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PAWTUCKET—The heartless act of throwing a puppy, locked inside a dirty pet carrier, into a dumpster has prompted a pair of rewards to be offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was behind it. The 10-week-old Jack Russell
Terrier mixed breed was discovered last Thursday inside a dumpster at the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue. Passersby heard the puppy crying and called police. Pawtucket Animal Control Director John Holmes said that while the puppy appears to be healthy, he was slightly dehydrated and very hungry See REWARD, page A2
Two parties are offering rewards for information on whoever abandoned this puppy found in Pawtucket.
C.F. man killed in rollover accident
LINCOLN – A 54-yearold Central Falls man was killed on Christmas Eve when his car left the road and rolled over, police reported. Police arrived at the scene of the one-car accident at Higginson Avenue near Industrial Highway at around 8:47 p.m. Tuesday. They found a black 1997 Nissan Pathfinder that had crashed through a fence and apparently rolled over at least once. Police believe the SUV was going north on Industrial Highway, then crossed Higginson Avenue where it left the roadway. See ACCIDENT, page A2
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen were surfing the Christmas Eve waves off central Florida’s Atlantic coast. Florida Today reports that when Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom took in the view from the sand Tuesday, he declared the fourth-annual gathering “the largest surfing Santa event on the planet.” Organizer George Trosset says he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. More friends joined them the following year, and in 2012, nearly 160 surfers participated. Trosset says the event “has gone from being a little family party to being a community event.”
‘Twas the season
Three arrested in stolen van investigation
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Above, 2-year-old Nolan Thompson checks out the ornaments on the decorated Christmas trees in the Winter Wonderland while out walking with his mom, Michelle Thompson, of North Providence, in Slater Park, Pawtucket last Saturday.
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LINCOLN – Police arrested three people in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle following an investigation beginning with a disturbance at a Wake Robin condo the night of Dec. 20, according to Capt. Phillip Gould. Charged in case are Edward L. Hazard, 36, of Ponderosa Drive, West Warwick, Shannon Citrino, 30, of the Bel Air Hotel in Johnston, and Christian P. Taylor, 30, of Hartford Pike, Foster, Gould said. The case began to unfold at 11:22 p.m. on Dec. 20 when department members See STOLEN, page A2
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WARREN (AP) — A Warren man has been arrested and awaits extradition to Massachusetts in connection with a murder in Swansea last year. The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island State Police say David P. Sousa was charged Tuesday with being a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts. He was wanted by the Bristol County Attorney's Office on a warrant for murder and violation of an abuse prevention order. He was indicted in October for the Nov. 24, 2012, strangling of 51-yearSee MURDER, page A2
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PROVIDENCE — Providence is moving ahead with plans to introduce a bike share program linking downtown with Brown University, Federal Hill and other locations on the city's east and west sides. Alta Bicycle Share, of Portland, Ore., submitted the winning proposal to manage the program over two other companies. It runs bike share programs in Boston, New York City and Chicago. In the program's first phase, Alta proposes having 200 bicycles at 20 bike stations, including at Kennedy Plaza, the Statehouse, the train station, Brown's main and medical campuses, the Jewelry District, See SHARE, page A2
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“I like buying my kids things they never had before,” she said. “I like that I don't have to ask people for anything.”
cleaned. She often worked overnight. Then she was laid off. She started collecting unemployment and applying for countless jobs, including at Safeway and Giant supermarkets. She never heard back. Without a paycheck, she said, she was forced to give up her apartment and move into her mother’s three-bedroom flat in Southeast Washington. But that lasted only a few months because her siblings also needed a place to live. Ford and her two sons ended up at a Days Inn when the city’s family shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital didn’t have space for them. Ford, her boys and, later, her infant daughter shared a room with two double beds, a pullout couch and a small refrigerator. There wasn’t details, including how the program would be paid for. While the city is enthusiastic about a bike share, he said, there are financial constraints. "If this is going to work for Providence, it has to be revenue-neutral," he said, though the program could produce some money for the city if it's successful and there's a revenue-sharing agreement. "Other cities have had mous has offered a $2,000 reward with the same goal: obtaining information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abandoned the puppy. Both rewards are being administered through the RISPCA. Holmes said that since the story first appeared in Saturday's Times, the Pawtucket Animal Shelter has been deluged with phone calls from people wanting to adopt the puppy, as well as offering donations of dog food, blankets, and cash. much to do nearby, Ford said of the freeway-like stretch of New York Avenue, dominated by gas stations, motels and fast-food spots. The hotel had a pool, but it was always closed. In the spring, a spot opened up at D.C. General — a room that turned out to have bedbugs. “It was a rough place. My son got bit up, and they didn’t do anything,” said Ford, who finally moved back in with her mother. Ford said she had been following news of WalMart’s impending debut in Washington because she wanted to work at one of the retailer’s first stores here. In late September, Ford was one of 23,000 applicants for more than 600 associate jobs. About 68 percent of those hired were District residents, and some had been out of work for months. On the day Wal-Mart opened its doors this month, Ford clocked in by 5:40 a.m., eager to get started. Ford said she appreciates being able to choose her hours. She works in the morning, when her mother and her children’s father are available to get the boys to school and watch the baby. The only time she sits down while she’s at work is during her 15-minute breaks. During her lunch hour, she said, she shops. In January, her employee discount of 10 percent will kick in, but she couldn’t wait for it. A few days before the store opened, she moved into a two-bedroom apartment which she secured through a city program designed to help get the homeless into permanent housing. For now, she pays a third of her income for rent. Her first purchase at WalMart: a $39 microwave, along with pots, pans, plates and utensils. Most recently, she bought her sons matching T-shirts at $1.50 each and a $10 pack of Buzz great success and their programs are thriving," Shepherd said. Alta's bid indicates it will take about $780,000 to launch the program, with equipment and other startup costs. The company said it could get the program off the ground within six months of securing a sponsor or sponsors. In a letter to the city introducing its proposal, Alta CEO Michael G. Jones said Holmes said that 50 adoption applications have been received and are waiting to be reviewed, while phone calls are still coming in. “We think it's fantastic so many people are calling in, but there are going to be a lot of hearts broken because the puppy can only go to one person, Holmes noted. “We're letting everybody know that we will keep them updated, but that we already have so many applications.” Holmes said the puppy is still being cared for at the
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A job at Wal-Mart brings holiday hope
By ANNYS SHIN
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WASHINGTON — Christina Ford’s best Christmas gift arrived early this year: a job. Three months ago, Ford, a former group home employee who had been out of work for a year and a half, landed a position as a cashier at a new Wal-Mart in Northwest Washington. This was no small thing for Ford, 24, given what her Christmas was like last year. A pregnant Ford and her two preschoolage sons spent the holidays in a New York Avenue hotel because there was no space at the city’s family shelter. The only gifts she could offer were donations from Toys for Tots. This year, she will spend Christmas in her own apartment, and she had plenty of gifts to wrap. Since WalMart’s opening on Dec. 4, she has yet to go home without a bag filled with socks, shirts and other things she bought for her boys and 11month-old daughter during her lunch break. “I like buying my kids things they never had before,” she said. “I like that I don’t have to ask people for anything.” Ford is one of more than 600 people hired by WalMart for its first two D.C. stores after a bruising political battle over the wages it pays its workers. Her situation illustrates the opportunities — and potential pitfalls — that the giant retailer has brought to the District. In an increasingly costly city filled with unskilled people desperate for work, Wal-Mart offers the possibility of a regular paycheck. But it’s not necessarily one large enough to ensure self-sufficiency. Ford knows that all too
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Christina Ford, out of work for more than a year and living in a homeless shelter with her children, is now working in the self checkout registers at a new Walmart in Washington, D.C., Saturday December 21. Ford says she’s happy to be able to buy Christmas presents for her three children, rather than rely on donated items.
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well. At the moment, she is getting help from a rapidrehousing program that enabled her to rent an apartment. Will her Wal-Mart wages be enough to allow her to support her family when that housing subsidy ends sometime in the next year? Ford wouldn’t say how much she is making, but Wal-Mart previously said it expected to pay its D.C. workers the same amount it pays its suburban Virginia employees: an average of $12.39 an hour. On a recent Thursday afternoon, it was hard to go more than a few feet without running into a member of the store’s blue-and-khaki-clad army of employees directing traffic in the garage, stocking shelves or folding clothes. Ford, assigned to monitor a self-checkout aisle, was a
low-key but insistent presence. “Hi, how you doing? You can step over here,” she said, motioning a customer to an available machine. Without turning around, she sensed that a man behind her with a case of beer was having trouble entering his driver’s license identification number. Ford swooped in to do it for him. Across the aisle, a woman was staring down the neck of a shirt as if it was a black hole, unable to find the tag. Ford stepped up behind her and fished it out. Being unemployed was jarring for Ford, who worked full-time in a group home for the elderly after graduating from Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts in 2008. Ford took her clients to the store. She cooked them meals. She posed for Upper South Providence, Smith Hill, Hope Street, The Steel Yard, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence College and other sites. Users could get daily, weekly or annual memberships. Toby Shepherd, Providence's director of policy, said the city hasn't yet signed a contract with Alta and is working out many
Lightyear boys’ underpants, and an $8 pair of Dora the Explorer sippy cups for her daughter. She said another associate teased her once, “If you don’t go home, you will keep buying stuff.” At $12.39 an hour, a fulltime employee at Wal-Mart would earn around $22,500 a year. In the District, an income of $23,000 puts a family of four below the poverty line. Wal-Mart employees get access to health care starting at $18 each two-week pay period, dental and vision care, and can contribute to a 401(k) with an employer match of 6 percent, Wal-Mart spokesperson Amanda Henneberg said. Wal-Mart officials said the retailer offers wages and benefits comparable to or better than those of its competitors and offers people with little or no work experience the chance to get a foothold in the workforce. “They have an opportunity to make a career and move up,” said Henneberg, who added that the company has promoted 20 associates in the District to supervisor positions and that nationwide, it promotes about 160,000 employees a year to jobs with higher pay. Ford is certain that she will be one of them. “I already know I am moving up,” she declared. In her mind, the only question is when. For now, she is grateful to bring home a paycheck and small surprises. She recently sent her kids to her mother’s house to help decorate her mother’s Christmas tree. While they were out, she picked up her own tree and had it decked out by the time they walked in the door.]She is looking forward to watching them open their presents. “They get to open one gift on Christmas Eve,” she said, “and the rest Christmas morning.” he envisioned a "quick and successful" sponsorship process. Operating costs are estimated at between $455,000 and $513,000 a year. Funds would come from user revenue, sponsorship and advertising. Alta teamed up on the proposal with New York-based Social Bicycles, which plans to supply the bikes and technology. shelter while the police investigation is underway. He said the young canine is still running around and appears energetic. “We're taking good care of him here,” said Holmes. Holmes added that while he is glad for all of the attention that is focused on the puppy, there are approximately 16 adult dogs also at the city's shelter in Slater Park who are currently available for adoption. Follow on Twitter @KirwanDonna
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when he was brought to the Pawtucket Animal Shelter. Also, from the amount of feces in his carrier, he could have been in there as long as a couple of days, Holmes noted. Holmes said that Dr. E.J. Finocchio of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has offered a $500 reward and a donor who wishes to remain anony-
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Patrolman Kyle Wingate and other officers found Citrino and Taylor at the location and they indicated they knew someone living at the location. The couple indicated that they had been dropped off at the location by another man
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who had left the area. Upon further investigation police located a white van parked in the woods behind the condo that appeared to have been stolen. The responding officers began a search of the surrounding area and located another suspicious male outside the Marriott Hotel on Route 116 who had requested a cab pick him up at the location. The van was found to be have been stolen and an investigation of the matter
continued with the help of Johnston police. All three suspects were subsquently processed on charges of felony receiving stolen goods, felony conspiracy and obstructing a police officer, in connection with the theft of the van owned by a Providence man. The owner of the van was contacted and a report as to its theft filed with police in Johnston, police said. The victim’s identity was not released by police on Wednesday. Police also said that the vehicle is believed to have been recently involved in a hit-and-run accident in Pawtucket.
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Extradition proceedings were waived and Sousa was remanded to the Adult Corrections Institutions in Cranston. It was not known Wednesday if he's represented by a lawyer.
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PAWTUCKET – Ten recruits graduating from 16 weeks of training at the Rhode Island Fire Academy will be sworn in to their duties as new members of the Pawtucket Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at the LeFoyer Club, 151 Fountain St. Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Fire Chief William Sisson will give brief remarks. The recruits will be sworn in by city
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Administration and Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. The members of the recruit class are: Christopher J. Gabriele, Thomas M. Glaser, William M. Hughes, Raymond H. Johnston, Christopher J. McCluskie, James R. Melia, Sean P. Morgan, Ryan R. Saber, Keith R. Williams and Francesco M. Zabatta. A collation will be held at the club following the ceremony.
Get organized this year at the Cumberland Library
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Public Library whill host “Get Organized,” on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. Kristin MacRae, owner of Organizing in RI, is here to make sure that you start 2014 right. Make your resolution a reality when Kristin’s tips and tools provide the motivation to get you energized to start your organizing projects. Don’t miss this opportunity to get professional advice for free. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish once the chaos becomes calm and you reclaim your space! Space is limited for this free event. Call, email, or stop by the reference desk to reserve your spot today! For information: www.cumberlandlibrary.org or (401) 333-2552 ext. .2
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New Cricut machine at January highlights from the Audubon Society the Cumberland Library
in search of our feathered winter residents. Barrow's Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Short-eared Owl and Snow Bunting are among the birds we hope to find. Dress warmly and pack a lunch and optics. Departs from Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $45/member, $55/non-member; Ages: 16+; Register online at www.asri.org. January 11 Animal Tracks and Signs for Families Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 10 am - noon Bring the kids and learn how to identify different tracks and other signs of our native mammals and birds. We will explore track patterns, investigate artifacts, and try our hand at making plaster tracks to take home. Participants will venture out on the trails to see what evidence we can find that wild things have been there. Although all are welcome, this class will be geared for families with children. Dress for the weather. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult/child pair, $4/each additional member; $12/nonmember adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member; Ages: 7+. Register online www.asri.org. January 11 Introduction to Animal Tracking Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Smithfield, 2-4 pm Come learn how to identify local mammal tracks and other animal signs. Start inside with a presentation that reviews track patterns, terms and track models and then take a short hike on the trails to see what kinds of tracks and signs can be found. This class will be geared for an adult audience. Please wear warm footwear and dress for the weather. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member, $12/non-member; Ages: Adult. Course Number: 114333-603. Register online at www.asri.org. January 13 Winter Habitats Walk Audubon Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Warren, 9:30 am - noon Winter is a great time to be outdoors if you plan ahead and expect the unexpected. Winter hikes offer unique views of quiet and peaceful landscapes. Join Scott Ruhren, senior director of conservation, for a personal tour of winter marshes, grasslands and woodlands. Dress appropriately for changeable weather. Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Touisset Road, Warren, RI; Program Fee: $8/member, $12/non-member; Ages: All. Course Number: 034333-78. Register online www.asri.org. CUMBERLAND — Take your crafting to the next level. On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., join Olivia at the Cumberland Public Library as she demonstrates how to use the library’s new Cricut Expression 2. This wonderful little machine will allow you to cut perfect shapes out of paper, vinyl, felt, and more. Once you learn how to use the machine, you can come into the library any time and borrow their Cricut, cartridges and supplies to work on your projects for free. Space is limited. Call, email, or stop by the reference desk to reserve your spot today. Special thanks to the Friends of the Library for making this program possible. For information: www.cumberlandlibrary.org or (401) 333-2552 ext. 2.
Six-year-old Alex Silva of Pawtucket enjoys the remaining snow left in Slater Park on a mild Saturday recently, the first day of winter. The temperature was 57 degrees, but Alex had fun just the same while out walking with his aunt, Dez Johnson, and her two dogs, Gus, foreground, and Mobley.
SMITHFIELD — Get off the couch! Bundle up, throw on some snowshoes and trek out with an Audubon guide. Enjoy an owl prowl under the stars and learn how wildlife refuges never sleep. Experience the wonder of winter in January! Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. Register online at www.asri.org. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Available by calling (401) 949-5454 or online at www.asri.org.
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Ages: Adult. January 9 Owl Prowl at Fort Refuge Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, 7-9 pm Bundle up and join us for a night hike on the Fort Refuge in search of owls. We will call for different species of owls as we travel through mixed and pine woods. While we never know if we'll actually get to hear or see an owl, participants will be sure to learn a lot and have a great night hike. Wear warm socks and shoes or boots and dress warmly. Bring a flashlight. Hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails. Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member, $12/non-member; Ages: 9+. Course Number: 154333595. Register online www.asri.org. January 11, Birding: Winter Big Day 2014, Locations Across Rhode Island, 8 am–5 pm How many species can we find? This popular program has become a Rhode Island tradition. Set out with Audubon and cover many of the state's winter hot spots during this daylong van trip
January 5-31 Wildlife in Watercolors, Artwork by Steve Hamlin Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, 9 am-5 pm New England artist Steve Hamlin exhibits a collection of watercolor paintings of wildlife – mostly birds – of eastern North America. Hamlin, a juried artist member of the Wickford Art Association, paints in a traditional representational style, aiming for an accurate portrayal of his subjects. Meet the artist at the opening reception on January 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
Story classes for kids at the Pawtucket Library
PAWTUCKET — Children aged 5 and under along with their adult caregiver are invited to the Pawtucket Children’s Library to share stories, songs and other fun activities during the winter session of weekly story classes starting on Jan.7. The librarian will lead the children and caregivers in a musical and literary learning experience that supports the six early literacy skills of print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness. Even the youngest children can benefit from this learning experience. The free story classes usually last between 30 to 45 minutes. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. • Preschool Story Class (designed for ages 3-5) – Tuesdays at 10:30am • Toddler Story Class (designed for ages 2-3) – Wednesdays at 10:30am • Mother Goose Story Class (designed for ages newborn – 24 months) – Thursdays at 10:30am Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information or to register, please call the Children’s Librarian at 401-725-3714 ext. 209 or email childrens@pawtucketlibrary.org.
Wildlife in Watercolors Demonstration January 5, noon-2 p.m. Join artist Steve Hamlin prior to his show opening as he demonstrates techniques used in his work and discusses various paintings in his exhibit. Included will be a discussion of the process of planning and executing the preliminary stages of a painting, and a demonstration of the wet-inwet techniques with which Hamlin paints. A reception will follow the demonstration at 2:30 pm. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol; Program Fee: Free with Admission.
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January 7, 14, 21, 28, Tuesday Morning Bird Walks, 8 - 10:30 am The Kimball naturalists will continue the popular Tuesday Morning Bird Walks through the end of January. Meet at the Charlestown Mini-Super on Route 1-A at 8:00 a.m. If you’d like advance details on the itinerary for that week, email Bob Kenney at drbobk@verizon.net. No advance registration is required. Departs from Charlestown Mini-Super, 4071 Old Post Road (Route 1-A), Charlestown, RI; Every Tuesday through January, 2014; 8:00-10:30 am; Program Fee: Free.
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Reality isn’t so ducky
It’s Christmas and a strange white-bearded fellow uttering quack-quack-quack has streaked across the continent, dumping a large sack of something on America’s hearth. Phil Robertson — millionaire star of “Duck Dynasty” — seems an unlikely antagonist as 2013 wraps up. As all sentient beings know by now, he was suspended from the wildly popular A&E program for comments he made about gays during a recent GQ interview. Suddenly our nation is consumed anew with impassioned debate about nearly every foundational principle — freedom of speech, religious freedom, civil rights and same-sex marriage. The last is relatively uncontroversial in some states and most urban areas, but not in rural America where hunters convene — or among fundamentalist Christians, for whom biblical literalism is a virtue — and certainly not among millions of “Duck Dynasty” fans. Needless to say, these three groups overlap considerably. Robertson isn’t just a megastar in waterfowl world, he is the composite character so loathed by liberals and certain elites who would nigh perish at the thought of close contact with his sort — a white, fundamentalist, Bible-thumping, duck-killing yahoo who somehow missed the civil rights movement, not to mention the New England Enlightenment. Distilled, Robertson said two things in particular that provoked protests outside Kathleen Parker the bayou. One, that homosexual acts are sins, which is hardly news among recipients of the Gospel (hate the sin, love the sinner). Two, he said that African Americans he worked with during the Jim Crow era were just fine. “They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,” he said. Except, of course, many blacks were singing the blues and had been since about the 19th century when plantation slaves invented the genre while toiling in the Mississippi Delta not far from Robertson’s haunts. Robertson’s words released an onslaught of fire and brimstone not seen since God unleashed his fury on Sodom. Speaking of which, it is tempting to note that God was rather selective in his outrage back then. Furious with homosexuals, he seemed to have no problem with Lot, whom he saved, when Lot offered his virgin daughters to townsmen who were demanding to “know” the angels hanging with Lot that God had sent to destroy Sodom. Similarly, sort of, Robertson’s fans didn’t seem to care much about the vile, X-rated imagery he used to make his point to GQ concerning the relative merits of human apertures for sexual gratification. Granted, GQ is read mostly by old teenagers and young adults, but is this really the fellow Christians want instructing America’s camouflaged kiddos? Robertson’s blunt talk caused a stir not because he was delivering tablets from the burning bush but because he was clearly speaking outside his wheelhouse to the detriment of people whose equal rights — even their very lives — are endangered by such talk. Robertson may “love the sinner,” but you sure can’t tell. Executives at A&E clearly were banking on hicks acting like hicks, not expressing what they actually think. But then, what did they expect from a Louisiana duck-call whittlin’, part-time preacher, for Pete’s sake? “Aw, shucks, the more love in the world the better is what I always say” ? To the greater point, the fact that a healthy, if dwindling, percentage of the country feels helplessly opposed to redefining marriage reveals an existential divide that won’t easily be bridged. Robertson didn’t create it; he exposed it. He also helped illuminate our persistent confusion about gay rights. South Carolina’s largest newspaper, the State, recently featured two stories back to back — one dealing with “Duck Dynasty” fans protesting Robertson’s indefinite hiatus, the other about Methodists defrocking Frank Schaefer for performing his gay son’s marriage. One is damned for being anti-gay marriage and the other for being pro — both in the name of the same deity, presumably. So which is it? The Christian, as well as the constitutional, way seems to me the latter. But fundamentalism, regardless of religion, finds refuge in the toxic swamp of moral certitude. In other near-certainties, Robertson reportedly will be back on the show when it returns in January. With shelves emptied of “Duck Dynasty” paraphernalia by loyal consumers, and A&E facing boycott threats, there’s too much money at stake. Profit, not equal rights or freedom of religion or any of the other high-minded principles we seize to bolster our selective outrage, is the real coin of the realm. And, as if you didn’t know, it quacks like a duck. Kathleen Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture.
Christmas still the greatest story
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday’s Washington Post: In days of old (1947 to 1956, to be exact), there was a weekly radio program called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It consisted of narratives from the Bible, mostly from the life of Jesus, presented with the urgent energy of radio drama and the sort of background music, spirited dialogue and sound effects that made it a good deal more compelling than Sunday school. It was widely popular for a time, and even nine years after it had run its course, Hollywood saw fit to make an expensive epic movie bearing the title. But the film did poorly at the box office and got reviews in the highbrow journals that today would be called snarky. It was 1965; times had changed. Yet one Bible story has remained in the popular consciousness through all the changes in society (ours and many others): the simple account of a family, far from home, seeking shelter for the birth of a child and seeing in that child hope for a new start and a better world. It is a tale with universal appeal extending beyond any one faith or doctrine, a story of love and triumph over adversity and also of humility, of the good to be found in the most modest of circumstances. It is surely this last quality that accounts for much of the worldwide acclaim for the new Roman Catholic pope, Francis, who took his name in honor of Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century saint known for preaching reverence for all living things. Pope Francis’ acts of humility — physical displays of love and respect for everyone, regardless of caste or condition, a message of tolerance and his frank admission that, in some things at least, he needs further guidance and understanding — have made him a revered figure far beyond his church. Much of what he says and does expresses values shared by people of all faiths, or of none. The pope’s appeal is in his identification with everyone as a creature of God. Francis of Assisi was himself a popularizer of sorts in 13th-century Italy: He created the first creche, or manger scene. Church histories relate that Francis needed to conduct a Christmas service outdoors because the chapel in the small mountain town he was visiting was too small for the expected crowd. He got the idea to stage a sort of tableau, complete with an ox and donkey and the manger as an altar. By some accounts, Francis was moved to tears by the scene, and he was not alone. The living Christmas story was taken up in many towns and villages, which created their own manger scenes for the season. Their basic appeal lay in their warmth, humanity and simplicity, an enduring reflection of both the “comfort and joy” of the carol and also of the spirit expressed in a seasonal exhortation last week from Pope Francis: “Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone.”
Communist Party uneasy about murderous Mao
By WILLIAM WAN
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BEIJING — A curious thing happened two weeks ago as China was preparing celebrations for the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth. One of the main events — a symphony of favorite Communist songs at the Great Hall of the People — got an abrupt name change. No longer would it be called “The Sun is Reddest, Chairman Mao is Dearest.” Instead, all traces of China’s founding father were quietly scrubbed from posters, ticketing Web sites and programs, and the show repackaged as a more generic New Year’s gala called “Singing the Motherland’s Praises.” The sudden alteration — ordered from on high — is just one of many signs these days of the Communist Party’s uneasy feelings about the late Chairman Mao ahead of his birthday, on Thursday. Even decades after his
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death, there is uncertainty about how to tackle the legacy of the man who cemented the party’s grip on power but was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions, disastrous policies and brutal purges. At the heart of that ambivalence is a debate over China’s future. Diehard leftists are pushing for the country’s new leaders to revive Mao’s teachings as a path to stronger nationalism, economic equality and party legitimacy. Meanwhile, liberals say the time has come not only for economic reforms and other new paths forward, but also for an honest assessment of China’s troubled past. “Mao has never left China’s political stage,” said Guo Songmin, a wellknown leftist commentator. “Now all sides want to use him to influence China’s political direction.” --Mao is everywhere, even after death. In addition to that unavoidable portrait overlooking Tiananmen Square, he appears on most of China’s bank notes, is invoked countless times a day in party speeches and remains a staple of statesponsored TV dramas and movies. This month, however, the Mao industry shifted into overdrive, with restaurants flogging his favorite dishes, cities plastering his sayings on walls and a plethora of statues making their debut — the most notable (ahem, gaudy) of which has been a $16.5 million gold version inlaid with gems. Beyond the flash, however, many still hold dear his ideals. For Cao Zhaojin, Mao represents a simpler time before China became so money-obsessed. The 59-
year-old retired Beijing factory worker keeps large poster boards of the Great Helmsman at home, which is lined with Mao’s selected works and calendars with classic quotes. “Chairman Mao represents a belief in communism, in putting the collective good ahead of yourself, in selfless contribution and values,” he said. “Look at our society today. . . . Nobody believes in anything anymore but money and personal gain.” Representing the opposition, Bao Tong — a former aide to party leader Zhao Ziyang, who was purged during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown — penned a scathing editorial Monday decrying the creation of a false “myth of Mao” that “still haunts China today.” In his essay, Bao described Mao as a megalomaniac who sold Chinese workers on a pipe dream of equality, sacrificed millions in pursuit of vanity and ruthlessly killed all rivals. In a phone interview from his home, where he is under house arrest, Bao said he had his essay smuggled out to Radio Free Asia because he believes that how China thinks of Mao has a huge effect on its present and future. “China cannot turn a blind eye to these facts,” he said. --Such outspoken criticism of Mao remains rare in the party. But official assessments have slowly evolved over time. An editorial this week in the Global Times, a nationalistic state-controlled newspaper, dismissed recent repudiations of Mao as “a childish fantasy.” But even it acknowledged that assessing his legacy these days “is not easy because
we are still living in the ‘era of Mao.’ “ As a result, many officials this year are carefully taking their cues from China’s new top leader, President Xi Jinping. Xi’s term began last year with Maoists secretly hopeful that he shared their views. But Xi has since proven more complex and pragmatic than leftists or liberals would prefer. His actions have appeared driven not by ideology but by consolidation of power above all else, analysts and party officials say. Last month, on a visit to Mao’s home province of Hunan, Xi warned officials to tone down the Mao worship this year, calling for events that are “grand” but “simple and pragmatic.” While Xi’s message may have encouraged some to scale back their plans, local jurisdictions with historical ties to Mao have largely ignored it. Mao’s home town of Shaoshan has spent $320 million in preparation — renovating historical sites and museums, organizing galas, and building new roads and other infrastructure. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pass through. Many hotels have been fully booked for days leading up to the anniversary. Merchants in town say they have stocked up on Mao tchotchkes of every kind — busts and statues, key rings, commemorative liquor, little red books of his sayings and photos from every phase of his life. Whatever else Mao may mean politically or ideologically these days, at least for a week, those in the industry hope that interest in the founder of China’s socialist state will translate into little mountains of cash.
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COVENTRY — David D. Fregeolle, 65, of Arnold Road, Coventry, RI, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at home. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the husband of Susan A. (O’Neill) Fregeolle. They were married for forty-one years. He was the son of the late Leo and Isabelle (Roberts) Fregeolle. David was a laborer for RI Resource and Recovery of Johnston, RI for eight years. He previously worked for Valley Gas Company of Cumberland, RI. He greatly loved his family, his animals and enjoyed working outdoors. Besides his wife he is survived by a son; Keith R. Fregeolle and his fiancée Lindy, a daughter; Amey S. McGlenn and her husband Don, three brothers; Donald Fregeolle, Douglas Fregeolle and Dennis Fregeolle, two sisters; Dorothy Dauray and Dale Balkcom and two grandchildren; Camryn and Bailey. He was predeceased by a brother; Daniel Fregeolle and a sister; Diane Carpenter. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, 514 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904. For online condolences please visit www.gortonmenardfuneralhome.com.
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Left, 3-year-old Kaylee Burke of Blackstone enjoys a visit wit Frosty the Snowman at the Polar Express Depot in Woonsocket before riding the Polar Express to the North Pole on Saturday, Dec. 14. Right, Aiden Roth, 5, and his sister, Amelia, 8, both of Leominster, Mass., enjoy a visit with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Polar Express Depot befor taking a trip on the Polar Express on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Mass. veterans look to treatment court for help
DENISE LAVOIE
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Body found after blaze hits home in Mass.
BRIMFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Fire investigators are seeking the cause of an overnight blaze that claimed the life of a man in Brimfield. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Brimfield Fire Chief Fred Piechota said the man, who was not immediately identified, was the only person in the singlefamily home on Hollow Street at the time of the fire. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Officials said part of the building collapsed during the fire and it took several hours for crews to locate and recover the body. An autopsy is planned. The fire marshal's office, the Hampden District Attorney and local authorities are investigating. The house was one of only a few in the neighborhood that was spared when a tornado hit the town in June 2011.
DEDHAM, Mass. — Ed Cowen is a big, tough-looking ex-Marine — 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, with tattoos covering his arms and piercings in his ears, lip and cheek. So when he approaches a judge in court, the last thing you'd expect him to do is recite a poem he wrote himself. But that's exactly what he did recently as he made his weekly visit to the Norfolk Country Veterans Treatment Court in Dedham, where he and 25 other veterans are going through a program aimed at helping them deal with criminal charges, substance abuse problems and mental health issues. "Now I'm focused on my future while remembering my past, because I want to come in first instead of always last," Cowen read to Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan. "I've been trying to silence my critics, and believe me they're loud, I already know you're happy, but I'm trying to make you proud," he said, looking a bit sheepish as he glanced at the judge. The Dedham court, the first of its kind in Massachusetts, is one of at least 130 Veterans Treatment Courts around
the country. Judges hold court sessions — usually weekly — that are dedicated to helping veterans. Since 2008, when a judge in Buffalo, N.Y., started the first such court, thousands of veterans have gone through the program. An average of about 40 veterans are now being handled in each of the 130 courts, according to Justice for Vets, a nonprofit group based in Alexandria, Va. Cowen, who spent seven months fighting in Iraq, is like many of the vets who come through the treatment court. After spending almost four years in the Marines, Cowen returned home suffering from anxiety attacks. He began abusing drugs and alcohol, and eventually became suicidal, he said. In May 2012, he broke into a convenience store and stole several packs of cigarettes and candy bars, leaving a $5 bill on the counter. His case was referred to the Veterans Treatment Court about a year ago. "I didn't know what the term was for all the panic attacks and nightmares I was having," said the 26year-old Cowen, of Taunton. "They've sent me to a few programs to try to get my head on straight." Cowen and the other veterans are required to go to the court every Tuesday —
sometimes less often — and report their progress in various mental health, substance abuse and job training programs. The court works with a team of community-based treatment providers. The veterans are also matched with other vets who act as mentors. In a courtroom lined with military flags, a probation officer tells the judge about their successes and setbacks. The veterans are already on probation when they are referred to the court. On a recent Tuesday, after one veteran told the judge he didn't have much to do at the halfway house he's living at, she let him know she wasn't pleased. "I want to know what you're doing to occupy your time," she said. "We need a written schedule." Another veteran told the judge he has a chance to graduate from college in April. His grade point average is a perfect 4.0, and the judge reacts the way a proud mother would. "It doesn't get much better than that," she says, smiling. Sullivan presides over the court with a maternal tone that is sometimes firm, but always encouraging. She said many of the veterans who come before her suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and other mental
health issues. "The goal of the court is to right the ship, as it were, and to return them to the productive lives they led before they went into the service," she said. Typically, it takes 12 to 24 months for veterans to complete the program. Judge Robert Russell Jr. founded the first veterans' court in Buffalo after he had a Vietnam veteran before him in his mental health treatment court. The man was not fully participating in his counseling program, and Russell decided to ask two other Vietnam vets to take him out in the hallway and talk to him. When the man came back into court, instead of slouching, he now stood erect in a military posture. "All of a sudden, his head is now raised and he looked at me directly in the eye and he said, 'Judge, I'm
going to try harder,'" Russell recalled. "Veterans relate to other veterans, particularly veterans who may have experienced combat and some of the trauma that they've gone through," he said. Russell said approximately 110 veterans have graduated from the program since it began. In Dedham, five veterans graduated in November. Another veterans' court is planned in Boston. For Cowen, the court has put him on the right track. He told the judge he has completed 30 of his 40 required hours of community service and has been attending counseling sessions. Chief Probation Officer Sara Cohen told the judge that Cowen is sober and has structured all of his time. "I'm very proud of him, actually," Cohen said.
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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — The town of Longmeadow is seeking $1 million in upfront compensation from MGM Resorts International, citing traffic issues that would result if an $800 million resort casino is built in nearby Springfield. Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane tells the Republican newspaper that the town is relying on a study done for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission by an independent engineering firm. The study found that Longmeadow and West Springfield would have the most impact from casino traffic among neighboring cities and towns. The state's gambling law requires casino developers to negotiate mitigation agreements with surrounding communities. MGM has rejected Longmeadow's demands, saying they are far out of line with other surrounding community agreements. The company says there's no definitive evidence that Longmeadow's traffic problems would be any worse.
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•Slatersville Village Green Christmas Eve Luminaria. The historic village green and walkways of Slatersville will be lit by canlelight, leading to the entrance of Slatersville Congregational Church. www.slatersvillechurch.org.
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•Christmas Concert of Sacred Music performed by the Schola Sanctae Caeciliae under the direction of Henri St. Louis at 5:30 pm, followed by a Traditional Latin High Mass at 6:00pm, at Precious Blood Church, 94 Carrington Ave. A freewill donation will be taken up; for more info, call 401-7660626.
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• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
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•A Christmas Cabaret at Park Place Church, 71 Park Place. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: donations of $18 per person, $5 chileren 5-12, free under 5. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:15. Reserve by Dec. 26. Call the church at (401) 726-2800, or email office@ppucc.necoxmail.com.
Woonsocket
•Blackstone Valley Polar Express, tours at 1 and 4 p.m. leaving from One Depot Square. Tickets online at www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com or call 401-724-2200.
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•Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Come stroll through Blithewold's illuminated gardens and greenhouse, breathing in that crisp Christmas air or joining our carolers as they spread holiday cheer. Enjoy music, cocoa, and roasted marshmallows around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold's Enclosed Garden. Carolers will be singing around the bonfire from 6:30 - 7 pm. Hot Cocoa is free; s'mores kits will be available for $1.
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•Christmas at Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road. Christmas at Blithewold has a new theme every year. The Mansion is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Buy your admission tickets online or at the door. Our wonderful volunteers work hard to incorporate the annual theme into their decorations and design of their rooms; almost every room at Blithewold is decorated for Christmas. Our Christmas includes a 18 ft Christmas tree, music performances, teas, singa-longs with Santa and more.
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• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
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Woonsocket
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
Bellingham
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Happy New Year
Woonsocket
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
Woonsocket
• The Stadium Theatre hosts a variety show to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at 2 p.m. Performers include Krylo Dance Studios, Dance Creations, Ocean State Dance Academy and more. Tickets are $18 and $20 and available at the Stadium Theatre.
Lincoln
• The Lincoln Public Library is offering a Safe Sitter Program from 9:15am to 4:15pm. This one-day program is designed for 11-14-year-olds. Training will include babysitting as a business, childcare, behavior management skills, and infant & child CPR. Students should bring a lunch, drink, and snack. Preregistration is required. Class size is limited to sixteen (16) students. $45 fee is cash-only and is expected at time of registration at the Reference desk. (401) 333-2422 x17. www.lincolnlibrary.com/Events.
Cumberland
•St. Aidan’s Senior Group meets at the parish center, Diamond Hill Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and meeting starts at 10. Brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and cancellations by Dec. 27. For more information, call 333-6597.
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Cumberland
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.all. $7 adults, $4 children.
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Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
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Pawtucket
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
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Northbridge
•The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club will host a coin show at Brian’s Restaurant from 3 to 8 p.m.
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Woonsocket
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
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Burrillville
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
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Smithfield
• Winter Big Day 2014, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, 401-949-5454. Set out with Audubon to cover many of the state's winter hot spots during this daylong van trip in search of our feathered winter residents. Dress warmly and pack a lunch and optics. Departs from Audubon Society of Rhode Island Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd. Ages: 16 and up. Program fee: $55 www.asri.org
Bellingham
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
Woonsocket
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Attleboro
• The P.E.A.L. Club will meet at noon at Morin’s Restaurant, South Main St., followed by dinner. There will be split-the-pot, but no raffle. Members are encouraged to bring guests. For information call John at (508) 222-2451 or Carol at (401) 356-4734.
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Cumberland
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.all. $7 adults, $4 children.
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Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
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Pawtucket
• Woodlawn Neighborhood Association quarterly meeting at 7 p.m., 210 West Ave. Cynthia McCarthy of the Dept. of Transportation and Major Arthur Martins of the Pawtucket Police are the guest speakers. Light refreshments will be available. • The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
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Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
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Woonsocket
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
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Lincoln
• 2014 Northern RI Home Show at Twin River Event Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19. The Home Show is a consumer event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Admission is $10. Free for children 16 and under. www.twinriver.com.
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Lincoln
• 2014 Northern RI Home Show at Twin River Event Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19. The Home Show is a consumer event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Each event includes hundreds of home improvement and landscaping exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Admission is $10. Free for children 16 and under. www.twinriver.com.
Bellingham
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Woonsocket
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Woonsocket
• The Woonsocket council of Knights of Columbus will host a social meeting at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church hall on Rathbun Street.
Pawtucket
• Slater Mill’s 6th annual Knitting Weekend. Three days of fiber arts, with guest speakers, workshops, an arts marketpolace, handcrafted works and more. See website for upcoming details. Slater Mills, 67 Roosevelt Ave. www.slatermill.org.
Pawtucket
• Slater Mill’s 6th annual Knitting Weekend. Three days of fiber arts, with guest speakers, workshops, an arts marketpolace, handcrafted works and more. See website for upcoming details. Slater Mills, 67 Roosevelt Ave. www.slatermill.org.
Burrillville
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
WARWICK — Ocean State Theatre Company, which recently launched its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is pleased to present two exclusive music presentations in January – “Celebrating Spectacular Show Tunes” on Saturday, Jan.11 and “A Night of Broadway Classics” starring Fred Scheff on Saturday, Jan. 18. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner, with musical direction by Lila Kane, both concerts will reunite cast members from previous OSTC productions both at Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck and at the new Ocean State Theatre in Warwick. “Celebrating Spectacular Show Tunes” will reunite 27 children who have appeared in previous OSTC productions of “Evita,” “Peter Pan,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” “Les Misérables” and “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical.” The concert will feature selections from “The Addams Family,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Matilda,”” Oliver!,” “Snoopy,” “Suessical,” “The Sound of Music,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and others. Funds raised will benefit the Camp OSTC Scholarship Fund, which is used to underwrite tuition to the popular musical theatre camp for several campers each year. Scheduled to appear are Calista Heart Aguinaldo of Warwick, Jessica Arsenian of South Kingstown, Leah Benz and Rachel Benz of Narragansett, Sophie Blackman of Pawtucket; Connor Buonaccorsi, Chloe Deveney, Amaryllis Miller and Bobby Miller of Cranston; Sydney Carriero of Somerset; Sarah Dube of Cumberland; Andrew Faria of East Providence; Brigid Fitzgerald of Kingston; Jacqueline Claire DePetro, Alexander LeBlanc and Sophie Rodgers of East Greenwich; Cameron Harrington of Providence; Aaron O’Brien Mackisey, Abigail
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‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’: A winsome, attaboy appeal
By ANN HORNADAY
The Washington Post
This has been such an exceptional year in movies that calling a movie "perfectly likable" or even "good" starts to sound like faint praise. Which means that "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Ben Stiller's contemporary adaptation of the James Thurber story, may well get lost in the shuffle of its betters. But that shouldn't detract from the strengths of a film that, while imperfect, has much to recommend it. As the title character, Stiller brings his jut-jawed, laser-blue glare to a character who starts off as something of a passive cipher. As a longtime manager for "negative assets" at Life magazine, Walter processes the magazine's photographers' celluloid — in other words, he's an obsolete guy working in an obsolete media platform within a soon-to-be all-digital art form. The film's opening scene — wherein Walter hesitantly "winks" at a woman on an online dating forum — makes it clear: This is a man working at Life, rather than living it. As a bland, ineffectual drone harboring fantasies of romance and adventure, Stiller's Walter is without a doubt a direct descendent from Thurber's 1939 creation. But, working with Steve Conrad's screenplay, Stiller eventually takes enormous liberties with the story's plot, which in his hands takes increasingly digressive and literal flights of fancy. Thurber purists will be appalled, but, as yet another tale of a man coping with the 21st-century onslaught of technology, downsizing and alienation, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" feels very much of its time, cinematically and otherwise. Because the film is so rooted in present-day anxieties, the filmmakers don't need to underline, italicize and repeat its message — crystallized in the oft-repeated Life motto, about seeing things "thousands of miles away," "hidden behind walls" and "dangerous to come to." The digressions that Stiller takes as a director don't always bear fruit, and the movie — in which the main plot driver is Walter's nascent love for a co-worker played by Kristen Wiig — ends with an odd whimper, especially considering the spectacular set pieces that have gone before. But there are moments of real value in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Conrad sneaks in lots of clever puns on Life, both humorous and dark, and the movie benefits from a bright, attractive visual design that lingers as lovingly on its most colorful interludes as on the magazine's most iconic black-andwhite portraits. When a company arrives to oversee the end of the print edition (an effort headed by a tiresomely one-note jerk played by See FLICKS, Page A8
Fredric S. Scheff and Kevin B McGlynn as Jean Valjean and Javert in OSTC's recent production of “Les Misérables,” will be appearing in “A Night of Broadway Classics” at the new Ocean State Theatre in Warwick on Saturday, Jan. 18. For tickets call (401) 921-6800 or visit www.OceanStateTheatre.org.
McMahon, Laurel McMahon, Lily McMahon, Eve Senerchia and Grace Truslow of Warwick; Cole Mathewson of Belchertown, Mass; Rebekah Philip of Rehoboth, Mass; Celeste Richards of South Kingstown; and Iain Yarbrough of Wrentham, Mass. Ocean State Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome back Fred Scheff of East Greenwich, who starred as Jean Valjean in OSTC’s highly acclaimed production of “Les Misérables” for “ Night of Broadway Classics.” Dr. Scheff will welcome exciting special guests including fellow “Les Misérables” cast members Alyssa Gorgone (Eponine), Tommy Labanaris (Marius), and Kevin B McGlynn (Javert). Also scheduled to appear are sev-
eral of Dr. Scheff’s vocal students including Tyler Bradley Indyck and Sarah Pothier, who are currently studying musical theatre at Rhode Island College (RIC), and recent RIC graduates Juliette Salaway and Sarah Kane. The program will consist of a collection of classic tunes, by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and others, as well as Broadway hits from “Les Misérables,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and more. “Celebrating Spectacular Show Tunes” will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. A cast party will be held following the performance and may be added for $5 to any ticket. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. (Ask the box office for
more details.) “A Night of Broadway Classics” starring Fred Scheff will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35. A meet-n-greet will be held following the performance and may be added for $15 to any ticket on a limited basis. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. (Ask the box office for more details.) The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from noon – 6 pm, Saturdays from noon – 4 pm, and from noon until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.
Stadium to host Three Stooges Film Festival
New Year’s Eve at Chan’s
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Chan’s Restaurant, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, will host a New Year’s Eve party with The Fat City Band, pictured above. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The cost is $50 ($25 paid in advance, and $25 paid the night of the show) and includes a dunner buffet, entertainment, dancing, noise makers and a champagne toast. For tickets and information call Chan’s at (401) 765-1900 or visit www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com.
WOONSOCKET — The Stadium Theatre is opening its doors to a free movie event, “The Three Stooges Film Festival.” This festival consists of two nights of hilarious Stooge's episodes with no repeats on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3 and 4, at 7 p.m. Fan favorite and popular Three Stooges episodes will be playing on the theatre
movie screen. All episodes are guaranteed full of laughter with your favorite three stooges: Moe, Larry and Curly. The Stadium Theatre offers full bar and concessions to our patrons. There is no ticket necessary for this free event. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. To view other events at the Stadium Theatre visit www.stadiumtheatre.com.
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Thousands left without power across US, Canada
around the clock to restore service. States that weren't hit were sending crews to help. Authorities blamed the storm for 17 deaths in the U.S. and 10 in Canada. Five people in Canada died from carbon monoxide poisoning from emergency generators powering their homes, while two people in Michigan, a man in Maine and a man in Vermont also died from the poisonous fumes. In Michigan, police said a woman died Christmas Eve when her vehicle ran a stop light that was out of service because of the ice storm and collided with a pickup truck. About 140,000 homes were still without power in Michigan, down from more than 500,000 at the storm's peak. In Canada, about 160,000 customers were without power. There were 72,000 customers without power in Toronto, down from 300,000 at the height of the outages, and Mayor Rob Ford said some may not have power restored until the weekend. Back in Maine, about 60,000 people were without power, down from a high of 106,000. Trudy Lamoreau was supervising the emergency shelter where about 25 people stayed Tuesday night. Lamoreau, who's also the town manager, said they warmed the shelter with generators until the school got power back late Tuesday night. "People are doing quite well considering the circumstances," she said. Volunteers tried to make the shelter homey, including cooking up a ham dinner with potatoes, vegetables, bread and pie for dessert for Christmas. Ashley Walter said the volunteers had been "amazing," setting up a separate room for her and Leah so they wouldn't disturb others when the infant woke during the night. "They just try to make everything better for us," she said.
LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to more than half a million homes left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes. But not everyone was so lucky, including Ashley Walter, who was forced to spend Christmas at a shelter in a school in Litchfield with her husband, Jacob Walter, and their month-old daughter, Leah. The family lost power Saturday, got it back temporarily then lost it again Sunday and has been without since. Ashley Walter and Leah stay warm at the shelter while Jacob Walter makes frequent trips home to check on their cats and water pipes. "It's definitely kind of strange, but we're hanging in there," she said Wednesday of the challenge of being forced out of their home at Christmas. "We did our Christmas together last night. I packed little stockings and gave them to my husband, sisters and my daughter." The frigid temperatures that cloaked a region from the Great Lakes to New England meant that ice remained on power lines and tree limbs. Officials worried that wind gusts of more than 20 mph could bring down more branches and that 2 to 6 inches of snow in places on Thursday would hamper line crews trying to get to remote spots. "We've had two beautiful, sunny days in Maine, and the ice isn't going anyplace," Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lynette Miller said. "They're very concerned about more weight coming down on trees that are already compromised by ice." The ice storm last weekend was one of the worst to hit during a Christmas week, and repair crews were working
Santa’s sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx
SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK — Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx. The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this week in parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. The holiday shopping period this year was shorter than usual, more buying was done online and Americans' tendency to wait until the last possible second to shop probably didn't help either. Neither company said how many packages were delayed but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments. While the bulk of consumers' holiday spending remains at physical stores, shopping online is increasingly popular and outstripping spending growth in stores at the mall. The problems appear to have affected many parts of the country. The Associated Press spoke to people in Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia who didn't receive presents in time for Christmas. Many were left with little or no time to make alternative plans. Jeff Cormier and his Dallas family were among those who ordered gifts that
didn't arrive. He had three separate UPS packages — including two for which he paid extra for expedited shipping — delayed. "I've had to apologize to three different people when I thought I had everything wrapped up and good to go way before," Cormier said. He and his wife are celebrating their baby daughter's first Christmas and flew in his grandmother from Ohio to join them. Her gift, a customized iPhone cover with a photo of her new great-granddaughter, didn't come in time for Christmas. "My wife and I had our presents to open. Our daughter had her presents to open. And my grandma, she didn't have anything to open," Cormier said. "We apologize that our customers did not receive their packages on Christmas," said Natalie Godwin, a spokeswoman for United Parcel Service Inc. Godwin said snow and ice in the Midwest last week and an ice storm that hit Dallas two-and-a-half weeks ago were partially to blame. She also said the volume of packages shipped exceeded the capacity of UPS but would not share the number of packages shipped or what the company's maximum capacity is. UPS did not make pickups or deliveries Wednesday.
Extra workers were being brought in Wednesday night to the company's hub in Louisville, Ky., to sort packages for Thursday and Friday delivery, according to Godwin. Godwin said "UPS will honor its peak shipments commitments" to customers who used its air delivery service. Those shipping by ground have no guarantee past Dec. 11. Godwin said she didn't know if customers would receive refunds. However, some FedEx customers are able to pick up packages Christmas Day at their local FedEx Express centers. "We're sorry that there could be delays and we're contacting affected customers who have shipments available for pickup," said Scott Fiedler, a spokesman for FedEx Corp. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx handled 275 million shipments, according to Fiedler. Those that were not delivered in time, he said, "would be very few." Three people told The Associated Press that when they tracked their packages online, FedEx said deliveries to their homes were attempted but failed because "the business was closed." During follow-up calls with customer service, they said they learned that the local depot was overwhelmed and didn't
attempt delivery. On Sunday, Eric Swanson ordered a doll for his daughter and a sweater for his wife through Amazon.com and one of its affiliated sites. As an Amazon Prime customer, there was a promise of twoday delivery, getting the gifts to his Carmichael, Calif. home just in time for Christmas. One was shipped via UPS, the other FedEx. "I thought it would happen," Swanson said. Online tracking tools said the packages would arrive by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Neither did. Amazon.com has been notifying some customers affected by the UPS delays that it will refund any shipping charges and is giving them a $20 credit toward a future purchase. Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said the company processed orders and got them to its shippers "on time for holiday delivery" and is now "reviewing the performance of the delivery carriers." While some customers may get money back, they might think twice about ordering online next year. "My wife understands but my 5-year-old daughter ... I think we're going to let it be a surprise when it comes," Swanson said. "Next time, if I need to get a gift and cut it that close, I will just have to enter the fray and go to the mall."
NYC transit impostor released from jail
COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press
NEW YORK — A man arrested more than two dozen times for posing as a transit worker to steal buses and trains in New York City and drive the routes has been paroled.
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Darius McCollum was released Tuesday night, after pleading guilty earlier this year to stealing a Trailways bus in 2010, when he was arrested behind the wheel on the highway that leads to Kennedy International Airport. He had faced up to 15 years if convicted at a trial, but the Queens district attorney and his lawyer worked out a deal: McCollum will voluntarily enter a program to undergo cognitive behavioral therapy. He was diagnosed with what was until recently called Asperger's syndrome but is now referred to as an autism spectrum disorder, and his repeated arrests stem in part from it. He told The Associated Press Wednesday he plans to get in touch with a nonprofit to help him find a therapist,
and work or vocational school. "I'm actually happy. It was a rough process but I finally made it," he said, adding his outlaw days were behind him. "I can't afford to get arrested again, I can't deal with the jail thing — it's too much, the gang mentality. McCollum, 49, had the subway map memorized by the time he was 8, and tried unsuccessfully to get a job with the transit system. Instead he became a transit impostor and has been arrested 29 times. But he is not a violent criminal — he just drives the routes, fixes tracks and takes tolls without an official job until he's caught by police. McCollum has become a celebrity for escapades that began at age 15, when he piloted a subway train six
stops without any passengers noticing. He grew up in Queens near a station serving two Metropolitan Transportation Authority lines, and learned the mechanics of the transit system from workers who took an interest in him. Part of the problem is McCollum wasn't diagnosed with the disorder until recently. He was first handed literature on the topic about 10 years ago during a Manhattan case, but the judge refused to order a psychiatric evaluation after she said she looked the disorder up online and decided he didn't have it. A treatment program had never previously been proposed as a solution to his crimes. Prosecutors, the judge and his attorney are all hopeful he'll be able to stay out of trouble.
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Continued from Page A7 Adam Scott), scenes of the wall-size pictures being de-accessioned suggest an entire history and cultural patrimony being carelessly discarded. And there are passages of astonishing beauty in the film, which not only stages impressively produced scenes of daredeviltry within Walter's imagination, but also situates him against backdrops of magnificent natural scenery. One scene in particular — involving the David Bowie song "Space Oddity," an errant helicopter and a mad dash for redemption — looks for all the world as if he's flying directly into a Rockwell Kent painting. (The MacGuffin coincides with a charming cameo appearance from a flawlessly cast actor in top self-effacing form.) The unevenness of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," and Stiller's recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowdpleaser. As a similar exploration of being in the moment and staying there, Spike Jonze's "Her," also opening this week, is far more subtle and fully realized. Still, there's a winsome, attaboy appeal to "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" that deserves to be honored. It's a perfectly likable movie, and sometimes that's good enough. Two stars. PG. Contains some crude comments, profanity and action violence. 114 minutes. Ratings Guide: Four stars masterpiece, three stars very good, two stars OK, one star poor, no stars waste of time.
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Playoff seeding’s at stake for Pats
Patriots host Bills in Sunday’s finale
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) — Young or old, Patriots players have the same view of looking ahead to the playoffs. They don't. The Patriots already have won their fifth straight AFC East title and can clinch their eighth first-round bye in 14 seasons on Sunday. But they're not celebrating anything. They're focused on their next game, against the Buffalo Bills, where a loss could send them to a wild-card game and deprive them of an extra week to study for their next opponent, and let their bruises heal. "The Patriots always have their ways of getting to the playoffs so, coming in, I knew we were a playoff team," rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson said, but "we definitely can't look past Buffalo." Dobson, a second-round draft choice, was 9 years old when Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was drafted in the first round by San Francisco. "We're not even thinking about the bye or not having the bye. We can't overlook the present," the 13-year veteran said, "Right now our focus is Buffalo and only Buffalo." Special teams captain Matthew Slater is in his sixth season and senses some excitement among both the newcomers and the old-timers, but knows they can't get carried away. "As older guys, we understand how hard it is to get to the playoffs and there's no guarantee that you get there," he said. "As younger guys, it's the first time that some of them are experiencing the playoffs, so they're excited about the opportunity. You work for this. You work for the postseason. You work for Week 17 late in the season. "This is why you play the game. So if you're not excited about these games coming up here down the stretch, starting with Buffalo, then you're in the wrong business." The Patriots (11-4) know they're in the playoffs. Just where they get seeded is far from certain. They can finish in any of the top four spots in the AFC, with only the first two getting byes. They would get: —the No. 1 spot and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if they win and Denver (12-3) loses. —the No. 2 spot if they win or tie and Denver wins, or if they lose and Cincinnati (10-5) and Indianapolis (10-5) lose or tie. —the No. 3 spot if they lose, Cincinnati
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Tolman High seniors Kris Wallace (22), Teddy Reall (11), and Jared Pedro (19) have been all smiles since they were allowed to finish their high school hockey careers as part of a co-op squad with Scituate High. The three players, who helped Tolman reach the Division III finals last March in the program’s final season of existence, have helped their new team get off to a 2-3 start and match its win total from a season ago.
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Tigers for the past three winters, Pedro, Reall, Wallace are savoring senior seasons with Spartans’ co-op team
By ERIC BENEVIDES ebenevides@pawtuckettimes.com
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et’s cut to the chase: Spartan blue and white looks awfully strange on Jared Pedro, Teddy Reall, and Kris Wallace. And it should, because after all, the three Tolman High senior forwards were mainstays on their school’s hockey team for the past three seasons, helping the Tigers total 31 regular-season wins during that time and reach the Division III finals last March. But when eight of the 13 members from that team graduated, and for the third straight year, no underclassmen came out for the team, the program quietly folded. That left five soon-to-be-seniors on the outside looking in, and when two
decided that the Tigers’ final run was going to be their last skate as well, only Pedro, Reall, and Wallace remained. In late January, they appeared before the RIIL’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics and expressed their desire to play hockey in their final year of high school. But it wasn’t until the PCOA’s meeting in mid-June that, yes, they were going to unanimously get the green light to join a one-year co-op team. But who would they join? Was it going to be East Providence, Tolman’s longtime Division III rival, which was a little over five miles away? Or how about Lincoln, the next closest school, which may have been in Division II, but also called Lynch Arena its home and was losing seven seniors to graduation? See TOLMAN, page B2
Boys’ basketball
Holiday Classic’s 41st annual tourney kicks off this week
By JON BAKER jbaker@pawtuckettimes.com
CUMBERLAND — Jim Carney still can’t believe how the time has flown by since he and his Cumberland High cohorts captured the inaugural Cumberland-Lincoln Boys Club Holiday Classic title back in 1973. “It’s been 40 years; that blows my mind,” Carney, a north Seekonk resident, chuckled Monday. “I was a junior, and our head coach was Joe Hughes. I’m still in touch with a lot of those guys (fellow Clippers) – Ed McVeigh, Dave Walsh, Rich Lengieza, Charlie Burke. I remember it being a pretty close game, but we defeated St. Ray’s, and Lengieza, our standout guard, won the MVP award.” The name of the event has changed slightly over the decades, but Carney will play a more pivotal, expansive role when the 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln Holiday Classic kicks off tonight at Cumberland High’s Wellness Center. “It used to be an eight-team tournament, and we only have four this year,” the event’s tournament director, stated. “We’ll have Tolman, Lincoln, Cumberland and Woonsocket, but back then we also had St. Ray’s, Central Falls, Shea and Davies. See TOURNEY, page B2
Submitted photo by JIM CARNEY
The head coaches and captains of the teams that will participate in this week’s 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln Roadshow Holiday Classic at the Cumberland High School’s Wellness Center are (left-to-right) front row: Tolman captain Tyler Reece, Tolman head coach Mike Kayata, Lincoln head coach Kent Crooks, Woonsocket head coach Kyle Ivey-Jones, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy, and Cumberland captain Grant Osmundson; back row: Tolman captains Steven Otis and Alex Lopez, Lincoln captains Alec Cronan and Tyge Joyce, Woonsocket captains Piotr Linek, Randy Reyes, and Blaine Desimpelaere, and Cumberland captain Ryan Cotter.
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ting in fourth place in the seven-team league -- a half game behind third-place East Providence (22), they’ve also had one of their deepest teams in a number of seasons and are currently carrying 19 bodies on their roster. When Bryant got word last spring that there was a chance that Pedro, Reall, and Wallace were going to join his team, adding some much-needed depth to a team that was returning just nine players was the first thing that came to his mind. “My principal (Michael Sollitto) sits on the Principals’ Committee, and when he left the meeting, he called me on his cell phone and said, ‘We’re probably the only school these kids can come to, because of the parameters that are set for doing co-ops,” recalled Bryant. “He asked me if I was interested and I said, ‘Yes. No. 1, I’m interested because I want the kids to be able to finish their high school careers, and No. 2, I’m interested because I needed more hockey players!’” While Pedro (No. 19), Reall (11), and Wallace (22) are sporting the same uniform numbers that they wore as Tigers, that’s been the only similarity between their last three seasons and this winter with the Spartans. Instead of taking a short stroll up Exchange Street for afternoon practices and home games at Lynch Arena, they have had to carpool to Smithfield’s arena for practices and Scituate High for Wednesday afternoon off-ice workouts and to hop on the bus with their teammates for weekend games. And of course, settling in with a group of new teammates was another adjustment, but Bryant noted that it was a very smooth one. “It’s hockey,” said Bryant. “The adjustment was easy, because they’re young kids and they’re hockey players, and they automatically had something in common. There was really no adjustment time. They just fit right in and we moved forward from there.” ‘We did a summer program with them,” added Pedro. “I was only able to come to one practice, but Teddy and Wallace did a few. We got to know the other players well and we’re starting to bond a lot better with them.” Another adjustment for Pedro and Reall was their positions on the ice. While Wallace is back as a wing, Pedro and Reall, who were forwards throughout their high school careers, are back on defense. To some, their moves to the blueline came as a shock, especially since Pedro was coming off his second straight year with 30-plus goals (and entered this season with 79 goals in his fabulous career) and Reall was the Tigers’ third leading point-scorer last season, but Bryant saw a better way to use two of his top players. “In the system of hockey that I like to play, my best skaters are my defensemen,” said Bryant. “We’re generally skating three defensemen this year, [junior assistant captain] Lucas Mancinelli, Teddy, and Jared. They’re my best three skaters, and I want to put them in the best place that’s going to benefit the team.” But the switch hasn’t stopped them from getting their names on the stat sheet. Pedro currently has five goals and two assists, putting him second on the team in scoring behind freshman standout Matthew Besser (7 goals, 4 assists). Reall has two goals and two assists, and Mancinelli has a goal and five helpers. “I told my defensemen, ‘If you have open ice, I expect you to take that puck and go to the net,’ ” admitted Bryant. “I’m not very conservative with my defensemen. Defense is always No. 1, but I want them to be creative, and I want them to be
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The answer was -- neither. It was Scituate. Yes, that’s right, Scituate. A school 17 1/2 miles (and a half-hour drive) away on “the other side” of the state. Scituate. A team that was 2-14 last year and hadn’t had a winning season since the 2007-08 season. A team that dressed only 11 players on a good night. A team that Pedro, Reall, and Wallace helped Tolman beat eight times during their three years as Tigers, with six of those wins coming by four or more goals. But all that didn’t matter. Pedro, Reall, and Wallace were going to be allowed to finish their high school careers as Spartans. And that was perfectly fine with them. “I was happy that we were going to be able to play and skate our senior year,” said Pedro. “We got the privilege to play, so we were excited.” “We were just happy to be playing somewhere,” added Reall. “Anywhere was good.” After five games, everything has indeed been good for the three seniors and their aptly-named Scituate/Tolman co-op team. The squad is 2-3, with two of the losses coming to “the teams to beat” in the division, Narragansett and the defending champion West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-op team. And the team, which scored just 31 goals last season, has more than half that total already with 17, eight of them coming from its Pawtucket connection. “They’re three good players,” said veteran Scituate coach Bill Bryant. “They’re certainly a kick in the talent department and a kick in our depth, and it’s allowed us to be competitive.” While the Spartans have been competitive, sit-
explosive and offensive-minded. If you have the opportunity to score a goal, then absolutely go do it, but you have to be smart with it.” While Pedro, Reall, and Wallace had to deal with some adjustments, they’ve also received a pleasant surprise -- despite hailing from Pawtucket, Pedro and Reall are the team’s captains. There was a little bit of mumbling among some of the Spartans’ fans when the news of their captaincy was announced, but that’s been ancient history. “Scituate instituted a rule a few years ago where the school wanted players to write a letter to their head coach explaining why they felt they deserved to be a captain,” added Bryant. “I put it out there for everyone, and Jared and Teddy, who are both seniors from Tolman, are both wearing ‘C’s for me. It didn’t matter where they were from. This is a team of players, and it was the right thing to do. “ The Spartans are back in action on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. game at the Mageria Ice Rink against Warwick Vets. A win would push them back to the .500 mark and keep them among the top four teams in the standings, which down the road, would translate into home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, something that was the furthest thought from the team’s mind a season ago. “Our coach says this is a marathon,” said Wallace, who has a goal and six assists this season. “We’re already a few games into it and we have a long way to go.” “We definitely want to get into the playoffs,” added Reall. “Hopefully, we’ll get hot at the right time and go far, but we’re going to have to work hard and get better all year.” Follow Eric Benevides on Twitter @EricBen24
Tourney opens tonight: Tigers face Clippers, Novans duel Lions
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“Think about it; in 1973, Richard Nixon hadn’t even been impeached yet!” he added with a laugh. The tourney is being sponsored for the second straight season by the Roadshow – a group of Clipper alumni players including the aforementioned men who spent hours upon hours in their youth playing pick-up games and league contests at the club. (Another sponsor is Bank RI). About two years ago, McVeigh and Walsh began talking about the “good ol’ days” they had at the club, and how they wanted to take some of the burden off BGCCL officials to help defray the cost. “I’ve been to probably 10 since I played in it
years ago; it’s now the oldest tournament of its kind in the state,’ Carney noted. “All of us are in our mid-50s now, but back when we were younger, we were so busy raising our families, we weren’t as involved with the club. “As kids, since we were about 10, we were always hanging around the gym and playing basketball,” he continued. “As we got older, we’d still go to see old friends and play some pick-up games. In our early 20s, they’d still let us in, probably because they knew us so well. “Now that our kids are grown, we decided to give back to the Boys & Girls Club. Eddie and Dave began talking, and they let us know about their idea to help fund the tournament, and it just took off. Everyone was really happy to get involved.”
Last winter, the Roadshow raised approximately $2,000 for the event courtesy of a Night of Legends fete held in October. It’s a banquet/reunion/fundraiser of former members, and they honored those individuals who had made a mammoth impact not only on the club’s progression but also as high school and collegiate phenoms. Roadshow members did the same thing two months ago at The Dugout, and that gathering gleaned a whopping $4,400. “We use the Nights of Legends proceeds to help defray the financial impact of conducting the tourney, and any remaining funds go to help the club with various leagues, etc.,” Carney said. On a sad note, Carney indicated Jim Marsland – long-time athletic director at the BGCCL – died
of cancer at age 81 on Dec. 15. “He passed at his home in south Cumberland, less than three miles from the club,” Carney said. “He was a fantastic guy. We wanted to honor and memorialize him for all the work he did when we were there, so this year, for the first time, we’ll name the All-Tournament Team awards after him.” As for this tourney, the matchups will include Tolman vs. Lincoln at 6 p.m. and Cumberland against Woonsocket at 7:30 p.m. The championship tilt is slated for 7:30 p.m., Friday, with the consolation game preceding it at 6. “We’re really excited about this,” Carney said. “These kids deserve the best, as we always thought we had the best all those years ago.”
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FRIDAY BOYS Basketball Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln Holiday Tournament, (at Cumberland HS Wellness Center), Consolation game, 6 p.m.; championship game, 7:30 p.m. Barrington Boosters Holiday Tournament, (at Barrington HS): Mount St. Charles vs. Shea, 2:30 p.m. Coventry Credit Union Holiday Classic, (at Coventry HS): North Smithfield vs. Central Falls, 1 p.m. Wheeler at St. Raphael, 7 p.m. Hockey Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff Tournament: Teams and times TBA. Woonsocket vs. Ponaganset, (at Levy Rink), 6 p.m.; St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op vs. North Smithfield, (at Levy Rink), 7:30 p.m.; Portsmouth vs. Lincoln, (at Benny Mageria Rink, West Warwick), 8 p.m. GIRLS Basketball Smithfield Officials/Boosters Holiday Tournament, (at Smithfield HS), Day 2: North Smithfield vs. Davies, 3 p.m.; Middletown vs. Tolman, 4:30 p.m.; Smithfield vs. Burrillville, 7:30 p.m. Scituate (Mass.) Holiday Tournament: St. Raphael vs. Abington, 2 p.m. Hockey Toll Gate/Pilgrim/Warwick Vets Co-op vs. Mount St. Charles, (at Thayer Arena), 6:30 p.m.; Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op vs Barrington/Mt. Hope/Portsmouth Co-
THURSDAY BOYS Basketball Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln Holiday Tournament, (at Cumberland HS Wellness Center), Tolman vs Cumberland, 6 p.m.; Lincoln vs. Woonsocket, 7:45 p.m. Hockey Mount St. Charles Holiday Face-Off Tournament, (at Adelard Arena): Mount St. Charles vs St. Joseph's of N.Y., 8 p.m. GIRLS Basketball Smithfield Officials/Boosters Holiday Tournament, (at Smithfield HS): Cumberland vs. Woonsocket, 3 p.m.; Lincoln vs. Mount St. Charles, 4:30 p.m.; Cranston West at Central Falls, 6 p.m.
op. (at Lynch Arena), 8 p.m.; Narragansett/North Kingstown/South Kingstown Coop vs. Smithfield/North Smithfield/Coventry Co-op, (at Lynch Arena), 9:30 p.m.
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PHOTO FEATURED IN PIC OF THE DAY LAST WEEK
November 8, 2013 - Lincoln junior midfielder Hailee Jarry (13) moves the ball during 1st half Div. II girls soccer semi finals against Warwick Vets at Cranston Stadium Friday night. Jarry scored 2 goals to win and allows the team to move on to the state championship at RIC on Sunday at 2 p.m. Ernest A. Brown photo/RIMG.
SATURDAY BOYS Basketball Barrington Boosters Holiday Tournament, (at Barrington HS): Shea vs. North Kingstown, 3 p.m.; Mount St. Charles vs. Barrington, 6 p.m. Blackstone-Millville Holiday Tournament: Burrillville at Blackstone-Millville, 7 p.m. Coventry Credit Union Holiday Classic, (at Coventry HS): Teams TBA. Hockey Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff Tournament: Teams and times TBA. Cumberland vs. Johnston/North Providence Co-op, (at Northern R.I. Sports Center), 7 p.m.; Warwick Vets vs. Scituate/Tolman Co-op, (at Benny Mageria Rink, West Warwick), 7:30 p.m.; W. Warwick/EWG Co-op vs Woonsocket, (at Levy Arena), 8:30 p.m.; East Greenwich vs. North Smithfield, (at Northern R.I. Sports Center), Mt. Hope vs PCD/Wheeler/SRA Co-op, (at Lynch Arena), 9 p.m. GIRLS Basketball Smithfield Officials/Boosters Holiday Tournament, (at Smithfield HS), Day 3: TBA North Smithfield at Block Island, 12:30 p.m. Hockey Bay View at Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op, 3 p.m.; Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth Co-op vs. Smithfield/North Smithfield, (at Thayer Arena), 6:30 p.m.; Cranston Co-op vs. Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op, (at Lynch Arena), 7:30 p.m.
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CUMBERLAND HIGH’S ALUMNI HOCKEY GAME IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 3 AT ADELARD ARENA
CUMBERLAND — The CHS Hockey Booster Club has scheduled its annual Cumberland High School alumni hockey game on Friday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at Mount St. Charles Academy's Adelard Arena. The cost to play is $10 per player, and alumni wishing to participate can contact Kelly Validic at ks190@yahoo.com
CUMBERLAND’S LUSITANA SPORTS FC PLANS OPEN TRYOUTS FOR U-12 GIRLS’ SOCCER TEAM
CUMBERLAND — Cumberland’s Premier Soccer Club, Lusitana Sports FC, is holding open tryouts for it's U-12 girls team. The team is looking to add 6-8 skilled field players: forwards, midfielders, defenders, and an experienced goalie. The team secured second place this past MAPLE season with a record of 6-1-1. The upcoming season will be a transition from the small sided 8v8 format to the true 11v11 play, thus the need for additional skilled field players. All players -- in-state/out of state, premier club and competitive town team players -- are welcome to tryout. Open tryouts will be done during normal training sessions (no mass tryout session), as this will allow the coaching staff to truly evaluate the player, while allowing the player to become comfortable with the team. The coaching staff is looking forward to this open tryout period and are excited to be adding talented players to this Premier level squad. To schedule a personal tryout, contact Head Coach Jason Boissel at jbmccasey@verizon.net.
TRIPLE CROWN UMPIRES SEEKS NEW MEMBERS FOR 2014 SEASON
WOONSOCKET — Triple Crown Umpires is looking for umpires for the 2014 season. Those interested must have two years experience working the bases or behind the plate at the Little League, or Big Diamond level. For more information, contact Tommy Brien at (401) 765-3419.
CUMBERLAND REC DEPT. OFFERS YOUTH TRACK PROGRAM
CUMBERLAND — The Recreation Department is offering a youth track program for youngsters ages 3-10 on Saturdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the Cumberland High School’s Wellness Center beginning Saturday, Dec. 14. The cost is $10, and registration can be completed by calling the department at 401-334-9996.
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Golf
Tiger’s year is measured in world ranking points
By The Associated Press
Along with victories, money and scoring average, another way to measure the strength of a golf season is total world ranking points. Tiger Woods won that category, too, but just barely over Henrik Stenson. A closer look reveals it was not really that close. Woods earned 488.75 points this year, only 3.65 points ahead of Stenson. Adam Scott was third, more than 100 points behind. The difference, however, is that Woods played only 19 tournaments that awarded world ranking points. Stenson played 31 tournaments. Woods earned an average of 25.7 points for every tournament he played, compared with 15.6 points for Stenson. This is nothing new for Woods. He tends to play the toughest courses against the strongest fields. He also helps to make the field strong as the No. 1 player in the world. And while he doesn't play often, he plays well when he does tee it up. "Most of my events I play in the majority of my career have been on the more difficult venues, and against the better fields," Woods said this
month. "And now that we have not just the majors and The Players, but we also have the World Golf Championships ... and also the playoffs at the end of the year, you're getting the top players to play together more often. And I'm very proud of my overall record, especially in the bigger events." Here's another way to look at it — the 19 tournaments worldwide Woods played this year offered an average of 72.7 points to the winner. All of this made perfect sense to Ian Poulter, a student of the world ranking. "How many events has he played, 19?" Poulter said. "So he's got four majors, three World Golf Championships (Woods skipped the HSBC Champions), four FedEx playoff events. If you look where he plays, they are all the events where the top players are playing. You would theoretically say he's got a good chance to earn a lot of points. But he has to play well." *** The top 28 players in the world ranking at the end of 2012 were PGA Tour members this year, which made the gap between the PGA Tour and the European Tour even wider in measuring strength of field.
The average reward for PGA Tour winners was 56.2 ranking points, compared with 43 points on the European Tour. That includes the majors and World Golf Championships for both tours. Remove those eight big events, and the average was 47.3 points for PGA Tour winners compared with 33.1 points on the European Tour.
Except for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which gets a bonus as the flagship event, the strongest field on the European Tour was in Abu Dhabi (54 points). The PGA Tour had nine events with a stronger field. The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship led the way, offering 74 points each.
MLB
Tanaka’s team says Japanese pitcher can seek career in U.S.
tion Tanaka's "outstanding contribution to the team" since he joined the Eagles seven years ago. Tanaka's perfect 24-0 record set a new mark in the history of Japanese professional baseball and brought a first league championship to the team based in Sendai, which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. For 30 days from the time a player is posted, any MLB team can attempt to sign the player. It pays the posting fee only if it signs the player. Under the new rules, a Japanese club may make players available between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. A player who is not signed may not be posted again until the following Nov. 1. Tachibana, the Rakuten president, said his team is happy to retain Tanaka if he does not reach an agreement with an MLB team. The new posting system was negotiated after some MLB teams objected that only the richest clubs could afford to bid on top Japanese players. Under the previous agreement, which began in 1998 and ran through last offseason, there was no cap on bidding and only the highest bidder could negotiate with the player. Boston obtained pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the Seibu Lions before the 2007 season for $51,111,111.11, and agreed to a $52 million, sixyear contract. Texas got pitcher Yu Darvish from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters before the 2012 season for $51,703,411 and gave him a $56 million, six-year deal.
TOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to move to the majors next season after his Japanese team Rakuten Eagles announced Wednesday it was prepared to let him leave, reversing its earlier rejection. Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told a news conference that the team has decided to release him through the posting system, paving the way for his departure. Tachibana said Tanaka's outstanding performance over the past seven years, including this season, meant he deserved to be allowed to move to the U.S. Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Eagles during the regular season and sought a move to the majors. But he has two years remaining on his contract and Rakuten was under no obligation to release him. "I'm grateful to the team for allowing me to try. Now I've made a first step," he said. "I hope I would receive offers from as many teams as possible so I have a wider option." The New York Yankees are considered the leading candidates to sign Tanaka, though the capping of the posting fee at $20 million meant many other teams could also afford to make offers. The Eagles had rejected the new posting system but it was passed by a vote of Japan's professional teams. Following that decision, Rakuten had initially said they want to retain Tanaka, before Wednesday's change of heart. Tachibana said the team took into considera-
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wins and Indianapolis loses. —the No. 4 spot if they lose and Cincinnati and Indianapolis win. "We always say that as the season goes on, the games only get bigger and bigger and bigger, and I think that is this week, too," quarterback Tom Brady said. "We've worked too hard for too long to get to this point. "We've got a great opportunity ahead of us, and you just don't want to go out there and not give it your best and put out an effort that's less than 100 percent of what you're capable of, because, like I said, it's been 11 months of work to get us back to this point." The Patriots got a bye in seven of the 13 full seasons since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, including the five seasons in which they reached the Super Bowl. They played three wild-card games, winning two. And they missed the playoffs three times. They already may have clinched a bye by the time their late afternoon game starts Sunday. If Baltimore beats or ties Cincinnati and Jacksonville beats or ties Indianapolis, the Patriots can finish no worse than second. They would move into the top spot if they win and Oakland upsets Denver in a game starting the same time as theirs. That's too many possibilities for Belichick's players to consider. The Patriots' offense must concentrate on keeping the Bills, who lead the NFL in sacks, off Brady. The defense must focus on stopping a running attack that gained 401 yards in its last two games, both victories. And Buffalo did beat Miami 19-0 last Sunday one week after Miami beat New England 24-20. "You definitely want to be playing well down the stretch,"
Slater said. "Every game means so much and then once you get in the playoffs (with) every game either the season goes on or it's over.
"We can't be worried about we're getting the bye, we're not getting the bye. We've just got to play Buffalo and what happens, happens."
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TODAY NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — Memphis at Houston, TNT. 10:30 p.m. — L.A. Clippers at Portland, TNT. COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m. — Little Caesars Bowl, Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green, at Detroit, ESPN. 9:30 p.m. — Poinsettia Bowl, Utah St. vs. N. Illinois, at San Diego, ESPN. AHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — Providence at Worcester, WNRI (1380 AM). PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER 7:40 a.m. — Manchester United at Hull City, NBC Sports. 9:55 a.m. — Arsenal at West Ham, NBC Sports. 12:25 p.m. — Liverpool at Manchester City, NBC Sports.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 11 15 .423 — Boston 12 17 .414 ½ Brooklyn 9 18 .333 2½ New York 9 18 .333 2½ Philadelphia 8 20 .286 4 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 21 6 .778 — Atlanta 15 13 .536 6½ Charlotte 14 15 .483 8 Washington 12 13 .480 8 Orlando 8 20 .286 13½ Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 23 5 .821 — Detroit 14 16 .467 10 Chicago 10 16 .385 12 Cleveland 10 17 .370 12½ Milwaukee 6 22 .214 17 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 22 6 .786 — Houston 18 11 .621 4½ Dallas 16 12 .571 6 New Orleans 12 14 .462 9 Memphis 12 15 .444 9½ Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 23 5 .821 — Oklahoma City 22 5 .815 ½
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AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England11 4 0 .733 410 318 Miami 8 7 0 .533 310 315 N.Y. Jets 7 8 0 .467 270 380 Buffalo 6 9 0 .400 319 354 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 361 326 Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 346 371 Jacksonville 4 11 0 .267 237 419 Houston 2 13 0 .133 266 412 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Cincinnati 10 5 0 .667 396 288 Baltimore 8 7 0 .533 303 318 Pittsburgh 7 8 0 .467 359 363 Cleveland 4 11 0 .267 301 386 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 12 3 0 .800 572 385 x-Kansas City 11 4 0 .733 406 278 San Diego 8 7 0 .533 369 324 Oakland 4 11 0 .267 308 419 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 9 6 0 .600 418 360 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 417 408 N.Y. Giants 6 9 0 .400 274 377 Washington 3 12 0 .200 328 458 South W L T Pct PF PA x-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 345 221 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 372 287 Atlanta 4 11 0 .267 333 422 Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 271 347 North W L T Pct PF PA Chicago 8 7 0 .533 417 445 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 384 400 Detroit 7 8 0 .467 382 362 Minnesota 4 10 1 .300 377 467 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Seattle 12 3 0 .800 390 222 x-San Fran. 11 4 0 .733 383 252 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 359 301 St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 339 337 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Sunday’s Games St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23 N.Y. Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 16 Arizona 17, Seattle 10 N.Y. Giants 23, Detroit 20, OT San Diego 26, Oakland 13 Pittsburgh 38, Green Bay 31 New England 41, Baltimore 7. Philadelphia 54, Chicago 11 Monday’s Game San Francisco 34, Atlanta 24 Sunday, Dec. 29 Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
NBA
Denver Minnesota Utah 14 13 .519 8½ 13 15 .464 10 8 23 .258 16½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 20 9 .690 — Phoenix 17 10 .630 2 Golden State 16 13 .552 4 L.A. Lakers 13 15 .464 6½ Sacramento 8 19 .296 11 ——— Tuesday's Games No games scheduled Wednesday's Games Chicago at Brooklyn, (n) Oklahoma City at New York, (n) Miami at L.A. Lakers, (n) Houston at San Antonio, (n) L.A. Clippers at Golden State, (n) Thursday's Games Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
AHL
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Manchester 31 21 5 1 4 47 98 76 Providence 29 14 9 1 5 34 99 95 St. John's 29 15 11 1 2 33 87 76 Portland 26 11 10 1 4 27 72 83 Worcester 25 12 11 1 1 26 60 71 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA WB/Scranton 28 17 8 1 2 37 84 69 Binghamton 28 16 9 0 3 35 99 86 Norfolk 30 14 11 1 4 33 84 84 Hershey 27 12 10 2 3 29 87 83 Syracuse 28 12 12 1 3 28 70 81 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Springfield 27 20 4 1 2 43 86 63 Albany 28 17 8 2 1 37 91 73 Adirondack 27 13 12 0 2 28 66 70 Bridgeport 30 12 14 1 3 28 77 96 Hartford 28 9 15 0 4 22 64 92 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Grand Rapids 29 21 6 1 1 44 107 65 Milwaukee 27 14 7 5 1 34 70 69 Rockford 31 15 13 3 0 33 89 106 Chicago 29 15 12 0 2 32 82 78 Iowa 27 12 13 2 0 26 64 72 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto 27 16 9 1 1 34 77 65 Rochester 30 13 11 3 3 32 85 92 Lake Erie 28 14 11 0 3 31 76 84 Hamilton 30 12 14 0 4 28 73 88 Utica 27 10 15 1 1 22 63 80 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Abbotsford 32 21 9 1 1 44 105 89 Texas 31 18 9 2 2 40 107 84 Oklahoma City 31 11 15 0 5 27 82 101 Charlotte 29 12 16 0 1 25 77 92 San Antonio 31 11 17 0 3 25 78 96 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one for an overtime or a shootout loss. ——— Tuesday's Games No games scheduled Wednesday's Games No games scheduled Thursday's Games Hamilton at Toronto, 1 p.m. Hartford at Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Providence at Worcester, 7 p.m. Portland at Manchester, 7 p.m. Adirondack at Springfield, 7 p.m. Hershey at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Rockford at Iowa, 8:05 p.m.
NBA Calendar
By The Associated Press Jan. 6 — 10-day contracts can be signed. Jan. 10 — Contracts guaranteed for rest of season. Feb. 14-16 — All-Star weekend, New Orleans. Feb. 20 — Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST. April 16 — Last day of regular season. April 19 — Playoffs begin.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 37 25 10 2 52 106 77 Tampa Bay 37 23 11 3 49 106 87 Montreal 38 22 13 3 47 96 84 Detroit 39 17 13 9 43 99 108 Toronto 39 18 16 5 41 106 113 Ottawa 39 15 17 7 37 111 126 Florida 38 14 19 5 33 88 123 Buffalo 37 10 24 3 23 66 105 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 39 27 11 1 55 121 88 Washington 37 19 14 4 42 117 112 Philadelphia 37 17 16 4 38 93 104 N.Y. Rangers 38 18 18 2 38 88 102 New Jersey 38 15 16 7 37 92 99 Columbus 37 16 17 4 36 101 106 Carolina 37 14 15 8 36 86 105 N.Y. Islanders 38 11 20 7 29 96 129 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 39 26 7 6 58 145 107 St. Louis 36 24 7 5 53 128 85 Colorado 36 23 10 3 49 106 88 Minnesota 39 20 14 5 45 88 96 Dallas 36 18 12 6 42 106 107 Winnipeg 39 16 18 5 37 103 116 37 16 17 4 36 85 109 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 39 27 7 5 59 127 98 Los Angeles 38 25 9 4 54 106 76 San Jose 37 23 8 6 52 121 94 Vancouver 39 22 11 6 50 106 93 Phoenix 36 19 10 7 45 111 110 Calgary 37 14 17 6 34 95 118 Edmonton 39 12 24 3 27 101 135 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime loss. ——— Tuesday's Games No games scheduled Wednesday's Games No games scheduled Thursday's Games No games scheduled Nashville
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FAVORITE TODAY O/U Sunday’s Games Carolina 8 8 (46½) at Chicago OFF OFF (OFF) at Tennessee 6 7 (44½) at Pittsburgh 5½ 7 (44) at N.Y. Giants 3 3½ (46) at Cincinnati 4 6 (44½) at Indianapolis 4 11½ (45½) Philadelphia 2½ 7 (52½) at Miami 6½ 6½ (41) at Minnesota 2 3 (52) at New England 7½ 9½ (47) at New Orleans 12½ 12½ (47½) Denver 10½ 12½ (54) at Arizona 3 3 (43½) at San Diego 10 9½ (45) at Seattle 10½ 10½ (43) Off Key — Green Bay QB is questionable. OPEN UNDERDOG at Atlanta Green Bay Houston Cleveland Washington Baltimore Jacksonville at Dallas N.Y. Jets Detroit Buffalo Tampa Bay at Oakland San Francisco Kansas City St. Louis
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CALENDAR
By The Associated Press Jan. 8 — Hall of Fame voting announced. Jan. 14 — Salary arbitration filing. Jan. 15-16 — Owners' meetings, Paradise Valley, Ariz. Jan. 17 — Salary arbitration figures exchanged. Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla. Feb. 13 — Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players. Feb. 18 — Voluntary reporting date for other players. Feb. 25 — Mandatory reporting date. March 12 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
NHL Calendar
By The Associated Press Dec. 19-27 — Holiday roster freeze. Dec. 24-26 — Holiday break. Dec. 26-Jan. 5 — IIHF World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden. Jan. 1 — NHL Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. Jan. 25 — NHL Stadium Series: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium.
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Bowl Glance
Saturday’s Games New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 48, Washington State 45 Las Vegas Bowl Southern Cal 45, Fresno State 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21 ——— Monday’s Game Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl East Carolina 37, Ohio 20 ——— Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Oregon State 38, Boise State 23 ——— Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) ——— Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic, At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)
College Football
FAVORITE TODAY O/U Thursday’s Games Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit 5½ 4½ (50) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego 2 1 (58) Friday’s Games Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. 1 2½ (62½) Texas Bowl At Houston 4½ 4 (47½) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco 3 3 (60) Saturday’s Games Pinstripe Bowl At New York 15½ 14 (52½) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. 3 2½ (57) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. 3 3½ (57) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. 3 4½ (55) Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas 6½ 6½ (56) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. 2½ 3 (57½) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio 10½ 13½ (67½) Holiday Bowl At San Diego 11½ 14 (71) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. 7 7½ (57½) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas 7½ 7 (47½) OPEN UNDERDOG
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AP Top 25 poll The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Rec. Pts Prv 1. Arizona (63) 12-0 1,623 1 2. Syracuse (2) 3. Ohio St. 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan St. 6. Louisville 7. Oklahoma St. 8. Villanova 9. Duke 10. Wichita St. 11. Baylor 11-0 12-0 12-0 10-1 11-1 11-1 11-0 9-2 12-0 10-1 1,528 1,462 1,390 1,336 1,274 1,221 1,116 1,108 981 970 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 11 12 12. Oregon 13. Florida 14. Iowa St. 15. UConn 16. Kansas 17. Memphis 18. Kentucky 19. North Carolina 20. San Diego St. 21. Colorado 11-0 9-2 9-0 10-1 8-3 8-2 9-3 8-3 9-1 10-2 914 881 804 661 659 630 529 413 378 345 13 16 17 10 18 15 19 14 24 20 22. Iowa 23. UMass 24. Gonzaga 25. Missouri 11-2 10-1 10-2 10-1 278 154 79 69 25 22 21 23
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College football
Pittsburgh battles Bowling Green in tonight’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
DETROIT (AP) — Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won a slew of awards this year. The senior is hoping to close the season with a win Thursday night against Bowling Green at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to help the Panthers finish with a winning record for the first time since he was a freshman. The Falcons won't be easy to beat. Bowling Green (10-3) is favored to top the Panthers (6-6) at Ford Field, where it defeated previously unbeaten and 16th-ranked Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game earlier this month. The impressive victory and the program's turnaround led to Wake Forest hiring coach Dave Clawson away from the Falcons. Bowling Green picked former Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers to replace Clawson but will be led in the bowl game by interim coach Adam Scheier. Here are five things to watch when Pittsburgh and Bowling Green match up in the Motor City: DOMINANT DONALD: Donald won the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Bednarik awards and was the ACC defensive player of the year. The 6-foot, 285-pound defensive tackle had 10 sacks this season and led the nation with 2.2 tackles for loss per game. "He's a disruptive force," Scheier said. "We're just going to have to keep him in check." POTENT OFFENSE: Bowling Green averaged 35.4 points and 472.5 yards with a balanced offense. Travis Greene ran for a singleseason, school-record 1,555 yards. Matt Johnson threw for 3,195 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Johnson outplayed Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch in the MAC title game, throwing four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half. He was 21 of 27 for a career-high 393 yards, connected with five teammates for scores and didn't throw an interception against a team playing for a BCS bowl bid. CONSISTENTLY AVERAGE: The Panthers finished 6-7 in each of the last two years, capping each losing season with a lopsided defeat at the Compass Bowl. Mississippi routed Pitt 38-17 last season and SMU beat the Panthers 28-6 a year earlier. "We want to finish strong and wanted the opportunity to play another game with this group," second-year Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. "We like this group, and there's a big difference in our room between going 7-6 and 6-7." COACHING CHANGES: The Falcons won't have Clawson, but they will have some coaching continuity during their return to Detroit. Scheier, in his fifth season with the program, was the team's special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under Clawson. The interim coach will be assisted by offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero and defensive coordinator Mike Elko against Pitt. "What we do here works," Scheier said. "It's a plan and foundation put in place by coach Clawson." Clawson and his staff helped Bowling Green become the only team to have a chance this season to increase its number of victories by three for a third straight year. The Falcons can match a school record with an 11th win. They had eight victories last year, five in 2011 and two in 2010. Babers, a former Baylor assistant, turned around Eastern Illinois during a short stay. He was 19-17 in two seasons with the Ohio Valley Conference program. SWAN SONG: The Detroit Lions decided to get in the bowl business and will host a game next year, effectively pushing the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl out of their stadium. The bowl game has been held at Ford Field since 2002. It was previously called the Motor City Bowl and was played at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.
Tennis
Superb again: Serena Williams captures third AP Athlete of Year award
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women's tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch. Thanks to all of that, Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press' 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. It's the third AP award for Williams, following 2002 and 2009. Only two women have been chosen more often as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams told the AP in an interview shortly before the start of the U.S. Open. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward. I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't keep playing this game." The vote by news organizations was about as lopsided as many of Williams' matches this season. She received 55 of 96 votes, while Brittney Griner, a two-time AP Player of the Year in college basketball and the No. 1 pick in April's WNBA draft, finished second with 14. Swimmer Missy Franklin was next with 10. The Male Athlete of the Year recipient will be announced Thursday. Williams, who grew up in Compton, Calif., and turned 32 in September, produced the finest women's tennis season in years. According to the WTA: — her .951 winning percentage was the best since Steffi Graf's .977 in 1989; — her 11 titles were the most since Martina Hingis' 12 in 1997; — her winning streak was the longest since her sister, Venus, had a 35-match run in 2000. "She just continues to be an inspiration to American tennis," said Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Her year this year? Unforgettable."
Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Mom’s promises to kick her drug habit are empty words
DEAR ABBY:
I am a 15-year-old girl and a caring person. I’m worried about my mother. She has been an addict for nine years. She always says she wants help, but she never follows through with getting the help she needs. I have asked her many times to go and get help, and have told her how bad her using makes me feel. What do you think I can do to encourage her to follow through with treatment? I miss my mother. Any advice would be appreciated. — IN NEED OF HELP IN OLYMPIA, WASH. DEAR IN NEED OF HELP: You are not only a caring young woman, you are also mature for your age and intelligent. If your mother has been an addict since you were 6, your entire childhood has been spent taking care of her and raising yourself. I am truly sorry for that. Because nothing you say gets through to her, consider moving in with another relative if that’s possible. You should also join a Narateen support group. It’s a 12-step program for teenage friends and family members of addicts. There is one in your city called “Hope for Today.” To find the location, check the Nar-Anon website, www.nar-anon.org. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with written instructions. Many parents “encourage” their children to eat because they’re afraid if they don’t they’re not doing their job. It’s a reflection of their anxiety. Too often, mealtime turns into a power struggle, which is a big mistake. What you have written is common sense. A pediatrician or health clinic can advise parents what and how much their child should eat. And I agree, restaurant portions are usually larger than customers should consume in one meal, which is why those who are watching their calories are advised to cut the portions in half before eating. repeating it is insulting and hurtful, so please cut it out. I think my tattoos are beautiful and THAT’S what’s important.” And if your family members persist in making cruel comments, you have my permission to end the conversation. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Abby shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes in two booklets: “Abby’s Favorite Recipes” and “More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $14 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Cookbooklet Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)
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Jeanne Phillips also a school board member. I love children. Please pass this along to parents and anyone else who cares for children: Quit force-feeding them! Again and again I see parents beg and coerce their kids to eat. There are too many obese people in the world. Kids will eat when they are hungry. Just don’t give them any junk in between. I know a dad who told me he forced his son to finish his food until the son went and threw up. He said he will never do that again. Remember, children have small stomachs. They don’t need to eat much to feel full. Restaurants serve too much. Let kids eat when they need to. Just give them healthy choices. — DIANE IN MILWAUKEE DEAR DIANE:
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Horoscope
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When desire is fed, the inner animal is satisfied — but not the greedy human mind, which, once sated, only develops bigger appetites. You’ll have to convince the others to relax and be reasonable, and they may not listen. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You really can boost your immune system by thinking positive thoughts. But first you have to neutralize the negativity being offered up by your critical inner voice. It’s as easy as saying “shhh...” GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don’t know enough to tackle the project you’re considering, but that’s not a good enough reason to pass on it. You’ll learn. You always do. In fact, you can’t help yourself. You prefer to be constantly learning. CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you expend extraordinary energy doing a seemingly ordinary thing, you’ll elevate this aspect of daily life to the realm of “art form.” This is the key to good living these days. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Instinct has led you to your current pursuit. You’ll wake up ready to focus on a fresh initiative, though you may not know until after you get to work the significance of what you’re doing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have helpers and advisers, but ultimately you’re the one who will bring a grand plan to fruition. You are tuned in to everyone and everything that can lead to your success. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may not be able to remove the forces that oppose you, but once you accept that you are better for having to contend with them, you will start to see the unique advantages of your position. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your encouragement is potent, and those you cheer for will be moved to act confidently and accomplish what they didn’t think they could. Use some of that supportiveness on yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). Look deeper into the things that intrigue and fascinate you. There’s a reason you are so mysteriously drawn by these pursuits, and they will connect you to good fortune. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re a cosmic favorite these days, so be sure to want things for yourself and for others. Why not be greedy for love, goodness and health? One of your minor but very fond wishes will come true. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Despite an absence of obvious constraint, impediment or interference, you still may feel that you’re not entirely free. Consider exactly why you don’t feel at liberty to say and do as you wish, and you’ll be closer to freedom. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Get focused, and you’ll be astounded at what you can accomplish. With unflagging energy, you’ll tackle the primary things you wanted to get finished before the end of the year.
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MORTGAGEE'S SALE 95 Calder Street Pawtucket, RI 02861 The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all prior encumbrances on January 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale in the mortgage granted by JACINTA LEBLANC and JACQUELINE NARVAEZ, recorded December 23, 2003, in the City of Pawtucket, RI Land Records Book 1971 Page 57, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $7,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. ALEXANDER J. RAHEB Attorney for the Mortgagee 650 Washington Hwy. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-3377
MORTGAGEE'S SALE 349 River Road Lincoln, RI The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Paul Kerins and Carrie Kerins dated June 14, 2006 and recorded in the Lincoln Land Evidence Records in Book 1356, Page 291, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201303-0844 - YEL
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE'S SALE Pawtucket, Rhode Island Assessor's Plat 55 Lot 560 Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens and encumbrances, at public auction on December 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM Local Time, on the premises by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in the certain Mortgage Deed made and executed by Joshua L. Audette dated December 16, 2011 and recorded in Book 3430 at Page 349, et seq. with the Records of Land Evidence of the City of Pawtucket, County of Providence, State of Rhode Island, the conditions of said Mortgage Deed having been broken. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) down payment in cash, bank check or certified check at time of sale; other terms will be announced at time of sale. Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02886 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage MLG File # 13-11027
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SAID SALE HAS BEEN ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2014, AT 1:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME, ON The premises described in the mortgage will be THE PREMISES. sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am on the premises Marinosci Law Group, P.C. by virtue of the Power of Sale in said mortgage 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 made by Ali M. Ghoneim and Najoi Ghoneim datWarwick, RI 02893 ed February 12, 2008, and recorded in Book Attorney for the present 2981 at Page 179, et seq. of the Pawtucket Land Holder of the Mortgage Evidence Records, the conditions of said mortMLG File # 13-11027 A-4434789 gage having been broken: 12/26/2013, 01/02/2014, 01/09/2014, 01/16/2014, 01/20/2014 $5,000.00 in cash, bank check or certified check at time of sale is required to bid; other terms will be announced at time of sale. Bendett & McHugh, P.C. 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE WAS CONTINUED TO SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 AT 9:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE WAS CONTINUED TO OCTOBER 23, 2013 AT 9:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE WAS CONTINUED TO DECEMBER 3, 2013 AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE WAS CONTINUED TO JANUARY 3, 2014 AT 12:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES Bendett & McHugh, P.C. 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE'S SALE 11 Allendale Avenue North Providence, Rhode Island Assessor's Plat 10 Lot 417 Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens and encumbrances, at public auction on January 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM Local Time, on the premises by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in the certain Mortgage Deed made and executed by William A. Major, Jr. dated October 15, 2003 and recorded in Book 936 at Page 4, et seq. as affected by Loan Modification recorded on October 10, 2009 in Book 2530 in Page 281 with the Records of Land Evidence of the Town of North Providence, County of Providence, State of Rhode Island, the conditions of said Mortgage Deed having been broken. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) down payment in cash, bank check or certified check at time of sale; other terms will be announced at time of sale. Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02886 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage MLG File # 12-08685FC A-4429539 12/19/2013, 12/26/2013, 01/02/2014
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330 Brokers - Agents MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE 106 Stella Drive, North Providence, RI 02911 Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens and encumbrances, at public auction on January 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM on the premises by exercise of the power of sale in a mortgage executed by John J. Mansolillo and Josephine A. Mansolillo dated December 7, 2005 and recorded in the North Providence, RI Land Evidence Records in Book 2207 at Page 1. Cash, certified or bank check of $5,000.00 required to bid. Other terms and conditions will be announced at the sale. NICHOLAS BARRETT Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 999 South Broadway East Providence, Rhode Island 02914 www.auctionsri.com RSVP
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or woman ... who hopes for a better world, who cares for others," humbly. Among places ravaged by conflict, Francis singled out Syria, which saw its third Christmas during civil war; South Sudan; the Central African Republic; Nigeria; and Iraq. In Iraq on Wednesday, militants targeted Christians in two attacks, including a bomb that exploded near a church during Christmas Mass in Baghdad. The separate bombings killed dozens of people. The Vatican has been trying to raise concern in the world for persecution and attacks on Christians in parts of the Middle East and Africa. "Lord of life, protect all who are persecuted in your name," Francis said. Adding an off-the-cuff remark, Francis said he was also inviting non-believers to join their desire for peace with everyone else. The pope also prayed that God "bless the land where you chose to come into the world and grant a favorable outcome to the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians." Francis then explained his concept of peace. "True peace is not a balancing of opposing forces. It's not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions," the pope said. "Peace calls for daily commitment," Francis said, reading the pages of his speech as they were ruffled by a chilly wind. Francis also spoke of the lives of everyday people, especially those struggling for a better life. Recalling the hundreds of migrants who have drowned this year while trying to reach European shores, including many close to the Italian island of Lampedusa, Francis prayed that refugees receive hope, consolation and assistance. He added that "our thoughts turn to those children who are the most vulnerable victims of wars, but we think, too, of the elderly, of battered women" and others. The 77-year-old pope kept to the simple style he has set for his papacy. Wearing a plain white cassock, Francis presented a sharp contrast in appearance to the pope who stood on the same balcony on Christmas exactly a year ago. Then Benedict XVI, who was soon to stun the world by retiring, read his Christmas speech while dressed in a crimson, ermine-trimmed cape. Benedict lives on the Vatican grounds, and Francis paid a holiday call on him earlier this week.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Pope’s Christmas wish: hope for a better world
FRANCES D'EMILIO
Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe. Francis delivered the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for "to the city and to the world") speech from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to more than 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. In his first Christmas message since being elected pontiff in March, he asked for all to share in the song of Christmas angels, "for every man
In another break with tradition, the Argentine-born Francis stuck to Italian for his Christmas greetings, forsaking a custom of wishing happy holidays in dozens of languages to the crowd below the balcony. In the Mideast, pilgrims celebrated Christmas in the ancient Bethlehem church where tradition holds Jesus was born, as candles illuminated the sacred site and the joyous sound of prayer filled its overflowing halls. This year's turnout was the largest in years in Bethlehem, and the celebrations have been marked by careful optimism amid ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Leaders expressed hope the coming year would finally bring the Palestinians an independent state of their own.
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