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Texas prison reveals execution drug’s origin HOUSTON (AP) — The nation’s most active death-penalty state has turned to a compounding pharmacy to replace its expired execution drugs, according to documents released Wednesday, weeks after Texas prison officials declined to say how they obtained the drugs amid a nationwide shortage. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, responding to a Freedom of Information request from The Associated Press, released documents showing the purchase of eight vials of the drug pentobarbital last month from a compounding pharmacy in suburban Houston. Such pharmacies custom-make drugs but aren’t subject to federal scrutiny. Texas’ previous supply of the sedative expired last month, but prison officials wouldn’t say where they were getting their new supply. Several companies have been refusing to sell the drug for use in executions, leading to a shortage in death penalty states, though at least South Dakota and Georgia have also turned to compounding pharmacies.
Amid probe, 1 arraigned in NY vehicle brawl NEW YORK (AP) — A motorcyclist accused of touching off what evolved into a bloody confrontation between an SUV driver and a throng of bikers was charged Wednesday with reckless driving while investigators searched for key players in the driver’s beating. Investigators and prosecutors, who held off charging another person, faced the task of trying to track down and talk to dozens of helmet-clad motorcyclists seen in an online video of the encounter. The confrontation spiraled from a minor collision between a motorbike and the SUV into the car plowing over a biker and fellow riders surrounding, chasing and attacking the driver, authorities said. The only person criminally charged in Sunday’s encounter is Christopher Cruz, who was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. Police and prosecutors said Cruz, of Passaic, N.J., was the biker who initially cut off the SUV, which then bumped his motorcycle’s back tire.
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Nellis gives faculty tips on teaching
College to Coffee Gatsby’s Coffee Shop turns coffee into craft By CALLIE POINDEXTER Staff Writer
By MIKAEL GONZALES Staff Writer
The Matador Room was filled with faculty and staff members as President M. Duane Nellis gave his personal philosophy on teaching at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The event mostly was popular among faculty and staff members, but the addition of the students in the room caused event organizers to have to wheel out more chairs for the audience. Aliza Wong, the associate chairwoman and associate professor for the Department of History, introduced Nellis as a man who emphasizes working closely with students and staff. “When I was elected faculty senate president,” she said, “the very first congratulations I received were from Dr. Nellis.” Wong said Nellis sent his congratulatory email hours after she was elected. “He already was playing the role of two presidents,” she said. TEACHING continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Library hosts 29th FACE
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URS PETER FLUECKIGER, an architecture professor, explains the heat absorption of a sustainable cabin during the keynote presentation during the Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit opening on Wednesday in the Library. More than 80 faculty members have their work presented at the exhibit.
By JOSE SOSA Staff Writer
Hill: Reagan legacy tarnished by Latin American movement
At Texas Tech, professors are students within their respective fields. It is during the annual Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit that they get a chance to show what they have accomplished. FACE continued on Page 2 ➤➤
When Amanda Stewart first began working at coffee shops while studying English at Texas Tech, she saw her work as an enjoyable way to earn money. However, after learning about the complexities of coffee, she soon discovered it could be much more. “The places I was working for at the time,” Stewart said, “it was a few different ones, I started noticing things, like, ‘Oh man, I wish they would do this differently,’ or ‘I wish they would offer a different kind of coffee,’ ‘I wish they would stop over-roasting their beans,’ and so I just kind of built this whole list of, ‘Oh, if I had my own shop this is what I would do.’” It wasn’t long before the Tech alumna received her chance to check some of those ideas off her list. After an offer to buy a space in Cactus Alley, a loan and three weeks of elbow grease, Stewart opened Gatsby’s Coffee Shop in April 2012. She said Gatsby’s, named after her Alaskan malamute, features third-wave style brewing, which focuses on the intricacies of coffee as opposed to high production. Stewart said Gatsby’s works to preserve the integrity of the coffee bean and brew in such a way that brings out the flavor of the coffee. “We’re focusing more on the craft of coffee,” she said, “kind of veering away from the sugary drinks and let the coffee speak for itself more, and if you have coffee that’s been roasted well, it can do that and it blows people’s minds. So that’s what we’re striving for.” Alexander Isett said he helped Stewart with initial consulting for Gatsby’s, as well as building the menu and acquiring machinery and equipment. Now the manager of Gatsby’s, Isett also is the owner and roaster at Noblesse Coffee Co. in Lubbock. He said he conducts independent coffee research and constantly tastes and tests different types of coffee. “You can pick up tasting notes in our coffee the same way you would taste wine, or beer, or scotch, or any other connoisseurial product,” Isett said. “I mean it will still taste like coffee,
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OWNER OF GATSBY’S Coffeehouse, Amanda Stewart, shows off the main coffeemaker inside her coffeehouse Wednesday in a shopping center on Salem Avenue.
but you will get accents.” As local business owners, Isett and Stewart both said they strive to support local business and build up the West Texas coffee community. “Just kind of the general concept of keeping it local,” Isett said, “and small businesses helping out other small businesses, whether it be a craft beer brewery or a craft coffee roaster, even just local venders. We have two of the teas that we sell are actually blended two doors down.” In addition, Gatsby’s walls are lined with art for sale produced by local artists, and Stewart said the live music they feature Friday and Saturday nights is largely comprised of local bands and musicians. Although Stewart said she had to learn some lessons the hard way, such as hiring an accountant after a failed attempt to handle all of the financial
matters on her own — she has enjoyed being a business owner. “I am my own boss,” she said. “That is awesome. I never really thought I was going to own my own business whenever I was at Tech. I thought I was going to be an English teacher, so, yes, it’s very nice to make my own schedule and not have to answer to anybody. But other than that, the coffee community is amazing.” Isett said the coffee house’s customers are primarily students and Gatsby’s spacious tables and musicfree upper level make it an ideal study environment. Stewart said even though their shop cannot be easily seen from the road, word of mouth and social media have kept coffee lovers informed of their location. GATSBY continued on Page 5 ➤➤
Texas Tech ranks No. 5 in fundraising nationwide by Michael Chatman By CHELSEA GRUNDEN Staff Writer
Tech falls in Big 12 Conference home opener—SPORTS, Page 7
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Texas Tech ranked No. 5 on the list of the Top 25 University Fundraising Teams for 2013 by Michael Chatman, founder of Philanthropy Speakers Agency. Tech’s position ranked higher than No. 7 the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University at No. 13, and Texas A&M University at No. 18. Tech fell behind Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Brigham Young University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to a news release. “This has been a historic year for fundraising at Texas Tech,” Chancellor
Kent Hance said in the release. “We are pleased that our team effort is being honored through this recognition. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our fundraising team, administration and generous donors and alumni, we were able to achieve our most ambitious fundraising goal to date.” The Tech System comprises four component institutions and operates at 12 academic sites and centers. It has about 17,000 employees focused on advancing education, health care, research and outreach, according to the release. The System recently completed Vision and Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech, which has generated a total of $1.069 billion. According to the release, the 25
schools were chosen based on overall satisfaction from donors and fundraising professionals who work for the university. Chatman said the ranked universities provide their fundraising teams with support, training and a healthy work environment. Chatman has been voted America’s Maverick Philanthropist and is a radio host for the Michael Chatman Giving Show, according to the release. He is known as a voice of philanthropy and social innovation as he heads the nation’s largest group of mission-related philanthropists, The Association of Maverick Philanthropists, which gives up to $50,000 annually. Chatman determined the rankings through national surveys from various
speaking engagements, social media polls and radio interviews. He also directed focus groups with the help of a team of volunteers in philanthropy, social innovation and donor research, according to the release. “Our fundraising team is a success because all of our efforts are driven by passion for Texas Tech,” said Scott Cooksey, interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement, in the release. “Each gift to our universities represents an investment in a cause the donor truly cares about, and it is exciting to see the impact of these gifts as our institution grows. This recognition is a tribute to the hard work of our team and generosity of our supporters.” ➤➤email@example.com
OCT. 3, 2013
Law school hosts Court of Criminal Appeals By KATY HOLLIFIELD Staff Writer
Today Discovery! Social Media Scavenger Hunt Time: All day Where: Online So, what is it? Texas Tech Advising is hosting an event for students to participate in a scavenger hunt throughout campus this week involving social media Resume Screening Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Stop by and get your homecoming resume screened. New Teaching Academy Members 2013-2014 Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: University Library So, what is it? The Teaching Academy will induct new members and host an awards ceremony. TAB Free Movie Matinee Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Escondido Theatre, Student Union Building So, what is it? Missed yesterday’s showing of Monsters University? Don’t fret, there is another opportunity to see it or to see it again. Bring your friends and enjoy the movie. Free with a student ID. Interactive Game Night Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Matador Room, Student Union Building
So, what is it? If you enjoy board games, this event is for you. Bring your friends and enjoy playing lifesized versions of various board games. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, where is it? Come enjoy the School of Music’s top ensembles perform.
Discovery! Social Media Scavenger Hunt Time: All day Where: Online So, what is it? Texas Tech Advising is hosting an event for students to participate in a scavenger hunt throughout campus this week involving social media. 12th Annual John M. Burns Conference Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Where: University Library So, where is it? The 12th Annual John M. Burns Conference will help participants learn more about creating a good learning environment for students and how to create productive dialogue. Texas Tech Soccer vs. TCU Time: 7 p.m. Where: John Walker Soccer Complex So, where is it? Watch the women’s soccer team play TCU.
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Feds in New York: Website handled $1B in drugs, services NEW YORK (AP) — A hidden website operated by a San Francisco man using an alias from “The Princess Bride” became a vast black market bazaar that brokered more than $1 billion in transactions for illegal drugs and services, according to court papers made public Wednesday. A criminal complaint in New York accused Ross William Ulbricht of being the mastermind and charged him with narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering. A separate indictment
in Maryland accused him in a failed murder-for-hire scheme. The website, Silk Road, allowed users to anonymously browse through nearly 13,000 listings under categories like “Cannabis,” ‘’Psychedelics” and “Stimulants” before making purchases using the electronic currency Bitcoin. One listing for heroin promised buyers “all rock, no powder, vacuum sealed and stealth shipping,” and had a community forum below where one person commented, “Quality is superb.”
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The Texas Tech School of Law hosted the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Donald M. Hunt Courtroom. Students gathered in the Bill and Carolyn Lanier Auditorium to watch the live proceedings on a screen. “It really gives students a handson, first-person view of what it really means to be in front of group of judges,” Jefferson Fisher, the chairman of the Board of Barristers, said of the event. “It really affects students in that, it gives us a first-person view and a very effective way for us to kind of interpret the way the courts are going to handle cases.” Davis McQueen, a Tech law student, said he was required to attend the proceedings for one of his classes. “It’s very cool,” he said. “We got exposed to a high-level court pretty early here; that’s really good.” McQueen said he believes events such as these benefit students through the hands-on experience they get from attending. “It’s a great chance for Lubbock to see what’s happening here,” said Kari Abitbol, a unit coordinator for the School of Law.
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TEXAS COURT OF Criminal Appeals judge Michael Keasler answers questions during a Q-and-A after holding an oral arguments session on Wednesday in the Donald M. Hunt Courtroom.
She said she believed people in the community might not be aware of the extent of what goes on at the law school, and events such as this are an opportunity for students to gain real-world insight. Allison Grayson, a first-year law student from Sacramento, Calif., said it was important for students to see how court proceedings go on. “It’s really awesome to have it here at school,” she said, adding that traveling to watch other court proceedings is difficult or impossible for some students. Abel Acosta, clerk of the court,
said other courts visit Tech once in the fall and again in the spring and that the last time the Court of Criminal Appeals came to Tech was in October 2006. “Exposure to the court benefits the students and the public,” he said. It benefits law students, Acosta said, to watch the parties argue before a court in different locations. The first oral argument, which began at 9 a.m., covered the trial of Jaime Piero Cole, who is accused of capital murder in Harris County. The second oral argument was for
the trial of Brian Shawn Gilley, who is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Wichita County. The Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest court for criminal cases in the state of Texas, and usually meets in Austin, according to information given at the proceedings. The court is composed of nine members: a presiding judge and eight judges all elected to serve six-year terms. The court deals with almost 10,000 matters each year, according to the information provided.
He outlined his speech by highlighting four major themes he said he tries to emphasize for student success. These themes included: promoting positive learning, sparking student enthusiasm, imparting important knowledge and providing a foundation for higher learning. “Now through these four themes,” Nellis said, “I’ve tried to impart a learning environment that promotes lifelong learning, critical thinking, analytical skills and good moral and written communication skills.” He gave an example of trying to go out and find opportunities by speaking of his time at Kansas State University. During this time he said he mentored a community service team and they looked at some of the
historical resources that needed to be documented in the area. Nellis said together he and his team learned a lot about the small town and how much educators still need to nurture this kind of preservation in the classroom. “That dynamic is important in this residential setting,” he said. Along with encouraging higher thinking, Nellis said he also wanted to speak more about how technology is affecting the way people learn. “I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to reflect on some of the new horizons that I think are shaping teaching at universities,” Nellis said. New programs at universities across the nation, he said, were being used to teach students online. This sort of teaching while at
first may seem beneficial, Nellis said, does not do much for creating a personal bond between students and faculty. He said although instructors should be cautious when introducing technology to the classroom, technology is necessary to promote critical thinking. “And then we have the learning management systems like Blackboard,” Nellis said, “which are essential tools used by instructors.” The use of technology is something the older generation usually avoids. Nellis said he and his sons have different ways of thinking when it comes to accessing the news. “I like newspapers,” he said. “They look online.”
Room of the Library. “Hosting FACE provides the opportunity for faculty to showcase their CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 work,” said Kaley Daniel, director of “This has become a campus tradi- the Library Office of Communications tion,” said Lawrence Schovanec, inter- and Marketing. im provost. “FACE provides examples The keynote speaker for the event of why Tech is advancing its reputation was professor Urs Peter Flueckiger from in the community of higher education.” the Department of Architecture, who FACE honors the accomplishments, presented “28 Dollars and 12 1/2 Cents: innovations and talents of faculty as well A Sustainable Design Build Project.” as spreads the knowledge with members He worked on his project for more of the Tech community, according to a than two years, with the help of numerous contributors and benefactors, news release. This year marked the 29th FACE Flueckiger said. He got the inspiration event, which was hosted from 2:30 p.m. from American author Henry David to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Croslin Thoreau, who built a cabin out in the
woods for nearly $29. Simplicity was something Flueckiger said he kept in mind as he built the project. “Something that worked today,” he said. Keeping simplicity in mind led him to build a cabin of his own with the help of students in his class. However, it did cost him more than Thoreau’s cabin did, he joked. “We liked how his project was very visual and comprehensive in layman terms,” Daniel said. “The kicker was how there was so much collaboration within and outside of his department.” This year had 86 submissions in comparison to 84 submissions from last year. “All staff is invited to submit any work they have done in the past year,”
said Julie Barnett, assistant director of the Library Office of Communications and Marketing. The FACE program has come a long way from where it started, Daniel said. “We started by having actual books behind glass,” she said. “As we grew we realized we could only fit so much. That why we switched to digital media, where we can have an unlimited amount of projects on display.” During the exhibit, President M. Duane Nellis commended the FACE participants and noted their research will lead to the progression for Tech to become a tier-one university. Daniel said she encourages students to visit the exhibit, which will remain open until Nov. 15 in the Croslin Room in the Library.
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Nellis meets every month with each department, but Wong said the president thought it was too long of a wait between seeing his faculty and felt like the interpersonal relationships were starting to weaken. Although Nellis enjoys working with faculty and staff, she said the students are where Nellis believes the future lies. “What I’ve learned is that his heart first and foremost is with the students,” Wong said. “He is, I believe, first and foremost a teacher.” Nellis then addressed the audience by thanking them for welcoming him and his family to Lubbock.
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Tuesday 9:42 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a theft, which occurred on the south bike racks of Bledsoe Hall. A secured bicycle was taken. 10:12 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries, which occurred in the R-28 service drive parking lot. 11:41 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft, which occurred at Sam’s Place inside Wiggins Hall. A backpack and contents were taken. 1:09 p.m. — A Tech officer inves-
tigated a theft, which occurred at the Tech tunnels. A gas power generator was taken. 2:47 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft at the Media and Communication building. An unsecured Apple iPad was stolen. 6:14 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries, in which an unattended vehicle was stricken, in the R-7 parking lot. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
OCT. 3, 2013
DOES THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECT YOU?
The Army-Navy game might not happen this weekend because upperclassmen are considered civil servants and they won’t be able to play football. It’s a classic game. I was planning on watching it.” Tanner Barron accounting graduate student from Whitesboro -
“The government shutdown affects me personally because my family is a military family. My military benefits and my father’s retired military benefits for my mother are no longer in effect. My stepdad’s military retirement has also been put on hold because of the fact that the government has shutdown.
- Dalton Richardson - junior sociology and philosophy major from McLean
I think eventually, if I want some data for my research that I can’t get, or I want to contact people, it’s going to hurt me. I’m going to Washington D.C. next week and I’d like to go to some of the museums, and I might not be able to go. I think the shutdown is going to last quite awhile.” David Hamilton Graduate Public Administration program director Department of Political Science
“My daughter is serving in Vista, a domestic service core modeled after the Peace Corps, and it affects her because they are not getting paid. They still have to work, they just aren’t getting paid. PHOTO BY LAUREN PAPE/The Daily Toreador
CASEY RAMSEY, A senior civil engineering major from Austin, pets Rango, a 1-year-old camel, outside of Bash Riprock’s as part of the bar’s “Hump Day” event Wednesday. The camel walked up and down University Avenue to advertise for the bar.
- Jeanne Haggard - fine arts graduate student from Ottawa, Kan.
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President seeks to strike a balance Pressure mounts to fix during government shutdown health insurance exchanges (AP) — The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for coverage using the new marketplaces. In some ways, the delays that persisted Wednesday were good news for President Barack Obama and supporters of his signature domestic policy achievement because the holdups showed what appeared to be exceptionally high interest in the overhauled insurance system. But if the glitches aren’t fixed quickly, they could dampen enthusiasm for the law at the same time Republicans are using it as a rallying cry to keep most of the federal government closed. “It was worse today than it was yesterday,” Denise Rathman of Des Moines said after she tried for a second day to log onto the Iowa site. Rathman has insurance through Dec. 31 but said she is eager to sign up for a policy because of her psoriatic arthritis, which has caused her to be denied insurance in the past. David Berge, a pastor with two young children in Shoreview, Minn., tried unsuccessfully at least 10 times to create an online account on the state-run site MNsure. His high-deductible plan expires at the end of the year. “I’m anxious to see what the insurance is going to look like for my family at the beginning of the year,” Berge said. “That’s a big unknown right now. I want to figure that out as soon as possible so we can begin planning.” In California, home to 15 percent of the nation’s uninsured, officials pulled the enrollment portion of the Covered California site down overnight for emergency upgrades. It was restored midmorning Wednesday, and 7,770 people had started applications by then, spokesman Roy Kennedy said. California is one of a handful of mostly Democratic states that opted to set up their own exchanges rather than let the federal government do it for them. In the 36 states being operated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, consumer patience was still being tested. Agency spokeswoman Joanne Peters said many Americans successfully enrolled on the first day, but she declined to put a number on it. She said the delays were due
to “overwhelming interest” and high volume. It’s not as if nobody warned them. Just three months ago, the congressional Government Accountability Office said a smooth and timely rollout could not be guaranteed because the online system was still getting finishing touches and had not been fully tested. The Obama administration shrugged off the evaluation. The bumpy debut has the hallmarks of a technology project that may have rushed to meet the Oct. 1 deadline, said Bill Curtis, chief scientist at CAST, a software quality analysis firm, and director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality, which develops standards. “When you are in a rush, you typically make a lot of mistakes and you don’t have time to test them all out,” he said. High volume can also expose software flaws that were not detected
in testing, Curtis said, like the recurring problem consumers encountered trying to set up accounts on the federal site. Drop-down menus that were supposed to provide security questions did not work. The department issued survival tips for aggravated consumers after 4.7 million unique visitors logged in to the healthcare.gov website on Tuesday. As new health insurance markets went live around the country, the federal call center also received 190,000 calls. In suburban Cleveland, Sharon Schorr finally gave up on the federal exchange website after eight hours of failed clicks. “It almost reminded me of going online and trying to buy Springsteen tickets,” said Schorr, a self-employed accountant who works for her husband’s recruiting firm in Orange, Ohio. Others simply resorted to oldfashioned pen and paper.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel. President Barack Obama’s strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public’s priorities and avoiding looking tone deaf to the hundreds of thousands of Americans forced off the job. He’s also trying to maintain what
the White House sees as a political advantage over Republicans, with nearly all the president’s events providing him a platform to blast House GOP lawmakers for opposing a Senate bill to keep the government running. Republicans have sharply criticized the president’s approach, saying that if he were serious about ending the shutdown, he would be negotiating a solution. Obama did summon congressional lawmakers to the White House to discuss the shutdown Wednesday evening, but the leaders emerged to say no prog-
ress had been made. “The meeting was cordial but unproductive,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The president’s allies say Obama is best served by staying away from the negotiating table and letting Republicans argue among themselves. “I think if you’re the White House, you just sit back and watch,” said Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and a longtime Obama adviser. “I don’t think there’s anything for you to do. I don’t think there’s anything you should do.”
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Reagan legacy tarnished by Latin American involvement Chase Hill lowing direct orders from Washington to attack “soft targets” and shut down dissidence. According to Wikipedia’s plot summary of “The Terminator,” “In 2029, artificially intelligent machines are attempting to exterminate what is left of the human race. Two beings from this era travel back in time to 1984 Los Angeles: One is a Terminator…a cyborg assassin programmed to kill Sarah Connor…the other is Kyle Reese.” A plot summary, then, of Reagan’s involvement in Nicaragua might go like this: “Throughout the 20th century, U.S. corporations have attempted to exter-
minate what’s left of socialism. In 1980 Latin America, Ronald Reagan, a cyborg assassin, was programmed to destroy the Sandinista government.” Throughout the past 60 years the U.S. government has worked to stop a threat referred to as the “domino theory,” the “rot,” the “virus,” the “bad apple” and the “tumor,” and that threat is socialism. Socialism consists of the nationalization of the economy, and in particular, state ownership of natural resources. Latin America is rich with natural resources. This is a threat to corporations
who want control of the world’s natural resources. Corporations, with the help of the U.S. government, did their best to exterminate what was left of socialism. The United Nations reported that during the Reagan administration, the U.S. also supported “death squads” that committed similar atrocities in Guatemala and El Salvador. These “death squads” were trained at the School of Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. to terminate socialist uprisings. The U.N. reported an estimated 75,000 people died at the hands of U.S.-
Today, the American public views Reagan as some kind of folklore-cowboy hero.
o you remember that two-term governor of California, the one who was an actor? They called him the Terminator. No, I’m not talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m talking about former President Ronald Reagan. In 1984, Schwar zenegger gained national prominence for his role in “The Terminator.” In 1984, Reagan was doing some terminating himself, except it wasn’t on a Hollywood movie set. Reagan seemingly preferred the third world. During the 1980s, Reagan aided the Contra Rebels in hopes of overthrowing the democratically elected Sandinista government in Nicaragua. According to Human Rights Watch, the Contras were guilty of deliberately targeting health care clinics and workers, kidnapping and executing civilians, raping women and burning civilian homes. They were fol-
backed Salvadoran death squads. The Guatemalan government likewise committed genocide on its people. By genocide, I don’t mean people were thrown into gas chambers. I mean people were beheaded, bludgeoned, burned alive and/or hacked to death by U.S.-supported death squads. Despite the terrible atrocities the Reagan administration committed in Latin America, the American public voted Reagan’s sidekick and former head of the CIA, George H.W. Bush, into the presidency. Today, the American public views Reagan as some kind of folklore-cowboy hero. If the American public knew the Reagan administration was responsible for such atrocities in Latin America, Bush would not have been elected president and Reagan would not retain the mythical status he has today. These tragedies were scarcely reported in the mainstream press
during the 1980s. The American public was virtually kept in the dark, as documented in Noam Chosmky’s “Manufacturing Consent.” They were told to watch movies such as “The Terminator” while the real Terminator was at work. The fact is most Americans will never know about Reagan’s legacy in Latin America. They will look at pictures of him in his cowboy hat with a big cigar and remember him as a true American patriot. If genocide is what America stands for, then Reagan deserves that title. If America stands for justice and democracy, Reagan should be viewed for what he really was: A demented mass murderer, or in other words, a Terminator. Hill is a freshman philosophy major from Charleston, S.C. ➤➤ email@example.com
Government shutdown Davis should run for governor regardless of chances reveals leaders’ faults By DAILY TEXAN EDITORIAL BOARD
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Hate it or love it, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is causing quite a stir in our nation’s capital. Congress’ attempts to pass a spending bill have been delayed, unsurprisingly, by disagreement between Republicans and Democrats. Republican representatives won’t allow the spending bill to pass without amendments that delay the Affordable Care Act, and likewise, Democrats are unwilling to step down. Regardless of which side you agree with, the lack of compromise is leading to something that threatens our nation as a whole: the threat of a government shutdown. At press time last night, Congress was still in session with the bill yet undecided. The shutdown will hamper U.S. government services and temporarily unemploy employees of certain branches. Part of the shutdown decision is deciding what government branches are “essential” and “nonessential” to the nation. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service will continue to be paid throughout the proposed shutdown because it is considered “essential.” So will departments for air traffic control, federal prisons, the U.S. military and other public servants. But countless others will likely be put in the nonessential category, including national park rangers, immigration officers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and workers for passport and visa offices. Those put into this category have been judged as irrelevant to the temporary sustainment of the nation. Though the shutdown is not meant to be a form of punishment, it results in the castigation of blameless government employees. These individuals, whether they are filing forms, overseeing visa applications or pursuing lawbreakers are not at fault for the government shutdown. Interestingly enough, members of Congress have deemed themselves
“essential” and will still work and (eventually) be paid for that work, even during the time of the shutdown. It is Congress’ job to pass bills that fund the government, keeping it — and its various agencies — afloat. Considering that the deadline for these decisions is Sept. 30, the end of the government’s fiscal year, Congress’ actions are very, very late. Our representatives’ failure to come to an acceptable agreement by deadline is a failure to do the jobs for which we pay them. Most people, whether they are students, cubicle jockeys or politicians, have deadlines. Our personal and professional lives are ruled by these markers of progress. Most people also have consequences to face when they miss these deadlines. Again and again, our government has “missed” its deadlines. Earlier this year, Congress failed to meet the July 1 deadline for the student loan interest spike. President Barack Obama has submitted his budget to Congress late four out of the past five years. Of the Affordable Care Act’s 82 implementation deadlines, Forbes reports that only 32 were completed on time. Blame for these delays falls both on the Obama administration and Congress — 17 failed implementations were due to “lack of congressional appropriation.” We, the American people, elected these individuals. A citizen does not have to agree with the Affordable Care Act to be angered that our politicians are not doing their jobs. In our bipartisan government, there have always been disagreements. The differences in party platforms are what make American politics thrive. However, these differences should not keep our leaders from doing their jobs. The conversation of government shutdown should not have even been approached. The fact that we have to think of shutting down whole branches of our government is an alarming sign of failure in our nation’s “leaders.” Sept. 30 was Congress’ deadline. Our leaders, our representatives, have failed us by not meeting it. How many more times will this happen before the American people reconsider who they put in office?
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This Thursday, State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to announce whether she will seek the Democratic nomination for governor. All signs point to yes. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that she does, but not because we believe she’s the best possible candidate or even that she can win the race. We want her to run because it will open up a new era in Texas politics in which our state government is as diverse as our demographics. Securing the party’s nomination will be a mere formality if Davis throws her hat in the ring. The state senator isn’t likely to face any competition after her 11-hour filibuster this summer against an omnibus abortion bill rocketed her to political superstardom. With Davis as the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, the real challenge will come in the general election. Davis will almost certainly have to go up against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a wellfunded Republican powerhouse who enjoys a 10-point polling lead over the Fort Worth Democrat in early speculative polls, according to Austin Democratic consultant
qualifications leave us wanting more. Yes, she has experience in local and state government, but are her terms on the Fort Worth City Council and in the Texas Senate really enough? More importantly, would anyone even be considering Davis as a contender if not for that famous filibuster? Still, despite the fact that we have doubts about Davis’ qualifications and her ability to win, we think it is critically important that she run. Hype is energy, and the energy that has been created surrounding Davis’ persona and leadership abilities can go a long way toward re-energizing a party that better represents the needs of the new Texas that is emerging, which in turn would go a long way toward moving our political conversation in a more productive and diverse direction. The Democratic party hasn’t won statewide office in close to 20 years, and its most recent offerings for governor never inspired anywhere near the level of excitement that Davis has generated. That energy probably won’t be enough to get Davis over the hump, but this election presents a special opportunity for the Democrats to show their resilience. True, their continued nomination of candi-
dates could be taken as proof of some sort of kick left in them, but really, the party has spent the past decade merely going through the motions, putting up a candidate every four years out of a mechanical desire to cling to relevance. This election is different, however, because Democrats have to show everyone, including themselves, that their current optimism can weather the storm of defeat. Granted, the survival of that spirit beyond the end of the legislative session is suggestive of something more than a fleeting fad, but it’s going to have to last longer than a few months to really mean something. To put it more bluntly, Davis needs to run in part so that she and the Democrats can lose. While another shellacking at the polls will mean at least four more years of a Rick Perry-style Republican in the Governor’s Mansion, that time will give the Democrats a chance to do two things: 1) regroup and reconsider whom to run in 2018 or 2022 and 2) wait for the current demographic shifts to swing the balance more decidedly in their favor. The Democrats will need those two things if they are to have any shot at regaining the governorship in the near future.
Background checks will not solve gun violence problem By JAMES BAKER
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With the recent Navy Yard shooting, the recurring debate has been re-ignited and President Barack Obama claims there needs to be stricter gun laws in America. Many people think the solution is to strengthen background checks or set up a gun registration, but it’s not. Though gun regulations are obviously meant for good causes, they would be overly invasive, ineffective and redundant since basic necessary background checks are already in place. A gun registry or an extensive background database would undermine personal liberties vested in the
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Jason Stanford as reported in a Reuters article published this weekend. Democratic Party operatives are hopeful that Davis can close both the funding and polling gaps, but we’re skeptical she can pull it off because of the state’s still strongly conservative voting demographics. Although the majority of the state’s growth in recent years has been in the Hispanic community (today, more than 50 percent of Texas public schoolchildren are Hispanic, according to Texas Education Agency data cited by The Huffington Post), journalist and academic Thomas Edsall predicted in a May New York Times column that the percentage of eligible white voters in Texas will drop to 35 percent in the next 12 years, with a concomitant rise to 44 percent in the Hispanic community. The state’s demographics are changing, but they aren’t yet at the more “Democrat-friendly” levels Edsall predicts for the future. Apart from the question of whether Davis can win is whether she should win. We agree with most of Davis’ policies and admire her work on issues such as abortion rights and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. However, we question Davis’ suitability as a candidate for governor. As Associate Editor Riley Brands argued this summer, Davis’
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Constitution even further and these strategies would not work. Aaron Alexis, Navy Yard shooter, had a job for a military subcontractor where he repaired computer systems in different military bases along the Eastern Seaboard, according to CNN. To get a government job, he had to go through two extensive background checks by the FBI. Despite three arrests, including violence and shooting firearms off in his apartment building, he was cleared. If government background checks failed in this situation, they would be doomed to be ineffective in concern with purchasing a firearm. Another infamous situation this year was the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which Adam
Lanza shot 20 students, six teachers, his mother and himself. According to the New York Times, the weapons he had he did not purchase, but obtained through his mother who purchased them legally. So a gun background check, if one enacted, would not have been issued on him, therefore it would not have prevented that shooting. Basic background checks already exist for purchasing firearms created through the Brady Law. According to lectlaw.com, the Brady Law requires gun sellers to run a buyer’s name through a national criminal background check system ran by the Department of Justice, which pans through a person’s record to see if they have a recorded mental illness, are a felon or have been 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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banned from owning a firearm for any other reasons. Unfortunately, private sellers are never forced to comply with these background checks because it’s nearly impossible to track down private sales. Whether the government was to increase background checks there would still be no way to track private sales and that would be the largest flaw to any type of gun registry. The Navy Yard shooting was devastating, as was the Sandy Hook shooting, but invading the privacy of American citizens because of terrorists is not the answer. The “gun” issue in America is not a “gun” issue at all but a morality issue. A law will not change us, only we can change our cultural flaws. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Raiders Against Drunk Driving raise awareness By KEELA COOPER Staff Writer
Raiders Against Drunk Driving is an up-and-coming organization at Texas Tech. Emily Lipinsky, a junior nutrition dietetics major from Houston, is the founder and president of the club, and said the group is only a few weeks old, although the idea started back in May at the Mayday 5K. “We made buttons that said Red Raiders against drunk driving on them,” she said. “And from that we just got the idea and wanted to be on campus, present.”
Lipinsky said RADD will host an event with Student Government Association during alcohol awareness week called Buck Drunk Driving on Oct. 23. “We’re going to have a mechanical bull outside the SUB,” she said. “Because only three people a year are killed by bulls, while 10,000 people a year are killed by drunk drivers.” Abigail Phillips, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Clifton, is the treasurer and source representative for the group and said right now, RADD is just trying to get the word out and raise awareness.
“We have a Twitter and a Facebook page,” Phillips said. The first RADD meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Room in the Student Union Building. Lipinsky said, they will tell people what the group is about and invite them to join. “If you do want to become a member, you can sign a commitment card,” she said. “Saying you agree to go by our rules, and you will not drink and drive or let anybody else drink and drive.” Rachel Krawietz, a junior community family and addiction services major from
Houston, is a member of RADD and said it is important to have a plan so students can avoid drunken driving at all costs. “You’re not invincible,” she said. These women said they have been personally affected by drunken driving. Lipinsky said they lost one of their Kappa Alpha Theta sisters to a drunken driver in December 2012. “That was the main motivation,” Krawietz said. “We don’t want other people to be affected.” They have not been the only ones who have been negatively
affected by drunken driving, Lipinksy said, and she received several email responses to her TechAnnounce post. “There were so many people who had been affected or their friends have been affected by a drunk driver,” Lipinsky said. There are other consequences to drunken driving other than emotional trauma, Krawietz said. Students also must consider the legal consequences. “On the other side of that, the driver has to face consequences,” she said. “It’s not worth it. Be smart.” ➤➤email@example.com
Designer Marc Jacobs says farewell to Louis Vuitton PARIS (AP) — What was likely designer Marc Jacobs’ last ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton looked like a show in mourning Wednesday — black, black and more black. A dark fountain and a nightmarish carousel with inky horses were the backdrop for a universe of clothes all in black. Maids cleaned away dust from
the steps of the disturbing set, which traced Jacobs’ influential 16-year reign at Vuitton. Shortly after the show at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the visual metaphor was explained: French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that Jacobs was stepping down as creative director of
its flagship brand. Jacobs, who is also the director of an eponymous brand, is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Under his tenure, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to his creation of a ready-to-wear line. LVMH, which owns the Louis Vuit-
ton brand and an array of other luxury names purveying everything from jewelry to champagne, would not say who would replace Jacobs or what his next move would be. From her front-row seat, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour gave Jacobs an ovation at Wednesday’s show. “Fashion needs rock stars, and they
don’t come any starrier than Marc at Louis Vuitton,” she told The Associated Press in an email. “He has always understood that it is a house about travel, and every season he has taken us on incredible journeys with his spectacular shows — shows that made Vuitton a global phenomenon but always brought you back to the heart of Paris.”
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“We get a lot of random coffee professionals that hear about us from, like, Austin,” Isett said. “Because we’re really the only ones that fully do this style of coffee and try to execute it on a highvolume scale, because of that we get ‘street cred’ from out-of-town coffee shops.” Isett said Gatsby’s recently decided to open an alcoholic bar inside the shop and will have its grand opening Oct. 26. At the opening, musician Sean Renner will be performing and Tech’s student-operated radio station KTXT will be live broadcasting the performance. After her journey from working at Lubbock coffee shops to owning one, Stewart said she hopes to continue to introduce her hometown to a new way to drink coffee. “We want to aspire to be better baristas so that we can inform our customers and not be pretentious about it,” she said. “That is like one of those things when you think about a barista that works at a local shop is ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t say anything wrong or they’re going to ridicule me.’ We want to dispel that rumor as fast as we can.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Red October’ novelist Clancy dies at 66 NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman. Who, the secretary wanted to know, gave Clancy access to all that secret material? Clancy, the best-selling novelist who died Tuesday in Baltimore at 66, insisted then, and after, that his information was strictly unclassified: books, interviews and papers that were easily obtained. Also, two submarine officers reviewed the final manuscript. In an interview with The New York Times in 1987, he explained that unclassified information can lead to insights about state secrets. “One of the reasons we are so successful is that we have a free society with open access to information,” he said. “If you change that, if you try to close off the channels of information, we’ll end up just like the Russians, and their society does not work. The best way to turn America into another Russia is to emulate their methods
of handling information.” Government officials may have worried how Clancy knew that a Russian submarine spent only about 15 percent of its time at sea or how many SS-N-20 Seahawk missiles it carried. But his extreme attention to technical detail and accuracy earned him respect inside the intelligence community and beyond and helped make Clancy the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, one who seemed to capture a shift in the country’s mood away from the CIA misdeeds that were exposed in the 1970s to the heroic feats of Clancy’s most famous creation, CIA analyst Jack Ryan. “Thrillers, like all art, are always a reflection of the culture,” said fellow author Brad Meltzer. “No one captured that Cold War fear — and that uniquely American perspective— like Clancy. Jack Ryan wasn’t just a character. He was us. He was every American in those days when we were a push-of-the-button away from nuclear war.” Fans couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and a number of his hightech, geopolitical thrillers, including “The Hunt for Red October,” ‘’Pa-
22 dogs will get lucky on new CBS show LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon McMillan has trained as many as 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. Then he started saving dogs from animal shelters, training them and finding homes for them. When Litton Entertainment needed a dog trainer who would rescue, train and place 22 dogs in 22 weeks for a show called “Lucky Dog” for CBS, they didn’t have to look far. He will start each week spending several hours at a shelter, evaluating dogs. That may be the hardest part, especially given that at least 9,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each day because homes can’t be found for them. “I can only take one out. That means I have to walk by 99 I can’t take. All 100 are very trainable, very place-able and just as smart as the next dog. Often the one I choose just comes down to one I make a connection with,” McMillan said. McMillan, 36 and single, said the dogs will be proficient in the seven common commands — sit, stay, down, come, off, heel and no. “My theory of training is a lot like martial arts. You learn the technique one day and you perfect it for years to come. With the dogs, I teach them technique when I am training them. I teach
the family to perfect the technique over the years to come.” His dogs are really good at seven commands instead of being just average at 20 commands, he said. “Less is more when it comes to dog training.” McMillan will choose the family by evaluating emails he receives at his Southern California ranch — aptly named the Lucky Dog Ranch — and checking out the house and yard where the new dog will live. At the end of the show, the dog and family meet. McMillan spends a couple of hours training the family. Most of the dogs chosen for the show will be under 5 because that’s what the families have asked for. Abuse will not be part of their past. McMillan can tell which dogs have been abused in the first 30 seconds he spends with them. “And I can tell you how they were abused in the first few minutes,” he said. Those dogs are a passion for McMillan off-camera, but they will not appear on “Lucky Dog.” ‘’The viewers that watch this show are not going to want to see a dog that’s been in a fight. This is a family show,” he explained. “Lucky Dog” is targeted to teens 13 to 16 years old, but McMillan is guessing a lot of moms will be watching.
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triot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” were made into blockbuster movies, with another, “Jack Ryan,” set for release on Christmas. “Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer,” Clancy once said. “I think about the characters I’ve created, and then I sit down and start typing and see what they will do. There’s a lot of subconscious thought that goes on. It amazes me to find out, a few chapters later, why I put someone in a certain place when I did. It’s spooky.” A tall, trim figure given to wearing sunglasses that made him look like a fighter pilot, Clancy had such a sure grasp of defense technology and spycraft that many readers were convinced he served in the military. But his experience was limited to ROTC classes in college. Near-sightedness kept him out of active duty. He was a political conservative who backed the Vietnam War as a college student and once referred to Ronald Reagan as “my president.” Clancy broke through commercially during a tense period of the Cold War, and with the help of Reagan himself. In 1982, he began working on
“The Hunt for Red October,” drawing inspiration from a real-life 1975 mutiny aboard a Soviet missile frigate. He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never bought original fiction. In real life, the mutiny was put down, but in Clancy’s book, a Soviet submarine skipper hands his vessel over to the U.S. and defects. Someone thought enough of the novel to give it to Reagan as a Christmas gift. The president quipped at a dinner that he was losing sleep because he couldn’t put the book down — a statement Clancy later said helped put him on the New York Times best-seller list. “What happened to me was pure dumb luck. I’m not the new Hemingway,” Clancy later said in an interview with the American Movie Channel. “Of course, fortune does favor the brave. In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line. What I did was take time away from how I earned my living. My wife gave me hell. ‘Why are you doing this?’ But she
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury cleared a concert promoter of negligence in a case that attempted to link the death of Michael Jackson to the company that promoted his ill-fated comeback shows. The panel rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother claiming AEG Live was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed Jackson with an overdose of a hospital anesthetic that the singer used as a sleep aid. With its verdict, the panel also delivered a somewhat surprising message: Jurors did not believe Dr. Conrad Murray was unfit or incompetent to perform his duties involving Jackson. The ruling on that question ended any further consideration on damages and who was at fault for the death. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the jury came out. They got it exactly right,” AEG Live lead defense attorney Marvin S. Putnam said after the verdict was read. Katherine Jackson told reporters
she was OK after the verdict. A victory could have meant hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for Katherine Jackson and the singer’s three children and provided a rebuke of AEG Live, the nation’s second-largest concert promoter. Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson the overdose as he prepared for a series of comeback shows. The case provided the closest look yet at Jackson’s drug use and his battles against chronic pain and insomnia. It also took jurors behind the scenes in the rough and tumble world of negotiations with one of the world’s most famous entertainers looking to solidify his legendary status after scandal interrupted his career. Witnesses said he saw the “This Is It” concerts as a chance for personal redemption after being acquitted of child molestation. But as the opening date of the shows approached, associates testified that he
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — The captain of the American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates four years ago returned home from sea to another hero’s welcome — this time for a sneak peek of the Tom Hanks movie about the ordeal. “Captain Phillips” got an early screening Tuesday night
at a benefit in Richard Phillips’ home state of Vermont ahead of its national release in theaters on Oct. 11. Phillips got a rousing standing ovation after he addressed the packed theater. He said the movie was entertainment but the benefit showing was an opportunity to raise money for a
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had bouts of insecurity and agonized over his inability to sleep. They said he turned to the drug propofol and found Murray, who was willing to buy it in bulk and administer it to him on a nightly basis even though it is not meant to be used outside operating rooms. Testimony at the civil trial showed that only Jackson and Murray knew he was taking the drug. In his closing argument, AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that the company would have pulled the plug on the shows if they knew he was using the anesthetic. “AEG would have never agreed to finance this tour if they knew Mr. Jackson was playing Russian roulette in his bedroom every night,” Brian Panish, a lawyer for the Jackson family, countered that AEG Live was negligent by not looking far enough to find out what it needed to know about Murray. He claimed in his closing argument that the lure of riches
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Clancy wasn’t happy about the movie versions of his books. He complained that Ford was too old to play Jack Ryan, and he regretted the lack of creative control, saying: “Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp.” In his writing, Clancy often played off — and sometimes anticipated — world events, as in the pre-9/11 paranoid thriller “Debt of Honor,” in which a jumbo jet destroys the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress. In 1996, a year before President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was revealed, Clancy’s “Executive Orders” imagined a sex scandal that helped lead to Ryan’s becoming president. He started off writing about the Russians, but also told stories of Latin American drug cartels, IrishBritish tensions and Islamic terrorism. He wrote nonfiction works on the military and ventured into video games, including the best-selling “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier,” ‘’Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent.”
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doesn’t complain anymore.” Clancy said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. His dreams were answered many times over. His novels were dependable hits, his publisher estimating worldwide sales at more than 100 million copies. “He did help pave the way for a lot of thriller writers,” said David Baldacci, author of “Absolute Power” and many other best-sellers. He said Reagan “had it right” about “The Hunt for Red October.” “He was able to balance storytelling with a lot of research,” Baldacci said. “Research often bogs down a story, but that didn’t happen with him. He didn’t write a flip book, where authors have all this research they’re so proud of, and they just stick it in somewhere.” Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford have all played Jack Ryan on screen. The upcoming movie stars Chris Pine, with Kenneth Branagh directing. Keira Knightly plays his wife and Kevin Costner his mentor at the CIA.
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Champlain College scholarship in honor of a 2012 graduate who died. The event also gave him a chance to honor the military and say thanks to his crew and Vermont community, who he said helped him and his family in a time of need. “The military — they are the true heroes in my story,” said Phillips, who was introduced by former Gov. Jim Douglas. Hanks plays Phillips in Paul Greengrass’ docudrama adapted from the captain’s memoir about the April 2009 hijacking. The actor kept Phillips’ beard and eyeglasses in the movie, but he didn’t speak with the merchant ship captain’s strong New England accent. Phillips spent five days as a hostage of Somali pirates
on a lifeboat after the Maersk Alabama was hijacked. He was beaten, tied up and threatened before he was rescued days later by U.S. Navy SEALs, who shot three of the pirates. Before the screening, he said he never felt empathy for the Somali pirates. “That never entered my mind,” Phillips said in an interview. “We were always adversaries. I thought it was important to make sure we both knew we were adversaries in that. I thought that was important for me and my survival. There was no Stockholm syndrome.” The sneak peak in Williston was a benefit for a fund created in honor of Sarah Elizabeth Ramsey, who died in June after being struck by a car in New York City. Ramsey had dated Phillips’ nephew. The fund was established by Ramsey’s friends and family for third- and fourth-year marketing students who want to expand their professional and international experiences. The scholarship will be awarded each year. Ramsey spent a semester in Lima, Peru, during her junior year and completed an eight-week advertising internship in Shanghai, China, before graduating. “Captain Phillips” is expected to be a major contender during Hollywood’s awards season. It debuted at the New York Film Festival on Friday.
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Tech falls in Big 12 Conference home opener By SCOTT FISHER
Iowa State’s defense stifled zie Bigbee put away 17 kills for Iowa State while maintaining a Tech to a 0.039 hitting percentage, which is the lowest number 0.333 hitting percentage. F l o r a s a i d B i g b e e d i d a Tech has recorded this season. great job in J u n i o r Breeann adjusting to the defensive David, who recorded a schemes Tech team-high threw at her. “She was eight kills, said she was t h e c o n f e rence freshdisappointed in Tech’s perman of the formance and year last y e a r, g o t a is eager to get back on the good arm and makes quality court. “ T h e y swings,” Flora said. “We played really DON FLORA good,” Daknew where COACH vid said. “We she wanted to TECH VOLLEYBALL have to give go and when them credit, we made our adjustments, but there she made her adjustments and were a lot of things we could tooled off it. So we need to be have done differently and a lot able to make those adjustments better. We had a great practice and stop those things, which (Tuesday) and I didn’t think the is part of the chess match that game would go this way. After a is the beauty of playing vol- match like that, you just want leyball.” to play again.”
The Texas Tech Volleyball team lost to Iowa State in three straight sets (21-25, 12-25, 1325) Wednesday night in United Spirit Arena. Iowa State was able to dominate play at the net as they scored 58 total points, more than doubling the 25 points from Tech. Tech coach Don Flora attributed Iowa State’s offensive outburst to great passing and creating favorable matchups at the net. “Offensively, they pass at such a high level, they put pressure on us blocking, and so when you’re attacking versus a one-on-one block, that’s a lot to ask your blockers, and your defense behind the blockers,” Flora said. “It’s more about what we are doing on our side of the net, but they did a good job offensively.” 2012 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year Macken-
It’s more about what we are doing on our side of the net, but they did a good job offensively.
Iowa State also had a defensive advantage, as they recorded eight total blocks to Tech’s two. Junior libero Rachel Brummitt said Tech left a lot of open spots defensively and Iowa State was able to capitalize. Brummitt said Tech can learn from this game and the team needs to improve as Big 12 play continues. “Definitely in serve-receive we can pick up the communication and just become more comfortable with each other,” she said. “Defensively, they hit around our defense in spots that we need to work on getting to. We really need to work on returning deep shots, chip shots and just work on the little things.” The loss drops Tech (7-10) to 0-2 in conference play and boosts Iowa State (8-4) to 2-0 in conference play. Tech will play its next Big 12 match against West Virginia at 1 p.m. Saturday in the USA.
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TEXAS TECH MIDDLE blocker Aubree Piper jumps up to spike the ball against Iowa State outside hitter Morgan Kuhrt and middle blocker Natalie Vondrak on Wednesday in United Spirit Arena. The Cyclones defeated the Red Raiders 3-0.
Welker quickly adjusts from Brady to Manning Rangers not bringing back 2 coaches for 2014 have exploited those mismatches. Throw in tight end Julius Thomas, and Denver’s “Fearsome Foursome” has 97 catches for 1,236 yards and 15 touchdowns so far. No wonder Broncos boss John Elway said in the summer that he was “truly jealous of the weapons that Peyton gets to throw to.” Any quarterback would relish this group of hard-working, selfless route-runners who stay on point every snap because they know if they can get open, the ball will probably be hitting them between the numbers. Welker has proven especially effective in the red zone, weaving his 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame free for TDs with everyone eyeing Manning’s bigger passcatchers, who average 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds. “Well, he’s extremely difficult to cover,” Manning said. “... We get the screens to him, we’ve got the quick stuff to him. We put him in the backfield (Sunday). That was something we haven’t shown before. It’s a credit to him that he has that type of versatility. You can do different things with him.” Welker hasn’t just made the Broncos’ high-octane offense run smoother, but he’s burnished the Broncos’ defense, as well. Coach John Fox said his defensive players were even more enthusiastic than his offensive players when Welker chose Denver’s two-year, $12 million deal over New England’s $10 million offer “because we don’t have to cover him anymore except in practice.”
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Spurning Tom Brady for Peyton Manning had nothing to do with the cash, the catches or the cachet. Wes Welker just wanted to play in Denver’s star-studded offense and continue his quest for a Super Bowl ring in the Rockies. So, he traded Picasso for Michelangelo. Or maybe it was the other way around. Welker is loath to compare the two premiere passers of his generation, suggesting that’s like asking an art aficionado to choose between the greatest. What the Broncos had to offer was the chance to play with two rising young receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. They combined for almost 2,500 yards and two dozen touchdowns in 2012, so Welker figured there was no way he’d post the kind of numbers in Denver that he did in New England, where he averaged an NFL-best 112 catches over the last six seasons. Wrong. Welker is on pace for 104 receptions and he’s already matched his touchdown total from all of last season with six, putting him on pace to challenge Randy Moss’s record of 23 set in 2007, when Brady threw for an NFL-record 50 TDs. Manning is on a 64-TD pace, and Welker has a lot to do with that, even when he’s not the one spiking the ball in the end zone. By commanding so much attention in the slot, he’s freeing up Thomas and Decker for more 1-on-1 opportunities and both
Cornerback Chris Harris was especially excited. He’d had enough tussles with Welker to know this was going to be a good thing for both of them, and all those hours they put in against each other in the spring and summer are paying off as the leaves turn color. “You’re seeing what he’s doing to the slot corners,” Harris said. “And I’m going out there, I’m not even getting thrown at. So, it’s kind of works both ways.” It’s rare for one player to make such a big difference on both sides of the ball, but Welker isn’t one to relish his impact mid-stream. He knows there’s plenty of progress still ahead. After all, it took several seasons for him to get on the same page as Brady, and he and Manning are still working out the kinks. “It doesn’t just happen overnight,” Welker said. “You almost have to mess it up on the field first and come back and talk about it and get it right the next time.” Dallas coach Jason Garrett, who was the quarterbacks coach in Miami in 2005-06 when Welker was just starting out with the Dolphins, said he expected nothing less than Welker’s seamless transition in Denver. “He’s a very difficult guy to cover. Quarterbacks love throwing it to him,” said Garrett, whose Cowboys (2-2) host the Broncos (4-0) Sunday. “So, really no surprise for me how quickly he got himself acclimated and how well he and Peyton are playing together.”
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Jayhawks look for win in first conference game By EVERETT CORDER Staff Writer
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis said as of Saturday it will have been 1,063 days since the Jayhawks beat another team in the Big 12 Conference. Weis noted the last Big 12 team Kansas beat is current member of the Pacific-12 Conference: Colorado. Not counting the win against the Buffaloes, Weis said the number is 1,455, going all the way back to a win against Iowa State on Oct. 10, 2009. “When you start looking at the Colorado stuff and the Iowa State stuff, I had Katy (Lonergan) sit there and talk about some of the stuff going over numbers and I said ‘Oh my God,’” he said, “You know, you’re aware of the stats, you’re aware of the dates, you’re not exactly as aware of the days.” The Jayhawks first chance to break the streak this season comes with their game against the Red Raiders Saturday. Weis said the mentality of his players is not that they just have a desire to win the game this weekend, but they’re counting on it.
“They’ve gone into every game expecting to win and I think that’s part of the psychology involved with starting to win, you have to expect to win, not hope to win,” Weis said. “They are two totally different mentalities.” The defense has been the Jayhawks’ strong point so far this season, ranking No. 20 in the nation in scoring defense through their first three games, according to NCAA.com. In its game against Louisiana Tech last week, Kansas forced two fumbles in the red zone in the fourth quarter, which ended up being a huge difference maker as the Jayhawks won 13-10. “They’ve been opportunistic, got some takeaways down there (in the red zone),” Texas Tech first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We haven’t been as good in the red zone as I’d like. We’ve kicked a bunch of field goals. It will be a challenge. They’ve improved a lot on defense and bring a lot of different looks this year. So we’ve got to be ready for anything down there.” Part of the reason for the Jayhawk’s success on defense is the play of their defensive backs. Junior cornerback Dexter
McDonald is tied for the most pass breakups in the nation with eight on the season and one interception, according to the Kansas athletics website. Weis said he has been impressed with the play of his secondary in general, and the cornerbacks have done well on coverage when they are isolated. “The secondary play, not just the corner play, the secondary play against the pass has been pretty stout so far,” Weis said. “The corner play in particular, whether you are playing man or you are playing blitz zone three, it still comes down to isolations on the outside. Both (McDonald and junior JaCorey Shepard) have done a nice job out there on the corner where they are isolated.” The offensive side of the ball is not quite as bright for Kansas, ranking No. 101 in passing yards and No. 105 in points in the nation. The Jayhawks highest-ranking category offensively is the rushing attack. Kansas ranks No. 68 in rushing yards, and Tech senior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder said he remembers how well the Jayhawks ran the
Whitner moves forward with name change SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Meet Mr. Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the ‘W’ — after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so. “My last name was Whitner, now it’s Hitner,” Whitner said Wednesday. “Yeah, it’s legal, I’m taking the ‘W’ off. I asked my mom first, though. She said no in the summer, then she said yes three nights ago. It’s pretty cool.” Whitner has been in touch with Nike to determine how many No. 31 Whitner jerseys are still for sale
in retail stores and elsewhere and whether he might need to financially contribute to make the switch. He doesn’t seem overly concerned about that small part of the process. “Depending how many there are,” he said. “I haven’t really seen that many around Candlestick, unless somebody’s hiding them.” The $27 fee for legally changing his name is money well spent, Whitner said. His uncle, Mario Whitner, helped encourage Whitner’s mother — Mario’s sister — to go along with the switch. “The only person I really take instruction from is my mom. That’s why I’m happy this week she said
yes. I asked her again,” Whitner said. “My uncle just came home and he pretty much convinced her. He was a guy that was there for me when I was a little, little boy and went away for a while, to prison.” While he would love to debut his new name for Sunday night’s prime-time game at home in Candlestick Park against the Houston Texans, he said it realistically would probably take another week before his new name is on the back of his uniform. That would be Oct. 13 at Arizona. Coach Jim Harbaugh learned of Whitner’s plans Wednesday, then approached him in the locker room with encouraging words: “It’s kind of catchy.”
ball against the Red Raiders last year. “Yeah, I think it was 390 they ran for last year, and the coaches don’t let us forget it,” Hyder said. “We’ve been thinking about it the past week, and it will not be a replay of last year.” Last week, the Jayhawks didn’t score a touchdown until five minutes into the fourth quarter. The first and only touchdown came on a 22-yard pass from junior quarterback Jake Heaps to junior tight end Jimmay Mundine. One of the things that could help Kansas’ offense score more points, Weis said, is for them to get more big plays on their drives. “We have not been getting enough big plays, that’s one thing,” Weis said. “A lot of times you are watching games and you see some short pass that goes to the house and we haven’t gotten a whole bunch of those.” The game between Tech and Kansas will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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KANSAS RUNNING BACK James Sims carries the ball into the end zone during Texas Tech's 41-34 overtime victory against the Jayhawks on Nov. 11, 2012 at Jones AT&T Stadium. Sims ran the ball 30 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns during the loss.
Texas has to find caretaker, strategist in new AD AUSTIN (AP) — After 32 years, Texas men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds will call it quits next year and the school is already looking for his replacement. University President Bill Powers said he’s confident there will be plenty of top candidates. The hard part is finding the perfect combination of caretaker for a nearly $170 million college sports colossus and strategic thinker to keep Texas at the front of the evolving athletics landscape. “They are huge shoes to fill,” Powers said. “Somebody who comes in to try to fill them will have to understand you never replace someone, you build on the foundation they made.” Dodds leaves behind more
than a foundation. It’s more like a kingdom. When Dodds took the Texas job in 1981, the athletic department budget was about $4 million. Today, Texas ranks as the wealthiest athletic program in the country with a passionate fan base, sparkling facilities and a pioneering network television deal with ESPN. Dodds pushed Texas to combine individual sports’ fundraising efforts under the Longhorn Foundation. Texas helped create the Big 12 with the merger between the old Big Eight and four schools from the old Southwest Conference. Texas’ flirtation with the Pac-12 nearly broke the league apart in 2010 and Dodds and Texas were there to help
keep it together when realignment threatened it again in 2011. Texas is often derided by its critics as arrogant and wielding too much influence over the Big 12, but the school earned its reputation in large part by Dodds’ ability to plan two or three steps ahead. When Texas announced the Longhorn Network in early 2011, Powers credited Dodds for insisting back in 1996 that Texas and other maintain some media rights in order to strike broadcasting deals of their own. “I’ve been in a lot of meetings with DeLoss,” Powers said. “You can hear a pin drop, everybody listens. He has that kind of respect among commissioners, among athletic directors, among coaches.”