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Police: Bath salts behind rampage West Pittston couple nearly cut 5-year-old in attack on imaginary people, police say. By JERRY LYNOTT

WEST PITTSTON – A couple hallucinating from bath salts nearly cut their 5-year-old daughter with the knives they were using to stab “the 90 peo-

Avenue, were charged with disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of children. Sutton also was charged with criminal mischief. They were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Carmody and committed to the Luzerne Hospodar Sutton County Correctional Facility ple living in the walls” of their for lack of $15,000 bail each. The girl was not injured and apartment, police said. Robert Hospodar, 29, and taken to the home of Sutton’s Amber Sutton, 26, of Luzerne mother who has full custody of

the child, police said. West Pittston Patrolman Leonard Lombardo said he responded to the couple’s apartment at 3:19 a.m. Saturday “for a report of 90 people living in the walls.” He met Hospodar and Sutton and their daughter and said the adults were holding knives and other knives were on the floor. Hospodar and Sutton “exhibited extremely paranoid behav-

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Libyan leader says he will die defending country as nations seek to stop assault on rebels.

Progress reported at nuke plant

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Aarika Whittle, right, and Michele McCloskey, tenants at Gabriel House, reflect during a candle light vigil for their friend Lillian Calabro at Riverfront Park in Pittston on Sunday night.

Two persons were discovered alive nine days after being trapped in their home after the earthquake.

A light for one who is lost



FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Japanese officials reported progress Sunday in their battle to gain control over a leaking, tsunami-stricken nuclear complex, though the crisis was far from over, with the discovery of more radiationtainted vegetables and tap water adding to public fears about contaminated food and drink. The announcement by Japan’s Health Ministry late Sunday that tests had detected excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens marked a low moment in a day that had been peppered with bits of positive news: First, a teenager and his grandmother

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Navy Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives an update Sunday on Libya at the Pentagon in Washington.

Gadhafi quarters may have been hit

Sumi Abe, 80, reacts after she was rescued Sunday from her destroyed home in Ishinomaki, Japan.

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ior,” said Lombardo in the affidavit of probable cause to support the charges filed against them. Each said the other was on bath salts, according to the affidavit. “They were pulling drywall off the walls and sticking their heads in the walls describing the people in which they claimed they saw. They were

More than 100 turn out in Pittston for vigil for missing woman



Sandra Calabro holds a candle at the vigil for her daughter Lillian.


The Our Father and Hail Mary prayers were said and a stanza of “Amazing Grace” was sung by many of those who lined the steps and walkway of a landing leading down to the rivLillian Calabro er. Calabro and other family members placed a white rose in the still high water of the river. The Rev. Hugh McGroarty of St. John the Evangelist Church offered a blessing at the water’s edge. “I love the river,” said Calabro. “It’s just, I’ll view it a little bit differently now, but I’ll still love it.” His view of his sister, however, remains one of a fun-loving, kind-hearted person

PITTSTON – By now, Frank Calabro does not expect to see his older sister, Lillian, alive again. He and other family members have watched divers search the Susquehanna River for her body for the past week after she failed to return to her apartment on nearby William Street the night of March 11. The next morning her purse, a boot, an eyeglass lens were found near a bloodstained sidewalk in Riverfront Park not far from where more than 100 people gathered for a candlelit vigil Sunday night. “She obviously had a lot of friends, people that cared about her,” said Calabro, 45, of Pittston, in between greeting and thanking some of them for attending. See VIGIL, Page 10A



season of “Dancing With the Stars” begins tonight with a whole new cast of dancers hoofing it on the hit reality show. The “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio, the Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward and Playboy’s Girl Next Door Kendra Wilkinson will be featured this go-round. And don’t forget Kirstie Alley. Yes, THAT Kirstie Alley. This oughta be interesting. ABC has all the dancing starting at 8 p.m.

>> WHAT A GOOF: Someone, somewhere has desig-

nated March 22 as “International Goof-Off Day.” History has not provided us with that person’s name, but chances are he or she is an underachiever. Still, this Tuesday does afford us with a chance to spend the day goofing off. You might as well go for it. Most of the elected officials in Washington have made “International Goof-Off Day” a yearround event.

>> SWEEET!: So, how

are your brackets? Oh, sorry. That bad, huh? If your NCAA Tournament sheet is wadded up in a ball and currently residing in the trash can, then just sit back and enjoy some fine, quality basketball. Can Butler do it again? Will BYU take down

TRIPOLI, Libya — U.S., French and British forces blasted Libyan air defenses and ground forces, drawing intense volleys of tracer and antiaircraft fire over Tripoli on Sunday on the second day of a military campaign that will severely test Moammar Gadhafi’s powers of survival. Late Sunday, smoke billowed “You are from Gadhafi’s massive Bab Azizia transgresresidential com- sors, you pound shortly after a massive, earth- are agshaking explosion. gressors, Rounds of antiairyou are craft and tracer fire lit up the night for beasts, the third time in you are less than 24 hours. Immediately af- criminals.” terward, the streets Moammar of the capital eruptGadhafi ed with car horns and chanting and celebratory gunfire in a show of support for Gadhafi, whose armed loyalists retain a tight grip on the streets. A Libyan military official announced a 9 p.m. cease-fire by the country’s armed forces, but U.S. officials scoffed at the declaration. “Our view at this point is that it isn’t true or it’s been immediately violatSee LIBYA, Page 10A

Fla.? Tune in on Thursday and Friday when the Sweet 16 games tip off and find out.

>> ZOO WEE MAMA: If you are an adult, and

are the parent of a middle school-aged kid, you may have heard of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series. In fact, you may have heard an AWFUL lot about it. And, it would probably be a safe bet that you will be taking your kids to see the movie based on the adventures of Greg, Rowley and big brother Rodrick this weekend. The flick you’d be looking for is called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and it opens this Friday.

>> A JUDGE JUDGED: Luzerne County’s “Carousel

of Corruption” continues this week with the sentencing of former Judge Michael Toole. The sentencing had been set for Feb. 2, but was delayed until this Friday. The proceedings will take place at the federal courthouse in Scranton.



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WVW fashion show to benefit charities Students, families, teachers combine to raise money to fight two deadly diseases. By CAMILLE FIOTI Times Leader Correspondent

KINGSTON – The Bridging the Gap Club at the Wyoming Valley West Middle School will hold a fashion show on Thursday to benefit the American Heart Association and Candy’s Place, a cancer resource center in Forty Fort. The club, which was formed a

year ago as a way to bring students and staff together, started with just eight members in grades six, seven and eight. In less than a year, membership grew to more than 30 students from a variety of cultural backgrounds, said organizer Sharon Green. Green, a special education aide at the school, said the American Heart Association and Candy’s Place are two charities that hold a special place in her heart. Her father underwent triple bypass surgery and some of her co-workers

have been affected by cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, someone in the U.S. dies from a heart-related event. In 2010, heart disease cost the U.S. $316.4 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity. Candy’s Place was named after founder Penny Cunningham’s sister, Candy, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1998 and died

I F YO U G O The fashion show will be held this Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the middle school auditorium on Chester Street, Kingston. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Donations can be mailed to the Wyoming Valley West Middle School, c/o the Bridging the Gap Club.

seven months later. She was 46. The center offers support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Twenty-four students will be

modeling a variety of styles in the three-part show, ranging from ball gowns to after-school duds and western wear. The new clothing was purchased by the students’ parents specifically for the show, said Green. “Our parents are phenomenal.” More than $500 was raised for the American Heart Association during the first fashion show last year, said Green. “They did it all on their own. Those children did a fantabulous job,” she said. “I’m so proud of them.”


• Police said Kevin Small of Roosevelt Street, Edwardsville was arrested on evidence of drunken driving early Sunday WILKES-BARRE – City morning and it was found that police reported the following: • Police said Keith Irace, 38, he was driving a vehicle stolen from the Scranton area. An of Harding, was taken into officer said he saw Small run a custody around 5:40 p.m. Saturday on Public Square after it red light at the intersection of was determined he was wanted East Market and North Washington streets and stopped on outstanding warrants for Small on the traffic violation. public drunkenness and tresPolice said the officer suspectpassing. ed Small had been drinking • Police said Kimberly Janiec, 44, of Carlisle Street, was and he failed field sobriety tests. Small was taken to the charged with public drunkDUI processing center at poenness Saturday. Police said lice headquarters and administhey came into contact with tered a breath test, which also her around 5:40 p.m. on Carlisindicated his blood alcohol was le Street and determined that above the legal limit for drivshe was highly intoxicated. ing. In the course of the in• Jixi Qui of Lincoln Drive, vestigation, police said they Hanover Township, said his determined the vehicle was wallet containing $500 cash reported stolen. and several credit cards was • Police said Christian stolen from his locker that was Myers, no address available, broken into Saturday afternoon was charged with public drunkat the YMCA on West Northenness after police said they ampton Street. found him intoxicated on Pub• Richelle Demace of Drum- lic Square early Sunday mornmond Street, Pittston, said her ing. diamond ring worth $1,000 was • Police said Mark Phillips, stolen from Chacko’s Bowling no address available, was Lanes on North Wilkes-Barre charged with public drunkBoulevard on Saturday afterenness early Sunday morning noon. She took off the ring after police said he was inwhen she washed her hands in toxicated near South Main and the women’s bathroom, went South streets. home and realized she did not • Dee Jones of Mill Street have the ring. She later called said a Baja Doodle Bug scooter the bowling alley and was told was taken from her garage late the ring could not be located. Saturday night.

No limits for sci-fi movie as it starts out at the top


CHICAGO — There was no stopping "Limitless" at the box office. The sci-fi thriller opened at No. 1 this weekend with $19 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film from Relativity Media stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who takes a magical pill that allows him to tap into his maximum brain potential. Suddenly he’s cleaned up, making millions and wowing everyone he meets. Robert De Niro co-stars as a financial guru who’s fascinated by him, with Abbie Cor-

nish as Cooper’s skeptical girlfriend. "Limitless" broke out of a crowded pack of new releases and holdovers to take the top spot. Last week’s No. 1, the alien invasion movie "Battle: Los Angeles," fell to third place with $14.6 million. The Sony Pictures release has now made an estimated $60.6 million in two weeks. Coming in second was the animated Western "Rango," featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as a chameleon who’s stuck in the desert. The Paramount film made $15.3 million for a three-week total of nearly $92.6 million.

Mark J. Tamkus March 17, 2011 ark J. Tamkus, 62, of Millsite Lake, Redwood, N.Y., died M Thursday, March 17, 2011.

He was born August 11, 1947, in Nanticoke, a son of the late John and Marian Tomcavage. Shortly after graduating from Nanticoke High School, Mark enlisted in the Marines in 1967. He served in Vietnam in an active tour of duty as Naval Gun Fighter, spotter, and radio man. He was awarded both a Bronze Star with V device, and the Purple Heart for service to his country. He is a graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Surviving are his wife, Linda Jean art. After college, Mark relocated to Tamkus, Redwood, N.Y.; son, Mark Rochester, N.Y., in 1978, where he Tamkus and his wife, Susan, Wilkesmarried Linda Turturro Kavanaugh Barre; grandson, Liam, WilkesBarre; stepdaughter, Shawna M. Kaon August 11, 1979. He was an employee of the Veter- vanaugh, her fiancé, Casey L. Deans Administration, where he wey, currently serving in Afghanisworked for over 25 years. Here tan; Theresa, N.Y.; stepson, Neal C. Mark’s life came full circle and he Kavanaugh, Churchville, N.Y.; and excelled at helping injured veterans sisters, Donna Alisio, Myrtle Beach, adjust successfully to civilian life. S.C.; Consuella Tencza, and Alinda Mark was an advocate for wounded Hoover, Nanticoke. Funeral services will be held veterans of war, helping them unat 11 a.m. today at Costello’s derstand their legal rights and being Funeral Home, 113 Church St., Alexa personal friend. Mark was an avid reader and andria Bay, N.Y. Memorial donations can be made loved the outdoors. He especially loved to fish and enjoyed living on in Mark’s name to the local AUSA (Association of the United States the water. He was preceded in death by his Army) Fallen and Wounded Warrior parents, and by his first wife, Susan Fund, P.O. BOX 3, Watertown, NY Kotch. More Obituaries, Page 6A


The Temptations perform Saturday night at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Motown gems come alive

The Temptations perform their classic hit tunes at the Kirby Center. R E V I E W By BRAD PATTON For The Times Leader

The Motown sound filled the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday as legendary vocal group The Temptations sang one hit after another for an appreciative crowd of just under 1,300. The quintet known for its intricate choreography and exquisite harmonies showered the crowd with an energetic, 90-minute performance backed by a crack 15piece band, including 10 horn players from the local area. The current group consists of original member Otis Williams – who celebrated his 50th year with the group in January – along with Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks and Bruce Williamson. The leads were split just about evenly between William-

son and Tyson, who both did a splendid job re-creating that classic Temptations’ sound. After opening with a fine version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein standard “Hello, Young Lovers” and showing off some great five-part harmonies, Williams said, “We would like to take you back in time now with some of our classics” as the group launched into “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” the song recorded with Diana Ross & The Supremes that reached No. 2 in 1969. The five singers then rattled off great versions of “The Way You Do The Things You Do” with Tyson on the lead vocal and “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” with Williamson taking the lead. Other highlights included strong takes of “Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today),” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” and “I Can’t Get Next To You.” Weeks was showcased in a very fine version of “Since I Lost My Baby” and all five did some stel-

lar a cappella singing on “You Are So Necessary.” After an extended version of “The Girl’s Alright With Me,” including vocals by some men plucked from the audience, the group finished strongly with knockout versions of “My Girl,” which had the crowd on its feet and singing along, and “(I Know) I’m Losing You.” The Temptations, originally known as The Elgins, signed with Motown in 1961 and first hit the Top 40 in 1964. The quartet reached the top of the charts four times: “My Girl” in 1965, “I Can’t Get Next To You” in 1969, “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” in 1971 and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in 1972. The group’s “Classic Five” lineup of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams was together from 1964 until 1968, when Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. The next concert at the Kirby Center is a triple-header with Firefall, Poco and Pure Prairie League on April 7.

Protests back soldier who gave Wikileaks info About 35 are arrested during one show of support for Pfc. Bradley Manning. By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press

TRIANGLE, Va. — Wearing Tshirts and carrying signs bearing the smiling image of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, hundreds of people rallied Sunday outside the base where he’s being detained on charges of providing classified data to Wikileaks. About 35 people were arrested by police in riot gear after they re-

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plunging knives in to the holes in the walls attempting to stab the people,” according to the affidavit. The couple put down the knives after several commands, but the child was nearly cut on the head by a knife held by Sutton, according to the affidavit. The girl was nearly cut on the left leg by a knife sticking out of Hospodar’s right front pocket after he picked up the child, the affidavit said.

fused to vacate an intersection in front of the entrance to Marine Corps Base Quantico. The rally was held along with more than two dozen others around the world to protest Manning’s detention in Quantico’s brig. Manning is confined alone in his cell for all but an hour a day. Each night, he is stripped naked and given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed. His lawyer has called the treatment degrading, and Amnesty International says it may violate his human rights. President Barack Obama and military officials contend that Manning is being held under ap-

propriate conditions given the seriousness of the charges against him. He faces nearly two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison. Army prosecutors, however, have told Manning’s lawyers that they will not recommend the death penalty. Manning, a former intelligence analyst and self-styled "hactivist," is accused of leaking a raft of Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, more than 250,000 confidential State Department cables and a military video of an attack on unarmed men in Iraq.

Lombardo said he moved the girl’s leg away from the blade, took the knife away and ordered Hospodar to put her down, the affidavit said. While looking for the bath salts the couple said they had used, Lombardo said he opened the refrigerator and found some condiments and mold-covered food, the affidavit said. Law enforcement in Northeastern Pennsylvania is growing increasingly concerned about the substance that is being used by some as an alternative to cocaine. Not the same as what’s typically found in health and beauty

stores or store departments, this product is marketed mostly in head shops and gas stations under the same disguise. It is legal to sell and purchase. Users snort, ingest or smoke the substance similar to cocaine or crack, undercover drug detectives have explained. Adverse effects of bath salts, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include extreme paranoia, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, suicidal thoughts, disorientation, insomnia and kidney failure. Several other recent incidents locally have been linked to the use of the substances.

DETAILS LOTTERY MIDDAY DRAWING DAILY NUMBER – 0-5-2 BIG 4 – 7-8-7-2 QUINTO - 9-4-0-4-5 TREASURE HUNT 01-03-15-25-27 NIGHTLY DRAWING DAILY NUMBER - 0-4-9 BIG 4 - 5-9-0-0 QUINTO - 2-2-8-8-8 CASH 5 12-24-29-31-41 One player matched all five winning numbers drawn in Sunday’s “Pennsylvania Cash 5’’ game receiving $330,000. The next jackpot goes to $125,000. Lottery officials said 62 players matched four numbers and won $358 each; 2,908 players matched three numbers and won $12.50 each; and 37,111 players matched two numbers and won $1 each. • None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Saturday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 03-11-20-27-46 Powerball: 08 Power Play: 02 Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $85 million jackpot. The jackpot goes to an estimated $101 million for Wednesday. Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $200,000 each, and there were three of those. They were sold in: Florida (2) and New York (1). There were two Power Play Match 5 winners in Arkansas (1) and Virginia (1).

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LOCAL Raup joins W-B mayor race


Sara Klick donates a pint of her blood during Sunday’s blood drive at the Black Diamond American Legion in Kingston. The blood drive was held in honor of Sara’s late sister, Akacia.

Blood drive honors daughter’s memory

Akacia Klick died at 21 from a mysterious blood disorder that has not been resolved. By SARA POKORNY


Charlotte Raup of Wilkes-Barre announces on Sunday from the steps of Wilkes-Barre City Hall that she is running for mayor of Wilkes-Barre in the upcoming election. At left are members of her campaign staff: Bob Kurinka, public relations; Sharon Katsock, treasurer; and Mary Jo Marconi, campaign manager.

Activist sees government disconnected By JERRY LYNOTT


WILKES-BARRE – Don’t tell Charlotte Raup she can’t fight city hall. She announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for mayor Sunday afternoon from the front steps of the red stone building on the corner of East Market and North Washington streets. “We’re going to do this and we’re going to fight the good fight,” she told a crowd of more than 50 supporters. “We just have to do it.” The 54-year-old Democrat, one of six people running for the four-year office, would have preferred to work behind the scenes as coordinator of the city’s 14 Crime Watch programs. But she could not ignore the calls for her to run. “I didn’t expect to do it. It’s just people have been asking me,” she said. “There’s so much frustration, there’s no connection.” Raup criticized incumbent Mayor Tom Leighton, who is running for a third term as a Democrat. “There is a vast disconnect between this ad-

Charlotte Raup Party: Democrat Office: Mayor of Wilkes-Barre Age: 54 Residence: Parsons, Wilkes-Barre Family: Married, no children Education: Meyers High School and Wilkes College Occupation: Coordinator of W-B Crime Watch, volunteers as a master gardener for Penn State University, teaches classes on herbal medicine

Charlotte Raup says she will take a pay cut if elected mayor of Wilkes-Barre.

ministration and most of the people who elected them to office,” said Raup, reading from a prepared statement. Big projects such as the intermodal center, the movie theater complex and Coal Street have taken longer and cost more to complete than expected “at the expense of the quality of life for the common citizen,” she said. People are concerned about basic services of fire and police protection, snow removal, street cleaning and maintenance and paved streets, she added. “I am more concerned with public safety

than putting forward a false image of our city in hopes to attract business. Clean up the crime and businesses will come to us,” she said. If elected Raup said she would take a 20 percent pay cut in the $79,911annual salary for the mayor. As the May 17 primary approaches, Raup said, she will be holding meet-and-greet events throughout the city. She does not intend to raise much money for the race. “I don’t have a lot of money, and I don’t think you need a lot of money to get people to vote for you,” she said.

KINGSTON -- It’s common knowledge among those who knew her that Akacia Klick was a kind, happy, family-oriented girl with hopes of running her own bakery. What’s not so apparent is what exactly cut her time on Earth short in 2009, when she passed away at 21. “We thought it was acute intermittent porphyria,” said her mother, Janet Klick, of Kingston, referring to a genetic blood dis-

Akacia Klick was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West.

ease, “but after her blood was tested at Mount Sinai in New York, they found that that wasn’t the case.” Currently, Akacia’s blood samSee BLOOD, Page 8A

China expert Mulloy to speak about trade The King’s College graduate urges corrective action.


WILKES-BARRE -- Pat Mulloy, an area native and 1963 King’s College graduate, will be speaking at the college on Tuesday for a free public presentation, “United StatesChina: GrowMulloy ing Economic Tensions.” Mulloy is a commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bi-

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What: “United States – China: Growing Economic Tensions”, a public presentation by Pat Mulloy of US-China Economic and Security Review Commission When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Where: King’s College, WilkesBarre, Burke Auditorium of the William G. McGowan Business School

partisan, joint House/Senate U.S. China commission. “We look at national security implications of the economic and trade relationship with China,” he said. “On Tuesday, I’ll be talking about our 2010 report to Congress, which is a unanimous reSee MULLOY, Page 7A

Earth Day helps students Community performers honored navigate the Susquehanna April event along Nesbitt and Kirby parks will showcase what river area has to offer. By RUTH WHISPELL Times Leader Correspondent

Close to1,000 students from local schools will visit the natural area of Nesbitt Park and Kirby Park on April 15 to celebrate Earth Day along the Susquehanna River. Vincent Cotrone, urban forester for Penn State Cooperative Education and member of the Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee, has been organizing the Earth Day event since the early 1990s. “It started really small, but it’s gotten to the point where we have teachers calling us and asking where the flier is. This program has grown tremendously over the years,” Cotrone said. The event offers close to 40 environmental education stations, which students travel through, learning from the Penn State Master Gardeners about things like the decomposition of a log. See EARTH DAY, Page 4A

PRESENTERS • Wilkes University EEES Department • Penn State Cooperative Extension • Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee • DCNR Bureau of State Parks • DCNR Bureau of Forestry • Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society • Penn State Master Gardeners • Luzerne Conservation District • North Branch Land Trust • Luzerne County Recycling •Earth Conservancy • Pennsylvania American Water • Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority • PA Department of Environmental Protection • PA Community Forests • Tunkhannock High School • W-B YMCA Camp Kresge • Endless Mountains Nature Center • Wyoming Valley Wellness Trails Partnership • Hazleton Career Center • Pittston High School • Hanover Area High School • Coughlin High School • GAR High School • Meyers High School • Lake-Lehman High School • Susquehanna Greenways Partnership • Eastern PA Coalition for Abandon Mine Reclamation


Six theater groups competed to represent the state at the Eastern States Festival. By SARA POKORNY

WILKES-BARRE TWP. -- The Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres One-Act Festival, or PACTFest ’11, allowed for six community theater groups to comINSIDE: For pete for a Click photos chance to reprefrom this event, sent the state at see Page 7A. the Eastern States Festival, in Pottstown, April 15 through the 17. The festival at KISS Theatre at the Wyoming Valley Mall featured performances by groups from all over the state, as well as workshops for those in the community interested in theater. A brunch was held Sunday at the Woodlands in to honor those whodidoutstandingworkandreveal who would be moving on to the ESTAFest by being awarded Outstanding Production. The winner for the category, The Barnstormers, of Ridley Park, performed “Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues” written by Tom Flannery, and the run-


Lori Chase, left, of the American Association of Community Theatre hands Marsha Amato-Greenspan, Barnstormers Theater director, the first-place award for outstanding production. Also pictured Karyn Fry, assistant director; and Gail Wagner.

ner-up, Hamilton-Gibson Players, of Wellsboro, performed “The Boy Who Ate the Moon” by Jane Martin, will go on to the Eastern State Festival in Pottstown in April. For Diva Theater of Scranton, the experience was rewarding, albeit nerve wracking. “We really didn’t know what to expect,” said Bob Balitski, technician for the group. “We had no idea what the adjudicators were looking for.”

Outstanding Production: The Barnstormers, of Ridley Park, for “Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues” written by Tom Flannery Outstanding Production (runner-up): Hamilton-Gibson Players, for “The Boy Who Ate the Moon” by Jane Martin Outstanding Achievement in Acting: Spence Watson, Blue Ridge Theatre Guild, for “I Can’t Remember Anything” Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble: Once Upon A Time Players, for “The Wedding Singer” Stage Managers Award (for the group that embodies community theatre): The Barnstormers Excellence in Directing: Brendan Stackhouse, of Once Upon a Time Players, for “The Wedding Singer”

seemingly drug-induced state while Chris, played by Tom Tomeo, stands behind her. The only other things on the stage are a table, small refrigerator, duffel bag, stool, rope and a tripod with a camera on it. Having only one group perform before them also added to the unease. “It definitely would have been nice to see other performances before ours,” said Paige. But, for all the worry, Diva is more than satisfied with its work.

This was Diva’s first time at the competition. The group performed local playwright K. K. Gordon’s original work, “Taking Liberties with Peter Rozig”, directed by Paige Balitski, during the first night of the festival. It’s a dark romantic comedy that involves minimal scenery and props, with action taking place in a an isolated one-room cabin, where the audience finds Trish, played by Emily Maier, in a See PLAYS, Page 4A


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Cotrone said the main mission of Earth Day along the Susquehanna is to help students to understand the river has many positive things to offer. “Students rotate through different stations. We also take them on nature hikes and explain the history of the area and “So many the importance great orga- of the forest, both for wildnizations life and water quality,” Cocome totrone said. gether to Pennsylvania American promote Water Co. has environbeen a supporter of the Earth mental Day event for a education number of years. in the set“At our station, students ting.” take the ‘Filter Susan Challenge,’ Turcmanovich where they Pennsylvania learn about American Water fresh water Co. on spokeswoman available Earth, issues with pollution, and how water is filtered,” company spokeswoman Susan Turcmanovich said. “Students must put together their own filter out of common household materials and are challenged to create a filter that cleans the water best.” Cotrone said students will explore Kirby Park’s natural area with Riverfront Park’s Riparian Trail guide. They will learn about riparian forests and the wildlife that inhabit them. “We enjoy being part of this community event because not only does it provide a variety of environmental education components, but what a better place than right there next to the river, which is truly such a precious resource for this area,” Turcmanovich said. “So many great organizations come together to promote environmental education in the setting and it’s truly a great opportunity for companies, organizations and the students.”

“We couldn’t have asked for a better performance than Tom and Emily’s,” said Paige. “Of course, we worked with our playwright for years so we know what he’s capable of, and we’re just happy with everything we did overall.” They were also glad to be among peers. “It’s always nice to be with people who share the same passion as you,” said Tomeo, “especially people that are from other parts of the state.” Many of these people were young, something Marsha Amato-Greenspan, vice president of festivals for PACT, was ecstatic to see. “It is exciting to see young people come along,becauseit’swherethefutureofcommunity theater is and where the future of professional theater is.” One of the most widely praised aspects


Walter Mitchell, PACT president, moderates the PACT Fest 2011 brunch held Sunday at the Woodlands Inn & Resort in Plains Township.

of the festival by those involved was the location. Walter Mitchell, president of PACT, and also founding board chair of KISS Theatre, knew that it would be ideal. “KISS itself is a wonderful facility,” he said, “but there’s also everything else around it that made the experience great for everyone; the restaurants, the hotels, everything available to the people that were here this weekend.” “It was an honor to bring this festival to my own back yard.” Mitchell hopes to do so again in the near future. “There’s a festival for original, non-published works that I hope to be able to bring back here.” The PACT Fest also featured the Blue Ridge Theatre Guild of Blue Ridge Summit, performing “I Can’t Remember Anything” by Arthur Miller; the Barley Sheaf Players of Lionville, performing “Heights” by Amy Fox; and Once Upon a Time Players of Richboro, performing “The Wedding Singer.”


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By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press



Wyclef Jean shot in hand Musician Wyclef Jean said Sunday that a bullet grazed his hand as he stepped out of a car to make a telephone call, but he said he was only slightly injured. Jean, who has been in Haiti helping the presidential campaign of his friend and fellow musician Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, said the bullet grazed him late Saturday night as he stepped out of his car in the Delmas section of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to make a call on his cellphone. “The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand,” Jean told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand.”










Obama praises Brazil democracy

President sees South American country as a model for the Arab world where changes are under way.

With a bandage in his right hand, Haitian-American singer Wyclef Jean gets ready to vote Sunday at a polling station during a presidential runoff in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


RIO DE JANEIRO — As U.S. warplanes pounded faraway Libya, President Barack Obama praised Brazil’s transition from dictatorship to democracy as a model for the Arab world where decades of stability enforced by strongmen are giving way to an uncertain but potentially brighter future. The president spoke from a theater in a historic Rio de Janeiro square where a 1984 protest set the stage for the eventual end of a 20-year military dictatorship. He said those protesters showed how a popular revolt could produce a thriving democracy. And without specifically mentioning the military action he authorized just a day ago in Libya, the president drew a connection to the events there and throughout the Middle East. "We’ve seen the people of Libya take a

courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens. Across the region, we have seen young people rise up - a new generation demanding the right to determine their own future," the president said. "From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people. But as two nations who have struggled over many generations to perfect our own democracies, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab world will be determined by its people." The events in Libya had threatened to overshadow Obama’s three-country, five-day Latin American tour, so Obama sought on Sunday to use Brazil’s own history to illuminate what’s happening halfway around the world. The president, speaking on day two of his trip, underscored that the people of Brazil determined the country’s future, as he said must happen in the Middle East. It’s a message Obama has conveyed ever since Tunisia’s uprising in January set off a chain reaction through Egypt and to Libya. With the U.S. now involved in mili-

President Barack Obama speaks Sunday at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, located in a historic city square where a 1984 protest set the stage for the eventual end of a 20year military dictatorship.


tary action to enforce an internationally authorized no-fly zone over Libya, Obama wants to be particularly clear to his audience back home that the U.S. will not write the final chapter in that country, or any other. He’s insisted there will be no American ground troops in Libya. "No one can say for certain how this change will end, but I do know that change is not something that we should fear," the president said. "That is the example of Brazil. Brazil — a country that shows that a dictator-

ship can become a thriving democracy. Brazil — a country that shows democracy delivers both freedom and opportunity to its people. Brazil - a country that shows how a call for change that starts in the streets can transform a city, a country, and the world." Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship from 1964-85, a regime that was eased from power not by a revolution, but through a long, massive popular movement of peaceful protest and strikes.

S.C. bill targets cons on Facebook


South Carolina looking at becoming first state to make inmate Facebooking a crime.

Significant tax cut on way Arkansas is poised to become one of the first states in the nation to enact a significant tax cut this year, showing the sentiment for scaling back government even in places where state spending is limited and no fiscal crisis exists. State representatives Monday are expected to approve cutting the grocery tax, the centerpiece of a $35 million tax cut package. The action comes days after lawmakers reached an agreement with Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe on reductions of five other taxes likely to be approved later this week. The amount of the cuts doesn’t compare with the deep reductions proposed in some larger states, especially those with fiscal problems that are trying to attract new businesses. SPRINGFIELD, ILL.

Trial for church fire begins Federal prosecutors portray Michael Jacques as a racist who was so upset when Barack Obama was elected president that he and two other white men burned down a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts. Jacques insists through his lawyer that he’s innocent and was coerced into signing a confession after more than six hours of interrogation as he suffered through painkiller and nicotine withdrawal. A U.S. District Court jury in Springfield will hear both sides of the story today during opening arguments in Jacques’ trial. Judge Michael Ponsor has set aside six weeks for the jury trial. Prosecutors say Jacques and the other defendants burned down the under-construction Macedonia Church of God in Christ early on Nov. 5, 2008, just hours after Obama was elected the nation’s first black president.

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press


Anti-government protestors on Sunday carry the bodies of the demonstrators who were killed on Friday’s clashes with Yemeni security forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen.

Yemen leader abandoned by own tribe Saleh appeared to be trying to hold on, firing his entire Cabinet ahead a planned mass resignation. By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen — The U.S.-backed president of Yemen suffered a devastating political blow on Sunday when his own powerful tribe demanded his resignation, joining religious leaders, young people and the country’s traditional opposition in calls for an end to his three decades in power. Massive crowds flooded cities and towns around the impoverished and volatile nation, screaming in grief and anger as they mourned dozens of protesters killed Friday when President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s security forces opened fire from rooftops on a demonstration in the capital. Saleh appeared to be trying to hold on, firing his entire Cabinet ahead of what one government official said was a planned mass resignation, but making no mention of stepping down himself. Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations and its human

rights minister had announced their resignations earlier in the day. Experts said that Saleh, who has cooperated closely with U.S. military operations against his country’s branch of alSaleh Qaida, had lost the support of every major power base in Yemen except the military. Many said he would now be forced to choose between stepping down and confronting demonstrators with even deadlier force. “We’re talking a new set of dynamics that are driving the conflict into either the resignation of Saleh or a very serious clash between the two sides,” said Ibrahim Sharqieh, deputy director of the Brookings Doha Center. “The U.S. should work now on an orderly transition in Yemen and press Saleh to find an arrangement that doesn’t allow chaos.” Sharqieh said from Washington that it was far from clear what would replace Saleh if he goes. Options could include a military-run transitional government and an

administration of traditional political opposition parties. Sharqieh described the Obama administration as “extremely worried.” Saleh and his weak government have faced down many serious challenges, often forging tricky alliances with restive tribes to delicately extend power beyond the capital. Most recently, he has battled an onand-off, seven-year armed rebellion in the north, a secessionist movement in the south, and an al-Qaida offshoot that is of great concern to the U.S. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which formed in January 2009, has moved beyond regional aims and attacked the West, including sending a suicide bomber who came terrifyingly close to blowing up a U.S.-bound airliner with a bomb sewn into his underwear. The device failed to detonate properly. Yemen is also home to U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have offered inspiration to those attacking the U.S., including Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens in a 2009 shootout at Fort Hood, Texas.


Bahrain wants U.N. help Bahrain’s opposition asked for U.N. and American intervention in the government crackdown on the Shiite protests trying to loosen the monarchy’s grip, in a brief protest Sunday in the capital that disbanded before police could arrive to break it up. The 18 opposition legislators protesting Sunday at the U.N. offices in Manama resigned last month to protest the crackdown on the monthlong revolt, inspired by the pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world. Bahrain’s king declared martial law last week, and a Saudi-led military force from other Gulf nations is in the country to back the Sunni monarchy. In the five-minute protest, the lawmakers appealed to the U.N. to stop the violence against protesters and mediate talks between the opposition and the monarchy; they asked the U.S. to pressure the Gulf force to leave.

Constitution changes pass in Egypt referendum

Move opens the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months. By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press

CAIRO — Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the constitution, opening the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months, according to final results from a landmark referendum announced Sunday. Opponents fear the swift timetable could boost the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood and members of the former ruling party. The Brotherhood had campaigned heavily for a “yes” vote in the referendum. Critics say that since it and the former

ruling party are the best Opponents organized political fear timetable forces in the country, they stand to gain the could boost most in an early elec- Muslim Brothtion — which will bring erhood and in Egypt’s first demo- members of cratically elected government to replace the the former regime of ousted Presi- ruling party. dent Hosni Mubarak. The results are likely to open a frenzied campaign season, with liberal pro-democracy forces scrambling to put together political parties to contest the upcoming races. Shady Ghazali, one of the organizers of the protests that forced Mubarak out after 18 days, said the youth coalition that led the demonstrations is discussing putting forward a national list of candidates

for the parliamentary elections under its name. The parliamentary and presidential elections are key because the next legislature and government are to lead the process of wider change, including likely drawing up a new constitution. Many of those who led the wave of popular protests that ousted Mubarak on Feb. 11 want a radically new document that would break the total hold that the presidency held over government during Mubarak’s rule. They worry that the Brotherhood or former ruling party could dominate the process. In an interview with daily El-Shorouk, a top member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that the council will issue “a constitutional declaration” right after the announcement of the final vote to lay down next steps.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Islam Dunn updates his Facebook page with a phone like so many other 19-year-olds, only he must hide the device so the prison guards don’t notice. The proliferation of cell phones smuggled into prisons has some inmates routinely updating their status from The proliferthe inside, and ation of cell South Carolina is consider- phones smuging becoming gled into the first state prisons has to make that a some inmates crime. The mea- routinely sure would add 30 days to updating their a prisoner’s status from sentence if he the inside. is caught interacting on social networking sites via cell phone. The bill goes a step further, too, making it illegal for anyone to set up a page for a prisoner, which legal experts say violates inmates’ free speech rights even if they are using contraband cell phones. Rep. Wendell Gilliard, a Democrat from Charleston who proposed the law, said crime victims shouldn’t have to worry about seeing or being threatened by a prisoner online. There’s also a fear convicts are coordinating criminal activity. “We now know that the criminals behind bars are using this as a method of intimidation. People’s lives are threatened. They’re sending out coded messages through social networking,” Gilliard said. “How can we as a society stand by and do nothing?” Prisoners are free to exchange letters with people on the outside, but their mail is monitored. Inmates in federal prison and a handful of other jurisdictions also have limited access to e-mail, and typically can only send it to people who have previously agreed to it. Yet smart phones provide easy access to social networking sites, and it’s difficult for corrections officials to keep up. Some inmate pages are obvious, with photos of themselves in prison. Others are set up and run by relatives or friends. Facebook already prohibits third-party profiles and takes them down when they find out. The company also deactivates prisoner pages when they become aware of them, regardless of who set up the pages.


MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

EMMA B. HARCHARIK, 92, of Glen Lyon, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Guardian ElderCare Center, Sheatown. Funeral arrangements are pending from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon. ELAINE ANN ROKE, 75, of Glen Lyon, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon. THOMAS M. POPEROWITZ, 72, of Spring Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Golden Living Center Summit, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral arrangements are pending from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. EARL C. SWAN SR., of Loyalville, Pa., died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. JOAN B. STANKOSKI TOMSHAW, 76, of Swoyersville, died Friday, March 18, 2011, in The Laurels, Kingston. Born in Swoyersville, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Julia Petrosky. Joan was a graduate of Swoyersville High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Tomshaw. She is survived by her son, George, and his wife, the former Alice Koprowski; sister, Mary Anne Martin; brothers, Peter Stankoski and Daniel Stankoski; as well as grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday from the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. SOPHIA MCCLURE, 101, born in Ashley, and resided in Mountain Top, died Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2011, at Smith Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, Mountain Top. She is survived by her daughter, Marion Seresin, Conn.; granddaughter, Amy Bogdon, and her husband, John, Mountain Top; sister, Rose Rodda, Mountain Top; three great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to go directly to the church to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, at a time to be announced in Tuesday’s edition of the Times Leader. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Arrangements are by Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc, 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre.






Thomas L. Boyle

Frank J. Mesh

Thomas L. Boyle, 83, of Meshoppen, Pa., died on Saturday evening, March 19, 2011, at his home in South Auburn, Auburn Township, Pa. He was born in New York City, N.Y., on April 22, 1928, a son of the late John and Sara Boyle. Growing up in Metuchen, N.J., Mr. Boyle was a graduate of the Metuchen High School. During the end of World War II, he served his country with the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Braine, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. For over 33 years, he was employed with Delco Remy, as an assemblyman in their battery division, retiring many years ago. While in the Susquehanna County area, after his retirement, he was a member of the St. Bonaventure’s Roman Catholic Church, in Auburn, and he was also a member of the Rought Hall Post 510 American Legion, Black Walnut, Pa. Surviving are his two sons, William Edward Boyle, South Auburn, Pa., and Thomas Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen Boyle, Sazlit, N.J.; three daughters, Joan and her husband, Jeff Isaacs, of Howell Township, N.J.; Tamy Sutton, Catskill, N.Y.; and Lisa and her husband, Anthony Quaglieri, of Matawan, N.J.; sister, Marguerite Freeman, Pennsylvania; as well as 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck officiating. Interment will be in the St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery in Auburn. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, Pa., from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Frank J. Mesh, 53, of Alexander Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011, at his home following a lengthy illness. Born on May 21, 1957, in WilkesBarre, he was a son of the late Thaddeus and Bernadine Yarushefski Mesh. He graduated from Hanover Area High School, class of 1975, and resided in the Lyndwood section of Hanover Township for most of his life before moving to Wilkes-Barre in 2002. Frank had been employed by Smiths Aerospace Components, Plains Township, for18 years, retiring in 2007 due to health issues. He was a social member of the Catholic War Vets Post, American Legion Post and The Fraternal Order of Police, all of Hanover Township, and will be remembered as an avid New York Yankees baseball and Dallas Cowboys football fan. Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Carey, with whom he celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on August 29; a son, Ryan Mesh, Nesquehoning, Pa.; and a daughter, Courtney Mesh, Wilkes-Barre; a stepson, Geoff Carey, Wilkes-Barre; step-granddaughters, Briana and Natalie Carey; his brother, Teddy Mesh, and his wife, Carole, Milton, Del.; and his sister, Rosanne Mesh-Klein, and her husband, Frank, Lyndwood section of Hanover Township; as well as a nephew, Jeffrey Mesh. Private services will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no public visitation. Frank’s family would like to thank the nurses of Hospice Community Care and also Dr. James Jiunta, his doctor, for the compassionate care given during his illness. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.

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March 18, 2011

Frances Jeanne Rodino March 18, 2011 rances Jeanne Rodino, 88, of Hazleton died Friday, March 18, F 2011, at the Hazleton General Hos-

pital. She was born in Hazleton, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Prossic. Frances and her late husband, Peter, owned and operated the Colonial Restaurant for 45 years. She also owned Rodino’s Antiques and Collected Treasures, for many years. Frances was active in the foster grandparents program. She also enjoyed her time at the casino and playing bingo. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Peter C., who was the love of her life; a son, Joseph; sisters Helen Pritulsky, and Mary Louise

Spade. Surviving are daughters, Bonnie Riley, Hazleton; Martha Mattern and husband Rick, Swoyersville; sisters Judy Corrado and husband Frank, and Josephine Rigby; grandchildren, Nicole Cerqua and husband Neal, Pittsburgh; Ricky Mattern, USS San Antonio, Norfolk, Va., and Dana Mattern, Swoyersville; and great-grandchildren, Riley and Logan Cerqua. A private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lehman-Gregory Funeral Home Inc., 281 Chapel St., Swoyersville.







March 19, 2011 Joseph J. Labar, 85, of Exeter, died Saturday evening, March 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, East Mountain, Plains Township, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Exeter, he was a son of the late John and Anna Yarina Labar. He attended Exeter schools and belonged to St. Anthony of Padua Church, Exeter. Mr. Labar was a U.S. Marine veteran, having served his country during World War II at Solomon Island, Md. He was a retired coal mine foreman, working at the Exeter colliery and the No. 6 colliery in Pittston. Mr. Labar also worked at Owens-Illi-

nois, as a quality control specialist. Mr. Labar was preceded in death by wife, Lucy Porfirio Labar; and brother, John Labar. Surviving are his son, John, Exeter; grandchildren, John, Eric, and Mark; and great-grandchildren, Naviah, Saphira, and Liara; as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Exeter, with the Rev. Joseph Sibilano, O.S.J., pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Schooley Street, Exeter. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Plains Township.

Fosco Santi March 20, 2011 osco Santi, 88, of Pittston Township, died peacefully on Sunday, F March 20, 2011, at home.

His loving wife, the former Nida Bovani, and together they shared 61 wonderful years of marriage. Born on November 12, 1922, in the Tuscany region of Italy, Fosco was a son of the late Gimignano Santi and Geneoveffa Serafini. An Italian Army veteran, Fosco honorably served his country during World War II and endured three years as a prisoner of war in Russia. Fosco, his wife, and their daughter came to America in 1955, and they built their life here. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Fosco was employed by Construction Unlimited for five years. Prior to that, he worked for Tabone and Barbera. Fosco was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. He was also a proud member, for many years, of the Italian Educational Circle in Corklane, the Pittston Old Timers Bocci League, and the Yatesville Bocci League. He took much pleasure in the simple things in life such as his family, his garden, fishing, cards and bocci. He played in many bocci tournaments and was often referred to, in bocci circles, as the “Legendary” Fosco Santi. In addition to his parents, Fosco was preceded in death by brothers, Aldo, Alvaro, and Piero; and sister, Fortunata. In addition to his wife, Nida, he is survived by his daughter, Piera Marotto, Pittston Twp., and her hus-

band, James; grandchildren, Gino Marotto and his wife, Elena, Duryea; Fosco Marotto, Pittston; greatgrandchildren, Cameron and Rylee Marotto; and nephews, Peter and James Santi and their families. The family would like to give many thanks to all neighbors and friends who assisted in care giving. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Interment will be held at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, WilkesBarre, PA 18702. Online condolences may be made at

Gregory J. Gancarcik March 18, 2011

Irene M. Olshefski


Irene M. Olshefski, 85, of Nanticoke, died peacefully on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her son’s home in Pittsburgh, Pa., surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 25, 1925, in the Honey Pot section of Nanticoke. Irene was a daughter of the late Stanley and Anna Robaczewski Shipp. Irene was a member of St. Faustina Parish, formerly St. Stanislaus Church, Nanticoke. She was employed by Penn Footwear Co. for more than 25 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Irene was also preceded in death by a sister, Rita Wodyka; and brother, Sylvester Shipp. Irene was the cherished mother of Joseph G; loving mother-in-law of Jean, Pittsburgh; proud grandmother of Jason and his wife, Lenny, Mark, and Kaitlyn; and the dear sister of Theresa Margalski and Mary Olshefski. Funeral Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from St. Faustina Parish at St. Mary’s Church, Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

ALBERT – George, funeral 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from MamaryDurkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Services 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. DIRNER – Eleanor, funeral 9:30 a.m. today from the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne. DISANO – Thomas, funeral 10 a.m. today from the Recupero Funeral Home, 402 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston. Service 10:45 a.m. in Christian Assembly, WilkesBarre. DYMOND – Aileen, memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Friedman Farm Chapel (formerly East Dallas United Methodist Church), Lower Demunds Road, Dallas. FIDA – Irene, funeral 10:30 a.m. today from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. FITZSIMMONS – Rita, funeral 8:30 a.m. today from the Graziano Funeral home Inc., 700 Twp. Blvd., Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, Laflin. FORD – Fred, graveside services noon Friday at Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Shavertown. FREY – Brett, memorial service 11 a.m. April 2, in the chapel at the Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. HASAY – John, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Mayo Funeral Home, 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in St. Martha’s Church, Holy Spirit Parish, Fairmount Springs. KALINOSKI – Mary, funeral 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. MANCOS – Margaret, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Exeter. MANDYCZ – Anthony Jr., funeral

March 19, 2011

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regory J. Gancarcik, 62, of Mountain Top, died Friday, G March 18, 2011, at Geisinger Wyom9:30 a.m. today from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Holy Name/Saint Mary’s Church, Swoyersville. METROKA – George, funeral 9:30 a.m. today from the John V. Morris-Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Heights. Office of Christian Burial in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church. NEELY – Rose, memorial service 4 p.m. today at the Christ Fellowship Church, Plymouth. OBREMSKI – Mary, funeral 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. today. PETRUCELLI – Anthony, Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Friends may call 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton. ROZANSKI – Ronald, services 11 a.m. Tuesday from the SheldonKukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga, Tunkhannock. Friends may call at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. today. THOMAS – Edwin, funeral 11:30 a.m. today from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the funeral home. TOMASETTI – Margaret, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Pittston. WASMANSKI – John Jr., funeral 9 a.m. today from the Mark V. Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township.

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ing Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on June 7,1948. He was a son of Cecelia Petrosky Weigel and the late Joseph Gancarcik. Gregory was raised in Ashley and was a graduate of Ashley Sugar Notch High School, class of 1967. He was self employed as a carpenter for over 40 years, concentrating his talents in kitchens and custom countertops. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Dorrance, and a former member of the Wright Township Fire Department Fire Police. He enjoyed fishing and going to casinos with his best buddy, Richie, and hunting with his daughter, Kolina, and son-in-law, Ed, or his nephew, ‘Phil Boy’. On nicer days you could find Gregory cruising with his wife and friends on his trike, working in his vegetable garden, or having coffee and telling jokes at the doughnut shop. When at home, he tinkered in his work shop, or the garage, continuously working on his next project. Gregory was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernard and Mary Petrosky; stepfather, Charles Weigel; and uncle, Anthony Petrosky. Surviving are his mother, Cecelia Weigel, New Jersey; best friend and loving wife of 35 years, the former Sharon Pascoe, at home; devoted daughter and son-in-law, Kolina and Edward Kaminski, York; sister, Mary Elizabeth Wheeler, and her daughter, Arianne, Wilkes-Barre;

brother, Jay Stempien, his wife, Luann, and their children, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Eric, White Haven; sister, Michele Jones and her husband, Stephen and their children, Emily and Abbey, New Jersey; Uncle Bernard and Aunt Teresa Petrosky, Mountain Top; Aunt Cecelia Petrosky, Wilkes-Barre; Aunt Monica and Uncle Jack Zinga, Arizona; and two faithful four-legged pals, Buck and Joey. Family and friends are invited to attend Gregory’s viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at in St. Mary’s Church Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Mary’s Road, Dorrance. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers donations, in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort, PA 18704.

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egina M. (Borsik) McHale, 86, of Swoyersville, died on Thursday evening, March 17, 2011, at the Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she recently had been a guest. Her beloved husband was the late Anthony F. McHale, who died on July 29, 1993. Born on November 2, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, Regina was a daughter of the late John J. Borsik and Jennie (Koval) Borsik. Regina was raised in Swoyersville and had resided there most of her life. For five years, she had resided in Augusta, Maine. A graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, class of 1942, Regina went on to further her education at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing, where she acquired her certification as a registered nurse. Regina then went on to attend College Misericordia, where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing education. Prior to her retirement, Regina was employed as a medical supervisor to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. In her earlier years, Regina was employed as a registered nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta, Maine. Regina was a devout member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Active within her church, Regina was a member of her parish’s Confraternity of Catholic Women and also was a member of her parish’s Holy Name Society. Additionally, Regina served her parish as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and also served as a lector. She was always ready and willing to support her parish in any way. Every year, Regina would help with her parish bazaar, pirohy sale and rummage sale. A woman of strong faith, Regina was a member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. For many years, she was active with the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, serving as president of the Pennsylvania Federation through the Wilkes-Barre Chapter 342 and also the Greater Pittston Area Chapter 1723. Regina served as past-president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville, and also held membership with the Bi-County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary and the ‘8 and 40’ of the American Legion Auxiliary. Proud of her education and career, Regina was a member of the Debora Hospital Foundation, the WilkesBarre General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, and the College Misericordia Alumni. A true humanitarian, Regina would volunteer many hours of her time with the American Red Cross and also at the Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. Traveling was one of Regina’s greatest enjoyments. In her earlier years, she served as a tour escort for Martz Trailways, Wilkes-Barre, and the former Suncoast/Lambert Tours, Cape May, N.J. In addition to her parents, John and Jennie Borsik, and her husband, Anthony, Regina was also preceded in death by her only daughter, Barbara Ann Lord Looman; and her sister Dolores Skiba. Regina is survived by her sisters Anna Mae Pasternacki, Swoyersville, and Barbara Thoma, New Holland, Pa.; grandchildren, Roger, Trevor and Amanda Lord; as well as her nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, V.E., officiating. Concelebrants of the funeral Mass will be the Rev. William J. Karle, her pastor; the Rev. Richard J. Cirba, her former pastor; and the Rev. Brian J.W. Clark, V.G. Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Swoyersville. There will be no public calling hours. The Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Trinity Church will recite the Rosary at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, at the church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. For additional Information or to send the family of Mrs. Regina M. McHale an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website Memorial contributions may be made in Regina’s memory to Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, PA 18704. More Obituaries, Page 2A

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Christa Manning-Dupper, KISS producer and artistic director, left, Lori Chase, American Association of Community Theatre, and Marsha Amato-Greenspan, director, Barnstormers Theater, Ridley Park, Pa.


Spencer Watson, Blue Ridge Theatre Guild, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., left, and Marsha Amato-Greenspan, director, Barnstormers Theater, Ridley Park, Pa.

Front row, Paige Balitski, director, left, and Bob Balitski, technician. Back row, Tom Tomeo, actor, left; K.K. Gordon, playwright; and Emily Maier, actor, all of Diva Theatre, Scranton.

Linda Iseri, left, Nate House, and Thomas Putnam, director, all of Hamilton-Gibson Productions in Wellsboro

Karyn Fry, assistant director, left, Ruth K. Brown, Marsha AmatoGreenspan, director; Gail Wagner, Dave Hastings, and Gina Hastings, all of the Barnstormers Theater, Ridley Park, Pa.

Thomas Randby, left, and Brendan Stackhouse, of the Once Upon a Time Players, Richboro, Pa.

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port; all Republicans and Democrats signed off on this.” Mulloy, who first visited China in 1981, encountered the country when it was poor and has since watched it grow. “China is building their economy, but unfortunately I think a lot of it is at our expense,” said Mulloy. “The current economic relationship we have with China is completely out of balance,” he said.

One problem is trade deficits. “Last year we had a $270 billion trade deficit with China, with probably about $70 billion in advanced technological products,” said Mulloy. “We aren’t just running a trade deficit on low-value things, such as Tshirts.” He believes that correcting this deficit is a step in the right direction. “We have to rethink how we’re handling this relationship,” he said. “A lot of it is to get them to stop practices that are illegal, such as underpricing, but we also have to work on things at home, like not running massive trade

“China is building their economy, but unfortunately I think a lot of it is at our expense.” Pat Mulloy Commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission

deficits year to year.” Mulloy earned a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from George Washington University, and a specialized degree in interna-




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tional law from Harvard University Law School. In the past, he served as a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department, senior attorney in the environment and antitrust divisions of the Department of Justice, general counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, and assistant secretary in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce. Currently, he is a consultant to the president emeritus of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and serves on the advisory boards of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and the Coalition for a Prosperous America.

company has not sought a rate increase since 1995 and is paying for pipe replacement by adding customers and being selective in targeting replacements. The Associated Press “One of the reasons that UGI ALLENTOWN — Recent gas has been able to stay out of rate explosions in Pennsylvania case proceedings since (1995) is have spurred calls to speed up that we have been good at being replacement of the common- efficient and effective operwealth’s 11,000 miles of aging ators,” said Robert Beard, the gas pipelines, but disagree- company’s vice president of ments among legislators, regu- marketing, rates and gas. Tests are still lators and combeing done on pany officials “In the case of the cracked pipe have left the state lagging be- Pennsylvania, there dug up after the Feb. 9 explosion hind others in is a real question and fire that the effort, a rocked an Allennewspaper said. about the safety of town neighborState lawmak- gas lines mainly hood and killed ers have repeatbecause there are a five people, inedly rejected cluding an eldermeasures to al- lot of very old, ly couple and a 4low utilities to cast-iron and bare month-old boy. charge a special The American fee to pay for steel pipe in the pipeline replace- ground. … (I)n some Gas Association says 19 states alment. As a relow utilities to sult, companies areas, utilities are such as UGI only replacing a ve- charge fees or surcharges to pay Corp. have pursued their own ry small percentage for infrastructure improvements, plans to replace of these pipes each some including a old pipe over a cap on how much span of decades. year.” “In the case of Rick Kessler utilities can reVice president of Pipeline cover and others Pennsylvania, Safety Trust, a Bellingham, allowing the fees there is a real question about Wash.-based advocacy group. to be used toward the cost of installthe safety of gas ing new pipeline. lines mainly beFour major utilities in Ohio cause there are a lot of very old, cast-iron and bare steel pipe in recently worked out plans to asthe ground,” said Rick Kessler, sess extra charges for pipeline vice president of Pipeline Safety replacement, said Matt Butler Trust, a Bellingham, Wash.- of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission. based advocacy group. In Pennsylvania, state Rep. Some gas utilities in the commonwealth have among the Robert W. Godshall, R-Monthighest percentages of cast-iron gomery, has proposed a surpipe in the country, according charge to natural gas customers to The (Allentown) Morning and said he is optimistic about Call, which cited federal re- chances for passage, especially cords saying that among 148 with the memory fresh about gas companies across the coun- deadly explosions in Allentown try with at least 1,000 miles of and in Philadelphia, where a pipeline, two of UGI’s three di- PGW worker was killed in Januvisions are in the top 20 percent ary. Opponents, however, have for cast-iron pipe. Lehigh Valley’s UGI Utilities was 26th on blocked such proposals in the the list with 400 miles (7.5 per- past, and they include Pennsylcent) of its pipelines in cast-iron vania Consumer Advocate Sonand PGW in Philadelphia ny Popowski and state Rep. topped the list with more than Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, half of its pipelines in cast-iron, who said companies should make their case for a rate hike if the paper said. UGI has replaced 300 miles of they want more money for inlines since 1970, and an official frastructure. “What the gas companies said earlier this month that, at its current pace, the utility want is an automatic rate inwould need four decades to re- crease” without having to make place the old pipes, some of the financial case for it, Mundy which are a century old. The said.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Wearing a sign around his neck that read, "Honk if I need an education," 15-year-old James Mond III stood for nearly four hours on a Tampa, Fla., street corner. Ronda Holder never finished high school and doesn’t want the same for her son. So she sent him out with a sign telling the

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Jim and Janet Klick organized Sunday’s blood drive at the Black Diamond American Legion in Kingston. The blood drive was held in honor of the couple’s late daughter Akacia.

the Black Diamond American Legion in Kingston. “We’re here for a great cause,” said Jim Klick, Akacia’s father. “We’d like to get a lot of people coming through the door.” They also hope to make the event an annual one, around the time of Akacia’s birthday, which was March 2. “I want to pay it forward,” Janet said. “So many people stepped up and gave blood for her.” The help comes as no surprise to Akacia’s sister, Sara, 20. “She was so sweet and caring, very family-oriented,” she said. “She was loved by a lot of people.”

In Akacia’s memory, Sara has a tattoo of Akacia’s gold cross necklace, a piece she wears every day, surrounded by wings, as well as the word “sisters” on her wrist in the color of Akacia’s birth stone. This is only a fraction of the art work that Akacia’s family has in memory of her. “I think just about every one of us has a tattoo,” said Janet. “They’ve all got wings, some are cupcakes.They’reallnicereminders of her.”

Janet has a Hello Kitty in baking attire on her left arm, with Akacia’s signature underneath. Jim sports wings and Nittany Lions paws on the back of his bald head, a tribute to his daughter who adored Penn State. A running theme through many of the tattoos applies to not only Akacia’s memory, but also all those she was close to. “A lot of us have ‘Family above all,’ ” said Sara. “It’s our family motto.”


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ple is red-flagged there and they are awaiting licensing in order to allow further testing. “That’s the hardest part, is that right now we just don’t know what caused it,” Janet said. “We’re at a standstill. I welcome anyone who might be able to help us figure this out.” Janet said the To see additional marks of illness photos, visit just weren’t there. www.times “They were just such general signs,” she said. “If something really stood out I would have been able to tell something was seriously wrong,butitjustwasn’tthatway.” Akacia was a Wyoming Valley West graduate and attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport for baking and pastry arts. She had plans to further her education at Penn State Wilkes-Barre to study business, with plans to open her own bakery. The family has held fundraisers and had events held by others in their honor, such as spaghetti dinners and the Akacia Klick Classic, a basketball game in Akacia’s honor at Wyoming Valley West. This time around the Klicks, along with family members and friends, worked with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive in Akacia’s honor Sunday at

world about his 1.22 GPA. His middle school has since enrolled him in after-school tutoring. The Department of Children and Families is investigating whether the incident might be a form of maltreatment. Holder said she doesn’t care about the critics. She wants her son to have an education.





MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011






Europe pushed for military force France, not the U.S., fired the first strikes with Britain asking other nations to join. By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press


Libyan people celebrate on a tank belonging to the forces of dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Sunday in the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya.

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ed,” said national security adviser Tom Donilon, briefing reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night. “So we’ll continue to monitor Gadhafi’s actions, not just his words.” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday the U.S. expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition — probably headed either by the French and British or by NATO — “in a matter of days.” In his first public remarks since the start of the bombings, Gates said President Barack Obama felt very strongly about limiting America’s role in the operation, adding that the president is “more aware than almost anybody of the stress on the military.” After focusing on air defenses

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who loved her nieces and nephews and grandchildren. “She had just left giving her grandson and her daughter their birthday presents and that was the last act she did,” he said. Detectives from To see the Luzerne Counadditional ty District Attorphotos, visit ney’s Office, Pittwww.times ston city police and state police have been investigating the case and believe the woman’s disappearance is connected to the crime scene a few blocks from the Gabriel House transitional housing residence for women where Lillian Calabro had been staying.

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were found alive nine days after being trapped in their earthquake-shattered home. Then, the operator of the overheated nuclear plant said two of the six reactor units were safely cooled down. “We consider that now we have come to a situation where we are very close to getting the situation under control,” Deputy Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said. Police officials estimate that the toll from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths. Still, serious problems remained at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. Pressure unexpectedly rose in a third unit’s reactor, meaning plant operators may need to deliberately release radioactive steam. That has only added to public anxiety over radiation that began leaking from the plant after a monstrous earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan on March 11 and left the plant unstable. As day broke Monday, Japan’s military resumed dousing of the complex’s troubled Unit 4.

in the first hours of the campaign, U.S. and coalition forces expanded their strikes to include attacks on Libyan ground forces that threaten civilians or are able to shoot down planes enforcing a no-fly zone, a senior U.S. military official said. The assault cheered the rebels, who had seized control of large areas of the country as they sought to build on months of discontent across the Arab world but in recent days found themselves retreating in the face of Gadhafi’s superior firepower. Gadhafi declared he was willing to die defending Libya and, in a statement broadcast hours after the attacks began, condemned what he called “flagrant military aggression.” He vowed to strike civilian and military targets in the Mediterranean. On Sunday morning, Gadhafi returned to state television airwaves, vowing, “We will win the battle,” and “oil will not be left to the USA, France and Britain.”

“Hopefully, between everyone we’ll come up with an answer.” Frank Calabro Missing woman’s brother at vigil Sunday night in Pittston

Divers and members of the Germania Hose Co. water rescue team have been searching the water near the crime scene close to the Water Street Bridge. They retrieved a coat believed to be the one the 48-year-old woman was wearing the night of her disappearance. They also searched along the eastern shore of the river. Dogs trained to detect corpses hit upon a scent Friday afternoon approximately one-half mile downstream from the crime scene. The search has been discontinued until the river recedes. The safety of food and water was of particular concern. The government halted shipments of spinach from one area and raw milk from another near the nuclear plant after tests found iodine exceeded safety limits. But the contamination spread to spinach in three other prefectures and to more vegetables — canola and chrysanthemum greens. Tokyo’s tap water, where iodine turned up Friday, now has cesium. Rain and dust are also tainted. The Health Ministry also advised Iitate, a village of 6,000 people about 19 miles northwest of the Fukushima plant, not to drink tap water due to elevated levels of iodine. Ministry spokesman Takayuki Matsuda said iodine three times the normal level was detected there — about one twenty-sixth of the level of a chest X-ray. In all cases, the government said the radiation levels were too small to pose an immediate health risk. But Taiwan seized a batch of fava beans from Japan found with faint — and legal — amounts of iodine and cesium. “I’m worried, really worried,” said Mayumi Mizutani, a 58year-old Tokyo resident shopping for bottled water at a supermarket to give her visiting 2-year-old grandchild. “We’re

“You are transgressors, you are aggressors, you are beasts, you are criminals,” Gadhafi said. Government spokesman Mousa Ibrahim told reporters that 48 people were killed by the allies’ strikes and 150 others were wounded near targets in Tripoli, Tajoura, the Gadhafi stronghold of Surt, rebel-held Misurata and the eastern town of Zuwara. “If Libya goes down, the whole Mediterranean shall go down, the whole of Africa, the north of Africa,” Ibrahim said. Both Gadhafi and his international foes, who began their campaign less than two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding Libyan forces pull back from rebel-held areas, positioned themselves for an endgame that focused on whether the longtime leader would remain in power. U.S. officials acknowledged that they were seeking to oust Gadhafi but also that they did not have a clear path to do so.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, said the objective of the military campaign was “limited” to protecting civilians and might not result in Gadhafi relinquishing power. Gadhafi remaining in Libya is “certainly potentially one outcome,” Mullen said, noting that the U.N. resolution “isn’t about seeing him go.” But a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Washington and its allies also were committed to using nonmilitary means to force Gadhafi out, including steps intended to cripple the Libyan economy and isolate him diplomatically. At the Pentagon, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, staff director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference that the back-to-back assaults Saturday and Sunday had inflicted heavy damage.

PARIS — America unleashed the heavier firepower, but Europe — to the surprise of some — was the driving force behind the assault on Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. France, perhaps hoping to purge memories of a dictatorcoddling past, fired the first strikes Saturday. Britain, still stinging from its release of the Libyan agent behind the Lockerbie plane bombing, cajoled other nations into joining. And all 27 countries in the European Union insisted nine days ago that Gadhafi “must relinquish power immediately” — unexpected, from a bloc often accused of being too slow and too soft. President Barack Obama, initially reticent, joined in the call and seemed happy to let Europe take the lead publicly. The contrast with 2003 — when France led global opposition to the war on Iraq — shows how much has changed since then, and also how different things can be when the problem is on Europe’s doorstep. Europeans fear a flood of refugees, making them particularly sensitive to the possibility of a humanitarian disaster in North Africa. But the reasons for Europe’s anti-Gadhafi push are more complex than that, and may have as much to do with personalities as politics: The frenetic French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, eager for attention on the world stage and suffering in the polls

at home; Britain’s youthful prime minister, David Cameron, eager to deflect attention from tough austerity measures and score some foreign policy points. Speaking Saturday as he announced the wide-reaching international agreement on military action, Sarkozy framed it as a decisive measure to support pro-democracy protesters. The operation has its critics. The Arab League, which backed calls for a no-fly zone, said the day-old military operation has already gone too far. Russia, China and Venezuela are opposed. Germany supports it but won’t join. Sarkozy’s aggressive stance may be an effort to compensate for past mistakes. France has a history of cozy relations with autocrats in former colonies, and Sarkozy underestimated the power of protests in Tunisia that toppled the ruling regime in January. Britain has its own reasons to take the lead on punishing Gadhafi. Gadhafi has accepted Libya’s responsibility for the worst act of terrorism to have taken place on British soil: the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people, most of them Americans. And links between Libya and the Irish Republican Army go back to the 1970s, when Gadhafi first praised the group as allies in a struggle against Western imperialism. Britain came under heavy criticism from American politicians after Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, was released in 2009 from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

Frank Calabro said the ordeal has been tough on his 72-year-old mother, Sandra Calabro. “There’s no way she should have ever had to experience this,” he said. She sat atop the steps with lit candles around. “Everybody deserves a second chance,” she said, adding that might have been what her daughter was doing in the park, giving someone a second chance. Frank Calabro said he hoped for a resolution soon. “Hopefully, between everyone we’ll come up with an answer,” he said. He and family member made a point of thanking investigators for their efforts. “I am very, very grateful and very, very thankful for all of them, evBILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER ery one of them and the Germania scuba team above and beyond the More than 100 people gather at a candle light vigil for Lillian Calabro at Riverfront Park in Pittston call,” he said. on Sunday night.


Workers prepare to carry Jin Abe, 16, to a hospital in Ishinomaki, Japan, after he and grandmother Sumi, 80, were rescued Sunday.

afraid because it’s possible our grandchild could get cancer.” Forecasts for rain, she said, were also a cause for concern. All six of the nuclear complex’s reactor units saw trouble after the disasters knocked out cooling systems. In a small advance, the plant’s operator declared Units 5 and 6 — the least troublesome — under control after their nuclear fuel storage pools cooled to safe levels. Progress was made to reconnect two other units to the electric grid and in pumping seawater

to cool another reactor and replenish it and a sixth reactor’s storage pools. But the buildup in pressure inside the vessel holding Unit 3’s reactor presented some danger, forcing officials to consider venting. The tactic produced explosions of radioactive gas during the early days of the crisis. “Even if certain things go smoothly, there would be twists and turns,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters. “At the moment, we are not so

optimistic that there will be a breakthrough.” Nuclear safety officials said one of the options could release a cloud dense with iodine as well as the radioactive elements krypton and xenon. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., temporarily suspended the plans Sunday after it said the pressure inside the reactor stopped climbing, though staying at a high level. “It has stabilized,” Tokyo Electric manager Hikaru Kuroda told reporters. Kuroda, who said temperatures inside the reactor reached 572 degrees Fahrenheit, said the option to release the highly radioactive gas inside is still under consideration if pressure rises. Growing concerns about radiation add to the overwhelming chain of disasters Japan has struggled with since the 9.0magnitude quake. It spawned a tsunami that ravaged the northeastern coast, killing 8,450 people, leaving more than 12,900 people missing, and displacing another 452,000, who are living in shelters. Fuel, food and water remain scarce. The government in recent days acknowledged being caught ill-prepared by an enormous disaster that the prime

minister has called the worst crisis since World War II. Bodies are piling up in some of the devastated communities and badly decomposing even amid chilly rain and snow. “The recent bodies — we can’t show them to the families. The faces have been purple, which means they are starting to decompose,” says Shuji Horaguchi, a disaster relief official setting up a center to process the dead in Natori, on the outskirts of the tsunami-flattened city of Sendai. “Some we’re finding now have been in the water for a long time, they’re not in good shape. Crabs and fish have eaten parts.” Before the disasters, safety drills were seldom if ever practiced and information about radiation exposure rarely given in Futuba, a small town in the shadow of the nuclear plant, said 29-year-old Tsugumi Hasegawa. She is living in a shelter with her 4-year-old daughter and feeling bewildered. “I still have no idea what the numbers they are giving about radiation levels mean. It’s all so confusing. And I wonder if they aren’t playing down the dangers to keep us from panicking. I don’t know who to trust,” said Hasegawa, crammed with 1,400 people into a gymnasium.




Thiessen stops 25 of 26 shots, giving up a goal with just :05 left in the game.







WILKES-BARRE TWP. – For the second time this season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen lost a shutout in the last five seconds of a game. During Sunday’s matchup against the Charlotte Checkers, Thiessen saw PENGUINS his shutout hopes evaporate when a slapshot from the point CHECKERS went through traffic in front and into the net with five seconds remaining. But don’t feel too sorry for Thiessen. He still stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced and won his 31st game of the season as the Penguins beat the Checkers, 2-1. The win – highlighted by twopoint efforts from Zach Sill and Geoff Walker, gives the Penguins






























Marquette pulls off upset, tops Syracuse

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Road game at home of Lady Lions By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer

STATE COLLEGE — For of all of DePaul’s success this season, the Blue Demons didn’t get an ideal draw for the secUp Next ond round of Penn State the NCAA vs. tournament. DePaul No neutral at Bryce site game toJordan Center night. To ad7 p.m. today vance to a gional semifinal for the first time since 2006, third-seeded DePaul must get by No. 6 seed Penn State on the Lady Lions’ home floor at the Bryce Jordan Center. Officially, the Lady Lions (25-9) will wear their blue road uniforms as the lower seed, though the crowd in Happy ValSee LIONS, Page 4B


Marquette’s Joseph Fulce, left, and Dwight Buycks celebrate a 66-62 win over Sunday in Cleveland. Marquette advances to the Sweet 16.

Eagles one of two No. 11s to make Sweet 16 By DAN GELSTON AP Basketball Writer

CLEVELAND — Darius Johnson-Odom started the party on the court. Buzz Williams took it into the stands. Johnson-Odom’s 3-pointer with 27 seconds left snapped a tie and gave Marquette a 66-62 win over Syracuse on Sunday night that put the Golden Eagles into the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 for the first

INSIDE: Duke advances, Page 5B.

time in eight years. The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (22-14) had the winning basket set up by one of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers. Dion Waiters’ pass went long and Scoop Jardine’s jump to grab it resulted in an over-and-back. Earlier in the day, fellow 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth

advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 94-76 victory over Purdue. Johnson-Odom delivered for a 62-59 lead and Marquette is moving on at the expense of its Big East rival. Marquette will play No. 2 seed North Carolina (28-7) in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J. The Golden Eagles are in the round of 16 for the first time since Dwyane Wade led them to the Final Four in 2003.

This was the second straight early exit for third-seeded Syracuse (27-8). The Orange were a No. 1 seed last year and lost in the round of 16 to Butler. Williams, Marquette’s emotional coach, broke into a delirious celebration. He hugged his players, ran to press row and pounded the table. He pumped his fists toward the fans, then See HEAVEN, Page 5B


Kenya native Omurwa captures Winter’s End by a single second By ROBERT MINER For The Times Leader


MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011●



Penguins topple Checkers


miles,” said McLean. “He pulled ahead of me at the 4-mile marker and built about a 30-meter lead. When we reached the home stretch, I closed on him. But his sprint was too much for me.” Omurwa moved from Kenya to Kingston in 2009. But he said he never ran competitively until he came to the United States. He has received a lot of training help from a long-time area runner. “Rich Chase has helped me a lot with my training,” said Omurwa, 27. “I had no training at all before coming to this country. Rich has opened the door for me as far

LEHMAN TWP. – Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa scored a one-second victory – holding off David McLean – finishing in 25 minutes, 11 seconds in the Wyoming Valley Striders 31st annual Winter’s End Run on Sunday at Penn State WilkesBarre. “My speed, at the end, saved me,” said Omurwa of the 4.5-mile run. “He (McLean) is a good runner. He has great endurance. But it was my sprint over the home stretch that enabled me to hold him off and get the win.” McLean agreed. “We ran together for the first four See WINTER’S , Page 4B


Overall male winner Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa finished in a time of 25:11.

Samantha Snead won top female honors in 27:29.

The refs did their job the correct way IN THE BLINK of an eye, a beautiful game turned into a confusing one. In two emotional sequences, an exciting game turned into a crazy one, a breathless game finished with an exasperating twist and the college basketball world was left to sort through the age-old debate about when a referee should make his presence felt or quietly fade into the background. Tweeeeeeeeet! If string music is basketball’s sweetest sound, then the shrill sound of a referee’s whistle in the crazed final moments of a thrilling, prime time, nationally televised NCAA tournament game must be one of the worst. And in the final nerve-rattling moments of Butler’s 71-70 victory over Southeast regional No. 1 seed Pitt, we heard a whistle blow twice in the final seconds, while millions of angry basketball lovers watching on TV howled and the 18,000 witnesses in the Verizon Center alternated their outrage and satisfaction with the results. "It was a crazy way to end a game, and I’m still not sure what happened," Butler forward Matt Howard said. Well, here’s exactly what happened. Two referees, named Terry Wymer (Big Ten and Mid-American Conference) and Antonio Petty (SEC and Atlantic Sun), had the nerve (or unmitigated gall, depending on your allegiances) to do what every college coach and player in America swears they want them to do, which is be consistent. A foul is a foul no matter when it happens. I am no different than the rest of the sports-loving world when I tell you that I find screaming at the refs therapeutic, and I enjoy blaming them for everything that is rotten in the world. The rift between Jalen and Grant ... computer viruses ... Housewives of Atlanta. But sometimes they get it right, even if we need slow-motion replay to show us what they must determine quicker than a New York minute. Saturday night was one of those moments when you had to give the devil his due. With Butler leading 70-69 with under two seconds to play, Wymer called a foul on Shelvin Mack as he hip-checked Pitt forward Gilbert Brown out of bounds at half court. In the blur of the moment, it looked as if it was incidental contact and Wymer should have swallowed his whistle. But the slow-motion and real-time replay showed that the call was right. Mack, who had been brilliant all night in scoring a game-high 30 points on some of the most cold-blooded 3-point jumpers you’ll ever see, made one of the dumbest plays of his basketball life. In fact, Wymer, who was leading the play, and Petty, who was trailing, both blew their whistle. What they both saw was a situation that was unavoidable. If you are paid to officiate a game, particularly one on such a big and important stage, you just can’t watch a player bounce a guy out of bounds and let them get away with it, not in the first five minutes and certainly not in the last two seconds when Pitt had time to make a play to win the game. "I put myself in the best situation to make the ref make a call," Mack admitted after the game. "It was the dumbest mistake of my life. It was a crazy one minute for me." Added Butler coach Brad Stevens: "I hate for a game to end that way, but I asked Shelvin if he thought he fouled him and he See BURWELL, Page 4B


MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

L O C A L C A L E N D A R Monday, March 21 COLLEGE SOFTBALL (3 p.m.) Delaware Valley at Wilkes Misericordia at Albright COLLEGE BASEBALL Misericordia at PSU Berks, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

COLLEGE BASEBALL Penn State Hazleton at King’s, 4 p.m. COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS (3:30 p.m.) Lebanon Valley at King’s Wilkes at Bloomsburg COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS Wilkes at Bloomsburg, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23

COLLEGE BASEBALL Penn College of Technology at King’s, 4 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Lycoming at Wilkes, 3 p.m. COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE (4 p.m.) FDU-Florham at King’s Manhattanville at Misericordia COLLEGE WOMEN'S LACROSSE King’s at FDU-Florham, 4 p.m. Wilkes at Lycoming, 4 p.m. Misericordia at Manhattanville, TBA COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS King’s at Lebanon Valley, 3:30 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL King’s at Baptist Bible, 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 24

COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS King’s at Elizabethtown, 3 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL Baptist Bible at Wilkes, 3:30 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Misericordia at Elmira, 3 p.m.


(3:30 p.m.) Wilkes at King’s Misericordia at DeSales

Saturday, March 26

COLLEGE BASEBALL King’s at Wilkes, 1 p.m. DeSales at Misericordia, 12 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL (1 p.m.) King’s at FDU-Florham Wilkes at Eastern Misericordia at Delaware Valley COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE (1 p.m.) King’s at Alvernia DeSales at Misericordia COLLEGE WOMEN'S LACROSSE (1 p.m.) Alvernia at King’s Lebanon Valley at Wilkes Arcadia at Misericordia COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS (1 p.m.) King’s at Misericordia Manhattanville at Wilkes COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS (1 p.m.) King’s at Misericordia Manhattanville at Wilkes

T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Assigned RHP Wynn Pelzer to their minor league camp. BOSTON RED SOX—Optioned C Mark Wagner and OF Daniel Nava to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned RHP Matt Fox to their minor league camp. National League SAN DIEGO PADRES—Claimed RHP Pat Neshek off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Optioned OF Luis Durango and RHP Samuel Deduno to Tucson (PCL).


National Basketball Association NBA—Suspended Los Angeles Lakers C Andrew Bynum two games for a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Minnesota F Michael Beasley during a March 18 game. Suspended Phoenix G Aaron Brooks one game for throwing a ball at an official and striking him in the leg during a March 18 game against Golden State. CHICAGO BULLS—Signed G John Lucas III and G Jannero Pargo.


National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Recalled F Ben Smith from Rockford (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Assigned F T.J. Hensick and D Tyson Strachan to Peoria (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Reassigned G Jaroslav Janus from Norfolk (AHL) to Florida (ECHL). American Hockey League AHL—Suspended Syracuse RW Brian McGrattan one game as a result of his actions in a March 19 game against Charlotte.


TEXAS TECH—Named Billy Gillispie men’s basketball coach.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. ESPN — Preseason, Boston vs. Philadelphia, at Clearwater, Fla.


7 p.m. ESPN — NIT, second round, Missouri State at Miami 9 p.m. ESPN — NIT, second round, New Mexico at Alabama 11:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NIT, second round, Oklahoma State at Washington State


7:30 p.m. VERSUS — Pittsburgh at Detroit


7 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Penn State vs. DePaul; Marist vs. Duke, University Park, Pa.; Tennessee vs. Marquette at Knoxville, Tenn.; Georgia Tech vs. Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio 9 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Temple vs. Notre Dame, Salt Lake City

B O X I N G Fight Schedule National TV in parentheses March 25 At Las Vegas (ESPN2), Yudel Johnson vs. Richard Gutierrez, 10, junior middleweights. March 26 At Sports Palace DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia, Dmitry Pirog vs. Javier Francisco Maciel, 12, for Pirog’s WBO middleweight title; Ondrej Pala vs. Oleksiy Mazykin, 12, for the vacant WBO European heavyweight title. At Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO), Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jorge Solis, 12, for Gamboa’s WBA Super WorldIBF featherweight titles; Miguel Garcia vs. Matt Remillard, 10, featherweights; Teon Kennedy vs. Jorge Diaz, 12, junior featherweights. April 1 At Berlin, Bejamin Simon vs. Sam Soliman, 12, IBF middleweight eliminator; Alexander Petkovic vs. Raymond Ochieng, 12, heavyweights. At Mashantucket, Conn. (ESPN2), Henry Lundy vs. Patrick Lopez, 12, lightweights; Vladine Biosse vs. Yasin Rashid, 10, junior middleweights. April 2 At Gdynia, Poland, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Francisco Palacios, 12, for Wlodarczyk’s WBC cruiserweight title. At Alpes-Maritimes, France, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs. Giovanni Lorenzo, 12, for the interim WBA World middleweight title. At London, Jurgen Brahmer vs. Nathan Cleverly, 12, for Brahmer’s WBO light heavyweight title. At Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion vs. Hernan Marquez, 12, for Concepcion’s WBA World flyweight title. At Campeche, Mexico, Giovani Segura vs. Ivan Calderon, 12, for Segura’s WBA-WBO junior flyweight titles. April 8 At Tokyo, Hozumi Hasegawa vs. Johnny Gonzalez, 12, for Hasegawa’s WBC featherweight title; Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Mauricio Munoz, 12, for Nishioka’s WBC junior featherweight title; Takahiro Ao vs. Humberto Gutierrez, 12, for Ao’s WBC junior lightweight title. At Montreal (ESPN2), David Lemieux vs. Marco Antonio Rubio, 12, WBC middleweight title eliminator. April 9 At MGM Grand, Las Vegas (PPV), Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales, 10 lightweights; Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis, 10, lightweights; Ronald Wright vs. Matthew Macklin, 10, middleweights. April 15 At Temecula, Calif. (ESPN2), Ivan Popoca vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, 10, junior welterweights. April 16 At Manchester, England (HBO), Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey, 12, for Khan’s WBA World light welterweight title. At TBA (HBO), Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz, 12, for Berto’s WBC welterweight title. At Bayamon, Puerto Rico (SHO), Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido, 12, for Lopez’s WBO featherweight title; Mike Alvarado vs. Vernon Paris, 10,











NCAA Women

B A S K E T B A L L National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct y-Boston ....................... 49 19 .721 Philadelphia ................. 36 34 .514 New York ...................... 35 34 .507 New Jersey .................. 22 46 .324 Toronto ......................... 20 49 .290 Southeast Division W L Pct x-Miami ......................... 48 22 .686 x-Orlando ...................... 44 26 .629 Atlanta ........................... 40 30 .571 Charlotte ....................... 28 41 .406 Washington .................. 17 51 .250 Central Division W L Pct y-Chicago ..................... 49 19 .721 Indiana .......................... 30 40 .429 Milwaukee..................... 28 41 .406 Detroit ........................... 25 45 .357 Cleveland...................... 13 55 .191 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct x-San Antonio .............. 56 13 .812 Dallas ............................ 49 21 .700 New Orleans ................ 40 31 .563 Memphis ....................... 38 32 .543 Houston ........................ 37 34 .521 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City............... 45 24 .652 Denver............................ 41 29 .586 Portland .......................... 40 29 .580 Utah ................................ 36 34 .514 Minnesota ...................... 17 54 .239 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers ................... 49 20 .710 Phoenix......................... 35 33 .515 Golden State ................ 30 40 .429 L.A. Clippers................. 27 44 .380 Sacramento.................. 17 51 .250 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Saturday's Games L.A. Clippers 100, Cleveland 92 Miami 103, Denver 98 Memphis 99, Indiana 78 Boston 89, New Orleans 85 San Antonio 109, Charlotte 98 Portland 110, Philadelphia 101 Sunday's Games Washington 98, New Jersey 92 Atlanta 104, Detroit 96 Milwaukee 100, New York 95 Phoenix 108, L.A. Clippers 99 Sacramento 127, Minnesota 95 Houston 110, Utah 108 Toronto 95, Oklahoma City 93 Dallas 101, Golden State 73 Portland at L.A. Lakers, (n) Monday's Games Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Indiana at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Chicago, 8 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Toronto at Denver, 9 p.m. Tuesday's Games Chicago at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Washington at Portland, 10 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. NBA LEADERS THROUGH MARCH 19 Scoring G FG FT PTS Durant, OKC ............. 64 593 488 1793 James, MIA............... 68 640 430 1794 Stoudemire, NYK..... 67 661 417 1749 Wade, MIA ................ 66 601 420 1679 Anthony, NYK........... 64 558 424 1603 Rose, CHI ................. 67 596 371 1667 Bryant, LAL ............... 69 613 388 1707 Ellis, GOL.................. 69 638 303 1691 Nowitzki, DAL........... 60 505 329 1400 Howard, ORL............ 67 539 456 1534 Martin, HOU.............. 68 453 499 1553 Griffin, LAC ............... 70 584 388 1563 Aldridge, POR .......... 69 608 317 1537 Westbrook, OKC...... 68 515 444 1500 Bargnani, TOR.......... 60 490 265 1315 Love, MIN.................. 70 471 412 1442 Granger, IND ............ 68 462 335 1395 Williams, NJN ........... 61 405 336 1247 Randolph, MEM ....... 65 521 259 1308 Lopez, NJN............... 67 511 322 1344 FG Percentage FG FGA Hilario, DEN ................................ 354 571 Howard, ORL .............................. 539 903 A. Johnson, TOR ........................ 260 451 Horford, ATL................................ 437 773 Ibaka, OKC.................................. 264 485 Young, PHL................................. 374 689 Odom, LAL .................................. 392 732 Humphries, NJN ......................... 270 506 Nowitzki, DAL.............................. 505 954 Gasol, LAL................................... 498 941 Rebounds G OFF DEF TOT Love, MIN............... 70 323 770 1093 Howard, ORL ......... 67 273 679 952 Randolph, MEM..... 65 294 525 819 Griffin, LAC ............ 70 239 609 848 Gasol, LAL ............. 69 226 473 699 Humphries, NJN.... 67 191 484 675 Okafor, NOR .......... 61 186 405 591 Horford, ATL .......... 64 161 453 614 Lee, GOL................ 60 175 396 571 Jefferson, UTA ...... 69 193 462 655 Assists G AST Rondo, BOS .................................. 57 653 Nash, PHX..................................... 63 713 Williams, NJN ................................ 61 619 Paul, NOR...................................... 69 676 Calderon, TOR.............................. 61 552 Wall, WAS...................................... 55 477 Felton, DEN................................... 65 562 Kidd, DAL....................................... 69 582 Westbrook, OKC........................... 68 573 Rose, CHI ...................................... 67 520


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NCAA Men National Invitation Tournament Glance All Times EDT First Round Tuesday, March 15 Alabama 68, Coastal Carolina 44 College of Charleston 94, Dayton 84 Cleveland State 63, Vermont 60 Oklahoma State 71, Harvard 54 Missouri State 89, Murray State 76 New Mexico 69, UTEP 57 Boston College 82, McNeese State 64 Fairfield 62, Colorado State 60 Kent State 71, St. Mary’s, Calif. 70 Wednesday, March 16 Wichita State 76, Nebraska 49 Miami 85, Florida Atlantic 62 Northwestern 70, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 61 Virginia Tech 79, Bethune-Cookman 54 Colorado 88, Texas Southern 74 California 77, Mississippi 74 Washington State 85, Long Beach State 74 Second Round Friday, March 18 Colorado 89, California 72 Saturday, March 19 Northwestern 85, Boston College 67 College of Charleston 64, Cleveland State 56 Sunday, March 20 Wichita State 79, Virginia Tech 76, OT Kent State 72, Fairfield 68 Monday, March 21 Missouri State (26-8) at Miami (20-14), 7 p.m. New Mexico (22-12) at Alabama (22-11), 9 p.m. Oklahoma State (20-13) at Washington State (20-12), 11:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 22 Kent State (25-11) at Colorado (23-13), 9 p.m. March 22-23 Alabama-New Mexico winner vs. Missouri StateMiami winner, TBD Northwestern (20-13) vs. Oklahoma State-Washington State winner, TBD Wichita State (26-8) vs. College of Charleston (26-10), TBD Semifinals Tuesday, March 29 At Madison Square Garden New York Game 1, 7 p.m. Game 2, 9:30 p.m. Championship Thursday, March 31 Semifinals winners, 7 p.m. College Basketball Invitational Glance All Times EDT First Round Tuesday, March 15 Davidson 85, James Madison 65 Creighton 85, San Jose State 74 Evansville 77, Hofstra 70 Boise State 81, Austin Peay 80 Wednesday, March 16 Rhode Island 76, Miami (Ohio) 59 UCF 69, St. Bonaventure 54 Duquesne 87, Montana 76 Oregon 68, Weber St. 59 Quarterfinals Monday, March 21 Rhode Island (20-13) at UCF (20-11), 7 p.m. Davidson (18-14) at Creighton (20-14), 8 p.m. Evansville (16-15) at Boise State (21-12), 9 p.m. Duquesne (19-12) at Oregon (17-17), 10 p.m. Semifinals Wednesday, March 23 Davidson-Creighton winner vs. Evansville-Boise State winner Rhode Island-UCF winner vs. Duquesne-Oregon winner

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament At A Glance All Times EDT PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 19 At Bryce Jordan Center University Park, Pa. Penn State 75, vs. Dayton 66 DePaul 56, Navy 43 At Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, N.C. Marist 74, Iowa State 64 Duke 90, Tennessee-Martin 45 Sunday, March 20 At Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Conn. Connecticut 75, Hartford 39 Purdue 53, Kansas State 45 At Comcast Center College Park, Md. Maryland 70, St. Francis, Pa. 48 Georgetown 65, Princeton 49 Second Round Monday, March 21 At Bryce Jordan Center University Park, Pa. Penn State (25-9) vs. DePaul (28-6), 7:10 p.m. At Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, N.C. Marist (31-2) vs. Duke (30-3), 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 At Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Conn. Connecticut (33-1) vs. Purdue (21-11), 7 p.m. At Comcast Center College Park, Md. Georgetown (23-10) vs. Maryland (24-7), TBA DAYTON REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 19 At Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee 99, Stetson 34 Marquette 68, Texas 65 At St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Georgia Tech 69, Bowling Green 58 Ohio State 80, UCF 69 At Huntsman Center Salt Lake City Temple 63, Arizona State 45 Notre Dame 67, Utah 54 Sunday, March 20 At John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, Va. Miami 80, Gardner-Webb 62 Oklahoma 86, James Madison 72 Second Round Monday, March 21 At Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee (32-2) vs. Marquette (24-8), 7:05 p.m. At St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Georgia Tech (24-10) vs. Ohio State (23-9), 7:20 p.m. At Huntsman Center Salt Lake City Temple (24-8) vs. Notre Dame (27-7), 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 At John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, Va. Oklahoma (22-11) vs. Miami (28-4), TBA SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 19 At Maples Pavilion Stanford, Calif. St. John’s 55, Texas Tech 50 Stanford 86, UC Davis 59 At The Pit/Bob King Court Albuquerque, N.M. North Carolina 82, Fresno State 68 Kentucky 66, Hampton 62, OT At McCarthey Athletic Center Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga 92, Iowa 86 UCLA 55, Montana 47 Sunday, March 20 At Cintas Center Cincinnati Louisville 81, Vanderbilt 62 Xavier 72, South Dakota State 56 Second Round Monday, March 21 At Maples Pavilion Stanford, Calif. Stanford (30-2) vs. St. John’s (22-10), 9:40 p.m. At The Pit/Bob King Court Albuquerque, N.M. North Carolina (26-8) vs. Kentucky (25-8), 9:45 p.m. At McCarthey Athletic Center Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga (29-4) vs. UCLA (28-4), 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 At Cintas Center Cincinnati Louisville (21-12) vs. Xavier (29-2), TBA DALLAS REGIONAL First Round Sunday, March 20 At Ferrell Center Waco, Texas West Virginia 79, Houston 73 Baylor 66, Prairie View 30 At Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, Kan. Wisconsin-Green Bay 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 55 Michigan State 69, Northern Iowa 66 At Auburn Arena Auburn, Ala. Florida State 76, Samford 46 Georgia 56, Middle Tennessee 41 At CenturyTel Center Shreveport, La. Texas A&M 87, McNeese State 47 Rutgers 76, Louisiana Tech 51 Second Round Tuesday, March 22 At Ferrell Center Waco, Texas Baylor (32-2) vs. West Virginia (24-9) At Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, Kan. Wisconsin-Green Bay (33-1) vs. Michigan State (27-5) At Auburn Arena Auburn, Ala. Georgia (22-10) vs. Florida State (24-7) At CenturyTel Center Shreveport, La. Rutgers (20-12) vs. Texas A&M (28-5)

N A S C A R Sprint Cup Series Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City Results Sunday At Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. (Start position in parentheses) 1. (12) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500 laps, 132.6 rating, 47 points. 2. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 500, 120.1, 43. 3. (6) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, 135.6, 43. 4. (11) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 500, 95.2, 40. 5. (4) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, 107.2, 40. 6. (15) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, 115.1, 39. 7. (20) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 500, 107.7, 37. 8. (2) Greg Biffle, Ford, 500, 97.3, 36. 9. (10) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 500, 105.6, 35. 10. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, 98.2, 35. 11. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, 79.2, 33. 12. (9) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 500, 92.9, 32. 13. (16) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 500, 88.4, 31. 14. (7) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 500, 84.8, 30. 15. (14) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 500, 75.5, 29. 16. (5) David Ragan, Ford, 500, 80.7, 28. 17. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500, 94.2, 28. 18. (23) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 500, 66.9, 26. 19. (13) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 500, 80.4, 25. 20. (17) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 498, 63.3, 24. 21. (24) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 498, 57.2, 23. 22. (3) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 498, 69.7, 22. 23. (18) Joey Logano, Toyota, 497, 67.2, 21. 24. (36) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 497, 69.9, 20. 25. (37) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 497, 50.2, 19. 26. (35) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 496, 47.4, 0. 27. (29) David Gilliland, Ford, 495, 67.3, 18. 28. (41) Tony Raines, Ford, 494, 45.1, 16. 29. (31) Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, 493, 39.5, 15. 30. (26) David Reutimann, Toyota, 493, 40.3, 14. 31. (28) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 493, 43.8, 13. 32. (42) Andy Lally, Chevrolet, 491, 34.6, 12. 33. (25) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 488, 42.5, 11. 34. (19) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 482, 57.6, 0. 35. (27) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, engine, 456, 55.4, 9. 36. (30) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 441, 33.4, 8. 37. (43) Casey Mears, Toyota, 427, 48.9, 7. 38. (40) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, suspension, 336, 26.8, 6. 39. (33) Robby Gordon, Dodge, accident, 127, 51.6, 5. 40. (38) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, brakes, 97, 38.2, 4. 41. (34) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, brakes, 72, 30.4, 0. 42. (32) Landon Cassill, Toyota, brakes, 36, 32.4, 0. 43. (39) Michael McDowell, Toyota, brakes, 35, 29.6, 1. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 91.941 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 53 minutes, 55 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.946 seconds. Caution Flags: 10 for 57 laps. Lead Changes: 17 among 8 drivers. Lap Leaders: C.Edwards 1-17; P.Menard 18-52; Ky.Busch 53; D.Gilliland 54-57; R.Newman 58-83; Ky.Busch 84-91; M.Truex Jr. 92-154; K.Harvick 155-191; J.Johnson 192-247; Ky.Busch 248; J.Johnson 249-269; Ky.Busch 270-341; J.Johnson 342-346; Ky.Busch 347; J.Johnson 348-429; Ky.Busch 430-473; C.Edwards 474; Ky.Busch 475-500. Top 12 in Points: 1. Ku.Busch, 150; 2. C.Edwards, 149; 3. T.Stewart, 138; 4. R.Newman, 138; 5. P.Menard, 136; 6. Ky.Busch, 133; 7. J.Johnson, 130; 8. J.Montoya, 126; 9. D.Earnhardt Jr., 124; 10. M.Truex Jr., 123; 11. M.Martin, 123; 12. K.Kahne, 122.




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H O C K E Y National Hockey League All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Philadelphia ............. 71 44 19 8 96 228 190 Pittsburgh .................... 72 41 23 8 90 208 177 N.Y. Rangers............... 73 39 30 4 82 215 179 New Jersey ................. 72 34 34 4 72 154 182 N.Y. Islanders.............. 73 28 33 12 68 203 233 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston.......................... 71 39 22 10 88 213 175 Montreal....................... 73 40 26 7 87 200 185 Buffalo.......................... 72 35 28 9 79 214 208 Toronto ........................ 73 32 31 10 74 192 225 Ottawa .......................... 72 27 36 9 63 164 223 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Washington ................. 73 42 21 10 94 198 176 Tampa Bay................... 72 39 22 11 89 214 217 Carolina ....................... 72 33 29 10 76 201 214 Atlanta .......................... 72 30 30 12 72 202 238 Florida .......................... 72 29 33 10 68 182 198 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Detroit .......................... 72 43 21 8 94 233 204 Nashville ...................... 73 38 25 10 86 190 172 Chicago........................ 71 38 25 8 84 232 201 Columbus .................... 72 33 29 10 76 195 218 St. Louis....................... 72 32 31 9 73 201 214 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA y-Vancouver................ 73 47 17 9 103 238 172 Calgary ........................ 73 37 27 9 83 222 209 Minnesota ................... 73 35 30 8 78 185 204 Colorado...................... 71 27 36 8 62 198 250 Edmonton.................... 72 23 39 10 56 175 237 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose ...................... 73 42 23 8 92 211 191 Phoenix........................ 73 39 23 11 89 212 205 Los Angeles ................ 72 40 26 6 86 197 176 Dallas ........................... 72 38 25 9 85 203 202 Anaheim ...................... 71 39 27 5 83 199 204 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Saturday's Games N.Y. Islanders 4, Florida 3, SO Philadelphia 3, Dallas 2, SO Colorado 3, Edmonton 2, SO Columbus 5, Minnesota 4, OT Buffalo 8, Atlanta 2 Toronto 5, Boston 2 Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT Nashville 3, Detroit 1 Anaheim 2, Los Angeles 1, OT San Jose 5, St. Louis 3 Sunday's Games N.Y. Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 4, Buffalo 3, OT New Jersey 3, Columbus 0 Montreal 8, Minnesota 1 Chicago at Phoenix, (n) Calgary at Anaheim, (n) Monday's Games Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday's Games New Jersey at Boston, 7 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Carolina, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m. St. Louis at Phoenix, 10 p.m. NHL Leaders Through games of Saturday, March 19, 2011 Goal Scoring Name Team........................................................GP G Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay............................ 7243 Daniel Sedin Vancouver ................................... 7338 Corey Perry Anaheim ....................................... 7137 Ryan Kesler Vancouver.................................... 7336 Patrick Sharp Chicago ...................................... 7034 Jeff Carter Philadelphia.................................... 6933 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh ................................ 4132 Jarome Iginla Calgary ...................................... 7332 Bobby Ryan Anaheim ....................................... 7132 Danny Briere Philadelphia ............................... 6831 Rick Nash Columbus ........................................ 7031 Michael Grabner NY Islanders ........................ 6930 Matt Moulson NY Islanders .............................. 7330 Jonathan Toews Chicago ................................. 6930 Milan Lucic Boston ............................................ 6829 Alex Ovechkin Washington.............................. 7329 Eric Staal Carolina ............................................ 7129 Phil Kessel Toronto........................................... 7328 Patrick Marleau San Jose................................. 7328 Logan Couture San Jose.................................. 7027 Johan Franzen Detroit ...................................... 6927 Mikhail Grabovski Toronto ............................... 7227 Brenden Morrow Dallas.................................... 7227 David Backes St Louis...................................... 7226 Brian Gionta Montreal....................................... 7226 Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey.............................. 7026 Nikolai Kulemin Toronto ................................... 7326 Andrew Ladd Atlanta ........................................ 7126 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay ............................. 7226 Drew Stafford Buffalo ....................................... 5126 John Tavares NY Islanders ............................. 7026 Assists Name Team........................................................GP A Henrik Sedin Vancouver .................................. 7368 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay ............................. 7259 Daniel Sedin Vancouver ................................... 7355 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit ................................. 7252 Alex Ovechkin Washington.............................. 7348 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles ............................... 7247 Mike Ribeiro Dallas........................................... 7246 Keith Yandle Phoenix ....................................... 7346 David Krejci Boston .......................................... 6444 Claude Giroux Philadelphia ............................. 7143 Teemu Selanne Anaheim ................................ 6243 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay............................ 7243 Lubomir Visnovsky Anaheim ........................... 7043 Brad Richards Dallas........................................ 6242 Joe Thornton San Jose .................................... 7142 Tobias Enstrom Atlanta .................................... 6641 Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit ................................... 7241 Joe Pavelski San Jose ..................................... 6541 Jonathan Toews Chicago ................................. 6941 Loui Eriksson Dallas ......................................... 6940 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim...................................... 5640 Mike Richards Philadelphia ............................. 7040 Martin Havlat Minnesota................................... 7239 Corey Perry Anaheim ....................................... 7139 Ray Whitney Phoenix ....................................... 6639 Power Play Goals Name Team.......................................................GPPP Daniel Sedin Vancouver .................................. 73 17 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay........................... 72 17 Ryan Kesler Vancouver ................................... 73 12 Patrick Sharp Chicago ..................................... 70 12 Dany Heatley San Jose.................................... 71 11 Corey Perry Anaheim ...................................... 71 11 Teemu Selanne Anaheim................................ 62 11 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh ............................... 41 10 Loui Eriksson Dallas ........................................ 69 10 Johan Franzen Detroit ..................................... 69 10 Mikhail Grabovski Toronto .............................. 72 10 Phil Kessel Toronto.......................................... 73 10 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay ....................... 55 10 Joe Pavelski San Jose..................................... 65 10 Eric Staal Carolina ........................................... 71 10 Chris Stewart COL-STL .................................. 52 10 Jonathan Toews Chicago ................................ 69 10 Thomas Vanek Buffalo .................................... 70 10 Radim Vrbata Phoenix ..................................... 70 10 Short Handed Goals Name Team ......................................................GPSH Frans Nielsen NY Islanders ............................ 66 5 Brandon Prust NY Rangers ............................ 72 5 Jamie Benn Dallas ........................................... 59 4 Matt Cullen Minnesota ..................................... 68 4 Michael Grabner NY Islanders ....................... 69 4 Brad Marchand Boston.................................... 66 4 Matt Cooke Pittsburgh ..................................... 66 3 Claude Giroux Philadelphia ............................ 71 3 Ryan Kesler Vancouver................................... 73 3 Milan Michalek Ottawa..................................... 58 3 Corey Perry Anaheim ...................................... 71 3 Mike Richards Philadelphia ............................ 70 3 Craig Adams Pittsburgh .................................. 69 2 Patrice Bergeron Boston ................................. 70 2 Brandon Dubinsky NY Rangers ..................... 67 2 Pascal Dupuis Pittsburgh................................ 70 2 Jordan Eberle Edmonton ................................ 59 2 Brian Gionta Montreal...................................... 72 2 Curtis Glencross Calgary................................ 70 2 Darren Helm Detroit......................................... 72 2

American Hockey League All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Portland ................. 68 43 18 5 2 93 247 197 Manchester ........... 73 41 23 3 6 91 234 193 Connecticut........... 70 36 26 2 6 80 194 188 Worcester.............. 70 32 26 4 8 76 189 214 Providence............ 70 31 33 3 3 68 181 228 Springfield ............. 71 30 36 2 3 65 202 230 Bridgeport ............. 70 23 36 4 7 57 184 241 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA x-Penguins .......... 69 50 18 0 1 101 226 156 Hershey ................ 72 42 23 2 5 91 229 189 Norfolk................... 68 35 19 8 6 84 230 184 Charlotte ............... 71 38 25 2 6 84 227 215 Binghamton .......... 70 36 27 3 4 79 222 198 Albany.................... 69 30 35 1 3 64 187 233 Syracuse............... 69 27 35 3 4 61 171 213 Adirondack ........... 67 24 33 4 6 58 159 214 WESTERN CONFERENCE North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Lake Erie ............... 70 37 25 3 5 82 197 184 Manitoba................ 71 38 27 1 5 82 197 183 Grand Rapids........ 71 35 26 2 8 80 215 219 Hamilton ................ 69 36 26 1 6 79 194 175 Toronto .................. 72 34 28 1 9 78 202 198 Abbotsford ............ 69 34 26 4 5 77 168 187 Rochester.............. 69 30 33 3 3 66 187 221 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Houston ................. 72 41 25 1 5 88 208 185 Milwaukee ............. 69 37 19 5 8 87 192 168 Texas ..................... 70 36 24 4 6 82 191 189 Peoria .................... 71 37 27 2 5 81 198 195 Chicago ................. 71 36 26 3 6 81 235 229 Oklahoma City...... 71 36 26 2 7 81 211 207 San Antonio .......... 69 37 27 3 2 79 207 210 Rockford................ 69 28 32 4 5 65 176 217 x-Clinched Playoff Berth NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Sunday's Games Connecticut 3, Springfield 1 Worcester 3, Manchester 2 Texas 5, Manitoba 1 Penguins 2, Charlotte 1 Houston 3, San Antonio 2, SO Chicago 4, Oklahoma City 0 Grand Rapids 5, Rockford 3 Portland 5, Providence 3 Syracuse 5, Hershey 2 Binghamton 4, Bridgeport 3, OT Lake Erie 4, Peoria 3 Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games Worcester at Portland, 11 a.m. Adirondack at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Rochester at Lake Erie, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Houston at Texas, 8:30 p.m.

B A S E B A L L Major League Baseball Spring Training Glance All Times EDT AMERICAN LEAGUE ....................................................................... W L Pct Detroit ...........................................................17 9.654 Kansas City..................................................14 8.636 Seattle...........................................................12 7.632 Toronto .........................................................12 9.571 Minnesota ....................................................1210.545 Boston ..........................................................1213.480 Los Angeles.................................................1112.478 Baltimore ......................................................1011.476 Cleveland .....................................................1011.476 Texas............................................................1012.455 New York ..................................................... 912.429 Tampa Bay ................................................... 912.429 Oakland ........................................................1014.417 Chicago ........................................................ 814.364 NATIONAL LEAGUE ....................................................................... W L Pct San Francisco..............................................18 8.692 Colorado ......................................................15 8.652 Atlanta ..........................................................14 8.636 Philadelphia .................................................15 9.625 Cincinnati......................................................14 9.609 Milwaukee ....................................................13 9.591 St. Louis .......................................................1210.545 New York .....................................................1112.478 San Diego ....................................................1011.476 Washington..................................................1012.455 Pittsburgh.....................................................1014.417 Chicago ........................................................1015.400 Houston........................................................1016.385 Los Angeles................................................. 915.375 Florida .......................................................... 814.364 Arizona ......................................................... 819.296 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Saturday's Games Florida 5, St. Louis (ss) 4 Pittsburgh 7, Boston 5 Houston 3, St. Louis (ss) 2 Philadelphia 7, Baltimore 5 Detroit 2, Atlanta (ss) 1 Atlanta (ss) 3, N.Y. Mets (ss) 3, tie, 10 innings Minnesota 9, Tampa Bay 2 N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 5, tie, 10 innings N.Y. Mets (ss) 7, Washington 4 Cleveland 10, L.A. Angels 7 San Francisco 3, Kansas City 1 San Diego 14, Chicago Cubs 4 L.A. Dodgers 6, Milwaukee 6, tie, 10 innings Cincinnati (ss) 10, Colorado 3 Seattle 9, Texas 8, 10 innings Oakland 8, Chicago White Sox 3 Arizona 13, Cincinnati (ss) 10 Sunday's Games Pittsburgh 3, Houston (ss) 1 Toronto 3, Minnesota 0 Detroit 6, Washington 1 N.Y. Yankees 8, Philadelphia 1 Florida 5, N.Y. Mets 0 Atlanta 5, Houston (ss) 3 St. Louis 10, Boston 3 Baltimore 9, Tampa Bay 8 Texas 5, Kansas City 2 L.A. Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 7 Cleveland 5, Arizona (ss) 3 Oakland (ss) 6, San Francisco (ss) 4 Arizona (ss) 4, Oakland (ss) 2 Seattle 4, San Diego 1 Cincinnati 9, Milwaukee 8 Chicago Cubs 3, San Francisco (ss) 2, 10 innings Colorado 6, L.A. Angels 6, tie, 10 innings Monday's Games Detroit vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Oakland vs. L.A. Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Texas vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:40 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Tuesday's Games N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

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G O L F PGA Tour Transitions Championship Par Scores Sunday At Innisbrook (Copperhead Course) Palm Harbor, Fla. Final (a-amateur) Gary Woodland (500), $990,000 ................................67-68-67-67—269-15 Webb Simpson (300), $594,000 ................................67-67-67-69—270-14 Scott Stallings (190), $374,000 ................................66-70-66-70—272-12 Brandt Snedeker (135), $264,000 ................................72-64-67-70—273-11 Marc Turnesa (90), $180,125 ................................68-67-73-66—274-10 Martin Laird (90), $180,125 .66-70-68-70—274-10 Roland Thatcher (90), $180,125 ................................68-67-69-70—274-10 Chris Couch (90), $180,125 69-64-70-71—274-10 Justin Rose (90), $180,125 .70-65-65-74—274-10 Brendon de Jonge (90), $180,125 ................................69-66-66-73—274-10 Chez Reavie (68), $132,00070-70-65-70—275 -9 Stewart Cink (68), $132,00068-70-67-70—275 -9 Jim Furyk (59), $110,000 .....67-70-69-70—276 -8 Nick Watney (59), $110,000 66-72-65-73—276 -8 John Senden (54), $88,000 .67-72-68-70—277 -7 Sergio Garcia (54), $88,000 68-66-72-71—277 -7 Rory Sabbatini (54), $88,000...................................67-72-67-71—277 -7 Peter Hanson (0), $88,000...69-67-69-72—277 -7 Garrett Willis (54), $88,000..66-67-70-74—277 -7 Lucas Glover (48), $55,481 .73-64-72-69—278 -6 John Rollins (48), $55,481...70-71-69-68—278 -6 Martin Kaymer (0), $55,481 .68-70-71-69—278 -6 Matteo Manassero (0), $55,481...................................68-68-72-70—278 -6 Justin Leonard (48), $55,481...................................67-71-69-71—278 -6 J.J. Henry (48), $55,481.......69-72-66-71—278 -6 Zach Johnson (48), $55,48170-68-68-72—278 -6 Jonathan Byrd (48), $55,48170-67-67-74—278 -6 Bubba Watson (39), $34,283...................................70-69-72-68—279 -5 Cameron Beckman (39), $34,283...................................71-67-73-68—279 -5 Geoff Ogilvy (39), $34,283...70-67-73-69—279 -5 Jason Dufner (39), $34,283.68-70-72-69—279 -5 Ricky Barnes (39), $34,283 .71-67-71-70—279 -5 Brian Davis (39), $34,283 ....70-71-68-70—279 -5 Retief Goosen (39), $34,283...................................72-69-68-70—279 -5 Chad Campbell (39), $34,283...................................69-69-70-71—279 -5 Trevor Immelman (39), $34,283...................................72-66-68-73—279 -5 Joe Durant (31), $23,650 .....67-71-73-69—280 -4 Steven Bowditch (31), $23,650...................................72-68-71-69—280 -4 Woody Austin (31), $23,650 71-69-71-69—280 -4 Charley Hoffman (31), $23,650...................................68-71-70-71—280 -4 Brian Gay (31), $23,650 .......67-73-67-73—280 -4 Paul Casey (31), $23,650 ....64-71-71-74—280 -4 David Toms (31), $23,650 ...69-68-69-74—280 -4 Marc Leishman (24), $16,233...................................68-73-72-68—281 -3 Dean Wilson (24), $16,233 ..71-70-72-68—281 -3 Kevin Na (24), $16,233 ........69-72-72-68—281 -3 Ryan Moore (24), $16,233 ...67-69-74-71—281 -3 Spencer Levin (24), $16,233...................................70-68-72-71—281 -3 Kevin Sutherland (24), $16,233...................................68-69-71-73—281 -3 Kent Jones (24), $16,233.....70-71-66-74—281 -3 Chris Riley (18), $12,943 .....69-72-72-69—282 -2 Blake Adams (18), $12,943 .68-72-71-71—282 -2 Troy Matteson (18), $12,94370-69-69-74—282 -2 Vijay Singh (18), $12,943.....68-70-70-74—282 -2 Ryan Palmer (18), $12,943..72-69-67-74—282 -2 Jason Day (18), $12,943 ......70-71-65-76—282 -2 Stuart Appleby (12), $12,210...................................67-69-77-70—283 -1 Bill Lunde (12), $12,210 .......71-69-72-71—283 -1 a-Peter Uihlein.......................70-69-72-72—283 -1 Mark Wilson (12), $12,210...70-66-74-73—283 -1 Andres Romero (12), $12,210...................................69-72-69-73—283 -1 Alex Cejka (12), $12,210 .....73-68-67-75—283 -1












Busch grabs another win at Bristol By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer AP PHOTO

Gary Woodland kisses the trophy after winning the Transitions Championship Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Strong finish for Woodland The Associated Press

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Gary Woodland made only one par on the back nine Sunday at the Transitions Championship, and it gave him his first PGA Tour victory and a trip to the Masters. Woodland surged into the lead with three straight birdies, and fell out of it with back-to-back bogeys. Tied for the lead on the final hole at Innisbrook, the big-hitter from Kansas holed a 10-foot par putt to finish off a 4-under 67. That proved to be the difference moments later when Webb Simpson also went long on the 18th and his chip down the slope went 20 feet by the hole. Simpson missed the putt to shoot 69 and finished one shot behind. Woodland, who played college basketball at Washburn until he decided to transfer to Kansas to play golf, became the first player to earn his inaugural PGA Tour title at Innisbrook. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The win gives Woodland an invitation to Augusta National, where his awesome power and soft putting touch could make for an interesting marriage at the Masters. A late-bloomer, Woodland missed the second half of his rookie season two years ago with shoulder surgery, but began to show his potential when he lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic. Woodland finished at 15-under 269 and earned $990,000, moving up to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings. “One thing that helped me was putting, and today it saved me,” said Woodland, who took only 10 putts on the back nine and 23 for the final round. “Luckily, it won me a golf tournament.”



Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their final match at the BNP Paribas Open.

Djokovic stays unbeaten in ’11 The Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Novak Djokovic beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open title on Sunday, keeping the Serbian undefeated this year. Djokovic improved to 18-0, including victories at the Australian Open and in Dubai last month. He will move into the No. 2 spot when the ATP Tour rankings are released today, having bumped Roger Federer down to third after he lost to Djokovic in the semifinals. Nadal will remain No. 1 with a 14-3 record. After Nadal’s forehand hit the net on match point, Djokovic threw his head back and let out a prolonged yell while pumping both arms. Earlier, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to win the title a year after the Dane lost in the final. Djokovic became just the third player to beat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament twice, having last done it at Montreal in 2007. That year, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final here, then won in 2008. Nadal had beaten Djokovic in all five of their previous finals meetings, and he broke him twice to win the first set. Djokovic broke to lead 5-3 in the second set, then survived a five-deuce game on his serve to take the set, winning when Nadal’s backhand went wide. He broke an error-prone Nadal twice in the first three games of the third set to take a 4-0 lead. Djokovic served out the match at 40-love to keep Nadal without a title since October.

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch can’t be beat at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch beat Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson off pit road after the final stops Sunday, then held them off over the closing 60 laps to win the Sprint Cup Series race at the Tennessee bullring. It gave Busch a sweep of the weekend — he also won the second-tier Nationwide Series race on Saturday — and his fifth consecutive victory at Bristol dating back to a three-race sweep last August. He’s now won five Cup races at Bristol, which ties him with older-brother Kurt in NASCAR’s top series, and has 11 victories spanning the three national series. Busch, who drives a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, dedicated the win to the manufacturer and its employees in Japan still trying to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Edwards settled for second and la-

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mented not pushing Busch harder after the final restart with 37 laps remaining. Busch, Edwards and Johnson pulled away from the field, and Edwards had several opportunities to move Busch’s No. 18 Toyota out of the way. But Edwards, in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, figured he’d have plenty of chances closer to the finish, so he tried for a clean pass as he and Busch raced side-by-side for several laps. Busch eventually pulled away, and Edwards never had another shot. “I thought we’d be better matched with him, but he took off, and I just couldn’t get back to him to race,” Edwards said. “My gut told me there was going to be another caution. If I had known that was the only shot I had, I might have raced a little harder.” Johnson, the defending race winner,

finished third in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kenseth, Edwards’ teammate, was fourth and was followed by Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick for Richard Childress Racing. Kurt Busch was seventh and the highest finishing Dodge, and Greg Biffle finished eighth to give RFR three drivers in the top eight. Kasey Kahne was ninth for Red Bull Racing and Ryan Newman was 10th for Stewart-Haas Racing. There were no tire issues despite heavy concern when Goodyear’s product struggled through Friday’s full day of on-track action. The supplier called for almost 1,300 new right-side tires to be shipped into Bristol from North Carolina overnight, and they were distributed to teams before Saturday’s final two practice sessions. But teams were only given one set of the new tires to use on Saturday, and everyone was scrambling to adapt to the effect the new tires had on their car.


Kyle Busch waves the checkered flag during a victory lap after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.



Bucks top struggling Knicks

Late surge lifts Rangers past Pens The Associated Press

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Carlos Delfino scored a career-high 30 points and Brandon Jennings finished an assist short of a triple-double to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 100-95 victory over the struggling New York Knicks on Sunday. Jennings had 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with nine assists and Milwaukee built a 23-point first quarter lead only to watch it evaporate in a half-court struggle. Milwaukee is tied with Charlotte for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind Indiana for the final spot in the playoffs. New York is stumbling toward mediocrity after losing five of the last six. The Knicks are 7-8 since trading for Carmelo Anthony, who had 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Hawks 104, Pistons 96 ATLANTA — Al Horford scored 18 points, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson each added 17, helping the Atlanta Hawks snap a two-game skid with a victory over the Detroit Pistons. Rodney Stuckey missed two jump shots in the final 1:14 but still led the Pistons with 22 points in a reserve role. Reserve forward Chris Wilcox added 18 and Greg Monroe scored 17 for Detroit, which has lost seven straight on the road and is 7-28 away from home. Since losing by seven at home to Oklahoma City on March 4, the Hawks had been beaten by an average of 16.2 points in their last six defeats. Atlanta took its biggest lead at 14 when Kirk Hinrich’s reserve layup made it 72-58 with 5:08 left in the third. The Pistons came within two in the first minute of the fourth on a 3-pointer by Charlie Villanueva that made it 79-77. Wizards 98, Nets 92 WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 26 points to help the Washington Wizards overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets. After New Jersey’s Kris Humphries scored five straight points to tie the score at 90 with 1:44 left, Wall hit a jumper with 1:22 left and another with 46.5 for a 94-90 lead. Wall was helped out by Jordan Crawford’s 21 points, JaVale McGee’s 16 and Maurice Evans’ 15. Washington, which broke a sixgame losing streak, trailed 56-39 just before halftime, but Wall scored the last four points of the first half. The Wizards outscored the Nets 28-12 in the third quarter to take a 71-68 lead. The Nets missed 11 of 15 field goal attempts in the quarter. Kings 127, Timberwolves 95 MINNEAPOLIS — Samuel Dalembert had 26 points and 17 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 23 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the third quarter after shoving Martell Webster, but the Kings went on a 21-0 run without him. The Kings picked up their 17th win of the season, tying them with the Wolves for fewest in the West.


The New York Knicks’ Shawne Williams goes up for a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the first half of an NBA game Sunday in Milwaukee.

Bynum suspended for 2 games LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended two games for his flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley. The NBA announced that Bynum will miss Sunday’s game against Portland and Tuesday’s meeting with Phoenix. Bynum was ejected after committing a flagrant foul during the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 106-98 win over the Timberwolves on Friday night. Bynum turned his shoulder and sent Beasley crashing to the court in a mid-air collision when Beasley drove the lane. The Lakers’ starting center has raised his game considerably since the All-Star break, getting at least 10 rebounds in 10 of Los Angeles’ last 12 games while averaging 2.58 blocks.

Luke Ridnour scored 22 points for the Wolves, who played most of the game without All-Star Kevin Love. He left the game in the second quarter with an injured left groin and finished with three rebounds and no points in 14 minutes. Michael Beasley scored 13 points, but played just 14 minutes while still dealing with a sore left hip. Suns 108, Clippers 99 LOS ANGELES — Steve Nash had 23 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, Channing Frye added 19 points and the Phoenix Suns surged early in the fourth quarter for a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Frye hit two of his five 3-pointers in the final minutes of his second game back from a dislocated right shoulder for the Suns, who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Clippers. Blake Griffin scored 17 points before fouling out on an offensive foul with 4:09 left for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Kaman had 21 points and 11 rebounds while starting for DeAndre Jordan, who sat out with pneumonia. Nash showed no ill effects from a trip home to Vancouver on Saturday to attend the inaugural game of the

Vancouver Whitecaps. Rockets 110, Jazz 108 HOUSTON — Kyle Lowry had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Houston’s first triple-double of the season, and the Rockets moved past Utah in the Western Conference standings with a victory over the Jazz. Lowry notched his first career triple-double and set a career high in rebounds, and Kevin Martin scored 34 points for the Rockets, who slid into the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Jazz. Houston also moved within 11⁄2 games of idle Memphis in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Utah visits Memphis on Monday. Raptors 95, Thunder 93 OKLAHOMA CITY — Amir Johnson made a layup with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points for the Raptors, who snapped a 14game road losing streak with their first win away from home since Jan. 5 at Cleveland. Oklahoma City had its six-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City overcame a 10-point deficit at the end of the third to take a 93-90 lead with 1:31 left. However, Leandro Barbosa’s 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left tied it, and he assisted on Johnson’s shot. Mavericks 101, Warriors 73 DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Peja Stojakovic added 17, and Dallas Mavericks got back on track with a victory over the Golden State Warriors. Stojakovic returned from a sixgame absence due to a stiff neck and went 5 for 8 from behind the 3-point arc to give the Mavs a long-distance threat they’ve been missing. Rodrigue Beaubois contributed 15 points, Tyson Chandler pulled down 17 rebounds, and Ian Mahinmi collected 13 boards for the Mavericks, who had lost four of six.

PITTSBURGH — Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan scored power play goals 11 seconds apart as part of a fourgoal third period and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. New York took advantage when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke took a 5-minute elbowing penalty 4:36 into the third. After Chris Kunitz scored a shorthanded goal for Pittsburgh, Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen was given a high-sticking double-minor three minutes later. Gaborik then slammed home a rebound of a Brandon Dubinsky shot to tie the game at 2 with eight seconds remaining in the 5-on-3. Cooke’s penalty just ended when Callahan scored the game-winner, his 23rd goal, from a bad angle on the goal line. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves in his 17th consecutive start despite being questionable with a stiff neck. Canadiens 8, Wild 1 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rookie defenseman P.K. Subban scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and the Montreal Canadiens posted their biggest offensive outburst in more than three years in a victory over the Minnesota Wild. With hundreds of loud Canadiens fans in attendance, Ryan White gave visiting Montreal the lead just 31 seconds in. That set the tone for the rout. Montreal led 2-0 after the first period and 6-0 after 40 minutes. Andrei Kostitsyn, James Wisniewski, Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Canadiens, who netted eight goals for the first time since January 2008. Montreal’s Benoit Pouliot assisted on each of the first three goals against his former team. Mikko Koivu scored a penalty-shot goal for the Wild with 7:46 remaining to end Alex Auld’s shutout bid. Devils 3, Blue Jackets 0 COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Clarkson scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 13 saves to earn his NHL-record 115th shutout as the New Jersey Devils snapped a two-game slide with a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nick Palmieri also scored, and Mattias Tedenby added two assists for the Devils, who are trying to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New Jersey is in 11th place and began the day eight points below the postseason cutoff. Predators 4, Sabres 3 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nashville rookie Blake Geoffrion scored three goals, including two 1:02 apart in the final three minutes of regulation, and Martin Erat completed the comeback 27 seconds into overtime as the Predators stormed to a victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Suter set up the winning goal, sending a pass from the left circle to Erat, who scored into the open right side of the net. The Predators are 7-2-2 in their past 11 games and have moved into a fifthplace tie with Los Angeles in the tight Western Conference. Only three points separated fifth and 10th places at the start of play Sunday.


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Runners take off to start the 31st annual Wyoming Valley Striders Winter’s End 4.5 mile run in Lehman Township on Sunday morning. The race is the first in the Wyoming Valley Striders Triple Crown competition.

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as training goes. He has me working the hills. He has taught me a lot.” McLean, 18, from Pittston Township, was named to the Wyoming Valley Conference Cross Country All-Star Team this past season. He is a senior at Pittston Area High School. John Evangelista, 41, of Blakely, finished third in 26:33. Samantha Snead, 22, of Moscow, won top female honors, scoring a wire-to-wire win in 27:29. Her time was estimated – most likely correctly – due to a problem with the timing machine. The Striders video taped the entire race. And after reviewing the tape, all of the times will be added. “I had the lead the entire way,”

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ley will most assuredly be on their side. “Basketball is a very, very different game on the road for many reasons,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said Sunday, highlighting one reason in particular. “You’ve got to put that little ball into that little ring. It’s easier to do that at home than on the road, not just in the tournament, but in your league.” DePaul (28-6) is enjoying a banner year, rolling over opponents by an average of about 14 points a game. They’re hitting 35 percent from 3-point range, the second-best mark in the Big East. They beat nationallyranked Stanford by 20 in December, one of only two losses this season for the Cardinal. The Blue Demons have earned program-bests for single-season victories and NCAA seeding, and — after a fouryear drought — a first-round

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said he did." It was about to get even crazier. When Brown (team-high 24 points) went to the line, he sank the first of two free throws to tie the game at 70-70, but missed the second shot. And as the ball bounced off the rim, Howard — who already had been the star of Butler’s first game with a buzzer-beating shot against Old Dominion — climbed in the air, grabbed the rebound and as he was coming down the whistle blew again ... and the crowd exploded again. Half the building was laughing and jumping for joy. That would be the Butler side. On the other side, behind the player benches where all the Pitt fans were on their feet, you heard the blood-curdling shouts of an angry mob. Now Petty was holding up his hand and calling Nasir Robinson for a foul for raking his hand down hard on Howard’s arm.

said Snead, who ran for Penn State Worthington. “I didn’t see any other females near me throughout the race. I was actually running with a group of men. Then I just found a good pace and stuck with it to the end.” Monica Obsitos, 23, of WilkesBarre, one of the area’s standout triathletes, agreed that Snead won the race easily. “There was no catching her,” Obsitos said. Snead finished seventh overall. Obsitos finished in the 21st spot. Deedra Porfirio, 34, of West Pittston, was the third woman to finish, placing in the 22nd. The Winter’s End Run is the first leg of the Wyoming Valley Striders Triple Crown. The second leg is the Cherry Blossom 5Mile Run at Kirby Park on May 1. The final leg is the Summer 10Km Run at Kirby Park on July 23. Twelve prizes will be awarded to the Triple Crown winners

(first, second and third in each of the following divisions: male open, female open, male masters, female masters). The male and female winners of the open divisions will receive a “New Face” all-weather jacket, with a retail value of $100. The remaining 10 winners will receive a “Best of Times” jacket with removable sleeves.

Wyoming Valley Striders 31st annual Winter's End (4.5-mile) Run (the first leg of Striders Triple Crown) results Top 10 Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa, 27, Kingston, 25:11 David McLean, 18, Pittston Twp., 25:12 John Evangelista, 41, Blakely, 26:33 Joe Cardillo, 51, Dunmore, 26:40 Dominic Hockenbury, 13, Harveys Lake, 26:49 Brandon Hampton, 18, Pittston, na Samantha Snead, 22, Moscow, 27:29 Bill Urbanski, 44, Kingston, na Mike McAndrew, 51, Avoca, na Brian Thomas, 41, Tunkhannock, na Male awards: Overall Omurwa. Age group winners: 19 & under: 1. David McLean, Pittston Twp.; 2. Dominic Hockenbury, Harveys Lake; 3. Brandon Hampton, Pittston. 20-24: 1. Mike Healy, WilkesBarre; 2. James Bahner, Sweet Valley; 3. Dan Kleizer, Berwick. 25-29: 1. Glenn Zimmerman, WilkesBarre; 2. John Zelena, Kingston; 3. Matt Phillips, Laflin. 30-34: 1. Bob Gronski, Moosic; 2. Flash Barchick, Cambra; 3. Jim Zeske, Hanover Twp. 35-39: 1. Rob Baran, Plains Twp.; 2. John Zawadski, Plymouth; 3. Rob Strungis, Mountain Top. Masters Division: 40-44: 1. John Evangelista, Blakely; 2. Bill Urbanski, Kingston; 3. Brian Thomas, Tunkhannock. 45-49: 1. George Dunbar, Old Forge; 2. Don Grose, Dallas; 3. Joe Kichilinski, Wyoming. 50-54: 1. Joe Cardillo, Dunmore; 2. Mike McAndrew, Avoca; 3. Dan Thomas, Dallas. 55-59: 1. Dave Mitchell, Bloomsburg; 2. Tom Ducatte, E. Stroudsburg; 3.

Dave Jiunta, W. Wyoming. 60-64: 1. Max Furek, Mocanaqua; 2. Joe Dutko, Mountain Top; 3. Tom Walski, Nanticoke. 65-69: 1. Vince Fedor, Scranton; 2. Tom Winter, Shavertown. 70 & over: 1. Tony Cerminaro, Jermyn. Top 3 female finishers Samantha Snead, 22, Moscow, 27:29, estimated time Monica Obsitos, 23, Wilkes-Barre, na Deedra Porfirio, 34, W. Pittston, na Female awards: Overall: Snead. Age group winners: 19 & under: 1. Katie Grose, Dallas; 2. Nora Fazzi, Bear Creek Twp. 20-24: 1. Monica Obsitos, Wilkes-Barre; 2. Lesley Warren, Forty Fort; 3. Brittney Bahner, Sweet Valley.25-29: 1. Laura Bovee, Plains Twp.; 2. Jill Tarantini, Dallas; 3. Desiree Lanphear, Kingston. 30-34: 1. Deedra Porfirio, W. Pittston; 2. Karen McLaughlin, Plains Twp.; 3. Nicole Sennett, Mountain Top.. 35-39: 1. Jen Heck, W. Wyoming; 2. Kerry Zawadski, Plymouth; 3. Kerry Potter, Wyoming. Masters Division: 40-44: 1. Ann Zoranski, Swoyersville; 2. Traci Dutko-, Mountain Top; 3. Christine Fazzi, Bear Creek Twp. 45-49: 1. Lynn Dolan, W. Wyoming; 2. Jill Hildebrand, Wapwallopen; 3. Richelle Fessler, Bloomsburg. 50-59: 1. Nancy Werthmuller, Scranton; 2. Joyce Foster, Dallas; 3. Diane Levandoski, Dallas. 60 & over: 1. Barbara Zeske, Hanover Twp. Field: 162 (five shy of record set last year). Official starter and timing: Vince P. Wojnar. Pace bike: John Fisher. Results: Vince A. Wojnar, Wyoming Valley Striders secretary/treasurer. Triple Crown results: Ron Rawls. Race director: Jim Jackiewicz, Wyoming Valley Striders president. Note: Due to a malfunction of the timing devise, only times for the first five finishers were recorded. The time of the female winner is estimated – but it’s probably correct. The Striders video taped the entire race. And after watching the video, the winning times will be added at a later date. Schedule Saturday: 2nd annual American Red Cross (5K) Run for the Red at 10 a.m. at the Blood Center, 29 Commerce Blvd., Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Twp. Info: Amy George, 823-7164. Saturday, April 2: 4th annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Run and Fun Walk at 10:15 a.m. at the pavilion, Oak and Canal sts., Shickshinny. Info: Max Furek, 542-7946.

NCAA win in slogging out a 56-43 defeat of Navy. That latter goal had been weighing on DePaul all season, so seniors like guard Deirdre Naughton soaked up the victory — but only briefly. “We have a game coming on (Penn State’s) home floor that we have to look forward to, so I think we kind of quickly put the game behind us and realized what we have ahead of us,” Naughton said before practice Sunday. That figures to be run-andgun affair between two teams that average at least 73 points a game. At 77 points per game, the Lady Lions have the Big Ten’s offense. Coach Coquese Washington’s crew might lack DePaul’s experience — the Blue Demons start two seniors and a junior in All-Big East forward Keisha Hampton — but they have a deep roster that can keep up step-for-step in transition. Washington doesn’t expect DePaul to slow down the tempo, like they were forced to at times against the smaller Mid-

shipmen. The Blue Demons also had an unlucky string of missing layups or open looks in shooting just 37 percent. “They did what you are supposed to do in a first-round game and that is survive and advance,” Washington said. “They shoot the 3-ball extremely well and I expect to see that team tomorrow night.” Penn State has advanced to the second round in its first NCAA appearance since 2005 thanks in large part to point guard Alex Bentley, who scored 25 points and hounded Dayton in a 75-66 win Saturday. Bentley forms a potentially lethal backcourt duo with freshman and sixth player Maggie Lucas, the Lady Lions’ leading scorer with prodigious 3-point range. Need proof? Teammate Talia East posted a YouTube video last week with a highlight reel of “Machine Gun Maggie’s Trick Shots.” Lucas hit one shot blindfolded from halfcourt, and sank another from where her mother sits about six rows behind the Penn State bench, on one bounce off the

floor and into the hoop. No wonder Dayton played harassing defense on Lucas all day, holding her to 2 of 6 shooting, all from 3-point range. Lucas did go 7 of 8 from the foul line to finish with 12 points. The extra attention helped Bentley get more looks. “She doesn’t need a lot of time to get a shot off,” Bruno said about Lucas. “It’s one of the reasons they’re very good. They’ve got a great guard combination here, and we’re not even talking about one of their starters.” Just like Penn State, DePaul leading scorer Hampton had a subpar outing in her first-round game with nine points on 3 of 13 shooting. But pay too much attention to Hampton, and a DePaul attack with four players averaging at least 10.3 points can hurt opponents from other spots. “It’s basically going to be a competition of defense,” Bentley said. “Who can stop the better offensive transition team?”

Just like the replay of the first foul call, the replay of this one showed that Petty got it right. There was no doubt that Robinson hacked Howard on the arm, and if you were going to have the guts to blow the whistle with 1.4 seconds left, you have to have the guts to blow it again with 0.8 seconds left. So with 0.8 seconds left, Howard sank the first free throw, missed the second intentionally and the game clock expired before Pittsburgh could get off a desperation heave and the Pitt fans booed the refs off the court. But here’s the thing that I can’t emphasize enough. The refs got it right. Plain and simple, they did their job properly. After the game, even as they were coping with the agony of defeat, no one from Pitt would complain about the officials. If you want to know where they stand on the debate about whether a ref should step back and let the players decide a game at the end, listen to Jamie Dixon, the Pitt coach: "I think you gotta call it consistently all the way through. That’s all we were asking for was consis-

tent calls all the way through. I thought we had a great crew. Thought they did a good job. There’s going to be a lot of talk about it. ... But I think you want (it) to be called consistently all the way through. Doesn’t change from time to time, team to team." College refs have been under a lot of scrutiny in light of the bad calls made this year at the Big East tournament where an entire crew recused itself from the rest of the tourney after blowing calls at the end of a close game. When asked by a pool reporter if it was difficult to make those calls Saturday night, particularly in light of what happened in New York, crew chief John Higgins (Big 12 and Missouri Valley Conference) said simply, "We do it every day. It just happened to be a crucial part of the game. You have to do what you have to do as an official. If we get it right, we’re good. If we get it wrong, we’re deadbeats and we’re all over ‘SportsCenter.’ We did what we think is correct." Bryan Burwell is a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

50 on the season and moves them one within one victory of tying the franchise record. “It’s nice and it’s a tribute to the players,” said head coach John Hynes about reaching the 50-win plateau. “They put the work in all year long and it’s difficult to obtain in a regular season. Not many teams have that opportunity.” Thiessen has been a big reason why the Penguins had an opportunity to reach 50 and inevitably more. On Sunday, he thwarted a powerful Charlotte offense and saw his goals against average drop to 1.91 – tops in the AHL. Thiessen’s 31 wins also lead the league and – if it wasn’t for the last five seconds on Sunday, he would have eight shutouts to claim sole possession of that league lead as well. “It’s a little annoying because you’re getting down to the end and you’d like to be able to finish it off,” Thiessen said. “But a win is a win.” The Penguins got on the board in the second period with a beautiful goal from rookie Nick Petersen. The play began when Sill lost an edge and slid into the boards, but was able to keep the puck in the Charlotte zone. Walker collected the puck and dished it down low to Petersen, who took the pass on his forehand, spun around in the crease and deposited a shot inside the post to make it 1-0. It was Petersen’s first AHL goal and the move was something he was very familiar with. “I knew what I was doing on that play. I worked on it last year playing on the goal line a lot in juniors – use my body to get to the net like that. It worked tonight,” he said. Sill added to the Penguins lead just 21seconds into the third period when he beat a Charlotte defender into the low slot and put home a nice pass from Walker who was stationed below the faceoff circle. “It was an unbelievable pass. It went through two pairs of skates and a couple of sticks,” Sill said.

“All I had to do was put it in the back of the net. Those are gifts.” The goal gives Sill 10 on the season and three in his last three games. Sill also had an assist on the night and now has nine points in his last 10 games. Not bad for a player who had five goals in his first AHL season last year and a career-high of 18 while in juniors. Sill attributes his recent offensive success to his linemates and an increase in ice time that he earned while most of the Penguins top forwards were called up to Pittsburgh last month. “I’m getting more comfortable out there,” Sill said. “I think I’ve always had it (offensive capability) but I always played a more defensive style. Now I’m trying to get into a better position to score goals and it’s been working out.” Charlotte, which is in fourth place in the East Division, could be a first round playoff opponent for the Penguins. On the season the Penguins are 6-1 against the Checkers with one game to play. Hynes liked the way his team defended against Charlotte’s high-powered offense, but he said he didn’t use Sunday’s game to see how his team would stack up against a potential playoff opponent. “We have a lot of respect for Charlotte but we really don’t use it as a measuring stick right now,” Hynes said. “I’m more concerned about how our game is going.” Lately it’s been going pretty good. The Penguins are 5-0-0-1 in their last six games, and now have three 50-win seasons out of the last six. Charlotte .............................................. 0 0 1 - 1 Penguins.............................................. 0 1 1 - 2 First Period: Scoring – None. Penalties – CHA, Fitzgerald (roughing) 9:51; WBS, Walker (roughing) 12:51; CHA, Matsumoto (tripping) 16:30. Second Period: Scoring – 1. WBS, Nick Petersen 1 (Walker, Sill) 10:02. Penalties – CHA, Boychuk (slashing) 7:30; WBS, Boulerice (interference) 10:49. Third Period: Scoring – 2. WBS, Zach Sill 10 (Walker, Street) :21. CHA, Chris Terry 28 (Sanguinetti, Rodney) 19:55. Penalties – CHA, Blanchard (roughing) 7:45; WBS, Boulerice (roughing) 7:45; CHA, Rodney (slashing) 13:08. Shots on goal: Charlotte – 8—8-10-26. Penguins – 13—8-10-31. Power-play Opportunities: Charlotte – 0 of 2. Penguins – 0 of 4 Goaltenders: Charlotte – Mike Murphy (18 saves – 19 shots); Justin Pogge – 13:40 of the second period; 17-16-3 (11-12). Penguins – Brad Thiessen – 31-7-1 (25-26) Starters: Charlotte – G Mike Murphy, D Michal Jordan, D Brett Bellemore, LW Nicolas Blanchard, C Nick Dodge, RW Matthew Pistilli. Penguins – G Brad Thiessen, D Brian Strait, D Robert Bortuzzo, LW Geoff Walker, C Zach Sill, RW Keven Veilleux Three Stars1. WBS, Zach Sill (goal, assist) 2. WBS, Brad Thiessen (25 saves) 3. WBS, Nick Petersen (goal) Referee – Terry Koharski. Linesmen – Judson Ritter, Matt MacPherson Attendance – 7,772


Cougars softball sweeps Eastern DALLAS TWP. – The Misericordia University softball team swept Eastern in its Freedom Conference opener, 1-0 and 2-1 on Sunday at home. Jill Castaldi (1-for-3) slugged a walk-off, two-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to break a scoreless tie. Caitlin Cromley (7 IP, 1 hit) had a solid outing on the mound, with only a firstinning double denying her the perfect game. The Cougars had only three hits in the second game but still won due to a solid outing by Jess Armillay (7 IP, 5 hits, 1 run). Armillay helped her own cause by scoring a run in the bottom of third. After walking and advancing on a

passed ball, she scored on Maria Kidron’s double to put the Cougars ahead.


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King’s went 1-1 in a doubleheader on Sunday with FDU-Florham, taking the second game 12-4 after losing game one 15-5. In game two, King’s had 10 hits, including a six-run fourth inning and five-run fifth inning. Anthony Re went 3-for-3 in the win scoring two times with three RBI. Chris Sweeney was also strong at the plate going 2-for-3, including his first home run of the season. Mike Fignar led the Monarch attack in game one with three hits and two RBI.

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WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT 12 UAB 52 12 Clemson 70

16 UTSA 70 16 Alabama St. 61

Cleveland Charlotte, N.C.

March 24-25

8 Geo. Mason 61 9 Villanova 57

Geo. Mason 66

5 West Virginia 84 12 Clemson 76

West Virginia 63

13 Princeton 57

11 Marquette 66

Elite Eight

Elite Eight

March 26-27


Final Four

San Antonio

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April 2

April 2

7 Washington 68 10 Georgia 65

Washington 83


1 Duke 87 16 Hampton 45

Purdue 76

8 Michigan 75

April 4

Florida State 71



Notre Dame 57


Duke 73

Pittsburgh 70

8 9

Vanderbilt 66


Richmond 69


Louisville 61


Morehead St. 62 Georgetown 56


VCU 74


Purdue 65


St. Peter’s 43


Texas A&M 50 Florida State 57

7 10

Notre Dame 69 Akron 56


Butler 71 Thurs.


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6 Cincinnati 78 11 Missouri 63

Cincinnati 58

New Orleans


7 Temple 66 10 Penn State 64

Temple 64


UNC Asheville 51


Butler 60 Old Dominion 58

8 9

Kansas State 73 Utah State 68

5 12


Wisconsin 72


Belmont 58


St. John’s 71 Gonzaga 86


BYU 74


Wofford 66




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UCLA 78 Michigan St. 76

7 10

Florida 79

2 15


San Diego St. 71

Florida 73

UC-SB 51

Rutgers 76, La. Tech 51 BOSSIER CITY, La. — April Sykes scored 22 points and Rutgers hardly looked bothered by an overwhelmingly hostile crowd while cruising to a victory over Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament.



Texas A&M 87, McNeese State 47 BOSSIER CITY, La. — Danielle Adams scored 18 points, and Kelsey Assarian and Tyra White each added 12 points for second-seeded Texas A&M (28-5).

Tampa, Fla.

UConn 69

Wisconsin 70

Gonzaga 67

UConn 3 UConn 81 14 Bucknell 52



Anaheim, CA


Kansas State 65

STORRS, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored all 12 of her points in the first half to lead a balanced Connecticut offense, and the top-seeded Huskies routed Hartford 75-39 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Maya Moore, Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes added 12 points each for the Huskies (33-1), who started their journey toward a third consecutive national championship. The victory was UConn’s 21st straight and 82nd in a row at home. The Huskies are hosting the first two rounds of the NCAAs.



Pittsburgh 74

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Sun., 9:30 p.m.

Florida State

UNC 86

4 Texas 85 13 Oakland 81

2 San Diego St. 68 15 N. Colorado 50

UNLV 62 Illinois 73

Tucson, Ariz.

5 Arizona 77 12 Memphis 75

1 16

Houston Fri.

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Sun., 7 p.m.


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UNC 2 UNC 102 15 LIU 87





Morehead St. 48



3 Syracuse 77 14 Indiana State 60

Richmond 65

Kansas 72 Boston Univ. 53


Newark, N.J.

EAST Sun., 7:30 p.m.



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Kentucky 71


Sun., 8:30 p.m.


Kentucky 4 Kentucky 59

Kansas 73


Charlotte, N.C.

March 24-25

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Tulsa, Okla.

Ohio State 98




Sweet 16

Ohio State

6 Xavier 55

Tucson, Ariz.

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Tampa, Fla.

1 Ohio State 75 16 UTSA 46

Top-seeded Connecticut too tough for Hartford

16 UNC Asheville 81 16 Ark. LR 77

Tulsa, Okla.


Second Round

11 USC 46 11 VCU 59

First Round

Dayton, Ohio

Xavier 72, South Dakota State 56 CINCINNATI — Ta’Shia Phillips had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and second-seeded Xavier got off to a slow start on its home court before using its front-line advantage to pull away.


Krzyzewski gets win No. 900 taking out a No. 1 seed in this tourney. Ohio State wrecked any upset plans and moved closer to its first national title since 1960. The Buckeyes will meet Kentucky (27-8) in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J. After falling behind 11-2, the Big Ten champions used their devastating insideoutside attack to post the most lopsided tournament victory in school history.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nolan Smith scored 24 points and top-seeded Duke held off a late rally to beat Michigan 73-71 on Sunday and give Mike Krzyzewski the 900th career victory. Kyle Singler added 13 points for the Blue Devils (32-4). They shot 51 percent, never trailed in the second half and advanced to the round of 16 for the 12th time in 14 years. Darius Morris scored 16 points to lead the eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-14). They trailed by 15 with 10:51 to play but clawed within one point twice in the final 90 seconds. Then, Smith missed a free throw with 8.7 seconds left to give Michigan one last chance, but Morris’ runner in the lane with 2 seconds left bounced off the back iron. Arizona 70, Texas 69 TULSA, Okla. — Derrick Williams’ threepoint play with 9.6 seconds remaining lifted Arizona to a win over Texas in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats (29-7) led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were up for most of the game before J’Covan Brown’s jumper put the Longhorns ahead 69-67. Williams misfired on a game-tying attempt with 14.5 seconds remaining, but Texas (28-8) was called for a five-second violation on the inbound pass to give Arizona one more chance. Williams took advantage, slipping to the baseline on a pick-and-roll and taking the pass from Kyle Fogg. His shot fell through to tie the game, and his free throw put the Wildcats into the regional semifinals for the first time since last year’s absence snapped a 25-year tournament streak. EAST REGIONAL North Carolina 86, Washington 83 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tyler Zeller scored 23 points, Harrison Barnes added 22 and North Carolina survived a frantic finish to beat Washington 86-83 on Sunday and advance to the round of 16 for an NCAA tournament-record 24th time.

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over to the seats and gave his wife and family a long, emotional hug. He couldn’t stop smiling as fans chanted his name and broke into the traditional “We are (clapclap) Marquette!” cheer. Williams had 40 minutes of emotion bottled up because neither team could ever shake the other. It was a typical bruising Big East battle that could have been played at the Carrier Dome, the Bradley Center or Madison Square Garden. Cleveland, though, is the setting for Williams’ greatest coaching triumph. Johnson-Odom scored 17

Purdue 53, Kansas State 45 STORRS, Conn. — Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points for ninth-seeded Purdue. Drey Mingo, who overcame a life-threatening bout with meningitis earlier this season, added 16 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who advance to play Connecticut.


Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski picked up his 900th victory Sunday in a 73-71 win.

Rallying from deficits of 11 points in the first half and five in the second, the secondseeded Tar Heels (28-7) went ahead for good on Barnes’ 3-pointer with 4:06 left. But they needed two key free throws from Dexter Strickland and a defensive stop in the closing seconds to advance. Terrence Ross scored 19 points and Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 14 for the seventh-seeded Huskies (24-11), who overcame a hostile crowd to nearly pull the upset in a fast-paced game full of entertaining plays and mental miscues down the stretch. Washington star guard Isaiah Thomas struggled, however, missing 10 of 15 shots. Ohio State 98, George Mason 66 CLEVELAND — David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 18 after informing one of George Mason’s players “it’s over” and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 3s to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping. With thousands of fans chanting “O-HI-O” at every opportunity, the Buckeyes (34-2) took apart the Patriots (27-7), who created some March mayhem a few years ago and hoped to follow Butler’s lead by

points and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Golden Eagles. Marquette beat the Orange in nearly every important category, from free throw shooting (19 for 23 vs. 5 for 7) to rebounding (30-24) and steals, assists — on it went. Marquette was one of a record 11 Big East teams to make the field — and the most scrutinized. With 14 losses and a 9-9 record in conference play, the Golden Eagles were a shaky pick when the brackets were announced. Who’s counting them out now? The Orange, who were swept 2-0 by Marquette this season, saw their season come to a stunning end yet again. Waiters scored 18 points and Kris Joseph had 12, but no one else had any kind of offensive impact. Rick Jackson, the Big East de-

Florida State 76, Samford 46 AUBURN, Ala. — Cierra Bravard had 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Seminoles (24-7) used superior size and muscle to easily make it through the tournament opener for the seventh straight year after advancing to the regional final last season.

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL Virginia Commonwealth 94, Purdue 76 CHICAGO — Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth made it three victories in five days, routing third-seeded Purdue to earn a trip to the Southwest regional semifinals. VCU’s remarkable run sends the Rams to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. With their fans chanting “VCU, VCU” as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the question is no longer whether the Rams belong. Instead, it’s: Who can stop them?

Georgia 56, Middle Tennessee 41 AUBURN, Ala. — Jasmine James scored eight of her 18 points over the final 5:40 and Georgia ended Middle Tennessee State’s tragedy scarred season with a victory in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Porsha Phillips had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (22-10), who are playing in their 17th consecutive tournament.

Kansas 73, Illinois 59 TULSA, Okla. — Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 41 points and 24 rebounds, powering top-seeded Kansas past Illinois to ensure the Jayhawks wouldn’t make an opening-weekend exit from the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The Morris twins scored 24 of Kansas’ first 29 points in the second half, punctuated by consecutive two-handed slams by Markieff that made it 62-51 with 3:51 to play. After an Illinois turnover at the other end, the twins each followed Tyshawn Taylor in making leaping spins into teammates to start a timeout.

Miami 80, Gardner-Webb 62 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Riquna Williams scored 17 of her 28 points in the first half. The third-seeded Hurricanes (28-4) won a tournament game for the first time since 1993, keeping alive a dramatic turnaround season.

Florida State 71, Notre Dame 57 CHICAGO – James Bernard scored 14 points off the bench to lead Florida State past second-seeded Notre Dame. The Irish were led by Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough, who had 18 points.

fensive player of the year, struggled in his final game for the Orange. He had seven points and four rebounds, numbers way below the double-double he averaged during the regular season. After leading 19-9, Syracuse went into halftime down three. For the next 20 minutes, no team could force an inch of breathing room. Waiters scored two straight baskets for a 46-41 lead, but Marquette’s speed and quickness never let the Golden Eagles fall too far behind. Syracuse lost guard Brandon Triche for most of the second half with a bruised tailbone. And the Orange got hurt on turnovers. Crowder’s 3 with 2:26 left tied the game at 59. That’s how stayed — until Johnson-Odom set off a party.

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halftime and cruised to victory. Alyssa Thomas scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half for the No. 4 seed Terrapins (24-7), who have no seniors and six freshmen on the roster. Georgetown 65, Princeton 49 COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers outscored Princeton in the first half, and the Hoyas rolled. Rodgers scored 16 before halftime to help stake the Hoyas to a 34-14 lead. The 5-foot-11 sophomore finished with 26 points and led the team in rebounds (eight) and assists (four). Louisville 81, Vanderbilt 62 CINCINNATI — Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel directed Louisville’s young-butpoised offense with 19 points, and the Cardinals marked their return to the NCAA tournament by beating Vanderbilt. The Cardinals (21-12) failed to make the tournament last season after losing to Connecticut in the 2009 title game. Oklahoma 86, James Madison 72 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Whitney Hand scored 24 points and Oklahoma squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat James Madison. Danielle Robinson added 19 points for the Sooners (22-11), who are trying to make their third consecutive run to the Final Four. Oklahoma will play Miami in the second round. Wisconsin-Green Bay 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 55 WICHITA, Kan. — Kayla Tetschlag scored 24 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay extended its winning streak to 21 games. Michigan State 69, Northern Iowa 66 WICHITA, Kan. — Big Ten player of the year Kalisha Keane scored 17 points, Taylor Alton added 14 and fourthseeded Michigan State maintained its run of success in first-round NCAA tournament games, beating Northern Iowa. Michigan State (27-5) is 9-1 in first-round NCAA games, with its only loss coming in 2003. The Spartans will play fifth-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay in a second-round game Tuesday. West Virginia 79, Houston 73 WACO, Texas — Liz Repella scored 26 points and Madina Ali added 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Mountaineers (24-9) took control with a 16-1 run during the first half, all while Cougars star Courtney Taylor was on the bench with two fouls. Taylor played the entire second half, but Houston (26-6) never got closer than three points with 3:26 left. Baylor 66, Prairie View 30 WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points as top-seeded Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with a victory over Prairie View, whose miserable shooting translated into the lowest-scoring half ever in the tournament.


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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, leading the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. With the spring schedule winding down, the Yankees brought all of their regulars to Bright House Field and pounded the short-handed Phillies. Rodriguez had a double to go along with his fifth homer of the spring, and outfielders Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson had two hits apiece. CC Sabathia held the Phillies to one run, Jimmy Rollins’ first homer, in 6 2-3 innings. Rodriguez’s double off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton to lead off the second inning extended his spring surge. Rodriguez has hit safely in all 13 games he’s played in. In his next at-bat, Rodriguez followed Teixeira’s first home run of the spring with his fifth. Rodriguez has hit four home runs in his last five games and has seven RBIs in his last seven games. Braves 5, Astros 3 KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Chipper Jones went 3 for 3 to raise his average to .420, Wilkins Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat a Houston Astros split-squad. Jason Michaels was 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI for Houston. He is batting .415 in the Grapefruit League. Derek Lowe, who will start the opener for the Braves on March 31 at Washington, allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 95 pitches. Tigers 6, Nationals 1 VIERA, Fla. — Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings, leading Detroit past Washington in a game in which Magglio Ordonez was scratched from the Tigers’ lineup because of a sore left hamstring. Verlander allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one. Marlins 5, Mets 0 JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Young pitched six scoreless innings for the Mets and Anibal Sanchez matched him for five for Florida. Young allowed four singles and struck out three. He has allowed three runs in 20 1-3 innings this spring. The Marlins had runners on first and second with no outs twice against Young and could not score. Sanchez was pitching for the first time in 10 days. He skipped a start because of a bruised right lower leg. Sanchez allowed five hits and got some help from his defense. Orioles 9, Rays 8 PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Orioles’ Brian Roberts played for the first time in two weeks, going hitless in two at-bats. Nick Green’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth gave Baltimore the win after the Orioles’ bullpen blew a 7-2 lead. Pirates 3, Astros (ss) 1 KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Charlie Morton pitched six shutout innings and Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run home for Pittsburgh. Morton gave up four singles and struck out five.

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single and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres. Bedard allowed one run — Brad Hawpe’s homer in the second — and five hits in his longest outing of spring training. He struck out two and walked one.

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Rangers 5, Royals 2 SURPRISE, Ariz. — Derek Holland pitched five strong innings to bolster his case for a spot in Texas’ rotation, and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals to snap a five-game losing streak. Reds 9, Brewers 8 PHOENIX — Edinson Volquez struggled with his control against his opening-day opponent, walking five in the Cincinnati Reds’ win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Volquez allowed five runs and one hit in 2 1-3 innings, striking out three. The right-hander is scheduled to face Milwaukee at home on March 31 in the opener. Indians 5, Diamondbacks (ss) 3 GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Grady Sizemore made two quick outs but wore a big smile after the Cleveland Indians’ win over an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad. The three-time AL All-Star played for the first time since May. Serving as Cleveland’s designated hitter, he grounded out to second base and popped out to center against right-hander Armando Galarraga. Diamondbacks (ss) 4, Athletics (ss) 2 PHOENIX — David Winfree hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics in a matchup of split-squads. Oakland starter Dallas Braden turned in his best performance of the spring. He allowed one run and nine hits in six innings while striking out two and walking none. Cubs 3, Giants (ss) 2 MESA, Ariz. — Randy Wells retired 18 straight batters, Marlon Byrd reached base three times and the Chicago Cubs beat a San Francisco Giants’ split squad in 10 innings. Wells cruised through six innings after giving up singles to the first two batters of the game, with Emmanuel Burriss stealing second and scoring on Mike Fontenot’s single. Wells struck out seven against a lineup that featured Pablo Sandoval, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand, and didn’t walk a batter. Dodgers 9, White Sox 7 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Corey Smith and Jaime Pedroza homered in the eighth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a wild victory over the Chicago White Sox. Smith hit a three-run shot to tie the game and Pedroza followed with a two-run homer two batters later to cap the comeback win. Matt Kemp also homered for the Dodgers in the sixth inning. Gordon Beckham hit a threerun blast for Chicago and Carlos Quentin had a home run and two RBIs. Beckham has two homers and six RBIs in his last two games.

Athletics (ss) 6, Giants (ss) 4 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy made a pitch for Cardinals 10, Red Sox 3 a spot in Oakland’s rotation, taking a shutout into the eighth FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Cardinals’ Kyle McClellan won a inning and leading the Athletics matchup of No. 5 starters, pitch- over the San Francisco Giants in a split-squad game. ing five shutout innings. McCarthy was lifted after McClellan gave up three hits and three walks with two strike- giving up hits to Brandon Belt and Ryan Rohlinger to open the outs. eighth. Twins 3, Blue Jays 0 Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Fernando Cabrera, DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jesse Litsch, hoping to lock up a spot who relieved McCarthy. McCarthy gave up five hits in Toronto’s starting rotation, and had good control. He struck allowed three hits and struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings. out five without walking a batter. It was the longest outing of Mariners 4, Padres 1 the spring for an Oakland pitchPEORIA, Ariz. — Erik Bedard er, surpassing Trevor Cahill’s 6 pitched five effective innings, 1-3 innings Saturday. Milton Bradley hit a two-run Chris Carter hit a two-run


New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin, right, tags out the Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard in the sixth inning of a spring training game in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds’ lawyers and federal prosecutors bickered at length during a recent hearing about the admissibility of a Playboy interview and photo spread of Kimberly Bell, the slugger’s former mistress. When the issue came up, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston looked out at a packed courtroom and sighed. She’s earned a reputation as dignified and unflappable over 16 years on the bench, but at times the buildup to Bonds’ perjury trial has tested even her patience. Illston comes to the Bonds cases, which starts with jury selection today, having handled an enormous variety of legal issues. She’s sentenced child pornographers to prison. She’s overruled the Bush administration by barring off-road vehicles in the Mojave Desert. She’s presided over a novel human rights trial in which Nigerian villagers were demanding billions from Chevron Corp. after accusing it of backing the deadly military putdown of a protest against the oil giant. And she’s in charge of a complex class-action lawsuit alleging price fixing among companies that manufacture

television screens and computer monitors. Illston has kept a matter-offact demeanor through it all. But when prosecutors announced in 2009, as the Bonds trial neared, that they were appealing an important ruling of hers barring critical evidence, the judge didn’t hide her anger. She lectured the government lawyers about how disruptive and expensive their appeal was to a court that was fully geared up to accommodate a media circus. Yet in the first hearing after the prosecutors lost that appeal, Illston neither gloated nor mentioned her vindication. It was business as usual again for a case that has dragged on since Bonds’ indictment in 2007 — and really since 2003, when the first of the sports Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) doping cases were assigned to her courtroom. Since the new year began, the Bonds case has generated a blizzard of legal motions in the run up to today’s trial. The slugger is accused of making false statements to a grand jury and obstructing justice by saying that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs .

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011









NATIONAL FORECAST Early mix to rain showers

SATURDAY Partly sunny

Partly sunny, a flurry

35° 30°

39° 27°

45° 36°


THURSDAY Mostly cloudy, flurries

WEDNESDAY Wintry mix, snow north

TUESDAY Peeks of sun

37° 20°

Syracuse 47/32

Wilkes-Barre 49/34 New York City 50/41 Reading 60/40

Harrisburg 64/43

Atlantic City 58/41

Yesterday Average Record High Record Low

Heating Degree Days*

Yesterday Month to date Year to date Last year to date Normal year to date

50/23 49/30 76 in 1918 8 in 1949 28 537 5225 5017 5186

*Index of fuel consumption, how far the day’s mean temperature was below 65 degrees.


Yesterday Month to date Normal month to date Year to date Normal year to date

Sun and Moon

Sunrise 7:06a 7:04a Moonrise Today 10:11p Tomorrow 11:26p

Today Tomorrow

Brandywine Valley

Highs: 57-63. Lows: 40-44. Rain and scattered thunderstorms will be likely today. Tonight will be partly cloudy.

Philadelphia 60/43


The Finger Lakes

Highs: 44-51. Lows: 30-33. Rain will diminish to showers today. Expect partly cloudy skies overnight.

Delmarva/Ocean City

Highs: 57-67. Lows: 44-54. Chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Partly cloudy tonight.



0.00” 3.88” 1.66” 9.19” 6.20” Sunset 7:16p 7:18p Moonset 7:45a 8:24a

Susquehanna Stage Chg. Fld. Stg Wilkes-Barre 16.65 0.90 22.0 Towanda 11.29 -1.49 21.0 Lehigh Bethlehem 1.64 -0.68 16.0 Delaware Port Jervis 7.11 -0.42 18.0 Last




March 26 April 3 April 11 April 17

Forecasts, graphs and data ©2011

Weather Central, LP For more weather information go to: National Weather Service





81/66 35/23


84/73 39/22



Anchorage Atlanta Baltimore Boston Buffalo Charlotte Chicago Cleveland Dallas Denver Detroit Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Las Vegas Los Angeles Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis

30/10/.00 65/60/.00 50/36/.00 40/30/.00 47/23/.00 63/55/.00 47/39/.30 58/31/.00 80/63/.00 66/38/.00 48/30/.00 81/71/.00 81/60/.00 65/42/.03 64/51/.00 57/52/1.11 81/62/.00 41/35/.95 43/39/.11



Amsterdam Baghdad Beijing Berlin Buenos Aires Dublin Frankfurt Hong Kong Jerusalem London

54/30/.00 86/55/.00 50/32/.00 46/28/.00 84/52/.00 57/45/.14 54/27/.00 75/63/.00 81/54/.00 55/36/.00

Today Tomorrow 35/23/c 74/57/pc 66/46/t 43/35/rs 51/33/sh 73/49/pc 62/43/pc 60/35/sh 80/64/pc 73/39/pc 58/36/pc 84/73/pc 81/66/pc 70/52/t 59/44/t 60/51/sh 80/65/s 54/35/pc 52/32/pc

ALMANAC Recorded at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int’l Airport River Levels, from 12 p.m. yesterday.

50/41 58/36


The Jersey Shore

Poughkeepsie 48/31



Highs: 43-55. Lows: 30-34. A wintry mix will turn to rain early today. Skies will become partly cloudy tonight. Highs: 50-58. Lows: 38-43. Rain and a few thunderstorms will be likely today. Skies will become partly cloudy tonight.

Pottsville 58/39

State College 60/39


The Poconos

Albany 43/31

Towanda 48/33




Binghamton 44/30

Scranton 48/34


42° 27°

40° 22°

REGIONAL FORECAST Today’s high/ Tonight’s low

SUNDAY Wintry mix to rain

37/24/c 79/58/s 59/40/pc 45/29/pc 41/25/c 81/57/pc 45/38/t 41/35/c 83/63/pc 58/32/pc 41/33/sh 83/72/s 82/67/pc 66/55/t 62/45/pc 62/53/pc 80/66/s 42/33/sh 39/30/sh



Myrtle Beach Nashville New Orleans Norfolk Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Ore. St. Louis Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Tucson Washington, DC

64/54/.00 82/48/.00 80/57/.00 49/44/.00 81/62/.00 70/46/.00 84/56/.00 75/56/.00 60/30/.00 51/36/.01 82/47/.00 52/33/.02 79/64/.00 62/58/.00 56/49/.07 50/38/.00 86/60/.00 83/46/.00 53/38/.00


Today Tomorrow 52/39/pc 81/62/c 48/30/pc 54/34/s 83/68/s 55/39/pc 54/28/s 74/63/s 75/56/s 55/36/pc

54/41/pc 85/60/pc 52/31/s 56/36/pc 85/65/sh 54/36/pc 57/36/pc 67/58/sh 74/55/pc 59/43/pc



Mexico City Montreal Moscow Paris Rio de Janeiro Riyadh Rome San Juan Tokyo Warsaw

82/45/.00 37/21/.00 36/21/.02 55/32/.00 82/75/.00 84/57/.00 59/46/.70 79/71/.00 64/50/.00 41/27/.00

Today Tomorrow 71/56/pc 80/54/pc 79/62/s 70/55/pc 79/60/pc 67/51/pc 81/55/s 67/52/sh 65/42/t 52/41/sh 79/58/t 53/33/t 81/63/pc 59/50/sh 55/45/sh 50/41/sh 82/59/s 74/48/pc 69/49/t

77/60/pc 82/60/pc 79/62/s 67/49/pc 79/49/pc 67/39/t 86/56/s 69/49/pc 51/44/c 53/41/sh 73/57/t 47/37/rs 84/66/pc 60/49/pc 58/49/sh 51/38/sh 81/59/s 68/40/pc 60/43/pc

Today Tomorrow 79/48/pc 40/29/sn 39/21/c 55/37/pc 91/74/t 88/66/s 55/41/s 81/72/sh 54/46/r 50/34/pc

81/50/pc 36/25/pc 43/34/sh 59/39/pc 90/73/t 93/67/s 59/42/pc 82/71/sh 51/42/r 55/39/pc

Spring may have officiallyarrived last night, but winter isn't done with us yet. Some, in the higher elevation, are waking up to a slushy accumulation of snow, but it all melts away this afternoon as temperatures jump back into the 40s to near 50. A few rain showers can't be ruled out into the early afternoon, but things should be improving as the day progresses. Another storm looms for Wednesday, and with a more southerly track across the Midwest, this one could deliver another wintry punch to the region. Colder air will push down from the north and that could set the stage for a potential snowfall, but with the late March sun reaching through the clouds, it will have to be a near-perfect setup to allow the snow to accumulate. - Ryan Coyle

Key: s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sn-snow, sf-snow flurries, i-ice.


50 33°


NATIONAL FORECAST: A potent and complex storm system will produce widespread showers and thunderstorms across the West today. Snow will be heavy at times across the Intermountain West. Meanwhile, rain and a few thunderstorms will affect the Northeast, but snow is expected in parts of New England. Showers and thunderstorms will also be found across the Ohio Valley.







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Pauline Donahue, left, and artist Mary Louise Steinberg, both of Kingston


Patrick Flynn, left, and Patrick Gurish


Julia Kerr of Wilkes-Barre, left, and Anita Mucciolo of Dallas


Joe Brennan, left, Joe Pringle, and Chuck Brennan


Lisi Edgerton of Kingston, left, and Jacquie Eldridge of West Wyoming


Jack Lenahan, left, Dave Casper and Jack Mulroy


John McKewan, left, Dave Casper, the Rev. Jack Ryan, and Bill Behm


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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011



Mary Lewis, left, Melanie Hill and Christine Gustafson


Alexis Davis, left, and Mikayla Gillette


Devin Koslap, left, and Rachel Orifici


Sarah Terry, left, and Ashleigh Ramsey


Friedman Art Gallery Curator Dona Posatko of Dallas, left, and Darlene Smith of Shavertown



Courtney Sennett, left, and Alexandria Litchkofski




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