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Replacement ref furor grows after wild Seattle win
NEW YORK (AP) — The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception. Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown on the final play after a scrum on the ground in the end zone. Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to catch the ball against his body, with Tate getting his arm around the ball. After a few seconds, one official indicated a stoppage of play, but another signaled touchdown for a conclusion former NFL coach Jon Gruden, working the game on TV, called “tragic” and “comical.” Tate clearly shoved cornerback Sam Shields to the ground on the play, but as Gruden noted, offensive pass interference almost never is called on desperation passes. “Very hard to swallow,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I have never seen anything like that in my time in football.” One day after New England coach Bill Belichick was confused about a decisive field goal he thought was off-target and Detroit’s Jim Schwartz couldn’t understand a 27-yard penalty walk-off for unnecessary roughness, things had gotten even more chaotic. “These games are a joke,” Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted. McCarthy was measured in his postgame remarks. “Most unusual football game I have been a part of,” he said. “I know it’s been a wild weekend in the NFL and I guess we are part of it.” Packers guard T.J. Lang was even more emphatic, tweeting that the Packers were robbed “by the refs. Thanks NFL.” In Sunday night’s RavensPatriots game, shoving matches followed even insignificant plays. One TV analyst called it the substitute-teacher syndrome: See how much you can get away with before the real thing returns. “Nature says for us that we’re going to go out there and push the limit regardless,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “If they’re calling a game tight, if they’re calling a game loose, it’s going to be pushed to the limit. You are pushing it to the brink. If things are going to be called easier, and in some situations I feel like they’ve been less lenient, too, you’ve just got to play and see how (it’s being called).” If you can figure it out. Broncos coach John Fox was fined $30,000 Monday and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for verbal abuse of the officials during a Monday night game against Atlanta on Sept. 17. More fines are likely for Belichick and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and perhaps for others. Fox and Del Rio were hit for their sideline histrionics, particularly when Fox was told he couldn’t challenge a call of 12 men on the field — he was correct that he could challenge, although replays showed the Broncos were guilty. Before grabbing the arm of an official, Belichick wanted to know why Justin Tucker’s field goal was called good in Baltimore’s 31-30 victory Sunday night. He couldn’t tell from his angle on the sideline, he said. “So when the game was over, I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review,” he said, “and I did try to get the official’s attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn’t able to do that.” Most confusing was the mark-off for a Lions penalty in overtime at Tennessee. Officials wound up penalizing Detroit from its 44-yard line rather than from the original line of scrimmage, the Titans 44. Soon after, Rob Bironas kicked a go-ahead field goal. Schwartz noted that the alternate official who helps the replacements with administrating penalties was on the Detroit sideline. “We said, ‘You’re enforcing it from the wrong spot.’ He was adamant that they weren’t doing so,” Schwartz said. “At that point, we just needed to play.” They didn’t play well enough to avoid losing 44-41, and Titans coach Mike Munchak wasn’t apologizing for how his team won. “I don’t feel any guilt,” Munchak said. “For us, really the obvious answer is there’s nothing we can do about who’s officiating games. It’s the same for everybody, so go out and don’t get caught up in all that.” The league and the officials’ union met Sunday without reaching any agreement on ending the lockout that began in June. The players’ union also called on the 32 team owners to end the lockout because it is compromising the integrity of the game. While most of the coaches are being careful what they say about the replacements, the players and broadcasters are less inhibited. “Unfortunately, I feel like that it’s like changing an intersection from a stop sign to a red light,” Browns kicker Phil Dawson said. “You have to have so many car wrecks before they deem that intersection to be dangerous enough — and we’re heading that way. Someone’s going to lose a game, if it hasn’t already happened, to get both sides to a pressure point to get a deal done. It’s sad.” Certainly not holding back on the criticism are some of the NFL’s broadcast partners. Analyst Cris Collinsworth was forthright in his evaluation of the officiating problems Sunday night, as were Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden during last Monday night’s flag-fest in Atlanta. “We don’t want to talk about the officials, trust us,” ESPN’s Tirico said. “But it’s affecting the game. When we
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Turner ‘as upset as anyone’ after Chargers’ defeat
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two interceptions, two fumbles, an ineffective pass rush and too little success protecting Philip Rivers. To San Diego Chargers fans, it’s all too familiar. Even though the Atlanta Falcons had a short week and a long flight, they had no trouble beating the Chargers 27-3 on Sunday. “I’m as upset as anyone in San Diego,” coach Norv Turner said Monday. “I don’t like going out and having our team perform the way we performed. It happened; we’ve got to fix it. We’re going to do everything in our power to fix it.” The game was blacked out in Southern California, sparing thousands of fans the agony of watching the undefeated Falcons overwhelm the Chargers. There’s plenty for the Chargers (2-1) to work on before visiting their personal house of horrors, Arrowhead Stadium, for a game against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The most costly of the four turnovers was Ryan Mathews’ fumble at the Atlanta 4-yard line as the Bolts, trailing 6-0, were trying to take the lead in the second quarter. Instead, it set up an epic 96-yard scoring drive by Atlanta, which went on to take a 20-0 lead at halftime. Mathews has fumbled 11 times in 27 career games, losing six. He was making his season debut Sunday after breaking his collarbone on his first carry in the exhibition opener on Aug. 9. Turner said the Chargers will continue to work with Mathews to try to correct the problem, and he hinted that other backs could take part of the load. “So while we’re getting Ryan to where he can play an extended period and protect the ball, there’s certain situations we’re going to limit his exposures,” Turner said. “If we can do that, obviously it goes in our favor in terms of the percentages.” Turner wouldn’t be more specific. “I’m not giving our game plan out in terms of where we’re doing it, but there are certain things where we have more chances than others,” Turner said. “We’re looking at each of the times he’s lost the football. We’ve had the teaching reel and all that. When and where they occur would be part of it.” Turner dodged a question about giving more carries to Jackie Battle, who’s had big runs in the fourth quarter in the last two games. “It’s Monday and I’m not going to talk about who’s going to carry the ball on the goal line and who’s going to carry the ball on third-and-1. We’ll all find out on Sunday.” Mathews said he was trying to fight for more yards when Sean Witherspoon forced the fumble, which Thomas DeCoud recovered. DeCoud also intercepted Rivers twice. “I thought I protected the ball pretty good,” Mathews said. “It was just that one play. Coming back from not being in the preseason and everything, guys were doing a lot of hitting in there. Missing the first couple of games, I think there was a little bit of wear and tear on me because I wasn’t really carrying the ball with contact. It was the first week back. But you can’t make excuses. If I want to touch the ball as many times as I want to touch it in a game, I can’t put it on the ground. My goal was not having any fumbles, but my goal at the end of the season is to just have one.” Now it’s on to Kansas City, scene of a painful defeat during a six-game losing streak last year that derailed the Chargers’ season, contributing to them missing the playoffs for the second straight year. With the Chargers driving for the potential winning field goal late in regulation, Rivers fumbled a snap and the Chiefs recovered. Kansas City went on to win 23-20 in overtime. “You never want to play like we did yesterday, but when you do, you definitely have to learn from it and get to the next game because there’s no waiting around and feeling sorry for yourself,” Rivers said Monday. “It’s a new week, and we know how important it is to win division games. We’re headed into Kansas City, and they’re coming off a huge game in New Orleans. So there’s no time to overanalyze the previous game or sulk, because we’ve got to go on the road and win in a new environment. Kansas City doesn’t care that we lost or how we feel. We have to go in there and win that game.” NOTES: Turner said LT Jared Gaither is making progress from the back spasms that have sidelined him since July 28. ... Fans voted former punter Darren Bennett into the Chargers Hall of Fame. The Aussie will be inducted at halftime of the Nov. 25 game against the Baltimore Ravens. A two-time Pro Bowler, Bennett beat former running back Natrone Means and former wide receiver Anthony Miller. Bennett, with the Chargers from 1995-2003, was named the punter on the NFL’s all-Decade team of the 1990s after a distinguished career as an Australian Rules football player.
Yanks power past Twins 6-3; Pettitte wins again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Pettitte turned in another ageless performance by pitching six scoreless innings and the New York Yankees hit four home runs to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Monday night and extend their AL East lead. The Yankees took a 1½-game edge over Baltimore, which split a doubleheader with Toronto. This is the first time since Sept. 2 their margin has been more than one game. Curtis Granderson hit his 40th home run and Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez also homered as New York won for the 10th time in 12 games. Pettitte (5-3) hasn’t given up a run in 11 innings since rejoining the rotation last week. Swisher’s two-out, two-run shot in the first inning off Liam Hendriks (1-8) made it 3-0. OrIOLES 4, BLuE JayS 1, 1ST GamE BLuE JayS 9, OrIOLES 5, 2Nd GamE BALTIMORE (AP) — J.P. Arencibia broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore to earn a doubleheader split and drop the Orioles 1½ games out of first place in the AL East. In the opener, Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer to lead Baltimore. But the Orioles lost a half-game in the standings to the New York Yankees, who won 6-3 at Minnesota. Arencibia, who came into the game mired in a 2-for-36 slump, had three hits and five RBIs. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run as Toronto ended a seven-game skid. Ricky Romero (9-14) allowed four runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings, yet stopped a 13-game losing streak over 15 starts since June 22. Wei-Yin Chen (12-10) took the loss. In the first game, rookie Steve Johnson (4-0) allowed three hits over five shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.62. Jim Johnson, the fifth Baltimore pitcher, worked the ninth for his major league-best 48th save in 51 opportunities. Henderson Alvarez (9-14) took the loss. raNGErS 5, aTHLETICS 4 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied past Oakland, stretching their AL West lead over the Athletics to five games with nine to play. The Athletics’ lead for the second AL wild-card slot was cut to two games over the idle Los Angeles Angels. Oakland has lost six of eight. Beltre, whose 35th homer tied the score in the seventh, grounded a sharp single through the middle of the infield off Tyson Ross (2-11) in the ninth, bringing home pinch-runner Craig Gentry. The Rangers got the inning started with consecutive singles by Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler before Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice bunt. Josh Hamilton, who had already hit his major league-best 43rd homer after missing the previous five games with a cornea issue, was intentionally walked to load the bases. Joe Nathan (3-4) got the win. WHITE SOX 5, INdIaNS 4 CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn homered twice, including a clutch three-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland to maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central. Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak and stayed in front of second-place Detroit, which beat Kansas City 6-2. The top two teams in the division each have nine games left. Dunn drove an 0-2 pitch from Vinnie Pestano (3-3) over the wall in right-center with runners on the corners and two outs, putting Chicago ahead 5-3. Kevin Youkilis kept the inning alive with an infield single before Dunn connected for his 41st homer of the season. Dunn also went deep in the sixth. Brett Myers (3-3) pitched the eighth for the win. Donnie Veal converted his first save opportunity of the season. TIGErS 6, rOyaLS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings and Prince Fielder hit a solo homer, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a win over Kansas City. The Tigers remained one game behind Chicago in the AL Central. Verlander (16-8) had little trouble with the Royals, who knocked him around for eight runs and 12 hits last month. He allowed two runs and nine hits this time, striking out eight without a walk. Luke Hochevar (8-15) yielded six runs and 12 hits in 7 1-3 innings.
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches a football before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) in San Francisco.
Hall of Famer Jerry Rice helps NFL fight obesity
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Rice still runs “The Hill.” He wouldn’t mind having, oh, a million or so youngsters accompanying him on his grueling workouts. The greatest receiver in football history, Rice is helping the NFL and Xbox 360 fight childhood obesity through a program that hopes to encourage 1 million youngsters to become more active. The “60 Million Minutes Challenge” asks kids of all ages to pledge to be active for 60 minutes every day. It’s part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 program, a new initiative launched Monday. “To reverse the trend of childhood obesity, we need to continue to educate kids and parents about the importance of 60 minutes of daily activity,” Rice said. “That’s what’s great about Kinect for Xbox 360. It gets kids off the couch and gets their whole body in the game. “Being a healthy kid can lead to being a healthy adult.” The folks at the NFL and Microsoft, which makes the video system central to this initiative, are offering incentives such as gift cards for merchandise and personalized autographs on Facebook to youngsters who join up. Because the entire body is the controller through Kinect for Xbox 360, the amount of exercise a player gets easily dwarfs the more conventional approaches for video games in which the fingers and the wrists get the biggest workouts. “This is something I am very enthusiastic about,” said Dr. Bill Crounse, a family physician and now Microsoft’s senior director or worldwide health. “Since I started as a physician in the early 1980s, we have seen about a tripling of the number of kids overweight or of childhood obesity ... and it has to do with inactivity. I reflect back to when I was growing up and kids were always running around. This is a way of getting kids and their families more motivated to get active.” More than 1,500 PLAY 60 youth events have been organized and the league has built more than 100 youth fitness zones. But that touches only a small segment of the population compared to what this program can attract. Rice isn’t really asking kids to run “The Hill” with him, of course. Or is he? “That would be a cool game for Kinect,” Rice joked. “Run “The Hill” with Jerry Rice!” He seriously emphasizes its importance in his development as one of the best players the NFL has seen. “It’s a 2.5-mile uphill run,” the 49-year-old Rice said. “The training I used to do in the offseason helped make me the great player that I was. I always wanted to be in the best possible shape so that I had that extra edge when it was late in the game and other players were getting tired.” Crounse recognizes that simply getting youngsters involved in the program won’t guarantee they will lose weight. They need to do more, including having healthy diets. Even an hour’s more activity per day, though, is an important gain. “As a physician, we know being overweight and obesity is associated with a lot of chronic diseases that are major causes of death in the United States,” Crounse said. “We also know you don’t have to be doing anything real fancy to get more activity; even walking or dancing will burn those calories. The point being if each of us would do a little more of it a day, it could translate to a weight loss of a pound a week. “So it’s not just getting kids enrolled in this program that will make kids lose that weight, but it can certainly help. And there’s a spirit of competitiveness with Xbox 360. People are very goaloriented and this is a mechanism for the kids to do that, be competitive and active and healthier.”
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Starring: Whitney Houston, Ceelo Green, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps Musical prodigy Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
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Fisher: Heisman’s popularity contest is for ‘show dogs’
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that the Heisman Trophy is a popularity contest for “show dogs” with the winner now usually the best player on which team voters feel is the best. Fisher, who is adamant about trying to shield his players from outside distractions, bristled briefly when asked about quarterback EJ Manuel’s chances of winning the award. “Like I say, that’s for show dogs,” Fisher said in response to a question at his weekly media availability. “If you want to parade him around and do all that, I’d rather have a hunting dog. “When I let him out that truck, he’s ready to go,” Fisher said. “I think that’s what he is and I think he understands that. He’s mature enough to understand that.” Fisher did say it would be “wonderful” if Manuel won the Heisman, considered the most coveted individual honor in college football. “That’s all great, but that’s not for him to decide,” Fisher said. “For him to decide is what kind of teammate he’s going to be, what kind of leader he’s going to be and how he’s going to go each week.” It’s an apparent change of mind for the third-year Seminole coach, who embraced an elaborate, albeit short-lived campaign two years ago for former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings. There is no similar effort on Manuel’s behalf. “Great players have won it, I don’t mean that,” Fisher said. “It’s the best player on the best team, ok, that’s great. If you want to be the best team, you have to play well.” Manuel was sensational in Florida State’s 49-37 win over Clemson on Saturday when he passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 to become the first Seminole quarterback since former Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward in 1992 to throw for more than 300 yards and run for over 100 in a game. The exceedingly polite and humble Manuel said Monday he doesn’t think much about individual honors. “Personal accolades are one thing, but you’ve as a team got to win,” Manuel said. “Nobody’s gonna really care about personal accolades unless you’re winning. We’ve just got to keep winning and playing well.” Fourth-ranked Florida State is 4-0 plays its first road game Saturday at South Florida.
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop John McDonald (16) kicks Colorado Rockies’ Tyler Colvin (21) in the head after completing the double play to end the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Denver. Chris Nelson was out at first. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth wound up with a two-out, two-run double when Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the sun to spark a six-run fourth inning Monday, and Washington beat Milwaukee 12-2 to cut its magic number to five for winning the NL East. Jordan Zimmermann (12-8) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, while delivering two hits and driving in a run as a batter. Ryan Zimmerman produced three hits and four RBIs for the Nationals, who improved to a major league-best 93-60 and increased their division lead over Atlanta to five games with nine to play. Marco Estrada (4-7) lasted only four innings for the Brewers, who dropped 3½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card. He allowed seven runs — six earned — and eight hits. mETS 6, pIraTES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Ike Davis connected twice and reached a career-high 30 homers, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings for his first major league win and New York won its fourth straight. Davis had a career-best five RBIs and Mejia (1-1) allowed four singles and two walks. The right-hander struck out four and only his last out was made by an outfielder. The Pirates lost for the 31st time in 43 games since improving to a season-high 16 games above .500 (63-47) on Aug. 8. They fell 7½ games back in the wild-card race with several teams ahead of them and must win six of their last nine to avoid a 20th consecutive losing season. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 3 with a triple to keep his batting average at .336 — behind only Melky Cabrera, who is at .346 but has removed himself from consideration for the title. Davis’ homer to left-center off Kyle McPherson (0-2) in the fourth came after David Wright walked. Davis hit a three-run shot off Jeff Karstens in the fifth to make it 6-0, a batter after Wright had an RBI single. CardINaLS 6, aSTrOS 1 HOUSTON (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot. Yadier Molina added a solo shot as the Cardinals moved 3½ games in front of Milwaukee and Los Angeles for the second NL wild card. Lynn (17-7) struck out nine and yielded one run on five hits. The right-hander is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.89 ERA in his last four outings, including a relief appearance against Milwaukee on Sept. 9. Kozma extended St. Louis’ lead to 3-0 with his second major league homer in the second, a day after hitting his first one. Molina hit his 21st homer of the season to make it 4-1 in the fourth. Houston starter Fernando Abad (0-6) pitched 1 2-3 innings before leaving with a strained right oblique. He walked one and allowed a run. He was replaced by Fernando Rodriguez, who was charged with three runs and seven hits in a career-long 4 1-3 innings. rOCKIES 4, dIamONdBaCKS 2 DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Andrew Brown homered for Colorado. Jason Kubel homered for the Diamondbacks, who have slim hopes of a late-season playoff push. Arizona fell 5½ games behind St. Louis with nine remaining in the race for the second NL wild card. Tyler Colvin and Charlie Blackmon had two hits each for Colorado. Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his 30th save. For one night, at least, the Rockies (59-94) avoided tying the franchise record for losses in a season with a solid performance from Chatwood. Colorado’s pitchers had allowed 33 runs on 48 hits through the first three games of this series before holding the Diamondbacks to five hits Monday.
‘Sun monster,’ Zimmermann lead Nationals over Brewers
Ex-player is charged in football player’s death
MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — A former McPherson College football player is facing charges in connection to the beating death of a football player at nearby Tabor College in Kansas, authorities said Monday. Alton Franklin, 19, of Dallas, Texas, was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder following the death of 26-year-old Brandon Brown of Sacramento, Calif., McPherson County Attorney David Page said. Police said Brown never regained consciousness following a fight earlier this month. He died Saturday. Franklin made his initial court appearance Monday and is being held on $500,000 bond. A message left for his attorney wasn’t returned. A McPherson College spokesman said Franklin was a linebacker last year but wasn’t on this year’s team, and that he was suspended from school Saturday. Franklin was arrested earlier Saturday, and the charges were upgraded after Brown died. McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty has said more charges are possible and that the investigation is ongoing. Brown transferred to Tabor this fall as a redshirt junior from a California college. The defensive lineman was found unresponsive early Sept. 16 after a fight outside a party in McPherson, about 25 miles from the Tabor campus in Hillsboro. He has a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter. McPherson College released a statement saying the presidents of both NAIA colleges have been in contact and are looking for answers. “McPherson College has spent the past week trying to comprehend how such violence could occur in our community,” the statement said. “We are devastated that one of our own McPherson College students has been arrested in conjunction with this criminal act, and we pray for him and his family, as well.” Counseling is being offered to Tabor students, and the school set up a fund to help Brown’s family. The schools, members of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, are scheduled to play each other in football Oct. 20.
Seahawks stun Packers on the final play 14-12
SEATTLE (AP) — In a bizarre ending that capped a brutal weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks somehow beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night in a game that’s certain to re-ignite frustrations over the lockedout refs. Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when both teams were brought back on the field for the extra point. Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown and after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced “the ruling on the field stands” and CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration. It was nearly 10 minutes before the teams were brought back for the extra point. The final decision is only going to fuel debate about the replacement officials coming off a weekend filled with disputed calls. “Don’t ask me a question about the officials,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football. “I know it’s been a wild weekend in the NFL and I guess we’re part of it now.” And the last game of the weekend will debated more than any other. Seattle (2-1) won its second straight, while Green Bay (1-2) and saw its streak of wins in six straight road openers snapped. Wilson’s heave came at the end of a final frantic drive after Seattle had previously missed on a fourth-down attempt from the Green Bay 7 with 2 minutes left. The turnover on downs appeared to end Seattle’s hopes and cap an impressive secondhalf comeback by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked eight times — all in the first half. Green Bay averted disaster when John Kuhn fumbled on the Packers first play following the change of possession but center Jeff Saturday recovered. The Seahawks held and forced Green Bay to punt from the 4 with 57 seconds left. The 41-yard punt set Seattle up at the Green Bay 46 with 46 seconds remaining. Wilson hit Sidney Rice for 22 yards on a slant then went for Tate in the end zone but the ball was batted away with 18 seconds left. He threw over the head of Evan Moore on second down leaving 12 seconds remaining and missed Tate again at the 5. Wilson took the final snap with 8 seconds remaining. He appeared to be looking for Rice on the right side of the end zone, but rolled left and threw for Tate, who was in a crowd of three Packers defenders. His shove of Shields was obvious and it was never clear who had possession between Tate and Jennings. Seattle instantly celebrated while the Packers argued with anyone in a striped shirt. Both teams were eventually shoved to the sidelines as Tate stomped through the end zone in celebration. Following the review, Elliott’s announcement sent the stadium into delirium and even more confusion ensued until the teams finally returned to the field for the extra point. “From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Rodgers had quite a different opinion. “It was awful. Just look at the replay. And then the fact that it was reviewed, it was awful,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. “We shouldn’t have been in that position. It was Tate’s second touchdown of the game after catching a 41-yard TD in the second quarter to give Seattle a 7-0 lead. He finished with three catches for 68 yards, while Wilson was 10 of 21 for 130 yards. The Packers’ frustration was almost instant. Guard T.J. Lang was even more emphatic, tweeting that the Packers were robbed “by the refs. Thanks NFL.” Green Bay shook off a disastrous first half where Rodgers was sacked eight times and completely controlled possession in the final 30 minutes. Green Bay ran 41 offensive plays in the second half, got field goals of 29 and 40 yards from Mason Crosby and Cedric Benson’s 1-yard TD run with 8:44 left to take a 12-7 lead. Others spoke their mind by tweeting. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted “These games are a joke,” while NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted “I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I’m sick like I just played for the Packers”
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle.
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NFL replacement officials have no place on a field
by JIM LITKE, AP Sports Columnist
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) catches a pass for a touchdown ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) in the first half of an NFL football game, (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle.
Bengals go wildcat, open up on offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu lined up in the shotgun, took the snap and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass on the Bengals’ first play from scrimmage. It was the start of an uncharacteristically wide-open day for the buttoned-down team. The Bengals also had running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis take a direct snap in a wildcat formation and run for a touchdown. They even tried a fake field goal, one of the few things that didn’t work during a 38-31 win in Washington on Sunday. It was the best indication yet of how much more faith offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has in his young-and-growing offense. “We had a lot of stuff in the playbook last year,” receiver Andrew Hawkins said on Monday. “We got to some of it. I think it’s a feel thing. The longer we’ve been in the offense, he trusts us with a little more. It keeps building that way.” For the first time in his two seasons at Cincinnati, Gruden let his wild side show. The Bengals (2-1) let one of their receivers fling it for the first time. Sanu, a rookie who ran in the wildcat at Rutgers, took the first snap and saw that Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green had single coverage with a safety. Green ran right past him, and Sanu got the ball to him for an easy score. Green-Ellis ran 1 yard for a touchdown off a snap in the wildcat formation, with quarterback Andy Dalton flanking out to the side like a receiver. Later, Dalton threw a pass that Hawkins turned into a 59-yard touchdown. Part of it was an attempt to take advantage of Washington’s attacking style of defense, which leaves receivers with opportunities if the quarterback can get them the ball. Part of it is a change in philosophy by the Bengals this season. In the past two games — wins over Cleveland and Washington — Cincinnati has scored on pass plays of 44, 50, 73, 48 and 59 yards.
A team that was much more conservative last season with a rookie quarterback and a new offensive system is starting to take off the training wheels. “As we evaluated where we were last season, we felt we needed to continue to do everything in our power to add and promote more of that,” coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday. “Because it’s difficult to drive the ball 80 yards plus, particularly in the division we play. It’s difficult throughout the league.” The plays sure seemed to surprise the Redskins (1-2). “The creativity that we’ve got here and the talent that we have at wide receiver, the running back, the different things we are doing, it’s big,” Dalton said. “You try to find a way to get an advantage in the game.” It wasn’t just the new stuff that had the Redskins struggling to keep up. Dalton completed 19 of 27 passes for 328 yards with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 132.9, his best yet. Green had nine catches for a career-best 183 yards. The Bengals piled up 478 yards. Players embraced Gruden’s willingness to open things up for one week. Jacksonville (1-2) will probably be prepared for it next Sunday. “When you have a guy like Jay that you know is such an offensive guru, you don’t have to worry about what’s going to work,” Hawkins said. “Just stick to the game plan. It’s like Novocain. It’s going to work, just give it time.” Notes: Lewis said CB Leon Hall, who missed the game with an injured calf, will be day to day this week. ... Lewis didn’t want to take issue with a missed call by the replacement officials, who failed to take 10 seconds off the clock after Washington’s Leonard Hankerson got hurt on the Redskins’ final drive with 1:02 left. The injury stopped the clock and the Redskins had no timeouts left, so they should have lost 10 seconds. The drive came up empty. “We overcame it, and that’s all we’re worried about,” Lewis said. “Not a big deal.”
If the NFL were a hamburger chain, Roger Goodell would already be out as CEO. What Sunday’s games made clear is that the product is worse. The replacements officials don’t know the rules. They can’t control the players or coaches. And both are playing them for suckers. Remember the warning the league sent around last week threatening to fine anyone who abused the officials? It was treated like a dare to do just that. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan followed the officials into the tunnel in Washington after a loss, hurling curses. Steelers linebacker Larry Foote did the same to a different crew in Oakland. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tried grabbing an official running by him when the game ended in Baltimore to get an explanation he’s waiting for still. Earlier in that same game, the hometown fans rendered their verdict on the officiating by yelling one word so long and so loud, it can’t be repeated here. “That’s the loudest manure chant I’ve ever heard,” NBC announcer Al Michaels said. In separate games, Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was concussed and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could have been on helmet-to-helmet hits that weren’t called. It was slight consolation for Matt Schaub that the Broncos’ Joe Mays was called for doing the same thing to him, because the Texans quarterback lost a chunk of his left earlobe in the vicious collision. Players seem determined to try anything and everything they can get away with on the field, treating any penalties handed out after the fact — and a film review by the league — simply as the cost of doing business. All that unpunished extracurricular activity is why more plays have become the prelude to a fight. “We’re going to go out there and push the limit regardless,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “If they’re calling a game tight, if they’re calling a game loose, it’s going to be pushed to the limit.” On Sunday, the scenes of confusion on the field extended all the way up to the replay booth — see: San Francisco at Minnesota and Detroit at Tennessee. Add it all up and you’re looking at officials playing larger and larger roles in longer games with less rhythm than ever. The only thing the league office appears to be in a hurry about at the moment is boosting the charitable donations made by a few of its employees. On Monday, Denver coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio were docked $30,000 and $25,000, respectively, for verbally abusing the replacement officials on the Monday night game a week ago. NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson says he’s reviewing incidents involving Belichick and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, as well as Kyle Shanahan’s tirade after the Redskins’ loss to the Bengals. All can expect to hear from him sooner rather than later. If only the same were true of the locked-out officials’ union. The consensus seems to be that won’t happen until events force the commissioner’s hand — a blown call at the end of a game that costs a team a win. But it’s not hard to argue that a number of bad calls have already impacted games at junctures just as critical and worse. They’re bleeding into the way teams handle everything from play-calling and discipline to timeouts. Browns kicker Phil Dawson summed it up perfectly. “Unfortunately, I feel like that it’s like changing an intersection from a stop sign to a red light,” he said. “You have to have so many car wrecks before they deem that intersection to be dangerous enough — and we’re heading that way. Someone’s going to lose a game, if it hasn’t already happened, to get both sides to a pressure point to get a deal done. It’s sad.”
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meet with teams and coordinators, frustration boils out into limited on-therecord statements. Off the record, what guys are saying — it’s a nightmare. It is impacting the game. “It hasn’t burned a team to cost them a playoff spot yet. But you should go back and watch the film. There are so many little things that players are getting away with that is absolutely impacting the game to the detriment of the product.” Yet some players aren’t completely down on the performances of the replacements. Patriots receiver Deion Branch noted all the controversy about officiating throughout the league. “But I think the bigger picture is that we’ve all got to understand that, hey, they’re making those calls on both sides of the ball,” Branch said. “Us as players, we need to remove ourselves from what the refs are doing and just go out and play our game.” Rams defensive end Chris Long offered, apparently with no sarcasm,
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that the game “hasn’t changed at all with the replacement officials because officials don’t care about defensive linemen, replacement or first-tier officials.” Then he admitted taking the regular officials for granted. “The NFL could really use them back,” Long said.
NEW YORK (AP) — New England coach Bill Belichick was confused about a decisive field goal he thought was off-target. Detroit’s Jim Schwartz couldn’t understand a 27-yard penalty walk-off for unnecessary roughness. Philadelphia’s Andy Reid felt ignored while trying to decline a penalty. The furor over the work of replacement officials reached something of a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, when even deciphering downs and distance became a challenge. In Sunday night’s Ravens-Patriots game, shoving matches followed even insignificant plays. One TV analyst called it the substitute-teacher syndrome: See how much you can get away with before the real thing returns. “Nature says for us that we’re going to go out there and push the limit regardless,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “If they’re calling a game tight, if they’re calling a game loose, it’s going to be pushed to the limit. You are pushing it to the brink. If things are going to be called easier, and in some situations I feel like they’ve been less lenient, too, you’ve just got to play and see how (it’s being called).” If you can figure it out. Broncos coach John Fox was fined $30,000 Monday and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for verbal abuse of the officials during a Monday night game against Atlanta on Sept. 17. More fines are likely for Belichick and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and perhaps for others. Fox and Del Rio were hit for their sideline histrionics, particularly when Fox was told he couldn’t challenge a call of 12 men on the field — he was correct that he could challenge, although replays showed the Broncos were guilty. Before grabbing the arm of an official, Belichick wanted to know why Justin Tucker’s field goal was called good in Baltimore’s 31-30 victory Sunday night. He couldn’t tell from his angle on the sideline, he said. “So when the game was over, I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review,” he said, “and I did try to get the official’s attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn’t able to do that.” Most confusing was the mark-off for a Lions penalty in overtime at Tennessee. Officials wound up penalizing Detroit from its 44-yard line rather than from the original line of scrimmage, the Titans 44. Soon after, Rob Bironas kicked a go-ahead field goal. Schwartz noted that the alternate official who helps the replacements with administrating penalties was on the Detroit sideline. They didn’t play well enough to avoid losing 44-41, and Titans coach Mike Munchak wasn’t apologizing for how his team won. “I don’t feel any guilt,” Munchak said. “For us, really the obvious answer is there’s nothing we can do about who’s officiating games. It’s the same for everybody, so go out and don’t get caught up in all that.” The league and the officials’ union met Sunday without reaching any agreement on ending the lockout that began in June. The players’ union also called on the 32 team owners to end the lockout because it is compromising the integrity of the game. While most of the coaches are being careful what they say about the replacements, the players and broadcasters are less inhibited. “Unfortunately, I feel like that it’s like changing an intersection from a stop sign to a red light,” Browns kicker Phil Dawson said. “You have to have so many car wrecks before they deem that intersection to be dangerous enough — and we’re heading that way. Someone’s going to lose a game, if it hasn’t already happened, to get both sides to a pressure point to get a deal done. It’s sad.” Certainly not holding back on the criticism are some of the NFL’s broadcast partners. Analyst Cris Collinsworth was forthright in his evaluation of the officiating problems Sunday night, as were Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden during last Monday night’s flagfest in Atlanta. “We don’t want to talk about the officials, trust us,” ESPN’s Tirico said. “But it’s affecting the game. When we meet with teams and coordinators, frustration boils out into limited onthe-record statements. Off the record, what guys are saying — it’s a nightmare. It is impacting the game. “It hasn’t burned a team to cost them a playoff spot yet. But you should go back and watch the film. There are so many little things that players are getting away with that is absolutely impacting the game to the detriment of the product.” Yet some players aren’t completely down on the performances of the replacements. Patriots receiver Deion Branch noted all the controversy about officiating throughout the league. “But I think the bigger picture is that we’ve all got to understand that, hey, they’re making those calls on both sides of the ball,” Branch said. “Us as players, we need to remove ourselves from what the refs are doing and just go out and play our game.” Rams defensive end Chris Long offered, apparently with no sarcasm, that the game “hasn’t changed at all with the replacement officials because officials don’t care about defensive linemen, replacement or first-tier officials.” Then he admitted taking the regular officials for granted. “The NFL could really use them back,” Long said.
Players & coaches “testing” replacement NFL officials
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The Outbacks (pictured) are the new champions of the Department of Parks and Recreation 2012 Co-ed Slow Pitch Softball League. They were able to defeat the defending champions Leone Angels by a score of 6-2 this past Saturday at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. In the game for 3rd and 4th places, Team Alao defeated Nu’uuli Meto 14-13 in extra innings, for 3rd place overall, leaving Nu’uuli Meto with a 4th place finish overall. In the consolation game of the bottom eight, the Department of Public Works defeated ASCO Motors 8-7. Special Team Sportsmanship Awards went to Nu’uuli Meto and the Department of [photo: Jeff Hayner] Public Works.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders had something more meaningful to celebrate on Monday than their first win under a new regime. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was released from the hospital a day after being knocked out by a helmet-to-helmet hit and is expected to make a full recovery. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and a strained neck on the scary hit from Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy that stopped the game Sunday for more than 10 minutes as HeywardBey had to regain consciousness before being carted off the field and taken to the hospital. There was no penalty called on the play by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey spent the night in the hospital for observation and went home Monday, where he is resting. Coach Dennis Allen said Heyward-Bey sounded tired when he talked with him and there is no word on when he will be cleared to return to the field. “The concussion is obviously the bigger issue than anything else right now,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that we’re going to have to continue to evaluate and see where he’s at. We were all pleased to see that it wasn’t anything severe as far as neck injury or anything like that.” The injury happened early in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone to catch a pass from Carson Palmer when Mundy launched his body and lowered his helmet into HeywardBey’s facemask. Heyward-Bey’s neck jerked violently and his head also crashed into the ground as he lost consciousness. The pass was incomplete. Mundy said after the game that he did not intentionally lead with his helmet and felt bad that another player was injured. Allen said he did not believe there was any intent to injure on Mundy’s part. “It’s the game of football,” Allen said. “I don’t think people are trying to go out there and hurt people. The safety was playing the game
Raiders WR Heyward-Bey released from the hospital
fast and physical. It’s a tough game to play when you’re making split-second decisions on how you play the game. It’s the unfortunate things that happen in this game but we move on from it.” Heyward-Bey’s eyes were shut for 10 minutes as trainers attended to him as he lay motionless. He was strapped to a table and placed on a cart. As the cart started to leave the field, he raised his right hand to roaring cheers. “It was tough,” Allen said. “I was actually out on the field watching everything as it took place. And it was a scary situation, and we’re blessed and we’re fortunate that he’s going to be fine. That’s part of this game that we play and it’s a tough part of the game, but we’re happy that Darrius is going to be fine.” While Allen said it was a judgment call and did not blame the substitute officials who are calling games because the NFL has locked out the regulars, fans at the Coliseum started a derogatory chant aimed at the officials and some Raiders players complained. “Obviously the refs, sometimes they’re going to make the calls, sometimes they’re not,” receiver Derek Hagan said after the game. “I definitely don’t want to rip into them, but I really felt like it was one of those calls that should’ve been made. But they didn’t throw the flag, they missed, it. Sometimes they’re going to miss calls and it’s very unfortunate that a teammate of ours is down and injured.” Heyward-Bey has nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown this season. With his status up in the air, Allen said the team may need to look at bringing in another receiver this week. Heyward-Bey wasn’t the only Raider to suffer a concussion from a hit by Mundy in the game. On the game-winning drive, tight end Brandon Myers was knocked out with a legal hit from Mundy. Allen said Myers felt fine Monday but would have to go through the concussion protocol before he can return.
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This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Michael Phelps smiling during a celebration of the achievements of Maryland Olympians, in Baltimore. The most decorated Olympian will join David Feherty for a special, Ryder Cup-themed edition of “Feherty Live.” The show will air on the Golf Channel on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, two days before the (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File) Ryder Cup begins at Medinah in suburban Chicago.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Michael Phelps’ big year just keeps getting better. The most decorated Olympian finally met his idol, Michael Jordan, on Monday night. Jordan made a surprise appearance during a taping of “Feherty Live,” and Phelps was so overwhelmed he could barely speak. “I froze. That’s the one person in the world who could do that to me,” Phelps said afterward. “I literally have always looked up to him.” Phelps may have grown up in Baltimore, but he was a Jordan fan. “He’s the greatest,” Phelps said, simply. Phelps has been exchanging text messages
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with Jordan for a few months now, and said he thought he’d meet the Chicago Bulls star at some point during this week’s Ryder Cup. U.S. captain Davis Love III has made Jordan an honorary member of the American team, and Phelps will participate in several events at Medinah Country Club. Phelps has taken up golf since retiring following the London Olympics, and has signed on to be Hank Haney’s latest pupil in “The Haney Project.” But when Jordan walked on stage, Phelps was still stunned. Jordan slapped his hand, then drew Phelps in for a big hug. The two were guests on the special Ryder Cup-themed edition of “Feherty Live.” It will air on the Golf Channel on Wednesday, two days before the Ryder Cup begins at Medinah. “It was very special that he was able to come by, stop by and say hello,” Phelps said. “I’m still, like, out of it. That was awesome.” Jordan won six NBA titles with the Bulls, and was the first athlete to become a worldwide brand. He sold everything from shoes to soft drinks, and people the world over knew him as “Michael.” Even those who didn’t care about basketball wanted to be “like Mike,” and Phelps said he hoped to make a similar impact in swimming. In fact, Phelps said, the neatest thing these past few years has been meeting children who say they want to be like him or do what he’s done. “I’m truly honored and humbled that he’s looked at me as a motivational figure,” Jordan said. Jordan’s love of golf is well known, and he told Phelps the two should play. “Anytime he’s ready, I’m ready,” said Jordan, who even offered to chauffeur Phelps around his adopted city. “Except getting in the pool. I cannot swim, so I am not getting in the pool.” Phelps had had plenty of big moments in his career. His 22 Olympic medals are the most by any athlete, and his eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 broke the iconic mark set by Mark Spitz in 1972. But meeting Jordan was something special, and he was still overwhelmed after Jordan left. “I’m very tired,” he said. “But I don’t know that I’ll be able to sleep now.”
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Ohana plans free Pumpkin Fun Run and Track Meet for October
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The local ‘Ohana Running Club’ organized by committed volunteers passionate about the sport of track and field, is planning to have a ‘Free’ Pumpkin Fun Run and Track Meet this coming October 22. The free running club has over 20 runners at this time who range in age from 6-25 years. They are training at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. where they do daily warm up and intensive stretching as well as practice proper breathing techniques to enhance running ability. They also train in basic form running, including practice for sprinting 100 & 200 meters, middle distance running (400 & 800 meters) and long distance running one mile & up. Drills are also held for proper hand-off in relay competitions, proper technique for throwing the shot put, javelin and discus and long jump practice. Trainer and manager for the club Clayton Mahuka told Samoa News that “this free Pumpkin Fun Run and Track Meet is for anyone. The runners will be in different age groups, 10 and younger, 11-14, 15-16 and 17 and older. “All of the trainers and coaches are volunteers and are doing this for the love of the sport and the children of the territory. We have a lot of talent here in the territory and I would like to get the runners while they are young, so we can work with them. If anyone wants to be part of this meet, register as soon as possible so we can work with you before the competition. Or if you do not want to be part of the meet, but want to be part of the club, you are more than welcome to train with us.” The registration is at the American Samoa National Olympic Committee office and at TJ’s Gym, with the registration deadline being October 15. The events for the Pumpkin Fun Run and Track Meet will include: 50, 100, 200 and 800 meter runs; shot put; discus; and 50 and 100 meter relays. According to Mahuka, there will be ribbons and prizes for winners in each event. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.
A look at the Fagaitua Vikings and the Nu’uuli Wildcats match up this past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. You can read the full details of this story in tomorrow’s Samoa News Sports issue. “Huddle” coverage of the 2012- 13 ASHSAA football season is brought to you by Coca-Cola and Powerade, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. ‘Oloa O [photo: TG] Leala’, Your Family of Fine Beverages.
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Several dozen fishing boats flying Taiwanese national flags set out from the Suao harbor, northeastern Taiwan, to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. The islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, and have been a key part of simmering regional tensions over (AP Photo/Wally Santana) rival territorial claims.
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ONLINE Registration & payment of $98 registration fee for Scripps National Spelling Bee will be open from August 23, 2012 to October 15, 2012. An additional $75 LATE fee will be added to the $98 registration fee if an elementary school registers during the Late Registration period, October 16, 2012 to December 14, 2012. Elementary schools may “self-register” online with a credit card or mail a check in to Scripps National Spelling Bee for the registration fee. If an elementary school prefers that Samoa News process their online registration, then please remit check or cash payment for the registration fee to Samoa News before the deadline dates outlined above. The spelling bee coordinator for EACH registered elementary school will receive online access to a password-protected Web site where he or she may print out copies of the 2013 School Pronouncer Guide, the 2013 Classroom Pronouncer Guide, the 2013 School Spelling Bee Study List and Great American SpellCheck materials. The sooner schools register the sooner they can start utilizing these study tools. All participating elementary schools must submit their individual school’s champion name, picture & info to Samoa News by Feb 13, 2013 in order to be eligible to participate in the local territorial spelling bee. Please contact us at 633-5599 if you have any questions.
HOUSTON (AP) — A caretaker at a group home for the mentally ill called police in the middle of the night because a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair was angry and wouldn’t calm down. What happened next is the subject of an investigation that now involves the FBI. One of the two Houston police officers who entered the home fatally shot the double-amputee in the head, saying he was cornered by the wheelchair and thought his partner was being threatened by what turned out to be a ballpoint pen. Houston’s police chief responded Monday to escalating criticism about the weekend shooting by cautioning against a rush to judgment. Community and civil rights groups say the incident is another example of problems that the Houston Police Department has with using excessive force. “It is my desire to have everyone reserve judgment until all the facts and evidence in this investigation have been gathered,” Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said. Officer Matthew Marin shot 45-year-old Brian Claunch early Saturday after responding to a call that the man, who reportedly lost two limbs in a train accident, was causing a disturbance. Police say Claunch cornered and threatened to kill Marin, who reportedly told investigators he didn’t know the object in Claunch’s hand was a pen. John Garcia, who owns the group home, told reporters over the weekend that Claunch liked to draw. McClelland said Monday he would enlist the FBI’s help in the investigation and reassured the public his officers are trained to deal with people with mental problems. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said she didn’t know if the department requesting FBI assistance in officer-involved shootings was rare but said “it’s the step we’re taking at this point.” But the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, a group that includes 16 local and national civil rights organizations, suggested Claunch’s death was part of a bigger problem at the Houston Police Department. “The deeper problem is a failure to discipline for excessive force, especially in the area of shootings,” said Randall Kallinen, a member of the group and a local civil rights attorney. “They are concerned only about liability.” Kallinen said he would like the shooting to spark a change in the department regarding discipline and training of officers. Marin, a five-year veteran of the department, has been placed on three-day administrative leave. That is standard department procedure for all officer-involved shootings, and Silva said no unusual measures were being taken that would prevent Marin from returning to duty this week. It’s the second time Marin has killed a suspect while on duty. In 2009, investigators said Marin came upon a man stabbing his neighbor to death at an apartment complex and fired when the suspect refused to drop the knife, according to the Houston Chronicle. In 2008, Marin was one of three Houston police officers who were accused of assaulting the father of Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver. They were later cleared and filed a defamation lawsuit that was later dropped. The Healing Hands group facility, located in a somewhat rundown brick home, was quiet Monday. Garcia could not be found at the facility on Monday and a woman at a separate address under his name said he was not there and asked a reporter to leave the property. Estella Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Guardianship Program, said Claunch had been a ward of the county since 2003 and had lived at the home since March. Garcia said Claunch had lost his right leg to just above the knee and his entire right arm when he was hit by a train, according to the Houston Chronicle. He said Claunch was schizophrenic. Marin and a partner arrived at the Healing Hands around 2:30 a.m. responding to a disturbance call made a caretaker at the home. Police have not elaborated on the nature of the disturbance and authorities Monday had not yet made the 911 call public. Once inside the home, according to a department statement Monday, the two policemen found Claunch agitated and threatening to kill the officers and other residents. While yelling at the officers, Claunch “waved a shiny object in his hand in their direction,” according to the statement. Police say Claunch refused an officer’s direction to drop what turned out to be a ballpoint pen. “As the suspect backed one of the officers into a corner, he attempted to stab the officer with the object,” the statement said. “Officer Marin, fearing for his partner’s life, and his own safety, discharged his duty weapon one time, striking the suspect.” Relatives of Claunch could not be found Monday. Public records show Claunch had brushes with the law multiple times over the last 20 years, including a 2006 arrest for trespassing at a shelter. His record also includes drug convictions.
FBI to investigate officer shooting double-amputee
Clinton urges tolerance amid anti-US protests
NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed Monday to Muslims to show “dignity” and not resort to violence as they protest an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Speaking at her husband’s Clinton Global Initiative before meeting the presidents of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and Pakistan on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly, Clinton said the United States would always champion the rights to peaceful protest and free expression even if it deplored the content of the speech. But, she said, “dignity does not come from avenging insults.” Her comments came as demonstrators angry over the vulgar depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in the video continue to protest around the Muslim world and Pakistani government minister put a $100,000 bounty on the head of the filmmaker. “Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially with violence that can never be justified,” Clinton said. “It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity.” Fomenting grievance, she said, produces violent protests that accomplish nothing in the way of improving living standards, creating jobs or developing societies. “Building schools instead of burning them, investing in their people’s creativity, not inciting their rage, opening their economies and societies to have more connections with the wider world, not shutting off the internet or attacking embassies” is the way to better life, she said. “Extremists around the world are working hard to drive us apart,” Clinton warned. “All of us need to stand together to resist these forces and to support democratic transitions under way in North Africa and the Middle East.” The Obama administration has been grasping for ways to try to tamp down the fury over the video, especially in Pakistan, where some of the most intense and sustained protests have been held. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad released public-service advertisements showing President Barack Obama and Clinton denouncing the film. Compounding the difficulty, Pakistan’s railways minister offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of the film. The Pakistani government disavowed the bounty on Monday, just hours before Clinton met President Asif Ali Zardari. “We very much appreciate the strong response of your government,” Clinton told Zardari. Zardari replied: “It’s been a difficult time for all of us.” Senior U.S. officials present at the Clinton-Zardari meeting said all members of the Pakistani delegation had condemned the bounty. One, who is a member of the railway minister’s political party, told the Americans that the party would soon be considering his future role. One of the U.S. officials said Clinton’s team was “comfortable with that response.” The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the meeting. Later, Clinton met with President Mohammed el-Megaref of Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi. She thanked him for the support offered by his government in the aftermath of the attack and praised the Libyan people for overthrowing Moammar Gadhafi last year. “Courage has been the defining characteristic of the Libyan people over these last two years,” she said. “Courage to rise up and overthrow a dictator, courage to choose the hard path of democracy, courage to stand against violence and division in the country and the world.” El-Megaref called the consulate attack “a very painful, huge tragedy, not only for the American people and the families of the victims, but also for the Libyan people.” He noted that thousands of Libyans had marched in the streets to protest the attack and said those demonstrations “embodied the conscience of the Libyan people.” “What happened on (the) 11th of September toward these U.S. citizens does not express in any way the conscience of the Libyan people, their aspirations, their hopes or their sentiments toward the American people,” he said. Clinton also met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. A U.S. official said Clinton and Morsi spoke about the importance of ensuring the security of U.S. diplomatic offices. Morsi stressed that embassy security was Egypt’s duty, according to the official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the private meeting and requested anonymity. It was the highest-level U.S.-Egypt meeting since protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11. Obama is speaking to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, but on Monday left the bilateral meetings with heads of state to Clinton while he taped an appearance on the daytime talk show “The View.”
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United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is kissed by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as he welcomes her to the podium at the Clinton Global Initiative, (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 in New York.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: 086-2012
Issuance Date: August 14, 2012 Date & Time Due: November 14, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide an:
“Eligibility System for the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ASNAP Eligibility System.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Documents: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
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No. 1 Bama showcasing depth, not flashy stats
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s best players can’t be found anywhere near the top of the Southeastern Conference in rushing, receiving, tackles or sacks. The top-ranked Crimson Tide is spreading the wealth widely so far, building depth and getting youngsters valuable experience in case they’re really needed down the line. The starters consequently are getting plenty of relief but not huge numbers. “We probably have a team that doesn’t have as many defined stars as we’ve had in the past, and of course you all (media) define them,” coach Nick Saban said on Monday. “So that’s not my doing. I think that we have a lot of guys that have had a lot of opportunity to play, which is a good thing.” Alabama (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) can afford such luxuries because the team has breezed to four consecutive blowouts. Saban has been able to substitute heavily, getting 11 freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen into games. The result is leading rusher freshman T.J. Yeldon is 15th in the SEC. Top receiver Amari Cooper, also a freshman, isn’t among the 15 players listed on the league’s stats. Linebacker C.J. Mosley is one of the best players on one of the best defenses in the SEC, but he’s tied for 18th in tackles and is 19th in sacks while leading the Tide in both categories. Saban’s steady stream of top recruits is paying off well beyond the starters. The depth eases the effect if backup defensive lineman Brandon Ivory can’t play Saturday against Mississippi (1-3, 0-0) with a sprained left ankle. Ivory started against Western Kentucky with noseguard Jesse Williams recovering from a concussion. “They’re deeper than any team we have faced, particularly on the O-line and D-line and obviously other places too,” Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said. “Their defensive line, they can go three deep with very, very talented kids. They’re able to keep them fresh and that allows them to play with a high motor all the time. I know (Saban) requires that of his kids. When you’re able to play that many people and not have a significant drop-off, I think that even helps more. They have tremendous depth and tremendous talent.” It’s easier to display that depth and talent when you’re winning by an average of 42-5.2 through a third of the season, and to sort out the young players who can and can’t help the team this season. Alabama has had 10 players carry the ball, 15 catch passes, 16 record tackles for loss and 10 credited with at least a share of a sack. The Tide has even managed to get both backup quarterbacks, Blake Sims and Phillip Ely, into three games apiece. That was a big question mark with no experience behind AJ McCarron coming into the season. Defensive end Damion Square said worrying about individual statistics can be counterproductive for a team. “I can’t go out there and think about numbers because that would be selfish,” said Square, who has 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks. “I’m not thinking about my teammates. Bad things happen when you go out and approach the game like that. I’ve done things like that before. So I just go out there and play fast, get to the ball and play football the way it’s supposed to be played. And the numbers at the end of the night — it is what it is.” The biggest names on Alabama’s defense last season are now in the NFL. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Mark Barron and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick were all first-round picks and linebacker Courtney Upshaw was the 35th player selected. Now, depth is the key even with players like Mosley, Williams, cornerback Dee Milliner, safety Robert Lester and a bunch of lesser-known guys filling the void. “It just lets you know that we have a lot of guys playing fast,” Square said. “You don’t want three guys to stand out above the rest, because I don’t think that’s a sign of a great defense. Great defenses spread it out across the board. We want everybody to do their assignment and make the plays they’re supposed to make. ... If everybody takes care of their assignment then at the end of the year we’ll be where we need to be.”
HONOLuLu GETS TSuNamI radIaTION-dETECTION dEvICE HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials have acquired a device that will allow for detecting radiation on any debris from the Japan tsunami. City officials say debris arriving in Hawaii is unlikely to be radioactive, but the $15,000 handheld device is a precaution. KITV reports the machine was paid for with funding from the Department of Homeland Security. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Smiths Detection Rad-Seeker arrived Friday, the same day it was confirmed that a blue plastic bin found floating off Waimanalo is Japan tsunami debris. City officials showed off the device at a news conference Sunday, demonstrating how it not only detects radiation, but also the type. ON vIdEO, dOLpHIN GIvES BIrTH TO CaLf IN HaWaII HONOLULU (AP) — A 12-year-old dolphin at a Hawaii resort has given birth to a female calf that seems to instantly recognize her mother in a video of the birth posted online. Footage of last week’s birth on the Big Island shows the baby dolphin’s tail moments before she emerges from her mother. Once she is born, she shoots up to the water’s surface to take her first breath, then quickly swims alongside her mother. The birth occurred in a manmade lagoon at Dolphin Quest Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, where visitors can touch and swim with the marine mammals. Resort officials will monitor the baby around the clock for now, as its first 30 days of life are its most critical in terms of survival, said Julie Rocho-Levine, manager of marine animals for Dolphin Quest. Trainers will closely note when the baby nurses, among other things, she told The Associated Press on Monday. Officials say it’s the first calf for the mother, Keo. “I’m a mom myself, so I feel like I was able to appreciate her just calm, relaxed nature throughout the whole entire situation,” said Rocho-Levine, who was there for the birth. “It seemed as though she (Keo) was seeking out that human companionship and finding comfort in the people she knows and spends her days with,” she said. Keo was calm enough to allow veterinarians to perform an ultrasound during labor. Dolphin Quest officials plan to wait to name the baby until after its first month of life. The rate of survival for babies of first-time mother dolphins in the wild is about 50 percent, Rocho-Levine said. But that rate is much higher for dolphins born with access to top-notch care from humans, she said. Marilee Menard, executive director of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, said 70 percent of the dolphins in accredited facilities in North America were born in a zoo or aquarium. u. Of HaWaII STudENTS TO CONTrOL SaTELLITE HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii is building a satellite for a series of rocket launches from a Kauai Navy facility next year. The satellite will be controlled on the ground by university students. The rocket launch will be controlled out of the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. The Honolulu Star-Advertise reported Monday the bulk of the $30 million to $35 million cost for the first launch will come from the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, based at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico. A 54-foot, three-stage rocket is being developed by Sandia National Laboratories. HaWaII HIGH SCHOOL STudENTS TO TaKE yEar-ENd EXamS HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii high school students will be taking end-of-the-year standardized exams for certain subjects for the first time. They’ll be taking tests in expository writing, biology, U.S. history and Algebra I that could eventually replace a final exam. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday the state began requiring such exams for Algebra II in the 2009-10 school year, but this will be the first time students take standardized tests for the other subjects. According to the Center on Educational Policy in Washington, D.C., at least 18 states now require end-of-the-year exams. GrEENWOOd CITES LaWSuIT, prESSurE fOr dONOvaN pOST HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood says the school created a $200,000-a year position for former athletic director Jim Donovan because of pressure to reinstate him and a threat by Donovan’s lawyer to sue. Greenwood spoke at a special state Senate committee hearing on botched athletic department plans to hold a Stevie Wonder benefit concert. She says the governor didn’t tell her what to do about Donovan, who was on leave during an investigation into the concert. But she says the governor advised her that the Senate president and House speaker had conveyed constituent concerns to him, and reinstating Donovan was the best action. Greenwood says she didn’t want to reinstate Donovan because of the investigation’s findings and other reasons. She says she was trying to compromise. HONOLuLu: SOLar paNEL ONLINE pErmITTING a SuCCESS HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu says its new online permitting system for solar panels has gotten off to a good start. The city said Friday more than 300 permits have been issued in a little more than a day since the self-service system launched the day before. The system allows licensed contractors to go to the Department of Planning and Permitting’s website. There, the contractors may issue their own permits for most solar panel installations at single-family residences. The department started the program because it was overwhelmed by solar panel permit applications. Department Director David Tanoue says the new system will lessen the burden on staff. He says they may now be able to devote more time to customers who often have very complex projects to review.
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2000 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR Fully loaded, in good condition, $9,000 OBO. Call 258-7882. 05 ATV POLARIS PREDATOR 500 selling for $5.5k or trade for a truck. Less than 1 yr onIsland. Registered & insured till May 2013. Serious inquiries only. 770-1689 or 731-4040. JUST ARRIVED New Shipment of Clothes. All kinds, Plus size. Also available are working boots for men and cleats. Mary’s Homestyle Bargains, Malaeimi. 699-9557 or 6992708. [ 09/27] 2009 ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV); Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4, good as new, clean title; 1998 Mazda Miata. Call 699-2524. [09/26]
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General Description: The Student Services Division provides support to assist students with their career, academic, social and emotional development, and with achieving their goals while attending ASCC. The general responsibilities are to work with the student population in career exploration and planning, and to guide them through the career and life-planning process in order to help students learn about their interests, abilities, goals, and values, as well to assist them in learning about the world of work.
AA MEETINGS Held at Catholic Social Services. Samoan version Tues. & Thur. 11:00am. English version - Tue. & Fri. 5-6pm (Hope House)- More info 699-6611/5683 or 258-6302 AmSAMOA VOLLEYBALL Final meeting for Club Championship, Thur. Sept 27th 4:30pm President Guest House. Kick-Off date Sept. 29th (we sell volleyball balls) More info 256-9204, 731-4088 or 252-7064. TAFUNA HS BOOSTER CLUB Weekly Meeting every Tuesday @ 5:30pm in Coach’s room at the school. SAMOANA HS PTA Second Meeting, date changed to Wed. Sept 26th 4:30pm school cafeteria. ASOA General Meetings. Will be held each month on the 3rd Friday at 10am at ASOA Center in Tafuna on Tasi St. All seniors welcome. Questions, call Marilyn 699-4432. YANA If you are feeling lonely & need someone to talk to, we are here for you. Please contact us at 252-YANA(9262) 24/7 CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Have you been diagnosed with cancer & need someone to talk to? Call Stella 731-8606. SCUBA FISHING BAN It is unlawful to possess any spear while using SCUBA. Marine & Wildlife Resources. 633-4458 / 252-0445. SCUBA DIVING Advanced Open Water, rescue, dive master or Assistant Instructor. All college credits. Contact Kit 258-2078, 258-5207, 252-6628. LODGE BENJAMIN KNEUBUHL #411 AF & AM, Meetings are 1st Tues. of each month @ 7pm at the lodge in Tafuna. Visiting Masons welcome. Info 770-2190. HUMANE SOCIETY Call 699-8590 about adopting kittens & puppies. For more info about the Humane Society visit our website at http// www.ashumanesociety.org/ WOMENS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS of all ages to help in the Fale. Support your hospital, donate your free time by calling 633-1222 Ext. 199. All proceeds from Fale sales donated to purchase equipment for LBJ.[till]
Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Provide counseling support to the general population of students. • Work with the business community in the development of student career projects. • Set up Career Day at the college and establish other venues feasible for ASCC students. • Investigate, develop and train in Career Testing curriculum programs. • Assist in formulating and revising counseling program activities, policies, and procedures. • Assist with Registration, Recruitment, and various student support services under the Student Services Division. • Conduct drop-out and withdrawal reports and present recommendations. • Advise and counsel probationary, suspended, and at-risk students. • Work closely with Instruction and other services on campus to support the student population. • Provide data on student progress and academic problems as needed by the administration or instructional staff. • Write reports and evaluations on program service effectiveness. • Teach at least two College and Life Planning (CLP) courses. • Participate in regular and ad-hoc committee functions set up by the Dean of Student Services. • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and Dean of Student Services.
Minimum Qualifications • Incumbent must have a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or related area; and at least five (5) years of counseling experience in high school or at the college level. The incumbent must be knowledgeable with career, academic, aptitude and personality testing, and also be familiar with using a computer for word processing and spreadsheet programs. Salary: Application Deadline: Salary will be commensurate with degree and experience. October 2nd, 2012 no later than 4:00 pm.
Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office (699-9155 Ext. 403/335/436), or by emailing Silaulelei Saofaigaalii at s.saofaigaalii@amsamoa.edu.
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ACROSS 1 Hoover, for one 4 Hardly refined or genteel 9 Essential points 14 State whose cap. is Boise 15 Kidneyrelated 16 “In an ___ world ...” 17 Bottom line 18 Thing you don’t want to twist 19 Like a pretty lass 20 React badly to boredom 23 Iron setting 24 “That’s all ___ wrote!” 25 It may be concealed cosmetically 28 Bailiwick 32 New York’s ___ Island 34 Withdrawal site, for short 37 Assumed name 39 Dark suit bane 40 What many office buildings don’t include 44 Kinks song 45 Same-old, same-old 46 Con’s vote 47 Numb, as a foot 50 Come after 52 Put in
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13 Crafty 21 Cause damage to 22 Relaxed sounds? 26 Salami selection 27 Journal item 29 Beverage for the inn crowd? 30 In ___ of (replacing) 31 Parson’s place 33 Nothing alternative 34 Book of maps 35 “All ___ in favor ...” 36 It turns the grindstone 38 Type of gun 41 Filmdom’s “Norma ___” 42 Possesses 43 Most subject to chance
48 Banana oil and others 49 Butter portion 51 Sinuous shocker 54 Fail under pressure, in slang 56 Uncover, as information 57 Grind together, as teeth 58 Encouraged (with “on”) 60 Agenda unit 61 Music’s Clapton or Carmen 62 Curtain ___ (post-show appearance) 63 Volcano in Sicily 64 Cleo’s killer 65 Molecule found in cells
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Happy BIrTHday: Take things one step at a time. Focus on the possibilities that exist away from home and the interest you can gather by sharing your thoughts and ideas with creative doers. Socializing will result in meeting people who can offer you what you need to excel with your dreams, hopes and wishes. Romance is in the stars. Your numbers are 2, 14, 21, 28, 33, 42, 47. arIES (March 21-April 19): Your work will be rewarding. Getting along with your colleagues and meeting new people will help you develop new prospects. Don’t feel you have to spend to impress. Let your ideas buy you entry into conversations and future projects. ✸✸✸✸ TauruS (April 20-May 20): Ask, if you are uncertain about what’s expected of you. Don’t let an emotional situation interfere with what you are supposed to be working toward. Use your past experience and colleagues to help you do a stellar job now. ✸✸ GEmINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t let anyone mislead you. Follow your instincts and grab hold of an opportunity that will help you advance socially, personally or professionally. Love is on the rise, and enjoying the company of someone you share interests with will pay off. ✸✸✸✸✸ CaNCEr (June 21-July 22): Wager the pros and cons of any situation before you decide to take part. Physical activity will be gratifying; however, mental pursuits are likely to challenge and defeat you. Know your boundaries and stick to what you know best. ✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t get annoyed with what others do or say. Take action and make a difference. You will gain respect and admiration for your courage and no-nonsense approach to dealing with adversity. Use brain over brawn and celebrate your victory. ✸✸✸ vIrGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep your life simple. Too much of anything will work against you. Focus on
using your skills to the fullest in order to do as much of the work required on your own. A problem will develop if you get involved in a joint venture. ✸✸✸ LIBra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take a moment to make home improvements. The time spent researching your plans will pay off in terms of cost and efficiency. Change can be good as long as it is structured properly. Romance will develop if you send the right signal. ✸✸✸✸✸ SCOrpIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t let emotions stand in your way. Make changes at home that will help you explore new creative venues. You can save money if you use what you already have instead of buying something new. Use common sense and you will excel. ✸✸ SaGITTarIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Stick to your game plan and you will show stamina, strength and consistency. Good luck is in your corner with regard to work and domestic deals. Travel and romance will go hand in hand. A little romance will bring you high returns. ✸✸✸✸ CaprICOrN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Misinterpretation or a lack of understanding regarding information necessary to do what’s requested will hurt your reputation. Ask questions, but do so diplomatically in order to avoid a negative response. Delays while traveling can be expected. ✸✸✸ aQuarIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Show your appreciation to those you deal with contractually, financially, legally or medically and you will receive extra attention. Greater opportunities and friendships will develop if you are social and sincere. ✸✸✸ pISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep your life and your relationships simple and honest. Take better care of your health and wellness. Mishaps can turn out to be costly. Follow your intuition; it won’t lead you astray. ✸✸✸ BIrTHday BaBy: You are sensitive and express your desires in a charming but forceful manner.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
TaLL maN’S BIG HEarT aCHES TO fINd THE pErfECT maTCH
dEar aBBy: I’m a single guy, 33 years old. I am 6 feet 9 inches tall, and defined as husky. I only need to enter a room and it gets quiet followed by a “funny” comment about my size. I smile and laugh to put people at ease. Then I’m forgotten, a gentle giant who is called on only when people want something. I’m sorry to say women either want nothing to do with me, or something to do with my wallet. I don’t enjoy spending my life alone looked at like a freak of nature. But morning comes and I carry on in pain while wearing a smile. I keep hoping to find that special someone who would hold me and tell me it is going to be OK. It would be nice to smile because I’m happy instead of doing it to hide pain. Do you think it will happen someday? Maybe? -- HURTS TO SMILE dEar HurTS: Yes, I do, and I’d like to suggest two things you can do to make it happen. The first is to contact a group called Tall Clubs International. It’s a not-for-profit social organization for tall adults (men must be at least 6 feet 2 inches and women at least 5 feet 10 inches) that was founded in the late 1930s. It provides members with social activities and travel to cities around the U.S. and Canada for gatherings. The toll-free phone number is 888-468-2552 and the website is www.tall.org. Through this group you can meet people with whom you see eye to eye. I would also suggest that you talk about your self-esteem issues and sadness with a licensed mental health professional. You are not a “freak” -you’re a big guy with a big heart and the same need to feel accepted and wanted as everyone else. p.S. If you repeatedly encounter women who are only after your wallet, then you’re hanging around with the wrong crowd. dEar aBBy: After 29 years of marriage, I am leaving. I took off my wedding ring about three weeks ago, and the indentation it left is like a permanent scar -- a painful reminder of a failed marriage. Do you have any suggestions to lessen the mark left on my finger? I have considered buying myself a large precious gemstone in celebration of my freedom, but I would like to know if there are any alternatives. I’m not opposed to plastic surgery if it is necessary. -- MARKED FOR LIFE IN MASSACHUSETTS dEar marKEd: If you buy yourself a large ring for the third finger of your left hand, people may think you are engaged or still married. My advice is to consult a dermatologist about the mark left by your wedding ring. It’s possible that some of the injectable “fillers” that are used to lessen facial lines could also work for your finger. (I’ll bet it won’t be the first time the doctor has been asked this question.) dEar aBBy: I am a middle-aged woman in a five-year relationship with another woman. My girlfriend lives in another city and shares her home with her 30-year-old son. During a conversation recently, she mentioned that her son massages her feet at night. I often massage her feet, and I know that foot rubs are sensual and somewhat intimate. I feel it is inappropriate for her adult son to be doing this. What do you think? -- BEFUDDLED IN FLORIDA dEar BEfuddLEd: I think it depends upon who is doing the rubbing and the circumstances. When someone gets a foot rub from a lover or a spouse, it can be a form of foreplay. When it’s done during a pedicure, it’s not. I seriously doubt the woman gets turned on when her son massages her tootsies, so forget about it!
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Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper, checks out bees in one of the hives in the backyard of his Kent home, Sept. 22, 2012. Dead honeybees from his 1.25-acre spread are the first in Washington con(AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner) firmed to be infected by a parasitic fly.
SEATTLE (AP) — The infection is as grim as it sounds: “Zombie bees” have a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. And experts say the condition has crept into Washington state. “I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,” said Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper who spotted the infected insects at his suburban Seattle home. Hohn returned from vacation a few weeks ago to find many of his bees either dead or flying in jerky patterns and then flopping on the floor. He remembered hearing about zombie bees, so he collected several of the corpses
Washington state’s first “zombie bees” now being reported
and popped them into a plastic bag. About a week later, the Kent man had evidence his bees were infected: the pupae of parasitic flies. “Curiosity got the better of me,” Hohn said. The zombie bees were the first to be confirmed in Washington state, The Seattle Times reported). San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik first discovered zombie bees in California in 2008. Hafernik now uses a website to recruit citizen scientists like Hohn to track the infection across the country. Observers also have found zombie bees in Oregon and South Dakota. The infection is another threat to bees that are needed to pollinate crops. Hives have been failing in recent years due to a mysterious ailment called colony collapse disorder, in which all the adult honey bees in a colony suddenly die. The life cycle of the fly that infects zombie bees is reminiscent of the movie “Alien,” the newspaper reported. A small adult female lands on the back of a honeybee and injects eggs into the bee’s abdomen. The eggs hatch into maggots. “They basically eat the insides out of the bee,” Hafernik said. After consuming their host, the maggots pupate, forming a hard outer shell that looks like a fat, brown grain of rice. That’s what Hohn found in the plastic bag with the dead bees. Adult flies emerge in three to four weeks. There’s no evidence yet that the parasitic fly is a major player in the bees’ decline, but it does seem the pest is targeting new hosts, said Steve Sheppard, chairman of the entomology department at Washington State University. “It may occur a lot more widely than we think,” he said. That’s what Hafernik hopes to find out with his website, zombeewatch.org. The site offers simple instructions for collecting suspect bees, watching for signs of parasites and reporting the results. Once more people start looking, the number of sightings will probably climb, Hohn said. “I’m pretty confident I’m not the only one in Washington state who has them,” he said. ZombeeWatch.org, https://www.zombeewatch.org/
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