The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:58:36 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Friday's Scores http://www.dailyastorian.com/fridays-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest0c5954a5e50d4c288f6d57d8a9314f76 http://www.dailyastorian.com/fridays-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest0c5954a5e50d4c288f6d57d8a9314f76#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:00:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319965 PREP FOOTBALL

Adrian 60, Wallowa 8

Ashland 62, Eagle Point 6

Beaverton 49, Jesuit 13

Burns 40, Nyssa 8

Camas Valley 46, Hosanna Christian 8

Cascade Christian 49, St. Mary's 7

Central 48, Woodburn 6

Central Catholic 43, David Douglas 14

Central Linn 42, Regis 14

Churchill 28, Crater 17

Clackamas 52, Reynolds 14

Clatskanie 28, Warrenton 20, OT

Colton 46, Jefferson 7

Crane 60, Powder Valley 14

Crescent Valley 31, Lebanon 9

Days Creek 70, Prospect 46

Dayton 20, Amity 14

Dufur def. Jewell, forfeit

Elgin 52, Condon/Wheeler 46

Forest Grove 35, McMinnville 28

Gaston 24, Riverside 8

Gilchrist 34, Butte Falls 26

Gold Beach 32, Bandon 12

Grant def. Madison, forfeit

Gresham 27, Centennial 7

Harrisburg 16, Coquille 8

Hermiston 63, Pendleton 14

Hood River 34, The Dalles 6

Illinois Valley 62, Lakeview 0

Imbler 40, Grant Union 0

Ione 62, Mitchell-Spray 40

Jordan Valley def. Echo, forfeit

Kennedy 31, St. Paul 27

Knappa 54, Neah-Kah-Nie 0

Liberty 51, La Salle 34

Lowell 94, Triangle Lake 36

McNary 34, Sprague 33

Mountain View 20, Bend 12

Myrtle Point 36, Reedsport 6

North Lake 56, Glendale 40

Oakland 30, Monroe 12

Oregon City 36, Barlow 7

Parkrose 26, Putnam 15

Pine Eagle 34, Harper/Huntington 32

Pleasant Hill 49, La Pine 8

Powers 70, Chiloquin 34

Redmond 39, Ridgeview 16

Roseburg 33, South Eugene 13

Salem Academy 18, King's Way Christian School, Wash. 0

Sandy 42, Milwaukie 7

Santiam Christian 41, Horizon Christian Tualatin 12

Scio 52, Chemawa 6

Sheldon 21, North Medford 14

Sheridan 25, Willamina 6

Sherman 52, Arlington 8

Sherwood 35, Newberg 14

Silverton 14, Dallas 0

South Medford 28, Thurston 14

South Salem 21, West Albany 12

Southridge 48, Glencoe 12

Springfield 27, Marist 24

St. Helens 59, North Eugene 34

Summit 41, North Salem 14

Sunset 27, Century 22

Triad School 48, Elkton 22

Union/Cove 49, Enterprise 9

Vale 62, Umatilla 0

West Linn 49, Canby 28

West Salem 51, McKay 0

Wilson 28, Lincoln 20

Wilsonville 12, Hillsboro 0

Yoncalla 58, Falls City 32

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Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight http://www.dailyastorian.com/spacecraft-for-tourists-breaks-up-on-test-flight-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc8d8a227fd0d4c078713c04820de2f58 http://www.dailyastorian.com/spacecraft-for-tourists-breaks-up-on-test-flight-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc8d8a227fd0d4c078713c04820de2f58#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:00:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319844 MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude, said Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the accident.

One pilot was found dead inside the spacecraft and another parachuted out and was flown by helicopter to a hospital, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

The crash area was about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and 20 miles from the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the mid-morning flight originated.

British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, has been the front-runner in the fledgling race to give large numbers of paying civilians a suborbital ride that would let them experience weightlessness and see the Earth from the edge of space. Branson was expected to arrive in Mojave on Saturday, as were investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Branson released a statement Friday night saying it was "among the most difficult trips I have ever had to make" but that he wants to be "with the dedicated and hardworking people who are now in shock at this devastating loss."

"Space is hard — but worth it," Branson wrote. "We will persevere and move forward together."

The accident occurred just as it seemed commercial space flights were near, after a period of development that lasted far longer than hundreds of prospective passengers had expected.

When Virgin Group licensed the technology from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who put $26 million into SpaceShipOne, Branson envisioned operating flights by 2007. In interviews last month, he talked about the first flight being next spring with his son.

"It's a real setback to the idea that lots of people are going to be taking joyrides into the fringes of outer space any time soon," said John Logsdon, retired space policy director at George Washington University. "There were a lot of people who believed that the technology to carry people is safely at hand."

Friday's flight marked the 55th for SpaceShipTwo, which was intended to be the first of a fleet of craft. This was only the fourth flight to include a brief rocket firing. The rockets fire after the spacecraft is released from the underside of a larger carrying plane. During other flights, the craft either was not released from its mothership or functioned as a glider after release.

At 60 feet long, SpaceShipTwo featured two large windows for each of up to six passengers, one on the side and one overhead.

The accident's cause was not immediately known, nor was the altitude at which the break-up occurred. The first rocket-powered test flight peaked at about 10 miles above Earth. Commercial flights would go 62 miles or higher.

One difference on this flight was the type of fuel.

In May, Virgin Galactic announced that SpaceShipTwo would switch to a polymide-based fuel — a type of thermoplastic. It had been fueled with a type of rubber called HTPB.

Scaled Composites, the company building the spaceship for Virgin Galactic, had extensively tested the new fuel formulation on the ground, President Kevin Mickey said. He characterized the new fuel as "a small nuance to the design."

Officials said they had not noticed anything wrong before the flight. The problem happened about 50 minutes after takeoff and within minutes of the spaceship's release from its mothership, said Stuart Witt, CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Virgin Galactic — owned by Branson's Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS of Abu Dhabi — sells seats on each prospective journey for $250,000. The company says that "future astronauts," as it calls customers, include Stephen Hawking, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Russell Brand. The company reports receiving $90 million from about 700 prospective passengers.

Former NASA top space scientist Alan Stern has seats to fly on Virgin Galactic and isn't rethinking his plans.

"Let's not be Chicken Littles here," said Stern. "I want to be part of the opening of this future frontier."

Friday's accident was the second this week involving private space flight. On Tuesday, an unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Virgin Galactic plans to launch space tourism flights from the quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America in southern New Mexico once it finished developing its rocket ship.

Taxpayers footed the bill to build the state-of-the-art hangar and runway in a remote stretch of desert in southern New Mexico as part of a plan devised by Branson and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Critics have long challenged the state's investment, questioning whether flights would ever get off the ground.

SpaceShipTwo is based on aerospace design maverick Burt Rutan's award-winning SpaceShipOne prototype, which became the first privately financed manned rocket to reach space in 2004.

"It's an enormously sad day for a company," Burt Rutan told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his home in Idaho, where he lives since retiring.

Friday's death was not the first associated with the program.

During testing for the development of a rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo in July 2007, an explosion at the Mojave spaceport killed three workers and critically injured three others. A California Division of Occupational Safety and Health report said the blast occurred three seconds after the start of a cold-flow test of nitrous oxide, which is used in the propulsion system of SpaceShipTwo. The engine was not firing during that test.

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Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers David Koenig in Dallas, Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Seth Borenstein in Washington, and John Antczak, Christopher Weber, Tami Abdollah and Robert Jablon in Los Angeles also contributed to this report.

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Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death http://www.dailyastorian.com/ex-band-member-guilty-in-drum-majors-hazing-death-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5dc49772966a4dad98251f20e29791bd http://www.dailyastorian.com/ex-band-member-guilty-in-drum-majors-hazing-death-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5dc49772966a4dad98251f20e29791bd#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:01:03 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319823 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded Marching 100 band had performed. The case brought into focus the culture of hazing in the band, which was suspended for more than a year while officials tried to clean up the program.

Martin was known as "the president of Bus C," witnesses testified, and he organized the initiations that required fellow band members to try to make their way through a pounding gauntlet of fists, drumsticks and mallets from the front of the bus to the back, including on that November day. Two other band members went through the bus before Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia. Martin was convicted of misdemeanor hazing counts in their beatings.

Champion's parents sat silently as the verdicts were read. Martin sat with his head down as several members of his family wept in the gallery behind him.

"No one won here today — no one," said Robert Champion Sr. "We hate to see anyone's child go to prison. To know that my son's life will not be in vain, that he will make a difference, I hope that people will get the message that hazing isn't cool. It doesn't work. It doesn't need to be here. You need to stop now."

The jury deliberated for about an hour before delivering its verdict.

Martin's sentencing was set for Jan. 9 and he was taken into custody immediately after the verdict. Manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison in Florida. The hazing conviction means he could spend up to 22 years in jail.

In the aftermath of Champion's death, the storied Marching 100, which had played at Super Bowls and before U.S. presidents, was suspended for more than a year, only starting to perform again at the beginning of the 2013 football season. Also, the university's former president, James Ammons, resigned and the band's director, Julian White, was fired before being allowed to retire.

Several other former band members have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and three await trial. Former band member Jessie Baskin pleaded no contest to manslaughter in March and received a year in county jail. He is the only one of the previous defendants to receive jail time.

After the ritual, Champion complained of trouble breathing and vomited, then collapsed and died in a parking lot.

Like Champion's father, state attorney Jeff Ashton said he hopes Martin's conviction will serve to deter other from engaging in hazing. The university now requires all students to sign pledges not to haze others.

"That's why they (Florida lawmakers) passed the hazing statute in 2002, it was to say this process has got to stop," Ashton said. "It hasn't worked...I hope the message that gets across to anyone out there who is thinking of participating in these very dangerous activities is that if you do it, and something goes wrong, you're going to be responsible for it."

Defense attorneys told jurors the ritual was more akin to a competition and that there was no actual hazing. They said Champion and the others voluntarily took part.

"You can't take it in isolation and act like it was just any other band," defense attorney Richard Escobar said during closing arguments. "Brutal as it was, foolish as it was...it was competitive."

Escobar and his co-counsel Dino Michaels left the court room without commenting. But they told Judge Renee Roche they planned to file a motion for a mistrial before the January sentencing.

Ashton argued to jurors that the testimony made it clear that band members were looking for a measure of respect and acceptance by "crossing Bus C." But he challenged the defense's argument.

"Tradition didn't kill Robert Champion," Ashton said. "Tradition isn't to blame. Tradition is not an excuse...It's not a defense to those that got caught."

Champion's parents still have a wrongful death lawsuit pending against the university after settling with the charter bus company.

Champion's mother, Pam Champion, said she would not be celebrating Friday's verdict.

"Right now I don't have any tears," she said. "But those tears — and they will come I guarantee you— will not only be for my son, but for that young man (Martin) because of what was done to alter his mindset.

"That's sad, because of the things that happened and what was allowed to occur."

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Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Night' game http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-pick-3-night-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest334ef032f59c4fe0a38b4ec3e5612334 http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-pick-3-night-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest334ef032f59c4fe0a38b4ec3e5612334#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:00:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319978 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Idaho Lottery's "Pick 3 Night" game were:

8-1-9

(eight, one, nine)

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Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-fever-reigns-over-drizzly-giants-parade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world33e070479fd1499d94d8a84a11681e27 http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-fever-reigns-over-drizzly-giants-parade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world33e070479fd1499d94d8a84a11681e27#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:01:48 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319947 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the World Series champions.

In steady drizzle mixed with clouds of orange, black and white confetti, players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses, a change from the classic convertibles and cable cars that transported them along their now-familiar parade route in 2012 and 2010.

"These guys play together, they believe in each other, they play as one and they never give up," Hall of Famer Willie McCovey said as he waited to greet the young members of his former team for a post-parade rally at San Francisco City Hall, the end of the 2-mile route. "That's the way this team has been for years."

Elated fans of all ages, some of whom staked out viewing spots hours before the spectacle's noon start time, pressed against metal barriers, stood on rooftops and climbed onto street lamps festooned with orange, black and white balloons, to cheer their hometown heroes.

Many skipped work and pulled their children out of class against the pleas of schools so they could catch what they described as a glimpse of history.

"I'm going to send them to school on Monday saying they had 'orange fever,'" said Marcela Habash, 36, of San Francisco, who brought three of her four children to the plaza outside City Hall.

While other players doubled up on the buses, the day's undisputed giant among Giants, pitching ace Madison Bumgarner, was given his own flatbed truck to ride. It was adorned with a sign indicating his Most Valuable Player honors from both the World Series and the National League championship. Deafening roars and chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" greeted the soft-spoken pitcher as he held both of his trophies aloft.

A second pickup carried the Giants' World Series trophies from 2012 and 2010, while manager Bruce Bochy beamed from atop a double-decker bus bearing this year's trophy.

Corporate sponsors livened up the parade with elaborately decked-out floats that included a panda-themed homage to slugger and 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, whose nickname is Kung-Fu Panda. Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry stepped down from a float blaring his anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" to offer animated high-fives to fellow die-hard fans.

Dignitaries such as Giants great Willie Mays, team president Larry Baer, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was San Francisco's mayor when the Giants won the Series in 2010, rode in convertibles.

Elsewhere along the route, teenage girls with cellphones held high shrieked as shortstop and team heartthrob Brandon Crawford rolled by. San Jose high school senior Jessica Earnshaw snapped off several pictures of Crawford.

"He's my favorite," she said. "By far."

At the rally, players and team officials offered inside glimpses of their season and what the repeat Series win, and the support of fans, meant to them.

Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, who like most of his colleagues was sporting a sweatshirt with the slogan "Kiss the Ring," said that on the airplane back from the Game 7 victory in Kansas City, Missouri, the players had joked about engraving their World Series rings with the words "Mad Bum" — Bumgarner's nickname — instead of their own names.

"This is the best moment of our lives, our baseball careers," Bumgarner told the crowd. "To be here standing right here on this stage is what we all play for. ... There is absolutely no way we would be here without you guys. You make it so fun to come out and play in front of you every night."

Neither city officials nor the police offered an official estimate of how many people attended the festivities, although Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets was at least 20 percent higher than usual, with police dogs helping with security.

Although the weather undeniably kept a lot of people away, neither parade-goers nor the fans offered any sign they were taking the moment for granted.

Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson twirled an orange towel over his head to wild cheers. Two buses later, right-fielder and unofficial team cheerleader Hunter Pence, wearing a replica wrestling championship belt, threw his hands up and lead fans in several choruses of "Let's go, Giants!"

Closing pitcher Santiago Casilla, held a sign that said "Jesus Loves You."

Star reliever Sergio Romo lifted up his jacket several times to reveal a T-shirt that read, "I have issues." During the 2012 parade, Romo raised eyebrows and drew cheers with a T-shirt bearing the message, "I just look illegal."

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AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and Associated Press writer Lisa Leff contributed to this report.

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Winning numbers drawn in '10 Spot Evening' game http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-10-spot-evening-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbd4018c6d6ae49649feadc56057e705a http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-10-spot-evening-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbd4018c6d6ae49649feadc56057e705a#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:00:36 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319988 HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Montana Lottery's "10 Spot Evening" game were:

02-06-07-08-09-12-15-22-28-30-31-38-43-45-50-54-57-65-79-80

(two, six, seven, eight, nine, twelve, fifteen, twenty-two, twenty-eight, thirty, thirty-one, thirty-eight, forty-three, forty-five, fifty, fifty-four, fifty-seven, sixty-five, seventy-nine, eighty)

Top Prize of $25,000 by matching ten of the twenty numbers drawn.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Lucky Lines' game http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-lucky-lines-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc67028ad5bbe49c697d4870015c42a65 http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-lucky-lines-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc67028ad5bbe49c697d4870015c42a65#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:00:38 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319986 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Oregon Lottery's "Lucky Lines" game were:

01-06-09-16-FREE-20-23-25-32

(one, six, nine, sixteen, FREE, twenty, twenty-three, twenty-five, thirty-two)

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AP Top Sports News At 8:54 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-854-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd6ed7c07b1464f1cb2972e7d4f3f4249 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-854-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd6ed7c07b1464f1cb2972e7d4f3f4249#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:01:59 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319872 Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resignsOrange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' paradeUntapable wins Breeders' Cup DistaffWolves give Rubio 4-year, $56M dealRG3 can't wait to get started againJudge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue IndiansColumn: Seminoles a team everyone loves to hatePhillies, Burnett both decline $15M mutual option]]> Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-fever-reigns-over-drizzly-giants-parade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports33e070479fd1499d94d8a84a11681e27 http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-fever-reigns-over-drizzly-giants-parade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports33e070479fd1499d94d8a84a11681e27#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:02:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319945 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the World Series champions.

In steady drizzle mixed with clouds of orange, black and white confetti, players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses, a change from the classic convertibles and cable cars that transported them along their now-familiar parade route in 2012 and 2010.

"These guys play together, they believe in each other, they play as one and they never give up," Hall of Famer Willie McCovey said as he waited to greet the young members of his former team for a post-parade rally at San Francisco City Hall, the end of the 2-mile route. "That's the way this team has been for years."

Elated fans of all ages, some of whom staked out viewing spots hours before the spectacle's noon start time, pressed against metal barriers, stood on rooftops and climbed onto street lamps festooned with orange, black and white balloons, to cheer their hometown heroes.

Many skipped work and pulled their children out of class against the pleas of schools so they could catch what they described as a glimpse of history.

"I'm going to send them to school on Monday saying they had 'orange fever,'" said Marcela Habash, 36, of San Francisco, who brought three of her four children to the plaza outside City Hall.

While other players doubled up on the buses, the day's undisputed giant among Giants, pitching ace Madison Bumgarner, was given his own flatbed truck to ride. It was adorned with a sign indicating his Most Valuable Player honors from both the World Series and the National League championship. Deafening roars and chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" greeted the soft-spoken pitcher as he held both of his trophies aloft.

A second pickup carried the Giants' World Series trophies from 2012 and 2010, while manager Bruce Bochy beamed from atop a double-decker bus bearing this year's trophy.

Corporate sponsors livened up the parade with elaborately decked-out floats that included a panda-themed homage to slugger and 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, whose nickname is Kung-Fu Panda. Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry stepped down from a float blaring his anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" to offer animated high-fives to fellow die-hard fans.

Dignitaries such as Giants great Willie Mays, team president Larry Baer, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was San Francisco's mayor when the Giants won the Series in 2010, rode in convertibles.

Elsewhere along the route, teenage girls with cellphones held high shrieked as shortstop and team heartthrob Brandon Crawford rolled by. San Jose high school senior Jessica Earnshaw snapped off several pictures of Crawford.

"He's my favorite," she said. "By far."

At the rally, players and team officials offered inside glimpses of their season and what the repeat Series win, and the support of fans, meant to them.

Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, who like most of his colleagues was sporting a sweatshirt with the slogan "Kiss the Ring," said that on the airplane back from the Game 7 victory in Kansas City, Missouri, the players had joked about engraving their World Series rings with the words "Mad Bum" — Bumgarner's nickname — instead of their own names.

"This is the best moment of our lives, our baseball careers," Bumgarner told the crowd. "To be here standing right here on this stage is what we all play for. ... There is absolutely no way we would be here without you guys. You make it so fun to come out and play in front of you every night."

Neither city officials nor the police offered an official estimate of how many people attended the festivities, although Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets was at least 20 percent higher than usual, with police dogs helping with security.

Although the weather undeniably kept a lot of people away, neither parade-goers nor the fans offered any sign they were taking the moment for granted.

Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson twirled an orange towel over his head to wild cheers. Two buses later, right-fielder and unofficial team cheerleader Hunter Pence, wearing a replica wrestling championship belt, threw his hands up and lead fans in several choruses of "Let's go, Giants!"

Closing pitcher Santiago Casilla, held a sign that said "Jesus Loves You."

Star reliever Sergio Romo lifted up his jacket several times to reveal a T-shirt that read, "I have issues." During the 2012 parade, Romo raised eyebrows and drew cheers with a T-shirt bearing the message, "I just look illegal."

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AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and Associated Press writer Lisa Leff contributed to this report.

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Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church http://www.dailyastorian.com/ohio-man-held-in-north-korea-hoped-to-aid-church-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda1289eeb25ae47ed954b6e6dd76301aa http://www.dailyastorian.com/ohio-man-held-in-north-korea-hoped-to-aid-church-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda1289eeb25ae47ed954b6e6dd76301aa#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:01:39 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319816 LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church.

Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission "to carry the Gospel to all corners of the oath."

"I knew it was a risk, that I was taking a gamble, but I felt compelled to do that to aid the underground church in some small way," Fowle said in an interview in his lawyer's office.

"I felt once I left the Bible somewhere that God would take it the rest of the way into the hands of some kind of Christian organization, and I'd be able to waltz out of country fat, dumb and happy, no problem," he said. "But God had other plans."

Fowle, 56, arrived in North Korea on April 29. The married father of three returned home last week after negotiations involving retired diplomat and former Ohio Congressman Tony Hall. Fowle, who conducted several interviews Friday about his detention, was relaxed and comfortable during a 45-minute interview.

He said he went to North Korea to experience the country and that spreading the Gospel was a secondary motivation. He'd previously traveled to Bosnia and Mongolia, he said, saying he liked "out-of-the-way places." He was aware of warnings about travel to North Korea but went anyway, knowing that American tourists had gone and returned over the past decade.

Fowle, an equipment operator in the city of Moraine street department, said he paid about $3,900 for the tour, plus about $700 for a flight to Beijing. He said criticisms that going on such a tour would help the North Korean government continue its oppressive ways was a "legitimate question," but he doubted his money went far.

"My fees wouldn't have bought a tank, that's for sure," he said.

Fowle said he left the Bible — with his name in it — in a bathroom under a trash bin at a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin and hoped a Christian would find it. He chose that city and the nightclub in the belief there would be less security. He bought the English-Korean Bible before his trip.

Instead, his tour guide asked the next day if anyone had left a Bible there and he owned up to it. He was detained a few days later while going through customs before departure.

Fowle was taken to a hotel for about three weeks and questioned, then moved to another facility. He wrote a confession and answered questions about his motivations. He said authorities couldn't believe he had acted on his own, but he made clear it was his own decision. He was treated well and was comfortable but was in his locked quarters 23½ hours a day, he said.

He was allowed to speak in September to Western news organizations, including The Associated Press, in five-minute interviews. He said he was given "talking points" for those interviews, meant to convey his "desperate situation."

The intention, in his mind, was "to have the U.S. government or some other entity step in to help resolve that situation."

He said he never considered going off script, although he did reject requests that he try to be more emotional and more demanding of the U.S. government. Fowle said he felt that would make his situation worse at home.

Fowle said his release came as a surprise — he thought he was about to be taken to prison — and he was told by an American who helped him escort him home that the North Korean government was responsible for his return.

Fowle said he knew there was a risk but believed it was worth taking to get the Bible into the hands of North Korean Christians. In hindsight, he said, he wouldn't do it again.

His family suffered in his absence, especially after the city of Moraine was forced to terminate him when his leave was exhausted. His wife, Tatyana, works only part time.

But some good has come of the incident, he said, including a deeper appreciation for his family. He apologized to his wife in a letter from North Korea and has pledged to be a better, more attentive husband and father.

"You don't know what you've got until it's taken away from you forcibly," he said. "You don't appreciate what you've got."

Fowle said he will be glad to return to his job with the city of Moraine, a Dayton suburb. The city agreed to give him his street department job back but said risky travel in the future would result in his firing. Fowle said he agrees with the requirement and has no plans for missionary work in "closed countries" in the future.

U.S. officials are trying to win the release of two other Americans who are being held in North Korea, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. Fowle said he had had no contact with Miller or Bae.

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Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll http://www.dailyastorian.com/kentucky-earns-no-1-nod-in-ap-preseason-poll-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsaac5411971f34b66b97511da6820c88d http://www.dailyastorian.com/kentucky-earns-no-1-nod-in-ap-preseason-poll-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsaac5411971f34b66b97511da6820c88d#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:03:10 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319868 The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.

The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald's All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago — a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system.

Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

"It's something for our kids to live up to," Calipari said. "At the end of the day, you've got to play the games and figure it out."

Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1. The Wildcats also were No. 1 in 1995-96, when they won the national championship, and in 1980-81.

Kentucky joins UCLA (1966-69, 1971-74), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2008-09) to be named No. 1 consecutive seasons since the AP preseason poll started in 1961-62.

Arizona is ranked No. 2 and received five first-place votes after adding a strong recruiting class to a team that came within seconds of reaching the Final Four last season.

Wisconsin, which returns most of last season's Final Four team, has its highest preseason ranking ever at No. 3. The Badgers received eight first-place votes, but are 35 points behind Arizona in the poll.

No. 4 Duke added a strong recruiting class headed by Jahlil Okafor and is ranked for the 137th straight week. Reloaded Kansas is No. 5, with North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas rounding out the top 10. Virginia is in the preseason top 10 for the first time since Ralph Sampson's senior season in 1982-83, when it was No. 1.

"I think there are probably seven teams that all could be No. 1 in the country," Calipari said.

Wichita State, a Final Four team two seasons ago, is No. 11, followed by Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Virginia Commonwealth, San Diego State, defending national champion Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

Rounding out the Top 25 are Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan, Harvard and Utah.

They'll all be chasing Kentucky, at least at the start.

The Wildcats were No. 1 heading into last season after Coach Cal pulled the strings on another best-in-the-nation recruiting class. They lived up to expectations, too, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost 60-54 to UConn.

But a funny thing happened during the offseason: Instead of all those freshman packing up for the NBA after one season, most decided to stick around.

Kentucky lost forward Julius Randle and guard James Young to the NBA. In a bit of a surprise, twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison decided to return after their freshman seasons and junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein decided to stick around, too.

With forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee, along with 7-footer Dakari Johnson also coming back, the Wildcats were going to be in good shape regardless of what the recruiting class looked like.

But, of course, this is Kentucky and more star recruits made their way to Lexington: forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.

The Wildcats are 12 deep, talented and confident.

"We are far ahead of last year," Andrew Harrison said.

But they're far from the only team with a shot at the title.

Arizona was a last-second shot away from reaching the Final Four last season, an impressive run considering versatile forward Brandon Ashley sat out the final 16 games with a foot injury. He's healthy and leads a solid core of returning players that includes point guard T.J. McConnell and 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.

Coach Sean Miller also brought in another stellar class, headed by athletic forward Stanley Johnson.

"We have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things," Miller said.

So do the third-ranked Badgers. Actually, they already have. Wisconsin made a somewhat-unexpected run to the Final Four last season and will have one of the most experienced teams in the country.

Leading them will be no-nonsense coach Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky, the 6-foot-10 senior who skipped a shot at the NBA for another chance at an NCAA title.

"I don't see our guys talking any differently or acting any differently on the practice floor simply because other people are mentioning that we might be pretty good," Ryan said.

The same thing is being said about the Kentucky Wildcats — just like last season.

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AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas and Gary Graves contributed to this story.

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Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll http://www.dailyastorian.com/kentucky-earns-no-1-nod-in-ap-preseason-poll-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsaac5411971f34b66b97511da6820c88d http://www.dailyastorian.com/kentucky-earns-no-1-nod-in-ap-preseason-poll-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsaac5411971f34b66b97511da6820c88d#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:02:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319871 The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.

The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald's All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago — a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system.

Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

"It's something for our kids to live up to," Calipari said. "At the end of the day, you've got to play the games and figure it out."

Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1. The Wildcats also were No. 1 in 1995-96, when they won the national championship, and in 1980-81.

Kentucky joins UCLA (1966-69, 1971-74), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2008-09) to be named No. 1 consecutive seasons since the AP preseason poll started in 1961-62.

Arizona is ranked No. 2 and received five first-place votes after adding a strong recruiting class to a team that came within seconds of reaching the Final Four last season.

Wisconsin, which returns most of last season's Final Four team, has its highest preseason ranking ever at No. 3. The Badgers received eight first-place votes, but are 35 points behind Arizona in the poll.

No. 4 Duke added a strong recruiting class headed by Jahlil Okafor and is ranked for the 137th straight week. Reloaded Kansas is No. 5, with North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas rounding out the top 10. Virginia is in the preseason top 10 for the first time since Ralph Sampson's senior season in 1982-83, when it was No. 1.

"I think there are probably seven teams that all could be No. 1 in the country," Calipari said.

Wichita State, a Final Four team two seasons ago, is No. 11, followed by Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Virginia Commonwealth, San Diego State, defending national champion Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

Rounding out the Top 25 are Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan, Harvard and Utah.

They'll all be chasing Kentucky, at least at the start.

The Wildcats were No. 1 heading into last season after Coach Cal pulled the strings on another best-in-the-nation recruiting class. They lived up to expectations, too, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost 60-54 to UConn.

But a funny thing happened during the offseason: Instead of all those freshman packing up for the NBA after one season, most decided to stick around.

Kentucky lost forward Julius Randle and guard James Young to the NBA. In a bit of a surprise, twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison decided to return after their freshman seasons and junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein decided to stick around, too.

With forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee, along with 7-footer Dakari Johnson also coming back, the Wildcats were going to be in good shape regardless of what the recruiting class looked like.

But, of course, this is Kentucky and more star recruits made their way to Lexington: forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.

The Wildcats are 12 deep, talented and confident.

"We are far ahead of last year," Andrew Harrison said.

But they're far from the only team with a shot at the title.

Arizona was a last-second shot away from reaching the Final Four last season, an impressive run considering versatile forward Brandon Ashley sat out the final 16 games with a foot injury. He's healthy and leads a solid core of returning players that includes point guard T.J. McConnell and 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.

Coach Sean Miller also brought in another stellar class, headed by athletic forward Stanley Johnson.

"We have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things," Miller said.

So do the third-ranked Badgers. Actually, they already have. Wisconsin made a somewhat-unexpected run to the Final Four last season and will have one of the most experienced teams in the country.

Leading them will be no-nonsense coach Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky, the 6-foot-10 senior who skipped a shot at the NBA for another chance at an NCAA title.

"I don't see our guys talking any differently or acting any differently on the practice floor simply because other people are mentioning that we might be pretty good," Ryan said.

The same thing is being said about the Kentucky Wildcats — just like last season.

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AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas and Gary Graves contributed to this story.

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Berberian leads PGA Assistant Championship http://www.dailyastorian.com/berberian-leads-pga-assistant-championship-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports250a069183644e92865fc283dd50d453 http://www.dailyastorian.com/berberian-leads-pga-assistant-championship-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports250a069183644e92865fc283dd50d453#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319790 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Richard Berberian Jr. shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA Assistant Championship.

Berberian, a PGA assistant professional at Windham Country Club in New Hampshire, had an 8-under 136 total on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.

"The wind was tough over the final few holes, but I was able to keep the ball in play off the tee," Berberian said. "That always makes it easier to score regardless of what the wind is doing.

"I haven't played as consistently as I would like this week, but my putting has really kept me in both rounds. I've made the putts when I had to, whether it's been for birdie, par or bogey."

Brian Norman was second after a 72. He's a PGA assistant professional at Eldorado Country Club in McKinnney, Texas.

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Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities http://www.dailyastorian.com/virgin-galactics-allure-space-and-celebrities-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment63d8d26caaa041e5bf178f8c7ca6a031 http://www.dailyastorian.com/virgin-galactics-allure-space-and-celebrities-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment63d8d26caaa041e5bf178f8c7ca6a031#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:40 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319788 The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:

OWNERS

Virgin Galactic is a joint venture between Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. and Aabar Investments PJS, a state-backed investment firm in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Aabar said it paid about $280 million for a 32 percent stake in Virgin Galactic's holding company in exchange for the chance to launch tourism and research flights from the Emirates.

BIG DREAMS

Branson and Virgin Galactic have repeatedly stated ambitious goals for the beginning of suborbital passenger flights, followed by delays in developing and testing the rocket ship. In 2008, Branson predicted that the maiden flight would come within 18 months. In interviews last month, Branson said the first space flight could happen before Christmas and that he and his son hoped to fly on the first passenger flight, perhaps in March. That goal, too, seems unlikely after Friday's accident, which happened minutes after SpaceShipTwo separated from the plane that carried it high into the atmosphere. Galactic said late Friday the cause was unknown.

EXTENSIVE TESTING

The spacecraft was built by Scaled Composites, a firm founded by famous aerospace designer Burt Rutan. Virgin Galactic said Friday's test flight marked the 55th time that SpaceShipTwo had flown on its own and that WhiteKnightTwo had flown 173 times. Company officials said the long development and testing period was all for safety. "Customers are eager to fly, but they know we'll fly them when we feel ready," the CEO, George Whitesides, said in September.

BIG BOOKINGS

Seats on Virgin Galactic cost $250,000 each. The company said this month that it has signed up about 700 passengers who have put down more than $80 million in deposits. Galactic hopes to eventually sell point-to-point flights similar to airlines — New York to Australia in 40 minutes, for example, Branson suggested.

STAR POWER

As Galactic's chief salesman, the 64-year-old, shaggy-haired Branson is among the world's most recognizable and flamboyant entrepreneurs. He owns a private island in the Caribbean, and his Virgin Group has holdings around the globe in airlines, entertainment, telecommunications and other industries. Galactic's passenger list is dotted with celebrities, including actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber.

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Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities http://www.dailyastorian.com/virgin-galactics-allure-space-and-celebrities-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world63d8d26caaa041e5bf178f8c7ca6a031 http://www.dailyastorian.com/virgin-galactics-allure-space-and-celebrities-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world63d8d26caaa041e5bf178f8c7ca6a031#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:20 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319792 The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:

OWNERS

Virgin Galactic is a joint venture between Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. and Aabar Investments PJS, a state-backed investment firm in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Aabar said it paid about $280 million for a 32 percent stake in Virgin Galactic's holding company in exchange for the chance to launch tourism and research flights from the Emirates.

BIG DREAMS

Branson and Virgin Galactic have repeatedly stated ambitious goals for the beginning of suborbital passenger flights, followed by delays in developing and testing the rocket ship. In 2008, Branson predicted that the maiden flight would come within 18 months. In interviews last month, Branson said the first space flight could happen before Christmas and that he and his son hoped to fly on the first passenger flight, perhaps in March. That goal, too, seems unlikely after Friday's accident, which happened minutes after SpaceShipTwo separated from the plane that carried it high into the atmosphere. Galactic said late Friday the cause was unknown.

EXTENSIVE TESTING

The spacecraft was built by Scaled Composites, a firm founded by famous aerospace designer Burt Rutan. Virgin Galactic said Friday's test flight marked the 55th time that SpaceShipTwo had flown on its own and that WhiteKnightTwo had flown 173 times. Company officials said the long development and testing period was all for safety. "Customers are eager to fly, but they know we'll fly them when we feel ready," the CEO, George Whitesides, said in September.

BIG BOOKINGS

Seats on Virgin Galactic cost $250,000 each. The company said this month that it has signed up about 700 passengers who have put down more than $80 million in deposits. Galactic hopes to eventually sell point-to-point flights similar to airlines — New York to Australia in 40 minutes, for example, Branson suggested.

STAR POWER

As Galactic's chief salesman, the 64-year-old, shaggy-haired Branson is among the world's most recognizable and flamboyant entrepreneurs. He owns a private island in the Caribbean, and his Virgin Group has holdings around the globe in airlines, entertainment, telecommunications and other industries. Galactic's passenger list is dotted with celebrities, including actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber.

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Untapable and Napravnik win Breeders' Cup Distaff http://www.dailyastorian.com/untapable-and-napravnik-win-breeders-cup-distaff-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsf2452765d0fa46bc8a625227bed4e26b http://www.dailyastorian.com/untapable-and-napravnik-win-breeders-cup-distaff-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsf2452765d0fa46bc8a625227bed4e26b#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319789 ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Untapable won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths, making Rosie Napravnik the first female rider to win the race in its 31-year history.

The 3-year-old filly ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.68 on Friday at Santa Anita and paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60 as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 11.

Don't Tell Sophia returned $4.60 and $3.40, while Iotapa was another nose back in third and paid $4 to show.

Napravnik pumped her right hand after crossing the finish line, having secured her second career Breeders' Cup victory. It was the fifth Cup win for trainer Steve Asmussen, and his biggest since winning the $5 million Classic with Curlin in 2007.

Untapable lugged in on Iotapa on the rail in the stretch, but the stewards did not post the inquiry sign.

It was Untapable's fourth Grade 1 win of the year, including the Kentucky Oaks in May.

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Lake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore http://www.dailyastorian.com/lake-michigan-waves-slam-chicago-lakeshore-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda5c5d996b6dd432a8900bfa5e052f2cc http://www.dailyastorian.com/lake-michigan-waves-slam-chicago-lakeshore-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda5c5d996b6dd432a8900bfa5e052f2cc#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319791 CHICAGO (AP) — Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline, sending water onto part of Lake Shore Drive. The waves slowed traffic and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction.

Parts of the scenic highway were flooded Friday, leading to some lane closures. Traffic was backed up for miles.

The high waves prompted Navy Pier, one of Chicago's top tourist attractions, to close its eastern end. Navy Pier officials also canceled a haunted house that's located on a barge. Officials say the attraction will reopen Saturday.

The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood advisory to remain in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. The warning is forecasting winds of up to 50 mph and 23-foot waves.

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Idaho GOP campaign bus stops at public school http://www.dailyastorian.com/idaho-gop-campaign-bus-stops-at-public-school-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest0f22ba9ca4fd4498b7c81b3fb173a036 http://www.dailyastorian.com/idaho-gop-campaign-bus-stops-at-public-school-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest0f22ba9ca4fd4498b7c81b3fb173a036#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319794 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican candidates running for statewide and legislative offices stopped at a public charter school, where they were greeted by the student body, while traveling on a campaign bus tour.

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/1DDTDDD) reported that the Oct. 24 visit raises questions over whether the stop violated the state's Board of Education's Code of Ethics for Idaho Professional Educators. The code forbids schools from promoting political candidates or political activities.

Pictures of the event show campaign signs posted in front of Gooding's North Valley Academy Public Charter School with students assembled on the lawn. The school string orchestra played and students sang the national anthem.

North Valley school board chairwoman Deby Infanger said it wasn't a campaign event. While Infanger said she wasn't there, she described it as a visit from the governor.

"It was outside. And he does what governors do, he supports public education, and I think it was very appropriate to thank him and sing the national anthem with him," Infanger said.

Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston says he wasn't aware the academy was a public school. He added Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's campaign staff arranged the stop.

"It was a great stop," he said. "The pictures, I think, said it all. It was a great crowd, a good turnout. We rolled up there and everybody was out on the front lawn, and the band did a great job on their performance."

Otter's campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the Spokesman-Review's request for comment.

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate of state superintendent for public instruction, wasn't on the GOP bus tour on Oct. 24. However, she shared a photo of the tour stopping at the school on her campaign's Facebook page. The caption said: ""The Idaho GOP Bus Tour received a warm welcome at North Valley Academy in Gooding. Their student band played for us and did an amazing job! We're on our way to Wendell!"

The state superintendent is in charge of enforcing Idaho's education ethics code.

Ybarra's campaign spokeswoman Melinda Nothern didn't respond to The Associated Press' calls or emails asking if Ybarra believed the campaign bus visit at North Valley Academy was appropriate for a public charter school.

In 2011, State Superintendent Tom Luna sent a memo to all district superintendents, charter school administrators and school board trustees outlining the ethics code prohibitions, and warning against "allowing the use of the school to further political agendas in conjunction with any school activity or event."

In his memo, he wrote, "If substantiated, each is a violation of the Code of Ethics and is punishable by a letter of reprimand, the placing of conditions on the educator's certificate or the suspension or revocation of the educator's certificate. . Those whose certificates are suspended or revoked can no longer be employed by an Idaho public school."

Luna's spokesman Brady Moore declined to confirm or deny if the state's Professional Standards Commission was looking into the bus tour event or if a complaint had been filed.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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USC to be in 'good frame of mind' vs. Cougars http://www.dailyastorian.com/usc-to-be-in-good-frame-of-mind-vs-cougars-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc57e3f35482c48279aade850d8ab7e17 http://www.dailyastorian.com/usc-to-be-in-good-frame-of-mind-vs-cougars-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc57e3f35482c48279aade850d8ab7e17#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319793 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Southern California came away frustrated from its latest loss but coach Steve Sarkisian expects his players to display their resilience come Saturday's matchup with Washington State.

"This team won't get knocked down and stay down," said Sarkisian, whose Trojans fell 24-21 at Utah last weekend. "I expect us to come out in a real good frame of mind Saturday."

Southern California (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) is one win away from postseason eligibility heading to Washington State (2-6, 1-4). And while the Cougars have struggled all season, Sarkisian doesn't expect an easy outing in Pullman.

"One thing about Mike Leach's teams is they always continue to fight," Sarkisian said. "I expect them to play good football."

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, the nation's passing leader, leads a high-powered offense that nevertheless sputtered early last week on the way to a 59-37 loss to No. 14 Arizona.

The Cougars want to ensure they don't suffer another early breakdown.

"I thought we protected him (Halliday) inconsistently the last game, but we did move the ball well and still had some very productive periods on offense," Leach said.

Halliday, who has thrown for 3,833 yards and 32 touchdowns in the first eight games, said preparation is the key to avoiding another slow start.

"You make sure that all 22 to 24 guys that are going to get reps are very prepared and make sure they're watching film and make sure they're confident when they go out on the field," Halliday said.

Washington State beat USC 10-7 last year in Los Angeles. "It's exciting to have a chance to go 2-0 against them as a starter," Halliday said.

Things to know when Southern Cal plays at Washington State:

MORE TURNOVERS: Washington State hasn't benefited from turnovers much this season, with just two interceptions and four fumbles recovered. Leach blamed that in part on the many young players in the secondary. "We had three guys back there last week that, combined, have probably played about a half of Division I football," Leach said. This week they face a quarterback, Cody Kessler, who has thrown for 20 touchdowns against only two interceptions.

HALLIDAY'S RECORDS: Halliday owns school passing records for career touchdowns, career yards, completions, attempts and 300-yard games. He holds the NCAA single-game records for yards passing (734), set this year against California, and pass attempts (89), set last year against Oregon. Halliday ranks third in the league in career touchdown passes with 90 and fourth with 11,264 yards passing. Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley is the career leader with 116 touchdowns and 12,327 yards passing.

AMAZING ALLEN: Tailback Javorius Allen leads the Pac-12 in rushing and all-purpose yards, and is the only player in the nation with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards. He comes in with a string of five straight 100-yard games. "He's starting to get the attention he deserves, I think," Leach said. "Very explosive and strong."

COUGAR RECEIVERS: Washington State wideouts River Cracraft, Vince Mayle and Isiah Myers already each have more than 50 receptions and all rank in the top 25 nationally in receptions and receiving yardage.

LOP-SIDED SERIES: Historically, Southern California has dominated the Cougars. The Trojans lead the series 58-9-4. Prior to last season's win, the Cougars had lost eight straight to the Trojans.

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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria http://www.dailyastorian.com/cubs-hire-maddon-as-manager-fire-renteria-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsa399b25235034aae830690943cfc30fd http://www.dailyastorian.com/cubs-hire-maddon-as-manager-fire-renteria-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsa399b25235034aae830690943cfc30fd#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:02:04 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319804 CHICAGO (AP) — Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers.

Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they just couldn't resist the lure of Maddon's sudden availability.

Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. The move pairs the respected Maddon with a promising roster and a franchise with far more resources than he ever enjoyed with the small-market Rays.

Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager. It was a seven-win improvement from 2013, the last of Dale Sveum's two years in charge, but not close to reaching the playoffs or putting the Cubs in position to win their first World Series title since 1908.

"Maddon — who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us — had become a free agent," Cubs President Theo Epstein said in a statement.

"We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization. In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe."

Epstein said the Cubs were "transparent" at all times with Renteria once Maddon became available two weeks ago.

"Rick often said he was the beneficiary of the hard work of others who came before him," he said. "Now, in the young players he helped, we reap the benefits of his hard work as we move forward. He deserved better and we wish him nothing but the best."

Renteria's agent, Ken Solomon, declined comment. He also said Renteria will not comment.

With Renteria in the dugout, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro each had a rebound season, and young sluggers Javier Baez and Jorge Soler were among a group of prospects who showed considerable promise in their first major league action.

Now it's up to Maddon to help that core group of young players to continue to improve, while paving the way for another wave of heralded prospects that includes third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell.

It's a familiar situation for the 60-year-old Hazleton, Pennsylvania native, who deftly guided several young Rays rosters into contention in the rugged AL East.

Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay after Andrew Friedman left the Rays' front office to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 14.

Maddon's free agency created a buzz during the World Series, with the talk centering on where he might go and all the possibilities for his new job.

The answer became public just two days after San Francisco's Game 7 win over the Royals, with Maddon becoming Chicago's fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season and the 54th in the history of the woebegone franchise.

Maddon had a 754-705 record in nine seasons in Tampa Bay, leading the club to four playoff appearances, two AL East titles and a five-game loss to Philadelphia in the 2008 World Series.

The two-time AL Manager of the Year was the bench coach for six seasons under Angels manager Mike Scioscia before he was hired by Tampa Bay in November 2005.

While the addition of Maddon is a coup for president of baseball operations Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, the quick hook for Renteria could turn into a problem for the front office down the road.

Renteria had two years left on the contract he signed with the Cubs last November, and the inevitable turnover on the major league staff could affect Chicago's ability to attract quality coaches.

Renteria, who was the bench coach in San Diego before he got his first opportunity to be a big league manager, already was looking at a different staff for his second year.

Hitting coach Bill Mueller resigned after Epstein announced that Mike Brumley would not return as assistant hitting coach. John Mallee, a Chicago native, was hired to replace Mueller, Eric Hinske shifted to assistant hitting coach and former Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo was hired as first base and outfield coach.

Now their fate is unclear. Same for pitching coach Chris Bosio, who has drawn praise for his work with Jake Arrieta and a couple other pitchers who were traded away by the Cubs after they rebounded until the tutelage of the former major leaguer.

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2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-arrested-as-people-flock-to-hawaii-lava-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8bf21919afe44f619d740e95c3657091 http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-arrested-as-people-flock-to-hawaii-lava-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8bf21919afe44f619d740e95c3657091#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:01:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319948 PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.

Hawaii County police said officers saw a man and a woman on county property Thursday taking photos within 5 feet of the lava in the small town of Pahoa.

The 65-year-old woman and 59-year-old man had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs, police said. They crossed private property to get to the spot where they watched the lava.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said the county is restricting the public's access to the lava flow to keep people safe.

"It's unfortunate. We would hope we wouldn't have to take steps to enforce the rules," Oliveira told reporters.

He said the lava is currently in people's backyards. The county may be able to enable public viewing if and when it enters public land, he said.

But authorities need to be able to manage the situation. In 1990, when lava poured into Kalapana on the Big Island's southern coast, parked cars lined the roads and people crowded in to watch.

Tourists and Big Island residents have been streaming into Pahoa for a glimpse of the lava since the flow edged closer to the town's main road. The influx of people has been giving restaurants extra business.

Glen Bousquet, a tree trimmer from the nearby community of Nanawale, said he hiked to the flow multiple times since the weekend and trespassed to do so. He followed the glow through 6-foot-tall grass, he said.

"'It's so interesting to see nature unfolding. It's like a once in a lifetime chance to actually see it up close and personal without having to wait for it to be on TV," he said. "You kind of get the real deal."

Though he trespassed, he said he did so with "the utmost respect" and didn't break any fences or otherwise harm anyone's property.

But he said won't go back because he doesn't want to get arrested.

Josiah Hunt, of the coastal town of Kapoho, said he hiked to see the lava before it crossed Apaa Street, a country road on the edge of Pahoa last week. He wanted a look because the molten rock was affecting life in the town and the larger surrounding community of about 10,000 people.

"Somehow it helped me to come to grips . and feel a sense of closure, to some degree," he said. "It helps put an image to it in your mind's eye."

He doesn't think now is a good time to gather to see the lava because it's threatening homes.

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Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare http://www.dailyastorian.com/canada-restricts-visas-amid-ebola-scare-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd184e6eecf8246a9840bbb5b65135a0c http://www.dailyastorian.com/canada-restricts-visas-amid-ebola-scare-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd184e6eecf8246a9840bbb5b65135a0c#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319806 TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Canada's Conservative government said Friday it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease.

Canada has not yet had a case of Ebola. Canadians, including health-care workers, in West Africa will be permitted to travel back to Canada, the government said.

The countries most severely hit by the worst Ebola outbreak ever are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Canada receives very few travelers from those countries, which have no direct flights to Canada.

A similar move by Australia was slammed Wednesday by Dr. Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization's director general, who said closing borders won't stop spread of the Ebola virus.

Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement the "number one priority is to protect Canadians." Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Alexander said the government would act in the "best interests of Canadians."

Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Alexander, said the move is similar to but a bit less restrictive than the one the Australian government announced this week. He later called it "considerably different."

"We have instituted a pause, but there is room for discretion and if we can be assured that someone is not infected with Ebola," Menard said in an email after declining to comment on the phone. He said the government was "doing anything we can to keep Ebola from coming to Canada."

Nancy Caron, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, said that "a number of African countries have imposed stricter travel bans as have several other countries around the world. Other countries such as the United States have started to place restrictions on travelers from countries with Ebola outbreaks."

The government said Canadian citizens or foreign nationals with a visa and foreign nationals who do not require visas will continue to be screened at ports of entry in Canada and will be subject to appropriate health screening.

Declining to criticize the move, an Obama administration official said Friday that Canada remains an important partner in the effort to stop Ebola. The official was not authorized to discuss diplomatic relations by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

David Fidler, an international law professor at Indiana University, said the moves by Canada and Australia place both countries in violation of the International Health Regulations, a 2005 World Health Organization treaty to which both are signatories.

The treaty "just seems to be disintegrating in this Ebola panic," Fidler said. "And to have countries like Australia and Canada be in the forefront of this is even more disheartening," he said, because they had been supportive of the international treaty meant to prevent panic during such a health crisis.

New Democrat Libby Davies of the Canadian opposition also criticized the visa ban, saying it isn't the solution.

"The World Health Organization and the World Bank have both spoken out sharply against international travel bans, so the experts we're relying on to fight Ebola are saying this is not the right approach," Davies said in an email. "The Conservative government seems more interested in public relations than in acting on recommendations from public health experts."

The International Health Regulations are designed to help the world fight infectious disease outbreaks that have the potential for international spread. They were revised and strengthened in the wake of the 2003 SARS outbreak.

The 2003 outbreak in Asia and Canada of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, led the World Health Organization to issue travel advisories directing people around the world to avoid places battling severe outbreaks. Ontario's then health minister, Tony Clement — now a federal cabinet minister— was among those incensed by the WHO's move. Clement led a delegation to Geneva to successfully demand the WHO rescind the travel advisory against Toronto.

More than 13,700 people have been sickened by Ebola, and nearly 5,000 have died. The outbreak has hit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea hardest and all three countries have resorted to extraordinary measures to combat it.

Canada has donated 800 vials of an experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO.

The vaccine, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and known as VSV-EBOV, has been sent to the U.S. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland for testing on healthy volunteers, with preliminary results about its safety expected by December. The next stage would be to test it more broadly, including among those directly handling Ebola cases in West Africa.

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Associated Press reporter Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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Religious talk: Salem school bars church leader http://www.dailyastorian.com/religious-talk-salem-school-bars-church-leader-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest451f7f9a3fbb4105a003b37b2f887a3f http://www.dailyastorian.com/religious-talk-salem-school-bars-church-leader-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest451f7f9a3fbb4105a003b37b2f887a3f#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319811 SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem church youth leader has been barred from volunteering at Straub Middle School after a student said he promoted Christianity and insulted her for being an atheist.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/10aa7pU) principal Laura Perez won't allow the director of student ministries from Salem Heights Church as a volunteer the rest of the school year. Later, Perez says, she'll decide about next year.

Eighth-grader Shelby Conway told the principal that Tim Saffeels asked students about their religious beliefs during a lunchroom conversation on Oct. 23. She says he told her atheism is "wrong," ''bad," ''stupid" and "evil."

Saffeels argues that students initiated the conversation by asking questions, but he denied making the comments Conway cited.

The school volunteers supervise students during lunch and serve as role models.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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Woman in Oregon hospitalized with fever http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-in-oregon-hospitalized-with-fever-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest8365b02d3dd44bc49634d5456e70df37 http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-in-oregon-hospitalized-with-fever-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest8365b02d3dd44bc49634d5456e70df37#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319810 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say a woman who visited West Africa has been hospitalized in isolation after reporting a fever and is undergoing Ebola tests as a precaution.

Officials said Friday that the woman had no known contact with anyone affected with the virus and is considered a low risk for contracting the disease.

Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis says the woman has been checking her temperature twice a day and developed a "persistent fever" on Friday morning. Medics wearing protective gear evaluated her and determined she should visit a hospital.

Officials have released very little information about the woman, other than to say she had recently been in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone and was staying in Portland. She was taken to a hospital in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie.

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AP Top News At 6:53 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-653-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4827fb75cac4414d83a722d3adc473e7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-653-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4827fb75cac4414d83a722d3adc473e7#Comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310319805 Early votes exceed 15 million — but who benefits?Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 AmericansAnalysis: In Syria, no good options for WestAP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lavaAfter murder suspect is caught, a sigh of reliefPainted faces at parks need painstaking removalRussia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays]]>