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Iconic hearse has Piqua tie Sale set for Miller-Meteor vehicle that transported President Kennedy’s body BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — An iconic white hearse that solemnly transported the slain body of President John F. Kennedy and a grieving First Lady from the hospital to a Dallas airport will soon being going to the highest bidder — and has a direct link to the unique heritage of Piqua.

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The hearse, a 1964 Cadillac manufactured by Piqua’s Miller-Meteor Co., is slated to hit the auction block next month through the BarrettJackson Auction Company, which is one of the world’s largest auctioning houses for collector cars. Piqua Public Library Director and noted historian Jim Oda said Miller-Meteor See Hearse/Page 2

U.S. warns Iran about oil disruption

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Waterway crucial to shipping BY TAREK EL-TABLAWY military reprisals and spike oil prices to levels Associated Press that could batter an alTEHRAN, Iran — The ready fragile global econU.S. strongly warned Iran omy. on Wednesday against Iran’s navy chief said closing a vital Persian Wednesday that it would Gulf waterway that car- be “very easy” for his counries one-sixth of the try’s forces to close the world’s oil supply, after strategic Strait of HorIran threatened to choke muz, the passage at the off traffic through the mouth of the Persian Gulf Strait of Hormuz if Wash- through which about 15 ington imposes sanctions million barrels of oil pass targeting the country’s daily. It was the second crude exports. such warning by Iran in The increasingly heated two days, reflecting exchange raises new ten- Tehran’s concern that the sions in a standoff that has the potential to spark See Iran/Page 2

City offices to close for holiday PIQUA — Piqua city offices also will be closed Monday to allow city employees to observe the New Year’s holiday. Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will be made as normal the entire week. The city urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early pick-ups the following day.

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Blaze causes $60,000 to Covington-area home

Piqua High School graduate Kenneth Benner took part in the U.S. Marines invasion of Nicaragua in May 1926.


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This 1964 Cadillac hearse manufactured by the Miller-Meteor Co. of Piqua, which carried President Kennedy to the airport after his assassination in 1963, will be sold next month.


The intersection at County Road 25-A and Industry Park Drive in Piqua just got a little bit more colorful and patriotic with the recent installation of a 50-foot flag pole and a 12-foot by 18-foot U.S. flag by Paul Sherry Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, 8645 N. County Road 25-A. The dealership is the process of installing a light to illuminate the flag and anticipate it will be completed sometime next week.

COVINGTON — Covington, Pleasant Hill and Bradford firefighters responded to an early morning fire Wednesday. A home in the 9700 block of Klinger Road is considered a total loss after sustaining an estimated $60,000 in dam-

ages. The fire, which started in the home’s chimney, spread to the attic and second story of the home. Reports state that the fire was a result of a faulty chimney. One person living in the home was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Post-Civil War ushered in many changes Politics, business affected by war BY TOM MILLHOUSE News Editor

by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, at AppomatEditor’s Note: This is tox Court House, Va. Althe final story of an inter- though the terrible mittent series about the bloodshed ended that day, Piqua’s role the effects in the Civil of war — Civil War: War and some surhow the The Piqua connection prising — bloody conwere felt flict afthroughout fected the the nation, community i n cl u d i n g and its resiin Piqua, dents. for many Almost years to four years come. to the day One of after the first shots were the unforeseen results of fired at Fort Sumter, S.C., the post-war era was the the Civil War came to a rise of veterans groups, close with the surrender something that wasn’t


Lucius C. Cron of Piqua, third from left, is shown at a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) reunion. In his early 20s, Cron enlisted in the Army in 1862 as a drummer with the 110th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. 600,000 lives prevalent after other wars would last until 1956, than in United States history, when the last Civil War (360,000 for the Union Army and 258,000 for the such as the Revolutionary Union veteran died. The GAR movement Confederate Army). It has War and the War of 1812. Local historian Jim started quite slowly, per- been estimated that about Oda said the Grand Army haps understandably with 400 Miami County soldiers of the Republic (GAR) was the deep scars left by the See Civil War/Page 7 founded in 1866, and war, which claimed more

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Hearse Continued from page 1 hearses played a very important, albeit underrated, part in history. “We don’t talk about funerals much, but here a fallen president was carried in a Piqua-made product and became a part of the Kennedy legend,” Oda said.“We don’t talk about funerals much, but here a fallen president was carried in a Piqua-made product and became a part of the Kennedy legend,” Oda said. According to the automobile auctioning house, the hearse carried the bronze casket of Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy from the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to nearby Love Field where Air Force One waited for a return flight back to the nation’s capital that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963. The auction is set to take place Jan. 21 in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson announced recently in a press release. “It’s an honor to be able to offer a vehicle of this stature,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. “While its duty was solemn, it was also extremely important and played a crucial role in transporting the president so he could be laid to rest.” Originally called the Meteor Motor Car Co., the company began producing luxury cars, funeral coaches and ambulances in the city of Piqua in 1913, and remained a vital business through the mid-1970s. Miller-Meteor built the hearse in order for it to be displayed at the National Funeral Home Directors Association Convention that took place in Dallas one month before the president’s assassination. The O’Neal Funeral Home in Dallas later purchased the hearse at the conclusion of the trade show, according to the auction house. Following the president’s assassination, the O’Neal Funeral Home was asked to “supply the finest casket it had available, as well as an appropriate conveyance,” a company spokesperson said. O’Neal Funeral Home retained the hearse through the 1960s, but later sold it to a funeral home employee, who is


credited with the immaculate preservation of the piece of American history over the last four decades before it was sold to its current, third and final owner. “The eyes of the world were on this car on that unforgettable day in American history,” said Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis. “It’s one of the most significant and historical vehicles ever offered for sale.” An auction description of the historic vehicle, lot #1293, reads: “… It not only carried away the president for the last time, it signified the end of the age of innocence, the end of Camelot and the end of so many hopes and dreams for one of the most beloved presidents of all time.” Tony Karsnia, a founding member and past president of the Miller-Meteor Chapter of the Professional Car Society, said he and fellow members have gone to great length not only to preserve the history of the Piqua company, but also celebrate it. Karsnia, of St. Paul, Minn., and fellow members held several reunions in the city of Piqua in the last decade, including their most recent one in 2009, where former employees of the company also attended, in addition to a host of various Miller-Meteor automobiles. “It isn’t just that this hearse carried a slain president,” he said, “but it is a hearse that was handcrafted by the people right there in your community. I am certain that there are still people alive down there today who personally laid a hand on that car when they were building it.” He said he would like to see the historical piece go to a museum such as the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. “It would be a tragedy for this car to get lost in a continual chain of ownership,” he said. “I would rather see it put on display as a part of a serious collection so it can be appreciated by the public for exactly what it is.” Barrett-Jackson is accepting bidder applications and for more information, www.barrett-jackvisit

James S. Rice PIQUA — James S. Rice, 98, of 1206 Echo Lake Drive, Piqua, died at 6 : 3 5 p . m . Tuesd a y , Dec. 27, 2011, a t RICE Piqua Manor after a brief illness. He was born April 1, 1913, in Cincinnati, to the late James S. and Eleanor (Spellacy) Rice. He married Mary Lucille Decker; she preceded him in death in 1967. He then married Elizabeth (Casey) Reiger; she preceded him in death in 2003. Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Black of Jupiter, Fla. and Shirley Ann Mengos and her husband C.P. of Piqua; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Rice of Piqua; a sister, Elizabeth Lawrence of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren; and five g r e a t - g r e a t grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James G. Rice and three brothers, Robert, William, and Daniel Rice. Mr. Rice was a graduate of Sidney Holy Angels High School and attended Ohio University. Jim was a well-known, respected

representative of the national remembrance advertising and executive awards firm of Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, Minn. He retired in 2005, after 59 years of servicing clients in 15 western Ohio and three eastern Indiana counties. He would often comment that he had provided service, products and calendars to grandfathers, fathers, and sons of the same company. Jim had also worked as a salesman at the former Val Decker Packing Company for 10 years. He was a former member of the Piqua Country Club, Elks Lodge 523, American Homing Pigeon Association, and Knights of Columbus Council 3344. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot as the Celebrant. Private visitation and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Broadway, Piqua, OH 45356. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Edward Gerald Benson TROY — Edward Gerald Benson, 65, passed away Dec. 28, 2011. He was born Sept. 28, 1946, in Frenchburg, Ky., to the late Edward and Katie Benson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Timothy. He is survived by his children, Edward Benson Jr., Michael Dennis Benson, Betty Jean Benson and husband Richard, Crystal Martin and husband Marvin, Christine Benson, Teri Merle and husband Joseph, Keri Griffith and husband Eddie. He is also survived by a brother, Wilbur Ben-

son and wife, Lisa; three sisters, Kathryn Swartz and husband Charles, Karen Zimmerman, Melba Jean Wyatt and husband Butch. He is survived by 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 9:3010:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grace Baptist Church in Ludlow Falls. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in West Milton. Arrangements are being handled by the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.

Virginia Siegel COVINGTON — Virginia Siegel, 88, of Covington passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Covington Care Center. She was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Miami County, to her parents the late George K. and Alma (Carman) English. She also was preceded in death by her loving husband Frank Siegel in 1990; granddaughter Jenny; brother Kenneth English. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law John and Sharon Siegel of Troy and James and Pam Siegel of Troy; grandchildren Joe and Kathleen Siegel, Jarrod Siegel, Virginia Siegel and William Siegel; great-grandchildren Nicole, Nathan and

Zachary; sisters and brother-in-law, Kathleen Cassidy of Austin, Texas and Juanita and Glenn McKee of Idaho. Virginia graduated from Troy High School and was a member of the Wednesday Worker Club. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery Chapel, Troy. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery Chapel. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online memories may be left for the family at

Lawrence J. Westfall TROY — Lawrence J. Westfall, 76, of Troy, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. He was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Troy to the late John L. and Arletta M. (Gantz) Westfall. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Robert Westfall, Michael and Tammy Westfall, Ronnie and Rama Westfall and Rodney Westfall, all of Troy, and Debbie and James Akers of West Milton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Robert Cyphers of Tipp City and Diane and Greg Smart of Troy; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and his dog, Buster.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Westfall was preceded in death by one son, Ricky. He was a 1954 graduate of Milton Union High School. He retired from Hobart Manufacturing after 42 years of service. Family graveside services will be held at Bethel West Cemetery, Tipp City. Friends may call from 122 p.m. Friday, at Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 1373 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43212. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Death notices SIDNEY — William L. “Bill” Bemus, 60, of Sidney, passed away at 7:58 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Friday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney. Burial will follow at a later date at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. SIDNEY — Evelyn R. Downey, 87, died at the Pavilion Nursing Home, 705 Fulton St., Sidney, on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at 7 a.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements.

Iran Continued from page 1 West is about to impose new sanctions that could hit the country’s biggest source of revenue, oil. “Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway,” Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV, as the country was in the midst of a 10-day military drill near the strategic waterway. The comments drew a quick response from the U.S. “This is not just an important issue for security and stability in the region, but is an economic lifeline for countries in the Gulf, to include Iran,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said. “Interference with the transit or passage of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated.” Separately, Bahrainbased U.S. Navy 5th Fleet spokeswoman Lt. Rebecca Rebarich said the Navy is “always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation.” Rebarich declined to say whether the U.S. force had adjusted its presence or readiness in the Gulf in response to Iran’s comments, but said the Navy “maintains a robust presence in the region to deter or counter destabilizing activities, while safeguarding the region’s vital links to the international community.” Iran’s threat to seal off


Members of the Iran Navy participate in a drill Wednesday in the Sea of Oman. Iran’s navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world’s oil flows. The navy is in the midst of a 10-day drill in international waters near the strategic oil route. the Gulf, surrounded by of anonymity because he mation Administration. oil-rich Gulf states, reflect was not authorized to comThere are some its concerns over the ment on the issue. pipelines that could be prospect that the Obama Saudi Arabia, which has tapped, but Gulf oil leadadministration will im- been producing about 10 ers, who met in Cairo on pose sanctions over its nu- million barrels per day, Dec. 24, declined to say clear program that would has an overall production whether they had disseverely hit its biggest capacity of over 12 million cussed alternate routes or revenue source. Iran is barrels per day and is what they may be. the world’s fourth-largest widely seen as the only oil producer, pumping OPEC member with suffiabout 4 million barrels a cient spare capacity to offday. set major shortages. Gulf Arab nations ap- What remains unclear is peared ready to at least what routes the Gulf naease market tensions. A tions could take to move * Your 1 choice for complete Home senior Saudi Arabian oil the oil to markets if Iran Medical Equipment official told The Associated goes through with its Lift Chairs Press that Gulf Arab na- threat. tions are ready to step in About 15 million barrels 1990 W. Stanfield, Troy, OH to offset any potential loss per day pass through the 45373 • 937-335-9199 of exports from Iran. The Hormuz Strait, according official spoke on condition to the U.S. Energy Infor2239975 st

The Saudi official’s comment, however, appeared to allay some concerns. The U.S. benchmark crude futures contract fell $1.98 by the close of trading Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but still hovered just below $100 per barrel. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner played down the Iranian threats as “rhetoric,” saying, “we’ve seen these kinds of comments before.” While the Obama administration has warned Iran that it would not tolerate attempts to disrupt traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. officials do not see any indication that the situation will come to that. Nor do they believe that Iran, which is already under increasing pressure from sanctions, would risk disrupting the Strait because doing so would further damage Iran’s own economy. Instead, the administration believes Iran is playing the only card it has left: issuing threats and attempting to shift focus

away from its own behavior. U.S. officials have not said whether there is a concrete response plan in place should Iran seek to block the Strait. But the administration has long said it is comfortable with the U.S. Naval presence in the region, indicating that the U.S. could respond rapidly if needed. The White House has been largely silent on Iran’s threat, underscoring the administration’s belief that responding at the White House level would only encourage Iran. While many analysts believe that Iran’s warnings are little more than posturing, they still highlight both the delicate nature of the oil market, which moves as much on rhetoric as supply and demand fundamentals. Iran relies on crude sales for about 80 percent of its public revenues, and sanctions or even a preemptive measure by Tehran to withhold its crude from the market would already batter its flailing economy.

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Chance of rain returns Friday We are going to be impacted by a couple of quick moving systems the next few days. The first one will bring us some clouds today. The next fast moving system heads this way for late today and Friday. This one will bring us a chance for a few showers for the end of the week. High: 43 Low: 28.



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And, the word is…..s-u-c-c-e-s-s for two Piqua Catholic Students. After 29 rounds in the annual spelling bee competition, fifth grade student Madison Heffelfinger received the top honors. On the right is eighth grade student Jack Wright, who is this year’s runner-up. Hefferlfinger now advances to the next round of competition in January.

Temperature High Yesterday 33 at 2:25 p.m Low Yesterday 27 at 9:28 a.m. 35 Normal High Normal Low 22 Record High 64 in 1984 -6 in 1924 Record Low

Precipitation 24 hours ending at 5 p.m. T Month to date 5.18 2.83 Normal month to date Year to date 56.56 Normal year to date 40.76 0.00 Snowfall yesterday

Reasons to run Local woman establishes running group

Spencer James Age: 9 Birthdate: Dec. 29, 2002 Parents: John and Robin James of Piqua Grandparents: David and Pam James of Piqua, Ruth DeBrosse and Joe Causey

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/From left, Dianne Kauflin, Jody Weigandt, Jennifer Martin, Amy White, Wanda Scherpf, Christine Adkins and Jennifer Creech, stretch prior to an 8-mile run recently on the levee in Troy. BY KATIE YANTIS Staff Writer TROY — Every step has a purpose for Dianne Kauflin these days. Kauflin, who found a new love, in addition to her husband, when she got married, discovered a desire to run, be active, be healthy and to have fun. “I didn’t start running until I got married. I ran through the pregnancies,” Kauflin said. “I always had so much energy. I played soccer in high school and college, but found out I was more of a casual runner through my 20s. Then I found out in my 30s that I was pretty good.” From there, as the saying goes “the rest is history.” Kauflin has found herself a whole new life through running. “I sometimes compete and sometimes I just go,” Kauflin said. “I enjoy running. I can do it with my family and we don’t have to go pay to go do something together.” One of Kauflin’s reasons to run is simple - “I run because I can.” “I have met so many great people through running. My brother is handicapped, so I run because I can. This is something I can do and I have found that it has helped with personal stuff, it helps me be a good mom, spend time with my kids, my husband, my friends. It’s just great to do as an adult,” Kauflin said. As her love for running grew she started running with friends and pointing them in the right direction to reach their goals and desires in the sport. She started a group called “Rea-

sons to Run.” “I’m a certified running coach and I started coaching, friends, writing training plans and people kept asking if they could come run with us,” Kauflin said. “Reasons to Run wasn’t going to start out like it has now, it has literally snowballed.” Within one year, the running group has gone from just a few friends to 48 complete strangers becoming friends, running buddies and a whole support system. “With the team, we not only run, but we also do a lot of community stuff,” Kauflin said. “My brother lives in a resident home and we did a bowling event for them. We donated money to the juvenile diabetes association, the autism society and raised over $1,000 for Katie Lantis’ trip to congress. I definitely like to give back. Running has done so much for me personally, emotionally (and) physically. I love to coach and I love to give back to the community as much as I can.” Kauflin said one of the great aspects about the group is the diversity. There are the people who have been running their entire lives, and others who are only walking and work up to running a 5K or even longer races. “It’s those people that think they couldn’t do it before and they think it’s because of us but it’s because of them. They take every step,” Kauflin said. “They would have never thought they could have done it before.” She said there are days when she asks those in her group why they keep coming.

“They say because it’s so fun, it’s such a great group and it’s accountability and support. Some say, ‘I have never ran a half marathon and you made it possible,’” Kauflin said. Now, as she meets her group for morning runs, or training runs or races, she says that she never would have thought the group would have become what it is now. “I never imagined this when I started coaching people,” she said. “I thought that is all it really every was.” As for the future of Reasons to Run, Kauflin said it’s a catch 22. “I do hope it gets bigger, but in a way, I don’t want it to get too big because I don’t want the quality to go down. I don’t want it to be so big that I don’t know the people, right now I know everyone on the team,” Kauflin said. “I have gotten to know everyone and they have gotten to know me but I don’t want to suffocate it either. If it needs to grow and it helps someone out then I want that. I have a feeling that it will just keep growing.” She touched on “Reasons to Run” and said as running is becoming more and more popular the different demographics of the group have different reasons for lacing up and heading out. “Everyone has a reason to run, I think that’s why I called it that,” Kauflin said. “To stay healthy, to get a mental break from the kids or a relationship, or take a breather, friends, race to reach a personal record there are so many things that running can do for you personally.” Kauflin gave a few tips to

those who are starting to run or thinking about racing. “It’s today, tomorrow is a different day, your age, your body, it all affects it and you can’t be perfect all the time,” she said. “You have to give yourself a break.” She also said an aspect she is proud of for her group is the diversity of it. “We have people who are run/walking, we have 8minute pace people and sometimes I don’t feel like running an 8-minute pace,” Kauflin said. “That’s my biggest thing I’m so proud of - the people that want to run slower feel comfortable coming, they feel welcome and they enjoy it and they are not scared to come. I feel like that is our biggest strength right now, people feel ice they are welcome.” Kauflin said as part of Reasons to Run she started the Miami County 5K tour. During the tour if competitors run a number of races on the schedule throughout the season they will be awarded a medal and will be eligible for other prizes. She said the group will soon be expanding. She recently was contacted about starting a “south” team. The south team will participate in races south of Interstate70. The group is also starting a shoe drive, Soles 4 Souls, Jan. 1 during the World Race for Hope at 1 p.m. For more information on Reasons to Run visit or visit the group’s page on Facebook. There is also more information on the Miami County 5K Tour a t m.

BRADFORD — The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. This will be the last chance for visitors to see the PRR exhibits and the Christmas train layouts. The museum will be closing for the winter to prepare for the 2012 season. The museum will reopen in April with new exhibits featuring the New York Central Railroad.

is inviting local veterans to donuts and coffee at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. A representative from the Miami County Veterans service will be on hand to answer any questions veterans might have. This is for all past and present veterans. Bring a friend. The cost is that you have to enjoy the company of other veterans. The museum is located at 107 West Main St., Troy, in the Masonic Lodge building on the second floor. There is an elevator if needed. For more information, call 451-1455.

Class of 1948 to meet Spaghetti PIQUA — The Piqua dinner offered High School Class of 1948

CASSTOWN — Miami East Alumni Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the new high school before the game with Troy Christian. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert and drink will be offered. Accepting goodwill donations. All proceeds will go to scholTROY —The Miami arships for 2012 Miami Valley Veterans Museum East graduates. will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the China East Restaurant, 1239 E. Ash St. Orders will be taken from the menu. Spouses and guests are welcome.

Local vets invited

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Paul returns to Iowa as foes fan out BY PHILIP ELLIOTT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is rallying his diehard supporters, whom his rivals regard as the greatest complication in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. With less than a week until Iowa’s leadoff contest, Paul planned to meet with supporters near Des Moines. The other GOP candidates spread out across the state Wednesday to woo potential caucus-goers, many of whom are still undecided amid a flood of television and radio ads. Paul’s rivals also worked to disqualify him on social issues, foreign affairs and even his decadesold newsletter. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he couldn’t vote for Paul if he were to become the GOP nominee and called his views “totally outside the mainstream of every decent American” during an interview with CNN. Gov. Rick Perry said during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs that his fellow Texan was dangerous: “You don’t have to vote for a candidate who would allow Iran to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and then ultimately America.” As Paul’s poll numbers have risen, so has scrutiny of him. That has led to questions about a newsletter he published in the early 1990s, when he was not serving in Congress. Among the quotes from the newsletter: “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.” Paul has said many of the passages were written by aides but acknowledged he was responsible. A conservative with libertarian leanings, Paul commands strong allegiance from his supporters but appears to have little potential to expand his appeal and emerge as a serious challenger for the nomination. Yet he could complicate other candidates’ pathway to the nomination. Some polls show Paul on top in Iowa, and a caucus victory for him could prove embarrassing to candidates such as Rep. Michele Bachmann or former Sen. Rick Santorum. Both essentially relocated to Iowa it’s Bachmann’s birthplace with hopes that momentum from here would launch a national campaign. “If I finish dead last, way behind the pack, I’m going to pack up and go home,” Santorum said in a radio interview on WHO in Des Moines. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Santorum, more than any of the others, has campaigned in Iowa the old-fashioned way by doggedly visiting all 99 counties and holding hundreds of town hall meetings. Bachmann was trying to match that. She scheduled 11 stops Wednesday to build momentum and media attention. She is lagging in fundraising, as her rivals have poured millions of dollars in advertising onto the airwaves. The candidates and allied groups have spent more than $12 million on commercials to air through caucus day next Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Perry and groups supporting the two men account for almost half the total, according to one estimate. Gingrich and Perry also planned to continue their bus tours, although at a slower clip.


The hard hills of New Hampshire

direct Willey tie, set as it is RAWFORD NOTCH, “in the bleakest spot of all N.H. — Strange New England.” things happen in Hawthorne describes this these hills. There are occurplace as “the Notch of the rences beyond comprehenWhite Hills, where the wind sion, events that defy was sharp throughout the explanation. They stick in year, and pitilessly cold in the mind, haunt the memthe winter, giving their cotory, shape the way we look at the world and cling to our DAVID SHRIBMAN tage all its fresh inclemency before it descended on the culture. Columnist valley of the Saco.” Here the We sometimes think that mountain rose up behind what New Hampshire will do in its primary two and a half weeks the family’s house, “so steep that the from now will have a great effect on our stones would often rumble down its sides lives. But what happened here more than and startle them at midnight.” Hawthorne was drawn to the tale dur185 years ago — witnessed by no one, remembered by nearly everyone — did ing a White Mountain vacation tour, but more than almost anything else in the already the tragedy that defined these year 1826 to govern the way we look at hills as dangerous to the body and to the the great mysteries of that time and ours: soul had raised fulsome commentary — the role of God in our daily lives, the fal- on the caprice of life, the mortality of libility of man’s judgment, the power of man, and the world’s capacity to infuse a human will, the irresistibility of destiny. spot of reverie and beauty with the For in that year a terrible landslide al- curses of danger and despair. “Like Dashiell Hammett, Hawthorne tered the landscape of New Hampshire and of our inner selves. In that year an liked the kind of twist of fate at the cenavalanche of mud and rock destroyed a ter of this story,” says Robert L. Gale, an fleeing family of seven even as it left emeritus professor of English at the Unistanding the family’s mountain home, versity of Pittsburgh and the editor of underlining the dominion of nature and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Encyclopedia. the weakness of human reasoning, the “He saw human existence as being full of power of Providence and the futility of irony.” It was a twist of fate — and faith. prudence. In his landmark 1855 work “Historical This cruel phenomenon of nature is known to history as the Willey Slide, and Relics of the White Mountains,” still to this day it lingers in the American available at booksellers across this resubconscious and in American folklore. gion, John H. Spaulding speaks of the Had the Willey family — living in what isolation of the site of the Willey tragedy, Nathaniel Hawthorne called “a cold spot which first was explored after the Revoand a dangerous one” — done nothing lutionary War and, then as now, was and remained in its cottage, it would characterized by sharp cliffs and deeply have survived serenely and would be re- forested slopes. “How lonely there is the dirge of the membered by no one. But because it fled the slide all seven were killed and live on high wind, as it sweeps down that solitary chasm; and the wail of the sunset in American literature and memory. This story has been told and retold, by breeze, with the loud requiem of the onmasterly storytellers from Hawthorne to rushing hurricane, is most mournful, for Hammett, but only in recent years has human bones are there palled in an the key to the legend been recognized. avalanche’s ruins.” Last month when I walked in the Like so many vital details, it was right White Mountains, those winds swept the before our eyes all the time. For decades this story has been re- leaves around the granite boulders, peated. Tens of thousands of tourists shaped much like a ship’s prow, that sephave traveled to Crawford Notch to con- arated the Willeys from life. Those gusts template the vanity of human wishes formed small eddies along the mossy even as they imagined where the Willey path that leads on to the Ethan Pond House stood and the path the avalanche Trail, one of the most beloved in these hills. took. Philip Elliott covers politics for The Associated Press. For years the residents of New HampThen, an old postcard showed the location of the boulders that split the slide, shire’s North Country have exalted their allowing the dirt and rocks to avoid the hardiness, independence and self-sufficiency. “The granite core of strength and house but hit the frightened family. Park authorities realized that the resilience projected by our mountains deboulders were right there all along. They fine and shape the strength and characwere hidden in thick brush in an area ter of its people,” wrote Suzanne Moberly, covered by new forest growth, only a few a writer and teacher from Orford, N.H. dozen steps from the tourist wayside that Hardly anyone would contest that. But as another New Hampshire prifor years had been selling trinkets celebrating the sad fate of the Willeys and mary approaches — when the state’s inthe cruel beauty of the White Mountains. dependence and character are being Hiding in plain sight, in other words, employed once again in the nation’s were the geological keys to the story that service in helping to select a presidenNathaniel Hawthorne transformed into tial nominee — it is wise to be cautioned his classic “Ambitious Guest” and that that, in politics and in our own journey, appears in altered form in Dashiell Ham- we travel what Hawthorne in his story mett’s “Maltese Falcon.” All that was re- from this remote part of the world calls quired was an excavation effort to expose “a wild and bleak road, at nightfall and alone.” the boulders. We remember, too, that this state, with “They looked like a bunch of rocks,” says John Dickerman, who for three its peculiar mix of romance and ruin, also decades has been manager of the Craw- has tested man’s faith, challenged his asford Notch State Park, “but we realized sumptions, toyed with his self-confidence, made folly of his judgment and these were important rocks.” In the Hammett story, a falling beam reminded us that God’s plan is not nectransforms the life of a man who was not essarily our own. hit. “He knew then,” Hammett wrote, David M. Shribman is executive editor “that men died at haphazard like that, and lived only while blind chance spared of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is a them.” The Hawthorne story has a more veteral political columnist.


To the Editor: This is to show appreciation and publicly say thank you to many that showed an act of kindness during the loss of Karen S. Hewitt. Michael Yannucci and the entire Jamison & Yannucci Funeral Home, during this time of decision making, your compassion, professionalism, and appropriation came during our weakest hour, for everything you have done, thank you. Pastor Donald R. Wells of Piqua Baptist Church, you took such delicate time to give us all a comfortable shoulder, as well as a needed hug, and the reassurance that God's love is right there for us, all we have to do is seek Him, knock and the door shall open — thank you. Piqua Baptist Bereavement Committee, thank you, the food was plentiful and it gave us much needed time to relax and prepare for our healing process. You ladies work well together. I love each one of you. This time that has past has been somewhat of a blur to us, to those that gave flowers, sent emails, and offered that well needed hug — thank you. Karen ( mom) was such a special person and we are going to miss her. Our memories will not fade, and it's our goal to see her again in Heaven. — Danny and Jessica Hewitt Bob and Jackie Wright Jerry and Diana Hazeltine and families

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Movie biz in the dumps Serial job-changer has no business in the military

Crowds dip to 16-year low as apathy lingers DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — An “Avatar” hangover accounted for Hollywood’s dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Cameron’s sci-fi sensation. Just what has kept the movie business in the dumps the rest of 2011 is anyone’s guess. A solid summer lineup helped studios catch up to 2010, but ticket sales flattened again in the fall and have remained sluggish right into what was expected to be a terrific holiday season. The result: projected domestic revenues for the year of $10.15 billion, down 4 percent from 2010’s, according to boxoffice tracker Taking higher ticket prices into account, movie attendance is off even more, with an estimated 1.275 billion tickets sold, a 4.8 percent decline and the smallest movie audience since 1995, when admissions totaled 1.26 billion. “There were a lot of high-profile movies that just ended up being a little less than were hoped for,” said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for 20th Century Fox, whose sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” has been part of under-achieving an lineup of family films for the holidays. “The fall was pretty dismal. There just weren’t any real breakaway, wide-appeal films.” Big franchises still are knocking it out of the park. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the finale to J.K. Rowling’s fantasy epic, was the year’s biggest earner and the top-grossing film in the series at $381 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” pulled in $352 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide, while “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” has climbed to $271 million domestically and $650 million worldwide. Other franchises did well in 2011 but came up short of their predeces-


In this file film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Shia LaBeouf plays Sam Witwicky, left, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays Carly Miller in a scene from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” sors on the domestic front, among them “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” ‘’The Hangover Part II,” ‘’Kung Fu Panda 2,” ‘’Cars 2” and “X-Men: First Class.” Strong overseas business has helped make up for shrinking domestic revenues and declining DVD sales. But 2011 was the second-straight year that domestic attendance declined sharply, and audiences generally have been shrinking since 2002, when admissions hit a modern high of 1.6 billion. It could be a case of the

same-old same-olds, with fans growing tired of over-familiar characters and stories. It could be overcrowded weekends such as Thanksgiving, when studios loaded up on family films that cannibalized one another’s audiences. It could be the economy, with fans growing more selective on how often they spend their spare cash to catch a movie, particularly at a time when so many films play in 3-D with premium ticket prices. And it could be the times we live in, when audiences have so many gadgets to play with that they don’t need to go to the movies as much as they once did. “It’s not any one thing.

It’s a little bit of everything,” said Jeff Goldstein, general sales manager at Warner Bros., whose Robert Downey Jr. sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” has done solid business, yet is coming in well short of the first installment. “But consumers are being more specific with their choices on how to spend their money. The options are a little greater than they were a few years ago with gaming and socialnetworking opportunities.” The year’s animated slate failed to produce a $200 million hit, the first time that’s happened since 2005. Likewise, comic-book superheroes slipped in 2011, the genre unable to deliver a $200 million hit for only the second time in the last 10 years. Even Adam Sandler, one of Hollywood’s mostbankable stars, had a mixed year, managing a $100 million hit with “Just Go With It” but barely crossing $70 million with “Jack and Jill.” Studio executives typically blame slow business on “the product” — weak movies that leave fans indifferent. But during the first few months of the year, when business lagged as much as 20 percent behind 2010’s, studios were confident they had great product coming, with many executives predicting that 2011 would finish with record revenues, topping the alltime domestic high of $10.6 billion in 2009. The movies themselves turned out fairly good, and surprise smashes such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Help,” ‘’Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Smurfs” boosted business. But the year was littered with duds (“Happy Feet Two,” ‘’Tower Heist,” ‘’Cowboys & Aliens”). And with only days left in 2011, Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” is leading a

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batch of holiday releases that so far has done only so-so business, despite generally good reviews and high marks from the fans that are showing up. Hollywood is left right where it was 12 months ago, finishing the year quietly and looking ahead to a promising lineup to turn its fortunes around next year. Even more so than 2011’s schedule once looked, the 2012 film list looks colossal. Among the highlights: the superhero tales “The Dark Knight Rises,” ‘’The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Avengers”; the latest in the animated franchises “Ice Age” and “Madagascar,” along with “Brave,” the new adventure from animation master Pixar; Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ “Men in Black 3”; Daniel Craig’s new James Bond thriller “Skyfall”; Johnny Depp’s vampire story “Dark Shadows”; Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” a cousin to his sci-fi classic “Alien”; and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first in a two-part prequel to his “Lord of the Rings” films. That’s just a small sampling of 2012’s bigscreen titles, which also include 3-D reissues of “Titanic,” ‘’Finding Nemo,” ‘’Beauty and the Beast” and “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” Looking ahead, there’s good reason for optimism in Hollywood. Looking back, though, the past year spells caution. “I’m not prepared to be Chicken Little yet, but if the films coming in 2012 can’t reverse this trend, then I think we need to reevaluate our expectations,” said analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We are living in a different world today than we did in the mid-’90s in terms of the technology available to deliver media. That may finally be having an impact.”

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 19year-old woman, hardworking and married to my best friend. Life is amazing! So what’s my problem? I burn out of jobs quickly. I’ll start a job and absolutely love it, but within six months the things that I once loved about the job start to drive me crazy. Within a year, I hate my job and put in my two-week notice. It’s not that I have problems finding jobs — I’m wellgroomed, speak well and I’m enthusiastic. I have recently considered enlisting in the Air Force. (My husband is on active duty.) I am absolutely thrilled about it, but I’m afraid I’ll eventually start hating my job and it’s something I’ll be stuck with. How do I overcome this? — WANTS TO ENLIST DEAR WANTS TO ENLIST: Please stop and re-read your letter. Are you aware that you’re talking about work the way a schoolgirl talks about romance — blind, grand passion until reality sets in, then on to the next one? A job isn’t like that. While it can be rewarding on many levels, when the novelty fades it is still WORK. There are good days and ones that are less so, co-workers who are a pleasure and some who are a challenge. Sometimes it’s stimulating and sometimes it’s an effort. Years ago there was a letter in this column that read: “Dear Abby: I joined the Navy to see the world. I’ve seen it. Now how do I get OUT?” I don’t want a letter like that from you. Military life is rewarding, but it can also be demanding, frustrating and dangerous. It requires making a commitment and sticking with it even after the going gets tough. With your short attention span and low tolerance for frustration, I don’t recommend you take ANY job that requires a signed contract guaranteeing you won’t leave.

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Advice enjoy the massage? — RUBBED THE WRONG WAY IN COLORADO DEAR RUBBED THE WRONG WAY: Shelby is not your buddy; she’s a professional who has been hired to perform a service. When you make your next appointment and she starts talking, say, “Shelby, when you talk during the massage, it makes it difficult for me to relax. Right now, I need to completely relax, and conversation is distracting.” If that doesn’t clearly — and politely — convey your message, then you need to find a massage therapist who is less verbal. DEAR ABBY: I hired a pet sitter to stay in my home for two days to care for my dog. (I have used him in the past.) After 24 hours of no response to my texts or phone calls, I asked a neighbor to check on my dog. The sitter never showed up. My dog had been left alone with no food or walks. Should I alert his other clients about what happened? I have this person’s client email list. It’s possible that other pets were also neglected. — ANGRY PET OWNER IN HOUSTON DEAR ANGRY: Pet sitting is a sacred obligation, and if the sitter is for some reason unable to fulfill that responsibility, there should be a backup plan in place in case of emergency. Unless your sitter had a lifethreatening emergency, by all means warn the other clients.

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Military wives:

Turning to the Bible for marriage advice KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With husbands deployed or off preparing for war, some young wives at this sprawling Army installation have spent much of their marriages so far alone. Faced with long periods of separation and worry over the next combat tour, a group of wives mostly in their late 20s and early 30s are drawn together

start the Lantern, a nonfaith denominational group for military wives and girlfriends outside Fort Campbell, Ky. “The military, because of the complexities of the deployment, can have more uncertainties,” she said. “The reason God is the answer is because scripture says that He has never changed. From the beginning of time to the end of time, He is unchanging.” While not solely spon-


In a Dec. 15 photo, Shawnna Combes, left, and Niki Cole listen to a song during a meeting of an independent prayer group in Clarksville, Tenn. weekly to seek spiritual support to bolster the strength of their marriages. Mya Parker, 27, saw both sides of the average military marriage and the strain that years of combat duty can do to a relationship. She served in the Army for four years on active duty before helping to

sored by any one church, these wives meet weekly in small, informal groups of eight to 12 at their homes to study the Bible’s teachings and how to apply them to today’s modern military marriage. Parker and her husband, an Army aviator, both served in

Afghanistan with the famed 101st Airborne Division, a unit that has been heavily impacted by the wars there and in Iraq since 2001. During her Army career, Parker saw deployed husbands anxious about their wives back home and wives struggling to communicate with husbands a world away. In the privacy of these small weekly gatherings, the wives don’t hold back their fears about the realities of war. “We don’t sugar-coat it and say, ‘Oh, it will be great, it will be fine. This deployment is going to fly by.’ To be honest, it’s hard and you have good days and bad days,” said Mandy Costello, 29, who has been five years married through her husband’s three deployments. With less than 1 percent of Americans serving in the military, the lifestyle of a military wife can sometimes feel isolating. But when they get together, these wives speak the same language that is peppered with military acronyms as they share advice for keeping marriages intact, when sometimes months go by without kisses or hugs from their spouses. “If you don’t know what to expect, you feel alone, you feel isolated and you feel like you are the only one going through this, when you know there are thousands of soldiers deployed with your husband at the same time. It still feels like you are the only one,” said Holly Klich, 31, who has been married four years to a soldier who has had two combat tours. Besides the Lantern meetings, many of these wives participate in the military’s family readiness groups, which provide information about deployments and organize events and classes for military spouses and families. Parker said group members come from a variety


In a Dec. 15 photo, a group of Army wives and girlfriends discuss a topic during a meeting of an independent prayer group in Clarksville,Tenn. A number of such groups are helping those waiting at home deal with the strain of long deployments on families with an emphasis on faith and fellowship. of faith backgrounds, in- healthy marriage, even be resentful that her huscluding Mormon, Catholic, those tested by war. band missed so much Church of Christ, Pente“It has made me much while he was gone. costal, but she said the more patient with him “He has been home for group is open to all faiths. The group also does public service projects that Parker said aren’t faith-fo-

Vanessa James, a 30year-old who had twin boys while her husband was deployed, said she prayed that she wouldn’t be resentful that her husband missed so much while he was gone. cused and are open to anyone who wants to join them. The Army has also been focused on improving military marriages and has invested in a marriage counseling program run by unit chaplains called Strong Bonds, which is popular with soldiers of all faiths. Parker and others said they need additional strength from their faith to be resilient. Parker points to the Bible’s emphasis on grace, patience, kindness and forgiveness as keys to a


In a Dec. 15 photo, Mary Benedict, left, compares answers with fellow Army wives and girlfriends during an icebreaker game in Clarksville, Tenn.

dealing with what he has been through and honoring that he ultimately doesn’t belong to me,” Parker said. “He belongs to the Lord.” The weekly prayer meetings have helped many wives reconnect with their husbands, many who have recently returned from the 101st Airborne’s yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. Parker said many wives expect a joyous reunion, but many couples have to learn how to live together again. Vanessa James, a 30year-old who had twin boys while her husband was deployed, said she prayed that she wouldn’t

Israeli girl’s plight highlights extremism BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — A shy 8-year-old schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war. Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.” Her plight has drawn new attention to the simmering issue of religious coercion in Israel, and the increasing brazenness of extremists in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. “When I walk to school in the morning I used to get a tummy ache because I was so scared ... that they were going to stand and start yelling and spitting,” the pale, blue-eyed girl said softly in an interview with The Associated Press Monday. “They were scary. They don’t want us to go to the school.” The girls school that Naama attends in the city of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, is on the border between an ultraOrthodox neighborhood and a community of modern Orthodox Jewish resi-


Naama Margolese, sits in her family home in the central Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, Monday. The story of Margolese, an 8-year-old American girl that has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war, drew new attention to the religious tensions in Beit Shemesh, a city of some 100,000 just outside Jerusalem, which has become a symbol of the growing violence of Jewish extremists in Israel in recent years. dents, many of them American immigrants. The ultra-Orthodox consider the school, which moved to its present site at the beginning of the school year, an encroachment on their territory. Dozens of black-hatted men jeer and physically accost the girls almost daily, claiming their very presence is a provocation. Beit Shemesh has long experienced friction between the ultra-Orthodox, who make up about half the city’s population, and other residents. And residents say the attacks at the girls’ school, attended by

about 400 students, have been going on for months. Last week, after a local TV channel reported about the school and interviewed Naama’s family, a national uproar ensued. The televised images of Naama sobbing as she walked to school shocked many Israelis, elicited statements of outrage from the country’s leadership, sparked a Facebook page with nearly 10,000 followers dedicated to “protecting little Naama” and a demonstration was held Tuesday evening in her honor. As the case has attracted attention, extrem-

ists have heckled and thrown eggs and rocks at journalists descending on town. “Who’s afraid of an 8year-old student?” said Sunday’s main headline in the leading Yediot Ahronot daily. Beit Shemesh’s growing ultra-Orthodox population has erected street signs calling for the separation of sexes on the sidewalks, dispatched “modesty patrols” to enforce a chaste female appearance and hurled stones at offenders and outsiders. Walls of the neighborhood are plastered with signs exhorting

women to dress modestly in closed-necked, longsleeved blouses and long skirts. Naama’s case has been especially shocking because of her young age and because she attends a religious school and dresses with long sleeves and a skirt. Extremists, however, consider even that outfit, standard in mainstream Jewish religious schools, to be immodest. “This is a phenomenon that contradicts Jewish tradition and the spirit of the Bible,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening, “with one of the most central and important among them being: Love your neighbor as yourself,” Thousands of secular and religious Jews attended Tuesday evening’s demonstration. Protesters held signs reading, “Free Israel from religious coercion,” and “Stop Israel from becoming Iran.” The abuse and segregation of women in Israel in ultra-Orthodox areas is nothing new, and critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye. WHOLESALE CARPET OUTLET WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD!


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three months now and I can honestly say that I feel closer to my husband than ever before, and I think it’s because I approached this reintegration with a servant’s heart,” she said. With the support of other wives, Parker said a deployment can also be a blessing if women take the opportunity to grow in their faith and their marriages. “My number one piece of advice, even if someone didn’t grow up in the church and isn’t a believer, is to really take the time. Deployment is an amazing time to pursue a relationship with God for maybe the first time,” she said.

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themselves) until the 20th century. The Civil War even led to the introduction of baseball as the national pastime. Baseball wasn’t a new sport in the 1860s, but it was primarily played by the upper class. “It was kind of an Ivy League game,” Oda said. The Civil War changed all that. Boredom was a major problem between battles and baseball gave soldiers a way to have some fun and get exercise during their downtime. “It (baseball) was a lot of fun to play and a lot of fun to watch,” Oda said, noting the Army promoted the game, which took very little equipment or training. “The soldiers brought the game home after the war,” he said. Piqua’s first organized team was the Piqua Sterlings, founded in 1866 by two Presbyterian ministers, the Rev. Greenbough and the Rev. Valakeslay. The Sterlings lost their first game to the Dayton Buckeyes on July 6, 1866, by the lopsided score of 54-34. “They trained hard and went back to defeat the Dayton Buckeyes 81-66,” Oda said. The first black team was the Piqua Lincolns, organized in 1868. Oda

said little is know about the team. “Without the Civil War, baseball probably would have remained an elite game played on the East Coast. In addition to being a social organization, the GAR took strong political stands on issues like bonuses for veterans and voting rights for blacks, as well as wielding considerable clout in elections, both at the state and national level. “If the GAR did not endorse a Republican candidate, then the Republican candidate didn’t get elected,” Oda said. The GAR was not always successful in carrying the day for political causes, such as voting rights for blacks. Oda noted that a Constitutional amendment to give blacks the right to vote in Ohio was voted down in 1867, although Miami County was one of 32 Ohio counties to approve the amendment. The proposal brought out strong feelings in the community, according to Oda, pointing to an editorial in a July 1867 edition of the Piqua Democrat calling for the defeat of the amendment. “Today, the Negro enjoys the benefits of every law in Ohio that a white

man does except to vote, sit on juries or send their children to school with white children,” the newspaper editorial stated. “They said this like it made perfect sense,” Oda said. While one of the primary outcomes of the war was to free Southern slaves, it didn’t have a sweeping change on the lives of blacks in the North. “It (the war) ended slavery, but it did not produce any long-term effects on civil rights,” Oda said, remarking those changes didn’t completely place for nearly another 100 years. Civil rights didn’t become the law of the land until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was spearheaded by Piqua Congressman William McCulloch. The first black to run for Piqua City Council was local businessman Goodrich Giles, who was born a slave in Virginia and worked with Confederate forces at the end of the Civil War. After coming to Piqua in 1865, Giles made an unsuccessful bid for a city council seat in 1865. It wasn’t until 1985 that Charles Musco became the first black elected to Piqua City Commission.

icans, often in their own words. Historians, who will have access to the centralized digital collections, are excited by the prospect of what the states are finding and will ultimately share. “I think now we’re broadening the story to include everybody not just a soldier, not a general or a president just somebody who found themselves swept up in the biggest drama in American life,” says University of Richmond President Edward Ayers, a Civil War expert. “That’s what’s so cool.” In Virginia, archivists have borrowed from the popular PBS series “Antiques Roadshow,” traveling weekends throughout the state and asking residents to share family collections, which are scanned and added to the already vast collection at the Library of Virginia. Started in September 2010, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project has collected 25,000 images.

Virginians have been generous, knowing they can share their long-held mementos without surrendering them, said Laura Drake Davis and Renee Savits, the Library of Virginia archivists who have divided the state for their on-theroad collection campaign. “They think someone can learn from them rather than just sitting in their cupboards,” Savits said of the family possessions. “And they’re proud to share their family’s experience.” Patricia Bangs heeded the call when a friend told her about the project. She had inherited 400 letters passed down through the years between Cecil A. Burleigh to his wife, Caroline, in Mount Carmel, Conn. “I felt this would be useful to researchers, a treasure to somebody,” said Bangs, who works for the library system in Fairfax, Va. In one letter, she said, Cecil writes of Union troops traveling from Connecticut to Washington, crowds cheer-

ing them along the way. The letters, like many collected by archivists, are difficult to read. Many are spelled phonetically, and the penmanship can be hard to decipher. Typically, they tell of the story of the home front and its daily deprivations. Researchers in Tennessee, a battleground state in the war, teamed up with Virginia archivists earlier this year in the border town of Bristol. Both states have seen their share of bullets, swords and other military hardware. “We have grandmothers dragging in swords and muskets,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee state librarian and archivist. Documents are fished from attics, pressed between the pages of family bibles and stored in trunks. Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and many other states have similar programs, or at least are trying to gather materials for use by scholars and regular folks.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists. The economy and who bears responsibility for it is likely to be a decisive issue when voters to go the polls next November. The economy is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The housing market remains weak, and a debt crisis in Europe threatens growth in 2012. The unemployment rate is at a recession-level 8.6 percent, up from 7.8 percent when Obama took office in January 2009. That month, the recession was already more than a year old. Half of the 36 economists who responded to the Dec. 14-20 AP survey rated Obama’s economic policies “fair.” And 13 called them “poor.” Just five of the economists gave the president “good” marks. None rated him as “excellent.” The economists’ criticisms vary. Some say Obama was distracted by his health care overhaul. Others say his $862 billion stimulus program was poorly designed. Still others fault him for not pushing for an even bigger stimulus when the economy proved weaker than expected. The AP economists expect economic growth to pick up to 2.4 percent next year. That would be an improvement from the under2 percent growth expected for 2011. But the economists foresee little improvement a dip to 8.4 percent in the unemployment rate by Election Day. Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates would do the best job managing the economy, two thirds of the economists named Romney, one chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The rest didn’t pick anyone at all. “Romney’s a technocrat,” Sinai says. “He’s not an ideologue. He has a history in the real world of business.” The Iowa presidential caucuses, which kick the GOP nominating process into high gear, begin Tuesday and polls show Romney in a strong position. Romney has based his campaign on the notion that he has the best chance of beating Obama on the economy because of his private sector experience. Here’s more about what the economists, mostly from banks and other financial firms, independent consultancies and academia, had to say about:

Obama Some economists say the Obama administration didn’t push hard enough for more government spending or tax cuts to stimulate growth. “They’ve generally tried to take the right kinds of measures but have often failed to lead with enough

vigor to overcome political obstacles,” said William Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services. Others say the president tried to do too much, especially by pushing early for legislation to overhaul the nation’s health care system instead of focusing on policies to promote growth and create jobs. “Health care reform wasn’t necessarily the most important thing to be dealing with when you’re in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economics. Some critics say Obama’s 2009 stimulus program relied too much on public works projects that were slow to get going. Decision Economics’ Sinai says the president should have favored more tax cuts that put money in Americans’ pockets immediately. Sinai notes that public works projects failed to pull Japan out of a long economic slump that began in the 1990s and continues today. After the money is spent, “you’re left with deficits and debt. And someday if you need new government stimulus, you can’t afford it. And that’s where we are now,” Sinai says. Republican strategist Rich Galen says the GOP has successfully painted Obama as a reckless steward of taxpayer money: “In a Tea Party era where Big Government is the enemy, throwing money at problems is the enemy,” he says. An Associated Press-GfK poll of American adults earlier this month found that 60 percent of American adults disapprove of Obama’s performance on economic issues.

Romney Many of those who chose Romney couldn’t cite any of the former Massachusetts governor’s economic proposals. Nevertheless, his background won over the economists. Romney graduated from Harvard Business School and served as CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting business in Boston, and Bain Capital, a spinoff investment firm, in the 1980s and 90s.”He has the experience that the other candidates lack,” says Harris of UBS Securities. Some of his Republican rivals have taken unconventional positions. Texas Rep. Ron Paul advocates abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said it would be “almost treasonous” for Bernanke to try a third round of bond purchases to jolt the economy before November’s election. Among Romney’s chief economic plans: repealing the Obama administration’s health-care law; cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent; and making permanent tax cuts on dividends, interest and capital gains from President George W. Bush’s administration. “He thinks about the economy in a more global way” than his GOP rivals, Naroff said.

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Anniversary stirs Civil War memories RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from Gettysburg. An intricate valentine crafted by a Confederate soldier for the wife he would never see again. A slave’s desperate escape to freedom. From New England to the South, state archivists are using the sesquicentennial of the Civil War to collect a trove of wartime letters, diaries, documents and mementoes that have gathered dust in attics and basements. This still-unfolding call will help states expand existing collections on the Civil War and provide new insights into an era that violently wrenched a nation apart, leaving 600,000 dead. Much of the Civil War has been told primarily through the eyes of battlefield and political leaders. These documents are adding a new narrative to the Civil War’s story, offering insights into the home front and of soldiers, their spouses and African-Amer-


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Civil War died in the Civil War from combat, diseases and other causes. “Right after the Civil War, there was little interest in the GAR,” Oda said. “They (veterans) just wanted to forget the war.” A decade or so after the war, the GAR began to gain membership. Locally, the Alexander Post of the GAR was formed in 1881, and four or five years later, the Mitchell Post was founded in Piqua. Oda said the two posts merged in 1897. The local posts met above downtown businesses over the years, Oda said. Like later veterans organizations, the GAR had an auxiliary unit for veterans’ wives. The Women’s Relief Corps was established in 1898, with a focus on helping indigent Civil War veterans. Oda said the group also played a social role in the community. A Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War group also was organized. There were state and national GAR reunions. Oda said Civil War regiment and company reunions also were popular for many years until the ranks of war veterans began to wane. “By World War I, they had pretty well ended,” Oda said, noting the last known Miami County Civil War veteran, James Jones, died in 1943 at the age of 94. Oda said unlike some veterans groups in the 20th century, the GAR was integrated. Following World War II, African Americans formed their own veterans groups after being unable to join some other groups. “Whites and African Americans could and did join the GAR,” Oda said. There were pronounced changes in the operation of local businesses as a result of the Civil War. Until the need arose for hundreds of thousands of uniforms and shoes to outfit Civil War soldiers, clothing and shoes were custom made by skilled craftsman. The need to fill such huge orders for goods led to the development of sizes and mass production of shoes and clothing. “Tailor shops became clothing stores after the Civil War,” Oda said. “You could open a clothing store and not have to be a tailor. The working class man could afford a suit,” Oda remarked about the benefits of mass production. While men’s clothing and shoes were made in factories and shipped to cities across the country, Oda said women’s clothing remained custommade (or sewn by women

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Shoppers divide season into two Black Friday, last-minute surge focus of bargain hunters BY ANNE D’INNOCENZIO Associated Press NEW YORK — The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge. Together, they added up to decent sales gains for retailers. And the doldrums in between showed how shoppers have learned to wait for the discounts they know will come. “The days that the American consumer gets excited about 25 percent off are over,” said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group. “Shoppers are keeping their eye on the ball for the big sales events.” In November, spending rose 4.1 percent. And from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24, it rose 4.7 percent compared with the same period last year, according to research firm ShopperTrak. A 4 percent increase is considered a healthy season. The higher sales are good news for the economy, because they show shoppers were willing to fund a holiday splurge despite high unemployment and other lingering economic woes. Consumer spending, including major items such as health care, accounts for 70 percent of the economy. Still, plenty of people are pinched for cash in the slow economic recovery, and they were seeking the best deals, which could squeeze stores’ profits for the fourth quarter, says Hana Ben-Shabat, a partner in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm. Stores have trained even shoppers who are


In this Dec. 24 file photo, a last-minute shopper leaves the Toys R Us flagship store in New York’s Times Square. A mall trade group said Wednesday that last-minute shoppers gave merchants a solid lift during the final week before Christmas. primed to spend to look for a discount. Heading into the season, stores were nervous that shoppers would be tight-fisted. Many officially opened the season with discounts on TVs and toys that started as early as Thanksgiving Day. Consumers came out in droves, resulting in record spending. Then the frenzy tapered off. A mild winter and the fact that Christmas fell on a Sunday encouraged people to wait until the last minute and accentuated the peaks and valleys of spending. Stores started to push more discounts to get shoppers to spend in the finale. In fact, retailers’ promotional e-mails from Sunday, Dec. 18, to Thursday, Dec. 22, spiked 34 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, according to Responsys, which tracks e-mail activity from more than 100 merchants. According to Beemer’s consumer surveys, 60 percent of shoppers polled were looking for discounts of more than 50 percent to

get them to buy. That’s up from last year’s 51 percent of shoppers polled. Tracey Spears of Locust Grove, Ga., who was shopping Wednesday at Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall, said she got 75 percent of her holiday shopping done on Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving. She took advantage of deals, including a Keurig coffee pot from Target and clothes from Hollister on sale. “I had more money because I got a better bonus this year, but sales are important. You always want to buy stuff cheaper,” she said. Spears and others helped to create pronounced waves in spending. “The downs and ups were much more accentuated,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. “It just shows how cautious the consumer is. Consumers are bargain hunters more today than ever before.” In the week before Christmas, last-minute

shoppers gave retailers a 4.5 percent increase in revenue over the same week last year at stores open at least a year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. The index estimates sales at 24 major chain stores including Macy’s (NYSE:FD) Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) Revenue at stores open at least a year is an important measure of a retailer’s performance because it excludes stores that open or close during the year. Total retail revenue for the week that ended Saturday reached $44 billion, 14.8 percent higher than a year earlier, ShopperTrak estimates. For the week that ended Nov. 26, which included the traditional start of holiday shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, stores had the biggest sales surge from the week before since 1993, according to the ICSC-Goldman Sachs index. The post-Black Friday lull was deeper than

Obama supporters toil in Iowa President wants another win in battleground state DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One presidential campaign claims an impressive effort in Iowa this year: eight offices opened, 350,000 phone calls to potential supporters and 1,280 events to recruit and train volunteers. It’s not Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. It’s Obama for America, the president’s re-election campaign, which badly wants to win this battleground state in November, as it did in 2008. “The Republicans are here today, gone tomorrow,” said Obama volunteer Pat Walters, of Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines. “We’ve been doing this since 2009.” Next Tuesday’s Republican caucus has dominated political conversations.

Largely overlooked is that Obama is running unopposed in the Democratic caucus the same night. It’s a dramatically different scene from four years ago, when Obama set his course for the White House by beating John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton after months of intense campaigning in Iowa. Obama can coast as far as this year’s nomination is concerned. But Iowa remains a general election swing state, and no one assumes his 9-point win here over John McCain in 2008 will give him a cushion next November. Obama’s campaign never entirely left Iowa or several other competitive states, where he hopes relentless organizing can overcome a weak economy and his mixed record of fulfilling campaign pledges in the face of strong GOP opposition in Congress. If thousands of volunteers

flocked to Obama’s 2008 campaign, this time he’s having to work a bit harder to recruit and energize them. “People say, ‘The mood is different this time, it’s not the same,’” said Peggy Whitworth, an Obama volunteer in Cedar Rapids. “Well of course it’s not the same. But it’s not about mood or feeling. It’s about the future of the country.” Whitworth, 69, said she joins other Obama volunteers four hours every Tuesday night, and sometimes on other evenings as well, to telephone potential supporters. Many say they will vote for Obama again, she said, and some volunteer to help the campaign. But some are disappointed or angry that the president fell short on campaign promises such as ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, and bringing a greater spirit of bipartisanship to Washington. “Sometimes they simply

want to have someone listen to them,” Whitworth said. Most say they will stick with Obama after they’ve had a chance to vent their frustrations, she said. Obama lacks some key advantages he enjoyed in 2008. They include a deeply unpopular GOP president who was largely blamed for a faltering economy, and a widespread excitement about Obama’s precedent-breaking campaign built on “hope and change.” In exchange, of course, he has the power of the presidency and a well-oiled political organization that has been refining its practices for five years. Obama will raise many millions of dollars, although his eventual Republican opponent may do nearly as well. Nowhere does Obama have a bigger base to build on than in Iowa, where he campaigned for months in 2007.

Kucinich opposed veteran Dem lawmaker TOLEDO (AP) — Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has settled on a primary run against fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, setting up a race between two U.S. House veterans. Kucinich filed the paperwork to run Wednesday. He had spent the last few weeks mulling whether to seek another congressional seat closer to his home in Cleveland after the Ohio Legislature approved a new congressional district

map. The new map gave Kaptur a bigger chunk of her current district in the Toledo area, leading to speculation that Kucinich might consider running against Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat. He also had toyed this summer with the idea of running in Washington state. Kucinich, an eight-term congressman, announced in September that he

would run against Kaptur after Republicans who controlled the redistricting process put them in a district that hugs the Lake Erie shoreline from Cleveland to Toledo. But Ohio lawmakers threw out that map and approved new congressional boundaries two weeks ago after Democrats complained that their first attempt to redraw the districts was too partisan and split too many counties in

half. That led Kucinich to rethink his strategy. While the first map seemed to favor Kucinich because it included more of his base in suburban Cleveland, the final version appeared to shift the advantage to Kaptur because it added about 90,000 voters in the Toledo area. The winner of the March primary will be heavily favored to win the seat in November.

usual. The two weeks after Thanksgiving weekend showed the biggest percentage sales decline since 2000. Then, during the final two weeks before Christmas, sales surged again, by the highest rate since 2005, Niemira said. The season “was good but uneven,” he said. Stores are expected to benefit when shoppers come back to spend gift cards, because people often spend more than the cards’ value. In addition, gift card sales are recorded only when shoppers redeem them. People have more money on their cards to spend. According to an ICSC-Goldman Sachs survey of shoppers conducted Sunday, 18 percent of holiday spending went toward gift cards, up from 14.6 percent last year. A total sales figure for the whole season won’t be available until after Dec. 31. And a fuller holiday spending picture will come Jan. 5, when stores including Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) and Macy’s release December sales

figures. Government retail sales data will be released in mid-January. ICSC said it expects holiday sales for November and December to rise in line with its forecast of 3.5 percent. The National Retail Federation expects total retail sales for November and December combined to increase by 3.8 percent, up from its earlier forecast of 2.8 percent issued back in October. That’s still below the 5.2 percent holiday sales increase in 2010 from the previous year. As proof that consumers are timing their spending to seek the best bargains, Black Friday was the biggest sales day, as expected, generating sales of $11.4 billion, up 6.6 percent from a year ago, according to ShopperTrak. But the day after Christmas ranked fourth, behind Black Friday, Friday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 17, according to final figures from ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin. Christmas Eve was strong, too. ShopperTrak measures foot traffic in 25,000 stores in the U.S. and blends those figures with economic data and proprietary sales figures from merchants. The data exclude sales from auto dealgas stations, ers, restaurants and grocery stores. “Shoppers are willing to spend when they know the biggest discounts are available,” Martin said. Brooks Brothers, the upscale men’s and women’s clothier that doesn’t discount before Christmas, learned that this year. The Monday after Christmas, when the company offered discounts up to 40 percent, was a record spending day at its stores and its website. “The first three weeks leading up to holiday were soft,” Lou Amendola, chief merchandising officer, wrote in an email. “But customers really partook in the after-Christmas sales.”

Space heater caused fatal Columbus fire COLUMBUS (AP) — A space heater near a mattress caused an accidental fire that killed a 4-year-old boy, his mother and a man who was staying with them late Christmas Eve at a Columbus home reported to be vacant, fire officials said Wednesday. Investigators say the heater apparently ignited the mattress. They believe the man, identified as 33-year-old Demetrius Chappell, awoke and tried to protect the others by lifting the mattress to remove it, but that would have intensified the blaze, Battalion Chief Michael Fowler said. “We’re ruling the fire as accidental,” he said. “We believe that Mr. Chappell was actually trying to save them when everybody got caught and

couldn’t get out.” The woman, who could not walk because of a physical disability, and the boy may have been on the mattress and may have fallen from it when it was lifted, Fowler said. Firefighters identified the pair as 22-year-old Jerrica Francisco and her son, Deshawn. Fowler said it appeared the boy had grabbed onto Chappell’s leg. Fowler did not know what Chappell’s relationship was to the mother and child, but The Columbus Dispatch reported that relatives said he was Francisco’s boyfriend. The landlord of the property knew the victims were in the vacant house but did not have a lease agreement with them, Fowler said.

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IN BRIEF ■ Basketball

‘Will’ to win

Piqua JH splits two games The Piqua junior high boys basketball teams split two games with Springfield Gold. The seventh grade lost 64-54. Nathan Monnin’s 28 points and 16 rebounds were not enough to overcome 21 turnovers. Storm Cook added 15 points. The eighth grade won 56-35. Austin Creager had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Gullet had 16 points, including four 3pointers and Rupert Delacruz had a four-point play. Piqua will play at Northmont Green Jan. 4. PIQUA SCORING Seventh Grade Cook 15, Patton 7, Monnin 28, Smith 4. Eighth Grade Nees 2, Gullet 16, Schmiesing 4, Karn 1, Hudson 7, Hill 8, McMahan 2, Creager 10, Delacruz 6.

Piqua eighth splits games



Piqua drops road game

Buford leads OSU in Big Ten opener

Lady Indians can’t hold halftime lead ST. MARYS — Things went well for the Piqua girls basketball team for a half Tuesday night at St. Marys. The Lady Indians led 21-16 at halftime, but scored just five points in the second half in a 41-26 loss. “We took a five-point lead into halftime, and felt like we were doing a decent job of handling their press,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. “We were able to get the ball into Christy (Graves) in the first half, and she got us going. Kelsey (Deal) got a couple of steals and converted

COLUMBUS (AP) — Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was in mid-thought when he suddenly said of Ohio State's William Buford, "I don't know if you'd call it his team but ... he's a senior, right?" Told that Buford was, indeed, the second-ranked Buckeyes' only senior, Carmody muttered, "Thank God." Buford had career-highs of 28 points and five 3-pointers as Ohio State showed off its perimeter shooting in an 87-54 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. "I was just shooting the ball," said Buford, who was 9 of 14 from the field including 5 of 7 on AP PHOTO

See GIRLS/Page 14

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger goes up against Luka Mirkovic.

The Piqua eighth grade boys basketball team split two games earlier this season. Piqua defeated Vandalia Smith 20-16 and lost to Troy 38-21. Against Smith, Derrick Gullet scored nine points and Al Nees added five. Against Troy, Brady Hill scored nine points and Gullet added five.

See OSU/Page 14

Browns trio honored Thomas going to Pro Bowl

PIQUA SCORING vs. Smith Gullet 9, Schmiesing 2, Hill 2, Creager 1, Delacruz 1. vs. Troy Gullet 5, Hanes 2, Schmiesing 1, Hudson 2, Hill 9, Davis 2.

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McCoy not likely to play BEREA (AP) — With starting quarterback Colt McCoy still shaken from the head shot heard 'round the NFL, the Browns are getting ready for the NFL's AP PHOTO nastiest — and some inCincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. sist dirtiest — player. James Harrison is coming Sunday. Buckle up. Harrison, his violent reputation and the chance to get revenge on the Steelers menacing linebacker were major topics of discussion in the Browns locker room Wednesday CINCINNATI (AP) — come and support them. afternoon. The Bengals' pleading After two days of offerBrowns center Alex and promotions finally ing cut-rate tickets, they Mack was asked point got them a full stadium. sold out the 65,500-seat blank if Harrison was dirty. Cincinnati announced stadium for only the secHe paused seven secon Wednesday it had ond time in the last 12 onds. sold out its final regular- games. "I mean, he's getting season game against the "It's a great thing," deCINCINNATI (AP) — Dalton would do what fined," Mack said. Baltimore Ravens, only fensive lineman Domata A.J. Green didn't think they've done in their first the second time the Ben- Peko said. "When everyhe'd make the Pro Bowl as NFL season together. Dalgals have filled Paul one in 'The Jungle' gets STUMPER a rookie. His incredible ton was voted a first alterBrown Stadium this sea- up, standing and cheercatches were too much to nate to the Pro Bowl, son. The other time was ing, it's as loud as it gets. ignore. making it likely that he'll when Pittsburgh Hopefully the house is The Cincinnati Bengals' play. The Bengals (9-6) brought thousands of rocking this weekend first-round draft pick is were expected to struggle What Clevefans. and we'll put on a show one of three rookies to be this season with rookies at land Indian hit Getting a full stadium for everybody." voted to the Pro Bowl, the two key spots, but 50 home runs was a priority for the The Bengals said and 50 doualong with Denver line- they've surpassed expecBengals (9-6), who sesome club seats and sinbles in the backer Von Miller and Ari- tations. cured only their third gle seats were still availsame seazona cornerback Patrick "It's something that no winning record in 21 able, but enough tickets son? Peterson, who made it as a one would have thought of years by beating Arizona have been sold to meet kick returner. coming into this year last week. A win over the NFL requirements for No rookie receiver had probably except us," DalRavens (11-4) on Sunday lifting the local televibeen voted to the Pro Bowl ton said on Wednesday. "It would secure the final sion blackout. since Anquan Boldin in shows what this year's AFC wild card berth. The Ravens can clinch 2003, showing how tough been like and what this Only 41,273 showed the AFC North title and it is for a newcomer at team is like." up for the 23-16 win over a first-round bye with a that position. No Bengals They can make it even Arizona on Saturday, a victory on Sunday. If QUOTED receiver had been voted in more remarkable with a typical crowd this sea- they lose and Pittsburgh "Winning. That since Cris Collinsworth victory on Sunday over son. The Bengals an- (11-4) beats Cleveland, helped the Bengals reach Baltimore (11-4), which would be a good team their first Super Bowl in would clinch the final AFC nounced after the game the Steelers would win that they would offer a the division and Baltiwild card and put them in shot. I'd take that over 1981. buy-one, get-one-free more would get a wild "I never thought I the playoffs for only the anything else." promotion to season card. would make it this quick," third time in the last 21 ticket holders for the There's a lot at stake years. The Ravens would —Alex Mack on Green said Wednesday. final game. Players pracNobody thought he and how to get even rookie quarterback Andy See SELLOUT/Page 14 See GREEN/Page 14 tically begged fans to

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur tipped his cap to a handful of his players who were honored recently. Offensive tackle Joe Thomas was named to the AFC's starting lineup for the Pro Bowl, while linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and return man Joshua Cribbs were named as alternates. Additionally, Cribbs was selected as the Browns' nominee for the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Of Thomas, who will make his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance, Shurmur couldn't stop raving. "You don't hear much from the guys playing against him," Shurmur said. "And that's what you want. “He's in control not only doing his job, but also exerts himself in a way that helps this team move forward. "He's very talented and works hard. That's why he performs well." Cribbs' slot as a Pro Bowl alternate and Payton nominee were also well-deserved, Shurmur said. The Browns have not had a Payton winner, though receiver Mike Furrey was a finalist in 2009. "You all know what (Cribbs) means to the community and what he does on the field," Shurmur said. "We're proud to make him our nominee. I could talk at length about what Josh has done for this organization." The oft-injured Jackson said his only goal going into the season was "to play 16 games." He said he was "honored" to be named an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but noted many others on his team who also deserved nominations, such as defensive See BROWNS/Page 14



Thursday, December 29, 2011


Piqua bowlers lose to Xenia

Girls Continued from page 13

Devaudriul rolls 207 game XENIA — The Piqua boys bowling team dropped a match to Xenia 2058-2,028 Wednesday in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover action. Piqua got off to a good start in the first game with Brandon Devaudriul rolling a 207 game. Other Piqua scores in the opening game included Levi Homer 197, Zach Gephart 182, Lee Small 178 and Josh Homer 156. Piqua rolled a 797 in the second game. Gephart capped a 352 series with a 170 game, while Devaudriul finished off a 376 series that led the Indians with a 169. Small rolled a 162 for a 340 series and Brad Anderson also rolled a 162.


The Indians also got off to a good start in the baker game, rolling a 187 in the first baker game. But, Piqua struggled in the second game, rolling a 124. The Indians will now have a short break before returning to Brel-Aire Lanes Tuesday for a GWOC crossover match with Northmont. Piqua will then open GWOC North play on Jan. 6, bowling Vandalia-Butler at Poelking Marian Ohio State’s Aaron Craft drives to the basket against Northwestern. Lanes.

Bucc JH wrestlers compete at Tipp Magee wins 160-pound title TIPP CITY — The Covjunior high ington wrestling team traveled to Tipp City on Wednesday to compete in the Tippecanoe Holiday Invitational. The Buccs, missing six wrestlers, placed ninth out of thirteen schools. The tournament used three pools of four wrestlers, where the winner of each pool was placed into another pool to determine the first through third place finishers, while the second place wrestlers out of the initial pools wrestled for fourth through sixth place and so on. Winning their initial pools were Branden Robinson (104), Deron White (122) and Brandon Magee (160).

Magee also won his finals pool to take first place overall with a 4-0 record and four pins. Both Robinson (3-2, 3 pins) and White (2-2, 2 pins) finished in third place overall. Izaiah Branden (80), Jacob Buchanan (86) and Josh Sowers (92) each took second in their initial pools. Sowers finished in fourth place with a 3-1 record and a pin, while Branden (2-2, pin) and Buchanan (1-2, pin) each finished fifth. Ross Bowman went 2-3 overall with two pins for eighth place. Also competing hard for Covington were Tristan Francis (116, 1 pin) and Michael Cox (110).

Green Continued from page 13 win the AFC North with a victory. Green missed only one game this season, a 31-24 loss in Baltimore on Nov. 20. Cincinnati fell behind 31-14 early in the fourth quarter, then rallied behind Dalton, who set a Bengals rookie passing record with 373 yards. He also threw three interceptions. This time, the Ravens will have to contend with Green, who has a sprained right shoulder that is improving. Green played with the injury during a 23-16 win over Arizona on Saturday and had two catches for 25 yards. Green leads NFL rookies with 63 catches and 1,031 yards. His 11 catches of 35 yards or more are the most in the league and the most by an NFL rookie since Minnesota's Randy Moss had 14 in 1998. The Bengals' most dangerous play has been Dalton throwing a high, arching pass that lets Green out-jump a cornerback for the ball. "We call him the leading rebounder in the National Football League right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He goes up and gets a lot of

balls. They're going to throw it up to him. He's a vertical threat. He can go chase a ball down." Dalton has thrown 20 touchdown passes, a club record for a rookie. The only other NFL rookies to throw 20 were Peyton Manning (26), Charley Conerly (22), Dan Marino (20) and Cam Newton (20). Dalton and Carolina's Newton have become the fourth and fifth rookies to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Since that three-interception game in Baltimore, Dalton has gotten much better at avoiding bad throws. In the last five games, he's thrown for five touchdowns and only one interception. He had another interception nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty. "Turnovers usually decide the game, and I turned the ball over too many times," Dalton said. "I have to look back at how I've been playing and correct those things. It's just being smarter with the football. "There were a couple that I threw that I shouldn't have, whereas now I know not to make those throws."

Sellout Continued from page 13 for both teams. "Just to have everyone here in Cincinnati wanting to come out for this game, I think that's something we've been wanting and been trying to get for

a while," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "I'm just happy everybody responded to it. “It's going to be a fun atmosphere, and we're excited about it."



OSU Continued from page 13 3-pointers. "I was fortunate to knock them down because my teammates were setting great screens for me. They kept telling me to shoot." Next-to-last in the conference in 3-pointers at 4.8 per game, the Buckeyes hit seven in the first half to build a big lead and finished 10 for 20 from long range. "We were saving it," Ohio State coach Thad Matta cracked. It wasn't just a bunch of guys firing up shots from a distance, either. Jared Sullinger added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-1, 1-0), who dominated the boards 4930. Deshaun Thomas had 16 points for Ohio State, which broke the game open with a 13-0 first-half run fueled by 3-pointers. Jordan Sibert added 12 points, all on 3s. "Thad said at the end when we shook hands, 'This was about as good as we can play,'" Carmody said, adding "And we had a lot to do with that." The conference's top two scorers, John Shurna and Drew Crawford, had miserable games. They were held to 11 and 13 points, respectively, on a combined 9-for-30 shooting. The loss was the 31st straight for the Wildcats (10-3) in Columbus, dating to 1977. Even when Northwestern pared what was a 19point lead down to 12 in the second half, the Buckeyes pulled away again and Buford led the way. He hit four free throws in a 10-3 run — all the points coming at the line — to push the lead to 59-

39 with 11:55 left. By then, a refreshed Sullinger and point guard Aaron Craft, who sat out for several minutes due to foul trouble, were back on the court and the game was well in hand for Ohio State. With Shurna and Crawford struggling — shadowed wherever they went, taking bad shots when they did get a chance — the Buckeyes took a 41-26 halftime lead. The pace favored the Wildcats in the early going. They pulled to a tie at 13 on Davide Curletti's 3 at the 12:16 mark. But the Buckeyes suddenly found the range behind the arc and the game teetered in their favor. Sibert, just 8 for 31 on 3-pointers coming in, hit 3 of 4, as did Buford. Sibert's 3 ignited a 13-0 rally as the Buckeyes held the Wildcats scoreless for 4:36. Craft had smacked Sibert's shooting hand in practice recently. Sibert said he had torn ligaments in it, but Sullinger joked that it was just "a little bruise." The injury certainly didn't seem to bother him. His four 3s and 12 points were career-highs. "I had kind of gotten complacent in the spring and summer shooting and I didn't work as hard as I felt I needed to," he said. So he shot 400 or 500 extra shots per night with managers chasing down rebounds. Matta joked that Sibert's shooting is so much better with the injured hand that even if it required surgery, Sibert would have to play

through the pain. "We're not going to fix it," Matta said, laughing. "We're going to leave it be." Thomas continued the spurt by hitting a short jumper before Buford nailed a 3 and then made the play of the game. Shurna muscled past the smaller Craft and broke free for a short jumper but Buford went high to block it. That seemed to set the tone for the rest of the surge. Sibert hit another 3 and Buford followed with a perimeter jumper that was first signaled a 3 but then discounted to a twopoint basket after a video review. The lead never dropped below 11 points again as Ohio State won its 34th straight home game and stayed perfect at home Northwestern against since 1977. Buford, who came in averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds in five previous games against Northwestern, had 13 points and 7 rebounds at halftime. Sullinger said Buford has grown into being a leader after remaining quiet for much of his first couple of years on campus. "Will's doing a great job," he said. "He's more vocal. “He's taking on a lot more of the leadership on himself this year." Sibert said that with an Ohio State team that only has one senior and one junior (backup post Evan Ravenel), Buford has had a profound effect on the younger players. "We look to Will," he said. "He finds a way to make sure our team stays in rhythm."

them into layups, which helped us make a little run in the second quarter. “In the 2nd half, we turned it over a couple of times early, and they got a couple of baskets and we got on our heels and quit attacking the press.” The end result was 17 turnovers in the second half and 26 for the game. “You just can't do that and expect to win games,” Hoke said about the turnovers. “We did not do a great job on the boards tonight. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds. They banked a couple of 3's, outhustled us to the boards a few times, we didn't play strong with the ball, and the momentum swung in their favor in the second half half. “Give credit to St. Mary's for taking advantage of opportunities, but we felt like we beat ourselves in the second half." Along with the turnovers and rebounds, Piqua was just 11 of 38 from the floor for 28 percent and three of 11 from the line for 27 percent. Graves led Piqua with nine points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two assists. Macy Yount scored six points. Shelby Vogler and Hannah Mowery each grabbed six rebounds, while Deal pulled down five rebounds and added two steals. Piqua will play at Troy Jan. 4. BOXSCORE Piqua (26) Mowery 0-0-0, Deal 2-0-4, Witten 1-0-3, Yount 3-0-6, Allen 0-0-0, Hilleary 1-1-3, Hummel 0-1-1, Davis 0-0-0, Potts 0-0-0, Clemons 0-0-0, Graves 4-1-9, Vogler 0-00. Totals: 11-3-26. St. Marys (41) Spencer 0-0-0, Gottschalk 0-0-0, Falk 42-10, Aller 2-4-9, Albert 1-1-5, Kinkley 0-00, Kill 1-0-2, Bertke 2-0-4, Rohbrach 1-2-4, Heitkamp 1-2-4, Dicus 1-3-4. Totals: 13-1341. 3-point field goals — Piqua; Witten. St. Marys: Aller, Albert. Score By Quarters Piqua 11 21 24 26 St. Marys 9 16 29 41 Records: Piqua 2-6, St. Marys 2-7.

Lady Tigers win GREENVILLE — The first quarter started out well for Greenville Wednesday night, but in the end Versailles just had too much talent as the Lady Tigers beat the Lady Wave 59-36. After Greenville started out the game on a 9-2 run in the first four-and-a-half minutes, Versailles took a timeout. “I told them that they were getting out-hustled to the ball and getting out-rebounded,” Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “That kind of turned a fire on I think inside them and made them play a little bit harder and some of our shots fell and our press I think really hurt them.” Katie Heckman scored 18 points for Versailles and Amanda Winner added 16 for the Lady Tigers.

Browns Continued from page 13 tackle Ahtyba Rubin, defensive end Jabaal Sheard and defensive tackle Phil Taylor — each of whom plays in front of Jackson to free him to make plays at linebacker. Shurmur sounded like he agreed that more Browns players were deserving of Pro Bowl recognition. "I'll keep that private," he said. "As coaches, we all have strong feelings about our players." Santa Colt arrives When the Browns' offensive linemen arrived for practice on Wednesday, they were greeted by presents from quarterback Colt McCoy. Each lineman received a Big Green Egg

smoker/grill with accessories and charcoal. "Colt did a very good job on Christmas," center Alex Mack said with a smile.

pare for veteran Charlie Batch. "I know Big Ben is banged up a little bit," Jackson said. "You always have to count him in. We're preparing to see Big Big Ben update Ben. ... When (Batch) is in Steelers coach Mike there, they don't want to Tomlin said quarterback do as much (offensively)." Ben Roethlisberger is "scheduled" to practice Squib kicks this week after missing ■ The Browns signed last week's 27-0 win over receiver Owen Spencer to visiting St. Louis. the practice squad on Roethlisberger injured Wednesday. Originally his ankle a week earlier signed as an undrafted against San Francisco. He free agent by Tenneseee in took snaps with the first July, the North Carolina team in practice Wednes- State product has spent day, according to reports parts of this season on the out of Pittsburgh. practice squads of Seattle, Jackson expects to see Detroit and Minnesota. Roethlisberger under center, but acknowledged the ■ Receiver Jordan NorBrowns also have to pre- wood (head), linebacker

Quinton Spears (head) and offensive lineman Tony Pashos (ankle/illness) all joined McCoy on the did-not-participate list Wednesday. Shurmur said he hopes to have Pashos and Spears back at practice on Thursday. ■ There seemed to be a mix-up in communication late in the first half of last Saturday's game in Baltimore that allowed time to run off before the Browns could attempt a final play or field-goal attempt. When asked if he and QB Seneca Wallace had any communication issues, Shurmur said, "I'm confident we'll be communicating perfectly" on Sunday against Pittsburgh.




Thursday, December 29, 2011

Record Book

Playoff Scenarios


NFL Standings National Football League All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East y-N. England N.Y. Jets Buffalo Miami South y-Houston Tennessee Jacksonville Indianapolis North x-Baltimore x-Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland West

W 12 8 6 5

L 3 7 9 10

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .800 .533 .400 .333

PF 464 360 351 310

PA 321 344 385 296

W 10 8 4 2

L 5 7 11 13

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .667 .533 .267 .133

PF 359 302 224 230

PA 255 295 316 411

W 11 11 9 4

L 4 4 6 11

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .733 .733 .600 .267

PF 354 312 328 209

PA 250 218 299 294

PF 306 333 368 205

PA 383 395 351 335

PF 363 355 362 278

PA 386 316 318 333

PF 502 357 389 263

PA 322 326 384 449

PF 515 433 336 327

PA 318 342 328 432

PF 346 301 289 166

PA 202 292 328 373

L T Pct W 8 7 0 .533 Denver 8 7 0 .533 Oakland 7 8 0 .467 San Diego 9 0 .400 Kansas City 6 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East L T Pct W 8 7 0 .533 N.Y. Giants 8 7 0 .533 Dallas 8 0 .467 Philadelphia 7 10 0 .333 Washington 5 South L T Pct W 3 0 .800 y-New Orleans12 9 6 0 .600 x-Atlanta 6 9 0 .400 Carolina 4 11 0 .267 Tampa Bay North L T Pct W 1 0 .933 y-Green Bay 14 10 5 0 .667 x-Detroit 7 8 0 .467 Chicago 3 12 0 .200 Minnesota West L T Pct W 3 0 .800 y-S. Francisco 12 7 8 0 .467 Seattle 7 8 0 .467 Arizona 2 13 0 .133 St. Louis x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday, Jan. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

NFL Playoff Scenarios Week 17 AFC CLINCHED: New England-East Division and first-round bye; Houston-South Division; Baltimore and Pittsburgh-wild-card spots. NEW ENGLAND — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win or tie OR Baltimore loss or tie AND Pittsburgh loss or tie BALTIMORE — Clinches AFC North Division and first-round bye with: Win OR Tie AND Pittsburgh loss or tie OR Pittsburgh loss — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win AND New England loss PITTSBURGH — Clinches AFC North Division and first-round bye with: Win AND Baltimore loss or tie OR Tie AND Baltimore loss OR — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win AND Baltimore loss or tie AND New England loss DENVER — Clinches AFC West Division with: Win OR Tie AND Oakland loss or tie OR Oakland loss OAKLAND — Clinches AFC West Division with: Win AND Denver loss or tie OR Tie AND Denver loss — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie OR Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win CINCINNATI — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win or tie N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Oakland loss or tie N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Denver loss or tie N.Y. JETS — Clinch wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie AND Oakland loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie AND Denver loss or tie TENNESSEE — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win AND Oakland loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win AND Denver loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Oakland win AND Denver win NFC CLINCHED: Green Bay-North Division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs; New Orleans-South Division; San Francisco-West Division; Atlantaand Detroit-wild-card spots. SAN FRANCISCO — Clinches first-round bye with: Win OR New Orleans loss OR

Tie AND New Orleans tie NEW ORLEANS — Clinches first-round bye with: Win and San Francisco loss or tie OR Tie and San Francisco loss N.Y. GIANTS — Clinch NFC East Division with: Win or tie DALLAS — Clinches NFC East Division with: Win

Pro Bowl Rosters 2012 Pro Bowl Rosters Sunday, Jan. 29 At Honolulu AFC Offense Wide Receivers — s-Wes Welker, New England; s-Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh; A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Brandon Marshall, Miami. Tackles — s-Joe Thomas, Cleveland; s-Jake Long, Miami; D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets. Guards — s-Logan Mankins, New England; sBrian Waters, New England; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore. Centers — s-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold, New York Jets. Tight Ends — s-Rob Gronkowski, New England; Antonio Gates, San Diego. Quarterbacks — s-Tom Brady, New England; Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh; Philip Rivers, San Diego. Running Backs — s-Ray Rice, Baltimore; Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville; Arian Foster, Houston. Fullback — s-Vonta Leach, Baltimore. Defense Ends — s-Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis; sAndre Carter, New England; Elvis Dumervil, Denver. Interior Linemen — s-Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; s-Vince Wilfork, New England; Richard Seymour, Oakland. Outside Linebackers — s-Terrell Suggs, Baltimore; s-Von Miller, Denver; Tamba Hali, Kansas City. Inside/Middle Linebackers — s-Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Derrick Johnson, Kansas City. Cornerbacks — s-Darrelle Revis, New York Jets; s-Champ Bailey, Denver; Johnathan Joseph, Houston. Free Safeties — s-Ed Reed, Baltimore; Eric Weddle, San Diego. Strong Safety — s-Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh. Specialists Punter — Shane Lechler, Oakland. Placekicker — Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland. Kick Returner — Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh. Special Teamer — Matthew Slater, New England. Long Snapper — TBA. NFC Offense Wide Receiver — s-Calvin Johnson, Detroit; sLarry Fitzgerald, Arizona; Steve Smith, Carolina; Greg Jennings, Green Bay. Tackles — s-Jason Peters, Philadelphia; s-Joe Staley, San Francisco; Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans. Guards — s-Jahri Evans, New Orleans; s-Carl Nicks, New Orleans; Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay. Centers — s-Ryan Kalil, Carolina; Scott Wells, Green Bay.

Tight Ends — s-Jimmy Graham, New Orleans; Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta. Quarterbacks — s-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay; Drew Brees, New Orleans; Eli Manning, New York Giants. Running Backs — s-LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Matt Forte, Chicago; Frank Gore, San Francisco. Fullback — s-John Kuhn, Green Bay. Defense Ends — s-Jared Allen, Minnesota; s-Jason Babin, Philadelphia; Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants. Interior Lineman — s-Justin Smith, San Francisco; s-Jay Ratliff, Dallas; B.J. Raji, Green Bay. Outside Linebackers — s-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas; s-Clay Matthews, Green Bay; Lance Briggs, Chicago. Inside/Middle Linebackers — s-Patrick Willis, San Francisco; Brian Urlacher, Chicago. Cornerbacks — s-Charles Woodson, Green Bay; s-Carlos Rogers, San Francisco; Charles Tillman, Chicago. Free Safeties — s-Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco. Strong Safety — s-Adrian Wilson, Arizona. Specialists Punter — Andy Lee, San Francisco. Placekicker — David Akers, San Francisco. Kick Returner — Patrick Peterson, Arizona. Special Teamer — Corey Graham, Chicago. Long Snapper — TBA.


NBA Standings National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 Toronto New Jersey 1 1 .500 Philadelphia 0 1 .000 0 2 .000 Boston Southeast Division W L Pct 2 0 1.000 Miami Atlanta 1 0 1.000 Charlotte 1 0 1.000 1 1 .500 Orlando Washington 0 1 .000 Central Division L Pct W Indiana 1 0 1.000 Chicago 1 1 .500 1 1 .500 Milwaukee Cleveland 0 1 .000 Detroit 0 1 .000 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct 1 0 1.000 New Orleans San Antonio 1 0 1.000 Houston 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 Memphis Dallas 0 2 .000 Northwest Division L Pct W Oklahoma City 2 0 1.000 Portland 2 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 Denver Utah 0 1 .000 Minnesota 0 2 .000 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 1 0 1.000

Golden State 1 1 .500 1 1 .500 Sacramento L.A. Lakers 1 2 .333 Phoenix 0 1 .000 Tuesday's Games Atlanta 106, New Jersey 70 Miami 115, Boston 107 Milwaukee 98, Minnesota 95 Portland 101, Sacramento 79 L.A. Lakers 96, Utah 71 Wednesday's Games Indiana at Toronto Miami at Charlotte Washington at Atlanta Cleveland at Detroit Boston at New Orleans Oklahoma City at Memphis L.A. Clippers at San Antonio Utah at Denver Philadelphia at Phoenix New York at Golden State Thursday's Games New Jersey at Orlando, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Denver at Portland, 10 p.m. New York at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Friday's Games Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Utah, 9 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Bowling GB — — ½ 1 1½ GB — ½ ½ 1 1½ GB — ½ ½ 1 1

GB — — 1 1 1½ GB — — ½ 1½ 2 GB —

Brel-Aire Scores Club 523 200 games (Men) — D. Cantrell 208, D. Morris 210-210, D. Divens 226, G. Schwieterman 200, R. Shirk 279-210, M. Maxwell 247, E. Wagner 214202-211, C. Morris 212-202-224, B. Lavey 223, T. Karns 266-211, E. Lavey 218, D. Selsor 225, A. Kinkle 237, C. Helmer 239-237-201. 600 series (Men) — D. Morris 608, D. Divens 616, R. Shirk 680, E. Wagner 627, C. Morris 638, T. Karns 650, D. Selsor 644, P. Jenkins 619, A. Kinkle 620, C. Helmer 677. STANDINGS 78-34 Jet Bowling Joe Thoma Jewelers 60-52 Morris HTG & Cooling 58-54 54-58 Trent Karns Sidney Tool & Die 54-58 Norm, Larry & Tom 54-58 53-59 Three Old Men We Hate Bowling 37-75

Transactions Wednesday's Sports Transactions FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Signed PK Brandon Coutu. Placed PK Dave Rayner on injured reserve. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed WR Owen Spencer to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Signed DE Aaron Lavarias and DB Ross Ventrone to the practice squad.

NFL Leaders NFL Individual Leaders Week 16 SCORING, NONKICKERS TD Rus Rec Ret 20 17 3 0 L. McCoy, PHL R. Gronkowski, NE 16 1 15 0 Ca. Johnson, DET 15 0 15 0 14 14 0 0 C. Newton, CAR M. Lynch, SEA 13 12 1 0 A. Peterson, MIN 13 12 1 0 13 10 3 0 R. Rice, BAL A. Foster, HOU 12 10 2 0 Jor. Nelson, GBY 12 0 12 0 ___ LEADING SCORERS SCORING, KICKERS PAT FG Lg 30/30 42/49 55 Akers, SNF Kasay, NOR 57/57 27/33 53 D. Bailey, DAL 37/37 32/36 51 54/54 26/31 50 Gostkowski, NWE Crosby, GBY 62/63 23/26 58 Rackers, HOU 38/39 29/35 54 32/33 30/34 49 Nugent, CIN Ja. Hanson, DET 50/50 23/27 51 M. Bryant, ATL 39/39 26/28 51 35/35 27/36 51 Cundiff, BAL Gould, CHI 35/35 27/31 57 Janikowski, OAK 34/34 27/31 63 24/25 30/39 59 Gano, WAS Novak, SND 36/37 26/32 53 Bironas, TEN 32/32 26/29 53 42/42 22/25 51 Henery, PHL Mare, CAR 42/43 21/27 45 Hauschka, SEA 32/32 23/27 52 25/25 25/30 51 D. Carpenter, MIA Suisham, PIT 35/35 21/28 51 Barth, TAM 22/22 25/27 55 37/38 20/25 53 Longwell, MIN Folk, NYJ 42/42 18/24 51 Tynes, NYG 39/39 18/22 50 Succop, KAN 19/19 24/29 54 Vinatieri, IND 23/23 21/25 53 30/30 18/24 59 Prater, DEN Dawson, CLE 20/20 21/26 54 Scobee, JAC 23/23 19/21 55 31/31 16/21 51 Feely, ARI Jo. Brown, STL 15/15 19/26 49 ___ LEADING PASSERS Att Comp Yds TD Int Rodgers, GBY 502 343 4643 45 6 5087 41 13 Brees, NOR 622 440 Brady, NWE 576 378 4897 36 11 Romo, DAL 485 317 3895 29 9 2479 15 6 Schaub, HOU 292 178 Stafford, DET 604 385 4518 36 14 Rthlsbrgr, PIT 473 301 3856 21 14 4071 27 12 M. Ryan, ATL 557 341 Manning, NYG556 335 4587 26 16 Smith, SNF 415 253 2931 16 5 2375 15 7 Moore, MIA 316 189 Rivers, SND 556 347 4314 24 19 Cutler, CHI 314 182 2319 13 7 3893 20 16 Newton, CAR 492 295 Vick, PHL 384 229 2968 15 13 Dalton, CIN 472 278 3166 20 13 253 146 1955 9 8 Kolb, ARI Ftzptrick, BUF 523 324 3525 22 19 Hsslbck, TEN 483 297 3274 16 14 3480 19 12 Flacco, BAL 523 297 Jackson, SEA 415 250 2869 13 12 Sanchez, NYJ 511 287 3267 24 15 Palmer, OAK 285 171 2336 11 15 Cassel, KAN 269 160 1713 10 9 Tebow, DEN 250 120 1669 12 6 Freeman, TAM 506 315 3318 14 19 McCoy, CLE 463 265 2733 14 11 Grssmn, WAS 413 243 2895 15 19 Ponder, MIN 281 154 1825 13 12 Bradford, STL 357 191 2164 6 6 Skelton, ARI 235 129 1642 10 13 Painter, IND 243 132 1541 6 9 Gabbert, JAC 394 199 2122 11 11 ___ LEADING PASS RECEIVERS RECEPTIONS No Yds Avg Long Welker, NWE 116 1518 13.1 99t R. White, ATL 96 1227 12.8 43 J. Graham, NOR 91 1213 13.3 59 Ca. Johnson, DET 85 1437 16.9 73t R. Gronkowski, NWE82 1219 14.9 52t Sproles, NOR 81 681 8.4 39 T. Gonzalez, ATL 79 867 11.0 30 B. Marshall, MIA 77 1177 15.3 65t Harvin, MIN 77 852 11.1 52t Cruz, NYG 76 1358 17.9 99t Pettigrew, DET 76 661 8.7 27 Bowe, KAN 75 1066 14.2 52t R. Rice, BAL 74 696 9.4 52 St. Smith, CAR 73 1308 17.9 77t Colston, NOR 73 998 13.7 50 St. Johnson, BUF 72 964 13.4 55 Witten, DAL 72 873 12.1 64 Hernandez, NWE 72 772 10.7 46 Fitzgerald, ARI 71 1262 17.8 73t M. Wallace, PIT 71 1182 16.6 95t H. Nicks, NYG 71 1116 15.7 68 N. Washington, TEN 70 931 13.3 57 Garcon, IND 68 925 13.6 87t Winslow, TAM 68 707 10.4 37 G. Jennings, GBY 67 949 14.2 79t Wayne, IND 67 887 13.2 56t Burleson, DET 67 712 10.6 47 Gaffney, WAS 64 919 14.4 45 M. Crabtree, SNF 64 788 12.3 52t Mi. Williams, TAM 64 740 11.6 42 A.. Green, CIN 63 1031 16.4 58 An. Brown, PIT 63 1018 16.2 79t Little, CLE 61 709 11.6 76t

X2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pts 156 138 133 132 131 125 122 119 117 116 116 115 114 114 110 108 105 101 100 98 97 97 96 93 91 86 84 83 80 79 72

Rat 122.5 108.4 105.1 102.2 96.8 96.6 91.5 90.7 90.3 90.1 89.8 86.6 85.7 85.0 82.9 81.8 81.1 80.7 80.5 79.7 79.5 79.0 77.2 76.6 75.9 74.9 74.6 73.3 72.4 70.5 68.1 66.6 64.3

TD 9 8 10 15 15 6 7 6 6 8 5 5 3 6 6 6 5 6 8 8 6 6 6 2 9 4 3 5 2 3 7 2 2

Pts 120 96 90 84 78 78 78 72 72

Breaston, KAN Jor. Nelson, GBY F. Davis, WAS Ve. Davis, SNF A. Gates, SND D. Nelson, BUF V. Jackson, SND Keller, NYJ Boldin, BAL D. Bryant, DAL Celek, PHL Heyward-Bey, OAK Maclin, PHL De. Jackson, PHL O. Daniels, HOU Doucet, ARI A. Foster, HOU

60 59 59 59 59 59 58 58 57 57 56 55 55 54 54 53 53

776 12.9 43 1101 18.7 93t 796 13.5 42 674 11.4 39 672 11.4 27 635 10.8 35 1077 18.6 58 770 13.3 41 887 15.6 56 858 15.1 50t 725 12.9 73 845 15.4 58 754 13.7 59 875 16.2 61 677 12.5 34 682 12.9 70t 617 11.6 78t ___ YARDS Yds No Avg Long 1518 116 13.1 99t Welker, NWE Ca. Johnson, DET 1437 85 16.9 73t Cruz, NYG 1358 76 17.9 99t 1308 73 17.9 77t St. Smith, CAR Fitzgerald, ARI 1262 71 17.8 73t R. White, ATL 1227 96 12.8 43 14.9 52t R. Gronkowski, NWE1219 82 J. Graham, NOR 1213 91 13.3 59 M. Wallace, PIT 1182 71 16.6 95t 1177 77 15.3 65t B. Marshall, MIA H. Nicks, NYG 1116 71 15.7 68 Jor. Nelson, GBY 1101 59 18.7 93t 1077 58 18.6 58 V. Jackson, SND Bowe, KAN 1066 75 14.2 52t A.. Green, CIN 1031 63 16.4 58 1018 63 16.2 79t An. Brown, PIT Colston, NOR 998 73 13.7 50 St. Johnson, BUF 964 72 13.4 55 14.2 79t G. Jennings, GBY 949 67 N. Washington, TEN 931 70 13.3 57 Garcon, IND 925 68 13.6 87t Gaffney, WAS 919 64 14.4 45 Boldin, BAL 887 57 15.6 56 887 67 13.2 56t Wayne, IND Ju. Jones, ATL 883 50 17.7 80t De. Jackson, PHL 875 54 16.2 61 873 72 12.1 64 Witten, DAL T. Gonzalez, ATL 867 79 11.0 30 D. Bryant, DAL 858 57 15.1 50t 852 77 11.1 52t Harvin, MIN Heyward-Bey, OAK 845 55 15.4 58 To. Smith, BAL 808 45 18.0 74t 797 50 15.9 74 L. Robinson, DAL F. Davis, WAS 796 59 13.5 42 M. Crabtree, SNF 788 64 12.3 52t 776 60 12.9 43 Breaston, KAN Hernandez, NWE 772 72 10.7 46 Keller, NYJ 770 58 13.3 41 754 55 13.7 59 Maclin, PHL D. Baldwin, SEA 748 48 15.6 55t Mi. Williams, TAM 740 64 11.6 42 729 36 20.3 52t Floyd, SND Knox, CHI 727 37 19.6 81 Celek, PHL 725 56 12.9 73 712 67 10.6 47 Burleson, DET Little, CLE 709 61 11.6 76t Winslow, TAM 707 68 10.4 37 703 48 14.6 41 Finley, GBY D. Branch, NWE 702 51 13.8 63 J. Cook, TEN 696 45 15.5 80t ___ LEADING RUSHERS Att Yards Avg Long Jones-Drew, JAC 318 1437 4.5 43 L. McCoy, PHL 273 1309 4.8 60 A. Foster, HOU 278 1224 4.4 43 Gore, SNF 275 1202 4.4 55 R. Rice, BAL 267 1173 4.4 67 M. Turner, ATL 284 1168 4.1 61 M. Lynch, SEA 266 1118 4.2 47 Ry. Mathews, SND 222 1091 4.9 39 Re. Bush, MIA 216 1086 5.0 76t S. Jackson, STL 244 1069 4.4 47t McGahee, DEN 221 1054 4.8 60t B. Wells, ARI 245 1047 4.3 71 Benson, CIN 260 1016 3.9 42 S. Greene, NYJ 239 999 4.2 31 Forte, CHI 203 997 4.9 46 Chr. Johnson, TEN 247 986 4.0 48t A. Peterson, MIN 208 970 4.7 54 F. Jackson, BUF 170 934 5.5 80t M. Bush, OAK 237 911 3.8 44 Murray, DAL 164 897 5.5 91t Mendenhall, PIT 220 890 4.0 68 Be. Tate, HOU 159 845 5.3 44 DeA. Williams, CAR 148 783 5.3 74t Blount, TAM 178 769 4.3 54t J. Stewart, CAR 133 682 5.1 32 C. Newton, CAR 120 674 5.6 49t Green-Ellis, NWE 174 645 3.7 18 Tebow, DEN 116 644 5.6 32 Helu, WAS 147 635 4.3 28t Do. Brown, IND 126 621 4.9 80t D. McFadden, OAK 113 614 5.4 70t Bradshaw, NYG 155 602 3.9 37 J. Battle, KAN 149 597 4.0 34 Vick, PHL 75 586 7.8 53 J. Starks, GBY 133 578 4.3 40 Sproles, NOR 81 563 7.0 36 Hillis, CLE 151 557 3.7 24t Br. Jacobs, NYG 145 555 3.8 28 Dan. Thomas, MIA 153 553 3.6 28 F. Jones, DAL 116 545 4.7 40 P. Thomas, NOR 105 532 5.1 33 R. Grant, GBY 122 511 4.2 47t Spiller, BUF 94 501 5.3 38 Ingram, NOR 122 474 3.9 35t Gerhart, MIN 94 464 4.9 67 McCluster, KAN 102 455 4.5 32 Th. Jones, KAN 138 436 3.2 26 Tolbert, SND 111 434 3.9 29

2 12 3 6 6 5 8 4 3 9 4 3 5 3 3 5 2

TD 9 15 8 6 8 8 15 10 8 6 6 12 8 5 7 2 6 6 9 6 6 5 3 4 6 3 5 7 9 6 3 7 9 3 2 2 6 4 5 4 3 4 2 4 3 2 2 7 5 3

TD 8 17 10 8 10 9 12 6 6 5 4 10 6 6 3 4 12 6 7 2 9 3 7 5 3 14 9 6 2 5 4 8 2 1 1 2 3 7 0 1 5 2 4 5 1 0 0 7

M. Barber, CHI Ri. Williams, BAL

114 422 3.7 29 102 416 4.1 28 ___ TOTAL YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE Total Rush R. Rice, BAL 1869 1173 A. Foster, HOU 1841 1224 1807 1437 Jones-Drew, JAC L. McCoy, PHL 1624 1309 Welker, NWE 1548 30 1546 1091 Ry. Mathews, SND Forte, CHI 1487 997 Ca. Johnson, DET 1448 11 1387 1069 S. Jackson, STL Re. Bush, MIA 1382 1086 F. Jackson, BUF 1376 934 St. Smith, CAR 1363 55 1361 3 Cruz, NYG Chr. Johnson, TEN 1355 986 M. Turner, ATL 1336 1168 1325 1118 M. Lynch, SEA M. Bush, OAK 1316 911 Gore, SNF 1316 1202 1262 0 Fitzgerald, ARI Sproles, NOR 1244 563 M. Wallace, PIT 1239 57 1227 0 R. White, ATL R. Gronkowski, NWE 1221 2 J. Graham, NOR 1213 0 1210 999 S. Greene, NYJ Harvin, MIN 1184 332 B. Marshall, MIA 1177 0 1116 0 H. Nicks, NYG A. Peterson, MIN 1109 970 McGahee, DEN 1105 1054 1101 0 Jor. Nelson, GBY B. Wells, ARI 1099 1047 Benson, CIN 1088 1016 1088 682 J. Stewart, CAR V. Jackson, SND 1087 10 A.. Green, CIN 1084 53 Murray, DAL 1080 897 Bowe, KAN 1078 12 1059 41 An. Brown, PIT Mendenhall, PIT 1037 890 Colston, NOR 998 0 966 635 Helu, WAS St. Johnson, BUF 964 0 Garcon, IND 953 28 949 0 G. Jennings, GBY N. Washington, TEN 936 5 Ju. Jones, ATL 930 47 921 532 P. Thomas, NOR Gaffney, WAS 919 0 Be. Tate, HOU 919 845 ___ LEADING PUNTERS No. Avg 77 50.7 Lechler, OAK A. Lee, SNF 73 50.5 Fields, MIA 74 48.9 69 48.5 Moorman, BUF Morstead, NOR 45 48.0 B. Colquitt, DEN 92 47.6 47 47.5 Scifres, SND J. Ryan, SEA 87 46.8 McAfee, IND 85 46.7 66 46.5 Koch, BAL Mesko, NWE 55 46.4 Weatherford, NYG 78 45.9 81 45.8 D. Colquitt, KAN Masthay, GBY 51 45.7 Kluwe, MIN 71 45.6 Zastudil, ARI 80 45.1 Koenen, TAM 64 44.9 Hartmann, HOU 58 44.4 Donn. Jones, STL 99 43.9 Huber, CIN 87 43.8 McBriar, DAL 58 43.8 ___ PUNT RET URN LEADERS No Yards Avg Long D. Hester, CHI 26 450 17.3 82t P. Peterson, ARI 40 636 15.9 99t Arenas, KAN 29 388 13.4 37 Ginn Jr., SNF 38 466 12.3 55t Bess, MIA 37 442 11.9 25 Cribbs, CLE 31 366 11.8 84t L. Washington, SEA 37 422 11.4 37 Cobb, GBY 26 295 11.3 80t An. Brown, PIT 30 325 10.8 60t Kerley, NYJ 27 291 10.8 53 Edelman, NWE 28 300 10.7 72t Mariani, TEN 42 447 10.6 79t Br. Tate, CIN 47 498 10.6 56t Jac. Jones, HOU 49 518 10.6 79t L. Webb, BAL 29 290 10.0 68t Cosby, DEN 27 269 10.0 30 Weems, ATL 31 306 9.9 42 Banks, WAS 34 329 9.7 55 Sproles, NOR 26 249 9.6 72t Crayton, SND 22 202 9.2 31 ___ KICKOFF RETURN LEADERS No Yards Avg Long McKnight, NYJ 32 1022 31.9 107t Cobb, GBY 34 941 27.7 108t An. Brown, PIT 24 664 27.7 52 Ginn Jr., SNF 29 800 27.6 102t Sproles, NOR 38 1035 27.2 92 Stroughter, TAM 20 540 27.0 78 Pilares, CAR 21 553 26.3 101t R. Goodman, SND 28 721 25.8 44 Cribbs, CLE 37 951 25.7 63 Je. Norwood, STL 19 481 25.3 47 Logan, DET 29 729 25.1 42 C. Gates, MIA 32 801 25.0 77 L. Washington, SEA 41 1000 24.4 54 Dev. Thomas, NYG 24 576 24.0 40

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Rec 696 617 370 315 1518 455 490 1437 318 296 442 1308 1358 369 168 207 405 114 1262 681 1182 1227 1219 1213 211 852 1177 1116 139 51 1101 52 72 406 1077 1031 183 1066 1018 147 998 331 964 925 949 931 883 389 919 74

Net Avg 40.9 43.5 41.1 37.9 43.1 40.4 39.7 39.5 39.1 38.8 41.4 39.4 40.0 38.3 37.4 37.3 40.0 37.8 36.7 38.9 36.1

TD 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TD 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

½ ½ 1 1

Karim, JAC Stephens-Howling Br. Tate, CIN Booker, MIN Weems, ATL Mariani, TEN

24 36 39 19 24 31

573 857 926 450 563 725

23.9 37 23.8 37 23.7 45 23.7 68 23.5 37 23.4 49 ___ INTERCEPTION LEADERS Int Yds Long TD K. Arrington, NWE 7 92 28 0 7 89 26 0 Weddle, SND Woodson, GBY 7 63 30t 1 Browner, SEA 6 220 94t 2 6 106 31t 1 C. Rogers, SNF Webster, NYG 6 71 25 0 Goldson, SNF 6 53 21 0 C. Houston, DET 5 225 100t 2 5 147 76 1 Peprah, GBY L. Webb, BAL 5 81 73t 1 Revis, NYJ 4 184 100t 1 4 130 62 0 Giordano, OAK R. Nelson, CIN 4 115 75t 1 Flowers, KAN 4 95 58t 1 4 92 43t 1 Tr. Williams, GBY S. Lee, DAL 4 87 37 0 Newman, DAL 4 80 43t 1 4 77 49 0 DeCoud, ATL Ku. Coleman, PHL 4 60 35 0 Vo. Davis, MIA 4 60 28 0 4 55 35t 1 Da. Harris, NYJ K. Phillips, NYG 4 50 31 0 E. Wright, DET 4 49 22 0 4 40 29 0 J. Joseph, HOU Jas. Allen, HOU 4 34 34 0 Chancellor, SEA 4 27 9 0 4 26 12 0 Ge. Wilson, BUF Ross, NYG 4 19 19 0 Routt, OAK 4 7 3 0 3 119 59t 1 Ken. Lewis, KAN Hawthorne, SEA 3 111 77t 1 Cromartie, NYJ 3 105 42 0 Byrd, BUF 3 88 37t 1 Shields, GBY 3 66 60 0 3 64 30 1 Florence, BUF Ma. Wright, CHI 3 60 36 1 Samuel, PHL 3 53 20t 1 47 38t 1 Cla. Matthews, GBY 3 Spievey, DET 3 47 30 0 C. Gamble, CAR 3 43 24 0 3 37 30 0 Gordy, STL D. Hall, WAS 3 34 26 0 Mik. Adams, CLE 3 33 29 0 31 25 0 P. Robinson, NOR 3 D.. Moore, CHI 3 30 20t 1 Chaney, PHL 3 25 14 0 3 25 16 0 E. Reed, BAL B. Carr, KAN 3 16 14 0 S. Martin, CAR 3 16 15 0 3 12 12 0 R. Barber, TAM R. Sherman, SEA 3 12 7 0 C. Graham, CHI 3 11 10 0 3 10 6 0 Asomugha, PHL Urlacher, CHI 3 7 8 0 McGraw, KAN 3 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 M. Burnett, GBY ___ LEADERS IN SACKS Sacks Jar. Allen, MIN 18.5 Babin, PHL 18.0 18.0 De. Ware, DAL Pierre-Paul, NYG 15.5 Ald. Smith, SNF 14.0 C. Long, STL 13.0 Suggs, BAL 13.0 Hali, KAN 12.0 Barwin, HOU 11.5 V. Miller, DEN 11.5 Avril, DET 11.0 A. Barnes, SND 11.0 Clemons, SEA 11.0 A. Carter, NWE 10.0 T. Cole, PHL 10.0 Peppers, CHI 10.0 Dumervil, DEN 9.5 M. Anderson, NWE 9.0 Harrison, PIT 9.0 Charle. Johnson, CAR 9.0 Woodley, PIT 9.0 Abraham, ATL 8.5 Ro. Mathis, IND 8.5 Wake, MIA 8.5 Atkins, CIN 8.0 C. Campbell, ARI 8.0 Vanden Bosch, DET 8.0 Clayborn, TAM 7.5 Freeney, IND 7.5 R. Harper, NOR 7.5 T. Kelly, OAK 7.5 Kerrigan, WAS 7.5 Sheard, CLE 7.5 Klug, TEN 7.0 Melton, CHI 7.0 Orakpo, WAS 7.0 Robison, MIN 7.0 J. Taylor, MIA 7.0 Umenyiora, NYG 7.0 Wimbley, OAK 7.0 Ninkovich, NWE 6.5 Ju. Smith, SNF 6.5 W. Smith, NOR 6.5 Acho, ARI 6.0 Bowen, WAS 6.0 Brooks, SNF 6.0 Fanene, CIN 6.0 Cla. Matthews, GBY 6.0 Maybin, NYJ 6.0 McPhee, BAL 6.0 B. Reed, HOU 6.0 Seymour, OAK 6.0 A. Spencer, DAL 6.0

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Toledo’s Zac Rosenbauer (right) forces Air Force’s Cody Getz on a kickoff return in the first half. Toledo recovered the fumble and went on to win 42-41.

Toledo gets ‘offensive’ win Rockets outlast Air Force 42-41 in Military Bowl WASHINGTON (AP) — Back and forth they went. A kickoff return for 87 yards. A pitch around the left end for 60. Touchdown passes for 49 and 37 yards. Two touchdowns scored on fourth downs. A pair of botched onside kicks. And that was just the first half. Toledo and Air Force ran up the score early and often Wednesday at the Military Bowl and played to a wild finish, decided only when Air Force's 2point conversion attempt went awry with 52 seconds to play to give Toledo a 42-41 victory. Air Force lined up to kick the extra point after

Zach Kauth's 33-yard, fourth-and-3 touchdown catch pulled the Falcons within a point. But holder David Baska ran the option instead, and his pitch to kicker Parker Herrington was low and ended up bouncing out of bounds in the end zone. Bernard Reedy's third touchdown of the game — a 37-yard catch, spin and run on a pass from Terrance Owens — gave Toledo a 42-35 lead with 5:01 to play and put the Rockets (9-4) over the 40point mark for a sixth straight game. The win also marked a successful debut for Matt Campbell, the youngest

Bowl Glance College Football FBS Bowl Glance Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Temple 37, Wyoming 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Ohio 24, Utah State 23 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30 Tuesday, Dec. 20 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall 20, FIU 10 Wednesday, Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24 Thursday, Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl At Las Vegas Boise State 56, Arizona State 24 Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Southern Mississippi 24, Nevada 17 Monday, Dec. 26 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Missouri 41, North Carolina 24 Tuesday, Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Purdue 37, Western Michigan 32 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina State 31, Louisville 24 Wednesday, Dec. 28 Military Bowl At Washington Toledo 42, Air Force 41 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5) Thursday, Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Dallas Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3), Noon (ESPN) Pinstripe Bowl At Bronx, N.Y. Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State (6-6) vs. Wake Forest (6-6), 6:40 p.m. (ESPN) Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (7-5), 10 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS)

Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco UCLA (6-7) vs. Illinois (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Penn State (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1), Noon (ESPNU) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (111), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 4 Orange Bowl At Miami West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Kansas State (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 8 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 9 BCS National Championship At New Orleans LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 21 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, TBA, (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 28 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Feb. 5 Texas vs. Nation At San Antonio Texas vs. Nation, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)

coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The 32-year-old Campbell, who has been the Rockets' offensive coordinator for three years, was promoted to the head job after Tim Beckman left earlier this month for Illinois. Reedy had a career-high 126 yards on four catches and was named the game's MVP. Owens completed 19 of 24 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Adonis Thomas ran for 108 yards on 22 carries. Tim Jefferson, the first quarterback in service academy history to lead his team to four consecutive bowl games, com-

pleted 13 of 22 passes for 159 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Air Force (7-6). The game matched two of the top 25 scoring teams in the country, and they wasted little time living up to their reputations. It was Mid-American Conference member Toledo's spread offense against Mountain West Air Force's triple option, and the idea of a huddle seemed a quaint, antiquated concept. The Rockets, as expected, featured their Mr. Do-Everything, Eric Page. The junior Paul Hornung Award finalist caught 13 passes for 59 yards, but his biggest play was an

87-yard kickoff return in the first half. Page ran untouched as he followed Reedy's block up the middle of the field for his fourth career kickoff return TD and first this year. Making big plays for Air Force was Jonathan Warzeka, whose careerbest 60-yard run set up one touchdown, and whose 37-yard reception on fourth-and-3 tied the game 28-all heading into halftime. The second half got off to slow start, with the teams exchanging punts before the game's only defensive score: Toledo safety Jermaine Robinson's 37-yard interception

runback after he corralled a tipped pass deep in the secondary. Mike DeWitt's 2-yard run, his second touchdown of the game, tied it again, this time at 35-35. Toledo went primarily with Owens at quarterback over Austin Dantin, who started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out the last two with a concussion. Both usually get plenty of playing time in each game, but Campbell stayed with the hot hand. The game, in its fourth year on the bowl calendar, drew 25,042 to RFK Stadium, and large swaths of the upper deck were empty.

Louisville comeback falls short North Carolina State wins Belk Bowl 31-24 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moments after Louisville's comeback bid fell short in a 31-24 loss to North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl, coach Charlie Strong was anxiously looking forward to next season instead of dwelling on the defeat. Who can blame him? The Cardinals finished 7-6 this season despite starting 10 freshmen, including promising young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. So their future seems promising following a season in which they finished tied for first place in the Big East and qualified for a bowl. "We have so much coming back next season," Strong said. "The core of our offense is coming back. On defense we lose (linebacker) Dexter Heyman, which is a big loss for us, but everyone else is back. So we'll take this team in the offseason and hope they'll continue to mature and grow up from this loss. You can always learning something from a loss and this one is going to burn." Strong said the goal this year will be adding some difference makers, particularly at defensive end and linebacker. "We need to do a better job of recruiting," Strong said. "It's all about recruiting. We have to continue to build and move forward." Leading the team into

the future will be Bridgewater, who had moments of greatness on Tuesday night and other moments where he appeared lost. He threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another and nearly brought Louisville back from 21 points down. But he was also picked off three times, making an awful decision early in the game by throwing the ball right to a linebacker three yards in front of him as he was being pressured. Still, he never quit. The Cardinals battled back and had once last chance to send the game into overtime after stopping N.C. State on fourthand-1 late in the game. On a third-and-12, however, linebacker Dontae Johnson sacked Bridgewater for an 11-yard loss, setting up David Amerson's game-clinching interception. "It's about having heart and not giving up and just that will to win," Bridgewater said. But the hole proved too big dig out of for the Cardinals. N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon, the game's Most Valuable Player, threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns and Amerson picked off Bridgewater twice, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown. T.J. Graham made the most of his final game at N.C. State with seven

catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard score on a nifty catch-and-run, as the Wolfpack (8-5) overcame a series of special-teams blunders to hold off a late charge from the Cardinals (7-6). Amerson finished the year with 13 interceptions, the most in the country, while setting a new Atlantic Coast Conference record. Louisville used a fake punt to get back in the game after falling behind 31-10. Bridgewater threw a pair of 2-yard touchdown passes to close the gap to 31-24 with 3:55 left in the game. The Wolfpack came into the game leading the nation in interceptions and picked off Bridgewater three times. On Louisville's first possession, Bridgewater came under pressure and made a poor decision to try to dump the ball off, but instead threw it in the hands of linebacker Terrell Manning. Glennon took advantage, methodically driving the Wolfpack 79 yards completing 6 of 7 passes for 49 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown strike to Graham to take a 7-0 lead. Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien was worried about his young special teams unit coming into the game and his worst fears were realized on his

team's next drive. Freshman punter Will Baumann mishandled a low snap from center and was swarmed under at the 5yard line by the Cardinals. Bridgewater cashed in three plays later on an 8yard touchdown run, getting to the corner just ahead of Wolfpack defenders. After Louisville went ahead 10-7, Glennon bounced back from an early interception by completing five straight passes for 80 yards, capped by a 35-yard touchdown to Tobais Palmer, who made a nice adjustment with the ball in midair to haul in the pass. Then came the play of the game as Graham caught a pass over the middle from Glennon and broke two tackles en route to a 68-yard touchdown reception giving the Wolfpack a 21-10 lead at the break. N.C. State tacked on three more to start the third quarter after a pair of costly Louisville penalties — a running into the kicker on Adrian Bushell on fourth down and unnecessary roughness call on linebacker Preston Brown after the Cardinals stopped the Wolfpack on third down. The Wolfpack seemingly put the game away 17 seconds later when Amerson intercepted Bridgewater downfield and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.


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