The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:20:14 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Winning numbers drawn in '10 Spot Evening' game http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-10-spot-evening-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest4d106229b56e4c5184ceb5663697cc12 http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-10-spot-evening-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest4d106229b56e4c5184ceb5663697cc12#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:00:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019995 HELENA, Mont. (AP) The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Montana Lottery's "10 Spot Evening" game were:

04-05-11-14-19-21-23-28-32-33-37-38-56-57-60-62-65-74-78-80

(four, five, eleven, fourteen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-eight, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, fifty-six, fifty-seven, sixty, sixty-two, sixty-five, seventy-four, seventy-eight, eighty)

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

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AP Top Entertainment News At 9:21 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-921-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment419dbf6a48dd48dda30e8a3796673424 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-921-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment419dbf6a48dd48dda30e8a3796673424#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:00:40 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019895 Musical of 'Doctor Zhivago' coming to Broadway'Interstellar' to be released 2 days early on filmMusical of 'Doctor Zhivago' coming to Broadway'Orange is the New Black' author talks Season 3Tony Bennett sets mark as oldest act with No. 1 LPJoy Behar to debut a 1-woman show in New YorkTim Rice wants 'From Here to Eternity' new lifeLena Dunham launches tour for book of adult essays]]> 'Orange is the New Black' author talks Season 3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-is-the-new-black-author-talks-season-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment6106cfe5feed4d3dab9f7311ea13501a http://www.dailyastorian.com/orange-is-the-new-black-author-talks-season-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment6106cfe5feed4d3dab9f7311ea13501a#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:00:50 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019800 LOWELL, Mass. (AP) The woman whose best-selling prison memoir has been adapted into the "Orange is the New Black" Netflix series is sharing her insight into the upcoming Season 3, saying it "holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns."

Piper Kerman said the upcoming season will feature backstories for some of the characters and the emergence of very intriguing new characters.

The show, created by Jenji Kohan, is about a woman serving time in a federal prison for carrying a suitcase stuffed with drug money to her ex-girlfriend. Kerman said shooting for its third season is more than halfway through but she can't offer spoilers or a release date.

Kerman is a consultant on the show, reading scripts and offering her advice on how to make it realistic. But she did not offer any inside scoop on when Season 3 will be available and laughed Tuesday night when asked if V, one of the show's main antagonists last season, is still alive.

"One of the things that Jenji Kohan has said about Season 3 already on record is that an exploration of faith is a big part of what she is planning and what they have scripted so far," Kerman said before addressing more than 400 students, faculty members and fans at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Kerman also commented on a book deal signed by her former lover and friend Cleary Wolters, whose involvement in drug trafficking led to her imprisonment.

"I expect that my ex-lover's book will be a fascinating read," Kerman said. "She's had a very different life, and her story is very different from mine. For one thing, she was much more involved in narcotics trafficking, and for the other thing she served a lot more time in prison than I did."

Although Kerman has done very well for herself thanks to her memoir and its adaptation into a hit Netflix series, she said she would change her story in a heartbeat if she could go back to when it all began, in 1993, when she was 22 years old.

"I absolutely regret my crime," said Kerman, an advocate for reforms of the criminal justice system. "I think that while I'm so grateful to have found readers and I'm thrilled with the Netflix show, the truth of the matter is that prison is a deeply traumatic experience."

Kerman spent 13 months in a federal minimum-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut, just over a decade ago for her role in a money laundering and drug trafficking ring.

"The truth is that I caused my family and the people that love me most a great deal of pain and worry," she said. "And the other fundamental truth is my actions caused other harm in terms of other people's substance abuse and addiction."

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Rodrique Ngowi can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/ngowi

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Musical of 'Doctor Zhivago' coming to Broadway http://www.dailyastorian.com/musical-of-doctor-zhivago-coming-to-broadway-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment8bec29efdefa4a559c3bd3fbb0712f13 http://www.dailyastorian.com/musical-of-doctor-zhivago-coming-to-broadway-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment8bec29efdefa4a559c3bd3fbb0712f13#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:00:46 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019801 NEW YORK (AP) The latest version of "Cinderella" will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place "Doctor Zhivago."

Producers said Wednesday that the tale of five intertwined lovers set during final days of Czarist Russia will be led by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, who also directed "Jersey Boys."

Casting is to be announced soon. Previews will begin March 27 with an opening on April 21.

The musical made its world premiere in 2006 under McAnuff's direction at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. In 2011, a revised "Doctor Zhivago" opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney.

It has a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller ("Ragtime"), music by Grammy Award winner Lucy Simon ("The Secret Garden"), lyrics by Tony nominee Michael Korie ("Grey Gardens") and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers ("Ella Enchanted"), and choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine ("Rocky the Musical"). Scenic design will be by Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume design will be by Paul Tazewell.

The 1965 film version is a classic, starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger and Alec Guinness. It got 10 Academy Award nominations but lost the film best Oscar to "The Sound of Music."

Boris Pasternak's original novel, a critical portrait of the Russian Revolution, earned him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1958 and the enduring enmity of the Soviet regime.

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Big weekend for Big Red: Nebraska's chance to rise http://www.dailyastorian.com/big-weekend-for-big-red-nebraskas-chance-to-rise-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports4f99099a876645958e44ee8a3ced1dc7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/big-weekend-for-big-red-nebraskas-chance-to-rise-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports4f99099a876645958e44ee8a3ced1dc7#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:00:27 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019783 In the most interesting and important Saturday of the college football season so far, no team faces a more crucial test than Nebraska.

The 19th-ranked Cornhuskers visit No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday with a chance to leap into national title contention. It's one of six games involving 12 ranked teams that will help sort out the playoff race.

There was a time that national title contention was a given for Nebraska. It's been a while.

The Cornhuskers (5-0) haven't started 6-0 since 2001, which was also the last time Nebraska played for the national championship. Since then the Huskers have rarely been in the top 10 once fall rolls around.

The last time Nebraska was 5-0 was 2010. Those Huskers were ranked fifth heading into a game at home against Texas. The Longhorns won 20-13. Nebraska hasn't been ranked better than eighth since then, and no better than ninth after September. The Huskers haven't won a conference title since 1999 in the Big 12.

All that at least partially explains the skepticism about these Huskers. That and a way-too-close-for-comfort victory at home against McNeese State in September.

A victory against Michigan State would go a long way toward changing the perception of Nebraska as a program stuck in a rut better than most but no longer capable of being elite. It also sets up the Huskers for a strong run into November. Nebraska's next three games: at Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue.

And a big day by Huskers star Ameer Abdullah against the Spartans' usually stingy defense would give the running back's Heisman Trophy chances boost.

If Nebraska losses to Michigan State? Sure, the Huskers could bounce back and still win the Big Ten, maybe even make the college football playoff if everything lined up perfectly. Realistically, though, this is Nebraska's chance to get back on the big stage. A chance for Nebraska to look like Nebraska again.

The picks:

MARQUEE MATCHUPS

No. 3 Alabama (minus 6) at No. 11 Mississippi

Rebels fans hoping ESPN's "College GameDay" in the Grove isn't the highlight of the day in Oxford. Tide has won 10 straight in series ... ALABAMA 31-21.

No. 15 LSU (plus 8) at No. 5 Auburn

Tigers to start freshman QB Brandon Harris, who directed seven touchdown drives last week in relief of Anthony Jennings. Of course, that was against New Mexico State ... AUBURN 35-24.

No. 6 Texas A&M (plus 1 1/2) at No. 12 Mississippi State

SEC rules prohibit Bulldogs fans from clanging their beloved cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium for conference games. Safe bet there will be a few rule-breakers Saturday ... MISSISSIPPI STATE 38-31.

No. 14 Stanford (minus 2) at No. 9 Notre Dame

The red zone has been a dead zone for Cardinal ... NOTRE DAME 21-17.

No. 4 Oklahoma (minus 5) at No. 25 TCU

Horned Frogs' big chance: Sooners this week; Baylor next ... OKLAHOMA 28-20.

UPSET SPECIAL

No. 19 Nebraska (plus 7 1/2) at No. 10 Michigan State

#FearAmeer: Abdullah ran for 123 yards and 5.6 per carry in last season's 41-28 loss to Spartans ... NEBRASKA 28-24.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Arizona (plus 23) at No. 2 Oregon

Wildcats upset Ducks in Tucson last year, a startling 42-16 beat down. Payback time for Ducks ... OREGON 42-16.

BEEHIVE STATE

Utah State (plus 21) at No. 18 BYU

Aggies QB Chuckie Keeton's status is uncertain with knee injury, though a Cougars player told reporters he heard the Utah State star is planning to redshirt. That's weird ... BYU 38-14.

CONFERENCE CALLS

Wake Forest (plus 39) at No. 1 Florida State

After two straight comeback victories, Seminoles should be able to rest some starters in the fourth quarter ... FLORIDA STATE 56-10.

Vanderbilt (plus 33 1/2) at No. 13 Georgia

RB Todd Gurley giving Bulldogs fans Herschel Walker flashbacks and opponents headaches ... GEORGIA 45-10.

Arizona State (plus 11 1/2) at No. 16 Southern California

Likely another game without QB Taylor Kelly for Sun Devils ... USC 31-21.

No. 17 Wisconsin (minus 8) at Northwestern

Badgers have won last two meetings, 109-29, but Wildcats' run defense has been feisty (16th in nation in yards per carry allowed at 2.9) ... WISCONSIN 28-21.

No. 20 Ohio State (minus 7 1/2) at Maryland

First Big Ten home game for Terps, who can challenge the Buckeyes' shaky pass defense. Maryland coach Randy Edsall says QB C.J. Brown (left wrist) will be a game-time decision ... With Brown, MARYLAND 35-31; without Brown, OHIO STATE 35-21.

Iowa State (plus 17 1/2) at No. 21 Oklahoma State

Cowboys averaging 42 points against Cyclones in last five meetings ... OKLAHOMA STATE 42-20.

SMU (plus 40) at No. 22 East Carolina

Winless Mustangs have been outscored 202-12. Only the kindness of Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill will keep ECU from scoring 80 ... EAST CAROLINA 56-7.

Texas Tech (plus 12 1/2) at No. 23 Kansas State

Red Raiders QB Davis Webb (left shoulder) might not play ... KANSAS STATE 34-14.

BEST BET

No. 7 Baylor (minus 16 1/2) at Texas

It'll get better for Longhorns under coach Charlie Strong but first ... BAYLOR 48-14.

UNRANKED BUT NOT UNINTERESTING

Michigan (plus 3) at Rutgers

Michigan is an underdog at Rutgers. Pretty much says all that needs to be said ... MICHIGAN 23-21.

Florida (plus 2 1/2) at Tennessee

Will Muschamp, welcome to Brady Hoke's world (hopefully without the mishandled injury) ... TENNESSEE 28-21.

Miami (minus 1 1/2) at Georgia Tech

Did you know? Yellow Jackets are undefeated. ... MIAMI 31-28.

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Last week: Record straight: 13-2; vs. points 6-8-1.

Season: Record straight: 72-18; vs. points 39-50-2.

Best bet: 1-4.

Upset special: 3-3.

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Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP

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2nd-in-command named acting US attorney in Seattle http://www.dailyastorian.com/2nd-in-command-named-acting-us-attorney-in-seattle-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northweste2704c3b2f834df69ae7d9a4d44024e4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/2nd-in-command-named-acting-us-attorney-in-seattle-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northweste2704c3b2f834df69ae7d9a4d44024e4#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:00:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019779 SEATTLE (AP) Annette Hayes has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, following the resignation of Jenny Durkan.

Durkan's last day in office was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys picked Hayes her second-in-command to fill in pending the confirmation of a presidentially appointed replacement.

The 52-year-old Hayes has been at the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle since 1997, and during that time she has prosecuted drug trafficking, cyber hacking and intellectual property crimes. She also helped train new attorneys on how to handle various cases.

Hayes was named Durkan's first assistant U.S. attorney in 2010.

She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Williams College. The U.S. attorney's office says that before becoming a prosecutor, she spent six years as a civil litigator at firms in Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Durkan says she hasn't decided what she'll do next.

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Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot http://www.dailyastorian.com/oregon-man-gets-30-years-in-christmas-bomb-plot-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbdfe91b9620342c1b3367567daf9994c http://www.dailyastorian.com/oregon-man-gets-30-years-in-christmas-bomb-plot-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbdfe91b9620342c1b3367567daf9994c#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:00:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019911 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland's downtown square while 10,000 revelers gathered to watch the mayor light a towering Christmas tree.

Prosecutors had sought a 40-year term for Mohamed Mohamud, 23, in the 2010 plot that actually was an FBI sting. But U.S. District Court Judge Garr King said Mohamud's youth and remorse for his actions helped lower his sentence.

King said he believes the actions of undercover FBI agents edged into "imperfect entrapment," the idea that though they didn't fully entrap Mohamud in a legal sense, their actions nonetheless encouraged him to commit wrongdoing.

"This is a sad case," King said.

Mohamud was arrested Nov. 26, 2010, after pressing a keypad button on a cellphone that he believed would trigger a massive truck bomb and kill people gathered for the annual holiday event. But the bomb was a fake provided by FBI agents posing as al-Qaida recruiters.

The undercover agents made friends with Mohamud after learning he had written for an online jihadi magazine and exchanged emails with accused terrorists.

King disagreed with defense attorneys who made a last-gasp effort to portray Mohamud's actions as those of a confused teenager who just had his braces removed when first contacted by an FBI agent posing as a member of a terrorist cell.

Mohamud chose the location and timing of the bomb, King said, and when offered the choice to commit peaceful acts of resistance, he instead told the undercover agents he wanted to "become operational."

Mohamud's defense team had sought a term of no more than 10 years, and said he will appeal the sentence.

The former Oregon State University and his parents spoke before he was sentenced.

"The things I said and did were terrible," Mohamud said. "The hardest thing is to go over the (undercover agents') tapes, to see myself, to hear what I was saying."

His mother, Mariam Barre, begged the judge for leniency.

"Give him another chance," she said through tears on the witness stand.

His father, Osman Barre, said he has watched his waifish teenage son become an adult in prison and mature in the process. But King said Mohamud's youth aside, the sentence had to both punish him for his actions and serve as a warning for anyone planning similar acts.

FBI director James Comey said Wednesday that King's remarks about "imperfect entrapment" will have no effect on the agency's sting operations.

Comey was in Portland as part of a national tour of field offices the U.S. Attorney's Office for Oregon says his presence on the day of Mohamud's sentencing was a coincidence.

Osman Barre was the first person to alert the FBI of his son's early leanings toward violent jihad, something he later said he regretted. The alert led the FBI to launch its sting operation.

Comey said Wednesday that parents in a similar situation ultimately have no other recourse, and he's unsure whether Mohamud's case would discourage them from coming forward.

"I just don't know what the alternative is," Comey said.

Jurors rejected Mohamud's entrapment defense at his January 2013 trial. The sentencing was pushed back a year after the government disclosed that warrantless overseas wiretaps helped make its case. The defense unsuccessfully sought a new trial.

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Associated Press writer Steven Dubois contributed to this report.

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Reach Duara at https://www.twitter.com/nigelduara

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Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals http://www.dailyastorian.com/trout-makes-playoff-debut-when-angels-host-royals-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsb0abd0519a314b709b85624fa2c017b0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/trout-makes-playoff-debut-when-angels-host-royals-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsb0abd0519a314b709b85624fa2c017b0#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:44 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019769 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut, the veteran slugger with two rings told baseball's best young player to keep the same swing that finally got the Los Angeles Angels back into the October spotlight.

After nearly three full years of electrifying play, Trout reaches the milestone he craves most Thursday night when he runs out to center field at the Big A for the Angels' AL Division Series opener.

The Angels are facing the Kansas City Royals, who must concoct a quick encore to their incredible 12-inning comeback victory in the wild-card game. Manager Ned Yost thinks his club will respond swiftly against the majors' best regular-season team.

Angels ace Jered Weaver starts against good friend Jason Vargas, who pitched for Los Angeles last year.

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AP Top U.S. News At 8 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-8-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcb1b780c032e419a90f273ba3352371e http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-8-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcb1b780c032e419a90f273ba3352371e#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:58 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019777 Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons labJury selection resumes in Jodi Arias retrialPolice made tough call with UVa student missing3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go homeApp teaches kindergartners basic computer codingDeep discount lures buyer for Revel casinoMan convicted of murder in killing over loud musicTrooper accidentally shot in training exercise]]> Young Lightning eager to build on success http://www.dailyastorian.com/young-lightning-eager-to-build-on-success-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports6e8a630f75104700a55102a9004ddacf http://www.dailyastorian.com/young-lightning-eager-to-build-on-success-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports6e8a630f75104700a55102a9004ddacf#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:51 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019768 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jon Cooper wants his Tampa Bay Lightning to know something about heightened expectations. They don't mean anything unless you prove you're as good as you think you can be.

The young team led by Steven Stamkos posted the third-best record in the Eastern Conference a year ago, and Cooper is among those who believe the club is capable of contending for the Stanley Cup title this season.

The coach, beginning his second full season behind the bench in Tampa Bay, just doesn't want his players to get too caught up in what's being said and/or written about their prospects for success.

"You don't have a right to make the playoffs. It's not a given you're in," said Cooper, who replaced former coach Guy Boucher in March 2013 and helped the Lightning rebound from having the 28th-worst record in the league to go 51-35-2 finish last season.

"We have to realize it's going to be tougher this year," Stamkos agreed. "I know the expectations are higher, but we're not going to surprise anyone. In that regard, we can use that as motivation."

Stamkos missed 45 games, as well as Canada's gold-medal run in the Olympics last winter, yet the 24-year-old still was able to lead Tampa Bay to its first playoff appearance since 2011.

The two-time All-Star delivered 25 goals and 40 points in 37 games, and his absence from early November to just before a late-season trade sent Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers created unexpected opportunities for young players such as Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, who helped the Lightning stay afloat without its star.

Meanwhile, goaltender Ben Bishop set franchise records for victories (37), save percentage (.924) and goals-against average (2.23) before a left elbow injury sidelined him for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs, where Tampa Bay was swept by Montreal in the opening round.

Ryan Callahan, obtained in the deal that sent St. Louis to the Rangers, returns for a full season after re-signing as a free agent. General manager Steve Yzerman has also brought in Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, Brendan Morrow, Jason Garrison and backup goalie Evgeni Nabokov in hopes of strengthening the team defensively.

"It's not how many goals we score, it's how many we keep out of the net," Cooper said.

"We like to think we're an improved team," Yzerman added. "But we've got to do it on the ice."

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Some things to watch as the Lightning prepare for a year the team is hopeful will end with a strong post-season run:

IMPRESSIVE TURNAROUND: The Lightning tied the franchise record for wins in a season in 2013-14, finishing with 101 points tied most in team history.

SCORING MACHINE: Stamkos has scored more goals than any NHL player since the start of the 2009-10 season with 210. He's led the league in goals-scored twice and also ranked second in points two times. Despite missing more than half of last season, he still led the team with nine power-play goals.

MORE FIREPOWER: Palat led the team with 59 points last season. Johnson, another first-year player, set a club record for rookies with 24 goals. In all, Tampa Bay's rookies combined for 201 points, more than twice as many for first-year players from any other team. Palat led all NHL rookies with 44 points after Jan. 1.

PLENTY OF LEADERSHIP: Stamkos, who was named captain last season, says there's no shortage of leadership on the roster, noting that Callahan was a captain in New York before being acquired from the Rangers and that Boyle, Stralman and Morrow also are established veterans who bring grit and playoff experience. "It's not a one-man show here," Stamkos said. "It's by committee. That makes it easier on me that way."

TALK IS CHEAP: Yzerman likes the roster he's put together, but says it too early to talk about what this year's team might be capable of accomplishing. "We're optimistic," the Hall of Famer said, "but it takes time" for changes for gel.

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Federal grant to boost air travel out of Yakima http://www.dailyastorian.com/federal-grant-to-boost-air-travel-out-of-yakima-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest3f8fc66a551e4220874f539bc4975f42 http://www.dailyastorian.com/federal-grant-to-boost-air-travel-out-of-yakima-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest3f8fc66a551e4220874f539bc4975f42#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:49 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019780 YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell says the Yakima Airport will receive a $290,000 grant to boost travel service to Seattle and establish a new flight to Portland.

Cantwell says the money comes from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. The grant is being matched by the City of Yakima.

The money will go toward marketing existing Alaska Airline flights between Yakima and Seattle and it will also fund a new direct flight to Portland. Cantwell's office says the plan includes a revenue guarantee for the airline.

The city had applied for the grant and Cantwell backed up their application, writing to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox that air service in Yakima "is critical for continued economic development and sustainability."

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Girl hit by SUV in Seattle in serious condition http://www.dailyastorian.com/girl-hit-by-suv-in-seattle-in-serious-condition-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestcbb12d033e7f4d10a41728c6b989f5b3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/girl-hit-by-suv-in-seattle-in-serious-condition-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestcbb12d033e7f4d10a41728c6b989f5b3#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:50 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019865 SEATTLE (AP) A young girl who was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in Seattle was in serious condition Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center.

A hospital spokeswoman said she's in the intensive care unit.

Police say they're looking for a red or maroon Chevy Tahoe SUV that witnesses say drove off after striking the 7-year-old girl Tuesday evening. Police initially said they were looking for two vehicles the Tahoe and a gold-colored car. Detective Patrick Michaud said Wednesday that detectives have ruled out the second vehicle.

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Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-infected-passenger-was-sent-home-from-er-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world44a12c35649f4f6782fcb3c9f476da09 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-infected-passenger-was-sent-home-from-er-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world44a12c35649f4f6782fcb3c9f476da09#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:06 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019962 DALLAS (AP) The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened.

A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24. The group of 12 to 18 people included three members of the ambulance crew that took the man to the hospital and a handful of schoolchildren.

They will be checked every day for 21 days, the disease's incubation period.

"That's how we're going to break the chain of transmission, and that's where our focus has to be," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press Wednesday.

The CDC reminded the nation's health care providers to ask patients with symptoms if they've traveled recently. The American College of Emergency Physicians planned to alert its members as well.

The patient explained to a nurse last Thursday that he was visiting the U.S. from Africa, but that information was not widely shared, said Dr. Mark Lester, who works for the hospital's parent company.

"Regretfully, that information was not fully communicated" throughout the medical team, Lester said. Instead, the man was diagnosed with a low-risk infection and sent home.

He was prescribed antibiotics, according to his sister, Mai Wureh, who identified her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, as the infected man in an interview with The Associated Press.

Duncan has been kept in isolation at the hospital since Sunday. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Edward Goodman said the patient had a fever and abdominal pain during his first ER visit, not the riskier symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

But the diagnosis, and the hospital's slip-up, highlighted the wider threat of Ebola, even in places far from West Africa.

"The scrutiny just needs to be higher now," said Dr. Rade Vukmir, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa and killed more than 3,300, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.

In Texas, neither the ambulance crew nor the children showed any symptoms. They were restricted to home while their conditions are observed. It was not exactly clear how Duncan knew the children, but his sister said he had been visiting with family, including two nephews.

Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus. The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin. It spreads only by close contact with a patient's bodily fluids.

The man left Liberia on Sept. 19, flying from Brussels to Dulles Airport near Washington. He then boarded a flight for Dallas-Fort Worth, according to airlines, and arrived the next day to see relatives.

He started feeling ill four or five days later, Frieden said.

The CDC sent a team to Monrovia's airport on Wednesday to make sure health officials there are screening passengers properly. All people traveling from the outbreak zone are supposed to be checked for fever and asked about their travel history before being allowed to leave. Plastic buckets filled with chlorinated water for hand-washing are present throughout the airport.

"There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight," said Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC's Center for Global Health. "This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport."

Since the man was showing no symptoms on the plane, the CDC stressed that there is no risk to fellow passengers.

Tests designed to detect the virus in the bloodstream are not typically performed on people who don't yet have symptoms, because tests done too early may miss the diagnosis, Frieden said.

"Even in the initial phases of illness, when they've got a fever, the most sensitive tests in the world don't detect it because there's so little virus that they have," he said. "It's only as they become sicker that they become more infectious."

Hospitals have been on the lookout: The CDC has received 94 inquiries from states about illnesses that initially were suspected to be Ebola, but after taking travel histories and doing some other work, most were ruled out. Of the 13 people who actually underwent testing, only one the Dallas patient tested positive.

The Dallas apartment complex where Duncan was believed to be staying was cordoned off Wednesday, and the management was turning away visitors. TV cameras lined the fence of the parking lot, and at least one helicopter hovered overhead.

Four American aid workers who became infected in West Africa have been flown back to the U.S. for treatment after they became sick. Three have recovered.

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Neergaard reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant in Dallas and Emily Schmall in Fort Worth; Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia; Juergen Baetz in Brussels; Matt Small in Washington, D.C.; and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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Nevada city plans festival to celebrate blue jeans http://www.dailyastorian.com/nevada-city-plans-festival-to-celebrate-blue-jeans-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment73b376bb0427489eb49f3bf3eb7b85b6 http://www.dailyastorian.com/nevada-city-plans-festival-to-celebrate-blue-jeans-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment73b376bb0427489eb49f3bf3eb7b85b6#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:02:04 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019766 RENO, Nev. (AP) Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival in Reno next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans.

Reno tailor Jacob Davis created riveted denim jeans in 1871 in a downtown shop. Two years later, he and Levi Strauss patented the pants with the rivets to the corners and pockets that made them the sturdy favorites of miners, loggers and cowboys who helped tame the West.

Tourism officials on Wednesday announced the "Blue Genes Jam" next Oct. 2-4 will celebrate the iconic trousers' impact on popular culture.

Chris Baum, CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, says the event will include concerts, fashion shows, a retail marketplace and a mini-festival of films that helped make blue jeans a must for Americans.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 4PM' game http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-pick-4-4pm-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestad9ad5f6c73b430e9a32ba55225b7e51 http://www.dailyastorian.com/winning-numbers-drawn-in-pick-4-4pm-game-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestad9ad5f6c73b430e9a32ba55225b7e51#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:51 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019778 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Oregon Lottery's "Pick 4 4PM" game were:

0-5-1-5

(zero, five, one, five)

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Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-worries-could-keep-some-dallas-students-home-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd75d4c6754cf4fb69bd4f39e565f25ff http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-worries-could-keep-some-dallas-students-home-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd75d4c6754cf4fb69bd4f39e565f25ff#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019776 DALLAS (AP) Some nervous Dallas parents picked up their children early from school Wednesday after learning that five students attended class after possibly being exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S.

School administrators urged calm. None of the children have shown symptoms and are now being monitored at home, where they are likely to remain for three weeks, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said.

But Marcie Pardo and other parents left L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary indicating that they might take no chances and keep their children home the rest of the week.

"Kids pretty much touch everything. Not everyone washes their hands," Pardo said. "It's the contagious part that gets me worried."

Ebola isn't contagious until symptoms appear, and then it can spread only by close contact with a patient's bodily fluids. Pardo said that knowledge makes her feel better but her 8-year-old daughter, Soriah, still left school early along with her cousin.

Tucked in a quiet neighborhood of tree-lined streets, Hotchkiss is one of four campuses in Dallas that Miles says the five students attended. He said the district is taking an "abundance of caution" and would add more health workers to keep watch for symptoms among students.

The district also planned to deploy more custodial workers to the campuses, which include another elementary school, two middle schools and a high school.

"The students didn't have any symptoms, so the odds of them passing on any sort of virus is very low," Miles said.

Nonetheless, Texas Gov. Rick Perry acknowledged that "parents are being extremely concerned about that development." Health officials say the five children are among 12 to 18 people being monitored after exposure to the man, who was listed in serious but stable condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

It was not exactly clear how the Ebola patient knew the children, but his sister said he had been visiting with family including two nephews.

A pack of police officers and reporters outside Hotchkiss only added to Maria Vargas' nerves as she picked up her daughter Kailey. She said she didn't' know much about Ebola aside from that "it was very bad," and was told by a teacher that class was still on for Thursday.

"I'm worried. But I asked her, 'We have to bring her tomorrow?' She said yeah," Vargas said.

The schools are in and around a part of Dallas known as Victory Meadow, one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Officials say one challenge will be getting information out in a part of town where 33 different languages are spoken, and that they would go door-to-door if necessary.

Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa, and more than 3,300 deaths have been linked to the disease, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Following her 4-year-old grandson down the sidewalk outside Hotchkiss, Cookie Deckard said she wasn't overly worried. But she wished the schools would at least reveal the ages of the affected students, and because her grandson is just getting over being sick, she said she'll consider keeping him home.

"It's definitely a concern," Deckard said. "It's better to be safe than sorry."

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Follow Paul J. Weber on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pauljweber.

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Gottfried looks for scoring balance from Wolfpack http://www.dailyastorian.com/gottfried-looks-for-scoring-balance-from-wolfpack-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsd52c3ed7a58a4d59b9edc9544c7651d1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/gottfried-looks-for-scoring-balance-from-wolfpack-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsd52c3ed7a58a4d59b9edc9544c7651d1#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:53 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019767 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A year ago, North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried not to mention every opponent knew where the ball was going when the Wolfpack needed a big basket.

Now, with T.J. Warren gone to the NBA, Gottfried said his team will have to be more balanced offensively to return to the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year.

"I go down the line and I see a lot of guys that are really unproven players, and we need (them) to step forward," Gottfried said Wednesday during the team's preseason media day.

The 6-foot-8 Warren was the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year since 2004, ranking third nationally in scoring (24.9 points) while shooting a league-best 52.5 percent and averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds.

Warren accounted for 34 percent of the team's scoring, 32 percent of its shot attempts and 30 percent of its free-throw attempts.

Now senior guard Ralston Turner is the leading returning scorer at 10.5 points per game. No other player averaged in double figures, though N.C. State returns more experience this time around and adds Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey in the backcourt.

"Some games, teams knew T.J. was going to take the shot, T.J. was going to get the ball," Lacey said. "Now we're going to be more balanced. We've got guys that know where they're going to be at in this offense now with a year under their belt. And we're going to share the ball. Everybody is going to be a guy to worry about on the floor, not just one guy."

The biggest area for improvement could be in the frontcourt, where then-freshmen Kyle Washington, Lennard Freeman and BeeJay Anya focused on defense and rebounding more than offense in supporting roles.

Those returnees, along with 6-8 freshman Abdul-Malik Abu, will have to provide some reliable post scoring to complement Turner, Lacey and Anthony "Cat" Barber (8.5 points) on the perimeter.

The work reshaping the offense begins with Monday's first practice.

"I'm not worried about our offense," Washington said. "We're going to be fine. Our system is great for everybody because it's so versatile. You can do so many things, so that will be huge for us."

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Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap

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Jury selection resumes in Jodi Arias retrial http://www.dailyastorian.com/jury-selection-resumes-in-jodi-arias-retrial-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4eb34d818dc645c79ee93ff0971f4c64 http://www.dailyastorian.com/jury-selection-resumes-in-jodi-arias-retrial-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4eb34d818dc645c79ee93ff0971f4c64#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019774 PHOENIX (AP) Jury selection resumed Wednesday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias as prosecutors try again for a death sentence.

Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday after telling the judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.

An additional 100 prospective jurors were called in Wednesday before attorneys begin the process of whittling down the group further using questionnaires each potential panelist is asked to complete.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't agree on a sentence.

Prosecutors have one more shot with the new jury to secure the death penalty, otherwise Arias faces life in prison. The retrial is expected to last into December.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys on Monday filed a motion seeking to dismiss the death penalty as an option, citing prosecutorial misconduct, among other things, The Arizona Republic reported.

The filing, which had not yet been made public and was obtained by the newspaper, reiterates previous allegations that prosecutors have withheld evidence in the case and have failed to disclose witnesses in a timely manner.

Prosecutors declined to comment on Wednesday.

The judge has previously denied numerous motions by the defense to dismiss the death penalty as an option. A hearing is set for mid-October for arguments over yet another similar motion.

The judge also has repeatedly denied defense motions to move the trial out of Phoenix and to sequester the jury.

Such a flurry of motions by defense attorneys in the days leading up to a trial is common, particularly in death penalty cases, as lawyers works to build grounds for appeal should their client receive the ultimate punishment.

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3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home http://www.dailyastorian.com/3-afghan-soldiers-who-fled-say-they-cant-go-home-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9661e71c7ba8421ab127c2e0bb1308e7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/3-afghan-soldiers-who-fled-say-they-cant-go-home-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9661e71c7ba8421ab127c2e0bb1308e7#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019772 BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well.

"Now that we've decided to seek asylum, the danger has multiplied," said Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, who along with Capt. Noorullah Aminyar and Capt. Mohammed Nasir Askarzada traveled more than 500 miles by taxi from a Wal-Mart on Cape Cod to Niagara Falls.

The three walked across the Rainbow Bridge connecting New York to Ontario, Canada, to claim refugee status on Sept. 22 and were turned over to U.S. authorities, who charged them with immigration violations and began removal proceedings.

"Our pictures are in the newspapers in Afghanistan, Pakistan and all around the world. Now our government has turned against us," Arash, 49, said inside the federal detention facility outside Buffalo, where they are being held.

All said they feared they would be killed or imprisoned and tortured if returned to Afghanistan.

In interviews with The Associated Press, the three described feeling elated as they took their $1,600 cab ride toward the U.S.-Canadian border, never expecting they would be turned away and handed over to the United States under a U.S.-Canada agreement that requires asylum seekers to apply in the first country they land in.

"I felt like I was reborn again and I had become free and alive," Askarzada, 28, said of the trip through Massachusetts and into New York. He and Arash answered questions in Farsi, which was translated by their attorney, Matthew Borowski. Aminyar spoke in English.

Askarzada said he has an uncle in Canada and that the three planned to seek him out for help in eventually bringing their families there as well. All are married and have children. Askarzada said his wife is pregnant.

Aminyar said he had been targeted by the Taliban in his village of Khowgni because of his work with U.S. soldiers in killing and capturing Taliban fighters. A platoon leader and company commander, the 30-year-old said he was marked for death after taking part in military training in the United States in 2012 and again in September.

While he was participating last month in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Aminyar said, Taliban fighters went to his Afghanistan home intending to kill him, leading to a frantic phone conversation with his father.

"He told me: 'Your life is in danger. There is no chance for you to live in Afghanistan,'" Aminyar said, sitting at a stainless steel table inside a cinder block interview room. "I talked with my wife. She told me I should not return. I have to go to Canada."

He and Askarzada decided to use the Wal-Mart excursion to make their way to the border, joined by Arash, who also had gone to the store.

"I was feeling like I got my freedom. I was happy with my decision. I felt like I made a good decision to save my life," Aminyar said.

"We never thought that we would be brought here to a prison," Arash said, motioning to his bright blue detention center jumpsuit, "because we didn't do anything harmful."

At an initial court appearance Wednesday, Borowski was given until Oct. 8 to review the government's case and prepare a bail request.

"My goal is to secure the release from immigration custody of these Afghani service members as soon as possible," Borowski said. "They pose no threat. These guys are just seeking somewhere where they won't be threatened and persecuted."

The exercises in which they were participating have been held annually since 2004 to promote cooperation and interoperability among forces, build functional capacity, practice peacekeeping operations and enhance readiness.

U.S. authorities have said they do not believe the men posed any danger to the public.

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Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino http://www.dailyastorian.com/deep-discount-lures-buyer-for-revel-casino-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world452a1d3600b44a8e81426c1e7557ff50 http://www.dailyastorian.com/deep-discount-lures-buyer-for-revel-casino-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world452a1d3600b44a8e81426c1e7557ff50#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019850 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors.

On Wednesday, someone finally agreed.

A Canadian asset management company won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel and announced plans to re-open it as a casino. Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC will pay $110 million to buy the 2-year-old casino that cost $2.4 billion to build, adding it to casinos it owns in Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

"These are the first people that realized what I've been saying about Atlantic City turning the corner and being a great investment due to the low prices," Guardian told The Associated Press on Wednesday, hours after the successful bid was announced. "We've had a lot of bad news. This is certainly some good news."

But this being Revel, for which nothing has ever come easily in its 2 -year history, the good news was tempered by concern about the would-be buyers' financial situation in Las Vegas, where it owns the Hard Rock casino. Brookfield told securities regulators in August that it was unable to make an interest payment due that month, and was trying to work things out with its lenders, who could demand immediate repayment of nearly $1 billion in debt.

Brookfield spokesman Andrew Willis said the negotiations underway for the Hard Rock property will not affect its ability to complete the Revel purchase, which needs to be approved by a bankruptcy court judge on Oct. 7. It also owns the Atlantis Paradise Island casino in the Bahamas.

In an auction that began Tuesday morning and lasted until early Wednesday, an opposing bidder, Florida developer Glenn Straub, was selected as the backup bidder in case Brookfield did not close on the deal.

"Revel is a brand-new trophy asset on the beachfront, which we are acquiring at a substantial discount to replacement cost," Willis said. "We are excited about owning the newest and highest quality asset in Atlantic City at such an attractive basis."

He said the company is not ready to reveal specific business plans for Revel or even whether they will still call it Revel but confirmed the plan to operate it as a casino-hotel. He could not estimate when the property might re-open.

The would-be owners got an early vote of confidence from the casino workers' union that bitterly fought the non-union Revel even before it opened. Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said, "We look forward to sitting down with Brookfield and working out a positive relationship for the workers who were displaced by its closing."

Revel closed on Sept. 2 after just over two years of operation, one of four Atlantic City casinos to go out of business this year, ending the jobs of 8,000 workers, so far. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal, may close on Nov. 13.

The attorney for Straub said the developer has not yet decided whether to challenge the auction's outcome.

"We have to decide whether we're going to fight it in court, whether to try to top (Brookfield's bid), or something else," Stuart Moskovitz said. "We have to come up with a plan before Tuesday."

Straub, the Florida developer and polo aficionado, had spoken of re-opening Revel as a so-called "genius academy" at which highly intelligent people would tackle the world's biggest problems. He said the property may or may not have had a casino.

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

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Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab http://www.dailyastorian.com/report-ids-weaknesses-at-nuclear-weapons-lab-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda7c8465b3c35426d9304182829365ee4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/report-ids-weaknesses-at-nuclear-weapons-lab-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda7c8465b3c35426d9304182829365ee4#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:01:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019775 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

Not all of the lab's procedures were properly vetted and some procedures didn't conform with environmental requirements, according to the findings.

The report reinforces the findings of internal reviews done by the lab and the Energy Department after a canister of waste from Los Alamos leaked in one of WIPP's storage rooms in February, contaminating 22 workers and forcing the indefinite closure of the nuclear waste repository.

"Our review identified several major deficiencies in LANL's procedures for the development and approval of waste packaging and remediation techniques that may have contributed to the radiological event," the inspector general said.

The inspector general has outlined several recommendations to correct the lab's failures, saying changes need to be made before the cleanup of radiological waste continues.

The lab said Wednesday it is addressing the recommendations as part of its efforts to "learn from these events and improve our operational practices."

Four lab workers have already been reassigned as a result of the incident, and the DOE has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab.

Watchdog Greg Mello said he was pleased that the latest report identified the lab's role in causing the contamination and shutdown of the waste repository.

Mello described the violations of well-established procedures by the lab as shocking and said lab officials need to be held accountable for violating their operating permit and causing the leak at the waste repository.

Cleaning up the waste repository and resuming full operations could take as long as three years. The cost has been estimated at more than $500 million, including the installation of a ventilation system and exhaust shaft.

While it's unclear what caused the barrel to breach, investigators suspect a chemical reaction in highly acidic waste that was packed with a lead glove and organic cat litter to absorb moisture. A final report on the cause is expected by the end of the year.

In the meantime, the lab is trying to determine what to do with drums of waste that contain similar ingredients. More than 500 are being stored temporarily at the waste repository, 86 are at the lab and another 119 are at a facility in West Texas.

The waste stored at Los Alamos is secure in steel and glass structures and is regularly monitored, according to the lab.

The inspector general found that the lab has spent several million dollars for temporary storage of the drums, chemical analysis and other costs related to the investigation. Those costs are expected to increase as the lab works to meet the recommendations.

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Oklahoma St getting breakouts from young WRs http://www.dailyastorian.com/oklahoma-st-getting-breakouts-from-young-wrs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsdeecd4b9c35940269a52d338596bf946 http://www.dailyastorian.com/oklahoma-st-getting-breakouts-from-young-wrs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportsdeecd4b9c35940269a52d338596bf946#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:02:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019785 STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) While Daxx Garman has received a lot of accolades for stepping in for No. 21 Oklahoma State after starting quarterback J.W. Walsh was injured, a group of young receivers has also emerged as important contributors.

Sophomore Marcel Ateman and freshman James Washington have both earned more playing time and made important catches for the Cowboys (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) since Garman took over for Walsh early in their 40-23 victory over Missouri State on Sept. 6.

Ateman has suddenly become the Cowboys' top receiver, gaining 70 yards on four receptions in a 40-13 win over UTSA on Sept. 13, and then hauling in six catches for 130 yards in a 45-35 victory over Texas Tech on Sept. 25.

"He's a guy that we're looking to to really contribute big time," offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said of Ateman. "He's a young guy that works real hard, so the more reps and time he has, the better Marcel's going to get. He's still a young pup. We expect great things from him and he can get better."

While Ateman is still looking for his first college touchdown as Oklahoma State prepares to host Iowa State (1-3, 0-2 Big 12), Washington has picked up three in the last two games, totaling 120 yards on four receptions in those contests.

Even running back Tyreek Hill, a first-year junior college transfer, recorded his first college touchdown on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Garman against Texas Tech.

With Garman at the helm, Yurcich and head coach Mike Gundy have altered the team's offense to better take advantage of his skills and it has paid off, as Garman has thrown for 685 yards and six touchdowns in his two starts.

In those games, Garman has completed 11 passes of 30 or more yards, five for touchdowns. With Garman's ability to throw the long ball with impressive accuracy, Oklahoma State's tall, physical receivers have benefited.

"We'll continue to throw the ball vertically downfield," Gundy said. "We have some guys that can match up with Daxx's ability at this time."

Yurcich noted how it is part of their play design to try to get the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Ateman in one-on-one coverage, and so far that plan has been successful.

"He's an X receiver, so a lot of the time, when you line up in certain formations, that's the guy that gets single coverage, so he's a guy that needs to go up and catch the football," Yurcich said of Ateman. "He's shown that in practice and he can continue to get better."

Ateman pointed out that it's something he's been working on with Garman in practice together.

"He's going to put the ball where he thinks you can go get it, it's up to you to make the play," Ateman said of Garman. "He puts it on the money. That just comes from working with him in practice against our defense, they cover us a lot one-on-one, and that's something that I had to improve on as a player. So now when I go out there and get the opportunity, he tells you, 'I'm going to put it up there, so go get it.'"

And while the speedy Washington, at 6-0, 193, is not quite as physically overpowering, he has done a nice job fighting for loose balls as well. His three touchdowns rank him second to starting running back Desmond Roland's four rushing TDs in team scoring.

"Very gifted athletically, James is a special young man and his future is very bright," Yurcich said. "Both (Washington and Ateman) have great attitudes, they really enjoy practicing, which is awesome. And for as talented as they are, those two guys are really level-headed and understand team, and that's really important. Our guys just want to win."

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Oklahoma St getting breakouts from young WRs http://www.dailyastorian.com/oklahoma-st-getting-breakouts-from-young-wrs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsdeecd4b9c35940269a52d338596bf946 http://www.dailyastorian.com/oklahoma-st-getting-breakouts-from-young-wrs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsdeecd4b9c35940269a52d338596bf946#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:02:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019787 STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) While Daxx Garman has received a lot of accolades for stepping in for No. 21 Oklahoma State after starting quarterback J.W. Walsh was injured, a group of young receivers has also emerged as important contributors.

Sophomore Marcel Ateman and freshman James Washington have both earned more playing time and made important catches for the Cowboys (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) since Garman took over for Walsh early in their 40-23 victory over Missouri State on Sept. 6.

Ateman has suddenly become the Cowboys' top receiver, gaining 70 yards on four receptions in a 40-13 win over UTSA on Sept. 13, and then hauling in six catches for 130 yards in a 45-35 victory over Texas Tech on Sept. 25.

"He's a guy that we're looking to to really contribute big time," offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said of Ateman. "He's a young guy that works real hard, so the more reps and time he has, the better Marcel's going to get. He's still a young pup. We expect great things from him and he can get better."

While Ateman is still looking for his first college touchdown as Oklahoma State prepares to host Iowa State (1-3, 0-2 Big 12), Washington has picked up three in the last two games, totaling 120 yards on four receptions in those contests.

Even running back Tyreek Hill, a first-year junior college transfer, recorded his first college touchdown on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Garman against Texas Tech.

With Garman at the helm, Yurcich and head coach Mike Gundy have altered the team's offense to better take advantage of his skills and it has paid off, as Garman has thrown for 685 yards and six touchdowns in his two starts.

In those games, Garman has completed 11 passes of 30 or more yards, five for touchdowns. With Garman's ability to throw the long ball with impressive accuracy, Oklahoma State's tall, physical receivers have benefited.

"We'll continue to throw the ball vertically downfield," Gundy said. "We have some guys that can match up with Daxx's ability at this time."

Yurcich noted how it is part of their play design to try to get the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Ateman in one-on-one coverage, and so far that plan has been successful.

"He's an X receiver, so a lot of the time, when you line up in certain formations, that's the guy that gets single coverage, so he's a guy that needs to go up and catch the football," Yurcich said of Ateman. "He's shown that in practice and he can continue to get better."

Ateman pointed out that it's something he's been working on with Garman in practice together.

"He's going to put the ball where he thinks you can go get it, it's up to you to make the play," Ateman said of Garman. "He puts it on the money. That just comes from working with him in practice against our defense, they cover us a lot one-on-one, and that's something that I had to improve on as a player. So now when I go out there and get the opportunity, he tells you, 'I'm going to put it up there, so go get it.'"

And while the speedy Washington, at 6-0, 193, is not quite as physically overpowering, he has done a nice job fighting for loose balls as well. His three touchdowns rank him second to starting running back Desmond Roland's four rushing TDs in team scoring.

"Very gifted athletically, James is a special young man and his future is very bright," Yurcich said. "Both (Washington and Ateman) have great attitudes, they really enjoy practicing, which is awesome. And for as talented as they are, those two guys are really level-headed and understand team, and that's really important. Our guys just want to win."

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For Secret Service, bad story kept getting worse http://www.dailyastorian.com/for-secret-service-bad-story-kept-getting-worse-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldaf82dc7d2b684cbfbb8287b99f6d3302 http://www.dailyastorian.com/for-secret-service-bad-story-kept-getting-worse-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldaf82dc7d2b684cbfbb8287b99f6d3302#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:00:39 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019796 At first word, it was bad enough: A White House fence-jumper managed to make it all the way to the front doors of the White House.

From there, the story just kept getting worse.

Bit by bit, details trickled out about the extent of the intrusion and about other security violations involving the Secret Service that hadn't been previously reported.

How the story evolved:

Friday, Sept. 19: The Secret Service says an unarmed man jumped the fence on the North Lawn of the White House just before 7 p.m. and made it to the North Portico doors before being nabbed.

Saturday, Sept. 20: Officials allege that the accused fence-jumper, Omar Gonzalez, had a knife.

Monday, Sept. 22: A prosecutor says investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in Gonzalez's car.

Sunday, Sept. 28: The Washington Post reports that in an earlier incident, it took the Secret Service four days in November 2011 to realize that a man had fired a high-powered rifle and struck the White House.

Monday, Sept. 29: Word surfaces that the fence-jumper made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service had acknowledged, barreling past a guard in the front foyer, running through the East Room and approaching the Green Room before being apprehended.

Tuesday, Sept. 30: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, in her first testimony on the breach, tells Congress that such an intrusion won't happen again but faces blistering criticism from dissatisfied lawmakers. In her testimony, she reveals that two of her uniformed officers recognized Gonzalez just before he jumped the fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him, but they never approached him that day or reported his presence to superiors. Hours after the hearing, reports surface that three days before the fence-jumping, an armed man rode in an elevator with President Barack Obama and his security detail during a trip to Atlanta.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Pressure to replace Pierson mounts, with members of Congress from both parties calling for her resignation. At midafternoon, the Homeland Security Department announces Pierson's resignation. The White House says it was never told about the breach on the elevator until minutes before it was reported Tuesday. In the end, Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest.

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Raiders leave for bye after meeting with new coach http://www.dailyastorian.com/raiders-leave-for-bye-after-meeting-with-new-coach-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports089c4d8424134bbfb92467052422343c http://www.dailyastorian.com/raiders-leave-for-bye-after-meeting-with-new-coach-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports089c4d8424134bbfb92467052422343c#Comments Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:02:20 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310019786 ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.

The Raiders (0-4) held a team meeting Wednesday, a day after Sparano was hired to finish the season. The players then were given the rest of the week off for their bye as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. They will have their first practice under their new coach next Monday.

The handful of players available in the locker room said Sparano did not get into many details about the philosophy change he talked about Tuesday. But they expected some changes next week and hoped a new coach could provide a needed spark for a team that has lost 10 straight games dating to last season.

"It can actually go either way, but I believe that we have the guys on this team who can turn things around," right guard Austin Howard said. "Obviously things haven't gone our way so far. We've been anxious to figure out what we can do to change things and how we can get better, so we're all in this. We're ready to get things changed right now."

Howard is one of the players who knows Sparano best, having also spent a year with him on the New York Jets in 2012. Sparano's presence as offensive line coach in Oakland played a role in Howard signing here as a free agent this offseason.

Howard said the rest of the team will appreciate the type of coach Sparano is.

"He's one of the best coaches I've had in my career," Howard said. "The guy really understands how to get the players motivated, get us all on the same page. He knows how to win games. He's turned a lot of programs around. It's kind of crazy what's going on right now, but we're excited to have him and we're ready to follow his lead."

While the Raiders are excited for the change, the players also took responsibility for the poor start that led to Allen's firing. After adding playoff-tested veterans Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Jones, Matt Schaub, Antonio Smith, Donald Penn, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown in the offseason, Oakland was looking for improvement after back-to-back four-win seasons.

Instead the Raiders lost their first four games and weren't even competitive in lopsided losses to Houston and Miami which ultimately led to the coaching change.

"It's one of the things that you don't look forward to as a player," safety Usama Young said. "I take accountability in my actions and in my play on the field. I'm like, 'dadgum, what about this play right here? I could have fixed this, I could have fixed that.' Several guys feel the same way. Coaches feel the same way. We could have done better. We could have changed the situation, possibly, but when it's all said and done, it's been done. And we got to continue on and try to get this thing going in the right direction."

Young has one of the longest relationships with Allen, the two having spent four seasons together in New Orleans when Allen was a defensive assistant. Young said he talked with Allen after the firing.

"He's always been a great coach, always been a great guy," Young said. "I respect him to the fullest. At the same token, it's just a tough conversation to have."

Other questions that will have to wait until next week for answers include the health of rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who sprained a ligament in his left knee and left ankle in the loss to the Dolphins. Carr walked around the locker room without a noticeable limp and said he is feeling much better three days after leaving the game with the injury.

"We're taking it day at a time, but knowing myself, I'll be ready that's my answer, that's my goal," Carr said. "I've just got to continue to work hard to get ready."

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