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Debate heightens over marijuana regulation Marijuana legalization proponents cite overcrowded prisons, cost as reasons to change current laws JAMIE BIRDWELL The Oklahoma Daily
April 20, known as the “420” holiday in certain circles, is an infamous date dedicated to one illegal practice: marijuana use. The date’s significance can be traced to 1971 San Rafael, Calif., when a group of teenagers would meet every day at 4:20 p.m. after school and smoke marijuana together, said Norma Sapp, a Norman member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The ritual of smoking at 4:20 p.m. subsequently spread and became a national “cannabis culture” holiday.
NORML is an organization that seeks to legalize adult marijuana use for recreation and medicine, Sapp said. She said taxing and regulating the drug like alcohol would be more cost effective than prohibition in protecting against any harm marijuana causes. There should be an age limit and laws prohibiting driving under the influence of marijuana, Sapp said. In Oklahoma, a person caught in possession of marijuana can be subject to a year in prison with a misdemeanor charge on the first offense, according to NORML’s database of state drug laws. A subsequent offense can carry two to 10 years in prison, and growers can face anywhere from two years to life in prison. Sapp said Oklahoma law enforcement agencies’ time would be better spent fighting violent crimes rather than drug offenses. She said Oklahoma spends too much money on putting MARIJUANA CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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Up In Smoke II, a smoke shop located on Elm Avenue in Norman, advertises “4/20” specials in its window. Each April 20, proponents of legalizing marijuana celebrate their beliefs. However, Oklahomans who choose to partake can spend up to a year in prison for their first possession of marijuana, and two- to 10-year sentences on subsequent charges.
BIG EVENT FLOURISHES DESPITE POSTPONEMENT Norman, OKC metro areas benefit from day of student volunteer service CADIE THOMPSON The Oklahoma Daily
More than 4,200 students dedicated their time to community service Saturday by participating in the 10th OU Big Event. Although originally 600 more students signed up to participate before it was postponed for three weeks, there was no lack of community spirit, Big Event Chairwoman Amanda Holloway said. The event, which was originally scheduled for March 28, had been delayed because of weather concerns. The change in schedule contributed to the reduced participation, Holloway said. “Nobody expected the date to change, but yet the turnout was still fabulous and people still came out and said ‘Yeah, we’re still going to do this,’” Holloway said. Kaleb Potter, associate chairman for the Big Event, said there were only a few unexpected changes to job sites that were not available on the new date. Potter said he spent most of the day making sure supplies were making it to job sites. Everyone the organizers expected to turn out for the event did as planned, he said. Some groups that originally signed up to participate, and had scheduling conflicts because of the date change, found other ways to stay involved in the Big Event. Though Alpha Gamma Delta was unable to participate on Saturday because the event conflicted with the group’s 90th anniversary celebration, members still helped out on Friday by making sandwiches for the event, Holloway said. The students who were able to volunteer on Saturday impacted 145 community organizations in Norman and the Oklahoma City metro area.
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Willow Creek resident Samuel Vatts, 8, hands a pipe to University College freshman Erin McColm Saturday in Oklahoma City. More than 4,000 people participated in the 10th OU Big Event Saturday, a day of volunteering service to benefit Norman and Oklahoma City metro communities. Tasks for students ranged from yard work, building projects and cleaning windows to visiting the elderly in nursing homes. The Little River Zoo in Norman was one local organization that received help from students. More than 30 students made their way to the zoo to help out and shared in a variety of tasks, said April Jenkins, a senior animal care specialist for the zoo. She said the students were most helpful
in preparing for the zoo’s annual Kids for Kindness Earth Day Festival event hosted on Sunday at Reaves Park. They prepared thousands of containers for the event, Jenkins said. Students also helped clean monkey cages and paint the walls of the cages. “They are just such a great help,” she said. But community organizations that host EVENT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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The Daily incorrectly printed Friday that the number of participants “plummeted” after the original Big Event was postponed. The number of participants dropped by only 12 percent, as 4,800 people signed up for the original date and 4,200 people participated Saturday.
Lightning strikes OU employee not twice, but six times OU Physical Plant worker is a human lightning rod LAUREN STALFORD The Oklahoma Daily
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Carl Mize might want to think about asking for hazard pay. The OU Physical Plant employee has been hospitalized three times for injuries sustained in the line of duty, twice when he was struck by lighting and then again April 8 when a utility truck collapsed on him while he was doing landscaping work at Boyd House. Then there are the four other times he was struck by lighting, bringing his personal injury total to six lighting strikes and a truck accident. “Some people say I’m unlucky, but I think I’m kind of lucky to be alive,” Mize said. The first lightning strike came in 1978, when Mize was riding bulls at a rodeo. The rodeo was temporarily shut down because storms were coming in. Lightning hit his truck as he was touching it. It knocked him
back about five feet, but no serious dam- at his home. Mize said his wife rushed age was done. the family to the cellar because tornadoes The second incident was in 1994, when were nearing Norman. While his family Mize helped a friend move a playhouse. was in the cellar, Mize was outside holdMize said he was holding a crowbar when ing onto a swing chain when lightning hit lightning struck a telephone pole next to a nearby tree and went into the chain. him. The lightning went through the pole Mize admits it wasn’t the smartest deinto the crowbar, which cision to be outside, but he blew out of his hands and think it would be pos“Some people say I’m didn’t jolted him, Mize said. sible to get struck again. The third event was in unlucky, but I think The fifth hit came in 2005 1996, when he was working I’m kind of lucky to be while Mize was on the north on street-light cables on the alive.” side of campus repairing a South Oval. He was lying water main break during a on his stomach repairing storm. Water had saturated CARL MIZE, OU PHYSICAL the cables when lightning the ground, and one of his split open a Cyprus tree PLANT EMPLOYEE shoes had a hole in it. on the east side of the oval. Lightning struck where The lightning current went the workers were, traveled down the tree, through the cable wires, through the water on the ground and up and came out his chest. through the hole in his shoe. He spent four “I thought somebody had hit me with a days in the hospital because he had an abclub,” Mize said. “It hurt like heck.” normal heart rate following the incident. Mize was hospitalized for three days “I’ve been struck twice in the same pair and had a large burn mark on his chest. Strike No. 4 occurred on May 3, 1999, LIGHTNING CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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April 8, but this one wasnâ€™t lightning-related. He was landscaping at Boyd House, where Continues from page 1 workers were moving a tree via a truck to OU President David Borenâ€™s backyard. of tennis shoes,â€? Mize said. The truck lifting the tree over In August 2006, Mize went outside as a storm was ap- the fence fell onto the truck proaching to cover his hay. As Mize was standing on, hitting he was throwing tires on top of Mize and sending him to the a tarp to hold it down, lightning hospital for a few hours. Despite all the accidents, struck again. â€œAll I saw was a real bright Mize refuses to be afraid. He said his line of work keeps light,â€? Mize said. In 2007, professor John him constantly outside and he Friedman from Long Island wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. â€œHe doesnâ€™t live his day like, State College came to interview Mize as part of his research for â€˜Oh there is a storm coming, I have to go inside,â€™â€? Robin Mize his study on lightning victims. Friedman believes there is said. Mizeâ€™s families and friends something in a have a different personâ€™s body reaction to his rethat attracts lightWHAT ARE THE peated encounning to them, ODDS... ? ters with bolts of Mize said. lightning. â€œAt this point, â€˘ Odds of being struck by â€œI have lots of I believe it does lightning in a given year: people who will like me for some 1 in 700,000 call or e-mail me reason,â€? he said. â€˘ Odds of being struck in if there is a storm While his ciryour lifetime: 1 in 5,000 o r l i g h t n i n g ,â€? cumstances are â€˘ Number of deaths from Mize said. strange, Mize His three said he is not inlightning reported annudaughters, who terested in learnally: 60 ing why lightning â€˘ Number of lightning- are all nurses, keeps hitting related injuries reported are the most concerned members him. annually: 340 of the family, he Johns Hopkins SOURCE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE said. University wantâ€œThey become ed to do a study unglued,â€? his wife on Mize, but he declined the offer because it said. Co-worker Mike Petross said would have kept him away from what puzzles him about Mizeâ€™s work for too long. Mize has attracted the atten- lightning strike encounters is tion of reporters as well as re- that lightning is suppose to hit searchers. After the 2005 strike, the tallest object in the area, but he received offers to appear on Mize is relatively short. Physical Plant workers know CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX, â€œEllen,â€? â€œThe Oprah Winfrey Showâ€? and to watch out for him, though. â€œI was standing right next to most recently, â€œAre You Smarter him. Iâ€™ll never get that close to than A Fifth Grader?â€? But the attention got old fast. him again during that weather,â€? â€œThey would have liked to Petross said. While Mize continues to have driven us insane,â€? said his work outdoors, he admits the wife, Robin Mize. Robin Mize said she tries not last few strikes have caused him to worry about her husband too to think more seriously when much, even when he gets hurt. lightning strikes. â€œNow it affects me more,â€? â€œSince this is not the first time, I donâ€™t get all hysterical,â€? Mize said. â€œI would thoroughly enjoy getting to retire instead of she said. Mize had another accident getting killed by lightning.â€?
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People gather at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday on the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building formerly stood, to mark the 14th anniversary of the bombing. Following the services, family and friends tied flowers and memorabilia to the chairs that represent the 168 people killed on April 19, 1995.
Marijuana Continues from page 1 drug offenders in prison when drug rehabilitation for addicts would cost about 1/7 of incarcerating them. According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, as of April 13, 2009, prisons were at 99.32 percent capacity. State Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, said he is opposed to legalizing marijuana. He called marijuana a gateway drug to other harder substances. â€œItâ€™s illegal for valid reasons,â€? Banz said. â€œItâ€™s personal destruction and harm you potentially do to others.â€? Banz said many religious people in the Midwest believe the human body should not be exposed to dangerous substances and intoxicants. He said he knows prisons are overcrowded, but believes people who go to prison arenâ€™t there for a first offense and deserve to be there because theyâ€™ve broken the law several times. â€œIâ€™m not willing to let people who have committed crimes back into society,â€? he said. He said the best way to avoid overcrowding in prisons is to prevent the
the volunteers are not the only ones to benefit from the Big Event. Students who participate do as well, Jenkins said. â€œItâ€™s really a cool thing and I think they get a different perspective on life when they volunteer in it,â€? she said. The Big Event originated at Texas A&M University in 1982. More than 60 universities in the nation participate in the community service project. Jenkins said she looks forward to working with the students again next year. â€œThey are awesome. They are just an awesome group of people,â€? she said.
behavior from happening in the first generation,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s proven to place. not be effective because they only â€œIf you make the price of doing used scare tactics.â€? a behavior steep enough, they Right now the OU chapter is still in wonâ€™t do it,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s all about the early stages and is currently lookdeterrence.â€? ing for a faculty sponsor, Burton said. Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, She said once the group has official said about 80 percent of prisoners are campus status, it plans to work with incarcerated because of some sort of UOSA on the referendum regardmental health or drug abuse issue. ing drugs, and to implement â€œgood He said Oklahoma S a m a r i t a n l a w sâ€? drug laws should be â€œIf you make the price which would prevent relaxed. anyone from being of doing a behavior â€œOur prisons are arrested if seeking steep enough, they full of people with help for a person who drug problems,â€? he wonâ€™t do it. Itâ€™s all had an overdose. said. Burton said many about deterrence.â€? He said many peopeople in the area ple who have serious STATE REP. GARY BANZ, arenâ€™t active in revisdrug problems are R-MIDWEST CITY ing drug policy beafraid to ask for help cause thereâ€™s a stigbecause they are ma with drug usage afraid of getting into in the region. legal trouble. â€œI think in the Midwest, people Drug policy in Oklahoma is also have been closed off for so many on the minds of many OU students. years and do what theyâ€™re told,â€? she Kaylee Burton, professional writ- said. â€œIf it doesnâ€™t affect me, why ing senior, is starting the Students for should I care?â€? Sensible Drug Policy chapter at OU Burton said the group doesnâ€™t adnext fall. SSDP has over 100 chapters vocate usage of marijuana, but does across the country and consists of advocate the change in policy. college students who are interested â€œWhy are we punishing people in revising national drug policy, she so much?â€? Burton said. â€œWe want said. people to be fair, not try to force or â€œWeâ€™re part of the D.A .R.E. scare us.â€?
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FUTURE EMPLOYERS AWARE OF FACEBOOK PERSONALITIES Social networking sites can leave virtual bruises on professional reputation ASHLEIGH WOODALL The Oklahoma Daily
As seniors prepare to graduate and apply for jobs, employers are looking beyond social networking sites to compare resumes against online personas. Employers can use major search engines like Google to find information about applicants, and social networking sites like Facebook are becoming increasingly used for information, said Bette Scott, OU Career Services director. “Anything negative on social networking sites like Facebook can negatively affect whether you get a job,” Scott said. But the online persona doesn’t end there. More information is indexed online every year by search engines, making it easier for employers to track the small bread crumbs of information Web surfers leave behind on the internet. “Employers will make every effort to make sure they have the right person,” Scott said. “They search for credit checks, convictions, felonies and their Facebook. The Internet has made it easy to find out information on them.” While Scott said she did not know any
specific cases at OU, she said nation-wide cases reported in the career services industry of students losing job opportunities because of their internet image is increasing. “The national list serve really helps us get a good feel for trends in hiring, and students’ internet profiles are beginning to affect whether they get jobs,” Scott said. Some factors about getting a job are unavoidable; a question about convictions or felonies is typically on job applications. Cleaning up a social networking profile, however, is one simple way to increase the chances of getting a job. Scott also advises students to consider deleting them entirely once they start applying for jobs, or internships. “You can’t control what others put on their own Facebook, and if it reflects negatively on you, employers will still see it,” Scott said. Another suggestion Scott gives students is to create a “professional Facebook” to promote the student, and should reflect their college accomplishments rather than what they did last weekend. If the student wants to keep their Facebook page as is, OU Career Services employees Ashlie Cornelius and Kathy Green said in their blog, students should put their security to the highest privacy setting. They advise using caution though, as some employers will find their way around the privacy settings. Some will even have
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Social networking sites are great places for people to keep track of their friends and family. Students have been denied employment based on what potential employers have found on their pages. interns add the applicant as a friend in order to see the profile. Cornelius and Green recommend that students check to see if the company has a Facebook or other social network profile and connect with them that way. When students fix their Facebook sites to
reflect their accomplishments, their chances of getting hired increase, Scott said. “Nationally, college recruitment for jobs is down 22 percent,” Scott said. “However, there are still jobs out there ... Students who are trying to get jobs seem to think its completely hopeless, but it’s not.”
Car burglaries peak as weather warms Hiding valuables and locking cars essential to preventing burglaries CLARK FOY The Oklahoma Daily
As average temperatures rise for the season, more people are out in their neighborhoods and car burglaries are increasing in Norman. The Norman Police Department issued a warning this month about an increase in reports of car burglaries and drew a correlation to the fairer weather. Many of the burglaries occur when cars are unlocked and valuables such as iPods, laptops and wallets are left in the vehicle. “It is important to remember to always lock your car and don’t leave valuables,” said Jennifer Newell, Norman PD community relations officer. “If there is nothing of interest they can see, they will usually leave your car alone.” In some instances, burglars canvas neighborhoods trying car doors parked outside to see if they are unlocked, according to the press release. Sometimes they will even use the garage door opener to steal items from the garage. OUPD Lt. Bruce Chan said there have been increased car
burglaries recently and it is common for this time of year. “Students are encouraged to lock their cars and park in well lighted areas,” Chan said. “Don’t leave valuables in the car and if you do, lock them in your trunk where they are out of sight.” Julianne Hill, Spanish education sophomore, had her car stolen last semester in the warm weather of early October despite her car doors being locked. Hill said her car was parked in front of the Delta Gamma house and when she went out one Friday afternoon to run errands, her car was nowhere to be found. After hours of searching different parking lots, the case was reported to Norman PD. Her friends told her they saw the car at around 3 a.m., when they were getting back from a movie, so the car must have been stolen very early in the morning. “They must have been pretty professional and really knew what they were doing,” Hill said. “They stole it pretty early in the morning and even took the OnStar out so I couldn’t trace the car.” No progress has been made on the case so far and Hill’s car has since been replaced by her insurance company. With warmer weather comes more yard work and outside
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Oklahoma City Police reported 3,934 car thefts in the greater OKC area in 2008. The number of car thefts was down 15 percent from 2007. activity, which leads to garage doors being left open more often. There have been cases where a burglar walks into an open garage, takes valuables and leaves. Norman PD is encouraging residents to alert neighbors if they leave the garage door open, and call the police if they see any suspicious activities. Thieves have been reported to break windows if they see something valuable inside the car.
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Stem-cell bill is too restrictive Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has until Wednesday to sign or veto a bill that would ban embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma. We think Henry should choose the latter. House Bill 1326, authored by Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, wouldn’t just put regulations on embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma, it would ban it completely – a move that could possibly shut off great research avenues in the Sooner state and effectively ruin its reputation in the scientific community. We think the embryonic stem cell research that does take place should be limited to those embryos that were to be destroyed anyway, which the National Institutes of Health recently ruled are the only embryos from which scientists can use cells. These guidelines exclude cells derived from embryos created only for experiments. There’s no reason the former cells shouldn’t be put to beneficial use that could
possibly result in disease treating and curing medical breakthroughs. Since President Barack Obama recently reversed a Bush Administration policy and opened lanes for federal stem-cell research funding, research might not cost the state much money. To shut off the possibility of such research would do Oklahoma a disservice, so Henry needs to veto the bill. On the other hand, a House Joint Resolution put forth by Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, that would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to increase funding for adult stem cell research should be signed by the governor. Adult stem cells have already proven fruitful in producing benefits to patients with more than 70 different cancers and disorders, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic artery disease and certain kinds of anemia. Increased funding for this research could help bolster Oklahoma’s research reputation, just as vetoing HB 1326 would.
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War of terrorism not a contradiction of terms Many are worried because we’re closing Guantanamo, but their fears are unfounded. We’re just transferring those terrorists to other prisons, including the recently expanded Bagram prison in Afghanistan. We no longer have to worry about journalists and congressmen touring our detention facilities and reporting their findings to the world at large. Soon these prisons will all be far MAX away, largely unknown, AVERY thus subjected to significantly less oversight. Some think we should allow the media access so we know what’s happening in these prisons, that we should know and care about what’s becoming of these terrorists. I don’t want to know what’s happening to these terrorists. Why should we, as citizens of a democracy, know what our government is doing? We can trust our government to do what’s right.
After all, it’s our government that came up with the idea to stop flying terrorists to prisons on U.S. soil in Hispaniola, which is certainly far too close to the continental U.S. Now we transfer them to prisons in Afghanistan; which reduces travel expenses, a wise decision in these economically unsound times. The prison in Bagram is less visible than Guantanamo. This keeps most human rights organizations and reporters away. Even when they do find it, the blame for any supposed misconduct could be transferred to the Afghans, but don’t worry, it’s still run by U.S. military and contractors. Thus we gain ever ything and lose nothing. We’re even being lauded by the international media for the transfer. This is the same international media that chided us for creating the term “enemy combatant,” a descriptor that allows us to interrogate prisoners in a more intensely. They claim the human rights of these prisoners aren’t being upheld. These organizations are making a
grievously unfounded assumption: that these terrorists are human, and thus entitled to certain rights. They are not. They attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. They flew planes into the greatest parts of America, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Now they attack our brave soldiers in the war on terror and kill the innocent. They hate America and freedom (the two are irrefutably synonymous). It is a truism that all humans love freedom. They hate freedom, so why should we treat them as humans? The answer is: we shouldn’t. So we don’t. Look at Mohamed el Gharani. In 1998, when he was 12 years old and living with his parents in Saudi Arabia, he was involved with an al-Qaida leader in London and went to Guantanamo for that connection. Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen who has spent six years in solitary confinement in Guantanamo for killing a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 years old. In other conflicts, even most African conflicts, we’d call them child soldiers and put
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or faith, but the race of woman and of man. Israel must have its place, protected and hallowed as it is. But Palestinians also deserve autonomy and respect, and hope for an existence without anarchy. Over the winter break, a friend of my family passed from life, and it was my honor to play my violin at his funeral. Behind the scenes at the funeral home, and in my company as I prepared to play, two elderly pastors in decades-old leisure suits discussed the approaching “end times.” They laughed and wished me luck in playing after an adamant discussion of the impending Armageddon, which they saw as a direct result of any concessions by Israel in their age-old conflicts. “I am certain,” one said, “without a doubt, we are living in the last days.” “I can feel it, too” said the other, “and this country is going to hell for abandoning Israel.” But I learned growing up, as it is in Saint John’s Gospel that Jesus gave us a new commandment, that we should “love one another, even as I have loved you.” This cannot mean that we must each die for one another, but in this time when understanding and benevolence is in such need, we must give truly of ourselves, for our own salvation. That this edict is supernatural may be open to question, but I cannot believe that its truth does not translate
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This morning, I step uneasily onto the third rail of American foreign policy, on the anniversary of the massacre at Columbine and of the birth of Adolf Hitler, to seek new mercy and reconciliation. And in the calm we know today, between the last withdrawal, and the next incursion, and when we stand poised for a new government and with lives across the world in the balance, I say “Hear, O Israel.” Let there be peace. I speak to friends SLATER RHEA and loved ones, Jewish, Christian, and all others, because for some years I have sensed a disconcerting detachment from the violence so real in that region, and from some, a frightful blood thirst and hope for coming rapture. I speak as a friend to Israel, and one who knows that any solution must recognize its unshakable right to exist, but as a person deeply moved by the thousands of innocents killed and ruined in retaliation for crimes no less heinous, but certainly beyond their control. I speak to those who say that for God to come again, we must maintain Israel: Friend, we must indeed maintain Israel, but it has long been accepted – and indeed for 2,000 years Christians have construed that “Israel” – God’s chosen people –encompasses not one race
them through rehabilitation. But these are terrorists, they’re enemy combatants, evil beings, and there’s no rehabilitating them. Some actually claim we should put these terrorists on trial and prove their guilt. Our nation’s security would be terribly threatened if they were to go on trial and had the protections of our great legal system. It has been said that if they weren’t terrorists when we found them, they are now. Think of what might happen if they were found innocent and released. We’d have made terrorists, and then released them to fight against us. Besides, our legal system was made for Americans, not terrorists. They are unworthy of American rights. American law is already overloaded with dope smokers, white-collar criminals (if there really is such a thing) and traffic violators anyway. We’re doing the right thing by getting these “enemy combatants” away from our soil. It’s safer for us this way, and better, too.
I couldn’t keep myself from laughing after finishing the last half of “Anger Boils Over at Capitol,” which was concluded with a small passage reading “Our Commitment to Accuracy: The Daily has a long-standing commitment to serve readers by providing accurate coverage and analysis. Errors are corrected as they are identified. Readers should bring errors to the attention of the editorial board for further investigation.” Well, you’ve made quite the error. The first error I’m eager to point out is using Wallace Collins as a reputable, trustworthy source. Besides being successfully sued two separate times for libel, he’s also the very last person who should be commenting on anything even remotely related to education or spending. I urge you to recall his debacle last year on the House floor when he admitted he couldn’t read very well due to being a public school graduate, or that his libel lawsuit costs had to be garnished out of his Oklahoma taxpayer-funded paycheck. Setting these issues aside, you might have thought “maybe I should interview someone who disagrees with the cause but, at least, has the intellectual capacity to comprehend the message.” This personal deliberation should have come immediately after hearing him mutter, “None of us want to (pay taxes). But I would venture a guess that none of them want to cut any government services either.” In fact, that is precisely what Tea Partiers are asking for, since the definition of “services” has come to include frivolous bailouts of private corporations. I’m not sure if I should be upset that you interviewed someone who put the cause down and clearly doesn’t understand it, or thank you for proving the point that these are exactly the kind of people Tea Partiers wish to throw out of office – those who are unwilling to take a stand against spending because they’re too concerned with how that might affect their re-election campaign. The author also made the mistake of implying that these Tea Parties are a partisan issue. If he had cared to perform even a cursory investigation into the history of the protests, he would have known that not only are these events protesting both parties, but also that the organizer for the Oklahoma City Tea Party is a Democrat. Tessa Breder, international security sophomore, OU College Republicans Chairman, Cleveland County Republican Party ViceChairman
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Monday, April 20, 2009
PROMISES, PROMISES: OBAMA KEEPS SOME BUSH SECRETS Information about FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse remains withheld MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information about Americans and foreigners. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department quietly told a federal court in Washington last week that it would not second-guess the previous administration’s decisions to withhold some information about the bureau’s Investigative Data Warehouse. AP PHOTO/JEFF CHRISTENSEN The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advoIn this Jan. 20 file photo, President Barack Obama talks to former cacy group, had sued under the Freedom of Information Act President George W. Bush as former Vice President Dick Cheney to get records showing how the FBI protects the privacy of listens, right, after Obama delivered his inaugural address at the Americans whose personal information winds up in the vast U.S. Capitol in Washington. Obama’s Justice Department quietly database. As a result, there is no public list of all the databases the told a federal court in mid-April 2009 that it would not secondFBI sucks into this computer warehouse; no information on guess the previous administration’s decisions to withhold some how individuals can correct errors about them in this FBI da- information about the FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse. tabase; and no public access to assessments the bureau did favor of disclosure.” Attorney General Eric Holder promptly of the warehouse’s impact on Americans’ privacy. beat Obama’s deadline by two months for issuing new guide“In light of all the fanfare at the highest levels of the admin- lines that urged release unless “foreseeable harm” would istration about a new transparency policy, it’s remarkable result. that not one word of additional material has been released With a flourish, the Justice Department has opened two as a result of that new policy,” said David Sobel, the founda- batches of secret legal opinions crafted to support Bush’s tion’s lawyer in the case. anti-terrorism policies. Just Thursday, The administration’s handling of the “There has been a lack of four Bush-era legal opinions that relaxed decision fit a pattern that emerged this restrictions against torture of prisoners month: Highly visible announcements consistency on the part of were made public, accompanied by a dewhen Obama breaks with Bush policy in the administration when it partment news release and a statement order to open hidden government files, comes to secrecy issues.” from Obama. but an almost stealthy rollout of decisions In contrast, the decision to endorse when Obama endorses secrecy. Bush’s withholding of records about the JAMES DEMPSEY, VICE PRESIDENT “There has been a lack of consistency FBI’s data warehouse was filed in federal on the part of the administration when FOR PUBLIC POLICY AT THE CENTER court last Monday with no other public it comes to secrecy issues,” said James FOR DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY word from the current administration. Dempsey, vice president for public On April 3, the Obama administration policy at the Center for Democracy and issued no presidential statement or genTechnology, an open government advocate. “They do seem eral Justice Department news release when it told a federal to be torn between two conflicting tendencies: One is open- court in San Francisco that a lawsuit by AT&T customers to ness and other is a control-the-news tendency. But it’s still stop domestic wiretapping by the National Security Agency early in the administration, so I cut them some slack for not must be halted to avoid disclosing state secrets. having this fully thought out yet.” Instead, a court brief containing the decision was filed Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler of- electronically with the San Francisco court at 8 p.m. EDT fered a different explanation: “Some withholdings are nec- Friday. essary in order to protect privacy, national security and other Schmaler said the department had a statement prepared interests.” in case anyone called to ask about the filing. But in the NSA There’s no lack of openness when Obama changes Bush case, and the FBI case, the department did not follow the policies. Bush administration practice of e-mailing reporters a copy On his first day in office, Obama reversed a policy on re- of government briefs in newsworthy cases as soon as they are leasing government documents so there is a “presumption in filed with a court.
TODAY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The OU School of Music will present a Sutton Concert Series performance by the Oklahoma Chamber Players at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center.
OU Librarians will host a Research Rescue seminar at 6 p.m. in Walker Center. OU ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The OU Zoological Society will hold its ﬁnal meeting of the semester at 7 p.m. in Richards Hall.
present a Sutton Concert Series performance by the OU Wind Symphony at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center. WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER
The Women’s Outreach Center will host a self-defense course for women at 8 p.m. in Adams Center.
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POLICE REPORTS Names are compiled from the Norman Police Department and OUPD. The reports serve as a record of arrests and citations, not convictions. Those listed are innocent until proven guilty. OUTRAGING PUBLIC DECENCY Zachary Austin Baker, 21, 759 Asp Ave., Saturday, also public intoxication Jose Hernandez, 23, 750 Asp Ave., Saturday John David Willimon, 22, 722 Asp Ave., Saturday AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Sheldon Thomas White Thunder, 18, Beaumont Street, Thursday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Clayton Lee Bettes, 35, East Lindsey Street, Wednesday Elizabeth M. Blue, 22, East Lindsey Street, Saturday Billie Joe Martin, 25, Main Street, Thursday, also leaving the scene of an accident PERSONAL INJURY WHILE INTOXICATED Adam Christopher Caldwell, 22, 8200 E. Franklin Road, Saturday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Johnny Dale Campbell, 39, 401 12th Ave. SE, Saturday Corey Wayne Douglas, 21, 1600 Iowa St., Friday Christopher Imani Henderson, 27, Desert Willow Terrace, Saturday Benedict Francis Mbong, 26, 201 W. Gray St, Thursday John Arthur Williams, 48, 615 W. Main St., Thursday, also county warrant COUNTY WARRANT Scott Alexander Blackburn, 36, 900 W. Main St., Thursday, also driving under suspension James Clayton Lamb, 35, 1808 S. Virginia St., Saturday James Earl Shockley, 27, 200 Chalmette Drive, Saturday
PUBLIC INTOXICATION Juan Carlo Arce Delgado, 29, 208 Crystal Circle, Friday Joshua Goombi, 21, East Robinson Street, Thursday Shawn Anthony Head, 33, 1000 E. Alameda, Thursday Todd Cameron Knisley, 25, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday Ricky Lynn Liberto, 53, 6221 N. Interstate Dr., Thursday Rachael Lajo Muecke, 23, 759 Asp Ave., Saturday Justin Kyle Sanner, 24, 15700 E. South Highway 9, Saturday Daniel Christopher Stevens, 22, 759 Asp Ave., Saturday PETTY LARCENY Robyn Gray, 47, 3301 W. Main St., Wednesday Kathleen Renee Paquin, 19, 3499 W. Main St., Saturday Joshua Wayne Poole, 22, 3499 W. Main St., Wednesday DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE PRESENCE OF A MINOR Michael Anthony Stupart, 38, 4321 Willowisp Drive, Saturday POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE Brandiejo R. Barnes, 33, 900 W. Main St., Friday Warren Daniel Keil, 25, 4314 Willowpoint Dr., Friday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Charles Harold Broadway, 23, 2399 Research Park Blvd., Friday Robin Blake Howell, 19, 2399 Research Park Blvd., Friday Nicholas Eugene Orrie Rockholt, 19, Camden Way, Thursday, also public drunk Thomas Joseph Shafer, 20, 2400 W. Lindsey St., Wednesday ENTRY OF A MINOR Kristen Helen Reed, 20, 1200 12th Ave. SE, Thursday OBTAINING A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE BY FALSE PRETENSE Osanta Von Rose Moore, 34, 333 N. Interstate Dr. E., Thursday
Monday, April 20, 2009
OBAMA PROMPTS CUBA TO RELEASE PRISONERS Trip marks first discussion on human rights in Latin America PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — President Barack Obama on Sunday suggested that Cuba release its political prisoners and defended his highly publicized handshakes with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, closing an overseas trip that he said heralded a new start in U.S. ties with Latin America. Obama said the exchanges with Cuba and Venezuela provide “an opportunity for frank dialogue on a range of issues, including critical issues of democracy and human rights throughout the hemisphere.” And yet, he quickly added, “the test for all of us is not simply words but also deeds.” Earlier this week, the Obama administration lifted restrictions on Cuban-Americans who want to travel and send money to their island homeland and freed U.S. telecommunications companies to seek business there. Havana responded, saying it was open to talks on issues including human rights — a topic long held off-limits. Obama, speaking to reporters at a closing news conference at the Summit of the Americas, suggested that Cuba could further respond by releasing political prisoners and cutting fees on the money that Cuban-
Americans send to their families. The U.S. president brushed aside GOP condemnation of his friendly exchanges with Chavez. He said Venezuela has a defense budget about one-six hundredth the size of the United States’ and noted that it owns the oil company Citgo. “It’s hard to believe we are endangering the strategic interests” of the U.S. by talking with Chavez, he said. The trip was Obama’s first presidential journey to the region, and he said the meeting of heads of state had the potential to create greater progress on economic progress, climate control and immigration. As he did on a recent trip to Europe, Obama stressed in Latin America that the United States is a willing partner, “inclined to listen and not just talk,” in trying to advance national interests. “We recognize that other countries have good ideas, too, and we want to hear them,” he said, adding that the fact that an idea comes from a small country like Costa Rica should not diminish its potential benefit. Besides the discussion about Cuba, which was not invited to the summit, his trip was dominated by images of his handshakes with Chavez, the leftist president of Venezuela. who once likened President George W. Bush to the devil.
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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, right, speaks with President Barack Obama on Friday at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Iran’s president urges full defense for convicted US reporter Obama calls for appropriate action to ensure US-Iran talks continue TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said Sunday that an American journalist convicted of spying for the U.S. should be allowed to offer a full defense during her appeal, a day after she was sentenced to eight years in prison. The message was a sign that Iran’s leadership does not want the case to derail moves toward a dialogue with the Obama administration to break a 30-year diplomatic deadlock. Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to Tehran’s chief prosecutor instructing him to personally ensure that “suspects be given all their rights to defend themselves” against the charges. “Prepare for the court proceedings ... to
observe and apply justice precisely,” the state news agency IRNA quoted him as saying. The letter came a day after Iran announced the conviction and sentence for Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old dual AmericanIranian citizen who was born in the U.S. and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. It was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of espionage, and her lawyer said he’ll appeal. President Barack Obama said Sunday he was “gravely concerned” about Saberi’s safety and well-being and was confident she wasn’t involved in espionage. The U.S. has called the charges baseless and said Iran would gain U.S. goodwill if it “responded in a positive way” to the case. “She is an Iranian-American who was interested in the country which her family came from. And it is appropriate for her to be treated as such and to be released,” Obama said.
Saberi’s case has been an irritant in U.S.Iran relations at a time when Obama is offering to start a dialogue between the longtime adversaries. A few days before her sentence was announced, Ahmadinejad gave the clearest signal yet that Iran, too, was ready for a new relationship with the U.S. Ahmadinejad’s letter also referred to Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, who has been in an Iranian prison since November on charges of insulting religious figures. Ahmadinejad requested the prosecutor also ensure that he be allowed to fully defend himself, IRNA reported. Iran has released few details about the charges against the two. Saberi was arrested in January and initially accused of working without press credentials. But earlier this month, an Iranian judge leveled a more serious allegation that she was passing classified information to U.S. intelligence services.
She told her father in a phone conversation that she was arrested after buying a bottle of wine. Her father said she had been working on a book about Iranian culture and hoped to return to the U.S. this year. Saberi, who was 1997 Miss North Dakota, had been living in Iran for six years and worked as a freelance reporter for news organizations including National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corp. Because Saberi’s father was born in Iran, she received Iranian citizenship. Her parents, who live in Fargo, traveled to Iran to seek her release. Her father has said his daughter wasn’t allowed a proper defense during her one-day trial behind closed doors a week ago. He said no evidence has been made public, and his daughter was tricked into making incriminating statements by officials who told her they would free her if she did. —AP
Monday, April 20, 2009
CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Jesus Medina
Recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity
ationally noted ear, nose and throat cancer treatment specialist Dr. Jesus Medina has been named the 2009 recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at OU. Patients travel from many states to take advantage of the revolutionary treatments pioneered by Dr. Medina, professor and chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and his team. Through his efforts, the department has become widely known around the world as a leader in treating mouth and throat cancers and advanced cancers of the face and neck. Above all, he is known as a caring physician who acts out of love for his patients and his students. The award, established by the late Edith Kinney Gaylord of Oklahoma City, is administered by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and is presented to a faculty or staff member at OU who exhibits â€œkeen perceptivity.â€? The agreement establishing the prize also states that a person â€œwho manifests intuitiveness, instant comprehension, empathy, is observant and interprets from
from the insight of the recipient, also is considered. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.
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Monday, April 20, 2009
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SOONERS TAKE THIRD PLACE AT NATIONALS Legendre takes three individual titles, OU gets six All-Americans CLAIRE BRANDON The Oklahoma Daily
The men’s gymnastics team competed as defending champion in the NCAA gymnastics
championships this weekend, and although the team finished with the third-place trophy, six Sooners claimed All-American honors, and sophomore Steven Legendre earned three individual championship titles. The Sooners posted a score of 361.200 to finish behind champion Stanford, who won the event with a 362.800 Friday night, and
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Senior Chris Brooks reacts after his landing from the parallel bars during the men’s NCAA gymnastics championships Friday in Minneapolis.
SPORTS BRIEFS TRACK AND FIELD SETS MARKS Track and field ran and jumped its way to 19 NCAA Regional qualifying marks Saturday in wet, soggy weather at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The Sooners also saw one of their own grab a national mark in an event, with freshman Will Claye nailing down the nation’s best number in the triple jump. Junior Paul Gill cleared a height of 6-10.75 (2.10) on his second attempt. and cleared the regional qualifying bar as he won the high jump. Sophomore Scott Cooper is now tops in the Big 12 in the 800-meter dash, after winning with a 1:48.91; a time which was also a personal best for Cooper. The women’s 4x400-meter relay also scored a victory, with freshman Andra Harris, freshman Demeeka Jones, sophomore Jalesa Walker and redshirt junior Amanda Mayfield getting the win. On her third attempt, junior Scottesha Miller won the women’s long jump title with a distance of 19-8.00 (5.99). — Jarrod Yost/The Daily
TENNIS SPLITS DOUBLE-HEADER The women’s tennis team split its final regular season home matches this weekend. The Sooners went 1-1 over the weekend, first losing to Baylor Saturday but then bouncing back the next day to beat Texas Tech 6-1. The Sooners finished the year 9-13 and 3-8 in Big 12 play. Sophomore standout Ana-Maria Constantinescu went undefeated in conference with an 11-0 record. The Sooners will now go into the Big 12 championships this weekend in Norman. — James Roth/The Daily
runner-up Michigan (361.500). OU as fuel to get back in the gym.” finished first on floor (62.750) and Legendre is also a member of vault (64.050). the national team, and with Brooks “I couldn’t be more proud of my will represent OU in August at the team,” Legendre said. “We hit one U.S. Gymnastics Championships. of our highest percentages this year Senior Jacob Messina earned and we did pretty much everything an All-America honor on pommel we needed to do.” horse with a score of 14.300. The Sooners’ total was their sec“Individually I think I had a great ond-highest score of the season. meet,” Messina said. “I hit every“We finished well,” senior Chris thing I did, stuck seven of eight disBrooks said. “Stanford did an mounts. I’m happy to get one more amazing job, but [All-American] we went out on a before I go out, “I felt like all the hard good note.” and everyone did Legendre won work this year came well.” his first individual through and paid off.” R u s s e l l title Friday when Czeschin, a he took the all6-foot-3 inch searound title with SOPHOMORE STEVEN LEGENDRE nior, claimed Alla score of 90.500. American honors Legendre is one with a 15.500 on of six Sooners who advanced to floor and 15.775 on vault. the individual championships Sophomore Bobby Shortle Saturday night. earned the first All-American of his All six gymnasts who qualified career on floor with a 15.375. for the individual event claimed Senior Kyle McNamara claimed All-American honors on Saturday OU’s final All-American honor of by placing in the top eight in a the meet on high bar, posting a final. score of 14.475. Legendre defended his titles on The team started out the weekfloor (15.625) and vault (16.350), end by winning its qualifying setting a new program record with session Thursday with a 360.950 his five national titles. to advance to Friday’s national “I was definitely happy with championship. my individual accomplishments,” The Sooners competed in the Legendre said. “But it’s kind of championship with Stanford, overshadowed by not winning the Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State team championship, which was and California. our main goal for the weekend.” California (361.150) finished The Sooners captured nine All- fourth Friday while Illinois (359.30) America honors in all, the second- and Ohio State (355.950) came in highest total in the nation. at fifth and sixth, respectively. Brooks was named an All“[Our placement] is not where American on floor (15.575) and we wanted to end up,” Messina vault (16.075). A member of the said. “We had a lot of adversity this U.S. senior national team, Brooks year but we pulled through.” claimed six All-American titles in Under head coach Mark his career. Wi l l i a m s, O U h a s w o n f i v e “I didn’t have my best perfor- o f t h e p a s t e i g h t n a t i o n a l mance which is always frustrating,” championships. Brooks said. “But you have to use it “We competed on every event
with enthusiasm,” Messina said. “We can’t be upset.” Although the Sooners were looking to claim the program’s ninth NCAA crown this weekend, the Sooners marked the 2008-09 season with team accomplishments. The Sooners broke an NCAA scoring record on March 21, posting a 366.850 against No. 8 Penn State. Additionally, OU (12-0) went undefeated in the regular season for the third time under Williams. “The season as a whole I think was good,” Brooks said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the guys on the team. It was a great year.” The team and all-around finals will air on ESPN2 (Cox Channel 28, HD Channel 721 in OKC) April 23 at 2 p.m.
WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS FERGUSON TAKES ALLAMERICAN HONOR A t t h e Wo m e n ’s N C A A Championships in Lincoln, Neb., freshman Megan Ferguson shared seventh on balance beam. “I was nervous as always, being out here with some great competition,” Ferguson said. “It was a very different feeling not having my team with me out there, but they were yelling loud from the stands and I appreciated the support.” Ferguson joined Olympian Kelly Garrison (1988) and Kasie Tamayo (2004) as the only first-team AllAmericans on beam in OU program history. “It’s always important that we have a gymnast representing OU in the event finals and Megan performed like the star we know she is capable of being,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. — Daily Staff
Warren confirms plans to return to OU next season JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily
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Freshman guard Willie Warren attempts to dribble away from a Syracuse defender on March 27 in Memphis. Warren officially announced on Saturday that he will return to OU for his sophomore season.
Big 12 Freshman of the Year guard Willie Warren confirmed Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center that he will be returning to OU for his sophomore season. In his second-team all-conference 2008 season, he averaged 14.6 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 78.1 percent from the line. Warren said he originally intended to remain a Sooner, as he stated throughout the season, but he and his mother looked into all possible options before coming to a final decision. “My mom wanted to take the process slow and didn’t want to make any quick decisions that we’d regret,” Warren said. “I feel like I made the right decision by staying here at OU.” Head coach Jeff Capel, who met with Warren and his mother Saturday, said he made sure Warren knew the options before he made the decision to remain a Sooner for at least one more year.
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“Willie has been saying the whole time that he was coming back, but I just wanted to make sure he was coming back for the right reasons which I knew he was,” Capel said. “I wanted him to know what was out there, opportunities that were out there. I owe that to my players, to give them enough information where they can make informed decisions because this is about their futures. “For some of these guys it’s a chance to make a lot of money and being able to take care of their families. I do think Willie made the right decision most importantly because it’s what he wants to do.” Warren said one of the factors that made him come back was NCAA College Player of the Year sophomore forward Blake Griffin’s decision to play two years at OU and the success that Griffin and OU had last season. “[Griffin coming back] had a lot to do with it,” Warren said. “Also, him coming back trusting the team that was coming in and we made a push to go to the Elite Eight, and that’s the same trust I’ve got coming in with next year’s team.”
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Monday, April 20, 2009
Longhorns sweep OU in three-game weekend series
SOONERS SWEEP AGGIES
JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily
Despite out-hitting the No. 9 Longhorns 12 to nine, the No. 10 baseball team could not avoid the threegame sweep with an 8-5 loss in Austin Sunday. The Sooners (29-11, 8-7) dropped Saturday’s doubleheader 7-3 and 6-2 before falling in the series finale Sunday to fall out of first in the Big 12. The weekend sweep allowed Texas (29-9, 12-6) to grab the conference’s top spot while OU fell into a fourth place tie with No. 21 Kansas State. OU did not lead in the series until the second inning of game three when it held a 2-0 advantage. Texas struck back for four runs in the bottom of the third before the two teams exchanged
runs in the fourth to make it a 5-5 game. The Longhorns put the game away in the fifth by plating three runners before their bullpen held the Sooners to no runs and five hits in the final 4 2/3 innings of the game en route to the series sweep. Junior pitcher Andrew Doyle had a decent outing Saturday night. In 7 1/3 innings of work he allowed seven runs, only five of which were earned, on eight hits. OU was led offensively by junior center fielder Jamie Johnson. He went 5-11 with two stolen bases and three RBIs. The Sooners return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park against the Wichita State Shockers.
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Junior pitcher Garrett Richards pitches against TCU Tuesday in Norman. The Sooners won the game, 7-5.
Mathis gets two wins, OU beats A&M, 7-3, 3-1 AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily
The 15th-ranked softball team kept its momentum going and its hope of winning a Big 12 regular season title alive by sweeping its weekend series with Texas A&M. The Sooners (34-13, 11-4 Big 12) put on an offensive show in the first game, winning 7-3 Saturday afternoon. On Sunday the team strung together some hits at the right times en route to a 3-1 win. OU played with visible confidence over the weekend, and head coach Patty Gasso said that her players have relaxed, which has helped them perform. “We’ve figured something out and I think it has really allowed them to exhale,” Gasso said. “I don’t think they are playing scared to lose, but playing to win.” Junior second baseman Amber Flores and senior first baseman Samantha Ricketts both hit home runs on Saturday. Flores’ solo homer in the first inning was her team-leading 14th of the season. Ricketts hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. With the homer, Ricketts became OU’s outright career home run leader with 47 home runs. She said she was very aware of the record. “I was pretty aware,” Ricketts said. “A couple of people told me I needed to do it soon.” Although Texas A&M scored first in the game, the Sooners were not shaken and responded immediately, scoring five runs in the first two innings. “We gave up one run early, but the team wasn’t uncomfortable with that so we got back in it,” Gasso said. Down 7-1, the Aggies made a comeback attempt in the top of the seventh inning, but fell short when they only
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Sophomore center fielder Krystle Huey attempts to lay down a bunt Sunday afternoon against Texas A&M. The Sooners beat the Aggies, 3-1. scored two runs in the inning. “We were a little shaky at the end, but it is a win,” Gasso said. The Sooners rode their momentum into the second game. The offense wasn’t as productive but the chemistry was just as evident. Each good play was followed by enthusiastic smiles and congratulations among the OU players and coaches. “Now I cannot wait to come out to the field every day,” Gasso said. “Because [the players] are bringing something new and I really enjoy it.” Flores said the teams’ recent success has helped the players relax. “When you’re struggling obviously everyone is a little bit uptight,” Flores said. “I think we’ve found a good vibe right now.” OU struck first in Sunday’s game, scoring two runs in the first inning. Flores singled, Ricketts walked, and then junior catcher Lindsey Vandever singled as well to load the bases. Freshman shortstop Karolyne Long then drove in two runs with a two-out single. Long was 1-3 in the game. A&M came back with a run of its own in the third inning, but the Sooners got
it back in the fifth. Flores, who went 1-1 with two walks in the game, hit a triple and Ricketts drove Flores home with a sacrifice fly. Senior pitcher D.J. Mathis started both games for OU and got two wins to improve her record to 13-4 this year. Mathis pitched four innings in the first game, allowing one run on three hits. She pitched a complete game Sunday, again allowing only one run, and striking out six batters. “We’re really going to need her pitching well down the stretch,” Ricketts said. “It’s been really fun to have her back.” The Sooners control their own destiny in the Big 12, with a big series against conference leader Missouri next weekend and the season finale against Oklahoma State on April 29. “We’ve got a tough road, but we’re a team that is playing really well,” Gasso said. “We’re not going to count on anybody but ourselves.” OU travels to Denton, Texas to play its final non-conference game against North Texas Wednesday before the team finishes its Big 12 schedule. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL’S VINING, HAMMOND TO TRANSFER FOR NEXT SEASON Women’s basketball players sophomore guard Jenny Vining and junior guard Rose Hammond, have elected to leave OU after the spring semester. “Jenny and Rose have expressed a desire to find a level of program where they can possibly obtain more playing time,” head coach Sherri Coale said in a press release. “We are thankful for their contributions this season in helping our team reach the Final Four and wish them well in their future endeavors.” Hammond played 71 minutes last season, while Vining averaged 13.1 minutes per game, and scored 3.3 points per game as a key player off the bench during the 2008-2009 season. Hammond and Vining make it a total of five Sooners that will not return to next year’s squad. The Sooners already lost seniors center Courtney Paris and forwards Ashley Paris and Carolyn Winchester to graduation.
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The Bellator Fighting Championships came to Norman Friday night to entertain fans with 11 mixed martial arts fights, and it did not disappoint. The fights, which air on ESPN Deportes every Saturday night, taped two shows at Lloyd Noble Center in front of a few thousand MMA fans. Out of the 11 fights, only two were decided by judges, and five ended in the first round. The most eventful fight came in the 185-lb. division between Virgil Lozano and Hector Lombard. One minute into round one, Lombard hit Lozano with a left uppercut that knocked Lozano out, bringing the crowd to its feet. There were several Oklahoma natives on the fight card. Seven competed Friday, including Norman’s own Wayne Cole, who received an ovation when entering the ring wearing an OU sweatshirt. Cole lost in the second round to a submission. Another Oklahoma native was Jared Hess, a University of Central Oklahoma alum, who fought in the evening’s main event. Hess put his perfect MMA record (6-0-1) on the line against Daniel Tabera (12-0-2), considered
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Headliner Jared Hess walks to the ring with his trainers and sponsors. Hess is an Oklahoma native and University of Central Oklahoma graduate. Hess won his fight over Spain’s Daniel Tabera. one of Spain’s best fighters. Hess came out to a loud ovation ready to fight. The bell rang and Hess was immediately able to get a takedown. He used the cage to his advantage, moving Tabera up against the fence to pound away with his fists. Tabera eventually gave up his back and Hess was able to apply the rear naked choke for the submission win. “I was able to take control of him on
the ground because of my wrestling background,” Hess said after the fight, “I just kept working and got the win.” The fight between Hess and Tabera was one of five fights that were a part of the single-elimination tournament put on by Bellator in which the winner takes home $175,000. “Bellator gave me a chance to show my skills and I am stepping up,” Hess said, “It’s amazing.”
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The varsity rowing team took second place in the consolation final of the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn. After finishing first in the initial heat, the Sooners were able to pull ahead of Alabama in the final 250 meters to claim second place with a time of seven minutes, eight seconds. OU finished behind SMU, who won the consolation race with a time of 7:07.6. Meanwhile, the novice four was able to take home two wins and a runner-up in the Grand Final. The Sooners, who finished at 8:09.3, finished behind Tulsa, who won with a time of 8:05.1. The novice four finished fourth in the Petite Final, finishing at seven minutes, 45 seconds. — Daily Staff
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CROWDS DOUBLE AT COACHELLA FESTIVAL M.I.A., Killers take main stage at one of the nation’s biggest concerts RYAN PEARSON Associated Press
INDIO, Calif. — M.I.A. gave the main stage at Coachella her best shot. It just didn't work out. After a strong start, a few hiccups and a somewhat listless finale, the Grammy-nominated new mom declared at the end of her hour-long set in the desert that "next time I'm back in the tent." "I want to be in the sweat," she said. M.I.A. had performed twice in smaller tents at the music festival, in its tenth year and one of the nation's most prestigious. She noted earlier, "I really don't know how to bring it on the main stage." And her live show staples — climbing on speakers, dancing body-to-body with the crowd — didn't quite fit the new digs. When she tried to bring some of the audience onstage Saturday night, security guards thwarted most fans. M.I.A. ended up on a platform above the crowd performing "Bird Flu," and asked when it was over: "Can we get some order in the place? My baby's waiting." She gave birth to a son in February, a few days after the Grammys. The Killers took the main stage to close the evening. The Las Vegas-based group, who began with their most recent single "Human," appeared far more comfortable in the setting. Wearing a black No Limit Records T-shirt, sneakers and jeans with Day-Glo green lining, M.I.A. performed songs from her two most recent albums and gave up the spotlight to Baltimore-based protege Rye Rye for a song. While she moved alongside Day-Glo-clad dancers for a lively opening number, she stood stiffly at other times behind a podium adorned with microphones as if at a news conference. Roaming into the audience with help of a piggyback ride, she finished with crowd favorite "Paper Planes," lifted to hit status by appearances in "Pineapple Express" and "Slumdog Millionaire." But the British-born, Sri-Lankan-bred rapper pushed
M.I.A. performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Saturday in Indio, Calif. The three-day festival features many genres of music, as well as displays of large sculptural art. back against Hollywood. She slyly referenced her status as Coachella replacement for Amy Winehouse, who canceled due to visa trouble, by singing "They tried to make me do the Oscars. I said no, no, no." Though she wasn't embracing Hollywood, some of its regulars certainly wanted to be around for her. Zac Efron was seen ducking out of the fest's VIP area in the afternoon Saturday, and Paris Hilton posed for pictures with her new boyfriend during Thievery Corporation's popular main stage set just before M.I.A. Also performing Saturday were Joss Stone, TV On The Radio, Fleet Foxes — who apologized to fans after suffering
repeated technical problems — and Travis Barker and DJ AM, who had the dance tent crowd roaring at their drumassisted remixes of pop hits. Exact figures weren't released but crowds at the threeday festival appear to have more than doubled the approximate 75,000 population of this community southeast of Palm Springs. Police reported 17 arrests Saturday and fire officials said two people had been taken to hospitals. Temperatures, climbing throughout the fest, were expected to hit the high 90s on Sunday, which features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Public Enemy, My Bloody Valentine and the Cure.
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Monday, April 20, 2009 TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Just because a newcomer doesn’t size up well on ﬁrst glance to a co-worker doesn’t mean you should share the same opinion. Determine your opinion upon scrutiny; think for yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you think something is too difﬁcult, it will live up to your expectations. Be sure to keep an open mind until you have a chance to review it, and you’ll surprise yourself at how easy it is to accomplish. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Unless you practice what you preach, others won’t be interested in how you perceive things or any philosophy you espouse. The only thing that will make a difference is the example you set. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- It behooves you to be money conscious and aware of ways and means to better your holdings. If you keep your eyes open, you could turn a proﬁt from something other than your usual source. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Set the example of being a cooperative person, and others will automatically fall in line and do likewise. In fact, it could establish a starting point for many pleasant associations. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- In order to gratify your inner urgings for getting involved in something constructive or worthwhile, you need to feel there is a particular reason for your services and what you do is important.
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Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull (center) leads the band in a performance in Atlanta. The Foo Fighters and Nirvana inspired rock band played at the Oklahoma Memorial Union Thursday with The City Lives.
Manchester Orchestra storms the Union
he Oklahoma Memorial Union was rocked by the likes of Atlanta based Manchester Orchestra and hometown heroes The City Lives. It’s safe to say this was the first time I left the Union with my ears ringing. Moved indoors to the Will Rogers Room due to inclement weather, the bands pulverized the standing room only crowd with blistering songs and their energized delivery. Thoughts of SAT analogies kept popping into my head throughout the night, my mind finally settling on this revelation: Mustaches are to beards, as The City Lives is to Manchester Orchestra. Not only do the lead singers of both these bands exhibit said facial hair, I also think this sums up the bands perfectly: The City Lives is still growing, while Manchester Orchestra has fully matured. The progression is exciting, and made for a very interesting evening. The City Lives loosened up the crowd with their wellhoned power pop. Busting out tunes from their album “American Kids” and several new demos, TCL has shown much progress since I caught them last, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them in the future. Their melodic rock tunes blend equal parts Kings of Leon with All American Rejects and the band’s set was a very pleasant surprise. Then Manchester Orchestra stormed the stage, blasting the crowd away with their foot stomping riffs and Andy Hull’s searing, emotive vocals. I can’t help but think that including “orchestra” in their name was more than appropriate;
their sound is just as big and hits you like a wall. Early in the set, Manchester ripped through a blazing triad of “Now That You’re Home,” “Raised By Wolves,” and capped it off with the stellar “Golden Ticket” that had the crowd singing louder than Hull. Manchester Orchestra’s music translates perfectly live. The band dices through songs both slow and fast, hard and soft. The result is an exciting, unpredictable show that barrages you in some moments, and lets you recover and dwell in the beauty in others. Every Manchester fan is hooked by the band’s passion and conviction, and bandleader Andy Hull makes sure that this passion translates into a gripping live show. A good chunk of their set was devoted to introducing the crowd to new songs off their upcoming release “Mean Everything to Nothing;” the highlights of which came in the form of “I’ve Got Friends” and “Shake It Out” that left the crowd to marvel at how far the band has come, and anxious to see where else they will go. Manchester closed the night with “The Party’s Over,” Hull somberly singing, “So turn out the lights/the party’s over/ they say all good things must come to an end.” I wish they didn’t have to. You can pick up Manchester Orchestra’s new release, “Mean Everything to Nothing,” Tuesday. Joshua Boydston is a University College freshman.
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LUTZ, Fla. — One day after she was plunked on the head by Bill Murray’s wayward tee shot, Gayle DiMaggio had a request: a signed copy of his movie “Caddyshack.” The actor, meanwhile, was back on the course Saturday for the second round of the Outback Pro-Am. And the course marshals took no chances: They wore hard hats. DiMaggio lives on the course where Murray hooked his shot far to the left of the No. 9 hole at TPC Tampa Bay. She was hit on the left temple Friday as she stood in her backyard to watch the first round. She never lost consciousness but needed stitches at a hospital. DiMaggio, who has lived on the course for eight years, recounted her mishap and her encounter with Murray. “He came over and laid down on the ground with me and he was very concerned, asking if I was OK,” she said. “Once he knew I was OK and not seriously hurt, then he started joking with me, asking how many fingers he was holding up.” DiMaggio was at it again Saturday, watching the second round, and was almost conked again. This time, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks nearly hit her. But when Murray was about to shoot, she took cover. DiMaggio stayed inside her screen enclosure until the actor’s foursome teed off. Friends and family stood in her yard wearing hard hats. Murray came to DiMaggio’s backyard and asked her how she was feeling. DiMaggio said the only thing she wanted from the actor was his autograph on a copy of “Caddyshack,” the rollicking golf comedy from 1980 in which Murray starred. Earlier, a large crowd showed for Murray’s 12:50 p.m. tee time. The 58-year-old comedian joked through most of his partners’ tee shots. When Murray stepped up for his shot, the course marshals also donned hard hats and warned the crowd for incoming shots from the “Ghostbusters” star. Murray laughed, and before teeing off told the crowd, “This one is for a little girl in a hospital.” His drive was a perfect draw down the fairway.
‘DIE HARD’ DIRECTOR INDICTED IN WIRETAPS CASE LOS ANGELES — A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Hollywood director who had withdrawn a guilty plea to a charge accusing him of lying to federal agents investigating a celebrity wiretapping case. John McTiernan, who directed “Die Hard” and “Predator,” was indicted on two counts of making false statements to the FBI about private investigator Anthony Pellicano and one count of perjury for allegedly lying to a federal judge. McTiernan pleaded guilty in 2006 to making “knowingly false” statements to an FBI agent about Pellicano, whom he admitted hiring to wiretap a business associate. But before he was sentenced, McTiernan asked the judge to withdraw his plea, arguing he didn’t have adequate legal representation, was jet-lagged and under the influence of alcohol when he pleaded guilty. –AP
Published on Apr 20, 2009