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Fourth recent non-combat death reported Staff reports A 21-year-old soldier is the fourth from Fort Riley to die under non-combat circumstances since mid-March. Post officials said Wednesday that Pvt. Thomas Lavrey, 21, was pronounced dead at Irwin Army

Community Hospital after being found unresponsive in his living quarters on post Monday. They said the cause of death is under investigation. Lavrey was a utilities equipment repairer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battal-

ion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His is the latest in a string of fatalities this year involving soldiers whose deaths did not take place in combat. St. Sgt. Zach Hargrove, 32, died May 3 in his quarters in Afghanistan. In mid-April, the body of Capt. Michael Braden,

31, was found in his quarters in Afghanistan. And on March 12, St. Sgt. Jesse Grindey, 30, died under unexplained non-combat circumstances in Afghanistan. Lavrey, a West Seneca, N.Y. native, joined the Army in March 2010. He was assigned to Fort Riley in September 2010.


Bryan Richardson The USD 383 school board welcomed back a familiar face when it selected Beth Tatarko as the newest board m e m b e r Wednesday. Tatarko, a USD 383 school board member from 2005 to 2009, won the vacant seat over Tatarko two other finalists, Pat Hudgins, human resource specialist for K-State Student Publications; and Marcia Rozell, tourism sales manager for Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tatarko stated in her letter of interest to the school board that she wouldn’t seek another term after completing the expired term in June 2013. The three finalists each had a chance to state their case and answer questions SEE


Another step forward for NBAF Staff reports Funding hopes for the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility advanced a step Wednesday when the House Appropriations Committee approved the language for the FY2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill by unanimous voice vote. The language includes $75 million for the construction of the NBAF in Manhattan, and directs the Department of Homeland Security to complete a funding plan for the completion of the NBAF. The Appropriations Committee also called for the previously appropriated $40 million in FY2011 for the construction of the Central Utility Plant at the NBAF and the $50 million in FY2012 for the construction of the facility as a whole to be released by the Department of Homeland Security. All told, the newly appropriated funds will bring SEE


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MHS freshman Gage Jackson works on his fundamentals of horseshoe pitching Thursday morning in City Park. The school’s gym is shut down for remodling as the students make their yearly trek for outdoor recreational games.

Make a splash at City Park Ben Hopper Contributing writer Splash into summer Friday as the City Park Splash Park opens for business for the season. PLANYOUR 2012 Hours of operation are expected to be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. However, the Splash Park hours may be extended or reduced depend-


ing on the weather. After you’ve cooled off, head down Poyntz Avenue for the Manhattan Public Library’s Stories on the Lawn at 11 a.m. Saturday. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic lunch if you wish. The event is suggested for all ages. Later on Saturday, the Manhattan Arts Center presents "Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters,” a performance featuring juggling, mime, magic and nonSEE



Sirens topic of county meeting Burk Krohe RANDOLPH– County commissioners finished their annual tour of county towns Thursday, meeting at the VFW hall here. Commissioners have previously met in Ogden, Leonardville and Riley. Pat Collins, of the Riley County EMS, talked to commissioners about emergency sirens within in the county and 911 calls.

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Collins and officials from Randolph told commissioners about the importance of coordination regarding siren tests. Commissioner Dave Lewis said it would be prudent to have someone in the vicinity of the siren report back to EMS during tests to make sure it’s heard. Collins also addressed 911 calls when phone systems are down. He noted recently there SEE






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Two arrested after Junction City drug bust

Arrests Kyle Robert Plaice, 23, 2914 Nelsons Lndg, for probation violation. Released on $1,000 bond. Joshua Knowles Tyler, 26, Marysville, for driving while suspended and criminal carrying of weapons. Released on $1,000 bond. Jeramia Jacob Dorsey, 32, Wamego, for possession of opiates. Released on $1,500 bond. Patrick John Mackey, 40, 417 N. 4th St., for possession of cocaine. Released on $5,000 bond. Malcolm Theodore Wooten, 19, Frankfurt, for probation violation. Held without bond. Anthony Leon Williams, Jr., 24, 1326 Yuma St., for two counts of failure to appear. Released on $7,500 bond. Quintavious Devon Fields, 20, Fort Riley, for domestic battery. Released on $500 bond. George Alan Chapman, 18, 1012 Fremont St., for unlawful possession of

hallucinogens. Released on $1,000 bond. Kala Alexia Fields, 21, Fort Riley, for domestic battery. Released on $500 bond. Brandon James Crubel, 25, 1912 Hunting Ave., Apt. 2, for possession of opiates, traffic in contraband in a correctional institution and driving while suspended. Steven Jermaine Parks, 26, Junction City, for unlawful possession of depressants. Released on $1,000 bond.

Woman arrested for 2007 burglary Riley County officers arrested Areale Hanks, 25, Wednesday for an alleged 2007 burglary at the now closed Lemmy’s Pizzeria on Fort Riley Boulevard. Lt. Josh Kyle said officers arrested Hanks, 108 Longview Dr., on a warrant charging that Hanks allegedly burglarized Lemmy’s Pizzeria sometime between July 14 and 15, 2007, stealing less than

$1,000 and damaging restaurant property in the process. She is confined to the Riley County Jail on $10,000 bond. Hanks was one of six arrested in December 2011 following an investigation into the murder of Steve Freel. Hanks was not implicated in the murder but arrested for allegedly contributing to the Dec. 6 aggravated robbery of a Manhattan woman with Michael Layne, accused of the first-degree murder of Freel, and Reyna Youdath.

Rental car stolen A car was reported stolen from Enterprise Rent-a-Car Wednesday. Lt. Josh Kyle said the suspect rented a 2012 Hyundai Sonata but allegedly never returned the car to the company, located at 2304 Stagg Hill Rd. He said the alleged theft occurred between May 8 and May 16. The total loss was $14,944.

Staff reports Officers made two arrests in connection with various drug offenses in Junction City Wednesday. Michael Gene Artis, 53, and Angela Denise Beamon, 50, were arrested after the Junction CityGeary County Drug Operations Group, with assistance from the Junction City-Geary County S.W.A.T., executed a search warrant at 611 W. 5th St., Wednesday. Officials said the search warrant was obtained following a three month inves-

tigation by the Drug Operations Group into suspected drug activity at the residence. Officers seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $4,500, drug paraphernalia, $1,400 in currency, a 1991 MercedesBenz, a 1996 Cadillac Eldorado, a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and a stolen handgun, officials said. Artis was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, acquisition of drug proceeds, no Kansas drug tax stamp, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, crimi-

nal possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beamon was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, acquisition of drug proceeds, no Kansas drug tax stamp, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are confined at the Geary County Detention Center pending their first appearance in the Geary County District Court.

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to Weir. Virgil was a member of the Kansas American Legion. He enjoyed doing Intarsia woodworking and some carving. He was an avid horticulturist, enjoying grafting trees, managing his fruit orchard, and maintaining his large yard. Virgil was survived by his wife Georgia and son John, both of the home. Additional survivors include his sons, George Becker of Enterprise, Ore. and Samuel Becker of Little Elm, Texas; and his daughter Roxy Blessent of Weir; three grandchildren, Melissa McClintock, William Blessent, and Ethan Blessent; four greatgrandchildren, Hunter Lyden, Harlie, Haygen and Hadlyn McClintock; one brother, Charles Becker (wife Betty), Iuka; one sister, Myrna Beth Moorman, Hutchinson; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Becker, Livermore, Calif.; and two special family friends, Julie Todd, Enterprise, Ore. and Maria Fanoele, Columbus. He was preceded in death by his brother James Becker and his sonin-law Donald Blessent. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Glen Elder United Methodist Church, Glen Elder, with Pastor Glenn Patterson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Horses of Hope and can be sent in care of the Derfelt Funeral Home, 132 E. Pine, Columbus, 66725.

OBITUARIES Katherine Mulanax

Katherine Schiller Mulanax of Manhattan died on May 14 at the age of 97. The following obituary was provided by Kather- Michael Lee Stanley Michael Lee Stanley, ine several 30, Ogden, died on May 14 years ago. K a t h e r - on Hwy 18, west of Manine was hattan. Mike was born in born in Kirw i n , Kansas City, Mo. on Dec. ( P h i l l i p s 21, 1981, the son of KimCounty) on berly Ann (Giles) NeidenSept. 4, 1914. thal and Jerry Lee StanKansas State Universi- at a global level on a regu- “They have created an Her parents ley. Mike was a laborer Katherine ty’s Trevor McKeeman has lar basis,” he said. “I feel environment where great were Frank and worked on many proMulanax been selected for the 2013 honored to be a small part projects are possible.” and Edith jects around the ManhatMassachusetts Institute of of the extensive reach of McKeeman’s current ( T h o m a s ) tan-area. Technology Sloan Fellows this community.” role at Kansas State Uni- Schiller. She was married Survivors include his Program in Innovation and As a fellow, McKeeman versity involves the devel- to Dr. Paul A. Kline on children Alyssa Ann Global Leadership. will earn his master’s in opment of startup compa- May 24, 1941 and he died Stanley and Michael Lee McKeeman currently business administration nies, commercialization of in 1942. Stanley, Jr., both of Moyworks as the director of by participating in the one- intellectual property or On Feb. 20, 1963 she ers, Okla.; his mother and business development for year executive business, new technologies, and married Alvin E. stepfather, Kim and the K-State Institute for innovation and leadership other entrepreneurial ven- Mulanax and he died on Monty Neidenthal; father Commercialization and program at the MIT Sloan tures. and stepmother, Jerry & Mar. 24, 1987. Mid-America Technology School of Management in He is also the co-founder In 1926, Katherine Pamela Stanley of MoyManagement Inc. Cambridge, Mass.McKee- and vice president of Sun- moved from her home ers, Okla.; two sisters, His selection for the man will focus on the areas flower Integrated Bioener- town of Kirwin to Abi- Kaitlyn A. Weeks, of Overprestigious fellowship of new ventures and start- gy LLC — a 2006 joint ven- lene. In 1932, she graduat- land Park and Donna A. supports the university’s up companies, technology ture between Mid-America ed from the Abilene High Mancuso, of White City; goal of becoming a top 50 commercialization, entre- Technology Management School and then attended grandfather Walter Giles public university by 2025. University of California and steppreneurial finance, corpo- and Sunflower Electric Kansas McKeeman will join 121 rate leadership and global Power Corporation. McK- School of Nursing from grandfather John Sloan fellows from 31 coun- markets for technology. Gicante of Peculiar, Mo. 1933 to 1936, when she eeman also co-initiated the tries to comprise a class of As well as numerous He plans to return to the Carbon X Prize project, a received her diploma demonstrated leaders in university at the end of the multimillion dollar inter- after completing and aunts, uncles, nieces and business, government, aca- program with increased national prize competition passing the required test- nephews. demic, engineering, sci- access to a portfolio of to identify radical new ing to become a RegisMike was preceded in ence and entrepreneurial startup companies, global technologies that trans- tered Nurse. death by his maternal fields. Ellen In 1939 to 1940, Kather- grandmother, business contacts and new form CO2 from power “K-State and Manhattan technology opportunities. plants into products with ine enrolled at the Uni- Gicante; his paternal have people that compete versity of Minnesota in grandparents, Cecil Stan“I simply would not have value. and collaborate with peers this opportunity without McKeeman earned his Minneapolis, Minn. and ley & Pat Billings, and his the strong leadership at bachelor’s in business was certified as a public fiance’ Elizabeth Young. The family request Kansas State University administration, with an health nurse. donations to the Michael In 1940, she moved back and its Institute for Com- emphasis in entrepreneurto Abilene to become a L. Stanley Memorial mercialization,” he said. ship, from K-State in 2000. Fund for his children, school nurse until 1941. In 1936, Katherine was a Alyssa and Michael Jr. A combined Service of The Splash Park will open staff nurse at the Kansas on Friday for the 2012. Hours University Medical Cen- Remembrance will be held at a later date. of operation are expected to ter in Kansas City. Out-of-town To send an email conbe 11 a.m.- 8p.m. daily. During Out-of-town Katherine also worked A boy, Noah Gregory A girl, Korah Wendland, the season, Splash Park at St. Luke’s Hospital in dolence visit www.irvinhours may be extended or Cleary, was born to Erin was born to Josh and Kelly Denver; the Swedish or on Facereduced depending on the Caley and Zachary Cleary, Wendland, Barnes, on May American Hospital in book. Arrangements by Overland Park, on April 24. 11. Korah’s grandparents weather. Rockford, Ill.; St. Joseph Irvin-Parkview Funeral All city pools will open on Noah’s grandparent is are Dwight and Roberta Hospital, Hot Springs, Home & Cremation, ManJohnson, Manhattan, and Saturday, May 26. Pool hours Margo Caley, Manhattan. Ark.; St. Mary’s Hospital, hattan. Merlin and April Wendfor all pools are 1-8:45 p.m. Manhattan; was a private land, Barnes. daily. duty nurse also in Man- Virgil Merle Becker hattan; University HospiVirgil Merle Becker, 85, tal at Ohio State Universi- died at 10:52 p.m., May 10 ty, Columbus, Ohio; and at his home, following a Lafene Student Health at courageous battle with around 30 mph. Saturday, breezy. Partly Kansas State University, cancer. Local forecast until she retired in 1977. Virgil was born Jan. 29, sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderTonight, partly cloudy. Lows around 63. Katherine was a mem- 1927 near Bushton. His storms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper South winds 10 to 20 mph. Friday, breezy, ber of the First Christian parents were John Henry 80s. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to sunny. Highs around 88. South winds 15 to Church of Manhattan and and Virgie Blanche the Lydia Group. 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Friday around 35 mph. Saturday night, mostly (Peterson) Becker. cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderSurvivors include her He graduated from night, partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. son Roger (Jo) Mulanax of Chase High School and storms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to Manhattan; a sister, Ruth immediately joined the Jackson of Topeka; her Navy becoming a WWII For the record grandson, Douglas L veteran. (From 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.) (Jamie) Mulanax; greatCity/Region In 1948, he began farmgranddaughters Hannah ing near Cawker City, and Low | High temps Forecast for Friday, May 18 High temp 83 Kate and Molly Ann later established a truckLow temp 65 MO. NEB. ing business there. Virgil Precipitation 0.00 Mulanax. She was also preceded married Georgia Rose Colby May to date 0.62 in death by a great grand- Scholl on Feb. 17, 1951 50° | 91° Deficit for May 2.03 daughter Emily Caroline and they raised their famKansas City Year to date 7.58 Mulanax. ily on the farm at Cawker 63° | 87° Deficitfor 2012 2.49Manhattan The Manhattan The Manhattan A private service was The City until Waconda Lake Salina held and burial was in took Mercury Mercury the farmland in 1967. Mercury 63° | 88° Tuttle Creek Denison. Family request The family relocated to Topeka 62° | 88° donations to Flint Hills Manhattan, where Virgil Elevation 1,074.89 Breadbasket, 905 Yuma, worked as a forester for Outflow 600 66502. 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KU proposes tougher admissions standards Associated Press TOPEKA — The University of Kansas is proposing new standards that would make its admission criteria more difficult than those of any other of the state’s universities. Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little discussed the proposed new standards Wednesday with the Kansas Board of Regents. Currently, all six regents universities have the same admissions standards. The proposed standards would raise the required GPA score of high school students and require students to apply by Feb. 1. Students who don’t meet the automatic qualifications could still be admitted by a review committee that would consider several other factors. The Regents did not take action on the proposal Wednesday but seemed mostly supportive.

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TOPEKA — Kansas has joined a national settlement with Sketchers USA Inc. over claims it made about some of its shoes. Kansas joined 42 other states and the Federal Trade Commission in filing agreements to resolve allegations against Sketchers. The company claimed its Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and Resistance Runner athletic shoes could tone muscles and help people lose weight. The deal requires the company to allocate up to $40 million for consumer refunds nationwide. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Wednesday that Kansans who bought the shoes can go to the attorney general’s website or call his office for information on how to obtain a partial refund. Online: Kansas Attorney General’s Office:

OVERLAND PARK — A 50year-old Missouri man with at least 14 prior drunken driving convictions is facing a new DUI charge after a traffic accident and altercation in Johnson County, Kan. John Charles Howard, of Branson, was arrested this week by Overland Park police on a report that he wrecked his car and threatened another man with a knife. Besides DUI, the Johnson County charges include fleeing from a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license. Court records show Howard formerly lived in the Kansas City area and has DUI convictions in both Kansas and Missouri. There was no phone listing for Howard in Branson, and he had not been assigned a Johnson County public defender by Wednesday.

HAYS — An Army pilot who died when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan is being honored with highway signs in his Kansas hometown. State officials and relatives of Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols were on hand for Wednesday’s unveiling of the signs in Hays. The signs will designate the junction of Interstate 70 and U.S. 183 as the ‘‘CW2 Bryan J. Nichols Fallen Veterans Memorial Interchange.’’ Kansas lawmakers approved the honors earlier this year. Nichols, 31, was flying a Chinook helicopter on Aug. 6, 2011, when it was shot down in eastern Afghanistan. He and 29 other service members on board were killed, including 22 Navy SEALS and three Air Force Special Operations personnel.

DODGE CITY — Federal agents are asking for the public’s help in finding a member of a western Kansas gang that has been charged with racketeering and a number of violent crimes. Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Cain Flores, also known as Big Knox, is the only one of 23 members of the Norteno gang in Dodge City still at large after federal prosecutors announced the charges last week. The gang members are charged under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act, initially enacted to prosecute Mafia cases. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says the gang preyed on illegal immigrant workers who conducted business in cash and were reluctant to go to police. Flores also is considered a parole absconder by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

RFK Jr.’s troubled estranged wife found dead Associated Press BEDFORD, N.Y. — Mary Richardson Kennedy’s life had both highlights and troubled moments, and they played out publicly because of the famous political family she married into Kennedy in 1994. She was an architect who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, and was the estranged wife of

Robert Kennedy Jr. The 52-year-old mother of four was found dead Wednesday, adding to the list of Kennedy family tragedies. Her body was discovered at family property in suburban New York City. An autopsy for was scheduled for Thursday, and no cause of death had been released. The former Mary Richardson married Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994 aboard

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a boat in the scenic Hudson River Valley. The couple had four children, the youngest born in July 2001. Robert Kennedy Jr. also has two children from a previous marriage. She was an architect and designer and had overseen the renovation of the couple’s home into an environmentally advanced showpiece. In a statement issued by Robert Kennedy Jr.’s chief of staff, the family said Mary Kennedy ‘‘inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit. ‘‘Mary was a genius at friendship, a tremendously gifted architect and a pioneer and relentless advocate of green design who enhanced her cutting edge, energy efficient creations with exquisite taste and style,’’ the family said. Her family cited her devotion to her children in remembering her. ‘‘We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,’’ the family said in a statement issued by attorney Kerry Lawrence. ‘‘Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reserva-

tion.’’ Mary Richardson had known the Kennedys for years, through her friendship with Robert Kennedy Jr.’s sister, Kerry Kennedy, whom she met at boarding school when they were teenagers. She had been Kerry Kennedy’s maid of honor at her wedding in 1990 to now-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The couple later divorced. But recent years had seen darker moments. She had had trouble with drugs and alcohol and had two high-profile arrests around the time her husband filed for divorce in 2010. Kennedy was first arrested May 15 of that year on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a police officer reported seeing her drive her car over a curb near the family’s Bedford home. Her only passenger was a dog, and police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent. Her license was suspended. At the time of her sentencing, famous family and friends spoke in support of her. Her mother-in-law, Ethel Kennedy, wrote in a letter that she ‘‘is a caring,


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to a hospital for treatment, but she resisted and ran from the car, according to the Journal News, which cited Mount Kisco police records. ‘‘I remember she was acting kind of out of it, kind of crazy,’’ a witness, Rae Kesten, told The Journal News in 2007. ‘‘She was running into the street and flailing her arms around. He was trying to restrain her. I didn’t know if they were fighting or not, but I was concerned.’’ The unexpected death of another person connected to the storied Kennedy clan brought to mind the other sorrows the famous family has suffered. Shopping in Bedford, Diane Glokler said, ‘‘I’ve always just thought that family is very tragic. They keep having tragic things happening to them. It’s heart-wrenching.’’



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nourishing mother who has nursed her four children through lifelong bouts of debilitating allergies,’’ according to an account in the local newspaper, The Journal News, at the time. Kerry Kennedy, in her letter, said, ‘‘When I look at my three daughters, my wish for them is that they are as blessed as I have been to have a companion, a confidante, a friend, like Mary Richardson.’’ Mary Kennedy was charged later that year with driving under the influence of drugs, but that charge was dismissed in July 2011 when a judge said the evidence showed she didn’t know the medications she had taken would impair her ability to drive. There were indications her troubles started earlier. In 2007, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. drove his wife

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Compulsion to eat things that aren’t foods is common stances and Disease Registry decided that the answer is no. One of the most compelling arguments was that dirt eating is far too common to be considered abnormal behavior. The panel may also have been influenced by the work of researcher and social worker Kevin Grigsby. Grigsby studied black women in central Georgia who eat dirt, and he conPhoto by The Washington Post Internet retailers sell kaolin, a chalky white substance that some people eat. cluded that the phenomenon is a “culturenal articles about pica call cause of these cravings. bound syndrome.” In the condition “underre- They include stress, other words, it’s a cultural ported” and “unrecog- learned behavior, mental practice, not a psychiatric nized.” Perhaps it is health issues and nutri- illness. deficiencies because patients fear the tional In fact, it is so common in quizzical look and follow- (although the evidence for some communities that up question: “You’re eat- the last of these is not very kaolin, a chalky white substrong). Some studies have stance whose scientific ing what?” According to some stud- pointed to an association name is aluminum silicate ies, more than 50 percent between pica and defi- hydroxide, is readily of kids age 18 to 36 months ciencies in iron, calcium, available in grocery and seek and ingest non-food zinc and other nutrients other stores across the items. The practice is such as thiamine, niacin South, and through such reported to decrease as a and vitamins C and D. One online retailers as Whitekid ages, but one study sug- explanation, offered in a (“Discreet Shipgested that about 10 per- recent article in the Quar- ping on All Orders”). cent of children older than terly Review of Biology, Grigsby is among sciensuggests that eating dirt tists who believe pica is as 12 may engage in pica. And as common as it may may “protect the stomach ancient as the human race be in kids, it is also an against toxins, parasites, and practiced by cultures ancient practice: Reports and pathogens.” across the globe, often as a In addition to being folk remedy for the cravand academic studies from antiquity describe common among young ings and side effects of “geophagia,” essentially, kids, many instances of pregnancy. From Auseating dirt. Dirt is, in fact, pica are seen in people tralia to Africa, the Middle the favorite among pica with developmental dis- East to Mississippi, there eaters, especially in the abilities and autism. As a are people, particularly United States, where the result, it is often consid- women, who believe the habit seems concentrated ered a psychiatric condi- minerals found in dirt can among small children and tion. But in the absence of enhance fertility, supplewomen who are native to mental health problems, ment their diets and help the South, African Ameri- are certain forms of pica, with the nausea common particularly geophagy, in the first trimester. can or pregnant. Dirt also is held to have Scientists and anthro- abnormal behavior? In 2000, a workshop on other therapeutic powers. pologists studying pica have come up with several pica organized by the The ancient Greeks ate it hypotheses about the Agency for Toxic Sub- to fight a variety of ail-

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The father who came to our family-medicine clinic with his young daughter seemed concerned. The girl, he said, had become a voracious consumer of books. But not in a good way. “She eats them,” he explained, describing how she tore away the pages, one by one, and put them in her mouth, munching and chewing on them. The 6-year-old girl was otherwise normal: She was developing and growing appropriately; she had not complained of any pain; the rest of her diet was regular. Her parents were trying to get her to stop, but she simply wouldn’t. It had started, the father recalled, with loose papers, and progressed to whole books. What is going on? he asked. And should he be worried? Could this habit cause harm? The compulsion to eat what’s inedible is known in the medical world as pica (pronounced “PIEka”). This is the Latin word for magpie, a bird with a reputation for eating practically anything. Human magpies, according to the medical literature, have been known to eat paper, and a lot more besides: dirt, ashes, starch, matches, cardboard, hair, laundry detergent, chalk and soap, among other things. This little girl is not alone. Many people, for reasons that are not entirely clear to scientists, eat these nonnutritive substances. A recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that hospitalizations for pica in a 10-year span jumped 93 percent, from 964 in 1999-2000 to 1,862 in 2008-2009. It is difficult to say how common pica is, since most people don’t report it. Nearly all medical jour-

ments. It is said to relieve diarrhea and nausea. Members of a Nigerian tribe are known to make long journeys to a special area near Lake Chad to obtain “kanwa,” a certain type of soil they consume and also feed to their cattle. In many other cultures it is believed that dirt eating will correct mineral deficiencies. In the United States, a form of kaolin for years was a key ingredient in stomach-settling products such as Kaopectate. In 1997, Canadian scientists analyzed soils in three area where geophagia is commonly practiced; one was in North Carolina, the others were in China and Zimbabwe. They found that soils in these places are rich in iodine, iron, calcium, potassium and kaolinite, from which kaolin is derived. Dirt eating is also practiced in religious circumstances. In New Mexico, for example, more than 300,000 people visit El Santuario de Chimayo each year, drawn in part by the healing power of the soil. At this Catholic shrine, which locals call “the Lourdes of America,” a plastic spoon is used to feed supplicants soil from the hole in the ground where a small crucifix was found buried in 1810. Still, isn’t eating dirt bad for you? Isn’t it dangerous to eat other nonfood items associated with pica? Certainly, there are risks involved. Chalk, clay or coins can mess with a person’s gastrointestinal system, cause constipation, ulcerations, perforations and, in rare cases, even block the intestines. Dirt eating can affect iron and mineral levels in the body and expose the eater to such parasites as nematodes and hookworms, and such heavy metals as lead. The father who came to my clinic did not know any

of that; he was just worried about his daughter’s odd behavior. Still, the child seemed quite healthy and happy. A blood draw revealed she had mild iron deficiency, but that was all. We will never know if eating the books was a result of that deficiency or the cause, or altogether unrelated. But with some behavioral intervention, and iron supplements, she has stopped. If you find your child, or even yourself, craving non-food items: • Know that you are not alone, and certainly not crazy. • Report this to your doctor so that she or he can check for anema, iron deficiency, potassium levels and parastitic infections. • Ask if you need to take any nutritional supplements. In most cases, pica is harmless, but if this behavior falls outside the range of what’s considered normal in kids (that is, if it lasts for more than a month) or if it suddenly starts up in an older child or adult, you should notify your physician. There are behavioral interventions that are documented to work, including teaching the patient and his/her family about the potential harms and offering such alternatives as exchanging inedible items for edible ones, delivering positive reinforcement for avoiding the behavior and correcting a child who reverts to eating dirt and other inappropriate items. In some cases, psychiatric medications have been shown to help. Mishori is a family physician and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.


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Crews assess damage after Navy ships collide Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Crews assessed damage on a U.S. Navy assault ship and a refueling tanker that collided in the Pacific Ocean off California, after the steering apparently went out on one of the vessels, the military said. The Wednesday morning accident between the amphibious assault vessel USS Essex and the oiler USNS Yukon occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California as the Essex was approaching the Yukon to be refueled, said Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the 3rd Fleet. There were no injuries or fuel spills, military officials said. Brown said the steering apparently stopped work-

ing on the 844-foot-long Essex, which was carrying 982 crew members on its way to San Diego for scheduled maintenance. It had spent the past 12 years based in Sasebo, Japan, as command ship for the Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 7. The Essex was traveling with a new crew that came aboard for the trip to California. The ship recently underwent a crew swap with another amphibious assault ship, the Bonhomme Richard, as part of a standard procedure in the Navy to keep its ships operating. The Essex and Yukon were both able to continue toward San Diego despite the damage, which the Navy said did not compromise their fuel tanks or systems. The Yukon arrived at the

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Navy base in San Diego after 3 p.m. Wednesday with its crew of 82, including 78 civilian mariners and four military crew members. The Essex was keeping to its planned arrival time of 9 a.m. Thursday. Brown said the damage was still being assessed. He said he couldn’t say how fast the ships were moving at the time of the crash because the Navy is still investigating the cause. The standard speed for ships lining up to refuel at sea is about 13 knots, or 15 mph, Brown said. No lines or hoses had been connected because the two vessels were just approaching each other. The ships likely just bounced off each other, said maritime safety consultant James W. Allen.

Jobless aid applications steady Associated Press WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting steady gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the same level as the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the second straight week, to 375,000. Applications for benefits surged in April to a five-month high of 392,000. They have fallen back since then and are near the lowest levels in four years. The decline suggests hiring could pick up in

May after slumping in the previous two months. When applications drop below 375,000 a week, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. The unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in August to 8.1 percent last month. And employers have added a million jobs over the past five months. The pace of hiring slowed sharply in March and April, to an average of 135,000 jobs per month. That raised fears that the job market is weakening. But economists have cautioned that a warm winter led companies to move up some hiring and accelerate other activity that normally wouldn’t occur until spring. That gave the appearance that

the economy had strengthened in January and February and weakened in early spring. And temporary layoffs stemming from spring holidays likely pushed unemployment benefit applications higher in April, economists noted. If applications stay where they are or fall further, job growth should pick up. The gains may not match those from earlier in the year, when the economy averaged 252,000 jobs per month from December through February. But several economists said they expect somewhere in the range of 150,000 to 200,000 new jobs each month. A jump in job openings supports the notion of stronger hiring in the coming months.


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Be quick but don’t hurry Pay is deserved... if good work gets done


e’re not going to get too worked up because most Kansas legislators who represent this part of the state are accepting their pay and expenses during the 2012 Legislature’s overtime period. Though we’re disappointed that lawmakers as a group didn’t get the public’s business done on time, we don’t hold our local group responsible. Most local legislators, especially state Sen. Roger Reitz and state Reps. Sydney Carlin and Tom Phillips, are conscientious individuals with generally moderate political views. They’re not extremists who shun the sort of middle ground that’s often necessary for legislation to get approved. In fact, we like to think the local legislative delegation is part of the solution to what ails government these days, not part of the problem. Sen. Reitz and Rep. Carlin are continuing to accept pay and expenses, while Rep. Phillips, contending that going without pay might motivate lawmakers to focus on the tasks at hand, has turned down his pay but is accepting daily expenses. Kansas legislators aren’t paid vast sums; they certainly aren’t in it for the

money. Normal compensation comes to $88.66 a day in salary and $123 a day in expenses. Yes, given that all but a couple dozen legislators are continuing to accept pay and expenses, the total can accumulate quickly. And although giving up pay for work that should have been done by now might provide the motivation Rep. Phillips mentions, it also might lead lawmakers to move too quickly. Hurrying to get done can be and has at times in the past been a recipe for illadvised, incomplete or otherwise flawed legislation. Kansans don’t need that. Legislative sessions don’t always run long, but it happens more often than it should. Pushing and prodding — by constituents via emails and phone calls and by newspapers through editorials — only does so much good in changing human nature. Some legislators are excessively fond of the sound of their own voice and the brilliance of their own ideas, but as a rule, elected officials in Kansas try to do what they believe is best for their districts and the state. We just wish they could find a way to do it in the allotted time.


Recent intelligence triumph is worth noting and saluting T

his success isn't a secret. It's a truism in the spy world. Failures become public; successes remain secret. Which makes this an unusual opportunity to salute the CIA for its success in thwarting an alQaida plot to blow up a U.S.bound airliner. The would-be bomber reportedly was an agent for Saudi Arabian intelligence who had infiltrated the terrorist group in Yemen. The informant volunteered for the suicide mission, then handed over the non-metallic underwear bomb designed to foil airport security measures. The double agent also delivered information about the terror operation. That is believed to have helped the CIA direct a drone strike that killed the external operations director of Yemen's al-Qaida branch. He also was a suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17

American sailors in 2000. The work by the CIA and its Saudi intelligence partner was impressive. The Yemen-based group is al-Qaida's most active terror operation right now. But the news also serves as a reminder that it's a dangerous world. Despite the many setbacks it has suffered, including the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida remains a determined adversary. Its top bomb-maker is still at large and teaching others his craft. And while the sometimes intrusive security at U.S. airports has worked, there are concerns about security gaps for flights from overseas. Continued U.S. diligence, smart undercover work and developing solid international partnerships all are needed in the ongoing counterterrorism fight. Even if we never hear about their successes. Omaha, Neb., World-Herald

Congress must earn respect A

nyone who wonders why the national approval rating for Congress hovers around 10 percent should consider the latest gambit by House Republicans. They are now trying to avoid the automatic budget cuts triggered by collapse of negotiations when the debt ceiling was raised last year. More specifically, they want to keep the automatic cuts opposed by Democrats and cancel theirs. That’s ridiculous. Last July’s deal was designed to motivate both parties by triggering automatic budget cuts in January —

half from defense, half from social programs. Yet now House Republicans want to reduce more spending on the social side and roll back some financial reforms instead. That plan will go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and it shouldn’t. If Republicans or Democrats want to avoid “painful” budget cuts in January, they should put forth a realistic plan now. If they don’t, those spending cuts are better than nothing, and they should proceed. Beaumont, Texas, Enterprise

■ ETCETERA Huh Kyung-young, one of the candidates for president in South Korea,wants to move the U.N. headquarters to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. He says he has acquired supernatural powers and says Michael Jackson’s soul visited him.He also says he has a 430 IQ. If he’s so smart, why did he get just 10,000 votes the last time he ran, in 2007? He knows the answer: there was a miscount.

Protect mental health funding Robbin Cole Contributing Writer


ay is National Mental Health Month. Pawnee Mental Health Services Pawnee celebrated its 55th Anniversary last November, and Kansas celebrated its 20th anniversary of mental health reform. Mental health reform deinstitutionalized individuals with mental illness by moving them out of state psychiatric hospitals and back into their communities for treatment. Mental health reform presented the opportunity for the state to save money by providing mental health treatment at the less expensive community mental health level rather than at the more expensive institutional level. Since fiscal year 2008, Kansas has reduced its mental health reform funding by 65 percent — $20 million. Pawnee has lost $1.2 million from its annual $2.6 million mental health reform funding budget over the same time period. These cuts represent a departure from the fiscal policies that brought about mental health reform. National statistics show that one in four adults and one in five children experience the symptoms of mental illness in any given year and that two-thirds do not receive the treatment they need. A recent study by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City shows that one in every 10 adults in Kansas has a serious mental illness and that about 40 percent of these adults are untreated. The annual cost burden of untreated seri-

ous mental illness to Kansas is estimated at $1.17 billion. For more information see the website The Kansas Legislature is in the midst of articulating its fiscal policies for FY13. The first major budget item affecting community mental health is the restoration of $4.75 million for the Family Centered System of Care (FCSC) program. The governor’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of FCSC funding, which provides critical mental health services for over 6,300

“The governor’s budget calls for the elimination of FCSC funding, which provides critical mental health services for over 6,300 children with serious emotional disturbances...” children with serious emotional disturbances (and their families) annually. Pawnee will lose $300,000 for six full-time staff and program costs if this budget proposal is approved by the Legislature. The governor’s budget proposal for FY13 also calls for the elimination of 14 state psychiatric hospital beds at Rainbow Mental Health Facility from its original operating capacity of 50. Rainbow provides acute inpatient psychiatric services to individuals, most of whom are admitted on an involuntary basis because they do not recognize their immediate danger to them-

selves or to others. State psychiatric hospitals are at or over capacity a majority of the time, so this restored capacity is critical. The Legislature is considering the allocation of $1.8 million for required renovations and staff for 50 beds. The third major budget item affecting community mental health is the restoration of $1.8 million for pre-admission (nonMedicaid) screens for psychiatric hospitalizations. The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) eliminated funding in FY12 for community mental health centers to provide these screens, which determine whether hospitalization is necessary or whether acutely ill individuals can be diverted to the community for mental health treatment. Almost 6,000 of these screens are performed each year. This screening function is required of the community mental health centers by state statute, license and contract. Pawnee will lose $120,000 for two full-time therapists if the Legislature does not add this support. Please contact your state representative and senator and urge them to vote for fiscal policies that support long-term economic recovery, including the full restoration of $4.75 million in funding to the Family Centered System of Care program, $1.8 million in funding to Rainbow Mental Health Facility and $1.8 million in funding for non-Medicaid screens. Robbin Cole is executive director of Pawnee Mental Health Services, 2001 Claflin Road.

Congress again plays chicken 2012 Washington Post


t’s not often that a senior political figure announces plans to behave irresponsibly and risk inflicting great harm on the U.S. economy. It’s even rarer that the politician, having already behaved irresponsibly and inflicted harm on the U.S. economy, announces plans to do so again. Yet that is the situation in which House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has placed himself. In a speech Tuesday, he vowed to use the next debt-ceiling debate to extract additional spending cuts as the price of lifting the country’s borrowing limit. “Yes, allowing America to default would be irresponsible,” Mr. Boehner said. “But it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and reform the budget process.” Actually, no. It would be more irresponsible to risk — again — the United States’ credit rating. We share Mr. Boehner’s deep concern about the rising federal debt. We have called for Congress

and the president to put the country on a sustainable fiscal path before a crisis ensues. We sympathize with the speaker’s notion that the government won’t act unless forced to do so. “We shouldn’t dread the debt limit,” Mr. Boehner said Tuesday. “We should welcome it. It’s an actionforcing event in a town that has become infamous for inaction.” There was a point, we confess, when we too hoped that debt-limit brinkmanship might encourage responsible behavior. Then came last summer’s debacle. The country moved closer to the edge of default than anyone had thought imaginable. The U.S. credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history, and the resulting uncertainty and lack of confidence dragged down the economy. And for what? For no real progress. Yes, the deal that ultimately emerged provided for nearly $1 trillion in cuts over 10 years. But the real hope, to the extent there was any, was in the creation of a congressional supercommittee that was empowered to come up with a broader solution

and charged with producing another $1.2 trillion in cuts. The supercommittee super-failed. The debate now revolves around how to defuse the trigger of looming, draconian cuts that had been intended to assure the panel’s success. The action-forcing event did not force the necessary action. So it is appalling that Mr. Boehner would be willing to repeat this dangerous episode, this time at potentially even greater risk. The Treasury is on target to hit the debt limit by early next year. Mr. Boehner said he will insist on additional spending cuts at least as large as the increase in the ceiling. Speaking to the same gathering, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner warned that another round of brinkmanship would be irresponsible and expressed hope that Congress will act without ”the drama and the pain and the damage they caused the country last July.” Unfortunately, a second act in the debt ceiling tragedy looks likelier than Mr. Geithner’s vision of adult behavior.

Violence is not a laughing matter D

o feminists and socialists want to encourage violence in their children? Surely not. Why, then, did the socialist-feminist Left Party hold a picnic in a city park at which children smashed piñatas in the shapes of leaders from so-called bourgeois parties? The kids were given baseball bats and ordered to swing away at the papier-mache effigies of the leader of the Center Party and even Prime Minister Fredrik

Reinfeldt. When the politicians were sufficiently beaten up, candy poured out of their battered corpses. Such a game is not innocuous, and not OK. In the past 25 years, two ministers have been murdered in is supposedly peaceable land. Prime Minister Olof Falme was shot dead in 1986 while walking home from the movies, and foreign Minister Anna Lindh was knifed to death in 2003 in the mid-

dle of a department store. Yet we still seem to find humor in simulated attacks on public servants. For a while we endured the fad of throwing cream pies at them, and a comedy show recently sent a fake reporter to squirt the prime minister in the face with a water pistol. When will Swedes learn that violence is no laughing matter? Fredrik Tanfalt Gotebourgs-Poston, Sweden




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Bipartisanship has been a menace to America W

ASHINGTON — Bipartisanship, the supposed scarcity of which so distresses the highminded, actually is disastrously prevalent. Since 2001, it has produced No Child Left Behind, a counterproductive federal intrusion in primary and secondary education; the McCain-Feingold speech rationing law (the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act); an unfunded prescription drug entitlement; troublemaking by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; government-directed capitalism from the Export-Import Bank; crony capitalism from energy subsidies; unseemly agriculture and transportation bills; continuous bailouts of an unreformed Postal Service; housing subsidies; subsidies for state and local governments; and many other bipartisan deeds, including most appropriations bills. Now, with Europe’s turmoil dramatizing the decadence of entitlement cultures, and with American governments — federal, state and local — buckling beneath unsustainable entitlements, Congress is absent-mindedly creating a new entitlement

GEORGE F. WILL for the already privileged. Concerning the “problem” of certain federal student loans, the two parties pretend to be at daggers drawn, skirmishing about how to “pay for” the “solution.” But a bipartisan consensus is congealing: Certain student borrowers — and eventually all student borrowers, because, well, why not? — should be entitled to loans at a subsidized 3.4 percent interest rate forever. In 2006, Democrats, trying to capture control of Congress by pandering to students and their parents, proposed cutting in half the statutory 6.8 percent rate on some federal student loans. Holding Congress in 2007, and with no discernible resistance from the compassionately conservative Bush administration, Democrats disguised the full-decade cost of this — $60 billion — by pretending the subsidy, which now costs $6 billion

a year, would expire in five years. The five years are up July 1 and of course the 3.4 percent rate will be extended. Barack Obama supports this. So does Mitt Romney, while campaigning against a “government-centered society.” What would we do without bipartisanship? The low 6.8 percent rate — private loans for students cost about 12 percent — was itself the result of a federal subsidy. And students have no collateral that can be repossessed in case they default, which 23 percent of those receiving the loans in question do. The maximum loan for third- and fourth-year students is $5,500 a year. The payment difference between 3.4 percent and 6.8 percent is less than $10 a month, so the “problem” involves less than 30 cents a day. The 3.4 percent rate applies only to one category of federal loans, but because the Obama administration has essentially socialized the student loan business, federal loans are 90 percent of student borrowing and this “temporary” rate probably will eventually be made perma-

nent for all federal student loans. Unsurprisingly, Obama has used this loan issue as an occasion to talk about himself, remembering the “mountain of debt” he and Michelle had when, armed with four Ivy League degrees (he from Columbia, she from Princeton, both from Harvard law), they graduated into the American elite. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf notes that if Washington is feeling flush enough to spend another $60 billion on education in a decade, it could find more deserving people to subsidize than a privileged minority of college students who are acquiring credentials strongly correlated with higher-than-average future earnings. The average annual income of high school graduates with no college is $41,288; for college graduates with just a bachelor’s degree it is $71,552. So the oneyear difference ($30,264) is more than the average total indebtedness of the two-thirds of students who borrow ($25,250). Taxpayers, most of whom are not college graduates (the unem-

ployment rate for persons with no college: 7.9 percent), will pay $6 billion a year to make it slightly easier for some fortunate students to acquire college degrees (the unemployment rate for college graduates: 4 percent). Between now and July, the two parties will pretend that it is a matter of high principle how the government should pretend to “pay for” the $6 billion ( while borrowing $1 trillion this year. But bipartisanship will have been served by putting another entitlement on a path to immortality. Campaigning recently at Bradley University in Peoria, Romney warned students about their burden from the national debt, but when he took questions, the first questioner had something else on her peculiar mind: “So you’re all for like ‘yay freedom’ and all this stuff and yay like pursuit of happiness.‚ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.” While awaiting that eventual entitlement, perhaps she can land a subsidized loan so she can inexpensively continue to hone her interesting intellect.

Higher education undergoing online revolution Thomas L. Friedman New York Times


ALO ALTO, Calif. — Andrew Ng is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, and he has a rather charming way of explaining how the new interactive online education company that he cofounded, Coursera, hopes to revolutionize higher education by allowing students from all over the world to not only hear his lectures, but to do homework assignments, be graded, receive a certificate for completing the course and use that to get a better job or gain admission to a better school. ‘‘I normally teach 400 students,’’ Ng explained, but last semester he taught 100,000 in an online course on machine learning. ‘‘To reach that many students before,’’ he said, ‘‘I would have had to teach my normal Stanford class for 250 years.’’ Welcome to the college education revolution. Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary. The costs of getting a college degree have been rising faster than those of health care, so the need to provide low-cost, quality higher education is more acute than ever. At the same time, in a

knowledge economy, getting a higher-education degree is more vital than ever. And thanks to the spread of high-speed wireless technology, high-speed Internet, smartphones, Facebook, the cloud and tablet computers, the world has gone from connected to hyperconnected in just seven years. Finally, a generation that has grown up on these technologies is increasingly comfortable learning and interacting with professors through online platforms. The combination of all these factors gave birth to, which launched on April 18, with the backing of Silicon Valley venture funds, as my colleague John Markoff first reported. Private companies, like Phoenix, have been offering online degrees for a fee for years. And schools like MIT and Stanford have been offering lectures for free online. Coursera is the next step: Building an interactive platform that will allow the best schools in the world to not only offer a wide range of free course lectures online, but also a system of testing, grading, student-to-student help and awarding certificates of completion of a course for under $100.

(Sounds like a good deal. Tuition at the real-life Stanford is more than $40,000 a year.) Coursera is starting with 40 courses online — from computing to the humanities — offered by professors from Stanford, Princeton, Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. ‘‘The universities produce and own the content, and we are the platform that hosts and streams

“When you consider how many

might ask us for students who did well in our courses on cloud computing and genomics. It is great for employers and employees — and it enables someone with a less traditional education to get the credentials to open up these opportunities.’’ MIT, Harvard and private companies, like Udacity, are creating similar platforms. In five years this will be a huge industry. While the lectures are in English, students have been forming study groups in their own countries to help one another. The biggest enrollments are from the United States, Britain, Russia, India and Brazil. ‘‘One Iranian student emailed to say he found a way to download the class videos and was burning them onto CDs and circulating them,’’ Ng said last Thursday. ‘‘We just broke a million enrollments.’’ To make learning easier, Coursera chops up its lectures into short segments and offers online quizzes, which can be auto-graded, to cover each new idea. It operates on the honor system but is building tools to reduce cheating. In each course, students post

problems around the world are attributable to the lack of education, that is very good news. Let the revolution begin. ” it,’’ explained Daphne Koller, a Stanford computer science professor who founded Coursera with Ng after seeing tens of thousands of students following their free Stanford lectures online. ‘‘We will also be working with employers to connect students — only with their consent — with job opportunities that are appropriate to their newly acquired skills. So, for instance, a biomedical company looking for someone with programming and computational biology skills

questions in an online forum for all to see and then vote questions and answers up and down. ‘‘So the most helpful questions bubble to the top and the bad ones get voted down,’’ Ng said. ‘‘With 100,000 students, you can log every single question. It is a huge data mine.’’ Also, if a student has a question about that day’s lecture and it’s morning in Cairo but 3 a.m. at Stanford, no problem. ‘‘There is always someone up somewhere to answer your question’’ after you post it, he said. The median response time is 22 minutes. These top-quality learning platforms could enable budgetstrained community colleges in America to ‘‘flip’’ their classrooms. That is, download the world’s best lecturers on any subject and let their own professors concentrate on working face-to-face with students. Says Koller: ‘‘It will allow people who lack access to world-class learning — because of financial, geographic or time constraints — to have an opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.’’ When you consider how many problems around the world are attributable to the lack of education, that is very good news. Let the revolution begin.

Many possible stages await boomers Universal Press Syndicate DEAR ABBY: ‘‘Searching for ‘Me’ in Texas’’ is not alone! A wave of 78 million baby boomers will soon leave 30-plus-year careers and are looking forward to an estimated 20 more years of life. A vast majority of them are looking for meaningful opportunities for the second half of their lives. ‘‘Searching’’ should seek out a non-profit organization for a cause she’s passionate about and offer her skilled services. If ‘‘Searching’’ doesn’t need an income, she can volunteer. Finally, instead of seeking a graduate degree, she could look at her local community college and find non-credit classes

that interest her and participate without the pressure of credited course work. — STEPHANIE IN PHOENIX DEAR STEPHANIE: Your suggestions are all good ones. Second careers are becoming more common, and there are many opportunities for seniors to enjoy their ‘‘encore careers.’’ Read on for more options: DEAR ABBY: Your advice to ‘‘Searching’’ was dead-on. After a 30-year career in the insurance industry, I was forced into early retirement by a corporate buyout. At 59, I was stunned and unprepared. After some soul searching, I decided I wasn’t done with life. I started reading, talking to friends and praying. There were some false

DEAR ABBY ADVICE starts. I tried out for the Peace Corps but backed out. I got into an income tax class that was over my head. Then I got another insurance job and found myself back in the rat race. I made ends meet by substitute teaching and began to realize that, eons ago, I had wanted to be a teacher. (I had been talked out of it.) So I started back to college for my master’s degree in teaching. Talk about scared! It had been 33 years since I had seen the inside of a

classroom. But my experience was one of the most challenging, positive and enriching I have ever known. I met wonderful people along the way and was admired for my life experience, insight and work ethic. It wasn’t all sweetness and light, but if I had to do it over again I’d do it in a minute. — CATHERINE IN ILLINOIS DEAR ABBY: ‘‘Searching’’ might consider volunteering with SCORE — Service Corps of Retired Executives. Her skills are needed and would be appreciated. That way she can dabble in her old work and have a sense of accomplishment. — CHARLES IN MARYLAND DEAR ABBY: As a volunteer coordinator at a

large non-profit, I have many volunteers who discovered us as a result of a retirement search. The AARP’s volunteer engagement site is, and is a nationwide site for searching volunteer opportunities. ‘‘Searching’’ needs to think about things she would like to do but couldn’t while working, and dip her toe in the water. If she tries something and it isn’t a fit, she has no obligation and can try another. It may lead to a paid ‘‘encore’’ career or fulfill her through volunteerism. — JAN IN YARDLEY, PA. DEAR ABBY: When I retired at 62, I decided to return to school for a graduate philosophy

degree. My body may be weaker, but I like to think most of my mental faculties are intact. My first resume may generate humor, but I’ll bring something to the classroom that may prove invaluable. That’s 40 years of experience and 63 years of 20-20 hindsight. I will call it a good day if I can communicate to any student that learning is fun and education has intrinsic value. — CALVERT IN NORTH CAROLINA Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Walk to D.C. protests Lawrence Trafficway Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Streams of gray smoke from burning sage and cedar swirled into the air, and an American Indian intertribal honor chant rose above the chirp of birds at Pioneer Springs Park in Independence. Cupping an abalone shell filled with the burning embers, Millicent Pepion — part Blackfeet, part Navajo — waved smoke around her body from head to toe and then did the same for her 13 fellow travelers. Together they blessed the nameless Potawatomi Indian who is buried in the park. Pepion said she and the other students from Haskell

Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas are on a journey — the ‘‘Trail of Broken Promises’’ — walking from Lawrence to the nation’s capitol to save the Wakarusa wetlands from being paved over for the long-proposed South Lawrence Trafficway. The 14.5-mile trafficway was designed to carry traffic from Kansas 10 on the southeast side of Lawrence to Interstate 70 on the northwest side. A section from I70 to U.S. 59 has been open since 1996. But opponents have blocked the proposed $174 million, four-lane, sixmile section through the wetlands that would complete the project.

The battle over the wetlands, south of the Haskell campus, pits the Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation against the students and several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club. The matter has been tied up in court off and on for more than a quarter century. Now, Kansas transportation officials say, a decision from the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that is expected later this month could finally end the dispute. The students blessing the Potawatomi burial place on Monday had already traveled about 60 miles that day, including 30 miles on foot,

starting near Lawrence. A stone marker proclaims the Independence park a site along the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death — 660 miles traveled when Potawatomi Indians were forced by the U.S. government from Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kan. The Potawatomi Nation, one of 152 tribes represented at Haskell, supports the students’ effort to preserve the wetlands adjacent to their school. Haskell owns a small tract of the wetlands, but the largest portion was acquired by Baker University from the federal government back in the late 1960s. KU owns a very small piece, too. Baker spokesman Steve

Rottinghaus said the university supports the Kansas Department of Transportation’s plan. The students’ walk — 58 days and more than 1,300 miles from Kansas on back roads of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, through the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, will take them to Washington, D.C. There they plan to present U.S. lawmakers with a bill the students drafted to amend the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. The amendment would ensure the protection and preservation of ‘‘traditional Native American sacred places.’’ Pepion’s group plans to

walk 30 miles a day, in three shifts of four to six walkers at a time, until they reach Capitol Hill. They expect to reach the Capitol by July 9. Along the way, Pepion said, they will visit sacred Native American sites and talk with people they meet. They hope to raise some money for food, gas and camping fees. Stanley Perry, a Navajo and Pepion’s uncle, who is driving the route with the students, said that while they hope to halt destruction of the wetlands, they also want to talk about other sacred places that have been developed over and prevent any future destruction of Native American sacred places.




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Another step forward for NBAF funding NO. 2, FROM PAGE A1 the total House commitment to construction on NBAF to $165 million. NBAF funding has consistently cleared the House, but has run into trouble in the Senate. President Obama earlier this year commissioned a study group to report by the end of June on whether the project is still needed, and whether its scope could be

scaled back. Second District Rep. Lynn Jenkins said in a statement following the committee’s vote that “I’ve said all along that building the NBAF in Manhattan is a national security priority, and I am glad the full Appropriations Committee has agreed and advanced legislation that begins to fund the construction in earnest.”

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A worker from Hummel Tree Service prepares to cut down another limb on a tree in the parking lot behind First United Methodist Church Thursday morning.

USD 383 School Board appoints Tatarko NO. 1, FROM PAGE A1 during an interview session earlier in the afternoon. The questions involved planning and budget strategies, Tatarko said the most important way to develop plans is to involve the public and everybody in the building would need to be included in plans. “No idea is a bad idea quite honestly,” she said. On budgeting, Tatarko mentioned the complexities involved with the budget including sales taxes increases – “too unstable” to rely on for funding – and property tax loopholes that need to be closed. She said a board member has to do their homework in addition to listening to parents and teachers. “Any time a board is facing a major issue, you

have to do your own research,” she said. Board member Walt Pesaresi said he believed Tatarko “answered the questions better than the others.” Board member Darell Edie likewise preferred some of Tatarko’s responses, suggesting that her experience with the board probably helped her answer. Board vice-president Dave Colburn said the experience factor made a big difference for him. “It takes a long time to really get up to speed,” he said. Board member Pete Paukstelis called Tatarko “a hard working board member” from his experience with her. Tatarko served with all of the current board members with the exception of Leah Fliter and Darell Edie.

“For me, knowing the learning curve every board member goes through, it made sense to go with a former board member,” Paukstelis said. Tatarko mentioned the learning curve during her interview. Fliter said the board has a heavy load during the next year, so it made sense to get someone with experience. In addition to the budget, the district’s construction and renovation projects are finishing up. Also, the board will consider changes that could start in the 2013-14 school year concerning senior early release, start time for all schools, open and closed lunch at MHS, and the elementary and high school schedules. Doug Messer, the man Tatarko is replacing, was introduced in his new role

of transportation director during Wednesday’s meeting. This isn’t the first time one has replaced the other. Messer replaced Tatarko when she decided not to run for reelection after her first term; only Messer and two incumbents – Paukstelis and Pesaresi – applied for the spring 2009 election. Messer served on the school board from 2009 until he vacated the seat March 28 of this year. Messer has driven school buses for the district on and off since in 1991. He said there is a lot of work to be done to get routes ready for school after the redistricting process. Messer officially starts his new job on June 4. His last day as the Riley County assistant fire chief is June 1.

Defense bill challenges Obama policy Associated Press WASHINGTON — In an electionyear challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans are pressing ahead with a defense budget that adds billions of dollars, boosts nuclear weapons programs and slows cost-cutting reductions in the force as the military emerges from two long wars. Republicans argue that the Democratic president is shortchanging the military and leaving the nation vulnerable, requiring billions more for defense. In a reversal earlier this year, the GOP abandoned the spending levels for defense and domestic programs set last summer in the deficit-cutting agreement between Obama and Congress. They boosted defense spending by $8 billion and offset the increase with deep cuts in safety-net programs for the poor such as Medicaid and food

stamps. The budget ‘‘helps ensure the Pentagon’s new national security defense strategy is not a hollow one. And, despite historic cuts to our wartime military, it plugs critical capability and strategic shortfalls opened in the president’s budget submission,’’ Rep. Howard ‘‘Buck’’ McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday at the start of three days of debate. Final passage is expected on Friday. But the GOP political argument that Obama is soft on defense has less resonance with voters after the killing of Osama bin Laden, repeated drone strikes in the war on terror and a weakened al-Qaida. Opinion surveys show that Americans give the president high marks on national security. The overall defense bill totals $642 billion for the fiscal year beginning

Oct. 1 — a base defense budget of $554 billion, including nuclear weapons spending, plus $88 billion for the war in Afghanistan and counterterrorism efforts. Obama had proposed $551 billion, plus $88 billion. The White House has threatened to veto the measure, offering a laundry list of objections. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed the House Armed Services Committee last week for restoring favorite programs, arguing that the move would mean cuts in training or equipment that could affect readiness. Stepping up the criticism, Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said Wednesday that the bill’s limits on the pace of force cuts would create budget problems. The Army plans to shrink the force from a peak of 570,000 to 490,000 by 2017. The bill slows the reduction in the force, saying the Army can only cut to 552,000 by the end of 2013.

Obama seeks help to pay for Afghan army Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mapping the way out of an unpopular war, the United States and NATO are trying to build an Afghan army that can defend the country after 130,000 international troops pull out. The alliance’s plans for arm’slength support for Afghanistan will be a central focus of the summit President Barack Obama is hosting Sunday and Monday in Chicago. The problem with the exit strategy is that someone has to pay for that

army in an era of austerity budgets and defense cutbacks. The problem for the United States is how to avoid getting stuck with the check for $4.1 billion a year. ‘‘This has to be a multilateral funding effort,’’ said Pentagon spokesman George Little. ‘‘We think there should be contributions from other countries.’’ That’s partly why so many non-NATO nations are getting invitations to the summit. About 60 countries and organizations are

expected to be represented, including nations such as Japan that are far removed from the transAtlantic defense pact’s home ground. More than 20 nations have already agreed to help fund the Afghan army and more are expected to announce their commitments at the Chicago summit. U.S. and other NATO leaders claim that fundraising is on track, although the totals publicly announced so far are small. A senior Obama administration official said the

U.S. and its partners would seek to set targets at the summit for the size and scope of the Afghan security forces after 2014, when foreign forces pull out. That force is now projected to be smaller — and cheaper — than NATO had planned only a year ago. The decision to trim the goal for an Afghan force from about 350,000 to roughly 230,000 was driven more by economic reality than a shift in thinking about Afghanistan’s security needs after 2014, U.S. military officials and NATO diplomats said.

sense. The performance is at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 5374420 or online at Jay and Leslie have been entertaining audiences since the early 1980s. They have been twice nominated for Best of Kansas City Theater Awards. In 2010, the duo received the Lighton Prize for Excellence as Teaching Artists. They also served as the opening act for the touring show of the PBS program "The Magic School Bus." There will be a mime and juggling Workshop by Jay and Leslie of Laughing Matters at 2:30 p.m. for $5. Here’s a look at other area events this weekend:

Friday The Columbian Theatre presents “Guys & Dolls,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Table-style seating will be available for the last three rows and consists of a

round table that seats two. A cash bar will be available an hour before the performance and through intermission. Tickets: $15 or table seating for $20. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, by phone at (800) 899-1893, or anytime at Bowinero with the Field Day Jitters, 9 p.m. Free. Auntie Mae’s.

Saturday Flint Hills Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot. Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-noon. Fifth and Humboldt. Riot on the Roxxx with Shawn Rock, 10 p.m. Pat’s.

Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.noon. Bluestem Bistro. Read to Dogs, 2-4 pm. Read to a certified therapy dog. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library, Storytime Room. First Infantry Division Band Jazz Quartet, 2-3 p.m. Manhattan Public Library Auditorium. Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 68 p.m. dellaVoce.

Sirens topic at county NO. 5, FROM PAGE A1 was a night when certain parts of the county were not able to get through to 911 dispatchers. He said in that event, EMS typically alerts local media, TV and radio stations, to get the word out on an alternative number to call. Commissioner Karen McCulloh said the county and EMS needs to educate the public on a backup plan. McCulloh said people need to know where the nearest emergency professionals are in the community in the event 911 is down. Lewis also suggested inserts in water bills identifying emergency services locations and alerting residents to tune into local media if 911 is down. Brad Schoen, Riley County Police Department director, updated commissioners on the department’s plans for a new training range south-

east of Manhattan. The current range has caused concern from workers at Bayer Construction Co., Inc., which owns an adjacent quarry and landfill, because of ricocheting bullets. The RCPD’s lease on the range runs through 2018. The department has already hired TRS Range Services, a firing ranger consultant, to evaluate the range. Schoen said the department has been talking to the city, Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County EMS and the local FBI office to gather input on what people would like to see in a future range. “We’re going through and sort of prioritizing that list and how we might go about phasing in something out there,” Schoen said. Schoen also noted that the RCPD budget will go to the Riley County Law Board on Monday for its final vote.

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63 Associated Press NEW YORK — Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as ‘‘Last Dance,’’ ‘‘Love to Love You Baby’’ and ‘‘Bad Girls’’ became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63. Her family released a statement Thursday saying Summer died and that they

‘‘are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continue legacy.’’ Summer gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s, and released a number of albums that have reached gold or platinum status, including the multiplatinum ‘‘Bad Girls’’ and ‘‘On the Radio, Volume I & II.’’ Her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits include ‘‘Hot Stuff’’ and ‘‘MacArthur Park.’’

Michigan boy finds finger piece in Arby’s sandwich Associated Press JACKSON, Mich. — A Michigan teen made a grisly discovery after biting into an Arby’s junior roast beef sandwich. Ryan Hart said he had nearly polished off his sandwich last Friday when he bit into something tough to chew that tasted like rubber, so he spit it out. Turns out it tasted like finger. The fleshy pad of an unfortunate employee’s finger, appar-

ently. ‘‘I was like, ‘That (has) to be a finger,’’’ Hart, 14, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot on Wednesday ( ). ‘‘I was about to puke. ... It was just nasty.’’ The employee apparently cut her finger on a meat slicer and left her station without immediately telling anyone, said Steve Hall, the environmental health director for the Jackson County health department. Her coworkers continued filling orders

before they became aware of what happened, he said. John Gray, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Arby’s, released a statement Wednesday apologizing for what he described as an isolated and ‘‘unfortunate incident.’’ He said Arby’s is still investigating, but has determined that the Jackson workers shut down food production as soon as they found out what happened and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant. The injured employee was

treated at a hospital. Gray said the franchise has fully cooperated with health officials and was given the approval to remain open. Ryan’s mother, Jamie Vail, was incredulous. She and her friend, Joe Wheaton, had taken Ryan and his 11-year-old brother to the Arby’s drive-through, and she said she thought her son was joking when he exclaimed he had found a piece of a finger in his sandwich. ‘‘Somebody loses a finger, and

you keep sending food out the window? I can’t believe that,’’ said Vail. She and Wheaton said the severed section was about an eighth to a quarter-inch thick and at least one inch long. Vail said she called 911 and met police at a local hospital, where her son’s blood was drawn and he was prescribed some medication. Ryan said he is feeling fine. Vail said she has been in touch with a lawyer, but has not decided what course to take.



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MHS softball season comes to an end Joel Jellison The Manhattan High softball team ended its season with a loss in the regional semifinals at Washburn Rural on Wednesday, falling to Lawrence Free State 96. MHS got on the board early when Kori Bridegam singled to bring Kylie Smith around to

score. But Free State came around to score in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. The Indians took the lead in the second inning, scoring a run with an RBI single from Allie Massanet that brought across Blake Woborny. Free State came back again in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff home run and an RBI sin-

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Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones hits a solo home run in the 15th inning against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Royals’ pen blows lead vs. Orioles

gle to push ahead 3-2. Lawrence Free State would add another two runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead, using a two-run home run to score the runs. The Indians had chances to score in the third and fourth innings, but they never got a run to come across. Smith had a double in the third, but the Indians had three straight flyouts to end

the inning. Manhattan loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning, but again came up scoreless. Free State expanded its lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs on two doubles, adding three singles and a walk, and taking advantage of two errors by the Indians. SEE

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Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals bullpen had been nearly unhittable this week during a stretch in which Kansas City won six of seven. T hat a ll ch a n g e d We d ne s da y night. Closer Jonathan Broxton and three Kansas City relievers gave up all of Baltimore's runs in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles, with Nate Adcock allowing Adam Jones' home run in the 15th inning. Starter Felipe Paulino pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out nine, before departing. Broxton and Kelvin Herrera gave up three runs on six hits in the eighth and ninth innings. Broxton was given a 3-1 lead in the ninth, but blew his second seven in 10 opportunities and his first since April 11 at Oakland. Broxton gave up a solo homer to Wilson Betemit with one out and three singles to produce the tying run. J.J. Hardy's two-out hit scored pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty to make it 3-all. "I didn't get the job done," Broxton said. "I threw too many breaking balls that got too much of the plate. I didn't close the deal." "I take all the blame for this one," he said. Adcock (0-1), who had not pitched since May 7, gave up three hits and one run in five innings. SEE

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Thunder rally to edge Lakers, 77-75 Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY —Down in desperation time, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks called on Kevin Durant to show that he's more than just a three-time scoring champion. And that meant guarding one of the NBA's all-time best. Durant was up to the challenge, keeping Kobe Bryant from excelling as usual in his closer's role while sparking the Thunder's rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left as Oklahoma City scored the final nine points. He also had a crucial steal from Bryant to fuel the rally. "People talk about how I score the ball," said Durant, one of only seven players to lead the NBA in scoring three straight seasons. "They don't look at me when we go on the other end. I think this whole playoff run, I've been picking it up on the defensive end." Oklahoma City trailed by seven with 2 minutes left before surging back with a series of defensive stops by its stars to rally from that deficit in the closing stages of a game for the second time this postseason. The Thunder also were down by seven with 2¬Ω minutes left in Game 1 of the first round against defending NBA champion Dallas. "They won't quit. That's not in their DNA," Brooks said. "They're not wired that way and if they were, they wouldn't be here. We're not going to win every game, but we're going to fight to the last second of the game and we did that tonight. "If we would have gotten down on ourselves with 2 minutes to go, we would SEE

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The Manhattan High baseball team celebrates after defeating Junction City to make the Class 6A state tournament on Wednesday night at Norvell Field.

Francis, Turner lead MHS to regional title Joel Jellison Derek Francis made it known early this week — he wanted the ball in his hands if the Indians made it to the regional final. Francis pitched a complete game, seven innings on Wednesday, yielding one hit and striking out seven to help the Manhattan High baseball team beat Junction City 8-0 and advance to the Class 6A state tournament after a one-year absence. But Francis wasn't the only MHS (18-4) senior having a big game on Wednesday, as No. 7 hitter Chris Turner was a combined 3for-3 in two games with six RBIs. In Game 1 — an 8-2 win over Topeka High — Turner drove in four runs. In the regional final, he was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a double and two runs scored. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Turner

even almost put the game away with a deep fly down the left field line that just hooked foul. Francis said his teammate was the x-factor. "He turned it on and came to play," he said. "He was big in both games and we needed him. It was huge for him to have two big games on the big stage." Turner missed his entire sophomore season after having Tommy John surgery, and returned in a hitting only role between varsity and junior varsity as a junior. The MHS senior said he just felt ready for Wednesday's games. "I was feeling good, relaxed and ready to go," he said. "I just stepped up to the plate and got the job done." MHS coach Don Hess said he did more than get the job done. He said Turner was incredible.

"When we needed a big hit, Chris was there," Hess said. "He took care of business, and for a senior to go out that way, I couldn't be happier for a kid. From day one he has been one of our most consistent players defensively and offensively, and we're just really proud of him." It was just one of those games for the Indians, where the top of the lineup wasn't getting on base too often. MHS scored its first two runs of the game in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Turner to score Brooks DeBord, and a hit-and-run single from Josh Klug that plated courtesy runner Craig Berry — running for Brooks Lindsay. Lindsay added to the scoreboard with an RBI double that brought in DeBord in the third, and the Indians just kept scoring. SEE

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Long distance a specialty for MHS’ Dritz Joel Jellison

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Manhattan High’s Pilar Dritz swims during the 500 free earlier this season.

Sometimes, MHS girls' swimming coach Jerry Carpenter said it's tough to get Pilar Dritz to leave the pool. "She'll get all fidgety if she has to get out," he said laughing. The MHS sophomore spends a lot of time in the pool for the Indians, racing the longest individual event in the 500yard free as her specialty. She will compete in that event in this weekend's Class 6A state swimming meet at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka, as well as the 200 free, and as a member of the 200 free and 400 free relays. Carpenter said the 500 free, which Dritz is seeded in sixth heading into the meet on Friday at 5:22.40, might be most comparable to the 1,600-meter run in track. "The 500 in swimming is a lot like the mile in track, that's a pretty good comparison," he said. "It's not an all

out sprint, you have to be a little practical about it. It's tough, but as far as toughness goes, Pilar is one of the toughest kids I've ever coached. She works very hard and she is very focused, extremely coachable." But to Dritz, the 500 isn't like the mile at all, not her mind at least. When participating in club swimming events with the Manhattan Marlins, she often swims the mile event in the pool. "It's definitely longer and more difficult, but I swim the mile in club, so it's way different than that," she said. "It's about a third as long, but for new people the 500 is really tough. I like the long distance because it gives me time and I just think like 'I can do it,' and it's a huge accomplishment." Carpenter said Dritz isn't just limited to distance, calling her a student of the sport. Not only does she swim well in distance, but he said she swims a SEE

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THE THURSDAY MERCURY SCOREBOARD TODAY’S LINE Major League Baseball Today National League FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG at New York -105 Cincinnati at Colorado -105 Arizona at San Fran -130 St. Louis at Wash -155 Pittsburgh at Atlanta -135 Miami Milwaukee -150 at Houston Philadelphia -165 at Chicago at San Diego 120 Los Angeles American League at Cleveland -155 Seattle at Detroit -210 Minnesota at Texas -175 Oakland at Kansas City -135 Baltimore at LA Angels -165 Chicago New York -115 at Toronto at Tampa Bay -120 Boston

LINE -105 -105 +120 +145 +125 +140 +155 +110 +145 +190 +165 +125 +155 +105 +110

NBA Playoffs FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG at Indiana 1 Miami at San Antonio 11 L.A. Clippers

BASEBALL MLB Standings All Times CST AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct GB Baltimore 24 14 .632 — Tampa Bay 24 14 .632 — New York 20 17 .541 3 1/2 Toronto 20 18 .526 4 Boston 17 20 .459 6 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 21 16 .568 — Detroit 18 19 .486 3 Chicago 17 21 .447 4 1/2 Kansas City 15 21 .417 5 1/2 Minnesota 11 26 .297 10 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 24 14 .632 — Oakland 19 19 .500 5 Los Angeles 17 21 .447 7 Seattle 16 23 .410 8 1/2

Tuesday's Games Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0 Detroit 10, Chicago White Sox 8 Boston 5, Seattle 0 Baltimore 5, N.Y. Yankees 2 L.A. Angels 4, Oakland 0 Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 Kansas City 7, Texas 4 Wednesday's Games Minnesota 11, Detroit 7 Cleveland 9, Seattle 3 Toronto 8, N.Y. Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1 Texas 4, Oakland 1 Baltimore 4, Kansas City 3, 15 innings L.A. Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 2 Today’s Games Seattle (Noesi 2-4) at Cleveland (McAllister 1-1), 11:05 a.m. Minnesota (Walters 0-1) at Detroit (Fister 0-1), 12:05 p.m. Oakland (McCarthy 3-3) at Texas (M.Harrison 4-3), 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (Matusz 2-4) at Kansas City (Hochevar 3-3), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-2) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 4-3), 2:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 3-4) at Toronto (Hutchison 2-1), 6:07 p.m. Boston (Doubront 3-1) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-3), 6:10 p.m. Friday's Games Chicago White Sox (Humber 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-1), 1:20 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 2-4) at Washington (E.Jackson 1-1), 6:05 p.m. Boston (Bard 3-4) at Philadelphia (Hamels 5-1), 6:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 0-1), 6:05 p.m. Miami (Zambrano 1-2) at Cleveland (Masterson 1-3), 6:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 2-3) at Detroit (Verlander 4-1), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-1) at Toronto (R.Romero 4-1), 6:07 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 4-3) at Tampa Bay (Shields 6-1), 6:10 p.m. Texas (Feliz 3-1) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (J.Saunders 2-3) at Kansas City (Mendoza 2-2), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Diamond 2-0) at Milwaukee (Estrada 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Millwood 1-4) at Colorado (White 0-2), 7:40 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-1) at San Diego (Suppan 2-1), 9:05 p.m. Oakland (Parker 1-1) at San Francisco (Zito 2-1), 9:15 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE All Times CST W L Pct GB Washington 23 14 .622 — Atlanta 23 15 .605 1/2 Miami 20 17 .541 3 New York 20 17 .541 3 Philadelphia 19 19 .500 4 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 22 15 .595 — Cincinnati 19 17 .528 2 1/2 Pittsburgh 17 20 .459 5 Houston 16 21 .432 6 Milwaukee 16 21 .432 6 Chicago 15 22 .405 7 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 24 13 .649 — San Francisco 18 19 .486 6 Arizona 16 22 .421 8 1/2 Colorado 15 21 .417 8 1/2 San Diego 14 24 .368 10 1/2

Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 4, Houston 3, 10 innings San Diego 6, Washington 1 St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 6 Atlanta 6, Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 8, N.Y. Mets 0 Miami 6, Pittsburgh 2 Arizona 5, L.A. Dodgers 1 Colorado 5, San Francisco 4 Wednesday's Games San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 2 Washington 7, Pittsburgh 4 Cincinnati 6, N.Y. Mets 3 Miami 8, Atlanta 4 Houston 8, Milwaukee 3 Philadelphia 9, Chicago Cubs 2 Colorado 6, Arizona 1 St. Louis 4, San Francisco 1 Today’s Games Cincinnati (Latos 2-2) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 5-1), 12:10 p.m. Arizona (Cahill 2-4) at Colorado (Nicasio 2-1), 2:10 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 2-4) at San Francisco (M.Cain 2-2), 2:45 p.m. Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 2-2) at Washington (Zimmermann 2-3), 6:05 p.m. Miami (Nolasco 4-1) at Atlanta (Beachy 4-1), 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Marcum 2-1) at Houston (Happ 2-3), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 3-3) at Chicago Cubs (Volstad 0-5), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Harang 2-2) at San Diego (Volquez 2-2), 9:05 p.m. Friday's Games Chicago White Sox (Humber 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-1), 1:20 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 2-4) at Washington (E.Jackson 1-1), 6:05 p.m. Boston (Bard 3-4) at Philadelphia (Hamels 5-1), 6:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 0-1), 6:05 p.m. Miami (Zambrano 1-2) at Cleveland (Masterson 1-3), 6:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 2-3) at Detroit (Verlander 4-1), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-1) at Toronto (R.Romero 4-1), 6:07 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 4-3) at Tampa Bay (Shields 6-1), 6:10 p.m. Texas (Feliz 3-1) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (J.Saunders 2-3) at Kansas City (Mendoza 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Minnesota (Diamond 2-0) at Milwaukee (Estrada 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Millwood 1-4) at Colorado (White 0-2), 7:40 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-1) at San Diego (Suppan 2-1), 9:05 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 6-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 5-0), 9:10 p.m. Oakland (Parker 1-1) at San Francisco (Zito 2-1), 9:15 p.m.

A few area teams will be playing in state tournaments next week after qualifying with regional wins in softball and baseball this week. The Rock Creek baseball team defeated Riley County 5-2 on Tuesday to advance to Class 3A state tournament next week in Manhattan. The Mustangs have a 21-2 record this season. The Rock Creek softball team defeated Marysville 4-3 on Tuesday to advance to the 3A tournament in Manhattan. The Mustangs are 17-6 on the year. The Wamego softball team is 21-0 after winning its regional with a 4-3 win over Holton on Tuesday. The Red Raiders will play at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina next

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao says he loves and supports gays and lesbians, even though he does not approve of gay marriage. The world champion boxer and Filipino congressman has been criticized ever since he was quoted in an interview on the website saying he opposed President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage. Pacquiao said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that he doesn't support gay marriage because of his Roman Catholic beliefs. But he said he has gay friends and relatives, and supports their rights. "I'm not against the gay people," Pacquiao said.

BASKETBALL NBA Playoff glance All Times CST (x-if necessary) FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Saturday, April 28 Chicago 103, Philadelphia 91, Chicago leads series 1-0 Miami 100, New York 67 Orlando 81, Indiana 77 Oklahoma City 99, Dallas 98 Sunday, April 29 San Antonio 106, Utah 91, San Antonio leads series 1-0 L.A. Lakers 103, Denver 88, L.A. Lakers lead series 1-0 Atlanta 83, Boston 74, Atlanta lead series 1-0 L.A. Clippers 99, Memphis 98, L.A. Clippers lead series 1-0 Monday, April 30 Miami 104, New York 94, Miami leads series 2-0 Indiana 93, Orlando 78, series tied 1-1 Oklahoma City 102, Dallas 99, Oklahoma City leads series 2-0 Tuesday, May 1 Boston 87, Atlanta 80, series tied 1-1 Philadelphia 109, Chicago 92, series tied 1-1 L.A. Lakers 104, Denver 100, L.A. Lakers lead series 2-0 Wednesday, May 2 San Antonio 114, Utah 83, San Antonio leads series 2-0 Indiana 97, Orlando 74, Indiana leads series 2-1 Memphis 105, L.A. Clippers 98, series tied 1-1 Thursday, May 3 Miami 87, New York 70, Miami leads series 3-0 Oklahoma City 95, Dallas 79, Oklahoma City leads series 3-0 Friday, May 4 Boston 90, Atlanta 84, OT Philadelphia 79, Chicago 74 Denver 99, L.A. Lakers 84 Saturday, May 5 Indiana 101, Orlando 99, OT, Indiana leads series 3-1 L.A. Clippers 87, Memphis 86, L.A. Clippers leads series 2-1 Oklahoma City 103, Dallas 97, Oklahoma City wins series 4-0 San Antonio 102, Utah 90, San Antonio leads series 3-0 Sunday, May 6 Philadelphia 89, Chicago 82, Philadelphia leads series 3-1 New York 89, Miami 87, Miami leads series 3-1 Boston 101, Atlanta 79, Boston leads series 3-1 L.A. Lakers 92, Denver 88, L.A. Lakers lead series 3-1 Monday, May 7 San Antonio 87, Utah 81, San Antonio wins series 4-0 L.A. Clippers 101, Memphis 97, OT, L.A. Clippers leads series 3-1 Tuesday, May 8 Indiana 105, Orlando 87, Indiana wins series 4-1 Atlanta 87, Boston 86, Boston leads series 3-2 Chicago 77, Philadelphia 69, Philadelphia leads series 3-2 Denver 102, L.A. Lakers 99, L.A. Lakers lead series 3-2 Wednesday, May 9 Miami 106, New York 94, Miami wins series 4-1 Memphis 92, L.A. Clippers 80, L.A. Clippers leads series 3-2 Thursday, May 10 Philadelphia 79, Chicago 78, Philadelphia wins series 4-2 Boston 83, Atlanta 80, Boston wins series 4-2 Denver 113, L.A. Lakers 96, series tied 33 Friday, May 11 Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 88, series tied 3-3 Saturday, May 12 L.A. Lakers 96, Denver 87, L.A. Lakers wins series 4-3 Sunday, May 13 L.A. Clippers 82, Memphis 72, L.A. Clip-

pers wins series 4-3 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Saturday, May 12 Boston 92, Philadelphia 91, Boston leads series 1-0 Sunday, May 13 Miami 95, Indiana 86, Miami leads series 1-0 Monday, May 14 Philadelphia 82, Boston 81, series tied 11 Oklahoma City 119, L.A. Lakers 90, Oklahoma City Tuesday, May 15 Indiana 78, Miami 75, series tied 1-1 San Antonio 108, L.A. Clippers 92, San Antonio leads series 1-0 Wednesday, May 16 Boston 107, Philadelphia 91, Boston leads series 2-1 Oklahoma City 77, L.A. Lakers 75, Oklahoma City leads series 2-0 TONIGHT Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 Boston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 Miami at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 x-Philadelphia at Boston, TBD x-L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, TBD Tuesday, May 22 x-Indiana at Miami, TBD x-L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, TBD Wednesday, May 23 x-Boston at Philadelphia, TBD x-Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, TBD Thursday, May 24 x-Miami at Indiana, TBD Friday, May 25 San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, TBD Saturday, May 26 x-Philadelphia at Boston, TBD x-Indiana at Miami, TBD Sunday, May 27 x-L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, TBD x-L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, TBD

and RHP Larry Rodriguez. GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS — Released C Jordan Comadena. GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS — Released INF Seth Boyd, RHP Ryan Hanna and RHP Stephen Faris. Signed INF Bridger Hunt. KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Signed C Bubby Williams and RHP Dan Kickham. LINCOLN SALTDOGs — Released RHP Nate Stritz. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS — Released INF Lyle Allen, OF Matt Mansilla, RHP Garrett Holleran, LHP Aaron Correa and RHP Bryan Wilde. Winnipeg Goldeyes — Released LHP Matt Fairel. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Released RHP Jared Locke. QUEBEC CAPITALES — Signed OF Normand Gosselin. ROCKLAND BOULDERS — Released OF John Smith, RHP Mackenzie King and C Scott Knazek. WORCESTER TORNADOES — Released RHP Bryan Leigh.Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS — Sold the contract of INF Sergio Miranda to Atlanta (NL). Released RHP Josh Cephas, OF Ryde Rodriguez and C Lucas Shaw. FLORENCE FREEDOM — Released RHP Tim Adleman, RHP Ryan Bean, LHP Anthony Bello, C Tim Mahler and 1B Mike Schwartz. GATEWAY GRIZZLIES — Signed UTL Jon Myers. JOLIET SLAMMERS — Traded LHP Brian Fowler to Southern Illinois for a player to be named. LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS — Signed RHP Andrew Heston. NORMAL CORNBELTERS — Traded RHP Alex Jones to Winnipeg (AA) for a player to be named. RIVER CITY RASCALS — Released RHP Tony Marsala. ROCKFORD RIVERHAWKS — Signed RHP Scott Kelley. Released RHP Brad Allen, C Andrew Caron, C Carlos Dominguez, RHP Nick Gaudi and INF Kevin Smith. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS — Signed OF Jereme Milons. Released RHP Matt Collins, RHP Jamaal Hollis, OF Cody McMorris and OF Raphael Turner. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS — Acquired RHP Thomas Campbell from the Abilene Prairie (NAL) for a player to be named. Released LHP Anthony Collazo and SS Ryan Kaup. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS — Signed 2B Ryan Still. WASHINGTON WILD THINGS — Released RHP Gary Lee, RHP Ryan McCarney, INF Nick Spears, OF Rashad Taylor and RHP Andy Wells. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Los Angeles Lakers F Devin Ebanks $25,000, for actions prior to and following his ejection from the May 14 game at Oklahoma City. Fined Los Angeles Lakers C Andrew Bynum $15,000, for failing to make himself available to the media following the Lakers' May 15 practice. WNBA MINNESOTA LYNX — Waived G Queralt Casas and F Julie Wojta. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed DE Landon Cohen. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed QB Chandler Harnish, RB Vick Ballard, WR LaVon Brazill and DE Tim Fugger. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Signed OL Jeff Allen, DB De'Quan Menzie, DB Dominique Ellis, OL Rich Ranglin, TE Martin Rucker and LB Leon Williams. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed DE Nick Reed. Waived DE Kevin Cyrille. United States Football League USFL — Named Jeff Garcia to the board of advisors, who will serve on the player development branch. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Phoenix F Martin Hanzal one game for boarding Los Angeles F Dustin Brown during a May 15 game. COLLEGE GEORGE WASHINGTON — Named Emma Wright women's assistant soccer coach. TOLEDO — Announced sophomore men's basketball F J.D. Weatherspoon is transferring from Ohio State.

Through Wednesday American League BATTING — Hamilton, Texas, .404; Jeter, New York, .366; Konerko, Chicago, .356;


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Air dates for Big 12 track meet announced More than 3,000 people saw the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships come to a close on Sunday at the R.V. Christian Track Complex. Those fans and others who missed it in person can relive the weekend with broadcasts of the meet on Fox Sports Net. The network will air the championship meet four times in the Kansas area on Fox Sports Midwest. The first scheduled airing of the Big 12 Championships on FS Midwest is set for Friday at noon. It will be aired again on Saturday 4 p.m. and Monday at noon. The final time slot for the meet on FS Midwest will be Wednesday at noon.

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National League BATTING — DWright, New York, .402; Furcal, St. Louis, .370; Kemp, Los Angeles, .359; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, .344; Jay, St. Louis, .343; Ruiz, Philadelphia, .343; LaHair, Chicago, .339; LaRoche, Washington, .339. RUNS — Kemp, Los Angeles, 29; Beltran, St. Louis, 28; Furcal, St. Louis, 28; Bourn, Atlanta, 27; CGonzalez, Colorado, 27; Uggla, Atlanta, 27; MEllis, Los Angeles, 26. RBI — Ethier, Los Angeles, 34; Beltran, St. Louis, 32; CGonzalez, Colorado, 30; Freeman, Atlanta, 29; LaRoche, Washington, 29; Freese, St. Louis, 28; Kemp, Los Angeles, 28. HITS — Bourn, Atlanta, 55; Furcal, St. Louis, 54; MeCabrera, San Francisco, 50; SCastro, Chicago, 49; DWright, New York, 49; DanMurphy, New York, 48; Desmond, Washington, 45. DOUBLES — Votto, Cincinnati, 17; YMolina, St. Louis, 13; Alonso, San Diego, 12; 8 tied at 11. TRIPLES — OHudson, San Diego, 5; MeCabrera, San Francisco, 4; 12 tied at 3. HOME RUNS — Beltran, St. Louis, 13; Kemp, Los Angeles, 12; Braun, Milwaukee, 10; Bruce, Cincinnati, 10; LaHair, Chicago, 10; Pence, Philadelphia, 9; Ethier, Los Angeles, 8; Freese, St. Louis, 8; Hart, Milwaukee, 8; Stanton, Miami, 8. STOLEN BASES — Bonifacio, Miami, 20; SCastro, Chicago, 12; DGordon, Los Angeles, 12; Schafer, Houston, 12; Bourn, Atlanta, 11; Maybin, San Diego, 11; Victorino, Philadelphia, 11. PITCHING — Lynn, St. Louis, 6-1; Lilly, Los Angeles, 5-0; Hamels, Philadelphia, 5-1; Lohse, St. Louis, 5-1; Dickey, New York, 51; GGonzalez, Washington, 5-1; Capuano, Los Angeles, 5-1; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 5-3. STRIKEOUTS — GGonzalez, Washington, 60; Strasburg, Washington, 56; Greinke, Milwaukee, 53; ASanchez, Miami, 51; Norris, Houston, 50; Hamels, Philadelphia, 49; Lincecum, San Francisco, 48; MCain, San Francisco, 48. SAVES — Kimbrel, Atlanta, 11; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 10; HRodriguez, Washington, 9; FFrancisco, New York, 9; Myers, Houston, 9; Guerra, Los Angeles, 8; SCasil-

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Ortiz, Boston, .345; AJackson, Detroit, .331; Andrus, Texas, .329; ACabrera, Cleveland, .325. RUNS — Kinsler, Texas, 33; Hamilton, Texas, 32; AdJones, Baltimore, 30; AJackson, Detroit, 29; De Aza, Chicago, 28; Ortiz, Boston, 27; Pedroia, Boston, 26. RBI — Hamilton, Texas, 45; Encarnacion, Toronto, 34; MiCabrera, Detroit, 33; ADunn, Chicago, 28; Butler, Kansas City, 27; Ortiz, Boston, 27; Scott, Tampa Bay, 27. HITS — Jeter, New York, 56; Hamilton, Texas, 55; Ortiz, Boston, 49; Andrus, Texas, 48; Konerko, Chicago, 48; Pedroia, Boston, 48; MiCabrera, Detroit, 47. DOUBLES — Ortiz, Boston, 15; Cano, New York, 14; AdGonzalez, Boston, 14; Brantley, Cleveland, 13; Pedroia, Boston, 13; Sweeney, Boston, 13; Willingham, Minnesota, 13. TRIPLES — Joyce, Tampa Bay, 3; Kipnis, Cleveland, 3; Rios, Chicago, 3; Zobrist, Tampa Bay, 3; 11 tied at 2. H O M E R U N S — Hamilton, Texas, 18; Encarnacion, Toronto, 13; Granderson, New York, 13; ADunn, Chicago, 12; AdJones, Baltimore, 12; Bautista, Toronto, 9; Hardy, Baltimore, 9; Reddick, Oakland, 9. STOLEN BASES — JWeeks, Oakland, 10; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 8; De Aza, Chicago, 7; AEscobar, Kansas City, 7; MIzturis, Los Angeles, 7; EJohnson, Tampa Bay, 7; Lillibridge, Chicago, 7; Pennington, Oakland, 7. PITCHING — Darvish, Texas, 6-1; DLowe, Cleveland, 6-1; Shields, Tampa Bay, 6-1; Price, Tampa Bay, 6-2; Weaver, Los Angeles, 5-1; Sabathia, New York, 5-1; Milone, Oakland, 5-3. STRIKEOUTS — FHernandez, Seattle, 61; Sabathia, New York, 59; Darvish, Texas, 58; Verlander, Detroit, 56; Weaver, Los Angeles, 49; Shields, Tampa Bay, 48; Scherzer, Detroit, 48; Peavy, Chicago, 48. S A V E S — JiJohnson, Baltimore, 13; CPerez, Cleveland, 12; Rodney, Tampa Bay, 12; League, Seattle, 8; Nathan, Texas, 8; Broxton, Kansas City, 8; Capps, Minnesota, 7; Balfour, Oakland, 7; Valverde, Detroit, 7; Aceves, Boston, 7.

"I'm not condemning them. ... I have a cousin (who is) gay. I have relatives (who are) gay. I have a lot of friends (who are) gay, so I'm not condemning gays. What I said is I'm not in favor of same-sex marriage. That's the one thing I said to the guy. "I told (the reporter) I'm against same-sex marriage," Pacquiao added. "He said, 'Why?' I said, 'It's the law of God.' That's all I said." The story contained a Bible passage from Leviticus calling for the death of "a man (who) lies with a man," and Pacquiao said many readers erroneously believed he had quoted that verse. He said he had not, and the writer later clarified in a follow-up post that he had included the verse himself.

NO. 1, FROM PAGE B1 have lost by 12 and we would go to L.A. 1-1." Instead, Oklahoma City takes a 2-0 lead into Game 3 on Friday night at Staples Center. Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who came up empty on their last six possessions after Bynum's hook shot made it 75-68 with 2:09 remaining. Struggling throughout the second half and missing 20 of their first 27 shots, the Thunder came alive after Brooks called a timeout when Bynum's basket gave Los Angeles its largest lead of the game. James Harden drove for a layup before Durant used his height advantage to reach up and tip away a pass from Bryant. He then ran out for a right-handed dunk at the other end. Brooks had switched Durant onto Bryant with about 5 minutes left, after Bryant had hit a pair of jumpers as the Lakers started to inch away. "That wasn't the game plan going in, but there was a moment when I thought Kobe was starting to fill it and I thought Kevin's length would bother him," Brooks said. That's exactly how it played out — with the 6foot-9 Durant using his wingspan to come up with an energizing steal and fastbreak chance. Russell Westbrook then forced another turnover by challenging an outlet pass to Bryant along the sideline. Officials originally ruled that it went off Westbrook, but changed the call after seeing on replay that he didn't touch it and Bryant whiffed on the contested catch. "What they did the last few minutes there, they just made gambles," Bryant said. "They just jumped in the passing lanes. It's some-

thing that we're not accustomed to seeing. It's just flatout risks defensively." Harden made the next stop, blocking Bryant's jumper on the Lakers' next possession and getting a layup in transition off it to cut the deficit to one in the final minute. Bryant then missed on a 3pointer and the Thunder got the ball back with the chance to take the lead and Durant was able to make it happen on the offensive end. "I think Kevin has improved on being a twoway player," Brooks said. "I think the last three years it's taken our team to a different level and it takes his game to a different level." Steve Blake missed an open 3-pointer from the right side with about 5 seconds left after Metta World Peace couldn't get the ball to Bryant on the inbounds play. Bryant, who was the primary option on the play, said Blake's shot was in the air by the time he turned around to look for an inbounds pass. "Blake was wide open. We didn't have any timeouts left and he got a clean look, a really good look," World Peace said. "He can knock that down." Durant was then fouled with 0.3 seconds left and made his first try before missing the second on purpose — failing to hit the backboard or rim for a violation. The Lakers got a desperation try, but Harden intercepted World Peace's long pass for Bynum. Westbrook added 15 points for Oklahoma City, which matched its lowest scoring total of the season but still gutted out the win. The Thunder had ripped apart the Lakers' defense with their pick-and-roll attack in Game 1, scoring 119 points in a 29-point blowout. Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds for L.A. Historically, the loss

TRANSACTIONS Wednesday BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB — Suspended Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie four games and fined him for his aggressive actions toward umpire Bill Miller during a May 15 game against Tampa Bay. American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Assigned RHP Dan Wheeler outright to Columbus (IL). Released RHP Robinson Tejeda. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Promoted OF Wil Myers and RHP Jake Odorizzi from Northwest Arkansas (Texas) to Omaha (PCL). MINNESOTA TWINS — Activated 1B Justin Morneau from the 15-day DL. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Acquired OF Rich Thompson from Philadelphia Phillies for OF Kyle Hudson. Placed OF Brandon Guyer on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 13. Transferred RHP Jeff Niemann from the 15- to 60-day DL. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Placed RHP Lendy Castillo on the 15-day DL. Recalled LHP Scott Maine from Iowa (PCL). COLORADO ROCKIES — Activated OF Eric Young Jr. from the restricted list. Placed INF Chris Nelson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 15th. NEW YORK METS — Designated RHP D.J. Carrasco for assignment. Recalled LHP Robert Carson from Binghamton (EL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Placed RHP Vance Worley on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 12. Recalled LHP Joe Savery from Lehigh Valley (IL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Recalled RHP Evan Meek from Indianapolis (IL). Optioned OF Alex Presley to Indianapolis. American Association AMARILLO SOX — Signed C Mitch Abeita. EL PASO DIABLOS — Signed LHP Grafton Kent. Released INF Martin Parra

makes a huge difference. Los Angeles is 29-12 when splitting the first two games of a seven-game series and has lost 17 of 19 when falling into a 2-0 hole. The Lakers' last comeback was in the 2004 West semifinals against San Antonio. The Thunder have won all nine of their series after leading 2-0, dating to the franchise's days in Seattle. "We've got to win," Bynum said. "It's do or die come Friday."

CELTICS 107, 76ers 91 PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Garnett yapped his way down the court after big baskets and clearly enjoyed taking it to the 76ers. Rajon Rondo pushed the ball and relentlessly attacked the lane. Paul Pierce gutted out a knee injury and grinded his way to the free throw line. Boston hears the whispers that it's too weary and too old to win another championship. By the time they forced Sixers fans to flee their seats, the Celtics proved it's still too early to count them out. Garnett scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and used a dominant second quarter to help the Celtics beat the 76ers 107-91 on Wednesday night and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Whistled for a costly illegal pick late in a Game 2 loss, Garnett crushed the Sixers early and never let them think about a fourth-quarter rally. Garnett scored 13 of Boston's 32 points in the second quarter and the Celtics became the first team to win by double digits. Game 1 and Game 2 were each decided by one point. Rondo had 23 points and 14 assists. Pierce, playing with a banged-up knee, had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia. "We just wanted to come

out and establish who we are as a team," Pierce said. That started with making Garnett a focal point. Garnett had somehow become forgotten in Boston's offense in Game 2 until the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers said the Celtics simply weren't going to the 16-year veteran because they had established an offensive presence in the low post. The Celtics wouldn't let that happen again. They needed Garnett at his best in Philadelphia, where the Sixers had won their last four postseason games. So much for that minor streak. Garnett made 12 of 17 shots and helped the Celtics outrebound the Sixers by 11 on the defensive boards. He buried those 10 to 16 footers with ease in the second quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 13-point lead. "He got the ball in his spots," Rondo said. "He hit a couple of fadeaways. A lot of those guys are smaller than him, so he was just able to turn around and shoot over them." Pierce had an MCL injury in his left knee rob him of his jumper and slow him down on both sides of the ball. He scored only 21 points combined in the first two games and failed to be the impact player the Celtics needed if they want to play deeper in the postseason. All that changed in Game 3. He charged the lane in the first quarter for a couple of angry-looking dunks. He even pounded the backboard for emphasis after one as if to show the Sixers he still had some lift in those legs. "That's who he is," Rivers said. "That's how he's been even when he's healthy. Paul's just a grinder." He'll need to do it again to hold off the Sixers. Thaddeus Young scored 22 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 for the Sixers.




THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Royals’ pen blows lead vs. Orioles NO. 1, FROM PAGE B1 "Great pitching from Paulino and great pitching from Adcock," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They gave us an opportunity to put it away. We just couldn't do it. Nate did a great job. He just left a breaking ball up to Jones. He got a lot of groundballs. He was on the attack and throwing strikes. Paulino was equally as good." Jones was hitless in six at-bats before connecting for his team-leading 12th home run — nine of them tying the game or giving the Orioles a lead. Jones

sent a 2-2 pitch from Nate Adcock (0-1) far over the left field wall. Jones came to the plate in the third, eighth and 12th innings with runners in scoring position. "I had three opportunities earlier with men in scoring position that I did not succeed in, which is by far the most frustrating thing for me," Jones said. "I was 0 for 3. I did not give one of my seven at-bats away. I can live with myself when I do that." The Orioles improved to 5-0 in extra-inning road games. Kevin Gregg (1-1) pitched

two hitless innings, walking one, to pick up the victory. Jim Johnson earned his 13th save. Humberto Quintero's two-out single in the fifth scored Jeff Francoeur, who led off the inning with a double, and Alcides Escobar, who was hit by a pitch. It was Quintero's first multi-RBI game with the Royals. The Orioles cut the lead to 2-1 in the eighth, when Hardy and Nick Markakis led off the inning with doubles against rookie reliever Herrera. Alex Gordon's two-out double in the eighth scored Mitch Maier to give the Roy-

als a 3-1 advantage. Maier ran for Billy Butler, who had singled for his second hit. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter yielded two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He threw only 82 pitches and was backed by double plays in three of the first four innings. Royals second baseman Chris Getz left with a bruised left rib after a collision with Chris Davis on an infield single in the fifth i n n i n g. I rvi ng F alu replaced Getz in the seventh inning and singled. Falu has a hit in each of his five big league games.

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Dritz swims the 200-yard individual medley during a meet this season at home. The MHS sophomore has shown her versatility this season.

Francis, Turner lead MHS to state Long distance a specialty for Dritz

NO. 2, FROM PAGE B1 Turner singled in Berry and Jake Priddle scored on a passed ball. Turner came home from third on an error from the second baseman. Taylor Hilgers hit a sac fly in the fifth inning to bring Turner in for his second run of the game, and Priddle singled in Berry in the bottom of the sixth. Although the 1-2-3 hitters for the Indians didn't find consistency at the plate, their 4-5-6-7 hitters kept putting runs on the board. "I walked in the dugout one inning and said 'bottom of the order you're carrying us, do it again,'" Hess said. "They just kept getting on base, and we feel like we have enough competitive guys up and down the order that we can get contributions from anybody and everybody." Francis sat down the first two batters in the top of the seventh on strikeouts, and then put the game away on a groundball back to the mound. It seemed the perfect ending to a solid performance on the mound. Running to first with the ball felt so great because I knew it was the game," Francis said. "I tossed it to first, threw my glove and got dog piled. I knew I needed a strong performance, and I wanted the baseball. "I came out and my adrenaline was high because Junction City is our rival, and I struggled at times with location, but that last inning I had the adrenaline going and I pitched well." Although it looked like Francis was struggling with control early in the game, and often throughout the middle innings, he allowed just one hit and two walks. Hess said the key to his performance was that he competed throughout the whole night.

Sports Watch THURSDAY

BASEBALL 7:00 p.m. WGN (10) MLB Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs (Live) Site: Wrigley Field — Chicago, Ill. BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. ESPN (32) Basketball NBA Playoffs Semifinal (Live) 9:00 p.m. ESPN (32) Basketball NBA Playoffs Semifinal (Live)


AUTO RACING 9:30 a.m. SPEED (60) Truck Racing NASCAR North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Series Final Practice (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 11:00 a.m. SPEED (60) Auto Racing NASCAR Showdown Sprint Cup Series Practice (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 12:30 p.m. SPEED (60) Auto Racing NASCAR All-Star Race Sprint Cup Series Practice (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 3:00 p.m. SPEED (60) Truck Racing NASCAR North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Series Qualifying (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 4:00 p.m. SPEED (60) Auto Racing NASCAR Showdown Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 5:00 p.m. SPEED (60) Auto Racing NASCAR All-Star Race Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. 7:00 p.m. SPEED (60) Truck Racing NASCAR North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Series (Live) Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Charlotte, N.C. BASEBALL 1:10 p.m. WGN (10) MLB Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs (Live) Site: Wrigley Field -- Chicago, Ill. 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 (33) Softball NCAA Kentucky vs. Michigan Division I Tournament (Live) Site: Ulmer Stadium -- Louisville, Ky. 6:00 p.m. ESPN2 (33) Softball NCAA Valparaiso vs. Louisiana State University Division I Tournament (Live) Site: Ulmer Stadium -- Louisville, Ky. 7:00 p.m. FSN (34) MLB Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals (Live) Site: Kauffman Stadium -Kansas City, Mo. BASKETBALL 7:00 p.m. ESPN (32) NBA Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 3 (Live) Site: Wachovia Complex -Philadelphia, Pa. 9:30 p.m. ESPN (32) NBA Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Playoffs Western Conference Semifinal Game 3 (Live) Site: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, Calif. BOXING 8:00 p.m. ESPN2 (33) Boxing Friday Night Fights Serrano vs. Mayfield (Live) Site: Times Union Center -Albany, N.Y.


Associated Press

Manhattan High’s Derek Francis pitches during his complete game, one-hit performance against Junction City on Wednesday at Norvell Field. "Derek competed tonight and I'll tell you what, if you watched the seventh inning, he threw the ball harder in the seventh inning then he did any inning prior to that," he said. "It tells you a lot about the character of the young man." The Indians ended a strong season in 2011 with a crushing loss to Lawrence in the regional final. It was a loss Hess said they never really forgot, but also one that had the team focused on not letting it happen again. "For those that returned from a year ago, that heartache from losing a tough ballgame was incredible, and it kept us focused all year because we wanted to go back to the state tourna-

ment," he said. "I think these seniors just stepped up and played their hearts out tonight." The state tournament will open next Friday in Lawrence at Hoglund Ballpark on the Kansas University campus.

Game 1 MHS 8, TOPEKA HIGH 2 Topeka High 000 020 0—271 Manhattan 240 200 X—880 WP — Giller. LP — Solis.

Game 2 MHS 8, JUNCTION CITY 0 Junction City 000 000 0—011 Manhattan 024 011 X—871 WP — Francis. LP — Blair.

Derby winner is second favorite in Preakness Associated Press BALTIMORE — Doug O'Neill could have been insulted. The Preakness odds had just been announced and the Kentucky Derby winner was second favorite behind a horse he ran down and defeated two weeks earlier. O'Neill smiled. He figured the handicapper at Pimilico Race Course was merely displaying reverence for Bodemeister trainer Bob Baffert rather than dissing Derby winner I'll Have Another. "Bob Baffert has won five of these," O'Neill said Wednesday. "I've never run a horse here. I totally respect that. I just hope anyone who bets Bodemeister is regretting it Saturday night." Baffert was asked whether being a five-time Preakness winner was an advantage. "I've won it with the best horse. That's why I've won it," he replied. "That's the best advantage you can have." And Bodemeister, who arrived at Pimlico on Wednesday, is in excellent shape. "He looked great this week. He looks healthy," Baffert said. "He doesn't look like a horse that just ran a mile and a quarter." Despite losing the Derby to hard-charging I'll Have Another, Bodemeister was installed as the 8-5 favorite in Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. I'll Have Another was a 5-2 pick on the morning line. Baffert was delighted to receive the No. 7 post in the

good individual medley, a good breaststroke, a good backstroke and good butterfly. To sum up her skills, he just said she is solid. "The kids just call her a beast, they're just like 'wow, that's incredible,' when they see what she does," he said. Dritz said she views swimming in other events as a challenge. "Each race is different and you get a different feeling after each race," she said. "The other events aren't what I love to do, but they are a nice break. My coaches really challenge me to do everything because you never know what you could be good at if you don't do it." Dritz said she is excited to see the year-to-year progress of her teammates in the events, including seeing everyone at least make it to the finals. She said she thinks a couple of her teammates can pick up medals, and of course she hopes to get one herself. Carpenter said the excitement she holds for her teammates' chances this weekend is just Dritz's personality. "She is a very strong student, and she is just genuinely a nice person," he said. "She cares about her teammates and she gets more excited about when her teammates do well than when she does well. It's just really fun to watch that." Dritz said most of all, she is excited for everyone to have a chance to compete against the highest competition in the state. "State is really fun because it's super competitive and everyone wants to be there, it shows me higher levels of competition and it's awesome." Dritz is seeded eighth in the 200 free with a time of 2:01.65, while she will likely join Mariah Scipio, Makayla Walters and Hannah Funk

in the 200 free relay. That relay is seeded 11th with a time of 1:46.35, just two seconds from the time of the fourth seed. Scipio, Funk, Alana Bucholtz and Dritz will also join in the 400 free relay where they are seeded ninth with a time of 3:52.03. Bucholtz, Lucienne Lange, Walters and Meagan Williams are seeded 12th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.91. Katy Van Nevel and Samantha Gray will compete in diving, and Carpenter said he likes their chances of making some noise. "Katy is a medalist from last year and with Sam Gray picking up a state cut, she has just learned a lot in a short amount of time," he said. "Nothing would surprise me with the divers." Bucholtz will compete in the 100 back, seeded 17th with a time of 1:05.09. The rest of the Indians' qualifiers picked up consideration times. Scipio and Bucholtz will race in the 50 free as the 15th and 16th seeds, and Scipio will also make a run in the 100 free. "I really feel like we're going to swim well," Carpenter said. "The kids have trained and prepared really well, and looking at the psych sheet I think we've got a legitimate shot of virtually everything having a chance of swimming again on Saturday. "There is potential on a couple of the relays that we could be top eight and Pilar is sitting pretty good with a chance at top eight in her events." Carpenter said he hopes to at least have everyone competing again on Saturday. "First, the goal is to get to state and second, is when you get there, let's try to get to the second day," he said. "It's just icing on the cake so to speak."

MHS softball season comes to an end Associated Press

I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby, gallops under exercise rider Johnny Garcia at Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday in Baltimore, Md. 11-horse field. "With him, anything in the middle would be fine," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "With the Preakness, you just don't want to be stuck on the inside where you have to use your horse a little bit. The Derby winner drew really well, also." I'll Have Another will start from the No. 9 post. The colt, who won the Derby out of the No. 19 post, will again be ridden by Mario Gutierrez. "Anything with a nine in it, we feel very good about. We're cool with it," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "We talked about the possibility of being inside Bodemeister and really forcing our hand to push him early. Now it's in Mario's hands to still kind of push Bode, but we'll be on the outside of him." The question is: Does Bodemeister have enough left to sprint to the finish in the 1 3/16-mile race? "You can't run as fast and as hard as he did and not

have it affect you," said Barry Irwin, managing partner of Went the Day Well, who finished fourth in the Derby and is a 6-1 shot in the Preakness. A victory would give I'll Have Another the chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. "I'm confident," O'Neill said. "You never know. But as long as we continue to train like our horse is training, we won't be that far off Bodemeister. If anything Bodemeister might be behind us early." The odds were set by Pimlico Race Course handicapper Frank Carulli. The field is the smallest since 2007, when Curlin beat Derby winner Street Sense in a nine-horse field. Also entered are Tiger Walk (30-1), Teeth of the Dog (15-1), Pretension (301), Zetterholm (20-1), Went the Day Well (6-1), Creative Cause (6-1), Daddy Nose Best (12-1), Optimizer (30-1) and Cozzetti (30-1).

NO. 4, FROM PAGE B1 MHS wouldn't go out without a fight though, rallying for four runs in the sixth inning. Tyler Hoyt opened it by reaching on an error that scored Aubrey Jung. Smith singled in Savannah Thaemert and Cat Bridegam singled in Hoyt. Kaitlyn Motley hit another single to score Kori Bridegam. The Indians brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, as Massanet and Hoyt got on base. The game came to a close on

a groundout. Manhattan had 14 hits, while Massanet led the way with four. Smith had three hits and Cat Bridegam, Motley and Jung had two hits apiece. Jung took the loss in the circle, pitching 4 1/3 innings and yielding six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Allison Devlin came in relief and pitched the rest of the way. Washburn Rural won the regional final to lock up a trip to state, beating Free State 16-3.

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The Mercury cannot verify the financial potential of advertisements in the Help Wanted or Business Opportunities classifications. Readers are advised to approach any such “opportunity” with reasonable caution. Manhattan City Ordinance 4814 assures every person equal opportunity in securing and holding employment in any field of work or labor for which he/ she is properly qualified regardless of race, sex, military status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin or ancestry. Violations should be reported to the Director of Human Resources at City Hall, 587-2443.

Admin. Assistant Flint Hills Dialysis seeks a professional for full time administrative assistant. Experience with billing and collection is a plus. Previous office experience preferred, though not required. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resume and cover letter to PO Box 1895, Manhattan, KS 66505.

Administrative Assistant- Reception Leading Manhattan law firm seeks office professional for administrative and legal assistant with reception duties. Computer and phone skills needed. Previous office experience preferred, though not required. Challenging work environment with competitive salary and benefits. Send resumes and cover letter to Drawer 04548, c/o The Manhattan Mercury, P.O. Box 787, Manhattan, KS 66505. ADMINISTRATIVE position available in growing jewelry store. We are looking for full time and part time personnel with a can- do attitude. Needs enthusiastic, high energy, and goal oriented personality. Apply in person at Harris Jewelry in Manhattan Town Center Mall.

AIB International Customer Service Specialist to maintain dialogue with clients to better understand and respond to their needs. Focus will be on promoting customer loyalty by providing excellent customer service. Important to this role will be the ability to resolve challenging situations and identify reasons for loss of client’s business. Requires post- secondary education (4 yr degree preferred) plus two years experience in a customer service related capacity; working knowledge of computer programs such as MS Office and Windows; excellent communication skills; and ability to learn activities associated with CRM systems. Foreign language skills a plus. Apply: AIB International, PO Box 3999, Manhattan, KS 66502, . E. O. E.

Attention College Students & HS Grads $15 base- appt, FT/ PT schedules, sales/ svs, no experience necessary, all ages 17+, conditions apply, 785-370-0445 CMA Full time 7:15am- 6:15pm, Westy Community Care Home, Westmoreland, KS. 785-457-2801 Call Rebecca for an interview. CONCRETE Laborers, local contractor. Apply at 1600 Fair Lane, Manhattan. E. O. E. FULL TIME Leasing Agent/ Office Assistant. Energetic, self- starter with excellent customer service skills needed to work in fast- paced office. Saturdays required. Must have valid drivers license, good driving record and own reliable transportation. Apply in person at 625 Pebblebrook Circle, M- F, 9am- 4pm

CONSTRUCTION Worker- Residential and commercial construction. Experience preferred. Full time position. Valid driver's license required. Apply at Appletech Construction, 240 Levee Drive, Manhattan. E. O. E. Drug Free Workplace. CONSTRUCTION: Looking for Metal Stud Framer, Drywall Hanger, Drywall Finisher, Acoustical Mechanic and EIFS applicator to join our growing company. Work sites are in the Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, Fort Riley, Salina, and Wichita area. Reliable transportation, valid drivers license and the willingness to travel is a must. We offer competitive pay, vacation pay, health insurance and drug- free workplace. Apply with references online or at 5006 Skyway Drive, Manhattan. (785) 539-7266

Director of Nursing Via Christi Villages Manhattan, Inc. is seeking a dynamic, caring individual with at least 3- 5 years of experience in management and an extensive knowledge of clinical services in a resident- centered environment, and must hold a current RN license in Kansas. Great Benefits to include LTD, STD, and retirement. Please apply online at E. O. E. DISHWASHER and experienced kitchen help needed ASAP. Apply at The Sale Barn Cafe, 8424 E. Hwy 24

ELECTRICIANS Licensed electricians needed in Manhattan area for residential and commercial. Starting pay $20/ hour. 785-456-7730

Executive Director The United Way of the Riley County seeks an experienced leader with proven community building and fundraising experience. The Executive Director provides professional guidance to the volunteer board of directors, community impact council, community investment council, and community campaign committee. Leads the cultivation, recruitment, training and motivation of all volunteer leadership. Full job description available at Salary commensurate with experience. United Way is an equal opportunity employer. Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Search Committee, P.O. Box 922, Manhattan, KS 66505 by May 23, 2012. EXPERIENCED full time oral surgery assistant needed, Send resume to Konza Oral and Maxillofscial Surgery at 1133 College Ave. Bldg. C Suite 200 Manhattan, KS. 66502.

Full Time Teller Position K-State Federal Credit Union is seeking a Full- Time Teller. Previous teller or cashier experience is helpful. this person must have an outgoing personality, enjoy working with the public, be self- motivated and have exceptional oral and written communication skills. Excellent benefits package included. Apply with resume to LaRae Kraemer, K-State Federal Credit Union, 2600 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502 E O E FULL- Time housekeeping position at Stoneybrook Retirement Community. Apply at GROOMING position open. Experience required. Submit resume to 2313 Tuttle Creek Blvd, Manhattan, KS 66502 IMMEDIATE opening for LICENSED Journeyman Electricians. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Please send your resume to:

RN- SURGERY Manhattan Surgical Hospital is seeking Operating Room Circulating RN applicants for 40 hour shift. Competitive pay & benefits. Two years of hospital operating room experience required. Qualified candidates should complete an employment application at and send to: Manhattan Surgical Hospital, 1829 College Ave., Manhattan, KS. 66502. Fax: 785-776-5101.


Watco Mechanical Services, a full service, industry leading provider of railcar repair and refurbishment services in Junction City, KS is now hiring for the following positions at our business located at 1206 Hoover Road, in Junction City, KS. These positions are for permanent, full-time Team Members with good pay, excellent benefits, paid holidays and very affordable health insurance.

Car CarRepair/Welder: Repair/Wedlers: position alternates between welding and mechanical repair tasks and requires applicants to pass a welding test and demonstrate a mechanical aptitude. Painter: position requires a proven track record of industrial or commercial painting. The general purpose of this position is to prepare surfaces for painting through cleaing and sandblasting. Apply colvent and water based paints to the exteriro or rail cars along with application of stencils within acceptable quality standards.


To view full job descriptions and apply on-line, visit our website at or apply in person at the following address from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

CALL TODAY! 785-776-2277


1115 Garden Way, Manhattan, KS 66502

Mobile/Modular Homes

• Rehabilitation • Alzheimer’s/Memory Care • Skilled Nursing Care • Assisted Living • Independent Living

2 bedroom apartments, 1 bath, available Aug. 1, $650/ month, water/ trash paid. No Pets. Close to campus and Aggieville. (785)341-5414 2 & 3 BEDROOM, close to campus or city library, dishwasher, central air. No pets. (785)539-0866


Valley View Senior Life, a Kansas based retirement community, is seeking individuals that desire a career in long term care. Applications are being accepted for the following positions:

RN - Mon-Thurs 6a-4p RN/LPN - Overnight CMA Assisted Living Life Enrichment/Marketing Assistant Kitchen Manager Extremely competitive wage scale and benefits package, which includes 100% company paid premiums for single health and life insurance. Come see what exciting opportunities await you at Valley View Senior Life!

Please send your application to the following: Rachael Falls, Human Resource Director 1417 W Ash, Junction City, KS 66441 Fax: 785-238-1167 EOE



Help Wanted

K-State Athletics Administrative Assistant: A local agency hourly position in the men’s basketball office, this position must be a self- starter who has the initiative and ability to multi-task and independently prioritize their work and has the ability to deal with confidential and/ or sensitive matters with absolute discretion and confidentiality; prioritize and manage the men’s basketball program calendar and schedules; coordinate special events and social functions; coordinates travel arrangements for the men’s basketball staff; open and review incoming mail; answer the program’s telephone and assist visitors; must have a valid driver’s license and be able to work evenings and weekends as needed. Qualifications-- Required: A Bachelor’s Degree with experience as an assistant in an office setting with proven ability to work with limited supervision; a selfstarter who can independently prioritize, multi-task and deal with confidential and/ or sensitive matters with discretion and absolute confidentiality; must be able to deal with and respond to callers, visitors and the media in an appropriately calm and helpful manner, even in difficult and/ or stressful situations. Applicants must possess a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint programs, excellent grammar and letter writing capabilities, and the ability to reply to routine correspondence independently; must also have strong communication and organizational skills, and the initiative to independently perform the duties of this position with little to no instruction once acquainted with the responsibilities of the position. Preferred: Experience making business travel, meeting and social event arrangements, including facility scheduling, meeting/event setup experience; and a knowledge of K-State, Big 12 and NCAA rules and regulations and supervisory experience preferred. To be considered for this position: Please submit a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references via e-mail only to by the Monday, May 28, 2012, 3:00p.m. CDT deadline. KSU is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Background check required.

Lawn Maintenance Technician Howe Landscape, Inc. is looking to hire a chemical applicator(s) for their maintenance division. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license, and pass a pre-employment drug test. We can work with class schedules, but prefer four- hour blocks of time. Pay commensurate with experience. Apply three ways, in person Monday-Friday at 12780 Madison Rd in Riley; call 785-776-1697 to obtain an application; or e-mail us at You may also visit our website,



Help Wanted

The Manhattan Mercury is searching for a dedicated and hardworking individual to deliver in the Marysville, Blue Rapids, Waterville, Randolph, and Frankfort areas. Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance, and a phone number are required. This is an independent contractor’s position. Contact Kari or Ronnie at (785) 776-8808. The Manhattan Mercury is searching for a dedicated and hardworking individual to deliver in the McDowell Creek, Alta Vista, and Council Grover areas. Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, insurance, and a phone number are required. This is an independent contractor’s position. Contact Logan at (785) 776-8808. WE have a full time driver/ yard help position for the right person, must be an energetic, self- starter that understands the importance of great customer service. You must have clean driving record. Construction experience is helpful. Apply in person at Griffith Lumber Co, 820 Levee Drive, Manhattan.

Part-time Position The Manhattan Mecury is currently hiring Mail Room Workers. Responsibilities include operation of inserter and assembly of daily newspapers. Weekday hours vary, Saturday night and Sunday morning availability required. Must be able to stand for long hours and lift up to 20 lbs. Applications accepted at:



For more information, contact Bonnie at 776-8808 ext 261. PRN Transportation, requires CDL ability to work on weekends. Apply at

Help Wanted

The Manhattan Mercury is searching for a dedicated and hardworking individual to deliver in the Ft. Riley and Ogden area. Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance, and phone number are required. This is an independent contractor’s position. Contact Kari or Ronnie at 785-776-8808. The Manhattan Mercury is searching for a dedicated and hardworking individual for a retail delivery route. Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance, and a phone number are required. This is an independent contractor’s position. Contact Logan at 785-776-8808. 43

Situation Wanted

HAVE vacant rentals? Moving and need someone to clean for you? Your business need cleaning? (785)320-2189

PART time help, weekends. Apply at 3rd Street U-Haul, 917 N. 3rd Street, Manhattan. No phone calls. TEMPORARY landscaping grounds position available for apartment complex. Full time hours through summer. Apply within 1401 College Avenue H101

SEARS is now hiring for full/ part time cashiers, receiving, and consultative sales. Past experience is preferred for those interested in applying for a sales position. Applicants can apply in the store or online at Sears is an E. E. O. C. Employer. The Crisis Center seeks applications for Shelter Staff, an hourly position, in our safe shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. Shifts are overnight and weekend days. Various shifts are available. Send letter of application, resume, and names and addresses of three references to: Executive Director, P. O. Box 1526, Manhattan, KS 66505. E. O. E. THE Manhattan and Junction City IHOP are hiring full & part time positions for Managers, Servers, Combos & Cooks. Apply in person at 101 Goodfood Place, Manhattan or 321 East Ash Street, Junction City.

Service Directory 91 Carpentry & Remodeling

124Landscaping/Tree Service

ECONOMY Construction, Kitchen, bath remodels, addition, fences, home maintenance 785-587-0271

BRINKER Tree Care, Inc. Professional Tree pruning & removal. 539-6143.

HOME repair, interior- exterior, sheetrock, painting, siding, bathrooms, & kitchens, fire & water damage. D& I Repair, (785)537-7138.

DON’S Stump Removal and Tree Service. 776-3620


Concrete, Asphalt

A- One Concrete Sidewalks, patios, driveways and parking lot repair. 20 years of experience/ licensed. Free estimates. 785-485-0141, Manhattan.



SCRATCH & DENT To slightly used. Front load washers. Dryers, gas/ electric, single or stack units, quantities available. Warranty and delivery. (785)537-1986


3 CUSHION glider, good as new.. (785)539-1671

3021 Geneva Drive (Take Allison- Dondee- Gillespie.) Lots Of Jewelry! Dolls, Barbie stuff, books, teen girl clothes, Fairydust necklaces, perfumes, Partylite, Lego wheels, misc. Friday, 10- 3. Saturday, 10.

BLUEWATER Concrete & Carpentry. All types of concrete. Residential, Commercial. Free estimates. (785)562-6371 ECONOMY Concrete, flat work, new and repair, decorative concrete. (785)5870271


HELPING Hands Handyman home maintenance and repair. (785)410-4705

115 Home Inspections/Radon D & I PLUMBING, Heating, and Air, Inc. Radon measurement and mitigation. (785)537-7138

FRIDAY, May 18th, 8A.M.- 7P.M. 812 Church Ave. Appliances, Furniture, Pool Table, and Misc. Items. GARAGE Sale. 1817 Rockhill Rd. Misc. items. Saturday, 8- 2. HUGE 2 Family Sale, 1001 Mill Valley Circle (Lee Mill Heights Subdivision- must use Amherst Dr.) Friday 9am- 6pm, Saturday 8- 10am. Tons of Children's clothing and shoes (Gap, Gymboree, Polo, Boutique, etc). Girls Newborn- 12 months and 5T- 8, Boys newborn- 5T. Men's and Women's clothing and shoes, Maternity, Handbags (Coach, Vera Bradley, etc). Household, seasonal, furniture, toys, books. Too much to list. No Early Birds, Please. HUGE Multi- Family Yard Sale. 1212 Pierre St. in alley. Fri., 1p.m.- 7p.m. Sat., 8a.m.- 2p.m. Men’s and women’s clothes, purses, jewelry, Fiestaware, antiques, hunting gear, furniture, knickknacks, aquariums. Something for everyone.

SALE! Furniture, artificial trees & plants, benches, 5/8” sheet rock, door trim molding, 6 & 8 ft. tables, file cabinets, desks, weight sets, TVs, and more. 121 S. 4th. Friday, 3- 7p.m. & Saturday, 8a.m.- 1p.m.

PAWS TO LOVE Third Sale. Friday, 9- 12. Clothes 50 cents/ bag, furniture items, file cabinets, bread maker, much more. Corner of Midland and Anderson, 711 Midland. LARGE Family Yard Sale. Many children’s items, infant/ toddler clothing, maternity clothing, many more. Friday, May 18th, 3- 7. 2217 Griffith Terrace.

MAY 19 701 Canfield Drive, Saturday 8- 2

ECONOMY Painting since 1992. Sheetrock repair, interior/ exterior painting 785587-0271

BATHTUBS REPAIR and reglaze porcelain, fiberglass tubs, showers and wall tile. Perma-Glaze. 785-456-6574.



MOVING Sale: Fri. 6- 8, Sat. 7- 1. Canoes, camping equipment, gardening tools, power and hand tools, office equipment, books. Lots more. 700 Gillespie Dr. Get there from Stagg Hill Road and Davis Drive. MOVING/ yard sale- 7:30a.m.- 1 p.m., Saturday at 3352 Effingham. Sporting equipment, Sony TV, shelves, household goods, books. English saddle, toys, digital camera.

Multi- Family Sale

Home/Rental Maint.

D & I REPAIR 537-7138

ESTATE Sale Fri. 12- 8 & Sat. 9- 5, 845 Cypress, Junction City. Everything including the kitchen sink is for sale. This is a unique sale. The house is being moved so everything inside including the kitchen sink, kitchen cabinets, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, interior doors, furniture, collectables, linens, kitchenware, tools, chain link fence, outdoor furniture, and so much more. For pictures look up

MOVING Sale. Saturday, 7- 1. Sunday, 812. Fridge, upright Kenmore deep freeze, old style pop machine, white topper for truck, fish finder, trolling motor, much more. 1612 Stewart Court.


Romo Roofing Free estimates. Residential & commercial. Repair leaks, replace blown off shingles, sections of buildings, and new roofs. (620)794-4319

Bob’s Lawnmower Repair


Free Wood Pallets Pick up at The Manhattan Mercury, at south door, in alley.



CELEBRATE Graduation w/ a piano from Mid- America Piano! Now thru May 26th save up to 75% on new & used acoustics & digitals. 537-3774 LESTER console piano, Betsy Ross Spinet Edition, very good condition, $1,200. (785)799-4198


Sporting Goods

53Garage Sales,Flea Markets

136 Painting & Decorating


Lawn & Garden

ELECTRIC lift chair, $300. Two infrared room heaters with remote control, $60 each. (785)539-8414

MAY 19, 7 to 1, 4184 Taneil Drive, leather couches/ recliners, power and yard tools, boxing tower, weight bench, kitchen ware, tables, and etc.

WOODY’S HANDYMAN. 785-236-9805.


WESTSIDE Area Daycare. Monday- Friday, 18 months to school age. (785)7761768

Cul-De-Sac Sale

PRN positions available for all shifts. Some 12 hour shifts on weekends with double pay. call Jeanette Brake at Leonardville Nursing Home 785-293-5244 E. O. E.

SATURDAY 7am- 10:30am, crib, high chair, baby/ kid stuff and more. 3551 Everett Drive


Friday, May 18th, 4 to 6p.m. Furniture, clothing, car seat, household, wall art, media. 3303 Abbey Circle, Manhattan.

NURSE- Large medical practice seeking full- time nurse. Must possess the following qualities: cheerful/ positive attitude, emotional maturity, professional attitude, a desire to help colleagues/ team player, dependability, self- motivation, detail oriented, have a strong desire to learn, a strong work ethic, basic computer skills and excellent telephone skills. Position includes: clinical medicine, minor surgery, assisting with procedures, and patient education. We are open weekdays M- F and offer an exceptionally pleasant work environment with competitive compensation. Our additional benefits include health, dental, flexible spending account (to pay medical, childcare and insurance premiums pretax), 401(k) plan, life insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, reimbursement for CEUs and nursing license renewals. Send resumes to Drawer 04550, c/o The Manhattan Mercury, P.O. Box 787, Manhattan, KS 66505.

From Town Center Mall- 3 mi. E. on US 24- North on Lake Elbo Rd., 2 1/2 mi. 2004 Harley Motorcycle, 2000 Harley Sportster, Trucks, Hot Tub, Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, 2 Campers, Wood- burning stove, Baby room furniture & equipment, Children's furniture & toys, Patio table & 6 chairs, Smoker, Tall Light Oak computer cabinet, Boyd’s Bears, Fish cooker, Stereo w/ speakers, Guns, Ammo, Knives, Freezer, Wheelchair, Power Scooter, Walkers, Chainsaw, China Cabinet, Curio Cabinet, Vacuum, Snare drum w/ case, Mechanics tools, Jack Ramps, Microwave, Medicine chests & lights, Entry Door, 220 Electric Space Heater/ fan, Vertical blinds, Carpet, Jewelry, Dog & Cat Carriers, 2 Tents, McCall Pattern Cabinet, V- bottom Boat & Trailer, Adult and Baby Clothing, Shoes, Purses, Coolers, Blacksmithing Tools and Grinder w/ stand, 5Pc Wood Outdoor Set, Home Decor, A/C, Harley & ‘67 Camaro parts. Much More!!

No vicious/ dangerous animals! (785)3202189

Project Coordinator


LAKE ELBO Community Wide Sat., May 19, 8a.m.

POWER MATE roller tiller 21’ width. $400 or best offer. (785)776-1237.

The Master Teacher, an educational publishing company in Manhattan, is seeking qualified candidates for a Project Coordinator. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in communications, journalism, English, or a related field. View job description at email resume and cover letter to


53Garage Sales,Flea Markets



Full time Monday through Friday 10P- 6A. Call Jeanette Brake at Leonardville Nursing Home 785-293-5244 E. O. E.


Buy, sell. Will come to you. (785)4103995

Looking in your area for Fashion Week. Only serious apply. Will train. Please call Ms T, (347)819-7445. NEED a full time billing person who is motivated, cheerful, and able to multitask in a fast paced medical office. Person must be detail oriented, able to do data entry, have knowledge and understanding of ICD-9 coding, and billing of medical insurance. Someone who can speak and understand Spanish is an advantage. Benefits include medical insurance, pension plan, and paid vacation. Send resume to Peterson Laboratory Services, Attn: Billing Supervisor, 1133 College Ave., B-131, Manhattan, KS 66502. E. O. E.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

OPENINGS for infants and toddlers. Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center, (785)587-9400.


318 N 5th St. Manhattan, KS


Clothes- baby to adult, baby items, household, bedding, file cabinet, bikes, much more. 3136 Ella Lane. Saturday, 8- 12. NICE name brand women’s clothing. Maternity clothes, furniture, misc. 1929 Judson. Friday, 4p.m.- 8p.m. Saturday, 7a.m.- 11a.m. REDBUD Estates Community Wide Yard Sales. Saturday, May 19, 8:00. 2500 Farm Bureau Rd.

SELLING Nordic Track treadmill. Best offer. (210)264-1221


Things To Eat

FRESH home grown brown chicken eggs. Thowe Farms, (785)539-1004.



AVAILABLE soon: Cocker and Shih Tzu puppies. (785)313-7072



upon request. A schedule of charges for such copies can be obtained from the State Bank Commissioner. Date: May 10, 2012

Kansas will expire on June 21, 2012. If you fail to plead, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the request of plaintiff.

Kansas State Bank of Manhattan Manhattan, Kansas


Sonoran Bank, N.A. Phoenix, Arizona

By:______________________________ Jennifer L. Michaels, #24256

NOTICE OF SALE First published in The Manhattan Mercury on Thursday, May 3, 2012; subsequently published on Thursday, May 10, 2012 and Thursday, May 17, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF Riley County, KANSAS CIVIL DEPARTMENT CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Dana Reinert, et al. Defendants.


First published in the Manhattan Mercury on May 16, 2012; subsequently published on May 17, 2012. Sealed bids for furnishing the following vehicle to be used by the City of Manhattan Regional Airport will be received until 3:00 p.m. June 8, 2012, at which time the bids will be opened in the City Commission Room of City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas and read aloud. Bids received after said time will be returned to the bidder, unopened: One (1) 2012 Factory New Tractor/Loader/Mower Bid specifications are available at the Manhattan Regional Airport, 5500 Fort Riley Blvd,. Ste. 120, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502. A set of such documents may be obtained from the City of Manhattan website at The City of Manhattan reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any irregularity therein.

Title to Real Estate Involved Pursuant to K.S.A. §60

NOTICE OF PROPOSED BANK MERGER (First published in the Manhattan Mercury on May 10, 2012; subsequently published on May 17, May 24, and June 4, 2012.) Notice is hereby given that Kansas State Bank of Manhattan, Manhattan, Kansas has applied to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the State Bank Commissioner, Topeka, Kansas for written consent to merge with Sonoran Bank, N.A., Phoenix, Arizona. It is contemplated that all offices of the above-named institutions will continue to be operated. This notice is published pursuant to Kansas Statutes Annotated 9-1724 and FDIC regulations. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the regional director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at 1100 Walnut, Suite 2100, Kansas City, Missouri 64106 not later than June 11, 2012. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file at the regional office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. In addition, any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the State Bank Commissioner, located at 700 Jackson, Suite 300, Topeka, Kansas 66603-3796, before processing of the application has been completed. Processing will be completed no earlier than 21 days following the first required publication for the State Bank Commissioner. The period may be extended by the State Bank Commissioner for good cause. The non-confidential portion of the application file is available for inspection within three business days following the request for such file. The file may be inspected in the Office of the State Bank Commissioner during regular business hours. Photocopies of information in the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available


NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that under and by virtue of an Order of Sale issued to me by the Clerk of the District Court of Riley County, Kansas, the undersigned Director of Riley County, Kansas, will offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand at the front steps of the Riley County District Court, Kansas, on May 24, 2012 at the time of 10:00 AM, the following real estate:


Published in the Manhattan Mercury on May 17, 2012. TO ALL PERSONS WHO MAY BE CONCERNED:


The City of Manhattan (hereinafter the “City”) hereby provides notice that a petition has been filed with the City Engineer’s office requesting the vacation of two separate portions of the Utility and Drainage Easement. The Utility & Drainage Easement exists upon property owned by Lee Mill Heights, Unit 4, Phase II, Lots 77 through 85, Lots 86 through 94, and Lots 97 through 104 and the portion to be vacated consists of a piece of land described as follows:

to satisfy the judgment in the above entitled case. The sale is to be made without appraisement and subject to the redemption period as provided by law, and further subject to the approval of the Court.

A part of a public utility and drainage easement vacated by the City of Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas, being the north 2 feet of a 15 foot wide drainage and utility easement that runs along the south line of Lots 86 thru 94, Lee Mill Heights Unit Four Addition to the City of Manhattan and described as follows:

________________________ Riley County Director MILLSAP & SINGER, LLC By:____________________________ Jeremy M. Hart, #20886 Jennifer L. Michaels, #24256 Chad R. Doornink, #23536 Lindsey L. Craft, #23315 11460 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Suite 300 Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 339-9132 (913) 339-9045 (fax) ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF MILLSAP & SINGER, LLC AS ATTORNEYS FOR CitiMortgage, Inc. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

NOTICE OF SUIT First published in the Manhattan Mercury on May 10, 2012; subsequently published May 17 and May 24, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF Riley County, KANSAS CIVIL DEPARTMENT

All persons awarded and/or entering into Contracts with the City of Manhattan shall be subject to and required to comply with all applicable city, state, and federal provisions pertaining to non-discrimination, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action on public contracts. Chad R. Doornink, #23536 Lindsey L. Craft, #23315 Jeremy M. Hart, #20866 11460 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Suite 300 Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 339-9132 (913) 339-9045 (fax) ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF

Case No. 12CV63 Court No. 2

FOR Sale. 6 month old male yellow lab. 785-317-8997



CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. James W Webber, Lisa A Webber, Jane Doe, and John Doe, et al., Defendants

Case No. 12CV114 Court No. 3 Title to Real Estate Involved Pursuant to K.S.A. §60 NOTICE OF SUIT STATE OF KANSAS to the above named Defendants and The Unknown Heirs, executors, devisees, trustees, creditors, and assigns of any deceased defendants; the unknown spouses of any defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of any defendants that are existing, dissolved or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors and assigns of any defendants that are or were partners or in partnership; and the unknown guardians, conservators and trustees of any defendants that are minors or are under any legal disability and all other person who are or may be concerned: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition for Mortgage Foreclosure has been filed in the District Court of Riley County, Kansas by CitiMortgage, Inc., praying for foreclosure of certain real property legally described as follows: LOT SEVETY-ONE (71), IN CONROW ADDITION, IN RILEY COUNTY, KANSAS. MORE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LOT SEVENTY-ONE (71), IN CONROW ADDITION, IN THE CITY OF MANHATTAN, RILEY COUNTY, KANSAS. Tax ID No. 2-52570 for a judgment against defendants and any other interested parties and, unless otherwise served by personal or mail service of summons, the time in which you have to plead to the Petition for Foreclosure in the District Court of Riley County,

DESCRIPTION OF EASEMENT FOR VACATION: Lots 77 through 85 A part of a public utility and drainage easement vacated by the City of Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas, being the south 3 feet of a 10 foot wide drainage and utility easement that runs along the north line of Lots 77 thru 85, Lee Mill Heights Unit Four Addition to the City of Manhattan and described as follows: All of that portion of a 10 foot wide utility and drainage easement lying south of a line that is 7 feet south of and parallel with the north line of Lots 77 thru 85, Lee Mill Heights Unit Four Addition to the City of Manhattan, Riley County Kansas; except that portion within Lot 85 lying west of a line that is 15 feet east of and parallel with the east line of Miller Parkway. DESCRIPTION OF EASEMENT FOR VACATION: Lots 86 through 94

All of that portion of a 15 foot wide utility and drainage easement lying north of a line that is 13 feet north of and parallel with the south line of Lots 86 thru 94, Lee Mill Heights Unit Four Addition to the City of Manhattan, Riley County Kansas; except that portion within Lot 86 lying west of a line that is 15 feet east of and parallel with the east line of Miller Parkway and except that portion within Lot 94 that is east of a line that is parallel with and 15 feet west of the east line of Lot 94. DESCRIPTION OF EASEMENT FOR VACATION: Lots 97 through 104 A strip of land 5 feet wide being a portion of an existing 15 foot wide drainage and utility easement located in Lee Mill Heights Unit Four, an addition to the City of Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas as recorded in Plat Book K on Page 604 at the Riley County Register of Deeds Office, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 104, Lee Mill Heights Unit Four, thence along the Westerly line of said Lot 104, on a curve to the right having a radius of 540.00 feet and an arc length of 10.18 feet being subtended by a chord of South 55°50’14” East a distance of 10.19 feet; thence North 45°09’29” East, parallel to the Northerly line of said Lot 104, a distance of 15.25 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continuing North 45°09’29” East a distance of 122.83 feet; thence North 70°15’55” East a distance of 359.87 feet; thence North 58°10’33” East a distance of 260.72 feet; thence South 82°33’43” East a distance of 7.88 feet to the Southeasterly corner of said existing 15 foot wide drainage and utility easement; thence along the Southerly line of said 15 foot wide drainage and utility easement South 58°07’40” West a distance of 266.35 feet; thence South 70°15’55” West a distance of 360.30 feet; thence South 45°09’29” West a distance of 120.84 feet to the Southwesterly corner of said 15 foot wide drainage and utility easement; thence on a curve to the left having a radius of 555.00 feet and an arc length of 5.07 feet being subtended by a chord of North 54°44’56” West a distance of 5.07 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said strip contains 0.086 acres, more or less. The portion to be vacated is desirable as buildable property for the existing owner. The governing body of the City will conduct a hearing on the proposed vacation at the regular meeting of that body on JUNE 5TH, 2012, which commences at 7:00 p.m. of that day in the City Commission chambers at City Hall. All persons interested in this issue may appear at such time and place and be heard on such matter.

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Army to review its psychiatric evaluation process 2012 N.Y. Times The Army on Wednesday said that it has ordered a servicewide review of how its doctors diagnose psychiatric disorders, indicating that complaints about unfair diagnoses at a sprawling base in Washington state have been echoed on installations around the country. The review, announced jointly by the Army secretary, John M. McHugh, and chief of staff, Gen.

Raymond T. Odierno, will focus on whether consistent and accurate diagnoses are being issued by the disability evaluation system, which determines whether injured soldiers are fit to remain on duty. Concerns about the system emerged last fall after soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma told Sen. Patty Murray, DWash., that their diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder had been changed by doctors at Madigan Army

Medical Center to lesser conditions. The soldiers asserted that the changes were done to save the Army money. That complaint seemed to gain credibility with the emergence of an internal Army memorandum in February that quoted a Madigan doctor saying that Army clinicians needed to be ‘‘good stewards’’ of taxpayer dollars and that a PTSD diagnosis could cost $1.5 million in disability compensation over a sol-

dier’s lifetime. Under pressure from Murray and other lawmakers, the Army agreed to review the cases of nearly 300 soldiers whose PTSD diagnoses were reversed at Madigan. So far, in about 100 of the cases, the initial diagnosis has been reinstated. ‘‘The Army clearly realizes they have a nationwide, systematic problem on their hands,’’ Murray said in a statement. ‘‘I credit them with taking action,

but it will be essential that this vast and truly historic review is done the right way.’’ The Army said it would create a task force led by Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the Army’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to study the evaluation system. The review will include a statistical analysis by the Army Surgeon General’s office of diagnoses of soldiers who went through the

Minorities surpass whites in U.S. births Associated Press WASHINGTON — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing. New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation’s racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S. ‘‘This is an important landmark,’’ said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. ‘‘This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.’’ The report comes as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the legality of Arizona’s strict immigration law, with many states weighing similar get-tough measures. ‘‘We remain in a dangerous period where those appealing to anti-immigration elements are fueling a divisiveness and hostility that might take decades to overcome,’’ Harrison said. As a whole, the nation’s minority population continues to rise, following a h i g h e r- t h a n - e x p e c t e d Hispanic count in the 2010 census. Minorities increased 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent of the total U.S. population, lifted by prior waves of immigration that brought in young families and boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. But a recent slowdown in the growth of the Hispanic and Asian populations is shifting notions on when the tipping point in U.S. diversity will come — the time when nonHispanic whites become a minority. After 2010 census results suggested a crossover as early as 2040, demographers now believe the pivotal moment may be pushed back several years when new projections are released in December. The annual growth rates for Hispanics and Asians fell sharply last year to just over 2 percent, roughly half the rates in 2000 and the lowest in more than a decade. The black growth rate stayed flat at 1 percent. The immigrants staying put in the U.S. for now include Narcisa Marcelino, 34, a single mother who lives with her two daughters, ages 10 and 5, in Martinsburg, W.Va. After crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2000, she fol-

Racial breakdown of U.S. births Racial and ethnic minorities made up more than half of U.S. births in a 12-month period ending July 2011.

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Native 0.07 American Pacific Islander 0.01 Numbers do not add up due to rounding. SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau lowed her brother to the eastern part of the state just outside the BaltimoreWashington region. The Martinsburg area is known for hiring hundreds of migrants annually to work in fruit orchards. Its Hispanic growth climbed from 14 percent to 18 percent between 2000 and 2005 before shrinking last year to 3.3 percent, still above the national average. Marcelino says she sells food from her home to make ends meet for her family and continues to hope that one day she will get a hearing with immigration officials to stay legally in the U.S. She aspires to open a restaurant and is learning English at a community college so she can help other Spanish-language speakers. If she is eventually deported, ‘‘it wouldn’t be that tragic,’’ Marcelino said. ‘‘But because the children have been born here, this is their country. And there are more opportunities for them here.’’ Of the 30 large metropolitan areas showing the fastest Hispanic growth in the previous decade, all showed slower growth in 2011 than in the peak Hispanic growth years of 2005-2006, when the construction boom attracted new migrants to low-wage work. They include

Lakeland, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; Provo, Utah; Las Vegas; and Phoenix. All but two — Fort Myers, Fla., and Dallas-Fort Worth — also grew more slowly last year than in 2010, hurt by the jobs slump. Pointing to a longer-term decline in immigration, demographers believe the Hispanic population boom may have peaked. ‘‘The Latino population is very young, which means they will continue to have a lot of births relative to the general population,’’ said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the Population Reference Bureau. ‘‘But we’re seeing a slowdown that is likely the result of multiple factors: declining Latina birth rates combined with lower immigration levels. If both of these trends continue, they will lead to big changes down the road.’’ William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who analyzed the census data, noted that government debates over immigration enforcement may now be less pressing, given slowing growth. ‘‘The current congressional and Supreme Court interest in reducing immigration — and the concerns especially about low-skilled and undocumented Hispanic immigration — represent

AP issues that could well be behind us,’’ he said. Minorities made up roughly 2.02 million, or 50.4 percent of U.S. births in the 12-month period ending July 2011. That compares with 37 percent in 1990. In all, 348 of the nation’s 3,143 counties, or 1 in 9, have minority populations across all age groups that total more than 50 percent. In a sign of future U.S. race and ethnic change, the number of counties reaching the tipping point increases to more than 690, or nearly 1 in 4, when looking only at the under age 5 population. The counties in transition include Maricopa (Phoenix), Ariz.; King (Seattle), Wash.; Travis (Austin), Texas; and Palm Beach, Fla., where recent Hispanic births are driving the increased diversity among children. Also high on the list are suburban counties such as Fairfax, Va., just outside the nation’s capital, and Westchester, N.Y., near New York City, where more open spaces are a draw for young families who are increasingly minority. According to the latest data, the percentage growth of Hispanics slowed from 4.2 percent in 2001 to 2.5 percent last year. Their population growth would have been

even lower if it weren’t for their relatively high fertility rates — seven births for every death. The median age of U.S. Hispanics is 27.6 years. Births actually have been declining for both whites and minorities as many women postponed having children during the economic slump. But the drop since 2008 has been larger for whites, who have a median age of 42. The number of white births fell by 11.4 percent, compared with 3.2 percent for minorities, according to Kenneth Johnson, a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire. Asian population increases also slowed, from 4.5 percent in 2001 to about 2.2 percent. Hispanics and Asians still are the two fastest-growing minority groups, making up about 16.7 percent and 4.8 percent of the U.S. population, respectively. Blacks, who comprise about 12.3 percent of the population, have increased at a rate of about 1 percent each year. Whites have increased very little in recent years. Other findings: • The migration of black Americans back to the South is slowing. New destinations in the South, including Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., and Orlando, Fla., saw sharp drop-offs in black population growth as the prolonged housing bust kept African-Americans locked in place in traditional big cities. Metro areas including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco had reduced declines or gains. • Nine U.S. counties in five states saw their minority populations across all age groups surpass 50 percent last year. They were Sutter and Yolo in California; Quitman in Georgia; Cumberland in New Jersey; Colfax in New Mexico; and Lynn, Mitchell, Schleicher and Swisher in Texas. • Maverick County, Texas, had the largest share of minorities at 96.8 percent, followed by Webb County, Texas, and Wade Hampton, Alaska, both at 96 percent. • Four states — Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Texas — as well as the District of Columbia have minority populations that exceed 50 percent. The census estimates used local records of births and deaths, tax records of people moving within the U.S., and census statistics on immigrants. The figures for ‘‘white’’ refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.

system from Oct. 7 through April 30. The vice chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Lloyd Austin, and the undersecretary of the Army, Joseph Westphal, will oversee that analysis, the Army informed Congress. In addition, the memorandum said McHugh and Odierno have ordered independent reviews by the Army inspector general and the Army auditor general of the disability evaluation system.

More docs ditching the pad Physicians making paperless prescriptions Associated Press WASHINGTON — Doctors increasingly are ditching the prescription pad: More than a third of the nation’s prescriptions now are electronic, according to the latest count. The government has been pushing doctors to eprescribe, in part because it can be safer for patients. This year, holdouts will start to see cuts in their Medicare payments. Thursday’s report from Surescripts, the largest network for paperless prescribing, shows more doctors are signing up fast. At the end of 2011, 36 percent of all prescriptions were electronic — the doctor wrote it by computer and sent it directly to the pharmacy with the push of a button, the report found. That’s up from 22 percent of prescriptions that were paperless a year earlier. For patients, the convenience is obvious — shorter drugstore waits. Pharmacists like not having to squint at the doctors’ messy handwriting. And computerized ordering systems allow doctors to easily check that a new drug won’t interact badly with one the patient’s already taking. New research by Surescripts and some pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers uncovered another benefit: More patients pick up a new prescription when it’s filed electronically. Doctors know that too often, patients never fill some of their prescriptions. Maybe they lose the slip of paper, or forget to drop it off, or decide they can’t afford it. The new research examined 40 million prescriptions, a mix of paper, phoned, faxed or electronic ones — and found a 10 percent increase in patients who fill a prescription when it’s e-prescribed. The main reasons: Drugstores receive every paperless prescription, and they can call patients to come in and pick up their waiting medicine, said Surescripts’ researcher Seth Joseph. Also, e-prescribing programs automatically show the doctor which brands are covered by the patient’s insurance with the lowest out-of-pocket cost.

Uproar over Sebelius speaking engagement at Georgetown 2012 N.Y. Times Among politically conservative Roman Catholics, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, was already at the top of the list of Catholic elected officials considered to be traitors to the faith. As a two-term governor of Kansas, Sebelius was told by her bishop that she should be denied communion at Mass because of her support for abortion rights. As health secretary, she has

been vilified for upholding the mandate in the health care overhaul t h a t requires Kathleen even reliSebelius giously affiliated institutions to provide birth control coverage to their employees. So there was an uproar when it recently became public that Georgetown University, a Jesuit institution, had invited

Sebelius to speak at an awards ceremony this Friday, its commencement day. The Archdiocese of Washington released a letter of rebuke to Georgetown’s president Tuesday afternoon, calling Sebelius the architect of the birth control mandate — ‘‘the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history.’’ The conflict is only the latest example of friction between Catholic universities and their local bishops, who are charged with ensuring that the universi-

ties uphold Catholic doctrine and exhibit an explicitly Catholic identity. A conservative Catholic group in Virginia, the Cardinal Newman Society, has played an influential role as a whistle-blower, alerting bishops when they find a university stepping out of line. This spring, the group compiled a list of 12 Catholic universities with commencement speakers they found objectionable because of their support for abortion rights or gay rights. ‘‘These conflicts are

happening quite often,’’ said Stephen S. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, in Washington. ‘‘We’re very careful. I have to think when I make my invitations what’s going to fall within the guidelines.’’ The boundaries were drawn when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued guidelines in 2004 that said: ‘‘The Catholic community and institutions should not honor those who act in

defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.’’ In response to the controversy, Georgetown’s president, John J. DeGioia, said it was the decision of the students at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute to invite Sebelius in recognition of her long service as a public official. A Georgetown representative said Wednesday that the university would not rescind the invitation.



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injector works perfectly and the person feels better, medical treatment is a MUST. It also is the only way to receive a new prescription. Hopefully, the need to use epinephrine will never arise, but in case it does, keep these helpful hints in mind. — Heloise REUSE Dear Heloise: I take the robe that they give me to wear at a doctor’s office home with me. I use it for hair coloring or cutting my hair at home. — Denise, via email CLEANING A DIGITAL CAMERA Dear Readers: Do you take your digital camera everywhere, as I do? How do you protect it from dirt, dust and damage? Keep the camera in a bag, even if it is a small, sealable plastic bag. This cuts down on moisture

and other stuff. If your camera looks dirty, use a soft cloth (a microfiber cloth is perfect) to gently wipe away smudges and fingerprints. On the lens, don’t use anything that will scratch. Very carefully use a soft cloth or eyeglass cleaner. If the battery compartment gets a little dusty, use a pencil eraser to clean the metal contacts and then blow into the compartment to remove the “shavings.” No more filth! — Heloise EASY TRAVEL Dear Heloise: A simple way to organize small children’s clothes for traveling is to buy 1-gallon zipper-top bags and place a complete outfit in each bag. Once you empty out the bag, you can place the previous day’s dirty clothing in it. — Grace B., Moorpark, Calif.




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Cheaper gas not enough to boost summer driving Associated Press NEW YORK — Cheaper gas won’t be enough to get many more Americans on the road this summer. They’re still too worried about their jobs and the economy. Economists and tourism experts are expecting only a small uptick in summer travelers. Gas prices are lower, but still high enough to keep some Americans off the road. The job market is improving, but still shaky. And household debt remains high. Those who do travel won’t feel free to splurge. The bulk of road trippers, experts say, will take shorter trips and reduce food and entertainment spending to conserve cash. ‘‘Travel is about security,’’ said John Larson, Vice President for IHS Global Insight, the firm that analyzed the AAA study. ‘‘If you feel less secure about your future, you may be less willing to take this trip.’’ For Memorial Day weekend, auto club AAA estimates that 34.8 million Americans will take trips of at least 50 miles. That’s a half-million more than Memorial Day 2011 but equal to the number who traveled two years ago. Roughly 30.7 million — or 88 percent of those traveling — will drive, up 1.2 percent from last year, AAA says. Memorial Day tends to be a good indicator of summer travel overall. Gas prices may keep some low-wage earners home. But for the most part, Americans will buck up for gas, assuming they can afford to take a trip in the first place. Douglas Frechtling, chair of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at George Washington University, says broader economic concerns far outweigh gas prices for most Americans when considering summer vacations. Slowing job

growth is likely rattling some families, and rent, car payments and other bills take priority over vacation. Gas was averaging around $3.85 per gallon when AAA spoke with 315 would-be travelers from April 20 to 24. The survey showed that those making under $50,000 a year will make up about a quarter of all Memorial Day travelers, down from nearly a third a year ago. Higher gas prices eat up a larger share of lower-income families’ household budgets. AAA says the 66 cent increase in the average gas price from January through early April made many people skittish about taking long road trips. The average trip will be 642 miles this Memorial Day, compared with 792 miles. Half of those surveyed said they’ll travel less than 400 miles. Some travelers will drive this summer because they can’t afford to fly. Jennifer Padilla of Santa Fe, New Mexico says her family is shelving a planned trip overseas this summer with family because her husband took a pay cut. Instead, the couple, their 3-year-old son and a friend will visit the sites in Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley, Utah in their Honda CRV. The average roundtrip domestic airfare this summer is expected to be up 9 percent to 10 percent from last year, according to Travelzoo. That’s on top of a 5 to 7 percent increase between 2010 and 2011. AAA estimates that 5.5 percent fewer people will travel by plane this Memorial Day. The industry trade group Airlines for America is somewhat more optimistic about summer as a whole, predicting a slight 0.2 percent decrease in air travelers. AAA and IHS found that Americans with

incomes over $100,000 a year will make up a greater percentage of travelers than a year ago — 36 percent compared with 30 percent. Middleincome Americans will account for 38 percent, down from 39 percent. Families will carefully budget travel spending. Sixty-five percent of Memorial Day travelers surveyed by AAA say they’ll cut back on entertainment costs during the weekend. Spending per person is expected to rise just $10, to $702, although falling gas prices could give travelers a few extra bucks to spend. The U.S. Travel Association estimates Americans will spend about $725.4 billion on travel this year, up 3 percent from 2011, but less than half the increase between 2010 and 2011. Frechtling says about half of all trips are taken in the summer and the period accounts for about 40 percent of the year’s spending. Here’s a look at how the modern summer vacation came to be and some facts about summer travel: HISTORY Summer has always been a popular time for Americans to skip town. While president, Thomas Jefferson was famous for spending most of the summer at Monticello. Working Americans didn’t take summer breaks in earnest until the 19th century, however, when doctors started recommending relaxation as an important way to stay healthy. At about the same time, many schools split up their calendar from June to August, allowing families to travel together. MOST POPULAR SUMMER DESTINATIONS Travelers can’t seem to get enough of Mickey Mouse. They also love Hawaii’s beaches, Las Vegas’ casinos, the Big Apple, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand

Canyon. AAA’s list of top destinations for 2011 was little changed from 2010 and 2009. No. 1: Orlando (Disney World) No. 2: Honolulu (Hawaii) No. 3: Anaheim (Disneyland) No. 4: Las Vegas No. 5: Kahului (Hawaii) No. 6: New York No. 7: Lihue (Hawaii) No. 8: San Francisco No. 9: Phoenix No. 10: Seattle PREPARATION The typical traveler books vacation packages about 70 days in advance. Hotel reservations are booked later, usually within a month of the trip, according to AAA. GETTING THERE The car or truck is still Americans preferred way to travel, by a wide margin. Here’s how we’ll get to our vacation destination this

Memorial Day weekend. •Automobiles: 88 percent •Airplane: 7 percent •Miscellaneous (bus, train, cruise ship): 5 percent. GAS PRICES •The national average for gas is $3.727. At that price, a 400 mile trip in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu would cost about $45.17 . •The good news: gas has gotten cheaper. U.S. drivers have seen gas prices decline almost every day since the first week of April, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The decline since April 6 is nearly 21 cents. •Prices will vary widely depending on where you go. A gallon of regular unleaded costs $3.56 in Orlando, $4.39 in Los Angeles, $4.55 in Hawaii, $3.90 in Las Vegas, $4.09 in New York City, $4.41 in San

Francisco, $3.78 in Phoenix and $4.23 in Seattle. • Gasoline was an average $3.795 during Memorial Day weekend last year. WEATHER Temperatures are expected to be higher than average throughout the much of the United States over the next few weeks. The National Weather Service says there’s a 60 percent chance of hotterthan-normal weather in the Great Lakes region. The Upper Midwest, parts of the Gulf Coast and Florida are likely to see more rain than normal. Here’s the Memorial Day forecast, according to Accuweather: •Orlando: low-90s •Los Angeles: mid-70s •Hawaii: mid-80s •Las Vegas: mid/high 80s •New York: mid-80s •San Francisco: mid-60s •Phoenix: mid-90s •Seattle: high-50s

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