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Title: Jackson County Floridan
Alternate title: Sunday Floridan
Portion of title: Floridan
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Jackson County Floridan
Publisher: Chipola Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Marianna Fla
Publication Date: 9/21/2011
Frequency: daily (except saturday and monday)[<1979-1995>]
weekly[ former 1934-<1955>]
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Marianna (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jackson County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Jackson -- Marianna
Coordinates: 30.776389 x -85.238056 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 8, no. 13 (Sept. 7, 1934)-
General Note: "Independent."
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Preceded by: Times-courier (Marianna, Fla. : 1947)
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GHuH~es said the GHB, along
with some other evidence, will
be sent to the state Department
of Forensic Sciences in Mont-
gomery for testing as part of
their rape investigation.
Hughes said no one has. been
charged with the possession of
the GH-B, an illegal controlled
substance. He said no one has
been renting the rooms at the
bed and breakfast, and that some

See ARRESTS, Page 7A


serving a search warrant at the
Possum Holler Bed and Break-
fast on Monday on the grounds
at Center Stage Alabama.
Rubin serves as the CEO of the
development. Kneuer serves as
the vice president of operations.
"We had a report from an em-
ployee Sunday afternoon that
she had been drugged, and raped
Sat the facility," Hughes said.
Hughes said the female em-


ployee reported she was raped
late Saturday night or early
Sunday morning at the bed and
breakfast where both Rubin and
Kneuer had been living.
Investigators seized several
items ~from inside the bed and
breakfast during their search,
which Hughes said included
one tablet ofXanax, found in the
bathroom, some marijuana and
drug paraphernalia.


Hughes said investigators also
found a plastic container of clear
liquid that appeared to be Gam-
ma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
in the kitchen. He said there are
some legitimate medical uses
for GHB, but he called it a "very"
dangerous drug commonly used
as a date rape drug.
"We haven't seen a whole lot of
it lately here," Hughes said. "Sev-
eral years ago we had a rash of


BY MATT ELOFSON

An ongoing rape investigation
by Houston County Sheriff 's in-
vestigators resulted in the arrests
of two executives at Center Stage
Alabama on drug charges.
Houston County Sheriff Andy
Hughes said investigators arrest-
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PHOTOS BY DEBORAH BUCKHALTER/FLORIDAN
LEFT: Joan Stadskiley, retiring Associate Dean of the Fine and Performing Adts Department at Chipola College (left) and her interim successor, Dr.
Daniel Powell, share a moment after Tuesday's Chipola Regional Arts Association meeting. RIGHT: Dr. Daniel Powell gets a hug from his three-year-old
daughter, Catie, before he makes his presentation to the Chipola Regional Arts Association.


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Stadskley had just taken over
as head of the Fine anid Per-
forming Arts Department at
Chipola when Dr. Kandzer took
the-helm at Chipola.
The CRAA was born because
Stadskley and Mrs. Kandzer
were looking for a way to sup-
port the arts at Chipola and in
the community, and to bring
them. together. .
Through the years, under
Stadsklev's leadership, the CRAA
See CHIPOLA, Page 7A


the organization.
Stadskley is retiring from her
position as Associate Dean of
the Chipola College Fine and
Performing Arts Department,
and Powell is also taking her
place in that role. The CRAA
position falls to him because of
that job change; the CRAA and
the college are practically con-
nected at the hip.
Although Stadskley has
stepped down from her ~official


CRAA role, she has pjromised to
continue being involved in the
group, a decision which came as
great news to Powell and fellow
members of the organization.
Described as a tireless, dedi-
cated Chipola College depart-
ment head and CRAA leader,
Stadskley has for many years
been the "face" of both the or-
ganization and the department.
Stadskley founded the CRAA
with Joan Kandzer years ago,


BY DEBORAH BUCKKHALTER
dbuckhalter@jcfloridarl.com

Ever since the Chipola Region-
al Arts Association organized
back in the late 1980s, Dr. Joan
Stadskley has sat at the head
table during the organization's
monthly meetings. On Tuesday,
she sat out in the crowd for the
first time as Dr. Daniel Powell
took her place at the head table
as the new executive director of


Deputy
Superintendent


Lee Miller
stand beside
a portrait mn
memory of
Vivian Ford,
a long-time
Jackson County
School Board
employee who
was killed in her
home late last
year. Students
helped raise
money to pay
for the portrait,
which will hang
in the school
board offices on
Jefferson Street
in Marianna.


BY DEBORAH BUCKHALTER
dbuckhalter@jcfloridan.com

Jackson County students in FFA chap-
ters across the district led a barbecue
fundraiser some time ago to help pay for
a portrait of long-time Jackson County
School Board employee Vivian Ford,
who was murdered in her home last
November.
The painting was revealed at a school
board meeting Tuesday evening. Those
who knew and loved Ford say it was a per-
fect likeness of her. -
Her daughters, her husband Larry, and
other family members gathered around
the framed painting after the meeting,
hugging, smiling, and talking quietly
with friends in the school system as they


took a closer look at the colorful image of
their beloved "First Lady" of the school
system.
The fundraising students did such a
good job and so many people supported
it by buying plates that there was a lot of
money left over -- more than $3,000, to
go in to the Vivian Ford Scholarship Fund
at Chipola College. The scholarship was
started by Ford's neighbors, the Steve An-
derson family.
Anderson had correctly predicted when
he established it that many people would
want to help it grow. In addition to the
FFA fundraiser, others continue to con-
tribute to it as well. -
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now been established for
the Cottondale child who
died early this year, just
three weeks shy of her fifth
birthday.
Keyrod'Ja Sampson died
of a sudden cardiac event
associated with a very rare
arterial abnormality that
the child was born with but
never diagnosed as hav-
ing, according to Cotton-
dale Police Chief William
Watford and a report from
Medical Examiner Michael
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dren near her Cottondale
home on Jan. 4 when she
complained that her stom-
ach- hurt. She went in-
side and fell asleep on the
couch, and was unrespon-
sive' when her mother and
grandmother tried to rouse
her.
They called 911 and
emergency crews reported
that her breathing was
shallow when they arrived.
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TODAY
a Eldercare Services will give out USDA and Brown
Bag food at 4297 Liddon St. in Marianna; starting
at 8 a.m.
a Jackson County Habitat for Humanity
Warehouse hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
nAlcoholics Anonymous Open meeting, noon
to l p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901
Caledonia St., Marianna, in the AA room.

"p aonanl5H spc vol~une Wrak ahnon -to
volunteers needed; free training available. Work-
shop is free and open to Cbe public. Refreshments
provided. To register, call 482-8520.,
a The Marianna City Commission will have a
public hearing at 5:01 p.m. in City Hall.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
n Emerald Coast Hospice Summer Education
Series presents "Stages of Dying: Nutrition in
Terminally III Patients" at 4374 Lafayette St. in
Marianna. Two sessions: 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. CEU (1)
available through Troy University. Health care worbk-
ers, public welcome. No charge. Call 526-3577
a Caregiver Support Group meeting 11 a.m. to .
noon in the social hall of First Presbyterian Church,
4437 Clinton St. in Marianna: Openi to all family
caregivers providing care to loved ories or friends.
Groups are confidential and facilitated by a profes
sional group counselor. Coffee, water, light snacks
provided-
a Malone Higli School Title I Open House 6
p.m. in the auditorium. Parents and, concerned citi-
zens are invited. School Improvement Plan will be
discussed and submitted for approval; School Advi
sory Council members will be elected. Interested in
serving on the SAC? Call Lisa Orlando at 482-9950,
ext. 264 by Wednesday.
n Alcoholics Anonymous Closed discussion, 8
to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2901 Cale"
donia St., Marianna, in the AA room. Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
a Marianna Day Festival - Sept. 23-25. Friday:
At Citizens Park, School Day is 8:30 a.m. to l p.m.;
and vendors, sutler stores and camp tours are 3 to .
5 p.m. In Madison Street Park, there will be a gospel
sing, 6 to 9:30 p.m. More at www.mariannareenact
ment~info.
n Tourist Development Council meeting 9


a.m, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
4318 Lafayette St. ir Marianna.
n Blood Drive The Southeastern Community
Blood Center mobile unit will b~e at Davis Optom-
etry, 2922 Jefferson St. ini Marianna, 11:30 a.m.
to l:30 p.m.; or donate at SCBC, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday-Friday at 2503 Commercial Park Drive,
Marianna. Call 526-4403.
7>Celebrate Recovery Adult,teen meetings to .

enioe eontho ds nbn. Evngdeu W obrsCnt 2645
guests). Child care available. Call 209-7856 or
573-1131.
n Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 8 to
9 p.m. in the AA room at First United Methodist
Church, 2901 0aledonia St., Marianna.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
n Marianna Day Festival Sept. 23-25. Saturday:
Rebel Run SK (8 a.m.) at Citizens Park. Downtown,
Marianna Day Parade (10 a.m.), 3.attle of Marianna .
Reenactment (10:45 a~m.) and a UDC memorial cer-
emony in Confederate Park (11:30 a.m.). Madisort
Street Park hosts vendors and live entertainment.
Back at Citizens, camps are open to the public (11
a.m. to 5 p.m.), rb-snactment with cdinnon fire (3
p.m.) and a military ball (6 p'm.). Saturday only, ad-
mission at Citizens is $5 for adults, $3 for students.
More at www.mariannareenactment.info.
n Marianna City Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to
noon for the fall season, Saturdays only in Madison
Street Park. .
aJackson County Health Department Closing
the Gap program offers a free Pilates class, 8:36
a.m. at Integras Weliness Center, 4230 Lafayette
St., Suite C, in Marianna. Call 482-6221.
n From 9 to 11 a.m., the historic St. Luke's
Episcopal Church Bible to be shown by Blue
Springs Society, N.S.C.A.R., Chipola Chapter,
NSDAR, and William Dunaway Chapter, NSSAR.
Information for self guided tours of graves of 55
Confederates buried in St. Luke's cemetery to be
given. Church located at 4362 Lafayette St., Mari-
anna. Call 209-4066.
n Back-to-School Ice Cream Social 10:30 to
11:30 a.m. at the Marianna branch of the Jackson
County Public Llit~r;.v, 2929 Green.St. Hosted by
Friends of the Library. There will be ice cream,
lots of toppings and a visit from the Marianna Fire
Department's big red fire truck.
n AMVETS Post2i31 in Fountain hosts a turkey


-shoot fundraiser at 1 p.m. each Saturday through
December. Cost: $2 per shot. Call 850-722-0291.
n Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 4:30 to
5:30 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St., Marianna.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
a Marianna Day Fesfival Sept. 23-25. Sunday
at ( Itlellns Park: Military camps open to the public
(9aun b p~m.)ctamngon cu wh srri eo1
p.m.). More at www.mariannareenactment.info.
n Kent Reunion at the K~ent Cemetery pavilion,
three miles southwest of Alford. Lunch at 12:30
p.m.; bring a w ~-ildbasket.
n Alcoholics Anonymous closed discussion, 6:30
p.m., 4349 W. Lafayette St., Marianna (in one-story
blu~ilding brhindj 4351 W. Lafayette St.). Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.

S MONDAY, SEPT. 26
n Orientation 10:30 a.m. at the Goodwill Career
Training Center, 4742 Highway 90 in Mrarianna. Reg-
'ister for free job placement and computer training
classes and learn about services offered to people
with disadvantages/disabilities. .Call 526-0139.
p Lions Club of Marianna meeting, Jim's Buffet
& Grilrl ii nlOo on second and fourth Mondays. Call
482 2005.
a The Parkinson's Support Group meeting 4
p.m. in the ground-floor classroom of Jackson
J-lospital, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna. Tai Chi in-
structor Jessica Hasty will conduct a demonstration
with the audience and discuss the benefits of tai chi
to Parkinson's patients. Dress in loose, comfortable
clothing for the exercise demonstration. Those
diagnosed with Parkinson's and their caregivers are
invited. Dinner provided. No cost. Call 718-2661.
a School Bus Drivers Basic Curriculum Class
- Sept. 26-28, 4 to 9 p.m. each night at the Jackson
County Public School District Bus Garage, 2789
Penn Ave., Marianna. Call 482-9613.
n Jackson County Health Department Closing
the Gap program offers a free yoga class, 5:30 p.m.
at Integras Wellness Center, 4230 Lafayette St.,
Suite C, in Marianna. Mat provided. Call 482-6221.
a The City of Jacob will have its final budget hear-
ing at 6:01 p.m. Public welcome.
n Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 8 to
9 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St,, Marianna.


Office and county Fire/Rescue
reported the following incidents
for Sept. 19, the latest available
report. (Some of these calls may
be related to after-hours calls
taken on behalf of Graceville
and Cottondale Police Depart-
ments): One accident with
no injury, two accidents with
unknown injuries, one dead
person (natural causes), one
stolen vehicle, two abandoned
vehicles, one reckless driver,
three suspicious vehicles,
four suspicious incidents,
two suspicious persons, one
escort, one report of illness, one
vehicle burglary, four verbal
disturbances, one hitchhiker
complaint, one woodland fire,
22 medical calls, three traffic
crashes, two burglar alarms,
one fire alarm, two reports of
shooting in the area, nine traffic


stops, two larceny complaints,
one civil dispute, two trespass
complaints, two obscene/
threatening calls, one ~found/
abandoned property report,
one noise disturbance, four
animal complaints, two assists
of motorists/pedestrians, two
retail thefts, two assists of other
agencies, eight public service
calls, three criminal registra-
tions, one transport, one patrol
request and one threat/harass-
ment complaint.

JACKSON COUNTY
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
The following persons were
booked into the county jail dur-
ing the latest reporting periods:
a Anthony Williams, 29, 2842
Booker St, Manianna, trespass
after warning.
a Mary Hall, 36, 2803 Penn


,Ave., Marianna, violation of
court order.
Alfred Perez, 33, 3070
Carters Mill Road, Marianna,
sentenced to 60 days in the
county jail.
a Christopher Smith, 38,
5743 Charlie Horse Drive,
Marianna, driving while license
su ~ended/revoked.
a Christian Larsen, 21, 2143
Fisherman Road, Overgood,
Ariz., failure to appear-leaving
the scene of an accident with
property damage.
n, Patricia Schaefer, 51, 2778
Noland Pond Road, Alford, as-
sault domestic violence.

JAIL POPULATION: 245

To report a crime, call CrimeStoppers
at 526-5000 or a local law enforcement
agency. To report a wildlife violation, call
1-888-404-FWCC (3922).


MARIANNA POLICE
DEPARTMENT .
The Marianna Police De-
partment listed the following
incidents for Sept. 19, the latest
available report: One suspi-
cious person, one burglary of a
vehicle, one verbal disturbance,
six traffic stops, -- .-
one civil dis- -'"4 --,--
pute, one tres- e---- .-


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threatening
phone calls, one noise distur-
bance, two- animal complaints,
two retail thefts, six public
service calls and one threat/ha-
rassment complaint-

JACKSON COUNTY
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Unit; Jody Bontrager, Maternal/
Child Nursing Unit; Tanadra Bo-
sland, Medical/Surgical Nursing
Unit; Lawrence Culbreath, Emer-
gency Department; Donna Da-
vis, Patient Access; Keely Elmore,
Maternal/Child Nursing Unit;
Lakesha Foxx, Medical/Surgical
Nursing Unit; Leah Gilbertson,
Medical Records; Miranda Jor-
dan, Patient Financial Services;
Elijah Lewis, Nuclear Medicine;
Rachel Nacua, Laboratory; Ma-
ria Nelfa Regencia, Laboratory;
Kristina Spurlock, PatientAccess;
Steve "Syrup" Sullivan, Materials
Management; Michele Tenbro-
ceck-Jackson, Nuclear Medicine;
Crystal Wells, Progressive Care
Unit; Patrician Young, Progres-
sive Care Nursing Unit; Kristina
Snelgrove, Ultrasound.
The hospital is a top-frire em-
ployer in ~ackson County and has
a $20M payroll that, according to


a hospital press release, spends
like $100M in the local economy.
Eighty percent of its workforce
resides in Jackson County.
Jackson Hospital serves as a
teaching institution for Florida
State University College of Medi-
cine, Chipola College, Gulf Coast
College, Washington-Holmes
County Technical School, Mari-
'anna High School and other area
schools.
The Chipola Regional Work-
force Board recently recognized
Jackson Hospital as the Employ-
er of the Year for 2010-2011.
For employment opportuni-
ties with Jackson Hospital, go to
the One Stop Job Center in Mari-
anna, or visit their website at
http:/ /www. onestopahead. com.
Jackson Hospital lists its avail-
able position openings at www.
jacksonhosp.com in the "Join
Us" section.


Special to the Floridan

Jackson Hospital recognized
39 employees Aug. 23, during a
Service Awards Banquet in the
Hudilall Building Community
Room on the hospital's campus.
The Employee Leadership Coun-
cil and hospital administration
announce the following 5-, 10-,
15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year Service
Award reci ients:
a 30 YeaA Rodney Lewis,
Pharmacy; Yvone Milton, Patient
Financial Services; Debra Hin-
son, Medical/Surgical Nursing
Unit.
a 25 Years Linda Boykin, Pa-
tient Financial Services.
n 20 Years -Delilah Lewis,~Ma-
ternal/Child Nursing Unit; Phyl-
lis Wright, Patient Access.
a 15 Years Dea~retha Daniels,
Laboratory; Raul Garcia, Labo-
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nal Medicine Associates; Linda
Pittman, Accounting; Shannon
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tional Convention on Oct.
19-22 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tyler White was .rec-
ognized as an American
Degree candidate, while
Cody Harrison, Damian
H-ines, and Stone each re-
ceived their State degrees.
The Sneads FFA chap-
ter received the 100 per-
cent membership plaque,
along with recognition as
a premier chapter in the
state of Florida. Agricul-
ture issues placed third in
the State and received a
teamn trophy. ..
All members enhanced
their leadership skills
through 'multiple ses-
sions provided by State
Officers and State Officer
Candidates.


Special to the Floridan

The 83rd A~nnual State
FFA Convention, held
June 13-17 at the' Caribe
Royale in Orlando, was a
major success. Sneads FFA
competed in a variety of
competitions: Parliamen-
tary Procedures, Creed,
Extemporaneous Speak-
ing, Agriculture Issues,
and Job Interview.
Christen Howell, Blake
White, and Sydney Stone
each hall the opportunity
to be recognized for Profi-
ciency awards.
Stone won a Proficien-
cy award in Agriculture
Education and received a
plaque and $200. She will
also compete at the Na-


Landmark Park is esp~e-
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Call 334-794-3452 for more
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Admission to the quiilt
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The Landmark Park Quilt
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21-23, in conjunction with
Wiregrass Heritage Festival
in the Stokes Activity Barn.
Over 150 quilts entered last
year's jtiried show, as well
as a non-juried exhibit of
antique and contemporary
quilts. A special exhibit of
Civil War-era quilts will
also be on display.
Applications for quilt
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The quilt and vendor ap-
plications are due by Sept.
23. Cash prizes are award-
ed for first place winners.


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Special to the Floridan

On Saturday, Sept. 3, Partners for Pets,
was happy to present Suzanne Speed of
Albany, Ga., with the beautiful quilt she
had won in their recent raffle.
Speed had adopted a favorite shel-
ter dog, Jake, in March. Jake, a very shy
dog, had been at the shelter for over two

She had driven to Marianna to adopt
one of the shelter's other dogs, but when
Speed heard Jake's story, she decided to'
take a chance. '
Jake had heartworms, but thanks to
Speed's care and costly veterinary treat- .
ment, Jake is on his way to living a long
and happy life. She has already spoiled
him rotten.
The nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter
is located at 4011 Maintenance Drive in
Marianna. They will be raffling of a~ do~
nated horse saddle and TV at the end of
the month.


NAP is a federally funded
program that provides a
catastrophic level of finan-
cial assistance to produc-
ers of non-insurable crops
when low yields and loss
of production occur as
a result of natural disas-
ters or extreme weather
conditions,
Eligible producers must
pay a service fee. of $250
per crop but not to exceed
$750 per county. Service
fees may be waived for lim-
ited resource producers.
For more information,
contact the county FSA at
526-2610, ext.100.


Special to the Floridan

Sally Phnip~s, county di-
Srector of Jackson .County
. Farm Service Agency, re-
mmnds county producers
Sof the upcoming deadline
to purchase Non-Insured
CTOp Disaster Assistance
Program coverage for
2012.
The deadline for pur-
chasing NAP coverage for
grasses grown for seed,
having ,or grazing is Sept.
30`; 2011. Coverage must
be purchased by this date
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Poverty findings should brings compassion


Social security makes good politics, not good debate


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Publisher
VALERIA ROBERTS



Guest Opunion


Obama would


hike taxes but



only for the rich
By Scripps Howard News Service

Congress has its own corps of nonpartisan
arcane intricacies of federal revenues,
spending and the consequences of both. It is
called the Congressional Budget Office, and
labors under the handicap that lawmakers don't
really want to hear what the CBO has to say.
CBO chief Doug Elmendorf told the deficit-cut-
ting congressional supercommittee, "Citizens will
either have to pay more for their government,
beopt less in government services and benefits,
Both Republicans and Democrats, but more
especially Republicans, are laying down vast
smoke screens of rhetoric in hopes the voting
public doesn't grasp the simple accuracy of this
proposition.
Reining in the federal deficit let alone return-
ing to a balanced budget, now 10 years in our
past will require some combination of tax in-
creases and spending cuts, meaning curtailments
of popular federal programs. As Ross Perot, an
early Cassandra of federal debt, used to say, "It's
that simple."
Finally, President Barack Obama, who last week
shed his customary reticence and offered an
aggressive $447 billion jobs program, this week
came out fighting with a deficit-reduction pro-
gram that calls for $1.5 trillion in new taxes.
His plan could hardly be called daring or vision-
ary, but at least it puts the issue of tax increases
on the table irr plenty of time for the GOP "class
warfare" rhetoric to dissi ate
The new, more forceful Obama said, simply and
accurately, ''This is not class warfare. It's math,,
As math, it doesn't quite add up, but at least it's a
start.
Obama proposed raising $1.5 trillion in new
revenue over 10 years, largely $800 billion
worth by letting the George W. Bush tax cut for
high-income earners expire at the end of 2012.
He would establish a new minimum 35 percent
tax rate for the 0.3 percent of wealthiest Ameris
cans by closing loopholes and restricting use of
the lower capital-gains rate.
The tax hikes would be coupled with $580 bil-
lion in unspecified cuts to Medicare and Medic-
aid. Conspicuously, Social Security is not a part of
this proposal and there was no mention of when
or if the president would touch the traditional
third rail of politics.
And there are planned savings that in some
ways are out of the president's hands. Obama
is counting on $430 billion in interest savings
on the national debt that will materialize only if
the debt comes down. He is also counting on $1
trillion in savings from troop withdrawals mn Iraq
and Afghamistan; this assumes an optimistic vi-
sion of how events unfold in the Mideast.
Combined with already agreed-upon spending
cuts, the $1.5 trillion mn additional cuts to be rec-
ommended by the supercommittee and Obama's
$1.5 trillion m ~new revenues, the country could
achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction.
If all this comes to pass -- and, frankly, the
political betting in Washington is against it we
will not be out of the budget hole we've dug
for ourselves, but at least we will have stopped
digging.


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sicken and die or starve to death
without much notice.
Perhaps we should pay more at-
tention to the literature of poverty
as the percentage of Americans
who live below the poverty lihe
reaches 15.1, almost 1 in 6 citizens.
After all, our society is se't up to
.make it fairly easy for the other five
out of six of us the ones who
havre managed to stay above the
poverty line to remain oblivious
to the plight of more than 46 mil-
lion fellow Americans.
Reading Orwell opens the pos-
sibility for the development of em-
pathy for the poor, an emotion that
seems in short supply these days.
In fact, recently Andrew Malcolm
rehashed a familiar theme in his
Los Angeles Times blog, the notion
that the United States is a good
country in which to be poor,
SUsing statistics from the Heritage
Foundation, Malcolm points out
that 92 percent of the "poor" have
microwaves. Seventy-five percent
have a car or truck. Forty-three
percent have Internet access. And
so on. I haven't verified these sta-
tistics, but I don't doubt them; after
all, you can get a used microwave
for 30 or 40 dollars. Nevertheless,
the theme is clear: The poor in
our country aren't poor enough to
merit our sympathy. In fact, the
poor sound like whiners. Now,
Somalia there's real poverty.
But I wonder if Somalia is the


measuring stick we want to use
when we assess living conditions in
our own favored land. The Census
Bureau sets the poverty line at
$22,314 for a family of four. At that
level of income a family might af-
ford a television or a cheap car.
But they're unlikely to have
health insurance or regular medical
care. They're certainly unlikely to
scrounge up enough to provide for
a modest family vacation. Imagine!
The poor, on vacation!
Worst of all, they're unlikely to be
able to save the resource that could
provide enough purchase for the
next generation to leverage itself
out of poverty, the money that it
takes to go to college.
In short, our poor may not be
languishing in a dirt-floor shack in
sub-Sah~iaran Africa, but many of
them are only one paycheck away
from the destitution that Orwell
faced in Paris 80 years ago.
Should we care? One hopes that
compassion comes into play, but
if we can't muster enough of that,
consider the ominous fact that pov-
erty hits some Americans harder
than others: 27 percent of blacks
live below the poverty line and 26
percent of Hispanics, compared to
9.9 percent of whites.
The greater the gap between the
rich and the poor, especially when
ethnicity is involved, the more
precarious is the health of our
republic.


BY JOHN M. CRISP
Scripps Howard News Service


he Census Bureau reported
malion Americans have
fallen below the poverty line, news
that happens to coincide with my
re-reading of George Orwell's first
book, "Down and Out in Paris and -
London."
As a yourig man in the late 1920s,
-long before "Animal Farm" and
"1984," Orwell found himself down
on his luck in Paris, with no job, no
money, and few friends. "Down and
Out in Paris and London" depicts
with droll humor and rich clarity
life in a Paris slum before France
developed the idea of a "social
safety net" to protect its most woe-
begone citizens.
It's a hardscrabble life. Orwell .
resides at the Hotel de Trais
Moineaux, a filthy, "rickety warren"
of 40 thin-walled rooms populated
by armies of bugs that march over
the walls and ceilings day and
night. His fellow lodgers live in
depressing squalor, and as Orwell's
own prospects continue to worsen,
he understands with an artist's eye
the hopelessness and destitution of
real poverty, as well as the hunger
that accompanies it.
I doubt if Paris was the worst .
place in the world to be poor in the
1920s. Nevertheless, it was a civi-
lized city where a man could stil


Johnson's Great Society.
liven so, Gov. Alf Landon of
Kansas, the GOP's presidential
nominee a year after Social Security
was passed, expressed real doubts
about Social Security, beginning
with a campaign speech called
"I Will Not Promise the Moon" in
which he said the program was
"unjust, unworkable, stupidly
drafted and wastefully financed."
He lost every state but Maine and
Vermont.
For the two decades that followed
Landon's defeat in 1936, Repub-
licans were chary of attacking
Social Security. Thirteen days after
taking his oath of office, President
Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered
his first State of the Union message
to Congress and, when discussing
the need for greater effectiveness
of government programs, he said,
"The provisions of the old-age and
survivors insurance law should
promptly be extended to cover mil-
lions of citizens who have been left
out of the Social Security system." '
Later, in a remarkable letter
Eisenhower wrote to his brother,
Edgar, on Nov. 8, 1954, he said that
if any party toyed with abolish-
ing Social Security program, "you
would not hear of that party again
in.our political history."
In this letter, a revealing discourse
on the Eisenhower political philos-
ophy to a brother critical of some
of the administration's actions, the
president worried that "this coun-
try is following a dangerous trend
when it permits too great a degree
of centralization of governmental
functions." Then he said of those
who would eliminate Social Secu-
rity: "There is a tiny splinter group,


of course, that believes you can
do these things ... Their number is
negligible and they are stupid."
But the issue remains how to
support this program, how broadly
it should be applied, how much
of it should be taxed and what
the government should set as the
retirement age. This year's Retire-
ment Confidence Survey shows
that seven Americans out of 10
believe they are not on track to
save enough for retirement. That
may well underestimate the reality.
The Employee Benefit Research
Institute found this year that large
chunks of lower-income Americans
may well have to work until they
are 80 to have enough money to
cover basic living expeilses.
All of which brings us back to Alf
Landon -a sentence no one ex-
pected to be typed in the year 2011.
But Landon's critique of Social
Security included this riff:
"It assumes that Americans are
irresponsible. It assumes that old-
age pensions are necessary because
Americans lack the foresight to
provide for their old age."
The political scientists, however,
realize that in some form Social
Security is here to stay. In that case,
Democrats as well as Republicans
are going to have to bring the sys-
tem in line with the savings crisis
and the deficit crisis.
"Even discussing those options is
highly unpopular with a majority
of Americans," one brave American
politician said in a speech exactly
15 years ago this week, "in large
part because we lack leadership
that is able and willing to make
a clear, compelling case for such
necessary, long-term action."


BY DAVID M. SHRIBMAN

TAMPA So the Republicans
Share fighting about Social Se-
Scurity and the Democrats are
exulting over it. This is news?
Ho hum. This has been happen-
ing, on and off, for three-quarters
of a century. ~During a good deal of
that time, Republicans have railed
against Social Security and risked
voter disapproval while Democrats
have twisted their rivals' worries
and words out of context. Social
Security may be a good program,
it may be good politics, but almost
never smnce Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed the Social Security bill into
law in 1935 has it prompted a good
debate.
SIt's not doing so this year, when,
more than ever, we need a good
debate on Social Security, which
today supports about 54 million
people. Here's a simple explana-
tion why: There soon will be too
few workers supporting too many
beneficiaries for a pay-as-you-go
system like Social Security to sur-
vive without dramatic change.
The truth is that Social Security
was approved 76 years ago with
bipartisan support, with 81 Repub-
licans in the House supporting the
legislation along with 16 Republi-
cans in the Senate. The 15 Demo-
crats who opposed the bill in the
House were matched exactly by 15
Republicans.
This was as bipartisan a bill as
there has been on a controversial
matter in history, unless of course
you want to look at the Medicare
Act vote exactly 30 years later.
Seventy House Republicans voted
for that cornerstone of Lyndon B.


this needed facility in our county.
Debbie and her staff do a great job
in caring for the animals in their
care.
Here are a few suggestions that
would make their job easier:
Please spay and neuter your
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of them).
Give and support Partners for
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Adopt and care for one of the pre-
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home.
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money is still be passed
onto the children. But that
person also must be drug
tested and fill out lengthy
paperwork, which can de-
lay a family from getting
money for 30-60 days, said
Digre.
Officials said the major-
ity of positive tests are for
marijuana.
"Is there any interest in
finding if money by these
applicants is being divert-
ed to alcohol abuse, which
can be far more destructive
and certainly expensive, in
terms of money being di-
verted from their depen-
dents?" asked Rep. Steve
Perman, D-Boca Raton.
The ACLU sued the state
earlier this month on be-
half of a Navy veteran and
single father, who is finish-
. ing college. A hearing is
scheduled in Orlando on
Monday.
Lawmakers in more than
two-dozen states have
proposed drug-testing re-
cipients of welfare or other
government assistance,
but' the ACLU said Florida
was the first to enact since
law since Michigan tried
more than a decade ago.
SMichigan's random
drug testing program for
welfare recipients lasted
five weeks in 1999 before
it was halted by a judge,
kicking off a four-year le-
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State Briefs


million and has been partially blocked
by a federal judge.

Gov. as Tme W rer will

TALLAHASSEE Time Warner Inc. is
bringing 500 jobs to the Tampa area.
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced
that the media and entertainment con-
glomerate that owns Home Box Office
and CNN has chosen Florida over other
locations including Atlanta. .
The company will receive $3 million
in state and local incentives to open a
shared services center that will house
human resources and information tech-
nology employees.
Time Warner Chief Financial Officer
John Martin said the company expects
to open the center by the end of 2012
with about 100 employees and eventu-
ally hire up to 500 jobs over a five-year
period. Floridians will be hired for the
500 jobs while the company expects to
relocate 50 jobs from outside the state.
Martin said workers would make more
than $50,000 a year.

MaR Sentenced in shooting of
toddler da ghter
CLEARWATER A 23-year-old man
has been sentenced to 10 years in
prison for aiming a shotgun at his young
daughter and pulling the trigger.
The sentence handed down Tuesday
was part of an agreement an attorney
for Justin Gallagher worked out with
prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to aggra-
vated child abuse and being a felon in '
possession of a firearm. The 20-month-
old girl lost half her ear but survived the
October 2010 shooting.
The St. Petersburg Times reports Gal-
lagher thought the gun was unloaded
when he aimed it at his daughter
Janet Pettyjohn, the grandmother of
Gallagher's wife, testified the incident
was devastating for the entire family.
She called his act "stupid," but says he
didn't intend to harm his daughter.

PSC approves Paogress Energy
renewables pact
-TAZLLAHASSEE Regulators have ap-
proved a renewable energy contract for
Progress Energy Florida. '
The Florida Public Service Commis-
sion gave the go- ahead Tuesday for
the deal with U.S. EcoGen Polk LLC.
Progress will purchase 60 megawatts of
power from a planned EcoGen biomass
plant in Polk County. That's enough
power for about 10,000 homes-
From wire reports


deems the tests unconsti-
tutional for violating the
random search and seizure
clause.
Supporters, including
Gov. Rick Scott, say the
tests prevent taxpayer
money from funding drug
habits, but critics say the
law unfairly stereotypes
the poor.
During his campaign,
Scott said the measure
would save $77 million,
but it's unclear how he ar-,
rived at those figures.
State officials said it's
tmelear if any money has
been saved because of the
testing. Under the Temnpo-
rary Assistance For Needy
Families program, the state
gives $180 a month for one
person or $364 for a family
of four.
DCF officials said the
testing is in its infancy and
suggested waiting until
they had three months
of data before drawing
conclusions.
"The numbers are sta-
tistically insignificant
in terms of drawing any
trends," said Wilkins.
Those who test positive
for drugs are ineligible for
one year lor six months if
they pass a drug course) for
the temporary cash assis-
tance. If they fail a second
time, they are ineligible for
three years. '
A third-party designated
by the family can then sign
up for the funds so the


The Associated Press

MIAMI Democratic
lawmakers questioned
state child welfare officials
Tuesday about a new law
requiring drug testing for
welfare recipients, includ-
ing whether recipients had
adequate access to test-
ing facilities and whether
parents who test positive
would significantly delay
their children from receiv-
ing funds.
SBetween 1,500 and 2,000
residents have taken th~e
test since the program be-
gan in mid-July. About 2.7
percent tested positive for
drugs. Another 563 began
the application process but
did not take the tests, said
Pete Digre, deputy secre-
tary for the Department of
Children and Families.
There are 351 test sites
throughout the state, but
five .counties, including
Monroe, Glades, Hendry,
Madison and Hamilton,
have none. DCF officials
.said they are coordinating
with contractors in- those
areas.
Critics wondered if resi-
dents weren't following
through with the drug tests
for fear of testing positive,
,or because they couldn't
afford the $25-$35 test fee
or didn't have easy access
to a testing facility.
"Are people who aren't
following through with the
drug tests living in those
counties?" asked Rep. Lori
Berman, D-Delray Beach,
during a Tallahassee meet-
ing .of the House Subcom-
mittee on Health and Hu-
man Services Access.
"I don't know the answer
to that," said Digre.
Thie controversial new
law has sparked national
debate and is- already the
subject of a lawsuit filed
by the American Civil Lib-
erties Union. The group


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Lawmakers warned about
possible protests at convention

fo psil Spr tess at tea 212 R b-
lican National Convention in Tampa.
Jim Madden is the assistant com-
missioner for the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement. He warned state
legislators Tuesday that the state wants
to avoid the clashes that occurred at the
2008 GOP convention in Minneapolis.
Madden stressed that the state is not
worried about peaceful protests, but he
told legislators that there is a fear that'
radical groups and anarchists will target
the event. Roughly 4,200 law-enforce-
ment officers will be brought in to help
keep the peace.
Florida will also have 1,700 National
Guard on hand for support,

Central Florida toddler attacked
by pit bull
TITUSVILLE Animal control of-
ficials say a central Florida toddler was
severely injured in a pit bull attack.
The Brevard County Animal Services
&( Enforcement reports that the 18-
month-old girl was at a Tritusville home
Monday evening when the dog bit
her on the face. Florida Today reports
the girl suffered at least one puncture
wound and several cuts from a pit bull's
teeth. Family members told officials the
attack seemed unprovoked. They'd had
the dog for eight years.
The child was taken to an Orlando -
hospital in stable condition.
The owners of the dog turned it over to
animal control officers for quarantine.
Officials say the dog will be euthanized.

Miami-Dade to Florida: Let feds
SOlV6 immigrati0H
MWIAI Miami-Dade County Com-
missioners oppose an Arizona-style
immigration bill in Florida and wants
Tallahassee to pressure Congress to pass
comprehensive reform instead.
On Tuesday, the commission ap-
proved a resolution opposing any law
resembling Arizona's SB1070. Florida
officials debated a number of immigra-
tion buls last session but never passed a
final version. .-
Commissioners noted more than
half of the county is foreign born and
roughly two-thirds are Hispanic and
could be affected by a law that requires
immigrants to carry identification pa-
pers, or which gives police wide leeway
to ask about a person's immigration sta- .
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a trainer. Tilikum could be seen in .
the video spraying water occasion-
ally at Brancheau. But Schaber also
said that while that could be a sign
of frustration, it doesn't necessarily
lead to aggression.
The final witness of the day, Sea-
Wrorld's head of animal training
Charles Tompkins, said their records
noted 98 incidents from 1998 to De-
cember 2009 in which precursors to
aggressive behavior were observed
by trainers in their killer whales.
But he was adamant that the pro-
tocols SeaWorld's trainers currently
follow to safely handle those situa-
tions are sound.
"Just because we've noted things
that could be precursors to aggres-
sive behavior doesn't mean that it
was aggressive behavior," Tompkins
said. "...There are very few things
our killer whales do that we haven't
seen before. Very few." .
'Tompkins' testimony will resume
today.
The first.of the three citations by
OSHA claimed SeaWorld exposed
its workers to drowning hazards and
the chance of being struck during
interactions with killer whales. The
federal agency noted in the cita-
tion that Tilikunr also was involved
in the death of a trainer at a marine
park in British Columbia in 1991.
The agency recommended putting
physical barriers between trainers
and killer whales.
The other two citations involve
equipment in Shamu Stadium.
OSHA attorneys say their citations
should apply to performances, but
SeaWorld contends there is little dif-
ference in trainer interaction with
the whales in shows and behind the
scenes.
A ruling against SeaWorld could
force park officials to change how
trainers interact with the whales.
The hearing is expected to last a
week.


Fla. Bo ar d of Ed



approves English


learner, pre-k rules
The Associated Press authority to immediately
withdraw their child from
TALLAHASSEE The an English learner pro-
Florida Board of Educa- gram, even if they are de-
tion approved new rules termined not to be pro-
Tuesday granting parents ficient in the language.~
of students classified as Students would, then be
English language learners placed in regular classes
the authority to opt out of with a teacher w~ho is qual-
services, a decision oppo- ified, or working toward
nents said would put stu- qualification, to teach Eng-
dents at risk of being de- lish learners.
nied language instruction There were 243,078 stu-
they are federally entitled dents classified as English
'to. language learners in Flori-
The board also adopted da last year.
new .standards for the Several organizations, in-
state's voluntary pre-kin- cluding Florida's statewide
dergarten providers, which teacher union and sev-
will require that 70 percent eral immigrant and Latino
of students test as kinder- advocacy groups, voiced
gartenreadyontwoexams. their opposition, citing a
The decision is expected to 1990 consent decree which
significantly increase the states all English language
riumber of providers that learners are entitled to
are classified as low per- English language instruc-
forming and in danger of tion. Under federal law,
being closed if improve- a~llEnglish learners are en-
ments are not made. titled to an equal quality
Board 'members were education and language
originally considering set- instruction services.
ting the kindergarten read- "It makes it seem the
iness rate at 60 percent but state isn't obliged to pro-
decided .to increase the vide this education to stu-
standard after a discussion dents,"l said Lucas da Silva,
at the meeting. of the Florida Immigrant
"I think every year, every Youth Network.
day, we are compromising Danielle Montes, of the
and accepting medioc- Florida Education .Asso-
rity we are doing harm to ciation, said the union is
our kids," Dr. A.K. Desai, a opposed to the opt-out
board member, said. rule because it potentially
The meeting at Valen- jeopardizes the rights of
cia College in Orlando English language learn-
brought several changes ers and because districts
tohowstudentswhospeak would not have any con-
English as a second lan- tinuing obligation to those
guage are classified and students. The Department
assessed. The changes give of Education responded
parents more authority in by noting that students
deciding whether students who decline language in-
should be in English lan- struction services would
guage services and require still be taught by a teacher
a committee to annually qualified to instruct them,
evaluate a student's needs as is currently done when
after three years in the English learners are placed
program. in mainstream classes for
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must be designed either
to burn up on re-entering
the atmosphere or to have
enough fuel to be steered
into a watery grave or up
into a higher, long-term
orbit.
The International Space
Station the largest man-
made structure ever to or-
bit the planet is no ex-
ception. NASA has a plan
to bring it down safely
sometime after 2020.
Russia's old Mir station
came down over the Pa-
cific, in a controlled re-en-
try, in 2001. But one of its
predecessors, Salyut 7, fell
uncontrolled through the
atmosphere in 1991.
The most recent uncon-
trolled return of a large
NASA satellite was back in
2002.
The most sensational
case of all was Skylab, the
early U.S. space station
whose impending demise
three decades ago alarmed
people around the world
and touched off a guess-
ing game as to where it
might land. It plumineted
harmlessly into the Indian
Ocean and onto remote
parts of Australia in July
1979.
The $740 million UARS
was decommissioned in
2005, after NASA lowered
its orbit with the little re-
maining fuel on board.
NASA didn't want to keep it
up longer than necessary,
for fear of a collision or an
exploding fuel tank, either
of which would have left a
lot of space litter.
Predicting where the sat-
ellite will strike is a little


like predicting the weath-
er several days out, says
NASA orbital debris scien-
tist Mark Matney.
Experts expect to have
a good idea,by Thursday
of when and where UARS
might fall, Mlatney says.
They wod't be able to pin-
point the exact time, but
they should be able to nar-
row it to a few hours.
Given the spacecraft's or-
bital speed of 17,500 mph,
or 5 miles per second, a
prediction that is off by just
a few minutes could mean
a 1,000-mild error. It prob-
ably won't be clear where
it fell until afterward, Mat-
ney says.
If it happens in darkness,
it should be visible.
"If someone is lucky
enough to be near the re-
entry at nighttime, they'll
get quite a show," says Mat-
ney, who works at Johnson
Space Center in Houston,
also in the potential strike
zone.
Space junk in general
is on the rise, much of it
destroyed or broken satel-
lites and chunks of used
rockets. More than 20,000
manmade objects at least
4 inches in diameter are
being tracked in orbit.
It's mostly a threat to as-
tronauts in space, rather
than people on Earth. In
June, the six residents of
the International Space
Station took shelter in their
docked Soyuz lifeboats be-
cause of passing debris.
The unidentified object
came within 1,100 feet of
the complex, the closest
call yet.


The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL -
NASA scientists are doing
their best to tell us where a
plummeting six-ton satel-
lite will fall later this week.
It's just that if they're off a
little bit, it could mean the
difference between hitting
Florida or landing on New
York. Or, say, Iran or India.
Pinpointing where and
when hurtling space debris
will strike is an imprecise
science. For now, scientists
predict the earliest it will
hit is Thursday U.S. time,
the latest Saturday. The
strike zone covers most of
Earth,
Not that citizens need
to take cover. The satellite
will break into pieces, and
NASA put the chances that
somebody somewhere on
Earth will get hurt at 1 in
3,200. But any one person's
odds of being struck have
been estimated at 1 in 21
trillion.
As far as anyone knows,
falling space debris has
never injured anyone. Nor
has significant property
'damage been reported.
That's because most of the
planet is covered in water
and there are vast regions
of empty land.
If you do come across
what you suspect is a sat-
ellite piece, NASA doesn't
want you to pick it up. The
space agency says there
are no toxic chemicals
tpresent,' but there could
.be sharp edges. Also, it's
government property. It's
against the law to keep it
as a souvenir or sell it on


This screen grab image provided by NASA shows UARS attached to the roboti Ar Af th
space shuttle Discovery during mission STS-48 in 1991, when UARS was deployed.


eBay. NASA's advice is to
report it to the police.
The 20-year-old reseai-ch
satellite is~ expected to
break into more than 100
pieces as it enters the at-
mosphere, most-of it burn-
ing up. ITwenty-six of the
heaviest metal parts are
expected to reach Earth,
the biggest chunk weigh-
ing about 300 pounds. The
debris could be scattered
over an area about 500
miles long.
Jonathan McDowell, for
one, isn't worried. He is in
the potential strike zone
- along with most of the
world's 7 billion citizens.
McDowell is with the Har-
vard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics in Cam-


bridge, Mass.
"There's stuff that's heavy
that falls out of the sky al-
most every year,"' McDow-
ell says. So far this ydar, he
noted, two massive Rus-
sian rocket stages have
taken the plunge.
As for the odds of the
satellite hitting someone,
"it's a small chance. We
take much bigger chances
all the time in our lives,"
McDowell says. "So I'm not
putting my tin helmet on
or hiding under a rock." ,
All told, 1,200 pounds
of wreckage 'is expected
to smack down the
heaviest pieces made of
titanium, stainless steel or
beryllium. That represents
just one-tenth the mass of


the satellite, which stretch-
es 35 feet long and 15 feet
in diameter,
The strike zone straddles
all points between lati-
tudes 57 degrees north and
57 degrees south. That's, as
far north as Edmonton
and Alberta, Canada, and
Aberdeen, pcotland, and
as far south as Cape Horn,
the southernmost tip of
South America. Every con-
tinent but Antarctica is in
the crosshairs. -
Backwhen UARS, the Up-
per Atmosphere Research
Satellite, was launched to
study the ozone layer ih
1991, NASA didn't always
pay attention to the "what
goes up must come down"
rule. Nowadays, satellites


a request from Brancheau's family
to stop OSHA from showing videos
of~the fatal performance because of
privacy concerns. An attorney rep-
resenting Brancheau's family was in
the courtroom Tuesday, along with
the trainer's husband and sister.
Fredy Herrera, a security officer
who was inside Shamu Stadium
and witnessed Brancheau's death,
disputed that she was pulled un-
derneath the water by her ponytail
- which is part of the account long
held by SeaWorld and other wit-
nesses. He said it looked like she
was pulled by her arm from his van-
tage point across the pool.
Because it would be easier for a
whale to reach someone's arm than
hair, Herrera's account bolsters
OSHA's contention that trainers
were exposed to dangerous condi-
tions. Going forward, it would also
be more difficult' to design safety
measures to keep whales from graib-
bing an arm because trainers use
their hands to feed and direct the
animals. .
"The angle that I was across the
pool, that's what I sawi," he said. "I
may have a doubt, but that's what I
saw. I saw her, arm by the whale go-
ing down and that's why I assumed
that is what happened."
Other witnesses told detectives
they saw Brancheau's hair in the
whale's mouth, and the information
was included in the death report by
the Orange County Sheriff's Office
several weeks after the fatal acci-
dent. Lynne Schaber, a SeaWorld
trainer who was also present that
day, testified that management at
the facility decided who was al-
lowed to work with Tilikum and
that there were protocols in place to
determine if a whale was exhibiting
precursors for aggressive behavior.
Those precursors include the
animal having large eyes, mak-
ing noises and squirting water at


The Associated Press

SANFORD Government at-
torneys declined to show video of
a SeaWorld trainer being drowned
by a killer whale during a hearing
Tuesday over whether $75,000 in
job safety penalties for the theme
park are fair.
SeaWorld has asked an adminis-
trative law judge to throw out three
federal citations issued after an in-
vestigation of trainer I~awn Bran-
cheau's death in February 2010. A
previous ruling bjy a federal judge
gave attorneys for Occupational
Safety and Health Administration
the option of using video of her
death to defend their decisions. An-
other objection to use of the video
by SeaWorld lawyers was also over-
ruled Ibesday, but the federal agen-
cy's lawyers decided to leave out
footage of her drowning. .
Also on Tuesday, a witness dis-
puted that she was pulled in by her
ponytail, a widely accepted detail
cited by other witnesses and Sea-
WIlorld officials.
Attorneys for OSHA introduced
about 16 minutes of video taken
by a witness at the time Brancheau
died, but it-stopped about a minute
before the whale named Tilikum
pulled her underwater and drowned
her. The video showed Brancheau
(bran-CHOH') on the edge of the
pool feeding and directing the whale
during a special dining show at the
theme park. Later in the show, she's
shown interacting with the whale in
the water.
What wasn't shown Tuesday was
footage ofTilikum grabbing her and
violently dragging her underwa-
ter. The medical examiner said she
drowned and suffered traumatic
injuries. OSHA's attorneys declined
comment after the hearing on why
they didn't show the f~ootage.
A federal judge last week denied


more to traiin and retain them, call-
ing their position his top priority.
DCF came under scrutiny ear-
lier this year for failing to piece to-
gether warning signs from medical
professionals and school officials
that something was wrong in the
home of Jorge and Carmen Bara-
hona in the years before their child,
10-year-old Nubia, was killed. The
agency blamed it on a system wide
failure, including poor judgment by
child protective investigators, over-
whelming caseloads and missed
opportunities at every turn.
Nubia's decomposing body was
found in the back for her father's
truck by the side of the road on Val-
entine's Day. Her twin brother Victor
survived, but was badly burned by a
toxic chemical. Jorge and Carmen
Barahona have pleaded not guilty


to a first-degree murder and a slew
of child abuse charges. The state has
said it will seek the death penalty.
DCF has also asked the legislature
for permission to redirect $35 mil-
lion, within their nearly $3 billion
budget to revamp technology and
overhaul the abuse hotline. The
Legislature provided $5 million last
year to begin the process.
Most of that funding would go to
front-line workers for mobile de-
vices and other technology. When
hotline operators currently receive
a call, they can't pull up a family's
history, showing prior complaints,
outcomes and school and medi-
cal issues. A centralized database
would allow real-time access.
The agency hopes to retain a ven-
dor by January and have the system
running before school starts.


The Associated Press

MIAMI The state child welfare
agency said Tuesday it was diverting
tens of millions of dollars to recruit
and train child protective investi-
gators and beef up an antiquated
abuse hotline system after the death
of a 10-year-old former foster child.
Department of Children and Fam-
illes Secretary David Wilkins up-
dated two legislative committees,
saying his agency has reduced child
investigator caseloads by 30 per-
cent and plans to reduce them by
another 30 percent. The agency has
hired about 100 child investigators,
mostly in South Florida, and trained
more than 1,100 on interviewing
techniques, shifting the focus of the
job from social work to law enforce-
_ment. Wilkcins said DCF needs to do


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School officials say that she
would have been beaming over
the accomplishments of the chil-
dren who took the stage Tuesday,
and that there could have been no
more fitting time to have her por-
trait unveiled than in the midst of
celebrating young people.


license, but the application pro-
cess remains incomplete. She saii
ABC agents are waiting for the
other names in the new corpora-
tion to be turned over before the
new alcohol license is approved.
"They're operating under the
old license right now and they're
in the middle of a transfer to get
the new license Imder their cor-
poration," Turner said. "It doesn't
look there will be a license there
come Oct. 1 because they won't
be able to finish the application
process by then."
Calls to Rubin and Center Stage
Alabama seeking comment were
not returned.


presenting the portrait, the school
board also honored more than 100
students who performed well on
the latest FCAT tests. Some scored
perfect in math, some in reading,
somne in writing and some in sci-
ence. A few scored perfect in more
than one discipline. ,


session of drug paraphernalia.
Kneuer was released from custo-
dy after he posted $2,000 bail.
Hughes said the rape investiga-
tion remains ongoing.
"I'm not treating this rape inves-
tigation any different than other
rape investigations," Hughes said.
"This had nothing to do whatso-
ever with the operation of elec-
tronic bingo out there."
Center Stage Alabama, for-
merly known as Country Cross-
ing, re-opened on July 1 after
being closed since January 2010.
The entertainment development
includes at least 500 electronic
bingo machines, along with pa-


Oblituaries
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Marianna, Florida 32446

MRtVIS F.
Elmore

Mavis F. Elmore, 99, of
Greenwood, Florida died
Sunday, September 18,
2011 at her home.
Born in Grenada, Missis-
sippi, Mrs. Elmore had re-
sided in Jackson County
Florida since 2005. She was
a medi~ber of the Green-
wood United Methodist
Church.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Robert G. Elmore, her pa-
rents, J. L. and Alma Carver
and sister, Verna S. Martin.
Survivors include one sis-
ter, Ray Beard of Memphis,
Tennessee; ~one niece, Su-
zanne. M. NeSmith and
Husband Jimmy of Green-
wood, Florida; three neph-
fws oinyL.B Fai rnd
ida, Robert R. Martin and
wife Mary Frances of
Greenwood, Florida, and
Jimmy Beard of Memphis,
Tennessee.
Funeral services will be
held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
September 22, 2011 at Gar-
ner-Harper Funer~il Home
with the Reverend Ricky
Shephard officiating. Intoer--

lawn Cemetery in Grenada,
Mississippi. The family will
receive friends one hour
prior to service.
James and Sikes Funeral
Home Maddox Chapel is in
charge of arrangements.
Flowers will, be accepted;
If desired contributions
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ida -4215 Kelson Avenue'
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32446 .
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2011, at the VA Hospital in
Lake City. He passed away
peacefully with his- family
in attendance.
He was a U.S. Air Force
veteran serving during the
Korean conflict. He worked
for the railroad for many
years before returning to
Jackson County.
He was preceded in
death by his father, Percy
Lanjer.
Silrvivors include: moth-
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of Milton; sister, Opal
. Hatcher of Cantonment;
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children, Alek Rogers and
Ashton Lanier; nephews,
alan Hatcher of Birming-
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the meeting, Stadskleywas
acknowledged one more
time by Dr. Kandzer, who
continued to play a key
role in CRAA long after he
stepped down as Chipola
College president. *
With his eyes begin-
ning to fill with tears' as
he spoke, Kandzer kept
his remarks short, thank-
ing Stadskley for her many
years of dedication and ac-
complishment at the helm


of CRAA. He also pointed out
a circumstance that made
it clear how much the com-
munity loves and respects
Stadskley. When CRAA de-
cided to sponsor a reception
in Stadsklev's honor after
the opening performance
in this season's Chipola Col-
lege Artists' Series, they put
out the word that donations
were needed to help with the
$2,000 expense. Every dime
was given, with $40 left over.


members of the commu-
nity in hopes of bringing
people of all ages into the
fold.
He is not alone in think-
ing that's a good idea;
most members of the
CRAA are beginning to
age and many indicated
at Tuesday's meeting that
they see the need to get
some younger members
involved so the arts remam
and become even more of


a priorityr for the commu-
nityi in the future.
Powell said he intends
to do all he can to spread
-the presence of the arts
in the region so they are
considered by the major-
ity of residents as "integral
and indispensable corner-
stones" of the community.
As Powell spoke, Stad-
skley watched and smiled,
nodding approvingly from
time to time. At the end of


done much more in sup-
port of the arts and artists.
As Powell spoke his first
words to CRAA as its new
director, it was clear that
he plans to build on that
legacy. He said his mission
would be to expand efforts
to help CRAA bring the
arts and the broader com-
munity together. He said
he plans to use all forms
of social media in trying
to reach out to younger


US military milestone: End to ban on gay service

The Associated Pressl-'~L; .'---


WASHINGTON The U.S.
military passed a historic mile-
stone Tuesday with the repeal of
the ban on gays serving openly
in uniform, ending a prohibition
that President Barack Obama said
had forced gay and lesbian ser-
vice members to "lie about who
they are."
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
pledged not to allow other issues
of equal opportunity, such as al-
lowing women to serve in combat
roles, to be ignored or set aside.
"I am committed to remov-
ing all of the barriers that would
prevent Americans from serving
their country and from rising to
the highest level of responsibility
that their talents and capabilities
warrant," Panetta told a Pentagon
news conference. "These are men
and women who put their lives
on the line in the defense of this
country, and that's what should
matter the most.
Repeal of the 18-year-old legal
provision commonly known
as "don't ask, don't tell," under
which gays can serve as long as
they don't openly acknowledge
their sexual orientation took
effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
Appearing with Panetta for what
was probably his final news Pen-
tagon conference as chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retiring
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said that
with the new law allowing gays
to serve openly, the military is a
stronger, more tolerant force with
greater character and honor.
"I still believe that it was first
and foremost a matter of integ-
rity, that it was fundamentally
against everything we stand for as
an institution to force people to
lie about who they are Just to wear
a uniform," Mullen said. "We are
better than that."
Some in Congress still oppose
the change, arguing that it may
undermine order and discipline,
but top Pentagon leaders have
certified that it will not hurt the
military's ability to recruit or to
fight wars.
Obama issued a statement say-
ing he is confident that lifting the
ban will enhance U.S. natiolial
security. -
"As o'f today, patriotic Americans


THEASSOCIATED PREss
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mills, from Pensacola, Fla.(center) stands with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., (left), Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday
to mark the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


administrative proceedings that
were begun under the Clinton-
era law.
Existing standards of personal
conduct, such as those pertain
ing to public.displays of affection,
will continue regardless of sexual
orientation.
There also will be no immediate
changes to eligibility standards
for military benefits. All service
members already are entitled to
certain benefits and entitlements,
such as designating a partner as
one's life insurance beneficiary
or as designated caregiver in the
Wounded Warrior program.
Gay marriage is one of the
thornier issues. An initial move by
the Navy earlier this year to train
chaplains about same-sex- civil
unions in states where they are
legal was halted after more than
five dozen lawmakers objected.
The Pentagon is reviewing. the
issue.
Service members who were dis-
charged under the "don't ask, don't
tell" law will be alldwved to re-en-
list, but their applications will not
be given priority over those of any
others with prior military experi-
ence who are seeking to re-enilist.'


in uniform will no longer have to
lie about who they are in order to
serve the country they love," he
said. "As of today, our armed forc-
es will no longer lose the extraor-
dinary skills and combat experi-
ence of so many gay and lesbian
service members."
The head of Pentagon person-
nel policies issued a rnemo to the
work force at a minute after mid-
night Tuesday. "All service mem-
bers are to treat one another with
dignity and respect regardless of
sexual orientation," the memo
from Clifford Stanley said.
Gay advocacy groups celebrated
across the country.
At a San Diego bar, current and
former troops danced and count-
ed down to midnight. "You are all
heroes," Sean Sala, a former Navy
operations specialist, said. "The
days of your faces being blacked
out on the news -- no more."
A lingering question is whether
disciplinary procedures are ad-
equate to deal with any future in-
stances of harassment of gays in
the ranks. Michael Corgan, a pro-
fessor of international relations
at Boston University and a U S.
Naval Academy graduate, said it's


mainly a matter of leadership.
"Discipline problems that might
arise from gays serving with an .
overwhelmingly straight popula-
tion in the rhilitary should~be able
to be handled the wajr any other
disciplinary problems are, if com
manders are up to their jobs,
Corgan said.
In Iraq, a spokesman for U.S
forces put out a statement not-
ing that all troops there had been
trained for the change.
For weeks the military services
have accepted applications from
openly gay recruits, while wait-
ing for repeal to take effect before
processing the applications.
With the lifting of the ban, the
Defense Department published
revised regulations to reflect the
new law allowing ~gays to serve
openly. The revisions, such as
eliminating references to banned
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with polig~y guidance that was is-
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January, after Obama signed the
legislation that did away with the
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ban also halted all pending inves-
tigations, discharges and other


Mullen: Troop totalin Iraq to drop sharply

The Associated Press Adm. Mike Mullen, told a crowd at the Carn- from Iraq by the end of the by the end of this year.
chairman of the Joint egie Endowment for In- year." "This *is the drawdown
WASHINGTON The Chiefs of Staff, initially international Peace that the There are about 44,500 plan that Gen. Austin's had
number of American said force levels would number was higher. U.S. troops in Iraq. When in place specifically,: and
troops in Iraq will fall to drop to 30,000 over that Kirby added that "the the U.S. officially ended its it's really a plan that gets
roughly 40,000 by the timeframe, but later Tues- larger point" that Mullen combat mission in Iraq on us to, under the current '
end of this month as the day his spokesman cor- made "is still valid: We are Sept. 1, 2010, it had about agreement, to (pulling)
U.S. winds down the war, reacted the number. Capt. on track to meet the pres- 50,000 troops. Under a all the troops out by the
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Survivor, Coolio, and Tone Loc.
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given out more than
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From Page lA

of the employees, including Ru-
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Hughes said investigators
charged Rubin with felony un-
lawful possession of a controlled
substance, Xanax. He was re-
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BY DUSTIN KENT their first three victories of the sea-
dkent@jcfloridan.com son, .but appeared sluggish in the
loss to Liberty, with Graceville
Just a week after losing their coach Todd Wertenberger attributing
first game of the season, the it to a poor week of practice.
Graceville Tigers junior varsity But the coach said that his players
football team will. get a shot at got the message fr~om the loss and
redeeming themselves with a have taken a new attitude into this
rematch against the team that week of practice.
beat them. "We're excited and we're working
G~raceville (3-1}: lost to the hard," Wertenberger said Tuesday.
Liberty County IBulldogs 18-6 "We had a real good practice (Mon-
last week in Bristol, but will get day). I had them in P.E; (Tuesday),
a chance for redemption on and they're talking among themt-
Thursday when the Tigers host selves and saying that if we' have
Liberty at 6 p.m. ` two more good practices, then we'll
The Tigers looked dominant in play good Thursday night.


"That's what we want, for them
to realize the importance of prepa-
ration. That's the whole key, to
improve and get better each week.
We would love to win every game,
but the main thing is learning how
to prepare and compete each week,
things like that."
Preparation has been a bit more
difficult of late for the Tigers, who
have had some players battling
health issues.
Graceville played without its start-
ing center last time, and Werten-
berger said there are still a couple
of other key players that are wait-
ing to get cleared medically to play


Thursday.
With only 18 players on the JV
roster, any injury can be costly. .
"iYeah, we've got a bunch beat up,
so we're hoping to get some kids
back," Wertenberger said. "There's
no telling right now. We'll just go
with what we've got and do the best
we can."
The coach said he was impressed
by the Bulldogs in the first match-
up, but his primary focus is in what
kind of effort that his team brings to
the table this time.
"Liberty's -got a real good team
with a good offense and a couple
kids who can rn~, and they tryrto get


after you on defense," he said. "We
know what we're up against, which
is a big physical team. They've also
got 30 kids, which was a factor (in
the loss) as well.
"But you can't worry about all
that. You've just got to show up and
play, do the best you can do, and
see what happens. We didn't do that
last time. If~we play a near-perfect
game and somebody just beats us,
I'll still be satisfied. But that's not
what happened last time. Not taking
anything away from our opponents,
but I don't feel like anybody: has just
beaten us this year. I feel like we've
beaten ourselves."


MARK SKINNER /FLORIDIAN
Marianna runner Lindsey Toole (wearing
No. 556), competes in a home meet at
.Marianna High School on Sept. 10..


Bulldo s

01'OSS COHuil'y

takes second

iH JRc iOHVIlle

BY DUSTIN KENT
dkent@jcfloridan.corn


The Marianna Bulldogs cross
copnmtry team had another strong
showing in its' second meet of the'
season on Saturday, placing second
out of 23 teams in the Katie Caples
Invitational in Jacksonville.
Jesse McGowan was the top fin-
isher for the Marianna boys, taking
seventh with a time of 18:14, with
freshman, John Metzler placing
17th at 18:48, and Isaiah McFarland
19th at 18:54.
Patrick Cox was up next for Mari-
anna with a time of 18:58 to finish
20th,
Zack Brockner took 32nd for the
Bulldogs with a time of 19:21i.
For the Marianna girls, it was
Lindsey Toole as the top finisher,
placing 18th with a time of 22:42.
The MHS boys were coming off of
a second place finish in its season
opening meet at home last week.
Bulldogs coach Allan Gibson said
that, although the times were slow-
er on Saturday, he was very pleased
with how his team, performed.
"Itf was a slower course, we ran
at night, and the course had a let
of turns in it. It just lent itself to a
SlOWer race," he said. "Then you
factor in driving three hours over
there, and I think we were a little

See liULLDOGS, Page 2B


Prep VolleybaBl



Lady Pirates win 7th straight

BY DUSTIN KENT-
dkent@jcfloridan.com

The Sneads Lady Pirates Tr I,
took a straight set victory .4
off of the Marianna' Lady Pfn-:
Bulldogs on Monday night .r~
in Sneads, winning by
scores of 25-13, 25-22, and
25-16.
The win is the seventh in
a row for,the Lady Pirates,
who haven't lost since a
season opening road de-
feat to Florida High.
Yonna Bell led the Lady .
Pirates with six kills, while I ..%
Jordan Jackson and Brandy .
Strickland each had fivie.
Becca Aaron had a team- I
best 20 assist for Sneads, ip:
with Emily Jones leading .r

Ja k on and Asly Rog- L.r ;
ers each tallied three ace ~ 4 1;'~"
serves apiece for Sneads, 2
while Jenna Sneads, Strick- j
land, and Jones all had two F
ace serves each.
Jackson1 had four block-
kills on the night, while
Logan Neel and Savanna
Owens each had one.
Shann~on McCaffrey also I ~:";id~;~~~~~~~l' ~ '\BBI
had three digs for the Lady
Pirates.
Marianna was led in kills
by Porsha Morgan with
four, while Linsey Basford s~r-
and AShtin McMullian
each had two, an'd Tia Bass irZ
one.
Lexie Basford led the
Lady Bulldogs with eight~ EIBBBi~ *6
service points and two
aces, while Whitney Lip-
ford had six service points
and two aces, and McMul-
lian six service points and
one ace. . ;
Megan Tillman also had
five service points and an
ace. .
Lin sey Basfo rd had a -;.
team-high 25 assists, while ..
McMullian added 19. ~:
Linsey Basford and Lip-
ford each had two digs, jl
and Morgan had two
block-kills. t :
Marianna setter Aerial I~`
Folsom was out Monday, e I
which Lady Bulldogs coach MARK SKINNER /FLORIDIAF
Sneads' Emily Jones serves during a match earlier this season. The Lady' Pirates took a three-set win oves
See LADY PIRATES, Page 2B Marianna on Monday night in Sneads.


BY DUSTIN KEdit


The Sneads Pirates ju-
nior varsity team doesn't
have a game this week, but
that doesn't mean that the
Pirates don't have much to
accomplish this week, ac-
cording to coach Shawn
Graham.
The Pirates (1-2) have lost
two straight games on the
road after a Season open-
ing home win over Blount-
stown, and have been shut
out in both losses.
Sneads had a scheduled
home game against the
Chipley Tigers .set for this


wNeek, but the Tigers can-
celled their season, leaving
the Pirates with an open
week.
But Graham. said that
the off week provides an
opportunity for his squad
to get better in time for its
final test against the Mari-
anna Bulldogs on Sept. 29.
"We're taking this off
week kind of like the varsity
does, in that we're trying to
get well in some spots, and
we're trying to improve on
the small things we're do-
ing wrong," he said. "We're
watching film of the game
we had last week against
Blountstown (an 8-0 loss),


and pointing out some of
the thing we improved on
from the previous week,
but also showing how if
we were a little bit better
in certain areas, we could
have scored 21 points."
Graham said his team
had severaP areas for im-
provement on both sides
of the ball.
"We have to get better
at our reads on defense.
Sometimes we're good at
it, but it seems like the
tighter we get, the worse
we are at it in ballgames,"
he said. "We also have to
get better at tackling. We're
just running up and hit-


ting people with our chest
and not getting down and
attacking people like we
need to across the body
and wrapping up.
"Offensively, we're rnm-
ning some veer stuff out of
the wishbone, and really
just working on our reads
and who to block, playing
assignment football. We
just need to be more ag-
gressive, on both sides of
the ball. Sometimes we're
not aggressive enough,
but we've shown improve-
ment each week and that's
good."
See IMPROVE, Page 2B


MARK SKINNER /FLORIDIAN
Sneads quarterback Josh Taylor throws a pass in a game
earlier this season. L


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JV Tigers get shot at redemption against liberty


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Sports Briefs


High School F~ootball
Friday- Graceville at Sneads, 7 p.m.; Chipley at Marianna, 7 p~m.; Wewahitchka at
Cottondale, 7p.m.

Junior Varsity Football
Thursday- Marianna at North Florida Christian; Liberty County at Graceville, 6
p~m.

High School Volleyball
Thursday- Marianna at Chipley, 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.; Sneads at Graceville, 5 p.m.,
and 6 p.m.; Cottondale at Vernon, 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Travel Ball Tryouts
The Panama City Lady Lightning travel softball team will continue to hold indi-
vidual tryouts in Alford for their 10U and 14U teams.
Pickup players for upcoming fall tournaments will also be sought after for both
teams.
If interested, call 850-258-8172, or email ikiev@yahoo.com.

Golf Tournament
The Plant Scholz Chapter of the Gulf Power Transformers ahs scheduled its 4th An-
nual Charity Golf Tournament for Sept. 24 at Florida Caverns Golf Course.
The proceeds from the tournament will benefit needy children in Jackson County.
There will be three-man teams, with cost at $60 per player, including green fees,
two mulligans, riding cart, and lunch.
Interested parties can sign up at the golf course, or call at 850-482-4257.
Companies interested in sponsoring the event can call 850-593-6421 for more
information.

Alumni Football Game
There will be a full contact alumni football league held this winter.
The games are full pads with officials, announcers, and video crew, and is open to
all former high school football players 18 and older in the area.
Games will take place on weekends from January through March of 2012.
There must be at least 35 players to a team.
Those interested can sign up at www.alumnifootballusa.com.

Speed, Agility, and.Conditioning Camp
Bionic Sports will hold a Speed, Agility, and Conditioning camp on Tuesdays aind
Thursday at Integras Therapy & Wellness Center for youth boys and girls ages 9-17.
Cost is $40 a month, or $12 per week.
The camp will continue for the entire summer, focusing on becoming a better
athlete. .
Please call Eric Pender for more information at 850-284-2368.

Marianna Youth Weestling
Team Dynamic Youth Wrestling Team will continue practicing on Tuesday and
Thursday nights at the wrestling room at the old Marianna High School.
Practice will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All kids in Jackson County from ages 6 and up are welcome to join. For further
information please contact Marianna coach Ron Thoreson at 272-0280.

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official apology and is sat-
isfied with the proactive
measures that the union
has outlined to R~WCL to
address the matter," it
added. "There will be no
further action and RWCL
considers the matter to be
closed."
Samoa said when the
players regather -on
Wednesday, the squad will
decide whether to sanc-
tion Euimaono-Sapolu.
Fuimaono-Sapolu was
angry at the overall sched-
uling for Tier Two and Tier
Three teams, which often
have less time to rest be-
tween games than Tier
One squads such as the
Tri-Nations and Six Na-
tions sides.
Among his initial tweets
were:
--"IRB, Stop exploiting
my people. Please, all we
ask, is fairness. If they get
a week, give us a week.-
Simple."
--"I wonder how would
these tier 1 teams func-
tion after only three days
rest."
--"Give Wales 3. days off,.
and give Samoa a week!!
We would kill them!!!"
-"How do we stop the
injustice of being treated
differently fromWales and
the rich? Eh IRB? Tell us."
The IRB says the top
teams have better sched-
uling because they gener-
ate the TV rights money
needed for 60 percent of
its World Cup revenue.
The IRB, in turn, uses that
money developing the


game in nations such as
Samoa, the United States,
Canada and Russia to
help improve their com-
petitiveness. The IRB has
earmarked $235 milion
from 2009-2012 to invest
in the sport.
SBut Fuimaono-Sapo-
lu .was not impressed,
continuing his defiant
crusade on Twitter into
Tuesday, arguing with
critics and appreciating
supporters.
To a tweeter who didn't
like his Holocaust com-
ment, he wrote: "culling of
Maori, Jews, Africans was
all atrocious. They started
with a thought that one
class is better than anoth-
er. Tierl&2"
Before he knew if he
might be sanctioned, he
wrote:
--"I want Samoa to
receive the SAME treat-
ment! I don't care about
me! It's more important
than me!"
-"Anyone can tack-
le a man. Try tackling
injustice."
--"I'll think before I rant
when they think before
they schedule."
-"You can't get pun-
ished for speaking out
against injustice. That
would be unjust."
He also took a swipe at
his coaches, replying to
one fan who suggested
Samoa's best players
shouldn't have played the
opener against Namibia,
that "player management
was poor."


The Associated Press

AUCKLAND, New Zea-
Iand A Samoan rugby
player escaped punish-
ment from World Cup
organizers after team of-
ficials apologized Tues-
day for his Twitter com-
ments that compared the
team's treatment to the
Holocaust, slavery and
apartheid.
Eliota Fuimaono -Sapolu
tookto the socialnetwork-
ing site after Samoa lost
to Wales 17-10 on Sundayr,
saying that second-tier
Samoa had to play the
critical match only four
days after its first game
while top-tier Wales had a
week to prepare.
The tweet he has since
deleted said: "Ok, .it's ob-
vious thre IRB are unjust.
Wales get 7 days, we get
3. Unfair treatment, like
slavery, like the holocaust,
like apartheid."
Fuimaono-Sapolu also
dared the International
Rugby Board to suspend
him, saying it would be
another injustice.
Rugby World Cup Lim-
ited met with Samoa team
officials in Auckland on
Tuesday, but Fuimaono-
Sapolu didn't attend be-
cause players had the day
off. RWCL then released a
statement saying it con-
sidered his comments "in-
appropriate" and warned
the Samoa Rugby Union
on future social media
conduct.
"ItWCL h~as accepted an


compete in the FSU In-
vitational in Tallahassee
on Saturday, and will run
in the Elite Race, as op-
posed to the Open Race
that it competed in at
Jacksonville.
The competition will be
tougher, but Gibson said
that his team was focus-
ing on improvement more
than a high finish.
"Our finish is not going
to be as high, but we're
looking for (personal re-
cords) and maybe beating
some key teams in that
race," the coach said. "It's
a fast course and the kids
like it. The weather will be
cool, so maybe we can put
up some good times."


Vernon.

Sneads JV wins in two sets
The Lady Pirates junior varsity team
was also victorious Monday, taking a two-
set win over Marianna bjy scores of 26-24
She5-2n~l~bi Byler led Sneads in kills with four,
while Aaliyah Raines and Savanna Owens
had three each.
Byler also led the team with five ace
serves, with Mallory McDaniel adding
four more.
Alex Maphis had 10 assists, two ace
serves, and two kills.
Wiliams had two.ace serves and a kill.


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Broker/Associate


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Samoan rugby player apologizes for rants


From PagelB
dead-legged. But I
thought we still did well.
I was happy. They gave
awards to the top 20, and
we had four of the 20. We
were well represented,
and I was real happy
about that."
The coach also said that
Toole has also performed
at a high level through
two races this season.
"Her race was close, and
everybody ran a little bit
slower. But she had a good
race," Gibson said. "She
was very competitive."
Marianna will next


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From PagelB

The Pirates have also
been hurt by injury, miss-
ing three players in the last
game. -
Starting linebacker Bran-
don Moats was one of the
missing against Blount-
stown, but
Graham said he would be
back for Marianna. .
Still, every personnel loss
is felt when you're working
with limited numbers, as
the Pirates are.
"When you've got three
missing out of 17, it hurts,"
the coach said.


LayPirates
From Page 1B

Belinda Christopher said made things
even tougher for her team.
"That hurt us a lot because we had to
shift players around to make the offense
work," she said. "Our serving and serve
receive also cost us a lot of points. Those
are our two main issues. But Sneads is a
very talented and seasoned team, and
they're very tough to beat."
The Marianna varsity was scheduled to
take on Walton at home on Tuesday night, '
while Sneads was scheduled to travel to


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The Associated Press

BOSTON

for the Boston Red Sox
when they dropped three
of four to Tampa Bay and the
opener of a doubleheader.
against last-place Baltimore on
Monday.
Fans were booing. Fans were
.panicking. Fans were ready to
give up.
But they weren't willing to
take the most drastic measure
of all: Rooting for the New York
Yankees when they play the
Rays seven times over the next
nine days.
"Absolutely not, Anybody
that's going to beat the Yankees,
I don't care," said Pat Smith, a
plumber from Cambridge who
watched the Red Sox lose to the
Orioles on Monday afternoon
their 12th loss in 15 games.
"Even if it hurts the Sox. You
never root for the Yankees. I'm
sorry. I don't care." .
The Red Sox led the AL East for
much of the summer, and they
still had a chance to coast into
.the playoffs with a nine-game
lesid over Tampa Bay in the wiild-
card race ort Sept. 3.


But the Rays beat Boston six
times in seven games over a 10-
day span, trimming the deficit
to~two games before Baltimore
cut it by another half-game
Monday. The Red Sox won the
nightcap to extend their lead
to two games heading into .
TuIesday.
The Rays play seven games
over the final nine days against
the first-place Yankees, a reason
for Boston fans to cheer for the
hated pinstripes.
"It's something that you don't
ever think you're going to get to.
But I understand that," Yan-
kees manager Joe Girardi said
Tuesday.
Seven of Bostod's last 10 are
against the Orioles, who entered
the doubleheader 29 games out
in the AL East.
"We need to control what we
Scan control," Red Sox manager
Terry Francona said after losing
three of four to the Rays. "Saying
that, I hope they lose."
Before heading to NewYork for
four games in three days, Rays
manager Joe Maddon was asked
if he ever thought he could turn .
a ballpark full of 37,000 Bosto-
nians into Yankees fans.
"That's improbable, isn't it?"
he said.
. "It's not just 37,000, it's 37 in .
the ballpark and millions more


in the nation."
But many Red Sox fans weren't
ready to take that step.
"You've got to root for the
Rays," said Ted Sellars, a grocery
manager from the Boston area.
"You can't root for the Yankees.
Ever! Ever! Ever!"
The rivalry between Boston
and NewYork ebbs and flows,
hitting its most recent peak in
back-to-back AL championship
series matchups in 2003-04. The
Red Sox lost the first one with a
spectacular collapse, but then
won the next year with an even
more impressive comeback en
route to their first World Series
title in 86 years.
That cured much of the angst
that has infested the town since
Red Sox owner Harry Frazee
sold Babe Ruth to the Ylankees; '
the New Yorkers won 26 World
Series before Boston won
another, but with a 2-1 edge in
titles in the last 10 years, the
Hub seemed finally to have got-
ten over its inferiority complex.
That's why Billy Welsh, a
firefighter from Trenton, N.J.,
who nonetheless grew up a
Red Sox fan because his father
liked Ted Williams, is willing to
look at things from a pragmatic
perspective.
"As hard as it may seem, I
would have to root for the Yan-


THEASSOCI4TEDPRESS
To hold off Tampa Bay and make the playoffs, Boston needs help from New
York.


kees because I dod't think the
Red Sox are going to win the di-
vision, and the only way they're
going to get into the playoffs is
if Tampa Bay goes down," Welsh
said,
'"Because the way they're play-
ing right now, it's not looking
good."
Try telling that to Jim Hopkins,
an accountant from nearby


Danvers.
Rooting for the Yankees is "like
telling Satan 'You're good,"' he
said. "If the Sox can't get there
on their own, that's their
problem."

AP freelance writer D~oug Alden contributed
to this story.
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it will have when Pitt and
Syracuse join, but it is not
"philosophically" opposed
to expanding to 16.
Adding UConn and pos-
sibly Rutgers, located in
Newl Jersey, would allow
the ACC to further extend
its reach into the North-
east and New York City
television market.
The Big East, which lost
Boston College, Miami and
Virginia Tech to the ACC in
the early 2000s, requires 27
months' notice if members
decide to leave for another
conference.
Marijnatto told The New
York Times on Monday
night that he plans to force
Pittsburgh and Syracuse to
stay in the Big East until the
2014-15 academic ybar.
With dozens of schools
and almost every confer-
ence affected by realign-
ment, rumors, reports and
speculation emerge almost


daily.
The ~SEC quickly re-
sponded to reports that
Missouri was on deck to
join the conference if the
Big 12 fell apart.
"The Southeastern Con-
ference has not agreed for-
mally or informally to ac-
cept any institution other
than Texas A&M, and there
have not been confer-


ence discussions regard-
ing changes in, divisional
alignments," .SEC associ-
.ate commissioner Charles
Bloom said.
AP College Football Writer jeff
Latzke in Oklahoma City and Asso-
ciated Press Writer Pat Eaton-Robb
in Storrs, Conne, cntributed to this
reot
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NEW YORK As the Big
East tries to figure out a
survival strategy, the Pac-
12 is nearing a decision on
whether it wants to, stretch
farther east.
Big East football school
officials were meeting
Tuesday night in New York
City to discuss the league's
future,- and a Pac-12 of-
ficial expects conference
presidents in that league
to decide by the end of the
week if they want to ex-
pand again,
The Big East is trying to
figure but what's next, now
that Pittsburgh and Syra-
cuse have announced they
are leaving for the Atlantic
Coast Conference.
Three people with knowl-
~edge of the Big East meet-
ing told The Associated
Press that presidents and
athletic directors from the
conference's six remaining
football members, along
with officials from TCU,
which is slated to join in
2012, .were expected to
meet with Commissioner
John Marinatto. .
The people spoke on
the condition of anonym-
ity because they were not
authorized to publicly dis-
cuss the meeting, which
was first reported by USA
Today. .
The remaining Big East
football schools are West
Virginia, Cincinnati, Con-
necticut, Rutgers, Louis-
ville and South Florida.
The future of the Big East
could be tied to the future
of the Big 12. .,
Although Syracuse and
Pittsburgh know where
they're headed, Texas and
Oklahoma both are trying
to decide whether to leave
the Big 12 for the Pac-12,
taking Oklahoma State and
Texas Tech with them.
Both universities' board
of regents voted Mon-
day to give their presi-


dents the right to choose
a' new conference., And
Oklahoma State's regents
have, scheduled a.aspecial
meeting Wednesday after-
noon about conference
realignment.
University of Oklahoma
President David Boren has
said the two in-stlite rivals
will remain in the same
league whether they de-
cide to stay in the Big 12 or
join the Pac-12.
"Whatever we do, we're
going to do it together,
and I think that's very good
news for the state of Okla-
homa," Boren said.
Should the Oklahoma
schools decide to leave
- and the Pac-12 agrees
to take them it could be
the death knell for the Big
12, which already lost Ne-
braska and Colorado last
summer and will lose Texas
A&M if the Aggies are able
to resolve legal issues that
have their planned move
to the. Southeastern Con-
ference on hold.
The Pac-12 official, also
speaking on condition of
anonymity because the
league has not revealed its
plans, said the presidents
probably would need
near agreement across the
board to agree to expand.
Texas officials have said
they're not interested
in remaining in a Big 12
stripped of those other
programs.
That would leave only
five schools Baylor, Iowa
State, Kansas, Kansas State
and Missouri -remaining
in the league that once had
12 teams.
Officials from those five
schools have been in con-
tact with the remaining Big


East members about the
possibility of merging to
create one conference,
But the Big East might be
facing' more defections.
UConn President Susan
Herbst said no formal ap-
plication has been filed
with any conference, and
the school has not. ruled
out staying in a reconsti-.
tuted Big East. But she said
she's' receiving inquiries
from .across the country
as the school considers
which conference might
make the best fit.
ACC Commissioner
John Swofford has said
his league is comfortable
with 14 members, which


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tremendous."
Hopkins' powerfull right leg could again
be decisive Saturday when the 11th-
ranked Seminoles (2-1) meet No. 21
Clemson (3-0) on Saturday in the Atlantic
Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Hopkins recalls his first visit his fresh-
man season to Clemson favorably, al-
though the Seminoles were defeated.
This time he expects to hear some cat-
calls from Tiger fans.
"I'm sure I'll get some business, but
that goes with it," said Hopkins, who has
kicked four field goals of 52 yards or lon-
ger for the Seminoles. "I really block it
out."
The Texan kicker has been on a roll since
last year's Clemson game. He's converted
his last 13 field goals, including two that
covered 55 and 46 yards respectively in
last week's 23-13 loss to top-ranked Okla-
homa. He comes into "Death Valley" hav-
ing made his last 99 extra-point kicks.
Hopkins, who turns 21 next week, is
also on a pace to break school and ACC
records in scoring and field goals.
Three games into his junior season,


Hopkins already has 47 field goals. and
tallied 247 points. Former Maryland star
Nick Novak holds both ACC career marks
with 80 field goals and 393 points while
Derek Schmidt has the Florida State re-
cord with 73 field goals and 393 career.
points. At his present pace, Hopkins
would surpass both.
Former Georgia kicker Bily Bennett
holds the NCAA career mark with 87 field
goals. Hopkins also ranks among the na-
tion's leaders in driving kickoffs into or
through the end 2'one, preventing oppo-
nents from returns. He ranked second in
the nation last year with 41 kickoffs that
resulted in touchbacks.
Fisher regards Hopkins and punter
Shawn Powell as two of the 10 most valu-
able players on his team.
"I don't know if I've ever been on a foot-
ball team like that in how they affect the
game," Fisher said.
And it's likely it could be up to Hopkins
one more time Saturday.
"The Lord's in control whether I make
it or not," Hopkins aid. "I just want to be
sure I go out there and hit a clean ball."


down the middle, whatever, whatever
crease I feel looks the sharpest."
But he relies most heavily on his faith,
"I'm not defined by my football," Hop-
kins said. "There's so much more to us
individuals on the team that what we do
on the field.".
Hopkins is remembered by his coaches
and many Florida State fans for how he
handled adversity. *
"If you have a good game, awesome,"
Hopkins said Tuesday. "Each week is kind
of a clean slate for me and I don't think
about major misses."
The week before his dramatic game-
winning kick against Clemson, Hopkins
had missed a 40-yard field goal as time
ran out to allow North Carolina to escape
with a 37-35 victory.
A week later Hopkins got the chance to
redeem himself in the final seconds, but
from 15 yards further out than his missed
Sick against the Tar Heels. This time he
nailed it.
"Most guys don't ever get a chance to
kick one to win or lose," Fisher said. "To
be able to do it the very next week, it was


The Associated Press

TALIAHASEE, Fla. Dustin Hopkins
won't be the most popular Florida State
player visiting "Death Valley" this week-
end. At least with Clemson fans.
The Seminoles' prized junior placekick-
er from Houston booted a career-best 55-
yard game-winning field goal as time rail
out in a 16-13 victory over the Tigers last
year.
"When you have kickers, it's like having
money in the bank," Florida State coach
Jimbo Fisher said. "You're not living pay-
check to paycheck. You can go back to
that reserve to keep you out of trouble or
kick you into some points."
But just like relief pitchers in baseball,
placekickers are fallible and about as
superstitious.
Hopkins paints the toe of his kicking
shoes gold a day or two before each game
and keeps the same, pair of shoes through
the season. He also picks out his pads
each game based on how they look.
"Whiichever one looks nicer, I'll put on
my right leg," he said. "If it has a crease


gone, he wanted to give football
another shot.
Notre Dame had other
thoughts, though. Kelly and
the team's medical staff denied
Wenger clearance, saying they
couldn't "in good conscience" let
him play again.
Wenger got his release and
reached out to Notre Dame's for-
mer offensive line coach, Frank
Verducci. Wenger wanted to play
for Verducci and his former head~
coach at Notre Dame, Florida
offensive coordinator Charlie
Weis.
Verducci, Weis and first-year
head coach Will Muschamp
agreed it would be a beneficial
move for the Gators, who were
trying to replace first-round draft
pick Mike Pounicey and two oth-
er starters on the offensive line.
But Wenger had to get medical
clearance for it to work.


"This couldn't be a better situ-
ation for me right now," Wenger
said. "With everything that I'Zre
dealt with in the past, especially
the situation that I had last year,
being able to be part of Florida,
it's just been amazing."
Considering Wenger thought
he might never play football
again, his recovery and his re-
turn to the field have become
a feel-good story for the Gators
(3-0, 1-0 Souitheastern Confer-
ence), who play at Kentucky on
Saturday. .-
Wenger sustained his first con-
cussion on Aug. 13, 2010. He
recalls little about the day other
than going to practice. What he
was doing, how he got hit, what
happened immediately after,
those are all lost memories.
"J~ust remember going to the
hospital and getting some tests
done and feeling some residual


effects," he said.
The Fighting Irish held Wenger
out of contact and he sat out
the season opener. At practice
the following week, Wenger sus-
tained another concussion -his
second in 25 days.
Multiple concussions in that
short of amount time suggest
serious brain trauma, and Notre
Dame spent the next several
weeks deciding whether to allow
Wenger to play again.
Wenger, meanwhile, had all
the typical, post-concussion
symptoms. Headaches, trouble
sleeping, sensitivity to bright
light, exhaustion, Wenger dealt
with them all.
"When you go through' a con-
cussion the emotions run ~wild,"
Wenger said. "That's one thing:
It's a roller-coaster ride. One day
it's great, one day it's bad and
you contemplate is it worth it? Is


it not?"
Wenger traireled to the Univer-
sity of Michigan in early Oct~ober
to be evaluated by a specialist
in hopes of getting clearance to
play again, but he was denied.
The following day, Notre Dame
coach Brian Kelly ruled Wenger
out for the season.
"It was heartbreaking," Wenger
said. "It was devastating to get
that news, and I wasn't sure what
I was going to do."
He sat out all of last season,
contemplating whether to~ taike
his~ sociology degree and enter
the job market or risk another
concussion by chasing his foot-
ball dreams.
SFpr Wenger, who started 19
games in three seasons in South
Bend, Ihid., the choice was easy.
The NCAA had granted him a
sixth year of eligibility, and with
his concussion symptoms long


The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --ITo co~n-
cussions in less than a month
ended guard' Dan Wenger's play-
ing days at Notre Dame. An-
other one could end his football
career.
Wenger knows the risks'. To
him, they dorf't outweigh the re-
wards of helping No. 15 Florida
vie for a championship.
The 6-foot-3, 294-pound guard
from ~Coral Springs transferred
to- Florida this summer and has
become an integral part of the
offense and a leader on the line.
The Gators rank 31st in the
country in total offense, aver-
aging nearly 450 yards a game.
Wedger has started every game,
opening holes for running back
Chris Rainey and keeping quar-
terback John Brantley mostly
upright.


SEPTEMBER 21, 2011


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a couple of times. Call Chris 334-791-5755 to
come see. $1050.
198117f Welicraft, 170HP Inboard, Clean,
New carpet, tandem wheel trailer $2395 334-
793-3494
Cobia 74 15' boat fiberglass with 48 hp,
Johnson motor & trailer, good condition $1400.
334-677-7748
RHINO 2008, 18FT- 90 HP Suzuki, 55 LB
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Depth Finder, on Board Charger, Binini top,
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ft, 4 slides, large shower, 30/50AMP. $20,000
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color, new tires, great condition $7,000. 334-
596-2240.


Buick'00 Century
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Iliaded. 110,000 miles,
nrew tires, cleari, $3995.
334-790-7959.
Cadillac DTS 08' fully loaded, 35K. miles,
immaculate condition, $23,000. OBO 334-792-
3089or 334-618-1449.
Chevrolet'00 Monte Carlo $575 Down 0%
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Chevrohst'03 mpala'OW87 Down, 0% Interest

Chewrolet '81 Corvette
Automatic 350 (Silver). Will
sell as is for $4,700. OBo
334-774-1915

Chevy Tahoe LT '05 pewter 1-owner, loaded,
leather, dvd, 3rd seat, good coridition. 95K mi.
$13,000 334-685-6186.
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color $2,500. 334-379-3078


Ford '08 F-150 Limited 20,060 miles, 1222 of
5000 made, 5.4 v8 like new, in dash navigation
& satellite radio. Heated, capt chair front seats,
super crew cab, rear camera and alarm, 22"
rims, all stock. $28,000. 334-618-7046
Ford '95 Mustang GT Convertible- white with
leather interior, 200k mile runs great, needs
paint, $4,300. OBO Call 334-774-0451
1-Owner
GMC '99 Sonoma SLS
extra cab, new tires,
~automatic, 4 cylinder,
: 57,000 miles, excellent,
$5795. 334-790-7959.
Honda'98 Accord ,fully loaded, sun roof, CD
~player, runs good, 190k miles, $3000 OBO
850-209-9593
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Red. Good condition.
ute! Needs minimal
work; Will run with a
jump. Has a sm I short
mount needs a weld. Otherwise, a great
'little car. Clear Title. $700 OBO 334-391-5529 <
Toyota '10 Prius, Fully Loaded, Navigation,
Backup camera, ventilation system, leather
seats, Heated seats, power windows & locks
27K Miles, 52 MPG, Sunroof, Excellent
Condition, Last year sold for $32,400,
AKl3NG $ 2,9600;3Going back to a truck.


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performance pipe.
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extremist!
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~ar~Suzuki'07 250 cc Cruiser ,
.~1blck with chrome pies, full
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~9~6~1by little old lady with bucket
list. runs great looks great &
rides great!!! Must See to appreciate. Great be-
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trim, saddle bags, new full
windshield, runs great just
serviced, 12300k mi. .
Must see to appreciate $2000. 850-526-4645.



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GMC motor. Motor under
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Michelin tires. Vehicle is
in above average condition. Tow Package
included. $4800. 334-897-3288
Chevy 'O1 Tahoe LS- 4WD, 8 cylinder, auto'
nirs gedn Owt h3B rwsals -fully laded,
Dodge '99 Durango: $795 Down, 0% Interest
Open 9am 9pm, 1-800-470-0650
Honda '02 CR-V EX 4x4 automatic sunroof, 4cyl.
tilt, str whl. cruise control, CD, new tires PWR,
windows/mirrors/dr. locks, no accident
EX clean 136k mi. $8500. OBO 334-389-3071.
Jeep '02 Liberty Limited 4X4,.red automatic

ex.clango tihs ,oa idents, 10 mi.
$79000. OBO 334-389-3071.
JEEP '96: Grand Cherokee, gold pack, new
battery, new tires, $2500 080 229-334-7427
Nissan '05 Xterra.'V6, black exterior, running
boards, fog lights, and towing package. 60,000
miles. $12,000 or best offer.
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miles, one owner, regularly serviced. Automat-
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player, sunroof, trailer hitch. Champagne met-
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ue $21,575. Call/Text Rachel 334-406-9830.
make offer!


2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Crew Cab, 25873
miles, black, leather, sunroof, navigation, DVD,
excellent condition, warranty, $10,900, robhof
@netscape.com
Chevrolet '02 Silverado X/Cab $1,295 Down 0%
Interest. Open 9am 9pm 1-800-470-0650
Chevrolet '07 Silverado Crew Cab SL 2WD,
white with gray leather, 68K miles, one owner,
includes black toolbox, black running boards'
new Bridgestone AT tires. $14,900
Call334-596-1329
Chewrolet '92 Cheyenne Truck V6 5-Speed,
A/C, New Tires, Long Bed, 94K mi. Excellent
Condition $200 0810239347798-1768 or

Chevy'04 Silverado Z71

Michilen tires, 108K mi.
white $13,900.
334-7900068.
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Dodge '02 Ram 1500 4-wheel drive, quad cab,
P/U with 4.7 liter engine, cold air, chrome run-
ning boards, chrome rims, chrome tool box'
tow package and new tires. 149,698 miles.
Excellent comlition.$88499. 1) 334-790-6832.


ef,~ FORD '89 F150, 4wh, 4x4
Au0, $4 60202 3reas able


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Isuzu 2001 26' Box Truck -
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Nissan '04 Frontier 27K miles, New Tires, New
Battery, Automatic Trans., power windows,
power locks, one owner, Senior Citizen owned
and driven. $12,000 OBO 334-701-0998
Toyota '02 Tacoma Crew Cab. Automatic, 139k
miles, PERFECT Condition. Loaded, Beautiful!
$10,800 Firm. 334-596-9966


. '95 Honda Odyssey Van load-
ed, rear lar, clean, 160k mi.
,, 52500. OBO 334-691-7111 or
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Baldwin Console Piano oak finish, great prac-
tice piano, needs tune. $500. Call 850-693-0605
Bed: King-Size Platform-Style, with under-bed
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Chhla Cabinet: Beautiful Pecan Wood. Exc. con-
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Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE like new, $500, call after
6 p.m., 850-592-6016
Digital Television Converter ,Magnavox NEW,
$40 850-209-0702
Engine and transmission for 1991 Jimmy, 4.3 Itr
V6, runs finie,$500 850-569-2194
Halloween Costumes, several to choose from,
12mos-3T $10-$12 each 850-376-9426
Halloween Costumes, several to choose from,
12mos-3T $10-$12 each 850-376-9426

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Mahogn dressed & chest hev wod, 2
old, goo condisio $250/pet 85-20w- 6762ys
Pool Table good condition standard size $200.
850-272-0611.
Radar Detector: Cobra Trapshooter, good con-
dition $45 850-569-2194
Real Amish made Rockers (2) like new, $200
each 850-209-0702
Rifle, antique WWI, Italian made, $495 OBo
850-592-4109
shirley Temple Antique Doll Excel. cond. w/ 4
sets of clothes in orig. bxs $125 850-209-0702
Shredder, Free standing, w/basket. Works fine.
$100 850-482-7933.
Small glass top tables (2) $15 each 850-592-
2881
Solid Cedar Wood Porch Swing never used.
$95. call 850-693-0605.
TailGate Cap Tail Gate Protector TG Guard fits
99-06 Silverado. NIB, $40850-272-1842
Various computer parts and CD drivres $80
OBO 850-376-9462
WWII German Occupation Souvier Sheet of 3
Stamps $100 850-272-5268


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wood cabinet. $250. Call 850-693-0605.
Ring* Man's 14 ~ara ye lw8 Iod with 7 dia-

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Acoustic Martin Guitar, 10-15 yrs old $475
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Amazon Kindle, exc condition, download
books, mags, games. $95. 850-693-0605.

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Mahogany and Ivory. Well cared for; former
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refinishing bu ineGre eSdhatpe. Very solid.
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and 30 years for terror-
ism and sabotage. The
new disturbing the peace
charge carries a sentence
of one to four years.
Duarte hasn't set a date
for signing the legislation
into law.
When enacted, people
who falsely claim through
any medium the existence
of explosive material,


a new charge of disturb-
ing the peace, allowing
prosecutors to revise the
indictments against Gil-
berto Martinez and Maria
de Jesus Bravo.
A judge charged them
last month with terrorism
and sabotage after tweet-
ed reports of violence
and kidnapping threats
caused panic in Veracruz


city.
Gov. Javier Duarte pro-
posed the change earlier
this month, citing pres-
sure over the tweeting
case from the Roman
Catholic Church and civic
groups.
If convicted under the
current charges, the pair
would face prison sen-
tences of between three


shootings or other kinds
of attacks that spread fear
could face charges.
Defense attorney Cla-
ribel Guevara, who rep-
resents the pair, said
Tuesday that they don't
want to accept the lesser
charge. They contend the
government is violating
their freedom of speech.
The creation of the new


charge sparked a flurryl
of tweets about the case
Tu~esday.
Hermann Ortega, a
member of Mexican Pres-
ident Felipe Calderon's
National. Action Party,
criticized the law on his
?Twitter account, saying
local governments are
"restricting freedom of
expression."


The Associated Press

VERACRUZ, Mexico
Lawmakers in Vera-
cruz state approved a law
Tuesday designed 1;o less-
en terrorism charges filed
against a man and a wom-
an for allegedly causing a
panic by tweeting rumors
of drug cartel shootouts.
The law would create


cables referred to Qatari
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
as "MFA" which passed
him some of the DIA
reports.
Al-Jazeera said in a
statement that Khanfar
expressed his desire to
resign in July, and that his
replacement was arranged
one month ago to "to en-
sure a smooth transition."
The statement did not re-
fer to the leaked cable.
The. cable, written by
the U.S. embassy in Doha,
said the website piece,
"Live Testimony Concrn-
ing Tal Afar,": showed 10
witnesses giving their ac-
counts of U.S. military op-
erations in Iraq.
Khanfar, according to the
cable, "had taken a look at
the piece and had two im-
ages removed (two injured


children in hospital beds
and a women with serious
facial injury)."
Khanfar also referred to
"a non-paper" agreement
between the station and
U.S. government, in his
criticismofanotherAugust
report by DIA pointing to
a "violation to the station's
agreement."- Khanfar re-
sponded by saying "as a
news organization, we
can't sign agreements of
this nature, and to have it
here like this.in writing is
of concern to us." .
On his ?Twitter account,
Khanfar justified his res-
ignation as prompted by
the network needs for "re-
newal and change," and
commented oil several
tweets linking his resig-
nat:ion to the leaked U.S.
embassy cables, by saying,


"(I am) entertained by all
the rumors of why I have
resigned."
The cable's disclosure of
the Qatari-based network's
cooperation with the U.S.
government is a stark con-
trast with Al-Jazeera's rep-
utation as a harsh critic of
U.S. policies.
At the same time, the
United States shown little
openness to the network,
and Al-Jazeera's English
language service has lim-
ited access to Amierican
viewers.
The Qatar-funded sta-
tion praised Khanfar for
"outstanding 'contribu-
tions" and named his suc-
cessor, Shieik Ahmad bin
Jasem bin Muhammad Al-
Thani, a Qatari business-
man and member of the
royal family.


The Associated Press

CAIRO -- The Al-Jazeera
satellite TV channel has
announced Tuesday that
its director has stepped
down after serving the
network for eight years.
Wadah Khanfar's res-
ignation follows release
of documents by Wikile-
aks, purporting to show
he had close ties with the
U.S. and agreed to remove
some content in response
to American objections.
The leaked 2010 U.S.
diplomatic cable indi-
cated that Khanfar was in
constant contact with the
U.S. Defense Intelligence
Agency, responding to
U.S. complaints of nega-
tive coverage and promis-
ing to tone down items on
the station's website. The


the insurgents.
Tuesday's attack, .carried
out in former President
'Burhanuddin Rabbani's
Kabul home, dealt a harsh
blow to attempts'at ending
a decade of war. The kill-
ing of Rabbani, an ethnic
Tajik arid one of the wise
old men ofAfghan politics,
will blunt efforts to keep


in check the regional and
ethnic riiralries that help
feed the insurgency.
President Hamid Kar-
zai cut short a visit to the
United Nations. and called
on Afghans to remain uni-
fied in the face ofRabbani's
"martyrdom." .An enter-
gency Cabinet meeting
was called for Wednesday.


The attack came days
after a daytime assault
by insurgents on the U.S.
Embassy and NATO head-
quarters that deepened a
sense: of insecurity'in the
capital.
NATO said in statement
that two suicide bombers
were involved in the attack
on Rabbani.


The Associated Pres
KABUL, Afghaniistan
-A suicide attacker with a
bomb in his turban posed
as a Taliban peace envoy
and assassinated a former
Afghian president who for
the past year headed agov-
ernment council seeking a
political settlement with


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