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Moran swim bus, library top wants By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register

MORAN — Thrive Allen County is making its way to each community in the area to learn more about their upcoming projects and concerns. Monday night was Moran’s chance to shine. Moran Thrive hosted the meeting at its community center. The city’s biggest project is trying to get a new library, said Kathy Ward, a Moran Thrive board member. Moran Librarian Connie McWhirter has been trying to get this project going for many years now. “We have tried to work on a grant for the library,” McWhirter said. “We need to

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have a lead contractor and have public support.” The Moran City Council has said the current building, located at 327 N. Cedar St., is too old to update. McWhirter said many of the grants they have looked at involve having community support and proof the community will help with the project. Don Burns, Gas Thrive board member, suggested gathering a group of supporters and taking them to a council meeting. MORAN’S SWIM bus is also a concern, said Ward. “We need to make a decision on the bus for the summer,” Ward said. “Our numSee MORAN | Page A3

Kathy Ward addresses attendees of Thrive Allen County’s community meeting in Moran. REGISTER/KAYLA BANZET

Boy Scout leaders honored Local Boy Scout leaders raked in several honors at the Osage Nation District of Quivira Council’s annual awards banquet recently in Chanute. Stacie Sigler, Scoutmaster of Iola’s Troop 55, was honored as 2013 Scoutmaster of the Year for the nine-county district. The recognition came from growth in size and quality of the Iola program, as well as activities in which the troop has been involved. Honored as Outstanding Assistant Scoutmaster was Sigler’s husband, Jared, who helps with Troop 55. Also during 2013 the Si-

glers took the challenging Boy Scout Wood Badge leadership training course. A third honoree with Troop 55 was Roger Carswell, named Outstanding Troop Committee Member, for his services as treasurer and other support activities he provides. Participating in the District Boy Scout band at the banquet were Scouts Raymond Alumbaugh and Spencer Ames, with John Sheehan and Andy Dunlap being senior participants in the band. Boy Scout Troop 55 is sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church.

After weeks of sub-freezing temperatures, some motivated youngsters took the chance to get outside and warm up, with highs in the upper 50s Monday. At top, from left, Shelby, Shyla and Shayda Womelsdorf play on the slide at Riverside Park. Above, Kendalynn Williams gets the merry-go-round spinning. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

Ryan Pritchett, left, and Tina Tribble were among about 40 people who came to the Statehouse on Monday to rally in support of Medicaid expansion. “I’m here to send a message about the religious hypocrisy of a governor who won’t expand health care for the poor,” Tribble said. Speakers at the event cast the issue in moral terms. “It’s morally wrong to leave these people (without health insurance) in a broken system where they have to rely on emergency rooms,” said Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat. Pritchett and Tribble are Overland Park residents. MIKE SHIELDS/KHI

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Advocates rally for Medicaid expansion By JOHN HANNA Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Kansas staged a small Statehouse rally Monday, but the Republican-dominated Legislature still didn’t seem much interested in taking up a proposal tied to the federal health care overhaul. Supporters of an expansion argued during the rally that it could help 150,000 more Kan-

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sans obtain health coverage. Medicaid provides coverage for the poor and disabled, and backers of an expansion note the federal government has promised to pay almost all of the cost under the 2010 health care law championed by President Barack Obama. About 50 people attended the rally, organized by local chapters of the liberal group MoveOn.org. Speakers argued that it’s immoral for Kansas See RALLY | Page A3

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Elizabeth “Betty” Rose Gehlen, 84, Moran, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her home. Betty was born April 25, 1929, in Goddard, the daughter of Max and Elizabeth Rose (Degand) Leis. She grew up at Rose Hill. On Sep. 21, 1950, Betty married Vincent Gehlen at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita. They made their home in Gordon for two years, Elsmore, for seven years and then Moran since 1960. Betty worked as an aide at Moran Manor and Arkhaven in Iola. She later worked as a program supervisor at the SRS Office in Iola. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society in Iola. Betty loved her grandkids and enjoyed gardening, canning, camping and fishing. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Vincent Gehlen; four children: Eugene Gehlen and companion Barbara Watkins, Richmond, Sherry Kozicki and husband, Patrick, Augusta, Patricia Smith and husband, Don, Wichita, and Gary Gehlen and wife, Andrea, Bronson; two brothers, Victor Leis, Rose Hill, and Robert Leis, Cedarvale; two sisters, Joyce Jones, Mulvane, and Lola Small, Florida; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Eileen Gehlen, brothers Tony, Cecil and Markus Leis, sisters Nettie, Henrietta and Nancy Ann, two greatgrandsons, Garrett and Wyatt, niece Vicki Small and nephew David Jones. Parish Rosary will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. Funeral Mass will be at10:30 a.m., Thursday, also at the church. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. Memorial choices may be made to Mayo Clinic or Arc of Sedgwick County (Assn. for Retarded Citizens). Memorial gifts may be left with the WaughYokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.

Kirby Byers Kirby L. Byers, 55, Iola, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Manor Care in Wichita. Memorial graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Highland Cemetery in Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is assisting the family.

Capitola Welch Capitola “Tola” Welch, 101, Overland Park, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Overland Park. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Moran. Burial will follow in Moran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 3846 W. 75th, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.

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Capitol visit On Feb. 10 Russell Plaschka, Marmaton Valley ag teacher, took members of the Marmaton Valley FFA to the State Capitol. State Sen. Caryn Tyson met with the group to hear about their interests and career goals. Pictured above, from left, are Daryl Simmons, Kansas State FFA Reporter, Mackenzie Tynon, Dane Myers, Trent Johnson, Jacob Kress, Kaysha Elmenhosrt, Russell Plaschka, Sen. Tyson.

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BURLINGTON — Coffey County commissioners last week agreed to loan Coffey Health System, which includes the hospital in Burlington, $1.4 million. The loan will be for 10 years with no interest, the Coffey County Republican reported. The Health group will use loan proceeds for equipment and operating capital. CEO Dr. John Shell told commissioners the health group’s financial woes resulted from a combination of federal health care changes, capital projects and outstanding accounts receivable.

Device for aiming MVHS forensics antenna is shown team takes fourth Members of Iola’s Amateur Radio Club learned about more than just radio transmissions when they met last Thursday evening. In an impromptu show-and-tell session Ralph Romig gave a tutorial on a specialized field strength meter, which was used years ago to properly align outside TV antennas when they were being installed. The device used an old-fashioned TV tuner to capture and receive a transmitted signal and convert it to 10 megahertz intermediate frequency, which then was amplified and converted to direct current. He said the higher the indicated current, the stronger the signal being received — which helped immensely with aligning the antenna. The company that

manufactured the instrument Romig showed went out of business in 1953. Members also were alerted about the upcoming “Storm Fury on the Plains” at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Creitz Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Representatives of the National Weather Service, Wichita, will instruct in what to look for when severe weather threatens. IRAC members work as storm spotters, and give Emergency Management Director Pam Beasley a hand in identifying and pinpointing the approach of potentially severe storms. A storm spotter drill for radio club members will be at 1:30 p.m. March 8. The next IRAC meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 13 at City Hall.

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Medical malpractice caps could go up By DAVE RANNEY Kansas Health Institute

TOPEKA — The Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would incrementally increase the limit on non-economic damages awarded in personal injury and medical malpractice cases by $100,000. Senate Bill 311 would raise the current cap from $250,000 to $350,000 over a period of eight years, starting July 1. Sen. Jeff King, the Independence Republican who chairs the committee, said he expects “a vigorous debate” when the measure reaches the Senate floor sometime within the next two weeks. Introduced at the behest of the Kansas Medical Society, the bill is designed to address concerns raised in a 2012 Kansas Supreme Court decision that involved Lawrence woman, Amy Miller, who had sued her doctor after having the wrong ovary removed during surgery. In 2006, a jury awarded Miller $760,000 in total damages: $360,000 for past and future medical expenses and $400,000 for past and future non-economic losses. The district court judge that first heard the case cut the noneconomic portion of the award to $250,000 because that was the most allowed by state law. Miller’s attorney, Bill Skepnek, appealed the decision, arguing

that the cap violated Miller’s “inviolate” right to a jury trial. The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the cap, concluding that its enactment had been a “rational” response to legislative concerns that without it, Kansas’ malprac-

cians, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine, the Kansas Association of Defense Council, and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Testifying against

We believe that jurors are best able to determine damages, not the Legislature. — David Morantz, Kansas City attorney, in arguments against setting a cap altogether

tice insurance market would be unstable and several physicians would leave the state. The state’s constitution, the court said, allows the Legislature to balance the rights of individuals against

the bill were representatives of AARP Kansas, Kansas Advocates for Better Care, and the Kansas Association for Justice. “We believe that jurors are best able to determine damages, not

I keep hearing how we want to reduce court costs and speed up the process. All this does is add another layer onto the process that will be very, very expensive. — Sen. Pat Pettey

the needs of society atlarge. But the justices also said it was “troubling” that the cap had not been raised in more than 20 years, raising the possibility that subsequent challenges to the law might be successful. Kansas Medical Society Executive Director Jerry Slaughter has said the bill is meant to address the court’s concern. SB 311 has been endorsed by the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Association of Family Physi-

the Legislature,” said David Morantz, a Kansas City-area plaintiff ’s attorney and a member of the Kansas Association of Justice. “And back when the cap was being discussed in 1986, $250,000 was a lot of money. Today, that $250,000 would be somewhere around $533,000. So by increasing the cap to $350,000 over a span of eight years, you’re actually decreasing the value of the award.” Morantz said the bill might address the court’s concerns in medical malpractice

cases, but would not address personal injury cases. It’s only a matter of time, he said, before a non-medical challenge to the cap reaches the high court. SB 311 also would make other changes to current law considered favorable for doctors or other health care providers facing malpractice lawsuits: • It would create separate hearings for determining an expert witness’ qualifications and whether he or she would be allowed to testify during a jury trial; • It would allow defense attorneys to provide jurors with information about a plaintiff ’s financial well-being prior to their deliberations. Sen. Pat Pettey, a Democrat Kansas City, said she opposed both those provisions. “This bill started out as a monetary issue, which, because of the Supreme Court ruling, was understandable,” Pettey said. “But now it seems like we’re putting the victims on trial because somehow they might deserve less of an award if they had insurance, if they own their home or if they happen to came into an inheritance. This seems to benefit the wrongdoer.” The expert-witness hearings, she said, would be expensive and time consuming. “I keep hearing how we want to reduce court costs and speed up the process,” she said. “All this does is add another layer onto the process that will be very, very expensive.”

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bers were down last year. The bus takes children in the Moran area to the Iola Municipal Swimming Pool during the summer. The number of riders was anywhere from 11 to two last year. The group thought only driving to Iola once a week, down from two days a week, would be a savings. A successful project in the community has been the monthly food distribution. On the first Friday of every month community members are able to pick up box-

es of food. Ward said around 30 families and 50 to 79 individuals participate on a regular basis. The food donations come from the Chanute Walmart and community members. Barbara Anderson encouraged the Moran residents to apply for the PRIDE STAR Community program. “You’re already doing what you need to be doing,” Chalker said. “You might as well get recognition.” Chalker works for the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Rally: Medicaid Continued from A1 not to accept federal funds to help struggling families, and several wore black T-shirts saying, “Jesus would expand Medicaid.” “I know your friends and your family members, your loved ones, are affected by the lack of health care and insurance that they have,” said state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat. “So, please, keep fighting for this issue.” The Legislature last year enacted a budget law prohibiting a Medicaid expansion through June 2015, and several key Republicans said Monday they don’t see any change in sentiment. Kansas Republicans have criticized the Democratic president’s signature domestic policy as burdensome, harmful to the economy and an example of federal overreach. They’ve also been skeptical that the federal government will keep its funding promises. “There’s been no taste in the state of Kansas to implement Obamacare,” said Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican. So far, no proposal to expand Medicaid is headed toward even a committee vote. The Kansas Hospital Association is pushing lawmakers to discuss alternatives, such as using the extra federal dollars for Medicaid to subsidize private health coverage for consumers, an approach taken in Iowa

and Arkansas. Bruce Witt, a lobbyist for the Wichita-based Via Christi Health hospital system, said he’s expecting a plan to emerge but acknowledged, “It might be something that doesn’t happen until next year.” Many Republican lawmakers also are wary of expansion alternatives. “It’s just kind of a fancy way of expanding Medicaid,” said House Health and Human Services David Crum, an Augusta Republican. IN OTHER news, a proposal designed to allow Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul is being reviewed by a state House committee. The Federal and State Affairs Committee’s hearing today was on a bill that brings Kansas into a compact among states to take control of health care policy within their borders. Most Republican lawmakers and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback have been highly critical of the federal health law. The compact is the project of Competitive Governance Action. The conservative Texasbased group says on its website that it favors the devolution of government power. Congress would have to approve the compact and cede power to the states on health care. Compact supporters think that’s a possibility if Republicans control both chambers.

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Kansas at low end for tobacco products Kansas is friendly to smokers and those who use tobacco products. The state’s tax on cigarettes, which has remained static since 2003, is 79 cents per pack, against the national average of $1.46 per pack. A bill in the Kansas House proposes the tax be tripled to $2.29 per pack as well as a tax increase on other tobacco products from 10 percent to 78 percent. Such a tax increase could be expected to raise more than $100 million — if tobacco trends continue. A likely effect of such a tax hike, however, is a reduction in the number of tobacco users. So the hike isn’t a sound budget plan. As a cost to society, however, smokers take a heavy toll — so any decrease in smokers would add to our bottom line. For a business, smokers are absent more because of smoking-related conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis and problems breathing. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes. In the United States, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year, and another 42,000 deaths per year resulting from exposure to secondhand smoke. On average, smokers die

10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Between lost days at work and medical expenses related to smoking, the United States spends more than $289 billion a year. Almost 70 percent of smokers are disgusted with their habit and want to quit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasing the cost of cigarettes will hit the pocketbook hard. A pack-a-day habit averages $2,160 a year. For a heavy smoker, make it $6,000 a year. At the poverty level, a pack-a-day habit can consume 10 percent of a family’s monthly budget. Kansas ranks 36th in pricing for a pack, averaging $5.13 for 20 cigarettes. New York charges the most, $10.11 a pack, while Missouri ranks last, at $4.51 a pack. Experts with The Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition say the tax would put cigarettes out of reach for an estimated 33,500 Kansas youths tempted to take up the habit and another 27,800 adults would quit because of the higher cost. House Bill 2672 would put the price of cigarettes sold in Kansas in the upper third of the nation. Sounds like a leadership position. — Susan Lynn

Foe of Common Core is ignorant of content Too bad Common Core wasn’t around when Willie Dove, a Republican representative from Bonner Springs, was a schoolboy. It might have improved his reading and comprehension skills. Dove wants to nullify Common Core reading and math standards in Kansas, though he admits to not having read what Common Core is about and means to accomplish. The Associated Press reported he’s against the concept because he doesn’t want the federal government involved in education. Actually, Common Core was a product of the states themselves. That Dove serves on the House Education Committee should give leadership pause. His logic defies what should be the approach of a committee member helping to decide the course of edu-

cation in Kansas. The good news is that leaders in both chambers say Dove’s legislation isn’t likely to go anywhere. As Jack Morrell, with experience at Iola Middle School, so eloquently explained in a letter to the Register a year ago, Common Core is a meaningful advance in education. It sets up standards that all high school graduates in the nation will be expected to attain. Morrell also testified in favor of Common Core before the House Education Committee during the 2013 session. Common Core means to ensure that students are well-educated and prepared either to continue at a postsecondary school or enter the work force. What’s the matter with that? — Bob Johnson

UAW stumbles in southern vote By DAN K. THOMASSON McClatchy News

WASHINGTON — The United Auto Workers’ failed invasion of the South has all the earmarks of the old “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy mixed with more than a touch of anti-unionism inherent in the region’s distrust of collective bargaining led by outsiders. The hourly workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant surprised UAW leaders in an election they thought was in the bag and the first step to organizing foreign auto plants throughout the South. They had based their optimism on the fact VW said it would not oppose the plan and that workers would be seduced by the establishment of a joint management/worker council that would have serious input into operations. What the UAW apparently missed somehow was the longstanding animosity toward unions in that part of the country where independence is a cherished concept and suspicion of outside influence from the North is virulent. Many workers apparently were convinced that the UAW had a big hand in what had occurred in Detroit. It would be hard to argue otherwise although management deserves at least an equal share in the decline of the U.S. auto industry over three decades. Unions thrive when working conditions are inadequate and often oppressive. The industrial revolution that saw the creation of America’s might in heavy industry was replete with examples of the maltreatment and exploitation of the American work force. As the automobile became the driving force in the American economy, the Unit-

VW’s workers, like those everywhere, have serious concern about rocking the boat that currently seems on an even keel. ed Auto Workers under the Reuther brothers (Walter, Victor and Roy) fought valiantly to increase the share of the benefits for those doing the work. They were almost too successful, ultimately raising wages and benefits and retirement programs to a level that left the companies far less able to meet the world competition that was to come. Management on the other hand bought labor peace year after year by granting concessions it knew had a disastrous potential. Why? Because the companies could both sell all their cars and at the same time pass along to the consumer a healthy increase each year to cover the burgeoning costs. The Golden Auto would just continue laying its wonderful eggs forever. Except when it couldn’t any longer because suddenly the Japanese and others were making a better, higher-quality goose. In addition they were doing so with non-union workers. The word went out that if you bought one of these cars it was safe once again to get one built on Monday or Friday because the full work force showed up every day. All this, of course, is a bit of over simplification. There were numerous other factors that can be stirred into the mix of the rise and fall of the U.S. auto industry. But essentially, it seems, the reasons behind this UAW setback are clear. The working conditions are good and there are prospects of even better times from a company that apparently treats it workers well.

Clearly, it didn’t hurt the anti-union cause for local and federal politicians like U.S. Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who openly voiced their disapproval of the UAW’s efforts, warning without substantiation among other things that new job opportunities on an assembly line in the planning might not take place with the jobs going to Mexico. Whether that made the difference, however, is not certain although the union’s leaders contend it did. Overshadowing all of this is an economy still struggling to regain its post 2008 vitality. That uncertainty carries with it the specter, real or not, of sudden job loss. VW’s workers, like those everywhere, have serious concern about rocking an employment boat that currently seems on an even keel. It is a real fear, and one can hardly blame them despite the fact the manufacturer is one of the most stable leaders in the Western world. Would signing up with the UAW have given these workers something they now don’t have? Who knows? The movement to allow those who don’t want to pay dues or assessments while at the same time turning over their collective bargaining rights to the UAW seems to me to be loaded with danger. How long would it take before resentment among the paying and non-paying members boiled over into serious labor unrest? The fact is the UAW, whether it knew it or not, had an upstream paddle to settle into a region it has long sought and it still does.

Smokers face higher insurance premiums under Obamacare Since Jan. 1, insurance companies cannot deny coverage or charge higher premiums for pre-existing conditions, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The one exception is tobacco use. Insurance companies are permitted to impose a surcharge on consumers who smoke. This “penalty” under the law can be as high as 50 percent of the premium. It is one of the ironies of the Affordable Care Act that insurers can charge more if you smoke but not if you have lung cancer. Of course there are good (and competing) policy reasons for this odd outcome. The ACA seeks to provide universal coverage to all. People with cancer have no immediate control or choice over their

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Thrive Allen County condition. If you or someone in your family has lung cancer you understand this policy on a gut level. If you smoke or chew you do have immediate control and choice over your habit and the higher price is intended to encourage you to quit. Competing policies have to strike a balance between making insurance accessible to all, encouraging healthy behavior and fairly distributing the health cost of tobacco use. This balance is difficult

and far from perfect in practice. We know that financial incentives can result in less tobacco use. Recently, Georgia’s public employees faced an $80 a month surcharge on their health insurance if they smoked. This resulted in a three-fold increase in quitting tobacco. But these employees already had insurance. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists increasing insurance coverage as one of the most effective means of reducing tobacco use. Nicotine replacement products such as bupropion and Chantix, are effective. They are also more likely to be used by the insured. Applying the financial incentive prior to obtaining insurance coverage is as likely to amount to a barrier to coverage as it is a reason to

quit. It is a further irony that Marketplace policies have very good coverage for preventive care. Once covered, a smoker can get an office visit for prevention free of charge and the prescription also will be covered. But they need the coverage first. It is another case of “ready-fire-aim.” So what will tobacco use cost a person getting coverage in the insurance Marketplace? In Allen County, a 40-yearold can get a “Silver” (70/30) policy on the Marketplace for between $221 and $261 a month before government subsidies are figured in. The surcharge for smokers could be $110 to $130 a month. In actual practice, insurance companies serving Allen County, Blue Cross of Kansas and Coventry, seem to charge significantly

less. As long as they stay under the limit there is little transparency in how the surcharge is applied. Working as a volunteer Navigator, it is my experience that this surcharge is usually in the 15-20 percent range and may vary policy to policy or possibly with the consumer’s age. The surcharge is especially bad news for low-income consumers because there is no subsidy on the tobacco surcharge. A low-income consumer in the Marketplace might wind up paying more for the tobacco surcharge than for the unsubsidized portion of the premium. For help with the ACA visit the Thrive Allen County office from 9 to 5, as well as Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 3658128 for more information.


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Horticulture programs springing up quickly Almost everyone I have visited with lately has complained about the weather and being tired of winter. I must admit, I’ve complained right along with them! Of course this doesn’t change the fact that winter is still on the calendar for another month at least. But there are several upcoming horticulture programs that might be able to help you beat the winter blues. The first program is “Landscape Design:101,” offered by the Southwind Extension District. This class is geared to help homeowners learn simple and effective landscape design methods in three, three-hour sessions with hands-on activities and homework. This is an overall design class and not a flower garden design class. There is a big difference. With this class, you will come away with an understanding of what makes a good home landscape and what to do to fix a poor one. Class dates are March

Krista Harding Extension Agent for Agriculture

5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southeast Area Extension Office in Chanute. Registration fee is $50 and includes tools and snacks. Participants will need to bring a copy of their plat. This is a surveyor’s map of your property boundaries and the house layout. Plats are available at the County Appraiser’s office. Payment is required at registration and it is a first-come first-serve. Class size is limited to 15. If you have questions, please call 620-244-3826. The second program is coming up quickly. The Bourbon County Garden Club is hosting Rita Arnold from Arnold’s Greenhouse in Le Roy. Rita will highlight exciting new plants for 2014. This program will be at

7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Community Christian Church in Fort Scott. Finally, the Hoe and Hope Garden Club of Humboldt will host Lenora Larson on April 1. Lenora is a Miami County Master Gardener and has a two-acre butterfly garden. She will offer tips on how to convert your garden into a beautiful butterfly garden. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Public Library. Even though we still have some winter left, don’t let that stop you from daydreaming of warmer weather. Now is the time to think about and plan your landscape for the upcoming growing season. These programs should get you well on your way to having a beautiful landscape this summer! Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at 620-2443826 or kharding@ksu. edu.

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L.A. Unified helps farmers By TERESA WATANABE 31-member local farming Los Angeles Times alliance can grow.

LOS ANGELES — Down a dusty road surrounded by orange trees and the rolling hills of Redlands, the farmer in a battered straw hat and worn jeans worked his land, just as his father and grandfather and great-grandfather did before him. Bob Knight remembers pulling weeds from the soil almost before he could read. He was 6 years old and could barely reach the pedals when he first steered a truck, then began picking and packing the fruit, and checking drip irrigation systems. Now 54, lanky and long, Knight tends 67 acres bursting with thousands of orange trees bearing sweet Valencias and seedless navels, knobby Gold Nuggets and deep red Moros. But on this warm January afternoon, this man whose family has painstakingly cultivated citrus for more than 100 years was planting a cauliflower. Knight is fighting to save his family’s livelihood and the farming heritage of Redlands — a city so named for the deep red earth that once produced the nation’s largest crop of navel oranges. And his unlikely ally in the high-stakes gamble is the Los Angeles Unified School District. In an effort to support local farmers and bring more healthful food to schoolchildren, the nation’s second-largest school system has pledged to take whatever high-quality produce Knight and others in his

The timing couldn’t be better: Knight and other farmers around the world are battling a pest that carries bacteria that is fatal to citrus. The Asian citrus psyllid, an insect the size of an aphid, has been found in all four of the nation’s major citrusproducing states and eight Southern California counties. The deadly Huanglongbing disease spread by the pest has also arrived, discovered in a Hacienda Heights citrus tree in 2012.

stability that makes this whole transition more feasible and less stressful.” He paused, looking out at his trees as wispy white clouds cast shadows over the dust-colored canyons. “They should rename this area LAUSD,” he said. The partnership between L.A. Unified and Knight’s alliance of San Bernardino County farmers began two years ago, brokered by Sean Leer of Gold Star Foods Inc., a school food distributor

What makes this possible is knowing there will be an institutional partner. The district gives us that stability that makes this whole transition more feasible and less stressful. — Bob Knight, farmer

The Visalia, Calif.based Citrus Research Program proclaimed the disease a death sentence for a $2-billion industry that produces 80 percent of the nation’s fresh market oranges and 87 percent of its lemons. Knight fears that it is only a matter of time before his trees become infected. So he’s hedging his bets by turning to vegetables. L.A. Unified’s commitment, Knight said, significantly minimizes the risk of investing more than $100,000 in new equipment and other necessities for what he called a major cultural shift from fruits to vegetables. “What makes this possible is knowing there will be an institutional partner,” Knight said. The district “gives us that

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Kansas, Missouri vie for law students across border

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas are in a border war of sorts as they vie for law school students. For the last four years, Missouri-Kansas City’s law school has provided the equivalent to in-state undergraduate tuition for most Kansas residents. Now, the Kansas School of Law is responding, saying it will use a new scholarship program to allow residents of 11 Missouri counties to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition

— $19,623 a year instead of $33,067 for out-of-state students. Missouri-Kansas City’s law school does not formally waive out-of-state tuition, but nearly all of those students get in-state tuition rates. For Missouri residents, tuition and fees at the law school are $17,885 a year, compared with $35,995 a year for outof-state students, The Kansas City Star reported . In 2012, Missouri-Kansas City had 25 first-year law students from Kansas; only three of them did not get the in-state tuition

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feel we can recruit just as well on both sides of the border.” Leaders at the Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, of course, disagreed about which law school was the leader in the Kansas City region. “I don’t know what that means,” said Ellen Suni, the school’s dean. “We have for a long time been Kansas City’s law school. We have a great relationship with the Kansas City community. We are the only law school in Kansas City.” For Courtney Stout of

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Fort Scott’s late surge sinks Mustangs Iola returns home tonight to host Prairie View By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

Iola High’s boys showed marked improvement in a key aspect — effort — when they hosted Fort Scott Monday, their head coach said. But they fell short in terms of execution, particularly down the stretch, as Fort Scott took control with a 15-4 run to seal a 49-37 victory. The loss is Iola’s third in a row and drops the Mustangs to 7-9 on the season. “They hit some big shots, and we failed to hit shots on a couple of times when the opportunity presented itself,” Mustang head coach Bill Peeper said. “It wasn’t an effort thing, which is good, because that was our problem (Friday). Tonight was just an execution thing.” The sour ending spoiled what had been a spirited Mustang comeback. Iola erased an early 22-12 deficit with a 14-2 run, capped by early second-half baskets by Trent Latta and Fryendz Wallace. Wallace’s bucket at the 6:55 mark of the third gave the Mustangs their first lead

Iola High’s Trent Latta, center, splits between Fort Scott defenders Alex Fink, left, and Jacob Bradbury Monday in the Mustangs’ 49-37 loss. Latta scored nine for Iola. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN of the game, 26-24. The teams traded leads twice and had two ties in the third quarter, the last coming when Latta drained a 3-pointer with a minute left in the period to knot the score at 31-31.

But the momentum shifted as the fourth quarter began. Garin Sinn’s 3-point play two minutes into the final period gave Fort Scott a 34-31 advantage. Kaleb DeLaTorre followed with 3-pointers on the

Tigers’ next two possessions, and the lead suddenly was at nine. Tyler Powelson and Wallace scored buckets on Iola’s next two possessions to cut the deficit to 42-35, but three straight

empty possessions — each of which featured hurried Iola shots against the Tiger’s towering post players — allowed Fort Scott to pull away. DeLaTorre’s driving layup, followed by Mason Knopp’s 3-point play and Jacob Bradbury’s two free throws put the Tigers up, 49-35 with under a minute left. “I don’t know why we play so dead-headed at times,” Peeper said. “I don’t know if it’s the moment or the situation, but we get better in some areas, but regress in others. We were intimidated by their size, which was disappointing. We should have used it as a challenge to ourselves.” Peeper praised the effort of Powelson and Wallace for their aggressiveness. “Tyler did a good job attacking the basket in the first half,” he said. “And Fryendz showed us a whole new side tonight.” Powelson led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Wallace had 11 rebounds and 12 tipped passes. He also racked up seven “floor points,” or occasions when a player dives onto the floor in an attempt to get possession. “But our effort has to be more balanced,” Peeper said. “We can’t have only two guys doing this.” Peeper noted that Wallace was the only such player to register a floor point. Latta followed with nine points and two steals. Bryan See IHS | Page B2

Ponies wrap up season PITTSBURG — Iola Middle School’s eighth-grade squad ended the year on a disappointing note Monday, but a 46-33 loss to host Pittsburg did little to douse head coach Marty Taylor’s enthusiasm. “This group had two years of winning records against a brutal schedule,” Taylor said. “That says a lot about their work ethic and their

toughness. I’m very proud of these boys.” Pittsburg led 14-10 after one quarter and 22-16 at the break. The lead grew to 31-23 by the end of the third period. Evan Sigg led the way with 10 points and eight rebounds, followed by Ethan Holloway’s See IMS | Page B2

Iola High’s Mikaela Platt, center, skies for a rebound between Fort Scott’s Elisha Hasenplaugh, left, and Maddi Allen Monday. The Fillies dropped a 48-31 decision.

Tiger attack snaps Fillies’ win streak By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

Allen Community College’s Terika Henry signs a letter of intent to run track and field next season for the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is surrounded by her ACC track coaches Tony Davis, left, and Vince DeGrado. ACC PHOTO

Henry signs to run for UCF Terika Henry, one of the most highly decorated athletes in Allen Community College track and field history, will take her sprinting prowess to the University of Central Florida next season. Henry signed a letter of intent recently. Henry took home third place in the 400-meter dash

last year at the NJCAA national championships in Hutchinson, and owns school records in the 400 as well as the 200-meter and 60-meter dashes. She has qualified for nationals in the 60, 200 and 400 again at the upcoming indoor See HENRY | Page B2

A pair of critical stretches did in Iola High’s Fillies Monday evening. The first started early in the second quarter, when visiting Fort Scott ran its way to a 16-0 run for a 28-9 lead. The second came after Iola had clawed back to within nine by the midpoint of the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored the next seven over a three-minute stretch to put away a 48-31 victory. The loss snaps Iola’s fourgame winning streak and drops the Fillies to 9-7 overall. The non-league affair had been postponed from Jan. 31 due to snowy weather. “I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I’m not disap-

I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I’m not disappointed with our effort. They’re pretty good with their inside-outside game. — Iola Fillies head coach Becky Carlson after a 48-31 loss to Fort Scott

pointed with our effort,” Fillies head coach Becky Carlson said. “They’re pretty good with their inside-outside game.” The Tigers — the fifthranked Class 4A, Division I team in the state — did indeed post problems for Iola with a seemingly endless supply of powerful post players and opportunistic guards able to effectively get the ball inside.

Iola’s Emery Driskel scored inside with 6:06 left in the first half to pull Iola to within 129. Ashlie Shields scored on a fast-break layup on a nifty pass from Sydney Wade to beat the second-quarter buzzer. But in between those two plays was all Fort Scott. Seven different Fort Scott players scored during the enSee FILLIES | Page B2


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suing 16-point outburst. Iola responded in the second half. Emma Piazza and Kyra Moore drained 3-pointers as part of a 12-4 Fillies run to cut the gap to 11, 34-23. Fort Scott turned the ball over on its next two possessions before Toni Macha’s short jumper pulled Iola to within 3425. Driskel scored less than a minute later to again cut the deficit to nine. But Maddi Allen’s 3-pointer for the Tigers — Fort Scott’s only trey of the night — effectively killed Iola’s rally. Elisha Hasenplaugh’s bucket put the Tigers back in front, 43-27, with a little more than 3 minutes remaining. “We only had 12 turnovers, which is a good number for us,” Carlson said. “We were getting good looks in the first half. We just couldn’t get those shots to fall. Emma

stayed aggressive, and I thought Emery Driskel did a great job inside. Hannah Endicott did a good job on defense, and Lexie Long was aggressive. “We looked a lot better in the second half,” she continued. “But you tend to look better when your shots are falling.” Driskel and Piazza shared high-scoring honors with eight apiece for the Fillies. Wade pulled down four rebounds. Piazza also had three assists. A balanced scoring attack paced Fort Scott with four players scoring eight, Allen, Hasenplaugh, Ashley Cook and Jillian Lattimore. Two others scored six. FORT SCOTT prevailed in the junior varsity contest, 33-24. Taylor Sell led the Fillies with six points. Olivia Bannister chipped in with five and Shields had four. McKayli Cleav-

national championships in New York City. Prior to that, however, is the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and Region VI championships this weekend. The outdoor season begins in mid-March. Tony Davis, Allen’s sprint coach, heaped praise upon Henry’s talent and work ethic. “It’s been awesome to coach someone of Terika’s caliber,” Davis said in an email. “She’s a tough competitor always willing to lay it on the line. This experience has allowed me and her to grow as a coach and

athlete. “Her time here has had some ups and downs,” he continued. “Being from Florida, she dealt with some homesickness early. However, she stayed the course and reaped the benefits.” Davis noted Henry continues to excel in the classroom as well. “She maintained a positive image and attitude.” Henry, an Ocee, Fla., native, was the first recruit Davis brought to ACC, a humbling experience for the coach. “Terika took the opportunity we gave her and made the best of it.”

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Mueller had five rebounds and two assists. Tyler McIntosh also had two assists. DeLa Torre drained five 3-points en route to a game-high 19 for the Tigers. Sinn added 16. FORT SCOTT ALSO

Iola High junior varsity defenders, from left, Taelyn Sutterby, McKayli Cleaver, Cassie Delich and Taylor Sell react as Fort Scott’s Karlee Stanley releases a shot Monday. The Fillies JV girls lost, 33-24. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN er and Macha had three apiece. Della Lohman scored two and Taelyn Sutterby had one. Iola returns for a home game tonight

against Prairie View.

Fort Scott (10-18-6-14—48) Iola (7-4-9-11—31) Fort Scott (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Denton 2-2-1-6, Allen 2/1-1-2-8, Rienbolt 2-0-1-4, Hasenplaugh 4-0-0-8, Cook 4-0-2-8, Lawrence

2-2-1-6, Lattimore 3-2-2-8. TOTALS: 19/1-7-9-48. Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Long 0-03-0, Moore 0/1-0-1-3, Piazza 3/22-2-8, Shields 1-0-0-2, Endicott 0-0-1-0, Haar 0-2-2-2, Platt 0-0-1-0, Driskel 4-0-0-8, Macha 2-2-2-6. TOTALS: 8/3-6-12-31.

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eight points and five boards. Isaac Vink also scored eight, Nick Vaughn tallied five and Matt Komma scored two. “The kids came out and played hard,” Taylor said. “They got three or four baskets at the end that let the score get away, but this was a good, competitive ball game against an undefeated team.” Iola finished with a 7-6 record. PITTSBURG also prevailed in the seventhgrade A team affair, 4432. The Purple Dragons led 11-5 after one quarter

and 24-12 at the break. “We got the score back to six or seven a couple of times in the second half, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Taylor said. “These kids improved about as much as any group I’ve had over the course of a year.” Kane Rogers scored eight points to lead the way, followed by Derek Bycroft with six points and four rebounds. Cole Regehr scored five, Tayton Driskel had four points and nine rebounds and Jeremy Waldman had four points and four rebounds. Blake Ashmore also scored two.

IN B TEAM play, Pittsburg defeated Iola’s eighth-graders, 38-20. Kaden Knavel scored five points for the Ponies, followed by Drake Sell and Matt Miller with four each. Cale Barnhart scored three and Nick Vaughn and William Winner had two apiece. Pittsburg defeated the seventh-grade B team, 49-20. Kolt Knoblich and Tim Komma both had four points for Iola. Jaxson Wiltse scored three. Bret Plumlee, Hunter Mittlemeier, Matt Karr and Nic Zimmerman each had two. Jack Eyster scored one.

prevailed, 53-30, in the junior varsity contest and 66-47 in the C team matchup. Gus Hopkins and Kohl Endicott scored six points each to pace Iola’s JV. Brett Taylor, Alex Kelly and Adam Peterson scored four apiece. Travis Hermstein followed with three, Grant Dela Cruz had two and Ben Cooper scored one. Isaiah Fawson’s 14 points led the Mustang C team. Chase Regehr added 10, Mason Ingle eight, Braden Plumlee seven, Joel Zimmerman five, Gage Cleaver two and Rhett Allen one. Iola returns to action tonight at home against Prairie View. Fort Scott (11-13-7-18—49) Iola (8-14-9-6—37) Fort Scott (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): DeLa Torre 2/5-0-2-19, Brown 0-0-1-0, Bradbury 0/1-2-3-5, Fink 1-0-1-2, Sinn 6-4-2-16, Knopp 2-1-1-5, Olin 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 12/6-7-10-49. Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): 3/10-0-9, Mueller 0-0-3-0, Wallace 2-0-4-4, McIntosh 1-0-3-2, Zimmerman 1-0-2-2, Kauth 2-1-15, Powelson 7-1-2-15, Peterson 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 16/1-2-17-37.

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Using their heads Iola High Mustang supporters display cardboard cutouts of the senior basketball players Monday in a makeup game against Fort Scott. The Tigers swept the Mustangs and Fillies, however. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

Falcons’ star receiver arrested ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court. Gwinnett County sheriff ’s Deputy Shannon Volkodav confirmed White was booked at the jail in that Atlanta suburb early today. Jail

records show he was released about an hour later after posting $168 bond. Volkodav said the warrant for White’s arrest came from Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, indicating he failed to show up for court on an unspecified traffic citation. A team statement said

the Falcons were aware of White’s arrest, adding, “we anticipate this will be resolved shortly.” It was not immediately known if White had an attorney. White was the Falcons’ first-round draft pick in 2005. He had 63 catches for 711 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Monday’s Scores The Associated Press BOYS’ BASKETBALL Fort Scott 49, Iola 37 Crest 70, Uniontown 62 Alma, Neb. 66, Northern Valley 23 Axtell 56, Hanover 52 Baileyville-B&B 56, Linn 42 Chapman 46, Clay Center 35 Douglass 45, Wichita Independent 43 Ellis 62, Quinter 56 Garden Plain 58, Medicine Lodge 53 Hays-TMP-Marian 63, Ellinwood 41 Moundridge 54, Bennington 51, OT Riverton 58, Quapaw, Okla. 38 West Franklin 57, Hartford 49 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Fort Scott 48, Iola 31 Uniontown 62, Crest 29 Axtell 56, Hanover 52 Baileyville-B&B 50, Linn 33 Chapman 40, Clay Center 35 Ellinwood 58, Hays-TMP-Marian 43 Ellis 65, Quinter 23 Ellsworth 43, Russell 31 Garden Plain 64, Medicine Lodge 40 Moundridge 58, Bennington 21 Quapaw, Okla. 53, Riverton 25 Triplains-Brewster 59, St. Francis 35 Troy 29, Horton 24 West Franklin 48, Hartford 30 Wichita Independent 45, Douglass 39

Iola High’s Brett Taylor puts up a shot Monday for the Mustang junior varsity. Taylor scored four in Iola’s 53-30 defeat. REGISTER/RICHARD

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Vaultier takes gold in snowboard cross KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Pierre Vaultier stood atop the podium, feeling no pain from a knee held together by little more than a brace and cheek-biting grit. Nikolay Olyunin, the 22-year-old underdog standing to his right, was quite content after giving the host country a good glimpse of his profession. To their left, bronze medalist Alex Deibold was soaking up the attention of the U.S. team. Behind them all, the favorites were washed away by bad luck, bad decisions — or both — on a course that deteriorated into a slushy,

soggy snowball. In other words, just another day in snowboardcross, the Olympic sport that sometimes is little more than a high-stakes lottery held at upward of 50 mph down the side of a mountain. The jousting in front of Vaultier during the semifinals nearly cost him a shot at a medal. Apart from that, there was the relentless pursuit by Russia’s Olyunin, the man with the fastest board on a day when speed was in short supply. And the persistence of former wax technician Deibold, who buried four years of angst — and a

teammate — on his way to salvaging a bit of American pride. Vaultier stood above them all on a right knee with an ACL one wrong move away from a career-threatening implosion. Funny how the pain seemed to vanish the moment the 26-yearold crossed the finish line. “I think I took off on the last jump and I did not land yet,” he said. Happy landings were hard to come by in the rain at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Instead of the bluebird conditions that can feature the sometimes breathtaking mix of speed and precision snow-

boardcross provides, the third contest in the sport’s brief Olympic history was a battle of attrition. Gold-medal favorite Nate Holland of the U.S. didn’t make it out of the opening round of elimination after mistiming a jump. Italy’s Omar Visintin loomed as a threat until colliding with Australia’s Jarryd Hughes in the semifinals, going head-first over a pair of step-down ramps and being taken off on a stretcher. Taylor Jacob, the youngest and perhaps most naturally gifted rider on the U.S. team, saw his spot in the fi-

nals taken by Deibold, who edged Jacob aside at the finish after both spectacularly slid across the line on their backs. The event was pushed back from Monday to today due to heavy fog. Conditions weren’t much better 24 hours later as the drizzle slowed the 750-meter track, making passing difficult and put the ability to get out of the gates quickly at a premium. “We compete in an outdoor sport, this is not something that uncommon,” Deibold said. “It’s one of the situations we prep ourselves for.”

Crash ends American’s short track medal hopes SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Eddy Alvarez is very familiar with the pads at the Iceberg Skating Palace. The American skater crashed again today in the heats of 500-meter short track, ending his hopes of winning an individual medal at the Sochi Olympics. He’s still got a shot for the podium as part of the men’s relay team. It was the third time in four events that the 24-year-old from Miami went sliding into the pads that line the ice. He was eliminated from his other race when an aggressive attempt to pass earned a disqualification. “I tested out most of (the pads) this week,” quipped Alvarez, the first Cuban-American male to make a U.S. skating team. “Who’s hit the pads more than me? Do you get a medal for that?” While the first two crashes were not Alvarez’s fault, this one was on him. Trying to set up a pass on South Korea’s Lee Han-bin in a turn, Alvarez’s skates came out from under him. He slid right out the race — again. “It’s extremely frustrating,” said the skater dubbed Eddy the Jet. “This is the one event I was really looking forward to. Not to be able to get through the first round is tough.” J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., was the only American male to advance in the 500. Jordan Malone from Denton,

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Texas clipped his own skate while trying to keep up with the leaders, lost speed and finished last in his heat. “I was just focused on my race,” said Celski, who finished second after bumping with France’s Thibaut Fauconnet, nearly losing his balance. “Unfortunately, Eddy went down and Jordan didn’t get through. Fortunately, we still have a relay left as a team.” Alvarez also crashed in the relay semifinals, but the U.S. advanced anyway when South Korea was penalized. The women fared bet-

ter in the 1,000 today. Jessica Smith of Melvindale, Mich., and Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., both finished second in their heats, with Scott making a furious dash to line to make up a big gap after being bumped in a corner by Katerina Novotna of the Czech Republic. Scott would have advanced to the quarterfinals anyway — Novotna was penalized — but she didn’t know that on the ice. So Scott scrambled mightily to edge Kazakhstan’s Inna Simonova for the second spot. “You hope the judges see and feel what you

felt,” Scott said. “I was glad that I was able to just secure that second spot on my own and not have to rely on them.” Even though they advanced today, Smith and Scott are longshots to win a medal. Celski seems the only legitimate U.S. hope for an individual podium finish in the short track at Sochi. But even if Celski comes through in the 500 and the men’s relay makes the podium on the final day of competition Friday, the Americans are assured of falling well short of the medal haul in Vancou-

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — College students lobbied Kansas legislators on Monday to reject bills that would change the way parents approve student access to sex education courses and materials. The bills would require school districts to receive parental or guardian consent before students would receive sex education instruction or access to materials. Currently, consent requirements are left to local districts. Students from the University of Kansas, Emporia State University and Wichita State University were lobbying Monday to encourage legislators to reject the changes, arguing they would ignore the wishes of local communities. The students are members of campus Choice USA, a national abortion-rights organization that speaks out on reproductive rights issues. The students lobby in Topeka each session and chose the sex education bill as their focus this year. “We feel like it’s a legislative overreach to put a statewide mandate on this,” said Paul Brink, a Wichita State senior majoring in economics and political science. The House bill will be heard Tuesday in the education committee. The Senate bill awaits a hearing. Both bills were introduced by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee

Republican, who was concerned about what materials are put in front of students. Legislators say they’ve heard reports of classroom and hallway posters suggesting sexual ways individuals could express their love for someone else. The materials, Pilcher-Cook said, were put up without parents’ knowledge.

A lot of families don’t talk about sex and we don’t want students falling through the cracks. — Paul Brink, Wichita State senior

The bill would “put parents back in control of what their children are being taught and the manner that it is being taught,” she said. Brink said districts should retain control over the issue based on community norms. “A lot of families really don’t talk about that and we don’t want students to fall through the cracks,” Brink said. Brink, who graduated from Jefferson West High School, described his upbringing as “very conservative” in which sexuality wasn’t a frequent topic at home. His school had an optout policy, meaning parents had to notify the school that their student wouldn’t be receiving sex education.

Bill would shift KPERS funds TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas would lift restrictions on investments by its largest public pension fund in companies that do business in Sudan but impose new limits on investments in companies that do business with Iran under proposals reviewed by a legislative committee Monday. The House Pensions and Benefits Committee has two separate bills dealing with investments by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, the pension system for teachers, state workers and many local government employees. KPERS has about $4.5 billion in international investments. The panel took no action on either measure. One bill repeals a 2007 state law preventing KPERS from investing in companies that have oil, mining or energy interests in Sudan, have supplied military equipment in Sudan or have a “demonstrated complicity” in widespread killing in the Darfur region. Kansas enacted the law in response to violence in Darfur. Chairman Steve Johnson, an Assaria Republican, said the bill gives the House committee a chance to consider

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decline to lessen their presence in the Islamic republic. Schwab said Kansas should do what it can to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies believe the program is designed to produce a nuclear weapon, something Iranian leaders deny. Also, Schwab said the bill is in line with policies advo c a t e d by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Rep. Schwab is meant as a strong pro-Israel statement. The Kansas House last week unanimously approved a non-binding resolution declaring Israel “the greatest friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East.” The resolution also said peace will not come to the region without “a whole and united Israel.” “We use what we can use to, one, make sure funds are not being used in Iran to threaten Israel and, also, to threaten our troops across seas, because Iran will fund attacks on U.S. interests,” Schwab said.

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Help for non-functioning window Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a Chrysler 300M with a stuck driver’s window. The mechanical function is fine — when it works, it works fine. But heat seems to glue the window closed: When it’s hot out, it sticks to the plastic liner and won’t go down until the temperature drops. I live in Florida, so the temperature doesn’t drop very often! Is there a grease, lubricant or cleaner I can use to fix this? I need that window to function. Help. — BJ TOM: Have you considered a hammer, BJ? RAY: It’s not entirely clear to me that it’s sticking, BJ. You might assume it’s “getting stuck” in the up position. But

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Tom and Ray Magliozzi the window motor could be dying. TOM: It’s not unusual for a window motor to fail intermittently when it’s on the way out. RAY: Unlike my brother, who tries to be consistent by failing all the time. TOM: Your window switch, or window relay, also could be failing in extreme heat — remember, it’s a lot hotter inside a parked car than it is outside. And when do you want to open the window? When you sit down

in a hot car, and it’s 150 degrees inside, and you sear your thighs on the “300M” logos on the seat cushions. RAY: So the first question for you is: Can you hear or feel the motor trying to work when the window is stuck? When you hit the window switch, is the motor straining to lower the glass? TOM: If it is, then the switch and the motor are fine and the window is, indeed, stuck somehow. RAY: In that case, the first thing I’d try is some silicone spray. There’s rubber weatherstripping in the door that the window slides into when it’s closed. Hit the inside of that weatherstripping

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Prediabetes allows time for change Dear Dr. Roach: In a December column, you mentioned that the A1c result of 6.5 and above indicates a diabetic condition. My doctor is telling me that 5.6 is the cutoff, and since I’m at 5.8, I’m a diabetic. Does the goal change with age? I’m a 66-year-old male in very good health. Could you please clear up the conflicting goal? — M.C. Answer: Diabetes, a decrease in the ability to properly metabolize sugar, has a wide range of severity. One measure of overall blood sugar is the A1c test, a measure of how much sugar is on the hemoglobin molecule. Sugar attaches to many proteins over time, and the A1c, also called glycosylated hemoglobin, is a standard measure of average blood sugar in the past few months, and so provides a better estimate of blood sugar than a blood glucose level, which is a snapshot of a particular point. No matter the age, a normal A1c level is less than 5.7 percent, according to the most recent American Diabetic Association guidelines. Since yours is above that, your blood sugar is not normal, which I think is what your doctor is saying. You are in between normal and diabetes, a condition called prediabetes, or sometimes impaired glucose tolerance. You are at risk for developing diabetes. Fortunately, diabetes clearly can be prevented

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Lancers topple Eagles By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

UNIONTOWN — The Lancers weren’t perfect on defense Monday evening. But, that can’t be a huge concern when an offense plays to a level unseen by Crest High this season, according to head coach Travis Hermreck. The Lancers took down the Uniontown Eagles 70-62 in a heated matchup. “We didn’t play great defense at any point in the game,” Hermreck said. “We just happened to play exceptional offense.” That is no understatement. Two Lancers scored 21 points — Brock Ellis and Hunter Frazell — and possibly the most impressive portion of their offense was from the free throw line. Crest hit 21 of 22 charity attempts, 95 percent from the line. “That’s the best we’ve seen at Crest for a long time,” Hermreck said of shooting from the line. For anyone in the stands Monday, it was obvious the Lancers needed every point they could get. After putting a 44-31 lead on their opponent in the first half, Crest “survived” the second half, weathering several Eagle comeback attempts without giving up the lead. Joseph Duffey helped lead the first comeback for the Eagles with a 9-2 run on the Lancers to start the third. Crest went from hitting nearly everything to ice cold after the half. “You could tell our heads floated on us after halftime,” Hermreck said. The same strategy that put them ahead in the first — fast breaks

Lancer Miranda Golden is smothered by Uniontown defenders Jessica Farra (32) and DaNisha Robinson (40). The Crest girls struggled in a 62-29 loss Monday night. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

Crest girls fall short at Uniontown By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

Uniontown defenders Garrett Elder (33), Joseph Duffey (5) and Chase Gleason (2) do their best to stop Crest’s Brock Ellis from hitting a jumper. The Lancers won the matchup 70-62. Ellis had 21 points on the night. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

and quick shots — was resulting in bricks and turnovers. Austin Green had the first field goal of the third with a trey at the 1:42 mark. Then Frazell contributed a driving score and another trey to end the quarter. The Lancers held on 5446 going into the final section. The Eagles weren’t done yet. Jacob Duffey spearheaded another comeback with back-to-back buckets, coupled with some fast break points from his teammates. Uniontown pulled to within three, 59-56, with just under two minutes remaining. Then, the stellar freethrow shooting came into play for the Lancers. They hit 10 of 11 charities in a row to seal the deal, breaking the Lanc-

ers’ four-game losing streak. “We finally broke the losing streak,” Hermreck said, coming out of the locker room. “It feels good to finally get another win.” In addition to Ellis and Frazell’s high scores, the Lancer’s Green hit eight and Landon Stephens and Taylor Davis had seven each. Skyler Riley had 18 points for the Eagles. The Lancers travel to Lebo tonight.

Crest 20-24-10-16—70 Uniontown 15-16-15-16—62 Crest (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Frazell 2/3-8-2-21, Green 0/1-5-2-8, Godderz 2-0-3-4, Stephens 1/1-2-1-7, Davis 3-1-4-7, Brallier 0-0-1-0, Ellis 5/2-5-4-21, Ramsey 1-0-4-2. TOTALS: 14/7-21-21-70. Uniontown (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Gleason 0/2-3-3-9, Riley 3/3-3-418, Bradbury 0-3-3-3, Jo. Duffey 5-0-5-10, Ja. Duffey 4-0-1-8, Elder 0-0-1-0, Johns 2-8-3-12, Wood 0-21-2. TOTALS: 14/5-19-21-62.

Baylor rallies to top Oklahoma State WACO, Texas (AP) — Cory Jefferson and Baylor won another game in overtime to continue a turnaround that the Bears hope will end with an NCAA tournament berth. Oklahoma State is just waiting for something good to happen again, perhaps starting this weekend when suspended preseason All-America guard Marcus Smart returns. Jefferson scored 25 points and the Bears overcame a buzzer-beater that forced overtime Monday night, handing the Cowboys their seventh straight loss 70-64 in the last of three games without Smart. The Bears (17-9, 5-8 Big 12) won in overtime at home for the second time in three days. Baylor’s Brady Heslip hit a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation in a double-overtime victory against Kansas State on Saturday. “We just did two of them the other day so it was nothing new to us,” said Jefferson, who also had a game-high 13 rebounds. “We had plenty of practice for it.” The Cowboys (16-10, 4-9) can finish no better than .500 in conference but will get Smart back from his three-game suspension for pushing a heckling fan late in a loss at Texas Tech. He returns Saturday at home in the rematch with the Red Raiders. Markel Brown and Phil Brown tried to make

up for Smart’s absence. Brown scored 26 points and Forte, Smart’s high school teammate in the Dallas area, added 20. “We’ve been playing tough the last two games and Marcus is a tough guy and he’s ready to get back on this court,” Brown said. “He’s been watching the games on TV. He’s been seeing how hard we’ve been working. I’m sure he’s wanting to come back and join us.” Isaiah Austin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears, who won for the fourth time in six games in a run that started with a win at Oklahoma State that snapped a five-game skid. This was supposed to be a high-profile Monday matchup between a pair of teams that were 12-1 and ranked in the top 10 nationally when Big 12 play started. Instead, it was a battle for postseason survival, and played out that way. Baylor, which trailed by 10 early in the second half, went ahead 56-55 on a dunk by Jefferson after a missed free throw by Austin and was up by three and had the ball with 3.5 seconds left. But Gary Franklin’s inbound pass was intercepted by Leyton Hammonds, who dribbled around a defender and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime at 58-all. It was Hammonds’ first 3 since the season opener.

“It was almost like the basketball gods wanted us to win,” Brown said. “Then they took it back away from us.” Jefferson made a 3-pointer from the left wing to start overtime and put Baylor ahead for good. The Bears missed some free throws early in the extra period to give the Cowboys a chance to stay close, and they got within two on a 3-pointer by Brown. But Kenny Chery made a driving layup for a four-point lead with less a minute left, and Brown missed a 3 at the other end. The Bears shot 38 percent but made three of four shots and outscored Oklahoma State 12-6 in overtime. They had a 19-5 edge in the second extra period against Kansas State. “I was really, really proud of how our guys came out in the overtime because when you do something like that, it’s devastating,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “That’s like getting punched in the gut. You’re hunched over and for us to refocus ... I thought it was tremendous.” The Cowboys went up 10 early in the second half on a 3-pointer by Forte, who was scoreless in a home loss to Baylor earlier in the month. The Bears rallied and went ahead on a dunk by Austin with 5 minutes remaining.

UNIONTOWN — Crest head coach Ben Vaughn didn’t have a whole lot to say Monday evening, following the Lady Lancers’ 62-29 loss to the Uniontown Eagles. “I don’t know what’s going on,” Vaughn said. “We weren’t that much worse than them.” Whatever glimpse of hope came for the Lancers came early and left quickly. Crest held on to stay close in the first, facing a 6-10 deficit going into the second quarter. Then the second quarter happened. The first seven minutes featured a 23-2 run by the Eagles, with stifling defense that had the Lady Lancers struggling to even get a shot off. Karlee Hammond ended the suffering with a jumper with one minute remain-

ing in the half. The Lancers went into the locker room facing a 35-11 disadvantage. The Eagles put another 19 points on the Lancers in the third, while the Lancers’ only field goals came from Miranda Golden, Hammond and Clarissa McCulley to give them nine for the quarter. They duplicated the effort in the fourth to outscore the Eagles’ bench, 9-8. “We just couldn’t find ourselves tonight,” Vaughn said. Golden led the Lancers with nine points,

followed by Laurel Godderz with eight and Hammond with six. Emily Shinn had 15 points for the Eagles, and Shalina Harper had 11.ght. Crest 6-5-9-9—29 Uniontown 10-25-19-8—62 Crest (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): M. Covey 0-0-3-0, Hammond 2-23-6, Rodriguez 0-0-1-0, Godderz 2-4-1-8, Golden 3-3-2-9, McCulley 1-0-0-2, Seabolt 2-0-3-4, T. Covey 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 10-9-1629. Uniontown (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): E. Shinn 6-3-4-15, Herring 1-0-02, Travis 0-0-1-0, Harper 1/2-3-111, H. Shinn 0-0-1-0, Stokes 1-20-4, Coyan 4-1-1-9, Wilkinson 0-0-2-0, Farra 2-0-1-4, Robinson 7-0-3-14, Ridge 1-1-3-3. TOTALS: 23/2-10-11-62.

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