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Former Tech president’s wife dies from illness Jan Tillery, wife of former Texas Tech president Guy Bailey, died Sunday evening at Trinity Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., after a battle with illness, according to a news release. A native of West Texas, Tillery was born in Slaton, graduated from Lubbock Monterey High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from Tech, according to the release. Bailey resigned from Tech in the summer of 2012 and became the president of the University of Alabama, according to a previous article in The Daily Toreador. According to the University of Alabama’s website, Bailey announced his resignation from Alabama in October 2012. In a statement, Bailey said his resignation was to focus on his wife’s health. “Jan was truly great lady and a tremendous supporter of Texas Tech,” Chancellor Kent Hance said in the release. “Despite her illness, she was always upbeat and proud of the accomplishments of Texas Tech and its faculty and students.” According to the release, services are pending, but will be at the Kent R. Hance Chapel on campus.


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In first major test, Obama overrules team WA S H I N G T O N ( A P ) — F o r President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all. Obama’s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term team members about how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria.


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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY wide receiver Der’rikk Thompson tries to get past Texas Tech defensive back Olaoluwa Falemi during the game Friday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Red Raiders defeated the Mustangs 41-23.

By MIKE DUPONT II sports editor

Prior to Friday’s game against Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was the only Tech quarterback to be named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week as a freshman. Walk-on true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield joins Kingsbury after Friday’s game. Mayfield flourished in his first appearance at the helm of the Red Raiders’ offensive attack. The Austin native completed 43 of his 60 pass attempts with four touchdowns through the air leading the Red Raiders to a 41-23 victory against the Mustangs. Kingsbury said the similarities between Tech’s offense and the offense Mayfield operated at Lake Travis High School gave the quarterback a feeling of familiarity, ultimately granting him an advantage against the Mustangs. “It’s not too hard to learn, but it’s really difficult to operate,” said Kingsbury about the Red Raiders’ new offensive approach. “He had great coaches in high school at Lake Travis that prepared him for that moment and you can tell that he was coached that way and played in a similar offense so when he got in there, it was like an old hat to him.” Mayfield also rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown, giving him five touchdowns overall in the winning effort. Mayfield’s mobility aspect drew many comparisons to a player Kingsbury coached while at Texas A&M. “Very similar in their mentalities,” he said. “I mean Johnny is a phenom athletically, he does stuff with his feet that we’ve never seen anybody do on a college football field so it’s tough to make that comparison but as far as the fearlessness and just attacking and not getting up and down or flustered, I saw that same look in Baker’s eyes.” Mayfield completed passes to 11 different players during Friday’s game, including junior tight end Jace Amaro, who had to sit out the first half because of a second-half ejection during Tech’s bowl game against Minnesota. Amaro caught three passes for 42 yards and said Mayfield’s arm strength is one reason he thinks the freshman was granted the start. “I think he just came in there with as much confidence as

Tech partners to promote technology commercialization By CATHERINE MCKEE News editor

Texas Tech announced a partnership with the Center for Innovation on Friday, which will advance the development of TechComm, an agency that works to communicate lab results. In 2001, according to a news release, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation created CFI with the intention of becoming a driving factor in economic development in a technology-based world. According to the release, TechComm has approximately 300 labs for research and nine federal agencies it represents. President M. Duane Nellis said in the release partnerships such as this and 18 others Tech has entered into are necessary for establishing the university as a leading research institution. Wes Jurey, the president and CEO of CFI, said in the release he is happy to welcome Tech into the partnership and looks forward to the role it will play in commercialization for researchers’ work. “The new relationship will provide Texas Tech access to CFI’s research and technology partnerships, representing 334 federal labs and network of research-oriented universities and industry partners,” he said in the release. “As an intermediary for relevant licensing and invention technologies, CFI anticipates playing an important role in the commercialization of new technologies and other business opportunities in support of Texas Tech.” TECHNOLOGY continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Chairman shares adoptive daughters unique background By JOSEPH SCHELLBACH CoNtributiNg writer


TEXAS TECH LINEBACKER Pete Robertson tries to bring down Southern Methodist University quarterback Garrett Gilbert during the game Friday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Red Raiders defeated the Mustangs 41-23.

any quarterback I’ve seen,” he said. “He came in there just knowing that he could play right away and he’s elusive and he throws, you know, really quick. I think that’s one thing that coach Kingsbury likes a lot is that he puts a lot of arm strength into his throws and to get us the ball real quick so we can make plays right when we get the ball.” FOOTBALL continued on Page 7 ➤➤

Adoption can be a frustrating process, but the results can often be the opposite. Mark Charney is the chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance and father of two adopted daughters. He and his wife, Sappho Charney, made the decision to adopt because they did not want to add to the population when they could help a child without a home. “I didn’t feel good about the ego that is tied in with having your own children,” Mark Charney said. He said there is an implicit belief that a parent’s genetic makeup will make their child so worthwhile they actually contribute to society. But Sappho Charney said she had always planned on adopting. “I had an older cousin who was a birth mother,” she said. “She had a child when she was in high school, she gave her up for adoption and she loved that baby and it kind of made me think of the whole adoption process kind of differently.” DAUGHTERS continued on Page 5 ➤➤

President M. Duane Nellis: Man behind title By CARSON WILSON

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Assad: Risk of regional war if West strikes Syria PARIS (AP) — Syria’s president warned Monday that the Middle East is a “powder keg” and potential Western military strikes against his country risk triggering a regional war. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Bashar Assad also was quoted as saying that Syria has challenged the U.S. and France to provide proof to support their allegations that Damascus has used chemical weapons, but that the leaders of both countries “have been incapable of doing that, including before their own peoples.” President Barack Obama and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, have accused Assad’s regime of carrying out a deadly chemical attack against rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21. The Syrian government denies the allegations, and blames opposition fighters. Obama initially seemed poised to

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“I think No. 1, it demystifies the role of a president,” San Francisco said. “It takes the title out of the man and makes the man accessible.” After a nationwide search, the Board of Regents unanimously voted Nellis to become the 16th Tech president on March 22. He succeeded Interim President Lawrence Schovanec, who stepped in when former president Guy Bailey resigned. Nail said he was impressed with what Nellis offered the university. “He’s very people oriented and has an impressive scholarly and administrative record,” he said. “We look for a portfolio of qualities, and so far that portfolio is


The partnership with CFI and Arlington, Chancellor Kent Hance said in the release, is a step forward for Tech. “Our relationship with the center and the city of Arlington,” he said, “will further enhance our well-established relationships with federal labs, research universities and industry in a city that is home to so many of our

students and accomplished alumni.” According to CFI’s website, the center is focused on deal flow, or promoting access to technology, venture capital and talent/know how, which promotes the entrepreneurial community. TechComm, according to the website, was created in 2010 as a coalition of federal agencies to

looking pretty good.” Nellis was born in Spokane, Wash., but grew up in Montana where he attended Montana State University and crossed paths with fate. “My wife is from Pennsylvania, and she had a high school teacher that was doing graduate work in Montana State,” he said, “so she decided to go to Montana State for her undergrad and that’s when we met.” He and his wife, Ruthie, have two sons who live in Morgantown, W.Va., where both attended West Virginia University. Nellis said he is looking forward to this season’s football game against the Mountaineers. “We really need to win that game,” he said. He graduated from Montana State with a degree in earth sci-

ences/geography and later received his master’s and doctoral degrees in geography from Oregon State University. While earning his doctoral degree at Oregon State, Nellis said he found his passion for administration. “The university environment was so stimulating,” he said. “I never wanted to leave that environment and the energy that comes with being at a campus.” He finished his doctoral degree at age 25 and became department head at 32, but Nellis kept looking toward the next challenge. He became the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, and later traveled to Kansas State University to become its next provost and senior vice president. By then, Nellis had developed a

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desire to be a university president. After five years at Kansas State, he was hired as president of the University of Idaho. After his time in Idaho, Nellis moved south to Texas for the next step in his career. Nellis said he believes he and his wife have found a home in West Texas. “The enthusiasm of people here for being very student centered I think shows very strongly,” he said. “One of the things that really attracted me here is the commitment of faculty and staff to student success.” Meetings and phone calls fill up his schedule, but Nellis continues to make time to meet with students and faculty. “It’s not work,” he said. “It’s my life.” ➤➤

US-Brazil tensions rise Congress considers after new spy report bills targeting notaries

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government called in the U.S. ambassador Monday to provide explanations about new revelations that the National Security Agency’s spy program directly targeted the South American giant’s leader. Ambassador Thomas Shannon arrived and left the Foreign Ministry without speaking to reporters, and there was no comment from the Brazilian side either, even as President Dilma Rousseff met separately with top ministers to discuss the case. A report by Globo TV, citing 2012 documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, alleges that the U.S. intercepted Rousseff’s emails and telephone calls, along with those of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose communications were being monitored even before he was elected as president in July, 2012. Sen. Ricardo Ferraco, head of the Brazilian Senate’s foreign relations committee, said lawmakers already had decided to formally investigate the U.S. program’s focus on Brazil because of earlier revelations that the country was a top target of the NSA spying in the region, and that the probe would likely start this week. “I feel a mixture of amazement and indignation. It seems like there are no limits. When the phone of the president of the republic is monitored, it’s hard to imagine what else might be happening,” Ferraco told reporters in Brasilia. “It’s unacceptable that in a country like ours, where there is absolutely no climate of terrorism, that there is this type of spying.” During the Sunday night TV program, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, told the news show “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012 shows that Pena Nieto’s emails were being read. The document’s date is the month before Pena Nieto was elected. The document indicated who Pena Nieto would like to name to some government posts, among other information. It’s not clear if the spying con-

tinues. As for Brazil’s leader, the NSA document “doesn’t include any of Dilma’s specific intercepted messages, the way it does for Nieto,” Greenwald told The Associated Press in an email. “But it is clear in several ways that her communications were intercepted, including the use of DNI Presenter, which is a program used by NSA to open and read emails and online chats.” The U.S. targeting mapped out the aides with whom Rousseff communicated and tracked patterns of how those aides communicated with one another and also with third parties, according to the document. Messages sent to Pena Nieto’s office were not immediately returned. He was delivering his state of the nation speech on Monday. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said it had no comment. The spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Brazil’s capital, Dean Chaves, said in an emailed response that U.S. officials wouldn’t comment “on every specific alleged intelligence activity.” But he said, “We value our relationship with Brazil, understand that they have valid concerns about these disclosures, and we will continue to engage with the Brazilian government in an effort to address those concerns.” Brazilian Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo told the newspaper O Globo that “if the facts of the report are confirmed, they would be considered very serious and would constitute a clear violation of Brazil’s sovereignty.” “This is completely outside the standard of confidence expected of a strategic partnership, as the U.S. and Brazil have,” he added. In July, Greenwald co-wrote articles in O Globo that said documents leaked by Snowden indicate Brazil was the largest target in Latin America for the NSA program, which collected data on billions of emails and calls flowing through Brazil.

DALLAS (AP) — Tatiana Jimenez left her native Guatemala seven years ago to escape an abusive relationship and begin a new life in America. But she endured a different kind of abuse after she arrived in Washington, D.C., and sought legal help on her immigration status. With little knowledge of the system, she turned to an unscrupulous lawyer who had her sign a contract to pay $2,800 and charged her hundreds of dollars for immigration documents the federal government provides for free. Several months later — after a series of canceled appointments from her lawyer — Jimenez sought help from an immigrant advocacy group that reviewed the matter and confirmed her suspicions: She had been duped. She discovered a front-desk receptionist had been left in charge of her paperwork and little if any progress had been made on her case. “They assured me this wasn’t the way things are, that I wasn’t filling out the right documents and the amount of money (I paid) wasn’t right, either,” Jimenez said, breaking down in tears. Such deception has long existed in the U.S. and often flies under the radar of authorities targeting higher-value fraud cases. Congress may address the issue as part of proposed immigration reforms that could expand protections against con-artists offering help to those seeking citizenship. “This is a foreseeable problem,” said Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, who introduced a House bill that calls for a fine and up to 10 to 15 years in federal prison for fraudulently offering immigration legal services. There is no federal statute that specifically addresses the unauthorized practice of immigration law, though the U.S. Department of Justice said federal authorities are

able to prosecute using other statutes. The DOJ would not address whether Foster’s legislation as well as a related Senate-approved bill would spur it to pursue more cases — many of which don’t involve more than a few hundred dollars. Experts say putting a specific federal law on the books would be an effective deterrent in places where local authorities don’t have the resources to handle the extra workload. They say these nonlawyers who attempt to handle complex cases can consequently ruin the singular opportunity an immigrant has for immigration benefits, and in worst cases can get their clients deported. “Every time we have (debates) on immigration reform we have those individuals who try to prey on the disadvantaged,” said Doug Stump, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “And many of these people are non-lawyers — or notaries — who just kind of come out of the woodwork at a time when it seems convenient.” A federal database alerts state authorities about crooked attorneys or non-lawyers who advertise themselves as notarios — the Spanish word for notary public that in Latin America implies authorization to practice law. Some states go after the lawyers using consumer laws. The Federal Trade Commission started keeping track of such complaints in 2006 and gradually saw an increase of annual cases reported by private consumers and the Department of Justice. The FTC’s database has nearly 3,000 complaints — but experts and federal officials agree the scope of the problem is much bigger. FTC lawyer Michael Waller said many cases go unreported because immigrants living illegally in the U.S. fear legal repercussions if they report the fraud to authorities.



FIREFIGHTERS WITH THE Lubbock Fire Department suppress flames during a fire Monday at Oak Creek Apartments near 19th Street and Frankford Avenue. The two-alarm fire affected 32 leased units in the complex. After being reported at 2:28 p.m. the fire was contained within an hour and a half.

Friday 11:51 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer responded to a medical emergency at the Physician’s Medical Pavilion third floor south elevator. A staff member passed out and was transported to the University Medical Center Emergency Room. 12:07 p.m. — A Tech officer

investigated a traffic accident without injuries in which an unattended vehicle was stricken, which occurred in the Z4R parking lot. 12:42 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries, which occurred in the 1100 block of Akron Ave. 1:20 p.m. — A Tech officer

investigated a bike theft, which occurred on the east side bike racks of Weymouth Residence Hall. A secured yellow Sunday brand bicycle was taken. 1:47 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft, which occurred at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. An unsecured

gray wallet and contents were taken. 3:41 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident, without injuries, which occurred in the 1900 block of Flint Ave. Information provided by B.J. Watson from the Texas Tech Police Department.

Drug agents plumb vast India fury over gang rapes database of call records sign of changing nation SEATTLE (AP) — For at least six years, federal drug and other agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades in a collaboration with AT&T that officials have taken pains to keep secret, newly released documents show. The program, previously reported by ABC News and The New York Times, is called the Hemisphere Project. It’s paid for by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and it allows investigators armed with subpoenas to quickly mine the company’s vast database to help track down drug traffickers or other suspects who switch cellphones to avoid detection. The details of the Hemisphere Project come amid a national debate about the federal government’s access to phone records, particularly the bulk collection of phone records for national security purposes. Hemisphere, however, takes a different approach from that of the National Security Agency, which maintains a database of call records handed over by phone companies as authorized by the USA Patriot Act. “Subpoenaing drug dealers’ phone records is a bread-and-butter tactic in the course of criminal investigations,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email. “The records are maintained at all times by the phone company, not the government. This program simply streamlines the process of serving the subpoena to the phone company so law enforcement can quickly keep up with drug dealers when they switch phone numbers to try to avoid detection.” The Associated Press independently obtained a series of slides detailing Hemisphere. They show the database includes not just records of AT&T customers, but of any call that passes through an AT&T switch. The federal government pays the salaries of four AT&T employees who work in three federal anti-drug offices around the country to expedite subpoena requests, an Obama administration official told the AP on Monday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to discuss the program, and said that two of the AT&T employees are based at the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office in Atlanta, one at the HIDTA office in Houston, and one at the office in Los Angeles. The Hemisphere database includes records that date back to 1987, the official said, but typical narcotics investigations focus on records no older than 18 months. To keep the program secret, investigators who request searches of the

database are instructed to “never refer to Hemisphere in any official document,” one of the slides noted. Agents are told that when they obtain information through a Hemisphere program subpoena, they should “wall off” the program by filing a duplicative subpoena directly to target’s phone company or by simply writing that the information was obtained through an AT&T subpoena. It wasn’t immediately clear what percentage of U.S. calls are routed through AT&T switches and thus have records captured in Hemisphere. One slide says the program includes records “for a tremendous amount of international numbers that place calls through or roam on the AT&T network.” “While we cannot comment on any particular matter, we, like all other companies, must respond to valid subpoenas issued by law enforcement,” AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in an email. According to the slides, the program is useful for investigators trying to track down drug traffickers or other criminals who frequently change phones or use multiple phones. If agents become aware of a phone number previously used by a suspect, they can write an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight required, for records about that number. Hemisphere analysts can track the number’s call history or other characteristics and compare it to the history and characteristics of phones still in use — thus winnowing down a list of possible current phone numbers for the suspect, along with their location.


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NEW DELHI (AP) — A series of recent high-profile gang rape cases in India has ignited a debate: Are such crimes on the rise, or is it simply that more attention is being paid to a problem long hidden within families and villages? The answer, experts say, is both. Modernization is fueling a crisis of sexual assault in India, with increasingly independent women now working in factories and offices and stepping beyond the subservient roles to which they had traditionally been relegated. They are also more likely than their mothers and grandmothers were to report rapes, and more likely to encounter male strangers in public. “We never used to see so many cases of gang rape, and so many involving groups of young, unemployed men,” said Supreme Court lawyer Kirti Singh, who specializes in women’s issues. While there are no reliable statistics on gang rapes, experts say the trend, along with the growing sense of insecurity it has brought for women, led to recent outbursts of public anger over the long-ignored epidemic of violence against women. The silence broke in December, when a New Delhi student was gangraped on a bus in a particularly vicious attack from which she died two weeks later. A juvenile court on Saturday handed down the first conviction in the case, sending a teenager to a reform home for three years for rape and murder. The sentence, the maximum a juvenile can face, was widely denounced as too lenient, and the girl’s parents vowed to appeal. The other suspects in the case are being tried as adults and could face execution if convicted.

While attacks on women occur constantly across India, often within the home, the brutality and public nature of the New Delhi case left many shocked and shamed. Thousands took to the streets in the capital to express their outrage. The government, pledging to crack down, created fast-track courts for rape cases, doubled prison terms for rape and criminalized voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women. The Tourism Ministry launched a nationwide “I Respect Women” campaign after a Swiss bicyclist was gangraped in March in central India and an American woman was gang-raped two months later in the northern resort town of Manali. Yet another high-profile gang rape last month, against a photojournalist on assignment in Mumbai, renewed public fury and sent the media into 24-7 coverage marked by daily front page headlines and talk shows debating how to make India safe for women. “There is very clearly a class dimension” that is compounding the sudden outrage, women’s rights lawyer Flavia Agnes said. All five of the accused in the Mumbai attack had little to no education, and three had previously been arrested for theft, Mumbai police said. They lived in the slums near the abandoned textile mill where the woman was raped.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A United Nations team on Monday visited a contentious Iranian dissident camp in Iraq where multiple residents were killed the previous day in unclear circumstances, as the Iraqi government pledged to launch a probe into the bloodshed. The facts of what happened at Camp Ashraf are in dispute, including the number of those killed and how they died. Supporters of the roughly 100 exiles who had been living at the Saddam Hussein-era facility northeast of Baghdad allege that 52 people were killed in violence it blamed on Iraqi security forces, and that another seven were taken hostage. Iraqi officials have provided lower death tolls and have given different accounts of what happened, with some saying the bloodshed began with infighting among camp members, members of the Mujahedeene-Khalq group. The U.N. team was expected to return to Baghdad later Monday, according to U.N. spokeswoman Eliana Nabaa. The visit was intended to be “on humanitarian grounds, to assess where we can assist,” she said. The U.N. mission does not have a mandate to conduct a formal investigation, and it is not clear what, if any, findings the U.N. plans to release. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that his government was setting up a special committee to conduct its own investigation of what happened at Camp Ashraf, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Baghdad. A statement issued by alMaliki’s office said the Iraqi government is committed to ensuring the safety of people living within its borders, although it also “stressed the necessity of transferring the MEK members who are staying in Iraq illegally.”

The U.N., the United States and Britain have avoided assigning blame for the attack, but have condemned the violence at Camp Ashraf and urged Baghdad to ensure the security of the remaining Ashraf residents. The MEK opposes Iran’s clerical regime and until last year was labeled a terrorist group by the United States. It carried out a series of bombings and assassinations against Iran’s clerical regime in the 1980s and fought alongside Iraqi forces in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Several thousand of its members were granted sanctuary inside Iraq by Saddam. The group officially re nounced violence in 2001, and U.S. troops disarmed MEK members at the camp following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Camp Ashraf was home to more than 3,000 MEK members until last year, when most residents were transferred to a former U.S. military base near Baghdad. The Baghdad camp, known as Camp Liberty, is meant to be a temporary way station while the U.N. works to resettle the exiles abroad. It has been repeatedly targeted by militants in rocket attacks that have killed 10 people and injured many more, according to the MEK. Iraq’s current Shiite-led government, which has strengthened ties with neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran, considers the MEK’s presence in Iraq illegal and wants to expel its followers. The resettlement process has been slow because the U.N. has had difficulty securing commitments from member states to accept the exiles and because some of them are reluctant to be separated from their comrades. At least 162 MEK members have been resettled abroad so far, mostly in Albania.

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think most everyone would agree health care in this country needs fixing. The World Health Organization ranks the United States No. 38 in the world in that category, though our expenditure per capita is No. 1. How we go about transposing a new system is where people split ways. As can be expected, they tend to split many different ways. President Barack Obama offered a solution that was passed by Congress, and consequently Obamacare, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, became law. While Obamacare is not perfect — the country is still working out the bugs — it’s a step in the right direction. The law requires everyone who does not have an exemption to purchase health insurance or receive a tax penalty for not having insurance. The plus side of this is people can’t be denied health care coverage for pre-existing conditions. It only makes sense that everyone pay into the system for coverage, and that the insurance is affordable for all Americans. Many opponents of the Obamacare law have a problem with this insurance mandate, as they believe people should have the right not to have to pay for something they do not want. However, at some point, they will need health care. Not being insured is costing the country and its people already. According to, medical bills

make up 60 percent of personal bankruptcies. So who is paying the bill for the uninsured? Certainly the hospitals are not going to lose the money, as they have to operate. Not to mention, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requires hospitals to treat every person who strolls into an emergency room. There are two ways we pay for the uninsured in this country. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website, the taxpayer foots the bill by way of “federal, state and local governments giving substantial subsidies to so-called ‘safety-net’ hospitals.” This system is unsustainable and the government is already throwing money at the problem. The second way the uninsured are paid for is by the insured. On top of their taxes, the person who plays by the rules has their insurance rate beefed up to pay for the uninsured person. Obamacare will eliminate this for the insured person. This is why the tax penalty is necessary to pay for the uninsured when they inevitably have to go the hospital. In a country of 300-plus million people, the era of rugged individualism is dead, especially since we have passed laws that make sure the rugged individual doesn’t die when they choose not to be insured but still go to the emergency room. It makes no sense not to be insured anymore. Yes it costs money, but health

care should be a priority as it is a necessity. As Obama said in August that health care for many Americans will be cheaper than their cellphone bill. The tricky part of the Obamacare law is how it will affect small businesses and businesses in general, as they are required to provide insurance for full-time employees. Some businesses are threatening to cut hiring and hours for employees in order to evade paying for insurance. Businesses should care for their employees if they can afford the insurance instead of being greedy. According to obamacarefacts. com, businesses should benefit from the law, as the shop exchange should make insurance more affordable, and there will be cost assistance. Another positive element of Obamacare is children can stay on their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26. What the issue of health care comes down to is how important it is to Americans. Health care is something we all will use and is a need — not a want. We will have to pay for the care we receive through insurance, but cheating the system hasn’t saved us any money either. Gone are the days of nibbling on apples and hoping ills pass. We should be glad.


t’s just one piece of bad news after another when it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. While it was being pushed through Congress in spite of intense opposition, President Barack Obama and his minions promised lower premiums and improved coverage. Unfortunately, it seems as if those were either horribly misguided notions or outright lies. In recent months, a host of provisions of the bloated law have been unilaterally delayed by the Obama administration. The employer mandate, which forces businesses with more than 50 employees to provide coverage, has been pushed back to 2015 after being scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2014, according to Forbes. Employers already are cutting hours, slowing hiring or simply laying off employees to defray costs. The law’s regulations, which are incredibly expansive and expensive, are a primary cause of the increased costs. What’s worse, according to Forbes, is that the $2,000 penalty imposed on employers who do not offer insurance is actually much cheaper than providing coverage under the requirements of the law. So it actually creates an incentive for employers to not offer insurance coverage. The common notion about

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corporations among liberals is they are greedy and only care about maximizing profits at the expense of their workers. They have a vision of CEOs rolling in money and living a life of luxury, which in their view is unfair. Never mind the fact the Obama family lives like royalty, with their frequent vacations and lavish White House parties, at the taxpayers’ expense. But I digress. Businesses have to make a profit. The ones that fail to do so are the ones that go out of business. When new costs are imposed on them, naturally they will look to find ways to save money to balance out those costs. It’s common sense, which the politicians who wrote the law obviously lack. Insurance premiums, which were promised to decrease by $2,500 per family, have actually increased by $3,000 since the passage of Obamacare as of April 2013, according to Forbes. The first lesson I learned in economics was that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Yet Obamacare calls for insurance coverage to include free checkups, free preventive care and free contraception, just to name a few. Someone’s got to pay for that, and it will be the taxpayers. Obama promised the plan would cost $900 billion over 10 years when he was trying to sell it to the public. But the Washington Examiner reported in May that the Congressional Budget Office released figures that showed the actual cost as $1.8 trillion over 10 years, partially due to the incredible

amount of regulations included in the law. With the national debt closing in on $17 trillion, the last thing we need is another enormous expenditure. On top of that, the same CBO estimate predicted that 7 million fewer people would have employerprovided coverage by 2023. Other estimates have that number much higher. The CBO also admitted, according to Forbes, that over 30 million people would still be without insurance coverage after 10 years. So to sum all this up, we’re paying an exorbitant amount of money we don’t have for a law the American people don’t want and that won’t solve any of the problems it promised while creating new problems at the same time. I’m curious as to why it has any support at all. It’s rather telling when the very politicians who passed the law actually exempt themselves from its effects. Government employees are apparently too good for Obamacare. If it’s so great, why don’t they participate in it like everyone else? I don’t deny that health care needs reform. Costs are skyrocketing while many people have difficulty getting insurance coverage. But at this point, I would rather do nothing than do something counterproductive, which is what Obamacare has proven itself to be. Simply put, we can’t afford it and it won’t work. We should get out from underneath this burdensome bag of regulations while we still can.

Stafford loan decision only offers temporary solution Egyptian people’s voice By HAILEY GROSS

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A hot topic this summer has been the interest rate on government Stafford loans. The threatened increase of the rate from 3.4 percent to 6.8, originally postponed in July 2012, appeared once more in the summer of 2013. Washington D.C. remained tense as Congress’s Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach a decision by the July 1 deadline. As a result, the interest rate jumped to the dreaded 6.8 percent. However, Congress was quick to announce that this was by no means final, as they planned to meet and further discuss the subject. When a compromise was reached, it was packaged as a wonderful solution to the problem of increased student debt, as the savior of our debtriddled generation. As a result of the new deal, this year’s interest rate is 3.86, slightly higher than last year’s but far better than 6.8 percent. However, the new rate isn’t permanent. Instead of having a flat interest rate for multiple years, the new law has a year-by-year marketbased rate. Each year’s rate will be

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decided in connection with the government’s cost of lending in order to minimize money spent on the student loan program. What too few students are aware of is how potentially dangerous the new interest rate decision could be for them in future years. In comparison with the threatened 6.8 percent increase, this year’s interest rate of 3.86 percent seems worthy of celebration, but the market-based rate will eventually bring up the interest rate on loans. Still doesn’t sound too bad, though, right? Well, it won’t be five or 10 or 20 years before the market-based rate increases above 3.86 percent; it will be two years. Additionally, the Institute for College Access and Success believes that in five years, the interest rate will be high enough to cost students more money in total than even the 6.8 percent rate would have cost. To quell the fears of a perpetually increasing interest rate, Congress’s deal did put a cap on the rate at 8.35 percent. Such a high rate cap shows that not only is Congress prepared for rates to rise that high, they actually expect it to. The entire student loan system

is already predicted to make the government more than $180 billion in profit over the next decade. The new interest rate decision is predicted to provide an additional $700 million of profit in the next decade. With this deal, Congress has decided that not only is the student loan program not worth spending money on, it actually necessitates that profit be made from it. With the current administration’s huge push for affordable education, one might think that student loans would be a higher priority. The current goal of the student loan program seems to lean more toward making money than helping students, a somewhat conflicted message. The market-based rate is supposedly meant to prevent money from being spent on the student loan program, but with so much profit being created from the program already, what is the point? In justification, some of the profits from the student loan program and the new interest rate bill will go toward alleviating the massive national debt. Again, that’s something that hardly sounds bad. The ever-growing government debt in our nation Copyright © 2013 Texas Tech University Student Media/The Daily Toreador. All DT articles, photographs and artwork are the property of The DT and Student Media and may not be reproduced or published without permission. The Daily Toreador is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval.

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is a huge problem, right? But it doesn’t seem fair that our government’s debt is being paid at the expense of individual, goaloriented students who are finding it harder and harder to pay for higher education each year. If the future of our young population and the education of the current college generation are so important, then it should be considered a greater priority and not the immediate solution to national debt. That’s not to say the 6.8 percent interest rate was the best, or even a better, option. The 3.86 percent is, for the current year, far preferable. But the truth is that the compromise reached by Congress will only calm the masses for a few years, a decade at the most. Today’s students might be relieved to know they will have relatively low loan interest rates in the next couple years. However, students of future graduation years will be dismayed by an interest rate that only seems to increase every year and caps at an unbelievable 8.35 percent. The issue of Stafford loan interest rates will rise once again, when future student borrowers are thrown further into debt. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.

will bring about change By ELIZABETH ILLERBRUN

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Egypt is dealing with a coup that the military is leading against the recently elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Much of Egypt is strongly supporting the military as their dislike for the country’s leadership grows. This change in power means this will be the third government in control of Egypt in the same length of time. Last year, there were protests being led against the ruler Ahmed Shafiq, particularly by Egyptian students and the media heavily focused on the revolution. Egyptian students led protests, demonstrating the possibility that students can make a difference. On campuses across the world, students are gaining experience and becoming prepared for life. They are making connections and friends that will hopefully continue to stay with them beyond graduation and into the world. Campuses in the U.S. are filled with students that are the future decision makers. These students have the ability to speak up and, through effort, be heard and incite change. The students in Egypt saw something that they disagreed with and wanted change. They chose to act on these feelings and inspired transformations within their society. Here in the U.S., young people can look at these actions and learn to work towards their goals. No matter how difficult something seems, hard work and determination can change the impossible into a reality. The students of Egypt helped to influence change and bring democracy to Egypt nearly one year ago. These changes are no longer popular with the people.

The U.S. provides funding for Egypt and supports democracy, however; Egyptians are no longer democratic. Their military has, with the support of a majority of the people, committed a coup, taking over the government. The military is currently killing off civilian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. They have removed the president from power. The military is transforming Egypt into a police state. The media is facing heavy censorship, being shut down or controlled. Egyptians are supporting the coup because they disagree with how the Brotherhood has acted since Morsi was put into power. Morsi was elected as the better option on the ballot, according to the Guardian. It was not due to any particular fondness for the leader and the policies that he was putting in place and promising. The Brotherhood failed to gain the support of the people of Egypt. Their policies alienated their voters and led to the majority of people supporting the violent military coup. There is no promise that the military leadership will be any better, but it will be different. Change is wanted by the mass and it is being provided by the military. So long as it is provided, the ends seem to justify the means in the minds of many people. It is not guaranteed that Egypt’s rule will improve under the new regime. While the U.S. is still providing aid to Egypt, there is no promise that this will continue as the U.S. does not generally support violent military coups against democratic governments. As issues continue, the world looks on in anticipation of an end to the violence, and in curiosity as to the outcome.



Mark Charney and his wife wanted to adopt locally. Mark Charney said he did not understand trying to adopt outside the country when there are so many children in the U.S. who need homes. He said they tried to adopt through the state first, but they were unhappy with the state requirements for adoption. “You had to actually sort of work for a year in the state system,” Mark Charney said. “By the time you got through the year of training and the like, the kid was going to foster home to foster home to foster home and we got frustrated with the state system.” The Charneys decided to use a private-adoption route instead, and Sappho Charney said it was a lot easier. They only had one false alarm when their adoption lawyer found a child and the child’s mother refused to give him up. Richard Harbison, executive pastor at a Baptist church in Shallowater, said he has adoption lawyers in his congregation who frequently help families

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through the process. “Honestly, one of the greatest joys for a lawyer is working an adoption case,” Harbison said, as he sat forward in his chair, smiling. “You know, helping this family come together.” Mark Charney said they received an offer for a set of twins who were half-sisters. The mother slept with two different men who fertilized two different eggs. “So the girls have the same mom, but different dads, but they’re twins,” Mark Charney said. “Fraternal twins, which is why one is black and one is white.” The birth mother was in jail two weeks before the twins were born, and the twins had been exposed to cocaine. The doctor told Mark that since the mother had used cocaine during the pregnancy, they would require extra care. According to the child statistics website, the families children grow up in and the social environment in which they live can have major effects on their well-being. Mark Charney said one of the twins was in the hospital for a week and the other for 10 days before they could take the pair home.

“One of them did not know how to eat at all,” he said. “It was really hard getting her to learn how to eat so they had to feed her intravenously and they were very tiny.” The doctor told the Charneys they would likely not see any of the cocaine abuse if they kept the girls to a regular schedule. They could not keep the babies up late and could not travel very far. The twins had to be in bed at 7 p.m. every night, Mark Charney said. Watching the twins grow up was a great experience, but Mark Charney said he and his wife were always concerned. “We were constantly worried about them,” Mark Charney said, “because of their background and we were nervous that something would happen to them.” He said they experienced a lot of prejudice against their African-American daughter, which came up in subtle ways. Mark Charney recalled instances when his white daughter would get invited to parties and the people in charge would say they only had room for one and it was always her. They struggled a lot, he said, but he and his wife took advice

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MARK CHARNEY, CHAIRMAN of the Department of Theater and Dance, adopted his twin daughters Alice and Julian in 1993 when they were three days old.

wherever they could find it. Mark Charney said when the girls were younger his wife was the primary caretaker because he traveled so much. “I trusted her more, she read more, she knew more,” Mark Charney said. “She has more of a natural parenting instinct than

I do, probably.” Sappho Charney said Mark Charney’s parenting style really complemented hers because he was more serious and she was always stressed when she probably did not need to be. Mark Charney said he would read to them at night and spend

time with them, but his time was 25 percent of what his wife’s time with them was. “I think that she put them before she put herself and I’m not sure I did,” Mark Charney said, “I’m not sure that’s the best way to do it but that’s just who I was.” ➤➤

SUV crash on Pa. rural highway kills 6, including 2 kids KANE, Pa. (AP) — An SUV crossed into oncoming traffic on a rural northwestern Pennsylvania highway and smashed head-on into another vehicle, killing six people, including two children, authorities said Sunday. A Jeep Liberty driven by 36-year-old Kathy Douglas of Kane crossed the center line at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and hit an approaching Pontiac Bonneville in the Allegheny National Forest, killing her daughter and nephew as well as four people in

the sedan, state police said. The four occupants of the car, all residents of nearby St. Marys, died in the crash: the driver, Gary Beimel, 62, and passengers David Cuneo, 54, Elaine Beimel, 55, and Florence Donachy, 81. Douglas’ 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo, and 12-year-old daughter, Olivia Douglas, were killed. Douglas and her 10-yearold son were seriously injured. The names of the two deceased children were released by Cummings Funeral Home in Kane,

which is handling arrangements. Jarrett was a student at Kane Area Elementary School, said Sam Cummings, who works at the funeral home. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane followed by burial in St. Callistus Cemetery. Cummings said the injured boy was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “I think he’s doing OK,” Cummings said. A nursing supervisor at UMPC

Hamot in Erie said Douglas was in serious condition Sunday night. The investigating officer, Trooper Roger McCloskey, said he believes Douglas was at fault and will face some sort of charges. “I have no idea yet, but the investigation is continuing,” he said Sunday. Police said Douglas and Gary Beimel were wearing seatbelts, but at least three of the deceased were not. McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill said all six were

declared dead at the scene of the wreck, and all died from blunt force trauma injuries. No autopsies were planned, and Cahill released the remains to funeral homes Sunday. Arrangements for the four occupants of Beimel’s vehicle were being handled by Lynch-Green Funeral Home Inc. in St. Marys, the coroner said. A message left for Lynch-Green was not immediately returned. Police said both vehicles were severely damaged, and U.S.

Route 219 was closed in both directions for more than six hours. More than 300 people attended a memorial service Sunday night for Jarrett and Olivia at the Kane Area Middle School football field, The Bradford Era reported. Olivia was a cheerleader for the Kane Tornadoes youth football team, and many students wearing football jerseys and cheerleader outfits from the Kane Tornadoes and the Kane Wolves football team attended the service.

‘Heat days’ become more common for Midwest schools CHICAGO (AP) — When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks. What they couldn’t always offer was air conditioning. “It’s kind of hard to focus because everyone was sweating,” said Deniyah Jones, a 12-year-old 7thgrader at Nash Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side, which has just a few window units for the entire fortress-like brick and stone building. This year’s late August heat exposed a tug-of-war in school districts that are under pressure to start school earlier than ever but are unable to pay to equip aging buildings with air conditioning. Parents who worry hot classrooms are a disadvantage for their kids are issuing an ultimatum: Make classes cooler or start the year later. “Thinking about air conditioning — we can’t even afford new textbooks,” said Bement Community Unit School District Su-

perintendent Sheila Greenwood, who oversees a tiny district of 380 students about 20 miles southwest of Champaign, Ill. Many people can recall school days spent inside ancient, brickconstruction buildings that on sweltering days seemed as hot as pizza ovens. But hot classrooms are becoming a bigger problem for schools than in years past, and increasingly, getting a “heat day” is as common for students as a “snow day.” As temperatures soared past 90 last week, some Midwest schools gave students extra water and bathroom breaks or canceled after-school activities. Districts from St. Joseph, Mo., and Frankfort, Ind., sent kids home early. In Fargo, N.D., five schools got the week off, and schools in Minneapolis closed down, too. “I was up on the third floor and it was 93.8 degrees in the classroom and the kids hadn’t been there in hours,” said Matt Patton, superintendent of a one-school district in Baxter, Iowa. “You put 20 bodies in there and it will go up to at least 95 and you can imagine all the sweat on the desks and textbooks.” For years, schools have been

moving to start the year in late or mid-August rather than just after Labor Day, when it is typically cooler. Part of the reason is that schools need more training days for standardized testing and new academic standards. Holiday breaks have also grown longer, and administrators say the only direction they can go is back into August. In Chicago, starting a week earlier is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s strategy to improve education in the nation’s third-largest school district by getting students in school longer. Air conditioning isn’t part of that plan. “The last estimate was over a billion dollars,” said Becky Carroll, a spokeswoman for Chicago’s district of 700 schools. “Those aren’t dollars we have.” The concerns go beyond comfort. Excessive heat makes the body work harder to maintain the ideal 98.6 temperature, and that can cause people to feel sluggish. Some worry that makes it hard to learn. Sweating helps cool things down, but children sweat less than adults, so heat can affect them more quickly. “I was speaking with teachers

yesterday and they said there were students who had to leave early, students with bloody noses, students (who) had fainting spells or fell asleep in the classroom,” said Chicago state Rep. La Shawn Ford, who received a number of complaints after the start of school. “It’s just not a learning environment.” Some studies have also shown that students in classrooms with air conditioning do better on achievement tests than those in classroom that don’t. Vic Zimmerman, the school superintendent in the central Illinois community of Monticello, said there is simply no point in keeping kids in class. Some of his district’s students were given

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NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs — some of them surprisingly joyous. Composer and pianist Jake Heggie said Sunday that his new album titled “here/after (songs of lost voices)” is meant “to create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win.” The singers, including baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Talise Trevigne, tell the stories of 9/11 survivors from around the country, expressing feelings about lost loved ones as they sort belongings left behind. One set of songs is called “Pieces of 9-11.” A firefighter from Texas Task

Force 1 who had combed through the smoking ground zero rubble says, “And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on.” Songwriter Gene Scheer, a Grammy award nominee, listened to real people to find words for the lyrics. Adults and children shared sometimes whimsical stories about dead spouses, fathers and friends — even about the pregnant woman who perished on United Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought back the terrorists. Her surviving husband faces the emotionally tricky questions, in the words of one song: “What’s beyond your anger? What’s beyond

your sorrow?” The double CD will be released Oct. 21, by PentaTone Classics. The stories from 9/11 are not static — etched in history, said the composer. “A dozen years later, stories continue to emerge, evolve and yearn to be told,” said Heggie, who lives in San Francisco and relied on New York resident Scheer to interview survivors. They all have one thing in common: None is a New York resident, though the city is the site of their loss. There’s a reason, Heggie said in a telephone interview. “I wasn’t in New York, I didn’t see the smoke and destruction, and yet my life changed that day — everyone’s life changed that day,” said Heggie.

Unlikely J.D. Salinger detective spent decade on trail recovering author’s work narrow blue eyes and dark, brushedback hair that could qualify him as an honorary Baldwin brother, the 40-year-old Salerno seems an unlikely candidate for breaking Salinger ground. He is not an experienced biographer, a trained academic or investigative journalist. He is, instead, a lifelong Salinger fan, a believer and a go-getter who has often succeeded simply by refusing to quit. “When I get something in my head, I go after it with extreme passion and I went after this for a decade with extreme passion,” Salerno, who reportedly negotiated 7-figure deals for each edition of “Salinger,” said during a recent weekend interview. Salerno has come as close as anyone to giving the public a peek into the safe in Cornish, N.H., where Salinger allegedly stashed his unreleased manuscripts. Citing two independent sources, he has alleged that several more Salinger books are on the way, including new material on Holden

Caulfield and on the Glass family He has a rejection slip The New that Salinger featured in “Franny and Yorker sent to Salinger, informing Zooey” and other books. No one, so him they were not interested in “The far, has disputed Salerno. Salinger’s Catcher In the Rye.” He has folders marked longtime publisher, “Personal Letters,” Little, B r o w n ‘’Divorce Papers” and and Com“The Vault/ pany, has The Safe.” declined Salerno comment. So has Sainterviewed hundreds of linger’s son, people and Matthew. has amassed The rehundreds of sults of his SHANE SALERNO documents, work can SCREENWRITER letters and be found, in part, in photoa 4-room office suite in Brentwood. graphs. For a time, he had an agreeThere are rare editions of Salinger ment with a Salinger family member books, including a reviewer’s copy of — Salerno won’t say who — to “Franny and Zooey” that includes the cooperate on the project, but the critic’s handwritten notes (“Owes a deal fell through. But “Salinger,” the lot to Faulkner,” reads one comment). book and movie, still features notable

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shane Salerno’s phone never stops ringing. Known until now as a screenwriter for “Armageddon” and “Savages,” working by day on a sequel to “Avatar,” he has taken on a surprising and news-making identity: the latest, and, apparently, greatest seeker of clues about J.D. Salinger. Salerno is finally opening up about a private quest he worked on for a decade, spending $2 million of his own money. Stating that he has found more than even he had imagined, including what the author might have written over the last half century of his life, Salerno is presenting his case in “Salinger,” a unique, 3-way project: A 700-page book, co-authored with David Shields; a theatrical release distributed by the Weinstein Company; and a TV documentary that will air on PBS in January as the 200th installment of “American Masters.” Earnest and energetic with sharp,

new material: —Photographs, letters and other materials from Salinger friend Paul Fitzgerald, whose close bond with the author lasted from World War II to 2010, the year Salinger died. (Paul Fitzgerald died just months later.) Fitzgerald’s son, John, said in an email that his father had always respected Salinger’s privacy, but that the family also believed it was time to “shed light” on misinformation. “After many lengthy conversations with Mr. Salerno, I knew that this would be the very vehicle to do so,” he said. The great prize was a World War II snapshot so tiny that no one at first could make out what it contained. “He (John Fitzgerald) called up and he said, ‘I don’t know what it is. It looks like he’s at a table,’” Salerno said. “I remember sending out my assistant to run out and buy a magnifying glass.” There was indeed a table, with an open notebook or journal on top,

in or near a forest. A mustachioed Salinger looks up with a warm but careful smile, a cigarette in hand. Salerno verified that the snapshot was the only known photo of Salinger working on “The Catcher in the Rye.” (A caption on the back reads: “The writer in our outfit, Jerry Salinger, taking time out to pose”). —The end of a decades-long silence by a woman who as a teen in the 1950s formed an intense bond with Salinger and was a model for the title character in his story “For Esme — With Love and Squalor.” Jean Miller spoke at length about their relationship and provided letters Salinger sent to her. “I felt now I was in a position to tell my side of the story without, as Salinger was dead, betraying him,” Miller said in an email. “I trusted Shane to tell my story. He had worked on this for so many years. He had Salinger’s best interest at heart. He was not one of these parasites chasing down Salinger.”

Plane carrying 12 lands hard in Colo., no one hurt ‘Don’t be afraid’: Final words from Seamus Heaney TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A plane carrying 12 people, including team members of a project about famed author J.D. Salinger, landed hard at Telluride airport after its landing gear collapsed, but officials said no one was injured. The twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 skidded to a stop just after 1 p.m. Sunday and sustained damage to the left engine propellers and wing, the San Miguel County Sheriff ’s Office said. Members of the team behind an upcoming book and documentary on the writer were among the 10 passengers and two crew members aboard, according to “Salinger” author Shane Salerno.

But it was not clear exactly how many people connected to the project were on board. “I am extremely grateful that everyone is okay,” Salerno, who was not on board, told The Associated Press in an email. Before the plane landed, firefighters arrived at the scene to await its arrival after receiving advance notice that a light on the aircraft had shown its landing gear was not locked down. There was no fire or smoke after the hard landing, but authorities said the aircraft suffered damage to the left engine propellers and the left wing. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the aircraft was

arriving from Denver when the left main landing gear collapsed. The Los Angeles Times reported the team traveled to Colorado on Sunday to promote the Salinger documentary at the Telluride Film Festival. The book about the author of the acclaimed novel “The Catcher In the Rye” is scheduled to be published this week and the film will air on PBS in January. Sgt. Michael Westcott of San Miguel County said deputies gave the passengers a ride to the terminal building, where they retrieved their luggage and left the airport. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident.

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland mourned the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney, with equal measures of poetry and pain Monday in a funeral full of grace notes and a final message from the great man himself: Don’t be afraid. Among those packing the pews of Dublin’s Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart were government leaders from both parts of Ireland; poets, playwrights and novelists; all four members of the rock band U2; the actor Stephen Rea, and former Lebanese hostage Brian Keenan. Ireland’s foremost uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn, played a wailing lament before family members and friends offered a string of readings from the Bible and their own often-lyrical remembrances of the country’s most celebrated

writer of the late 20th century. Heaney won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995 in recognition of his wide-ranging writings inspired by the rural wonders of Ireland, the strife of his native Northern Ireland, the ancient cultures of Europe, of Catholic faith and Celtic mysticism, and the immutability of family ties. He died Friday in a Dublin hospital at the age of 74. A eulogy by poet Paul Muldoon went strong on humor-tinged anecdotes of Heaney’s easygoing family life, “bouncy” charm and “big-hearted celebrity.” Muldoon recalled how Heaney, after being fitted with a pacemaker following his 2006 stroke, “took an almost unseemly delight in announcing: Blessed are the pacemakers.” He described Heaney’s greatest trait as

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simply “his beauty” as both a bard and human being. An Irish publisher and fellow poet, Peter Fallon, offered a reading of “The Given Note,” the only Heaney poem read aloud during the ceremony. O’Flynn, who often collaborated with Heaney on the poet’s audiorecorded readings of his works, then played “Port na bPucai,” Gaelic for “The Fairies’ Tune,” a medieval song of myth and legend that inspired the same poem. The 90-minute service ended with a cellist’s rendition of the childhood bedtime classic, “Brahms’s Lullaby.” Mourners hummed along with the tune; some could even be seen mouthing the words “lullaby and goodnight” as Heaney’s sons and siblings carried the casket up the aisle.


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Red Raider soccer suffers first loss of season scored her first goal of the season on Friday against Idaho State and logged her first assist to Strahan on Sunday against the 49ers. Strahan said Crabtree’s efforts have set her apart from other younger players early in the season. “Maddy worked so hard,” Strahan said. “That’s what you want in freshmen coming in. It’s like something that even I can look up to. She pushes me in practice, because, you know, she is a freshman, but that doesn’t stop her, she came in and she said, you know, ‘I’m going to work, I’m going to play, and obviously I’m going to score,’ and she did, and I love that mentality about Maddy.” Early in the second half Long Beach State tied it up, which was the first time this season Tech allowed a goal to get past their defense. Crabtree scored her second goal of the season against the 49ers, assisted by senior defender, Mallory Yacullo. Crabtree’s goal was followed by another Long Beach State goal from senior Eileen Maes with about three minutes left on the clock. Long Beach State made one last goal with two seconds left on the clock and took its first win of the season. Coach Tom Stone said the mentality of the team was not where it needed to be and in the future the players need to not take the points on the scoreboard

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Texas Tech soccer suffered its first loss of the season to Long Beach State on Sunday coming into the game undefeated and leaving with a 3-1 record. Long Beach State freshman Mimi Rangel scored a goal during the last two seconds and ended with the final score 3-2. The 49ers were coming off a two-game losing streak after a loss against Santa Clara on Thursday. Long Beach State held Tech to one goal in the first half of the match and only one other shot on goal. Junior Paige Strahan netted her first goal of the season. Strahan was the second-leading scorer on the team last season with eight goals and was an AllBig 12 Conference selection. Strahan said it’s good when Tech is able to score quickly and get ahead early in the match. “It’s great always, to score, and good to get off quick and fast, so it was good,” she said. “I think that usually when we score first, we all get this mentality like ‘Heck yeah, we are ready to do this.’ I think it set us off for a little while and I think unfortunately that it kind of leveled out a little bit in the second half and it allowed some other unfortunate stuff to happen that really tailored with our brain.” Freshman Maddy Crabtree

or the team ranking for granted. “ I think just as a team they’ve probably got to get together and realize maybe we’ve taken this a little too much for granted,” he said. “We were up in every game, we were up tonight, I think we thought the other team would just go away. And we did this exact same thing to Long Beach last year, put it in the last 30 seconds to steal their game and they did it to us this year.” Tech beat Idaho State, 3-0, Friday night giving up one shot on goal against the Bengals. Sophomore Janine Beckie scored in two consecutive games for the fourth time in her career during the Idaho State game where she scored the first goal of the game. Beckie said the goal was important for the Red Raiders to set the tone early against the Bengals. “That’s my game,” Beckie said. “I love to run. I love to run behind defense, I love to run at defense, in front of, anything that involves running I like to do, so Hayley Haagsma, credit to her, such an amazing ball and you know, I felt around my back and saw that I had to calm down and finish it, because we needed to get a goal up on the board. It was an important goal and, I’m happy that I finished it.” Texas Tech will host California State Fullerton at 7 p.m. Friday at the John Walker Soccer Complex. ➤➤

Volleyball claims share of tournament title was two teams playing at a very high level and I was very happy with the passion and energy that we displayed tonight for the first time this season. Weber State is a very well coached team, so this was an important win.” Te c h s p l i t t h e f i r s t t w o frames with Weber State and then recovered from an 18-14 deficit in the third set to finish the game after winning nine of the final 11 points, according to a news release. Junior outside hitter Breeann David led the way offensively for the Red Raiders, recording a match-high 20 kills in the fourth set alone. It was the first time in David’s career to record 20 or more kills in consecutive matches. Mikia Mills also

The Red Raider volleyball team brought home a share of the tournament title after finishing 3-1 at the Wildcat Invitational in Ogden, Utah. Texas Tech shared the title with tournament host Weber State, who also finished the weekend with a record of 3-1. Tech fell short against Seattle in the opening match before finishing the tournament with three straight wins over University of California-Riverside, G r a n d C a n y o n a n d We b e r State. Coach Don Flora said he was pleased with his team’s performance after defeating Weber State in its last match. “It was a fantastic early season environment,” he said. “It

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played a big role for Tech offensively, matching her career high of 12 kills against Weber State, according to a release. Junior libero Rachel Brummitt led the way for Tech defensively, recording her ninth career 20-dig performance as a Red Raider, according to a release. David was named the tournament’s co-MVP following the match, while Brummitt and Mills both earned AllTournament honors, according to a release. The Red Raiders host their first home game at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in United Spirit Arena, playing two matches against Abilene Christian.



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Flora earns career win 300 By REX ROSE Staff Writer

Texas Tech coach Don Flora tallied his 300th career win Saturday morning as the Red Raiders defeated Grand Canyon at the Wildcat Invitational in Ogden, Utah. Tech trailed by as many as seven points before closing the opening set on a 10-0 run. This is the longest scoring run so far this season, according to a news release. There were four Tech players

who recorded double-digit kills for the team, including Aubree Piper with 14, Mikia Mills with a career high 13, Courtney Ensch with 12 and Breeann David with a career high 21, according to the release. Tech has not had four players with double-digit kills since finishing with five last year against Houston Baptist. Emily Reutter played a key roll for the attackers recording her seventh career double-double with 52 assists to go along with 14 digs, according to a news release. The win improved Flora’s

record as a collegiate head coach to 300-95, heading into the weekend’s final match against Weber State later that day, which the Raiders won, improving Flora’s current career record to 301-95. Flora said he was glad to see good play on both offense and defense. “It was good to see us find our offensive rhythm and out-dig a really good defensive team,” he said. “It shows that what we are working on is starting to pay dividends.”


Cruz, Pierre-Paul work as Giants prep for Cowboys EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Wide receiver Victor Cruz seemingly is a go for the New York Giants’ season opener at Dallas. The same can’t be said for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Both practiced Monday as the Giants started preparations for Sunday night’s game with the Cowboys. It was the first workout with the team for Cruz since bruising his left heel in a preseason game against the Colts on Aug. 18. He missed the final two exhibition games, but he seemed to run without any problem Monday. “I was going full speed,” said the dynamic Cruz, who has led the team in receiving the past two seasons.

“I wasn’t holding anything back. I don’t play like that, I don’t practice like that. It’s hard to gauge yourself when you don’t go full speed like that. I just took my time and I was out there going full speed and it felt good.” Cruz worked out for the trainers on Sunday and was given the green light to practice. “Definitely, it’s good to have all your weapons out there, one of your top receivers,” quarterback Eli Manning said after the practice. “It’s good to get him running around. I’m excited he’ll be back for this opening game.” Cruz tested his foot in the workout, cutting hard on curl patterns,

which forced him to dig his foot into the grass. There was no pain. The difference on Sunday is that the Cowboys play on an artificial turf. Cruz isn’t sure whether he will go into the Giants’ indoor facility and run on the artificial surface to see how it feels before the game, but he is encouraged and looking forward to playing. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been all out there healthy and feeling good,” Cruz said. “We’re excited about that. We’re excited to go out there and put a full game together, all of us receivers playing hard, and creating first downs, creating big play opps and doing what we do best. “


No. 9 Louisville dominates Ohio 49-7 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater had No. 9 Louisville up by two touchdowns before he threw an incomplete pass. Bridgewater hit his first nine passes and matched a career best with five touchdown throws as the Cardinals defeated Ohio 49-7 on Sunday. Coming off an 11-2 finish and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, Bridgewater and the Cardinals dominated. That pleased a sellout crowd of 55,332 seeing them for the first time since that BCS win set off the school’s remarkable run of success that included an NCAA men’s basketball title, the women’s team’s runner-up NCAA finish and an appearance in College World Series. Bridgewater kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign by going 23 of 28 for 355 yards. Damian Copeland and Kai De La Cruz each caught two touchdowns and DeVante Parker and Robert Clark each had one. Michael Dyer, the former Auburn star, debuted for Louisville and broke off a 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Cardinals outgained Ohio 615-273. But it all started with Bridgewater. “He studies the game and studies the receivers and he does a great job of checking and taking what the defense gives him,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. “It was just fun to watch Teddy. It’s just amazing how he keeps getting bet-

ter and better.” It was an impressive showing for a Louisville squad out to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke while starting this season with high expectations. The Cardinals began with their highest preseason ranking in school history and are favored to win the new American Athletic Conference that would earn another BCS bowl bid. Bridgewater has drawn even more attention following a breakout sophomore season with 3,718 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. He certainly met expectations in his season debut, completing his first nine passes for 121 yards before Copeland dropped a catchable ball down the middle. By then Louisville was up 14-0 after Bridgewater hit Copeland for touchdowns for 34 and 19 yards, helping the senior receiver match his 2012 total. The quarterback had a couple more drops and threw an interception, but was otherwise locked in and efficient in moving to fifth in program history for yardage and fourth in touchdown passes. “I’m all about this team executing,” Bridgewater said. “At the end of the day, I play the game to build a relationship with guys in the locker room and to win games. As far as individual stats, I couldn’t care less. If I go 0-for-25, I just want to win the game.” Like last season, Bridgewater involved many targets in the offense and found them wide open

much of the day. Parker was at least 10 yards past a defender when he caught a 27-yard pass for the Cardinals’ third TD in the second quarter. De La Cruz meanwhile had 20 clear yards in front of him after catching a Bridgewater pass for a 40-yard touchdown in finishing with team and career highs of 116 yards on four catches. Only Clark faced Ohio coverage before diving for his 25-yard score late in the third quarter. Backup Will Gardner followed Bridgewater in the fourth but didn’t miss a beat, hitting De La Cruz for 30-yard touchdown for a 49-7 lead. “It felt great,” said De La Cruz, a junior. “No greater feeling to show what I’ve been working on all summer and offseason training. ... It just felt very easy.” Louisville had hiccups such as four false starts and a face mask penalty in the first quarter. A pass interference penalty late in the third quarter helped Ohio break the shutout as Ryan Boykin scored from 10 yards. But those were the only mistakes on a day that the Cardinals cruised. “They were hitting on all cylinders today,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “Bridgewater was precision-perfect on a lot of throws. At times, we made it a little easier than we should have made it for them as far as leaving receivers wide open. Still, their passing attack obviously was a great passing attack.”

Suzann Pettersen wins Safeway Classic PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years Sunday, taking advantage of playing partner Yani Tseng’s final-round collapse at Columbia Edgewater. Three strokes behind leader Tseng entering the round, the third-ranked Pettersen closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over second-ranked Stacy Lewis. Pettersen finished at 20-under 268 for her 12th LPGA Tour victory. The 32-year-old Norwegian also won the LPGA Lotte in Hawaii in April and won a Ladies European Tour event in March in China. She won the 2011 tournament at Pumpkin Ridge. “I felt like this was a good bounce back from last week when I kind of screwed it up on the last day,” said Pettersen, who finished eight strokes behind winner Lydia Ko in the Canadian Women’s Open after beginning the final round a shot back.

“I tried to give myself chances. Once I got going I felt like I made a lot of clutch putts. I guess that’s what made me win today. The putter was a good friend of mine.” Tseng followed her third-round 63 with a 78 to tie for ninth at 12 under. The Taiwanese star, a 15time winner on the tour who had a 109-week run at No. 1 in the world ranking, is winless in 37 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012. Lewis, a three-time winner this year, shot a 68. “It was a little frustrating. I played really good, though, so I can’t be upset,” Lewis said. “A lot of those putts I hit exactly where I wanted to and they just didn’t go in. A bogeyfree tournament I’ve never done before, so I keep checking things off the list.” Lizette Salas was third at 17 under after a 69, and 2008 champion Cristie Kerr was another stroke back after a 69. A 72-hole event for the time, the

tournament returned to Columbia Edgewater after four years at Pumpkin Ridge. Columbia Edgewater also was the tournament site from 1990-2008. For Pettersen, the Safeway victory capped an emotional three-week period. It started with Solheim Cup, where Pettersen helped Europe rout the United States in Parker, Colo. “Seems like Portland is a good stop for me,” Pettersen said. “Seems like I always play well here. This was a good finish to a solid three-week stretch for me.” A key point during Pettersen’s final round was her response after hitting a poor 8-iron at the par-3 second hole that led to a double bogey. “I felt like an amateur, to be honest. That was a disaster of a hole,” Pettersen said. “I decided before I went out (Sunday) just not to have too many reactions, good or bad. I knew there were birdies out there if you really get it going.”

Nyad 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. As she approached, spectators waded into waisthigh water and surrounded her, taking pictures and cheering her on. “I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team,” she said on the beach. “I have to say, I’m a little bit out of it right now,” Nyad said. She gestured toward her swollen lips, and simply said “seawater.” Her team said she had been slurring her words while out in the water. She was placed on a stretcher on the beach and received an IV before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. But her doctor later declared her essentially healthy and expected her to recover quickly from dehydration, swelling and sunburn. “I just wanted to get out of the sun,”

she said after coming ashore on a scorching, sunny day amid calm seas. It was Nyad’s fifth attempt and what she had said would be her last try to complete the approximately 110-mile swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her first attempt was in 1978. “It’s historic, marvelous,” said Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, the Hemingway Marina commodore who helped organize the Cuba side of Nyad’s multiple attempts. “I always thought she could do it given her internal energy, her mental and physical strength, her will of iron,” said Diaz Escrich, whom Nyad has called a longtime friend. “More than the athletic feat, she wants to send a message of peace, love, friendship and happiness ... between the people of the United States and Cuba,” he added. President Barack Obama was among a flurry of public officials and celebrities who tweeted congratulations. The president’s tweet read: “Never give up on your dreams.” Nyad’s previous try was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen.

This time, she wore a full bodysuit, gloves, booties and a mask at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface. The new silicone mask caused bruises inside her mouth, making it difficult for her to speak, she told her team as she neared land. Doctors traveling with Nyad had been worried about her slurred speech and her breathing, but didn’t intervene, according to Nyad’s website. “She was incredible to watch the whole way through,” said one of her doctors, Derek Covington, speaking with The Associated Press afterward. Covington said Nyad was given IV fluids on her arrival to combat dehydration and was resting and being checked out at a medical center as a precaution. Although she had some swelling of the lips, tongue and the airway near the mouth, Nyad wouldn’t need a long recovery, the doctor said, calling her stable and “very healthy.” Nyad jumped from the seawall of the Hemingway Marina into the warm waters off Havana Saturday morning to begin swimming. She paused occasionally for nourishment, but never left the water.


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