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GOOD MORNING Three charged with felony meth offenses GREENFIELD MILLS — Two adults and a juvenile are charged with felony methamphetamine offenses after a Saturday investigation by the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies investigated a tip that meth was being used at a residence in the 7000 block of North C.R. Ward 1100E, said a news release from the sheriff’s department. As officers approached the residence, they witnessed a juvenile Padgett through an open window smoking from what appeared to be a glass meth pipe, police said. The juvenile allegedly was accompanied by the homeowner and the guardian of the juvenile, Michele Ward and Brenda Padgett. During a search of the residence, officers found two glass smoking pipes and a small bag of white powdery substance that field-tested positive as meth, police said. Ward and Padgett, whose ages were not available, were arrested and taken to the LaGrange County Jail. Ward was charged with possession of meth, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. Padgett was charged with possession of meth, a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. The juvenile was taken into custody by LaGrange County Probation Department officials and charged with possession of meth, a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. The juvenile’s name was not released. Reprints of all KPC photos can be purchased online at under Marketplace: Photo Reprints.

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bathrooms. The only spaces in his house not decorated are the attic and the basement. Collecting Christmas trees started innocently, but Kimpel said his love for Christmas came from his father. “My dad has gone overboard

MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 other people and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February’s Olympics in Sochi. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Volgograd, but it came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games. Suicide bombings have rocked Russia for years, but many have been contained to the North Caucasus, the center of an insurgency seeking an Islamist state in the region. Until recently Volgograd was not a typical target, but the city formerly known as Stalingrad has now been struck twice in two months — suggesting militants may be using the transportation hub as a renewed way of showing their reach outside their restive region. Volgograd, which lies close to volatile Caucasus provinces, is 550 miles south of Moscow and about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, a Black Sea resort flanked by the North Caucasus Mountains. The bombing highlights the daunting security challenge Russia will face in fulfilling its pledge to make the Sochi Games the “safest Olympics in history.” The government has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers, police and other security personnel to protect the games.




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O TANNENBAUM Butler man shares Christmas tree collection BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN

BUTLER — Kevin Kimpel doesn’t want people to know exactly how many Christmas trees he keeps inside his rural Butler home. He’s not trying to keep it a secret. It’s just that when he says he has more than 1,000 trees, the images most people conjure up might be overwhelming. “They will picture chaos,” Kimpel said. His Christmas tree collection is organized, rather than “overwhelming chaos,” he said. Kimpel, a civil engineer with Nucor Building Systems, opens his indoor Christmas tree forest to friends, family and co-workers each winter.



When visitors come to his home, Kimpel greets them and hands out a scavenger hunt with clues to find select trees. “Avon 8” leads people to his collection of eight red-and-green Avon perfume bottles. Another clue, “Foreign Harvested,” take guests to his collection of trees purchased while traveling to Greece, Thailand and Africa. During the month of November, Kimpel removes boxes from the attic and starts decorating each room in his home, even the

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Obamacare passes one million signups HONOLULU (AP) — A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market. Combined with numbers for state-run markets due in January, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health law at about 2 million people through the end of the year, independent experts said. That would be about two-thirds of the administration’s original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during

much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31. “It looks like current enrollment is around 2 million despite all the issues,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. “It was a very impressive showing for December.” The administration said that of the more than 1.1 million people now enrolled in the federal insurance exchange, nearly 1 million signed up in December. The majority came days before a pre-Christmas deadline for coverage to start in January. Compare that with a paltry 27,000 in October, the federal website’s first, error-prone month. “We experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions

of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage,” Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post announcing the figures. The numbers don’t represent a full accounting for the country. The federal website serves 36 states. Yet to be reported are December results from the 14 states running their own sites. Overall, states have been signing up more people than the federal government. But most of that has come from high performers such as California, New York, Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut. Some states continue to struggle. Still, the end-of-year spike suggests that the federal insurance marketplace is starting to pull its

weight. The windfall comes at a critical moment for Obama’s sweeping health care law, which becomes “real” for many Americans on Jan. 1 as coverage through the insurance exchanges and key patient protections kick in. The administration’s concern now shifts to keeping the momentum going for sign-ups, and heading off problems that could arise when people who’ve already enrolled try to use their new insurance. “They’ve got the front end of the system working really well,” said insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski. “Now we can move on to the next question: Do people really want to buy this?” He also estimated 2 million will probably be enrolled this year.

GOP looking for majority in senate WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party. Crowded primaries in states such as Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, where tea partyers and social conservatives are fighting for the nomination and pushing candidates farther right, worry many Republicans, especially after they saw their legitimate shots at a Senate majority slip away in 2010 and 2012. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to capture control from Democrats, who effectively

hold a 55-45 advantage now. But Democrats will be defending 21 of 35 seats to be decided in November, and President Barack Obama is looking like a major drag for them. Midterm elections are often tough for a president’s party in any event. “History is with us, geography is with us and the president’s signature legislative achievement is the most unpopular” law of his tenure, Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said of Obama and his health care overhaul. Republicans inside and outside the Senate speak confidently SEE GOP, PAGE A6


Ligonier library construction Construction has started on a $1 million addition and renovation project at the Ligonier Public Library on Main Street. The project has been in the planning stages for more than a year and ground was broken earlier this month. The addition will almost double the size of the building, while keeping the structure’s architectural history undisturbed. Construction will continue for most of 2014. The library has moved to a temporary location on Lincolnway South in a retail shopping center.





Coyote: Is it ‘God’s dog’ or just a trickster?

Police Blotter • Police seek help identifying pickup LIGONIER — The Noble County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance in identifying a vehicle of interest seen in the area of a burglary that occurred on C.R. 850N, east of C.R. 600W. The information is limited. Deputies are trying to identify a small, extended-cab truck with tonneau cover. The truck has a third brake light on the tonneau cover above the tailgate, but the third brake light does not work. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 636-2182. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE.




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years.” The coyote is an adaptable animal. Efforts to exterminate it have been as intensive and widespread as efforts to exterminate wolves. But it has survived, and its current OUTDOOR range is NOTES as broad, perhaps even more than Neil Case broad, it was in pioneer days. Coyotes usually hunt during the night. But if severe weather or something else prevents their usual nocturnal activity, or if hunting is easier during the day, they’ll hunt when it is light. They eat fresh meat that they kill themselves, and they also eat carrion. They eat wild fruit and berries and also eat grapes and other cultivated fruit. They raid town garbage dumps. Like wolves coyotes, are sometimes in packs but the packs are small, most often single families. Many coyotes live solitary lives except when they’re mated. I’ve never seen coyotes in a pack. Whenever I’ve seen a coyote, it’s been a loner. The usual den of a coyote is a burrow. Sometimes they dig their own, but more often they take the den of some other animal. They’ll enlarge the burrow of another animal if necessary for their family. Coyotes have also had and raised their families in culverts and other pipes that were large enough and dry. Whether the range of coyotes has grown or not is debatable, but they have extended their habitat. They now not only live in the wild, they live in alleyways of Los Angeles and some other cities. If your home is in a city suburb and you put food on the back step for a stray dog, your stray dog just might be a coyote. Have your garbage can overturned and the contents scattered, don’t be sure it was done by the neighbor’s dog. God’s dog or trickster, the coyote it seems is with us to stay, and with it a bit of wildness.

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To the Crow Indians, Old Man Coyote was supreme. He was the creator of the earth and all living animals. Indian tribes that lived in the deserts of the American Southwest called the coyote God’s dog. The Aztec Indians of Mexico deified and worshiped the coyote. Other Indian tribes, however, called the coyote trickster and a mischief maker. American settlers in the Northeast called the coyote bush wolf, in Minnesota brush wolf and in the plains west of the Mississippi River the coyote was called prairie wolf. I grew up in the American plains, in northwest Iowa, and never saw a coyote there. Nor did I ever hear one. I have lived in Indiana for nearly 50 years now, and I have seen and heard coyotes in this state. Coyotes are predators, hunters, and they learned quickly that sheep and chickens and even young calves were easy prey. To early American settlers, this put them in the same class with wolves. They even looked like wolves, just smaller editions. They were shot, trapped and poisoned. There were bounties on them. Coyotes survived, however, and their present range is listed as Vermont and southeastern Canada west and south through the northern half of Pennsylvania, across Ohio, into Kentucky, nearly all of Missouri, the western half of Arkansas, the northwest corner of Louisiana, all of Texas and Mexico, west to the Pacific Coast and north through all but the most northern part of Alaska. Did it always occur over that broad range? A book of mammals of North America I have, which was published many years ago, states “the early range included Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.” I lived in upstate New York from 1957 to 1965, and a widely debated subject among hunters and other outdoors men there then was whether coyotes lived in the Adirondacks or not. After I moved away, a friend in New York sent me a magazine article, dated 1975, which stated “coyotes have appeared (in the Adirondacks) in recent


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Courthouse decorations Holiday decorations on the lawn of the Noble County Courthouse this year included, clockwise from bottom left, angels bearing the message “Peace on Earth”; the lion and lamb laying down together in the word “Peace”; and Santa and his reindeer, ready with a sleigh full of gifts.


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Lions celebrate In the photo at left, the Albion Lions Club presents a recruitment pin to Lion Bill Emmert, right, at the club’s regular Monday night meeting recently. The man with him was not identified. In the photo at right, Keenan inducts the newest Albion Lion member, Maia Truelove. Lion members must be 18

years or older. Maia wasted no time joining the Albion club after turning 18 Oct. 22. Her father, Lion Paul Truelove, was Maia’s sponsor. Maia has attended many Albion Lion events and is studying to be a chef. She proved her skills by flipping pancakes at recent events.

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The following was issued recently in Noble County: • William Ross, 25, and Erin Renee Briseno, 23, both of Ligonier.

The following were issued recently in Noble County Courts: Circuit Court • Justin H. Mickem, 31, of North Webster, Count I — burglary, Class C felony. Two years incarceration, two years suspended and on probation, 104 days credit. To pay $168 court costs, restitution to the victim and $100 public defender fee. Count II dismissed. • Steven W. Hudson, 33, of Wolcottville, battery causing bodily injury, Class A misdemeanor. Sixty days incarceration, 30 days credit. To pay $168 court costs, $13 sheriff’s service fee and $100 public

Divorces The following were issued recently in Noble County: • Damien Johnson and Michele Johnson. • Justin J. Beard and Sheena M. Beard. • Faith McCormick and Jimmy McCormick. • Mark A. Day Jr. and Melissa B. Day. • Lorraine Marie Stoneburner and Timothy Lee Stoneburner. • Jose Torres and Angel Torres.

defender fee. • Billy J. Moore, 51, of Wawaka, Count II — resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor, and Count IV, criminal recklessness, Class D felony. Six months incarceration, 675 days suspended and on probation, 113 days credit. To pay $168 court costs, $100 public defender fee and $400 substance abuse assessment fee. Counts I and III dismissed. Superior Court I • Brendon D. Wilson, 28, of Waterloo, Count I — driving while intoxicated second or more offense, Class D felony, and Count II — leaving the scene of a property damage accident, Class B misdemeanor.

Briefs • Libraries close early Tuesday ALBION — The three Noble County Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed all

day Wednesday for the observance of New Year’s Day. The libraries in the county system are the east library in Avilla, the central library in Albion and the west library in Cromwell.

County offices closed Wednesday ALBION — Noble County government offices will be closed Wednesday for the observance of New Year’s Day.

One-hundred-thirty-two days incarceration, 233 days suspended and on probation, 66 days credit, driving privileges suspended one year. To pay $500 fine, $368 court costs, $100 public defender fee and $400 substance abuse assessment fee. • Krystal A. Reeves, 21, of Kendallville, obstruction of justice, Class A misdemeanor. Forty-four days incarceration, 321 days suspended and in an outpatient treatment program, 22 days credit. To pay $300 fine and $168 court costs. • Joshua Short, 30, of LaOtto, driving while intoxicated second or more offense, Class D felony.

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Deaths & Funerals • John Hoover KENDALLVILLE — John Edward Hoover Sr., 72, of Kendallville, passed on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family after his two year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Mr. Hoover Hoover was born in Peru, Indiana on May 22, 1941 to the late Donald L. Hoover and Whilemina Catherine (Miller) Hoover. He graduated from Peru High School in 1959, served in the Army National Guard and married Patricia Jean Lothspeich on October 15, 1960. John was a police officer and employed with the City of Kendallville Police Department for 10 years. He was also the co-owner of Kendallville Sanitation for nine years and was the owner/operator of Speed-EClean Laundry in Ashley. John retired in July 2008 as custodian for the East Noble School Corporation after nearly 20 years of service at Southside Elementary and the high school. He was an active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla and the Knights of Columbus, Avilla Council. John was an avid woodworker and loved working with wood. He volunteered his time at Lutheran Life Villages, St. Mary’s church and school and Meals-In-Motion where he delivered hot meals to shut-ins in Kendallville. He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always enjoyed their annual trips with his family to Mackinaw, Michigan. John and Pat loved to travel. Their many trips over the years have taken them all over the United States. He also loved to play cards, go fishing and watch John Wayne western movies. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Pat Hoover of Kendallville; son, John Hoover Jr. of Kendallville and his companion, Donelle Waltz; daughter, Cathy and Richard Butler of Kendallville; daughter, Kim Hoover of Kendallville; three grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and Trent Saalfrank of LaOtto, Josh and Ashley Butler of Kendallville and Kali and Bill Harris of Avilla; four great-grandchildren, Bobby Harris, Faith Hedrick, Mason Saalfrank and Madison

Butler; one great-greatgrandson, Brandon Harris; three brothers, Donald and Colette Hoover of Kokomo, Indiana, William and Billie Hoover of Peru, Indiana, and Michael and Vickie Hoover of New London, Ohio; two sisters, Ellen and John Geise of Syracuse, Indiana, and Jerri and Adam Attaway of Chesnee, South Carolina; brotherin-law, Ray Petermeier of Galveston, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Carmel Hoover and Shirley Petermeier, and brothers Joseph Hoover and Raymond Hoover. Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2013, from 3-7 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla with Rev. Fr. Daniel Chukwuleta officiating the mass. Burial will follow the funeral mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Avilla. Casketbearers will be Tom Sherwood, Mark Bush, Rich Butler, Trent Saalfrank, Josh Butler and Mike Edwards. Preferred memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund. Send a condolence to the family or view a video tribute of John by today at Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville.

LeRoy Miller LAGRANGE — LeRoy Miller, 81, of LaGrange died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his home. Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at LaGrange United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring St., LaGrange. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange. The LaGrange American Legion will conduct military graveside services. Calling will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange and an hour before services at the church Friday.

Gary Lewis KENDALLVILLE — Gary Lewis, 64, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at home. Arrangements are pending at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville.


Estella Monroe KENDALLVILLE — Estella M. Monroe, 78, of Kendallville went to be with her loving Savior on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville where she had resided for the past Mrs. seven years. Monroe She was born at her family home in Grandview, Tennessee, on March 25, 1935, to James and Icie (Reed) Loden. She married Elbert L. Monroe on December 13, 1953. She leaves behind two daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and Roger Harshman of Avilla and Marilyn and Craig Diehm of Albion. She also has five grandchildren, Shannon (Richard) Hippenhammer, Shane Harshman, Melissa (Brandon) DePoy, Jason (Kristi) Diehm, and Justin (Jaci) Diehm. Estella has eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Brittany (Alex), Brady, Tanner, Kendall, Collin, Jagar, and Harper. Her ninth great-grandchild is due in January, baby J. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lucille Godsey; and two great great-granddaughters, Aalaiyah and Alinah Federspiel. Estella worked most of her life as a CNA at Byron Health Center near Huntertown and then as a housekeeper for McCray Hospital and CompreCare Home Health, both in Kendallville. She dearly loved caring for others and continued to do so up until she became ill. She especially loved children and would always have treats for those who came to her house. Estella was especially close to her cousins and family, and will be dearly missed by them. She loved life and was never without a smile and enjoyed joking with anyone who stopped to talk with her. A private viewing has taken place at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel. A memorial service will be held at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville Chapel at a future date for family and friends. Preferred memorials are to Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville Walking Trail. Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is

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Larry Bailey KENDALLVILLE — Larry Kenneth Bailey, 69, of Kendallville died at home Sunday, December 29, 2013. Calling will be Tuesday from 1-6 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with calling an hour before the service. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville. Memorials are to the First Church of God Building Fund or Noble County Humane Shelter.

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In this 2011 file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli looks on during the drivers’ meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, died Sunday. He was 90.

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Among Cuban exiles, an old toast goes silent MIAMI (AP) — In their first years of exile from Cuba in the 1960s, Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s family uttered the toast as a wish they anxiously waited to fulfill. Pérez Firmat’s parents and grandparents would proclaim “Next year in Cuba” as they lifted glasses of scotch at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The words were uttered by thousands of Cubans who fled after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution and settled in Miami and other cities around the world. In those days, they believed it was only a matter of time before the revolution would blow over and they could all return to their island home. More than five decades have now passed. Pérez Firmat’s parents are dead. He no longer makes the toast his father recited hopefully until his death in 2002. “It would be too painful to do it today,” said Pérez

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Firmat, an author and professor at Columbia University. As another year approaches, some Cuban exiles will still toast to return to a land they last saw decades ago. But as new generations build lives in the United States and recent arrivals return frequently to Cuba to visit relatives, political change or not, the toast has become a vestige of the past. “It’s more of a prayer for freedom,” said Marta Darby, who left Cuba at age 6 and still does the toast, albeit with a different meaning. “We’re Americans. Our lives are here.” In many ways, the toast’s decline is emblematic of how the Cuban-American community has changed. Fewer and fewer Cubans today say they would return to live on the island even if a democratic government took power.

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“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.� — Seneca I knew I was not supposed to be quite so excited. I was too old for that. At age 11, the oldest and my mom’s “grownup� girl, I had to keep my cool. I was in middle school after all. But every chance I got, when I was alone, I checked each present under the tree. I read every tag and felt every package, guessing at the contents within. I had examined each gift so often that I could tell which present went to which person without even looking at the tags. It had been a tough year for my family. Whenever my mom looked over at the tree and scattered presents, she would sigh and warn us: “There won’t be as much for Christmas this year. Try not to be

disappointed.� Christmas had traditionally been a time for my parents to spoil us. In years past, the presents would pile up and spill out from under the tree, taking over the living room. I had heard the phrase “giving is better than receiving,� but thought that whoever had said that must have been out of their mind. Getting presents was the whole point! It was the reason I couldn’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, we eagerly waited in the hallway until Dad told

us everything was ready. We rushed into the living room and let the wrapping paper fly. We made weak attempts to wait and watch while other family members opened their presents, but as the time passed we lost our self-control. “Here’s another one for you,â€? said Mom as she handed me a package. I looked at it, confused. Having spent so much time examining the presents before Christmas, I recognized this one. But it had not been mine. It was my mom’s. A new label had been put on it, with my name written in my mother’s handwriting. “Mom, I can’t ‌â€? I was stopped by my mother’s eager, joyful look — a look I could not really understand. “Let’s see what it is, honey. Hurry and open it.â€? It was a blow dryer. Though this may seem but a simple gift, to me it was so much more.


Being an 11-year-old girl, I was stunned. In my world, where receiving outweighed giving by light years, my mom’s act of selflessness was incomprehensible. It was a huge act. Tears filled my eyes and I thought in disbelief about how much my mom must love me to give up her Christmas so I could have a few more presents. I have always remembered that Christmas fondly. It had such an impact on me. As an adult with children in my life whom I adore, I can now understand my mom’s actions. I see how she was not “giving up her Christmas� as I had thought, but was finding an even greater joy in her Christmas because giving truly is better than receiving. My mom’s simple act meant the world to me.

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old. “One is from my grandmother Kimpel,” he said. Kimpel continues adding more trees. “If the surface can hold it, I’ll put a tree on it,” he said. A few weeks ago, he purchased a tree from Goodwill in Fort Wayne. It took the associates more than 20 minutes to put a $5 price tag on the tall, skinny tree. The large ornament he bought for the tree costs more than the tree itself. “I paid $27 for an ornament on a $5 tree,” he laughed. When he happened upon an estate sale in Shipshe-

wana, he found the collection of Avon Christmas trees. The owner tried pawning more Avon items to Kimpel. “I told him, ‘I’m just here for the trees,’ ” he said. Each year, Kimpel strives to make his home look different, varying the color combinations. His bathroom has blue trees with red tinsel, and some in his bedroom are green and gold. There is one color combination that Kimpel is unwilling to try. “The one grouping I’ll never do is red and white,” Kimpel said. “I’m a Purdue man. It’s just asking for trouble.”

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Smoke pours out after an explosion at Volgograd railway station, in Volograd Russia on Sunday.

in the day. He added that the bomb contained about 22 pounds of TNT and was rigged with shrapnel. Markin later told Interfax that the attacker could have been a man, but added that the investigation was still ongoing. He said that another hand grenade, which didn’t explode, was also found on the explosion site. Markin argued that security controls prevented a far greater number of casualties at the station, which was packed with people at a time when several trains were delayed. About 40 were hospitalized, many in grave condition. Earlier,, a Russian news portal that

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Through the day, officials issued conflicting statements on casualties. They also said that the suspected bomber was a woman, but then reversed themselves and said the attacker could have been a man. The Interfax news agency quoted unidentified law enforcement agents as saying that footage taken by surveillance cameras indicated that the bomber was a man. It also reported that it was further proven by a torn male finger ringed by a safety pin removed from a hand grenade, which was found on the site of the explosion. The bomber detonated explosives in front of a metal detector just beyond the station’s main entrance when a police sergeant became suspicious and rushed forward to check ID, officials said. The officer was killed by the blast, and several other policemen were wounded. “When the suicide bomber saw a policeman near a metal detector, she became nervous and set off her explosive device,” Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the nation’s top investigative agency, said in a statement earlier

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Colts manhandle Jaguars INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis tried everything to move up in the AFC’s playoff pecking order. It looks like the Colts will still come up short. Andrew Luck threw for 282 yards and one touchdown, Robert Mathis reclaimed the NFL sacks lead and Adam Vinatieri became the seventh member of the NFL’s 2,000-point club Sunday as the Colts routed Jacksonville 30-10 before watching their longshot hope of earning a first-round playoff bye vanish in Cincinnati. Not that the Colts cared much about what was going on with the Bengals or Patriots. “We’re in the playoffs and that’s what matters,” Luck said before knowing next weekend’s pairings. “We get to play at home, so it will be fun to not have to wait around to play.” That will have to suffice for now after handing the Jaguars (4-12) their third straight loss. An Indy win coupled with losses by New England and Cincinnati would have vaulted the Colts into the No. 2 spot. An improbable home loss by the Patriots, to heavy underdog Buffalo, could still send Indy to No. 3. Coach Chuck Pagano promised his team would not watch the scoreboard, and it was clear they did not until the game ended. Instead, the Colts were focused on keeping their momentum. “They always talk about December being the second most important month in football and we went out and went 4-1,” Pagano said. “I have no idea, unless you guys have any updates, but we know we have a home game. So we’ll wait to see what happens.” Indy (11-5) is now playing its best football of the year. After alternating wins and losses for six straight weeks, the Colts rebounded with three straight routs. They’ve matched their longest winning streak of the season and their 11-win total from last season, appear rejuvenated on offense and defense and seem to be enjoying


Jacksonville Jaguar Chad Henne (7) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts’ Robert Mathis (98) and Bjoern Werner (92) on a third down play during

themselves mightily. Luck was 26 of 37 for 282 yards, shattering Cam Newton’s record for yards passing (7,920) in a player’s first two seasons and becoming the first player in league history to top 8,000 yards during that span. Luck finished his second season with 8,196 yards. T.Y. Hilton caught 11 passes for 155 yards, both career highs. Mathis, who led the league in sacks most of the season, retook the lead by sacking Chad Henne once in each half to give him 19½. A third sack was awarded to Jerrell Freeman, though it appeared Mathis made the initial contact. Robert Quinn of St. Louis, who could pass Mathis, played later at Seattle. Vinatieri, long dubbed the best

the first half of an NFL football game Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Jaguars did not get the first down on the play.

clutch kicker in league history, delivered another strong performance. The 41-year-old made three field goals and scored 12 points to move into fifth all-time with 2,006 points — passing George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004). Indy’s performance was darn near perfect. Jacksonville, meanwhile, never seriously challenged the Colts. Henne finished 30 of 51 for 331 yards with one TD and one interception but couldn’t get the Jaguars into the end zone until hooking up with Kerry Taylor on a 14-yard TD pass with 16 seconds left. Taylor caught eight passes for 75 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew, who is now likely to hit the free-agent

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market, ran 13 times for 39 yards and caught five passes for 51 yards. Jacksonville’s defense couldn’t get Indy’s offense stopped consistently either — until the Colts let off the gas pedal in the second half. “We didn’t execute very well today,” first-year coach Gus Bradley said. “Everybody took their turns. We missed some reads. We missed some route combinations. We missed tackles. We missed some assignments.” It didn’t take long to notice what was wrong. Donald Brown scored on a leaping 1-yard TD run, Trent Richardson followed that with a 2-yard TD run and Vinatieri booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 17-0 after one.

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Zack Bowman (38) during the second half of an NFL game Sunday in Chicago. The Packers won 33-28 to capture the NFC North title.

Packers take NFC North CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb came back just in time to lift the Green Bay Packers to the NFC North championship. Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Cobb in the final minute, and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the division title. Back after missing seven games with a broken left collarbone, Rodgers found a wide-open Cobb on fourth-and-8 to wipe out a one-point deficit with 38 seconds left. Green Bay will host San Francisco next weekend in the wild-card round. The Bears had one final drive, but Jay Cutler’s deep pass to Alshon Jeffery was intercepted by Sam Shields on the final play. That gave the Packers (8-7-1) their third straight division title

and fifth postseason appearance in a row. It also kept the Bears (8-8) out of the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Things weren’t looking great for the Packers after Chicago’s Brandon Marshall spun away from Tramon Williams in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 28-20. But the Packers answered with a touchdown drive. Eddie Lacy ran in from the 6 after a 22-yard pass from Rodgers to Andrew Quarless went through safety Chris Conte’s hands, making it a one-point game. Then, on the winning drive, Green Bay converted twice on fourth-and-1 before Rodgers eluded pressure unleashed that winning pass to Cobb. It was a strong finish after a shaky start for the superstar quarterback, and it gave him some

payback against the team that nearly ended his season. Rodgers was intercepted on the Packers’ first two possessions, with Conte picking him off in the end zone on the first one. He also threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first appearance since Nov. 4. He got knocked out of that game on an early sack by Shea McClellin at Lambeau Field, sending the Packers into a 2-5-1 slide. Jordy Nelson had 161 yards receiving, and Cobb, in his first appearance since Oct. 13, won it with his catch. James Starks ran for 88 yards. Eddie Lacy, hobbled by a knee injury, finished with just 66. For the Bears, their first season under Marc Trestman ended the same way five of the previous six did under Lovie Smith — on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Trine University’s women’s basketball team lost to Bluffton 75-62 in the championship game of the Beavers’ holiday tournament Sunday evening at the Sommer Center. A hot start by the Beavers (6-4) proved too much for Trine to overcome as Bluffton shot 57 percent from the field in the first half (16-of-28) while holding the Thunder to a 33 percent clip (10-of-30). The Beavers led by as many as 17 points prior to halftime. They outscored Trine 24-10 in the paint in the first 20 minutes. After trailing 39-22 with 4:40 remaining in the first half, the Thunder went on an 11-4 run to close the halftime deficit to 43-33. Kelsey Henselmeier scored six points, while Amy Newell added five to account for all the Trine scoring in that run. The Thunder were able to cut the Bluffton lead to 65-59 with 5:31 to play after a 7-0 run. But Trine could not get any closer. Taylor Whitaker had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench to lead four Beaver scorers in double figures. Rachel Beining added 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Newell paced the Thunder with 15 points and nine rebounds. Henselmeier had 12 points, six assists and two steals. They both made the all-tournament team. Megan Engle and Kayla Dunn each scored nine points for Trine. The Thunder will host Hope in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association game Saturday afternoon at Hershey Hall.




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San Diego also finished off a rally to get into the postseason, beating short-handed Kansas City 27-24 in overtime. The Chargers (9-7) won their last four games, and when Miami and Baltimore lost earlier in the day, they rode Nick Novak’s 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in OT to the sixth seed. Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a 41-yard field goal to win it with 4 seconds left in regulation. Pittsburgh would have gotten the playoff spot over San Diego had Succop connected. The Chiefs (11-5) are the AFC’s fifth seed and will play at the Colts (11-5), winners of the AFC South. Indianapolis, which beat Jacksonville 30-10, won 23-7 in Kansas City last weekend. San Diego travels to AFC North winner Cincinnati (11-5). “We didn’t play our best game, but teams that are playoff teams find a way to win when you don’t play your best and that’s what we did today,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. Bengals 34, Ravens 17 In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and set a pair of Bengals passing records, leading Cincinnati to a victory that eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. It was an erratic performance by the third-year quarterback, who also threw four interceptions for AFC North winner Cincinnati (11-5). The Ravens (8-8) lost their last two games, denying them a chance to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season. Broncos 34, Raiders 14 In Oakland, Calif., Peyton Manning set the NFL singleseason record for yards passing and threw four first-half touchdown passes to help the Denver Broncos clinch the top seed in the



San Diego Chargers’ wide receiver Eddie Royal, right, gets into the end zone for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs’cor-

AFC playoffs with a win over the Oakland Raiders. Manning needed just one half to add the yards record to the touchdown mark he set last week and assure that the Broncos (13-3) won’t have to leave home again until the Super Bowl if they make it that far. He broke Drew Brees’ record of 5,476 yards set in 2011 with a 5-yard pass to Thomas with 13 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0. That ended Manning’s day having completed 25 of 28 passes for 266 yards. He finished the season with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes. Saints 42, Buccaneers 17 In New Orleans, Drew Brees passed for four touchdowns and ran for another score, and New Orleans clinched a wild-card spot with a victory. Three of Brees’ scoring strikes were longer than 40 yards — 76 to Kenny Stills, 44 to Lance Moore and 41 to Robert Meachem. Brees passed for 381 yards, eclipsing 5,000 yards in a

nerback Marcus Cooper defends during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday in San Diego.

season for an unprecedented fourth time. He finished the season with 5,162 yards to go with 39 touchdowns. Mike Glennon passed for 219 yards and two TDs for Tampa Bay (4-12). Seahawks 27, Rams 9 In Seattle, Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch added a 2-yard scoring run and the Seahawks clinched the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the St. Louis Rams. Seattle (13-3) matched the franchise record for wins in a season and finally wrapped up the No. 1 seed after losses to San Francisco and last week to Arizona. The Rams (7-9) were penalized a season-high 12 times for 87 yards. Jets 20, Dolphins 7 In Miami Gardens, Fla., The Dolphins were eliminated from the scramble for the AFC’s final wild-card berth by the Jets, who thrived in the role of spoilers against their archrivals.

Local Sports Briefs • Boys Prep Basketball Fremont loses in consolation COLDWATER, Mich. — Fremont lost to Eaton Rapids (Mich.) 85-69 in the consolation game of Coldwater’s Holiday Hoops Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds (4-2) outrebounded the Eagles 49-33 while only turning the ball over seven times. Eaton Rapids led 24-14 atfer one quarter and led by as much as 17 points in the third. Junior guard Travis Jecks had 23 points in 14 minutes off the bench to lead four Greyhound scorers in double figures. Alex Beams had a school record-tying seven three-pointers in his 25 points to pace Fremont (1-6). He also had seven assists and six rebounds. Wade Regadanz added 22 points and Justin Papenbrock scored 10. The Eagles made 14-of-31 three-point shots. Beams and Regadanz have both hit seven triples in a game this season. The freshman Regadanz did it in Fremont’s 62-61 home loss to Lakewood Park Christian on Dec. 19. The Eagle junior varsity boys lost to

Prep Wrestling 2 Chargers place at Mishawaka MISHAWAKA — Two West Noble wrestlers placed in the Al Smith Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday at Mishawaka High School. The Chargers were 26th with 50 points, followed by Prairie Heights with 46. Oscar Reyes placed sixth at 195 pounds and Chandler Hyndman finished eighth at 138 to lead West Noble. Both guys went 4-3 on the weekend. Reyes had two pins in his four victories. Alex Deluna (113) and heavyweight Jesse Newman each had 3-2 records with two pins in the tournament for the Chargers. Doug Levitz (145), Lane Waite (138), Alex Steele (113) and Kyle Garman (106) won two matches apiece to lead Prairie Heights. Both of Levitz’s wins came by pinfall in his first two matches of the tournament.



David Lee scored 19 before fouling out for the Warriors, who are on the road for seven games over the next 13 days. Kyrie Irving scored 27 for Cleveland, which dropped its fifth straight and lost its third tight game in a row. The Cavs lost by three in Boston on Saturday and two in double-overtime against Atlanta on Thursday. Irving drained a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in regulation to tie it 99-all. The Warriors, who once trailed by 17, quickly pushed the ball up the floor for one final shot, but Curry’s 8-foot runner in the lane bounced off the rim in the last second, sending the teams to overtime. Curry threw his head back in disbelief at the miss. But the silky smooth point guard more than made up for it in the extra session. After Irving missed, Curry fed Andre Iguodala on the wing and the Warriors forward

fire coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rob Chudzinski didn’t even get a full year to fix the dreadful Browns. Cleveland’s front office fired Chudzinski on Sunday night following his first season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak and a 4-12 record. Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns were 4-5 after a win over Baltimore on Nov. 3, but they collapsed in the final two months, blowing several late leads and the organization decided to cut ties before heading into a second season with Chudzinski. “We appreciate Chud’s passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally,” the team said in a statement not attributed to any person. “We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year. “Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team. We have high standards, and there’s an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward. Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We’re fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve.” The Browns scheduled a 12:30 p.m. news conference for today to explain Chudzinski’s shocking dismissal. Cleveland ended its sixth straight double-digit lost season with a 20-7 loss in Pittsburgh.

Neal leads Pens past Jackets

Coldwater 57-51 in the J.V. championship game Saturday night. Logan Miller had 29 points for Fremont.

Warriors top Cavs in OT CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against Cleveland on Sunday. Curry overcame a poor shooting performance after halftime, and nearly recorded a triple-double by adding 11 assists and nine rebounds in 48 minutes. Curry was just 2 of 12 from the floor in the second half and OT.

Then owner Woody Johnson said coach Rex Ryan would return despite the Jets (8-8) sitting out the postseason themselves for the third year in a row. The Dolphins (8-8) squandered a shot at their first playoff berth since 2008 by losing their final two games. Steelers 20, Browns 7 Le’Veon Bell ran for 90 yards and a touchdown for host Pittsburgh, whose bid to become the second team in NFL history to go winless in September and make the playoffs ended when San Diego edged Kansas City. Panthers 21, Falcons 20 In Atlanta, Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, Greg Hardy had a team-record four sacks and the Panthers clinched the NFC South. The Panthers (12-4) earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage for at least one game as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Carolina, which won 11 of its final 12 games, set a team record by sacking Matt Ryan nine times.

The defense also produced a touchdown on Melvin White’s 7-yard interception return in the second quarter. Patriots 34, Bills 20 In Foxborough, Mass., LeGarrette Blount rushed for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns and had two long kickoff returns as the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills and clinched a first-round AFC bye. 49ers 23, Cardinals 20 In Glendale, Ariz., Phil Dawson made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift the San Francisco 49ers to a win over the Arizona Cardinals that clinched the NFC’s No. 5 playoff seed. San Francisco will visit Green Bay in the wild-card round next weekend. Arizona (10-6) rallied from a 17-0 first-quarter deficit to tie it on Carson Palmer’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with 3:20 remaining. Titans 16, Texans 10 In Nashville, Tenn., Chris Johnson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in what might be his last game with the Titans, a win that may help coach Mike Munchak’s argument to stay on the job in 2014. Giants 20, Redskins 6 In East Rutherford, N.J., New York’s Jerrel Jernigan caught a 24-yard touchdown pass and ran 49 yards for another score in what might be Mike Shanahan’s final game as Redskins coach. Vikings 14, Lions 13 In Minneapolis, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson scored two more touchdowns, including the go-ahead catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings won their final game at the Metrodome after 32 seasons. With the Vikings (5-10-1) and the Lions (7-9) out of the playoffs, both coaches also faced the possibility of their last full day with their teams. Jim Schwartz fell to 29-52 in five years with the Lions. Leslie Frazier raised his record with the Vikings in three-plus years to 21-33-1. Each of them has reached the playoffs once.


Golden State’s Marreese Speights, center, jumps to the basket against the Cavaliers Sunday in Cleveland.

alertly hit a cutting Draymond Green for a dunk to put Golden State ahead 106-104 with 59 seconds to go.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are on a record pace halfway through the season. Imagine what they might do if they get healthy. James Neal scored three times and had two assists, and Sidney Crosby added the go-ahead goal and set up two other tallies to lead the Penguins past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night. “With the injuries we’ve had, the guys have come in, and the job they’ve done is a big reason why we’ve had a decent first half,” Crosby said after the Penguins improved to 29-11-1. “We were at a point where we started to lose guys and it could have gone either way. But we’ve found a way to survive.” Not only survive, but flourish. Their 29 wins eclipsed the previous franchise record for victories through 41 games, snapping a tie with the 1992-93 team which won a franchise-record 56 games and the Stanley Cup. The Penguins’ 59 points are just one behind that team that was led by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. The Penguins are on pace for 58-22-2 record — again just a point behind the club mark of 119 put up by the ‘92-93 team. The Penguins have done it despite losing defensemen Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Paul Martin for extended stretches, along with forwards Pascal Dupuis, Chuck Kobasew and superstar Evgeni Malkin, along with backup goalie Tomas Vokoun. “The one thing about our team, especially over the last 25 games, we’ve won as a team,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ve found ways to win. Different guys have been stepping up.” Chris Kunitz added his 21st goal and two assists, and Jeff Zatkoff made 25


Pittsburgh Penguins’ James Neal, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Mark Letestu fight for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

saves for the Penguins, who have won all four meetings with Columbus this season. Crosby’s shot, which broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period, was initially stopped by Curtis McElhinney. But Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin plowed into McElhinney, and the puck ended up over the goal line. It was Crosby’s 22nd goal of the season off a feed from Kunitz on a 2-on-2 rush. “I saw it when (McElhinney) fell on it and it was sort of tucked under his armpit, and ended up falling into the net,” Crosby said. Neal scored twice on the power play — the Penguins were 3 for 6 with the advantage — including his third goal of the night and 14th of the season with 2:27 left which gave him a careerhigh five points. He credited Crosby and

Kunitz for making his job easy. “There’s only one puck out there, and those guys are so skilled,” he said. “On any given night, one of them is going to step up. That’s just the way it is. It’s fun to be able to be around guys like that. They’re unbelievable.” Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Blue Jackets before a season-high home crowd of 18,871. Nikitin also had an assist. Moments after Crosby scored, he sent a cross-ice pass to Kunitz for a one-timed shot that pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to two. Neal’s final goal sealed the win. Zatkoff, who earned his first career shutout in Columbus on Nov. 2, had 25 saves. The Blue Jackets more than held their own when the teams were at even strength.



Boys Basketball Standings Northeast Hoosier Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Norwell 1 0 3 1 New Haven 1 0 5 2 Homestead 1 0 7 3 Columbia City 1 0 4 5 Carroll 0 1 6 3 Bellmont 0 1 2 4 DeKalb 0 1 3 8 East Noble 0 1 0 8 Saturday’s Games Bellmont 58, Adams Central 54 Noblesville Tournament New Haven 52, Guerin Catholic 49 Lawrence North 58, New Haven 45 Carroll Shootout New Castle 52, Columbia City 47 Blackhawk Christian 68, East Noble 54 Homestead 78, DeKalb 32 Carroll 68, Mooresville 55 11th place, Columbia City 39, East Noble 32 7th place, Huntington North 63, DeKalb 44 5th place, Munster 61, Homestead 58 Championship, Carroll 67, Marion 61 Thursday’s Games Heritage at Bellmont Greenfield-Central vs. Norwell at Bob Wettig Tournament, Richmond Friday’s Games Concordia at Homestead Norwell at Bob Wettig Tournament, Richmond Saturday’s Games Columbia City at Wawasee South Adams at Bellmont Van Wert, Ohio, at Carroll Norwell at Bob Wettig Tournament, Richmond Tuesday, Jan. 7 East Noble at Westview New Haven at Snider Northeast Corner Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Prairie Heights 3 0 6 1 Westview 3 0 4 2 West Noble 1 0 5 0 Eastside 1 1 4 3 Fairfield 2 1 3 2 Angola 1 1 3 4 Fremont 1 1 1 6 Hamilton 1 2 4 4 Lakeland 1 3 2 4 Churubusco 0 2 0 5 Central Noble 0 3 0 6 Saturday’s Games Jimtown 41, Central Noble 38 Westview 75, Lakeland 57 Coldwater Holiday Hoops Consolation, Eaton Rapids, Mich. 85, Fremont 69 Thursday’s Games Churubusco vs. Lowell at Caston Central Noble at Caston Friday’s Games Eastside at West Noble Fairfield vs Rochester at NorthWood Tournament Saturday, Jan. 4 Churubusco and Central Noble at Caston Shootout West Noble at Prairie Heights Fairfield at NorthWood Tournament Tuesday, Jan. 7 East Noble at Westview Lakeland at Sturgis, Mich. Wednesday, Jan. 8 Churubusco at Woodlan Allen County Athletic Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Garrett 2 0 6 1 Bluffton 2 0 4 3 Leo 1 1 4 3 Adams Central 1 1 3 4 Woodlan 1 1 3 4 Heritage 1 1 2 3 South Adams 0 2 2 6 Southern Wells 0 2 0 5 Friday’s Games Heritage 62, Churubusco 55 Leo 61, Angola 50 Norwell 50, Bluffton 34 Wayne Trace, Ohio 68, Woodlan 58 Saturday’s Games Bellmont 58, Adams Central 54 Union (Modoc) 61, South Adams 40 Thursday’s Games Heritage at Bellmont Friday, Jan. 3 Bluffton at Winchester Daleville at Southern Wells Saturday, Jan. 4 Leo at FW Concordia South Adams at Bellmont Tuesday, Jan. 7 Cowan at Southern Wells Wednesday, Jan. 8 Churubusco at Woodlan

Girls Basketball Standings Northeast Hoosier Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Homestead 3 0 10 1 East Noble 3 0 10 3 DeKalb 3 0 9 3 Norwell 1 2 6 3 Columbia City 1 2 9 5 New Haven 1 2 6 7 Carroll 0 3 3 9 Bellmont 0 3 0 13 Saturday’s Games Garrett 49, Norwell 45 E. Noble 58, Highland 51 Columbia City 53, Andrean 27 Columbia City 64, E. Noble 61, OT Northwestern 54, Bellmont 38 Winchester 45, Bellmont 24 DeKalb 51, Goshen 49 Glenn 61, DeKalb 49 Indianapolis Ritter 59, New Haven 31 Friday’s Games Kokomo at Carroll Saturday, Jan. 4 Norwell at Plymouth Norwell vs. Wawasee at Plymouth Tuesday, Jan. 7 Eastside at DeKalb Wednesday, Jan. 8 Angola at East Noble Leo at Norwell Northeast Corner Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Westview 6 0 10 2 Fairfield 5 0 7 1 West Noble 5 2 7 5 Angola 4 2 4 6 Fremont 2 2 6 5 Prairie Heights 3 4 6 6 Lakeland 3 4 5 8 Churubusco 2 3 5 6 Central Noble 1 5 3 7 Hamilton 0 4 2 5 Eastside 0 5 2 9 Saturday’s Games Westview 58, Lakeland 27 Prairie Hts. 61, W. Noble 58 Coldwater, Mich., Holiday Hoops championship, Niles, Mich. 68, Fremont 51 Seton Catholic 42, Eastside 40 Eastside 46, Ft. Wayne Blackhawk 39 Thursday’s Games Angola at Leo Central Noble at LaVille Friday’s Games Churubusco at Heritage Saturday, Jan. 4 Fairfield at NorthWood Monday, Jan. 6 Manchester at Central Noble Tuesday, Jan. 7 Eastside at DeKalb Fairfield at Jimtown Lakeland at Sturgis, Mich. Prairie Heights at Bronson, Mich. West Noble at Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday, Jan. 8 Angola at East Noble Allen County Athletic Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Garrett 4 0 12 0 Leo 3 1 9 1 Heritage 3 1 8 3 Woodlan 2 2 7 3 Southern Wells 2 2 5 5 South Adams 1 3 10 3 Bluffton 1 3 3 8 Adams Central 0 4 2 8 Saturday’s Games Garrett 49, Norwell 45 South Adams 79, FW Blackhawk 27 South Adams 68, Seton Catholic 22 Thursday’s Game Angola at Leo Friday’s Games Churubusco at Heritage Muncie South at Adams Central Saturday, Jan. 4 Southern Wells at Randolph Southern Tuesday, Jan. 7 Antwerp, Ohio at Woodlan

Bluffton at Northfield Heritage at Bishop Dwenger Lakewood Park at Adams Central Wednesday, Jan. 8 Leo at Norwell

NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New Eng. 12 4 0 .750 444 338 N.Y. Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianpolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 x-Kan. City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 9 6 0 .600 418 360 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 417 408 N.Y. Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 x-N. Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 x-San Fran. 12 4 0 .750 406 272 Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday’s Games Tennessee 16, Houston 10 Minnesota 14, Detroit 13 Carolina 21, Atlanta 20 Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 7 N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 6 Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 17 Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 10 N.Y. Jets 20, Miami 7 Denver 34, Oakland 14 San Diego 27, Kansas City 24, OT Seattle 27, St. Louis 9 San Francisco 23, Arizona 20 Green Bay 33, Chicago 28 New Orleans 42, Tampa Bay 17 New England 34, Buffalo 20 Philadelphia 24, Dallas 22

Regional NFL Summaries Jacksonville 0 3 0 7—10 Indianapolis 17 3 7 3—30 First Quarter Ind—D.Brown 1 run (Vinatieri kick), 10:45. Ind—Richardson 2 run (Vinatieri kick), 7:30. Ind—FG Vinatieri 23, 1:22. Second Quarter Jax—FG Scobee 37, 11:55. Ind—FG Vinatieri 26, :00. Third Quarter Ind—Whalen 7 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick), 10:39. Fourth Quarter Ind—FG Vinatieri 39, 8:00. Jax—Taylor 14 pass from Henne (Scobee kick), :16. A—66,008. Team Statistics Jax Ind First downs 19 23 Total Net Yards 350 379 Rushes-yards 16-42 28-80 Passing 308 299 Punt Returns 0-0 1-5 Kickoff Returns 2-50 1-21 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-46 Comp-Att-Int 30-51-1 29-41-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23 1-8 Punts 5-46.0 5-47.4 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0 Penalties-Yards 5-50 2-10 Time of Possession 26:20 33:40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 13-39, Todman 2-3, Henne 1-0. Indianapolis, D.Brown 12-31, Richardson 8-25, Choice 5-18, Luck 2-7, Hasselbeck 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Jacksonville, Henne 30-51-1-331. Indianapolis, Luck 26-37-0-282, Hasselbeck 3-4-0-25. RECEIVING—Jacksonville, Taylor 8-75, Sanders 6-50, Jones-Drew 5-51, M.Lewis 3-70, Brown 3-43, Harbor 2-11, L.Thomas 1-18, Todman 1-12, Noble 1-1. Indianapolis, Hilton 11-155, Whalen 4-32, D.Brown 3-4, Rogers 2-20, Havili 2-18, Richardson 2-17, Fleener 1-25, Saunders 1-18, Brazill 1-11, Choice 1-5, Doyle 1-2. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None. Green Bay 0 13 7 13—33 Chicago 7 0 14 7—28 First Quarter Chi—Forte 4 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 2:07. Second Quarter GB—FG Crosby 33, 7:59. GB—Boykin 15 offensive fumble return (Crosby kick), 3:28. GB—FG Crosby 27, :02. Third Quarter Chi—Forte 5 run (Gould kick), 10:46. GB—Cobb 7 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 7:27. Chi—Forte 1 run (Gould kick), 5:04. Fourth Quarter Chi—Marshall 5 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 14:55. GB—Lacy 6 run (Crosby kick), 11:38. GB—Cobb 48 pass from Rodgers (pass failed), :38. A—62,708. Team Statistics GB Chi First downs 25 17 Total Net Yards 473 345 Rushes-yards 34-160 24-121 Passing 313 224 Punt Returns 1-0 1-49 Kickoff Returns 2-40 7-138 Interceptions Ret. 1-7 2-3 Comp-Att-Int 25-39-2 15-24-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-5 1-2 Punts 2-40.0 4-34.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 1-15 5-40 Time of Possession 35:09 24:51 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Green Bay, Starks 11-88, Lacy 21-66, Rodgers 1-5, Kuhn 1-1. Chicago, Forte 22-110, Bush 2-11. PASSING—Green Bay, Rodgers 25-39-2-318. Chicago, Cutler 15-24-1-226. RECEIVING—Green Bay, Nelson 10-161, J.Jones 6-41, Cobb 2-55, Quarless 2-31, Lacy 2-15, Boykin 2-8, Starks 1-7. Chicago, Marshall 6-74, Forte 4-47, Jeffery 3-80, M.Bennett 1-15, Wilson 1-10. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None. St. Louis 0 0 3 6— 9 Seattle 7 6 7 7—27 First Quarter Sea—Smith 37 interception return (Hauschka kick), 9:50. Second Quarter Sea—FG Hauschka 28, 6:14. Sea—FG Hauschka 35, :03. Third Quarter StL—FG Zuerlein 36, 10:49. Sea—Lynch 2 run (Hauschka kick), 2:21. Fourth Quarter Sea—Tate 47 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 9:14. StL—Cook 2 pass from Clemens (pass failed), 4:13. A—68,264. Team Statistics StL Sea First downs 11 20 Total Net Yards 158 269 Rushes-yards 18-13 36-111 Passing 145 158 Punt Returns 5-57 2-(-2) Kickoff Returns 3-54 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-37 Comp-Att-Int 21-30-2 15-23-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-12 4-14 Punts 7-48.1 6-53.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 12-87 7-65

Time of Possession 26:20 33:40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—St. Louis, Stacy 15-15, Clemens 2-2, Givens 1-(minus 4). Seattle, Lynch 23-97, Turbin 7-13, Tate 1-2, Wilson 5-(minus 1). PASSING—St. Louis, Clemens 21-30-2-157. Seattle, Wilson 15-23-0172. RECEIVING—St. Louis, Kendricks 5-54, Cook 5-30, Bailey 4-33, Stacy 4-23, Pettis 2-15, Cunningham 1-2. Seattle, Tate 8-129, Miller 3-21, Lockette 1-8, Coleman 1-6, Lynch 1-4, Willson 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None. Baltimore 6 0 11 0—17 Cincinnati 7 10 0 17—34 First Quarter Bal—FG Tucker 38, 13:48. Bal—FG Tucker 22, 2:26. Cin—Green 53 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), :17. Second Quarter Cin—FG Nugent 39, 6:36. Cin—M.Jones 16 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 1:51. Third Quarter Bal—FG Tucker 34, 9:30. Bal—M.Brown 8 pass from Flacco (Rice run), 5:13. Fourth Quarter Cin—Dalton 1 run (Nugent kick), 13:29. Cin—FG Nugent 38, 12:19. Cin—Kirkpatrick 21 interception return (Nugent kick), 4:07. A—62,406. Team Statistics Bal Cin First downs 17 21 Total Net Yards 222 392 Rushes-yards 14-47 30-111 Passing 175 281 Punt Returns 1-3 5-35 Kickoff Returns 6-169 4-105 Interceptions Ret. 4-55 3-30 Comp-Att-Int 30-50-3 21-36-4 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-17 0-0 Punts 6-47.5 3-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards 6-56 10-76 Time of Possession 26:03 33:57 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Baltimore, Pierce 5-28, Rice 6-15, Scott 2-3, Flacco 1-1. Cincinnati, Green-Ellis 11-66, Dalton 6-23, Bernard 13-22. PASSING—Baltimore, Flacco 30-50-3192. Cincinnati, Dalton 21-36-4-281. RECEIVING—Baltimore, Pitta 8-63, Rice 7-35, M.Brown 5-30, Pierce 4-18, T.Smith 3-27, J.Jones 1-11, Scott 1-8, Doss 1-0. Cincinnati, M.Jones 5-61, Bernard 5-51, Green 4-61, Hawkins 3-74, Sanu 1-12, Charles 1-8, Sanzenbacher 1-7, Al.Smith 1-7. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None. Detroit 0 0 7 6—13 Minnesota 7 0 0 7—14 First Quarter Min—Patterson 50 run (Walsh kick), 2:41. Third Quarter Det—Bush 19 pass from Stafford (Akers kick), 10:27. Fourth Quarter Det—FG Akers 25, 14:25. Det—FG Akers 53, 12:43. Min—Patterson 8 pass from Cassel (Walsh kick), 9:19. A—64,134. Team Statistics Det Min First downs 14 19 Total Net Yards 245 345 Rushes-yards 22-63 20-174 Passing 182 171 Punt Returns 2-8 3-77 Kickoff Returns 1-20 3-51 Interceptions Ret. 1-42 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-33-0 20-33-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 5-35 3-18 Punts 7-50.7 6-40.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 6-52 4-25 Time of Possession 32:37 27:23 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Detroit, Bush 14-32, Bell 8-31. Minnesota, Asiata 14-115, Patterson 2-54, Cassel 4-5. PASSING—Detroit, Stafford 22-33-0217. Minnesota, Cassel 20-33-1-189. RECEIVING—Detroit, Ogletree 5-75, Burleson 5-64, Bush 5-33, Bell 4-25, Fauria 3-20. Minnesota, Jennings 5-44, Ford 5-43, Simpson 3-29, Patterson 2-31, Wright 2-31, Asiata 2-(minus 2), Ellison 1-13. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None. Cleveland 0 0 0 7— 7 Pittsburgh 7 7 3 3—20 First Quarter Pit—Cotchery 9 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 9:53. Second Quarter Pit—Bell 5 run (Suisham kick), 4:22. Third Quarter Pit—FG Suisham 30, 3:50. Fourth Quarter Pit—FG Suisham 32, 8:26. Cle—Whittaker 35 pass from Campbell (Cundiff kick), 2:46. A—56,361. Team Statistics Cle Pit First downs 15 17 Total Net Yards 293 292 Rushes-yards 20-79 29-120 Passing 214 172 Punt Returns 1-21 3-21 Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 2-12 1-3 Comp-Att-Int 23-41-1 19-31-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-26 1-7 Punts 5-38.4 4-41.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 3-30 2-15 Time of Possession 29:43 30:17 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Cleveland, Baker 18-69, Campbell 1-6, Gray 1-4. Pittsburgh, Bell 20-90, F.Jones 2-11, Dwyer 3-10, Roethlisberger 4-9. PASSING—Cleveland, Campbell 23-41-1-240. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 19-31-2-179. RECEIVING—Cleveland, Gordon 7-82, Cameron 5-69, Cooper 5-34, Whittaker 2-38, Baker 2-(minus 1), Little 1-9, Ogbonnaya 1-9. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 9-87, Cotchery 3-25, Sanders 2-26, Miller 2-17, Dwyer 1-9, W.Johnson 1-9, Bell 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 13 15 .464 Boston 13 17 .433 Brooklyn 10 20 .333 New York 9 21 .300 Philadelphia 8 21 .276 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 23 7 .767 Atlanta 17 14 .548 Washington 13 14 .481 Charlotte 14 17 .452 Orlando 10 20 .333 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 24 5 .828 Detroit 14 18 .438 Chicago 11 17 .393 Cleveland 10 20 .333 Milwaukee 6 24 .200 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 24 7 .774 Houston 21 12 .636 Dallas 17 13 .567 New Orleans 13 15 .464 Memphis 13 16 .448 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 25 5 .833 Portland 24 6 .800 Minnesota 15 15 .500 Denver 14 15 .483 Utah 9 24 .273 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 21 11 .656 Phoenix 18 11 .621 Golden State 19 13 .594 L.A. Lakers 13 17 .433 Sacramento 9 20 .310 Saturday’s Games Boston 103, Cleveland 100 Indiana 105, Brooklyn 91 Washington 106, Detroit 82 Toronto 115, New York 100 Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116, OT Dallas 105, Chicago 83 Houston 107, New Orleans 98 Memphis 120, Denver 99 Minnesota 117, Milwaukee 95 Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101 Miami 108, Portland 107 L.A. Clippers 98, Utah 90

GB — 1 4 5 5½ GB — 6½ 8½ 9½ 13 GB — 11½ 12½ 14½ 18½ GB — 4 6½ 9½ 10 GB — 1 10 10½ 17½ GB — 1½ 2 7 10½

Sunday’s Games Orlando 109, Atlanta 102 Golden State 108, Cleveland 104, OT Oklahoma City 117, Houston 86 San Antonio 112, Sacramento 104 Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, late Monday’s Games Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Denver, 9 p.m. Charlotte at Utah, 9 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Atlanta at Boston, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 3 p.m. Golden State at Orlando, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Houston, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NBADL Standings Central Division W L Pct GB Rio Grd. Valley 12 2 .857 — Sioux Falls 10 3 .769 1½ Iowa 9 4 .692 2½ Texas 9 4 .692 2½ Austin 6 6 .500 5 Tulsa 2 12 .143 10 West Division W L Pct GB Idaho 9 4 .692 — Santa Cruz 9 6 .600 1 Bakersfield 7 8 .467 3 Reno 6 7 .462 3 Los Angeles 4 7 .364 4 East Division W L Pct GB Canton 9 4 .692 — Fort Wayne 6 6 .500 2½ Maine 5 6 .455 3 Springfield 3 10 .231 6 Delaware 3 11 .214 6½ Erie 1 10 .091 7 Saturday’s Games Springfield 87, Delaware 76 Reno 95, Canton 83 Rio Grande Valley 107, Fort Wayne 102 Iowa 101, Maine 94 Los Angeles 128, Sioux Falls 121 Texas 115, Idaho 103 Bakersfield 115, Santa Cruz 93 Sunday’s Games Austin 96, Tulsa 93 Canton 107, Erie 95 Bakersfield 100, Santa Cruz 97 Monday’s Games Reno at Erie, 7 p.m. Sioux Falls at Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Idaho, 9 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Delaware at Maine, 1 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball EAST Buffalo 55, Drexel 52 CCSU 85, Albertus Magnus 82 Niagara 68, Brown 65 Rider 89, Penn 88 Saint Joseph’s 73, Boston U. 67 West Virginia 82, William & Mary 45 SOUTH American U. 71, Md.-Eastern Shore 58 Birmingham-Southern 72, Guilford 56 Coll. of Charleston 72, The Citadel 48 DePauw 68, Drew 64 ETSU 73, Valparaiso 62 Florida 76, Savannah St. 34 Georgetown (Ky.) 113, Miami (Ohio)-Hamilton 85 Georgia St. 89, East Carolina 82 Georgia Tech 58, Charlotte 55 Hampton 101, Winthrop 95, 2OT Lynchburg 77, Baruch 64 Maryland 85, Tulsa 74 Oglethorpe 80, Rust 72 Randolph-Macon 77, Dickinson 71 Rhodes 72, Howard Payne 65 UAB 69, Alabama A&M 57 Williams 84, Washington (Md.) 76 MIDWEST Creighton 90, Chicago St. 58 Dayton 72, Murray St. 51 Drake 75, IUPUI 52 E. Kentucky 90, IPFW 68 Miami (Ohio) 67, S. Illinois 65 Missouri St. 81, SE Missouri 78 Notre Dame 87, Canisius 81, OT SIU-Edwardsville 102, Robert Morris-Chicago 78 Wichita St. 81, Davidson 70 Wis.-Platteville 74, Lake Forest 68 Wright St. 46, Bowling Green 43 Youngstown St. 85, South Dakota 59 SOUTHWEST Duquesne 88, Texas-Pan American 69 TCU 77, Texas Southern 64 W. Illinois 64, Alcorn St. 62, OT FAR WEST N. Colorado 84, North Dakota 66 Oregon 97, Morgan St. 76 Sacramento St. 69, UC Riverside 67 Southern Cal 82, Howard 60 Stanford 79, Cal Poly 62 TOURNAMENT Dr Pepper Classic First Round Maine 89, Middle Tennessee 85, OT

NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W LOT Pts GF GA Boston 26 11 2 54 114 81 Tampa Bay 23 12 4 50 110 93 Montreal 23 14 3 49 99 89 Detroit 18 13 9 45 103 111 Toronto 20 16 5 45 115 118 Ottawa 16 18 7 39 115 134 Florida 15 20 5 35 95 128 Buffalo 11 24 4 26 71 110 Metropolitan Division W LOT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 29 11 1 59 130 94 Washington 20 14 5 45 121 116 Philadelphia 18 16 4 40 97 107 N.Y. Rangers 19 19 2 40 94 108 New Jersey 16 16 8 40 95 102 Columbus 17 18 4 38 106 112 Carolina 14 16 9 37 91 114 N.Y. Islanders 12 21 7 31 102 135 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division W LOT Pts GF GA Chicago 27 7 7 61 157 115 St. Louis 26 7 5 57 137 92 Colorado 23 11 4 50 109 97 Dallas 19 12 7 45 112 111 Minnesota 20 16 5 45 96 107 Winnipeg 18 18 5 41 111 121 Nashville 17 18 4 38 89 115 Pacific Division W LOT Pts GF GA Anaheim 28 7 5 61 130 100 San Jose 24 8 6 54 125 97 Los Angeles 25 10 4 54 108 79 Vancouver 23 11 6 52 108 93 Phoenix 19 10 9 47 116 117 Calgary 14 19 6 34 95 122 Edmonton 13 24 4 30 106 139 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1, SO St. Louis 6, Chicago 5, SO Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 3, SO Ottawa 4, Boston 3 Detroit 4, Florida 3 New Jersey 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2, OT Sunday’s Games Buffalo 2, Washington 1, SO Florida 4, Montreal 1 Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 3 St. Louis 3, Dallas 2, OT Toronto 5, Carolina 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Tampa Bay 3 Vancouver 2, Calgary 0 N.Y. Islanders 5, Minnesota 4 Winnipeg 2, Colorado 1, OT Anaheim at San Jose, late Monday’s Games Washington at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago, 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 1 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 5 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Dallas, 8 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

ECHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L OL SL Pts Wheeling 14 9 0 5 33 Reading 14 10 1 0 29 Elmira 9 15 1 2 21

GF 77 70 67

GA 78 65 91

North Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Cincinnati 18 8 1 1 38 97 76 Evansville 15 7 2 3 35 94 92 Kalamazoo 14 10 0 2 30 72 66 Fort Wayne 11 11 1 4 27 80 91 Toledo 8 15 3 0 19 74 100 South Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA SCarolina 21 5 1 2 45 93 59 Florida 19 8 1 1 40 104 79 Orlando 15 12 0 1 31 74 75 Greenville 14 14 1 1 30 76 77 Gwinnett 10 17 0 2 22 67 86 WESTERN CONFERENCE Mountain Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Colorado 17 8 3 2 39 99 83 Alaska 18 8 1 0 37 89 51 Idaho 16 10 2 2 36 96 87 Utah 9 14 1 2 21 55 70 Pacific Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Ontario 20 5 1 3 44 86 70 Stockton 16 10 0 4 36 103 94 San Fran. 11 16 3 1 26 75 110 Bakersfield 11 15 0 1 23 68 86 Las Vegas 8 16 3 0 19 66 96 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Sunday’s Games Greenville 6, Elmira 3 Gwinnett 3, Fort Wayne 2 Bakersfield 3, Idaho 0 Stockton 5, San Francisco 1 Monday’s Games Florida at Orlando, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo at Toledo, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Elmira at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Reading at Wheeling, 6 p.m. Cincinnati at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m. Toledo at Fort Wayne, 7:35 p.m. Las Vegas at Utah, 8:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Evansville, 8:15 p.m. Ontario at Alaska, 11:15 p.m.

College Football Bowls Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Colorado State 48, Wash. State 45 Las Vegas Bowl Southern Cal 45, Fresno State 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21 Monday, Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. East Carolina 37, Ohio 20 Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State 38, Boise State 23 Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14 Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall 31, Maryland 20 Texas Bowl At Houston Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17 Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Washington 31, BYU 16 Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17 Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Louisville 36, Miami 9 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State 31, Michigan 14 Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)

Transactions FOOTBALL National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS — Fired coach Rob Chudzinski. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Recalled F Ryan Craig from Springfield (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned C Luke Glendening to Grand Rapids (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Assigned Fs Gilbert Brule and Jordan Szwarz to Portland (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned D Dmitry Korobov to Syracuse (AHL).


SPORTS BRIEFS • Formula One great Schumacher critically injured in accident PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma. It was not clear whether the 44-yearold Schumacher was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital’s deputy director, said “he remains in a critical condition.” Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene. Earlier in the day, the Meribel resort said Schumacher had been taken to Grenoble for tests and authorities said his life was not in danger. But the situation began to appear more serious when the resort said that orthopedic and trauma surgeon Gerard Saillant had traveled from Paris to the hospital in Grenoble to examine Schumacher. German news agency dpa said it was Saillant who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg during a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999. In an email to The Associated Press, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said the champion German driver was on a private skiing trip and “fell on his head.” “We ask for understanding that we cannot give running updates on his condition. He wore a helmet and was not alone,” Kehm said. Schumacher’s 14-yearold son was skiing with his father when the accident happened, the resort said. As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers used social media to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.

No. 2 Notre Dame women win CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa added 16 points and eight rebounds, and No. 2 Notre Dame remained perfect with a 70-58 victory over Oregon State on Sunday. Sophomore Jewell Loyd, last year’s national freshman of the year, had 10 points for the Irish (11-0) — 8.5 below her team-leading average coming in. Jamie Weisner scored 18 points to lead the Beavers (8-4), and Ruth Hamblin added 12 points, eight rebounds and a school record-tying nine blocks. Notre Dame used an 11-0 run bridging halftime to take a 37-33 lead, and didn’t trail again. Hamblin’s put-back had stretched Oregon State’s lead to 33-26 with 55 seconds left in the opening half. The Irish scored the last five points of the period to pull within two at the break, and then scored the first six points of the second half.

No. 10 Wichita State goes 13-0 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cleanthony Early had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 10 Wichita State to extend the best start in school history with an 81-70 victory over Davidson on Sunday. Ron Baker had 15 points for Wichita State (13-0) while Darius Carter scored 13 and Tekele Cotton added 10. Tyler Kalinoski had 17 points for Davidson (4-9), while Tom Droney added 12 and De’Mon Brooks scored 10. Wichita State was able to salt away the victory at the free throw line. The Shockers were 28 of 41 on free throws while Davidson was just 11 of 16. Three Wildcats fouled out. Wichita State also had a significant advantage in points off turnovers, converting Davidson’s 15 turnovers into 18 points. The Shockers had nine turnovers, which the Wildcats turned into seven points.

Blues prevail in overtime DALLAS (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves. Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt.

Magic down Atlanta, 109-102 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 on Sunday night to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season. Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without two-time All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks were also coming off three straight, grinding overtime games, the latest of which was Saturday night at home against Charlotte. The Hawks made the game’s first bucket, a 3-pointer, but then trailed until a spurt in the fourth quarter gave them a three-point lead. But a 9-0 run midway through the final quarter put Orlando in control for good.







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During the holidays we got to watch the great holiday movie, “A Christmas Story,” again. And again. We’re fine with that, especially here in Indiana. The movie is set in the Hoosier state, and it is based on stories by Indiana’s own Jean Shepherd. He narrates the movie, too. Some of the scenes in “A Christmas Story” come One measure of good from Shepherd’s collection, “In taxation is whether a God We Trust: Others Pay tax encourages people to All Cash.” In the do silly things to avoid book you’ll find stories about taxes. Flick, the Red Rider BB gun and the old man’s special award. Read on, though, and you’ll come to my favorite — the only humorous story I’ve ever found about Indiana property taxes. It starts out funny, anyway, but it gets a little dark toward the end. The story is “‘Nevermore,’ Quoth the Assessor, ‘Nevermore.’” Back in the day, Shepherd wrote, “The Indiana personal property tax was very personal.” Household property used to be taxed. The local assessor would tramp through your house, assessing the carpet and the fridge and the radio. Then you’d get a tax bill, which some people paid — and many people didn’t. In the story, the assessor is spotted up the street. The mom whispers to the narrator (presumably Ralphie), “The Assessor! For crying out loud, quick. Unplug the radio! Take it down to the coal bin!” The assessor arrives, and Mom tells him that the fridge hardly works and reveals the hole in the rug, usually hidden under the davenport. Ralphie can’t understand it. He shouts “No Ma! Ma, it’s our refrigerator! It has great ice cubes!” We amended Indiana’s Constitution in the 1960s to eliminate household personal property taxes. Later, we dropped automobiles from the property tax, replacing this with the motor vehicle excise tax. Then, from 2003 to 2007, we phased out property taxes on business inventories. The base of the property tax has been narrowed over the past 50 years. All that’s left is land, buildings and business equipment. One measure of good taxation is whether or not a tax encourages people to do silly things to avoid taxes. There’s no reason to hide the radio in the basement except for property taxes. There’s no reason to park the car across town, so it won’t be spotted when the assessor comes by, except for property taxes. Indiana auto dealers used to hold February tax sales, to run their inventories down by the March 1 assessment date. We don’t see those sales now that the inventory tax is gone. The sales were caused by property taxes, not by dealers’ judgments of best business practices. Now the Indiana General Assembly is likely to consider another narrowing of the property tax base by eliminating taxation of personal property. Almost all personal property is business equipment, like that used in factories, office buildings and utilities. What silly things do businesses do because of Indiana’s tax on business equipment? They invest in Illinois and Michigan instead of Indiana, that’s what. That’s silly from our point of view anyway. Those states do not tax business equipment; so sometimes it’s less costly to operate a business there. Indiana may be missing out on investment, growth and jobs because of its business equipment tax. Eliminating part of the tax base may have economic advantages, but it creates some thorny problems, too. What about the revenue that local governments lose? When the property tax on cars was dropped, the revenue was replaced by another tax. What about the shifts in tax payments from businesses to other taxpayers? When the inventory tax was dropped, counties were allowed to protect homeowners from property tax increases with a credit funded with local income taxes. As I said, Shepherd’s property tax story has a dark ending. The sheriff auctioned off the family household property of one of Ralphie’s friends, right on the front lawn, for not paying their taxes. I’ll bet it was a relief to everyone when household personal property was dropped from the tax. Taxpayers no longer had to hide their radios. Sheriffs no longer had to auction very personal property. And it was probably a good thing for assessors, too. If household property were taxed, would you invite the assessor to your house for a holiday dinner?

LARRY DEBOER is a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University and one of the leading experts on Indiana tax policy.

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This holiday season reality isn’t so ducky WASHINGTON — During the Christmas singing the blues and had been since about the 19th century when plantation slaves season, a strange white-bearded fellow invented the genre while toiling in the Missisuttering quack-quack-quack streaked across sippi Delta not far from Robertson’s the continent, dumping a large sack haunts. of something on America’s hearth. Robertson’s words released an Phil Robertson — millionaire onslaught of fire and brimstone not star of “Duck Dynasty” — seems seen since God unleashed his fury an unlikely antagonist as 2013 on Sodom. Speaking of which, it is wraps up. As all sentient beings tempting to note that God was rather know by now, he was suspended selective in his outrage back then. from the wildly popular A&E Furious with homosexuals, he seemed program for comments he made to have no problem with Lot, whom about gays during a recent GQ interview. KATHLEEN he saved, when Lot offered his virgin daughters to townsmen who were Suddenly our nation is consumed anew with impassioned PARKER demanding to “know” the angels hanging with Lot that God had sent to debate about nearly every foundadestroy Sodom. tional principle — freedom of Similarly, sort of, Robertson’s fans speech, religious freedom, civil didn’t seem to care much about the rights and same-sex marriage. vile, X-rated imagery he used to make his The latter is relatively uncontroversial in point to GQ concerning the relative merits some states and most urban areas, but not in of human apertures for sexual gratification. rural America where hunters convene — or Granted GQ is read mostly by old teenagers among fundamentalist Christians, for whom and young adults, but is this really the biblical literalism is a virtue — and certainly not among millions of “Duck Dynasty” fans. fellow Christians want instructing America’s camouflaged kiddos? Needless to say, these three groups overlap Robertson’s blunt talk caused a stir not considerably. because he was delivering tablets from the Robertson isn’t just a megastar in burning bush but because he was clearly waterfowl world, he is the composite speaking outside his wheelhouse to the character so loathed by liberals and certain detriment of people whose equal rights — elites who would nigh perish at the thought even their very lives — are endangered by of close contact with his sort — white, fundamentalist, Bible-thumping, duck-killing such talk. Robertson may “love the sinner,” but you sure can’t tell. yahoo who somehow missed the civil rights Executives at A&E clearly were banking movement, not to mention the New England on hicks acting like hicks, not expressing Enlightenment. what they actually think. But then, what Distilled, Robertson said two things in did they expect from a Louisiana duck-call particular that provoked protests outside the whittlin’, part-time preacher, for Pete’s sake? bayou. One, that homosexual acts are sins, “Aw, shucks, the more love in the world which is hardly news among recipients of the the better is what I always say”? Gospel (hate the sin, love the sinner). Two, To the greater point, the fact that a healthy he said that African-Americans he worked if dwindling percentage of the country feels with during the Jim Crow era were just fine. helplessly opposed to redefining marriage “They were godly; they were happy; no one reveals an existential divide that won’t easily was singing the blues,” he said. Except, of course, many blacks were be bridged. Robertson didn’t create it; he

The fact that a healthy if dwindling percentage of the country feels helplessly opposed to redefining marriage reveals an existential divide that won’t easily be bridged. Robertson didn’t create it; he exposed it.

• exposed it. He also helped illuminate our persistent confusion about gay rights. South Carolina’s largest newspaper, The State, recently featured two stories back to back — one dealing with “Duck Dynasty” fans protesting Robertson’s indefinite hiatus, the other about Methodists defrocking Frank Schaefer for performing his gay son’s marriage. One is damned for being anti-gay marriage and the other for being pro — both in the name of the same deity, presumably. So which is it? The Christian, as well as the constitutional, way seems to me the latter. But fundamentalism, regardless of religion, finds refuge in the toxic swamp of moral certitude. In other near certainties, Robertson reportedly will be back on the show when it returns in January. With shelves emptied of “Duck Dynasty” paraphernalia by loyal consumers, and A&E facing boycott threats, there’s too much money at stake. Profit, not equal rights or freedom of religion or any of the other high-minded principles we seize to bolster our selective outrage, is the real coin of the realm. And, as if you didn’t know, it quacks like a duck. KATHLEEN PARKER is a syndicated columnist with Tribune Media Services. She can be reached at

Top Ten list challenges time, memory It’s that time of year again for all the Top any of the new films. Ten lists of movies you never saw, music You weren’t able to go Christmas Day, you never heard, TV shows you never either, because you were on the road to watched and books you never read. Grandma’s house and that thing you ordered Not that you didn’t try. You for Bob never came in the mail so wanted to see that must-see movie you had to get that straightened out, all the critics were talking about at but your kids, they saw something. Sundance and Cannes but, like the The kids have got plenty of time rest of the movies on their Top Ten to go to movies. They aren’t list, it never came to your town. spending any of their free time Now you can’t remember what studying, that’s for sure. They act it was called, just that it sounded like it’s hard to maintain a grade wonderful. But you also remember point average of .02. That’s worth that, three years ago, you went a year. Why is it that when JIM $50,000 to a movie that was at the top of you send kids off to college, they everyone’s Top Ten list and you come back stupider than when they MULLEN left? You wouldn’t think it was hated it. Why didn’t anyone mention that it was in Dutch with English possible. subtitles? You didn’t get a chance to hear There were some movies you any of this year’s Top Ten songs, wanted to see this year but they only stayed either. When you turn on the radio in the at the mall for one week and that was the car, they never tell you what song you’re same week Sally at work was sick and you listening to. You’d really like to know so had to fill in for her. Oddly enough, she saw you’ll know what song it is that you’re it. Where does she find the time? hating. You’re just now starting to like stuff Then there were all the movies that that was on 1997’s Top Ten list. All the opened Thanksgiving Day. Why didn’t new stuff sounds awful until you’ve heard you go? Oh yeah, you were busy that week it about 50 times. By the time you start to cleaning the house and getting the extra like it, it’s an oldie and no one plays it on bedrooms ready and shopping for stuffing the radio anymore. So gradually you go and preparing a Thanksgiving meal and back to listening to stuff that was popular then cleaning up the mess afterward — when you were in high school. You know while everyone else went to the movies. you’re officially out of touch when you go Everybody went on Thanksgiving night to the wedding of two 20-somethings and because the next day was Black Friday and you’ve never heard any of the songs they’re they wanted to shop, not see a movie. Then dancing to at the reception. you got so busy with Christmas cards and The Top Ten Books of the Year? Do making cookies that you still haven’t seen you know what it means if you sell a

You’re just now starting to like stuff that was on 1997’s Top Ten list. All the new stuff sounds awful until you’ve heard it about 50 times. By the time you start to like it, it’s an oldie and no one plays it on the radio anymore.

• million books in the U.S. of A.? It means 309 million people didn’t buy it. And very, very few people sell a million books. So making a Top Ten List of Books is like making a Top Ten List of Edible Worms. What’s strange is that most small children love books. But when they get to school, we teach them that reading is boring by making them read Shakespeare and Dickens, when we should be “making” them read the Harry Potter and Hunger Games books. Since there is absolutely nothing that can’t be turned into a Top Ten list — Top Ten Back-of-the-Airplane-Seat Magazines, Top Ten Shepherds, Top Ten Roadkill Recipes — you may wonder why there are so many of them. It’s so we can go to the office party early. Ours is one of the Top Ten in our building. JIM MULLEN is a syndicated columnist with Newspaper Enterprise Association. He can be contacted at



Briefs • Lebanon receives $3 billion pledge for military aid BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to Lebanon to help strengthen the country’s armed forces and purchase weapons from France, Lebanon’s president said Sunday, calling it the biggest grant ever for the nation’s military. Michel Sleiman, who made the surprise announcement in a televised national address, did not provide any further details. The Lebanese army has struggled to contain a rising tide of violence linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria, a conflict that has inflamed tensions in Lebanon. and threatened the country’s stability. “The Saudi king decided to give a generous, well-appreciated grant to Lebanon amounting to $3 billion for the Lebanese army, which will allow it to buy new and modern weapons,” Sleiman said. “The king pointed out that the weapons will be bought from France quickly, considering the historical relations that tie it to Lebanon and the military cooperation between the two countries.” Sleiman said he hoped Paris would quickly meet the initiative, and help the Lebanese army with arms, training and maintenance. French President Francois Hollande, who was in Riyadh Sunday for talks with Saudi King Abdullah, said that France would help if requested to do so.

Volcano erupts in El Salvador SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador — The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador belched a column of hot ash high into the air on Sunday, frightening nearby residents and prompting authorities to order evacuations in the area. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located and that is known for its coffee plantations. Civil protection authorities said they would evacuate people from within 1.9 miles of the volcano and set up emergency shelters. “The evacuations began almost right after the explosion,” said civil protection official Armando Vividor. He said some 5,000 people lived around the volcano. The volcano, which is about 86 miles to the east of the capital, spewed ash over a wide area and the smell of sulfur hung over surrounding towns, according to reports.

Hollywood • ‘Hobbit’ retains top box office spot LOS ANGELES (AP) — Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row. The Warner Bros. prequel earned $30 million, bringing the domestic gross to $190.3 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Disney’s animated adventure, “Frozen,” took the No. 2 position, earning $28.9 million over the weekend and $248.4 million domestically after six weeks at the multiplex. This year is poised to be a banner one at the box office, and it is projected to surpass 2012’s $10.8 billion by nearly 1 percent, making this the highest annual take ever. Paramount held two slots in the top five over the weekend, with the comedies “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” starring Will Farrell, and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Sequel “Anchorman 2” came in at No. 3 with $20.2 million, and Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” took the No. 5 spot, earning $19 million after opening at No. 2 on Christmas Day with $9.15 million.


Capitol Dome getting makeover WASHINGTON (AP) — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn’s rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 cracks and broken pieces. The dome will remain illuminated at night and partly visible through the scaffolding and paint-capturing cloths. But the Washington icon — and portions of the Rotunda’s painted ceiling that lies below — will be significantly obscured for many months. The project is beginning just as the nearby Washington Monument sheds scaffolding that was used to repair damage from a 2011 earthquake. Half-completed when Abraham Lincoln stood

beneath it to summon “the better angels of our nature” in 1861, the Capitol dome has since towered over Washington, which limits building heights to 130 feet. Time, however, has let water seep through hundreds of cracks. The water attacks cast iron, which “continues to rust and rust and rust,” said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol. This first major renovation in more than 50 years should add decades of structural integrity to the dome, which Ayers calls perhaps “the most recognizable symbol across the globe.” The $60 million undertaking will heal inner wounds, he said, without changing the way the dome looks from the ground. Much of the work will be done at night and on weekends. It won’t be as flashy as the 1993 helicopter removal and return of the 19-foot Statue of Freedom from the dome’s top.


Refugee crisis in South Sudan Displaced boys, lying on the mattress outdoors where they sleep, react with laughter upon realizing they are being photographed, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday. Some 25,000 people

live in two hastily arranged camps for the internally displaced in Juba and nearly 40,000 are in camps elsewhere in the country, two weeks after violence broke out in the capital and a spiralling series of ethnically-based attacks coursed through the nation, killing at least 1,000 people.

Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty in Colorado DENVER (AP) — A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary. Two floors of pot-growing rooms will have windows showing the shopping public how the mind-altering plant is grown. Shoppers will be able to peruse drying marijuana buds and see pot trimmers at work separating the valuable flowers from the less-prized stems and leaves. “It’s going to be all white and beautiful,” the 45-yearold ex-industrial engineer explains, excitedly gesturing around what just a few weeks ago was an empty warehouse space that will eventually house 40,000 square feet of cannabis strains. As Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, opening Jan. 1, hopeful retailers like Williams are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world — all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future.


In this Dec. 5, 2013, photo, Tyler, no last name given, inspects plants as they mature at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver.

Officials in Colorado and Washington, the other state where recreational pot goes on sale in mid-2014, as well as activists, policymakers and governments from around the U.S. and across the world will not be the only ones watching the experiment unfold. So too will the U.S. Department of Justice,

which for now is not fighting to shut down the industries. “We are building an impressive showcase for the world, to show them this is an industry,” Williams says, as the scent of marijuana competes with the smell of sawdust and wet paint in the cavernous store where he hopes to sell pot just like a

Saudis court new allies DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year. It may find a solution in France, whose president is ending the year with 24 hours of high-level meetings with the Saudi leadership in a visit intended to showcase commercial and diplomatic strength. With an entourage of French executives from the lucrative defense and energy sectors, President Francois Hollande arrived Sunday in Riyadh for a flurry of

accords and contracts that have been in the works for months. The two countries also find themselves unexpectedly aligned in resistance, if not outright opposition, to U.S. policy on Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear program. Hollande highlighted both aspects of the relationship during the visit, underscoring for reporters the number of diplomatic issues that the two countries agree on and noting that trade between the two had doubled in the past 10 years to 8 billion euros ($11 billion) in 2013. The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, recently described

the policies of some partners toward Iran and Syria as a “dangerous gamble,” while calling for the kingdom to be more assertive internationally after decades of operating in diplomatic shadows. France, with similar fears about Syria, has been one of the strongest backers of the Syrian moderate leadership, and Hollande had pledged military support against Syrian President Bashar Assad until both the United States and Britain backed away. On Iran, the French shouldered their way into the negotiations with Iran, demanding a better deal and warning that the Tehran government needed careful monitoring.

bottle of wine. Will it be a showcase for a safe, regulated pot industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year and saves money on locking up drug criminals, or one that will prove, once and for all, that the federal government has been right to ban pot since 1937? Cannabis was grown legally in the U.S. for centuries, even by George Washington. After Prohibition’s end in the 1930s, federal authorities turned their sights on pot. The 1936 propaganda film “Reefer Madness” warned the public about a plant capable of turning people into mindless criminals. Over the years, pot activists and state governments managed to chip away at the ban, their first big victory coming in 1996 when California allowed medical marijuana. Today, 19 other states, including Colorado and Washington, and the District of Columbia have similar laws. Those in the business were nervous, fearing that federal agents would raid their shops.

“It was scary,” recalls Williams, who along with his brother borrowed some $630,000 from parents and relatives to open Medicine Man in 2009. “I literally had dreams multiple times a week where I was in prison and couldn’t see my wife or my child. Lot of sleepless nights.” That same year, the Justice Department told federal prosecutors they should not focus investigative resources on patients and caregivers complying with state medical marijuana laws — but the department reserved the right to step in if there was abuse. In Colorado, the industry took off. Shops advertised on billboards and radio. Pot-growing warehouses along Interstate 70 in Denver grew so big that motorists started calling one stretch the “Green Zone” for its frequent skunky odor of pot. The city at one point had more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks coffee shops, with some neighborhoods crowded with dispensary sign-wavers and banners offering free joints for new customers.

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Boyfriend’s salary reveals low-esteem


DEAR ABBY: I’m a 23-year-old woman in a fantastic relationship with a man two years older. I could fill volumes with all the things I love about him. My problem is I make more money than he does. He earns a good living and is a hard worker, but he constantly says things like, “You’re going to leave me for someone who makes more money than I do,” or, “Your parents don’t think I’m good enough for you because I didn’t go to college.” Abby, my parents don’t care about that. They adore him because they see how happy he makes me. I don’t care that I earn more. The way I look at it, eventually when we’re married, our finances will be combined. I have tried telling him this and convincing him that I love him for all his qualities, but he doesn’t believe me. Is there anything else I can do?




— HEAD OVER HEELS IN PORTLAND, ORE. DEAR HEAD OVER HEELS: The problem isn’t that you make more money than your boyfriend does; it’s that he doesn’t have enough DEAR self-condence to ABBY fibelieve that someone could love Jeanne Phillips him just for himself. Some men feel that in order for them to affirm their masculinity, they have to bring in the bigger paycheck. You might point out that when he says those things, it hurts your feelings because it implies that all you care

about is money, you have poor values and are for sale to the highest bidder. But until HE is able to recognize all that he has to offer, there’s nothing more you can do. DEAR ABBY: I was invited with four close friends to a “goodbye” tea at the request of a dying friend. Her four children were hostesses and had issued the phone call invitation the day before. My friend is still alive. Is it necessary and proper to write a thank-you, and to whom? — BEWILDERED IN PHOENIX DEAR BEWILDERED: Write a short thank-you note to the person who called you. If your friend is still well enough to understand it, write another one to her, expressing that you appreciated being able to spend the time with her and that you were honored to have been invited. That’s what I’d do.

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On this day in history: • In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. • In 1860, 10 days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the United States Arsenal in Charleston.

Osteoporosis meds offer benefits and risks DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor wants me to take Fosamax for osteoporosis, but the drug gives me heartburn and makes me nauseated. Is there anything I ASK can do to DOCTOR K. reduce these side effects? DEAR READER: Dr. Anthony Fosamax (alendronate) Komaroff is part of a group of drugs called biphosphonates. Actonel (risedronate) and Boniva (ibandronate) are also in this group. Doctors prescribe biphosphonates to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition

that increases your risk of bone fractures. Though they may seem solid and unchanging, your bones are continuously being demolished and reconstructed. With osteoporosis, bone reconstruction lags behind bone demolition. (I’ve put an illustration of this process on my website, AskDoctorK. com.) Increasing your risk of a bone fracture may not sound terribly serious, but it can be. Among people 65 or older, having a hip fracture is associated with a higher risk of not being able to live independently and of dying prematurely. Bisphosphonates slow bone loss and increase bone density. But as you’ve found out, they can cause nausea, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or irritation of the stomach or esophagus. Following these instructions may help you avoid

these side effects: • First thing in the morning, take the medication on an empty stomach with at least 8 ounces of water. It’s important to take the medication with water rather than with coffee or orange juice. Both can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb and use the drug. •Remain upright for at least 30 minutes (60 minutes for once-a-month Boniva) after taking the medicine. Some of my patients take the medicine just before they do their half-hour morning (upright) exercise — a brisk walk outdoors, or on the treadmill, elliptical cross-trainer or stationary bicycle. • During this time, avoid eating, drinking or taking another medication. • Injectable (rather than oral) osteoporosis medication is another option. Your doctor may consider it if you






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EMPLOYMENT Construction Experienced Roofer Needed for winter work (260)908-2302

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CLASS A CDL DRIVER Regional Company needs two Indiana/Michigan based drivers for daily routes. Position requires physical handling of freight. Routes enables drivers to be home nightly. Must have a clean MVR and minimum 2 years driving experience. Benefits include premium wages, insurance and vacation. Call or send resumes to: Jamie Hester, Midwest Automotive Trucking 2375 St. Rt. 39 NW Mansfield, Ohio 44903


■ ◆ ■ ◆ ■ Drivers Class A CDL Minimum Two years Experience. Good pay and benefits. Home every night. No touch freight for our Butler, Indiana location or apply online at:

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Minimum 1 year exp. Call 260-918-0932 or apply at our website Drivers CDL TRAINEES NEEDED! *No Experience Required. *Learn to Drive for US Xpress. *Train & be Based Locally! *Earn $800 per Week After Sponsored Training Program. 1-800-882-7364 Drivers Driver Trainees! Get Fee-Paid CDL Training Now! Learn to drive for US Xpress New Driver’s can earn $800/wk & Benefits! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Be trained &based locally! 1-800-882-7364 Drivers GORDON TRUCKING CDL-A Truck Drivers. Up to $5,000 Sign-on Bonus & $.56 CPM! Solo & Teams. Dedicated/Home Weekly Available! Call 7 days/wk! EOE 888-757-2003 General 1st & 2nd shift CNC Machine openings Quake Manufacturing is looking for people to setup/run CNC Machines. Star/Citizen Swiss experience a plus. Hurco/Haas experience also a plus. Great compensation, Holidays, vacation, insurance, 401K. Email, fax, or mail resume. paulquake@ Fax: 260-432-7868

Call today to schedule a Tour! 260-668-4415 199 Northcrest Road Angola, IN 46703 PETS WELCOME! Restrictions apply. E-mail to: crosswaitestates@

Angola ONE BR APTS. $425/mo., Free Heat. 260-316-5659 Avilla 1 & 2 BR APTS $450-$550/ per month. Call 260-897-3188

CONDOS/DUPLEXES Orland Quiet area, Large yard, Very Nice 2 BR! New Bath. Ideal for 1 or a couple. $425/mo. + dep. ( 260) 336-9985

HOMES FOR RENT Big Long Lake Very Nice 3 BR/ 2 BA + Boat Dock! $700 /mo. + dep. (260)318-2440 Waterloo Land contract, 3 BR garage, $400/mo. 260 615-2709

MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT Barton Lake Lakewood Mobile Home Court 2008 Liberty 16 x 80, 2 BR, 2 BA, $575/mo. No Pets. 260 833-1081 Hamilton Lake

Applicants must be at least 18 yrs. of age, have a High School Diploma, a valid Drivers license, and dependable transportation. Basic computer knowledge is required. Starting Salary is $10.43 /hr. including training time plus travel reimbursement Please send a resume to:

Carolyn Journay 5144 E. 600 N Bryant, IN 47326 or call: 260-997-6434 Fair Employment Opportunity Employer General Small downtown Auburn firm seeking LEGAL SECRETARY. Please apply to: Ad # 662, PO Box 39, Kendallville, IN 46755 or email your resume to: resumes@ Must include ad number & job title in e-mail.

MERCHANDISE Do Stairs w/ Ease. Acorn StairliftUsed very little. $950.00 (260)925-1267

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USDA 100% HOME LOANS--Not just 1st time buyers! Low rates! Buy any home anywhere. Academy Mortgage Corporation, 11119 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. Call Nick Staker: 260-494-1111 NLMS-146802. Some restrictions may apply. Largest Independent Mortgage Banker. Indiana Corp State License-10966 Corp NMLS-3113 LO License-14894. Equal Housing Lender. (A)

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QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET Can deliver, $125. (260) 493-0805

FIREWOOD Seasoned FIrewood Split & Delivered 260-854-2712

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1-877-791-7877 2 BR,Newly remodeled, Nice! One block to lake, others available. $550/mo. (260) 488-3163 Wolcottville 2 & 3 BR from $100/wk also LaOtto location. 574-202-2181


$ WANTED $ Junk Cars! Highest prices pd. Free pickup. 260-705-7610 705-7630


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GUN SHOW!! Lawrence, IN - January 4th & 5th, Lawrence Armory, E. 59th St., Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-3 For information call 765-993-8942 Buy! Sell! Trade!

WANTED TO BUY TIMBER WANTED All species of hard wood. Pay before starting. Walnut needed.

6 Week Old Puppies Boxer/ Terrier mix Puppies. Cute & Playful. $75 (260)593-2793

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Concrete Hand Tools. 2 Trowels, edgers, Floats. 1 jointer. $40.00 For all (260)920-8676

Walker for Adults Rollator, seat 18”-24”, handles 30”-34”, weight capacity 250 lbs. Light weight, $50.00. (260) 235-1248

Deluxe Pokerchip Kit Solid Carrying Case 3 colors weighted. 2 Decks. $30.00

ATTENTION: Paying up to $1000 for scrap cars. Used tires 4 sale also. 318-2571

Dolphin Collection 15 pcs. ~ All for $35. 260-564-4924 (Albion)

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up to $1000.00

CARS 2004 Buick LeSabre 98,000 mi. With or without wheelchair carrier. $5,900 or $7,900. (260) 347-4866 Guaranteed Top Dollar For Junk Cars, Trucks & Vans. Call Jack @ 260-466-8689

MERCHANDISE UNDER $50 2 Vinyl Mummy Sleeping Bags w light-weight backpack $40.00 for All (260)920-8676 Adult Rollator Walker Oversized, weight capacity to 500 lbs. $50.00. (260) 235-1248 Adult Walker Front wheels 10 lbs. $40.00. (260) 235-1248 Antique Oil Cans 1-4 gal. w/ spigot @ bottom. 1-2 gal., & 1-1 gal.~ All 3 for $50. 260-564-4924 (Albion)



USED TIRES Cash for Junk Cars! 701 Krueger St., K’ville. 260-318-5555

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Ladies Lined London Fog Coat. Long, tan, Size 14. Worn 2x. $50 260-564-4924 (Albion) Left Handed Rawlings Softball Glove. Great Shape. $15.00 (260)920-8676 Longaberger Hope Basket $20.00 (260)351-4100

CLASSIFIED Don’t want the “treasure” you found while cleaning the attic? Make a clean sweep ... advertise your treasures in the Classifieds. Email: Fax: 260-347-7282

Check out Happenings in Friday’s newspaper!

Currently accepting applications for:

Inspector Packer Start Rate: $14.75 + Shift Premium

Lots of Twin Bedding, Sheets,Spreads, afghans, etc. $45.00 (260)925-1267

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: KPC assumes no liability or financial responsibility for typographical errors or for omission of copy, failure to publish or failure to deliver ad vertising. Our liability for copy errors is limited to your actual charge for the first day & one incorrect day after the ad runs. You must promptly notify KPC of any error on first publication. Claims for adjustment must be made within 30 days of publication and, in the case of multiple runs, claims are allowed for first publication only. KPC is not responsible for and you agree to make no claim for specific or consequential damages resulting from or related in any manner to any error, omission, or failure to publish or deliver.

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Mortising Outfit Including 2 Drills & cast iron base. $25.00 (260)925-2158 Refrigerator Top Freezer Model $50 / obo. Call Afternoons. (260)553-4082 Tool Shop Air Nailer (New- in Plastic Case) 1/4” Crown Finish nailer $25.00 Call afternoons (260)553-4082


$25.00 TO START Payment Plans, Chapter 13 No Money down. Filing fee not included. Sat. & Eve. Appts. Avail. Call

Collect: 260-424-0954

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LongabergerTour Basket $25 (260)351-4100



Looking for Part time work? . The National Association of State Depts. of Agriculture is hiring year round, Part time agricultural interviewers. A farm background is desirable.

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.




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HOME IMPROVEMENT All Phase Remodeling and Handyman Service - No Job too Big or Small !!! Free Estimates Call Jeff 260-854-9071 Qualified & Insured Serving You Since 1990


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45 S. Public Sq., Angola, IN Phone: 260-318-2978 E-mail:


Tear offs, wind damage & reroofs. Call (260)627-0017

DIGITAL MEDIA ASSISTANT If you’re interested in working within the publishing, multimedia, or marketing industries, this job may interest you.

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We’re seeking qualified applicants to become a part of one of the region’s largest publishing and media companies. The Digital Media Assistant will work with our online editors, creative directors, web designers, account reps, and others to help us ensure quality, consistency, and professionalism in our marketing and digital services division in a position that is one part tech support/one part creative.


On a typical week, the DMA will help troubleshoot issues with digital products (like websites), work in a customer/tech support service capacity to address issues, update daily, monthly or weekly online ads, work with creative team on web design/development projects and in video production, assist online editors in story production, writing, uploading, and social media strategies, assist in miscellaneous digital tasks like domain name purchasing, file transfers through FTP, and web editing.


• Sunday 7 a.m.-10 a.m. • Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Duties include: Answering phone and transferring calls to correct department, handling circulation customer service calls, and processing front desk receipts. Right candidate for this position must be able to work in a fast-paced business environment with minimal supervision & be able to multi-task. Occasional opportunity for more hours available as needed.

Our Fort Wayne office offers a casual atmosphere with lots of humor and teamwork in creating compelling digital products. Schedule is flexible at 36 hours. Some responsibilities may be time-sensitive and a rotating Saturday morning (1-2 hours) time slot will also be shared.

Please apply at 102 N. Main St., Kendallville or email No phone calls please.

Send resume to Nancy Sible, Human Resource Manager, KPC Media Group Inc. at



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WE ARE! Join KPC Media Group Inc. as we bring chances to win prizes every week by picking winners in one of America’s favorite sports – professional football! There will be local and national winners weekly and a National Grand Prize Winner for a trip for two to Hawaii at the end of the contest. Week 1 winner : Darby Boyd, rollmover (Kendallville) Week 2 winner: Phil Vanderbosch, pudvandy (auburn) Week 3 winner: Kenny Gentile, kennyg (Angola) Week 4 winner: Ronnie Stanley, ronnie (Kendallville) Week 5 winner: Charles Schudel, dawgtribe (Coldwater, MI) Week 6 winner: Amy Penningroth, amyp (Ft Wayne, IN) Week 7 winner: Valerie Varner, jojovee (Angola, IN) Week 8 winner: Tim Carteaux, theguessor (Kendallville, IN) Week 9 winner: Nora Budreau, nora (Fremont, IN) Week 10 winner: Kenny Gentile, kennyg (Angola) Week 11 winner: Lisa Firestine, lisafires (Spencerville) Week 12 winner: William Oyer, billy79 (Garrett) Week 13 winner: Brad Titus, woodman76 (Kendallville) Week 14 winner: Willie Wright, wtfguppy (Rome City) Week 15 winner: Nora Budreau, nora (Fremont, IN) Week 16 winner: Kenny Smith, kswizzle (Tempe, AZ)


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The News Sun – December 30, 2013  
The News Sun – December 30, 2013  

The News Sun is the daily newspaper serving Noble and LaGrange counties in northeast Indiana.