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Articles from February 8, 2013

3-D's Move into Small Electronics Opens a World of Possibilities
The concept of 3-D has been with us since the 1840s, when Scottish physicist David Brewster introduced the stereoscope. It created an illusion of depth perception by simultaneously presenting two images, one for each eye, paving the way for later inventors...
Aces' Hart Vows She'll Be Back on Court ; 'I'll Be Fine. Everyone Says You Come Back Stronger'
Khristian Hart wants to get healthy, and then she aspires to play a college basketball season from start to finish. Yes, despite the University of Evansville sophomore's latest injury, Hart will try again when she recovers from a torn anterior cruciate...
Astronaut Can't Wait to Be Back Home Again, in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana native who's commanding the International Space Station said Thursday he's looking forward to a visit back home after he returns from his five months in orbit. Astronaut Kevin Ford spoke via video hookup to the Indiana...
Balanced Attack Sparks Warriors ; HARRISON 83, REITZ 71 16-0 Run Is a Big Help
Defense and rebounding have won a lot of high school basketball games. Harrison rebounded throughout Thursday night and defended visiting Reitz well in stretches, but the Warriors won, 83-71, because they can also score points in bunches.After trailing...
Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Will Wait ; High Court Ruling Is Key
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite pressure from Republicans' social conservative flank to act now, state lawmakers will wait until next year to vote on whether to write a same sex marriage prohibition into Indiana's constitution. Republican leaders said Thursday...
Boonville Man Chills with State Record ; Gets $30,000 in Donations
BOONVILLE, Ind. - When Keith Shelton first considered participating in Saturday afternoon's Polar Plunge at Scales Lake here, he figured he would need to raise at least $1,000 in donations for Special Olympics for him to go through with it. Instead,...
Boonville's James Honored with Spirit of Sport Award
Noah James of Boonville High School, has been nominated by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for the National High School Spirit of Sport Award, an honor sponsored annually by the Indianapolis-based National Federation of State High School...
BP Rise with Exercise Is OK, but Not by Much
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 68 and healthy. I exercise regularly, but my blood pressure is borderline high. At rest it is 140/90, with a heart rate of 56. I bought a blood pressure cuff to take my readings every morning. On a whim, I took it to the health...
Brennan Defends U.S. Drone Strikes ; Protests Disrupt CIA Confirmation
WASHINGTON - Nominated to head the CIA, John Brennan told a protest-disrupted Senate confirmation hearing Thursday the United States employs drone strikes only as a deterrent against imminent terrorist threats, not as punishment for previous actions,...
Calendar
EVENTS New Toastmasters Club: Meetings Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Schnucks West. Toastmasters provides a low-cost program to develop communication and leadership skills. Visitors welcome; dinner option ($8), requires reservations by Tuesday...
Corrections and Amplifications
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Dorothy M. (Fischer) McKeown
Evansville, Ind. Dorothy M (Fischer) McKeown, 95, of Evansville, Indiana, left this world to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Columbia Health Care Center.Dorothy was born in Mackey, Indiana on July 26, 1917, to William and Clara...
Extension Service Has a Deep History in Indiana ; BALES & BITS
This history is much abbreviated for this column, but provides a glimpse of Extension's roots. In 1862, the Morrill Act was passed which established the land grant universities which for the state of Indiana is Purdue University. Purdue was founded...
Former Security Heads Brave to Face Israel's Errors in 'Gatekeepers' ; FROM THE LEFT
Imagine six former directors of the CIA talking with a distinguished filmmaker and confessing to the murder of two terrorism suspects, ordering the assassination of others, alleging a lack of real leadership by the president and stating to the camera...
Future of Rockport Plant Murky ; Panel Delays Talks on State's Role on Financing
INDIANAPOLIS - The future of the Rockport coal-togas plant grew murkier Thursday as the chairman of a key state Senate panel pushed back the hearing he scheduled to debate Indiana's role in financing the nearly $3 billion project. The decision comes...
'He's Brought a Lot of People Happiness'
He's the most famous resident of Laura Court. He prowls the woods and houses up and down the street, waiting for neighbors to open their doors. Cars dodge him as he strolls down the middle of the road. He walks up to children in schools, people waiting...
House Panel OKs Voucher Bill ; It's Uncertain Senate Will Approve Expansion
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House Education Committee signed off Thursday on an expansion of the Republican-backed school voucher system. The measure would eliminate the current one-year waiting period students have to spend in public school before...
Ky. House Panel OKs Bill to Ban Smoking in Public Places
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Smokers in one of the nation's top tobacco- producing states would have fewer places to light up under legislation that appears to be gaining momentum in the Kentucky Legislature. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted Thursday to...
Ky. Senate Passes Government Pension Reform Bill ; Beshear Wants Lawmakers to Fully Fund State's Contributions
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Legislation that would reform the pension system for state and local government retirees in Kentucky has cleared the Senate without an identified funding source to resolve worsening financial problems. The proposal would create a...
Late Free Throws Save Knights ; CASTLE 89, BOSSE 86 Upset over Bulldogs Sets off Big Locker Room Celebration
As shouts of joy erupted in Castle High School's locker room after the Knights stunned host Bosse, 89-86, on Thursday night, Bryson Jenkins calmly discussed muscle memory from hundreds upon hundreds of free throws shot in practice. Jenkins hit a...
Layup at Horn Sinks Hoosiers ; ILLINOIS 74, NO. 1 INDIANA 72 Top Spot in Poll Proves to Be Curse Again
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tyler Griffey made the easiest and biggest shot of his career. The senior forward took an inbounds pass and made a wide-open layup with 0.9 seconds to play to give Illinois a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana on Thursday night, the...
Letters
Laura K. Blackburn, Evansville Far right gives party bad nameGiven the squabbling going on among factions of the Republican Party, I am really surprised at the unlikely alliance two groups within the far right have formed.The unlikely pairing defies...
Local Happenings
EVANSVILLE Doctors, authors of MS book to hold signingNewburgh residents Dr. Rick Yeager and nurse Mary Ellen Ziliak will sign copies of their book "MS: Beyond the Red Door" 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 19, at Deaconess Hospice Inservice Health Science Building,...
Mahan Shares Lead at Pebble Beach ; Course Assignments Factor as Spyglass Plays Much Tougher
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst of Pebble Beach, his golf bag weighed down with rain gear and everything else to handle nasty weather. Instead, he was reminded how much he loves this place.It helps that Mahan drilled...
Memorial Soccer Star Vieth Headed to UK ; Bonano, Lombard Bound for IUPUI
The University of Kentucky was a perfect fit for Michael Vieth - geographically and otherwise. "I wanted to go to a big school that was not too far, but also not really close," said Vieth, a senior attacking midfielder for Memorial High School's...
North Gets above.500 by Beating Tell City ; Boonville, Heritage Hills Pick Up Wins
North's Jaylen Chambers finished with 23 points as the Huskies beat Tell City 61-42 to nudge one game over.500 on the basketball season. C. J. Hedgepeth scored 13 for North (9-8), which led by 10 at halftime. Chambers finished with five 3-pointers.Matthew...
Obamacare Must Drop Provision Mandating Birth Control Coverage ; FROM THE RIGHT
Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions...
Pierce Powers Boston with 24 ; CELTICS 116 LAKERS 95 Team Rolls without Star
BOSTON - Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge as the Boston Celtics routed the Los Angeles Lakers 116-95 on Thursday night, improving to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn knee ligament. The Lakers...
Plumlee's 30 Points Keys Duke Past N.C. State ; Texas A&M Tops Missouri; Murrya Gets Win over Belmont
Mason Plumlee scored 30 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat North Carolina State 98-85 on Thursday night. Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 for the Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).They never trailed, shot 53.8 percent...
Racing Ahead at cMoe ; Children's Museum Unveils New Exhibit This Weekend
After being open for more than six years, Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville started receiving requests from parents for new exhibits, and the museum listened. On Saturday, cMoe drops the green flag on a new, permanent exhibit, "Ready, Set,...
Records
BIRTHSLisa and Joshua Hancock, Newburgh, daughter, Chloe Rose, Jan. 30.Denise and Michael Mitchell, Newburgh, daughter, Ava Frances, Jan. 30.Ashley Baumgartner and Brett Allega, Newburgh, daughter, Piper Jean, Feb. 1.THE COURTSTheresa Ann Baker, 620...
Red-Hot O'Keefe Keys USI Women's Upset
Mary O'Keefe turned off her brain Thursday night and turned on her shooting touch. "I'd been thinking too much," said the sophomore forward on the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team. "I got my confidence up once I hit my first...
Science Plus Fun Equals Chemical Reaction
Jeff Seyler, chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Southern Indiana, asked a gymnasium packed with Cynthia Heights Elementary School students Thursday afternoon what would happen if an elephant stepped on a tube of green toothpaste. Then...
Turning 200
In 1813, much of Indiana was unsettled wilderness. Most of the towns that did exist were mostly just a collection of wooden buildings near the Ohio River. But the population had grown enough for the southern third of the territory to be divided up...
Underwater LESSONS
More than 200 students from across the Tri-State descended upon the Mount Vernon Junior High Natatorium on Feb. 2 for some hands- on science education. The students, ranging from third grade through high school seniors, competed against each other...
USI Can't Find Its Rhythm in Upset Loss
When the University of Southern Indiana's men's basketball team couldn't shoot and couldn't run Thursday night, it was in trouble. It never got any better as Lewis pulled off a 63-59 upset of the No. 10 Eagles."We didn't get in a rhythm at all,"...
Zoo's Cupid Cries Wolf ; Mexican Gray Wolves Could Be Foster Parents Soon
Valentine's Day is for lovers. It's also nearly the peak of breeding season for the Mexican gray wolf, an endangered species represented at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden by Nagual, a male, and an unnamed female. But there will be no romantic...
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