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Voters on Tuesday elected Julie Raadschelders as the newest board member to Norman Public Schools’ board of education, settling the spar between three for the Office No. 1 seat. With all 14 precincts reporting at 8:50 p.m., including one in McClain County, Raadschelders held 723 of the votes, winning with almost 57 percent. Opponet Jim Gasso had almost

28 percent of the votes and Full results the other online at opponet, Paul Maus, had .com almost 14 percent of the votes. To win, Raadschelders had to capture 50 percent plus one vote in the election, which was the only race on the ballot. Once the results are certified by the Oklahoma State Election Board, Raadschelders, who had

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planned to wait with family and friends at Legend’s Restaurant while the votes were tallied, will be sworn into the five-year office during the board’s next special or regular meeting, whichever comes first. Superintendent Joe Siano said a possible special meeting is scheduled for Feb. 22. The next regular board meeting is Feb. 28. The Transcript was unable to contact Raadschelders or district officials for comment on the election results because of an early

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A plow patrols the streets of Norman on Tuesday in advance of the snowstorm predicted to hit today.

• Norman could get more snow today than from last storm Meghan McCormick Transcript Staff Writer

Residents around the Norman area should not be surprised to wake up to snow this morning. Cory Martin, a student meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, said the winter storm packed with sleet and heavy snowfall was anticipated to arrive late Tuesday night. Precipitation was expected to start as sleet then change to snow after midnight. Martin said heavy snowfall could last into this morning.

Between 6 and 8 inches of snow was expected to accumulate. “Here in Norman, we might get more snow out of this storm,” he said. Martin said the forecasted high for today is 18 degrees with a wind chill below zero. Tempeartures could drop as low as 4 degrees by tonight. “We could see gusts around 30 to 35 miles per hour here,” he said. Martin said the cloud cover should break up Thursday to help temperatures warm up. Larry Wright, owner of Wright’s IGA, said that shopping

had picked up Monday and Tuesday, but that it didn’t compare with the surge from last week. The main problem, Wright said, is that the suppliers haven’t been able to make it to the stores to refill missing items. And items such as sleds, which Wright said the store orders only once a year, are completely out. Wright said he plans for all stores to remain open. “As long as we can get enough people, we won’t close,” he said. Aaron Wright Gray contributed to this report.

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Moore Public Schools Superintendent Susie Pierce sat in her office and monitored the polls Full results Tuesday online at evening waiting for .com the results of a $34.02 million three-phase bond issue. Also on the ballot was Office No. 1 of the MPS school board. Incumbent Jamey Allen was leading Tim Moore, 423 to 235 with nine of 15 precincts reporting. With 23 of 53 precincts in at press time, the bonds were passing, 2 to 1. • Proposition No. 1, was 1,651, yes; 774, no. • Proposition No. 2, 1,647, yes; 779, no. • Proposition No. 3, 1,654, yes; 773, no. The bonds are divided into three phases — construction, renovation, repair and replacement projects, $23,675,000; technology and child nutrition, $6,745,000; and transportation, safety and security, $3,600,000. “We have had some positive comments,” Pierce said. “We’ve also had some concerns, but have addressed those and we are hoping it passes.” “The student population has grown by 1,300 students since 2007,” Pierce said. “This bond issue will help us take an important step in planning for future growth and change.” There will not be an increase to property taxes because a previous three-year bond will be

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presstime in anticipation of inclement weather. Outgoing board member Joe Sparks — who along with several others such as Charles Hollingsworth of Arvest Bank, endorsed Raadschelders — announced in November that he would not seek re-election. Sparks, owner of Legend’s, said family and business obligations are keeping him seeking another term on the board.

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One person escapes fire; body found in McLoud By Meghan McCormick Transcript Staff Writer

One person escaped a house fire Tuesday morning on Indian Hills Road. Earlier in the morning, one person was killed in a unrelated fire in McLoud. Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim

Bailey said a woman was home when a fire broke out about 6:56 a.m. Tuesday at 16300 E. Indian Hills Road. Firefighters from stations 5 and 6 were sent to the blaze. A crew from the Little Axe Volunteer Fire Department also responded. “When firefighters got on scene,

they discovered there was fire in the attic,” he said. Bailey said the fire appears to have started near the chimney. It caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the structure with another $15,000 in damage to contents. “They contained the fire to the

attic but they had some smoke and water damage to the living area,” he said. Bailey said two firefighters were treated for muscle strain at the scene. No other injuries were reported. • See FIRES Page A3


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Equestrian center in the works Norman teen By Andrew Knittle Transcript Staff Writer

The Norman City Council approved a rezoning request Tuesday night that will allow for a horseback riding academy and associated facilities in rural east Norman. According to city documents, applicant Marilee Tussing owns 80 acres of land in the far southeast section of the city and is currently in the process of building an indoor riding ring and a 21stall horse barn on the property. The name of Tussing’s new company is Celtic Cross Equestrian Center, 14100 E. Cedar Lane. During a prior Planning Commission meeting, Tussing said she plans to provide boarding, training and host special events on the property to promote the sport. None of her neighbors filed a complaint about the development. Tuesday’s city council meeting lasted less than 15 minutes as members of

Downtowners to meet Thursday at Fancy That

the city’s governing body braced for the incoming winter weather. During the brief meeting, the council also confirmed several appointments made by Mayor Cindy Rosenthal. Rosenthal appointed Henry Ryan, 823 S. Flood Ave., to a three-year term on the Board of Adjustment. Jackie Farley, 1716 Schooner Drive, Joan Goth, 2119 Martingale Drive, and Mark McGuire, 2008 Brookhaven Blvd., were appointed to three-year terms on the Board of Parks Commissioners. Duane Winegardner, 326 Sequoyah Trail, and Patrick Fisher, 601 Kansas St., were appointed to three-year terms on the Tree Board. Gary Miller, 2601 Annalane Drive, Sara Reichardt, 1720 Oakwood Drive, John Joyce, 512 Edwards Drive, and Helen Robertson, 1912 Westbrooke Terrace, were appointed to three-year terms on the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Jayna Andrews, 1724 S. Berry Road, and James Wilbanks, 4412 Whitmere Court, were appointed to three-year terms on the Citizens Wastewater Oversight Committee. The city’s governing body also approved contracts with local construction companies, who are working on a variety of projects for the city. Council approved a $685,100 contract with a Moore company to improve the intersection at Rock Creek Road and 24th Avenue NW. City documents show the intersection will be “constructed using decorative stamped and colored concrete pavement as well as decorative black traffic control signals, poles and equipment.” The work at the intersection is tied to both the Rock Creek overpass project and the continued development of the University North Park area. Andrew Knittle 366-3540 aknittle@normantranscript.com

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Jessica Blackstone of the Travel and Promotions Division of the Oklahoma Tourism Department will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Norman Downtowners Association. The organization will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Fancy That, 215 E. Main St. There will be a “happy hour” from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Full Moon Sushi, 326 E. Main St., for those who can’t attend morning meetings. For further information, call Nancy McClellan, Downtowners secretary, at 329-6197.

Two men arrested after a short pursuit Monday in Norman have been charged in Cleveland County District Court with crimes stemming from the pursuit, according to court papers. Court records show prosecutors charged Jayme Dustin Pratt Bregg, 18, of Norman, with attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property and possess firearm during commission of a felony. He

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also was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and transporting a loaded firearm in motor vehicle. According to court records, James Charles Warden, 22, Oklahoma City, was charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, unauthorized use of a vehicle and knowingly concealing stolen property. According to the charges, Bregg and Warden are accused of taking a 2011 Ford Focus without the owner’s consent. The men also are accused of knowingly concealing a .40-caliber

Hospitals to host blood drives Transcript Staff Norman-area residents can ‘feel the love’ this February by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). All donors will receive a pair of OBI fleece gloves, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. • Norman Regional Health System, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday at the Education Center, 901 N. Porter Ave. • Moore Medical Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Atrium. • Norman Regional

Health System, Healthplex, noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the conference room. “As the winter months come to a close, it’s important for donors to continue giving.” John Armitage, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO, said. “Oklahoma weather remains unpredictable, but the need for blood remains steady.” Although all blood types are needed to maintain OBI’s typical 3-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-

negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type. Donors can download OBI’s free iPhone app, GiVE BLOOD to count down until their next donation, find the nearest OBI blood donation location and make an appointment. For more information about the GiVE BLOOD iPhone app or to make an appointment, contact Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at www.obi.org.

Ruger handgun that had been reported stolen. Charges also accuse Bregg of eluding police in the Ford Focus. Warden is accused of possessing a .40-caliber Ruger handgun while committing unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the charges. An employee of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said Bregg and Warden are being held at the Cleveland County Detention Center on $10,000 bond each. Meghan McCormick 366-3539 mmccormick@normantranscript.com

accused in fires charged as youth By Meghan McCormick davit, the juvenile set fire to Transcript Staff Writer a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT, which also damaged a A Norman teenager structure in the 200 block faces arson charges as a of Skylark Court on Jan. 16. He also is accused of setyouthful offender in conting fire to a 2007 Kia Ronnection to two vehicle fires do LX and causing damage that were reported last month, according to court to another structure in the 700 block of Terry Drive on papers. A 15-year-old boy has the same date. According to the affibeen charged as a youthful davit, the Norman Fire offender with two counts of Marshal’s Office investifirst-degree arson, accordgated the fires. ing to the Cleveland CounMeghan McCormick ty District Attorney’s Office. 366-3539 Other charges are pending. mmccormick@normantranAccording to a court affiscript.com

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Matter of Record Felonies The following felonies were filed in Cleveland County District Court: • Barbara Sue Simpson, 39, Norman, possession of controlled substance; • Eric Anton Silvers, 36, Tulsa, possession of stolen vehicle; • Christopher Shawn Rohrbaugh, 24, Norman, possession of stolen vehicle; • Jayme Dustin Pratt Bregg, 18, Norman, attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property and posess firearm during commission of a felony; • James Charles Warden, 22, Oklahoma City, possess firearm during commission of a felony, unauthorized use of a vehicle and knowingly concealing stolen property.

Fires: Trailer found burned

Sales tax collections down in Feb By Andrew Knittle Transcript Staff Writer

The city of Norman's sales tax collections for February were about 1 percent lower than last year, breaking a streak of nine straight months of year-over-year increases. City documents show that $4,299,265 in general sales tax was collected for February — which is $30,948 less than last year — for an official year-over-year decrease of 0.71 percent. Public Safety Sales Tax col-

lections for February, which totaled $716,525.79, were down by $5,134 compared with last year. For the fiscal year ending June 30, revenues still are up 4.55 percent compared with last year. This is the first month this fiscal year where sales tax receipts have shown a year-over-year decrease. Last fiscal year, the first seven months were declines compared with the year before, the highest was a 9.37 percent drop in October 2009. During the nine-month string of

increases, which lasted from May 2010 to January of this year, sales tax receipts grew by as much as 10.5 percent compared with the prior year, but also had gains of less than 2 percent in December, September and July of 2010. To date, eight months into the 2011 fiscal year, the city has collected $37,513,512, roughly $1.6 million more than last fiscal year. Andrew Knittle 366-3540 aknittle@normantranscript.com

Last day for Lexington, Slaughterville filings Transcript staff Today is the final day of the three-day filing period for elected positions in the Cleveland County towns of Slaughterville and Lexington.

In Lexington, filing is open for Wards 1 and 2 and an at-large position on the council. In Slaughterville, filing is open for three trustee positions and the clerk job. By midday Tuesday, Larry Iovan and James Rico had filed for Slaughterville

trustee positions. Judy Ware filed for the Ward 1 Lexington position. Mark Easton filed for the Ward 2 Lexington post. Cleveland County Election Board secretary Paula Roberts said the election board at 641 E. Robinson

will remain open today, even if the county courthouse is closed because of inclement weather. The election board is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on filing is available by calling 366-0210.

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Mardi Gras parade postponed indefinitely Transcript Staff Ed Kearns, Norman Mardi Gras parade chair, said that the Norman Mardi Gras parade has been postponed indefinitely because of a lack of funds from traditional donors. “The committee explored the options and they were few,” Kearns said in a release. The parade was scheduled to take place March 5 at sunset. Ash Wednesday is March 9. Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday.

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The Firehouse Art Center has released the winners for the 29th Annual Chocolate Festival. The event took place Saturday at the Forum Building on the University of Oklahoma campus.

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The winners of the Best Sample at the Chocolate Festival were: Legends, first place; Amy Cakes, second place; The Diner, third place; and Michelangelo’s, fourth place. The winners of Best Table are as follows: Amy Cakes, first place; Abbey

Road Catering, second place; Michelangelo’s, third place; and fourth place was a tie between La Baguette and The Melting Pot. The Firehouse Art Center officials said they would like to thank all the restaurants and vendors for participating in the Chocolate

Festival, as well as the volunteer support that made the event possible. More than 4,000 people attended the festival. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, call the Firehouse Art Center at 329-4523 or visit www.normanfirehouse.com.

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He said crews didn’t find a working smoke detector in the home. Firefighters left the scene about 9:15 a.m. In an unrelated case, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire in McLoud after a body was found in a burned mobile home. Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars said the fire destroyed a trailer at the Shady Valley Mobile Home Park at 31210 Oklahoma Street. The park is about 35 miles northeast of Norman in Pottawatomie County. Sellars said the blaze was reported about 3 a.m. Tuesday. When fire crews arrived, the mobile home was engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, crews found a body inside the home, Sellars said. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiners’ Office in Oklahoma City to be identified. Sellars said the fire’s cause is undetermined.

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John Kershen signs in at a polling station Tuesday to cast his vote in the School Board elections.

Board: Raadschelders wins No. 1 seat • Continued From Page A1

Raadschelders’ opponents were Jim Gasso and Paul Maus. Voters in 14 precincts, including one in McClain County, were eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election. Several precincts, however, were divided

between Office No. 1’s boundaries, so not all voters in every precinct qualified to vote. Raadschelders, 50, is a graduate program coordinator and assistant professor in the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She

received her Ph.D. in public policy and a master’s of public affairs from Indiana University. The new board member and her family of four have lived in Norman since 1998, after seven years in the Netherlands, where Raadschelders

lived after she married her husband, Jos, who also works at OU. Raadschelders has two children enrolled in Norman Public Schools, with one scheduled to begin classes at OU in the fall. Nanette Light 366-3541 nlight@normantranscript.com

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paid off at the same time the new bonds will be sold. “We will post on our website a big thank you for the bond to our patrons,” she said. “We also will have a monthly message to give updates on the bond projects as they happen so the public can monitor the projects.” Phase 1 will add or

improve classrooms at Wayland Bonds, Broadmoore and Houchin elementary schools, and Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore high schools. New heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems will be installed at MHS, SHS and WHS gymnasiums and the turf will be replaced on the practice fields at all three high

schools. New turf, bleachers and a press box will be added at Moore Stadium. Pierce also said educational materials will be bought district-wide, along with repairs and replacements to roofing, paving, athletic supplies, heating and air conditioning and other repairs and replacements. Phase 2 is for the pur-

chase of computers, software, SmartBoards and updated child-nutrition equipment. Phase 3 will include the purchase of school buses and other vehicles, and safety and security equipment. A list of items can be found on the school system’s website, www.mooreschools.com.

Right-to-hunt bill gets 1st OK in Ky By Roger Alford Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hunting would be a constitutionally protected right in Kentucky under a measure that received initial approval on Tuesday. The House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs voted without debate to send the measure to the full House for consideration. “Sportsmen need to have their hunting rights protected,” said Bill Haycraft, president of the League of

Kentucky Sportsmen. “There are individuals and groups who are against the sportsmen. They don’t want us to hunt. They don’t want us to own guns. They oppose everything.” Kentucky is just the latest in a long line of states that have passed or are considering right-to-hunt measures to head off feared hunting bans. The National Rifle Association is leading a nationwide push for such state-level constitutional amendments in a pre-emptive move just in case animal rights groups in the

future are able to convince a majority of Americans that hunting is bad. Animals rights groups have pressed for restrictions on hunting in several states, including Kentucky where they tried to stop bear season from opening two years ago and in Minnesota last year where they pushed to ban dove hunting. The right-to-hunt measures would ensure that hunting could never be outlawed without a statewide vote of the people. “We look at it as a safeguard for future generations,” said NRA spokes-

woman Heidi Keesling. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he’s confident the General Assembly will approve the bill. In Kentucky, the legislature can vote only to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. It’s up to voters to approve or reject the amendment. Kessling said hunters already have such constitutional protections in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Senate should think twice about eliminating control The state has quite the system of checks and balances on spending. The Oklahoma State Board of Education is one of them. Members are kind of like the offensive tackles on a football team. No one knows their names until they get called out by the quarterback. Now, state senators who are upset with the board for their very public spat with new superintendent Janet Barresi last month want to all strip power away from the board. The Senate’s education committee voted 12-5 in favor of a bill that gives the superintendent complete control. It appears to be a knee jerk reaction and a

pressure point in the Republican statewide office sweep. The state superintendent’s post has been held by the same Democrat for 20 years. Now, with a Republican state superintendent and a Democraticgovernor appointed board, sparks are flying. We hope the full Senate steps back and puts the matter in some perspective when it considers Senate Bill 718. Common education is the single largest recipient of state dollars. Do we really want one person — no matter who it is — to control more than a third of the state’s budget with only voter oversight every four years?

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Paying for those snow days Public schools need to meet minimum class time requirements to be able to count the year as complete. Snow and ice tend to wreck whatever schedule administrators put together. The school year already seems to be backing up to mid-August and lasting through the Memorial Day weekend. Norman’s five snow days to date will be made up Feb. 18, Feb. 21 and March 21. The other two days will be made up by adding 30 minutes to the school day. Those sound reasonable. It eliminates President’s Weekend Friday and Monday holidays that have served as winter breaks for many families.

The 30 minute extension could create logistical problems for some families but we’re talking about a few days, not a semester. The snow day problem could fuel more discussion on switching over to a year-round school schedule. Administrators would have more flexibility in adding days if they didn’t have to squeeze them between September and May. Students, teachers and parents should continue to explore online instruction for those days that the buildings have to be locked up. OU students were directed to class notes, lectures and assignments for the days that they were shut down.

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Citizens shouldn’t have to camp in cold for dental care Editor, The Transcript: This week Delta Dental offered the first 1,000 people to line up at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday free dental care. The doors were to open at 5 a.m., so they were expecting people to camp out the night before, to be sure of being among the first 1,000. Imagine all the poor folks in pain, begging their friends for a ride to the city before dawn on black ice. What has this country come to, that poor people must brave icy streets, and some camp out in near zero temperatures, because they are so desperate for a filling, extraction or root canal? While the well-off, snug in their beds, dream of the

sugar plums of lower taxes, and the “freedom to choose your own health care provider”? Imagine if they were to offer free general medical services for two days — the mob scene we would have! I am grateful to Delta Dental for setting this up; but it shouldn’t have to come to this. Citizens of most civilized countries pay higher taxes, and make none of their fellow citizens camp out in the cold for health or dental care (and they also have public transportation to get them to a clinic). When did Oklahomans, and Americans, learn to be blind to the shame of this? ALICE ANDERTON Norman

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tried to hold back, but I couldn’t, and it’s her fault. I had decided to join some of the columnists who had announced they would make February a Sarah Palin-free month. I did so even though I had reservations about being on a collusion course with them, further fueling the anti-trust of media types who present themselves as separate and independent commentators. Besides, Ms. P. made it easy by slowing her usual gush of mindless inanities. She even had been keeping quiet about the crisis in Egypt. But she just couldn’t contain herself. She had to take a shot at the Obama administration’s ginger tiptoeing through the diplomatic and strategic minefields. In a Christian Broadcasting Network interview released Saturday night, she proved as glib as ever, using the old Hillary Clinton for President imagery for her clever sound bite: “This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call, and … it seems that that call went right to the answering machine.” So, even though we all needed a break, my boycott is over. (Language police: Is BOYcott the right word when we’re talking about a woman? The mind wanders.) Besides, there were plenty of others filling the void. We already had heard Newt Gingrich spew out his take on the Obama

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people, which was: “I don’t think they have a clue. I think it is very frightening to watch this administration.” What in heaven’s name does that mean, Mr. Speaker? Since Gingrich was once speaker of the House, that’s what we call him — at least until he reaches higher office, like president, which is what this is all about, of course. What is he saying? That the president and his minimalist minions are not taking the bold steps he would take, that worrying about making the wrong moves means they “don’t have a clue”? Who does have a clue? Actually, from the Gingrich perspective, it’s more about glue, the kind that holds together his base by saying anything he wants as long as it’s anti-Obama. After all, he’s trying to stay ahead of some fast company, which is why we get his frequent blasts of bombast. There are some who believe that having Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich — to say nothing of the Glenn Becks of this world —

speaking out against Barack Obama’s handling of Egypt is strong evidence that the administration is doing something right. Even Dick Cheney refused any scattershot opinion (that’s a “Cheney the hunter” metaphor, folks) by refusing to criticize the president when he popped up Saturday at the Ronald Reagan centennial. All he did say is that “It is very hard for some foreign leader to act on U.S. advice in a visible way,” a subtle shot, perhaps, at the visible way the White House has been handling this. But he’s been there. After all, he ran the Bush administration, so he knows one must be careful not to fan the flames when those in power in Washington are trying to keep the flames in a faroff land under control. Gingrich should know better, too. After all, as speaker back then, he was second in the line of presidential succession. But in his zeal to be No. 1, he just can’t keep himself or his ambitions in check. This time, his nihilism was manifested in his cheap-shot Nile-isms. As for Palin, she doesn’t know better, but what she does know is how to raise the volume till she’s heard. Her scream always rises to the top. She can’t be ignored, particularly with so many others there to stoke the fires, and those of us in news biz shouldn’t even try. Bob Franken writes for King Features Syndicate, Inc.

A Valentine of a house

ISHTRAP HOLLOW, Miss. — A friend recently gave me a wire heart that floats above my bed on a fleur-de-lis ribbon. It is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, unless one of the dogs licks me in the face. I don’t have a grown-up house, nor do I want one. It’s no accident, really, that adolescent girls always admire this place. Every 13-year-old who has ever walked into my home looks around, sighs appreciatively and says, “This is the kind of house I want when I grow up.” I think it’s because I’ve taken the same ideas and offbeat taste that once decorated my childhood bedroom and applied it to an entire house, albeit a tiny one. This house rocks. I go to other adult domiciles and cannot help but notice that things don’t rock; they match. The duvet cover matches the sheets that match the drapes that match the wallpaper. There are no bulletin boards with overlapping photographs, no button cards thumb-tacked to the wall. Stuffed animals are relegated to the children’s quarters. The calendars are all from the year in which we are living, for heaven’s sake. That’s fine, of course. For someone else. My house is, like I am, sentimental to a fault. I don’t throw

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away meaningful things. As a result, mine is a good holiday house. The Santas are never hard to reach at Christmas, the cardboard funeral home fan collection is accessible in the summertime and on Valentine’s Day, well, this is the perfect, romantic getaway. There are so many Paris souvenirs in this place you might mistake it for a kiosk on Montmartre. I sent a Florida friend a photograph of a principal in a wedding that took place here recently. She wrote back and asked about the fire poker and the fly swatter in the background. The fly swatter came from France, where they still make their own goods. I admire it and hang it in a place of honor. The fire poker, of course, is necessary for poking around in the wood stove, but it’s also a hand-forged thing of beauty that a friend presented to me some years ago. Maybe not the conventional stuff of wedding photos, but details

important to the look I’ve cultivated. There have been, in fact, two weddings at my cozy cottage. The first took place in the summertime, between the house and the branch — or babbling brook, as we romantics call it — with apple green lanterns hanging from low branches and a band making lovely music. The young people who married were musicians themselves, and, after the vows, took a turn singing and entertaining. There’s a great wedding photograph of the bride, wearing a stylish and gauzy gown and, over the white dress, a washboard that she expertly played to accompany the band. The second wedding was on a December afternoon, in the living room, with kerosene lantern light and the setting sun making soft shadows on the unfinished portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt and a needlepoint rug that depicts a scene of the Atchafalaya Swamp. A dozen white roses and the books “Beautiful Joe” and “The Little Prince” were on a table, and a turquoise pot from Mississippi’s Shearwater gleamed so bright it seemed to be lit from inside. The quiet wedding in this odd little house was beautiful. It was mine. Rheta Grimsley Johnson writes for King Features Syndicate.


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Deaths Richard Merel Claxton

Graveside services for CWO/4 Richard Merel Claxton (Ret. USAF) will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at I.O.O.F Cemetery, 1913 North Porter Avenue in Norman, Okla., under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home. Memorial Services to be announced at a later date pending weather and travel considerations. Richard was born Aug. 18, 1919, in Macomb, Okla., to Arthur E. and Chloe Ann Claxton. He passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Claxton Norman, Okla. Richard graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1938 and enlisted into the United States Army later that same year. He served in the European Theater during World War II, attaining the grade of Master Sergeant. He received his Warrant Jan. 19,1949, and served with distinction in the Pacific, the United Kingdom, North Africa, Spain and Thailand. He served as a Supply Operations Officer for the Oklahoma City Air Material Area at Tinker. He held many awards and decorations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired in1968 after a 30 year military career and went to work as a staff employee for the BotanyMicrobiology Department of The University of Oklahoma. He married his hometown sweetheart, Naomi Virginia McLaughlin of Tecumseh, Okla. They were blessed with two daughters, Stephanie Claxton and Kimberly Claxton. Richard and Naomi were happily married for 50 years until her death in 1994. Richard is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie and Kimberly, both of the home. He is preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Naomi Virginia McLaughlin Claxton and Winnifred Fidler Claxton; brothers, Orval, Oran, Virgil, Glenn and Warren; sisters, Lucille Paulson and Mildred Newby. Visitation will be held at Havenbrook Funeral Home from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, and 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. Online condolences may be made at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com. Submitted by family

Larry Gene Cheshier Larry Gene Cheshier, 68, of Moore, Okla., passed away Feb. 7, 2011. He was born May 8, 1942, to Millard and Dorothy Cheshier in Miami, Ariz. Larry liked woodworking and going to the shooting range. He did volunteer work for Moore Area Wide Aging Services at Brand Center. Larry enjoyed playing pool at Moore Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteered for Whiz Kids at his church. Larry was a member of The Church of Christ. He served in Vietnam in ‘66-’67 as a United States Marine. Larry is survived by his wife, Malinda of the home; son, John Cheshier and wife Bridget of Norman, Okla.; granddaughter, Lauren Cheshier; 2 stepgrandsons, Michael and Brandon; mother, Dorothy Cheshier of Clinton, Okla.; sister, Carolyn Peters and husband Patrick of Clinton. He is preceded in death by his father, Millard Cheshier; daughter, Teresa Cheshier. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Whiz Kids or the Children’s Camp Fund in C/O South Walker Church of Christ, 5217 S. Walker, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at South Walker Church of Christ, 5217 S. Walker, Oklahoma City. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, Okla. Submitted by family

Brenda Gail Cardenas

Brenda Cardenas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Norman, Okla. at the age of 60 years. Brenda was born on July 21, 1950, in Fort Hood, Texas, to E.P. (Charlie) and Dimple Camarillo. As a young girl she lived in Germany, Texas and Oklahoma. She made her home in Norman. She met Antonio L. Cardenas and later married him on May 17, 1968, and began her family. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents and sister Linda Ozuna-Mortenson. She is survived Cardenas by her husband; four sons, Quinn and wife Alicia, Lino and wife Terri, Christopher, Antonio C. and wife Rosa; niece Tanjah Murray and husband Ronnie; nephew Guale Ozuna; grandchildren, Nathan, Lauren, Jacob, McKenna, Brooke, Nicholas, Rosalinda, Daniel and Antonio A, many other nieces and nephews and a mother to all. Brenda worked at the O.U. Medical Center for 11 years as a Supervisor of Food Nutrition Services. She loved traveling and ministering, singing gospel music to Senior Citizens, her angels, coffee, Pepsi and don’t forget all of the Snoopy items. The love of this family has never been so blessed. All she would want for this family of so many is to love each other and more than anything is the love for Jesus Christ. We Love You Mom. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Memorial Chapel Funeral Chapel with Bro. Lewis officiating and private family interment at a later date, directed by Memorial Chapel Funeral Service of Noble. Submitted by family

Darren Wade McCallister

Darren Wade McCallister, 47, of Norman passed on Feb. 3, 2011. Darren was born Jan. 2, 1964, in Blytheville, Ark., to James C. McCallister and Betty S. McCallister. He attended Norman schools through high school. He lived most of his life in Norman. The last years of working were for the University of Oklahoma. He had been disabled since 2003. Darren is survived by his mother, Betty McCallister; brother, David McCallister and wife Valerie of Tampa, Fla.; brother R. Dale McCallister and wife Darla of Oklahoma City; sister Coral McCallister of Mountain View, Ark.; grandmother, Nettie Watkins of Oklahoma City; niece, Erin McCallister; nephew, Casey McCallister, and many other friends and relatives. Darren was preceded in death by his father, two grandfathers, a grandmother and three uncles. There will be a memorial service at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, Feb. 13, 2011, at 2 in the afternoon. He will be sorely missed. Arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service. Submitted by family

Marjorie Sue Mudd

Marjorie “Marge” Sue Mudd, 78, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Norman. She was born Jan.15, 1933, in Lee’s Summit, Mo., to Emmett Prescott and Myrtle Merritt. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Glenn Merritt. Survivors include her husband, Steve; daughters Kerrie Holsonbake of Purcell and Glennys Byrd of Stillwater; sons Kevin Mudd and wife Annette of Holdenville, and Michael Mudd and wife Stephanie of Norman; 15 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Primrose Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

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Aleta E. Williams, 90, of Midwest City died Monday, Feb. 7, at Midwest City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at McMahans Funeral Chapel in Noble.

Feds: No electronic flaws in Toyotas By Ken Thomas Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s investigation into Toyota safety problems found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems. Investigators said Tuesday the only known cause of the problems are mechanical defects that were fixed in previous recalls. The Transportation Department, assisted by engineers with NASA, said its 10-month study of Toyota vehicles concluded

there was no electronic cause of unintended highspeed acceleration in Toyotas. The study, which was launched at the request of Congress, responded to consumer complaints that flawed electronics could be the culprit behind Toyota’s spate of recalls. “We feel that Toyota vehicles are safe to drive,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Toyota said in a statement that the report should “further reinforce confidence in the safety of Toyota and Lexus vehicles“ and ”put to rest unsupported speculation“ about the com-

pany’s electronic throttle control systems, which it said are ”well-designed and well-tested to ensure that a real world, un-commanded acceleration of the vehicle cannot occur.“ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials said they reviewed consumer complaints and warranty data in detail and found many of the complaints involved cases in which the vehicle accelerated after it was stationary or at very low speeds. Deputy Administrator Ron Medford said that in many cases when a driver complained that the brakes

were ineffective, the most likely cause was “pedal misapplication,” in which the driver stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes. Toyota has recalled more than 12 million vehicles globally since fall 2009 to address sticking accelerator pedals, gas pedals that became trapped in floor mats, and other safety issues. The recalls have posed a major challenge for the world’s No. 1 automaker, which has scrambled to protect its reputation for safety and reliability. Toyota shares rose more than 4 percent following the news to 88.94 in late trading.

Gas station robber at least shows remorse CNHI News Service

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Police are searching for a young white male who allegedly held up a convenience store at gunpoint early Monday. The incident occurred at the Speedway gas station at

about 3:15 a.m. Deputy Don Westerfield of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department said the attendant told police he had gone to the rear of the store to retrieve merchandise when he was confronted by a suspect who said, “Gimme all your money.”

The suspect reached beneath a hooded jacket and displayed a black revolver. The suspect took about $200 from the cash register, and told the clerk, “Sorry, I don’t want to do this,” before warning him not to call 911. The clerk described the

suspect as a thin white male about 5-foot-11 to 6 feet tall, wearing a black hoodie or jacket, red bandanna covering his face, blue jeans, light-colored gloves and tennis shoes. Investigators found fresh footprints in snow near the store.

Winter’s itch: How to fend off dry skin

CNHI News Service It’s the season for winter’s itch. When the weather turns cold and dry, that’s a pretty sure sign dry skin — with its cracking, irritating and bothering symptoms — will surface. “Every winter is like this. Every winter you can just count on it,” said dermatologist Dr. Mark Saunders. Spas, salons and doctors say complaints about dry skin are common. There are some things people can do about it. • Take short, lukewarm baths or showers. Very hot water can dry skin even more and depletes the

natural moisture. “You want to kind of get in and get out, and skip days,” Saunders said. • All soaps are drying, so use a mild, gentle variety. Those who swim in pools should make sure to wash off the chlorine thoroughly. • When finished bathing, dab off water but don’t completely rub dry. Then, apply moisturizer to seal in and protect the skin. There are numerous kinds of moisturizers to choose from. “I don’t think it matters which you use. I’m not finding much difference between the expensive ones and the cheap ones,” Saunders said. He also recommends running a humidifier at home. Residents who heat with wood can put a pot of water on top of the stove. Saunders said workers who must constantly wash their hands, like doctors or dishwashers, are prone to dry skin and cracking. Those with more serious skin conditions like psoriasis might find their symptoms worsen. Dermatologists also can provide prescription remedies for severe problems.

Expensive taste: Metro thief takes designer jeans CNHI News Service EDMOND — A thief with an apparent serious need for jeans hit an Edmond store. Last week’s sub-zero temperatures, up to 10 inches of snow and icy streets didn’t stop the thief, or thieves, who stole 150 pairs of designer jeans from Isabella, 1389 E. 15th St., police said. The jeans were worth a total of $44,700, the police report states. Police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said this was a case of someone taking advantage of the snowstorm to break into the business. “While everyone was getting ready for the storm, he was busy stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from this small business,” Chu said. “We hope someone will recognize him, hear information about the suspect or perhaps see designer jeans selling for a low price. If so, we encourage them to call the Edmond Police Department (3594338) or text an anonymous tip to 625-8398.” Lacy Rosenwald, Isabella general manager and clothing buyer, said the store, in Spring Creek Village, was closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to the storm. When she arrived Wednesday, she discovered the burglary and the store had to close again on Thursday and Friday, Rosenwald said. It reopened on Saturday in less than ideal condition, she said. Jeans were the only items taken from the store, police said. No cash was missing. True Religion, William Rast, Seven Jeans, Genetic and Juicy Couture brand jeans were taken, police said. The thief cleared out the women’s premium denim, Rosenwald said. True Reli-

gion, one of the brands of jeans taken, retail for $189$315, she said. Thursday morning, police were dispatched to the store in reference to the burglary, according to a report filed by Edmond Police Officer Jason Rigsby. Rosenwald told police that when she walked into the business and turned off the alarm, she noticed that a window had been shattered. As police were clearing the building for intruders, Rigsby noticed a large wooden table had been moved toward the window, where jeans were scattered about, police said. On Feb. 1, a member of store management was notified at 1 a.m. about an interior motion alarm, but police were never called, police said. The store was burglarized last April, and the thief in that incident took the same brands, but fewer pairs of jeans, Rosenwald said. She is hopeful that video surveillance and police work will result in an arrest. “It’s really sad when it’s the second time and you know what to do with the police,” she said. Chu said the suspect depicted in the low-resolution surveillance video is a white male wearing a coat. Not much else is discernible, she said. Rosenwald said because it is a small business it is more difficult to absorb the financial loss. The store has insurance but it won’t cover all the loss, she said. “It’s a very big loss,” she said. The store is taking steps, including securing the window and repositioning the denim collections, to help prevent a future theft, Rosenwald said.


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Conditions are looking favorable for you in the year ahead where your material concerns and circumstances are involved. Of course, it will be up to you to properly apply yourself toward the ends you want. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) The effectiveness from the good intentions of two loyal friends of yours in helping you improve your lot in life will do much to warm your heart. Their input will take root. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Regardless of the circumstances, hang onto your hopes and expectations, even those that look rather grim. Conditions will eventually pass and things should work out rather well for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) When challenged or faced with a difficult objective is when you’ll function at your best. You won’t allow any goal or task intimidate you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Anything you can keep in proper reference or view philosophically will keep you from blowing bad situations out of perspective. You’ll not let your thinking get unruffled. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Someone with whom you’ve been having a hard time keeping things together will approach you with a new course of action you both can take. It’ll work good for both of you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - It will be important to not only consider the practical aspects of an arrangement you have with another but the emotions that might be at play as well when making a big change in the relationship. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Although you might have been rather fortunate and have benefited in some manner from a situation another has, you will start to make a contribution in the procedure as well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Favorable changes could come into play involving a romantic situation that could turn out to be rather fortunate and/or benefit you in some manner. It’ll make each more caring and dedicated. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Something in which you’re involved will work out to your satisfaction when you focus on doing it for a person you love in hopes of making him/her feel more secure and happy. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) You’re not likely to be able to please everyone, but you should be able to keep most of the people you’re with happy. As a result, your approval rating will be elevated. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - The potential for personal accumulation looks rather good for you at this point in time. In fact, even something that looked like a loser might reap some impressive rewards. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Your hard-as-nails presentation rarely goes unnoticed whenever you speak out on anything about which you feel strongly. It helps that you say all the right things.

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State State news in brief Senate panel OKs aerospace credits OKLAHOMA CITY — A state Senate committee is sending to the full Senate a bill to restore a $3.5 million tax credit for companies that hire aerospace engineers. The Senate Finance Committee voted 15-0 on Tuesday for the Aerospace Engineer Workforce and Recruitment incentives. Lawmakers working to balance the state budget last year placed a two-year moratorium on the aerospace and several other tax credits. The State Chamber opposed the moratorium and said only companies that create new jobs are eligible for the credit. State Chamber President Fred Morgan says aerospace companies had hired 348 new engineers after the tax credits took effect in 2009. A spokesman for The Boeing Company says the credits were a key reason the company decided last year to move 550 jobs from California to Oklahoma.

GOP lawmakers push to overhaul workers’ comp OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and GOP leaders in the House and Senate say they’re committed to overhauling Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation and civil justice system. They said the changes will reduce the amount that doctors and businesses pay for insurance. Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman were joined by about three dozen Republican lawmakers at a news conference on Tuesday. They promised to make reducing workers’ compensation and medical malpractice costs one of their top legislative priorities.

Jones woman accused of plotting husband’s death OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma County prosecutors have charged a 41year-old Jones woman with trying to hire someone to kill her estranged husband. The Oklahoman reports that Connie Denise Callan is charged with solicitation to commit murder after police say she gave an undercover officer a diamond ring as partial payment to kill her husband — Neil Finley of Oklahoma City. Callan is being held without bond in the Oklahoma County jail. Her attorney could not be reached for comment. Records show Callan was arrested Jan. 27 after meeting with an undercover officer in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City truck stop. She was charged Friday. Records show Finley had filed for divorce from Callan last October.

Charity picks search firm to find president OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City based hunger relief organization has selected an executive search firm to recruit its new president and chief executive officer. Feed The Children officials announced Monday that Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson has more than 36 years of experience providing quality executive search services. The firm was one of four companies interviewed to do the job. — AP

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Attorneys dispute Okla. panel’s constitutionality By Tim Talley Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission, a case that could impact some recent judicial appointments including at least one Supreme Court justice. Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich was appointed to a vacancy on the high court by former Gov. Brad Henry last month over the objections of opponents who claimed the appointment may not be valid until the panel that nominated Gurich for the job was reconstituted according to a ballot measure approved by voters in November. The commission went ahead and submitted the names of Gurich and two other nominees, former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Judge John Fischer, to Henry after the Attorney General’s Office handed down an opinion that said passage of State Question 752 did not affect the makeup of the panel and was not retroactive on commission members appointed prior to the referen-

dum’s passage. The state question added two at-large commission members to be named by the speaker of the House and the president pro tem of the Senate and increased the panel’s size from 13 members to 15. The measure also prohibited six non-lawyer members named by the governor from having lawyers in their immediate families. Although formally appointed to the Supreme Court, Gurich has yet to be sworn in to the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Marian Opala on Oct. 11 at the age of 89. Another recent appointment to the high court, former Pottawatomie County District Judge Douglas L. Combs, was sworn in last month but is not participating with other members of the ninemember court in helping decide the challenge. The lawsuit was filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent in December and challenged the makeup of the panel because some of its members were appointed as representatives of six congressional districts. The number of Oklahoma congressional districts was reduced from six to five following the 2000 census and the makeup of the commission was never corrected, the lawsuit

argued. During oral arguments, Fent claimed the Judicial Nominating Commission was not constitutionally formed and said the failure to correct the number of congressional districts raised questions about the validity of the state’s judicial appointees over the past decade. “They’re questionable,” Fent said. “All of these appointments are questionable?” said Chief Justice Steven Taylor. “Yes,” Fent replied. Taylor peppered Fent with questions and read provisions of the 1967 ballot initiative that created the Judicial Nominating Commission. Among other things, it says members appointed by the governor would be named from each congressional district that existed at the time of the measure’s passage. There were six at the time. “The ’67 statute is not valid anymore,” Fent said. State Sen. Clark Jolley, REdmond, author of State Question 752, intervened in Fent’s lawsuit in December and asked the high court to stay Henry’s pending appointment to the high court until the Judicial Nominating Commission was reorganized. The court denied the request.

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New snow blast en route as Tulsa still digging out By Justin Juozapavicius Associated Press

TULSA — With no more money for a motel, Sandra Barrows, 47, was stuck at a Salvation Army shelter, hoping to get a bus ticket out of Tulsa on Tuesday ahead of another blast of snow bearing down on the city. But after the record 14inch snowfall that has kept children out of school for at least six days, halted garbage pickup, kept some roads impassable and led police to respond to accidents only if people were injured, the city of 390,000 was fearing the worst. “You’re trapped,” Barrows said, “depressed.” Tulsa’s homeless scrambled for safety in shelters and people who had been trapped inside for several days hunkered back down as the third storm in a week approached. It threatened to dump 10 more inches of snow with 30 mph winds. Several inches of snow remained unplowed in many Tulsa neighborhoods, and abandoned cars and trucks still littered local roads. As some of the snow melted over the weekend, dozens of water mains broke throughout the city, causing flooding and even more street closures. There was progress, though: Mail delivery and city buses had returned to many neighborhoods, and trash collection began again Monday. Supermarkets that were picked clean earlier had bread, milk and juice on the shelves again. City workers kept up their 12-hour shifts working to clear the mess from last week’s storm. Plows were dispatched to residential neighborhoods to haul away snow, and fire trucks were ordered to drive through neighborhoods to pack down snow. The city, which had been criticized for its response to the storm, also announced that

it was bringing in contractors to help speed up snow removal. Tulsa has now endured 20.4 inches of snowfall so far and could break the record of 25.6 inches racked up in the 1923-1924. With the city at a standstill last week, many people could not travel even in town to the jobs that were keeping them afloat. Shane Vines and Tiffany Woods were also waiting for help at the shelter. Vines is in welding school and was laid off from his food service job last month. Woods works at an Applebee’s, and says she’s averaged about $2.13 an hour without tips lately because of the foul weather. “There was no way to get to work,” Woods lamented. “It’s been a tough week.” Carolyn Smart, a foodservice worker bundled in a long coat, came to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope shelter seeking assistance on paying some overdue bills. She said she’s had to keep her heat high the past couple weeks. She applied for food stamps last month and is still waiting. Galen Ingald and his girlfriend, Julie Brown, said they had survived Skid Row in Los Angeles before moving back to Oklahoma — but the difficulties brought about by the series of storms has eclipsed what they went through out West. “You go without, you have no choice,” Brown said. Now, they’re just hoping to make ends meet and maybe find work in Louisiana or Florida when the weather allows them to travel again. Tulsa officials have asked the storm-weary public for patience and downplayed any notion that the city could have done more to respond to the record-setting storm, even as other parts of the state rebounded faster.

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alentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. But did you know that it also falls during American Heart Month? A perfect time to start taking care of your heart and the hearts of the ones you love. You might think that a heart-healthy diet is boring or flavorless. Actually, eating for your heart can add a lot of flavor, and some of it may come from surprising sources — such as watermelon. Eating watermelon can help maintain cardiovascular health. That’s because the amino acid called citrulline in watermelon increases free arginine which helps maintain blood flow, the arteries, and overall cardiovascular function. To get more scrumptious recipes like these, and to learn more about the heart benefits of watermelon, visit www.watermelon.org.

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Watermelon Oat Crumble Watermelon S’mores Serves 6 to 8 2 cups rolled or quick cook oats 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/8 cup honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup chopped pecans 6 cups watermelon balls Toss the oats, sugar, honey, cinnamon and pecans until mixed well. Spread into an even layer on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake in pre-heated 300°F oven until golden brown. Turn off oven leaving the tray in for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and cool. Break into crumbles. Arrange the watermelon balls in 6 to 8 small bowls or wide stemmed glasses and top with the oat crumble.

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Watermelon S’mores

Serves 4 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate chips 4 2 x 4 x 1-inch-thick rectangles of seedless watermelon 1 cup mini marshmallows Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the center of 4 plates. Drizzle 1/3 of the dark chocolate over the crumbs. Place a watermelon rectangle over the crumbs and chocolate on each plate. Drizzle 1/3 of the dark chocolate over the watermelon. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the watermelon and drizzle the remaining chocolate over the marshmallows.

The DASH eating plan (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a highly recommended diet that has been proven to lower blood pressure. It’s been endorsed by: ! The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (one of the National Institutes of Health, of the US Department of Health and Human Services) ! The American Heart Association ! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans ! US guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure And new research has shown that following the DASH diet over time will reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as kidney stones. The benefits of the DASH diet have also been seen in teens with hypertension. Learn more at www.dashdiet.org.

Grilled Scallops and Watermelon Mini Kebabs

12 sea scallops 4 cups boiling vegetable or chicken broth 24 1 x 1-inch watermelon cubes 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger Cut the scallops into halves across the diameter to create half-moon shapes. Place them in a heatproof casserole dish in a single layer. Pour the boiling clear broth over the scallops and let them poach for 5 minutes. Drain and cool the scallops. On each skewer alternate 1 half-moon scallop, then 2 watermelon cubes, then another halfmoon scallop. Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger and brush the kebabs as they are grilled over a medium hot grill for about 90 seconds per side turning once. Serve warm. Serves 12 as an appetizer.

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Taste of Home Cooking School planned By Shana Adkisson Transcript Features Editor

Are you looking for more exciting ways to heat up your kitchen? Are you cooking challenged and need a little help? If either is the case, be sure to sign up for the Taste of Home Cooking School. This year’s show will be presented live March 17 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave., in

Norman. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. but doors will open at noon for shopping from ven- Dunn dors that will be set up at the center. Tickets start at $12 and will be available at The Norman Transcript, 215 E. Comanche St.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event,” Transcript Advertising Director Saundra Morris said. “Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes.

Come out and join us for a night of excitement and fun.” Morris also said that there are booths still available for vendors. Booth space is $175. To purchase vendor space, e-mail Morris at Saundra@normantranscript.com. The interactive two-hour event will feature culinary expert Jami Dunn who will demonstrate 10 new recipes. For more information about the event, visit TasteofHome.com.

Dutch oven cooking workshop at PAS Transcript Staff The Performing Arts Studio will offer a Dutch oven cooking workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. Participants will learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking to create cobblers, main dishes, breads and other foods in a camp setting or in the back yard. The workshop will include instruction, copies of

the recipes participants will prepare in class and the care and cleaning of Dutch ovens. A buffet meal of those The workshop will include recipes will be served as part instruction, copies of the of the workshop. recipes participants will The instructor will be prepare in class and the Rick Fry who has more than care and cleaning of 15 years of experience in Dutch ovens. A buffet Dutch oven and camp cookmeal of those recipes will ing. He has taught classes be served as part of the for groups including Bass workshop. Pro and Boy Scouts of America. The workshop is being held as a fundraiser for the

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Performing Arts Studio. Reservations are $15 each. Participation is limited to the first 20 paid reservations. To enroll, or for more information, call Rick Fry at The PAS, 307-9320 or 226-4454 or e-mail him at Rick_Fry@hotmail.com. There is sufficient equipment for all enrolled; however, those who have a Dutch oven, lid lifter and trivets are encouraged to bring them.

Heart-healthy salad is a low-calorie treat Transcript Staff Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a heart-healthy, low-calorie dinner. The Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO) offers the following recipe for Steak Salad with Feta and Walnuts.

Ingredients Two cups fresh Bibb lettuce Two tablespoons light Dijon vinaigrette salad dressing One Chef’s Requested 100-Calorie Steak One-fourth cup crumbled

Assemble salad in order of feta cheese One-fourth cup dry roasted ingredients listed. whole walnuts Each serving is 320 calories. Directions Find more MIO recipes, Cook Chef’s Requested including one for Endless 100-Calorie Steak per package instructions and then Chocolate Cake, at www.mioslice against the grain. coalition.com.

Teacher keeps Native American foods alive By Bill Daley Chicago Tribune

The American menu today is crowded with many cuisines: Italian, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Ethiopian, Irish, Vietnamese. With so many kinds of cooking, it can be easy to forget what is the most important cuisine of them all, that of American Indians. These foods from throughout the Americas are the foundation of what we eat today. “American cuisine is a combination of immigrant cuisines in conjunction with Native American cooking,” said Lois Ellen Frank, a chef, author, teacher, food historian, culinary anthropologist and photographer working to keep the foodways of American Indians alive and thriving. Frank, based in Santa Fe, N.M., has a valid point. Just think what our kitchens would be like without tomatoes, beans, squash, chocolate, vanilla, pineapples and, most of all, corn. These foods of the New World rapidly circled the globe after 1492, in what’s called “The Columbian Exchange.” She believes eating indigenous foods is not only good for you but good for the planet because many of these foods can be locally grown or sourced, often by American Indians. To that end, she seeks to encourage the incorporation of traditional Indian foods into modern life via her books, including the James Beard Award-winning “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations,” articles, classes and a catering company. Her thrust was clear during a talk in the fall at the Association of Food Journalists conference in Santa Fe. The title: “Seeds of Health: The Return to The Ancestral Diet.” While touting the benefits of indigenous food, Frank doesn’t snub foods introduced into the Americas. One of her fall cooking classes also made use of lamb, goat cheese and wheat flour. An Indian medicine wheel serves as a symbol to her of

the intermingling of people, cultures and foods. “One-quarter of the wheel is yellow, white, black and red,” she said. “Mix the colors together and it becomes speckled corn. Most of us are speckled corn.” Frank personifies the analogy. She is half American Indian. Her mother is from the Kiowa nation, which was relocated to a reservation in what is now the state of Oklahoma in the mid-19th century. Her father is a Sephardic Jew, whose mother came from Europe as a small child. Frank, born in New York City, grew up on Long Island. Today, indigenous foods are a part of all Americans, no matter where their ancestors came from. For Frank, what’s important now is to make sure the foods, and the recipes, are accessible to all and enjoyed. “Recipes only remain alive if people cook from them,” she said. Lamb-stuffed Chilies with Tomato Puree Prep: 45 minutes Cook: 55 minutes Makes: 6 servings 12 firm green mild chilies, New Mexican or Anaheim 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 3/4 pound ground lamb 1 large ripe tomato, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon each: dried thyme, pepper Tomato sauce and topping: 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, coarsely chopped Sour cream, optional 1. Roast the chilies, turning often, on a stove-top grill until charred on all sides, about 15 minutes; peel. Cut off stem; slice chilies lengthwise to open like a book. Remove seeds. 2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Cook onions, stirring, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the ground lamb; cook, stirring, until browned, about 15 minutes. Drain off the excess fat. Add tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, bread crumbs, tarragon, salt, thyme and pepper. Reduce heat to simmer; simmer 15 minutes. Cool. 3. Meanwhile, for the tomato sauce, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook garlic, stirring, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes; cook, stirring often, until the liquid evaporates and the sauce is reduced, 15 minutes. Pour sauce through fine sieve. Keep warm. 4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread chilies open on a work surface. Top each with lamb mixture. Close chilies around lamb. Place

the stuffed chilies open-side down on an oiled baking pan. Bake until hot, about 10 minutes. Serve with the tomato puree. Garnish with sour cream. Nutrition information Per serving: 249 calories, 46 percent of calories from fat, 13 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 38 mg cholesterol, 21 g carbohydrates, 14 g protein, 303 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

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Piña Colada Cheesecake Recipe 12 Servings Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling Crust: 15 shortbread cookies, crushed 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted 3 tablespoons butter, melted Filling: 3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup cream of coconut 3 tablespoons 2 percent milk 3/4 teaspoon rum extract 3 eggs, lightly beaten Topping: 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored 3 tablespoons apple jelly Edible blossoms, optional Directions: Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and coconut; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the cream of coconut, milk and extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Thinly slice pineapple; arrange on cheesecake. Warm apple jelly; brush over pineapple. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, garnish with blossoms if desired. Yield: 12 servings. Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 448 calories, 26 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 393 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.


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Lifestyles Howard, Liu chosen as February Rotary Students of the Month Transcript Staff Brittyn Howard of Norman North and Ke-Ting Liu of Norman High have been named February Students of the Month by the Norman Rotary Club. The two will be included in the club’s weekly lunch meetings and are eligible for a year-end scholarship. Howard, the daughter of Susan Howard, has a 4.0 grade point average. She is most proud of her volunteer work with special needs children through one-on-one tutoring and with the Special Olympics. “By having a brother diagnosed with autism, I learned early on the importance of empathy and trust in building relationships to gain cooperation,” she wrote in her

application. “It is so rewarding to see a special needs individual excel and be blessed to share in the joy of their success.” Howard’s scholastic activities include National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Teen Volunteers, Fishers of Men, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Performing Unselfish Deeds, Link Crew leader, National Society of High School Scholars and Medical Explorer Post 901. She ranks first in her high school class and has lettered in volleyball and tennis. She received the outstanding female athlete award for fall sports. Additionally, Howard has been involved in competitive club volleyball for six years. Her community service activities

include working as a camp counselor, group leader, vacation Bible school teacher. She also has worked on the medical explorer post’s stretcher team at Howard OU football games and on Norman’s Household Hazardous Waste Day. Howard is considering attending the University of Oklahoma. Liu, the daughter of Ya-Horng Wang, also is a 4.0 student. She credits her membership in the Global Awareness Club as helping develop leadership skills. “I not only joined a club but joined a community of compassionate and

committed students knowing that my peers were as passionate about global tolerance touched my heart,” she wrote in her application. Liu At Norman High she is involved in AEGIS mathematics, the Global Awareness Club, Young Democrats, Norman High Link Crew, Spanish Club, Green School, Mu Alpha Theta, Art Club, Research Club, Multi-Cultural Club and the German Club. She is bilingual in English and Mandarian and also is learning German and Spanish. Liu has participated in the state superinten-

dent’s Student Advisory Council, the City of Norman Youth Council and will serve as a state Senate page. Liu is a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP scholar with distinction, National Honor Society member, Oklahoma Honor Society, and member of Girls State. She has placed in math and German competition and in flute competition. She enjoys swimming and cycling and volunteers at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She also has volunteered with Norman Regional Hospital, swim club meets, Christmas Store, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church vacation Bible school and at the Edmond Public Library. Liu is considering attending OU.

PFLAG to meet

Clover Cloggers

Transcript Staff PFLAG Norman will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St. PFLAG Norman will The group meets the second meet 7 p.m. Thursday of every month and Thursday at St. meetings are open to the pubStephen’s United lic. Methodist Church, PFLAG’s (Parents, Fami1801 W. Brooks St. lies, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) stated mission is to provide support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. For more information, call 360-4497 or visit www.pflagnorman.org.

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The Cleveland County 4-H Clover Cloggers won first place in the small group category at the recent Southwest District Share the Fun Competition. The group clogged to the song of “Yakety Sax” and competed against county winners from several southwestern Oklahoma counties. The Clover Cloggers will perform at the state 4H Roundup in July. Pictured, from left to right, are Taylor Worsham, Abbey Siglin, Keely Wolcott and Lily Lowell.

Genealogical Society to host Henderson during those hours to assist Society Genealogy Library in local history and family at 701-2100 or visit Dr. George Henderson research. www.rootsweb.com/~okcwill speak to the Cleveland For information, call the cogs. County Genealogical Society 7 p.m. Tuesday. Members and the public are invited to Dr. George attend Henderson his pre(Lamb Kabob, Goat Meat & 2 Veggie) will speak to sentathe Cleveland tion, Monday, February 14th County which Genealogical $ 95 will be Society 7 p.m. (plus tax) held in Tuesday in the 5 pm - 9:30 pm the CommuComnity Services munity Building, 1119 +,,, "la/eda2 #uite +6,7 Services E. Main St. in BuildF"# R&'&#()*+",' C).. Norman. ing, 1119 E. Main St. in Norman. Henderson joined the University of Oklahoma as a faculty member in 1967, only the third African-American appointed to a full-time faculty position at OU and the first to seek housing within the City of Norman. He will discuss the challenges he and his family faced upon moving to Norman and the cultural changes that have occurred in Norman since his family’s arrival in the community. The Cleveland County Genealogical Society operates the Genealogy and Local History Library at 1119 E. Main St, in the Community Services Building. The research library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. !"#$%& !()*+) ,-. "sp "1e3 4 56,789:9 Volunteers are available Transcript Staff

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Veterans Corner The weather finally slowed down the number of veterans who came to the Goldsby Community Center last Thursday. With all of the snow and ice there were only 35 veterans who made the trip to see the staff of volunteers. Of that number, there were 10 who were there to file their first claim for VA benefits. There were four who received ratings from 10 percent to 60 percent and the rest were there for follow-up visits. There were no widows who wanted to slip and slide their way to see us. This next Thursday could go either way with the weather folks predicting more snow for us. Guess we will just wait and see what the weatherman orders up for us. I continue to receive calls from those veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, Korea and some of the

other places where it was used. The most common questions these veterans want to know is what kinds of diseases are presumptive to exposure to the chemicals that were sprayed around them. The list continues to grow with the addition of ischemic heart disease, some types of leukemia and Parkinson’s disease that was added in 2010. There are around 15 diseases that are presumptive to that chemical that many of us were exposed to. If you served in a country where these chemicals were used, stop by and visit with one of the veteran service officers about what needs to be done. If you were married to a veteran who served in that theater of war and is deceased, please contact us about benefits for you. The service is free and is provided to all veterans and their spouses.

Many of those who we see are not aware of the VA benefits that they are entitled to. Shirley Graham and her crew who provide assistance to these ladies will be available most every Thursday. Her crew is professional and compassionate. They are able to help widows with filing for pension or DIC benefits based upon their husband’s military service. Some of you will be eligible for pension benefits based upon your income and when your husband was in the military. I would like to take the opportunity to invite all of the veterans and widows of veterans to stop in and visit with the staff about what

they might be eligible for from the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you would like to participate in something like that, we will have some veteran’s service officers available to explain your benefits to you. Call and I will try to set up a time after we are finished working on a Thursday to provide this service. Harold Harvell at 5968755 has ordered the granite for the addition of Phase 3 of the Goldsby Veterans Memorial. The addition of the new walkways and the granite will be a great improvement to the memorial and the Goldsby Town Park. If you would like to see the plans for this, visit with Harold on Thursday morning. If you have not purchased a brick for your veteran, please do so. These and the other fundraiser items are

Book fair to continue until Friday at OU • Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education hosts fair this week Transcript Staff Books for children age 2 through seventh grade will be available for sale during the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Scholastic Book Fair scheduled 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. until Friday in the first-floor lobby of Collings Hall, 820 Van Vleet Oval, on the OU campus. The book fair will include a selection of books written in Spanish and

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the community,” said Barbi DeLong, director of special projects for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. “Our students really enjoy passing out the free books to the children who attend the Homecoming Parade.” For more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call Christine Frank at 325-4844.

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morning to provide the service. The driver is Clayton Lee at 684-8860 who is available to provide transportation in the Veterans Corner van to VA appointments. For all of your questions and assistance about Veterans benefits, we are at the Goldsby Community Center each Thursday. Doors open at 8 a.m. each Thursday. Please be there early for us to help you with your claim. We do our best to process each one in a timely manner but be prepared to stay awhile and please be patient. Take time to visit our web address at www.veteranscorner.org. You can call me at 550-8806 or e-mail me at kdgraham@windstream.net. Semper Fi. Dale K. Graham is service officer for VFW Post 4890.

Cattlemen’s association reschedules meeting Transcript Staff

Books for children age 2 through seventh grade will be available for sale during the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Scholastic Book Fair scheduled 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. until Friday in the firstfloor lobby of Collings Hall, 820 Van Vleet Oval, on the OU campus.

French, as well as educational software and activity kits. All proceeds generated from the book fair will go toward purchasing books to give away to children at the annual OU Homecoming Parade in the fall. “The book fair is a great way for our students, new teachers and parents to purchase books inexpensively and at the same time support

available from J.D. Kinard or from Harold. The benevolence fund provided more than $1,500 for medical expenses, propane and food to some of the neighbors who were unable to pay these expenses. I don’t think that most of us could have stayed in a house with no heat during that severe weather we had. We will continue to provide assistance on a case by case basis. We may have to limit the amount of help that we can provide each family to be able to serve more neighbors. We will see how things go this next week. Ray Harden at 4086950 takes care of this fund for us. If you would like to help with this program, we are a non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Sid Smith at 573-1990 takes care of food donations and he is available every Thursday

The Norman/Cleveland County Relay For Life will host a team captain For more information, call Kristy Dean at 219-1344, Suzanne Vicsek at 370-1660 meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the or e-mail clevelandcountyrelay@yahoo.com. OEC building, 242 24th Ave NW. There will be prizes and a committee meeting will be held after the team For more information, call Kristy 370-1660 or e-mail clevelandcountyrecaptain meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dean at 219-1344, Suzanne Vicsek at lay@yahoo.com.

The Cleveland County Cattlemen’s Association quarterly business meeting/educational program is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Frye Auditorium To R.S.V.P. for the meeting by Monday, on the Cleveland County Faircall 321-4774 or grounds in Norman. This meete-mail ing was previously canceled due cherry.slaughter@ok to bad weather. state.edu. The evening’s activities will include voting on awards for the 2011 Cleveland County Junior Livestock Show and a winter feed supplementation program by Bob LeValley, SW Extension Livestock Specialist. The meeting is open to anyone interested in being a part of the cattle industry in Cleveland County. Individuals that are not a member of the association, can still attend. To R.S.V.P. for the meeting by Monday, call 321-4774 or e-mail cherry.slaughter@okstate.edu.

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Eastern snow melts, leaves ugly mess By Colleen Long Associated Press

NEW YORK — The mountains of snow that have covered the Northeastern landscape for the past month and a half are finally melting, revealing oozing lumps of garbage, gaping potholes, bicycles, rat-infested sofas, discarded Christmas trees — even bodies. More than 57 inches of snow has fallen on New York City this winter, its snowiest January ever, and the story is similar elsewhere around the Northeast. Residents welcomed warmer weather this week before an expected plunge back into the freezer, but they weren’t so thrilled about the side effects. “This is disgusting. I can’t tell if it’s snow or garbage or some sick other thing,” said Karen James, 34, finding discarded bills, paper cups and sludge in the shrinking mound of snow and ice covering her car. “This stinks.” Since a post-Christmas blizzard

dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of the city, the snow piles have become as familiar as taxis to New Yorkers, forcing pedestrians to weave single-file through snowpacked sidewalks. Two bodies were found in vehicles last week. In both cases, a passer-by spotted someone slumped over the wheel after snow melted away from the windows. One man was found dead Feb. 1 of an apparent gunshot wound; he had been reported missing a week earlier. And on Friday, a day after he was reported missing, Argent Dyryzi’s body was found in the driver’s seat of a BMW. Authorities believe he may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. At least one other body was discovered in the New York area in late January, in a parking lot in West Nyack. The man had been dead of hypothermia for several days before anyone noticed, police said. The city Sanitation Department

is responsible for plowing streets and crosswalks, while residents and businesses are expected to clear sidewalks. After grousing for weeks about the city’s failure to plow enough snow, many New Yorkers are now griping about the garbage piles and big pieces of furniture, some crawling with rats. During the many snowstorms to hit the city, the Sanitation Department suspended garbage collection for days at a time in order to use trucks for snow removal, which meant about 11,000 tons of trash per day didn’t get collected. Some of it got buried by the succeeding storms. Garbage collection has since resumed, but it’s not proceeding fast enough for some New Yorkers. “It’s like we’ve replaced the snow walls with garbage walls,” said Brooklyn resident Jill Coniglario, 38. “Even the parks are covered in mud and filthy snow. My kids are not playing in this

stuff, that’s for sure.” Granted, the mess has been caused by more than just missed collections. People have been tossing loose trash onto the bags, and it’s winding up on the sidewalks and streets. Plastic McDonald’s cups. Broken bottles of Budweiser and empty cans of Four Loko. Cigarette butts. Smashed umbrellas. Sheet music. Soggy gloves. Old newspapers. And damp, dirty sofas — all left out in the open, as if they, too, will just melt away. And thanks to pet owners who got a little lazy in the bad weather, many city streets are now shellacked with dog feces. The combined assault of snowplows and rock salt has created another big problem in the Northeast: potholes. Crews on the pockmarked streets of New Jersey are applying temporary patches because the more permanent fillings require warmer weather. The winter has also left some bone-jarring holes in

Connecticut, including some on a ramp off Interstate 84 in Hartford. In Philadelphia, yo-yoing temperatures that followed several sloppy storms of rain, freezing rain and snow over the past several weeks have also been unkind to streets. Crews are patching the holes with cold asphalt, a temporary fix until hot asphalt can be used in the spring. In New York, as residents dug out their cars in recent days, sanitation crews tried to remove the big piles not taken care of by nature. In some places, crews are hauling away the snow in dump trucks and taking it one of 36 giant hot tub-like snowmelters that sit over the sewers. Most of the tubs can melt 60 tons per hour, and in most winters, the job would be done by now, department spokesman Vito Turso said. “We have had snow upon snow upon snow,” Turso said. “It’s starting to feel like we’re going to see snow on the streets until opening day at Yankee Stadium.”

Lohan to be charged with grand theft over necklace By Anthony McCartney AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to charge Lindsay Lohan with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace reported stolen from a jewelry store last month — the most serious count the actress has faced in more than three years of trouble with the law. District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison said the charge will be filed

Wednesday. Lohan, 24, is due in court for an arraignment on Wednesday afternoon. Los Angeles police said Feb. 2 that Lohan was under investigation for taking a necklace from a Venice store later identified as Kamofie and Co. Detectives obtained a search warrant to try to retrieve the item from Lohan’s home, but it was turned in to a police station before any search was made. Police said they had no

update on the case Tuesday and did not say whether the actress had made arrangements to turn herself in at court or at a police station. Robison said bail would be decided by a judge. A phone message to Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, was not immediately returned. Holley has previously denied any wrongdoing by Lohan. “We vehemently deny these allegations and, if charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in

the press,” Holley said in a statement released Saturday. Arrested twice in 2007, Lohan was charged with drunken driving and drug possession, but both were misdemeanors. The “Mean Girls” star has been jailed three times in that case, but has been granted a quick release due to jail overcrowding and a requirement that bail be set on misdemeanor cases. Lohan remains on probation for drunken driving, and

a judge has threatened to throw her in jail if she runs into trouble again. Prosecutors in Riverside County have been considering whether to press charges against Lohan for a December altercation with a worker from the Betty Ford Center, where she was being treated. The treatment, her fifth rehab session, came after she admitted failing a drug test shortly after being granted early release from another treatment program.

Lohan’s court struggles and treatment have taken a serious toll on the former Disney star’s career. Her role as porn star Linda Lovelace in a biopic was recast last year while Lohan was at Betty Ford and no replacement projects have been announced. She had been due in court on Feb. 25 for a probation status hearing and a judge had said he would be willing to loosen the terms of her probation if she remained out of trouble.

84-year-old burglar strikes again in Hungary Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s notorious octogenarian thief is not ready for retirement. The 84-year-old woman, known as “Flying Gizi,” whose criminal record goes back to the 1950s, is again in custody for suspected theft, police said Tuesday. Fejer County Police spokeswoman Agnes R. Szabo said the burglar, whose real name is Gizella Bodnar, is suspected of taking some 15,000 forints (abouts $76) from a home in Bicske, a town in central Hungary. Bodnar, who has been convicted of over 20 crimes and has spent nearly 18 years in prison, got her nickname because she enjoyed taking domestic commercial flights after successful

break-ins. She eluded capture for years, as police never imagined that the cat burglar would travel so far to commit her crimes. Bodnar, who began her criminal activities shortly after World War II, published an autobiography in 2007, claiming that she became a kleptomaniac as the result of a youthful bout with meningitis. Bodnar also insists she has a special sense about finding hidden jewelry and other valuables quickly in her victims’ homes. Old age has not deterred her. In the past few years she has been fined several times for petty thefts around the country. Based in Budapest, she now favors the railroad, where Hungarian pensioners travel for free, over airlines.

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’Horns helped the last time • Losing to Texas Jan. 15 led to 4-game winnig streak

The big key

By John Shinn Transcript Sports Writer

A couple days before every game each Oklahoma player receives a scouting report. It’s just a couple sheets of paper. Memorizing what’s on it, however, is often the difference between winning and losing. “Knowing the scouting report and knowing personnel has been a huge By Clay Horning deal for us,” Sooner guard Transcript Sports Editor Cade Davis said. “We have to make sure we get For no good reason to shooters and know the 14th-ranked Oklawhich way a post player homa women’s game at wants to go. I think everyNo. 6 Texas A&M body has grasped that a tonight will not lot better and it’s be televised. even going to be So, Sooner more important fans taking in this game.” • Sooner the game, via The game is at men, women the radio or a pregame 8 p.m. today at live updating capsules. Lloyd Noble CenPage C4 play-by-play ter when the over the InterSooners (12-10, 4net, will just 4 Big 12) face No. have to imagine. 3 Texas (20-3, 8-0). It tips at 7 p.m. and On paper, it looks like a the name of the game is mismatch. The Long“ball screens.” Or, in horns have run the Sooners’ case, roughshod over the condefending them. ference. They’ve won “We failed to guard every league game by at eight consecutive ball least 11 points. That screens correctly. includes a victory at No. 2 Eight!” OU coach SherKansas. There’s no doubt ri Coale said of the rivthe hottest team in the Big eting second half of the 12 will be wearing burnt

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Norman High’s Jacques Murray goes up for an uncontested layup in Tuesday’s home loss to Midwest City, which ended the Tigers’ win streak at eight games.

• Tigers ahead of the snow but behind on the board By Jeff Johncox Transcript Sports Writer

Norman High got a jump on the snow Tuesday afternoon, starting its games against Midwest City a couple hours early. Players, coaches and administration were not expecting to be in school today due to the second major snowstorm to hit Norman in two weeks. The Tigers, unfortunately, seemed to have already checked out mentally right

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel answers questions during a news conference before the Super Bowl. Following the loss, Keisel has said he will shave his beard. AP Photo

at the start of the game, and the Bombers took advantage of every single mistake, converting turnovers into fast-break buckets and long rebounds into more fastbreak buckets. Second-ranked Midwest City took control early in the first quarter thanks to those NHS mistakes and cruised to a 65-49 win, ending the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak. “It’s frustrating,” NHS coach Jeff McCullough said. “We were playing so well,

then to not be able to practice together or play together, it took something away from us. Obviously, we forgot how to play together, how to play with emotion. We have to play at a high level together. We’re not very good as individuals.” Midwest City’s Colbert twins, Cortrez and Cortrael, dominated the game. Cortrez Colbert scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out

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Pittsburgh moving forward • Steelers want to put season and Super Bowl XLV defeat behind them By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — With his season over, Brett Keisel is ready to scrap his scruffy style. Forget “Fear the Beard.” Much to the disappointment of the bushy growth’s nearly 30,000 Facebook fans,

FOOTBALL it’s time to “Shear the Beard.” “It’s coming off soon,” Keisel said outside the Steelers practice facility. “I’m not exactly sure when or how it’s going to happen. But it’s going to come off soon. It

was a good thing. I think looking back, I wouldn’t change it.” Win or lose the Super Bowl, Keisel’s lumberjack look was in for a makeover. He had promised not to cut or trim the reddishbrown beard as long as the Steelers kept winning. So, Keisel can bust out the clip-

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Titans coach Munchak fires 2 more coaches: NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Munchak has fired two more assistant coaches, defensive assistant Rayna Stewart and offensive assistant Richie Wessman. The Titans released a statement Tuesday saying that the two assistants will not be retained. A couple hours earlier offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had been fired. The Titans also defended firing Heimerdinger, who is continuing cancer treatment after diagnosed in November. The Titans say they immediately offered to extend the coordinator’s contract when he was diagnosed with cancer so he would not have to worry. • Payton moving family to Dallas with Saints’ OK: NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton says he’s relocating his family to Dallas and the Saints say the club has given the coach its blessing to do what he thinks is right for his wife and two children. In a statement released by the team on Tuesday, general manager Mickey Loomis said he is confident that Payton, who led the Saints to their first Super Bowl title two seasons ago, will continue to perform well as New Orleans’s coach for years to come. Payton, meanwhile, said he and his family have dreamed of settling in Dallas for some time and feel that now is the best time to make the move. News of Payton’s decision has not been popular with all fans, many of whom have expressed consternation and confusion on call-in shows and internet chat sites. • Sportsbooks eke out Super Bowl win: LAS VEGAS — Sports books in Nevada hung on to win just over $724,000 from Super Bowl bets, despite heavy gambling on the Green Bay Packers and lots of scoring, Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said $87.5 million were wagered on the NFL’s championship game in 183 sports books across the state. Of those bets, casinos kept less than 1 percent. “I can’t say I’ve got a cheese head in my office right now,” said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton. Mike Lawton, a research analyst with the control board, said that while some casinos won, others had moderate losses. “There wasn’t anyone that lost anything mind-blowing,” he said.

TENNIS

• Soldering advances in Rotterdam: ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Defending champion Robin Soderling eased to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robin Haase on Tuesday to reach the second round of the ABN Amro tournament. Soderling broke the Dutch wild-card entrant in the sixth game of first set, forcing two more successive breaks in the second to win in less than an hour. Soderling will play Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-6 (5). In other matches, Jarkko Nieminen upset third-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4. Seventhseeded Ivan Ljubicic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-4. Tomas Berdych cruised past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2.

SOCCER

• Olympics might not be an option: GENEVA — Some of Europe’s best young soccer players could be kept out of the 2012 London Olympics under a proposal by their clubs. The European Club Association wants an agreement that players who go to the 2012 European Championship co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine won’t be picked for the London Games, which kick off one month later. Europe will have four teams in London: a British host team and three qualifiers from the eight-nation European Under-21 Championship, to be held at Denmark in June. — Wire Reports

Packers fan Curtis Noreen of West Bend, Wis., sits on the roof of his car in the Lambeau Field parking lot before the "Return to Titletown" celebration Tuesday at Lambeau Field.

Believe it or ... ANOTHER CRACK AT IT

NEW YORK — Christina Aguilera has been invited to sing a do-over. The Brooklyn Cyclones are offering the Staten Island native a chance to perform “The StarSpangled Banner” before one of the minor league baseball team’s home games this summer. Aguilera botched one of the lines of the national anthem before Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The New York Mets’ Class A farm team extended the invitation Tuesday. Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen said in a statement that “when a player makes a mistake, they usually don’t get a shot at redemption, but with a singer, that’s a different story.”

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sports@normantranscript.com BASKETBALL NBA Glance EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Boston 38 13 .745 — d-Miami 37 14 .725 1 d-Chicago 34 16 .680 31⁄2 Atlanta 33 18 .647 5 Orlando 32 20 .615 61⁄2 New York 26 24 .520 111⁄2 Philadelphia 23 27 .460 141⁄2 Indiana 21 27 .438 151⁄2 Charlotte 22 29 .431 16 Milwaukee 19 30 .388 18 Detroit 19 32 .373 19 New Jersey 15 37 .288 231⁄2 Toronto 14 37 .275 24 Washington 13 37 .260 241⁄2 Cleveland 8 44 .154 301⁄2 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-San Antonio 42 8 .840 — Dallas 36 15 .706 61⁄2 d-L.A. Lakers 36 16 .692 7 d-Oklahoma City 33 17 .660 9 New Orleans 32 21 .604 111⁄2 Utah 31 22 .585 121⁄2 Denver 30 22 .577 13 Portland 28 24 .538 15 Memphis 27 26 .509 161⁄2 Phoenix 24 25 .490 171⁄2 Houston 25 28 .472 181⁄2 Golden State 22 28 .440 20 L.A. Clippers 19 31 .380 23 Sacramento 12 36 .250 29 Minnesota 12 39 .235 301⁄2 d-division leader Tuesday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Orlando, late Memphis at Oklahoma City, late Today’s Games Detroit at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 6 p.m. New Orleans at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Orlando at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Washington, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Utah, 8 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games L.A. Lakers at Boston, 7 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Dallas at Denver, 9:30 p.m. NBA LEADERS THROUGH FEB. 7 Scoring G FG FT PTS Durant, OKC 46 438 371 1332 Stoudemire, NYK 50 494 317 1314 James, MIA 49 438 338 1279 Bryant, LAL 52 466 323 1322 Wade, MIA 47 418 316 1194 Ellis, GOL 50 468 245 1260 Rose, CHI 49 440 248 1206 Anthony, DEN 45 379 315 1106 Gordon, LAC 41 333 242 988 Martin, HOU 51 346 394 1201 Nowitzki, DAL 42 352 223 971 Griffin, LAC 50 437 264 1144 Westbrook, OKC 50 380 349 1126 Howard, ORL 50 397 326 1120 Williams, UTA 49 349 288 1070 Aldridge, POR 52 445 229 1122 Love, MIN 51 360 302 1091 Bargnani, TOR 45 359 181 951 Granger, IND 47 332 219 982 Gay, MEM 51 390 185 1021

AVG 29.0 26.3 26.1 25.4 25.4 25.2 24.6 24.6 24.1 23.5 23.1 22.9 22.5 22.4 21.8 21.6 21.4 21.1 20.9 20.0

FG Percentage FG FGAPCT Hilario, DEN 259 402 .644 A. Johnson, TOR 214 359 .596 Okafor, NOR 219 369 .593 Howard, ORL 397 683 .581 Ibaka, OKC 198 347 .571 Horford, ATL 337 592 .569 Odom, LAL 317 571 .555 Young, PHL 257 469 .548 Boozer, CHI 264 482 .548 Millsap, UTA 357 674 .530 Rebounds G OFF DEF Love, MIN 51 245 551 Howard, ORL 50 194 489 Randolph, MEM 49 232 416 Griffin, LAC 50 192 446 Gasol, LAL 52 186 359 Okafor, NOR 49 157 339 Horford, ATL 48 126 350 Chandler, DAL 48 134 325 Odom, LAL 52 124 369 Duncan, SAN 50 125 338

TOT 796 683 648 638 545 496 476 459 493 463

AVG 15.6 13.7 13.2 12.8 10.5 10.1 9.9 9.6 9.5 9.3

Assists G AST AVG Rondo, BOS 40 496 12.4 Nash, PHX 47 522 11.1 Paul, NOR 53 518 9.8 Williams, UTA 49 466 9.5 Wall, WAS 38 345 9.1 Felton, NYK 50 447 8.9 Calderon, TOR 44 386 8.8 Westbrook, OKC 50 428 8.6 Kidd, DAL 51 426 8.4 Rose, CHI 49 401 8.2 Men’s Top 25 Basketball Schedule Today’s Games No. 3 Texas at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. No. 5 Duke vs. No. 20 North Carolina, 8 p.m. No. 7 BYU at Air Force, 9 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Louisville, 6 p.m. No. 9 Villanova at Rutgers, 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgetown at No. 12 Syracuse, 6 p.m. No. 13 Wisconsin at Iowa, 7:35 p.m. No. 17 Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. No. 21 Utah State at Idaho, 10:05 p.m. No. 22 Texas A&M at Colorado, 8 p.m. No. 24 Temple vs. Fordham, 6 p.m. Thursday’s Games No. 10 Connecticut vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, 6 p.m. No. 23 Vanderbilt vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. Friday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s Games No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Wisconsin, 1 p.m. No. 2 Kansas vs. Iowa State, 3 p.m. No. 3 Texas vs. Baylor, 3 p.m. No. 4 Pittsburgh at No. 9 Villanova, 8 p.m. No. 6 San Diego State at UNLV, 7 p.m. No. 7 BYU vs. Utah, 5 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame at South Florida, 11 a.m. No. 12 Syracuse at No. 16 Louisville, 11 a.m. No. 17 Florida vs. Tennessee, 5 p.m. No. 18 Kentucky at No. 23 Vanderbilt, Noon No. 19 Missouri vs. Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m. No. 20 North Carolina at Clemson, Noon No. 21 Utah State vs. Fresno State, 8:05 p.m. No. 22 Texas A&M at Texas Tech, 12:30 p.m. No. 24 Temple at Dayton, Noon No. 25 West Virginia vs. DePaul, 3 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 5 Duke at Miami, 5:45 p.m. No. 10 Connecticut vs. Providence, 6 p.m. No. 11 Georgetown vs. Marquette, Noon No. 14 Purdue at Illinois, Noon No. 15 Arizona at Arizona State, 8 p.m. Men’s BIG 12 CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Texas 8 0 1.000 20 3 .870 Kansas 8 1 .889 23 1 .958 Baylor 5 4 .556 15 7 .682 Texas A&M 4 4 .500 17 5 .773 Oklahoma 4 4 .500 12 10.545 Missouri 4 5 .444 18 6 .750 Oklahoma St.4 5 .444 16 7 .696 Kansas St. 4 5 .444 16 8 .667 Colorado 4 5 .444 15 9 .625 Nebraska 3 5 .375 15 7 .682 Texas Tech 3 6 .333 11 13.458 Iowa St. 1 8 .111 14 10.583 Monday’s Games Kansas 103, Missouri 86 Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Nebraska at Baylor, 7 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. Texas A&M at Colorado, 8 p.m. Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Women’s Top 25 Basketball Schedule Today’s Games No. 1 Baylor at Nebraska, 7:05 p.m. No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. No. 7 Xavier at Richmond, 6 p.m. No. 22 Iowa State at Kansas, 7 p.m. Thursday’s Games No. 3 Stanford vs. Washington State, 9 p.m. No. 4 Tennessee vs. Florida, 6 p.m. No. 9 UCLA at Oregon, 9 p.m. No. 11 Michigan State at No. 23 Penn State, 6 p.m. No. 12 Maryland at No. 20 Miami, 6 p.m. No. 13 North Carolina at Clemson, 6 p.m. No. 15 Kentucky at South Carolina, 6 p.m. No. 18 Green Bay at Illinois-Chicago, 4:30 p.m. No. 24 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. Friday’s Games No. 5 Duke at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. No. 19 Florida State vs. No. 24 Georgia Tech, 5:30 p.m. No. 25 Marist at Iona, 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games No. 1 Baylor vs. Texas, 12:30 p.m. No. 2 Connecticut at Providence, 1 p.m. No. 3 Stanford vs. Washington, 4 p.m. No. 6 Texas A&M vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. No. 7 Xavier vs. Fordham, 1 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m. No. 9 UCLA at Oregon State, 4 p.m. No. 10 DePaul vs. No. 21 Marquette, 7 p.m. No. 14 Oklahoma vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. No. 18 Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola of Chicago, 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 4 Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 5 p.m. No. 5 Duke vs. Boston College, 1 p.m. No. 23 Penn State at Indiana, 11:30 a.m. No. 11 Michigan State vs. Michigan, 1:30 p.m. No. 12 Maryland vs. Virginia, 1 p.m. No. 13 North Carolina vs. No. 20 Miami, Noon No. 15 Kentucky vs. LSU, 1:30 p.m. No. 16 Georgetown at St. John’s, 1:30 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Louisville, 4 p.m. No. 22 Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 4 p.m. No. 24 Georgia at Mississippi, 2 p.m. USA Today/ESPN Women’s Top 25 Poll The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN women’s college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 7, points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Baylor (20) 21-1 763 1 2. Connecticut (11) 22-1 754 2 3. Stanford 20-2 712 3 4. Tennessee 22-2 677 4 5. Texas A&M 19-2 650 6 6. Xavier 19-2 602 7 7. Duke 21-2 577 5 8. Notre Dame 20-4 560 8 9. UCLA 19-2 539 9 10. North Carolina 21-3 474 12 11. Maryland 20-3 466 10 12. Oklahoma 17-5 403 11 13. Michigan State 20-3 384 15 14. DePaul 21-3 381 13 15. Florida State 19-5 341 14 16. Wisconsin-Green Bay22-1 312 17 17. Georgetown 19-5 265 19 18. Kentucky 18-5 260 18 19. West Virginia 20-4 232 15 20. Iowa State 16-6 149 20 21. Miami 20-3 148 21 22. Marquette 19-4 138 24 23. Penn State 20-5 66 — 24. Marist 21-2 46 — 25. St. John’s 16-7 44 23 Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 34, Georgia 26, Iowa 16, Georgia Tech 11, Louisiana Tech 11, Houston 10, Kansas State 7, Florida Gulf Coast 6, Syracuse 4, Rutgers 3, Bowling Green 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Northern Iowa 1.

TENNIS WTA PTT Pattaya Women’s Open Tuesday’s Results At Dusit Resort Pattaya, Thailand Purse: $220,000 (Intl.) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles First Round Ana Ivanovic (2), Serbia, def. Nudnida Luangnam, Thailand, 6-0, 6-2. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, def. Zheng Jie, China, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

transcript sportsline: 366-3535 Nungnadda Wannasuk, Thailand, def. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-4. Vera Zvonareva (1), Russia, def Tamira Paszek, Austria, 6-4, 6-2. Elena Baltacha, Britain, def. Nicha Lertpitaksinchai, 6-2, 6-3. Sara Errani (8), Italy, def. Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Ayumi Morita, Japan, def. Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, 6-3, 6-2. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, def. Renata Voracova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2. Roberta Vinci (5), Italy, def. Ksenia Palkina, Kyrgyzstan, 6-1, 6-3. Daniela Hantuchova (4), Slovakia, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-2, 6-1. Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, def. Romina Oprandi, Italy, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, def. Tatjana Malek, Germany, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Doubles First Round Jill Craybas, United States, and Tamarine Tanasugarn (3), Thailand, def. Nicole Clerico, Italy, and Ksenia Palkina, Kyrgyzstan, 7-6 (9), 6-2. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, and Renata Voracova (2), Czech Republic, def. Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan MoultonLevy, United States, 7-6 (6), 6-4. Alberta Brianti, Italy, and Zhang Shuai (3), China, def. Lu Jingjing and Xu Yi-Fan, China, 6-4, 6-4. ATP World Tour ABN AMRO World Tournament Tuesday’s Results At Ahoy’ Stadium Rotterdam, Netherlands Purse: $1.97 million (WT500) Surface: Hard-Indoor Singles First Round Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, def. Yenhsun Lu, Taiwan, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, def. David Ferrer, (3) Spain, 6-3, 6-4. Ivan Ljubicic (7), Croatia, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8), France, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-4. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands, def. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. Robin Soderling (1), Sweden, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2. Tomas Berdych (4), Czech Republic, def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 6-1, 6-2. Doubles First Round Michael Llodra, France, and Nenad Zimonjic (4), Serbia, def. Rohan Bopanna, India, and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Pakistan, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Mahesh Bhupathi, India, and Marcel Granollers (3), Spain, def. Julian Knowle, Australia, and Horia Tecau, Romania, 7-6 (6), 64. Jurgen Melzer, Austria, and Philipp Petzschner (2), Germany, def. Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic, and Paul Hanley, Australia, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 10-4 tiebreak. ATP World Tour SAP Open At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Purse: $600,000 (WT250) Surface: Hard-Indoor Singles First Round Michael Russell, United States, def. Alex Kuznetsov, United States, 6-4, 6-2. Tim Smyczek, United States, def. Robert Farah, Colombia, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Denis Istomin (5), Uzbekistan, def. Roman Borvanov, Moldova, 6-3, 7-5. Donald Young, United States, def. Dustin Brown, Germany, 7-6 (2), 6-4. James Blake, United States, def. Jesse Levine, United States, 7-5, 6-1. Lleyton Hewitt (7), Australia, def. Bjorn Phau, Germany, 6-3, 6-3. Exhibition Gael Monfils, France, def. Pete Sampras, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Doubles First Round Alejandro Falla, Colombia, and Xavier Malisse, Belgium, def. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, and Dusan Vemic, Serbia, 6-1, 6-2. Richard Berankis, Lithuania, and Kei Nishikori, Japan, def. Johan Brunstrom, Sweden, and Travis Parrott, United States, 6-7 (4), 6-0, 10-6 tiebreak.

HOCKEY NHl Glance EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GFGA Philadelphia 53 35 13 5 75 180137 Pittsburgh 54 34 16 4 72 164122 N.Y. Rangers 56 29 23 4 62 155138 New Jersey 53 19 30 4 42 113154 N.Y. Islanders 52 17 28 7 41 128169 Northeast Division Boston 53 30 16 7 67 161119 Montreal 54 30 19 5 65 139131 Buffalo 51 24 22 5 53 145149 Toronto 53 22 26 5 49 138166 Ottawa 54 17 29 8 42 119178 Southeast Division Tampa Bay 54 33 16 5 71 164162 Washington 54 29 15 10 68 150134 Carolina 53 26 21 6 58 159164 Atlanta 56 24 22 10 58 162183 Florida 52 23 23 6 52 140141 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GFGA Detroit 53 32 15 6 70 176156 Nashville 54 28 19 7 63 141129 Chicago 53 27 22 4 58 168150 Columbus 52 25 22 5 55 141162 St. Louis 51 23 20 8 54 138153 Northwest Division Vancouver 54 35 10 9 79 183127 Calgary 55 27 21 7 61 157161 Minnesota 52 27 20 5 59 135138 Colorado 53 25 22 6 56 164175 Edmonton 53 16 29 8 40 133180 Pacific Division Dallas 53 30 18 5 65 152150 Phoenix 55 27 19 9 63 156156 San Jose 53 28 19 6 62 150144 Anaheim 54 29 21 4 62 146150 Los Angeles 53 29 22 2 60 150129 Today’s Games Montreal at Boston, 6 p.m. San Jose at Columbus, 6 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.

Television WEDNESDAY Men’s College Basketball 6 p.m. — Georgetown at Syracuse (ESPN-29) 6 p.m. — Marquette at South Florida (ESPN-28) 7 p.m. — Nebraska at Baylor (KSBI15) 8 p.m. — North Carolina at Duke (ESPN-29) 8 p.m. — Texas at Oklahoma (ESPN28) 10 p.m. — Utah St. at Idaho (ESPN28) NHL Hockey 6 p.m. — Montreal at Boston (VERSUS-251) 8 p.m. — Phoenix at Dallas (FSN-37) Soccer 1:55 p.m. — Exhibition, men’s national teams, France vs. Brazil, at Paris (ESPN2-28)

Chicago at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Thursday’s Games New Jersey at Toronto, 6 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 6:30 p.m. AHL Glance EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W LOL SLPts GF GA Manchester 52 31 16 1 4 67 168 141 Portland 50 30 15 4 1 65 172 149 Worcester 50 24 18 2 6 56 132 148 Connecticut 52 24 21 2 5 55 142 143 Providence 50 23 23 3 1 50 123 153 Springfield 50 23 23 1 3 50 150 159 Bridgeport 50 19 25 3 3 44 136 161 East Division GP W LOL SLPts GF GA WB/Scranton 51 37 14 0 0 74 171 124 Hershey 49 31 14 1 3 66 172 116 Charlotte 51 28 18 1 4 61 179 165 Norfolk 51 25 15 8 3 61 176 147 Binghamton 51 25 20 3 3 56 162 143 Syracuse 50 18 26 2 4 42 123 161 Albany 49 18 28 0 3 39 121 177 Adirondack 51 16 30 2 3 37 117 176 WESTERN CONFERENCE North Division GP W LOL SLPts GF GA Manitoba 49 28 15 1 5 62 143 123 Hamilton 49 28 16 1 4 61 142 117 Lake Erie 55 25 22 3 5 58 145 150 Toronto 51 24 20 0 7 55 147 146 Abbotsford 52 23 22 2 5 53 119 146 Grand Rapids51 22 23 1 5 50 140 159 Rochester 50 21 24 3 2 47 137 162 West Division GP W LOL SLPts GF GA Milwaukee 49 28 13 2 6 64 138 120 San Antonio 51 31 18 2 0 64 166 146 Peoria 51 29 18 2 2 62 139 129 Houston 52 29 19 1 3 62 139 138 OKC 53 27 19 2 5 61 168 153 Texas 49 27 16 3 3 60 136 128 Chicago 54 26 22 2 4 58 172 178 Rockford 47 20 21 2 4 46 121 138 Today’s Games Connecticut at Toronto, 10 a.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 10:35 a.m. Hershey at Manchester, 6 p.m. Abbotsford at Rochester, 6:05 p.m. Houston at Rockford, 6:35 p.m. Grand Rapids at Chicago, 7 p.m. Peoria at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

GOLF World Golf Ranking 1. Lee Westwood Eng 2. Martin Kaymer Ger 3. Tiger Woods USA 4. Phil Mickelson USA 5. Graeme McDowell NIr 6. Paul Casey Eng 7. Rory McIlroy NIr 8. Steve Stricker USA 9. Luke Donald Eng 10. Jim Furyk USA 11. Ernie Els SAf 12. Ian Poulter Eng 13. Matt Kuchar USA 14. Dustin Johnson USA 15. Robert Karlsson Swe 16. Retief Goosen SAf 17. Francesco Molinari Ita 18. Bubba Watson USA 19. Louis Oosthuizen SAf 20. Edoardo Molinari Ita 21. Hunter Mahan USA 22. Tim Clark SAf 23. Miguel A Jimenez Esp 24. Charl Schwartzel SAf 25. Adam Scott Aus 26. Geoff Ogilvy Aus 27. Robert Allenby Aus 28. Rickie Fowler USA 29. Zach Johnson USA 30. Kim Kyung-Tae Kor 31. Justin Rose Eng 32. Anthony Kim USA 33. Padraig Harrington Irl 34. Nick Watney USA 35. Peter Hanson Swe 36. Alvaro Quiros Esp 37. Ross Fisher Eng 38. Ben Crane USA 39. Ryo Ishikawa Jpn 40. Jason Day Aus 41. Martin Laird Sco 42. Yuta Ikeda Jpn 43. Camilo Villegas Col 44. Y.E. Yang Kor 45. Bo Van Pelt USA 46. Bill Haas USA 47. Sean O’Hair USA 48. Ryan Moore USA 49. K.J. Choi Kor 50. Hiroyuki Fujita Jpn 51. Mark Wilson USA 52. Stewart Cink USA 53. Jeff Overton USA 54. Ryan Palmer USA 55. Charley Hoffman USA 56. Richard Green Aus 57. Matteo Manassero Ita 58. Jonathan Byrd USA 59. Heath Slocum USA

8.41 7.90 6.78 6.39 6.39 6.13 5.85 5.78 5.45 5.42 5.15 4.90 4.79 4.65 4.49 4.48 4.36 4.13 3.91 3.79 3.79 3.73 3.73 3.61 3.44 3.37 3.35 3.30 3.29 3.28 3.24 3.20 3.20 3.13 3.07 3.03 3.00 2.95 2.95 2.91 2.77 2.73 2.70 2.64 2.62 2.58 2.52 2.48 2.46 2.44 2.39 2.37 2.29 2.25 2.24 2.22 2.22 2.17 2.17

Radio WEDNESDAY Men’s College Basketball 8 p.m. — Texas at Oklahoma (KRXOFM 107.7) Women’s College Basketball 7 p.m. — Oklahoma at Texas A&M (KOKC-AM 1520)

Scene WEDNESDAY Men’s College Basketball 8 p.m. — Texas at Oklahoma Women’s College Basketball 7 p.m. — Oklahoma at Texas A&M

60. Thomas Bjorn 61. Brendan Jones 62. Henrik Stenson 63. Noh Seung-yul 64. Toru Taniguchi 65. Lucas Glover 66. Angel Cabrera 67. Thongchai Jaidee 68. J.B. Holmes 69. Jason Dufner 70. Anders Hansen 71. Simon Dyson 72. Kevin Na 73. Tetsuji Hiratsuka 74. Stephen Gallacher 75. Stuart Appleby

Den Aus Swe Kor Jpn USA Arg Tha USA USA Den Eng USA Jpn Sco Aus

2.17 2.16 2.15 2.10 2.07 1.97 1.96 1.95 1.94 1.92 1.92 1.90 1.89 1.88 1.88 1.87

BASEBALL 2011 Spring Training Dates American League P&C Full Squad 1st Workout 1st Baltimore Feb. 14 Feb. 21 Boston Feb. 15 Feb. 19 Chicago White Sox Feb. 17 Feb. 22 Cleveland Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Detroit Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Kansas City Feb. 15 Feb. 19 L.A. Angels Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Minnesota Feb. 17 Feb. 23 N.Y. Yankees Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Oakland Feb. 16 Feb. 21 Seattle Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Tampa Bay Feb. 16 Feb. 21 Texas Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Toronto Feb. 14 Feb. 19 National League P&C Full Squad 1st Workout 1st Arizona Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Atlanta Feb. 15 Feb. 19 Chicago Cubs Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Cincinnati Feb. 16 Feb. 19 Colorado Feb. 15 Feb. 22 Florida Feb. 17 Feb. 21 Houston Feb. 16 Feb. 20 L.A. Dodgers Feb. 17 Feb. 22 Milwaukee Feb. 17 Feb. 22 N.Y. Mets Feb. 17 Feb. 21 Philadelphia Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Pittsburgh Feb. 14 Feb. 19 St. Louis Feb. 14 Feb. 19 San Diego Feb. 14 Feb. 19 San Francisco Feb. 15 Feb. 19 Washington Feb. 17 Feb. 22

BOXING Feb. 11 At Montreal (ESPN2), Antonin Decarie vs. Shamone Alvarez, 10, welterweights; Ionut Dan Ion vs. Steve Forbes, 10, welterweights. At Atlantic City, N.J., Eddie Chambers vs. Derric Rossy, 12, IBF heavyweight eliminator. At Osaka, Japan, Oleydong Sithsamerchai vs. Kazuto Ioka, 12, for Sithsamerchai’s WBC strawweight title. Feb. 12 At Duesseldorf, Germany, Steve Herelius vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez, 12, for Herelius’ WBA interim cruiserweight title.

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX—Agreed to terms with LHP Dennys Reyes on a minor league contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Designated OF Justin Ruggiano and 1B-OF Leslie Anderson for assignment. National League MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Assigned RHP Roque Mercedes outright to Nashville (PCL). BASKETBALL Women’s National Basketball Association LOS ANGELES SPARKS—Signed C Courtney Paris. Re-signed F Chanel Mokango. FOOTBALL National Football League PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Named Johnnie Lynn secondary/cornerbacks coach and Bobby April, Jr. defensive quality control coach. Promoted David Culley to senior offensive assistant/wide receivers, James Urban assistant offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson quarterbacks coach and Duce Staley special teams quality control coach. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Named Keith Millard and Grady Stretz co-defensive line coaches and Tyrone Pettaway defensive quality control coach. TENNESSEE TITANS—Fired offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. HOCKEY National Hockey League NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Recalled G Mike McKenna from Albany (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Re-assigned F Alexandre Bolduc to Manitoba (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Assigned C Jay Beagle to Hershey (AHL). COLLEGE CARTHAGE—Named Mike Yeager defensive coordinator. GREENSBORO—Named Kathleen Standberg women’s assistant golf coach.


Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

THIS WEEK IN: GOLF

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SKIING

Vonn is skiing ‘in a fog’ at Worlds By Andrew Dampf AP Sports Writer

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England’s Lee Westwood plays a shot during a Challenge Match on Tuesday at the Emirates Golf Club two days ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai. The Classic will host the world’s top-three ranked golfers, including No. 1 Westwood.

Numbers man

• Greer never thought he’d change the game of golf Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — His vocation was civil engineering. His passion was sports and statistics. Tony Greer found enough spare time between the two to devise a world ranking for golfers, and it turned into more than a hobby. His system got the attention of Mark McCormack, the late founder of IMG who had been publishing his own rudimentary rankings in the annual “World of Professional Golf.” Neither could have imagined how it would shape golf’s growing landscape. “It’s an exciting time at the moment,” Greer said Tuesday from his home in London. When he first started to develop a world ranking, Greer said it was far less complicated to figure out the best players in golf. “You looked at the PGA Tour money list,” he said. That all has changed now. First came the emergence of Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo, then Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer. And while Tiger Woods has dominated the ranking like no other — he has been at No. 1 for 85 percent of his pro career — his recent slump has created opportunity for so many others. And it has put the Official World Golf Ranking at the front of any discussion involving of global golf. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Woods — Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the world ranking — will be in the same group for the Dubai Desert Classic. It’s the first time since 1994 that a regular European Tour event has had the top three players in the world. On the other side of the world, Phil Mickelson is at Pebble Beach with a chance to move ahead of Woods for the first time since the 1997 Masters. At both tournaments, players will be jockeying to finish among the top 64 and qualify for the $8 million Match Play Championship. You can count on some controversy. That hasn’t changed. Questions about the mechanics and methodology of the world ranking will never go away. There is no system to accurately compare the strength of

For those who don’t like the ranking, they better get used to it. PGA TOUR Paul Azinger once said Pebble Beach Nat. Pro-Am the only things that ever Site: Pebble Beach, Calif. Schedule: Thursdaymade him choke were cash Sunday. or prestige. He never said Courses: Pebble Beach anything about ranking Golf Links (6,816 yards, par 72), Monterey Peninsula Country points. Club, Shore Course (6,900 But that’s the direction yards, par 72) and Spyglass Hill golf is going. Golf Club (6,833 yards, par 72). The USGA’s decision last Purse: $6.3 million. Winner’s share: $1,134,000. week to eliminate the monTV: Golf Channel (Thursday, ey list as a criteria for getting 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; into the U.S. Open was only Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 3-6 the latest step in giving the p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m.; Official World Golf Ranking Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 1-2:30 more importance, if not p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.) credibility. and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; The U.S. Open still puts Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.). Notes: Dustin Johnson tops as much emphasis on “Unitthe field along with Wilson, Phil ed States” as it does on Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Padraig “Open.” Harrington and Geoff Ogilvy. ... In 2009, Johnson beat Mike It is sensitive to where the Weir by four strokes in the rainmajor is played, and it shortened tournament. strives to keep half of its 156Mickelson won by five strokes man field open to qualifiers. in 2007, matching the tournament record of 20-under But it also wants to be the 268 set by Mark O’Meara in strongest test for a major, 1997. Mickelson also won in inviting the best from 1998 and 2005. around the world. The CHAMPIONS TOUR USGA ultimately decided Allianz Championship what McCormack figured Site: Boca Raton, Fla. out years ago — money Schedule: Friday-Sunday. might not be the best Course: The Old Course at Broken Sound Club (6,807 barometer anymore. yards, par 72). That’s why starting next Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s year, it will swap out money share: $270,000. lists from four tours with the TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 11:30-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, top 60 in the world ranking. 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6-8:30 “We’re more comfortable p.m.). with that than we are trying Notes: John Cook has a streak of 12 rounds in the 60s, to figure out internally how one off the tour record set by we judge various tours Hale Irwin in 1999. ... Jim around the world,” said Colbert is making his 500th Mike Davis, the senior Champions Tour start. The 69year-old Colbert has 20 tour director of rules and comvictories. petition. “Virtually everybody will admit that any PGA EUROPEAN TOUR ranking system is never Dubai Desert Classic Site: Dubai, United Arab going to be perfect. But we Emirates. think it’s more equitable Schedule: Thursdaythan what we do.” Sunday. The knock on McCormaCourse: Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (7,301 yards, par ck and his initial idea for a 72). world ranking was that he Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s was only trying to promote share: $416,660 . TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, his clients at IMG. The 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30-7:30 rebuttal was that IMG had p.m.; Friday, 7:30-11:30 a.m., most of the best players, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30anyway. 11:30 a.m., 2-5 p.m., 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30-11:30 a.m., “He was always a bit of a 2:30-5 p.m., 8:30-10:30 p.m.). statistical buff,” Johnson Notes: Tiger Woods is in the said. “For a long time in his field and coming off a 44thannual, he compiled a world place tie two weeks ago at Torrey Pines in his season money list. That spawned debut ... Top-ranked Lee the ranking, as it became Westwood and No. 2 Martin clear a money list was disKaymer also are in the field torted by the value of the dollar and obviously, the — AP overwhelming focus on the U.S. tour and the size of its tours around the world. prize money. That made “How do you know that everything else in the world I’m No. 198, and some guy somewhat irrelevant as far from Zimbabwe is No. 199?” as performance on the golf said Paul Goydos. course.”

On Course

Finchem: PGA won’t halt fan calls on rules RENO, Nev. — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem would like to see more common sense used in enforcing penalties for rules infractions phoned in by alert fans watching on television but he said on Tuesday that halting their input completely is “not an option.” “We like the fact that people call in. We like the fact people who watch the telecasts get excited about something they see,” Finchem said. “We don’t want to turn those people off. We want to accept the information and deal with it. Cutting them off is not an option. It is just a question of how the rule is applied,” he said in an interview Tuesday during a stop at Montreux Golf & Country Club to promote the 13th Reno-Tahoe Open Aug. 4-7 on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. Finchem said he discussed the controversial topic in a meeting with members of the USGA executive committee in Phoenix on Friday after television viewers called in violations by Camilo Villegas in Hawaii and Padraig Harrington in Abu Dhabi in recent weeks. Both initially were assessed two-shot penalties, but because officials were notified after the round, each was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. — AP

GARMISCHPARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn is clearly not herself. Perhaps more worrying, the Olympic downhill champion isn’t sure when she’ll be fully recovered from her head injury. Attempting to defend her super-G title title in the opening race of the world championships, Vonn finished seventh Tuesday — a dismal performance given her commanding strength in this event. She was 0.84 seconds behind Austrian winner Elisabeth Goergl. “It’s like I’m skiing in a fog,” Vonn said. She lost time at each checkpoint and became increasingly shaky as she completed her run. On the bottom half of the icy and shady Kandahar course, she was wild and struggled simply to maintain her line. At the finish, Vonn hung her head on her poles. “I can’t process the information fast enough and that’s why I’m behind the course, all the bumps are throwing me around,” she said. “It’s because my body is one gate ahead of where my mind is, and that’s not a good way to ski.” Vonn landed on her head during a spectacular fall in giant slalom training in Austria last week and pulled out of Friday’s World Cup slalom. “It’s very frustrating because it’s not pain. I can’t just fight my way down and fight my way through the pain. I have no fight; I can’t think,” she said. “It’s awful, it’s awful.” Vonn’s status is in sharp contrast to that of U.S. teammate Julia Mancuso, who took the silver medal. She finished a mere 0.05 seconds behind Goergl for her fourth career medal at the worlds, adding to her three Olympic medals. Maria Riesch of Germany won the bronze. Mancuso also finished second in a downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, a couple weeks ago. Still, she hasn’t won a race in nearly four years.

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This July 2, 2010 file photo shows NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrating after winning the Subway Jalapeno 250 auto race at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. recently called for shorter races and a shorter season, and said he’d accept less money for the cutbacks.

Few answers for NASCAR issues By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR entered its brief offseason with several nagging problems, intending to fix as many as possible. What top series officials emerged with is a new scoring format that simplifies the convoluted points system used since 1975. Left unchanged are sagging television ratings, alarming attendance drops and apathy from new and old fans alike. After 2010 produced one of the most competitive and dramatic seasons in memory, it was competition issues — the new points system, a tweak to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship — and not the overarching threats to the sport’s success that NASCAR chairman Brian France addressed last month in his 2011 preview. “Look, we’re very satisfied with the most important thing: the level of competition,” France said. “It’s easy to pull out one thing or another. We’re 63 years old; every sport is going to have periods where, for lots of reasons, you’re in a peak or a valley. “But over the long-term, we’re very confident that ... we’re setting ourselves up to work through any issues that we have, take the sport in a smart direction over many, many years and make sure the business models for all of the NASCAR community work properly.” Five-time defending

series champion Jimmie Johnson said simply changing the points system wasn’t enough to fix NASCAR’s larger issues. “I don’t believe (the points change is) a huge strategy to engage the fans more from an attendance standpoint or a viewership standpoint,” Johnson said when asked what effect the new points system will have. “I think, in my opinion, there are other areas to focus on for that.” Those other areas — rising costs, a difficult sponsorship market, fading stars, failure to entice the coveted 18-to-34 demographic and overall fan malaise — remain status quo as NASCAR heads into a new season. The unofficial kickoff is this week when Daytona International Speedway opens in preparation of Saturday night’s exhibition Budweiser Shootout. The season-opening Daytona 500 — NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl — is Feb. 20. Last year’s Daytona 500 was marred by a pesky pothole in the racing surface that caused two delays totaling more than two hours, a debacle that some believed set the tone for another year of decline in NASCAR interest. The television audience was down 10 percent last season, and ratings dived almost 21 percent during the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

NFL: Lockout a big concern • Continued from Page B1 we’ve been taken care of through our health insursoon swirl down the drain ance, and things like that, like the Steelers’ champi- and we’re going to have that onship dreams. no longer. So it’s time to Keisel and the Steelers save, time to not buy cars had one final team meeting and spend money.” Tuesday, determined to put Tomlin, of course, wasn’t their crushing Super Bowl around to talk about the loss to Green Bay behind meeting. Same with Ben them. Players stuffed Roethlisberger and Troy belongings in black trash Polamalu. The Steelers let bags and zoomed off into an two players talk to the media uncertain offseason. at the podium: Antwaan Almost 48 hours after the loss, coach Mike Tomlin Randle El and Chris Hoke. About an hour after the met with the Steelers and meeting ended, Tomlin told them the franchise walked out of a side door of remains committed toward the practice facility wearing winning the Lombardi Troa scarf and his AFC champhy. He also addressed some pions ballcap, but no coat, various rules and restric- on a brisk day where the tions that would come if wind chill was below zero. Tomlin waved before he owners decide to move ahead with a lockout. The slipped into his SUV and Steelers, like most NFL play- backed it up to the doors of ers, are worried about what the practice facility to load will happen with OTAs, some belongings. He then minicamps, health insur- tipped his cap as he drove ance and other necessities out of the parking lot. Inside team headquarwhen the collective bargaining agreement expires ters, the Steelers’ six Super Bowl trophies stand togethMarch 3. “Hey man, you better er along the wall leading to save some money, just in various offices. The 31-25 case,” defensive end Nick loss to the Packers assured Eason said. “A lot of things there will be no more addihave changed. I mean, tions to that collection this

offseason. Hoke, a free agent after 10 years with the Steelers, was a key component in their last two championships. And, of course, he expected to extend the perfect record on Sunday. “I’m glad we won the first two, because I don’t how you deal with it,” Hoke said. “It makes you so much happier you won the first two. It’s tough to lose Super Bowls. You get there, you dream of being on top of that podium holding that trophy, passing it around, celebrating with your teammates.” Hoke hopes to return and expects to find most of his teammates back with him for the new season — whenever that starts. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley and cornerback Ike Taylor are two top free agents. The Steelers want to re-sign both. Under the Rooney family, the Steelers have long been fond of stability. And Art Rooney has already said not to expect many changes. Who knows. Maybe Keisel’s mangy mane might be the biggest offseason transformation.


Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

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Bombers take out Tigers Men:Texas has been on another level Girls

It was all going wrong for the Norman High girls. After two practices in eight days, no games, the Tigers were back on the court Tuesday afternoon to take on the top-ranked team in the state, Midwest City. Unfortunately for NHS, the shots weren’t falling, and the Bombers took a big, early lead and never looked back, winning 47-27 for their 40th-straight victory. “We’re not going to use (the weather) as an excuse,” NHS coach Matilda Mossman said. “We were 9-for-47. That’s 19 percent. We were timid, we didn’t have any attitude. We weren’t even a factor. I’m really disappointed with our mentality and our attitude. We just weren’t very tough.” Ashley Clark scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the third period as the Bombers pulled away, and Midwest City post Marisha Wallace scored 15 points. Clark also added eight rebounds and five steals. Midwest City took the ball away from the Tigers 12 times and blocked nine shots. Kamra King led the Tigers (14-5) with 10 points, three assists and two steals, and Shelby Lovell put in eight, including two 3-pointers.

At North Gym Norman North 47, Moore 15. Playing in back-to-back games, North was not at their best Tuesday against the struggling Lions. “We had to have a sense of urgency,” North coach Jeff Blough said. “The coaches did their job before the game. It’s up to the seniors to get them going on nights like this. It’s just one of those nights.” Both teams came out sluggish and didn’t score for almost three minutes in the first quarter. North finally heated up and went on a 13-2 run to end the period. Moore’s offense continued to struggle in the second quarter. They were unable to set up any plays

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Norman High’s Kim Hayes (13) goes to the hoop before Midwest City's Carolee Dillard (32) tries to block her shot in Tuesday’s game at Norman High. or get any fastbreak opportunities. The Lions trailed 24-4 at halftime. Girls The Timberwolves put Midwest City 47, Norman High 27 MWC 12 12 15 8 — 47 the game away in the third. NHS 8 4 13 2 — 27 But their coaching staff Individual Statistics Scoring — MWC: Ashley Clark 18, Marwas still unhappy with the isha Wallace 15, Kaylon Williams 5, Adrianteam’s performance. na White 4, Canesha Watson 3, Carolee Dillard 2. NHS: Kamra King 10, Shelby Lovell “It was still ugly,” Blough 8, Bethany Cox 4, D Brown 3, Kim Hayes 2. said. “ We had a JV Rebounds — MWC: Clark 8. NHS: Olivia Meek 6, Jordan Franks 6. Assists — MWC: atmosphere. Nobody in the White 4. NHS: King 3. Steals — MWC: stands. We didn’t come Clark 5. NHS: King 2. Blocked Shots — MWC: Williams 6. NHS: Meek 1. with any energy. I told the Turnovers — MWC: 20. NHS: 17. girls we won by 34 points Record for NHS: 14-5 Next for NHS: 6:15 p.m. Friday at and it feels like we lost.” Edmond Memorial. Haley Scott led the TWolves with 11 points. Tori Thomas added six. Gabe Bonzie kept North Moore’s high scorer was in the game with hard Lindsey Harris with five drives to the baskets and points. was able to pick up fouls on multiple MHS defenders. Boys Moore still led 23-20 at halftime. Moore 55, The shooting of Patrick Norman North 48 Schaefer and the rebounding of Payton Prince and Austin Salyer had the Matt Southard allowed hot hand early for Moore. The senior guard knocked North to take a one point lead into the fourth quarter. down a 3-pointer to start With 1:42 left in the the game then followed it game Bonzie put the Tup with a gliding layup Wolves up 48-47 after through the T-Wolves sinking two free throws. defense.

Boxscore

The Lions’ Dorion Gigger responded with a 3-foot shot from in the paint. MHS led by one. North tried to get the ball to Southard on the low block, but 6-9 senior was unable to handle the pass. Moore came up with the loose ball and Coryonne Cain was fouled. He sank both free throws to extend Moore’s lead to 51-48 with 33 seconds left on the clock. The T-Wolves put the ball in Schaefer’s hands to try and tie the contest, but the Lions’ Bryson Lowry denied him a good look and he passed it out to Matt Mclure, who missed a 3-pointer. Salyer and Gigger each scored 16 points for the Lions. Kody English chipped in with 11. The T-Wolves got 16 points from Schaefer while Bonzie chipped in with 15. — By Jeff Johncox & Michael Kinney

orange at Lloyd Noble Center. “They’re a different team. That’s no disrespect to the other teams we’ve played, but they’re on a little bit different level than everyone, especially with the way they’re playing right now,” OU coach Jeff Capel said. “They have a swagger about them — in a good way. That’s very evident when you watch them on tape.” But those tapes reveal tendencies. Watching them shows what players like to do and what they don’t. They show whether a guard can effectively drive either direction or if he’s limited to his dominant hand. They show if a forward only spins to his left when he gets the ball. They show which players gamble on defense and which don’t. Knowing those tendencies is the great equalizer in a game that is as mental as it is physical. The last time OU and Texas met, the Sooners got away from their report in a 66-46 loss in Austin on Jan. 15. Early in the game and at the beginning of the second half, Texas’ Jordan Hamilton found himself wide open just beyond the 3-point line with no Sooners near him. Those wide open 3-pointers accounted for 12 of his 17 points that day. “We just lost him,” guard Steven Pledger said. Hamilton, who averages 18.9 points a game and has emerged as the favorite to be the Big 12’s player of the year this season, remarked being so open was “like Christmas.” Capel showed the quote to his team the next day and got the intended result. The Sooners have held their last five opponents to 47 percent shooting or worse. They’ve held their last four to less than 30 percent from 3-point range. The Sooners have also won four of five since the first

Texas at Oklahoma

Time/Place: 8 p.m. today, Lloyd Noble Center Records/Rankings: Oklahoma 12-10, 4-4 Big 12/unranked; Texas 20-3, 80 Big 12/No. 3 Associated Press; No. 3 ESPN-USA Today. Oklahoma starters: F 4 Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg); G 2 Steven Pledger (6-4, 212, So., 12.3 ppg, 2.1 apg); G 14 Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 7.8 ppg, 4.3 apg); G 21 Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G 34 Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg) Texas starters: F 1 Gary Johnson (6-6, 238, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg); F 13 Tristan Thompson (6-8, 225, Fr., 12.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg); G 3 Jordan Hamilton (6-7, 200, So., 18.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg); G 4 Dogus Balbay (6-1, 175, Sr., 4.7 ppg, 2.5 apg); G 5 Cory Joseph (6-3, 185, Fr., 11.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg 5.3 apg) Series: OU leads 47-30 TV: ESPN2-28 Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7 Webcast: ESPN3.com

meeting against Texas. Paying attention to the scouting report has played a big role in the success. Capel admitted one thing he might have taken for granted with a team that had nine first-year players, was that most had never been given that kind of detailed information before. “To go through a detailed scouting report and try to get guys to remember and understand tendencies, it took a while,” Capel said. “I think we’ve gotten a lot better since the last time we played them.” Will it be enough for the Sooners to get what would easily be their biggest victory of the season? That will play out tonight. The only guarantee the Sooners are making is that they don’t want anyone feeling like playing against them is akin to getting presents. John Shinn 366-3536 jshinn@normantranscript.com

Women:Will have to be quicker on D NHS:Lacked Oklahoma emotion against at Texas A&M No. 2 Bombers • Continued from Page B1 two assists. Cortrael Colbert scored 16 points, had four boards and three steals. Freshman point guard Omega Harris set up the brothers Colbert all night. He had five points but dished out seven assists and nabbed five steals as the Bombers’ high-pressure, full-court press defense forced the Tigers (10-9) into bad decision after bad decision. “Overall, we weren’t very aggressive and we played a little bit scared,” McCullough. “There wasn’t anything there that we haven’t seen before. I’m pretty embarrassed for how we played, to tell you the truth. We just kind of went out there and allowed things to happen instead of dictating the way things were going to happen.” Brandon Southern and Jaques Murray each scored nine points to lead the Tigers and George Kittle added six points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Connor Madole had eight points, four boards and three blocked shots. The Tigers might have a few days without school, but they don’t have any

Boxscore Boys Midwest City 65, Norman High 49 MWC 20 16 12 17 — 65 NHS 12 10 12 15 — 49 Individual Statistics Scoring — MWC: Cortrez Colbert 28, Cortrael Colbert 16, T.J. Noel 6, Omega Harris 5, Greg Austin 4, Cornell Neal 2, Brian Traylor 2, Chris Shannon 2. NHS: Brandon Southern 9, Jaques Murray 9, Connor Madole 8, George Kittle 6, Nate Long 6, Grant Ladner 6, Daniel Harper 3, Gavin Edington 2. Rebounds — MWC: Cortrez Colbert 8, Austin 8. NHS: Kittle 11. Assists — MWC: Harris 7. NHS: Southern 3, Kittle 3. Steals — MWC: Harris 5. NHS: Ladner 3. Blocked Shots — MWC: Austin 2. NHS: Madole 3. Turnovers — MWC: 17. NHS: 17. Record for NHS: 10-9 Next for NHS: 7:45 p.m. Friday at Edmond Memorial.

time to rest. No practices due to the heavy snowfall means they likely won’t be back on the court before having to travel to topranked Edmond Memorial Friday night. If the roads aren’t good enough to travel on Friday, McCullough said the two teams would play Saturday afternoon, instead. “We have to get that enthusiasm back, play with the emotion we were playing with,” McCullough said. “Now we go from No. 2 to No. 1.” Jeff Johncox 366-3535 jjohncox@normantranscript.com

• Continued from Page B1 Aggies’ 80-78 Lloyd Noble Center victory Jan. 26. “Sometimes you will guard a ball screen correctly and a good player will make a darn good play. That’s going to happen. But we had eight consecutive where we did not guard according to the (scouting report). Eight in a row.” Fans have seen a million ball screens. A perimeter ballhandler goes one direction or another, and a teammate will pop out and set a screen. It’s called a ball screen because she’s setting the screen for the player with the ball. Run properly, it can lead to many good things. The player with the ball may find daylight enough to shoot an uncontested 3-pointer, or daylight enough to drive to the basket, whereby she might score or dish to a leftopen teammate who might score. Also, the player setting the screen has options. She can roll toward the basket, hoping to receive a pass, thereby making the “ball screen” a de facto “pick and roll.” Or, the player setting the screen can pop out further, after setting the screen, and come open for her own 3-point shot. It works because, often, the player defending the screener must take over defense of the ballhandler, giving the original defender of the ballhandler time to get around the screen, and, as a result, the screener a moment of being unguarded.

Why’s A&M special? For the Aggies, the screener is Danielle Williams, the 6-1 post who’s every bit as big as Courtney Paris, but who has the shooting touch of an inrhythm Whitney Hand. Adams leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring at 22.6 points per outing. The girl with the ball tends to be

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Time/Place: 7 p.m., today, Reed Arena, College Station, Texas Records/Rankings: Oklahoma 17-5 (7-2 Big 12)/No. 14 Associated Press Top 25, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today Top 25; Texas A&M 19-2 (7-1 Big 12)/No. 6 AP Top 25, No. 6 ESPN/USA Today Top 25. Oklahoma starters: G 13 Danielle Robinson (5-9, Sr., 19.5 ppg, 5.3 apg), G 3 Aaryn Ellenberg (5-7, Fr., 17.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg), G 25 Whitney Hand (6-1, So.., 14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg), F 10 Carlee Roethlisberger (6-1, Sr., 6.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg), C 53 Joanna McFarland (6-3, So., 6.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Texas A&M starters: G 4 Sydney Carter (5-6, Jr., 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg); G 51 Sydney Colson (5-8, Sr., 6.4 ppg, 5.7 apg); F 20 Tyra White (6-0, Jr., 14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg); F 21 Adaora Elonu (6-1, Jr., 9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg); C 23 Danielle Adams (6-1, Sr., 22.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) Series: OU leads 26-16 TV: None Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

Sydney Colson, who leads the conference in assists (6.26 per game) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3 to 1). It might also be Sydney Carter, who averages 3.2 assists and is shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point land. For A&M, the ball screen is a simple play with a plethora of possible positive outcomes. “You’re in the middle of a riddle,” Coale said of the defense that must be played against A&M’s ball screening ways. “But you have to trust. You have to trust everybody to cover it, not just the two guys who are involved in (directly defending) the setting and the using of the screen. There are three other people on your team who also have to be in the right position to make it work.”

Inherently, an offense has an advantage over a defense in many sports because it knows where it’s going. That goes double when the offense has the athleticism of the Texas A&M women. “We’ve worked on them and practiced it. It’s pretty much all about talking and communication,” said OU point guard Danielle Robinson, who will frequently be the player getting screened tonight. “I think it’s all about doing it quicker.” So Robinson, plenty quick, has to be quicker to respond to being screened. The helper, likely post Joanna McFarland or post Lyndsey Cloman, must help quicker and also recover back to Adams quicker. And the rest of the Sooners have to know it’s happening, because the screener and the player receiving the benefit of the screen are not the only threats when it’s happening. It’s interesting. The Sooners have found ways to win many times this season, coming through with victorious moments when nothing else would do. Often, they’ve had to as a result of struggling in other parts of the game. But against Texas A&M the first time around, the second half may have been OU’s best offensive half. Fans were on their feet most of that half just to be in position to see what might happen next. So, tonight, if the Sooners can play with the ball as they did in the second half last time, while also offering their typical end-of-game mental toughness … it likely won’t make any difference whatsoever without doing a much better job defending A&M’s ball screen. That’s what it’s all about. Clay Horning 366-3526 cfhorning@normantranscript.com


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Senior Living In Moore Duplex for Rent. Landscaping Maintained By Owner 760-1860 4209 Willowisp, Dplx • W of Mall 3Bd/2Bth, Carpet, All Appls, Incl W/D, CH/A • $675/Mo • 321-3078 Action Property Mgmt

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1996 F 350 Crew Cab Dooley, Auto, Gas, New Tires, Good Condition. Low Miles. $5500. 229-5369 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT, Black, Grey Cloth, Auto, Auto Remote Start/Sec Sys, 7” LCD Touch Screen CD/DVD w/10” Sub Woofer, All Power, Compass & Temp. Bedliner, Cover, 80K Miles, New Trans! 20 Mos Warranty! Non Smoker, Dealer Maintained

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1024 Rambling Oaks #E 2Bd/1.5Bth • Condo CH/A, Kitchen Appls, W/D in Unit Sm Fenced Yd • $625/Mo + 500/Dep • Avail 10/1 Sooner Traditions Realty LLC 329-7143

1026 E Rambling Oaks 1Bd/1Bth • Condo CH/A, All Kit Appls, W/D in Unit $525/Mo + 400/Dep • Avail 2/1 Sooner Traditions Realty LLC 329-7143

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1821 Beaumont Dr • Duplex 3Bd/2Bth • Sec 8 Accepted, New Carpet & Paint, Service Animals Only • $700Mo + $300/Dep • A-1 Property Mgmt 360-2587 2317 Heatherfield • 2Bd/1.5Bth CH/A, FP, W/D HkUps, Fenced, New Carpet/Tile • Refs $550/Mo + 400/Dep • 329-4564 • 919-8169

4125 Heritage Place 2Bd/1.5Bth/2Car • Duplex CH/A, Kitchen Appls, Fenced Yard $750/Mo + 600/Dep • Avail 3/1 Sooner Traditions Realty LLC 329-7143

4304 Harvard Rd 2Bd/2Bth/2Car • Duplex CH/A, Kitchen Appls, W/D HkUps Fenced Yd • $700/Mo + 600/Dep Avail 3/1 Sooner Traditions Realty LLC 329-7143

WEST SIDE • Ex Lg 2 & 3 Bd 2 Car w/Opener, Gas Heat, Hot Water, Fireplace, Yards Maintained, Swimming Pool Starting $895/Mo & Up ! ! ! ! 360-4445 ! ! ! !

JOE’s HOME IMPROVEMENT Jobs of all types Includes Flooring and Painting. Joe Bowles • 642-5459 • 634-6945

Lyon’s Fence & Bobcat Srvc www.lyonsfence.com • Res/Comm All types of Fence & Bobcat Services Including Barb Wire lic/bond/Ins 818-4504 • 447-4933

MIKE WEINER CONSTRUCTION Add-ons • Decks • Roofs • Drywall Cabinets • Countertops • Doors Ceramic Tile • Wood Floors • 30 yrs Free Est. • 447-0204 • 818-6442

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280 Woodbriar Rd, in Noble New Duplex! • 3Bd / 2Bth / 2Car Fen/Yard • $850/mo w/ Granite C/tops + $500/dep • Call 361-1665 CAMPUS Corner-Live Close to the Action! B-I-G Triplex Unit with 4-5 Bedrooms. Unit Backs Up to Campus Corner. $895/Mo. Sharon @ Metro Brokers OK

397-3200 (No Pre-Leasing or Showing) READY NOW!! Stones Throw from Campus. Eclectic & Updated. 1Bd Upstairs Apt,Triplex Totally Remodeled. $425/Mo Sharon @ Metro Brokers OK 397-3200 Water & Trash Pd (No Pre-Leasing or Showing)

1Bd Condo • Norman Close Parking • Kit/Appls, FP, Pool Service Pet Only! • $410/Mo/Dep Close to Shop• 1-(936)788-1628 Granite Counter Tops, Fireplace, 2Bd/2Bth/2Car, CH/A, Fenc Yd Moore Schls, Must See! $1000/Mo

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Landscape

884

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Painting

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McCoy Painting & Remodel Free Estimates • 317-6344

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03 Ford F150 Super Crew $9300. 01 Ford Ranger Auto $3900 See at 202 S. Main • Noble Call Rick 590-3217 1966 Mustang, 1 Owner, Red, 289 Engine, Automatic, Air, Garage Kept, Original Hubcaps with Logo, Non Smoker, Excellent Condition, Asking $16,000. By Appt. 229-5683

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Repair Servies

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LEGALS (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 23, 2011, 3t) Lien sale for 1958 Ford F10L8K27002 for$5475 on 02-24-11 at 8:00 AM at 16120 Oakside Dr Newalla Oklahoma 74857 contact Eric Slaughter 405-203-5137 (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 2011, 2t) NOTICE TO BIDDERS INVITATION TO BID NUMBER 1011-61 The City of Norman, Oklahoma, will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Controller, Purchasing Division, City of Norman, 201-C West Gray, Norman, Oklahoma 73069, until 2:00 pm, March 3, 2011, for the following: All bids must be in a sealed envelope and marked with the following statement: Ruth Updegraff Park Project CDBG Project All bids must be submitted to the City Controller, Purchasing Division. All bids will then be opened and read aloud at 2:00 pm at the above location and date. The project consists of the following: 5l CONCRETE SIDEWALK 300 SY CONCRETE MOWSTRIP 205 LF DECOMPOSED GRANITE 110 CY COMPOSITE EDGING 317 LF DRAIN LINE 85 LF TYPICAL DRAIN INLET 2 EA CURB AND GUTTER 20 LF ADA RAMPS WITH TACTILE STRIPS 6 EA TYP BENCH 4 EA TYP BRIDGE 2 EA FLAGSTONE AND LABOR 1 LS MICROTOP 775 SF 2.5l-3l CALIPER DECIDUOUS TREES 10 EA SHRUBS 26 x 3 GAL GRASSES 885 x 1 GAL PERENNIALS 51 x 1 GAL TRANSPLANTED CRAPE MYRTLES 6 EA CRAPE MYRTLES 7 x 10 GAL U-3 BERMUDA SOD 4,569 SF WILDFLOWER SEED MIXTURE 5 LB NATIVE GRASS SEED MIXTURE 10 LB BOULDER INSTALLATION 1 LS RICH MIX SOIL 2,025 CY 3/4l AGGREGATE 10 CY MULCH 30 CY ADD ALTERNATES FOR CHANNEL REPAIR, GAmEBO ASSEMBLY, AND IRRIGATION SYSTEM AS SPECIFIED Bid information and specifications may be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 201-C West Gray, Norman, Oklahoma or the Revitalization Office located at 201-A West Gray, Norman, OK at no cost. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bidder's attention is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract. Minority and Section 3 contractors are encouraged to submit bids. An Affirmative Action Plan must be submitted for any contractor or subcontractor to assure equal opportunity employment guidelines. The minimum wage rates to be paid under this contract will be prevailing wage rates as set forth by the Department of Labor in the Area Wage Decision, or the prevailing hourly rate of wages for this locality and project as determined by the Commissioner of Labor and filed with the Secretary of State, in accordance with the provision of 40 O.S. Supp., 1965, Section 196.1196.12, which prevailing hourly rate of wages is made a part of this notice by reference as though fully set forth herein. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, before the time set for opening of bids, as well as bids received after the time set for opening bids, will not be considered and will be returned unopened. This project is being financed with federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any and all formalities on the bidding process. A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 AM, THURSDAY, ON February 21, 2011, AT CITY HALL, 201 WEST GRAY IN THE SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM OF BUILDING A, NORMAN, OK. (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 2, 9, 2011, 2t) Advertisement for Bids (Bid Package #1) Flintco LLC, hereinafter called the Construction Manager (CM) on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, hereinafter called the Owner, will receive sealed bids on Bid Package #1 for the Sooner Center Student Housing Project. These bids shall include all labor, materials and equipment to perform the scope of work for their respective bid packages. All properly sealed and labeled bids will be opened and read aloud at Flintco’s Oklahoma City office. A mandatory prebid meeting/site visit will be held at jobsite at time listed below. Package Contract 001 Description Demolition Prebid Meeting Time February 10th, 9:00 AM. On Site Bid Time February 24th, 1:00 PM **** Bid Packages are currently available at Gill Reprographics**** Project Description: Sooner Center Student Housing includes new facilities which will house students in a combination of two- and four-bed units totaling approximately 380 beds. The building is planned to be a mid-rise structure, with central dining, computer labs, study rooms, and other support facilities on the ground floor. The project will also include a Faculty-In-Residence apartment. Notice to ALL Bidders: Please be advised that this project is subject to the Rules under the venue of Oklahoma State Statute Title 61 (Section 580) for the Construction Management Contract delivery method (see also House Bill No. 2889 and Senate Bill No. 1172). Due to the nature of this project, the required fabrication and delivery of critical materials shall be included in the scope summaries. Multiple crews working in all areas of the project may be required and are to be reflected in your bids. Failure to conduct a thorough site inspection to completely familiarize yourself with the scope of work will NOT relieve any Bidder from their responsibility to provide a complete and comprehensive bid proposal. Any “apparent omission” not specifically shown on the documents or specified that is required (to be furnished and/or installed) to complete the intended scope of work IS REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BID and will not constitute a claim for additional or extra work. Successful bidders will be required to submit Subguard questionnaire. In the case that the subcontractor does not meet the subguard requirements a Payment and Performance bond will be required. All bids are to be sealed and CLEARLY labeled by describing the project and indicating the Contract scope being bid on the envelope. Bids will be received at Flintco’s office (2302 S. Prospect, OKC, OK. 73129). Bids received after the bid opening time, or more than ninety-six hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, before the time set for the opening of bids, will not be accepted. A Bid Security in the amount of 5s of the bid shall accompany the sealed proposal of each bidder. Attention of the bidders is also directed to requirements for liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within sixty (60) days after the date of bid opening stated above. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding. Bidders may obtain complete sets of Drawings, Specifications, and Bid Packages at Gill Reprographics (with Refundable Deposit of $40.00 upon return of documents in original condition). All interested parties may acquire a set of Contract Documents or partial sets, or individual sheets, by contacting Gill Reprographics (at bidders expense). Additional, sets may be purchased (at bidders expense) at Gill Reprographics as well as viewed at the local Plan Rooms. (Bidder will be responsible for the review of all construction documents) The University of Oklahoma Sooner Center Student Housing

LEGALS (Published by The Norman Transcript on January 26, February 2, 9, 2011, 3t) CJ-2010-1902-L NOTICE BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: Carl L. Thomas, Deceased, and Unknown Successors of Carl L. Thomas, Deceased You are hereby notified that you have been sued in the District Court in and for Cleveland County, Oklahoma, Case No. CJ-2010-1902-L, wherein Albright Title & Trust Company is Plaintiff, and you, among others, are Defendants and unless you answer the Petition of the Plaintiff filed against you on or before the 8 day of March, 2011, the allegations of said Petition will be taken as true and judgment rendered against you accordingly as prayed for, and any interest you have in said property will be foreclosed, and the Court will be asked to hold that the Plaintiff is the owner of the note and mortgage therein described covering the following described real property situated in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, to-wit: Lot Twenty (20), of EASTERN HILLS SECTION 1, an Addition to Cleveland County, Oklahoma, according to the recorded plat thereof. Further, judgment is asked against you and Mary R. Thomas on cause of action in the amount of $90,180.34 with interest thereon at 10.00s per annum from August 5, 2005, until paid, plus late charges, plus reasonable attorney's fees, and for abstract expense of $500.00, plus title examination fee, plus insurance advances prior to filing in the amount of $7,426.00, plus advances for taxes and insurance during the pendency of the action and for court costs and for foreclosure of note and first mortgage on the above described property. WITNESS my hand on the 24 day of January, 2011. Rhonda Hall, Court Clerk Cleveland County, Oklahoma By Jeannie Frazier Deputy (Seal) THE LAW OFFICES OF HEMRY, HEMRY & McDONIEL, P.C. - William P. McDoniel, OBA #5968 P.O. Box 2207 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101 Phone: (405) 235-3571t Fax: (405) 235-0944 E-Mail: hhandmcd@aol.com Attorneys for Plaintiff (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 23, 2011, 3t) NOTICE BY PUBLICATION No. CJ-2010-2126 R LONNY H. BROWNINGt UNKNOWN SPOUSE, IF ANY, OF LONNY H. BROWNINGt CASSIE R. BROWNING, AKA CASSIE R. PUNNEOt UNKNOWN SPOUSE, IF ANY, OF CASSIE R. BROWNING, AKA CASSIE R. PUNNEOt DAN WOOD, LINDA WOOD, DOROTHY FELSON, LOYD FORE, DORIS FORE, UNKNOWN TENANT, IF ANY, OF 19051 90TH STREET, LEXINGTON, OKLAHOMA 74338, if living, and if deceased, their Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns. The above stated Defendants will take notice that the Plaintiff, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc., filed its Petition in the District Court in and for Cleveland County, State of Oklahoma, against the above stated Defendants, and said Defendants must answer said Petition on or before the 25th day of March, 2011, or said Petition will be taken as true, and a judgment will be rendered in said action against the above named Defendants, foreclosing their interest in the following described real estate to wit: PART OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER (SE/4) OF SECTION SIXTEEN (16), TOWNSHIP SIX (6) NORTH, RANGE ONE (1) WEST OF THE I.M., CLEVELAND COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, THENCE NORTH 1329 FEET FROM THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER (SE/4)t THENCE EAST 518.66 FEETt THENCE SOUTH 429 FEETt THENCE WEST 518.55 FEETt THENCE NORTH 429 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Together with the mobile home/manufactured home affixed thereto, being a 2008 SOUTHERN MOBILE HOME, VIN DSETX11404AB. and a judgment will be rendered on the promissory note, against the Defendants, Lonny H. Browning and Cassie R. Browning, aka Cassie R. Punneo, adjudging that default has been made in said note and mortgaget and that Plaintiff has a valid, prior and superior mortgage lien on said real estate, in the total amount of $90,206.65, with applicable interest, attorney's fees and costs, for all of which judgment will be taken. Dated this 31st day of January, 2011. Rhonda Hall Court Clerk of Cleveland County By: S/Debbie Stevenson Deputy (SEAL) W. Brent Kelley, OBA 11180 O. Saul Reid, OBA 20314 KELLEY & TAYLOR, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 6 N.E. 63rd Street, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Phone: (405) 848-6803 Fax: (405) 848-6876 (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 2011, 2t) Norman Regional Health System, 901 N. Porter, Norman, OK is accepting bids on the following equipment. Digital Mammography Unit for Moore Medical Center Bid packets may be picked up from Amy Hefti in the Materials Management department between 8 and 5 M-F. Bids will be received and opened in the 3rd Floor Conference Room on February 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm. (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 2011, 2t) NOTICE OF SALE OF BONDS In accordance with Title 62, Oklahoma Statutes, 2001, Section 354, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of Independent School District Number 29 of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, will receive bids by sealed bid, facsimile bid, or electronic bid (via PARITY) on the 22nd day of February, 2011, until 2:00 o'clock p.m. at the Norman Public Schools Administrative Services Center, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, 131 South Flood Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma, for the sale of the $6,440,000 General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2011, of said School District, which Bonds will mature $1,610,000 in two years from their date and $1,610,000 annually each year thereafter until paid. Said Bonds shall be awarded by the Board of Education of Independent School District Number 29 of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, on the 22nd day of February, 2011, at 4:30 o’clock p.m. at a meeting of said Board held at the Administrative Service Center, Curriculum Center Building, 131 South Flood Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma, and shall be sold to the bidder bidding the lowest rate of interest the Bonds shall bear, and agreeing to pay par and accrued interest for the Bonds. Each bidder shall submit with his bid a sum in cash or its equivalent, or a Financial Surety Bond in an amount equalling two percent of the par amount of the Bond issue. The Board reserves the right to reject all bids. WITNESS my official hand and seal this 24th day of January, 2011. /s/ Betty L. Gatewood Clerk, Board of Education (SEAL) (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 1, 9, 2011, 2t) Will sell at public sale to highest bidder on Feb. 16, 2011 at 9:00 am. CASH ONLY at 2430 12th Ave. NE Norman, OK 73071: 616 Terry Walker, 509 SW 93rd St., Apt. 103, Oklahoma City, OK 73139 4 pcs leather furn., dining table & chairs, floor lamp, 20-25 boxes 716 Jeffery Wiloughby, PO Box 721551, Norman, OK 73071 TV, stand, office chair, fishing equip., garden tools, 30-35 boxes (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 1, 9, 2011, 2t) Will sell at public sale to highest bidder February 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM, CASH ONLY at 2002 Research Park Blvd, Norman, OK: Unit #C85: Brittany L. King, 425 Page Circle, Norman, OK, 73069. Dresser, TV, Mattress, Futon & Frame, Wicker, Chair, Misc. Boxes and Bags.

LEGALS (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 2011, 1t) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT SITTING IN AND FOR CLEVELAND COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF A.D. OVERSTREET, And D.B. OVERSTREET Minor Children. Case No: FA-2010-165 ORDER and NOTICE OF HEARING TO ADOPT WITHOUT CONSENT The State of Oklahoma to: Samuel Delano Overstreet You are notified that Samuel A. Tarman and Melissa A. Tarman have filed a Petition before the above named Court, praying that they be allowed to adopt the minor named in the caption hereof without your consent, and for adoption. Take notice that the Application to determine your consent not necessary for the completion of this adoption is on file with the Clerk of this Courtt that a copy of the Application is attached hereto, and that, among other things, it is alleged in the Application that: 1. The consent of Samuel Delano Overstreet, Jr., is not necessary in that: a. Pursuant to 10 O.S. v7505-4.2(H) in that he has willfully failed to maintain a significant relationship with the minor for a period of twelve (12) out of the last fourteen (14) months immediately preceding the filing of this petitiont and, therefore, your consent to the adoption is not necessary, and that petitioners are proper parties to adopt. A hearing on the Application to determine whether your consent to the adoption is necessary is set for 9:15 o'clock a.m., on the 28th day of February, 2011, in the District Courtroom in the County Courthouse of Cleveland County, in the City of Norman, State of Oklahoma, before The Honorable Judge Bonner. YOU ARE, THEREFORE, NOTIFIED THAT THE COURT WILL HEAR EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE GRANTING OF THE APPLICATION AT THE TIME AND PLACE ABOVE SHOWN WHERE YOU WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE PRESENT AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT SAID TIME AND PLACE INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THE ADOPTION OF YOUR CHILD. YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THIS HEARING SHALL CONSTITUTE A DENIAL OF YOUR INTEREST IN YOUR CHILD WHICH DENIAL MAY RESULT, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE OF THIS PROCEEDING OR ANY SUBSEQUENT PROCEEDINGS, IN YOUR CHILD'S ADOPTION WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT THEREBY ULTIMATELY TERMINATING YOUR RIGHTS TO YOUR CHILD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA. Dated this 15 day of December, 2010. Stephen W. Bonner Judge of the District Court Approved: Scott E. McCann, #17316 100 N Rock Island Ste A El Reno, OK 73036 Phone 405-262-8100 Fax 405-262-8110 Attorney for Petitioners (Published by The Norman Transcript on January 26, February 2, 9, 2011, 3t) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF CLEVELAND COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF JUANA REYES, Petitioner, and FELIPE R. VELASCO, Respondent. Case No. FD-2010-1356 SERVICE OF SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION NOTICE State of Oklahoma To: Felipe R. Velasco TAKE NOTICE that a Petition has been filed in the District Court Cleveland, County, State of Oklahoma, Case No. FD-2010-1356 styled In re the Marriage of Juana Reyes v. Felipe R. Velasco. The Petition alleges that Petitioner is entitled to and should be awarded a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage/Divorce from you. The Petition alleges that the following minor children have been born to you and Petitioner: Valeria Ruiz, born December 1, 2009 in Purcell, OKt Juana I. Ruiz, born April 30, 2004 in North Carolinat and Estefania Ruiz, born February 4, 2002 in North Carolina. The Petition further alleges that the District Court, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, has subject matter jurisdiction under all applicable law concerning the custody, visitation, and support of said minor children and that all such jurisdiction should be exercised herein. Said Petition further alleges that Petitioner should receive the exclusive custody of said minor children. The Petition alleges that you are entitled to supervised visitation with the minor children. The Petition alleges that you are obligated under the law of the State of Oklahoma to pay child support to Petitioner in accordance with the Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines in an amount not less than $877.38 per month, beginning November 1, 2010 until further modified by the Court, plus 66.7s of all work related child care expenses incurred by Petitioner, plus 66.7s of all reasonable and necessary medical, dental, orthodontic, optometric, psychological, or any other physical or mental health expenses of the children not paid by insurance. The Petition further alleges that each party should be awarded their respective, non-marital and separate properties, free and clear of all right, title, interest, lien or claim of the other. In this respect, Petitioner alleges that the following items of property are her separate property and that the Court should award the same to her as her separate property: All items currently in her possession, including the 2001 Buick The Petition further alleges that an equitable division of the marital property and debt should be made. In this respect, Petitioner requests that she should be awarded the following property, free and clear of all your right, title, interest, lien or claim: Real property located at 1409 Larkfield Lane in Charlotte, N.C. 28210 The Petition further alleges that Petitioner is entitled an award of support alimony from you as follows: $350.00 per month for (2) two years You are notified that you must file a Response to the said Petition filed by the Respondent on or before March 10, 2011, or the allegations contained in the Petition will be taken as true and judgment will be entered against you and in favor of Petitioner as prayed for in her Petition. Given under my hand and seal on January 24, 2011. RHONDA HALL COURT CLERK wSEALx By Kathiren Peterson Deputy Court Clerk Bryan W. Caddell, P.C. OBA #21486 The Law Offices of Lawrence J. Goodwin 1315 N. Shartel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103 Telephone (405) 605-7771 Fax (405) 239-7015 Attorney for Petitioner (Published by The Norman Transcript on February 2, 9, 16, 2011, 3t) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF CLEVELAND COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES INC., ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-R4, Plaintiff, v. RUFFES C. COX AKA RUFUS C. COXt MARTHA K. COXt JOHN DOE, OCCUPANTt AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE COMPANYt AND NORMAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY Defendant(s). Case No. CJ-2010-2111 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, TO: Ruffes C. Cox aka Rufus C. Cox and Martha K. Cox, if living or if dead, the names or whereabouts of said Defendant(s)' unknown successors, if any. TAKE NOTICE that you have been sued by Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R4, in the District Court of Cleveland County, State of Oklahoma, and that you must answer the Petition on or before March 18, 2011, or the allegations of said Petition will be taken as true and judgment rendered against you awarding Plaintiff a first lien upon the following de-

LEGALS scribed real estate, situated in Cleveland County, State of Oklahoma, to-wit: THE EAST HALF (E/2) OF LOT THREE (3), ALL OF LOT FOUR (4), AND THE WEST HALF (W/2) OF LOT FIVE (5), IN BLOCK FORTY-SEVEN (47), OF THE ORIGINAL TOWNSITE OF NORMAN, CLEVELAND COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, ACCORDING TO THE RECORDED PLAT THEREOF. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 608 E. Symmes, Norman, OK 73071 for the sum of $104,573.73, with interest from May 1, 2010, at 5 percent per annum or at the current adjustable rate, together with a reasonable attorney's fee, $250.00 for abstracting, advances for taxes, insurance and property preservation, and the costs of this action, and ordering said property sold to satisfy said judgment, and forever barring you and all persons claiming by, through or under you from ever setting up or asserting any right, title, equity or interest in and to said real estate adverse to the right and title of the purchaser at said foreclosure sale, and for such other and further relief to which it may be entitled. WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL, this 27 day of January, 2011. Rhonda Hall Court Clerk By: Debbie Baker Deputy (Seal) Shapiro & Cejda, L.L.C. 770 NE 63rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73105-6431 (405)848-1819 File No. 10-107450

(Published by The Norman Transcript on February 9, 16, 2011, 2t) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF CLEVELAND COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA IN THE MATTER OF ESTATE OF BRUCE R. GILILLAND, Deceased. Case No. PB-2010-117 COMBINED NOTICE NOTICE TO CREDITORSt NOTICE OF HEARING PETITION FOR SUMMARY ADMINISTRATION, HEARING OF THE FINAL ACCOUNT, AND THE PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, DISTRIBUTION OF ESTATE AND DISCHARGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all persons interested in the Estate of Bruce R. Gililland, who departed this life at Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, on the 8th day of May, 2008. That on the 19th day of April, 2010, Matthew Gililland, whose address is in Moore, Cleveland County, OK, caused to be filed a Petition for Summary Administration in the District Court of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, praying that Letters of Special Administration issue to the same individual. Said Petition further prays that the heirs at law, devisees and legatees of said Decedent be determinedt that the Final Account be approved, the property of the Decedent valued at approximately $72,000.00 subject to the jurisdiction of this court be distributed, and that the Special Administrator/Personal Representative be discharged and for such other relief as prayed for in said Petition, which Petition you may refer to for further particulars. TO ALL CREDITORS OF THE ABOVE NAMED DECEDENT: All creditors having claims against the above named Decedent are required to present the same, with a description of all security interest or other collateral (if any) held by each creditor with respect to such claim, to Matthew Gililland, at the Law Office of Charles A. Adams, P.O. Box 8184, Edmond, OK 73083-8184, Attorney for Petitioner, on or before the following presentment date, that being the 9th day of March, 2011, or the same will be forever barred. Pursuant to an Order of this Court, Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of April, 2011, at the hour of 8:30 o'clock A.M. in the Courtroom of Judge Stephen W. Bonner to whom this case has been assigned, on said date, at the Cleveland County Courthouse, in the City of Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, said Judge will on said hearing date, hear the Petition for Summary Administrationt Final Accountt Determine the Heirs at lawt Distribute all property subject to the jurisdiction of this Courtt Discharge of the Special Administratort and for such other and further relief prayed for in said Petition, consider all relief prayed for in the Petition for Summary Administration, filed herein and presented to the Court. All persons interested may appear at said hearing. All objections to the Petition and/or any relief requested must be made in writing not less than ten (10) days before the hearing date with such objection to be filed herein, with a copy being sent to the Petitioner and the attorney for the Petitioner, and if an objection is not made within the allowed time, all persons will be deemed to have waived any objection(s) to the Petition and the relief prayed for. If an objection is filed at least ten (10) days before the hearing date, on the hearing date the Court will determine whether summary proceedings are appropriate, and if so, whether the Estate should be distributed and to whom the Estate should be distributed. The claim of any creditor not shown in the petition will be barred unless the claim is presented to the Personal Representative on or before the 9th day of March, 2011, following the filing of the combined notice. The Special Administrator shall file the Final Account herein on or before the 15 day of March, 2011. S/Stephen W. Bonner STEPHEN W. BONNER JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT APPROVED: Charles A. lAndyl Adams, OBA #10185 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 8184 Edmond, OK 73083-8184 (405) 236-0236 Attorney for Petitioner, Matthew Gililland

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First lady: Obama hasn’t smoked in almost a year WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has finally done what millions of fellow Americans are still struggling to achieve — he’s given up smoking. “Yes, he has,” his wife, Michelle, said Tuesday at the White House when asked whether he had conquered a nicotine habit that began as a teenager. “It’s been almost a year,” she said, offering no details on exactly when or how he quit. But is the breakup with tobacco final? One in five adults, about 46 million people, still smoke, and brain research shows that nicotine is powerfully addictive. Three out of four smokers who try to kick the habit relapse within six months, and repeated attempts often are required to quit long term, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Court grants restraining order against man accused of stalking Facebook founder SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a temporary restraining order against a California man accused of stalking him, his girlfriend and his sister. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Feb. 1 ordered 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda of Milpitas to stay away from Zuckerberg and stop contacting him. Manukonda tried to contact Zuckerberg numerous times in December via letter, e-mail and Facebook, including more than 20 times in one day, Facebook security officer Todd Sheets said in a court declaration. Manukonda also left a note on Zuckerberg’s car and was later spotted outside his house, Sheets said. Guards stopped Manukonda just as he was about to walk up the front stairs to Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto residence, where Zuckerberg’s girlfriend was inside, according to court documents. — AP

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WASHINGTON — Former Pentagon chief Donald H. Rumsfeld reveals in his new book that he urged a U.S. military strike on a suspected chemical weapons site in northern Iraq in 2003, and that he wanted the attack timed to coincide with Colin Powell’s address to the U.N. Security Council making the case for war. In his memoir, “Known and Unknown,” Rumsfeld wrote that the Joint Chiefs supported a strike, based on what Rumsfeld called extensive but not conclusive CIA evidence that the site housed an underground facility for testing chemical weapons. He called it a “fair-

ly sizeable terrorist operation.” The prewar attack never happened, although the site was struck in the opening days of the war that President George W. Bush launched in March 2003, about six weeks after Powell’s U.N. speech. The U.S. never found substantial evidence of an active Iraqi program to produce weapons of mass destruction, but Rumsfeld believed the site near the Iranian border presented the best chance to prove they existed before the war began. “For whatever reason, the administration never made public these facts about an active WMD production facility run by terrorists in Iraq,” Rumsfeld

wrote. He said he made his recommendation to Bush at a Feb. 3, 2003, National Security Council meeting in which Powell sketched out the presentation he was to make at the U.N. Rumsfeld quotes himself as telling the meeting, “We should hit Khurmal during the speech, given that Colin will talk about it.” Khurmal is the name of a village near the site. Powell objected. Rumsfeld wrote that he wanted to attack the site before Powell finished his presentation in New York, because otherwise the site would be abandoned. Had Powell not stood in the way, in Rumsfeld’s view, the Bush administration might have gained conclu-

Dow closes higher for the seventh straight day By David K. Randall AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the seventh consecutive day Tuesday. That’s the longest series of gains for the index since July. McDonald’s Corp. was the biggest gainer of the 30 stocks in the Dow, rising 2.6 percent after reporting January sales that were higher than analysts expected. Investors took in stride a move by China’s central bank to control inflation by raising short-term interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 71.52 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 12,233.15. The index has had only one down day in the last 10, on Jan. 28 when the protests in Egypt escalated. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5.52, or 0.4 percent, to 1,324.57. The Nasdaq composite index rose 13.06, or 0.5 percent, to 2,797.05. China raised interest rates for the third time since October in an effort to keep prices from rising too fast. The country’s economic boom has resulted in higher prices, forcing some poor families to spend up to half of their incomes on food. Many large U.S. companies have counted on spending in China for growth. Previously, interest rate hikes in China have resulted in stock losses in the U.S. because of fears that spending there would fall. Brain Gendreau, market strategist at Financial Network, said investors are becoming less concerned about slower spending in China because they are more confident that the U.S. economy will grow on its own. “Raising interest rates is what the Chinese need to do when they have such an overheated economy,” he said. Bond prices fell, extending a week of losses and sending their yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.74 percent from 3.64 percent Monday, its highest rate since last April. The government auctioned $32

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sive evidence that Iraq had an active WMD site. “As expected, shortly after Powell’s speech was delivered, many of the terrorists fled Khurmal,” he wrote. An AP reporter who visited the site a few days after Powell’s speech found a half-built cinderblock compound filled with heavily armed Kurdish men, video equipment and children — but no obvious sign of chemical weapons manufacturing. Much of the site was destroyed by American cruise missile strikes at the outset of the invasion. The Rumsfeld memoir covers the full span of his 78 years, from growing up in a small town outside Chicago to his return to the Pentagon in January 2001.

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billion of three-year notes at a yield of 1.34 percent, the highest borrowing rate the government has had to pay on those notes since last May. Interest from foreign buyers was relatively weak. Better economic news, including a drop in the unemployment rate, has led investors to sell lowyielding government bonds over the past two weeks. Some of that money is going into stocks, especially those of large corporations that pay fat dividends. Quincy Krosby, market strategist with Prudential Financial, said the Dow average has been benefiting from a flight of money out of bonds as conservative investors seek out large, relatively stable companies such as the 30 that make up the Dow industrials. “If you were in bonds, chances are you’ll buy the large companies with strong balance sheets,” Krosby said. Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume was relatively light at 3.9 billion shares.

PHOENIX — The doctor for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday that he hopes the wounded congresswoman can make enough progress to attend her husband’s space launch in two months, describing it as “a goal for us to work towards” as many in Arizona paused to mark one month since she was shot at a political event. The space shuttle Endeavor will leave April 19 for a two-week mission to the International Space Station, and astronaut Mark Kelly announced last week that he’ll be aboard and expects his wife, who was shot in the forehead, to see him off. But Dr. Gerard Francisco said doctors would have to decide on a variety of medical issues for that to happen, including whether Giffords can fly to Cape Canaveral, Fla., how much assistance she would need and how much noise she can tolerate. “It’s too early to say. It’s only early February,” said Francisco, the head of Giffords’ rehabilitation team at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. He said Giffords is doing “very well,” but wouldn’t provide details, including whether she is able to speak or if she’s been told about the attack. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Kelly wrote it’s hard to believe only one month has passed. “The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury but they aren’t kidding when they say this is a marathon process,” he said. “There are encouraging signs every day, though.” Kelly wrote that Giffords has her appetite back and is enjoying three meals a day “even though it’s hospital food.” He said he wants the families of the other victims and the entire Tucson community to know that his wife “will soon stand by your side to mourn this tragedy and learn how we can heal.” By appearances, Tucson has largely returned to normal since six people were killed Jan. 8 outside a supermarket. Massive makeshift memorials to the victims have been dismantled and boxed in locked storage for a future permanent memorial. The grocery store has reopened. But the 13 survivors are struggling with their injuries and the emotional scars left behind.


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World World news in brief Charles Taylor boycotts end of war crimes trial LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial is ending the way it began — with the former Liberian president boycotting proceedings and claiming they are politically motivated and unfair. Taylor’s British attorney Courtenay Griffiths stormed out of the courtroom Tuesday after judges at the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone refused to accept his 600-page summary of the case — a key document that distills three years of testimony from the defense’s perspective. The boycott was unlikely to have an impact on the outcome of the case. The three international judges ordered the proceedings to continue, and one judge appeared visibly angry at what he called Taylor’s attempt to dictate to the court. Taylor is accused of arming and supporting murderous rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for illegally mined diamonds. He has pleaded innocent to 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, torture and using child soldiers.

Koreas hold first talks in four month SEOUL, South Korea — Military officials from the two Koreas on Tuesday held the first cross-border talks in four months, opening discussions many hope will ease tensions on the divided peninsula but which critics dismiss as the north’s ploy to secure food aid from Seoul. The two sides conducted morning and afternoon sessions at the border village of Panmunjom, preliminary talks that officials from both the U.S. and China hoped would pave the way for continued discussions. While Tuesday’s meeting involved military colonels, some here speculated that future talks might include the defense ministers from both sides. But Seoul officials on Tuesday reiterated their demands that North Korea must first apologize and take “responsible measures” for two deadly North Korean attacks against the south last year, including the sinking of a warship that killed 46 crewmen and the November artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, which killed four people.

Karzai takes new shot at Western backers KABUL, Afghanistan and DUBAI — In the latest salvo aimed at his Western backers, Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared Tuesday that reconstruction and development units supported by the NATO force should be phased out. The teams, based at Western military installations, operate in 27 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, providing services such as community health care and educational support. While NATO considers the PRTs an essential means of reaching out to impoverished Afghans and helping turn them away from the Taliban, Karzai has long denounced them as one of a number of Westerncreated “parallel structures” that undermine the authority of his government. — AP

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Egyptian Wael Ghonim, a Google Inc. marketing manager who has become a hero of the demonstrators since he went missing Jan. 27, two days after the protests began, hugs the mother of Khaled Said, a young 28-year-old businessman who died in June 2010 at the hands of undercover police, setting off months of protests against the hated police, at Tahrir Square on Tuesday in Cairo.

Freed leader energizes protests By Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi Associated Press

CAIRO — A young leader of Egypt’s anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday and was greeted with cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: “We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime.” Many in the crowd said they were inspired by Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google Inc. marketing manager who was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan. 25 to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Straight from his release from 12 days of detention, Ghonim gave an emotionally charged television interview Monday night where he sobbed over those who have been killed in two weeks of clashes and insisted, “We love Egypt ... and we have rights.” Ghonim arrived in the

square when it was packed shoulder-to-shoulder, a crowd comparable in size to the biggest demonstration so far that drew a quartermillion people. He spoke softly and briefly to the huge crowd from a stage and began by offering his condolences to the families of those killed. “I’m not a hero but those who were martyred are the heroes,” he said and then broke into a chant of “Mubarak, leave, leave.” When he finished, the crowd erupted in cheering, whistling and deafening applause. Ghonim has emerged as a rallying point for protesters, who reject a group of traditional Egyptian opposition groups that have met with the government amid the most sweeping concessions the regime has made in its three decades in power. Vice President Omar Suleiman on Tuesday made a new gesture, declaring a panel of judges and scholars to recommend constitutional changes within a month. The mostly youthful protesters insist that no concessions will do unless

Mubarak steps down. But the protests, which began when Ghonim and other activists used the Internet to mobilize people to the streets, have lacked a representative voice. That has raised worries the regime could try to fragment the movement or traditional parties try to hijack it. In his first television interview Monday night on Egypt’s private Dream satellite station, Ghonim said the protests turned from “the revolution of the Internet youth ... to the revolution of all Egypt.” He struck a modest and emotional tone, even saying he gained respect for some of those who interrogated him in detention, but was passionate in declaring Egyptians wanted their rights. He repeated over and over, “We are not traitors.” When the hostess of the show showed pictures of young men killed in the protests, Ghonim slumped in sobs, saying “It is the fault of everyone who held on tight to authority and didn’t want to let go,” before cutting short the interview. Over 20 hours that fol-

lowed, about 130,000 people joined a Facebook page titled, “I delegate Wael Ghonim to speak in the name of Egypt’s revolutionaries.” Tuesday’s huge turnout in Tahrir gave a resounding answer to the question of whether the protesters still have momentum even though two weeks of steadfast pressure have not achieved their goal of ousting Mubarak. Even government employees joined the crowd, including about 5,000 university professors and teachers who were blocked days ago by security forces. Some in the massive crowd said they were turning out for the first time, moved by Ghonim’s interview or the photos of those killed in police crackdowns on the protests, which have been little seen on TV in Egypt. “The (Wael) interview showed a face of the truth which the state media tried to cover up for so long,” said a retired army general, Essam Salem. “Many people are coming because they saw the truth.”

Troubled grandson of J. Paul Getty dies Associated Press LONDON — Great wealth became his great curse, consigning him to a life that seems to have been almost over before it truly started. J. Paul Getty III, born into one of the world’s richest oil families, was a kidnap victim at 16, and coldly mutilated by his captors after his cashrich family stalled on paying ransom. Once freed from his fivemonth ordeal, the traumatized teenager — grandson of the founder of Getty Oil — embraced the hippie counterculture that flowered in the late 1960s and early 1970s, turning his back on his family’s capitalistic roots in favor of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. J. Paul Getty III cut a dashing figure, with tight jeans, open shirts and long flowing hair — resembling at times a young Mick Jagger. At 17, he quickly took a bride and soon had a child of his own, but Getty soon fell victim once again, this time succumbing to his own youthful excess, suffering a devastating stroke in his 20s after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Getty never recovered, spending the rest of his life severely impaired in a wheelchair. He died Saturday at his country estate in Buckinghamshire northwest of London, his son, the actor Balthazar Getty, said in a statement. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Getty had

been gravely ill for some time. His son, a successful TV and movie actor, said Getty his father “never let his handicap keep him from living life to the fullest and he was an inspiration to all of us, showing us how to stand up to all adversity.” But Balthazar Getty’s kind words about his father’s death could not mask the terrible price the family has paid for its history of drug-related problems. J. Paul Getty III’s own father struggled with a well-publicized drug addiction and his stepmother died from a drug overdose. At the time of his snatching, Getty was known as the “golden hippy,” a reddishblond oil magnate’s grandson who hung out with young leftists and counterculture types in Rome’s Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese. At first, some thought the kidnapping was staged to extract money from the grandfather. Friends at that time said the youngster had joked about such a tactic. His mother, American actress Gail Harris, called journalists to her home one evening in the upscale Parioli section of Rome to announce the family had received a ransom demand of $17 million. Getty’s grandfather

refused to pay. He was quoted as saying that he had 14 grandchildren “and if I pay for one, then I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren.” But his will was broken when a Rome newspaper received a plastic envelope with a severed ear inside and a warning that another would follow if the family didn’t pay. The teenager, missing an ear, was released after five months, found wandering on a country road in Italy’s southern Calabria. He was freed for a reported ransom of $2.7 million. Several people were eventually convicted and sentenced to prison. Getty is survived by his two children, Balthazar and

stepdaughter Anna, and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Harris, and four younger siblings: Getty Images cofounder Mark Getty, prominent AIDS activist Aileen Getty, Ariadne Getty and his half-brother Tara Getty.


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WEATHER TRIVIA

NORMAN ALMANAC TUESDAY High: 41 Low: 28 Precipitation: 0.00 For the Month: 0.51

Not including wind-driven rain, raindrops fall between 7 and 18 miles per hour in still air. The range in speed depends on the the size of the raindrop. Air friction breaks up raindrops when they exceed 18 miles per hour.

NORMAN AND AREA FORECAST: Today, a 90 percent chance of snow. High 17. Tonight, clearing. Low 4. OKLAHOMA FORECAST: Today, a slight chance of snow in the panhandle. Snow likely elsewhere, becoming light by afternoon. Highs in the teens to mid 20s. Tonight, clearing. Lows minus 5 to 10 above.

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NATIONAL FORECAST: Starkly cold air will continue to pour into much of the country, with frigid temperatures expected as far south as Texas. Snow will fall in New England, while the Northwest will experience rain and high elevation snow.

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Business travel bounces back as economy improves By Scott Mayerowitz

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NEW YORK — Business travel is bouncing back. U.S. companies are forecast to spend 5 percent more on travel in 2011 than they did last year — a sign of confidence in the economy that is giving a boost to airlines, hotels and rental-car companies. That’s double the growth rate from 2010, which followed two years of decline. Last year’s bump in business travel — companies spent an estimated $228 billion — helped U.S. airlines post their first collective profit in three years. And profits are rising at hotel chains like Marriott and Hyatt and rental-car companies like Avis and Hertz. Perhaps the most telling sign of a rebound, industry officials say, is the return of corporate retreats. They had all but vanished during the recession, part of an effort by businesses to avoid the appearance of extravagance at a time of government bailouts and rising unemployment. Executives sending their workers back on the road say travel is

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critical to their companies’ success. “You need to have to face time,” said Robert P. Genco, vice president of operations for Synopsis, a Silicon Valley company that makes software for microchip manufacturers. Synopsis cut its travel budget by about 60 percent during the recession. Now it’s nearly back to a pre-recession level, with salesmen and top executives visiting old and new clients in China, India and Japan.

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U.S. economic output returned to its pre-recession level in the fourth quarter of 2010, and the economy is forecast to grow faster in 2011. But spending on business travel isn’t expected to return to its pre-recession level until the middle of 2013, said Michael W. McCormick, executive director of the Global Business Travel Association. That’s partly because companies are asking employees to travel frugally.

The average cost per trip in the first quarter is forecast to be $538, 6 percent below the same period in 2008, according to the business travel association. Corporate travel managers are asking employees to spend fewer nights on the road, stay at less expensive hotels, rent smaller cars and, in some cases, book cheaper flights that aren’t nonstop. The companies also are asking more of their travel providers. For example, travel managers are asking hotels to throw in free breakfast, Internet, parking and gym use, said Best Western CEO David T. Kong. The extra miles business travelers are racking up are a boon to an industry that suffered badly during the downturn. In 2009, business travelers spent $222.7 billion, the lowest level since 2003, according to the business travel group. That year, the largest U.S. airlines lost a combined $3.4 billion. The travel industry’s success has always been tied closely to the economy and corporate spending. By and large, business travelers are more concerned with convenience

Obama calls for $53B for high-speed rail By Julie Pace

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for highspeed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jump-start job creation. An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 mph, and connecting existing rail lines to new projects. The White House wouldn’t say where the money for the rest of the program would come from, though it’s likely Obama would seek funding in future budgets or transportation bills. Obama’s push for high-speed rail spending is part of his broad goal of creating jobs in the short-term and increasing American competitiveness for the future through new funding for infrastructure, education and innovation. During last month’s State of the Union address, Obama said he wanted to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25

years. At the same time he’s calling for new spending on sectors like highspeed rail in the upcoming budget, Obama also has pledged to cut overall spending as he seeks to bring down the nation’s mounting deficit. The White House has said environmental programs for the Great Lakes, and block grants for community service and community development are among the programs that will face cuts. But it’s unlikely the cuts Obama proposes in the budget will be enough to appease the GOP. Republicans now controlling the House have promised to slash domestic agencies’ budgets by nearly 20 percent for the coming year. The White House has said cuts must be cautious, arguing that drastic reductions in spending could cause the still-fragile economic recovery to stall. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the administration wouldn’t compromise when it comes to spending on the infrastructure, education and innovation programs Obama is touting. “We cannot compromise. The rest of the world is not compromising,”

Biden said in Philadelphia at an event announcing the high-speed rail initiative. Obama’s call for increased spending on high-speed rail projects is nothing new. He’s long seen the sector as an area of opportunity for creating jobs and improving the nation’s transportation system. His administration awarded $10 billion in federal grants for high-speed rail projects last year, including $2.3 billion for California to begin work on an 800-mile-long, highspeed rail line tying Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles and San Diego; and $1.25 billion to Florida to build a rail line connecting Tampa on the West Coast with Orlando in the middle of the state, eventually going south to Miami. Obama also laid out a plan last summer to invest $50 billion in high-speed rail, as well as highways, bridges, transit and airports, adding it to the first year of a six-year transportation bill. Congress didn’t act on the proposal before adjourning last year, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he’s confident lawmakers will take up the measure again and deliver a bill to Obama by August.

than price, making plans at the last minute. That’s in contrast with leisure travelers, who try to book far in advance to secure the best deal. Now that the business traveler is back, the industry is reaping the benefits. • The average price of a domestic round-trip ticket before taxes climbed to $350 last year, 12 percent higher than in 2009. Over the same period, the number of fliers on U.S. airlines rose about 4 percent. • Hotel occupancy climbed nearly 8 percent last year, according to hotel research firm STR Global. However, average nightly rates have remained flat at around $98 because more rooms are available than needed, the result of overbuilding during the boom years. • Rental-car demand grew by nearly 2 percent in first three quarters of 2010, the most recent period for which data are available. That allowed Hertz, Avis Budget Group and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group to earn a combined $179 million during that period, compared with a loss of $39 million the year before.

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A Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary student covers her head with a sleeping bag while walking to school Tuesday in Wichita, Kan.

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