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“ I ’ m co n ce r n e d a b o ut Obama’s misleading our country,” he said. “He goes to all the foreign nations and apologizes for America while he bows to all the foreign leaders.” Politicians recognized the unrest, which is strong in Michigan with people worried about jobs and home foreclosures and futures for their children. The Tea Party Express started the day in Traverse City, where it celebrated Friday’s announcement by Stupak, DMenominee, that he would not seek re-election. Tea party supporters targeted him for his vote in favor of the health-care overhaul. Stupak has said said tea party opposition was not a reason for his decision. The grassroots movement, which embraces conservative ideals, says the government has gotten too big. It opposes federal bailouts, deficit spending and higher taxes. Standing in the park along the Grand River, many in the crowd held flags or signs, and sang patriotic tunes. The rally featured speakers demanding government accountability. “You people have retired Bart Stupak,” said guest speaker Joan Fabiano of Lansing. But, she said, “We’re not going to just vote them out. We’re going to replace them with men and women conservatives ... who will govern by the constitutions.” The gathering caught politicians’ attention, including Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, a candidate for the U.S. House, who told the crowd he would listen. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, running for governor as a Republican, told

The Press, “What this tells me is there are a lot of people ... so concerned about the direction of the state, the direction of this country.” “A lot of these people have never done anything politically,” Bouchard said. That described Carol and Jim Adams, grandparents who drove here from Bay City. “It’s time we take back the country,” he said. “We know you can’t sit at home and complain,” said his wife. “It’s time to hold feet to the fire.” The couple, who have four children and 14 grandchildren, said they taught their kids to take care of themselves, not rely on government. State Attorney General Mike Cox heard cheers when he told the crowd: “Freedom is starting to fight back.” Earlier, he said the gathering was “democracy in action. It’s people ... going out and doing something about it.” The predominately white crowd led one man to privately complain that racism, and reliance on Fox News for information, drove the effort. But others said it was simply of a phenomenon of people fed up. A man on stage before the event said he was tired of tea party stereotypes. “I’m just an ordinary guy,” he said. “I didn’t know I was a racist. I didn’t know I was a bigot. I didn’t know that, no matter how many times they explained things to me, I was too stupid to understand it.” The crowd cheered. The tour was headed for a Saturday night rally in Lansing, and on to Detroit today. E-mail:


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state species of special concern; violet wood-sorrel, a state-threatened species; and the eastern box turtle, also a species of special concern. “What we are doing for the butterfly is hitting the areas where they have the best chance to recover,” said Heather Keough, wildlife biologist with the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger district, including the White River and Otto populations.

Only seven states have it The Karner blue, placed on the federal endangered list in 1992, is most populous in Michigan and Wisconsin. It also is found in five other states: New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota. Its recovery is directed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the endangered species law and works closely with land managing agencies, such as the Forest Service, to develop that habitat. Added habitat in the White River and Otto areas will be created by thinning, burning and clearing timber on 3,200 acres, said Chris Frederick, forest planner for the Baldwin Ranger District. “The most contentious comments we’ve heard are about the semi-primitive nonmotorized area,” Frederick said. “But the reactions overall run from extremely happy to extremely angry. “We’ve proposed 4,500 acres of massive treatment for the Karner blue butterfly, but most comments have nothing to do with it. It’s all about access.” Frederick said the plan is far from finalized. An environmental assessment with alternative approaches will be released for public comment later this year. Implementation is expected in 2011. Most of the roads in the White River area already are closed as part of the 1986 nonmotorized designation, chosen to provide more of the quiet types of forest recreation. Closing the last 10 miles of two-track



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Two by two: Male and female Karner blue butterflies show their colors.

is consistent with the plan. It’s just late in coming and people are used to having the road. That’s how it is for Pat Brower, of the Great Lakes FourWheel Drive Association. His group regularly works with the Forest Service and helps clean up trash. But members also like to cruise the two-tracks. “Our members worry that this will finalize it and shut us out,” Brower said. His group is also concerned the road closure will prevent access to popular spots for fishing, picnicking and sightseeing.

the land. “It’s breathtakingly beautiful out there and you can’t very often find that close to home, but I am not pleased with the idea that the butterfly is pushing so many people out.” Les Russell, the Baldwin district ranger, said there is no intent to keep people out. The area still is open to backpacking and walk-in camping, while horse riding and motorized camping will be allowed on the other side of the river and along the county road. “This is a designated semiprimitive nonmotorized area, Curbing horses, too a rare feature on the forest,” Equestrians also have their Russell said, “and a place grievances. Some are unhappy where people can find a relaabout restrictions in the but- tively large block of property terfly zones, and some dislike where they can camp and not being limited to a proposed 16- see someone a quarter-mile mile perimeter trail rather than away.” Russell said keeping equesbeing able to choose a route. Others complain that having trians on a designated trail asto share the trail with hikers sures they are not trampling and mountain bikers “is an ac- butterfly habitat. cident waiting to happen,” said Kyle Johnson, of Fremont. Birders are happy “If a mountain biker comes Not everyone is displeased. flying up over a hill and finds a Leonard Weber, a retired group of horses,” Johnson said, University of Detroit professor, someone will get hurt.” avid bird watcher and member Margot Slater, a 53-year-old of the Detroit Audubon Sociequestrian from Holton who ety, said “closing the roads up rides there a couple of times a there makes it more attractive.” week, wants more campsites. Being nonmotorized makes it Public use, she said, should more like wilderness, he said, come first on public lands. a favored characteristic with “I respect nature and trying bird-watchers. to bring back the butterfly,” Even Deater said a nonmoSlater said. “I am of Native torized area has its benefits. American descent so I respect “The quads and motorcycles destroy the ground,” he said. “Now you’ll be able to walk a half mile and get away from everyone. My hunting has picked up.” Some, like David Wambold, an avid hunter and angler from Grand Rapids, have offered to help create butterfly habitat. He owns 38 acres within the recovery area. “I’d just like to establish habitat up there,” Wambold said. “I bought two pounds of lupine seed and will plant it along the edges of my food plots.” PRESS PHOTO/CORY OLSEN

The Karner blue butterfly depends on wild lupines (just sprouting at top and in bloom above), the necessary food for its caterpillars. Female butterflies lay their eggs only on lupine.

CREATING HABITAT Lupines grow best in savannas and sand prairies. Converting forest land to that habitat will involve cutting, burning, thinning and clearing trees.


 Limiting horseback riding to a 16-mile trail shared with hikers and bicyclists.  Closing 10 miles of twotrack to motorized traffic in accord with the 1986 forest plan and non-motorized designation.  Limiting car or truck camping to 11 designated sites along county roads. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and walk-in hunting and fishing will be allowed anywhere.



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Thinning woods: Wildlife biologist Heather Keough, right, talks about habitat for the Karner blue in the Manistee National Forest with technician Thomas Walter.

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Crews remove bodies from West Virginia coal mine MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Crews on Saturday began the task of carrying bodies out of a coal mine shattered by an explosion that left 29 men dead, only hours after families’ hopes were crushed when they learned none of the workers survived. It had been an excruciating week for friends holding onto faint hopes that their missing miners were somehow alive. Seven bodies were removed soon after the blast Monday at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine, the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since a 1970 explosion killed 38 in Hyden, Ky. President Barack Obama is awaiting a report on the mine, which has recorded a list of safety violations.

Republicans wrap up straw poll NEW ORLEANS — Southern Republican activists wrapped up their three-day conference with a straw poll on who should be the party’s 2012 nominee. Mitt Romney didn’t attend the conference but still got a boost from participants. The former Massachusetts governor won a test vote of likely 2012 presidential candidates — by one vote. He got 439. Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in second with 438 votes, followed by Sarah Palin with 330 and Newt Gingrich with 321. Traditionally, these straw polls say little about the eventual outcome.



SMOLENSK, Russia — Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said. Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police. The crash devMORE astated the upper echelons of Poland’s  For more political and military about the Polish establishments. On leader’s career, board were the army B7 chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces. Also killed were the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least

Site of tragedy: An image from Polish Television shows a firefighter walking near some of the wreckage at the crash site where Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country’s most prominent military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed near Smolensk in western Russia.

two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said. Although initial signs pointed to an accident with no indication of foul play, the death of a Polish president and much of the Polish state and defense establishment in Russia en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in Poland’s long, complicated history with Russia, was laden with tragic irony.

Reflecting the grave sensibilities of the crash to relations between the two countries, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally assumed charge of the investigation. He landed in Smolensk on Saturday with an entourage of Russian officials to meet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was flying in from Warsaw. The president’s twin brother, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, also flew there in a


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning by leaving the White House without the press. About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter’s soccer games in Washington, D.C. The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president to report on his activities for the benefit of informing the public and for historical record. After Obama left, a press aide hastily gathered members of the press who happened to be at the White House early. They rushed to a van to catch up with the president. By the time the press van arrived at the location, they were told Obama was departing.

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At the movies: Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the premiere of the film “Breaking Upwards” on Thursday in Los Angeles.


BANGKOK — Thai soldiers and police fought pitched battles Saturday night with antigovernment demonstrators in streets enveloped in tear gas, but troops later retreated and asked protesters to do the same. Fifteen people were killed and more than 650 wounded in Thailand’s worst political violence in nearly 20 years. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva went on national television shortly before midnight to pay condolences to the families of victims. He indicated he would not bow to protesters’ demands to dissolve Parliament and call new elections.

Iran: Iraq must include Sunnis AP PHOTO

Workers install the flags of various countries Saturday as final preparations are made for this week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. Representatives from 47 countries are expected to attend the event.

MICHIGAN Four teens charged in Flint

Michael Nettles was approached by several people Wednesday night, handed over food and was shot in the back as he left.

FLINT — Four Flint teenagers have been charged as adults with murder in the death of a 33-year-old who was robbed and fatally shot while making a pizza delivery on Flint’s north side. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced charges Saturday against Juwan Wickware, 16, Quantageah Penegar, 16, Antonio Clark, 16, and John Williams Jr., 17. All were in custody except Clark, who was being sought Saturday by police. Charges include first-degree murder and armed robbery. The teens face up to life in prison without parole if convicted. Prosecutors didn’t know whether they had lawyers. Police say

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan will administer more than $120 million in grants through 2015 to support a cancer clinical trials group. The National Cancer Institute operating grants to the Southwest Oncology Group include a principal grant of $63 million. The university says that is the largest single research award ever received by the U-M Medical School. Southwest Oncology Group designs and conducts large-scale trials of new cancer treatments and prevention regimens. It has a network of nearly 5,000 affiliated researchers and more than 500

WASHINGTON — Two Michiganbased Indian tribes will receive more than $62,000 in federal stimulus funds to provide food assistance to lowincome families on and near Indian reservations. The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations will provide $53,235 to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and $9,455 to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the distribution program has received more than $4.5 million in stimulus funds for the program that serves almost 90,000 low-income individuals.

three producers credited with pioneering New York hip-hop, so their appearances would suggest the album has a traditional East Coast sound. Common told Music Mix that Kanye and No I.D. are following a similar direction as Common’s upcoming album, “The Believer,” which he described as “raw hip-hop.”

are not allowing him to leave the country. Monica BeresfordRedman’s body was found in a Cancun sewer on Thursday with signs of traumatic injuries. Her sister also petitioned Friday for custody of the children, ages 5 and 3.

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chartered plane, according to his party. “This is unbelievable — this tragic, cursed Katyn,” Kaczynski’s predecessor, Aleksander Kwasniewski, said on TVN24 television. It is “a cursed place, horrible symbolism.”

15 killed in Thailand as group, troops clash

Obama ditches press for hours

ATLANTA — Kwame James waited nearly 10 years to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen, a long time compared with the time he spent helping subdue wouldbe shoe bomber Richard Reid on a Paris-to-Miami Kwame flight. James, James 32, attended the ceremony last week, ending years of immigration limbo that began after he helped thwart the attack aboard a flight in December 2001. The 6-foot-8 basketball player was napping when a flight attendant roused him. Ten rows back, Reid was scuffling with passengers and the crew after he tried to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes. James helped tie up Reid with belts and headset wires, and took turns holding Reid.


Remembering: A man signs a condolence book for late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, on Saturday at the Polish Embassy in Washington.

Kanye West is ensconced in his Diamond Head, Hawaii, home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers Kanye West including Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock. A source close to the project says it will be released in June. Q-Tip confirmed he’s working with Kanye. “I just try to work with people who I admire or whom I think has got it,” he said. According to a report on, both RZA and Pete Rock were in Hawaii recently recording with Kanye. RZA appeared onstage at a Nas concert in Honolulu on March 19. Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock are

U-M gets $120M in grants

Producer loses custody of kids A court has granted temporary custody of the children of a “Pimp My Ride” reality show producer and his deceased wife to the children’s grandparents. A Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman said a judge granted temporary custody to the grandparents during a hearing Friday. Custody was given to Bruce Beresford-Redman’s parents. Mexican authorities consider Beresford-Redman, 38, a former “Survivor” producer, a suspect in his wife’s death and

institutions. About 1,500 cancer patients are taking part in the group’s treatment trials at 41 sites across Michigan.

Money targets Indian tribes

‘Big’ film cast takes shape Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday and Michelle Ang have been cast in Fox’s “Big Momma’s House” opposite Martin Lawrence. Brandon T. Jackson (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”) and Jessica Lucas (“Cloverfield”) already have been cast in the third installment of Lawrence’s FBI-agent-in-drag franchise, which has grossed more than $310 million worldwide. “Big Momma’s House 2” director John Whitesell is helming the new project being filmed this month in Atlanta.

BAGHDAD — The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad says Iraq’s new government should include Sunnis. Hassan Kazemi Qomi’s comments reflect a shift for neighboring Iran, which has advocated an Iraqi government dominated by fellow Shiites. He said Saturday that any successful government would have to include former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc, which drew on heavy Sunni support to come out two seats ahead in the March parliamentary vote. Neither Allawi’s list nor the incumbent prime minister’s Shiite-led bloc got enough support to govern alone. Now they’re scrambling to cobble together enough backing to form a government.

Prisoners escape in Iran TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s official news agency reports assailants blasted open a prison wall with rocket-propelled grenades in western Iran, allowing two convicted murderers to escape. The attackers drove up in cars and fired RPGs at the main prison in Ilam province.

Celebrity birthdays today Former New York Gov. Hugh Carey is 91. Ethel Kennedy is 82. Actor Johnny Sheffield is 79. Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist Ellen Goodman is 69. Movie Ethel writer-director Kennedy John Milius is 66. Actor Peter Riegert is 63. Actor Meshach Taylor is 63. Movie director Carl Franklin is 61. Actor Bill Irwin is 60. Country singersongwriter Jim Lauderdale is 53. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 53. Rock musician Nigel Pulsford is 49. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 44. Rock musician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 40. Rapper David Banner is 36. Actress Tricia Helfer is 36. Actress Kelli Garner is 26. Singer Joss Stone is 23.


SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010


Will discovery set table for bigger things? Where ununseptium fits in

Newly made element opens window on the unknown

On the periodic table, No. 117 is in a row of artificially created elements, indicated by dotted lines around their places. Like its neighbors, it is radioactive.


A team of Russian and American scientists has discovered an element that has long stood as a missing link among the heaviest bits of atomic matter ever produced. The element, still nameless, appears to point the way toward a brew of still more massive elements with chemical properties no one can predict. The team produced six atoms of the element by smashing together isotopes of calcium and a radioactive element called berkelium in a particle accelerator about 75 miles north of Moscow on the Volga River, according to a paper accepted for publication at the journal Physical Review Letters. Data collected by the team seem to support what theorists have long suspected: That as newly created elements become heavier and heavier, they will be much more stable and longer-lived than the fleeting bits of artificially produced matter seen so far. If the trend continues toward a theorized “island of stability” at higher masses, said Dawn Shaughnessy, a chemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California who is on the team, the work could generate an array of strange new materials with as yet unimagined uses. By scientific custom, if the latest discovery is confirmed


elsewhere, the element will receive an official name and take its place in the periodic table of the elements. “For a chemist, it’s so fundamentally cool” to fill a square in that table, said Shaughnessy, who was much less forthcoming about what the element might eventually be called. A name based on a laboratory or someone involved in the find is considered one of the highest honors in science. Berkelium, for example, was first synthesized at the University of California, Berkeley. “We’ve never discussed names because it’s sort of like bad karma,” she said. “It’s like talking about a no-hitter during the no-hitter.” Other researchers were equally circumspect, even when

invited to suggest a whimsical temporary moniker. “Naming elements is a serious question, in fact,” said Dr. Yuri Oganessian, a nuclear physicist at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russiaand the lead author of the paper. “This takes years.” Various aspects of the work were done at the particle accelerator in Dubna; the Livermore lab; Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. For the moment, the discovery will be known as ununseptium, a Latinate placeholder that refers to the element’s atomic number, 117.





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“I think they have an excellent convincing case for the first observation of element 117; most everything has fallen into line very well,” said Walter D. Loveland, a professor of chemistry at Oregon State University who was not involved in the work. Elements are assigned an atomic number according to the number of protons — comparatively heavy particles with a positive electric charge — in their nuclei. Hydrogen has one proton, helium has two, and uranium has 92, the most in any atom known to occur naturally. Various numbers of charge-free neutrons add to the nuclear mass of atoms but do not affect the atomic number. As researchers have artificially created heavier and heavier elements, those elements have had briefer and briefer lifetimes — the time it takes for unstable elements to decay by processes like spontaneous fission of the nucleus. Then, as the elements got still

heavier, the lifetimes started climbing again, said Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a physicist at Vanderbilt who is on the team. The reason may be that the elements are approaching a theorized “island of stability” at still higher masses, where the lifetimes could go from fractions of a second to days or even years, Hamilton said. Scientists have created several new elements at the Dubna accelerator, called a cyclotron, by smacking calcium into targets containing heavier radioactive elements that are rich in neutrons — a technique developed by Oganessian. Because calcium contains 20 protons, simple math indicates scientists would have to fire the calcium at something with 97 protons — berkelium — to produce ununseptium, element 117. Berkelium is hard to come by, but a research reactor at Oak Ridge produced about 20 milligrams and sent it to Russia, where the substance was bombarded for five months late last year and early this year. An analysis of decay products from the accelerator indicated that the team had produced a scant six atoms of ununseptium. But that was enough to title the paper, “Synthesis of a New Element With Atomic Number Z=117.” That is about the closest thing to “Eureka!” that the dry conventions of scientific publication will allow. The new atoms and their decay products displayed the trend toward longer lifetimes seen in past discoveries of such heavy elements. The largest atomic number so far created is 118, also at the Dubna accelerator. “What happens beyond that point is anyone’s guess, said Kenton Moody, a radiochemist on the team at Livermore. “The question we’re trying to answer is, ‘Does the periodic table come to an end, and if so, where does it end?”’

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New face on the $50 bill? Lawmakers are split over exchanging one Republican for another BY BOB DRIEHAUS THE NEW YORK TIMES

CINCINNATI — It is a battle that is pitting Republican against Republican. Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina wants President Ronald Reagan’s likeness to replace President Ulysses S. Grant’s on the $50 bill. But the bill introduced by McHenry and 17 co-sponsors, the majority from Southern states, has run into opposition from Ohio lawmakers who will not stand for a slight to their home-state hero. State Rep. Danny Bubp, a Republican from the district that includes Grant’s birthplace in Point Pleasant and childhood home in Brown County, is preparing a resolution to oppose the currency change. “The Union may not have won the Civil War had President Lincoln not had the wisdom to put Grant in charge,” Bubp said. “He was just the kind of guy who needed to be there at that time, and we should not diminish his place in history.” McHenry denied he held any animosity to Grant. “Every generation needs its own heroes,” he said. “One decade into the 21st century, it’s time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy.” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s image is on the dime and John F. Kennedy’s is on the half dollar. McHenry chose the $50 bill in part to ward off partisanship by replacing one Republican president with another, said his chief of staff, Parker Poling. The skirmish has made for strange bedfellows: Republican fans of Grant are siding with Democrats who never saw eye to eye with Reagan. “Outside of a few individuals who are fans of Grant specifically, nearly all of the opposition to this proposal has come from liberals who simply don’t like President Reagan’s policies,” Poling said.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some motorists are complaining that old traffic fines they already paid to one Ohio county are coming back to haunt them. About 1,000 people have contacted officials in southeast Ohio’s Hocking County to say they have heard from a collection agency about tickets already resolved, in some cases as far back as 20 years ago. Municipal Court Clerk Michele Bell said the problem traced to a glitch that occurred in 1999, when the court changed data systems. She said she is not sure how many of the 10,000 debt-collection notices were sent out by mistake.

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‘We’ll be ready:’ Meet the contenders for Supreme Court  Would it matter to him, or anyone else, if the court were made up entirely of Catholics and Jews? Stevens is the only Protestant on the court now, and both Garland and Kagan are Jewish.  If a president’s Supreme BY MARK SHERMAN Court choices help shape his THE ASSOCIATED PRESS legacy, would he favor Kagan, the youngest of the three? WASHINGTON — Two ex-  Does Wood, raised and educated in Texas, have an edge perienced federal judges and the Obama administration’s because she would replace top Supreme Court lawyer are Stevens, a Northwestern Uniwidely considered the leading versity law graduate, as the candidates for the next high only justice without an Ivy court opening League pedigree? when Justice John Paul Ste- Justice Granholm? vens retires this If the president is casting a year. wider net, two Democratic govStevens, 89, ernors — Jennifer Granholm, of on Friday said Michigan and Deval Patrick, of he would step Massachusetts — also could be d o w n a f t e r considered. more than 34 Because so little time has years, giving passed since the selection and Justice President Ba- confirmation of Sotomayor last John Paul ra c k O b a m a year, the White Houste and its Stevens his second high political opponents are going court pick in as many years. over well-worn ground in evalAnticipating the announce- uating Kagan and Wood. ment, which Stevens teleObama interviewed them graphed, Obama spokesman both before settling on Robert Gibbs last week said, Sotomayor. “We’ll be ready.” Two of the three top con- Walking a fine line tenders, Judge Diane Wood, 59, Wood has a paper trail of of the federal appeals court in opinions that appears most Chicago, and Solicitor General likely to generate sustained opElena Kagan, 49, were finalists position from Senate Republilast year when Obama chose cans and conservative interest Sonia Sotomayor to replace groups. Even as she was being conJustice David Souter. Judge Merrick Garland, 57, sidered last year, conservatives of the federal appeals court in cited her opinion in a 2001 case Washington, is a former high- that went against anti-abortion ranking Justice Department protesters who wanted to official who is well respected blockade clinics. and considered least likely to The Supreme Court reversed engender significant Republi- the ruling. can opposition. But Wood also has served for 15 years as a judge on the same Each could be confirmed court as two prominent conserThe three high court pros- vatives, Judges Frank Easterpects have different strengths brook and Richard Posner. and weaknesses. But even conThe 7th U.S. Circuit Court of servative activists say any of Appeals is noted for its collethe three would likely win con- giality, despite ideological divifirmation in a Senate in which sions, a point that could appeal Democrats control 59 seats. to Obama. Yet Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, Stevens also served on the of Arizona, said last week he same appeals court before would not rule out delaying President Gerald R. Ford tactics if Obama nominates “an nominated him to the Supreme overly ideological person.” Court in 1975. A fight over a second Obama Supreme Court nominee could First on two counts rev up both Democratic and ReObama made Kagan the first publican fundraising machines woman to serve as solicitor for the November election, general. Thurgood Marshall even though Stevens’ replace- is the most recent of several ment by a liberal-leaning jus- justices who served in that role tice would not alter the court’s before joining the Supreme ideological balance. Court. Kagan, who has never been A new justice, however, would be hard pressed to im- a judge, has made a half-dozen mediately replicate Stevens’ arguments in front of the jussuccess in forging majorities tices in the past year. by winning the votes of Justices As the first female dean of Sandra Day O’Connor, now re- the Harvard Law School, Kagan tired, and Anthony Kennedy, gained a reputation for hiring in high-profile cases ranging prominent conservative lefrom abortion to the rights of gal scholars and for bridging detainees at the U.S. naval base disagreements between libin Cuba. eral and conservative faculty members. What must be considered Yet, 31 Republican senators The president’s choice, voted against her confirmation whether it is one of these three as solicitor general last year in or someone else, could depend what was seen as a warning to on several factors, including Obama should he want to put how much political energy he her on the Supreme Court. wants to expend, particularly Kagan would likely face in advance of congressional questions about her objections elections. to campus military recruiters On the other hand, with at Harvard, stemming from Democrats widely expected her disagreement with U.S. to lose Senate seats in Novem- policy on gays serving in the ber, Obama might be willing to military. push for a more controversial Like Stevens, Garland was nominee now because confir- born in Chicago. He has been a mations likely will only get federal judge since 1997, includharder next year. ing serving for two years with Among other consider- John Roberts before he became ations: chief justice.  Does Obama want to name Garland and Roberts also another woman, or a mem- served as young law clerks for ber of an ethnic or racial the same appeals court judge in minority? New York, Henry Friendly.

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preventions and still haven’t, Watzman said. “There was really no opportunity, unfortunately,” he said. Industry officials and regulators agree that whatever reforms result from the Upper Big Branch mine should be focused on preventing explosions and other disasters. Other preventive measures could include requiring coal companies to pump out the methane before mining and conducting more accurate testing to determine the flammability of conveyer belts and other equipment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has discovered modern mining equipment spits out more coal dust, which can intensify a small explosion. “You’ve had an ignition and there’s a fireball, and if the quantity of methane is sufficient, that fireball begins to move,” said Jeff Kohler, the institute’s associate director for mining. Even Massey CEO Don Blankenship, an outspoken critic of the changes since Sago, said lawmakers need to focus more on prevention. “I hope the regulation that comes out of this tragedy is different than the regulation that came out of the other tragedies,” he said.

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‘Child’ in support case is grandpa 81-year-old Douglas. “He didn’t challenge it, not legally anyway. I’d always thought about this. It was never far from my mind. Finally I decided, why not? Why not try one more time?” The story began in 1950. BY MIKE TOLSON THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE Douglas got pregnant and was not married. She insists Grass Fights over children — who was the father and that he wantgets custody, how much for ed nothing to do with her. After child support — are at the heart her son Gerald was born, she of any family law court on any said she went to court to get an given day. The faces change, order for child support because but the stories and disputes she had no alternative. rarely do. Douglas claims Grass, who So it was one day last week is 82 and living in Pearland, on the docket in the Los An- Texas, refused to acknowledge geles courtroom of Judge Elia the child and paid no attention Weinbach. At least on paper. to court proceedings. The dispute between RoseGrass’ attorney in California, mary Douglas and Urban Jo- Pedram Mansouri, offered a seph Grass over back child different version, saying Grass, support seems familiar: She then a young soldier, attended claims he never paid; he says one court hearing that prohe never knew. duced no child support order In this case, however, the and was sent by the Army to mom has a head of gray hair Korea before any subsequent and has been collecting So- hearing. Mansouri claims Grass cial Security for more than a knew nothing of an order to decade. The father was born pay $50 a month in support. in the heart of the Jazz Age, Douglas insists she repeatwhen Calvin Coolidge was edly tried to reach Grass and to in the White House. And the get him to share his military al“child” in question is that only lotment. She said he refused. “He wouldn’t sign for it, and on some yellowing piece of paper. In real life, he is a retired he has used every ruse he could grandfather. think of to get out of it,” she “He was ordered to do some- said. thing. He didn’t do it,” said the Douglas said she tried again

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through private attorneys to find Grass and get the support payment when Gerald was about 5 or 6, then gave up. She married and had two more children. She worked for many years managing medical groups before retiring. Gerald spent 32 years in the Air Force and recently retired as a lieutenant colonel, she said. Now a widow, Douglas said she could use the $57,000 that she claims Grass owes her, which includes ever-rising interest. But more important than the money, she said, is the principle. When she managed to locate him in Texas, she hired a process server to deliver court papers. “If a judgment is rendered, you have to satisfy that judgment,” she said. “He owes this.” Mansouri, who was hired only recently and said he is not familiar with all of the details, said the case may hinge on whether Grass was ever notified of the second hearing or the support order. There is no statute of limitations on child support, Mansouri said. “We are hoping to make this go away pretty quickly,” Mansouri said. “I suspect it’s an old lady down on her luck who’s looking for some money.”

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Tougher vetting at the Vatican abusers, they have also pointed to management failures. As a model for the future pope, the church will need to consider someone “able to talk to the world and the media, not be destroyed by it,” said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit BY VICTOR L. SIMPSON priest and senior fellow at the THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. VATICAN CITY — The sex Even as the clerical sex abuse crisis engulfing the Cath- abuse crisis has swept across olic Church will mean more Europe in recent months — vigorous background checks touching even Benedict — the when it comes to appointing Vatican has responded with the cardinals, and future popes. disarray and media ineptitude Among the requirements: no that’s been symptomatic of the taint of scandal and the abil- German-born pope’s five-year ity to speak comfortably to the papacy. The church was rocked by world and the media. While leading Catholic scandal again Wednesday, conservatives have vigor- when Norwegian officials reously defended Benedict XVI vealed that a 58-year-old Cathfrom accusations that he was olic bishop who resigned last complicit in covering up sex year did so after admitting he

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molested a child two decades earlier. Leading Catholic conservatives such as George Weigel in the United States and Vittorio Messori in Italy have vigorously defended Benedict from accusations he was involved in covering up sex abusers while serving as archbishop of Munich and later as a Vatican official. A strong challenge to that stance emerged Friday in a 1985 letter from the future pope, then in charge of priests’ discipline, counseling the bishop of Oakland, Calif., to hold off on defrocking a convicted child molester. The ouster took two more years. But even the pope’s defenders have underlined management shortcomings in the papacy, with Messori noting a “certain naivete.”

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One test will come when the pope names new cardinals, with Vatican insiders suggesting this will happen in November. The Holy See will need to carry out a vigorous vetting process to try to ensure that none of the new cardinals are tainted by the sex abuse scandal — a potentially monumental task considering the scope of the crisis. Such traditional seats as New York, Washington, Florence and Prague will be in line for new cardinals, and it is up to the pope to decide exactly how many. One archdiocese to watch is Dublin, where Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has won praise for seeking to root out those responsible for decades of child abuse in Ireland. In 2007, he was passed over in favor of Sean Brady in the northern seat of Armagh. Brady, though, has recently faced calls for his resignation following revelations that he participated in interviews with two victims of a pedophile priest but did not notify police. After Pope John Paul II’s 27-year papacy, Benedict was elected for what was widely considered a “transition” papacy. He was considered a known quantity who on sex abuse had just condemned “filth” in the church and cracked down on abusive priests. Now questions have been raised about his handling of abusive priests while he was archbishop of Munich and


“A certain naivete”? Even defenders of Pope Benedict see shortcomings in management.

head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His supporters say he did nothing wrong. Authoritative accounts from the secret conclave indicated there was opposition to Benedict, although in the current crisis no cardinal has stepped forth and expressed regret. When the search begins for a successor to Benedict, Vatican experts say the need for someone with a solid record on abuse might give advantage to cardinals who did not head a diocese. In choosing top officials, the church may give preference to a younger generation of conservative clergy. Just last week, Benedict tapped a 58-year-old Mexican-born prelate, Jose Gomez, as the next archbishop of Los Angeles, a post that

traditionally gets a red hat. As a priest, Gomez was a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement favored by the Vatican. He takes over in February from current archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony, who was dogged by the abuse scandal, agreeing in 2007 to a record-setting $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims. Gomez was criticized by victim support groups who accuse him of being unresponsive to their concerns about several cases. Church officials have said appropriate actions were taken against the priests. Lost in the drumbeat of accusations and the Vatican’s counterattack have been indications that change is indeed being placed on the agenda for a future pope.

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Some black activists find it’s their cup of tea Conservatives take their place in largely white movement BY VALERIE BAUMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBANY, N.Y. — They have been called traitors and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s ďŹ rst black president. “I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom,â€? said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government. “Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove who they are,â€? he said. Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its common-sense values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. “You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to ďŹ t in?â€? asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger. Opponents have branded the tea party as a group of racists hiding behind economic concerns . But these black conservatives don’t consider racism representative of the movement.

Angela McGlowan, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi, said her tea party involvement is “not about a black or white issue.� “It’s not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint,� she said. “All of us are taxed too much.� Some black conservatives credit President Barack Obama’s election — and their distaste for his policies — with inspiring them and motivating dozens of black Republicans to plan political runs in November. For black candidates like McGlowan, tea party events are a way to reach out to voters of all races with her conservative message. “I’m so proud to be a part of this movement! I want to tell you that a lot of people underestimate you guys,� the former Fox News commentator told the cheering crowd at a February rally in Nashville, Tenn. Black conservatives don’t want to have to apologize for their divergent views. “I’ve gotten the statement, ‘How can you not support the brother?�’ said David Webb, an organizer of New York City’s Tea Party 365 and a conservative radio personality. Since Obama’s election, Webb said some black conservatives have even resorted to hiding their political views. “I know of people who would play the (liberal) role publicly, but have their private opinions,� he said. “They don’t agree with the policy but they have to work, live and exist in the community ... Why can’t we speak openly and honestly if we disagree?� Among the 37 black Republicans running for U.S. House and Senate seats in November


Three for the party: Talk host David Webb, left, founded Tea Party 365 in New York City, while Charles Lollard of Maryland and Angela McGlowan of Mississippi are running for Congress.

is Charles Lollar of Maryland’s 5th District. A tea party backer running against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Lollar says he is ďŹ nding support in unexpected places. The 38-year-old U.S. Marine Corps reservist recently walked into a bar decorated with a Confederate ag. It gave his wife, Rosha, pause. “I said, ‘You know what, honey? Many, many of our Southern citizens came together under that ag for the purpose of keeping their family and their state together,’â€? Lollar recalled. “The ag is not what you’re to fear. It’s the stupidity behind the ag that is a problem. I don’t think we’ll ďŹ nd that in here. Let’s go ahead in.â€? Once inside, they were treated to a pig roast, a motorcycle rally — and presented with $5,000 in contributions for his campaign. McGlowan, one of three GOP candidates in north Mississippi’s 1st District primary, seeks a seat held since 2008 by Democrat Travis Childers. The National Republican Congressional Committee has supported Alan Nunnelee, chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, who is also pursuing tea party voters. McGlowan believes the tea party movement has been unfairly portrayed as monolithically white, male and middle-aged, though she acknowledged blacks and Hispanics are a minority at most events. Racist protest signs have

Party not exactly getting started Don’t expect a huge impact at the polls in November ANALYSIS BY RON FOURNIER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — They heeded a pamphleteer’s call for “manly opposition to the machinations of tyrannyâ€? — the 60 American colonists who stormed GrifďŹ n’s Wharf and emptied 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. And with that, a revolution brewed. Now, more than two centuries later, come the angry throngs of the modern-day tea party. They’ve gotten the nation’s attention. Can they foment their own revolution? Not yet. The Associated Press reviewed tea party operations in almost every state, interviewing dozens of local organizers as well as Democratic and Republican strategists to produce a portrait of the movement to date — and its prospects for tilting this November’s elections. The bottom line: Though amplifying widespread voter anger at the political establishment, the tea party movement is unlikely to dramatically affect the congressional elections — unless their local afďŹ liates forge alliances with Republican candidates. How likely is that? Republican operatives look at the possibility of collaborations with some anxiety, and many tea party activists frankly don’t want to see them. Born of protest and populism, the United States is a nation of movements — people galvanized by causes, summoned with the latest technologies. But none of those causes — not abolition, women’s votes, civil rights or anti-war — was certain to succeed in its ďŹ rst fateful steps, or even to leave a lasting mark. It’s much too early for any long-term verdict on the tea


Tread lightly: Tom Jones sells Gadsden flags at a Tea Party Express stop in Madison, Wis.

party. Even deďŹ ning what shortterm success would be for its members can be a challenge. The tea party has no single issue around which people rally. It has no clear leader who drives the organization’s message, motivates followers and raises money. Indeed, the hundreds of tea party chapters and tens of thousands of its activists cannot agree on the most basic strategic goal: whether to inuence the current political system or dismantle it. The embryonic movement is not as much a force that drives public opinion as a reection of it. “Lot of noise,â€? says one senior Republican consultant, “no muscle.â€? But plenty of ability to make a scene: The consultant, who is directly involved in plotting the party’s Senate elections strategy, insisted his name not be attached to that quote, concerned about alienating activists. Many of those activists want nothing to do with political parties at all. “The day there’s an organized Tea Party in Wisconsin,â€? says Mark Block, who runs tea party rallies in the state, “is the day the tea party movement dies.â€? Last year’s rise of the tea party closely tracked polls showing steep declines in the public’s faith in government, conďŹ dence in the nation’s future and approval of President

Barack Obama and Congress. Government bailouts and Obama’s trillion-dollar push to overhaul the U.S. health care system proved too much for people like Ralph Sprovier, a regional coordinator for Illinois Tea. “We’re regular people who are p—-ed off at our government — period, end of story,� says Sprovier. “Defend us, don’t spend more than we have, get the budget balanced and listen to what we say.� The organization seems strongest in places where lobbyists and GOP operatives like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey pull levers. Their involvement hardly squares with the anti-political sentiment that drives grass-roots activists like Bill Hennessy. “I’m not into politics,� the Missouri rally organizer says.

been seen at some tea party rallies, and U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Barney Frank, DMass., recently reported that tea partyers shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at them. But black supporters say it is not inherently racist, and some question the reported slurs.

“Just because you have one nut case, it doesn’t automatically equate that you’ve got an organization that espouses (racism) as a sane belief,� Bazar said. Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, suggested caution.

“I’m sure the reason that (black conservatives) are involved is that from an ideological perspective, they agree,� said Shelton. “But when those kinds of things happen, it is very important to be careful of the company that you keep.�


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Birth rate rises for 40-plus Older? Check. Wiser? That, too BY MIKE STOBBE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATLANTA — U.S. births fell in 2008, probably because of the recession, updated government figures confirm. The one exception to the trend was the birth rate among women in their 40s, who perhaps felt they did not have the luxury of waiting for better economic times. The birth rate for women in their early 40s rose a surprising 4 percent over the previous year, reaching its highest mark since 1967. The rate for women in their late 40s also

rose, slightly. But birth rates fell for teen mothers, as well as women in their 20s and 30s. “Women are postponing births to those later ages, above 40,” said James Trussell, director of Princeton University’s Office of Population Research. Experts don’t know for certain why so many are delaying having babies, though some suspect the economy is a big factor. However, “you get to the point where the biological clock starts ticking and people realize they have to do it,” said Trussell, who was not involved

in the research. The new report on births was issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s based on a review of more than 99 percent of birth certificates for the year 2008 — the first full year of the recession. Overall, the number of births declined 2 percent from 2007. It’s the first annual decline in births since the start of the decade. Experts say the most likely explanations are the recession and a decline in immigration to the United States, which has been blamed on the weak job market.

Study shows age has its advantages THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — It turns out Grandma was right: Listen to your elders. New research indicates they are indeed wise — in knowing how to deal with conflicts and accept life’s uncertainties and change. It isn’t a question of how many facts someone knows, or being able to operate a TV remote, but rather how to

handle disagreements — social wisdom. Researchers led by Richard Nisbett of the University of Michigan found older people were more likely than younger or middle-aged ones to recognize that values differ, to acknowledge uncertainties, to accept that things change over time and to acknowledge others’ points of view. “Age effects on wisdom hold at every level of social class, education, and IQ ,” they report in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In modern America, older

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Is it time news media got better at spying? WikiLeaks Web site handles high-level, hush-hush info BY NOAM COHEN AND BRIAN STELTER THE NEW YORK TIMES

Three months ago, WikiLeaks, a whistleblower Web site that posts classified and sensitive documents, put out an urgent call for help on Twitter. “Have encrypted videos of U.S. bomb strikes on civilians. We need super computer time,” stated the Web site, which calls itself “an intelligence agency of the people.” Somehow — it will not say how — WikiLeaks found the computer time to de-encrypt a graphic video, released last week, of a U.S. Army assault in

Iraq in 2007 that left 12 people dead, including two Reuters news agency employees. The release of the video is drawing attention to the oncefringe Web site, which aims to bring to light hidden information about governments and multinational corporations. Accordingly, the site has become a thorn in the side of U.S. and foreign authorities. With the Iraq attack video, the clearinghouse for sensitive documents is edging closer toward a form of investigative journalism and to advocacy. “That’s arguably what spy agencies do — high-tech investigative journalism,” said Julian Assange, one of the site’s founders. “It’s time that the media upgraded its capabilities along those lines.” Assange, an Australian activist and journalist, founded the site three years ago along with like-minded activists and computer experts. Since then,

WikiLeaks has published documents about toxic dumping in Africa, protocols from Guantanamo Bay, e-mails from Sarah Palin’s personal account and 9/11 pager messages. Today there is a core group of five full-time volunteers, according to Daniel Schmitt, a site spokesman, and there are 800 to 1,000 people that the group can call on for expertise on topics like encryption, programming and writing news releases. The site is not shy about its intent to shape media coverage, and Assange said if he were forced to choose, he would give up journalism for advocacy. WikiLeaks didn’t merely post the 38-minute video, it used the label “Collateral Murder” and said it depicted “indiscriminate” and “unprovoked” slaying. (The Pentagon defended the killings and said no disciplinary action was taken.) By releasing such a graphic

Crucial moment: This image from a video taken by an Army helicopter shows men just before they were fired on in Baghdad on July 12, 2007. Twelve people were killed.

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assistant professor of journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. WikiLeaks has grown only increasingly controversial as it has published more material. (The U.S. Army called it a threat to its operations in a report last month.) Many have tried to silence the site; in Britain, WikiLeaks has been used to evade injunctions on publication by courts who ruled that the material would violate privacy. The courts reversed themselves when they discovered how ineffectual their rulings were.

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Arms control experts say the Winding down the Cold War New START treaty burnishes Where U.S., Russia stand on arsenals: U.S. and Russian credentials for insisting other countries Deployed nuclear weapons stockpiles, forgo atomic weapons, since it as of June 2009 U.S. demonstrates a commitment Russia to disarm. It also re-establishes Ballistic missiles anti-cheating procedures not Submarine written into a 2002 revision. launched Intercontinental Bomber 8,150 At the signing ceremony U.S. 550 1,152 550 with Russian President Dmitry 6,700 Russia 1,355 576 856 Medvedev in Prague, Obama acknowledged the nature of the peril has changed since the So2,787 viet era. 2,252 2,050 “Nuclear weapons are not 851 620 simply an issue for the United 500 States and Russia,” he said. “A Strategic Delivery Tactical Undeployed nuclear weapon in the hands of warheads vehicles warheads warheads a terrorist is a danger to people NOTE: Strategic weapons are designed for mass destruction, while tactical weapons contain a high everywhere — from Moscow explosive warhead. to New York, from the cities of SOURCE: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation AP Europe to South Asia.”



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and therefore sacrosanct. As for fathers — well where the hell are they, anyway? We fail entire schools but never parents. I am the emeritus parent of a former teenager and so I know the difficulties. Teenager is a synonym for crazy, and their world is too often nuts — superficial, cruel, conformist, hedonistic and selfabsorbed, convinced by virtue of their spending power of their importance and judgment. (I am exempting your own kid from this blanket indictment.) But however the criminal case turns out, the South Hadley Nine clearly needed some parenting — some intercession or maybe, even probably, a parent to do what their child all the time wanted: force them to stop. Golding’s book is about evil. Kids can be mean. They want to belong. They mistake the strength of empathy for weakness. They need help. An invisible umbilical cord should connect them to a mature conscience. At South Hadley High School, the kids were running the island and the adults were missing. Where were the teachers? Where was the principal? But where, above all, were the parents?

few words about Christian terrorism. And I suppose the first words should be about “those” words: “Christian terrorism.” The term will seem jarring to those who’ve grown comfortable regarding terrorism as something exclusive to Islam. That this is a self-deluding fallacy should have long since been apparent to anyone who’s been paying attention. From Eric Rudolph’s bombing of the Atlanta Olympics, a gay nightclub and two abortion clinics to the so-called Phineas Priests who bombed banks, a newspaper and a Planned Parenthood Office in Spokane, from Matt Hale soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago to Scott Roeder’s assassination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, from brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams murdering a gay couple near Redding, Calif., to Timothy McVeigh destroying a federal building and 168 lives in Oklahoma City, we have seen no shortage of “Christians” who believe Jesus requires — or at least allows — them to commit murder. If federal officials are correct, we now have one more name to add to the dishonor roll. That name would be Hutaree, a self-styled Christian militia in Michigan, nine members of which have been arrested and accused of plotting to kill police officers in hopes of sparking an antigovernment uprising. Many of us would doubtless resist referring to plots like this as Christian terrorism, feeling it unfair to tar the great body of Christendom with the actions of its fringe radicals. And here, we will pause for Muslim readers to clear their throats loudly. While they do, let the rest of us note that there is a larger moral to this story and it has less to do with terminologies than similarities. We are conditioned to think of terror wrought by Islamic fundamentalists as something strange and alien and other. It is the violence of men with long beards who jabber in weird languages and kill for mysterious reasons while worshipping God in ways that seem outlandish to Middle-American sensibilities. And whatever quirk of nature or deficiency of humanity it is that allows them to do what they do, is, we think, unique. There is, we are pleased to believe, a hard, immutable line between us and Them. Then you consider Hutaree and its alleged plan to kill in the name of God, and the idea of some innate, saving difference between us and those bearded others in other places begins to feel like a fiction we conjured to help us sleep at night. “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive,” it says on Hutaree’s Web site. And you wonder: who is this Jesus they worship and in what Bible is he found? Why does he bear so little resemblance to the Jesus others find in their Bibles, the one who said that if someone hits you on your right cheek, offer him your left, the one who said if someone forces you to go one mile with him, go two, the one who said love your enemies. Why does their Jesus need the help of men in camo fatigues with guns and bombs? In this, he is much like the Allah for whom certain Muslims blow up marketplaces and crowded buses. Muslim and American terrorists, it seems, both apparently serve a puny and impotent God who can’t do anything without their help. Sometimes, I think the only thing that keeps us from becoming, say, Afghanistan, is a strong central government and a diverse population with a robust tradition of free speech. The idea that there is something more is a conceit that blows apart like confetti every time there is, as there is now, a sense of cultural dislocation and economic uncertainty. That combination unfailingly moves people out to the fringes where they seek out scapegoats and embrace that feeble God. And watching, you can’t help but realize the troubling truth about that line between “us” and “Them.” It’s thinner than you think.



Lawmakers should protect volunteer groups providing youth recreational activities


arents routinely sign liability waivers on behalf of their children so they can participate in a sport or recreational activity. Lawmakers should support a bill that would offer some protection for nonprofit groups catering to youngsters, including church sports and recreational ministries and camps, from lawsuits. They are vulnerable now under state law. Now, more than ever, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations in our communities are being called on to provide opportunities for young people that help build character and develop self-discipline and selfmotivation needed in the classroom and at home. Fear of having to defend an expensive, frivolous lawsuit can raise the costs and limit youth activities for those most in need. In 2008, the state Court of Appeals ruled parental waivers signed on behalf of a child, giving up his or her right to sue if injured during a sport or recreational activity, could not stand under state law. The court said there were no legislative enactments upholding the agreements that waived liability for injuries incurred in either commercial or nonprofit settings. Woodman vs. Kera, LLC is a case involving the validity of a waiver signed by the parent of a five-yearold boy who broke his leg at a commercial play area, Bounce Party, in Cascade Township. It is on appeal before the Michigan Supreme Court. Our support of the legislation speaks to the broader public policy issue raised by the judges about the far-reaching implications of their ruling. Judge Bill Schuette wrote “the decision in this case is bound to have enormous consequence and profound impact throughout Michigan.” He said the Legislature would have to determine if there should be any exceptions to the law, and whether there shoud be any differentiation between for-profit and nonprofit groups, as some states have done. Judge Richard Bandstra encouraged the Legislature to further consider the issue. “If the


WHY IT MATTERS  Fear of being sued could make youth programs more costly and less available. law does not honor those waivers, the implications appear inevitable: the cost of providing opportunities will rise, some families who would like their children to participate will no longer be able to afford to, and, ultimately, some opportunities will simply become unavailable altogether,” he wrote. Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, has responded with reasonable legislation. His bill would provide statutory authorization for parents or guardians to waive liability for damages for personal injuries sustained by children while actively participating in a recreational sport run by a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. Co-sponsors of the legislation include local Reps. Dave Agema, R-Grandville; Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township; Joe Haveman, R-Holland; Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township; and Tom Pearce, R-Rockford. The release, which would have to be in writing, could apply to the sponsor or organizer, or to an individual who volunteered as a coach or to help with the activity. Mr. Walsh worked with trial lawyers, coaching organizations and groups such as the YMCA to respond to the judges comments. Certainly, nonprofit organizations or volunteer groups that place a child in a dangerous situation should not be protected. A parent or guardian still has the right to sue if there is gross negligence or reckless conduct, under the legislation. There are a lot of great nonprofit and volunteer groups providing countless, nurturing opportunities to our youth in the Grand Rapids area and across the state. Our communities are stronger for these well-meaning programs. This bill would help keep such activities plentiful and reasonable in cost. The House should pass it and the Senate likewise.


That diplomat from Qatar is protected by diplomatic “immunity after smoking in an airplane lavatory and joking about a shoe bomb. Thank goodness the other passengers had to surrender their tweezers.” — Tribune Media Services

False allegation about parks bill I realize that many citizens these days are cynical about government, and in many cases that cynicism is deserved. But that shouldn’t allow a reputable newspaper like yours to make scurrilous allegations about my motivations as Speaker of the Michigan House without attribution or any basis in fact. (“Michigan residents are winners under new state parks passport law,” Press, April 4) The four-bill package to improve our state parks was held up temporarily, in agreement with its sponsors, because the House was focused on critical budget issues before the spring recess. When no agreement could be reached on those issues as the recess approached, we moved the parks bills to the floor and quickly passed them into law. That may not be as titillating as the allegations in your story. But it happens to be the truth.

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Judging from the multitude of recent Public Pulse opinions it would seem that far too many progressive liberals are unable to comprehend a conservative solution to health care even when it stares them squarely in the face. Conservatives believe a strong economy will allow companies to grow, profit and expand. This expansion will create jobs with benefits like health care. In our free republic, citizens are expected to prosper through their own integrity and self-reliance. When individual capabilities shine we expand. Socialist handouts burden the populace and hinder growth. During the Bush presidency Democrats blocked attempts to strengthen and reform a financial system in decay. An example of this would be Congressmen Barney Frank and Chris Dodd blocking financial reform. Thus, rather than repair known discrepancies, the House and Senate threw the baby out with the bath water. This tragedy only replaced old problems with new ones shrouded in unintended consequences.

I am writing in response to Mary Milanowski’s quote in The Press (“Firefighters, police confront tax foes,” Press, March 17). Ms. Milanowski said “I’m unhappy that the firefighters and police aren’t working toward a solution without crying about their $70,000 salaries and their having to pay their own health insurance costs.” What an absurd, and I believe, false statement. Insulting! Remember our fallen hero Robert Kozminski, who was gunned down responding to a domestic call? Many read about our officer who faced an armed fugitive the day after Ms. Milanowski’s comment. I fully support protecting our police officers and firefighters compensation. Seventy thousand dollar salaries? My understanding is the average salary for police and fire in Grand Rapids is much lower than she stated. Some have died saving children from fires and some have died, speeding, sirens blaring to a violent scene to save another human being. Now, that’s the definition of hero. All of us, including Ms. Milanowski, should really look at it as “it is our police officers and firefighters job to save our lives, while potentially losing theirs,” and for this, they should be compensated accordingly. They absolutely deserve our appreciation, respect, admiration and support.



REP. ANDY DILLON House Speaker D-Redford Township

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t is either significant or merely interesting that William Golding dedicated his classic, “Lord of the Flies,” to his mother and father. It is precisely the absence of parents, or any adult actually, that enables the boys of the island to descend into savagery, and it is the sudden appearance of an adult at the end that restores what we would now call law and order. This tale, way before its time, was a precursor to South Hadley (Mass.) High School and the death by suicide of Phoebe Prince. It was the only way she could get off the island. After a lengthy investigation, the district attorney, Elizabeth D. Scheibel, had nine students arrested on criminal charges. At the same time, she alleged that while the kids had tormented Phoebe to the point where she hanged herself, teachers and administrators were somehow complicit because they knew — or should have known — that Phoebe was being bullied by a coterie of aspiring fascists. Phoebe was a newcomer from Ireland and thus, as anyone with the slightest novelist bent would know, the stranger with no champions, no defenders and, in her mind, no way out. This appalling story, seemingly

COHEN OPINION concocted for the “Today” show’s heavy-eyed audience, has of course created quite a stir because it is about cruelty, which we do not understand, lack of empathy, which we find frightening, and conformity and coercion. But mostly it is about how little we know our kids, the little beasts who live among us and can sleep with a teddy bear by night and IM a 15-year-old colleen to her death by day. Who are these kids? You will notice that in all the finger-pointing — the kids, the teachers, the administrators — not a digit is aimed at the parents. Their children are accused of hounding a classmate to death and the parents apparently knew nothing. Not only that, they are somehow not expected to know anything. The teachers are supposed to know what’s going on. The principal. Maybe even the school nurse. But the parents? No. They’re off the hook. Not as far as I’m concerned. This tendency to blame teachers or administrators for all that happens

in the schools is both unfair and unrealistic. Jaime Escalante, who died just recently, proved that a great teacher can make a great difference (he was the inspiration for the movie “Stand and Deliver”). And we know, too, the central importance of good principals. But parents, too, are important — most important — yet they, of course, cannot be fired. They have tenure. Philadelphia has been the lucky host for a series of mini-riots. These are called “flash mobs” in which throngs of youths are assembled by text messages so that they can then run amok through downtown areas, looting and assaulting to their hearts’ content. As could be expected, some people do not think that either the kids or their parents (if any) are responsible. They point instead to the lack of funding for sufficient youth violence prevention programs. Mine, as I recall, was a withering look from my father. No district attorney is going to call a public meeting to berate parents for not knowing what their junior sadists are up to. That would be politically perilous and, besides, somehow teachers have a contractual obligation — we pay ’em, don’t we? — to know what the kids are up to while the parents are busy. Mothers are moms, after all,


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Veil of secrecy hides campaign spending in Michigan S LUKE ince 2000, an estimated $45 million has been spent on independently purchased TV ads that lauded, but mostly disparaged statewide candidates for governor and the Supreme Court. The Michigan Democratic Party and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce paid for a lot of these “issue advocacy” ads. The only reason that’s known is because campaign finance advocates inspected purchase records in the public files at the TV stations. Since the spots neither expressly advocated for a candidate’s defeat or election, the details of who funded them don’t have to be reported to the Michigan Secretary of State’s elections division as independent campaign expenditures. You can surmise that trial lawyers put up the cash to inform voters in 2008 of the allegation that former Republican Chief Justice Cliff Taylor fell asleep during oral arguments. And that Michigan corporations funded the counter effort that asserted that the Democratic


MICHIGAN POLITICS candidate who defeated him, Diane Hathaway, was soft on sexual predators. But there’s nothing in the campaign finance reports to verify it. The U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission ruled this year that corporations, labor unions and other groups can make independent ad expenditures advocating for the election or defeat of a candidate. But it also ruled those groups can be required to disclose who donated the money that paid for the ads. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has asked Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to clarify state rules regarding such expenditures. Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, wants her to go further


and order disclosure for issue advocacy as well. A final decision is due in May. Robinson said if the money for ads that support or oppose a candidate must be reported postCitizens under Michigan law, then so should the funds that accomplish the same job through issue advocacy innuendo. Rules for independent advertising urging voters to reject a candidate because he’s a bum should apply as well to ads that call him a bum but let voters draw their own conclusions. Robinson said Land has a unique opportunity to do what the Legislature has failed to do, force the disclosure of millions of dollars worth of issue advertising generally more potent than anything the candidates air themselves with reported dollars. Robert LaBrant, general counsel for the Michigan Chamber, said Land has the authority to regulate independent expenditures, but not issue advocacy. Since current

campaign finance law doesn’t cover issue ads, regulating disclosure of those is up to the Legislature. The need for disclosure in Michigan Supreme Court races is pretty basic given the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co., that extraordinary spending on state judicial races can deprive litigants of their due process rights to a fair hearing. In 2008, Robinson estimates that $3.8 million in unreported campaign advertising was spent on the seat Taylor lost. Expect a similar amount to be spent for and against incumbent Justice Robert Young this fall. Even with post-Caperton disqualification rules approved by the state Supreme Court, if the funding for Supreme Court ads remains secret, participants in cases “can’t know when they rightfully should ask” that a judge be disqualified, Robinson says. If the state is going to require reporting of every $25 contribution to a gubernatorial campaign,

moreover, it makes little sense to protect the anonymity of a $1 million donation to an issue advocacy ad fund. Gov. Jennifer Granholm didn’t have to pay for a bunch of attack ads against GOP foe Dick DeVos in 2006 with reported contributions. All of those Amway/China “issue” ads were bought by the Democratic Party with millions in undisclosed money. Expect more of the same from both sides this year. Issue advocacy advertising is not only effective, it’s nimble. In an era of term limits and inexperienced legislative candidate campaigns, Robinson said the public should expect that undisclosed campaign cash will start flooding into those contests as well. If Land decides the broad interpretation Robinson is asking for is beyond her authority, then it will be up to lawmakers who benefited from secret spending to make it all public. That’ll happen. E-mail:

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ne of the best things about working at a newspaper is knowing what you do really matters to people. And, despite what you may hear, a huge number of people continue to read The Press. That’s because we inform them and make a difference in their lives. When it comes to knowing about what’s going on locally, we’re not a luxury, we’re a necessity. That, and the advent of the Internet, is why our readership has not only held its own here in recent years, but actually increased. Surprised? Want to guess what our readership is among younger readers on any given Sunday, for example? I’ll get into the numbers in a minute, but let’s start with realworld examples. ArtPrize captivated our community last fall and what a thrill it was for me to see so many people walking around downtown Grand Rapids with a Press tucked under their arms or in their purses, pulling out the paper to consult the map that showed all of the art venues. I’m also reminded of the impact we have when the accuracy check letters we send out to people quoted in stories are returned with comments like this one about a Tom Rademacher story that was published in February: “Great article; got a lot of positive feedback from people.” This happens regularly. People talked about in our stories know those stories are being read across the community. The following feedback came from the subject of a profile story by Terri Finch Hamilton that appeared on a Sunday Your Life cover: “I must share with you I have received more notes, phone calls, emails



EDITOR OF THE PRESS and comments than I can count. The most gratifying thing to me is how many women have taken the time to tell me the story gave them courage and hope ... I can’t tell you how much this has impacted my life. I know it’s my ‘15 minutes of fame,’ but the recognition is truly secondary to the impact of your article.” A Sunday Travel cover earlier this year included a short item on a discounted room package at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. “The hotel completely sold out for both days by about 2 p.m. on Sunday,” Andrea Tamboer, who coordinates the Travel section for The Press and our other papers in Michigan, told me. “I have dozens of e-mails from readers who were disappointed they couldn’t get through on the busy phones lines for hours yesterday.”

Reader reaction And what about the items we publish that alert readers to an event they may want to attend? Listen to the reaction to Press advance coverage of a new artist group for comic book lovers that held an open house in January: “The open house was an enormous success. From our opening at noon and on into the midnight hours, we had a constant stream of curious purveyors ... We sold out of all of our comics, prints, newsletters, dime novels and ended the night with a long list of back orders to fill. I can not intelligently put into words

how it felt to sell our comic books to people who sought us out through your article, who surprisingly made up the bulk of attendees.” It’s no surprise to me. Just another example of the power of The Press’ readership. That readership is strong and growing, and it is not just the above anecdotes that tell us that. The most recent Scarborough Research for this market, based on a survey of more than 1,000 adults in 2009, showed that readership of The Press in print is pretty much the same today as it was a decade ago. On top of that, we’ve gained new readers online. In Kent County, for example, 67 percent of adults said they had read the previous Sunday’s Press, according to Scarborough. That’s a slight increase compared to 2000. Our Sunday paper reach — nearly 300,000 people in Kent County and another 100,000 people when you include Ottawa County — can’t be matched by other area media. When you add readers, the combined reach of print and online has increased in the past five years to 319,577 in Kent County on Sunday. It was 318,415 in 2004. If you include all the days of the week, Scarborough found The Press and have reached nearly 81 percent of Kent County adults in the past week. Here’s something else that may surprise you because it contradicts stereotypes: The biggest single group of Sunday Press readers, when looked at by age group, is those who are between 18-34 years old. That number in particular gives me great hope for the future. E-mail:

An ungrateful puppet in Afghanistan TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

strikes on Iranian nuclear centers as Ronald Reagan did to Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor or to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s compound? OPINION The same is true when it comes to Karzai. What can the U.S. ultimately if it suits his interests and those do to persuade Karzai to clean up of his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai, corruption in his government, other who allegedly maintains links with than jawboning? He might ask us drug dealers and insurgents in to get the log out of our own eye southern Afghanistan. President first by reforming congressional Karzai recently met with Iran’s corruption before we concern apocalyptic madman Mahmoud ourselves with the speck in his eye. Ahmadinejad. What do those two The U.S. has had a history of have in common? We can only backing some unsavory characters tremble at the prospect of “more out of necessity and not always from than it appears.” conviction. There probably is no The Obama administration has one better than the current Afghan brought some of Karzai’s erratic leader to run the country, however behavior on itself. When Obama poorly. There could be people who was on his way for a surprise visit to are much worse, including the Afghanistan, he reportedly criticized Taliban, which once ran things and the Afghan president and bragged used Afghanistan as a launching pad that he would read Karzai the riot for the terrorist attacks on America. act. Worse, his remarks were leaked They would love to do so again. The to the media, which reportedly U.S. is fighting to make sure that infuriated Karzai and resulted in the does not happen. We must succeed, threat to join the Taliban. because failure is not an option. For a policy or pronouncement to In the pursuit of success, the have credibility it must be attached United States might have to swallow to a credible threat of action. hard and deal with the questionable Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leader we know so that it doesn’t has said repeatedly — including have to deal with the Taliban leaders four times in one recent speech whose goals we know all too well. — that it is “unacceptable” for Meanwhile, if Karzai visits the Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. U.S. next month, he might try But her threats have no teeth. bringing an olive branch and some Even if the administration gets solid promises to clean up his act, some form of sanctions, they will given all that America has done for not be enough to stop Iran from him. acquiring nukes. And who believes this administration would order air E-mail:



ow sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless puppet. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blasted Western governments, which have long supported him, and accused them of interfering in Afghan affairs by pushing hard for reform amidst widespread corruption. Worse, Karzai has threatened to join the Taliban, which he said would then become a legitimate resistance movement if Western meddling in Afghan affairs doesn’t stop. Late Tuesday, the White House indicated it, too, could play hardball, saying it might cancel Karzai’s trip scheduled for next month, if there are any more anti-Western outbursts. To paraphrase Lord Alfred Tennyson: ours is not to question why. Ours is but to do for Karzai and die. More than 900 American deaths and more than 5,300 wounded (as of last week) buys the United States and other nations that have contributed treasure and lives to eradicating Afghanistan of the Taliban the right to have some say in the way Karzai runs his government. Does Karzai mean it when he threatens to cross over to the other side, or is he bluffing — hedging his bets in the wake of President Barack Obama’s pledge to begin withdrawing U.S. troops next year? Only he knows for sure, but with the intrigues common in that region of the world, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him switch sides



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Michael Steele: Pride or prejudice? Put away the race card, this is about mistakes




course. High regard and all that. “We wish him well,” said consultant Curt Anderson, as he lowered himself into the Titanic’s last lifeboat. And that was the good part of the week. Still to come was reaction to the latest on the list of “Things Michael Steele Shouldn’t Have Said:” It’s about race. Appearing recently on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Steele told George Stephanopoulos that being African-American has magnified his travails. Stephanopoulos had asked Steele whether his race gave him a “slimmer margin for error.” “The honest answer is yes,” said Steele. “It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. We all — a lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play, and that’s

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Not buying it If you can’t play the race card with your own race, you might be in a heap of denial. As Juliette Ochieng wrote in a blog item that was picked up by, the black, moderate-conservative news site: “Mr. Steele’s margin for error is smaller than it was when he first became RNC chair due entirely to the fact that he has made so many errors and due to the fact that he seems incapable of learning from them.” It’s not clear who Steele

thinks his audience is when he deals the race card. Meanwhile, black Republicans have their own complaints about Steele, principally that the RNC leader has failed to support African-American candidates. One of the more outspoken among these is Jean Howard-Hill, a University of Tennessee-Chattanooga political science professor, lawyer and Republican activist. And, some might say ... a troublemaker? “I wear the label very proudly,” she says. Howard-Hill is a familiar name in party politics, especially in Tennessee, where she is running for Congress after decades of recruiting blacks to the GOP. A Georgia-born scholar whose childhood memories include a cross burning in her front yard, she seems an unlikely Republican. “You have to be a little crazy to be an African-American Republican. I admit that,” she said. But Howard-Hill sees the






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Happier times: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, shown at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Amway Grand in November, is under fire after revelations that the RNC spent $1,900 entertaining potential contributors at a sex-themed nightclub.

Republican Party as her natural home and, importantly, the best route for economic empowerment. “Some of us are tired of being poor,” she said. When she goes into black churches to preach the GOP gospel, Howard-Hill reminds congregants that blacks were first elected to Congress as Republicans during Reconstruction and that their birthright was stolen by the Dixiecrats. In South Carolina, rising Republican star Marvin Rogers, a candidate for the South Carolina Legislature, is telegraphing the same message with his book “Silence Makes the Loudest Sound.” Basically, conservative blacks want their party back. But many political candidates are being hampered in part by a lack of access to the RNC coffers, says HowardHill. She blames Steele, and amends his different-standards defense accordingly. “I would say we’re (blacks) treated differently within the

party. But in terms of integrity, the standard is the same,” she said. “Michael needs to own up because it’s not race. From day one, he has messed up. ... If he wants to play the race card, play it with us.” To be fair to Steele, he didn’t introduce the race issue and was responding to a question. Nevertheless, his answer and the African-American Republican response have shed light on Steele’s central flaw. As always, it isn’t the mistake that brings you down; it’s the cover-up. In Steele’s case, the coverup is pride — an unwillingness to take personal responsibility. Whether it’s the poor staffer who approved $1,900 for a strip club or the chief of staff who got the boot, it’s always someone else’s fault. Steele needs to face the truth and set himself — and his party — free. E-mail: Kathleen Parker at



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No further environmental review of the project is proposed to be conducted prior to the request for the release of federal funds. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Grand Rapids. All comments received by April 19, 2010 will be considered by the City of Grand Rapids prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. The Grand Rapids Housing Commission intends to finance the project with Capital Fund Program funding from HUD under the Housing Act of 1937, as amended, and Section 519 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998. The City of Grand Rapids certifies to HUD that the City and Gregory A. Sundstrom, in his official capacity as City Manager, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, the Grand Rapids Housing Commission may use the Capital Fund Program funds, and HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. HUD will accept an objection to its approval of the release of funds and acceptance of the certification only if it is on one of the following bases: (a) That the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City; or (b) the environmental review record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and may be addressed to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public Housing, Michigan State Office, McNamara Federal Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. No objection received after April 30, 2010 will be considered by HUD.



ASHINGTON — When you’re Michael Steele, there’s no waking up and thinking: Ahhhh, at least the worst is over. Whatever the week, Monday is the start of another very bad one. No exception to the trend, this week began dramatically. First, Steele’s chief of staff, Ken McKay, resigned in another RNC stab (cue soundtrack from “Psycho”) at damage control in the wake of profligate spending and that whole bondage-stripper thing. Next, Steele’s longtime political consulting firm, On Message, severed ties with the RNC head. His relentless off-messaging apparently was hurting the company’s brand. Nothing personal, of

just the reality of it.” Except that African-American Republicans aren’t buying it. For starters, Steele was elected by the predominantly white party. After months of unforced errors, he can’t now turn around and charge his party with racism. Actually, racism would mean expecting less from an AfricanAmerican than from a white counterpart.

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ASHINGTON — After President Obama and his family attended Easter services in the poorest, blackest, most crime-ridden quadrant of Washington, his 22-car motorcade sped back across the Anacostia River to the picture-postcard, cherryblossomy part of town. Left behind was a heartbreaking crime scene — along with tens of thousands of people who have become invisible. It is rare these days when two high-profile events, within a single week, train the spotlight even briefly on the large segment of the African-American population that remains mired in desperate poverty and selfsustaining dysfunction. The second event was the first

ROBINSON OPINION family’s visit to Allen Chapel AME Church for a joyous, high-spirited Easter celebration. The Rev. Michael Bell, described it as “a monumental moment for us as a community.” The first event took place at twilight on March 30. Gunmen in a minivan driven by a 14-year-old boy pulled up in front of a decrepit little apartment building, a popular hang-out spot for neighborhood teenagers, and fired indiscriminately into the crowd with handguns and an AK-47-style assault rifle. Four young people were killed and

five others wounded. It was the most stunning outburst of senseless violence Washington had seen in years. Police say the apparent motive involves a complicated back story. I’ll note just two details: Many in the targeted crowd had just returned from the funeral of a 20-year-old man who had been gunned down a week earlier. And both incidents — five deaths in all — seem to have been triggered by the apparent theft of a single cheap, goldtone men’s bracelet. Ward 8, the jurisdiction that includes both the church Obama attended and the site of the mass shooting, has an unemployment rate of 28.5 percent and a poverty rate of 40 percent. It has the highest percentage of single-parent households in the city, its

public schools are perennially troubled and its streets are host to frequent turf battles among violent gangs. But soon, all that will be forgotten — just as the same kind of despair goes unremembered in similar neighborhoods in Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia and every major American city. Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate. Governments, nonprofits, churches and other institutions do what they can, but their efforts do not begin to approach the scale of the problem. What’s needed is massive intervention on every front. It would be a great accomplishment, for example, to really fix the failing schools. But what good

are state-of-the-art facilities and qualified, motivated teachers when the students arrive having been damaged by dysfunctional families and a toxic peer-group culture — and when there are no jobs for them when they leave? Before he entered politics, Obama worked in equally desperate communities in Chicago. He has the understanding, and the power, to begin the process of healing places like Ward 8. But he is going to need the political will — and the clout — to implement policies that specifically target the AfricanAmerican underclass. I hate that word, underclass, and almost never use it. But the ultimate defeat that it implies seems alarmingly near. On Monday, at the corner where nine people were


A different view: People watch from their home as the presidential motorcade arrives at Allen Chapel AME Church in Washington on April 4.

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he White House is confident that a financial regulatory reform bill will soon pass the Senate. I’m not so sure, given the opposition of Republican leaders to any real reform. But in any case, how good is the legislation on the table, the bill put together by Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut? Not good enough. It’s a good-faith effort to do what needs to be done, but it would create a system highly dependent on the wisdom and good intentions of government officials. And as the history of the last decade demonstrates, trusting in the quality of officials can be dangerous to the economy’s health. It’s impossible to devise a truly foolproof regulatory regime — anyone who believes otherwise is underestimating the power of foolishness. But you can try to create a system that’s fool-resistant. The Dodd bill doesn’t do that. As I have argued, while the problem of “too big to fail” has gotten most of the attention — and while big banks deserve all the opprobrium they’re getting — the core problem with our financial system isn’t the size of the largest financial institutions. It is, instead, the fact that the current system doesn’t limit risky behavior by “shadow banks,” institutions — like Lehman Brothers — that carry out banking functions, that are perfectly capable of creating a banking crisis, but, because they issue debt rather than taking deposits, face minimal oversight. The Dodd bill tries to fill this gaping hole in the system by letting federal regulators impose “strict rules for capital, leverage, liquidity, risk management and other requirements as companies grow in size and complexity.” It gives regulators the power to seize troubled financial firms — and requires large, complex firms submit “funeral plans” that make it easy to shut them down. That’s all good. In effect, it gives shadow banking something like the regulatory regime we already have for conventional banking. But what will actually be in those “strict rules” for capital, liquidity, and so on? The bill doesn’t say. Instead, everything is left at the discretion of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a sort of interagency task force including the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the Treasury secretary, the comptroller of the currency and the heads of five other federal agencies. Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, whose blog has become essential reading for anyone interested in financial reform, has pointed out what’s wrong with this: Just consider who would have been on that council in 2005, which was probably the peak year for irresponsible lending. Well, in 2005 the chairman

KRUGMAN OPINION of the Fed was Alan Greenspan, who dismissed warnings about the housing bubble — and who asserted in October 2005 that “increasingly complex financial instruments have contributed to the development of a far more flexible, efficient, and hence resilient financial system.” Meanwhile, the secretary of the Treasury was John Snow, who ... actually, I don’t think anyone remembers anything about Snow, other than the fact that Karl Rove treated him like an errand boy. The comptroller of the currency was John Dugan, who still holds the office. He was recently the subject of a profile in The Times, which noted his habit of blocking efforts by states to crack down on abusive consumer lending, on the grounds that he, not the states, has authority over national banks — except that he himself almost never acts to protect consumers. Oh, and on the subject of consumer protection: The Dodd bill creates a more or less independent agency to protect consumers against abusive lending, albeit one housed at the Fed. That’s a good thing. But it gives the oversight council the ability to override the agency’s recommendations. The point is that the Dodd bill would give an administration determined to rein in runaway finance the tools it needs to do the job. But it wouldn’t do much to stiffen the spine of a less determined administration. On the contrary, it would make it easy for future regulators to look the other way as another bubble inflated. So what the legislation needs are explicit rules, rules that would force action even by regulators who don’t especially want to do their jobs. There should, for example, be a preset maximum level of allowable leverage — the financial reform that has already passed the House sets this at 15-1, and the Senate should follow suit. There should be hard rules determining when regulators have to seize a troubled financial firm. There should be no-exception rules requiring that complex financial derivatives be traded transparently. And so on. As financial reform legislation moves to the floor of the Senate, there will be pressure to make it weaker, not stronger, in the hope of attracting Republican votes. But I would urge Senate leaders and the Obama administration not to settle for a weak bill, just so that they can claim to have passed financial reform. We need reform with a fighting chance of actually working. Read Paul Krugman columns at:

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Changes planned for farmers market Last year’s farmers market averaged at least 200 shoppers every week, Clerk Susan Burton said. The Downtown Development Authority is tweaking plans for the second annual market. Changes include shifting hours to noon to 6 p.m., eliminating chef demonstrations, adding restaurant vendors, expanding the season from midJune to the end of September and adding a children’s garden. Parking will again be in the Alticor lot on the east side of Headley Street, north of the market. ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP

Fundraisers set to aid mobile library Rotarians are organizing a second effort to help fund the school district’s mobile library after the township cut its contribution as a cost-savings measure. The Rotary Club of Allendale will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. April 20 in Springview and Evergreen elementaries’ cafeteria to benefit the Amazing Reading Bus summer literacy program. That is in addition to a Parents’ Night Out child-care event 6-9:30 p.m. April 16, by the Allendale High School Rotary/InterAct Club. Night Out tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for 5 and younger.


A fish bobs to the surface for some food at Shiraz Grille, a Persian and Mediterranean restaurant at 2739 Breton Road SE in Grand Rapids, where it was on display recently as part of a traditional haftsin table setting to celebrate Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, which coincides with the coming of spring. For more photos from The Press staff, visit the Exposure blog at


Church planning $1 million expansion Alpine Baptist Church is planning a $1 million, 13,450-square-foot expansion of its 21,000-squarefoot facility. The Zoning Board of Appeals will review a request that would allow the church at 692 7 Mile Road NW to build eight feet closer to the road than normally permitted. The Rev. Doug Compton said the project will add six youth ministry classrooms and a gym to the 320-member congregation’s facility. Construction could be completed by December. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at township offices. CASCADE TOWNSHIP

Rules proposed for new park Residents can offer input on a rules for the newly named Cascade Burton Park at a hearing 7 p.m. Wednesday. The proposed ordinance prohibits, among other things, use of firearms, smoking and horseback riding, and it requires that dogs be leashed. Officials are still working through a lawsuit they filed against Krystyna Cotter, the companion of the property’s former owner, Leslie Tassell, who lives on property adjacent to the park. Township Manager Bill Cousins said he hopes the dispute will be settled in court on April 26. The township contends it bought an easement allowing public use of a shared driveway. Kotter contends that would invade her privacy and cause security issues. BYRON TOWNSHIP

Tigers-Sox trip set for August The Parks and Recreation staff wants to take you out to the ballgame. Registration is open until June 25 or a sellout for the Parks and Recreation bus trip to Detroit for a Tigers-White Sox game Aug. 5. Departure is 8:15 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. game. Cost is $55 for residents and $65 for non-residents. Contact: 878-1998 or visit CASCADE TOWNSHIP

Officials ponder televising meetings After questioning the $10,000 the township pays Grand Rapids’ Community Media Center, officials seem satisfied — and are weighing whether to televise meetings. Center executive director Laurie Cirivello gave a presentation describing the center’s programming and services. Township Manager

Bill Cousins said some board members are interested in showing meetings on the center’s two public access channels. Cousins said the township would have to pay center staffers or buy cameras and other equipment. No immediate decision is expected. COOPERSVILLE

‘Financial challenges’ highlight school address The school district is in a pivotal time, Superintendent Kevin O’Neill said in his state-of-theschools address. “The most immediate challenge ahead of us is to figure out how to deal with our financial challenges,” O’Neill said. “However, the answer to those financial challenges lies, in part, on those things within our control — our employee wage scales and benefits, our technologies and our creativity in staffing and programming.” He said he will need to work with unions to bring about changes. EAST GRAND RAPIDS

Class-action lawsuit targets state mandates The city is joining at least 100 other municipalities in a class-action lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit by the city of Riverview against the Department of Environmental Quality challenges unfunded mandates regarding stormwater regulation. City Attorney John Huff said it would not cost the city any money to join Riverview’s suit. “They have enough confidence they can prevail on this that they’re taking on the risk themselves,” he said. GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP

Breaks considered for possible park fees Low-income residents would pay a reduced fee for using proposed amenities at Maplewood Park under a new policy. The board is seeking a $333,000 state grant to help fund $1 million in park improvements, including a splash pad that could require admission fees. Residents could use the rest of the park for free. The amenities depend on receiving the grant, which will not be known until December. GRAND RAPIDS

Free-book program funding at stake Grand Rapids Public School’s Reading Is Fundamental office is asking book lovers to urge U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers to support

continued federal funding. The local RIF program receives $50,000 a year from Washington to help provide 30,000 free books a year to preschoolers through fifth-graders. The funds are authorized through the No Child Left Behind legislation, which is being reworked. The Obama administration recommends putting RIF in a competitive grant system, which would make funding less stable, said Becca Walsh Wolfe, coordinator of the GRPS program. HASTINGS

Director touts Charlton Park benefits With a tax request looming, the director of Historic Charlton Park recently gave county commissioners an annual update. Goals for 2010 include a Web site makeover, improvements to the exhibition hall display, continuation of an archeological dig with help from Grand Valley State University, and development of traveling displays for county libraries, director Keith Ferris said. Special events include a car show, gas and steam engine show, Civil War muster, longbow invitational, pow-wow, and “Of Christmas Past” weekend. In May, voters will decide whether to continue a 0.2259 millage for another seven years for Charlton Park. HOLLAND

Scaled-back event collects old electronics The city will not have its traditional Project Pride pickup this spring, but officials still want you to dispose of unwanted items in an environmentally friendly manner. An electronics collection begins Monday and continues through April 24. Cell phones, printers, remote controls or anything else with a circuit board will be accepted at City Hall, the MAX bus depot and Herrick District Library. TVs and computer monitors also can be discarded for $10 each. No kitchen appliances or batteries will be accepted. Details: Mary Ann Hensley at 355-1335. Seniors may call for pickup. HUDSONVILLE

Art in the Park applications ready Applications are available for artisans looking to showcase hand-crafted works at the city’s annual Art in the Park. The event by the Hudsonville Arts & Preservation Council

runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 in the grassy space at 3284 Chicago Drive that once housed a car dealership. Admission is free, with hands-on children’s activities planned. The exhibit fee for artists is $50 per 10-by-10foot booth, plus a donated item for a silent auction. A booth with electricity costs $25 more. Forms are available via the “Current & Upcoming Events” link at

entrepreneurship. “It was fun because it made you realize how difficult it really is to run a business,” Carli said. Emily Khodl ran out of handmade bracelets and quickly had to restock for a final day of sales. “It’s a lot of work, but I really liked doing it,” she said. The students advertised and sold their products during lunch hours. They had to create business plans and marketing ideas and will prepare a final project review.


Candidate forum features four challengers Four candidates are seeking two open posts on the Kentwood school board. A forum will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 5820 Eastern Ave. The candidates are Peter Battey, an engineer at Steelcase; David Eyke, an attorney; Crystal January-Craft, a human resources worker at Spectrum Health; and Sandra Theisen, an insurance claims adjuster. Current board members Sandi Talbott and Paul Doyle will not seek re-election. KENTWOOD

Free gym events target youths Young people have free access to afternoon gym times at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. Now through May 21, the center will be open 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays for billiards and basketball. Young people ages 11 to 17 can participate with a written waiver from parents. Details: 656-5270 or LOWELL

Restoration planned for century-old building Last year, Greg Canfield bought and saved a downtown building at risk for demolition. Canfield recently got approval from the Planning Commission to restore the early-1900s building to its original condition by reconstructing the second floor of 117 and 119 Main St. MIDDLEVILLE

Middle schoolers launch ‘businesses’ Raquel Soyka and Carli Shellenbarger sold their last two “Cookie Pops” and closed their two-day-old business early. The seventhgraders are part of Stephanie Vandor’s “E-generation” class at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School that teaches


Meeting set on Standale rezoning City officials will explain the new Standale zoning ordinance at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at Fire Station No. 2, 4101 Lake Michigan Drive. The intent is to gauge whether landowners along the half-mile stretch of Lake Michigan Drive between Kinney and Wilson avenues NW are receptive to a city-sponsored rezoning. Planning Director Frank Wash said the move would allow more consistent development and save money for business owners. The ordinance, adopted in July, was crafted to make the area more pedestrian-friendly and reduce lengthy building setbacks. WYOMING

Costumed sign bearers get city reprieve Planning commissioners rejected a measure that would further restrict pedestrian advertising. The commission voted 7-2 against adding “costumes” to a rule prohibiting people from wearing roadside signs for advertising. Some commissioners think peddlers should be allowed by annual permit. New wording will be reviewed April 20. The commission this month also will reconsider restrictions on commercial banners, streamers, balloons and pennants. Elected officials last year prohibited those kind of signs, though planners wanted to allow them.. ZEELAND

Raises set for nonunion workers Nonunion city employees will get a raise after all. The City Council has approved a 1 percent hike for nonunion city and Board of Public Works employees effective July 1, when a new budget goes into effect. City Manager Tim Klunder initially recommended no pay increase, but reconsidered after the BPW proposed a 2 percent hike for its non-union workers in a separate recommendation.


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were produced since Thanksgiving for the custom order. “We’ve had to work some overtime to get this done,” said Denny Patterson, Kindel’s vice president of operations and finance. “It got us through a slow time and kept our plant’s employees working.” Consistent work is something hard to come by the past couple of years for Kindel, 100 Garden St. SE, which has 85 employees — 65 in manufacturing. That is down from 130 employees in 2008. The order came through Kindel’s relationship with Carlton Varney, an interior designer who is president of New York-based Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc. He worked for the company’s namesake, Dorothy Draper, a renowned interior designer known for her bold, brash style whose work included The Greenbrier. She died in 1969 at age 79. Varney’s work includes restoring and decorating hotels and resorts including The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. He has been curator and interior designer for The Greenbrier for more than 40 years. Varney believes Kindel’s quality, craftsmanship and history made it a natural to work again with The Greenbrier, with which the company has had a relationship since 1999. The project is indicative of Kindel’s increase in customized work, which now comprises more than 20 percent of its business, Patterson said. It also brought the company’s production close to its 2008 levels.


Extravagant: Kindel Furniture in Grand Rapids built this custom-made cabinet and a lot more for The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Kindel Design Director Clare Heyboer said fabricating pieces for public areas of The Casino at Greenbrier meant rescaling, customizing and adapting designs. He points to the Garland Lamp Table, a table in black lacquer and a gold-painted garland which Draper used in 1939 for the lobby of the Arrowhead Springs Hotel near San Bernardino, Calif. Kindel’s retail version of the table, made of cherry solids and veneers, has a suggested retail price of $3,500. For The Greenbrier, Kindel made a version more than twice its size, at 5 feet in diameter, and with a fifth leg to maintain stability. Varney said it was important to make furniture matching the majesty of the old hotel. The Greenbrier was in

3 Calvin students arrested THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — Three Calvin College students were arrested Friday night after popbottle bombs were tossed into a grassy courtyard. Some of the 2-liter bottles exploded. The students were in a dormitory kitchen or common area throwing the bottles out a window onto the courtyard, school spokesman Matt Kucinski said. Grand Rapids police are investigating. Kucinski described the bottle bombs as an unofficial “science experiment.” Police responded because some bombs did not explode.

Kucinski did not know what was inside the bottles. Often, common household products are put in a bottle, and pressure builds until it explodes. Kucinski described the students as “good students.” “They don’t have any record at Calvin College or elsewhere,” he said. He said the students did not want anyone hurt, and the unexploded bottles “wouldn’t have harmed anyone, necessarily.” But, he said, “We’re obviously treating this as a very serious situation.” The Grand Rapids Police Bomb Squad responded, and police reported no injuries. E-mail:

 Kindel Furniture:  The Greenbrier Classic:  The Greenbrier Resort:  Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc.:  High Point Market: Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization when West Virginia businessman and coal magnate James C. Justice II bought it last year for $20.1 million, beating out a bid from Marriott International for the resort formerly owned by CSX Railroad Inc. The resort’s casino is to be converted for private gaming

Signature piece: An elegant G, for Greenbrier, graces this table in the Kindel warehouse.

gatherings. Justice has said he wants to gain back the five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide, formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide. The resort lost the rating in 2000.

High Point, N.C. “Like most companies in 2009, the furniture market was very, very light for us,” he said. But the fourth quarter of 2009 and first quarter of this year were about 25 percent higher than a year earlier, Patterson said. “It was a busy, busy winter,” he said, “but it was a lot of fun.”

Patterson says The Greenbrier order also helped Kindel gear up some introductions and reintroductions for the High Point Market home furnishings exhibition, which runs Saturday through April 22 in


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MECOSTA COUNTY — Burglars ransacked a house and stole numerous items, including firearms and electronics, sheriff’s deputies said. The break-in, in northern Sheridan Township, happened late Thursday or early Friday while the homeowners were gone, Sgt. Mike Mohr said Saturday. The homeowners called police Friday after discovering the damage and losses. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff ’s Department (231) 5920150 or through e-mail tips@

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Choice for grieving families: plastic caskets GREENVILLE COMPANIES PLAN TO SELL LESS-EXPENSIVE OPTION STARTING IN JUNE granite currently make up most of the casket market. The Commemorative Casket USA GREENVILLE — Two Greenville line was unveiled at the International companies are joining forces to pro- Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Asvide a wide selection of innovative sociation Convention in San Antonio. and lower-cost casket options for Dolby said many funeral home direcgrieving families. tors were intrigued by the plastic casBeginning in June, Commemorative kets, featuring top-of-the-line graphics Casket USA will begin production of that imitate the look of wood, colorful its injection-molded thermoplastic granite, paint or even camouflage. caskets, becoming what’s believed to “Basically, all the caskets (at the be the first casket line in the world to funeral show) looked the same,” Doloffer exterior graphics combined with by said. “Baby boomers are coming luxurious interiors. Both companies along, and they want choices.” The graphics for Commemorative are based in the Clarion Technologies building in Greenville. Caskets are made and applied with “As far as we know, we’re the only the same techniques used to make ones doing this,” said John Brown- fake wood paneling in automobiles. low, chief operating officer for Clarion Dolby and Brownlow have spent Technologies Inc. “This is definitely the last year researching the market different. We’re very excited.” they intend to reach with their casW. Craig Dolby, vice president of kets. They already have some orders marketing and sales at Commemora- for their products. tive Caskets, said metal, wood and Production of 12 to 16 design models BY JESSICA DUDENHOFER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Shake on it: Youngsters try to grab the hand of Sesame Street’s Elmo during the 2009 Detroit Thanksgiving parade.

Thanksgiving parade a lesson in fun YPSILANTI — An Eastern Michigan University faculty member said a parade can be a learning opportunity for schoolchildren. The school is working with the nonprofit group that sponsors Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade on a curriculum for students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. “Assistant professor Brigid Beaubien developed curriculum packets to combine the functionality of learning with the fun of a parade,” university spokesman Geoff Larcom said in a news release. Packets are designed to help teachers who take their children to visit The Parade Co.’s studio. They cover facts about the parade, as well as math, English, arts, social studies and science materials based on parade floats.

Some say it’s hunting culture, others blame harsh climate that breeds survivalists BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT TOLEDO BLADE

CLAYTON — With its quiet fields, woodlands, and sleepy farming communities, the Lenawee County area in southeast Michigan hardly seems like a breeding ground for extremists. So when the FBI arrested members of a Christian-based militia for allegedly plotting an attack on police officers in a bid to overthrow the government, it took many residents by surprise. “These small towns are not where you would expect this to happen,” said Sharon Meredith, 59, as she sat with her husband, Steve, at the AnnisFint VFW Post 1584 in Adrian. “It’s a relief that the FBI got ’em before it did happen.”

SAULT STE, MARIE — Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University have announced an early medical school acceptance program for certain undergraduates. The program provides assured admission next year for one junior undergraduate at the Sault Ste. Marie campus into the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State. The program gives preference to students who express interest in a high-need medical specialty or location. Similar programs operate between Michigan State and the University of Michigan-Flint and Northern Michigan, Michigan Technological and Grand Valley State universities. DETROIT — Henry Ford Health System is completing plans to invest $500 million in its flagship hospital in Detroit. The hospital intends to develop a campus south of the main hospital with doctors’ offices, research facilities and an education center. The seven-hospital system plans to work with private developers to create what it calls a Community Health Park on 300 acres of the nearby New Center neighborhood. Henry Ford executives are hoping that project, designed to become a hub for mixed-use housing, retail and other commercial activity, will attract another $500 million. William Schramm, senior vice president for business development, said hospital trustees haven’t yet scheduled discussion of the plan.

Supporting former convicts LANSING — An effort to help Michigan inmates leaving the prison system stay on the right track was the focus of a two-day conference last week in Lansing. The conference was supported by Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit group that runs a program called Out4Life. The program aims to bring together government, businesses, social services and faith-based groups to deal with issues arising from prisoner release. The goal was to establish coalitions in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon and a few other cities to help released prisoners find jobs, housing and services. Michigan has reduced its state prison population in recent years.

Army vet hunts Russian boar NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — The Upper Peninsula woods are littered with deer and bear, but few people know that Russian boar can be found in this Marquette County community. Paul Moilanen, an Army veteran from the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, was given a opportunity to hunt the boar at Bear Mountain. He was selected by the U.P. Whitetails Association.

the 35 percent recyclable construction would reach the consumers who want to “go green.” Brownlow said customers should expect Commemorative Caskets to “be competitive” with today’s common painted eight-gauge metal caskets, though customization options could vary the price. He said they would definitely be cheaper than solid wood or granite caskets. Since the caskets are made with injection-molded plastic, they won’t rust and will outlast wood or metal. The product line also will feature a wide variety of interior fabric and color options, which have been developed and supplied in collaboration with Tiedmann-Bevs Industries of Richmond, Ind. The luxurious interior options are normally offered in the most expensive casket lines, and Commemorative Caskets hopes to offer them at a price everyone can afford.

Michigan no stranger to extremist groups

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will begin in June. Dolby said men have shown more interest in the wood and camouflage designs, while women appreciate the colorful granite options. Brownlow said plans are in the works to offer even more graphic options for caskets. Jeff Marshall, director of Marshall Funeral Homes of Greenville, said he remembers when another casket company tried to sell plastic caskets more than a dozen years ago. “We used to sell some of those before, but they got too fancy and they priced themselves out of the market,” Marshall said. “They were nice-looking caskets, but they were more than the competition.” Marshall believes his customers would be interested in the thermoplastic caskets if they were available at “a reasonable rate.” “If the price is right on them, people will buy them,” he said, adding that

Anti-government extremism not new AP PHOTO

Lived in terror: Livingston County 911 dispatcher Debra Laberdie told her story for this emergency services trade journal.

911 dispatcher draws on violent childhood to teach about abuse

A federal indictment against the Hutaree said its members believed an elitist group led by the Antichrist was attempting to establish a one-world government or “New World Order,” and that all law enforcement officials needed to be killed. Yet despite widespread incredulity over the Hutaree’s alleged maniacal schemes, rumblings of anti-government extremism are hardly new in these parts of rural Michigan. During the 1990s, Lenawee and surrounding counties became a hotbed for militia activity, conspiracy theories, and anti-government rallies, flamed by the vitriol of right-wing underground radio personalities. The rise came amid increased fears over gun control following the election of President Bill Clinton, and anger about the government raids at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. Out of Washtenaw County, militia leader Mark Koernke, or “Mark from Michigan,” made a name for himself with a short-wave radio show broadcast from area fast-food restaurants. During the 1990s in Lenawee County, the Rev. Rick Strawcutter battled the FCC over a radio station he ran out of a church in Adrian. Strawcutter broadcast talks by conservative speakers and his own opinions on gun control and government failings. Federal marshals closed the station in 2001 for operating without a license. A decade later, it appears extreme right-wing groups are on the rise again in Michigan. According to the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty

Law Center, Michigan has more socalled “patriot” groups than any other state in the nation, except Texas. Patriot groups tend to champion extreme, anti-government doctrines and conspiracy theories, although they don’t necessarily advocate or engage in violence, the center says. Of these groups, 32 are militia organizations, with 27 in southeast or mideast Michigan, including the Hutaree.

Groups’ members overlap Many experts are unsure why this area of Michigan appears to have such a large militia following. But Steve Chermak, a professor at Michigan State University who studies domestic extremism, says theorists have come up with a variety of explanations. “Some people would argue it’s part of the hunting and outdoor culture, and guns are a big part of that so it has this sort of history,” Chermak said. Plus, Michigan’s economic problems and high unemployment rate, along with its vast rural expanses that can be used for militia-type activity, might be another reason, the professor said. Amy Cooter, a graduate student at the University of Michigan who has studied militia groups in the state for two years, said she is still trying to figure out why Michigan, and southeast Michigan in particular, has such an active paramilitary culture. She believes some of it may be the accessibility of rural areas for city dwellers interested in shooting and survivalist techniques, and Michigan’s harsh climate, which may breed a certain hardiness among some of its people. But Cooter cautioned that the number of participants in militia groups may not be as large as first appears. “Those groups are overlapped to a large extent. A lot of smaller groups come to trainings with the larger ones,” said Cooter. “... I’d say regular militia members wouldn’t exceed 300 or so” statewide. Various militia representatives in the area have been vocal in distancing themselves from the Hutaree. One of them, the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, posted a message on its Web site following the recent arrest of nine Hutaree members, stating that it had no affiliation with the group. One leader, Michael Lackomar, said he refused a call for help from a fugitive Hutaree member, and instead contacted the police. “I wish the media would stop reporting the Hutaree as a Michigan militia group. They are a cult,” Lee Miracle, the group’s coordinator said. “To have the belief that all law enforcement are bad guys ... that’s a horrible philosophy to embrace.”

appeared in the magazine’s March issue. The trade magazine is part of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. Laberdie was born and raised in Jackson County and graduated in 1988 BY LISA ROOSE-CHURCH from Vandercook Lake High School, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS where she participated in track and cross country. Growing up, Laberdie HOWELL — Debra Laberdie’s first knew that she wanted to work in the memory is at age 3: Her father rises public service field, preferably as a from his recliner and yells at her police officer. However, she felt at a mother while hitting her in the face mere 5-foot-4 and around 100 pounds multiple times. that she would not be intimidating Her father grabs her mother by the enough to the criminal element. arms, pulls her from her chair and “My aunt was a dispatcher, and I throws her across the room against hadn’t thought of that before,” she the couch while Laberdie’s brother said. “It got me into that (public serhugs her in an attempt to protect her. vice) line of work without being in Her father kicks her mother in the the line of fire.” She began dispatching for Jackson stomach until the woman manages to turn her back to his feet, which then County in May 1995 and moved to connect with the woman’s kidneys. Livingston County about five years The beating eventually stops, and ago. When she first started, Laberdie Laberdie’s mother gets up and shuffles said, there were no computer systems out of the room. for keeping track of officers’ cars as “That’s where the memory stops,” there are today. Laberdie said. “I don’t know what Laberdie said the hardest calls to caused my father to lose control that handle as a dispatcher are those inday. ... I can still feel the fear and con- volving children. She also vividly refusion. I can almost feel my brother’s members the time a Jackson County arms around me, trying to protect me, man called 911 to report that he had and it still makes me cry. murdered his wife and was waiting for “I learned to beg for my mother’s officers to come arrest him. life before I was old enough to go to “It’s one of those moments,” she school,” the 39-year-old Handy Town- said. “What was I supposed to ask? ship woman said. My mind froze up. No one had ever Laberdie decided to share her story said this to me.” with her co-workers when it was her Throughout her years as a disturn to present a six-minute training patcher, Laberdie has often heard her module, which is required of each Liv- co-workers question why domestic ingston County 911 Central Dispatch violence victims do not leave the abuser after they have handled a doemployee. Supervisor Mimi Yenshaw was so mestic call. touched by the story that she submit“People need to understand what AP FILE PHOTO ted it to Public Safety Communica- it’s like,” she said. “They have to see tions magazine, and the story, titled what it is like on the other side of the Ready to fight: Michigan State Police exit an armored vehicle March 29 “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave Him?” phone.” in Hillsdale County, during a standoff with a suspected militia member.

Her first memory is of father beating mother


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Kids, kids, calves and more

Creature comfort: Elevenyear-old Sarah Modderman pets her Uncle Nubian goat as she watches over the family farm animals during the spring petting zoo.


The Coopersville Farm Museum is hosting a spring petting zoo on Saturdays in April. Residents and 4-H members bring in their small animals for visitors to pet and learn about. On Saturday, the John Ball Traveling Zoo also brought some of its critters.

A hug and some hair: A dairy goat munches on seven-yearold Kaelynn Walthorn’s hair. Munchies: Two-year-old Heather Hamm of Grand Rapids, above left, and Ava Hares of Ishpeming, center, feed straw to a two monthold dairy goat.

That’s not chicken feed: Seven-year-old Alexa Davis, left, tries to feed straw to a Americana chicken as her sister Lauren, 4, watches.

Young’uns: Two-year-old Madelyn Ruster meets a week-old Brown Swiss calf.


TODAY'S NATIONAL FORECAST Scattered showers will be found along a cold front draped across the eastern United States as well as with a windy low off the California Coast. Mountain snow is possible across the Sierra Range.


Today is the 45th anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. April 11, 1965 saw the second-biggest outbreak in world history. Forty-seven twisters were reported in five Midwestern states, including 12 in Michigan. There were 271 fatalities and 1,500 people were injured. An F4 tornado traveled 21 miles from Ottawa County near Allendale through Walker and Comstock Park (crossing Alpine Avenue NW near Six Mile Road) and up past Rockford. Five people died and 142 were injured. That tornado crossed the path of the 1956 Standale Tornado on Samrick Avenue NE off West River Drive near Belmont. In our area, Palm Sunday tornadoes also struck near Kalamazoo (17 injured there) and Hastings.





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Detroit 61/39

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Marquette 53 | 29

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Green Bay 62 | 32

Alpena 62 | 33 Saginaw

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010




Like old times


Long road

 GOLF: Reality-TV types likely have been disappointed that the only drama at the Masters involves golf. Read more in “Out of Bounds.”

It has been an injuryfilled road for Jeremy Bonderman, who won Saturday for the first time since 2008: Lowlights of 2009:


MAY 16:

E-PINIONS You said it online “The Tigers are off to a 4-1 start. The pitching has been solid, and that will keep them in games all season.” — rellez


Recovering from thoracic outlet compression syndrome surgery, Bonderman pitches for West Michigan Whitecaps and earns the win.


DETROIT — If Magglio Ordonez and Jeremy Bonderman can have bounce-back seasons for the Detroit Tigers, it would be a huge boost to the team’s playoff hopes. Both of them are off to great starts. Ordonez homered and Bonderman earned his first pitching victory since the 2008 season Saturday afternoon as the Tigers claimed a 4-2 win against the Cleveland Indians. Ordonez hit a tworun home run in the first inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. He has two home runs in five games this season after having just two during the first two months of the 2009 season. Magglio “He’s a great hitter,” Ordonez Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He has been for a long time. It’s in the book.” Ordonez struggled through the first half of the 2009 season and, even when he raised his average late in the season, never regained the familiar pop he had while racking up 82 extra-base hits in 2007 and 55 in 2008. He had just 35 extra-base hits last

MAY 20: Injury rehabilitation assignment transferred from West Michigan to Triple A Toledo.

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Beilein’s staff to have new look John Beilein’s coaching staff at Michigan will have a different look next season. Associate head coach Jerry Dunn and assistant coach John Mahoney, both of whom came with Beilein from West Virginia three years ago, are leaving the Wolverines’ program to pursue other opportunities. Beilein promoted administrative specialist Jeff Meyer to an assistant coach. Meyer had been in that role since December. The departures leave one opening on Beilein’s staff.


Quick visit: Bonderman picked up the win on a rehab assignment for the Whitecaps last season.

JUNE 2: Recalled by Tigers.

JUNE 8: Starts and loses at White Sox. He allows six runs in four innings.




Placed on disabled list.


Kelly sees Irish improve Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly is feeling better about the Fighting Irish, three practices after proclaiming “We stink right now.” Kelly doesn’t want to dwell on an overall assessment nearly midway through spring practice. He prefers to say the team is coming along. “This week, I wanted to evaluate three practices and then make a decision,” Kelly said. “In all three practice, we started better, we finished better and we made progress.” BASEBALL

No minors for pitcher Pitcher Mike Leake, the Cincinnati Reds’ top draft pick last June, will make his major league debut today against the Chicago Cubs. Leake, from Arizona State, will be the 21st player since the draft began in 1965 to make the jump without appearing in a minor league game. The last was Xavier Nady in 2000. — Press wire services

Tigers 4, Indians 2

Joined Toledo for a rehab assignment, Makes 11 appearances, all in relief.

SEPT. 1: Recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Toledo by the Tigers. Appears in seven games, solely in relief.


Back in form: Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman unloads in the third inning against Cleveland on Saturday. Bonderman allowed just one hit, struck out five and walked two in five innings to earn the victory.

Next game: Detroit (Justin Verlander 0-0, 7.20) vs. Cleveland (Jake Westbrook 0-1, 11.25), 1:05 p.m. today at Comerica Park TV, radio: FSD-Plus, WJRW-AM (1340), WHTCAM (1450), WKZO-AM (590)

Mickelson flies with eagles back-to-back eagles. He missed an unprecedented third in a row by just 6 inches. Mickelson shot a 67 to earn a spot in the final pairing with Westwood today. Tiger Woods had an inconsistent THE ASSOCIATED PRESS round but rallied for his second consecutive 70. He is only four strokes off AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Westwood is Westwood’s pace, a 12-under 204. K.J. the leader going to the final round of Choi also is at 208, with 50-year-old the Masters after shooting a 4-under Fred Couples another stroke behind. 68. That leaves him one stroke ahead No matter who was leading at the of Phil Mickelson. end of the day, this round figured to be Lefty caused the biggest stir Satur- remembered for Mickelson’s dazzling day by becoming only the third golfer play on the back side. in Augusta National history to make It started at the par-5 13th, where he

Westwood has lead, but Lefty electrifies Masters crowd

MORE  Sixteen-year-old Matteo Manassero youngest to make Masters cut, C6

ON AIR  The Masters: 2 p.m. today on CBS reached the green in two shots, then rolled in an 8-foot putt for eagle. The next hole was really extraordinary. From 139 yards away, in the middle of the fairway, he struck a SEE MASTERS, C6


Phil it up: Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during Saturday’s third round.

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A sampling of what our online readers are saying. For more, go to SPARTANS “Sure hope this works out for (Keith) Nichol. No doubt his college career to this point has not gone at all how he expected it would coming out of H.S. Surprised how big he’s getting, too. He keeps this up and he’ll be looking at tight end next year!” — Spartwins on Nichol’s move to wide receiver “(Korie) Lucious and (Durrell) Summers stepped up big time in this tournament. Another great run fueled by these two players. Summers grew more mentally than anything else. The talent has always been there. I’m trying to be happy that we got to yet another Final Four.” — micha11day “(Tom) Izzo doesn’t develop NBA caliber players. The best were (Zach) Randolph and (Jason) Richardson, each of whom developed because they got away from Izzo-ball, which doesn’t translate into NBA skills.” — michfan4borw

TIGERS “This is the fourth straight year the Tigers have a top-five payroll. If we don’t win the divison, major changes have to be made. (Manager Jim) Leyland and (GM Dave) Dombrowski might have to be gone.” — bassethounds “Tigers fans have to be the biggest bandwagon fans in all of sports. Certainly the most of any team in Detroit. After every loss its the end of the world and the team and all of its players are awful. After every win we’re great.” — Funkadillo2


Well, it looks like the NCAA is going to ignore common sense, broad general opinion and basic sanity and expand the Big Dance. (Say goodbye to Cinderella and hello to corporate greed. Well, more than already exists anyway. Can’t we go the other way and shrink the tournament? Hi, Virginia Tech. Want in? How about you win more.) For those who want to load up on ammo for quality arguments — and not just the wild ramblings of some goofy writer — about why a 96-team NCAA tournament is a worse idea than giving Sarah Palin her own show, The Dagger blog at Yahoo is here to help. It put together 96 reasons why the field shouldn’t expand from 65. Here are the first five:  No. 1: It will detract from the regular season because, really, how much drama is going to be attached to making the cut?  No. 2: Pools will become a burden. (And don’t you think that getting the whole thing on a single page will become like solving a Rubic’s bracket?)  No. 3: If the NCAA wants to create something new, how about a football playoff?  No. 4: The drama will be drained from conference tournaments.  No. 5: Barking. Not only will the teams that miss the cut whine endlessly, but so will all those that don’t get first-round byes. And what will happen

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You hear that, K.J. Choi? Everyone is excited about your prospects!

And finally According to England’s Daily Mail, the security force at Augusta National was boosted with 82 guys who look like they should be in Old Spice body wash ads. Scott Wellington, the tournament director for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, said: “You will have a private security firm of ex-police officers, retired FBI agents and former Secret Service guys for the fairways, while armed law enforcement from the sheriff’s department give the final degree of protection.”


So, basically, the kind of guys that should have been following Tiger Woods around a few years ago.

Quickly Reader response: From Lefthanded Louie: “Is anyone surprised that MSU’s players reacted to their loss to Butler in a more mature manner than their coach? It’s about time sports fans stopped fawning all over this Final Four specialist. Attention, Coach Izzo: There are no Final Four banners in Pauley Pavilion. Win this thing a few times, and maybe someone will listen to your whining.” Michael Zuidema compiles The Benchwarmer via Press wire services. Have a question or comment? E-mail him at:


3 p.m. — IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama. Versus 4 p.m. — MotoGP Qatar. Speed

Anaheim at New York Yankees. MLB Network 4 p.m. — Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB Network



1:30 p.m. — New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays. TBS 2 p.m. — Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox. WGN 8 p.m. — St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers. ESPN

8 p.m. — Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls. TNT 10:30 p.m. — Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns. TNT



No Fernando: Jose Valverde, above, already has equaled the number of blown saves as Fernando Rodney had last season.

COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon — Purdue at Michigan. Big Ten Network

COLLEGE LACROSSE “I believe (Fernando) Rodney only blew only one save last year. So (Jose) Valverde has to be perfect the rest of the season. Angels got a great set up guy.” — oldnavy

RED WINGS “Our best chance of advancing in the playoffs is against Phoenix. They have no playoff experience.” — grippy “I think you will see Chicago play to lose on sunday if it comes down to them playing Detroit in the first round or someone else. No body wants to play the wings in the first round.” — sparrow6 “Just in the past several years, Jean Sebastien Guigurere, Jonas Hiller, Marc-Andre Fluery, and several other untested goalies have really surprised teams in the playoffs. The way Jimmy (Howard) has played, he just may step up at playoff time to prove his worth.” — flintishome “If it was any other team going into the playoffs I would be concerned with a rookie goaltender, however, the team Howard has in front of him has tons of playoff experience, I just think that alone will rub off on him.” — jay9p1


Noon — Notre Dame at Georgetown. ESPNU

COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m. — South Carolina at Kentucky. ESPNU 3 p.m. — Ohio State at Illinois. Big Ten Network

GOLF 2 p.m. — The Masters, Final round. CBS

NBA 1 p.m. — Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers. ABC 3:30 p.m. — Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers. ABC

NHL Noon — Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals. NBC 3 p.m. — Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks. FSD

RODEO 9 p.m. — Bull Riding: PBR Nampa Invitational. Versus

2:54 — English Premier League: Chelsea vs. Bolton Wanderers. ESPN2

WEDNESDAY 1 p.m. — Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers. FSD 1 p.m. — Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins. MLB Network 8 p.m. — Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals. ESPN2

NBA 8 p.m. — Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards. ESPN 8 p.m. — Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves. FSD 10:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz. ESPN

6 p.m. — Northwestern at Michigan. Big Ten Network


10 p.m. — Friday Night Fights. ESPN2 11 p.m. — Boxing. Showtime

1 p.m. — PGA Verizon Heritage. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA Verizon Heritage. CBS 4 p.m. — PGA Champions: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. NBC 6:30 p.m. — PGA Nationwide: Fresh Express Classic. Golf Channel

7 p.m. — Georgia at Arkansas. ESPN2

GOLF 12:30 p.m. — PGA Champions: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA Verizon Heritage. Golf Channel 6:30 p.m. — PGA Nationwide: Fresh Express Classic. Golf Channel

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — 2010 Jordan Brand Classic: East vs. West. ESPN2





1 p.m. — WTA: Family Circle Cup, Quarterfinal. ESPN2

1 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. NBC 7 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus 10 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals . Versus


3 p.m. — Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies. MLB Network 7 p.m. — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees. MLB Network



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7 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus 10 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus


3 p.m. — PGA Verizon Heritage. Golf Channel 6:30 p.m. — PGA Nationwide: Fresh Express Classic. Golf Channel


Noon — Georgetown at Loyola Md.. ESPNU 4 p.m. — Army vs. Navy. ESPNU 6:30 p.m. — Smartlink Day of Rivals: Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland. ESPNU 8:30 p.m. — Duke at Virginia. ESPNU





12:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Samsung Mobile 500, practice. Speed 1:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Samsung Mobile 500, Final Practice. Speed 3:30 p.m. — NASCAR Nationwide Series: O’Reilly 300. ESPN2 8 p.m. — American Le Mans Series Long Beach. Speed

7 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus 10 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus




7 p.m. — MLS: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC. ESPN2


9 p.m. — Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights. CBS 10 p.m. — Sergio Martinez vs. Kelly Pavlik, Middleweights. HBO

1 p.m. — WTA: Family Circle Cup, round of 16. ESPN2



1 p.m. — Ohio State at Michigan State. Big Ten Network

HUGE Mondays

4 p.m. — Regional coverage. Fox 9 p.m. — Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners. FSD, MLB Network


1 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Samsung Mobile 500, practice. Speed 2:30 p.m. — NASCAR Nationwide Series: O’Reilly 300, qualifying.


2 p.m. — Auburn Spring Game. ESPNU 3 p.m. — Alabama Spring Game. ESPN

Saturday COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The annual Grand Valley State football spring game is noon Saturday at Lubbers Field. The game, the culmination of spring practices, will follow a different scoring system that allows the defense and offense to post a score even for successes such as stopping or maintaining a drive. Tickets are $3 and are available at GVSU’s athletic ticket office.

Saturday INDOOR FOOTBALL: The West Michigan ThunderHawks return to action at the DeltaPlex on Saturday for a game against the Green Bay Blizzard. Game time is 7 p.m. Ticket information is available by calling (616) 364-9000 or by going to www. westmichiganthunderhawks. com.


7 p.m. — Conference quarterfinals. Versus 10 p.m. — Conference quarterfinal. Versus


1 p.m. — Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers. FSD 2 p.m. — Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs. WGN 4 p.m. — Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins. ESPN 7 p.m. — Cincinnati Reds at Florida Marlins. MLB Network

2:15 p.m. — Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs. MLB Network 10 p.m. — Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners. FSD

The Storm Classic Basketball Tournament is returning to the Grand Rapids area Friday-Sunday, featuring high school and youth divisions. Cornerstone, MVP Fieldhouse, the C.A.T Athletic Complex, as well as Northview, NorthPointe, East Grand Rapids and Christian High Schools will be hosting games.

— Press staff

3 p.m. — First round playoff. ABC 5:30 p.m. — First round, Game 1. ESPN 8 p.m. — First round, Game 1. ESPN 10:30 p.m. — First round, Game 1. ESPN

9:55 a.m. — English Premier League. ESPN2 3 p.m. — Spanish Primera Division. ESPN2





“Say what you will about the quality of the management team of the Lions. I’ve been following this team since the 60’s and don’t remember this many sensible moves during those 50 or so years. NBA This team is at long last moving in 7:30 p.m. — Toronto Raptors at the right direction.” The Detroit Huge Show’s Simonson Pistons.Bill FSD — musthaveD 8 p.m. — D-League “(GM Martin) Mayhew seems to sharpens his pencil to writeNBA Versus be more engaged in his job than The Huge Opinion feature in TUESDAY his predecessor, the worst GM in The BASEBALL Grand Rapids Press Sports professional sports history, but p.m. Monday. — Kansas City Royals at I’ll save real props until they start section1 each Detroit Tigers. FSD winning.” 1 p.m. — Los Angeles Angels of — 1johngalt

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ESPN2 4:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Samsung Mobile 500, qualifying. Speed 7:30 p.m. — Auto ARCA Series: Texas. Speed

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THE BUZZ WHAT TO WATCH Today GOLF: The Masters final round, 2 p.m. on CBS Tiger Woods will draw 99.9 percent of the viewers’ eyes — give or take — but Fred Couples and Tom Watson would be a lot more fun to follow.

Today NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m. on FSD Hockey as it should be. Two bitter rivals, jockeying for postseason positioning on the final day of the regular season, knowing they still could meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs. You can almost smell the blood.

Monday BASEBALL: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers, 1 p.m. on FSD Wait, didn’t the Tigers just play the Royals? Nice schedule variety, Major League Baseball. This must be the matchup the Midwest has been salivating for.

Wednesday NBA:

SOCCER 7:30 p.m. — English Premier League. ESPN2

TENNIS 1 p.m. — WTA: Family Circle Cup, semifinal. ESPN2


Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. on FSD It would be tempting to make a D-League joke here — but that wouldn’t be kind to the D-League. (Hi-yo!) — Michael Zuidema


12:45 p.m. — Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers. WJRW-AM (1340), WHTC-AM (1450), WKZO-AM (590) 1:30 p.m. — Ft. Wayne TinCaps at West Michigan Whitecaps . WBBLFM (107.3)


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BY THE NUMBERS Red Wings statistics Through Friday PLAYER

Gathering of Wings: Andreas Lilja, left, Todd Bertuzzi, and Niklas Kronwall, right, greet goalie Jimmy Howard after a Detroit win at Nashville. The Red Wings will be wearing their road white uniform more often during the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.


DETROIT — To reach their desired destination — the Stanley Cup finals — the Detroit Red Wings will travel more than ever before in the playoffs. This is where being one of only two Western Conference clubs in the eastern time zone helps. “We’ve been doing it for a lot of years,” Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “The whole team is used to traveling a lot, going out to the West Coast, having those long flights. “You have to play well on the road to have success in the playoffs. It’s a bigger test for us now that we’re starting on the road.” The Red Wings will play Phoenix, Vancouver or San Jose in the first round, which starts Wednesday or Thursday. It will mark the first time since 1991 that Detroit has not had homeice advantage in the opening round.

UP NEXT Red Wings at Blackhawks

determined was the Red Wings would not face the Blackhawks in the first round.

Detroit peaking for playoffs

Faceoff: 3 p.m. today at Chicago TV, radio: FSD, WJRW-AM (1340)

The Red Wings will head into the playoffs with confidence and momentum, sporting a 15-3-2 record since the Olympic break. They are a combined 8-1-3 against their three potenChicago, something he antici- tial first-round opponents. pated at the Olympic break. “That’s because they get But he is concerned about the excited to play those games,” potential for several long trips Babcock said. to the West Coast. Today’s game only will de“It still has a huge affect termine playoff seeding. While on you,” Babcock said. “The other clubs might want to avoid three-hour time change is a facing the healthy, peaking and huge thing, and then coming playoff-savvy Red Wings in the back, depending on when they first round, Detroit players say schedule the following game, it doesn’t matter who they play that’s a tough one, too. because there is not much sep“If you can avoid long travel aration between the teams. early in the playoffs, it helps. “From a fans’ perspective, It’s a marathon, it just keeps go- that’s what they want and it’s ing on. They say they’re best- what the NHL wants, to come of-seven (series), but really, down to the end (for seeding),” they’re a race to four (wins). If forward Todd Bertuzzi said. you get them done fast, that’s “We’re just concentrating on the key.” what we’re doing, making sure S a i d c e n t e r H e n r i k our game is sharp. In the past First game on the road Zetterberg: “It wears on your week, we’ve gone over every It will be the first time since body to do a lot of travel. Over area of our game to make sure the 2000 Western Conference the course of a playoff run, you everyone knows what we’re dosemifinals against Colorado hope you get at least one short ing when we’re out there, just to that the Red Wings have started travel.” get ready for the postseason.” a playoff series on the road. Before Saturday night’s Brad Stuart thinks facing the Coach Mike Babcock is games, Detroit had the poten- rival Blackhawks will help keep happy his team’s postsea- tial to finish anywhere from Detroit focused. “It’ll be a good way for us to son fate doesn’t hinge on to- fifth to seventh in the conferday’s regular-season finale at ence. The only thing that was finish up,” Stuart said.

SPOTLIGHT NHL Today’s best bet New York Rangers (38-33-10) at Philadelphia (40-35-6). Both teams have 86 points. The winner of this game gets the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Saturday’s star Rookie Devan Dubnyk made 52 saves and denied the Los Angeles Kings’ last two shootout attempts, leading the league-worst Edmonton Oilers past the Kings 4-3 Making good use of penalties The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff berth thanks to three short-handed goals 64 seconds apart on the same penalty that led to a 4-2 victory against Carolina. The Bruins have 89 points, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with one game remaining. Injury report  Ottawa will make its playoff run without veteran forward Alex Kovalev. The 37-yearold Russian tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a 4-3 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.  Colorado rookie Matt Duchene is doubtful for the regular-season finale today against Los Angeles with a torso injury. Duchene hurt his torso in a center-ice collision against Edmonton on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Duchene was the third pick in the 2009 draft and has been a big reason the Avalanche are returning to the playoffs this season. He leads all NHL rookies in goals (24) and points (55). — Press wire services




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of 10 from the field and hit 4 of 5 3-pointers for Charlotte, which shot 54 percent to offset 15 turnovers. Bynum and Charlie Villanueva added 12 points apiece for the short-handed Pistons, who were again without Richard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hamilton (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (rib). CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Larry The Bobcats, who clinched Hughes scored 18 points, D.J. their first playoff berth on Augustin hit the go-ahead Wednesday, also came in with jumper with just over a minute injury worries, and there was left, and the Charlotte Bobcats confusion in the locker room used their depth to hold off the about an hour before tipoff as Detroit Pistons 99-95 on Satur- they scrambled to send in their day night. inactive player list. Gerald Wallace and SteIt appeared at first that the phen Jackson added 14 points Bobcats were going to rest apiece and Augustin had 13 for Wallace, who has been playthe Bobcats, who improved ing with a sore left shoulder. to 31-9 at home and kept their But assistant coaches Jeff Capel slim hopes alive for overtak- and Dave Hanners then came ing Miami for the sixth seed to Wallace’s locker again a few GOALIE GM W-L GAA SV% in the Eastern Conference and minutes later to tell him he was JIMMY HOWARD 62 36-15 2.27 .924 avoiding a first-round playoff playing. CHRIS OSGOOD 23 7-9 3.02 .888 matchup with Orlando. That came after Felton was Ben Gordon scored 17 of his scratched with flulike symp21 points in the second half, and toms, and it was determined Griffins statistics Jason Maxiell added 14 points forward Tyrus Thomas would Through Friday for the Pistons, who missed miss his third consecutive PLAYER GM G A PTS four consecutive shots with a game after his dislocated right JEREMY WILLIAMS 75 27 31 58 chance to take the lead in the thumb proved too painful in PATRICK RISSMILLER 69 20 27 47 final minute as their three-game warmups. MATTIAS RITOLA 71 19 22 41 winning streak was snapped. Jackson played after sitting JAN MURSAK 77 24 18 42 Playing without ill point out Friday’s game with a sore FRANCIS PARE 75 15 23 38 guard Raymond Felton, the right hamstring, saying before DOUG JANIK 65 6 30 36 Bobcats struggled to put away the game that he felt “a lot betKRIS NEWBURY 52 11 22 33 the Pistons, who had knocked ter.” But he shot just 4 of 11 in CORY EMMERTON 74 12 24 36 off playoff teams Atlanta and 28 minutes. TOMAS TATAR 57 16 15 31 Miami in the past week folJAMIE TARDIF 75 16 16 32 lowing their 11-game losing UPDATE LOGAN PYETT 78 9 21 30 streak. JAKUB KINDL 71 3 29 32 The lead changed hands Bobcats 99, JOHN VIGILANTE 77 11 14 25 seven times in the final 5 minPistons 95 JORDAN OWENS 65 7 16 23 utes, after Detroit rallied from RILEY ARMSTRONG 53 14 10 24 an 11-point third quarter Next game: ANDY DELMORE 54 5 15 20 deficit. Detroit vs. JUSTIN ABDELKADER 32 11 11 22 Toronto, 7 p.m. Augustin, who started in FelEVAN MCGRATH 57 8 11 19 ton’s spot, hit a fadeaway with Monday BRAD MAY 16 5 5 10 1:11 left put Charlotte ahead 96at The Palace SERGEI KOLOSOV 64 2 6 8 95 before the Pistons got four of Auburn Hills TRAVIS EHRHARDT 41 0 5 5 chances after three offensive TV: FSD PAUL CROSTY 57 0 2 2 rebounds. DETROIT (95) OLE-KRISTIAN TOLLEFSEN15 1 0 1 But Gordon missed twice in Prince 3-9 1-2 8, Jerebko 3-5 0-0 8, B.Wallace 3-6 0-0 6, Bynum 4-12 4-5 12, Gordon 7-20 7-8 21, BRIAN LASHOFF 4 0 2 2 the sequence, including a midMaxiell 6-6 2-7 14, Daye 3-7 2-2 9, Summers 0-1 0-0 TOM GALVIN 4 0 1 1 range jumper from the right of 0, Villanueva 5-10 1-2 12, Atkins 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 36-79 17-26 95. RYAN STOKES 7 0 1 1 the lane with 17 seconds left. CHARLOTTE (99) GOALIE GM W-L GAA SV% After Wallace hit 1 of 2 free G.Wallace 5-9 4-6 14, Diaw 3-6 2-2 8, Ratliff 4-6 0-0 8, Augustin 6-12 0-0 13, Jackson 4-11 5-6 14, DANIEL LARSSON 51 22-24 2.89 .902 throws, Will Bynum missed a Chandler 1-1 9-10 11, Hughes 6-10 2-2 18, D.Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Graham 5-6 0-0 11. Totals 35-65 22-26 99. THOMAS MCCOLLUM 31 10-15 3.39 .885 contested runner in the lane Detroit 20 23 26 26 95 before Hughes hit two free Charlotte 19 31 24 25 99 throws with 5 seconds left. 3-Point Goals—Detroit 6-21 (Jerebko 2-2, Prince 1-1, Atkins 1-2, Villanueva 1-3, Daye 1-3, Summers 0-1, “They’ve had a great season. It was Hughes’ best game Bynum 0-3, Gordon 0-6), Charlotte 7-15 (Hughes 4-6, Graham 1-1, Augustin 1-4, Jackson 1-4). Fouled It’s always a challenge to play with Charlotte after being Out—None. Rebounds—Detroit 43 (B.Wallace 10), them. The speed they play at signed on March 13. EnterCharlotte 43 (Jackson, Ratliff 6). Assists—Detroit 26 (Gordon 7), Charlotte 27 (Augustin 9). Total will be similar to the speed the ing having made just 13 of his Fouls—Detroit 23, Charlotte 22. A—19,328 (19,077). games will be in the playoffs — last 54 shots, Hughes shot 6 whoever we’re playing. It’ll be a good preparation game for us.” BY THE NUMBERS

Wings control playoff fate DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings control their own destiny in the three-way race for fifth place in the Western Conference. Detroit and Nashville are tied for fifth with 100 points each. Los Angeles is in seventh with 99 points. The Predators have no more games left but are assured of having the tie-breaker against both the Red Wings and the Kings based on more wins.

If the Red Wings beat Chicago today, they will clinch fifth place and draw Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs, regardless of what happens in the L.A.-Colorado game. If the Red Wings lose in overtime or a shootout, and the Kings lose to Colorado, either in regulation or an overtime/shootout, Detroit will still f inish f ifth and play Phoenix. If the Red Wings lose in

overtime or a shootout, and the Kings beat Colorado, Detroit will finish sixth and play Vancouver. If the Red Wings and Kings both lose in regulation, Detroit will finish sixth and play Vancouver. If the Red Wings lose in regulation, and the Kings gain at least one point against the Avalanche, Detroit will finish seventh and play San Jose. — Ansar Khan

Griffins assured of last place While Lake Erie is done, the Griffins finish their season today at Milwaukee. Grand Rapids’ loss to Chicago was all about special teams. The Wolves scored on THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS 2-of-5 power play attempts in the first two periods as part of CHICAGO — A slim chance a 4-0 lead. Included in those four goals of escaping the North Division basement has turned into no was a shorthanded score by chance for the Grand Rapids Spencer Machacek at 1:11 of the Griffins. second period. After a flicker of hope with a Grand Rapids entered the win on Friday, the Griffins lost game ranked just 24th in the to the Chicago Wolves 6-4 on 29-team AHL in penalty killing Saturday to clinch a last-place at 80.2 percent. finish. While Chicago was taking The loss combined with Lake advantage of its power play, Erie gaining a point in Satur- Grand Rapids’ first two goals day’s shootout loss to Abbots- were power plays, including ford means the Griffins are Francis Pare’s 15th of the year assured with finishing last in at 15:01 of the second period to cut the lead to 4-1. the North. Grand Rapids, which needed After Chicago upped its lead to sweep its final two games to 5-1 on a goal by Johnny Pohl to escape the basement, has at 15:27 of the second period, 73 points while Lake Erie, the Griffins made it close. Jerewhich lost to the Griffins on my Williams scored on a power Friday, ended its season with play with less than 14 minutes left, then he scored again with 77 points.

Wolves capitalize on power plays early

Pistons’ win streak stopped by Bobcats

UPDATE Wolves 6, Griffins 4 Next game: Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. today Radio: WOOD-AM (1300)

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Tonight’s best Chicago (38-41) at Toronto (34-41). The Raptors are without Chris Bosh and wrestling the Bulls for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday’s star Jamal Crawford scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half and Atlanta snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 9:49 left to cut the margin to 105-95 win against Washington. 5-3. The two scores gave Williams 29 goals this season. The Wolves’ Pohl seemed to clinch the win when he scored his second goal of the game at 17:24. But Williams completed a natural hat trick with his third goal with 19 seconds left, and then it appeared the Griffins had closed to one goal on a score by Mattias Ritola with 4.4 seconds to go. But it was disallowed when officials ruled the goal was kicked into the net.

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Garnett rests, not injured Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed Boston’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday to rest. Coach Doc Rivers said nothing is wrong with Garnett, but that he looked sluggish in Boston’s 106-96 loss to Washington on Friday night. Rivers says they need Garnett, but it’s important to make sure he’s ready for the postseason and healthy. — Press news service




















Crowded backfield for Michigan U-M eyes Shaw and others for starting RB BY DAVE BIRKETT

With one week left in spring practice, no one in Michigan’s crowded backfield has laid claim to the starting running back job. Vincent Smith, the leading candidate after his 276yard freshman season, is out this spring as he rehabs from knee surgery. Other contenders like Mike Shaw, Mike Cox and Fitzgerald Toussaint have traded big moments with inconsistent play. “Last year I think sometimes those guys had the mindset that (Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown) were there and these kids have the mindset sometimes it’s not my turn,” offensive coordinator Calvin Magee said. “What we’re trying to get them to understand, it is your turn if you compete for it and can win the job.” Of the five scholarship backs in camp, Shaw has the most experience. He played in 10 games as a true freshman, made three starts last year and has the speed Michigan coach Rich Rodriguezwants in his superback. Cox, a third-year sophomore, played sparingly last year, while Toussaint redshirted after fracturing his shoulder. True freshmen Stephen Hopkins and Austin White also are in the mix as early enrollees, with Hopkins the better bet to contribute next year as a big back. “The guys that have a little more experience have done pretty well,” Rodriguez said. “Mike Shaw has had a couple really good days and a couple days where we expected more

What to do with No. 2? LIONS SEE NO REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCCOY, SUH with Oklahoma’s attacking style and McCoy would have prospered in Nebraska’s twogap defense. “You look for different characteristics and I think both of those guys fit what we’re looking for, and I think both of them would do BY TOM KOWALSKI well in what we would ask PRESS NEWS SERVICE them to do.” The kind of defense the Lions ALLEN PARK — If it’s want to employ — play the run possible to be one of the top on the way to the quarterback three picks in the NFL draft — is much closer to the kind and also be an invisible man, of scheme McCoy played at Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy is Oklahoma. McCoy said he has pulling it off. played that aggressive style his McCoy, a talented and entire life, since he attended an versatile defensive tackle, Oklahoma football camp duris being overshadowed by ing high school. “With us penetrating, we’re media darling Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska’s brilliant defensive more disruptors,” McCoy said tackle. The Detroit Lions have at the NFL’s scouting combine. the No. 2 overall pick in the “We disrupt the play and make April 22 draft and coach Jim sure it doesn’t get past the line Schwartz said there really is no of scrimmage.” discernible difference between McCoy said he and Suh know the two players. how closely they are linked and “They were asked to do they have enjoyed a friendly d i f f e r e n t t h i n g s ,” s a i d rivalry. Schwartz, adding that Suh “We’re real good friends,” would have been successful McCoy said. “Everybody is Editor’s note: This is the first segment of a 12-part series on the NFL draft and some of the prospects the Detroit Lions will consider in the top three rounds. Today: Gerald McCoy. Monday: Jahvid Best.



Looking ahead: Running back Michael Shaw watches teammates run through drills during spring football practice.

out of him. But he’s worked extremely hard and … has enough experience that we can expect a lot out of him. Mike Cox is a very physical, very talented guy that this is going to be a critical spring for him, as I said before. And so far he’s shown it.” Still, with little separation, Magee said Michigan likely will use a committee approach at running back for the third MICHAEL c o n s e c u t i v e y e a r. T h e Wolverines haven’t had a 600yard rusher since 2007, and COLLEGE HOCKEY six players topped 40 carries last season, including quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. “You go into a season wishing you could have three or four of them ready to go at any time,” Magee said. “It’s always good to have backs with ETROIT — Heading into multiple talents that could do Saturday night’s Frozen different things so you could Four championship at Ford feel like you can not lose a beat Field, Boston College and Wisconsin were a case study when you put one in.” in similarities. Both had 28 wins this season; BC at 28-10-3, Wisconsin at 28-10-4. Both had played outdoor winter games in non-hockey venues; the Eagles lost 3-2 to Boston University in front of 38,472 fans at Fenway Park, while the Badgers beat Michigan 3-2 before 55,031 at Camp Randall Stadium. Both lineups were littered with 14" NHL-caliber talent; the Eagles TIRES have had nine players drafted, FROM while the Badgers have 11. And both boasted a long tradition of college hockey prestige; BC has three titles, Wisconsin has six. Actually, EA make that four crowns for BC. P185/60R-14 • P195/60R-14 Inevitably, the scale that balances comparable from from opponents is tipped by one factor. And with the NCAA $ $ championship on the line, that detail turned out to be the speed of Boston College. Boston College used its fleetness to prevent the P185/65R-15 P195/60R-15 P205/55R-16 P215/60R-16 Badgers from finding any kind P195/65R-15 P205/60R-15 P205/60R-16 P225/60R-16 of flow throughout, and the


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is a position that has enough impact to be worthy of a high pick. The St. Louis Rams have the first overall choice and are expected to take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, but they have not ruled out Suh or McCoy. “I think you can justify any position — almost any position — if you feel like that person is going to be enough of an impact on your team in the first year,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I remember in Philly in the 2000 draft, we somehow ended up with the sixth pick and took (defensive tackle) Corey Simon. Corey came in and started the first game and got a sack on his very first play of the game. I think he made a difference.” While Suh seems to get the nod over McCoy in the court of public opinion, when coaches talk about the best defensive tackle in the draft, they don’t separate the two. “Both guys are really, really impressive,” Spagnuolo said.

late caution and holding off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap shootout. Kyle Busch was cruising to what would have given him a weekend sweep when a caution flag came out with three laps reTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS maining. When the lead-lap cars pitted, Busch took four tires and AVONDALE, Ariz. — Ryan came out eighth — behind seven Newman broke a 77-race Sprint cars that took only two tires. Gordon beat everybody out Cup winless streak Saturday night at Phoenix International of the pits, but Newman went Raceway, taking the lead after a inside and took over the lead,

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Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night. “All I know is that I paid back NASCAR by winning,” Busch said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Busch took advantage of a late caution to edge Kevin HarAVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle vick by 1.55 seconds for his 32nd Busch lost his lead on a dis- career Nationwide victory and puted restart that led to a red third at the oddly shaped mile flag. There was the penalty on track. But that didn’t erase his the ensuing restart that put him anger about the call that took 20 seconds back, and a pit-road him out of the lead. collision with his teammate on “This is an issue,” Busch said the last crucial stop. after the race. “It will be a disYet, Busch still managed to cussion (with NASCAR). It’s win the NASCAR Nationwide not done yet.”

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Live it up: Boston College goaltender John Muse celebrates the Eagles’ 5-0 win against Wisconsin with teammates Matt Price and Brian Gibbons.

Eaves said. “In the third period, we never got that next goal that could have possibly changed the game. They got the next four and the game was just about over.” The Frozen Four was the latest in a long line of major sporting events to grace the Detroit scene in the past decade, a list that already included the Ryder Cup, Super Bowl, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and last year’s Final Four in men’s basketball. And that rundown doesn’t even include World Series, NBA finals and Stanley Cup finals appearances that local teams brought to town. No doubt, the NCAA and tourney organizers would tell you the event was a touchdown, to use a phrase that’s more commonly associated with Ford Field (even if it’s not a term familiar to the Lions). And the event certainly had its perks. The spectacle of

playing hockey in a football stadium was a sight to behold, even if it did prevent any element of intimacy — and made the organizer’s original pipe dream of placing the rink at the 50yard line and packing the place with more than 60,000 fans unfathomable, unless Michigan had been able to sneak past Miami (Ohio) in the Midwest Regional finals. The ice may not always have been perfect, and three consecutive blowouts in the semifinals and final stole a little of the overall thunder, but the NCAA still should be commended for putting on an enjoyable and ambitious event that drew a combined 72,546 fans to Hockeytown. One thing is for sure: Boston College won’t be complaining. “I thought it was an A-plus,” York said. E-mail:

and held on. Gordon finished second and series points leader Jimmie Johnson, who won four of the previous five races at Phoenix, was third. Newman’s last victory was the 2008 Daytona 500. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin raced 10 days after having surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, and skipped a chance to get out of the car during an extended pit stop for

repair work on the car. When there was a caution for debris on lap 135 Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, Hamlin came in for his crew to repair damage behind the front right tire and attempt to solve an ongoing electrical problem by changing the batteries. Hamlin opted to stay in the car, not giving way to relief driver Casey Mears.

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Eagles used four third-period goals to pull away for a 5-0 victory, their second national title in the past three years. “To win two national championships for our juniors and seniors has never been done in Boston College history,” said coach Jerry York, who won his 850th career game and advanced to his seventh final at BC. “We have a long and very storied history in all the sports, and for these guys to bring two trophies back to Boston College, what a career they’ve had.” Said senior Matt Price: “This program strives to be excellent, strives for the top, and this is it. Our guys just have it inherently — they want to win. It was an unbelievable season.” The victory also avenged the Eagles’ loss in the 2006 championship game, which the Badgers won 2-1 in Milwaukee. Like that game, Wisconsin essentially played in front of a home crowd, as red and white outnumbered maroon and gold by at least a two-toone margin. (However, that doesn’t include the orange of RIT, whose fans decided to stick around after Thursday’s semifinal loss to provide endless entertainment for the record crowd of 37,592.) But the Badgers were hampered by penalty trouble early, couldn’t capitalize on a couple of breakaways and eventually found themselves in a hole that was too big to climb out of. “They played a very good game and they deserved to win,” Wisconsin coach Mike

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expecting us to be bumping heads. The day we met, we met on the field and he said ‘Go out there and ball out, go get that Gerald money.’ I said the same thing McCoy to him and it’s been like that ever since.” The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the third overall pick and they are expected to take Suh or McCoy, perhaps the player who is left after Detroit’s selection. “You’re talking about two dynamic guys and two guys who bring dynamic aspects to the game,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “You’re talking about two guys who are slightly different but are both dominant. They were asked to do two different things. “(McCoy) might have the (runstopping) power that Suh has, but he’s just not asked to do it.” There have been questions about whether defensive tackle

Boston College takes fast route to title




Busch had already led 121 laps when he lost the lead on a restart that was immediately followed by an accordion-like pileup that involved at least 10 cars and brought out a nearly 10-minute red flag. Brad Keselowski, who finished third and took over the series points lead, was on the inside for that restart on lap 137 of 200. Busch, then the leader, was on the outside but went through the restart zone without accelerating. Keselowski charged ahead at the line when the green flag came out. “When you get to the first

line, you have to maintain your speed. Once you get to the second line, it’s free game, Keselowski said. “I maintained my speed and he did not. When I got to the second line, I jus went. That’s the rule, and th interpretation I have of it.” Busch and his team argued vehemently during the red flag and ensuing caution that h should be installed the leader Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’ vice president for competition said Keselowski was right. “He jumped the restart,” Busch said. “I did the same thing he did and I got posted for it.”





EAST Toronto New York Tampa Bay Boston Baltimore

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L 1 2 2 3 4

PCT .800 .600 .600 .400 .200

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EAST Philadelphia Florida Atlanta New York Washington

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PCT .800 .600 .500 .400 .400

GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY --- 4-1 W-2 0-0 4-1 1 -- 3-2 W-1 1-1 2-1 1/ 1/ 1 2 2 2-2 L-2 2-1 0-1 2 1 2-3 L-1 2-3 0-0 2 1 2-3 W-1 1-2 1-1

CENTRAL Minnesota Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Chicago

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L 1 1 3 3 4

PCT .833 .800 .400 .400 .200

GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY --- 5-1 W-5 0-0 5-1 1/ 2 -- 4-1 W-3 2-0 2-1 21/2 2 2-3 L-2 0-0 2-3 21/2 2 2-3 L-1 2-3 0-0 31/2 3 1-4 L-4 1-4 0-0

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Detroit 4, Cleveland 2 Minnesota 2, Chicago White Sox 1 N.Y. Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 0 Seattle 4, Texas 3

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Bonderman W, 1-0 5 1 1 1 2 5 91 1.80 Thomas H, 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 42 3.86 2/ 3 0 0 0 0 1 11 5.40 Ni H, 1 Perry S, 1-1 11/3 0 0 0 0 1 12 2.45 Sipp pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Inherited runnersscored—J.Smith 1-0, Perry 2-0. IBB—off J.Smith (C.Guillen). HBP—by Sipp (Avila), by Ni (G.Sizemore, Choo). WP—Bonderman, Thomas. Umpires—Home, Angel Campos; First, Brian Gorman; Second, Tony Randazzo; Third, Paul Nauert. T—3:01. A—35,332 (41,255).


DETROIT — Jim Leyland trusts his bullpen. The bullpen, even when shorthanded, continues to earn that trust. The Detroit Tigers were without three key relief pitchers Saturday afternoon, but Brad Thomas, Fu-Te Ni and Ryan Perry combined to allow just one run in four innings as Detroit held off Cleveland for a 4-2 victory. Perry retired all four batters he faced and picked up his first career save. “The entire pitching staff is important,” Leyland said before the game. “This is the day for those guys to step it up if they’re called on.” They did just that. Tigers relievers have now combined for a 1.89 ERA (four earned runs in 19 innings) this season. Thomas allowed one run in two innings, and Ni hit two batters but did not allow a run in two-thirds of an inning of hitless relief. The Tigers were without closer Jose Valverde and fellow relievers Joel Zumaya and Phil Coke for the game. Valverde pitched in the first four games of the season and picked up his first save Friday. Both Zumaya

Florida 7, L.A. Dodgers 6 Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 3 San Diego at Colorado, late Atlanta at San Francisco, late

TODAY Chicago Cubs (Gorzelanny 0-0) at Cincinnati (Leake 0-0), 1:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Haeger 0-0) at Florida (A.Sanchez 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Washington (L.Hernandez 0-0) at Mets (J.Santana 1-0), 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 1-0) at Houston (Oswalt 0-1), 2:05 p.m. San Diego (Garland 0-1) at Colorado (Jimenez 1-0), 3:10 p.m. Atlanta (Kawakami 0-0) at San Francisco (Lincecum 1-0), 4:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (McCutchen 0-0) at Arizona (E.Jackson 0-1), 4:10 p.m. St. Louis (Carpenter 1-0) at Milwaukee (Wolf 1-0), 8:05 p.m.




SATURDAY Chicago Cubs 4, Cincinnati 3 Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 3 St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 1 Philadelphia 9, Houston 6


Jason Kubel hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and Scott Baker pitched seven sharp innings, leading Minnesota. Baker (1-1) rebounded after struggling through only 42/3 innings on opening day. On Saturday, he allowed one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked one. Minnesota








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Post-game pat: Miguel Cabrera, right, congratulates Tigers relief pitcher Rick Perry after he retired the final four batters for his first career save Saturday.

and Coke also pitched Friday in a 5-2 win against Cleveland in the home opener. “I’ve always been adamant about making a point to how valuable every pitcher is,” Leyland said. “This shows their value. This shows you the value of an entire pitching staff.”

CINCINNATI — Carlos Zambrano recovered from his horrific opening day start by pitching seven solid innings, and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning Saturday, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. Zambrano (1-1) managed only four outs during the Cubs’ 16-5 opening-day drubbing in Atlanta. He held the Reds to six hits, including Brandon

Phillips’ homer, and struck out nine. Carlos Marmol fanned the last three batters for his second save in as many chances. Baker hit his solo shot off left-hander Arthur Rhodes (01), Chicago’s third homer of the game. Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano also connected off Aaron Harang. Both starters were coming off tough times in their season openers. Harang usually gets the better of these matchups — Zambrano was 1-5 in seven career starts against the Reds’

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BASEBALL ROUNDUP AMERICAN LEAGUE YANKEES 10, RAYS 0 CC Sabathia kept a no-hit bid going for 72/3 innings Saturday, losing the closest call of his career on a sharp single by former batterymate Kelly Shoppach in New York’s win. Sabathia walked two and struck out five. Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer for New York. New York

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MARINERS 4, RANGERS 3 Franklin Gutierrez drove in the go-ahead run to cap a three-run ninth inning for Seattle against Frank Francisco, who blew his second save opportunity in three days, allowing three runs and three hits while retiring only one batter. Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr. and Gutierrez had consecutive

RBI singles in the ninth for Seattle. Mark Lowe (1-1) walked two in a scoreless eighth, and David Aardsma worked the ninth for his second save. Seattle

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BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 0 Dana Eveland pitched into the eighth inning in his Toronto debut, and the Blue Jays got two RBIs from No. 9 hitter Jose Molina. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays. Eveland allowed five hits in 71/3 innings, and retired 13 of the final 15 batters he faced. Toronto

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Valverde is not the first relief pitcher to celebrate saves, and he won’t be the last. “I’ve never liked any of that stuff,” Leyland said when asked about Valverde and the


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finished with a .428 slugging percentage. Through five games this year, Ordonez is hitting .476 (10-for21) with four extra-base hits and an .857 slugging percentage, and he is hitting the ball hard even when he makes outs. Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Zambrano W, 1-1 7 6 3 3 2 9 110 11.88 In his two at-bats following the Grabow H, 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 7.71 home run down the line in left Marmol S, 2-2 1 0 0 0 0 3 13 0.00 Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA field, Ordonez hit hard line Harang 7 4 3 3 0 7 99 4.50 drives that were tracked down Rhodes L, 0-1 1 1 1 1 0 0 13 4.50 Masset 1 0 0 0 1 1 17 15.00 by Cleveland right fielder ShinWP—Zambrano, Harang. Umpires—Home, Dana DeMuth; First, Kerwin Danley; Second, C.B. Bucknor; Third, Doug Soo Choo. Eddings. T—2:32. A—27,235 (42,319). “He’s in great shape,” Leyland said. “Since the first day of spring training, the bat’s sounded a lot louder. He looks great.” Bonderman retired the first 11 hitters he faced and needed ace coming in. just 51 pitches to do so. He This time, they ended up ran into a bit of trouble in the essentially even, each giving fourth when a walk, a single up three runs in seven innings. and a wild pitch allowed the Baker’s homer — his first hit in Indians to score a run to cut five at-bats this season — put their deficit to 4-1. Bonderman issued anothZambrano in line for the win. The Cubs’ lineup has been er walk before retiring Matt overly reliant on homers so far, LaPorta on a pop-up to get out scoring 12 of its 17 runs that of the fourth, then retired the way. Five of Saturday’s starters side in order in the fifth. came in batting .200 or less — Bonderman allowed just Aramis Ramirez (.200), Mar- one hit and two walks while lon Byrd (.167), Geovany Soto striking out five in five innings. (.167), Soriano (.143) and Ryan He threw 91 pitches, 35 in the Theriot (.125). fourth.

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he was younger. Bonderman had success with his split-fingered fastball and his slider, then recorded a couple strikeouts with his fastball when batters were looking for other pitches, Leyland said. “He pitched, and that’s the adjustment he’s going to have to make,” Leyland said. “We were tickled with that, obviously. That’s progress, and that’s something you’ve got to build on.” The Tigers stressed during spring training that Bonderman needed to rely heavily on his split-fingered fastball. “I think we got our point across,” Leyland said. “I think he knows that’s a valuable thing. He threw a couple nasty ones, and he threw a couple other ones that just acted like changeups. “But that’s OK, too, as long as it’s something different. Adjusting to (different) speeds is the thing that is tough for hitters.” The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Brandon Inge and a sacrifice fly by Scott Sizemore to take a 4-0 lead. Ryan Perry retired all four batters he faced to earn his first career save.


a-struck out for Harang in the 7th. b-homered for Fontenot in the 8th. c-lined out for Zambrano in the 8th. d-struck out for Hanigan in the 9th. E—Zambrano (2). LOB—Chicago 0, Cincinnati 5. 2B—Dickerson (1). HR—Fukudome (1), off Harang; A.Soriano (1), off Harang; Je.Baker (1), off Rhodes; Phillips (1), off Zambrano. RBIs—Fukudome 2 (2), A.Soriano (1), Je.Baker (1), Phillips 2 (4), Hanigan (1). CS—D. Lee (1), Votto (1). S—Harang. Runners left in scoring position—Cincinnati 3 (Phillips, Stubbs 2). Runners moved up—Votto 2. GIDP—Dickerson. DP—Chicago 1 (Fontenot, Theriot, D.Lee).

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celebratory dance he did Friday after he earned the save in the home opener. “I won’t mention names, but there’s guys in the Hall of Fame who did it. “Everybody thinks that stuff ’s all new. I saw the late and great Mark Fidrych do his stuff. I’ve seen some of the best relievers shoot ’em down.” Leyland did joke he might join the celebration if Valverde racks up a bunch of saves. “A lot of them are fired up and pump their fist now when they get a big strikeout,” Leyland said.

Valverde’s save celebration

Zambrano rebounds for Cubs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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Willy Taveras drove in four runs for Washington while Willie Harris made a game-ending diving catch to thwart a Mets rally. Taveras singled and tripled in his first start for the Nationals, who signed him to a minor league contract in February after Oakland let him go. Washington ab r h bi New York

Jeremy Hermida and Jason Varitek homered on consecutive pitches from Zack Greinke and Boston went deep five times against Kansas City. Varitek added a second homer and Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia also connected for the Red Sox.

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E—Dunn (1), Desmond (3), Jos.Reyes (1), D.Wright (2). DP—Washington 1, New York 3. LOB—Washington 6, New York 12. 2B—Francoeur (3). 3B—Taveras (1). S—Cora, Tatis. SF—H.Blanco. Washington





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CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 1 Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer for St. Louis and Yovani Gallardo struggled in his first outing since signing a big contract extension with the Brewers, giving up six runs in five innings. Jaime Garcia (1-0) was sharp in his debut as the


Cutting loose: Johnny Damon singles in the first inning for the Tigers.

Bonderman, who made one start last season, has pitched sparingly since having surgery during the 2008 season to correct a condition that caused a blood clot in his arm. The win marked his first pitching victory since May 22, 2008, before his surgery. Leyland was impressed by how Bonderman pitched since he can no longer blow his fastball by hitters like he did when

Cardinals’ No. 5 starter, giving up a run and four hits in six innings. Colby Rasmus homered and Albert Pujols had a two-run single for the Cardinals. Brewers sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder went a combined 0-for-8. St. Louis

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MARLINS 7, DODGERS 6 Jorge Cantu’s sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning for Florida. Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino’s two-run double tied the game. With Florida trailing 6-4, Gaby Sanchez singled to start the ninth. George Sherrill (0-1) came on and hit pinch-hitter Wes Helms with a 2-2 pitch. Chris Coghlan walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, and Paulino doubled. Los Angeles ab r h bi Florida

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One out when winning run scored. E—Jo.Baker (1), Badenhop (1). DP—Florida 1. LOB—Los Angeles 9, Florida 8. 2B—Furcal (4), G.Anderson (1), Blake (2), R.Paulino (2), H.Ramirez (1). HR—Kemp (1), G.Sanchez (1). SB—J.Carroll (1). CS—Blake (1). S—Martin. SF—M.Ramirez, Cantu. IP




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PHILLIES 9, ASTROS 6 Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth drove in three runs each as Philadelphia sent winless Houston to its worst start in 27 years. Philadelphia ab r h bi Houston

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16-year-old unfazed by pressure year sometimes. Because it was my first major championship,” Manassero said, referring to where he was more nervous, Turnberry or Augusta National. “Here it’s the second, and the British Open obviously helped me with this.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Indeed, the Masters — and everything that goes with it — hasn’t flustered Manassero. AUGUSTA, Ga. — A few After playing the front nine days from now, Matteo Maat 2 under Saturday, he looked nassero will be back in high like he might make a move up school. This weekend, though, golfthe leaderboard. But he started ing fans are getting a glimpse of missing greens, and couldn’t a possible future champion. get birdie putts to drop. The 16-year-old is the youngA three-putt from 35 feet est player ever to make the cut on 16 led to a bogey, and he AP PHOTO followed it up with another at the Masters, and the first amateur to do so since 1999. No worries: Amateur Matteo on 17 after his approach shot He won’t finish in the top 15, Manassero of Italy tosses his landed in the frontside bunker. as he did at last year’s British ball in the air after putting He didn’t like his shot out of Open. there, either, taking a swipe at on the fifth hole Saturday at But his 73 on Saturday put the Masters. the sand after his ball hit the him at 4 over for the tournagreen and came to a dead stop ment, and his composure on the Challenge Tour, Europe’s 20 feet from the hole. He had the game’s biggest stage has second tier, and go through the right distance on his par made quite an impression. qualifying school. putt, but it was a little too far “My game makes me more “I’m comfortable playing to the right. comfortable and assured of my with these guys and I’m playing He quickly regrouped, finishabilities,” Manassero said. OK,” Manassero said. “I think ing his round with a par. So much so that he has no I’m ready.” “Sometimes when you’re not worries about turning profesHe became the youngest playing good and the stage is sional next month. He plans to winner in the 124-year history big (and) you have to do a big play the Italian Open in Turin of the British Amateur last thing and you’re not playing the first week of May, go to St. summer, then earned a spot at good, you get nervous,” he said. Andrew’s for the British Open Turnberry by tying for 25th at “But you have to try to stay, just and play six other tournaments the Italian Open. While Tom to stay more calm.” — he gets seven exemptions, Watson delighted fans by turnHe’s been equally poised off not counting the British — in ing back the clock, Manassero the course. He turned down hopes of earning his European made them loook ahead, tying the offer of a translator, saying Tour card. for 12th. he was happy to do interviews If he doesn’t, he’ll play on “Maybe at the British last in English. While he has his

Manassero plans to turn professional after returning to Italy

“I’m comfortable playing with these guys. ... I think I’m ready.” Matteo Manassero wide-eyed moments, he’s not overwhelmed. Nor is he cocky. “I always want to stay levelheaded since that’s the education that my parents gave me. So my parents help me, also, in this period to stay more level as I can,” said Manassero, whose parents and grandfather are with him this week. “But, you know, I dream for something like the Masters.” PRESS PHOTO/ADAM BIRD Manassero started playing golf when he was 3, and it was In tight: Ryan Schmidt, left, fights Ernesto Garza during the clear early on he was a rare tal- Michigan Golden Gloves State Championships at the Grand ent. But he hasn’t been some Valley National Guard Armory in Wyoming on Saturday. sheltered phenom. He played soccer growing up, too — his favorite team is AC Milan — and still goes to a traditional high school. (After he turns pro, he’ll do his last two years through homeschooling or online classes.) About a dozen of his friends made the trip to see him play at Augusta National. “I dreamed about being here,” Manassero said. “But I never expected that I had the possibility to play here in these events at 16.” BY JEFF CHANEY training partner Meron TewelTHE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS de with a 5-0 decision to win the 123-pound state championWYOMING — Ryan Schmidt ship, while Burim Beqiri beat and Ernesto Garza did not dis- Cedar Springs’ Ricardo Rios 5-0 to win the 141-pound title. appoint in the ring. In the much-anticipated “It’s tough to prepare for both 123-pound open champion- fights, because you don’t have ship pitting Grand Rapids’ too much time in between,” DeSchmidt and Saginaw’s Garza, frim Beqiri said. “It was a tough CONTINUED FROM C1 Garza won the battle of four- fight. I felt I could have been in 9-iron that plopped down left time open state champions, 5-0, better condition, but I was in of the flag and spun back into thanks to a strong third round good enough condition.” the cup for a 2. He joined Dan Saturday at the Michigan GoldLast week, Burim Beqiri beat Pohl (1982) and Dustin Johnson en Gloves State Championships Rios 3-2 in a fight that could (2009) as the only players to at the Grand Valley National have gone either way. But this make consecutive eagles at the Guard Armory. week Beqiri Masters. “I thought I won all three kept the presHow about three in a row? rounds,” Garza said. “It was a ON live sure on Rios, Mickelson sure gave it a run, tough fight, not the toughest home: and the state knocking a wedge over the fight I have had, but one of the title was never  PHOTOS: in doubt. pond at the par-5 15th, the ball toughest.” After a slow first round, acnuzzling the hole while the pa“I want Check out a trons tried to will it home with tion picked up in the second, gallery from to thank my their cheers. with one of the five judges Saturday’s finals. c o a c h e s , because I Mickelson was beaming as having Schmidt ahead on his worked hard he walked up to the green for scorecard. the tap-in birdie that gave him But in the third round, Garza and it paid off,” Burim Beqiri his first outright lead of the showed the power that helped said. tournament. him win a national title two Defrim Beqiri won his secWoods, meantime, was hurt years ago in Grand Rapids, ond consecutive state title. by a shaky putter and some slowing Schmidt down and He won the 119-pound novloose shots off the tee. causing a bloody nose. ice championship last year. It “Tiger, you suck,” he said to “I believe my power was the was Burim Beqiri’s first state himself at one point — the sort difference, especially my body championship. of outburst he had vowed to shots,” Garza said. “I like to put “This feels good. I’ve worked tone down in his return to the the pressure on, and I thought hard for this,” Defrim Beqiri game after a five-month layoff he handled it well for the most said. “I’m ready to go to the due to a sex scandal. part.” open class next year.” Then, Woods ripped off The Schmidt-Garza fight Added Burim Beqiri: “Last three back-to-back birdies over was one of 16 state titles de- year I was runner-up, and I the same holes that Mickelson termined, including eight open thought I could have won. dominated. A wild drive off the champions who will advance This year came back with a lot 17th tee led to his fifth bogey of to the National Golden Gloves of heart. I’ll be back here next the round, but he came back Tournament in Little Rock, year ready for the open class.” with a brilliant approach shot Ark., May 3 through 8. Two of those eight are Hud- Other novice wins at the final hole for a birdie that gave him his second straight 70 sonville brothers Jordan and It keeps looking easy for Emand 208 overall. Niall Shimmell. manuel Sanchez. “I was fighting it all day,” Jordan Shimmell, the topThe 22-year-old Holland Woods said. “I really struggled ranked heavyweight in the boxer won the 165-pound novwith the pace of the greens. I country, won his fifth consecu- ice title by beating Port Huwas fighting my swing. It was tive state title by beating Bay ron’s Adam Rossow when the a tough day.” City’s Matt Maciag when the referee stopped the contest in But he was right in the mix referee stopped the contest 1 1:58 of the second round. heading to Sunday, three shots minute, 27 seconds into the The win improved Sanchez’s behind Mickelson. Choi was first round. record to 10-0. Niall Shimmell won his first also at 208. “My coach (former Golden “I just wanted to put myself open state title with a 5-0 deci- Gloves state champion Johnin contention, and I did that,” sion over Pontiac’s Mike Bass. ny Garcia) told me to use my Woods said. “If I have a good For Jordan Shimmell, it was straight left and get out of the round tomorrow, you never his first fight in this year’s way, and that’s what I did,” Sanknow.” Golden Gloves. He went un- chez said. Fifty-year-old Couples, contested in the West Michigan Sanchez will prepare for USA who led after the first round, Tournament last week. Championships in May, then bounced back from a disap“It is always good to fight move up to the open class. pointing 75 on Friday with a in front of the home crowd,” “I didn’t think this would birdie at the 14th and a chip- said Jordan Shimmell, the be this easy,” Sanchez said. “I in eagle at 15 on his way to a first Michigan Golden Gloves thought this fight would go 68. He climbed into fifth place, heavyweight to win a national three rounds. I’m ready for four shots behind Mickelson, title. “I am happy with the out- open.” and at least has a shot at be- come, even though I always like Two other area novice coming the oldest winner in to give my friends and family fighters had easy wins. Grand Masters history. a good show. But a win is a Rapids’ Scott Strek won the 201-pound title over Charlie “I hit the ball extremely win.” well today — 68 is a very good Carson of Davison when the score,” said Couples, who deals Twin triumphs referee stopped the contest at with chronic back problems by Twin brothers Defrim and 1:42 of the second round, and wearing tennis shoes and no Burim Beqiri each had re- Grand Rapids’ Cameron Glenn socks. “I have a shot tomor- matches of their championship won the 201-plus championrow if I can shoot a crazy score. bouts of the West Michigan ship when he stopped Flint’s We’ll see what happens.” Golden Gloves Finals last week. John Foguth at 14 seconds of Ian Poulter started the day Both came away with similar the second round. tied with Westwood tied for results. “I wanted a first-round the 36-hole lead but went the The East Kentwood seniors, knockout,” said the 21-yearwrong way. He was 2 over who both train out of Michigan old Glenn. “But I’m just glad through 17 holes, going from Golden Gloves Association, I won. It was fun out there. I the top spot to 6 under in a tie won novice state titles Satur- like fighting.” with Ricky Barnes (72) and day in impressive fashion. Hunter Mahan (68). Defrim Beqiri beat MGGA E-mail:

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Turner’s debut a success, but Caps lose previously played in the South Atlantic League, made a smashing Midwest League debut with a three-game sweep of the Whitecaps. Turner, arguably the best prospect to play for the Whitecaps since Cameron Maybin in 2006, retired 15 THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS of the 17 batters he faced, alEASTLAKE, Ohio — It’s lowed only one batter reach hard to say which was more second base, struck out seven impressive — the debut of and didn’t walk a batter in five highly touted West Michi- scoreless innings. gan Whitecaps pitcher Jacob He left with a 3-0 lead, but Turner or the Lake County for the second time in three Captains’ introduction to the games, the Whitecaps’ bullpen Midwest League. blew a three-run lead. Turner, who doesn’t turn 19 Turner was outstanding in his first professional start,, but until May 21, was a first-round the Whitecaps still fell to the draft choice (ninth overall) by Captains, 6-4, at Classic Park the Tigers last June. His $4.7 on Saturday. million bonus, part of a $5.5 L a k e C o u n t y, w h i c h million major league contract,

Top Tigers prospect throws five scoreless innings in first pro outing

was the largest bonus any major league club has paid to a high school pitcher. He signed at the Aug. 17 deadJacob line, too late for the 6-footTurner 5, 210-pound right-hander to make his professional pitching debut. Turner, who was set to enter North Carolina, was considered the best high school pitcher in the 2009 draft. Baseball America expects him to make the major leagues by 2012 and projects him to be the Tigers’ No. 3 starter behind Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello by 2013. The magazine ranks him as Detroit’s No. 1 prospect and

lists him 26th on its Top 100 Prospects list. While Turner, whose fastball touches 98 mph, was outstanding, the Whitecaps’ bullpen continued to struggle. West Michigan relievers Victor Larez and Nolan Cain gave up six runs on five hits, including two homers, in three innings. That raised the Whitecaps’ bullpen run totals in the three-game series to 16 in 10 innings. Turner gave up a two-out single in the first inning, then retired 10 consecutive hitters until a fifth-inning single by former University of Michigan star Adam Abraham, who later added a solo homer. West Michigan took its 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Eric Roof in the second inning and

UPDATE Captains 6, Whitecaps 4 Next game: West Michigan (Giovanni Soto, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Fort Wayne (Dexter Carter, 0-0, 0.00) 2 p.m. today at Fifth Third Ballpark. Radio: WBBL-FM (107.3) a two-run homer by Wade Gaynor in the third. The Whitecaps outhit the Captains 16-7 but left 10 runners on base and went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. E-mail:


Victory: Zenyatta and jockey Mike Smith race down the stretch Friday on the way to winning the Apple Blossom Invitational horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.

Zenyatta will race farther from home THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Benson: ‘Hammer down and go’ He returns to Berlin for first time since last season’s crash BY STEVE KAMINSKI THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

MARNE — Johnny Benson Jr. had no reservations about climbing back into his Late Model stock car and tearing around Berlin Raceway when the track hosted its first preseason test-and-tune Saturday afternoon. However, the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck champion was a little curious. Benson, of Grand Rapids, hadn’t been back to his home track since June 13, when he was in a fiery crash in turn four during an International Supermodified Association feature. He spent three days in the hospital.


ThunderHawks take first loss

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Zenyatta is going to take her winning streak on the road. The 6-year-old mare, who tied 1948 Triple Crown winner THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS Citation and two-time Horse of the Year Cigar with her 16th RICHMOND, Va. — The consecutive victory in the West Michigan ThunderHawks Apple Blossom at Oaklawn lost their first game of the sea- Park, is going to travel more son Saturday night, falling to outside of California this year. Her trip to the resort city of the Richmond Revolution 45-39 in a battle of Indoor Football Hot Springs was just her secLeague Atlantic East Division ond outside her home state. front-runners. She won the same race on dirt PRESS PHOTO/OCTAVIAN CANTILLI The loss dropped West Mich- two years ago; her other 14 Preseason tuneup: Ryan Gruppen takes practice laps at Berlin Raceway at its test-and-tune igan to 3-1 on the year, a half a wins have been on synthetic game behind Richmond. surfaces in California. Saturday. “We were down 29-9 at the Some critics believe Ze“I was looking over there for a l t h o u g h h e Model. “We are trying some off half,” West Michigan coach Ter- nyatta’s stay-at-home campaign has been able the wall stuff, and then I will ry Foster said, “but we fought cost her Horse of the Year the burn mark on the track, but to f ind part- make some adjustments and back in the second half.” I don’t see it,” Benson said. “I honors last year, when she was laughing about it today. I’m time work and see if I can come back.” West Michigan finished the finished runner-up to Rachel like, yes, this is the first time posted top 10s Saturday’s test also marked night with four turnovers, three Alexandra, who went 8 for 8 back for me. It’s no big deal. at Daytona and the debut of Berlin’s new interceptions and one fumble. while running in six different “There is no hesitation whatMartinsville. He Modified division. This will be Former Grandville High states. soever. You just hammer down said he expects the first season since 1968 that School and Grand Valley quarZenyatta will be jetting to and go. It was no different than Johnny to run a hand- Berlin has offered a weekly terback Brad Iciek completed more destinations because the when I got back in the truck Benson ful of times at open wheel class, and Ben Kleis 28-of-41 passes for 237 yards. Breeders’ Cup is at Churchill when I went to do some testBerlin. of Hamilton predicted it is go- He threw all three of the inter- Downs after two consecutive ing. You get the brakes warm “I don’t have a set schedule ing to be a hit with drivers and ceptions, but also finished the years at Santa Anita. “We’ve always looked at the because I’m still trying to find fans. Kleis, who raced 4 Cylin- night with three touchdowns. and you go. Brian Bray led the Thunder- Breeders’ Cup as our focus,” “There is no working your something to do with the truck ders last year, will be driving a way up to it. Some people will series,” Benson said. “I’m going Modified this season. Hawks with eight catches for owner Jerry Moss said. “The take the work-your-way-up-to- to try to run four or five races “We ended up fourth in 116 yards and one score. Nathan Breeders’ Cup, just for what it, approach. But I just go.” out here for sure. But I don’t points last year, and we figured Fricke had eight catches for 55 it’s worth, was in LA for two The four-hour test session have the dates yet. we would try something differ- yards and a score, and Emman- years in a row. That wasn’t our attracted nearly 80 cars. Driv“ I was trying to come up ent,” Kleis said. uel Spann had eight catches for choosing. Did it make it easier ers will have one more crack here for opening night, but I “It is something new out 49 yards and a touchdown. to run there and train there? at shaking down their cars might be running Kansas. I here, and we wanted to get in“I’m real proud of the guys. Sure.” at another Berlin test-and- don’t know yet. I don’t know volved at the ground floor. We They kept fighting,” Foster His wife Ann added, “Would tune, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday. my schedule yet, to be perfectly have a lot of guys starting out. said. we have rather run on dirt? Berlin’s 60th season opens honest. “It’s a lot different than the 4 West Michigan plays at 7 p.m. Absolutely. Would we still rathApril 24 at 7 p.m. “We are trying some stuff, Cylinder, but it’s fun.” Saturday at DeltaPlex against er run on dirt? Absolutely.” Benson does not have a full- like everybody does,” Benson the Green Bay Blizzard. Tickets They’ll get their wish on time truck ride this season, said about his homemade Late E-mail: are $10. Churchill’s dirt track.

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TODAY Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 2 p.m. Kane County at Burlington, 2 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities, 2 p.m. Lansing at Great Lakes, 3:05 p.m. Lake County at South Bend, 4 p.m. Peoria at Beloit, 5 p.m. Dayton at Bowling Green, 6:05 p.m. Clinton at Wisconsin, 6:05 p.m.

MONDAY Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 6:35 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Quad Cities, 12 p.m. Burlington at Kane County, 1 p.m. Clinton at Wisconsin, 1:05 p.m. Lansing at Great Lakes, 6:05 p.m. Lake County at South Bend, 6:30 p.m. Peoria at Beloit, 7:30 p.m. Dayton at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.


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FRIDAY Detroit 1, Columbus 0, SO N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 3 Washington 5, Atlanta 2 St. Louis 6, Anaheim 3 Chicago 5, Colorado 2

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FRIDAY Grand Rapids 6, Lake Erie 1 Bridgeport 6, Lowell 3 Rochester 4, Toronto 3, SO Hartford 3, Worcester 2

TODAY Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. Hartford at Bridgeport, 3 p.m. Manchester at Springfield, 3 p.m. Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3:05 p.m. Worcester at Portland, 4 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 4 p.m. Abbotsford at Toronto, 4 p.m. Providence at Lowell, 4 p.m. END REGULAR SEASON

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FRIDAY Detroit 106, Miami 99 Milwaukee 95, Philadelphia 90 Orlando 118, New York 103 Atlanta 107, Toronto 101 Washington 106, Boston 96 Indiana 116, Cleveland 113 L.A. Lakers 97, Minnesota 88 Utah 114, New Orleans 103 Oklahoma City 96, Phoenix 91 New Jersey 127, Chicago 116,2OT Houston 97, Charlotte 90 Memphis 107, San Antonio 99 Dallas 83, Portland 77

TODAY Orlando at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 6 p.m. Miami at New York, 6 p.m. Minnesota at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Golden State, 9 p.m. Houston at Phoenix, 9 p.m.







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NFC WEST Arizona Home: St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Dallas Away: St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, Minnesota San Francisco Home: Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia Away: Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, Green Bay Seattle Home: Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, N.Y. Giants Away: Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Chicago St. Louis Home: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, Washington Away: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Detroit

SATURDAY Chivas USA 2, New York 0 Philadelphia 3, D.C. United 2 New England 4, Toronto FC 1 San Jose 2, Chicago 1 Los Angeles 2, Houston 0 Kansas City 1, Colorado 0 FC Dallas 2, Columbus 2 Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle FC 2

APRIL 17 Kansas City at Seattle FC, 3 p.m. Chivas USA at Houston, 4 p.m. Chicago at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. FC Dallas at New York, 7:30 p.m. New England at San Jose, 10 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

APRIL 18 Toronto FC at Colorado, 2 p.m.

WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER TODAY Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY FC Gold Pride at Saint Louis, 4 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Chicago at Sky Blue FC, 6 p.m.

APRIL 17 Saint Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sky Blue FC at FC Gold Pride, 10 p.m.

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TEE TIMES At Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Ga. a-amateur 10:40 a.m. — Chad Campbell, Nathan Green 10:50 a.m. — Jason Dufner, Robert Allenby 11 a.m. — Robert Karlsson, Retief Goosen 11:10 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson 11:20 a.m. — Steve Stricker, Ben Crane 11:30 a.m. — Dustin Johnson, a-Matteo Manassero 11:40 a.m. — Ernie Els, Mike Weir 11:50 a.m. — Scott Verplank, Francesco Molinari Noon — Yuta Ikeda, Miguel Angel Jimenez 12:10 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Ryan Moore 12:20 p.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar 12:30 p.m. — Soren Kjeldsen, Camilo Villegas 12:50 a.m. — Steve Flesch, Adam Scott 1 p.m. — Kenny Perry, Angel Cabrera 1:10 p.m. — Nick Watney, Sean O’Hair 1:20 p.m. — Heath Slocum, David Toms 1:30 p.m. — Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy 1:40 p.m. — Bill Haas, Tom Watson 1:50 p.m. — Jerry Kelly, Steve Marino 2 p.m. — Y.E. Yang, Anthony Kim 2:10 p.m. — Ricky Barnes, Ian Poulter 2:20 p.m. — Fred Couples, Hunter Mahan 2:30 p.m. — Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi 2:40 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson

AUTO RACING INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA INDY RACNG LEAGUE Today’s lineup After Saturday qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Ala. (Lap length: 2.38 miles) (Car number in parentheses) All cars Dallara chassis, Honda engine. 1. (12) Will Power, 118.057 mph. 2. (24) Mike Conway, 117.197. 3. (3) Helio Castroneves, 117.186. 4. (26) Marco Andretti, 116.505. 5. (9) Scott Dixon, 116.038. 6. (5) Takuma Sato, 115.904. 7. (10) Dario Franchitti, 117.229. 8. (11) Tony Kanaan, 117.131. 9. (6) Ryan Briscoe, 117.015. 10. (8) E.J. Viso, 116.989. 11. (22) Justin Wilson, 116.989. 12. (32) Mario Moraes, 115.769. 13. (78) Simona de Silvestro, 116.577. 14. (37) Ryan Hunter-Reay, 117.04. 15. (67) Graham Rahal, 116.375. 16. (19) Alex Lloyd, 116.698. 17. (06) Hideki Mutoh, 116.153. 18. (2) Raphael Matos, 116.537. 19. (7) Danica Patrick, 115.749. 20. (14) Vitor Meira, 116.399. 21. (77) Alex Tagliani, 115.696. 22. (34) Mario Romancini, 115.639. 23. (4) Dan Wheldon, 115.627. 24. (18) Milka Duno, 110.191. 25. (36) Bertrand Baguette, 115.032.


Indianapolis Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Cincinnati Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, New England Houston Home: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore Away: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, N.Y. Jets Tennessee Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Miami Jacksonville Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo

AFC WEST San Diego Home: Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Arizona, San Francisco, New England Away: Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Cincinnati Denver Home: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, N.Y. Jets Away: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore Oakland Home: Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Miami Away: Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Arizona, San Francisco, Pittsburgh Kansas City Home: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Arizona, San Francisco, Buffalo Away: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland

GOLF MASTERS At Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Ga. Purse: TBA. Yardage: 7,435; Par: 72 (36-36)

Third round—Saturday (a-amateur) Lee Westwood Phil Mickelson K.J. Choi Tiger Woods Fred Couples Hunter Mahan Ricky Barnes Ian Poulter Y.E. Yang Anthony Kim Jerry Kelly Steve Marino Bill Haas Tom Watson Trevor Immelman Geoff Ogilvy

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Friday’s results At Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Ariz. (Lap length: 1 mile) (Start position in parentheses) 1. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200 laps, $71,075. 2. (10) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, $53,775. 3. (3) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 200, $36,600. 4. (20) Brendan Gaughan, Toyota, 200, $38,118. 5. (4) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, $30,150. 6. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, $25,925. 7. (5) Paul Menard, Ford, 200, $21,385. 8. (9) Scott Lagasse Jr., Ford, 200, $27,113. 9. (14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200, $21,975. 10. (6) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200, $18,475. 11. (21) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 200, $17,225. 12. (13) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 200, $22,893. 13. (7) Justin Allgaier, Dodge, 200, $22,318. 14. (18) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 200, $22,343. 15. (31) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 200, $22,543. 16. (17) Brian Scott, Toyota, 200, $21,493. 17. (16) Kelly Bires, Chevrolet, 200, $21,293. 18. (11) Michael McDowell, Dodge, 200, $21,093. 19. (22) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 200, $20,918. 20. (23) Brian Keselowski, Dodge, 199, $22,118. 21. (40) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 199, $20,668. 22. (35) Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 198, $14,075. 23. (38) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 198, $20,818. 24. (36) Josh Wise, Ford, 198, $20,343. 25. (29) Jason Bowles, Ford, 198, $20,668. 26. (15) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 197, $20,143. 27. (42) Eric McClure, Ford, 197, $20,043. 28. (27) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 197, $20,393. 29. (41) Victor Gonzalez Jr., Ford, 195, $19,943. 30. (12) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 194, $20,193. 31. (19) Casey Mears, Toyota, 180, $19,838. 32. (24) Trevor Bayne, Toyota, 176, $19,778. 33. (33) Michael Annett, Toyota, 160, $19,743. 34. (8) Colin Braun, Ford, accident, 137, $13,240. 35. (26) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, accident, 136, $19,678. 36. (43) John Borneman III, Ford, accident, 134, $13,175. 37. (25) Derrike Cope, Dodge, accident, 134, $13,140. 38. (39) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, accident, 127, $19,553. 39. (30) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, brakes, 56, $13,045. 40. (34) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, vibration, 36, $12,995. 41. (28) David Gilliland, Chevrolet, brakes, 19, $12,940. 42. (37) Danny O’Quinn Jr., Chevrolet, brakes, 18, $12,895. 43. (32) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, oil pump, 9, $12,843.

Race statistics AVERAGE SPEED OF RACE WINNER—93.872 mph. TIME OF RACE—2 hours, 7 minutes, 50 seconds. MARGIN OF VICTORY—1.550 seconds. CAUTION FLAGS—7 for 37 laps. LEAD CHANGES—7 among 3 drivers. LAP LEADERS—K.Busch 1-17; Bra.Keselowski 18-32; K.Busch 33-136; Bra.Keselowski 137-179; J.Logano 180-194; Bra.Keselowski 195; K.Busch 196-200.

Point leaders 1. Bra.Keselowski 974, 2. C.Edwards 970, 3. K.Busch 959, 4. K.Harvick 929, 5. J.Allgaier 923, 6. P.Menard 804, 7. J.Logano 728, 8. G.Biffle 718, 9. M.Wallace 664, 10. S.Lagasse Jr. 663.


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COLLEGE BASEBALL SATURDAY BIG TEN Indiana 6, Ohio State 4 (10 inn.) Iowa 6, Illinois 4 Michigan 6, Purdue 4 Michigan State 12, Minnesota 5 Northwestern 3, Penn State 2 MAC Central Michigan 8, Akron 7 (10 inn.) Eastern Michigan 8, Kent State 6 Ohio 15, Western Michigan 3 GLIAC Findlay 11-5, Hillsdale 9-6 Grand Valley St. 14-6 Northwood 8-7 Tiffin 12-17, Ashland 6-14 Wayne St. 8-8, Saginaw Valley St. 4-3 MIAA Adrian 8-14, Olivet 4-0 Calvin 8-4, Albion 3-1 Hope 28-5, Alma 5-2 Trine 10-10, Kalamazoo 3-8 WHAC Concordia 12-8, Siena Heights 2-5 (1st game 6 inn.) Indiana Tech 13-10, Aquinas 3-0 (1st game 5 inn., 2nd game 6 inn.) Madonna 7-17, Davenport 2-5 (2nd game 6 inn.) MCCAA GRCC 5-9, Macomb CC 3-3 Kalamazoo Valley CC 13-5, Kellogg CC 3-13 (1st game 6 inn.) Muskegon CC 9-13, Ancilla 4-3 (2nd game 6 inn.) Lake Michigan 8-12, St. Clair County CC 7-8 Mott CC 3-4, Lansing CC 2-1

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Anthony Derrer, Corey Brohl (7) and Craig Brohl; Danny Detmar, Jordan Carrigan and Jon Ponte. W—Detmar (3-1); BB-0, SO-5. L—Derrer (1-2); BB-2, SO-2. SV—Carrigan. 2B—Alma, Nathan Smith. HR—Hope, Ponte, Wyatt Curry (3), Pete Zessin (4). SB—Alma, Cr. Brohl; Hope, Robby Poll, Drew Carmody.

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Jeremy Gooding, Kyle Bolton (6) and Donny Holland, Drew Fry; Andy Westerburg, Wesley Trimpe (3), Ryan Lind (7) and Austin Licon. W—Gooding (5-0); BB-5, SO-3. L—Westerburg (3-2); BB-2, SO-2. 2B—Madonna, Matt Kay; Davenport, Dan Brown. HR—Madonna, Spencer Sarel (1), Zach Flavin 2 (5). SB—Madonna, Brad Lineberry.

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Deidra Enochs, Michelle Marra (5) and Abby Phillips; Alyssa Vorel, Lauren James and Caitlin Carpenter. W—Vorel (5-1); BB-0, SO-1. L—Enochs (1-4); BB-0, SO-4. Sv—James. 2B—Hope, Stephanie Faber; Wesleyan, Annie Lenz, Allison Ward, Jen Monaco. 3B—Hope, Kori Nieuwsma. HR—Hope, Phillips (2); Wesleyan, Monaco (1). SB—Wesleyan, Kayla Mahoney, Stephanie Polich. 002 110

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SATURDAY BIG TEN Illinois 3, Ohio State 2 Indiana 6, Michigan State 4 Iowa 1, Purdue 0 Michigan 9, Minnesota 0 Penn State 3, Wisconsin 1 Non-conference Alabama 12, Northwestern 1 (5 inn.) MAC Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 1 Bowling Green 3, Toledo 1 Central Michigan 1, Miami (Ohio) 0 Kent State 8, Buffalo 2 Northern Illinois 6, Ohio 3 Western Michigan 5, Akron 4 GLIAC Ferris St. 10-5, Findlay 1-4 (1st game 5 inn.) Grand Valley St. 7-6 Hillsdale 4-10 Saginaw Valley St. 7-3, Tiffin 3-2 Wayne St. 3-5, Ashland 1-0 MIAA Adrian 16-15, Kalamazoo 0-1 Albion 1-4, Calvin 0-5 (1st game 10 inn.) St. Mary’s (Ind.) 4-5, Alma 3-13 (1st game 9 inn., 2nd game 5 inn.) Trine 8-4, Olivet 1-0 Illinois Wesleyan tournament Hope 7, Fontbonne, Mo. 6, 8 inn. Washington-St. Louis, Mo. 6, Hope 2 WHAC Cornerstone 8-3, Mich.-Dearborn at 5-6 Davenport 5-10, Concordia 4-0 (2nd game 5 inn.) Madonna 3-6, Aquinas 0-0 Siena Heights 11-0, Indiana Tech 10-10 (1st game 8 inn., 2nd game 6 inn.)

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Jess Irwin and Ashley Shay; Alyssa Fleser and Sarah Doss. W—Irwin (12-2); BB-2, SO-16. L—Fleser; BB-1, SO-2. 2B—Madonna, Arielle Cox, Kelly Lesko. SB—Madonna, Ali Robinson, Tara Lamilza and Erica Landess.

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BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Announced OF-DH Jack Cust accepted outright assignment to Sacramento (PCL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Placed C Brad Ausmus on the 15-day DL, retroactive April 9. Recalled C A.J. Ellis from Albuquerque (PCL). NEW YORK METS—Activated SS Jose Reyes from the 15-day DL. Optioned SS Ruben Tejada to Buffalo (IL).

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Assigned C Tomas Kana, C Greg Moore, LW Tom Sestito and RW Chad Kolarik to Syracuse (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS—Recalled D Brian Lee and F Zack Smith from Binghamton (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Recalled D Tyson Strachan from Peoria (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Called up D Evan Oberg from Manitoba (AHL). BINGHAMTON SENATORS—Recalled RW Keegan Dansereau from Elmira (ECHL). MANITOBA MOOSE—Signed D Matt Clark. TORONTO MARLIES—Announced F Jamie Devane has been assigned from Plymouth (OHL).

BOXING MICHIGAN GOLDEN GLOVES STATE FINALS NOVICE 123 — Defrim Beqiri (Kentwood, west) d. Meron Tewelde (Grand Rapids, west) 5-0 132 — Xerious Broach (Cerca - east) d. David Wahr - west) RSC :40 first 141 — Burim Beqiri (Kentwood - west) d. Ricardo Rios (Cedar Springs - west) 5-0 152 — Demetrius Shepherd (Muskegon - west) d. Edward Cold (Flint - east) 3-2 165 — Emmanuel Sanchez (Holland - west) d. Adam Rossow (Port Huron - east) RSC 1:58 second 178 — Jeremy Marchek (St. Johns - west) d. Domingo Ledesma (Saginaw - east) 5-0 201 — Scott Strek (Grand Rapids - west) d. Charlie Carson (Davison - east) RSC 1:42 second 201-plus — Cameron Glenn (Grand Rapids west) d. John Foguth (Flint - east) RSC :14 second OPEN 123 — Ernesto Garza (Saginaw - east) d. Ryan Schmidt (Grand Rapids - west) 5-0 132 — Raeese Aleem (Muskegon - west) d. Vincent Jennings (Grand Rapids - west) 5-0 141 — Morris James Young (Saginaw - east) d. Brian McKinney (Benton Harbor - west) RSC 2:08 first 152 — Javon Barnes (Muskegon - west) d. Jose Bernal 165 — Niall Shimmell (Hudsonville - west) d. Mike Bass (Pontiac - east) 5-0 178 — Christian Thomas (Grand Rapids - west) d. Vernon Washington (Saginaw - east) 5-0 201 — Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville - west) d. Matt Maciag (Bay City - east) RSC 1:27 first


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Megan Cook, Kim Lackowski (5) and Kaili Freeland; Kaycee Kuiper and Melanie Creager. W—Kuiper (4-7); BB-3, SO-4. L—Cook (1-3); BB-0, SO-2. 2B—Mich.-Dearborn, Ashleigh Inman, Marisa Jensen, Danielle Stabnau; Cornerstone, Jessica Kuhlman, Dinah Gruppen. HR—Mich.Dearborn, Maggie Matthews; Cornerstone, Creager. SB—Cornerstone, Creager.

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At Big Rapids (non-scoring) 100—Catherine Angeli (Northern Michigan) 12.71; 200—Kayla Vallar (GVSU) 25.85; 400—Danielle Fonseca (GVSU) 57.2; 800—Kaleigh Carlson (GVSU) 2:19.41; 1500—Shelby Janutol (Ferris St.) 4:48.57; 5000—Kelly Gibbons (unattached) 17:45.11; 100 HURDLES—Candice Wheat (GVSU) 14.51; 400 HURDLES—Jordan Gabrielse (Calvin) 1:06.03; 3000 STEEPLECHASE— Jessie Vickers (GVSU) 11:09.53; 400 RELAY—Grand Valley State (Horne, Wheat, Black, Vallar) 48.4; 1600 RELAY—Hope (Warriner, Venlet, Hecker, Nelson) 4:08.66; HIGH JUMP—Bailey Franklin (Northern Michigan) 5-3; POLE VAULT—Elizabeth Wilford (Saginaw Valley State) 11-0; LONG JUMP—Bailey Franklin (Northern Michigan) 17-5.25; TRIPLE JUMP—Alicia Leper (unattached) 37-4.5; SHOT PUT—Kristin Cameron (Northwood) 45-3.5; DISCUS—Sarah Reasoner (Calvin) 146-7; HAMMER THROW—Kristin Cameron (Northwood) 173-1; JAVELIN—Krista Squiers (Northern Michigan) 114-3.


First game Mich.-Dearborn 102 Cornerstone 401



First game

Jon Cole, Zach Smith (7) and Craig Sacha; Patrick Lubeck, Brian Falta (4) and Josh Andreycak. W—Cole (1-0); BB-4, SO-8. L—Lubeck; BB-2, SO-2. 2B—GRCC, Tyler Breault, Joe Morris, Jo Woo. SB—GRCC, Tyler Hall 2, Mike Allen, Jared Conkle.


1 1


Madonna Aquinas

Second game 15 2

2 12


GRCC 9, MACOMB 3 9 3

001 002

At Big Rapids (non-scoring) 100—Diego Oquendo (Augustana) 10.82; 200—Jarrod Hamiliton (REAL) 21.80; 400—Justin Price (Ferris State) 48.90; 800—Sam Watson (Northwood) 1:54.00; 1500—Stephen Walker (Unattached) 3:56.00; 5000—Addis Habtewold (REAL) 14:59.00;110 HURDLES—Diego Oquendo (Augustana) 14.62; 400 HURDLES—Demetrius Addison (REAL) 54.72; 3000 STEEPLECHASE— Aaron Goodman (Calvin) 9:18.00; 400 RELAY— Northwood 41.80; 1600 RELAY—Saginaw Valley St. 3:23.00; HIGH JUMP—John Donkersloot (Hope) 6-83/4 ; POLE VAULT— Greg Burns (Ferris State) 15-7; LONG JUMP—Zack Vanderlaan (Calvin) 22-101/2 ; TRIPLE JUMP—Johnathon Allen (Lake Superior St.) 50-83/4 ; SHOT PUT—Zach Hill (Unattached) 55-01/2 ; DISCUS—Lonnie Pugh (Unattached) 176-8; HAMMER THROW—Paul Markel (Unattached) 199-0; JAVELIN THROW— Ben Charbonneau (Lake Superior St.) 181-11.


0 10

Second game

Zane Breslin and Mike Allen; Myles Swartz and Michael Romanchik. W—Breslin (2-2); BB-3, SO-4. L—Swartz; BB-7, SO-1. SB—GRCC, Devin VanderMolen 2, Tyler Breault 2, Tyler Hall; Macomb, Ryan Neu, Jonathon Nelson 2.

0 3

00 4x

Catherine Herriman and Courtney Seeley; Sam Cole and Haley Stehouwer. W—Cole (12-3); BB-5, SO-7. L—Herriman (2-8); BB-1, SO-1. 2B—Davenport, Stehouwer, Karlee Despres 2.

Mich.-Dearborn 011 Cornerstone 101

First game 1 0

120 020





400 000

4 5

ALBION 1, CALVIN 0 000 000 000 000

MICHIGAN CLUB 6, AQUINAS 3 SINGLES—1. Kayla Castellani (UM) d. Kristin Heinrich 6-2, 6-3; 2. Emily Decker (AQ) d. Ariana Conti 6-1, 6-4; 3. Samantha Buehler (AQ) d. Ann Nulty 6-2, 6-0; 4. Nicki Keller (UM) d. Jessica LeMire 6-3, 6-3; 5. Sandy Tran (UM) d. Cecelia Vaughn 7-5, 6-1; 6. Vani Sohikian (UM) d. Katie Siegel 3-6, 6-3, 10-5. DOUBLES—1. Heinrich/Siegel (AQ) d. Castellani/Abby Greyer 8-1; 2. Sohikian/Keller (UM) d. Vaughn/LeMire 8-2; 3. Tran/Nulty (UM) d. Michaela Young/Ashley Hendrick 8-4.


0 x

Second game

Tyler Cole, Jim Peters (5) and Jake Roe, Jason Faasse; John Toshlog and Elliott Pisarczyk. W—Toshlog; BB-0, SO-2. L—Cole; BB-0, SO-4. 2B—Indiana Tech, Paul McIntosh. 3B—Aquinas, Kennen Less. HR—Indiana Tech, Brendan Sontag, Justin Medeiros, Taylor Hoisington, Pisarczyk 2, Riley Muhlenkamp 2. SB—Indiana Tech, Hoisington.

230 000

010 121

First game (10 inn.)

Concordia Davenport

Second game (6 inn.)

001 000

1 7



300 201

13 4

Jeni Bollenbacher, Catherine Herriman (3) and Courtney Seeley; Karlee Despres and Haley Stehouwer. W—Despres (3-2); BB-3, SO-4. L—Bollenbacher; BB-1, SO-2. 2B—Davenport, Morgan Greenfield, Heather Brusokas, Despres. HR—Davenport, Despres. SB—Davenport, Stehouwer 2, Greenfield, Kristin Miedema, Ashlee Olsen 2, Ali Dawson.

Mike Kaiser, Cory Garneau (3) and Gordon Murphy, Aaron Schuerman; Evan Hock and Jake Roe, Michael Penny, Scott Witkop. W—Hock; BB-3, SO-4. L—Kaiser; BB-2, SO-2. 2B—Aquinas, Drew Huard; Indiana Tech, Gary King, Justin Medeiros, Taylor Hoisington 2. HR—Indiana Tech, King, Medeiros. SB—Indiana Tech, Brendan Sontag, Hoisington, Schuerman, Chad Geier 2.

GRCC Macomb

10 1

First game (5 inn.)

3 13

000 151

33 01

Kathy Peter, Claire Voris (4) and Carter Malouf.; Michelle Marra, Deidra Enochs (4) and Abby Phillips. W—Voris (12-3). L—Marra(3-6) HR—Hope, Andrea Reinecke.

First game (5 inn.)

000 021

17 10



Aquinas Indiana Tech

10 7


10 0x

7 1

Julia Stadler and Hannah Crane; Kayle Stevenson, Rhea Flores (2) and Rachel Mueller. W—Flores (5-0); BB-1, SO-3. L—Stadler (1-2); BB-1, SO-4. 2B—Ferris St. , Rachel Wade, Morgan Kramerich, Makenzi Peterson, Flores, Chelsea Morris. SB—Findlay, Crane.

Washington U. Hope

John Ballarin and Donny Holland, Tarik Khasawneh; Zak Gonzalex, Gordon Powers (5), Cody Vankoevering (5), Matt McNeil (6), Derrick Gentile (6) and Jake Loomans. W—Ballarin (3-1); BB-1, SO-8. L—Gonzalez (0-2); BB-2, SO-7. 2B—Davenport, Rob Bolster, Dan Brown. HR—Madonna, Ted Toune (5), Jeff Bultinck (3), Dan Harder (2), Matt Kay (4), Bill Hardin 2 (2), Shawn Little (1); Davenport, Austin Licon (5). SB—Madonna, Bultinck, Zach Flavin, Drew Fry.

Aquinas 020 Indiana Tech 20(11)

000 013

Second game 030 100

Second game (6 inn.) 021 103



MADONNA 17, DAVENPORT 5 Madonna Davenport

3 3

SINGLES—1. Beau Wangtrakuldee (K) d. Alyssa Austin 7-6, 2-6, 10-7; 2. Katherine Garcia (H) d. Kelsey Hassevoort 6-4, 6-4; 3. Kari Larson (K) d. Danielle Werley 6-1, 6-4; 4. Nicole Spagnuolo (H) d. Kelsey VanDeWege 6-1, 7-5; 5. Casey Baxter (H) d. Paula Silverman 6-4, 6-1; 6. Marissa Kooyers (H) d. Kate Farwell 6-7, 6-4, 10-5. DOUBLES—1. Austin/Werley (H) d. Wangtrakuldee/Larson 8-6; 2. Garcia/Spagnuolo (H) d. Hassevoort/Silverman 8-4; 3. Elizabeth Olson/Shelby Schutz (H) d. Farwell/VanDeWege 8-2.

Dana Bowler, Rhea Flores and Rachel Mueller; Lauren Orban, Carly Borders and Hannah Crane. W—Bowler (4-4); BB-2, SO-6. L—Orban (5-9); BB1, SO-2. 2B—Ferris St., Makenzi Peterson, Rhea Flores; Findlay, Katie Ammons. HR—Ferris St., Peterson (1). SB—Ferris St., Rachel Wade, Morgan Kramerich; Findlay, Alaina Haubert, Taylor Bell.

Albion Calvin

CALVIN 8, ALBION 3 Calvin Albion

0 2

First game (5 inn.) Ferris St. Findlay

Findlay Ferris State

Second game 000 200

13 9


Sam Shipman, Richard Schreiber (3), Alex Ruhlman (3), Matthew Cresswell (5) and Jay Sackett, Tommy Kramer; Derek Fairchild, Andrew Klinkman (6), Jared Mysliwiec (7) and Jon Ponte, Steve Lewis. W—Fairchild (3-1); BB-1, SO-8. L—Shipman (1-3); BB-2, SO-1. 2B—Hope, Robby Poll, Steve Lewis, Colton Bodrie, Wyatt Curry, Pete Zessin, Drew Carmody. HR—Alma, Nick Townsend (3); Hope, Chris Mattson (2). SB—Alma, Ian Rhynard.

Alma Hope

7 4

Kellie Hirst, Brittany Hulett (6), Taylor Schulty (6)and Becca Strother; Katie Martin, Lauren Rohan and Emily Holt, Carli Raisutis. W—Hirst (1-2); BB4, SO-3. L—Martin (8-4); BB-0, SO-6. Sv—Schulty. 2B—Hillsdale, Jessica Guertin, Kate Hoop, Becca Strother. HR—Hillsdale, Schulty; Grand Valley St., Breanne Kronberg, Emily Jones. SB—Hillsdale, Devon Trimmer.

First game 020 105

0 0

Second game

2 1

HOPE 28, ALMA 2 00 0 11(20)

421 100


Jared Knuth, Brad Zambron (6) and Zach Laupp; Mark Heard, Andrew Thompson (7) and D.J. Hicks, Ryan Palmer. W—Thompson (2-1); BB-1, SO-0. L—Zambron; BB-0, SO-0. 2B—Northwood, Derek Fitz. 3B—Grand Valley St., Zach Laupp. HR—Northwood, Brett Lechner. SB—Grand Valley St., Steve Anderson, Chris Rudenga.

Alma Hope

WOMEN CALVIN 9, ADRIAN 0 SINGLES—1. Melissa Oosterhouse (C) d. Robyn Denney 6-0, 6-1; 2. Kaitlin Spoelhof (C) d. Katelyn Simcina 6-1, 6-0; 3. Elisabeth Geenen (C) d. Adrienne Haase 6-0, 6-0; 4. Rachel Strikwerda (C) d. Shelby Kruszewski 6-0, 6-0; 5. Michelle Busscher (C) d. Sarah Kean 6-1, 6-0; 6. Rachel Degroot (C) d. Shannon Woods 6-3, 6-1. DOUBLES—1. Oosterhouse/Spoelhof (C) d. Denney/Sarah Brooks 8-2; 2. Jill VanVeen/ Strikwerda (C) d. Kruszewski/Kean 8-2; 3. DeGroot/Geenen (C) d. Woods/Jordenne Ferenczi 8-6.

Andrea Nicholson, Katie Marin (5) and Carli Raisutis; Taylor Schulty, Kellie Hirst (6) and Becca Strother. W—Nicholson (8-4); BB-2, SO-0. L—Schulty (3-9); BB-2, SO-4. 2B—Grand Valley St., Raisutis, Stephanee Schrader, Emily Jones; Hillsdale, Kate Hoop, Miriam McKay. 3B—Grand Valley St., Nelie Kosola. HR—Grand Valley St., Kayleigh Bertram; Hillsdale, Schulty.

Second game 110 112

CALVIN 7, WOOSTER 2 SINGLES—1. Matt Hoch (W) d. Andrew DeVlieger 5-7, 7-5, 12-10; 2. Preston Phillips (C) d. Matt Mandell 6-3, 7-5; 3. Ethan Arenstein (W) d. Andrew Rescorla 5-7, 7-5, 10-2; 4. Roland Eldridge (C) d. Steve Conroy 6-1, 6-0; 5. Brian DeMaagd (C) d. Brad Palanski 6-3, 6-0; 6. Philip Reinken (C) d. Alex Turner 6-2, 6-2. DOUBLES—1. Eldridge/Phillips (C) d. Arenstein/ Hoch 8-2; 2. DeMaagd/Rescorla (C) d. Palanski/ Sam Susanin 8-3; 3. DeVlieger/Goorhouse (C) d. Steve Conroy/Mandell 8-1.

First game Grand Valley St. 000 Hillsdale 012



0 3

Kyle Schepel, Matt Cade (4), Brad Zambron (1) and Jared Cowan; Jordan Snider, Ryan Abraham (4), Tom Rezler (6) and Ryan Palmer. W—Cade; BB-4, SO-3. L—Snider; BB-1, SO-3. 2B—Grand Valley St., Cody Grice, Steve Anderson; Northwood, Matt Czajkowski, Adam Rider, Micheal Goodwin, Pat Schlenke. 3B—Northwood, Brett Lechner, Goodwin. HR—Northwood, Palmer (2). SB—Grand Valley St., Grice.

Grand Valley St. 020 Northwood 101

DENISON 8, HOPE 1 SINGLES—1. Tom Cawood (D) d. John Gardner 6-3, 6-4; 2. Matt McErlean (D) d. Bobby Cawood 6-3, 5-7, 10-4; 3. Nate Hobrath (D) d. Jonathan Lautz 6-1, 6-0; 4. Evan Verbofsky (D) d. Michael Garland 6-2, 6-4; 5. Jared Connolly (D) d. Kevin Hagan 6-1, 4-6, 10-8; 6. Tim Martin (D) d. Alex Hughes 6-1, 6-2. DOUBLES—1. Hobrath/McErlean (D) d. Gardner/Cawood 8-4; 2. Connolly/Martin (D) d. Lautz/Garland 8-2; 3. Gabe Casher/Harrison Doezema (H) d. Verbofsky/Adam Seeley 8-5.


First game 504 002


MAC Ball State 12-3, Central Michigan 8-11 Miami (Ohio) 3-10, Eastern Michigan 1-1 Ohio 5-4, Western Michigan 2-0 MIAA Olivet 6-2, Adrian 5-10 (1st game 10 inn., 2nd game 5 inn.) Saint Mary’s 13, Albion 12 St. Mary’s (Ind.) 13-10, Albion 12-2 ( 2nd game 6 inn.) Trine 32, Kalamazoo 0 (5 inn.) Illinois Wesleyan tournament Illinois Wesleyan 7, Hope 3 WHAC Indiana Tech 11-6, Concordia 2-1 Madonna 9-14, Cornerstone 2-1 (2nd game 5 inn.) MCCAA Kalamazoo Valley CC 4-10, GRCC 3-2 (2nd game 5 inn.) Jackson CC 7-9, Kellogg CC 5-1 Delta 9-8, Alpena CC 0-0 (1st game 5 inn., 2nd game 6 inn.) Muskegon CC 2-3, Ancilla 1-7

GRAND VALLEY ST. 14, NORTHWOOD 8 Grand Valley St. 005 Northwood 042

DOUBLES—1. Scott Surges/Oliveira (SF) d. Karasinski/Weiden 8-3; 2. Seymonski/Quigly (SF) d. Schumilov/Grashorn 8-4; 3. Dobreynski/Stecher (SF) d. Jayapal/Meads 8-0.


WHAC Concordia 11-2, Siena Heights 3-3 Non-conference St. Xavier 16, Madonna 2 MCCAA GRCC 5-14, Ancilla 4-3 Kalamazoo Valley CC 5-10, Macomb CC 3-4 Jackson CC 6, Lake Michigan 1 Lansing CC at Mott CC, ppd. Non-conference Kellogg CC 16, Aquinas JV 13 Muskegon CC 9-20, Davenport JV 7

GRCC Macomb


MCCAA St. Clair County CC 8-6, Alpena CC 2-3 Kalamazoo Valley CC 7-12, Kellogg CC 3-3 Jackson CC 7, Ancilla 6 (comp. of susp. game) Jackson CC 7-0, Ancilla 1-2 Lansing CC 13-11, Glen Oaks CC 0-3 (both games 5 Inn.) Lake Michigan 4-6, GRCC 0-5 Non-conference Rochester 2-0, Macomb CC 1-4 Delta 3-0, Owens (Ohio) CC 2-1

BIG TEN Illinois 9, Iowa 8 Michigan State 5, Minnesota 3 Northwestern 11, Penn State 5 Ohio State 7, Indiana 1 Purdue 8, Michigan 5 MAC Ball State 12, Bowling Green 6 Central Michigan 10, Akron 6 Kent State 16, Eastern Michigan 1 Miami (Ohio) 6, Northern Illinois 1 Ohio 25, Western Michigan 3 GLIAC Grand Valley St. at Saginaw Valley St., ccd. MIAA Adrian 10-12, Olivet 1-3 Albion 5-12, Calvin 1-8 Trine 10-20, Kalamazoo 3-7 Hope at Alma, ppd., wet grounds

Final round—Today


THURSDAY Philadelphia at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.

Heath Slocum David Toms Nick Watney Sean O’Hair Kenny Perry Angel Cabrera Steve Flesch Adam Scott Soren Kjeldsen Camilo Villegas Charl Schwartzel Matt Kuchar Lucas Glover Ryan Moore Yuta Ikeda Miguel Angel Jimenez Scott Verplank Francesco Molinari Ernie Els Mike Weir Dustin Johnson a-Matteo Manassero Steve Stricker Ben Crane Sergio Garcia Zach Johsnon Robert Karlsson Retief Goosen Jason Dufner Robert Allenby Chad Campbell Nathan Green

New England Home: Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis Away: Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, San Diego N.Y. Jets Home: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston Away: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Denver Miami Home: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Tennessee Away: Buffalo, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, Oakland Buffalo Home: Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville Away: Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, Kansas City




NFC SOUTH New Orleans Home: Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Minnesota Away: Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas Atlanta Home: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay Away: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Carolina Home: Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago Away: Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Giants Tampa Bay Home: Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit Away: Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Washington


Charlotte 99, Detroit 95 Indiana 115, New Jersey 102 Atlanta 105, Washington 95 Philadelphia 120, Memphis 101 Boston 105, Milwaukee 90 San Antonio at Denver, late Dallas at Sacramento, late Golden State at L.A. Clippers, late

Kansas City New England New York Columbus Philadelphia Chicago Toronto FC D.C.

Dallas Home: N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New Orleans Away: N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona Philadelphia Home: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, Atlanta Away: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Francisco N.Y. Giants Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Carolina Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle Washington Home: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay Away: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee, St. Louis

Cincinnati Home: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Diego Away: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, Indianapolis Baltimore Home: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver Away: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, Houston Pittsburgh Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New England, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, Oakland Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee Cleveland Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville



3 2 5 5 6 1 3

NFC NORTH DETROIT Home: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, N.Y. Jets, St. Louis Away: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo, Miami, Tampa Bay Minnesota Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo, Miami, Arizona Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, N.Y. Jets, New Orleans Green Bay Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo, Miami, San Francisco Away: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, N.Y. Jets, Atlanta Chicago Home: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, N.Y. Jets, Seattle Away: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo, Miami, Carolina

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Charlotte at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 10 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.



(Dates to be determined)


Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 3, SO Tampa Bay 4, Florida 3, SO Nashville 2, St. Louis 1, SO Dallas 4, Minnesota 3, SO Boston 4, Carolina 2 Toronto 4, Montreal 3, OT Buffalo 5, Ottawa 2 New Jersey 7, N.Y. Islanders 1 Atlanta 1, Pittsburgh 0 Calgary at Vancouver, late Phoenix at San Jose, late



Chicago 6, Grand Rapids 4 Toronto 3, Hamilton 2, SO Albany 3, Adirondack 2 Bridgeport 2, Manchester 0 Hartford 7, Springfield 5 Lowell 5, Portland 2 Worcester 3, Providence 0 Binghamton 3, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 Norfolk 5, Hershey 2 Abbotsford 4, Lake Erie 3, SO Syracuse 5, Rochester 2 San Antonio 4, Rockford 2 Houston 4, Texas 2 Peoria at Manitoba, late

Grand Rapids Chicago


Johnson cf 5 Gosse 2b 4 Garcia rf 5 Gaynor 3b 5 Lennerton 1b 4 Rockett dh 4 Roof c 3 Salas lf 4 Palacios ss 4 Totals 39



Lake County 6, West Michigan 4 Kane County 10, Wisconsin 5 Cedar Rapids 7, Beloit 2 Bowling Green 5, Fort Wayne 1 Dayton 5, Lansing 4 Great Lakes 7, South Bend 1 Peoria at Clinton, late Quad Cities at Burlington, late


Atlanta at Washington, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 6 p.m. al winners, 2:30 p.m.




Providence 3, Springfield 2, OT Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4, Albany 3 Hershey 6, Norfolk 1 Hamilton 5, Syracuse 4, OT Binghamton 6, Adirondack 5 Manchester 4, Portland 3 Milwaukee 8, Chicago 1 Manitoba 3, Peoria 2 Rockford 5, Texas 1





5 6

5 7

1 3

Ashley Raap, Jessica Kohloff (5) and Alison Iuelle; Lauren McCombs, Samantha Gardner (1), Colleen Lynch (5) and Brook Coshow. W—Lynch; BB-1, SO-3. L—Kohloff (1-1); BB-2, SO-2. 2B—Lake Michigan, Lynch, Danielle Kroboth. HR—Lake Michigan, Alicia Myers.

National TV in parentheses

APRIL 16 At Johannesburg, South Africa, Joseph Agbeko vs. Vusi Malinga, 12, IBF bantamweight eliminator; at Salisbury, Md. (SHO), Fernando Guerrero vs. Michael Walker, 10, middleweights; at Memphis (ESPN2), Tony Thompson vs. Owen Beck, 10, heavyweights; Henry Lundy vs. Tyrese Hendrix, 10, lightweights.


COLLEGE TENNIS MEN ST. FRANCIS 9, DAVENPORT 0 SINGLES—1. Jakob Seymonski (SF) d. Jeff Karasinski 6-4, 6-4; 2. Jake Quigly (SF) d. Vitaly Schumilov 6-2, 6-2; 3. Luis Oliveira (SF) d. Matt Weiden 6-2, 6-1; 4. Andres Stecher (SF) d. Chris Grashorn 1-6, 6-2, 11-9; 5. Erick Dobreynski (SF) d. Andrew Meads 6-4, 6-1; 6. Nikola Milenovic (SF) d. Jerome Jayapal 6-0, 6-2.

At Magdeburg, Germany, Robert Stieglitz vs. Eduard Gutknecht, 12, for Stieglitz’s WBO super middleweight title; Sebsatian Zbik vs. Domenico Spada, 12, for Zbik’s interim WBC middleweight title; at Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO), Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez, 12, for Pavlik’s WBC-WBO middleweight titles; Mike Jones vs. Hector Munoz, 12, welterweights; Matt Korobov vs. Josh Snyder, 6, middleweights; at Montreal (HBO), Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda, 12, for Bute’s IBF super middleweight title; Renan St-Juste vs. Dionisio Miranda, 12, middleweights.


SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010


All My Children — Colby and Damon were involved in a car accident with Brooke. Colby was OK, but Damon broke his arm, and Brooke was in bad shape. Adam poured out his heart to her and made plans for her to recuperate at the mansion. Jesse found proof Damon was texting at the time of the accident, and Liza was determined to have him locked up. In Washington, JR was surprised by his attraction to Annie, who kissed him, unaware of the camera. Liza wanted to use Kendall’s role in Greenlee’s accident to defend David, but he insisted Greenlee must never know the truth. Angry at being kept in the dark, Greenlee went to track down Kendall with Erica in hot pursuit. Amanda’s first photo shoot was streamed to the Web, where it caught someone’s interest. As the World Turns — After learning that they weren’t legally married, Kim wanted a night away from Bob so he could reflect on his life and her place in it. Later, she agreed to marry him. Dusty woke up and pretended not to have any memory of Rocco’s threats. Carly and Jack made love. Parker took Liberty to Monte Carlo, where they saved Craig from being interrogated by Carly and Gabriel about the books. Gabriel later called Craig, posing as Ellis and telling him he knew about the abuse of Parker’s trust fund. Vienna and Katie caught Henry trying to break up with Barbara. Henry explained he loved Vienna but feared he’d disappoint her. Vienna shocked him by proposing. Luke offered Judd money to drop his case against Reid. Noah told Luke he was casually dating a guy named Richard. Holden asked Molly on a date but then agreed to go away with Faith and Lily to help Faith straighten out. Molly learned Silas Whitman was being released on a technicality.


The Bold and the Beautiful — Donna walked out on Eric when he refused to budge on his plan to have Stephanie move in. She sought comfort with Bill but later returned to Eric and apologized. She was upset when Eric refused to discuss their issues. Whip introduced a new campaign for Jackie M featuring Owen as a cabana boy. Owen disliked it but agreed to go along for Jackie’s sake. Bridget felt guilty hearing Nick talk about Owen and Jackie’s marriage, then panicked when she realized she hadn’t taken her birth control pills. Owen persuaded her to take a pregnancy test, but Nick and Jackie interrupted. Stephanie arranged a tribute to Eric, and Donna was hurt when they embraced at the end. Days of Our Lives — EJ and Sami grew closer in the wake of her breakup with Rafe. EJ learned Benny had been arrested and got him released, infuriating Rafe, who attacked D.A. Woods. When the D.A. was later brought to the hospital, Rafe was suspected of attacking him again. Threatened by Daniel’s deepening bond with Carly, Chloe bad-mouthed her to Melanie. Anna told Stefano her role in Sydney’s kidnapping and encouraged him to use the situation to get his granddaughter back. Will and Sami fought over her hugging EJ and over Will letting Nicole say goodbye to Sydney. Nicole attempted to get back into Brady’s life, upsetting Arianna. Bo and Carly’s date was interrupted when Bo got a call telling him Kimberly had leukemia. He left for Los Angeles to donate bone marrow. Stefano told EJ he knew Anna was working for him and that EJ had Sydney all along, and the two played a deadly cat-and-mouse game. General Hospital — Sonny ordered Jason to kill Ethan, but Jason found Lucky at the Haunted Star instead. Alexis found Kristina, badly beaten, at the lake house and took her to the hospital, accidentally


The Grand Rapids Press’ film critic loves to talk movies - and now you can join him for his monthly series, My 2 Cents! John will be hosting a special screening of punk-rock biopic “The Runaways,” starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, at 1 p.m. April 11 at Celebration! Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE. d Free refreshments will be provided for a post-show chat. Come out and join the conversation!

Back again: The Doobie Brothers open the summer concert series this year at Meijer Gardens.

mowing Kiefer down. Kristina tearfully admitted to Dante, Sonny and Alexis that Kiefer, not Ethan, beat her. Dante lashed out at Sonny for making Kristina feel compelled to lie. Sonny took his anger at Dante out on Olivia, and Dante punched him. Lucky suspected Ethan hit Kiefer and arrested him after finding an incriminating dent in his car. Alexis confessed to hitting Kiefer, but Sam insisted she couldn’t turn herself in because Kristina needed her. Sonny feared the worst when Olivia took the stand, but she said nothing to incriminate him or implicate Michael. One Life to Live — At the cabin, an unhinged Schuyler pulled a gun on Gigi, who told him there was nothing left between them. Rex and Bo arrived, and Schuyler was about to shoot Rex when Bo stepped between them and took the bullet. He was critically injured, but Greg said he should make a full recovery. Roxy was stunned by Allison’s revelation about the baby switch and heartbroken to realize Sierra Rose wasn’t her granddaughter. Natalie and Jessica clashed over Jessica’s insistence things weren’t over between her and Cristian. Starr confronted Ford about his affair with Langston, who resolved not to go to Ford when he called, but she later decided she had to break up with Markko. Schuyler insisted on taking responsibility for his actions. Gigi went up against Fish and Kyle at Sierra Rose’s custody hearing. Todd was upset Kelly asked John to help her investigate her mother’s death. The Young and the Restless — Kevin got a text message giving him a clue about Jana. At the ball, Michael and Paul tried to figure out Sarah’s connection to Ryder, Daisy and Tom and her interest in Lauren. Sharon found Adam in her room holding Faith, and he begged her to come with him. Nick arrived, and Adam disappeared out the window. As everyone searched the basement for Adam, Nick realized there was a gas leak and fled upstairs, just missing an explosion in the basement. He found Faith alone and crying, then panicked when he saw Sharon unconscious. D.A. Pomerantz brought a charred-beyondrecognition body out of the club. Chance and Chloe made love for the first time. Nina walked in on them and was shocked when Chloe told her Chance proposed. Kay came to, and Jill told her they were trapped in the bathroom. Mac broke down in J.T.’s arms after Lily and Cane told him Lily was worse. Daisy admitted to Lauren she was Ryder’s twin. Billy reminded Victoria they were each other’s alibis for the previous night, although she wanted to pretend it never happened.

THE LIST Summer strains Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s eighth summer concert series kicks off in May. Shows and ticket prices (presale/general public) are:

 May 21 — The Doobie Brothers, $64/$69  June 10 — Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, $37/$42  June 16 — Kenny Loggins, $55/$60  June 17 — Buddy Guy with JJ Grey & Mofro, $42/$47  June 30 — Levon Helm Band cooperates. with James Hunter, $42/$47 But fans also might want to  July 9 — Mary Chapin jump on board early when it Carpenter, $45/$50 comes to snagging tickets for their favorite acts: 65 percent  July 16 — Umphrey’s McGee, $34/$39 of 2009’s concert tickets were  July 25 — Indigo Girls, sold during the two-week $42/$47 member presale period that  July 26 — Natalie Merchant, starts May 1. $55/$60 While Gardens  July 29 — Chris Isaak with spokeswoman Amy Sawade Marc Broussard, $57/$62 said it’s tough to say how many people have joined ($40  Aug. 5 — Natalie MacMaster, $28/$33 per adult, $75 per family)  Aug. 7 — Lyle Lovett and to get first crack at tickets, His Large Band (Gardens’ membership has swelled 15th anniversary show with from 13,500 in 2003 to 17,600 fireworks), all tickets $85 this year. So, competition for  Aug. 9 — Melissa Etheridge, presale tickets has increased, $72/$77 too.  Aug. 11 — Garrison Keillor’s “We do have people who “A Prairie Home Companion” said they became a member (Summer Love Tour), $62/$67 for those concert tickets. That  Aug. 15 — George Thorogood definitely attracts people,” & the Destroyers, $42/$47 she said. Personally, I’m most geeked  Aug. 25 — Brandi Carlile, $34/$39 about first-timers in the PRESS FILE PHOTO



Indeed, this will be Lovett’s fifth straight appearance in the summer series. Fleck has played the Gardens three times and the Doobie Brothers are performing for the third straight year. But there are inducements for catching some repeat performers.

Anniversary show The Aug. 7 Lovett and His Large Band show, for instance, serves as the Gardens’ 15th anniversary concert, with a fireworks display following the Saturday night show. Some proceeds from the pricierthan-usual $85 tickets will benefit the Gardens’ Annual Fund, which supports overall operations and exhibitions. This gets matched dollar for dollar by Fred and Lena Meijer, who planted the seeds for their garden idea in the 1990s. Fleck, the undisputed king of the banjo, sells out every time he plays the Gardens, partly because he’s always revamping lineups and musical approaches: He’s hit the amphitheater stage in the past with the Flecktones, Chick Corea, and Stanley Clarke & Jean Luc Ponty. On June 10, he’ll change things up again, playing with Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and double-bass phenom Edgar Meyer, sure to produce another cutting-edge display of instrumental wizardry.

Doobies open series And for the first time, the Doobies’ classic-rock strains will launch the series May 21, the earliest season opener ever. The first show of the year usually packs an energetic, fan-fueled wallop, provided the weather

lineup, including:  Respected singersongwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, who had to cancel a 2007 Gardens show due to a traffic accident;  Chicago prog-rock jam band Umphrey’s McGee, which played Rothbury last year and has cultivated a hyperdevoted fan base;  Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who just released her first new studio album (“Leave Your Sleep”) in several years and who only recently returned to touring;  Retro-rock singer-guitarist Chris Isaak, who’s still touring behind his 2009 album, “Mr. Lucky”;  Popular humorist Keillor, who’ll bring his “Summer Love Tour” version of “A Prairie Home Companion” to town Aug. 11. They fit the eclectic mix promoter/concert booker Chris Mautz has espoused over the years. It also helps

Tickets: Available to Gardens members at a discount May 1-May 14. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 15 at the Gardens, Star Tickets outlets, (800) 585-3737 or Go online to for details. All tickets are general admission lawn seats.

to have the unpredictable blues fire of Buddy Guy and the melodic, rootsy rock of up-and-comer Brandi Carlile (who headlines to close out the season Aug. 25 after opening for the Indigo Girls last summer). Sure, I’d love to see the Gardens bring in the likes of slightly edgier acts such as Wilco or The Decemberists or Steve Earle or The Black Keys, but there’s always 2011. E-mail:



The summer concert series in Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre, opening May 21 with the Doobie Brothers, will include a special event anniversary concert Aug. 7 with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band plus fireworks to mark the 15th anniversary of the institution’s opening in April 1995. The Chihuly exhibition, titled “A New Eden,” will feature 15 site-specific works, each newly created for this exhibition. Eight semi-trucks hauling thousands of pieces of glass begin arriving this week for a team of 14 people to install. “A New Eden” will be the second Chihuly exhibition there, and Meijer Gardens has two permanent installations in its collection, “Gilded Champagne Gardens Chandelier” in the Grand Atrium and “Lena’s Garden” suspended from the ceiling in the Taste of the Gardens Cafe.” “It’s the most expensive resPRESS FILE PHOTO taurant ceiling in the world,” Fred Meijer said with a smile. Full access: Visitors touch “The American Horse” at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture

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The “Sculptors Celebrate the Legacy of Fred and Lena Meijer” exhibition, opening in June, includes work that will be spread across three galleries and two areas of the grounds. All 26 of the artists already are represented in Meijer Gardens’ collection. “Many of these artists have a very strong feeling for the organization and what Fred and Lena have enabled to happen here,” said Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president for collections and exhibitions at the Gardens. Today, the 30-acre Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park has 54 works outdoors. Another 21 pieces are outdoors in other areas and 36 are on display indoors, plus other pieces in

Park. The Nina Akamu sculpture arrived at the Gardens in 1998.

storage or on loan. More sculpture can be found in the outdoor gardens, 21 pieces in the Michigan Farm Garden, and a dozen in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden for kids to touch and explore. Last year, Patricia Schultz, author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” selected Meijer Gardens as one of her 30 must-see museums in the world. It’s the only one of the 30 emphasizing sculpture and horticulture. “We were very fortunate it works,” Meijer said about the shared focus. “Other people didn’t think it would work, but I’m pleased.” The speed at which the institution has grown also is unique. Meijer Gardens has

about 17,500 members and expects its 6 millionth visitor, most likely in early May. But growth is what Fred Meijer, who celebrated his 90th birthday in December, wanted. “Fred said, ‘I’m not getting any younger. I want to see this done,’” recalled David Hooker, president of Meijer Gardens.

Milestones Meijer Gardens, which traces its origins back to the founding of the West Michigan Horticultural Society in 1981, has seen many milestones since it opened, including loans of sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. “We’ve been fortunate to

develop long-term relationships with many artists and foundations,” Becherer said. The institution drew worldwide attention with the arrival in 1998 of “The American Horse,” by Nina Akamu, inspired by the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. Two identical sculptures — one for da Vinci’s home/museum in Milan, Italy, and one for Meijer Gardens — were cast. Authorities in Milan chose to put theirs on a pedestal, giving them bragging rights for having the taller of the two 24-foot sculptures. “We wanted ours on the ground,” Meijer said. “So the children could hug it.” E-mail:


Symphony presents ‘Hear the Now’


GRAND RAPIDS — Composer Miklos Rozsa, like many musicians, led something of a double life. The three-time Oscar Award winner wrote for such films as “Ben-Hur,” but he also wrote concert music for artists such as violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. “Ben-Hur,” starring Charlton Heston, gave the composer far less trouble than his Sinfonia concertante, starring Heifetz and Piatigorsky. Though the two artists were friends, neither was willing to stand in the other’s shadow on stage. Rozsa ended up rewriting the piece to suit each soloist until it was unmanageably unplayable at its premiere. Violinist Megan Crawford and cellist Alicia Eppinga, both members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, say they won’t have any such issues when they appear as soloists with the Grand Rapids Symphony this weekend. “Luckily, our rapport with each other is a little better than Heifetz and Piatigorsky,” said Eppinga, assistant principal cellist. The ninth Classical Series concert of the 10-concert season will serve double duty on many levels, with musicians from the orchestra as soloists and with members of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony participating on one piece. Single-ticket prices, normally $18 to $90 for adults, will be sold for $18 for all remaining seats. “We recognize that economic conditions can make it more

difficult to attend concerts,” said symphony president Peter Kjome. “The special pricing will help enable more people to enjoy the experience of a Grand Rapids Symphony concert this season.” “Hear the Now” is the title for the program. “It’s all new music to the symphony,” music director David Lockington said. Some 26 members of the Youth Symphony will join the professional musicians to play Hector Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival” to open the program. The young musicians — 16 string players, eight wind and brass players and two percussionists — were selected by recorded auditions. “I wanted to make this a very special opportunity,” Lockington said. “I thought since we can’t have everyone on stage, let’s make it a competitive audition.” Lockington also will lead the orchestra in John Adams’ new “Doctor Atomic Symphony,” a suite the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer arranged recently from his 2005 opera, “Doctor Atomic,” about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb. “It’s just masterful,” Lockington said. “The orchestration is so colorful and so pointillistic at times, so tuneful and so supportive.”

Concert of angels to be presented in Sunshine Church Violinist Megan Crawford

Cellist Alicia Eppinga

The Grand Rapids Symphony will give the Michigan premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4, a piece cocommissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony and a long list of major orchestras, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. “He a very adept writer,” Lockington said. “If he had the opportunity to write for movies, he’d be absolutely fantastic.” Rozsa, who did write music for films ranging from “The Lost Weekend” to “El Cid,” was inspired by the music of his native homeland of Hungary throughout his life. Rozsa had a knack for taking the essence of a musical style and turning it into something even more, Eppinga said. “It’s been a wonderful journey getting to know this piece together, and we look forward to sharing this incredibly exciting work with our audience.” Email:

DeWylde tackles role of Patsy Cline BY RACHAEL RECKER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

GRAND RAPIDS — This weekend will be the first time vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Delilah DeWylde takes a different kind of stage, and with only one instrument — her voice. Grand Rapids’ sultry brunette is known for performing local concert venues or bars with her guitar, like in the allfemale bluegrass string quintet Nobody’s Darlin,’ or seductively twirling her signature upright bass while providing lead vocals in honky-tonk quartet Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys.

Something different Recently, the latter group agreed to a new kind of gig — starring in the musical “Always ... Patsy Cline” opening this week at the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck. Written by Ted Swindley, the play features full covers of 27 of Cline’s tunes, from obscure tracks to memorable hits such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” “It’s not like playing in a bar,” said DeWylde, who plays Cline. Interwoven throughout the two-and-a-half-hour musical, which includes an intermission, will be the story of Houston uber-fan Louise Seger, played by Jackie Carpenter, who Cline befriends. The two become pen pals for three years until Cline’s death at age 30 in a private airplane crash.

Others in the show The cast is rounded out with pianist Dave Raffenaud, bassist Rick Slachta, fiddle player Rick Willey, percussionist Dan McCoy, steel guitarist Jay Ottenwess and guitarist Lee Harvey. It is co-directed by Al VerSchure and produced by Patricia Knox Huyge. But besides standing on unfamiliar territory, it’s also not so easy impersonating Cline’s iconic vocals when you think you sound more like Johnny Cash, DeWylde said. She turned down initial


GRAND RAPIDS — It’s not every day one has the chance to preside over the creation of the world. But Sunshine Community Church’s director of facilities, Lance Ebenstein, will get the Narrator: Soprano Charsie chance when the church hosts Randolph Sawyer will sing the Calvin Oratorio Society’s the role of Gabriel. production of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation.” Renovations at Calvin College Fine Arts Center led to the 90-year-old society’s first performance in the modern, 2,300-seat church. “It’s going to be a big undertaking, but there’s no choice,” said Vicki Van Wingerden, the society’s administrative director.” I don’t know how we’d do it without them.” For Eberstein, it’s almost as simple as saying, “Let there be music.” “We’ll just open the doors and let them come on in,” he said.

Many voices

Director: Joel Navarro says the piece sometimes makes

The Oratorio Society, plus the Calvin College Campus Choir, will total 135 singers plus the 75 players in the Calvin College Orchestra. Soprano Charsie Randolph Sawyer, singing the role of the angel Gabriel narrating the oratorio, is the sole returning soloist from the society’s last presentation of “The Creation” in 2001. Joining Sawyer in the narrative roles will be bass Will Nichols, of Alma College, as Raphael and tenor Ken Prewitt, from Western Michigan University, as Uriel for the production that will be sung in English. Soprano Kathryn Stieler, from Grand Valley State University, will sing the role of Eve with bass James K. Bass, of Western Michigan University, as Adam.

Another angel: Base Will Nichols will sing Raphael.

First woman: Soprano Kathryn Stieler will sing the


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More soloists Director Joel Navarro chose to have five soloists rather than the usual three to make it easier for the audience to distinguish the characters. It also gives the audience the chance to hear the talented singers available in the region, he said. “It’s great to be in a position to work with fellow Michiganders who are also members of academe,” he said. “They are all vocal teachers and wonderful soloists.” The two-hour oratorio was composed between 1796 and 1798, when Haydn was in his 60s, and was the capstone of the deeply religious composer’s illustrious career. Its texts draw upon the Old Testament books of Genesis Twosome: Delilah DeWylde, left, is Patsy Cline and Jackie and The Psalms and Milton’s Carpenter is fan Louise Seger in “Always ... Patsy Cline.” “Paradise Lost.” But as a fan of everything “In each movement, you IF YOU GO of the ’50s and ’60s — fashion, can sense the humility of the cars, general history — DeWyl- composer,” Navarro said. “The “Always ... Patsy de couldn’t pass up the offer. music doesn’t call attention to Cline,” with Delilah And like her own band that itself; it serves the purpose of pays particular attention to the text.” DeWylde and the their stage show and attire, Navarro, who has led the OrLost Boys DeWylde said she wanted to atorio Society since 2003, said be sure the band looked the he’s looking forward to his first When: 8 p.m. Friday and part for their Cline gig. performance of “The Creation” Saturday, 2 p.m. April 18, 8 “It’s important for me to take with the group. p.m. April 23 and 24, 2 p.m. people back in time. I want us “It’s a wonderful work,” he April 25 to look right,” said DeWylde, said. “When we’re rehearsing, Where: Red Barn Theatre, who goes through nine cos- it’s so beautiful it sometimes 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck tume changes. “I’m sure there’s makes me weep.” Tickets: $20 reserved, not as many people into this available at the box office era as me. I’m hoping people E-mail: (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondaywear Western clothes.” Friday and one hour before Director Jay Hernly says the curtain) musical tries to remove the IF YOU GO smoke and mirrors surrounding the rock-star lifestyle. Calvin Oratorio “It brings to light that even requests to be a part of the Society with “The cast. stars are human,” Hernly said. “I just don’t think I can “It makes you understand Creation” do that,” DeWylde recalled they’re real people with real thinking. loves, real difficulties. It’s kind Where: Sunshine Community Church, 3300 Having begun a singing ca- of a trip along with Patsy on East Beltline Ave. NE reer only five years ago, she also her climb to fame. But it’s also When: 8 p.m., April 17 had a hard time feeling com- about (the fact that) she never Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 fortable behind a mic without really loses sight of where she students, available at the her bass, which forced her to comes from.” Calvin College box officeor re-examine her own voice as an “It’s just a nice story,” Deat the door instrument worth perfecting. Wylde said. “I hope people Phone: Calvin box office at “I felt like I wasn’t in the band come away with an appre526-6282 anymore,” a bass-less DeWylde ciation for the range of her said. “It was hard.” songs.”



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Groups collaborate to re-invent collection, space development by exhibiting artwork in buildings undergoing rehabilitation), Amenta is Who needs Ben Stiller when no stranger to displaying art in you’ve got Paul Amenta to non-traditional gallery spaces. bring museums to life? After considering more than A Grand Rapids artist and 150 site-specific proposals from educator, Amenta was the go- individuals and groups, Amento guy when it came to resur- ta made final decisions based recting the old Grand Rapids on which ideas best engaged Public Museum building at 54 the space available. Jefferson Ave. SE. “There’s painting, sculpture, As curator and project direc- ceramics, metals, jewelry, photor of the upcoming student and tos, printmaking, video and faculty art exhibition “Michi- more — the gamut of congan — Land of Riches: Re-ex- temporary art practices,” said amining the Old Grand Rapids Amenta, a graduate of Grand Public Museum,” Amenta invit- Valley State University who ed about 200 students, faculty teaches in the Sculpture Deand alumni from area schools partment at Kendall College of and art institutions to join him Art and Design. in using art to breath new life Representatives from Aquiinto some of the old museum’s nas College, Calvin College, outdated and decaying gallery Grand Valley State University, and exhibition spaces, most of Hope College, Kendall College which hadn’t been touched for of Art and Design and the Uniat least 15 years. versity of Michigan designed “It’s a unique collaboration visual and interactive projects between the museum and 30 to invigorate 13 gallery and exdepartments from six universi- hibition spaces, the laboratory ties and colleges,” Amenta said. and offices that occupy the “We’re focusing on the (mu- two-story building left vacant seum) collection and working in 1994 when the Public Muto activate the display cases.” seum relocated to Pearl Street. As co-founder and former di- Young artists from the Urban rector of Activesite (the Grand Institute for Contemporary Rapids-based organization that Arts’ Artworks program also aims to promote downtown participated. BY MOLLY KIMELMAN




Attention to detail: Artist Brett Colley installs his piece in the show.

Highlights of the show, according to Amenta and other Museum staff, include an 80foot whale made of Kitakata Japanese paper constructed by Kendall Professor Mariel Versluis and her printmaking students, a UFO sculpture exhibit featuring scale models of crash sites, fragments of extraterrestrial spacecraft, photographs of UFOs and eyewitness accounts by Hope College professor Billy Mayer and his students, and a re-interpretation of the museum’s “Body Worlds Exhibition” showcasing works by University of Michigan professor Kerstin Barnedt and one of her students. The exhibition also includes dozens of works revolving around pieces from the museum’s collection of nearly 250,000 items. Artists had access to most of the 155-yearold collection, which includes anything from automobiles and animals, to gemstones, furniture and fossils. “We had this unprecedented

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“Art. Downtown,” various Grand Rapids locations, including Avenue for the Arts (S. Division Ave. between Fulton and Wealthy streets), Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Old Public Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design and the Ionia Entertainment District ( — showcases 260 artists 6-11 p.m. Friday. Betten Imports Gallery, 5901 28th St. SE (268-2067, bettenimports. com) — Paintings by local artists through May 18. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFriday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. First (Park) Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE (459-3203, — Landscapes by Mary Jean Reusch on display through April 30. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. MondayFriday. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE (493-8965, — “Forest Hills Public Schools: K-12 Student Art Exhibit,” Friday through May 14. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday. Grand Gallery of Ada, 596 Ada Drive SE (676-4604) — “Speaking with God,” new series by Eric Nykamp on view through April 30. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW (831-1000) — “Side by Side: Mathias Alten and Norman Chamberlain,” paintings


share what we have, because we have so much to offer.” Museum officials hope this exhibition is the first of many such collaborative opportunities, Merdzinski said. “When the exhibit closes, we’ll evaluate ‘What did we learn from this?’ and work to finalize plans with the community’s input,” she said. “We don’t know what’s next and we don’t know what our final decision will be, but we’re hoping to shake things up, do things differently — not the typical museum stuff we’ve done in the past.” An opening reception Friday kicks off a month of related activities, including a Family Education Day, a Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series and an exhibit-inspired fashion show. It also coincides with the eighth annual “Art. Downtown.” event, showcasing nearly 300 artists at 25 downtown locations.

Former life: Curator Paul Amenta, top, has been working on the exhibit “Michigan — Land of Riches” since January at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s old building on Jefferson Avenue SE.

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access to specimens and artifacts,” said Amenta, who said the exhibit title and concept stem from an old map of the same name charting the state’s natural resources and hanging just inside the old museum’s entrance. “I was inspired by this map,” he said. Replicas of some of the artwork, bumper stickers, T-shirts and other souvenirs will be available inside the renovated “Gift Shop.” “Michigan — Land of Riches” is the Public Museum’s first attempt at determining a future identity for the 54 Jefferson site, said Museum Director of Collections and Preservation Marilyn Merdzinski. “We’re trying to develop this area into a place the public can come and see things from our collection,” she said. “We want to give the community greater access to our collection, open it up to them. We’re also looking to get some feedback from the community about how we can




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 For more gallery listings, go to shown in pairs so viewers can compare artists’ styles and techniques, Friday through May 30; reception 5 p.m. Friday. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. LaFontsee Galleries, 820 Monroe Ave. NW (451-9820) — Free artmaking events for children ages 0-18, 3-5 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (registration is required). Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Old Grand Rapids Public Museum, 54 Jefferson Ave. SE (456-3977, — “Michigan — Land of Riches: Re-examining the Old Grand Rapids Public Museum,” more than 200 students, faculty and alumni from six area colleges and universities create interactive and visual displays to emphasize museum specimens and artifacts, open 2-8 p.m. Thursdays between April 22 and May 15; opening reception is 6-11 p.m. Friday. Open Concept Gallery, 50 Louis St. NW (540-3860, openconceptgallery. org) — “SMart Festival 2010,” a showcase of contemporary art, Monday through Friday. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church, 2255 Tecumseh Drive SE (452-6971, — “Celebration,” a series of computer mediated works by Robin Jensen, on display in the Great Room through April 25. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Monday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday.




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Art & Music Center Gallery, Aquinas College (632-8900) — Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition 2010 featuring work by Stephanie Garn and Elizabeth Hertl, today through May 9; opening reception 2-4 p.m. today. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. MondayThursday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Byrneboehm Gallery, 959 Lake Drive (336-0209) — “Allegory of the Moth,” drawings by Devin Slattery, through April 30. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, 3201 Burton St. SE (526-6271) — “The Unguarded Moment,” 30 images by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, through April 24; reception and book signing 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. East Grand Rapids Library Art

Gallery, 746 Lakeside Drive SE (647-3880, ) — Works by Meredyth Parrish, through April 30. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Fire and Water Art Gallery, 219 W. Main St. , Lowell (890-1879, ) — New pottery and watercolors by Janet Krueger through April 30. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE (888/957-1580) — “Spirit and Form: Michele Oka Doner and the Natural World,” sculptures and other works on display in the internationally recognized artist’s largest exhibition, through May 9. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and WednesdaySaturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Gainey Gallery, Van Singel Fine Arts Center, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW , Byron Center — Paintings by Jenn Vanderploeg through April 27. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, Richard M. DeVos Center , Grand Valley State University Pew Campus, 401 W. Fulton St. (3312563) — Oil paintings by the late Mathias J. Alten. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center (831-1000) — “Calder Jewelry,” 100 pieces designed and crafted by Alexander Calder from the 1930s through the 1960s, through April 18; “The Legacy of Armand Merizon,” paintings and drawings from the collections of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Calvin College, Mercury Head Gallery and local private collectors, through today. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th St. (888/200-9123) — “Bevrijding (Liberation): Images from the Dutch Resistance,” 12 linoleum-cut prints illustrating the Dutch Resistance during World War II, through May 16; “Smile,” candid photographs exploring the people of Holland and what makes them happy, through August. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. Kendall Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Fountain St. (451-2787) — “Drawings and Video,” works by Ethan Murrow, through April 21; gallery talk 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. LaFontsee Galleries, 820 Monroe Ave. NW (451-9820) — “Children Make Art for Children,” artwork created by local children for new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, through April 30. Hours are 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Lake Effect Gallery, 16 W. Eighth St. , Holland (395-3025) — New work by digital painter John Leben. Hours are

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. MercuryHead Gallery, 962 E. Fulton St. (456-6022) — “Impressions of Spring,” landscapes by Armand Merizon, Al Cianfarani and George Peebles join works by Gloria Allen, Bob Bauer and Eric Kuhl, through April 30. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave. (231/720-2570) — “Edward Curtis: Selections from ‘The North American Indian,’ Part 2” through April 10; “Inspired: The Corky Tuttle Glass Legacy” through April 18; “Mirror, Mirror: Art Inspired by Fairy Tales” through May 2. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Public Museum of Grand Rapids, 272 Pearl St. NW (456-3977) — “Big, BIG BUGS!,” featuring giant, moving versions of a praying mantis, stick insect, caterpiller, locust and more, through May 31; “Amway: 50 Years of Helping People Live Better Lives,” includes items from Amway archives and personal items on loan from company founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, through November. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday (until 9 p.m. Tuesday) with extended evening hours for “Big BUG Nights” 5-9 p.m. May 10-14. Second Christian Reformed Church Gallery, 2021 Sheldon Road , Grand Haven (842-0710) — “The Sacred in the Ordinary,” artwork by painter John August Swanson, through May 17. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. SundayThursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Second Reformed Church, 225 E. Central Ave., Zeeland (772-2153) — “The Father and His Two Sons,” the parable of the Prodigal Son through the eyes of 30 artists, through May 16. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayThursday. Terryberry Gallery, St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE (4592224) — Watercolors by James Lloyd Johnson through April 30. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. The Nines Gallery, 17 W. 10th St. , Holland (392-3239) — “Remaining Stellar Artwork,” collaborative ceramic works by Arizona artist Laura LaForge and Michigan artist Jeff Blandford. Hours are 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE (454-7000, — “ ment,” group exhibition focusing on spatial, social, economic and political components of emotional or physical displacement, through July 31; Individual exhibits and installations spotlighting artists Christopher Gauthier, Nicola Vruwink, Margarida Correia, Casey McGuire and Wendy Kawabata, through May 28 (Gauthier and Vruwink exhibits through Aug. 6). Hours are noon-10 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday.


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50 Cent’s ‘Crossfire’ to premiere Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Chris Klein are scheduled to attend the Grand Rapids premiere of “Caught in the Crossfire,” the action-drama which filmed locally last year. The movie’s debut will take place at 7 p.m. May 11 at Celebration Cinema North. Tickets to the premiere, $15, will include pop and popcorn. Proceeds will go to the West Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson Michigan Film Office. Tickets will go on sale soon. Klein (“American Pie,” “Election”), Jackson, producer Randall Emmett and director/ writer Brian Miller, a Grand Rapids native, will participate

FILM NOTES in a Q&A session after the film. WMFO director Rick Hert said other actors may be flown in for the premiere if they’re available. The film also stars Adam Rodriguez of “CSI: Miami” fame. Jackson and Rodriguez play detectives who find themselves targeted by corrupt cops and gangsters while investigating gangrelated activity. Jackson has a supporting role as an informant. “Crossfire” is the first movie from Jackson’s Cheetah Vision Films production company, a partnership with producer Randall Emmett (“Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” “Righteous Kill”). The filmmaking pair shot “Gun” in Grand Rapids earlier this year, and plan to film “Things Fall Apart,” co-

written by Jackson and Miller, with director Mario Van Peebles in May. Hert said a reception following the premiere is in the works; more details will be announced soon.

Special events at Celebration

Cinema locations — tickets and information available at 530-7469 or — include:  “Cheech and Chong’s Hey Watch This,” a chronicle of the comedy duo’s reunion tour, 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. April 20, at Celebration Rivertown, 3728 Rivertown Pkwy., Grandville. Tickets are $11.50.  “Drum Corps International 2010: The Countdown,” 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Celebration North. Tickets are $11.50.  Time Talks Live: LOST,” Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, creators of TV’s “LOST,” in a live discussion about the show, 8 p.m. May 20 at Celebration North. Tickets are $11.50.

Several limited-engagement events coming to Celebration


Paul Schrader to speak at fest Filmmaker and Grand Rapids native Paul Schrader (“Cat People,” “Hardcore”) will attend the Jewish Film Festival at 6 p.m. May 5, presenting his latest feature, “Adam Resurrected,” starring Jeff Goldblum. The festival will run May 2-7 at Celebration Cinema North. Other films showing are “Eli and Ben,” “Camera Obscura,” “Spring 1941” and “Nora’s Will.” Info.: 942-5553.


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“The Wolfman”: Gwen Conliffe, portrayed by Emily Blunt, hides from an unimaginable creature — the Wolfman, played by Benicio del Toro — in this action-horror film inspired by the Universal Studios classic.

AUDIENCE GUIDE G — General audiences, all ages admitted PG — Parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children PG-13 — Parents strongly cautioned, some material may be inappropriate for those younger than 13 R — Restricted; younger than 17 requires accompanying adult Press critics rate movies using a four-star system: ᗂ— don’t bother ᗂᗂ— passable, but barely ᗂᗂᗂ — worth watching ᗂᗂᗂᗂ — don’t miss it ALICE IN WONDERLAND (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Director Tim Burton’s 3-D adaptation of the classic Lewis Carroll story about a girl trapped in a fantastical land — with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp. Rated PG: fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar. 108 min. (John Serba) ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (ᗂ 1/2) — Kiddie flick finds the trio of singing rodents facing competition from a chipmunk girl-group — with David Cross, the voice of Justin Long. Rated PG: some mild rude humor. 89 min. (John Serba) AVATAR (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — Director James Cameron’s special-effects sci-fi extravaganza about a paraplegic soldier whose mind inhabits an alien body — with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana. Rated PG-13: intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language, smoking. 162 min. (John Serba) THE BLIND SIDE (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Drama about a homeless teen football player adopted by an affluent family — with Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw. Rated PG-13: brief violence, drug and sexual references. 126 min. (James Sanford) THE BOOK OF ELI (ᗂᗂ 1/2) — Post-apocalyptic thriller about a lone wanderer protecting a sacred book — with Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman. Rated R: some brutal violence, language. 118 min. (James Sanford) THE BOUNTY HUNTER (ᗂ 1/2) — A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife in this comedy — with Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler. Rated PG13: sexual content including suggestive comments, language, some violence. 110 min. (John Serba) CITIZEN ARCHITECT (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Documentary about late architect Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio, which designs and erects homes and buildings for an economically disadvantaged community in Alabama. Not rated. 60 min. (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts) (John Serba) CLASH OF THE TITANS (ᗂᗂ) — Mythological action-adventure saga about a warrior squaring off against gods and monsters — with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson. Rated PG-13: fantasy action violence, some frightening images, brief sensuality. 118 min. (John Serba) CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (ᗂᗂ 1/2) — Animated film about a young scientist who creates a

machine that makes it rain food — with the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris. Rated PG: mild language. 90 min. (John Serba) CRAZY HEART (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — An aging, broken-down country singer tries to clean up his life in this drama — with Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated R: language, sexuality. 112 min. (John Serba) DATE NIGHT (ᗂᗂᗂ) — A stuckin-a-rut married couple finds itself in a dangerous mistaken-identity plot in this comedy — with Tina Fey, Steve Carell. Rated PG-13: sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence, a drug reference. 88 min. (James Sanford) DEAR JOHN (ᗂᗂ) — Romance, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, about a soldier who falls for a college student — with Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum. Rated PG-13: some sensuality, violence. 105 min. (James Sanford) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Kids’ comedy about a pair of junior high social outcasts coping with their lack of popularity — with Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron. Rated PG: rude humor, language. 120 min. (James Sanford) THE GHOST WRITER (ᗂᗂᗂᗂ) — Roman Polanski directs this darkly humorous drama about a writer who uncovers potent secrets while penning a politician’s memoirs — with Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams. Rated PG-13: language, brief nudity/sexuality, violence, a drug reference. 128 min. (John Serba) GREEN ZONE (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Political action-thriller about a U.S. Army officer searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — with Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear. Rated R: violence, language. 115 min. (James Sanford) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Silly throwback comedy about four guys who travel back to 1986 via a magic hot tub — with John Cusack, Rob Corddry. Rated R: strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language. 100 min. (John Serba) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — Animated tale of a geeky

outcast Viking who becomes unlikely friends with a feared dragon — with the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler. Rated PG: sequences of intense action and some scary images, brief mild language. 98 min. (John Serba) IT’S COMPLICATED (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — A divorced couple rekindles the flame of their relationship in this comedy — with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin. Rated R: some drug content, sexuality. 118 min. (James Sanford) THE LAST SONG (ᗂᗂ) — A rebellious teenage girl reconnects with her estranged father and falls in love with a boy in this dramatic romance — with Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear. Rated PG: some violence, sensuality, mild language. 107 min. (John Serba) LETTERS TO GOD (ᗂᗂ) — Faithbased family drama about a young boy, suffering from cancer, who writes letters to God — with Tanner Maguire, Robyn Lively. Rated PG. 110 min. (Andrew Jefchak) PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (ᗂᗂ 1/2) — Adaptation of the popular youth book series about a teen descendant of a Greek god — with Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan. Rated PG: action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, mild language. 119 min. (James Sanford) REMEMBER ME (ᗂᗂ) — Romantic drama about lovers helping each other cope with family tragedy — with Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin. Rated PG-13: violence, sexual content, language, smoking. 128 min. (John Serba) THE RUNAWAYS (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — Punkrock biopic about the Runaways, the teen-girl group formed by Joan Jett and Cherie Currie — with Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart. Rated R: language, drug use and sexual content — all involving teens. 109 min. (John Serba) SHERLOCK HOLMES (ᗂᗂᗂ) — The classic detective and his partner Watson are revisited courtesy of director Guy

Ritchie — with Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law. Rated PG-13: intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images, a scene of suggestive material. 128 min. (James Sanford) SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (ᗂᗂ) — A loser can’t figure out why a seemingly perfect woman wants to date him in this comedy — with Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve. Rated R: language, sexual content. 104 min. (John Serba) SHUTTER ISLAND (ᗂᗂᗂ) — Martin Scorsese directs this suspenseful horror-thriller about a U.S. marshal investigating a patient missing from a home for the criminally insane — with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo. Rated R: disturbing violent content, language, some nudity. 138 min. (John Serba) THE SPY NEXT DOOR (ᗂ 1/2) — Kid-friendly flick about a former spy baby-sitting his girlfriend’s kids — with Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta. Rated PG: sequences of action violence, some mild rude humor. 92 min. (James Sanford) TOOTH FAIRY (ᗂᗂ) — A sadistic hockey player is sentenced to be a tooth fairy for a week in this kiddie comedy — with Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd. Rated PG: mild language, rude humor, sports action. 101 min. (James Sanford) UP IN THE AIR (ᗂᗂᗂ 1/2) — Comedy/ drama about a loner and serial traveler who fires people for a living — with George Clooney, Anna Kendrick. Rated R: language, some sexual content. 109 min. (John Serba) THE WOLFMAN (ᗂᗂ) — Remake of the horror classic about a man bitten and cursed by a werewolf — with Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt. Rated R: bloody horror violence and gore. 123 min. (James Sanford) WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? (ᗂ 1/2) — Tyler Perry’s comedy about couples analyzing their marriages during a group vacation — with Janet Jackson, Jill Scott. Rated PG-13: sexuality, language, drug references, some domestic violence. 121 min.

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”: Failing to attain a much-desired “seat at the (lunch) table,” from left, Fregley (Grayson Russell), Greg (Zachary Gordon) and Rowley (Robert Capron) are banished to the cafeteria floor.


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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010

IN CONCERT Sundays at 2 Concert Series, 2 p.m. today, Hope College, Dimnent Memorial Chapel, 277 College Ave., Holland, free, 395-7890, arts. Sacred Sounds: Grand Valley State University Varsity Men, Charles Norris, Kathryn Stieler, 5 p.m. today, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division Ave., 4561684, Greg Sanborn with Wright McCarger, Jim Dow: John Denver Tribute, 5 p.m. today, following 4 p.m. dinner, Tillman’s Restaurant, 1245 Monroe Ave NW, $24.95, includes dinner, 334-0219. The Fall of Troy, 6:30 tonight, $14; Silent Soundclash with Motion Potion, 9 p.m. Thursday, $8-$10; Honky Tonk Heroes with Last Train Out, Lebaron, Stroke of Midnight, Brian Lorente & The Usual Suspects, Small Town Son, 8 p.m. Friday, $5; Hip Hop is Living with Duhjuanyay & The Doctor Trio, AB & Coconut Brown, Ed Nino, Nixon, Rick Chyme, Strangebox, Poo Pack, 9 p.m. Saturday, $5-$7, The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, (800) 745-3000 or 451-8232, Music at Mid-Day: Peter Stoltzfus Berton, organist, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, First (Park) Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE, free, 459-3203, Traditional Irish Music Session, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fenian’s Irish Pub, 19683 Main St., Conklin, free, 8992640, Jonas Ridge Bluegrass Band, sponsored by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Pietro’s Backdoor Pizzeria, 2780 Birchcrest Drive SE, free, 4527488, Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo: “Barbra & Frank: The Concert That Never Was,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Van Singel Fine Arts Center, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW, Byron Center, adults $39.50, ages 18 and younger $22.50, 878-6800, Acoustic Stew: Troll for Trout, 8 p.m. Thursday, One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669, Chilly Blues Chili Cook-Off and Blues Festival, FridaySaturday, downtown Grand Haven, GRAM: Live Piano Music, 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, $5, 831-1000, “Friday Night Fun” Open Jam, 7 p.m. Friday, Zellie’s Opry House, 230 Edgerton, Howard City, $5, 2603032, The Fiery Furnaces with Jes Kramer, benefiting West Michigan Environmental Action Council, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, $15-$20, Grand Rapids Symphony with violinist Megan Crawford and cellist Alicia Eppinga: “Hear the Now,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.

preconcert talk, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, adults $18-$90, seniors $9, students $5, 454-9451, “Always ... Patsy Cline,” with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. April 18, Red Barn Playhouse, 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, $20, (269) 857-5300, The Elders, 9 p.m. Friday, Quinn and Tuite’s Irish Pub, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, $25, 363-8380, Gaither Homecoming Tour 2010, 6 p.m. Saturday, Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St., $32-$42, (800) 745-3000, Jazz Vespers with The Ray Kamalay Trio, 6 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton St., donation, 451-2879, The Used, 6 p.m. Saturday, Orbit Room, 2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, $21.50, 456-3333, Amy Grant, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, $42-$50, (800) 745-3000, Calvin Oratorio Society: “The Creation,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunshine Community Church, 3300 East Beltline Ave. NE, adults $20, students $10, 526-6282, boxoffice. Cowpie Bluesfest Fundraiser with Motor City Josh & the Big Three, 8 p.m. Saturday, Billy’s, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, $8, 459-5757, Acoustic Saturday Night: L’esprit Creole, sponsored by Grand River Folk Arts Society, 8 p.m. Saturday, Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy St. SE, $3-$12, 361-9219, Grand Rapids Public Schools Arts Jam with Majestic Praise, Edye Evans-Hyde, Sweet J, Steve Talaga Trio, Akaray, Lazy Blue Tunas, benefiting district arts education, 1 p.m. April 18, St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, adults $15-$20, students $5, 819-2156. Percussion Explosion, 3 p.m. April 18, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, $9-$15, (800) 745-3000, Herrick Sunday Concert Series: Many Strings Attached, 3 p.m. April 18, Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland, free, 355-3100,

SPECIALS “Butterflies Are Blooming,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 14-64 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580 or (888) 957-1580, Grand Rapids Record & CD Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Radisson Grand Rapids Riverfront, 270 Ann St. NE, $2, 516-5199. Exhibit Closing: “The Legacy

of Armand Merizon,” noon-5 p.m. today; Film: “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye,” 2 p.m. today; Exhibit Opens: Side by Side: Mathias Alten and Norman Chamberlain,” 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; All Day with the Arts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Exhibit Ending: “Calder Jewelry,” noon-5 p.m. April 18, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, adults $8, seniors $7, college students $7, ages 6-17 $5, free to age 5 and younger, 831-1000, West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 2 p.m. today, 6:35 p.m. Monday, noon Tuesday; West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Great Lakes Loons, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. April 18, Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park, $5-$13, 784-4131 or (800) CAPS-WIN, Chiaroscuro Film Series: “U-Carmen,” sponsored by Grand Valley State University, 2:30 p.m. today, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, free, 454-7000, David Pepper: “Antiques Road Show-Japan,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, appraisals $4 per item, $10 for 3 items, (269) 8572399, “An Education,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St., Holland, $5-$6, 395-7890, Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, $9, ages 6-14 $4, free to age 5 and younger, Opening Reception: “Michigan Land of Riches: Re-examining the Old Grand Rapids Public Museum,” 6-11 p.m. Friday, Old Grand Rapids Public Museum, 54 Jefferson Ave. SE, free, 456-3977, Art Downtown: 400 artists, 25 destinations, two trolleys, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Heartside and downtown venues, maps: Sanctuary Folk Art, 140 S. Division Ave., artdowntowngr. com or Party for the Planet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. NW, adults $3.50, children $3, free to children younger than 2, 336-4301, johnballzoosociety. org. Hunt for a Cure Scavenger Hunt, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Grand Rapids, $15, 821-1373. West Michigan Thunderhawks vs. Green Bay Blizzard, 7 p.m. Saturday, $9; Gun and Knife Show, 9 a.m. Saturday-April 18, $6, DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, Walker, (800) 7453000,

ONGOING Averill Historical Museum of Ada, 1-4 p.m. today-Saturday, 7144 Headley St., Ada, free, 676-9346,


842-0700, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, noon-7 p.m. today, noon-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, free, 454-7000,



Hear the author: Steve McCurry, above — whose photo “Afghan Girl,” at right, appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in June 1985 — will sign his book, “The Unguarded Moment: Photography of Steve McCurry,” Friday in the Spoelhof Center at Calvin College.


Coming up: An interview with McCurry will appear in Tuesday’s YourLife section. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE MCCURRY Blandford Nature Center, trails dawn-dusk daily; visitor center 1-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, free, 7356240, Coopersville Farm Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 375 Main St., Coopersville, $4, seniors $3, students $2, free to children younger than 3, 997-8555, DeGraaf Nature Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; trails dawn-dusk daily, 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, free, 355-1057, Dekker Huis Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 37 E. Main St., Zeeland, free, 772-4079, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, featuring “America and the Cold War,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 303 Pearl St. NW, adults $7, seniors $6, college students with ID $5, ages 6-18 $3, free to 5 and younger, 2540400, Grand Rapids Public Museum, featuring “Big, BIG BUGS!” noon-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, adults $8, age 62 and older $7, ages 3-17 $3, free to children younger than 3, special exhibits may have additional fees; Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium Sky Theater, museum admission plus $3, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977 or 4563663, Hackley and Hume Historic Site, noon-4 p.m. today, WednesdaySaturday, Sixth Street at West Webster Avenue, Muskegon, age 13 and older $3, free to age 12 and younger, (231) 722-0278,

“Happy Animal Clinic,” noon-5 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Toddler Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday; Family Night, 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Paint Your Own Garden, 10 a.m.-noon Friday; Create a Tape Collage, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, $6.50, 5-8 p.m. Thursday $1.50, free to children younger than 2, 235-4726, Spring Petting Zoo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main St., Coopersville, $4, seniors $3, students $2, free to children younger than 3, 997-8555,

Holland Museum, featuring “Bevrijding (Liberation): Images from the Dutch Resistance,” and “Dutch Art Comes Alive,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, 31 W. 10th St., Holland, $7, seniors $6, students $4, free to children younger than 6, families $14, 392-9084 or (888) 200-9123, Lowell Area Arts Council, noon6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 149 S. Hudson St., Lowell, 897-8545, Lowell Area Historical Museum, 1-4 p.m. today and Tuesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 325 W. Main St., Lowell, adults $3, ages 5-17 $1.50, free to age 4 and younger, families $10, 897-7688, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, featuring “Spirit and Form: Michele Oka Doner and the Natural World” and “Butterflies are Blooming,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. todayMonday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, ages 1464 $12, age 65 and older $9, students with ID $9, ages 5-13 $6, ages 3-4 $4, free to age 2 and younger, 957-1580, Muskegon County Museum, noon-4 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 430 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon, free, (231) 722-0278, Muskegon County Museum of African-American History, 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 E. Center St., Muskegon Heights, free, (231) 739-9500. Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 12:30-5 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Akeley Building, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, free,

“Rhinoceros,” 2 p.m. today, Grand Valley State University, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Allendale, $6$12, 222-4000, “A Chorus Line,” 6:30 tonight, Michigan State University, Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, $26.50-$62.50, (800) WHARTON, “An American Daughter,” by Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids, 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 3 p.m. April 18, Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE , $15-$18, 234-3946 or 234-3595, Rodney Carrington, 8 p.m. Friday, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant, $50-$70, 222-4000, (888) 732-4537, David Sedaris, sponsored by Michigan Radio, 7 p.m. April 18, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, $30-$50, (800) 745-3000,

IN A WORD Festival of Faith and Writing, Thursday-Saturday, Calvin College, 3201 Burton St. SE, 526-6282, calvin. edu/festival. Festival in the City with Michael Perry, 7 p.m. Thursday; Kevin Young, 7 p.m. Friday; Laura Waters Hinson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE, free, festival. Book Signing with Steve McCurry: “The Unguarded Moment: Photography of Steve McCurry,” 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Calvin College, Spoelhof Center, Center Art Gallery, 3201 Burton St. SE, 526-6271, calvin. edu/centerartgallery. GRAM Conversation: “Poetry, Downtown: A Magnetic Experience,” 5-11 p.m. Friday; “Side by Side: Matthias Alten and Norman Chamberlain” Opening Reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, free with admission of $5; Richard Axson: “Places of Grace: American Landscape Photography,” 2 p.m. April 18, free with admission of adults $8, seniors $7, college students $7, ages 6-17 $5, free to age 5 and younger, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, 831-1000, For information on entertainment events in the area, call the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 678-9859,


MUSIC NOTES Fiery Furnaces at Eco Expo concert For the second year in a row, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Fountain Street Church will host an Earth Week-related fundraising concert at the church, 24 Fountain St. NE. The Fiery Furnaces, a New York experimental rock group led by the brothersister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, part of the Eco Expo, featuring environmental displays and local foods. Admission to the expo is free; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concert tickets — $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and the unemployed — available at Schuler Books & Music outlets or at Local indie-rock artist Jes Kramer will open the show. Last year, singersongwriter Richie Havens headlined the Earth Week concert.


Motor City blues concert



Motor City Josh and the Big 3 roll into Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St.

SE, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to play a fundraiser for the Cowpie Blue Festival, held each summer in southern Kent County. The energetic Motor City Josh, aka Josh Ford, has been a frequent featured performer at the Cowpie festival. Known for his “funky blues you can’t refuse,” the Detroit native and Rochester resident has recorded 10 albums and tours regularly across the United States and Europe. Admission to Saturday’s show is $8 at the door.

Gilmore for Kids The 2010 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival opens Saturday with “Gilmore for Kids,” featuring pianist Peter Miyamoto at 2 p.m. in St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Miyamoto, 1991 Gilmore Young Artist, shows off the things a piano can do, from the war cry of a charging army to the buzzing of a hive of bees. Tickets — $5 adults, free for kids — are required. For more information or details of performances in other cities, go to gilmorekeyboardfestival. org. Call St. Cecilia at 4592224.


Arts Jam: Steve Talaga brings his trio to perform April 18 in St. Cecilia Music Center. Others on the bill include Majestic praise, Edye Evans-Hyde, Sweet J., Akaray and Lazy Blue Tunas.

Arts Jam 2010 The ninth annual Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Arts Jam takes place at 1 p.m. April 18 at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, followed by a silent art auction and reception that helps support district arts education. The concert stars Majestic Praise, Edye Evans-Hyde, Sweet J, Steve Talaga Trio, Akaray and Lazy Blue Tunas. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door for adults; $5 for students with a valid ID. More info: call 819-2156.


SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010


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because of improved economy and the end of a government plan BY ALAN ZIBEL AND ADRIAN SAINZ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The era of record-low mortgage rates is over. The average rate on a 30year loan jumped from about 5 percent to more than 5.2 percent in just the past week. As mortgages get more expensive, more would-be homeowners are priced out of the market — a threat to the fragile recovery in the housing market. And if you wanted to refinance at a super-low rate, you may have missed your chance. Mortgages under 4 percent are still available, but only for loans that reset in five or seven years, probably to higher rates. Rates are going up because of the improving economy and the end of a government push to make mortgages cheaper. For people putting their homes on the market this

a buyer’s purchasing power about 10 percent. For example, taking out a 30year mortgage for $300,000 at a rate of 5 percent will cost you about $1,600 a month, not including taxes and insurance. But the same monthly payment at a rate of 6 percent will only get you a loan of $270,000. Good economic news is the first reason rates are rising: U.S. government debt, a safe haven during the recession, is losing its appeal as investors turn to stocks and riskier corporate bonds. Lower demand for debt means the government has to AP PHOTO offer a better interest rate to Another one down: Joann Weber, of Midtown Realty, sell its bonds. The yield on the changes the sign from “Sale Pending” to “Sold” last week at 10-year Treasury note, which is closely tracked by mortgage a home in Palo Alto, Calif. rates, hovered above 4 percent of Apex Home Loans in Bethes- last week, the highest since June, MORE da, Md. “They’re saying: Man, before falling back slightly. The second reason is the Fed For local mortgage rates, see the I should have found a house three weeks ago or last month eral Reserve. The Fed has ended bank rate Monitor chart, G4 when rates were lower.” its program to push mortgage It’s all about affordability. For rates down by buying up mortspring, rising rates may be a every 1 percentage point rise gage-backed securities. When good thing. Buyers are racing in rates, 300,000 to 400,000 demand from the central bank to complete their purchases would-be buyers are priced was high, rates plummeted to and lock in something decent out of the market in a given about 4.7 percent for much of before rates go even higher. year, according to the National last year. And business boomed “We are seeing some panic Association of Realtors. for mortgage lenders as homamong potential buyers who The rule of thumb is that ev- eowners raced to refinance out have not found houses yet,” ery 1 percentage point increase of adjustable-rate mortgages said Craig Strent, co-founder in mortgage rates reduces and into fixed loans.

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NOTICE OF SALE AND INVITATION TO SUBMIT OFFER TO PURCHASE Allendale Public School, Ottawa County, Michigan is seeking offers for the purchase of the lands and improvements located at 6561 Lake Michigan Drive (the former Allendale Public School Middle School buildings and land) in Allendale Township, Ottawa County, Michigan. Offers must be submitted in accordance with the Offer Specifications prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon), local time, on the 30th day of April, 2010. Interested parties may obtain the Offer Specifications and other bidding materials by contacting Mr. David VanderWall, Business Manager, Allendale Public School, 10505 Learning Lane, Allendale MI 49401. Phone (616) 892-5570.

DES MOINES, Iowa — There is a potential to save thousands of dollars, but time is running out. If you are thinking of taking advantage of the government’s homebuyer tax credits, you must have a contract to purchase a home by the end of this month. First-time homebuyers can get a credit of up to $8,000. This has pushed about 900,000 additional buyers into the market, said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, a trade group. The additional stimulation has helped stabilize home prices, he added. “It is laying the foundation for more normal housing market conditions,” Yun said, “and helping assure that we have a sustainable economic recovery as homeowners don’t see further destruction of their wealth.” The government also offered a tax credit to long-time residents who buy a new principal residence — no credits for vacation homes. They’re eligible for a credit of up to $6,500. If a new home is in your future, consider some of the basic rules outlined in the tax credit.

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Who qualifies? First-time homebuyers: To qualify as a first-time homebuyer, you must not have owned a home in the past three years. The tax credit is 10 percent of the purchase price of a home up to a maximum of $8,000. This applies to a single taxpayer or a married couple filing a joint return. Married couples filing separate returns qualify for half that amount. The $8,000 credit applies to sales in 2009 and through the end of April. Homes bought in 2008 also get a tax credit, but the rules are different. Of course, your situation may not be so clear-cut. The IRS outlines many different scenarios and how they effect the homebuyer rules at: http:// Longtime residents: To qualify as a longtime resident, you must have owned and used the same home as your principal residence for at least five consecutive years of the eight-year period ending on the date you bought your new home. The maximum credit is $6,500 for a single taxpayer or

a married couple filing a joint return, or $3,250 for a married couple filing separate returns.

The deadline You must enter into a binding contract to buy a home before May 1, 2010, and close before July 1, 2010. If you’re building a home, the purchase date is considered to be the date you first occupy the home.

How to get the credit The credit is claimed on IRS Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, which was revised in December. It must be filed with your 2008, 2009 or 2010 federal income tax return, depending on which year you’re claiming the credit. If you already filed a 2008 or a 2009 tax return without claiming the credit, but bought a home that qualifies, you can amend your return to claim the credit using Form 1040X with the December 2009 Form 5405 attached. Certain additional supporting documents will be required to be filed with your tax return, including a copy of the settlement

statement used to buy the home or a similar document. Those seeking as credit for longtime residents will need to prove they have lived in their home for five consecutive years by providing mortgage interest statements, property tax records or homeowner’s insurance records for five consecutive years.

Income limits (for full credit) Purchases after Nov. 6, 2009:  Single taxpayers: up to $125,000  Married couples filing jointly: up to $225,000 Purchases before Nov. 7, 2009:  Single taxpayers: up to $75,000  Married couple filing jointly: up to $150,000 The IRS uses your modified adjusted gross income, which, for most people, is the adjusted gross income on your tax form with student loan, tuition and fee deductions added back in. The IRS answers more questions on its Web site: http://

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Getting by: Decker & Sons Appliances, 430 Fuller Ave. NE, will see an increase in traffic as vehicles are rerouted onto Michigan Street NE when I-196 closes.


Calm before the storm? Bagel Beanery sits on the corner of Michigan Street NE and College Avenue.


Business as usual: Clockwise from left, Kim Thomasma of Grand Rapids, Lisa Organek of Grand Rapids, Josh Bundy of Wyoming, and Bryan Cote of Grand Rapids hold a business meeting over breakfast on April 2 at The Omelette Shoppe on Michigan Street NE.


Been there before Lobdell knows what road construction can do. In years past, it cut into business at the Beltline Bar when traffic was restricted at South Division Avenue and 28th Street. A similar situation affected a Bagel Beanery he owns near 28th and Breton Avenue SE. Biggby Coffee franchise owner Steve Antanya said he expects stores on Michigan and downtown will be affected. “It could go either way,” Antanya said. “At first, it might hurt a little, but I think everybody is going to be redirected down Michigan Street, and we

Movies come to us Movies filmed — and soon to film — in West Michigan: “Tug,” Holland, 2008: Romantic comedy with Haylie Duff to debut soon at Newport Beach film fest in California. “The Chaos Experiment,” Grand Rapids, 2008: Thriller starring Val Kilmer, now on DVD. “Caught in the Crossfire,” Grand Rapids, 2009: Cop drama with 50 Cent, Chris Klein to premiere locally May 11. “The Genesis Code,” Grand Rapids, 2009: Ernest Borgnine, Fred Thompson have supporting roles in this film, which may debut this spring. “What’s Wrong With Virginia?”, Holland, 2009: Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) directs Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris; currently in post-production. “Gun,” Grand Rapids, wrapped in January: 50 Cent and Val Kilmer team up for an action pic, first to film in Hangar42 Studios on the West Side; may debut at Cannes Film Festival. “Things Fall Apart,” Grand Rapids, filming slated for May: 50 Cent keeps busy in GR, starring as a football player; to be directed by Mario Van Peebles. we can subsidize an industry that basically is headquartered outside the state of Michigan,” Lund said. Backers say as the industry matures, the state will add more permanent full-time jobs. Production facilities are started in Walker, Manistee and Allen Park in suburban Detroit. More are planned. The ripple effects also are apparent. Hotels in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, which has seen a lot of filming activity, reported about 20,000 hotel room nights attributable to the film industry last year. Party rental companies, caterers, gas stations and high-tech equipment firms have benefited from shoots across the state.


Here we go: Construction of a retaining wall has begun along I-196 between Eastern and Diamond avenues NE. The work is part of the reconstruction project that will close to traffic from the Grand River downtown to Fuller Avenue NE.


The end result: This I-196 project visualization image is from a Michigan Department of Transportation video on YouTube.

we see it as a good thing,” said Amy Sawade, a Gardens spokeswoman. “In the end, it will be great for the whole community to have a three-lane highway in either direction.”

receptionist Melanie Postma E-mail: said. “We won’t lose business, but  See the virtual tour of the project: we’ll need to adjust.” At Rylee’s Ace Hardware, 1234 Michimight actually get a bump from gan NE, owner it.” Lori Terpstra But there is a downside. was relieved to “Downtown could get hit if have her newly people are running late — they built store open may bypass us.” before the freeway closure. Finding their way The new Leo Beil, owner of Leo’s res- store, on the Lori taurant, 60 Ottawa Ave. NW, south side of Terpstra likened the project to recon- Michigan and struction of the S-curve on U.S. east of Fuller, is not far from 131 more than a decade ago. At the old one on the north side the time, he was manager of of Michigan and west of Fuller Charley’s Crab, right off U.S. — but just far enough. Terpstra said she expects to 131, which, despite fears, did not see business decline. see major traffic jams during “The locals will figure out construction at the busy Fullertheir backroad routes,” Beil Michigan intersection and by said. the site of the old Rylee’s. “As for the travelers, I don’t “I don’t think we would be know. But, in the long run, I able to get in and out of our think it’s going to tremendously parking lot at the old location,” aid the future of people getting she said. “We’re happy to be on downtown.” this side of the street.” Northeast Cat & Dog HosFrederik Meijer Gardens pital, 1527 Michigan NE, is & Sculpture Park, one of the expecting the project to de- state’s top tourist attractions, lay customers but not hurt isn’t expecting the closure to business. deter visitors who might nor“It will be the same as it was mally travel via I-196. with the S-curve when clients “It’s definitely a concern were 15 to 20 minutes late,” and an inconvenience, but



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after all the construction taking place around the 196 and 131 interchange.” Ambulance services also are familiar with the construction, and Rossman said Spectrum is not concerned the project will affect patients who need to be rushed to the area’s only levelone trauma center. “With the exit still open at College, that shouldn’t be an issue,” he said. Traffic is the main concern for Terry Sommers, general manager at appliance dealer Decker & Sons, 430 Fuller Ave. NE, close to the highway’s Fuller exit. “It will be a zoo out there with people using Michigan Street,” Sommers said. “I’m sure it will have some effect but, hopefully, it will be minimal,” he said. “It will be a pain for our delivery drivers, though.” Jeff Lobdell’s Restaurant Partners Inc. has two restaurants along Michigan and one more expected to open during the fix. He is hopeful Jeff Lobdell the closure will mean more traffic at his Bagel Beanery, 455 Michigan NE, and Omelette Shoppe, 545 Michigan NE, while not hurting his new El Barrio Mexican Grill, which is slated to debut next door to the Omelette Shoppe in late April. “I think a lot of people will be diverted to Michigan Street, making it busier than normal, so that could help,” Lobdell said. “Worst case scenario: It will be a wash. Or, for once, we could have the benefit of road construction.”

whether Michigan is getting its money’s worth. The tax credit program is projected to cost the state nearly $69 million for projects completed in 2009, not counting incentives given for permanent infrastructure projects, according to the Michigan Film Office. The potential annual bill is higher — more than $100 million — but some projects weren’t finished and won’t get the tax credits. A few lawmakers would prefer to use part of the taxincentive cash to help fill in a state budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion headed into the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Other detractors say the jobs created are just temporary. Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan Film Office, disagrees with the critics. She says Michigan’s film industry is already contributing to the state’s economy and will become an even bigger player. “You have to remember, we’re still building a whole new industry in the state of Michigan,” Lockwood said. “It’s going to take some time to evolve. We all know that. But I believe this program is working.” Michigan allows companies to file for tax credits worth up to 42 percent of a film’s production costs. Sixty-two of the 126 companies that applied in 2009 were approved for the credits, the state’s film office said. Industry expenditures were estimated at nearly $224 million last year, up from $125 million in 2008. The Michigan Film Office says companies reported nearly 3,900 temporary jobs attributable to 2009 productions. That would be the equivalent of nearly 1,600 full-time jobs on an annual basis. The transient nature of the business draws some criticism. East Lansing economist Patrick Anderson has said all Michigan has to show for the film tax credits are “one or two buildings and a whole lot of ‘Clint Eastwood slept here’ signs.” Rep. Pete Lund, a Republican from Macomb County, says the program subsidizes Hollywood — and that it’s tough to take when lawmakers are forced to make harsh budget cuts. “I don’t see how come we’re cutting education and we’re laying off police officers all so that

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National Average 0.22 0.13 0.44 0.72 1.11 2.14 5.35 4.69 4.74 6.98 7.71 5.67

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Phone 800-723-0303 888-763-7600 800-217-7715 800-636-5151

Annual Annual Grace % rate fee period 7.50 V 37 25 B 10.25 F 0 25 B 10.25 V 0 25 B 10.25 V 0 25 B

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Home equity line (HELOC): variable-rate on $30,000 line, 80% LTV. Newcar: $22,000 fixed-rate loan, 48-month term, 10% downpayment. Mortgage: $165,000 loan, 80% LTV. Rates are surveyed as of Thursday. Source:, for more information visit

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Selected Bank Yields & Rates From The Largest Local Banks & Thrifts Bank name Bank of America Byron Bank Chase Bank Chemical Bank Citizens Bank Comerica Bank Fifth Third Bank Flagstar Bank Founders Bank & Trust Huntington Bank Independent Bank-West Mi Macatawa Bank Mercantile Bk National City Bank United Bank of Michigan

Phone 800-432-1000 616-588-3901 800-CHA-SE24 616-785-3400 248-258-5300 800-292-1300 800-972-3030 888-562-6372 616-956-9030 800-480-2265 800-285-3111 616-820-1444 616-406-3000 616-771-8800 616-559-7000

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1-year Min. CD to open 0.40 1000 0.55 1000 0.20 1000 1.25 100 0.60 1000 0.40 1000 0.30 500 1.20 500 0.90 500 0.53 1000 0.90 500 0.75 1000 1.55 1000 0.65 2500 1.25 500

2.5-year Min. CD to open 0.85 1000 N/A N/A 0.75 1000 2.00 100 1.00 1000 0.75 1000 0.70 500 1.60 500 1.70 500 N/A N/A 1.41 500 N/A N/A 2.00 1000 0.90 2500 1.75 500

5-year Min. CD to open 2.25 1000 1.80 1000 1.25 1000 3.00 100 3.00 1000 1.25 1000 1.40 500 2.59 500 2.95 500 1.49 1000 3.04 500 1.50 1000 2.80 1000 1.25 2500 3.00 500

30-year fixed Rate Pts APR 5.25 0.63 5.38 5.25 0.00 5.32 5.63 0.25 5.74 5.25 0.00 5.30 5.25 0.00 5.35 5.33 0.00 5.44 5.25 0.00 5.39 5.25 1.00 5.38 5.25 0.00 5.30 5.38 1.13 5.53 5.25 0.00 5.27 5.25 0.00 5.30 5.25 0.00 5.34 N/A N/A N/A 5.38 0.00 5.40

15-year fixed Rate Pts APR 4.50 0.88 4.76 4.63 0.00 4.74 5.00 0.00 5.15 4.50 0.00 4.59 4.69 0.00 4.86 4.72 0.00 4.90 4.63 0.00 4.86 4.75 1.00 4.97 4.63 0.00 4.71 4.50 1.38 4.79 4.63 0.00 4.66 4.63 0.00 4.72 4.63 0.00 5.75 N/A N/A N/A 4.63 0.00 4.66

5-year ARM Rate Pts APR 3.88 1.00 3.60 4.00 0.00 3.36 4.75 0.13 3.94 4.99 0.00 3.88 4.25 0.00 3.70 4.25 0.00 3.65 4.25 0.00 3.68 4.00 1.00 4.12 4.50 1.00 3.77 5.00 1.00 3.96 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.88 0.00 4.88

New car 2.84 6.99 4.41 6.55 7.50 5.49 3.89 N/A 6.25 6.24 6.75 6.74 6.50 4.85 5.75

Used car 3.34 7.50 4.46 7.75 7.50 6.49 5.19 N/A 6.85 6.74 7.50 8.75 7.00 6.31 6.75

HELOC 6.74 5.50 N/A 3.75 5.99 6.50 N/A N/A 4.75 4.89 4.75 5.25 5.50 5.25 6.00

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Ink from the font can cost businesses and you extra Other techniques will save ink and paper BY DINESH RAMDE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

fonts for their ink-friendly ways, Century Gothic and Times New Roman topped the list. Calibri, Verdana, Arial and Sans Serif were next, followed by Trebuchet, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Medium. Century Gothic uses about 30 percent less ink than Arial. The amount of ink a font drains is mainly driven by the thickness of its lines. A font with “narrow” or “light” in its name is usually better than its “bold” or “black” counterpart, said Thom Brown, an ink researcher at Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s top maker of printers. Also, serif fonts — those with short horizontal lines at the top and bottom of characters — tend to use thinner lines and thus less ink than a “sans serif” counterpart. But while using less ink at home can help you buy roughly one fewer printer cartridge each year, it isn’t necessarily better for the environment. Some fonts that use less ink, including Century Gothic, are also wider. A document that’s one page in Arial could extend to a second page if printed in Century Gothic. Blohowiak said her research suggests that ink comprises the main cost of a printout, but the environmental costs of paper are probably higher. The standard advice for trimming printing expenses still applies: Print in “draft mode,” if you can. Use both sides of a page and do a print preview to make sure you’re not printing pages with useless text such as a copyright line. Using an ink-saving font is just one more technique to consider. And the greenest way to save on ink is not to print at all.

MILWAUKEE — Here’s a way you might save $20 this year: Change the font in the documents you print. Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you wrote in, say, Century Gothic rather than Franklin Gothic. Schools and businesses could save thousands of dollars with font changes. Data on the subject from Printer. com, a Dutch company that evaluates printer attributes, persuaded the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to make a switch. Diane Blohowiak, coAP PHOTO ordinator of information-technology Let’s get to work: Job seekers wait in line to enter a career fair put on by National CareerFairs late last month user support, has asked faculty and staff to use Century Gothic for all in San Jose, Calif. printed documents. The school also plans to change its e-mail system so it uses Century Gothic. “The feedback we’ve gotten so far has been positive,” she said. “Century Gothic is very readable.” Employers posted 2.7 million job Brian Bethune, chief U.S. financial The school of 6,500 students spends openings at the end of February. That economist at IHS Global Insight. about $100,000 per year on ink and The economy created 162,000 jobs toner cartridges. Although students was about 130,000 fewer than in January. But it still exceeded the record in March, the Labor Department said and staff can change the default font lows of 2.4 million last year. earlier this month. Yet the unemploy- to something more ink-intensive, Blo“Generally, you’re moving in the ment rate remained stuck at 9.7 per- howiak said the university expects to right direction on job openings,” said cent as the number of people looking save $5,000 to $10,000 per year with the font switch. Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist for work rose. BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER at JPMorgan Chase. But “as (these) Other surveys also point to job When tested popular THE ASSOCIATED PRESS numbers remind us, it’s not a straight gains. The Conference Board said online up.” line job postings have risen by about WASHINGTON — Job openings  Retailers listed 320,000 openings, up 650,000 in the past five months to rose in several sectors of the economy from 255,000 the previous month, more than 3.9 million. Changing your printer’s typeface can add up to savings over time, in February, including retail, manuthe department said. In another positive sign, a retail because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print. facturing, transportation, restaurants  Manufacturers posted 17,000 more hiring index compiled by Kronos Inc. openings. and hotels, the Labor Department said showed retailers boosted hiring by 9 Fonts that use less ink last week.  Restaurants and hotels have add- percent in March to the highest level 1. CENTURY GOTHIC (11 pt) The report is consistent with other ed nearly 50,000 in the past two since the fall of 2008. surveys showing hiring is picking up in months. Kronos provides scheduling, paythose areas. It also echoes last week’s  Transportation, warehousing and roll and other work force manage2. TIMES NEW ROMAN (12 pt) utilities companies are also adding a ment software and services. The national employment report, which showed broad job gains in March. jobs, the Labor Department said. That company’s index covers 68 companies Total job openings, meanwhile, desector posted 64,000 job openings in with 27,000 retail locations. 3. CALIBRI (12 pt) clined in February, the department February, about two-thirds higher The Labor Department’s report also said. That is a sign that hiring remains than a year ago. Figures for that sec- showed layoffs declined sharply in tor are not seasonally adjusted. sluggish even though employers are February. They fell to 1.8 million from 4. VERDANA (11 pt) starting to add workers as they gain  Transportation and warehousing 1.95 million in January. more confidence that the recovery is gained 7,800 jobs in March, the deLayoffs have fallen back to pre-retaking hold. partment said. That was the most cession levels, but job openings are 5. ARIAL (12 pt) The government’s Job Openings since September 2007, before the recovering more slowly. Job openand Labor Turnover survey illustrates recession began. ings remain about 40 percent below the churn that takes place in the job “That’s a good sign that we’re mov- their pre-recession levels of about SOURCE: AP market, even when hiring is weak. ing more freight and goods,” said 4.5 million.

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Five things to know about Nancy Makin:


RAND RAPIDS — Nancy Makin scanned the onion rings, Coney dogs and mushroom swiss burger on the menu at the Grand Coney, searching for her lunch. But it wasn’t one of her “crazy days,” when she indulges in whatever food she wants. She opted for the Western omelet and English muffin toast, hold the potatoes. Later, the server cleared the table, including her unfinished meal. “There was a day when I would have eaten that whole thing, plus the American fries I didn’t get,” she said. “I’d say, ‘I’m so full,’ but I’d want some more. “Food held a different place for me.” A much different place.

Nancy: Age 5.

 She keeps “squirrel gloves” in the trunk of her car, in case she sees one in the road. “I’ll pick it up and go put it under a tree so it doesn’t get run over anymore,” she said. And it’s not limited to squirrels, her son Christopher said. “She almost died trying to save a turtle,” he said.  She rolls her own cigarettes. A heavy smoker for years — through thick and thin — she is disgusted with the new smoking laws and the rising cost of cigarettes. She carries them in a Marlboro Red hard pack “because I’m so vain,” she said, holding up the empty box. “I buy one of these about every six weeks.”

Food was her comfort, her cure-all, her nemesis. Now, she sees it as a gift. “Food is not evil. Food doesn’t hurt you,” she said. “It’s your misuse of food that does. Food is a gift from God. It’s a beautiful gift.” Makin, 53, lives on the Northwest Side and can be seen tooling around town in her 1995 silver Saab, which she fondly calls “Sven.” She watches her grandsons skateboard or heads to VIP Pets to get something for her three large aquariums, which hold more than 180 tropical fish. The clerks know her by name. She’ll soak in the atmosphere at Kingma’s Market as she shops for red peppers, spicy mustard, yogurt and other staples. “I probably love going to the grocery store more than most people love going to Cancun,” she said. She’ll walk to the BP gas station for a Diet Coke. Employees there know her by name, too.

 Makin is a political junkie. She was glued to C-SPAN during the health care debates — and countless other debates — and has Clinton’s grand jury testimony on tape. “I watch both sides to see what the good guys and the morons are saying.” Which is which? She keeps that to herself unless in close company.

Years at home Years ago, all of that would have been unthinkable. For more than a dozen years of her life, Makin barely could get off her couch. She couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time, and she used a wheelchair wherever she went. For three years, she did not leave her home. She wasn’t sick or injured. She was obese — morbidly obese. She was living in her apartment, “waiting for the end.” “I was the 700-pound elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about, until I turned my back,” Makin said. She isn’t exaggerating. That was more than 500 pounds and 20 years ago. On one of her rare outings, in April 2000, a friend convinced her on a bet to step on a scale at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The total pounds will forever stick in her mind: 703. Makin clawed her way back and tells how she did it in a book released this week titled, “703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life.” (Dutton $25.95). The book is not a diet plan, exercise routine or a to-do list for losing weight. It is the story of a


Caring for herself: Nancy Makin, 53, has lost more than 500 pounds in three years after rediscovering her self-worth online, chatting with people who couldn’t judge her by her appearance. Makin, whose highest known weight was 703 pounds, has written a book about her experience: “703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life.”

woman who was desperately searching. For what? She didn’t know until she found it: The unconditional acceptance and nurturing of new friends. The self-esteem and self-worth that came with it melted away the pounds. It happened without using fad diets, the USDA food pyramid handed to her by so many doctors or

prepackaged meals. Makin ate sensibly. As she became more mobile, she was able to start working again. She cleaned houses, getting exercise scrubbing floors and washing windows. But most importantly, she said, she started to love and care for herself.

 She can recite the entire 18 stanzas of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” She does it annually at family functions, “which is why they are becoming less populated as the years go by. I love Poe. I look a little like him from the side.”  Makin has excess skin she may have surgically removed someday. But she already had surgery on her abdomen: “She’s got the stomach of a 25-year-old,” said her friend, Mary.


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iles to go before I eat, sleep, pray, love. Mind set on “roam” — drive, she said. Expressway reverie. Hours in the car, tooling along concrete, wondering if that numbskull up ahead has seen the signs: Keep Right Except to Pass. Wake up, Lulu! This means you. A daily routine that at least had a nodding acquaintance with outdoor activity has been sidetracked by treks back and forth to the east side of the state. Say what you will about Detroit and its flock of suburbs, one thing’s for sure: Getting there (and back) is the dryer lint of travel. That’s mostly due to familiarity. Even folks driving along in the South of France probably get bored at the tedium of the landscape after



chunks. Six hours or less per day turned out to be ideal. Days of 12hour drives? Not so good, though sometimes it meant we would end up in Denver.

Driving beats flying a while. Maybe not. Nothing against Eagle-Westphalia or the quaint diner/restroom/ gas station at Fowlerville. Or the glorious site of Cedar Street — halfway there! — near Holt. But after so many trips over the years, whatever thrill there was is gone. No offense, I-96, but I’m in a rut. And my neck hurts. I once adored road trips. They were the best way to afford some of the glorious sites on travels past. Camping gear and a full gas tank, and we could head anywhere, though best enjoyed in manageable

But even with a vanload of our sticky-fingered, gotta-go-potty beloved next generation, driving beat flying every time. We planned, you see. Various diversions and activities — and snacks — to keep body and soul amused. And that was before in-car DVDs. My bag of resources falls flat, however, when it’s a party of one. Commuters do it all the time, of course, making the best of their long hours behind the wheel. Several recent trips have been last-minute, no pre-vacation plan time. No perusing the library for

audio books. No “travel mix” for my iPod. Grab and go and come back again; then repeat two days later. Or maybe tomorrow. I’ve memorized the billboards. What’s with all the college ads? So many shouting out why they are yours for the taking. And I chuckle at the “Buy local, (insert city name here)” ads by a nationwide insurance company in whatever city I’m in. Must depend on your definition of local. Anyway, concrete and speed limits, construction zones and rest areas, and searching for the cheapest gas no longer offer much zing. My habit of cruising local radio instead of listening to a podcast of “This American Life” also has grown stale. Is it time to create an in-car environment? How do drivers

do this? Long-haul truckers have TVs and other accommodations but mostly for off-hours. Lots of business people use their cars as mobile offices, fax and all. Sometimes, I wish I could stand and drive, or walk and drive. Or cross my legs or write a quick note (I know — texting is wrong!). This general antsiness is natural, grown from repetitive motion, but what’s the cure? Side roads? With folks back from spring break, the long-trip vacation season is under way. But for those whose lives are full of must-do, surprise-free hours between exits, what’s the secret of staying sane? Not to mention awake. Suggestions are most welcome. E-mail:


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“It’s within yourself,” Makin said. “It seems harder to do, but you know what? It’s really easier to do, and it’s a whole lot more satisfying in the long term. “You can put a Band-Aid on a gaping wound with any kind of program, but you’ll gain the weight back again,” she continued. “It won’t stay gone because you haven’t fixed the part inside.”

Finding support online Makin received plenty of support and love from her family during her “imprisonment,” but much of the rest of the world could not get past her appearance, she said. “Fat people wear their symptoms on the outside for instant judgment to be made; an instant bias to be created,” she said. She recalled the countless times she was wheeled into a doctor’s office in her special doublewide wheelchair. “People, when you talk to them, would talk to you out of the side of their face because it was so uncomfortable for them to acknowledge you as a person,” she said. Then, the birthday gift of a computer from a sister in May 2000 led to the acknowledgment, acceptance and nurturing she needed. It happened when she met people who judged her not by her appearance, but by her wit and her way with words. Makin ignored the computer for weeks, but eventually began exploring, visiting online chat rooms. A lifelong political junkie, she had a lot to say. She made friends, communicating with them daily, and her outlook started to change. As she began to value herself more, the pounds started

In 1972: Makin, 16, and her husband at their wedding. She was four months pregnant. They honeymooned at The Red Carpet Inn.

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CONNECT  More info: Go to or see her “703” fan page on coming off. She had something to look forward to. There were people who looked forward to hearing from her. She wasn’t filling a void with food; she was filling it with relationships. “The enemy is isolation, and the opposite of that would be nurturing,” Makin said. “I was like a starving baby; it was that nurturing to me.”

Hiding under humor Makin did not spend her days of isolation feeling sorry for herself. Humor was and is her main coping mechanism. She cracked jokes through it all — even when she was desperately ill and 10 rescue workers were strategizing the best method for getting her out of her apartment, into an ambulance and to the hospital. “I remember begging their forgiveness,” Makin wrote in her book. “I said if only I’d had more time to prepare for their arrival, I would have had coffee brewing alongside freshly baked croissants and jam. “A couple of them grinned.” But as she spent the past two years writing the book, detailing her childhood in Seattle, “doing time” in her apartment, dropping the weight, shouting it out to the world on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2007 and finally typing the last chapter, she realized how much was hidden under her humor. While she was a shut-in, she was unable to attend her son’s wedding or her father’s funeral. And she could not help her aging mother during her end-of-

With Daddy: Makin, age 2, on her dad’s lap as they sit on her grandfather’s boat, “The Beachcomber,” in Seattle in 1958. Makin missed her father’s funeral in 1997 because she was too heavy to leave her apartment.

She stayed home: Makin’s son, Chris, and his wife, Leane, were married in a private civil ceremony, but in 1996 they sanctified their vows in the church. Makin could not go. With the help of her sister, who did all the shopping, Makin prepared the meal for the reception in her apartment. “I knew how to make beautiful garnishes and dressed all the platters and dishes nicely; at least I could do this,” Makin wrote. In 1993: Makin holds her grandson, Ian, in her apartment. Her hand is out in the signature pose of deflecting a photo.



A day in the park: “He saved my life,” Nancy Makin says of her son, Chris, 37. Ten years ago, meeting at John Ball Park for an outing would have been impossible because Nancy Makin, who weighed more than 700 pounds, never left her apartment.

life struggles, even though they lived in the same apartment building. “As she got more ill, I couldn’t come down to help her,” Makin said. “It was awful.”

Young life She also revealed many parts of her life that could have been the root to her problems, but she’s not pointing fingers. Those include being told by her parents in 1964 that they were taking a train across Canada to the World’s Fair in New York City. They never saw the fair, though. Instead, they were met at the train station by monks from a monastery outside of St. Jovite in rural Quebec. It was a turbulent time in the Catholic church, and the monastery was speaking to disaffected Catholics, such as Makin’s mother. They moved in to the monestary, the children were separated from their parents, and their time was spent working and praying and being warned of the mortal peril of the outside world. Makin was 9 years old. Yes, her parents lied to her, she said. But it wasn’t a “total Charles Dickens affair.” “Children adapt really well,” she said. “No one was beating me. I was eating and living.” But, as she wrote, she allowed herself to really explore that experience instead of stuffing it away. “That little kid didn’t deserve it and that little kid was me,” she said. “Until you give voice to that child, you are denying yourself the priviledge of saying, ‘That shouldn’t have happened to me.’” Makin recounted the six months she spent at the monastery and the four months she spent there later, at age 14, when she returned for what she thought was a two-week visit with her sister, who had become a nun. Her mother made her stay longer. She recalled how her struggle with weight started young. In 1972, at age 16, she was four months pregnant and married. By 1978, she carried more than 300 pounds on her 5-foot-43/4 frame. “I gained 60 pounds with (my son), and that just didn’t come off.” She lost some of that weight in her early 20s while attending

IF YOU GO Meet the author Nancy Makin will sign copies of her book, “703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life” (Dutton $25.95) When: 4-8 p.m. Thursday Where: YT Galleria, 966 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids When: 7 p.m. May 13 Where: Schuler Books & Music, 2820 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing (schulerbooks. com) Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary arts program — dropping to 150 pounds — but it didn’t stay off. She gained and gained and kept gaining.

A son’s perspective “My mom was always real insecure about the weight,” said her son, Chris Makin, 37, who lives a few blocks from her on the Northwest Side. He recalls becoming her “protector” at a young age, especially after his parents divorced in 1983. “It really started way before she was a complete shut-in,” he said. “There was always this panic. ... I was always the one positioning to keep people from looking at her.” Chris, who at the height of his mother’s heaviness was prepared to find the worst whenever he visited her, called her recovery miraculous. “It was like watching someone learn how to walk again,” he said. “The first time she pulled up in front of my house in her car, I cried. It was amazing.” But, he said, every once in a while, he sees “the scars” from her old life. “She’s changed enormously, but there’s still some of that insecurity there,” he said. “That will be something she probably struggles with for a long time.”

Reminder of the past: At John Ball Park, Makin fits herself and her son’s family in one of her old skirts, which she calls “The Holy Relic.” It has a 108-inch waist. For years, all she wore were home-sewn, ankle-length skirts.

message for people. “I think she has more than one book in her.” Makin would not argue with that. She gave up her house-cleaning clients when she signed the book deal. As her publicist gets to work, her book-signings and media appearances are piling up. After Oprah made her famous in 2007, Makin has done some public speaking and would like to do more. — Nancy Makin She said she would like to collaborate with “innovative, While she has had her share of caring physicians” who are incounseling, she said prolonged terested in treating the whole therapy is not for her. person instead of handing them “In fact, I think it’s detrimen- a food chart and sending them tal, in my case anyway, to try to on their way. “And I would love someday spend months and years trying to find the genesis,” she said. to go into radio,” she said. Considering her family tells “Woody Allen, by his own account, has spent 40 or 50 years her she easily could have a talk Reliving every memory on a psychiatrist’s couch trying show without any guests, she Makin felt some of that inse- to figure out his difficulties. may have a future on the air. curity while writing the book. “Do you think that guy’s a Some people may be surShe still lives in the seventh- wholesome creature? Is that prised at how far Makin has floor apartment where she was what you want to be when you come since she moved into grow up?” her apartment 20 years ago. imprisoned by her weight. While it is different now, But those who know her well adorned with plants, baubles Trapped in the tower are not. and aquariums — things she Makin’s friend, Mary, has Pam Smyth was one of the could not take care of when known her since she was in mental health nurses at Saint she was heavy — it still is the her early 20s. The two like to Mary’s Health Care in 1994, “scene of the crime.” trade verbal barbs, and it was when Makin stayed there for She relived every memory, Mary who coaxed her out of a month. She is one of several good and bad. her apartment for the infamous hospital employees who kept “It was a very difficult time trip to the scale. in touch with Makin after she for me emotionally,” she said. Mary knew Makin’s spirit, was discharged. “I also did do some isolating her intelligence and her humor “She’s an amazing person,” again, which scared the living were trapped in that apartment. said Smyth, now an instructor hell out of me. She used to call her Rapunzel. at Ferris State University. “She’s “I thought, ‘Are you going to “Because her hair was so been an emotional support for do this to yourself again, you long, and she was up in that me, I’m sure, at least as much blockhead?’” tower waiting to come out,” as I have been for her.” And to see her embark on a She uncovered all the feel- said Mary, who did not want to ings and experiences she had give her last name. “Her humor book tour seems a natural fit, shoved under the rug for so never, ever left her.” Smyth said. many years because “they She is happy Makin finally is “There’s just this special didn’t seem relevant.” down from the tower and able spark in her that I knew she “In some ways, it isn’t rel- to spread her message. was going to do something “God, or whatever supreme big,” she said. “Once you get to evant,” she said. “But maybe there is some stuff you’ve got to being you believe in, has a way know her, you realize she just of redirecting your life,” Mary has this huge life force.” bring out into the light.” Not necessarily on a psy- said. “Maybe this is what had chiatrist’s couch, however. to happen so she could have a E-mail:

“I was the 700-pound elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about, until I turned my back.”


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Delete info from navigation system Learn to be fabulous D

ear Abby: I bought a used car with a navigation system last week and noticed that the previous owner’s information was still embedded in the system. Abby, I had that man’s home address, the addresses of his friends, his bank, his workplace — every place he had gone. Please inform your readers that if they sell a car with a navigation system, they should first delete all of their information. Car dealerships should also be aware of this and, perhaps, erase the information from the system as part of their vehicle inspection. — Jennifer in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Dear Jennifer: Your letter raised some eyebrows among me and my staff, so we canvassed some of the used car dealerships in the Los Angeles area. They’re


PHILLIPS DEAR ABBY already aware of it. Those we spoke to stated that they are not legally required to delete information from a navigation system, and all agreed that the seller is responsible for removing the information before selling the car. I am sure many readers will thank you for the warning. Dear Abby: I’m 18 and a senior in high school. I do not drink and don’t plan on drinking when prom time comes around. My problem is, I’m not sure whether or not my date will want to. I don’t want to have a drunk date I have to sober up before I can take her home. So how do I find out if my potential prom date is a




ear Carolyn: My brother’s wife just gave birth to very premature, very sick twins. They will probably spend months in the hospital and one is likely to have severe developmental issues. My brother is panicking; he keeps saying he didn’t sign on for this, and he is worried he’s going to cut and run if he doesn’t find relief from the stress. How best to support him? I kind of just want to tell him to snap out of it. — Seattle He does need to snap out of it, that’s true. But if you’re looking for a correlation between telling people to snap out of it, and their actually snapping out of it, then you’ll find it in Yeahrightville. Anything you say to your brother has to include elements of sympathy to leaven the suck-it-up part. For example, “You’re right, no one signs up to have — or be — sick children.” And then ask him what he thinks might help with the stress? If it’s just a chance to walk away, then take him out to eat, or pull hospital duty for him while he takes a day to himself. Put it on the weekly schedule, even, so he can count on relief. If having someone to talk to would help him, then you can research his options for him; states offer different programs for special-needs children and their families, and while the gateway is usually the hospital staff, it’s possible your brother hasn’t received or processed the information. Taking his distress seriously will make you a more tolerable source of any tough love you then choose to serve up. Still, give him room to wail his way through this; listen patiently, and also pat his back whenever you see him rising to the occasion. Remind him how lucky his family is to have him. If you don’t see that — say, if his no-show talk turns to walk — then remind him that, even freaked out, he’s better equipped to handle what lies ahead than his babies are, and they’re going to need their daddy. Not to be perfect, mind you — just to be there, loving them, and teaching them how to try.

Write to Carolyn Hax at Tell Me About It, Sunday Source, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071. Email:

Dear Doesn’t Drink: I assume you won’t be inviting a total stranger. Start talking with some of the girls you’re considering inviting and ask them how they feel about drinking alcohol. P.S. If you do find yourself with a girl who gets drunk, you should have no hesitation about returning her to her parents in that condition. Then let them deal with her. Dear Abby: I have been with my girlfriend for a couple of years. During this time I have become increasingly convinced that if I were ever to leave her, she would kill herself. I love her, but the thought that I couldn’t ever leave her without her killing herself is not pleasant. She doesn’t

have many friends she can rely on. What do I do when the girl I love makes serious threats of suicide if I were ever to break up with her? — Hostage in Texas Dear Hostage: Here’s what you do: Tell her that what she is saying is crazy thinking, and that if she’s being serious she needs to discuss her hyper-dependence with a mental health professional. You should also tell her that unless she does so immediately, your relationship with her is on borrowed time. Your signature speaks volumes, because as long as this woman can subject you to emotional blackmail — and that’s what she is doing — you are, indeed, her hostage. Write Dear Abby at P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Thoughtful advice on living with weight gain


Help brother find relief

drinker before I ask her to the prom? — Doesn’t Drink in South Carolina


ear Harriette: I have been various degrees of overweight my entire life. I did suffer teasing and taunting as a child. Thankfully, as an adult now, most people are too polite to carry on the same way; however, I know that people are thinking the same thoughts. In this culture, everyone seems to struggle with weight gain. We are overloaded with images of food, and every event seems to center around calorieladen refreshments. I have used the sound advice of Weight Watchers, off and on during the years, to lose weight slowly and gain healthy habits. I am still not slim, but I know what to do to work toward a healthy life. I think that Mabel in Chicago should concentrate on learning to be healthy, not slim. That’s my goal. I am trying to incorporate healthy skills in my life. I know I will not be a thin, trim person, but I can strive to the best of my ability. She should focus on habits that could help her to live longer and keep her blood pressure and cholesterol in check, and to



SENSE & SENSITIVITY prevent diabetes. My guess is that her family members probably suffer from these same issues. Perhaps they could join forces in this. Taking inventory of my strengths helped me not to be so depressed and to see that I have value. She should list her strengths on paper. Sometimes it’s a good, concrete way to see the positive points. She might say that she is a good listener, helpful to her mother, loves to dance, has a talent for organizing, works well with children, writes a journal, etc. She can take pride in her good points. Having a friendly personality helps. Be kind, funny and offer help and friendship to others. I’ve joined some groups — working with children in church, singing in the choir, and helping out at funerals. These are ways of making friends, taking your mind off yourself, and serving the

community. If she doesn’t attend church, she could volunteer at a local food bank, a hospital, a pet-rescue center, etc. As she keeps busy, she will mature, and so will her peers. My school years were the most miserable, but as I started to spend time with adults, I realized that it wouldn’t always be so bad. Today, I go out of my way to make friends with overweight people. We need to support one another on our journey. I am developing positive skills in my life. I have lots of friends now, and I volunteer to serve other people in my community. Eventually, some of the pain of those younger years will leave. She can use that experience to spur her on to be a better person. — Linda, Seattle, Wash. Dear Linda: Thank you for your heartfelt message. I trust it will inspire Mabel and others. Write to Harriette Cole at United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. E-mail:

Bed-wetting is treatable Q

What causes a child to wet the bed? Our five-year-old soaks his sheets nearly every night, which drives me crazy.


There are about five to seven million kids in the United States who wet the bed nightly. They are a misunderstood lot. Many of their parents believe that their bed-wetting is deliberate and that it can be eliminated by punishment. Others think these kids are just too lazy to go to the bathroom. These are wrong and unfortunate notions. Bed-wetting is often caused by medical factors, such as a small bladder, physical immaturity or other physical conditions. That’s why you should begin by consulting a pediatrician or a urologist when bed-wetting starts. Many of the kids can be helped or cured by medication. For other boys and girls, the problem is emotional in origin. Any change in the psychological environment of the home may produce midnight moisture. During summer camps conducted for young children, the directors routinely put plastic mattress covers on the beds of all the little visitors. The anxiety


DOBSON FOCUS ON THE FAMILY associated with being away from home apparently creates a high probability of bed-wetting during the first few nights, and it is particularly risky to be sleeping on the lower level of bunk beds! There is a third factor that I feel is a frequent cause of enuresis. During children’s toddler years, they wet the bed simply because they are too immature to maintain nighttime bladder control. Some parents, in an effort to head off another episode, begin getting these kids up at night to go to the potty. The youngster is still sound asleep, but he or she is told to “go tinkle,” or whatever. After this conditioning has been established, the child who needs to urinate at night dreams of being told to “go.” Particularly when jostled or disturbed at night, the child can believe he or she is being ushered to the bathroom. I would recommend that parents of older bed wetters stop getting them up at night, even if the behavior continues for a while.


I get so mad at my kid for wetting the bed. Every morning I have to strip and wash his bedding and pajamas. I told him last week that I would spank him if it happened again. Do you think that will help?


Most certainly not! Unless your child’s bed-wetting is an act of defiance occurring after he is awake, which I doubt, his enuresis is an involuntary act for which he is not responsible. Punishment under those circumstances is dangerous and unfair. Your son is humiliated by waking up wet anyway, and the older he gets, the more foolish he will feel about it. The bed wetter needs reassurance and patience from parents, and they should be there for him or her. They would be wise to try to conceal the embarrassing problem from those who would laugh at him. Even good-natured humor within the family, associated with bed-wetting, is often very painful.

Send your questions to Dr. Dobson, c/o Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO 80995.

even if you’re broke


verything Michelle McKinney Hammond knows about money she’s learned the hard way. And she’s telling all in her new book, “Divanomics: How To Still Be Fabulous When You’re Broke.” It’s not as if Michelle was born impoverished. Quite the opposite, in fact. You might say she was born with a designer rattle in one hand and a shopping bag in the other. Right out of college, Michelle landed in a fabulous advertising career. “I was art director, copywriter, producer extraordinaire — flitting coast to coast producing television, radio, and print advertising for top-notch clients,” she writes. It didn’t take long for her to elevate herself to full-on “diva” status or to become quite accustomed to her highflying lifestyle. But even high-stylin’ divas cannot escape the ravages and reality of a recession. It hit Michelle hard. There she sat at the end of her financial road, savings gone, individual retirement account bottomed out, creditors hounding and her life basically in tatters. In her latest book Michelle shares what she learned about her own


HUNT EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE spending, desires and needs and how she is adjusting to life during this unpredictable economy. “Divanomics” is filled with money-saving tips on fashion, beauty, home decor, entertaining, diet, housing and more. If you’re worried that living below your income level is going to turn you into a frump, you need to spend a couple of hours with Michelle in this new book. She’ll give you practical tips and her favorite Web sites and resources for finding everything a girl would want. But more than just tips and tricks for how to be fabulous even when you’re broke, Michelle, with warmth and humor, will tell you how to invest your life in things that matter and how to hold on to faith. She’s going to tell you how you can get back to the top of your game no matter what’s going on in the economy! Write Mary Hunt at Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723, or e-mail her at

Fetal alcohol syndrome D

ear Doctor: I am giving my opinion on fetal alcohol syndrome. Having adopted children with FAS, I know firsthand the struggles that they face for the rest of their lives. Any drink during pregnancy is too many. FAS is a totally preventable condition but a lifetime sentence. — D.M. The public needs constant reminding of fetal alcohol syndrome. It is a preventable tragedy, and the one who is the victim has no say in preventing it. It happens to far too many babies — one or two infants out of every 1,000 newborns. Those who are leaders in this field plead with women not to drink at all during pregnancy or when trying to become pregnant. The frequency and the amount of alcohol drunk influence the severity of the syndrome. No one knows what is a”dangerous” level of alcohol. Until that can be quantified, pregnant women should regard any alcohol as a toxin to their infant and therefore abstain from all alcoholic drinks. FAS stunts the growth of the fetus and of the child later in life. The baby’s head is smaller than it should be. Certain facial abnormalities occur: The corner of the eyes next to the nose can be covered with a fold of skin,


DONOHUE MEDICAL ADVICE the upper and lower jaws are smaller than normal, the upper lip is unusually thin, and the indentation between the nose and upper lip isn’t present. Heart defects are possible. The child’s ability to learn is greatly reduced. Thank you for reminding us of this avoidable misfortune. Dear Doctor: My wife read some 25 or 30 years ago that the human digestive system cannot digest raw carrots. Therefore, raw carrots have no food value. We fed copious amounts of them our children. What do you say? — P.T. Humans digest raw carrots. I offer carotenemia as proof. It’s a yellowish to orange discoloration of the skin, most often the palms and soles, that happens to people who eat humongous amounts of carrots. It comes from the beta carotene in carrots. It’s harmless and leaves when consumption is reduced. It shows, however, that raw carrots are digested. My friend’s wife had it. Write Dr. Donohue at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Use stars to mark the date


ear Heloise: I mark the different birthdays and anniversaries for my family with stars on a calendar. On the birthdays for my family, I put a red star, and on the others I put a green star. For the anniversaries I put a silver star. I can tell at a glance how many birthdays and anniversaries I have each month and can print the cards all at once. In the corner where the stamp goes, I put the date of the event and can get it in the mail the week before. — Betty, via e-mail

HELOISE HINTS FROM HELOISE Wow, you must have a lot of family events to keep up with, and this is a very good visual way to do so. Sometimes a plain, old paper calendar is just right.

Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, by fax to 210-HELOISE. E-mail: Heloise@





SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010


by Frank Stewart

Ellery Queen stood over the lifeless body of West. He’d been conked with a pair of fire tongs. “It was an expert game, El,” Inspector Richard Queen said. “We nabbed the other players, but they aren’t talking.”


“What about the last deal they played, Dad?” Ellery asked.

by Michael Mepham

The cards were laid out on the table, as if the deal had been reconstructed for analysis.

Difficulty level: 3 Answer: Elsewhere in this section

“So North opened one diamond,” the Inspector mused, “East bid hearts and South showed his spades and got to game.

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

“Here’s what I think happened,” the old man said. “West led a heart, and East took the queen and shifted to a trump to stop declarer from ruffing hearts in dummy. When South played the queen, West should have ducked. Then when East won the next heart, he could lead his last trump, and West could clear dummy’s trumps.

The solution to Saturday’s Sudoku puzzle appears Monday. ©2010 Michael Mepham. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.


by King Features Syndicate MASTER OF SUSPENSE by Frank A. Longo

“But West won the first trump and returned a trump,” the Inspector went on. “Then South could ruff a heart in dummy for his 10th trick, and East was so irate at West’s misdefense that he killed him.”

LOCKHORNS by Bunny Hoest & John Reiner

“Even if the defenders lead three rounds of trumps,” Ellery said, “South still succeeds. He cashes all his trumps and then the A-K of diamonds. East is squeezed in hearts and clubs.” “Then who killed West?” “On the bidding,” Ellery sighed, “West placed East with side strength, and dummy with spade support and a little distribution. So West’s opening lead was a trump — an effective lead to beat the contract. And South reacted in a rage.” “Go put the cuffs on him, Velie,” the Inspector growled.



by King Features Syndicate

HOROSCOPE by Stella Wilder Your birthday, April 11

You are one of those individuals who will endure great hardship simply to enjoy, at the end of the road, the simplest and most fleeting of pleasures. You are not a proponent of immediate enjoyment; rather, you tend to prefer delayed gratification in all things, and understand that you have to take your knocks before you can rise to the heights. You can be something of a rebel at times, but this takes the form of unconventional thought instead of action, which means that you can seem to be going along with the crowd when, in fact, quite the opposite may actually be true.

Tomorrow, APRIL 12

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’ll want to keep your eyes and ears open, absorbing as much information as possible, before the time comes to begin formulating opinions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may be unusually high-spirited and willing to try things that would normally not be in your repertoire. Don’t get careless, however. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You can afford to be a little more forthcoming with your thoughts and opinions at this time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — A bit of bad news can actually serve to inspire you to new heights — when the time comes. First, however, keep reactions in line. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Someone else may be calling the shots, but you are the one making sure that everything happens the way it should. Quality is key. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’ll be able to put in a little extra work before the day is out, increasing your own rewards a measurable amount as a result. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Give others a little more free rein, and observe their actions closely. You’ll

learn a great deal about your leadership abilities. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — A careful reconstruction of certain events will allow you to understand your behavior better and make a more informed life choice. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You’ll have trouble hearing what others have to say for the simple reason that you haven’t finished saying what’s on your mind. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re eager to be on the move, but certain things — or certain people — may be holding you back. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You’re more than willing to volunteer your time and energy to a worthy cause, but scheduling your involvement may be rather tricky. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Make sure you’re keeping any and all promises you may have made recently. Now is not the time to let anyone down — for any reason.



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Wedding vows were exchanged Oct. 24 at West Leonard Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids by Shawna Marie Ernzer and David Lee Bouwkamp. Parents of the bride are Pamela and Steve Andrakowicz of Hudsonville and Richard and Kimberly Ernzer of Kentwood. Parents of the groom are David and Mary Bouwkamp of Grand Rapids. Maid of honor was Pauline Hendrixson. Bridesmaids were Amy Batka, Suzanne Heffner and Joni Afton. Flower girls were Hannah Ernzer, Amelia Ernzer and Anna Bouwkamp. Best man was Jeff Bouwkamp. Groomsmen were Troy Ernzer, Rob Orange and Rick Orange. Ringbearer was Austin Kole.

Joined in matrimony July 25 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing were Julie Ann Lademan and Scott Willem VanderEnde. Parents of the couple are Steven and Beverly Lademan of East Lansing and Will and Jeri VanderEnde of Grand Rapids. Maid of honor was Jamie Lademan. Bridesmaids were Jodie Unkovich, Erin Brogan, Lauren Kushion, Jill VanderEnde and Lisa Tuttle. Flower girl was Emma Tuttle. Best man was Sean Newsom. Groomsmen were Joe Tuttle, Matt Lauria, Matt Shemenauer, Mike Ferguson and Nick Reidenbach. Ringbearers were Josh and Caleb Tuttle.

Pronounced husband and wife Aug. 29 at Hudsonville Reformed Church were Allison Lynn DeJong and Brian Paul Veldkamp. Parents of the couple are Nick and Cheryl DeJong and Jim and Barb Veldkamp, all of Jenison. Maid of honor was Katelin DeJong. Bridesmaids were Jessica Veldkamp and Laurie Veldkamp. Flower girls were Corrine Fales, Annabelle Fales and Jessica Behrens. Best man was Paul Gort. Groomsmen were Mike Veldkamp and Dan Veldkamp. Ushers were Steve Veldkamp and Dave Veldkamp.








Vows of marriage will be spoken July 16 by Katie Elizabeth Bazen and Joel Phillip Blok. She and her parents, John and Sue Bazen, are of Grand Rapids. He and his parents, Tom and Joan Blok, are of Schoolcraft. Both the future bride and groom are graduates of Plymouth Christian High School. She also will graduate in May from Kendall College Art and Design and he from Hope College.

Molly Moore Beverstein and David D. Hamm, both of Madison Wis., will be joined in matrimony May 30. Parents of the couple are Rick and Susie Beverstein of Green Bay, Wis., and Dave and Beth Hamm of East Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Miami of Ohio and the University of Wisconsin. The future groom is a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, the University of Michigan and attends the University of Wisconsin.

The ceremony to unite in marriage Jill Christine Buchholz and Joshua James Behrens will be performed Aug. 14. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Wheaton North High School. The future groom is a graduate of Grandville High School. Both are graduates of Western Michigan University. She and her parents, Kim and Barb Buchholz, are of Wheaton, Ill. He and his parents, Craig and Beth Behrens, are of Byron Center.

Katie Anne Bultema and James Ernest Ralston, both of Ann Arbor, will be pronounced husband and wife Oct. 16. Parents of the couple are Steve Bultema of Hudsonville, Marcia Evans of Jenison and Tom and Linda Ralston of Fenton. The future bride is a graduate of Jenison High School and the future groom is a graduate of Fenton High School. Both are graduates of Hope College.

Monica Meiling Chin and Andrew Robert Roskamp announce their engagement and plans for a July 10 wedding. The future bride is a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School and the future groom is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan. She and her parents, Kent and Mary Chin, are of Ada. He and his father, Ron Roskamp, also are of Ada, and his mother, Sharon Ostendolf, is of Albertville, Minn.

Announcement is made of the engagement and upcoming wedding of Janell Melissa Chwalek and Mark David Starlin. The brideelect is the daughter of Joyce Chwalek of Forty Fort, Pa., and the late Joseph Chwalek. She is a graduate of Abington Heights High School and Wilkes University. The future groom is the son of Daniel and Melinda Starlin of Hudsonville. He is a graduate of Hudsonville High School and Grand Valley State University. A June 26 wedding is being planned by the Swansboro, N.C., couple.







Wedding vows will be exchanged June 26 by Katherine Elizabeth Clore and Ryan Jay Jeltema. The future bride is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Central Michigan University. She and her parents, Doug and Peggy Clore, are of St. Joseph. The future groom, of Greenville, is a graduate of Unity Christian High School and Cornerstone University. His parents are Robert and Sandra Jeltema of Hudsonville.

Jennifer Lynn Courser and Matthew D. Bledsoe, both of Ionia, will marry July 31. The future bride is a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, Cornerstone University and she attended Western Michigan University. Her parents are Paula K. Courser of Grand Rapids, and Robert and Nancy Courser of Grandville. The future groom is a graduate of Saranac High School. His parents are Debra Downs, also of Ionia, and Denny and Sharon Bledsoe of Stanton.

Wedding vows will be exchanged June 4 by Sharon Rachel deBlieck and Brent Hendrik Kleyn. She and her parents, Art and Jane deBlieck, are of Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. He and his parents, Raymond and Valerie Kleyn, are of Jenison. The future bride is a graduate of Norwich District High School and Brock University. The future groom is a graduate of Plymouth Christian High School and Grand Rapids Community College.

Vows of marriage will be spoken May 15 by Mellissa Jean Marie Dixon and Matthew Charles Williams. The bride-to-be, of Wyoming, is a graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School and Grand Valley State University. Her parents are Pat and Faith Dixon of Muskegon. The future groom is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. He and his parents, Roy and Valerie Williams, are of Grand Rapids.

Loralee Grace Dudley and Philip James Carrel, both of Grand Rapids, are engaged and plan to marry July 17. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Drs. Kenneth and Janice Dudley of Grand Rapids. She is a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School and Kendall College Art of Design. The future groom is the son of Dr. Daniel and Bonny Carrel of Grand Rapids. He is a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School and Compass Film Academy.

Bill and Beth Falen of Wyoming announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Lynn Falen, to Christopher Michael James, son of Mike and Dee James of Huntsville, Ala. The future bride is a graduate of Wyoming Park High School and Western Michigan University. The future groom is a graduate of Grissom High School and Auburn University. A June 12 wedding is being planned by the Nashville, Tenn., couple.


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Jennifer Lynn Fase and Rick Andrew Schanzle, both of DeerďŹ eld Beach, Fla., will be pronounced husband and wife Nov. 5. The future bride is a graduate of Rockford High School and Grand Rapids Community College. Her parents are Diane Fase of Rockford and Miles Fase of Ada. The future groom is a graduate of West Genesee High School and Lynn University. His parents are Pat Schanzle of Syracuse, N.Y., and the late George Schanzle.

Rita Lyn Feikema and Gerard Lucas Sterk Van Halsema will be united in marriage May 29. The future bride is a graduate of Southwest Christian High School in Minneapolis, Minn., and attends Calvin College. She and her parents, Colin and Darla Feikema, are of Leota, Minn. The future groom, of Chicago, is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and Calvin College. His parents are Dr. Helen Sterk of Grand Rapids and the late Mark Van Halsema.

Vows of marriage will be spoken May 22 by Joy Ana Rose Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;El Franz and Karl Thomasma, both of Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of Fennville High School and the future groom is a graduate of Calvin Christian High School. Both are graduates of Grand Valley State University. Her parents are Gary and Sandi Franz of Franklin, Ky., and Gail Weatherwax of Kalamazoo. His parents are Ken and Sherry Thomasma of Grand Rapids.

Melody Maxine (Hoeksema) Frisbie and Eric Robert Allen will be pronounced husband and wife June 12. The bride-tobe is a graduate of Calvin Christian High School. She and her parents, Marian Hoeksema and the late Robert Hoeksema, are of Grandville. The future groom, of Rockford, is a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His parents are Robert and Nancy Allen of Gowen.

Emily Irene Fyan and Mauricio Burns, both of Clarksville, are engaged and will marry May 22. Both the future bride and groom are graduates of Lakewood High School. She also is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. Her parents are Bruce and Janice Fyan of Lake Odessa. His parents are Joseph and Linda Burns, also of Clarksville.

Gillstedt-Poll Young Tara Gillstedt and Nicholas Poll Young will be married Aug. 28. The bride-to-be is a graduate of West Catholic High School and Grand Valley State University. She and her parents, David and Janice Gillstedt, are of Grand Rapids. The future groom, also of Grand Rapids, is a graduate of Rockford High School and the University of Michigan. His parents are Greg Young and Susan Poll of Rockford.



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Rebecca Rae Harris and Scott Thomas Kloote announce their engagement and plans for an Oct. 9 wedding. Parents of the couple are Steven and Annette Harris of Brethren and Thomas and Gloria Kloote of Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of Brethren High School and Grand Valley State University. The future groom is a graduate of Coopersville High School and Ferris State University.

Wedding vows will be exchanged June 18 by Jennifer Katelyn Helmus and Daniel John Marsh II. The future bride will graduate this May from Calvin College and the groom from Grand Valley State University. Both are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School. She and her parents, Barb Helmus and the late Tim Helmus, are of Grand Rapids. He and his parents, Dan and Amy Marsh, also are of Grand Rapids.

The ceremony to unite in marriage Amalia Hoekzema and William Joshua Mulder will be performed June 4. The future bride is a homeschooled graduate and attends Cornerstone University. The future groom is a graduate of Calvin Christian High School. Both attended Kuyper College. They and their parents, John and Luanne Hoekzema and Bill and Kristy Mulder, are of Grand Rapids.







Meredith Hotchkiss and Kyle VanKoevering, both of Charlottesville, Va., will be wed April 17. The future bride is a graduate of Lapeer High School and the University of Michigan. Her parents are Julie Mosher of Davison and Mike Hotchkiss of Traverse City. The future groom is a graduate of Rockford High School, the University of Michigan and attends medical school at the University of Virginia. His parents are Kevin and Linda VanKoevering of Rockford.

Kasie Lane Kohler and Kevin Scott Schuitman, both of Trufant, will be joined in marriage May 15. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Lakeview High School and Kaplan University. Her parents are Debra and James Smith of Howard City, and Rex Kohler, also of Trufant. The future groom is a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His parents are Scott and Dawn Schuitman of Rockford and Rhonda Eadie of Cedar Springs.

Audra Marie Mazour and David Andrew Strabbing, both of Papillion, Neb., will be united in matrimony April 23. Parents of the couple are Dave and Corrine Mazour of Westminster, Colo., and Robert and Rosalie Strabbing of Hudsonville. The future bride is a graduate of St. Mary Academy, Colorado State University and Saint Cloud State University. The future groom is a graduate of Unity Christian High School, North Carolina State University and Capella University.

Vows of marriage will be spoken June 5 by Rhonda Molendyk and Brent Erbes. The future bride, of Wyoming, is a graduate of Unity Christian High School and Baker College. Her parents are Jerry and Barb Molendyk of Coopersville. The future groom, of Sparta, is a graduate of Kent City High School. His parents are Ed and Sue Manasco of Kent City.

Randy and Sally Weener of Grand Rapids announce the engagement of their son, Seth Weener, to Molly Nyboer, daughter of Dutch and Cyndy Nyboer of Nunica. The future bride is a graduate of Spring Lake High School and the future groom is a graduate of Grandville High School. Both are graduates of Hope College and she also attends McCormick Seminary in Chicago. A July 16 wedding is being planned by the Chicago couple.

Wedding vows will be exchanged June 12 by Jessica Kathryn Renner and Jason Robert Livingston. She and her parents, Norman and Debra Renner, are of Romeo. He and his parents, Robert and Dorothy Livingston, are of Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of Armada High School. The future groom is a graduate of Grandville High School. Both are graduates of Western Michigan University.





Kendra Ruiter and Benjamin VanTimmeren will be pronounced husband and wife July 17. The bride-to-be attends Grand Valley State University and the future groom attended Grand Rapids Community College. Both are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School. She and her parents, Betsy Ruiter and David Huyser, are of Grand Rapids. He and his parents, Douglas and Sandra VanTimmeren, also are of Grand Rapids.

Wedding vows will be exchanged July 24 by Kimberly Rae Seaman and Christopher Lee Foupht. The future bride is a graduate of Lowell High School. The future groom, of Coopersville, is a graduate of Tri-County High School. Both are graduates of Ferris State University. She and her parents, Randy and Peggy Seaman, are of Lowell. His parents are Jim and Joni Maile of Newaygo and Rich and Rhonda Foupht of Elgin, S.C.

Lindsey Marie Shattuck and Ryan Read, both of Naples, Fla., will be united in matrimony this spring. The future bride is a graduate of Rogers High School and the future groom is a graduate of Marshfield High School. Both are graduates of Western Michigan University. Her parents are Cynthia Corker of Wyoming and Joel and Connie Shattuck of Sparta. His parents are Cindy and Tim Hopkins of Detroit and Ron and Joan Read of Brant Rock, Mass.

Brynn Noelle Swinsick and Timothy John Koster announce their upcoming marriage on Aug. 14. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Gull Lake High School in Richland, and Western Michigan University. She and her parents, Cinda and Butch Swinsick are of Galesburg. The future groom is a graduate of Northview High School and Western Michigan University. He and his parents, Mike and Judy Koster, are of Belmont.



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Kelly Suzanne Turmell and Ryan Adam Webber will be married May 15. The future bride is a graduate of Grandville High School, Grand Rapids Community College and attends Grand Valley State University. She and her parents, Kenneth and Kathleen Turmell, are of Walker. The future groom, of Grand Rapids, is a graduate of Sparta High School and Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. His parents are Ronald and Lori Webber of Sparta.

The ceremony to unite in marriage Courtney Lynn VanderHulst and David Joseph Busscher will be performed May 21. Both the future bride and groom are graduates of Unity Christian High School and attend Calvin College. She and her parents, Thomas and Carrie VanderHulst, are of Hudsonville. He and his parents, the Rev. Jim and Brenda Busscher, are also of Hudsonville.

Sarah Grace Van’t Hof and David Britton Laughter, both of Grand Rapids, will be pronounced husband and wife June 26. Parents of the couple are Paul and Carole Vant’Hof and Don and Linda Laughter, all of Ada. The future bride is a graduate of Forest Hills Central High School, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University. The future groom is a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School and Colorado State University.



Joel and Ellen Roodvoets of Caledonia announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Roodvoets, to Brent Boverhof, son of James and Carol Boverhof of Kentwood. The future bride, also of Caledonia, attends Kendall College Art of Design. The future groom, also of Kentwood, is a graduate of Davenport University. Both are graduates of South Christian High School. A June 12 wedding is being planned.

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Andrea L. VanderLaan and Bobby Thomas Green, both of Fruitport, will exchange wedding vows April 23. Parents of the couple are Steve and Mary Cohle of Byron Center and Brian and Wendy Green of Spring Lake. The future bride is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College. The future groom is a graduate of Grand Haven High School.


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Wedding vows will be exchanged May 22 by Lisa Lynn Windemuller and Derek Michael Hernandez. The future bride, of Grand Rapids, is a graduate of Baker College. The future groom attended Grand Rapids Community College and attends Cornerstone University. Both are graduates of South Christian High School. Her parents are Mark and Carol Windemuller of Byron Center. He and his parents, Agustin and Margarita Hernandez, are also of Byron Center.

Doug and Amy Wittingen of Zeeland announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Rae Wittingen, to Matthew Roe Tracy, son of Kenneth and Maris Tracy of Hudsonville. The future bride, also of Zeeland, and the future groom, also of Hudsonville, are graduates of Hudsonville High School. She also attends Michigan State University and he Central Michigan University. A June 19 wedding is being planned by the couple.

Martha Zolvinski and Matthew Van Haren announce their engagement and plans for a July 17 wedding. She and her parents, Frank and Sue Zolvinski, are of LaPorte, Ind. He and his parents, Brian and LuAnn Van Haren, are of Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of LaPorte High School. The future groom is a graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. Both are graduates of Aquinas College.

ANNIVERSARIES Richard and Marjorie Baukema

Gerald and Jeanne Alberda Fifty years as husband and wife will be observed

Richard Sr. and Marjorie (Betten) Baukema of Grand Rapids celebrated 50 years of marriage March 25. The occasion was highlighted with a family dinner at Mangiamo’s. Children of the couple are Sandy Baukema, Jon and Pat Burgess, Julie Landacre, Jeff and Tena Baukema and the late Richard Baukema Jr. They have six grandchildren.

April 16 by Gerald and Jeanne (Kridler) Alberda of Hudsonville. A family dinner will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Paul and Jennifer Alberda and Laura and Eric Crawford. They have five grandchildren.

Sixty years of wedded life will be observed April 15 by Dick and Dolores (Briggs) Chapin of Grand Rapids. The occasion will be highlighted with a family dinner in May at their children’s home. Children of the couple are Mike and Debra Przybylo, Terry and Shawn Chapin and Steve and Kerry Chapin. They

Lambert and Barbara Holstege A golden wedding anniversary will be celebrated April 19 by Lam and Barb Holstege. An open house in honor of the occasion will be held April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Patmos Library in Jamestown. No gifts please. Children of the couple are John and Cindy Keuning and Perry and Brenda Johnson. They have four grandchildren.

Bernie & Henrietta Kamminga Fifty years of marriage were observed April 7 by Bernie and Henrietta (Den Besten) Kamminga of Kentwood. An open house in honor of the occasion will be held April 17. Children of the couple are Cheryl Kamminga, Beth and Jerry Kuiper, Bern Kammiga, Valerie and Dan Cleveland, Laura and Erik Lubbers and

Dick and Dolores Chapin

have 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dave and Dawn Kamminga. They have 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Bob and Beverly La Fave Bob and Beverly (Kipen) La Fave of Hudsonville celebrated 50 years of marriage Feb. 6. The occasion was highlighted with a trip south this April, and an open house will be held this summer. Children of the couple are

Christopher and Deanna La Fave and Dr. Kevin and Dawn Van Allen. They have five grandchildren.

George and Ellen Peereboom Jerry and Kay Melpolder Fifty years of wedded life will be observed April 14 by Jerry and Kay (Hoeksema) Melpolder of Grand Rapids. The occasion will be highlighted with a family gathering in May. Children of the couple are Daryl Melpolder and

the late Doug Melpolder, Pam Dykehouse, Mary and Doug VanDeRiet, Patti Gutowski, Dan and Tami Melpolder and Nancy and Scot Cowell. They have 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A golden wedding anniversary will be observed April 13 by George and Ellen (VandenAkker) Peereboom of Wayland. A family dinner will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Case and Jan Peereboom, Andy Peereboom, Gerald and Melinda Peereboom

and Irene Peereboom. They have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gil and Grace Schimmel Harry and Connie Van Singel Sixty-five years as husband and wife were observed April 5 by Harry and Connie (Vander Werf) Van Singel of Dorr. A summer get-together will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Larry and Nita Van Singel, Ron and Fayth Van Singel and Bruce and Sue Walcott. They have 14 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

John and Barbara Sterk Fifty years of wedded life will be observed April 16 by John and Barbara (Gabrielse) Sterk of Byron Center. A family dinner will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Laurie and

David and Penny Maleport

Robert and Wilma VanOeveren

Bob Brower, Mary and Jeff Applehof, the late Robert Sterk and Janet and Troy Bing. They have seven grandchildren.

Thirty years of wedded life will be observed today, April 11, by David and Penny (Reed) Maleport of Byron Center. Children of the couple are Nate and Jill Meyer, Nick and Joy Lenger, Jeff and Christine Maleport and Jenna Maleport. They have four grandchildren.

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Larry and Debbie Quakkelaar

Jack and Jan Wybenga

Daniel and Mary (Chamberlain) Postellon of Grand Rapids will celebrate 40 years of marriage today, April 11. A blessing at church and family luncheon will be held at 9 a.m. today at The Spinnaker in Kentwood. Children of the couple are Stephen and Teresa Kasperick-Postellon and Sarah Postellon. They have one grandchild.

Thirty years as husband and wife will be observed April 12 by Larry and Debbie (Haskill) Quakkelaar of Byron Center. A large family dinner will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Kristin and Charlie Balfoort and Justin Quakkelaar. They have two grandchildren.

Forty-five years of marriage were observed April 9 by Jack and Jan (De Young) Wybenga of Baldwin. A family gathering will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Doug and Shari Wybenga, Mark and Keri Wybenga and Matt and Michele Boverhof. They have eight grandchildren.

Robert and Wilma (Haveman) VanOeveren of Allendale will celebrate 55 years of marriage April 14. A family dinner will be held in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Mike and Helena VanOeveren, Sherry and Bob Bouwman, Nancy and Dan Driesenga, Cindy and Rich Wittengen and Terri and Larry Kooienga. They have 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Sixty years of marriage will be observed April 13 by Gil and Grace (Kamps) Schimmel of Grand Rapids. The occasion will be highlighted with a family dinner. Children of the couple are Jim and Carol Schimmel, Dan and Judy Schimmel, Hank and

Deb Vander Waal, Ruth Schimmel, Dave and Shelly Schimmel, Tim and Yvonne Schimmel and Tom and Beth Schimmel. They have 31 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

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“We try to provide opportunities to aspiring writers, but our focus is on the intersection Novelist Wally Lamb thinks of faith and writing. We are foit’s his job as a writer to ask the cused on talking about some of important questions — but not the deeper questions, not to the necessarily answer them. exclusion of other things, but “You have to discover your we’re interested in encouragown truth, then give your work ing conversation.” to the world and let them find Another top name coming their own truth in what you’ve to the festival is memoirist and written,” Lamb said. “One per- poet Mary Karr, author of “Lit: son’s experience is not going to A Memoir” and “The Liar’s be another’s.” Club.” Lamb, author of bestsellers “Karr’s appearance this “She’s Come Undone,” “I Know year is particularly important This Much is True,” and “The because of her memoir, ‘Lit,’ Hour I First Believed: A Novel,” which describes her dealing is the keynote speaker Thurs- with alcoholism and converday at Calvin College’s Festival sion to Catholicism. We’re of Faith & Writing. grateful that she’s willing to Literary wealth will overflow share her story with people at at the festival’s 120 concurrent the Festival,” LeMahieu Dunn sessions, which include inter- said. views, workshops and lectures Children, families and teachled by poets, playwrights, edi- ers will welcome “Because of tors, novelists, songwriters, Winn-Dixie” and “The Tale of nonfiction writers and more. Despereaux” author Kate DiThere are also lunch forums Camillo to her first festival. She and Festival Circles on spe- will read and sign books on Fricialized topics and a range of day afternoon at the Van Noord speakers whose talks and sign- Arena. The event is free. “The act of writing takes so ings are open to the public. “We think of ourselves as a much faith. The story itself is cross between a book festival not something I make up, but and a writers conference,” said am permitted access to,” said Shelly LeMahieu Dunn, direc- DiCamillo “Writing is having a tor of the Festival of Faith & dialogue with someone greater Writing. than you. It’s an act of faith; BY ANN BYLE


Gained a Life” 4-8 p.m., YT Galleria, 966 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. Friday — Eugene Peterson, 4-5:30 p.m., Eerdmans Bookstore, 2140 Oak Industrial Drive NE just north of Michigan, between Plymouth and Maryland. Peterson is the author of the conversations series, which includes “Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places,” “Eat This Book,” “The Jesus Way,” “Tell It Slant” and the newly released final book in the series, “Practice Resurrection.”


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Greenfield Village opens for season See 300 years of history in the re-created Greenfield Village, which re-opens for the season on Thursday. Stroll down Firestone Farm to see barnyard animals, including newborn lambs, lend a hand with spring chores, such as planting and clearing fields, spin wool, watch costumed presenters handshear merinos, see artisans at work. Visitors also can ride a Model T or horse and carriage. Tickets are $22 for adults, $21 seniors, $16 ages 5-12, free to ages 4 and younger. Info: (313) 982-6001,


Local flavor: A dance troupe performs during touring ceremonies before the World Expo in Shanghai, China.



HANGHAI — Looking for the China of pagodas, farmers in rice paddies and Maosuited masses pedaling bicycles through grim city streets?

A bit of the old: Men walk in front of the Chinese Pavilion, said to resemble a giant mahjong table.

You won’t find such scenes here when Shanghai’s World Expo opens on May 1. What you will find: A giant octopus, an alpine meadow and an apple-shaped “green city,” among dozens of pavilions in all shapes, colors and sizes featuring a kaleidoscope of visions for the Expo’s theme: “Better City, Better Life.” And, of course, millions of other visitors. Shanghai’s Expo is likely to be the largest World’s Fair ever, with some 70 million visitors expected to attend in the six months before it closes on Oct. 31. It’s certainly China’s biggest event since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Industrial strength The huge international show-and-tell will showcase China’s status as a world industrial power, giving Shanghai — its biggest city — a long-awaited chance to show off its stunning transformation from crumbling factory town into modern global metropolis. In this age of virtual reality and round-the-clock information overload, visitors to the Shanghai World Expo are unlikely to find here the kinds of new technologies, such as television, that debuted at world’s fairs decades ago. But governments, groups and corporate sponsors, spread over 2 square miles along both sides of the concrete banks of the Huangpu River, will offer myriad ideas for sustainable urban living.

A bit of the new: A worker is dwarfed by the unusual U.K. Pavilion.

An eye to recycling In Pudong, on the east side of the river, where the national pavilions and most big facilities are located, giant white funnels will provide shade, channel sunlight to underground walkways and collect rainwater for recycling. In Puxi, on the west side, a collection of local and corporate pavilions will demonstrate “urban best practices” focused on sustainable urban technologies and heritage preservation. Solar panels installed in various Expo buildings will create a 5-megawatt solar power system — China’s largest. Zero-emission electric vehicles will be used within the Expo grounds. Expo organizers say most of the materials used to make the pavilions will be recycled, and they have pledged to eventually end with a “carbon-neutral” impact. Whether that will happen is anyone’s guess: Officials say they do not have the data on the tons of Expo-related steel smelted and

Dining out: Cooks prepare traditional dumplings at a restaurant in Yu Garden in Shanghai.



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Expansive site: Tourists observe the venue of Shanghai Expo from a nearby bridge in Shanghai, China.

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Ready to soar: Owl banders prepare to release a boreal owl captured for banding during the Spring Fling birding festival at Whitefish Point in the U.P.

here’s a giddiness in the air, and it seems to keep building as the weather warms and blossoms sprout. “It feels like the Friday night of the whole year,” a friend recently said. And with wildflowers and morels already sprouting in the northern Michigan woods, there does seem to be a sense that a long stretch of fun awaits, ready to be planned.

(Not just) for the birds We’re not the only species drawn to the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, particularly the spot that juts into the lake near Paradise in


SCHNEIDER TRAVEL WRITER the Upper Peninsula. Whitefish Point is a migrating bird magnet. During spring migration, an estimated 25,000 hawks (experts count them) pass by, followed by songbirds in early summer. About 325 were counted on April 1 (no fooling), and two great gray owls and a boreal owl were banded. Whitefish Point also is one of

the top spots in the country for owl banding, a captivating process open for observation all spring. The Spring Fling festival is perhaps the best time to check that out (in a tiny room behind the birding gift shop) and to take in the guided hikes, seminars on bird call identification and more. Your bird identification skills will be challenged; the area is a stopping-off point over the lake for 330 species. Check out the ongoing count and find festival information at Lodging is available in nearby SEE SCHNEIDER, J2


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concrete poured or on the energy consumed in the process. Like the Beijing Olympics, the Expo will leave a legacy of new landmarks, the most eye-catching the 226-foot-high China Pavilion — a scarlet structure some say looks like a mahjong table. Though imposing, it’s much shorter than A decade of dinosaur: SUE, thought to be the largest and the 984-foot (300 meters) Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Unimost complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the world, versal Exposition. strikes a memorable pose in Chicago’s Field Museum. A clamshell-shaped cultural center that will seat up to 18,000 people, a vast conference center and a new stadium also will permanently join the forests of skyscrapers lining the Huangpu. Several of the old industrial dinosaurs will include hungry buildings that will house expo AP PHOTOS Velicoraptors and a Triceratops exhibits have been refurbished guarding her nest. and will remain once the tem- Favorite sights: Visitors take in the sights on the newly reopened Bund, one of the most The museum also will fea- porary pavilion structures go popular tourist destinations in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is gearing up for its World Expo ture the film “Waking the T. — to house museums and other opening May 1. rex: The Story of SUE.” The cultural facilities, officials say. THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS movie, shown in the new 3-D sold out. Touts are selling them theater, shows what research- Far from the crowds online for triple or more the CHICAGO — The Field Mu- ers have learned about SUE. Hoping for an escape from $23 (160 yuan) price for a nonseum is celebrating the 10th Memorial Day weekend the crowds? The Swiss pavilpeak day. anniversary of the unveiling activities (May 29-31) will in- ion features a 4-minute chairSince there is no vehicle of SUE, considered the largest clude appearances by Sue Hen- lift ride above a rooftop alpine parking around the Expo site, and most complete Tyranno- drickson, the fossil hunter who meadow. visitors will be navigating sesaurus rex in the world with found the T. rex named in her The United Arab Emirates curity checks and jam-packed new dinosaur experiences. honor. She will autograph pho- has a pavilion shaped like sand buses and subways to get in Beginning May 26, near tos and answer visitors’ ques- dunes, Israel’s mimics a sea and out. SUE’s real skeleton, visitors tions about her discovery. The level of crowding, espeshell, Romania’s a green apple, cially on peak days when up to can enter a prehistoric world: Tickets to all SUE experi- Macao’s a jade rabbit lantern. 800,000 visitors are expected, “RoboSUE: The T. rex Expe- ences are included in the muCraving some octopus fritrience.” Museum-goers will seum’s All Access Pass and cost ters? Keep an eye out for a may exceed anything most peoencounter a robotic SUE that $29 for adults, $24 for seniors/ 5-ton, eight-legged sign being ple have ever experienced — responds to humans by looking students and $20 for ages 3-11. shipped in by a famous Osaka the largest yearly gathering of directly at them and reacting to Info: or (866) “takoyaki” outlet. people in the world, the Islamic Whether it’s Belgian choco- Famous figure: Tourists visiting Yu gardens huddle around a pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj, their movements. Other robotic 343-5303. lates, Japanese sushi or hot, figure of the expo mascot Haibao in Shanghai. draws only 3 million visitors. prickly Sichuan cuisine, the Organizers say they will have Expo will offer a smorgasbord shine under new coats of paint. year’s Rose Parade — to pro- a system to warn against enterof choices, with nearly 200 out- By night, the city glows with vide a guise of innocuousness ing when the area is already too lets able to feed some 40,000 artful illuminations — dots, for an event posing stupen- crowded. people at a time, Expo organiz- rainbows, spot lights and strip dous logistical and security Anticipating, though, that ers say. lighting accenting the city’s di- challenges. both visitors and volunteers THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS unpredictable weather fronts Outside the Expo site, the city verse architecture. Unlike hyper-controlled might at times feel overthat can engulf the lakes. has built a new airport termicrowds for the Olympics, the whelmed, they will be offerSOUTH BEND, Ind. — The More than 25 stories and nal, subway lines, expressways, From the sea Expo is meant to be an “open ing counseling and emergency more dangerous aspects of the photographs of ships that met tunnels and bridges to accomStatues and images of Hai- door” event, tourism officials medical services. At least the Expo site is spaGreat Lakes are the focus of the their demise on the lakes are modate hundreds of thousands bao the “treasure from the sea,” say. new exhibit “Shipwreck!,” on on view in the exhibit. Also on of extra visitors a day. No detail a big-eyed blue Expo mascot “We have no restrictions cious — about the size of 990 view Saturday through Sept. display is iron ore that was part seems too small — public signs meant to represent the Chinese at all. We welcome all visi- football fields or four times the 12 at the Center for History in of a cargo shipment as well as sporting mangled English have character for people, or “ren,” tors from all countries,” said size of the last universal expoitems salvaged from wrecks, been replaced, new awnings adorn practically every public Cheng Meihong, vice chair- sition, in Aichi, Japan, in 2005. South Bend, Ind. man of Shanghai’s tourism The Great Lakes have a total including dishes, glassware and hung on colonial-era mansions space. Universal expos, like the ones surface area of 94,000 square buttons. The items are on loan and 10 roly-poly baby pandas Haibao, like his Beijing administration. in Aichi and Shanghai, are held miles and are among the most from the Office of the State flown in from western China Olympic mascot cousins, is Still, the realities of actually every five years, with smaller treacherous bodies of water on Archaeologist of the Michigan to amuse guests who venture Shanghai’s “good will ambas- attending the Expo are bound so-called “international” expos Earth. The danger lay in the un- State Housing Development out to the city’s zoos. sador” — an endearing sym- to be daunting. held in between. The last ineven topography of the waters’ Authority. 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Raise a glass to Spring April’s designation as Michigan Wine Month brings a host of wine-centered fun to the state. Seven new wineries are slated to open this year, joining 71 existing wineries preparing to release new wines for the 2009 vintage. The Michigan Wine Celebration held on the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail is worth the $25 fee for the recipes alone. Featured wines are paired with an appetizer or dessert prepared by a local chef on April 17 and 18, and recipe cards are shared with each ticket holder. Find the list of participating wineries, all in the Jackson/Haslett area, at, or call (517) 531-3080 for more information The featured spring event at Leelanau County wineries, “Spring Sip and Savor,” is held May 1 and 2, but don’t wait to register; it usually sells out. Info: That’s followed by Blossom Days, May 15 and 16 at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Info: One highlight of that event is the annual blessing of the


Eye on the sky: Birders are welcomed to the annual Spring Fling at Whitefish Point in the U.P., a designated important bird area that attracts thousands of hawks during spring migration.

blossoms by a local priest. Blossoms will be blessed in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area, too, at the April 25-May 1 celebration of its agricultural heritage and orchards. The highlight of that region’s Blossomtime festival is a miniature version of the Rose Bowl Parade. The Grand Floral Parade features flower-bedecked floats, easily viewed as the parade makes its way between St. Joseph and

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Something’s fishy You can figure that a town knows its trout when it boasts a restaurant called Trout Town Cafe that features trout and eggs for breakfast, and the most recognizable town landmark is the 600-pound trout statue downtown. Kalkaska’s annual trout festival runs April 21-25. The taste of trout cooking contest is rivaled only by the fish fry.

When you’re full, there’s a parade, arts and crafts show and fishing contest. If walleye is your fish of choice, then your festival is in Freeland, near Midland, on the same weekend. There, April 22-25, you’ll find a fish fry, a fishing contest, a fish pond, fireworks and a poker tournament. Info: WalFest.htm. E-mail: kimschneider@chartermi. net

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MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee gallery is hosting an exhibition and sale of more than 30 pieces by Spanish artist Joan Miro. The David Barnett Gallery will feature six original color

and 12 black and white lithographs, all signed, from the series “Maravillas con Variaciones Acrosticas en el Jardin de Miro.” He’s also selling at least 15 color lithograph posters from his personal collection and an etching and aquatint titled

“L’Forestiers.” The pieces are from the 1950s through the 1970s. Owner David Barnett says Miro is one of his favorite artists and he only buys art for his gallery that he would own himself. But he’s selling the pieces to

expose more people to Miro’s work. He says he was inspired to do it after a visit last year to the Joan Miro Foundation museum in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition opens Friday and runs through July 17 at the gallery.


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Salt Lake City hosts 4 genealogy events Family history buffs to descend on city BY JENNIFER DOBNER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Even after almost 30 years of research, Jan Alpert still gets goose bumps when she discovers a new branch on her family tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest surprise is how much you can ďŹ nd out,â&#x20AC;? said Alpert, who was bit by the genealogy bug in 1981 after helping her father pursue his own interest in family history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you know what your ancestors went through, you have a greater appreciation for why you are the person you are.â&#x20AC;?

Background checks: Patrons search family history records. People travel from all over the world to use the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s records.

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On a quest Now the chair of the National Genealogical Society, Alpertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pursuit has led her on dozens of trips across the U.S. to locate records and pieces of her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are millions of people like me out there doing it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Beginning April 26, thousands of family history buffs are expected to descend on Salt Lake City to hone their skills â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or begin their journeys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during a unique week featuring four conferences focused on genealogical research and technology.

Rows of files: David Rencher, chief genealogical officer of the library, shows some of the venueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2.2 million rolls of microfilm records.

which has been collecting data since 1894. Getting back to your roots: The Family History Library of The library is a well-known destination for genealogists. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City is considered one of the largest genealogical libraries in Considered the largest genealogy collection in the world, the world. its database contains well over genealogical event ever.â&#x20AC;? 12 and a Celebration of Fam- a billion names drawn from Busy week Dozens of workshops will be ily History concert featuring thousands of original records, Anchored by the 2010 Na- held daily to provide beginners the Mormon Tabernacle Choir including births, deaths, martional Genealogical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and experts with tips on every- and author David McCullough. riages, census data and patron Annual Conference, the week thing from basic research and McCulloughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books include contributions. also includes the Brigham organizational skills to locating biographies of Harry Truman The library also has more Young Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual resources, deciphering records, and John Adams. than 300,000 volumes of data, Conference on Computerized understanding DNA testing Recent annual NGS events including published family Family History and Genealogy, and writing and editing family have drawn about 2,000 histories, county and city diBYUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family History Technol- narratives. Special technology people, but Alpert said early rectories and transcripts or ogy Workshop and the Family- workshops are also planned to registration for the Salt Lake abstracts of other documents Search Developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference aid in understanding and us- City conference is â&#x20AC;&#x153;exceeding with genealogical signiďŹ cance, for software developers. ing various genealogy-speciďŹ c expectations.â&#x20AC;? said David Rencher, the facilBecause the four events take databases and programs. The response could be due in ityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief genealogical ofďŹ cer. The week also includes sev- part to Salt Lake Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique place at the same time, Alpert, a The records are from the retiree with homes in Michigan eral special events, including resource: The Family History United States, Canada, the and South Carolina, said she a genealogy â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids campâ&#x20AC;? for Library of The Church of Je- British Isles, Europe, Latin believes it â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be the largest youth in grades four through sus Christ of Latter-day Saints, America, Asia and Africa. A AP PHOTOS

New Disney ship set to go interactive BY DERRIK J. LANG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GLENDALE, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The walls and ďŹ&#x201A;oors will come alive on Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest cruise ship. More than 20 pieces of moving artwork will line the decks of the Dream, which launches early next year, while two interactive ďŹ&#x201A;oors will keep kids on their feet in the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth areas. The new interactive experiences were unveiled during a recent press demonstration at the headquarters of Walt Disney Imagineering, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative design team. The 22 pieces of â&#x20AC;&#x153;enchanted artâ&#x20AC;? will be showcased on LCD screens encased in glass and surrounded by a frame housing speakers and a camera that can detect when a cruiser is in front of it. For example, if a passenger is looking at a photo of Walt Disney on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, the characters from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Caballerosâ&#x20AC;? may zip through the landscape. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great opportunity

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CONNECT  For info on Disney cruises, go to ships-activities/ships/dream. to do something special,â&#x20AC;? said concept designer Greg Butkus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really empowering our guests of all ages to interact with the art on every deck of the ship in a way that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite been done before on this scale.â&#x20AC;? The art, which also features images from classic Disney ďŹ lms, can also be transformed into Nintendo Wii-like motiondetecting mini-games as part of a shipboard scavenger hunt. Barcode technology is used in the game that will employ cruisers to search the decks for a Disney villain who nabbed either pieces of artwork or puppies from â&#x20AC;&#x153;101 Dalmatians.â&#x20AC;? In the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth areas, children will be encouraged to step, jump and pound on two interactive ďŹ&#x201A;oors featuring games with characters from such Disney films as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bolt,â&#x20AC;?


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Hannibal, Mo., marks centenary of Twain’s death Beloved author’s boyhood home still drawing visitors BY CHERYL WITTENAUER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HANNIBAL, Mo. — When Ron Powers was growing up in Hannibal in the 1940s and ’50s, he would walk to the town’s historic district with a friend and marvel at the variety of license plates on visitors’ cars. “None of us had ever been anywhere, but they had come to see us,” said Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian. “It meant something to us. It added to the majesty of the town. “One of our guys made it.” That “guy,” Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, Samuel one of AmerClemens ica’s greatest literary figures, still is drawing visitors to Hannibal, the Mississippi River town of his boyhood. And officials hope even more literary pilgrims will come this year to mark the centenary of the author’s death and see the place that inspired Twain’s masterpieces, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Last year, Hannibal welcomed 300,000 people, 60,000 of them to the Mark Twain


Where he lived: Samuel Clemens’ boyhood home is one of eight historic properties in the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum complex.

Boyhood Home & Museum. While the town also offers river cruises, cave tours and enough other attractions for a two-day visit, museum executive director Cindy Lovell said Hannibal is a “holy land” for Twainiacs like herself. She said she “walked around in a daze” on her first visit, adding: “I see other people who react the same way. A young man from India who openly cried, he was so moved to be here.”

for Becky Thatcher from “Tom Sawyer.” Both homes are owned by the museum. In his autobiography, Twain wrote, “In the small town of Hannibal, when I was a boy, everybody was poor but didn’t know it; and everybody was comfortable and did know it.” Exhibits in the museum, which curator Henry Sweets built up from the original couple of rooms to an institution, feature Twain’s books and the experiences that inspired them, along with such artifacts as the Small town, big impact writer’s desk and chair. Clemens lived in Hannibal Also on display are 15 origifrom age 4 to 18, and the caves, nal drawings Norman Rockcemeteries and islands off the well created in 1935 to illustrate mighty river that he wandered commemorative editions of as a boy are still here, along “Tom Sawyer” and “Hucklewith his family’s simple clap- berry Finn.” board house and the home of his Rockwell traveled to Hanfirst sweetheart, the inspiration nibal to gather material for the

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Whitewash: Two boys dressed as Tom Sawyer and a girl dressed as Becky Thatcher sign the famous white picket fence in Hannibal, Mo., that figured in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

of 1902. Twain died at his home in Connecticut on April 21, 1910. Museum properties also include an interpretive center, the Huckleberry Finn House, the office of Clemens’ father, who was a justice of the peace, and Grant’s Drug Store, above which the Clemens family lived when they fell on hard times. Clemens’ family owned slaves for a time in Hannibal, but Illinois, a free state, was just across the river. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” tells the story of Huck’s travels Period costumes: A on the river with an escaped performer dressed as Mark Twain and others in costume slave, Jim. The Clemens family fortunes stroll during the Twain on Main Fest held Memorial Day changed after Sam’s father died, and his mother had to take in weekend last year. boarders. Sam boarded outside pictures, even sketching inside the home starting at age 11 as a the cave young Sam explored as printer’s apprentice at the local a kid, and where Tom Sawyer Hannibal newspaper, “the poor and Becky Thatcher got lost. boy’s college,” said Lovell. Newspaper clippings, phoClemens later worked as a tographs and documents recall Mississippi River pilot during Twain’s family life in Hannibal the golden age of steamboats. and his later visits to bury his His pen name, Mark Twain, mother and give out diplomas was a term used by boatsmen to the high school graduates to indicate water depth.

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Lakefront Living Show starts Friday Want to learn how to make a sand castle other beachgoers envy? How about the perfect gourmet picnic? Those are two of the classes and lectures being offered at The Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at DeVos Place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highlights of the show include a fully furnished cottage and a 1,200-square-foot sandy beach. Speakers will discuss photography, bird watching, wooden boats and saving the family cottage. For information, go to Home.aspx. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 ages 6-14.

Gardening events The West Michigan Environmental Action Council is offering rain barrel construction courses at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Grand Rapids Public Library main branch, 111 Library St. NE, and at 1 p.m. April 24 at the Yankee Clipper branch, 2025 Leonard St. NE. All materials will be provided. Free container


gardening classes hosted by Heartside Gardeners will be 4 p.m. April 21 at the Seymour library branch, 2350 Eastern Ave. SE, and at 10:30 a.m. April 24 at the main library branch downtown. Registration is required. Sign up at, or call 988-5400.

Lawn envy event April 24 Scotts representative Gail Weston-Gray will be at Godwin Hardware & Plumbing, 3703 S. Divison Ave., at 11 a.m. April 24 to talk about how to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. Register by calling 243-3131, ext. 135, or send an e-mail to Vision@


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Mark the wrong side of pattern pieces with Scotch tape; mark grain lines with masking tape. Woodward has more tips, so reach her at the Web site, clothing.htm, or write to the school. The address is: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78756. The school has many tips for everyday living. Send your sewing questions to Vicki Farmer Ellis, Sew Simple, The Grand Rapids Press, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019.


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Fabric artist stitches message of confidence ACKERMANHAYWOOD ART & CRAFT


n West Michigan and beyond, Beth Ann Williams is known among fiber artists for her gift of being able to teach her students the skills they need to express themselves creatively with fabric and thread. If you think you’re “not creative” or “can’t do it,” she’ll correct you and tell you what you really lack is confidence — and then she’ll help you work on that, too. Williams has built a career on overcoming obstacles, which makes her work all the more remarkable. Like many children with artistic relatives, Williams always was making things as a child. Her sketch books ranked among her most prized possessions while growing up in a series of faroff places while her parents worked as missionaries. “When we were evacuated out of Africa, I had one change of clothes and my sketch books,” said Williams, who was born in New Jersey moved 20 times by age 20.

Working through health issues Williams studied communication arts in college, along with psychology and science. The plan was to return to Africa with her husband, John, to work as a linguist. But, after a series of miscarriages and nearly dying during the birth of her oldest daughter, Caryl, now 20, it became clear living in a place with limited medical care was not an option. Williams, now 44, was diagnosed with neurological and heart problems as a teenager and then a variation of multiple sclerosis after her health problems got more severe during her 20s. After the birth of her second daughter, Connor, now 18, she lost mobility and the ability to speak. Her prognosis was uncertain. “It was a complete loss of identity,” she said. The linguist who studied multiple languages was

Good with fibers: Grand Rapids Fiber Artist Beth Ann Williams poses with some of her work, including quilts, dolls and fabric books. She teaches craft classes at Lakeshore Sewing, where she is creative director.

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 “Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs,” 2000  “Colorwash Bargello Quilts,” 2001  “A World of Quilts: 10 Projects Using Ethnic Fabric,” 2003 struggling to communicate in basic English.

Communication via quilting A fourth-generation quilter who learned the basics from her grandmother during the 1970s, Williams turned to quilting as a way to communicate and leave a legacy for her children as she struggled to regain language skills and mobility. Working with the encouragement of an artistic family friend and mentor named Thelma Baldwin, Williams developed machine quilting techniques that allowed her to create beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts that she was not able to stitch by hand. With compromised health, quilting was challenging, but healing at the same time. “It was a way of getting control of the manual movement,” she said. “It gave me a way to communicate again.” Three years later, Williams was showing her work and teaching classes. Before long she published three quilting books and joined the national teaching circuit. She has since contributed to several more books.


“In my life it’s been a consistent pattern of things that looked really horrible at the time that lead to really wonderful things,” she said. The woman who once worried about her legacy has bloomed into a nationally known artist and created dozens of intricate and breathtaking quilts despite physical challenges that sometimes force her to stay home and rest.

‘Masking the pain’ Williams has lived with severe chronic pain for more than 30 years, but you wouldn’t know it when you see the cheerful way she goes about life. “I’m really good at masking the pain,” she said, smiling. “You can learn to be resilient even if you don’t feel particularly resilient at the beginning.” Most days, Williams gets around with the aid of a cane. On bad days, she’ll put on bright red shoes that match her bright red wheelchair and get on with her day. “If you have to have (a wheelchair) it might as well be a fashion accessory,” she

said. Williams traveled the nation extensively, teaching quilting workshops until 2006 when she found herself on the verge of a seizure in an airport terminal. Her vision was fuzzy and she was slurring her words. She was alone and struggling to find her gate. She credits “a lot of grace” with getting her home safely and decided to stop traveling alone after that. When Brian Collins, owner of the local Lakeshore Sewing stores, heard that Williams was no longer on the national teaching circuit, he offered her a full-time job as creative director. The job is flexible enough for her to work from her Grand Rapids home on days when she needs to. When making large quilts started to get too challenging, Williams started making smaller art quilts, fabric books and art dolls. No matter what she always finds a way to continue making art.

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Couple design home with style, conservation as goals Both are sculptors who wanted the place to be eco-friendly BY ARDYCE CZUCHNA-CURL PRESS NEWS SERVICE

BENTON HARBOR — Janet Sullivan and Mark Toncray designed and built an artists’ home for themselves that is itself a work of art. Completed in fall 2008, the 3,000-square-foot rectangular building they designed is constructed with pre-manufactured panels, a sheet metal roof and a wraparound, enclosed porch. Ramps and doors are 36 inches wide for easy access, part of what they call their universal design. The couple moved eight years ago from Chicago to Riverside, a community near Benton Harbor. They lived above Janet’s gift, antiques, garden and art shop — called You’ll Go GAGA — and made plans to build a home on the large adjacent lot. They wanted space for their art collections, and they wanted the home to be environmentally green. Mark purchased design software, created 3-D renderings and built a scale model of the vision Janet had sketched. The house measures 70 feet by 40 feet with 22-foot cathedral ceilings. All living space is on one level, except for a loft they call their reference library and two attic storage rooms accessible by ladder. Another storage loft above the garage has its own stairway entrance. Crawl space allows access to the plastic tubing that carries the hot water used to heat the house. The water-heated floors radiate heat.

Reflecting their tastes The home reflects the couple’s personalities and talents for creating and acquiring art. The open living space on the east side was designed around a display rack rescued from a men’s clothing store in Niles. It now is their entertainment center and houses a wide-screen TV with room for books, vases, candles and other collections. Most of their furniture came


Open and spacious: Mark Toncray and Janet Sullivan, both sculptors, completed their 3,000-square-foot home in fall 2008. Below is a view of the outside.

from auctions or was rescued from buildings, alleys or curbsides. Sullivan once dragged an oak door from an alley for two blocks while dressed in a business suit and carrying a briefcase. The discarded door found new life as the home’s front entry. Several 100-year-old cupboards with glass doors, originally from a Victorian-style building in Chicago that Janet sold, showcase more collections and offer storage in the main living area. A church pew provides extra seating.

A creative pairing Janet and Mark were professional artists when they met 11 years ago and discovered they owned identical library card catalogs. They’ve installed the units side by side in their living room and find them handy to store CDs and other items. The couple have a lot more in common than card catalogs. Both are sculptors who have created large-scale art. Janet, who grew up in St. Clair Shores, earned a master of fine arts degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked in ceramics, collected folk art and created public art. She also owned a tile business. Mark is a fabricator — executing the designs of other sculptors — a cabinet-maker and Realtor, as well as being a sculptor. They’ve merged their personalities and skills in their home. The large space is decorated with antique tools, sculptures, paintings and folk art. Their collections include art made from brass artillery and machine gun shells, a display of old oil cans and antique shoeshine kits. “My dad shined shoes during

R-Control near Grand Rapids, are about 61/2 inches thick, made of Styrofoam with laminated particle board on each side. Drywall is adhered directly to the interior of the panels; corrugated steel siding is on the outside. Conventional 2-by-4 studs were only used for interior walls. The factory that prepared the kit for the home recycled all of the scrap cardboard, paper and metal. “I wanted to make a statement with that,” Janet said. “We had less than a dumpster full of waste while building this house. “This is the house of the future for energy efficiency and ease of construction.”

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the Depression,” Janet said. She purchased a set of neverused 1933 gold leaf tiles at a flea market and installed them on the wall behind a wood stove, a back-up heat source for the house if the power goes off. “I paid $80 for the entire lot (of tiles),” she said. “I’ve been told they retail for $80 a square foot.” A headboard and footboard from a child’s bed came from a neighbor. Janet persuaded Mark to combine the pieces to make a headboard for their queen-size bed. Mark built a wall-hung nightstand so the IKEA drawers hidden beneath the bed can be opened. Their master suite has a huge storage space concealed by colorful floor-to-ceiling draperies. “I don’t like doors,” Janet said. “They block our view. We’ve used pocket doors wherever possible. And notice we have no trim around the openings.” “We’ve lined up the doors so we see directly outside whichever way we look,” Mark added. The bathroom in the master suite is a work of art. Stone slab flooring extends into a walk-

in shower. A huge tub, pedestal sink and a cabinet rescued from Sullivan’s kitchen in Chicago complete the bathroom furnishings. The toilet is dualflush to conserve water.

Room for company A guest suite with its own entrance is located between Mark’s office and a bathroom,. An additional guest bedroom also is in that area. The kitchen has cabinets obtained at auctions mixed in with a few new cabinets. Apple green paint ties them all together. A settee in the kitchen uses a twin mattress as its cushion. Drawers underneath provide additional storage. The couple say they spent their money on quality construction. “The architect took our drawings and made blueprints,” Mark said. “The components were delivered on a semi-truck. We started with a concrete slab.” It took only three days to raise the house. Exterior walls were made with large pre-fabricated panels in a SIPS — structural insulated panel system. The panels, manufactured by

Leftover metal from the roof has been used to decorate support columns in the main part of the house, and small scraps of siding are destined to finish the doghouse. Columns purchased through Craig’s List were cleaned, painted and installed on the wraparound porch. Five skylights and several glass block windows admit natural light, while overhangs on the porches shade the main windows in summer and let in light during winter. The couple hired subcontractors, but did much of the finishing work themselves, including installing the tubing and metal heat diffusion plates for the geothermal water system. The property was large enough for a geothermal heat pump system, so they dug a 500-foot-long, 8-foot-deep trench and installed 3,000 feet of tubing in the yard. The geothermal system was costly, but the couple believes the savings on utility bills and maintenance will make up for it in the long run. “We burn no gas,” Mark said. “Everything is run by electricity: washing, cooking, heating, lighting.” “Our entire utility bill for January was $119,” Janet added. They’re proud of the green aspects of their home and appreciate the spaciousness of it. “This is a large yet intimate space,” Mark said. These two artists love living within the giant sculpture they’ve created.


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Meet and eat: A shopper looks over a tomato plant, left, at Flowerland. At right, ripening tomatoes in Dick Adams’ garden in Plainfield Township.


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Worth the wait: Mike Zervos picks ripe apricots from his one-acre garden near Eastern Avenue and 36th Street SE.

DIGGIN’ IN recognized by his trademark long gray beard, brown leather work boots and, often, red suspenders. Swain, 60, who visits Grand Rapids this week for a pair of appearances, including Thursday at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, is encouraged by the resurgence of home gardening, and encourages even the novice to get their hands dirty: Don’t worry about messing up; it is part of the process. “What the world needs is more plants like zucchini, Swiss chard and daylily,” Swain said in a recent telephone interview from his office in Massachusetts. “They are ego builders

BIO BOX Roger B. Swain at a glance  Holds doctorate in biology from Harvard University  Author of five gardening books  Science editor at Horticulture Magazine  Hosted “People, Places and Plants” on HGTV and “The Victory Garden” on PBS for 15 years  Collector of vintage tools  Began gardening as a teenager and recorded much of what he learned in a 1989 book “The Practical Gardener: A Guide to Breaking New Ground.” (Little, Brown & Co. Boston)

because they are easy to grow and a real confidence-builder for the beginner.” Once you build confidence, Swain suggests getting rid of the lawn and replace it with plants that will slow traffic

and encourage neighbors to stop by. “Do you put your best plants in the back of your house where only your family and friends can enjoy them or do you plant them on the

street side?” he asked. “If you do that, strangers passing may stop and look and, before you know it, you’re having a conversation and you’re not total strangers anymore.


“It’s the idea of villagefriendly, and it translates well regardless of where I talk about it.” Although he has a doctorate in biology and is a print and electronic media icon, Swain is hardly what you would call a blue-blood type of gardener. He relies heavily on humor — enough so that even non-gardeners get something from his talks. “I’m guilty of inserting a great deal of humor into things,” he said. His appearance belies an attitude that simple is better. Watering cans as opposed to automated sprinklers; old wooden garage doors opened manually, not with remote control; old reel mowers — or power mowers, so long as it’s the homeowner and not a lawn service doing the mowing. “Doing your own gardening makes you much more aware of food cycles — what it takes to grow it and what the range of food quality is,” he said. He asks people to be more tolerant of cosmetic imperfections in produce. “So much of the poison that we put on our crops is not there to make the crop possible, but to make the harvest beautiful and attractive.”

Support local farmers By spending time in the yard, you connect with neighbors while connecting with nature. Front porches versus enclosed backyard “living areas,” kid-friendly climbing trees in the front yard rather than dwarf ornamentals — anything to add a more personal feel to a neighborhood or subdivision. So much under-used space, he muses when viewing the expansive, manicured lawns of suburbia. For those of us without the time, space or energy to plant a garden, do the next best thing — visit the local farmer’s market, Swain suggests. Store-bought food, he notes, has traveled an average of 1,300 miles before it reaches your table. Farmer’s markets, however, are local. “Put a face on your food,” he said. He is passionate about food — growing it, sharing it and preparing it. Too many of us have lost touch with our agrarian roots,

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he laments. “The skill of gardening was the single greatest skill that humans ever invented,” Swain said. “It’s an ancient art — 10,000 years old. And it’s like sticking your finger in the light socket of life. You’re doing something really important.”

Eat what you sow He advocates eating food when it is in season; the way it was done for thousands of years before the advent of refrigerated trucks. “I’m a huge fan of eating seasonally when food is at its peak,” he said. “We as a species evolved by eating foods that were in season. Revel in it. After six weeks, you’ll get tired of it and you won’t want to eat it until it is in season again.” Growing your own food is a spiritual experience, he says. “There’s something magical about it. The ability to harness plants is, in effect, the ability to capture the energy of the sun. When I grow corn, I’m tying myself into a great tradition; I’m picking up the echoes of agricultural history.” Swain tends apple trees, 25 kinds of grapevines and myriad vegetables at his farm in Newton Highlands, N.H. He also likes kumquats, but doesn’t grow them.

IF YOU GO Garden visit Who: Roger B. Swain, former host of “The Victory Garden” on PBS for 15 years, author of five books and a nationally known speaker When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE Cost: Free for members. For non-members, $12 Details: Swain is appearing as part of the Secchia Garden Instead, he attends the annual Kumquat Festival in Dade County, Fla., a state he fell in love with while visiting the Everglades as a college student in 1968. Swain makes dozens of appearances nationwide — a vocation that took off during his Victory Garden tour of duty. At his side was wife Elisabeth, who died in 2008 from cancer. In his book “Earthy Pleasures,” Swain pays tribute to his wife’s intellect and her grasp of 15th-century Italian while he was busy “writing about things like rotten apples and woodchucks.” His sense of humor and practical approach to life in

Lecture. His topic is “Planting Villages: How Gardens Make Good Neighbors “ More information: Call the Gardens at (616) 975-3145 or visit Also: Swain will appear April 16 at the Gardens’ Successful Gardener Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $75 for members and $82 for non-members. The price includes a box lunch. For more information, call (616) 975-3147 or 975-3184.

the garden keep audiences coming back for more. He is amused by some of the questions that pop up but does not respond by belittling people or using a condescending tone. “I had one person say, ‘I can’t mulch my garden after the ground freezes,”’ he recalls. “I said, ‘wait a minute. The leaves fall from trees before and after the ground freezes, right? It is nature’s mulch. The leaves fall from on top, and the worms do the rest. “You don’t need to have a Ph.D. in biology to explain this ... but it helps.” E-mail:



There are certain plants I call two-for-one plants because, every time you put one in the ground, you get double the value. A two-for-one plant is not just beautiful for your garden; it offers food, fragrance, medicinal benefits, decoration and even craft material. Among the coolseason bedding plants flooding into garden centers, the best values are those that offer intense color and edible flowers. Yes, you can eat the flowers! You rarely see edible flowers for sale in the produce department or farmers markets because edible flower petals wither in a matter of hours. The only way to make them part of your culinary world is to grow your own. The luxury to pick and use immediately opens the door to all kinds of colorful dishes. Consider the viola clan the most versatile of all edible flowers, owing to the ease of cultivation and enormous range of color. They grow anywhere where there is plenty of sun and reasonably well-drained soil.


First garden: Wesley Johnson, left, and Sharolyn Hyson, center, watch as first lady Michelle Obama, right, works in the garden at the White House on March 31.

Looks tasty: The most floriferous violas are about the size of a quarter.






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School bond meetings set Three public forums for voters to hear and discuss details of Zeeland Public Schools’ $20.2 million bond issue for school improvements are being held this week. The forums will be at 7 p.m. Monday at New Groningen Elementary School, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zeeland West High School Cafeteria and 4 p.m. Thursday at the Howard Miller Community Center in downtown Zeeland. The bond issue is on the ballot for the May 4 election. For more information on the meetings, call 748-3003. DOUGLAS

Library sale OK’d The Douglas Library building and property at 137 Center St. was approved for sale to the Saugatuck/Douglas District Library by the city for $1 Monday night. The sale received unanimous approval from the Douglas City Council, which basically gave the property so the District Library would be able to apply for a mortgage loan on the property to complete improvements to the building. The agreement to sell the building for $1 also included the stipulation that if the building ever stops functioning as a library, the property would be returned to the city. It also calls for the Saugatuck/Douglas District Library to cover an estimated $5,000 in legal and closing costs on the building.


IF YOU GO Don Piper


HOLLAND — When Julie Taylor lost her 18-year-old son, Jeremy Plachta, in a car accident, a book about hope and faith helped her face life without him. Now Taylor has enlisted the book’s author to help fund scholarships for performing arts students who share her son’s passion for theater. Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven — a True Story of Death and Life,” is slated to speak for the scholarship’s 2010 fundraising event. Plachta died after driving off the road into a tree on Dec. 27, 2008, on 66th Street south of 144th Avenue in Laketown Township. In his honor, friends and family members began the Jeremy Plachta Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, which already has provided $500

What: Author of “90 Minutes in Heaven” to speak at fundraiser. When: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 23 Where: Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W. 40th St. in Holland Tickets: $12; must be purchased at PRESS FILE PHOTOS

In 2008: Jeremy Plachta carried a championship Michigan theater competition trophy past students.

scholarships to six students. All proceeds from Piper’s visit will go to the fund. Taylor said the book continues to help her through her grief. In it, Piper chronicles a near-death experience

Author to visit: Don Piper will speak at events April 23 in Holland.

during which he claims he glimpsed heaven. On one particularly difficult day


Hope honors alumni Hope College will honor five alumni for their contributions to society at its annual Alumni Banquet May 1. Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to 1981 graduate the Rev. Carol Bechtel, 1967 graduate Robert Donia and 1965 alumni Dean Overman. Young Alumni Awards will be given to 1997 graduates Jalaa’ Abdelwahab and John Conlon. ZEELAND


Ottawa County Parks employee Lynn Bradtmueller, top, attaches a picture rail to a wall in the multipurpose room of the new Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center recently completed at the Hemlock Crossing county park in Port Sheldon Township. The facility provides a location for yearround nature programs and also will serve as the information headquarters for the Ottawa County Parks system. Park officials are hosting an open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24. At right, Elizabeth Van Ark writes a message announcing the open house featuring live music and several nature activities. For park information and directions, go online to


Teen earns United Way’s top volunteer award BY GREG CHANDLER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS


Frogs at nature center Learn more about Michigan’s native frogs, toads and salamanders during a presentation by naturalist Jim McGrath Saturday at DeGraaf Nature Center. Presentations will take place at 1 and 3 p.m. at the nature center, 600 Graafschap Road. To register, call 355-1057. Cost is $3 per person.

HOLLAND — Perhaps the most frequent question Mimi Fritz gets asked about the downtown Holland GrooveWalk is: “Can you do it more often?” But Fritz said the amount of work that goes into the event would make it difficult to hold more than two to three times a year. “We try to get a different genre of music in each venue, that’s available CONNECT at night, within our price range, then  GrooveWalk: we send it over to the venue for their review,” said Fritz, marketing and promotions director for the downtown Principal Shopping District. “It takes three months to get everything nailed down.” Eleven bands and musical artists will perform in the next GrooveWalk, set for April 24 downtown. Musical styles run the gamut from blues to punk. Almost 8,000 people have attended GrooveWalk since it started in late 2008, making it one of downtown’s most popular events. Fritz said she wants to make sure that GrooveWalk doesn’t lose its edginess. “We never bring the same bands back,” she said. In addition to always looking for new bands and musicians, organizers look for new and creative ways to attract more people downtown. This month, GrooveWalk is experimenting with a group sales initiative. SEE DOWNTOWN, N2

Exhibit features aprons A new exhibit at the Dekker Huis Museum features aprons from various genres. The “Apron Strings” gallery will be on display throughout the spring and summer. Operated by the Zeeland Historical Society, Dekker Huis is located at 37 E. Main Ave. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the exhibit is free. Call 748-7957 for more details.

GrooveWalk gains popularity in Holland


Health clinic nets $140K



Next event featuring bands downtown is April 24

HOLLAND More than $140,000 was donated to the Holland Community Health Center from fundraising efforts by the Holland Hospital Foundation and Holland Hospital employee donations. The Foundation’s Culinary Cabaret event in March raised a record $123,000 for the health center while the hospital’s annual Lights of Love campaign contributed more than $17,000 to the free health clinic at 336 S. River Ave. The center provides health care services for area residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

Taylor said she couldn’t stop crying. “It was 7 o’clock at night and I was still bawling and this voice said to me, ‘Call Don Piper.’” She found a number for Piper online, who lives in Texas, and got a response. He was eager to visit. Taylor said she knows of many people locally who have died young.


Awarded: Megan Bos, 17, named the Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Volunteer of the Year, receives the award from Paul Thurman of ITW Drawform. She is the group’s youngest Volunteer of the Year.

HOLLAND — When Megan Bos walked into the Grand Haven Golf Club, she expected nothing more than a pleasant dinner marking the Greater Ottawa County United Way’s successful fundraising campaign. That’s when she was greeted by Liz DeLaLuz Vanderby, the organization’s director of community impact. Vanderby asked the Black River Public School senior whether she was excited to be getting an award that night. Bos was stunned. That’s when she learned she had been named United Way’s Volunteer of the Year — the first high school student in the organization’s history to be honored. “I was shaking throughout the whole two hours (of the dinner), I was so excited,” said Bos, 17. “I was so shocked and so grateful.” SEE VOLUNTEER, N2

THE LIST GrooveWalk Holland GrooveWalk locations:  Alpenrose Restaurant, 4 E. Eighth St.; 393-2111  Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, 216 Van Raalte Ave.; 396-0600  Butch’s Restaurant, 44 E. Eighth St.; 396-8227  CitySen Lounge, 61 E. Seventh St.; 796-2112  CityVu Bistro, 61 E. Seventh St.; 796-2114  Curragh Irish Pub, 73 E. Eighth St.; 393-6340  84 East Food & Spirits, 84 E. Eighth St.; 396-8484  Holland Armory, 16 W. Ninth St., 392-9084  New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub, 66 E. Eighth St.; 355-6422.  Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave.; 355-7275  Parrot’s Lounge, 234 S. River Ave.; 396-4577


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Holland museum offers a century of smiles Exhibit features images, new and old, of residents in America’s second-happiest city BY MYRON KUKLA THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS PRESS FILE PHOTO

Groove history: From left, Jane and Lulu Jones with the Lollipops perform while Daniel and Laura Bradbury dance at Butch’s Dry Dock during GrooveWalk in 2008 in Holland. The next event is April 24.

DOWNTOWN MUSICAL STYLES VARY AT EVENT Credit Union: inside the northside Meijer on West Shore Drive and at 1037 S. Washington Ave. The credit union recently signed on to sponsor the GrooveWalk, Fritz said. “It does allow us to reach more markets and do more advertisements,” she said. “It also allows us to have two adAdditional sale sites ditional sale locations, which While wristbands are primar- is important to us.” ily available at the GrooveWalk Wristbands are $8 in advance venues, the event has added and $10 the night of the event. two additional sale locations, both at Holland Consumers E-mail: CONTINUED FROM N1

“We have had some people interested in buying 50 wristbands or 100 wristbands (such as for an employer to give to employees),” Fritz said. Such purchases can be made only online at groovewalk. com.


“We need a message of faith. It wasn’t just me that needed Don Piper to speak; it’s the whole area,” she said. Plachta, a Grand Valley State University freshman, helped take home the state championship theater trophy his sophomore through senior years at Holland. He also was an all-state diver and played baseball and football. Theater gave the naturalborn athlete a well-rounded perspective. “He loved performing. Jeremy was a very outgoing child,” Taylor said. “He really loved everything about life in general really. Theater gave him a totally different dimension.” Holland High School Theater Director Kevin Schneider

said the scholarship is a tribute to Plachta. “He found an entirely new part of himself in the arts,” Schneider said. “If singing for the musical ‘Damn Yankees’ or dancing in ‘Good News’ ... Jeremy just seemed joyful in the challenge. He also had a respect for the others involved, realizing that everyone offers something unique.” Taylor is hoping to increase the scholarship amount, now at $500, for the next six students. Several businesses have come forward to sponsor the event, allowing all proceeds to go to the fund. Application information for the scholarship is available at

1,000 HOURS DONATED BY TEEN with the city of Holland, joining its Youth Council as a sophomore and serving on its recreation committee. She also was appointed a youth representative to the International Relations Commission. Among Youth Council activities Bos was involved with was creation of an outdoor movie night at Kollen Park that debuted last summer. Bos was a member of Student Leaders Initiating Change (SLIC), a countywide group that provides anti-substance abuse programs for teens. She served as an educator with middle school students, said Leigh Moerdyke, a former adviser for SLIC. Students step up “She was fully engaged, and Bos is an example of the growth of student volunteerism she had great ideas that were at United Way. This academic helpful as a peer educator,” year, more than 200 students Moerdyke said. from six high schools in the county volunteered for United Campus leader Way and its member agencies, At Black River, Bos is presicompared with just 10 students dent of the student council, and a year earlier. a member of the school’s soc“Not only is she a wonderful cer and volleyball teams. As role model for Ottawa County, student council president, she but she’s also a great peer role helped lead an effort to raise model at Black River,” United $8,000 to establish a school in Way director of volunteerism Africa. Shannon Morton said. “She’s “We’ve been focused on made a difference in every per- making our school think more globally, rather than just think son that she’s touched.” Four or five more high about our campus,” she said. schools could join United Bos plans to study internaWay’s student service learn- tional business in college. She ing program next fall, Morton is considering three schools said. outside Michigan — Butler Bos began getting involved in and Ball State universities in community service as a fresh- Indiana and Miami University man, working with a Rotary in Oxford, Ohio. “I want to focus more in the Club to which her father, Tom, humanitarian arena, so I can belonged. Through Rotary, she spent effectively run an organization a week in Mexico in an educa- as well as work with people of tional and cultural exchange different cultures,” she said. program. From there, she got involved E-mail: Bos was honored for more than 1,000 hours of community service she performed for a variety of organizations during her four years of high school. They ranged from encouraging teens to stay away from substance abuse to serving as a youth representative on Holland’s International Relations Commission. “She’s just a great student who has a heart for others, that’s why she volunteers,” said Shannon Brunink, head of school at Black River. “She’s one of those go-getter type of kids, but she’s always got a smile on her.”

Happiness factor Po r t ra i t p h o to s ra n ge from Juke Vanoss — voice of Holland morning radio for 50 years — to new faces in town such as sisters Jessica and Monica Snyder, refugees from Burma who were adopted by a Holland family. “This is the type of place that no matter where you are from, you feel like this is your home right away,” the girls say in the story accompanying their photograph in the exhibit. Jenna Geerlings, 24, a Holland native and Hope College graduate, is another local whose photo is featured. “I’m a home-grown, tried and true, orange and blue Hollander and I like to smile,” said Geerlings who was photographed for the exhibit at her


Warm greeting: Two ladies hug in the front door of the Holland Museum on Monday evening where a new exhibit, “Smile” opened. It features hundreds of photos of happy Hollanders spanning more than 100 years.

marketing job at Haworth Inc. “The idea of the show was to create a picture of the Holland community from past to present,” exhibition curator Rebekah Bakker said. “We actually had the show planned before Holland was named as the second-happiest city in the U.S., so “Smile” fits perfectly with that designation,” Bakker said.

‘Evolving’ wall The exhibit also has a wall devoted to smiling photos submitted by residents that has been made into an “evolving” collage. The curator plans to add more photos to the wall as they are submitted during the exhibit’s run. “I haven’t put my photo in yet, but I might slip one in along the way,” Bakker said. The museum is located at 31 W. 10th St. in Holland. For more

A dose of inspiration: Joyce Harper couldn’t help but grin as she looks at photographs of smiling faces Monday evening.

information, call 392-9084 or go online to hollandmuseum. org. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For Tulip Time, May 1 to 8, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. E-mail:

‘Born Again Don’ to speak at Holland fundraiser Author, former Mafia boss to share message at Urban Youth Ministries BY GREG CHANDLER



HOLLAND — There’s a lot of happy faces to see at the Holland Museum’s new exhibit, “Smile,” which opened this week and runs through Aug. 28. Displayed in the Wichers Gallery, it includes more than 100 photos of faces of people you will see on the streets of Holland today, while others go back 100 years or more from the museum’s archives. Photographer Brad Bruce shot 33 new smiling, candid photos of residents whose stories and a video on how they came to choose Holland as their home are included in the show.


HOLLAND —At one point in his life, Michael Franzese was a rising star in the world of organized crime. A former underboss in the Colombo crime family, Franzese was once the youngest person on Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 biggest Mafia bosses, not far behind John Gotti. But in the late 1980s, Franzese

CONNECT  Urban Youth Ministries: fell in love with a Christian woman and converted to Christianity. He also accepted a plea deal on long-standing racketeering charges against him, eventually serving seven years in prison. Franzese will speak Saturday at a fundraising dinner for Holland’s Urban Youth Ministries. The organization’s executive director, Teddy Davis, says Franzese’s story will resonate with many of the young people he works with on a daily basis. “You can tell kids all the time

that you’re not making a good choice, but it’s better to hear from someone who has been there,” Davis said. Nicknamed “The Born Again Don,” Franzese has written four books, including an autobiography, “Blood Covenant,” which depicted his life with the Colombo crime family and his conversion experience. His most recent book, “I’ll Make an Offer You Can’t Refuse,” includes business tips from Franzese. Scott Bouwman, vice president of the board of directors for Urban Youth Ministries, says Franzese’s appearance is part of an effort by the ministry to try to connect with kids at a younger age. “We wanted to give them an

example of a guy who, from a worldly view, had it all,” Bouwman said. Located at 514 Lincoln Ave., Urban Youth Ministries provides afterschool programs for middle and high school students, with volunteer tutors available to help with homework. The organization also offers recreational programs and vocational training, where teens can learn such skills as car repair, woodworking and knitting. Urban Youth Ministries works with about 40 to 65 teens on a daily basis, Davis said. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and can be reserved by calling 395-2508. E-mail:

COMMERCE BRIEFS ‘Pixar Way’ author shares ideas HOLLAND — Putting creativity into business the way they do at Academy Award-winning animation studio Pixar will lead off the Holland Area Arts Council’s fourth annual Creative Speaker series April 20 at 4 p.m. at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Bill Capodagli, co-author with Lynn Jackson of the book “Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative

Corporate Playground,” will discuss what makes the billion-dollar maker of such films as “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” such a success. Tickets are available at hollandarts. org/creativespeaker.php.

Event explores iPad HOLLAND— If you’ve been wondering what an Apple iPad can do for you in business, you can find out at the Holland Chamber of Commerce Tech Luncheon on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Herrick District Library. The Image Group, a Holland marketing

communications firm, will make the presentation on the iPad and its business applications. This is a free event. Bring your own lunch.

Chemist visits Hope HOLLAND — Nobel Prize co-recipient Richard Schrock will present two talks at Hope College on his research work in chemistry this week. On Thursday at 7 p.m. he will discuss the development of metathesis method in organic synthesis that won Schrock and researcher Yves Chauvin the Nobel


Prize in 2005. He will discuss his current research on “Two Transition Metal Catalyzed Reactions” on Friday at 4 p.m. Both presentations will be at Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. The events are free to the public.

People on the move  Mark Staat, field director and financial representative for the Holland office of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, has made the company’s Million Dollar Roundtable.

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ON STAGE VOCAL JAZZ CONCERT begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at DePree Art Center Gallery, 160 E. 12th St. in Holland. Free admission. JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music, 141 E. 12th St. in Holland. Free admission. “KAMISIBAI MAN” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Free admission. Details: (269) 857-2399 or visit JAZZ ENSEMBLES CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, 277 College Ave. in Holland. Free admission. “THE BUTLER DID IT,” a mystery farce, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Holland Civic Theatre, 50 W. Ninth St. in Holland. Other show times: April 22 - 24, April 29 - 30 and a matinee

at 2 p.m., April 25. Cost: $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for students. Details: “ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE,” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday through April 18 at The Red Barn, 3657 63rd St. in Saugatuck. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Cost: $20 for reserved tickets. Call, (269) 857-5300. CLASSICS III CONCERT, begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at DeWitt Auditorium at Zeeland East High School, 3333 96th Ave. in Zeeland. Details: or call, 796-6780.

TALKS & WALKS “THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Maas Auditorium, 264 Columbia Ave. in Holland. Free admission. WIDOWED PERSONS SERVICE meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at James Street Inn, 255 James St.; April 22 at Russ’s

Restaurant Southtown, 1060 S. Lincoln Ave.; and April 29 at Parkway Inn, 1642 South Shore Drive in Holland. Details: 786-9415. AUTHOR GEORGE SAUNDERS will speak at the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series, 7 p.m. Monday at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St. in Holland. Free admission.

ON SCREEN “AN EDUCATION” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St. in Holland. Details: hope. edu/arts/knick or call, 395-7890.

ETC. “JAPANESE POETRY FOR THE MASSES” starts at 7 p.m. Monday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver

 For more entertainment news, go to St. in Saugatuck. Details: (269) 857-2399. “ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW - JAPAN!” starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. in Saugatuck. Free admission with fee of $4 per item or $10 for three. Details: (269) 857-2399 or “SAKE TASTING” workshop begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Cost: $40. Details: (269) 857-2399 or SOUTH HAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS ARTISTS MARKET begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the center, 600 Phoenix St. Free admission. Details: southavenarts. org or call, (269) 637-1041.


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Don’t just tiptoe in Tulip Time event The Tulip Time Run is returning to Holland May 1, and it will offer an 8K, 5K and a 1K Kids Fun Run. Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road in Holland, is the starting location, with the 5K beginning at 8:10 a.m., followed by the 8K at 8:20 a.m. and the 1K Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. The 8K/5K entry fee is $25 through April 30, and $10 for the 1K. The fee is an additional $5 for runners who sign-up on race day. Registration information is available at www.tuliptime. com. The event also is looking for volunteers, and interested parties can contact Sue at BASEBALL

Western has a hitter Western Michigan University sophomore leftfielder Brad Wehrmeyer of Holland is hitting .284 for the Broncos baseball team this spring. Wehrmeyer, who starred at West Ottawa High School before heading to the Kalamazoo-based college, has slammed two home runs, knocked in 12 runs and scored 11 runs. Wehrmeyer has started 17 games for the Broncos, and he has 17 hits in his first 60 atbats. He batted .485 for West Ottawa his senior season in 2007, before being red-shirted at Western in 2008. SOCCER

Hope stadium is venue The Holland Christian and West Ottawa girls soccer team will have an opportunity to square off at Hope College’s Van Andel Stadium on Saturday. The Panthers and Maroons will tangle in a nonconference game beginning at 12:30 p.m. MARTIAL ARTS

Holland pair to Mexico Three-time World Champion Grandmaster Bong Jornales and Wendy Wigger-Jornales, both of Holland, have earned positions on the USA Filipino Martial Arts Team that will be competing in the 11th WEKAF World Championships in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, July 21-23. Jornales and WiggerJornales, along with Mariah Moore and Randy Moore of Alto, and Mel Kimbrough of Muskegon, qualified for the national team after strong showings at the recent US National WEKAF competition. LACROSSE

Hope set for 2 matches Hope College’s men’s lacrosse team will be taking its game to Holland Christian High School on Saturday. The Flying Dutchmen will play the University of Michigan Dearborn in a 7 p.m. game. The Flying Dutchmen also are hosting Aquinas College 7 p.m. Wednesday at Van Andel Stadium on Hope’s campus in Holland. GOLF

Legends back in action Players were back on the fairways of Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club, north of Holland, last week as the bankruptcy-closed course reopened under the management of MACLEG LLC, a Grandville-based company that is leasing the course from the bankruptcy court for one year. “The course is in great shape, and we’re looking for returning members and the public play,” Pro Shop Manager Don Zudweg said of the summer plans. Single memberships are $3,000 a year, which includes use of the club swimming pool. The 18-hole rate for nonmembers is $35 through May 27 before going up to $48. — Steve Kaminski



HAMILTON — Hamilton’s boys track team captured the Division 2 state championship a year ago, and there are plenty of reminders of just what the Hawkeyes accomplished. In fact, there are 73 of them. Standout athletes such as Austin Schild, Zach Heerspink, Matt Tyink and David Ptacek, who all played crucial roles in Hamilton’s run to the state title last spring, have graduated. But they did leave their mark, and it can be found in the form of a state championship trophy resting in the school’s trophy case. That’s not the only mark they left. Hamilton coach Kevin Spotts said this year’s squad has 73 athletes, and the Hawkeyes thought they had a big 2009 team with a 65-member roster. The success the Hawkeyes have enjoyed has encouraged others to get involved with the program — which is another legacy last year’s standouts have left behind. “We do go out and tell everyone how much fun track is, and even if you are not the fastest runner, you can still come out and ... have a good experience,” said Hamilton senior pole vaulter Aric Spotts, who is the coach’s son. “But I would say that the success helps.” The Hawkeyes were off last week during spring vacation, but they have a busy week ahead with three meets in five days. Hamilton, the defending OK Green Conference champions, will open league action Tuesday with a home dual versus Wyoming Park. The Hawkeyes then visit Holland Christian Thursday, followed by


Poised in pose: Hamilton’s boys track athletes Tyler Koops, discus, Taylor Compton, center, and Aric Spotts, pole vault, illustrate their sport during a recent team practice.

Saturday’s Coopersville Invitational. Hamilton has won six conference championships in the past 10 years. The Hawkeyes went 7-0 in duals last year and won a regional title as well, and that came after finishing 12th in the state in 2008 But Aric Spotts said he and his teammates are not focused on the past heading into the dual-meet season.

“There is pressure because everyone thinks you will do as good as last year,” he said. “But we are excited to run as fast as we can, and hopefully good things will come from that. “We lost a bunch of seniors, so we will have to see what we can do. We just are going to try to do the best that we can as try to win as many duals as we can. I think we will have a

balanced team.” Key performers preseason include seniors Cody Mihm, Mitch Doolard, Robert Field, Tyler Koops and Gabe Stille, juniors Taylor Compton, Elliot Mulder and John Norris and sophomores Sam Lohman and Matt Rouwhorst. E-mail:

Saugatuck baseball ready for some rebuilding Smith, in his seventh year. “It’s a goal winning the SAC, but it’s going to be a lot harder this year. If we can do it in a rebuilding year, all the merrier. “We have a decent mix of youth and experience. Defensively, we have a lot BY CRIS GREER of work to do to shore up positions THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS that were vacated by a strong departing group from last year.” There are three main reasons why SAUGATUCK — Returning only four players from last year’s unde- Smith feels good about this team: Joe feated conference team doesn’t scare Broderick, Nick Wilson and Tyler Saugatuck baseball coach Jim Smith. Phillips. Last year, the Indians swept through “Joe is our big hitter (batted more the Southwestern Athletic Conference than .460 last season and led with more at 10-0 and were the overall North than 40 RBIs, third in the state),” said and South champions, finishing the Smith, whose team practiced fours season 23-5. hours a day last week in Florida. “It’s somewhat of a rebuilding “He’s expected to lead the way year, but I think we can contend for with his big bat as the number three the conference championship,” said hitter.”

Four returnees will help, predicts coach Jim Smith

Broderick, who will play basketball at Albion next year, led the team with five home runs, including two grand slams, and was second-team all-state. “Tyler is our number one pitcher and is 2-0 right now,” said Smith, who graduated two all-district pitchers and an all-region catcher last year. Wilson will transition from center to shortstop this season. “All three are leaders and have different roles on the team,” Smith said. Sophomore centerfielder and pitcher Lance Kleino, batting 4-of-8 early on, will hit in the cleanup spot. “If they pitch around Joe, Lance can hurt them,” Smith said. Freshman catcher Logan Bush has big shoes to fill in graduate Colter

Lubben, who is playing at Alma College this year. “Where he’s at now as a ninth grader is about where Colter was as a ninth grader,” Smith said. “He’s got a good, strong arm.” Junior Zack Blok will be the Indians’ number-two pitcher and third baseman. “Overall, we’re not quite as deep, but I think we can go a little further,” Smith said. “This year, we’ve got a good, core group of seniors and some good young players.” Last year, Saugatuck was upset in the first round of the state tournament by Tri-unity Christian, which lost to eventual state champion Beal City in the regional finals. E-mail:

Zeeland East sisters enjoy last sport season together “We have a really strong singles lineup and our doubles is looking promising,” Holly said. “Even though we graduated a lot of people, we still have really strong freshmen.” Holly talked about their support for BY CRIS GREER each other on the courts. THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS “We’re not competitive toward each other. We just hit and try to make each ZEELAND — It’s the final act for other better any way possible.” Zeeland East sisters Kelly and Holly The two began playing tennis Daniel, who play one and two singles together when Kelly, now a sophoin tennis for the Chix. more, was entering fifth grade and The pair will play their last season Holly, seventh. together before Holly graduates and “Holly is a hard worker and is goes her own way. able to critique her own game,” said Holly, who plays No. 2 singles for Zeeland East coach Erin Jeffries. “She’s really excited about being a Zeeland East, will take her skills to either Lake Superior State Univer- member of a team and always intersity or Saginaw Valley State Univer- ested about how the team’s doing and sity. Both colleges offered her tennis not just interested in her individual scholarships, and Lake Superior also performance.” offered a golf scholarship. Kelly laughed as she talked about “I’d try to play golf and tennis at how their tennis fate was chosen, sayLake Superior State, but just tennis at ing their parents signed them up for Saginaw Valley,” said Holly, who aver- various sports and then decided tenaged 41 last year as East’s top golfer. nis was the way to go because it isn’t Holly was 15-6 at No. 2 singles last dangerous. year, but has jumped out to a 4-0 start Coming off a concussion in November from a traffic accident, this season. “I’m hoping to finish out my senior Kelly said she is “much more thankyear strong, not get injured, do as well ful to be playing. as possible and end it with some really “Everything means a lot more good memories,” said Holly, who is to me,” said Kelly, who missed two considering an occupational therapy months of sports after the accident. degree. She finished her first year at the top She has high hopes for the tennis spot at 10-5, but missed part of the team. season because of tendinitis.

Holly Daniel will head to either Lake Superior, Saginaw Valley


Duo once more: Holly (left) and Kelly Daniel play tennis for Zeeland East.

Kelly said it’s always a good thing to aim high in life. “It’s every tennis player’s dream to win state and I really want to get a D-1 scholarship,” said Kelly, who likes Colorado and Michigan State University. “I want to give it my best and see where it takes me. “It’s going to be a fun season; we have really high hopes. We’re excited to see what will come. “There are so many lessons that I’ve learned from tennis. The parallels between sports and life are amazing.” Kelly said she’ll miss her sister. “It’s great playing with her. We kind

of help each other get to where we want to be.” Jeffries said Kelly is an incredible asset to the team. “Kelly is hard working and continues to challenge herself at each practice to become a better player and athlete, which acts as an inspiration to the rest of us,” Jeffries explained. “It’s remarkable to have a sophomore who steps up not only to take on the task of playing first singles, but to help the team set goals and stay focused.” E-mail:


SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010


Black River soccer high on momentum said Poindexter, who also is a captain on the basketball team. “Once we get that back, I think we’re going to have a pretty promising team. We’re BY CRIS GREER all very excited about that. THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS “We have a solid core of starters back; a lot of them are HOLLAND — A close dis- seniors.” Poindexter said winning the trict final loss to the eventual state champion forced a change conference crown last year was in the Black River girls soccer in the works for the team. schedule this season. “It was something we want“We suffered a tough loss in ed to achieve. Our coach would district finals last year to even- give us quotes and print them tual state champion Kalamazoo out for us. He kept us really moHackett,” said Black River tivated and helped us achieve coach Kyle Lawton, in his third that and break the school wins record. year. “We toughened up our non“We usually won only two or conference schedule this season three games a season before he to hopefully prepare us more started coaching.” for the state tournament.” For this season, expectations The River Rats are hoping to are equally as high. sustain last season’s momen“We want to first go undetum after finishing 17-3-1 over- feated in our conference again,” all and 10-0 atop the Alliance Poindexter said. “We also want League. to be the district champion. We “We return seven starters started getting excited about from last year’s team that set a other things past that, but want school record for wins,” Law- to take it one step at a time.” ton said. Other top returners that will “I have five seniors who have help guide the River Rats to started every game the past two success are seniors Becky Allis, years. We will rely on our expe- fullback/halfback; Megan Bos, fullback; Tori Ouendag, goalie rience heavily this season. “Hopefully, we (will be) play- and Emma Labrie, halfback. Sophomore Nicole Zeinstra, ing our best soccer in June.” One key returner who stands fullback and freshman Josie to help Black River to another Beird, fullback are expected to league title and deep run into help as well. the Division 4 state tournaOne of Black River’s key ment is senior halfback Han- matchups is on May 14 at TriUnity Christian. nah Poindexter. “We need to make sure that we work together as a team,” E-mail:

Last year’s 17-3-1 overall record is team target

LAKESHORE SCHEDULE MONDAY Baseball: Lawrence at Saugatuck, Zeeland East at Jenison. Softball: Lawrence at Saugatuck. Tennis: Zeeland East at Wayland.

TUESDAY Baseball: Calvin Christian at Holland Christian, Freedom Baptist at Holland Calvary, West Ottawa at Reeths-Puffer, Zeeland West at Covenant Christian. Boys lacrosse: Holland Christian at Holland Warriors. Golf: West Ottawa at Holland, Saugatuck at Marcellus Jamboree, Zeeland West at Hopkins. Lacrosse: Portage Northern girls at West Ottawa, West Ottawa boys at Catholic Central. Soccer: Black River at Algoma Christian, Hastings at Hamilton, Holland Calvary at Grand River Preparatory, Holland Christian at West Michigan Christian, Zeeland East at West Ottawa, Zeeland West at Wayland. Softball: Calvin Christian at Holland Christian, Grand Haven at Zeeland East, Hamilton at South Christian, West Ottawa at ReethsPuffer, Zeeland West at Covenant Christian. Tennis: Hamilton at Calvin Christian, Zeeland East at West Ottawa. Track: Wyoming Park at Hamilton. Water polo: Rockford at West Ottawa, Zeeland at Grand Haven. College tennis: Kalamazoo men at Hope.

WEDNESDAY Baseball: Grand Haven at West Ottawa, Hamilton at Allegan, Spring Lake at West Ottawa. Golf: West Ottawa/Jenison at Hudsonville. Lacrosse: Forest Hills girls at West Ottawa. Soccer: Hamilton at Middleville. Softball: Hamilton at Allegan, Spring Lake at Zeeland West, Union at West Ottawa. Tennis: Catholic Central at Zeeland West, Holland Christian at St. Joseph. Track: Saugatuck at SAC Relays (Watervliet). College golf: Hope men at Trine Spring Classic, Hope women at NCAA Qualifier (Olivet). College lacrosse: Aquinas men at Hope. College softball: Hope at Calvin.

THURSDAY Baseball: Black River at Zion Christian, Byron Center at West Ottawa, Calvin Christian at Zeeland East, Holland Christian at Creston, Saugatuck at Decatur. Golf: Hamilton/Holland Christian/ Zeeland East/Zeeland West at Green Jamboree (Winding Creek). Lacrosse: Forest Hills Central boys at West Ottawa, Holland Christian boys at Grand Haven, Northview boys at Zeeland West.

Soccer: Zeeland West at Northview. Softball: Calvin Christian at Zeeland East, Holland Christian at Creston, Saugatuck at Decatur. Tennis: Holland at West Ottawa. Track: Hamilton at Holland Christian, West Ottawa at Grand Haven, Zeeland East at Unity Christian, Rogers at Zeeland West. Water polo: West Ottawa at Hudsonville.

FRIDAY Baseball: Holland Calvary at Barry County Christian, West Ottawa at Grand Haven, Zeeland West at NorthPointe Christian. Lacrosse: West Ottawa girls at Mattawan. Soccer: Holland Calvary at Black River, West Ottawa at East Kentwood. Softball: Zeeland West at NorthPointe Christian. Track: Saugatuck at Reeths-Puffer Rocket Invitational. College baseball: Hope at Alma. College golf: Hope women at Bethel College Black Thorne Challenge (South Bend). College softball: Hope at Illinois Wesleyan Tournament. College tennis: Indiana Wesleyan at Hope.

He has a fighting chance HOLLAND BOXER SANCHEZ OFF TO STRONG START AS PRO he’s going to stop working with me. That is what pushes me.” Conf idence has been a WYOMING — Emmanuel strong point in Garcia’s boxSanchez couldn’t have picked ing career. a better mentor to help start The 27-year-old boxer has his boxing career. won two Michigan State GoldThe 22-year-old athlete has en Gloves titles, two USA Amabeen working with fellow Hol- teur titles and finished third land boxer Johnny Garcia as he at last year’s National Golden attempts to get his career off Gloves Tournament in Salt the ground. Lake City. The pairing seems to be He recently turned profesworking, as Sanchez improved sional, and has a 1-0 record as to 9-0 April 3 when he won the a professional. 165-pound novice championGarcia says he saw someship at the West Michigan thing in Sanchez that he liked, Golden Gloves Championships and that’s why he invited him with a 5-0 decision over Edur- to work with him. do Mendiola of Hoose’s Gym at “I usually don’t train with the Grand Valley Armory. anybody, but he has stuck with “Johnny has been a great me,” said Garcia, who fights in mentor,” said Sanchez, who is the 140-pound junior welteroriginally from San Antonio. “I weight division. “He keeps up doubt myself a lot, but he tells with all of my routines. We me not to. He keeps telling me work out hard together, and we to train hard, and if I stop work- have helped each other.” ing hard with him, he told me Sanchez acknowledges that BY JEFF CHANEY


training sessions with Garcia can be tough. “He spars with me, and he beats me up,” Sanchez said. “But my goal is to go pro just

like Johnny. I know that is going to take me a while, but I’m ready to work.” E-mail:

Tradition helps tennis squad Coach: Holland Christian newcomers solid, too BY CRIS GREER THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

HOLLAND — After 10 consecutive trips to the state finals, there’s no reason the Holland Christian girls tennis team won’t make it number 11 this season. Last year, the Maroons took fifth place in the Division 3 state finals and won both a conference (OK Green) and regional championship. They finished with a 9-1 overall record. Coach John Knoester, in his

21st year, likes what he sees with this year’s squad. “We have nine returning players from last year’s team and so expectations are quite high,” said Knoester, whose team won state titles in 2005 and 2006. “The five newcomers to the team are solid players and will strengthen the doubles flights this season.” Senior Kristen Etterbeek will once again lead the way at No. 1 singles for the Maroons. “Kristen is a four-year varsity singles player and has contributed much to the success of our program here,” Knoester said. “Kristen is a very driven, hardworking athlete that excels in both tennis and volleyball. “I am excited to watch her

compete in her senior year here at HC.” Etterbeek kicked off the season with a first-place medal at the West Ottawa Invitational, defeating Zeeland West’s Colleen Pastunink, 0-6, 6-0, 11-9 in a “hard-hitting slugfest,” according to Knoester. “Sophomore Julie Buursma will play two singles for us this year (last year she played No. 4),” Knoester continued. “Julie won a lot of matches for us last year with her solid and consistent game.” Sophomore Marcie Kooyers and juniors Allison Brower and Bailey Palladino are competing for the last two singles spots. “In doubles, Bethany (Zoerhof), Jessie (Bonczyk) and

Leading the way: Senior Kristen Etterbeek again will play at No. 1 singles.

Leslie (Ellens) had very successful seasons last year and I am counting on them to help make our doubles teams strong again this year. E-mail:

Astros’ Van Hekken aims for good season p i tc h i n g fo r the Somerset Patriots in the After bouncing around a few independent Atmajor league organizations in lantic League. the last several years, Andy Van There are Hekken appears to have found signs this year a home. might be differWhether that home leads ent. For starters, him back to the major leagues Andy Van Hekken is remains to be seen. Van Hekken pitching at TriVan Hekken, a former Deple-A Round troit Tigers pitcher and West Rock, which is located northMichigan Whitecaps standout, east of Austin, Tex., to begin will pitch in the Houston As- the year. Previously, Van Hektros organization for the third ken began the season with straight year. The Holland na- Double-A Corpus Christi. “I talked to Houston’s minor tive joined the Astros midway through the 2008 season after league pitching coordinator BY STEVE UNGREY


during the season and around the end of the season I said I’d be interested in coming back,” Van Hekken said. Van Hekken, a lefty, signed a contract in November to return for the 2010 season, but the Astros did not announce the signing until the end of March. Van Hekken said he was not sure why there was a delay, although he did pitch in an exhibition game involving major league players. Because Van Hekken is not on the club’s official 40-man roster, the Astros would have had to purchase his contract and make him a roster member

if they wished to keep him. For Ricky Bennett, who begins his sixth year as director of player development as well as an assistant general manager, it was a no-brainer to sign Van Hekken. “I went to high school in the Detroit area, so I was able to follow Andy as he was pitching,” Bennett said. “He’s a strike thrower and he’s got great leadership abilities, so he knows how to compete. “Hopefully he’ll continue to do that in 2010.” E-mail:

Saugatuck challenges include turnover, new coach BY STEVE UNGREY THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

SATURDAY Baseball: Hamilton/Zeeland East at West Ottawa Tournament, Holland Christian at Mt. Pleasant Invitational. Golf: Holland Christian/West Ottawa/Zeeland West at Zeeland East Invitational, Saugatuck at Pennfield Invitational, West Ottawa at Gull Lake Invitational. Lacrosse: West Ottawa boys at Holland Christian. Soccer: West Ottawa at Holland Christian, Zeeland East at Hudsonville. Softball: Hamilton at West Ottawa Tournament, Holland Christian at Grand Haven Big Buc Tournament. Tennis: Hamilton Tournament, Holland Christian at Grand Haven Invitational, West Ottawa at Lowell Invitational, Zeeland East at Caledonia Invitational. Track: Hamilton boys at Coopersville Invitational. Hamilton girls at Sparta Invitational, Holland Christian/West Ottawa/Zeeland East/Zeeland West at Grand Rapids Public Schools Relays (Houseman Field). College baseball: Alma at Hope. College golf: Hope women at Bethel College Black Thorne Challenge (South Bend). College lacrosse: University of Michigan Dearborn men vs. Hope at Holland Christian. College softball: Hope at Illinois Wesleyan Tournament. College tennis: Hope men at Calvin. College track: Hope at MIAA Jamboree (Olivet).


Newly pro: Holland boxer Emmanuel Sanchez fights in the 165-pound class at Saturday night’s Golden Gloves.

SAUGATUCK — Just one year after Saugatuck’s softball program posted one of its strongest seasons ever, on paper the Indians look like they’re starting back at square one. To veterans like senior shortstop Amanda Durren, it’s a chance to form new memories and forge a new path for Saugatuck. “We’ve been doing well, but we just need to keep it together,” Durren said.

Eight seniors graduated from Saugatuck last year, including third baseman Emily Zeeff, who is believed to be the first Saugatuck softball player ever to make all-state status. Zeeff anchored third base for Saugatuck last spring and hit .464 with 14 triples and 37 RBI. Saugatuck also lost its coach. After taking the team to the Division 4 regional finals last season, Heidi Meyer accepted a teaching job in the Lawton school district. Meyer ended up beating her

old team in the first game of the season when Lawton shut out the Indians 3-0. Hopkins then knocked off Saugatuck 13-7, putting the Indians at 0-2 going into spring break. “I basically loved baseball and thought it would be a good challenge to take on coaching a varsity team,” said Matt Diaz, who has coached JV baseball six of the past eight years at Saugatuck. “I also coach on the football team, so the girls know me from seeing me in the hallway. It’s been an easier transition

because they knew who I was coming in.” Durren and pitcher Megan Kupres, who struck out 170 batters last year, are the two anchor seniors returning to the lineup. Kupres’ younger sister Nikki, a freshman, will serve as catcher. “We want to show people we may be young but these girls can play,” explained Diaz, whose team lost 13-3 to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in last year’s Division 4 round of 16. E-mail:

BOWLING LEADERS Following are the final season standings for the Greater Holland Bowling Association:

MEN 300 CLUB Steve Wolters/Tri-City, Brian Dexter/ Tri-City (2), Jon Root/Tri-City, Nick Smith/Victory, Kevin Pollock/Lost In Space (3), Roger Zuiderbaan/ Zeeland Suburban, Scott J. Smith/ Northland Select (2), Tod Grams/ Northland Select (3), Matt Fortney/ Friday Nite Rollers, Bob Zuverink/ Saturday Night Fever, Joel Sneller/ Suburban, Nate Doornewerd/ Sweet Sixteen, Pat Fortney/Friday Nite Rollers, Chad Wolschlager/ Saturday Night Fever (2), Phil Van Dommelen/Century Monday Night, Dave Maynard/Sweet Sixteen, Chris Brummels/Tri-City (2), John Captain/Business Men (2), Jeff Ball/

Wednesday Community, Jason Elzinga/Wednesday Community, Ted Hackenberg/W. Ottawa, Todd Karsten/Suburban, Ron Kole/TriCity, Clint Coffman/Victory, Mike VandenBosch/Suburban, Cortney Sluiter/Tuesday Nite Community, Tom Foster/Satellite, Chuck Otten/ Wednesday Nite Mixers

HIGH SERIES SEASON Steve Wolters/Tri-City — 833, Nick Smith/Zeeland Monday Trios — 823, Tod Grams/Northland Select — 819, Scott J. Smith/Northland Select — 817, Dale Newberry/Northland Select — 816, Steve Brandsen/Tri-City — 816/800, Adam Karsten/Tri-City — 803, Mike VandenBosch/Suburban — 803, Matt Fortney/Friday Nite Rollers — 799, Chad Wolschlager/ Saturday Night Fever — 796, Joel Sneller/Suburban — 795

WOMEN HIGH GAME SEASON Katie Van Tuinen/500/600/700 Tournament — 300, Jenny Klein/ Four Star — 300, Courtney Garvelink/Lost In Space — 300, Dawn Clapp/Thursday Nite Misfits — 300, Sue Covington/Tulip City Mixed Doubles — 300, Bel Guerra/ Women’s City Tournament — 300, Lori Kirkland/Lost In Space — 289, Kim Smith/Northland Select — 289, Julie Davis/Sunshine — 289, Robin VeenHoven/Northland Select — 279, Rachel Handwerg/Sunshine — 275, Tami Newberry/Northland Select & Odyssey — 275, Deb Dams/Four Star — 274, Carla Stowie/Starlite — 268, Nita Fortney/Lost In Space — 267, Lin Streur/Starlite — 267, Dawn Ver Hoven/Starlite — 267, Robin Zuverink/Saturday Night Fever — 267, Merry De Boer/Lost In Space

— 266, Kim Harring/Northland Select — 259, Carol De Jonge/Four Star — 259, Cindy Whittecar/Four Star — 258, Judy Van Eyk/Starlite — 258

HIGH SERIES SEASON Jenny Klein/Four Star — 780/739/707, Kim Smith/Northland Select — 780/743, Katie Van Tuinen/ Northland Select & City Tournament --7/48 737/727/715/707, Courtney Garvelink/Women’s City Tournament — 747, Robin VeenHoven/Northland Sel. City Tournament — 744/730, Robin Zuverink/Saturday Night Fever — 728, Bel Guerra/Sunshine — 727, Dawn Clapp/Northland Select — 718, Carla Stowie/Starlite — 715, Cindy Whittecar/Women’s City Tournament — 714, Dawn Cole/712, Sue Covington/Starlite — 707, Tami Newberry/Four Star — 702

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