The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:09:15 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Suicide attack kills 8 Shiite militiamen in Iraq http://www.dailyastorian.com/suicide-attack-kills-8-shiite-militiamen-in-iraq-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda49ccd245a624db1b78782b946f4485b http://www.dailyastorian.com/suicide-attack-kills-8-shiite-militiamen-in-iraq-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda49ccd245a624db1b78782b946f4485b#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:34 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259923 BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi authorities say a suicide bombing has killed eight Shiite militiamen just north of Baghdad.

Iraqi police officials say the attack took place Saturday afternoon when a suicide bomber set off his explosives belt at a gathering of the militiamen in the town of Taji. The blast also wounded 17 people.

Taji is 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures from the attack. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.

Thousands of Iraqi Shiites answered a call from clergy in June to join security forces fighting the Sunni militants, who have captured large swaths of land in the country's west and north.

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DJ nears 50 years of spinning Jewish platters http://www.dailyastorian.com/dj-nears-50-years-of-spinning-jewish-platters-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment126bad0f0ab845deac01a2562c806901 http://www.dailyastorian.com/dj-nears-50-years-of-spinning-jewish-platters-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment126bad0f0ab845deac01a2562c806901#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:01:54 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259917 PHILADELPHIA (AP) He isn't a turbocharged, larger-than-life character, like Jerry Blavat. Nor is he a benign presence still embracing the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s, like Pierre Robert. Or an agent provocateur, nonchalantly hurling verbal Molotov cocktails, on the order of Angelo Cataldi or Howard Eskin.

Nonetheless, there's no question that Barry Reisman is as much a local radio institution as any of the above-named broadcasters.

Since 1965, Reisman has occupied a unique niche on the local airwaves as the Delaware Valley's go-to source for Jewish music, playing records by an eclectic roster of performers, from Yiddish theater icon Molly Picon and mid-20th-century cantor/recording star Jan Peerce to the Klezmatics, a leading act of the contemporary klezmer scene, and Mordechai Ben David, a major Hasidic pop star.

Not that Reisman is having any of it.

"I just go in and do my show and love doing it. I don't think of myself in that way," he protested when asked about the "institution" appellation.

Maybe he doesn't, but many listeners would likely disagree with Reisman, whose eponymous program on WWDB (860-AM) airs weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

One such fan is Harris Bookfor, 56, a native of the Northeast's Castor Gardens section, now living in Alexandria, Va.

"Barry is a Jewish Philly icon," wrote Bookfor who tunes in to "The Barry Reisman Show" via the Internet in a Facebook message. "When I have bagels, lox and Sunday morning brunch, I have to be listening to Barry Reisman. The food tastes better when Barry is playing music.

"We listened to him as a family in the '60s. My grandmother listened with us. I remember my family dancing to his music and laughing at the comedy he shared with us. A few weeks ago, my granddaughter and daughter listened to Barry with us during Sunday brunch. He's touched five generations in our family."

A radio bug in his ear

It's not that Reisman, 71, ever saw himself spending his life as local radio's Jewish-music guy.

"I did not intend to do it for a long time. I wanted to be in radio, but I wasn't sure of what phase of radio I would be in," he said over a recent lunch at Ponzio's, the Cherry Hill landmark that is just a bagel's throw from the home the father of two grown daughters shares with Roselyn, his wife of 40 years.

"But the radio bug definitely bit me, and this was something I could do. I had some Jewish albums and begged, borrowed and stole others, and I gave it a shot."

Reisman was in his early 20s when he got his first Jewish-music gig, a weekly half-hour shift on WTEL-AM, on the same frequency he broadcasts over today. But his love of the medium predates that.

"I always had an interest in radio broadcasting," he recalled.

"When I was a kid, I used to have a habit of speaking so fast that people couldn't understand me. I started listening to the radio to see how they talked, and I got hooked on Frank Ford, (Joe) Grady and (Ed) Hurst . . . all the guys on Wibbage (WIBG-AM)," he added, referring to some of the iconic local personalities who inspired him.

As a teenager, the Olney High School grad bought a kit and assembled a unit that allowed him to "broadcast" over a block or two from his West Oak Lane house. That sealed the deal. "The lady down the block said, 'I heard you on the radio.' That was it."

Sure to Shore

While attending St. Joseph's College (now University), Reisman, whose family had a pretzel-manufacturing business that was a Delaware Valley mainstay for decades, wrote to several local radio personalities, asking if he could come to their studios and watch them work.

Eddie Newman, heard on WTEL, not only welcomed the youngster to his studio but, after he purchased Atlantic City's WRNJ-FM in 1962, offered Reisman a regular shift.

"I didn't even catch a breath before I said, 'Yeah,' " Reisman said.

That led to summer-vacation stints at two other Shore outlets for the education major who, for a few postgrad years, taught in Camden. But radio remained his first love, and in February 1965 he started a half-hour, Sunday morning Jewish-music program on WTEL.

The program's popularity was such that, within months, he left for WQAL-FM (now Mix 106.1), which gave him an hour on Sundays. That eventually became a four-hour shift.

"I expected to do it for six months," he admitted. "But the program started to expand and become commercially successful. It caught me by surprise."

In 1971, WQAL was sold. Reisman moved to WIBF-FM (now Praise 103.9), where he remained for more than 20 years before signing on at WWDB.

Master of his medium

In addition to playing records, Reisman has interviewed all manner of Jewish movers and shakers, from entertainers like Jackie Mason and William Shatner to such news makers as Rabbi Meir Kahane, the ultra-militant founder of the Jewish Defense League.

It's that versatility, along with his longevity, that impresses Reisman's close friend, philanthropist Kal Rudman, who, like Reisman, is a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

"In terms of being a radio broadcaster, Barry Reisman is amazing. He is a master," said Rudman. "But it's not how heavy he is, it's how long he has been heavy."

Although he is at an age where many people are enjoying retirement, Reisman has no such plans. But even after 50 years in broadcasting, he understands that radio is a capricious field at best.

"You're only as good as your last show," he reasoned. "I've been fortunate that there's always been a station that wanted (the show). I have no plans to stop, but I can't tell you about tomorrow."

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Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, http://www.phillydailynews.com/

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AP Top News At 11 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-11-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0e7240e578564a09b091b509deb851c5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-11-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0e7240e578564a09b091b509deb851c5#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:40 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259921 Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against ISSuspect in 2 deputy deaths captured after manhuntExtremists shell northern Syrian townDemocrats try to regain lost votes outside citiesNumber of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000Remains belong to missing Virginia studentFinnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3]]> Bios of Latina candidates in Fla., Nevada, Texas http://www.dailyastorian.com/bios-of-latina-candidates-in-fla-nevada-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb69e5bceb6cb421fb22434ea46398731 http://www.dailyastorian.com/bios-of-latina-candidates-in-fla-nevada-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb69e5bceb6cb421fb22434ea46398731#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:39 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259922 MIAMI (AP) After years of running few Latinos for statewide posts, Democrats are building a bench that better reflects the support they have in the Hispanic community.

Polls show more than twice as many Hispanics identify as Democrats than Republicans nationally. Democrats have long run minority candidates in minority districts, but not in heavily white districts or statewide. This year, Democrats are running competitive candidates in key states that not only have large Hispanic electorates but also enough electoral votes to swing presidential elections. The shift is crucial for a party that often fails to get its Hispanic supporters to the polls.

Below is a look at the candidates in Nevada, Texas and Florida.

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LUCY FLORES, NEVADA

Born in East Los Angeles but raised in North Las Vegas, Rep. Flores, 35, has been viewed as a rising Democratic star. She is one of 13 siblings, two of whom were killed in gang violence.

Flores wound up in juvenile detention after her mother left the family when she was 9. Flores later got her GED, graduated from college and earned her law diploma in 2010. That same year she was elected to the legislature.

Flores has made improving Nevada's schools, along with promoting tourism and Nevada businesses among her top priorities. She spoke frankly last year of an abortion she had as a teenager as part of her call for improved sex education in high schools. Flores, an assistant majority whip, has also been outspoken in support of immigrant rights.

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LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE, TEXAS

Sen. Van De Putte, 59, grew up in San Antonio is a sixth-generation Texan and the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants.

Born Leticia Rosa Magdalena San Miguel, she is the daughter of a politically active Korean War veteran and a music teacher.

She gained national attention last year when she yelled on the floor of the Texas Senate: "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?" Her comments came as Republican leaders sought to end a filibuster of abortion restrictions by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is running for governor.

Van de Putte was a pharmacist who first ran for the state legislature in 1990 and won, jumping to the senate in 1999 in a special election. There, she focused on veterans' affairs and human trafficking. She was also a co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She and her husband, Peter Van De Putte, have six adult children.

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ANNETTE TADDEO, FLORIDA

Taddeo, 47, was born and raised in Colombia, the daughter of a New Jersey war veteran father and a Columbian mother.

After her father was kidnapped when she was a teen, Taddeo was sent to Alabama to finish high school. She moved to Florida following college and started a successful translation business. Her company has been named one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States, and she has been a national leader of women's business associations.

In 2008, Taddeo ran unsuccessfully for Congress against popular Republican incumbent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and for county commission in 2010. She found greater success as a fundraiser and political leader within the Florida Democratic party, where she recently stepped down as vice-party chair.

Taddeo, whose legal name is Taddeo-Goldstein, has an 8-year-old daughter and twin adult stepdaughters with her husband, Eric Goldstein.

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Cafeteria worker tried to stop school shooter http://www.dailyastorian.com/cafeteria-worker-tried-to-stop-school-shooter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldaaacad8f08414d5c91ca6f51bb88bd5d http://www.dailyastorian.com/cafeteria-worker-tried-to-stop-school-shooter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldaaacad8f08414d5c91ca6f51bb88bd5d#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:45 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259957 MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) Authorities investigating a deadly shooting at a Washington state high school say a cafeteria worker attempted to stop the gunman.

Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a statement Saturday morning that the on-scene investigation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle was finished. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered. Ireton says it is believed that was the weapon used in the Friday morning shooting that left one girl dead.

Authorities say the gunman a popular freshman at the school fatally shot himself. Four other young people were badly wounded. Ireton says two other students were treated at the high school for minor wounds

Detectives confirmed the cafeteria worker attempted to intervene in shooting, but Ireton provided no other details about the worker's actions.

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Cafeteria worker tried to stop school shooter http://www.dailyastorian.com/cafeteria-worker-tried-to-stop-school-shooter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestaaacad8f08414d5c91ca6f51bb88bd5d http://www.dailyastorian.com/cafeteria-worker-tried-to-stop-school-shooter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestaaacad8f08414d5c91ca6f51bb88bd5d#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:29 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259958 MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) Authorities investigating a deadly shooting at a Washington state high school say a cafeteria worker attempted to stop the gunman.

Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a statement Saturday morning that the on-scene investigation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle was finished. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered. Ireton says it is believed that was the weapon used in the Friday morning shooting that left one girl dead.

Authorities say the gunman a popular freshman at the school fatally shot himself. Four other young people were badly wounded. Ireton says two other students were treated at the high school for minor wounds

Detectives confirmed the cafeteria worker attempted to intervene in shooting, but Ireton provided no other details about the worker's actions.

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West Ham stuns champion Man City with 2-1 win http://www.dailyastorian.com/west-ham-stuns-champion-man-city-with-2-1-win-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8ff50ec6f292413dacb31947a71c5b8d http://www.dailyastorian.com/west-ham-stuns-champion-man-city-with-2-1-win-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8ff50ec6f292413dacb31947a71c5b8d#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:01:35 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259924 LONDON (AP) West Ham maintained its strong form and stunned Manchester City with a 2-1 victory on Saturday, inflicting a second loss in the champion's Premier League title defense.

Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring for West Ham with a 22nd minute tap-in following a low pass into the box from Enner Valencia.

Diafra Sakho scored his seventh goal in seven games to double West Ham's lead in the 75th, after connecting with a cross from Aaron Cresswell. Goal-line technology showed that it was valid, after City goalkeeper Joe Hart had initially appeared to have clawed the header off the line.

David Silva magnificently halved West Ham's lead two minutes later, darting past four tackles and slotting expertly past Adrian. After the goal, a late surge from City wasn't enough and the home fans at Upton Park erupted into jubilation at the final whistle.

"This is a famous victory for us and one that we will treasure for a long, long time," West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said.

West Ham's midfield took a hold of the game early on. Man of the match Alex Song, on a season-long loan from Barcelona, dictated the pace in the center of midfield, outplaying a subdued Yaya Toure and City's other stars.

"Every man went out there, gave it their all, deserved the victory that I don't think too many people expected," Allardyce said.

West Ham at times rode its luck in the second half with City's in-form striker Sergio Aguero looking especially dangerous.

"West Ham played very well and with a very high intensity," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said after the match. "We had a lot of chances to score, but it is difficult to win if you don't take them. We were very unlucky in the second half. We hit the post and went just wide with another."

The Hammers are now just a point behind City.

"I am so pleased by the amount of chances we created today...but we have to keep our feet on the ground and not get too carried away with this result," Allardyce said.

The result means City loses the opportunity to gain ground on Premier League leader Chelsea, which plays against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Extremists shell northern Syrian town http://www.dailyastorian.com/extremists-shell-northern-syrian-town-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world779f6dbfef0f416d9ecf8a87038edc24 http://www.dailyastorian.com/extremists-shell-northern-syrian-town-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world779f6dbfef0f416d9ecf8a87038edc24#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:01:02 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259919 BEIRUT (AP) Activists and a Kurdish official say fighters from the Islamic State group are shelling the northern Syrian town of Kobani, where they continue to fight Kurdish troops.

Idriss Nassan, a senior official in Kobani, said the Saturday fighting concentrated on the southern and eastern edges of the town, also known as Ayn Arab.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting concentrated on the eastern side of the town, surrounded on three sides by Islamic State fighters.

IS launched its offensive on Kobani in mid-September and captured dozens of villages before entering parts of the town.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Central Command said its forces conducted more than 135 airstrikes against the militants in and around Kobani, killing hundreds of IS fighters.

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Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000 http://www.dailyastorian.com/number-of-rohingya-fleeing-myanmar-tops-100000-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world043064a112224e8ea6e65f18bd491d09 http://www.dailyastorian.com/number-of-rohingya-fleeing-myanmar-tops-100000-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world043064a112224e8ea6e65f18bd491d09#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:01:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259961 YANGON, Myanmar (AP) A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday.

Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Arakan Project, said there has been a huge surge since Oct. 15, with an average of 900 people per day piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state.

That's nearly 10,000 in less than two weeks, she noted, one of the biggest spikes yet.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 50 million that only recently emerged from half a century of military rule, has an estimated 1.3 million Rohingya. Though many of their families arrived from neighboring Bangladesh generations ago, almost all have been denied citizenship. In the last two years, attacks by Buddhist mobs have left hundreds dead and 140,000 trapped in camps, where they live without access to adequate health care, education or jobs.

Lewa, who has teams monitoring embarkation points, is considered the leading authority on the number of fleeing Rohingya. But boats are now shoving off from more and more places, she said, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of how many are leaving.

"The real number may be higher," Lewa said.

She said some Rohingya families have received phone calls notifying them that ships from the latest exodus have started arriving in neighboring Thailand, where passengers often are brought to jungle camps, facing extortion and beatings until relatives come up with enough money to win their release.

From there they usually travel to Malaysia or other countries, but, still stateless, their futures remain bleak.

In Myanmar, the vast majority live in the northern tip of Rakhine state, where an aggressive campaign by authorities in recent months to register family members and officially categorize them as "Bengalis" implying they are illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh has aggravated their situation.

According to villagers contacted by The Associated Press, some were confined to their villages for weeks at a time for refusing to take part in the "verification" process, while others were beaten or arrested.

More recently, dozens of men were detained for having alleged ties to the militant Rohingya Solidarity Organization, or RSO, said Khin Maung Win, a resident from Maungdaw township, adding that several reportedly were beaten or tortured during their arrests or while in detention.

Lewa said three of the men died.

"Our team is becoming more and more convinced that this campaign of arbitrary arrests is aimed at triggering departures," she said.

Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing denied any knowledge of arrests or abuse.

"There's nothing happening up there," he said. "There are no arrests of suspects of RSO. I haven't heard anything like that."

Every year, the festival of Eid al-Adha, which was celebrated by Muslims worldwide early this month, marks the beginning of a large exodus of Rohingya, in part due to calmer seas but also because it is a chance to spend time with family and friends.

But there seems to be a growing sense of desperation this year, with numbers nearly double from the same period in 2013.

Lewa said a number of Rohingya also were moving overland to Bangladesh and on to India and Nepal.

The United Nations, which has labeled the Rohingya one of the most persecuted religious minorities in the world, earlier this year confirmed figures provided by Lewa about a massive exodus that began after communal violence broke out in June 2012, targeting mainly Rohingya.

With the latest departures, Lewa estimates the total number of fleeing Rohingya to be more than 100,000.

It was not immediately clear where the newest arrivals were landing.

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Associated Press writer Esther Htusan contributed to this report.

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Darby woman still riding easy at 86 http://www.dailyastorian.com/darby-woman-still-riding-easy-at-86-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb81a553ad36841288a6afbaf61112ddc http://www.dailyastorian.com/darby-woman-still-riding-easy-at-86-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb81a553ad36841288a6afbaf61112ddc#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:02:03 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259916 DARBY, Mont. (AP) There's been a lot of life that's gone by since she parked her very first motorcycle a 1949 Indian Scout at the gas station where her boyfriend worked.

Pauline "Frankie" Birnn can still remember its metallic blue and silver paint job.

She was 18 and living in New Jersey.

It was a different time and most folks frowned on the idea of a woman riding a motorcycle back then. Her father sat firmly in that camp.

"My dad didn't want me to ride," she remembers. "If he knew I had that motorcycle, he would have told me to get rid of it or get out. So I hid my bike at Bob's place."

Her father couldn't have known that Birnn's life was already set to revolve around two-wheeled travel, a face full of wind and the joy that comes with the freedom of the open road.

"I was almost out of high school when I first realized that a girl could ride too," Birnn said. "I was riding one day behind Bob and we came to a stop at a corner."

Another motorcycle came by and Birnn noticed the driver was female.

"I started banging on the back of Bob's head," she said, with a smile. "I said: 'You see that? You see that? That was a girl.' I decided I was going to ride a motorcycle too, right then."

For almost 70 years, that's exactly what she's done.

On almost any day when the temperatures rise into comfortable digits, the 86-year-old Birnn will fire up her Suzuki Savage and go for a spin around the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley.

"I do love being able to say I ride a Savage," Birnn said. "Most of the time, I just go ride by myself. I suppose if I had a sidecar, I'd probably take Jugs along."

Jugs is her oversized German shepherd who seems content with all four paws firmly on the ground.

"Most of the time, I ride somewhere between 36 and 40 miles a day," she said. "My goal now is to ride 500 miles a year. It used to be 1,000, but I guess I'm slowing down a little. So far I've ridden 638 miles this year.

"Those extra miles might have to go toward next year's goal. Or maybe they'll end up being just a little extra."

Riding the quiet lanes in the Bitterroot is a long ways from her days as a member of the Pink Pussycats.

"There were five of us girls who rode together back then. We called ourselves the Pink Pussycats. I really don't know why," she said. "One called herself Witch Hazel. We all put pink caps on our gas tanks to let people know who we were."

These days, Birnn lives just south of Darby in the place she and her now deceased husband found in 1975 following a three-year adventure of living at 7,000 feet in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

"We moved to Colorado on the same year that John Denver's 'Rocky Mountain High' was a popular song," Birnn said. "I made sure I had the record."

But that was about all she liked about Colorado. The house her husband found was on a long and windy stretch of dirt road that wasn't at all good for riding a motorcycle.

"I remember just walking into that house and bawling," she said. "Montana never looked so good when we ended up here."

Her house now is at the end of Motorcycle Boulevard. You know you've arrived when you spot the big poster of a black leather jacket-clad Marlon Brando leaning on his motorcycle on the shed door. Right next to that, there's a bumper sticker that depicts a can of "Whoop Ass" and an accompanying saying: "When opened may be hazardous to your health!"

Around here, most people know the energetic Birnn by her nickname, Frankie.

"I was absolutely crazy about Frank Sinatra," Birnn said. "I got to see him at the Paramount Theater in New York City. I was one of many screaming teenagers."

But her most memorable evening came when she ended up sitting in the back seat of a car next to her favorite country-western singer, Wanda Jackson.

"After one of her shows, I asked Wanda if she would eat out with us and she accepted," Birnn said. She sat next to Jackson as they ate in the backseat of the car at a drive-in restaurant. "I felt like I died and went to heaven. For sure, it was my most memorable evening."

These days, her memories are made much closer to home.

She got her last speeding ticket in her 75th year. Birnn said that was probably her husband's fault.

"Bob told me that my bike's not riding right and I needed to crank it up and blow out some carbon," she said. "I was a little ways south of Darby and had a stretch of road all to myself. I opened it up.

"It was my birthday. I decided I wanted to ride 75 mph."

The Montana Highway patrolman who came along wasn't amused.

"He was a long, big drink of water," Birnn remembered. "He was dead serious when he looked at me and asked for my license and registration.

"Just before he left, he looked at me and said: 'I used to ride one of those. You be careful.' "

Birnn's face lights up when she remembers hearing that.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd still be riding at this age," she said. "I still love the feel of the highway. I just love to ride. And, when it really comes down to it, I just don't feel that old."

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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-ny-had-jump-start-dallas-had-to-learn-fast-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc57746d9d98b4b6b95a555e5d1d3d4c9 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-ny-had-jump-start-dallas-had-to-learn-fast-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc57746d9d98b4b6b95a555e5d1d3d4c9#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:00:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259925 NEW YORK (AP) Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.

"The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice," Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. "Preparedness isn't something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf."

Ebola came to New York via a doctor who had volunteered to treat patients in Ebola-stricken Guinea. Dr. Craig Spencer alerted his aid agency that he had developed a fever, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center by specially trained emergency workers wearing protective gear.

In Dallas last month, a hospital initially sent home a sick Thomas Eric Duncan, who had traveled from Liberia and who days later would become the nation's first Ebola diagnosis.

A look at differences between the two cases:

HOW NEW YORK PREPARED

New York health officials are known for holdings drills on handling emergencies, and Ebola is no exception. Bellevue, the country's oldest public hospital, had been preparing in earnest for an Ebola patient since August.

The patient registration staff and triage nurses were trained to ask people with certain symptoms about international travel. Actors posed as patients to be sure that anyone who answered "yes" was immediately put into one of the ER's nine isolation rooms. Along the way came some false alarms, sick patients who turned out not to have Ebola.

On the seventh floor is the full isolation unit, originally set up to treat people with drug-resistant tuberculosis. It was overhauled for Ebola in recent weeks and now houses a separate lab for Ebola-infected specimens.

Bellevue isn't alone. New York health authorities designated eight hospitals statewide as capable of properly caring for suspected Ebola patients.

Beyond hospitals, the city's fire department trained an ambulance crew to transport suspected Ebola patients, and 911 dispatchers now ask people calling for an ambulance if they've traveled to West Africa recently.

Also, "New York has the benefit of being the second city to have an imported Ebola case," Adalja said.

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LESSONS LEARNED

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has apologized for initially misdiagnosing Duncan.

Duncan had told an emergency room nurse he recently had arrived from West Africa, and he temporarily spiked a 103-degree fever shortly before his discharge. He returned two days later, sicker, and then was tested for Ebola. He died Oct. 8. Two nurses who cared for him became infected; both have since been declared virus-free.

On Friday, the Dallas hospital announced some changes, saying it had learned from its experiences treating Duncan and was sharing them with other hospitals in a stark then-and-now chart.

Patients will be asked about their travels within five minutes of entering the ER. Electronic medical records will highlight that information in a large red box. Nurses and doctors are encouraged to talk face to face rather than rely solely on records.

A new triage procedure calls for high-risk patients to be isolated immediately by a nurse in full protective gear. Before discharge, vital signs are to be rechecked and doctors notified of abnormalities.

"We learn more each day and we will continue to share these important lessons with the health care community and first responders nationwide," said Barclay Berdan, chief executive of Texas Health Resources, the hospital's parent company.

Dr. Michael Bell of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began working with the hospital after the nurses became ill, stressing improved infection control as a possible legacy.

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PREPARATION IS KEY

The National Institutes of Health and other hospitals with special biocontainment units regularly "do drills about how you need to protect yourself," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the NIH's infectious diseases chief. The Dallas hospital had transferred infected nurse Nina Pham to NIH; she was discharged Friday.

The isolation unit at Nebraska Medical Center, which has treated two other Ebola patients infected abroad, says it holds drills about every three months on different diseases.

Before the New York case, Fauci praised Bellevue for similar training while cautioning that, "it would be, logistically, really difficult to get every major hospital in the country drilled to do this."

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FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ADJUSTED, TOO

The government is adjusting to gaps in the Ebola safety net.

Facing its own criticism for not helping the Dallas hospital enough, the CDC has tightened guidelines on protective gear, and greatly expanded education for hospitals and health workers. The agency will send SWAT-like response teams to help hospitals with cases.

Anyone flying in from Ebola-stricken West African countries now is funneled through five U.S. airports for symptom checks and must report their temperature to local health officials for 21 days, Ebola's incubation period.

The governors of New York and New Jersey went a step further, ordering quarantine for travelers who've had contact with Ebola patients.

Adjustments are part of dealing with a public health emergency, said Michael Leavitt, who served as Health and Human Services secretary for President George W. Bush.

"In the midst of a crisis, we ought not to expect perfection," Leavitt said. While that doesn't excuse mistakes, "everyone in this process is going to be acting, adapting, improving. That's the nature of emergency response."

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Neergaard reported from Washington.

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Botswana ruling party shows early lead in election http://www.dailyastorian.com/botswana-ruling-party-shows-early-lead-in-election-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde3ce8d9de5e34892aa1a6bbd43ece3f1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/botswana-ruling-party-shows-early-lead-in-election-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde3ce8d9de5e34892aa1a6bbd43ece3f1#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:00:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259927 JOHANNESBURG (AP) The party that has ruled Botswana for nearly five decades has taken an early lead in the country's election.

Preliminary results released Saturday by the country's electoral commission show the Botswana Democratic Party has secured a majority in council constituencies. Led by President Ian Khama, the son of Botswana's independence leader Seretse Khama, the party has been in power since 1966.

Opposition parties have made a strong showing in the country's urban centers, with the newly formed Umbrella for Democratic Change winning wards in and around the capital Gaborone. The Botswana Congress Party, the country's second largest party has also won a number of wards in urban areas.

Results for the parliamentary elections have not been released yet and election officials say they hope to receive results by the end of the day.

Parliamentary results will determine who will be Botswana's next president as the country's leader is elected by members of parliament.

Voting occurred with little incident with the electoral commission reporting minor irregularities on the voters' roll that the commission said were quickly corrected.

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Serena Williams beats Wozniacki to reach WTA final http://www.dailyastorian.com/serena-williams-beats-wozniacki-to-reach-wta-final-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports14af8460b63a43e597cc54fa56cb7388 http://www.dailyastorian.com/serena-williams-beats-wozniacki-to-reach-wta-final-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports14af8460b63a43e597cc54fa56cb7388#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:01:02 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259926 SINGAPORE (AP) Serena Williams will get a chance to avenge a humiliating loss against Simona Halep after they both advanced to the championship match of the season-ending WTA Finals with victories in contrasting style on Saturday.

Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling contest 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to remain on course for a third-straight title, while Halep swept aside Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 to put herself in a position for the biggest title of her career.

Halep beat Williams 6-0, 6-2 in the group stage, inflicting the American's heaviest loss in 16 years, and the Romanian has been the form player of the tournament, dropping only 27 games across four matches against top-eight-ranked opponents.

Wozniacki served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but Williams broke back and prevailed in the tiebreaker on her third match point after trailing 4-1.

It was a bittersweet win for Williams, who has developed a close off-court friendship with Wozniacki. The pair attended a Mariah Carey concert together on the eve of their semifinal.

"It was the first match I didn't feel great if you take (sister) Venus out of the equation where I wasn't happy after I won," Williams said.

"I really wanted to cry because Caro is so nice, we get along and we do so much together. She's like my little baby sister, from a different mother, and father, and different country."

Wozniacki reciprocated the affection, but being on the losing end of a 10-1 career record against the American meant she wanted to see less of the world No. 1.

"I told Serena 'Can you just leave me alone? I love you, but stay away from the other side of the court. Quite frankly I'm sick of losing to you," Wozniacki said.

Twice before this year, Williams had to come back from a set down to beat the Dane and she again made a slow start, taking only three points off Wozniacki's serve in the opening set and the frustration showed. After the seventh game, she repeatedly smashed her racket into the court, bringing a warning from the chair umpire.

"I don't know how many times I hit it but, boy, that racket will never do me wrong again I tell you," Williams said. "It was definitely legendary. I kind of lost my cool a little bit."

Wozniacki, who had a perfect 3-0 record in the group stage, took the opening set in 26 minutes and held serve to open the second.

"I really thought she was going to win because she was playing so well," Williams said. "She had a whole new strategy. I finally was able to kind of figure it out in the second and then I just was able to play better."

"It clicked today. I thought 'Ha! I got you now.'"

The momentum had shifted and, three games later, Williams created her first break points of the match, converting to take a grip on the set, which ended on Wozniacki's double fault.

The third set went on serve until the ninth game when Wozniacki made the first break. She served for the match, but fell behind 0-30 and though she saved one break point, she couldn't save the second.

Williams survived one break point on her serve to go up 6-5. Wozniacki then held serve under intense pressure in the 12th game, saving one match point in a dramatic rally.

She started the tiebreaker confidently, but the relentless Williams wore her down with powerful serves and groundstrokes.

"Being so close and still losing, it really sucks," Wozniacki said. "It was just small things, but that is why champions are champions. All of them step up when it matters."

Halep won five straight games in the first set to quickly assume a grip on the match that she never relinquished.

Halep, who said "everything went perfect today," compared her current form favorably against that which saw her reach the French Open this year in her first Grand Slam final appearance.

"I am very close to that level, maybe better," Halep said.

Radwanska took only four points off Halep's first serve for the match, which was over in just 67 minutes.

"She was very solid from the beginning," Radwanska said of Halep's performance. "No mistakes. Everything coming back. Changing line. Deep balls. Serving very well. Everything was working for her today."

The irony of Sunday's final is that Williams only qualified for the semifinals because Halep dropped a set in her final group match against Ana Ivanovic. Had the already-qualified Halep won that match in straight sets, Ivanovic would have made the semifinals at Williams' expense.

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AP Top Sports News At 8:51 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-851-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports18d45e4b5992474e8e5e9b88cb6ce8a5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-851-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports18d45e4b5992474e8e5e9b88cb6ce8a5#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:00:26 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259945 Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 6 Oregon beats CalBishop ousted as PGA of America presidentParseghian turned around moribund Notre DameSerena Williams beats Wozniacki to reach WTA finalAttorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probeLloyd leads US women past Mexico 3-0Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won't return to RaysUnion questions NFL's domestic violence plan]]> Korda, Pace share lead in Blue Bay LPGA http://www.dailyastorian.com/korda-pace-share-lead-in-blue-bay-lpga-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsbfbb5761a8034331b2b7cf4dfd534b6b http://www.dailyastorian.com/korda-pace-share-lead-in-blue-bay-lpga-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsbfbb5761a8034331b2b7cf4dfd534b6b#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:01:49 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259929 HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) American Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double bogey for a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the Blue Bay LPGA.

Korda made seven birdies in a 14-hole stretch the last three on Nos. 14-16 and shot a 5-under 67 to match South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace at 11-under 133 at Jian Lake Blue Bay.

"I got a little frazzled there as I was walking to the first tee box and then obviously didn't hit a good shot," Korda said. "I just I tried to forget about it, tried to bring back."

Pace had seven birdies and a bogey in a 66.

After rain washed out play Friday and forced tour officials to cut the event from 72 to 54 holes, the start of play Saturday was delayed three hours.

"The golf course is draining incredibly well for how much rain we got," Korda said. "The bunkers are obviously a little wet, but other than that, it's amazing how well it's responded to how much dumping it's gotten."

Korda, the first-round leader Thursday after a 66, won the season-opening event in the Bahamas in January and took the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in May in Alabama.

She saved par on the par-5 18th with a 17-foot putt.

"I would say the putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes. To bring it in for tomorrow," Korda said. "So, hopefully, I can just feed off of that."

Pace, winless on the LPGA Tour, is coming off a playoff victory last week in the Ladies European Tour's South African Women's Open.

She chipped in from the fringe for a birdie on No. 12 and also birdied Nos. 14 and 15.

"I played pretty decent," Pace said. "I made quite a few putts already by that stage and then the putter just started rolling nicely toward the end."

She won the LET's Sanya Ladies Open in China in 2010 and 2013.

"Maybe I just like the type of grass. I can read the greens fairly easy," Pace said. "I think what you see is what you get."

South Korea's Chella Choi was 10 under after a 66.

Americans Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang closed with birdies to join China's Shanshan Feng at 9 under. They shot 68.

Wie is making her second start since withdrawing from the Evian Championship in September after reinjuring a stress reaction in her right hand. She marveled at the course conditions after the heavy rain Friday and Saturday morning.

"It's pretty amazing how great the golf course drained," Wie said. "We were like sitting on the ground today while we were waiting and it was absolutely dry. It was so dry. It's crazy. It's pretty phenomenal what they did with the bunkers and how they got the course ready in that short of time. I think any other course if we got that much rain we'd be done for the week. So it's pretty phenomenal."

Feng won the LPGA Malaysia two weeks ago for her fourth LPGA Tour title and is seeking her second victory in China after winning the Reignwood LPGA last year in Beijing.

The tournament is the fourth stop on the six-tournament Asian Swing. The LPGA Taiwan Championship is next week, followed by the Mizuno Classic in Japan.

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AP Top U.S. News At 7:50 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world20e775931c9b4624bc93477cb2e2f775 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world20e775931c9b4624bc93477cb2e2f775#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:00:41 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310249751 Washington school gunman was homecoming princeSuspect in 2 deputy deaths captured after manhuntRemains belong to missing Virginia studentObama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola responseWorld War II airmen fly again in storied B-29Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from ObamaLava creeps toward road on Hawaii's Big IslandNavajo officials mull election amid confusion]]> Woman quarantined in NJ shows no signs of Ebola http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-quarantined-in-nj-shows-no-signs-of-ebola-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb27a4518afc5481a981e2b55da120969 http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-quarantined-in-nj-shows-no-signs-of-ebola-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb27a4518afc5481a981e2b55da120969#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:00:56 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259930 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey health officials say a woman who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the woman remains in isolation at University Hospital in Newark on Saturday. She is a health care worker who returned from West Africa, where she had contact with Ebola patients. She showed no symptoms of the virus when she arrived Friday.

The woman became the first traveler quarantined under an Ebola watch in New Jersey and New York. She later developed a fever.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier Friday announced a mandatory 21-day quarantine of medical workers and other airline passengers who have had contact with Ebola victims.

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Friend: former England midfielder Gascoigne unwell http://www.dailyastorian.com/friend-former-england-midfielder-gascoigne-unwell-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports06eec0521e1245a69389e78a7885d037 http://www.dailyastorian.com/friend-former-england-midfielder-gascoigne-unwell-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports06eec0521e1245a69389e78a7885d037#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:01:50 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259928 LONDON (AP) A friend of Paul Gascoigne says the troubled former England midfielder has been unwell in recent weeks and is seeking help.

Former Tottenham teammate Gary Mabbutt was speaking after The Sun newspaper reported that Gascoigne was undergoing further treatment for alcohol addiction.

Once one of England's most talented and respected players, the 47-year-old Gascoigne has faced alcohol and mental health problems in recent years.

Mabbutt says "Paul hasn't been well for the past couple of weeks. He wants to get better and he's asked for help. He is being looked after very well he has got a lot of support around him."

Spurs say "we are aware of the situation with Paul and continue to offer our support."

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Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-science-not-fear-key-to-ebola-response-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8638539e6e3443ad889a54b6a10d58e7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-science-not-fear-key-to-ebola-response-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8638539e6e3443ad889a54b6a10d58e7#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:01:26 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259932 WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science not fear as it responds to Ebola.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. He says the other nurse who contracted Ebola is also improving.

Obama is praising New York's quick reaction to its first Ebola case. He says he's promised local officials any federal help they need.

Obama is reminding Americans they can't contract Ebola unless they come into direct contact with a patient's bodily fluids.

The president says the U.S. can beat the disease if it remains vigilant. He says the best way to stop it is at its source in West Africa.

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Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-stricken-doc-described-as-driven-do-gooder-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5367e570780043a6b7833b1e1f6fd94a http://www.dailyastorian.com/ebola-stricken-doc-described-as-driven-do-gooder-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5367e570780043a6b7833b1e1f6fd94a#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:00:52 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259965 NEW YORK (AP) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.

Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man's lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor.

In the past three years alone, Spencer, an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, had been to Rwanda to work on an emergency care teaching curriculum, volunteered at a health clinic in Burundi, helped investigate an infectious parasitic disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveled to 32 villages in Indonesia to do a public health survey.

"He was never afraid of getting his hands dirty or his feet dirty," said Dr. Deogratias Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Health Works, the aid group that brought him to Burundi for four months in 2012.

"He went into this environment, a country that is truly off the mark, without knowing the language and he would make everyone feel so comfortable. It's really a daunting task and yet he helped the people immensely," Niyizonkiza said. "He talked to everyone, including the people working in the lab ... Their language was just to hug each other and smile."

In between it all, Spencer ran the ING New York City Marathon in 2013, finishing with a respectable amateur time of 3 hours, 43 minutes.

Spencer was hospitalized at New York City's Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea. Health officials said he began feeling tired on Tuesday, spent a day out in the city on Wednesday, and then alerted authorities when he developed a fever Thursday morning.

Experts have repeatedly assured the public that there is little chance that Spencer spread the virus prior to developing symptoms, but his case prompted the governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday to order a mandatory quarantine for any arriving international travelers who had contact with Ebola patients in three West African countries.

The first person to fall under the order was a health care worker returning Friday from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. By Friday evening, she had developed a fever but tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation, New Jersey officials said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized Spencer, saying he should have stayed home until any danger period for the disease had passed. The virus can hide in the body for up to 21 days before a person develops symptoms.

"Dr. Spencer is a valued fellow and was a volunteer and did great work, but that was a voluntary quarantine situation for 21 days. He's a doctor and even he didn't follow the voluntary quarantine, let's be honest," Cuomo said.

Neither the U.S. Centers for Disease Control nor Doctors without Borders ask health care workers returning from the Ebola hot zone to quarantine themselves, but they do recommend that they monitor their temperature at least twice a day. Spencer was complying with that guidance, officials have said.

Friends of the stricken doctor described him Friday as fun-loving but driven to stay involved in the global health fight.

"Everything else in his life was two, three and four on the priority list," said Dr. Liz Edelstein, a San Diego emergency medicine physician who met Spencer while teaching a course on wilderness medicine.

Doctors at Bellevue and city officials haven't released much information about his condition, but said he was well enough on midday Friday that he was speaking to people by cellphone.

Spencer's fiancee has also been quarantined at the hospital, though she had not developed any sign of the illness.

In an article that appeared in the journal of Emergency Physicians International last May, Spencer talked about some of the tough conditions he witnessed while working in Burundi. Those included a lack of basics as simple as aspirin, and having to ration a limited supply of oxygen for the gravely ill.

"In one case we gave oxygen to a child with pneumonia over a woman who was very anemic from malaria," he said. "The physicians in Burundi are some of the best I've ever come across ... I don't think I would have had the same success in deciding who needed oxygen to survive and who didn't. But they had experience. They'd seen it before."

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health epidemiologist Leslie Roberts, who worked with Spencer on field research in Burundi, said in an email that he is "one of the most brilliant and delightful people" he'd ever worked with.

Spencer attended The Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate, studied Chinese language and literature at Henan University, got his MD at Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit, and his Masters in public health at Mailman, according to his LinkedIn page. His profile said he was also proficient in Spanish, French and Greek.

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Associated Press Writers Jonathan Lemire, Cara Anna and Jim Fitzgerald and news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York and Jeff Karoub in Detroit contributed to this report.

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Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 6 Oregon beats Cal http://www.dailyastorian.com/mariota-throws-5-td-passes-no-6-oregon-beats-cal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports328e1f99a6294fe9b5059cd3099a92c3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/mariota-throws-5-td-passes-no-6-oregon-beats-cal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports328e1f99a6294fe9b5059cd3099a92c3#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:02:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259942 SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Marcus Mariota threw a rare interception his first since the Oregon State game last season on a pass that was deflected twice.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich could only smile.

The No. 6 Ducks are on a roll and Mariota's turnover hardly slowed them at all.

Mariota matched his season high with five touchdown passes and broke the Oregon record for career passing yards in the Ducks' 59-41 victory over California on Friday night in the first college game at Levi's Stadium.

"During the game I was upset," Mariota said. "Coach came and joked with me and got me to relax a little bit and forget about it. It's OK. It happens. I just have to learn from it."

Mariota completed 18 of 30 passes for 326 yards. The miscue ended his streak of passes without an interception at 253.

Mariota pushed his career total to 8,625 yards, breaking Bill Musgrave's record of 8,343 on the Ducks' opening possession with the first of two touchdown throws to Dwayne Stanford. The junior quarterback has at least one TD pass all 34 of his career games.

"You might want to go buy a lottery ticket, Marcus made a couple of mistakes," Helfrich said. "I'm actually glad, I think, that that happened to get him off the schneid."

Royce Freeman ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to overcome an early turnover, and Charles Nelson scored on a 58-yard punt return to help Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) win its sixth straight against Cal.

Jared Goff passed for 360 yards and two touchdowns for Cal (4-4, 2-4), but the Bears couldn't overcome multiple breakdowns and lost their third straight.

Mariota had scoring throws of 22, 9 and 24 yards in the first half alone. That made it easy to overlook his interception.

"It's almost funny, you just expect him to be perfect," Helfrich said. "Marcus is such a stud. It's great that he has another 1 1/2 years left."

The game drew an announced crowd of 55,575 at Levi's Stadium, home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Large sections of Oregon fans attended the game, negating any homefield advantage Cal might have had.

Mariota and Co. didn't disappoint the faithful and moved Oregon one step closer to playing for the Pac-12 championship in December. That game also will be played at Levi's Stadium.

Dwayne Stanford caught six passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Byron Marshall added four catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.

The Ducks got a lift from their defense, too.

Oregon forced a fumble by Goff deep in Cal territory to set up Aidan Schneider's 24-yard field goal in the first half. Oregon also stopped the Bears on fourth-and-1 near midfield, and Mariota capitalized with a 9-yard touchdown pass Pharaoh Brown.

Nelson's 58-yard punt return made it 31-14. He took off down the Oregon sideline before cutting back near the 25 and outracing a trio of Bears.

Cal cut it to 31-28 late in the second quarter before the Ducks pulled away.

"We made too many mistakes in the ballgame to beat a team as good as Oregon," Bears coach Sonny Dykes said. "We've just got to get more disciplined. Guys are trying to make some plays and sometimes are trying to do too much."

Mariota threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Marshall in the third quarter and a 21-yarder to Brown in the fourth. Freeman added a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Bears stayed close early behind their ground game.

Backup quarterback Luke Rubenzer scored on a 12-yard keeper up the middle, then freshman Vic Enwere added a 19-yard touchdown run after he bounced off a pair of defenders at the 5, spun and stumbled into the end zone to give Cal a 14-7 lead.

Rubenzer also scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000 http://www.dailyastorian.com/who-number-of-ebola-linked-cases-passes-10000-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddda954bb269842c182e1bfa517d610d2 http://www.dailyastorian.com/who-number-of-ebola-linked-cases-passes-10000-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddda954bb269842c182e1bfa517d610d2#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259920 DAKAR, Senegal (AP) More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

Of those cases, 4,922 people have died.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States.

The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Its figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago.

Even those grisly tolls are likely an underestimate, WHO has warned, as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care. A shortage of labs capable of handling potentially infected blood samples has also made it difficult to track the outbreak. For example, the latest numbers show no change in Liberia's case toll, suggesting the numbers may be lagging behind reality.

On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the disease had spread to Mali, the sixth West African country affected, and on the same day a new case was confirmed in New York, in a doctor recently returned from Guinea.

Mali had long been considered highly vulnerable to the disease, since it shares a border with Guinea. The disease arrived there in a 2-year-old, who traveled from Guinea with her grandmother by bus and died Friday.

The toddler, who was bleeding from her nose during the journey, may have had high-risk contact with many people, the World Health Organization warned. So far, 43 people are being monitored in isolation for signs of the disease, and WHO said Saturday that authorities are continuing to look for more people at risk.

To help fight Ebola, the U.N. humanitarian flight service airlifted about 1 ton of medical supplies to Mali late Friday. The seats of the plane were removed to make room for the cargo, which included hazard suits for health workers, surgical gloves, face shields and buckets, according to the World Food Program, which runs the flights.

"Speed is of the essence in this Ebola crisis. Agencies such as WFP and WHO are working every hour to confront together the virus as a matter of priority," said Denise Brown, the West Africa regional director for the U.N. food agency.

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Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/finnegan-passes-test-royals-stop-giants-in-game-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world507d11677cc842d48b80bc274964539b http://www.dailyastorian.com/finnegan-passes-test-royals-stop-giants-in-game-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world507d11677cc842d48b80bc274964539b#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:01:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259918 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.

He walked behind the mound, took off his hat, rubbed his hair and looked at the right-field foul pole.

Nervous about being in the World Series? Naw.

"That's just what I do," he said.

With a rollicking crowd at AT&T Park ready to erupt, Finnegan made it all look routine.

Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old lefty got two key outs in the seventh inning and helped Kansas City hold off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 edge.

Just like that, the Royals were halfway to the championship, boosted by a dominant bullpen, several nice defensive plays and barely enough hitting.

Credit manager Ned Yost, too, for a series of moves that paid off. Even when he let reliever Kelvin Herrera bat for the first time in his major league career, it all came out OK.

"54 outs to go," Herrera tweeted later.

Game 4 is Saturday night, with Jason Vargas set to start for Kansas City against Ryan Vogelsong. Rain is forecast for most of the day in the Bay Area.

Yet nothing could dampen what Finnegan accomplished.

Back in June, he threw for TCU in the College World Series. This time, it was a little bigger. He became the first to play in both events in the same year.

"I feel like I'm still in college," Finnegan said. "It's no different. It's still baseball."

Of course, no one from the Hall of Fame ever asked for his hat when he was in school. Finnegan agreed to donate the cap he wore on this night to Cooperstown.

"My time came, and luckily I got the job done," Finnegan said. "This is the real deal, y'know?"

His parents knew.

Outside the Kansas City clubhouse, surrounded by a bevy of Royals rooters, Betty and Gary Finnegan tried to absorb what they'd witnessed.

"It is a dream ..." she said, some of her makeup washed away by tears. Without a pause, her husband finished the sentence, adding, "... that you don't want to wake up from."

Ah, youth.

Finnegan was called on to replace Herrera with a runner on first, one out and the Royals clinging to a one-run lead over the rallying Giants.

All of Kansas City infielders huddled behind the mound as Finnegan loosened up, realizing the most important point of their season was being entrusted to someone who recently was taking tests in a college classroom.

Right before pinch-hitter Juan Perez stepped up, Finnegan went into the routine he uses to steady himself.

Then it was time for business. Finnegan delivered, retiring Perez on an easy fly. When he fell behind in the count 2-0 to Brandon Crawford, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went to the mound.

The message: "Be aggressive, not nervous," Perez said.

Finnegan came back to strike out a swinging Crawford on a full count, headed to the dugout and was congratulated by Herrera and several other Royals.

"I'm very proud of him," Royals ace James Shields said. "To be able to keep your composure on this big of a stage the way he's doing, it is very impressive."

"He's pitching well beyond his years. If he keeps that up, he's going to have a really good career," he said.

A lot of Royals are having a really good October.

Already the MVP of the AL Championship Series, Lorenzo Cain put the Royals ahead for good with an RBI grounder in the first inning.

Shifted over to right field to help the defensive alignment, Cain also made a couple of fine catches, prompting Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to take off his hat in tribute.

Guthrie kept the Royals ahead and four relievers combined for four hitless innings.

Herrera struck out to end the seventh Yost wanted to keep him in the game. After Finnegan finished the bottom half, Wade Davis worked the eighth and Greg Holland pitched the ninth for a save.

In a postseason filled with tight games, Kansas City had won another one.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that."

Giants starter Tim Hudson made the first World Series appearance of his 16-season career. He gave up a double to Alcides Escobar on his first pitch.

"That's not how I drew it up. But it was a great experience," Hudson said.

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Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/finnegan-passes-test-royals-stop-giants-in-game-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports507d11677cc842d48b80bc274964539b http://www.dailyastorian.com/finnegan-passes-test-royals-stop-giants-in-game-3-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports507d11677cc842d48b80bc274964539b#Comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:01:59 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014310259944 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.

He walked behind the mound, took off his hat, rubbed his hair and looked at the right-field foul pole.

Nervous about being in the World Series? Naw.

"That's just what I do," he said.

With a rollicking crowd at AT&T Park ready to erupt, Finnegan made it all look routine.

Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old lefty got two key outs in the seventh inning and helped Kansas City hold off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 edge.

Just like that, the Royals were halfway to the championship, boosted by a dominant bullpen, several nice defensive plays and barely enough hitting.

Credit manager Ned Yost, too, for a series of moves that paid off. Even when he let reliever Kelvin Herrera bat for the first time in his major league career, it all came out OK.

"54 outs to go," Herrera tweeted later.

Game 4 is Saturday night, with Jason Vargas set to start for Kansas City against Ryan Vogelsong. Rain is forecast for most of the day in the Bay Area.

Yet nothing could dampen what Finnegan accomplished.

Back in June, he threw for TCU in the College World Series. This time, it was a little bigger. He became the first to play in both events in the same year.

"I feel like I'm still in college," Finnegan said. "It's no different. It's still baseball."

Of course, no one from the Hall of Fame ever asked for his hat when he was in school. Finnegan agreed to donate the cap he wore on this night to Cooperstown.

"My time came, and luckily I got the job done," Finnegan said. "This is the real deal, y'know?"

His parents knew.

Outside the Kansas City clubhouse, surrounded by a bevy of Royals rooters, Betty and Gary Finnegan tried to absorb what they'd witnessed.

"It is a dream ..." she said, some of her makeup washed away by tears. Without a pause, her husband finished the sentence, adding, "... that you don't want to wake up from."

Ah, youth.

Finnegan was called on to replace Herrera with a runner on first, one out and the Royals clinging to a one-run lead over the rallying Giants.

All of Kansas City infielders huddled behind the mound as Finnegan loosened up, realizing the most important point of their season was being entrusted to someone who recently was taking tests in a college classroom.

Right before pinch-hitter Juan Perez stepped up, Finnegan went into the routine he uses to steady himself.

Then it was time for business. Finnegan delivered, retiring Perez on an easy fly. When he fell behind in the count 2-0 to Brandon Crawford, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went to the mound.

The message: "Be aggressive, not nervous," Perez said.

Finnegan came back to strike out a swinging Crawford on a full count, headed to the dugout and was congratulated by Herrera and several other Royals.

"I'm very proud of him," Royals ace James Shields said. "To be able to keep your composure on this big of a stage the way he's doing, it is very impressive."

"He's pitching well beyond his years. If he keeps that up, he's going to have a really good career," he said.

A lot of Royals are having a really good October.

Already the MVP of the AL Championship Series, Lorenzo Cain put the Royals ahead for good with an RBI grounder in the first inning.

Shifted over to right field to help the defensive alignment, Cain also made a couple of fine catches, prompting Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to take off his hat in tribute.

Guthrie kept the Royals ahead and four relievers combined for four hitless innings.

Herrera struck out to end the seventh Yost wanted to keep him in the game. After Finnegan finished the bottom half, Wade Davis worked the eighth and Greg Holland pitched the ninth for a save.

In a postseason filled with tight games, Kansas City had won another one.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that."

Giants starter Tim Hudson made the first World Series appearance of his 16-season career. He gave up a double to Alcides Escobar on his first pitch.

"That's not how I drew it up. But it was a great experience," Hudson said.

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