming services over the next year, up from 352 in the 2014-15 season. That doesn’t even count your favorite reality competitions, cooking contests and talent shows. • David Nevins, president of the Showtime network, hit the nail on the head in May at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. • “There may be too much good TV,” he said. • See TV Preview: Page 4

MORE INSIDE, PAGE 4E Fall schedule: Calendar of all the shows What to watch: Our staff’s top picks Midseason shows: Some of your favorites might not be back until at least January


For those of you scoring at home, here are some prompts The Emmy Awards are upon us again, meaning it’s time to honor “Modern Family” and also some other TV shows. To prep for the big show, which starts at 7 tonight on Fox, classically trained television experts* Sara Ziegler and Micah Mertes have been broken out of their glass encasings* to give highly credible* opinions and predictions on who should and will win in several categories. If you haven’t yet filled out your Emmy pool sheet, you, my friend, are in luck. Because Sara and Micah always predict the Emmys correctly.* Every year.* Every category.* So reap the rewards of their righteous Emmy knowledge.


“Better Call Saul” “Downton Abbey” “Game of Thrones” “Homeland” “House of Cards” “Mad Men” “Orange Is the New Black”

WHO SHOULD WIN Micah: Well, first of all, “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” shouldn’t be here at all. In their place should be “Justified,” “Outlander,” “The Knick” and the best show of the year, “Banshee,” which was nominated for absolutely nothing. Of those nominated, “Mad Men” should get it for its terrific final episodes. Although how ’bout that “Better Call Saul” being such a great new series?

Sara: Perhaps if “Outlander,” “The Knick” and “Banshee” were on networks that anyone actually watched, they would have a chance to be nominated. But it’s hard to vote for a show that no one has seen. “Mad Men” is the clear favorite for me.

WHO WILL WIN Micah: “Mad Men.” It hasn’t won in a few years, and Emmy often likes to give a nice farewell to departing series, particularly ones as iconic as “Mad Men.” Sara: Ditto. Though I wouldn’t rule out “Game of Thrones” — Emmy voters are always a little bit behind. More on Page 3E

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There has been a lot of negative news from Sen. Deb Fischer said she will vote against our Nebraska Department of Correctional the deal negotiated with Iran, and she will have Services. The public’s view of our state’s our government send a message to the world, prisons is less than wonderful. our allies and Iran that “this isn’t a good deal.” There is a common problem with the It would be gross negligence to take this population in our state’s prisons. We inmates position without first learning whether Britain, are all lacking good jobs to keep us busy. ebraska’s vibrant France, Germany, agricultural sector Russia and China would be stands out not only for remarkable proIn Tecumseh, there are just over 1,000 willing to maintain the current sanctions and ductivity but for its many connections to the global marketplace. inmates, yet there are only about 100 good do as they are told. How well has that worked Nebraska producers and businesses send profull-time jobs in industries. There are jobs in before? cessed food, beef and corn- and soybean-related — to cite only aFor few — around the globe. the laundry and wood shop. There are products jobs like the same reason, I assume she has “I can’t overemphasize how important that is,” cleaning and yard crew. Some of theseSteve jobsNelson, are presidentchecked withFarm India, the Chinese and other of the Nebraska Bureau, told The World-Herald. “Without those 10 to 15 minutes of work, five days a week. governments that hold the majority of frozen exports, the effect on our economy would be very How can an inmate repay his or her debt when Iranian assets to learn whether they will significant.” About one-third of Nebraska’s agricultural salesthe freeze on Iranian funds. it’s costing money for us to be warehoused? continue to honor are made through overseas markets, Nelson said. Would more she than please tell us how the other For example, the State of South Dakota During 2013, such sales generated $6 billion for the state’s economy. governments responded to her queries, for builds homes for income-based housing. The growth rate in Nebraska’s total exports should all for of the them Inmates build them in the prison yard, since and2009 then has outpaced the increase coun-not agree with her, some try as a whole. An estimated 43,000 Nebraska or all of the sanctions against Iran could be the houses are moved at the buyer’s expense. jobs are tied to the export market, the U.S. Trade dropped. Giving an inmate a job building a house and Representative’s Office reports. More than 1,900 companies sell products or services Gary Jones, Omaha teaching him a trade would seem like aNebraska win-win abroad, and 81 percent of those are small- to medium-sized businesses. situation. Nebraska has a real economic stake in an imMatthew Hinrichsen, Tecumseh, Neb. trade agreement now in the portant international

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Speech language program not ending

Earlier this month, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a consolidation of speech-language pathology and audiology programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While it may have appeared in reports from the meeting that the program was eliminated, that is certainly not the case: Going forward, all students in the program will enroll in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the College of Education and Human Sciences. We will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary Nuke deal with Iran is best there is final stage of negotiation. The deal involves the THE PUBLIC PULSE THE PUBLIC PULSE of the Barkley Memorial Center, our home on United States and 11 other Pacific trade zone na-but not surprised I am saddened by the welfare.” to run the plant. The bottomtions. line is Imagine a year‘Tough without a tuition than allowed by law betweenWe 2009look and 2014, had about people. 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There not pursue death penalty cases. jeopardized? better have the same old lobbyists, they will continue and never to receive tax refunds up to $24,000 through Nebraska is a unique business that’s pricing Will regulations — such as mandatory to see astronomical rate increases yearly. Obama, meanwhile, refuses to label the no mere technicality. Other countries no longer the Earned Income Tax Credit. itself out of its own market. NU must deem it About 80 percent of those graduates will willconcerns be. handled Nebraska’s capital punishment cases background checks, an age requirement Helmet use should be personal choice William Lake, Omaha Islamic State as a terrorist organization or To his credit, Sen. 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Mainstream media have avoided reporting about Trans-Pacific Partnership


St. Louis would return more financially to ric tons of carbon dioxide for that year, the NFL than its size would merit. which is the equivalent of putting nearly 951,600 additional passenger vehicles on Michael S. Pappas • Chesterfield the road. The studies show the most critical fact It was good to see mainstream reporting New stadium would be that Mr. Berger ignores: Ethanol is the on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this a scam on the public smart choice for reducing greenhouse gas week (“Pacific Rim trade pact signed, but emissions and providing consumers with fight looms,” Oct. 6). Social media outlets Regarding “Stadium gets a name” (Oct. 7): safe, affordable, clean energy. have posted over 70 million articles in the The bigwigs can name the stadium last few years. Five of our country’s major anything they want. 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This Citizens’ Global Trade Watch, has stated, tancy in the face of difficulty. misdirection campaign. of Colorado Medical School, is the real threat to everyone on the road, ISDS “would elevate individual foreign This definition, written across craft The soda facts weren’t had come under fire from and something needs to be done about it fi rms to the same status sovereign gov-but the larger fact is paper, is the opening image to the Ferguwrong, public health experts afterasthe ernments and empower that way physical New York Times revealedthem in to privately A itLtakes EE E N Tmore ERP R I S E S N E W S P A P E R • Fson O UCommission N D E D B Yreport. 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There is time for bold action, not excuses and radrink Coke, you have to get off reported a series of protect Americans even more no meaningful conflict of interest rules tionalizations. the couch” isn’t much of a sales detailing the company’s role in and no up appeal College access and affordability are Hillary Clinton is wrong on the Oregon slogan. setting the research The Post-Dispatch accurately calls the shooting. The very idea that an executive AP key components of fundamental change. In July 2014, for example, TPP the “most sweeping trade liberalizaPost-secondary education is not a luxury; action will make America safer is absurd. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the SATURDAY • is05.09.2015 A10 Our retion” deal in history. Liberalization is code National Football League owners it a necessity for •prosperity. What Clinton and her fellow liberals need meeting for deregulation. A main TPP objective is gion’s vitality, from a moral and economic to understand is that these shootings on Wednesday. to deregulate transnational corporations, standpoint, depends upon a diverse and are taking place because of failed Demoincluding the “too big fail” banks. population. cratic policies that have been in place for POSTCARD FROMeducated MOUND CITY • BY DAN MARTIN YOUR VIEWS • to LETTERS FROM OUR READERS The Post-Dispatch reported the TPP College is not an opportunity open to decades. St. Louis is NFL-quality city, would “set common standards” among all. Affordability is a major barrier. Our Dr. James Dobson brought it to the atdeserves a worthy team owner the 12 participating countries. This is state’s only need-based tention everyone in themy early 1970s is Editorial about Mizzou who protects and serves.aid program puts Mary Ellen Ponder, chief of staff for ceptingof10,000 refugees, suggestion known as regulatory coherence. This pro- I’m a very dent innot an otherwise when he said that if we as a nation al-1,500 notFrancis convinced what I’veambitious read Mr.small Mueller will support hislarge son’s Mayor Slayby said, “This that they themselves shelter the first just another example cess typically sets standards to the lowest bill. Students attending the flagship state low abortion toof gothese forward, it will have a that the following has been emphasized career choice “until … respect for the endeavor did not come to fruition despite families. Most elected offi cials are of media divisiveness common denominator. university with full available public fundmuch wider impact upon this nation that enough in the struggle for our city to uniform is restored and the respect for the our best efforts.” To be clear, the best effort people of means, so they could easily aff ord thethe TPP has been negotiated in ing stillishave a gap of over we Bingo! in America retain franchise: badge earned. ” While he$12,000. is waiting for of theany cityNFL was to agree to a lopsided conto can’t do so.even This see. would showIfgreat leadership InSince reading editorial “Hostility is antisecret among reps and corpoThese affect value human life to protecting • St.with Louis is the 20thnoncompete largest market day,cruel men realities and women likelow-income my daughter we a ridiculous clause, that bycannot example. life” (Nov. 29),trade it became clear500 how the bias tract, rate advisers, we the people only know students, especially those black and the child in the womb, then do you really in the country. Why would the NFL want will be working for that day. I can assure by an out-of-town group, which displaced Furthermore, doing so would reverse the of the Post-Dispatch editorial board has bits and pieces leaked by brave souls. brown and living in Northhas County (as well can protect students a camto loseput the market, especially math would barely a dent inevents; Unlike Mr. Mueller our daughter nothing more think already existing whileif inthe no uncerusualwe practice of enacting lawson that place become part ofhis thecounterpart divisive media that fuels as partsrespect of our state), pus thatburdens has unarmed guards? Thecitizens, libersays that there are roughly 10 smallervoSusie Chasnoff • Jersey, University City you should Missouri’s fifth-lowest in aNew atown, closed toother do to earn for herparticularly uniform and tain terms, the gas St. Louis community heavy on the backs of the hatred. As one-paper hard. In addition to pricing students out als believe that government shouldthemknow markets? tax in the nation, raising it bridge might actually do badge. I’m quite certain she’s earned it. cally opposed the whole project. while at the same time exempting be better, and St. Louisans deserve better. of higher education, Missouri best, and so the more laws passed, the •Ponder Certainly everyup franchise goes Iowa, on the Gov. Jay Nixon some good.than by Ethanol is the smart followed by saying, “We will selves from those same obligations. They The Post-Dispatch is no different Fox1.5 cents. Tom Plunkert • Warson Woods public colleges are now charging Deferred Action more poor policies are fair made, theby worse through rough but St. Louis that has other hand, raised itsseek gastimes, tax The Democratic continue to out opportunities would be paying their share supNews or for CNN. Instead ofgovernor doing real jourchoice reducing Childhood Arrivals students internathings get. the worst higher than traveled toisKansas City on will bring St.MisLouispossible the typelong-term, of world-class for porting refugees with food, clothing and nalism, all you do regurgitate the hype(already of endured NICUs are absolutely greenhouse gas emissions tional tuition rates and denying them all The American people need to read and by 10eld cents this year. performance two franchises Thursday forown a gasbias.souri’s)on-fi music experience thatof it deserves. ” That housing and would be witnessing against the national mediatotostump fit your necessary in health care hoping the bridge tax hike, bringing attentionfraud Here’s understand Constitution. Theyactions will and supported to an greater David O.happened Berger’s letter “Ethanol attitude drives both directly at extent how little city of- state scholarship aid. hypocriticalthe politics. Finally, their What at Mizzou demanded closing than helpsmost out. Unlike to theimpunity” closed northbound If the Show-Me Institute authors can’t see thatconcretely limited government would proother cities. St. Louis goes on with (Oct. 5) is devoid ficials seem to understand what ishas in their would demonstrate in the words a deeper look at the state’s flagship uniAs a NICU nurse, I have dedicated my Gov. Chris Christie, the Bill Bidwill and Stan span of a Highway 291 understand what providing affordable, tect them even more because the local had owners, of facts,from so I’dthe like to set the recordThe real owntwo backyard. A city that can claim such of President Abraham Lincoln that our versity daily newspaper. career to caring for premature and sick Republican candidate quality higher education to all who seek community is empowered to do more and Kroenke, whofor haven’t read the room, but straight.bridge that carries about acts as Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner, government truly is “of the people, by the story should have been what drove the pronewborns. In the United States, one in 10 president frombeen the Garden 11,000 a day across to learn and contribute has to do with be more. rather aloof. St. Louis has demonBecause theyvehicles are produced from renewJohnnie Johnson, Fontella Bass and Albert people, for the people.” test because racism likely not it, but it babies is born premature, which normally Nixonthat doesn’t the Missouri River.was “improving outcomes in North St. Louis The single greatest impact on America strated if an owner simply tries to able agricultural products that absorb State, Mr. King is a world-class music city. is the one issue that would draw the attenrequires a NICU admission because they Jack Hunthausen • St. Louis seem like the sort of guy Just ain day earlier, the MisCounty,” they need look (and listen) no is that the family is being destroyed. connect with the community, we’ll give carbon dioxide their production, biofuJust imagine what could have come if tion needed. The faculty and grad students likely have respiratory issues, feeding who would a bridge Department of Transfurther than the unflinching testimony of Broken marriages and homes are the it allclose up for that owner (see the Cardinals els — likesouri ethanol — are a potent weapon the time,aenergy and money that was put at Mizzou played the media, including the problems and trouble maintaining their Important thatofmore homesinside in a huffand to make portation thechange. bridge young people themselves. root cause of most the violence Gussiepolitical Busch, and more recently, in the fight againstclosed climate into the Summer Rocks concerts would Post-Dispatch, for fools. noticed temperature. St. Louis was given an F from point. after an inspection America today. Not all, but the majority the DeWitts). So, how does that make St. Studies conducted by a number of uniAlan Byrd Jr. and Allison Williams • St. Louis get tested for radon gas have been put into the world-class music, The cuts in tenure for faculty and inthe March of Dimes on our prematurity Still, Louis it might behoove a A of it. It is time to elect leaders who know not an NFL-quality city? St. Louis versities,significant includingdeterioration. Iowa State University Co-chairs, St. Louis Graduates art and culture which already exists in St surance for grad students, the Planned rate in 2015. Missouri and Illinois received Lung cancer doesn’t play favorites; it can staff bit of serendipitous and believe in our U.S. Constitution and showed themembers love, even when it wasn’t reand Purdue University, havetiming, shown thefew low-level Louis. Worst of all, City Hall continues igParenthood clinic, and tea party conserC’s from the March of Dimes report card on happen despite your sex, age, race, religion, perhaps? that value life and not power. turned byadministhe owner. major benefi ts that ethanol can providein the governor’s Make sure for Uber drivers have nore the fact that they are representatives vatism of the administration were the real prematurity 2015. political affiliation, height, weight or skin tration to save their emails. The • The fix was in a long time ago with in improving airMissouri quality.LegislaEthanol not only Richter • Columbia, Ill. ofknow the people here. Musicians, reason for theends protest, but nonext one would never The article questions tone. Lung cancer is the leading cancer enough rest“NICU to bestudy on the road spike Grant whenwho aThe falllive ture its gas session Stan Kroenke. Rams could have won reduces greenhouse emissions, butYou it venue owners, producers and folks in the have cared about that. They wanted regime in admissions” (Nov. 29) by Michele Munz killer in both men and women, according guy might be needed. Friday, with the gas tax bill the past five Super Bowls, and he would also significantly reduces carbon monUber is a great service; no doubt about it. Praises St.Lung Louis entertainment industry are all voters and change and used a poop swastika and redcompletely discredits these cold, hard to American Association, American appearing stalled. Thethat bill form still want to move the team. St. Louis was oxide, exhaust hydrocarbons Obviously the fingerprint requirement is County libraries taxpayers. neck in a truck to get it — a brilliant stratfacts. NICUs are absolutely necessary in Cancer Society, and Centers for Disease never going to magically become the secozone, and cancer-causing toxins. nothing more than a delay tactic required I look forward to the time when city egy they knew would go unchecked by the health care. The rate of newborns’ morbid- Control and Prevention. An estimated ond-largest market. Kroenke has played Our nation’s most successful energy by the protectors and defenders of the taxi I very much enjoyed the editorial “Library officials and business leaders realize what media and give them momentum for their ity and mortality has drastically decreased 158,040 American citizens will die from this OUR city for a collective fool. Moving the policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard, en- FROM cab commission. love” (Sept. 30). St. Louis County libraries YOUR VIEWS • LETTERS READERS a huge untapped economic commodity St. real goals. due to specialized care for newborns. Ms. lung cancer this year — more that colorecteam was never in doubt. sures that biofuels have a place in a marEveryone misses the Uber threat. There do a great job keeping our libraries curLouis music is and always has been. Fox News would portray the ungrateful Munz barely touched on the fact that most tal, breast and prostate cancers combined. Any owner of a business has the right ket that is overwhelmingly and unfairly are three causes of car wrecks: alcohol, rent, comfortable and easy to access. Plus, show you studentsNow asby takers, andme CNN and the Postof these normal weight babies are born to Very few people are knowledgeable Jeremy Segel-Moss • St. Louis changes to our country’s discriminatory do something believes and cares my siblings to makedemanded money. In Congress this instance, I believe about dominated Big Oil. Unfortunately, the distraction andin, fatigue. 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However, Thank you, Post-Dispatch, News, threatening heart who time, could die at exposure can be the reason 21,000 or more blatant disrespect for men and women ing city had an owner who understands, carbon emissions by 4.52 million metIn the last week in two cities, I was in Nine children continue to be shot and effort to help others live a better life.people more thanStudent one in four St.Sen. Louis residents CNN, Concerned 1950, Kurt undetected. die each year of from lung cancer in uniform, ” Dec. 2). That is his choice. He everyhome if Corruption politics

Short take • Science-for-hire company gets fired.

NIXON’S BRIDGE TOO FAR? Short take • Timely shutdown could help gas tax bill.

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Editorial Portfolio Winner Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Kevin Horrigan Judges’ Comments: A deep dive into criminal justice research yielded a smart and actionable series of editorials. The series didn’t just lament the rising homicide rate, it went beyond to find pragmatic solutions that could actually address this critical issue. Also like that the series identified the turf issues that could slow its acceptance. Great use of the editorial spotlight and a real community service. Bravo!

Excerpt from “Solving murder. It’s time for St. Louis to try something new” Ever since Cain slew Abel, people have been killing each other. Last year in the city of St. Louis, at least 159 people died at other people’s hands. That’s the most since 2008, and nearly a third more than in 2013. Perhaps 39 more homicides in a single year is an anomaly. Most other kinds of crime are down, though not as significantly as in recent years. But a big increase in homicide, particularly at a point in the city’s history when its image is taking a thrashing and racial issues are simmering, is a big problem. There’s something that can be done about it. It’s called “focused deterrence” or “pulling levers” policing. This is the first of two editorials that will examine the concept. Across the state, Kansas City officials say their No Violence Alliance (NoVA), a focused deterrence program, is at least partially responsible for a 23 percent drop in homicide in 2014. Kansas City has 47 percent more people than St. Louis, spread out across an area five times as large. The city had 100 homicides in 2013, but only 77 last year. Up Interstate 55, Chicago reported 14 percent more shootings last year than in 2013, but 3 percent fewer homicides. Detroit saw 33 fewer homicides in 2014, 10 percent fewer than 2013. Detroit and Chicago are among more than a dozen cities nationwide where focused deterrence programs have been employed. Policing problems are different in every city, but share some commonalities. By any measure, St. Louis’ spike in homicides is alarming. Rick Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who works closely with the city police department, notes that a major portion of the

39 added homicides in 2014 occurred in just four of the city’s neighborhoods — Wells Goodfellow, St. Louis Place, the West End and Kingsway East. While it’s no comfort to the lawabiding residents of those neighborhoods, police believe that many of the homicide victims were caught up in what Mr. Rosenfeld called “hyperlocal drug-related disputes and feuds associated with gangs or kin groups.” In St. Louis and other cities, cops usually have a rough idea of who’s killing whom. In a focused deterrence program, that rough idea is honed into operational intelligence. Patrol officers and detectives work with prosecutors, probation and parole officers and academic experts in network theory to develop diagrams of social networks. Then, because at least some of the people in the network have tails — previous convictions that have left them on probation or parole — they can be ordered to show up at a specific place and time. There the iron fist in a velvet glove is dropped on them. They become the levers who are pulled to

cut homicides and reduce crime. David M. Kennedy is an an anthropologist by training who now directs the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He is generally regarded as the godfather of focused deterrence policing. He oversaw the first large-scale effort, in Boston in the mid-1990s, and currently consults with Kansas City’s NoVA project. He told us: “Every city will find that whatever levels of homicide or serious violence it has is driven by a very small, distinctive street population, or a population of groups that drive the violence. From formal gangs to no-name crack crews to little robbery sets, these groups are very fluid and inchoate, but there are always groups that drive the violence. “If you look across the city and audit the groups, well under one-half percent of the population, usually two-tenths or three-tenths of 1 percent, will be responsible for 60 to 75 percent of the homicides.

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Editorial Portfolio Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Tony Messenger

Publication: Rapid City Journal By: Pat Butler

Excerpt from “The martyrdom of Tom Schweich”

Excerpt from “City correct to address race relations”

The casket carrying the body of state Auditor Tom Schweich rolled by slowly, inexorably so, past nearly every important Missouri politician. They were gathered Tuesday morning under the high Gothic arches in the diffused light of the ornate stained glass windows of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton. The casket rolled into the church, past representatives and senators, by Gov. Jay Nixon, by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, by Democrats and Republicans, by reporters and editors, by political consultants and donors, by much of the political establishment of the Show-Me State. Draped in the red, white and blue of the Missouri flag, with its distinctive logo featuring two grizzly bears standing atop the state motto — Salus populi suprema lex esto; Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law — the casket was followed by the stately and solitary figure of the godfather of the modern Missouri Republican Party, the Rev. John Claggett Danforth, known by some simply as Jack, a former U.S. senator and ambassador, a confidant to many in the sanctuary. He was Tom Schweich’s mentor and one of his best friends. And he was about to set the Missouri political world on fire. With his departed friend lying in the closed casket before him, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound delivered early in an already combative Republican primary race for governor, the Rev. Danforth laid out the state of Missouri politics on a bare oratorical slab, covered it in a pyramid of dry timber like a Viking funeral pyre, lit a match and sent it out to sea to sink forever. “Words do hurt,” the Rev. Danforth told a stunned and silent crowd of hundreds after recounting his last conversation with Mr. Schweich, last Tuesday, in which the auditor told the same story he had told to Associated Press reporter David Lieb and Post-Dispatch editorial page editor Tony Messenger, about the “whisper campaign” Mr. Schweich worried was being mounted by his opponents about his connections to the Jewish faith. The Rev. Danforth told of his friend’s hurt feelings over a vicious radio ad in which the announcer made fun of Mr. Schweich’s appearance and said he would be crushed “like the little bug that he is.” “Words can kill,” continued the Rev. Danforth. “That has been proven right here in our home state.” This was no ordinary eulogy. It wasn’t a tribute. It wasn’t a walk down memory lane. This was Jack Danforth’s anguished call to action, fueled by his own lamentation that at the moment when Mr. Schweich needed him most, he let him down.

Pointing fingers and casting blame hasn’t done anything to improve race relations in Rapid City. In fact, that approach has only served to perpetuate the problem, add to the animosity and further divide us. We’ve also learned that ignoring complaints or simply dismissing them as something beyond our control will not make them go away. If we don’t address problems, they will likely only get worse and invite scrutiny that does not put us in a favorable light regardless of our personal feelings on the issue of race. In just the past few days, for instance, the state Department of Social Services was sued by the Department of Justice for discriminating against a Pine Ridge man who sought employment with the agency, and the South Dakota Supreme Court tossed out a ruling issued by a Rapid City judge that excluded Native Americans from serving on juries in Fall River County. Regardless of the circumstances, these two cases have brought more scrutiny to how the state deals with Native American issues — the kind we’d rather not see. In Rapid City, the undercurrent of frustration that seems to constantly simmer boiled over in January when chaperones from American Horse School claimed their students were victims of racist taunts at a Rush hockey game, which opened a chasm in the community that revealed deep divisions among us and led to charges of institutional racism against the city and court system. What can a community do when faced with what some call an intractable situation that has existed for decades? Does it look the other way or does it confront criticism and seek solutions? On Tuesday night, the city did take a significant step toward confronting the issue when Police Chief Karl Jegeris announced plans to form a cultural advisory committee to study race-related issues in Rapid City. The committee will work with Vaughn Vargas, a Native American who was hired in June to be the police department’s cultural advisory coordinator. The announcement came at a public meeting where the results of a study on relations between the police department and Native Americans were discussed by a University of South Dakota professor. It was attended by an estimated 150 people, including members of the group Rapid City Community Conversations, which was formed earlier this year to find ways to improve the dialogue between the cultures. There’s no doubt that some in our community will think this effort is a waste of time and resources even while they continue their criticism of either the police or the Native American community. Those residents, however, will likely never be part of the solution if they even want one.

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Personal Column Winner Publication: The Des Moines Register By: Daniel Finney Judges’ Comments: Hard to beat such a truthful, personal story, especially when it’s told in a snappy, concise writing style that keeps you reading.

Excerpt from “Making Weight” I stayed in bed Monday morning and pulled the covers over my head. I fiddled with a “Star Wars” video game on my smartphone when the alert from my calendar popped up. It was time to go to the gym. I did not want to go. I spent part of the weekend, as did many of my colleagues, covering the deaths of four people in a tragic head-on crash on Interstate 80 near Waukee. Among the dead were two Des Moines police officers. I did not know the officers personally, but I worked as a police reporter for several years before eventually becoming a columnist. My uncle Larry was a Des Moines cop. I’ve spent years learning about police procedure, tactics, their mindset, the challenges and struggles of the job. In the process, I’ve gotten to know some law enforcement professionals very well. Some I call close friends. And I felt their grief even though it was not mine to carry directly. I was having a hard time with my emotions after writing about the incident. In fact, my brain chemistry was so jumbled up that I took some time off just to attempt to relax. I want to be very clear: I do not equate the emotional state I was in with that of those who lost loved ones, including the police. My struggles were insignificant and infinitesimal compared to those who lost a son, a daughter, a mother, a father, colleague, friend and so on. Still, I did, in fact, have an emotional reaction to those officers’ deaths, and the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym. But I thought of the officers who reported for duty the next day and did a job far tougher than stacking paragraphs. The absolute minimum I could do was get out of bed and go to the gym. When I arrived at CrossFit Merle

Hay, my coach, Nate Yoho, spotted something off about me right away as we began warm-up stretching. “You look like you have a lot on your mind,” he said. We talked about the sad events of the weekend and where my head was at. Nate knows tragedy. I first met him after his wife, Laura, died of brain cancer and their daughter, Caralyn, was born by surrogate a few months later. Nate, of course, isn’t a therapist. But he’s a smart man and one whose experiences grant him good perspective. We talked while I worked out. As the sweat ran, my heart rate picked up and my blood pumped, I was able to focus on something other than the confused set of emotions rattling around in my mind. Nate put me through paces on a deadlifting exercise. For some time, I’ve joked to Nate that I was looking forward to the day when I could throw weights on the floor. The fitter and more experienced

athletes in Nate’s gym do a variety of lifts that after they’re done, they simply let the heavy weights fall to the ground rather than risk injury by trying to lower them to the ground. Until that session, Nate worked gingerly adding weight to my deadlifts because of my tender, oft-injured back. Perhaps sensing I was ready for a challenge or simply that I needed to put my mind to work on something other than sadness, he challenged me with the heaviest weight I had deadlifted to that point. “When you’re done with your reps, I want you to drop that bar on the ground,” Nate said. He showed me the proper technique. I lifted. I focused on breathing and form. And when my reps were done, I let loose of that bar. It slammed into the rubberized floor with a satisfying clatter. I lifted my arms in the air with some sense of relief. Throwing that weight on the floor did not erase my sadness. But it sure helped.

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Personal Column Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Tony Messenger

Publication: The Frontier By: Dylan Goforth

Excerpt from “From voicemail to voicemail: The short political life and times of Tom Schweich”

Excerpt from “Costello family struggled for years to help son with mental illness, long before tragedy at Braum’s”

He was my BFF. That’s how my editorial board colleagues jokingly referred to my relationship with state auditor Tom Schweich, who on Thursday morning raised a gun to his head in his Clayton home and shot himself dead. We weren’t actual best friends forever. We didn’t vacation together. I didn’t have his kids’ names memorized. We didn’t exchange birthday cards or hang out at the corner pub drinking beer and talking football. But we had a relationship, which in today’s highly charged political world is saying something. In the age of Twitter, in the age of billions of dollars being spent on political consultants who control messaging to voters, in the age of depressed newspaper budgets, politicians and reporters generally don’t have the relationships they once had. Ditto athletes and sports reporters. Times have changed. But Schweich and I had developed enough of a relationship since he was first elected state auditor in 2010, when I was still a political reporter in the state Capitol, that we exchanged phone calls and sat down for meals now and then. He confided in me. I found him to be an awful politician, which is to say he was an effective auditor but bad at the business of politics. Maybe that’s why I liked him. Had I not ignored his phone call to me at 9:41 Thursday morning — I was doing a thing at my kids’ school district — I might have been the last person to talk to the man who wanted to be governor. It made for a chilling day in which I decided to do something I’ve never done before as a reporter: reveal the contents of off-the-record conversations with a source. That source is now dead. I believe it’s what he would have wanted. I have no idea why Schweich killed himself. But for the past several days he had been confiding in me that he planned to accuse the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, John Hancock, with leading a “whisper campaign” among donors that he, Schweich, was Jewish. He wasn’t, which is to say that he attended an Episcopal church, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t proud of his Jewish heritage, passed down from his grandfather. Missouri is the state that gave us Frazier Glenn Miller, the raging racist who last year killed three people at a Jewish community center in Kansas City. It’s the state in which on the day before Schweich died, the Anti-Defamation League reported on a rise of white supremacist prison gangs in the state. Division over race and creed is real in Missouri Republican politics, particularly in some rural areas. Schweich knew it. It’s why all week long his anger burned.

When Monroe Bird III dreams, he’s playing basketball again, his long legs running up the court at Okemah High School where he starred as a prep. He dreams, and he’s driving to a friend’s house to watch TV. He dreams, and he’s kissing his girlfriend, or going to the mall. When Monroe “Trey” Bird dreams, he’s whole again. It’s when he’s awake that reality sinks in. First, he can’t feel his toes, then he realizes his legs aren’t responding. His arms won’t move. His eyes will dart around the room, and he’ll hear the rhythmic sounds of the ventilator helping him breathe. Bird is paralyzed from the neck down, shot through the neck earlier this year by a private security guard at a south Tulsa apartment complex. “Waking up and not being able to move, it’s on me every day,” Bird said from his bed in living room of the family’s home in Boley, where he lives with his mom and stepfather. “It’s like when I wake up, it’s back to reality.” That was going to be the lede to a story I wrote about Trey, to be published later this month. He survived being shot through the neck, crashing into a tree, having his paralyzed body yanked from the car and then, for months, recovering in a hospital bed with a machine helping him breathe. But all that ended Tuesday night, when family members announced he had died. I had written about Trey a few times before I’d actually met him. He was shot Feb. 4 outside a south Tulsa apartment complex while in a car with a girlfriend. The security guard, Ricky Stone, told police he had been warned by the complex to run off people who were having sex in the parking lot, so he approached the car and asked for identification. Both Trey and the girl have denied since the shooting that anything sexual was taking place. Trey lived in Boley, but was staying in Tulsa at the time, living with friends while he worked a part-time job. One of those friends introduced the two, according to statements the girl made to police, who said Trey had driven her home while they talked about their families. Trey’s shooting came at a tumultuous time both in Tulsa and nationwide. The conversation about police brutality toward blacks had gained traction, and locally, Trey was the fifth person in less than a month to be shot in what officials termed a “self-defense shooting.” That definition was something that his family has fought against since. According to Stone, Trey intentionally rammed him with the car in an escape attempt. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified, saying that Stone had cause to shoot at Trey’s fleeing vehicle since the collision between the two had already occurred.

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eth Grant found her calling. She calls ’em like she sees ’em. “They told me the Golden Girls were here,” Grant, armed with a microphone, said as a group of women walked by her on the Tulsa State Fair midway. “I’ve been waiting on you all to get here. I haven’t seen D1 Friday | September 4, 2015 | you all since high school.” A youth walks past. Grant calls him Justin Bieber. “Yeah, you,” she said. “If I had Bieber Fever you would be talking to me.” Someone cruises by on a mobility scooter. “C’mon, Cadillac,” she said. “I’ve been saving this space for you all day.”

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Admiral Twin wraps up with special events • A car show and special screenings mark the season’s end. By MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer

The Admiral Twin Drive-in’s 2015 season comes to a close next weekend with a full day of special events, starting with a car show and ending with a throwback double-feature. As for the movies: On Saturday, while a modern movie like “The Martian” plays on one side, an old-school double-feature

will screen on the opposite side: the Tulsa-themed favorite “The Outsiders,” followed by the 1973 classic “American Graffiti.” As for the day’s earlier schedule, a full program of events is set for drive-in owner Blake Smith’s annual charity fundraiser for Turn Tulsa Pink, which assists community members affected by cancer. “We think they do a great job helping people, and we have a great time with these events,” Smith said. “And people always appreciate it when we show ‘The Outsiders’ out here.” The 1983 movie, based on Tulsan S.E. Hinton’s book, was

filmed in Tulsa, including scenes at the Admiral Twin Drive-in. The drive-in opens to the public at noon Saturday for a car and motorcycle show, with a kids zone, several bands playing and other events planned until 5 p.m., with a set price of $5 per carload. Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, the evening’s events include a performance by the Kiss tribute band “Dressed to Kill” ahead of the movies beginning at dusk. The price for “The Outsiders”/ “American Graffiti” double-feature is $10 per adult, $5 per child for this event.

The Admiral Twin Drivein’s season comes to a close Saturday with a full schedule of events and special screenings.   MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file


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‘Mistress america’ is a disappointing bore • Genius of Noah Baumbach is lost amid babbling. By MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer

What makes “Mistress America” so annoying is having to watch everyone talk at each other. Not to each other. At each other.

This failed experiment feels like phony performance art on the part of writer-director Noah Baumbach, a gifted filmmaker whose “While We’re Young” from the spring is one of my favorites this year. Which makes his new picture one of the most disappointing of 2015. I understand the scheme of this film about a college freshman in New York City

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whose lonely existence is shaken up when she meets her impulsive, fast-talking, soon-to-be stepsister. A big part of the “talking at each other” comes in the story’s conceit that we put on performances for one another. When we first meet people, sure, it can consciously or unconsciously become a part of wanting SEE filM D2

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City officials have been working to come up with approximately $8.2 million to fund public infrastructure projects related to the construction of A Gathering Place for Tulsa park. The figure includes $6.3 million in water and sanitary sewer-line work the George Kaiser Family Foundation has asked the Tulsa Metropoli-

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News Writing Winner Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: Jarrett Medlin Judges’ Comments: This might be the best online layout for a news feature I’ve ever seen. I’m in awe of the amount of work that went into all of this, especially the reporting. St. Louis is the perfect platform for a topic like Ferguson, providing the space for in-depth, intelligent takes on a matter of national importance.

Excerpt from “Ferguson, A Year Later” Raquan Smith At first, some of my classmates were happy about leaving for college. But then, after the whole Mike Brown situation, it was, like, a need to leave. We felt like if we would stay here, there would be a higher chance that something would happen to us. Growing up, my mom and I had a talk about law enforcement: what to do and what not to do if a police officer or security guard stopped you. But now that all this happened and the guy actually went to Normandy, I realized, you have to be extra careful. I don’t really want any type of communication with law enforcement. There’s been an increase in police officers all over, and that’s pretty weird. I don’t necessarily see them interacting with the community. I don’t see them walking or doing patrols or nothing—they’re either in their car sitting or they’re doing just a ride-around. There was an incident in February where I was sitting out on the curb in front of my house [in Wellston], talking with one of my friends. An officer pulled up and demanded that we tell him where we live, and I’m like, “Well, my house is right behind me.” Then he asked where my friend lives, and my friend said, “I live down the street.” It was kind of weird to have that police officer just randomly pull up and ask something like that. There’s been a lot of anger and uncertainty and frustration, and a lot of people don’t know what to do with it. I don’t see any resolution from anything that has happened so far. I don’t see any justice—no real justice. For years to come, there’s going to be a lot of tension. Behind the Badge Why two St. Louisans became police—

and why they continue to serve Kathleen Gutjahr began training at the St. Louis Police Academy last October, just a month after Michael Brown’s death. After 15 years of working in the restaurant industry, she had decided to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, a homicide detective. And though police remained under intense scrutiny following the events in Ferguson, it only reinforced Gutjahr’s decision to become a police officer. “I never hesitated once,” says Gutjahr. “With all the stuff going on, I just wanted to go out and help—my whole class did.” After seven months of training, Gutjahr graduated on April 30 and now works in the 5th District of North City. Most days aren’t as dramatic as she initially thought. “I suspected there to be more negative experiences in my first month—more capturing the bad guys,” she says. Nonetheless, she finds her days just as meaningful. She recalls one recent case: “This mom’s 14-year-old boy was in trouble because he wasn’t taking his meds.

I sat and talked to him. After that, they both hugged,” she says. “This work is just as important. It gave me purpose.” Sgt. Dominica Fuller understands. When riots began in North County last year, she wore full riot gear and stood on the front lines of the Ferguson Police Department. In her experience, most of the protesters were peaceful; she saw her job as protecting the community: the citizens, their property, and their concerns. “People had a voice, and they wanted to be heard,” says Fuller. “When you listen to them, let them know I’m just as human as you are…you’d be surprised.” Fuller says many protesters used cameras to record police interactions. Then, near the end of October, Ferguson police received body cameras—an addition that Fuller supports: “If you are doing your job and people aren’t interfering with an investigation, what’s the big deal?” (Gutjahr concurs, though city police don’t currently use body cameras. “People whip out their phones for everything,” she says. “I’m like, ‘OK, go for it.’”)

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Excerpt from “Getting Around: Transportation in St. Louis”

Excerpt from “Hazards of the Road”

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On the No. 70 Grand bus—the busiest by far, with about 9,000 boardings a day—people lucky enough to get a seat ride in a daze, lulled into the weird passivity of being transported. But as their stop approaches, they snap into tense vigilance, craning forward, then rise and push past people grabbing posts and straps. “Back door!” a woman holding a baby carrier in front of her yells at the top of her lungs. The door’s shutting and people aren’t getting out of her way. A silver-haired man as fineboned as Nat King Cole, wearing a pale-blue shirt embroidered “Maintenance,” talks about Channel 9. A thickset middle-aged woman with a face that’s seen no coddling wears a T-shirt that reads, “I’m not mean. I just don’t like you.” A little girl and her mother make their way to the back, the child using seated passengers’ shoulders to keep her balance. A man follows, muttering, “Don’t make no goddamned difference who gets on the bus first. Everybody’s gettin’ on.” To my right, two men talk quietly. I catch snatches: “Go ballistic on you… Everybody’s so mad all the time.” Up front, a teenager with the blurred features of cognitive deficit naps, her head slumped. An old man boards, toothless but dapper in a straw fedora, his maroon striped shirt crisp, his brown jacket now baggy. A young man feeds coins into the fare box, legs spraddled for balance as the bus heaves. His T-shirt is stretched over a humped back, and a cardboard sign telling the world he’s homeless and hungry is tucked under his arm. As we roll north, he rests his head on his friend’s shoulder, heedless of her hot-pink bra strap, dozing like a little boy.

A.J. takes a deep drag from his cigarette and then exhales a puff of smoke as he contemplates which direction he will head next. Homeless for a few years and in Oklahoma City for the last seven months, A.J., who declined to share his last name, said he wanders stretches of Classen Boulevard most of the day, stopping at a nearby McDonald’s when he has enough change to order a drink or a burger. On this day, he is hanging out with a group of other homeless men, some of whom are waiting for their next meal at the City Rescue Mission one block away. “For those of us who are [homeless], this is our part of the city,” says A.J. before taking another puff of his cigarette. “Just look around.” A quick look around this mostly industrial neighborhood west of downtown does show a large amount of homeless men and women; some enjoying shade under a tree in the median of Classen Boulevard, a few others panhandling from cars stopped at a traffic light. West downtown has been a hub of homeless activity for many years, including a time when the former Interstate 40 was left abandoned while the city waited for a new stretch of highway to be completed several blocks to the south. “For a while [the state] left the old I-40 up and it became a long, skinny homeless camp until it was taken down,” says Dan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless Alliance. The overpass is now gone, leaving patches of undeveloped land in its wake that will someday soon become the path of a new downtown boulevard. Some of those open patches have become daytime hangouts for people like A.J.

Mobile Grocery Store Will Deliver Goods To Food Deserts When people don’t have something they need, there are two basic solutions: They go get what they need, or what they need is brought to them. Jeremy Goss, Tej Azad, and Colin Dowling were well aware of food deserts, low-income areas with poor access to grocery stores, so they co-founded St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit that will use a retired Metro bus, retrofitted into a mobile farmers’ market, to bring healthy food to underserved urban areas. It provides a solution similar to a brick-and-mortar grocery store but without the prohibitive expense. The bus has been equipped with shelving and refrigeration units, so it can stock produce and other healthy foods. In partnership with Saint Louis University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, it will also offer lessons on healthy eating. Groceries will be sold on a sliding scale, with discounts offered to local residents who need them. And to help offset costs and raise awareness, Goss plans to negotiate membership fees with corporations to allow the MetroMarket bus to sell healthy, affordable food to employees at corporate campuses.

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Feature Writing Winner Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: Jeannette Cooperman Judges’ Comments: A fascinating, well-researched, engaging profile.

Excerpt from “The Last Lemp: Is Andrew Paulsen a flesh-and-blood descendant of St. Louis’ famous family—or a pretender to the throne?” If you’ve heard even a few of the stories, your spine goes cold just thinking about the Lemp family’s tragic history. Maybe you’ve gone to a mystery dinner at their “haunted” mansion, crept inside the old Lemp Brewery, or toured the Lemp Mausoleum and felt the damp chill of 16 restless souls. Maybe you’ve pored over crumbling newspapers, cringing—and leaning closer—to read the details of one suicide after another; of fortunes made and lost; of melancholy and eccentricity and bitter, scandalous divorces. Pity the smart, sane descendants of this troubled family, who go to great lengths to avoid publicity. One woman even forbade her children to use the name “Lemp.” Its story is one of disappointed dreams, burned promises, and death. But five years ago, a new Lemp rose from the ashes. Man says he’s the last Lemp descendant” read the November 2010 KSDK. com headline. On camera, a young man introduced himself as Andrew Lemp Paulsen, “the last descendant from the eldest daughter.” He’d traveled to St. Louis from his home in northern Illinois, eager to show off family artifacts he hoped someday would be in a museum. Paulsen and a friend, Cheryl Sochotsky, were also selling memorabilia— with vivid stories of their Lemp ownership—on Etsy, eBay, and a website called Lemp Treasures. “Our desire and passion is to let the wonderful people of St. Louis and the world know there is a Lemp descendant who is willing to share never before told stories of the famous Lemp family of St. Louis,” Sochotsky wrote. Paulsen also introduced himself to Paul and Patty Pointer, owners of the Lemp Mansion. To trustees of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. To Karl Lemp, a St. Louis lawyer whose family branched off higher on the family

tree. To Richard Lay, vice president of Bellefontaine Cemetery, where the Lemp Mausoleum sits. Paulsen talked about his beloved grandmother, Anne-Marie Konta, teaching him how to mix a martini, telling him family stories, instilling in him a determination to preserve the Lemp legacy. There was no reason to doubt him. He had a key to the Lemp Mausoleum; he owned paintings done by Louise Lemp; he had portraits of Lemps and memorabilia that could well have come straight from the Lemp family. Paulsen even looked like a Lemp— strong-jawed, pale, with dark eyes and hair. He was always immaculately groomed, his hair never too long or too short, his hairline so straight it looked

like his barber held a ruler horizontally against his forehead. He began posting bits of Lemp history on his Facebook page and regaling tour-goers and the media with colorful stories. References to his grandmother partying with Carmen Miranda; shopping in Mexico with Barbara Hutton; visiting her dear friend Millicent Rogers, the Standard Oil heiress, in Taos; cherishing a friendship with Katharine Hepburn. A picture of a diamond ring he said she had designed by Cartier in Paris. Photos of her standing romantically close to Cary Grant, smiling coyly at Clark Gable in New York’s famous El Morocco nightclub, sipping a cocktail with Ernest Hemingway, standing behind a fur-coated Truman Capote.

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Excerpt from “Flush Him Down the Toilet”

Excerpt from “America’s Most Haunted House ... or not”

Excerpt from “Should The Right To Die Be Granted?”

I hadn’t talked to Dennis Ryan in more than two years when I called him in early March. In that earlier discussion in late 2012—15 years after his release from prison for torturing and killing James Thimm near Rulo, Neb.—we talked about the usual, catching-up stuff. Same this time. His wife is well, his son is doing well in school. Dennis said he is making the best money of his life as a long-haul truck driver. He joked that the days on the road were actually strengthening his marriage: “You know what they say: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” He said he is becoming a serious audiobook junky. He particularly enjoys John Grisham books. Bronson Pinchot is his favorite narrator. “Wasn’t he in some squirrelly ‘80s show?” I asked. “Sure. But just listen to him,” Dennis said, sounding a bit miffed as if I had insulted a friend. “He’s the best out there at bringing the characters to life.” Amid all the catching up, I almost forgot the main reason I had called: I wanted to know his thoughts on his dad’s failing health. “What’s wrong with him?” He asked. “You haven’t heard?” “I don’t hear anything about him,” he said. “No connection. Don’t want one. Last I heard from him he told me I was going to hell.” “He’s dying of brain cancer,” I told him, realizing as the words came out that I was informing a man that his father was dying. “Just got announced in some Legislature debate on the death penalty. Your dad probably has a couple months left.” There was a brief pause. “So he’s finally going to die,” Dennis responded, his tone cold and steady. “Best for everybody. Good riddance. Flush him down the toilet for all I care.”

It was a dark and stormy day when two sisters revisited their childhood home in Villisca, Iowa, for only the second time in two decades. They strolled through the tiny two-story frame house, reminiscing about their noteworthy hijinks, discussing childhood pals and the small town they remember fondly, relating where they played and slept in relation to where each of six children and two adults were ax-murdered in their beds in 1912 in the infamous, unsolved crime that still defines this western Iowa hamlet. Much of the conversation during their first-ever extensive interview about their childhood home touched on what did and didn’t happen to the girls as 18-year inhabitants of what is often called “America’s Most Haunted House,” which sits on the edge of this farming community of 1,200 about 80 minutes southeast of Omaha. For example, one night Jodi McGargill, the older of the two sisters, saw glowing eyes peering out of the attic that she first assumed belonged to Satan. But more on that later. In ghost stories, the tormented dead don’t manifest themselves until later in the tale. Backstory comes first in this saga of McGargill, Jenn Belt, and, among other characters, their beloved cat that sometimes prowled the attic at night.

She was beautiful. They hadn’t expected that. Lung disease and severe rheumatoid arthritis had laid their claims, making it hard for her to breathe or walk even a few steps. But she had a peaches-andcream complexion, barely wrinkled, and her thick, wavy white hair fell longer than most women in their late seventies can manage. The two volunteers from the Final Exit Network had arrived a little late after navigating the twisting two-lane road, and she hugged and kissed them with relief. Her last wish was a few moments alone on her small redwood deck, surrounded by forest. Take as long as you like, they said, watching through the window as she lit one cigarette, then another. She’d already lost about 80 percent of her lung capacity—it didn’t matter anymore. The moments stretched. The volunteers took slow breaths, fighting to squash the worms of impatience that wriggled through their bodies. Not just impatience, worry: The longer their rental car sat outside, the greater their chance of arrest. And she still had to manage the procedure—were her hands too gnarled and stiff? She’d lit the cigarettes with the grace of long habit... They wouldn’t say a word to rush her. This was her time. And she was calmer than they were. She wore pearl earrings and a long dress, heavier than a nightgown but white, hand-embroidered. Her kids had already come to say their goodbyes; after six months of watching her struggle with every day’s basic needs, they were no longer actively fighting her wishes.

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Profile Writing Winner Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: William Powell Judges’ Comments: A well-reported, compelling story that enlarges one man’s horrific accident into a story about the wonders of modern medicine.

Excerpt from “Saving Andrew Oberle” Young zookeeper Andrew Oberle extends a pole topped with a tennis ball toward Tumbo, a 5,500-pound hippopotamus. He says, “Target,” touching the ball to the behemoth’s nose. Then Oberle gives Tumbo an apple and hits a clicker, which the hippo recognizes as a “good boy” reinforcement. He repeats the cycle, giving Tumbo a chance to pick up on the pattern. Next, he moves the pole a few feet from Tumbo’s face, again says “Target,” and hopes that the hippo will bring his nose to the ball. If he does, Oberle gives him another treat and increases the distance for the next attempt. If not, they start over. This lesson, like all training at the San Antonio Zoo, is intended to make the animal’s life easier and safer. For instance, if Tumbo were to cut his leg, a target against the glass of his enclosure would bring him close enough that the vet could take a good look. Working with a group of the zoo’s capuchin monkeys, Oberle trains them to sit still on a scale. Weighing animals regularly is a good way to monitor their health (and to tell whether they might be pregnant), a task made easier for both trainers and monkeys when it doesn’t require darting and bagging them. Oberle is working at the zoo while studying for his master’s in anthropology and primatology at the University of Texas–San Antonio. He decided on a career involving monkeys as a gradeschooler in St. Louis, when his teacher told the class about Jane Goodall, the trailblazing researcher who spent decades with wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. As a teen, Oberle spent his summers as a counselor at the Saint Louis Zoo’s summer camp. He even has a tattoo of the zoo’s symbol, a lesser kudu. As an undergraduate at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, he studied abroad in Hawaii, where he persuaded a professor to let him help with a chimpanzee study at the local zoo rather than doing his

homework. Oberle sat with a notebook and watched the chimps during meals, recording social behaviors associated with their eating habits. In San Antonio, Oberle wows his roommates, married couple Anthony and Misa Reimherr, with the tricks he teaches his dog, Angie, a precocious mutt he adopted from the humane society and named after the Rolling Stones song. For her show-stopping stunt, Oberle points an imaginary gun and says, “Stick ’em up,” and Angie puts her front paws in the air. Then he says, “Bang,” and she plays dead. Photos of the animals he’s worked with hang on his bedroom walls, next to paintings done by monkeys and okapis. His bookshelf is lined with texts on primates: Animal Tool Behavior, Primate Behavioral Ecology, Chimpanzee Politics. This summer, he’ll put all he’s learned to the test in South Africa, where he’ll work at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden, a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, many of which have been abused by humans. All these years after telling his mom, Mary Flint, that he

wanted to work with monkeys, Oberle will take a giant, international step toward his dream job as a primatologist. Around 1 p.m. on June 28, 2012, Annie Coogan is sitting in a meeting when her phone rings. She doesn’t recognize the international number. The man on the other end identifies himself as Eugene Cussons, director of Chimp Eden. He tells Coogan that her nephew has had an accident and is hurt and that he needs to get in touch with his parents. Cussons doesn’t go into detail, but Coogan figures that if he’s calling from South Africa, it must be bad. She calls her brother Andrew Oberle Sr., but he doesn’t pick up. She calls again. And again. And again. Finally, he answers. “You need to get a hold of Mary,” Annie Coogan tells her brother. “Andy’s been hurt.” Several hours later, the elder Oberle calls back. He tells Coogan that “Little Andy” has been attacked by chimps. In San Antonio, Anthony Reimherr’s phone rings, too. It’s Flint, frantic. Andy’s had an accident, he’s in a hospital in a town called Nelspruit, and he needs help. Reimherr tells his boss he needs to go, drives home, and starts calling his family. He’d met Oberle at St. Mary’s, where they became best friends after pledging the same fraternity. When Reimherr married his college sweetheart and bought a house, Oberle moved in with them. He helped with the bills and was just a good guy to have around, always upbeat. Their porch was falling apart, in shambles, but an overhaul wasn’t in the budget. Oberle said they could do the work themselves; Reimherr, who’s “not into manual labor,” wasn’t so sure. They went to a hardware store together and bought a nail gun and a power saw. They took measurements and cut boards. Within three weeks, Oberle had rebuilt the whole porch.

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Profile Writing Finalists Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Jordan Hickey

Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: William Powell

Excerpt from “Portrait of the Artist” The music idling and ebbing and filling the spacious room wasn’t violin. It was cello. Cello and orchestra. And as the music rose and fell, you could see that it was having an impact on the artist, who was sitting in the dark, illuminated by just one light, the music’s quickening pace accelerating her movements within the light’s narrow sphere. A votive candle blushing pink was set deep in the room. And circling with their cameras in a softly padding step were two young men, silently making their way around the room, careful to avoid the other’s shot, in a spookily choreographed pantomime of filmmaking as they held their lenses at varying lengths from the older woman and her canvas. They watched as she opened tubes of paint with a red-handled pair of pliers and fluttered her fingers over the many brushes within her reach. You could hear them shuffling between the tracks of music. And when the refrigerator and the heater weren’t droning in the background, you could hear the rasp of the artist’s measured breathing through her nose—somewhat high-pitched, not quite labored, but almost. For more than an hour, the filmmakers stood on stools, set their cameras on casters propped up by DVDs taken from her shelves, considered and then decided against shots through the grillwork of a nearby cabinet— always focused on her, however, and the work she was doing.

Excerpt from “Crash Course” A couple of strong pushes send Eric Newby rolling down the sideline. He coasts for a few yards, reclining to crack his back. Newby’s St. Louis Rugby Rams, the hosts of this weekend’s Crazy 8s tournament, are about to take on the Minnesota Steelheads, and players from both teams are taking pregame laps. Some players talk and joke, but Newby’s goateed face is blank. Maybe he’s hyperfocused, in the zone. Or maybe he’s bored, impatient for tipoff. Then a grin appears. His palms flash across the tops of his wheels, and he makes a sharp turn. He sprints across the floor, straight for Steelheads star Chuck Aoki, who sees Newby coming just in time to brace himself. The chairs slam together in what sounds like a car accident, and both pop up off the floor. To an outsider, this pregame assault might signal sabotage, like Tonya Harding on wheels. But Newby and Aoki are laughing. Though they’re opponents today, they play together on the USA wheelchair rugby team. This brainjiggling blow is just Newby’s way of saying, “Nice to see you.” The hits keep coming. Every play includes a vicious collision… or two…or four. With your eyes closed, the game sounds like the demolition derby at a county fair. The ear-splitting crashes drown out even the cacophony of cowbells and noisemakers rattled by the home crowd. A player passes the ball just before he’s taken out by a charging defender, like a quarterback being leveled as he throws. Teammates clear the way for a ball carrier by setting highspeed blind-side screens.

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Darcy Courteau

Excerpt from “Leather Bound” The saddle was to be made to fit a Welsh pony, and its tree should be just broad enough to accommodate a larger horse. It would be sized for a youth — not a child’s first saddle, but a second. And it should bear a peace sign tooled into each fender, the flap of leather under a rider’s leg that serves as protection from the horse’s sweat. My father commissioned the saddle from Aaron Davis, a Farmington saddle maker, sketching the circle with the inverted Y on a sheet of paper. It was the early 1970s, and the peace sign was controversial. Depending on one’s politics, it was either a call to end the Vietnam War or a secret insignia of the anti-Christ. Davis finished the saddle years before I was born, but my older sister Jacqueline remembers it arriving with the peace signs stamped upside down. It was an honest mistake, and when it was discovered, Davis, who was known for his fine work, felt bad about it. Everyone else found it endearing. “I don’t know how you could live through that era and not see a peace sign,” Jacqueline has marveled at the error. “It was everywhere.” Davis was a horseman. To him, the symbol likely resembled a cattle brand. Jacqueline used the saddle when she showed a horse in Tulsa, and I rode with it when she gave me horseback lessons on an Arabian mare. Under Davis’ saddle, dozens of other horses carried dozens of other children, including our siblings and, later, Jacqueline’s children. The saddle now stays in her barn in Michigan. From time to time, she’ll cinch it on a pony for friends’ kids.

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Column Writing Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Heather Steadham Judges’ Comments: Evocative writing, a sense of humor, and a meandering style lead these delightful columns to unexpected places.

Excerpt from “Hometown: Eureka Springs” I am a cheater. When given the opportunity to follow Zeek Taylor—award-winning watercolorist, published author and the first gay man to be legally married in the state of Arkansas—around Eureka Springs for a day, I sneak up the night before to stay in a treehouse. Online, these little homes on stilts are so goshdarn adorable, I can’t resist. So on a Tuesday night in July, I make my way up the winding “Pig Trail” of Arkansas 23, passing the World’s Largest Tuned Musical Wind Chime, the Nuttin’ Fanci (yep, that’s how it’s spelled on the sign) Motel and Ozark Mountain Zip Lines. I’m beginning to think I might want to spend more than one night here when I pull into the driveway of the Grand Treehouse Resort. And then I notice the welcome sign, which is flanked by plaster statues of meerkats. Now I know I want to spend more than one night. Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. I am a dork. I gawk at the furnishings filling the Grand Treehouse Resort’s office. The oak woodwork? Pristine. A beautiful Tiffany lamp illuminates the front desk, and more meerkats peek out from under a bench to my right. But Frank, the lovely man checking me in, doesn’t seem to notice. “You’ll be staying in Sanctuary,” Frank tells me. “It’s my favorite.” I smile giddily, take my key and park my car in front of a sea-foam-green wooden cabin, three round windows adorning the front. Everything about this treehouse is charming and wellthought-out: the French doors that open onto an intimate deck suspended among the oaks; the whirlpool bathtub big enough for all three of my children (whom I craftily left behind); the kitchenette and queen-size bed and light-switch-activated fireplace. Even the curtains, a beautiful toile crafted in

tent style with country lords and ladies walking among red flowers, amaze me so much I take a picture of them with my phone. 6:04 p.m. I am an interloper. 13_eurekasprings_TAfter Googling “Eureka Springs events,” I find that I’ve fortuitously chosen Fleur Delicious Weekend to explore Eureka. On this night in particular, the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow is hosting a local guest chefs’ sampling and a tasting of wines from Railway Winery, which isn’t but 15 minutes up the road. Although I know no one, and my real research doesn’t start until tomorrow, how can I resist? Near the front door sit two ladies in costume: floor-skimming skirts, tightly pulled bodices, feathers tucked into their coifs. One is resplendent in pink, the other in green. Both sip out of Austriancrystal drinking flutes, color-coordinated with their outfits. I am too shy to introduce myself to them and instead beeline for the food table. The duck is delicious; the mushrooms are magnificent; the wine is wonderful. And with two glasses of wine down the hatch, I approach the

ladies. They’re both named June. “It was like the rapture,” June Hegedus says of her first visit to Eureka almost 40 years ago, her accent betraying her Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK, origins. “A spiritual experience. As I’m telling you this, the hair on my arm is standing up.” She and her U.S. Air Force husband loved the place so much that they applied for a loan that first day. Six hours later, they were the proud owners of 5 acres in Eureka. Their two daughters thought they had gone mad and came to the town to investigate. One of them also owned 5 acres before the sun set. June Owen, dressed in pink, concurs: “This town is terrific.” June O. was born and raised in southern Illinois and, at age 89, makes all of the costumes the “Junebugs,” as they’re known, wear. “Do you know why we’re dressed like Marie Antoinette?” June H. asks me. “I don’t,” I reply. June H. launches into a definitive history of Marie Antoinette, detailing her marriage to France’s Louis XVI when she was just 14 years old and Louis was just 15. How she didn’t conceive for seven more years, and the French people were unhappy. How she didn’t understand the troubles of her starving people and how she ultimately met an untimely end. “We dress like Marie Antoinette in honor of her beheading,” she tells me. “From July 7 through the 14th. And on the 14th (Bastille Day), we eat cake.” I admire the Junebugs’ audaciousness. Even though June H.’s husband “doesn’t like to dress up,” she has no qualms about doing what she enjoys. Maybe it’s Eureka itself that has emboldened this fine lady to be herself. When I ask her what makes Eureka Springs Eureka Springs, she tells me, “the people. They’re very openhearted and accept everyone. They’re free.”

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Column Writing Finalists Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: Ray Hartmann

Publication: 405 Magazine By: Steve Gill

Excerpt from “A Football Fairy Tale”

Excerpt from “The R&J Lounge: The Club on Memory Corner”

Once upon a time, in a century long ago, a grand and magnificent structure arose in St. Louis. We called it the Trans World Dome, and it was promised to help us live happily ever after. It was greeted as a gift from God, literally. On the eve before its doors would majestically swing open for all of the villagers, Archbishop Justin Rigali, Bishop Dotcy I. Isom Jr., and Rabbi Mordecai Miller appeared before the gladiators— who were garbed in hooded sweatshirts for the ancient ritual known as the “walkthrough”—and blessed them as “St. Louis Rams.” The rabbi fittingly ended the ceremony by blowing the shofar, the traditional ram’s horn of Jewish tradition and biblical lore. “Now God is here, in our home,” gladiator D’Marco Farr said. “I’d hate to be the opposing team.” I make this up not. The scribe Bernie Miklasz chronicled the unveiling of this “$280 million crib” for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on November 12, 1995. He performed his duties well, aptly capturing what so many of the inhabitants in St. Louis were feeling: “There was joy...there was pride...there were teardrops...there was laughter. The Trans World Dome is beautiful.” And it was something else, as one of the elders called vice chairman would relate to Miklasz. This man was known as Stan Kroenke, and this is how he spoke: “I’m excited that we have a place to play,” said Kroenke. “The fans can come in and call it their own. The players can come in and call it their own. This franchise, the players, were uprooted. This has been

There’s A Slight Creak As I Settle More Comfortably Into The Swivel Chair, Its Tufted Leather Twin To The Material Covering The Nearby Booths And Padding The Curve Of The Bar. It’s comfortably dim, with cones of illumination from the overhead lights soaking into the red carpet and striated wallpaper and glinting off highlights in the server’s hair as she passes by with a plate of heavenscented beef stroganoff. In the background, the soundtrack quietly slides from the Beatles to Steely Dan. It’s about 1:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, but I’m suddenly less certain about the year. That’s not an accident. The menu and décor of the R&J Lounge are conscious, carefully chosen homages to the mid-century supper club vibe, and to family-tested favorite dishes, for a restaurant that makes no bones about being a sentimental dining experience. It’s a comfortable space in an intangible way as well as a physical one. It simply feels welcoming and familiar, even if you just stepped inside for the first time. They did a fantastic job of creating an environment where people want to hang around a while, and since “they” in this case means the nominal R and J – exceptional chefs Russ Johnson and Jonathon Stranger – the food is eminently worth lingering over. Considering the kitchen capos’ sterling reputations, the food is noteworthy for its restraint. The special salad is more than lettuce – in fact, with greens, a slab of brie, curls of prosciutto, a poached egg in a ramekin, a croissant and jam, it’s practically a full do-it-yourself meal on one plate. But it isn’t overly complex. The excellent Cheesy Crab Toast isn’t a complicated dish.

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Emily Van Zandt

Excerpt from “First Taste: Porcellino’s Craft Butcher” It’s not easy waiting for the first plates to arrive at your table when you’re staring at a meat counter glowing just beyond your date’s head. Especially when that meat counter is as well stocked as the one at Memphis’ Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, stuffed to the brim with sausage, chops and a steak as long as your arm. Making eyes at hulking porterhouses while we tick away the moments until the porkbelly dumplings arrive, we’re damn near drooling. Memphis is a Delta destination for dining, and Porcellino’s is no exception. The restaurant—from the lauded team behind the city’s Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy—functions as both butcher shop and restaurant, its dining room walls portholed with windows into tiny rooms for baking, curing and carving. For the easily distracted, a seat at any one of the restaurant’s dozen or so marble tables is like a trip to a foodie living-history museum, with working chefs on display behind glass. More often, though, as the evening wears on, the lights dim in the chefs’ workspaces, and the focus turns to the dining room. Bearded 20-somethings hunch over glasses of craft beer and cocktails at the bar, bitterly engaged in wishing away the clouds for a clear-sky game of bocce in the court outside that separates Porcellino’s from Hog & Hominy. Inside, the feeling is plenty cozy, with gray walls and a vintage black-and-white mosaic tile floor. The room is small for a restaurant, with seats for around 50.

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Page Design, Magazine, Winner Publication: Sauce Magazine By: Meera Nagarajan

público restaurant of the year

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RESTAURANTS Opening a restaurant isn’t easy. Each year, hundreds give it a shot – and not everyone succeeds. Some, however, aren’t just surviving; they’re killing it. In the last year, we ate our way through newly opened restaurants from Alton to Ballwin, compiling a list of places that serve the food and drinks we can’t get out of our heads. They bring something different and exciting to the scene – and they do it damn well. While technical excellence was a must, the service and ambiance also had to win us over. Office debates nearly came to fisticuffs, but at last we agreed on St. Louis’ 11 best new restaurants of 2015. Clear your schedule and book your reservations; you’ve got a lot of eating to do. BY HEATHER HUGHES, CATHERINE KLENE, MEERA NAGARAJAN, KRISTIN SCHULTZ AND ROSANNE TOROIAN


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Rick Lewis ate a lot of hot chicken for you. The chef-owner of Southern, which opened its doors this June next to Pappy’s Smokehouse in Midtown, racked up the miles on his F-250 cruising to Nashville to research hot chicken royalty like Prince’s and Hattie B’s. Southern features their influence, along with a few barbecue techniques from the pros at Ubons in Mississippi, plus Lewis’ own tricks. Here, the path to Southern’s hot chicken:

From left, chef Brian Lagerstrom and bakerfounder Ted Wilson prepare the day's bread. Above: The bar at Union Loafers

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The key to Loafers’ loaves is fermentation. The bread is naturally leavened, meaning the bakery doesn’t just avoid chemical compounds like baking soda. In all but two of Loafers’ breads, it means avoiding even massproduced yeast. Instead, Wilson starts with just flour and water, and carefully

Aside from the incredible flavor this process produces, Wilson is objectively fascinated by fermentation. The fact that he can start with water and flour and end up with bread makes him giddy. “In some way, it takes responsibility off your shoulders. Your role is to set up this environment … you can only be in control of so much,” Wilson said. “Then you just have to react, and you have to pay attention.” This patient relationship with food requires a rare mix of fanatical curiosity and dogged perseverance

– qualities reflected in Loafers’ entire team. Some, like chef Brian Lagerstrom (Sauce Ones to Watch class of 2015), left the fine dining world for Loafers to explore the freedom fermentation allows. Lagerstrom, who dabbled at Niche with house bread and cheese programs (not to mention house-made soy sauce, vinegars and fish sauce), was given free reign at Loafers to get as funky as he liked. No condiment is too small for serious attention; house-made mustard and pickles grace the Cuban-like roasted pork sandwich, and house-smoked beets are piled high with sauerkraut and creamy Thousand Island dressing. Even the rotating nut butter and jam

sandwich is taken seriously. Wilson and crew roast and grind the nuts, cook down the berries and churn that creamy butter.

Back off, buttermilk. Southern chicken marinates barbecuestyle in a tub of beer, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar and cayenne pepper. The barbecue method continues with a dry rub of Lewis’ house-made riff on Old Bay, habanero powder, garlic, salt and sugar, building in layers of heat.

Romantic slow food notions could easily stall when confronted with labor-intensive reality, but not at Loafers. “The work really brings us joy,” Wilson said. “(We have a) great excitement and love for these transformations that happen under our watch. … They’re little science experiments that taste good.” Union Loafers is waiting on a liquor license to extend service into evening hours and debut a bread-centric bar menu. We’re confident it, too, will be worth the wait. – H.H.

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cultivates the yeast that occurs naturally, watching over it as it ferments – think of sourdough starters or Amish friendship breads.



Three years after Sauce published a story on how Ted Wilson was going to change the St. Louis bread scene with a new bakery, we can finally report that we were right. Wilson and co-founder Sean Netzer opened Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery in Botanical Heights at the end of September, a lunch spot serving sandwiches on bread unrivaled in the city.

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Dredge, baby, dredge. Chicken is tossed in a mixture of two different starches and flour (This, Lewis insisted, is the key to breading that doesn’t slide off the entire piece after the first bite), plus more seasoning.

Fried and true. Chicken swims in corn oil until cooked through, then is sprinkled with a seasoning salt that Lewis called “magic dust.” Finally, the hot version of the fried bird takes another plunge in a vat of hot corn oil – this one glistening with cayenne and habanero peppers. Not a one-trick bird. What makes Southern a force to be reckoned with is Lewis’ care for the whole meal. Greens rich with drippings from Pappy’s smoked chicken, flaky biscuits and creamy mac-n-cheese offer respite before you venture back to the merciless goodness of that crispy chicken. Despite his meticulous research, the chicken’s punishingyet-addictive heat and perfect crunch, Lewis is still at a loss to explain Southern’s overwhelming popularity. “I have no idea,” he said, grinning. “You want to know what everybody says? They just go, ‘There’s just not any chicken that’s this good around here.’ That’s what they tell me.” We couldn’t put it better ourselves. – C.K. I SAUCE MAGAZINE I 35

Page Design, Magazine, Finalists Publication: Midwest Living By: Faith Berven

For handmade gifts, follow the ink-stained letters. Letterpress boutiques signal a rising creative class in these destination shopping neighborhoods. 60 MIDWEST LIVING NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2015

WRITERS Amanda Glazebrook and Josh Hafner | PHOTOGRAPHERS Ryan Donnell and Brad Ziegler

Publication: St. Louis Magazine By: Tom White

Chimpanzees tore Andrew Oberle apart. With help from an army of family, friends, and doCtors at saint louis university hospital, he put himself baCk together. by williAm POwell


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Magazine Cover Winner Publication: ALIVE Magazine By: Amanda Dampf, Adrian Walker, Rachel Brandt, Elizabeth Tucker, Kelsey Waananen Judges’ Comments: This feels so fresh and modern and current; the woman on the cover, eyes closed in laughter, not only speaks to the masthead and cover lines themselves, she invites me to open the magazine and see what it’s all about. This is an ace cover.

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Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Shelly Bryant, Nick Krug, Katy Ibsen, Janella Williams

Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Nathan Pettengill, Toni Dixon, Doug Stremel, Jenni Leiste

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The 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards

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Specialty Photo Winner Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: David Carson Judges’ Comments: A simple and lovely pictorial treatment of the arch. Very well executed. It’s tough to shoot such an iconic landmark in a fresh way.

The Arch is lit up in golden light as part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the monument being completed in St. Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

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Specialty Photo Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Steve Gooch

A jumping spider rest on the leaf of a lantana plant at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City, Oct., 6 2015.

Publication: Tulsa World By: John Clanton

A snowflake tops a pile along the edge of a car’s window during snowfall on Feb. 27, 2015.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Doug Hoke

Stairs leading upstairs feature a wine rack underneath. Architect Ken Fitzsimmons at this house, which he designed and is on the upcoming Architecture Tour.

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Portrait Photography Winner Publication: The Daily Republic By: Matt Gade

“Female athlete of the year” Judges’ Comments: Matt Gade s underwater image of the female athlete of the year took an environmental portrait to the subject s environment. It is an arresting, pristinely conceived and executed portrait. Shot with strong light, clean, simple composition, the underwater portrait says a lot and communicates clearly who the person is. The simplest images are so often the best. While a highly unusual approach for a portrait, the photographer s presence is transparent - it s only the subject herself who comes through in the image. The lighting is beautifully done and graceful. Well done.

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Portrait Photography Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Bryan Terry

Ean McAdams, 3, who is autistic, throws a toy inside his Broken Arrow, Okla., home on Aug. 12, 2015. McAdams receives applied behavior analysis therapy but it is not covered by most health insurance providers in Oklahoma.

Publication: Lincoln Journal Star By: Francis Gardler

The day after he turned 100, Harold “Shorty” Heins hopped out of his wheelchair, ready to tell war stories. And what he saw when the Army sent him to Europe is still so hot it can make him cry today, more than 70 years later. “I can’t really talk about it, what people went through at the time. People don’t know what suffering is.”

Publication: The Des Moines Register By: Brian Powers

Jessica Calhoun, 26, poses for a portrait at her home in West Des Moines on June 4, 2015. “When you say this is silly, and this is childish, it is also someone’s artistic vision and someone’s dream,” said Calhoun whose collection’s stem from a love for the “Adventure Time” comic series.

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General News Photography Winner Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Robert Cohen Judges’ Comments: A powerful and emotional image of a standoff between a protesting mother and son in front of a police line. The emotion on the faces of the mother and son make the picture.

Amina Allen brought her son Amarion Lumpkins, 11, to West Florissant Avenue where she and others faced off against St. Louis County officers at a Michael Brown protest on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Allen, who said her son saw Michael Brown’s body on the ground, wants him to have the ability to grow up without fear of the police. “I want a chance to teach my son discipline before he gets killed,” said Allen.

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General News Photography Finalists Publication: Lincoln Journal Star By: Francis Gardler

Omaha North High School student Tyrus Harris (second left) receives a kiss from his grandmother Patricia Johnson (left) as his mother Melodie Harris (second right) hugs his girlfriend Shacara Pierce on May 2, 2015, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Harris, a senior who was shot three times in March, received a surprise prom from family and friends.

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Stephen Thornton

Family and friends gather around Geraldean Johnson, in red, widow of U.S. Army Cpl. C.G. Bolden, beside a casket with his recovered remains before the start of a memorial service for the Korean War soldier Saturday in Clinton.

Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Christian Gooden

University of Missouri students show support during speeches on the Mel Carnahan quad on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, after it was announced that Timothy M. Wolfe, Missouri system president, would be stepping down in the midst of racial tensions on the Columbia campus.

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Spot News Photography Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Tom Gilbert Judges’ Comments: Extraordinary image and reaction from the shooting scene’s perimeter. A primary role of good photojournalism is to put a “human face” on news and it speaks volumes about the feelings of helplessness and despair when loved ones are involved in a tragedy, especially one as dreadful as an officer involved shooting.

A group reacts near the scene where a Tulsa Police officer was shot and the suspect was still in a home near Reading and Sheridan on Aug. 16, 2015.

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Spot News Photography Finalists Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Chris Machian

Buddy Miller, left, administers oxygen to Duncan while Omaha firefighter Joe Guido watches after Duncan was rescued during a house fire at 6225 Buckingham Ave. on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: David Carson

Tiffany Spain, 29, covers her daughter Logynn Spain, 4, as she calls out to her other child to run to her for cover as gun shots ring out from a car driving by Sumner High School during a football game between Vashon High School and Gateway STEM High School on Oct. 2, 2015

Publication: Johnston County Capital-Democrat By: Ray Lokey

Armed with a shovel, a Tishomingo fireman is engulfed in a ball of flames Tuesday morning while fighting a fire coming through the lower roof of a house owned by Dorine Scribner, at 402 North Kemp in Tishomingo.

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News Photography, Multiple, Winner Publication: Columbia Missiourian By: Justin L. Stewart Judges’ Comments: Interesting series of images from the University of Missouri racial crisis, which centered on one of the activists. Tightly edited and a clear storyline.

Coverage of Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike, Concerned Student 1950 protests and UM System President Tim Wolfe’s eventual resignation. The protests stemmed from Wolfe’s refusal to respond to student complaints about racial issues on campus.

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News Photography, Multiple, Winner Publication: Columbia Missiourian By: Justin L. Stewart

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News Photography, Multiple, Finalists Publication: Tulsa World By: Mike SImons

Publication: Associated Press By: Sue Ogrocki

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Benjamin Krain, Stephen Thornton, Melissa Gerrits

Richard Roby, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, awoke with a flood of names and memories racing through his head and grabbed a piece of paper and started writing them down.

Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted on 18 of 36 counts of sexual misconduct involving 13 women. The jury recommended 263 years in prison.

In late May and early June 2015, heavy rains caused the Arkansas River to crest resulting in flooding at numerous locations across the state.

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Feature Photography, Single, Winner Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Christian Gooden Judges’ Comments: Great image from a found situation that ties into the weather-related news of that area.

“I can’t believe how deep it is!” Scott Besselman of O’ Fallon leaps from one side of the largest of several breaches in a levee near Bob’s Creek off SR 79 in Winfield on Friday, June 26, 2015. Floodwaters caused by heavy rain emptied into land and damaged homes and businesses. Bob’s Creek is a Cuivre River tributary.

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Feature Photography, Single, Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Paul Hellstern

Runners celebrate in clouds of colored powder after completing the Color Run on the grounds of Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Robert Cohen

Emily Erin Hawkins, Mrs. Missouri United States 2015, has a look at herself before riding in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Market Street in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Publication: Tulsa World By: Mike SImons

Kurt Nguyen,11, reads a graphic novel on his tablet as his sister studies in Vietnamese language class and his grandmother worships at the Chua Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple on 21st Street Feb. 8, 2015. 124  /  Read the full stories and view winning photos at

Feature Photography, Multiple, Winner Publication: The Daily Republic By: Matt Gade Judges’ Comments: Great feature series on the rodeo. Strong technique, composition, moments, “lensing” and visual variety. Great action punctuated by a pictorial approach. Nicely edited.


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Feature Photography, Multiple, Finalist Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Sarah Hoffman

Jason Holling and Justin Karas take a nap with Abby, center, on August 31, 2014 at their hotel in Illinois. The couple began their adoption journey in 2013. In August 2014, after many hurdles and disappointments, they adopted their daughter Abby as a newborn in Illinois.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Chris Landsberger

Homeless Oklahoman Tommy McDowell sweeps the sidewalks in Oklahoma City on Feb. 10, 2015. McDowell walks miles every day using his brooms to clear the walk ways for the people and businesses in the area. He feels that it is something that needs to be done to give back to the community.

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Sports Action Photography Winner Publication: The Oklahoman By: Bryan Terry Judges’ Comments: An extraordinary image and among the most unique rodeo images I’ve seen.

Josh Jeter of Selma, Ala., is spun through the air after getting his boot caught on a bull as he competes in the bull riding competition during the final night of the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla., Friday, July 10, 2015.

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Sports Action Photography Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Chris Lee

St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (right) competes for the puck against Tornoto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly in third period action during a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 17, 2015, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Ryan Soderlin

NU running back Devine Ozigbo (22) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown at 12:36 in the second quarter. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Illinois Fighting Illini in a football game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Nate Billings

Ethan Price of Leedey, Okla., competes in steer wrestling during the International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla., July 8, 2015.

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Sports Feature Photography Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Ian Maule Judges’ Comments: First place was a clear and easy choice. A compelling and layered reaction photo that told the story.

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Sports Feature Photography Finalists Publication: St. Louis Post-Dispatch By: Huy Mach

Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel is emotional during the pre-game introductions before facing the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Faurot Field in Columbia.

Publication: Omaha World-Herald By: Matt Miller

NU cheerleaders Kaitlyn Schulenberg, left, Haley Urwiler and Caitlin McDermott react to NU tying the game with a two-point conversion near the end of the fourth quarter. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played a football game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sept. 19, 2015.

Publication: Tulsa World By: Mike Simons

Locust Grove’s Mason Fine walks off the field after taking a hit during their football game with Lone Grove in Lone Grove Nov. 27, 2015.

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Magazine Portrait Winner Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Nathan Pettengill, Jason Dailey, Shelly Bryant

“Chicken Dancer”

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Magazine Portrait Finalists Publication: Sauce Magazine By: Carmen Troesser

Emily Parker Age: 28 Why Watch Her: She’s among the next generation of Schlafly leaders.

There’s a reason your Schlafly Pale Ale tastes the same whether you sip it at the Tap Room downtown, a bar in New York City or in your living room: Emily Parker. The St. Louis native attended the University of California, Davis, where she earned a degree from one of the country’s preeminent brewing programs. What began as a brief internship at Schlafly led to a position in the company’s quality control department. She rose through the ranks to become quality assurance manager, responsible for ensuring the consistent production of every Schlafly brew from the ingredients to final packaging. As St. Louis’ first craft brewery (the first to open since Prohibition) enters its 24th year, Schlafly distributes farther away than ever, and its founders are grooming Parker as one their successors.


On quality: I’m responsible for the beer coming out of five different breweries. The big focus now is bringing those breweries together. … We are involved in every department. We’re “auditing” them, in a way, to make sure they’re following the procedures and trying to find weaknesses in our own processes. … I’m just making sure it tastes good when it gets on the shelf … that it consistently tastes true to brand, as we say, and is stable.


January 2015

January 2015

On the tastiest sip: Beer is perishable. Right when the beer comes off the line, there’s not a better day to taste it.

On brewers: I feel really inadequate that I cannot grow a beard. On trade secrets: (The craft industry) has an open-door policy of “Hey, what are you doing and how does that work for you?” and we’ll tell you what we’re doing, too. On St. Louis’ craft beer scene: Within the last four years that I’ve been here, (the craft beer scene has) grown tremendously, and it’s awesome. I don’t think people realize how strong it is. People always think California, Washington, Denver. St. Louis is right up there with them. … People are wanting to learn more about their beer. They come in and ask questions, and they want to know more, and that’s awesome. On a brewery of her own: I will not start my own company. I enjoy my life. The time it takes away to start your own brewery, let alone the money – I have no desire to go down that route. With Schlafly growing the way that it is … this is a company I want to be a part of. – Catherine Klene

“Emily Parker”

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Publication: Hail Varsity By: Kenneth Jarecke

“De’Mornay Pierson-El”

Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Shelly Bryant, Nick Krug, Katy Ibsen

“Carlton Bragg”

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Magazine Specialty Photo Winner Publication: TulsaPeople By: Michelle Pollard

“Homeless In Homeroom”

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Magazine Specialty Photo Finalists Publication: Omaha Magazine By: Bill Sitzmann

Alex Kava is photographed at her home for Omaha Magazine.

Publication: Omaha Magazine By: Bill Sitzmann

Orenda Fink is photographed at Omaha Magazine.

Publication: ALIVE Magazine By: Amanda Dampf, Jennifer Silverberg,Rachel Brandt, Elizabeth Tucker, Kelsey Waananen

Seasonal Solace Winter greens to enliven your home. BY JESSICA LEITCH PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG

As winter mutes nature’s colors, boost your spirit and elicit those sought-after feelings of warmth by bringing a little green into your home. Jessica Douglass, owner of Flowers & Weeds on Cherokee Street, shares a few ways to brighten up your home (and mood) this winter with plants and terrariums. HOUSE PLANTS Plants that require low light are ideal for colder months, making the ZZ Plant and the Purple Heart top picks. “The Purple Heart is a really good way to add color in, and it has a beautiful pink flower that pops out,“ says Douglass. For a mix of textures and color, try the Maranta—also known as the “prayer plant”—for its heliotropic leaves that move with the sun. According to Douglass, “Staghorn ferns are an interesting

way to bring something weird and cool into the house.” They can be mounted on the wall as living decor. For a simple but impressive houseplant, Douglass suggests a Philodendron for its ease of care and variety of appearance. WINTERGREENS Buying fresh flowers weekly can be expensive, and options for local blooms are limited in winter. Forgo the bouquet for a selection of wintergreens. Juniper or pine in a vase last longer than flowers. These super simple alternatives are fragrant and make the whole house smell lovely. DRIED HERBS For a more subtle scent than that of wintergreens, Douglass recommends a collection of dried herbs. Subtly fragrant bundles of dried

thyme or rosemary look beautiful on display. TERRARIUMS The lush mini ecosystem living inside a graceful glass container doubles as decorative foliage in your home. The enclosed moss, plants, rocks and odd trinkets thrive in low light and are incredibly self-sustaining. “It’s like bringing a forest into your home during winter. There’s a whole world inside the terrarium,” notes Douglass. Any combination of living, dried, or planted greenery will help boost your mood at home during the winter months. For more tips and information, visit Flowers & Weeds at 3201 Cherokee St. or online at flowersandweeds. com. Read more about winter greenery online at VOLUME 15 // ISSUE 1


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Magazine Photography, Multiple, Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Arshia Khan

“Raising the Curtain”

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Magazine Photography, Multiple, Finalists Publication: Tulsa World Magazine By: Ian Maule

Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Nathan Pettengill, Shelly Bryant, Bill Stephens

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Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Nadia Imafidon, Shelly Bryant, Luke Townsend

Magazine Photography, Feature, Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Magazines By: Arshia Khan

“Raising the Curtain”

This portrait of Ballet Arkansas' Sugar Plum Fairy was captured during the company's first dress rehearsal for the 2015 performance of The Nutcracker.

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Magazine Photography, Feature, Finalist Publication: Sunflower Publishing By: Nathan Pettengill, Michael C. Snell, Shelly Bryant

“Castration Day”

Ranch hands hold, brand and castrate a calf at Tailgate Ranch in rural Kansas. Photograph is part of a feature story on annual bull castration round-ups.

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Multimedia & Web

The 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards

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Spot News Video Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Mike Simons

“Historic Flooding”

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Spot News Video Finalists Publication: KJRH, Channel 2 Tulsa By: Drew Barker, Garrett Weindorf, Karen Larsen, Brian Sanders, Jamie Young

“Broken Arrow Quintuple Homicides”

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Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Gavin Lesnick

“Judge who struck down state’s ban marries first same-sex couple”

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Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Gavin Lesnick

“Two dead after storm destroys mobile homes”

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General News Video Winner Publication: KCCI-TV By: Eric Hanson, Michael Sims

“Shawn’s Wish”

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General News Video Finalists Publication: Omaha World-Herald | By: Staff

“A Final Farewell: A community says goodbye to Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco”

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Publication: Tulsa World | By: Mike Simons

“Muslims march in veterans day parade”

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Feature Video Winner Publication: Tulsa World By: Mike Simons

“Angels walking among us”

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Feature Video Finalists Publication: KJRH Channel 2, Tulsa | By: Will Dupree

“Community Helps Rebuild Business”

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Publication: Omaha World-Herald | By: Rebecca Gratz

“Ryan Austin, 4, fights Hunter Syndrome”

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Sports Video Winner Publication: The Oklahoman By: Bryan Terry, Jason Kersey

“A trip to Muleshoe, Texas — The town where OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley grew up”

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General News Video Finalists Publication: Tulsa World | By: Mike Simons, John Clanton

“Mason fine sets passing record; then something special happened”

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Publication: Omaha World-Herald | By: Sarah Hoffman

“Fremont High runner remembers his brother

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Multimedia Project Or Series Winner Publication: Oklahoma Watch By: Oklahoma Watch staff and interns , OU, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students and faculty, Santa Fe South, Harding Charter Preparatory High School students and teachers, Micah Choquette, web designer, Evie Holzer, events Judge’s comments: A smart approach to tackling a broad topic. The video-based storytelling feels well suited to the web, and the infographics add just the right amount of context. Kudos for using the voices of the community as a starting point.

“Talk With Us: Poverty in Oklahoma City Neighborhoods”

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“Saving the Last Dance”

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Best Website Page Design Winner Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: staff Judges’ Comments: This page is very cleanly designed, with a clear centerpiece rotator, a top right rail of the latest news and comments. Video placement is high on page, without wasting huge space on a player. Leave the huge players to YouTube. The slider of featured stories is very easy to navigate, and then the B&W treatment of the columnists is a nice touch. The page is very balanced with a clear hierarchy, the right amount of text and headlines, a schedule on the front page that you don’t have to hunt for. Strong typography. By far, the cleanest, most inviting page entry of them all. To sum up, a page that makes me want to get into it and offers me a clear path to content.

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Best Website Design Finalist Publication: The Oklahoman By: Richard Hall

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Richard Hall

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Best Overall Website Design Winner Publication: KJRH, Channel 2 Tulsa, By: Staff Judges’ Comments: The first-place winner utilized an excellent balance of text and graphics, a clearly defined, but not huge centerpiece and well-cropped photos without a lot of black bars one often sees these days from auto-cropping. The “Happening Today” top of page rail was great with use of short, concise headlines and some art with each one. It had immediacy and “on the ball” to it. The More Top Stories area was the perfect place to utilize a list of stories without feel they had to have art as well. the top of the page, including the video options, took care of all that. A clear winner of the three in terms of both execution and reader accessibility.

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Best Overall Website Design Finalist Publication: TulsaKids Magazine. By: Abby Rodgers, Betty Casey, Charles Foshee

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, By: ArkansasOnline staff

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News Blog Writing Winner Publication: The Frontier By: Kevin Canfield Judges’ Comments: Good subjects that the community should know about; clear voice; writes with authority, good attribution.

“Here’s how a tweet saved the city of Tulsa $130,000” Tulsans can thank Mandy Winton for saving them $130,000. Winton, 35, was sitting in a League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa board meeting Monday night when she saw something she didn’t like. The city of Tulsa was planning a citywide election Nov. 10 on two minor changes to the city charter. That’s it. “It seemed like such a waste,” she said. “It bothered me a lot.” Winton said she was troubled not only by the potential cost of putting on the election but by the potential for a low turnout. “I didn’t like that it was being put out on an election where it was going to be 0 percent turnout,” she said. “We already battle voter turnout as it is, especially for small things like city council and school board. “A city charter isn’t going to get people to the polls.” So she did what upset people do these days — she let her concerns be known on Twitter. In this case, she sent them directly to her city councilor, G.T. Bynum.

It worked. Bynum responded with a big thank you and Thursday night the City Council voted unanimously to cancel the election. “Mandy (Winton) saved the citizens of Tulsa thousands of dollars by tweeting,” Bynum said before Thursday’s council meeting. “It is a great example of the power of social media to make government in the 21st Century more accessible and participatory.” So why were the charter changes on the ballot in the first place? As Bynum explained to Winton in their text exchange, the City Council earlier this year passed a resolution setting the election when the expectation was that other issues, such as the Vision 2025 renewal, would also be on the November ballot. Now that vote is scheduled for April, and city officials had

simply forgotten to cancel the vote on the charter amendments. What would have added insult to injury had the November vote taken place is that the charter amendments were in fact minor changes to existing city charters, essentially scrivener’s errors, not new charter items. Unfortunately, Winton wasn’t able to get the city off the hook for every election-related expense. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said Thursday that the Election Board had already printed 45 absentee ballots and was planning to send them out Thursday. The Election Board had not begun to print the roughly 173,000 ballots it would have needed for the November election. Had the election taken place, Bryant said, it would have cost an estimated $130,000 to conduct. But with the election canceled, “they (the city of Tulsa) will pay for all of the expenses that they have incurred up to now,” Bryant said. She could not provide an estimate of what that cost will be. The good news for city leaders is that they are not the only ones in Tulsa County to have to cancel an election this year. Sand Springs officials canceled their July 14 election on a utility franchise fee four days before it was to have taken place after finding an error on the ballot. In that instance, a day of in-person absentee voting had already taken place at the Election Board.

If there was a winner in this whole episode, other than Winton, of course, it was Bynum. Winton had nothing but praise for the councilor and the way he handled the situation. “I want to commend Councilor Bynum,” she said. “I love that he is responsive and engaged on social media. “This is a great example of why being engaged in the political process matters.”

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News Blog Writing Finalists Publication: Land Line Magazine By: Jami Jones

Publication: Land Line Magazine By: John Bendel

Excerpt from “FMCSA says to take a selfie”

Excerpt from “Grab a press release, c’mon get happy!”

If you’re shaking your head wondering what in the heck I could possibly be talking about after reading the headline, you’ll really be shaking it after you know. This past week the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its spring meeting. The organization is composed of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The group attempts to provide uniformity in enforcement across North America. For example, this group sets the out-ofservice criteria for roadside enforcement. Currently, with recent changes to the medical certification requirements on truck drivers, there has been some confusion. In December 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule that requires drivers to present proof of medical certification to their state driver’s licensing agency each time they get their medical card renewed. The states are required to enter the certification into the Commercial Drivers License Information System – dubbed CDLIS – for law enforcement to access on the roadside. That reg was supposed to go into effect in 2011. But there were states that weren’t ready to enter the certification information into CDLIS. So FMCSA delayed the requirement that states enter the information until Jan. 30, 2015, even though truckers still had to present their cards to the DMV. Now that the state reporting requirement has kicked in, truckers are required to retain their medical card for only 15 days to give the states time to enter the certification into the mega database. But, given the patchwork of ways states handle accepting certification and what proof they provide, OOIDA recommends hanging onto the medical card anyway. At the CVSA meeting, OOIDA representatives in attendance said problems with some states either not providing receipts or not entering the medical certification information into the database were brought up. It’s leaving drivers on the roadside unable to prove compliance with the regulation. Seeking some sort of guidance or clarification from the FMCSA, the question was asked of FMCSA Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery Bill Quade: What should drivers do to prove they went to the DMV and provided a copy of the medical certificate. His response? “Take a selfie,” he said, OOIDA reps report. A selfie? Really?

You drivers are a lot better off than you let on. I know because press releases tell me so. I’ve read thousands (and written a few) over the last 20 years. And every single one has been happier than hell. All are about products, services or fleets that have vastly improved just about everything. I have never seen a press release with a headline like, “Carbuncle Carrier Implements New Software; Productivity Plummets.” That just doesn’t happen. So you see, things are obviously getting better and better. Years ago it was super-comfortable seats and powerful drive trains that reduced driver turnover. Now technology does every task that doesn’t require opposable thumbs, and you drivers are absolutely thrilled. Don’t try to deny it. Press releases tell us how happy you are to be monitored, evaluated and rated against your fellow drivers as you compete for toaster ovens and lube shop coupons. Own up to it. If you were any happier with your current job, you’d super-glue yourself to the driver’s seat. It’s not just products and services. Things are always looking up in personnel too. I know because the press releases are always about promotions or appointments. I’ve never seen one that says “Carbuncle Dumps Driver Donovan for Cursing Out OS&D Manager Jones.” Oh sure, when corporate results tank for 12 consecutive quarters a release might mention a departing top exec, but only to explain he’s leaving to pursue new opportunities and spend more time with his family (wink, wink). Otherwise, the release will be super positive, all about the well-groomed new president. That will be him in the slick headshot. He’ll be smiling if the fleet still has some cash in the bank or stern-looking if the prosecutor has already hauled off the office computers. Either way, things will be looking up. They always are in press releases. It’s true. Looking over 20 years’ worth of press releases, things have just been getting better and better. In those 1995 press releases, technology had already pushed driver efficiency up by 15 percent! It was the dawn of the web, the very beginning of affordable GPS, and the productivity returns were astounding. Actually, checking those press releases over the years, it’s clear to me that you drivers have it made. Adding up the efficiency increases documented in press releases since 1995, some amazing facts become clear. For example, the fuel efficiency gains cited in press releases for various technologies mean that trucks in 2015 actually produce fuel rather than burning it.

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Entertainment/Specialty Blog Winner Publication: TulsaKids Magazine By: Betty Casey

“Oklahoma Legislators Need a Lesson Plan” Here are a few quick essay questions for Oklahoma legislators. Define the term American Exceptionalism and discuss its connection to AP US History. Write an argumentation essay using the following prompt: Vouchers are bad for public education. (note: the term “voucher” may be used interchangeably with the terms “school choice,” “parental choice,” and “Education Savings Accounts” or ESAs) Examine the rhetorical power of using words such as “choice,” “opportunity,” “scholarship,” “prosperity,” and “school options” when naming and/ or discussing legislation dealing with the destruction and defunding of public education. With the radical ideas coming out of the Oklahoma legislature in the past couple of weeks, I had to quit blogging in order to catch my breath and keep from having a stroke. I have to believe that the supporters of these bills simply haven’t thought things through. Maybe if they sat down and wrote an essay about what they’re proposing, they would stop and think about the consequences. They’re churning out nutty bills so fast that I can barely keep up. The optimist in me believes that if they would just take a breath and develop some kind of overarching idea, some concept, a framework – a lesson plan, if you will – they might be able to actually support, reform and fund public education in sensible ways that help all children succeed. Consider House Bill 1380, by Rep. Murdock, which would outlaw the teaching of AP US History. Apparently, the author of this bill is opposed to AP US History because it doesn’t teach “American Exceptionalism.” What does that even mean? That we don’t want pesky facts clouding our children’s impressionable minds? So, who decides what will be taught? Will certain groups with agendas get to pick and choose

what children learn? Maybe they’ll learn that our government has only two branches of government, as one of our Oklahoma congressmen said at one of his town halls. I certainly would rather have educators and scholars deciding what my children learn about history than legislators with a political agenda. Besides, weren’t legislators saying they wanted government out of our schools? Or is that just when it’s politically convenient? I, for one, am grateful for AP classes because it saved my family quite a lot of money when our children went to college. Our son graduated in three years, partly due to the number of AP classes he was able to take. Those AP classes certainly made my kids “college and career ready”! And then there’s the embarrassment factor. My husband and I are meeting some friends in Austin soon. They’re coming in from Seattle, and their son is a student at the University of California at Berkley. I can’t wait to discuss how students from Oklahoma will never have the opportunity to compete scholastically with the rest of the country because we don’t want them to learn too much. We only want them to learn what certain state legislators think they should learn. Moving on…. Senator Clark Jolley has introduced Senate Bill 609, the “Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarship Act,” which passed the Senate Education Committee. (I should be surprised by that, but I’m not.) Sen. Jolley sure gave it a fancy name. It sounds great, doesn’t it? No matter what you call it, the bill is a school voucher bill. The bill would allow parents and guardians to create Education Savings Accounts to use wherever they want. That might actually sound like a decent idea until you think about it for a minute. Let’s assume that it’s constitutional and it doesn’t get stuck somewhere in the courts. Vouchers, like many school “reform” ideas, help a few individuals, but they do nothing to actually implement real reform. And, like many “reforms,”

they harm children living in poverty the most. Having a voucher to put your child in a private school, assumes that: you have the reliable transportation and time to get your child to a private school the school you choose has space, and wants to take your child if your child has emotional, developmental, physical or mental delays, the school you choose will be able to address those issues and, again, wants your child you can afford to make up the cost not covered by the Education Savings Account you can afford fees and other hidden costs of a private school you have a school or other educational option in your community. Students in rural areas or small towns may not even have a place to use a voucher, and parents may not want to homeschool. These are just a few of the problems that come to mind with vouchers. I’m sure many parents who already send their children to private schools would love to have the extra money to help with tuition. I don’t blame them. I would, too. But that’s not the function of public tax dollars. Certainly Mr. Jolley wants to help all children, not just a few. And, I find it interesting that many of our policy-makers in the legislator keep hammering on “Oklahoma values,” and Oklahoma developing its own educational objectives, and Oklahoma going its own way. As I’ve written before, most of these school “reform” ideas are not from Oklahoma. They’re from ALEC, Chiefs for Change, the Gates Foundation and the Walton Foundation. Here’s an interesting blog about the voucher initiative as it relates directly to Senator Jolley’s bill and how interests outside the state are pushing it. Whether you support these reforms or not, it’s best for parents to at least be informed about both sides of the issue.

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Entertainment/ Specialty Blog Finalists Publication: The Oklahoman By: Richard Hall

Publication: The Oklahoman By: Nathan Poppe

Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By: Philip Martin

Excerpt from “5 things about Oklahoma’s civil rights movement you should know”

Excerpt from “Track Debut: Kaitlin Butts’ country ballad “Same Hell, Different Devil””

Excerpt from “‘Sunday papers, backgammon players’ — The Minstrel in the Gallery”

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a multi-part series highlighting Oklahoma’s place in the civil rights movement that will be published throughout February in honor of Black History Month. Oklahoma has a rich black history that includes the integration of blacks into Native American tribes, and the participation of blacks during the Civil War and the Oklahoma Land Run. Some Oklahoma towns wouldn’t even exist today — like Langston — if it weren’t for blacks coming together and creating them. Oklahoma also has a rich history when it comes to the national civil rights movement. When most people think about the movement they think about states like Alabama and Mississippi, but our state played a large role in the movement’s development throughout the mid 1900s. Here are 5 things you should know about Oklahoma’s participation in the civil rights movement. NO. 5 – FALL 1958 Katz Drug in downtown Oklahoma City was the setting of what’s referred to as the tipping point in the nation’s civil rights movement. That’s where, in the fall of 1958, Clara Luper and 13 black children participated in a sit-in, silently and non-violently protesting segregation at the store’s lunch counter. The children, age 6 to 13, took turns sitting at the counter, following Luper’s, an Oklahoma City public school teacher, example. Their goal was simple: To be treated equally and be served the food they ordered.

After Kaitlin Butts looks at her debut album, she can’t help but think of her grandma. When the Oklahoma City-based country newcomer started at ACM@UCO, she received the antique figurine that graces the cover of “Same Hell, Different Devil” as a gift from her grandmother. The cover adds a personal touch to the album, which resembles Kaitlin’s intentions on her inaugural release. “The songs on the record are just simple, honest stories of things and moments that impacted me,” she said in an interview with The Oklahoman. “The music I have always been drawn to is like that. I like stories of things that are real, told in a way that is plain, but at the same time profound.” As her album nears release, Kaitlin, 21, said she can’t wait to see what her songs mean to other people. They’ll definitely be sonically solid because she worked alongside Mike McClure at The Boohatch Studio during several late night recording sessions (I’m told McClure works best from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m). My co-worker BAM wrote a great piece about the quirky recording studio last year in which Kaitlin also appeared. Kaitlin recruited Jon Knudson, Jake Simpson, Alan Orebaugh, Giovanni Carnnuccio III, Jake Akins and Grammy-award winner Lloyd Maines to add more than just rattlesnake shakers to songs. The album’s title track helped form a cohesive theme for “Same Hell, Different Devil.” Kaitlin said most of the songs touch on a different figurative “devil” that seeks to bring us down.

The truth is we can’t always help what we love. When I was a young teenager I spent a lot of after-school afternoons at the house of a friend whose father had a pool table and one of those TEAC Tascam open-reel tape decks. Among the very few choices we had were the original Broadway cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar, the live Chicago at Carnegie Hall and Jethro Tull’s Aqualung. Since the tape deck was in the same room as the pool table (and was essentially our only option if we wanted to play music while we clacked the balls around the table) these albums became imprinted on me in a way that overly produced middlebrow pop music probably shouldn’t ever be imprinted on anyone you’re not trying to get to surrender peaceably. So I developed some quirks: I have the libretto to JCS memorized; I can have a violent reaction to middling horn-driven rock and, for a time, in spite of my general preference for untricky time signatures and uncluttered arrangements, I became something of a Jethro Tull fan. This infatuation with “the Tull” deepened with 1972’s Thick as a Brick, but almost evaporated with 1974’s War Child, which, ironically enough, was the band’s attempt to write tighter, more radio-friendly songs. To my 16-year-old self, it seemed overly commercial, and “Bungle in the Jungle” struck me as a genuinely stupid lyric. Besides, I was of an age when anything I’d liked a couple of years before seemed impossibly passe. I dropped Tull from my rotation, stopped buying their records.

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“Mike Gundy was at a basketball tournament without cellphone service while Texas was beating Baylor Saturday” Many Oklahoma State fans stressed over, then celebrated, as Texas hung on for a 23-17 win over Baylor on Saturday, effectively moving OSU to the Sugar Bowl. In Stillwater, as soon as the game finished, Voice of the Cowboys Larry Reece announced the final score to the crowd in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the OSU men’s basketball game. Mike Gundy was happily oblivious. At a youth basketball tournament without cellphone service, Gundy was not following the game. He explained on a Sugar Bowl teleconference on Sunday how he found

out: “I was at an 11-year-olds basketball tournament in a small town in Oklahoma and they did not have cell service,” Gundy said. “So when I came out, when I drove down the road a little ways, my phone started dinging in a bunch of text messages. I was actually getting play-by-play from coaches on our staff and was unaware of what was transpiring with the Baylor and Texas game. “So emotionally, for me, I guess I was able to take a break because I was not aware of what was happening. But once I found out, I was really excited

for our players and our coaches and just glad that we made it into the Sugar Bowl.” Gundy and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze each took part in the teleconference Sunday after it was announced the two would be opponents in the Sugar Bowl. For both teams, it’s historic. OSU last played in the Sugar Bowl in 1946, while Ole Miss has not been since 1970. Said Gundy: “Such a historic bowl. We have traditionally watched that game at my house or wherever we were at a bowl site. So we’re very, very excited about being there.”

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Excerpt from “3 things Russell Westbrook can teach us”

Excerpt from “I’m not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn’t like”

charity, noun benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity You might’ve heard by now that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook gave a single mother the car he won during this season’s All-Star Weekend. It’s a fine representation of what we call the Oklahoma Standard — to serve, to honor and to be kind to each other. Westbrook’s move yesterday can teach us a number of things in regards to the Oklahoma Standard. Here are just a 3 things his actions can teach us. NO. 3 – EMPATHY empathy, noun the ability to understand and share the feelings of another Kerstin Gonzales is just like many of us. The 19-yearold Oklahoma Citian does what she can for the people she loves with what she has. Being a single mother of two young boys makes things a bit more difficult, and the gesture teaches us that empathy is important and can lead to wonderful things. NO. 2 – COMPASSION compassion, noun sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others Compassion, like empathy, is a necessity, not a luxury. To care about and for your community is to be an example of humanity at its finest. Russ said it best:

Russell Westbrook doesn’t like me, from what I hear. I have it on good authority. Straight from the thoroughbred’s mouth. That’s not exactly stop-the-presses news. Westbrook doesn’t like much of anybody, from what I can see. At least not in the media and not on the court. Maybe in fashion circles, Westbrook is overflowing with the milk of human kindness, I can’t say. Why Westbrook doesn’t like me isn’t all that clear. He’s not a great communicator. My hunch is, he’s upset with the column I wrote a week earlier, suggesting that the clock is ticking on Scotty Brooks’ job status. That the Thunder better snap out of its malaise or Clay Bennett and Sam Presti will have to make a change. I don’t blame Westbrook for not liking what I wrote. I do blame anyone for suggesting that it’s not true. And this isn’t YMCA ball. This is big-boy and big-business basketball. I’m a latecomer to the what-is-Brooks-doing? bandwagon. A big chunk of the Free World and a decent chunk of the oppressed wonder if the Thunder needs a new coach. Russell’s brother, Ray, didn’t wonder about it in a tweet last April: “We need a new coach ASAP...” Or maybe Westbrook doesn’t like my sportscoats. With Westbrook, it’s hard to tell. When you’re mad at everyone all the time, it’s hard to pin down specifics. But here’s what’s funny. Russell Westbrook has had no bigger champion in the media than Old Mr. Sportscoat. When critics weren’t thrilled with Westbrook’s rookie season, saying the Thunder could have had Kevin Love or Brook Lopez, I wrote that Westbrook would be a star and that he looked like the next Dwyane Wade to me. You can read that here. When half the world declared Westbrook was no point guard and the other half hadn’t made up its mind, I was telling people to lay off. You can read that here. When Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith were torching Westbrook during the NBA Finals, I went on ESPN’s First Take — my only appearance so far — and defended Westbrook. When the national media made Westbrook the league lightning rod and said he had to conform his game, I wrote that Sam Presti should gather up all his employees, offer them a Danish and inform them that anyone who tried to change Westbrook would be shown the door. You can read that here. Of course, that makes me a little Dr. Frankenstein. That kind of thinking helped create the monster. Not changing means not changing. And Westbrook hasn’t changed. Not his game (which remains world class). Not his attitude (which stinks).

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The 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards

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Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships


he Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships are awarded to five student journalists each year during the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club and funded by generous donors, the scholarships are given in honor of Dan Harrison, president of the Tulsa Press Club in 2009 and one of the original architects of the awards program. The scholarships are given to students with award-winning portfolios who exemplify the characteristics Harrison displayed: integrity, leadership ability and creativity. Harrison died in 2014 at the age of 61. A former broadcast journalist, Harrison was senior vice president for administrative services and corporate relations of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners at the time of his death. From 2005 until July 2012, he was vice president of investor relations and public affairs. He also served as president of the ONEOK Employee Political Action Committee. In 2011, Harrison was named to Institutional Investor magazine’s “All-America Executive Team: Best Investor Relations Professionals,” tying for first place in the Energy category, Natural Gas & Master Limited Partnership

sector. “Dan was loved and respected at ONEOK, both as a friend and leader, and is greatly missed,” said Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK. “Dan’s contributions to ONEOK and its employees are too numerous to name, and the way in which he was able to tell ONEOK’s story in such a meaningful way to the investment community – and to all of our audiences – is a great legacy. “In the years I knew him, his tenacity never ceased to amaze me,” Spencer said. “Even during his fight with his illness, he continued to provide counsel and leadership to me and to his team.” Active in the community, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Tulsa Community Foundation; a member of the executive committee and board of directors for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce; chair of VisitTulsa, the chamber’s convention and tourism initiative; and past director of the executive committee of the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships. He was a founding board member of Leadership Oklahoma, served on the board of Tulsa Opera and was a member of the Oklahoma Commission on State Gov-

Dan Harrison ernment Performance. “For 22 years, Dan was one of my most loyal and trusted friends,” said John W. Gibson, non-executive chairman of ONEOK, ONEOK Partners and ONE Gas. “In the seven years I served as CEO, Dan contributed so much to our organization. In the areas of communications and investor relations, Dan made ONEOK the ‘best in class.’ “All stakeholders of ONEOK benefitted from Dan’s many talents,” Gibson

said. “It was my honor to work with him and have him as my friend.” Harrison is survived by his wife Mary Ann, herself a former journalist, and daughter Annie. Sponsors of the Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships include: ONEOK, ONE Gas, John Gibson, Terry Spencer, Pierce Norton, BOK Financial, David Roth, Walsh Branding, Andrew Ziola, Steve Bradshaw and the Tulsa Press Club Foundation.

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Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year Publication: The Daily O’Collegian By: Kurt Steiss

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Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year Finalist Publication: The University Daily Kansan By: James Hoyt

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Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year Finalist Publication: Tulsa World, Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine By: Timothy Tai

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Great Plains Student Photographer of the Year Finalist Publication: Columbia Missourian By: Justin Stewart

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Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year Publication: The Daily O’Collegian By: Kassie McClung

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Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year, Finalist Publication: The Collegian, University of Tulsa By: Giselle Willis

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Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year, Finalist Publication: The University Daily Kansan By: Katie Kutsko

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Your peers don’t drink as much as you think Health officials say misperceptions can lead some to overindulge


ART IN FOCUS. Leigh Kaulbach, a KU graduate student, creates zines — selfpublished works with original or appropriated art. Arts & Culture ›› 05 CITY LIAISON INTERNSHIP. Student Senate teamed up with Haskell Indian Nations University to create the position. News ›› PAGE 02


A LGBTQ+ DEDICATED SPACE opened in the Union on Wednesday. The space is part of the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. News ›› PAGE 2


BIG AWARDS FROM THE BIG 12. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, above, was named the Coach of the Year. Sports ›› PAGE 12 KANSAN.COM ›› FOLLOW NEWS ONLINE


This is the second in a series from The University Daily Kansan exploring issues impacting student wellness. When Becca Levine came to campus as a freshman, she thought everyone would be partying all the time. Her concept of student life was shaped by movies such as "Animal House" and other images popularized by TV and social media. She soon realized she had an exaggerated view of student behavior. “I thought, coming into the college, you had to drink if you wanted to be social, especially in different organizations,” said Levine, a senior from St. Louis. “I came up with an assumption that you have to force [yourself] to drink, or I would stand out if I didn’t in a social situation.” Such perceptions worry health officials, who say students who overinflate the drinking habits of their peers are at risk of over-drinking themselves. “When individuals perceive a certain behavior to be normal, that will change their behavior,” said Jenny McKee, director of the University’s Health Education Resource Office. In a recent survey of more than 425 University undergraduate students as part of the 2015 National College Health Survey, 32 percent of first-year students said they thought “typical” students drank on 10-19 days of the last 30 days. However, when asked how much they drank, 14 percent said they actually drink that often. For second-year students, the gap was even larger

— 34 percent of second-year students said their peers drank 10-19 days in the past month, compared with 5 percent who said they drank that frequently. The University results mirror national studies, which show that students commonly overestimate how much other students drink. A study of National College Health Assessment data from 2000 to 2003 found that students at 130 schools overestimated both the frequency and amount of alcohol consumed by their peers. This was true for schools where many students abstained from drinking, as well as for schools where students reported drinking three or four drinks the last time they went out. The study found that perception of the campus drinking norm is the “strongest predictor” of the amount a student personally consumes. McKee said the gap between what students think their peers are doing versus actual behavior may be based on hearing about or seeing extreme behavior. The drinking habits of others can be amplified in the minds of students, which can, in turn, cause students to drink more, McKee said. “If you’re seeing these statistical outlying behaviors of people being transported to the hospital, or seeing people passed out, or seeing people throwing up, or you are constantly faced or hearing stories of people being very, very drunk, that might lead a student who might drink occasionally — but is not a regular thing to do


PUNNY. Yes, Cheick Diallo’s name rhymes with “check.” No, you should not use any of the multiple puns on his name. Educate yourself. ››


WHERE DOES YOUR COFFEE COME FROM? A look at where some local coffee shops get their beans. Arts & Culture ›› 5

JAMES HOYT/KANSAN An activist stands on a platform in front of Wescoe Hall and speaks to assembled demonstrators in August 2014.

Discussing racial inequality on campus LARA KORTE @lara_korte


THE RUTGERS FOOTBALL PROGRAM fired its head coach after an investigation. Kansas will play Rutgers a week from Saturday. Sports ›› PAGE 12

More than a year after the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown and the resulting protests in Ferguson, Mo., leaders on campus are looking for ways to bring the conversation about race to all students at the University. During the event “Making Black Lives Matter: A Year in Review” last Wednesday, students and faculty were able to talk about race on campus. “I think that for us to engage in these complex things that are happening around us, we

have to understand the narratives, the stories of everyone that participates in this system,” said Cody Charles, associate director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Charles said that while the conversation about race has certainly increased on campus within the last year, the talks are limited. “I think a pocket of students are having some dynamic conversations about what’s happening around them, around us, and it’s specifically fueled by what’s happening nationally,” Charles said. Jameelah Jones, a second-year graduate student,

said conversations need to be expanded beyond those pockets to reach more students. “I think that unfortunately, the conversation is necessary but it ends up only happening in places like American studies, or African-American studies or the women and gender sexuality studies or the Office of Multicultural Affairs,” Jones said. “And in those spaces, you’re often preaching to the choir.” One of the first steps, according to Jones, to encourage wider-reaching conversations is to bring it into more classrooms. “I really want the conversation to be had in other spaces,

particularly in a lot of courses,” she said. “As a freshman and sophomore, you’re exposed to so many different classes, and I think that if we can incorporate this conversation into those courses and into places that universally all students have to hit, I think it would really be an important thing, something that’s not happening at every institution.” Another part of bringing the conversation into classrooms, Jones said, is increasing representation of minorities in classes by studying more works that were created by minority scholars. “What message is it sending

me if I look at my syllabus and everyone that I’m supposed to be reading, everyone that the instructor deems as smart … is white,” Jones said. “If you don’t see anybody in powerful positions in society that look like you, the message is that you don’t belong.” Clarence Lang, chair of the department of African and African-American studies, said his department is involved in on-campus programming like the Black Lives Matter Event last week. Lang also said that there are other departments,

State will test more unsubmitted rape kits MCKENNA HARFORD @McKennaHarford

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will receive a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The money will pay for the testing of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, often called rape kits. The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant that the KBI will receive supports efforts to reform the approaches used by law enforcement agencies across Kansas to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases, test kits and notify victims, according to a KBI news release. The purpose of a sexual assault kit is to use forensic evidence to catch a rapist and support testimony, according to Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley. According to the KBI news release, testing previously unsubmitted kits can lead to prosecuting serial rapists as well. The rape kits that would be tested, using the grant money, are considered “unsubmitted.” That means they have been completed by a hospital but never submitted to the KBI by a police department. McKinley said kits would not be submitted by the department to the KBI if the victim was unsure about continuing to prosecute the case after having the evidence collected so as to not waste testing resources. “We need to be giving people the time they need to decide what they want to do,” McKinley said.

Untested kits are those that have been submitted for testing, but the testing has been delayed for more than 30 days, according to a KBI news release. The grant is only for unsubmitted kits. McKinley said the LPD must get approval from the District Attorney’s office in order to dispose of rape kits that haven’t been submitted, and because of the statute of limitations on sex crimes, some kits are held for years. In 2014, KBI found that statewide law enforcement had not submitted a total of 2,008 rape kits, which the KBI has since collected. KBI declined to provide any additional interviews beyond the news release for this story. According to the KBI, the LPD had 50 unsubmitted sexual assault kits as of November 2014. Since then, the KBI has begun testing the unsubmitted kits and investigating what causes law enforcement not to submit kits, according to the news release. Sexual assault kits are collected and tested by the KBI so that there is a standard kit for the state. Kits can be tested by other labs if a special test is needed or if a city has the capability, such as the Johnson County Crime Lab and the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center. Hospitals also treat victims for injuries, STIs or give emergency contraceptive if needed. The Lawrence Memorial HosSEE KITS PAGE 6

SKATING SEASON. The Lawrence skating rink is open for a second year. Read about changes and when you can get your skate on. ››

Wichita Population: 386,552


Salina Population: 47,846

ART IN FOCUS: Mark Raymer, a printmaker and University graduate student. Arts & Culture ›› 5

ATHLETICS may change the way students get in to volleyball matches after some said they were told they might not get in. Sports ›› PAGE 10



Sedgwick County Population: 505,415


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CONNER MITCHELL/KANSAN Andre Brown, a candidate for director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, gives a presentation on Tuesday.


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one to visit the provost office's website to leave their thoughts on the candidate. "Your voice will be heard, and we will read everything, and we will not discount it," Crawford said. Andre Brown Brown highlighted the importance of collaboration and student retention during his Tuesday presentation. “My philosophy as an educator is to change lives through the opportunity of education,” he said. “[In the Office of Multicultural Affairs] You can’t just wait for students to come to you. You have to go to them, and I believe that wholeheartedly." Brown also emphasized building a relationship between academic departments and the OMA by ensuring the curriculum and opportunities presented to students prepare them to be constructive members of society. “Why not stand to develop a relationship with each academic college? College is to get an education and to eventually gain employment," he said. "So how do we provide support and scholarship opportunities for students to be successful? In addition to being University of Kansas students, you also want to be successful, productive citizens." Brown said that in order for organizations like the OMA to succeed, student voices must be heard. “The bottom line is this: You


The Student Executive Committee called for the resignations of Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Vice President Zach George and Chief of Staff Adam Moon at a meeting on Friday. Pringle, George, Moon, Communications Director Isaac Bahney, Development Director Tomas Green and Government Relations Director Stephonn Alcorn were in Texas at the Big 12 conference student government meeting, but attended the Committee meeting via Skype. Members of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk, a campus group, also attended. What happened? At Friday’s meeting, the Student Executive Committee voted to reduce the general elections spending cap to $1,000. This vote will move the bill to full Senate. There was also a “motion of no confidence in the leadership” of Pringle, George and Moon, according to a statement presented by the Committee. “We demand that all three resign their positions by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015. If they fail to submit their resignations, we ask that the Full Student Senate body take up a bill of impeachment and adopt the measure according to Student Senate Rules and Regulations Article V Section 16.4,” read the statement. At the meeting, Tyler Childress, the finance committee chair, said the Student Executive Committee supports Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk. “I’m first proposing that we support Rock Chalk Invisible

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS/KANSAN From left, Chief of Staff Adam Moon, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Student Body President Jessie Pringle.

Hawk and the 15 demands that they have made to the University,” Childress said. “I think they’re really quite simple and tame demands. They could be demanding a lot more, and I think we need to get behind them now on these.” One of the reasons calling for the resignations was that students at Wednesday’s town hall “spoke of the disconnect between Student Senate and its black constituents,” according to the document presented to attendees. The conversation Friday then divided into other issues listed in the document, including Pringle and George not standing when white students were asked to stand and proclaim that black lives matter at the town hall meeting. Another issue was the silence from Senate in regard to Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk’s demands. Bahney said Pringle and George stood at that time, but did not stand

when the audience was asked to stand in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk’s demands. “We are pissed, and we are livid, and you guys are incompetent,” said Kynnedi Grant, president of Black Student Union and a member of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk. “Zach even said he didn’t know that all these multicultural organizations that he cares so much about are having a food drive. How do you not know when you are constantly engaged? I don’t understand. Please tell me.” “I really need you to engage about everything else that you haven’t done for the rest of these students for the entirety of the semester. I really don’t care anymore about whether or not you were standing up at this one event. You’ve been absent at literally every other conversation,” said Shegufta Huma, vice president of Uni-

need to listen to students,” he said. “You need to hear their concerns, and you have to have a dialogue. I want to know what your concerns are.” Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk tweeted after Brown's presentation that they hadn't been impressed with either of the firs two candidates. Our Initial thoughts on the first two candidates? Not impressed. At all. — Invisible Hawks (@InvisibleHawks) December 1, 2015 They also tweeted that the new director must be an advocate. The @KU_OMA director must be a SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE well versed in multiple forms of oppression and privilege. — Invisible Hawks (@InvisibleHawks) December 1, 2015 All candidate presentations will be available to view online after the final presentation. Attendees of the presentations are invited to give feedback to the search committee by 8 a.m. on Dec. 7. Crawford said the committee will meet to review feedback and forward a recommendation to Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity Nate Thomas as soon as possible. — Edited by Rebecca Dowd

versity Senate. George, who was on staff last year, said this Student Senate has exceeded what was done last year. He mentioned that Student Senate has regular meetings with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and president roundtable meetings. “You have an entire group of the student body that don’t think that you represent them anymore and that the Senate is illegitimate in their eyes because the Senate doesn’t represent them anymore,” Childress said. “That threatens the integrity of this institution. And quite frankly, if you think that you’ve done enough when you have students at a forum, students on social media, students talking to other senators saying that we aren’t doing enough, but you think that we are because you are meeting with some administrators, but you’re really not going out and mixing with students

that are facing these concerns on a day to day basis, that’s the premise of why I have no confidence in your leadership anymore.” Pringle said she agrees with a lot of the demands from Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk but would like to know more about the demands. Pringle said the problem is that campus isn’t educated and that some people do not believe there is racism on campus. “I think it’s about taking every step to eradicate that,” Pringle said. Pringle also said that talking to Precious Porras, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Nate Thomas, vice provost for diversity and equity, is a step toward a solution. Grant said she sat down with other students to discuss what needed to be done in hiring a new OMA director. Pringle was present for two conversations and one conversation with the entire executive board in May on what needed to be done, Grant said. “This same rhetoric of plan of action and, ‘We’re going to do this’ and, ‘We’re going to do that’ was given to us,” Grant said. “So let’s not act here. Let’s not act like all of a sudden this has happened because that’s context that’s also very important. So Tyler is saying y’all have three days. I would argue that y’all have had six months.” George and Pringle released a statement on Saturday regarding the vote of no confidence and the lack of response to the town hall meeting. “We recognize our failure to respond to the town hall in a timely manner, and we sinSEE SENATE PAGE 2

What it was like to be a KU student in Paris during Friday’s terrorist attacks


PETER DEJONG/AP French flags fly on the first of three days of national mourning in Paris on Sunday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes that left 129 people dead and over 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously.



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of color face and his plans for the multicultural center. He spoke in detail of social plans, like having speakers come in to talk, having debates and other social gatherings to get students involved in the multicultural center. Addo-Yobo also answered questions and discussed the disconnect between the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Frank Angel, a University student, talked about his experience on campus as a Native American student, the lack of Native American representation on campus and his frustrations about the lack of education in what it means to be a Native American student. He recalled a time when he mentioned he was Native American and a peer said "you look awful white to me." In response, Addo-Yobo suggested students use instances such as those as teachable moments for other students. “I liked him, and I liked a few of the responses that he gave, but ultimately I felt like he was beating around the bush a little bit, and he didn’t answer my question specifically or my friend Omar Rana's question specifically,” Angel said. “And it was just a little tiring. I felt there was a little tension in the room because people were getting tired of it, and I kind of was, too. But, over all, I think he was alright.” Crawford was also present momentarily at the meeting. Crawford encouraged every-

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Top Senate leaders called on to resign


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treme behavior.” In the University survey, about 24 percent of students said they had no alcohol the last time they socialized, while 10 percent said they had four

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Festus Addo-Yobo During a reception after his presentation, Addo-Yobo talked with students and answered questions on topics including Native American recruitment and involvement on campus, how he can help LGBTQ+ students of color, issues students




of the search committee, said the topic was selected because of the importance of strategic planning in leading a University program. “We want someone who can come in here and speak on more than just saying, ‘I want to help students,'” he said. “We want to look at how they can incorporate everything from not just students, but faculty, staff, the community, retention and Endowment. So systematically, they need to be able to look at how the program works."



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Unsubmitted rape kits in Kansas Ten jurisdictions, including Lawrence, have more unsubmitted rape kits than the rest of the state. Top jurisdictions include several University towns.

MADI SCHULZ + CONNER MITCHELL Precious Porras, interim director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and final candidate for the vacant OMA director position, presents on Friday on the topic of “Strategic Leadership at KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.” The presentation is at 11 a.m. in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The first candidate, Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University, presented on Monday. Andre Brown, federal outreach and student service program director at Arizona State University, presented on Tuesday. All candidates present on the same topic. Jerry Crawford, associate journalism professor and chair



about 80 percent of first-year students live in a residential community such as residence halls or scholarship halls, they see a lot of that behavior,” McKee said. “They see people coming home from bars or parties with some pretty ex-

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— to modify their behavior to fit what they believe to be the norm," McKee said. She said student living arrangements are also a factor. “When you live on a campus like ours, where





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More than 120 people were killed and more than 350 were wounded in a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, on Friday. The shootings and suicide bombings in restaurants, public spaces and a soccer stadium constituted the worst attack in Europe since 2004, according to The New York Times. In an email, Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director of news and media for the University, said she did not know of any University students that had been affected. Students studying in Paris have said the Office of Study Abroad reached out to them to make sure they are safe. The Kansan spoke to four University students who are studying abroad in Paris and were in the city during Friday’s terrorist attacks. They shared their experiences of getting in touch with family and friends and the University’s response. Clinton Webb, a senior from Leawood majoring in French

What were Friday’s events like as a student studying abroad? The past couple of days have definitely been a bit tumultuous. I found out what happened when I was with my friends at one of their apartments. It was initially very shocking because you really never think you'll be in a city where something like this happens. Definitely the most disturbing thing about the whole thing is seeing these things happen on the news and they're not across an ocean and thousands of miles away. They're just 10 or 15 minutes away. You know people who live around the corner from what happened who are locals here. You're directly affected by the events because you aren't able to get home on what was supposed to be a normal night. How did the University check in to make sure you were safe? My study abroad program has been great in keeping in contact with me and making sure I'm safe, and the Office of Study

Abroad at KU sent all of us an email making sure we were safe and where our current location was. Lauren Adamson, a junior from Overland Park majoring in economics What were Friday’s events like as a student studying abroad? I first heard about the shooting at the restaurant from a classmate who posted in our program's WhatsApp group. I honestly didn't think much of it, I think probably because I'm desensitized to sporadic shootings having grown up in the U.S. I then got the CNN alert on my phone that a bomb had gone off [near] the stadium where the France/Germany soccer game was going on. There was lots of misinformation flying around, people kept reporting different shootings and bombs without really knowing what was going on. After that, I definitely realized it was more than a sporadic shooting and that it was a full blown terrorist attack.

How did you let your family, friends, as well as the University know you were safe? I called both of my parents to tell them that I was at home and safe before they had heard about it on the news so they wouldn't have to worry, and I checked in with all of my friends here in Paris to make sure they were OK. The KU Office of Study Abroad did a great job of trying to get in touch. A bit after midnight they both Facebook messaged and emailed me to ask where I was and if I was OK. They had sent the same message to everyone studying in France. I was definitely more impressed by that than by the U.S. State Department. I got an email from them at about 1 a.m. just updating me on the situation, which was basically over at that point Blaise Cannon, a graduate student from Lawrence What were Friday’s events like as a student studying abroad? My wife and I were at a restau-

rant with friends in the 18th arrondissement when we started receiving texts from friends checking on us. We quickly figured out what was going on, and the only news at that time was at Stade de France and one restaurant shooting. Every person in our restaurant were in a panic, on their phones, and leaving as quickly as possible. Taxis or Ubers were extremely difficult to come by, but we finally got an Uber to pick us up. The streets were packed and chaotic with emergency vehicles flying around. Our driver tried multiple routes and finally got us home. Throughout this time, we were all doing our best to get in touch with everyone we could via text or American family and friends through WhatsApp. My friends and professors emailed me to check on my safety as well. My colleagues at my internship had a group text going the next morning to ensure everyone was safe. Alexander Dang, a junior from Shawnee majoring SEE PARIS PAGE 2

Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year, Finalist Publication: The Oracle, Oral Roberts University By: Kristy Sturgill Oral Roberts University · March 6, 2015 Tulsa, Oklahoma · Vol 49, No. 11 @oruoracle @oruoraclesports

IMPACT OF PENDING ANTI-TEXTING LAW Photo illustration by Audrey Gray, Gerald Brown, Matthew Dean and Cassandra Van Dam

HPER Pilot Program FitBit may eliminate university’s field test. PAGE 5

TEXTING AND DRIVING BILL passes Oklahoma State House, readies for Senate. PAGE 3

Sutton Suspends Star Player Korey Billbury to miss remainder of season. PAGE 13

Alumna Kari Jobe Kari Jobe gets personal in exclusive interview. PAGE 7

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The Conscription South Korean students transition from military life while some prepare for enlistment. PAGE 6

University begins multi-million dollar renovation project to implement unpresidented technology usage PAGE 4

The Most Interesting Man at ORU As if owning a town and space on the moon weren’t enough, he’s just getting started. PAGE 10

Rolling Into the Weekend Sequeira and redhot team are ready for Omaha. PAGE 12

Tornados Terrorize Tulsa Multiple funnel clouds bring university and surrounding areas to a hault. PAGE 3

Battle of the Bands Review of this year’s winners PAGE 8

Jose Trevino Up close with Texas Rangers’ prospect PAGE 13

Oracle Investigates How ORU student loan debt stacks up PAGES 10-11

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Ground is broken for ORU. Buildings are designed by architect Frank Wallace, a native of Afton, Oklahoma who helped bring Oral Roberts’ dreams alive. The campus ORU opens to its first class of was designed in an “ultramodern” and “futur300 students. Tuition was $1,800 dollars. istic style” which captured national attention. Adjusted for inflation, tuition would cost $13,596.86 in present day.

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The Oral Roberts University is dedicated before a crowd of more than 18,000 people. Rev. Billy Graham gives the dedication speech and officially invests Oral Roberts as president. “Here at Oral Roberts University these young people are being taught not only how to make a living, but how to live,” Graham said in his speech.

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Oral Roberts University receives accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, bringing Chancellor Roberts to tears. ORU athletics joined the NCAA.


The geese move on campus due to the relocation of more than 15,000 giant Canada Goose by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Legend says Chancellor Roberts detested the geese so much, he prayed for them to leave campus during chapel. The City of Faith Medical and Research Hospital opens the same year and closes in 1989.


The Mabee Center opens as a home for Titans basketball and a concert venue for traveling artists. Elvis Presley is one of the many guests who perform. Through the years, the Mabee Center will host James Taylor, The Beach Boys and many others.


The school boasts 22 buildings on 500 acres and is the number-one tourist attraction in the Tulsa area.

January, 1993 Oral Roberts steps down as university president and Richard Roberts becomes the university’s second president.


The Praying Hands are moved from the City of Faith to the entrance of ORU’s campus. The hands were designed to symbolize the merging of faith and medicine.

April 30, 1993

WHAT IS EMPOWERED21? EMPOWERED21 The global Spirit-empowered movement and the ORU connection PAGE 5

CHAPEL OFFERINGS Find out where your chapel offerings go. PAGES 8-9

FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH ORU ‘s Vicky McIntyre emerges as team leader. PAGE 10

ALUMNUS RELEASES NEW ALBUM Five years of writing culminates in Hope’s Stand. PAGE 13

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The mascot changes from the Titans to the Golden Eagles.


Volleyball team reaches the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament and is ranked No. 10 in the nation.

2009 Mark Rutland becomes the university’s third president. September 23, 2009 The university is

declared debt-free thanks to the generous contributions of the Green family and numerous donors. “ORU’s long-term debt was a major dragon to slay for future success. We can now move forward with confidence and continue to make this university the best it can be,” Green said.

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Oral Roberts dies at the age of 91. Thousands attend his funeral.


William M. Wilson is inducted as the fourth president of the university.

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TEXTING AND DRIVING BILL passes Oklahoma State House, readies for Senate. PAGE 3

February 6, 2015 Coach Scott Sutton earned his 300th win

becoming the basketball coach with the most all-time wins in ORU history.

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ORU celebrates 50 years with a revived campus, growing enrollment and an evolving globalized vision for the future.

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THE MAGIC OF NEW ORLEANS New Orleans, Louisiana, is a legendary epicenter of American blues music. Learn how Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band and Irma Thomas are bringing the indescribably unique music of The Big Easy to Roots N Blues this weekend.

Parking around Stephens Lake Park is sparse at best. Carpool with friends and use any of the six downtown garages. Shuttles will run to the park all day, starting one hour before the festival gates open and running until after the last performance of the night. You can also cruise over on your bike; Roots N Blues offers secure bike parking. COMO Connect will also run its regular bus schedule for free all weekend. —Katie Akin




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Dean of the College at Colgate, says: “Have we fully achieved everything we would hope we can achieve? No. It’s a beginning. We’re in a position to do the work that needs to get done.” But for students like Ali, who is black, issues of race on campus haven’t changed. “People are more aware of microaggressions and seeing problematic things, but overall the campus climate is pretty much the same,” she says. Dayna Campbell, a member of the ACC and a participant in the sit-in, says despite the plans of action, racial incidents are still happening on campus. “It’s kind of crazy to me how (Colgate For All) became this living document that was advertised a lot through the administration. Now a lot of students don’t know what the sit-in is, who it was about, who was there.” Another member of the ACC, Rachel Drucker, who is white, says many feel Colgate For All has “co-opted the narrative of students.” Campbell, who is black, agrees: “Putting it on a website is not going to effect change. Actually sitting down and figuring out where the points came from would be the best way.” Last February, black students at the University of California at Berkeley gave 10 demands calling for Chancellor Nick Dirks to provide more resources to black students. The demands included hiring two black psychologists to help those dealing with racial discrimination, hiring mentors for black students and athletes and sustaining funding for cultural service learning. Despite two previous student meetings, Dirks responded to the demands by letter four days after the statement’s requested deadline of March 6. “Too many students have told us about being excluded ... and feeling, in a general sense, vulnerable, isolated and invisible,” he wrote. “This is something we deplore.” On Sept. 3, almost six months later, Dirks announced the UC Berkeley African American Initiative. The Initiative aims to boost support for black students and increase faculty diversity, as well as a $20 million scholarship fund for African Americans. To date, many of the issues raised by students on these campuses remain unsolved or works in progress. As MU tries to learn from its own racial history, it marches forward — though, as these universities illustrate, where it is marching remains unclear.







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O SAY MU IS THE FIRST COLLEGE to tread in the turbulent waters of systemic racism is inaccurate. The list of universities affected by racism is as long as the history of higher education itself. Following recent protests about race on campus, questions come to the forefront about how a university can change its racial discourse. If other universities that have dealt with racial tensions are any indication, what progress will look like for MU is not entirely clear. In New York at Colgate University, which has an almost 70 percent white student body compared to the 77 percent at MU, racist posts on social media sites, as well as frustrations in funding disparities for student cultural groups, led to a 101-hour peaceful sit-in at the school’s administration building in September 2014. The protest brought in hundreds of the school’s nearly 3,000 students, who held signs that read “I 2 Am Colgate” and “Can you hear us now?” Students, such as sophomore Tasnim Ali, slept in a sleeping bag for almost a week. During the sit-in, students gave personal testimonies of racial discrimination and harassment on campus. Organized by the Association of Critical Collegians, the sit-in – tasnim ali focused on the group’s 21-point plan aimed at creating a more inclusive campus. The proposal included objectives such as required diversity courses for all faculty and staff, restructuring recruiting programs to address varying ethnic backgrounds and the inclusion of multicultural fraternities and sororities. A back-and-forth between members of the ACC and Colgate administrators resulted in Colgate For All, a modification of the group’s initial 21 points. But more than a year later, the success of Colgate For All is up for interpretation. Suzy Nelson, the Vice President and







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BY JENNA FEAR wind rolling off Lake Michigan could cut through. Whether by luck or divine providence, he found himself alongside Otis Rush on stage at the 708 Club. Muddy Waters happened to be in the crowd that night. After Guy’s set, Waters pulled him aside to offer a solid meal and a regular gig. More shows followed at clubs across the city, which led to an eventual session deal with Chess Records. The Chicago of this time electrified the blues. Artists like Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Guy refined the gritty Delta country – blues style – with the galvanic sound of electric guitar and the backing of a full band. Meanwhile, rock ’n’ roll began to embrace its bluesy roots as it grew, says Maya Gibson, assistant professor of musicology at MU. In 1967, Guy moved from Chess to Vanguard Records, partially due to Chess’ reluctance to put out a credited solo album. With Vanguard, Guy started a working relationship with famed harmonica player Junior Wells, who featured regularly on Guy’s live albums until Wells’ death in 1998. As much as Guy has accomplished, there’s an acute understanding that no legacy is ever fully secure, and time inevitably marches forward. Each new generation of blues artists is one more removed from the roots of the genre in which Guy grew up. At 79 years old, he has been around long enough to see many blues titans die. During the last week of Waters’ life, Guy called him. According to Guy, Waters encouraged him to keep playing the blues. “Don’t let that blues die,” he said. The blues is more than any one musician’s life, and Guy knows it won’t die easily. But that doesn’t mean the roots of the genre aren’t important. Guy regards himself as a “caretaker of the blues” because he wants his life’s work and the genre he helped define to live on beyond himself.


The first time Buddy Guy played the guitar, he says he sounded like a swarm of angry bees. His first guitar was a homemade rig strung together with wire and scraps from his family’s sharecropping farm in Lettsworth, Louisiana. Without electricity or radio, the only music Guy heard as a child came from nearby yellow warblers and family friend Henry Smith. Guy would listen, enraptured, on Christmas mornings while Smith plucked out Lonnie Johnson songs on his twostring guitar. Without an instrument of his own, Guy stripped the wires from a screen window to fasten between old tin cans to play. In 1949, when Guy was 13, he bought his first record, John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen, for less than a dollar, mail order from Tennessee. This was how he learned to play: note by note, trying to match those same sounds he heard crying out of his beat-up phonograph. It takes a lot to be so respected within a genre that your name becomes synonymous with the form. But Buddy Guy’s status as a blues legend is hardearned. A session musician for Chess Records from 1960 to 1967, Guy backed up giants such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Eric Clapton once called Guy the greatest guitarist alive, and his distorted, aggressive approach influenced artists from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer. In fact, Guy played guitar behind his back and with his teeth years before Hendrix. “Guy is brilliant,” says Richard King, owner of Thumper Entertainment and former owner of The Blue Note. “You look at any blues artist on the planet, and they always look to Buddy Guy as one of their influences.” In 2015, when Guy received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, rock legend Jeff Beck wrote for, “I know that my guitar wouldn’t sound half as good if I hadn’t heard his first.” This recognition came on top of six previous Grammys. He was also inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Guy has released 40 full albums, which have been ranked among Billboard’s Top Blues Albums 18 times. When Guy left Louisiana for Chicago in September 1957, he was broke, starving and dizzied by the smells of the steel mills and slaughterhouses. The stench hung so thick in the city air that only the frigid


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At first glance, Baldwin City, Kansas, or BCK as it is known to college students, can seem like a small town where there is not much to do. However, Baldwin City has a lot of history and, with a little exploration, can be quite entertaining. This guide contains our top things do in and know about BCK.





A Baker professor helped bring electricity to Baldwin City. William C. Bauer, a young Baker professor, helped bring electricity to Baldwin City and Baker University in 1906. The city council, after a lot of deliberation, accepted Bauer’s proposal to create a power plant. “If the city took electricity into their own hands, they would not fall under the big corporations that were only trying to gain profit. I believe Baldwin City could support an electrical plant and be self-sufficient.” (Baldwin Ledger article about Bauer, 1905)

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The Midland Railway still operates excursions. The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1906 on a railway that linked Baldwin City to Prairie City. The Midland Railroad operates short excursions from Baldwin City to just outside Ottawa. Excursions have specific themes ranging from sightseeing trains to haunted trains.



The Ives Hartley Lumber Co. Building is 101 years old. Established in the summer of 1914, the building has been renovated into the Lumberyard Arts Center. The Lumberyard Arts Center now features an art gallery, classrooms and exhibition hall.


A Civil War era battle over slavery took place 3 miles east of town. On June 2, 1856, the Battle of Black Jack was fought 3 miles east of Baldwin City between John Brown’s abolitionists and H.C. Pate’s pro-slavery forces. The battle lasted for three hours and there were no casualties. “I went to take Old Brown and Old Brown took me.” – H.C. Pate


There are two lakes in the Baldwin City area. The Douglas State Fishing Lake, which is just northeast of town, includes camping sites and hiking trails. The Baldwin City Lake, which is smaller, is just southeast of town.

The Maple Leaf Festival has happened every October for the past 56 years. The festival was started in 1958 by Baker professor Ivan Boyd. He chose the third weekend of October for the festival because it was the best time of year to view the changing colors of the maple tree leaves.


Baldwin City began as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Palmyra was a Santa Fe Trail stop which eventually became Baldwin City. The first building, a post office, was built in 1857 and still stands just behind the Collins Center. A year later, the Methodist ministers who would later establish Baker University arrived. The Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts can still be seen east of town.


The brick streets downtown were hand-laid by a single Native American man. Baldwin City’s iconic brick streets were hand-laid by World Champion Bricklayer Jim Garfield Brown, an Oneida Indian. He completed the streets in 1926. He was said to lay bricks faster than eight men could bring them to him and his record was 50,000 bricks in one day.

In the late 1890s, Baldwin City had its first female mayor and all-female city council. The women built a bridge on High Street because they were tired of walking into the creek and getting their skirt hems wet every time they entered town.

Signal Oak and Signal Ridge offer grand views of three valleys north of town During the Bleeding Kansas days, settlers would hang lanterns and/or flags from a big oak tree, Signal Oak, on what is known as Signal Ridge. The lanterns or flags would signal Blue Mound, which in turn alerted Lawrence of any imminent threats.

P.S. Locals typically just refer to Baldwin City as “Baldwin”

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BALDWIN ATHLETIC CLUB Owned and operated by a local family, the Baldwin Athletic Club is a 24-hour gym. In addition to regular gym equipment, it also offers yoga and conditioning classes, tanning and shakes. Visit the Baldwin Athletic Club at 926 Ames Street for information about memberships.


GEOCACHING Geocaching, the modern day treasure hunt, is another way to get outside and explore. When you download the free Geaocaching app, several caches will pop up around the Baldwin City area, including around Douglas State Fishing Lake and Black Jack Battlefield. Geocaching can be a group activity and is also a way to find out about the history of Baldwin City and surrounding areas.



Old Castle was the first home of Baker University. Along with the Kibbee cabin and the Palmyra Post Office, Old Castle is now open for tours. It holds pieces of Baker, Methodist and Kansas history. It is located off of Fifth Street, behind the Collins Center.



“The Signal Oak lookout spot is an enjoyable, peaceful time when I need to just clear my head and pause life for a moment,” junior Brittney Harmon said.


“I went to the Black Jack Battle site for a geocaching class,” sophomore Autumn Sifuentes said. “I found so many interesting things. It was fun to look for the cache as well as explore the area and see all the history it had.”


MOOSE’S BACKWOOD BBQ Hungry college students can find their way to Moose’s Backwood BBQ located at 522 Ames St. The locally owned business serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. They also cater a variety of events.


KANSAS BELLE DINNER TRAIN Located on the west side of town, the train travels round-trip to Ottawa via Norwood, Kansas, on Saturday evenings with a five-course meal, and Sunday afternoons including a threecourse meal.



DAYLIGHT EXPRESSO CAFE Located at 715 Eighth Street, Daylight Café serves specialty coffee drinks, donuts and pastries. It makes a good study spot or a place to hang out before or after classes.

“Some friends and I go (to Daylight Expresso) every Friday morning before class,” sophomore Alec Fox said. “It’s awesome coffee and super cheap. Plus, it’s been really nice to get to know the owners.”

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FACES of DIVERSITY Due to the recent national controversy concerning inclusion on college campuses, the Baker community unites to address diversity.

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Football team moves to No. 2 in the NAIA and one win away from an outright Heart South Division title JIM JOYNER SPORTS EDITOR The clock ticked down on the scoreboard at Volney C. Ashford Stadium in Marshall, Missouri, on Saturday, and the No. 2 Baker Wildcats knew that they had just accomplished something huge. With a 26-0 win against the Missouri Valley College Vikings, the Wildcats clinched at least a share of the Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division title. “It was hard to watch, but we played real well in two out of three phases, and we came away with a victory on their field,” head coach Mike Grossner said. In the conference’s first season with two divisions, Baker rose to the top of the South Division without much of a teste. Rebounding from a loss to Benedictine in week five, the Wildcats have scored 36.5 points per game over the past four games and are rolling into the final week of the regular season and the playoffs. Saturday’s game meant a lot to the Baker football team because of a budding rivalry with Missouri Valley. The last time the team visited Marshall was two years ago. Baker won 13-10 over MVC in overtime on the leg of sophomore Clarence Clark,

who nailed a 59-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. After the BU defense stuffed Missouri Valley in the first possession of overtime, it was Clark, again, who came through. He hit a walk-off, 52yard field goal to beat the Vikings for the first time since 2008.

“For us to go through an 11-game schedule and come out on top, if we get it done Saturday, then that’s something special and a tribute to our coaching staff and our players and the hard work they’ve put in year-round,” --coach Mike Grossner In last season’s finale, Baker needed a win over the Vikings to get into the playoffs. Two interceptions returned for touchdowns set the tempo early as MVC jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Baker rallied late, but it was Missouri Valley that kicked the heroic field goal to take a 27-24 win, eliminating the Wildcats from playoff contention.

But this year it was Baker that put the nail in Missouri Valley’s coffin. The Vikings now sit at 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference, and they are on the outside looking in at the playoffs. The 9-1 Wildcats are unbeaten in the Heart South and have one more regular season test against Evangel at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Springfield, Missouri. Evangel has lost five straight games, most recently to Avila 34-27 last Saturday. A win at Evangel will secure Baker as the first ever Heart South Division champions. Even with a loss Baker will still own at least a share of the division title. Baker is looking for its second Heart title in three years. The best-case scenario for Baker will be to take a big lead in the first half and be able to rest the starters for the first round of the NAIA FCS Playoffs beginning Nov. 21. The 16-team field will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. After the selection show all roads lead to Daytona Beach, Florida, the home of the 60th annual NAIA Football Championship. Baker needs three wins to make it to the championship game on Dec. 19. “We’ve built some great relationships on this team, and it’s been a heck of a ride so far, and we don’t plan on it ending anytime soon,” junior Nick Shondell said.

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“A decade later, Katrina survivors say New Orleans is still in recovery”

COLUMBIA — Idella Anderson Casby arrived in Mexico, Missouri, on Sept. 3, 2005, after water crashed through the levees and flooded her hometown of New Orleans. After her kitchen roof caved in and she waited three days in vain for electricity to return to her home and the government to come to her rescue. After she guided her 72-year-old father, who needed a walker, for 15 hours on the journey from Louisiana to Missouri. Mexico seemed strange, Idella recalled. Almost no traffic. No one out on the

street. “And they didn’t have very many streetlights,” Idella said. “I had never seen a place this peaceful and quiet.” Idella traveled to Mexico, a town of 11,500 northwest of Columbia, to be near her son. She wasn’t the only one in the family to head for Missouri. Nearly 40 more made the trip. Most eventually went back to New Orleans. But 10 years after Katrina became one of the deadliest hurricanes ever recorded, Idella and her husband, Terry, will not return to Louisiana. The city, they say, is still crippled from Katrina. And Mexico is home.

The storm hits Terry and Idella Casby were not getting along on Aug. 29, 2005, the day the levees broke. In fact, they had separated. Idella, then 46, stayed at home to care for her father. She lived in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi. The house was four blocks away from the levees meant to protect her family. When the storm hit, Idella expected the power to come back within a day. She lit a candle and waited. After three days, she saw her neighbors evacuate and leave the streets

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empty. She grabbed a few things — a box of crackers, some clothing for her and her father, Raymond — and stuffed them in a garbage bag. They planned to leave New Orleans, but as she recalled later, the lines were long and disorganized. Since her father was ill, she approached a group of police to ask for directions. But when she tried, they pulled out their guns. “Nine guns were pulled out on me,” Idella recalled. “The National Guard. All I seen was four over there (on the left), four over there (on the right), and one in the middle with a bigger gun. They said, ‘Go back! Go back!’ So I just walked slowly.” She’s still not sure why the police officers drew their weapons. It probably had something to do with the confusion that followed the storm. Police were normally meant to keep order, but the circumstances were far from normal. Stores and houses were empty, and residents without power grabbed whatever was abandoned. Some neighborhoods were submerged in water. No one knows how many Louisianans were killed by the storm, but government estimates total about 1,500. Both Idella and Terry saw bodies on the street. “It was kind of horrific, actually,” said Terry, who was staying at his son’s house two miles north. “There was an old folks home across the street, and they had a couple of bodies, floating there. Why they didn’t get those people out, I don’t know.” After that, he fixed his mind on one thing — making sure his family stayed alive. His son had an infant at the time, and Terry set off to find food and other supplies. “It wasn’t like I was stealing nothing, but a cop said, ‘The city is closed down’,” Terry recalled. “I said, ‘What do you mean, the city is closed down?’ He said, ‘If you got children, you better go up to that store and get you some Pampers and milk.’” After three days with no sign of the power returning and no indication of law and order, Idella and Terry set out for Texas in their neighbor’s van. After arriving in Houston, they traveled north on buses to be with their other son, who lived in Missouri.

It was a tough trip, Idella remembered. She helped her father switch three different buses, assisted him with the restroom, fed him. But her only thought was, “I got my daddy.” Safe haven in Missouri Idella made the journey first, with her father and her sister, while Terry stayed behind in a Salvation Army shelter in Texas. When they arrived in Mexico, they stayed in her son’s home for a few days. It was full. More than 10 people were sharing the three-bedroom house. Idella slept on the sofa. She soon discovered that her in-laws had arrived from New Orleans. They settled into a few homes, including the one belonging to Birdell Owens, the family matriarch known as “Birdie.” Eugenia Owens, her daughter-inlaw, remembers the house packed to the brim with brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews. Community members donated food, and she said she cooked enough okra gumbo to feed the 40 family members who had fled Katrina. “Everybody was upset because they had to leave their homes, of course, and they didn’t know if they could go back,” Eugenia said. Still, she said, a general feeling of comfort settled in, as the family found itself in something of reunion. Churches helped, as did the American Red Cross and the Mexico Housing Authority. But more than anything else, Idella remembers the kindness of locals who donated everything from living room furniture to coats for the Missouri winters. “We really saw love, we saw love,” Terry said. “The people saved the people.” He arrived Sept. 15, after spending two weeks in and out of shelters in Texas. Given a $2,500 voucher by the Red Cross, he bought a plane ticket and flew to Missouri before a second hurricane, Rita, hit the Gulf. When Terry got to Mexico, he and his wife reconciled. The two still quarrel, trying to best each other to prove their points. Idella calls Katrina a tragedy; Terry prefers the word catastrophe.

But, Terry said, the hurricane ultimately healed their hearts. “It really brought me and her back together, really,” Terry said. “I checked on her after the storm hit. I said I was checking on her old man, but I was worried about her.” Ten Years Later Idella and Terry returned to New Orleans a month after Katrina to grab their last few possessions. They recovered the family photographs and high school diplomas that now hang on their walls. Idella also framed a portrait of her father, who died five years after he left New Orleans. These days, the Casbys are not happy with the way Katrina is remembered, or the way their city is regarded. In May, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the city is “no longer recovering, no longer rebuilding.” Instead, he said, “We are creating.” To the Casbys, who visited New Orleans in July, this is only true for some. “In some areas, excuse me, but highclass areas, they probably think it’s back,” Idella said. “But it will never be back to the way it was before.” That’s one reason Idella says she will not return. Another reason is that the Casbys could not possibly afford it: “The rent is sky high, and the houses are not built the way they should be built,” Idella said. She also said there’s too much crime for her to feel safe. In contrast, almost everyone else in her family did leave Missouri and return to New Orleans. One family moved to St. Louis. Only a few stayed in Mexico. Even Birdie, who died in 2009, returned to New Orleans, where she was buried in McDonoghville Cemetery.

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Great Plains Student Writer of the Year, Finalists Publication: University Daily Kansan By: Miranda Davis

Publication: University Daily Kansan By: Amie Just

Excerpt from “University releases sanctions on all sexual assault cases since creation of IOA”

Excerpt from “Kansas volleyball’s dream run comes to an end with Final Four loss to Nebraska”

The University’s office of Student Affairs has created an online list of all of the sanctions imposed on KU students found in violation of University policies regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment from May 2012 to December 2014. The list shows the 32 sanctions imposed on different students and includes eight expulsions, seven suspensions, 13 probations, two “education/training” and two warnings. The list is a tabulation of all those complaints that resulted in sanctions from the Office of Student Affairs. It does not include cases where no sanction was given. The sanctions date from IOA’s creation in May 2012 to Dec. 29, 2014 and only includes violations of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy. The list was originally part of a Kansas Open Records request by the Kansan last November. In an email to the Kansan, Andy Foat, the records custodian for the University, said the University has decided to publish the records for transparency. “In the interests of transparency, the University has tabulated and now reports the results of cases involving violations of KU’s Sexual Assault Policy and disciplinary sanctions imposed on students on the Student Affairs webpage,” Foat said. Foat also said this information was not only in the interest of the Kansan, but the University community. When the Kansan originally requested this, the University said it would cost upwards of $600 dollars. “Because the posting of this information on the Student Affairs website in fulfillment of your request is considered to be in the interests of the University and the KU community, the University is providing this information to the UDK at no charge,” Foat said. According to the IOA website, the data listed doesn’t include sanctions in cases against University employees. The IOA only investigates cases and then makes a determination if the violation happened. Typically, IOA then sends the case to Student Affairs, the office that makes the final determination if a violation occurred and enacts any disciplinary actions if needed.

OMAHA, NEB. — Tiana Dockery’s eyes welled up with tears. There was no use in holding them back. As she embraced fellow senior Ryan Leary in the locker room, the floodgates opened. Her season — and career as a Kansas volleyball player — was over. “I feel like the one thing people would think I would say is (that I’m) sad, disappointed, something like that, but I’m a very optimistic positive person,” Dockery said. “Thinking about it, we got this far, and we worked so hard for this. It was an amazing journey.” Sophomore right side hitter Kelsie Payne dominated at the net with 22 kills and a .576 hitting percentage, but the No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers were too much for the No. 9 Jayhawks, as they fell in four sets (20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-25). In the first two sets, the Jayhawks appeared dazed and confused, dropping the first two frames for the first time since playing at Texas. “We weren’t good enough tonight in a couple phases of the game,” Kansas coach Ray Bechard said. “Our serving has been up and down all year, and our passing has been pretty solid, and those two things put us in a bit of a hole in the first two sets.” Kansas recorded seven service errors in the first two sets, as well as three receiving errors and 13 attack errors. One of the biggest momentum shifts in the first set came when a Nebraska player flew near the scorer’s table for the third touch. The ball inched over the net and the Huskers won the point. The result: the score was 19-17 instead of 18-18. “That little bit of a difference had us on edge,” junior libero Cassie Wait said. But after intermission, the Jayhawks came out like a different team, jetting out to a 3-1 lead. Throughout the majority of the third set Kansas held the lead. “I think that was the set we played our most consistent volleyball,” senior defensive specialist Anna Church said. “We came out with a fire because that’s who we are. We worked hard because that’s who we are. That was a great set for us. Unfortunately the other ones weren’t as great, but that was where we played KU volleyball and the world got to see Kansas volleyball.” Kansas remained alive in the fourth set, as the Jayhawks held the Huskers to a tied set at 8 apiece early on, but after that, it was all Nebraska. Nebraska capped off its semifinal victory with eight straight points to end the match. “This sucks,” Havili said. “Everybody hates this feeling.”

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Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year Publication: The Daily O’Collegian Judges’ Comments: I thought this one had the best overall news design, photos, writing and variety of content. It might not be as traditional, but the creative designs are clever and work well for the publication.

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Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year, Finalist Publication: The Collegian, University of Tulsa

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Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year, Finalist Publication: The Oracle, Oral Roberts University Oral Roberts University · Nov. 20, 2015 Tulsa, Oklahoma · Vol 50, No. 7 @oruoracle @oruoraclesports


Dorottya “Dorka” Balla and Maria Martianez have crossed thousands of miles and cultural divides to achieve one dream.

Paris Under Attack Acts of terror put the world on high alert. PAGE 3

Christmas Train Leaves Station Tulsa Christmas tradition cancels 2015 run. PAGE 15

Women Can’t Be President Cultural issues impede women in leadership. PAGE 18

Oral Roberts University · March 6, 2015 Tulsa, Oklahoma · Vol 49, No. 11 @oruoracle @oruoraclesports

Oral Roberts University · March 27, 2015 Tulsa, Oklahoma · Vol 49, No. 12 @oruoracle @oruoraclesports


BREAKING DOWN WALLS Photo courtesy of Mark Moore

University begins multi-million dollar renovation project to implement unpresidented technology usage PAGE 4

The Most Interesting Man at ORU As if owning a town and space on the moon weren’t enough, he’s just getting started. PAGE 10

Rolling Into the Weekend Sequeira and redhot team are ready for Omaha. PAGE 12

Tornados Terrorize Tulsa Multiple funnel clouds bring university and surrounding areas to a hault. PAGE 3

PAGES 10-11

Photo illustration by Audrey Gray, Gerald Brown, Matthew Dean and Cassandra Van Dam

HPER Pilot Program FitBit may eliminate university’s field test. PAGE 5

TEXTING AND DRIVING BILL passes Oklahoma State House, readies for Senate. PAGE 3

Sutton Suspends Star Player Korey Billbury to miss remainder of season. PAGE 13

Alumna Kari Jobe Kari Jobe gets personal in exclusive interview. PAGE 7

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Great Plains Student Website of the Year Publication: By: The University Daily Kansan

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Great Plains Student Website of the Year Finalist Publication: The Baker Orange By: The Baker Orange staff

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Great Plains Student Website of the Year Finalist Publication: The Oracle By: The Oracle staff

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Great Plains Student Broadcaster of the Year Station: KOMU-TV By: James Packard

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Great Plains Student Broadcaster of the Year Finalists Publication: Oklahoma State University By: Kurtis Quillin

Publication: OU Nightly By: Erick Payne

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