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Thompson views role with realism By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

“I have an open mind and plan on listening,” Rep. Kent Thompson said of his role for the upcoming legislative session which debuts Jan. 13. Thompson was appointed Sept. 30 to fill Ed Bideau’s unexpired term in the Kansas House of Representatives, after the Chanute attorney died less than a year into his first term. The Iola real estate agent, farmer, auctioneer and liquor store owner said he “fully planned” to seek election to a full twoyear term in November 2014. “It’s been quite a learning curve, there’s a phenomenal amount of information to consume,” he said, and noted it was helpful to have been an Allen County commissioner for 12 years, up through 2008. Commissioners often have to cope with what flows from the Legislature. Thompson said he realized the state budget has two sides, expenditures and finding revenue to meet them. “We have to work to fully fund state responsibilities,” he said, including education, which at all levels consumes

about two-thirds of money spent by the state. Revenue in amounts of any consequence comes from three taxing sources, income, property and sales, and finding a balance among the three is the role of legislators. A s k e d about the Kent Thompson p e n d i n g lawsuit concerning school finance that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on before long, Thompson answered with a question. “What is adequate?” he asked, in reference to both education and its outcome, as well as revenue directed to support it. In the previous lawsuit, which led to increased funding, the Supreme Court ruled the Legislature wasn’t adequately directing dollars to public education, and relied on a study the Legislature had authorized. The Legislature responded, but then fell back — which prompted the current lawsuit — when the recesSee THOMPSON| Page A5

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Four kids — from left, Christina White, Gaby Knapp, Gin White and Asia Wadel — took advantage of Saturday’s scant snowfall on Sunday afternoon. Left, ice and frost made for a captivating winter scene on trees and bushes this morning. REGISTER/BOB JOHNSON

Winter brings snow, ice and outages By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press

Icy weather delays Jingle Bell Jog

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After the first full day of winter brought everything from balmy temperatures along the Mid-Atlantic to snow in the Midwest and ice, snow and flooding in the Great Lakes, some people could be left in the dark for Christmas. Much of the foul weather that occurred Sunday has lessened or disappeared entirely, but the harsh aftereffects were expected to linger. Brad Hoving, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, Mich., said most people were without power in some counties between Grand Rapids

The 16th annual Jingle Bell Jog, sponsored by Thrive Allen County, has been postponed until Jan. 1. The race, which was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, was postponed due to icy road conditions. The Jingle Bell Jog will start at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 in front of the Thrive office. For more information about the race contact the Thrive office at 620-365-8128.

and Lansing, Mich. Some may not have electricity until Wednesday or even Thursday, he said. “It’s a big deal,” Hoving said. “It’s Christmas and we’ve just had a major ice storm,” with trees toppling over and ice-covered power lines. By late Sunday, ice and snow had knocked out power to 440,000 homes and businesses in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England — about half of whom had their power back by early today. The storm also left more than 400,000 customers without electricity in eastern Canada. At least nine deaths in the U.S. were blamed on the storm, including five people

killed in flooding in Kentucky and a woman who died after a tornado with winds of 130 mph struck in Arkansas. Five people were killed in Canada in highway accidents related to the storm. By late Sunday, nearly 700 flights nationwide had been canceled and about 7,200 were delayed, according to aviation tracking website FlightAware. com. But flights were mostly running on schedule on this morning. During one of the nation’s busiest travel times, icy weather was expected to make roads slick and hazardous through at least today from the upper Midwest to northern New See WINTER | Page A5

Popular Praeger isolated in her own party TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sandy Praeger is approaching her final year as Kansas insurance commissioner with a national reputation for expertise on health care issues and a lengthy, unbroken string of election victories as a Republican in a GOP-leaning state. But after winning three primaries and three general elections for the commissioner’s job by comfortable margins, Praeger acknowledges that she’d have trouble emerging from next year’s GOP primary. She wondered during an interview whether her endorsement would be toxic for any Republican seeking to replace her. The reason is the unusual niche she’s carved for herself within the GOP on health care issues. She argues that the federal health care overhaul

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championed by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats was a positive step that could help millions of uninsured Americans and that, even with the problems with its administration, it’s an improvement. Asked during a recent Associated Press interview about being among only a handful of prominent Republicans taking such a stance publicly, Praeger laughed and suggested there may be no others. “I would be curious as to

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who they are, because I don’t know them,” she joked. Later, growing serious, she said, “It’s just the reality of the situation. I have been Praeger probably the most vocal Republican that has said this is better than what we had and we should try to make this work.” Praeger is not seeking reelection next year and will have to step down in January 2015, after 12 years as the state’s insurance regulator. She’ll turn 70 next year, and her husband, Mark, a Lawrence physician, is retiring

at the beginning of January. Praeger said both were key to her decision against running, but she acknowledged that she doesn’t have as much “fire” as she’d need to endure a tough statewide campaign. “If I was 10 years younger, maybe,” Praeger said. “You know there’s a part of me that still has that little fight that I think, ‘Yeah, I should do it.’ But I just can’t.” Praeger is a past president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and chairwoman of its committee on health insurance and managed care. But her stance on the 2010 federal health care law has kept officials in her home state’s Republican-dominated state government at a distance. In 2011, GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration

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returned a $31.5 million federal grant for setting up the computer infrastructure within Kansas for the state’s online insurance marketplace, a move pushed by conservative GOP legislators. In 2012, Brownback decided against having the state partner with the federal government on the health insurance marketplace in Kansas, going against Praeger’s advice. State Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook, a conservative Shawnee Republican, said Praeger’s stance on the health overhaul has complicated work on issues surrounding it. “It’s very difficult to get information that you feel you See PRAEGER | Page A4

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Death rate high for young veterans

Linda Walter

By ALAN ZAREMBO Los Angeles Times

Linda K. Walter, 66, of Iola, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by WaughYokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. You may sign the guest book online or leave a condolence at

Norma Yancey A memorial service to celebrate the life of Norma L. Yancey will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Community Building. All are welcome to participate in the potluck luncheon.

Georgia Curran

Georgia Ellen Curran, 85, of Mildred, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kansas. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Church service The First Christian Church, Iola, will have its Christmas service at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

There will be an organ prelude and the choir will perform. It will be a candlelight service.

Sorority hosts party

Kappa Alpha chapter of Phi Tau Omega sorority celebrated its annual Chrismtas party on Dec. 16 at the home of Mike and Mary Lou Byers. Mary LaCrone and Janet Wilson were co-hosts to the 19 members and their spouses. The group had a gift exchange and “secret sisters” were revealed.  A pledge cer-

emony was held for the newest member, Barbara Anderson. Group pictures were taken in front of the Christmas tree.  The rest of the evening was spent visiting. The next business meeting will be Jan. 6 with Connie Rutledge and Lucinda Stanley hosting.  Details to be announced later.

Dodge City home to house farm workers DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A historic Dodge City home that fell into disrepair over the past few decades has a new look and will soon have new occupants, thanks to a charitable organization that assists low-income farm workers. The city-owned home was built in the 1880s by George Hinkle, who defeated Bat Masterson to become Ford County’s third sheriff. Hinkle lived in the three-room house for only three years before selling the structure and all its furniture to another man for $1,800. It has had other occupants since then, but a roof leak and other problems eventually left it uninhabitable — making it a ripe candidate for an abandoned house reclamation program run by Hutchinson-based Interfaith Housing Services. The organization provides several ser-

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vices to low-income agriculture workers. Its reclamation program involves acquiring and renovating abandoned homes, then selling them at cost to such workers. The Hinkle house, as a historic property, can be occupied but not sold. But working with Dodge City officials, the charitable group recruited Boy Scouts, college students and others to put in about 1,000 hours of volunteer labor fixing it up. Contractors and workers changed the floor plan of the home, removing one bedroom of three and creating an open, modern interior design. The new residents will move in next month.

LOS ANGELES — Mark Tyree was chasing death. The 25-year-old Marine veteran drank heavily and drove fast — often at the same time. Tyree had walked away from two serious accidents that demolished his cars. On a foggy November morning in 2011, he slammed his pickup truck into a power pole, became tangled in a power line and was electrocuted to death. “He was so reckless at times,” said his father, Mark Sr. “He had no fear whatsoever.” Tyree belonged to a generation of young veterans whose return to civilian life has been marked by an unusually high death rate, primarily boosted by accidents and suicides. The death rate for California veterans un-

Mark Tyree, of Cottonwood, Calif., visits the grave of his son, also Mark Tyree, who died on Thanksgiving Day following a single-car accident in the months following his exit from the Marine Corps. Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT which has concentrated its research on activeduty service members. Researchers say the government now needs to systematically track the lives and deaths of veterans to understand the long-term effect of the wars in the Middle East. “These are young,

These are young, skilled people. They have families. They served their country. We have an obligation to their well-being. — Michael Schoenbaum, epidemiologist

der 35 surpasses that of both active-duty service members and other civilians of the same ages, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of state mortality records. Scattered across the state, the veterans’ deaths — 1,253 men and 110 women between 2006 and 2011 — are barely noticed in the mayhem of modern life. A 27-year-old in San Diego crashes his motorcycle at 100 mph while drunk. A 32-year-old hooked on heroin overdoses in a restaurant bathroom in Tarzana. A 28-year-old in Humboldt County shoots himself in the head in front of his best friend. When viewed together, however, patterns emerge. Veterans were more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide. They were twice as likely to be a victim of a fatal motor vehicle crash and a quarter more likely to suffer other deadly accidents. The phenomenon has been largely unstudied by the government,

skilled people,” said Michael Schoenbaum, an epidemiologist at the National Institute of Mental Health who studies mortality patterns in the Army. “They have families. They served their country. We have an obligation to their well-being.” In peace time, young veterans have a relatively low mortality rate, thanks to the “healthy soldier effect” — a phenomenon that springs from the military’s recruitment of the strong and rejection of those with physical and mental problems. In the wake of war, however, researchers have noticed increases in certain types of death. In 1987, a government study found that veterans who had served in Vietnam were 62 percent more likely to die during their first five years as civilians than other veterans of the same era who did not serve there. Motor vehicle accidents, suicides and drug overdoses were the major reasons for the disparity.

Researchers found a similar pattern in the six years after the 1991 Gulf War, noting that rates of fatal motor vehicle crashes were 19 percent higher for veterans who had been deployed there than for those who had not. To look at the fates of the latest veterans, The Times analyzed data covering all 42,734 deaths of adults under 35 between 2006 and 2011 in California, home to more veterans than any other state. The analysis adjusted for demographic differences between veterans and civilians to ensure a relevant comparison. Among the veteran deaths, there were 160 suicides by firearms, 99 suicides by hanging, 127 motorcycle accidents and 212 other motor vehicle crashes, 136 accidental drug overdoses and 25 drownings.




The analysis found that suicide, a vexing epidemic in the military over the last several years, is an even bigger problem after service. For every 100,000 young California veterans, there was an average of 27 suicides a year — 57 percent higher than the rate for activeduty troops over the same period. Some of the same factors behind the suicide rate could also be driving accidental deaths. Researchers believe that there may be an underlying state of mind that increases the odds of both types of death. “There’s a fine line between self-directed violence and ambivalence for life,” said Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester and a suicide expert for the Department of Veterans Affairs.





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vere and the most advanced medical t re at m e n t s c o u l d Claire Davis not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families.” The Davis family said in a statement that they are grateful for the 17 years they had with their daughter. “The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger,” the statement said.


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inmates. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova, who were due for release in March, qualified for amnesty because they have small children. There has been an international outcry over Russia’s human rights record, including for passing a law earlier this year that bans so-called homosexual propaganda among minors, which gay groups in Russia and abroad say feeds the existing enmity toward gay people in the country. Tolokonnikova walked out of a prison in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk today, smiling to reporters and flashing a V sign. “How do you like our Siberian weather here?” said Tolokonnikova, wearing a down jacket but no hat or scarf in -13 degree weather. Tolokonnikova said that she and Alekhina will set up a human rights group to help prisoners. Tolokonnikova said the way prisons are run reflect the way the country is governed. “I saw this small totalitarian machine from the inside,” the 24-yearold said. “Russia functions the same way the prison colony does,” she said. Alekhina, who was released earlier today from a prison outside the Volga river city of Nizhny Novgorod, said the amnesty bill covers less than 10 percent of the prison population and only a fraction of women with children behind bars. Women convicted of grave crimes, even if they have children, are not eligible for amnesty. Alkhina said that prison officials did not give her a chance to say goodbye to cell mates, but put her in a car and drove her to the train station in downtown Nizhny Novgorod. Before seeing her family and friends, she met with local rights activists.

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Why we need Santa; or the importance of hope Upon his release from 10 years in a Russian prison, Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would devote his freedom to help those still, unjustly, behind bars. The efforts of those who worked to free the former oil tycoon is what kept him alive, he said. “The most important thing for a prison inmate is hope,” he said. Khodorkovsky, now in Germany, said he will not return to his homeland for fear Russian President Vladimir Putin will change his mind. Accounts vary to Khodorkovsky’s initial guilt. Some say the oligarch pillaged, robbed and murdered on his way to becoming Russia’s richest citizen. Others say Putin feared Khodorkovsky as a political rival. Whatever the case, Khodorkovsky had no reason to believe he would one day be free except for the hope that Putin would eventually be swayed to have a change of heart. No matter your circumstances, it’s the hope for better or different things that keep you thinking about tomorrow. When you’re young, hope comes in outsized pack-

ages, especially this time of year. Oddly enough, it’s the magic of flying reindeer, elves and Santa himself that helps temper those expectations. Believing in Santa helps kids have one foot in reality and the other in fantasy land. Behavioral scientists say children slowly learn about the physical world and the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction. As they get older they naturally peel away the fantastic, realizing reindeer can’t fly, or even if they could they wouldn’t be able to pull a Santa who ate cookies and milk at every house. The fantasy of Santa is all part and parcel of waiting for Christmas, which in itself is so delicious. The decorating, the cooking, the caroling, the obsessive thinking about it is all as good, or even better, than the day itself. Christmas teaches us to wait, to hope, and to find your greatest joy from making someone else’s day a little bit brighter. Who knows, maybe Mr. Putin is caught up in the spirit. Let’s hope he stays that way. — Susan Lynn

A  lookbackintime 60 Years Ago Week of Dec. 22, 1953

The combined choirs of the Christian, Methodist and Presbyterian churches gave their second annual Christmas concert in the Presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon. The 60 voices were directed in turn by the three choir leaders of the respective churches: Mrs. Ivan Strickler, Mrs. Floyd Smith and Mrs. W. A. Cooksey. ***** About 100 Iola youngsters sledded down Buchanan Street between Washington and Chestnut this morning. Mack Percy, chief of police, had agreed to put barricades on the two blocks, keeping

cars and trucks off the area. The well-packed snow provided the best coasting in several years. ***** The Jaycee Jaynes distributed toys, dolls and food baskets to 83 Allen County families with a total of 353 children. 1973

Logan Reynolds, 84, a wellknown area automobile dealer, died yesterday, Dec. 18, at his home in Chanute. He operated the Neosho Falls Ford Agency until moving to Iola in 1930 and then operated the Reynolds Motor Company here until a little more than two years ago.

Cursive still has a role in learning Debate continues in schools and beyond on the right way to write. Cursive handwriting, still considered an important skill by many teachers, is thought to be outdated by others due to digital technology. The Kansas State Board of Education is scheduled to take up the issue, and decide whether the state’s new handwriting standards should encourage schools to make sure that fifth- and sixth-graders can write legibly in cursive. Even though many young people used to computers and cell phone correspondence no doubt wonder why they’d even need such handwriting ability, a good number of educators rightly believe good penmanship shouldn’t be erased from the old standards of reading, writing and arithmetic. Studies have found that many teachers believe stu-

“Indiscriminate,” “arbitrary” and “almost Orwellian.” Those are some of the words an astonished U.S. District Court judge in the District of Columbia invoked this week to describe a massive surveillance program in which the National Security Agency is keeping records of virtually every U.S. citizen’s phone calls. In the first public judicial

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I remember, even when I was in the Senate and you could see it (the Legislature) beginning to move more conservative, I think we all thought, ‘Gosh, how much more conservative can it get?’ And then it just kept getting more conservative. — Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner

could see it beginning to move more conservative, I think we all thought, ‘Gosh, how much more conservative can it get?’” she said. “And then it just kept getting more conservative.” Praeger contends that the federal overhaul was a relatively conservative solution, preserving the private insurance market when one possible — albeit politically difficult — approach was universal, government coverage. “When people start seeing the benefit and experiencing the benefit, it will be hard to push back,” she said. Later, she added, “The reason for opposing it was a way of Republicans being in opposition to the president. There’s just no logical reason to be opposed to this — none.”

THE ART of cursive writing also promises to come in handy for students when they need to take notes. Even though a growing number of students have access to tablets and other digital devices in school, they won’t always be able to use such devices for effective note-taking. It helps to put down notes in cursive because it’s speedier and more efficient than printing. Teachers also note that the ability to write in cursive will help students read various kinds of writing they may encounter. Historical docu-

ments, for example, would be more difficult to decipher without some familiarity with cursive writing. Among other more practical reasons for students to learn cursive would be that as they move into adulthood, they’ll encounter a number of legal documents that require a signature. While we don’t ever expect to see writing on paper eclipse the growing use of text messaging and other forms of electronic communication, good penmanship still warrants attention in today’s curriculum. Educators know that regardless of technological advances that make some things easier, the art of handwriting won’t go out of style. We’d expect the state board of education to acknowledge as much. — The Garden City Telegram

NSA standard review long overdue

PRAEGER: Adrift in the GOP can trust,” Pilcher-Cook said. Four Republicans have launched campaigns to replace Praeger, all critics of the federal health overhaul. They are Beverly Gossage of Eudora, director of a health insurance consulting company; David Powell, an El Dorado insurance agent; Ken Selzer, a Leawood accountant; and Kansas House Insurance Committee Chairman Clark Shultz of McPherson. Praeger’s political career began in 1985, when she won a seat on the Lawrence City Commission. She served 12 years in the Legislature, most of them in the Senate, before winning the first of three, four-year terms as insurance commissioner in 2002. As a legislator, she broke frequently with conservatives on issues such as abortion, taxes and education but still maintained solid GOP support for her statewide races. Over time, conservatives gained firm control over the party. “I remember, even when I was in the Senate and you

dents with fluent handwriting produce written assignments that are easier to read, and better in quality. Educators have cause to believe students are more thoughtful when writing something longhand, vs. hastily pecking away on a keyboard.

GOP critics of the law contend that its coverage mandates are driving up premiums even as most Americans are required to buy insurance, stifling the economy. They view the federal law as intrusive and an expansion of government power. Pilcher-Cook said Praeger’s stance demonstrates that. “She doesn’t ascribe to the Republican principle of limited government,” she said. In the August 2010 primary, just months after the health care overhaul law was enacted, Praeger still had enough support among Republicans to win 63 percent of the vote. She had no Democratic opponent that year. But when Praeger steps down, she’ll be isolated from the GOP.

assessment of the NSA dragnet, Judge Richard J. Leon, who was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush on Sept, 10, 2001, held that the program is likely unconstitutional, and enjoined the government from continuing it, although he immediately stayed the injunction to allow for an appeal. The injunction sets the stage for a thoroughgoing judicial review that will likely reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Such scrutiny is long overdue, and will test the government’s claim that national security imperatives justify its unprecedented intrusion into the private communications of innocent Americans. Judge Leon, for one, doubts the government can meet its constitutional burden of proof. In a scathing 64-page opinion, he found persuasive evidence that the NSA is violating the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures and noted that the agency could not cite “a single instance” in which the agency’s data collection program had stopped an imminent (terrorist) attack.”

Leon also expressed skepticism that a 34-year-old case in which U.S. Supreme Court justices upheld the government’s authority to collect a list of phone numbers dialed from a criminal suspect’s home could be invoked to justify the NSA’s exponentially larger surveillance effort. At the very least, he suggested, dramatic changes in the way modern Americans interact with their phones compel the courts to examine whether their reasonable expectations of privacy encompass the phone records that the government is now siphoning on a daily basis. Any argument that such public judicial scrutiny jeopardizes national security became moot the day fugitive leaker Edward Snowden revealed the scope of the NSA’s surveillance program. One need not condone Snowden’s actions to acknowledge that they have raised serious doubts about the legality and efficacy of that initiative, and we trust that the justices will ultimately impose some reasonable restraint on an intelligence-gathering apparatus whose reach seems to have exceeded its grasp. — The Detroit Free Press

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Thompson: Financial matters due close consideration Continued from A1

sion struck. This past year, when tax receipts showed a hint of a rebound, legislators voted for a round of income tax cuts, rather than direct the extra funds to education. State aid of $4,492 per student was deemed adequate at the time. Today’s funding is $3,838 and is projected to be $3,812 in fiscal year 2014. Thompson said he didn’t know what level of funding was needed, suggesting that politics were likely to play a large role, and that leadership in both houses would resist if state aid proposals fall beyond what they think appropriate. One of the first things Sam Brownback did after being elected governor in 2012 was propose cutting the income tax rate, an issue that found favor in the largely conservative Legislature. While characterizing

himself as a fiscal conservative, Thompson said he also had no illusions about the role of taxes in paying the state’s bills. “No one wants to pay taxes, but we have to pay our bills,” he said. Looking back on his days in county government, Thompson recalled when state coffers were depressed by a flagging stream of tax revenue, and local ad valorem tax relief (LAVTR) distributions were cut off seven years ago. “We (Allen County) lost about $720,000, as I remember, after we already had put together our budget,” leaving commissioners with a tough nut to crack. “We tightened our belts” and got through the fiscal dilemma, albeit with some angst. The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) fund is about $10.2 billion short

of ensuring long-term solvency. “We have to work in the direction of ful-

finance market continue to make it difficult” for would-be homebuyers, particularly younger

No one wants to pay taxes, but we have to pay our bills. — Kent Thompson

ly funding KPERS,” Thompson said. “It’s a state responsibility” that the Legislature can’t abrogate. Without pursuing the thought too much, Thompson said the state had yet to fully recover from the recession, but that times weren’t as difficult for agriculture this time around, which was an advantage locally. Leaning on his experience in the field, Thompson said housing sales remain depressed, and that “restrictions in the

ones, to make a purchase. “They don’t have the money for a down payment and they don’t have (established housing) credit,” he said, which results in them not being “in the game and being able to trade up.” Thompson said he couldn’t answer why Kansas has not participated in expanding its Medicaid rolls and accepted the money to do so from the federal government. The decision would allow those making up to 138 percent of federal


low family income. Consolidation of school districts is an oft-mentioned topic when legislators discuss school finance. Thompson pointed out that some legislators had alluded to “starving schools financially” to force consolidation, a draconian measure. However, the new legislator said he found it interesting that one administrative team could function for all schools in Wichita, while Allen County had three for a vastly smaller number of students and staff.

poverty guidelines to receive Medicaid benefits, including health insurance. In Kansas, the cutoff for aid is 32 percent of the federal poverty level. A household of three cannot make more than $630 a month and receive relief. The offer, seized by a majority of states, is for the feds to pay 100 percent of Medicaid expenditures for three years and then assume 90 percent funding from there on out. Enrolling in the expansion would net Kansas an estimated $1.2 billion over the next nine years. The plight of the poor is not lost on Thompson. He has visited with numerous groups in his Ninth District — Allen and much of Neosho counties — including school districts, and noted about 59 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, an indicator of

“I’M LOOKING forward to trying to do a good job for the district,” he concluded, and noted that among his first chores when the session started would be “to build relationships” with others in the House. At this point he has no signature legislation in mind.

Winter: Weather causes rough conditions in the US Continued from A1

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Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding (90) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday. The Colts beat the Chiefs, 23-7. DAVID EULITT/KANSAS CITY STAR/MCT

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts had watched the Kansas City Chiefs march downfield for an easy score on the first series of the game, yet nobody on their sideline seemed to be worried. In fact, it seemed as if their confidence soared. Andrew Luck answered by calmly picking apart the Chiefs defense, Donald Brown had touchdowns running and receiving, and the Colts didn’t allow another point the rest of the way in a 23-7 victory Sunday that could turn into a preview of an AFC wild-card game. If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and with the Chiefs assured of the fifth seed, the two teams would meet again in two weeks at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas City’s chances of winning the AFC West were dashed earlier Sunday when Denver beat Houston.


Rivera had 12, but they were forced to carry the burden almost entirely by themselves. Bruising big man Josh Smith, who had been averaging 14.1 points, scored just five before fouling out. Moses Ayegba and Nate Lubick also fouled out for Georgetown. “They did a good job of getting us in foul trouble,” Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. “I think particularly Black played very well today. Whenever we felt like we were making a step toward cutting into the lead, he’d get a rebound or make a threepoint play.” The game was so physical that Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis left early in the second half after taking an elbow to the back of his head. Ellis tried to stay in the game but missed a free throw so badly that he took himself out. He never returned from the locker room. “If he had a concussion, it’s very, very slight,” Self said. “He did bruise the nerve in his neck, and that caused the problem. It’s something he’ll be able to come back from in a short time.” Just as every other team has done this season, Georgetown tried to combat the Jayhawks’ length and athleticism by employing a zone defense in the first half. The only problem was the Hoyas were so mired in foul trouble that they didn’t have anybody to occupy the inside. Kansas built its 44-34 lead thanks in part to a 14-3 run fueled by its defense. Georgetown at one point went more than 10 minutes without a field goal, missing five straight attempts, turning the ball over and even getting hit with a shot-clock violation. “All the credit goes to See JAYHAWKS | Page B6

of mounting a second-half comeback in the frigid weather at Arrowhead Stadium. “We’ll see them again,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “They’ve got the upper hand on us right now because in their minds they think they can beat us. If we go down there, it will be a different story. But we’ve got to fight our way back.” The AFC South-champion Colts (10-5) have beaten the Chiefs in five of their last six games. Jamaal Charles ran for 106

yards and the game’s opening score, but Kansas City failed to keep him involved as the Colts scored the final 23 points. Luck finished with 241 yards passing, while Brown gashed a decent run defense despite working behind a patchwork offensive line. Adam Vinatieri also had three field goals for the Colts, who didn’t commit a turnover. “That’s what coach (Chuck) Pagano has preached since See CHIEFS | Page B6

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The answer was simple and came without hesitation. When Wichita State point guard Fred VanVleet was asked what makes North Carolina Central’s Jeremy Ingram so difficult to guard, VanVleet needed only two words. “The rules,” he responded. Ingram lit up No. 11 Wichita State for a career-high 37 points on Sunday night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Shockers’ 77-66 victory. Wichita State (12-0) extended the best start in school history behind four double-digit scorers, led by Darius Carter’s season-high 19. Cleanthony Early had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Baker scored 15 points, and VanVleet added 14 points and eight assists. North Carolina Central (7-3) was outrebounded 37-22, including a 15-3 disparity on the offensive glass. Ingram was 12 of 21 from the floor and 7 of 13 from the 3-point line. He scored 27 points in the second half. “When you can shoot from See SHOCKERS | Page B4

K-State takes upset over Zags By JEFFREY PARSON The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — At the media timeout with 7:51 remaining and his team leading No. 21 Gonzaga by two, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber challenged his players. Weber told them the Bulldogs had put up nearly 30 points in the second half. “They had been scoring a little too easy,” Weber said. “I told our guys we needed to get stops right then. They were at 52. And they stayed at 52 for a long time.” Indeed, Gonzaga scored only two points in the next seven minutes after that timeout, keying Kansas State’s 72-62 upset victory. Thomas Gipson scored eight of his 14 points for KState (8-3) during that seven-minute stretch. Marcus Foster also finished with 14 while Wesley Iwundu had 13 and Shane Southwell added 11. Kevin Pangos led Gonzaga (10-2) with 14 points while reserve Drew Barham had 13 points. David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski each scored 10. The Bulldogs entered the game averaging 87.5 points and had not scored fewer than 68 this season. “We just missed a lot of wide open shots,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “That and not getting to the free throw line were huge for us.” Kansas State was 19 of 25 from the foul line while the Bulldogs were 7 of 15. Gonzaga played the second half without second-leading scorer Sam Dower, who took a hard fall late in the first half and did not return. “He was in a lot of pain in his lower back,” Few said. “(The doctors) were so concerned, they took him for an X-ray.” Southwell kept his team’s

Kansas State’s D.J. Johnson (50) battles Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos for a rebound during the first half at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita Saturday. Kansas State won, 72-62. TRAVIS HEYING/


momentum going right after halftime, scoring five straight to give the Wildcats a 33-24 lead with 18:46 to play. Then Foster, a freshman among the top 10 scorers in the Big 12, had his stretch, going on a personal 7-3 run with a 3-pointer, a layup and monster slam over Stockton. The Wildcats led 40-32 and the crowd was buzzing. “Marcus is so athletic,” said Southwell, who made the pass to Foster on the play for one of his six assists. “As soon as he got it and could get up, I knew it was over for Stockton.” But the Bulldogs answered as Gary Bell’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run that pulled the Bulldogs within 40-39 with 14:48 to play. After that, the teams exchanged the lead eight times in six minutes. “The tempo had been at their tempo, but we were able to finally get it up and down

a little and get back in the game,” Few said. “We were in position. But then they made all the plays from that moment forward.” Gipson was the key. Twice then 6-foot-7 Gipson posted up the tiring Karnowski, a 7-footer forced into extended minutes by Dower’s injury, for baskets. The second one gave Kansas State a 60-54 lead with 3:39 remaining. Karnowski entered the game averaging 23 minutes but played 30 Saturday, 17 of them in the second half. “He was definitely tired,” Few said. Gipson’s putback with 1:59 to play pushed the lead to eight, and the Wildcats could milk out a victory from there. “I just wanted to be active — ball screen, roll and get posted up down low,” Gipson said. “I knew I could get offensive rebounds or easy hook shots.”


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GDP stronger in 3rd quarWASHINGTON — Adding to the rosier economic outlook for next year, revised government data show the economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in nearly two years as American consumers spent billions of dollars more than originally thought. The Commerce Department said Friday that the nation’s gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, expanded 4.1 percent at an annual rate in the Julyto-September period. Officials had previously estimated that GDP grew 3.6 percent in the quarter and figured most of that came from an unusually large increase in the restocking of goods, something that typically can’t be maintained throughout the year. But the new report found that consumer spending was stronger and had contributed significantly more than believed to the quarter’s jump in GDP from a rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter. That suggested there was stronger underlying momentum than previously thought, raising hopes that the economy will kick into higher gear next year and escape the sputtering recovery from the Great Recession. “I firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America,” President Barack Obama said in a news conference Friday when he cited the latest GDP report, along with other positive data on jobs. Personal spending accounts for more than two-thirds of GDP, but it has increased at a sluggish rate this year and generally throughout the 4½-year recovery. New third-quarter data found that people spent more for services such as healthcare, recreation and financial services than initially thought. Friday’s report said consumer spending rose 2 percent in the third quarter, not 1.4 percent as previously estimated. Although the revised spending number is far from robust, more recent retail sales and other economic statistics suggest that personal consumption is picking up and will provide a bigger boost to economic growth next year. “The consumer is back in the game,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York, wrote in a note to clients on Fri-

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Manning sets touchdown mark; Broncos clinch division By The Associated Press

Not many players can overshadow a wild weekend of NFL playoff possibilities. Peyton Manning can. And did. Manning broke Tom Brady’s single-season record with his 51st touchdown pass, the last of four on Sunday in Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston. New England’s Brady set the mark in 2007, beating Manning’s previous record of 49 in 2004 with Indianapolis. He has a career-high 5,211 yards passing this season, third in NFL history and 265 yards shy of the 5,476 yards Drew Brees gained in 2011. The loss extended Houston’s franchiserecord skid to 13 games. Should they lose to Tennessee next week, the Texans (2-13) will own the first pick in the draft. The weekend concludes with Atlanta (4-10) at San Francisco (10-4) in the final game at Candlestick Park tonight. EAGLES 54, BEARS 11

At Philadelphia, Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and Philadelphia (9-6)

the Steelers 31 gave the Packers one last chance. Green Bay got to the 1, but after a Packers penalty the game ended when Flynn’s pass to Jarrett Boykin sailed incomplete in the end zone. BENGALS 42, VIKINGS 14

At Cincinnati, Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Bengals clinched the AFC North. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes as the Bengals (10-5) remained perfect at home.

Peyton Manning, right, of the Denver Broncos is congratulated by teammate Jacob Tamme (84) after throwing his 51st touchdown pass of the season, a new NFL record. The score came against Houston Sunday. The Broncos won, 37-13. GEORGE BRIDGES/MCT set up a winner-take-all NFC East matchup at Dallas. That game has been moved to prime time next Sunday. COWBOYS 24, REDSKINS 23

Dallas (8-7) staged a late rally to stay in the postseason picture. Tony Romo recovered from a bad interception and found DeMarco Murray for a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:08 remaining. STEELERS 38,


At Baltimore, Logan Ryan had two interceptions, LeGarrette Blount scored twice and the Patriots ended the Ravens’ four-game winning streak.


At Green Bay, Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:28 left, then Pittsburgh withstood Green Bay’s last throw into the end zone. Bell’s TD came soon after scrambling Packers quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled while being tackled by Troy Polamalu. The Steelers recovered at the Packers 17 and scored five plays later. Micah Hyde’s 70yard kickoff return to



The Dolphins had a three-game winning streak snapped and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. With the loss, Miami (87) needs help from other teams, but must beat the New York Jets next weekend.



At Seattle, Carson Palmer overcame four interceptions to throw a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left. The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes going while snapping the Seahawks’ 14-game home win streak. GIANTS 23, LIONS 20, OT

At Detroit, Josh Brown’s 45-yard field goal lifted the Giants and knocked the Lions (7-8) from postseason consideration. They lost for the fifth time in six games, blowing fourthquarter leads in each setback that might seal Jim Schwartz’s fate. CHARGERS 26, RAIDERS 13

At San Diego, the Chargers beat Oakland by overcoming three turnovers while benefiting from two turnovers and 12 penalties for 73 yards by the Raiders. JETS 24, BROWNS 13

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At St. Louis, Robert Quinn got three of St. Louis’ seven sacks and set a franchise season record. Quinn leads the NFL with 18 sacks. He broke Kevin Carter’s franchise mark of 17 in the 1999 Super Bowl title season. TITANS 20, JAGUARS 16

At Jacksonville, Nate Washington scored on a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter and Tennessee (6-9) got a muchneeded defensive stop late to end a three-game losing streak. The highlight for the Jaguars (4-11) came when Jacksonville honored retiring center Brad Meester with a reception — the passcatching kind. The Jaguars called a screen play for the 14year veteran center who announced Wednesday that Sunday’s game would be his home finale. Meester reported as an eligible receiver, lined up at tight end and then caught the screen pass to gain 9 yards.


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Clippers edge Timberwolves LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Dudley made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in overtime and Chris Paul made five free throws in the final 19 seconds, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 120-116 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday. Blake Griffin had 32 points and 10 rebounds and was an uncharacteristic 10 for 11 from the free throw line before fouling out with 4:08 left in OT. The defending Pacific Division champions extended their winning streak to a season-best five games. Jamal Crawford had 22 points for Los Angeles,

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7-4 since losing starting forward J.J. Redick with a broken right hand and a torn ligament in his wrist but 5-0 since Crawford was moved into the starting lineup. Paul finished with 19 points and 13 assists. Kevin Love had a season-high 45 points and tied a season best with 19 rebounds for the Timberwolves, back at Staples Center after their 104-91 loss to the Lakers on Friday night. It was Minnesota’s first overtime game since beating Orlando at home on opening night. Nikola Pekovic had a career-high 34 points and 14 boards. Kevin

Martin scored 16 points after averaging 29 in the Timberwolves’ other two meetings against the Clippers — both narrow losses as well. Point guard Ricky Rubio played 38 scoreless minutes with 12 assists. Matt Barnes, in just his second game back following an eye injury, was ejected with 56 seconds left in the third quarter after committing a flagrant foul against Love on a drive to the basket with the Clippers leading 77-75. Love sank both free throws, then added a go-ahead 3-pointer after Minnesota retained possession following the flagrant foul.

Duke women top Kentucky LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored a season-high 28 points to help No. 2 Duke beat No. 5 Kentucky 6961 before 23,706 fans at Rupp Arena on Sunday. Five days after defending champion and No. 1 Connecticut dealt the Blue Devils their first loss, they used their size and length to hand the Wildcats their first defeat before the largest crowd to see a women’s game in Kentucky. The 6-foot-1 Liston thrived on mismatches to shoot 10 of 19 from the field, including two 3-pointers, falling a point short of her career best. Duke’s 6-3

center, Elizabeth Williams, was 6 of 10 to chip in 17 points and had eight rebounds. The Blue Devils (121) stifled Kentucky (111) around the basket, limiting the Wildcats to 25-of-75 shooting (33 percent) and 3 of 15 from long range. Poor free throw shooting also doomed Kentucky, which made just 8 of 19 from the line. Janee Thompson had 12 second-half points to lead Kentucky and helped rally the Wildcats to 59-55 with 6:07 remaining. Liston answered with consecutive layups to stretch Duke’s lead back to

eight and provide a safe cushion as the Blue Devils won their second in a row. Duke made 15 of 18 free throws and outrebounded Kentucky 46-42. The game began in a charged atmosphere with the Wildcats playing before a crowd nearly four times their season average at nearby Memorial Coliseum. The sellout was official Friday and the question was whether students and faculty would help break the state record of 22,152 set in 2010 when Kentucky played at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.

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as deep as he can,” VanVleet said, “and just put your head down to get a whistle this season, it’s tough to defend.” While Eagles coach LaVelle Moton was impressed with Ingram’s performance, he grimaced while looking over the stat sheet, “We’ve got to have better balance,” Moton said. “You can’t beat the No. (11) team in the country with one guy scoring double figures.” The game started to shift with seven minutes left in the first half. After Ingram hit a 3-pointer to make it 21-19 Shockers, North Carolina Central did not score for five minutes. “They went to a zone,” Moton said. “We looked like we’ve never seen a zone before in our lives.” Carter scored six points in the ensuing 15-0 run, and Wichita State led 40-24 at half. The Eagles could have folded after enduring travel problems over the weekend. Stranded in Atlanta on Saturday night, they were forced to practice in a hotel parking lot. The team then arrived in Wichita in three shifts on Sunday. Nine bags were still missing,

the assistant coaches had to wear warm-ups and some players didn’t have their shoes. But that thought went away 14 seconds into the second half when Ingram converted a fourpoint play. When Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 16:59 remaining to get the Eagles within 44-36, he already had 10 points in the half, 20 in the game, and had cut Wichita State’s 16-point halftime lead in half. “We were not doing the things we wanted to do defensively,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. The Eagles did not score again for four minutes but stayed within striking distance. The Eagles had it down to 70-63 when Wichita State patiently worked the shot clock and found Baker in the corner. He swished a 3-pointer for a 73-63 lead with 1:40 remaining. “I challenged our guys to respond at halftime, and I thought we responded,” Moton said. “But to their credit, they hit huge shots.” When the Shockers forced a steal on the other end, leading to Early’s dunk, Wichita State could finally relax.

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Estrogen and colitis meet menopause DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffered from ischemic colitis in September 2011, and was hospitalized for five days but did not require surgery. I came home from the hospital and started having hot flashes a week later, accompanied by tingly arms and neck, palpitations, nausea and sweating. I had been taking estrogen regularly (for 10 years) when I had the ischemic colitis attack. While in the hospital, I did not take estrogen, and upon my return home, I re-started it the next day. My sweats began about a week later (while back on estrogen). My physician suggested that I stop taking the estrogen. My hot flashes

Dr. Keith Roach To Your Good Health continued, and I am still having them hourly. I have about 24 hot flashes per day and night, with sweat dripping down my face, forehead, arms and neck, as well as the palpitations. I have had multiple scans and blood tests, all of which were negative. I have tried many medications for the hot flashes, such as clonidine, Paxil, Elavil, Effexor and others, but nothing seems to work. The last few doctors I’ve seen think that it’s menopause, and want me

to take estrogen again. I am afraid to try it, since I was told that there could be a link between ischemic colitis and estrogen. I can’t see how one can suffer from menopause (almost like clockwork) every hour. — C.C. ANSWER: Ischemic colitis is an uncommon cause of bleeding in the lower colon. Many conditions predispose people to ischemic colitis, and the majority of cases are seen in older individuals with varied medical conditions, such as heart failure. However, there is a very clear association between ischemic colitis and estrogen in young women, and in these cases, stopping estrogen use usually resolves the bleeding. In general, one

would avoid estrogen in the future due to fear of the ischemic colitis coming back. What is causing your hot flashes is a mystery. It sounds like your doctors have worked hard to find the answer and even to treat it without knowing the exact cause, which is reasonable. However, I am tempted to agree that it may be due to menopause. I would consider a diagnostic trial of estrogen for two weeks or so. If the hot flashes are due to menopause, they should stop in that time. If they do, you may be able to try a low dose, which would keep the hot flashes away and hopefully not cause the ischemic colitis to recur.

How to keep nosey questions at bay Dear Carolyn:

I was at a wedding recently where family members kept coming up to me and asking me why I wasn’t married and if I had a boyfriend. I’m a 34-year-old single woman and these relatives hadn’t seen me in a few years. I was really uncomfortable with the incessant questioning. What is a good response when people ask intrusive

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Tell Me About It Carolyn Hax questions regarding your relationship status? I am really still angry at how rude and insensitive the relatives were and I don’t really plan to go to another family wedding because of this. Am I being too sensitive/overre-

(First Published in The Iola Register, December 23, 2013) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of Ruth M. Boyer, Deceased No. 2013 PR 63 NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are notified that on December 17, 2013, a Petition For Probate of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary was filed in this Court by C. Duane McCammon, one of the Co-executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Ruth M. Boyer, deceased. All creditors of the Decedent are notified to exhibit their demands against the Estate within the latter of four months from the date of first publication of notice under K.S.A. 59-2236 and amendments thereto, or if the identity of the creditor is known or reasonHAGAR THE ably ascertainable, 30 days after actual notice was given as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. C. Duane McCammon, Petitioner IMMEL, WORKS & HEIM, P.A. Four East Jackson Iola, Kansas 66749 (620) 365-2222 Attorneys for Petitioner (12) 23,30 (1) 6


acting? I see no excuse — I have never gone up to a married couple and asked them why they didn’t have children or something similar, so I don’t see how this behavior is excusable and why I should have to put up with it. Single at a Wedding

It isn’t excusable and you shouldn’t put up with it, but I hope you won’t keep yourself from occasions you might otherwise enjoy because of it. These people exist regardless of whether you


stay home; think carefully before you hand them any controls over your life. The truth gives you a range of options when you’re faced with intrusive questions. Take advantage of that from now on whenever people start prying: “You’re the 14th person to ask me that today,” for example, is an important non-answer that gives people a glimpse of the cumulative effect of what they assume is a cute or innocent query.

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Chiefs: Kansas City lays egg in front of KC faithful in the Kansas City pass defense, the most glaring one coming after running back Knile Davis fumbled in the second quarter. Brown leaked out of the backfield unnoticed by the Kansas City defense, Luck hit him with a dump-off that he took virtually untouched 33 yards for a score. “I think they busted the coverage,” Brown said, “so that made my job a lot easier.”

ened after that, though, and the closest Kansas City came to scoring again in the first half came when Ryan Succop yanked a 47-yard field goal wide left. “It was a team effort in not a very good way,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You can’t pull your foot off the accelerator when you get out that quick.” Meanwhile, Indianapolis kept taking advantage of breakdowns

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I’ve been with the club,” Luck said. “Limit turnovers on offense and create turnovers on defense.” Early on, the Chiefs appeared as if they were going to pick up right where they left off last week, when they hung 56 points on the Raiders. They marched downfield on the opening drive, and Charles took a carry around the right side 31 yards for a touchdown. The Colts defense stiff-

Brown’s job wasn’t much tougher when the Colts got the ball back in the third quarter off Smith’s pick. He raced through a hole, then tight-roped down the sideline 51 yards for a score — a review showed that he somehow stayed inbounds. Vinatieri added to the lead with his third field goal, capping a drive kept alive by a defensive hold and taunting penalty after the Chiefs had already

Jayhawks: KU frustrates Hoyas When Embiid and Black weren’t scoring on an array of layups and dunks, they were getting hacked. Embiid wound up 9 of 12 from the free throw line, while Black was 7 of 9. Georgetown trimmed the deficit to 59-47 on Jabil Trawick’s basket. But frustration boiled

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