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Journalists converge: UCO hosts conference Kory Oswald
the Seattle Post Intelligencer printed its last issue in March and the Ann Arbor News has set its last print Correspondent for July. All three papers were in business for over News outlets in all mediums are suffering from a 100 years. declining audience and revenue stream; a result of The newspaper industry is not the only news outthe economic recession and the increase of people let that is facing a crisis of a declining revenue and getting their news from the Internet instead of tradi- audience. Television news, the ethnic press and cable tional news sources. news are also feeling the effects of an economic recesThis is one of the messages Amy Mitchell, the sion and the Internet. Deputy Director of the PEW Research Center's In the executive summary of the report, the Project for Excellence in Journalism, emphasized Project for Excellence in Journalism says that staff yesterday during her presentation at the Press in of local television news channels already too small to Crisis conference held at Constitution Hall in the adequately cover their communities, are being cut at Nigh University Center. unprecedented rates. "The news business is in crisis...the whole industry The second part of .Wednesday's conference was is in a state of, flux, so we held a conference to see composed of a panel of academics and professionals what we can do to reinvigorate the press," Dr. Mark in broadcast and print. Hanebutt, a journalism professor at UCO and orgaIn spite of the bleak outlook for the news industry, nizer of the conference said. the panelists were optimistic that the industry will Mitchell presented the "2009 State of the Media survive and there will be jobs available for UCO's Report" to a mixed crowd of students, faculty mem- mass communications majors. bers and industry insiders in the first of a two-day "I am optimistic about your journalism futures," forum that is focused on ways to reinvent America's said Joe Worley, the executive editor of the Tulsa news business. World. The PEW report states that despite their declin"You have to understand that every market is difing ad revenue, which fell 23 percent in the last two ferent and every model Will have to be developed in years, newspapers are still economically viable, it is every market to make it work in that community," the companies that own the papers that are on the Worley said. 'There is no cookie cutter answer for brink of bankruptcy. this predicament that we're in." "There is still profitability in newspapers in most Dr. Terry Clark, the chair of the Mass cases," Mitchell said. Communications department at UCO was one of five She said that 90 percent of a company's advertise- people on the panel that included Hanebutt, Worley, ment revenue comes from print and only 40 to 5o Charles Self, a professor of journalism and mass compercent of its cost goes toward the print product. munications at the University of Oklahoma and Dick 'There is not yet an...equation that makes sense for Pryor, deputy director, managing editor of ()ETA. newspapers to fully give up their product," Mitchell While they all agreed that there will be jobs, the said. entire conference stressed the need for all forms of â€”"But what we may see more of is...printing three media to focus on ways to cope with and overcome times a week...on their high circulation days." the inevitable challenges that technology and a lack This has been underscored by the fact that three of funding brings to the industry. major newspapers in other states have gone out of The Press in Crisis conference is a two-day event usiness or have completely moved into the digital that begins its second day today ,at 8:3o a.m. and McEntire b Photo by Stacey realm already this year. ends at 3. Amy Mitchell presents the "2009 State of the Media Report" on April 1. The Rocky Mountain News shutdown in February,
Heart Walk Workgroup carries on 15-year tradition Mike Nievez Correspondent
For at least 15 years, the 'Heart Walk' event has been beating across campus to help raise money for heart health education and awareness of proper diet and exercise, Mark Brennaman, chair of the UCO Heart Walk Workgroup, said. "The ,Heart Walk Workgroup is sponsoring two 30-minute walks every day between now and April 17," Brennaman said. "When people complete a 3o-minute walk, they get a chance to win a $50 gift card from Academy Sports." For those interested in walking, groups
will leave UCO's Central Clock at noon and at 12:30, Monday through Friday. After completing the 3o-minute walk, participants receive a raffle ticket that will be entered in a drawing. Other rewards for participants include two $100 gift cards from Thompson's Bookstore. One will go to the student who submits the best heart health essay and the other one will go to the student who submits the best transformative reflective essay after going on at least ten 30-minute walks, he said. However, the deadlines for both essays will conclude toward the end of April, but there will be campus notices displayed when the deadline draws near.
The UCO celebration of the 'Heart Walk' campaign began March 23 and will continue until Friday, April 17. "The HeartWalk Workgroup is made up of people from different areas of the campus who volunteer their time to make the event a success," Brennaman said. "Oklahoma is dead last in deaths from heart disease and stroke and no other state is below us. The number one reason to get involved is to get active to promote heart health. The number two reason is to help raise money that is used right here in Oklahoma to educate people about heart health and to fund clinical studies." Brennaman also said that Heart Walk Workgroup is asking a minimum donation
of $7 for students and $10 for faculty and staff. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. This year's 'Heart Walk' event is sponsored by BronchoSpiritCard.com , Bradford Village, Pitzer's Lawn Management, UCOHealthyCampus . co m, MyIPGI.com , Thompson's Bookstore and Academy Sports and Outdoors. For more information about the 'Heart Walk' event, contact Mark Brennaman, chair of the UCO Heart Walk Workgroup, at email@example.com . To read more about the prizes, events and special offers, visit the 2009 Heart Walk Web site at www.uco.edu/heartwalk.
Renowned poet to present ideas on art collaboration Greg Newby Co-Editor
The University of Central Oklahoma will host "The Art of Writing, The Writing of Art," a free, public lecture about the intersection of creative writing and the visual arts, at 7 p.m. tonight in the Education Building, Room 115. Dr. Kim Stafford, a nationally renowned poet, essayist, photographer, editor, educator and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, will lead the discussion and lecture, which is co-sponsored by UCO's Department of Art and Department of English. "In our time is a great thing not yet done," Stafford said. "It is the marriage of Woody Guthrie's gusto and the
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Internet. It is the composing, and wide sharing, of stories, songs, poems, essays, letters, blessings and other forms of heart-utterance by those with voice for those with need." Stafford will focus on how to use writing to stimulate creativity in all areas of creation, as well as how to think about the creative writing process in a comprehensive and complete manner. "Dr. Stafford is a very inspirational storyteller and is very captivating. He has such a powerful way of engaging with people and their stories," said Charleen Weidell, chair of UCO's Department of Art. Dr. David Macey, chairperson and associate professor in UCO's Department of English added that Stafford's work models strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration. "Dr. Stafford's work shows what visual artists and visual
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writers have much to learn from and to teach one another and it also opens up exciting new possibilities for collaborative teaching and creative work among practicing writers and artists working in visual media," said Macey. In his lecture, Stafford hopes to provide examples of the basic human urge to tell it like it is. "We are living in a time when the individual voice can read?. a stranger far away," he said. "If the message be worthy, this transaction deserves our devotion." A reception will follow the event, and registration is not required. "I'm looking forward to meeting writers, readers and listeners in Oklahoma," Stafford said. For more information, contact the .Department of Art at 974-5201 or the Department of English at 974-5667.
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Administration promotes legal listening Caleb McWilliams .54/11 Individual Internet music services, like Pandora and imeem, are probably UCO students' best choices for legally listening to their favorite songs, the head of information technology at UCO said. "We want to encourage students to do everything legally," said Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, vice president for Information Technology. "We want you to have music and have fun with it, but do it in legal ways and access it legally.". After the closing of Ruckus, the cornpany UCO partnered with to provide music to students, the IT department moved towards educating students on the various individually streaming services, rather than partnering again with another service. â€˘ Services like Pandora, imeem and Grooveshark provide most of the music students are looking for at no cost, Rolfe said, although they usually don't provide for burning to CDs or transferring to digital audio players like iPods. "We suggest people go to these sites because they're free," Rolfe said. Services like iTunes and Napster still require people to pay per song or per monthly subscription. Rolfe said that right now most of the higher education community recommends educating students on individual legal options, rather than partnering again with a group or university type agreement systems. "We're not going to buy into that," Rolfe said of a new university agreement system that some critics compare to blackmail. Choruss, a new service proposed by digit& music strategist Jim Griffin, would initiate a fee-based royalty system that would allow universities to pay small fees so the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would agree to not sue the university or the student. Under this system, students could continue using the peer-to-peer or torrent services such as LimeWire or BitTorrent without fear of legal repercussion.
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At this time, however, IT is still assessing community to try many systems to curb the Choruss plan, and until it or another illegal activity. group service shows itself to be better for Two or three years ago, Rolfe said, the students, the university will continue rec- RIAA was going to universities and asking ommending sites like Pandora, she said. them to give up their students or to point Rolfe said that because everything is so them to the students who may be illegally readily available on the Internet, it's some- downloading music. times difficult for discern what is legal or "At some point, you have to take responnot legal. sibility for your actions as a student and as a "We do feel that it's incumbent on us to citizen," Rolfe said. "There are consequenchelp you understand when there is some- es to both negative and positive choices, so thing that's not legal, though it may look you're going to suffer the consequences of a so," Rolfe said. negative choice." We're trying to teach people that the Though these aggressive investigations music they download took just as much led to a few high-profile cases, since then time and effort and experience and practice the RIAA has backed off these methods, as as the person who wrote a book, Rolfe said. many believed it was not the universities' "In general, most people would not think job to prosecute or investigate these cases to take a book off the shelf and copy every for the RIAA. page of the entire book, because you know Recently, the RIAA has been identifying logically that it is someone's intellectual the IP addresses of what they consider to be property," she said. "I don't think people, suspected pirates and handing them over to most of the time, try to do something ille- ISPs like AT&T and Comcast. Though these gally just because they can, but they just ISPs are not releasing names to the RIAA, don't take the time to ask 'is this appropri- they have been issuing warnings to the susate or not?" pected users. Since the network Napster began in 1999, Even if they may not be prosecuted or the legal concerns of file-sharing networks investigated by the RIAA for federal copylike it and Limewire, Kazaa, and BitTorrent right infringement, Rolfe said, students who have caused many in the higher education illegally download music are violating state
Sorority raises 1,500 Lauren Lubbers Correspondent
Tuesday night the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta welcomed their fellow students, neighbors and family members to help support their 2nd Annual AGD With A Cherry On Top Ice Cream Social. Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropy Chairwoman Natasha Irons said that last year they raised $400 and the girls were very excited this year to have raised almost four times that amount. The girls were able to raise $1500 this year and all benefits will go to their Philanthropy, the March of Dimes. "No one throws an ice cream social like 2 1(4) (TRU WEEK ?CM
WHERE TO GET YOUR LEGAL MUSIC: The university offers a list of legal music download options available at http://technology.uco.edu/oit/legal_download.htm. Some of those on the list include imeem, which is a social media network that allows users to type in songs or artists to immediately listen to and also watch. Additionally users can create audio, video and photo playlists to share with other users. Another service, Pandora, identifies the user's taste in music based on the music that you tell it that you like. Analysts in the Music Genome Project have taken 400 attributes from every song, including "melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more" to identify that taste and play music it thinks the user wants to hear. Grooveshark, similar to imeem, offers a Web browser based player of a large catalog of music, but also allows users who upload content to share in parts of the profit..Music purchased from the site is DRM-free (which means there is not extra coding on the file that disallows certain transfers and CD burnings). Other services, like iTunes, Napster and Rhapsody offer similar services for a small fee, though ,Rolfe said that they were recommending the other sites, because the IT department is always looking for deals for you.
the Gams do" Delta Zeta Jade Champion said. "The ice cream was delicious and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun." The event included not only assorted ice cream flavors and dozens of choices of fun toppings, but games and music as well. There were crossword puzzles, tic tac toe, and several other fun games. The girls welcomed all guests with smiles on their faces and friendly hellos to all. Other Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropies include their annual Oodles 0 Noodles Fall Fundraiser in which supports The American Diabetes Association.
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Main Events Sunday, April 5 Greek Findâ€”Scavenger Hunt, 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., Broncho Lake Blue Tent Greek Week Block Party, 5:30 p.m., Fink Park Monday, April 6 Blood Drive, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ballroom C "Hazed and Confused," 7:30 p.m., Constitution Hall Tuesday, April 7 Blood Drive, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ballroom C Wednesday, April 8 All Greek Step Show, 7:30 p.m., Constitution Hall Thursday, April 9 Canned Food Sculpture Competition, 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., NUC 2nd Floor Friday, April 10 Spring Sing, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Field House
Students experience disabilities for a day Austin Melton Staff ll we,
UCO students voluntarily became disabled this week when the campus hosted its eighth annual Disability Awareness Week. The three-day event took place by Broncho Lake March 30th through April 2nd. Coordinators say the event was created to raise awareness among students and faculty about the challenges students with disabilities face on a daily basis. "This event is about creating awareness for a diverse group of people," Sharla Weathers, event coordinator said. "Responsible educators and community members wish to be educated about disabilities more so they can put equal opportunities in place for people with disabilities."
The event featured various activities to demonstrate the challenges disabled students face every day. One event demonstrated challenges associated with wheelchairs by allowing participants had to navigate an obstacle course in a occupantpowrered wheelchair. The wheelchair-bound students navigated ramps designed to show how steep the Americans with Disabilities Act standards allow the ramps to be. A new segment to this event is "Dining in the Dark". This event will allow participants to see the difficulty in tasks such as feeding yourself without the use of your sight. "Dining in the Dark" sold-out in only seven days. The event, held in the Nigh University Center, blindfolds the diners and makes them eat an entire meal without sight. A member of the blind community will also be seated
at the table to discuss issues and to answer questions. Kim Fields, Assistant Director for Disability Support Services, said the office is slowly working to bring the campus above and beyond current ADA standards. The Liberal Arts building is scheduled to be remodeled this coming summer, 2009. The remodeling will make the bathrooms more accessible to students in wheel chairs. Fields said DSS is currently working with architects to determine the needs in other buildings Currently, one in every 12 UCO students is registered with Disability Support Services. Students that need accommodation are encouraged to contact their office at 974-2525.
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Sharla Weathers, coordinator for Disability Awareness Week (far left), Sara Sellens (top left, on right) and other faculty members participate in a wheelchair challenge on Wednesday, April 1. near Broncho Lake. Photos by Stacey McEntire
WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House Wednesday pressed a budget plan that would cut taxes and radically overhaul Medicare, offering a stark alternative to blueprints offered by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies. The plan, drafted by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, also freezes overall spending on domestic programs passed by Congress each year and repeals most of the spending in Obama's recently passed economic stimulus bill. Despite spending reductions, the plan projects permanent deficits exceeding $500 billion into the future, fueled largely by big tax cuts. The GOP plan would offer a dramatically simplified tax code in which couples would have the option of a ro percent rate on the first $ioo,000 of income, with a 25 percent rate thereafter, with the first $25,000 of income exempt from taxation. Single could get a $12,500 exemption and a ro percent rate on income up to $50,000. Taxpayers could also opt to remain in the current system. On Medicare, workers under the age of 55 would enroll in private plans and receive premium subsidies equal to the average Medicare - benefit when they retire. Benefits would not be changed for peoille in the program or people 55 or older. Democrats warned that the GOP plan would force draconian cuts to the program.
Obama, Brown downplay G-20 rift with optimism
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LONDON — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown exuded optimism about a global deal to help pull the world out of recession on Wednesday, downplaying a rift with French President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the imminent Group of 20 leaders summit. The two met as thousands of protesters gathered in the British capital's financial district, with some demonstrators smashing their way into major bank while .others threw eggs and fruit at police. Obama said there was "enormous consensus" between the world's rich and emerging countries on plans to kickstart the global economy. But Sarkozy warned that neither his country nor Germany would align with any "false compromises," suggesting that a clear deal was not secure.
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.• The tides of leadership will change in the UCO Student Association when elections take place next Tuesday and Wednesday for top posts in the organization, said Student Body President John Bobb-Semple. • Daniel Stockton, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, is running unopposed to succeed Bobb-Semple as Student Body President. Beth Marcotte, Ashkaan Bahreini and Bradley Cusack are vying to succeed Kaela Davis as vice president. The vice presidential candidates will debate on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Constitution Hall. Voting will take place that night on UCOnnect from 9 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, April 8. Speaker of the House Malory Craft dropped out of the vice presidential race for personal reasons, said Janis Ferguson, Student Activity Fee Budget Manager. A constitutional amendment to allow for a UCOSA Treasurer will also be voted on, Bobb-Semple said. If passed, there will be an election for a treasurer next year. "If next year's administration wants to have someone in that role temporarily, that is their decision," he said.. Elections for the post of President Pro Tempore of the 'Senate and Speaker of the House will take place in each legislative body on April 13. Photo by Corban Huckleberry
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The UCO Native American Student Association will hold its annual spring powwow this weekend at the Hamilton Field House on the UCO campus. The traditional event, a celebration including food and dance, will begin at 2 p.m. this Saturday. The powwow brings Native Americans together from across the state and country to "remember our traditions and heritage," said NASA President Kevin Laxton. "The pow wow has been a tradition since the 1930s," Laxton said. "They always held the first of April and help us keep our traditions alive for the future." "Really, we also just want to remind people that we are Every first, second and third place winner in each of both on campus," said Laxton. men's and women's categories will receive a cash prize. Since many of the current members are graduating Laxton said registration for the contest was open until seniors, Laxton said, NASA would like this event to help five minutes before the contest starts, and encouraged all increase membership so more people will be around to keep those who knew the dances to participate. up tradition. The pow wow, Laxton said, is not limited to any specific "We want to honor our alumni who have been a part of tribe, and is definitely not just for Native Americans, but the Native American group at . UCO," Laxton said. for anyone who wants to learn about and enjoy Native "We'd like to hear from anyone who has been involved in American culture. the association, and have them join us at the powwow." Head Singer at the pow wow will be Hyde Toppah, with The powwow begins with the traditional gourd dance at AJ Leadingfox and Pearl Roy as Mean Man and Head Lady. 2, a celebration dance and ceremony, followed by a free dinHead Gourd will be Warren Queton. ner for everyone at 5. For more information about the powwow or the Native Grand Entry, with singers and dancers from all over the American Student Association, contact Kevin Laxton, presistate, will begin at 7, followed by the contest dancing. • Dances include men's contests in straight, traditional dent of NASA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 819-3610, and fancy categories and women's contests in buckskin, or NASA Advisor Kathryn Toahty at email@example.com or (405) 974-2224. cloth and fancy categories.
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Indie comedy "Sunshine Cleaning" parallels "Little Miss Sunshine" in the magical way of highlighting a seemingly dysfunctional family. Yet somehow those same dysfunctions eventually surface as the most endearing and genuine parts of the movie. Amy Adams ("Enchanted" "Doubt") and Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada") play a pair of socially awkward yet refreshingly normal sisters. Adams's character, Rose Lorkowski, has a storybook high school past. She was head cheerleader with a football-playing stud of a boyfriend. "Sunshine Cleaning" picks up with Lorkowski, years later, struggling as a single mother and maid. When her son's school suggests social conditioning through mind-numbing medication, Lorkowski decides to find money for a better education. Blunt plays Nora Lorkowski, Rose's weedsmoking little sister. Nora struggles to maintain even mundane restaurant jobs. When Rose stumbles across a new business venture amidst the pair's financial woes, Nora becomes Rose's partner. "Sunshine Cleaning" becomes the name for their biohazard and crime-scene clean-up
endeavor. This involves blood, other bodily fluids and various disgusting items a dead person may leave behind. But it is not all brains and guts that the sisters find. With a deceased, young mother and a fairly unreliable father, the sisters continue their struggles into adulthood. The closure and security they need is illuminated by their new business. All the kinks of life do not smooth out but, as is life, they just become a little clearer. Alan Arkin (the drug-snorting grandpa from "Little Miss Sunshine") plays Rose and Nora's father. He is a hustling entrepreneur who finds a new business partner in Rose's without-a-school son. The dialogue between grandpa and grandson is charming. The relationship between sisters is spot-on. The film has its typical indie lag but maintains audience interest. There is a certain earned empathy for its characters. To recommend "Sunshine Cleaning" solely to fans of "Little Miss Sunshine" would skim high above so many other potential viewers. This film is also great for anybody with a sister, a child, grandpa or mother. It tickles everyone's innerchild; experiencing curiosity, laughter and, at times, despair.
Downey gives Sherlock Holmes an action update trading barbs with roommate Dr. Watson (Jude Law), who complains about the detective's slovenliness and nocturnal
LAS VEGAS — Leave it to Robert Downey Jr. to turn Sherlock Holmes into a wisecracking action hero who ends up handcuffed naked to a bed. Downey offered a sneak peek Tuesday of t,Sherlock Holmes,". his new take,on.t.he cerebral detective created by Arthur Conan DoylegotaW- sif4to ' Theater owners attending their annual ShoWest convention got to see Downey's Holmes. in a bruiSing boxing match, diving from a tall building into London's Thames River and
"Holmes, does your depravity know no bounds?" Watson asks the detective: In one scene, the unclothed Holmes finds himself cuffed by both hands to a bed. „DownAy, also turns the detective into something of,, a ladies man as hisvlifylmes gets a romantic interitat (Rachel McAdams). Conan Doyle's Holmes lived a monk's life, save for one purely platonic dalliance with a female foil whose intellect he greatly admired.
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This week, we knew we were going for a cultured dining experience. We thought about Chinese or Japanese, but then settled on the place we have yearned to try for so long and it happened to be Thai. Siam Smile did just that, put a smile on our faces. The warm and friendly service and nice atmosphere made this Thai experience unforgettable. Oh, and they are changing things around really soon and trust us, it is going to be sweet. Siam Smile is located directly across the street from Edmond Life and Leisure in the heart of Downtown Edmond. With such a great location to the university and the surrounding community, it's no surprise that the relatively young business is finding a niche. Siam Smile is bustling with great deals and good values, for instance if you order at least $20 in food you get free egg rolls with your meal. The lunch specials offer killer deals for those looking to an alternative from the lunch break grind. We started our meals off right with egg rolls and then, after little deliberation (because we were both starving), knew exactly what we wanted. Ryan ordered pineapple curry, which combined pineapple, potatoes, carrots, peas and chicken all covered in an amazing red curry sauce. Ryan has enjoyed his share of curry and declares this one of the best he has ever encountered. When he thinks of curry, he thinks of some seriously spicy food. This was not too spicy at all. He knows they can get it spicy, but he likes a mild curry. Tasting the food is more important to him that burning his mouth, but if you are one who enjoys a challenge, Thai food will definitely do the trick. He finished off his hunger bug with a-fried banana/ice cream dessert. Daviyion had the Pad Keemao, which was quite scrumptious and came with a hefty portion of chicken and rice noodles mixed with a delightful melody of red chili sauce *, garlic, onions and tomatoes. Everything from the food prep to the decor of Smile created an atmosphere of professionalism and comfort that few restaurants can provide. Ryan gives Siam a distinguished 4.7 out of 5 stars with food quality, taste and portion size being the major reasons he will revisit this place. For less than $8, you can enjoy some quality food, memorable service, and leave with a smile (UCO students eat at lunch prices all day with your I.D.). Daviyion, over the past few months, has been enjoying this round of restaurants and Siam Smile is a major part of that. Rarely do I strong-arm others into trying our restaurants, but Siam Smile is definitely a local Edmond eatery that everyone should give a try. •
Despite the saucy swagger and attitude of Downey's "Sherlock Holmes," directed by Guy Ritchie, the actor said the movie is true to the spirit of Conan Doyle's stories, which have plenty of action. Past screen adaptations of Holmes stories "just never had the money to do it right," Downey said. Downey joked that after his superhero flick "Iron Man" hadablockbifster opening weekend last year, his agents told hint' he had a window of the "next hour and a half' 'Where'he could do anything he wanted in Hollywood. His agents told him "don't do anything crazy," Downey said.
How to Avoid a DUI Stopping by for a beer/drink or two is not a problem for most people. Going out on the town though is a different matter far everyone. There are several solutions to avoiding a DUI, or worse, having an accident after over indulging. The first and most preached about solutions is to have a designated driver for the evening. The second is to have someone drop you off and pick you up. The third is to take a taxi. If you find yourself out later that you planned and you drove to the tavern, then you can: Call two taxi cabs - one carries you home and the other driver drives your car home and then returns to his car via the second cab. The fourth is to call a tow truck to get you and your car home at the same time. The fifth is to leave your automobile parked and walk home. If you think you can sleep is off inyour car - you might get away with it, but there are certain "caveats" to be aware of, (check with your lawyer for legal advice), and you still might be arrested for public intoxication. There is no public transportation to speak of in our locality, (except for taxi service), so it really becomes a BLACK and WHITE issue to think before you drink! Many mornings we find 15-20 cars left in our parking lot from customers who made the right decision. A DUI arrest is embarrassing and much more expensive that any of the solutions listed above. Think before you go out to drink Help each other make the right decisions.
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House plans Fargo businesses reopen as swollen river subsides easier when the river fell to 36 or 37 feet or lower, said. Dave Kolpack Fargo also began looking ahead to the enor- and early Wednesday, it was down to 37.37 feet. to overhaul mous effort of removing the roughly 3 million The river is still far above flood stage, but it's sandbags stacked atop the floodwalls. There was below the top of the floodwalls, which are topped health care no immediate indication when that will begin, with 5 feet of sandbags that residents, volunteers .1ssociated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House took up a budget plan Wednesday that would allow Democrats to enact health care legislation more easily while Senate Republicans won a key vote to slow the advance of global warming legislation. As debate continued on nonbinding Democratic budget plans largely mimicking President Barack Obama's $3.6 trillion budget proposal, Republicans in the House offered an alternative that would eventually end the Medicare program as it is presently known. For all the pell-mell developments on Capitol Hill, the young administration's budget plan, while stripped to its essentials, appeared on track to pass on Thursday. The House and Senate plans, nonbinding blueprints called budget resolutions, are a necessary step toward enacting major legislation such as Obama's plans to overhaul the health care system. Much of the debate centered on who should bear the blame for mammoth deficits and what should be done about them. However, the most contentious question may be whether to use the measures as a precursor to advancing health care legislation under fast-track rules that would allow it to pass through the Senate *by a simple majority after just a 20-hour debate. As a general rule, debate is freewheeling in the Senate and most bills need 6o votes to advance, guaranteeing that the minority party has leverage. Seeking the upper hand over Senate Republicans, House leaders are insisting on having a filibuster-proof bill at the ready if bipartisan efforts to pass health care fall apart. That effort is being resisted by the Senate, though it seems increasingly clear that the final House-Senate cornpromise on the budget is likely to allow health care reform to pass on a fast track. After a decisive vote Wednesday, apparently global warming legislation will not advance on such a filibuster-proof path. By a 67-31 tally, the Senate adopted an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., against allowing controversial cap-and-trade legislation to pass the Senate with fewer than 60 votes. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky lauded the move, saying the Senate "slammed the door on using the fast-track process to jam through a new national energy tax." In the House, Republicans unveiled a budget plan that would gradually eliminate the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program, offering a stark — and politically problematic — alternative to blueprints from Obama and his Democratic allies. The plan would have future Medicare beneficiaries — people 54 and younger — enroll in private health insurance plans and receive a subsidy on their premiums. Benefits would not be changed for people in the program or those 55 or older. "If we don't reform our entitlement programs, they go bankrupt and people's benefits get cut automatically," said Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Businesses reopened and commuter traffic returned Wednesday as the bloated Red River fell below the sandbags and the top of the permanent floodwalls protecting Fargo, feeding optimism the city had escaped a disastrous flood. Under a cloudy but mostly dry sky, roads reopened, people returned to work and officials began scaling back their flood response. Officials said schools would reopen Monday. "Our word for the day is restore and recharge," Mayor Dennis Walaker said. Traffic was bustling during the morning rush hour, a far cry from last week when the city was virtually shut down. "I had to fight traffic to get to work today," city commissioner Tim Mahoney
but Walaker wants residents to be aggressive when the time comes. "We don't want them sitting in their living room watching the National Guard doing this," he said. "We can't do that. People don't understand how many bags are out there." Fargo also wants to work with state and federal officials to come up with a long-term flood plan. "It's something that we want to get done as quickly as possible," the mayor said. Less than two inches of snow was forecast, giving residents a break from the storm that blew about ro inches of blinding snow through the city Monday and Tuesday and whipped up blizzard conditions elsewhere across the northern Plains. City officials had said they would breathe
arid National Guard members had stacked. Officials caution that the city isn't safe just yet. Forecasters say the river could rise again when more snow melts. But even future crests aren't expected to approach the levels feared during the past weekend, when the river readied' a record 40.82 feet early Saturday. Freezing weather has limited the amount of snow and ice that would normally melt and flow into the waterway, the National Weather Service said. Across the river in Moorhead, Minn., and much of surrounding Clay County, officials were going from flood-emergency to flood-recovery mode Wednesday.
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IMO Tennis tames the Mustangs Elizabeta Abramovic and Julie Vo pulled out tough come-from-behind singles wins to spark No. 32-ranked Central Oklahoma to a 7-2 Lone Star Conference triumph over No. 34 Midwestern State here Tuesday. The Bronchos won all three doubles matches to take a 3-o lead and closed out the Mustangs by taking four of the six singles bouts in winning their fourth straight dual and improving to 9-5 on the year. Abramovic lost the first set at No. 4 singles to Collean Kinzer 6-1, but came back with dominating 6-3, 6-0 wins in the next two sets to claim the match. Vo and MSU's Faye D'Hamecourt split the first two sets at No. 3 before Vo prevailed in a wild 17-15 third-set barnburner to capture her fourth consecutive singles win. UCO also got straightset singles wins from Julia Shviadok and Amy.Cabato. "I'm very proud of my girls for being so tough today and playing so solid
throughout the whole match," UCO coach Natalya Smith said. "All three doubles teams played consistent and aggressive and it definitely helps to feel less pressure in singles with a 3-o lead." UCO 7, Midwestern State 2 Doubles No. 1 - Laby Caldwell/Audrey Donovan, UCO, def. Collean Kinzer/Tonya Blair, 8-3. No. 2 – Julia Shviadok/Elizabeta Abramovic, UCO, def. Faye D'Hamecourt/Kaja Banas, 8-4. No. 3 – Julie Vo/Amy Cabato, UCO, def. Alex Odell-Michels/ Marsha Genderson, 8-1. Singles No. 1 – Odell-Michels, MSU, def. Donovan, 7-5, 6-1. No. 2 – Shviadok, UCO, def. Blair, 6-3, 6-3. No. 3 - Julie Vo, UCO, def. D'Hamecourt, 4-6, 6-4, 17-15. No. 4 – Abramovic, UCO, def. Kinzer, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0. No. 5 – Banas, MSU, def. Caldwell, 6-3, 6-4. No. 6 – Cabato, UCO, def. Genderson, 6-3, 6-1.
Elizabeta Abramovic readies her stance to return the ball to her opponent on March 7.
UCO Hockey coach named Coach of the Year' Chris Wescott Sports Writer.
About a week after the Broncho's season ended with a consolation win over 9th ranked Robert Morris (PA), the Bronchos get some recognition for the great season they had. Head Coach Craig McAlister was awarded the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division One Coach of the Year award. The award comes in light of some firsts for the coach, as well as the young UCO program. The 2008-2009 hockey season was the best of the three-year UCO program. It was the first time the Bronchos reached a top 10 ranking, reaching as high as ninth in the fourth ACHA ranking release. Central Oklahoma also made its first ever ACHA National Tournament bid, traveling
to Ohio over spring break as the 13th seed. They won several signature games, including one against the, at the time, defending . national champion Illinois. Illinois came to Edmond earlier in the season with a 46 game win streak. The Bronchos won the second game of the series and ended Illinois' streak at 47. UCO continued to show their strength in big games, by beating six of the teams that were in the National Tournament. The list included, Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Rhode Island, Robert Morris (PA) and Illinois. The Bronchos also took this year's champions, Lindenwood, to a shootout. Although the Bronchos lost to Illinois in the first round of this year's tournament, it was still a monumental season for the UCO team. They had the most wins in UCO history in
a season at 24. The head coach of the Bronchos, Craig McAlister, played four years at the University of Ohio. He was a two time 1st team All-Midwest' Collegiate Hockey League and a team captain three out of his four years. McAlister is a level five status in the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. McAlister started coaching in the ACHA in 2003, when he started the Oklahoma Sooner hockey program. In two and a half seasons at OU, the coach had a 48-17-4 record. He left OU in 2006 to start the UCO program. At UCO, McAlister has racked up a 52-43-9 record. The 24 games is his highest win total in his ACHA coaching career. Seconded only to his first season with the Sooners where he had a 22-5-1 record.
Coach McAlister, in just three seasons at UCO, led. the Bronchos to their first National Tournament bid. At the end of the tournament, McAlister gathered his 100th win when the Bronchos beat Robert Morris, 5-1, to close out their season in Ohio. McAlister will be given the award at the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year celebration on April 25 in Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, Florida.
Men's Golf: Bronchos finish 8th No. 5-ranked Central finish with an 860 total. Zach Cleland both shot Oklahoma couldn't put Chico State and Cal State- 75 and sophomore Baer together a final-round rally San Bernardino tied for Aneshansley had an 81. and finished eighth in the the team title at 841, with Shrum was the lone topGrand Canyon Thunderbird Western New Mexico three 20 finisher for the Bronchos, Invitational here Tuesday. shots back in the 20-team tying for 19th in the indiThe Bronchos entered tournament. • vidual race with a two-under the final round in eighth Sophomore Austin 214 total. place despite shooting a six- Bowman had the low round "It was a disappointing under-par 570 in Monday's for UCO with a three-under day for us," said UCO coach first two rounds and stayed 69. Dax Johnston, whose team there after firing a closing Freshman Andrew Green had won four titles and fin290 at the 7,015-yard, par- fired a one-under 71, while ished no worse than third in 72 Palm Valley Golf Club to juniors Colby Shrum and its first seven tournaments
this year. "I really thought we would come out and shoot a low score today, but for whatever reason we couldn't get anything going and just kind of went through the motions." The Bronchos return to action next Monday and Tuesday, hosting the UCO/ KickingBird Classic at KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond.
Cop who stopped NFL player in hospital lot resigns DALLAS (AP) — The police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened an NFL player with jail instead of allowing him inside a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying resigned Wednesday. Officer Robert Powell had been placed on paid leave pending an investigation of the March 18 incident. "I made this decision in the hope that my resignation will allow the Dallas Police Department, my fellow officers and the citizens of Dallas to better reflect on this experience, learn from the mistakes made, and move
forward," Powell said in a statement issued through his attorneys. He had stopped Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano after the vehicle rolled through a red light. The officer pulled out his gun and threatened Moats with jail as the player and his family pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Powell continued writing Moats a ticket and lecturing him even after a fellow officer confirmed that Moats' mother-in-law was dying. Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, died of breast' cancer before Powell allowed Moats to go inside the hospital. Powell's resignation was
first reported by Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT. He later issued an apology, and Moats said he would accept it. "I still hope to speak with the Moats family to personally express my deep regret, sympathy, and to apologize for my poor judgment and unprofessional conduct," he said in the Wednesday statement. He also said he wanted to apologize to his fellow officers. A call to Dallas police was not immediately returned Wednesday. Dallas police Chief David Kunkle previously apologized to the family and said Powell acted inappropriately. He also lauded Moats' restraint, noting that he did not try to seek special treatment by identifying himself as an NFL player. Moats, 26, explained that he had waited until there was no traffic before continuing through the red light. When Powell asked for proof of insurance,
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