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Car fire closes street near the Union Asp Avenue between Boyd and Felgar Street was closed for two hours Monday night when a parked car caught fire just east of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. “When we arrived on the scene around 7:45 [p.m.]. We noticed smoke coming out of the hood of the car,” Norman Firefighter Ronny Davenport said. “After hosing down the front of the car, we opened the hood and put out the fire that was under the hood.” Davenport said after the main fire was taken care of, the Norman Fire Department sprayed down the rest of the

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Brooke Ward, multidisciplinary junior, who was inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union waiting to watch the Matt and Kim concert in Meacham Auditorium. “I got a call from OUPD and the said ‘your care was on fire’,” Ward said. Officials are unsure of what started the fire. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily


Brooke Ward, multidisciplinary junior, speaks to firefighters Monday night after her car unexpectedly caught on fire. Firefighters hosed down the car, which was parked on Asp Avenue near the Oklahoma Memorial Union.



The South Oval is decorated for Howdy Week, an annual event that welcomes students to campus. Many activities, including lunch giveaways and the Matt & Kim concert, are put on by the Union Programming Board. As classes kicked off Monday, Sooners were welcomed to campus with freebies and by members of the Howdy Week committee. Students were able to grab free food, attend a free concert and compete in a free Guitar Hero tournament, as part of a week packed with events. “[Howdy Week] is a great way to start your year off in the right direction and help you meet people and make new friends,” said Britan Mills, Howdy Week chairwoman and public relations junior. For the first time, Howdy Week is featuring local restaurants instead of Housing and Food services during the lunchtime giveaway. Featuring restaurants like In the Raw, Seven47 and Which Wich, provide students with a taste of Norman. The theme, Best Howdy Week Ever, is modeled after the “Best Week Ever” show on VH1, and a complete list of events can be found at Howdy Week will run through Friday.

Big Brothers Big Sisters suffers with economy Charity group experiences decline in both funding and participation NATASHA GOODELL The Oklahoma Daily

Students looking to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman will notice changes in the program as the economy affects the organization’s budget and, consequentially, fewer matches are made. The nonprofit organization is funded through donations and helps younger children find mentoring and friendship from young adults, typically at the college level. Diane Murphree, area director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland County, said their usual fall matching of 200 to 300 “bigs” to “littles” is estimated to drop to 50 to 60 matches this fall. This year, BBBS received less funding from the United Way of Norman due to their own budget cuts, which have forced BBBS to cut some staff members who are responsible for making the matches between “bigs” and “littles,” Murphree


said. Furthermore, BBBS cannot hire anyone new. Due to the decrease in office staff, fewer matches can be made and the waiting list for BBBS may lengthen. “All we [are thinking] about right now is trying to get more funding,” Murphree said. To continue creating matches, the office could use volunteers, Murphree said. The organization tries to match people with similar interests and hobbies so that when they meet, there will be an immediate bond. “I think it’s a really great organization to get involved in,” said Valerie Hall, public relations junior. “It’s good for someone who doesn’t have a good home life to have someone to look up to.” Hall will continue to meet this year with the same girl she met with last year. It has made her realize how fortunate she really is, she said. “You’re giving these kids attention that they might not be getting at home,” Murphree said. MERRILL JONES/THE DAILY She said the program is a lot of fun and that the kids really Budget cuts in the Big Brother Big Sister volunteer program have do look up to their “bigs.” Matt Deimund, finance and accounting junior, meets with left volunteers and children unmatched. BROTHERS CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


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Brothers Continues from page 1 a first grade boy every week and said the program taught him about the importance of giving young boys a male role model. “We don’t talk about deep stuff right now,” Deimund said. “But we could when he’s older.” Michael Hitsman, University College junior, said he sees this as a unique way to volunteer. “It’s almost a challenge to figure out how to help them out,” Hitsman said. “Each one has a different thing you can help them with, you just have to figure it out.” Hitsman said he hopes to sign up for the program this fall or spring semester. He has worked with this program for a year and a half already. “It’s not a hard program,” Murphree said. “But it’s a powerful one.”

CONTACT INFO To apply, call 364-3722 and make an appointment to be interviewed at the office. Stipulations: Volunteers must be committed to doing it for at least a year. Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters is only interviewing male volunteers for big brothers positions. Females interested in volunteering are encouraged to assist in the office.


The above photo shows the process by which glass slides are attached to the GeoChip. Research Center to be analyzed by the GeoChip, Van Nostrand said. Zhou said he has worked with more than 50 researchers from different universities over the past 10 years to create the GeoChip, with funding from three sources: the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The current GeoChip is the fourth model of the device. “This is a continuous process,” Zhou said. “Every two years we will have a new generation of the GeoChip.” There has been talk of creating specialized GeoChips for specific functions, such as detecting things that cause disease, Van Nostrand said.

Book vouchers must be used for books Students waiting on financial aid not able to redeem vouchers CAITLIN HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily

OU hands out thousands of dollars in textbook money to numerous students every semester. But it’s clear some students aren’t always spending that money — or at least all of it — on its intended purpose. Beth Anne Underwood, social sciences and organizational studies junior, receives a textbook allowance check every semester through Sooner Promise, a financial aid program partnered with the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program. She discovered, however, that she was not required to use the check for books only. “When they give it to you in a check form, they don’t know,” Underwood said. “I never spend that amount on books. They’ve never really given me any guidelines with it.” Students who qualify can also receive a short-term loan between $500 and $1,000, said Matt Hamilton, registrar and associate vice president. The money is available

to students who have applied for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but have not yet received it. He said most students who receive the loans typically obtain them for rent or other living expenses. However, there is no rule against spending the money on books, and some students probably have, he said. Book vouchers, on the other hand, cannot be redeemed for cash. The vouchers, for buying only books and school supplies at the University Bookstore, are available at the beginning of each semester to students who have not yet received their financial aid. Full-time vouchers are $555, and parttime vouchers are $375. “If the student doesn’t have their aid yet, needless to say, we want them to have books,” Hamilton said. “The quickest thing to do is to give them a book voucher.” Hamilton said any rumors of students cashing book vouchers are strictly false. “That’s impossible for that to happen, because book vouchers are actually activated by loading the student’s Sooner ID with an electronic credit, and that credit can only be used at the OU Bookstore,” Hamilton said. “So basically if someone has been issued a

book voucher ... it doesn’t work anywhere else. There could have been some confusion, maybe somebody was getting a short term-loan and they cashed and used it for something besides books.” Leftover book voucher money is placed into a student’s bursar account if he or she does not use the entire fund. Andrew Mace, finance junior, said he did not understand this when he received a voucher his first semester of college. “So I just used it all,” Mace said. “I guess the knowledge about it wasn’t that great on my part when I was a freshman.” Since then, Mace has received a financial aid check every semester instead of the virtual voucher and said he usually spends at least $400 of the $555 on books. “You can draw as much of it as you need, up to $555, for your books for the program that I’m on,” Mace said. “I normally get the full $555, and I go out and get books with it.” As for the rest of the money, Mace said he saves it for other expenses. “I like getting the check better. It goes in my bank account and I have control over the money,” he said. “So it’s just a lot easier.”

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Trend-settin’ Sooner

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A look at Norman’s fashion sense. BY JAMIE BIRDWELL

SexEd from a former Sexpert. BY ROSIE SONTHEIMER

When you think of Norman, Okla., the first thought that comes to mind probably isn’t trendy. But with many boutiques and college influence, Norman is as savvy as any major city. Historic Campus Corner is conveniently close to campus and is full of small boutiques that carry the latest in fashion. “For Oklahoma, OU is pretty fashion forward,” says Amanda Clark, owner of clothing store Blush. “Because of the college campus, people push each other to wear new things.”



Although the “college uniform” across campus tends to be Nike shorts, Ugg boots and white v-neck t-shirts, Norman still has much to offer in clothing, says Kara Stoltenberg, sales associate for clothing store Lucca. Oklahoma, not exactly known for its trends, is starting to get behind the fashion movement with fashion Internet blogs and access to magazines and television shows that depict what good fashion is on the East and West Coasts. Barbara Fite, manager of clothing and home accessories store Antique Garden, says that OU is home to an eclectic array of trends. Fite says right now people are going back to wearing anything oversized, such as boyfriend shirts and looser fitting jeans, but also sees sporty, hippie and preppy trends here on campus. Both Fite and Clark say that dresses and skirts are their hottest items and are a good summer alternative to shorts. Smocked dresses with Mexican style patterns are starting to appear in stores like Lucca, says Caitlin Turner, sales associate. In general, an array of patterns can be seen all over campus, ranging from plaid and tiedye to stripes and paisley. Jeans can usually be seen in skinny or boot cut form. For guys, darker jeans are worn for dressier occasions and can easily be paired with a graphic t-shirt or button up, Turner says. Although OU campus has a wide variety of fashion trends, there are certain things that just don’t make the cut around here. Wide leg jeans failed to take off, Fite says. And another item that wasn’t popular last summer, the short jumpsuit, is being requested right now, Clark says. In general, OU students aren’t particular to brand or style, but just wear what fits them best. “We dress up for date nights and parties, but for the most part we’re really casual,” Fite says.

We see it plastered all over the place: on our television sets, at the movies, on magazine covers and just about any other place Americans’ eyes may see. But how much do people really know about sex? How much do we really need to know? While crucial for everyone, college students especially need to be educated about sex, many of whom do not get proper sexual education but who are partaking in sexual activity. According to the Guttmacher Institute, one of the leading informational groups in sexual and reproductive health, “Nearly half (46 percent) of all 15-19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once.” But with abstinence only initiatives—including Oklahoma’s own K.E.E.P (Kids Eagerly Endorsing Purity)—many young adults enter their sexual endeavors and the OU campus with little ability to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, OU offers many educational programs aimed at giving students a comprehensive sexual education. Campus’ main group of sexual educators are the “Sexperts,” who partner with the Women’s Outreach Center to provide information about health and responsibility when it comes to sex. “Sexperts was started by student volunteers in the Women’s Outreach Center concerned that their peers were not receiving medically accurate information about STD’s and pregnancy prevention,” says Kathy Moxley, director of the Women’s Outreach Center. Moxley says that student groups, residence halls, Greek organizations and classrooms can request for a free Sexpert presentation. Most importantly, “The program doesn’t aim to change anyone’s values,” Moxley says. “There are certainly many participants in the presentations who are not sexually active but at some point may choose to have sex, and we want to be sure they know how to protect themselves.” OU Sexpert and accounting senior, Bobby Mace, says that for the most part, students seem to be unaware of the information being discussed at presentations. “We get one or two people at each presentation that seem to know what’s going on, but that vast majority of people are usually clueless about what we discuss,” Mace says. Mace says that parents really need to educate themselves about sex and then, in turn, educate their children. “People have sex,” Mace says. “It happens, and to ignore that is to put you and your child at risk.” And while a lot of the pressure can be put on women to partake in safe sex, Mace also emphasized the fact that men must be responsible in sexual situations and be respectful of their partners.

HAIR Larry Walker, owner of Impressions salon on Campus Corner, says that hairstyles on campus tend to be a little more conservative than in bigger cities. For girls, shorter hair is still very popular. And for girls with longer hair, there is no longer a huge emphasis on having straight hair. Instead, girls on campus opt for a textured look that allows the hair to take its natural curl pattern (or use products to fake it). For guys on campus, more length and more texturing is very popular, although there’s less emphasis on product use. Pomades, gels, waxes and spray gels are all very popular styling tools that students buy and use. All in all, store owners and fashion enthusiasts find Norman and OU campus to be a great spot for trends and fashion. “OU’s a great spot to watch,” Fite says. “You can find anything.” s



ACCESSORIES Just like clothing, accessories on OU’s campus tend to be in a wide variety and multiple colors and styles. Scarves are a huge accessory on campus, says Cerry Leffler, owner of Milano’s Accessories. Costume jewelry is very popular as well, coming in lots of fun colors and are very affordable, allowing the customer to buy more. On campus, people tend to buy the jewelry and accessories that are more unique and that you wouldn’t be able to find in a department store, she says. Turner says accessories at Lucca go fast and many popular items include headwear that have peacock feathers, flowers and anything large that is worn on the side of the head. For guys, rings and bracelets are a common accessory that is bought. Cuff links aren’t very popular right now, but are starting to make a comeback, Leffler says. Guys also look for unusual and unique ties that differ from the standard ones sold at JCPenney or Dillards, she says. For shoes, one of the most popular brands is TOMS, which are comfortable flats that come in a variety of colors and can be worn on girls and guys, Turner says. Gladiator sandals and flip-flops are also very popular with girls on campus.

STATS BY THE NUMBERS 17: the average age of first sexual encounter 90: the percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year if no contraception is used 74: the percent of sexually experienced female teens that used contraception the first time they had sex 82: the percent of sexually experienced male teens that used contraception the first time they had sex 21: the number of states that explicitly allow minors contraceptive services without parental consent 18.9: the number, in millions, of new STI cases each year 9.1: the number, in millions, of new STI cases occurring among 15-24-year-olds

8: the number, in billions, of dollars spent annually to diagnose and treat STIs (not including HIV)

MYTH VS. FACT Myth: AIDS is a homosexual disease that only men get. Fact: Heterosexual transmission accounts for a large proportion of newly diagnosed HIV cases amongst women. Myth: I will know, right away, if I have an STI. Fact: Many STIs are “silent”, in that they cause few symptoms and can be diagnosed only though testing. Myth: I am not having vaginal sex therefore I cannot get an STI. Fact: Many STIs can be transmitted through oral sex or skin-to-skin contact. Myth: Condoms are not effective. Fact: When used correctly and consistently, condoms are 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and highly effective at preventing HIV and many STIs. Myth: Abstinence-only education reduces sexual activity. Fact: Abstinence-only programs have not been proven to reduce sexual activity at all.


For those already engaging in or preparing for sexual activity, OU Health Services has a wide range of options for students who wish to responsibly practice sex. OU Health Services health promotion coordinator Maggie Pool says that Goddard Health Center offers a variety of sexual health services. Goddard has an on-site pharmacy with everything from condoms to emergency contraception available. “Services include annual exams with pap testing, breast exams, pre and post conception counseling and planning, health maintenance and counseling, testing and treatment for infections, colposcopy procedures and

contraceptive options,” Pool says. Additionally, the Women’s Center makes referrals for positive pregnancy tests. Whether you plan on engaging in sex during college or not, it is important to know the information and facts. You need to prepare yourself for the time when you are ready to have sex or to help inform your sexually active friends on ways to keep themselves safe and healthy. Knowledge and responsibility are crucial factors when it comes to sex if you already are or intend to be sexually active, so make sure you know the full story behind the birds and the bees. s

LOCAL STD TESTING SITES Goddard: walk-in HIV ($15), Chlamydia and Gonorrhea ($25) Norman Health Department: walk-ins only, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea (free) Norman Planned Parenthood: office visit ($35) + Chlamydia and Gonorrhea ($57), HIV ($70), Syphilis ($20)



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OU Stephenson Research and Technology Center researchers recently earned a spot in the 2009 R&D 100 for the GeoChip, a new technology that is capable of quickly and cheaply identifying functioning microorganisms in a scientific sample. “This is the highest honor for technology development,” said Jizhong Zhou, principal researcher and Presidential Professor of the OU Department of Botany and Microbiology. R&D Magazine announced the GeoChip’s selection as one of the R&D 100 in an article dated Aug. 6. The magazine produces the list to honor the top 100 technological achievements of each year. “We are the pioneer in the world in this technology,” Zhou said. “Nobody else has it. We are the only group.” Joy D. Van Nostrand, a researcher on the project and a post-doctoral research associate said that, at a glance, the GeoChip looks like a regular glass microscope slide.


JARED RADER The Oklahoma Daily

However, a chemical is added to attach thousands of genetic probes to the slide’s surface that can recognize the genes of more than 50,000 microorganisms at once, Van Nostrand said. The GeoChip makes it easier to quickly recognize what genes are functioning in samples of soil, water and other substances. Van Nostrand said the GeoChip is especially useful for identifying microorganisms in contaminated environments such as soil or water. Once the GeoChip knows exactly what the contaminants are, scientists can decide how to fix the contamination. The GeoChip can also be used to test microbial samples in the air as well as human and animal bodies, according to the award application provided by Van Nostrand. Zhou said before the GeoChip’s development, the process of testing for individual genes was painstaking because scientists often do not know what they are initially looking for. “They used to identify organisms one-byone, gene-by-gene,” Zhou said. “Now you can do this simultaneously, so it is much cheaper, much quicker and you can gain information which you could not before.” Researchers from around the world send scientific samples to the Stephenson


Researchers design GeoChip to aid future research

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Student massage therapists offers service to students JACKIE LUSTIG The Oklahoma Daily

Juggling classes and work together is common for college students, but one junior has the pleasure of being her own boss. Katie Clark, film and video studies junior, is the owner of Chimaera Massage. She said she is optimistic about balancing time between school and work. “Right now I am enrolled in 15 hours of class but may drop to 12 if business gets hectic,” Clark said. She started her own massage therapy business this summer after training for five months at Red Door Remedy in Edmond. She said she thought her business would be more successful than Red Door Remedy, as it provides outcall services and is in a location closer to the University of Oklahoma. Clark’s business partner, Nik Jansen, helped with the development of the business and building plans, and obtained a loan to start the business. “Getting the business was kind of crazy, but I’m glad we did it,” said Jansen. Whenever she is not in classes, Clark is at work, managing the office and giving massages. “I’m sure our system will have some quirks at first since we have not operated during the school year yet,” Clark said. “But I know that the services at Chimaera Massage will leave people feeling relaxed and stress free.” Clark’s staff of five therapists offers a variety of services. “The professional atmosphere is refreshing and a pleasure to work in,” said Krista Pfeifer, massage therapist at Chimaera Massage. Clark said she will expand her business services by sending a team of therapists to the dorms to perform massages on students at discounted rates.

“It’s a great way to help students clear One unique aspect of the business their minds and relax, since starting is its joint function as a local art gallery college can be a stressful time,” Clark that displays student work. said. “All of the art on our walls is made by The Chimaera team charges $50 for local artists or students around Norman one hour and $30 for half an hour, wav- who want exposure,” Clark said. ing the normal outcall fee for students The art is on display at Chimaera in the dorms. Massage and is on sale to the public. “We want to reach more of the student clientele along with student athCHIMAERA MASSAGE letes, since our business is primarily 514 PORTER AVE. based on adults from Oklahoma City 405-881-4016 and Norman,” she said. HOURS: 10 A.M. TO 8 P.M. Chimaera Massage is also looking to grow in services and staff by expanding their therapeutic services. “We are looking to get an acupuncturist and individuals who specialize in other massage modalities, such as Thai massage, as well as offering healing services specifically for geriatrics and individuals who’ve been injured in car accidents,” Clark said. New additions to Chimaera Massage include satin scrubs and detoxifying seaweed wraps as incall-only services. “S c r u b s a n d wraps are my personal favorite and serve to soften the skin and help flush icky stuff from the subcuMERRILL JONES/THE DAILY taneous layer and Katie Clark, film and video studies junior, massages a customer lymphatic system Saturday afternoon at Chimaera Massage. Clark had been workwhile toning the ing out of Edmond, but recently opened her business in Norman skin,” she said. at 514 N. Porter Ave.

Students find alternative to high-priced textbooks Get textbooks for less by renting or shopping online for better deals

Brandon Collins, instrumental music education junior, said he typically compares prices between local bookstores, but is open to the idea of shopping online and renting, although he hasn’t before. JACQUELINE JOHNSRUD The Oklahoma Daily “I shop at the University Bookstore, [and value the] convenience, but I should be shopping online,” Collins said. A new Norman store, The Peoples Bookstore, allows stuTo save money on textbooks, many students have started renting and ordering online, while others still prefer the con- dents to rent textbooks and save about $100 compared to college bookstores, said owner Regina Ferguson. venience and security of buying at local bookstores. “We offer books to students for less than the bookstore,” she said, after experiencing textbook price markups first-hand while working at a community college bookstore. “I was given a price gun and told how to mark them up,” Ferguson said. Students who use The Peoples Bookstore pay a $50 membership fee and rent books for 50 to 75 percent of the cost to buy. Ferguson said renting may only be advantageous for some students, however. “Renting may not be the cheapest, but take time to find the best option for you,” she said. For students, buying and selling their books online, timing is the most important part, said spokesman Scott Laming. “Buy books as early as possible and sell as early as possible to get the best possible deal,” Laming said. Web sites such as provide students with a forum to buy and sell books. “[Students] find cheaper deals online because demand and supply is spread over a larger area,” Laming said. Those uninterested in Internet surfing may still find bookstores the best option. In the midst of economic struggles and technological advances, Ratcliffe’s Textbooks in Stubbeman Place hasn’t noticed a shift away from buying and selling textbooks, said Ratcliffe’s manager Charissa Siebert. Siebert said students should take care of their books and sell them back in a timely fashion. By PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELI HULL/THE DAILY buying used and considering loose-leaf alternatives, students can save money up-front, although With sky-high textbook prices, students are left to cough up the cash to buy it may jeopardize the buyback value. the expensive class necessities.

Men’s Soccer Club Tryouts

CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon and a welcome dinner at 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

TOMORROW CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at 12:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. HUSTON HUFFMAN CENTER The Huston Huffman Center will host an Introductory Captain’s Meeting for Intramural Sports at 7:30 p.m. in the Huston Huffman Center’s room 129. NORMAN OKLAHOMA SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION The Norman Oklahoma Science Fiction Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. at New York Pizza on Boyd Street. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ will meet at 9 p.m. in the Santee Lounge in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled by the Norman Police Department and the OUPD. All people listed below are innocent until proven guilty. COUNTY WARRANT Logan Michael Brown, 40, 12000 E. Tecumseh Road, Saturday Kimberly Ann Taylor, 44, 601 12th Ave., Sunday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Jerry Matthew Bryan, 19, Crystal Spring Drive, Saturday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Ryan Jo Cole, 26, 2200 W. Brooks St., Sunday Sonny John, 41, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday Joseph Mark Nick, 22, 1620 Stubbeman Ave., Saturday Dustin Wayne Smith, 27, 2200 W. Brooks St., Sunday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA James Edward Doner, 21, 1900 Ann-Branden Blvd., Saturday PETTY LARCENY Todd Benjamin Hampton, 24, 333 N. Interstate Drive East, Saturday MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL Michael Joseph Harris, 18, 1502 Lindale Circle, Sunday, also cited for obstructing an officer Kelsee Jade Seckel, 20, 1111 Oak Tree Ave., Saturday DISTURBING THE PEACE William Joseph Keller-Anderson, 24, 1029 W. Apache St., Sunday

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In response to Monday’s article, “New financial aid Web site cause of problems”


i had a completely different experience! They were rude wouldn’t tell me what was going on and pretended like it was all my fault that i filled everything out and turned it in on time and still had nothing

completed. They really do need to practice being nice and doing their job! -freak197



Volunteer positions open to help youth mentoring program Since the economic depression started, it has affected the budgets of several businesses and organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman. The nonprofit, which relies heavily on OU students to volunteer, has had to dramatically cut the number of spots available for mentors that can be matched to Norman children involved in the program due to budget restraints (see page 1 for details). And although these forced cutbacks can be disheartening to people who want to get involved, don’t be discouraged. There are still plenty of opportunities to help out with the program. The organization has too many young boys and not enough male volunteers. Applicants are put through a thorough selection process, but we encourage all male OU students to apply to

mentor a young boy. And mentoring can be fun. The program represents a great opportunity to give back to the community in a way that doesn’t feel like work at all. Basically, mentors, or “bigs,” just hang out with the children, or “littles,” they are assigned. And if you are a female OU student, you can also get involved with the program, even if female mentoring spots are limited. The budget constraints that forced the organization to let go of paid staff members in charge of matching “bigs” with “littles” have opened up opportunities to work as volunteer matchers. You may think your contributions will not be significant, but every little bit helps, especially during tough times. For more information on how to get involved, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman at 405364-3722.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I was so excited to see that the opinion section of The Oklahoma Daily had decided to publish works in the vein of other sarcastic publications like The Onion, for example. The article, “One columnist’s proof for the existence of God” was hysterical! As an ardent Pastafarian, I have also witnessed those annoying atheists and their unentertaining dogma of the scientific method and skepticism. Honestly, I think Huff said it best when he mentions, “…I believe that if an idea is really simple, it’s probably [not] true…” I could not agree more! Let us forget about the scientific way to explain the evolutionary need for morality in social creatures – that is too simple! Let’s say God did it. Obviously, the more accurate example is the more complex one, right Josh? Personally, and I mean this as no slight to those who practice Christianity, Islam, Judaism or whatever, I feel that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is really the most complex solution to any number of Earthly dilemmas. While I write this letter, I’m adorned from head to toe in a full pirate regalia (a decree from the Noodly One Himself) quietly contemplating how exactly our LORD, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, went about throwing His Noodly Appendage into every skeptic’s brain. Just imagine the complexity needed to do that and still make those skeptical findings appear accurate. However, it is unnecessary to worry about it because, “it’s just way too complicated.”

The joke is on those who refuse to believe in Him; unbeknownst to those naysayers, His Noodly Appendage is the only mechanism capable of making our universe of unicorns and lollipops into something that looks scientific, let alone, accurate. Our LORD is nothing if not complex. I could write volumes just to describe one act of Him passing through matter. I cannot in this letter due to time and length constraints, but I assure you, it would take years to fully put into words merely one act of His goodness. I refuse to sit back and idly watch as scientific thought that begs skepticism of even its own conclusions takes the front seats of the bus while demons, unicorns and of course, the Flying Spaghetti Monster are forced to stand. I could continue to offer a million reasons (literally) why this cannot continue, but He has a hair appointment in 20 minutes. He is a bit shy and hates when His followers go on and on about Him, and you’ll believe it anyway because skeptics don’t get to go to the party with Santa Claus, faeries and the Easter Bunny. Who would want to miss that? Sincerely, your brother in blindness, Brent Greyson College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student

Twitter condenses life to a mere 140 characters or fewer The social networking Web site Twitter is growing as fast as ever, and it doesn’t look like the growth will stop anytime soon. For those of you not familiar with Twitter, allow me to elucidate: Twitter is a Web site that allows users to comCAMERON m u MASINGALE nicate w i t h whomever they choose (friends, family, complete strangers, etc.) via “tweets,” or short messages consisting of no more than 140 characters. What you just read is over 400 characters with spaces, which begs the question: What could one possible write that does not exceed the character limit and still be of any value? Not only are the hordes of these “microbloggers” condensing their entire day or week into a sentence, they are abbreviating inane catchphrases and turning them into ready-to-use acronyms. One of the more popular abbreviated phrases is “FML,” an acronym used to convey extreme displeasure: enough to ostensibly ruin the life of the user. Some of you may be wondering why the condensing of information is a problem at all, as most of the followers of a single Twitter user typically

know the person they are following in real life, allowing them to understand and keep up with that user’s life without Twitter. But what I find strange is the number of Twitter users who also have Facebooks and/or Myspaces. Is a friend supposed to start at Myspace, read a blog, move on to Facebook to look at a note or online quiz results and, finally, read a tweet? It’s striking how actual contact with another human being is passed over in favor of a comment on Twitter. Those who are members of the social networking trifecta are allowing the world to get a cursory summation of their entire life. But is this a good thing? Probably not. Many people aren’t smart enough to censor their posts, fomenting dramatic Internet wars, opening themselves up for ridicule, and/or being subjected to criticism or termination at the workplace. What really eludes me is Twitter’s popularity, because the Web site is incredibly useless. Ev e r y t w e e t c o u l d be a Facebook status or Myspace post, yet the number of users is still rising. And something I find very strange is the site’s term for subscribers: followers. Religions have followers; Web sites should h av e s u b s c r i b e r s o r “friends,” not “followers.”

Does the title given to subscribers make the one being subscribed to a nominal “leader?” It can be said that Twitter is a site that provides users with a false sense of importance to justify their pointless tweets. One can only imagine the future of social networking sites in the vein of Twitter — an entire week condensed into a single symbol or character, perhaps a symbol created by the Web site itself. Perhaps the future of Internet communication will be based entirely on symbols, extending human languages. Of course that is purely speculation, but look at Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Many of the technological advances that were purely speculation have now, in some version or another, become a reality. These include interactive television, the “Seashell” ear pieces, both analogues, to the contemporary Wii and iPod. If you really want to get people to read about your life, start writing real blogs, or better yet, write a biography. Sites like Twitter contribute to an ongoing abbreviation of facts, turning information into footnotes. Oh, and be sure to check out The Oklahoma Daily at oudaily.

Cameron Masingale is a broadcast journalism junior.


Space program still relevant despite waning public interest A small crowd of tourists filed along the and confident that the shuttle would indeed roped queue into the dim theater. On the successfully arrive at the International Space stage there were props that looked like they Station. came from the mission control room I was fortunate to be among of Apollo 13. Above the stage three that audience on March 15, watchtelevision monitors displayed views ing the launch of the STS-119 misof the space shuttle Discovery as it was sion in the auditorium in Johnson being prepared for launch with one Space Center in Houston. screen displaying profiles and shots of If I could not be in Florida the astronauts. watching a launch in person at The astronauts were already seated Cape Canaveral then that was the inside the shuttle. After the crowd was next best thing. Since visiting the seated, a nervous young man came SARAH Johnson Space center that day, I out and explained that the space shut- ROSENCRANS have become convinced that NASA tle Discovery, after a month of delays, is worth funding and that space exwas about to take off for a flight to the ploration is worth continuing and International Space Station. supporting. They were to deliver and install additional It is a mark of success that so many peosolar arrays to increase available electricity, ple could open their newspapers or home supplies, and to send a fresh Japanese astro- pages on March 16 and note casually that naut to replace another who had been living Discovery’s launch had been successful. on the space station for several months. After the exciting Apollo era missions to the Shortly after he explained this, the count- moon, space exploration has become reladown began. tively commonplace in the public mind. “3-2-1…this is the shuttle liftoff!” Surprisingly though, we really know very The engines roared and the shuttle lifted little about the universe in comparison to straight up in a cloud of fire and smoke. The its size. That is what NASA does; it explores official commentary continued, noting speed space to make it useful and relevant to Earth. and progress. When the boosters fell off toStill, the average person on the street may ward the ocean and the shuttle finally es- wonder why the government should contincaped through the last layer of atmosphere, ue to fund such a technologically expensive the audience applauded and made their way program when it is already drowning in debt to the exit excited by the successful launch and many other needs, such as poverty and

war, cry out for immediate attention. After all, what does the launching of powerful rockets and building a massive space laboratory have to do with creating jobs and making peace in the Middle East? NASA is relevant because the technologies developed to aid space exploration are often useful on Earth. And the romance of exploration makes the idea of rocketing into space exciting for its own sake. So what technology has NASA given us? The real question is where to start. Space technology is used every day from wireless headsets, the satellites that provide TV channels and radio, to the improved shock absorbency of athletic shoes, to the temper foam in mattresses and pillows, to the de-icing systems on airplanes, to the safety grooving of concrete, to the improved design of prosthetic limbs, to plasma TVs and the open refrigeration displays in grocery stores. NASA is also important in developing green technologies for cars and homes. Many of these have and will come from the International Space Station, which must be very energy efficient because of its self-contained nature. A method of turning urine into drinking water is one such technology from the space station that could benefit people in desert regions. The International Space Station is also a wonderful effort in international cooperation beyond ordinary diplomacy. NASA

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technologies are so much a part of our everyday life and future that it is ungrateful to call our tax dollars wasted. Furthermore, for the fiscal year 2009 NASA has been allotted $17.8 billion, a small percentage of the national budget. The total discretionary budget resources for 2009 are around $1.2 trillion. Eighteen billion dollars is a small price to pay for being on the forefront of developing science and technology. It is a small price considering that the defense budget is $655 billion. And it is also a small price considering that NASA does not have enough money to carry out the congressionally assigned mission to locate 90 percent of Earth-threatening asteroids, as reported in an Aug. 12 Associated Press article. And, yes, asteroids have hit the Earth in the past, so it would be useful to know if and when they will strike again. Perhaps NASA needs to restructure its budget, or seek private funding, but it will never be useless or irrelevant. Space exploration is as relevant today as the exploration of the American West was to our nineteenth century ancestors. It may not be our Manifest Destiny, but it is the new frontier for understanding the universe and the planet we inhabit. Sarah Rosencrans is a zoology and biomedical science senior.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


SLAIN OKLA. PASTOR ‘JUST LOVED PEOPLE’ ANADARKO — A pastor who came alone to a small church in southwest Oklahoma every Sunday on the chance that someone would join her to pray was found slain inside the weathered building, police said Monday, but who would want to kill her was a mystery. Police found 61-year-old Carol Daniels of Oklahoma City dead about noon Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko, housed in an A-frame building just a block from the police station in the town of about 6,600 people. Trauma to Daniels’ body indicated foul play, said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Brown would not disclose details, including how, when or where Daniels died. An autopsy was to be done Monday. Daniels was found after police were asked to check on her, Brown said, but declined to say who requested that police do so. Police in Anadarko, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, referred all questions about the case to the state police agency. While the church did not have a regular congregation, Brown said, Daniels was there every Sunday in case people came in to pray or hear a sermon. “She went with the expectation of someone wanting to seek the Lord,” her mother, Charlesetta Dunlap said. “She felt that if she was there it gave them the opportunity. “As the Lord leads, so she would do.” Kevin Cheadle of Anadarko, who attends St. Paul United Methodist


A pastor was killed and her body was found inside her Pentecostal church, where she had no regular congregation but went every Sunday on the chance that someone would come to pray, authorities said Monday. Police found the body of Carol Daniels, 61, of Oklahoma City, about noon Sunday inside the church. Church, said Daniels sometimes visited that church and spoke. He said the last time she did so was this past spring, when she delivered a sermon on the Holy Spirit. “She seemed to be a real nice person,” Cheadle said. “She was real quiet, but she knew how to bring the Word and give a good message. She was a very Christian lady that loved the Lord, I know that.” But at Christ Holy Sanctified Church, Daniels’ car was usually the only vehicle at the church, said

Mitchell Pendarvis, who lives next door. The church, some of its paint peeling and its screen door torn, is in an area that is part business and part residential. It overlooks an area that includes two vacant homes and an abandoned car wash. The church is near an alley where Pendarvis said men sometimes congregate and drink. “They sit back there, some of them sleep there,” he said. Dunlap said the church wasn’t in the best area.

“Maybe that was why she had a mind to go there,” she said. “She felt the Lord had her going.” Anadarko usually has two or three homicides a year, Brown said, with the most recent being about a month ago — a beating death in which a suspect was caught. About a half-mile from the church is an area that has a higher-than-normal crime rate, Brown said, with crimes involving drug activity. Dunlap said she was concerned about her daughter going into the building by herself.

“You’d be concerned about anybody going into an area sometime,” she said. “We didn’t have any reason to really be fearful that we knew of, but being a mother, I was concerned.” Brown said detectives were seeking to talk to people who live near the church and do more extensive interviews with family and friends. Officials spoke on Sunday with several people who gathered around the building after word about the slaying spread. Many of them wept and hugged each other. A makeshift memorial consisting of a teddy bear and flowers had been set up in front of the church by Monday afternoon. Vic Bryan, the owner of the nearby Linda’s Swap Shop, said he’d met Daniels just once, when she came to his antique business to introduce herself. He recalled her as “a pleasant lady” and said the area is usually quiet. “We’ve had very little trouble over the years with anything, especially anything like this,” he said. Dunlap said police haven’t shared any information with the family about any details of the investigation. Daniels was a graduate of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She is survived by her adult daughter, Raina. Dunlap said her daughter spent most of her time helping others, such as working with the AARP. “She just loved people,” Dunlap said. —AP

New meth formula avoids anti-drug laws TULSA — This is the new formula for law enforcement agents found that the new methamphetamine: a two-liter soda bottle, method is rapidly spreading across the naa few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious tion’s midsection and is contributing to a chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile spike in the number of meth cases after years reaction produces one of the world’s most of declining arrests. addictive drugs. The new formula does away with the clutOnly a few years ago, making meth re- ter of typical meth labs, and it can turn the quired an elaborate lab — with filthy con- back seat of a car or a bathroom stall into a tainers simmering over open flames, cans makeshift drug factory. Some addicts have of flammable liquids and even made the drug while hundreds of pills. The pro- “Every meth recipe is driving. cess gave off foul odors, dangerous, but in this one, The pills are crushed, sometimes sparked explo- if you don’t shake it just combined with some comsions and was so hard to mon household chemicals conceal that dealers often right, you can build up too and then shaken in the “cooked” their drugs in much pressure, and the soda bottle. No flame is rural areas. required. container can pop.” But now drug users are Using the new formula, making their own meth in MARK WOODWARD, SPOKESMAN batches of meth are much small batches using a fastsmaller but just as danFOR THE OKLAHOMA BUREAU OF er, cheaper and much simgerous as the old system, pler method with ingredi- NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS which sometimes producents that can be carried in DRUGS CONTROL es powerful explosions, a knapsack and mixed on touches off intense fires the run. The “shake-andand releases drug ingredibake” approach has become popular be- ents that must be handled as toxic waste. cause it requires a relatively small number of “If there is any oxygen at all in the bottle, pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine it has a propensity to make a giant fireball,” — an amount easily obtained under even said Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State the toughest anti-meth laws that have been Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime adopted across the nation to restrict large Control. “You’re not dealing with rocket scipurchases of some cold medication. entists here anyway. If they get unlucky at all, “Somebody somewhere said ‘Wait this re- it can have a very devastating reaction.” quires a lot less pseudoephedrine, and I can One little mistake, such as unscrewing fly under the radar,’” said Mark Woodward, the bottle cap too fast, can result in a huge spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of blast, and police in Alabama, Oklahoma and Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. other states have linked dozens of flash fires An Associated Press review of lab sei- this year — some of them fatal — to meth zures and interviews with state and federal manufacturing.

“Every meth recipe is dangerous, but in this one, if you don’t shake it just right, you can build up too much pressure, and the container can pop,” Woodward said. When fire broke out in older labs, “it was usually on a stove in a back room or garage and people would just run, but when these things pop, you see more extreme burns because they are holding it. There are more

fires and more burns because of the close proximity, whether it’s on a couch or driving down the road.” After the chemical reaction, what’s left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They often discard the bottle, which now contains a poisonous brown and white sludge. —AP

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A display of items used in the “shake-and-bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine is shown at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the items shown were purchased for display purposes.

GROUPS CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT INFO GATHERING OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials with two groups are expressing concern about government informationgather centers that were created to fight terrorism. OK-SAFE and the American Civil Liberties Union say the information fusion centers share information and intelligence with local agencies and the federal government. ACLU spokesman Jay Stanley says the centers could become a virtual domestic intelligence agency that will monitor and spy on innocent Americans. And Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise director Amanda Teegarden says she’s worried the centers may be gathering information on people who protest the government. Oklahoma fusion center deputy director David Stenhouse says domestic terrorism is their primary focus and people attending meetings or rallies shouldn’t be concerned. —AP

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mom, son hysterical, bloody after gang rape WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A mother and her young son were hysterical, battered and bloodied at a hospital just hours after she says she was gang-raped and beaten by several masked, gun-toting teenagers, a police officer testified Monday. West Palm Beach Police Officer Dustin Moore was among the first to arrive at the hospital early on June 19, 2007. Moore testified he found the woman “in a fetal position laying on the bed ... and her son was in a fetal position laying on a chair next to her.” “They were crying hysterically, and very emotional, upset,” Moore told jurors. Tommy Lee Poindexter, 20, and Nathan Walker, 18, are being tried on 14 counts each, including sexual battery, burglary, kidnapping, grand theft and promoting sexual performance of a child. During opening statements, Poindexter’s attorney admitted her client raped the woman, and DNA evidence will link him to that crime. However, she said, there is no evidence he participated in any of the other attacks. “You can’t allow the horrific nature of the events ... to overcome your sworn duty to determine whether Tommy Poindexter is guilty of these crimes,” public defender Carey Haughwout told jurors. Walker’s attorney, Robert Gershman, also questioned whether his client participated in all 14 allegations. “It is not clear, it is not given, it is not just because of the horrific nature of the


Tommy Poindexter, center, stands in Palm Beach County court Monday on the first day of his trial for the assault and rape of a Dunbar Village resident and her son. Behind him are Nathan Walker, Jr., left, and Walker’s attorney Robert Gershman. events that Nathan Walker is responsible,” Gershman said. “There is doubt ... No matter the emotion, no matter the facts.” A third teen is set for trial in September, while a fourth has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others. They are being tried as adults even though they were all

teenagers at the time. Police are still looking for other suspects who they say drifted in and out of the apartment and took part in the horrific attack. Police say up to 10 teenagers raped the woman repeatedly and forced her and the

boy to perform sex acts with each other, then doused them with chemicals to clean the crime scene in their public housing complex apartment just a few miles from downtown West Palm Beach. Authorities say fingerprints and DNA evidence found on clothing and condoms inside the apartment identified the defendants. Each faces a maximum 11 life sentences plus 50 years if convicted. Prosecutor Craig Williams described for jurors the terrifying evening of June 18. He said the suspects lured the woman, then 35, out of her house by claiming her truck had a flat tire. Three masked gunmen then accosted her and her son and forced them back into the apartment. Others soon joined in the attack. After being doused with cleaning solutions, nail polish remover and vinegar, Williams said, the victims huddled together in the bathtub naked for several hours, too scared to move. Then, in pain and bleeding, they walked a mile to the hospital. Authorities say they still don’t know why the woman and her son were targeted. They fled Port-au-Prince, Haiti, years earlier in search of a better life. With no money, they landed in the Dunbar Village housing project, where they almost instantly became targets for crime, standing out as Haitians among the mostly American-born black residents. Testimony was set to resume on Tuesday. —AP

FIRE, EXPLOSIONS AT DETROIT CHEMICAL FACTORY DETROIT — Explosions and a fire at a chemical factory Monday forced firefighters to evacuate employees and police to caution nearby residents to stay inside their homes. Several explosions were heard from inside Diversified Chemical Technologies Inc., where dense black smoke billowed from the blaze that began about 2:30 p.m. No injuries were reported and fire Deputy Chief Edward Smith told the Detroit Free Press the blaze was under control by about 6:30 p.m. Smith said fire crews were expected to remain at the scene extinguishing the fire until Tuesday morning. Police circulated through the west side neighborhood asking people to stay inside their homes, although residential evacuations were not ordered. “I didn’t hear it but I seen the dark smoke before it got this

big,” Willie Johnson, who lives near the factory, told WDIV-TV. “I got concerned at that point then because they had said that it exploded.” Firefighters did evacuate about 300 employees and some surrounding businesses. Diversified Chemical Technologies’ Web site says its complex encompasses 750,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space. The company produces chemicals for clients ranging from the automotive to food and beverage industries, according to its Web site. Smith said the plant contained petroleum products but would not say what triggered the explosions and fire. A company employee declined comment when reached by phone Monday evening. Messages seeking further detail were left with the fire department. —AP

Former athletes’ adviser charged in Ponzi scheme OMAHA, Neb. — Federal prosecutors have charged a woman who once advised Michael Vick and several other NFL players with stealing $3 million from eight victims in a Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors say Mary Wong worked out of her Omaha home and purported to sell investments in luxury properties in Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan along with private jets and other investments. But according to the indictment unsealed Monday, Wong used the money she raised to support her other businesses and a lavish lifestyle for herself, her business partners and clients. Prosecutors say some money from new investors was used to pay past investors, as in a Ponzi scheme. Wong has not been registered to sell securities investments since August 2004, according to court documents, and in September 2007, she was permanently barred from trading securities on the New York Stock Exchange. Wong’s attorney, Clarence Mock, did not immediately respond to a message left Monday afternoon. Three NFL players who played for the University of Nebraska were partners in a corporation that Wong ran although she also

ran her own investment business. Demorrio Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs and twins Josh Bullocks of the Chicago Bears and Daniel Bullocks of the Detroit Lions were partners with Wong in Williams & Bullocks LLC, which prosecutors say benefited from the Ponzi scheme. Williams and both Bullocks brothers used to play for the University of Nebraska. Williams and Daniel Bullocks did not immediately respond to messages left with their teams. Josh Bullocks said he couldn’t discuss the matter Monday afternoon because he was getting ready for practice. The federal indictment against Wong identifies her victims only by initials, so it was not immediately clear Monday who lost money and whether Vick’s money was involved in the scheme. Vi ck s u e d Wo ng i n January seeking to recover at least $2 million from her; that case is still pending in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va. Vick’s current team, the Philadelphia Eagles, referred questions to his publicist, who did not immediately respond to a message left Monday evening. —AP


The scene of a fire at a chemical plant is seen in Detroit Monday. Explosions and a fire at the chemical factory forced firefighters to evacuate employees and police to caution nearby residents to stay inside their homes.

Fed’s Bernanke picked for second term OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, widely credited with taking aggressive action to avert an economic catastrophe after the financial meltdown last fall, will be nominated by President Barack Obama for a second term, The Associated Press learned Monday night. Obama plans to make the announcement on Tuesday during a break from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. A senior administration official discussed the nomination on the condition of anonymity because it was not yet public. In remarks prepared for the announcement, Obama praised Bernanke for leading the country through the meltdown and, with his expertise on the Great Depression, helping to prevent a crisis rivaling that of the 1930s. “Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom, with bold action and outsidethe-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic free-fall,” Obama said in prepared marks obtained by the AP. In sticking with Bernanke, Obama is looking to reassure the financial sector as well as foreign central banks that his administration has no plans to change

course on its largely well-received approach to rescuing the industry from its meltdown or its management of overall monetary policy. Bernanke has won admiration from Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill even as some lawmakers have urged him to retain the Fed’s independence and warned him not to become too cozy with the administration. Any move to replace Bernanke could have been perceived as injecting politics into the Fed, especially if Obama had turned to Lawrence Summers, his top economic adviser, as Bernanke’s replacement. Bernanke, at a Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., last week, was sanguine about the global economy, saying it was “beginning to emerge” from the recession and that the worst had been avoided. For Obama, there was little political downside in choosing to nominate Bernanke to a second term. The move displays bipartisanship and a steady, unchanging hand on the economic rudder. With his hands full attempting a health care overhaul, changing the head of the central bank would have been a distraction Obama could little afford. “The actions we have taken to


In this July 22, 2009 file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in Washington before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the semi-annual monetary policy report. stabilize our financial system, repair our credit markets, restructure auto industry and help the overall economy recover have all been steps of necessity, not choice,” Obama said in prepared remarks for the announcement. “They have faced plenty of critics, some of whom argued that we should stay the course or do nothing at all. —AP

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

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OU OFFENSE POISED TO START STRONG should not fret about who will be catching passes from Bradford in 2009. Sophomore receiver Ryan Broyles, who saw significant playing time in 2009, should step up as the main downfield target. Last season he caught 46 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns. Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff echoed during the offseason that he had stepped up as a team leader. Adron Tennell showed a lot of improvement through spring practices, and he had a good showing during April’s spring game. Madu had worked out of the slot position throughout the spring and fall practices, and Stoops said during spring practices he was impressed with Madu’s development out of the new position. His speed, agility and catching ability should make him a dependable slot receiver that the Sooners are looking to fill. Senior tight end Jermaine Gresham will try for another John Mackey Award finalist season. The Ardmore native will serve again as a great safety net for Bradford and can be counted on for the occasional big play while still being able to run block.

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Quarterback Sam Bradford passes the football to running back DeMarco Murray during the Oct. 18, 2008 game against Kansas. JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily

Quarterback With Heisman Trophy winner junior quarterback Sam Bradford under center, the Sooners are just fine at the most important position on offense. During his Heisman campaign in 2009, Bradford threw 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns. While it is hard to believe Bradford could improve upon last season, his teammates and coaches say that he has gotten better during the offseason at beoming a team leader and reading coverages on the field. “He makes a lot of good things happen regardless of who’s in there around him,” head coach Bob Stoops said. If Bradford were to get hurt, though, the Sooners have freshmen Drew Allen and Landry Jones to step in and continue leading an offense that is positioned to make a run for the team’s first national title since 2000. “It is a top priority to keep him healthy,” senior full back Matt Clapp said. “Having him healthy is a big factor to getting us where we need to be.”

Running Back The Sooners are returning two 1,000-yard runners, senior Chris Brown and junior DeMarco Murray, and a near 500yard runner junior Mossis Madu, even though he is listed second at wide receiver on the depth chart. The rushing tandem provides a hard-nosed style of running and explosive speed that is capable of breaking a big run from anywhere on the field. Both Brown and Murray will be able to fight for those important short yards at the end of a close game, but Murray may be more of the highlight-reel player due to his speed. Murray was nursing a hamstring injury during summer practices, but he and running back coach Cale Gundy said he is back to 100 percent. Also, OU has Clapp as a nice fourth option, even though he will be used more during pass block situations.

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It is no secret that the Sooners’ offensive line has been called the team’s weakest link. Stoops called it that prior to spring practices, and multiple media outlets across the nation have endlessly criticized it for having only one returning starter, senior Trent Williams. Among the younger guys, many of the offensive players have said that junior Jarvis Jones has really stepped up and been impressive throughout the summer. “He’s a very passionate player, and he’s just more talent on the field,” Williams said. “It puts our best five on the field, and Jarvis has to be one of those five guys. He’s very talented, and the sky’s the limit.” Murray said even though there has been a lot of negative talk about the offensive line in recent months, he has full confidence in his blockers.

KEY VETERANS AND ROOKIES THIS SEASON • Returning Starters: QB- Sam Bradford; OL- Trent Williams; TEJermaine Gresham; RB- DeMarco Murray, Chris Brown; WR- Ryan Broyles; FB- Matt Clapp. • New Leaders: OL- Jarvis Jones; WR- Adron Tennell. • Biggest Weakness this Season: Offensive Line

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Sooner volleyball sets up for new season JAMES CORLEY The Oklahoma Daily

It’s volleyball season again in Norman. The Sooners begin the year this weekend in Houston, Texas at the Mizuno Invitational Tourney, held at Rice University, after a strong showing last spring. The Sooners, who finished 12-16, 8-12 in conference play in 2008, will return all but graduated senior Lacey Barnes from last year’s team, so fans will essentially see the same team this year, with a few additions. Last year’s squad was especially young— two juniors and Barnes contrasted the five freshman and three sophomores—but the nice thing about young teams is there’s a lot more room for coaches to prune and develop them. It’s also nice to return most of the key players back for another season. Caitlin Higgins and Brianne Barker, big contributors as freshmen, return for the Sooners and were named to the Big 12 AllFreshman team last season. The more experienced upperclassmen, seniors Bridget Laplante and Jackie Fotu and juniors Francie Ekwerekwu and Chrissy Dissaro, were part of the 2007 squad that finished 22-10 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and they want another shot at the postseason. The Sooners were ranked seventh in the conference by the Big 12 coaches’ preseason poll, the same rank they finished last year. Oklahoma coach Santiago Restrepo has different expectations. “We have to win and earn respect,”

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Senior outside hitter Bridget Laplante (9) passes the ball in practice Monday at the McCasland Field House. Restrepo said. “We know that it’s not where you start but how you finish. Our goal is to end up higher than we are now.” After the Mizuno Invitational, the Sooners will participate in two more tournaments before opening conference play at Kansas State Sept. 16.

OU coaching staff should be wary about playing Balogun LUKE ATKINSON The Oklahoma Daily

If Balogun’s case isn’t settled – which is still a large possibility – he can still file for an injunction. I don’t like where this is going. The chances of an OU football player Linebacker Mike Balogun’s scheduled winning his case in a Cleveland county court hearing for an injunction has been court is pretty good, so let’s just imagine canceled so the legal teams can hash out he gets it. a potential settlement. Here’s where 19.7 comes into play. In Layman’s terms, if Balogun gets an Rule 19.7 is a list of potential punishinjunction, he can con- ments the NCAA can use against a player tinue practicing with the who uses a court-ordered injunction to team and could poten- allow them to play their sport, but are tially play. still found guilty. While this is great for Of these punishments, the most dauntour senior linebacker, ing one which sticks out to me is the there are still some po- NCAA’s right to vacate wins and awards. tential r isks w ith this I know you all remember Bomar, our case that fans should be talented, yet foul-behaved quarterLUKE aw a re o f , back who took payments ATKINSON and the from Big Red Sports and NCAA RULE 19.7.1 coachImports. ing staff Yeah, we’ve had enough should consider. trouble with the NCAA •Any student athlete Let’s take a trip down with him, and we really who is permitted to parmemory lane to the notdon’t need any more wins ticipate in contrary to the so-distant year of 2008, vacated. NCAA bylaws through a a n d t r av e l a b o u t 8 5 . 7 One season and a bowl court ordered injunction miles up I-35. win is enough. may still face repercusOklahoma State pitcher Because of this threat, sions from from the NCAA Andrew Oliver has been Balogun should not be if the case is decided in declared ineligible right played while there are the NCAA’s favor. before a regional game in litigation and on-going •The repercussions could the NCAA tournament. investigations being include individual and See, baseball players, performed. team records stricken, u n l i k e o t h e r a t h l e t e s, If he is played and as well as team wins and can be drafted after high found guilty of playing championships. school, which means they semi-pro football after his u s u a l l y h av e a d v i s e r s 21st birthday, the NCAA who can help them with will be able to unleash a negotiations. punishment. This is fine under NCAA rules, as long It’s difficult for me, a huge Sooner as the adviser doesn’t talk to a profes- fan, to say this, but Balogun needs to sional team. be cleared of this matter before he can Long story short, Oliver admitted to return. breaking the rules and got in trouble. The risk is too great to the team to satThe NCAA has a policy about athletes isfy the needs of one player. who violate rules and continue to play. It’s called Bylaw 19.7. And this rule is Luke Atkinson is a broadcast and electronic media why I don’t like where this is going. senior.


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Sooner transitions panning out JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily

off job, Way and sophomore Jimmy Stevens are putting up a good battle to do field goals and Way has been imJunior Mossis Madu feeling more pressive punting even though junior comfortable at wide receiver Cameron Kenney could step in there if needed. Head coach Bob Stoops said that “Jimmy and Tress still field goal wise he’s liked what he’s seen out of Madu in are very competitive,” Stoops said. “I’ve practices, and Madu reflects the same been very pleased there. Again, much sentiment by saying that he is feeling a more consistent than a year ago.” lot more comfortable playing receiver. Stoops even joked that he hoped “He’s made it more competitive, but the punters could hit the 160-foot long also I think video scoreboard that he gives you hangs 90 feet above “When you’re out there receiving a guy that can the playing surface at m a k e a b i g you gain a whole other respect be- Cowboys Stadium. play for you,” cause you see him from a different “If you’re hitting it, Stoops said. point of view.” you’re getting a good “He’ll continpunt off,” Stoops said. ue to get bet“A year ago I had trou-MOSSIS MADU, WIDE RECEIVER ter the more ble hitting our indoor he plays it.” field. M a d u said that he really enjoys having a lot Senior Brody Eldridge working out of open space in front of him once he at center gets the ball rather than running in the trenches. T h ro u g h o u t s u m m e r p r a c t i c e s “There’s a lot of space to make some and into the first day of regular pracplays,” Madu said. “I’ve done a couple tices Eldridge has been working at things here and there, but hopefully center rather than his usual tight end I’m doing a lot more receiving.” position. One of the big changes he had to go Last year at tight end Eldridge started through was reading the defensive cov- four games and caught his first career erages and getting used to experienc- touchdown against Oklahoma State. ing quarterback Sam Bradford from a This is the first time Eldridge has different angle. played at center for the Sooners. The “When you’re out there receiving you other position Eldridge has played was gain a whole other respect because you see defensive end in high school. him from a different point of view,” Madu Eldridge was more known for his said. blocking ability at tight end, which has made the transition a whole lot smoother. Kicking competition heating up “He’s been a great blocker for us, so The special teams and kicking games having him on the offensive line has were one of the major problems plagu- given us a little bit more depth,” sophoing the Sooners in 2008, but Stoops more wide receiver Ryan Broyles said. Offensive line coach James Patton said that the kickers have improved said that Eldridge has looked good as since the end of last season. Matt Moreland and freshman Tress center and that he is really liking the position. Way are fighting for the starting kick

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The Daily’s Osi Aken’Ova reviews the summer’s best comic books in tomorrow’s Life & Arts section.

The Daily’s Dusty Somers reviews the new limited edition versions of Radiohead’s “Kid A,” “Amnesiac” and “Hail to the Thief.”

In this era of musical fragmentation and the do-it- “Motion Picture Soundtrack.” performances of the album’s songs, including sessions yourself indie revolution where seemingly anyone with Just don’t think too hard about what the lyrics actu- from BBC Radio and live concerts. The lone B-side is a little ambition and a laptop can cobble together an ally mean; Yorke apparently wrote some of them from “True Love Waits,” which was previously available on a album, there hardly seems a place for a world-renowned, random words and phrases drawn out of a hat. The elec- collection of live songs. massively popular rock band. After all, doesn’t popular- tronic underpinnings of “Kid A” mark a sharp departure Next up is 2001’s “Amnesiac,” the kid brother (or perity equal selling out in this musical age where obscurity from the band’s previous output, but clearly have influ- haps, leftover genetic material) of “Kid A.” Radiohead might just be the proudest badge a band can wear? enced its subsequent work. “Kid A” is one of Radiohead’s keeps the electronic vibe afloat on “Amnesiac,” but it’s There’s no doubt Radiohead in general and frontman masterpieces, and although it’s less accessible than their hard to shake the feeling that a lot of it is just material that Thom Yorke in particular have struggled others, it still stands tall almost a decade later. couldn’t or wouldn’t fit on the previous release. That still with the celebrity status and popularThe bonus disc of “Kid A” mostly includes alternate makes it better than most of its peers, but “Amnesiac” is a ity onslaught that ensued after 1997’s decidedly less focused affair, primarily in its second half. huge “OK Computer,” but whether Still, the less electronic “Pyramid Song” and “I Might Be the band likes it or not, Radiohead Wrong” have to be considered as strong efforts from the is probably the biggest deal in rock band. music today. The bonus disc includes lots of B-sides originally reNotable for pushing boundaries leased with the album’s singles, along with a few live while maintaining populist appeal, recordings. DUSTY Radiohead gets three album re-releasRadiohead’s last release for Capitol, 2003’s “Hail to SOMERS es out today from Capitol Records that the Thief ” marks a bit of a turning away from the elecdocument an interesting time in the tronic phase of the band’s career, and although it’s been band’s career dismissed as a minor record in — post-rock star explosion. the grand scheme of things, Five months after it’s almost totally successful at Radiohead’s first three albums, amalgamating all the different “Pablo Honey,” “The Bends” things that make the band what and “OK Computer” were given it is, from Jonny Greenwood’s the deluxe treatment, the next guitar to Yorke’s soaring falthree, “Kid A,” “Amnesiac” and setto to just enough electronic “Hail to the Thief” receive limpresence. ited edition collector’s editions T h e “ Ha i l t o t h e T h i e f ” containing the original albums package includes a number along with a second disc of of B-sides released with the B-sides and live performances. album’s singles and a few live Sets including a bonus DVD cuts. are also available. Radiohead’s presence in 2000’s “Kid A” is the best of rock music is towering, and the three, and it’s a stunningly the re-releases of these three successful record considering albums serve as a reminder of how dense and oblique it is. its impressive mid-career outYorke’s reaction to the platiput. Most of the bonus tracks num “OK Computer” was to included on these expanded delve into a level of abstractcollector’s editions are probness only hinted at on previably unnecessary for a lot of ous releases, and the resultlisteners, but the vast selecing product is at once terribly tion provided is an appropriperplexing and jaw-droppingly ate tribute to the band, even gorgeous, from the beginning though the members were not strains of the haunting ballad involved in these releases. PHOTO PROVIDED “Everything In Its Right Place” Dusty Somers is a Journalism senior. to the throwback sounds of The newest set of limited edition Radiohead albums. The new releases include “Kid A,” “Amnesiac” and “Hail to the Theif.”


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

KNOW YOUR MUSIC: LISTEN TO THE BEST SOUNDS OF AUGUST The Daily’s Joshua Boydston grades this month in music.

AMANDA BLANK - “I LOVE YOU” There’s nothing particularly wrong with Amanda Blank’s debut album, “I Love You,” and on paper she sounds like the next Sanitgold or M.I.A.. However, Amanda under whelms the listener at times with her debut from Downtown Records. She’s a foul-mouthed, sex-crazy vixen with a voice that could seduce even the most stonehearted fellow. Her phrasing is a delight, and it’s nice to hear a female rapper with some real chops, but “I Love You” just feels half done, which is a shame considering how phenomenal this could have been. If you slice this album into a 4 song EP, the result would be superb. The glittery leadoff, “Make It Take It,” is a hip-shaking treat, and the following “Something Bigger, Something Better” brings an element of danger to the dripping sexiness of the beat. “Might Like You Better” is a surefire hit to look out for in the next few months, with a perfectly distorted ring and voice full JOSHUA of swagger, it’s hard not to jump on board. BOYDSTON The rest of the album lags behind though. “Make-Up” is just a little too hazy for its own good, while “Gimme What You Got” feels rehashed and tired. “A Love Song” is a re-imagination of LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” and quite simply falls right on its face. The album closing duo of “Big Heavy” and “Leaving You Behind” remind you of all the potential Amanda has and, luckily for her, makes you forgive some of those lesser tracks. “I Love You” is disappointing in that it was so close to something outstanding. As Amanda ironically chants in “Big Heavy,” “Don’t you drop the ball.” She sort of did with this album, but I can’t help but think we’ll see a more complete product next time.


The album cover from Amanda Blank’s debut album, “I Love You.”

MUTEMATH - “ARMISTICE” MuteMath cut off the space between their band name in preparation for their newest release, “Armistice.” After half a dozen listens, you quickly realize why. “Armistice” is a tight, focused affair. Their signature frenetic rock sound adds a few new influences into the mix though. You hear splashes of ‘Nawlins soul throughout, most noticeably in the title track. There is also the ominous, though inviting, drone of “Kid A,” especially in “Pins and Needle,” which feels both distant and accessible. The album is especially on point in the three-standout singles: “The Nerve,” “Backfire” and “Spotlight.” The appropriately titled “The Nerve” is a fidgety, jumpy track that brazenly steps up in a roaring chorus and punchy bridge. “Backfire” is a tightly executed howl that grows into an even fiercer beast every second. Twilight enthusiasts may recognize the clapping shimmer of “Spotlight,” though it is noticeably fuller and intricate. That’s not to say the instantaneous catchiness is lost, and you’ll be ah-ahhing along in no time. There is a stumble or two though. The murky wash of rippled noise dawning the beginning and cascading keys is a nice contrast in “Clipping,” but it feels as though it doesn’t ever lift as it should. “Burden” is a bit drawn out. Clocking in at 9:05, it feels as though a bit of editing, or some division might be in order, but it is aesthetically pleasing. These minor faults are mostly a result of placement and editing issues though, and “Armistice” is an album that never fails musically. The focused effort and execution, coupled with an appropriate amount of experimentation, ends in songs that are both challenging and rewarding.


The newest MuteMath release, “Armistice.”

JAY REATARD - “WATCH ME FALL” Jay Reatard might just be the Shaq of indie-rock. He’s mouthed off about everyone from M83 to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Luckily for us, and himself, he’s got the talent to back it up though. “Watch Me Fall” is ragged, rough and jangly on the outside, but soft and sweet like jelly on the inside. The fuzz and harsh distortion on many of the tracks, along with his brash hurried delivery, might feel like a punch to the stomach at first. With each listen though, you uncover a rather tasty melody lying underneath. “Ain’t Gonna Save Me” will go down as one of the best singles of the year. There’s nothing truly groundbreaking about it, but those half-shouted verses, droning guitar and rat-a-tat tap of the rim shots are simply irresistible. The haunting dash of “Faking It” will get your bones shaking, and the bouncy “Wounded” will put a smile across your face. So I guess Jay Reatard might just be a textbook bully, but that standoffish attitude is just a cover up for the sensitive sweetheart he truly is. I’d give him my lunch money any day if I’d get tasty tracks like these in return.


The newest album from indie-rock artist Jay Reatard, “Watch Me Fall.”



“Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper” in his newest music release.

For those who don’t know, Julian Plenti is Paul Banks, front man and saddened crooner, from New York’s post-punks, Interpol. I can’t help but cringe a bit when I hear about solo albums coming from members of my favorite bands, but Julian Plenti proved to buck that fear with his debut, “Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper.” “Skyscraper” may not be perfect, and it doesn’t begin to touch Interpol at their best, but it tops them at their worst by a long shot, and is certainly a step up from “Our Love To Admire.” The opener, “Only If You Run,” is a monster. It’s tantalizingly big and daunting, and the bittersweet drone of Paul Banks breathes life into this creature as it stomps with the thud of the drumhead. “Fun That We Have” struts to a start with scratchy guitar, before diving into darker depths with a glint of sparkling synth. The zagging guitar of “Games For Days” is a delight and “Skyscraper,” with its climbing strings, reaches a gorgeous peak to stare down from. The album begins to lose a bit of steam on the latter half, but Bank’s voice is enough on its own to keep things interesting. There’s no denying he needs his band mates if he wants a fighting chance at another “Turn On the Bright Lights,” but it’s comforting to know Paul can manage perfectly fine on his own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



Composer and pianist Les Baxter once said, “Any good music must be an innovation.” Like Baxter, two students, Sharup Karim and Corey Coles, take this saying to heart when they compose their own hip-hop music. Karim, a microbiology and French senior who performs under the name “Kilo,” said he believes his music is an innovation unique to their audience. “We got tired of listening to the same crap on the radio,” he said. “We felt we needed to put out music that better accommodates intelligent people. What we can put together is unique, not something done this way before.” A traditional evening for Karim includes huddling over a microphone in his apartment closet, recording lyrics onto a track saved on his computer. With these lyrics, he teams up with University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma biology senior, Corey Coles, who supplies the music behind the voices. “I’ve been playing piano since I was 6-years-old,” Coles said. “I just hear something in my head and I put it down. Sharup has a knack for arranging things. I playback a beat for him when he comes down [to Chickasha], and he’ll tell me to add some strings or something. It’s definitely a collective effort.” Coles, also known as “Kid Fresh,” and long-time friend of Karim, said their music is not only unique in how it is produced, but as a genre


Sharup Karim (left) and Corey Coles (right) perform at Bricktown Live Sunday evening. Karim, a microbiology senior, and Coles, a biology senior, began producing their own music in January. too. “First off, we are pre-med majors,” he said. “Second, we keep it clean. No cursing, no belittling of women and we like to dress classy.” Karim said he believes one of the most unique traits they possess as artists is being capable of performing each step of production on their own. “In a way, we like to look at it like we do it all ourselves,” Karim said. “We put it together from scratch.

From lyrics to recording to promotion, we do it ourselves. Lots of producers sample things, but we make our own samples and use those so we don’t run into copyright infringement.” Recently, Karim and Coles’ success has seen some recognition. The artists were featured over the summer on Oklahoma City radio station KSVP 103.5’s “Unsigned Hype” special. According to its Web site, the program showcases local talent and gives

them an opportunity to market themselves. “It’s a really big deal for us,” Karim said. “We wanted to promote ourselves, but didn’t know where to start. We went on the show that day, and it helped us put our music out. We launched ourselves, and it was a huge step forward.” The radio program aided the two in landing a live performance Sunday at Bricktown Live in Oklahoma City. As the fog machines filled the stage with mist

and the crowd began chanting their names, Coles and Karim emerged from the smoke and began belting out lyrics from their self-prodcued songs. Coles said the concert was briefly intimidating, but the pair had to give the audience what they wanted. The group performed two of their songs and a special encore of Kanye West’s “Big Ego,” featuring Coles on the piano. “Tonight, I was a little nervous,” Coles said. “All of my friends came out, and I had to deliver. The piano part was my favorite.” In the future, Karim and Coles hope to release a CD and perform in larger venues around the southern U.S. Karim said they are working on the CD now and hope to finish it by the end of the year. Coles said he has high hopes for the group as well, and hopes to create his own label someday. “We’d like to form our own record label, Black Sheep Productions,” he said. “I enjoy the whole rapping part, but I’d rather produce for people in the future. I don’t want to limit myself to hip-hop, maybe bring in a classical element.” Although they are unique and innovative, Coles and Karim said they don’t see their music changing anytime soon. The group hopes to continue creating unique music with their own touch. “We want to make music that people can respect,” Coles said. To hear samples of their music, visit Karim and Coles’ MySpace at kidfreshandkilo.

Coroner rules Jackson’s death homicide LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County the next day, Murray told detectives he cut coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a off the propofol — and Jackson fell asleep homicide and a combination of drugs was with just the two sedatives. the cause, a law enforcement official Then around 1:30 a.m. on June told The Associated Press, a finding 25, starting with a 10-milligram tab that makes it more likely criminal of Valium, Murray said he tried a secharges will be filed against the docries of drugs instead of propofol to tor who was with the pop star when make Jackson sleep. The injections he died. included two milligrams of lorazeForensic tests found the powerful pam around 2 a.m., two milligrams anesthetic propofol acted together of midazolam around 3 a.m., and with at least two sedatives to cause repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 Jackson’s death June 25 in his rented MICHAEL a.m. respectively. Los Angeles mansion, according to But they didn’t work. JACKSON the official, who spoke on condition Murray told detectives that of anonymity because the findings around 10:40 a.m. he gave in to have not been publicly released. Jackson’s “repeated demands/requests” for Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiolo- propofol, which the singer referred to as his gist who became Jackson’s personal physi- “milk.” He administered 25 milligrams of the cian weeks before his death, is the target white-colored liquid, — a relatively small of a manslaughter investigation by the Los dose — and finally, Jackson fell asleep. Angeles Police Department. A designation Murray remained with the sedated of homicide means that Jackson died at the Jackson for about 10 minutes, then left for hands of another, but does not necessarily the bathroom. No more than two minutes mean a crime was committed. later, he returned — and found Jackson had A search warrant affidavit unsealed stopped breathing. Monday in Houston includes a detailed ac“There’s no surprise there” that death count of what Murray told investigators. could result from such a combination, said According to the document, Murray said Dr. David Zvara, anesthesia chairman at he’d been treating Jackson for insomnia for the University of North Carolina at Chapel about six weeks with 50 milligrams of propo- Hill. “All those drugs act in synergy with each fol every night via an intravenous drip. But he said he feared Jackson was forming an ad- other,” Zvara said. Adding propofol on top of diction to the anesthetic, which is normally all the other sedatives “tipped the balance.” Besides the propofol and two sedatives, used in hospitals only, and was attempting to wean his patient by lowering the dose to 25 the coroner’s toxicology report found other milligrams and adding the sedatives loraze- substances in Jackson’s system but they were not believed to have been a factor in the singpam and midazolam. That combination succeeded in helping er’s death, the official told the AP. When he died, Jackson was skinny but Jackson sleep two days prior to his death, so


A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide. The finding makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the Murray who was with the pop star when he died not overly emaciated, and his body had bed sores, the official said. The singer is believed to have developed bed sores in the months following his 2005 acquittal of child molestation charges, when he went into seclusion and spent long stretches in bed. Murray has spoken to police and last week released a video saying he “told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail.” Murray did not say anything about the drugs he gave to Jackson. Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, had no immediate comment but has previously said Murray never administered anything that “should

have” killed Jackson. A call to the coroner’s office was not returned Monday. Jackson’s family released a statement Monday, saying it has “full confidence” in the legal process and the efforts of investigators. It concludes: “The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served.” The 25 milligrams of propofol Murray told police he gave Jackson the day he died “is not a whopping amount,” said Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System. —AP

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Announcements SPECIAL NOTICES University of Oklahoma Surplus Store 2101 W. Tecumseh Road (405) 325-2782 Wednesday’s only - 8:30 AM - 2 PM Televisions & electronics, lab glassware & misc lab supplies, household & office supplies, furniture, & miscellaneous.

DEADLINES Line Ad ..................2 days prior Place your line ad no later than 9:00 a.m. 2 days prior to publication date. Display Ad ............2 days prior Classified Display or Classified Card Ad Place your display, classified display or classified card ads no later than 5:00 p.m. 2 days prior to publication date.



For Sale MISC. FOR SALE FALL OPENING, Aug 20, 9-4, the place to shop every Thursday, 9-4, First Presbyterian Thrift Shop, 404 Toberman, end of Park St, in First Presbyterian parking lot, 1 blk N of Boyd. Low cost clothing for everyone, OU items, kitchen items, books, and more! 3 yr old Stradivarius Bach Omega TRIGGER TROMBONE. Orig cost $1800, asking $1100. 3 yr old Yamaha Advantage CL1 CLARINET $125. Call Karen at 405-831-6937

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Payment is required at the time the ad is placed. Credit cards, cash, money orders or local checks accepted. Businesses may be eligible to apply for credit in a limited, local billing area. Please inquire with Business Office at 325-2521.

RATES Line Ads There is a 2 line minimum charge; approximately 45 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.

1 day ............. $4.25/line 2 days ........... $2.50/line 3-4 days........ $2.00/line 5-9 days........ $1.50/line 10-14 days.... $1.15/line 15-19 days.... $1.00/line 20-29 days.... $ .90/line 30+ days.......$ .85/line

Classified Display, Classified Card Ads or Game Sponsorship Contact an Acct Executive for details at 325-2521.

2 col (3.792 in) x 2 inches Sudoku ...........$760/month Boggle ............$760/month Horoscope .....$760/month 1 col (1.833 in) x 2.25 inches Crossword .....$515/month

‘99 Mazda Protege - 116 miles, excellent cond, $4900 - call Maggie, 317-3629 ‘00 Nissan Altima - 124,000 miles, very good cond, $2700 - call Joaquin, 4743836 or 364-2773


Employment HELP WANTED TUTORS WANTED!!! Available positions in the OU Athletics Department!!! Junior, Senior, Graduate, and Post-graduate applicants only!!! Hiring for Fall 2009. Call 325-8376 for more info!!! ENGLISH TUTORS/WRITING CONSULTANTS WANTED!!! Available positions in the OU Athletics Department!!! Junior, Senior, Graduate, and Post-graduate applicants only!!! Hiring for Fall 2009. Call 325-8376 for more info!!! CLASS MONITORS WANTED!!! Available positions in the OU Athletics Department!!! Junior, Senior, Graduate, and Post-graduate applicants only!!! Hiring for Fall 2009. Call 325-8453 for more info!!! CAYMAN’S IN NORMAN - Full/PT sales position avail, to highly motivated selfstarter w/great customer service skills. Apply in person, 2001 W Main St.

$5,000-$45,000 PAID EGG DONORS up to 9 donations, + Exps, non-smokers, Ages 19-29, SAT>1100/ACT>24/GPA>3.00 Contact: Tennis Shop Attendant (Part-Time) Westwood Park Tennis Center Applicant must be at least 16 years of age and have cash handling experience. $7.25 per hour. Work period: No fixed schedule. Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Application Deadline: Open Recruitment. Obtain application at: 201C West Gray, Human Resources Dept., City of Norman (405) 366-5482, Web: EOE/AA STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in Norman 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.

TUTOR Bachelor of Liberal Studies: if you are a senior or finished this program, contact Danny 371-5823 or dannykhuong@ymail. com - you must have GPA > 3.7 Education Major wanted as 9th grade tutor, $12 per hour, call Linda at 640-2768

Employment HELP WANTED

SITUATIONS WANTED Research volunteers needed! Researchers at OU Health Sciences Center need healthy volunteers ages 18 to 30 who have a parent with or without a history of an alcohol or drug problem. Qualified participants will be compensated for their time. Call 456-4303 to learn more about the study and to see if you qualify. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

J Housing Rentals APTS. UNFURNISHED Rent Now! $99 Dep/ 1/2 off 1st mo/ free gym *some restrictions apply Models open 8a-8p Everyday! Elite Properties 360-6624 or Summer Special! 1 BLK FROM OU, very nice 4 room apt, 800 sf, wood floors, 1012 S College, Apt 4, $300/mo. Call 360-2873 or 306-1970. Hunters Run / $99 Deposit $25 off / was $780 now $755 2 Bed Townhouse, 2.5 Bath Small Fenced Yd, Full sz W/D 6 Mo Free Gym, 2 Car Garage Elite Properties 360-6624 2bd Townhouses / $99 Deposit! 1/2 off 1st mo rent! 6 mo free gym Greentree 1100 sqft.-$580/mo. Willowbrook 1200 sqft.-$589/mo. Hunters Run 1400 sqft.-$779/mo. Elite Properties 360-6624 Apt for lease, Cottages of Norman - new apt, 1 bd, 1 ba, security, close to campus, bills paid, $565/mo. Call 580-239-1675, please leave message. $99 1st Month / $99 Deposit $25 Off Monthly/6 mo Free gym *some restrictions may apply. Pets Welcome! Large Floor Plans! Models open 8a-8p Everyday! Elite Properties - 360-6624 or

The Oklahoma Daily is responsible for one day’s incorrect advertising. If your ad appears incorrectly, or if you wish to cancel your ad call 325-2521, before the deadline for cancellation in the next issue. Errors not the fault of the advertiser will be adjusted. Refunds will not be issued for late cancellations. The Oklahoma Daily will not knowingly accept advertisements that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious preference, national origin or sexual orientation. Violations of this policy should be reported to The Oklahoma Daily Business Office at 325-2521. Help Wanted ads in The Oklahoma Daily are not to separate as to gender. Advertisers may not discriminate in employment ads based on race, color, religion or gender unless such qualifying factors are essential to a given position. All ads are subject to acceptance by The Oklahoma Daily. Ad acceptance may be reevaluated at any time.

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1 bedroom Nottingham Condo for rent, avail now. 417-861-9439 or 308-8470.

Near OU, lg 3/4 bd, $875-$975/mo, 826 Jona Kay, 1711 Lancaster, 2326 Lindenwood. Call 360-0351, 517-2018.

THE EDGE! MOVE IN SPECIAL: 1/2 off your 1st mo rent til 8/21 on 3BR/3BA 1250sf. ALSO, 4BR/4BA 1478 SF. Handicap access, fitness ctr, pool, etc! 405231-2119

DUPLEXES UNFURNISHED 1/2 Mo Free-Walk To OU Save on utilities w/Energy Efficient Windows, prefer quiet OU students, no pets, 2 bd, carpet, blinds, CH/A, appliances plus big w/d, $450/mo. 203-3493 or 321-4404.

HOUSES UNFURNISHED 1109 E LIndsey - 2bd, 1ba, CH/A, dishwasher, stove, refrig, no pets, dep $500, rent $750 914 Drake - 1 bd duplex, water & gas paid, no pets, ref req, dep $400, rent $475 127 W Hayes - 3 bd, 1 ba, completely remodeled, no pets, dep $500, rent $725 329-1933

1 bdrm, $350 + bills 1 bdrm, $400 + bills 1 bdrm, $395 + bills Smoke-free, no pets, 360-3850

209 E Duffy - 2 BR, 1 Bath, Stove, Frig, W/D, wood flrs, garage, no pets, close to campus 209 1/2 E Duffy - 1 BR, 1 bath, appliances, garage, no pets, close to campus 579-7883

TOWNHOUSES UNFURNISHED 307 POTOMAC - Lg townhouse NW Norman. Minutes from I-35 & mall. 2200 sqft, all appliances, smoke-free, 1 year lease, $1050/mo, $1050 dep., 801-2293

ROOMS FURNISHED NEAR OU, privacy, $230, bills paid includes cable, neat, clean, parking. Prefer male student. Call 329-0143.

ROOMS UNFURNISHED 3 Rooms for rent, Moore - Each $250/mo, $100 dep. 735-5227, ask for Mrs. Rivers.

CONDOS UNFURNISHED *Roommate Needed ASAP for Condo* $400 all utilities included + WiFi, close to campus. The room for rent is large with a private bathroom. Contact or (316)304-5909 NOTTINGHAM 2 bd, 2 bath, w/d, fireplace, cfans, lg closets, no pets, covered parking, $650/mo. 360-4107. The Edge Condos Very close to Campus and featuring Walk-in closets, fitness, pool, v-ball All utilities, Cable, Internet Paid $425 per bedroom, DMG 364-4114 THE EDGE - 2 rooms avail in 4 bd condo. Both w/ full ba & walk-in closet, appl & full kitchen. $425 incl utilities. 473-3957 1 bd/1ba $500 mo. Includes all kitchen appliances. No pets. Longburk Real Estate 732-7474.

The Community After School Program is seeking 1 full-time, 2 half-time, and 5 minimum-time AmeriCorps Members to work in our school-age after school programs in Norman, OK. Members will recruit volunteers, coordinate a tutoring program, or lead a health & fitness program (CATCH). Members will have opportunities to build personal networks while adding marketable job skills to his/her personal resume in a supportive work environment.

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- Commitment: 4-12 months - 300 to 1700 hours (depends on position) - Positions: Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator; Tutoring Program Coordinator; CATCH Team Leader - Salary: $1800 - $22,800 Living Stipend (depends on position) - Award: $1000 - $4725 Educational Award upon successful completion of hours (depends on position) - Other: Student loan deferment/forbearance) - Hours: 2:30pm - 6:00pm. M-F program hours; flexible office hours

Universal Crossword Edited by Timothy E. Parker August 25, 2009

ACROSS 1 Tartness 5 It’s used to raise dough 10 “___ in victory” (elementary lesson) 13 You may set a camera on it 14 Evenly matched 15 Boston basketballer, for short 16 Dogs 19 Piece of food for dipping 20 Leave out 21 Russian liquor 22 Hit with something flat 23 Odoriferous 25 Irish writer Edna 28 Mercantile establishment 29 Before long 30 Didn’t get a seat 31 Awkward one 34 Dogs 38 Had lunch 39 Run off to marry 40 Graven image 41 Exhales hard 42 Christmas tree trimming 44 Teachers and administrators 47 Tell anonymously 48 Kind of acid

Please contact the Community After School Program at 366-5970 or email us at for more information. Outgoing, dynamic students needed to distribute flyers on 8/31 & 9/1. Flexible hours. Preferably before 2pm. $10.00/Hr. 1-800-927-9194

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Bartending! Up to $250/day. No exp nec. Training provided. 1-800-965-6520, x133. Movie Extras, Actors, Models Wanted Up to $300/day! All Looks Needed! Call NOW 1-800-458-9303 The Community After School Program is seeking staff to work in its elementary after school programs. CASP needs staff members who: - ARE RELIABLE - Enjoy working with children - Can work 2:20pm - 6:00pm - Have high energy and a good work ethic - Have a positive attitude and a sense of humor - Would like to be involved with a respected, non-profit agency Please contact the Community After School Program at 366-5970 or email us at for more information.

The Community After School Program is seeking 15 off-campus Work Study staff to work in its elementary after school programs. CASP needs staff members who: - ARE RELIABLE - Enjoy working with children - Can work 2:20pm - 6:00pm - Have high energy and a good work ethic - Have a positive attitude and a sense of humor - Would like to be involved with a respected, non-profit agency

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ball ploys 42 Overwhelming fear 43 Metrical unit 44 Language of Iran 45 Love in Lyon 46 Refers to 47 Person holding a fief 49 Use a spatula 50 Yearly physical, for one 51 Disciple of Jesus who began as a tax collector 52 Worry unnecessarily 54 Auditory organ 55 “What I think,” online 56 Where to find a portrait of George Washington


© 2009 Universal Press Syndicate

KENNEL CLUB by Matthew J. Koceich

Please contact the Community After School Program at 366-5970 or email us at for more information.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MAINE SPECTATORS IGNORED WARNINGS BEFORE WAVE HIT AUGUSTA, Maine — Rangers at Acadia National Park insisted Monday that they had done all they could to warn visitors before beauty suddenly turned brutal, launching a hurricanegenerated wave over a group of gawkers, dragging several into the roiling Atlantic and killing a 7-year-old girl. Many visitors didn’t heed alerts Sunday to keep back from huge waves that crashed spectacularly and dangerously against the rocky shore as Hurricane Bill passed over open ocean to the east, the park’s chief ranger said. Two people were hospitalized after being pulled into the churning surf by a wave that crashed on the rocks about 150 yards from a popular attraction known as Thunder Hole, where plume-like sprays rise into the air even under less severe conditions. A viewing platform there had already been closed by the park because of the dangerous conditions. The wave swept over 20 people, 11 of whom were taken to the hospital with injuries including broken bones from being slammed onto the rocks, officials said. Several people were tossed into the water, and all but three managed to pull themselves out. Spectators eager to take in the views of dramatic surf began filling up Acadia, about 75 miles east of Augusta, the state capital, on Sunday morning, Chief Ranger Stuart West said. As the tide rose, generating even bigger waves, 10,000 people eventually parked along the road to view the waves spun off by Bill, West said. Adding to the allure was the weather. Normally, storms produce rainy or misty conditions along the shore. But Sunday’s weather was dry and bright. The park dispatched seven rangers to the area to warn spectators to keep away from the rocks, where 12- to 15foot waves were breaking, West said. “They were doing it all day long,” he said. “But some folks weren’t grasping how fierce the ocean can be.” Three signs warning of “dangerous waves and rip currents” had also been posted at parking areas, which were closed off to new cars once they had filled. Other rangers were posted at potentially dangerous areas throughout the 36,000-acre park to keep visitors away from rocks and cliffs, West said. James Kaiser, a local photographer who was at the scene, agreed that people did not heed warnings to stay away from the waves.


Two boys watch as heavy surf generated by Hurricane Bill pounds the shore, Sunday, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Officials say a large wave in Maine’s Acadia National Park swept five people into the sea and three are still missing

“We were all set for fierce weather. We were as prepared as we possibly could be for this.” STUART WEST, CHIEF RANGER “I was standing next to a ranger who kept telling people to back away from the rocks,” he said. “It was a pretty tough order because people were drawn to the rocks, where there were better views.” A little after noon, a huge wave crashed into the shore, sucking the visitors out to sea. The Coast Guard responded shortly afterward to a call from rangers and dispatched a boat and two aircraft. The girl who drowned was 7-yearold Clio Dahyun Axilrod of New York City, said Sgt. Jay Carroll of the Maine Marine Patrol. Her father, Peter Axilrod, was pulled from the water, as was 12-year-old Simone Pelletier of Belfast, Maine. Clio Axilrod was declared dead about two hours after being pulled out. Her father remained at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Monday, along with his wife. Authorities didn’t know the extent of their injuries. Pelletier was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor with injuries not considered life threatening. Petty Officer Joshua McGowan, one

of the rescuers, said waves were big enough to jostle the crew about the boat, making the effort more difficult during the roughly 20 minutes the survivors were treading the 55- to 60-degree water. “We’re trained to go in that kind of stuff,” he said. “My main concern was to get those people out of the water as fast as possible.” In the southern Maine resort town of Old Orchard Beach, 22 people who failed to heed warnings of heavy surf had to be rescued Sunday, officials said. “Some people disregarded (beach) closing signs, red flags and warnings from lifeguards,” fire chief John Glass said Monday. They were brought ashore by lifeguards using torpedo floats and rescue surf boards. July and August are the busiest times of the year at Acadia, which draws about 2 million visitors annually and is known for its vistas of seaside mountains, as well as the rocky shores associated with Maine. Closing Acadia, which is on an island and has numerous points of entry, wouldn’t work. Closing off the shoreline road would be like “squeezing a balloon” and just force visitors to another area, West said. “People come to the park to see the crashing surf; that’s what Acadia is all about,” he said. “We were all set for fierce weather. We were as prepared as we possibly could be for this.” —AP

Important Information for Officers and Faculty/Staff Advisers of

ALL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: All student organizations functioning on the OU campus are required to register with Student Life by 4 p.m., September 18. Benefits that student organizations receive through the process of registering:      

Ability to establish an account through Financial Support Services Use of university facilities Opportunity to apply for funding through UOSA Use of designated free rooms in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Reduced catering costs for events held in the Union Permission to use some of the University’s licensed trademarks

NOTE: Title 10.4.1 of the Student Code requires that all student organizations register -- regardless of the club’s desire to seek funding through UOSA. This includes all academic or college-based, social, recreational/sport, special interest, religious, honorary, political or cultural organizations.

Helpful Web Sites: Student organizations will find the information and documents needed to complete the registration process at: This year, Student Life has launched a new site specifically for advisers. This may be accessed at:

For More Information, Contact or 325-4415 or visit Student Life, 370 OMU The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Institution.


Pakistan forces accused in killings MINGORA, Pakistan — Nearly three months after Pakistan retook the Swat Valley from the Taliban, bloodied corpses are still turning up on the streets. This time, the victims are suspected militants — and the killers are alleged to be security forces. The army and the police deny the accusations, which the leading Pakistani human rights watchdog says are credible. The killings are a sign of the troubles still facing the valley, even as U.S. officials cite the offensive — which is now winding down — as a success in Islamabad’s campaign against al-Qaida and Taliban militants threatening both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The bloodshed comes as many of the two million people who fled the fighting are now returning to rebuild their lives. Last week, two suicide blasts rocked the main town of Mingora in another deadly reminder of the threat the militants still pose. The corpses began appearing several weeks ago, residents say. On Monday, 15 bodies were found in a town

east of Mingora, local TV stations reported, although authorities would not confirm that. Another 18 were recovered from different parts of Swat on Aug. 15, authorities said. The killings are a grim echo of Taliban rule over the valley, when militants dumped bodies of alleged spies or government collaborators on the streets to terrify people into submission. Residents recalled public beheadings and of decapitated bodies being left in Mingora’s main square so regularly that it earned the nickname, ‘Bloody Square.’ “Previously we were afraid of the Taliban. Now, we’re afraid of the army,” one man said, standing at the site where the bodies of two people, 35-year-old butcher Gohar Ullah and his younger brother Zahoor, 30, were found last Friday. Like many in Mingora, he would not give his name for fear of reprisals. About seven hours after their relatives carried the brothers’ corpses away, blood was still pooled in the dusty back alley where they were slain. —AP

HOROSCOPE By Bernice Bede Osol

Copyright 2008, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Money sometimes can either produce a more generous personality or bring out harsher traits. If you believe a friend has taken advantage of your generosity, the latter is likely to prevail. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Although it goes against your grain, you might use intimidation to force another to comply with your directives. If you stoop to this action, you won’t like yourself very much. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- If you have a misunderstanding with a friend, be extremely careful how you handle it. Your intensity could bring out your worst qualities and cause you to say regrettable things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Stubbornness on your part is likely to create an attitude that will cause problems, especially if you lock horns with someone who also has an unyielding temperament. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- It isn’t likely you will have harmony of purpose with everyone involved in a current project, so you must be prepared for opposition. Better yet, shelve it for another day. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Be careful not to be unduly critical of the efforts of others. If you want to get more accomplished, use praise and encouragement, not condemnation, to motivate them to be more productive.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Keep your nose out of the private affairs of your friends. If you should be invited into their personal worlds, treat their concerns with the utmost diplomacy and tact. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- If you and your mate are having difficulty resolving an issue, rather than getting upset, shelve it for another day. With time, it is likely to resolve itself anyway. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Although you normally have tremendous patience when taking on a tedious assignment, reschedule the task for another day if you feel uptight about it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you feel pressure from coworkers or friends, you could be tempted to take an unwarranted risk. Under no circumstances should you do anything against your better judgment. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If a family member does something that goes against everything you stand for, guard your temper. Even if you are in the right, chances are you won’t handle the matter wisely. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Usually you are an extremely tolerant person who does not display unbecoming behavior. However, someone is likely to do something that will tax your patience and cause you to blow your top.


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