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ON THE COVER Cover photo by Joe Burbank The Associated Press George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmermanâ€™s not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday. Jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
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Illinois legislature overrules Quinn’s concealed gun veto Democratic opponents introduce long list of places where concealed carry will remain prohibited THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The last holdout on allowing the public possession of concealed guns, Illinois joined the rest of the nation Tuesday as lawmakers raced to beat a federal court deadline in adopting a carry law over Gov. Pat Quinn’s objections. Massive majorities in the House and Senate voted to override changes the Democratic governor made just a week ago in an amendatory veto. Some lawmakers feared failure to pass something would mean virtually unregulated weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence in recent months — including more than 70 shootings, at least 12 of them fatal, during the Independence Day weekend. “This is a historic, significant day for lawabiding gun owners,” said Rep. Brandon Harris, a southern Illinois Democrat who, in 10 years in the House, has continued work on concealed carry begun by his uncle, ex-Rep. David Phelps, who began serving in the mid1980s. “They finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights.” The Senate voted 41-17 in favor of the override after a House tally of 77-31, margins that met the three-fifths threshold needed to set aside the amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes, includ-
ing prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time. Quinn had predicted a “showdown in Springfield” after a week of Chicago appearances to drum up support for the changes he made in the amendatory veto. The Chicago Democrat faces a tough re-election fight next year and has already drawn a primary challenge from former White House chief of state Bill Daley, who has criticized the governor’s handling of the debate over guns and other issues. Lawmakers had little appetite for fiddling any further with the legislation on the deadline day that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had set for ending what it said was an unconstitutional ban on carrying concealed weapons. Without action, the previous gun law would be invalidated and none would take its place. “If we do not vote to override today, at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, July 10, there are no restrictions upon people who want to carry handguns in the public way,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat who negotiated the legislation with House sponsors. Despite the setback for Quinn, he remained resolute when he spoke to reporters late in the day. “It’s very, very important that we protect the people,” he said. “The legislation today
does not do that. It has shortcomings that will lead to tragedies.” The law that took effect Tuesday permits anyone with a Firearm Owner’s Identification card who has passed a background check and undergone gun-safety training of 16 hours — longest of any state — to obtain a concealedcarry permit for $150. The Illinois State Police has six months to set up a system to start accepting applications. Spokeswoman Monique Bond said police expect 300,000 applications in the first year. For years, powerful Chicago Democrats had tamped down agitation by gun owners to adopt concealed carry. So gun activists took the issue to court. Gun-control advocates saw the handwriting on the wall after the December ruling. But Mark Walsh, director of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, remained hopeful future legislation could continue to shape the concealed carry law, and he pointed to other gun-restriction victories in the spring legislative session. They include required background checks on gun buyers in private sales and mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns. Quinn had urged Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Madigan filed motions to dismiss the lawsuits Tuesday after the over-
ride, reporting to a federal judge the issue is moot now that there’s a law that answers the original legal action. The motion said further legal action involving the law would require a new lawsuit. Opinions varied about what would have happened had a law not taken effect. Gun supporters said it would have meant with no law governing gun possession, any type of firearm could be carried anywhere, at any time. Those supporting stricter gun control said local communities would have been able to set up tough restrictions. With the negotiated law, gun-rights advocates got the permissive law they wanted, instead of a New York-style plan that gives law enforcement authorities wide discretion over who gets permits. In exchange, Chicago Democrats repulsed by gun violence got a long list of places deemed off limits to guns, including schools, libraries, parks and ma=ss transit buses and trains. But one part of the compromise had to do with establishments that serve alcohol. The law will allow diners to carry weapons into restaurants and other establishments where liquor comprises no more than 50 percent of gross sales. One of the main provisions of Quinn’s amendatory veto was to nix guns where any alcohol is served.
New concealed carry law still keeps guns off University campus University Police not planning to offer training services for permits; law won’t change much for those on campus carry permits. Some of these prohibited areas include establishments where alcoLast Tuesday, Illinois joined the rest of hol sales account for more than 50 percent the nation as it became the final state that of annual sales, any elementary or secondallows the concealed carry of weapons in ary schools, any portion of a building that public with a permit. However, policies at is used as a child-care facility, any commuthe University are going to remain mostly nity college or university and any stadium the same, said Skip Frost, or arena of a collegiate or deputy chief for Universiprofessional sporting event. ty Police. Because concealed carry will be prohibited on camFrost said although concealed carry has now pus, Frost said University passed, it will be up to 180 Police will not be offering days before training is even concealed carry training. available to citizens. He Frost said he and the also said even when citizens department do not foreare able to carry concealed see any additional trouble carry licenses, one of the to keep guns off campus many prohibited areas in when citizens are carrying the act includes university permits, but that the officers will have any necescampuses. “People who carry firesary training. He added arms on campus are subthe department will have to ject to arrest because you adjust to the new conditions. are not allowed to carry it “We’re pretty alert to there,” Frost said. “A lot of keeping guns off of camSKIP FROST, pus now,” Frost said. areas you still cannot lawdeputy chief for the fully carry and the list is Aleks Dapkus, president University Police quite long.” of registered student orgaLawmakers override Gov. nization Illini On-Target, Pat Quinn’s veto, which is happy about concealed placed massive restrictions carry legislation passing on where people can carry guns. in Illinois, but is less excited about some Frost said that those interested in carry- of the restrictions and requirements of ing a concealed carry weapon should look the law. at the act posted on the state’s website to “In all, I’m happy that, come my gradusee all 23 prohibited areas for concealed ation, I’ll be able to conceal carry,” DapBY KAT BOEHLE ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENT EDITOR
“People who carry firearms on campus are subject to arrest because you are not allowed to carry it there. ... A lot of areas you still cannot lawfully carry.”
Concealed carry in Illinois restrictions No concealed carry license issued under this act will allow the individual with a concealed firearm to enter into any of the following locations. The full list of restrictions can be found in the written act on the Illinois General Assembly's website. - Any courthouse or part of a building that is occupied by the Circuit, Appellate or Supreme Court. - A building under control of the General Assembly or any of its support service agencies. - Any establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages where less than 50 percent of its annual revenue comes from the sale of food. - Any secure area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property. - Any elementary or secondary school building without consent of school authorities. - Any portion of a building designated for child care without consent of manager. - Any gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. - Any stadium, arena, or collegiate or professional sporting event. - Any residential mental health facility. - Any community college or university building without consent of school authorities. - Any public library without the written consent of the library's governing body. - Any adult or juvenile detention facility, prison or jail. kus said in an email. “It is like the state’s graduation gift to me.” However, Dapkus said he does not agree with everything in the law, such as $400 for training and a $150 permit fee required to be able to conceal carry, saying that this is not easy to come by for some individuals. He also degrees with the restrictions on where you can conceal carry. “The lack of (conceal carry) on campus is dangerous,” he said in the email. “What with the amount of crime report emails we get, and the lack of carry in bars is
frustrating.” Owen Marsden, president of Illini Democrats, said concealed carry in Illinois was inevitable and that he was not “entirely happy with it, but it’s better than the status quo.” “I’m not entirely happy with what was eventually passed,” Marsden said. “It makes sure that there are some safe guards and where guns can’t be carried. So all-in-all, it’s a positive.”
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Urbana Free Library executive director to leave after book weeding scandal BY KAT BOEHLE ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENT EDITOR
The Urbana Free Library will now be looking for a new executive director. Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting ended with President Chris Scherer announcing that the board came to an early separation agreement with current executive director Debra Lissak. Scherer said Lissak’s end date will be figured out in the next couple weeks as the trustees search for an interim director. This early separation agreement comes after last month’s special board meeting when dozens of Urbana residents spoke to the board about their disagreement with the rapid and extensive book weeding that happened in the nonfiction section of the library in early June. Carol Inskeep, an employee of adult services, said 9,600 books were weeded from nonfiction in a matter of four days. After the objection of the Urbana community, the library contacted Better World Books, a retailer where the weeded books were sent, to see if they could return as many books as possible. Lissak said at the board meeting that 259 boxes were returned, but the library does not know how many of the original books this is because it is not known how many boxes were sent out.
Scherer said the books that were returned will be weeded with the usual UFL standards. Books that are chosen to be weeded out will be given to Friends of the Library for a book sale. Community members asked for Lissak’s resignation or replacement at the special meeting last month and a “lack of leadership” was discussed during public comment at Tuesday’s regular board meeting. “We have a crisis of leadership at this beloved institution,” said Laura Haber, Urbana resident. “Although the director has made plenty of positive contributions to the library, she has been isolated from the public, from the collection and from much of the staff. The director has had power without accountability.” Haber then went on to talk about how because the public scrutiny of the weeding of the nonfiction section, that she has been more concerned with protecting herself than listening to her staff or the public. “You can’t manage a public library without talking to the public,” she said. “The public is not an obstacle to be overcome. It is who you are serving.” Inskeep described the experience of being on the staff told to weed the nonfiction section. “There was a great deal of pressure to weed quickly and
deeply,” Inskeep said. Inskeep cited Lissak’s lack of responsibility for the weeding. Inskeep pointed to a quote — “being OK with what happened,” which she said Lissak said at last month’s regular board meeting. She also pointed out a quote from a Chicago Sun-Times article, “they should have used normal professional judgement,” saying that she was essentially blaming the staff for what happened. Another thing that many members of the Urbana community addressed was the library’s strategic plan that led to the vast weeding of the nonfiction section. “It is neither strategic, nor planned,” said Carol Tilley, Urbana resident. Scherer said in response to this that the board decided to make the library’s plan open to public scrutiny and suggestions but is not being officially “reopened.” Due to public complaint at the special board meeting last month, Scherer also said that the library is working on getting live broadcasting of the monthly board meeting on UPTV, Champaign-Urbana’s public television that broadcasts local events and meetings.
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Zeta Tau Alpha house’s status as a historic landmark remains debated by Preservation Committee BY KAT BOEHLE ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENT EDITOR
Whether the Zeta Tau Alpha female fraternity house will be designated a historic landmark is to be decided by Urbana City Council at Monday’s meeting. Whether it should be designated was discussed at last Monday’s Urbana’s Committee of the Whole and was voted to move to council to be voted on. The house was originally nominated for historic designation back at the end of April and was approved by the Urbana Historic Preservation Committee to be designated a historic landmark. But because the owner, the Zeta Tau Alpha Housing Fraternity Association, objected to it being designated a landmark, the Urbana City Council has to approve its designation as well with a two-third majority vote. After initially being discussed at the June 14 Urbana City Council meeting, it was unanimously voted on to be sent to committee to be more thoroughly discussed. This was motioned by Charlie Smyth, Ward 1, who to amending the ordinance so that the owners could replace the current windows with safer,
more efficient ones and allow the house to be occupied again in the future. Robert Myers, planning manager for the city, addressed council at the beginning of discussion about the city’s suggestions. In response to Smyth’s question at the previous city council meeting, Myers said that the council can pass an ordinance that would have amendments or exceptions. Although he did warn against this because if council were to make some kind of exemption or amendment, they can make owners of other landmark properties feel like they’re being treated unequally. Myers also advised against it because changing the windows on the house could drastically change its character, saying that windows on historic buildings hold a large part of the identity of the building. After Myers’ report, Colleen Ramais, an attorney of Meyer Capel in Champaign, represented the Zeta Tau Alpha Housing Fraternity to pose the housing fraternity’s reason for their objection to the historic landmark designation. Ramais said there is a burden that would be put on the property owners and that
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she believed that the application submitted by Kraft was not properly supported by evidence. In response to a question from Michael Madigan, Ward 6, Ramais confirmed that the property owners have no intention of making any major exterior changes. She said in terms of fixing the roof, they have tried to source materials in the past of the original material used but were able to find very little. She also said the current windows were of concern because not only are they very energy inefficient, but they can also be opened from the outside, therefore a safety concern. When opened up to comment, Madigan and Carol Ammons, Ward 3, both expressed concern in the application process saying that they should make it a requirement for those who nominate a building for designation should be present at meetings. “I’m really concerned about the process,” Ammons said. “I really can’t support the designation at this point until a couple things have been addressed by the Historic Preservation Committee before we force designations on people.” Eric Jakobsson, Ward 2, however was
not concerned about the process, saying he thought that the application was legitimate and that the presence of the nominator should not change the outcome of the house’s designation. Roberts, Smyth and Diane Marlin, Ward 7, also spoke in support of the historic designation. Roberts said that the house is very worthy of the designation and that the nominator’s presence does not change the facts of its historic significance. However, Madigan agreed with Ammons in concern with the process, saying that the property owners should have the right to question the nominator and that this isn’t possible when the nominator isn’t present. If the city council were to vote Monday to designate the property, the owners do have the option of bringing it to court. Ramais said that this has not been discussed with the owners yet, so she does not know if they would take this option. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” she said.
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UI alumnus starts nonprofit website for Kenya When his medical knowledge proves insufficient, former Marine finds new way to fundraise BY ELIOT SILL STAFF WRITER
Sonny Kai will always have his Marine instincts. For this, the people of Kibera, a Kenyan urban slum, can be very thankful. “Coming from a Marine officer background taught me bias for action,” Kai said. “Bias for action means given a choice between doing nothing and doing something, you always go with doing something. So that’s what I did.” Kai, a political science graduate from the University in 2009, spent three years overseas as a Marine officer. He was inspired by Rye Barcott, also a former marine officer who started a charity, called Carolina for Kibera, to benefit the urban slum. Carolina for Kibera provides free health care to 43,000 people in Kibera each year, Kai said. Kai read Barcott’s book about starting his charity, “It Happened on the Way to War,” while stationed in Afghanistan, and wanted to go and volunteer at the nonprofit clinic. Kai raised $4,236 for supplies, but when he tried to help out in a handson fashion, his lack of significant medical expertise rendered him somewhat useless. He could have continued volunteering, “bringing paperwork up and down floors,” doing next to nothing. It just wasn’t in his nature. Kai started With Love From Kibera, a nonprofit website that sells Kiberan-made jewelry, in April. In Kibera, Kai
said, sending a student to college costs about 40,000 Kenyan shillings, or $375. He found this out from Judy, a janitor at the clinic Kai worked at. Kai happened to see some of the jewelry Judy was making. Judy was using recycled materials to make necklaces and other accessories. Kai was inspired by this and would help her to make some items, as he tried to learn himself (“I’m not as good as she is, but she’s been teaching me,” Kai admitted).
“They basically loaned (the merchandise) to me, so you’re taking a leap of faith, saying: ‘You take this stuff back to the United States to sell it for us, and we’re counting on you.’” SONNY KAI, University alumnus
Kai found that Judy’s dream was to send her son to college. And he thought that he knew some friends in America who might be interested in the jewelry. The market in America, Kai figured, would be much more willing to purchase jewelry many Kiberans simply cannot afford. With this in mind, he took some pictures of the jewelry and
Judy, as well as Judy’s home, and posted some items for sale on a website of his current school, the Chicago Booth School of Business. “Within about four days, I got $800 worth of orders for the jewelry,” Kai said. “So I said to myself, ‘Maybe we can help more than just Judy with this.’” Kai got in contact with Carolina for Kibera and began organizing the production of this jewelry from recycled materials to produce more and sell online. Kai said about five women now are contributing jewelry to the site to sell, and he has “70-80 pounds” of merchandise with him now in America, and wants to sell it before having people with Carolina for Kibera import another shipment. Kai said he essentially started the project on his own, and it takes very little of his time now to oversee it, as it is a relatively small-scale nonprofit. This allows him to ensure that the proceeds are put to as good a use as possible. Still, he said, to make the full impact he desires, the website will need to generate more traffic. “I think they’re cautiously optimistic in the Kibera community,” Kai said. “Right now, I haven’t generated a lot of sales. “They basically loaned (the merchandise) to me, so you’re taking a leap of faith, saying: ‘You take this stuff back to the United States to sell it for us, and we’re counting on you.’”
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Loophole in Washington hash law sparks conversation State’s legalization statute raises legal questions about more pure form of high-inducing chemical, THC BY GENE JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEATTLE — Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world. When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours. So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a fulltime, legitimate paycheck — a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana stores with high-quality hash oil. “Every major culture that has marijuana associated with it has hash associated with it as well,” said Andersen, whose company, XTracted, already has two Seattle locations serving medical marijuana dispensaries. He said his business would help prevent such pot extracts from ending up on the black market. Substance abuse experts are concerned that such increasingly popular, extremely potent and potentially dangerous pot extracts will be sold and that state regulators’ interpretation of the recreational marijuana law will allow people to buy vastly more hash than they need for personal use. That, they fear, will increase the chances that some of it will end up in the black market out of state. “It’s a concern not just for our kids, but for kids in neighboring states as well,” said Derek Franklin, president of Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. The legal-weed law, passed by voters last fall, allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of dried pot, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids such as brownies, or 72 ounces of infused liquids such as soda. When the state-licensed stores open sometime early next year, that’s how much people will be allowed to buy.
The law precluded the sale of pure hash and hash oil, but didn’t specifically address concentrated marijuana sales. That’s led to a conversation about hash’s place in the new legal-pot world. The regulators at Washington’s Liquor Control Board, who are charged with overseeing the creation of the new legal pot industry, issued draft rules this month saying hash and hash oil can be used in “marijuana-infused products” — even if the product that’s being infused is just a drop of olive oil or glycerin, for example. In effect, the stores can get around the ban on hash or hash-oil sales by simply adding a minuscule amount of some other substance to what is otherwise nearly pure THC, the primary high-inducing compound in cannabis. Hash oils can sell for $40, $60 or more per gram, depending on quality — meaning more tax revenue for the state. If such extracts are considered a “marijuana-infused product,” people would be allowed to buy up to 16 ounces of oils in solid form, or 72 ounces in liquid form. Such transactions could run tens of thousands of dollars. “When we set the 72-ounce limit, we were thinking about marijuana juice or tea, not a high-potency extract like that,” said Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who primarily drafted Washington’s law. Holcomb said it will be up to state lawmakers to adopt new ceilings on marijuana concentrate sales early next year — before the state-licensed stores open for business. The Legislature could also tweak the law to allow for sales of pure hash and hash oil — something hash makers would like to see. They say if they have to adulterate their product with even a drop of olive oil or glycerin, customers might instead turn to medical dispensaries or the black market. In Colorado, which also legalized recreational pot last fall, stores will be allowed to sell hash and hash oils. “Our goal is to replace marijuana prohibition with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, who led Colorado’s legalization campaign. “Some marijuana consumers choose to
use more potent forms of marijuana, just as some alcohol consumers prefer a martini or glass of scotch over a beer.” The term “hash” covers a variety of marijuana preparations, but is generally the compression or concentration of cannabis resin rich in THC. The preparations can involve anything from the simple shaking of the resin off the plant and pressing it into bricks to the use of stainless steel, closed-loop extraction systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars, use butane or carbon dioxide as a solvent and turn out oil that is more than 90 percent THC. Drug-abuse prevention advocates argue the proliferation of extracts has also coincided with a dramatic rise in marijuana-related emergency room visits, often for severe panic attacks. According federal figures, there was a 62 percent jump in marijuana-related emergency room visits nationally from 2004 to 2011 — from 281,000 to 455,000. There have also been explosions as home chemists try to make hash with sometimes dangerous solvents. Hash oils, which are already sold at medical marijuana dispensaries around the country, can be taken by medicine droppers in liquid form, or by vaporization in the solid forms known as shatter, glass, budder or wax. By means of a metal wand, users place a “dab” about the size of a grain of rice on a glowing-hot metal stem of a pipe and inhale the resulting cloud, which delivers a powerful, nearly instantaneous high. Andersen said many users prefer it because it gives a “cleaner” high: No plant material is burned, and people know right away what the effect is — rather than waiting an hour or more for a pot-laced brownie or other edible to kick in. “Dabbing” has become ever more popular over the past decade; a festival in Denver this weekend was devoted to it. Ralph Morgan, owner of OrganaLabs in Denver, with two medical marijuana dispensaries, said hash and other concentrates now make up nearly one-third of his business. “This is the way the industry is going,” he said.
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Gov. Quinn suspends lawmakers’ pay over pension crisis Illinois with nearly $100 billion in underfunded pension has worst system in the nation BY SARA BURNETT AND SOPHIA TAREEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn suspended Illinois lawmakers’ pay on Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to come up with a solution to the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Chicago Democrat said he used his line-item veto power in a budget bill that was on his desk, and vowed to not accept a salary himself until a deal has been reached. Lawmakers, who receive an annual salary of $68,000 and additional pay for leadership positions, would have to vote to reject his changes if they want to get paid. Quinn, who has made pension reform his main focus for nearly two years, said he wanted to spur lawmakers into action. “They must have that alarm bell ringing in their ears, and the best way to do that is to hit them in the wallet,” he said at a news conference in downtown Chicago. Legislators, whose relationship with the
governor has grown increasingly tense in recent weeks, said Quinn’s actions wouldn’t help matters — and could make an already politically difficult situation worse. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly has been unable to agree on how to address pension shortfall, despite years of trying. “Instead of giving us leadership on this issue, he’s giving us political games,” said Sen. Matt Murphy, who sits on a bipartisan panel trying to forge a compromise on the issue. Senate President John Cullerton, also a Chicago Democrat, called it “political grandstanding.” Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said later Wednesday she’s seeking a legal review to determine whether Quinn’s move is constitutional. Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability because lawmakers either skipped or shorted payments to the state’s five retirement systems for decades. Inaction
on solving the pension problem — the worst of any state in the nation, as measured by a Moody’s rating agency formula that compared liabilities to tax revenue — has led to repeated credit rating downgrades while governors from other states have used it as a basis to poach jobs from Illinois. Quinn has set numerous hard deadlines, including two special sessions, for lawmakers to resolve the crisis, but none has produced any results. Members of a bipartisan panel charged with finding a compromise blew past another deadline Tuesday, saying they needed more time to crunch numbers and try to work out a deal that can get legislative approval. Quinn had warned there would be consequences for lawmakers although he had not outlined what he planned to do. The lawmakers’ next paychecks are due Aug. 1, so if they don’t act by then, they won’t get paid. Quinn said Illinois taxpayers have paid for legislators’ lack of action on the pension cri-
sis. Taxpayers had to pay at least $130 million extra in interest payments for a bond sale last month because of the lowered credit ratings. The governor’s actions come as he prepares for a 2014 re-election bid, and desperately needs to either resolve the biggest issue facing the state or deflect the blame for not getting a pension solution through the Legislature. Taking on the General Assembly also could be a way for Quinn, who has seen his approval ratings sink, to further stress the populist, political outsider credentials on which he has successfully campaigned in other elections. Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley has said he’ll challenge the governor in a Democratic primary, and at least four Republicans have said they will try to unseat him. Quinn cut about $13.8 million — the amount allocated for lawmakers salaries — from a larger budget bill that gives the Illinois comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees.
Lawmakers won’t rush pension fix after pay freeze THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Suddenly punished with the loss of their paychecks, lawmakers under pressure to solve Illinois’ pension crisis say their progress is tied less to their take-home pay than the slow process of calculating savings for the state’s coffers. An impatient Gov. Pat Quinn suspended lawmakers’ salaries and stipends this week, hoping that getting them back will serve as a proverbial carrot to force lawmakers to act more quickly. But the 10-member committee hunting for a compromise includes a number of lawyers, a businessman and others with alternative sources of income who won’t feel an immediate financial pinch. Many Illinois lawmakers consider themselves full-time legislators and rely on their yearly salary of more than $67,000, plus stipends for leadership or committee duties. But even those lawmakers insist that withholding their paychecks is not going to speed up their urgency in dealing with a tricky public policy question, even if it does hit them hard in the wallet and Quinn’s move has the support of many frustrated taxpayers. “Right now the governor’s action is resonating with them,” State Rep. Mike Zalewski, a Riverside Democrat
who is on the pension committee, said, referring to the public. “But I can tell you legislatively I don’t know that it will do any good.” The National Conference of State Legislatures considers the Illinois General Assembly, which operates from January through May and calls special sessions as needed, a full-time legislative body. The base yearly salary for regular senators and representatives is $67,836, plus up to $20,000 in stipends for leadership or committee duties. For the last several years, they agreed to a furlough plan that cut pay by 4.7 percent. The 10 members of the joint House and Senate conference committee on pensions are paid a range of salaries. According to the state comptroller’s office, Sens. Matt Murphy and Bill Brady — both leaders in their Republican caucus— are paid a total of $88,545 respectively from the state before furloughs. Democratic State Sen. Kwame Raoul and Rep. Elaine Nekritz, leaders in their respective Democratic caucuses, each make $78,163. Only one member of the pension committee, Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston, receives the base salary without a stipend. Raoul, Murphy and Zalewski are attorneys. Brady, of Bloomington, is a real estate developer and co-owner of
a home-building company. The remainder of the committee members — Biss, Nekritz, State Sen. Linda Holmes, Republican Reps. Jil Tracy, Darlene Senger and Democratic Rep. Art Turner — all describe themselves as fulltime lawmakers. Zalewski’s wife, Carrie, has a spot on the state’s pollution control board that pays $117,000 annually, in addition to her husband’s check from the state. Raoul, the committee’s chairman, said he wouldn’t be hurt by losing his paycheck, but that’s not the case for some legislators. “I’ve got a (law) practice, I’m a partner at a firm away from the Legislature,” he said. “But we do have a citizen Legislature where it is expected people come from different professions. We have that sort of diversity where some have other jobs, some are independently wealthy, some are single parents. So (those) are people I feel for the most.” State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, an Olympia Fields Democrat who is not on the committee, has been an outspoken critic of Quinn’s move. She describes herself as a working mother who has three young children to support, but that while she’ll feel the pinch of the pay cut, it won’t make her push her colleagues into coming to a quick solution.
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A biker waits for the light on Green Street in Champaign. BY KAT BOEHLE ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENT EDITOR
Champaign has now joined Urbana in being a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community as recognized by the League of American Bicyclists. The community recognized this distinction Tuesday evening on the corner of Neil and Chester streets near the Champaign City Building. The bike racks on the streets were full as a few dozen community members rode their bikes to the event. At this recognition event, the city unveiled the official sign. “This isn’t just about a sign,” said Rob Kowalski, assistant planning director of the City of Champaign, at the recognition. “It’s about the achievements and development and building a bike-friendly community.” To become a bike-friendly community is not an easy process though, Kowalski said. He said the city had to fi ll out an online application that had around a hundred questions and had to demonstrate several things. First, Kowalski said that the city had to show physical improvements with the com-
munity, such has bike lanes. The city also had to have an educational component that teach people how to safely ride bikes, as well as teach those in cars drive with bikes. Champaign also had to demonstrate that it has plans for future. “You have to have a vision for the future, that you want to do more,” Kowalski said. Kowalski said although being a bicyclefriendly community doesn’t come with grant dollars, the League of American Bicyclists still holds high standards for the designation. Jeff Yockey, president of Champaign County Bikes, said less than half of cities who apply for the designation actually achieve the honor. “It’s not just given out to anyone,” Yockey said. Mayor Don Gerard said he was “exceptionally excited” for the designation because he grew up in Champaign and personally rides his bike everywhere and didn’t buy his fi rst car until he was 30 years old. Kowalski said Champaign has had its eyes on becoming a Bicycle Friendly Communi-
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Zimmerman cleared of all charges in shooting of teen Trayvon Martin Jury sorted through 56 witnesses with clashing testimonies to eventually reach not guilty verdict THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SANFORD, Fla. — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. But the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty after deliberating well into the night Saturday. Martin’s mother and father were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read; supporters of his family who had gathered outside yelled “No! No!” upon learning of the not guilty verdict. The jurors considered nearly three weeks of often wildly conflicting testimony over who was the aggressor on the rainy night the 17-year-old was shot while walking through the gated townhouse community where he was staying. Defense attorneys said the case was classic self-defense, claiming Martin knocked Zimmerman down and was slamming the older man’s head against the concrete sidewalk when Zimmerman fired his gun. State Attorney Angela Corey said after the verdict that she believed second-degree murder was the appropriate charge because Zimmerman’s mindset “fit the bill of seconddegree murder.” As the verdict drew near, police and city leaders in the Orlando suburb of Sanford and other parts of Florida said they were taking precautions against the possibility
of mass protests or unrest in the event of an acquittal. The verdict came a year and a half after civil rights protesters angrily demanded Zimmerman be prosecuted. That anger appeared to return Saturday night outside the courthouse, at least for some who had been following the case. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested for 44 days after the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting as police in Sanford insisted that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law on self-defense prohibited them from bringing charges. Florida gives people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear death or bodily harm. Martin’s parents, along with civil rights leaders such as the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, argued that Zimmerman — whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic — had racially profiled their son. And they accused investigators of dragging their feet because Martin was a black teenager. Before a special prosecutor assigned to the case ordered Zimmerman’s arrest, thousands of protesters gathered in Sanford, Miami, New York and elsewhere, many wearing hoodies like the one Martin had on the night he died. They also carried Skittles and a can of iced tea, items Martin had in his pocket. President Barack Obama weighed in, saying that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.” Despite the racially charged nature of the case, race was barely mentioned at the trial. Even after the verdict, prosecutors said race was not about race. “This case has never been about race or the right to bear arms,” Corey said. “We believe this case all along was about boundaries, and George Zimmerman exceeded those boundaries.”
ANDA CHU THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oakland police officers work to extinguish a fire during a protest after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, early Sunday, in Oakland, Calif. The case sparked great debate across the country about race. One exception was the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, the Miami teen who was talking to Martin by phone moments before he was shot. She said he described being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker” as he walked through the neighborhood. Jeantel gave some of the trial’s most riveting testimony. She said she overheard Martin demand, “What are you following me for?” and then yell, “Get off! Get off!” before his cellphone went dead. The jurors had to sort out clashing testimony from 56 witnesses in all, including police, neighbors, friends and family members. For example, witnesses who got fleeting glimpses of the fight in the darkness gave differing accounts of who was on top. And Martin’s parents and Zimmerman’s parents both claimed that the person heard screaming for help in the background of a
C-U joins nation in remembering Trayvon Martin BY DARSHAN PATEL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Over 60 Champaign-Urbana community members gathered in Douglass Park on Sunday evening to remember Trayvon Martin, a day after the man who fatally shot him was acquitted of murder. A couple of residents held up a sign that said “Remember Kiwane. No more stolen lives,” as community members took their turn speaking out against racial profiling not only in the high-profile Florida case, but here in Champaign. The sign referenced Kiwane Carrington, a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in 2009 in Champaign. The officer involved in the shooting was not charged. “I am outraged. I am angry,” said Valarie Ammons, Champaign resident. “Because I am Trayvon Martin’s mom. I am Kiwane Carrington’s mom. That’s how I felt. That’s how I felt when I found out George Zimmerman was not going to jail for killing my son. He should be all of our sons.” A jury in a Sanford, Fla., court found Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night of second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin. Jurors also acquitted Zimmerman of manslaughter charges. Urbana resident Rachel Storm organized the impromptu protest in the wake of the ruling just days before. She stressed a need to meet other Champaign-Urbana residents and build community. “This is how we build peace and community,” Storm said. Aaron Ammons, who is the son of Valarie and a member of C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, led a chant of over 50 people: “I am
Trayvon. I am Kiwane.” “This is something I may be able to explain or may not be able to explain. This happens to us far too often than it happens to anybody else. ... We just think it’s time for us to make sure we take a stand on this,” he said. Ammons is African-American. “My young son is running around here somewhere right now,” he said. “He’s 11 years old. And I’m going to tell you from the bottom of my heart, it’s going to be a long day in Champaign history if something happened to him.” Ammons encouraged a public debate about policies such as Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and the newly implemented concealed carry law in Illinois. Across the nation, demonstrators outraged over the verdict in George Zimmerman’s murder trial took to the streets. In Chicago, black clergy members called for calm, with the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church saying the community should become “a united voice for peace” because it can’t control the verdict but it “can control our streets and communities.” Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have urged peace. Jackson said the legal system “failed justice,” but violence isn’t the answer.
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neighbor’s 911 call was their son. Numerous other relatives and friends weighed in, too, as the recording was played over and over in court. Zimmerman had cuts and scrapes on his face and the back of his head, but prosecutors suggested the injuries were not serious. To secure a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors had to convince the jury that Zimmerman acted with a “depraved” state of mind — that is, with ill will, hatred or spite. Prosecutors said he demonstrated that when he muttered, “F----- punks. These a-------. They always get away” during a call to police as he watched Martin walk through his neighborhood. To win a manslaughter conviction, prosecutors had to convince the jury only that Zimmerman killed without lawful justification.
Quinn: Hearts broken after Trayvon Martin death THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALSIP, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says hearts are broken after the death of 17-yearold Trayvon Martin. He spoke Sunday to congregants at a suburban Chicago church. Quinn didn’t directly mention George Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges Saturday in Martin’s death. Quinn says a young man lost his life to gun violence, and he agrees with Martin’s father who says his faith remains unshattered. Quinn has spent several Sundays talking about violence in the Chicago area. He’s previously pushed for an assault weapons ban and wanted stricter rules for Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Lawmakers ultimately rejected his changes. Quinn spoke earlier Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” saying he doesn’t like Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and that it should be examined.
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Third teen dead after plane wreck Injuries suggest Chinese teen was possibly hit by fire truck after crash THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — The third person to die from injuries suffered when an Asiana Airlines jetliner crash landed in San Francisco was identified as a 15-year-old Chinese girl who attended school with the other two victims. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault on Saturday confirmed the identity of the third victim as Liu Yipeng. He said that she was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital with head injuries after the July 6 crash and died there Friday morning. Chinese state media said she attended school with the two 16-year-old girls who also died in the crash. Liu Yipeng’s identification comes a day after her death was announced amid the official confirmation that one of the other girls who died in the disaster had been covered on the runway in flame-retardant foam and hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site, a disclosure that raised the tragic possibility she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. Police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777. “The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is, ‘What was the cause of death?’” San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “That’s what we are trying to determine right now.” Ye Meng Yuan’s close friend Wang Linjia was among a group of injured passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. Wang Linjia’s body was found along with three flight attendants who were flung onto the tarmac. Moments after the crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet away. A group of survivors called 911 and tried to help them. Survivors said that after escaping the plane, they sat with at least four victims who appeared to be seriously hurt. They believe one of them was one of the girls who died. Cindy Stone, who was in that group, was recorded by California Highway Patrol dispatchers calling in for help: “There are no ambulances here. We’ve been on the ground 20 minutes. There are people lying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. We’re almost losing a woman here. We’re trying to keep her alive.” So far, an investigation indicates the pilots, a trainee and
his instructor, failed to realize until too late that the aircraft was dangerously low and flying too slow.
Asiana passengers begged 911 dispatchers for help SAN FRANCISCO — Stunned and bleeding after a Boeing 777 crash-landed at the San Francisco airport, hundreds of passengers staggered across the debris-strewn tarmac, some trying to help the critically injured, others desperately calling 911 and begging for more ambulances as dire minutes ticked away. “There’s not enough medics out here,” a caller told a dispatcher in a 911 call released by the California Highway Patrol. “There is a woman out here on the street, on the runway, who is pretty much burned very severely on the head and we don’t know what to do.” Two people died and 180 of the 307 people were hurt Saturday when Asiana Airlines Flight 214, coming in too low and too slow, slammed into a seawall at the end of the runway. The impact ripped off the back of the plane, tossed out three flight attendants and their seats and scattered pieces of the jet across the runway as it spun and skidded to a stop. The battered passengers, some with broken bones, were told over the jet’s public-address system to stay in their seats for another 90 seconds while the cockpit consulted with the control tower, a safety procedure to prevent people from evacuating into life-threatening fires or machinery. “We don’t know what the pilots were thinking, but I can tell you that in previous accidents there have been crews that don’t evacuate. They wait for other vehicles to come, to be able to get passengers out safely,” said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman.
Asiana says TV station damaged its reputation SEOUL, South Korea — Asiana Airlines said Sunday its reputation was damaged by a report on a San Francisco TV station that used bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on its plane that crashed earlier this month and is considering legal action. An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and then apologized after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane. Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.
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A sheet covers the body of a teen struck by a fire truck in the response to a crash at the San Francisco International Airport, suggesting she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew. An Asiana statement said it’s mulling legal measures against both KTVU-TV and the NTSB because the report “badly damaged” the reputation of the airline and its pilots. Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated. The four pilots, who underwent questioning by a U.S. and South Korean joint investigation team while in the U.S., returned to South Korea on Saturday. South Korean officials plan to conduct separate interviews with them, South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Sunday.
Republican majority passes restrictive abortion bill in Texas Democrats promise another hard fight before the bill becomes a reality for women BY CHRIS TOMLINSON AND WILL WEISSERT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUSTIN, Texas — Republican lawmakers in Texas passed a bill that would give the state some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to voice their opposition to the bill, including six protesters who were dragged out of the Senate chamber by state troopers for trying to disrupt the debate. The Republican majority passed the bill unchanged late Friday — just before midnight — with all but one Democrat voting against it. “Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life,” said Gov. Rick Perry, who will sign the bill into law in the next few days. “This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women’s health.” Democrats promised a legal challenge to the measure, which
will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions to take place in surgical centers. Only five of Texas’ 42 existing abortion clinics meet the requirements to be a surgical center, and clinic owners say they cannot afford to upgrade or relocate. Perry said Saturday afternoon that the bill would withstand court challenges. “We wouldn’t have passed it if we didn’t think it was constitutional,” the Republican governor said. Democrats proposed 20 amendments to the bill, including making exceptions in cases of rape and incest and allowing doctors more leeway in prescribing abortion-inducing drugs. But Republicans would have none of it. The bill is one of many championed in Republican-led states this year by anti-abortion groups set on challenging the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which established a woman’s right to get an abortion until the point in which a fetus could viably survive outside the womb. A fetus is generally considered viable at 22 to 24 weeks.
Texas falls under the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has shown a willingness to accept more stringent limits on abortions. By passing the new restrictions, Republicans pleased the Christian conservatives who make up the majority of primary voters. But they inspired abortion-rights supporters to protest at the state Capitol in numbers not seen in Texas in at least 20 years. Demonstrators packed normally boring committee hearings to voice their anger over the abortion bill and managed to disrupt key votes. They finished a lengthy filibuster by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, of Fort Worth, by jeering for the last 15 minutes of the first special legislative session, effectively killing the bill. That’s when Perry called lawmakers back for round two. But opponents said the fight is far from over and used the popular anger to register and organize Democratic voters. The dedication of those activists will be tested during the 2014 elections. Democrats have not won a statewide seat in Texas since 1994, the longest such losing streak in the nation.
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we seek an educated mass, it begins at an educated individual. And making sure they get out ahead of where they came in at that. But the system in place now is failing us; it’s failing our current students, inhibiting our prospective students and already hitting students who have graduated. Congress’ inaction on the issue of student loan interest rates and consequent student debt has been fairly consistent. Last year, student groups and the Obama administration pushed for a one-year delay, as opposed to passing a piece of legislation, that prevented interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from increasing to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. Come July 1, Congress effectively paralleled its past stagnancy on the issue by failing to reach a bipartisan agreement and allowing those student interest rates to double back to 6.8 percent. Short-term fixes have clearly outgrown their usefulness and effectiveness. At the University, the average student debt was $24,657 for 2012 graduates and $22,975 for 2011 graduates. While a 7 percent increase in student debt may appear negligible, those numbers will inevitably rise year after year if proposals aren’t made and acted upon. The goal is for students to obtain higher education without accumulating debt, let alone to graduate with a year’s tuition worth of debt. Last Wednesday, U.S. senators agreed to a long-term, bipartisan compromise bill that would tie new student loan interest rates to the market, or more specifically, the 10-year Treasury bond, a form of government debt security with a fixed interest rate. Each loan will use the Treasury rate as a base, adding another 1.8 percentage points for undergraduate students, 3.4 for graduate students and 4.5 for loans taken out through the PLUS program. Regardless of how high interest rates may reach in the future, rates would be capped at 8.25 percent for undergraduates
and 9.25 percent for students utilizing any other type of loan. However, categorizing education as just another commodity presents new challenges. Just as there is variability within the market, the loan program would see similar variability: If the market is doing well, so will the loan program, and vice versa. Basing student loan rates off a constantly fluctuating market proves an interesting plan for a country that prides itself in and flourishes from its education system and educated population. On the contrary, displacing the control of student loan interest rates from the government to the market presents benefits too. Often, students and parents have been encouraged to take out loans because of the increased accessibility to money through these loan programs, not realizing that colleges are increasing their costs against a slower-rising inflation rate. Essentially, the goal is to implement market discipline into the student loan program. With the two intertwined, the hope is that current and prospective students will be more rational about borrowing money and college inflation will decrease. Higher education is becoming increasingly valuable and even necessary as students seek higher paying jobs, professional degrees and the abilities to succeed in a competitive economy. Nearly 66 percent of 2012 high school graduates went on to attend college — we can’t encourage them to continue their educations, just to set them financially behind once they graduate. Otherwise, we have a phenomenon of graduates who lack the financial resources to stimulate the economy and the burning question of whether higher education is worth the price tag anymore. Congress’ temporary solutions aren’t addressing a long-term problem; it’s using the widespread availability of student loans to push students through education’s most valuable institution while having no regard for them come graduation.
3. Having pride in your state is awesome JOHN BUYSSE Opinions columnist
or the past seven weeks, I have been living in Austin, Texas, and working at GSD&M, an advertising agency that represents some of America’s most wellknown brands. While my time here has had its share of ups and downs, I have learned something new almost every day. Here are just a few:
1. Strangers can be really, really kind Prior to coming to Austin, I had never experienced a remarkable amount of kindness from strangers. Aside from people holding the occasional door or being polite, I wasn’t sure it really existed. However, upon arriving to Austin without knowing a single person, I was really in need of said kindness. Luckily, as fate would have it, some of my fellow interns are genuinely kind people. One of them, Jake, an Austin native, quickly began to organize plans for those of us from out of town to explore the city together. While this isn’t necessarily an exceptional or life-saving act, it was something he did not have to do, and I can honestly say it has made my time here much more enjoyable. This was the start of many new friendships. On top of that, Jake and another fellow intern, Emily, invited us to their Fourth of July gatherings. Again, not rocket science, but inviting us to spend the holiday in an environment of family and friends made us feel much more at home.
2. It’s important to document experiences I’ll be honest. Before coming down here, I rarely, if ever, found taking pictures or documenting experiences to be enjoyable or important. In fact, the idea of stopping in my tracks to snap a picture of a monument or skyline made me cringe because there’s nothing more embarrassing than looking like a tourist. However, upon arriving to Austin for the summer, I made a pact with myself to try and document my time because this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Strangely, I have stuck to this and have been uploading anything interesting I see to Instagram. While I occasionally look like a nerdy tourist, the long-term benefit of looking back at these pictures is invaluable.
For my whole life, I have had pride in my schools, favorite sports teams and, of course, the city of Chicago. However, one thing I have never been particularly proud of is being from the state of Illinois. While it’s not something I am embarrassed of, it’s just not something I want to shout from the rooftops. One of the first things I noticed upon crossing the Arkansas border into Texas was the overt love Texans have for their state. Whether it’s through displaying bumper stickers, waving giant state flags or using phrases like “I speak Texan,” these people just love their state. While many aspects of the state have been a culture shock to the system I’m accustomed to, I have started to fall in love with some aspects of it just because of how proud people are when they talk about it. This is definitely a change of pace from living in “the state of corrupt politicians.”
4. Time is precious, so use it wisely Nothing makes me want to use my time wisely quite like having a time limit. So, naturally, knowing I have exactly 10 weeks to soak in Austin and all its glory has definitely inspired me make a conscious effort to do or see something new every day. One example of this came when I could not sleep one night. At about 4 a.m. I realized I was not going to fall asleep anytime soon, so I hopped on my computer and Googled “best sunrise view in Austin.” The result was a place called Mount Bonnell and I decided to shower, go watch the sun rise and then grab some of Austin’s finest breakfast tacos. It was the perfect way to use a few hours that would have been spent staring at my clock and is definitely one of the highlights of my time here.
5. Working hard pays off This one is really simple, but important nonetheless. For three years, I have been working toward the goal of working in strategy at an advertising agency on some of America’s most appreciated brands. After years of long nights, hard work and the resolve to never give up, I have had the privilege of spending this summer at GSD&M working on the Walgreens account. This has not only shown me that hard work pays off, but also inspired me to dream bigger and work even harder moving forward.
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Gold medalist, Illini athlete nominated for ESPY award Olympian up for 2nd straight ESPY after London success BY MICHAEL WONSOVER STAFF WRITER
Raymond Martin, a member of the men’s track and field at the University, is not your average 19-year-old. No, not because he was born with Arthrogryposis or Freeman Sheldon Syndrome that has left him as a quadriplegic, but because he has already won four Paralympic gold medals while also being nominated for two ESPYs all before his 20th birthday. His latest nomination has put him in contention for this year’s ESPY award for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. Martin’s second consecutive ESPY nomination is not lost on him despite the many accolades he has already received in his career. “It means a great deal to me,” Martin said. “It’s such a high honor to be considered as one of the best male athletes with a disability. It would mean the world to me to win this award. To win any other year would be wonderful, but to win on the year of the games would just be unbelievable.” The other nominees for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2013 ESPYs include archer Jeff Fabry and skier Tyler Walker. Martin’s biggest threats to take home the award are swimmer Lt. Bradley Snyder and discus-thrower Jeremy Campbell. “The whole field is full of remarkable athletes,” Martin said. “But if I were pressed to name my biggest competition, it would either be Jeremy Campbell or Bradley Snyder.” Campbell, a teammate of Martin’s on the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field squad, won a gold medal in discus at the 2012 Games. Snyder, who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, won two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics including a 400-meter freestyle victory that took place exactly a year after an explosion in Afghanistan caused him to go blind. Martin boasts an impressive resume of his own despite the stiff competition he faces this year. The University sophomore won four gold medals in London while breaking a world record, two Paralympic records and four American records. His accomplishments at the Games earned him the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year. “I’m proud of my performance last year,” Martin said. “I will never forget the way I felt on the podium in London. A crowd of 80,000 watching and listening live to my national anthem play, with billions around the world watching via other mediums. The different factor that must be accounted for with the ESPY is that you’re not just compared to others in your sport and classification; you’re compared to other magnificent athletes across all sports.” Martin enjoyed himself at the 2012 ESPYs despite not winning in his category.
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“The ESPYs is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had that relates to my sport career,” Martins said. “I was getting ready for the London Games when I attended the ESPYs in 2012, and the awards show was a great way to relax after our trials meet and take my mind off of training. The whole atmosphere of the ESPYS was just amazing. Everyone in L.A. treated me like all of the able-bodied athletes. It was an incredible thing to experience, especially since Paralympic sport is not given the attention it deserves in the United States.” Although Martin was star struck when he met Tim Tebow at last year’s ESPYs, he was disappointed most of the NBA players weren’t able to attend because they were training for the Olympics. Martin, a New York Knicks fan, is looking forward to meeting Carmelo Anthony at this year’s ESPYs. In addition to Martin, Tatyana McFadden will also represent the University at the ESPYs as she’s up for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability award for the third year in a row.
“The women’s category this year is arguably tougher than the male category,” Martin said. “You have Jessica Long, who has won the award twice before, in the running. That being said, Tatyana had a phenomenal season last year. On top of winning four medals at the games, she won the Boston marathon hours before the explosions went off and turned around and won the London marathon six days later, on her birthday nonetheless. Tatyana deserves to win. It is long overdue.” Martin, who has been training in Champaign all summer, will compete in Lyon, France, at the IPC Athletics World Championships from July 19-28, only two days after the ESPYs. “Hopefully, I can have as much success in France as I did London.”
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After a tough season, a break long deserved seems too short Illini men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer talks about Wimbledon, summer preparation and the future of the team BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER
The Illinois men’s tennis team finished its season with a 4-1 loss to Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA tournament in May. The team has spent much of the offseason playing in individual tournaments across the country. The Daily Illini sat down with head coach Brad Dancer to catch up.
Daily Illini: It’s been a bit since we last saw you guys in the tournament, what have you been up to lately?
Brad Dancer: Lots of recruiting, lots of time with the guys on the court, a little bit of a family vacation and here we are. Seems like summer is almost over.
DI: Yeah, it’s been flying. Some of the guys are in tournaments, right? When we talked last, I think you said some guys were going to Florida? Dancer: Yeah, we had most of the team down in Florida, and we played a number of tournaments down there. We played a tournament up in Winnetka (Ill.) on the north side of Chicago, and last week was kind of an off week for tournaments, but now they’re all down in Joplin, Mo., at the moment.
DI: So are you actively coaching them through this, or are they kind of on their own?
Dancer: Not this particular tournament, but we will be for the rest of the summer. So they go from Joplin to Godfrey (Ill.) to Decatur (Ill.) to Edwardsville (Ill.) to Bloomington, Ind. So it’s five weeks in a row for the guys coming up here.
DI: Jeez, no real off time for them. And you also said you’ve been doing recruiting, is that for
next year or do you already know who you’re looking at?
Dancer: We’re recruiting all of the time. We’ve got a one- to five-year window on recruiting, anywhere from people we think can help us out this year to all the way up to five years down the road.
DI: That’s probably pretty tough to speculate that far into the future?
Dancer: I think it’s very difficult to speculate that far, yep.
DI: I can imagine. I want to talk a little about Wimbledon, what did you think about Andy Murray? It seemed like a huge moment for him and all of England.
Dancer: It’s a big moment for him. It’s interesting to me. I don’t understand why we care about Kate Middleton so I’m not sure exactly why it’s as big of a moment as it’s been. But I honestly would have liked to see (Roger) Federer go a little further, he’s a guy I always pull for at Wimbledon and expand on his record. But at the same time, it’s a great win for Murray, and Murray and (Novak) Djokovic are starting to look like the class of men’s tennis right now. It could be a little bit of a changing of the guard.
DI: Right, because it used to always be Federer and Rafeal Nadal, those were the big two?
Dancer: Exactly. And I still think Nadal is still going to be somewhat unbeatable on clay but these other guys, Djokovic and Murray, on the hard courts and grass courts are going to continue to be big forces, and I think you’re going to see guys like (Tomas) Berdych and (Juan Martin) del Potro and even Kevin (Anderson) has a chance to sneak in there. Kevin has had a fantastic year and
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Illinois’ head coach Brad Dancer talks with Abe Souza during the match against Virginia Tech on Jan. 29, 2010. has really been stepping up.
DI: You mention Kevin, are there other former Illini guys still in the professional leagues?
Dancer: We’ve got over a dozen guys that are playing at various different levels. So I think it’s fun to follow those guys and keep track of them. The most notable right now is obviously Kevin and Rajeev Ram, (who) is also a top-100 player at the moment. So those two are the most notable right now, but there’s a bunch of
alumni and our current guys are building their world rankings as well.
DI: Do you ever tell your guys on the team right now to flip on Wimbledon, for example, and watch how players play certain balls or do you ever use professional tennis for coaching points? Dancer: All the time.
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Nineteen-year-old wins John Deere Classic Jordan Spieth becomes youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years BY LUKE MEREDITH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth can say that he’s accomplished something that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy never did. Spieth won a PGA Tour event as a teenager — and now he’s joining all those stars at next week’s British Open. The 19-year-old outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years. Spieth, who doesn’t turn 20 for another two weeks, hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth started the day six shots behind third-round leader Daniel Summerhays. But he forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation. Spieth, Hearn and Johnson then made par on the
first four playoff holes, but Spieth made another par to stave off Johnson and Hearn on the fifth. Johnson, the defending champion at Deere Run, seized control midway through the final round of regulation, but he simply couldn’t get enough birdies to put the field away, and his uncharacteristic bogey on No. 18 set up a three-man playoff. All three players had their chances to make a playoff-ending shot — with Johnson narrowly missing from the back of the green on a chip shot that clipped the cup on the first playoff hole. Spieth, Hearn and Johnson all went right on their final tee shot. Spieth scrambled out of the rough, though, finding the back of the green to save par and win his first PGA Tour event. Five former Illini competed in the event, with three making the cut. Three-time champion Steve Stricker CHARLIE NEIBERGALL THE ASSOCIATED PRESS finished 16-under-par for the tournament, while Scott Langley and Joe Affrunti both finished 11-under. Luke Jordan Spieth hits off the 17th green during the final round of the John Deere Guthrie and D.A. Points finished 1-over and 4-over, Classic golf tournament on Sunday, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Spieth respectively, missing the cut after Friday’s round. defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a 5-hole sudden death playoff.
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Despite season of success, Puig passed over for All-Star Game In sport plagued by doping scandals and poor ratings, MLB makes mistake keeping its young stars out of the spotlight STEPHEN BOURBON Staff writer
ver the past month, it’s hard not to marvel at what Yasiel Puig has done. The 22-year-old right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers has taken the game by storm, hitting nearly .400 in his first 34 games in the major leagues to go along with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. His instant production at the plate to go along with highlight reel plays in the field has earned Puig instant notoriety and a place in the discussion with the best young players in the game. Even more so, Puig has energized a lethargic, overpaid Dodgers team from a 23-32 record when he was called up to a 47-46 record going into Sunday’s game versus the Rockies. This production in a month’s work, however, was not enough to earn the Cuban defector a spot in the MLB AllStar Game this Tuesday at Citi Field in New York. Many baseball fans and pundits were offended that Puig was even getting a chance at an all-star nod. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon told MLB Network Radio it’s “an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me.” Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman said it would be a “travesty” if Puig made the team. Should we really write off this idea so quickly? And can baseball afford to keep exciting new talent like Puig away from the limelight? Puig was given a chance to sneak his way into the All-Star Game. He received over 800,000 write-in vote for the game
and was one of five “Final Vote” candidates for the National League. He notched 15.5 million fan votes, but fell short of Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman’s 19.7 million tallies. Even though he didn’t win the final vote, he deserves a spot in the All-Star Game. Yes, he’s been in only 37 games (the exact number of games that Papelbon appeared in and one more than AllStar pitcher Craig Kimbrel). And yes, he’s been slumping of late, hitting just .250 since July 3. But this is a game about stars, and Puig is a star. His jersey is already the 10th-most sold in the league,according to ESPN, and he makes plays that other players wouldn’t even attempt. Flip on SportsCenter, and you’ll see Puig stretching a single to a double, crashing to a wall to make a catch or firing a laser from the outfield to try and throw a runner out. It’s about entertainment, and baseball is losing it. Baseball ratings are down across the board, according the Sports Business Journal. FOX’s Saturday regular-season games pulled just a 1.7 rating in 2012, down from a 2.6 in 2001. Compare that to the NBA, which has the second-most TV viewers in the Finals ever this year, and the NFL, which has broken television ratings records each of the past three years. Baseball is falling behind and with its steroid scandal not going away, the sport needs new faces to bring people to the stands and rejuvenate a slimming fan base. The league has a golden opportunity with young stars such as the Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Add Puig into this nucleus, and the sport has superstars in big markets for the next 10 years. But you have to market
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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. your superstars, and baseball is keeping out one of the league’s brightest budding stars. But maybe Puig isn’t a star. Maybe his slump in the past week is more of the norm than an aberration. MLB needs to capitalize on his stardom now, in 2013,
or it will continue to fall into being just a two-month placeholder between basketball and football seasons.
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White Sox lose to Phillies 4-3 in 10th inning despite late rally BY AARON BRACY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHILADELPHIA — John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Sunday. Chase Utley led off the 10th with a double and David Purcey (0-1) walked Jimmy Rollins. The runners advanced on Domonic Brown’s groundout and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ramon Troncoso relieved and struck out Young. But Mayberry lined Troncoso’s first pitch up the middle for the winning run. Antonio Bastardo (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the victory. All three games in the series went extra innings. The teams played a total of 34 innings over 11 hours, 12 minutes. The White Sox scored a run in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his fifth save in 25 chances. Brown drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have won nine of their last 13 games. Brown, upped his team-lead-
ing total to 67 RBIs entering the break. Cole Hamels was poised for his third straight win after a poor start to the season prior to Papelbon’s blown save. The left-hander has a 1.57 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed two runs and eight hits while striking out seven and walking none in eight innings. The three-time All-Star enters the break with a 4-11 record. Alejandro De Aza homered for Chicago, which enters the All-Star break having lost seven of its last 10 and 31 of 44. Brown’s two-run double in the first off Jose Quintana gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia added a run in the fourth on Hamels’ RBI single, the first of his two hits. The White Sox scored in the seventh on Jeff Keppinger’s RBI single. Dayan Viciedo hit a one-out single in the Chicago ninth and pinch-runner Blake Tekotte stole second. After Keppinger flied out, Josh Phegley singled up the middle to tie it at 3. H. RUMPH JR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Quintana allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws against It was the ninth straight start without a loss for Quintana, the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of an Interleague baseball who has just one win during that span. game on Sunday in Philadelphia.
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Houston not the only team building through free agency Although not as splashy, teams are picking up pieces to fit into the championship puzzle LANRE ALABI Staff writer
he floodgates have opened and so far, the merry-go-round that is the NBA free agency market has not disappointed. The headliner of this year’s class was the highly coveted all-star center Dwight Howard, standing a year removed from a multi-team trade that landed him in Los Angeles. With his decision to move to Houston presenting new opportunities for the Rockets, other moves this offseason have seen significant improvement to other NBA rosters. One of the teams Howard made contact with during his free agency dealings was his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks. Failing to capture Howard and losing an all-star forward in Josh Smith, the Hawks are comforted by the capture of Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap and two other guards. Kyle Korver was re-signed and the Hawks matched Milwaukee’s offer to Jeff Teague. The frontcourt pairing of Millsap and Al Horford allows Atlanta to maintain current relevancy in the Eastern Conference playoff picture while also having hopes for the foreseeable future. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also quietly set a complimentary roster around burgeoning star Kyrie Irving. Along with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cavs added veteran Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark, Jack backing-up Irving and contributing off the bench as he did behind Stephen Curry. Clark will try to re-create in Cleveland, the form that temporarily had him leap frog Pau Gasol last year in the Los Angeles starting lineup. A risky move, although one with huge upside for the Cavs, is signing Andrew Bynum. The oft-injured center didn’t play at all last season in Philadelphia but has been a force when healthy. While their fans might be reeling from the loss of Jack, the Golden State Warriors will be a better team for it because they were able to pick up Andre Iguodala. Part of the Howard trade that sent him to Denver, Bynum to Philadelphia and Howard to the Lakers, Iggy is the perfect fit for the Warriors. His arrival has the potential to stunt the growth of fast-rising sophomore Harrison Barnes, but the addition of an allstar is always welcomed. Iguodala has been relied upon as the go-to option in his most recent NBA stops and while that responsibility has seen him gain individual notoriety, it has seen his teams falter. Added responsibility has seen him get more attention defensively but with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Iguodala gets less attention from opponents. In the same vein, the guards have another option to alleviate the huge load they carry at the moment.
The team that stands the biggest threat to the Heat in the East is the second-best team from last season. The Pacers resigned David West which was a necessary action to maintain their current venom. To strengthen its chances, Indiana has added Chris Copeland, the big man who impressed backing up Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks and former Derrick Rose or Deron Williams understudy; C.J. Watson. Getting Danny Granger was enough alone to rise hopes for the next season but the two additions stand to strengthen the team even further. Copeland will add rebounding and scoring off the bench for the Pacers while Watson will be a disciplined backup floor marshal to cut down their turnovers. The LA Clippers first made the coup for Celtics coach Doc Rivers and they completed their goal, to bring back their former star player. After getting Matt Barnes back, the Clippers retained Chris Paul with the a championship-caliber coach to appease him. The loss of promising guard Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix was an obvious deficiency and the other Los Angeles team fixed it. The Clippers made their declaration for this season by claiming Darren Collison. The signing of a backup hardly seems a statement of serious intent but the pairing of Paul and Collison has proven to be fruitful, with evidence from their stint together in New Orleans.
Over the early parts of NBA free agency, Houston has grabbed most of the headlines with its capture of Dwight Howard and the pursuit of Josh Smith. In less aggressive means, the losing team in last year’s NBA Finals is retooling for another championship run. Although their showings in the finals presented minimal evidence to support, the Spurs recapturing Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter bodes well for their chances next season. Both players were instrumental in the trip leading up to the playoffs and will no doubt have a role to play if the team is to repeat the success of last year. The Spurs secured the signature of Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to compete for a roster spot. It almost appears blasphemous seeing that Danny Green holds the record for most 3-point field goals made in the NBA Finals, but the Spurs are better off with Belinelli than Green. Belinelli is a better scorer, defender and ball handler, which was severely lacking in the turnover factory that was Ginobili and Green in the finals. With Tony Parker, Ginobi-
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Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander and Dwight Howard hold Howard’s jersey during a news conference and welcoming ceremony for Howard to the NBA basketball team on Saturday in Houston. li and Belinelli posing all equal threat to the basket with their driving and shooting capabilities, the Spurs look less susceptible to scoring droughts. Adding Belinelli also helps with defending out on the wings so Splitter and Tim Duncan have considerably easier jobs at the rim. Over the early parts of NBA free agency, Houston has grabbed most of the headlines with its capture of Howard and the pursuit of Smith. The addition has seen the Rockets swell from eighth-seed hope-
fuls to Western Conference contenders. Not making as big of a splash as others, some teams have been able to navigate the murky waters of free agency and find bargain for their buck. While the first incline might be to flock to Houston, rigorous inspection shows that the race for the winner of the free agency market is closer than it appears.
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Today’s birthday Creative dreams come true this year, with discipline and focused action. Crowdsource for what’s needed, and collaborate with people who share your passion. Complete old projects, and add organizational structures to new ones.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Today is a 8 — Don’t run away from an unfinished job. Finish it before starting another. Turn off distractions, and you’ll be done before you know it. Curtail travel and entertainment spending. Ask a partner for help.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Today is a 9 — Get into action rather than talking about it. Distractions abound, but you can shut them off. Go for it and get unexpected benefits. Take the annoyance in stride. Get paid in results.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Today is a 7 — Is it beyond repair? Start with a plan. Cut entertainment spending. Listen carefully to considerations and advice. Look critically at what you’ve accomplished. Outside changes could threaten your status quo. Overcome objections.
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LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Today is a 9 — Don’t throw your money away or deplete savings. Set the financial records straight as awareness dawns. Give homemade gifts. A dream reveals the right direction. No need for toys now. There’s relief in certainty.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Today is a 8 — Be prepared. You may underestimate the amount of work involved. Rewrites and edits provide vital value. Your input is pivotal. Provide leadership. Water the flowers. Keep others on course. Compromise. Plug a hole.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Today is a 9 — Postpone a creative project temporarily. A co-worker astonishes you. In a conflict, stick to your priorities despite confusion. What you’re learning isn’t yet applicable. A household member could apply pressure. Handle basic tasks.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Today is an 8 — Push to get it done without stirring up jealousies. Check your
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SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Today is a 9 — Patience saves your peace of mind today. Creative thinking may be required. Hold on to your spare change, and improve your living conditions. Take on more responsibility. Let in some fresh air.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) Today is a 7 — Get ideas rolling. Don’t antagonize elders or blurt out a secret. If it gets confusing, take a break. Reconsider options, and postpone expansion. Put in a correction, and tweak the plan. Be careful traveling. Relax.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Today is a 9 — Be careful; there may still be unanticipated expenses. Haste makes waste. Find a great bargain if you dig. Don’t gossip about work. Move ahead one step at a time. Wait to see what develops. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Disrupt the status quo. Don’t get intimidated, or let considerations slow you for long. There may be a temporary setback, complete with confusion. Put in corrections carefully. Learn something new. Await developments.
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