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LEARNING STYLES: Talking Leaves Job Corps students raise test scores. 3A

FOCUS Second snowstorm blankets city LOCAL

By BOB GIBBINS Press Staff Writer

Body exposed to elements

Temperatures warmed from the deep freeze Friday, but that didn’t stop another winter storm from moving into Tahlequah. After the area received no snow Wednesday or Thursday, a storm blew in Friday morning that didn’t leave until another 3-5 inches of snow fell in the county. Tahlequah had received 4.1 inches by 3 p.m. Saturday, according to A National Weather Service forecast states less than a tenth of an inch

A man found dead Thursday outside his mother’s home was exposed to the elements for several hours before being found, investigators said Friday. PAGE 2A

Police recover stolen vehicle Tahlequah police have recovered a vehicle stolen early Thursday during a home invasion. PAGE 2A

Two jailed for domestic abuse Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men last week in connection with domestic disputes. PAGE 2A

Looking on the bright side After nearly a week of being trapped indoors due to unprecedented amounts of snowfall, Cherokee County residents are going stir-crazy. Folks want to get back out – even that means going back to a job they don’t particularly appreciate. Kids are even pining away for classes at school! PAGE 4A

AAUW hosting guest speakers Dr. Neil Morton, Joseph Erb and Roy Boney will be the guest speakers at the upcoming American Association of University Women, AAUW, Tahlequah Branch program meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10. PAGE 9A

Post-season bids announced The OSSAA has handed out post-season assignments. Find out where Sequoyah, Keys and Hulbert ended up by reading the full story inside. PAGE 1B

Broadway theme set for TCH gala The sounds and characters of Broadway will be throughout the Northeastern State University Herb Rozell Ballroom during Tahlequah Hospital Foundation’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. PAGE 7B

WEATHER Today: Mostly cloudy, some snow, 34 degrees.


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of new accumulation was expected Saturday night. The weather has forced schools across the county, including NSU campuses in Tahlequah, Broken Arrow and Muskogee to close since Tuesday. Several government offices and businesses also shut down due to the weather. The Cherokee County Courthouse opened Thursday and Friday, but closed at 10 a.m. Friday. Cherokee Nation kept its main offices closed Friday and some other operations worked shorter hours. One thing that didn’t shut down See Storm, page 2A

A fresh layer of snow blanketed the already slick streets of Tahlequah and surrounding communities Friday. Emergency personnel responded to several non-injury and injury crashes related to the precipitation, and many drivers inched along slowly to keep control of their vehicles. Photo by Josh Newton

WITNESS TO HISTORY I On its 66th anniversary, a Tahlequah Navy veteran recalls a B-29 aircraft explosion at a base near Shawnee.

By BOB GIBBINS Press Staff Writer

By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer Sharing his life’s events is a passion for Tahlequah Navy veteran Jess Carr, a retired aviation survival equipment chief. Throughout his 89 years, he’s told family and friends of his experiences, many related to his days serving his country. One event he’s never forgotten happened over the skies of Oklahoma, near Shawnee, on Feb. 3, 1945 – nearly 66 years ago to the day. Carr was attached to the Naval Air Station in Shawnee, having opted to be there instead of Norman because it was closer to Tahlequah. In January of that year, Carr was assigned to fly as the radioman and air crewman of Ensign Redwine. As he pulls out his faded-brown flight log from all those years ago, he finds that entry, penned in blue See Witness, page 2A

Tahlequah Navy veteran Jess Carr looks through his flight logs while recalling a Photo by Josh Newton bomber’s explosion over Shawnee in February 1945.

Officials make final push for bond issue By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer KEYS – School officials are making their final pushes in support of a proposed $2.5 million building bond issue and a $300,000 transportation bond. Voters in the Keys School district will head to the polls Tuesday to decide on the proposals. Superintendent Jerry Hood said the new proposal, a series bond issue, will not include a tax increase for property owners in the district; in fact, after about the first year, taxes will go down, he said. “This bond will concentrate on the elementary school,” said Hood. “The most important issue will

Area man charged in meth lab bust

be remodeling of [it] – new roofs on the cafeteria, all shingled roofs will be replaced with metal. Windows in the entire building need to be replaced with energy efficient windows.” Hood said saving energy will save tax dollars. “Some of these windows are over 40 years old,” he said. Carpet also needs to be replaced with tile, he said, to help cut out any sickness that may be carried through the school. Also included in the building bond would be funds to construct a new seventh- and eighth-grade center at the elementary to alleviate crowding. “This will get the older students away from the See Bond, page 2A

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Cherokee County man charged with methamphetamine manufacturing. Michael Lewis Killin was formally charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, possession of a controlled drug and unlawful use of radio equipment. All three charges are felonies. Prosecutors allege Killin, 38, had several plastic containers that contained a twolayered liquid and a grayish sludge-like liquid on Sept. 20. Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies and District 27 Drug Task Force agents investigated the case. The possession count alleges Killin also had several baggies containing methamphetamine. The radio count alleges he was listening to a police scanner in an attempt to know where law enforcement officers were at the time. The manufacturing count is punishable by imprisonment for seven years to life See Bust, page 2A

Making their way in the digital world I Some students at Briggs School are provided laptops as part of the curriculum. By DANIEL TALBOT Press Special Writer

Briggs School students Shaydee Ramirez, left, and Sarah Morris use the editing software on their MacBooks to create a short film that will be viewed and critiqued by Photo by Daniel Talbot their entire class.

You see it everywhere you go: Kids networking on cell phones and laptops. For older adults, today’s youth may seem far more technologically advanced when it comes to communicating. But in today’s world, tech-savvy is not only a social requirement, it helps prepare students for college and careers. Administrators at Briggs School understand it’s important to provide See World, page 2A

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Police called to break up fight Tahlequah officers were called Tuesday night to a fight in the area of the Indian Capital Technology Center. Jorge Ibarra was listed as the victim on a report that indicates a gun was pulled Barbra Cook checks the registration of a voter Friday at the Cherokee County Election Board. Several voters took advantage of the ability to vote early in Tahlequah’s municipal election and the annual school Photo by Bob Gibbins elections.

Storm due to the weather was the Tahlequah municipal election and school board elections. Voters cast ballots Friday at the Cherokee County Election Board and can also come there and vote Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election Board Secretary Connie Parnell said precincts will be open at the necessary locations Tues-

Bust and/or a fine of up to $50,000. The possession count carries a possible sentence of two to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 and the radio count is punishable by imprisonment for up to

Bond younger ones,” said Hood. “Also, it will open up classrooms for our lower grades to expand and do away with our portable classrooms.” Hood said the high school is also over-crowded, and uses portable buildings and agriculture classrooms for regular classes. The bond would allow the school to build five new classrooms and a science laboratory. “The lab will serve science and math and it will be up-to-date so our students will be ready for college,” said Hood. District patrons are also

Continued from page 1A day. She said the election will be held regardless of weather conditions. Emergency services personnel were continuing to discourage any unnecessary travel until conditions improve. Roadways across the county were being reported as slick and hazardous, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Continued from page 1A three years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Special District Judge Sandy Crosslin set a $50,000 bond on Killin’s warrant. Assistant District Attorney Josh King is prosecuting the case.

Continued from page 1A being asked to consider a $300,000 transportation bond. Hood said the district would use that money to purchase four new buses to replace route buses. “They are old and getting worn out,” said Hood. “The new buses will keep our students safer.” Keys voters last April gave another bond issue the simple majority approval – more than 50 percent – but the 60 percent approval needed to pass the bond was not met. The latest proposal, if approved, would be paid off in 10 years.

I Around the County

Body was exposed to elements HULBERT – A man found dead Thursday outside his mother’s home was exposed to the elements for several hours before being found, investigators said Friday. Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said it appears Claude Walls was exposed to the weather for approximately 10 hours before being found. His death is being investigated by sheriff’s investigators and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as “suspicious.” Patrol deputies and emergency medical services personnel responded after Walls, 49, was found outside his mother’s home near Hulbert around 10:30 a.m. They noticed trauma to the body and sought assistance. Chennault and the OSBI have not disclosed the type of trauma that led to investigators being called. The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause and manner of death.

Police recover stolen vehicle Tahlequah police have recovered a vehicle stolen early Thursday during a home invasion. Officers said the 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible was found abandoned near North and Trimble Streets. The car was taken from the garage of the home of J.D. Carey during a home invasion. Investigators are still following up on leads in an attempt to identify and locate the three suspects responsible for the incident. Several other items, including firearms and cell phones, were taken. Anyone with information should contact the police department at (918) 456-8801.

Service officers now available Tahlequah area veterans service officers will be available at the American Legion Post No. 135, 1390 N. Legion Road, every Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m.; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3707 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 31, 138 E. Choctaw St., the second and fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area veterans are invited to drop by and see what services are available.


Police Beat

and a car was rammed by another vehicle. Shelby Long spoke to officers Thursday about the loss of her wallet and an

alleged unauthorized use of her credit card. Marie Pruitt, 33, was arrested Monday after lying to officers about her name and date of birth. Reports state she was very intoxicated.

Andrew Braddock and Lavance Poole, both 18, were arrested Monday by police in connection with a burglary and assault with a deadly weapon after breaking into two cars on Boone Street.

Deputies arrest two for domestic abuse Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men last week in connection with domestic disputes. Robert Caissie, 52, was arrested Thursday after an alleged assault involving Sandra Hall. Caissie was booked for domestic abuse and public


Sheriff’s Beat

drunk. Eric Murphy, 20, was booked Wednesday for domestic abuse after an alleged assault on Autumn Murphy. Deputies also responded

to an assault early Friday where Kimberly Brown was assaulted. Reports state she was kicked, her hair was pulled and she was headbutted. Thomas Stickford said Monday someone took trailers that contained tools and

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Witness ink, and looks it over amid all the other entries. “On that date – Feb. 3, 1945 – we had been assigned on an emergency and relief flight,” Carr says as his eyes glance over the pages of the flight log. He squints, as if he can see it all playing out once again. He was on the radio, calling out altitude for Redwine. “As we were flying south, at approximately 3,500 to 4,000 feet, we noticed a B-29 flying just above us,” said Carr. “At that time, we noticed the port inboard engine [on the B-29] smoking. It appeared to be on fire. The next thing we noticed, the engine exploded and started to fall adrift of the main monocoque and then exploded, falling off to starboard.” Carr recalls watching as aviation fuel spilled toward the ground. He said Redwine likened it to an oil well fire. “We called the naval air station and requested permission to land and try to help the

airman who had parachuted away from the exploding plane,” said Carr. “The control tower granted permission to land into an oat stubble field... .” There, Carr and Redwine saw countless fowl and cattle on fire from the B-29’s crash. Four crew members had jumped to their deaths as the bomber went down. “It was a horrible thing to see,” he said. “The fire burned fiercely and caused the wing outboard of the engine to fail structurally. The crew had already started to bail out from this point, but four of the 12 crew were killed in the accident.” Reports from that incident show the bomber was on a training flight from a base in Victoria, Kan. The damage, near Earlsboro, was strewn over a halfmile area from the impact crater, which itself was as long as 100 feet, 30 feet wide and 12 feet deep. One wing of the aircraft was discovered

half a mile from the crash site. Witnesses described, in initial reports, seeing one of the airmen’s parachutes on fire. In one article, J.C. Gilbreath, an eye witness who rushed to the scene to assist, said he watched as the aircraft went “straight down.” “We counted six parachutes,” Gilbreath said in one article. “It was an awful thing to watch.” Gilbreath said he arrived at the scene and helped a lieutenant of the crew, who’d been the last to bail out. He said the officer’s concern was strictly on getting aid to his injured crew members. Carr was recently put in contact with Shawnee native Burk Anderson, who was a junior in high school when the B-29 crashed near Earlsboro. Anderson shared with Carr his memories of that day. “He told me they heard about this B-29 crash south of Shawnee, and he and his classmates couldn’t wait for

school to get out so they could go down to see what happened at that farm,” said Carr. “He and his buddies drove down to the farm and started picking up souvenirs that fell from the B-29.” Anderson said he gathered up 50-caliber ammunition and carried it back to show his father. “His father told him to take it to the sheriff’s office and leave it there,” said Carr. “And he said that was the closest he got to World War II.” Carr believes it’s important for veterans to share their experiences while they still can. Many veterans have stories etched in their minds, said Carr, but are unwilling to talk about them. “Once you get that sight in your mind, it’s going to stay there,” said Carr. “The thing to do is to tell people about it, so maybe they can get some kind of experience from it.”

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World youth with the tools necessary to compete, and have implemented the one-to-one computer program. The one-to-one program is a cutting-edge learning method in which middle school students are provided laptops as part of their learning process. Briggs Public school is one of two schools in the county to implement the oneto-one program this semester. It has taken time to get a MacBook to every student in the middle school, but the long process is starting to show some pretty impressive results. Briggs Superintendent Alicia O‘Donnell, was the federal programs director when the program was first offered, and began working on getting the federal grant that would allow implementation at Briggs. She believes this to be the next step of education and an important part of helping students become better prepared for high school, college and eventually the workplace. “Our economy is changing, our world is changing,” said O’Donnell. “Our kids are digital natives. We have to prepare our kids for what their future is. We not only need to teach core skills like reading, math, science or social studies, but we need to teach what is called 21st century skills.” The staff is on board with the project, and believes this is may be the future of education. “Another key component is that it’s not all the knowl-

company materials. The trailers belong to CMS Wireless. Jeanana Hendricks said Thursday someone took a bed frame, microwave oven and blankets. Some other items were moved around like an attempt may have been made to take them.

Briggs School students, from left, Jared Webb, Quinton Johnston, Colton Slover, and Larry Caviness work on digital stories, then assemble a slideshow to create an audo-visual experience that will be read to the kinderPhoto by Daniel Talbot gartener class.

edge you can gain, but how quickly can you access that knowledge,” said George Ritzhaupt, principal. “So our students, now with the 21st century skills, they have to learn how to learn. The workforce is going to require it, and they are going to adapt to those evolving changes.” Ritzhaupt said the 21st century skills include global awareness, financial and entrepreneurial literacy, informational and media literacy, civic literacy and help literacy. Students also need to learn innovation and critical thinking. Self-direction, adaptability and accountability are also key. “Those are specifically 21st century skills that are being promoted,” said O’Donnell. “That’s what our students need now. So we took that and incorporated it with our core subjects.” The internet is an overwhelming sea of information where anyone can post their

thoughts or beliefs and it is almost completely unregulated. The students at Briggs are taught to search out reliable sites that contain accurate information. “Our students learned that first-hand. There is a lot of information out there, but how do we use it to write our own thoughts?” said O’Donnell. “Just cutting and pasting is easy. We are teaching them digital citizenship.” The safety of the students is the top priority and the computers are monitored. Filters are in place and content is regulated so that the students do not have access to any sites that might endanger them. The program requires a full-time educational technology integration specialist to be available to the students to help with training and technical issues. Karen Blankenship serves as the ETIS at Briggs, and she has been influential in getting the program started and helping it succeed.

When the program was being introduced, the school wanted to get as much input from the parents as possible. Meetings were held, and parents were allowed to ask questions and address concerns. “I think there was a little apprehension at first because of the fear of the unknown,” said Blankenship. “There were a lot of questions that we answered in those parent meetings. Once we got our policies and procedures in place and talked with them, I think it eased their fears. We addressed a lot of things with their input.” The program has drawn a positive response from the students. No machine has received any major damage other than just simple wear and tear. The students use the same laptop throughout their middle school experience, and Blankenship feels that this helps the students to take better care of it. The seventhand eighth-graders are allowed to take their laptops home, and so it serves as their connection to the digital world at all times. “It’s really cool,” said Shaydee Ramirez, eighthgrader. “I have never had my own laptop, and it feels like it’s mine. Its just amazing.” Ramirez said her parents are on board with the program. “They think its cool, and it’s a neat opportunity,” said Ramirez. “They like the fact that I can bring it home. It gives me some responsibility before high school.”

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Learning styles key to success I At Talking Leaves Job Corps, students are taught in the manner they learn best, and test scores are improving. By RENEE FITE Press Special Writer Some educators are just beginning to understand what Dr. Marie Montessori realized almost 200 years ago: not all children learn or process information the same way. Some youth are hands-on learners, while others can listen to directions or watch a demonstration and grasp the task at hand. Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, wasn’t allowed to practice medicine, but she did design a learning system for the children of the street, those deemed unteachable, that’s still used today. It implements all four learning styles: visual, verbal, auditory and tactile. Northeastern State University professors Dr. Sue Ellen Read and Dr. Carl Farinelli have been teaching these learning styles for years, so new teachers can empower their students in the classroom, said Ramona Holt, Talking Leaves Job Corps career training manager. “Dr. Read and Dr. Farinelli are both very supportive of our programs, and are helping us transition our staff to all embrace the effectiveness of the different learning styles so our students can all succeed,” said Holt. “You leave Read’s class believing you can empower your students according to their learning preferences. Dr. Farinelli is a graduate of Job Corps, and is very invested in the success of students. His daughter, Rachel, told me their family wouldn’t be where they are today without Job Corps.” Staff and administrators at TLJC are not only getting impressive test score results from students by implementing the use of the four

learning styles, they’re co-hosting the 34th annual International Learning Styles Conference with Northeastern State University, July 18-22, at the Broken Arrow campus. One of the main concepts of learning styles is if students are not learning the way instructors teach, instructors need to teach the way students learn. “The institute’s purpose is to equip teachers with knowledge and strategies that will assist them in their efforts to reach and teach diverse learning populations,” Holt said. “Talking Leaves has a very diverse student group and different cultures in our school.” Holt explained that TLJC is an alternative school, and is often the last stop for some teens experiencing trouble at school or at home. “When our students come into the center, they’re given a learning styles inventory,” said Holt. “They’re told what their learning styles are and it’s put on a share drive for teachers to know what the learning preference is. We’ve Learning is fun when it matches a student’s learning style. Two hands-on learning tools are being improved dramatically, since demonstrated by students and teachers, including, from left, Latissha Mask, Tracy Adams, Junior DuBoise, Photo by Renee Fite implementing the learning styles Ramona Holt, Matt Heard, Michael Cantley, David Gourd and Jeffery Land. into our classrooms, and the numabide by the rules. Gourd said when many youth ber of students graduating has dou- curriculum put in place. “This would not be possible “Reading has always been a arrive at TLJC they are angry. bled.” “We see a lot of improvement in Several teachers, including Holt, without Jay Littlejohn, center direc- thing to calm me down,” Cantley attended the 33rd annual Interna- tor, who’s snowed in in Washington said. “In Mrs. Adams’ class we a short time,” said Gourd. “Structional Learning Styles Network D.C.,” Holt said. “He’s a former have more freedom, and it helps us ture is something they really need. Conference last summer in New teacher here and supports students’ read easier, like having bean bag Not sitting up in rows, not traditiondesire to get an education. And he’s chairs to sit in, and we can listen to al structure. They have the choice to York. get up and move around, get a drink TLJC math teacher David an advocate for the teachers to be music if we have it.” Some students have to have or take a break.” Gourd, and reading teacher Tracy successful.” “We had to sell him on this, not background noise to learn, Adams Student success is tracked, and Adams, sang the praises of the those falling behind are given addiInternational Learning Styles Insti- everyone buys into it, but we prac- said. “Music helps me concentrate,” tional support, encouragement and tute, and were both students of tice it here,” Gourd said. Michael Cantley, 17, from Cantley said. “On my last TABE counseling until they can get back Read, as is Holt. “It’s bringing learning styles Idabel, was on a fast-track to trou- test, I scored one of the highest on track, with the goal of not just back into the classroom, and it’s ble when he came to TLJC, but now scores on the campus, and I’m read- surviving but thriving. As they near graduation, they are transitioned working,” Adams said, “and we he has goals to go to college and ing on the college level now.” play sports. Holt said special patience is and connected with job counselors have the statistics to prove it.” “Before I came here in June, I required to work with many of the and career opportunities when they Corporate liaison Diane Kelley leave. is a big believer in learning styles, had a big discipline problem, I was students at TLJC. “It takes a special person to “I hope some of the local stuHolt said. Kelley taught TLJC a rebel, I didn’t listen to anyone,” teachers about learning styles for a Cantley said. “Now I’ve matured work here with the most at-risk stu- dents who have dropped out of into a young adult now.” dents,” Holt said. “Our desire is for school will consider coming here,” year. He began to realize this was his students to not leave here without Holt said. “We want to give all stuHolt said Kelley was instrumendents the opportunity to succeed.” tal in seeing they got the tools and last opportunity, and learned to an education.”

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Racial identity no longer a ‘color’ issue

Looking on bright side of bad deal After nearly a week of being trapped indoors due to unprecedented amounts of snowfall, Cherokee County residents are going stir-crazy. Folks want to get back out – even that means going back to a job they don’t particularly appreciate. Kids are even pining away for classes at school! Storms of this nature always bring the expected plethora of problems. Roads are hazardous, and people can’t get around readily. Stores run low on supplies, and trucks can’t get in to restock them. People get frustrated when they can’t get what they need. Pipes break; heating units go out. Repair crews have trouble answering the calls. An event of this duration also causes secondary problems, which many people don’t even think about. Because many businesses – even banks! – were closed this time around, many people couldn’t go to work, if they wanted to. In some cases, they can take vacation or personal days; in other cases, though, the employees simply won’t get paid, and many did not plan for that. At the same time, employers are losing business. People may venture out to buy staple groceries (or liquor, as we’ve seen this week!), but only the hardiest folks will be ambitious enough to shop for clothing, automobiles, televisions, jewelry and wallpaper if they don’t have to get out, anyway. What this means in many areas is that businesses will really have to move merchandise when things get back to normal. So shoppers may expectsales on certain products. This will be helpful to workers who aremore strapped than ever for cash. The news isn’t all bad, though. City and county street crews have risen admirably to the occasion. More than one area resident has been heard to comment how much better the county roads are than the road maintained by the state. Many “Good Samaritans” have been out and about, helping their less fortunate neighbors. The hospitals were open, and emergency crews were on standby as usual. The storm hurt in a lot of ways, and there may be more to come. About the best advice anyone can give at this point is to stick together, and help one another. And make it a point to thank one of those folks who was on the job, even if you couldn’t be: a police officer or deputy, a TPWA crew member, a plumber, a convenience store cashier, a fast-food employee, an NSU maintenance worker, a nurse, a postal worker, or the guy who operates the county grader that passes by your home. They’re working behind the scenes to keep everyone safe, well-fed and warm.

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On ‘speaking with one voice’ Whatever comes out of the uprising, the revolution or the divisions in the Egypt, it has, for now, produced a united America: We are speaking, at long last, with one voice. From the White House to Capitol Hill, the message to Egypt is consistent and unified: We will not take sides in choosing their leaders; we do side with universal human rights and a more democratic Egypt. Both Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner have been careful to send one message. Speaking on FOX News, Boehner said: “I think the administration, our administration, so far has handled this tense situation pretty well. Clearly reforms need to occur in Egypt, and frankly, any place around the world where people are calling out for freedom and democracy, I think we have a responsibility to respond.” Sending these messages is more than just a balancing act for an American president and congressional leaders; it’s a test for American unity, a test of our core values, a test of ourselves. The Obama administration got off to a slow start. Hesitant to get ahead of embittered President Hosni Mubarak, Obama has found his voice. The administration, calling on leaders from both political parities, former U.S. diplomats in the region and U.S. allies, has become more focused and more skillful. The battles raging in the streets of Cairo and surrounding regions are deciding not only the stability of the Middle East but its long-term future. Waves of “We the People” are rolling across the Arab world. Arab Kings and autocratic rulers have proved to be “quick studies” of the democratic revolution under way in Egypt. The king of Jordan, facing Egyptian-inspired protests, dismissed his cabinet. The president of Yemen, his people massing, announced neither he nor his son will run for president. President Obama has been clear. He would not ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down., but he did advise him not to run for re-election. Obama told Mubarak he should not be part of a transition team. And Obama said the transition to a new government should begin “yesterday.” President Obama gets it. However, President Hosni Mubarak, who had led this repressive government for three decades, doesn’t. Here is the central point of news out of Egypt. It is a genuine revolution, from the ground up – it spans all classes, all age groups, all religions, parties and time. As one proud Egyptian tweeter put it, “In our 5,000 year history this is our most important accomplishment.” The Muslim Brotherhood, an organization

with strong Islamic ties, has little support among ordinary Egypt’s citizens, who overDonna whelmingly want a secular, Brazile democratic-led government. They demand their basic human liberties. The Brotherhood was late to this revolution, and those who were present first know it. Further, the Brotherhood is an aging political party -- young members were notably absent from their ranks in Tahrir Square. A picture arrived in my e-mail yesterday showing Christian Egyptians linking hands to form a chain around Muslim Egyptians at prayer. With their heads to their rugs, they were in vulnerable positions. The Christians were protecting the Muslims from Mubarak rioters. The young male in Tahrir Square who tweeted it could only say, “WOW.” Another tweeter added, “Such solidarity.” Before Mubaraksponsored terrorism descended upon the square, it was peaceful. Western reporters and journalists, who were there to cover the early part of the uprising, said the protestors assembled were peaceful – the mood was festive. Vendors were selling food and drinks. Mothers were present with infants. A father hoisted his child on his shoulders. Then came President Mubarak’s defiant speech, followed with waves of armed mercenaries whose purpose, with military precision, was to clear the square. They galloped into a gathering of families, children, old men and women and youths, and brutally injured thousands, and murdered many. The Army, who had been checking everyone for weapons, opened their ranks again, and again, as each planned wave of armed warriors rode upon innocent citizens, exercising their right to peacefully petition their government for their liberties. Now the death toll is rising. Egypt’s prime minister has apologized for the violence while, even as he spoke, Mubarak’s thugs continued to fire into the crowds and toss Molotov cocktails. None of us, including the president of the United States, our Western allies or our friends in the region, know how this will end. Here’s what we all must know. The courage of those protesting for their freedom, for a government that represents their values and for a voice in their own future, this is an astounding moment in human history. For their sake, it’s vital that we continue as Americans to speak with one voice. Our drive, our heart, is to come out on the right side of history. Donna Brazile is a political commentator on CNN, ABC and NPR, and a contributing columnist to Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill.

You ain’t legit until you’ve been threatened bly the most common excuse At the Press, we like to say, “You ain’t a real journalist ‘til given by miscreants who want you’ve got yourself a threat.” their names withheld from pubKim If you think that’s a joke, come Poindexter lication. We’ve learned most local mothers who have ne’eron down, and one of us will do-well offspring also have kick your audacious rear. OK, I’m just kidding with heart conditions, and these my offer of violence. But I’m serious when I say mothers are all devout readers of the Press. we get them. Occasionally they’re death threats, Every employer in this county evidently reads but more often, they’re earnest pledges to deliv- the paper religiously, too, because the second er a good ol’Cherokee County butt-whoopin’to most popular reason for asking that a crime be whichever one of us committed the offense. concealed from readers is: “My boss will fire I received my first threat about a month into me if he/she finds out.” People who get minor my tenure, in summer 1985. A story had been traffic tickets even try this one, but an imprespublished about an “alleged” rapist. I can’t sive percentage of DUIs have brandished the even remember if I had the byline (more likely “boss card” over the years. it was John Reid), but I intercepted the call. Everyone now on the news staff has been In those days, inmates at the county facility threatened at least once, except our copy editor, would sometimes call the newspaper collect, in who hasn’t been here long enough to make hopes of “tellin’ my side of it,” as they put it. anyone mad. This club also includes the sports Because of laws pertaining to “privilege,” it’s not editor, who got a threat by proxy from a coach usually safe to use such material unless a lawyer in another city; I was the helpful go-between. is involved, but we took the calls, anyway. Most threats leveled against me in recent The guy on the other end said, “You know years I’ve kept on voice mail, along with a few that garl what was raped the other day? Well, mere cursings (like the gal who yelled, “P--s on I’m the fella what raped ‘er, and if you print my YOU!”). Another woman identified herself, name inna paper, I’m a-gonna come down and then identified me with the f-word and the there and rape YOU!” I started to explain stan- b-word before strongly suggesting I’d “better dard newspaper policy, that charges against gitchore facts straight!” The facts were straight, folks are public record, and we always print all right; she just didn’t like seeing them in that. At some point, he interrupted to reveal the print. Then there was the ominous, low-toned reason for his demand: “’Cause it will just mumbler: “Ima gwanna gitcha.” If someone’s KILL my mama!” I knew better than to tell the gonna “git” me, he should at least have the caller he should have thought about his mother courtesy to explain why. The most interesting recording is of a series before he did the deed. Instead, I issued a challenge of my own: “Come on down here, if you of shotgun blasts delivered after I wrote an edithink you’re big enough.” Then I added, in the torial in the wake of 9/11. I made the mistake interest of full disclosure, “I’ve got a gun!” of sniping at a British-turned-Texican author’s Fortunately, then-Sheriff Les Steeley didn’t see assertion that if everyone had a gun, we could have blasted those planes out of the sky. fit to turn the guy loose on me. The imminent demise of “Mama” is proba- Threats poured into our website and voice

mail. Some identified themselves, but most didn’t; the ones who did were mainly from Montana. Finally the British chap - who was hit with a blizzard of e-mails about my scoffing – called, and we had a pleasant chat. A good chunk of threats have come from professed Christians who informed us we don’t have a right to edit “God’s word.” They didn’t mean the Bible; they were talking about what they write for our Wednesday church pages. A few church reporters have told us their words are divinely inspired, though most are more humble. One woman confided she was afraid she was making God sick with her “illiterate dribble.” These folks typically don’t propose to take action themselves, but warn us God will assert his privilege to smite. A few years ago, a man who didn’t like something we printed called to say: “I wanna know who’s a-writin’ nat stuff, ‘cause I can tell ya right now: Someone downnar’s a-goin’ to HELL.” (He turned “hell” into two syllables – like “heh-oh,” curiously omitting the L’s.) I restrained myself from replying, “I’m sure several someones down here are going to hell, sir; would you like to join them?” Instead, I calmed him down to the point that he offered to pray for us; I told him we’d take all the prayers we could get. Because improved technology has made it possible to track down the source of most threats, they aren’t as common as they used to be. But occasionally, someone loses his cool, and lets his thumbs do the walking (or forefinger, if he still has a “land line”). Once in a while, that someone calms down and calls back to apologize. We always accept. After all, we’re civilized folks down here. Most of the time. Kim Poindexter is managing editor of the Tahlequah Press; the recipient of many threats; and on rare occasion, the instigator of one.

Weary of partisan bickering? Here’s Gene an anodyne Lyons topic sure to stimulate lively conversation among your friends. Which boxes should President Obama have checked to identify his race on the 2010 census form? As the world knows, Obama’s mother was a white woman from Kansas, his father an exchange student from Kenya. But there’s no box labeled “African-American.” So the president checked “black.” He could also have checked “white” but chose not to. This decision disappointed a unique student group at the University of Maryland, although most understood it. Recently profiled in The New York Times, the self-styled Multiracial and Biracial Student Association could with equal accuracy be called “Students Whose Mothers Were Asked Insulting Questions by Busybodies at the Supermarket.” Questions like the one my sainted mother actually put to my wife’s mother at our wedding: “What nationality are you people, anyway?” A real conversation-stopper, that. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The idea behind the Maryland group seems to me entirely benign. Asked how she fills out forms seeking racial identity, Vicepresident Michelle Lopez-Mullins, age 20, says, “It depends on the day, and it depends on the options.” Lopez-Mullins, The Times reports, is a one-woman United Nations: “Chinese and Peruvian on one side, and white and American Indian on the other.” As a child, she says even friends constantly asked her hurtful questions, such as “What are you?” and “Where are you from?” She and her fellows in the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association play a “who’s what?” guessing game among themselves to lessen the sting. “Now when people ask what I am, I say, ‘How much time do you have?’” Lopez-Mullins told a reporter. “Race will not automatically tell you my story.” My view is that absent extreme circumstances, race never tells you anybody’s story. But then I’m a guy who once got summoned into the registrar’s office for identifying my race as “1,500 meter freestyle” on an official form. They explained that Civil Rights laws made an accurate response necessary. Anyway, in other contexts I might have answered, “I only look white. I’m Irish.” Reading 18th- and 19th-century accounts of life on the Emerald Isle had taught me that every single bigoted generalization made about black slaves in America, was also made by the English about Irish Catholic peasants. The native Irish, their overseers thought, were physically powerful, gifted at singing and dancing, but also dumb, lazy, insolent, sexually promiscuous and bad smelling. These shortcomings, as Swift made clear in his immortal satire “A Modest Proposal,” in which he proposed fattening Irish children like piglets for slaughter, made their virtual enslavement inevitable. But that was long ago and far away. Anyway, back to President Obama, who has made no secret of his mixed inheritance. He’s even written books about it. Indeed, it seems to me that along with his great intelligence, Obama’s background helped make him a kind of intellectual and emotional counter-puncher -watchful, laconic, leery of zealotry, a born mediator. Like a man behind a mask, Obama watches people watch him. Checking the “black” box on the census form, however, was the politically canny choice. Americans aren’t far enough from the days when absurd categories like “mulatto,” “quadroon,” and “octoroon” had the power to determine people’s lives. Sadly, had he checked the “white” box too, many AfricanAmerican voters would have resented it. Probably more than white racists, if the truth were told. More’s the pity. Raised to think of myself as Irish before American -- a legacy of 19th-century immigrants greeted much the way illegal Mexicans are today, and who reacted by hunkering down in ethnic enclaves within walking distance of salt water -- I was taught that there was a proper “Irish” opinion on every imaginable topic. To dissent was to risk being labeled inauthentic, a traitor to one’s heritage. Over time, however, I realized that if there’s one single overriding “Irish” trait, it’s yelling at the dinner table. In fact, my kinfolk disagreed about darn near everything. Meanwhile, back in the Old Country, people were still killing each other over 17th-century religious disputes. I once asked a (Catholic) correspondent in Belfast how the antagonists could tell each other apart, as they all resembled my cousins. It was the shoes, she said, and the accents. The shoes! Sorry, Grandad, it’s a foreign country. Obviously, it’s easier to declare independence from some traditions than others. People don’t know these things about me unless I tell them. Even so, demands for racial and ethnic groupthink are crippling no matter the source. All racial arguments are reactionary in effect -indications not of strength but weakness. It’s not only possible to honor one’s heritage without denigrating anybody else’s, in the world we live in, it’s essential. In that sense, those kids in Maryland with their Heinz-57 genes aren’t in any way victims. They’re far ahead of us. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner.

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With gains in state, GOP touts ambitious agenda OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Oklahoma lawmakers, emboldened by historic gains in November’s election, have laid out an ambitious agenda for the legislative session that begins Monday — overhauling the state’s pension, civil justice, workers’ compensation, education and criminal justice systems. But tempering their enthu-

siasm is a projected $600 million hole in the state budget that promises FALLIN further cuts to state agencies and programs already decimated by back-to-back years of dwindling state revenues resulting from the national recession

and low energy prices. Meanwhile, with a Republican in the governor’s mansion for the first time in eight years, some of the more conservative members of the GOP caucus also are calling for action on perennial social issues like further restricting abortion, expanding gun rights and cracking down on illegal immigrants. New Republican Gov.

Mary Fallin will present her proposal for a balanced budget to lawmakers on Monday, when she delivers her first State of the State address, and she’s already confirmed that no state agency will be spared the budget axe. “All state entities will be receiving budget cuts,” Fallin said Friday. “I believe that the people of Oklahoma, and people across our nation, sent

a very strong signal last November that they wanted the states to cut wasteful spending, create more efficiencies and effectiveness, and they wanted us to basically do what families and businesses have had to do throughout the state, and that is tighten their belts when things get tough financially.” Fallin said her budget plan will include cuts averaging 5

Lawmakers to study pension changes OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Tulsa firefighter Dick Cagle manages to get by on the $3,300 he receives each month from the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System following his retirement in 2002 after 32 years of service. But the 64-year-old Cagle said his son, 32-year-old Tulsa firefighter Jacob Younger, might not be as comfortable in retirement if state lawmakers adopt proposed changes to the pension benefits of firefighters, teachers and other public employees to address an unfunded liability in the state’s retirement systems of more than $16.5 billion. “It isn’t fair to establish a contract with me about what my benefits will be after my employment and then change them,” Cagle said. Legislative leaders say modifying Oklahoma’s public pension systems will be one of their top priorities when the 2011 Oklahoma Legislature convenes on Monday. Lawmakers have filed at least a dozen bills to modify the state’s five largest

public pension systems, including one that would raise the normal retirement age for firefighters and increase their pension contributions. Cagle said firefighters and other state employees are also concerned about the financial stability of the retirement systems they will rely on after leaving public service. Those pension systems have a collective unfunded liability that is more than twice as much as the $6.7 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. “How can they think it’s more important to them than it is to me? I’m the one who’s going to suffer,” he said. But state lawmakers say taxpayers also have a stake in the financial condition of Oklahoma’s pension systems. Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, chairman of the Senate’s Select Committee on Pensions, said $578 million of dedicated tax revenue is allocated to the five pension plans each year and that it would require almost $740 million more per year for more than 20 years to stabilize the funds.

“We obviously can’t afford that option,” Mazzei said. Rep. Randy McDaniel, REdmond, said lawmakers will consider a variety of other ways to improve the longterm stability of the pension plans including the Teacher’s Retirement System, which is only 48 percent funded and has a $10.4 billion unfunded liability, and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, which is 66 percent funded and has a $3.3 billion unfunded liability. Among the proposals is to require that any cost-of-living increase for retirees be adequately funded by the Legislature and replacing definedbenefit pension systems with 401(k)-style defined contribution plans for new hires, similar to what many private companies have done with their pension plans. “We also want to uphold every single promise that we’ve made to employees and retirees,” McDaniel said. “It’s potentially a game changer for state finance,” said state Treasurer Ken Miller. “It’s already a big liability and it’s about to

percent for most state agencies, although she will propose cuts of 3 percent for education, public safety and health and human services agencies. Although specifics of her proposal will not be unveiled until Monday, she said the rest of the savings will be realized through a consolidation of some state agencies and services.

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become a bigger one.” Miller said bond rating firms like Moody’s Investors’ Service have decided to recalculate the states’ debt burdens to include unfunded pension obligations owed to state workers. Previously, states did not show their unfunded pension obligations on their audited financial statements. The size of a state’s unfunded pension liability can affect its bond rating and make it more or less expensive to borrow money for road and bridge improvements and other capital projects. A larger pension liability means more risk for investors. “A lot of leaders realize that it’s time to face the problem,” Miller said. “It’s not an easy fix. It took a long time to get into the problem. It’s going to take a long time to get out of it.” A study performed for Miller’s office by the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., global investment banking and security firm indicated that Oklahoma ranks seventh in the nation in unfunded pension liability per capita.

OKLAHOMA CITY the state’s permanent record (AP) — Former Oklahoma and should never be erased. Garrett, who left office schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett directed that Jan. 10, was state schools superintendent for her e-mail account two decades — a be deleted shortly tenure that stretches before she left back to the days office, two state before e-mail was records custodians in wide use. It wastold The Associated n’t clear whether Press on Friday. she knew that deletThe deletion violat- GARRETT ing her official eed a state directive and cost researchers access mail account would also to significant historical wipe out all of her correrecords of a longtime office- spondence. She did not return messages left Friday holder. After the AP asked to see on her cell phone and Garrett’s recent correspon- through her Facebook dence, the Oklahoma account. Archives and Records Department of Education said the records no longer spokesman Bill Young said existed and disclosed that Oklahoma has lost a part of Garrett communicated with its history. “If somebody wanted to her staff through her private do a biography on Sandy e-mail accounts in her last Garrett in the future, or on month on the job. The Office of Archives and any state officials who have Records told the AP that served so long and have had substantive correspondence such an impact, these kinds from Oklahoma department of records would be very heads is considered part of valuable,” he said.

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Unsanitary guest doesn’t get hint Dear Annie: We live in a community made up mostly of retired couples who rotate having dinner get-togethers. One of the men in our group seems unable to keep his hands out of the ice bucket. His usual routine is to remove the ice tongs, stir the ice around with his hand and then lift some into his wife’s glass and his own. We’ve told him that this is unsanitary, but it seems to go over his head. When filling my glass after him, I will often go to the refrigerator to get ice, and he always says, “There’s still ice in the bucket.” His latest procedure is to announce to the whole room that he washed his hands before coming over. Then he dives into the ice bucket. Are we expecting too much? Two ice buckets, 1 for him and 1 for everyone else? -- Phil from Philly Dear Phil: That is 1 solution. The other is to ask him why he doesn’t use the tongs. Some people find them difficult to grasp. Your friend may have some arthritis and not want you to know. Try putting a serving spoon in the bucket and see if it makes a difference. The hosts could also bring out the ice bucket and fill everyone’s glass at the beginning of the dinner, precluding the need for your friend to stick his hands in it. Dear Annie: Two months ago, a dear friend died. He had named me as his emergency contact and had given me a copy of his living will. I knew he had 2 children, but they did not have a close relationship, and I had only a vague idea of their first names and where I thought they resided. After his death, I did everything I could think of to find

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by Bernice Bede Osol

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 It is quite possible that the months ahead could introduce a whole new set of circumstances you’ve never faced previously, so don’t take anything for granted. Be prepared to be adept at handling all fresh developments. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - If you start finding fault with others, don’t think you will remain immune from criticism yourself. Once you open up Pandora’s box, it will be impossible to reseal. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Because conditions could cause you to get careless and spend impulsively, all financial affairs must

be handled as rationally as possible and with great prudence so that you don’t suffer a loss. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - There’s a good chance you could indulge yourself in too many things that may not be good for you, eating or drinking too much can lead down a long and lonesome road. Take control. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Normally, when it really counts you are extremely thorough and methodical about what you are doing. Yet after accepting a job of this ilk, you could thoughtlessly proceed in a slipshod fashion. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Determine exactly what you want to achieve today or else you could get caught up wasting your valuable time doing what another wants to do that is of no or little significance to you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Being a winner and achieving your goals are both admirable aspirations, but if you do either at the expense

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them. So did the hospital and funeral home. A search of my friend’s possessions turned up no information. The funeral director tried the sheriff’s office and the state patrol. We all searched the Internet and came up with nothing. Two days ago, I received an irate phone call from his daughter, who claimed she recently found out about her father’s death via the Internet. She told me it was my responsibility to try to get in touch with her and accused me of having no morals. I was absolutely stunned and hurt by her accusations. I explained that everything possible had been done to locate her, and that I did the best I could with the information I had at the time. I later learned that she called the funeral home and my friend’s apartment manager, blaming them, as well. My friends tell me she probably feels guilty for not keeping in contact with her father and this is why she is lashing out.

of another, your victory will be hollow and the repercussions could be severe. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Embarrassment is indicated if you attempt to come off as knowing all about a matter or issue about which you are totally ignorant. It isn’t worth pretending to be an authority when you’re not. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - When doing business with another today, try to get in writing what you feel could be problematical for you later — if left up in the air. Your prediction is likely to come true. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Although much may be promised, nothing of significance will be gained if you put a business deal together based only upon the trust of a friendship. Make sure the proposal is able to stand on its own. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Keep your wits about you at all times today because conditions could turn out to be a bit uncertain and

cause some disruptions. Reserve your judgment call until all the facts are in. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - The only way to keep your budget healthy is to trim away all nonessential expenditure immediately. Once your funds are gone, it will be impossible to get back what you need. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Be extremely careful about what secrets you reveal to whom. Someone with little common sense could distort what s/he hears, making it impossible to get your reputation back. Copyright 2010, United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

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Obama: Government, business help shape future WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the American government has a responsibility to make the U.S. the best place in the world to do business, but companies have a responsibility to invest in the nation’s future by keeping jobs here, hiring workers and paying decent wages. Obama devoted his

weekly radio and Internet message Saturday to ideas from his State of OBAMA the Union address, specifically a plan to put the U.S. on a more competitive footing globally by spending on innovation,

education and public works. “In today’s global, competitive economy, the best jobs and newest industries will take root in countries with the most skilled workers, the strongest commitment to research and technology and the fastest ways to move people, goods and information,” the president said, previewing his speech

Monday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Obama mentioned his visit this past week to Penn State University, where researchers are designing more energy-efficient buildings. He also spoke about next Thursday’s trip to Marquette, Mich., a place the White House says illustrates

how increased Internet access can help businesses grow. Obama has called for expanding high-speed, wireless Internet access to 98 percent of Americans within five years. He talked about federal tax credits and financing programs that are helping companies boost their bot-

tom lines and hire workers. Obama said that government has a responsibility to support businesses but that businesses have responsibilities, too. “They should set up shop here and hire our workers and pay decent wages and invest in the future of this nation,” he said. “That’s their obligation.”

With Egypt in turmoil, oil prices climb Sen. Hatch: Kagan should sit out health care case WASHINGTON (AP) — The turmoil in Egypt is causing economic jitters across the globe, pushing up food and oil prices so far, but bigger worries are ahead. Will popular uprisings and revolution spread to Egypt’s rich autocratic neighbors, managers of much of the world’s oil supply? Will the U.S. see its influence in the region decline and that of Iran

and other fundamental Islamic governments surge? While those are open questions, there’s no doubt the crisis has meant new risks for shaky economies and put a cloud over financial markets. Instability in the Middle East, if prolonged, could jeopardize fragile recoveries in the United States and Europe. It could limit job cre-

ation and fuel inflation. “If the turmoil is contained largely to Egypt, then the broader economic fallout will be marginal,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “Now, obviously, if it spills out of Egypt to other parts of the Middle East, the concern goes to a whole other darker level.” Protesters have topped the

government of Tunisia, with more modest effects in Yemen and Jordan. “The real worry, I think is if these protests continue indefinitely and there isn’t more reassurance about stability in Egypt and in the broader region,” said Shadi Hamid, a researcher on Gulf affairs at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar.

Palin: U.S. out of step with Reagan’s values SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — America is on a “road to ruin” because of misguided policies in Washington and needs to get back in step with the values of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin said at an event honoring the former president’s legacy. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee delivered a stinging critique of Washington during her speech Friday, part of the national celebration marking the centennial of Reagan’s birth on Feb. 6. Revisiting themes familiar from her 2008 campaign,

she said the nation was being shackled by high debt and taxes, dense government regulation and rising spending, often for programs that don’t work. She said a rush toward green energy was overlooking the nation’s oil and natural gas reserves, a choice that will cost jobs and drive up pump prices. She blamed Washington leaders — an apparent reference to the Obama administration — for doing “everything in their power to stymie responsible domestic drilling.”

“This is dangerous. This is insane,” she said. “This is not the road to national greatness, it is the road to ruin.” She alluded to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last month, saying it amounted to a statement that “the era of big government is here to stay.” Palin was asked to talk about Reagan’s 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” which he gave on behalf of then-Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. In it, he talks at length about the dangers of high taxes and encroaching big government,

as well as the necessity of strong national security. She said the decisions the nation faces are not unlike those Reagan talked of in the 1960s, only the economy of today is worse, from home foreclosures to high unemployment. “This is a time for choosing again, and the vision we outline here is just as stark as it was in 1964. But we must look over the horizon, as Reagan did. We must see where these unsound policies will ultimately end, and that’s in decline and defeat,” she said.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an opponent of the recently enacted health care overhaul, says Justice Elena Kagan should not take part in the widely expected Supreme Court consideration of the new law. Hatch’s call is part of the broad legal and political maneuvering on both sides for the most favorable conditions surrounding court review of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy accomplishment. His comments came the same week that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he plans to file a motion to take the case directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing an appeals court, after he won a federal judge’s ruling in December against the law’s requirement that most Americans buy health insurance. On Monday, a second federal judge declared the

law unconstitutional. Two other judges have upheld it. Hatch said he is sure that Kagan participated in discussions about the law and challenges to it while she served in the Justice Department as Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer. Hatch told Fox News that he believes Kagan “should recuse herself,” although he noted the justice alone will make that determination. The Utah senator also voted against Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in August. The issue of Kagan’s participation looms large if the justices’ views on the health care law divide along ideological lines. Her absence in such a situation could leave the court split 4-4, which would prevent it from settling the subject with a uniform set of rules for the entire country. Kagan addressed her participation during her confirmation hearing.

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Spring Break: Keep health in mind, with sunshine (AP) – Spring break marks a time when college students flock south to the warmth and camaraderie promised by beaches and bars. Preparations for spring break trips begin well in advance, as prime hotels book quickly, and travelers need time to tone their beach bods. Even though break is still five and a half weeks away, Rachel Walsh, an Ohio University sophomore studying biological sciences, has already started preparing. She and the 17 people with whom she will travel to Panama City Beach, Fla., have booked their rooms at the Holiday Inn, and all have begun their personal preparations as well. “I’m working out more,” Walsh said. She started working out at least three times a week, whereas before she worked out between one and two times. “I’m going to start tanning, too. I think everyone is. ... No one wants to look bad in a bathing suit.” People getting ready for their spring break adventures

have many things to think about before leaving the cold of Athens behind for a traditional beach vacation. Sexual safety High-risk sexual activities are an inevitability considering the number of college students who congregate in one place during spring break. “In any situation where there is alcohol involved, like on spring break, I know that people may make worse decisions than they would normally be inclined to,” said Matt Vonderbrink, a senior studying health service administration and a representative of the Latex League. If one is under the influence of an illicit substance such as drugs or alcohol, Vonderbrink warns, sexual consent is not possible. If consent is possible, however, utilizing safe-sex techniques are key to keeping safe from unwanted pregnancies and STIs. “It’s important to have information on safe-sex practices and be prepared to practice sex safely,” Vonderbrink

said. “So try to be informed.” Tanning Heading to the beach to develop a tan is one thing many spring breakers are attracted to. In order to avoid extreme sunburns the first time they encounter strong sun rays, many people turn to tanning beds before leaving on their trip. “A lot of the reason we see more customers before spring break is that they want to get a base tan,” said Alyssa Dyas, an employee at Tropical Tanning Salon, 11-1/2 W. State St. “They want to make sure to not burn when they get out in the sun.” For those people who start tanning to prepare for spring break but don’t usually visit tanning salons, Dyas suggests starting slowly. “Average tanners who tan three or more times a week can go as much as they want to get ready,” Dyas said. “But a person who hasn’t tanned in a year or hasn’t been in the sun for say, six months - it’s probably best to go gradually.”

Slowly increasing the amount of time spent in a tanning bed and the number of times a person visits a salon helps ensure skin’s safety. “You have to do it gradually,” Dyas said. “You usually burn if you don’t, or the tan won’t end up as good.” Getting physically fit Before hitting the beach, many college students trade in their study sessions for extensive workouts to prepare their bodies for a week in bathing suits. People looking to slim down before their vacation, however, should do so safely, said Sarah Shore, the fitness director at Ping Recreation Center. “A lot of people will start off a week or two prior to spring break and do crash diets ... but it’s not healthy, and it’s not something I would recommend at all,” Shore said. “So taking your time and losing 1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds per week is a nice, mediocre ground for losing weight.” Each person should approach getting in shape at

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“We know that many times when people drink too much, they have accidents, injuries, make bad choices,” Koons said. “Hopefully we won’t see car crashes or deaths, people falling from balconies, drowning.” In order to keep alcohol consumption from turning into a dangerous situation, several precautions should be taken. Koons suggests having one person a day take a responsible role to not drink heavily and instead watch out for the other people in his or her group. “The big thing is they should not engage in high-risk use; they should try to drink a lot of water, particularly if they’re going to break in a hot climate, a beach setting or somewhere where it’s warm and sunny. You become dehydrated more quickly,” Koons said. “You want to make sure you drink a lot of water or have small amounts of high protein food or drink juice ... that has protein to slow down the rate of intoxication.”

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Cherokee Nation education technology to be discussed at next AAUW meeting Dr. Neil Morton, Joseph Erb and Roy Boney will be the guest speakers at the upcoming American Association of University Women, AAUW, Tahlequah Branch program meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10. They will be discussing the major developments by the Cherokee Nation Education Services group in technology that are being used in teaching the Cherokee language. Morton is the senior adviser for the group, and Erb and Boney are education technology specialists in edu-

cation development. Members and guests will meet at Vidalia’s Restaurant, 319 N. Muskogee at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in the program is invited to attend. The Cherokee Nation has entered into a cooperative project with Apple Computers to load the Cherokee Syllabary onto Apple computers and develop software to teach the Cherokee language. As a result, the students at the Cherokee Immersion School, as well as Sequoyah Schools, all have Apple laptops that may be used to

communicate in Cherokee. Many students also have Apple iPads with the Cherokee syllabary on them. This allows the students to have a one-on-one communication in Cherokee, whether they are at school, home or other places. It also allows the communication to be transferred to other electronic hand-held devices. Students now have Facebook pages in the Cherokee language. Anyone interested in joining AAUW is invited to attend to become acquainted with members and the organ-

ization. Membership is open to anyone holding an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Student affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two- or four-year regionally accredited educational institution. Because Northeastern State University is an AAUW College, University Partner Member, students may receive a free e-student affiliation.

Cherokee Nation presents ‘iDecide’ for high school seniors, parents High school seniors, who chooses your future? That is the central theme of a February series of regional presentations sponsored by the Cherokee Nation and featuring a special talk, “iDecide,” given by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith. The presentations are geared toward high school seniors and their parents and will focus on making good decisions for college preparation and career exploration.

All school officials and the public are invited. The sessions will be held on the following dates: • Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Jay High School, 322 E. Monroe St. • Thursday, Feb. 17, at Sequoyah Schools The Place Where They Play, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah. • Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Northeast Technology Center, Claremore Campus, 1901 N. Highway 88. All sessions will be held


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Iraqi prime minister won’t run for third term BAGHDAD (AP) — Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki will not run for a third term in 2014, an adviser said Saturday, limiting himself in the name of democracy and with an eye on the popular anger directed at governments across the Middle East. Al-Maliki narrowly held on to a second four-year term after his political bloc fell two seats short of its main rival in

national elections last year. He will step down at a fragile time in Iraq’s hisAL-MALIKI tory — his successor will be the first Iraqi leader to run the nation without U.S. military help since Saddam Hussein. Al-Maliki adviser Ali al-

Moussawi said the premier also wants to change the Iraqi constitution before he leaves to limit all future prime ministers to two terms. "Eight years is enough for him, in order to not convert to a dictatorship," al-Moussawi told The Associated Press, as state TV announced al-Maliki’s decision. "This is the principle and the concept of democracy."

Blast rocks gas terminal in Egypt EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An explosion rocked a gas terminal in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, setting off a massive fire that was contained by shutting off the flow of gas to neighboring Jordan and Israel, officials and witnesses said. Egypt’s natural gas company said the fire was caused by a gas leak. However, a local security official said an explosive device was detonated inside the terminal, and the regional governor, Abdel Wahab Mabrouk, said he suspected sabotage. The blast and fire at the gas terminal in the Sinai town of El-Arish did not cause casualties. The explosion sent a pillar of flames leaping into the sky, but was a safe distance from the nearest homes, said Mabrouk. The blast came as a popular uprising engulfed Egypt, where anti-government protesters have been demanding the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak for the past two weeks. The Sinai Peninsula, home to Bedouin tribesmen, has been the scene of clashes between residents and security forces. It borders both Israel and the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamic

militant Hamas. The terminal is part of a pipeline system that transports gas from Egypt’s Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea to Israel, Syria and Jordan. The head of Egypt’s natural gas company, Magdy Toufik, said in a statement that the fire broke out in the terminal “as a result of a small amount of gas leaking.” However, a senior security official said an explosive device was detonated in the terminal. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters. Mabrouk said the fire was brought under control by mid-morning, after valves controlling the flow of gas were closed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that it’s not clear whether damage was caused to the pipeline leading to Israel. “But as a security precaution, Israel temporarily stopped, by its own initiative, the transfer of gas as procedure dictates,” the statement said. Israel has alternative

energy sources and is not likely to experience power shortages, the statement said. The blast also halted the gas supply to Jordan, which depends on Egyptian gas to generate 80 percent of its electricity. Jordan’s National Electric Power Company is resorting to heavy fuel and diesel to keep national power plants running, said the company’s director-general, Ghalib Maabrah. He said Jordan has heavy fuel and diesel reserves to generate electricity for three weeks, adding that the shift will cost Jordan $4.2 million a day. Egyptian authorities expect gas to remain shut off for a week, until repairs are completed, Maabrah said. The Sinai gas pipelines have come under attack in the past. Bedouin tribesmen attempted to blow up the pipeline last July as tensions intensified between them and the Egyptian government, which they accuse of discrimination and of ignoring their plight. Egypt has potential natural gas reserves of 62 trillion cubic feet (1.7 trillion cubic meters), the 18th largest in the world.

Saturday’s stunning announcement follows alMaliki’s decision a day earlier to return half of his annual salary to the government — a move he said aimed to narrow the wide gap between rich and poor Iraqis. Al-Maliki is not required to publicly report his pay, but he is believed to earn at least $360,000 annually. The salary cut appeared

calculated to insulate al-Maliki from the anti-government unrest spreading across the Middle East, as clerics and protesters warned him not to ignore public bitterness over Iraq’s sagging economy and electricity shortages. The U.S. government estimates that as many as 30 percent of Iraqis are unemployed. Al-Maliki’s decision to

announce he will step down after two terms — a deadline more than three years away — appeared fueled by the same desire to shield Iraq from uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. But it is particularly surprising, given his drawn-out fight last year to keep his job after his party failed to win the most seats in parliamentary elections last March.

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It looks like Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma might end up playing basketball after all. With two postponements that have already pushed the rivalry back a week, NSU and UCO have rescheduled their contests in Tahlequah for Monday night. The two were originally slated to play at Jack Dobbins Field House on Saturday. The two Lone Star Conference North Division rivals will move tip-off time up an hour on Monday night with the women at 5 p.m. and the men at 7. The two schools will play the second of the two meetings on Feb. 14 after they were snowed out Wednesday night.

B Indians, Keys assigned to Area II By BEN JOHNSON Press Sports Editor If the Sequoyah boys basketball team is to make its 10th straight state-tournament appearance, it will have earned it this year. When the 3A playoffs begin on Feb. 18, the Class 3A No. 12 Indians will have to navigate through a field with six ranked teams and star-studded players if they want to pick up their 11th state-tournament berth in school history. On Friday, Sequoyah, along with Keys, was assigned to 3A Area II in postseason play by the OklaSee 3A Boys, page 4B

STATE Tulsa survives Houston in OT TULSA (AP) — Justin Hurtt hit a game-tying 3pointer to force overtime, then scored two key baskets in the extra period as Tulsa beat Houston 76-71 on Saturday. With Tulsa down 66-63 with 8.6 seconds left, Hurtt drained a 3-pointer from the right side of the arc to tie the game. He added five of the Golden Hurricane's 10 points in overtime, part of his 22-point afternoon. The victory was Tulsa's third consecutive win and fourth in its last five games. It also avenged a 64-57 loss Jan. 19 at Houston. The Cougars (11-11, 36 Conference USA) suffered their fifth straight loss and have not won since knocking off the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa (13-10, 6-3) made 10 3-pointers. Scottie Haralson had six of them, including one in overtime, on his way to tying Hurtt with 22 points. Maurice McNeil paced Houston with 21 points before fouling out late in regulation.

ORU women blow past NDSU TULSA — Hot shooting and Kevi Luper are always a good combination for the Oral Roberts women’s basketball team. It was again on Saturday. Luper totaled a gamehigh 32 points, and ORU shot 50.7 percent from the field and 54.2 percent (13 of 24) from behind the 3point line to blow out North Dakota State 98-69 in front of 1,210 people at the Mabee Center. Luper was 14 of 21 from the field and 4 of 4 from deep. Jordan Pyle added 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting, and Savanna Buck came off the bench to post 15 points. With the win, ORU remained unbeaten in Summit League play, improving to 12-0 and 16-7 overall. Abby Plucker paced NDSU (10-12, 6-6) with 26 points on 9 of 19 shooting from the field. She also had nine rebounds. Janae Burich (17) and Katie Birkel (10) also scored in double figures for North Dakota State.

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Above left: Jami Guthrie and the Keys Lady Cougars are one of seven ranked teams in Area II of the upcoming Class 3A playoffs. Above right: Anaweg Smith and the Sequoyah Lady Indians will join Keys in Area II of the 3A playoffs. To kick Photos by Ben Johnson of postseason play, Sequoyah will host Westville in the District 7 tournament.

SHS, Keys girls land challenging area assignment. By BEN JOHNSON Press Sports Editor Sequoyah girls basketball coach Bill Nobles said he would pay someone $100 for it. After being told of

Nobles’ financial offering, Keys girls basketball coach Leon Ashlock said, jokingly, he’d do it for free. What are they talking about? The chance to trade places with a team outside of Area II in the Class 3A

postseason assignments, which were handed out by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association on Friday. Both Sequoyah and Keys were placed in the lone area that features

seven ranked teams — two in the top four — while the other three areas have five or fewer. Nobles, however, knows all his team can do is show up and play. See 3A girls, page 2B

Hulbert’s Zodrow happy with playoff draw By BEN JOHNSON Press Sports Editor Even with a sub-.500 record and the possibility of

playing a do-or-die game right off the bat in the playoffs, you won’t find Hulbert girls coach Alicia Zodrow complaining.

Aleah Young (left) and the Hulbert Lady Riders were assigned to Class 2A Area III in the upcoming playoffs. Photo by Ben Johnson

Hulbert was placed in District 7 of Class 2A Area III when the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association handed out postseason assignments on Friday. And despite a trip to Porter for the district tournament, Zodrow will certainly take what her team got. “I’m OK with it,” said Zodrow, whose team will compete with Porter and Colcord for the district crown. “For us, that’s a pretty decent draw.” With Porter at 2-15, Colcord at 8-7 and Hulbert at 79, Colcord will likely earn a first-round bye. That means the Lady Riders could have to play a must-win contest to kick off the 2A playoffs. “I don’t know how they do that,” Zodrow said. “In terms of getting a bye in the district.” If Hulbert does have to play Porter right off the bat, and HHS gets past the Lady Pirates, a game with a physical Colcord team would be looming. “They come to play

physical,” Zodrow said of Colcord, who Hulbert lost to 68-51 back on Dec. 16. “But we’ll put the ball in Allison (Arnall’s) hands, and we’ll be OK.” In regional-tournament play, which will be played at Chouteau for the first round and Fort Gibson after that, Hulbert could be paired with one of three teams (Chouteau, Ketchum, Wyandotte), depending on how districts play out. If Zodrow had to guess, she would put her money on a matchup with No. 12 Ketchum (15-3) in regional play. “I would rather be put with Sallisaw Central rather than Ketchum,” Zodrow said. “Because Ketchum is a dangerous team. They dealt Oktaha their only loss.” Zodrow, however, is confident in her team’s ability against KHS. “Ketchum has to play us too,” she said. “We’ll give them everything they want.” See Hulbert, page 3B

Sonny O’Field (20) and the Sequoyah Indians were placed in Area II for the upcoming Class 3A playoffs. The Indians will open postseason play at home in district-tournament play against Westville. Photo by Ben Johnson

THS regional field set From Press staff reports When Class 5A regional wrestling tournaments roll around, Tahlequah coach Brandon Benson knows his team will have a leg up on 15 other schools since it’ll be wrestling at home. “It’s definitely an advantage when you can sleep in your own bed,” said Benson of hosting the Class 5A east regional on Feb. 18-19 at the TMAC. On Friday, Tahlequah found out what other teams will be in the east-side regional. The field includes, No. 2 Collinsville, No. 4 Deer Creek, No. 5 Carl See THS, page 3B

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teams,” he said. “Besides, there’s nobody we can’t play with in our area.”

“We’ll strap it on and go play where they tell us to play,” said Nobles, whose team will be searching for its sixth state-tournament berth in Nobles’ eighth year at SHS. Ashlock concurs. “Our area is pretty tough,” said Ashlock, whose team is one of the seven ranked teams, owning the 18th spot at 5-10 in 3A. “I don’t know what else to say other than it’ll be tough.”

Regional and district breakdown Before Sequoyah and Keys can worry about making it through the area bracket, both must venture through district and regional tournaments. In District 7, Sequoyah will host Westville at The Place Where They Play in a rematch of last year’s regional-tournament semifinals. “We played them last year,” Nobles said of Westville, who his team blasted 76-44 to reach the regional finals. “And they’re still a solid basketball team.” Despite hosting Westville in the district tournament, Sequoyah will likely be the underdog at 8-9. In District 8, Keys drew former Big Eight Conference opponent, Vian. And despite being five games under .500, Ashlock said his club couldn’t have asked for a district pairing. “It’s about as good as we could have hoped for,” said Ashlock, whose team beat Vian 45-38 back on Dec. 17. “But with our record the way it is, I certainly didn’t expect a cupcake.” Vian currently owns a 9-7 record and is on a four-game winning streak. Beyond district play, the difficulty level gets cranked up a notch, especially for Sequoyah. If the Lady Indians were to win District 7, they would likely face Kansas in the regional semifinals at the Muskogee Civic Center — the main site for the regional tournament. For Keys, the first round of the regional tournament means another home game whether it’s against Salina or Victory Christian. The Lady Cougars were awarded a sub-site, meaning Keys High School will host a handful of first-round games before playing the rest of the regional in Muskogee. “The regional is going to be tough,” Ashlock said. “But the best thing is we get to host a sub-site.”

Area overview Area II features the reigning 3A state champion, Kansas, who is No. 2 at 14-3 this season. Adair, the 2009 3A state champion, is the other top-five team in the 16-team field, ranking fourth at 14-3. The other ranked teams include No. 10 Verdigris (13-5), No. 11 Salina (12-5), No. 16 Pawhuska (12-6) and No. 20 Westville (7-4). When Nobles looked at Area II compared to the three other area assignments, it didn’t sit well with him. “Two teams have to come out of our area,” he said. “But look at the northwest area (Area I), two teams have to come out that as well. They’re clearly not going to have the eight best teams in the state tournament.” Of the three other areas, Area I has five ranked teams, highlighted by No. 3 Prague and No. 5 Perkins-Tryon. Areas III and IV both only have four ranked teams with Henryetta (No. 6) being the highest slotted team in Area IV. No. 1 Bethel is in Area III, but the next-highest team is Northeast Academy in the eighth spot. But what’s done is done, and Nobles knows that. “We’ll do our dangdest to go win,” he said. The Area II tournament is slated to be played at Pryor High School from March 3-5. And Ashlock knows to earn a berth to the state tournament, his team will have to tackle some stiff competition. “You’re not going to get there (the state tournament) unless you beat some good


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Cowboys rally for Bedlam victory By JEFF LATZKE Associated Press STILLWATER — Travis Ford insists he wasn’t trying to get a technical foul, even if it turned out to be exactly what Oklahoma State needed after a dreadful start in the Bedlam rivalry game. Jean-Paul Olukemi scored 19 points, Darrell Williams added a careerhigh 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Cowboys rallied from an early 15point deficit after Ford’s technical to snap Oklahoma’s four-game winning streak and claim an 81-75 victory Saturday. “I can’t say I was trying to get it. I can say I was upset,” Ford said. “As they were shooting their technical, I did have a brief moment with our team and I think they understood I was at that point mad at everybody — refs, players, everybody — and I think they got the message.” The Cowboys (16-7, 4-5 Big 12) pulled ahead with an 11-0 run early in the second half, holding Oklahoma to only three field goals over the first 15 minutes after halftime. Cade Davis and Andrew Fitzgerald scored 18 points apiece to lead Oklahoma in

its third straight Bedlam loss. The Sooners (12-10, 4-4) didn’t get nearly the same spark out of coach Jeff Capel’s technical foul at the end of OSU’s big run as the Cowboys did from Ford’s while roaring b a c k from a 2 1 - 6 deficit. “Down the stretch there, I guess we couldn’t play without fouling,” Capel said. “And offensively in the second half, we struggled.” Capel drew his technical foul shortly after Keiton Page’s 3-pointer put the Cowboys up in the only lead change of the game. Matt Pilgrim had swiped the ball away near the Sooners’ bench before it bounded out of bounds, and Capel continued protesting that Oklahoma should have retained possession as play headed the opposite direction. Page hit the ensuing free throws to cap an 11-0 run and make it 53-49 Oklahoma State, but the Sooners still didn’t hit another basket for more than 4 minutes. In an 81⁄2-minute stretch between baskets, Oklahoma went from eight points

ahead to down 59-53. The Sooners got back within 65-62 on Steven Pledger’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 6:04 left, but then allowed a third-chance layup to Markel Brown at the other end. Pledger’s jumper cut Oklahoma’s deficit back to three, but Calvin Newell then missed the front end of a one-and-one to allow Oklahoma State to push its lead back to six. The Cowboys went 7 for 8 on free throws in the final minute to close out their third come-from-behind victory in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State came back from an eight-point deficit in the final 9 minutes against Kansas State and from nine down in the final 3 minutes against Iowa State. “It just says that we’re not going to give up,” Olukemi said. “Sometimes we dig ourselves into holes and then we’ve got to fight ourselves out. ... We don’t like playing from a deficit. No team does, but I think it shows resilience in ourselves and a trust factor in our teammates to get it done.” Page finished with 18

points for the Cowboys, who have notched back-toback home victories after losing five of their previous six games. Freshman Cameron Clark, who had 25 points in the Sooners’ win against Baylor on Wednesday, was held scoreless. “We didn’t lose the game because of him,” Capel said. “We lost the game because of our inability to make tough plays. One of the things I told our guys coming in was that the team that usually wins this game, with this rivalry, is the tougher team, and I thought they were a little bit tougher.” The Sooners committed a season-high 28 fouls, allowing Oklahoma State to go 36 for 44 from the foul line. The Cowboys made 32 of their last 34 free-throw attempts after a slow start contributed to their early deficit. Ford drew his technical for protesting the Cowboys’ seventh foul in less than 7 minutes, and the free throws that followed extended the Sooners’ edge to 15. After that, OSU wasn’t called for another foul for just under 7 minutes — a span in which Oklahoma was whistled for eight and the Cowboys got back in the game.

NFL commish wants deal done quickly By BARRY WILNER Associated Press DALLAS — Roger Goodell recognized the questioner, even kidded him. Chad Ochocinco was in no joking mood. The Bengals receiver, reporting for his own OCNN network, stood up at Goodell’s annual Super Bowl news conference Friday and asked the NFL commissioner how close the league and players union were to a new contract that would avoid a potential lockout. “I can tell you the commitment on

behalf of the ownership is on getting an agreement,” Goodell said. “This is the window of opportunity to get this done right. Otherwise, uncertainty is going to seep into all of our operations. ... I say, let’s get to work, let’s get an agreement that works for everybody.” Goodell and union officials were to meet Saturday in Dallas, the first formal bargaining session since November. Two more sessions have been scheduled for next week, at an undisclosed location. Goodell said it was imperative to have a deal before the collective bargaining agreement expires in a

month. “I frequently have said that I think March 4 is a very critical date,” Goodell said. “A lot of different strategies will take place if we’re not successful in getting an agreement by that time. “We need to have intensive, roundthe clock negotiations to address the issues and find solutions. I can assure you that I have that sense of urgency and I believe both sides do.” Asked whether the owners will lock out the players, Goodell replied: “We have not made any determination with what will happen on March 4.”

Sports Roundup

AREA SPORTS CALENDAR (Weather permitting on all events) Monday Basketball • Central Oklahoma at NSU — women at 2 p.m. and men at 4. • Sequoyah at Keys; Hulbert at Colcord — girls at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 8. Tuesday Basketball • Bartlesville at Tahlequah; Wagoner at Sequoyah; Keys at Chouteau; Hulbert at Sallisaw Central — girls at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 8.

Sports On Television For Sunday (All times Eastern) Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Qatar Masters, final round, at Doha, Qatar (same-day tape) 1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Phoenix Open, final round, at Scottsdale, Ariz. 3 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, Phoenix Open, final round, at Scottsdale, Ariz. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Michigan St. at Wisconsin 2 p.m. ESPN — Ohio St. at Minnesota FSN — Florida St. at North Carolina NBA BASKETBALL 2:30 p.m. ABC — Orlando at Boston NFL FOOTBALL 6 p.m. FOX — Super Bowl XLV, Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay, at Arlington, Texas NHL HOCKEY 12:30 p.m. NBC — Pittsburgh at Washington WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOOPS 4 p.m. FSN — UCLA at Southern Cal

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Prep playoff assignments for Class 2A through 4A Dates and times to be determined at a later date. Class 4A Area I at Carl Albert (Midwest City) District 1: Woodward at Guymon District 2: Elk City at Clinton District 3: Little Axe at Bethany District 4: Heritage Hall at Weatherford Regional at Weatherford (main site); Sub-sites: Woodward (1 & 4), Clinton (2 & 3) District 5: Santa Fe South at Anadarko District 6: Blanchard at Bridge Creek District 7: Classen at Newcastle District 8: Tuttle at Ada Regional at Anadarko; Sub-site: Blanchard (6 & 7) Area II at Chickasha District 1: Elgin at Cache District 2: Pauls Valley at Douglass District 3: Lone Grove at Dickson District 4: Madill at Byng

Regional at Byng; Sub-sites: Elgin (1 & 4), Pauls Valley (2 & 3) District 5: Harrah at John Marshall District 6: Piedmont at McLoud District 7: Seeworth Academy at Harding Prep District 8: Star Spencer at Seminole Regional at Harrah; Sub-site: Piedmont (6 & 7) Area III at Skiatook District 1: Dewey at Vinita District 2: Cascia Hall at Seq. Claremore District 3: Blackwell at Cleveland District 4: Oologah at Metro Christian Regional at Oologah; Sub-sites: Vinita (1 & 4), Cascia Hall (2 & 3) District 5: Tulsa McLain at Cushing District 6: Locust Grove at Miami District 7: Catoosa at Jay District 8: Mannford at Berryhill Regional at Catoosa; Sub-sites: Mannford (5 & 8), Locust Grove (6 & 7) Area IV at Muskogee Civic Center District 1: Okmulgee at Tecumseh District 2: Glenpool at Fort Gibson District 3: Wagoner at Bristow District 4: Checotah at Tulsa Webster Regional at Okmulgee; Sub-site: Fort Gibson (2 & 3) District 5: Muldrow at Poteau District 6: Broken Bow at Idabel District 7: Sallisaw at Stilwell District 8: Hilldale at Roland Regional at Muldrow; Sub-site: Sallisaw (6 & 7) Class 3A Area I at Yukon District 1: Perry at Perkins-Tryon District 2: Dove Science (OKC) at Mount St. Mary District 3: Kingfisher at Riverside District 4: Chisholm at Oklahoma Chr. Regional at Kingfisher; Sub-site: Perkins-Tryon (1 & 4) District 5: Davis at Washington District 6: Meeker at Prague District 7: Purcell at Lexington District 8: Comanche at Sulphur Regional at Purcell; Sub-sites: Washington (5 & 8), Prague (6 & 7) Area II at Pryor District 1: Pawhuska at Inola District 2: Nowata at Caney Valley District 3: Chelsea at Adair District 4: Sperry at Verdigris Regional at Inola; Sub-sites: Verdigris (1 & 4), Adair (2 & 3) District 5: Salina at Victory Christian District 6: Lincoln Christian at Kansas District 7: Westville at Sequoyah District 8: Vian at Keys Regional at Muskogee Civic Center; Sub-site: Keys (5 & 8) Area III at Shawnee District 1: Northeast at Jones District 2: Marietta at Plainview District 3: Kingston at Coalgate District 4: Lindsay at Marlow Regional at Lindsay; Sub-site: Plainview (2 & 3) District 5: Crooked Oak at OK Centennial District 6: Stroud at Beggs

District 7: Harding Fine Arts at Chandler District 8: ASTEC at Bethel Regional at Stroud; Sub-site: Bethel (5 & 8) Area IV at Eastern State College (Wilburton) District 1: Kellyville at Okemah District 2: Hartshorne at Spiro District 3: Wilburton at Heavener District 4: Stigler at Morris Regional at Stigler; Sub-sites: Morris (1 & 4), Heavener (2 & 3) District 5: Henryetta at Eufaula District 6: Atoka at Tishomingo District 7: Valliant at Hugo District 8: Antlers at Holdenville Regional at Antlers; Sub-sites: Henryetta (5 & 8), Tishomingo (6 & 7) Class 2A (host sites listed first in districts) Area I at Chisholm Trail (Enid) District 1: Alva, Mooreland, Pioneer District 2: Yale, Crescent, Tonkawa District 3: Hominy, Newkirk, Ripley District 4: Hennessey, Fairview, Oklahoma Bible Regional at Ponca City; Sub-sites: Fairview (1 & 4), Tonkawa (2 & 3) District 5: Watonga, Cashion, Luther District 6: Thomas, Hinton, Minco District 7: Dale, Chr. Heritage, Dibble District 8: Dewar, Depew, Wellston Regional at Jones; Sub-sites: Luther (5 & 8), Minco (6 & 7) Area II at Anadarko District 1: Mangum, Hollis, Sayre District 2: Snyder, Empire, Frederick District 3: Wayne, Bray-Doyle, Stratford District 4: Cordell, Burns Flat, Hobart Regional at Cache; Sub-sites: Burns Flat (1 & 4), Empire (2 & 3) District 5: Carnegie, Apache, Navajo District 6: Millwood, Maysville, Rush Springs District 7: Walters, Ringling, Wilson District 8: Healdton, Elmore City, Fletcher Regional at Blanchard; Sub-sites: Fletcher (5 & 8), Rush Springs (6 & 7) Area III at Coweta District 1: Okla. Union, Foyil, Quapaw District 2: Pawnee, Drumright, Mounds District 3: Liberty, Gore, Wewoka District 4: Commerce, Fairland, Summit Christian Regional at Sand Springs; Subsites: Oklahoma Union (1 & 4), Mounds (2 & 3) District 5: Canadian, Central Sallisaw, Haskell District 6: Ketchum, Chouteau, Wyandotte District 7: Porter, Colcord, Hulbert District 8: Porum, Okay, Warner Regional at Fort Gibson; Sub-sites: Warner (5 & 8), Chouteau (6 & 7) Area IV Southeast Expo Center (McAlester) District 1: Wynnewood, Colbert, Latta District 2: Savanna, Haileyville, Tushka District 3: Preston, Crowder, Quinton District 4: Vanoss, Calera, Konawa Regional at Konawa; Sub-sites: Colbert (1 & 4), Crowder (2 & 3)

District 5: Rock Creek, Silo, Wright City District 6: Oktaha, Panama, Pocola District 7: Howe, Talihina, Wister District 8: Haworth, Rattan Regional at Talihina; Sub-sites: Rock Creek (5 & 8), Panama (6 & 7) Prep Scores Friday’s Games Boys Cheyenne 51, Seiling 45 Chisholm 57, Alva 51 Cimarron 55, Kremlin-Hillsdale 40 Drummond 41, Pond Creek-Hunter 36 Elk City 54, Weatherford 50, OT Forgan 61, Texhoma 33 Ft. Cobb-Broxton 66, Carnegie 47 Garber 49, Covington-Douglas 22 Hammon 69, Duke 44 Hennessey 62, Waukomis 23 Laverne 57, Beaver 53 Lomega 65, Deer Creek-Lamont 47 Mooreland 86, Ringwood 29 Okeene 47, Okarche 38 Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 58, Morrison 31 Stillwater 51, Ponca City 35 Timberlake 67, Aline-Cleo 33 270 Conference Tournament Fargo 48, Shattuck 41 Gage 79, Buffalo 68 Merritt Classic Tournament Mangum 42, Merritt 39 Girls Beaver 59, Laverne 38 Canute 36, Mountain View-Gotebo 21 Chisholm 47, Alva 46 Fairview 50, Oklahoma Bible 40 Forgan 30, Texhoma 29 Garber 47, Covington-Douglas 35 Hammon 72, Duke 24 Hennessey 69, Waukomis 48 Kremlin-Hillsdale 48, Cimarron 43 Lomega 62, Deer Creek-Lamont 28 Merritt 41, Mangum 31 Mooreland 57, Ringwood 26 Okarche 56, Okeene 41 Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 46, Morrison 35 Pond Creek-Hunter 52, Drummond 39 Seiling 40, Cheyenne 25 Stillwater 42, Ponca City 40 Thomas Fay Custer 46, Hinton 24 Timberlake 63, Aline-Cleo 14 Watonga 57, Geary 40 Weatherford 29, Elk City 17 270 Conference Tournament Buffalo 55, Shattuck 46 Sharon-Mutual 52, Canton 42

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING Regional tournament assignments Regional tournaments will be on Feb. 18-19 Class 6A at Del City Broken Arrow, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond Memorial, Edmond North, Eisenhower, Lawton, Midwest City, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Putnam City, Putnam City West, Southmoore, U.S. Grant, Westmoore, Yukon Class 6A at TBA Bartlesville, Bixby, Claremore, Edmond Santa Fe, Enid, Jenks, Muskogee, Norman North, Owasso, Ponca City, Putnam City North, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Stillwater, Union

Class 5A at Harrah Ada, Altus, Ardmore, Bishop McGuinness, Capitol Hill, Chickasha, Duncan, El Reno, Guthrie, Harrah, MacArthur, Noble, Northwest Classen, Shawnee, Southeast, Western Heights Class 5A at Tahlequah Bishop Kelley, Carl Albert, Collinsville, Coweta, Deer Creek (Edmond), Durant, East Central, Grove, McAlester, Memorial (Tulsa), Miami, Nathan Hale, Pryor, Skiatook, Tahlequah, Thomas Edison Class 4A at McLoud Anadarko, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bristow, Clinton, Douglass, Elgin, Elk City, McLoud, Madill, Piedmont, Star Spencer, Tecumseh, Tuttle, Weatherford, Woodward Class 4A at Glenpool Catoosa, Cleveland, Cushing, Daniel Webster, Ft. Gibson, Glenpool, Jay, Locust Grove, McLain, Mannford, Oologah, Poteau, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Vinita, Wagoner Class 3A at Kingfisher Bethany, Bethel, Comanche, Cordell, Davis, Geary, Heritage Hall, Hinton, Hobart, John Marshall, Kingfisher, Lexington, Little Axe, Mangum, Marlow, Newcastle, Newkirk, Oklahoma Centennial, Oklahoma Christian School, Pauls Valley, Perry, Plainview, Snyder, Sulphur, Watonga, Waurika Class 3A at Pawhuska Barnsdall, Berryhill, Cascia Hall, Chandler, Hartshorne, Hulbert, Inola, Kellyville, Keys, Liberty, Okmulgee, Parkview, Pawhuska, Pawnee/Morrison, Perkins-Tryon, Quinton, Salina, Sequoyah, Sperry, Talihina, Tonkawa, Vian, Webbers Falls, Woodland

PRO BASKETBALL NBA Scores At A Glance All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Friday's Games Miami 109, Charlotte 97 Indiana 100, Portland 87 Philadelphia 100, New York 98 Toronto 111, Minnesota 100 Orlando 110, Washington 92 Atlanta 101, L.A. Clippers 100 Detroit 92, New Jersey 82 Memphis 112, Cleveland 105 Dallas 101, Boston 97 Oklahoma City 111, Phoenix 107 San Antonio 113, Sacramento 100 Utah 113, Denver 106 Saturday's Games Dallas at Charlotte, late Atlanta at Washington, late Portland at Cleveland, late L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, late Memphis at Houston, late Detroit at Milwaukee, late Denver at Minnesota, late Oklahoma City at Utah, late Chicago at Golden State, late Sunday's Games L.A. Clippers at Miami, 12 p.m. Indiana at New Jersey, 12 p.m.

Philadelphia at New York, 12 p.m. Orlando at Boston, 2:30 p.m. Monday's Games Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Chicago at Portland, 10 p.m. Utah at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. PRO FOOTBALL NFL Playoffs At A Glance All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 8 Seattle 41, New Orleans 36 N.Y. Jets 17, Indianapolis 16 Sunday, Jan. 9 Baltimore 30, Kansas City 7 Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 16 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 15 Pittsburgh 31, Baltimore 24 Green Bay 48, Atlanta 21 Sunday, Jan. 16 Chicago 35, Seattle 24 N.Y. Jets 28, New England 21 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 23 Green Bay 21, Chicago 14 Pittsburgh 24, N.Y. Jets 19 Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 30 NFC 55, AFC 41 Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6 At Arlington, Texas Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

PRO HOCKEY NHL Scores At A Glance All Times EST Friday's Games Florida 4, New Jersey 3, OT Pittsburgh 3, Buffalo 2 Columbus 3, Detroit 0 Washington 5, Tampa Bay 2 St. Louis 5, Edmonton 3 Vancouver 4, Chicago 3 Saturday's Games San Jose 2, Boston 0 Montreal 2, N.Y. Rangers 0 Anaheim 3, Colorado 0 Toronto at Buffalo, late Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, late Dallas at Philadelphia, late Atlanta at Carolina, late Edmonton at Columbus, late Detroit at Nashville, late Minnesota at Phoenix, late Los Angeles at Calgary, late Sunday's Games Pittsburgh at Washington, 12:30 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 3 p.m. St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Monday's Games Atlanta at Toronto, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Colorado at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m. Ottawa at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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Robinson’s FTs lift OU past Iowa St Hulbert By MURRAY EVANS Associated Press NORMAN — Ten days earlier, Danielle Robinson — one of the best free-throw shooters in Oklahoma history — misfired on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with the score tied in the final minute against Texas A&M. The Sooners eventually lost a key conference game. On Saturday, Robinson scored 20 points and came through in the clutch, combining with Jasmine Hartman to go 6 for 6 from the line in the final 45.5 seconds and lifting No. 13 Oklahoma past No. 22 Iowa State 65-62. Oklahoma (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) scored just one basket in the final 11 minutes and blew a 14-point halftime lead, but rallied to remain in sole possession of third place in the conference behind No. 1 Baylor and No. 6 Texas A&M. “Danielle Robinson proved why she was a firstteam All-American at the end of that game,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. “She made some great plays. They executed a lot better than we did down the stretch and that was the result of the game. “We talked a lot about not

fouling down the stretch and we put Danielle on the freethrow line six times and she’s not going to miss any.” Iowa State (16-6, 4-4) had a chance to tie but didn’t get a shot off after Hartman’s two free throws with 8 seconds left. The Sooners moved to 19-3 all-time against Iowa State at home despite being outrebounded 38-26. The key for the Sooners was the turnover difference; they had 11 while Iowa State had 24. Free-throw shooting also proved pivitol — Iowa State went 7 of 10 from the line, but missed the front end of their only two one-and-one opportunities in the second half. Meanwhile, the Sooners went 14 of 16 from the line. “We’ve just been grinding along, finding ways to win games,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “Maybe we put up one too many 3s early in the second half but they were good looks. That’s the way we play so you stay with that and stay with who you are.” Kelsey Bolte scored 23 points, including a 3 that gave the Cyclones a 60-59 lead with 2:23 left. Chelsea Poppens’ bucket a minute

later made it 62-59, but they didn’t score again. Still, the way the Sooners were shooting, that threepoint gap seemed enormous. Enter Robinson, who came into the game ranked No. 2 on Oklahoma’s career freethrow percentage list. The 5foot-9 guard skied between two taller Iowa State players to rebound a missed 3-point attempt by Whitney Hand, then was fouled and made both free throws with 45.5 seconds left. After Hand forced an Iowa State turnover by tipping an inbound pass by Lauren Mansfield off of Bolte, Robinson drove to the basket and was fouled. She hit two more free throws with 27.7 seconds left to give Oklahoma a 63-62 lead. “I was confident the whole time,” Robinson said. “I was confident in the A&M game but they just didn’t fall. I just knew I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice.” Coale said at one point, she inquired how many consecutive possessions Oklahoma had failed to score. Told it was 13, she opted to try to have Robinson score from the free-throw line, a strategy that proved sound. Mansfield missed a 3-

point attempt for Iowa State and Hartman rebounded and was fouled. The 50-percent foul shooter made both free throws. Iowa State didn’t get a shot off in the final eight seconds, for which Fennelly took the blame. “The last play, we practice all the time, but it’s my fault,” he said. “For some reason, we ran it the wrong way. We ran it backwards.” Oklahoma led 38-24 at halftime despite going more than 5 minutes without scoring during one stretch. The Sooners closed the half on a 14-3 run, capped by three straight 3-pointers by Aaryn Ellenberg, Ellenberg again and Carlee Roethlisberger. Oklahoma didn’t have a 3pointer after that as the Cyclones clamped down on the Sooners’ outside shooters. “Defensively, we started switching a little bit more,” Fennelly said. “We went a little smaller. I thought we did a good job gapping people and making them do shots over the top.” Iowa State never led until Hallee Christofferson, who scored 14 points, hit two free throws to put them ahead 5756 with 4:31 left. She scored 14 points.

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THS Albert, No. 12 Skiatook, Bishop Kelley, Coweta, Durant, East Central, Grove, McAlester, Tulsa Memorial, Tulsa Hale, Pryor and Tulsa Edison. “It’s going to be tough,” said Benson, whose team is ranked 10th in 5A. “Carl Albert and Deer Creek make it tougher, Grove’s got decent kids and Collinsville is arguably the best team in the state.” Of the 16 teams in the regional, four will earn berths into the state tournament in Oklahoma City on Feb. 25-26.

Benson, whose team is 3-1 at the TMAC this season, just hopes his team can continue to perform well at home. “Our kids have wrestled well in front of the home crowd this year,” Benson said. But before Tahlequah gets set for regional wrestling, the Tigers will try their hand at the dual state crown. THS will be one of eight teams — all district winners — vying for the 5A title. The Tigers will likely end up with the

fourth seed out of the east, earning them a first-round matchup with Altus, the top seed out of the west, when they hit the mat at Skiatook High School. Other first-round matchups are likely to be Collinsville/Deer Creek, Duncan/Shawnee and Claremore/Harrah. Official pairings and times for dual state will be released on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association website ( on Monday.

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The Hulbert girls will rely on Allison Arnall for a deep playoff run in Class 2A Area III. Photo by Ben Johnson

Other regional opponents could include No. 7 Sallisaw Central (17-0), Canadian, Haskell, Porum, Okay or Warner. Zodrow, though, thinks her team is just as dangerous as anyone else. “We’re a team people should be scared of,” said Zodrow, whose team has won four of its last five games. “Because we are unpredictable.” Beyond the regional round, Hulbert could contend for a state-tournament berth at the area tournament at Coweta High School. Teams that could be in the

mix once area rolls around could be unbeaten No. 3 Oklahoma Union (19-0), No. 16 Pawnee (11-4), Summit Christian (9-9), Quapaw (11-6), Mounds (10-9), Wewoka (11-5) and Commerce (15-2). Regardless of the level of the playoffs, Zodrow knows Arnall will be the key to her team’s success. “Allison is playing so good right now,” said Zodrow of her sophomore guard, who recently set a career-high with 32 points against Vian. “All we have to do is keep her out of foul trouble.”

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By BARRY WILNER Associated Press DALLAS — Top draft choice, top rookie. St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Friday. The first overall selection in last year’s draft, Bradford guided the Rams from the embarrassment of a 1-15 record to a 7-9 mark. In the weak NFC West, that was good enough to contend for the division title; St. Louis lost out on a tiebreaker to Seattle. “I think the more I’m out there, the more comfortable I become,” Bradford said. “It’s been like that all year. There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs, but I feel like for the most part I’ve learned from my mistakes each week. I think the game’s stating to slow down a little bit, but I real-

ly still have a long way to go before I’m as comfortable as I want to be.” The voters certainly were comfortable with Bradford’s passing and leadership. He earned 44 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Only two other rookies received votes: Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams earned four, and Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey had two. Bradford is the fourth quarterback since 2004 to win the award. Before that, no quarterbacks had won it. “If you asked me before the season, I probably wouldn’t have said that we would have thrown the ball as much,” Bradford said. “As a quarterback, you love to throw the football. So the fact that our coaching staff feels comfortable with the ball in my hands just gives me confidence.”




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Mystique and tradition in Super Bowl By BARRY WILNER Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — NFL commissioners can’t root, so Roger Goodell will just sit back and smile as he watches this Super Bowl. A season that saw pro football claim boffo TV ratings and reach new heights of popularity — even as it dealt with a stream of off-field woes — will end with two classic, hard-nosed teams clashing in its championship game. “When you look at this matchup,” Goodell said, “and you say Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers — that’s football.” “This isn’t just about fans in western Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. They have national followings. And I think that is what’s so exciting for this country and the whole world. This is fun. This is celebrating the game that I love, that we all love, and I think this is

going to be a terrific night.” It’s hard to argue with the mystique and tradition that comes with this one, stretching all the way back to football’s blue-collar roots. The Steelers (144) already own the most Vince Lombardi Trophies (six), which must gall their opponents from Titletown USA. Pittsburgh goes for its seventh Super Bowl title Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Green Bay (13-6) has three, taking the first two Super Bowls under Lombardi’s guidance, and winning another in 1997. The Packers also took six NFL championship games before there was a Super Bowl. What’s funny, in this age of tweeting players and 24/7 Super Bowl week coverage, is that these teams would probably look familiar to the Steel-

ers and Packers of 1933, the first year both franchises were in the league. Both the Packers and the Steelers have 16 homegrown starters. Each has a dynamic defense led by the top two vote-getters for Defensive Player of the Year, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, the runner-up. Both have playmaking quarterbacks who have risen to elite status — although in entirely different manners. Just as the two teams went about getting to the Super Bowl in opposite ways: Pittsburgh as a division winner and second seed that won two home games, the Packers as a wild-card that hit the road for three victories over division champs. Through it all, there’s that

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3A Boys homa Secondary Schools Activities Association. “It’s going to be tough,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said after looking over the field in Area II. “Whoever picks up state berths will have earned them.” Despite being placed in an area with the second-ranked team (Verdigris), perhaps Sequoyah and Keys are fortunate not to be in Area IV — the area they were in last season. Area IV features two of the top-three teams in the state with No. 1 Okemah (16-1) and third-ranked Hugo (11-3).

history of success that bonds the Rooney family-owned Steelers and the communityowned Packers. “Coach (Mike) Tomlin uses the term with his players,” Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson says of the Steelers coach. “He says, ‘The standard is the standard.’ “Quite frankly, that philosophy seems to fit pretty good with us, too.” Yes, there’s the Steelers Way and the Packers Way. Through the Lambeau, Lombardi and Holmgren years in Green Bay, the Noll, Cowher and Tomlin years in Pittsburgh, the common thread has been sticking to your roots no matter how bumpy the journey. “I think the idea of having the right people in place and finding and keeping good people, that’s something that goes back to my grandfather and my father,” says Steelers President Art Rooney II.

Beyond Veridigris (17-1), Area II, which will be played out at Pryor High School, includes other ranked teams such as No. 7 Victory Christian (13-4), No. 13 Nowata (13-4), No. 15 Adair (13-4) and No. 17 Lincoln Christian (6-3). Only two teams in each area will earn state-tournament trips. Even though Okemah is atop the 3A charts, Herrin considers Verdigris the team to beat in the state. “I voted them No. 1 this week,” Herrin said. “I would probably say they’re the favorite.”

Ross Robbins and the Keys Cougars will host Vian in District 8 of the upcoming Class 3A playoffs. Keys was also awarded a sub-site in 3A Area II. Photo by Ben Johnson

The top half of Area II also includes Nowata, Adair and a team that Herrin thinks could be a darkhorse. “The wild card in the area is Sperry,” Herrin said. “They had a couple of kids hurt early on in the year, but they’re playing a lot better now.” To get to the area round, Sequoyah and Keys will have get past a regional field that includes Victory Christian, Salina, Kansas, Lincoln Christian, Westville and

Vian. Herrin, whose team will host Westville in District 7, said his team’s regional is loaded with a lot of talent. “Lincoln Christian has probably the best player in 3A,” said Herrin of the Bulldogs’ Clay Wilson, who averages roughly 30 points a game. “But he doesn’t have the talent around him like he’s had in the past.” If the Indians beat Westville, they would likely clash with Lincoln Christian in the first round of the regional tournament at the Muskogee Civic Center, which will be the primary site for the regional tournament. And beyond that could be potential matchups with Keys or Victory Christian — two teams that Sequoyah plays twice during the regular season — in the regional finals. “If we could get past Lincoln Christian, we’d have another tough matchup,” Herrin said. “Victory Christian is very talented, Salina is another good team and Keys is playing much better.” In fact, Keys has won five of its last six games to improve to 7-8. The Cougars will host Vian in District 8. Keys, who was awarded a regional sub-site, will host half of the regional’s firstround games before the tournament shifts to Muskogee. As for his team’s chances to make it to Oklahoma City and the state tournament, Herrin likes where his team is at right now. “I feel good about our team,” said Herrin, whose team has won five straight. “We’re starting to play better, and guys have started settling into their roles. I feel pretty good about our team.”

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LIVING I Around the Region

Health Coalition meeting set

A nice view from the square

The Cherokee County Community Health Coalition will have its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. until noon at Go Ye Village in Richardson Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Library to host coffee program

The Cherokee Courthouse Square provided a picturesque view on Friday as snow once again fell in Tahlequah. Photo by Josh Newton

The Tahlequah Public Library will be hosting a program called “Got Coffee?” featuring guest speaker Al Soto, owner of Espresso 911, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Soto will be talking about all kinds of coffee, as well as providing samples and doing demonstrations of Pour Over and French Press. The program is free to attend and is for anyone who loves coffee.

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Reminder about frigid temperatures We have faced some extremely frigid temperatures with plenty of snow and ice this week, and even though Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, it looks like spring and warmer temperatures are still going to be on hold for a few more days. Since 1887, Phil hasn’t seen his shadow 16 times, including last Wednesday. The Groundhog celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. In reality, Pennsylvania’s prophetic rodent doesn’t see much of anything. In fact, the result is actually decided in advance by 14 members of the Inner Circle, who put on tuxedos and top hats for the event. Phil won’t be worried about frozen water pipes, but some families in our area may be. In fact, some homes pipes have already frozen or even busted water pipes while the temperatures have been low. I thought it might be a good

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time to remind everyone how important it is to protect your home from the elements. Obviously frozen pipes are an inconvenience, but they also can cause damage to your home by leaking water. Some simple, cost-effective ways to help ensure the pipes in your home remain in good shape for the duration of the subfreezing temperature may include keeping the pipes as warm as possible; keeping the garage door closed; and making sure the foundation vents are closed any time the temperature is below the freezing mark. Also, disconnect any outdoor hoses to prevent ice from causing damage to the hose or coupling. Inside the house, you should open cabinet doors under all of the sinks to help circulate warm air. This is especially true for any plumbing that is on an exterior wall. Other ideas that may have some cost involved include

insulating the water pipes. Peek said insulating both hot and cold pipes in unheated areas such as crawl spaces, outer walls and attics can help reduce heat loss and helps protect pipes from freezing. Foam insulation tubs are fairly easy to install and cost just a few dollars for 6 feet of tubing. Homeowners and landlords also should consider sealing around water pipes where the pipes come into the house. Not only does this help protect the pipes from freezing, but also helps save on energy costs. Household pests such as bugs and mice will no longer be able to enter your home through openings around the pipes. For those who find themselves with frozen pipes, check to see if there is any dripping or standing water. If not, simply be patient. Open the faucet, and then slowly apply heat to the frozen area. One way to do this is with an electric hair dryer. Remember that water and electricity do not mix. It is not a good idea to use open torches on frozen pipes as this may cause even more serious damage.

I What’s Happening Monday, Feb. 7 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Much Ado About Knitting will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tahlequah Public Library. Beginners and advanced knitters are welcome. Call 456-0421. Baby Lap Time will be at 10 a.m. at the Tahlequah Public Library. Senior lunch is served daily at the Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Public town hall meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center. Eastside Al-Anon, for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at noon at 812 E. Ward (behind Braum’s). Cookson grief support group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Cookson United Methodist Church. Cookson Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m., at Cookson Methodist Mission. Northside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m., at 412 W. Seneca. Call 456-4856. “Remembering” Grief Recovery group will meet at 7 p.m. Call 431-3703 or 4560910 for information and meeting place. An abused women’s support group will meet in the First Assembly of God church every Monday at 7 p.m. Call 456-0910 or Mary Jo Cole at (918) 456-0672. Key to Freedom Narcotics Anonymous will meet at 8 p.m. at Unitarian Church, 104 N. College, downstairs. Tuesday, Feb. 8 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Cherokee County Community Health Coalition will have its meeting at 11 a.m. at Go Ye Village in Richardson Hall. Senior lunch is served daily at the Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Let’s Face It Al-Anon will meet at noon at 1112 Rozell,

off of Fourth St. For more information, call 453-2710 or 458-1977. Southside Alcoholics Anonymous smoking meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge game room. Eastside Al-Anon, for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward (behind Braum’s). Wednesday, Feb. 9 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Weight Watchers will meet at 9 a.m. (weigh-in 8:30 a.m.) one block north and one block east of Holiday Inn Express on Bypass. Senior lunch is served daily at the Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastside Al-Anon, for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at noon at 812 E. Ward (behind Braum’s). Call 458-5503. Autism Spectrum Disorder Play Group will be 3-5:30 p.m. at the Cookson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Call 457-1110 for more information. Youth Chess meets at 4 p.m. at the Tahlequah Public Library. Just for Today Narcotics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 104 N. College, downstairs. Thursday, Feb. 10 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Weight Watchers meets at 10 a.m., noon, 4 and 5:30 p.m., one block north and one block east of Holiday Inn Express on bypass. Senior lunch is served daily at the Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Let’s Face It Al-Anon will meet at noon at 1112 Rozell, off of Fourth St. Help is offered for friends and families affected by alcoholism. For more information, call 453-2710 or 458-1977. TOPS weight loss support group will meet at 5 p.m. at Go Ye Village, 1201 W. Fourth St. Call 458-5366. Southside Alcoholics Anonymous smoking meet-

ing will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge game room. Cherokee County Veterans Council bingo is at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW. Key to Freedom Narcotics Anonymous will meet at 8 p.m. at Unitarian Church, 104 N. College, downstairs. Eastside Al-Anon, for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward (behind Braum’s). Friday, Feb. 11 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Toddler Tales meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Tahlequah Public Library. Preschool Story hour is held at 10:30 a.m. Senior lunch is served daily at the Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastside Al-Anon, for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at noon at 812 E. Ward (behind Braum’s). Call 458-5503. TCP begins performances of “Leading Ladies” at Armory Municipal Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Northside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m., at 412 W. Seneca. Call 456-4856. Saturday, Feb. 12 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 a.m., noon and 8 p.m. at 812 E. Ward. Cookson TACO annual Valentine Steak Dinner on Mullens Lane in Cookson, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Leading Ladies” at Armory Municipal Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., at 812 E. Ward. Elephant Revival will perform at Unitarian Universalist Congregation with potluck at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7 p.m. Admission $10, 16 and under free. “Leading Ladies” at Armory Municipal Center. Doors open at 1 p.m., show starts at 2 p.m.

Homeowners should contact their plumber immediately if they begin to see evidence of leaking. Renters should contact the landlord. If you see evidence of a broken pipe, locate the water supply valve and shut it off. This will help minimize water damage to the home. Frozen or broken pipes are just one issue Oklahomans may face when the temperature is freezing or below for an extended period of time. Your best strategy is to try to prevent the pipes from freezing in the first place. If you are faced with frozen or broken pipes, taking quick action to restore comfort and prevent further damage is your best bet. Keep in mind that what you spend to insulate your pipes is minimal compared to the cost of repairing broken pipes and other damage the water will cause. Heather Winn is Extension educator, family and consumer sciences, for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Cherokee County.

COOKSON – The Tenkiller Area Community Organization invites everyone to attend its annual Valentine Steak Dinner, to be held at the TACO Building on Mullens Lane in Cookson, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Reservations must be made no later than Thursday, Feb. 10, by calling James Kenney at (918) 457-4915. The menu is rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, dessert and drink. Cost is $15 for one person and $25 for two.

UPC labels to help library The Tahlequah Public Library will be collecting UPC codes from Best Choice and Campbell’s items such as soups, Swanson, Pop-Secret, Spaghetti-O’s, Prego, Post cereals, V8 and Bic pens. The codes will help the library get free materials for customer use. For every 1,000 labels received, the library will receive $30. To help, save labels and deliver to the Tahlequah Public Library.

TCP puts on new dinner play Tahlequah Community Playhouse will present “Leading Ladies,” written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Craig Clifford and Ron Goosen, at the Armory Municipal Center auditorium, 100 N. Water St. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb.11-12 and Feb. 18-19, and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 20. Doors open and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, and the play at 2 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students 13 through college, and $12.50 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made by Tuesday the week of the performance. Reservation forms are available at and are also available at the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, Morris-Cragar and A Cowboy Rose florists. For more information, e-mail

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Financial gifts can bring smiles on Valentine’s Day

Grand openings

Williams and Williams, CPA The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the grand re-opening of Williams and Williams, CPA , 112 W. Choctaw Street. Williams and Williams is a full accounting firm, open since 1995. Attending the ribbon-cutting were, from left: Tom Merrell, Jerrie Brown, Brandon Gullett, Ann Wilkins, Jennifer Schnitzer, Joan Hatfield, Jerrod Vanderheiden, Lanny Williams, Isabel Baker, Malinda Bernard, Judy Williams, Mike Crawley, Dana Brashear, Jodeen Worth, Glenda Sullivan and Amber Fite.

Brown Insurance Agency The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the grand re-opening of Brown Insurance Agency, 112 W. Choctaw Street. Brown Insurance Agency has been in business since 1983 and recently opened a new office. Attending the ribbon-cutting were, from left: Malinda Bernard, Tom Merrell, Brandon Gullett, Dana Brashear, Deborah Hudgens, Ann Wilkins, Mary Joe Craig, Isabel Baker, Amber Fite, Michael Tindol, Judy Williams, Jerrie Brown, Jodeen Worth, Glenda Sullivan, Debra Lack, Joan Hatfield, Mike Crawley, Jerrod Vanderheiden and Lanny Williams.

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Volunteers needed for tax prep Free tax preparation assistance is provided to families and individuals who are eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit. Eligible families must have earned less than $50,000 and individuals less than $40,000. Assistance is also provided for persons receiving Social Security and those eligible for the Oklahoma Sales Tax Rebate. Free training is provided. This service has been provided at the Tahlequah Public Library for several years, and now needs new volunteers. For more information, call Joyce Varner at (918) 4563894.

NARFE to hold meeting Feb. 11 The Tahlequah area National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 656, will have its monthly luncheon meeting Friday, Feb. 11, at the Go Ye Village Cafeteria. The luncheon meeting will be begin at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. All federal active and retired employees are invited and encouraged to attend.

Senior computer class ongoing A basic computer class for seniors 60 years old and over will begin in January. Classes are being held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 23, 2011, from 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for each participant, and materials will be furnished. Meetings are at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center at 230 E. First St. For more information, or to sign up for this or future classes, call instructor Jenny Dameron at (918) 458-0342.


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certain charitable, educational or civic groups. By making a contribution to one or more of these groups, and designating the gift in your valentine’s name, you will be doing a good thing for your valentine, for the charity, and for yourself, too, because your gift may earn you some tax benefits. If you simply give cash, you can write off part of the value of your gift if it’s made to taxqualified charitable organization. And if you give an appreciated asset, such as stock, you’ll also avoid paying capital gains taxes, because when the stock is sold, it will be the charity, not you, taking the gain. • Make a debt payment. You might want to volunteer to pay your valentine’s car payment or credit card payment for a month, and then encourage your valentine to put the savings to work in an investment. The more debts any of us have, the less we have to invest for our future. • Check your beneficiary designations. If your valentine also happens to be your spouse, you’ll be doing him or her a favor by making sure the beneficiary designations are correct on your insurance policies and investment accounts. Through all the events of life, marriage, remarriage, new children, these designations can become outdated, so you’ll want to keep them current. By following any or all of these suggestions, you can help make sure your loved one will feel the glow of this year’s Valentine’s Day far into the future. John Juilfs is an investment representative with Edward Jones Investments.

Look out for carbon monoxide The snow storm that crippled much of the nation last week had one bright side: It wasn’t freezing rain. In the past 11 years, Oklahomans have seen far too many instances when the freezing rain caused wide spread power outages. Although the snow disrupted travel, it didn’t cause the power outages that freezing rain does. For that reason, there weren’t the number of carbon monoxide poisons that followed the 2007 Tulsa ice storm that sent over 40 people to hospitals with carbon monoxide complications. During those ice storms, there were numerous instances of portable generators being used without proper ventilation. The worry of a generator being stolen or rained on if left outside caused it to be placed in the garage and CO levels in the house increased to unsafe levels. A possible source of carbon monoxide poisonings that existed with this snow storm was the potential for snow drifts to cover the exhaust of a car as it warms up and allows carbon

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monoxide into the interior of the car. OSHA has established a maximum acceptable of CO exposure to 50 ppm over an eight-hour period. At higher levels of CO exposure, many people may experience general health symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. One study examined patients admitted to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms and found that 24 percent were actually suffering from sub-acute CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide concentrations and symptoms • 200 ppm: Mild headache after two to three hours of exposure. • 400 ppm: Headache and nausea after one to two hours. • 800 ppm: Headache, nausea and dizziness after 45 minutes; collapse after two hours.


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Each Valentine’s Day, Americans spend millions of dollars on candy and flowers. These are fine gifts, but after the chocolates are eaten and the roses have wilted, Valentine’s Day will just be a pleasant memory. But if you want to give a present that can benefit your valentine for years to come, why not give a financial gift? Here are a few creative ideas for doing just that: • Give shares of stock. Like everyone else, your valentine no doubt enjoys certain products or services. So why not give her or him shares of stock in the businesses that produce those goods and services? Your valentine will enjoy being an owner and may well use this newfound stock ownership to develop a greater interest in investing, and investing can help all of us work toward our financial goals. Keep in mind that, if you are giving away shares of your own stock, you should take note of your original purchase price; this information will be needed for tax purposes should your gift recipient ever sell the shares. • Contribute to an IRA. Does your valentine contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA? If so, he or she is making a wise move, because an IRA is one of the best tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement. Consequently, you’ll be doing your valentine a great service by helping him or her fund an IRA. While you can’t directly invest in someone else’s IRA, you can write that person a check for the same purpose. For the 2010 and 2011 tax years, the IRA contribution limit is $5,000, or $6,000 for investors 50 and older. And contributions for 2010 can be made right up until the tax-filing deadline. • Make a charitable gift in your valentine’s name. Your valentine may well support

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• 1000 ppm: Loss of consciousness after one hour. • 1600 ppm: Headache, nausea and dizziness after 20 minutes. • 3200 ppm: Immediate physiological effects; unconsciousness and danger of death after only one to three minutes. Carbon monoxide detectors use calibrated to sound the alarm if 50 ppm CO levels are reached. Another deadly practice is using the gas range as a supplemental source of heating. A utility company survey of New York City customers revealed more than half of the 340,000 households that didn’t have natural gas, heating systems were burning their gas ranges for heat. Unvented heaters have always drawn scrutiny from health officials. Some say those fixtures should be labeled room vented rather than vent less. Another official remarked that a vent less gas heater is like a drain-less sink. At last count, eight states refuse to allow vent less heaters, but the other 42 states account for 1,250,000 being sold in the U.S. in 1998.

To conform to indoor air quality guidelines, the industry recommends only using the heaters for four hours at time. Most would agree that during cold weather, ventfree fireplaces would be run much longer than four hours. One feature that experts seem to agree is worthwhile is the oxygen detection safety plot system. It monitors the level of oxygen in the room and shuts off the supply of gas if oxygen levels drop below a set level. Oxygen detection device become a requirement of the national product safety standard in 1980. Natural gas in the U.S. does not contain carbon but carbon monoxide may form if the gas is burned without an adequate air supply. Common carbon monoxide sources include vehicle exhaust, all gas engines, charcoal, wood fireplaces and stoves and fuel burning appliances. Each year, more than 500 Americans die from accidental CO poisoning and approximately 15,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Carbon monoxide has long been called the silent killer and all people and animals are at risk. It is important for everyone to be educated about possible sources of carbon monoxide and recognize the signs and symptoms. Roger Williams is Extension educator, agriculture, for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Cherokee County.

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Reasor joins TCH to boost customer satisfaction there Tahlequah native Josh Reasor is joining Tahlequah City Hospital as the new director of customer relations and marketing. Reasor brings more than 15 years of customer-relations experience to TCH from his time spent in the grocery industry. Reasor said customer service is the basic fundamental behind the success of Reasor’s Grocery. “I’m going to try to come into the hospital setting and implement that same level of service from the ground up,” said Reasor. Reasor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in marketing from Northeastern State University. He will work on several aspects of improving patients’ and visitors’ stay at TCH. “I will work to help improve patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction and the aesthetic look of the hospital, as


well as improve the waiting areas to make them a more family-friendly environment,” said Reasor. “It’s important when you’re a patient and you have family or friends visiting, you want them to have a pleasant experience and not dread coming to the hospital.” Reasor believes people should stay in Tahlequah for their care due to the health services provided locally. “You no longer have to go to a larger city to get the quality care you once needed,” said Reasor. “It’s all available here.”

Broadway theme set for Gala The sounds and characters of Broadway will be throughout the Northeastern State University Herb Rozell Ballroom during Tahlequah Hospital Foundation’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. The theme for this year’s event is “Hearts of Gold on Broadway,” and will feature music and characters from many popular Broadway shows such as “Will Rogers’ Follies,” “Chicago,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Special character guests will also mingle with attendees, including Captain and Maria von Trapp from “The Sound of Music”; Dolly Levi from “Hello Dolly”; King Arthur and Lady Guenevere from “Camelot”; and Don Quixote from “The Man of La Mancha.” Entertainment for the event is being presented by Studio Forte, a music studio specializing in vocal and piano instruction and entertainment, which recently opened in Tahlequah. “Being new to the area, we were thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Tahlequah City Hospital Foundation for this special event,” said Studio Forte Creative Director Shawn Arthur. “When we were told about the theme, it was a perfect fit

Shawn Arthur of Studio Forte performs for members of the Tahlequah Hospital Foundation board members. From left are: Chris Berry, LaDonna Caviness, and Katie Woodliff.

for our studio and our partner organizations.” Although new to Tahlequah, Arthur is not new to the stage. He has performed across the U.S. and around the world, including New York City and Las Vegas, as well as in Rome and across Europe. While in Rome, he had the privilege of being selected to perform a papal concert for the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

“Being asked to perform for the pope at the Vatican was probably the highlight of my career,” Arthur said. “The experience was absolutely amazing and was the opportunity of a lifetime.” This year marks the first time special entertainment besides the band for the dance will be in store for the gala, and a Broadway theme seemed to be the right match for the show.

Arthur was open to the theme, especially with the master of ceremonies of the event, former Miss America Susan Powell, who was a Broadway performer herself after her reign as Miss America. As part of the show, she and Arthur will perform “All I Ask of You,” the love duet from “Phantom of the Opera.” For ticket information to the event, call TCH at (918) 453-2373.

Cherokee Nation names hospital physicians The Cherokee Nation has named fpir physicians practicing at the tribe’s W.W. Hastings Hospital as hospitalists. Doctors Seth Yandell, Anna Miller, Owen Gilmore and Timothy Hsieh were all named to the position recently by Cherokee Nation Health Services officials. “We are very pleased with Cherokee Nation’s transition to a hospitalist service,” said Dr. Gloria Grim, medical director for the Cherokee Nation. “Our four hospitalists are very highly qualified and bring a higher level of care to our patients. The coordination among the four physicians and other staff has been greatly improved.” As hospitalists, the group will offer care for patients who come to the emergency room or who must stay in the hospital due to their illness or their procedure. The group works as a team with a patient’s other caregivers and will handle the patient’s care during their actual time spent in the hospital, enabling the patient to receive around-theclock care without the need

of waiting on their primary care physician to visit daily. Yandell attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he graduated with honors, and he did residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. After completing the residency program, he came to Hastings Hospital, and in January 2010, he became chief of adult medicine. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation, he is boardcertified in internal medicine and supervises the hospitalist program. A long-time public servant, Miller graduated from the Health Sciences School of Medicine of Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., and performed her internal medicine internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1990, she became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and has served in many leadership positions at Hastings Hospital, including chief of ambulatory care,

chief of the Adult Medicine Clinic and currently as chief of staff for the hospital. In 2010, she was deployed to Florida for the Haitian Repatriation effort. A respected and published author of numerous health care articles, she has received many honors and awards, including the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award. Gilmore graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and performed his residency at University of Arkansas in Fort Smith, where he specialized in family practice. He joined Hastings Hospital in 1997. He has served as the director of the Emergency Department and as clinical director. He also serves as the medical director for Hospice of the Cherokee. Hsieh earned a medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla and trained in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and at St. Vincent s Catholic Medical Centers of New York, fol-

Cherokee Nation Health Services has named four of its physicians as hospitalists for the tribe’s Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. From left are: Dr. Anna Miller, Dr. Seth Yandell, Dr. Owen Gilmore and Dr. Tim Hsieh.

Cherokee Nation to help local entrepreneurs get started The Cherokee Nation is offering an educational opportunity in February designed to give prospective business owners the tools to get started. For two consecutive Sundays, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, the tribe will host a two-part workshop aimed at teaching how to draw up business plans. Cherokee Nation Entrepreneur Development Manager Veronica Hix is scheduled to conduct the sessions.

She stresses the importance of having a quality business plan for those looking to become self-employed. “Business planning is fundamental to a successful business. For aspiring entrepreneurs seeking business funding, a good business plan is imperative,” said Hix. Part 1 of the Cherokee Nation’s business planning workshop takes place Feb. 20 and Part 2 will be held on Feb. 27. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the

Nation’s Osiyo Room, behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop, 17725 S. Muskogee Ave. The workshops are open to the public with a one-time registration fee of $15 due the first day. Seating is limited to 20 participants and attendees need to preregister by Feb. 18. For more information, or to sign up for the class, contact Valerie Diffee at (918) 453-5536 or

lowed by a geriatric medicine fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Weil Medical College. After working for three years at Hastings Hospi-

tal, he had a private practice in State College, Pa., before returning to Hastings in 2007. He is currently board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

The popularity of hospitalist programs has grown nationwide due to the benefits provided to the patient and their other health care providers.

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IN THE DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR CHEROKEE COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA TERRY L. DUNLAP and,) PHILLIP S. DUNLAP, ) Plaintiffs, ) vs. ) The known and ) unknown heirs, ) executors, administra- ) tors, devisees, ) trustees and assigns, ) of PHOEBE ) BRASWELL, deceased, ) AND ) DENISE TAYLOR, ) strictly in her capacity ) as Administratrix of ) the ESTATE OF ) PHOEBE BRASWELL, ) deceased, Cherokee ) County Case No. ) P-89-102, ) AND ) NORMA EGBERT, if ) living, or if deceased, ) and all of her ) known and unknown ) heirs, executors, ) administrators, ) devisees, trustees and ) assigns, ) AND ) AARON BRASWELL, ) if living, or if deceased, ) any and all of her ) known and unknown ) heirs, executors, ) administrators, ) devisees, trustees and ) assigns, ) AND ) EDGAR BRASWELL, ) if living, or if deceased, ) any and all of her ) known and unknown ) heirs, executors, ) administrators, ) devisees, trustees and ) assigns, )

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Tenkiller Lake Realty 1ancy Davey Owner/Broker

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PRETTY LA1D W/COMFORTABLE HOME. 7 acres M/L 4 animals. Paved roads, 2bed/2ba w/wood fireplace. Island kitchen, total electric. Fencing & land clearing done. 2 car carport, screened porch, decks, corral, cross-fencing, add. garage w/wood floor. HOME WARRANTY TO BUYER! $119,000 Nancy

1st X OFFERED WITH YEAR ROU1D LAKEVIEW In Airpark Community. 3bed/2ba, dining room & breakfast nook. Master with whirlpool, walk-in closet. Deck for lake viewing. 3car garage with openers & sink. Full brick with great curb appeal. Clean & Ready! $239,000 Nancy

LAKEVIEW A1D MORE!! 3BD/2BA with year around lakeview, hot tub, wrap-around decking, greenhouse & full walk-out basement. Possible 3rd BD or work-out room. Professionally landscaped, paved road & within a mile to the Carlile Cove boat ramp. $219,900 Amy

WELL-KEPT LIKE 1EW 2BD/1BA GEM. Updates 2007, great kitchen w/ stainless appliances. Open deck on East, covered patio on West. Guest cottage, storage building, in attractive backyard. Winter lake view, paved roads to Marina & ramp. Attached garage. $149,000 David

THIS ELEGA1T COU1TRY ESTATE HAS ONE OF MOST PRISTINE YR RD LAKEVIEWS ON TENKILLER! Panoramic Lakeview almost every room furnished 4 bd, 3 bath Private Chalet. FP, Off, Wet Bar, 2 Car gar, 3 carpts ovrsize gar w/shop, ac wb stove less than mile to marina! $420,000 Faye

SPECTACULAR YR-RD LAKEVIEW! New construction 3bd/2.5ba, custom, quality built. Stem walls, Anderson windows & doors, craftman staircase, Knotty Adler cabinets & trim, 2-story WB fireplace. Expansive deck, log-sided in gated community. Owner/Agent $435,000 Nancy

YEAR ROU1D LAKEVIEW from this Beautiful Cozy Log Cabin w/only a short walk to water. 2 Bds, 2 Baths w/Jacuzzi in Master Bdrm. Lg Kitchen w/granite countertops & Pantry. Fireplace, lg windows & wrap around deck overlooking lake. Storm shelter & 2 lg lots. $145,000 Faye

THIS LARGE 3 BED 2 1/2 BATH Remodeled home located in Paradise Hill within walking distance to Fin N Feather has partial summer view and full winter lakeview! Mostly furnished and ready to enjoy. Garage with carport and storage building. Screened in porch. $189,000 Michelle

PA1ARAMIC LAKEVIEW! 3 level furnished home nestled on popular Divers Ridge, 2 lots & garage. California cedar beam ceilings, fireplaces, oak cabinet/trim. Lge master suite w/fireplace & sitting room overlooking Lake. 2 decks, Borders Corp. Investment potential: convert to duplex. $249,000 David

1EAT, CLEA1 & COZY CABI1 in Tenkiller Harbor. 2Bd/1Ba cabin near the water on 4 lots with detached 2-car garage and extra shed for tools or storage. Additional room in house for possible 3rd bedroom. Jaccuzzi bath, great windows and lots of extra space. $74,500 Amy

SECLUDED & PRIVATE 4BD/2.5BA on a hillside with valley view. High $$ insulated windows, WB fireplace, skylights, hardwood/tile floors & full basement w bed, 1/2BA & utility closet. Detached garage w carport, additional carport and two XX storage buildings. $124,900 Amy

1ICE CUT STO1E HOME I1 PARADISE HILL Located on Corner Lot within walking distance to Fin N Feather resort! 2 Bed 2 Bath with Florida Room that is used as 3rd Bedroom. Fireplace, Updated Kitchen, Open Floor Plan, Large Storage Building w/A/C unit. $139,900 Michelle

8.25 ACRES, M/L, O1LY MI1UTES TO MARI1A! Winter Lakeview, 2 Mobile Homes (1 Doublewide, 1 Singlewide), Fireplace, rural water w/2 wells, 2 water taps, storm shelters, loafing shed, carport & storage shed. Circle Drive and cross-fenced. All on Blacktop Rd! $169,900 Faye

LOVELY BRICK HOME with 3 Beds and 2 Baths on 2 Acres MOL situated between Gore and Vian off HWY 64. Freshly painted, new laminate floors in living room, clean and ready to move in! $149,900 Michelle

JUST MI1UTES TO PI1E COVE MARI1A I1 A GATED COMMU1ITY. 3BD/2BA home in Pine Creek Estates. Extra insulation, circle drive and partial fence. $85,000 Amy



PARK HILL VILLAGE. Handicapped access all 3 buildings, perfect location for retail/professional. Genuine spruce logsinterior & exterior. Separate electric & septic all buildings. Covered entry porch, plenty of parking. Located just south of 62/82 junction. $219,000 Bill

MARI1A RESORT! Features 106 slip boat dock, lakeside motel suites, boat rentals, swim beach, separate marine store with full service and bathroom on dock. 24 slip mobile home park. $1,400,000 Call Bill Davey Tenkiller Lake Realty for Confidential Review of the Exclusive Business.

MAZIE LA1DI1G MARI1A! 98.2 AC, 38 boat slips, 38 trailer lots, 1,000 gal gas tank, 300 gal diesel, restaurant, marina owns equipment, present leassee has beer lic. Manager home-2 story, lakeside full deck, 4BD/3BA oak floors, pantry for more info. $749,000 CALL BILL

29.51 Acres $210,000 — Doug 80 Acres $119,800 — Doug 36.33 Acres $108,000 — Doug 3Lts, S. Creek W. Airpark $80,0001ancy 1.3Acres Lakeview Grey Squirrel $65,000 — 1ancy 15 Acres Illinois River $45,000 — Doug 7 Lots Ridge Route $30,750 — 1ancy 4 Lots Stone Creek on Ridge Route $20,000 each — David Lots, Woodhaven Starting @ $15,000 — 1ancy



Defendants. ) Case No. CV-11-03 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The State of Oklahoma to: The known and unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, of PHOEBE BRASWELL, deceased, and DENISE TAYLOR, strictly in her capacity as Administratrix of the ESTATE OF PHOEBE BRASWELL, deceased, Cherokee County Case No. P-89102, and NORMA EGBERT, if living, or if deceased, any and all of her known and unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, and AARON BRASWELL, if living, or if deceased, and all of her known and unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, and EDGAR BRASWELL, if living, or if deceased, any and all of her known and unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, Defendants. The said Defendants above named will take notice that the Plaintiffs, TERRY L. DUNLAP and PHILLIP S. DUNLAP, on the 18th day of January, 2011, filed their petition in the District Court of Cherokee County, State of Oklahoma, against the said Defendants, and said Defendants have been sued and must answer said petition herein on or before the 18th day of March, 2011, or said petition will be taken as true and a judgment rendered in said action for Quiet Title in favor of the Plaintiffs, and against said Defendants, upon the following described lands and prem-

ises situated in Cherokee County, State of Oklahoma, to wit: LOT 1, BLOCK 4, COOK’S REPLAT OF A PORTION OF RESERVOIR ADDITION TO THE CITY OF TAHLEQUAH, LESS AND EXCEPT THE EAST 150.00 FEET THEREOF. and forever barring and foreclosing said Defendants, and each of them, from any right, title, estate, interest, or equity of redemption in and to said lands and premises, or any part thereof. Dated this 18th day of January, 2011. /s/ J. Lance Hopkins, OBA #14852 219 W. Keetoowah Tahlequah, OK 74464 (918) 456-8603

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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