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Obama delivers speech on economy, jobs President says Washington has taken its eye off the economic ball BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has “taken its eye off the ball” as he pledged a stronger secondterm commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly five years after the country plunged into a recession. Obama returned to the college campus where he gave his first major economic address as a U.S. senator, and he chided

Congress for being less concerned about the economy and more about “an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals.” “I am here to say this needs to stop,” Obama said in a speech at Knox College. “This moment does not require short term thinking. It does not require having the same old stale debates.” The president’s attempt to refocus on the economy comes amid some hopeful signs of improvement, with the unemployment rate falling and consumer


confidence on the rise. But looming spending and budget deadlines this fall could upend that progress if Washington spirals into contentious fiscal fights like those that plagued Obama’s first term. “I believe there are members of both parties who understand what’s at stake,” Obama said. “But I will not allow gridlock, inaction or willful indifference to get in our way.” Even before the president spoke, Republicans panned his pivot back to the economy as little more than vague, empty


promises. “It’s a hollow shell, it’s an Easter Egg with no candy in it,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The president announced no fresh policy proposals, though he promised new ideas in a series of speeches he plans in the coming weeks. They will focus on manufacturing, education, housing, retirement security and health care. On education, the president promised to outline “an aggressive strategy to shake up the system, tackle rising costs, and


improve value for middle-class students and their families.” He renewed his call for increasing the minimum wage. Despite pressing public concerns over jobs and economic security, the economy has taken a back seat in Washington to other issues in the first six months of Obama’s second term. That’s in part due to the White House’s decision to focus on other agenda items following Obama’s re-election, most notably stricter gun control See Obama/Page 2

BOE considering resource officers Officers would work with staff, students, public to increase safety in schools BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer


Abbey Deppen tickles her son Grayson, 2, while Adelyn, 4, laughs at her brother from her swing while the family enjoys a day out in beautiful weather at Fountain Park on Wednesday afternoon.

First Lady focuses on youth, guns BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) A second term as first lady finds Michelle Obama using her spotlight to draw attention to another issue involving the welfare of children: young people and gun violence. A meeting with high school students from a rough neighborhood in her hometown of Chicago led Mrs. Obama to start put-

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ting a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over access to guns. A mother to a teen and a tween, Mrs. Obama says the country is obligated to help kids like these grow up and become adults. Several current and former students at Chicago’s Harper High School were killed by gunfire within the past year. Aides say the first lady isn’t making gun violence a new and distinct issue, but is folding it into the

work she’s been doing to encourage youth to focus on getting an education. By reaching beyond the pair of relatively safe issues she has been pushing reducing childhood obesity, which she discussed at length at the La Raza conference, and rallying public support for military families the Harvard-trained lawyer who some say has played it safe is showing a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone.

She’ll need to tread carefully, though. The American public tends to prefer that its first ladies leave the heavier policy lifting to the president. Rosalynn Carter was criticized for attending Cabinet meetings and Hillary Rodham Clinton was pilloried for running a health care task force in secret. Mrs. Obama is viewed favorably by about two-thirds of the public, See First Lady/Page 2

PIQUA — Since December’s tragic multiple fatal school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Piqua City Schools Superintendent Rick Hanes and Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison have been regularly discussing what they can do to help prevent a similar tragedy. In the initial days that followed the school shootings, Piqua police boosted their presence in t h e schools at the n i n e s c h o o l HANES buildings in the city, including Piqua Catholic. In June, the position of school resource officer went to the police department’s patrol section, and presently the plan calls for two part-time school resource officers who will also be a part of the po-

lice’s patrol section, which means their duties for patrol will o u t weigh JAMISON their obligations inside the schools. “If we are short on the streets, then they might not be able to present a lesson or be at the school that day,” Jamison said. Not since 2006 has there been a full-time school resource officer, Jamison said, and since that time his department’s staffing/manpower is 20 percent lower now than then. But Hanes and Jamison both want to be able to do more despite lower staffing at the police department. At a recent Piqua board of education meeting Hanes discussed the possible plans of hiring a school resource officer, which would be in addition to the current See BOE/Page 2

King, queen crowning to kick off county fair TROY — The Miami County Fair King and Queen contest will again be held prior to the fair in the Duke Lundgard Building on the North end of the fairgrounds. The contest will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Selection of a Fair Prince and Princess also will be part of the contest. Preliminary interviews were July 13. All contest-

ants will be announced at the contest. Nine boys and 12 girls are vying for the king/queen crowns. Two boys and nine girls are vying for the prince/princess crowns. The emcee for the event will be Dee Mahan, past executive director of Family Connection of Miami County. The king candidates

are: Brodie Albaugh, son of Dennis and Julie Albaugh, sponsored by Just 4 Fun 4-H Club; Dan Bo-

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denmiller, son of Mark and Brenda Bodenmiller, sponsored by Miami East FFA; Nicholas Gratz, son of Kenneth and Laura Gratz, sponsored by All About Animals 4-H Club; Justin Parke, son of Brian and Shon Parke, sponsored by Premier Livestock 4-H Club; Riley Pickrel, son of William and Leah Pickrel, sponsored by Families Are

Forever 4-H Club; Kevin Rawlins, son of Laura Vondenhuevel and Rocky Harrison, sponsored by United 4-H Teens Club; Corey Shiltz, son of Steve and Jennifer Shiltz, sponsored by Concord Odds and Ends 4-H Club; Travis Sloan, son of Todd and Delane Sloan, sponsored by Union Township Meat Producers 4-H Club; and Judd Thompson IV, son of See Fair/Page 2


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Joshua Gaier FT. COLLINS, Colo. — Joshua Gaier, 36, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away in Wrens, Ga., on May 30, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Monika; daughter, Anna; mother, Alice Lawrence; stepmother, Nancy Suther; brother, Justin Gaier; mother and father-in law, Maria and Wlodzimierz Rybacki; brother-in law, Patryk Rybacki; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Gaier; brother, Cory R. Gaier; grandparents,

Harold and Phyllis Oda; Albert and Pat Gaier; and Fred and Jean Krimm. Josh, who worked as a foreman for LPR Construction, served as a ranger in the U.S. Army from 1995-1999, including a stint in Bosnia. Family and friends will celebrate Josh’s life at a July 27 gathering in Vandalia, where he grew up. Resthaven Funeral Home in Fort Collins handled private services.

Death notice SIDNEY — Miriam E. Logan, 95, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 3:30 a.m. at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community. Funeral services will be held Friday, at the Oliver & Peg Amos Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

Rosetta English WEST MILTON — Rosetta English, 68, of West Milton, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Covington Care Center, Covington. She was born Feb. 7, 1945. in Kentucky. Preceded in death by her father, Arthur Moore. She is survived by her beloved mother, Audrey Moore of Laura, loving family, husband, Richard D. English, children Jeffrey S. English (Debbie) of Ludlow Falls, Therese English-Baird of West Milton, Mark A. English (Cassie) of West Milton, grandchildren Brian English, Kara English, Alivia English, Jordan English, Justin English, Karissa Baird and great-grandchildren Kayden and Kassie Crabtree. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-inlaw, Dean and Stephanie

BOE Continued from page 1 D.A.R.E. officer program. Such a school resource officer would work with staff, students and the public to provide safety and security within Piqua City Schools and other schools in the city. “We feel a resource officer would help tremendously,” Hanes said last week at the board meeting, noting that teachers will be participating in an intruder training program when they meet Aug. 19

for their professional development day. Presently, Hanes said the only funding option from the state level would involve a levy needing to be passed to help fund the SRO program, but stated that was not the approach he sought. Instead, he said, he and Jamison have been reviewing other options, including the last resort of asking the board of education to discuss the possibility of using general funds for the SRO program.

But there may be another viable option to rekindle the program. “We’re looking at all potential sources of funding because this is a hot topic,” Jamison said. “We’re committed to working with each other and if we find sources of funding to go after, that we know is worth our time going after, then we will.” This is why Jamison recently spent a lot of time writing a grant request for a federal program that would partially fund the SRO program, but some

Ears To Tails 4-H Club; Morgan Jess, daughter of Alan and Sandy Jess, sponsored by Elizabeth Livestock 4-H Club; Emily Johnson, daughter of Jim and Kris Johnson, sponsored by Miami East FFA; Shayla Lane, daughter of Bill and Shelly Lane, sponsored by Trojan Horse 4-H Club; Krissy Parke, daughter of Brian and Shon Parke, sponsored by Premier Livestock 4-H Club; Lorie Romie, daughter of Brian and Wanda Romie, sponsored by Stitch’n Sisters and Build’n Brothers 4-H Club; and Kara Wise, daughter of Leroy and Kay Wise, sponsored by Newton Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. The prince and princess candidates are: Luke Brunke, son of Tony and Wendy Brunke, sponsored

by Farrow To Finish 4-H Club; Sam Westfall, son of Clay and Cyndi Westfall, sponsored by Elizabeth Livestock 4-H Club; Ciara Eversman, daughter of Fred and Anita Eversman, sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 31791; Alyxandria Grube, daughter of Paul and Cynthia Grube, sponsored by Hares N’ Stuff 4-H Club; Katelyn Hall, daughter of Sean and Elizabeth Hall, sponsored by Girl Scouts of Piqua/Covington Unit; Ellie Mahan, daughter of Ben Mahan, sponsored by Mane Express 4-H Club; Madison Maxson, daughter of Tom and Lisa Maxson, sponsored by Ham & Lamb 4-H Club; Riley Miller, daughter of Jen Delaplane, sponsored by United 4-H Teens Club; Nigella Reck, daughter of Alex and Renee Reck,

Fair Continued from page 1 Judd Thompson III, sponsored by Newton Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. The queen candidates are: Sarah Dungan, daughter of Scott and Cindy Dungan, sponsored by All About Animals 4-H Club; Deidra Eversman, daughter of Fred and Anita Eversman, sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 31791; Sara Fullenkamp, daughter of Paul and Tressy Fullenkamp, sponsored by Families Are Forever 4-H Club; Jae Griffieth, daughter of Sherry Griffieth, sponsored by United 4-H Teens Club; Montana Hahn, daughter of David and Wylena Hahn, sponsored by Farrow To Finish 4-H Club; Cassandra Ingle, daughter of Andy and Tricia Ingle, sponsored by

Mark ‘John’ Barga

BRADFORD — Mark “John” Barga, 80, of Bradford, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at home. John was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Versailles, to the late Louis and Elenora (Goubeaux) Barga. He attended Versailles High School, was a U.S. Marines veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict and retired from Frantz Brothers Contruction after more than 20 years of service. Mr. Barga was a member of Immaculate Church, Concepetion Bradford and was a member of the VFW Post 4235, Covington. He was a hard worker and farmer who loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia E. Barga in 2002; eight brothers, Norbert, Noah, Vitalus, Jake, Basil, Martin, Paul, and Leo Barga; and five sisters, Agnes Kissinger, Cecilia Gasson, Beatrice Barga, Clara Subler, and Lucy Petijean. John is survived by local matching funds three sons, Michael Barga would be needed, he said. of Bradford, Donald Barga “This is obviously very important to us,” Jamison said. “We recognize that for kids to receive a good education then they must TROY — James R. feel safe in the school en- Baldschun, 84, of Troy, vironment. It’s good for was taken by the hand of our entire community to Jesus and led home on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at help the kids feel safe.” Jamison will not hear Kettering Medical Center, back about the grant until Kettering. He was born on May 21, 1929, in the start of the school year Greenville, to the late and said the project, if Karl B. and Sarah successful, could begin as (Schleusker) Baldschun. soon as November. He was married to Mary Ann (Cunningham) Baldschun for 54 ½ years before she preceded him in death on May 20, 2010. sponsored by Premier In addition to his parLivestock 4-H Club; Ade- ents and his wife, Mr. lynn Rich, daughter of Baldschun was preceded Robert and Mary Beth in death by his son, GreRich, sponsored by Boots gory James Baldschun; & Saddles 4-H Club; and and his brother, Kenneth Jenna Taylor, daughter of Baldschun. He is survived by his Andy and Erin Taylor, daughter and son-in-law, sponsored by Elizabeth Shari and Chris ArmLivestock 4-H Club. strong of Troy; grandThe newly crowned daughter, Jennifer and King and Queen, along her husband, Rick Cunwith the Prince and ningham of Cridersville; Princess, will reign over grandson, Sam Armstrong the fair and assist with of Troy; great-grandson, presenting awards to par- Carson James Cunningticipants from the numer- ham; sister-in-law and ous shows and events that brother-in-law, Lucille and Sherry of take place throughout the William Greenville; as well as week. The king and queen nieces, nephews, greatalso represent the Miami nieces, and greatCounty Fair at high-pro- nephews. He was a file events and parades beloved husband, father, throughout the year. grandfather, and greatThe event will kick off grandfather through the the 2013 Miami County years. Mr. Baldschun was a Fair, to be held Aug. 9-15. Moore of Laura, Larry and Julie Moore of Troy, sisters and brothers-in-law, Geneva and Neal Hoffman of Laura, Vicki and Jr. Cain of Laura, Loretta and Scott Miller of Rising Sun, Ind., Flora and Randy Sanders of Pleasant Hill, 19 nieces and nephews, 36 great-nieces and great-nephews, 8 great-great nieces and great-great-nephews. She was a graduate of Northridge High School. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday at Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville, with PasRobert Kurtz tor officiating. If so desired, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., OH 45420. Dayton, Arrangements are being handled by the HaleSarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.

of Covington and Mark and his wife, Jennifer Barga of Bradford; three daughters, Karen Barga of South Carolina, Diane and her husband and Shawn Harbison of Xenia, and Judy Barga of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Borland of Sidney and Iva Wion of Greenville; two sisters-inlaw, Maurita Bergman of Celina and Marilyn Kollesser of Columbus; his two dogs, Black and Shorty; and other relatives and friends. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Bradford. Interment Miami Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or Bradford Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be left for the family at

James R. Baldschun


graduate of Greenville High School, class of 1947. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Troy, and had been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenville for many years, serving in various different capacities within the church. He loved the old hymns played on the pipe organ. He also loved cooking, but his passion was working in his garden. Mr. Baldschun worked as a CPA for many years before and his wife purchased Main Furniture in downtown Troy. After owning Main Furniture for 10 years, Mr. Baldschun then served as an accountant for Dancraft Construction until his retirement in 2006. Private services will be held at the family’s convenience. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Friends may call on the family from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Valley Women’s Center, 2345 W. Stroop Road, Dayton, OH 45439. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Silas L. ‘Gobby’ Maxson

Continued from page 1 measures and immigration. Some distractions also have thrown the White House off balance, including revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political groups and the Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records. Foreign policy crises, particularly in the Middle East, have competed for Obama’s attention, too. The president said that while he will continue to press for his other agenda items, there will be few resources and little resolve for solving other problems without a strong economy. Perhaps more than any other issue, the economy will also be central to

Obama’s legacy as president. The deep economic troubles that accompanied his first inauguration have eased and the stock market has soared. But at 7.6. percent, the nationwide unemployment rate remains high and millions more Americans are underemployed or have seen their wages stagnate. “This growing inequality isn’t just morally wrong. It’s bad economics,” Obama said. “When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther apart, it undermines the very essence of this country.” The economic themes Obama spoke of Wednesday were strikingly similar to address at Knox College eight years ago as a young Illinois senator.

White House advisers say Obama has frequently harkened back to that speech throughout his two runs for the White House and nearly five years as president. The economy in the surrounding Galesburg, Ill., community reflects much of the underlying economic concerns facing Americans. A Maytag plant in the town shuttered its doors in 2004, leaving hundreds of people unemployed. Today, the factory still sits vacant. Galesburg’s unemployment rate is just under 8 percent and nearly onequarter of its population lives in poverty. “Those old days aren’t coming back,” Obama conceded. He said the proposals he will outline in

speeches later this summer will be aimed at adapting the U.S. economy to an increasingly competitive and interconnected world. Among the initiatives Obama will tout in the coming weeks is preschool for all 4-year-olds and training tailored to the jobs of the future, along with a strategy to tackle the rising cost of higher education. The president also promised steps to encourage homeownership, make it easier for people to save for retirement and to continue to put in place the elements of his unpopular health care law in the face of efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal, delay or eliminate funding for its various parts.

deemed unpatriotic. But once in the White House, she declared herself “mom in chief” to her two kids, planted a vegetable garden, pushed the childhood obesity and military family issues and resurrected her public standing. She recently said first

ladies, more than presidents, “get to work on what we’re passionate about.” “You have an opportunity to speak to your passions and to really design and be very strategic about the issues you care most about,” Mrs. Obama said.

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PIQUA — Silas L. “Gobby” Maxson, 86, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Sterling House, Piqua. Born on Feb. 17, 1927, in Shelby County, Gobby was a son of the late Frank R. and Cora E. (Weissinger) Maxson. He married Barbara Jean Davis on May 3, 1957, and she preceded him in death June 27, 1982. Gobby is survived by a son, Theodore B. (Deborah) Maxson of Sedro Woolley, Wash.: two grandchildren; and three sisters, Pearl Baker of Urbana, Mabel Reed of Springfield and Phyllis (Robert) Wiltheiss of Piqua. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Shaefer, Esta Everett and Marvalene Everett, and five brothers, Harry, John, Charlie, Harold and Myron. Gobby was engaged in farming most of his life. He also worked as a sales representative for International Harvester in Troy and New Carlisle. He attended Fletcher

United Methodist Church and Union Baptist Church, Troy. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a purple heart recipient. He was a member of the Philip Grieser Post 7645 VFW of St. Paris and a 60-year member of the Harmony Chapter of Lena, Free and Accepted Masons. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, in the Suber-Shively Funeral Home, 201 W. Main St., Fletcher, with the Rev. Dale Adkins of the Union Baptist Church presiding. Burial will follow in Fletcher Cemetery with military honors by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 12 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 129 S. Wayne St., P.O. Box 615, Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences to the family may be sent to



Thursday, July 25, 2013


Civic band salutes summer mentees PIQUA — On Thursday, July 18, the Piqua Civic Band graduated two student apprentices from its 2013 Mentoring Program. Nathan Burkholder, a saxophonist from Piqua High School was mentored by Mike Houser. Burkholder will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall. Ben Burgei, a percussionist from Troy High School was mentored by Will Shoemaker. Burgei will attend Sinclair Community College. Both students performed at all four summer concerts with the Piqua Civic Band this year. They each received a $250 scholarship for their college education. The Piqua Civic Band created its Student Mentoring Program to enable local high school students

to perform with a professional music organization and to help develop their musical skills for the future. In addition, graduates of the program will be eligible to perform with the civic band as full-time members in the future. This year’s Mentoring Program was made possible through a generous grant from the Piqua Community Foundation. Pa- BURKHOLDER AND HOUSER trons may make contributions to be earmarked for the future of the program by sending donations to The Piqua Civic Band, c/o 1327 Maplewood Dr., Piqua, OH 45356. Visit the Piqua Civic Band’s web site at for more information and look for “The Piqua Civic Band” on BURGEI AND SHOEMAKER Facebook.

Lots going on at Piqua City Schools PIQUA — The following activities are taking place in Piqua City Schools: Building project update • Springcreek construction update: The concrete floor slab and the exterior walls of the two story classroom area are being built, the foundations for the entire building are complete, and the underground storm piping and sanitary piping are being installed. Plumbing and electrical rough-in piping is being installed. The mock-up wall used for quality control is being built at the south side of the computer lab modular.

• Washington construction update: The topsoil and fill material is stockpiled at the north side of the site and the underground storm water piping is installed. Abatement for the current building is complete. Reinforcing steel for the foundation is stockpiled on the east side of the site. Demolition of the interior of current building is underway. • High Street project update: The furniture from Washington has been moved to High Street. The electrical power, fire alarm and technology wiring are installed to the learning chalets located at the south

side of High Street School. Covered walkways and ramps connecting the learning chalets to the current building are also installed. • Piqua sports apparel sale at Miami Valley Centre Mall – Support the Piqua High School Athletic Department and buy sports apparel from the past. The sale will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 and from 12-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. • Kindergarten screening for students entering Kindergarten for the 20132014 school year will be held at Nicklin Learning

Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. If you have not registered your child for Kindergarten, contact Nicklin Learning Center at 7734742 or the board of education office at 773-4321, extension 0501 for additional information and a registration packet. •Registration for all other grade levels for the 2013-2014 school year is now in progress. Forms are available online at Contact the board of education office at 773-4321, extension 0501 if you have any questions regarding this process.

Arts Council seeks entries for show PIQUA — Piqua Arts Council announces the release of their Call for Entry for the 21st Annual Piqua Fine Art Show. Piqua’s premier art show, featuring local and regional talent from artists 18 years old and up, is set to begin Sept. 12, with the Gala Awards Reception and continue through Oct. 4. This year’s exhibit is returning to the format of previous years with six categories, drawing, oil and acrylic, water media, photography, three-dimensional works and miscellaneous. Each category will have a first, second and third place awards in addition to honorable mentions. The prize money for these awards wouldn’t be possible without our awards sponsors, Picasso Sponsors – Barclay’s Men’s – Women’s Clothiers, Buckeye Insurance Group, Jackson Tube Service, & Mullenbrock and Associates, Van Gogh Sponsors – Eagle Printing and McVety Realty and our

Rembrandt Sponsors – Dobo’s Delights, Readmore’s Hallmark, The Ya n n u c c i Family and Treon’s Barber Shop. In addition to our cash prizes, this year will feature more than 30 new honorable mention awards, hand-picked by some of Piqua’s most well-known business and industry leaders. The exhibit is limited to the first 200 works of art registered, and each artist is limited to three entries. At least one work per artist, must be offered for sale. All work needs to be framed appropriately with a wire hanger. Works are also limited to 4 feet along their longest side. As in the past, the 21st Annual Art Exhibit will begin with the Gala Awards Reception. The reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 12, with awards being an-

nounced around 7 p.m. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks and the musical sounds of Full Sound Chamber Group. This string quintet is a local favorite having performed many times in the Piqua area and never failing to disappoint listeners. Tickets for the Gala Awards Reception, at $25 each or $20 for PAC Members, can be purchased by phone 7739630, online www.PiquaArtsCouncil.or g, at Readmore’s Hallmark or at the PAC Office 427 N. Main St. The exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 13, in conjunction with the Fall Art Walk and will run until Oct. 4 during regular Apple Tree Hours, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday– Friday and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A downloadable copy of the Call for Entry can be

Saturday is National Day of Dance PIQUA —The Piqua Students from all dance with a child School of the Arts is recog- schools are welcome to au11 a.m. — Age-appronizing this Saturdition and no priate hip-hop day’s National dance experi11:30 a.m. — Ballet Day of Dance, a ence is neces12 p.m. — Cheer dance grassroots camsary. “Nutcracker” audipaign that encourThe sched- tions/placement will held ages Americans to ule of events throughout the morning. embrace dance as for Saturday For more information, a fun and positive are as follows: visit www.piquaschooloftway to maintain 10 a.m. —, Piqua School good health and combat Zumba of the Arts on Facebook or obesity. Also during this 10:30 a.m. — Zumba call 606-2412. National Day of Dance, Piqua School of the Arts is waiving the audition fee for the 2nd annual “Nutcracker” to be held on stage in Piqua on Nov. 23. More Than Just A Cosmetic Issue Pain Phlebitis Heaviness/Tiredness Blood Clots Summer, Swimming, Ankle Sores Burning/Tingling /Ulcers Swelling/Throbbing and Root Beer Bleeding Tender Veins

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Master Gardener Volunteers seek pictures of farms for fair gallery TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will again be participating in the Miami County Fair from Aug 9 15. Their booth will be featuring Heritage Gardening in the Horticultural Building. To enhance this year’s theme they will be presenting a picture gallery of Miami County farms that have historical interest and/or are family multi-generation homes or have been in the same family for about 50 years or more. The Master Gardener Volunteers are asking for community support on this project. If you would like your farm to be repre-

sented, you may submit a copy of your picture(s) to the OSU Extension Office. The pictures may be old or new and may include farm houses, barns, old farm equipment, owners, etc. Please also send the location and a brief history of the farm. Snapshot size pictures will be enlarged to an appropriate size, so quality is important. Please mail or drop off picture(s) to the Miami County Courthouse, OSU Extension Office, 201 W. Main St., Troy, Ohio 45373. Digital pictures may be emailed to: The deadline for submission is Aug. 2.

Honors PIQUA — Isaac Hale, a photojournalism major, was named to the Ohio University Dean’s List for the 2013 Spring semester. Students must earn a

grade point average of 3.5 to earn this honor. Hale, a 2012 graduate of Piqua High School, is currently completing an internship with the Piqua Daily Call.

found at Anyneeding more one information should contact Piqua Arts Council’s Executive Director Jordan Knepper by email Jordan@PiquaArtsCouncil.or g or phone 773-9630.

BMX workshop to be held at library PIQUA — On Tuesday, July 30, Chris Smith from Piqua’s new Upper Miami Valley BMX Race Park, will present a program on BMX Racing at the Piqua Public Library. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. According to The American Bicycle Association (, BMX racing began in Southern California in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Kids were modifying their Schwinn Stingray bicycles in order to attempt the jumps and tricks of their motocross idols. This new sport – created for kids by kids – caught on quickly. Empty dirt lots across the country were being

pressed into service as BMX tracks. By 1977, the American Bicycle Association stepped up to organize these small races and tracks into a national system of riders and tournaments: rules and safety concerns were addressed, tracks refined, and national points systems put into place. As an internationally recognized sport, the Olympics added BMX racing to their summer events. A family-friendly sport for riders of all ages and experience levels, BMX racing is a fun fitness opportunity that is rapidly growing in popularity.

With the proper safety equipment, BMX has a statistically lower injury rating than traditional sports like basketball or football. “The library is happy to welcome Chris as a presenter,” said Elizabeth Hole, Piqua Public Library secretary. “Having a professional-level sporting track in town is exciting, and I know parents are always looking for ways to get their kids moving.” The entire family is welcome to attend. Bicycles and equipment will be on display. Call the library with any questions 937-7736753.

Library to offer free origami classes PIQUA — It is almost instinctive to want fold a piece of paper in your hand. You might not realize it, but every time you fold a piece of paper to put into your pocket, you are doing origami. The word origami is the Japanese term for “paper folding” and it has come to represent a wide variety of styles and artistry from around the world. On Monday, Aug. 5, the Piqua Public Library will welcome origami artist Monica Salisbury from the Ohio Paper Folders organization. Monica is an award winning artist and teacher with more than 30 years of experience folding origami. She has inspired creativity in students for many years and gathers

techniques and influences from many places to shape her works. Become part of this popular movement during these hands-on workshops designed to provide students with basic paper folding techniques. Each session will be limited to no more than 20 students, to ensure personalized attention. There will be two Origami classes offered on Monday, Aug. 5: The Youth class for ages 9 to 13 will be held at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Department. This will be followed by an adult session for ages 14 and up at 6 p.m. in the Louis Room. Sign up in advance by calling 773-6753, or by stopping by the library.

Sign up for Piqua Government Academy PIQUA – Registration is now open for the fourth Piqua Government Academy. “The Piqua Government Academy has developed a tradition of providing a rich experience for participants. For seventeen weeks, our participants are going to get an inside look at how our city operates and even have a chance to be a city commissioner for a mock commission meeting,” said William Lutz, Development Program Manager, who is managing the academy. “Participants will see our facilities, get to know our outstanding employees and understand the work we do on a daily basis.” The program will kick off on Sept. 5

and will continue each Thursday night for 17 weeks culminating with a Mock City Commission meeting on Dec. 26 with graduation on Jan. 7. Participants can register on-line for the program through the city website at, by clicking on the Piqua Government Academy logo. Applicants can also register by contacting William Lutz, Development Program Manager at 7782062. Registration for the program will close Aug. 28. Those with comments or questions are asked to contact Lutz at 778-2062 or via email at


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Tragic but correct verdict in Zimmerman trial o sooner had the jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial been announced than a journalist friend posted on my Facebook page: “If it weren’t such a tragic case, I’d forgive you for feeling smug.” Maybe I should have felt insulted. But I’ve got a thick skin. Besides, my friend doesn’t know me very well. I reminded her that I’d described the case as “a lamentable tragedy of errors marketed as a multimedia morality play on the combustible theme of race.” Absolutely nothing good could come of it. And nothing has. Inchoate public reaction to the entirely predictable not-guilty verdict has only confirmed that view. To me, the most poignant moment of the trial came when defense attorney Mark O’Mara questioned Tracy Martin, the victim’s father. Many pundits said the lawyer had made a terrible mistake. I thought otherwise.At issue was whose voice could be heard screaming for help on a neighbor’s 911 call that recorded the fatal shot — an unbearable thing for any father to hear. Tracy Martin’s great dignity, sincerity and terrible sorrow ended up underscoring two points Zimmerman’s lawyers badly wanted to make. First, when he’d initially heard the 911 tape, he hadn’t recognized his son’s voice. Whether he’d said it definitely wasn’t Trayvon’s voice, as police said, or that he simply couldn’t be sure, as he testified, wasn’t as significant as his uncertainty. Second, Tracy Martin’s change of heart came about only after political interference by Sanford’s mayor caused the tape to be played for the entire Martin family simultaneously — sure to affect their individual GENE LYONS perceptions, but miniColumnist mizing the usefulness of their testimony. Equally important was the implied message O’Mara sent to the jury: that although a trial is an adversarial procedure, Tracy Martin was not the Zimmerman team’s enemy. They respected his grief, they trusted him to be truthful, and they didn’t fear his testimony. Rather, it was the prosecution that ended up looking as if there were aspects of the story they didn’t want told. Not a critical moment perhaps, but a telling one. As a father of sons, I felt great empathy for Tracy Martin. Like the jurors, however, I also thought he was probably mistaken about the voice on the 911 tape. Common sense says it’s more likely the guy getting his head pounded into the sidewalk crying out for help than the guy doing the beating. But then I saw the case as a tragic collision between two confused, frightened strangers rather than a melodrama pitting good against evil. Once a feverish, opportunistic media campaign to depict the crime as the racial atrocity of the century got underway, keeping a clear mind took effort. Debunking the incendiary falsehoods promulgated on MSNBC alone — seemingly at the behest of the Martin family lawyers — could fill several columns. For example, no, Sanford police did not allow George Zimmerman to take his gun home on the night of Trayvon’s death as Salon reported even after the trial — author Edward Wyckoff Williams was evidently so fixated on “white rage” that he missed hours of testimony about the accursed thing. “When it emerged that Zimmerman’s mother was Peruvian,” Rem Rieder points out in an astringent commentary in USA TODAY, “some news outlets took to referring to him with the rarely used phrase ‘white Hispanic,’ which is kind of like calling President Obama ‘white black.’” Eager to showcase anti-racist bona fides, even normally sensible commentators descended into name-calling and pulp fiction. Zimmerman became a “wannabe cop loser,” a “vigilante,” a “stalker” and worse. His vile motives — purely imaginary for the most part — were widely condemned. Obvious questions like exactly how an unfit, 5-7, 200pound man managed to chase down a 6-foot high school athlete with a running start never got asked. Possibly because the most obvious answer — that at some point in their confrontation Trayvon Martin became the aggressor — would have taken the conversation into forbidden territory. Meanwhile, and there’s no way to say this that won’t infuriate some readers, Trayvon Martin got journalistically “profiled” as an Innocent Angel — the symbolic incarnation of every blameless black man murdered by white mobs over 300 years. (For me, the only saving grace in the whole affair has been beautifully written evocations of that sordid history like Jelani Cobb’s New Yorker essay on the verdict — although for all his passion, Cobb never quite says Zimmerman was guilty as charged.) But Trayvon Martin wasn’t necessarily a symbol of anything. His own impulsive actions appear to have had as much to do with his fate as George Zimmerman’s. Me, I’m with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the estimable blogger for the Atlantic who writes that massive and enduring racial injustice notwithstanding, he saw “nothing within the actual case presented by the prosecution that would allow for a stable and unvacillating belief that George Zimmerman was guilty.” More a damn shame, then, than an atrocity.



Cost-cutting board ready to veto your doctor pare you for open-heart bymajor section of Obapass surgery.” macare that requires As described at, employers to provide during this procedure, the health insurance for their emchest is opened with an inciployees or pay a fine has been sion that allows the surgeon postponed until 2015, resultaccess to the heart, which is ing in much confusion and temporarily stopped with a socontroversy around the nalution of potassium (“What tion. But little attention has NAT HENTOFF Happens During Open Heart been paid to the president’s Surgery,” most threatening weapon for Columnist “At this time,” the article cutting health care costs: the Independent Payment Advisory Board. It continues,“the heart-lung machine does the still remains, causing the administration work of the heart and the lungs.” While I was getting ready for this very fury when it’s called a “death panel.” As David B. Rivkin Jr., an alumnus of the daunting surgery, my doctor and others told Justice Department under Presidents me how lucky I was because this particular Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and open-heart procedure had only become posElizabeth Foley, a professor of constitutional sible some years before with newly relaw at Florida International University, doc- searched techniques. But now, under Obama, as physicians ument in The Wall Street Journal:The costcutting IPAB “threatens both the Medicare Burbank and Fogarty report in their op-ed program and the Constitution’s separation for The Wall Street Journal: “On Jan. 1, of powers” (“An ObamaCare Board Answer- manufacturers of medical devices in the U.S. able to No One, Rivkin and Foley, The Wall were hit with a new 2.3 percent tax on revenue, one of the many sources of money Street Journal, June 20). Under the ever-imperious Barack tapped to pay for Obamacare ... “Its effect on U.S. medical-device startups Obama, of course, these constitutional som— the small companies that fuel innovation ersaults are not unusual. The IPAB is, according to the authors,“di- — may prove devastating.” Why? Burbank and Fogarty answer:“Corected to ‘develop detailed and specific proposals related to the Medicare program,’ incident with the 2.3 percent tax, venture including proposals cutting Medicare spend- capital investment in medical devices has all but ceased ... Ask yourself two questions: ing below a statutorily prescribed level.” For instance, as I’ve pointed out, whatever Who would want to invest in a highly reguMedicare-paid prescriptions your physician lated, government-controlled industry that has authorized for your benefit can be ve- faces a unique tax? What startup medical toed by the IPAB (whose members have device company can reach the magical never examined you) if they cost too much. break-even point with a (special) tax on its Meanwhile, this 15-member board, which revenue? “When combined with the ever-increascan remove you from the universe,“will control more than a half-trillion dollars of fed- ing time it takes to get approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the eral spending annually.” Rivkin and Foley continue: “Once the Food and Drug Administration, this levy is board acts, its decisions can be overruled bound to destroy startups and stunt medonly by Congress, and only through un- ical-device innovation in the U.S. and thus precedented and constitutionally dubious the quality of health care worldwide.” The focus for many opponents of Obalegislative procedures — featuring restricted debate, short deadlines for actions macare is that it could potentially short-cirby congressional committees ... and super- cuit the lives of the elderly. But what medical device inventors have created is not majoritarian voting requirements.” In this United States of Obama,“The law limited to the aged. However, much of Obamacare can allows Congress to kill the otherwise inextirpable board only by a three-fifths super- shorten the lives of what used to be called majority, and only by a vote that takes place “the old old” among us, and it is vital for many voters in the coming elections to be in 2017 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15.” If this board “fails to implement cuts, all of aware of this if Obamacare’s influence conits powers are to be exercised by (Health and tinues beyond its namesake’s possession of Human Services Secretary Kathleen) Sebe- the Oval Office. Consider this projection from the Adminlius or her successor.” I don’t remember voting for her or him. istration on Aging, cited in Our Sunday VisRivkin and Foley say with fearful logic: itor: “In 2030, the country will have 72.1 “At a time when many Americans have been million people older than 65 — more than unsettled by abuses at the Internal Revenue double what the elderly population was in Service and Justice Department, the intro- 2000” (“Aging’s effects on the Church,” Brian duction of a powerful and largely unac- Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor, April 17). After the first few months of Obama’s inicountable board into health care merits tial term, I wrote that he was becoming the special scrutiny.” It sure does. What will members of Con- most dangerous and destructive president gress do about this next outrage by Obama? in our history. A grim illustration of his imWhat will the 2016 presidential candidates pact is Obamacare’s evisceration of the separation of powers when it comes to the say about it? There’s more that needs special scrutiny. possible length of our lives. Could James Madison and Thomas JefWhen I first heard of what follows — “Another ObamaCare Tax That Is Bad for Your ferson even have imagined something like Health” (Fred Burbank and Thomas J. Fog- the Independent Payment Advisory Board? arty, The Wall Street Journal, July 8) — I Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned auwas very disturbed. This cold-hearted Obama reduction of our health care possi- thority on the First Amendment and the Bill bilities took me back almost 20 years. I was of Rights. He is a member of the Reporters 69 at the time, and my physician told me, Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the “Your life is hanging by a thread. I must pre- Cato Institute, where he is a senior fellow.


Where to Write

Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 773-2778 (home) Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National ■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner, Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of, 773-8217 the President” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). You can email ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner, Lyons at, 778-0390

■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189 ■ City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051 ■ Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614) 466-9354

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans feel growing pressure to steer firmly right on key issues, thanks to changes in primary-election politics that are complicating Congress’ ability to solve big problems. research Independent supports the belief by these lawmakers that they owe their jobs to increasingly conservative activists, and that it’s safer than ever to veer right on many subjects rather than seek compromise with Democrats. On the flip side, House Democrats face a more liberal-leaning electorate in their own primary elections. But the trend is less dramatic for Democrats, whose supporters are more open to compromise to help government work, polls show. And Republican control of the House makes the GOP dynamic more consequential. The House’s recent struggles to handle once-routine tasks — such as passing a bipartisan farm bill and raising thefederaldebtlimit—partly stem from the millions of Republican primary voters who elect representatives with sternwarningsnottocompromise with Democrats.It’s also areasonthateffortstorewrite the nation’s immigration laws face problems in the House, where Republicans quickly dismissed the Senate’s bipartisan approach. In interviews, House Republicans often cite worries about a possible challenge from the right in their next primary. Many of them represent districts so strongly Republican that it’s all but impossible for the party’s nominee to lose a general election to a Democrat. Also, these lawmakers say, it’s highly unlikely that a moderate Republican can wrest the party’s nomination from a conservative incumbent. “There aren’t a whole lot of moderate Republicans who participate in the primary in a conservative district,” said Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas.

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Readers take Abby to task for being too easy on dad DEAR ABBY: I have read you for years, and I must take issue with your answer to “Needs the Right Words” (March 17). He asked about his son and his son’s halfbrother visiting his beach house. (He didn’t want the half-brother included.) While you addressed the writer’s needs, and yes, he is entitled to his feelings, I think you should have taken this a step further. Once you become a father, it is not all about “you” anymore. The 12year-old boy is now, and forever will be, his son’s half-brother. Unless this man wants to distance himself from his son and cause permanent damage to their relationship, he needs to get some therapy so he will be able to think of that boy in a different way and can deal with him in the future. He is NOT in a “good place” as he stated if seeing this boy causes such an emotional issue. The two boys seem to have a good relationship, and a future with his son will — and should — include the half-brother, even if the visits are short ones. Someday that boy will be a grown man, and he will recognize the kindness shown to him. The boy is not responsible for his mother’s behavior and the father needs to realize that. — DEBORAH IN CHANDLER, ARIZ.



means NOT to be selfish and think of their own feelings, but the feelings of others. Please reconsider your response. — PAUL W., JOHNSON CITY, TENN. DEAR PAUL: I have, and I regret my initial answer. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.



Sloppy story-telling? BY GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Truecrime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, saying she was defamed in 2011 when the fiance of a convicted killer wrote a lengthy article accusing her of “sloppy storytelling.” The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court last week, is the latest twist in a long-running feud precipitated by Rule’s book about Liysa Northon, an Oregon woman who served 12 years in prison after killing her husband in 2000. Northon argued she was a battered spouse and said she shot her husband, pilot Chris Northon, during a camping trip in eastern Oregon to protect herself and her children. But Rule’s book “Heart Full of Lies” laid out a different theory: that Liysa Northon had long planned the killing and faked evidence of abuse to cover up her real motive, collecting insurance money and other benefits. Liysa Northon pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was released from prison last fall. She sued Rule for defamation — a

case that was dismissed by a federal judge in 2007, with Liysa Northon and her father ultimately being ordered to pay more than $60,000 for Rule’s legal fees after an unsuccessful appeal. In 2011, the Seattle Weekly ran an article about the Chris Northon case by Rick Swart, a freelance writer who previously served as the editor and publisher of a small Oregon newspaper, the Wallowa County Chieftain. The article accused Rule of making numerous mistakes in her book and ignoring important facts beneficial to Liysa Northon’s case. The Seattle Weekly’s then-editor, Caleb Hannan, has said he didn’t learn until after the article was published that Swart and Northon were engaged. The couple got married in prison later that year. In a lengthy editor’s note days after the piece ran, Hannan explained the omission and said he had uncovered several minor mistakes in Swart’s reporting. Rule argues in her lawsuit that the damage had been done because to sell her books, she relies on

her reputation for accuracy and attention to detail. “The article contained innumerable inaccuracies and untruths concerning the testimony and evidence in the trial of Liysa Northon and also included various unfounded personal attacks on Rule,” her lawyer, Anne Bremner, wrote in the complaint. “At the time ... Swart and Northon were engaged, and any meaningful inquiry by Seattle Weekly or Hannan should have discovered this significant

source of bias.” Hannan and Swart, who are also named as defendants, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. “The article in question was published prior to our ownership,” Sound Publishing President Gloria Fletcher said in an email. “At the time, Seattle Weekly was owned by New Times Media. Sound Publishing has not been served with any complaint.” The lawsuit seeks “reasonable damages.”

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Sudoku Puzzle Complete the grid so every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively. WEDNESDAY’S SOLUTION

■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker

DEAR DEBORAH: You are right. It would have been better for all concerned if I had been In the absence of any harder on the father and more sensitive to the feel- hard evidence to the conings of the boys involved, trary, declarer does best in which many readers the long run to stick relipointed out to me:

A question of probabilities giously to percentages. Occasionally the percentage play will turn out wrong, and the anti-percentage play will turn out right, but if declarer wants to do well over the long haul, he will surely do better by playing the percentages rather than by not playing them. Take this case where West leads the queen of diamonds, which holds, and continues with a diamond. East cashes the A-

DEAR ABBY: I almost always agree with your answers, but your answer to that letter was off the mark. It’s admirable that his son has such a close relationship with his half-brother, and not allowing the boys to do something they enjoy together for a weekend is wrong. That the writer admits he still has problems with the past is his problem, not the kids’. Since he admits it brings up feelings he THOUGHT he had put behind him, he should get professional help to finally deal with those unresolved issues. Also, if he doesn’t want the 12-yearold in his house for one weekend of fun, then he should take his wife away for a romantic weekend and let the boys use the beach house in his absence. It’s all about compromise, not the ultimatum. — BEEN THERE, DONE THAT IN KANSAS DEAR ABBY: Tell that man to get a psychotherapist! The child isn’t responsible for his mother’s behavior. The man needs to expand his heart. When he’s an old man he will never regret hosting the boy, but he WOULD regret having hurt a child and perhaps alienating his own son in the process. You called that one wrong, Abby! — LESLIE R., CHAMPAIGN, ILL. DEAR ABBY: I agree with your advice more often than not, although I suspect we are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. That father needs to grow up and put the feelings of his son and his son’s half-brother before his own. It’s time people learned once more what it

Thursday, July 25, 2013


K and shifts to a trump. How should declarer proceed from this point? Having lost the first three tricks, it appears South must decide whether to attempt a spade finesse or a club finesse in order to avoid losing a club trick. Each finesse has an even chance of winning, so it might seem natural to settle the matter by mentally tossing a coin. But there is much more to the situa-

tion than at first meets the eye, as there is a way for declarer to add significantly to his chances. The correct approach is to win the trump return with the nine, lead a spade to the ace and ruff a spade. South then crosses to the jack of trumps and ruffs the ten of spades. As it happens, the king falls on the ten, and declarer makes four hearts without having to risk a finesse. If South stakes the out-

come strictly on a finesse in either black suit, he has only a 50 percent chance of succeeding. But if he first tries to drop the king of spades by ruffing one or two rounds of the suit, he increases his chances considerably, since he still has the 50 percent chance of winning a club finesse in reserve if the spade king does not fall. Tomorrow: quiz.




Thursday, July 25, 2013



Pope celebrates first public Mass in Brazil BY JENNY BARCHFIELD AND NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press


Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation’s patron saint. energy as the pope passed a few meters from him. “It was a once in a lifetime experience for us,” said Cirto, who was waving and snapping photos simultaneously as the

pope’s open-air vehicle glided by. “He enchanted us with his smile, with his gentle manners, with his warmth. I think he knows he has a home in Brazil, in the hearts of the Brazilian people.”

Priestly vocations a challenge for Pope Francis RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Camilo Sandoval says he faces the choice of a lifetime: He can study engineering in college or he can devote himself to the church. The 17-year-old from Chile is among the multitude of fervent Roman Catholics who have come to Brazil for the church’s World Youth Day, and Pope Francis’ success in drawing such youths toward the priesthood could be crucial to an institution that is starving for clergy to serve its growing congregations. “I’m thinking about being a priest,” Sandoval said after arriving at Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, where much of the Youth Day celebrations will be

held. “I feel fulfilled when I participate in vocation days; there is a closeness to God that attracts me. But I haven’t decided.” All too many Catholics, from the church’s perspective, have chosen the secular path. Nearly 25 percent of the world’s parishes don’t have a resident priest, according to Vatican statistics.And while the number of Catholics in the world grew by 68 percent between 1975 and 2010 the number of priests grew by just 1.8 percent, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Most new priests are coming from Africa and Asia, with a sharp drop in Europe. And there has been “a downward trend” in the number of prospective Latin American priests in the pipeline, said the Rev.GabrielVilla,who is the executive secretary of the

commission for vocations and ministries of the Latin American Episcopal Council, though he said he had no precise numbers. Stagnant recruitment of priests has contributed to the slump in church membership as a percentage of the population in key nations such as Brazil and even Francis’ own Argentina. For some in the impassioned multitude that greeted Francis in Rio on Monday, the first Latin American pope may be able to change that. Francis appeals to youth across the globe, but particularly in Latin America. Many pilgrims from the region visiting Rio have said they’re excited to have a pontiff who can relate to the everyday challenges they face. The humility and genuine warmth that emanates from him are also big draws,along with the

common touch of the man known as the “slum pope” in Argentina because of the amount of time he spent working in Buenos Aires’ impoverished communities. “He is a pope who invites us, who encourages us. He says ‘you can serve God.You can serve others,’” said Jorge Cavazos, a 34year-old seminarian in Mexico City who has maintained his desire to become a priest despite more than a decade of scandals that have shaken the church. Francis himself is expected to stress that invitation onWednesday as he visits seminarians in the shrine city of Aparecida. It’s a theme he already touched on early this month in a meeting with other seminarians and novices in Rome.The pope urged them to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, saying that when clergy “are too serious, too sad, something’s not right here.”



Kids play inside on giant inflatables, dance, play basketball and hang out with friends in a safe, chaperoned space. Cost is $5 per child and includes snacks and all activities. Candy is available for separate purchase, and a parent or responsible adult must check in and pick up each child. For more information, contact Emilee Hermon, ChilRecovery meeting slated dren’s Ministry coordinator at (937) SIDNEY — The Sidney First Church 667-1069 ext. 280, or ehermon@gingof the Nazarene will host a Celebrate Recovery (CR) meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. CR is a recovery program Women’s ministry to help people deal with hurt, habit or hang-up, including from divorce, rejec- workshop tion or betrayal. Habits may include PIQUA — The Cyrene A.M.E. gambling, drugs, pornography or alco- church. 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, will host hol. Hang-ups may include depression, a Women’s Ministry Workshop from 9 negativity or anger. a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Cafe Chocolat The program is open to anyone age will be the theme with lots of chocolate 18 and above and is offered free of to enjoy along with fellowship and charge. workshop materials, lunch and door The CR program focuses on the fu- prizes for a fee of $20. Register by callture, not the past. Participants are en- ing Estella Vaughn at (937) 552-7907. couraged to accept responsibility for their actions. Growth in the context of Women’s Day slated small groups is emphasized. PIQUA — Cyrene A.M.E. Church, At CR meetings, music and messages all dealing with the various is- 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, will host sues of recovery. The leaders of CR Women’s Day, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, have numerous years experience in with guest speaker Sis. Sandra L. (Jackson) Valentine. song leading and public speaking. A deaconess from Friendship Baptist Those interested in more informaChurch in Columbus, is a former Piqua tion on CR, may go or email questions to native. The theme of the day is ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.’

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Coffee social hour begins COVINGTON — For the past 12 years, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Covington conducted their Sunday service at 9 a.m. Recently, church council agreed to have a year-round Sunday service time of 10 a.m. with a weekly children’s service. Through Sunday, Sept. 1, there will be a coffee social hour starting from 9-9:45 a.m.

Three Blitz events slated TIPP CITY — This summer, Ginghamsburg Church hosts three Blitz events for kids in grade 3-5 from 6:309 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Tipp City Campus Ave., 6759 S. County Road 25-A.

Annual festival Aug. 2-4 COVINGTON — St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, 6925 U.S. Route 36, Covington, is hosting their annual festival Aug. 2, 3, 4. The festival has new dates, and lots of new activities this year. In addition to the usual bingo on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, and the corn hole tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., there is also a 5K run Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ( to register), and a Euchre tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday in the air conditioned annex. Along with the fish fry on Friday evening, in addition there will be Fire Pie Pizzas and the Duck Wagon all weekend, as well as chicken dinners Sunday at 12 p.m. until gone. On Saturday, there also will be pony rides. (not carousel).

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APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Crowds roared, church bells rang out and a multitude of faithful waved in jubilation as Pope Francis arrived Wednesday in this small town, his eyes welling with tears as he venerated Brazil’s patron saint before celebrating his first public Mass in the country. Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida for the service, where a powerful choir burst into song as Pope Francis arrived and tens of thousands of additional believers braved a cold rain outside. Before the Mass, Francis entered a chapel and solemnly stood, visibly moved, before the 15-inch-tall image of the Virgin of Aparecida, the “black Mary” and patron saint of Brazil. Francis paused before the statue in deep prayer, his eyes tearing up as he breathed heavily. He touched the frame holding the statue and made the sign of the cross as a small group of prelates behind him applauded. It was a deeply personal moment for this pontiff, who has entrusted his papacy to the Virgin Mary and, who like many Catholics in Latin America, places great importance in Marian devotion. Outside the basilica, Felipe Cirto, a 20-year-old law student, vibrated with

Unlike the scenes of chaos that greeted Francis upon his Monday arrival in Rio, when a mob of faithful swarmed his motorcade from the airport, the security situation in Aparecida was far more controlled. Chest-high barriers kept the faithful far from his car. Soldiers in camouflage, emergency crews in raincoats and other uniformed security forces stood guard along his route while his bodyguards walked along the side of his car. Nacilda de Oliveira Silva, a short 61year-old maid, perched at the front of the crowd though she was barely tall enough to see over the metal barrier. “I have been up for almost 24 hours, most of that time on my feet and in the rain and the cold. But I don’t feel any pain. I feel bathed in God’s glory, and that’s because of the pope. For me, it’s the same thing as seeing Jesus pass by. That’s how moved I feel.” Before the Mass, some pilgrims sought shelter from the Southern Hemisphere winter chill beneath tarps while others wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags. And many left offerings to the Virgin. Lena Halfeld, a 65-year-old housewife, paused to add her offering to a cardboard box filled with stuffed animals, leg braces and other personal objects. She deposited an embossed invitation to her niece’s December wedding, which she was praying for the Virgin to bless. “I have real faith in the powers of the Virgin of Aparecida,” said Halfeld, adding she had made the hours-long trip to the church once a week for a year during her husband’s recent illness. “Now he’s cured, so I owe it all to her. I can’t think of a more wonderful setting to see the new pope.” Francis is in Brazil for World Youth Day, a church event that brings together young Catholics from around the world roughly every three years. Approximately 350,000 young pilgrims signed up to officially take part in the Youth Day events. In Aparecida, 16-year-old Natalia Pereira, a high school student from Sao Paulo state, said the cold rain she endured to get to the basilica was a “test of faith.” “I’ve been up all night in line, I’m soaked to the bone and freezing but I’m so excited that it’s worth it,” said Pereira, who tried to huddle from the drizzle beneath a friend’s large umbrella. “This is my first time seeing a pope and this was an opportunity of a lifetime for me. I wasn’t about to let it go because of a little rain.”



Company to inspect Texas coaster where woman fell

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Toyota sudden acceleration case set to begin in CA


This aerial photo shows the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas where a woman fell to her death, Saturday in Arlington,Texas. Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding the roller coaster at the amusement park Friday night fell from the ride after some witnesses said she wasn’t properly secured. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a NorthTexas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death. Tobias Lindnar,a project manager for GerstlauerAmusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, told The Dallas Morning News that the company will investigate what led to Friday’s fatal accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the Texas Giant roller coaster’s safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting.The coaster is touted as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world. “I’m sure there’s no safety bar that is broken,” Lindnar told the newspaper by phone Saturday night from Germany. Lindnar said Gerstlauer has never had problems with car safety bars on any of the roughly 50 roller coasters it’s built around the world over the past 30 years. “We will be on site and we will see what has happened,” he said. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed in a statement Saturday that the victim died while riding the 14-story Texas Giant, but wouldn’t give specifics about what happened. Arlington Police Sgt. Christopher Cook told The Associated Press on Saturday that police believe the woman fell from the ride and that there appeared to have been no foul play. Arlington police have referred information about the woman’s identity to the medical examiner’s office inTarrant County,which hadn’t disclosed her name as of Sunday night and didn’t respond to phone messages left by the AP. Lindnar wouldn’t address the hydraulic bar’s operation or whether park employees should be able to determine if a person’s body is too close to the front of the train car to prevent the bar from being effective. “At this time I don’t want to speak about the technicals,” he said. “It’s not so easy. It’s some special equipment.” But he said once the ride began, there was no chance of opening the safety bar. “We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process,” Parker said in her statement. “It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired.” Police, fire and emergency medical services responded to the park around 6:45 p.m. Friday after calls about a woman who fell from a car while riding a roller coaster.She was pronounced dead at the scene. Texas Department of Insurance spokesman Jerry Hagins told theAP on Sunday that Six Flags was in compliance with state regulations requiring amusement ride operators to have $1 million liability insurance on each ride and provide proof of an annual safety inspection by a certified engineer. Six Flags received a state-issued sticker, like an auto inspection sticker,for theTexas Giant in February.Hagins said the ride now will remain closed until it’s inspected again and certified to be safe. “It’s the ride owner’s responsibility to keep it closed, to fix it, then prove to us that it’s safe to start back up again,” he said.“If for some reason they can’t figure it out, no safety inspector is going to sign off on it.” Because no foul play is suspected, police are not involved in the investigation, officials said. The ride first opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster and underwent a $10 million renovation to install steel-hybrid rails and reopened in 2011. It can carry up to 24 people.



In this undated file photo displayed during a news conference by the family of the Noriko Uno, who died in an alleged “sudden unintended acceleration” auto crash in August 2009, a photo of the interior of her Toyota 2006 Camry is shown with the hand brake handle pulled all the way back. Uno’s case, in which her family claims her vehicle accelerated suddenly despite her efforts, is the first headed to trial where the Japanese automaker is accused of covering up defects that led to her death. BY GREG RISLING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noriko Uno was afraid of driving fast, often avoiding the freeway and taking the same route every day from her Upland home to and from her family’s sushi restaurant. She had put only 10,000 miles on her 2006 Camry in about four years. So when her car unexpectedly accelerated to speeds up to 100 mph on a street with a posted limit of 30, the 66-year-old bookkeeper did everything she could to slow down, stepping on the brake pedal and pulling the emergency brake handle as she swerved to avoid other vehicles. Uno was killed when her car went onto a median and struck a telephone pole and a tree. Hers is the first so-called “bellwether” case to go to trial that could determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles — a claim made by motorists that plagued the Japanese automaker and led to lawsuits, settlements and recalls of millions of its cars and SUVs. “Toyota decided to make safety an option instead of a standard on their vehicles,” said attorney Garo Mardirossian, who is representing Uno’s husband and son. “They decided to save a few bucks, and by doing so, it cost lives.” Toyota has said there was no defect in Uno’s Camry.

The automaker has blamed such crashes on accelerators that got stuck, floor mats that trapped the gas pedal and driver error. The company has settled some wrongful death cases and agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve lawsuits where owners said the value of their vehicles plummeted after Toyota’s recalls because of sudden-acceleration concerns. The Uno trial, starting with jury selection Monday, is expected to last two months.The proceeding represents the first of the bellwether cases in state courts, which are chosen by a judge to help predict the potential outcome of other lawsuits making similar claims. Other cases expected to go to trial in state courts this year include one in Oklahoma and another in Michigan. There are more than 80 similar cases filed in state courts. The Toyota litigation has gone on parallel tracks in state and federal court, with both sides agreeing to settlements so far.A federal judge in Orange County is dealing with wrongful death and economic loss lawsuits that have been consolidated. He’s expected to give final approval to the economic loss settlement next week. Federal lawsuits contend that Toyota’s electronic throttle control system was defective and caused vehicles to surge unexpectedly. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have deposed Toyota employees, reviewed software code and pored over thousands of documents.

Toyota has denied the allegation and neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor NASA found evidence of electronic problems. A trial in one of the lead cases is scheduled for November. The Uno trial will likely focus on why Toyota didn’t have a mechanism to override the accelerator if the gas and brake pedals are pressed simultaneously in Camrys sold in the U.S. The automaker put the brake override system in its European fleet, Mardirossian said. Toyota said Uno’s vehicle was equipped with a “stateof-the-art” braking system and denied that any defect played a role in her death. “We are confident the evidence will show that a brake override system would not have prevented this accident and that there was no defect in Mrs. Uno’s vehicle,” the automaker said in a statement about the upcoming trial. Legal observers said Uno’s attorneys won’t necessarily have to prove what was wrong with the vehicle, but show that the accident could have been prevented with a brake override system. “If the plaintiff succeeds in convincing a jury it wasn’t human error, that it was attributed to the car, I think they have a strong case,” said Gregory Keating, a law professor at the University of Southern California. “Jurors, as drivers, are likely to believe strongly that cars shouldn’t become uncontrollable in this way.”

Toyota has been successful in court before.Two years ago, a federal jury in New York found the automaker wasn’t responsible for a 2005 crash that the driver blamed on the floor mats or defects with the electronic throttle system. It was nearly four years ago when Uno, who was out grocery shopping and depositing receipts from the restaurant, died. Witnesses told police they saw Uno swerve to avoid hitting an oncoming truck, according to the lawsuit. Mardirossian said Uno was a cautious driver and neither floor mats nor driver error were to blame. He said witnesses heard the Camry engine racing and saw brake lights going on and off. Pulling the handbrake had “zero effect,” Mardirossian said. “Imagine her strapped into her Toyota Camry driving 100 mph knowing the next move would be fatal,” he said. “She saved many lives by veering off into that center median knowing that death was near.” That same day — Aug. 28, 2009 — off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor and three family members were killed on a suburban San Diego freeway when their 2009 Lexus ES 350 reached speeds of more than 120 mph, struck a sport utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames. A 911 call captured Saylor’s brother-in-law telling the others to pray before the car crashed.



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Reds split doubleheader after missed chances

July 25 1918 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0. The only hit off him in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler. 1930 — The Philadelphia Athletics came up with a triple steal in the first inning and again in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians. 1939 — Atley Donald of the New York Yankees set a rookie pitching record in the AL when he registered his 12th consecutive victory since May 9, with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns. 1941 — Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th and last game, beating the Cleveland Indians 106. 1961 — En route to his 61-homer season, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit four homers against the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader to give him 40 for the year. The Yankees took both games, 5-1 and 120, and Maris moved 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. 1962 — Stan Musial of St. Louis became the all-time RBI leader in the NL. His two-run home run, in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles, gave him 1,862 RBIs, passing Mel Ott. 1978 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds singled to left off New York’s Craig Swan in the third inning to set a NL record of hitting safely in 38 consecutive games. The Mets won the game 9-2. 1991 — Seattle’s Jay Buhner hit a 479-foot homer over the leftfield bullpen at Yankee Stadium. 1996 — Bruce Ruffin of the Colorado Rockies struck out four batters in one inning. It was only the 25th time in major league history four batters struck out in one inning. 1998 — Neifi Perez of the Colorado Rockies hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals. 2000 — Mike Lansing of Colorado hit for the cycle. The Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 19-2. 2011 — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs as the Texas Rangers pounded out the most runs and hits in the majors this season with a 20-6 rout of the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers had 18 runs by the fifth inning as they scored three runs in each of the first three innings. Texas added five in the fourth and four in the fifth. Today’s birthday: Santiago Casilla 33.


Cincinnati Reds’ Jay Bruce (32) scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey after a double from Todd Frazier during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader on Tuesday in San Francisco. BY JANIE MCCAULEY AP Baseball Writer

and Barry (Zito) was making aboard, then struck out the side in enough pitches to skirt around it.” the ninth after Jay Bruce’s leadoff Devin Mesoraco had a three- single — including Mesoraco to SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — run homer among his three hits in end it. Even after his Reds fell behind the opener to put him at 6 for 9 Casilla was the third pitcher in early for a change, the way Cincinnati had been slugging it out Giants 5, Reds 3 against the San Francisco Giants San Francisco Cincinnati ab r h bi ab r h bi left manager Dusty Baker confi- G.Blanco cf-lf 4 0 0 1 Choo cf 3 0 0 0 5 2 2 0 C.Izturis ss 5 0 0 0 dent his club would still pull off a Abreu 2b Posey c 3 1 0 0 Votto 1b 4 0 2 0 win. Sandoval 3b 4 1 2 2 Phillips 2b 5 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 Bruce rf 5 2 3 0 Too many missed chances did in Pence rf Belt 1b 4 0 0 1 Frazier lf-3b 5 1 3 1 Cincinnati this time in a 5-3 loss Francoeur lf 4 0 0 0 Hannahan 3b 1 0 0 0 Romo p 0 0 0 0 Heisey ph-lf 2 0 0 0 to the Giants, and the Reds settled B.Crawford ss 3 1 1 0 C.Miller c 3 0 1 2 for a split of their traditional dou- Zito p 1 0 1 0 Mesoraco ph-c 2 0 0 0 Dunning p 0 0 0 0 G.Reynolds p 1 0 0 0 bleheader Tuesday night in which Tanaka ph 1 0 0 0 Hoover p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cozart ph 1 0 0 0 they wore their home uniforms Mijares p S.Casilla p 0 0 0 0 Partch p 0 0 0 0 and batted last for the nightcap at J.Lopez p 0 0 0 0 D.Robinson ph 1 0 1 0 An.Torres cf 1 0 1 0 M.Parra p 0 0 0 0 AT&T Park. Totals 34 5 9 5 Totals 38 3 10 3 “Man, I just knew we were San Francisco 310 010 000—5 Cincinnati 020 010 000—3 going to win that game,” Baker E_Sandoval (12), Pence (5). LOB_San Francisco 6, Cincinnati 14. 2B_Sandoval (15), B.Crawford (18), Frazier said. “They got first blood tonight. 2 (19), C.Miller (1). SB_Belt (5), An.Torres (4). S_Zito, G.Reynolds. SF_G.Blanco. That’s kind of weird. Usually we’re IP H R ER BB SO jumping them in the first inning. San Francisco Zito 4 2-3 6 3 3 3 4 Tonight they were the visiting Dunning 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 Mijares H,6 2-3 1 0 0 1 1 team and they jumped us in that S.Casilla W,4-2 H,9 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 2 J.Lopez H,7 2-3 1 0 0 0 1 first inning.” Romo S,24-27 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 4 Giants manager Bruce Bochy Cincinnati 5 1 1 joined Baker in the 1,500 mana- G.Reynolds L,0-1 5 8 5 Hoover 1 0 0 0 0 0 gerial wins club. 2 0 0 0 0 1 Partch 1 1 0 0 0 1 It took a few more tries than M.Parra HBP_by Dunning (Heisey), by G.Reynolds (Posey). WP_Romo. Bochy would have liked after the Reds pounded his team in the first Umpires_Home, Phil Cuzzi; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Ron Kulpa; Third, Quinn Wolcott. T_3:22. A_42,310 (41,915). two games. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double to help Bochy reach the with two homers through the first relief of struggling lefty Zito, retwo games. He didn’t start the sec- placed after allowing a pair of twomilestone victory. Hunter Pence hit an RBI single, ond game but struck out as a out hits in the fifth including Todd Gregor Blanco had a sacrifice fly, pinch-hitter to end the seventh, Frazier’s RBI double. Zito, who won Game 1 of the and Brandon Belt added an RBI with a runner on second, and stayed in the game. World Series last fall, saw his wingroundout in San Francisco’s first The Reds called up former less streak reach nine starts since win in six tries against the Reds this season after being outscored Stanford right-hander Greg the lefty beat Oakland on May 30. Frazier finished with two dou34-6 in the first five meetings — Reynolds (0-1), a native of nearby Pacifica, from Triple-A Louisville bles and three of Cincinnati’s hits including 11-0 on Monday night to start the second game. He alon a night the Reds missed multiand 9-3 in the opener Tuesday. The Reds had 10 hits after com- lowed five runs and eight hits in ple chances. They stranded 14 bining for 32 in the first two five innings of his first big league baserunners, seven in scoring poouting since a start Sept. 25, 2011, sition. Bruce also had three hits. games. “He was Zito. Normal Barry,” The teams were forced to make for Colorado. Santiago Casilla (4-2) struck Bruce said. “Makes enough up a July 4 rainout at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati out two in 1 1-3 innings for the pitches and knows how to pitch. batted last and wore home uni- win, then Sergio Romo recorded He’s found a way to make pitches the final four outs for his 24th in order to get people out and do forms as the visiting team. save in 27 opportunities. He damage control when he does Bochy became the 21st manager with 1,500 wins and third ac- struck out Brandon Phillips to end start giving up some hits. That’s tive, joining Baker and Detroit’s the eighth with two runners what still gives him a chance out Jim Leyland. Bochy said “it’s very humbling” to be mentioned among such managers. “He’s a fine manager. He’s a guy BY TIM BOOTH lied on his speed. that I enjoy managing against,” Instead — he hesitated. Baker said. “I didn’t even know it AP Sports Writer “It’s a play you’ve got to run was 1,500, so congratulations to SEATTLE (AP) — The mistake through scenarios in your head Bruce.” Drew Stubbs made was overand make your mind up and go Bochy tipped his cap to the thinking. with it,” Stubbs said. “Any slight crowd when the milestone was anRepresenting the tying run for hesitation is going to cost you like nounced as players shook hands Cleveland and standing at third it did.” afterward. base in the ninth inning with no Stubbs’ miscue capped a night The Giants were outscored 34-6 outs, Stubbs had all the scenarios over their first five games with ready in his mind. When Seattle of mistakes for the Indians in a 4Cincinnati before doing just third baseman Kyle Seager threw 3 loss to the Mariners that exenough in Tuesday’s second game. down to second base to get the tended Seattle’s win streak to “We were never really out of it,” first out of the inning there, eight games, currently the Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce said. “We Stubbs knew he should have im- longest in baseball. just couldn’t get the timely hit, mediately broke for home and reStubbs was on the back end of

there.” Earlier, Joey Votto and Zack Cozart also homered for the swinging Reds, who had pizza and sushi delivered to the clubhouse for a quick dinner between games. “We’ve got some hot bats,” Mesoraco said after the opener. “Ride it out as long as you can. You want to go out there and put up as many runs as you can, especially early, and take a little pressure off the starting pitcher. That’s what we were able to do the last two nights.” Cozart finished 4 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs to back Tony Cingrani (4-1). The left-hander was added to the roster as the Reds’ permitted 26th player for the doubleheader. He was headed back to the Arizona Rookie League after the game to fulfill the final five days required after being optioned previously to the minors. He is set to return and start Sunday for Cincinnati. The Reds had dominated the Giants this year after allowing San Francisco to rally from an 02 deficit to win the NL division series matchup last October. In the opener, the Reds knocked Eric Surkamp (0-1) out after 2 2-3 innings in his first start since late September 2011 after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. “I still have a lot of work to do coming back,” Surkamp said. “I feel like I’m close. I feel a little herky-jerky throwing pitches.” Notes: Attendance for the twofor-one at AT&T Park was 42,310. Both games count as home stats for the Giants. … Between games, the Reds optioned INF Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville and transferred LHP Sean Marshall to the 60-day disabled list. … ShinSoo Choo had his career-best hitting streak for the Reds snapped at 16 games in the opener. He was 0 for 6 on the day. … Cincinnati played its first single-admission doubleheader since Aug. 24, 2011, at the Marlins.

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an unlikely ninth inning double play when it seemed Cleveland would at the very least pull even. Instead, the Indians were left looking at a fourth loss in five games after the All-Star break. “We’re just not playing very clean right now. When you get to this point of the year, getting into the grind of the season now, good teams buckle down and make plays,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “That’s what I think we can be is a good team. See Indians/Page 10



Thursday, July 25, 2013


Emile Griffith, elegant boxing champ, dies at 75

Indians Continued from page 9



In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark catches a pass as he warms up for an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans in Tampa, Fla. As training camps open, veterans like John Abraham, Dallas Clark, Richard Seymour, Willis McGahee and Clark are unemployed. We just need to play better.” The ninth started promising for Cleveland. Mark Reynolds singling on the first pitch of the inning off Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen. Stubbs came on to pinch run and went racing to third on Lonnie Chisenhall’s single up the middle to put runners on the corners with no outs. That’s when the craziness began. Yan Gomes hit a chopper to third. Seager briefly looked at Stubbs and quickly threw to second to get pinch runner Mike Aviles. Stubbs found himself unsure whether to sprint for the plate or stay at third. When he started to break for home, Nick Franklin was already throwing home. Stubbs was caught in a run down and eventually tagged out by shortstop Brad Miller. It was a fundamentally solid play mostly by a group of Seattle players that haven’t been in the big leagues for very long. “Our young guys right there, the way they executed that was quite impressive, starting with Seager and then Franklin and Miller getting over there. That’s not an easy guy to track down either,” said Seattle bench coach Robby Thompson, who filled in again for ailing Mariners manager Eric Wedge. “It was great court awareness, if you would, for the young guys.” Stubbs said he never should have hesitated once Seager threw to second. “The only thing that didn’t work was he needed to keep going. … He just probably needed to keep going and we’ll take our chances,” Francona said. Wilhelmsen then struck out Michael Bourn looking to end it. “That’s what winning is about, is taking advantage of those opportunities and we’re starting to do that more times than not as of late,” Wilhelm-


Inside the smaller theater at Madison Square Garden about five years ago, shortly before a world title fight, Emile Griffith was introduced one more time to the crowd. He rose shakily from his seat, waved ever so briefly and then sat down. The applause kept going. Revered in retirement perhaps more than during his fighting days, Griffith died Tuesday at 75 after a long battle with pugilistic dementia. The first fighter to be crowned world champion from the U.S.Virgin Islands, Griffith required full-time care late in life and died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y. “Emile was a gifted athlete and truly a great boxer,” Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy said. “Outside the ring he was as great a gentleman as he was a fighter.” An elegant fighter with a quick jab, Griffith’s brilliant career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Benny “The Kid” Paret in a 1962 title bout.The outcome darkened the world of boxing, even prompting some network television stations to stop showing live fights. It also cast him as a pariah to many inside and outside the sport. He went on to have a successful career after that fatal fight, but Griffith acknowledged later in life that he was never the same boxer. He would fight merely to win, piling up the kind of decisions that are praised by purists but usually jeered by fans hoping for a knockout. Griffith often attended fights in his later years, especially at the Garden, where he headlined 23 times. He was also a frequent visitor to the boxing clubs around New York City, and made the pilgrimage most years to the sport’s Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. “He always had time for boxing fans when visiting the hall on an annual basis,” Brophy said, “and was one


In this June 8, 1963 file photo, Emile Griffith smiles in the dressing room after regaining his welterweight world championship title by defeating Luis Rodriguez, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. At right is Griffith's coach Gil Clancy. The International Boxing Hall of Fame says former world champion boxer Emile Griffith has died. He was 75.The hall said Tuesday he died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y. of the most popular boxers to return year after year.” That outpouring of love that he received late in life stood in stark contrast to the way he was received after March 24, 1962, when he fought Paret before a national TV audience at the Garden. Griffith knocked out his bitter rival in the 12th round to regain his own welterweight title, and Paret went into a coma and died from his injuries 10 days later. Sports Illustrated reported in 2005 that Griffith may have been fueled by an anti-gay slur directed at him by Paret during the weigh-in. Over the years, in books and interviews, Griffith described himself at various times as straight, gay and bisexual. “People spit at me in the street,” Griffith told The Associated Press in 1993, recalling the days after Paret’s death.“We stayed in a hotel. Every time there was a knock on the door, I would run into the next room. I was so scared.” The Paret fight left a cloud over the sport for many years. NBC halted its live boxing broadcasts, and

sen said. While the wild finish took the attention, there were other problems for the Indians to worry about. Cleveland committed three errors in the first two innings, and allowed an unearned run in the first. Zach McAllister (4-6) made his first start since June 2 after spending more than a month on the disabled list with a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand. McAllister threw 109 pitches in just five innings, allowed eight hits and lost his third straight decision. He was knocked around in the third inning when Seattle got doubles from Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders. But it was a wild pitch that allowed Seager to score the tying run from third and Mike Zunino followed with a two-out single to score Saunders with what proved to be National League the winning run. The Associated Press “It was nice to take the East Division ball,” McAllister said. W L Pct GB “My finger felt good. I felt Atlanta 56 44 .560 — under control. That one Philadelphia 49 51 .490 7 inning kind of hurt me a Washington 48 52 .480 8 little bit.” New York 44 52 .458 10 Seattle starter Erasmo Miami 37 61 .378 18 Ramirez and a pair of reCentral Division lievers made the one-run W L Pct GB lead stand up. Ramirez St. Louis 60 37 .619 — (1-0) pitched 5 2-3 inPittsburgh 59 39 .602 1½ nings, before giving way Cincinnati 57 44 .564 5 to Yoervis Medina, who Chicago 44 54 .449 16½ threw 2 1-3 innings alMilwaukee 41 58 .414 20 lowing just one hit. WilWest Division helmsen’s wild ninth was W L Pct GB good enough for his 23rd Los Angeles 52 47 .525 — save. Arizona 52 48 .520 ½ Ramirez gave up a twoColorado 48 53 .475 5 run homer to Gomes in San Francisco 46 54 .460 6½ the second, but allowed San Diego 45 56 .446 8 only one baserunner past Monday’s Games first base the rest of the Pittsburgh 6, Washington 5 night. L.A. Dodgers 14, Toronto 5 NOTES: Cleveland’s Atlanta 2, N.Y. Mets 1 three errors matched its San Diego 5, Milwaukee 3 season high, done on two Miami 3, Colorado 1 other occasions this seaChicago Cubs 4, Arizona 2 son. … Seattle sent reCincinnati 11, San Francisco 0 liever Bobby Tuesday’s Games LaFromboise to Triple-A Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 3, 1st Tacoma on Tuesday to game Pittsburgh 5, Washington 1 clear a roster spot for L.A. Dodgers 10, Toronto 9 Ramirez to make the N.Y. Mets 4, Atlanta 1 start. … Three of Gomes’ San Diego 6, Milwaukee 2 seven homers this season St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 1 have come against SeatMiami 4, Colorado 2 tle.

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then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller created a commission to investigate the bout and the sport. The referee that night, Ruby Goldstein, never worked another fight. The fight became the basis for the 2005 documentary “Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story.” One of the final scenes shows Griffith embracing Paret’s son. “I was never the same fighter after that. After that fight, I did enough to win. I would use my jab all the time. I never wanted to hurt the other guy,” Griffith said. “I would have quit, but I didn’t know how to do anything else but fight.” And fight he could. Known for his overwhelming speed and slick style — certainly not his punching power — Griffith was a prodigy from the moment he stepped in Hall of Fame trainer Gil Clancy’s gym in Queens. Griffith had been working in a hat factory when, as the story goes, he took off his shirt on a hot day and the factory owner realized noticed his muscles. Under the watchful eye of Clancy, Griffith blossomed into a New York Golden

Gloves champion and eventually turned professional. He easily defeated the likes of Florentino Fernandez and Luis Rodriguez during an era when it was common to fight every couple of weeks. He quickly earned a title shot against Paret in 1961, winning the welterweight belt with a knockout in the 13th round. Griffith would lose it to Paret in a rematch five months later. After winning back the title during their controversial third fight — many believe Paret never should have been allowed in the ring after a brutal loss to Gene Fullmer three months earlier — Griffith would eventually move up to middleweight. He knocked down Dick Tiger for the first time in his career and claimed the title with a narrow but unanimous decision. Griffith would go on to lose twice during a thrilling trilogy with Nino Benvenuti, his lone victory coming at Shea Stadium in 1967, and lost two bouts against the great middleweight Carlos Monzon. Griffith would finally retire in 1977 after losing his last three fights. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 with a record of 85-24-2 and 23 knockouts. Griffith would go on to train several champions over the years, including Wilfred Benitez and Juan Laporte, among the most popular boxers in Puerto Rican history. His humor and generosity buoyed those close to him as his health deteriorated in later years. He would regale fans young and old with tales of his fights, even though details often became hazy, the result of the many blows during his career. Griffith had four sisters — Eleanor, Gloria, Karen and Joyce — and three brothers — Franklin, Guillermo and Tony. He is also survived by his adopted son, Luis Griffith. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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‘63: Gulfport at top of Miss. football world BY DOUG BARBER The Sun Herald


In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark catches a pass as he warms up for an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans in Tampa, Fla. As training camps open, veterans like John Abraham, Dallas Clark, Richard Seymour, Willis McGahee and Clark are unemployed. BY BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Ronde Barber grabbed the headlines by retiring, walking away from the game when they almost certainly still could have contributed to NFL teams. Their departures overshadowed the pink slips handed to some longtime starters — and stars. And as training camps open, the likes of John Abraham, Dallas Clark, Richard Seymour and Willis McGahee are unemployed. So are Bart Scott, Kerry Rhodes, Brandon Lloyd and Vince Young. What’s the deal? Or, better yet, why haven’t these solid players gotten any deals yet? Here’s a Pick 6 of positions where veterans with strong resumes are available, maybe even for a discounted price: DEFENSIVE LINE: NFL teams really bulked up on defensive linemen in this year’s draft, with nine selected in the first round. But with rotations on the D-line the norm, most rosters will have eight linemen who get onto the field in each game. Available are three-time Super Bowl champion Seymour, last with Oakland, who has indicated he will

retire without the right contract offer, and Abraham. Seymour is the more versatile, but Abraham is much more of a sacks threat and had 10 with Atlanta in 2012, when Seymour played only eight games because of injuries. Neither would come cheap and both are at the age — Abraham is 35, Seymour turns 34 in October — where they would be part-timers. RUNNING BACK: Most teams are set with their starter, but as just about every club outside of Minneapolis and Seattle has discovered, more than one running back is essential. On the market is McGahee, released by Denver in a youth movement and for salary cap purposes. Also available are Cedric Benson, Beanie Wells, Brandon Jacobs and Michael Turner. All have off-field or injury or durability issues and appear to be beyond their primes. Yet when RBs inevitably go down in training camp or flop in the preseason, these guys could expect their phones to ring. LINEBACKER: So much depends on whether a team uses a 34 or 4-3 alignment. On the street are Scott, who fits best in the 3-4, Keith Brooking, Thomas Howard, Takeo Spikes and Joe Mays. Spikes,

Brookings and Scott fit exclusively on the inside. RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Clark’s career numbers and leadership would indicate he will land somewhere soon, especially with every team incorporating more plays for tight ends. Could he even wind up in troubled New England? That’s where Lloyd last worked, making 74 catches and 12 more in the postseason. Other wideouts available are Randy Moss, Early Doucet and, yes, even Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. DEFENSIVE BACKS: Teams tend to bring in and send out DBs all the time, so future employment seems likely for safeties Rhodes, Quintin Mikell and Jordan Babineaux. Same for cornerbacks William Middleton, Stanford Routt and Sheldon Brown. But they’ll probably need to play special teams, too. QUARTERBACKS: You won’t find any likely starters here, maybe not even No. 2 QBs, but among those who could lend experience somewhere are Young, a former Offensive Rookie of the Year, Byron Leftwich and Matt Leinart.

GULFPORT,Miss.(AP) — Fifty years ago during the 1963 season, Gulfport was at the top of the football world in Mississippi. It was part of an amazing run for Gulfport head football coach Lindy Callahan as the Commodores posted a 54-5-4 won-loss record from 1960 through 1965. The 1963 Commodore team may have been the best defensive team during those six seasons, holding opponents to a total of 32 points in 11 games while posting seven shutouts. The Commodores went 10-0-1 and finished as co-Big Eight Conference champion with Meridian after the two schools played to a 6-6 tie in the Big Eight Conference championship game. Yes, they did not play tiebreakers in those days.The Commodores were voted No. 1 by the Associated Press and United Press,and were the mythical state champion. One of the amazing things is that the Commodore varsity coaching staff consisted of only three people — Callahan, Leo Jones and Bert Jenkins. Yes, the same Bert Jenkins who coached Gulfport to seven state basketball championships.He coached the defensive backs, and wide receivers and tight ends on offense. “We went to the pro offense with two wide receivers (that season),” Callahan said. “I had been to a clinic in Florida.We showed that look. It was very good and was new at the time. “On defense, we ran a blitzing defense. We played zone (pass) defense.We also changed to man-to-man because Bert Jenkins ran a man-to-man defense in basketball. We had the athletes to do that.” Alan Jones quarterbacked the team, and it was an experienced bunch with 22 seniors. Jones ended up as team MVP. Center Mike Magee earned a scholarship to Ole Miss, guard Jerry Rosetti got a scholarship to Mississippi State while split end Dickie Dunaway, fullback Mike Lawless and linebacker Chuck Hilton headed to Southern Miss. Otto Loposser, Jones, Woody Dawsey and Ralph Simmons got scholarships to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. Callahan had been a football star at Meridian High and Ole Miss. That added another aspect to the Big 8 title game. “It was big and played up because I was going back to Meridian where I played football,” Callahan said.“I was really up for the game. It was a cold night, the wind was blowing. “As the game was ending, we had a third-and-two, or maybe three. We had a big fullback Mike Lawless. We liked to run him off tackle. Every now and then we fake it, run outside, and the quarterback would either pitch it or keep it.We went with it (off tackle) and didn’t make it.” In those days, Friday night was all about high school football on the coast and in Mississippi. “They shut the town down,” Callahan said. “There was a big sign in the middle of 25th Avenue that said, ‘Game Tonight.’ “We had such support of our town people, so much pride in our team.We tried to instill class, pride and respect in the players.” When Gulfport beat Hattiesburg 33-7 in the final home game of the season, the Daily Herald reported that there were 10,000 to 11,000 fans crowded into Milner Stadium. “I don’t know how we got that many people in there, but we did it,” Callahan said. Gulfport would come back the next year and leave nothing to chance, going 11-0 and beating Columbus in the Big Eight title, behind players such as Gary Rayburn, Richard Salloum,Glenn Cannon and Joe Culpepper — just to name a few.

Noel, the new man in town PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nerlens Noel was finally introduced to the media on Tuesday afternoon. He may not be introduced to the Philadelphia fans on the court until 2014. Noel was acquired by the 76ers in a draft night trade last month with the New Orleans Pelicans. Philadelphia acquired the rights to Noel and a first-round pick, which is top-five protected, for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a secondround choice. Noel was projected by many as the No. 1 overall selection, but he may have dropped some slots after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February. He played only 24 games for the University of Kentucky but was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocked shots and 2.1 steals in 32 minutes per

game. Noel is uncertain of his return and is scheduled to visit a doctor Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania. “I’m doing six hours of rehab a day,” Noel said, “(and) I’m making a lot of progress.” After the Andrew Bynum experiment failed miserably he never played one second in a Sixers uniform last season because of bilateral bruises on both knees after a grand welcoming to the city following a trade the Sixers weren’t fazed from trading for another promising young player with a major knee injury. General manager Sam Hinkie said repeatedly that he wouldn’t rush Noel’s recovery. “Rim protectors are at a real premium in this league,” Hinkie said. “We feel like we have one here. We have future plans, too,

and we’ll do our due diligence in every way with respect to Nerlens. When we get the nod that he’s cleared, then we’ll do it. We’re in no hurry.” The 19-year-old Noel is the key piece of a rebuilding process with the Sixers, who stumbled to a 34-48 record in 2012-13, just one season removed from losing to the Boston Celtics in a sevengame Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Bynum recently signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers while guard Nick Young went to the Los Angeles Lakers and swingman Dorell Wright left for the Portland Trail Blazers. Philadelphia consultant Rod Thorn left for the NBA league office, general manager Tony DiLeo was fired and coach Doug Collins resigned. In fact, the Sixers are the lone team without a coach. “We’ve talked to a num-

ber of people,” Hinkie said. “When we feel like we have the right coach, we’ll do it.” The unnamed coach will likely build around Noel when he returns from his knee injury. And that’s a lot of pressure for a teenager. “I think I perform better with pressure,” Noel said.“If you want to be a great player, you have to be able to perform under pressure.” Noel is used to winning, but circumstances are expected to change in his rookie season with the youthful Sixers, who aren’t projected to be a contender. “I’m very focused on the task at hand and getting back on the court,” Noel said. “Nothing is going to stop me from doing that. I’m a very positive person and I will support my teammates in every way. I like the players we have on our roster MATT ROURKE/AP PHOTO and I’m excited to be a part Philadelphia 76ers newly acquired rookie Nerlens of the great history of this Noel poses for photographs at the team's NBA basketball training facility, Tuesday in Philadelphia. franchise.”

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Witness to Till lynching dies at 76 By JASON KEYSER Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Hearing the screams of 14-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till from inside a Mississippi barn left a teenage field hand with an unbearable choice. He could tell a courtroom and risk paying for it with his life or keep quiet and let those screams eat away at his conscience. Grisly photos of Till’s mutilated body, discovered three days later by a fisherman in the Tallahatchie River, left Willie Louis with no doubt about what he would do: testify at the trial of two white men accused in the black teen’s slaying. “In the pictures, I saw his body, what it was like. Then I knew that I couldn’t say no,” Louis recalled in a 2004 “60 Minutes” interview about the testimony he gave half a century earlier. Louis died July 18 at age 76 at a hospital in a suburb of Chicago, the city he fled to in fear of his life after the 1955 trial, his wife, Juliet Louis, said in an interview Wednesday, a few hours before her husband’s funeral service. Till’s torture and killing in the Mississippi Delta galvanized the civil rights movement. The Chicago boy was visiting an uncle and had been warned by family to be on his best behavior in the segregated South. On Aug. 28, 1955, two white men abducted him from his uncle’s home because he had whistled at one of their wives. They admitted to the kidnapping, but claimed they just wanted to scare the boy and that they eventually turned him loose. When his body was pulled from the river, his left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth; his nose was crushed, and there was a hole in his right temple. His body had been weighted down with a cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. The only witnesses prosecutors had were the boy’s uncle and a cousin,

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Willie Louis, a witness who went into hiding after testifying at the Emmett Till trial in 1955 about hearing the lynching victim's screams, died July 18, in a Chicago suburban hospital. He was 76. After the trial, Louis fled his native Mississippi for Chicago. He changed his name and told no one of his connection to the case, not even his future wife. and all they could say was that they had seen Till taken away. Then, news reporters helped track down Willie Louis, who had heard the beating taking place for hours. Despite his testimony, an all-white jury took barely an hour to acquit the two men, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam. A few months later, after assurances they couldn’t be tried again, the two men confessed to the killing in a magazine article for which they were paid a few thousand dollars for the “true” story. For his own safety, Louis had to be smuggled out of his native Mississippi and taken to Chicago. Then known as Willie Reed, he changed his last name, and was put under police protection. Louis, a central figure in one of the most pivotal moments in America’s troubled history with race, soon drifted into obscurity. For years, he told his story to no one, not even his future wife, who had followed the trial closely as an 11-year-old growing up in Till’s home city. “I never really put that together that he was actually the young man that testified at the trial,” she said of her husband. “We thought he was

crazy. I know my mom said they going to kill him too.” The couple met in the early 1970s at a hospital they worked at on Chicago’s far South Side when Louis cheekily asked the nurse’s aide for a kiss as they were lifting a patient together onto a gurney. “So I went over to the other side and kissed him on the jaw. And that’s how we started seeing one another,” she said with a laugh. They married in 1976, but it wasn’t until eight years later that she discovered the connection with the Till case when one of Louis’ aunts mentioned it. She was shocked but understood that talking about it was painful for him. “He used to have real nightmares and things,” Juliet Louis said. “All his life it bothered him. When he would talk about it, sometimes tears would be in his eyes.” Till’s relatives, historians and documentary makers, meanwhile, had been searching for Willie Reed, wondering what had become of him. A New York filmmaker eventually tracked him to his home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood,

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EMMETT TILL and later introduced him to Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley. “She just cried when they took him over there,” Juliet Louis recalled. “They always kept in touch after that.” Till’s mother died in 2003. Gradually, Willie Louis began telling his story. On “60 Minutes,” he said Emmett’s screams haunted him. “I heard this screaming, beating, screaming and beating,” he said. “And I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, man, they’re beating somebody in the barn.’” Besides his wife, Louis is survived by a stepson, seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Judge stops suits against Detroit bankruptcy BY JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday swept aside lawsuits challenging Detroit’s bankruptcy, settling the first major dispute in the scramble to get a leg up just days after the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history. After two hours of arguments, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes made clear he’s in charge. He granted Detroit’s request to put a permanent freeze on three lawsuits filed in Ingham County, including another judge’s extraordinary decision that Gov. Rick Snyder trampled the Michigan Constitution and acted illegally in approving the Chapter 9 filing. That ruling and others had threatened to derail the bankruptcy. Questions about Detroit’s eligibility to turn itself around through bankruptcy “are within this court’s exclusive jurisdiction,” Rhodes said. He said nothing in federal law or the U.S. Constitution gives a state court a dual role. It was a victory for Detroit, which had warned that it would be “irreparably harmed” if it had to deal with lawsuits in state courts while trying to restructure $18 billion in debt with thousands of creditors. “Widespread litigation … can only confuse the parties, confuse the case and create serious barriers,” attorney Heather Lennox told the judge. Creditors “will have their day in court” bankruptcy court, she said. The courtroom was jammed with lawyers representing creditors as well as rank-and-file city employees and retirees eager to know the outcome. Some wore T-shirts that said, “Detroit vs. Everybody.” Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who recommended bankruptcy, sat in the front row for part of the hearing. Outside the courthouse, protesters held a banner with a message for Wall Street: “Cancel Detroit’s debt. The banks


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Firefighters protest outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit on Wednesday.The city's bankruptcy is hitting a courtroom for the first time as a judge considers what to do with challenges from retirees who claim their pensions are protected by the Michigan Constitution. owe us.” Detroit has about 21,000 retirees police, firefighters, City Hall clerks, trash haulers, bus drivers who are owed money and fear their income is at risk in a bankruptcy. Orr has said the city has underfunded obligations of about $3.5 billion for pensions and $5.7 billion for retiree health coverage. The Michigan Constitution states that public pensions “shall not be diminished or impaired.” An Ingham County judge cited that provision last week when she ordered Snyder and other officials to take no further action in the Detroit bankruptcy. Sharon Levine, an attorney for a union that represents city workers, urged the bankruptcy judge to let those lawsuits run their course. She said there’s no federal insurance for public pensions once they’re broken, unlike pensions at private employers. “Our members who participate at most are at or below $19,000 a year. There is no safety net,” Levine said. Although Rhodes ruled in favor of Detroit, he said opponents will have opportunities to make the same arguments in his court in the future. He has many critical issues ahead, including whether Detroit really is broke and entitled to greatly reduce

or wipe out debts. The process could last a year or more. Michael Nicholson, general counsel for the United Auto Workers, was disappointed with Rhodes’ decision. “State courts have the power to decide what the state constitution means,” Nicholson said outside court. “In our view, retirees’ rights are a matter of Michigan constitutional rights.” Snyder signed off on Detroit’s bankruptcy on July 18, calling it the only practical choice for a city whose population has plummeted to 700,000 from 1.8 million decades ago. Detroit’s long-term debt has become an urban millstone. The governor called Rhodes’ decision “excellent” and said it allows one place to settle the city’s finances. In March, Snyder appointed Orr, a bankruptcy expert, as Detroit’s emergency manager. Orr had sweeping powers to reshape city finances but recommended bankruptcy after failing to reach any significant deals with creditors, including Wall Street bankers and Detroit pension funds. Many of those creditors, however, accused him of being inflexible and believe bankruptcy always was the plan.

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Feds update plan to protect lakes BY JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions. The Obama administration made improving its network of barriers a primary focus of an updated blueprint for keeping bighead and silver carp from reaching the five inland seas, even as they continue infesting the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. The Associated Press obtained an outline of the government’s $50 million plan ahead of its official release later Wednesday. “This strategy continues our aggressive effort to bolster our tools to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes while we work toward a long-term solution,” said John Goss of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who oversees the anti-carp initiative. “The 2013 framework will strengthen our defenses against Asian carp and move innovative carp control projects from research to field trials to implementation.” The much-maligned carp were imported decades ago to clear algae from fish farms and sewage lagoons in the Deep South. They escaped during floods and have migrated northward, gobbling huge amounts of plankton — tiny plants and animals that virtually all fish eat at some point. Scientists differ about how widely they would spread in the Great Lakes, but under worst-case scenarios they would occupy large areas and severely disrupt the $7 billion fishing industry.


This June 22, 2012 file photo shows Travis Schepker, a biology intern, holding an Asian carp pulled from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. Federal programs designed to make headway on some of the Great Lakes’ most longstanding ecological problems, from harbors caked with toxic sludge to the threat of an Asian carp attack, would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel. With this year’s spending, the administration will have devoted $200 million over four years to keep the Great Lakes carp-free. But many state officials and advocacy groups contend that the only sure way to prevent invasive species from migrating between the lakes and the Mississippi system is to build dams or other structures near Chicago, where a man-made canal links the two giant watersheds by forming a pathway between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River. Under pressure from Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has promised to release by year’s end a short list of options for slamming the door, although such a project could require many years and billions of dollars. In the meantime, federal officials say an electric fish

barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal 37 miles southwest of the city is keeping the carp at bay. Critics note that dozens of water samples taken beyond the barrier have tested positive for Asian carp DNA, although just one live carp has been found there. The barrier consists of three metal bars at the bottom of the canal that emit electric pulses to repel fish or jolt those that refuse to turn back. Under the administration’s plan, a new section would be added this year to replace a demonstration model installed a decade ago.Two segments at a time will operate, with the third on standby. To supplement the stationary barrier, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will oversee design and construction of a mobile

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