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The event hopes to draw people to the Automotive Department Tony Baker Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sinclair Community College’s Automotive Department is hosting a cruise-in on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4 p.m. in the parking lot of Building 20. Justin Morgan, assistant professor of Automotive Technology at Sinclair, said the event was a team effort put together
by faculty and students in the Automotive Department. There will be music, free food, and giveaways, including cases of oil, cleaning supplies, and other maintenance products donated by local auto supply retailers; a die cast Dodge Challenger model; and two $300 book scholarships for fall quarter. “This is sort of our inaugural event,” Morgan said. “But we’re going to try to do it every year from now on. We have a lot of ideas for the future, but we’re trying to keep
it a little low-key this year, just to see how things go.” The event is free and open to the public, according to Morgan, who says that any and all students with hot rods or other custom vehicles are welcome to participate, as well as those who just want to come, look around, and have a shot at winning a few prizes. Tours of the automotive facility will also be available, and Morgan hopes the event will help create interest in the
automotive program among Sinclair students, as well as tech prep students at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) and elsewhere. “We know there are a lot of students who are into cars, but who aren’t necessarily in the Automotive Program,” said Morgan. “So hopefully this event will help show off some of what our department has to offer.” If this year’s event goes well, future cruiseins may include judged awards and free auto inspections for attendees.
Spring Fling wants to take you on a vacation Taurin Hickman Reporter email@example.com
Student Leadership Association (SLA) wants to take Sinclair Community College on a “cruise” for spring fling. Spring Fling is an annual event thrown by the SLA which includes various forms of entertainment, games and showcases different stu-
dent clubs and organizations. The event will be held on May 11 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the basement of Building 8. This year’s theme for Spring Fling is a “Diamond Cruise” and SLA hopes to make people who attend feel like they are on a real cruise, according to SLA Marketing Assistant Kolita Hollins. “Cruises are supposed to be fun and relaxing, so that’s the vibe we hope to
give people who attend,” said Hollins. Keeping with the cruise theme, there will be live music from the Groove Institute and free massages will be offered for anyone who would like them. There will also be free caricature portraits and a live DJ playing music for the crowd. For the second year in a row, Sinclair’s bookstore will be holding a fashion show from 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Only the first 18 students will be accepted, if you are interested contact Brooke Obringer at 512-0384. The SLA is also looking for volunteers for spring fling. Volunteers will receive a “SLA diamond cruise” polo for the event and should be able to commit at least an hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m for the event. If you would like to help contact the SLA office at 512-2509 or stop by their office in
Building 8 Room 025. “We need people to help promote the event and help assist with setup, running tables, taking pictures, or any number of things that can help,” Hollins said. The SLA hopes that people who come down can have a good time and enjoy the festivities. “We want people who feel like they are on a vacation,” Hollins said.
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What’s the name of the song you can’t get out of your head right now?
“She Ain’t You, by Chris Brown.”
What can I find in your refrigerator right now?
“Cajun turkey and vanilla ice cream.”
What brought you to Sinclair? “I am here to get my degree in Medical Assisting.”
What is your favorite vacation spot? “Florida.”
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brought to you by www.sudoku-puzzles.net The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9 by 9 square Sudoku game: • Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order. • Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order. • Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9. Every Sudoku games begins with some squares already filled in, and the difficulty of each game is due to how many squares are filled in. The more squares that are known, the easier it is to figure out which numbers go in the open squares. As you fill in squares correctly, options for the remaining squares are narrowed and it becomes easier to fill them in.
Sudoku Tips: Start by looking for numbers that occur frequently in the initial puzzle. For example, say you have a lot of 5’s in the initial puzzle. Look for the 3x3 box where there is no 5. Look for 5’s in other rows and columns that can help you eliminate where the 5 might go in that box. If there is a 5 in column’s 1
and 2, then there can’t be a 5 anywhere else in either of those columns. You know then that whatever leftmost 3x3 box that is missing a 5 must have it go in column 3. If you can eliminate all the possibilities in that box except for 1 square, you’ve got it down!
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1 Battery partner 2 More in need of a sweater, say
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38 Humbly takes the blame 39 Shape-maintaining insert 42 Agitated 43 Skips over in pronunciation 44 Extremely 45 First family 47 Inventor Otis 49 Clown heightener 50 Most crosswords have one 51 Fabulous fellow? 52 AOL communications 58 Bridge installer’s deg. 59 Rubbish 60 “For __ a jolly ...”
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Life Students find challenge and reward in portfolio show
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A culmination of two years work will see Visual Communication (VISCOM) and Interior Design (ID) students showcase their skills in the June portfolio show, according to Kyle Fisk, professor. The goal of the June 2 show–held in Building 12–is twofold, Fisk said. The first is to allow students to have their work critiqued by industry professionals, a high percentage of which have graduated from Sinclair’s design programs. The second, according to professor Amanda Romero, is to allow the parents of the students to see what they’ve been working on for two years. “They are amazed,” Romero said of the parPhoto contributed by Kyle Fisk ents. “It’s like, oh, now I see!” Fisk said the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sarah Smallwood of APG INC will take part in a panel discussion. with two speakers; Alyssa Evans of Mead“Students ask how to get to the point where WestVaco and Tiffany Lecklider of Paoli Furniture. Fisk said later on those two along [those in the industry] are,” Romero said. Fisk said he believes that the event–which he with Patrick Bewinter of MeadWestVaco and
Students (from left-to-right) Adam Falldorf, JoAnn Garcia, Faatimah Abdusshakur, (Kneeling): Shelly Allen and Megan Richhart are members of the design team for the 2011 portfolio show.
called a “big production”–is also special for the students because it is the end of their program. For VISCOM and ID students, preparing for the portfolio show is their capstone,. He said that all faculty involved assist the students to make the
show a success. Faatimah Abdusshakur, Shelly Allen, Adam Falldorf, JoAnn Garcia and Megan Richhart form the student design team for this year’s portfolio show. Fisk said the theme is ‘EmbraceDiversity through Design’ and that the students work on all kinds of things for the event, including a logo, the designs for things on table tops and other assorted tasks. The amount of work and creative tasks required of the event are a good challenge for the students because it simulates the work environment, according to Fisk. The design team creates posters, banners, name tags, 3-D standing artwork and a website, according to Romero. “What it does is allows closure to their program,” Fisk said. Having those in the industry come to the portfolio show helps the program grow, according to Romero. Seeing a number of them come from Sinclair is also gratifying, she said. “It’s amazing,” Romero said. “We must be doing something right.”
Sinclair helps displaced workers overcome Blair Hall to host summer productions
Talya Flowers Assistant Editor
Moraine Assembly was a General Motors automobile factory that closed in December 2008, leaving thousands of Ohio workers jobless. In response to the lay-offs, Sinclair Community College started an initiative to help displaced workers. A displaced worker is someone that lost their job at no-fault of their own due to reduction in workforce, closure or company lay-off. “During that time, a grant opportunity became available through the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. The Wal-Mart foundation gave $3.5 million to the League for Innovation to award to eight community colleges across the country. Sinclair went through the grant proposal process
and was awarded one of those grants,” said Melissa Tolle, project director of the Wal-Mart Brighter Futures Project grant. The grant is a two-year proposal that was launched in Fall 2009 and has served over 1,000 displaced workers. Tolle said the purpose for the grant is to help displaced workers transition back into the workforce with the necessary skills and training. “For many individuals they never thought that they would need to attend college. Sinclair is not a small institution to try to navigate through,” Tolle said. “Couple this with the factors of individuals losing jobs that they thought would be there until retirement and adjusting to loss of income, the process is very intimidating.” To help displaced workers transition to college, two counselors are provided to help guide displaced work-
ers through the initial enrollment, funding barriers and help them with career decision-making. These two counselors are the main contacts for displaced workers. In addition to the two displaced workers counselors, the program also offers quarterly workshops to assist displaced workers with computer skills, resume building and interviewing processes. “This is a voluntary service that is available to displaced workers. It is an added benefit to have a point of contact that they go to that will help them through,” she said. “It is really about getting to know the student and getting to know what they need to help them be successful.” For more information, contact the Displaced Worker line at (937) 512-4646 or visit the Counselors in Building 10, Room 312.
May 10—Addiction Discussion Group, Building 10, Room 423 12-1 p.m
May 17—Addiction Discussion Group, Building 10, Room 423 12-1 p.m
May 11—Courseview Career Fair Preparation Workshop 12-1:30 p.m. Room 107
May 18—COPE Face the Fears Workshop, Building 2, Room 334 12-1 p.m
May 12 – Sinclair Screenings: Food Inc. 9 a.m., Building 12’s Fred Smith Auditorium
May 20 – Last day to withdraw from spring quarter full-term by 5 p.m. May 30 – Memorial Day; all campuses closed
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Sinclair Community College’s Theatre Department has announced a summer partnership with Encore Theater Company (ETC), according to Patti Celek, marketing director for the Theatre Department. ETC will be showing two performances in Sinclair’s Blair Hall Theatre. The first, from June 16-18, is called “Altar Boyz” and is directed by Lauren Morgan. It’s described as a musical comedy, by Celek. The second performance is “In My Blood,” formerly known as “The Cure.” It will run from July 14-16 and is directed by Kimberly Borst. Theatremania.com described the show as “the right combination of romance, conflict, humor and drama.” Celek said the importance of Sinclair’s partnerships in
the area cannot be ignored. “Partnering with ETC offers many educational opportunities to Sinclair students and continues to bring audiences and community on campus . It utilizes a facility that is traditionally ‘dark’ during the summer as a place to create,” Celek said. The shows also give students the opportunity to meet professionals, Celek said. “While putting two musicals on stage during the summer gives students two more opportunities to perform, design and produce theatre, it also offers chances to network with all kinds of people,” Celek said. “Be it students in other theatre programs, to theatre grads, to award-winning directors and musicians.” Celek said she believes that it helps students to work on different types of productions, and the partnership with ETC is a part of that. “Any exposure to live
theatre is great experience. Successful students thrive by being active in this creative process,” Celek said. “A well-rounded student who has knowledge of both performance and technology is usually more employable. Add to that the myriad genres of theatre including musicals, classic, contemporary, and others. There’s a lot to discover in theatre.” Being partners with ETC in particular has its own benefits not only for students but for the Theatre Department as a whole, according to Celek. “Because ETC is a well-known entity among up-and-coming writers, they often come to Dayton to work on their scripts with students,” Celek said. “These creators of new works are often using Dayton as their out-of-town tryout before going to offBroadway or other venues. That’s pretty cool and we’re proud to be part of it.”
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Clarion Consensus R-e-s-p-e-c-t
The Clarion Consensus is an opinion column written by the staff of your Sinclair newspaper. Each week, the Clarion staff chooses a topic to debate and comes to agreement. Respect is so easy to spell–it’s only seven words–and yet so many find it difficult to understand. Walking down the hallway, we see countless people not opening or holding doors for others. Why do we care? Because every action we take sends a message; just like when you don’t hold a door for someone. So, what’s the message? I don’t respect you enough to hold this door open for you. If you think that’s rude or inconsiderate–well, we agree with you! Respect is just a simple word, but some of us have teachers that think it is okay to treat their students like they are not smart enough to learn. If students knew everything, we definitely wouldn’t need teachers. But we are here at college to do what, again? Learn! If the student is not picking up the material quick enough, belittling them is not going to help. Respect is just a seven-letter word and yet, we see all the time men degrading women or women degrading men. Yelling the other’s name as they walk down the hallway. To that we say— if a girl or guy is not answering
your yelling, they are not interested. Why embarrass yourself and keep yelling? And better yet, why keep shouting in my ear! Respect matters outside of Sinclair, too. How about respect for your environment? Forget global warming–we have a different fish to try. Is there ever a good reason to litter? Must be, because people do it constantly. In parking lots, alongside roads, at the park, everywhere. You’d think the penalities associated with littering would stop people. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ website, littering “is a serious offense, punishable by fines of up to $500 and 60 days in jail.” Did that get your attention? Respect is missing, and we don’t know where to find it. But we offer this advice: find the respect in you because some people forget that respect goes a long way. That door that wasn’t held open could have changed someone’s day. Or, if you didn’t litter, think of the money you saved! With so much going on in the world, we think it’s important to live a happy life at home, work and school. Respect makes everyone’s day better. With stress a factor in everyone’s life, no matter if you are a professor or a student, why make it worse for yourself and others?
What does Bin Laden’s death mean? Trudy Rubin The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
“Al-Qaida. Bin Laden. Old news. This is the time to move forward.” So said President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan on Monday, and his words couldn’t be more true. For Americans, for President Obama, for the landscape of security threats we face, for the war in Afghanistan, bin Laden’s death is a game changer. Yes, there is still a terrorist threat, but the death of this killer changes so much in such fundamental ways. He had come to symbolize a nagging sense that America no longer had the competence to manage its security. We let him elude us in Tora Bora. We made a mess in Iraq, and failed to stabilize Afghanistan after a decade of fighting. And all the while, bin Laden was supposedly laughing at us from his cave. The success of this complex mission restores belief in American competency —
among our own citizens, and abroad, where that belief was also eroding. The cool nerves of the Navy SEALs, who switched to a backup helicopter after the first one suffered mechanical failure, are inspirational. They also help erase the memory of the U.S. helicopter failure that doomed the Iran hostage rescue three decades ago. Al-Qaida is not (and was not) invincible. Bin Laden’s likely successor, Ayman Zawahiri, is not a fighter, but an intellectual who is unpopular with many jihadis, and is unlikely to inspire recruitment the way his predecessor did. With bin Laden gone, “we have a lot better opportunity to destroy the organization and to create fractures within it,” says Brennan. The GOT (global war on terror) is over, as we knew it. The problem has been cut down to size. Of course, this leads us to questions about the war in Afghanistan. This war was billed by Obama as aimed at destroying al-Qaida, and
creating enough stability in Afghanistan to prevent the return of the Taliban — who might offer shelter to alQaida again. Thus, the death of bin Laden opens up whole new possibilities for ending the Afghan war. For one thing, it puts enormous pressure on Pakistan’s military and intelligence officials to stop protecting militant leaders. Bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, a large city near Pakistan’s capital and home to many retired military officers, along with its top military academy. It beggars belief that Pakistani intelligence was unaware of his presence. As Brennan noted, “It is inconceivable that bin Laden did not have a support system in a country that allowed him to stay there for a long time.” The killing of bin Laden makes clear to Pakistani officials that if they won’t go after top Islamist leaders themselves – whether al-Qaida or Afghan Taliban – we will. It also opens up new opportu-
nities for a political solution to the Afghan war. How so? Now that the United States has proven it can and will find extremists who kill Americans – Afghan Taliban leaders may feel more vulnerable, and more willing to negotiate for a peace settlement under terms that Afghans find acceptable. And the operation may jolt the Pakistanis into finally realizing that they can’t maneuver their Taliban proteges back into power in Kabul. Perhaps this is too much to hope for. Yet bin Laden’s death clears the air for more realistic thinking, about terrorism, Afghanistan – and our ability to cope with our security problems. Bin Laden is dead and America is finally free of his shadow. Time to move on. ——— ABOUT THE WRITER Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Readers may write to her at: Philadelphia Inquirer, P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101, or by email at trubin@ phillynews.com.
Attack the law, not the lawyer McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Here’s a little help for the cheaters.
The Human Rights Campaign has been a powerful force for the rights of gays and lesbians, but the organization has stumbled in objecting to the hiring of a former solicitor general to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The tradition of lawyers defending unpopular or controversial clients is an honorable one. DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and permits states to refuse to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states, is wrongheaded, and we welcomed President Obama’s decision not to defend it. But that doesn’t mean the House of Representatives, which
took over defense of the law from the administration, shouldn’t retain the ablest counsel available. Former Solicitor Gen. Paul D. Clement, a renowned Supreme Court litigator, qualifies. That is too much for the Human Rights Campaign, which assailed the decision by Clement’s law firm to take the case as “a shameful stain on the firm’s reputation.” Joe Solmonese, the organization’s president, said the firm was “aiding and abetting an effort to score cheap political points on the backs of same-sex couples.” It’s perhaps understandable that leaders of an advocacy group like the Human Rights Campaign would be outraged at the idea of anyone defending a law that they so strongly believe is discriminatory.
But the suggestion that it’s shameful for Clement or his firm to do so misunderstands the adversarial process. For one thing, with sharp-witted counsel on both sides making the strongest possible arguments, it is more likely that justice will be done. For another, a lawyer who defends an individual or a law, no matter how unpopular or distasteful, helps ensure that the outcome is viewed as fair. If DOMA is struck down, the fact that it was defended effectively will make the victory for its opponents more credible. The relationships between lawyers and clients in political cases don’t follow a single model. Often, as with the legendary left-wing lawyer William Kunstler, there is an ideological affinity between lawyer and client. Theodore
B. Olson, a predecessor of Clement’s as solicitor general, has led the challenge to Proposition 8 and is personally in favor of same-sex marriage. But other lawyers regularly argue positions with which they disagree and represent clients they hold in contempt. In criticizing Clement’s law firm for agreeing to defend DOMA, the Human Rights Campaign contrasted that decision with the firm’s admirable record in promoting equality for gay and lesbian employees. But there is no contradiction — unless one believes that DOMA doesn’t deserve a defense. We hope Clement loses, but we don’t begrudge him the assignment. Even a lawyer of his skills will find it hard to defend a discriminatory law like DOMA.
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Sports Sinclair baseball wins third straight conference championship
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Tartan Pride nabs new player for next season Giustino Bovenzi Contributing Writer
It wasn’t easy, but they did it. For the third consecutive year, the Sinclair Community College men’s baseball team has won conference. Finishing with a 33-15 overall record and an 11-5 mark in conference, the Pride beat out Owens Community College by less than .50 percentage points. The Pride needed Owens to defeat Lakeland Community College in order to win the conference, according to coach Steve Dintaman. If Lakeland had won out, they would have finished with fours losses and won the conference. But, when Owens won the first game of their doubleheader against Lakeland, that cemented the Pride as 2011 OCCAC champions. In the weeks leading up to the end of the season, the Tartan Pride were not sure about their conference fate, according to Dintaman. He said despite the team’s twoyear conference championship streak, the only thing the players cared about was focusing on the field. “Concerning the streak, that really doesn’t come into play,” Dintaman said. “We were just focused on the season and my guys had to endure many obstacles that were out of their control. They deserved this championship because they were the best team on the field.” Dintaman said he and his team suspected that the OCCAC would be tougher
than before. “Going into the season I knew that this would be the toughest season,” Dintaman said. The Tartan Pride started the season on a twelve game win streak that ended against non-league opponent Kellogg Community College. The team then went on a 2-7 streak that included the trip to play defending national champion LSU-Eunice. “I think that winning the final game of the series in Eunice was one of our highest points of the season,” Dintaman said. “When we got back we just went in a little funk. We had a meeting to go over [the player’s]missions and why they play the game, who they play for, et cetera. I think that allowed guys to refocus.” The Pride righted themselves after losing their 10th game of the year to Ashland University’s JV on April 5. They didn’t lose again until April 30, a 16-game win streak
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The Tartan Pride celebrate the news of their third consecutive OCCAC championship victory outside of Athletes in Action in Xenia, Ohio.
What will the playoffs bring? The Tartan Pride will open the regional on May 13 at 10 a.m. They do not yet know their opponent. “I’m not really worried about the regional, we have an experienced group in key positions,” Dintaman said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next week but we will be prepared. If we can put together a strong weekend, this team will have an opportunity to take Sinclair to the World Series.” Dintaman has said all
year long that the strength of the club is the pitching. He mentioned Jeremiah Kerns and Austin Pressly as being key in the regionals because those two will have the first two starts. “If they both give us strong performances, we could be 2-0 after Friday and that’s something that we have never been able to do,” Dintaman said. “I think it will take all 25 guys, accepting their roles and giving us everything they have for us to be successful.”
Sinclair Community College has a new addition to its basketball team. The Tartan Pride have signed Cameron Lee to a national letter of intent for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Lee, a 6’3” prospect from Lakota East, a Division-1 high school in Cincinnati, averaged 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in his senior year. Lakota East finished with a record of 23-2 and was 13-1 in conference play. At one point they reeled off 19 straight wins, with Lee coming off the bench. “Cameron carries himself well and most importantly, he knows how to win,” said Sinclair Community College men’s basketball coach, Jeff Price. “Cameron will be expected to contribute as much as possible and with the right focus and coaching, I believe he will thrive in our system.” Lee is projected to play point-guard, shooting-guard or small forward for Sinclair, according to Price. Cameron comes from a strong lineage of basketball players, according to Price.
Cameron’s father, Ralph Lee, is in the Hall of Fame at Xavier University and holds the school’s all-time assist record. “Here at Sinclair we look to recruit the best young men, and what we look for when recruiting players are young men who pay attention in and out of the huddle,” said Price. “We look for players that have a real thirst for knowledge and excel in demonstrating the three C’s. Hard work in the community, the classroom and on the court, and Cameron displayed those qualities. He can’t wait to put on his hard hat and get to work.” Sinclair’s Athletic Department has 15 scholarships to give out each season and plans to use all of them in the upcoming months leading up to next season. “We have scouting reports on 5,000 local-area players, in which we are narrowing down on a daily basis,” said Price. In addition to signing Cameron Lee, Sinclair Basketball also signed Gavin Schumann, a 6’1” guard from Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, Ohio to a National Letter of Intent, giving the Tartan Pride additional depth for the 2011-12 season.
MLB Baseball rankings By Larry Stone The Seattle Times (MCT)
(Last week's rankings in parentheses)
1 Rockies (1) This year, struggling Carlos Gonzalez would settle for the single crown. 2 Phillies (2) Phillies rotation: The Big Four and the Highly Mediocre One. 3 Yankees (4) Phil Hughes on DL with dead arm; Bartolo Colon tries to come back from dead career. 4 Marlins (7) Marlins have had the major leagues' best bullpen so far. 5 Rangers (3) Michael Young to be named U of Washington president. That's asking too much of the poor guy. 6 Angels (13) Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.23 ERA) has his eyes on Felix's Cy Young Award. 7 Cardinals (14) Struggling, distracted Albert Pujols on pace for 52 homers, 119 runs batted in. 8 Indians (8) Nice to see Grady Sizemore looking good as new after knee surgery. 9 Giants (6) Sandoval big fan of ancient Chinese aesthetics, wants to be called Feng Shui Panda. 10 Brewers (9) Wonder if Prince Fielder got invitation to Prince William's wedding? 11 Reds (5) Mike Leake's specialties: the split-finger fastball and the five-finger discount. 12 Royals (16) Top prospect Eric Hosmer hitting .393 in Class AAA. 13 Rays (15) Sam's AllStar ballot: Do not Fuld, spindle or mutilate. 14 Dodgers (20) MLB decided it was time to divorce themselves from the Dodgers.
15 Red Sox (23) Jed Lowrie now a cult hero, a few hits away from local treasure status. 16 Nationals (27) Finally, a Nationals team the Expos would be proud of. 17 Blue Jays (11) Jose Bautista (.371, seven HRs) looking like just another one of those 2-year wonders. 18 Tigers (21) Reliever Al Albuquerque doing great. Can't wait to see his buddy, Tom Tucumcari. 19 A's (12) Where's Buddy Groom when you really need him? 20 Braves (17) For some odd reason, Brooks Conrad has yet to play in field this year. 21 Cubs (22) Cubs bring in Lou to give Quade some remedial tantrum lessons. 22 White Sox (10) Chisox only a few bullpen collapses away from fullblown Ozzie meltdown. 23 Orioles (18) Justin Duchscherer moved to the 60day DL (Duchscherer List). 24 Twins (24) Twins already have their first baseman of the future: Joe Mauer. 25 Diamondbacks (26) Armando Galarraga (3-0, 6.00 ER A) still master of the imperfect game. 26 Padres (19) Brad Hawpe (5 for 47, 19 strikeouts) would settle for a brad-hawpe single. 27 Pirates (25) Pirates lobby Selig to expand playoffs to 30 teams. 28 Mariners (29) New Safeco promotion: first 20,000 bobbleheads get a fan 29 Mets (28) Even the '62 Mets can't believe how bad these guys are. 30 Astros (30) The '62 Colt .45s (64-96) feel the same way.