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The Chimney Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its March meeting recently at the Ada Arts and Heritage facility. Regent Myrtie Clarke and acting Chaplain Linda Hebert opened the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ruth Ann Taylor. Ruth Franks led The Star-Spangled Banner and was accompanied by Rita Floyd on the piano. Jean Kelley led the Oklahoma flag salute. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution was led by Carol Meyer, and the American Creed was led by Arletta Good. The president general s message was read by Myrtie Clarke. President General Ann Turner Dillon said one of her favorite issues of the year is the one dedicated to Women s History Month. She reported on several women who fostered the cause of women s rights. She also saluted the U.S. Mint, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year. She ended her message by wishing a happy spring to all.

The secretary s and treasurer s reports were e-mailed to members, and there are a few hard copies available at the meeting. A motion to accept the reports was made and seconded. The motion was approved. The registrar report was given by registrar Marian Paniague, who reported that there are three prospective members this month, which are Rena Scarbough, Binnie Wilson and Barbara Wilson. There was a member verified this month, Dana Hall Jordan, and there is also one name in review, Reta Boggs. The national defense report on the history of the U.S. Coast Guard was given by Carol Meyer. The Coast Guard is an amalgamation of five formally distinct federal services. On Aug. 7, 1789, the US Lighthouse Service was established under the control of the Treasury Department. On Aug. 4, 1790, Congress authorized the secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, to create a maritime service to enforce custom laws and inspect vessels.

President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Act to Create the Coast Guard on Jan. 28, 1915. By 1949 the Coast Guard was under the Navy Department, then the Treasury Department in 1946; then transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation in 1967; then transferred to the newly created Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003. The Indian Minutes report from Mary Pfeffer detailed the Indian Youth of America (IYA), a non-profit charitable Indian service organization. It began in the summer of 1976 with an intertribal youth camp held on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. IYA has branched out to serve Indian youth and families on both local and national levels through a number of programs and activities. IYA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Native American children and serves these children through its resource center, scholarship assistance and sponsorship of students to leadership programs and sporting events, as well as the major focus on the Intertribal Summer Youth Camp Program. Camps are held in Arizona and South Dakota each summer, where campers experience a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities under the guidance of Indian counselors and staff. Special guests also share their songs, dances, stories, and cultural traditions. IYA was incorporated in 1978 and has its main office in Sioux City, Iowa. In the Conservation Minutes report, Janet Gibson reported on wildlife. She reported that some wild plants are wanted in our gardens and yards and some are not. She talked about redbud trees, holly bushes and butterfly plants, which are decorative and beneficial, but we do not like poison ivy and their family. She reminded us that it is time to plant the wanted varieties. She also talked about good wildlife, like rabbits and birds, but none of us want skunks in our yards and gardens.

The Veterans Report was given by Ruth Ann Taylor. Good news! We have raised enough money for two domino tables for the Sulphur Veteran Center. The tables will be ordered this week and should be at the center in about one month. The next visit to the center will be March 15th. The check for the tables will be presented to the center on this day. The programs section featured The Battle of Kings Mountain. Norma Reid from The Black Bead Chapter of DAR in Norman was the guest speaker. She has ties to Ada, being a graduate of Roff High School and East Central University, where she met her husband. She began by saying that Thomas Jefferson said the Battle of Kings Mountain changed the tide of the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Kings Mountain was between the patriot and the loyalist militias in South Carolina during the Southern campaign of the war. Kings Mountain is nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. British Major Patrick Ferguson was ordered to raise a loyalist militia and protect the flank of Lord Cornwallis main force. The British gave the loyalists rifles and bayonets but not uniforms. Ferguson wrote a letter to patriot leader Isaac Shelby and other militia leaders to lay down their arms or he would lay waste to their country with fire and sword. In response the patriot leader Shelby, McDowell, and Campbell and others rallied an attack. Receiving intelligence on the upcoming attack Ferguson decided to stay on Kings Mountain. The battle began on Dec. 7, 1780, four and one half years into the war, and it lasted one hour. Patrick Ferguson rode his horse and blew a whistle for his men to attack the patriot forces coming up the mountain. He continued until he was shot and killed, after which his men surrendered. The loyalist forces had 225 men killed and 165 wounded while the patriot forces had 28 killed and 60 wounded. When the loyalist militia was destroyed, Cornwallis was forced to abandon his plan to invade North Carolina and retreated to South Carolina. In 1898, the Kings Mountain Chapter DAR launched a campaign to acquire the battlefield, and in 1931 Congress established The Kings Mountain National Military Park.


Ruth Ann Taylor the Kiamichi County district director has visited seven of the nine chapters in our district and plans on visiting the other two soon. She gave a program on Martha Washington to three of the chapters. She reported that at our district conference in April, we will be doing basket giveaways, and that Tammy Hinton of the McAlester chapter has taken care of our basket this year. Regent Myrtie Clarke thanked the chapter for their donation to the Oklahoma Heart Association. Elaina Bearden announced that the eighth-grade essay winner from our chapter won State. The sixth-grade and 10th grade essay writers won third at the state level, and the fifth grade essay writer placed fourth at state.

The door prize was won by Ruth Ann Taylor. Hostesses for the March meeting are Jean Kelley, Arletta Good, Erna Leach, Marian Paniagua and Linda Leach. Members present: Janet Barrett, Elaine Bearden, Tommie Beddow, Beth Buxton, Myrtie Clarke, Rita Floyd, Mary Ann Frame, Ruth Franks, Joyce Gentry, Janet Gibson, Sue Gonyon, Arletta Good, Linda Gebert, Lou Ann Hoover, Kathy Howry, Jean Kelley, Erna Leach, Ann Maxwell, Marian Paniaguia, Mary Pfeffer, Jerry Wages, and Elizabeth Witherow.

Guests are Norma Reid, Anita Renells and Binnie Wilson.

Canzano: Warriors cut out Portland’s heart and walked off Game 3 winners

He looked like a madman out on a Saturday-night stroll. Here was Warriors forward Draymond Green, leaving the court after Game 3, rumbling through the arena[1] tunnel and past a giant sign on the wall that read, “Welcome to RIP City.”

“That’s what we do!” he shouted. “(Expletive) take the heart! You go after the heart! Go get the mother-(bleeping) heart!”

Green slapped backs. He pointed to his own heart. But he might as well have used his bare hands to pull Portland’s beating ticker from its chest cavity, hold it up, and then take a bite out of it. It was Golden State 119, Portland 113. We all know the Blazers are in over their heads in this series. But it’s their hearts I’m worried about today. Because Green and the Warriors did their best to kill and cook the Trail Blazers season, and I’m not sure what Portland will have left for Game 4.

Will it show? Or pack for Cancun? Portland did everything it could in Game 3. It summoned every possible emotion and seized all advantages. The Blazers started a player with a fracture in his leg. They used lasers in the pregame introductions. At one point, guard Damian Lillard even dunked hard and then stood and gave the Warriors the “Oakland stare.”

Portland was at home playing against a team that hadn’t been great in Game 3s. Kevin Durant was in street clothes across the way. Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t available to coach. If the Trail Blazers were going to make a safe crossing on the Golden State expressway, this was the perfect night to do it, yeah? Up by 17… then, suddenly, with their hearts cut out.

Green’s performance in the hallway was not a show for the security guards and ushers who witnessed it. It’s who he is. Emotional. Unfiltered. Raw. He played 40 minutes and had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The performance was more sledgehammer than scalpel. But Green’s thunderous rant, cast against the sober walk to the locker room on the other side of the building, sums up this series. The Warriors act, when it’s functioning at full strength, might be the best thing in sports. They’re so blasted superior, built so beautifully by general manager Bob Myers. Top to bottom, they’re just flat better. But if this series has done anything, it’s demonstrated that Golden State’s reserves — JaVale McGee and Andre Iguodala, for example — are capable of dominating in stretches, too. The Blazers don’t have that. Jusuf Nurkic getting the start, and hobbling around on one leg, collecting 11 out-of-shape rebounds was a wild twist, but it’s not going to beat the Warriors’ full house.

Green’s team is on a mission. We all know it. They feel like they should have won the whole thing last season. He had his fists clenched at one point as he walked off the court. He pounded his chest. He slapped backs with confidants. He wanted the world to hear all about the surgery he’d just performed. I just don’t know if Portland has enough left after wilting in the second half on Saturday to show up on Monday night and fight for another game in this series. If they do, what does Game 5 mean?

The temptation here is to say that it’s now all about pride for Portland. But let’s be real — it’s also about a tremendous deficit in talent. The Warriors are the most gifted basketball team I’ve ever seen. Even when they’re shaky and shorthanded, as they were on Saturday, they’re still very good. On Saturday night, Portland felt like a guy who forgot to buckle himself into the roller coaster. He held on with two hands. His hat flew off. His sunglasses went next. He was having a great time, right up until he lost his lunch. Nobody died. Nobody got hurt. But man, losing by six at home feels about as good as it gets.

That’s why I hated seeing Nurkic out there. He wasn’t himself. He’s not healthy. The Blazers may feel like they’re on safe ground, but this is a franchise afflicted by big men who suffered from bad feet, knees and bones. So that was Portland’s future out there, unable to jump, hobbling around.

“He was healthy enough to play,” coach Terry Stotts said. They’re a different team without Nurkic, sure. But they’re not a team capable of winning this series. Which is only to say I wish they’d think more like the Warriors, who used common sense and rested Durant. Green focused on Portland’s heart, not its bones, though. He hollered about it. He wailed about it. Anyone in that hallway understood he meant it.

“That’s what we do!” he screamed. “(Expletive) take the heart!”

He’s right. The Warriors did.



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Champs-Elysees gunman had shot at French police before

PARIS The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France s presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers. The French government pulled out all the stops to protect Sunday s vote as the attack deepened France s political divide.

Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after a high-level meeting Friday that reviewed the government s already heightened security plans for the two-round presidential vote that begins Sunday.

Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night, the prime minister declared, appealing for national unity and for people not to succumb to fear. Investigators believe at this stage that the gunman, 39-year-old Frenchman Karim Cheurfi, was alone in killing one police officer and wounding two others and a female German tourist on Thursday night, a French official who discussed details of the investigation with the AP said on condition of anonymity.

The attack came less than 72 hours before the polls open. Police shot and killed Cheurfi after he opened fire on a police van on Paris most famous boulevard. Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in his car. Cheurfi s identity was confirmed from his fingerprints. Cheurfi had been detained toward the end of February after speaking threateningly about police but was then released for lack of evidence, according to that French official and another, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren t authorized to publicly discuss the probe.

The policeman killed Thursday was identified as Xavier Jugele by Flag!, a French association of LGBT police officers. Its president, Mickael Bucheron, told AP the slain officer would have celebrated his 38th birthday at the beginning of May. Jugele was among the officers who responded to the gun-and-bomb attack on Paris Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 13, 2015, among a wave of assaults in the French capital that killed 130 people, he told . He was also there a year later when the venue reopened with a concert by Sting, saying how happy he was to be here to defend our civic values.

This concert s to celebrate life. To say No to terrorists, the media outlet quoted Jugele as saying.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday s attack in an unusually quick statement that sowed confusion by apparently misidentifying the gunman. Municipal workers in white hygiene suits were out before dawn to wash down the sidewalk where the assault took place a scene now depressingly familiar after multiple attacks that have killed more than 230 people in France over two years. Delivery trucks were out on early morning rounds. Everything would have seemed normal if not for a row of TV trucks parked along the boulevard that is a must-visit for tourists. A key question was how the attack might affect French voters, since campaigning is banned starting Friday at midnight.

Inserting himself into the debate, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the attack will have a big effect on the election and that the people of France will not take much more of this. The two top finishers Sunday advance to a winner-takes-all presidential runoff on May 7. Two of the main candidates, conservative Francois Fillon and centrist Emmanuel Macron, canceled campaign events Friday. The attack brought back the recurrent campaign theme of France s fight against Islamic extremism, one of the mainstays of the anti-immigration platform of far-right leader Marine Le Pen and also, to a lesser extent, of Fillon.

Le Pen, speaking at her campaign headquarters, urged the outgoing Socialist government to immediately re-establish border controls. Cazeneuve, the Socialist prime minister, accused the National Front leader of seeking to make political hay from the assault. After Le Pen spoke scathingly Friday of the government s fight against extremism, Cazeneuve noted that Le Pen s party in 2014 voted against an anti-terrorism law and, in 2015, against a law that beefed up resources for French intelligence services. He said: She seems to be deliberately forgetting everything that has been done over five years to make people forget that she opposed everything, without ever proposing anything serious or credible.

Fillon, for his part, pledged to maintain the state of emergency that has been in place since the November 2015 attacks.

The fight for the French people s freedom and security will be mine. This must be the priority, he said. Asked if the assault would impact voting, the centrist Macron said no one knows and appealed for cool heads.

What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, the 39-year-old former investment banker said. Macron said he canceled campaign stops out of a sense of decency and to allow police to concentrate resources on the investigation. Said by polls to be running neck-and-neck with Le Pen, he tore into her claims that previous attacks wouldn t have happened under her watch.

She won t be able to protect our citizens, Macron said.

The two police officers injured in the attack are out of danger, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. National police spokesman Jerome Bonet, also speaking on BFM television, said thousands of people were out on Paris iconic boulevard when the gunman opened fire and that the rapid response of officers who shot and killed him avoided possible carnage. Elena Worms, who was walking her dog near the Champs-Elysees, called the attack destabilizing and said she fears it will push people to the extremes. She said her plans to vote for Fillon, a former prime minister, remain unchanged. Investigators searched a home early Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack and detained three of the gunman s family members for questioning.

The attack appeared to fit a pattern of European extremists targeting security forces and symbols of state to discredit, take vengeance on or destabilize society. It recalled two recent attacks on French soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

For Sunday s presidential vote, the government is mobilizing more than 50,000 police and gendarmes to protect the 70,000 polling stations, with an additional 7,000 soldiers also on patrol.

Sylvie Corbet, Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter in Paris, Jeff Schaeffer and Nadine Achoui-Lesage in Chelles, France, and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report.

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