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On Monday afternoon members of the Texas A&M track and field national championship teams visited the Senate and the House of Representatives at the State Capitol as resolutions and speakers congratulated the Aggies on their historic accomplishments. Footage from the visit can be found at www. avarchive.

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nation &world Oldest person dies A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest person died Tuesday — just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim was born on July 9, 1896, in the city of Carangola. She lived there her entire life.

Violin sells for millions A Japanese music foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster relief.The nonprofit Nippon Foundation said Tuesday the proceeds from selling the nearly 300-year-old violin known as the Lady Blunt will go to relief projects in northern Japan. The new owner was not identified. Associated Press

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Texas A&M baseball head coach Rob Childress addresses his players in the rain after losing to California 7-3 Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. Texas A&M’s Troy Stein tosses a baseball to fans as the team leaves the dugout following Tuesday’s loss against California in Omaha, Neb.

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here was no dramatic comeback, no rebound in the face of elimination. At least, not this time around.

California eliminates A&M from College World Series Sean Lester The Battalion OMAHA, Neb. —Sophomore right fielder Tyler Naquin stepped out of the Texas A&M dugout and looked around following Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to California that eliminated the team from the College World Series. TD Ameritrade Park had been emptied in preparation for the next game and the majority of his teammates were loading a bus to leave the ballpark. He took it all in one last time, snapped two quick pictures with his phone, turned around, and left the building. “It’s a great opportunity for our young

guys,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I told them, ‘Take a look around here. We’re expected to be back. I’m sorry that you didn’t play better. Not for me, not for other coaches, but for you guys that you don’t get to stay longer and experience this.’” The Aggies started sophomore Michael Wacha on the hill against California, who had lost to Virginia on Sunday go to the losers bracket game against A&M. Wacha picked up where he had left off in his last two starts, which were both elimination games, by putting zeroes on the board See World Series on page 2

The Aggies—or “Cardiac kids” —fell to perhaps an even more resilient bunch of California Bears, ending a season fans will not soon forget. Though a slight aura of disappointment lingers now, head coach Rob Childress and his fightin’ Aggies return home from Omaha knowing that not only was this season a triumphant success, but one in which the program turned a significant corner. “They weren’t given anything,” Childress said. “Getting to the World Series is a great tribute to those guys. I told the young guys to take a look around here, we expect to be back. We’ve got a great team; this team has overcome a lot.” Not since 1999 had an A&M squad reached the heights of baseball’s College World Series, and when the team took to the grand stage, it refused to go quietly into the night. The Aggies went toe-to-toe against an unfamiliar opponent in South Carolina—never played them—and after falling behind 3-1 to California, there just wasn’t enough left in the tank. See Baseball on page 4

Gonzales goes down swinging ◗ Senior catcher Kevin Gonzalez tied a career high with three hits in his last outing as an Aggie, capping off a five-year career.

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Wildfires continue to ravage Grimes County Natalee Blanchat The Battalion STONEHAM, TEXAS — The struggle to contain the Grimes County fire continues as firefighters work tirelessly to put out a fire that has destroyed 5,280 acres. At least 30 percent of the fire was contained as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. The fire started Sunday after an incident with a smoking barbecue pit in Stoneham, Texas. It has burned 30 homes as well as caused additional damage to businesses. Lexi Maxwell, wild land urban interface specialist 1 for Texas Forest Service,

said 700,000 gallons of water and fire retardant were dropped on flames in the past two days. “Right now our priority is to protect lives and structures through our proactive structure protection,” Maxwell said. Mandatory evacuations for residents of the Grimes County area were enacted Monday, causing evacuees to turn to the Red Cross Volunteer Shelter at Navasota High School for food, support and a place to rest while they wait on the status of their homes. Red Cross volunteer and shelter See Fires on page 3


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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Republican Jon Huntsman joined the presidential race Tuesday, asserting that he and President Barack Obama both love their country but have far different visions of its future. He pledged to halt fading of national confidence and power. The former Utah governor focused on Obama, not his Republican rivals, in his announcement address where Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980. Associated Press

through four innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Aggies struck, becoming the first team on the board. Junior third baseman Adam Smith came to the plate and sent a 1-0 pitch into next week for his seventh home run of the season. The Aggies held a 1-0 lead going to the fifth inning. “Michael gave us a great, great start,” Childress said. “We took the lead. Adam had a big home run for us and gave us a lift.” It wouldn’t take the Bears long to strike back as they got runners on first and third following some uncharacteristic poor fielding by A&M. California second baseman Derek Campbell came up to bat and hit a single to right center and advanced to second on a fielding error by A&M freshman center fielder Krey Bratsen. The hit scored both runners giving California the 2-1 lead. A sac fly would score Campbell and the Bears left the inning with a 3-1 lead. “I guess (the errors) kind of got me off my groove a little bit, but credit to Cal hitters,” Wacha said. “They just hit everything I threw up there.” After A&M could not respond in the bottom of the fifth, Cal did their part by adding another three runs in the top of the sixth inning stretching their lead at 6-1. A&M would try for a comeback by scoring two runs in the sixth inning but California added one of their own in the seventh. With a 7-3 lead California had everything it needed to close out the game. “I’m not disappointed in anybody,” Childress said. “I’m disappointed for our guys that they didn’t play hard. There’s not a guy in our dugout that doesn’t wish we had played better collectively. But, again, credit goes to South Carolina and California.” The game ended with clouds looming overhead. As Childress corralled his players to talk near the dugout, the rain began to pour.


Sophomore Michael Wacha stepped up this season after ace John Stilson was injured. “I told the seniors thank you for the ride,” Childress said. “Those guys earned everything they got, every opportunity they got as part of this program they earned. They weren’t given anything. They all handled adversity. It’s a great tribute to those guys.” The Aggies will lose seven seniors to graduation including starters Andrew Collazo at second base, catcher Kevin Gonzalez and shortstop Kenny Jackson. They will welcome several recruits that could make an impact next season and will return a group of starters that will surely make them a pre-season favorite to be in Omaha again next year. With only a taste, though it might be slightly sour, of what Omaha is like, the Aggies will look to return next year with the familiarity of having been there before. Junior starting pitcher Ross Stripling tweeted nearly an hour after the loss, “See ya next year Omaha. #redemption” “We’re all going to be hungry that first day of fall next season,” Wacha said. “We’ll just be ready and be fighting to be in the same position next year, hopefully with a different outcome.”

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Cots are laid out in the gymnasium of Navasota high school as people who evacuated rest at the shelter.

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manager, Harriet Halkyard said 27 people slept over night Monday, and 40 people have signed in at the shelter. “Hopefully all of these people will be able to go home, but if they can’t then we’ll be open longer,” Halkyard said. Halkyard said the greatest need was for cash donations that can be taken through the disaster relief fund. “Because we are trying to give everybody exactly the same material what we need is cash, that way, if we have money we can distribute it to the people who need it and make sure it gets to the right people,” Halkyard said. “If people want furniture or new clothing we can give them the resources to go out and buy the items that were lost.” Meera Nandal, a member of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals, said if evacuees are not able to take pets to a hotel or place them with family members, they can take them to the Navasota Auction Barn at Highway 90 South. So far, 14 animals were admitted to the Navasota Auction Barn. Larger animals such as livestock can be sheltered at Mid Tex auction barn. Sheriff of Grimes County, Saul Dantel, said more evacuations are a possibility in the foreseeable future if the strong wind gusts continues. “There are certain areas where — because the wind has kicked up—it’s caused rekindling to occur,” Dantel said. “It’s kind of unpredictable right now.” Fire Chief for the Brazos County District Two Fire Department, Merrie Noak, said the dry land and windy conditions could cause the fire to move fast and more aggressively in the next 24 hours. “We’re going to do ourbest our contain it,” Noak,

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Volunteers and Red Cross staff members gather food, water, toys and other supplies in the cafeteria to prepare for people escaping the fire. said. “We’re here to help our brothers and sisters with this effort and to help in any way that we can.” Paul Livingston, a homeowner in Grimes County, was on his way home from California when he received a phone call from his motherin-law saying his house was caught in the crossfire. “My mother-in-law was in the house and saw the TV flickering. She went outside to take a look and saw smoke, and the grass on part of the property was on fire,” Livingston said. Livingston was escorted Tuesday to his property by Dantel to see the damage the fire has caused his home. He said all he could do was to stay positive for his wife and hope for the best.

“The sheriff is taking me out there just to give me peace of mind,” Livingston said. “I’m trying to keep my sanity and be strong for my wife and to let her know that we’ll make it through, we’ll pick up the pieces and we’ll be fine — we’ll start all over again.” Director of South Brazos County Fire Department, Kenneth Utz, has been on site trying to contain the fire since it started Sunday. Utz said the fire is “hot and nasty” and one of the worst fires he has seen in 25 years. “I’ve seen stuff with this fire that I’ve never seen before,” Utz said. “You see pine trees burning 90 feet in the air with winds moving 30 miles an hour and it’s so hot it burns your skin, it’s

not fun.” Maxwell said residents need to stay out of the evacuation area. “It’s a dangerous area for them to be working in. Not only is there fire, smoke, power lines and trees that are compromised, but there is also a risk of electrocution,” Maxwell said. “People need to stay out so we can do our jobs as effectively and safely as possible.” Tom Spencer, Predictive Services department head, thinks the reason for the proliferation of fires is due to 21 straight days of a high pressure system that has “baked vegetation across the state,” which causes an increase in the intensity of droughts.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to call for a major withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan tonight, with 10,000 coming home to the U.S. in less than a year. The phased drawdown is likely to start with 5,000 troops recalled this summer and an additional 5,000 by winter or spring 2012, according to a senior U.S. defense official. Obama is also weighing a timetable for bringing home the 20,000 other troops he ordered to Afghanistan as part of his December 2009 decision to send reinforcements to reverse the Taliban’s battlefield momentum. The withdrawals would put the U.S. on a path toward giving Afghans control of their security by 2014 and ultimately shifting the U.S. military from a combat role to a mission focused on training and supporting Afghan forces. Obama is to address the nation from the White House at 7 p.m. today. Associated Press

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RICHMOND, Va. — Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man’s neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up. The labels, announced on Tuesday, represent the biggest change in cigarette packs in the U.S. in 25 years.

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“You’ve got to have a lot of things go your way, guys selling out for one another and believing what they can do today to win a championship, Childress said. “Believing in each other and being selfless is what it takes, and getting some breaks along the way. No one here has an easy road.” It’s easy to argue that A&M would not be in this position if not for an error in Sunday’s World Series opener, a first inning throw over first base made all the worse by South Carolina’s gut wrenching walk-off winner. And it’s even easier to blame the final loss on sophomore Michael Wacha for not having his usual lights out postseason performance—giant or not, the man is not invincible. The folly of errors and unearned runs followed him,

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and don’t forget the Aggies had 10 hits and left eight crucial runners on base. In the end though, none of that really matters. Give credit where credit is due, and remember this team for finishing 47-22, sixthbest in school history. Remember the Big 12 regular season title— clinched after besting rival U.T. on its home field. Remember the Big 12 tournament championship. Remember Olsen Field’s last stand as the Aggies not only overcame Arizona, but Mother Nature as well to claim a Regional victory. Not even a 23-9 Super Regional schalacking deterred the Aggies—they bounced right back to upset No. 5 ranked powerhouse

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Newly remodeled 4/2 house. Walking distance to campus, tile & wood floors, great location, nice big deck & yard. 979-776-6079,

4bd/2ba Updated. On shuttle, fenced yards, W/D connections, pets ok. 1112 S.Dexter $1550/mo. 3413 Wildrye $1350/mo. 1211 Westover $1550/mo. 979-255-1108.

Newly remodeled 4/2. $1600/mo, walking distance to bus-stop and sorority row. Fenced backyard w/large shade trees and deck. 1306 Hardwood. Available 7/1/11. W/D, lawn service included, pets ok w/pet deposit. 979-777-5553.

4bd/2ba Updated. Will have new flooring and paint upon move-in. Fireplace, large fenced yard, pets ok. W/D connections. Close to TAMU Health Science Center campus. $1299/mo. 979-255-1108.

Northgate. New 1/1, 2/2, and 3/2. Walk to campus. Call 979-255-5648.

4bd/3ba, 4bd/4ba houses. $1500/mo. W/D, new carpet, yard care. 936-328-0089. 4bd/4.5ba. house available in August, Southern Trace Subdivision. $1,700/mo., pets ok. 979-314-4505. 4bdrm/2ba house, available 8/2, 2-car garage, hot-tub, $1600/mo. bike to campus, 979-229-7660. 704 Gilchrist. 4bd/3ba. Huge living/dining, looks over creek. All appliances, W/D, CA/CH. 2/1 upstairs w/outside entry. Master +main bath downstairs, +study, +bath off kitchen. No dogs. $1400/mo. Discounted for long-term leasing professionals Leave message 512-477-8925. Available August. 903 San Benito, 3/2/2, W/D, on shuttle route, $1000/mo, 979-268-5206.

One bedroom for rent in 3bedroom house. M/F, 1mi to campus. On bus route. $400/mo., all bills paid. Hot tub and gameroom. (979)739-7717.

Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. Festival and Event Staff. Champion Festivals is looking for energetic students to work in a fun and fast-paced environment. Part-time, mostly weekends. Pay $8.50-$10/hr. Email marketing@championconcessions. com Local Analytical and Environmental laboratory is looking for part-time lab technicians. No experience needed, but a strong chemistry or science background is helpful. Please email resumes to: or call 979-774-7485. Looking for TAMU student to help show how to use computer and web sites, pay by the hour, 979-422-3427. Neutral Posture looking for a GRAPHIC DESIGNER for design and lay-outs. Requirements include previous web design experience, proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and MS Office Suite. Experience with Flash or PHP helpful. EOE. Full or Part-Time. Send resume and portfolio (pdf format) to Part-time summer help, apply in person, Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage, 600 South Bryan Ave, Bryan.

MUSIC Party Block Mobile DJ- Peter Block, professional 22yrs experience. Specializing in Weddings, TAMU functions, lights/smoke. Mobile to anywhere. Book early!! 979-693-6294.

PETS 1-Tea Cup registered ShihTzu, Tea Cup poodles, Tea Cup designer puppies. $350-$600. 979-324-2866

Preleasing for mid-August. 2/1 duplex. W/D, newly remodeled bathroom and kitchen. Large backyard, lawncare provided. Pets ok. $600/mo. 979-229-9890.

Adopt Pets: Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, Many purebreds. Brazos Animal Shelter, 979-775-5755,

Rent duplex, 2/1, on cultisac, beautiful, remodeled, new extras, new flooring, drapes, convenient to everything, big fenced backyard, one week free, 979-422-3427, 832-646-2329. Call for special.

B/CS. Sell/Buy/Invest! Re/Max, Michael McGrann. TAMU ‘93 Civil Engineering. 979-739-2035, Nadia McGrann, 979-693-1851.


ROOMMATES Walk to campus. 2bd/1ba four-plexes. 405/407 Cherry. $500-$600/mo. Call 979-260-7000.

FOR SALE Nice 3bd/2ba mobile home. Central air/heat. Cable and internet wired throughout. Appliances included. 10x14 front porch. $22,000. 210-364-7006.

HELP WANTED AlphaBEST Education, Inc. is seeking qualified individuals with educational and child-care experience for academic based after school programs in the Bryan Independent School District. After-school until 6:30pm. $10.50-$15/hour. Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. 512-684-8296. Brewer’s assistant wanted at College Station fine dining restaurant. Knowledge of craft beer or homebrewing preferred. Position requires heavy lifting, hard labor, and rubber boots. Apply in person at The Republic, 701 University Drive East #406.

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1-bedroom for rent in 3/2 house. References required. $250/mo., plus $60 utilities/mo. 979-229-3589. Available Now! 2-Male roommates needed. 3 bed, 2 bath house built 2010 in Bryan off Finfeather. Just 5 minutes from west campus. W/D in house. Rent is just $400 +utilities. Call Myles at 817-648-8842. Female roommate needed, large updated townhouse off S.W. Pkwy., bus-route, W/D, covered parking, 1/3-utilities. $350/mo. 979-204-9788. Female roommate needed. 1bdrm, available 6/1/11, 1bdrm available August. 4/2, huge backyard and deck, large closet, own vanity, bills split 4-ways. 3534 Farah. 979-587-3111. Roommates needed. 4bd/4bth $350/mo, washer/dryer, phone & internet, University Place on Southwest Parkway. 281-844-2090.

TUTORS Affordable Tutoring! Accounting, math, chemistry, animal science. $10/hr. Karen, 979-571-6773.

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The Battalion: June 22, 2011