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“He just popped up and said ‘I feel better, let’s get back to work,’” Cindy said. Dan and Cindy made their home above the restaurant and have been looking forward to the day when the restaurant would be reopened. “I have missed visiting with the people, we got kind of bored,”

Madison Avenue Sports Bar and Grill, formerly known as Madison Avenue Steaks and Chops, will be reopening its doors ATLANTA (AP) — Former Friday. Atlanta schools Superintendent The restaurant, owned and opBy BOB JOHNSON Beverly Hall knew about cheaterated by Cindy and Dan Neal, ing allegations on standardized shut down in 2011 when Dan beCalls to the 911 dispatch center tests but either ignored them or came ill. one almost every 10 minaverage tried to hide them, according to a See MADISON | Page A6 utes. state investigation. And while that may sound a litAn 800-page report released tle slow, played out over 24 hours Tuesday to The Associated Press a day and every day of the year, Register/Richard Luken by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office the total comes to 55,000. Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was through an open records request “That’s what we received last joined by Greg Gleue in cutting an 18-acre prairie hay field Tuesday. shows several educators reportyear,” Angie Murphy, dispatch ed cheating in their schools. But center director, told Allen County the report says Hall, who won commissioners Tuesday mornthe national Superintendent of ing. the Year award in 2009, and other The call total — she figures administrators ignored those reBy RICHARD LUKEN attached. The bar was triggered half or more are for true emerports and sometimes retaliated through a gear box engaged as its gencies — wasn’t the point of her against the whistleblowers. LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. appearance, but the magnitude of nized behemoths of today, Ray The yearlong investigation With no mechanical engine to the number captivated commis- Whiteley’s mowing outfit was shows educators at nearly four speak of, the only noise emanatsioners. dozen Atlanta elementary and considerably quieter. ing from his unit was from the Murphy was before commismiddle schools cheated on stanHis “engine” — a pair of teeth of the seven-foot cutting bar sioners to request a 20 percent 1,200-pound mules — needed only dardized tests by helping sturotating back and forth. increase in the department’s bud- an occasional break from the stidents or changing the answers Joining Whiteley was neighbor get for 2012, up $126,000 over this fling summer heat once exams were handedPress/MCT in. Register/Allison Tinn Olivier Douliery/Abaca as Whiteley and friend Greg Gleue, with his year’s $490,000. The investigators also found a traversed his way around mowing anotherChristmas sickJerrica part-time paints the new signan for18- own The annualoutfit, U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony was Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The Mueller, increaseformer seemed prettybartender “culture of fear, intimidation and acre prairie hay meadow. le bar mower pulled by a pair of Madison Avenuereasoned Sports Bar and Grill Tuesday. hefty. Murphy health retaliation” in the school district “It’s a little warm, so we’ve Percheron draft horses. insurance will cost an additional been taking it easy,” Whiteley over the cheating allegations, “We’re having some fun with $50,000 and another $6,000 was said. “It’s our little hobby.” which led to educators lying it,” Whiteley joked. “Greg’s kind expected for Kansas Public Emabout the cheating or destroying The mules were pulling White- of a wimp about it. He needs a See COUNTY | Page A5 Ray Whiteley ley’s antique sickle bar mower, See CHEATING | Page A5 See MOWING | Page A5 a small wagon with cutting bar

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Silent Night - 27.5% These men are ready to leave their inhibitions at home as they participate in Friday night’s favorite race, the drag race. From left to right are Matt Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Nic Lohman, David Toland and Fred Heismeyer. The race begins at 10:30 p.m. on the courthouse square.

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District Judge Daniel Creitz came before county commissioners Tuesday to request funds for the drugBycourt commencing in BOB JOHNSON 2013. Creitz said the funds would be An anticipated field of a thoudistributed through the program sand runners and walkers, who to transportation and willpay fleefor Iola’s downtown busidrug testing for people involved. ness district early Saturday as He said the coordinators of can the Charley Melvin did in 1905, program will be conducting roube thankful that Melvin chose to tine anddastardly random drug the do his deed tests in theatmiddefendants’ homes. dle of the night. The cityevent of Chanute has in Had the being commemomind giving $2,000 to the rated occurred in mid-day, propargram, Creitz said. Theoppressive Iola Poticipants would battle lice also with wantsboth to heat Department and humidity, contribute, he said. Allen County forecast at the upper end of the Sheriff Tomscale Williams saiddaytime he has discomfort during been approaching local businessFriday and Saturday. As is, they es in run orderand to receive from will walk infunds somewhat private donors. more inviting temperatures pre“I have going everywhere dicted for been the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. to find funds,” Williams said. Saturday. Commissioner Dickwalkers Works said The race — many will the county has money be out for a stroll — will available cap activin thethat budget, under and ities start late “alcohol Friday after-

drug program funds.” Commissioners Robert Francis and Works said they would take a closer look at the amount of Judge Creitz money in the budget, and consult with Commissioner Gary McIntosh, who was not present at Tuesday’s meeting. Creitz said the program works with drug offenders under heavy surveillance to reduce the amount of repeat drug offenses in the district. picked up,” Weiner said Tuesday IOLA CITY afternoon. AsADMINISTRATOR in the past, “we exCarl a tentative pect Slaugh a lot of proposed people to sign up Fridate for a follow-up joint meeting day night.” between the$12 city of the Iolawalk. and Allen Cost is for RunCounty, regarding a merger of ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age EMS services. 17, $20 for adults and $17 each for Commissioners agreed on Feb. members of teams. 4 for the meeting. he Runners in theSlaugh third said annual event will See aimFUNDS for best times of | Page A2 15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for females, set last year. Sticks of “Melvin Dy-No-Mite” will be awarded the first three places for males and females in each of five ages groups, 15 and under, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 and over. All participants will break from in front of the post office. Runners will follow a course that will take them on West to Washington, then Jackson, Jefferson and East to Cottonwood. They

Put that ego on the shelf, boys Republicans eye defense cuts to avert fiscal cliff By SUSAN LYNN By DONNA CASSATA If you’ve got enough of it, FriAssociated Press

year a woman’s garter was transferred from one participant’s leg billion to $15 billion cut in proto another. defense spending each year day night is the night to let your jected “It’s better than a baton,” said WASHINGTON (AP) — House for the next decade. It’s a prospect hair down. David Toland, executive director Republicans’ “fiscal cliff ” coun- that Republicans recognize is the One sure test is to participate of Thrive Allen County and one teroffer to President Barack new reality, with wars in Iraq and in the “Drag Race” as a runup to of the organizers for Friday’s Obama hints at billions of dol- Afghanistan ending and deficits the Charlie Melvin Mad Bomber events. lars in military cuts on top of the demanding deep cuts. Run For Your Life race. If you don’t have a thing to nearly $500 billion that the White “Not too devastating,” said Sen. Men and women alike are en- wear — no worries. House and Congress backed last John McCain of Arizona, the top couraged to dress in a cross-genDresses, hats, purses, jewelry year, and even the fiercest defense Republican on the Senate Armed der manner and then “compete” and other accoutrements will be hawks acknowledge that the Pen- Services Committee. That’s esin teams of four in a relay. Last available at Elizabeth Donnelly’s tagon faces another financial hit. pecially true compared with the The proposal that House Speak- alternative that McCain dreads er John Boehner, R-Ohio, and oth- — the double hit of tax hikes and er Republican leaders sent to the automatic spending cuts dubbed White House this week calls for the fiscal cliff. cuts of $300 billion in discretionIf Obama and Congress are unSinceable 1871 — a deal this month, ary spending to achieve— savings to reach At the bandstand Jim would Garner, director of $2.2 trillion over 10 years. The the Pentagon face acrossThursday, Julyno 7, 2011 p.m. blueprint offered specifics on the-board cuts of some 8$55 bilPROGRAM the cuts, although the Pentagon lion after the first of the year and Spangled Banner ..................................................arr. J.P. Sousa andStar defense-related departments nearly $500 billion over a decade. Americans We — march .......................................... Henry Fillmore such as Homeland Security and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Rock, Rhythm and Blues — medley ...................... arr. Jack Bullock State make up roughly half of the and military leaders have warned Armygovernment’s of the Nile —discretionmarch...................................Kenneth J. Alford federal that such a meat-ax approach to of the Beguine ...................................................... Cole Porter aryBegin spending. the budget would do considerable Invercargill — march ................................................... Alex Lithgow By any credible calculation, the harm. Hymn to the Fallen.................................... John Williams/Sweeney military, which is still coming to “My job is to stop sequestraMen of Ohio — march ............................................. Henry Fillmore grips with the half-trillion-dollar tion,” McCain said, using the Sixties Time Capsule — medley .............................. arr. Jennings cutAin last year’s deficit-cutting budgetary term for the automatic The Washington Post — march P. Sousa law, is looking at an additional $10 ...................................John cuts. Rained out concerts will be rescheduled for Friday evening. Pentagon spending still has its congressional protectors, especially with job-producing weapons, aircraft and ships built Vol. 113, No. 209

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noon and will go on throughout the evening. Included will be the much-awaited “drag race,” featuring some of the area’s finest men and women dressed in drag. Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen County, co-sponsor with Allen County Crimestoppers for “The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run for your Life,” said total of participants was approaching 450, with about 200 signed on for the 5-kilometer run. The walk will follow a 3-kilometer course. “Registration, including probably a fifth online, has really

The Shirt Shop, 20 W. Jackson, where participants will have a wide selection from which to choose. Doors open at 10 p.m. Registration to participate in the drag race is $5. That also gains participants entrance to a 9:30 p.m. pre-party at the Thrive office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Thrive office or Friday night on See EGO | Page B6

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Pekarek finds home at USD 257 By JOE SNEVE

When Brian Pekarek was hired as superintendent of the Iola school district in February, he saw an opportunity to “reinvigorate” USD 257. With a focus on academic achievement and public transparency, Pekarek hopes he can further success for the district and the more than 1,300 students relying on it. Pekarek walks his talk. A naSeeevery PEKAREK | Page A5 in nearly corner of the country. In the past decade, the base defense budget has nearly doubled, from billion in 2001 75$297 Cents

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Democrats look to limit Kobach’s power TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders said Tuesday that they will introduce two measures in January that would limit Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s power and the time he devotes to pet issues such as immigration. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, said he plans to submit a bill that would restrict statewide elected officials and their employees to 10 paid hours per week spent on non-official duties. He said Kobach should be concentrating on the secretary of state’s office, not working with other states on immigration issues. Kobach, a Republican, has said that he only works on immigration measures in his “spare time.” But Hensley questioned whether an elected official who is doing his or her job properly would have any spare time. “He’s trying to do two jobs at once, but we need a fulltime secretary of state,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence. Messages left for Kobach by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. But he told The Wichita Eagle that the Democrats’ proposal to

limit what he does in his free time is “ridiculous.” “If the s e c re t a r y of state golfed a Kobach lot and the Legislature didn’t like that, would they limit him to three rounds of golf per week?” Kobach said. “It’s silly.” The measure Democrats want to see enacted would apply to the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, insurance commissioner and the governor’s Cabinet, including agency secretaries. It does not apply to the lieutenant governor because governors in the past have frequently held a Cabinet position, such as head of commerce or administration. Kobach, a former constitutional law professor, has gained national notoriety for his work with Arizona, Alabama and others to draft immigration laws. A second bill would require county commissions in the state’s four largest counties to hire election commissioners, to address problems arising from the general election. It is aimed at preventing Kobach from appointing those commissioners.

Democrats said the problems that led to counting votes during the November general election point to the need for having a person who is accountable to the voters for getting it right. Elected county clerks

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the secretary of state golfed a lot and the Legislature didn’t like that, would they limit him to three rounds of golf per week? It’s silly. — Kris Kobach

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run elections in 101 of the state’s 105 counties, but the secretary of state appoints election commissioners in the four most populous ones, those being Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Kobach has appointed the commissioners in Sedgwick and Shawnee since he took office in 2010. Kobach said having the secretary of state appoint the election commissioners makes them more accountable. Both measures proposed by Democrats have been introduced in recent years but have failed to advance. Republicans hold a majority in both chambers.

New year brings new shelter KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The new $5.3 million animal shelter in Jackson County apparently will finally open Jan. 1, after months of debate over how it will be operated, county officials announced. The county legislature on Monday approved an agreement with Great Plains SPCA, a Kansas-based nonprofit group, to run the shelter in Independence, The Kansas City Star reported. The Independence City Council still must approve the contract. The city of Independence signed an agreement in 2009 to pay the costs of running the shelter, while Jackson County residents paid to build the facility. County legislator Dennis Waits of Independence raised concerns this summer that the city had not

budgeted enough money to run the shelter as a no-kill shelter, meaning less than 10 percent of the animals would be euthanized. In July, one month before the shelter was to open, Waits suggested the county contract with a nonprofit that had operated a no-kill shelter. Because the county and city of Independence had a contract through 2040, the shelter remained closed while negotiations continued. The amended agreement leaves Independence the operator of record. But the city hired the county, which then hired Great Plains to actually operate the shelter. Independence taxpayers will continue to pay to operate the shelter if the City Council ratifies the agreement, which is ex-

Casino set to roll MULVANE, Kan. (AP) — Part of the permanent Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane will open next week as the venue begins the move out of its temporary facility. Officials with Kansas Star said Tuesday that the partial opening will reduce the number of days the casino will have to be closed during the transition. The Wichita Eagle reports the temporary casino will be open through

midnight Dec. 9, close Dec. 10 and 11, then reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 12 in a portion of the permanent casino. The entire permanent casino will open Dec. 21. The permanent casino will include 1,829 slot machines, 45 table games and 10 table poker rooms. The temporary casino area will be redesigned into an arena for concerts, sporting events, trade shows and equestrian and other events.

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Salina to improve lights SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina city commissioners are considering a $3.1 million proposal to upgrade lighting downtown. The Salina Journal reports that commissioners said this week that they liked the $3.1 million proposal by Johnson Controls to replace 347 outdated lights downtown with LED lights. If approved, the lights would be installed by Nov. 23, 2013.

Neosho Falls News Gene and Ginny Carroll, Neosho Falls, joined 38 family members for Thanksgiving dinner at the home of their daughter, Becky Bock, Prairie Village. Richard Bruner hosted 31 family members at his home for Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. Barbara Sherwood ate at the senior center Thursday. While there, she put up the center’s Christmas tree. Sheila Bedenbender,

A surprise birthday party for Clyde Jennings was Nov. 23 at the home of his wife’s cousin, Wanda Lee Harwood, Witter, Ark. Those present were Larry and Janice Horine, Mr. and Mrs. Lyndell Horine,

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963-2592 Neosho Falls, and Drake and Dale Kirby, Pittsburg, decorated their yard Sunday and decorated the inside of their house, tree and all. They ate lunch while the men were hunting. John Kirby shot a deer.

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hopes to arrange Creitz Hall in the Bowlus Fine Arts Center for the meeting, as well as Fred Heismeyer as the mediator once again. He said he will get approval from the Iola city council before confirming the meeting. By February, Jim Talkington and Williams will be serving as county commissioners, replacing Francis and McIntosh.

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Pentagon budgets rising to levels of more than $700 billion a year in a decade. Tea partyers and fiscal conservatives recently elected to Congress have shown a willingness to cut defense, traditionally considered almost untouchable. “We understand that in getting to an agreement that drives down the debt ... that there are going to be cuts,” said Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., president of the 2010 freshman class in the House. “Making cuts strategically makes sense. Doing it through sequestration does not make sense. “I would argue that intelligence, especially with regard to cybersecurity, is probably an area where we need to spend more money,” Scott added. “I’m worried more about China using viruses and technology against our country than I am about their aircraft carriers. At the same time, look at other areas of the military and say, ‘When is the next time we really need that weapon system?’” Said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., of additional cuts, “Potentially, yes, but not a trillion.” Lawmakers who are realistic about defense cuts suddenly have some significant reinforcements. A coalition of prominent Republicans and Democrats, including former defense, state and treasury secretaries as well as military and congressional leaders, made an urgent plea Tuesday to Obama and Congress to reach a deal on the nation’s finances. At a news conference a few blocks from the Capitol, the group called the national debt “the single greatest threat to our national security.” The coalition also was running full-page ads in major


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pected. Under the contract, the city will pay the county $435,000, which will increase to $515,000 in years three through five. The county has agreed to pay the city $80,000 each of those years to gain title to the city-owned land beneath the shelter. Independence officials are happy because the deal locks in and limits their costs for five years, City Manager Robert Heacock said. Waits said Great Plains has proved it can run a nokill shelter in Merriam, Kan., and will be in a better position to raise more funds for the shelter than a city government could. And Jackson County officials are pleased that Independence, not the county, will pay to operate the shelter.

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newspapers today calling on Washington leaders to consider every possible step to help fix the fiscal crisis, from raising tax rates to changes to Medicare and Social Security to cuts in defense. “In our judgment, advances in technological capabilities and the changing nature of threats make it possible, if properly done, to spend less on a more intelligent, efficient and contemporary defense strategy that maintains our military superiority and national security,” the group said. Among the members of the coalition are retired Adm. Michael Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; former defense secretaries Robert Gates and Frank Carlucci; Paul Volcker, the

former chairman of the Federal Reserve; and former secretaries of state James Baker, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. Former Sens. Sam Nunn and John Warner, who once led the Armed Services Committee, also are members of the coalition. Any deal between Obama and Boehner that avoids the fiscal cliff and reduces the deficit will still face some resistance among rank-and-file lawmakers over defense cuts, especially in the House. The reductions will be particularly hard for GOP lawmakers who were counting on Mitt Romney to win the White House and try to reverse the cuts in defense. Some lawmakers said the nearly $500 billion in cuts in the budget deal last year were hard enough.


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With the holidays fast approaching, take a few minutes to read this article about the hazards lurking in your house than can be disastrous to pets. 1. Chocolate. Any chocolate is off-limits to your pet. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic. Bakers chocolate is an example of this. Also, the smaller the dog, the less chocolate is required to be toxic. 2. The Christmas tree. This new indoor playground can fall on an unsuspecting cat or dog if not securely anchored. Cats can get tangled in the wires or chew on the electrical lights so keep the tree unplugged when not at home. Also, make sure the animals cannot drink the tree water if you put preservatives in it as this can cause digestive upset. 3. Christmas tree ornaments. Tinsel can be too fascinating for cats to pass up and if swallowed can cause intestinal blockage. If you have an indoor cat do not use tinsel on your tree. Do not place small ornaments near the bottom of the tree as they can be swallowed by inquisitive dogs and cause blockages. 4. Seasonal plants. Keep all holiday plants out of the reach of your pets. Most of them if ingested can cause intestinal upset. No one wants a vomiting dog on Christmas Day. These plants include: mistletoe, holly, cedar, balsam, pine and poinsettias. 5. Table scraps. This is one that we see the most often. Owners think that since it is Christmas, our pets need some holiday food as well. Rich, fatty foods can result in life threatening pancreatitis. Bones are definitely off limits. Make sure all garbage is placed into a can with a lid. 6. Alcohol. Slipping a drink to your dog or cat is not funny. It can be very dangerous and result in vomiting and diarrhea. 7. Dangerous foods. Certain foods are toxic to pets and may be more plentiful during the holidays or when guests are around. These include: coffee grounds, grapes, raisins, onions, chewing gum or mints that contains xylitol. 8. Shy pets. Some cats and dogs just do not relate well to other people! When you have guests around, place the pet in another room with food and water as a place for them to “hide”. A scared pet can become a biter or develop vomiting and diarrhea due to anxiety. 9. Escaping pets. With guests coming and going, many pets can slip outside unnoticed. Keep ID on your pet and possibly have them micro chipped. 10. Aluminum foil. Dogs may find foil irresistible with food stuck to it so keep it out of reach to avoid an intestinal foreign body that requires surgery. Consult the veterinarians at


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Obama could risk going over ‘fiscal cliff ’ AP news analysis Julie Pace the cliff.” But going over the cliff also would be full of risk for a president fresh off reelection and facing at least two more years of divided government. Ending the year without a deal could roil financial markets and dent consumer confidence just as the economy is strengthening. It could make it harder for Obama to get Republican help on his second-term priorities like overhauling the immigration system and the nation’s tax code, or in getting potential Cabinet replacements confirmed. And it would signal to the country that the president’s campaign prediction

If the president really wants to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff, he has done nothing to demonstrate it. — John Boehner, Speaker of the House


that the GOP “fever” would break following his re-election was a pipe dream. House Speaker John Boehner says Obama is playing a risky game. “If the president really wants to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff, he has done nothing to demonstrate it,” the speaker said. White House advisers say the president wants to avoid going into next year without a tax and spending deal, a scenario they say would hurt the economy. But with few signs of progress in postelection negotiations with Republicans, administration officials are hardening their warning that Obama will take that risk if the GOP refuses to drop its opposition to raising tax rates on families making more than $250,000 a year. Of course, the White House warning could be a bluff, offered in the belief that Republicans are unlikely to back down on taxes unless they believe Obama is willing to go over the cliff. The White House says Obama’s firm stand on tax rate increases for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans is driven by

economics. The debt-saddled country can’t afford to continue with the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, the president and his advisers argue. Obama has made that case to Republicans before only to back down in the final stages of negotiations. But this time around, the president and his team believe they hold the political leverage. There is some evidence to bolster that notion. Taxes were a centerpiece of the presidential campaign, with Obama running on a pledge to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and return their rates to where they were in the 1990s, when the economy was thriving. Exit polls showed that 60 percent of voters supported that position, an even higher percentage than backed Obama’s re-election. A new poll also suggests a majority of Americans would blame Republicans if the government goes over the fiscal cliff. Just 27 percent of those surveyed said they would blame Obama, compared with 53 percent who said they would point the finger at the GOP, according to the Washington

“ If they (Republicans) are willing to do higher rates on the wealthy, there’s a lot we can talk about. And if they are not, then they’ll push us over the cliff.

— Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director

Post-Pew Research Center Poll. Seeking to cement those impressions, the White House is casting Republicans as willing to forgo tax cuts for the middle class in order to protect lower rates for wealthier Americans. Rates for all income earners will go up at the end of the year if both sides can’t reach a deal. In turn, Republicans say Obama is acting like a stubborn partisan who will put the economy in peril in order to get his way. “My sense is the White House wants to go over the cliff,” said Tony Fratto, a former Treasury and White House official under President George W. Bush. “That may be the only way they get rates they want.” Going over the cliff could mark a new low in the relationship between the president and congressional Republicans. While the

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be just a bluff or a bargaining ploy, but the White House is signaling that President Barack Obama is willing to let the country go over the “fiscal cliff,” a hard-line negotiating strategy aimed at winning concessions from Republicans on taxes. If Washington really does fail to avert the looming series of tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House will portray Republicans as the culprits for insisting on protecting tax cuts for the wealthy, an effort the administration is laying the groundwork for now. “This is a choice of the Republican Party,” said Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director. “If they are willing to do higher rates on the wealthy, there’s a lot we can talk about. And if they are not, then they’ll push us over

contentious debates earlier in Obama’s first term over funding the government and raising the nation’s borrowing limit went right up to the edge, both sides were always able to reach a deal. As Obama ran for re-election, he sought to assure voters weary of Washington’s bickering that things would be better if he won a second term. Speaking to supporters in June, he said, “I believe that if we’re successful in this election — when we’re successful in this election — that the fever may break.” “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again,” he added optimistically.

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BALTIMORE — More than a few East Coast buildings contain a Tiffany stained-glass window or two. But one structure in Baltimore can boast much more — a complete interior created by the famed designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is considered such an exceptional example of Tiffany’s work that it has been recommended for designation as a Baltimore landmark. Only one other city building — the Senator Theatre — has an interior that was singled out for landmark status. “St. Mark’s is one of only a few intact Tiffanydesigned interiors left in the world,” said Lauren

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Baltimore’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church features an entire interior created by Louis Tiffany. home of the Lutheran congregation, which was established in 1860. Dusman said St. Mark’s was able to bring Tiffany to Baltimore because its congregation included worshippers who were “welltraveled,” knowledgeable about architecture and wanted a building that was unlike other Lutheran

churches. They commissioned Joseph Evans Sperry to design the exterior in a Romanesque Revival style and Tiffany to design the sanctuary in a Byzantine style. “I’ve been in some very beautiful Lutheran churches, but this style is very different. ... It’s very exuberant,” he said.


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Another ploy to placate the NRA Here’s the latest nuts-aboutguns tidbit. The $631 billion defense bill now before Congress has a line inserted by the Veterans Affairs Department which puts the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own affairs into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System which would prohibit them from buying or owning a firearm — a perfectly rational addition. But a group of lawmakers headed by Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, objects. He and 20 others want the bill to stipulate that any veteran can own or buy a gun unless a judge or magistrate deems that particular veteran to be a danger to himself or others. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma argued: “All I am saying is, let them have their day in court if you are going to take away a fundamental right given under the Constitution.” Sounds reasonable, but it isn’t.

When the VA declares a discharged service man or women incapable of managing their own affairs and appoints a fiduciary to manage their penions and disability benefits, their names automatically go into the background check system. That protection should remain. Those who can’t manage their lives have no business with firearms. The country has had more than enough proof that the mentally incompetent can be a deadly threat to others. If the law must be changed, it could allow the appointed fiduciaries to request that the veteran in their care be examined by a competent professional to determine his or her fitness to own a firearm. Give veterans judged incompetent “their day in court,” as the senator argues, but keep guns out of their hands until they have been professionally cleared to give them and those around them a greater degree of safety. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

On helping those who’d rather hurt Jeffrey Hillman is the 54-year-old homeless man who hit the news last week when a compassionate police officer bought him a $100 pair of lined boots. Hillman had been sitting, propped up against a building, barefooted on a cold New York night. NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo saw his plight, bought him warm boots and socks and proceeded to put them on him. A tourist from Arizona took a picture of DePrimo’s kindness and emailed it to the police department. From there the news went viral via the Internet, captivating hundreds of thousands. A day or so later Hillman was out on the sidewalk barefoot. The boots, he explained, were expensive. He feared someone would steal them, forcibly if necessary. “I could lose my life,” he said. Drawn to the story, reporters discovered that Hillman was an estranged father of two who had deliberately left the world of family and work a decade ago. He has a brother in Nazareth, Pa., who says the family loves Jeffrey, that his

home is open to him, but that he has chosen the life he is living on the streets of New York, depending on handouts. Kirk Hillman said he hadn’t heard from Jeffrey since January. Jeffrey’s story tugged at heartstrings across the country. How sad that a middle-aged man would be so destitute. How kind it was of the officer to dig into his own pocket and be so kind. It was almost a religious gesture, fitting for the season. But then Jeffrey pulled the curtain open and let the world see the rest of the story. He wasn’t the victim of a cruel fate, but of his own decisions. He decided at age 44 to let other people take care of him. He also decided to let his wife and others take care of his two offspring. He decided to live a bum’s life. Officer DePrimo’s compassion is no less admirable for all this. Hillman was cold. Warming him was the right thing to do. But this Christmas story reminds us that being an effective good Samaritan can sometimes be a discouraging assignment. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

Letter to the editor Dear editor,

This is in response to Ms. Lynn’s article on nutrition in the school cafeteria. I’m sorry, I disagree. I’ve worked in the school lunch program for 34 years. I know how hard we try to get the young ones to eat vegetables and fruits. We try to encourage them, almost beg them to try one bite.

Nothing will change the bad habits they have formed. It starts from birth on. They have to be introduced at an early age. Good behavior and nutrition start at home, not at school. Sunday’s Wichita Eagle had a good article on this. Thank you, Lillian Orzechowski, Iola, Kan.

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A bipartisan way to cap deductions The big question in Washington should be how, not if, the U.S. can limit the individual incometax breaks that cost more than $1 trillion in revenue each year. Capping deductions is one of the few ideas both parties agree on. House Speaker John Boehner said this week that Republicans would consider proscribing tax breaks for some upper-income individuals. And President Barack Obama’s budget proposals for years have called for tax-deduction ceilings for the rich. Over the decades, lawmakers have considered limits on popular deductions for mortgage interest, state and local taxes, and charitable giving, only to jettison the proposals out of concern that they would harm the housing market, millions of charities and much of the middle class. This time should be different. Scaling back tax expenditures, which overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest, will require sacrifice from many, but it can be achieved in ways that minimize unwanted consequences. What’s more, recent research shows that many of the effects lawmakers have long feared — and that lobbyists have all too eagerly warned about — are likely to be minimal. The simplest approach is to cap all tax deductions at $50,000, allowing individuals to choose which breaks to claim, up to the limit. Setting a cap at $50,000 would primarily affect the richest Americans because most taxpayers’ deductions aren’t even close to that amount. Charitable Credit

To blunt the potential for a steep decline in charitable giving, lawmakers could exempt such contributions from the cap and instead create a 25 percent refundable tax credit for households contributing at least $1,000. A couple donating $1,000 would get $250 back from the federal government — even if they owed no income taxes. Under the current system, only those who itemize their taxes and have a tax liability can claim a deduction. And because the deduction is tied to marginal tax rates, the wealthiest get the biggest benefit. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if such a credit had been in place in 2006, donations

The mortgage-interest deduction is an inequitable subsidy that drives up home prices, encourages people to buy more house than they need or can afford, and rewards the rich. would have increased by $1.5 billion and the cost to the U.S. would have fallen by $2.4 billion. A $50,000 limit would also largely mollify concerns that trimming deductions would harm the housing market and disproportionately hit taxpayers in high-tax states. First, it’s worth noting that about two-thirds of taxpayers take a standard tax deduction rather than itemizing, and therefore don’t benefit whatsoever from tax breaks. Of the roughly 33 percent of taxpayers who itemize, most claim far less than $50,000 in deductions. The average in 2011 for middle-income earners was $15,583, while those in the top 1 percent deducted about $173,670, according to the Tax Policy Center. Those figures include the charitable deduction, suggesting that a small fraction of taxpayers would hit the $50,000 ceiling. As we have noted, there are good economic reasons to curtail the mortgage-interest deduction. It’s an inequitable subsidy that drives up home prices, encourages people to buy more house than they need or can afford, and rewards the rich. A top earner in the 35 percent tax bracket gets a $3,500 tax break for every $10,000 paid in mortgage interest, while a lower-earner gets just $1,500. In 2011, the average benefit for a middle-income earner was $139. For the top 1 percent, it was $3,752. The deduction for state and local taxes is similarly unjust. It encourages states to raise taxes that provide public benefits for its residents yet the cost is shared by those who live outside the state. In other words, residents living in a low-tax state like Alabama subsidize public spending in a hightax state like Connecticut. Bigger Share

Several tax-reform panels, including commissions in 1985 and 2005, have called for abolishing the deduction. Although we wouldn’t go that far, a $50,000 cap

would enable most itemizing taxpayers to deduct the same amount of state and local taxes they currently do, while still enjoying other deductions under the cap. High-income individuals, however, might be forced to pay a bigger share of their state and local tax bills — not necessarily a bad thing. How would all of this affect taxpayers? Those in the top 1 percent would see their average tax bill increase by about $51,548, for a 2 percent increase, according to the Tax Policy Center. Those in the middle income quintile (with earnings between $42,597 and $67,608) would see an average increase of $823. Notably, it would help close the revenue gap. A $50,000 cap with a charitable exemption would raise about $490 billion over the next decade, according to the Tax Policy Center. Replacing the charitable deduction with the 25 percent credit would bring in an additional $25 billion over 10 years. Add those savings to the $566 billion gained by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on household earnings above $500,000 — along with increasing the rates paid for capital gains and dividends to at least 20 percent — and the U.S. gains about $1.2 trillion. That’s pretty close to the $1.6 trillion Obama has called for. It is also a more realistic figure, given steep Republican resistance to raising taxes. With its unsustainable fiscal situation made worse by the costly demands of the retiring postwar generation, the U.S. faces hard choices. Some Republicans, including Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, are already embracing the $50,000 cap as the least painful revenue-raising option. The U.S. has been on the cusp of enacting tax-expenditure reform before, only to walk away. This time, the nation’s dire financial straits demand action. — Bloomberg News

A look back in time 30 Years Ago December, 1982

George D. Cyrus, who had been in the trucking business here since 1938, died this morning at Allen County Hospital. He was 68. He moved to Iola in 1938 and joined his brother, L. R. Cyrus, in the trucking business. He later became sole owner. He served for several years on the board of Iola Industries, Inc.

***** An agency of last resort to help Iolans pay their utility bills is being established by the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Carol Mix said the Chamber Utility Relief Board (CURB) has been gathering information from Lawrence where a similar program has been in effect. The Chamber is seeking help locally to design a

way to help those who cannot get assistance from other programs and will face hardships unless additional funds can be made available to them. ***** Allen County unemployment eased above the statewide average at the end of November to 6.3 percent. The Kansas rate was 6.1 percent. A year ago the rate was 3.4 percent.

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Cindy said. As the restaurant’s new name indicates, the Neals have changed the nature of the food and environment to be more casual. Dan said there will be a dining area, where dinner will be served, but the emphasis lies in the sports bar. What won’t change is the weekend special dining options. Fridays fried catfish will be served, from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays steaks will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sundays fried chicken will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sports bar will be open every day from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with the exception of Wednesdays when the restaurant is closed. The sports bar will be fully equipped with a full-service bar, sandwiches and seven TVs, which include sports package channels, for sports fanatics to watch games all year long. The area is visually separated from the main dining area with mid-height partitions. DAN and Cindy moved to Iola from Oklahoma in 2006 to open the restaurant. Cindy said she was leery

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The new sports bar inside Madison Avenue Sports Bar and Grill, will have a full-service bar and seven TVs to watch sports. The doors open Friday. at first of taking the risk of moving to another state but, “the minute we drove into town I said ‘this might work.’� The Neals said they are proud to be giving fellow community members a place to eat and watch sports, along with providing part-time jobs. “We wanted to make it so (community members) could come and hang out,� Cindy said. They have kept the same chef, Steve Maddox, who has been with the restaurant before the Neals bought it. “We really couldn’t have done anything without him,�

Cindy said. “He has been a great chef and friend.� Along with help from their friends, family has stepped in to alleviate some of the work. Bill, Dan’s bother moved to Iola to help with the restaurant. Previous employees have stayed close friends and a former part-time bartender, Jerrica Mueller, now cosmetologist and owner of Tannery Salon, painted the new sign on the side of the building. Twice a month Cindy and Dan will turn the restaurant into a nightclub, with a DJ or band playing music. The first event is scheduled for Dec. 15.

Pilot arrested for drug charges By JEREMY ROEBUCK The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania pilot arrested last week for firing his gun into neighboring apartments while high on heroin was not required to submit to routine drug tests before getting behind the controls of company planes, according to Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Justin Levitt, 29, a contract pilot for the Paoli-based aircraft vendor DCS Aviation,

told police he had been addicted to opiates including Oxycodone and heroin for more than a year. At the time of his arrest Friday, he was still using, but hoped to wean himself off the drugs, and routinely carried three vials of clean urine in his flight bag in case a test came up, he purportedly told police. All the while, company owner Daniel Stegeman said, Levitt was flying “off and on� for the business, ferrying air-

LOS ANGELES — If there’s anything Tinseltown excels at, it’s turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the razzle-dazzle that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint. It’s not written off as routine maintenance. No, it’s a civic event. A media scrum gathers. Elected officials gush. Someone cracks jokes about facelifts. (In 1995, nipped-and-tucked actress Phyllis Diller did the honors.) So it was on Tuesday, when reporters were whisked to just below the nearly 90-year-old sign, one of the few landmarks in the crazy quilt of neighborhoods that is Los Angeles. In a clearing, VIPs fidgeted on white folding

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chairs. At least a dozen cameras were trained on Chris Baumgart, chairman of the nonprofit Hollywood Sign Trust, who wore a dark suit and sneakers. Behind him loomed the nine 45-foot-tall letters that together, he said, cost about $175,000 to gussy up. Beginning in October, workers stripped the letters of weathered paint, smeared them with 105 gallons of primer and coated them with 255 gallons of new paint (color: No. 7757, high-reflective white). It’s made by Sherwin-Williams, which picked up most of the sign restoration bill. Baumgart, a veritable en-

cyclopedia of sign knowledge, joked with reporters that its face had been pancaked with two tons of makeup. “A lot was done to her backside, but we’re leaving that secret,� he said, tongue firmly in cheek. When it was erected in 1923 with the aid of mule teams, the sign touted a high-end real estate development named “Hollywoodland.� Its creators expected to take it down after a year, according to the Sign Trust, but tourists flocked to the hillside and its stunning view of Los Angeles. In the 1940s, the city folded the sign into Griffith Park and truncated it to hype, simply, “Hollywood.�




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Cold start dooms Mustangs in Burlington By RICHARD LUKEN

BURLINGTON — Iola High’s struggles early on Tuesday accounted to a simple, painful fact, head coach Bill Peeper said. “We sat back and let things happen to us,” he said, “instead of going out and making things happen.” Host Burlington was all too willing to take advantage. The Wildcats built a 10-point lead within the game’s first 4½ minutes. The margin grew to as much as 22 early in the third quarter. Iola responded, but their resulting rally never could get Burlington’s lead back under 10 in a 76-61 loss. The defeat, Iola’s second in a row in the young 2012-13 season,

Sports Calendar Iola High School Basketball Burlington Tournament Tonight vs. Louisburg, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:45 Friday TBA JV Basketball Saturday at Fort Scott Tournament, 9 a.m. High School Wrestling Saturday at Anderson Co. Invitational Saturday at Coffeyville Invitational (JV) Middle School Basketball Saturday IMS Invitational, 9 a.m.

Humboldt Basketball Humboldt Tournament Thursday vs. Crest, girls 7 p.m., boys, 8:30 Friday vs. Erie, girls 7 p.m., boys, 8:30

comes in the opening round of Burlington’s preseason tournament. Iola returns to action tonight at Burlington to take on Louisburg. A win puts the Mustangs in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Burlington High School. A loss drops them into the fifthplace game at 6:15 Friday at Burlington Middle School. “We just played so poorly in the first half that we never gave ourselves a chance,” Peeper said. “We had four defensive rebounds at halftime. You’re not going to beat a sixth-grade team doing that. “We weren’t ready for the speed or intensity,” he continued. “It was disappointing and frustrating.” Burlington’s Ryan Redding was a particular sore spot for the Mustangs. He scored the game’s first six points, and his 3-pointer at the 3:33 mark of the first period gave Burlington an 11-point lead at 132. He drained another 3-pointer with two minutes left in the half to give the Wildcats a 20-point cushion for the first time at 33-13. The Mustangs’ Tyler Powelson prevented the game from getting out of hand. He scored six points in the second quarter — part of his team-high 19 for the game — including a number of nifty inside shots just out of reach of Burlington post player, 6-foot, 6-inch Ian Schepers. A bucket by Burlington’s Kor bin Ratzlaff to open the second half gave Burlington a 22-point lead. A Levi Ashmore free throw followed by a Powelson bucket inside triggered a 17-6 run. Powelson’s rebound and putback closed the gap to 46-35 with 2½ minutes left in the third. But Redding answered again, connecting a jumper followed a minute later by a 3-pointer. Even a half-court buzzer-beatSee MUSTANGS | Page B2

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Iola High’s Tyler Powelson (35) scores inside Tuesday against Burlington’s Ian Schepers (41).

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Allen Basketball Wednesday PRATT, women 6 p.m., men 8 Saturday HESSTON, women 2 p.m., men 4

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Iola High’s Libby Shay (14) puts up a shot against Burlington High defender Jacquelyn O’Connor Tuesday in a loss to the Wildcats.

BURLINGTON — Iola High’s Fillies ran into the proverbial buzz saw Tuesday night. Their hosts from Burlington High held Iola scoreless past the midway point of the second quarter and without a field goal until after halftime. By then, the Wildcats had shown the full power of its pressure defense and hot outside shooting, racing to a 19-0 lead after one period and a 44-4 cushion at halftime. The resulting 67-11 loss opened Burlington’s preseason tournament. Iola (0-2) has little time to sulk. The Fillies return to Burlington tonight to take on Louisburg at 6 p.m. Results from tonight’s contest, coupled with other tournament games this week, will determine Iola’s starting time Friday. The Fillies will tip off either at 4:30 or 8 p.m. Friday at Burlington Middle School. Burlington deployed its fullcourt press to devastating effect, scoring the game’s first 37 points. Iola’s Hannah Endicott ended the drought with two pairs of free throws about 30 seconds apart just past the four-minute mark of the first half. Burlington then scored the game’s next 14 points before Jo Lohman drained a basket at the 4:25 mark of the third quarter. Iola showed a little more spunk down the stretch. Kyra Moore drained a 3-pointer late in the third, then Libby Shay scored inside early in the fourth quarter. “We have to handle the ball better,” Iola coach Becky Carlson said. “We started attacking more See FILLIES | Page B2

Cub boys victorious HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s boys turned on the jets after halftime, turning a comfortable working margin into a romp. The Cubs led 26-20 at the break. An 18-8 run pushed the Cubs in front 44-28 en route to a 57-36 win over Uniontown High. The win comes in the opening round of Humboldt’s preseason tournament and sets up a highly anticipated earlyseason showdown Thursday against Crest. Humboldt’s girls weren’t as successful, dropping a 38-35 See HUMBOLDT | Page B2

Hammond leads Crest HUMBOLDT — Crest High boys basketball routed Erie High in Humboldt’s preseason tournament Tuesday night, 59-26, with help from their energetic defense and an impressive performance from Kyle Hammond. Hammond poured in 33 points as the Lancers started quickly and never looked back. Crest’s girls found themselves at the other end of the spectrum as Erie rolled to a 4512 win. Crest (2-0) led 9-0 before Erie closed to within 13-8. “We were sluggish at times, maybe a little dead-legged,” Crest head coach Travis Hermreck said. After the first quarter the Lancers opened a double-digit lead over the Red Devils for See CREST | Page B2

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decision to the Lady Eagles, but leaving head coach Sherri Nelson optimistic regarding her team’s future. Humboldt boys coach David Taylor said his team started slugglishly despite holding the early lead. “We were sloppy,” he said, “almost like we had tired legs today.” Humboldt committed 27 turnovers in the contest. Humboldt led 16-11 after one quarter. Uniontown kept pace before the Cubs hit high gear after halftime. Tanner McNutt led the way with 14 points, three steals, three assists and two blocks. Hunter Murrow scored 12 points, while Nathan Whitcomb had eight points and three steals. Noah Thornbrugh pulled down seven rebounds. Robbie Sellman also had three steals. Calab D’Armond and Trey Johnson chipped in with three assists apiece. Johnson played in his first game of the season shortly after being sidelined with a preseason thumb injury.

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Humboldt High’s Sheri Middleton, left, and Noah Thornbrugh put up shots Tuesday in their respective tournament games. “Trey really played well for us,” Taylor said. Brenton Esslinger scored 13 and Skyler Riley 10 to lead Uniontown. NELSON SAID the Lady Cubs “finally had the showing that I thought they could. We just missed

a handful of close shots we needed to make.” Foul trouble plagued Humboldt toward the end, with a few key turnovers, Nelson said. “We executed great and played good defense,” Nelson said. “We are definitely on the right track. I

MV girls win, boys fall short MORAN — Marmaton Valley High’s girls deployed a balanced scoring attack Tuesday to capture their second consecutive win to start the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats raced to a 15-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back in defeating Northeast-Arma 49-36 in the opening round of Marmaton Valley’s preseason tournament. The Marmaton Valley boys weren’t as fortunate. Northeast rallied to erase a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter, defeating Marmaton Valley 43-38. Both Wildcat squads will resume tournament play at home Thursday against Olpe. Wildcat girls head coach Kent Houk said Marmaton Valley led by as many as 24 points in the second half. “We tried slowing it down, but they started coming back at us, so we began pushing the ball again,” Houk said. “Our girls battled hard. They did a good job.” Marmaton Valley led 15-8 after one quarter, 27-17 at halftime and 42-26 after

three. Four players scored at least eight points for the victors. Kailey Boyd led the way with 14 points, followed by Kaitlin Ensminger and Kacie Shadden with 10 points apiece. Mackenzie Tynon scored eight. Jazmin Nunn led Northeast with 13 points. boys seemed poised for victory after three quarters. They held a 26-20 lead. Northeast had other plans. The Vikings erupted for 23 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win. “We’re really close to being where we want to be,” Wildcat head coach Tim Stinnett said. “We just have to improve on the little things. We were great on defense. We just forgot to box out a few times late in the game, which really hurt us. We were lazy on offense at times and had way too many turnovers.” Marmaton Valley led 10-8 after one quarter and 12-10 at halftime. Cole Becker scored 12 points to pace the WildTHE


cats, followed by Chance Stevenson, Carlos Gonzales and Levi Ramsey with six points each. J.T. Richardson led Northeast with 13 points. In the tournament’s other two contests between Olpe and West Elk, the Olpe girls won 55-9, while the Olpe boys won 56-35. Girls Northeast-Arma (8-9-9-10—36) Marmaton Valley (15-12-15-7—49) Northeast (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Maransani 0-0-2-0, Wyland 1-0-32, Bogina 0/2-0-2-6, Mills 4-0-2-8, Polhlopek 3-1-3-7, Nunn 4-5-5-13, Johnston 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 12/26-18-36. Marmaton Valley (FG/3pt-FTF-TP): Ensminger 4-2-3-10, Cavender 0-2-3-2, Boyd 4/1-3-5-14, Shadden 5-0-0-10, Meiwes 0-12-1, Louk 1-2-4-4, Tynon 4-0-3-8, Hamlin 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 18/1-1021-49. Boys Northeast-Arma (8-2-10-23—43) Marmaton Valley (19-2-14-12—38) Northeast (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Richardson 3-7-1-13, Howard 1-23-4, Slingoloft 0/3-0-1-9, Mills 1/14-4-9, Popejoy 3-2-1-8. TOTALS: 8/4-15-10-43. Marmaton Valley (FG-FT-F-TP): Smith 0-0-2-0, Genn 1-0-4-2, Stevenson 3-0-5-6, Becker 6-0-3-12, Gonzales 3-0-0-6, Ramsey 3-0-06, Hamlin 2-0-2-4, Smart 0-2-4-2. TOTALS: 18-2-19-38.

in the second half and competing with them. They showed some things I like to see. We’ve just got to get better a little bit at a time. We’ve played two very good teams.” Endicott led Iola with four points. Emery Driskel had seven rebounds, fol-

lowed by Shay with four. Endicott had Iola’s only steal. Reagan Ford and Moore dished out one assist each. Burlington was led by Madison Stewart and Sarah Pearson with 14 points apiece and Jacquelyn O’Connor with 10.

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Iola (0-4-5-2—11) Burlington (19-25-11-12—67) Iola (FG-FT-F-TP): Haar 0-0-10, Piazza 0-0-3-0, Lohman 1-0-02, Shay 1-0-4-4, Endicott 0-4-2-4, Haar 0-0-1-0, Sigg 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 2/1-4-12-11. Burlington (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Gilman 3-2-3-8, Stadel 2-0-0-4, Pearson 4/1-3-3-14, Bluma 1/1-41-9, Cole 2-0-1-4, O’Connor 4-2-010, Kirchner 2-0-0-4, Stewart 2/31-1-14. TOTALS: 20/5-12-9-67.

The Lady Cubs take on Crest at about 7 p.m. Thursday in tournament play.

Boys Uniontown (11-9-8-8—36) Humboldt (16-10-18-13—57) Uniontown (FT/3pt-FT-F-TP): Gleason 0-0-1-0, Riley 2/2-0-0-10, Jo. Duffy 2-0-2-4, Wiley 0-0-1-0, Miller 2-3-2-7, Ja. Duffy 1-0-3-2, Esslinger 3/2-1-1-13. TOTALS: 10/4-4-10-36. Humboldt (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Vanatta 0-0-1-0, McNutt 3/2-2-414, H. Murrow 4/1-1-0-12, A. Murrow 1-0-0-2, Whitcomb 4-0-0-8, Crawford 1-1-2-3, Sellman 1-0-0-2, D’Armond 0/1-0-0-3, Thornbrugh 3-0-2-6, Johnson 2/1-0-2-7. TOTALS: 19/5-4-11-57.

SCC squads reach title games YATES CENTER — Southern Coffey County High’s girls took control early in their contest Tuesday against Altoona-Midway. The Lady Titans led 13-5 after one quarter and 33-7 at the break. The 55-18 win pushes the Lady Titans to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Yates Center’s Wildcat Winter Classic. Southern Coffey County will play in the tournament’s championship game at 6:15 p.m. Friday in Yates Center’s Norris Gymnasium against either Sedan or Cherryvale. Southern Coffey County’s boys also picked up their second tournament win, defeating AltoonaMidway 50-37. They will play Marais Des Cygnes Valley at 8 p.m. Friday in the boys championship. “It was a good game in

that all 10 varsity players got some good minutes,” SCC coach Jeff True said. “We were able to force quite a few turnovers with our press that led to some easy baskets. We did a better job on the boards than the other night, but we still have a lot of room for improvement. We’ll get a tough test Friday night.” Sarah Webb led the Lady Titans with 10 points, eight rebounds, two steals and three assists. Martyna Hegwald added nine points and six rebounds. Breanna Isch pulled in seven boards and three steals. Chenae Newkirk had four steals. Nicole LaCrone scored nine points to lead the Jets. WHILE the SCC boys were victorious, coach Brandt Miller saw room for improvement.

“We didn’t execute the way I thought we could,” he said. “The game was closer than the score indicated.” Miller said guard Aaron True stepped up late in the contest after Altoona-Midway closed the gap to three points. “He didn’t get a lot of points but he had some assists and steals.” Individual statistics from the boys game were unavailable. Girls Southern Coffey County (1320-11-11—55) Altoona-Midway (5-2-9-2—18) SCC (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Lyda 0-0-1-0, Newkirk 2-0-1-4, Deal 3-00-6, Emmons 1-0-1-2, Ma. Hegwald 2/1-2-0-9, My. Hegwald 3-1-2-7, Webb 4-2-1-10, Brite 2-1-1-5, Alumbaugh 2-0-2-4, Isch 3-2-2-8. TOTALS: 22/1-8-11-55. Altoona-Midway (FG/3pt-FT-FTP): Caylor 3-0-4-6, Gabby 0-0-40, Burns 0-0-1-0, LaCrone 4-1-4-9, Cutler 0-0-4-0, Lour 0/1-0-3-3. TOTALS: 7/1-1-20-18.

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couldn’t be more proud of the progress we have made so far.” Sheri Middleton led the Lady Cubs with eight points, six rebounds, four blocks and a steal. Morgan Morris also had eight points with four rebounds. Lakota Wilson dropped in four points with three steals. Brea Kline had five points and seven rebounds. Kayle Riebel scored three points, Aubrey Maxton had two points and Delaney Umholtz scored a point.

the rest of the game. “We put on a good run in the second half, and really locked them down on defense,” Hermreck said. The Lancers outscored Erie 33-11 in the second half. “We really moved the ball well tonight,” Hermreck said. “When Kyle started getting hot, we just started feeding him the ball.” Hermreck said though his team played well, they need consistency on defense. He said the team can lose their “attack mode” and become too comfortable running their offense as well. Hermreck attributed some of the team’s sluggishness from looking ahead to their next opponent. “I think it may have had to do with Humboldt lurking around the corner, it was definitely in their heads,” Hermreck said. Crest will play the Cubs at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the second round of Humboldt’s preseason tournament. Lady Lancer coach Ben Vaughn said Erie showed its speed, ball movement and strength from the start. “We weren’t really ever a part of the game,” Vaughn said. “We can’t be totally disappointed because Erie is just that good. They really shot the ball well.”

ing 3-pointer by Tyler McIntosh at the close of the third quarter could only cut the lead back down to 54-43. The margin see-sawed between 11 and 15 points through the fourth quarter. “We played better in the second half,” Peeper said. “We showed what we were capable of compared to the team we were in the first half. We made things way

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too easy for (Burlington) early on.” Mason Coons drained three 3-pointers in the second half to add 11 points for the Mustangs. He and Powelson both corralled nine rebounds. Kauth chipped in with nine points. Ashmore dished out five assists with two steals. Coons also had two steals, as did Trent Latta. Redding and Ratzlaff took turns as catalysts for

Burlington’s offense. Redding poured in 30 points, while Ratzlaff added 26. Iola (6-12-25-18—61) Burlington (17-21-16-22—76) Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Latta 0/10-4-3, Ashmore 2-4-4-8, Coons 0/32-5-11, McIntosh 0/1-2-4-5, Macha 2-0-0-4, Kauth 4-1-2-9, Powelson 9-1-1-19, Grover 0-2-0-2. TOTALS: 17/5-12-21-61. Burlington (FG-3pt-FT-F-TP): Redding 8/2-8-4-30, Mahoney 0-42-4, Meyer 3-0-3-6, Ratzlaff 5/4-41-26, P. Beyer 0-0-4-0, J. Beyer 0-20-2, Schepers 4-0-1-8. TOTALS:

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Health plans gear up to sell directly to consumers By JULIE APPLEBY Kaiser Health News

As the health care overhaul moves ahead, the nation’s health insurers are scrambling to reinvent themselves, hoping to boost their image and entice millions of Americans to enroll, some for the first time. The new customers will mostly shop for and buy their own insurance — a different and harder-toreach group than the industry’s traditional employer clients. So insurers are seeking novel ways to reach them — online, in shopping centers, even when they’re preparing their taxes. Blue Shield of California has opened a center inside Lucky Supermarket in San Francisco, offering wellness visits and consultations with a company “ambassador,” who can answer questions and sign up people for coverage while they buy fruits and vegetables. Blues plans in Florida, Pennsylvania and three other states have also opened store-front sales centers. Customers going to H&R Block this tax season will be asked if they want to learn about health insurance options, part of a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield expected to expand to as many as 40 states by next spring. And some patients will find their urgent care centers and doctors’ practices are now owned by insurers whose names may be emblazoned above the door.

Changed business model

The law shakes up the industry’s old business model by removing one of the key ways it currently limits financial risk: rejecting individual applicants with health conditions. Instead, starting in 2014, insurers can’t reject anyone, or charge more based on health history. They can, however, vary rates based on age, tobacco use and where applicants live. At the same time, most Americans will be required to carry insurance — or face a fine — and federal subsidies will be available to help some do so. It is uncertain whether the subsidies and fines will be enough to entice younger and healthier people to buy insurance, seen as necessary to spread costs and help slow premium growth. “This is a revolution in health insurance regulation: Insurers in the nongroup market will have to play by new rules,” says health policy expert Jonathan Oberlander at the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. While the vast majority of people — currently about 170 million — will continue to get insurance through their jobs, the individual market represents “real income for the health industry and it will move fast in the next few months to target that group,” says Ceci Connolly, managing director of PwC’s Health Research Institute.

“ They’ve regulated insurers pretty tightly in

this law. As cost pressures mount, where will lawmaker go to address that? — Phil Blando, consultant

All this is happening in anticipation that an estimated 9 million people will buy their own insurance in 2014 — about 50 percent more than do so now. That’s when the law goes into full effect and virtually all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Those not covered through their jobs will be able to buy policies online, through socalled exchanges that will be run by the states or the federal government. These new consumers are expected to shop for health insurance the same way they do for a computer or a car — seeking out a trusted brand. Ana Gupte, a managed care analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., says cultivating brand identity is part of the new strategy. “You have a Humana plan and see a Humana doctor and go to a Humana store in a strip mall,” she says.

Compared with the traditional business of selling coverage to employers, the individual market is “highrisk and has been seen as more of a nuisance” than a great business opportunity in the past, says Robert Laszewski, a former industry executive-turned-consultant. Still, insurers “believe they have to participate,” because millions of Americans are likely to move in and out of that market after 2014, he says. Insurers are ramping up marketing efforts, readying themselves both for the influx of individual purchasers and the expected growth of state Medicaid programs. In addition to the subsidies to individuals, the federal health law also expands eligibility for Medicaid to more lowincome Americans, adding as many as 17 million people to the rolls if the law is

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Calvin Taam of San Francisco asks some questions to Blue Shield retail representative, Johnathan Jones, at the Blue Shield office in Lucky’s grocery store in San Francisco. fully implemented in all 50 states. Most states contract Medicaid coverage to private insurers. Between the Medicaid expansion and the new focus on individuals, “You’re going to see a lot more directto-consumer advertising,” predicts Gupte.

Educating consumers

While no one knows for sure exactly who or how many will enroll in these policies, a PwC report projects that the newly insured will be slightly younger, less educated and less welloff than those currently insured. “These will be people who are very new to the whole experience of health insurance coverage,” Connolly says. As a result, one of the first challenges for insurers — and the states setting up new marketplaces where they will shop — will be educating potential customers that the online markets exist and that subsidies may be available to help defray the cost of coverage. Such efforts are likely to target people “where they are,” including on buses, subways, social-media sites, malls and sporting events, says Laszsewski. Insurers are already developing advertising that appeals to younger Americans and trying to simplify paperwork, roll out smartphone apps and make it easier to contact medical staff by e-mail. Such changes “will raise satisfaction and the regard of the health industry and insurers in consumers’ eyes,” says Maureen Sullivan, chief strategy officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Narrower networks

Gupte says policies aimed at individuals and Medicaid beneficiaries will look a bit different than those commonly sold to employer groups. They will feature smaller networks of doctors and hospitals, more like the health maintenance organizations (HMOs) of the 1980s than

the open-model plans favored by workers enrolled in job-based insurance coverage. Coverage sold through the exchanges must also fall into one of five standardized options: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Young Adult, so consumers can easily compare them. Premiums for the plans will vary. Besides ramping up their marketing efforts, insurers are also having to figure out how much to charge for new policies, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. But it’s tricky: If they set premiums too high, insurers could drive business to competitors. Low prices could spell a big financial loss. Insurers must submit their prices to state and federal regulators soon, well before anyone knows how successful enrollment efforts will prove and whether the new enrollees will be healthier or sicker than those currently insured. “Our actuaries have said this is the single-most-challenging and problematic pricing decision they have ever had to make in their careers,” says Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson. The uncertainty also extends to whether the new marketplaces will be ready on opening day. Many states had waited for the outcome of the presidential election to decide whether to set them up — and may now be out of time. A federal backup exchange is expected to be put in place in states that don’t take action. The penalties for not carrying coverage are also likely to affect enrollment. Policy experts question whether penalties are too low — as little as $95 the first year — to spur some to buy coverage. With the “cloud of uncertainty” over the law’s future lifted, discussion will turn to “how to make coverage more affordable,” says Phil Blando, a consultant whose clients include insurers. “They’ve regulated insurers pretty tightly in this law. As cost pressures mount, where will lawmakers go to address that?”

Feds crackdown on illegal immigrant hiring By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A company that employed illegal immigrants at its McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita has been ordered to pay $400,000 as part of a federal crackdown in Kansas on companies that knowingly hire workers who are unlawfully in the United States. The U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday that McCalla Corp. had pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly accepting a fraudulent identification document as proof of employment eligibility. Under the settlement, the Wichita-based company paid a $300,000 fine and a $100,000 forfeiture. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom told The Associated Press that the Justice

Department has to deal with the realities of budgetary constraints and that it makes sense from a “costeffective standpoint” to go after the employers. “If nobody is employing undocumented workers, then we don’t have an illegal immigration issue to deal with,” he said in a phone interview. McCalla operates six McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita. Investigators found that managers at five of those six restaurants were unlawfully in the country, and that they in turn hired other undocumented workers, Grissom said. The government estimated that between 20 and 30 illegal immigrants worked at the restaurants between May 2009 and September 2012.

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The $100,000 forfeiture represented the “unjust enrichment” the corporation had garnered as a result of hiring illegal immigrants at a reduced rate and not having to payroll taxes such as Social Security, Medicare and other withholding taxes, Grissom said. McCalla’s attorney, Lee Thompson, said the company has already paid the

fines, and “is a good corporate citizen and accepts responsibilities for the acts of its employees.” He noted that the criminal charge was “very limited” to one incident. When the firm was first charged in October, McCalla President Roy McCalla said the incident did not reflect his company’s policies. But the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement Tuesday that any attempt to minimize or excuse this kind of conduct is unacceptable. We know these practices are widespread, and investigations similar to the McCalla case are under way.” Grissom declined to say how many such investigations were under way, but said they were in both urban and rural settings.

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while yields will decrease and household incomes will fall, the report said. The report was presented at the United Nations climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, where nearly 200 delegates for the first time are in the Middle East to discuss cutting emissions in an attempt to ensure that global temperatures don’t rise more than 3.6 degrees over what they were in preindustrial times. Temperatures have already risen about 1.4 degrees, according to the latest report by the IPCC. “Climate change is a reality for people in Arab

countries,” Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa region, said in a statement. Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, a deadline that “must be met,” the head of the United Nations said. On the sidelines of international climate talks in Qatar, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was “only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility” in fighting the gradual warming of the planet.

Young Europeans trapped by language MADRID (AP) — Maria Menendez, a 25-year-old caught in Spain’s job-destroying economic crisis, would love to work in Germany as a veterinarian. Germany, facing an acute shortage of skilled workers, would love to have her. A perfect match, it seems, but something’s holding her back: She doesn’t speak German. The European Union was built on a grand vision of free labor markets in which talent could be matched with demand in a seamless and efficient manner, much in the way workers in the U.S. hop across states in search of opportunity. But today only 3 percent of working age EU citizens live in a different EU country, research shows. As young people in crisishit southern Europe face unemployment rates hovering at 50 percent, many find themselves caught in a language trap, unable to communicate in the powerhouse economy that needs their skills the most: Germany. “I think going abroad is my best option,” said Menendez, “but for people like me who have never studied German, it would be like starting from zero.” IN NORTHERN Europe, companies are desperately seeking to plug labor gaps caused by low birth rates and the growing need for specialized skills amid still robust economies. Germany alone requires tens of thousands of engineers, IT-specialists, nurses and doctors to keep its economy thriving in the years to come. But a recent study pinpointed language as the single biggest barrier to cross-border mobility in Europe.

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Middle East and North Africa will be especially hard hit by climate change in the coming decades, the World Bank said in a report today, saying the region will see less rainfall, more recording-breaking temperatures and rising sea levels. Should temperatures rise as expected, the hotter conditions are likely to hit the region’s $50 billion tourism industry and further worsen its food security since many countries in the region — especially Gulf states — depend heavily on imports to feed their populations. Crop failures will also increase

“What seems to prevent further labor market integration in Europe is the fact that we speak different languages,” said Nicola FuchsSchuendeln, a Frankfurt University economics professor who co-authored the study. Few German employers are prepared to compromise when it comes to language skills, according to Raimund Becker, who heads the German Federal Employment Agency’s division for foreign and spe-

cialist recruitment. “If you want to work as an engineer you’ll need a certain specialist vocabulary,” he said. “Even colloquial German isn’t enough.” Earlier this year the agency announced it would invest up to $51 million in special programs to help jobless Europeans aged 18 and 35 learn German so they can pursue jobs or training in Germany. The measure targets people like Menendez, who graduated from veterinary school and has two master’s degrees but hasn’t been able to find work in Spain. The market for veterinarians in her home country has taken a phenomenal beating over the past four years. Veterinary clinics are cutting back severely because crisis-hit Spaniards are spending less on pets, and a recent hike in the sales tax to 21 percent is hurting these businesses even more. “They’re just not hiring,” Menendez said. She would also be qualified to work as a veterinarian for an agricultural company, and she has sent about 1,000 resumes to all corners of Spain over the last year. But only two companies called her back for a preliminary interview. Neither called to invite her for a formal one. Menendez said she found plenty of jobs online in Germany, where EU rules mean her Spanish qualification would be accepted. But the ads are either in German or, if in English, say that candidates must have good German. Like most Spaniards, she studied English at school and is now focusing on improving her English. Often touted as the continent’s ‘lingua franca,’ English is widely used in multi-national companies but rarely in the public sector or the small-to-medium sized enterprises that employ the bulk of the European labor force. Meanwhile, London isn’t the magnet for young English-speaking Europeans that it used to be. Migrants who flocked there a decade ago are now returning home or looking elsewhere for work as Britain, too, struggles with a rising jobless rate. Ricardo de Campano learned the hard way how critical it is to have a wide set of language skills when he left London for Berlin two years ago. The 34-yearold said he quickly found work as a special needs teacher in London with the English he’d learned at school, but the same wasn’t true when he came to Germany. “If you want to have a decent job and be part of the system, pay your taxes and have your health insurance, you need to have German,” said De Campano, who is

now studying the language of Goethe at an adult education college where Spaniards have come to make up the biggest single group of students in recent years. But despite the boom in German language teaching seen also in Spain itself, the number of Spaniards coming to Germany remains modest. According to figures provided by the Federal Employment Agency, less than 5,000 Spaniards have taken up jobs in Germany over the past year — a tiny fraction of the 4.7 million jobless in Spain.

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Class of 2012 participant Rafael Gonzalez del Castillo speaks German and could work in Germany. He picked up the language on a student exchange program in the southern town of Darmstadt and lived with German flat-mates in Madrid. But, in perhaps an alarming sign for Europe, he sees more opportunity and cultural affinity in booming Latin America — and has started to learn Portuguese so he can see work in Brazil. It’s part of a rising trend in Spaniards departing for former European colonies in Latin America, meaning that Europe is losing much

of its top-level talent to emerging economies. “I see Brazil as a country that’s going to grow so much in these years,” said Gonzalez del Castillo, “And I feel close to them because we are Latin people, and our language is similar.” His fellow architect, 25-year-old David Garcia, is doing his masters in architecture in Spain after spending a year at the university in Regensburg, Germany. While there, Garcia took German lessons outside of his normal studies for the entire period. Now, Garcia is working for a German company remotely while in Spain, and plans to return there when he finishes — but none of his classmates have targeted Germany for work even though there are plenty of building opportunities there. “All the people I am studying with want to go abroad, but they prefer to go to England or South America because it will take them a lot of time for them to learn German,” Garcia said. Meanwhile, there are indications that workers from outside the EU are more willing to learn a new language than those from members of the bloc itself. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that while only 3 percent of workingage EU citizens live in a fellow EU country, migrants from outside the EU make up 5 percent of the EU working-age population. And when Germany’s economy minister recently launched a program to recruit skilled foreign workers, he turned not to southern Europe’s vast pool of jobless workers but to India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Consult pharmacist on pill-taking Dear Drs. Donohue and Roach: A friend of mine has a son who has always had trouble taking pills. To allow him to take his meds, his mom dissolves any pills in water, and then he can drink them with no problem. Lately, she has added other pills in the same water and gives half the water during the daytime and half in the evening. Does dissolving pills in water change their effectiveness? How about mixing them or letting them sit all day? — M.U. Answer: The answer is: It depends on the pill. Some pills should never be crushed or dissolved — this includes most “slow release” or “ex-

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Should family accept live-in girlfriend? Dear Carolyn: I am a traditional person and believe couples should marry before living together. My son has a live-in girlfriend. How do I respect their choice without condoning it? I do not want them to be an example to younger members of the family of how things are done. Should the live-in be invited to family gatherings, be viewed as “part of the family,” etc.? Or should we be cordial and polite but not so inclusive as to blur the lines between real family and pseudo-family? Anonymous I think you should try to rewrite that question with a little more contempt. “Pseudo-family”? If you hope to have any kind of relationship with

your son, treat the girlfriend as you would any girlfriend. “Condoning” isn’t up to you since, presumably, they are adults making choices for their own lives. Dear Carolyn: Love your columns and chats; however, I disagree with your sporadic jabs and diatribes at women who find ways to incentivize their men to stay (a la baby). I hope you are honest enough with yourself to acknowledge that guys play their own “games” too. We are all just trying to survive and be happy in this world. Incentives to Stay Of course guys play their own “games.” I’ve done crappy, manipulative stuff, too. I don’t applaud any of it. Are you seriously suggesting that because “guys” play

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Tell Me About It Carolyn Hax “games,” we’re all justified in behaving like children? In being anything other than straightforward? And are you seriously suggesting it’s okay to try to get pregnant in hopes of forcing a man to stay with you? It’s not only immoral to “incentivize a la baby,” it’s

impractical. I hope you’re honest enough with yourself to acknowledge that plenty of times the father leaves anyway, if not right away then a few (or many) years into the coerced commitment. So, no, I’m not budging on this, except to redouble my efforts to distribute jabs without regard for the gender of the game-player. There’s also no defense for using “incentivize” in a sentence, though the punishment for scorching eyeballs is lighter than for using human life for your own selfish ends.

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ACA opponent says Brownback should reconsider stance By JIM MCLEAN KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Like Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Bob Laszewski is a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Despite that, the Washington, D.C. consultant said at a meeting here Tuesday that Brownback is making a mistake by refusing to partner with the federal government to run the Kansas health insurance purchasing exchange that the law requires to be operational by 2014. “Do the partnership. That is a no-brainer,” Laszewski said to about 100 legislators, lobbyists and health care providers at a meeting sponsored by the Kansas Health Institute, the parent organization of the KHI News Service. Laszewski, whose client list consists mostly of health insurance companies, said it’s time for opponents of the law to stop fighting it and start doing what they can to ensure that it is implemented in a way that does the least harm to the industry and consumers. One way to do that, he said, would be to implement exchanges — new online marketplaces — that encourage competition among insurance companies rather than rely on regulations to moderate increases in premiums. “Putting the insurance exchange up doesn’t mean

you support the thing (the reform law), it means you are trying to minimize the damage,” Laszewski said, predicting that premiums in the individual and smallgroup markets would go up no matter who runs the exchanges. Brownback last year blocked Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s attempts to establish a state-operated exchange, returning a $31.5 million federal grant in the process. Last month, the governor told Praeger, who also is a

Republican, that he would not support her efforts to partner with the federal government to operate and fund the Kansas exchange. “Kansans feel Obamacare is an overreach by Washington and have rejected the state’s participation in this federal program,” Brownback said, explaining his decision. Praeger, who also spoke at the KHI meeting, said she would try once more before a Feb. 15 federal deadline to convince the governor and legislators that partner-

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outcome of the November national elections. “There is still some opportunity for us to retain some control,” Praeger said. “Our department looks forward to working with the Legislature and the governor to see if that still is an option. The decision

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Black shiny finish, with yellow plastic adjustable roller handle. 198 lbs. load capacity. (8819153) (YH-RS004)

599 EA

4-Pk. 10.1-Oz. Alex Plus Acrylic Latex Caulk Prevents air and moisture from passing through cracks and joints. For interior/exterior surfaces. Paintable. White color. (8537318) (18136)

5999 EA

Adler® Single Handle Lavatory Faucet

4” centerset. Pivot-action lever handle. Pop-up waste assembly. Chrome finish. (6214498) (CAL84502)

1039 EA

16-Pk. Energizer® Max® AA Alkaline Batteries

Formulated to provide dependable, long-lasting power. (3044559) (E91LP-16)


1 x8”x6’

SKU# 28328

SKU# 288A

Work Support Roller Stand


4999 EA

Petbarn® 3 Large Dog House

In Stock: 517

¢ Bd. 140 Ea. 35 Ft. 2 x8 x8 Treated $ 99 Sale 3 Ea. Lumber




Eastern White Pine

1439 $

In Stock: 408

SKU# 28549

Industrial Grade Lap Bevel $ Siding Sale

Includes ratcheting bit driver; Slotted, Phillips, Torx, Slotted and Precision screwdrivers; power bits and nut driver bits of various sizes. (9924929) (52344)



In Stock: 249

SKU# 28513

Ponderosa Pine

20 Volt Max Cordless Premium Drill/Driver Kit

Includes size 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 7/8” and 1”. (5994090) (88886)


Industrial Grade Std. $ Reveal Sale



6-Pc. Wood Boring Bit Set

201 S. State, Iola • (620) 380-MEAT (6328)

201 S. State, Iola (620) 380-MEAT (6328)

Eastern White Pine

Quantities are limited. While supplies last.

Bolling’s Meat Market

Bolling’s Meat Market

Overstock Lengths. While Supply Lasts. Pricing good on specified lengths only.

Prices Good December 1-31, 2012




Inside Diebolt Lumber in LaHarpe, KS




*10’x12’ Sample Kitchen. Cabinetry Only. Not Included: Appliances, Countertops, Sink, Faucet or Installation

We Know What a Kitchen’s For!


Soft Close Doors & Drawers Crown Moulding Light Valance Mould

s: lude

Barn-shaped pet shelter with rear air ventilation, a rain-diverting rim and raised interior floor. Size: 38”L x 29”W x 30” H. Almond/Cocoa color. (1011188) (25164)

1449 EA

1-1/4-In. x 25-Ft. Fat Max® Tape Rule

Maximum durability and reduced blade breakage. Wide blade and easy to read graphics. (6123012) (33-725)


419 EA

12-Oz. No Warp Window and Door Sealant Specially formulated for use around window and door frames. Fills and insulates. Stops drafts. (0228015) (4001044000)


229 EA

1-Qt. Multi-Purpose Cleaner Degreaser

Great for bathrooms, laundry, carpeting, kitchens and tile floors. (6500839) (30101GRL)




1/2 HP Genie ChainLift 600 Garage Door Opener

DC motor, chain drive. Quiet, smooth, operation. One bulb light system. Includes (2) 3-button remote controls and wall console. (8704165) (36255R)


459 EA

Pennington 40-Lb. Hardwood Pellets

Don’t wait for cold weather, short supply & higher prices! Reg. $4.99 (427648)

Iola Register 12-5  

Iola Register 12-5