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Hi, I’m Mel Puckett. Thanks for taking the time to check out my portfolio. This is a collection of some of the great publications and campaigns I have had the privilege to help create. I enjoy using my creative, editorial and organizational skills to turn ideas into visuals, words into meaning and content into products. 2

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Design: Newsletters, magazines, fliers, brochures, print advertising, social media images, online advertising, newspapers, point-of-purchase displays, signs, billboards, banners, wall art, invitations, window clings, logo creation. Writing & Editing: Copywriting, newspaper and magazine copy editing, headline writing, newsletter writing, radio writing, professional development writing, blogging. Media Planning: Arrangement of media buys, planning and scheduling of short- and long-term promotional campaigns, management of free advertising program for nonprofit organizations.

Get Pink Campaign

Get Pink logo design and creative materials for PNJ Media Solutions


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Share your survivor story.


If you have a breast cancer survivor story, we want to hear from you. Send your story (about 500 words) to Include your name, city and a contact number. Photos are encouraged.

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Studer Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign PNJ Media Solutions campaign assets for promotional campaign provided by Quint & Rushy Studer

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WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER MAY EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE WARNING SIGNS: New lump in the breast or underarm Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the (armpit). nipple area. Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.

Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.

Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.

Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.

Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.



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Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that some of these warning signs can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.

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to the people & businesses that helped make


A park with a view. A team with a destiny. A city turning dreams into reality.


Pensacola Blue Wahoos • 2012 Organization of the Year Ballpark Digest

• 2012 Don Mincher Organization of the Year Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs

One Of 10 ‘GReat StReetS in ameRiCa’

from the Inaugural Season

• President Bruce Baldwin named 2012 Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year

Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs

Relive and share the excitement of the Blue Wahoos’ history-making inaugural season with a signed copy of this keepsake book.

• 2012 Exceptional Employer Award State of Florida


Kazoo, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ mascot

Billy Hamilton, professional baseball

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Pensacola Bayfront Stadium • 2012 Ballpark of the Year

• Home of professional baseball’s single-season stolen base record, set by Billy Hamilton • Home of the Cincinnati Reds’ Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos • 2013 Great Parks Calendar Award Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Blue


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A & J Mugs Adonna’s Bakery and Cafe Artel Gallery Basilica of St. Michael The Archangel Belle Ame’ Bikes Plus BLAB TV Blue Morning Gallery The Bodacious Brew The Bodacious Olive Carmen’s Lunch Bar Celeste Phelps Court Reporting Christian Science Reading Room Consumer Credit Counseling Service of West Florida Inc. CTS America DAG Architects Deborah Dunlap Properties Digital Boardwalk Digital Now Reprographics

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Dog House Deli Dollarhide’s Music Center Don Alans Dorothy’s Dance Plus Downtown Exercise Club Elebash’s Jewelers Episcopal Day School Farrar Law Firm Four Seasons Market & Eatery The Law Office of Jon B. Gann P.A. The Global Grill Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop Gulf Coast Community Bank Gulf Coast Health Care Helen Back Again Henry Norris & Associates Historic Pensacola Photographs Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom IBA Consultants Independent News

Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Intermission IZON Models and Talent Jackson’s Steakhouse Jazz Society of Pensacola Jewelers Trade Shop JFA Advertising Agency John Shaffer Agency-State Farm John’s Tailor Shop La Monique Boutique The Leisure Club London W1 Hair Salon & Studio Mackey’s Mudhouse and Grille Meadows’ Jewelers Merrill Land Company Nacho Daddies Network Communications New York Nick’s Northwestern Mutual Old Hickory Whiskey Bar Once Upon a Time

O’Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown Palafox Computers The Palafox House Palafox Market Pensacola Children’s Chorus Pensacola Opera Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Pink Picasso Gallery & Studio Pita Pit Play Polonza Bistro Professional Hearing Aid Center Rock Hard Designs Saenger Theatre Sam Marshall Architects Schmidt’s Music Scout Shell Fleming Davis & Menge SMP Architecture Solé Inn and Suites Southern Floral Traditions

The Spotted Dog Boutique Springdale Travel Style Downtown Subway Susan Campbell Jewelry Dr. Gene Terrezza and Associates 3D Ink Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery The Tin Cow USPS-Downtown Pensacola Vernis & Bowling The Video Tape Company Vinyl Music Hall W. G. & Sons, Inc. Westcor Land Title Insurance Company Wilson, Harrell, Farrington, Ford, Wilson, Spain & Parsons, P.A. The Wine Bar on Palafox World of Beer Young, Bill, Roumbos & Boles, P.A.

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Give It To Me Local Campaign

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S S A L C T O SHE’S G HAVE YOU EVER ASKED the question “I wonder what’s going on tonight?” We answer that question.


I LOVE TELLING OTHER PEOPLE’S STORIES. And I think education is one of the most important topics to cover. People need to know what’s going on in their community — the good and the bad.


FROM ROY JONES JR. and Derrick Brooks to Addison Russell and Reggie Evans, Pensacola makes headlines across the world. Throw in our prep teams full of top-notch athletes who are great human beings, and our sports section reminds you why you should be proud to be from Pensacola.


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A Gathering of Our Sisters

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 • 8 a.m-4 p.m.

Friday, Sept. Blue 13, 2013 • 8 a.m-4 p.m. Pensacola Wahoos Stadium

Symposium topics to include: entrepreneurship, spirituality, community awareness and mobilization, and techniques for coping with the pressures of the economy, motherhood and relationships.

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Advance tickets: $25. Kids under 10 attend free with an Registration: $65is per before Aug. adult. Each ticket also person an entry into a raffl e for a30 Includes materials lunch. Group discount Luncheon-only Big Green Eggand package valued at available. more than $2,000!

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A Will & Way, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers Christian-based counseling for survivors of domestic violence as well as emergency assistance and training to women [and their children] who are incarcerated or being released from a mental health facility due to substance dependency.

and training to women [and their children] who are incarcerated or being Additional sponsors: released from a mental health facility due to substance dependency. Florida Blue • Cox • Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon

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For home delivery of the Pensacola News Journal, call 877-424-0028.

For home delivery of the Pensacola News Journal, call 877-424-0028.

Because of the large number of church-sponsored events, we are not able to run Community Spotlight ads for events sponsored by religious congregations.



All proceeds will benefit Chain Reaction, Pensacola’s Volunteer Center. more A Will & Way, Inc.Teen is a nonprofit organization that offersLearn Christian-based at counseling for survivors of domestic violence as well as emergency assistance

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County may cut $3.5M to pay Medicaid costs Lindsay Ruebens

Tea Party member Susan Clark of Santa Monica, Calif., rings a bell as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamacareâ&#x20AC;? supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, the last of three days the high court heard oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. PHOTOS BY ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

High court appears split by health care ideology Debate centers on whether law hinges on mandate INSIDE Âť 3A

Janet Swalley doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Internet access at the house sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renting in Escambia County. The 62-year-old saves money by going to the Southwest Branch Library off Gulf Beach Highway to check emails and surf the Web. But Swalleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s link to the Internet may be in jeopardy. Today, Gov. Rick Scott is expected to decide whether to sign a bill that will force Escambia County to pay $6.2 million to cover Medic- Scott aid costs. If it is signed into law, Escambia County will have to start making deep cuts to come up with the money. A March 19 letter from County Administrator Randy Oliver to Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds said that the West Florida Public Library System might See Library, Page 7A

Museum not taking helicopter Cobra supporters, councilman to meet

Âť Three days of hearings over, two justices may be key. Âť No health care changes while court decides. Âť Argument excerpts.

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The Marine Corps veterans who want to keep the Cobra helicopter in Veterans Memorial Park, and Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer, who has suggested it be moved elsewhere, are eyeing each other warily. Both sides learned Wednesday that Spencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sugges- Spencer tion to relocate the chopper to the National Naval Aviation Museum wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for an alternative,

Âť Spectators line up for court.

a penalty, is constitutional. Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument time was unusual in that it assumed a negative answer to that central question. What should happen to other provisions, the justices and lawyers debated, if the court strikes down the requirement? If the justices are following their normal practice, they had not even met to take a preliminary vote in the case before all argument concluded. See Ideology, Page 3A

See Cobra, Page 8A Twenty-six attorneys general, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, who are the plaintiffs of the lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, speak to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Santa Rosa Island Authority plans $5,000 donation toward planned Marine Aviation Memorial Tower.

Housing plans upset UWF neighbors Louis Cooper

Residents in a neighborhood near the University of West Florida are upset about a private developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to build a large student housing complex in their community. Baptist Manor and Baptist Health Care have agreed to sell 8.25 acres on Hillview Drive, directly in front of the Waterford Place subdivision, to Olson Land Partners of Destin. The partnership, whose

onto Hillview as well as parkONLINE Âť PNJ.COM ing lot connections to existing See a video report on residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; student housing on the adjoinconcerns about the proposed student housing on Hillview Drive. ing UWF campus. But a number of neighborhood residents are concerned principal is Richard Olson, about the mix of traffic when plans to build two multistory students join the many senior buildings with a total of 154 citizens who reside in Waterunits, assuming that the coun- ford Place, as well as in the ty approves a zoning change nearby Azalea Trace retirefrom medium high density to ment community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The safety is a big conhigh density. The buildings, one on either cern for me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safe, quiet side of Baptist Manor nursing home, would have driveways See Housing, Page 7A

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TAX HOLIDAY: Gov. Rick Scott signed a popular back-to-school sales tax holiday bill on Wednesday. Page 1B

BIG RAISE: Despite lost stock value, Bank of America gave CEO Brian Moynihan a pay package worth $7.5 million last year. Page 6B

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WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: Players from 22 countries compete for more than $25,000 in prize money at the Pensacola Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Page 1B

COBRA CONVO: Readers weigh in on whether the Marine gunship should be moved. Page 2A

Business...............6B Calendar ................. 2A Classified .............1D Comics......................6C Crossword..........5C,4D Local.....................1B Lottery .....................1B Obituaries ................4B Opinion ................6A Sports ..................1C Television .................5C

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Fla. voters focused on jobs State unemployment at 10 percent ahead of primary On Jan. 31, Florida will become one of the first states, and certainly the biggest, to hold a presidential primary in January. For the next five days, we will feature issue stories leading up to the January campaign. Our topics: jobs, immigration, space, seniors issues and oil exploration off the Gulf Coast. The stories are a part of a joint effort between Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Florida newspapers and television stations and, we hope, will provide Panhandle readers with a fresh perspective from other parts of the state, just as we hope readers in Brevard County, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Tallahassee will gain a Panhandle perspective from the PNJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report on oil drilling. We look forward to your comments.

A Sunday Christmas meant a Monday observance, so instead of returning to work, shoppers returned to Cordova Mall and INSIDE big-box retailers. Holiday sales But not all of lack sparkle. were there Page 4A them to return gifts. In many stores, ONLINE the number of Post-Christmas bodies in return shopping lines was dwarfed photo gallery. by the number in PNJ.COM line to purchase items. Either way, one thing was certain for Thomas Bollenbacher: The crowds were unbearable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought coming early in the day would be better, but this is ridiculous,â&#x20AC;? Bollenbacher said after inching forward for 15 minutes at Best Buy. Bollenbacher, a Pensacola resident, said he almost reshelved the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Warfareâ&#x20AC;? video game he had picked out when he saw the

See Jobs, Page 3A


Linda and Bob Frassette have presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sign a copy of a book by the former House speaker. The pair met Gingrich at the end of his campaign stop in Pensacola on Monday morning. PHOTOS BY TONY GIBERSON/TGIBERSON@PNJ.COM

Vying for conservatives Gingrich visits Pensacola with Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son

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line snaking toward registers. He initially stood in a line made with game consoles and printers stacked three feet high, but opted

waiting in line. Âť Attempt to avoid stores during peak hours such as lunchtime and after work. Âť Be prepared to wait in line, and leave the kids at home if possible. Âť Keep receipts showing the return if the money is refunded to your credit card. Check off each item and compare the amounts as they process on your statement.


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Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan, warms up the crowd at the Pensacola Aviation Center for the arrival of presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Monday.

No letup on Gingrich by poll leader Romney Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m beginThomas Beaumont ning to feel Associated Press we might win MIAMI â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheered by new tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? an polls, Mitt Romney is all upbeat Rombut predicting victory in ney told a todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republican presicrowd of sevdential primary. Newt Gineral hundred grich is looking past Florida Romney at a stop in to regroup, vowing he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dunedin on Monday as he stay buried long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a turnout like this, and Gingrich zipped across

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TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRIMARY Today is the Presidential Preference Primary, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know your precinct voting location or have other election questions, in Escambia County, call 595-3900 or visit In Santa Rosa, visit elections or call 983-1900.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich portrayed himself as the true conservative heir to GOP icon Ronald Reagan during an 11th-hour campaign stop at the Pensacola Aviation Center on Monday, the day before todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial Florida Republican primary. Gingrich, stung lately by charges that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

tIPS FOr A SMOOth rEturN Âť Get organized before getting to the counter. Match receipts to items. Âť Hit the stores with the shortest return period window first. Âť Transport items in separate bags for each store. Âť Call the retailer before leaving the house if you think you may have a problem with your return. Explain the problem on the phone before

The Greatest Generation is angry with the government. Millennials are disengaged but still allied with the Democratic Party. The boomers are somewhere in the middle. The generation gap of ideals isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t closing anytime soon, but the gap in voter turnout among NDER generations seemed to be narrowing. Voters under 30 accounted for 18 percent of the total vote in 2008, one point more than their share of the vote in 2004, according to Pew Research. This November, though, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a youthquake at the polls. There are several indicators young voters may not turn out in droves as they did in 2008, said Abby Kiesa, director of youth outreach at The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a nonpartisan research group based at Tufts University. Âť Who the GOP nominee is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot depends on the Republican primaries and who President Barack Obama will be running against â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an older, intolerant candidate may mobilize youth for Obama, for example,â&#x20AC;? Kiesa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if the Republican candidate invests in youth outreach, it could mobilize youth who may not have participated in 2008.â&#x20AC;? Âť Disenchantment among young voters: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obama the presidentâ&#x20AC;? did not fulfill the hope young voters invested in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obama the candidate,â&#x20AC;? so young voters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the compelling motivation to engage again, said Curtis Gans, director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young people were told what they wanted to hear, plus our generation is big on being part of historic events like the 2008 election,â&#x20AC;? said University of West Florida student Leah Courtney, 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Candidates canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep certain promises when they get into office and realize funding is lacking, and they have to work with Congress,â&#x20AC;? said Courtney, who is president of the UWF College Republicans.


Some retailers have shortened the window of opportunity for returns. when in doubt, check the receipt or the retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Âť Wal-MarT: Gifts purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 can be returned within 90 days, beginning Monday; but items with a 15-day return policy, such as big-ticket electronics, must be returned or exchanged by jan. 10. Âť TarGeT: Most items must can be returned within 90 days, but bigticket electronics are only returnable for 45 days. Âť BesT Buy: Purchases made between Nov. 13 and Dec. 24 qualify for the holiday return policy through jan. 24. Best Buy sometimes requires identification and receipts.

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released a new television commercial for the state in which he cited a â&#x20AC;&#x153;moral imperative for America to Iowa caucus campaign that stop spending more money has cycled through sev- than we take in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s killing eral Republican presiden- jobs,â&#x20AC;? he said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry tial front-runners entered its final week Monday, as countered with an adverunpredictable as the day tisement that said four conservatives began com- of his rivals combined â&#x20AC;&#x201D; peting to emerge as Mitt none of them Romney â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have served 63 years Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief rival. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, See Iowa, Page 3A David Espo and thomas Beaumont

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is not unique to the Space Coast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unemployment remains a major concern for all of Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving a job you enjoy and love is frustrating,â&#x20AC;? said Curry, 57, of Titusville. He remains unemployed five months later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to remain optimistic

the state making their final appeals. Gingrich, in turn, acknowledged that his momentum had been checked but promised not to back down. He characterized Romney as an imposter, and his team started to plot a strategy See Romney, Page 3A

Âť Escambia County voters registered as Republicans can cast ballots for their partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nominee for president. All registered voters can vote on the 10-year renewal of the countywide EDATE economic development referendum. The referendum asks voters to decide whether to continue to allow the County Commission to award property tax exemptions to businesses in exchange for providing jobs and capital improvements.

See Youth, Page 3A

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IN SANTA ROSA Âť Republicans will choose a presidential candidate. All voters in the Midway Fire District, generally ZIP code 32563, will decide whether to raise the property tax rate to help fund fire rescue services. Democrats and those with third party or no-party affiliation not in this ZIP code will not have an election.

ONLINE: FOLLOW UPDATES TODAY AT PNJ.COM/ELECTIONS Charlie and Merry Wright face long lines at Best Buy on Monday to return some Christmas gifts. BEN TwiNGLEy/BTwiNGLEy@PNj.COM

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As soon as the flames from shuttle Atlantis lit the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, the 20-plus-year career Johnny Curry had as INSIDE a flight control job-creation engineer went plans vary up in smoke. among primary The final voyfront-runners. age for NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shuttle program Page 3A in July meant the loss of more than 6,000 aerospace jobs and left a huge cloud of economic and employment uncertainty hanging over East Central Florida. But the situation

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WANT TO GO? Âť WHAT: Neighborhood meeting to discuss plans to build two large student housing buildings on Hillview Drive. Âť WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today. Âť WHERE: Azalea Trace auditorium, 10100 Hillview Drive. Âť DETAILS: 475-9022.

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American astronauts have walked on it. And lunar rocks and soil have been hauled back from it. Alicia Chang Despite being well studAssociated Press ied, Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest neighbor LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The moon remains an enigma. has come a long way since GalOver the New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekileo first peered at it through a end, a pair of spacecraft the telescope. Unmanned probes size of washing machines are have circled around it and set to enter orbit around it in landed on its surface. Twelve the latest lunar mission. Their

job is to measure the uneven gravity field and determine what lies beneath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; straight down to the core. Since rocketing from the Florida coast in September, the nearly identical Grail spacecraft have been independently traveling to their destination and will arrive 24 hours apart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both spacecraft have per-

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BIG GAMBLE: The Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott will face a full-tilt lobbying effort from casino interests next month. Page 1C

ECONOMY: The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 if it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to economists. Page 6C

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BLOOD LINES: Few people were in the waiting rooms at Northwest Florida Blood Services on Monday, and there is a huge need for Type O-negative. Page 1C

MAkING thE CALL: Forum members

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Protesters to join hands in the sand Tens of thousands of people who support clean energy and oppose offshore drilling are expected to participate in more than 700 Hands Across the Sand events across the country and around the world June 26. Events will take place in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and more than 30 countries, beginning in Auckland, New Zealand, and working their way across time zones, finishing on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. At events taking place on beaches, near waterways and in land-locked towns, participants will join hands to form symbolic barriers against spilling oil. The event is the first of its kind since the disastrous April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig and the subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “This simple yet powerful human expression of unity will send a clear message to our leaders that more offshore drilling is not the answer and now is the time to create our clean energy future,” said event founder Dave Rauschkolb, a restaurant owner in Seaside. To read a column from Rauschkolb, see Page A10. Members of the public are invited to join the events, and all events are open to the media. All Hands Across the Sand events will begin at 11 a.m. local time, with participants joining hands at noon. Locations and contact information are posted at www.hands The main protest site will be behind Rauschkolb’s Bud & Alley’s Restaurant in Seaside. For photos from the protest, stay tuned to — Special to The Sun

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850-654-8445 As a heron fished in Camp Creek’s plugged outflow, oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher lapped the shores, with every push of the tide only a few hundred yards away. The beached oil appeared to ribbon the coastline for as far as the eye could see Tuesday. Miles away at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, vacationers Sheila and William Janka from Mississippi were celebrating their 11th anniversary. They read about this “little nugget” of beach in a tourism magazine and “called around and figured this was about the safest place.” But instead, the shore was lined with mostly pebble-size tar balls. Similar

scenes played out across the coast. South Walton beaches from Miramar Beach to Inlet Beach were assaulted most of the week by tar balls, ranging in size from small coins to bricks. On Monday, the county created a task force for health and safety in the midst of rising concern from citizens and “in the absence of other leadership,” Sheriff Mike Adkinson said in a prepared statement. “We have been receiving many calls with questions of water and air quality,” Adkinson said. “We have taken these concerns to the state agencies responsible for testing and providing the appropriate data and have been very frustrated. There are many conflicting reports, and we have been unable to get clear answers.”

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ABOve: Beachgoers play in the water while cleaning crews pick up tar balls and environmental services teams test the waters at Grayton Beach State Park on Tuesday. TOP AND BAckGrOuND: Oil washing ashore with the tide littered Walton County beaches this week. These shots are from Camp Creek on Tuesday.



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for GoodneSS’ SnaKeS (above): Kathy Earley finally got her “first” for the Rodeo. She brought in a 4-foot-8 rattlesnake for Weighmaster Bruce Cheves to weigh Wednesday. From left are Miss Destin Amanda Rolf, Earley, Ann White and Cheves. Earley said she plans to keep the rattle. Mullet Man (left): Zane O’Domirok, 7, weighed in a 1.6-pound mullet Wednesday afternoon that he caught off the docks. Weighmaster Bruce Cheves said that in all his years of weighing fish, this was his first mullet.

ust when you think you’ve seen it all at the Destin Fishing Rodeo, somebody comes up with something you just don’t expect. However, Rodeo weighmaster Bruce Cheves is true to his word — you bring it down, and he’ll weigh it. On Wednesday afternoon, he had three firsts for the Rodeo. The first was a bag of already cleaned mingo and

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City Attorney Jerry Miller and Land Use Attorney Scott Shirley made the case for a two-lawyer town at this week’s special attorney workshop. And according to City Manager Greg Kisela, they convinced the jury, who in this case was the city council, which is trying to tow the line on expenses by reducing redundancies. “My sense is that we are going to stay with the status quo unless the council wants to change something,” Kisela said. The city had called for the workshop to allow both Miller and Shirley to explain Jerry Miller how the city came into the two-attorney system it currently employs and why it is necessary. “I believe we have in place the best system for Destin,” Miller told the council. But not every councilSCott Shirley man was convinced. Even with a 35 percent reduction in the contracts since the fiscal year 2010 budget, at a price tag of $84,000 for the city attorney and $88,350 for the land use attorney, Councilman Jim Bagby said, the city is still paying too much. “The costs of our legal services have to come down,” Bagby told the council, as he suggested the city put the contracts back out for bid. He said that when it comes to legal representation in the city, “we are living on a $350,000 budget and operating on a $150,000 budget.” Bagby said he is tired of some of the “monstrosities” in the city and suggested that the city bring in Shirley only once a month to address land use issues. While he did praise the men for the job they do, Councilman Dewey Destin agreed with Bagby, saying he is concerned “that the city is spending too much.” With the current retainers in place, Destin said he is willing to wait six months to see where things go.

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Locals making music for oil relief Doobie Brothers kick off what may be a season of song Deborah Wheeler

850-654-8443 The iconic band The Doobie Brothers will take a break from their busy touring schedule to come to the beach and lend a helping hand to our economy, which has been struggling because of the oil spill. The Doobies and Kenny

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Loggins will take the stage at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island at 5 p.m. June 27. The concert is free. This was not a scheduled stop on the band’s tour. The concert, which will be funded in part by BP’s payment of $25 million to Florida’s tourism industry, is to help support area businesses that depend on tourism. For more information, visit or call 850-609-3800. Another concert is being organized for August.

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Biggest migration in years brings butterfly beauty Rebecca Deely

850-654-8442 As the tourism traffic thins out, the skies become a busy highway for birds, dragonflies and, most recently, monarch butterflies. The orange-and-black insect is on its way south to Mexico in the annual natural phenomenon that is the Great Monarch Migration. “It’s the longest migration of all insects,” said Theresa Friday, the environmental horticulture extension agent for Santa Rosa County.




Friday, who works at the Panhandle Butterfly House in Navarre, said this year is one of the biggest monarch migrations she has ever seen. “It probably has to do with the sudden drop in temperature or the pickup in winds,” she said. She said that though the monarchs are flitting around Destin and the surrounding areas by the tens of thousands, their numbers have dropped dramatically throughout history. “Overall there has been great reductions in population, and the monarch migration is seen as an endangered phenomena,” she said. Friday said the butterflies that fly south come all the way from

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Southern Canada down to Central Mexico. She said they are four or five generations removed from their last relatives that flew south. “It is still a mystery how the monarchs know where to go, but they continue to come every year,” she said. “They are just fascinating.”

To explain the complicated life of a monarch as simply as possible — the monarchs that fly south have longer life spans than the generations of monarchs that fly back north. The ones that become young butterflies in the north begin to fly south as soon as temperatures start to drop. Monarchs don’t mate until they get to Mexico, putting all their energy into flying and finding nectar to feed on. After living out the winter in Mexico, they begin to head north again and mate along the way. “A lot of them make it as far as Texas, where they lay their eggs and die,” Friday said.

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Gulf Defender Editor 522-5108 | PANAMA CITY BEACh — The littoral combat ship has been lauded by some military experts as the future of the fleet, but the project has had its share of problems. Still, it is a ship whose time has come, and the U.S. Navy is pushing hard to make sure the ships are in use over the next several years. The littoral combat ship (LCS) was designed to operate in dangerous shallow or near-shore waters while in enemy seas. Imagine a combat ship that can drift close to shore, launch drone or helicopter assault teams like the one that took down Osama bin Laden and swiftly evacuate from the shoreline after the mission is done. That is exactly what the LCS is designed to accomplish, according to the Navy. “It is going to be a key component of the overall fleet,” said Maj.


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Special to the Gulf Defender The littoral combat ship is designed to be an agile ship used in surface combat capable of stealth maneuvers close to shore. There are two different LCS designs. One, above, was developed and produced by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin, and the other by General Dynamics. The Lockheed design is built at the Marinette Marine shipyard at Marinette, Wis.; the

General Dynamics design is built at the Austal USA shipyard at Mobile, Ala. The ships will rely on their onboard MH-60 helicopters and/ or RQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter, an unmanned air vehicle, plus other robotic vehicles, including a variety of unmanned underwater vessels and unmanned surface vessels. Eight LCSs have been named. NAvY PhOTO

PANAMA CITY — Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Aft, 23, was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan on April 18 and lost both of his legs. While he is recovering at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Janet Adams has been here in Panama City lovingly stitching together a quilt for the wounded Marine. “My freedom was not free for someone else,” Adams said as tears appeared in the corners of her eyes. “It was paid in blood and sacrifice by someone else that paid for that freedom.” And that is why Adams said her passion is making quilts for veterans. She unfolded the quilt representing Old Glory at the latest gathering of the St. Andrew Bay Quilting

Guild on Wednesday. “You can’t pay back enough of the debt we owe them. They have given us so much,” Adams said. The women of the quilting guild make quilts and assorted items for veterans, troops overseas, and children’s and women’s groups. The group meets at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Panama City. “We went to Lisenby (Retirement Center) and gave them to the veterans there,” Adams said. “These ladies here work overtime.” The women of the guild do the work on their own time and purchase much of the material. “And the quilts are absolutely gorgeous,” Adams said. The women also made quilts for the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, said Beverly Pierzchala, president of the guild.


F-22 grounding linked to carbon monoxide By Randal Yakey

Gulf Defender Editor 522-5108 | TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force’s grounding of the F-22 Raptor fleet might be due to carbon monoxide entering the cockpit via the aircraft’s oxygen system. Air Force leaders grounded the twin-engine fighter May 3 after more SPECIAL TO ThE GuLF DEFENDER than a dozen incidents in The F-22 Raptor fleet has been grounded since May 3. which F-22 pilots suffered

hypoxia-like symptoms. Hans Weber, who is president of consulting firm Tecop International and served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Research and Development Advisory Committee, agreed carbon monoxide could be the source of the problems. “It is plausible,” he said, “and it was a surprise to all of us.” Officials initially suspected a problem with the aircraft’s On-Board

Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS). The potential problem came to light in November when an F-22 crashed just outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, killing

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Daily Planner Sunday • Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-11 a.m.

at DeKalb Masonic Temple at Fairview Drive and Fourth Street. The public is invited. http://www. ‘A Christmas Carol’: 2 p.m. matinee. For tickets or information, call 815-758-1940 or visit http://www. Contact Barb Andree at or 815-761-7803. Gurler House Holiday Storytelling & Carol Sing: 3:30-5:30 p.m. at 205 Pine St. in DeKalb. This annual event features the Suzuki violinists, a special storyteller, a carol singalong, and refreshments. Admission is free; the public is invited. http:// html. Contact Patty Rieman at or 815-7584897. DeKalb Festival Chorus/Prairie Brass Band concert: 4 p.m. at the NIU Music Building, Boutell Concert Hall in DeKalb. Tickets, $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, will be available at the door. http://www.dekalbfestivalchorus. org. Contact Elaine Cozort at elaine or 815-7564981. Grief Support Group: 4-5:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church. 1145 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. For all people in grief. For information, call Judy Bergeson at 815-895-9171. Bread & Roses women’s chorus practice: 6-8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. For more information, call Patty Rieman at 815-758-4897 or visit http://www. Carols and Candles: 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Chruch of Christ, 615 N. First St. in DeKalb. The church’s annual Christmas Tea will follow at 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Contact Connie Lynch at CONGDEK1@ or 815-758-0691.



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at DeKalb Seventh Day Adventist Church, 300 E. Taylor St. Clothing is available for those in need. Oak Crest HEA: 10 a.m. at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive. Part of the Homemakers Education Association. Call Mary Lu Strack at 815-756-4390. Story time for children: 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 2439 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry: 4:30-6:30 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road in DeKalb. Kiwanis Club of DeKalb: 5:30 p.m. at River Heights Golf Course Club House. For program or membership information, call Gary Vander Meer at 815-756-8905. Sycamore Evening HEA: 6 p.m. at Nat’s on Maple, 112 S. Maple St. in Sycamore for dinner out. For information about this unit of the DeKalb County Homemakers Education Association, call Margaret Whitwell at 815-895-9290. DeKalb Rotary Club: 6 p.m. at Ellwood House Museum. 815-7582458. Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. in DeKalb. http:// American Legion Auxiliary, Bayard Brown Unit 337: 7 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. Sycamore High School Class of 1956 Xmas party: 7 p.m. at the home of Bob and Alta Hough, 1419 Lewis St. in DeKalb; 815756-9286. Bring spouse, friends, a snack to pass; tableware, coffee, tea and lemonade will be provided. ADD/ADHD Support Group: 7:30 p.m. at 14 Health Services Drive in DeKalb. For adults and the parents of children who have ADD/ ADHD. Registration is required; contact Paul Legler at 815-7588616 or CFC@familyserviceagency .net. Dustin Chapter 365, Order of the Eastern Star: 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Masonic Temple at Fairview Drive and South Fourth Street.

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at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2439 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. For all interested women, especially before baby’s arrival. Babies also are welcome.

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tainless steel has had its time to shine. As cold winter months close in, warm metals like gold, copper and bronze are elbowing their cooler cousins out of the spotlight. From runways and makeup kits to kitchens and home accents, metallics are taking on a warmer glow. “We’ve certainly seen it in not only the obvious appliance direction, but in the kitchen, in housewares, in pots and other things people use in their homes,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. She considers it a nod to the warm, nurturing feeling those colors give off, and notes that they blend with warmer wall tones in the cheery red, orange and yellow families. “I think people have gotten much more experimental with the colors that they’re using and understand the psychology behind it better than ever before,” she says. Here are some examples: • Copper shade pendants by Tom Dixon ($450 each) http://www.tom • Gold Glass Table Turnings from West Elm ($19) http:// • Bobbi Brown shimmer brick compact in bronze ($38) http://www.bobbi • Sierra Copper Towels, by Avanti for Bed Bath & Beyond ($8.99-$19.99) • Calvin Klein Home Burnished Metal budvase and large vase ($40-$120) http://www.calvin • Jenn-Air oiled bronze refrigerator ($2,999) • Michael Kors gold brocade top, available Spring 2008 • Crate & Barrel copper ball ornament ($4.95) • Chocolate Gold polished round hoop earrings, QVC ($112) • notNeutral Designers’ Gilt No. 3 plate ($76) • Maya Romanoff True Metals in speckled copper metal tiles ($28.50 per square foot tile)

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By Friday night, crosses had been erected at the top of a hill within eyesight of Cole Hall, the location of Thursday’s shooting rampage on the DeKalb campus of Northern Illinois University.

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aturday was not as sad as Ryan Dillon thought it was going to be.

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Eric and Mary Kay Mace, parents of Ryanne Mace, walk past the five crosses during Saturday’s presentation of memorial wreaths outside Cole Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Dillon, a sophomore at Northern Illinois University, was in Room 101 of Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University on Feb. 14, 2008, when a former NIU student walked in and opened fire. Five students were killed and 21 were injured before the gunman turned the gun on himself. Killed were Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. “I’m relieved that it’s actually been a year,” Dillon said. The mood on the campus of NIU was one of quiet reflection Saturday as members of the university and larger community came together to mark a year since the campus shooting and remember the five students who were lost. NIU senior Joe Hofmann said the tragedy still doesn’t seem real.

On the net photographs, videos and stories related to the one year marker of the feb. 14, 2008, shooting at Northern illinois University can be viewed at “I’ll never think of Valentine’s Day the same way,” said the marketing student, who spent part of that day tracking down his sister who had been in Cole Hall before the shooting. “It was the worst 30 minutes of my life.” Saturday was filled with memorial events, beginning with a remembrance ceremony at the NIU Convocation Center and ending with a candlelight vigil as twilight descended on DeKalb. In between were art exhibits and concerts, as well as a wreath laying at 3 p.m. outside of Cole Hall. Boxes of tissues were perched on tables at the Convocation Center, and more were scattered at the Holmes Student Center, where many events were held.


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River to Cole Hall. Room 101 of Cole Hall is where a former NIU student opened fire shortly after 3 p.m. Feb. 14, 2008, killing five people and injuring 21 before taking his own life. As the procession moved, the only 3 p.m. Saturday to remember the fall- sounds were the tolling bells, the en, a year to the day after the attack. whistling of the wind and the stampStepping off from Holmes Stu- ing of hundreds of pairs of walking dent Center, the NIU administrators, feet. They stopped at a temporary elected officials and families of the representation of a memorial garden victims carried a wreath, one each planned to be built along the river, in honor of the five victims, along a just southwest of Cole Hall. Wreaths Rendering provided path lined on both sides by hundreds were quietly laid at markers bearing The memorial for the five students killed Feb. 14, 2008, at Northern Illinois of onlookers, through Martin Luther the names of each of those killed. University, will include a curved walkway and five cardinal red granite markKing Jr. Memorial Commons and ers. Each marker will be engraved with the name of one of the students. See CEREMONY, page A2 across a bridge over the Kishwaukee

To donate to the permanent memorial that DEKALB – Tolling bells sounded will honor the five students killed feb. 14, a solemn anthem Saturday as hun- 2008, at NiU, call 815-753-1626. dreds of people gathered on the campus of Northern Illinois University and then walked to the site of a future memorial that will honor the five students who died in a lecturehall shooting last year. Led by NIU President John Peters, NIU Board of Trustees Chairwoman Cherilyn Murer, Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, and the families of the five victims, more than 500 people from NIU and the surrounding community gathered quietly at

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A motto to live by Editor’s note: John Pfeifer is publisher of the Chronicle News Group and has been in Blacksburg, Va., since Sunday. This is his third column in a series of reflections on Virginia Tech’s Day of Remembrance.

ABOVE: An NIU student wipes his eyes as the names of the Cole Hall shooting victims are read Friday night at a communitywide vigil in Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center on campus. Chronicle photo KATE WEBER

LEFT: A member of the Northern Illinois University community signs a memorial wall erected in the center of the DeKalb campus Friday evening. Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG

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t Prosim. Hard to argue with that, isn’t it? After all, the words speak for themselves. Of course, that’s because none of us know what the words mean — literally and, all too often, figuratively. Ut Prosim — the motto of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — literally means “That I may serve.” Ut Prosim. Now that we understand the meaning of the phrase, the sentiment is still hard to argue with; the words still speak for themselves. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine invoked the motto in his remarks to the thousands gathered on the campus Drillfield to commemorate Virginia Tech’s Day of Remembrance — the anniversary of the day last yea r when 32 students and faculty members were murdered. Kaine talked about the “lost promise” of those killed last April 16, the loss driven home by a 25-minute recitation of the interests, personalities, passions and lives of each of the 32. Saying “the world was cheated” by their untimely deaths, Kaine quoted from the 90th Psalm in the King James Version in emphasizing the call to serve. “So teach us to number

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TOP: Virginia Tech students hold candles at a candlelight vigil on the Drillfield during the university’s Day of Remembrance. Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech where 32 people were murdered. KATE WEBER |

ABOVE: More than 1,000 Northern Illinois University students gathered Wednesday night in the MLK Memorial Commons on the DeKalb campus for the Huskies for Hokies Candlelight Vigil. The event honored the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech.

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Northern Illinois University juniors Krissy Schneider (from left), Caitlyn Martin, Lindsay Weigel and Ellen Wright light candles before the start of the Huskies for Hokies Candlelight Vigil Wednesday at the MLK Memorial Commons.

eparated only by distance, students at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University on Wednesday shared their heavy burdens of tragedy. As dusk began to set in DeKalb, more than 1,000 people gathered to commemorate the lives lost 366 days ago, more than 700 miles away. The Huskies for Hokies Candlelight Vigil was held in NIU’s MLK Memorial Commons in solidarity

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It’s nice to reach out and find someone who can say, ‘Yes, I understand what you’re going through.’ — Veronica Leopold, NIU junior

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Northern Illinois University student Stephanie Hartwig and her boyfriend, Nick Kennedy, of DeKalb, take part in a candlelight vigil Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons on the campus of NIU in DeKalb. The vigil closed the day’s activities, which honored the five students killed in the Feb. 14, 2008, campus shooting.

RIGHT: Members of the Northern Illinois University community have been dealing with the aftermath of the shooting rampage on the DeKalb campus. Police say the shootings were committed by 27-year-old Stephen Kazmierczak, a 2006 graduate of NIU. LEFT: Northern Illinois University President John Peters stands on the stage in Altgeld Hall during a news conference Friday morning in which the identity of the man who killed five students and injured 16 was revealed. Chronicle photos ERIC SUMBERG

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Thousands of Virginia Tech students capped an emotional day with their familiar cheer Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil commemorating the lives of 32 students and faculty killed last April 16. “Let’s go!” came a shout from one end of the university’s Drillfield. “Hokies!” most of the crowd yelled back. Wednesday’s vigil was similar to the one students organized last April 17, when thousands of people filled the campus’ Drillfield holding candles on a cold, blustery day, less than 36 hours after the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Student Government Association President Adeel Khan said the purpose of another vigil, nearly one year later on a beautiful sunny day, was the same. “One year ago we were devastated by an unfathomable tragedy that would change our lives forever,” Khan said at the beginning of the vigil. “In the midst of our sorrow, we didn’t know what to do, we just wanted to be together.” To the victims killed last April, Khan said, “We love you, we miss you, and we would give anything for you to be with us today.” • See VIRGINIA, Page A2

House passes one-week extension on farm law • Tax breaks in $280B bill

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WASHINGTON — The House passed a one-week extension of the current farm law Wednesday, hoping to give Congress more time to finish a multibillion-dollar farm bill that is stalled by a dispute over tax breaks. Negotiations on the roughly

$280 billion, five-year bill to expand agriculture and nutrition programs are in disarray with lawmakers from the House and Senate squabbling over how to pay for it. The White House says both the current House and Senate versions are too expensive and has threatened a veto if either one reaches the president’s desk with the spending intact. House members object to several tax breaks in the Senate bill, including provisions to help own-

ers of racehorses, landowners who find endangered species on their property and those involved in litigation over the Exxon Valdez oil spill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., have said that many of those tax provisions are not acceptable. The tax package, which also includes a $5 billion program for farmers who lose

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crops to bad weather, was drawn up by the Senate Finance Committee and helped win 79 votes for the farm bill in that chamber last year. The horse provision, for example, is a priority for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Montana Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, have insisted on the

disaster aid. Baucus and Rangel have been charged by House and Senate leadership with finding an extra $10 billion over 10 years to help pay for extras added to the bill and to work out the dispute over taxes. Rangel, who has few farmers in his New York City district, has expressed frustration that his committee is responsible for coming up with the money. Rangel would prefer that any • See FARM, Page A7



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