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Columbia school board member under fire Amy Miller wrote public letter critical of district under fictitious name BY LEANNE SMITH LSMITH12@MLIVE.COM


Jimmy Williams, a resident at Ganton Legacy Assisted Living Center in Jackson, tries to kiss a blue-tongued skink Wednesday during a visit to the center by Paul “The Critter Man” McCormack.

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ACKSON — Residents at G a n to n L e ga c y Assisted Living and Legends Alzheimer’s Center got a wild treat Wednesday. Paul McCormack, better known as The Critter Man, brought animals of all shapes and sizes to the facility as part of a series he calls “Classroom Critters.” Designed for elementary schools, Classroom Critters is a multisensory program in which McCormack displays his animals and gives some basic information on each creature. Animals at the facility Wednesday included doves, a snake, a chinchilla, a turtle and a blue-tongued skink. “I don’t know anyone out there that enjoys their job more than I do,” McCormack said. “It’s pretty rewarding to give people access to animals they never have been close to

BROOKLYN — A Columbia school board member is under fire for a letter to the editor she submitted to the Brooklyn Exponent newspaper under a fictitious name. B o a rd S e c re t a r y A my Miller wrote the letter that was published March 5 under the name “Conrad Wilson.” In it, she questioned the February hiring of Josh Kubiak as Columbia Central High School varsity football coach. A better choice for the job, Miller’s letter said, was her husband, Jason Miller, who served as a Columbia Central’s assistant varsity coach for five

ye a r s u n d e r head coach Nate Moore. Moore stepped down in November. After the letter was published, Exponent P ubAmy Miller lisher Matt Schepeler discovered Miller was the letter’s author, with the help of an anonymous caller. He gave her the chance — and she agreed — to publicly identify herself as the original letter writer in another letter to the editor published Tuesday. In the second letter, Miller said the first letter was written out of her frustration over her husband being passed over for the head coaching job. She said she used the false name because, as a board member, “it’s frowned upon to voice my frustrations publicly.” “I know it was a poor choice,” Miller said.

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before. Some people have fears of animals; I’ve seen them get over that right in front of my eyes before.” McCormack said he visits more than 300 schools, assisted living centers and nursing homes each year. He has been in the animal showcase business for 14 years and owns each animal he displays. Deb Circoloff, a staffer at Ganton, organizes events for the facility. She said The Critter Man was intriguing from the first time she saw him.

“I heard about him first from my grandchildren,” Circoloff said. “I think the seniors were pretty receptive to what he was doing. It was a really fun time.” The Critter Man was full of gags and jokes, placing a snake around residents’ necks and dropping lettuce in front of their feet so Franklin the turtle would graze on his lunch in front of them. Jimmy Williams, 83, who has been at the facility for several years, said he always has been fond of animals.

McCormack, right, holds out the skink for Roger VanderWeide to pet during McCormack’s visit to Ganton Legacy Assisted Living Center.

“I grew up down in Kentucky, so I’ve seen all kinds of critters down there,” Williams said. McCormack said working with senior citizens is among the favorite parts of his job. “Hopefully, they had just as much fun as I did.”

JACKSON — Defense lawyer George Lyons called Domonick Mata’s actions “stupid,” and the judge and prosecutor agreed. “It doesn’t get much stupider,” Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson Domonick said Thursday. Mata Wilson sentenced Mata, 21, to 18 months to five years in prison for stealing the Columbia Township fire

chief ’s vehicle to leave a jail work assignment at the township offices on Jefferson Road. Mata pleaded guilty in February to automobile theft and escape. While working as an inmate trusty Dec. 4, Mata took the chief ’s Ford Expedition by grabbing the keys from his desk and leaving the area, the county sheriff’s office reported in December. About 21/2 hours later, deputies and a Blackman-Leoni Township public safety officer located Mata at his girlfriend’s home in Leoni Township, sheriff’s deputies reported. Mata had been in jail for repeated driver’s license infractions, a larceny charge and probation violation, the sheriff’s office said. He was to be released before SEE ESCAPE, A2

New style of papacy: Francis pays hotel bill BY NICOLE WINFIELD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style of papacy than his tradition-minded predecessor who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican. The break from Benedict XVI’s pontificate was evident even in Francis’ wardrobe choices: He kept the simple iron pectoral cross of his days


POPE DISPLAYS HUMILITY, OFFERS SIMPLE MESSAGE as bishop and eschewed the red cape Benedict wore when he was presented to the world for the first time in 2005 — choosing instead the simple white cassock of the papacy. And in his first Mass as pope, Francis showed how different he would be as a pastor, giving an off-the-cuff homily about the need to walk with God, build up his church and confess — at one point referring to children building sand castles

on the beach. It was a far simpler message than the dense, three-page discourse Benedict delivered in Latin during his first Mass as pope. The difference in style was a sign of Francis’ belief that the Catholic Church needs to be at one with the people it serves and not impose its message on a society that often doesn’t want to hear it, Francis’ authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin,

said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. “It seems to me, for now, what is certain is it’s a great change of style, which for us isn’t a small thing,” Rubin said, recalling how the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio would celebrate Masses with homeless people and prostitutes in Buenos Aires. “He believes the church has to go to the streets,” he said, “to express this closeness of the church and this accompaniment with those who are suffering.” Francis began his first day as pope making an early morning


























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Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass on Thursday with the cardinals who elected him, inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome.

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JACKSON — When a parent is asked by their child if they had sex before marriage, most parents stumble for an answer. And when parents don’t talk to their children about sex, it can lead to higher rates of teen pregnancy and abortion. The Jackson County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative received a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to host a free workshop, Talk Early Talk Often, aimed at helping parents of middle and high school students talk with their child about abstinence and sexuality. However, few parents have signed up for the workshop, scheduled 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday. If the event can’t attract at least 20 parents, it will be canceled. Michelle White, the teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative coordinator, is hopeful more parents will register. “It’s a phenomenal program. We had 30 parents last year, and four so far this year have registered. We need 20, or it will be canceled,” she said. The city of Jackson historically has had a high teen pregnancy rate ranking, second in the state just behind Benton Harbor. But, in 2011, the city ranked fourth. White said, however, she is not getting her hopes up about

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By Thursday morning, members of his flock were similarly charmed when Francis stopped by the Vatican-owned residence where he routinely stays during visits to Rome and where he stayed before the start of the conclave. “He wanted to come here because he wanted to thank the personnel, people who work in this house,” said the Rev. Pawel Rytel-Andrianek, who is staying at the residence. “He greeted them one by one, no rush, the whole staff, one by one.” He then paid the bill. “People say that he never in these 20 years asked for a (Vatican) car,” he said. “Even when he went for the conclave with a priest from his diocese, he just walked out to the main road, he picked up a taxi and went to the conclave. So very simple for a future pope.” Francis displayed that same sense of simplicity and humility immediately after his election, shunning the special sedan that was to transport him to the hotel so he could ride on the bus with other cardinals, and refusing even an elevated

platform from which he would greet them, according to U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “He met with us on our own level,” Dolan said. “I think we’re going to see a call to Gospel simplicity,” U.S. Cardinal Donald Wuerl said. “He is, by all accounts, a very gentle but firm, very loving but fearless, a very pastoral and caring person ideal for the challenges today.”

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the improved numbers. “We really need to look at a three-year trend before we celebrate any accomplishments,” she said. “When 2012 data comes out next January, it could be higher,” she said. A nacho/taco bar and child care will be provided at no cost during the event. The workshop, open to all parents who live in Jackson County, runs 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Middle School at Parkside l i b ra r y. D i n n e r w i l l b e 5:30-6 p.m. To register, call 517-768-2150 or email mwhite@ The workshop begins with discussion on how the adolescent brain works, the best way to approach children about the topic and how to answer their questions. Parents will break into groups and roleplay, with one parent playing the teen and the other as the

During dinner, Francis, however, acknowledged the daunting nature of those challenges in a few words addressed to the cardinal electors: “‘May God forgive you for what you have done,”’ Francis said, according to witnesses. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi acknowledged the difference in style between the two popes, attributing it to Francis’ life work as the pastor of Buenos Aires whereas Benedict was long an academic. He said it was too early to make a “profound evaluation” of Francis’ priorities, urging instead reflection on his first few homilies. The 76-year-old Bergoglio, said to have finished second when Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005, was chosen on

SOME CALLING FOR RESIGNATION The letters were brought to the attention of Board President Robert Wahr prior to the Monday board meeting. He made copies for all board members and opened the meeting by explaining the situation publicly and expressing disappointment. “The position of board member is one of respect and ethics,” Wahr said. “What happened here is not something the Columbia School District supports or condones. I trust nothing like this will happen again in the future, and I hope we can just move on.”

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Miller was an outspoken critic of the June 2011 closing of Miller Elementary School, which prompted her to run for the board the following November as a write-in candidate. She was elected

but has drawn her own critics for being one of four board members to vote last April to remove longtime Superintendent Brent Beamish a year before his contract expired. Wahr said he has heard from some residents who, because of the letter-writing incident, want Miller to resign. As an elected official, voluntary resignation or a recall election are the only ways Miller could be removed from the board before her term expires in 2016. Miller said her husband, who since has resigned his assistant coaching position, was unaware she was writing the letter. She said she would like to stay on the board. “I’ve always done what I think is best for kids,” Miller said. “But if people in the community feel I’m not effectively serving them, then I would step down. We’ll just have to wait and see.”


just the fifth ballot to replace the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. Francis urged the crowd to pray for Benedict and immediately after his election spoke by phone with the retired pope, who has been living at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. A visit to Benedict would be significant because Benedict’s resignation

has raised concerns about potential power conflicts emerging from the peculiar situation of having a reigning pope and a retired one. Benedict’s longtime aide, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, accompanied Francis to St. Mary Major on Thursday. Gaenswein is prefect of the papal household and will arrange the new pope’s schedule.

Man who attempted to steal grocery cart full of items arraigned BY JON SZERLAG JSZERLAG@MLIVE.COM

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — A man who allegedly attempted to steal a grocery cart full of items from Polly’s Country Market in Summit Township was arraigned Thursday in district court on charges of retail fraud in the third degree and entering without owner’s permission. Richard Benson, 58, of Jackson, faces misdemeanor charges in the case, but he continues to be held in jail because he was on parole at the time he

allegedly committed the crime, Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said. On Tuesday, Benson allegedly attempted to walk out of the Polly’s Country Market, at 1821 Spring Arbor Road, with a shopping cart full of grocery items. Benson then allegedly ran away when employees tried to stop him and went into a nearby dentist’s office. Jackson Police Department officers assisted the Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office by locating Benson in the basement of the office building.



Christmas, but his brief taste of freedom significantly lengthened his period of incarceration. “I think when everyone says ‘stupid,’ they basically summed it up,” Assistant Prosecutor Jake Dickerson said. Lyons called Mata’s actions a “monument to poor decisionmaking.” Mata said he would like to go to boot camp, an intensive 90-day Michigan Department of Corrections program that gets offenders working,

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Above, Ruben Esqueda and Mike Walma pour coffee during a breakfast provided by Western High School for the construction team Thursday. At right, Western students Hannah Repasy and Grace Coffey talk to Skanska Construction project supervisor Stan Keagle about how classmates are adjusting to the change at school.


Embracing change


PARMA — Students at Western High School have made some new friends this school year. The construction project at the school — and the crews working there — have become a big part of the students’ daily routine. The school in undergoing major renovations as part of $24.8 million bond issue voters passed in February 2012. To make the renovation process easier, Stan Keagle, the project supervisor with Skanska Construction, and other construction crew members have regularly attended planning meetings with students and school staff since the project began in July. Keagle is known affectionately by Western students and staff as “Stan the Construction Man.”

Western students signed a temporary wall in the cafeteria.

“I really want to emphasize how positive this community and this school has been about these changes,” Keagle said. “Everything is moving right on schedule at this point, and I am confident this place will look wonderful when we are done.” The project, which is set to

take major strides forward — starting during the school’s spring break in April — will replace five interior single-access windowless classrooms, expand the school’s cafeteria and move athletic fields, among other enhancements. On Thursday, Western seniors served scones, candy and

coffee to construction workers to show their appreciation. Students also have signed a piece of temporary drywall, thanking the crews, and they plan to paint murals on the wall as well. “We want them to know we are staying positive throughout the process,” Western senior Hannah Repasy said. “We are happy to have them here.” Western Principal Sue VanRiper said transparency is key when it comes to making a smooth transition during the renovation process. “The goal from the very start was to embrace this change,” VanRiper said. “The students have been great about dealing with construction workers. Sometimes you have to go through momentary discomfort to get the long-term pleasure.” The project is scheduled to be completed by the school’s mid-year break in December.

Bishop: Francis ‘a great joy’ for Church BY BRANDON HOWELL BRHOWELL@MLIVE.COM

LANSING — Bishop Earl Boyea was surprised Wednesday as he watched white smoke billow from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, signaling a new pope had been elected. The conclave of cardinals selected Archbishop Jorge Bergogolio, of Argentina, in five ballots as the Catholic Church’s 266th pontiff. The 76-year-old is the first Catholic leader from Latin America and the first non-European pope since 741 A.D. Watching the introduction of the newly elected Pope Francis on television at the Diocese of Lansing office, Boyea said he was taken aback by the new pontiff’s age and the quickness with which he was elected. He expected his colleagues to elect a younger man, but Bergoglio was an “off the radar” pick, Boyea said. “Also, he’s the first Jesuit pope,” he said. “The speed of it amazed me, how fast this took place ... as rapidly as Pope Benedict’s. I was under the impression that they hadn’t settled on anyone ... and that this would take quite a while. “But what a great joy.”

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Boyea, who oversees the Diocese of Lansing — including Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties — attributed the new pope’s quick election to the last papal conclave in 2005. He said Bergoglio must have been “so well thought of ” among the college of cardinals that he was a strong candidate. Right away, the new Catholic leader will have to address


Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea, pictured here, said the election of Pope Francis is a “great choice” for the Catholic Church.

his church’s diminishing numbers, Boyea said. The number of people leaving the church is the No. 1 issue facing Catholicism today, he said. “I think this is going to be the big issue that we have to deal with and, frankly, that probably encompasses everything else,” Boyea said, adding the new evangelization of the church must continue and “be ramped up.” Pope Francis also will have to confront head-on the sex abuse scandal that has mired the church for years, Boyea said. “The sex abuse scandal does come up and, frankly, it should,” he said. “When people are hurt, we can’t forget that, and we have to continue to try to take care of people and help them. “I don’t envision anyone is ever going to put this to rest. It’s a sin on our past, it’s a sin for some in our present, and we’ve got to do penance for it. It doesn’t define who we are as a church, but it is ... it’s sinful and we must atone for that.

“But I don’t picture it ever going away.” Also critical to the wellbeing of the Catholic Church is energy and excitement, by Boyea’s estimation, and he thinks the new pope is wellsuited to address that need. Boyea said Bergoglio’s past and experiences are invaluable assets that will help him lead the world’s billion-plus Catholics. “I think, first of all, the Holy Father has to get some enthusiasm going, and I think this man will,” Boyea said. “He brings such a unique background to all of this ... being Latino yet being of Italian background. “I just hope he’s going to be a real bridge builder. ... I think that’s the most important thing, to bring various people together, and I think he’s got the capacity to do this.” The election of the first-ever Latino pope is a huge step forward for the Catholic Church, as well, Boyea said. “(Nearly) half of the church is Latino or Latina,” he said. “So what a great choice, a great

joy for the church, really. They must be exultant right now, I would think.” Here is more of what Boyea had to say about the new pope, whom he called “energetic” and a “common, humble person”: § On reaction in Europe: “I think the Italians are going to love this. He was quite fluent speaking there on the balcony without notes, so I think they’re going to love this. In a sense, they’re getting an Italian back as pope again, but he’s not from Italy. I think, obviously, the Catholics in Spain and Portugal are going to be happy, because he’s Latino. ... This seems like a win-win situation for everybody. I’m just very, very pleased. I think people are going take great joy in this. We have to see now, of course, how he is as a teacher and a preacher, and that’s something we’ll all learn. But the thing that really impressed me today was his asking the people to pray for him, and to give him their blessing before he blessed them. I thought, ‘Wow, what a powerful message, what powerful symbol of that humility.’” § On there never having been an American pope: “I’m kind of relieved, frankly. I think having an American is a bit too complicated, politically. We are the world superpower, and I think to have an American in that position as the Holy Father of the Catholic Church — I think it’s better to have someone from the Third World. So, I think this is a tremendous gift from the Holy Spirit for us.” § On a special prayers for the new pontiff: Boyea said he hopes to hold a special Mass for Pope Francis on Tuesday, the day he is installed.

JACKSON — Guilty of repeatedly sexually molesting the young daughter of his former girlfriend, Daniel Mix will be in his 70s before he has a chance at parole. Even then, Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson said he hopes the parole board lets Mix sit. “Quite frankly, Mr. Mix ... you are nothing but a cockroach that should nev- Daniel Mix er see the light of day again,” Wilson said Thursday. Wilson then sentenced the 44-year-old to 291/2 to 50 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A jury in January convicted Mix of three counts of first-degree and two counts of seconddegree criminal sexual conduct. They also found him guilty of one count of assault with the intent to sexually penetrate. The girl, now 13, testified Mix would pull down her pants and underwear and his and have sex with her while he was living with her mother in Michigan Center. His molesting her started in 2006, when she was about 6, and the abuse continued until about May 2011, when Mix was charged with his crimes. She since has been removed from her mother’s care and is soon to be adopted by her foster parents. Mix’s half-sisters, both in their 30s, also testified Mix molested them as children. The current charges did not address their allegations, but their statements were used as

evidence of similar acts in their brother’s past. “We know of at least three victims. I hate to think how many others are out there,” Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Walker told the judge. Wilson heard the testimony of all three. “And, I don’t think anybody can sit through one of these trials and not be moved by the trauma the victims were put through,” he said. Heather Mix, one of the sisters, and her father, Robert Mix, were clearly pleased with the judge’s sentence. “He’ll never get out,” said Robert Mix, who has not spoken to his son since he learned Daniel Mix was sexually abusing his sisters. “My son, Danny, died when I heard what he done to my daughters,” he said. Heather Mix plans to contest any parole request. “I will be there to stop him every time,” she said. She wanted to make a statement at the sentencing, but could not because she was not a victim in this case. The Citizen Patriot typically does not print the names of victims of sex crimes, but Heather Mix gave a reporter permission. Daniel Mix was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for victimizing his sisters in the 1990s, but jurors could not reach a verdict and the case was not retried. For the sisters, the conclusion of this case was a long time coming. “I can let what happened to me define me. I can let it confine me, or I can chose to leave it behind me, and I am choosing to leave it behind me,” Heather Mix said outside the courtroom.

County Commission takes a digital leap BY LISA SATAYUT LSATAYUT@MLIVE.COM

JACKSON — First, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners went paperless. Now, it is going digital. Board members will conduct county business in a new fashion, using an agenda management software program. The software, BoardDocs, will be used at Tuesday’s board meeting. Residents with Internet may follow along at home. The program should cut down on human error and make it easier to assemble the agenda packet — the documents related to each agenda item. The program, which costs $12,000 per year plus a $1,000 one-time setup fee, is being used on a trial basis. Jackson County Deputy Administrator Adam Brown said the manual system previously used to create the agenda is

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“error-prone.” “The administrator’s office is looking for a product that would tighten up the agendacreation process and reduce errors,” he said. “Many communities have moved to automated agenda processes.” The software was used at the board’s committee meetings Monday. At first, some members had difficulty using the system to vote. The county board works on a paperless system. Members use laptop computers and download the agenda and the packet from the county website. All documents in the packet are manually scanned into a PDF file and attached to the agenda online. With the software, residents can view the agenda packet and follow the meeting online. The meetings that are recorded (committee and monthly legislative) will offer a feature where video links to specific items on the agenda.


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ANN ARBOR — For more than 18 months, it has been an oft-quoted figure: There are an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 unfilled jobs in Michigan because the workforce here doesn’t have enough technical skills to fill the demand. With the statistic comes the worry the state can’t attract enough talent to facilitate a strong economy. While the state’s three research universities — Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan — produced 14,000 graduates with high-demand degrees in 2011, many left the state not long after walking across the commencement stage. About 40 percent of U-M alumni live in Michigan. “I’ve not heard about students leaving the University of Michigan destitute and unable to get jobs. I hear they do quite well and many of them leave the state,” said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, who spoke Monday during an Inforum luncheon in Detroit. “Shame on us if we can’t convince the students to come and look at the opportunities in Michigan. We don’t do enough of that.” Lou Anna Simon, K. president of and MSU, Mary Sue Deborah WinceColeman Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness, joined Coleman in a panel discussion about global competitiveness that also touched on the state’s need for technical employees. Coleman said U-M’s engineering school is at capacity. State corporations, Coleman said, have to do more to persuade recent college graduates to stay in state. “It would help if the companies let the students know they want them,” she said. “Think about some innovative recruiting. We’ve got them captive on our campuses, and we can do all we can to say things about the opportunities we have in Michigan ... but if there’s nothing on the other side, it’s a little tough.” According to a recent report, WSU, MSU and U-M have more than 1.1 million living alumni worldwide, with 590,000 living in Michigan in the summer of 2012. Alumni of the three schools account for 7.8 percent of the state’s adult population. As of July, 211,000 U-M alumni, out of a total of 525,000 living alums, live in the state. About 41,000 alums live in California. Meanwhile, the number of high-demand degrees produced by U-M is growing. For example, U-M conferred more than 1,500 engineering degrees in 2012, up from about 1,230 a decade earlier,. Because of the technology involved in studying the field, running engineering departments is expensive. Simon said that if MSU is going to grow its engineering program, it needs more money for labs, faculty and infrastructure. Chicago is one of the most popular launching pads for college graduates from Michigan. Almost 26,400 U-M alumni live in Illinois, while 25,400 live in New York. “They will go there without a job in some cases,” Simon said, adding that the revitalization of Detroit can help attract students to the state. “Detroit is really critical to our success.”



Scott Garrison and the dogs he rescued from the Kawkawlin River reunite at the Bay City Animal Control building Tuesday.

Bay County man jumps into freezing Kawkawlin River, saves two dogs BY COLE WATERMAN CWATERMA@MLIVE.COM

BANGOR TOWNSHIP — An icy dip in the slushy Kawkawlin River could have ended a lot worse for two dogs if not for the efforts of a vigilant man. Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, 37-year-old Scott Garrison was working his shift as a bartender at Castaways, 3940 Boy Scout Road in Bangor Township, when a coworker noticed two wayward dogs, a white Malamute and a tan pit bull mix, walking on the frozen river. “We were inside working and one of the girls I work with noticed a couple of dogs out roaming around on the river,” Garrison said. “All of the sudden, she said, ‘Oh my God, one fell in.’ Basically, I just ran out the door and ran down to the bridge there that goes over the river. By the time I was just getting to the other side of the river, both dogs were in the water. They were kind of bobbing up and down and struggling, so I just jumped in.” The male pit bull was the first to crash through the ice and the first Garrison was able to latch onto. “The white one started to swim away from me, and I had to swim after him and grab him,” Garrison said. Garrison managed to hoist both dogs onto a thicker ice sheath. Another person from Castaways brought out a ladder and extended it to the sheath Garrison and the dogs sat upon, which Garrison estimated was 10 to 12 feet from the bank.

One by one, Garrison carried the dogs from the river to the shore. “I sort of scooted myself on the ladder,” he said. Garrison made a makeshift leash out of his belt and tethered it to one of the dogs. A group of middle-school-aged kids gathered on the shore and were about to jump in as well, but Garrison yelled for them to stay where they were and to toss him one of their belts, which he used to tie around the second dog. Back on solid ground, Garrison took the dogs toward the rear of Castaways and called the number on the animals’ tags. Unable to get an answer, he called Bay County Animal Control, and officers came to pick up the animals. Mike Halstead, Animal Control director, said the dogs’ licenses are expired, but their owners have been identified and notified. Halstead said they plan to retrieve their dogs but might receive tickets for having unlicensed animals. The director lauded Garrison for his swift action. “We appreciate the fact the guy got them out of the river for their safety,” he said. Garrison, who describes himself as a longtime animal lover, said he didn’t really think about the river’s frigid temperatures before taking the plunge.

“I knew they didn’t have much longer, I knew I had to do something, so I jumped in,” he said. “It was real cold, but I didn’t really notice at the time until I got out.” While waiting for Animal Control, Garrison said he tried comforting the dogs. “I just waited there with them until Animal Control came,” he said. “I rubbed and petted them and made sure they were OK. They were OK, but they were definitely freaked out.” Once the dogs were taken, Garrison didn’t let the experience keep him from working. “I got in my car, drove back to my house, got a new change of clothes, came back and finished my shift,” he said. Garrison visited the dogs Tuesday afternoon at Animal Control, both canines appearing overjoyed to see their savior, yelping and clamoring over themselves to be petted by him.

Lana Louise Dillabough, of Jackson, passed away March 13, 2013, age 70 years. Lana was born July 4, 1942 in Lansing, Michigan. She is survived by 3 daughters, Ellie (Greg) Schupra of Canton, MI, Tammy (Rick) Shelts of Spring Arbor, and Lisa (Lacy) Myers of Parma; she is also survived by two brothers, one sister, 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike Dillabough and one brother. Lana dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren and would always go out of her way to make each of them feel special. She would host special family gatherings for them and would provide for their care throughout the years as was needed. Mrs. Dillabough is at the Watson Funeral Chapel where services will be held Saturday 1:00 pm, David Van Winkle officiating, entombment Hillcrest Memorial Park, In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels c/o Jackson County Department on aging 1715 Lansing Ave. Suite MI 49202. 672 Jackson, Vistiation Saturday from 12:00 noon until the time of service. J. L. WATSON FUNERAL CHAPEL 2590 SPRING ARBOR ROAD LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1930

Garrison pulled this pit bull from the Kawkawlin River after it fell through the ice Monday.

HONOR YOUR LOVED State’s last known wolverine now stuffed ONE. IF YOU GO

Animal displayed at Capitol; tour will visit Mattawan, Muskegon

“The Lone Wolverine” Tour April 29-June 30: Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City July 3-July 28: Eddy Discovery Center, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea Aug. 1-Aug. 25: Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, Mattawan Aug. 29-Sept. 15: Gillette Visitor Center, Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon


LANSING — Michigan’s lastknown wolverine, which since has made a trip to the taxidermist, was displayed at the state Capitol and is in the middle of a tour around the state. The wolverine was discovered in 2004 in the northern Thumb and was the first wolverine seen in Michigan in 200 years. The animal was unveiled Tuesday at the Capitol as part of a statewide exhibit organized by the Michigan Historical Center and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “I think it is important for people to see her and know what a wolverine looks like ... they are a vicious animal,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who was joined at the news conference by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Shores, and DNR


Jeff Ford, who for several years tracked what might have been the last wolverine in Michigan, stands next to a taxidermy display of the animal at the Capitol.

Director Keith Creagh. The wolverine is on display at the Capitol until Friday and then will visit other cities throughout the state. After the tour, the wolverine will retire at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center in Bay City State Recreation Area, according to the DNR. During the event, Jeff Ford

talked about how he tracked and photographed the wolverine between 2004 to 2010. “Everything has culminated to us being here at the Capitol and celebrating the life of the only wild wolverine confirmed in Michigan,” said Ford, who is a co-author of the book “The Lone Wolverine: Tracking Michigan’s Most Elusive

Animal.” While tracking the wolverine, Ford, a former Deckerville High School science teacher, captured 1,200 photos and many hours of video. He said having the wolverine on display at the Capitol could be a historic day in Michigan. After being discovered in 2004, the wolverine continued to roam in the Minden City State Game Area until she died of congestive heart failure in 2010.

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Reba Williams, 106, looks over her high school diploma Wednesday at her home in Columbus, Ohio.

106-year-old gets high school diploma

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 106-year-old central Ohio woman who completed classes but didn’t graduate in a dispute over a book has received her high school diploma. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, superintendent presented Reba Williams with the diploma Wednesday at her apartment in Columbus. She even got to wear a traditional graduation cap brought by the retired Mount Vernon English teacher who urged the school board to award the diploma. Williams has said she completed high school in Mount Vernon but was denied her diploma because she refused to read a final book assigned by a teacher. She’d read the book once and didn’t want to read it again. Williams says she hopes current students realize that learning is important and that they probably shouldn’t follow her example.

Cops kill suspect in shooting rampage

HERKIMER, N.Y. — Police in upstate New York stormed an abandoned building Thursday morning where a man suspected of a deadly shooting rampage at a car wash and barbershop had been holed up, killing him after he fired on an FBI dog. SWAT teams entered the building around 8 a.m., and sent the dog in first, Trooper Jack Keller said. The 64-year-old suspect, Kurt Myers, had been inside since Wednesday afternoon. “He was waiting for us,” Keller said. “He kills the dog. They hear shots fired. Our teams returned fire and the suspect gets shot.” No officers were injured in the basement shootout, he said. Police say Myers sauntered into a barbershop Wednesday, coolly asked if the man cutting hair remembered him and then opened fire with a shotgun, the first shots in a burst of violence that would leave four dead, two critically wounded and people in this small village aching to find out what set the gunman off.


Syrian rebels said to kill captured soldiers

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels routinely kill captured soldiers and suspected regime informers, human rights monitors said Thursday, warning of mounting war crimes committed by those trying to topple President Bashar Assad. Reports of rebel abuses come as the Syrian opposition appears to be gaining momentum in a 2-year-old conflict that, according to the U.N., has killed more than 70,000 people. Abuses by the Assad regime remain far more deadly, the Londonbased group Amnesty International said.

WASHINGTON — About 7 of 10 Americans talk on their mobile phones while behind the wheel, a dangerous distraction that is more common in the United States than in Europe, health officials said Thursday. A survey showed 69 percent of Americans had used their phones while driving in the previous 30 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of drivers in seven European countries who

did the same ranged from 59 percent in Portugal to 21 percent in Britain, the CDC said Thursday. The study also found 31 percent of U.S. drivers read or sent text messages of emails while on the road. Phone use while driving can be deadly. In the United States, 3.5 million people suffer serious injuries in car crashes each year and an estimated 24 percent of those accidents involve phones, according to the National Safety Council, an injury prevention nonprofit group based in Itasca, Ill. The U.S. has the same number or

fewer mobile phones per 100 people as the other countries in the survey, according to The World Bank. “The cellphone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. “Driving and dialing or texting don’t mix.” Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain were the other countries included in the survey. Portugal came closest to the U.S. in talking on the phone while driving and texting behind the wheel. About 59 percent of

Portuguese drivers talked on their mobile phone at least once in 30 days and 31 percent texted or sent email messages while driving, according to the report. The data was collected in two different surveys in 2011. No significant difference existed between men and women in terms of mobile phone use while driving though younger drivers used their phones more often than older ones, according to the report. In the U.S., there were 106 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 people in 2011 compared to 131 subscriptions per

Pope Francis heralds new era for Latin America

100 people in Britain, according to The World Bank. Only France had fewer than the U.S. at 105 subscriptions per 100 people. While mobile phone use doesn’t vary widely in the U.S. or European countries, differences in mobile phone laws might not explain the variation in use while driving either, the CDC report said. “While U.S. states differ in their cellphone use laws, nearly all European countries have hand-held bans in place, yet there is still a large variation in European estimates,” the report said.

Cardinals’ choice gives region visibility, attention

Homes lost to foreclosure fall 11 percent in February



South America, a continent known to many Americans largely for roiling politics, economic turmoil and good beaches, now finds itself in possession of the global image trifecta: a World Cup (in 2014), a Summer Olympics (2016) and a new pope (Francis). When the College of Cardinals decided to go to the Western Hemisphere for a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, they didn’t choose the archbishops of Boston or New York or a cardinal from Quebec. They tapped the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. Experts say it has to help the reputation and morale of a region that has languished in relative obscurity, except when depicted as a fount of drugs (Colombia), deforestation (Brazil) and demagoguery (the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela). “Without question, the emotional response to the pope coming from South America really gives the region Pope Francis a visibility and attention on the global scale that reflects where it’s gone politically, economically and socially,” said Harley Shaiken, chairman of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This was not lost on South Americans. They cheered, cried and honked their car horns in cities and towns across the continent, according to The Associated Press. “Incredible!” cried Martha Ruiz, 60, of Buenos Aires, who got the news while waiting at that city’s cathedral. “All of Latin America is dropping to its knees to pray, to thank God for this extraordinary gift that he has given us,” said Archbishop Diego Padron of the Venezuelan city of Cumana. Taken with the soccer tournament and the summer games — both in Brazil — the papal

LOS ANGELES — While the nation’s foreclosure woes persist, new data show they are easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes. The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell 11 percent from January and declined 29 percent from February last year, tumbling to the lowest level since September 2007, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. Some states continued to see sharp increases in homes lost to foreclosure last month, including Washington, Wisconsin and Iowa. But home repossessions declined both on an annual and monthly basis in a majority of states, including past foreclosure hotbeds such as California, Georgia and Arizona. All told, 45,038 U.S. homes completed the foreclosure process in February. That’s less than half of the 102,000 homes lost to foreclosure in March 2010, when home repossessions peaked, according to the firm’s records, which go back to January 2005. Foreclosures remain at more than double the pace that RealtyTrac considers normal, roughly 20,000 foreclosures a month, the average in 2005. But their national impact has been contained, said Daren Blomquist, a vice president at RealtyTrac. “It’s definitely safe to say we’re past the worst of it at a national level,” he said. Several factors are contributing to the overall decline in completed foreclosures. More jobs and ultra-low mortgage rates are helping the oncebattered housing market recover, and the rising demand combined with fewer available homes has helped push home prices steadily upward since last year. They posted their biggest annual increase in six years in January.


A woman holds up her rosary wrapped hand Thursday in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary at Saint Yves Catholic church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Latin Americans reacted with joy at news that Pope Francis, Argentina’s former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had become the first pope ever from the Americas.

selection “creates a moment when the world’s attention catches up to the reality of where the region is,” Shaiken said. That reality includes the fact that Brazil has the world’s sixth-largest economy and is fast headed toward No. 5; that Chile also, after some hard times, is prospering; and that Argentina, once home to one of the region’s most autocratic and repressive political systems, is a functioning democracy. For the Catholic Church, the Bergoglio pick is a longawaited acknowledgment from Rome that Latin America’s 425 million Catholics represent 40 percent of the global church, even though the region accounted for just 17 percent of the cardinal-electors in the

papal conclave. Also, the death this month of Chavez, Venezuela’s president, removes a figure who, despite his popularity among many of the poor and those on the political left, was widely regarded by many capitalists in the developed world as an enemy. (Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, said Chavez should be credited with lobbying Jesus to help name a Latin American pope: “We know that our’commander’ rose to the heights and is face to face with Christ. He must’ve influenced somehow to convene a South American pope. Some new hand arrived and Christ said,’Well, it is the time for South America,’” he said Wednesday.) The net result will be a

higher profile for a region that Americans have tended to disregard even though — or perhaps because — it’s in their own backyard, according to Marc Chernick, director of the master’s program in Latin American studies at Georgetown University. “Most Americans don’t think twice about South America, besides that’s where a lot of drugs and crime come from,” said Ted Piccone, a Latin American relations specialist at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. The papal selection, the cup and the games, he said, “are a reminder that this is a much more complex and rich region than that. ... It’s evidence that Latin America is a rising force on the world stage.”

Physicists claim to find ‘God particle’ BY JOHN HEILPRIN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GENEVA — The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe. Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the “God particle.” The discovery would be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize. Last July, scientists at

the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like, but they stopped short of saying conclusively that it was the same particle or was some version of it. Scientists have now finished going through the entire set of data. “The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with

a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said Joe Incandela, a physicist who heads one of the two main teams at CERN, each involving several thousand scientists. CERN’s atom smasher, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider that lies beneath the Swiss-French border, has been creating high-energy collisions of protons to investigate how the universe came to be the way it is.


This image provided by CERN, shows a CMS protonproton collision in which four high-energy electrons (green lines and red towers) are observed. The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson.


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Japan’s tsunami recovery stumbles


RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — Like tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the tsunami that pulverized Japan’s northeastern coast two years ago, 83-year-old Hide Sato is living in one-room temporary housing and longing for a home of her own. Chances are she will be waiting at least a few more years. The dozens of temporary housing camps built for tsunami survivors were meant to be used for just two years. Now officials are saying it could be six to 10 years before all their residents are resettled. Japan’s progress in rebuilding from the mountain of water that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away and killing nearly 19,000 people, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground to make space for relocation of survivors has barely begun. In Sato’s city, Rikuzentakata, nothing permanent has been rebuilt, though in late February ground finally was broken the city’s first post-disaster public housing project. About half of the homes to be rebuilt will be public housing — many families can scarcely afford to rebuild after losing everything. Sato, a spirited octogenarian who constantly laughs and jokes while explaining how she makes the best of things, likens the situation to the devastation after Japan’s defeat in World War II. Rikuzentakata’s 20,000some residents ought to just

to take matters into their own hands, she said. “This is our town, and so we need to rebuild it using our own efforts. I feel we shouldn’t be relying on the government to do it,” said Sato, who gets by on a stipend of about $400 a month and sleeps on sturdy cardboard boxes to insulate herself from the cold floor of her 323-square-foot living space. “We have to do what we are capable of doing, a step at a time,” she said. In dozens of towns, from the tiny fishing enclave of Ryoishi to the big industrial port of Ishinomaki and beyond to the coast of Fukushima, where some areas remain off-limits because of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, the tsunami zones remain bleak wastelands. Scattered along the coast are huge piles of rubble and stacks of smashed scooters and cars. Reconstruction has lagged behind recoveries from earlier disasters, such as the 1995 earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people in western Japan’s Kobe-Osaka region, because it is complicated by the imperative to move residents out of areas prone to tsunamis that can swell several stories high. Delays in approvals for cutting forests atop the mountains that will be used for relocation, refusals to allow businesses to rebuild on former farmland devastated by the tsunami and uncertainties over property ownership are among the obstacles in the paths of towns that want to rebuild.

the few concrete buildings yet to be demolished. Utility poles stud roadsides, and empty lots are littered with mundane odds and ends — kitchen strainers, skillets, laundry hangers, a rusted clock.

Already in trouble


Heavy machinery sorts out concrete and steel debris left after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, at a scrap yard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, Japan.

The Reconstruction Agency in Tokyo, meant to coordinate among Tokyo, the disaster zone and various government ministries, is criticized as another layer of red tape. The government plans to spend $268 billion for the entire rebuilding effort. But less than half of the $85.7 billion allocated so far has been used.

Feeling fed up

Rikuzentakata’s mayor, Futoshi Toba, is fed up with the delays. Toba, who lost his wife, Kumi, in the tsunami, is among many who believe reconstruction has been hobbled by Japan’s incapacity to shift gears and adapt quickly enough to changes brought on by the tsunami — just as it is struggling to revive its fast-aging, postindustrial economy. “We have kept going, believing that time will perhaps

Richard Nixon wished for total handgun ban Ex-president wanted to outlaw ‘Saturday night specials’ BY FREDERIC J. FROMMER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as was Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White House memos from the Nixon years show a conservative president who at times appeared willing to take on the National Rifle Association, a powerful gun lobby then as now, even as his aides worried about the political ramifications. “I don’t know why any individual should have a right to have a revolver in his house,” Nixon said in a taped conversation with aides. “The kids usually kill themselves with it and so forth.” He asked why “can’t we go after handguns, period?” Nixon went on: “I know the rifle association will be against it, the gun makers will be against it.” But “people should not have handguns.” He laced his comments with obscenities, as was typical. Nixon made his remarks in the Oval Office on May 16, 1972, the day after a would-be assassin shot and paralyzed segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace. As president, Nixon never publicly called for a ban on all handguns. Instead, he urged Congress to pass more modest legislation banning Saturday night specials, which were cheaply made, easily concealed and often used by criminals.

Not all of the president’s men appeared to share his passion on the issue. The recordings and memos show that Nixon administration officials saw gun control as a political loser. Nixon, a Republican, did say publicly that if Congress passed a ban on Saturday night specials, he would sign it. But in a sign of how potent the NRA was even 40 years ago, this narrow piece of legislation never made it to his desk, and there is no sign that he ever sent a draft bill to Capitol Hill.

Shifting arguments

Today, President Barack Obama faces similar hurdles in trying to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Gun control advocates say no one needs such powerful weapons to kill an intruder or take down an animal. In Nixon’s time, the argument of such advocates was that Saturday night specials were too poorly made to be relied on for self-defense or hunting. “Let me ask you,” Nixon said to Attorney General John Mitchell in June 1971, “there is only one thing you are checking on, that’s the manufacture of those $20 guns? We should probably stop that.” Saturday night specials sold for $10 to $30 at the time. Mitchell responded that banning those guns would be “pretty difficult, actually,” because of the gun lobby. “No hunters are going to use $20 guns,” Nixon countered. “No, but the gun lobby’s against any incursion into the elimination of firearms,” Mitchell said. The term “Saturday night special” originated in Detroit, where police observed the frequency with which the guns were used to commit weekend mayhem. Nixon’s private comments were not always supportive of gun control, particularly measures that would go beyond handguns. For example, in a taped conversation just a few days after

saying that people shouldn’t have handguns, the president asked rhetorically, “What do they want to do, just disarm the populace? Disarm the good folks and leave the arms in the hands of criminals?” But most of his comments on the tapes were in favor of stronger gun control.

alleviate our difficulties, that a year from now, two years from now, things will definitely get better and we’ll be able to look back and think that was the worst time and things have gotten better,” Toba said. “But now, two years later, I have to frankly tell you that reconstruction is still not making good progress.” “In a time of crisis, there needs to be a fundamental understanding that the usual rules sometimes must be suspended or put on hold. But the members of the national government simply seem not to understand that,” he said. Norio Akasaka, a professor at Tokyo’s Gakushuin University who specializes on northeastern Japan, cites Japan’s dysfunctional politics — inept, revolving-door prime ministers — and its unwieldy bureaucracy as the main reasons for delays. Poor coordination among

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Disrupted Migration

The world’s greatest migration of wild mammals will likely be considerably shorter this year in East Africa, according to a Tanzania official. Each year during May, the mass movement of the great wildebeest and other species begins in the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. Months later, the animals typically wind up in lower Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, about 500 miles north. The animals involved in the migration include about 1.5 million wildebeests, 400,000 zebras and thousands of antelopes as well as gazelles. Hyenas and lions typically scavenge behind them. But the migrants now seem to be spending more time than usual in the southern part of the Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tanzania’s Daily News reports that the animals may not reach the Maasai Mara at all this year. “Increasing human activities at Maasai Mara ... is what causes the annual migration of wildebeests to reduce and eventually stop going to the Kenyan sanctuary altogether,” Godson Kimaro, the senior warden at Serengeti National Park, told the daily.

Passover Plague

By Steve Newman


Promised to sign

At a June 29, 1972, news conference about six weeks after Wallace’s shooting, Nixon said he’d sign legislation banning Saturday night specials. Later that year, the Senate did pass such a bill, but the House never acted on the legislation. The bill’s sponsor, Indiana Democrat Birch Bayh, said in a recent interview that the NRA helped prevent his bill from getting through Congress. The Nixon administration supported an unsuccessful Republican alternative Senate bill on Saturday night specials that had a definition the NRA preferred. The shooting of another politician put gun control back on the radar the next year. On Jan. 30, 1973, two robbers shot Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., and surgeons initially thought he would die. Stennis survived and lived until 1995. The day of the shooting, Nixon told White House special counsel Charles Colson, “At least I hope that Saturday night special legislation, at least we’re supporting that, you know. We’re not for gun control generally, but we are for that. God damn it, that ought to be passed. Or was it passed?” When Colson told him it hadn’t, Nixon instructed his counsel, “We better damn well be for it now, huh?” At a news conference the next day, the president repeated his call to ban Saturday night specials. He also volunteered a comment that few national politicians would make today: “Let me say, personally, I have never hunted in my life. I have no interest in guns and so forth.”

central government agencies, Tokyo and local governments further complicates matters. “They are still saying people can’t use farmland to rebuild, even though they can’t farm there either. We have to revive the region under very severe conditions,” Akasaka said. “Each agency is acting within the vertical walls of its own fiefdom.” The remoteness of many areas stripped bare by the tsunami and a lack of manpower also have hindered rebuilding. Rikuzentakata’s post-tsunami landscapes of a year ago and now, a year later, differ little. About three-quarters of Rikuzentakata’s 8,000-some homes were destroyed by the 43-foot tsunami, which swept up to two-and-a-half miles up its wedge-shaped river valley. Most debris was hauled away long ago. The wind whips through derelict skeletons of

Like many cities in rural Japan, Rikuzentakata was in trouble even before the disaster. It has long lacked enough labor for its traditional industries, such as fishing and farming — and has few jobs that can satisfy the aspirations of young residents, who are leaving to seek work in the cities. The disaster accelerated that process, and Toba chafes at delays he blames on Tokyo. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited Rikuzentakata in early February, has promised faster action on rebuilding. His Liberal Democratic Party regained power in December, trouncing the Democratic Party of Japan, which was widely condemned for its handling of the tsunami and resulting meltdowns of reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant to the south. “The elderly survivors say time is running out,” Abe said in a March 1 policy speech to parliament. Local economies are barely beginning to recover: First came the vending machines — near ubiquitous in Japan. Now, various small frontierstyle enterprises such as restaurants, shops selling seeds and makeshift shopping malls are popping up in the tsunami zones. But these are only the barest essentials for Rikuzentakata, whose main industries before the disaster were oyster farming, fish processing and tourism.

Clouds of desert locusts swarming over Egypt in recent weeks arrived in Israel as that country was preparing to observe the Passover holiday. According to the Bible, a plague of locusts was one of 10 plagues God imposed on Egyptians for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews. Israel Radio reports a large swarm of the ravenous insects darkened the skies over southern Israel as they arrived in fields across the Negev desert, where they caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Israeli officials were preparing pesticides to be sprayed on farmland to keep the insects from munching on more crops.

Shark Extinction Threat

As many as one in 15 of all sharks on Earth are fished from the oceans each year, leading many to fear the species is on the path to extinction. A new study has offered the first tentative tally of the number of sharks killed by humans each year, many illegally. Writing in the journal Marine Policy, lead author Boris Worm of Canada’s Dalhousie University estimates that some 97 million sharks were caught and killed in 2010. That figure represents only a modest decline from the 2000 estimate of 100 million. From one year to the next, between 6.4 percent and 7.9 percent of the worldwide shark population is fished, the study claims. The global shark fin market, which the study estimates to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is the primary driver of aggressive shark fishing.

Russian Rumblings

Far East Russia’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano created vivid flows of lava across the otherwise frozen landscape of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The closest settlement to the eruption is the remote community of Klyuchi, about 30 miles away. Plosky Tolbachik began erupting last Nov. 27 for the first time in 36 years. It is one in a chain of several volcanoes in southeastern Kamchatka that have a history of producing at least some kind of eruptive activity in recent years.


A quake caused hundreds of homes to collapse and injured 20 people in China’s Yunnan province. • Earth movements were also felt in Taiwan, the Bangladesh-eastern India border region, the Dominican Republic, southern Oklahoma and the Inland Empire of Southern California.



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Lingering Risks

People living in the area most directly affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster face a slightly higher risk of developing certain cancers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report. It adds that the risk is negligible for those residing elsewhere in Japan at the time of the disaster and is virtually nonexistent for those who were out of the country when the meltdowns occurred. The WHO report estimates that female infants living within 12 miles of the plant at the time of the disaster face a 70 percent higher risk of developing thyroid cancer later in life than comparable babies living outside the contaminated area. Slightly elevated rates of leukemia and breast cancer can also be expected, the report says.

Rodent Intelligence

Russia’s military intelligence agency is reported to be readying a new field weapon for special ops — a platoon of secret agent mice. The rodents will replace dogs in detecting explosives, ammunition and people being hidden, such as hostages. Izvestia reports the tiny troops are being tested at a secret location and could be used soon throughout Russia’s secret service operations. Experts say that mice have a better sense of smell than dogs and take only a couple of weeks to train. Anton Venediktov told reporters that they are also less prone to “emotions” than canines, which could affect their performance. “Mice can be taught to detect the smell of certain substances,” explained Venediktov. “Smelling it, they run to a special place in their cage, and make a certain pose.” Distributed by: Universal UClick © MMXIII Earth Environment Service


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10.7 percent cut in extended jobless aid

LANSING — Some unemployed Michigan workers face a 10.7 percent cut in their benefits because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the cuts take effect March 31 for people getting benefits from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. The federally funded program provides up to 34 weeks of extended benefits for people who have exhausted their regular state benefits.

Mounds of oil byproduct prompt concerns

DETROIT — Hulking black mounds that have risen recently on two sites along the banks of the Detroit River in southwest Detroit are prompting concerns about potential pollution. The petroleum coke, or pet coke, mounds are a byproduct of oil refining used in energy production. The material has been brought by trucks from the nearby Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery. Area residents, the Canadian government and Democratic U.S. Reps. Gary Peters and John Conyers are among those concerned about the potential impact on the area. Findlay, Ohiobased Marathon Petroleum said the pet coke stored along the Detroit River is no longer owned by the company, so it can’t comment on its storage. If stored properly, however, Marathon says pet coke poses no environmental concerns.

Senate backs license plate for conservation

LANSING — A bill to authorize a fundraising license plate for a conservation group has won unanimous approval in the Michigan Senate. Legislation passed Thursday would let drivers buy a “Ducks Unlimited” plate with proceeds going to the Michigan chapter of the wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization. The money could be used to restore and buy wetlands and pay for education and outreach regarding wetlands conservation. The $15,000 startup cost to the secretary of state’s office would be paid for by proceeds from the specialty plate. The bill was sent to the House, which is considering a related measure.

Body of woman found behind thrift store

PORT HURON TOWNSHIP — The body of a roughly 80-year-old woman was hidden for more than a week under snow and blankets behind a Michigan thrift store, authorities said Thursday. The St. Clair County’s Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman, whose body was found Tuesday outside the Goodwill store in Port Huron Township. The cause of her death hasn’t been determined. Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the store and determined the woman’s body had been outside since at least March 3, but was covered by snow and blankets. The sheriff’s department described the woman as white, about 80 years old, about 5 feet tall and weighing about 100 to 110 pounds. She had gray, shoulder-length hair, dark eyes, had a mastectomy and had two surgical scars on her stomach.



LANSING — Michigan cities and townships that provide health care for retired public workers face nearly $13 billion in unfunded costs, according to a report released Thursday, with half setting aside no money to cope with a bill gobbling up more of their budgets. The sobering study, released the same day an emergency financial manager was assigned to Detroit, shows that city is not alone in grappling with how to pay promised health benefits to retirees. More than 300 cities, townships and villages — home to two-thirds of state residents — face a combined $12.7 billion in unfunded liabilities in the

next 30 years. “It’s a crisis now and it’s only going to get worse,” said Eric Scorsone, an economist at Michigan State University and expert on government finances. Detailing his findings to a state legislative committee on Thursday, he warned that higher taxes, budget cuts or broken promises to retirees are inevitable, and called on lawmakers to step in and help find solutions. “For Michigan, as a state, for our local governments, this is the biggest long-term financial challenge we have right now,” said Scorsone, lead author of the report. Unlike pension benefits, retiree health care is often not

prefunded, where money is put aside so it can generate investment income used to help pay future costs. About half of the municipalities that offer health insurance to retirees pay as they go, relying mostly on tax revenue to foot the bill each year despite longer lifespans and rapidly rising health care costs, according to the report. The study reviewed 2011 annual audit reports that local governments filed with the state. It is the first attempt to comprehensibly collect and analyze the cost of Michigan municipal workers’ retirement benefits since local governments had to start calculating non-pension legacy costs in 2007, according to the report. A 2011 study by the Citizens


PONTIAC — A 75-year-old woman said she didn’t tell police that she was assaulted by her teen grandson before she shot him six times, killing him in their suburban Detroit home. Sandra Layne finished two days of emotional, tearful testimony Thursday in her first-degree murder trial. She repeated her claim that she felt threatened by 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman, saying he kicked her and struck her before she retrieved a gun from her bedroom in West Bloomfield Township. But on cross-examination, Layne acknowledged she didn’t tell police about the alleged assault when they immediately



Sandra Layne, 75, testifies in an Oakland County Circuit courtroom. Layne is on trial in the shooting death of her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman.

arrested her last May. Jurors asked questions. One wanted to know why Layne didn’t call 911 after shooting Hoffman and running to the basement. She says she was “terrified.” Layne emerged from the basement and shot Hoffman again. Thursday was her second day on the witness stand after telling jurors that she shot Hoffman because she feared him and couldn’t control his rebellious behavior. Layne didn’t answer and began rocking in her chair when assistant prosecutor Kelli Megyesi asked her to acknowledge that she shot Hoffman, which is not in dispute. “Are you OK? Do you need a break?” Megyesi asked. Her questions were aimed

at emphasizing that Layne shot Hoffman, dashed to the basement and then returned to shoot him again. Police said she fired 10 shots, striking the teen six times, even as he begged a 911 operator for help. She faces life in prison without parole if convicted of firstdegree murder. Layne told the jury Wednesday that her grandson moved in with her in 2011 after his parents divorced and settled in Arizona. She said she felt overwhelmed by his drug use and choice of friends and bought a gun weeks before the shooting to protect herself and her husband. Layne said Hoffman demanded $2,000 and the keys to her car after flunking a drug test. She said he kicked her before she rushed to her bedroom for the gun.


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LANSING —The National Federation of Independent Business in Michigan surveyed its members and found that about two-thirds of respondents do not want the state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. About 22 percent of respondents support the move and the rest are undecided. “There’s an overall concern that when you expand an entitlement program like Medicaid, you’re creating more dependency and you’re discouraging people from seeking better jobs and opportunities,” said Charles Owens, NFIB state director. “It’s fairly common that it’s very difficult to draw back and entitlement once its put out there and people become accustomed to it.” Gov. Rick Snyder has called for expanding Medicaid to add thousands of people to the federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Starting in 2014, the ACA would expand Medicaid to people earning less than 133 percent of the poverty level,


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the report said. Scorsone stopped short of recommending specific actions, but said other cities and states have considered pooling resources, cutting retirees’ benefits or making them pay more — depending on what union contracts allow — and moving retires under 65 into the new health insurance exchanges required under the federal health care overhaul. Scorsone said cities and township historically offered retiree benefits to compete with the Detroit Three automakers and other private employers. Health benefits in particular help workers such as police and firefighters who retire in their 50s before Medicare kicks in at age 65.

Business group opposes Medicaid expansion

Woman wraps up testimony in grandson’s shooting 75-year-old says she felt threatened by teen

Research Council showed $4 billion in health care liabilities for 83 counties. Detroit’s $5 billion tab accounts for nearly 40 percent of the $12.7 billion liability. But Scorsone said larger cities such as Grand Rapids, Flint — which has an emergency manager — Lansing and Saginaw also face large health care bills for retirees. Nearly $11 billion is attributable to municipalities in a 10-county region in southeast Michigan. “Many Michigan municipalities have taken incremental steps to reduce the (non-pension) liability, but the local governments with the greatest amount of fiscal stress will need more drastic measures,”


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roughly $31,000 for a family of four. (Some reports say 138 percent, because the first 5 percent of income is not counted.) The Snyder administration has said the expansion could cover about 320,000 residents in the first year, and that could grow to more than 470,000 by 2021. Medicaid already covers nearly one of every five residents in Michigan. Some Republican lawmakers have been reluctant to support the expansion in part because states eventually will have to pick up a portion of the cost. The federal government will cover 100 percent of the additional costs until 2016 and drop to 90 percent by 2020. Owens said opposition to the expansion was lower in Michigan’s NFIB chapter than in other states. That could be a result of Snyder’s plan to put half of the state’s savings from the early years into an account to help pay for the state’s increased costs once the federal government scales back its funding. The NFIB has about 10,000 members in Michigan. The typical member has about five employees. These small employers won’t be impacted as much as larger employers.

Judge: U.S. can’t make Monaghan offer workers contraceptives THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT — A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration from requiring Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the federal health care law. Monaghan, an devout Roman Catholic said he considers contraception “gravely immoral” practice. His lawsuit also lists as a plaintiff his Domino’s Farms, an office park outside Ann Arbor. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the law against Monaghan and Domino’s Farms. Monaghan has sold most of his controlling stake in Domino’s Pizza. He offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.


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Could this be start of a beautiful friendship? Snyder, new Detroit manager get off on good foot ... with city officials


ov. Rick Snyder and his hand-picked emergency manager for Motown took some major strides in cultivating community buy-in for the controversial move to have someone else make the tough decisions to keep Detroit afloat. In a nicely orchestrated



coming-out party for Kevyn Orr, the governor got Mayor Dave Bing to stand up front and embrace the “teamwork” theme that both the governor and Mr. Orr drove home time and time again. And to boot, the sometimes-recalcitrant City Council made a goodfaith gesture by not hauling

everyone into court to block the emergency manager. As you watched the drama unfold, you were struck by the similarities between the two University of Michigan grads who were on campus at the same time years ago. (1) Smart. Both bring brains to the table. (2) Public service gene. Mr. Snyder didn’t have to run, and Mr. Orr didn’t have to leave a lucrative job to do this thankless task that he described as the “Olympics of restructuring.” They both did it out of a sense of duty,

with Mr. Orr suggesting, “I’m compelled to do this. (3) Data driven. They are two peas in a pod. (4) Willing to make tough decisions. This was not an easy decision for the governor but Mr. Orr even swiped one of the governor’s lines when he explained his own reason for jumping in, i.e., “it’s the right thing to do.” That is Mr. Snyder through and through. (5) No punitive behavior. Unlike other governors, who shall remain unnamed, Mr. Snyder does not thrive on

getting even, and Mr. Orr said in dealing with those who might be uncooperative on some of his impending decision, he was selfdescribed as not engaging in “punitive behavior,” either. You’re beginning to see why these two guys hit it off almost instantly. (6) And finally, this irony of ironies. When private citizen Rick Snyder contemplated running for governor, his wife, Sue, told him he should stop muttering every night about how bad it was in Lansing

and do something about by running. He did. Mr. Orr tells the tale of his spouse telling him he should stop complaining about all the “Sunday talk shows” and get in the game. He did. Oh yeah, there is one difference that apparently didn’t bother the governor. The guy he picked is a Democrat. Tim Skubick, host of “Off the Record” on WKAR-TV in East Lansing, is’s political columnist. See “Off the Record” online anytime at

Sequester is the kindest cut I certainly don’t feel like we’re on the razor’s edge





Ryan’s budget: shooting blanks House chairman’s blueprint is an exercise in ... oh, never mind WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP


aul Ryan’s budget is an amazing and wondrous document. Not only does it balance the budget in 10 years while reducing tax rates, it also does so without any pain or suffering — or even breaking a sweat. It achieves not just the longtime goals of policymakers — “a safety net strengthened ... retirement secured ... a nation protected” — but also brings about changes in human nature that have bedeviled civilization from the beginning of time. “This budget ends cronyism; eliminates waste, fraud and abuse,” Ryan’s plan promises. “Now, how do we do this?” Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman, asked with a magician’s flourish as he unveiled his budget Tuesday morning. Here’s how: The former Republican vice presidential candidate’s budget eliminates (blank) loopholes in the tax code, cutting the (blank) and the (blank) deductions. It reduces spending on the (blank) program by (blank) and the (blank) program by (blank). Retirees would see (blank), students would experience (blank) and the poor would be (blank). There are so many blanks in Ryan’s budget that it could be a Mad Libs exercise. But this is not a game. It’s black-box budgeting — an


MILBANK OPINION expression of lofty aims, with binders full of magic asterisks in lieu of specific cuts to government benefits. If this were a fitness plan, Ryan, a former personal trainer, would be telling Americans that under his revolutionary program, they could lose 50 pounds in 10 weeks without dieting or working out. How, Ryan was asked, would he reduce tax rates without going after such popular items as the mortgage-interest deduction and the charitable-giving deduction? “Yeah, so this is what the Ways and Means Committee is going to do,” he replied. Mostly, Ryan would achieve his aims through sleight of hand. The recent tax increase on wealthy Americans that Ryan and fellow Republicans opposed? He keeps it in his budget. The $716 billion cut to Medicare he blasted President Obama for? Ryan keeps that, too. How about the “sequester,” those automatic spending cuts that Republicans condemn? Ryan preserves those in perpetuity, at least for domestic programs. He proposes abolishing Obamacare — a futile gesture — but would pocket for other purposes $1 trillion in tax increases that came with the program. In subtle ways, Ryan’s budget acknowledges the results of November’s election. He isn’t seeking to


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do away with tax increases that have already been approved, and he accepts that tax revenue will be 19.1 percent of the economy in a decade, up from the 18.7 percent he assumed last year. But otherwise, he continues to peddle the same ideas: the partial privatization of Medicare; a 10 percent reduction in the federal workforce; and cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, education, job training and farm programs. Public Radio International’s Todd Zwillich pointed out that Republicans lost the presidency, House seats and the combined popular vote in House races. “People outside this process might wonder if elections have consequences,” Zwillich said. “Look, whether the country intended it or not, we have divided government,” Ryan replied, suggesting that Republicans somehow won the debate while losing the election. “Are a lot of these solutions very popular, and did we win these arguments in the campaign?” Ryan asked himself. “Some of us think so.”

Ryan essentially acknowledged that his plan relies on the fantasy that Obamacare will be repealed. “We will never be able to balance the budget if you keep Obamacare going,” he said in response to a question from CBS’ Nancy Cordes. Tuesday’s flimflammery began when Ryan and his fellow Budget Committee members took the stage. Ryan was accompanied by 13 other white guys in suits, but he had the two women in the group standing immediately behind him, where they would be on camera. He played down the sacrifices inherent in his budget, using the word “cut” only twice and only in broad terms: “we cut wasteful spending ... this budget cuts spending by $4.6 trillion over 10 years.” But the Q&A in the House TV studio quickly entangled the master of illusion in his own trickery. CNN’s Dana Bash asked whether Ryan was being “disingenuous” by including new taxes that he opposed. “We’re not going to refight the past,” he explained. If Ryan is “not going to fight the past,” Fox News’ Chad Pergram asked, why is he still trying to repeal Obamacare? “This to us is something that we’re not going to give up on,” Ryan answered, “because we’re not going to give up on destroying the health-care system for the American people.” Even a skilled illusionist can have the occasional Freudian slip. Email: danamilbank@washpost. com.

f you’re reading this, you’ve survived the sequester cuts! That may surprise you, since President Barack Obama likened the sequester to taking a “meat cleaver” to government, causing FBI agents to be furloughed, prosecutors to let criminals escape and medical research to grind to a halt! The media hyped it, too. The NBC Nightly News said, “The sequester could cripple air travel, force firefighter layoffs — even kick preschoolers out of child care!” The truth is that the terrifying sequester cuts weren’t even cuts. They were merely a small reduction in government’s planned increase in spending. A very small reduction. After a decade, the federal government will simply spend about $4.6 trillion a year instead of $4.5 trillion (in 2012 dollars). And still members of Congress, Republicans included, look for ways to delay the cuts, like spreading them out over 10 years instead of making any now. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked, “If we cannot do this little bit ... how are we ever going to balance the budget?” Actually, we don’t even need to balance the budget. If we just slowed the growth of government to 1 or 2 percent a year, we could grow our way out of unsustainable debt. Paul recommends freezing hiring of federal workers, staying out of most foreign military conflicts and eliminating four Cabinetlevel departments: Housing, Education, Energy and Commerce. Why do we even have a Commerce Department? Commerce just happens. The free market provides housing and energy. Education is funded by states. Those Cabinet departments don’t exist just to help you. The housing budget funds vouchers that give people an incentive not to seek higher-paying jobs, plus advocacy groups and in a few cases even homes for the bureaucrats themselves. Federal education spending pleases education bureaucrats and teachers unions but doesn’t raise kids’ test scores. Energy subsidies go to “green” crony capitalists like those who ran Solyndra. The Commerce Department awards taxpayer-funded trips to politically connected CEOs to promote their companies overseas.

We could cut still more departments. I’d start with the departments of Labor and Agriculture. Workers can labor and farmers can farm without federal help. But the chances of bigger cuts — or tackling the biggest threat, Medicare — seem remote when government won’t even ditch budget items like these: § $140,000 to study pig feces in China. § $100,000 for a video game about aliens saving planets from climate change. § $88,000 for a comedy tour in India called “Make Chai, Not War.” § $55,000 to study immaturity and drinking. Did those sound like jokes? They are all too real. Maybe I — and people my age — can avoid making cuts. Since so much spending is lavished on older Americans, we can let younger generations foot the bill. But that will be tricky, since the portion of the population that’s my age keeps getting larger. My fellow baby boomers and I rudely refuse to die, and we want all the cool new stuff modern medicine invents. We expect it to be free, or nearly free, through Medicare. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough young people to pay for what we’ll collect from Medicare. Birth rates are falling. Young people in America now don’t have enough babies to replace themselves, let alone enough to become workers to fund Medicare. Worse, many of those young people learned bad lessons from us baby boomers — like how to be parasites. One student from California State University, Northridge told my viewers that his plan for the future is: “Beat the system — take out a bunch of loans, and don’t pay them back. ... What (else) are you going to do, work?” Well, someone has to. Frederic Bastiat wrote, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” But government, which wants you to think it is so useful and generous, can’t spend a dime until it takes that dime from us. It’s time to stop kidding ourselves. Think of the sequester “cuts” as a very gentle wake-up call. John Stossel is host of “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network.


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Boys on campus flirt with sexual harassment D

ear Abby: I am a young woman on a predominantly male college campus. One morning, while walking to a class, I had the misfortune of walking a few feet ahead of a pair of boys who were having an incredibly offensive and loud conversation about their sexual interests. It was extremely derogatory toward women, and just plain disgusting. In a situation like this, would it have been inappropriate for me to turn around and say something, or was it better to just hold my tongue and walk faster? I have discussed this with some of my sorority sisters and we are anxious to hear your


phillips dear abby answer because I’m not the only one who has encountered this. — Offended in Georgia Dear Offended: You were right not to challenge them. Because this isn’t an isolated incident, what you have described could be considered a form of sexual harassment. You and your sorority sisters should — as a group — bring this to the

Put the kibosh on self-hate talk

ear Carolyn: How should I respond when svelte friends pat their (small or nonexistent) bellies and announce they’re dieting to get rid of their “belly pooch”? I’m an average-size, 30something woman with a normal post-baby-not-fat-butcertainly-not-flat tummy, and happy with myself the way I am. So not only is it annoying to have to listen to my smart, awesome gal pals hate on themselves, it’s insulting: If they’re calling themselves fat, they’re calling me and others fat, too. How can I put a kibosh on the self-hate conversations? — Body Hate So many ways to approach this. There’s concern: “Why the self-hate? ” Humor: “Yes, good, I was going to say something.” The verbal forehead-flick:

“Perhaps you should look at your audience before you call that thing a ‘pooch.’” Eye-rolling all of these into one: “Oh, brother.” And this, one of my favorites: And, there’s the big picture: Are these smart, awesome people rife with self-doubt, or did you look so hard for smarts and awesomeness that you missed the vanity? Whether any of these amounts to a “kibosh” is mostly up to your friends, but expressing yourself clearly on a matter of principle is almost as rewarding as a flat tummy. (Ka-chow.) Email Carolyn at tellme@washpost. com, follow her on Facebook at www.

by Linda Black

today’s Birthday (03/15/13). You’re grounded and confident, which contributes to your relationships this year. If finances fluctuate, monitor closely and think outside the box for new income sources. Build skills. Love is all around, filling your home until summer, when your wanderlust awakens. Keep it playful and creative.

aCRoss 1 Suggests for the future 6 Mark on a paper 11 Kid’s cry 14 Harden 15 It may shimmer in the desert 16 Off-road transp. 17 Cherub? 20 Film buff’s station 21 Luanda is its cap. 22 Share the bill 23 Put in long hours 25 Chewy caramel candy 28 Carpet cleaners, briefly 29 Sicilian resort city 30 Slogan for certain Lee fans? 33 Part of a process 34 Sorvino of “Mighty Aphrodite” 35 Sendoff for a Christmas s hopper? 42 Van Gogh subject 43 Adult polliwog 45 Pepper? 51 Spanish river to the Mediterranean 52 Firenze fellow 53 “But all I want is __ ’iggins’ ’ead!”: “My Fair Lady” lyric 54 Unburdens 55 Little rascals 58 Fish you can smoke 60 Oolong, for one 61 Windy day misfortunes during a spa visit? 65 Divine healer in “Xena”

Dear Abby: I have been studying Dear Singing: Your mother may my whole life to become a classical be disappointed, but her heart will singer. Many people have put great heal. If your passion is not in opera effort into helping me to succeed, singing, the truth is you won’t go especially my mother, who wanted very far in the field. (Even people to be an opera singer when she was who are passionate about it don’t my age. She is not a pushy stage always succeed.) Wanting to be a mother, though. I chose to pursue lawyer is nothing to be ashamed of. music myself. Follow your dream. However, I have recently realized my heart is not fully in it and that I’d Write dear abby at P.o. Box 69440, los rather go to law school. I’m afraid to angeles, Ca 90069 or

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tell my mother and the other people about my decision because they have invested so much in me as a performer. How do I share the news without breaking my mother’s heart? — Singing a Different Tune

MediCal adviCe


ear Doctor: The lab results from my last checkup showed an outof-range number of 1.5 for neutrophils. I questioned my doctor on this low number, and he said we should just keep an eye on it. Looking back on the past five years, the number has been consistently low — 1.5 or 1.6. I would like to know what this means. Also, my hemoglobin is around 12.5. Are these numbers related? — B.T. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell, the ones that first respond to infection. Very low levels are dangerous because your body can’t fight infection without them. Your level is borderline, not in the dangerous area. Hemoglobin is contained in red blood cells, and this level is also borderline. It’s possible that this is normal for you, but also possible there is something wrong with your bone marrow. Both ranitidine (Zantac) and pantoprazole (Protonix or Tecta) occasionally can cause low neutrophil levels.

aries (March 21-April 19): Today is a 9 — Your leadership is wanted and welcome. Take a brisk walk to clear your ideas. taurus (April 20-May 20): Today is a 9 — You’re incredibly resourceful right now. Double your effectiveness by listening carefully and aligning your ideas with those of another. Having too much is a good thing. Gemini (May 21-June 20): Today is a 7 — Double-check so you don’t forget something. Trust your intuition. Obsession with details actually helps now.

Given how long it has been going on, and especially because both the hemoglobin level and the neutrophil count are low, I think it might be wise to discuss this with a hematologist — an expert in blood conditions. The hematologist may agree that it is reasonable to just watch it or may decide to do some additional testing. You may need a bone marrow biopsy, the removal of a small amount of bone marrow through a needle in the hip. Please let me know what happens. Dear Doctor: I am a 78-year-old woman. A CT scan showed I have a prolapsed bladder. I have occasional discomfort in the morning. What is the best treatment? — M.M. A prolapsed bladder, also called a cystocele (SIST-o-seel), is when the structures between the bladder and the vagina weaken and allow the bladder to bulge downward into the vagina. Treatment options include doing nothing if symptoms aren’t so bad, using estrogen cream and doing pelvic strengthening exercises best done in conjunction with a physical therapist.

doWn 1 Reams out 2 Calendar unit, perhaps 3 Beloved in “Man of La Mancha” 4 Airport near a Gt. Lake 5 Dreamcast maker 6 Number beyond comprehension 7 Indian author Santha Rama __ 8 Biblical mount

9 Frisbee, e.g. 10 Hockey’s Phil, to fans 11 Rum and curaçao cocktail 12 “Sic ’em!” 13 Ill-disposed 18 Crucifix letters 19 “Let us know,” initially 24 Reindeer raiser 26 Enters the poker pot with a minimum bet, slangily 27 “The Grapes of Wrath” character 31 Sea eagle 32 Living in a blue state? 36 Water__: dental gadget 37 Jr. and sr. 38 ’70s-80s quarterback Brian 39 Road to the Forum

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Today is an 8 — Make money from old items that you don’t need anymore. Don’t sacrifice your standards unless it’s really worth it. leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Today is an 8 — Look at the big picture. Voice your desires and concerns to your partner. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Today is a 9 — Stick to the practical. Do the work yourself and save. Ask your family to help. Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs. Accept a challenge if it pays well.

libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Today is an 8 — Practice your pitch on a loved one before you go public (it makes your life easier). Take care not to provoke jealousies. scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Today is a 9 — Try something new today. Circumstances could cause a change of route. You have more resources than you thought. sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Today is a 9 — Discover a pleasant resolution in your favor. Look forward to a challenge in which an emotional argument may work best.

to a rambunctious tot 41 Fragrant white flower 44 Amounts that often specify a time frame 45 Orchardist’s market measure 46 Place 47 Valuable violins 48 Dot-__ 49 Spine-tingling 50 Buds on spuds 56 Tower site 57 Clothes closer drivers? 62 Detonation cause 63 Cholesterol letters 64 Gun

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Today is an 8 — You’re getting smarter. Invest in your business. Costs can vary widely; don’t lose your receipt. aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Today is a 7 — Others seek your wisdom and advice. Get together with a good group for solid counsel you can share. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Today is an 8 — Expand your territory. You control the tap, and the profit. Enjoy the abundance; past deeds speak well for you.

crossword by Eugene Sheffer

40 Mom’s admonition

59 Org. for women

today’s Hidato solution

Write dr. Roach at

by The Los Angeles Times

66 “500” index that hints at this puzzle’s theme 67 Unexpected lamp benefit? 68 Aspin of the Clinton Cabinet 69 In a fitting way 70 Aircraft fuel portmanteau

today’s sHEFFER ansWER

Specialized white blood cells




attention of the dean because you are a minority on that campus and the boys apparently haven’t learned to function in an integrated environment.


today’s latimEs PuzzlE ansWER

Hocus Focus

aCRoss 1 $ dispenser 4 “— Miserables” 7 Trounce 12 Commonest English word 13 Matterhorn 14 Worn unevenly 15 2012 movie bear 16 Savage 18 Midafternoon, in a way 19 Long-legged shorebird 20 Pull an all-nighter 22 Freudian concept 23 Use a keyboard 27 Moreover 29 Rodeo outcries 31 Strong adhesive 34 Meal for Oliver Twist 35 Moral principles 37 Larry’s pal 38 Runs from the fuzz 39 Shooter ammo 41 Sharpen 45 Tureen accessory 47 Inseparable 48 Marian, in “The Music Man” 52 “Monty Python” opener 53 Wanted-poster datum 54 Hi-tech SFX 55 Prepared 56 Thick-soled shoes 57 Slight amount 58 Attempt

doWn 1 Storage story 2 “— Finest Hour” 3 TV, radio, etc. 4 Chemistry classrooms 5 On cloud nine 6 Parsley serving 7 Vegan’s no-no 8 Bobby of hockey 9 Luau side dish 10 “Born in the —” 11 Corral 17 Huff and puff 21 Long skirts 23 Pitched 24 Second person 25 “Ulalume” writer 26 Immigrant’s study (Abbr.) 28 Big Apple letters 30 Past 31 Moray or conger 32 Sch. org. 33 Resistance measure 36 Practice pugilism 37 Sweet Spanish wine 40 Proclamation 42 Jack 43 Go in 44 Irritable 45 Glaswegian girl 46 Novelist Bagnold 48 Varnish ingredient 49 Under the weather 50 Life story, for short 51 Tatter

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Friday The Family CirCus by Bil Keane

PeanuTs by Charles Schulz

Dennis The menaCe by Hank Ketchum

BlonDie by Dean Young & John Marshall

BaBy Blues by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott

B. C. by Mastroianni & Hart

sally ForTh by Francesco Marciuliano

GarFielD by Jim Davis

sPeeD BumP by Dave Coverly

BallarD sTreeT by Jerry Van Amerongen

luann by Greg Evans

hi & lois by Greg & Brian Walker

DilBerT by Scott Adams

JumP sTarT by Robb Armstrong

Frazz by Jef Mallett

ziTs by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman

haGar The horriBle by Dik Browne

BeeTle Bailey by Mort, Greg & Brian Walker

BalDo by CantĂş & Castellanos

PiCkles by Brian Crane


Born Loser by Chip Sansom


FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 A11

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

PearLs BeFore sWine by Stephan Pastis

tundra by Chad Carpenter

Frank & ernest by Bob Thaves

Bound & GaGGed by Dana Summers

red & rover by Brian Basset

Curtis by Ray Billingsley

CLose to HoMe by John McPherson

MarMaduke by Brad Anderson

oFF tHe Mark by Mark Parisi


by Frank Stewart

queen won, but East got his jack of trumps, and Louie also had to lose two diamonds. Down one.

First club

North’s face said quite a bit, but he let his mouth do most of the talking. Louie should win the first club in his hand and finesse in hearts. If the finesse lost, he would need to bring in the trumps and would finesse with the queen, hoping East had K-x. When the heart finesse wins, Louie can afford one trump loser but not two. He plays as safe as he can by leading a trump to his ace. If East-West played low, Louie would return to dummy to lead a second trump.

Daily question

You hold: ♠ A Q 6 5 4 ♥ 7 3 ◆ A 8 6 2 ♣ K 8. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you try two diamonds. Partner then rebids two hearts. What do you say? Answer: Treat your partner’s bidding as showing a six-card or strong five-card heart suit. Since you have a possible ruffing feature in clubs with prime values elsewhere, bid four hearts. (In some partnerships, partner’s two hearts would not guarantee a powerful suit.)

Today’s soLUTIon: “You can always tell when a man’s well-informed. His views are pretty much like yours.” — Bob Hope

Today’s answer

Unlucky Louie, who has raised a houseful of kids, observes that the face of a child can say it all — especially the mouth part. When Louie was today’s declarer, he won the first club with dummy’s ace to try a trump finesse with his queen. West gratefully took his king and led another club, and Louie won and cashed the ace of trumps. When West discarded. Louie groaned and next finessed in hearts. Dummy’s


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TV & WEATHER Friday Evening Mar. 15 7:00




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$* Fashion Star “Sex Sells” Jeopardy! The designers present (N) ‘G’ sexy pieces. (N) ‘PG’ ( Access Hollywood (N) ‘PG’

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Rock Center With Brian Grimm “Natural Born Wesen” Juliette questions Williams (N) her mental state. (N) ‘14’


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Divinas Live at Chambord Castle ‘G’

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20/20 “Highway Confiden- _ 7 Action News tial”(10:01) Surviving a pile-up on the highway. (N) ` News I Rules/Engagement U Rock

Nightly Miweek Business TMZ (N) ‘PG’ Extra (N) ‘PG’

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Two and a Half Men Big Bang Theory Two and a Half Men ‘14’

Kitchen Nightmares “Yanni’s” (N) ‘14’ Kitchen Nightmares “Yanni’s” (N) ‘14’ Monk The most important case of Monk’s life. (Part 1 of 2) ‘PG’

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:34) (N) ‘14’ Late Show With David Letterman (11:35) (N) ‘PG’

Tuba U: Austin City Limits Texas Basso Pro- singer-songwriters. ‘PG’ fundo ‘G’

Friends ‘14’ Monk “Mr. Monk and the End, Part I” ‘PG’ Two and a Nikita Amanda offers to Half Men exchange Alex for Ari. ‘14’ (N) ‘14’ Cold Case The case of a murdered Russian defector. ‘PG’

Touch Jake and Martin visit Breakwire. (N) ‘14’ Touch Jake and Martin visit Breakwire. (N) ‘14’ Monk Monk pursues his wife’s killer. (Part 2 of 2) ‘PG’

Fox 17 News at 10:00PM How I (N) Met/Mother Fox 47 News at 10 (N) ‘G’ How I Met/Mother It’s Always Friends ‘14’ Friends ‘14’ Sunny in Phila.

Monk Monk pursues his wife’s killer. ‘PG’ Cult A woman claims her husband went missing. (N) ‘14’

News The Big Bang Theory

Cold Case “Pin Up Girl” New evidence in pinup girl’s killing. ‘14’

Cold Case “Street Money” Flashpoint “Below the Murder case of a young Surface” A war between politician. ‘14’ rival biker gangs. ‘PG’

Seinfeld ‘PG’ How I Met Your Mother ‘14’

Real Time With Bill Maher (N) (Live) ‘MA’

Napoleon Dynamite (6:45) (’04) ››› Project X (’12) ›› Three teens throw (HBO) A gawky teen helps a friend run for class a party that spins wildly out of control. president. (Jon Heder) (Thomas Mann) Comedy

Storage (A&E) Wars ‘PG’ Enter the (AMC) Dragon (5:00) (’73)

The Ledge (’11) › A Fundamentalist and an atheist have a battle of wills. (Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard) Drama

How I Met/Mother How I Met/Mother It’s Always Sunny in Phila.

Friends ‘14’ The Office ‘PG’ Family Guy Rules of “Stew-Roids” Engage‘14’ ment ‘14’

Storage Wars ‘PG’ Freakshow ‘14’

Storage Wars ‘PG’ Freakshow ‘14’

Tanked: Unfiltered ‘PG’

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It was no “Midsummer Night’s Dream” on March 15, 1843, in North Carolina, where 15 inches of snow accumulated. Beware the Ides of March.

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Drummond Island 8/21

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St. Ignace 12/22

Manistique 11/26

Petoskey 14/26

Menominee 12/29


Rogers City 16/22

Cheboygan 11/22


Alpena 14/24

Gaylord 10/24


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Ludington 20/28 Big Rapids 17/32 Muskegon 23/33


Holland 25/35

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Q: What is the exact length of winter?

Mt. Pleasant 20/32

Grand Haven 23/34

Today’s forecast

A: 89 days and 7 minutes.


Jackson Eaton Rapids Lansing Marshall

Marquette 9/27

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Jackson Citizen Patriot

College basketball: Michigan State ready for Big Ten tournament opener. PAGE B2 STATE BRIEFS LIONS

Backus retires from Detroit

Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus has announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons. Backus was a first-round selection by Detroit in 2001 out of the Jeff Backus University of Michigan. He set a franchise record with 187 consecutive starts — a streak that ended last season on Thanksgiving Day against the Houston Texans. “Today, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to hang up my cleats and retire,” Backus said in a statement. “It’s a bittersweet moment, but I’m content knowing I gave everything I had, played as hard as I could and tried my best to live up to the standards I believe in.”


Four leave program

Four more players have left the Michigan football program this offseason. The Wolverines announced Thursday defensive tackle Kenny Wilkins, tight end Nate Allspach and safety Andrew Offerdahl will not return next season. Coach Brady Hoke said the players were not kicked off the team, but declined to elaborate on the reasons for their departures. Redshirt sophomore receiver/tight end Richardo Miller also left the team, a move that was expected, but had not been confirmed.


Verlander in action

Shawn Hill, a starting pitcher who likely will begin the season with Triple-A Toledo, will start Detroit’s Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Meanwhile, on the back fields at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Fla., Justin Verlander will pitch for Toledo. With a 21/2hour bus ride to Jupiter, many Tigers’ regulars won’t make the trip. Rick Porcello will start today against the Toronto Blue Jays and Drew Smyly is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Washington Nationals.


Stafford approves

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford woke up Friday with the same glee as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Brady was given Danny Amendola in free agency, Manning received Wes Welker, and Stafford now has running back Reggie Bush at his disposal for the upcoming season. Stafford was part of the recruiting process to land Bush and expressed his happiness about the free-agent acquisition. “Reggie’s a great addition to our team, not only on the field but in the locker room as well,” Stafford said. “Football is about matchups, and this gives our offense some tremendous options. It’s exciting for me personally, and it’s exciting for our entire team.” —

Red Wings head east for realignment


Final countdown


EAST LANSING — For three weeks, along with most high school basketball seniors across the state, McKenna Erkfritz and Taylor Manders had been playing every game not knowing if it’s their last. They don’t have to wonder anymore. Erkfritz, Manders and the Manchester girls basketball team will play their final game of the season Saturday for the Class C state championship after defeating Riverview Gabriel Richard 53-46 in the semifinal Thursday afternoon. “It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Erkfritz said. “I don’t want to be done but this is my ideal game, the last game I would ever want to play.” The Flying Dutch (26-1) will play Saginaw Nouvel (25-2) Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University for the state championship. Nouvel defeated Houghton 44-32 in the other semifinal. “It’s crazy. One more game and I’m done. Forever,” Manders said. “It’s incredible. Words can’t explain it.” When Manchester’s offense was struggling to find its rhythm Thursday, the Flying Dutch, as they have throughout their run to the state final, redoubled their efforts on defense. Manchester forced 23 turnovers. “We had an off-shooting night but we persevered and buckled down on defense which held us in the game,” said Manchester coach Cori Kastel. “Here (we are) playing for the title.” Trailing 27-25 midway through the third quarter, Manchester’s defense forced five Riverview turnovers before the end of the period, leading to the Dutch’s best offensive outburst. Taylor Manders scored on a layup to tie the game. Less than a minute later, she assisted on a lay-in by her sister, Jessie Manders. Taylor Manders then came away with one of her seven steals and converted on a fastbreak. Manchester went on an 11-3 run to take a 36-33 lead into the fourth quarter. After Erkfritz opened the fourth quarter with a basket, Jessie Manders scored a pair of baskets within 35 seconds of each other. Jessie Manders came away with a steal, was fouled and knocked down both ends of a 1-and-1 to put Manchester on an 8-2 run to start the final quarter and take a 44-35 lead. “As we started applying more pressure, all they did was look for (Riverview star

Detroit content with NHL’s approved plan BY ANSAR KHAN AKHAN1@MLIVE.COM


Manchester’s McKenna Erkfritz takes a jump shot during the Class C semifinal game against Riverview Gabriel Richard at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Thursday. Manchester won the game 53-46. Manchester’s girls basketball team celebrates its Class C state semifinal win over Riverview Gabriel Richard at the Breslin Center. Manchester will face Saginaw Nouvel in the final.

Ashley Henderson),” said Jessie Manders. “As long as we had somebody glued to her, it forced the other guards to try to dribble and we had great ball pressure to get the steal.” Erkfritz f inished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Jessie Manders scored 16 to go with six rebounds and four steals and Taylor Manders added 11 points with seven steals and five assists. Manchester’s balanced scoring came in stark contrast to its 39-33 loss to Riverview in last season’s regional championship in which Erkfritz scored all but 10 points for the Flying Dutch. “It was mentioned to me their guard play had improved

quite a bit,” said Riverview coach William Jones. “They were getting a bit more out of their guards than depending on McKenna for so much. “Certainly she is still a load in every conceivable fashion.” As Manchester looks ahead to its final game of the season Saturday, Taylor Manders hopes the Flying Dutch get their slow start out of the system before the opening tip. “In warm-up, we were shooting great then it was like, ‘What’s happening?’” Manders said. “We always say when we shoot bad in warm-up we shoot good (in the game). Hopefully, we shoot bad in warm-up next game.”

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Detroit Red Wings were thrilled to learn Thursday that the NHL’s realignment plan was approved, moving them to the Eastern Conference next season. They will be even happier on the long flight home from Vancouver late Saturday night, knowing such tiring trips will become more infrequent starting in 2013-14. “It’s not the travel, it’s the time changes that kill you,” coach Mike Babcock said. The Red Wings can’t complain about the success they have had in the Western Conference, but they’re looking forward to moving East for a variety of reasons — reduced travel, having most road games in their own time zone and renewed rivalries. “It’s a win-win for our fans and our team,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “There is more road games in prime time. We still have a home and-home with the teams in the West. It’s an hour-and-ahalf max to go everywhere in the East other than Florida and Tampa Bay, so there’s less time in the air, more opportunities to come home after road games at an earlier hour.’’ The Red Wings will join a division that includes Original Six rivals Boston, Montreal and Toronto, as well as Buffalo, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay. Detroit will play each divisional opponent four or five times. It will have three games each against the clubs in the other Eastern division (New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Carolina and Columbus, which also relocates from the West). And every team will play every club in the other conference home and away. Under the current scheduling format, the Red Wings played the Canadiens and Maple Leafs only once a season and the Bruins once or twice. “There will be a real buzz in our marketplace with a whole new set of opponents,’’ Holland said. “Our fan base will be extremely excited.’’ Said Babcock: “It’s way better for our fans. I’m excited about who we get to play. I’ve never coached in the East, so I have to learn the (opponents), but I’m excited about that opportunity.


NHL realignment The NHL approved a realignment plan that will take effect during the 2013-14 season:


§ Division A: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver. § Division B: Chicago, Colorado Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.


§ Division C: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto. § Division D: Carolina, Columbus, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.


§ The top three teams in each division and the two clubs with the next-best records in each conference qualify for the playoffs.

— Ansar Khan

“Some of my favorite cities in the world are New York, Boston, Montreal.’’ The top three teams in each division will automatically qualify for the playoffs. The two teams from each conference with the next-most points also make it in. So it’s possible to have as many as five teams from one division in the postseason. Holland said he’s not concerned about being in an eight-team division, having to compete with an additional club for a playoff spot. Players said the pluses outweigh the minuses, which they said were few, if any. “It’s a good thing for hockey, it’s great for our fans,’’ Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “They’re going to see a lot of different teams and fun matchups next year.’’ Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who is from Upstate New York, is looking forward to playing more games in front of family and friends. “Ottawa is a 40-minute drive (from his hometown), Toronto’s three hours, Buffalo’s three hours, Montreal’s an hour-anda-half,’’ Howard said. “So I’ll get to see a lot more family members; that will be great. Ticket requests will go up.’’ “That’s going to be pretty cool,’’ rookie Branden Smith said. “It seems like we should be in the East.’’

U-M gets down to business in Big Ten tournament win Wolverines face Wisconsin in today’s quarterfinals BY NICK BAUMGARDNER NBAUMGARDNER@MLIVE.COM

CHICAGO — For about 28 minutes Thursday, Michigan looked as if it was prepared to relive its own personal horror. And then, the Wolverines woke up. Michigan got 21 points from Trey Burke and 10 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Mitch McGary as it used a 21-5

second-half run to sprint away from Penn State on Thursday with an 83-66 win during the opening round of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center in Chicago. With the win, fifth-seeded Michigan (26-6) advances to take on fourth-seeded Wisconsin in a 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal today. After starting the game in a slumber, Michigan allowed Penn State to storm out to a 14-3 lead — bringing back memories of an 84-78 upset loss to the Nittany Lions last month in University Park, Pa. Michigan led by as many as nine in the first half, but Penn State managed to stay within three at the break.


Big Ten tournament



§ Indiana vs. Illinois, noon on ESPN § Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN § Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network § Michigan State vs. Iowa/Northwestern winner, 9 p.m. on BTN The Nittany Lions were right there again after Jermaine Marshall connected inside to cut Michigan’s advantage to 50-47 with 13:09 to go. The Wolverines ripped off a quick 7-0 spurt, capped by a Tim Hardaway Jr. free throw, to go up 10 two minutes later. The lead swelled to 15 after

Horford came off the bench to score 11 points and five rebounds.

Jon Horford converted a threepoint play inside and Michigan then found itself up as many as 19 after a Nik Stauskas’ threepoint play made it 71-52 with just 7:11 to go. Hardaway finished with 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting for the Wolverines, while Stauskas added 15 points.

§ McGary kept Michigan in the game during the first half, putting together his best 20 minutes of the season. McGary had a double double before halftime, putting up 10 points and 10 boards in the first half. § Burke was impressive in the second half, as usual. He was 3 of 9 at halftime, but finished the game with 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting. § Nik Stauskas continued to stay aggressive, ending his night 4 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 5 from the foul line.


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MSU’s Harris fights through pain Big Ten freshman of the year recovering from early season injuries BY DIAMOND LEUNG DLEUNG@MLIVE.COM


Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister had his best start of the spring Thursday afternoon against the New York Mets. Fister struck out four batters in the 9-1 win.

Strong start for Fister


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Doug Fister has struggled a bit this spring. But he looked pretty good this time around. Fister scattered three hits in four innings of work Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 9-1 win over the New York Mets. Matt Tuiasosopo homered, doubled and knocked in three runs for the Tigers. Bruce Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Fister allowed one run, walked two and struck out four, and he seemed to get better as the game went on. He allowed just one baserunner while recording the final nine outs of his appearance and struck out the final three batters he faced. “Overall, I was pleased,” Fister said. “There’s still a lot of room for a lot of improvement. My sinker was all over the place. It has definitely been one of my focuses and it’s going to continue to be. ... I felt like I threw some good ones during the day. I just didn’t quite have the command that I wanted to for the most part.” The Mets managed a run off Fister in the second inning. Fister walked Mike Baxter to lead


Tigers 9, Mets 1 Next game: Detroit vs. Toronto, 1:05 p.m. today at Lakeland, Fla. off the inning, and Zach Lutz followed with a single. Anthony Recker singled to right field just out of the reach of second baseman Omar Infante to score Baxter from second base. Fister bounced right back to strike out Matt den Dekker, then got Ruben Tejada to ground into an inning-ending double play. Fister was 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in three appearances heading into the game. He allowed nine earned runs in seven innings pitched in those three games before allowing one run in four innings this time out.

Tigers’ highlights

§ Tuiasosopo was inserted into the starting lineup to replace Prince Fielder and homered over the wall in left field. The two-run home run gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead. § Tuiasosopo hit another ball hard in the fourth inning when he laced a double to the

wall in left field. That scored Miguel Cabrera from second base to give the Tigers a 7-1 lead. The Tigers padded their lead later in the inning on a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Alex Avila and an RBI single by Infante to make it 9-1. § The Tigers took advantage of wildness from Mets starter Dillon Gee to take an early lead. The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Gee walked three batters and hit two others with pitches in the first inning. § Quintin Berry robbed Ike Davis of a hit in the sixth inning with a nice diving catch in shallow center.

Other game notes

§ Gee had an odd pitching line: 2IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 0SO. He allowed a home run, hit two batters and uncorked three wild pitches. § Cabrera, Infante and Victor Martinez each had two hits for the Tigers. Andy Dirks walked twice and scored two runs. § Martinez stayed in the game when the Mets replaced a right-handed pitcher with a left-hander. Martinez has not been batting against lefthanders for the past week due to mild soreness in his back when he bats right-handed.

EAST LANSING — Michigan State guard Gary Harris battled shoulder and back injuries throughout his first college season. They robbed him of his ability to run at full strength for about three weeks, according to coach Tom Izzo. And even during Sunday’s win against Northwestern, Harris said his shoulder got “nicked up” once again. Through it all, he became Big Ten freshman of the year. “I know I’ve had some injuries here and there, but I feel like everything happens for a reason,” Harris said. “I couldn’t just use that as an excuse. I just


Michigan State’s Gary Harris looks to pass in Sunday’s win against Northwestern. The Spartans begin Big Ten tournament play tonight.

had to fight through those, get healthy.” Harris thanked his teammates for helping him through the season, and they came away impressed as well. By the vote of his teammates, Harris, the Spartans’ secondleading scorer, was named team

MVP at Monday’s banquet. Roommate and fellow freshman Denzel Valentine said Harris was one of the most mentally tough teammates he has ever had. “He’s gone through a lot,” Valentine said. “Playing with pain every game and just toughening it out and still winning Big Ten freshman of the year, that’s huge.” So when Izzo called Harris to inform him that he’d become Michigan State’s first Big Ten freshman of the year, it was a nice moment for the Fishers, Ind. native. “He just said he was proud and I deserved it,” Harris said.

Vitale picks Spartans

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale believes it’s Michigan State that will take home the Big Ten basketball tournament championship. “Tom Izzo is fab @ tourney time,” Vitale tweeted at Magic Johnson, explaining his pick.

McGary provides spark for Wolverines BY DIAMOND LEUNG DLEUNG@MLIVE.COM

CHICAGO — If Trey Burke leaves Michigan after the season for the NBA, he sees a bright future for the Wolverines and an emerging leader in their underclassman ranks. After an 83-66 win openinground win against Penn State in which freshman Mitch McGary notched his second career double double, Burke called the 6-foot-10 forward a future team captain. “It’s just his way of talking to the team,” Burke said Thursday. “It’s his way of giving positive motivation.” McGary came off the bench to collect 10 points and match a career high with 11 rebounds, snapping the Wolverines out of their funk after they trailed

early 14-3. McGary had six of the team’s points during an 11-0 run that tied the score and then grabbed a rebound that led to a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer that put Michigan ahead. In 23 minMitch utes, McGary McGary collected five offensive rebounds and was 5 for 6 from the field. “I just came off the bench and wanted to provide a spark,” McGary said. “We were down 14-3, and then we just needed to pick up the intensity on the defensive and offensive glass.” Said Burke: “That’s Mitch McGary. That’s just how he is.

“Once he comes off the bench, that gives us the energy. Him being a freshman, that goes a long way.” McGary stepped forward on a day when Jordan Morgan didn’t have his best game, coming through with a firsthalf spurt that could earn him a start in the future. Michigan coach John Beilein noticed the leadership qualities that came with such a performance on a postseason stage. “It’s very similar to his game — it’s developing,” Beilein said. “It’s developing. He has a lot of potential as we all can see, and he’s trying to become more efficient with his game. He’s trying to become more efficient with his leadership, with his practices, with all the things that could make him a very, very talented player.”

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Rodney Stuckey, by virtue of necessity, got what he wanted Wednesday — the basketball. What the Detroit Pistons guard did with it, in perhaps his best game of a down season, served as reminder of his particular gifts. The mercurial Stuckey strikes a chord with people, not always positively. A year in which his scoring is down and his 3-point attempts up have not helped. He began the season as the starting shooting guard, went to the bench of his own volition, has spent much of his season standing in the corner away from the focus of halfcourt offensive sets, and openly has questioned how he has been used. Asked if he thinks people might interpret that as selfcenteredness, Stuckey replied, “I hope not.” “I’m not trying to be like, ‘Oh, I need to do this, I need to do that.’ I just know being aggressive, attacking the basket, attacking the hoop is my game,” Stuckey said after Wednesday’s 105-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “In order to do that, I’m going to need the ball a little bit more in my hands in order to create for myself and my teammates.” Stuckey had 22 points and five assists against the Warriors, a game he started


Rodney Stuckey drives to the basket in a game earlier this season against Cleveland.

UP NEXT Next game: Detroit at Portland, 10 p.m. Saturday TV: FSD because of Brandon Knight’s ankle sprain. He has said several times this season that he doesn’t believe he can help the Pistons without having the ball in his hands more. His days as a point guard with the Pistons appear to be all but over and the emphasis on his perimeter shooting, which is not his strength, has negated his effectiveness. Stuckey isn’t happy about it, though he said he doesn’t want those remarks misconstrued. “I’m not a selfish player at all,” he said. “I’m always a team player. Just having the ball in my hand and creating for my teammates, that’s what I do.” His new off-the-ball role has

produced balky results for a 23-44 team. Stuckey is averaging his fewest minutes (27.9) since his rookie year, taking more 3-pointers (2.3) and making them at a lesser rate (26.2 percent) than his paltry career average (27.6). He recently went three consecutive games without a field goal and is taking fewer freethrow attempts (3.5) than any year since he was a rookie because his dribble-penetration game has been mitigated by a new role he said he never expected. He played more of his natural game here against the Warriors and Will Bynum said it showed in Stuckey’s comfort and the overall effectiveness of the Pistons’ offense. “We’re dangerous when Stuck’s attacking like that,” Bynum said. “Nobody can guard him when he’s attacking. So we need that from him.” Stuckey can be his own worst enemy in that regard. He frequently has slipped into funks when his displeasure with his new role manifests itself through unfocused efforts in which the Pistons essentially are playing four-on-five in offensive halfcourt sets with Stuckey on the floor. At his best, Stuckey still is a guard with unique drive-andcreate skills. It’s just that the Pistons have seen precious little of that this season. “It’s just getting out in transition, coming off pick-and-rolls, being able to create — that’s my game, man. When I’m doing that, I’m successful and it’s helping my team out,” Stuckey said. “I just want my role to be a lot more because that’s the type of player I am.”

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Harvard’s Steve Moundou-Missi, left, and Wesley Saunders, right, defend Princeton’s T.J. Bray.

Harvard defies the odds, wins Ivy League

Crimson win conference after losing two senior co-captains THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard coach Tommy Amaker knew it would be difficult to repeat as Ivy League champions, especially since it took the school more than 50 years to win the conference just once. Then, things got a whole lot harder. The team’s senior cocaptains withdrew from school in the wake of an academic cheating scandal, and suddenly Amaker was plugging untested p l aye rs i n to new roles. So when the Crimson managed to clinch their third consecutive Ivy title, it was that much more rewarding. Tommy “Every year’s Amaker a different year. Even if you have the same players, the kids have different roles and expectations,” Amaker said this week as he waits for Selection Sunday, when he will learn of Harvard’s firstround opponent in the NCAA tournament. “ T h i s y e a r, f o r m e personally, so far to this point it’s been as gratifying a year I’ve been a part of as a coach. This year, they had the odds against them, the obstacles they were faced with. For them to do what they’ve done, it’s been as gratifying as any.” A 375-year-old institution t h at h a s p ro d u ce d U. S . presidents and Nobel Laureates and even won a Rose Bowl, Harvard had never claimed an Ivy League championship in men’s basketball before tying Princeton for the conference title in 2011. But because the Ancient Eight is the only conference t h a t awa rd s i t s N CA A tournament bid to the regularseason champion, the schools played a one-game tiebreaker for the right to play in the tournament. Princeton won. Last year, the Crimson won the league title outright and returned to the NCAAs for the first time since 1946. They were the favorites to return before captains Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey were forced to withdraw from school in an academic cheating scandal that involved as many as 125 students in a single class. That left Amaker scrambling just weeks before the start of the season. And for freshman Siyani Chambers, it was an opportunity. “I came into the year thinking, ‘Where can I find some playing time,’ but also hoping to learn the system,” Chambers said. “When I was thrown into the mix right away, I was definitely nervous.” Chambers averaged 13 points and 5.7 assists per game and was named the Ivy League’s rookie of the year. Even as he was learning on the job, he said,

“This year, for me personally, so far to this point it’s been as gratifying a year I’ve been a part of as a coach. This year, they had the odds against them, the obstacles they were faced with. For them to do what they’ve done, it’s been as gratifying as any.” — Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker

Amaker remained consistent and helped him settle into his new role. “He knew we had all the pieces. We just needed to make a run,” Chambers said. “His steadiness instilled in us the confidence to keep going.” As he heads to his first NCAA tournament, Chambers said he will look to the upperclassmen for tips on how to handle the excitement. Christian Webster, the only senior on the roster, said having one game of experience could help with some of the jitters. “This year, we kind of feel like we know how it’s going to be,” Webster said. “That’s going to help us.” Webster said having an open practice in front of a big crowd was a little nerve-racking, and so was the thrill of walking onto the court and seeing the big blue “NCAA” logo. The game’s the same, he said, but “All the things that go along with it caught us off guard.” Laurent Rivard, the leading returning scorer from the 2012 NCAA team, said his team will need to call upon that experience. “A bunch of the guys that were on the team went last year, so it won’t be new for us,” he said. “Every year, you watch (the tournament) and every single basketball player dreams of playing on one of those courts someday.” Amaker said he was hoping for a friendlier matchup than last year, when Harvard lost to senior-heavy Vanderbilt. Having some experience in the NCAA tournament could help when the selection committee decides on seeds and opponents, too. “The hope we have going into it is a draw that you feel like you’ve got a chance. Last year was a very tough draw for us,” he said. “We’re excited to be a part of it again, as you can imagine. We’re incredibly young, but these kids have had a sensational year.” And Amaker, who played for the Duke team that went to the national championship game in 1986, said they even have a chance to keep it going. “ C r a z i e r t h i n g s h av e h a p p e n e d i n t h i s g re at tournament we’re participating in,” he said.


Manchester’s Maddie Collins (42) and Jesse Coltre (22) watch a loose ball during their Class C semifinal game against Riverview Gabriel Richard at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center on Thursday. Manchester won 53-46 to advance to the first state championship game in program history.

“We know we belong here.” — Manchester coach Cori Kastel

state title game hasn’t been one littered with adversity. Kastel said the district final win against Ypsilanti Arbor Prep was some of the best defense the team has seen. They beat the Gators by 15. Niles Brandywine came in to the quarterfinal game highly ranked and touted. Manchester won by 24. I n t h e re g i o n a l f i n a l , Manchester was in uncharted waters, entering the fourth quarter trailing. Manchester outscored Adrian Madison by 12 in the fourth quarter. On Thursday, as Riverview Gabriel Richard tried to get its star player, Ashley Henderson, to take over, Manchester went into a full-court press and built a 13-point lead that all but ended the game. “We’re not always a fullcourt, man-to-man team, but we do what we have to do to win the game,” Kastel said. Going to a defense the team does not often run to win a game on a new stage? It’s not exactly a recipe for success. But with this team that seems to be overly comfortable with the unfamiliar, it looked routine. “That’s what kind of broke us last year. We kind of panicked

Manchester’s McKenna Erkfritz, right, hugs teammate Kendra Beasley after the Flying Dutch defeated Riverview Gabriel Richard.

(in unfamiliar situations),” Kastel said. “This year, we have more of the veteran players. I mean, I have my whole starting lineup back and they weren’t going to let it happen again.” Manchester is the new kid on the block, but that’s not what it looks like on the court. Waiting for the Dutch is Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central, which will play in its fourth state title game since 2003 (seeking a third title) after defeating Houghton 44-32 on Thursday. After Nouvel’s win, coach Kris Hengesbach’s daughter Taylor talked about how she

looks at the pictures of the 2006 and 2008 state title teams and grew up wanting to add her own picture to the collection. Only three years ago, Erkfritz didn’t think her team would play in the state finals. All that has changed now. “The newness has worn off. We know we belong here,” Kastel said. “We’ve been playing our game all season long, and that’s why we’re, what, 25-1? And so we’ve gotta continue to do that, and we’ve got one more game to play, and we’re going to leave it all out on the line.”



Westland John Glenn 55, Detroit Martin Luther King 50 Grand Haven 43, Grand Ledge 35 Dexter 34, Saginaw Heritage 33 Grosse Pointe South 63, Bloomfield Hills Marian 58


South Christian 53, Marshall 29 Flint Powers Catholic 50, Detroit Country Day 30 Midland Bullock Creek 57, Clare 56 Goodrich 66, Livonia Ladywood 40


Riverview Gabriel Richard 47, Flint Hamady 44, OT Houghton 56, Shelby 47 Saginaw Nouvel 57, Delton Kellogg 37 Manchester 67, Niles Brandywine 43


Climax-Scotts 42, Gaylord St. Mary 40 St. Ignace 70, Crystal Falls Forest Park 54 Athens 54, Plymouth Christian 48 Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 28, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 24, OT Semifinals — At Breslin Center


Westland John Glenn vs. Grand Haven, 1 p.m. Grosse Pointe South winner vs. Dexter, 2:50 p.m.


Midland Bullock Creek vs. Flint Powers Catholic, 6 p.m. Goodrich vs. GR South Christian, 7:50 p.m.


Manchester 53, Riverview Gabriel Richard 46 Saginaw Nouvel 44, Houghton 32


St. Ignace 42, Climax-Scotts 36 Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 35, Athens 27 State Finals — At Breslin Center


Class D: St. Ignace vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 10 a.m. Class A: Semifinal winners, noon Class C: Manchester vs. Saginaw Nouvel, 4 p.m. Class B: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


The Associated Press Class B girls basketball All-State team, as selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sports writers:


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tori Jankoska, Freeland, 5-7, Sr.; Andrea Anastos, Livonia Ladywood, 5-10, Sr.; Taylor Gleason, Goodrich, 5-8, Sr.; Kelli Guy, Kalkaska, 5-6, Sr.; Sparkle Taylor, Flint Northwestern, 5-10, Sr.; D’Erika Varenhorst, Ludington, 5-11, Sr.; Keyara Wiard, Muskegon Oakridge, 5-8, Sr.; Asia Doss, Birmingham Detroit Country Day, 5-7, Jr.; Teagan Reeves, Three Rivers, 6-2, Jr.; Lindsay Winter, Clare, 5-7, Jr.; Kalabrya Gondrezick, Benton Harbor, 5-9, So.; Kysre Gondrezick, Benton Harbor, 5-9, Fr. COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason Gray, Goodrich


Nominees receiving two or more votes Payton Birchmeier, Corunna; Tania Davis, Goodrich; Madison Valko, Marysville Coaches: Tom Zolinski, Freeland; Marc Villemure, Flat Rock


Nominees receiving one or no votes Ellie Juengel, Midland Bullock Creek; Paige Villemure, Flat Rock; Lexi Johnson, Onsted; Ashley Overbeek, Hamilton; Blair Arthur, Allegan; Lyric Bostick, CroswellLexington; Kylee Barrett, Croswell-Lexington; Nina Galante, Yale; Crystal Thomas, Centerline; Allie Dittmer, Eaton Rapids; Hayley Walkowski, Olivet; Kelsey Spitzley, Portland; Autumn Goggin, Kingsley; Madison Geers, Mason County Central; Michelle LaFave, Escanaba; Kendyl Hinton, Parchment; Brianna Burritt, Battle Creek Harper Creek; Shelby Miller, Battle Creek Pennfield; Maddy Seeley, Alma; Chloee King, Standish-Sterling; Jenai LaPorte, Bay City John Glenn; Hannah Yesmunt, Shepherd; Hannah Guy, Remus Chippewa Hills; Courtney Zenner, Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Haley Obetts, Wayland; Angelique Gaddy, Grand Rapids South Christian; Anna Timmer, Grand Rapids South Christian; Mariah McCully, Kentwood Grand River Prep; Micaela Ellis, Ferndale Coaches: Darren Bongard, Croswell-Lexington; Jim DeBruyn, Grand Rapids South Christian



Wednesday Rochester 65, Bloomfield Hills Lahser 41 Detroit Southeastern 54, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 49 (OT) Detroit Pershing 62, Detroit U-D Jesuit 60 GR Christian 78, Holt 70 Muskegon 61, Hudsonville 59 Saginaw 74, Lapeer West 55 Ypsilanti 65, South Lyon 58 Romulus 72, Milan 51



Tuesday, March 19 Big Rapids vs. Cadillac, at Houghton Lake, 7 p.m. Detroit Country Day at Flint Powers Catholic, at Imlay City, 7:30 p.m. Jackson Lumen Christi vs. Detroit Community, at Chelsea, 6:30 p.m. Stevensville Lakeshore vs. Wyoming Godwin Heights, Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg, 7 p.m.

Laingsburg vs. Beaverton, at Delta College, 7 p.m. Maple City Glen Lake vs. Negaunee, at Gaylord, 7 p.m.



Wednesday Frankfort 55, Bellaire 42 Climax-Scotts 62, Adrian Lenawee Christian 45 Lansing Christian 67, Peck 32 Southfield Christian 68, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 61 (OT) Cedarville 92, Hillman 85 (2OT) Powers North Central 59, Crystal Falls Forest Park 50 Wyoming Tri-unity Christian 56, Muskegon Catholic Central 53 (OT) Beal City 42, Saginaw Buena Vista 36


Tuesday, March 19 Cedarville vs. Powers North Central, at Marquette, 8 p.m. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian vs. Frankfort, at Comstock Park, 7 p.m. Climax-Scotts vs. Southfield Christian, Battle Creek Central, 7 p.m. Lansing Christian vs. Beal City at Waterford Kettering, 7 p.m..

CLASS C Wednesday Detroit Consortium 68, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 35 Flint Beecher 69, Mt. Clemens 47 Laingsburg 61, Muskegon Heights Academy 59 Beaverton 51, Saginaw Valley Lutheran 31 Maple City Glen Lake 64, Shelby 62 (OT) Negaunee 60, Houghton 22 Schoolcraft 73, White Pigeon 44 Monroe St Mary Catholic Central 51, Clinton 40 Tuesday, March 19 Schoolcraft vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, at Bangor, 7 p.m. Detroit Consortium vs. Flint Beecher, at West Bloomfield, 7 p.m.


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EAST LANSING — The Manchester girls basketball team missed its first 17 shots in the Class C semifinal game against Riverview Gabriel Richard, part of a 1-of-19 effort in the first quarter. It wa s t h e f i rs t t i m e Manchester appeared to be uncomfortable in a while, if not all season. Unfortunately for Gabriel Richard, the discomfort didn’t last long as Manchester reverted back to its familiar ways with an 8-0 run to start the quarter en route to a 53-46 win. This Flying Dutch team was the school’s first to win a regional title, the first to win a quarterfinal and advance to the Breslin Center and now, on Saturday, will play in the program’s first state title game. Despite the fact this team continues to reach heights never reached, outside of Thursday’s f irst quarter, Manchester has had the look of a team that has been here before. “We know we belong here,” Manchester coach Cori Kastel said after Thursday’s win. Even that mentality is something new to the program. After the semifinal win, senior all-state forward McKenna Erkfritz recalled watching the state finals from the stands her freshman year. “I would say, ‘well, I don’t think we’re ever going to get there,’” Erkfritz recalled. “A couple years down the line, I realized we had the potential, and this year from the very first game, we knew we had a chance to get here and we weren’t going to stop until we got here.” The person who thought her team would not have the opportunity to play in the Breslin Center three years ago scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Thursday. Erkfritz isn’t the team’s only star. Sisters Jessie and Taylor Manders scored 16 and 11 points, respectively. Taylor Manders added five assists and seven steals. Since the regional round, Manchester has had f ive players score in double figures and three scoring leaders. “We just don’t have one player,” Kastel said. “They have to pick and choose who they’re going to target, but there’s always someone else that steps up on our team.” Manchester’s path to the


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Jackson signs with Falcons The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back. Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Steven Also getting Jackson new deals were pass rusher Cliff Avril in Seattle and cornerback Keenan Lewis in New Orleans. The New York Giants signed defensive backs Ryan Mundy and Aaron Ross. And the Houston Texans were rolling out the red carpet to make their pitch to safety Ed Reed. Day 3 of the NFL’s free-agency frenzy was highlighted by the 30-year-old Jackson moving on from St. Louis after his eighth straight 1,000-yard season. “I think this is a very big signing for us,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told The Associated Press. “It continues to bolster our offensive firepower. It gives us, not only strength, power in running ability, but also the versatility to catch out of the backfield.”



With her trademark crowns twinkling in her ears, Kim Yu-na dazzled judges and fans alike. Some things never change. The Olympic champion made a triumphant return to the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday, winning the short program. With a score of 69.97, she’s more than three points ahead of defending world champion Carolina Kostner (66.86) and Kanako Murakami, of Japan, (66.64) going into Saturday’s free skate.


Tuck rule eliminated?

The tuck rule could disappear from NFL games if owners approve a proposal from the competition committee to dump it. The owners, who meet next week in Phoenix, also will consider a change to instant replay rules allowing for a video review even when a coach makes an illegal challenge. Under the tuck rule, if a passer is in the act of bringing the ball down into his body rather than throwing it and loses control, it is ruled an incomplete pass. The proposal under consideration would make it a fumble.


Scully Award to Costas

Bob Costas will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The longtime NBC Sports broadcaster who has won Emmy Awards for news, sports and entertainment, will be honored May 9. Costas has worked 10 Olympic Games, hosted six Super Bowls and has won 24 Emmys.


’Cuse players dismissed

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer has dismissed Markus Pierce-Brewster and Davon Walls for violating team rules. Both players were charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny in connection with the burglary of a campus apartment in late February. On Tuesday, Shafer said he would let the legal system play out before making a decision on the two players, but he said that decision would be one that was best for the team. — The Associated Press



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Iowa State vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. Kansas State-Texas winner vs. Oklahoma State-Baylor winner, 9:30 p.m.

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Iowa State 73, Oklahoma 66 Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63 Kansas State vs. Texas, 7 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Baylor, 9:30 p.m.

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New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

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Bethune-Cookman vs. Savannah State-Morgan State winner, 6 p.m. N.C. A&T vs. Hampton-Delaware State winner, 8 p.m.




UCLA vs. Arizona, 9:06 p.m. California-Utah winner vs. Oregon-Washington winner, 11:38 p.m.


LSU 68, Georgia 63 Tennessee 69, Mississippi State 53 Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt, late Missouri vs. Texas A&M, late


Florida vs. LSU, 1 p.m. Alabama vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. Kentucky vs. Arkansas-Vanderbilt winner, 7:30 p.m. Mississippi vs. Missouri-Texas A&M winner, 10 p.m.


Southeastern Louisiana vs. McNeese State, 6 p.m. Oral Roberts vs. Sam Houston State, 8:30 p.m.



Stephen F. Austin vs. Southeastern Louisiana-McNeese State winner, 6 p.m. Northwestern State vs. Oral Roberts-Sam Houston State winner, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio 92, Dallas 91 New York at Portland, late



Charlotte at Toronto, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Washington, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 9 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Jackson State 66, Alabama State 59 Alcorn State vs. Prairie View, late


Jackson State vs. Alcorn State-Prairie View winner, 3:30 p.m. Texas Southern vs. Alabama A&M, 9 p.m.





Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Portland, 10 p.m. Memphis at Utah, 10 p.m.

New Mexico State 65, Idaho 49 Texas State 72, Denver 68 Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA, late Texas-Arlington vs. Utah State, late


New Mexico State vs. Texas State, 9 p.m. Louisiana Tech-UTSA winner winner vs. Texas-ArlingtonUtah State winner, 11:30 p.m.


The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: PTS


1. Gonzaga (54) 30-2 1,611 1 2. Duke (11) 27-4 1,559 3 3. Indiana 26-5 1,491 2 4. Louisville 26-5 1,421 8 5. Georgetown 24-5 1,344 5 6. Michigan 25-6 1,230 7 7. Kansas 26-5 1,224 4 8. Michigan St. 24-7 1,184 10 9. Miami 24-6 1,082 6 10. Ohio St. 23-7 1,073 14 11. Kansas St. 25-6 932 9 12. Marquette 23-7 921 15 13. Florida 24-6 838 11 14. Oklahoma St. 23-7 805 13 15. New Mexico 26-5 771 12 16. Saint Louis 24-6 557 16 17. Pittsburgh 24-7 551 20 18. Arizona 24-6 523 18 19. Syracuse 23-8 362 17 20. Memphis 27-4 316 25 21. UCLA 23-8 245 23 22. Wisconsin 21-10 191 22 23. Creighton 27-7 190 — 24. Notre Dame 23-8 171 24 25. VCU 24-7 157 21 Others receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (Cal) 117, Butler 105, North Carolina 49, Colorado St. 48, Temple 20, Belmont 13, UNLV 7, Wichita St. 6, Kentucky 5, Oregon 4, Valparaiso 1, Villanova 1.

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Illinois 51, Minnesota 49 Michigan 83, Penn State 66 Nebraska 57, Purdue 53 Iowa vs. Northwestern, late


Indiana vs. Illinois, Noon Wisconsin vs. Michigan, 2:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. Purdue-Nebraska winner, 6:30 p.m. Michigan State vs. Iowa-Northwestern winner, 9 p.m.



Southern Mississippi vs. UTEP, 4 p.m. Memphis-Tulane winner vs. East Carolina-Tulsa winner, 6:30 p.m.

26-7 18-14 16-15 13-19 15-20

Miami 98, Philadelphia 94 Indiana 107, Minnesota 91 Washington 106, Milwaukee 93 Boston 112, Toronto 88 Atlanta 96, L.A. Lakers 92 Houston 111, Phoenix 81 Oklahoma City 110, Utah 87 Sacramento 121, Chicago 79 Golden State 105, Detroit 97 Memphis 96, L.A. Clippers 85 Denver 117, New York 94


Southern Mississippi 81, UAB 66 UTEP 80, Houston 69 Memphis vs. Tulane, late East Carolina vs. Tulsa, late

Indiana—Illinois-Minnesota winner vs. Wisconsin— Michigan-Penn State winner, 1:40 p.m. Ohio State—Purdue-Nebraska winner vs. Michigan State—Iowa-Northwestern winner, 4 p.m.


The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: RECORD



1. Baylor (40) 28-1 1,000 1 2. Notre Dame 27-1 957 2 3. UConn 27-2 916 3 4. Stanford 28-2 881 4 5. California 27-2 840 6 6. Duke 27-2 797 5 7. Kentucky 25-4 742 10 8. Penn St. 24-4 709 7 9. Tennessee 23-6 673 8 10. Maryland 23-6 622 9 11. Dayton 26-1 565 12 12. Georgia 24-5 499 11 13. Louisville 23-6 490 16 14. UCLA 23-6 484 17 15. North Carolina 26-5 436 15 16. Delaware 26-3 380 18 17. South Carolina 23-6 376 14 18. Colorado 24-5 354 19 19. Texas A&M 21-9 305 13 20. Green Bay 24-2 223 21 21. Nebraska 22-7 213 20 22. LSU 19-10 122 — 23. Florida St. 21-8 93 24 24. Syracuse 22-6 70 22 25. Toledo 26-2 64 — Others receiving votes: Iowa St. 60, Purdue 38, Gonzaga 19, San Diego St. 13, Oklahoma St. 11, Texas Tech 11, Michigan St. 10, Vanderbilt 8, Chattanooga 3, Oklahoma 3, Villanova 3, Charlotte 2, DePaul 2, Florida Gulf Coast 2, Miami 2, West Virginia 2.



UCF 70, SMU 66 UTEP 61, UAB 59 Tulsa 75, Tulane 67 East Carolina vs. Southern Mississippi, late


Central Michigan 81, Bowling Green 48 Akron 83, Buffalo 79


Howard 62, Morgan State 60 Coppin State 55, S.C. State 53


Drake 81, Missouri State 66 Evansville vs. Southern Illinois, 8:05 p.m.

AUTO RACING 2 p.m. — Nationwide: Bristol, Final Practice. Speed 3:30 p.m. — Sprint Cup: Bristol, Qualifying. Speed BASEBALL 1 p.m. — MLB spring training: Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros. MLB Network 3 p.m. — MLB spring training: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox. WGN 4 p.m. — MLB spring training: Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants. MLB Network 7 p.m. — World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic/ United States winner. MLB Network BASKETBALL Noon — Men’s College: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal, Indiana vs. Illinois. ESPN Noon — Men’s College: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, Miami vs. Boston College. ESPN2 1 p.m. — Men’s College: SEC Tournament Quarterfinal, Florida vs. LSU. ESPNU 2 p.m. — Men’s College: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal, Wisconsin vs. Michigan. ESPN 2 p.m. — Men’s College: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, Virginia vs. N.C. State. ESPN2 3:30 p.m. — Men’s College: SEC Tournament Quarterfinal, Alabama vs. Tennessee. ESPNU 6:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal, Ohio State vs. Nebraska winner. Big Ten Network 7 p.m. — Men’s College: Big East Tournament Semifinal. ESPN 7 p.m. — Men’s College: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, Duke vs. Wake Forest/Maryland winner. ESPN2 7:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Big 12 Tournament Semifinal. ESPNU 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal, Michigan State vs. Iowa/Northwestern winner. Big Ten Network 9 p.m. — Men’s College: Big East Tournament Semifinal. ESPN 9 p.m. — Men’s College: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, North Carolina vs. Clemson/Florida State winner. ESPN2 10 p.m. — Men’s College: Big 12 Tournament Semifinal. ESPNU 10:30 p.m. — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors. WGN 11:30 p.m. — Men’s College: Pac-12 Tournament Semifinal. ESPN Midnight — Men’s College: Big West Tournament Semifinal. ESPNU GOLF 3 p.m. — PGA: Tampa Bay Championship, Second Round. Golf Channel 6:30 p.m. — LPGA: RR Donnelley Founders Cup, Second Round. Golf Channel HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. — College: CCHA Playoff, Western Michigan vs. Michigan. FSD 7 p.m. — College: Hockey East Tournament, Quarterfinal. NBC Sports Network 9:30 p.m. — NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers. FSD TENNIS 4:30 p.m. — ATP: BNP Paribas Open, Men’s Third Quarterfinal. ESPN2 11:30 p.m. — ATP: BNP Paribas Open, Women’s Second Semifinal. ESPN2 AUTO RACING 9 a.m. — Sprint Cup: Bristol, Practice. Speed 10:30 a.m. — American Le Mans Series Racing: 12 Hours of Sebring. Speed Noon — Sprint Cup: Bristol, Final Practice. Speed 1 p.m. — American Le Mans Series Racing: 12 Hours of Sebring. Speed 2 p.m. — Nationwide: Jeff


San Diego State 67, Nevada 39 New Mexico 72, UNLV 59 Fresno State vs. Boise State, late Wyoming vs. Colorado State, late


McNeese State 86, Nicholls State 70 Lamar 69, Stephen F. Austin 65


MVSU 63, Alabama A&M 60 Prairie View 66, Jackson State 60



Lake Superior 2, Bowling Green 0 Michigan 3, Northern Michigan 2 Michigan State 2, Alaska 1


Bowling Green 6, Lake Superior 3 Michigan 6, Northern Michigan 2 Alaska 4, Michigan State 1


Bowling Green 7, Lake Superior 0 Michigan State 4, Alaska 3 Quarterfinals


Ferris State at Ohio State, 7:05 p.m. Michigan at Western Michigan, 6:35 p.m. Bowling Green at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m. Michigan State at Miami (Ohio), 7:35 p.m.


Ferris State at Ohio State, 7:05 p.m. Michigan at Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m. Bowling Green at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m. Michigan State at Miami (Ohio), 7:05 p.m.


x-Ferris State at Ohio State, 7:05 p.m. x-Michigan at Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m. x-Bowling Green at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.

Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300. ESPN2 BASEBALL 1 p.m. — World Baseball Classic: Teams TBA. MLB Network 4 p.m. — MLB Preseason: Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs. MLB Network 4 p.m. — MLB Preseason: Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs. WGN BASKETBALL 10 a.m. — Girls High School: MHSAA Class D Championship: Teams TBA. FSD 11:30 a.m. — College: Conference USA Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. CBS 11:30 a.m. — College: America East Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN2 Noon — Girls High School: MHSAA Class A Championship: Teams TBA. FSD 1 p.m. — College: SEC Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. ABC 1 p.m. — College: ACC Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. ESPN 1:40 p.m. — College: Big Ten Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. CBS 3 p.m. — College: SEC Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. ABC 3 p.m. — College: ACC Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. ESPN 3 p.m. — Women’s College: WAC Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPNU 4 p.m. — College: Big Ten Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. CBS 4 p.m. — Girls High School: MHSAA Class C Championship: Teams TBA. FSD 4:30 p.m. — College: SWAC Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN2 5 p.m. — College: MEAC Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPNU 5:30 p.m. — College: Big 12 Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN 6 p.m. — College: Mountain West Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. CBS 6 p.m. — Girls High School: MHSAA Class B Championship: Teams TBA. FSD 6:30 p.m. — College: MAC Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN2 7 p.m. — Women’s College: Atlantic 10 Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPNU 8:30 p.m. — College: Big East Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN 8:30 p.m. — College: Southland Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN2 9 p.m. — College: Big Sky Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPNU 10 p.m. — NBA: Detroit Pistons at Portland Trail Blazers. FSD 10:30 p.m. — College: Big West Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN2 11:00 — College: Pac-12 Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPN 11 p.m. — College: WAC Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. ESPNU BOXING 10:15 p.m. — Boxing: Timothy Bradley, Jr. vs. Ruslan Provodnikov. HBO GOLF 1 p.m. — PGA: Tampa Bay Championship, Third Round. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA: Tampa Bay Championship, Third Round. NBC 4 p.m. — LPGA: RR Donnelley Founders Cup, Third Round. Golf Channel SOCCER 8:30 a.m. — English Premier League: Everton FC vs Manchester City FC. ESPN2 12:30 p.m. — MLS: D.C. United at New York Red Bulls. NBC 3 p.m. — MLS: Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City. NBC Sports Network 8 p.m. — MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC. NBC Sports. Network

x-Michigan State at Miami (Ohio), 7:05 p.m.


Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 4, 10 innings Washington (ss) 8, N.Y. Mets 5 Washington (ss) 9, Houston 7 Kansas City 4, Seattle 2 San Francisco 9, Cincinnati 5 Colorado 2, Chicago Cubs 0 San Diego 8, L.A. Angels 6 Cleveland 5, Chicago White Sox 2 N.Y. Yankees 6, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 2, Miami 1 Baltimore 9, Minnesota 4 Arizona 7, Milwaukee 0


St. Louis 5, Atlanta 4 Washington 6, Houston 3 Boston 7, Minnesota 3 Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 3 Toronto 17, N.Y. Yankees 5 Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1 Detroit 9, N.Y. Mets 1 Texas 6, Oakland 2 Chicago Cubs 8, L.A. Dodgers 1 Kansas City 5, Cleveland 3 Seattle 8, Cincinnati 7 L.A. Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 4


Boston (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. San Diego (ss) vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz.,

4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Texas vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Kansas City (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.



Netherlands 6, Cuba 2


Japan 4, Taiwan 3, 10 innings Cuba 14, Taiwan 0


Japan 16, Netherlands 4


Netherlands 7, Cuba 6


Japan 10, Netherlands 6



Dominican Republic 5, Italy 4 United States 7, Puerto Rico 1 Puerto Rico 4, Italy 3


Dominican Republic 3, United States 1


Puerto Rico vs. United States, 7 p.m.


Game 5 winner vs. Dominican Republic, 1 p.m.


At San Francisco


Group 2 runner-up vs. Japan, 9 p.m.


Netherlands vs. Group 2 winner, 9 p.m.



Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.


Thursday’s results at The Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. Purse: Men: $6.05 million (Masters 1000); Women: 6.02 million (Premier) Surface: Hard-Outdoor


Tomas Berdych (6), Czech Republic, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-4, 6-4.


Angelique Kerber (4), Germany, def. Sam Stosur (7), Australia, walkover. Caroline Wozniacki (8), Denmark, def. Victoria Azarenka (1), Belarus, walkover.


Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, vs. Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, and Scott Lipsky, United States


Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (4), Russia, def. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, and Casey Dellacqua, Australia, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8.


Montreal Columbus Sporting K.C. Philadelphia Houston Toronto FC New England D.C. New York Chicago WESTERN













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Vancouver 2 0 0 Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 1 1 Chivas USA 0 1 1 Real Salt Lake 0 1 1 FC Dallas 0 1 1 San Jose Portland 0 1 1 Seattle 0 1 0 Colorado 0 2 0 Three points for win, one point for tie.

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D.C. United at New York, 12:30 p.m. Chicago at Sporting Kansas City, 3 p.m. Toronto FC at Montreal, 4 p.m. New England at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. San Jose at Columbus, 5:30 p.m. Colorado at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. Portland at Seattle FC, 8 p.m.


Houston at FC Dallas, 1 p.m.


Chivas USA at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.



MINNESOTA TWINS — Optioned RHP Kyle Gibson and LHP Caleb Thielbar to Rochester (IL). Reassigned RHP Anthony Slama, C Kyle Knudson and INF James Beresford to their minor league camp.


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Optioned RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Charles Brewer, LHP Eury De la Rosa and OF Alfredo Marte to Reno (PCL) and RHP Keon Broxton, RHP Eric Smith and RHP Zeke Spruill to Mobile (SL). Reassigned INF Nick Ahmed, RHP Josh Booty, INF Matt Davidson, C Ed Easley, LHP David Holmberg, RHP Garrett Mock, INF Chris Owings and RHP Bo Schultz to their minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned OF Eury Perez to Syracuse (IL) and RHP Nathan Karns, C Sandy Leon and INF Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg (EL). Reassigned LHP Pat McCoy, INF Will Rhymes and INF Matt Skole to their minor league camp.



CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Signed G Jannero Pargo to a 10-day contract.



ATLANTA FALCONS — Agreed to terms with RB Steven Jackson on a three-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed DT Nate Collins to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Agreed to terms with RB Chris Ogbonnaya on a two-year contract and TE Gary Barnidge on a three-year contract. DETROIT LIONS — Re-signed LS Don Muhlbach to a oneyear contract. Announced the retirement of OT Jeff Backus. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed DL Ricky Jean Francois. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Released QB Matt Cassel. Agreed to terms with CB Sean Smith on a three-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed C Joe Berger and DB Jamarca Sanford. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed WR Danny Amendola. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Signed CB Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract. NEW YORK GIANTS — Re-signed CB Aaron Ross. Signed S Ryan Mundy. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Signed CB Cary Williams to a three-year contract and S Kenny Phillips. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed DE Cliff Avril to a multiyear contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed OT Jeremy Trueblood.



BOSTON BRUINS — Reassigned G Adam Morrison from Utah (ECHL) to Providence (AHL). CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Assigned F Rostislav Olesz to Rockford (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Traded D Chay Genoway to Washington for a conditional 2014 seventh-round draft pick. MONTREAL CANADIENS — Recalled D Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS — Signed D Troy Rutkowski to a three-year contract. Reassigned F Mark Stone to Binghamton (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Assigned F Nick Johnson to Portland (AHL) and G Mark Visentin from Portland to Gwinnett (ECHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES — Assigned F Andrew Murray to Peoria (AHL). Activated F Alex Steen from injured reserve. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Recalled F Tyler Johnson from Syracuse (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Traded D Kevin Marshall to Toronto for F Nicolas Deschamps and assigned Deschamps to Hershey (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Recalled G Eddie Pasquale from St. John’s (AHL).

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P F A L T Z G R A F F - Dishes, matching drinking and juice glasses, serving pieces. Service for 6. Cost over $200. Sell for $60. (517) 788-8065

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ICE BOX - Antique 1930’s era, metal ice box, has 3 doors. Turquoise and cream in color. Still looks new, $300 firm. Please call (810) 630-2138

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Jackson - 529 STEWARD. Very large 1 bdrm, includes all, no pets. $530. 517-936-7972.


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EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - Pro Form T-35 power incline treadmill, folds and stores, all gauges work, $150/obo; Ladies long black leather jacket, Wilson, good shape, $100/obo Call (517) 780-0702

JACKSON- 1006 First. Large upper 3 rms.+bath, refurbished $450+dep. 517-206-4224

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E F F I C I E N C Y Apts. Clean & affordable w/utilities & cable. No lease. M-50, 5 mi. southeast of Jackson 517-764-4600

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MEDICAL CAREERS! A dream come Fast training that can lead GOODRICHtrue! 60 beautiful rolling to a rewarding career! acres with all sports lake, 10 EKG, Phlebotomy, car garage w/ apartment CNA, Patient Care. above, green house, jacuzzi, Call (888) 698-6104 now sauna, gazebo, and executive to start your training! 3 hole golf course. Complete

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CLOTHES - Dresses formal, medium $20, small $25, both light blue, size 3-4 long, multi-colored floral $67. Snowpants, child’s med., black $8. Winter coat, child’s Lg. yellow, $17. Tuxedo pants, black $10. Call 616-784-3901

WESTBAY CLUB Apts Units starting at $535. 517-782-0555

CARPET CLEANING CO. ALPINE LAKE APART Owner wants to retire, MENTS - Enjoy country living $60,000 annual sales, working in the city. Spacious studio & 3 days per week. Please send 1 bdrms. 2 bdrm townhomes. inquires to: Po Box 15, Spring Great amenities. 782-5558 Arbor, MI 49283 or Email: GOLF COURSE- Profitable turnkey NE Michigan golf course. Incl Resort Class C Liquor License. Full service restaurant & bar. Seller financing available. $295,000.

BOWFLEX - Ultimate 2, with all equipment, purchased 6 years ago, was $2,000 new, selling for $300 OBO. Also a free big screen TV! Please Call 734-434-5836

DOWNTOWN - 116 W. Franklin, 1 or 2 bdrm upper & lower, carpeted, off street prkg. $525 & $650 + dep. incl. all utils. No pets. 517-937-3530



AMERICAN ESKIMO PUPS - UKC, Shots & wormed, toys & minis $250-$350. Please call 517.543.2119 AUSTRAILIAN SHEPHERD P U P P I E S - Black Tri, $300 and up, Blue Merles $450, AKC, parents on site, excellent background, Please Call 231.757.2561 or 231.233.1202


BUYING JUNK CARS A N D EALTH ARE TRUCKS, semis, heavy equipment, Cadillac converters, aluminum wheels and batteries. Paying top dollar! DIRECT CARE STAFF - Must enjoy the elderly, compas$$$$$$$$$$$ (517) 936-9511 sionate care. Experience preferred. Now taking applicaAA+ Autostions for part time. Apply at Junk Cars, Trucks, Buses, 5585 Brooklyn Rd. Converters, Scrap Metal. 517-937-7748


CASCADE RIDGE APTS Step up to luxury living! Spacious 1 & 2 bdrms. with more than you would expect in apartment living. EHO. (517) 787-4343



PLATE HOLDER- Mustang, Ford Co. issued, stain. steel $50. THERMOMETER - Mail pouch $70. HUBCAPS- set for ’69 Dodge truck, red centers. $200. DOOR KNOBS- glass $50. DOOR HINGES- Used, brass $20. 734-646-7115 RADIAL ARM SAW - Craftsman brand, 10 inch, $75. 50 gallon barrel stove, $25. 22 inch wood ladder, $20. Bent oak rocker, $150. Vintage typewriters, $35 each. Garden tools, $5 each. 734-971-3972 TIRES- 225/50R17 Kelly Navigator $45/Pair. P265/70R17 Continental 4/$65. 245/ 75R17 BF Goodrich 4 for $65. P245/65R17 Goodyear $25 /pair. 245-45R18 Bridgestone Low-profile 8K miles 4/$135 517-262-2346 after 11 am TRAILER Pull-behind Agrafab yard trailer, heavy duty utility, $50. Oak bookcase, 3 shelves, 36in. long x 66in. high x 12.5in. deep, $45. Walnut bookcase, 2 shelves, 29in. high x 30in. long x 10in. deep, $30. Call 517-787-0174 TRANSFER TABLE/CHAIR$25. C O M F O R T E R - Twin, Ruby, reversible. $15. S N U G G IE S - His & hers $25. All unused. IRON SKILLETS Wagner & Griswold. $10-$20. Singer sewing machine w/extras $75. (517) 788-2620

TV - 19 inch, $100; 13 inch, $50. Stored in Guest Rooms, both in Excellent Condition! Prices FIRM. Please call (616) 724-6704

MOONLIGHT BARGAINS V I N T A G E Motorcycles W a n t e d - Cash Paid! 1900-1980. All makes. Any condition. No title? No problem! (920) 202-2201

WANTED GUN RELOADING EQ UIP M EN T - Bullets, dies, presses, ammo, old guns, parts, gunsmithing. Cash paid up to $5,000. 517-623-0416

WANTED, BARGAIN BED NEEDED - Disabled Veteran desperately needs a donated bed. If possible please call (517) 748-9193.

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