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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
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No indictment in Ferguson Grand jury declines to indict police officer By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police. Within minutes of the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson
streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers released smoke and pepper spray to disperse the gatherings. Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms. He stressed that jurors were “the only people who heard ev-
ery witness ... and every piece of evidence.” He said many witnesses presented conflicting statements that were inconsistent with the physical evidence. “These grand jurors poured their hearts and soul into this process,” he said. As McCulloch was reading his statement, Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was sitting atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announceAP Photo/David Goldman ment. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and A protester flies a black and white flag as many protesters began screaming before being gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department as they listen to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday in whisked away by supporters. See PROTEST, page A-10 Ferguson, Mo.
Q&A: Alaska LNG review board
In the news State budget director retires
JUNEAU (AP) — Gov.elect Bill Walker has to submit his first state budget by Dec. 15, and he won’t have the help of the state budget director to craft a document as the state faces a $3 billion deficit because of falling oil prices. Karen Rehfeld retired as of Friday after 35 years with the state, Sharon Leighow, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell, said in an email Monday to The Associated Press. Walker will be sworn in to office Dec. 1. Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Rehfeld as Office of Management and Budget director in 2007, a post she’s held through both the Palin and Parnell administrations. “The governor is expected to announce the new budget director this week,” Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. During a conference held over the weekend in Anchorage, the Alaska Dispatch News reported a transition team official asked for more than 250 Parnell administration team members to submit their resignations. This would include positions like commissioners, deputy commissioners, division directors and special assistants in the governor’s office. Bruce Botelho, a former attorney general under Gov. Tony Knowles and assisting in the transition, asked that the resignations be turned in by Friday.
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Interview by RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion
Photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, one of 12 members of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board, sat down to answer a few questions about the board’s role in advising the state on the proposed Alaska LNG Project.
Members of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board meet with Gov. Sean Parnell to discuss potential impacts of the Rashah McChesney: Alaska LNG Project. Where is the balancing point
Board gives municipalities voice
voiced concerns that the state would change the tax structure without weighing the concerns of those who would be directly affected by the change. The existing oil and gas pipeline tax structure is a major source of revenue for the state, but the structure for taxing a liquefied natural gas pipeline does not exist, and must be developed. The 12-member board includes the mayors of the North Slope, Fairbanks North Star, Denali, Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula boroughs, in addition to the commissioners of the Department of Revenue,
between which tax structure would be best for the boroughs and which would be best for the project’s backers? Kenai Peninsula Borough Mike Navarre: I think that’s one of the financial considerations. If you front-load a project like this, you change the economics, maybe to the extent that it doesn’t go anywhere. Whereas, if you equalize it and you’re willing to allow the project to be built — these are 20-year and 30-year contracts. This project will be here for a long time. McChesney: Does it seem like a payment in lieu of taxes would result in less revenue for the municipalities? Is it less of a guaranteed source of revenue than the current property tax structure? Navarre: I don’t think a
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Group weighs in on potential impacts of Alaska LNG Project By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion
After months of meetings, a municipal board formed to give Gov. Sean Parnell input on the proposed Alaska LNG Project has been inundated with information on the project and is working toward a recommendation on the controversial move from the current property tax model to a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT model. At least one member of the board, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, said he has become more comfortable with the idea of a PILT
as the meetings progress. The Alaska LNG Project includes an 800-mile pipeline to move liquefied natural gas from the North Slope to Southcentral, an LNG plant at Nikiski and a major gas processing plant on the North Slope. When considering changes to the existing tax structure, Navarre said he had to take a statewide perspective rather than one that only considered the needs of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. “For (the Kenai Peninsula Borough) it would probably be better if we just did it under the existing tax structure
as we have the (majority of the taxable portions of the project) sited here. We’re getting a good portion of the tax value,” he said. “But, currently under the statutes, the state doesn’t get any revenues off of LNG facilities … So, for the rest of the state, I think a PILT works better because there are impacts all over the state because of this project, and those impacts need to be compensated.” The Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board was formed in March of 2014 after mayors from municipalities across the state, which stand to be affected by the pipeline,
Former teacher faces Judge invalidates part of additional charges By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion
A former Nikiski MiddleHigh School music teacher faces several new counts of sexual abuse after accusations surfaced in May that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with one of his female students. Jeremy T. Anderson, 37, will be arraigned in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday. He is alleged to have assaulted a then 15-yearold minor several times over a six-month period than ended in May of 2014. Anderson faces 16 counts of sexual abuse in
varying degrees. The indictment documents an extensive timeline of the alleged physical encounters between Anderson, a married father, and the girl. Alaska State Troopers say those encounters began in late 2013 with Anderson fondling the girl in the school’s choir and band rooms, according to court documents. The alleged incidents escalated and Anderson is charged with having sex with the girl repeatedly in 2014, until she told another teacher about the relationship, according to court See CHARGE, page A-2
school funding mechanism
By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ANCHORAGE — A superior court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska’s requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cashstrapped state on the hook for more than $220 million in additional funding statewide. Judge William Carey ruled the contribution is a dedicated fund, which violate the state constitution’s provision that C
no state tax or license will be earmarked for any special purpose. Carey ruled in the case Friday, but copies of the decision weren’t available online from the Ketchikan court. The state Department of Law distributed copies of the decision Monday. Under state statute, districts must pay a certain percentage of its taxable real and personal property for its share of local school districts. For Ketchikan, that amounted to about $4 million in 2013.
“We are disappointed with the superior court’s decision invalidating the local contribution requirement for school funding. The State maintains that because the local contribution is simply the borough’s share of the cost of educating its students and because the local contribution is funded with borough revenue, the local contribution is not a source of state revenue and is not subject to the dedicated funds provision,” the Alaska See SCHOOL, page A-10
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relationship, according to court documents. The relationship between the two may have begun much earlier than what is indicated in the current charges. Anderson was investigated 11 months after he arrived in the school district after troopers received reports on July 2, 2013 that he had been having “inappropriate conversations” with the same student, according to court documents. He said at the time that he had been communicating with the victim outside of school and that their conversations could “raise some concerns,” according to an affidavit filed by trooper investigator Jack LeBlanc. The school district was aware of the allegations and the investigation that took place, according to a May email from Kenai Peninsula Borough District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff. Anderson, who has been with the school district since Sept. 2012, was rehired in May of 2013 and again recommended for rehire in April of 2014, well after the original investigation into his behavior had begun and less than a month before the new charges were levied, according to KPBSD records. Despite the allegations, Anderson continued as a music teacher at the combined middle
school and high school and the girl was placed in one of his classes. The school district has a record of how long the girl had been in Anderson’s class, however Erkeneff cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as a reason for not providing the information to the Clarion. Anderson was placed on administrative leave, or paid suspension, by the school district after the allegations surfaced. Anderson is no longer employed by the district, according to an August email from Erkeneff. The original investigation into inappropriate conversations between Anderson and the girl did not result in charges, however the Department of Public Safety in May denied a freedom of information act request, on the grounds that the case was still open. The current charges stem from a May 8 call to troopers regarding suicidal male and allegations that Anderson had been sexually assaulting a female student. The victim told another teacher that she had been having sex with Anderson and the incident was relayed to troopers who arrived at the school two hours later to investigate, according to court documents. However, Anderson had already left. Sometime in the late afternoon that day, Anderson called his wife and told her that he
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had slept with a student and would go to a place where no one could find him and commit suicide, according to a trooper affidavit. The school was put in a precautionary lockdown mode, as was the nearby Nikiski North Star Elementary School. After a manhunt, Anderson was found by troopers the next day at Mile 15 of the Kenai Spur Highway. It is unclear exactly what troopers found, but troopers called an ambulance because of his injuries. At the time, trooper spokesperson Megan Peters wrote in an email that Anderson was recovering from lifethreatening wounds. When he was released from the hospital, he was arrested by troopers and held without bail, pending arraignment. He was initially charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual
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Commercial Dungeness crab season opens Dec. 1 in Oregon state waters NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crabbing season is set to open Dec. 1 from southwest Washington to northern California. Fishery managers in Oregon, Washington and California met over the weekend and agreed to open commercial crabbing from Klipsan Beach, Washington, to Point Arena, California. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says commercial crabbers are allowed to set their gear as early as Nov. 28. Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in the ocean off Oregon also opens Dec. 1. Recreational Dungeness crabbing is open year round in Oregon’s bays and estuaries.
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Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Around the Peninsula
Obituary Wayne Alan Weaver Wayne Alan Weaver was taken away from family and friends, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at home due to respiratory complications. He was 27. Wayne was born Nov. 27, 1986 in Soldotna to Nan and Alan Weaver. Wayne graduated from Nikiski MiddleHigh School in 2005. He was working at Peak Oilfield Services as a crane operator in Cook Inlet. He started working in the oilfield industry at the age of 16 with his dad and Uncle Mike at Qwick Construction. Wayne was a daredevil at heart. In his teens he raced motorcycles, and cruised around on his skateboard and in his later years rode his Harley. He was also an avid snow machiner and loved his four wheeler. Overall, Wayne was a very active young man and enjoyed the Alaska lifestyle. Wayne was a very kind soul. He would do anything for anyone. He loved his family, friends and his animals dearly. In his short life he touched so many hearts and will be missed by all that knew him. Wayne was baptized at Mount Redoubt Baptist Church, with his sister and dad, by Lee Moore. He believed deeply in the Lord. Wayne was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pat Weaver and grandparents Norma and Bernard White; aunt and uncle, Tracy and Lonnie White; aunt, Debra Coburn; and cousins, Justin Weaver and Daniel Andrus. He is survived by his parents, Nan and Alan; sister Christy Weaver; adopted sister, Amber Hermann; and his grandfather, Dick Weaver. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Mike and Tanna Chenault, Derrill and Patty Weaver, Cliff and Sherry Soares, Rebecca and Tommy Hanson, Butch and Kay Butler; uncle Rusty Weaver and uncle Rob White. He also has many cousins that meant the world to him: Amanda Weaver, Corie Hafele (Weaver), Brandon, Elisha, Shanda and Miranda Chenault, Kayla Hanson, Jennifer and Andrew White, Mac Butler, Chelsie and Katie White, Misty, Chad and Shane Soares; as well as, his longtime friend, Joel Brewer. Services will be held at the Nikiski Nazarene Church on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alaska Extended Life Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 8051, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Lost hummingbird gets quick lift to Texas
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota. The rufous hummingbird was released Sunday in Texas after being flown there on a private jet supplied by an anonymous donor, according to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. “We are delighted that the rufous hummingbird is free in the wild and able to decide when and where he goes on life’s journey,” said Phil Jenni, executive director of the Roseville wildlife center. The bird was brought to the center earlier this month after it ended up at the feeder of a St. Paul homeowner. The woman rescued the hummingbird after she realized it wasn’t likely to survive the unseasonably cold weather at the time. Experts believe the same system that brought the wintry weather blew the rust-colored bird off its migratory course, the Star Tribune reported. Federal officials said the bird should have been allowed to find its own way to Mexico, where it typically migrates for the winter. But the bird, which weighed less than a penny, was considered somewhat underweight for migration, Jenni said. And with temperatures dipping close to zero, the wildlife center decided to transport the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator in Texas. There have only been 16 documented sightings of rufous hummingbirds in Minnesota since the 1970s, according to Jenni. The bird is most commonly found in the Pacific Northwest. Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune. com -Associated Press
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Christmas Tree Cutting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announces that the Refuge will open for Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. For additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at 907-262-7021.
Thanksgiving at Kasilof Community Church The public is invited to a free Thanksgiving dinner from 2-5 p.m. at the Kasilof Community Church, next door to the Kasilof Mercantile and Rocky’s Cafe. A dinner of turkey, ham, sides, salads, desserts and coffee and punch will be provided by Travis and Junie Steinbeck, new owners of the Kasilof Mercantile, and the Kasilof Community Church.
Baby Carrier meetup planned Central Peninsula Birthnetwork is hosting a Hike it Baby meetup on Tuesday Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tsalteshi Trails. This event is open to all ages and families, we will be providing various baby/children carriers for families to try on and see if they work for them. Or if anyone just wants to get out of the house and walk with us outside. Pets and children of all ages welcome!
Cabin Hoppers plan meeting The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers first general meeting will be on Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna, downstairs in the banquet room. Soup will be provided by Mykel’s. All members are encouraged and welcome to attend to get an update on what’s happening with the club. Think Snow!
Kenaitze Early Childhood Center participating in USDA food program The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Early Childhood Center is participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food program. This program enables the center to serve nutritious snacks and meals to children during the school year. In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, the Early Childhood Center is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability. To file a complaint, write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964. The Early Childhood center is accepting applications for Head Start preschool, Alaska Native Education preschool and its At-Risk After School program. Applications are available online at www.kenaitze.org or at the center, 130 North Willow Street in Kenai.For more information, call 907-335-7260.
Recreation activities in Nikiski
ment, tyers of all ability levels, from brand new to advanced, and all ages are welcome. Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited is hosting a free fly fishing movie night, “Flies, Film, and Foam” at Main Street Tap & Grill in Kenai on Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. Films are provided by the renowned fly fishing film experts at The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). The local KPTU chapter donated to a great cause, Casting for a Cure, in order to obtain these exciting fly fishing films, and is excited to share them with you! This is a free event and seating will be first come-first serve. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information on these events visit https://www. facebook.com/TroutUnlimitedKenaiPeninsulaChapter or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gun club holds membership meeting The Snowshoe Gun Club will hold its Annual Members Meeting on Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. in the club’s training building. The Board of Directors will present information on club improvements, future plans, the proposed 2015 budget and will address members’ questions/comments. Two board seats will be open for election during the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend. For questions or more information about the meeting contact Alan Poynor at 283-8166, or Bob Seymour at 283-3315.
Caroling with Kenai Historical Society The Kenai Historical Society will enjoy Christmas Carols performed by the Riverside Harmony for the society’s monthly meeting on Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenai Visitor’s Center. Bring your favorite dish for a potluck and enjoy the music. The meeting is open to the public; new members are welcome. For more information, contact June at 2831946.
Way Out Women ready to ride The Way Out Women snowmachine fundraising event is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2015. The $100 entry fee will include a continental breakfast, goody bag, a limited edition T-shirt, lunch, and a chance to help your friends and neighbors. There will be prizes, good company, lots of fun and a chance to give back to your community. All funds raised by the ride go directly to assist cancer patients. There are The Central Peninsula Health Foundation will be administering funds; their office is located at Central Peninsula Hospital. If you are interested in helping out contact Kathy Lopeman at email@example.com. There will be an Organizational Committee meeting at Nikko Garden restaurant in Soldotna on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
Book sale at Soldotna library Friends of the Soldotna Public Library will hold a special book sale and basket sale on Dec. 4 from 2-7 p.m. in the book sale room of the Soldotna Public Library. Choose from a large selection of gift books and baskets for holiday gift giving and stocking stuffing. Every penny you spend provides added programming and collection building at the Soldotna Public Library.
Caregiver Support Program talks holiday stress The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program meets Tuesday at the Soldotna Senior Center from 1-3 p.m. to share tips on handling holiday stress and the caregiving role. For more information, call Judy or Shelley at 262-
1280. — Aqua Zumba is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Nikiski Pool, 9:30 a.m. — Bicycle Spin Classes, Full Swing Golf, Open Gym, Compassionate Friend’s candle lighting Teen Center, Nikiski Community Library, Toddler Story The Compassionate Friends of the Kenai Peninsula are Time and Arts & Crafts all at the Nikiski Community Recjoining with the 18th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting to reation Center. honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who —Youth Hockey registration ongoing. have died. Please call 776-8800 for more information. The local candle lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, as part of a 24-hour Trout Unlimited plans gatherings wave of light around the world to remember our children. Bring a photo of your child to this memorial observance. For Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited’s “Tie One On” event is back for the winter season, the first event to be held on Dec. more information call Brenda at 252-7030 o write to tcfofthek2 in Kenai at the Main Street Tap & Grill from 6-7:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free fly tying instruction in a fun and comfortable environ-
Community Calendar Today 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 10:30 a.m. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, for all ages, meets at the Kenai Senior Center. For more information call 907-283-3451. • Toddler Story Time (18 MonthsPreK) in the Children’s Area at the Soldotna Public Library. Get up and get moving with stories, songs, and silly fun that encourages your toddler’s language skills! For more information, call 907-262-4227. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party
bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 907-252-9330 or 907-2837609. 1 p.m. • National Family Caregiver Support Group meets at the Soldotna Senior Center. Call Shelley at 907-262-1280. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility participants are encouraged. 6 p.m. • Weight Watchers, Woodruef Building, 155 Smith Way, Soldotna. Doors open at 5:15; joining members should arrive by 5:30; Getting
Started session for newcomers at 6:30. Call 907-262-4892. 6:30 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous “Speaking of Solutions” group at Central Peninsula Hospital, Redoubt Room, Soldotna. • Have you lost a child, grandchild, or adult sibling of any age? The Compassionate Friends of the Kenai Peninsula meets at the Soldotna Public Library. For more information, email tcfofthekenai@ gmail.com or call Leslie at 907398-3113. 7 p.m. • Lost & Found Grief Self Help Group at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 Soldotna Ave. For more information, call 907-420-3979. 8 p.m.
• Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • AA North Roaders Group Step and Traditions Study at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 907-242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichik support group at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907-567-3574. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to email@example.com.
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“You’ve got to be taught to hate...” (Os- media and cultural car Hammerstein, “South Pacific”) activities. He might have added religious The murder on Tuesday of five people mandate. and the serious wounding of several others These anti-Semitic while they were praying at a synagogue in attacks were summaJerusalem is only the latest in a continu- rized by Kuperwasing pattern of violence and hatred directed ser: Jews are “deagainst Israel and the Jewish people. It also scended (from) apes replays a familiar scenario: terrorist act is and pigs (and) Have Cal Thomas followed by condemnation (though not as no historical connecstrong as when Israel is perceived to be re- tion” to Jerusalem, sponsible for Palestinian deaths), followed are “defiling” the capital “with their presby threats of retaliation. ence,” and if Palestinians kill them the killPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ers will “become a hero.” These, he said, associated himself with those condemning are the core beliefs of the Palestinian “psythe synagogue murders, but given his past chological infrastructure.” and recent statements his sincerity is about Additional evidence — as if more were as credible as those in the Obama admin- needed — of the attitude and intentions of istration who claim never to have heard of some Palestinians and other radical Islamic Jonathan Gruber. groups and individuals toward Israel was Abbas’ hands are stained with Israeli underscored when a Palestinian univerblood and cannot be washed away by state- sity recently gave an award to the family ments of condemnation. He and his advis- of a Hamas terrorist who drove a car into ers and fellow ideologues are on record a crowd of tourists in Jerusalem, injuring as advocating not the peace they claim to a couple and killing their three-month-old want when speaking to the West, but the baby. The parents are American citizens, complete eradication of Israel and elimi- which in the eyes of Hamas probably nation of every Jew from their prospective amounted to a twofer: Jewish and AmeriPalestinian state. This is an undeniable fact can. as even a cursory web search reveals. Following the synagogue murders, peoIn a recent speech, Yossi Kuperwasser, ple in Gaza, an area controlled by Hamas the director-general of Israel’s Strategic but with ideological and religious ties to Affairs Ministry, charged that hateful be- the Palestinian Authority, celebrated by paliefs against Israelis and Jews are ingrained rading in the streets and passed out candy. in the Palestinian psyche from birth and Given the history, none of this should include indoctrination by textbook, social surprise. What should surprise, even out-
into office Dec. 1, he’s likely to land in the first no-win scenario of his administration. Alaska’s independent governor is required to turn in his first budget two weeks after taking office. With the recent news that state budgeting guru Karen Rehfeld is retiring, there’s a chance Walker won’t have her help to accomplish such a daunting task. Rehfeld knows the ins and outs of Alaska’s $5.7 billion budget better than anyone. It’s been her job to understand the minutia since 2007. We agree with Walker’s past comments that Alaska’s budget has grown beyond its means. That will prove even more true when the state’s revenue forecast is released in a few weeks. The price of oil has plunged in the last six months, from more than $130 per barrel last summer to less than $80 today. Walker has said all along that his cost-cutting strategy involves cutting 16 percent across the board from the state’s budget. When Gov. Sean Parnell met with us in September, he explained the numbers: Juneau has 3,572 state jobs, and a 16 percent cut would mean axing 572 positions. A cut that deep frightens us, and it should frighten everyone in Alaska’s capital city as well. The private sector can’t make up the difference. If even half of those 572 jobs go away, it will lead to a population decrease that would be calamitous for private businesses. It’s not the state’s job to subsidize our economy or workforce, but cutting the budget should involve surgical precision by targeting inefficiency and waste over several years. This would allow the economy to adjust over time. A scalpel is needed, but Walker wants to use a battle axe. Herein lies Walker’s no-win scenario. If he doesn’t cut the budget 16 percent this year and relies on Parnell’s proposed budget, he’ll be going back on his campaign platform to curb spending now. If he does cut 16 percent across the board, he’ll cripple overnight a community that helped him win office (Juneau favored Walker: 7,028 votes to 5,186 for Parnell). Decimating Juneau’s workforce would be felt for years to come. When the 2018 election rolls around, Juneau will remember what happened that first month in office. We hope Walker’s proposed cuts were tough campaign talk and that he will approach the state budget with a more polished strategy to curtail spending. Juneau may have the Letters to the Editor most to lose, but the sting will be felt across Alaska. Thanks for a great reminder If Walker doesn’t step carefully, he’ll doom himself to I would like to thank Emma Mullet for being a one-term governor. putting together Emma’s 2nd run, which — Juneau Empire, took place on Saturday in Kenai. Emma Nov. 23 provided our community with not only a
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wonderful Saturday activity, but also a timely reminder: children can and should care about things other than their own. Emma is living proof of that concept, as she is a sixth-grade student who must have spent many hours poring over course maps and marketing tools in order to organize a very successful 5K run. Emma managed to raise almost $1,500 which will go towards sick children at St. Jude Hospital. In a day and age when children are more concerned about what’s for breakfast and what will they get for Christmas, Emma’s run was a refreshing reminder that I need to ask my children, not “what do you want to get for Christmas, but what do you want to donate.” Thank you, Emma! Nadia Anders, Nikiski
Ship of State beginning to move in right direction At last, the sails of the Ship of State are beginning to fill, and billow, in the right direction. The self-proclaimed intellectuals that reside in DC at the moment, the ones that are trying to control the very minutiae of our lives, are, understandably, upset. True freedom is something that they cannot abide. They loudly claim to be “pro-choice,” but in the name of “caring” and “fairness” that does not apply to gun ownership, speech, religion, education (think “Common Core”), medical care (think “Affordable” Care Act), school lunches, soft drinks, personal transportation, and more. It’s very much no-choice in those areas. C
rage, is the continued U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority of $400 million annually. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has called for the complete defunding of aid to the PA over its alliance with Hamas. Aid that amounts to perhaps greater value to the PA and Hamas is the continuing denial, dismissal and spin put on these horrific acts by the U.S. State Department. Following the earlier attack in Jerusalem that killed the baby, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Obama administration believes “every desire and intent” of the PA is to abide by its “commitment” to recognize Israel and renounce violence. She added the administration has no intention of cutting off aid to the PA. Would someone please provide evidence that the PA is doing anything to end the incitement to violence other than issuing meaningless statements of condemnation? In fact, the PA appears to promote violence and American aid is helping to subsidize it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises a “heavy hand” response to the synagogue murders. And so the cycle continues and won’t stop until the West, particularly the United States, recognizes what our and Israel’s enemies have declared: that this is a religious war which no “infidel” diplomat is going to end. Only victory will end it, or at least contain it. The Islamists are fighting to win. We aren’t. Readers may email Cal Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, individual freedom is what made this country unique in all the history of the world. It is the reason that we have been able to make such incredible strides in so many areas of human existence in such a short time. Greater strides than other countries that have existed for centuries longer. Individual freedom is paramount. This is a constitutional republic, which is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It needs to stay that way. For the next two years we will be getting a lot of obfuscating, bloviating, arrogance, mendacity, and atrocious behavior. In 2017, though, we shall be able to get this country back on the road to being free, prosperous, strong, and secure. Let’s start, right now, on Project “ReOccupy the Oval” — Office, that is. Joni Cody Homer
fact.” Perhaps this quote from Dr. George Wald, a biology professor at the University at Harvard, is the most striking: “There are only two possibilities as to how life arose; one is spontaneous generation arising to evolution, the other is a creative act of God, there is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with only one possible conclusion, that life arose as a creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God, therefore I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.” If creationism is not allowed in public schools because it is faith-based, neither should evolutionism be allowed in public schools, for it is also faith-based. Since evolutionists can impose their beliefs on stuCreationism should dents, why can’t creationists teach theirs? be part of curriculum Jubilee Johnston Soldotna In today’s public schools, children are daily being taught that the theory of evolution is fact when in reality, evolution is an unproven theory. Science professors and teachers, in contrast to the way they present evolution, depict creationism as a faith-based view. E-mail: email@example.com What students are not being taught is Write: Fax: that both evolutionism and creationism are Peninsula Clarion 907-283-3299 P.O. Box 3009 Questions? Call: faith-based, and neither can be proven by Kenai, AK 99611 907-283-7551 science. By definition, science is the study of the universe based on observations. It is impossible to observe evolution or creThe Peninsula Clarion welcomes ation since both would have had to occur in letters and attempts to publish all the past. Therefore, neither can be proven those received, subject to a few by science, and both fall into the realm of guidelines: matters that are accepted by faith. n All letters must include the writer’s Even many evolutionists know and adname, phone number and address. mit that their theory is completely based n Letters are limited to 500 words on faith. Noted evolutionary scientists and may be edited to fit available have stated that “The idea of an evolution space. Letters are run in the order rests on pure belief” and that “In explainthey are received. ing evolution we do not have one iota of
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Business Elevating the dining experience Sterling restaurant gets new owner, menu
NEW YORK — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their topend price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget phones is growing. About a third of the smartphones sold in the U.S. between July and September cost less than $200, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to tech research firm IDC. A top-end phone costs $600 to $700 at full price, before the subsidies some phone companies offer in exchange for committing to two-year service contracts. No longer are these cheap smartphones mostly no-frills devices with small screens and slow processors, says Ramon T. Llamas, a research manager for phones at IDC. As the costs of parts drop, phone manufacturers are able to outfit less-expensive models with advanced features once limited to high-end
Business news n The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant. A presentation on “Four Generations in the Workplace and How to Navigate It” is planned. RSVP to 262-9814. n The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint meeting at noon on Dec. 3 at the Kenai Visitor Center. Superintendent Sean Dusek will give an update of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. RSVP to 2629814 or 283-1991.
Alaska Berries opens tasting room Alaska Berries, located on West Poppy Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road between Kenai and Soldotna, now produces wine, jams and syrups from its berries. The new tasting room is open from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. For more information visit www.alaskaberries.com.
CPH welcomes new Chief Nursing Officer
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New Sterling restaurant owner Steve Drolet helps a customer pay for his meal using an iPad point of sale system Wednesday. The Restaurant at Shea Drolet Cafe next to Otto’s Landing on the Sterling Highway, opened up at the beginning of November. Drolet purchased the inn and restaurant from Richard Otto, shortly after moving to Alaska.
said he would also like to put in a coffee bar by the window and hire a barista and build a drive up window. Drolet said while he is still in the soft opening stages with hand-painted signs and typed up menus, he is using the first few months to gauge what customers are looking for. So far he has noticed people want choice cuts of steak. He said he sells steaks up to 42 ounces and sold one customer a 36-ounce steak for $72. With Suzie’s Café only open during the summer months, Magpie’s Pizzeria is the only other restaurant in Sterling to cater to a spread-out population of more than 5,000 residents. Drolet said he isn’t trying to compete against anybody, but wants to offer another option. “So many locals are happy I’m open,” he said. “Instead of driving to Soldotna, we are right here on the highway so people don’t have to go so far.” The last restaurant in the space, Chloe’s Choice Café, closed down fall of 2013. Before, that complex was known as the Naptowne Inn and Restaurant. Drolet said he isn’t interested in what happened in the past but is looking forward to the future. Drolet said he is putting the work in the winter with the hope it pays off in the summer tourism season. In the winter he is getting about 30 to 40 people a day. In the summer he hopes that number would grow to 400 a day. In the two-story hotel, Drolet said he plans to renovate all 15 rooms, install new carpeting and give it a fresh new look that would make it worth $200 a night during the peak season. He said he looks to continue lodging for oilfield workers to
Steve Drolet, middle, owner of the new Sterling restaurant Shea Drolet Cafe, stands with his cooks Ken Morrison (left) and Richard Reinhardt.
keep the rooms full, as well as provide a place for them to eat. When Drolet visited the Kenai Peninsula on a fishing trip this summer, he was so impressed with the beauty of the area he moved to Sterling in September. Drolet bought the property from owner Richard Otto and is in the process of transferring ownership. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assessing Department, the 2.6-acre commercial parcel is valued at nearly $460,000. Drolet said the price for the property was more than what Otto paid when he bought the property in 2012. He said Otto has been helpful getting him familiar with the area through the transition process, he said. One of the challenges in opening a new restaurant in a new area is staffing, Drolet said. He has found the younger people he has hired haven’t been reliable to show up for work and he has hired older
people who have more stable situations, he said. “I have probably gone through 20 people already,” he said. “It’s a whole different breed of people here. Kids here haven’t found themselves. We have a good crew now.” Drolet said he is a gourmet chef but as owner he does a little of everything. With cooks Ken Morrison and Richard Reinhardt in the kitchen, he is able to concentrate on all the management responsibilities, he said. “It’s my dream to work in this business and help everybody,” Drolet said. “I want people to come in enjoy a good meal and have a good time.” The Restaurant at Shea Drolet Café is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion. com.
Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer
Chambers set schedules
By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion
Sterling residents have another year-round dining option in town and the new owner has juicy plans to attract customers from all over the Kenai Peninsula. Steve Drolet moved to Alaska two months ago from Cancun, Mexico and purchased Otto’s Landing and the next door restaurant on the Sterling Highway with the hope to create an elevated resort experience. At the start of November, Drolet opened up the doors to The Restaurant at Shea Drolet Café. Drolet said the name of the restaurant is from a nickname given to him from his time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Drolet has spent his career in vacation services managing timeshares, resorts and restaurants. He said he previously managed the Porterhouse Grill in Cancun. He said he wants to bring high-end food and lodging at a reasonable price to Sterling. “The plan is to be the best steakhouse on the peninsula,” he said. “We make everything from scratch. Our goal is to have a clean place to go and enjoy a great meal.” The dining room has wood panel walls and seats at the counter that wraps around the service area to the kitchen. While Shea Drolet initially started out serving breakfast and lunch, he has opened up another dinning room set up for buffets and space for 80 seats. The extra space can accommodate meetings, events or parties in a smoke-free environment, he said. Starting this week, the restaurant will be open for dinner service until 7 p.m. It will be open on Thanksgiving Day. For breakfast Shea Drolet offers the classics such as bacon and eggs, sausage links, hash browns and pancakes. Dinner entrée options include New York steak or rib eye with baked potato, grilled or fried halibut, pork chops and free soup or salad for a balanced meal. In the future, Drolet said would add prime rib and lobster to the menu. “We range from high-end to regular people,” he said. “We have a steady group that like to come have biscuits and gravy and coffee. Our prices will be affordable for everybody.” To the right of the entrance in the front is a room that will operate as a gift shop. Drolet
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devices. These phones lack the latest innovations, such as fingerprint security sensors and heart-rate monitors. They aren’t as fast, and their cameras aren’t as sharp. But the technology is more than adequate for those who just want to check email, look up sports scores and play video. Many cheaper phones now even offer the fastest wireless speeds on 4G LTE cellular networks, notes Jeff Bradley, senior vice president for devices at AT&T. “There’s a certain status to carrying an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, as an example, but there are also people who say, ‘I want a good, reliable phone, but I’m not willing to spend as much money on that,” says David Owens, a senior vice president at wireless carrier Sprint Corp. Joe Liggio, 16, a high school student in New York, says many of his friends have iPhones or Samsung phones, but he’s never felt envy carrying his $180 Moto G from Motorola. He says it does everything he needs well, including texting, taking pictures, playing music and accessing the Internet. Besides the Moto G, Mo-
torola has a $129 Moto E as an alternative to its $500 Moto X. Microsoft Corp.’s Lumia 635 costs $179 or less, compared with the $550 its flagship Lumia Icon retailed for at launch. The Nubia 5S Mini, ZTE Corp.’s most expensive phone, retails for $280 contract-free. ZTE has a few models for just $100. The cheaper phone does
mean smaller profit. According to IHS iSuppli, ZTE makes about $130 per Nubia device sold, compared with several hundred for Apple and Samsung devices before marketing and administrative costs. But targeting the budget crowd has made ZTE the No. 5 smartphone vendor in the U.S., according to IDC.
Central Peninsula Hospital recently announced the addition of Karen A. Scoggins, MSN, MBA, RN as the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Central Peninsula Hospital. Scoggins has more than 25 years of health care experience and is a strong leader who will oversee all aspects of the nursing program at CPH. Scoggins comes to CPH from Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she was the CNO for the 200 bed hospital. She was responsible for operation oversight of Inpatient Nursing, Emergency Services, Behavioral Health and Cardiovascular services. “We are excited to welcome Karen to CPH,” said Rick Davis, CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital. “Karen has an established record of building strong teams who work together to provide quality care and an enhanced patient experience. Her depth of knowledge and commitment to patient quality and satisfaction make her an excellent fit in our Planetree hospital environment.” “I am excited to have an opportunity to contribute to an excellent hospital where patient centered care is the hallmark for the nursing staff. My husband and I are excited to be back in Alaska where we can resume a life of hunting, fishing, riding snowmachines and enjoying the outdoors,” said Scoggins. Karen earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, all from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she holds certifications in Nurse Executive – Board Certified (NE‐BC) and Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS). Karen began working at CPH on Nov. 10.
Job Center hosts training The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Nov. 24: Tuesday, Nov. 25 — 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab Wednesday, Nov. 26 — 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing Thursday, Nov. 27 — Job Center closed for Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 28 — No workshops offered All workshop are free of charge to the public Those interested in attending any workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can reserve space by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account (www.jobs.alaska. gov), call 335-3010, or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite #2. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state and federal holidays.
SBA accepting Small Business Week Award Nominations The U.S. Small Business Administration - Alaska district office has announced the opening of SBA’s online portal and is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. SBA has been following the mantra - Smart, Bold and Accessible in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal http://awards.sba. gov provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week. All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s Alaska District Office. For contact information and other District Office information visit online at www.sba.gov/ak, call 800-755-7034 or visit in person at 420 L Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, Alaska. Business announcements may be submitted to news@ peninsulaclarion.com.
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Nation & World
Around the World Cleveland police: Video ‘clear’ on officer’s shooting of boy who had gun that looked real CLEVELAND — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who appeared to be pulling a gun in and out of his pants. The 911 caller said the gun was “probably fake,” then added, “I don’t know if it’s real or not.” Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said Monday that he didn’t know whether a dispatcher shared that information with responding officers. The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association has said the officers weren’t told the caller thought the gun might be fake. Police say Tamir Rice, who died Sunday, had an “airsoft” gun that appeared indistinguishable from a real firearm. Airsoft guns fire spherical plastic pellets and have orange tips to show they aren’t real firearms, but police said the one the boy had didn’t have the bright safety indicator.
Republican Party shifts on immigration with high stakes for 2016 BOCA RATON, Fla. — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party’s most prominent governors — likely presidential candidates among them — described immigration reform as little more than an afterthought. “This issue is probably not in the top 10 of most voters in America,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is considering a 2016 White House bid, said alongside nodding colleagues at the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Florida. Walker dismissed the Democratic president’s order that shields as many as five million immigrants from deportation as a trap designed to divert attention “from the real issues in this country.” The comments reflect a dramatic shift among some GOP leaders emboldened by this month’s midterm success just as the next presidential contest gets underway. Having claimed the Senate majority in the low-turnout November campaign, the sense of urgency that dominated Republican leadership after losing the White House in 2012 has all but disappeared. The evolution presents risks, however, for Republicans competing in a 2016 election that will draw a much larger and more diverse electorate — especially in a handful of swing states where the Hispanic population is quickly growing.
Coastal storm, including snow, for some Thanksgiving travelers along East Coast MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow inland, could cause delays at Northeast airports and along its busy highways. Precipitation was forecast to sweep in from the south Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and exit the region Thursday morning. Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, said coastal cities are likely to mostly receive rain, although he cautioned Monday afternoon that meteorologists would be keeping a close eye on the rain/snow line. “A small deviation in the track could change things dramatically,” he said.
Discovery of long-lost letter; inspired Jack Kerouac delights poet blamed for losing it LOS ANGELES — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey. For more than 50 years, Gerd Stern had been wrongly accused of tossing what Kerouac called “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw” over the side of a houseboat. “Yes, I’m the guy who dropped the letter off the boat, but of course I didn’t,” Stern, laughing heartily, said after The Associated Press reported Sunday that the 16,000-word screed to Kerouac from his friend and literary muse Neal Cassady was found intact last week in a house in Oakland. “At least 12 literary publications through the years have accused me,” Stern said. “People have written to me and damned me for this. After 50 years, it’s a blessing to be vindicated.” Cassady, who wrote the letter over three amphetamine-fueled days in 1950, sent it to Kerouac just before Christmas.
Israel resumes razing homes By KARIN LAUB Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn’t do. A wrecking crew gutted her family’s apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris. The demolition came a month after her oldest son, 21-year-old Abdel Rahman, drove a car into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing a 3-month-old girl and an Ecuadorean tourist before being shot and killed at the scene. Israel says it needs tougher tools to stop recent “lone wolf” attacks on Jews by Palestinians. But critics say the practice is strikingly at odds with basic notions of justice, fairness and legality in a democracy — and that it is bound to bring on more hatred rather than serve as a deterrent. Israel has given house demolition notices to families of six Jerusalem assailants, including the Shalodis and the relatives of two cousins who killed five people in a synagogue last week. In razing the homes of attackers, Israel is reviving a punishment it largely halted in 2005. An army committee
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In this Nov. 19, file photo Palestinians hang national flag inside the demolished apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi in east Jerusalem on.
found at the time that punitive demolitions don’t deter potential attackers. Government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel’s security services now “firmly believe that this can be an effective deterrent.” He was backed by Cabinet minister Yaakov Peri, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, who said lone assailants can’t be stopped by conventional means, and that the demolitions of homes, if carried out quickly, can be effective. Others said the government simply tried to appease a jittery public. “There is no policy compo-
nent here. The only thing left is simple revenge,” said Jeff Halper, a longtime campaigner against demolitions. “The government needs to do something quick, wants to show it is tough.” Human rights groups say razing homes as a deterrent amounts to collective punishment and violates the rules that govern occupied territories such as east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967, along with the West Bank and Gaza. “This is a deliberate policy of punishing the innocent,” said Sarit Michaeli of B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group. “This is completely unacceptable in a country that aims to be
a democracy.” The demolitions come at a time of heightened tensions in Jerusalem, a volatile city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian residents complain of longstanding official discrimination and fear Israel is marginalizing them further with settlements and a separation barrier slicing through Arab neighborhoods. Violence “will only stop when they end the occupation,” said Enas Shalodi, who now lives with her husband and remaining children in two rooms in a relative’s temporarily vacant apartment in her building. She insisted her son didn’t intend to ram into those waiting at the train stop, although video suggested he slowed down before accelerating into the crowd. Israel has demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes as punishment since 1967, along with thousands more that were razed for other reasons, such as lacking building permits, which Palestinians say are difficult to get from Israel. Between 1987 and 2005, a period encompassing two Palestinian uprisings, Israel destroyed 1,115 Palestinian homes as punishment, partially demolished 64 and sealed or partially sealed 417, according to B’Tselem.
Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his service.” Hagel, a former Republican senator, never broke through the White House’s notably insular national security team. Officials privately griped about his ability to publicly communicate administration policy and more recently questioned whether he had the capacity to oversee new military campaigns against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Hagel is the first high-level member of Obama’s national security team to step down in the wake of both a disastrous midterm election for the president’s party and persistent criticism about the administration’s policies in the Middle East and elsewhere. It’s unclear wheth-
Computer hackers show cars can be commandeered, automakers aim to block threats LOS ANGELES — Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine. Their motives were not malicious. These hackers worked on behalf of the U.S. military, which along with the auto industry is scrambling to fortify the cyber defenses of commercially available cars before criminals and even terrorists penetrate them. “You’re stepping into a rolling computer now,” said Chris Valasek, who helped catapult car hacking into the public eye when he and a partner revealed last year they had been able to control a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape by plugging into a port used by mechanics. These days, when Valasek isn’t working his day job for a computer security firm, he’s seeing how Bluetooth might offer an entry point. — The Associated Press
er Hagel’s forced resignation signals the start of a broader shake-up of the president’s team; White House officials said it was possible there could be more departures. Among the leading contenders to replace Hagel is Michele Flournoy, who served as the Pentagon’s policy chief for the first three years of Obama’s presidency. Flournoy, who would be the first woman to head the Pentagon, is now chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, a think tank that she co-founded. Flournoy is said to be interested in the top Pentagon job but seeking assurances from the White House that she would be given greater latitude in policymaking than Hagel. Flournoy is also considered a possible defense secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton if Clinton should win the presidency in 2016. Others mentioned as possible replacements include Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, and Robert Work, who currently holds that post. With Hagel’s departure, Obama will be the first president since Harry Truman to have four defense secretaries. Hagel’s two predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta,
complained after leaving the administration about White House micromanagement and political interference in policy decisions. Rep. Buck McKeon, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested Obama consider his own role in his administration’s foreign policy struggles rather than seeking another changeover at the Pentagon.
“When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask, ‘Is it them or is it me?’” said McKeon, R-Calif. Hagel has had his own frustrations with the White House. In recent weeks, he sent a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice in which he said Obama needed to articulate a clearer view of the administration’s approach to dealing with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN Associated Press
VIENNA — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a sevenmonth extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do — limit Tehran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon. Pushback from critics in Congress followed almost immediately, with powerful Republicans saying that Iran is merely trying to buy time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western foreign ministers defended the add-on time as the best way forward. “We would be fools to walk away,” Kerry declared. But a week of tough maneuvering appeared to have achieved little more than agreement to keep on talking. Negotiators will now strive to nail down by March 1 what Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with must do, and by when. A final agreement is meant to follow four months later. Members of the new Republican-controlled Congress to be sworn in early next year threatened to impose additional
sanctions on Iran and may well have enough votes to overturn an expected veto by President Barack Obama. “The one thing the Iranians didn’t have was time, and now they have 219 days,” lamented Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican whose work with Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey on oil sanctions helped cripple Iran’s economy and drive it to the negotiating table. Kirk pledged to come forward with a new bipartisan sanctions package after the Republican takeover of the Senate. Menendez suggested similar action, saying he’d work “to ensure that Iran comprehends that we will not ever permit it to become a threshold nuclear state.” The U.S. administration strongly opposes additional sanctions because it fears it will push Tehran away from the table. Monday’s decision already appeared to benefit Iran. Its nuclear program is left frozen but intact, without any of the cuts sought by the U.S. And while the negotiations continue, so will monthly dole-outs of $700 million in frozen funds that began under the temporary nuclear deal agreed on late last year that led to the present talks. Kerry called for patience,
‘The one thing the Iranians didn’t have was time, and now they have 219 days.’ — Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican saying he hoped congressional skeptics would “come to see the wisdom” of giving talks an extra “few months to be able to proceed without sending messages that might be misinterpreted.” In Tehran, hard-liners fearful that their country will give away more than it gets under any final deal may increase pressure on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to break off talks. Still, the latest extension appears to have the approval of Khamenei, the ultimate arbiter in his country. Positive comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reflected Khamenei’s backing. “Many gaps have been eliminated,” Rouhani said in a statement, though he added the sides were “still some distance” from a deal. U.S.-Iran relations have warmed since Rouhani took office last year and the thaw has extended to the nuclear negotiations. Still, Rouhani has struggled to sell the idea of negotiating with arch-foe America to hard-
liners at home and he pledged “ultimate victory” for the Islamic Republic in securing a favorable agreement. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters the sides were giving themselves until March to agree on a text “that sets out in layman’s language what we have agreed to do.” Experts then will have four months to “translate that into precise definitions of what will happen on the ground,” he said. A joint statement read by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU official Catherine Ashton, speaking for the six powers negotiating with Iran, said the sides “remain convinced that ... a comprehensive solution can be reached.” Even the new deadline was not immediately clear, with negotiators saying it was July 1, and Hammond fixing it at June 30. Among the issues the two sides are haggling over are how many — and what kind — of centrifuges Iran should be allowed to have. The machines
can enrich uranium from low reactor-fuel level up to grades used to build the core of a nuclear weapon. Washington wants deeper and more lasting cuts in the program than Tehran is willing to give. The U.S. initially wanted Iran to slash its centrifuges to less than 2,000 from the nearly 10,000 it now runs, but says it can accept 4,500 if Tehran agrees to other conditions meant to slow its ability to turn toward making weapons-grade uranium. Iran, which came to the talks in February insisting it be allowed to keep its present program, says it can reduce to 8,000. Washington and Tehran also differ on how long constraints should remain on Tehran’s nuclear program. Washington has moved from wanting restrictions over at least 20 years to accepting between 10 and 15 years, but the Iranians insist on no more than 10 years. Past talks have often ended on an acrimonious note, with each side blaming the other for lack of a deal. But Kerry focused on praise, in an apparent attempt to maintain a relatively cordial atmosphere at the negotiating table. Kerry, who arrived Thursday and met repeatedly with Zarif, said his Iranian counterpart “worked diligently and ap-
proached these negotiations in good faith.” “We have made real and substantial progress and we have seen new ideas surface,” Kerry told reporters. “Today we are closer to a deal that will make the whole world, especially our allies in Israel and the Gulf, safer.” Hammond and other foreign ministers of the six powers also sought to put a good face on what was achieved. Hammond spoke of “significant progress,” while German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said only differences about “technical details” remained. “All the people involved here feel that there really is a chance to find a way to reach each other and we are going to take that chance,” Steinmeier said. But the length of the extension suggests that both sides felt plenty of time was needed to overcome disputes. Tehran residents hoping for relief from sanctions and a reduction in tensions expressed frustration at Monday’s decision, despite their president’s positive spin. “The West is making a big mistake,” said high school teacher Abbas Hoseini. “Instead of working with Iran and a close engagement, they are pushing Iran toward Russia and China.”
US judge sentences cartel lieutenant to 22 years By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
CHICAGO — A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere. Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, 59, stood unmoving in a Chicago courtroom, listening through a Spanish-speaking interpreter as Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo’s tone became more stern. “I tell you on behalf of all citizens of Chicago ... we are tired of this drug trafficking,”
he said. The case is regarded as one of the U.S. government’s most important against Mexican cartels. Guzman remains jailed in Mexico and Mexican authorities haven’t said if they might extradite him to Chicago. Minutes before the sentence was imposed, a deferential Hernandez said he wanted to apologize. “I ask you for forgiveness and for you to have pity on me,” he told the judge. Defense attorney Paul Brayman had asked that Castillo impose no more than the mandatory minimum 10-year sentence, saying “anything more ... is a death sentence” for his client. Hernandez pleaded guilty
‘I’m not going to sit here ... and think for one second this was the first time you happened to do this.’ — Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo this year to possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute. After the hearing, Hernandez’s 43-year-old son, Gabriel Vasquez, told reporters the punishment was too harsh. “He’s not the monster that everyone says he is,” an emotional Vasquez said. “He’s a family man.” Early at Monday’s hearing, Castillo repeatedly asked the
question: “Who is this defendant?” Prosecutors relied on two Sinaloa cartel associates-turnedgovernment witnesses, Pedro and Margarito Flores, to paint Hernandez as a close friend of Guzman who used his logistical skills to ship tons of drugs by train from Mexico to Chicago concealed amid furniture cargo. But the defense described
him as an auto repairman who got caught up in a one-off drug deal. They also attacked the credibility of the Flores twins, saying they exaggerated Hernandez’s role in the cartel to curry favor with prosecutors. In the end, Castillo said there were legitimate questions about the believability of the twins. And he said he would not factor in whether Hernandez was or wasn’t a ranking cartel figure, saying it would be unfair “to let the entire specter of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman” influence the sentence. But Castillo also said he didn’t accept the portrayal of Hernandez as someone who stumbled into the one deal for which he was extradited
in 2012 from Mexico to Chicago. “I’m not going to sit here ... and think for one second this was the first time you happened to do this,” he said. Secret recordings and other evidence provided by the twin brothers in 2008 led to the Chicago indictments of Hernandez and 10 others, including Guzman and the Flores twins themselves. Hernandez was the first up for sentencing. Prosecutors say the Flores brothers cut deals with Guzman, Hernandez and others to distribute drugs in several cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington.
Wishes granted: Same day deliveries for the holidays By MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK — A procrastinator’s holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day. Amazon, Target and Macy’s and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays. The focus on faster shipping is one way retailers are catering to shoppers who’ve become increasingly finicky and impatient. Since the recession, it’s not enough to get lower prices; they want the deepest discounts. And when it comes to ordering online, orders need to be shipped fast. “I’ll pay extra to get something right away,” says Wendy Connors, a 47-year-old mother of three who lives in Menlo Park, California. Quick delivery is important for retailers as they head into the winter holiday shopping season, a time when they can make up to 40 percent of their annual sales. U.S. shoppers are expected to spend $61 billion online in November and December, according to research firm comScore.
Retailers don’t want to overpromise on shipping offers. They can’t afford a repeat last year when UPS and FedEx failed to deliver some packages by Christmas due to a combination of poor weather and overloaded systems, causing angry customers. Neither of the top two deliverers said how many packages were delayed, but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments. Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru fears that the industry could be ill-prepared for the influx of online ordering again this year. She points out that the growth UPS and FedEx are forecasting this season is below growth estimates for online spending by the retail industry. UPS forecasts it will deliver 585 million packages in December, an 11 percent increase over 2013, and FedEx expects to deliver 290 million packages, an 8.8 percent increase from last year. But research firm ComScore expects online spending will grow 16 percent to $61 billion. It’s not a direct apples-toapples comparison, Mulpuru concedes, but the difference in estimated percentage growth could spell trouble for shippers and retailers this holiday.
“I don’t know if there’s enough bandwith ... to accommodate full demand,” she says. Retailers are hoping that speedier delivery options will help spread out shipments throughout the season so that there’s not a big crunch toward the end like there was last year. Amazon expanded its Sunday delivery service, adding more than 10 distribution centers and 15 smaller sorting centers that sort packages by ZIP code and transport them to U.S. Postal Service offices. It also expanded same-day delivery, available for $5.99 per order to members of its $99 annual
Prime loyalty program, to more cities. In August it expanded from 4 to 12 cities on the East and West Coast. Other online retailers are offering same-day delivery, too. Google relaunched its Google Shopping service, which costs $10 a month for membership or $4.99 per order, offers sameday delivery from Costco, Toys R Us and other retailers in about 6 metro areas. And eBay has retooled its “eBay Now” sameday delivery service, introduced in 2012, from a stand-alone app to a method of payment available on its site within the eBay app and website.
“Shoppers don’t shop by saying what do I want now,” says eBay’s head of local, Tom Allason. “They shop by saying what do I want, and then when and where can I get it.” Tech companies aren’t the only ones offering same-day delivery. Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and six mall chains partnered with tech company Deliv to offer the service in major markets. Deliv founder and CEO Daphne Carmeli says there’s been a boost in holiday demand already, but she declined to give figures. Same-day delivery is mainly available in big cities, but else-
where retailers still are working to cut delivery times. In October, Target rolled out a program to ship items directly from 140 stores in 40 markets, covering most of the country. Shipping directly from a store speeds up delivery because stores are often closer to customer’s homes than a warehouse. Target spokesman Eddie Baeb says that cuts shipping in half, from an average of 4 days to 2 days. Toys R Us, Nordstrom and other retailers also have begun using their stores as mini warehouses to ship items directly to shoppers.
Erdogan: women are not equal to men ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men, and that mothers enjoy a high position that only they can reach. “You cannot put women and men on
an equal footing,” Erdogan said. “It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different.” Erdogan added: “Motherhood is the highest position ... You cannot explain this to feminists. They don’t accept motherhood. They have no such concern.” Lawyer and women’s rights activist Hulya Gulbahar said Erdogan’s comments were in violation of Turkey’s constitution, Turkish laws and international conventions on gender equality and didn’t help efforts to stem high incidences of violence against women in Turkey.
“Such comments by state officials which disregard equality between men and women play an important role in the rise of violence against women,” Gulbahar said. “Such comments aim to make women’s presence in public life — from politics to arts, from science to sports — debatable.” Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often courts controversy with divisive public comments. He has previously angered women’s groups by stating that women should bear at least three children and by attempting to outlaw abortion and adultery.
A-8 Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
National website video features Ostrander By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion
MileSplit, which bills itself as the premier website for high school cross-country and track and field, will use the story of Kenai Central senior and running standout Allie Ostrander to launch a series of videos chronicling elite athletes. “On The Rise: Allie Ostrander” will be released in two episodes. The first will be released today, while the second will be released Dec. 2. “It was a really unique and great experience,” said Teri Ostrander, who is Allie’s mother and cross-country coach. “I think Allie just kind of caught the attention of runners in particular. “I think people also are just fascinated by Alaska.” Brandon Miles, who is the national editor for MileSplit and also produced the film on Ostrander, said the profile will be premium content on the site. Premium contest costs $7.99 a month or $60 a year. As of late last week, Miles
said the two episodes hadn’t been finalized, but he expects each to be 15 to 30 minutes long. He also said there could be third episode after Ostrander runs at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 6. Miles said the genesis of the Ostrander video was when FloCasts purchased MileSplit in August. FloCasts also owns FloTrack, a website which did a Driven video series about elite track and field athletes. FloCasts wanted to bring that video profile dimension to MileSplit and Ostrander was chosen as the first athlete. “Allie Ostrander came to mind given the fact that she is one of the top runners in the country and has a really unique situation living and training in Alaska,” Miles said. “She’s isolated from the top runners in the Lower 48 so there’s a mystery and intrigue.” Miles also would like to see cross-country and track and field become mainstream sports, and he sees this video series as a step in that direction. “One of the big things is to
create celebrity in the sport,” he said. “She has a big following in Alaska, and starting nationally, and this will make her a much larger star. “Many can become fans and follow her at the college, and hopefully professional, level.” The interest in the video so far is strong, with over 10,000 views of the trailer on MileSplit in about 48 hours. “I don’t know that any of us expected it to be quite like this,” Teri Ostrander said. “Allie’s Facebook page just blew up when they released that trailer. “I thought it would kind of be a fun thing to promote the sport, but it caught me offguard, in a positive way, how many people responded.” Teri said Allie’s raised profile also was apparent on the trip to the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regionals on Nov. 15 in Boise, Idaho. “It’s a little mind-blowing,” she said. “People recognized us on the way to Boise. Complete strangers were saying, ‘Oh, the Ostranders are on our plane.’” Miles hired a freelancer
from Portland and spent two days in Alaska in early November. He interviewed Ostrander’s parents, Paul and Teri, as well as students and staff at the school. Some staff in the video will be Tim Sandahl and Stacia Rustad, while students Jordan Theisen, Jonah Theisen, Hannah Drury, Sarah Every and Ian Ashley took part in the video shoot. Teri said the one unfortunate part about the shoot was the lack of now, which means viewers don’t get a full idea of how hard training for running can be in Alaska. The profile also has footage obtained from other Alaska races and from Miles’ coverage of Ostrander at the Northwest Regionals. Ostrander was second in that race. While Miles was here, Alaska delivered the money shot, with a moose darting in front of Ostrander and a teammate as they came back from a long run. “I tweeted out the picture on social media and a lot of people were enjoying that,” said Miles of the tweet that appeared Nov.
Taylor Ostrander 64th at nats Staff report
Kenai Central graduate Taylor Ostrander finished 64th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Mason, Ohio, on Saturday. Ostrander, a junior at Wil-
5 on @milesplit. Ostrander’s breakthrough on the national scene came in April 2014 at the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles, where she finished second in the 3,200 meters with a blazing time of 10 minutes, 3.66 seconds. “I was there at Arcadia when she ran the two mile and I had no idea who she was,” Miles said. “I thought she was a breakout freshman, and she turned out to be a junior. “I think you’ll see in the video that was a big moment in her career.” Miles then became more impressed with Ostrander as he
lamette University, covered the six-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 56.8 seconds. She was second on a Willamette squad that finished 15th at the meet and had qualified for nationals by winning the West Regional. got to know her. “My impression of Allie is she’s basically like a little adult,” he said. “She’s so disciplined in everything she does, and motivated and driven to be the best she can be.” Teri Ostrander is a little surprised at how quickly attention has followed Allie all the way up to Alaska, but she said her daughter is taking it in stride. “Allie seems to be handling herself pretty well,” Teri said. “She’s being herself whether the camera is there or not. I don’t see a big change in her mannerisms or behavior.”
Cavs put end to 4-game skid By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. After bluntly assessing his own play at Monday’s shootaround, saying, “I stink,” James took control early and sparked his team to a much-needed comfortable win.
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Ravens running back Justin Forsett celebrates his touchdown carry in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday.
Ravens pound Saints on ground By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — With a stutter step and shoulder fake to his right, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett seemed to throw New Orleans’ defense off balance for a moment. That was all he needed to burst through a hole to his left and sprint 20 yards untouched for a game-sealing touchdown. “The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me,” Forsett said. “I just tried to seize the
moment.” Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore beat New Orleans 34-27 on Monday night to hand the Saints their third consecutive loss. Bills 38, Jets 3 DETROIT — Scott Chandler capped an emotionally draining week with a celebration for the folks back home in Buffalo. After catching a touchdown
pass shortly before halftime, he began mimicking a shoveling motion, a nod to Bills fans who have spent the last few days digging out of several feet of snow. “It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo,” Chandler said. “You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we’re behind you.” After a week of frightening weather and an abbreviated practice schedule, Buffalo
played one of its best games of the season in a victory over the New York Jets on Monday night. Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, and the Bills also had a key play on specials teams in the runaway win. Heavy snow in the Buffalo area moved the game to Detroit, but there were plenty of Bills fans in attendance at Ford Field. Buffalo (6-5) couldn’t even practice before arriving in Michigan on Friday, but it was the Jets (2-9) who looked out of sorts all night.
nix Suns 104-100. Lou Williams scored 17, Kyle Lowry had 14 and Terrence Ross added 13 for the Raptors, who improved 9-1 at home and 4-0 against Western Conference opponents.
ROCKETS 91, KNICKS 86
HOUSTON — James Harden had 36 points to lead the depleted Houston to a victory over slumping New York Knicks. Houston (11-3) played without center Dwight Howard (knee) and point guard Patrick Beverley (ham- C string), but Harden had half of the Y CLIPPERS 113, Rockets’ 14 3-pointers to overHORNETS 92 whelm the Knicks, who played the CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blake second half without star forward Griffin had 22 points and a season- Carmelo Anthony. high 16 rebounds, Chris Paul had 22 points and a season-high 15 PACERS 111, assists and Los Angeles handed MAVERICKS 100 Charlotte their sixth straight loss. DALLAS — Donald Sloan Griffin was 10 of 23 from the field and finished one assist shy of scored 29 points and seven Indiana players scored in double figures in a triple-double. a victory over Dallas. The Pacers led the entire second TRAIL BLAZERS 114, half, and set a season high in points 76ERS 104 and equaled their season high in PHILADELPHIA — LaMarcus field-goal percentage (48.1). Indiana got a double-double from Aldridge had 15 of his 33 points during the pivotal third quarter to Luis Scola, who scored 14 points and help Portland defeat Philadelphia, grabbed 11 rebounds. Solomon Hill sending the 76ers to their 14th and Rodney Stuckey each scored 12 points, while Chris Copeland and straight loss to open the season. Wesley Matthews added 17 Damjan Rudez each had 11, and Ian points, Damian Lillard had 16 Mahinmi added 10. and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 for Portland (11-3), which won its BULLS 97, JAZZ 95 eighth in a row. Michael CarterSALT LAKE CITY — Jimmy Williams led Philadelphia (0-14) Butler scored 25 points and Pau with 24 points. Gasol added 23 points and nine RAPTORS 104, SUNS 100 rebounds to lead Chicago to a victory over Utah. TORONTO — Jonas ValanDerrick Rose scored 18 points ciunas had a career-high 27 points in his return to the Bulls’ lineup. and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan Chicago beat the Jazz for ninth scored 23 and Toronto won their time in the last 12 games between fifth straight game, beating Phoe- the two teams.
No. 3 Arizona pulls away from Missouri in Maui By The Associated Press
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping No. 3 Arizona wear down Missouri for a 72-53 victory in the opening round the Maui Invitational on Monday. Arizona (4-0) has struggled shooting from the perimeter this season and had another rough day from behind the arc, hitting a couple shots late to finish 5 of 16 from 3-point range. The Wildcats made up for it on defense, holding Missouri (2-2) to 36 percent shooting while scoring 24 points off the Tigers’ 17 turnovers. Freshman Stanley Johnson had 14 points for Arizona and T.J. McConnell nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 game from the floor. Montaque Gill-Caesar led Missouri with 13 points. No. 6 LOUISVILLE 87, SAVANNAH STATE 26 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Louisville jumped to a 29-0 lead over the first 15:58 against Savannah State. For a while the Cardinals (4-0) appeared
headed toward pitching the NCAA’s first shutout in a half since Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime on Feb. 24, 1979, according to STATS. But Saadiq Muhammad’s free throw with 4:02 remaining before halftime provided the Tigers’ first point and Khalen Pinkett’s jumper with 1:23 left ended their 0-for-23 shooting drought. Savannah State (2-3) trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting (7.7 percent) as Louisville allowed its fewest points in a half since 1972-73. San Francisco (December 2010) and Cincinnati (March 1981) each scored 11 points.
No. 11 KANSAS 87, RIDER 60 LAWRENCE, Kan. — Brannen Greene scored 17 points off the bench, Perry Ellis also had 17 points and No. 11 Kansas rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Kentucky with a victory over Rider. Svi Mykhailiuk, the 17-year-old Freshman from the Ukraine, made his first start for Kansas, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds. Cliff Alexander had with 10 points and four rebounds. Xavier Lundy paced Rider (3-2) with 13 points. Teddy Okereafor had 10 points and four assists. Kansas (2-1) went on a 9-0 run midway through the first half, solely led by
Alexander. In those two minutes, Alexander scored all nine points, grabbed two reNo. 13 IOWA STATE 84, bounds and blocked a shot. The freshman ALABAMA 74 only played for 13 minutes. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georges Wayne Selden Jr. led the Jayhawks with nine asists. Kansas had 22 overall, Niang scored 28 points, reserve Dustin more than in the past two games com- Hogue had 17 and Iowa State beat Alabama to reach the CBE Classic championbined. ship game. Naz Long also scored 15 points for the No. 12 VILLANOVA 77, Cyclones (3-0), who will play Maryland No. 14 VCU 53 for the tournament title on Tuesday night. Matt Thomas returned from a suspension NEW YORK — JayVaughn Pinkston to score 13 points. scored 15 points and Darrun Hilliard had The Terrapins beat Arizona State 78-73 14 to lead Villanova past Virginia Com- earlier in the night. monwealth. Rodney Cooper scored 27 points for the The Wildcats (4-0) used a 16-0 run ear- Crimson Tide (3-1), who had won the only ly in the second half to bust this one open previous meeting between the schools. and advance to the Legends Classic final at Levi Randolph finished with 18 points. the Barclays Center. The Wildcats needed about 2½ minutes to turn a tight one into a rout. Kris Jenkins No. 19 MICHIGAN 70, added 13 points to lead a Villanova bench OREGON 63 that outscored VCU’s reserves 36-11. Melvin Johnson and Briante Weber NEW YORK — Zak Irwin scored 19 both scored 13 points for VCU. points and Caris LeVert added 18 to lead The Rams missed 15 of 17 3-pointers Michigan to a win over Oregon. and shot only 37 percent overall. VCU The Wolverines (4-0) used an 8-0 run opened the second half on a 6-0 run to midway through the second half to snap a open a short-lived lead until they totally tie game and give them just the separation collapsed and were outhustled for the they needed to advance to the Legends next 17 next minutes against the attacking Classic final at the Barclays Center. Wildcats. The Wolverines never trailed and C
made 23 of 29 free throws to hold off the Ducks. LeVert was key down the stretch, twisting his way down the lane for tough baskets and getting a rise out of the hundreds of fans in maize and blue who made the trip. Joseph Young had 20 points for the Ducks (3-1). Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin had eight points and 11 rebounds before leaving late in the game with an apparent left ankle injury.
No. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 79, SANTA CLARA 52 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a victory over Santa Clara. Travis Trice scored 19 points and had eight of his team’s 22 assists on 29 baskets. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson — out with the flu — had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. But the spark came from Schilling, who hit four straight shots from the field in an eight-point, seven-rebound first half while playing just 10 minutes.
Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Red Sox sign up Ramirez, Sandoval
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back again has agreed to terms third baseman Pablo Sandoval, his agent confirmed Monday night. According to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal, Boston also agreed to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, who came up to the major leagues with the Red Sox. The official confirmed both agreements on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn’t passed physicals. The Ramirez deal was expected to be finalized Tuesday. The moves give the Red Sox a potent batting order that includes two of the last three World Series MVPs, Sandoval and David Ortiz. But they still have to replace the four starting pitchers they traded last summer. Sandoval, 28, is a career .294 hitter who had 16 homers and 73 RBIs in the regular season this year and then hit .366 in the postseason while helping the Giants win their third World Series in five years. With his everyman body type and colorful nickname — Kung Fu Panda — the switch hitter was a fan favorite in the Bay Area. “He has been with us through some of the greatest moments in San Francisco Giants history — including all three World Series championships,” the Giants said in a statement. “We will never forget his World Series MVP performance in 2012 and his numerous contributions to the 2014 championship. His connection with Giants fans — young and old — is truly special, and he will be greatly missed. We wish him nothing but the best in Boston.” Ramirez came up in the Red Sox system and was still a prospect when he was traded to the Florida Marlins in the deal that brought Josh Beckett and future World Series MVP Mike Lowell to Boston. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .300 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for Los Angeles this year.
Scoreboard Football NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East New England Miami Buffalo N.Y. Jets South Indianapolis Houston Tennessee Jacksonville North Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland West Denver Kansas City San Diego Oakland
W 9 6 6 2
L 2 5 5 9
T Pct 0 .818 0 .545 0 .545 0 .182
PF 357 285 238 177
PA 227 219 207 303
7 4 5 6 2 9 1 10
0 .636 0 .455 0 .182 0 .091
333 242 192 161
256 226 293 305
7 7 7 7
3 4 4 4
1 .682 0 .636 0 .636 0 .636
246 295 288 242
234 208 263 219
8 3 7 4 7 4 1 10
0 .727 0 .636 0 .636 0 .091
332 261 245 176
260 195 216 285
NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington South Atlanta New Orleans Carolina Tampa Bay North Green Bay Detroit Chicago Minnesota West Arizona Seattle San Francisco St. Louis
8 8 3 3
3 3 8 8
0 .727 0 .727 0 .273 0 .273
342 292 233 217
275 240 294 273
4 4 3 2
7 7 7 9
0 .364 0 .364 1 .318 0 .182
262 288 215 207
281 286 300 300
8 7 5 4 9 7 7 4
3 4 6 7 2 4 4 7
0 .727 0 .636 0 .455 0 .364 0 .818 0 .636 0 .636 0 .364
354 197 236 202 240 279 228 209
246 190 303 244 195 218 225 285
Thursday, Nov. 27 Chicago at Detroit, 8:30 a.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 12:30 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 Tennessee at Houston, 9 a.m. Oakland at St. Louis, 9 a.m. Carolina at Minnesota, 9 a.m. Washington at Indianapolis, 9 a.m. Cleveland at Buffalo, 9 a.m. San Diego at Baltimore, 9 a.m. N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville, 9 a.m. Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 9 a.m. New Orleans at Pittsburgh, 9 a.m. Arizona at Atlanta, 12:05 p.m. New England at Green Bay, 12:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 Miami at N.Y. Jets, 4:30 p.m. All Times AST
Ravens 34, Saints 27 Bal. NO
7 7 10 10—34 7 10 0 10—27
First Quarter Bal_Smith Sr. 15 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 8:13. NO_J.Graham 10 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick), 3:20. Second Quarter Bal_Forsett 13 run (Tucker kick), 9:08. NO_FG S.Graham 20, 4:00. NO_Colston 26 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick), :17. Third Quarter Bal_FG Tucker 31, 8:30. Bal_Hill 44 interception return (Tucker kick), 4:59. Fourth Quarter Bal_FG Tucker 55, 10:59. NO_FG S.Graham 34, 6:33.
Bal_Forsett 20 run (Tucker kick), 2:53. NO_J.Graham 2 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick), :40. A_73,373.
Harvin 1-2. Buffalo, Woods 9-118, Watkins 3-35, Chandler 3-28, Jackson 3-13, Gragg 2-11, Hogan 2-5, Smith 1-12, Dixon 1-8. MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.
Bal NO First downs 23 26 Total Net Yards 449 525 Rushes-yards 32-215 21-126 Passing 234 399 Punt Returns 2-0 1-7 Kickoff Returns 2-52 1-20 Interceptions Ret. 1-44 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 18-24-0 35-45-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-9 4-21 Punts 2-63.0 3-48.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 6-42 5-50 Time of Possession 30:15 29:45
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Baltimore, Forsett 22-182, Pierce 7-28, Jones 1-3, Flacco 2-2. New Orleans, Morgan 1-67, Ingram 11-27, Thomas 5-19, Brees 3-15, Stills 1-(minus 2). PASSING_Baltimore, Flacco 1824-0-243. New Orleans, Brees 35-45-1-420. RECEIVING_Baltimore, T.Smith 5-98, Smith Sr. 4-89, Juszczyk 3-21, Forsett 2-8, Daniels 2-7, M.Brown 1-14, Pierce 1-6. New Orleans, Stills 8-98, J.Graham 6-47, Thomas 6-37, Colston 4-82, Toon 3-42, Hill 2-22, Ingram 2-15, Cadet 2-11, Morgan 1-62, Watson 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.
Bills 38, Jets 3 N.Y. Buf.
0 0 0— 3 7 17 7—38
First Quarter Buf_Woods 7 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick), 8:04. NYJ_FG Folk 27, 1:01. Second Quarter Buf_Chandler 19 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick), :43. Third Quarter Buf_FG Carpenter 53, 9:45. Buf_Lawson blocked punt recovery in end zone (Carpenter kick), 7:57. Buf_Jackson 5 run (Carpenter kick), 5:03. Fourth Quarter Buf_Dixon 30 run (Carpenter kick), 5:53. A_56,044. NYJ Buf First downs 11 21 Total Net Yards 218 336 Rushes-yards 19-92 29-116 Passing 126 220 Punt Returns 3-42 1-5 Kickoff Returns 6-90 1-13 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-34 Comp-Att-Int 17-31-1 24-32-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 7-39 1-10 Punts 8-38.9 4-46.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 9-60 4-24 Time of Possession 29:06 30:54 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_N.Y. Jets, C.Johnson 7-40, Ivory 7-31, Conner 1-13, Smith 2-4, Vick 2-4. Buffalo, Dixon 12-54, Jackson 10-32, B.Brown 6-20, Orton 1-10. PASSING_N.Y. Jets, Vick 7-191-76, Smith 10-12-0-89. Buffalo, Orton 24-32-0-230. RECEIVING_N.Y. Jets, Kerley 5-66, Decker 4-63, C.Johnson 3-22, Ivory 3-7, Cumberland 1-5,
The Top Twenty Five
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts 1. Kentucky (62) 5-0 1,622 2. Wisconsin (3) 4-0 1,494 3. Arizona 3-0 1,491 4. Duke 5-0 1,474 5. North Carolina 3-0 1,314 6. Louisville 3-0 1,219 7. Texas 4-0 1,187 8. Virginia 4-0 1,165 9. Wichita St. 3-0 1,120 10. Gonzaga 4-0 1,077 11. Kansas 1-1 981 12. Villanova 3-0 917 13. Iowa St. 2-0 828 14. VCU 3-0 760 15. San Diego St. 3-0 736 16. Ohio St. 3-0 557 17. Miami 5-0 521 18. Florida 2-1 473 19. Michigan 3-0 401 20. Michigan St. 2-1 399 21. West Virginia 5-0 344 22. UCLA 4-0 173 23. Creighton 4-0 148 24. UConn 3-1 144 25. Arkansas 3-0 131
2:25 a.m. Saturday. According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.” The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the popular first-round draft pick: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.”
Prv 1 3 2 4 6 7 10 9 11 13 5 12 14 15 16 20 — 8 24 19 — — — 17 —
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 108, Stanford 80, Providence 63, Utah 42, Minnesota 21, N. Iowa 17, Rhode Island 16, Syracuse 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Georgetown 10, Memphis 10, Baylor 7, Indiana 6, California 5, Illinois 5, Nebraska 5, Cincinnati 4, NC State 4, Wyoming 4, Dayton 3, Maryland 3, UTEP 3, BYU 2, Northeastern 1, Xavier 1.
The Women’s Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. South Carolina (21) 3-0 852 2 2. Notre Dame (12) 4-0 838 3 3. UConn (1) 2-1 768 1 4. Tennessee 3-0 751 4 5. Stanford 2-1 720 6 6. Texas (1) 3-0 713 10 7. Texas A&M 4-0 687 5 8. Duke 3-0 604 7 9. Kentucky 4-0 574 13 10. Maryland 4-0 563 9 11. North Carolina 4-0 531 11 12. Louisville 4-0 494 12 13. Baylor 1-1 445 8 14. California 4-0 407 14 15. Nebraska 4-0 381 16 16. Michigan St. 2-1 342 15 17. Iowa 4-0 291 18 18. DePaul 4-1 260 18 19. Oregon St. 3-0 250 20 20. Oklahoma St. 3-1 162 21 21. Rutgers 3-0 160 22 22. Georgia 4-0 105 24
Fan struck after offering Manziel a ‘hug’ CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said. Police were called to The Metropolitan at The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at
Gonos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man listed on the report as Dana Kirk. Gonos contends he was struck several times in the face and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk said Gonos tried to assault Manziel, and he defended the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
22. Syracuse 3-0 105 23 22. West Virginia 2-1 105 17 25. Mississippi St. 4-0 77 — Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 54, Oklahoma 24, NC State 15, Vanderbilt 15, Minnesota 14, James Madison 12, Purdue 10, Florida St. 9, Arizona St. 8, Arkansas 8, St. John’s 6, UCLA 4, W. Kentucky 4, Green Bay 3, Iowa St. 1, South Florida 1, UALR 1, Washington St. 1.
NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 12 2 Brooklyn 5 8 Boston 4 8 New York 4 11 Philadelphia 0 14 Southeast Division Washington 9 3 Miami 8 6 Atlanta 6 5 Orlando 6 10 Charlotte 4 11 Central Division Chicago 9 5 Milwaukee 7 7 Cleveland 6 7 Indiana 6 8 Detroit 3 10
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GB — 6½ 7 8½ 12
.750 .571 .545 .375 .267
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.643 .500 .462 .429 .231
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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 12 2 Houston 11 3 San Antonio 9 4 Dallas 10 5 New Orleans 7 5 Northwest Division Portland 11 3 Denver 6 7 Utah 5 10 Minnesota 3 9 Oklahoma City 3 12 Pacific Division Golden State 10 2 Sacramento 8 5 L.A. Clippers 8 5 Phoenix 9 6 L.A. Lakers 3 11
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Monday’s Games Portland 114, Philadelphia 104 L.A. Clippers 113, Charlotte 92 Cleveland 106, Orlando 74 Toronto 104, Phoenix 100 Houston 91, New York 86 Indiana 111, Dallas 100 Chicago 97, Utah 95 Tuesday’s Games Atlanta at Washington, 3 p.m. Golden State at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans, 4 p.m. Detroit at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. Chicago at Denver, 5 p.m. All Times AST
Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF Montreal 23 16 6 1 33 61 Tampa Bay 22 14 6 2 30 77 Detroit 21 11 5 5 27 59 Boston 23 13 9 1 27 59 Toronto 21 11 8 2 24 67 Ottawa 20 9 7 4 22 55 Florida 19 7 6 6 20 41 Buffalo 21 6 13 2 14 36 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 20 14 4 2 30 72
GA 57 60 52 57 63 54 51 70 46
N.Y. Islanders 21 15 6 N.Y. Rangers 20 9 7 Washington 20 9 8 New Jersey 21 9 9 Philadelphia 20 8 9 Carolina 20 6 11 Columbus 20 6 12
0 30 69 4 22 57 3 21 56 3 21 53 3 19 57 3 15 48 2 14 49
57 58 54 61 61 62 72
WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 21 14 6 1 29 57 43 Nashville 20 13 5 2 28 57 42 Chicago 21 12 8 1 25 63 44 Minnesota 20 12 8 0 24 58 44 Winnipeg 22 10 9 3 23 45 51 Dallas 21 8 9 4 20 61 72 Colorado 21 7 9 5 19 53 67 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 22 13 4 5 31 60 54 Vancouver 21 14 6 1 29 65 61 Calgary 22 13 7 2 28 71 61 Los Angeles 21 11 6 4 26 57 49 San Jose 23 10 9 4 24 62 64 Arizona 22 9 11 2 20 54 67 Edmonton 21 6 13 2 14 49 74 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games N.Y. Islanders 1, Philadelphia 0, SO Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2, OT Detroit 4, Ottawa 3 Minnesota 4, Florida 1 Tuesday’s Games Winnipeg at Columbus, 3 p.m. Ottawa at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Los Angeles at Nashville, 4 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 5 p.m. New Jersey at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Calgary at Anaheim, 6 p.m. All Times AST
Transactions BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Acquired RHP Charles Brewer from Arizona for cash considerations. Designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — OF Josh Willingham announced his retirement. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Named Dan Kantrovitz assistant general manager. TEXAS RANGERS — Placed OF Jim Adduci on unconditional release waivers. Agreed to terms with INF Ed Lucas on a minor league contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from Colorado for a player to be named or cash considerations. Designated INF Ryan Jackson for assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Promoted Jeff Harding to director-creative design and strategy, Chris Kimball promoted to directorgroup ticket sales and Tai Pauls to director of Brewers Enterprises. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS — Re-
called G Nick Johnson from Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Named Glynn Cyprien basketball operations assistant and scout. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Recalled F JaKarr Sampson from Delaware (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League DALLAS COWBOYS — Signed DT Davon Coleman to the practice squad. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed S Eric Berry on the non-football illness list. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Placed FB Jorvorskie Lane on injured reserve. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed LB Steve Beauharnais from the practice squad. Placed LB Adam Hayward on injured reserve. HOCKEY National Hockey League ARIZONA COYOTES — Assigned F Lucas Lessio to Portland (AHL). CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Reassigned F Phillip Danault to Rockford (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Reassigned LW Curtis McKenzie to Texas (AHL). EDMONTON OILERS — Fired goaltending coach Frederic Chabot. Named Dustin Schwartz goaltending coach. MONTREAL CANADIENS — Assigned D Nathan Beaulieu and F Drayson Bowman to Hamilton (AHL). TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Recalled D Korbinian Holzer and LW David Booth from Toronto (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MONTREAL IMPACT — Named Adam Braz technical director. North American Soccer League NEW YORK COSMOS — Signed F Lucky Mkosana. National Women’s Soccer League SKY BLUE FC — Acquired the rights to F Samantha Kerr from Western New York for a 2015 firstround college draft pick and the rights to MF Elizabeth Eddy. COLLEGE ALABAMA STATE — Fired Reggie Barlow football coach. LOYOLA (MD.) — Announced volleyball coach will not return next season. MOUNT OLIVE — Announced women’s soccer coach Matt Hisler will not return next season. NEW MEXICO STATE — Named Mario Moccia athletics director. TENNESSEE — Announced the resignation of Adam Howard, men’s assistant basketball coach. Announced video coordinator Beau Braden will assume Howard’s duties. VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE — Announced the contract of football coach Sparky Woods, will not be extended.
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The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The grand jury met in secret, a standard practice for such proceedings. Speaking for nearly 45 minutes, a defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous accounts from witnesses. When asked by a reporter whether any of the accounts amount to perjury, he said, “I think they truly believe that’s what they saw, but they didn’t.” The prosecutor also was critical of the media, saying “the most significant challenge” for his office was a “24-hour news cycle and an insatiable appetite for something — for anything — to talk about.” Brown’s family released a statement saying they were “profoundly disappointed” in the decision but asked that the public “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.” Thousands of people rallied in other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and New York to protest the decision, leading marches, waving signs and shouting chants of “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot,” the slogan that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country. President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both residents and police to show restraint. “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said. He said it was understandable that some Americans would be “deeply disappointed — even angered,” but echoed Brown’s parents in calling for any protests to be peaceful. The Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination. The Aug. 9 shooting inflamed tensions in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown’s body lay for hours in the center
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‘Channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.’ — Family of Michael Brown of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas. Protests continued for weeks — often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard. Outside the Ferguson Police Department on Monday night, St. Louis County police used a bullhorn to order a crowd to disperse, saying it had become an unlawful assembly. Protesters defied the orders and some chanted “murderer.” Minutes later, four gunshots were heard down the street. Hours before the decision was made public, Nixon urged people to remain peaceful as he appeared at a news conference with the state’s public safety director and the leaders of St. Louis city and county. “Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint,” Nixon said. Some black leaders and Brown’s parents questioned McCulloch’s ability to be impartial. The prosecutor’s father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect in 1964. McCulloch was 12 at the time, and the killing became a hallmark of his initial campaign for elected prosecutor. Nixon declined to seek the removal of McCulloch in the Brown case, but he also called for McCulloch to vigorously prosecute Wilson, who had been on the Ferguson force for less than three years. Prior to that job, Wilson was an officer for nearly two years in Jennings, another St. Louis suburb. McCulloch, a Democrat, has been in office since 1991 and was re-elected to another term earlier this month.
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the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The pipeline project proposal has generated a lot of interest in the state, with BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and TransCanada signing on as partners. The state is also a partner in the project through its Alaska Gasline Development Corp., but the state’s role as a partner has also put it in conflict with its role as a negotiator on behalf of municipalities that will be affected by the pipeline. “One of the things that (the municipalities) were arguing for was, wait a minute, if the state has an equity interest in this pipeline, it creates a conflict between them and the municipalities … if you’re an equity owner, you want the expenses as low as you can get them,” Navarre said. “We didn’t want them negotiating our share to the state’s side of the ledger, without at least having some
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PILT is less guaranteed. The thing is, is that this project is based on long-term contracts that will be guaranteed and the contracts are based on throughput. So, if it fails, I don’t think it would be any different than if the project cratered under the existing tax structure. McChesney: Are there downsides to changing the tax structure to a PILT for this project? Navarre: The downside to changing the tax structure is, I guess some uncertainty. What (we) need to figure out is exactly what that PILT is going to be and how it’s going to be organized, so that it’s fair for everybody and recognizes where the economic impacts are going to be. For me, specific to the Kenai Peninsula, we have to make sure that we have enough revenues in order to address the needs the community will have as a result of the project being sited here. The other thing is making sure that it’s not just a windfall for us because it is sited here. Under the existing tax structure, the biggest beneficiary LNG (project) is the Kenai Peninsula Borough. McChesney: Why should that change? Navarre: Because, I guess it’s luck of the draw. If this were going to Valdez, I’d be arguing for the same thing that I think I should be arguing as Associated Press writers mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Alan Scher Zagier in Clayton Borough. It should be fair for and Andale Gross in Ferguson everybody. Just because it’s sited here doesn’t mean there contributed to this report.
tion, or RLC, consists of public revenues. “It is hard to conceive of a Continued from page A-1 way, and the State does not propose any, whereby a municipal attorney general’s office said in district could raise the funds a statement. necessary to fulfill its RLC Carey wrote in his opinion obligation without resorting to that the required local contribu- taxes,” he wrote.
Lawyers for the state continue to evaluate the decision and any appeal options. “We’re looking forward to the future,” Ketchikan Gateway Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst told The Associated Press on Monday. “We feel what Judge Carey decided was a ma-
involvement and I think that’s legitimate.” In addition to concerns about the state’s role as a negotiator, Navarre said borough mayors, specifically North Slope, Valdez and Fairbanks which tax at a much higher rate than the Kenai Peninsula Borough, did not want to see a new tax structure applied to existing infrastructure and projects as it could represent a significant loss of revenue. “The state has told us that’s not the case, they’re not going to go in that direction and that they don’t need to because the economics of oil are different,” Navarre said. During the board’s Nov. 12 meeting, members were given a complex model of what municipal revenues could be if the project were to succeed and continue under the current tax structure. It’s the first step in a process that should allow board members to compare potential revenues between the current structure and a proposed PILT, Navarre said. “In terms of the project, what happens in the normal tax struc-
ture is you get, let’s say $23 billion and that’s the start. So you tax it. Then, over time, if throughput drops or through just natural depreciation of value, this income starts going down and, also, because the taxes are so heavily loaded on the front end, revenues are dropping year after year,” he said. The PILT, depending on its structure, could allow project managers to spread that cost out of over time, resulting in consistent revenues for municipalities and the state. “So it may make sense to try to equalize this project out,” he said. “There’s a lot of calculations that go into that in terms of time, value of money and things like that, but for a project, it makes sense because they are going to be going into 2530 year contracts and they’re based on pricing.” Navarre said board members had been discussing a PILT based on a throughput model, which could benefit municipalities because the LNG project’s long-term contracts would guarantee throughput. “So, if we get a valuation based on throughput, that sort
of gives you an equal amount every year, then you’re not messing around with battles on ‘OK, what’s this pipeline really worth,’” Navarre said. Boardmembers have not yet seen a model of a PILT, Navarre said. The board is also working to prepare its first report, due annually by Dec. 15 according to the administrative order that established the group. Ultimately, Navarre said he hoped to see the state follow a municipal advisory board recommendation that would be beneficial to all involved. “It really boils down to dollars and cents and how they’re allocated. The state’s going to get a share, municipalities are going to get a share and right now, my concern was not that a PILT is bad, but that a PILT that goes to the state and the state then allocates would be bad for us,” he said. “That was my biggest concern because I’ve seen fights over a big pile of money before.”
aren’t economic impacts to the state elsewhere. So I think you have to recognize that. McChesney: When the Municipal Advisory Group was first formed, it seemed like the situation was tense because the state had been perceived as basically negotiating on behalf of the affected municipalities — even though it has a conflict of interest given that it had a financial stake in the project. Has that changed? Navarre: We just needed to know what it was going to look like and what the specifics are because, when you say a PILT — a payment in lieu of taxes — there are a bunch of structures for that. It was related to me by one individual from one of the companies that they just didn’t want to have to mess with valuations on (the project) with each of the municipalities that might touch the infrastructure. They just wanted to make one payment and let the state figure out where it would go. Well … from my standpoint, it ends up being allocated by the legislature based on pressure and who is in particular positions. That’s not right or fair, there needs to be some recognition of where the asset is valued, where the most impacts are going to be and ensuring that those places have enough tax resources in order to pay for (those) impacts.” McChesney: So, it isn’t a question of whether you should change the tax structure, it’s a question of what the PILT will ultimately look like and how that will be determined? Navarre: Yes. McChesney: Now that you’re party to the discussion,
do you find yourself more comfortable with the idea of changing the tax structure? Navarre: I do. McChesney: Will the advisory board weigh in on any of the potential environmental impacts of the project? Navarre: No, I think that’s going to be independently up to the responsibilities of the municipalities. McChesney: So with the Kenai Peninsula Borough, how do you determine what those impacts are going to be — given that some of the largest portions of this mega-project are to be sited there and it could have potential impacts on several of the local industries? Navarre: That’s all part of how you negotiate because, right now for an existing construction project, they can start bringing in materials and stockpiling them until construction. Those are taxable assets, we could start taxing them now. But they don’t want those taxed while they’re under construction … when they’re not going to have any revenues. But, we’re going to be dealing with some impacts and so they can (maybe) make that in terms of payment in lieu of taxes that allows us some funding to take care of infrastructure needs while it’s being constructed. The other thing to look at is those types of infrastructure improvements that should be included in their assumptions for what they’re going to pay for. If the highway has to be relocated, there’s no question that it will be a cost to the project. McChesney: What is the borough doing to prepare for this project?
Navarre: We’re discussing that right now, about whether we’re going to hire additional persons specific for this project, whether we think we have enough resources in-house. The reality is, as this thing moves along under the initial stages, we can probably do it in house. But, this is a huge project and so it’s not something that, if this thing continues to gain momentum, you want to ignore. So, if it costs some resources in order to protect some of the longterm financial tax structure of the Kenai Borough, or the resources coming to the borough, I think that most people will support that. McChesney: Do you think the Kenai Peninsula Borough could benefit more from a PILT than the current tax structure? Navarre: I don’t know, I think it could. McChesney: Could is the operable word there? Navarre: I think that’s the type of analysis that we need to do and, by the way, we will hire someone to help us evaluate that. I can do the basic calculations, but there’s a lot of assumptions that go into that. You know, if it quadruples our tax base … what are we going to do with that. If we got to the point where we were buying everybody cars, we’d have a huge influx of population, and that’s not sustainable. So, you’ve got to look at all the different nuances of what could happen with a project like this. From a policy standpoint, you could have impacts for a long time.
jor victory for the borough.” For the 2013-14 academic year, the state Department of Education distributed about $1.4 billion to districts, of which about $222 million came from local contributions. Gov.-elect Bill Walker takes office next Monday, and is al-
ready facing a $3 billion shortfall because of lower oil prices. He campaigned on a promise to cut the budget across-the-board by 16 percent. An education department spokeswoman said funding is up to the Alaska Legislature, which convenes in January.
School funding was hotly contested during the last legislative session. While lawmakers flirted with changes to funding calculations and with raising the required local contribution, they ultimately decided to study how the state funds schools and further delve into the issue later.
Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@ peninsulaclarion.com.
Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@ peninsulaclarion.com.
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Notice to Creditors IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT AT KENAI
DENTAL RFP Ninilchik Traditional Council is seeking bids for a three (3) year Children's Dental Clinic Project. Dental services for up to 30 children, college or vocational students up to age 24. Must be licensed in the State of Alaska. We adhere to Indian Preference and have a Drug and Alcohol Policy to follow. Contract to run from January 1, 2015 through December 31,2018. Bid opens November 21, 2014 @ 9am and close December 22, 2014 @ 5pm. Please call Diane Reynolds @ (907) 567-3313 for a proposal packet. PUBLISH: 11/21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned Personal Representative of the estate, at DOLIFKA & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, P.O. Box 498, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669. DATED this 13th day of November, 2014. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE DEBORAH KAY BIRD PUBLISH: 11/18, 25, 12/2 2014
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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND SALE 0229-2318831 NAMING TRUSTEE: FIRST AMERICAN TITLE TRUSTOR: KARL JOHNSON, a single person BENEFICIARY: DONALD R. SKINNER, an unmarried person OWNER OF RECORD: KARL JOHNSON, a single person
NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL TARIFF FILING Alaska Waste - Kenai Peninsula, LLC d/b/a Alaska Waste (Alaska Waste) hereby gives notice that TA62-714 was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (Commission) on November 24, 2014. With these informational tariff revisions, Alaska Waste increases its dumpster rates for its Kenai Peninsula Borough commercial customers. Alaska Waste expects these tariff filings will become effective for bills rendered on or after December 26, 2014. A sample of the current and new rates for specific services are shown below:
Said Deed of Trust was executed on the 29th day of December, 2004 and recorded on the 30th day of December, 2004, Serial No. 2004-013154. Said Deed of Trust has not been assigned by the Beneficiary. Said documents having been recorded in the Kenai Recording District, Third Judicial District State of Alaska, describing: UNIT E-ONE (E-1), DEEPWOOD MANOR CONDOMINIUM , as shown on the Survey Maps and Floor Plans filed in the office of the Re-corder for the Kenai Recording District, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska, under Plat No Amended Plat No. 83-267, and as identified in the Declaration submitting property to the Horizontal Property Regimes Act recorded May 19, 1978, in Book 125, at Page 155, and any amendment thereto;
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A copy of this informational tariff filing can be reviewed at the offices of Alaska Waste between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 47323 Merrywood Avenue, Soldotna, Alaska 99669 or you may email comments to the attention of Beenish Jafri at BeenishJ@akwaste.com. This filing may also be inspected at the offices of the Commission at 701 West 8th Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 276-6222. Any person may file comments on the tariff revisions with the Commission at the address above or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a statement that you have filed a copy with Alaska Waste. To assure that the Commission has sufficient time to consider the comments prior to the revisions taking effect, it is suggested that your comments be filed no later than December 15, 2014. Individuals or groups of people with disabilities who require special accommodations, auxiliary aids or service, or alternative communication formats, please contact Joyce McGowan at (907) 276-6222, toll-free at 1-800-390-2782, or TDD at (907) 276-4533.
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The physical address of the real property described above is 813 Auk Street, Unit E-1, Kenai, Alaska, 99611.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned Personal Representative of the estate, at DOLIFKA & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, P.O. Box 498, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669.
There is of record a CLAIM OF LIEN filed by the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division, against KARL G. JOHNSON, forchild Support in the amount of $2,926.35, and an ongoing monthly obligation exists in the amount of $275.00, and any other amounts due, recorded on March 21, 2006, Case No. 001127905. There is of record a PROPERTY LIEN claimed by DEEPWOOD MANOR CONDO ASSOCIATION, recorded March 10, 2008, Serial No. 2008002337, Kenai Recording District, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska.
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Said sale shall be held at public auction at the ALASKA COURT SYSTEM BUILDING, 125 TRADING BAY DR., #100, KENAI,ALASKA, on the 23rd day of December, 2014, said sale shall commence at 11:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in conjunction with such other sales that the Trustee or its attorney may conduct. DATED this 23rd day of September, 2014. First American Title By: SHARON M. DALLMANN Title: Authorized Signer Kenai Recording - 302 Serial No. 2014-008027 Date: 9-23-2014 PUBLISH: 11/11, 18, 25, 12/02, 2014 1989/6090
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The undersigned, being the original, or properlysubstituted Trustee hereby gives notice that a breach of the obligations under the Deed of Trust has occurred in that the Trustor has failed to satisfy the indebtedness secured thereby: TWENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE AND 23/100TH DOLLARS ($27,323.23), plus interest, late charges, costs, attorney fees and other foreclosure costs actually incurred, and any future advances thereunder. Said default may be cured and the sale terminated upon payment of the sum of defaultplus interest, late charges, costs, attorney fees and other foreclosure costs actually incurred, and any future advances thereunder, prior to the sale date. If Notice of Default has been recorded two or more times previously and default has been cured, the trustee may elect to refuse payment and continue the sale. Upon demand of the Beneficiary, the Trustee elects to sell the above-described property, with proceeds to be applied to the total indebtedness secured thereby.
DATED this 13th day of November, 2014. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE LORNA L. KENDALL PUBLISH: 11/18, 25, 12/2, 2014
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EXCEPTING THEREFROM the subsurface estate and all rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, accruing unto said estate pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of December 18, 1971 (85 Stat. 688, 704; 43 U.S.C. 1601, 1613 (f)(1976), as reserved by the United States of America.
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT AT KENAI
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Little thefts from garden add up to big annoyance DEAR ABBY: I live in a 55-and-older mobile home park. Because my coach isn’t huge, I have a nice little backyard where I have a small vegetable garden and a lovely lemon tree. One day while I was tending my garden, the woman who lives behind me came over to say hello and admire my vegetables. When she saw I have Swiss chard growing, she exclaimed, “Oh, I will have to pick some because my daughter loves it!” I was dumbfounded. She has room to plant her own little garden, but never does. She has helped herself to lemons, too. When I saw her doing it, I was again too shocked to say anything. She doesn’t ask; she just helps herself. What do I say at times like these? We live so close and there are no fences ... yet. — FUMING IN VISTA, CALIF. DEAR FUMING: Unless you are willing to draw the line, your neighbor will continue to assume that silence is consent. So pay the woman a visit, and tell her you would prefer that she ASK permission before helping herself to anything in your garden. And if that doesn’t stop her, make installing that fence a priority.
DEAR ABBY: Nowadays, I’m learning about the deaths of family members and friends by email, and I’m uncertain how to respond. I always send thoughtful, personal handwritten notes of condolence. But how best to acknowledge or respond to the email? It seems wrong to ignore it in favor of sending a letter via the Postal Service, because Abigail Van Buren my message will take a while to reach the bereaved. But it also seems wrong to say, “Oh, so sad to hear the news” in an email, as if that was the sum total of my thoughts. What to do? — CARING OUT WEST DEAR CARING: Here’s what I do. I pick up the phone and CALL the person who sent the email, or a member of the family that suffered the loss. I express my sympathy and find out the details — such as where and when the funeral or memorial will be held, and if I can send flowers or make a donation. THEN I write the condolence note.
derstanding as a result. You might question whether you can trust this person, as he or she easily closes down in situations that you assume are easy. Tonight: Move in a different direction. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Defer to others, especially since they seem to have strong feelings about a certain situation. You could have difficulty with someone you look up to, as he or she might prefer you to have a more hands-on approach. Recognize your limits. Tonight: Accept a fun invitation. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHYou’llbecommittedtocompleting a project, and you will focus all of your energy on this particular enterprise. You could be taken aback by some adjustments you might need to make. A roommate or family member also could be out of sorts. Tonight: Take the high road. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You could be disappointed by a loved one’s unexpected reaction. Understand that you can’t change anyone, even if you think you can. This person will need to work through his or her issues alone. Allow your creativity to find a different approach. Tonight: Time to party! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH You might be upset by someone’s words — in fact, you could develop a cavalier attitude as a result. You won’t want to make any financial commitments at this point in time. Emphasize your compassion in a conversation with a friend or loved one. Tonight: Make it early. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You are likely to be disap-
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DEAR ABBY: When I come home from work, errands or whatever, my wife is often on the phone. I find it rude that she won’t put the phone down for a moment to say hello and, if the call needs to be returned, tell me briefly what it’s about. Is that unreasonable? My wife walks into another room with no explanation, never straying from the call, and continues talking for another 10 or 20 minutes. What do you think of this? — CRAVING ATTENTION IN COLORADO DEAR CRAVING: I agree that it would be more loving if she acknowledged your presence with a smile and a “Hi, Honey — I’ll be off the phone in a few minutes.” However, for you to expect her to report who she’s talking to and what they have been discussing seems not only nosy on your part, but could be considered controlling. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars A baby born today has a Sun in Sagittarius and a Moon in Capricorn. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014: This year you could prove to be a financial wizard. You’ll listen to your sixth sense when it comes to taking any risks. Don’t always count on your impulsiveness being right. Generally this is the case, but not every time. If you are single, your love life could be wild and unpredictable. It would be wise not to consider a relationship “long term” until it actually is. If you are attached, the two of you could add a lot of fire to your bond. A trip to a new spot could invigorate your bond. CAPRICORN offers wise advice. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Remain flexible despite a friend’s rigidity.At a certain point, you are likely to feel rebellious. Someone else will know how to move this person gently off his or her position, but you might have to step back and keep quiet in the meantime. Tonight: A must appearance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Your ability to visualize different routes to the same end will emerge. A loved one’s intentions might startle you when you grasp what he or she has in mind. A discussion could shed some light on whether this person is willing to be flexible. Tonight: Listen to great music. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH You’ll prefer to deal with one person individually. Discussions could evolve to a new level of un-
pointed by someone’s knee-jerk reaction. Try not to make the situation any worse than it already is. Someone could change his or her tune when you least expect it. Tonight: Wherever you are, others will want to be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHHYoucouldbetakenabackby all the ground you need to cover. Your focus continues to be on a financial matter that you’ll want to clarify. If you did just what you wanted, you could cause a problem. Tonight: Carefully weigh the pros and cons of what you want to do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Whereas others seem to fumble under the pressure, you’ll endure and flourish. A family member might throw a boomerang in your path, but you’re likely to jump right over it. Be careful, as a conversation with a friend could have a heavy tone. Tonight: Be spontaneous. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Understand that you’ll need to deal with someone with whom it is nearly impossible to have an open, honest conversation. Look for ways to maximize your energy, and don’t allow this person — or anyone else — to deplete it. Tonight: Put distance between you and others. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH While others mope around, you’ll bring friends together for a meeting. You will accomplish a lot with an open discussion. Let people know that their ideas are valued; they’ll appreciate it and feel more included. Tonight: Where the crowds are.
Don’t just trash it! Dear Readers: If you are like most people, you are surrounded by papers at home and at work! Between mail (especially junk!) and important documents, it’s sometimes daunting to know what to keep and what to throw out! Here are a few examples of PAPERS that should not just be thrown in the trash, but need to be shredded to protect your privacy: * Old, canceled checks and pay stubs. (Keep checks relating to property purchases, etc., until no longer needed.) * Anything with PIN (personal identification number) or financial-account numbers. * Tax-related paperwork and W-2 forms. Three to seven years is the general guideline, but not for the actual income-tax form itself — keep your federal and state income-tax filings forever. * Papers with birthdates, Social Security numbers or signatures should be shredded before being placed in the trash. * Medical records or receipts you no longer need. * Unsolicited mailings for credit cards! What a waste of paper and resources! — Heloise Slow-cooker dressing Dear Heloise: I make my mother’s cornbread dressing recipe for Thanksgiving. Since there never is enough oven space to bake the turkey, vegetable dishes and hot rolls at the same time, I began “baking” my dressing in a slow cooker for three hours on the “high” setting. I stir it several times while it cooks. It is always moist on the inside and crusty on the outside, just the way we like it. — Cindi C., Longview, Texas
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By Michael Peters
A-16 Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Pet Tails Veteran aided by service dog now returns favor By SIG CHRISTENSON San Antonio Express-News
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Sgt. William Cole’s 29 months as a special operations soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan took its toll, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder and memories of a lost buddy he befriended in Ranger school. Therapy and medicine weren’t enough to help counter his nightmares and depression, but things turned around overnight after Cole adopted Hank, a Labrador retriever. The dog, he says, saved his life. So when Hank was given a 50-50 chance of survival after being hit by a car, there was just one thing to do: Save him at all costs. The bill from Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is more than $11,200 and likely will grow. Cole has made a $1,800 down payment. He began a fundraising account called the Hank Fund in gofundme.com ? but has yet to receive a donation. “I would much rather have to pay an expensive bill every month than be without him,” said Cole, 27, of San Antonio. “I didn’t think it would be this high.” Hank, in the meantime, is limping and still in pain. Cole carries him and spent $200 for a pet ramp. They’re living in an apartment with Cole’s mother and getting by on his $1,508-a-month disability check. Cole and Hank had lived in College Station. One day, Hank went into the back yard and got though a
gate left open by a yard man. He was hit by a car on a nearby highway. The driver took the dog to Texas A&M’s hospital and called Cole. The dog’s injuries were severe. Both shoulder blades were broken, a pair of ribs were fractured, a bone in his spine was broken and his lungs were taking on fluid. “He was having a hard time breathing,” Cole told the San Antonio Express-News.“They wouldn’t let me see him right away, but the next day, when he was hooked up to the vacuum, he was pretty sad. He had fluid coming out though tubes, he was in a lot of pain, he was yelping and crying. You could tell he was not OK.” Doctors used methadone to relieve Hank’s pain, ran an ultrasound, pumped fluids and took X-rays. Cole had struck up a friendship with Cpl. Benjamin Kopp while they were in Ranger school in 2008. Cole then deployed to Iraq with the 75th Ranger Regiment, while Kopp served in Afghanistan. Cole was wounded by a roadside bomb in his first tour of Iraq, while Kopp, 21, of Rosemount, Minnesota, died July 18, 2009, after a firefight in Afghanistan. Despite Cole’s injuries, he went back to Iraq three more times before a final tour in Afghanistan. By the time he was through, he had nearly lost one hand in a training accident and was fighting a new battle at home, this one for his sanity. He took medicine and spent time in therapy to deal with nightmares and trouble adjusting to civilian life, but it wasn’t enough.
Photo by Kelly Reilly Photography
The Chess family of Kenai shared this photo of Chelsea Chess their dog Billy. They write that Chelsea and Billy were “inseparable lifelong buddies until Heaven called for the greatest companion and protector of all.”
Have a photogenic pet? Send us a picture! Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They can be color or black and white and may include people. Limit one photo per household. They may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and owner’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be included. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 283-7551.
November 25, 2014 edition of the Peninsula Clarion