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Jackson County Floridan
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Times-courier (Marianna, Fla. : 1947)
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Body discovered

in field identified

Staff Report
The body found in a field south of
Graceville on Monday has been identi-
fied as that of Benjamin Jed Taylor, 37, of
Holmes County. He lived in an area of the
county which lies near Graceville.
Authorities say an autopsy is pending
and that cause of death has not been
determined. However, officials say that
there were no obvious signs of foul play
in the death.
The body was found after someone

called to report that they'd seen what
appeared to be a person lying in the field.
The discovery occurred around noon
on Monday.
Roberts said the description of the man
closely matches that of a man who came
to someone's door around 2:30 a.m. Mon-
day in the area of the field, appearing
disoriented and disheveled.
The residents inside the home did not
open their door, blut had summoned law
enforcement. However, the man had
wandered away before they arrived.

Two in trio of teenage duck hunters
rescued, one body is recovered


Jackson County Sheriff
Lou Roberts and about a
half-dozen of his officers
helped search for a trio of
young duckhunters across
the line in Georgia4s Semi-
nole County Tuesday after
a plea for help pinged off
the local 911 tower.

Roberts said two of the
teenage boys were rescued
fairly early into the effort,
but that the third died. His
body was recovered from
Lake Seminole some-
time after 3 p.m. Central
Standard Time.
Roberts did not imme-
diately know the names
of the boaters, but he be-
lieved they may all have

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been from the area of Iron
City, Ga. The boy who died
was approximately 16
years old, Roberts said.
One of the boaters had
used his cellphone to call
for help after the vessel
started sinking, Roberts
said. Two were rescued
about a quarter-mile from
where they entered Lake
Seminole near Donalson-
ville, plucked from the
water a Ishort time after
See RESCUE; Page 9A

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BLD Services crew member Stacy Lambert works with sewer equipment over an open manhole on Daniels Street in Marianna
on Tuesday.

Who dat working outside

in sub-freezing Florida?

Louisiana crew arrives just in time for arctic blast INSIDE.

Tuesday morning's sub-
freezing temperatures
may have kept some
people indoors, but some
folks still had to put on
their boots and get to work
- outside.
In' the Daniels Street
area in Marianna, several
work crews with Louisi-
ana-baseld BLD Services
could be seen going about
their workday in tempera-
tures that started in the

John Bell, Mark Nicolitz, Nick Mabrey and Stacy Lambert take
a break from their chilly workday to pose for photo.
teens and barely crept afternoon.
above freezing before One four-man crew
starting to dip again in the Superintendent Mark

) Deep freeze strands rail.
air travelers nationwide.
Nicolitz of Maurepas, La.,
Stacy Lambert of Ham-
mond, La., John Bell of
Roseland, La., and Nick
Mabrey of Baton Rouge
- arrived in Marianna on
Monday, just in time for
the arctic blast that sent
temperatures plummeting
across most of the U.S.
The men joined other
BLD crews already in
See WORK, Page 9A

Dowl Game Successes

FSU, UCF fans can celebrate at Florida State Parks

Wear team hats or shirts win of Florida State University and the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl win of the Uni-
for January price break versity of Central Florida by cutting
admission in half for its fans Mon-
Special to the Floridan days through Thursdays throughout
The Florida Park Service is celebrat- What better way for fans to celebrate
ing the BCS National Championship the nail-biting victories of the Semi-

noles and the Knights than with a re-
laxing hike, picnic or stroll in a Florida
State Park? Team-themed cookouts
and gatherings in park pavilions are
a good way to show others -the pride
they have in these two programs.
See PARKS, Page 9A

A Jackson County school bus makes its way through
Marianna. Roughly half of the district's students
stayed home from,school Tuesday in the wake of an
arctic blast that sent temperatures into the sub-
freezing range for most of the country.

Weather leaves


schools without

water Tuesday

Many kids across county
stay home on a frigid day
Graceville High and Elementary schools briefly
had water when the school day first started Tues-
day and staff had caught some up for the prepa-
ration of the lunch meal, but the water flow soon
ceased. None of the school's toilets would flush
and water fountains were not functioning.
Parents were called and given the option of
picking up their children, and many did.
While Graceville's problem was an 'extreme,
students across the district were also affected by
the frigid weather.
About half the students in Jackson County
schools opted out of classes Tuesday, with their
See SCHOOLS, Page 9A

Boil water notice

issued as system

gets back on line
The town of Graceville was without water for
several hours on Tuesday and around 11 a.m. the
city issued a precautionary boil-water notice to
its customers, noting that "a loss of water pres-
sure has been experienced due to system-wide
water well failure."
City officials said that, by around noon, the
pressure was getting back to normal but that
See WATER, Page 9A


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Marianna, FL 32448
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Jackson County Floridan (USPS 271-840)
is published Tuesday through Friday and
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at Marianna, FL.

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AARP tax aide training session-9 a.m. until
1p.m. Jackson County Agricultural Building, Penn
Ave., Marianna, in the conference room. Learn
hands-on training for electronic preparation and
filing of tax returns free. If interested in volunteering
call 718-7919.
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting Noon
to 1 p.m. in the AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.

Forest Certification-9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the
UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, Mari-
anna. Cost $15 which includes materials, lunch and
breaks. SAF Continuing Forest Education credits
approved for this workshop: 3.5 hours Category 3.5
hours Category 1-CF. Call (352) 219-8717.
Chipola Civic Club Meeting Noon at The
Oaks Restaurant, U.S. 90 in Marianna. The CCC's
focus is the local community, "Community, Children
& Character." Call 526-3142.
St. Anne Thrift Store 9 a.m. -1 p.m. St. Anne's
Catholic Church, 3009 5th St., Marianna. Call 482-
) Employability Workshop-2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop Career Center. "Making Positive First
Impressions" is the workshop. It is free and open to
the public. The workshop is facilitated by a Certified
Motivational Career Coach. Visit employflorida.com
to register for these informative workshops.
) Chipola Regional Workforce Development
Board Executive Committee Meeting-5 p.m. in
'the Workforce Board Community Room, Marlanna.
Meeting accessible to individuals with disabilities
or physical impairments. Persons with hearing or
speech impairments contact Lisa Wells at 718-
0456, ext. 101 through the Florida Relay system by
d1lirig 7-1-1.
Chipola Regional Workforce Development
Board General Meeting-6 p.m. in the Workforce
Board Community Room, Marianna. Meeting ac-
cessible to individuals with disabilities or physical
impairments. Persons with hearing or speech im-
pairments contact Lisa Wells at 718-0456, ext. 1ol
through the Florida Relay system by dialing 7-1-1.
) Town of Grand Ridge Council meeting-6 p.m.
at the Grand Ridge Town hall.. Public invited. Call

Community Calenda:
)Jackson County Branch of the NAACP monthly
meeting 6 p.m. St. James
The William Dunaway Chapter, Florida Soci-
ety, Sons of the American Revolution meet-
ing-6:30 p.m. at Jim's Buffet and Grill in Marianna
for annual officer installation meeting. Program by
Dale Cox, speaking on" Daniel Boone in Florida."
Anyone interest in SAR welcome. For more info call
) Alcoholics Anonymous Closed discussion,
8-9 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;
papers will not be signed.

Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast and
Networking. Event-7 a.m.- 9 a.m. Agricultural
Center Complex, Penn Ave., Marianna sponsored
by Regions Bank. Guest speaker: Robert Goetz. For
mre info call 482-8060.
) ACT Registration deadline-Chipola College for
February test date. For information, call 718-2211 or
visit www.chipola.edu.
D Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast-7
a.m.-9 a.m. at the.Agricultural Center on Penn Ave.
in Marianna.
) Hooks and Needles -10 a.m. at the Jackson
County Public Library, Marianna Branch. New and
experienced hand crafters welcome to create,
share, learn or teach favorite projects. Call 482-
) Chess Club -6 p.m. 8 p.m. First United
Methodist Church on Clinton St. in Marianna.
Sponsored by Marianna Optimist Club for students
for students 8 18 years of age in Jackson County.
All students and their parents are welcome. Players
01 ill :.N ll levels including beginners are welcome.
Call 693-0473.
) Celebrate Recovery 7 p.m. at Evangel Worship
Center, 2645 Pebble Hill Road in Marianna. Adult,
teen meetings to "overcome hurts, habits and
hang-ups." Dinner: 6 p.m. Child care available. Call
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 8-9
p.m. in theAA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.

Alford Community Health Clinic Hours -10
a.m. until last patient is seen, at 1770 Carolina St. in
Alford. Thefree clinic for income-eligible patients
without medical insurance treats short-term
illnesses and chronic conditions. Appointments
available (call 263-7106 or 209-5501); walk-ins
welcome. Sign in before 11 a.m.
4 Chipola Chapter, NSDAR, will meet for "Shar-
ing of Quilts"-11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal
Church, 4362 Lafayette St., Marianna. Arrive at
10:30 to set up quilt display. Bring a brown bag
lunch. Guest welcome. For information contact at
638-1947 or cdjordan@bellsouth.net.
Girl Scout Winter Tea Party-noon-2 p.m. at
the Masonic Temple 3024 Jefferson St. in Marianna.
Cost is $15 per couple which includes patch. All
girls kindergarten thru 12th grade registered and
unregistered is welcome. Call 209-9772.
) Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 4:30-
5:30 p.m. irfthe AA room of First United Methodist
Church, 2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna.

Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Discussion.
- 6:30 p.m. in AA room of First United Methodist
Church,2901 Caledonia St. in Marianna .Attendance
limited to persons with a desire to stop drinking.
D Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 8 p.m. in
the board room of Campbellton-Graceville Hospital,
5429 College Drive, Graceville.

))Marianna Lions Club Meeting Noon at Jim's
Buffet & Grill, 4329 Lafayette St., Marianna. Call
) Tickets on sale for Chipola Artist Series event
Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta-2 p.rmi. 5 p.m. at
Chipola Box Office or online tickets at www.chipola.
equ. Tickets are $14 adults $10 age 18 and under.
The music and dance program is complete with
Latin instruments and Flamenco dancers.
) Employability Workshop-2:30 p.m. Marianna
One Stop Career Center. "Mock Interviewing" is
the workshop. It is free and open to the public. The
workshop is facilitated by a Certified Motivational
Career Coach. Visit employflorida.com to register
for these informative workshops.

The submission deadline for this calendar is two days before publication. Submit to: Co 'mmunity Calendar, Jackson County Floridan, P. 0. Box 520, Marianna, FL 32447,
email editorial@jcfloridan.com, fax 850-482-4478 or bring items to 4403 Constitution Lane in Marianna.


Marianna Police Department
The Marianna Police Department listed
the following incidents for Jan. 6, the latest
available report: One drunk pedestrian,
one accident with injury, one accident with
no injury, one suspicious vehicle, one sus-.
picious person, one information call, one
highway obstruction, one burglary, two
verbal disturbances, three burglar alarms,
one panic alarm, three traffic stops, one
report of found/abandoned property, one
follow-up investigation, one juvenile com-
plaint, one animal complaint, two reports
of fraud, one incident of retail theft/shop-
lifting, two calls to assist another agency,
one public service call, two fingerprint-
ings, one open door/window, one report
of threat/harassment, and seven home
security checks.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and
county fire/rescue reported the following
incidents for Jan. 6, the latest available
report: One accident with unknown injury,

one abandoned vehicle, one reckless
driver, six suspicious vehicles, one suspi-

cious incident, four suspi-
cious persons, two infor-
mation calls, two verbal

CR Dl EAC disturbances, one report of
C -ME a prowler, 13 medical calls,
one traffic crash, six burglar
alarms, one fire alarm, eight
traffic stops, two larceny reports, two calls
to serve papers/ex parte, one civil dispute,
one report of trespassing, .one report of
found/abandoned property, one follow-up
investigation, one report of attempted or
threatened suicide, six property/building
checks,.one call to assist a motorist or pe-
destrian, one report of retail theft/shoplift-
ing, one public service call, one 911 hang-
up, two welfare checks, one transport, one
Baker Act/transport, one report of threats/
harassment, and one VIN verification.

Jackson County
Correctional Facility
The following persons were booked into

the county jail during the latest reporting
) Terri Soles, 51, 2913 Albert St., Apt. A,
Marianna, failure to appear (worthless
) Keith Zerinque, 30, 3012 Swails Road,
Alford, driving under the influence.
) Willie Joiner, 55, 5353 list St., Malone,
violation of parole.
Ethan Hillard, 21,34700 SW CR 379,
Bristol, violation of pre-trial intervention.
) Sam Whittington, 23, 831 Anderson
Drive, Alford, sentenced to 60 days county
jail. I .
) Gary Carden, 44, 20794 Hitching Post
Road, Tallahassee, hold for court.
)) James Sawyer, 44, 5185 Russell St.,
Greenwood, battery domestic violence.
) Moses Blanco, 29, 211 Deer Point Ct.,
Henderson, TN, no valid driver license.
) Amber Bradley, 20, 2390 Lovewood
Road, Cottondale, petit theft.

Jail Population: 208
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).

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S enior Fellowship Association held its December luncheon and meeting in the Youth Center of First United Methodist Church. The
Songsters, a local singing group, sang a medley of Christmas songs.



Special to the Floridan
B Bradley Mitchell
Prescott and Leah Mi-
chelle Williams.
) Brenda Mott DeWitt
and Donald Dean
) Tameka Ranae Larry
and Marice Jerome
) Demetris Laron
Bellamy and Camisha
Yolanda Sbrey. ,
) Benjamin Curtis
Noblin and Shana Dawn
B No divorces


Hathcock Roofing and Remodeling recently honored four of its employees for more than 20 years of dedicated
service. Company president Sam Hathcock III (far left) and company vice president Jay Pate (far right) gave
plagues to these employees: David Rosado, 23 years; John Revels, 23 years; JodyVickers, 20 years, and James
Vickers, 26 years. Hathcock Roofing and Remodeling is a locally owned company that has been in business since

Wilson named


trial attorney

According to the State At-
torney's Office, The Florida
Bar recently named Chief
Assistant State Attorney
Greg Wilson a board-certi-
fied trial attorney, identify-
ing him as "a lawyer with
special knowledge, skills
and proficiency."
Wilson is the seventh
board-certified trial at-
torney in Panama City
and joins Assistant State
Attorney Bob Sombathy
as the second at the State
Attorney's Office.
Wilson is only the sec-
ond prosecutor to achieve
board certification while
working at the State At-
torney's Office. The other,
William Wright, went on

to become circuit judge in
Jackson County.
In the 14th Judicial Cir-
cuit, there are now nine
board-certified trial at-
torneys, .according to The
Florida Bar, but two are
judges: Wright and Circuit
Judge Chris Patterson.
According to a letter from
Board of Legal Specializa-
tion and Education Chair
John Pelzer, Wilson is now
"distinguished as a spe-
cialist and expert in your
practice area."
"You have achieved a sig-
nificant milestone in your
career," Pelzer wrote. "We
are proud to include you
as a Board Certified Trial


Senior Fellowship Association spotlighted First Commerce Credit Union as jts business of the
month in December. Pictured is Amy Proctor, financial service officer.

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Judge signs off on water pollution limits

The Associated Press

eral judge is signing off on
Florida's water pollution
rules, but environmental-
ists are blasting the de-
cision and say they may
appeal it.
U.S. District Judge Rob-
ert Hinkle ruled Tuesday
that state and federal au-
thorities can move ahead
with an agreement that
lets the state set rules de-
signed to head off con-
tamination that leads to
toxic algae blooms.
It's the latest chapter in
a long-running battle over
the regulation of the state's
lakes, rivers and estuar-
ies and whether the rules
should be developed by
state environmental offi-
cials or by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
er Adam Putnam and state
environmental officials

hailed the latest decision.
"Judge Hinkle's ruling
is a testament to Florida's
proven ability to manage
its own water resource
protection and restoration
programs," Putnam said in
a written statement.
But environmentalists
contend the ruling means
that stricter federal Clean
Water Act protections will
not apply to two-thirds of
Florida waters.
David Guest, an attor-
ney with the nonprofit
environmental law firm
Earthjustice, said the
state's rules aren't prevent-
ing pollution.
"Florida4 clean water
regulations just aren't
working, and we need EPA
to step in and do the job,"
said Guest. "We have so
much sewage, fertilizer,
and manure contamina-
tion that we have toxic
slime outbreaks happen-
ing all over the state.

Hundreds of dead mana-
tees, dolphins, fish and
birds have been wash-
ing up on shores in South
Florida. The Clean Water
Act is supposed to prevent
things like this."
When fertilizer and ani-
mal manure from farms
and ranches run into water-
ways, they bring nitrogen
and phosphorus. Those act
as nutrients to algae.
The algae essentially
have a feeding frenzy, re-
sulting in the blooms that

cause red tides and other
slimy, smelly outbreaks
Several environmental
groups took the EPA to
court when it failed to en-
force its own regulation
requiring states to estab-
lish numeric standards
for such nutrients. A 2009
agreement called on the
federal government to
draw up the standards, but
it came under fire from in-
dustry groups and state of-
ficials-as too expensive and

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Miami Herald on

the gender pay gap

We all know that life is unfair, but there is one
particularly galling inequity that really shouldn't
exist any longer. But exist it does, to the shame
of the corporate and government employers of this coun-
try. That would be the gender pay gap.
Women still don't earn as much pay as men in the same
jobs, but at least the outlook is better than it was 30 years
ago, says a report released in December by the Pew Re-
search Center. The Pew study found that women under 32
now make 93 percent of what young men earn, up from
just 67 percent in 1980. Among all age groups of work-
ers, the median hourly wage for women last year was 84
percent as much as men $14.90 for women as opposed
to men's $17.79 up from 64 percent in 1980.
The study found that the pay advantage for women
under 32 today stems from their education level -that
particular age group of women has higher rates of college
completion than their male equals. Still, as women in the
workplace grow older their pay rate doesn't increase as
rapidly as men's in part, at least, because many women
take time off or reduce work hours to raise families. Later
in life women are most often the ones who take time off
to care for a relative, as well.
Other causes of the pay gap for older female work-
ers, according to the Pew study, are the usual suspects:
gender stereotyping, discrimination, weaker professional
networks and women's hesitancy to be as aggressive as
their male counterparts about pushing for raises and
promotions. All these factors together may account for 20
to 40 percent of the pay gap, says Pew.
The gaps have huge consequences over a woman's
lifetime. Earning less throughout her career means she
spends less, which is bad for the economy in general. Earn-
ing less will also bring in less income for her retirement
and chances are she will outlive her male counterpart
in the bargain. Meaning no bargain at all. Lower pay also
hurts single mothers and their children during their'grow-
ing-up years, when families need money the most.
About 75 percent of younger female working profession-
als in business and government believe that the country
has to do more to bring about equality in the workplace,
the study reports. These women can look up and see that
glass ceiling still very firmly in place, unfortunately.
Yes, more women have moved into executive suites
and boardrooms in the last two decades, like the recent
appointment of Mary Barra as the first woman to head
General Motors called a true landmark event by many.
Women make up half of the nation's workforce in busi-
ness and government, and the number of women in
managerial and administrative occupation is close to that
of men 15 percent for women to 17 percent for men.
However, women hold just 4.5 percent of Fortune 1,000
CEO positions, according to the Pew report.
That's a clear indictment of both the business and gov-
ernment sectors, suggesting that firue gender equality in
the workplace still gets more lip service than demonstra-
tive action.
Someday, the appointment of a woman to head an auto
manufacturing company will be regarded as interesting
but not exceptional. Just as someday the country will elect
its first female president. But at the rate women's pay has
risen over the last 30 years and the paucity of wompn CEOs
on Fortune's list today, a female president is much likelier
to happen before Ford's next CEO is a woman.

The Tampa Tribune

on fireworks laws
It's a pretty safe bet somebody will be injured by
mishandling fireworks. Pets will be terrified and more
than a few firefighters and police officers will be
dispatched to deal with the aftermath of illegal fireworks
being discharged in neighborhoods.
Twice a year, on July 4 and New-Year's Eve, communi-
ties across the state are subjected to the repeated bursts
of illegal fireworks that are sold and discharged because
of a farcical law that functions more as a loophole than
Ending this charade is long overdue. The state should
toughen the laws that make it illegal to sell fireworks that
fly through the air or explode, while keeping the excep-
tion for the sparkler devices currently allowed.
But that's not likely to happen this year. In fact, a bill
sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach
Republican, would do just the opposite if it were to pass.
Gaetz wants to legalize Roman candies, bottle rockets
andj other fireworks currently banned by state law for
recreational use. He says the-law pushes buyers into
neighboring states, where the purchases are legal. Those
buyers then drive back across the Florida line and dis-
charge the fireworks.
That's 'a weak argument for legalizing an activity deserv-
injfof an outright ban for safety and nuisance reasons.
Instead, the sales occur in Florida with impunity because
of a giant loophole.
Under the law, fireworks can be sold to farms and fish
hatcheries to scare off birds. That exemption is abused
by sellers and buyers who sign a waiver promising the
fireworks will be used for those sanctioned purposes.
The law is seldom enforced, resulting in the cacophony
outside your window twice a year along with burns and
accidental fires.
There's a cost associated with allowing the activity that
cancels out the economic argument Gaetz is making.

As the Tribune's James L. Rosica reports, fireworks were
involved in an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in emer-
gency rooms across the country in 2012, many of them to
children. By allowing the loophole and looking the other
way, the state gives cover to irresponsible gun owners
who shoot celebratory bullets into the air, threatening
innocent lives miles away.
No doubt, people who are determined will get their
hands on illegal fireworks during the holidays.
But that doesn't mean the state should sanction the
State lawmakers should douse Gaetz's bill in a bucket of
water, and instead tighten current law.

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The new reality is camro,

thongs a:

A man said business would get
better if I grew a long gray
eard and begin wearing
camouflage clothing even if I was
nowhere near the woods. He said
I could have my own reality show,
"The Paragraph Factory."
I was skeptical. I do not catch
fish in the Bering Sea. I don't cut
down huge trees. I sit here and
make paragraphs. Most days in the
paragraph factory are sort of dull.
I had learned about the para-
graph factory from a veteran para-
graph-maker who said, "Kid, some
people make cars. Some people
make beer. We make paragraphs."
Forty years ago, that seemed ter-
ribly cynical, but as the years went
by, it began to sound like it had
come from a burning bush.
Generations of men and women
had come to work in the paragraph
factory. A few of the men grew
beards and mustaches in. the years.
when beards and mustaches were
cool, then quickly shaved them off.
Nobody dressed in camo, even
the guy on the bait-and-bullet
beat, when we had a guy on the
bait-and-bullet beat. In early years,
the men wore dark suits and hats.
When we grew beards in those
days, we looked like Hasidic rabbis
or Amish elders. Later we wore
khakis and rumpled sport coats.
The women wore slacks and deter-
mined looks.
We manufactured standard
paragraphs focused on killings
slayingngs", committees ("panels")
and contracts, ("pacts," which were
"hammered out" and then "inked").
In the winter we manufactured
paragraphs about cold weather
and in the summer, to prove our
versatility, we would run up some
hot weather paragraphs.
What we needed, the man said,
was camo. Beards. The women can
dress flashier, and they can still be
feisty, but they shQuld be willing
to clean fish, cook Sunday dinner
and raise the young 'uns. That, or
dress in tacky fashions and engage


in catfights
where thea




moving mercn

with one another. It's there some heavy machinery ,
audience is, he said. around? Don't.some of the trucks
life hasn't been that deliver thp paragraphs have to
the same since, drive down icy roads?
Whether it was Only after an ice storm, I said. But
the beard or the we've got some presses out in the
camo, I don't suburbs.
know, but I felt lib- Excellent, he said, and the next
erated. "Don't be thing I knew I was hanging by
&U afraid to say igno- my beard from a Goss Metroliner
rant or outrageous Doublewide Offset printing press,
things," the man screaming for help.

said. "Pick fights. Create drama.
Unleash some zany antics."
"I'm manufacturing a paragraph
about a budget panel inking a
pact," I said.
"Throw it out," he advised. "In-
sult gay people instead. Talk about
how you used to work with black
folks in the adverb fields, how
happy they were, singing as they
worked, not asking for welfare.
Go upstairs and start a ping-pong
tournament in the middle of the
factory floor."
So I did. The paragraphs about
life in the adverb fields generated
controversy galore. I made up some
stuff about a gay adverb-picker. I
shoved some desks around and in-
stalled some ping-pong tables. Lord
knows there was plenty of room.
I started a tournament right on
the Sunday deadline. The cameras
followed me around as I disrupted
everyone, getting into several angry
confrontations and spitting into.
the boss's coffee cup. I told one
of the female bosses to go home,
clean some fish and take care of her
young 'uns.
I got suspended, but the ratings
were boffo, so I was reinstated.
Great stuff, the man said, butwe
need more danger. He said shows
about people with dangerous jobs
were amazingly popular. "It doesn't
have to be real danger," he said.
"We can fake that."
I pulled thoughtfully on my
beard. Maybe I could get hit in the
head with a dangling participle, I
Not good enough, he said. Isn't

"There's nobody here to help
you," the producer explained.
"What about you and the camera
"The viewers don't know we're
"They're that stupid?" I screamed.
"Don't tell anybody," he said.
When my face stopped hurting,
the man said, I should start think-
ing about moving some merch.
This is what reality show stars call
"merchandise" that ties in to the
show. It's where the serious bucks
are. Cooking shows sell cookbooks
and cookware. Dog shows sell
leashes. The "Real Housewives"
sell $28 "Hanky Panky Low Rise
Thongs." True.
He said the "Duck Dynasty" guys
started out by selling duck calls
for about 10 bucks. Now they get
as much as $250 for fancy ones,
which are no more effective at
summoning ducks than the cheap
ones. They have licensing deals for
everything else under the sun. No
wonder they love America.
Who buys this stuff, I asked.
He said he didn't know, but last
week a Pew Center poll said a third
of all Americans, and 48 percent
of Republicans, believe that
"humans and other living things
have existed in their present form
since the beginning of time."
Think of them as the target
audience, he said.
Kevin Horrigan is a columnist for the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch. Readers may write to him at:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 900 N. Tucker Blvd.,
St. LouisMo. 63101, or email him at

Tenderness in the night

Mark Ruffalo is a mainstay of
the contemporary "rom-
com" genre of movies.
He's also one of NARAL Pro-Choice
America's favorite actors, due to his
his abortion activism.
What he may not realize is that he
did more for advancing the cause
of a culture of life in one of his roles
than just about any statement from
.an actor ever will.
In the 2005 movie "Just Like
Heaven," Ruffalo played a role that
tackled the challenges of life, death
and modem health care as his
character fell in love with a woman
in a coma. The storyline was fanci-
ful, but it presented audiences with
an underlying if much debated
- understanding: that living bod-
ies, no matter how damaged,
deserve consideration and demand
respect, as all life does.
What Ruffalo may not realize
is that in his most compelling
sentiments his compassion for
his mother and women in general
- he shares common ground with
his pro-life adversaries.
Writing in defense of an illegal
abortion his mother had before
the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade
decision more than 40 years ago,
Ruffalo wrote this past summer:
"When I heard the story, I was
aghast by the lowliness of a society
that would make a woman do that.
I could not understand its lack of
humanity; today is no different."
Imagine the shame and pain
and desperation that would lead a
woman to such a place. Maybe you
don't have to imagine. How about
making sure no woman ever has to
go there illegally or legally? Save
for the most strident activists, most

Americans don't believe abortion to
be a good thing. How about focus-
ing on alternatives
instead of being
stuck on politicians'
hapless, insensitive
or merely controver-
sial statements?
Kathrun A lot of Americans
Z still don't even real-
** ize abortion in all
threp trimesters was
made legal four decades ago. There's
a reason legal abortion is masked in
words like choice and health: We're
not actually a brutal people well,
at least not consciously. That's why,
for the abortion industry to survive,
it needs to make sure the horrifying
details are glossed over. The prob-
lem, of course, is that if we believe
in conscience, we're going to have
something to answer to history (and
our maker) for.
We're seeing something like this
realization now in the surprise New
Year's Eve move by Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Sotomayor to hold
off penalties for the Little Sisters of
the Poor's noncompliance in the
face of the Obama administration's
abortion-drug, contraception and
sterilization health care mandate.
After the story of various lawsuits
against the Department of Health
and Human Services went untold or
dismissed, suddenly the narrativdof
the forced constricting of religious
liberty- targeting the likes of nuns
running elderly-care homes in
America is hard to avoid.
In his Christmas message, Pope
Francis implored Christians to
"pause before the Child of Bethle-
hem." He continued: "Let us allow
ourselves to be warmed by the

tenderness of God."
It's hard to know how talk of the
tenderness of God is received in a
cynical culture numbed by eva-
sions that keep us from confronting
wounds. We tend to both over-
complicate matters and distract
ourselves.from what is right in front
of us.
We debate about abortion, pre-
tending it's all a matter of women's
health and freedom. But what we're
really doing in so many of our most
high-profile campaigns and ex-
changes is compounding a culture
of violence of the most intimate
"I actually trust the women
I know. I trust them with their
choices, I trust them with their bod-
ies and I trust them with their chil-
dren," Ruffalo has written. But do
children belong to mothers only?
What a far cry from the liberal em-
brace of "It takes a village to raise
a child"! Ruffalo is himself a father.
How about getting rid of this false
disconnect? Putting aside some of
the political rhetoric, perhaps we
can begin again anc acknowledge
that there is a cultural responsibility
to support and encourage a mother
and father to rise to the occasion of
Rather than doubling down on
the misery of abortion, let's put
out the welcome mats to life in
2014. Just like heaven, there can be
tenderness on Earth, too even
in social media, even on the most
contentious of issues.
Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of
National Review Online, director of Catholic
Voices USA and a consultant with the
Magnificat Foundation. She can be contacted
at klopez@nationalreview.com.

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State Briefs

Brevard Co. woman
dies of flu
vard County Health
Department officials say a
woman in her 30s has died
of the flu.
Florida Today reports
the woman died Sunday at
Holmes Regional Medical
Center in Melbourne.
Director Heidar Hesh-
mati says two others a
pregnant woman in her
30s and a 62-yean-old man
are on life support due
to influenza. Heshmati
says the woman refused to
get the flu vaccination.
Last week, Brevard
County health officials
issued a report warning of
an uptick in flue activity.
They urged anyone over 6
months old to get the flu

Police killer dies on
death row
STARKE -A man await-
ing execution on Florida's
death row for the 1981
killing of a Miami police
officer has died of natural
Corrections depart-
ment officials say 56-
year-old Robert Patten
died Monday of an
undisclosed illness. Patten
was sentenced to die for
fatally shooting 24-year-
old Nathaniel Broom, who
was a rookie Miami police
Trial evidence showed
Broom stopped Patten's
car because'it was going
the wrong way down a
one-way street. Witnesses
said Patten took off on
foot and hid, then shot
Broom as he approached.
Patten, then stole another
car to escape.
Patten's fingerprint was
found on the stolen car
and the gun used to shoot
Broom was at the house of
Patten's grandmother.
The Miami Herald
.reports that Patten's initial
death sentence was over-
turned, but re-imposed in

Former Costa Cruises
CEO retiring
MIAMI Carnival Corp.
said Tuesday that the for-
mer CEO of Costa Cruises,
the company behind the
(ioncordia disaster, is
Costa owns the Con-
cordia cruise ship that
capsized off the central
Italian coast in early 2012.
Pier Luigi Foschi was CEO
at Costa Cruises when the
Concofdia slammed into a
reef off the Tuscan island

of Giglio with more than
4,000 people on board.
Thirty-two people died.
Carnival said Tuesday
that Foschi, 67, is retir-
ing after 16 years with the
company. Foschi retired
as Costa Cruises CEO six
months after the Concor-
dia disaster. Parent com-
pany Carnival later named
him head of its business
in Asia.

S. Fla. condo will
have art in each unit
-A new condo tower on
Sunny Isles Beach will
include a sculpture by
artist Helidon Xhixha in
each unit.
The Miami Herald
reports the tower named
Muse will feature a 47-
story, 68-unit tower built
on a less than one-acre
site along Collins Avenue.
It is expected to break
ground in June.
"He's going to do art
in every apartment and
around the grounds and
lobby," said Kevin Malo-
ney, founder and CEO of
NewYork-based Property
Markets Group, which is
launching the tower with
co-developer S2 Develop-
ment of Aventura.
The Albanian-born
artist will consult with
unit buyers "and design a
piece for each, Maloney

Fla. legislator tapped
t9 head toll agency
legislator is getting the
nod to take over a Central
Florida toll road agency.
The Orlando-Orange
County Expressway
Authority voted Tuesday
to hire State Rep. Stephen
Precourt as executive di-
rector for the agency that
manages more than 100
miles of toll roads.
Precourt plans on
resigning his seat in the
Florida Legislature before
beginning his new job in
order to avoid potential
conflicts. That could trig-
ger the need for a special
WESH-TV reports that
the authority board was
divided 3-2 over whether
to hire Precourt.
The station quoted Or-
ange County Mayor Teresa
Jacobs as raising doubts
about Precourt. She
pointed out that state law
would prohibit Precourt,
from lobbying the Legisla-
ture for two years. She also
said he was not the best
qualified candidate.
From wire reports

Divers swim with dozens of West Indian Manatees early Tuesday, Jan. 7, as the animals congregate around a freshwater spring
at the Three Sisters Springs on the Crystal River north of Tampa, Fla. Local temperatures Tuesday morning dipped below
freezing redirecting the animals to the warm springs at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Manatees seek warmth, pack Tampa Bay waters

The Associated Press
dreds of heat-seeking
manatees are packing the
warm water springs at a
Tampa Bay-area national
wildlife refuge.
That's prompted offi-
cials to close those waters
to humans to safeguard

the protected marine emergency .closure ist Ivan 'Vicente tells
mammals. of the springs to -activi- the Tampa Bay Times
Roughly 300 manatees ties such as swimming that the closure will
have packed into the ca- and kayaking so that the continue to keep the
nal leading to the Three manatees would not be manatees "undisturbed
Sisters Springs at disturbed. for as long as possible
the Crystal Riv- The closure may con- during this cold spell."
er National Wildlife tinue through Wednes- Manatees naturally seek
Refuge. On Tuesday of- day afternoon or longer, out warm waters when
ficials instituted an Visitor services special- temperatures drop.

Judge denies self-defense claim in 2011 slaying

The Associated Press

judge has rejected the
self-defense claims of two
brothers in the 2011 slay-
ing of a man during a con-
frontation in a Daytona
Beach neighborhood.
On Monday, Circuit
Judge Margaret Hudson
denied the "stand your
ground" argument by
Ray and Wayne Green-
law, who claimed they
feared for their lives when
they opened fire on Brian
Leverett and slashed his
friend, Justin Riley on Oct.
The Daytona Beach
News-Journal reports the
Greenlaws were seeking
immunity from first-de-
gree murder charges. Ray
Greenlaw is also charged

with the attempted mur-
der of Riley.
According to testimony
all four men had been
drinking and had not met
before that night. Wayne
Greenlaw testified that
things got heated after he
told the men they didn't
want to buy any pain pills.
The brothers testified
that Leveret and Riley
went to Wayne Greenlaw's
house around 2 a.m. and
threatened to kill Ray
Greenlaw. That's when
Wayne Greenlaw said he
grabbed a rifle for him-
self and a pistol for his
He testified that they
went outside and encoun-
tered Leverett, who was
armed with a shotgun and
was holding a flashlight.
"He blinded me with

the light and that's when
I started firing," Wayne
Greenlaw testified at a
Dec. 2 'stand your ground'
hearing. "I was afraid he
was going to kill me."
The judge noted that the
Greenlaws didn't call 911.
"The defendant certain-
ly did not seek to escape
the conflict he and his
brother went looking for
it," Hudson wrote in deny-
ing the brothers' motion.
She also noted that in
initial interviews with
investigators, "neither
brother ever mentioned
that either Mr. Leverett or
Mr. Riley had a gun or that
it was pointed at them and
caused fear."
She called Wayne Green-
law's testimony "self-serv-
ing" and "not sufficiently

The judge pointed out
that Ray Greenlaw went
inside his house and left
the door unlocked while
he grabbed a machete
from his garage.
"It is incredulous to be-
lieve that someone truly in
fear of imminent death or
greatbodilyharm ... would
not lock the front door
against the potential entry
of the trespassers into the
home and perhaps, even
call 911," Hudson wrote.
The newspaper report-
ed Wayne Greenlaw fired
15 rounds from his rifle
while his brother
fired several rounds from
a pistol. Investigators
said the rifle shots killed
The Greenlaws are being
held without bail at the
Volusia County Jail.

Endangered status sought for Panhandle crayfish

The Associated Press

Wildlife advocates want
endangered species
protections extended
to a 2-inch crustacean
found only in one
county in Florida's

The Center for Biologi-
cal Diversity said Monday'
that it had filed a petition
with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service seeking
protection for the wingtail
The crayfish is found
only in Gulf County, in
seasonally flooded
freshwater areas in

the flatwoods west and
to the south ofWewa-
A scientist at the center
says the crayfish's wet-
lands habitat is important
for flood prevention and
water purification. Tierra
Curry says the crayfish is
threatened by develop-
ment, water pollution

and the effects of climate
Crayfish also are called
crawdads, crawfish, mud-
bugs, crawly bottoms and
river lobsters. Scientists
say they're important to
the ecosystem because
the burrows they dig
create shelter for other

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Communications Director

Special to the Floridan

Recently DaMonica Ri-
vas was named Northwest
Region Communications
Director for the Florida
Department of Children
and Families. Ms. Rivas
joined the department
in early December 2013.
Previously, she worked
at the Florida Depart-
ment of Education as the
External Affairs

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handled several aspects of
public relations from so-
cial media to event plan-
ning, and public/media
relations to stakeholder
In her role at DCF, Ms.
Rivas will coordinate
media relations for Judi-
cial Circuit 1 (Escambia,
Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and
Walton counties), Circuit
2 (Leon, Gadsden, Jef-

ferson, Wakulla, Franklin
and Liberty counties),
and Circuit 14 (Bay, Gulf,
Washington, Holmes,
Jackson and Calhoun
She is eager to begin
working with the North-
west Florida media
outlets to develop rela-
tionships, share impor-
tant information and pro-
vide any assistance that
you may need.

Wooden of the World appoints

Carroll Florida state manager

Special to the Floridan

Bryan D. Carroll has
been named state manag-
er of an expanded Florida
marketing area for Wood-
men of the World Life In-
surance Society. Carroll
previously managed the
North Florida area. Effec-
tive Jan. 1, he assumed
responsibility for Wood-
men's sales force and com-
munity relations activities
for the entire state.
Carroll began his ca-
reer with Woodmen of
the World as a field rep-
resentative in Oct. 1988.
As a field representative,
he was a member of the
President's Club for three
years and was instrumen-
tal in the construction of
a Woodmen Lodge Hall
in Kingstree, S.C., and the
reorganization of several
other lodges.
In October 1993, he was
appointed area manager
in South Carolina and
received Woodmen's Na-
tional Quality Manage-
ment Award in 1995 and
1996. Carroll also received
the Top Area manager
Award for South Carolina
from 1995 through 1998.
In January 2000, he was
appointed state manager
of northern California,
northern Nevada and the
northwest territory. In
April 2002, Carroll was
appointed state manager
of north Mississippi and
in October 2011, he was
named State Manager

of north Florida. He has
been a member of the


Club for 22
C a r-
roll, who is
from Con-
way, S.C.,
has also

served on the President's
and Field Manager's Ad-
visory Board during 2001
and currently serves as
a member of the Field
Work Committee. Ad-
ditionally, Carroll is a
member of the National
Association of Fraternal
Insurance Counselors
and a Financial Advisor
with Woodmen Financial
Bryan and his wife, Gail,
a former bank vice presi-
dent and compliance offi-
cer, reside in Tallahassee.
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back to our customers
and the communities we
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funds,* and. 529 College
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700,000 Woodmen of the
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the country share a com-
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munity and country. To
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Benefit from Ponzi

scheme in j eopardy

and I read your column
every week, and we hope
you can give us some
words of wisdom. In 2008,
we bought some silver.
In 2010, we took out our
original investment.
In 2011, our statements
reported that our gain
was doing very well, so we
withdrew another $18,000
to pay off our car, credit
cards and home equity. I
am 85 years old and my
wife is 83. We figured that
was the smart thing to do
and then there would be
no money problem.
On July 30, 2013,1
received a letter from a
law firm stating that it has
been appointed receiver
to begin a process to
compel that the money
be returned. This was a
Ponzi scheme.
I talked with the gentle-
man and informed him
that I did not have the
money because I used it
as I explained above. He
said he would be willing
to reduce the amount 40
percent. I told him that
my wife has an IRA worth
about $30,000, but the
$11,000 he would like to
get would reduce that by
Is there anything that
says I have to pay this as I
didn't know that this was
a Ponzi scheme?

asking an extremely inter-
esting question. The com-
pany has been accused of
or has been determined'
to be a Ponzi scheme, and
lyou were paid the returns

that you cited improperly
to encourage others to
invest. Now efforts are
being made to recapture
that improper payment
in order to reimburse
people who have been
swindled. Those are the
facts. Whether or not-you
should have to pay this is
a whole other matter.
Since the numbers
seem high enough, I
would urge you to seek
legal representation.
The offer to reduce the
amount by 40 percent
is interesting because it
seems to demonstrate

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a weakness in the firm's
position. I think you
may have been unwise
explaining to the attor-
ney that you had monies
and part of that would be
That having been said,
I would strongly urge you
to talk to an attorney. You
might have to respond
and refund some of that
money, but I wouldn't
start out with that
proposition as a given.
These things are difficult
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DC trial opens in case of slain journalist

The Associated Press

man man who masquer-
aded as an Army general
choked his elderly wife to
death, searched online for
escape plans and claimed
to be entitled to part of
'the socialite's estate even
though she had disinher-
ited him, a prosecutor said
at the man's murder trial
But Albrecht Muth's law-
yer said during opening
statements that his client
is innocent and that pros-
ecutors have no evidence
linking him to the death of
the 91-year-old victim.
Chargedwith first-degree
murder, Muth could face
life in prison if convicted.
"Albrecht Muth didn't
kill his wife. The govern-
ment has their theory but
that's all it is a theory,"
attorney Craig Hickein
said. "And they can't prove
that he did it because he
Muth, 49, is standing tri-
al two and a half years af-
ter Viola Drath, a German
journalist and playwright,
was found strangled and
fatally beaten in the cou-
ple's row home in Wash-

This 2004 photo shows German socialite Viola Drath
during the annual Woodrow Wilson home garden party and hat
contest in Washington. Opening statements are expected in
the trial of a German man charged with murdering Drath.

ington's posh Georgetown
The death brought an
end to a marriage marred
by Muth's angry outbursts,
occasional acts of violence
and side relationships he

had with other men, pros-
ecutor Glenn Kirschner
Muth pleaded guilty to
assaulting Drath in 1992
and she called her grand-
son in 2006 to report that

he had attacked her and
dumped a bowl of soup
on her head during a fight,
Kirschner said.
"This murder was a very
long time coming," he told
jurors in D.C. Superior
The unusual relationship
- the couple wed in 1990
- united a socialite well-
known in diplomatic and
political circles with a fel-
low expatriate nearly half a
century younger.
Muth latched onto
Drath's social connections,
inventing various personas
for himself including of
false claims being a briga-
dier general in the Iraqi
army. He was known to
stroll the neighborhood in
a purchased military-style
uniform. Drath's daughter,
Fran Drath, testified Tues-
day that Muth, curiously,
was wearing an eye patch
when she met him.
Those eccentricities con-
tinued even after Muth's
arrest. His self-imposed
bouts of starvation for
what he says are religious
reasons have resulted in
prolonged hospital stays
and his absence from the
trial. He also fought unsuc-
cessfully to wear a military-

style uniform to court and
to subpoena former CIA
director David Petraeus as
a potential witness.
On the morning of Aug.
12, 2011, Muth called po-
lice to report having found
his wife dead in a third-
floor bathroom of their
home. There were no signs
of forced entry to the home
during the overnight hours
when Drath is believed
to have been killed, and
a neighbor reported hav-
ing heard a faint cry and
a man's laugh, Kirschner
told the jury.
Detectiveswho examined
Muth's laptop computer
after Drath's death found
Google searches for "cross-
ing the Canadian border,"
extradition arrangements
with Mexico and flights to
Iceland, Kirschner said.
Muth was arrested sev-
eral days later, after detec-
tives identified him as their
Muth alerted Fran Drath
to her mother's death in
what she described as a
staccato, passionless voice,
insinuating that she had
died after a fall.
Then he presented
her with a type-written
amendment to her will

- with spaces for both his
signature and his wife's -
stating that he was entitled
to up to $200,000 from her
estate upon her death. In
reality, Drath had specifi-
cally disinherited Muth in
a will that had been ex-
ecuted months earlier,
prosecutors say.
"It's clumsy. It's callous.
It's calculated. It's motive
for murder," Kirschner said
of the bogus codicil.
The prosecutor showed
Fran Drath a copy of the
document Tuesday and
asked her about a signa-
ture purported to be from
mother on the piece of pa-
per. "It doesn't look right,"
she said.
But on cross-examina-
tion, Dana Page, one of
Muth's defense lawyers,
suggestedthat the relation-
ship was far closer than her
daughter had said. Page
noted that the couple had
affectionate nicknames for
each other, threw parties
with each other and en-
couraged each other's ec-
centricities, such as when
Muth decided to change
his name to Count Albi.
"They were co-conspira-
tors in all of this," Page

Wash. state faces prospect of too many pot growers

The Associated Press

SEATTLE Washington
state could be facing a cu-
rious economics problem:
too many pot growers.
According to updated
figures released Tuesday,
more than 2,600 applica-,
tions have been submitted
to produce the marijuana
that will be sold at state-li-
censed stores when Wash-
ington's legal marijuana
industry opens for busi-
ness around the middle of
this year.
That's a problem because
officials are, at least initial-
ly, capping total pot pro-
duction at 2 million square
feet, or about 46 acres. It
remains to be seen how
many applications are ap-
proved, but if it's even close
to the number submitted,
that could leave growers
with less than 1,000 square
feet apiece on average -
not enough space for most
to run an economically vi-

able operation.
"It's going to be a chal-
lenge, no question about
it," said Alison Holcomb,
the Seattle attorney who
drafted the legal pot law.
"There are 10 times as
many applications as we
The prospect of having
too many growers isn't the
only difficulty prompted
by the overwhelming inter-
est in the industry. Some
2,035 applications have
been processed so far for
retail licenses, but the state
is capping the number of
pot shops statewide at 334.
That means there are likely
to be lotteries for those li-
censes in many areas.
In Seattle, where the state
Liquor Control Board has
allotted 21 pot shops, there
have been 408 retail license
applications. In Spokane,
which will have eight mar-
ijuana stores, there have
been 84 applications.
Board spokesman

Mikhail Carpenter said it's
premature to worry about
the number of applica-
tions, because while the
state is not capping the
number of growers, no
one yet knows how many
will meet criteria. The
board must screen each
application to make sure
the proposed locations
aren't within 1,000 feet of
schools, parks, daycares
or other locations where
children frequent. Officials
must also conduct back-
ground checks on appli-,
cants and their financial
"They haven't gone
through *the licensing
process," he said. "We
don't know how many are
The board is issuing
growing licenses of three
tiers: less than 2,000 square
feet; 2,000 to 10,000 square
feet; and 10,000 to 30,000
square feet. Under its
rules, if the total amount of

licensed growing canopy
exceeds 2 million square
feet, it may reduce by an
equal percentage the space
allotted to each grower, or
apply those reductions to
the growers in one or two
of the tiers.
Holcomb called the glut
of pot-growing applica-
tions "a real problem for
the people that want to go
into production."
"If you apply for a
30,000-square-foot grow
and incur all the expenses
forthe lease and buildout,
you don't want to suddenly
learn that you can only
grow 2,000 square feet,"
she said.
Holcomb suggested the
board should be prepared.
to raise the production
cap of 2 million square
feet, to ensure enough pot
is produced to meet de-
mand. It remains un-
clear how good the
licensed growers will prove
to be, and how much us-

able marijuana they'll ac-
tually produce from the
2 million square feet of
She noted that soon af-
ter recreational marijuana.
stores opened in Colorado
Jan. 1, some had to close
early due to limited sup-
ply. Some stores jacked up
prices due to the first-day
Some hopeful grow-
ers have applied for the
maximum of three top-
tier licenses, meaning
they might have been
planning to grow as much
as 90,000 square feet of
"Our biggest clients are
sweating it," said Seattle
marijuana' business at-
torney Hilary Bricken.
"People are paranoid and
they have every right to be
paranoid, because no one
knows what's going to hap-
pen. As a business strategy,
can you rely on everyone
else's failure so that you

can have the size grow
you want? I would say, no,
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JPMorgan to pay over $2.5 billion in Madoff fraud

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Chase & Co., already beset
by costly legal woes, will
pay more than $2.5 bil-
lion for ignoring obvious
warning signs of Bernard
Madoff's massive Ponzi
scheme, authorities said
The nation's largest bank
will forfeit a record $1.7
billion to settle criminal
charges, plus pay an ad-
ditional $543 million to
settle civil claims by vic-
tims. It also will pay a
$350 million civil penalty
for what the Treasury De-
partment called "critical
and widespread deficien-
cies" in its programs to
prevent money launder-
ing and other suspicious
The bank failed to car-
ry out its legal obliga-
tions while Madoff "built
his massive house of
cards," George Venizelos,
head of the FBI's New
York office, said at a news
"It took until after the ar-
rest of Madoff, one of the
worst crooks this office has
ever seen, for JPMorgan to
alert authorities to what
the world already knew,"
he said.
Madoff banked at JPM-
organ through what court
papers referred to as the
"703 account." In 2008, the
bank's London desk cir-
culated a memo describ-
ing JPMorgan's inability to
validate his trading activity
or custody of assets and
his "odd choice" of a one-
man accounting firm, the

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New
York, announces a settlement with JPMorgan Chase, Tuesday,
Jan. 7, in New York.

government said.
In late October 2008,
it filed a suspicious ac-
tivity report with Brit-
ish officials. In the weeks
that followed, JPMorgan
withdrew about $300 mil-
lion of its own money from
Madoff feeder funds. The
fraud was revealed when
Madoff was arrested in De-
cember 2008..
"Despite all these alarm
bells, JPMorgan never
closed or even serious-
ly questioned Madoff's
Ponzi-enabling 703 ac-
count," said U.S. Attorney
Preet Bharara. "On the
other hand, when it came
to its own money, JPMor-
gan knew how to connect
the dots and take action to
protect itself against risk."
Prosecutors called the
$1.7 billion the largest
forfeiture by a U.S. bank
and the largest Depart-
ment of Justice penalty
for, a Bank Secrecy Act
The settlement includes
a so-called deferred pros-
ecution agreement that
requires the bank to ac-

knowledge failures in its
protections against money
laundering but also al-
lows it to avoid criminal
charges. No individual ex-
ecutives were accused of
The agreement resolves

two felony violations of
the Bank Secrecy Act in
connection with the bank's
relationship with Bernard
L. Madoff Investment Se-
curities, the private invest-
ment arm of Madoff's for-
mer business.
The Treasury Depart-
ment's civil penalty was
assessed because the bank
failed to pass along to U.S.
authorities suspicions
about Madoff it had re-
ported to Britain's Serious
Organised Crime Agency,
and because the bank
failed to detect and report
other cases of suspicious
activity, including more
than $2 billion in trans-
actions involving the
Puerto Rican affiliate of an
unidentified Venezuelan
bank, authorities said.

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Deep freeze strands rail, air travelers nationwide

The Associated Press

CHICAGO The Amtrak
train slowed to a crawl as it
hammered through snow-
drifts in an empty stretch
of Illinois countryside, de-
livering thuds and jolts to
passengers, until it lurched
into a mound big enough
to grind its 8,000-horse-
power engine to a halt.
About 90 miles short of
their Chicago destination,
passengers ended up stuck
on the train overnight,
reading books, watching
movies on computers and
taking what amusement
they could from a conduc-
tor who cracked jokes over
the intercom. Food ran low
and some tempers boiled
over, but staff kept the heat
on, entertained children
and even escorted small
groups of people outside
for smoke breaks.
"You hear those horror
stories about the cars that
stop in the snow and they
freeze to death. I thought,
'Oh God, this is going to
happen, we're going to be
in blankets,"' said passen-
ger Chris Smith.
They weren't alone.

Passengers unload their luggage after arriving at Union
Station after their Amtrak train from Los Angeles became
stuck in snow drifts on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Chicago. The severe
weather forced hundreds of Amtrak passengers to spend
the night onboard three trains stranded due to the snow in
northern Illinois.

Across huge swaths of the
country, the polar vortex
froze travel and left motor-
ists, airline passengers and
commuters fighting to stay
in motion and, when'that
failed, fighting to stave off
boredom and cold. Airlines
again canceled several
thousand flights Tuesday,
as the extreme cold slowed
everything from baggage-
handling to refueling. On
the roads, powerful winds
pushing snow into desert-

like dunes forced authori-
ties to shut major high-
ways, including a 75-mile
stretch of Interstate 81
north of Syracuse, N.Y., to
the Canadian border.
The snow-bound train
stuck near the tiny vil-
lage of Arlington in north-
central Illinois was one of
three Amtrak trains carry-
ing a total of 500 passen-
gers that got stuck in the
state overnight. Amtrak of-
ficials eventually got them

to safety, then bused them
to their destinations.
Smith's train began its
journey in warm Los Ange-
les but rolled into trouble
in the frozen Midwest.
"They started to cut
through heavier and
heavier drifts," said Smith,
45, a sound designer for
films who got on the train
at Garden City, Kan. "The
passenger on my side was
joking, he said, 'I think we
ran over somebody.' They
weren't huge bumps, but
it was enough to jerk the
When the train stopped
altogether, around 4 p.m.
Monday, a conductor
came on the loudspeaker
and quipped, "As you can
see, there's a little bit of
snow out there."
"At first it was kind of
funny, and our conductor
had a good sense of hu-
mor about it, and then it
stopped being funny," said
Carley Lintz, a 21-year-old
journalism student on her
way back to Northwestern
University from her home
in Gardner, Kan.
The crew served a dinner
of beef stew over rice, but

the lounge car eventually
ran out of everything but
drinks, Smith said. Several
passengers speaking to
news outlets by cellphone
earlier Tuesday had com-
plained about deteriorat-
ing conditions, including
flooded sinks and toilets,
but Smith and others on
his train only saw over-
flowing trash cans.
Amtrak spokesman Marc
Magliari said emergency
workers were on standby,
and that train crews hand-
ed out food and prepared
for any medical issues,
though he said there were
As night set in, some tried
to sleep. Others paced.
There was enough of a 3G
signal for those glued to
smartphones and tablets
to stay connected. Another
train coming to the res-
cue also got stuck. Local
authorities arrived. Crews
shoveled and plowed, and
passengers eventually
were moved to a second
train, taken back to Princ-
eton, Ill., and put on buses
to Chicago. The ordeal
lasted some 17 hours.
Airlines and airports

continued to suffer under
the strain of the cold Tues-
day, though conditions
appeared to be slowly
United Airlines still was
operating reduced sched-
ules at its hubs in Chicago,
Clevelana and Newark,
N.J., partly because it was
dangerous for ramp work-
ers to be loading bags out-
side in the extreme cold.
JetBlue said that by
midafternoon, it was op-
erating a full schedule of
flights at Kennedy, La-
Guardia, Newark, N.J., and
Boston's Logan Airport
after suspending flights
there late Monday.
Chief operating officer
Rob Maruster said of the
temporary shutdown,
"We own it ... and I think
we have to make it right"
with displaced passen-
gers. The airline is offering
travel vouchers of varying
Travel industry analyst
Henry Harteveldt said he
thought JetBlue did the
right thing and avoided
having thousands of pas-
sengers possibly stranded
at frozen airports.

Ohio police: Man stopped for speeding had 48 bombs

The Associated Press

man stopped for speeding
in Ohio was charged with
illegally making or pos-
sessing an explosive device
after nearly 50 bombs and
four guns were found in
his vehicle.
Andrew Scott Bogus-
lawski, 43, was arrested
late New Year's Day on In-
terstate 70 west of Colum-
bus. Investigators found
two pistols, two rifles, 48
explosive devices and tools
and materials to make ad-
ditional explosives, ac-
cording to The. (London)
Madison Press (http://bit.
ly/lgBVvmT ). Also inside

This booking photo provided
by the. Tri-County Regional
Jail in Mechanicsburg, Ohio,
shows Andrew Scott Bogus-
was a remote detonating
device, Assistant Madison

County Prosecutor Nick
Adkins said.
Investigators are trying
to determine why the man
had the arsenal. He faces
a court hearing Friday in
Madison County.
According to the state
trooper who stopped him
for going 85 mph in a 70-
mph zone, Boguslawski
said he had no weapons.
However, the officer re-
turned with a ticket and
saw the handle of a gun
between the man's knees.
"At that point, he drew
his service weapon, held
the man there and called
for backup," said Adkins.
Boguslawski told author-
ities he has an attorney,

*but none was listed on the.
court docket. There was no
phone listing for the street
address listed for him on
court records.
Adkins said a $1 million
bond set for the defendant,
reflected the possible risk
to the public.




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James Bryant

James Bryant Mears, age
87, of Sneads, Florida
passed away Saturday, Jan-
uary 4, 2014 at his home.
He was born in Sneads
April 6, 1926 to the late
Cleveland Stanley and Cleo
(Ham) Mears. James was in
the United States Navy
from 1944-1945 where he
served in the Pacific as a
shipfitter. He worked for
Gulf Power in 1954 as an
apprentice mechanic and
retired in 1989 as plant su-
pervisor. He was a member
of American Legion Post
He was preceded in
death by his parents; his
wife, Penny Mears, three
brothers, Buford, Rex, and
Lenard Mears; three sisters,
Lillian Butler, Ruby Kelley,
and Doris Cook.
Survivors include a
daughter, Pam Strickland
and husband John of
Sneads; grandchildren,
Wendy Joiner and husband
Richard, Kari Birge, and
Brandy Strickland; two
great-grandchildren, Bent-
ley Birge and Paisley Joiner;
a sister, Lois Brown of An-
napolis, Maryland; and a
host of nieces, nephews,
and other extended family.
Memorialization will be by
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily suggests memorial con-
tributions be made to
Emerald Coast H-ospice,
4374 Lafayette Street, Ma-
rianna, Florida 32446
Adams Funeral Home in
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Ex-Miss Venezuela
slain in highway
The Associated Press

former Miss Venezuela and
her ex-husband were shot
and killed and their 5-year-
old daughter wounded
when they resisted rob-
bers by locking themselves
inside their car after tire
punctures disabled it on an
isolated stretch of highway,
police said Tuesday.
The slaying of Monica
Spear, 29, a popular soap-
opera actress, and Thomas
Henry Berry, a 39-year-old
British citizen, was the lat-
est high-profile crime in a
country where killings are
common in armed rob-
beries and where rampant
kidnapping has ensnared
even foreign ambassadors
and baseball players.
Monday's killings fol-
lowed a pattern in Venezu-
ela of late-night assaults
carried out by disabling
cars with obstacles placed
on roadways.
Spear- and Berry were
slain at about 10:30 p.m.
between Puerto Cabello,
the country's main port,
and the provincial capital of
Valencia. They were return-
ing from vacation to Cara-
cas on a badly maintained
stretch of highway that is
lightly traveled at that hour.
Their four-door sedan
hit "a sharp object that had
been placed on the high-
way" which* punctured at
least two of its tires, said

Jose Gregorio Sierralta, the
director of the country's
investigative police.
Two tow trucks arrived
almost immediately after-
ward, said Sierralta, and
the attack occurred after
the car had been lifted
onto one of the trucks.

From Page IA
Fans wearing FSU and UCF hats or
shirts and students showing a cur-
rent ID will get into a state park for
half price. The offer is good for day-
use of Florida State Parks on Mondays
through Thursdays.
"FSU and UCF are winners, just like
the state parks," said Donald For-
gione, director of the Florida Park Ser-
vice. "So it's only natural that the state
parks cheer on these bowl wins along
with fans. The players and coaches of
Florida's universities work hard and we
applaud their success."
Half-priced admission is good at
all Florida State Parks except Ellie
Schiller Homosassa Springs Wild-
life State Park, Weeki Wachee Springs
State Park and Skyway Fishing Pier
State Park. This offer does not in-
clude additional usage fees, special

events or Martin Luther King Jr. Day
on Jan. 20.
Florida State University won the Bowl
Championship Series national cham-
pionship game again Auburn Univer-
sity on Jan. 6. The Universiry of Central
Florida beat Baylor University in the
Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.
In October, the Florida State Parks
System had its own big win, when it
was awarded a third Gold Medal of Ex-
cellence from the National Recreation
and Parks Association. This makes
Florida the first three-time gold medal
award recipient. Since 1935, the Florida
Park Service has provided recreational
activities while preserving, interpret-
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Wearing a hard hat sporting a New Orleans Saints emblem, Stacy Lambert of Hammond, La., explains the process he
and fellow crew members use to install new liners in portions of existing pipes that connect residences to the city sewer
system in Marianna on Tuesday.

From Page 1A
town working on the city of Mari-
anna's ongoing sewer line project.
Their part of the work involves
installing new resin-cured liners in
portions of existing pipes that con-
nect residences to the city sewer'
Aside from the aggravation of

From Page 1A
the notice would be in place until
water test results were in and could
confirm that the brief pressure
problem did not result in a con-
tamination of the water supply.
The city advises that all its resi-
dents should first boil any water
that is to be used for drinking, cook-
ing, making -ice, brushing teeth or
washing dishes, or to use bottled
water for those purposes until the
problem is corrected and tests show
that the water is safe to drink.
If all went as expected as the test
results came in, the city expects
to lift the notice late Wednesday

From Page 1A
the call came in around
When the third young
man was last seen by his
companions, they say, he
was clinging to a floating
fuel tank, according to
The rescue effort began
after the call pinged off a
Florida cell tower, bypass-
ing the weaker Georgia
signal and alerting Jack-
son County. Roberts' dis-

some fluids used in the process
temporarily freezing Tuesday's
midday temperature was still in
the high 20s the crew members
seemed to take the cold weather in
While three of the men had the
hoods of their jackets tucked under
their hard hats and layers of cloth-
ing on underneath to endure the
cold, Bell seemed content in just
a couple of T-shirts and a safety

The city experienced two weath-
er-related issues which caused it to
be unable to distribute water for a
time and to lose pressure. The pres-
sure problem was related to the
fact that so many customers on the
line dripped their faucets Monday
night in attempting to avoid burst
The other problem was a first for
the city. The wind and tempera-
tures caused a switch to freeze up
which, if properly operating, would
have signaled the waterworks sys-
tem that the wellhead was properly
lubricated and could safely release
water into customer distribution
lines. The lubrication line itself
didn't freeze, but the ground-level

patcher notified Georgia
officials and, using infor-
mation harvested from
the telecommunications
systems, helped those
officials determine the
owner of the phone. The
boy's family members
were tracked down and
were able to tell searchers
where the three launched
their boat, Roberts said.
To further assist Geor-
gia in the search, Roberts
went to the scene, sent
a rescue boat and team,
sent a helicopter with pi-
lot and searcher aboard,

vest. Asked about the difference in
cold-weather gear, Lambert joked,
"we're old," referring to his fellow
crew members who were bundled
up just a little tighter.
With another hard freeze fore-
cast for Tuesday night, here's
hoping they and everyone else
who has to work outside are
up for more chilly conditions
when they're back on the job

switch did, and couldn't trigger
the distribution of water. City of-
ficials said none of the distribu-
tiQn lines froze. The pipls leading
into the distribution lines were
wrapped and had heat lamps on
them, but with the lubrication feed
and switch out in the open, even
wrapped, the cold and wind froze
The city had plenty of water in
storage under normal circum-
stances, officials said, but because
so many ran their faucets, the sup-
ply was quickly depleted when that
demand was added to normal daily
The city's situation caused prob-
lems for the school system that

and also had his chief
deputy along to help in
the search for the third
man. As the day wore on,
Roberts also sent for his
mobile command cen-
ter. It was to be set up in
the search headquarters
late Tuesday afternoon to
give the large search team
shelter from the biting
cold as they continued
their mission. Roberts
said Sneads Police Chief
Burt McAlpin, officers
from the Florida Game
and Freshwater Fish Con-
servation Commission

and other Florida offi-
cials helped their Georgia
counterparts in the search
for the third individual.
The primary search area
is in Seminole County,
Ga., just over the Jackson
County/Florida line by
water. Seminole County
Sheriff Heath Elliot was in
charge of the rescue/re-
covery mission.
Roberts said the task
was daunting due to the
temperature of the water
and because of the wind
and temperature on the

US Air Force helicopter crashes in England

4 crew members killed
The Associated Press

LONDON-AU.S. Air Force Pave
Hawk helicopter crashed in a coast.-
al area of eastern England during a
training mission bn Tuesday night,
killing all four crew members
aboard, officials said.
Lt. Keenan Kunst at the Royal
Air Force station in Lakenheath,

Suffolk County, which hosts U.S.
Air Force units and personnel, said
in a telephone interview that the
helicopter went down in the coast-
al village of Cley, near the base.
He said the aircraft was based
there and on a training mission.
In Washington, a U.S. defense of-
ficial said the accident killed the
four U.S. Air Force crew members
aboard. The official spoke on con-
dition of anonymity because he

was not authorized to discuss the
crash publicly.
Police in Norfolk County cor-
doned off the area where the crash
occurred, and several vehicles from
the fire brigade, coast guard and
police are at the scene.
Pave Hawks are often used
for combat search and rescue
missions, mainly to recover
downed air crew members or other

Fans wearing
hats or shirts
and students
showing a
current ID
will get into
a state park
for half price.
The offer is
good for day-
use of Florida
State Parks
- including
Caverns State
Park on


From Page 1A
absences excused because
of the sub-freezing temper-
atures. School buses ran,
but many parents decided
to keep their children off
those unheated vehicles.
And of the students who
did start the school day,
many checked out early all
across the district, school
officials confirmed.
Temperatures were ex-
pected to reach similar
levels Tuesday night, and
a frosty start to the school
day was expected Wednes-
.day. School officials said
,that students who stay
out Wednesday, however,
will not get an excused ab-
sence. That's because the
weather was expected to
be somewhat warmer, one
school official said.
And Graceville's water
situation had been solved
to a large extent by the end
of the school day Tuesday;
the toilets will now flush at
school, with, the town's wa-
ter system back on line af-
ter the shutdown brought
on by weather-related is-
sues, but the city was still
expected to be under a boil
water notice through most
of Wednesday because of
the low pressure in the sys-
tem that resulted from the
crisis. Low water pressure
can make the system vul-
nerable to contamination,
and tests were taken-of the
water throughout the day
However, even if the re-
sults are negative as expect-
ed for contamination, the
boil water notice must stay
in effect at least 24 hours
after it is issued. The timing
might allow the school to
start using its consumable
water sometime over in the
late part of the dayWednes-
day. Until then, prepared
foods such as sandwiches
will be used to feed the chil-
dren in the two Graceville
schools unless the water is
first boiled.
Graceville Elementary
Principal Petey Sims said
that, instead of the usual
360-student head count,
his school had about 100
children in attendance
Jackson County Super-
intendent of Schools Steve
Benton said that in the past
when the school has had is-
sues with restrooms, they've
simply taken the children
to the Graceville Civic Cen-
ter for bathroom breaks but
that wasn't an option this
time around because of the
citywide outage.
Benton said he opted
to keep the schools open
Tuesday in part because
he believed that some stu-
dents don't have adequate
heat at home or nutritious
lunchtime meals, and that
school might have been
the safest place for them.
One school official said
that most teachers likely
presented review mate-
rial in their classrooms
Tuesday, considering the
large number absences,
rather than introducing
new things that would
have to be presented again
as the full complement of
students returned.

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Malone Boys Basketball

Malone moves to No. 1, tries to stay focused


There is a new No. 1 team in Class
IA, as the Malone Tigers made their
first appearance this season at the
top spot this week after ascending
from No. 5 in the newest Source
Hoops poll released Tuesday.
Malone (15-3) overtakes Chipley
(8-1) at No. 1, with Chipley falling
back to No. 2 after starting the sea-
son in the top spot, followed by Pax-
ton (14-2) at No. 3, Chiefland (12-0)
at No. 4, and West Gadsden (5-1) at
No. 5.
The rest of the top 10 is rounded
out by Hawthorne (13-3), Hamilton
County (9-4), Wildwood (10-4), Live
Oak Melody Christian Academy (8-
3),.andAltha (10-2).
Malone spent almost the entire
season in 2012-2013 at No. 1, but
the Tigers weren't expected by many
to return to the top of Class 1A after
losing three starters from last year's
25-win team.
But the Tigers have been impres-
sive thus far, losing only to unde-
feated 4A Marianna, 6A Dothan, and
district foe Paxton.
Malone avenged that loss last
week by knocking off the Bobcats
73-65, but even with that win and

his team's formidable resume, coach
Steven Welch said he wasn't expect-
ing his team to be ranked No. 1.
"It's definitely a surprise, but it's a
mid-season poll and that's all it is,"
he said.
"I am proud of the way the guys
are playing. Our record is better now
than I thought it would be at this
"Obviously we've still got a ways
to go in many areas, but I have seen
improvement. I guess it's encour-
aging to be here at this stage of the
The Tigers haven't had the depth
and balance of last year's power-
house squad, but they've gotten
huge seasons from their two perim-
eter stars Chai Baker and Antwain
Johnson, with Baker averaging over
23 points per game and Johnson 21
this season.
Those kinds of numbers were an-
ticipated going into the year, but
Welch said it has been the contribu-
tions of his role players and new-
comers that have been the biggest
factor in the team's improvement.
"I really do feel like we're a
different team than when the sea-
son began, and I think the differ-
ence has been the improvement of
the role players," he said. "(Alonze)

Bailey is playing a lot better, and
Chancellor (Lockett) and Xavier
(Gray) have matured, and the bench
is playing a lot better than they were
"We're kind of getting an identity
and that was one thing we were re-
ally missing early. We're learning
who we are and I hope we can build
on that."
The coach said the biggest chal-
lenge now is making sure that his
players understand that despite the
progress they've made, there is still
more growth needed if the Tigers are
going to make a trip to Lakeland this
"It's maybe like a double-edged
sword," Welch said of getting ranked
"On one side, it's nice to be recog-
nized and it's an honor to how hard
those guys are working, but at the
same time we can't rest on what's
'behind us.
"If we take it the wrong way as if
we've arrived as opposed to it being
a motivating tool, that's something
that can do us more harm than
Malone will next play Thursday at
Sneads before finishing the week out
Saturday with a road district game
against Central.

Malone's Antwain Johnson glides in for a layup during a game
earlier this season. The Tigers are the new No. 1 team in the
most recent Source Hoops IA state poll released Tuesday.


Looking to the future

Winning the BCS National Championship wasn't enough for the Florida State Seminoles. Head coach Jimbo Fisher hope to use this as a
stepping stone for years to come for the program. Fisher's first year was in 2010 after he replaced longtime FSU coach Bobby Bowden.

Seminoles focused on sustaining success

The Associated Press

- Florida State coach Jimbo
Fisher says winning the na-
tional championship was the
culmination of a four-year
process that began when he
replaced Bobby Bowden as
the head of the program in
2010. The next challenge is to
sustain that success.

Fisher now finds himself get so high, is to not let com-
in Bowden's old shoes where placency set in."
titles will be expected from a "It's human nature, you take
passionate fan base. winning for granted. You take
Florida State beat Auburn success for granted," he said.
34-31 Monday night to win its A quick glance at the ros-
first crown since 1999. ter shows why Florida State
"You've got to go back to (14-0) will enter 2014 as the
ground zero and you can't favorite.
worry about expectations," The Seminoles return Heis-
Fisher said Tuesday. "That's man quarterback Jameis Win-
the thing, once expectations ston for his sophomore sea-

son and lose just three senior
offensive starters. Florida
State must replace four senior
defensive starters and Fisher
said he thinks there are up
to three underclassmen who
have decisions to make about
a possible move to the NFL.
"The future is bright," fresh-
man cornerback Jalen Ramsey
See FUTURE, Page 10B

Chipola Basketball


move to No.

4 in latest



The Chipola Indians moved up onie
spot in the latest NJCAA men's basket-
cball poll released Tesday,
bl coming in at No. 4 after
going 3-0 since- the last
poll on Dec. 17.
Chipola (15-I) took two
of those wins at the Gulf
Coast State Classic on Dec. 29-30, beat-
ing Central Georgia Tech 91-69 and
USC-Salkehatchie 91-83.
The Indians most recently opened
Panhandle Conference play with a big
77-76 road victory over the Pensacola
State Pirates on Saturday night.
Chipola was scheduled to jump back
into league action Tuesday night by host-
ing the Gulf Coast State Commodores.
Northwest Florida State took over the
top spot in the poll for the first time this
season, jumping up three spots from No.
The Raiders are 16-1 overall on the
season and 3-0 over the voting period
for the new poll, taking non-conference
wins over East Georgia State and Cen-
tral Georgia Tech at the Gulf Coast State
Classic before opening Panhandle play
Saturday by beating Tallahassee 77-71 at
Northwest will return to action Satur-
day with a road contest against Pensac-
ola State before hosting Gulf Coast State
on Tuesday.
Kilgore College (13-0) comes in at No.
2 in the poll, followed by South Plains
College (14-1), with North Platte Com-
munity College (12-0) rounding out the
top five.


Madison "Cricket" Skipper, 10, took her first deer
recently off Old Spanish Trail in Grand Ridge.

Rec Football

Unbeaten Jaguars are city champs


The Jaguars brought the
Marianna Recreation De-
partment football season s
to a close Dec. 21 at Opti p-
mist Park with a 9-6 victory -
over the Titans to complete
an undefeated season a ndw
take the Pee Wee Tackle City '. [ ,,
Championship. At cen
The Jaguars outscored bT,
their opponents in their
seven games by a very im-
pressive score of 139-49,
while the defense recorded
the only two shutouts dur-
ing the season in the entire SUBMITTED PHOTO
league. The Jaguars took the Pee Wee Tackle City Championship With an unde-
In the championship feated season. Front row, from left: Hank Sims, Brantley Willis, Deacon
game, the defense once Temples, Russell Allen, Ethan Burke, Kyan Gibson, and Chris Gable. Sec-
again got the Jags started ond row: Zach Jernigan, Amarion Speights, Austin Huett; Brennan Fair-
when DeaconTemples came cloth, Jatorrin Hill, Pacey Williams, Jaxson Crenshaw, and Jaden McCall.
on a blitz up the middle to Third row: Michael Works, Jordan Jones, Charles Davis, Ryan Grover, Jake
Crenshaw, and Jantzen Jackson. Coaches: Jason Crenshaw, Lee Temples,
See JAGUARS, Page 108 Dan Grover, and Mike Gable.L

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College Football

Fisher cautious about playoff system

The Associated Press

lif. Florida State coach
Jimbo Fisher remembers
a time when winning the
Rose Bowl or the Sugar
Bowl made for a great sea-
son for a college football
He's concerned a move to
a playoffwfll further dimin-
ish what used to be a sig-
nificant accomplishment.
"When I was a child, I
remember who won the
Sugar Bowl, who won the
Orange Bowl, who won the
Cotton Bowl, who won the
Rose Bowl. It was a big deal
to go. We act like that's not
a big deal now," Fisher said
Tuesday. "That's one of
the great things you have

in college football. We're
so involved in winning a
championship that we're
forgetting the tradition and
history of doing things."
Fisher and the Seminoles
(14-0) won the BCS cham-
pionship game on Mon-
day night, beating Auburn
Next season the Bowl
Championship Series will
be replaced by the College
Football Playoff, which
will put the top four teams
as chosen by a selection
committee into two semi-
finals played on New Year's
Eve or New Year's Day. The
winners will play for the
national championship
about a week later.
'And how many times
was the BCS ever wrong?

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has some reservations
about the new playoff system starting next season.

How many times did they
ever get it wrong at the
end? We've still got the
same problem. You're go-
ing to argue over who's

four and five or who's two
and three. What's the dif-
ference?" Fisher said.
He said the physical toll
of playing major college

football is greater than at
the sport's 'lower levels,
where playoffs can extend
the season to 16 games for
teams that play in the final
The team that wins that
College Football Playoff
next season is likely to play
15 games, or at least 14.
Fisher said he's OK with
the new system, but would
be apprehensive to expand
it further.
"These guys don't get to
go play in an NFL season.
They don't get to go rehab
all day. They got school.
They got study halls. They
got things to do," he said.
"Those bodies at that age
aren't developed like a
man is."
More playoff games in

December and January
would also mean less time
for coach's to recruit, he
"If you start in December
and finish in the middle
of January, when does re-
cruiting season go? You've
got a lot of things that we'd
better be careful in this
playoff system before we
go crazy on it." he said.
"I'm for it. Hey, playoffs
if that's what you're going
to do we're going to line up
and play them. But I just
don't want to take the true
history and tradition of
those bowl games may-
be you're 11-2, dadgum,
that's a pretty good year.
Now ... you act like some-
body should get fired. It's a
little bit ridiculous."

Winston kicked out of practice before BCS

The Associated Press

- Florida State coach Jim-
bo Fisher was thrilled with
the way Jameis Winston
ran the two-minute drill
to win the BCS national
That wasn't the case lead-
ing up to the big game.
Fisher says he kicked the
Heisman Trophy-winning
quarterback out of the final
practice before the Semi-
noles left Florida to travel
to California.
Fisher says he took is-
sue with how Winston was
performing during a two-
minute drill and sent the
quarterback to the locker
"The thing about two-

minute that you've got to
be real careful of, it's not
about you," Fisher said
Tuesday. "You can get so
involved that you're going
to win the game the key
is to use all the weapons
around you. He did that in
that game."
"The mindset that you
have to have, which he had
all year, I just saw it drift-
ing," he said.
On Monday night, Win-
ston led the top-ranked
Seminoles on an 80-yard
drive inside the Rose Bowl.
He threw a 2-yard touch-
down pass with 13 seconds
left to beatNo. 2Auburn 34-
31 and-finish off a perfect
season for Florida State.
Fisher said the two came
away from that practice in

Florida with a better un-
derstanding of each'other.
Fisher, however, has the
final say.
"It's good to be the king,"
Fisher said. "He'll be the
king one day. When he's
in pro ball he might have
thrown the coach out.-But
the thing about it, though,
he waited for me to get off
the field and we had a long
discussion and we had it
out. He's an unbelievable
guy to be able to process
and transition and go right
"It was just a point I
thought I needed to make
to him at the present time
as a young guy, and like I
say, sometimes you-have to
be their coach. You can't be
their friend," he said.

Jameis Winston was thrown out of the final practice before the BCS National Championship for
not doing what he did right in the game itself.

Mason, Marshall unable to provide Auburn miracle

The Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. Tre
Mason and Nick Marshall
delivered everything but
the national title.
Auburn's potent 1-2 back-
field punch came through
in the clutch again Mon-
day night, but this time it
wasn't enough to prevent a
34-31 loss to No. '1 Florida
State in the BCS champi-
onship game.
Mason's 37-yard touch-
down run with 1:19 left
gave the second-ranked
Tigers (12-2) a lead that
Jameis Winston & Co.
wiped out with a 2-yard
touchdown pass to Kelvin
Benjamin with 13 seconds
A defense that had mostly
held firm in big moments
couldn't stop the Heisman'
Trophy winner and his

high-powered offense at
the end. That left Mason
with an empty feeling af-
ter Auburn failed to bring
home the title for its fans.
"I feel like I let them
down," said Mason, a
Heisman finalist who ran
34 times for 195 yards
in his sixth straight 100-
yard game.
He pinballed off defen-
sive back Jalen Ramsey
downfield for his 23rd
rushing touchdown of the
season and helped the Ti-
gers become the first SEC
team to lead the nation
in rushing. They fell sec-
onds short of the state of
Alabama's fifth straight na-
tional crown and the SEC's
eighth in a row.
Mason, who said he
would speak .with family
before deciding whether
to leave Auburn early and

Tre Mason scored a touchdown with 1:19 remaining in the game
to give Auburn the-late lead, but it wasn't enough as Auburn's
miracle season and title hopes fell short.

enter the NFL draft, broke
Bo Jackson's school record
of 1,786 yards rushing set
during his 1985 Heisman
season. Mason finished
with 1,816 yards.
"It would be a lot better if

I was holding up that crys-
tal ball," he said.
The Southeastern Con-
ference's leading rusher did
come up huge on another
big stage. He helped power
the Tigers into the game

with 46 carries for 304 yards
against Missouri to capture
the SEC championship and
gained 164 yards against ri-
val Alabama.
Those two performances
propelled him to New York
for the Heisman ceremony,
where he finished sixth.
Mason and Marshall
were integral parts of a sea-
son that matched the big-'
gest turnaround in college
football history after a 3-9
debacle in 2012.
Marshall threw for 217
yards and two touchdown's
with an interception Mon-
day night. He also ran for
45 yards and a third score,
but found little running
"That's the way teams are
going to play us. They have
to pick one of us to stop,"
Mason said. "He's very dan-
gerous on his feet. I guess

they chose to stop him."
Marshall had deftly op-
erated Auburn's zone read
and the nation's top rush-
ing attack after a midsea-
son switch in offensive
philosophy to capitalize on
his strengths. The junior
college transfer didn't ar-
rive on campus until the
summer to start mastering
coach Gus Malzahn's no-,
huddle offense, but learned
as he went along.
Not known for his pass-
ing, Marshall held his own
against Winston. The Au-
burn quarterback com-
pleted 14 of 27 passes and
ran 16 times.
It wasn't a perfect perfor-
mance. He underthrew a
wide-open Ricardo Louis
downfield in the first quar-
ter, and the star of the im-
probable win over Georgia
couldn't pull it in.

Sports Briefs

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7 p.m.; Wewahitchka at
Sneads, 5:30 p.m. and 7
p.m.; Marianna at West
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Sneads, 4 p.m.; Marianna
at West Florida, 4 p.m.
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Central, 5 p.m.
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College Football

Kickoff return propels Florida State to title

The Associated Press

- America, meet Kermit
In a game with a Heisman
winner, a Heisman final-
ist and future NFL players
on both sides, a freshman
made the momentum-
shifting play that helped
Florida State rally for a 34-
31 victory over Auburn in
the final BCS champion-
ship game.
The Seminoles trailed
24-20 with less than five
minutes remaining when
Auburn kicked off follow-
ing a 22-yard field goal.

Whitfield, one of the fast-
est players in the country,
caught the ball in the end
zone and took off up the
left seam. Teammate Kar-
los Williams made a block
and an Auburn player got
out of his lane to open a
gaping alley
Whitfield was never
touched en route to a 100-
yard return that gave the
Seminoles their first lead,
27-24 with 4:31 left in the
fourth quarter, since going
up 3-0 in the first quarter.
He knew he was gone soon
as Williams sealed off the
defender, allowing him to
turn the corner.

"Knew nobody was go-
ing to catch me," Whitfield
said. "I saw green. I saw
daylight. That's all I. saw.
I can't really explain. "I'm
gone. You can't touch me."
Coach Jimbo Fisher ac-
tually predicted Whitfield
would score a touchdown
at halftime. Coaches and
players felt they were close
to breaking a long one on
previous kick returns.
"He said either it's go-
ing to be a set up for good
yardage, or it's going to be
a touchdown," Williams
said. "I said, 'No. 7, what it's
going to be?' He said, 'It's
going to be a touchdown."'

At 5-foot-7, Whitfield is
the smallest player on the
roster, but also the fastest.
He ran a 10.15 100-meter
dash in high school that
was the third-fastest in
Florida high school history.
Whitfield said he couldn't
remember the last time he
was caught from behind on
the football field. The last
time he ran a 40-yard dash
he finished in 4.37 seconds
- and that was untrained.
He believes he's faster now.
Whitfield had only three
rushes during the season,
but two went for touch-
downs and he averaged
36.7 yards per carry.

Kermit Whitfield scored on a 100-yard kickoff return to give
the Seminoles the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Auburn leaves season with high hopes for 2014

The Associated Press

-The Auburn Tigers know
there's only one way to top
this season.
The Tigers came within
13 seconds of completing
the biggest turnaround in
college football history,
winning a national cham-
pionship and slapping a
triumphant ending on a
fairytale season.
Instead, they were left
with a 34-31 defeat to Flor-
ida State and contemplat-
ing next season's mission.
"To finish it off," tailback
Tre Mason said. "Do what-
ever it takes to finish. We
made it all the way here
and we let up off the gas
pedal. Next time we need
to crank it up to another
gear and finish this thing

off right."
It remains to be seen if
the Heisman Trophy final-
ist and near-hero of the ti-
tle game will be. around to
help bring that to fruition.
Mason is considering
joining All-Southeastern
Conference left tackle Greg
Robinson in leaving early
to enter the NFL draft.
Robinson announced his
decision on Tuesday.
Even if Mason turns pro,
the Tigers (12-2) won't be
sneaking up on anybody
after finishing with a No. 2
With quarterback Nick
Marshall leading the way,
Auburn could well be re-
garded as an SEC and
national title contender
Certainly, Gus Malzahn's
team raised the bar back

-...'dh r1 Air
The Auburn Tigers made a dramatic turnaround from 2012, and
have proven that they are prepared to stay in the conversation.

to its perch from that 2010
national championship in
his first season
"We're going up," Mal-
zahn said. "The experience
that we had and we've got
most of our guys coming

back, recruiting is going
great. Our goal is to get
back here, and I really be-
lieve we'll do it."
His uptempo offense set
school marks for total and
rushing yards and became

the first SEC team to lead
the nation in rushing.
The Tigers matched the
2000 Hawaii team for the
biggest rebound after go-
ing 3-9 in 2012.
Jameis Winston dashed
the Tigers' title hopes with
an 80-yard drive and 2-
yard touchdown pass to
Kelvin Benjamin with 13
seconds left.
Top receiver Sammie
Coates, center Reese Dis-
mukes and leading tack-
ler linebacker Cassanova
McKinzy and defensive
tackle Gabe Wright are
returning. So are promis-
ing freshman defensive
linemen Carl Lawson and
Montravius Adams, and
projected defensive start-
*ers Jeff Whitaker and Jus-
tin Garrett are back after
missing the season with

For the first time in Mal-
zahn's college career, he
could have the same start-
ing quarterback two years
in a row.
Marshall got better at
running the offense as the
season went along. He
passed for 1,976 yards and
ran for 1,068, accounting
for 26 total touchdowns.
A team that was picked
to finish fifth in the SEC
West might be in the vicin-
ity of that in the preseason
national rankings.
"I'm not sure Top 10, Top
5, whatever," tight end
C.J. Uzomah said. "Even if
they put us down further,
that's not going to bother
anybody. We know that
we have to do what we do.
We're going to have an un-
believable offseason.

UCLA QB Hundley to

return for junior season

The Associated Press

Hundley decided the NFL
can wait until he accom-
plishes a few more feats
for UCLA.
Hundley will return for
his junior- season, the
UCLA quarterback an-
nounced Monday at a
campus news conference
packed with teammates
and friends.
'After just two seasons as
the Bruins' prolific start-
er,- Hundley likely would
have' been a high pick in
the upcoming draft, per-
haps even the first quar-
terback taken. fle waited
a few days after UCLA's
Sun Bowl victory before
deciding he wants anoth-
er shot at the Rose Bowl,
a national title or a Heis-
man Trophy with the up-
and-coming Bruins.
"We're. going to do big
things this year, so let's
have some fun and do it,"
Hundley said.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 3,071 yards in the
2013 season with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Hundley has been the
UCLA starter since his
first game under coach
Jim Mora, running for a
72-yard score on his first
collegiate snap in 2012.
He has won 19 games and
established himself as one
of the nation's top young
quarterbacks with his arm
and his legs, but Hundley
believes he can do much

more with a loaded, expe-
rienced roster behind him
this fall.
"All the stars are really
aligned to put together
something really special
at UCLA," Hundley said.
"And not just something
that you'll forget about,
but something where
you'll be remembered for
something along the line.

Oregon State QJ Mannion

returning for senior year

The Associated Press

egon State quarterback
Sean Mannion is returning
for his senior season.
Mannion, who has al-
ready graduated with a
bachelor's degree in lib-
eral, studies, announced
his decision Monday in a
statement released by' the
"I'm excited to return for
my senior year," Mannion
said. "I weighed the pros
and cons of making my-
self eligible for the Draft
with my family and current
coaching staff, and came to
the conclusion that I have
decided to continue my-ca-
reer with my teammates."
Mannion set a Pac-12
season record for passing
yards with 4,662 and threw
-an Oregon State-record 37
touchdown passes, third-
most for a single season in
conference history.
Before making his deci-
sion, he consulted the NFL

Draft Advisory Board and
was projected as a third-
round selection.
In fall camp, coach Mike
Riley took his time to de-
cide whether to start Man-
nion or Cody Vaz. The two
had traded off the prior
season mostly because
of injuries and the Bea-
versmwent 9-4 after winning
just three-games in 2011.
Mannion won the job,
but got off to a rocky start
when the Beavers fell 49-46
at home to lower-division
Eastern Washington in the
season opener.

The Beavers rebounded
and reeled off six straight
wins to become bowl eli-
gible seven games- into
the season. Along the way,
the 6-foot-5 Mannion was
widely considered a Heis-
man hopeful.
But a 20-12 loss to then
No. 6 Stanford touched off
a five-game losing streak to
opponents that included
USC, Arizona State and
The Beavers capped the
regular season with a hard-
fought 36-35 loss to rival
Oregon at Autzen Stadium.

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Baylor finishes No. 1 in total offense, scoring

The Associated Press
When it came to total of-
fense, no team came close
to matching Baylor. The
Bears also. ended up as
the top scoring team after
national champion Flori-
da State posted its lowest
point total against Auburn
in the BCS title game Mon-
day night.
Baylor's average of 618
yards was 53 more than Or-
egon's 565 and the highest
since the Andre Ware-led
Houston Cougars amassed
625 yards a game in 1989.
The Bears averaged 52.4
points, tied with 1995 Ne-
braska for third all-time
behind Army's 56 a game
in 1944 and Houston's 53.5
in 1989.
Flbrida State went into
Monday's game leading
the nation in scoring aver-
age. The Seminoles' 34-31
win dropped their aver-
age to 51.6 points a game,
the sixth-highest in NCAA
This was the first season
two teams averaged better

than 50 points a game.
Here's a look at some oth-
er notable statistics for the
2013 season:
burn's 232 yards on the
ground against Florida
State marked its lowest
production since a Sep-
tember loss to LSU, but it
was enough to give the Ti-
gers the nation's No. 1 rush-
ing average at 328 yards a
game. That's 180 more a
game than the Tigers ran
for during the three-win
season in 2012.
Doak Walker Award win-
ner and Heisman Trophy
finalist Andre Williams of
Boston College was the
top individual rusher at
167.5 yards a game. The
2012 rushing champion,
Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona,
was runner-up at 157.1.
tional passing champion
Derek Carr of Fresno State
wasn't at his best against
Southern California in the
Las Vegas Bowl, but he fin-
ished the season with 50

touchdown passes. That's
the most since Oklahoma's
Sam Bradford threw 50 in
2008. Carr was the only
quarterback to throw for
more than45,000 yards, av-
eraging 391 yards a game
on 69 percent accuracy.
Carr threw just eight inter-
ceptions in 659 attempts.
Only Connor Halliday of
Washington State threw

more passes, and he was
intercepted 22 times.
MANCES: The Southeast-
ern Conference's national-
championship streak is
over, but the league re-
mains king of the bowls.
SEC teams combined to go
7-3 In the postseason, just
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Michael Frazier II is second on the Gators in PPG (11.9) and
first in 3-point percentage (49%).

Florida has

won 10 of 11

The Associated Press

Florida will open South-
eastern Conference play
right where it started the
season in the top 10.
The Gators moved up
two spots to No. 10 in the
latest Associated Press col-
lege basketball poll Mon-
day. This time, coach Billy
Donovan believes his team
is more deserving of the
lofty ranking.
When the season began,
Donovan said his team
- 10th at the time was
"light years away from
even being ranked." The
Gators had three players
suspended and a few more
dealing with injuries.
Now, Florida (11-2) is
close to full strength'head-
ing into Wednesday's SEC
opener against South Car-
olina (7-6).
Florida has won five in a
row and 10 of 11, the only
loss a buzzer-beater at

then-No. 12 UConn early
last month. The Gators are
14th in the Ratings Per-
centage Index and 44th
in strength of schedule, a
non-conference slate that
included games against
Wisconsin, Florida State,
Connecticut, Kansas,
Memphis and Richmond.
"I think we're a better
team,"'Donovan said Mon-
day. "I don't know where
we should be ranked at
this point in time. I think
we've played some very,
very good teams.... In a lot
of ways, you can move up
in the rankings based on
what teams do in front of
you, and if a team doesn't
lose games, you are never
going to move up."
It should come as no sur-
prise that the Gators are in
this position. They have
four seniors in the starting
lineup a rarity for a big-
time program in college
basketball and plenty of
pieces around them.

While arguing a call during Sunday's game against Wiscon-
sin, Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey (left) had to be held back by
assistant coach Andrew Francis. McCaffrey was ejected from
the game, and was charged with two technical fouls.

Big Ten suspends

Iowa's McCaffery for

1 game after ejection

The Associated Press
The Big Ten suspended
Iowa coach Fran McCaf-
fery for one game and fined
Iowa $10,000 on Tuesday
for his outburst during a
loss at Wisconsin.
McCaffery received back-
to-back technical fouls
and was ejected for argu-
ing with officials midway
through the second half
of Sunday's game. The Big
Ten said McCaffery's ac-
tions violated the league's
sportsmanship policy
McCaffery will sit out
Thursday's home game
against Northwestern and
assistant coach Kirk Spe-
raw will take his place.
Iowa spokesman Steve Roe
told The Associated Press
that Thursday's scheduled
"Fran McCaffery Bobble-
head Night" will likely be
McCaffery apologized for
the second time in as many
days on Tuesday, saying
that he regrets his actions
land is ready to move on.

"I think it's important to
point out that my passion
and energy come from a
good place," McCaffery
said during a news confer-
ence in Iowa City. "I want
my players to play that
way. We ask them to play
that way, and I'm going to
fight for my guys. That's
what I'm going to do. That
will not stop. But I think
in that instance, without
question, I lost my cool,
and you can't do that."
McCaffery's temper has
gotten him in trouble be-
fore. But this is his first
suspension in four seasons
at Iowa.
McCaffery was ejected
late in a blowout loss at
Northern Iowa in 2011. In
early 2012, he slammed a
chair to the court in frus-
tration during a loss at
Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes held a
slim lead over the Badgers
in Madison on Sunday
when McCaffery took ob-
jection to a couple of calls
that didn't go Iowa's way.

College Basketball

Arizona still No. in AP Poll

The Associated Press

Arizona is No. 1 in The
Associated Press college
basketball poll for the
fifth straight week, but for
the first time in that span
there are changes in the
The Wildcats (15-0)
were still a runaway No. 1,
with Syracuse, Ohio State,
Wisconsin and Michigan
State remaining the next
four teams. Arizona re-
ceived 60 first-place votes
from the national media
panel, while Syracuse (14-

0) got the other five.
Wichita State was sixth,
followed by Baylor, Vil-
lanova, Iowa State and
Duke, which lost at
Notre Dame, dropped to
No. 16, the first time the
Blue Devils are out of the
Top 10 since December
No. 23 Illinois and No. 25
Kansas State moved into
the rankings for the first
time this season replac-
ing Connecticut, which
had been 17th, and North
Carolina, which was 19th.

Arizona remains atop the latest college basketball poll, a spot
it has held since Dec. 9. Nick Johnson (13) is a big reason why.

Jayhawks approach Big 12 play jaded

The Associated Press

admission that came from
Kansas coach Bill Self was
brutal in its honesty, which
everyone should have
expected. Self rarely su-
garcoats any of his team's
It came Sunday, just a
few minutes after San Di-
ego State had ended the
Jayhawks' 68-game non-
conference winning streak
in Allen Fieldhouse, after
Self was asked whether his
team was as far along as he
expected with Big 12 play
starting up this week.
"Candidly? No, we're
not as good as I thought
we'd be, and our players
know that," Self said. "I
still think we'll be good,
it's just taking longer than
I thought."
Time is running out, too.
The No. 18 Jayhawks (9-
4) begin pursuit of their
10th consecutive Big 12
title with a trip to Okla-
homa on Wednesday
night. It's the first stop in
a five-game meat-grinder
against teams that are a
combined 60-8, a stretch
that could decide early
on whether Kansas is a
After playing Oklahoma,
the Jayhawks face No.
25 Kansas State, ninth-
ranked Iowa State, No. 11
Oklahoma State and sev-
enth-ranked Baylor all
at home but the Sooners
and the Cyclones.
That just about makes
the Jayhawks' non-confer-
ence schedule look easy.
"It's a joke. I mean, it's a
joke," Self said. "This is the
one thing I wish they could
change, and there's no way
they could, and this isn't
me complaining this
is just a fact I think if
the Big 12 schedule came
out earlier, that you could
impact how you schedule
your games."
Sure, the Jayhawks
knocked off then-No. 4
Duke in Chicago early this
season, but they've mostly
stumbled against premier
teams. They lost to No. 8
Villanova in the Battle 4
Atlantis, dropped back-to-
back road games to No. 15
Colorado and No. 10 Flori-

After Sunday's loss to San Diego State, Kansas coach Bill Self reddily admitted that they Jay-
hawks are not as good as he thought they would be.

da, and then lost to the No.
13 Aztecs in a game that
San Diego State controlled
nearly start to finish.
It's the first time Kansas
has lost four games this
early since the 2005-06
season, Self's third in Law-
rence. The Jayhawks lost
four of their first seven that
year, but went 22-4 and
won the Big 12 title before
getting upset by Bradley in
the NCAA tournament.
The last time Kansas
lost four non-conference
games was 2008-09, when
they fell to Michigan State,
UMass, Arizona and Syra-
cuse. The Jayhawks didn't
lose their fourth last year
until Feb. 9.
"Our first portion of the
season wasn't that good,
but the second portion,
we have to become a bet-
ter team, become better
on defense. The real sea-
son is starting now," said
point guard Frank Mason,
one of four freshmen play-
ing regular minutes.
"We just have to move
on as a team, and as in-
dividuals," Mason said.
"Don't worry about the
mistakes you made the

Grinnells Maher sets

NCAA assists record
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assistant head coach Da-
GRINNELL, Iowa -The vid N. Arseneault back in
small Iowa school that 2007.
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other NCAA record. Pioneers improve to 8-2.
Division III Grinnell Col- Taylor put Grinnell on
lege player Patrick Maher the national map with
broke the NCAA record 138 points against Faith
with 37 assists Monday Baptist Bible on Nov. 20,
night in a 164-144 victory 2012. Taylor didn't play
over College of Faith. Monday night because of
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last game, just try to learn
as much as you can."
Self has had other teams
that relied heavily on new-
comers, but never to this
extent. Those four fresh-
men are among the Jay-
hawks' six leading scor-
ers, topped by Andrew
Wiggins, the consensus
No. 1-rated recruit and an
expected lottery pick in
June's NBA draft.
Even when hers had
freshmen before, Self's
teams have usually been
balanced by juniors and
seniors who had been in
the program. There were
,role players who had
weathered everything that
Self could lob at them.
They had become in-
doctrinated in his gritty
man-to-man defense, and
become so adept at his
high-low motion offense
that there was little for Self
to say on the sideline.
These days, Self is usu-
ally jumping up from his
seat and barking orders

in the opening seconds
of games, even burning a
timeout after two posses-
sions in a lackluster win
over Toledo.
"I think we've learned a
lot, things that'll help us
down the road, rebound-
ing in the clutch, last-sec-
ond shots," Wiggins said,
trying to put a positive
spin on the season. "We
just a learned a lot of stuff,
and we're young, so that's
good. You can only learn."
Self has preached pa-
tience from the first day of
practice, insisting to any-
one who would listen that
the Jayhawks were talent-
ed but green. They might
still be a work by March,
but they also just might
have the highest ceiling of
any team he's ever had.
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down for the season for the Patriots. Spikes will likely be replaced by Dane Fletcher.

Patriots place LB

Brandon Spikes on IR

The Associated Press

- New England's defense
suffered another big blow
Monday when the Patriots'
placed linebacker Brandon
Spikes on injured reserve
because of a knee injury
five days before their play-
off game against the India-
napolis Colts.
Spikes, the Patriots' sec-
ond-leading tackler, is their
fourth key defender to be
sidelined for the season.
The other three all went
on injured reserve before
the midpoint. Tackle Vince

Wilfork played the first
four games, tackle Tommy
Kelly the first five and line-
backer Jerod Mayo the first
six. Wilfork has made five
Pro Bowls and Mayo was
chosen for two.
Spikes has been play-
ing with a knee injury for
much of the season. He
started but made just one
tackle in the last regular-
season game, a 34-20 win
over the Buffalo Bills. The
Patriots had a bye last-
weekend before they host
the AFC divisional-round
game Saturday night.
Dane Fletcher is likely to

replace Spikes at middle
linebacker between Dont'a
Hightower and rookie Ja-
mie Collins, a first-round
draft pick. The Patriots
have two other linebackers
- Chris White, a special-
teamer who has no defen-
sive tackles in 16 games,
and Steve Beauharnais,
who has played just two
Spikes is a strong run de-
fender and had 134 tackles
this season, three behind
Hightower. The Patriots
drafted Spikes in the sec-
ond round in 2010 out of

Colts sign ex-Patriot Branch

The Associated Press

Colts are getting some help
from a former Patriot.
Six days before the two
rivals meet in a division-
al-round game, the Colts
signed Deion Branch, the
former New England re-
ceiver and Super Bowl
Indianapolis coach
Chuck Pagano pointed
out Branch lives in nearby
Carmel, works out at one
of the city's top training
facilities and fills a need
after Darrius Heyward-
Bey injured a hamstring
Saturday in the Colts' 45-
44 comeback victory over
Kansas City. But Branch
also brings something else
to the locker room deep
knowledge of Bill Belich-
ick's playbook.
"You know it really didn't
sit there and factor in," Pa-
gano said Monday, down-
playing the perceived
intelligence coup. "Hav-
ing had some time spent

there, we figured that the
questions were going to
come up 'If you're signing
this guy who spent time
in New England, is it just
a coincidence or do you
need the guy to help you
win a football game?' We
think we got a heck of a
football player."
Tom Brady might agree.
Earlier this season, he re-
portedly lobbied the team
to re-sign Branch as the
offense struggled with the
losses of Wes Welker in free
agency, Aaron Hernan-
dez to legal trouble and
Danny Amendola to Rob
Gronkowski to injuries.,
Instead, it was the injury-
plagued Colts who signed
Branch off the street.
What Indy gets is a 34-
year-old veteran with two
Super Bowl rings, who was
the Super Bowl MVP in
New England's third title
run. He also worked with
backup quarterback Matt
Hasselbeck when the two
were teammates in Seattle.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound

Branch has 518 receptions
for 6,644 yards and 39
touchdowns in 140 regu-
lar-season games, most of
those with Brady and the
Patriots. Branch also has
64 receptions for 948 yards
with four TDs in the post-
season and tied Jerry Rice's
Super Bowl record for re-
ceptions with 11 in Febru-
ary 2005.
Pagano figured all that
experience would help his
young team get ready for
what will be their biggest
game of the season. Hav-
ing a little inside informa-
tion won't hurt, either.
"Deion was one of those
guys we worked out a
couple weeks ago," Pagano
said. "He's a proven guy
and played at a high level
for a long time. So him be-
ing right here in our back-
yard and with the injuries,
it made sense to bring him
on board at this point."
-Indy (12-5) has dealt with
a rash of injuries this sea-
son, and Saturday's game
certainly didn't help.

Falcons' owner Blank

supports coach Smith

The Associated Press

owner Arthur Blank fully
supports coach Mike
Smith and general man-
ager Thomas Dimitroff
and believes they'll lead
his team back to the play-
offs in 2014.
In his first public com-
ments since Atlanta end-
ed a 4-12 season, Blank
said Monday that despite
a major collapse in 2013,
Smith and Dimitroff have
earned the right to change
the team's fortunes next
"If I felt for any version
of a New York minute that
we didn't have the right
leadership and ability to
make that happen in 2014,
we would make addition-
al changes," Blank said. "I
don't think those changes
are necessary because I
think we do have ability,
but that goal and that de-
sire is my standard."
Blank, the team's owner
since 2002, believes the
Falcons could be on the
cusp of a major turn-
around. He conipared At-.
lanta's six-year record un-
der Smith and Dimitroff
as favorable to the NFL's

After a disappointing 2013 campaign, Atlanta owner Arthur
Blank has no intention of making any changes.

upper echelon teams.
Only New England,
Pittsburgh, -'Baltimore,
Green Bay and New Or-
leans have had better re-
cords over the last six sea-
sons. The Falcons, who
are tied with Indianapolis
for a 60-36 regular season
mark, are the only club
not to reach the Super
Bowl. ,
Blank said he expects, at
a minimum, that Atlanta
will have a winning record
and return to the playoffs
next season.
"I think this is impor-
tant for our fans to un-
derstand," he said. "I've
made this quite public in

the past. My goal as the
owner, the steward and
the conduit for the fans is
to put rings on the fingers
of our players -for Atlan-
ta and for all of us."
Blank agreed with com-
ments made by Smith and
Dimitroff that the Falcons
must rebuild their offen-
sive and defensive lines
to stop getting pushed
around on the line of
The team fired offensive
line coaches Pat Hill and
Paul Dunn and defensive
line coach Ray Hamilton
a couple of hours after
Smith and Dimitroff met
with reporters last week.

Vikdngs go after Jay Gruden

The Associated Press

Minnesota Vikings have
started the second week
of their search for a head
coach, and there's plenty
of competition for time on
their calendar.
The Vikings .asked to
interview Cincinnati of-
fensive coordinator Jay
,Gruden, the younger
brother of former NFL
head coach and current
ESPN game analyst Jon
Gruden. But Jay Gruden
told reporters in Cincinna-
ti on Monday that Tennes-
see and Washington have
also requested permission.
A person with knowledge
of the process, speaking
on condition of anonym-.
ity because the teams have
not made information
about the search public,
told the Associated Press
that Detroit has inquired,
The Vikings fired Leslie
Frazier last week and will
be making their third head
coach hire in eight years,
the first by general manag-
er Rick Spielman. Though
Houston and Tampa Bay
have already filled their
jobs, the Vikings still have
four other teams inter-
ested in many of the same

The Minnesota Vikings are just one of several teams that have
the Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator on its radar.

Spielman was in Arizona
on Monday to meet with
Cardinals defensive coordi-
nator Todd Bowles, accord-
ing JohnWooten, chairman
of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
Bowles previously inter-
viewed with Cleveland.
Wooten also said Browns
defensive coordinator Ray
Horton was scheduled to
meet with Spielman in Ari-
zona on Tuesday.
The Vikings and Red-
skins asked for interviews
with San Francisco of-
fensive coordinator Greg
Roman, the NFL Network
reported; 49ers coach Jim
Harbaugh confirmed in-
terest in Roman but de-
clined to specify which
teams. The Vikings were
one of four teams, along

with the Lions, Titans and
Redskins, who requested
interviews with San Diego
offensive coordinator Ken
Whisenhunt, according to
a report by CBS Sports.
The Vikings interviewed
Seattle offensive coordi-
nator Darrell Bevell and
defensive coordinator Dan
Quinn over the weekend,
ESPN reported. Cincin-
nati defensive coordinator
Mike Zimmer is also ex-
pected to be on Spielmanis
list, now that the Bengals
are eliminated.
NFL rules allow assis-
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US skiing star Vonn out of Sochi Olympics

The Associated Press

Less than two weeks after
reconstructive right knee
surgery in February 2013,
Lindsey Vonn already was
sounding a positive note,
saying she was "really
looking forward to Sochi"
and defending her Olym-
pic downhill gold medal.
Along the way to the next
Winter Games, though,
Vonn began facing more
setbacks. As she'd move
past one, another would
surface. In the end, it was
too much, even for Vonn,
the most accomplished
U.S. ski racer in history. Ex-
pected to be one of the big-
gest stars at the upcoming
Games, Vonn announced
Tuesday exactly one
month before the opening
ceremony she won't be
able to race in Russia.
In a Facebook posting,
Vonn said she is "devastat-
ed" to miss the Olympics,
"but the reality has sunk
in that my knee is just too

unstable to compete at
this level."
Her personal publicist,
Lewis Kay, said in a state-
ment the 29-year-old from
Vail, Colo., will have knee
surgery again "shortly."
Like many in her risk-
filled sport, Vonn has dealt
with injuries often, par-
ticularly at major events.
She withdrew midway
through the 2011 world
championships because
of a concussion.
She raced with a
severely bruised shin at
the last Olympics. She
skipped a race at the 2009
worlds after slicing her
thumb open on a cham-
pagne bottle. 11
She hurt her knee in
training and missed a pair
of races at the 2007 worlds:
She took a scary fall during
training at the 2006 Olym-
pics, then left the hospital
to compete.
"She's come back. She'll
be back," Vonn's father,
Alan Kildow, said in a tele-

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Lindsey Vonn will not have the opportunity to build off of her
2010 Olympic performance in Vancouver.

phone interview. "You'll
see a lot of Lindsey Vonn
in the future."
Voun left the 2010 Van-
couver Games with two
medals: the first Olym-
pic downhill gold for an
American woman, and a
bronze in the super-G. She
is also a four-time overall,.
World Cup champion, by
far. the most recognized

name in Alpine skiing at
the moment and, as it
happens, the girlfriend of
Tiger Woods.
Add it all up, and she
would have been the fo-
cus of plenty of media
coverage in Sochi, cer-
tainly a main character in
NBC's coverage for a U.S.
"Lindsey gives you great

promotional value, and
she's an amazing athlete
and anamazingstory," said
Gary Zenkel, president of
NBC Olympics. "But there
are amazing athletes that
are going to be in Sochi,
many of which we know,
some of which we haven't
identified yet."
To those in the world of
skiing, there's no doubt
about the sport's most
important athlete of late.
"Without Lindsey Vonn,
the races are just not the
same," Canadian women's
Alpine coach Hugues An-
sermoz said last month.
"She just attracts so much
interest. When Lindsey
Vonn is here, there are
more people coming to
watch the race, there is
more interest on TV, more
journalists are interested.
And her relationship with
Tiger Woods makes even
more people interested."
But Vonn has rarely been
present on the elite skiing
circuit the past 12 months.

She tore two ligaments in
her right knee and broke
a bone in that leg during
a high-speed crash at the
world championships last
As Vonn neared a re-
turn, she re-tore her sur-
gically repaired ACL in a
crash during 'training in
November. After finish-
ing 40th, llth and fifth in
a trio of World Cup races
at Lake Louise, Alberta,
in early December, Vonn
sprained her MCL during
a downhill at Val d'Isere,
France, two weeks later.
"I did everything I possi-
bly could to somehow get
strong enoughto overcome
having no ACL," Vonn said
Tuesday via Facebook.
"I'm having surgery soon
so that I can be ready for
the World Championships
at home in Vail next Febru-
ary," she wrote. "On a posi-
tive note, this means there
will be an additional spot
so that one of my team-
mates can go for gold."

Canada unveils loaded roster as it goes for gold

The Associated Press

Steve Yzerman and the rest of
Hockey Canada spent months
looking at the country's top play-
ers, trying to figure out the best
way to blend talent into a team
good enough to win Olympic
The Hall of Fame player and
Hockey Canada executive direc-
tor kept asking himself the same
question as months turned into
days and then hours before deci-
sions had to be made.
"I'm trying to cram 17 bod-
ies into 14 spots and I couldn't
do that," Yzerman said Tues-
day about all those talented
Claude Giroux, Martin St. Lou-
is, Joe Thornton all among the
NHL's scoring leaders didn't
make the cut.
"It came down to fit," Yzerman
said, declining to say exactly why
some standouts were snubbed.
Sidney Crosby, of course, was
a lock to make the star-studded
team, and the Penguins' stand-
out will have plenty of help when

Canada tries to win a second
straight gold medal next month
in Sochi, Russia.
Crosby, who scored the gold-
medal 'winning goal in 2010
against the U.S., will be joined
up front by Jamie Benn, Patrice
Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Matt Duch-
ene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz,
Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Co-
rey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven
Stamkos, John Tavares and Jona-
than Toews.
Jay Bouwmeester, Drew
Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan
Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, BK. Sub-
ban, Marc-Pdouard Vlasic and
Shea Weber will be on defense.
Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and
Mike Smith will be in goal.
"It is 'something you dream
about as a kid, playing for
your country," Weber said. "It's
something you don't take for
granted." h
Giroux was perhaps the most
surprising omission. No one
born in Canada has more points,
entering playluesdaynight, than
the Philadelphia Flyers standout
since the 2011-12 season. He has

bounced back from a slow start
this season to rank among NHL
leaders in points.
The most painful call Yzer-
man had to make probably was
the one to let St. Louis know he
wasn't on the team.
St. Louis, who plays for Yzer-
man in Tampa Bay, didn't make
the cut for the Olympics for
the, second straight time after
playing for Canada at the Turin
Games in 2006. St. Louis ranks
fourth in NHL scoring among
Canadians the past two-plus
"For me personally, yeah, that's
a difficult decision," Yzerman
Thornton was leading the
league with 43 assists through
Monday night's games. The San
Jose Sharks star trails just four
fellow countrymen .- Giroux,
Tavares, Stamkos and St. Louis
- in scoring since the 2011-12
Other players who could have
made the cut include James Neal,
Eric Staal, Milan Lucic, Taylor
Hall, Brent Seabrook, Mark Gior-

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was a big contributor for Team Canada's
gold medal run in the 2010 Olympic games, and hopes to repeat in SOCHI.

dano, Dan Boyle, Corey Craw-
ford, Marc-Andre Fleury and Lo-
gan Couture, who is scheduled
for surgery this week to treat an
upper-body injury.
The current team, includes
11 players from the Vancouver.
Games. Thornton, Seabrook,
Boyle and Fleury are among the
players who were not given a

chance to return after being on
the team four years ago.
Stamkos has not played in
nearly two months because of a
broken right leg, but he's on Can-
ada's team for now. Yzerman,
who is Stamkos' general manger
with the Lightning, said Stamkos
is scheduled for X-rays later this

Kerrigan will be

analyst for NBC

The Associated Press

Kerrigan will work for NBC
during during the Sochi
Olympics, 20 years after
she was the story of the
1994 Games because of the
rivalry with Tonya Harding
that turned violent.
The network said Tues-
day that the two-time fig-
ure skating medalist will
contribute to figure skat-
ing coverage as an analyst.
She will also make appear-
ances on the "Today" show
and 'Access Hollywood."
She will not be doing
color commentary on the

NBC is also planning a
45-minute report about
the attack on Kerrigan
before the Lillehammer
Olympics by associates of
Harding, one of the few
times Kerrigan has spoken
publicly about it. The net-
work hasn't said when that
will air yet.
The incident and its after-
math "was the beginning
of reality television," said
NBC correspondent Mary
Carillo, who worked with
Kerrigan on the special.
"It's not something you
celebrate, being attacked,"
Kerrigan said.

US figure skaters

look to seize moment

The Associated Press

BOSTON Go out and
get it.
That's the mindset and
mantra for competitors
at the U.S. Figure Skating
Championships this week.
Their objectives: grabbing
a spot on the Sochi Olym-
pic team.
There are three slots
available in women's and
ice dance, two in men's and
in pairs. So let the free-for-
all begin.
thought, 'Yeah, the Olym-
pics, that might happen,"'
two-time U.S. champion
Ashley Wagner said. "Now,
I'm set on making it reality.
I've taken all the thoughtful
steps to get there.
"My approach for nation-
Jals is that, while no doubt

this is a huge event, -if you
make it a huge event in
your mind, it becomes un-
bearable. So just make it
another day at the rink and
it's cool. And go for it."
Wagner is, by far, the best
American bet for an indi-
vidual medal in Sochi. By
finishing fifth at the worlds
last year and Gracie Gold
getting sixth, they secured
the maximum three spots
for the Olympics.
The beneficiaries of that
could well be Gold and
Agnes Zawadzki, the silver
and bronze medalists at
the 2013 nationals. They,
too, are in attack mode.
"It's a little nerve-racking,
but mostly it's exciting," the
18-year-old Gold says of
her first time through the*
qualifying cauldron. "It's
big. I'm on a mission.

Ovechkin to lead Russia at Sochi Olympics

The Associated Press

MOSCOW Washing-
ton Capitals winger Alex
Ovechkin will lead Rus-
sia's hockey team at the
Sochi Olympics, with the
host country looking to
avoid a repeat of its poor
performance at the 2010
Vancouver Games.
Pavel Datsyuk of the De-
troit Red Wings, Evgeni
Malkin of the Pittsburgh
Penguins and Nikolai
Kulemin of the Toronto
Maple Leafs were among
15 NHL players who made
Russia's 25-man roster on
Sergei Bobrovsky of the
Columbus Blue Jackets,
Colorado Avalanche's
Semyoh Varlamov and
Alexander Yeryomenko of
the KHL's Dinamo Mos-
cow will contend for the
starting goaltender spot.
Edmonton defense-
man Anton Belov, Slava

Voynov of the Los Angeles
Kings and two Montreal
Canadiens defensemen
- Alexei Emelin and
Andrei Markov are also
on the list, which includes
former NHL players
Alexander Radulov and
Ilya Kovalchuk.
Russia was knocked out
in the quarterfinals in
Vancouver in 2010.
Ovechkin said the
team certainly will feel
pressure to win on home
ice, but he also expects
that to be one of the
team's strengths.
"Olympics are
probably the most impor-
tant thing for Russians
than any other athletes in
the whole world," Ovech-
kin said on a conference
call. "And since I was a
little kid and since ev-
erybody was a little kid,
their dream was play-
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especially if we have a

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country in So-
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22) Share your thoughts
and engage in func-
tions that will bring you
in contact with creative
23-Dec. 21) Prepare to
make a change, but before
you do, make sure you
have everything in place.

Annie's Mailbox

Any advice?

Dear Annie: I'm an identical twin and
will be turning 56 in February, but my
sister behaves more like my daughter
than my sister.
Annie, I'm sick of it! My twin sister
turned her back on me in believing
ridiculous lies told by my youngest
brother. Several years later, she showed
up out of the blue needing a place to
live, knowing "Old Sis" would take
her in. She lived with me for eight years
until she got a job transfer. She still
calls wanting money. I've learned how
to make excuses, but I just want it to
I need help being upfront with this
mooch of a sister, but I've never con-
fronted anyone before in my entire life.


It is inevitable that a meritorious deal or two will
be missed by the person choosing the short lists
for the annual International Bridge Press Associa-
tion awards.
If this deal had been on the defense list, it might
well have won.
It occurred during the Italian Club Champion-
ship in September 2012 (which was too late for
the 2012 awards). Sitting West was Agustin Mada-
la, one of the world's most talented players, who
was born in Argentina but represents Italy. It was
originally reported by Ana Roth from Argentina.
In the auction, I am not sure about North's
double, which would usually be negative showing
length in both minors.
Defending against four hearts, Madala led the
spade jack, Rusinow, promising the queen. South
won with dummy's ace and would have done
best to start trumps, but he played a club to his
West saw that if he were on lead, he would sacri-
fice a trick with whatever he led. So he discarded
a spade.
Declarer cashed his top heart. West, still not
wanting the lead, threw his king under the ace.
South now led a low heart. West continued his
brilliant work by playing low. East, Norberto
Bocchi, won with his jack and shifted to the
diamond queen. Declarer could have escaped for
down one by playing low on this trick and
on East's diamond-jack continuation. But in
desperation, he covered the queen. West won
with his ace, cashed the heart queen, and con-
tinued diamonds. The defenders took two hearts
and three diamonds for down two.


Dear Sister You don't need to be
confrontational. You need to be, asser-
tive. Your sister takes advantage of you
because you permit it. The easiest way to
stop permitting it is to learn to say
no. So when she asks for money, tell
her, "I'm sorry, but not this time." If she
asks why not, reply, "I have loaned you
enough." Practice saying it in front of a
mirror .until it comes naturally. Write it
down on a piece of paper and tape it
next to your phone so it is' on hand when
she calls. You are under no-obligation to
give her excuses, evasions or explana-
tions. Be polite, but just say no.

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Chase Elliott, son of legendary driver Bill Elliott, will now compete full-time in NASCAR, and will
drive the No. 9 car in honor of his father.

Elliott sponsored by

NAPA, will join JR

motorsports full-time

The Associated Press

- Budding star Chase El-
liott has landed a full-time
NASCAR ride for 2014 with
JR Motorsports, with sur-
prise sponsorship from
NAPA Auto Parts.
Elliott, the son of 1988
NASCAR champion Bill
Elliott, will race for the Na-
tionwide Series title at JRM
driving the No. 9 Chevro-
let in a nod to his father's
longtime number.
The ride became possible
when NAPA reversed its
decision to leave NASCAR
following the scandal sur-
rounding Michael Waltrip
Racing's attempt to ma-
nipulate a September race
to get Martin Truex Jr. into
the Chase for the Sprint
Cup championship.
NAPA issued a harsh re-
buke of MWR and ended
its multimillion-dollar
sponsorship of Truex one
year into a three-year con-
tract extension with MWR.

That cost Truex his ride at
MWR and forced the orga-
nization to lay off about a
third of its workforce.
But the Atlanta-based
company had a change of
heart, deciding to return
for a 19th season in NAS-
CAR to back the up-and-
coming Elliott. The Elliotts
are from Dawsonville,
Georgia, roughly an hour
from NAPA headquarters,
and Chase didn't become
eligible to compete full-
time in NASCAR until he
turned 18 at the end of
"NAPA is pleased to con-
tinue its long standing
involvement in NASCAR,
the most popular form of
motorsports in the United
States supported by its
many loyal and passion-
ate fans," said Dan Askey,
president of NAPA. "Chase
Elliott is a young and tal-
ented, future star in the
sport and will represent
NAPA well both on and off
the track."

NAPA representatives
declined interviews.
Elliott will make his Na-
tionwide debut at the Feb.
22 season opening race at
Daytona. He will report for
testing this weekend and
be paired with crew chief
Greg Ives, who led Regan
Smith to a pair of wins
and a third-place finish in
the standings at JRM last
"This is an opportunity of
a lifetime for me, a chance
to make a career of this,"
Elliott said in a telephone
interview with The Associ-
ated Press. "I couldn't ask
for anything more than a
chance with JR Motors-
ports, the backing of Rick
Hendrick, and the sup-
port of NAPA. I think to
have that connection with
NAPA is really, really neat.
The headquarters is not far
from our house, and to me,
that goes a lot further than
you think. For both of us
to come from Georgia, my
home state, is special."

From Page 1B

sack the Titans quarter-
back in the endzone for a
On their next drive, Jake
Crenshaw broke a 40-yard
run down the sideline
to set the Jags up with
Two plays later, Hank
Sims scampered into the
end zone thanks to a great
lead block from fullback
Russell Allen.
The Jags defense held
the Titans to only four first
downs for the game and
would have gotten their
third shutout of the sea-
son if not for a long touch-
down run by the Titans
"I couldn't be prouder of
how our team played all
season," said head coach
Lee Temples.
"We were the slowest
team in the league. Every
other team had three or
four boys faster than our
fastest kid, &ut what we
lacked in spied we made
up for in b.bute strength
and intellect.
"This is by far the smart-
est group of boys I have
ever coached.
"We were able to run
some pretty advanced
defensive and offensive
schemes- and the boys
knew how .to read the
plays and when to pull
and who to block and that
made all the difference."
Offensively the team
was led by Russell Allen at
"Russell ran the ball on
about 75 percent of our
plays and he only had one
play: right up the middle,"
joked Temples.
The Jags used their big
athletic offensive line to
pound the ball up the
middle all season lqng
led up front by the duo of
Charles Davis and Jantzen

"The other teams knew
we were going to run it
right at them all game
long but they just couldn't
find a way to stop us," said
Temples. "We weren't fast,
but we were mean and
strong and we controlled
the line of scrimmage on
both sides of the ball while
eating up clock and avoid-
ing turnovers.
"We would just run it up
the middle until the de-
fense had to sell out to try
and stop us, and then it
opened up the outside to
our wing backs Hank Sims
and Jake Crenshaw.
"It also opened up the
passing game with quar-
terback Deacon Temples
finding his tight ends Chris
Gable and Brennan Fair-
cloth for several big pass-
ing plays this season."
Coach Temples gave all
the praise to his offensive
coordinator Jason Cren-
shaw and his defensive
coordinator Dan Grover,
as well as assistant coach
Mike Gable.
"My job was actu-
ally pretty easy this year
thanks to my great as-
sistant coaches," said
Temples. "Coach Cren-
shaw and I ran this same
offense last year and came
in last in the league win-
ning only one game.
"We almost decid-
ed to scrap it this year
,and go back to the
drawing board, but
instead we decided to give
it one more try. It felt good
to go out and prove that
you don't need the fast-
est kids to win football
'As long as you are
aggressive and willing to
learn your position, you
can be a great football
player at this level.
"This opens the game up
to be fun to all the kids out
there wanting to play and
not just the speedsters.
All of our games were
true team efforts with all
the kids helping out and

doing their parts. My boys
definitely learned that
football really is a team
sport and that it takes
more than just a couple
superstars to win. I just
couldn't be prouder of
these boys."
Defensively the Jags
proved all year long what
smart kids willing to listen
could achieve.
Even though the other
three teams in the league
all had several players
that were much faster
than anyone on their
side of the ball, the kids
really listened well and
learned their assignments
and used a gang tackling
mentality to keep the
other teams speedsters in
They were led by first
year cornerback Ryan
Grover and first year line-
backer Brantley Willis.
The duo shut down the
outside runs all year and
forced the runners back
inside for lead tackier
Jantzen Jackson.
"Jantzen was just unreal
this year," said Temples.
"I've never seen a kid
so dominant at this age
group. No matter how
many kids you put on him,
he is gonna come through
that line and cause havoc
in the backfield on every
single snap."
Jackson had 24 tackles
for loss on the season, in-
cluding a game-winning
safety on the last play of
the game against the Ti-
tans earlier in the season.
Coach Temples gave all
the praise to the boys this
"They went out there
with something to prove
and I think that they did. I
want to thank not only the
boys but also all their great
parents. This is the most
fun I've had. coaching in a
long time. I really appre-
ciate you trusting me to
coach your boys and look
forward to another great
season next year."


Hornish to drive 7 races for Gibbs

The Associated Press

Sam Hornish Jr. will drive
seven Nationwide Series
races for Joe Gibbs Racing
this season.
Hornish will share the
No. 54 Toyota with Kyle
Busch, who will drive the
car in 26 races.
He moves to Gibbs af-

From Page 1B

"We know what it takes
now. We know how it feels.
We don't be disappointed
next year from not being
"We want to make this
thing a dynasty. Florida
State is back to where it
should always be."
That senior class was
Fisher's first as head coach
and was the cornerstone
of the new foundation.
The 2011 class, however,
was widely considered
the No. 1 recruiting class
in the country and one of
the best in school history.
Then there's the 2012 class
that includes Winston, an-
other handful of starters
and more young talent that
had to wait their turn.
This was not an old team
that will need to replace
starters all over the field.
"I don't care how tal-
ented you are," Fisher
maintained. "This team
has to go back, get its own
identity, get its own leader-
ship and develop that, and
that's going to be our chal-
lenge now. It's how hungry
can you stay to be able to
do it over and over again,
and that's going to be the
challenge and our mindset
and that's going to be my
temperament going in, to
be able to set that stage so
we can do that and stay on
top and be very competi-
.jtive at the top."

ter 10 years with Penske
Hornish finished second
in the Nationwide series
championship race last
But Penske decided not
to bring Hornish back
this year, partly because
of sponsorship issues
and partly because the
organization believed it

"That's our nature as hu-
mans, it's not too grind,
it's not to push. That's why
there is only one champion
at the end," he said.
Fisher did get a chance to
savor the moment late af-
ter the game, surrounded
by friends and family in
his hotel room. He sat half
asleep in a chair, exhaust-
ed, and nursed a pulled
hamstring he sustained
running down the sideline
and chasing an official af-

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was time for Hornish to
move on to a Sprint Cup
Series ride.
With very few open seats
available, Hornish landed
at JGR in the shared seat.
Hornish will drive at
Thlladega in May, both
Iowa events, at Road
America, Chicagoland,
Mid-Ohio, and Kentucky
in September.

ter Auburn wasn't called
for a horse collar tackle at
the end of a catch-and-run
by Rashad Green late in the
"You feel like you want to
sleep for about a week after
these seasons," Fisher said.
"We'll get back tomorrow
and give the staff a day or
so and then we'll get back
recruiting and we got to get
"It's time for another
one," he said.

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