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A collection of newspaper front pages from Dec. 8, 2013, showing Auburn's SEC Championship Game victory over Missouri. • For more, visit

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  • Auburn SEC Championship Front Pages D E C E M B E R 8 , 2 0 1 3 Wade ON Birmingham
  • GAMECOCKS TOP McNEESE STATE FOR 1ST TIME, ADVANCE FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, 1C NO. 2 OHIO STATE SUFFERS FIRST LOSS FLORIDA STATE ROUTS DUKE A home-owned newspaper Sunday, December 8, 2013 $1.50 STATE OF CARE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 | AUBURN 59, MISSOURI 42 FREE MASON Conservative Kentucky accepts the new health care law, makes it work Auburn RB runs wild to lead Tigers to SEC crown BY TIM LOCKETTE T So far, Obamacare has worked out pretty well for the people who’ve met Cara Stewart. A lawyer for a Kentucky nonprofit group, Stewart has spent the last two months holding workshops in bars, churches and libraries, explaining the state’s health exchange and even helping people sign up. Some of them cried when they qualified for insurance. Most were skeptical that it would really work out. But no one left without some way to get covered. “In Kentucky, everybody has an option,” said Stewart, a fellow at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center. “Unless you’re undocumented or in jail, there’s something for you.” For Jeff Nelson, things haven’t run so smoothly. Nelson is a social worker for The Right Place in Anniston, which has a contract to help people sign up on the federal health care website. Nelson had to put meetings with clients on hold last week to make sure the site was truly fixed. And some people find they’re too poor for federal subsidies, but still not eligible for Medicaid. “They go away with nothing,” he said. To health policy experts, Alabama and Kentucky look like near twins — Southern states with some of the highest rates of poverty, and some of the worst health outcomes, in the nation. But their approaches to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Trent Penny/The Anniston Star re Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns to pace an Auburn team that piled up an SEC Championship-record 677 yards as the Tigers outlasted Missouri. Mason’s scoring runs covered 7, 3, 1 and 13 yards on a staggering 46 carries to earn MVP honors. Auburn’s victory, coupled with Saturday’s loss by previously unbeaten Ohio State, greatly increases the 12-1 Tigers’ shot at playing for the national championship. FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 1C Please see HEALTH | Page 5A State employees could see repeat on raises BY PHILLIP RAWLS Associated Press MONTGOMERY — Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up. Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday he wants a cost-ofliving raise for public education employees. The governor INDEX Cost-of-living raises might be in store for teachers, but not other state workers hasn’t yet said how much of a raise. Bentley said he wants to restore pay cuts that educators took at the start of his administration when they were required to boost contributions to their own pensions. “It helped me turn the state situation around, and I appreciate that. And now that things WEATHER, 4F Classifieds . . . . . . . 1F Editorial . . . . . . . . . 2D Lottery . . . . . . . . . . 2B Vol. 133, No. 342 (USPS 026-440) 6 66000 22222 6 Elijah Cantrell, Pleasant Grove Elem. RAIN HIGH: 55 LOW: 52 are better, I think we can help them,” Bentley said. However, he said the state can’t afford a cost-of-living raise for non-education employees. “Unfortunately, our General Fund is still very anemic,” he said. Legislative leaders say a cost-of-living raise will be hard to achieve for education employees and virtually impossible for state employees who don’t work in education. “Right now, my crystal ball says unless some manna drops from the sky, it will be very difficult to do give state employees a pay raise,” said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark, chairman of the House Ways and Means-General Fund A holiday keepsake section from Northeast Alabama Living Please see RAISES | Page 5A Church ch set the moo oirs holiday wo d for rship OBITUARIES, 3B Willie R. Bailey, Anniston Hazel Lucille Blanton, Heflin Emma John Bagley Buchanan, Anniston Eduardo V. Butler, Anniston Harvey E. Dickerson Sr., Ohatchee Gussie R. Finley, Talladega INSIDE TODAY’S STAR James Harper, Alexandria S. D. Heard, Oxford Noah Walter “Chuck” Lanier, Anniston Randell Lamar Ogle, Lincoln Charles Nathaniel Stonecipher, Parker, Colo. Lillian Martin Williams, Piedmont Where to go for the area’s best, brightest Christmas light displays this season LIFE & Looking fo r the Anniston’s First United Methodist, a camerata SEE PAGES 4E, 5E Follow th best and bre colored lights on a tour ightest loca l Christmas of the displays SAKS/WEA VER OLD GADSDE N HIGHWAY Jerry and been attra Debbie Goble’s mass cting ive winter wonderlan slowly down sightseers for 12 d in Saks has years route wort Old Gadsden Highway . After turning off ha U.S. 431, drive But there’s look — one you migh as there are several homes on no your lights, inclu mistaking the Goble’st actually take for the ding a mass main handcrafted ive twinkling annual display of more event. canopy over than 30,00 North Pole wooden recreations of Santa and the driveway, and 0 Village, the during his wonderlan Nativity and more. Due his reindeer, intricate d’s erection, this year, but Jerry won’ to an injury sustained t be donning a closer look. the grounds are open the Santa suit to visitors wanting a photo op or just F holid houn 431, y Christ about bigger Tak for a qu CIRCL quiet str enough everyone D INDIAN OAK S Back on U.S. 431, head north If you’ve got toward the Just past Cher kids, take a quick Indian Oaks Country Club. detour down inflatable char okee Trail you’ll find LENLOC a Cherokee Trail acters and flashing cheerful spectacle K LANE. of the rainbow will lead you find two stree into the India lights that kids go nuts for. n Oaks distri of white lightsts of stately brick home ct where you’l s elegantly and classic l lights runn ing down eithe holly and ivy trimm decked in thousands ings. Follow and watch for the twink r side of Pawnee Drive the trail of ling reflection and s as you roun Pueblo Pass, d Doss Lake . We’ll Buy Your Car We will buy any car, truck or SUV! Why Sell To Us? 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  • SEC DOWN, BCS BOUND SUNDAY DECEMBER,8 2013 COVERAGE IN SPORTS, 1B As much as $328 in coupon savings AL.COM EXCLUSIVE After her husband’s death, a Leeds woman displays their extensive St. Nick collection one last time Bessemer jail to reopen with the transfer of 200 inmates Barnett Wright The Bessemer jail, closed since 2009 because of budget cuts, will reopen Dec. 16 with nearly 200 inmates who will be moved from the overcrowded Birmingham jail, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “The tax payers in the Bessemer Cut Off area deserve and expect a full-service sheriff’s office and justice system,” said Deputy Chief Randy Christian. “This should restore that.” The 1,040-bed county jail in Birmingham has been overcrowded, and past efforts to reopen the 414-bed Bes- semer facility were unsuccessful. Christian said work began Oct. 1 to upgrade the Bessemer jail. “Some repairs had to be made, food and medical provisions put in place, equipment ordered and personnel hired,” Christian said. The Jefferson County Commission set aside $2.4 million in the fiscal 2014 budget to pay for 43 personnel positions at the facility. That does not include another $276,000 the commission approved last month to upgrade the jail’s security system. See JAIL, Page 11A INSIDE Mrs. Claus has a place in Kathye Drake’s huge collection of Santas. (Tamika Moore/ The SANTA CLAUS LADY Jeremy Gray z Not just any Santa Claus could join Kathye Drake’s collection. ◗ At flea markets and thrift stores, she would examine rows and rows of the jolly old man, her eyes finally meeting the motionless eyes of one special figure. ◗ “I have to look at their faces,” she said during a tour of her home in Leeds. “I look into their eyes, and they speak to me. If I pick him up and kiss him, he’s LIVING THE BIRMINGHAM AREA WILL PLAY HOST TO A VARIETY OF ‘NUTCRACKER’ PRODUCTIONS 1E IN DEPTH NELSON MANDELA WAS A MAGNETIC LEADER WHO FOSTERED PEACE AND EQUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA 17A SPORTS GUS MALZAHN SIGNS 6-YEAR EXTENSION; WILL MAKE $3.85 MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR 2B SUNDAY $2 at newsstand Volume 126 Number 117 © 2013 Alabama Media Group INDEX Books Business Classified Comics 4E 1C 1I 1Z coming with me.” ◗ Through countless repetitions of that ritual, and many SUNDAY Periods of rain High 55, low 51. 17A 1E 3A 13A Opinion Sports State Travel 1F 1B 12A 8E WEATHER Santa gifts, the St. Nicks have come to fill almost every room of her house. In Depth Living Local Obituaries See SANTA, Page 5A MONDAY Periods of rain High 56, low 34. TUESDAY Clearing, colder. High 45, low 27.
  • SATURDAY’S SCORES Auburn Missouri 59 42 Florida St. Duke 45 7 MORE IN SPORTS, C1, AND AT DECATURDAILY.COM Jacksonville St. McNeese St. 31 10 Lenoir-Rhyne North Alabama 42 39 South Alabama 30 Louisiana-Lafayette 8 Southern U. 34 Jackson St. 27, 2OT Michigan St. Ohio St. 34 24 RIVERFRONT: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge celebrates 75 Years, B1 The Decatur Daily THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY WORST TO FIRST RACK — $1 HOME DELIVERY — 51 CENTS SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013 DECATURDAILY.COM LawCo sends Galbreath, 2 others to 9 conferences By Meredith Qualls Staff Writer Gary Cosby Jr./Decatur Daily Auburn defensive back Brandon King celebrates Auburn’s 59-42 victory over Missouri. More photos, Auburn likely on to BCS title game after Ohio State’s loss By Cliff Kirkpatrick More inside Sports Writer ATLANTA — Auburn’s magical football season continued with an SEC Championship, and now it’s on to a national title game. The Tigers completed a dramatic turnaround of going winless in conference play last year to claiming an SEC title Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Auburn defeated Missouri 59-42 to win the SEC’s automatic berth to a Bowl Championship Series game. The third-ranked were Tigers expected to go to the Sugar Bowl, but were bumped into the national title game later in the night. The biggest cat: Auburn, C1 Missouri’s side of the ball, C7 Auburn notebook, C8 Auburn report card, C8 No. 2 Ohio State lost its Big Ten Conference title game to Michigan State, 34-24,dropping the Buckeyes out of the championship picture. Auburn moves up and will face No. 1 Florida State for the national title on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. The Seminoles defeated Duke the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. “It’s been one of the more unique experiences I’ve ever been a part of,” Auburn coach Guz Malzahn said of the team’s season. Auburn needed two last-minute comebacks to defeat Georgia and Alabama to claim the SEC West Division and reach the conference title game. “Our staff deserves a lot of credit,” Malzahn said. “They came in, they developed relationships with our players. We developed trust with each other. We had some growing pains, had some tough times. They found a way to improve each practice and each game.” There was question whether a one-loss SEC team should jump an undefeated Ohio State for the national title because of strength of schedule. The SEC has won seven straight national titles. The streak was in jeopardy if Auburn didn’t get help. But Malzahn said his team was national championship worthy anyway. The Tigers played 10 bowl eligible teams this season. “ We’re the SEC cha mp,” Malzahn said. “I believe we (the SEC) won (the national title) the last seven years. We play the toughest schedule of any of the teams there, and we’re playing our best football. A lot of teams aren’t getting better each week. This team is.” Contact Cliff Kirkpatrick at cliff. and follow him at cokirkpatrick. MOULTON — Lawrence County, while over budget and strapped for cash, spent $9,300 for a contract worker and two county employees to attend nine conferences during a span of seven months this year. Interim administrator Tricia Galbreath, who has been on contract with the county since January, attended conferences during a time when the county was struggling to meet payroll and considering employee Galbreath cuts. Commissioners said the conference training expenses Inside Lawwere approved by the commisrence sion but did not provide specifications about who could County attend. Commission Chairman revises Prentis Davis said he under- adminisstood the approval was meant trator job to include Galbreath, a retired descripcounty administrator who tion, A3 Lawworks for the county through rence her company, Galbreath & wet/dry Associates. “It’s not training necessarily, issue goes but keeping up with the pace of grassroots, things,” Davis said of the con- B1 ferences. Galbreath said that to maintain her county administrator certification, she is required to obtain 12 credit hours — which can be obtained through conferences — within a two-year period. But Galbreath isn’t the full-time county administrator. The contract between the county and Galbreath’s company specifies Galbreath as a contractor who “shall not be deemed an employee or agent of the commission.” Lawrence County pays Galbreath & Associates $7,500 per month to perform administrative and accounting services. The contract includes pay for Galbreath and Please see Lawrence, A3 C&L grows while IP shrinks Bentley says $1B a year saved; no records available By Eric Fleischauer Staff Writer The day International Paper in Courtland announced it would close, Hen r y B ow man, the owner of C&L Wo o d P ro d ucts near Hartselle, groaned. Bowman T he pallet manufacturer had just lost its largest customer. The day after the announcement, Bowman began planning an expansion. “We’re trying to turn a sour event into something good for us,” Bowman said. It ’s h a r d t o ove r s t a t e Please see C&L, A7 Jeronimo Nisa/Decatur Daily Edward Tucker works in the saw mill Thursday at C&L Wood Products, near Hartselle. BUSINESS Norman Gearhart, Trinity Gary Givens, Moulton Milton Kirby, Danville Helen Owens, Decatur Rain, with south-southwest winds 3-6 mph. attle /45 Montgomery Bureau AREA DEATHS TODAY’S WEATHER, A2 High: 48 Low: 43 Mary Petrossian, Decatur Mildred Russell, Decatur Gilbert Watts, Trinity Death notices, obits, A6. INSIDE Abby ..................E5 Book ..................E7 Business........... D1 Classified ........... F1 Crossword ..........E6 Editorials.........A4-5 Horoscope .........E2 Living .................E1 Lotteries ........... C2 Obituaries ..........A6 Riverfront ...........B1 Sports ...............C1 Weather .............A2 Decatur, Alabama 102nd year, No. 286, 40 pages Seattle 64/45 and we will get the supporting documentation to you when it is ready for release,” Jennifer Ardis said in By Mary Sell Seattle 50/43 LEAVING WORK AT WORK Some employers step in to prevent employee burnout. D1 Seattle 49/35 Billings Billings 58/37 58/37 Billings Minneapolis Minneapolis nneapolis Minneapolis 32/18 Billings Minneapolis 47/29 64/47 64/47 /47 38/28 Detroit 14/8 Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit New York Minneapolis Detroit 41/26 58/41 58/41 18/10 58/41 58/41 55/39 New York Chicago 2/-8 32/12 New York New York New York New York 46/23 45/25 San 60/46 Chicago Francisco Chicago 60/46 60/46 San Francisco Chicago Chicago 60/46 Francisco Chicago 71/50 0 61/38 61/38 12/4 60/51Denver 61/38 Denver 32/20 San Francisco Washington Denver Denver Washington Washington Washington Washington 64/33 64/33 Washington Kansas City 60/49 66/32 36/20 62/35 64/41 Kansas City 60/45 60/45 60/45 60/45 20/11 42/32 Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City s City 56/30 70/50 70/50 Seattle 50/40 New York 52/22 San Francisco 61/47 Washington 59/30 MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has been saying publicly that the state has saved about $1 billion a year since he and other Republicans took office three years ago. It’s a statement the governor, who is seeking re-election next year, is likely to repeat as the 2014 legislat ive approaches nex t month. But his of f ice hasn’t turned over documents detailing all the savings, per a public records request from The Decatur Daily. Last month, when speaking at an attorneys’ conference, Bentley said Republicans had “saved over a billion dollars annually since we came into office.” The newspaper asked for a list of the savings and a week later filed a public records request for them. Late last week, Bentley’s spokeswoman said the documents weren’t ready. “ We a re work i n g t o update the numbers on the ‘Road to a Billion’ campaign, Bentley an email. On Friday, Bentley again mentioned the $1 billion while speaking at an Alabama Farmers Federation meeting in Montgomery. “I was given a list yesterday of what we have truly s aved ,” he s a id . “ It is approaching nearly $1 billion.” Ardis said the list the governor was referring to was a result of the newspaper’s records request, but it was a draft document that couldn’t be released. “We are comfortable with what he is saying, but we are double-checking the numbers,” Ardis said Friday. “We want to get it down to the cent as much as we can.” Last year, Bentley and o t h e r s r ol l e d o u t t h e Please see Records, A3 Seattle 42/34 Billings 36/22 Denver 40/26 San Francisco 58/43 Los Angeles Minneapolis Billings 36/2624/9 Chicago 49/36 Denver Kansas City 40/10 46/32 Minneapolis Detroit 8/-6 42/32 New York Detroi 46/34 21/10 Chicago 21/13 Washington Kansas City 54/36 23/9 Wash 48/27
  • “For I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” — Genesis 37:17 High 75° Low 63° Partly sunny, chance of rain mainly before noon, Weather 2A SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013 DOTHAN EAGLE Real people. Real news. AUBURN $1.50 1C WINS COMING HOME SEC CHAMPIONSHIP U.S. veteran returns from North Korea after being detained Ohio State falls to Michigan State; Auburn likely to play Florida State for national championship 1B HOLIDAY TRADITION Over-the-top decorations a staple for some families Providing the right footing 1E WORST TO FIRST Parents aim to keep their kids outside and physically healthy BY JIMMY SAILORS Missy and Marvin Sexton recognized the signs. Their sons Walker, 12, and Greg, 9, were spending more time with computers and electronics, and less time playing outside. The parents took action in January, setting up a system where the boys had to earn their electronics privileges through exercise. “We decided it was getting too much,” Marvin said. “To stay physically healthy, I think you have to set a foundation for the kids going forward, to teach them that exercise is important and to stress it, to get them outside doing things.” If the boys don’t earn the required exercise points, they don’t get to play on their computers. “And they’ve never failed, every single month,” Missy said. The system isn’t complicated. At the end of each day, Missy figures out what the kids have done and totals up the points. She also monitors the amount and kinds of food they consume. The fitness and diet regimen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auburn running back Tre Mason celebrates his touchdown against Missouri during the second half of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game on Saturday in Atlanta. No. 3 Auburn turns around and defeats No. 5 Missouri for SEC Championship Game win less in the Southeastern Conference a year ago to winning the SEC Championship Game on Saturday in the Georgia Dome, outracing No. 5-ranked Missouri, ATLANTA — Boom! 59-42. From worst to first. “This is a team of destiny,” Auburn No. 3-ranked Auburn completed its remarkable turnaround from going win- athletics director Jay Jacobs said amid BY JON JOHNSON the celebration on the field. “It was a track meet out here today, but we did what we needed to do to get it done. I couldn’t be more proud of these seniors for Auburn.” See AUBURN, Page 7A See FOOTING, Page 2A INSIDE Lottery Numbers Weather Opinion Letters Obituaries 2A 2A 4A 4A 6A State Services Around the Wiregrass People Today in History National Briefs 12A 15A 15A 2B 2B 2B World Briefs Sports Scores Movie Listings Coffee Break Jim Cook 4B 1C 2C 5C 13C 1E Births Sharon Randall Engagements Accent Briefs Comics tvchannels 2E 2E 6E 7E Inside Inside Subscribe to the DOTHAN EAGLE Call: 334-702-6080 or 334-792-3141 Benton Springs™ Steens Mountain™ Fleece Jacket SPECIAL $34.95 MSRP - $60.00 3736 Ross Clark Circle Dothan
  • Sunday, December 8, 2013 Painful loss PREP HOOPS Coverage from the TimesDaily Classic tournament. Sports C3 Florence LOVELY BRANCHES Museum exhibit celebrates beauty of Christmas tree. Life F1 RUNAWAY RUDOLPH Reindeer escapes from Santa at mall DILLON, Colo. — A runaway reindeer broke free from Santa Claus at a Colorado mall Thursday while the Big Man was inside visiting with children. According to reports, the reindeer escape happened outside the La Riva Mall in Dillon. While Santa was inside listening to children’s Christmas wish lists, the reindeer jumped over its enclosure, leading police officers on a healthy jog through town. The reindeer was located on the other side of a nearby reservoir. The Summit County sheriff’s office brought in another reindeer to lure the runaway and get it back into a trailer. Muscle Shoals Sheffield North Alabama’s dream of playing for a Division II football championship ended Saturday as Lenior-Rhyne held on for a 42-39 victory over the Lions. UNA put itself in a bind early with three turnovers in the first half, including an interception Tuscumbia Northwest Alabama return for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. The Lions trailed 28-14 at halftime. Lenoir-Rhyne led 35-14 in the third quarter, then UNA began its comeback. Jacob Tucker and Luke Wingo each threw a long touchdown pass to Jason Smith to spark the comeback. Smith’s second touchdown pulled the Lions within three points at 35-32. UNA had a chance to take the lead late before a sack forced a punt. The Lions had one final chance with an onside kick after scoring to trim Lenoir-Rhyne’s lead to 42-39. But the Bears recovered the kick and ran out the clock to advance to the semifinals. With the loss, UNA ends its season with a 10-3 record. For more coverage, see C6, C10 and Commitment in question After 5 coal-fired units shuttered, officials worry TVA’s not here to stay By Robert Palmer Staff Writer W hen the Tennessee Valley Authority phases out the five coalburning units at Colbert Fossil Plant in the coming year, Shoals area lead- ers wonder whether the federal utility will replace the generating capacity — and jobs — with something new. They also wonder why TVA isn’t investing in clean-coal technology. The TVA board of directors voted AUBURN TIGERS in November to shutter the five Colbert units as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to make significant improvements in air quality. Installing scrubbers at the 50-plus year old plant would cost an estimated $1 billion, which is an investment TVA is not willing to make at the aging facility. Colbert Count y Commission Chairman Roger Creekmore said an opportunity is being missed. Please see TVA, A5 2013 SEC CHAMPIONS Pasadena bound MANUAL MANDATORY Man finds tank not an easy drive GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Sometimes an owner’s manual is not enough. Oregon State Police said that’s what a 58-year-old man learned when he tried to drive a 50-ton battle tank up a steep grade near the coastal town of Gold Beach. According to reports, the 1969 Chieftain had been purchased by a local resident, but a truck driver transporting the tank was unable to climb the grade. So he unloaded it at a turnout along U.S. Highway 101. The owner’s caretaker, Jeffrey Glossop, of Pistol River, decided he could get the tank up the hill. State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Glossop had the operator’s manual. But Hastings said the tank slipped out of gear and rolled back down across the busy highway, crashing through a guardrail. Gary Cosby Jr./For the TimesDaily On the Net Photo galleries at Wide receiver Sammie Coates, above, celebrates Auburn’s 59-42 SEC Championship victory over Missouri on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Below: Head coach Gus Malzahn laughs with game MVP Tre Mason, who rushed for 304 yards. For more on the game, see C1, C8 and C9. Auburn likely on to BCS title game after No. 2 Ohio St.’s loss By Cliff Kirkpatrick Sports Writer ATLANTA — Auburn’s magical football season continued with an SEC Championship, and now it’s likely on to a national title game. The Tigers completed a dramatic turnaround of going winless in conference play last year to an SEC title Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Auburn defeated Missouri, 59-42, to win the SEC’s automatic berth into a Bowl Championship Series game. The third-ranked Tigers were expected to go to the Sugar Bowl, but were bumped into the national title game later in the night. No. 2 Ohio State lost its Big Ten Conference title game to Michigan State, 34-24, and that ONLINE TODAY Photo gallery and video from UNA’s game against Lenior-Rhyne. WHAT’S YOUR OPINION? Saturday’s question: Do you think the economy is improving? Yes: 28.5% No: 71.5% Today’s question: Does TVA treat the Shoals fairly compared to other regions? Vote daily online at: Inside: Classified Crossword Day Planner Forum Obituaries E1 F3 F2 D1 B4 Opinion Police Stocks Television Weather Vol. 124 No. 342 Copyright 2013 Tennessee Valley TimesDailyCo., Inc. Sunday Printing Home delivery: 256-740-5760 D2 B4 D4 F6 A2 Bar Please see Auburn, A6 State teachers could see new round of raises By Phillip Rawls Associated Press MONTGOMERY — A labama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state Legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up. Code Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday he wants a cost-of-living raise for public education employees. Bentley hasn’t yet said how much of a raise, but said he wants to restore pay cuts that educators took at the start of his administration when they were Please see Raises, A5 Office lacks records on $1B claim By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has recently said publicly the state has saved about $1 billion a year since he and other Republicans took office three years ago. It’s a statement the governor, who is seeking for re-election next year, is likely to repeat as the 2014 legislative approaches next month. But his office hasn’t turned over documents detailing all the savings as requested by the TimesDaily. In November, when speaking at an attorneys’ conference, Bentley said Republicans had “saved over a billion dollars annually since we came into office.” The newspaper asked for a list of those savings and a week later filed an open records request for them. ‘We are comfortable with what (the governor) is saying, but we are double-checking the numbers. We want to get it down to the cent as much as we can.’ JENNIFER ARDIS GOV. BENTLEY’S SPOKESWOMAN On Thursday, Bentley’s spokeswoman said the documents weren’t ready. “We are working to update the numbers on the Road to a Billion campaign, and we will get the supporting documentation to you when it is ready for release,” Jennifer Ardis said in an email. On Friday, Bentley again mentioned the $1 billion while speaking at an Alabama Farmers Federation meeting in Montgomery. “I was given a list yesterday Bentley of what we have truly saved,” he said. “It is approaching nearly $1 billion.” Ardis said the list Bentley was referring to was a result of the paper’s records request, but it was a draft document that couldn’t be released yet. “We are comfortable with what (the governor) is saying, but we are double-checking the numbers,” Ardis said Friday. “We want to get it down to the cent as much as we can.” Please see Savings, A5
  • A1LOCAL SPORTS BANK ROBBERY MAN FLEES WITH CASH IN STEELE, A4 JACKSONVILLE STATE UPSETS MCNEESE STATE, 31-10, B3 COUPONS $167.65 In most areas 147 YEARS OF SERVING THE GREATER GADSDEN AREA GADSDENTIMES.COM | SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 | $1.50 AUBURN 59, MISSOURI 42 Tougher Tiger Above and right: The No. 3 Auburn Tigers celebrate winning the SEC championship game 59-42 over No. 5 Missouri on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Tigers set an SEC championship record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground. Auburn is expected to play Florida State for the BCS National Championship. Left: Auburn’s Tre Mason and Ryan White hoist team trophies as confetti falls from above at the Georgia Dome. Mason had 304 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries and was named MVP. View a full gallery of photos at www. For complete game coverage, see B1, B2. Times photos by Dave Hyatt STATE LEGISLATURE INVESTIGATION 2014 could be repeat of 2013 for raises Gunshots fired, MONTGOMERY — Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up. Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday he wants a costof-living raise for public education employees. The governor hasn’t yet said how much of a raise. Bentley said he wants to Legislative leaders say a cost-of-living raise will be hard to achieve for education employees and virtually impossible for state employees who don’t work in education. restore pay cuts that educators took at the start of his administration when they were required to boost contributions to their own pensions. “It helped me turn the state situation around, and I appreciate that. And now that things are better, I think we can help them,” Bentley said. INSIDE TODAY Around Here ...... A2 Ask Amy ............. C7 Calendar ............ C2 Classifieds .......... D1 Crossword.......... C3 Features..............C1 Forum ................ C8 Horoscopes........ C7 Lotteries ............ A2 Mr. Know-It-All .. A2 Obituaries ..........A9 Opinion ..............C9 Sports................. B1 TV Listings ......... C7 However, he said the state can’t afford a cost-of-living raise for non-education employees. “Unfortunately, our General Fund is still very anemic,” he said. Legislative leaders say a cost-of-living raise will be hard to achieve for education em- ployees and virtually impossible for state employees who don’t work in education. “Right now, my crystal ball says unless some manna drops from the sky, it will be very difficult to give state employees a pay raise,” said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark, chairman of the House Ways and MeansGeneral Fund Committee. His committee helps write the General Fund budget for noneducation agencies. PLEASE SEE RAISES | A4 FIGHT CRIME Police, Sheriff’s Office lend tips to help keep public safe during holidays. A3 2 dead at hotel BY JOHN DAVIDSON Times Staff Writer Two people are dead after Etowah County Sheriff’s deputies heard gunshots while serving felony warrants at an East Gadsden hotel on Saturday afternoon, according to the office of Coroner Michael Gladden. Deputy Coroner Michael Head said deputies were called out at 12:07 p.m. to serve warrants on a 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman at the Holiday Host in the 2400 block of East Meighan Boulevard. Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Natalie Barton said deputies were there to serve three felony drug warrants on the woman. PLEASE SEE GUNSHOTS | A4 TODAY’S WEATHER Expect today to be not quite as cold with periods of rain. High 53 Low 49 For details, see A12 147th year No. 159 | Copyright, 2013 BY PHILLIP RAWLS Associated Press
  • SEC DOWN, BCS BOUND SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013 COVERAGE IN SPORTS, 1B AS MUCH AS $212 IN COUPON SAVINGS NEEDIEST LIVING FAMILIES The Mobile Ballet will bring some exciting new flavor to its production of ‘The Nutcracker.’ 1C (AP) AIRBUS SUPPLIERS Mayor preaching patience John Sharp Mayor Sandy Stimpson is calling for patience when it Help us find comes to Mobile landing sup- the best holiday pliers for the $600 million Air- displays in bus assembly plant. But he’s Alabama. 1C (Sharon Steinmann/ Staying strong for her family “I know everything’s going to be OK—eventually. I trust in God.” Katie Herrera Emer Salvation Army Coastal Alabama “Mommy, when is the tooth fairy going to come?” asked 7-year-old Germanie. Her bottom tooth had been wishfully waiting under her Minnie Mouse pillow. The only answer her mother, Akilah Morrissette, could give her was, “She’ll get here eventually.” She said, “There are a lot of kids who lose teeth every day. She’s just busy, but she’ll come.” Truthfully, Morrissette doesn’t know when she’ll be able to provide extra treats for her children, like a visit from the tooth fairy. She lost her job a year ago and hasn’t been able to find work since. Morrissette spent eight years as a certified nursing assistant, the last four as a home care provider for a patient she fondly refers to as “Ms. Sue.” But when Sue passed away, so did Morrissette’s income. “It was really sad. I lost my job, and I lost a friend. It broke me down,” Morrissette said. After months of interviews and job searching, Morrissette enrolled at Virginia College. She’s proud to say she is on the president’s list and should graduate with a nursing degree in June. See FAMILIES, Page 10A INDEX Business .......................... 1E Classified .........................1F Comics .............................1Z In Depth.......................... 17A Living................................1C Local................................4A Opinion .............................1D Sports ..............................1B State ..............................12A Television ....................... 11C SUNDAY Spotty showers High 66, low 62 Volume 200, Number 93 © 2013 Alabama Media Group $2 at newsstand also pushing for the city to dedicate more resources to improving roads and infrastructure at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Stimpson returned Thursday from Hamburg, Germany, where he attended the Aviation Forum 2013. The state and local governments have invested millions of dollars into infrastructure near the Airbus plant, such as a $2.5 million upgrade to Broad Street and another $1.8 million in upgrades to other streets. The plant is set to open in 2015. See MAYOR, Page 10A
  • Informing more than 42,000 readers daily in print and online AU VICTORY See complete coverage. SPORTS, PAGE 1B CHEERS OF CHAMPIONS Tiger fans flock to Toomer’s Corner SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 VOL. 108 NO. 342 PAGE 5A $1.50 RUN TO GLORY Auburn rushes past Missouri, 59-42, in SEC Championship win BY ALEX BYINGTON ATLANTA — Tre Mason told his teammates before they ever stepped into the Georgia Dome turf he wasn’t going home without some fancy new hardware. After rushing for a career-high 304 yards — just 3 yards shy of the school record — and four touchdowns on a school-record 46 carries Saturday night, the Auburn junior tailback wouldn’t be the only one. Powered by its unstoppable run game, which racked up a season-high 545 rushing yards, No. 3 Auburn capped the greatest turnaround in Southeastern Conference history by locking up the 2013 SEC championship with a 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the highest scoring SEC championship game ever. “I told guys, ‘I’m not leaving Atlanta without a ring,’” Mason said. “I told them, ‘I’m not leaving without being a champion.’ That sunk into those guys. They took it to heart and performed well tonight.” “Well” is an understatement. Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall added 233 yards of total offense, including 132 passing and 101 rushing, and two touchdowns as he and Mason helped the Tigers (121) outscore Missouri 28-8 over the final 18 1/2 minutes after a back-and-forth game that saw seven lead changes. A year after the program went winless in SEC play, which ultimately led to the firing of former coach Gene Chizik and the hiring of Gus See GLORY, Page 6A ALBERT CESARE/ACESARE@OANOW.COM Scan this QR code to watch online video of the celebration Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) and Auburn Tigers defensive back Ryan White (19) celebrate with the SEC trophy after Auburn defeated Missouri and the trophy presentations. 59-42 in the SEC Championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Index 99 ARTS....................................... 1C BUSINESS ..............................9A $ CLASSIFIEDS ......................... 1E CROSSWORD .........................C9 LOCAL ....................................3A LOTTERIES .............................3B Christmas Special NATION/WORLD.................... 1D OPINION.................................4A SCOREBOARD .......................3B SPORTS.................................. 1B Weather High: 65 Low: 56 Page 2A Mostly cloudy and milder, scattered showers 14 Karat Yellow, White or Rose Gold With a Brilliant 6 Point Diamond 18 inches
  • AUBURN SOARS THE MOM STOP | 1E Remember tips to get through hurtful holidays For coverage of the SEC and other championship games, see pages 1C, 7C IN TODAY’S PAPER COUPONS WORTH $ 302 In most areas $1. S U N DA Y , D E C E M B E R 8 , 2013 $1 50 T U S C A L O O S A , N O R T H P O R T, W E S T A L A B A M A WWW.TUSCALOOSANEWS.COM Crimson Tide likely headed to the Sugar Bowl Auburn could play in national title game By Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor The University of Alabama football team seems to be a lock to land in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. Two -time defending national champion Alabama will learn its bowl destination — and opponent — when BCS pairings are revealed tonight, but the announcement of a Jan. 2 date in the Sugar Bowl for the Crimson Tide appears to be a certainty. Oklahoma or Oregon is Alabama’s most likely opponent. The Sugar Bowl has a contract to take the Southeastern Conference champion, unless the SEC Championship Game winner is playing in the Bowl Championship Series national title game. Auburn is expected to move into the national championship contest by virtue of Saturday’s victory over Missouri in the SEC title game in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, coupled with Ohio State’s upset loss to Michigan State on Saturday in the Big Ten championship game. A labama came into the weekend at No. 4 in the official BCS ratings, and the top four teams in the final rankings that will be released tonight are guaranteed berths in one of the five BCS games: the BCS national title game, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. Under BCS selection rules, bowls that lose the champion of a conference to which they are contractually tied to the BCS SELECTION SHOW ■ What: Bowl Championship Series matchups announced ■ When: 7:30 p.m. ■ TV: ESPN national championship game — such as the Sugar Bowl with the SEC — get to choose teams to replace those conference champions before atlarge selections take place. The Sugar Bowl needs a re- Lighting up holiday cheer Demopolis hosts its 42nd Annual Christmas on the River parade placement for Auburn, so there is little doubt that the Crimson Tide will fill that slot. The Orange Bowl, which has to replace ACC champion Florida State, gets the fi rst replacement pick if F SU is ranked No. 1 in tonight’s rankings. Clemson is expected to be the Orange Bowl’s replacement selection for FSU. By BCS protocol, the Orange Bowl would not take Alabama because the Sugar Bowl SEE BOWLS | 11A Red-light camera fines are rolling in Almost $33,000 collected since Sept. By Jason Morton Staff Writer STAFF PHOTOS | DUSTY COMPTON ABOVE: Eight-year-old Blayton Taylor’s breath can be seen in the brisk air as he plays in a tree at the 42nd Annual Christmas on the River Nautical Parade along the Tombigbee River in Demopolis on Saturday. LEFT: Lighted floats move along the Tombigbee at the 42nd Annual Christmas on the River Nautical Parade. To see more photos of Demopolis’ Christmas on the River, visit LEFT: People watch lighted floats parade along the river in Demopolis. RIGHT: Tori Covington, 9, left, and Elizabeth Melton, 9, play with light sabres at Christmas on the River. Government seeks to improve safety for older drivers By Lars Thorvaldsen McClatchy Washington Bureau WA SHING T ON | Concerned about an oncoming wave of fragile older drivers, the federal government is working to beef up its safety programs aimed at seniors behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra- tion, drivers 65 and older are more likely to die or suffer serious injuries, even in low-severity crashes, than younger drivers. It prompted the agency, which is part of the Department of Transportation, to announce a new, fiveyear comprehensive safety plan this week. The plan seeks to improve the data it collects on crashes and injuries sustained in them, explore new research on technology that could help drivers avoid collisions, and improve the system for identifying dangerous drivers. The agency’s administrator, David Strickland, emphasized that the plan was not about labeling an age group of drivers. Older drivers are “some of the safest on our roads,” he said. INSIDE: VOL. 195 | NO. 342 | 8 Sections 0 90994 32007 9 Bridge 7F Business 1D Classifieds 1F Crossword 3E Dear Abby 2E Horoscope 2E Ideas & Issues 4D Lend A Hand 15B Sports 1C Television 1H Today 1E Weather 16B At the same time, existing data show that an 85-year-old driver is 1.77 times more likely to get a moderate or more-severe injury in a crash, when compared with drivers between 35 and 54. If the 85-year-old was a front-seat passenger, the older person is fi ve times more likely to get injured. “Although older people of today SEE DRIVERS | 11A WINTER WEATHER Much of the country has been hit by a frigid storm that has caused power outages, treacherous roads and some deaths | 3A High 51 Low 48 Tuscaloosa City Hall has collected almost $32,805 in fi nes from motorists ticketed in the past three months for running a red light on 15th Street. The revenue was generated from 784 citations issued for red-light violations from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. The offenders were captured on the city’s only operable traffi c-light camera on the eastbound lanes of 15th Street at its intersection with Sixth Avenue/Dr. Edward Hillard Drive. Based on the $110 fi ne for each violation — of which City Hall keeps $70 — the one camera has led to $86,240 in potential fi nes. Of the fi ne, $10 is required by state law for RED-LIGHT record-keeping re quirements of the Ala- CAMERAS bama Criminal Jus- Installation is ont i c e I n f o r m a t i o n going or planned Center. at: T h e r e m a i n i n g ■ 15th Street and $100 is the maximum Sixth Avenue/Dr. fine allowed by the Edward Hillard Alabama legislative Drive. act that allows Tusca- ■ Interstate 359 loosa to use the auto- and Skyland Boumated system. Gatso levard. USA Inc., the com- ■ McFarland Boupany hired by City levard and SkyHall to install, main- land Boulevard. tain and monitor the ■ McFarland Boutraffic cameras, gets levard and James $30 for each paid I. Harrison Jr. Parkfi ne. way. City Engineer Da- ■ University Bouvid Griffi n said in Oc- levard and tober that the money Lurleen Wallace from each paid ticket Boulevard North. is being held in es- ■ University Boucrow in anticipation of levard and a lawsuit challenging Lurleen Wallace the system. Boulevard South. He d id not say whether a legal challenge to the red-light system was imminent, only that it was a possibility. Any violations caught on camera are reviewed by Tuscaloosa police officers before a citation is issued. Accused violators are notified by mail and directed to a website where they can view photos, video and other details of the redlight violation. Those receiving citations can challenge the civil violation in municipal court and, if desired, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court, which will hear appeals of the lower court’s rulings. According to state and city law, City Hall will have the burden of proof in each circumstance. SEE T RAFFIC | 11A
  • Decade after his slaying, family and friends recall what made Kent Heitholt special. OVATION, 1E PERSPECTIVES, 1C CULTURE SHOCK 120 $ PLAY BRINGS LACK OF UNDERSTANDING, CONNECTION INTO FOCUS COLUMBIA DAILY LIFE GOES ON A former MU professor with a terminal cancer seeks to make dying less scary. PULSE, 1D SUNDAY, December 8, 2013 50 pages — $1.50 ■ Columbia, Missouri ■ SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COMPLETE COVERAGE IN SPORTS AUBURN 59 - MISSOURI 42 Official files death lawsuit Documents allege negligence in care. BY ANDREW DENNEY Ryan Henriksen/Tribune Missouri’s Levi Copelin sits on the bench after the Tigers’ loss yesterday to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. A dream season in which the Missouri Tigers were picked to finish next-tolast in their division but instead took the SEC East crown came to a disappointing conclusion last night in Atlanta. Mizzou’s defense was outmatched by the fast-paced Auburn offense and gave up 545 yards on the ground. Now the team waits to hear who its next opponent will be, and which bowl will extend the Tigers an invitation. ONLINE: See a photo gallery from yesterday’s game at www. columbiatribune. com. INSIDE: Fans who couldn’t make it to the game in person instead kept downtown Columbia hopping. PAGE 14A Nixon working with lawmakers Governor was key in Boeing deal. 777X jetliner. Working against a Tuesday deadline to submit the state’s bid, Nixon first met with leaders from both chambers then called lawmakers together and gave BY RUDI KELLER them a bill ready to debate. | 815-1709 Heavy majorities in both chambers JEFFERSON CITY — A new word approved the bill, but not before a group emerged last week to describe Gov. Jay of five reluctant Republicans met with Nixon and his relationship with lawmak- Nixon to discuss their willingness to block ers — engaged. the bill over the massive annual When the five-day special sescost of tax credits. The first clear sion ended Friday, Nixon, a Demresult of that meeting emerged ocrat, received high marks from Friday, when the Missouri HousRepublican House Speaker Tim ing Development Commission, Jones, one of his harshest critics. dominated by Nixon’s appoinAnd the key moment, Jones said, tees, put off consideration of $137 was when Nixon brokered a deal million in low-income housing with tax credit opponents to take tax credits while Boeing mulls its a personal role on legislation to choice. Nixon limit major programs. Jeffrey Bay, chairman of the “The fact that the governor finally sat commission, said he doesn’t see the down with the Senate was what moved potential for bringing jobs to the state as the bill forward in a positive fashion,” outside of the commission’s purview. Jones said at a post-session news confer“It’s a good benefit,” Bay said. “It’s lots ence. of jobs, lots of economic benefit.” Lawmakers approved a bill allowing as Nixon met with Sens. John Lamping of much as $150 million in annual tax breaks Ladue, Brad Lager of Savannah, Ed Emery if Boeing chooses Missouri to build the of Lamar, Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph and Ed Brown of Rolla. “We were trying to find places where we agreed,” Lamping said Friday. “There were more than enough of us to kill the Boeing bill but we were trying to see what would allow that bill to come to pass.” Tax credits have been a frustrating subject for much of Nixon’s time in office. Tax credit redemptions peaked in fiscal year 2012 at $629 million and totaled $512 million in fiscal year2013, representing a diversion of almost 8 percent of general revenue over two years. A review commission named by Nixon has twice recommended lower caps on major programs and short renewal periods to force regular reviews of each program. In his annual State of the State speeches, Nixon has asked for those recommendations to be enacted. A special session, called in 2011 to enact limits and new credits for air freight haulers in St. Louis, ended in failure. “That is enough for public consumption,” Lamping said. “Anyone who has studied any successful executive branch, at the state or federal level, knows that success comes when the executive branch Tampering charges filed in murder investigation A Columbia man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Satina Beckner, 32, whose body was found Oct. 9 along the side of Crab Orchard Road in rural Cooper County. Parish Walker, 30, was still being held in Boone County Jail last night. Columbia police allege Walker deleted his contact information from Beckner’s phone after he learned from another man who had possession of Beckner’s phone that Beckner was dead. An autopsy from the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Beckner had died from blunt force trauma. Bryant L. Holmes, 23, of Columbia, was charged on Oct. 11 in Cooper County Circuit Court with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Beckner’s death. According to online records, no trial date has been set. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 17. Holmes has previous convictions for second-degree burglary, third-degree domestic assault and second-degree property damage. Columbia Police Officer Latisha Stroer said in an email that on Oct. 10, police brought Walker in for questioning, and that Walker told police that he deleted his Beckner information from Beckner’s phone so that he could not be linked to her death and to conceal evidence that he had sold a controlled substance to Beckner. A warrant was later issued for Walker’s arrest. — By the Tribune’s staff recognizes the difference between proclamation and speechmaking and the legislative process.” Nixon met with the majority Republican caucuses before the start of the special session, as he did last year to discuss his proposal for Medicaid expansion. The personal engagement didn’t work as well then, Jones said. “Last session the governor was largely fixated on one particular legislative item that a strong majority of this General Assembly was not interested in and that is about all he worked on,” Jones said. The difference between the House and Senate over tax credits has been a disagreement of what to do with money saved from new limits, Lamping said. The Senate wanted savings to go to the treasury and the House wanted new programs. The Boeing bill represents new programs without savings and the five lawmakers wanted assurance Nixon would work as hard for savings when they return Jan. 8 for their regular session. “The only difference now is that the executive branch is far more engaged,” he said. WEATHER Today HIGH 28 LOW 17 Tomorrow 24 11 HIGH LOW More weather on Page 13A | 815-1719 Boone County Public Administrator Cathy Richards has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Burrell Behavioral Health in her capacity as conservator for the mother of a 13-year-old boy whose death Richards alleges was linked to his use of an anticonvulsant drug prescribed to him by a Burrell physician. Richards’ petition, filed last month in Boone County Circuit Court, says Joseph Trumbo, 13, died on March 21 after his skin became badly infected after he had an allergic reaction to his medication. The infection spread throughout his body, causing multiple-organ failure. His skin had become infected months after he was prescribed anticonvulsant drugs that can potentially cause deadly skin conditions in rare cases. Burrell is based in Springfield, and the court petition also names Lisa Baeza, a psychiatrist working with the mentalhealth provider, as a defendant. An attorney representing the mental health provider and Burrell administrators did not return messages seeking comment. Richards — an elected Boone County official tasked with serving as a guardian or conservator for mentally disabled persons — declined to comment. She is named as the conservator for the estate of Maria Trumbo, Joseph Trumbo’s mother, in the case. According to the petition, Maria Trumbo is disabled because of a traumatic brain injury. Court documents say Joseph Trumbo was prescribed Lamictol, approved for the treatment of epilepsy, in October 2012 after his mother reported that Joseph was defiant and prone to outbursts. Baeza prescribed the medication off-label, the petition says, to help with a condition called operational defiant disorder. After using the medication for about two months, a primary care physician observed that Joseph had developed rashes, and concluded they were likely caused by the use of Lamictol. A dermatologist who later observed Joseph said the lesions and blotches developing on his skin were consistent with a potentially lethal condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and the dermatologist discontinued Joseph’s use of the drug. Lamictol’s manufacturer warns physicians that SJS occurs in about 8 of 1,000 pediatric patients taking the drug. In January, Baeza prescribed Tegretol after she noted that Joseph continued to have behavioral problems. Tegretol also is approved for the treatment of epilepsy, and the drug’s manufacturer also warns that its drug might cause SJS. According to court documents, a physician noted on Feb. 14 that Joseph had again developed rashes and was having a similar reaction to Tegretol as he had with Lamictol. His condition then evolved from SJS to toxic epidermal necrolysis, a condition in which more than 30 percent of the body is covered in rashes or blisters. The infection spread, causing his death. “I think you can put on a board 1,000 ways to die, and I think this would be one of the leading ways you wouldn’t want to die,” said Steve Garner, a Springfield attorney representing Richards in her role as conservator for Maria Trumbo. The lawsuit alleges that Burrell and its employee were negligent in Joseph’s death because he had been prescribed Tegretol after having an allergic reaction to Lamictol and for failing to warn his mother about the potential for Joseph to have an allergic reaction to Tegretol. 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  • KANSAS CITY EDITION WWW.KANSASCITY.COM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 AUBURN RUNS OVER MIZZOU Sporting KC wins title with late kick MU GIVES UP 545 YARDS ON THE GROUND IN 59-42 SEC TITLE GAME LOSS | B1 Children’s Division falls short The Kansas City Star For the first time since 2000, Kansas City is home to a professional sports title. Braving single-digit wind chill and a relentless opponent in Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City earned its second Major League Soccer championship Saturday night with a 7-6 edge in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie that stood through more than 120 minutes: two halves of regulation play and two 15-minute overtime periods. Defender Aurelien Collin, a French national and one of Sporting KC’s leaders, made the final penalty kick. When Real Salt Lake’s Lovel Palmer failed to follow suit on the icy turf, pandemonium erupted at sold-out Sporting Park, the state-ofthe-art stadium that opened in 2011 in Kansas City, Kan. “Nobody wants to see a game like that decided on penalty kicks,” said Collin, who was named most valuable player of the match after also scoring Sporting KC’s only goal during regulation. “Except tonight.” It was the first time that Collin had ever attempted a penalty kick in a professional soccer game. Sporting KC, which won the MLS Cup 13 years ago as the Wizards, is the first Kansas City team to win a championship at home since the Royals clinched the 1985 World Series with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 1970 but haven’t been back since. The 10 rounds of penalty kicks required to determine this year’s MLS champion were a league record. The celebration of Sporting KC’s league title will continue on Monday with a free event planned for players and fans from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station. “For those fans to sit out there in those conditions was incredible,” said coach and manager Peter Vermes. “This city and those fans deserved this championship.” $2.00 TODAY’S WEATHER: LOW 16, HIGH 27. LIGHT SNOW LIKELY. | B16 KC SCHOOLS | State official eager to start over EMAILS DETAIL A HIDDEN PLAN It won’t be granted reaccreditation until the Jackson County office fixes inadequacies listed in report. By LAURA BAUER and JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star The Jackson County Children’s Division has fallen below national accreditation standards and must correct inadequacies, including high caseloads, poor documentation and worker inexperience, according to a preliminary report obtained by The Star. Until the Jackson County office clears those hurdles, neither it nor the state Children’s Division can be reaccredited. In the extensive and sometimes critical report, the national Council on Accreditation listed more than two dozen problems — many of which The Star detailed in recent stories — that need corrective action. The Children’s Division has until the end of January to respond to accreditation officials, according to a memo dated Dec. 2. The office will have to provide specific evidence to show that the problems have been fixed or are being addressed. Falling short of the accreditation standards “is a horrible backslide,” said Lori Burns-Bucklew, a lawyer who represented Jackson County children in a lawsuit years ago to improve foster care and child welfare. Officials with the Missouri Department of Social Services, the agency that includes the SEE DIVISION | A18 More anger, frustration in Maryville case Teenager who admitted having nonconsensual sex with girl, 13, returned home for treatment after spending two weeks in custody. More in Sports Daily | B3 KEITH MYERS | THE KANSAS CITY STAR By DUGAN ARNETT and MARK MORRIS The Kansas City Star A rushed bidding process ultimately landed CEE-Trust a $385,000 contract to develop a long-range overhaul for the Kansas City school district. SUNDAY SAVE UP TO $219.84 IN COUPONS IN TODAY’S STAR As district was making its case for a reprieve from state intervention, Chris Nicastro had other ideas. By JOE ROBERTSON The Kansas City Star B STAR MAGAZINE OTTAWA THEATER’S PAST MAY SAFEGUARD ITS FUTURE A+E D1 CAREER BUILDER F1 acked by two of the most influential foundations in Kansas City, Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and a state-hired consultant are planning the future of Kansas City Public Schools as a slate wiped clean. Revelations in emails obtained by The Star and dating to April show a state education department eager to create a new school system, even as the long-beleaguered but stabilized district was preparing to celebrate its best academic improvement in years. The electronic trail exposes a rushed bidding process, now criticized, that ultimately landed Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust a $385,000 contract to develop a long-range overhaul for the district’s failing schools. Summer discussions in emails reveal Nicastro’s wish for a statewide district to gather poor-performing schools under new lea- CLASSIFIED F3 DEATHS A30-33 H+H C1 LOCAL A5 dership, with an office for innovation and charter school expansion. In mid-August, days before the state’s district report cards were to be released to the public showing a surprisingly high score for Kansas City, a CEE-Trust partner shared his talking points with Nicastro and staff debunking the performance of a district where 70 percent of the students still perform below proficiency. “It suggests a conspiracy against our success,” said Kansas City Superintendent Steve Green. Even as Green and his cabinet gathered in Jefferson City on Sept. 4 with Nicastro and staff to plead Kansas City’s case for provisional accreditation and a reprieve from state intervention, emails show Nicastro had other plans. Three weeks earlier at the Kauffman Foundation, unknown to Green, Nicastro had introduced her planning team to the person she selected to lead a potential statewide district — Norman Ridder, who is retiring as superintendent of Spring- Amid the uproar over the dropping of felony charges in a Maryville, Mo., sexual assault case involving then-14-year-old Daisy Coleman, a similar incident that night — against an even younger girl — has gone largely unremarked. In that case, the teen who admitted having nonconsensual sex with Coleman’s 13-year-old friend from Albany, Mo., one January night last year was taken into the state juvenile justice system, which cloaks its wards in anonymity. Now, nearly two years later, the Albany victim’s mother has learned that her daughter’s assailant, then 15, returned home for treatment after spending two weeks in the custody of Missouri’s Division of Youth Services. The mother, who became aware of the details of the youth’s disposition after filing a written request with the DYS last month, said she was frustrated by the news. “I was shocked, angry, frustrated,” she told The Star. “… My daughter’s going to be living with this for the rest of her life, and I think he got off very easy for what he did.” SEE EMAILS | A22 SEE JUVENILE | A6 LOTTERIES A7 MOVIES D7 OPINION A34-35 SPORTS DAILY B1 SUNDAY HOMES E1 DEALSAVER: BIG SAVINGS ON ONE MONTH MEMBERSHIPS TO TC DANCE INTERNATIONAL | SEE AD ON PAGE A2 134TH YEAR | NO. 82 | 9 SECTIONS
  • STREAK ENDS: Missouri volleyball’s first loss means end of the season. PAGE 1B Sunday & Monday, December 8-9, 2013 SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1908 Join the conversation at 50 cents SEC CHAMPIONSHIP OVERWHELMED 42 59 Auburn rushed for 545 yards, likely shoving Missouri out of a BCS bowl. PAGE 1B KEVIN COOK/Missourian Missouri players Justin Britt, from left, Russell Hansbrough, and Evan Boehm walk off the field after the team’s 59-42 loss to Auburn in the 2013 SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The team finished with a record of 11-2 and went 7-1 in its second season in the Southeastern Conference. Students say high school work more indicative than ACT score At MU, ‘the higher the ACT score, the lower the class rank needs to be’ By TESS CATLETT When Ashley Bland was in high school, her parents often told her to work hard so she would be able to get into a range of colleges and and receive the most financial aid possible. To reach her fullest potential, Bland reached out to her support system — her guidance counselor, her Advanced Placement English teacher and an older cousin who was in college — to figure out which study strategies were best for her. “I’ve never been a straight-A or B student,” Bland said. “I had to find out which resources worked best for the type of student I am.” For Bland, taking challenging courses and maintaining a high GPA was her ticket to getting into a good school out of state and earning enough financial aid to afford it. “I knew that if my grades weren’t up to par, I wouldn’t get in anywhere,” Bland said. She said she wasn’t as concerned with getting a high ACT or SAT score. “It’s just a way to make kids compete for the numbers,” Bland said. “AP and honors classes are what prepared me for college. They gave glimpses into harder coursework.” Now an MU senior studying hospitality management, Bland said prioritizing her GPA paid off. She credits her competitive high school academic record with the scholarship awards she received. Please see SCORES, page 6A HOW ACT SCORES DETERMINE MU ADMISSION To be considered for admission to MU, applicants submit their ACT score, class rank and GPA in required core curriculum classes. If an applicant’s ACT score is a 24 or above and they have completed the required core classes, they are automatically admitted to MU. Applicants with ACT scores of 23 or below can still be accepted if they meet or exceed the class rank required by MU’s sliding scale. For high schools that rank students: If an applicant’s ACT score is... High school class percentage rank 23 AND they’re in the top 52 percent 22 AND they’re in the top 46 percent 21 AND they’re in the top 38 percent 20 AND they’re in the top 31 percent 19 AND they’re in the top 22 percent 18 AND they’re in the top 14 percent 17 Admission status AND they’re in the top 6 percent Accepted Source: MU OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS DEALING WITH DEATH PEARL HARBOR A team established in 2009 at University Hospital helps staff cope with patient death. The program has expanded rapidly and is now being piloted at other hospitals in the country. Page 4A About 50 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor paused Saturday at the site to honor those killed and remember the moment that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Page 5A GENE THERAPY MISSOURI BASKETBALL Many leukemia patients involved in an experimental gene therapy treatment study several years ago remain cancer-free today. Page 6A Earnest Ross’ versatile play pushes Missouri past No. 17 UCLA 80-71. The Tigers remain undefeated. Page 1B TODAY’S WEATHER Today: Occasional snow and freezing drizzle before 1 p.m. then a chance of freezing drizzle. Temp: 28° Tonight: Areas of freezing drizzle before midnight. Temp: 17° Page 2A State works to dig out from snowstorm By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH The Associated Press KANSAS CITY — A large swath of southern Missouri was working Saturday in bitter cold to dig out from a storm that coated the region with a mixture of snow, ice and sleet. Missouri is among many states dealing with the aftermath of a late-fall cold snap. From Thursday to Friday, 6 to 12 inches of snow fell in areas of the state south of Interstate 44, with some of the heaviest accumulations recorded near the Missouri-Arkansas border, said Mike Griffin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield. Another storm system was expected to hit the state early Sunday, dumping 1 to 3 inches in north and west-central Missouri, with the heaviest accumulations near the IowaMissouri border. Only a dusting of snow was expected farther south. “The worst is over,” Griffin said. “Now we just need to thaw out and melt all the snow down here.” Although a wind-chill advisory covering much of the southern half of the state was allowed to expire mid-morning Saturday, temperatures remained well below average across much of region. At Kansas City International Airport, the thermometer dipped to 1 degree Saturday morning, tying a record low, said Mike July, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s office in the Kansas City suburb of Pleasant Hill. The cold, however, didn’t stop a group of runners from competing Saturday in a southeast Missouri race that was hastily organized after the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was canceled because of the weather. The free Cape Girardeau event, dubbed the St. Jude’s Frostbite Half/Full Marathon, attracted 26 heavily bundled participants, with 22 finishing the half-marathon. Only one racer finished the whole 26.2 mile course with a time of 5 hours and 40 minutes, said Kim Kelpe, co-owner of Missouri Running Co. INDEX Abby Calendar Classifieds Lottery Opinion Sports Sudoku TV schedule 8A 2A 6B 2A 7A 1B 7B 8A Our 106th year/#61 2 sections 16 pages 6 54051 90850 3
  • 8 $6 e lu Va y ma va b ry rea ya UNSTOPPABLE Auburn runs wild, ending Mizzou’s SEC title hopes SPORTS, 1D NS UPO T O UP IN CO DECEMBER 8, 2013 § SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI § NEWS-LEADER.COM § A GANNETT COMPANY How much does Springfield spend on students who need extra help? 1 OF EVERY 6 $ $ Jim Dobbs, left, helps pull a tractor-trailer out of a ditch on Friday afternoon in Henderson, Ark. KEVIN PIEPER/AP Ice storm snarls deliveries across US By Kristi Eaton Associated Press Megan Cornman tutors third-grader Samyia Malone, left, and second-grader Remi Smith at Study Alternative Center. The Springfield district spends about 18 percent of its operating budget per year to give struggling students a boost. VALERIE MOSLEY/NEWS-LEADER Experts say more early education could eventually save money By Claudette Riley CRILEY@NEWS-LEADER.COM At least $1 out of every $6 in this year’s Springfield Public Schools operating budget goes to intervene with students who are behind — or need extra support to succeed. District officials say at least $11.5 million — 5 percent of its $224 million budget — is spent annually on remediation. It pays for efforts such as alternative programs, reading and math specialists and credit recovery programs. The district spends an additional $30 million — 13 percent of its budget — on special education and early childhood special education to level the playing field for students with special needs. Beyond all that, millions of Norm additional dollars are spent to Ridder provide a wide range of interventions, everything from small class sizes to social workers, aimed at removing obstacles or stabilizing students most at risk of stumbling or disengaging from school. All that adds up more than $41 million, or more than 18 percent of the operating budget. As Springfield’s poverty rate grows, district officials believe the demand for remediation and intervention will only increase. Superintendent Norm Ridder said the district invests “quite a bit” to help struggling students, many of whom didn’t get the right start or lost their academic footing in the critical early years. “It’s a major investment in education,” he said. “We would spend less money if we could target students at an earlier age. The earlier we could intervene the better.” Ridder believes correcting the problem is dramatically more expensive than preventSee HELP, Page 8A Index VOL. 123, NO. 342 ©2013, NEWS-LEADER Weather Gaston Wilcox, left, and Chase Miller do schoolwork in a credit recovery class, which is offered to help students who have fallen behind, at Kickapoo High School. VALERIE MOSLEYNEWS-LEADER Falling behind not hard to do ABOUT THIS SERIES By Claudette Riley Springfield Public Schools spends at least $1 of every $6 in its budget to level the playing field or provide extra help for students who struggle. Today: The investment in intervention Monday: Preparing for success in high school and college Tuesday: Early childhood education paying off There are countless reasons why Springfield students fall behind academically and need help to catch up. As director of alternative education, Justin Dickenson said many students have low or missing skills in reading and math. Some develop behavior problems or a bad attitude. “They are what I would call a reluctant learner,” he said. “They’re behind so they shut down. They’re not motivated.” Academic cracks are often the most visible and alarming the closer a student gets to their expected graduation date. But they often start much earlier, especially if a child fails to enter kindergarten ready to learn. 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For people who rely on the shipping industry, the storm comes at the worst time: the height of the holiday mailing season. “Really with this event, we are looking at it almost like we would a hurricane,” said Lucas McDonald, a senior emergency manager for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Knowing hazardous conditions were coming, the company shipped extra merchandise to stores ahead of the storm. “As we get to this point, in some cases we have had to take our drivers off the road, and so that’s OK because we’ve already got the merchandise there,” said McDonald, a former TV meteorologist. FedEx, too, notified customers of delays, taking cues from a team of 15 meteorologists to highlight on its website the winter storm that started along the west coast and reached Ohio and western Pennsylvania on Friday. At UPS’ Global Operations Centers in Louisville, Ky., five meteorologists monitor global weather around the clock. At the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla., Kevin Kloesel, the associate dean for public service and outreach, said many companies hire their own weathermen to help ensure goods aren’t stopped halfway to their destination. “Over the last decade, we’ve seen an explosion of private weather companies that can satisfy the niche that is required by the retailer, which is a point forecast for either a store or a detailed forecast for a route,” he said. But one doesn’t have to run a major corporation to be troubled by this kind of weather. In Oklahoma City, Array of Flowers owner Nita Dillard usually relies on a local co-op to brighten up days in gloomy weather, but workers Friday had to brave icy and snow-packed city streets to make deliveries themselves. “The biggest problem ... is that it’s going to take us a whole lot longer,” Dillard said. 2H 2H 1D 3A $3 SUNDAY
  • Big win for the Bearcats Details in SPORTS Northwest Missouri State running back Billy Creason celebrates his first touchdown Saturday at Bearcat Stadium with his teammates, from left to right, Joel Gantz, Bryce Johnston, Marcus Wright and Cole Chevalier. Creason scored three touchdowns in the Bearcats’ 59-21 win over St. Cloud State. Jessica Stewar t | St. Joseph News- Press ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI 169TH YEAR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 NO. 228 Sporting KC wins title $1.50 Making ends meet Ratepayers struggle amid string of utility cases Teams duel in longest penalty-kick shootout in championship history before Kansas City takes cup. Missouri loses SEC championship game TAKING TO THE SKIES Details in SPORTS Clock ticks on Congress By RAY SCHERER St. Joseph News-Press An Amazonia, Mo., couple sat patiently in an agency waiting room Wednesday afternoon, waiting to learn if their application for energy assistance was approved. The man and wife submitted paperwork before Nov. 1. Despite winter’s approach, they count themselves as blessed with their utilities still intact. There is a defi nite worry that the cold months ahead could steamroll their personal economy, along with the comfort and ease of their household. Yet they remain positive and reflective on their plight. “I guess things are kind of rough everywhere,” the man said. “There are people in worse shape than us.” His wife said they were simply “trying to stay warm.” A propane tank on the property had measured down to about 12 percent of capacity as of the last reading. Levels beneath 10 percent become a critical concern. “If your pipes burst, you’re going to be in trouble,” she said. It’s just one vignette among the familiar stories staff at the Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph hear from clients these days, as Critical measures await House, Senate approval Sait Serkan Gurbuz | St. Joseph News- Press A juvenile bald eagle flies over Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Mo., on Saturday. St. Joseph News-Press Eagle Days warms visitors in frigid weather Twenty-three days might remain on the 2013 calendar, but Congress has just five days — the next five — in which both the House and Senate will be in session together before the year’s end. It remains unclear whether the two discordant chambers can fi nd the common ground needed to pass a number of issues critical to American agriculture, national defense and the economy generally. Not that senators and representatives, even when in Washington at the same time, have distinguished themselves for teamwork in the face of pressing matters. The label of do-nothingness already has been attached to the fi rst session of the 113th Congress, with leaders of the Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate blaming one another for the lack of productivity. “When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate, you can see where the problem is,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said last week. But Democrats in both chambers say that the 150 bills passed by the House in 2013 amount to By KATELYN CANON path, so with the ducks and geese coming in, the eagles have followed and they are preying on the geese MOUND CITY, Mo. — The 35th and the ducks. annual Eagle Days, being held this “It’s exciting viewing out here. weekend at Squaw Creek National We’ve got a lot of predation going on. Wildlife Refuge, featured activities It’s a wonderful day.” that kept crowds warm Saturday and He added that most of the tour allowed them to see the birds. could be enjoyed from a car with a Corey Kudrna, a wildlife specialist good set of binoculars. at Squaw Creek, explained that while “It’s a little chilly, but because the cold weather might deter some of our tour route, you can actually from coming — temperatures were view eagles from your car. Just in the single digits in the morning — because it is cold or windy doesn’t people should still attend because the mean your viewing goes away. You event is a “special time” for Squaw just spend a few less minutes outCreek. side,” Mr. Kudrna said. “It’s a really neat place,” said Mr. Kudrna. “We are on the migration Please see EAGLE/Page A7 St. Joseph News-Press Please see RATEPAYERS/Page A6 inside to day By KEN NEWTON Please see CLOCK/Page A7 FREE Pendant Veteran home from North Korea with any Elle Purchase of $150 or more By HAVEN DALEY | Associated Press embrace of his family. Merrill Newman arrived at the SAN FRANCISCO — A tired but smil- San Francisco airport after turning ing 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained down a ride aboard Vice President Joe in North Korea for several weeks re- Biden’s Air Force Two in favor of a diturned home Saturday to applause rect f light from Beijing. 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  • T H E N O . 1 S T. L O U I S W E B S I T E A N D N E W S P A P E R UP TO $201 OF COUPONS INSIDE AU-BURNED NO. 3 AUBURN 59, NO. 5 MISSOURI 42 More parents rebuff vitamin K shot at birth ST. LOUIS’ BOEING COURTSHIP WHAT’S NEXT? Push to land 777X plant came together quickly, but questions linger about Missouri’s chances. BY TIM LOGAN > 314-340-8291 Dose has been recommended since 1961 for all babies to prevent life-threatening bleeding — a problem that’s now on the rise. BY MICHELE MUNZ > 314-340-8263 Maternity care providers here and nationwide are on high alert for life-threatening vitamin K deficiencies in newborns, at the same time they are seeing more parents refusing a routine preventive injection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last month about four babies in Nashville, Tenn., who hemorrhaged after their parents refused vitamin K injections at birth. The babies were diagnosed with life-threatening vitamin K deficiency bleeding between February and September. Three had bleeding in the brain, and one had After a big week passing big tax breaks to lure a big airplane plant to St. Louis, a big question remains for the region’s push to build Boeing Co.s new 777X: ’ Now what? Gov. Jay Nixon, state lawmakers and a sizable chunk of the region’s business and labor community just crafted and passed up to $1.7 billion in tax credits at lightning speed, racing to meet a Tuesday deadline for proposals to land a factory that might mean 8,500 good jobs in north St. Louis County. Agree with it or not, the effort was a nearly unprecedented show of civic force for one of the biggest economic development prospects St. Louis has seen in a long time. “Missouri has once again demonstrated to the world that when it comes to good jobs for Missouri families, we compete and we compete to win, Nixon ” said in a statement Friday. But once the clock strikes 7 on Tuesday night, the competition for this much-sought-after plant is largely out of local hands. And, to most, St. Louis remains a long shot. See BOEING How three days in November changed Gov. Nixon’s tune on tax incentives. See VITAMIN K TOP BOOKS OF 2013 TODAY 18°/29° HAS LUCK RUN DRY AT CASINOS? 30 IDEAS FOR ELF ON A SHELF LIGHT SNOW TOMORROW 22°/27° MOSTLY CLOUDY SANTA ON A MOTORCYCLE Modern tradition can help bring back holiday spark. Up to (no) good Honda Goldwing draws more notice than a sleigh. .com Get the latest news, weather, traffic and columnists with our news app. STLTODAY.COM/APPS 2 M WEATHER A27 Vol. 135, No. 342 ©2013 POST-DISPATCH WEATHERBIRD ® v ve FOX THEATRE • DECEMBER 17-29 314-534-1111 • The Broadway Musical TM TM & © New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. Illustration by Hugh Syme. Photo by Amy Boyle.