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Questionable design blamed for health website woes A4 Glitches plague Obamacare site www.cadillacnews.com Vol. 142 No. 103 Cadillac, Michigan October 9, 2013 75 cents Inside Spike in gas prices bucks national trend Analyst: Phenomenon known as ‘price-cycling’ leading to higher prices By Chris Lamphere Cadillac News New services take aim at illegal robocalls Illegal telemarketing and robocalls are a persistent problem. But efforts to cut off the irritating calls are on the rise, from lawsu
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    Donald Olson, 83,of Cadillac Nada M. Sck , 89,of Cadillac Debra Jane W , 62,of Marion See obituaries on A4 Deaths Cadillac News 5-minute ConneCtion TODAY Your Local Weather THURSDAY Hih: 70Lw: 39Hih: 68 Lw: 45 Nw rvicak ai aillal rbcall Illegal telemarket-ing and robocalls are apersistent problem. But eorts to cut o the ir - ritating calls are on the rise, from lawsuits tolandline tools to cell- phone applications. TheFTC, which has been deluged by a growingmountain of complaintsfrom U.S. consumers, is only too happy to wel - come the new weaponsin the war on robocalls. See Page C4. Wan ninad chair Fdral Rrv President BarackObama will nominateFederal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of thenation’s central bank. See Page A4. maeveSt. ann SChool   8 6 11885 00300 www.cadillacnews.com Vol. 142 No. 103 Cadillac, Michigan October 9, 2013 75 cents Kiley Chiropractic 9116 E. 13th Street, Cadillac  ã   231-775-1357 ã New Patients Always Welcome ã Over 30 Years Experience ã Most Insurances Accepted ã Treatment For: Back & Neck Pain, Shoulders, Arms & Leg Pain/Numbness, Headaches Dr. Thomas E. Kiley By Antonio ColemAn CadillaC News CADILLAC  — Cadillac High Schoolseniors competed against the ju-niors on the volleyball court or agood cause Tuesday.The two teams squared o toraise money or the PancreaticCancer Foundation.The National Pancreatic Can-cer Foundation helps provideeducational awareness, nancialresource support and early detec-tion research or those afictedwith or aected by pancreaticcancer.Senior Patrick Briggs said stu-dents began considering a pow-der pu volleyball game in thesummer. He said community sup-port was great or the volleyballundraiser and added that stu-dents and event organizers havebeen working or almost a month.“This is going to beneit ourcommunity and show people whohave cancer that there are peopleout there whowant to help,”Briggs said.A total o 26students com-peted in the six-on-six volleyballgame.Event organiz-ers also hosted abake sale and T-shirt sale duringthe undraiser.Senior Connor Kassuba said avolleyball game was a great wayto compliment the Girl’s PowderPu Football game. For more, turn to Page a2 Spike ingas pricesbucksnationaltrend By Chris lAmphere CadillaC News CADILLAC  — Spurred by low-er demand and declining oilprices, gasoline rates at thepump have been on a down-ward trek throughout thecountry.Considering this overalltrend, it might have come asa surprise this week whenprices in the Cadillac areaspiked around 30 cents.Patrick DeHaan, seniorpetroleum analyst at Gas-buddy.com, said this increasewas the result o a “price-cy-cling” phenomenon only ex-perienced in the Great Lakesregion.He said price cycling oc-curs when gas stations raisetheir prices together to in-crease their prot margins.Immediately ater the in-crease, prices will begin todecrease as stations competewith each other or custom-ers. Eventually, prices willget so low that prot marginsare nonexistent, then theyspike again.DeHaan said this happensbecause a large number o gas stations in the region areowned by only a ew parentcompanies.According to several eder-al studies, price cycling is notillegal and on average, peoplebuying gas in states whereit is practiced pay the sameamount as other areas o thecountry.DeHaan said while cy-cling will continue to occur,he expects prices will dropto around $3 a gallon untilaround December, whendemand will be higher dueto reineries drawing downtheir inventories to avoidpaying big taxes. cmphr@ccn.com | 775-News (6397) Analyst: Phenomenonknown as ‘price-cycling’leading to higher prices   RiCK CHaRMOli | CadillaC News Abby Weherell, 12, o a ho on goal during occer racice recenly. Afer being aacked by a bear on he evening ofAug. 15, Abby i u and walking wihou her cruche and able o ariciae in or. Back to normal Abby Wetherell putting bear attack in rearview mirror By riCk ChArmoli CadillaC News F or a ew weeks this summer, oneCadillac teen was the talk o thetown and the country.There were countless televi-sion appearances, radio interviews anda special trip to Detroit or a behind-the-scenes day at Comerica Park. Beorethat, however, Abby Wetherell almostwas killed.Abby, a student at Cadillac JuniorHigh School, was returning to her Har-ing Township home rom a short run ona two-track road around 9 p.m. on Aug.15 when she spotted the bear. She beganto run, hoping to reach a nearby home.That’s when the bear attacked, knock-ing her to the ground and mauling her.Eventually, she was able to escaperom the bear. Abby sustained deeplacerations to her let thigh and one toher back. She also suered multipleabrasions. She was initially transportedrom the attack site to Wexord CountyAirport, then airlited to Munson Medi-cal Center in Traverse City.Almost two months later, Abby is upand walking without her crutches andable to participate in sports. FoR moRe, pLeAse tuRN to pAge A2. RiCK CHaRMOli | CadillaC News From lef, Abby Weherell and fellow Cadillac Junior High schooluden Abbey simeron racice he xylohone in cla. Afer beingaacked by a bear and ending ime in he naional oligh, AbbyWeherell’ life i back o normal. Cadillac High School students raise money for cancer research Chck vid a hCadillac NwYtb channl.   aNtONiO COleMaN | CadillaC News Cadillac High school enior comeed again he junior for he CHs power puffVolleyball fundraier tueday, which raied money for cancer reearch. Market Brief  isd gcs pobc s Questionable design blamedfor health website woes a4  By Chris Lamphere CadillaC News LAKE CITY  — MissaukeeProsecuting Attorney Wil-liam Donnelly continuedhis eorts Tuesday to con-vince commissioners tound a new assistant pros-ecutor.Earlier this year, commis-sioners rescinded $10,000they srcinally allocated orwork done next year by Me-lissa Ransom, who was ap-pointed by Donnelly to helpwith an increasing caseloado serious crimes.Since then, Donnelly hasbeen attempting to con-vince commissioners thatan assistant is necessary todo the job properly.At a recent fnance meet-ing, Commissioner FrankVanderwal asked or a list-ing o cases through theyears to help the boarddetermine i the recent in-crease in prosecutor workis temporary or a long-termtrend.Donnelly said his oicewould have that paperworkready very soon, and in themeantime, he urged com-missioners to reconsiderhis request.Missaukee County resi-dent Don Sears, who hasexpressed disapproval o unding a new prosecutorin the past, again reiteratedhis stance.“We asked Mr. Donnellyvery speciic questionsabout whether he could dothe job on a part-time basisand he said he could,” Searssaid. “I eel like I was dupedinto voting or him.”Donnelly maintained hehas been working ull-timehours or part-time pay andthat the job calls or twopeople.  Cthse pjectwill g t f bids Commissioners gavetheir endorsement to puta courthouse remodel-ing plan up or bids aterdiscussing an architect’sreview and recommenda-tions at a recent inancecommittee meeting.Judge Charles Parsonssrcinally approached theboard with a request toenhance security in thecourthouse by isolatingcourt sta, deendants,victims and prosecutorsrom each other and thepublic.Parsons, along with Mis-saukee County Sheri JimBosscher, both voiced theirapproval o the architect’splan, which would involvenew doors, walls and exitsigns, among other chang-es. cmph@ccn.cm | 775-News (6397) “Your Full Service Glass Shop”  DouGLASS 800-922-GLAS ã 231-779-3960 Located next to Arby’s ã Cadillac with POLAR SEAL  vinyl windows in your home. ã Energy Efcientã Maintenance Freeã Easily Cleanedã FINANCING AVAILABLE ã Save $$On YourHeating Bills!   Save $$On YourHeating Bills! 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CoNNeCTed 775-NEWS (6397) .ccn.cm | wedNesday, oCTober 9, 2013 Abby Wetherell putting bear attack behind her By riCk CharmoLi CadillaC News CADILLAC  — I there is one thingElizabeth Wetherell learned aterher daughter was attacked by ablack bear in August, it was to al-ways love your children, becauseyou never know what tomorrowwill bring.“Things can change in an in-stant,” Elizabeth said. “Luckilyor us, it wasn’t a orever change.She is still with us, where otheramilies are sometimes not solucky.”Elizabeth said she has strug-gled at times with a ew thingssince the attack. First and ore-most is watching what she saysto her children.As a parent, she would saythings like, “they are more araido you than you are o them.”The Wetherells ound that isn’talways the case. She also saidwhen it comes to her children,and Abby in particular, she takesnothing or granted. Much likea spouse, she said it is not worthit to go to bed angry at your chil-dren.“Always love your kids,” shesaid.Following the initial report o the attack and ater Abby wasreleased rom the hospital, theWetherells were surprised to fndout the story was getting nation-al attention.The story o Abby’s attackwas picked up by various newsorganizations such as CNN, FoxNews, the Associated Press aswell as television shows suchas “Piers Morgan Live,” “GoodMorning America” and “StudioB with Shepherd Smith.”And then the Tigers got in-volved.The amily already had plans toattend a Detroit Tigers baseballgame in August when the teamplayed the Minnesota Twins, butater the ball club received a tipthat Abby would be at the game,they oered to make their visitmuch more memorable.And they did.The amily received upgradedseats and arrived at ComericaPark early or a tour o the a-cilities as well as a brie meetingwith Abby’s avorite player, util-ity man Don Kelly.While the requests have dieddown, Elizabeth said the am-ily still is getting phone calls andrequests or interviews. She re-cently did an interview or teenmagazine J-14’s December issueout next month. J-14, pronouncedJust For Teens, is a monthly mag-azine eaturing celebrity gossipmarketed at girls in their earlyteens and younger.“She was ‘amous’ or a littlebit, but that has gone away,” Eliz-abeth said. “It is more back tonormal. She is o her crutchesand is cleared to play sports inmoderation.”Since the attack, Abby saidthings have continually gottenbetter, although there is stillsome pain. As or the brie timein the public eye, Abby said itwas somewhat surreal.She received a git basket romABC when she was on “GoodMorning America” that was ullo candy and one o her avoritesnacks, chocolate-covered sun-lower seeds. It also containedanother item that she loves, headbands. She had never interactedwith ABC, yet they knew thesethings about her, which sheound strange.Abby has been out in the woodssince the attack, including whenshe participated in the youthhunt, but she is still somewhatapprehensive because the bearthat attacked her has not beencaught.“Hopeully, someone will get it,but I know bear season is over,so I don’t know,” Abby said. “Iwould rather it was gone, but Iknow winter is coming and it willhibernate. I won’t be too scaredo bears during the winter.” chm@ccn.cm | 775-News (6397)riCK CHarMoli | CadillaC News Libby Blackmer and Abby Wetherell talk during soccer practice at CASA feldsrecently. Ater being attacked by a bear and getting in the national spotlight,Abby’s lie is back to normal.   CHris HuCKle | CadillaC News Cadillac High School juniors and seniors pose or a group photo Tuesday during the volleyball undraiser. The event raised money or the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. ConTInuED From A1 “We have gotten severaldonations and more, andmore donations keep com-ing every day,” Kassubasaid.All proceeds rom the vol-leyball game will go to theNational Pancreatic Can-cer Foundation.Supporting businessesincluded Burkes Water-ront Restaurant, CadillacTire Center, Clam LakeBeer Co., Coyote Cross-ings, Farm Bureau Insur-ance, G & D Pizza and Par-ty Store, Herman’s Euro-pean Cae, Lakeside Char-lies, McLain Cycles, PineGrove Athletic Club, PizzaPlus, Simply Delightul,The Pines and WestendCoee and Tea.Donations can be madeto the oundation online atwww.frstgiving.com.Cadillac students areholding another undraisertoday.The annual Girl’s Pow-der Pu Football game willraise money or the Salva-tion Army and ood pantry.The game pits the juniorsagainst the seniors. Admis-sion or the annual und-raiser is $1 or a canned ooditem. Last year, Girl’s Pow-der Pu Football raisedalmost $600 and collected asizeable ood donation orthe community. cmn@ccn.cm | 775-News (6397) Fdaise   Missaukee prosecutor makes another plea for funds Call (231) 775-NEwS hen you see nes hppening  Michigan State Policewarn o phone scam CADILLAC  — The MichiganState Police are warningpeople o a new phone scaminvolving callers who poseas members o the MSP.The caller says there is awarrant or your arrest andto pay a ne to avoid beingarrested.Law enorcement ocialssaid members o law en-orcement will never call tonotiy residents o a war-rant and ask or money orbank account inormation.The MSP advises againstrevealing personal inorma-tion to unknown callers andasks residents to report anysuspicious activity or callsto police. Buckley man chargedwith phone tampering CADILLAC  — A Cadillac manhas been charged in 84thDistrict Court in WexordCounty with a elony.Dylan John Borchers, 25,has been arraigned on onecount o interering with aelectronic communicationsuch as a phone call.I convicted, Borcherscould ace up to two yearsin prison and/or a ne o up to $4,000.He also has been chargedwith domestic violence,which is punishable by upto 90 days in jail and/or ane o up to $500. Boon man charged withpossession o marijuana CADILLAC  — A Boon manhas been arraigned in 84thDistrict Court in WexordCounty on drug charges.Tyler Allan Vanderhoe,19, has been charged withpossession o the drug Rit-alin. I convicted, he couldace up to two years in pris-on and/or a ne o up to$2,000. He also was chargedwith larceny in a building,a our-year elony.In a separate case, Van-derhoe also aces onecount o possession o marijuana, second oense,a high-court misdemeanor. Health tip: Add more fshto your diet this week CADILLAC  — Any time is agreat time to add more shto your diet.The olks with the LiveWell Movement through theDistrict Health DepartmentNo. 10 want to help peopleget healthier by giving peri-odical health tips to Cadil-lac News readers.The latest tip: Add moresh to your diet this week.You probably know thatsh is good or you — butnot all sh is equal. Deep-ried doesn’t count. Instead,grill or roast sh that ishigh in healthy omega-3atty acids, such as salmon,tuna, trout and sardines.For more healthy re-sources, check out www.LiveWell4health.org. Jointhe group’s mailing list andreceive weekly emails onhow you can live well. LiveWell can be ound on Twit-ter at @LiveWell4healthand on Facebook at LiveWell 4 Health. Knights o Columbus tohold Tootsie Roll Drivethis weekend CADILLAC  — The Cadil-lac Knights o Columbuswill conduct their annualTootsie Roll Drive or thosewith intellectual disabili-ties this week.The Knights will be inront o local stores onFriday and Saturday toexchange Tootsie Rolls ordonations. Proceeds benetlocal organizations thatprovide services or thosewith intellectual disabili-ties. I n Brie  The CadillaC News reserves thisspace daily for clarifying itemsor correcting any errors thatappear on our news pages. Weencourage our readers to reportany errors by telephoning theNews at 775-6564. Please ask forthe newsroom. C orrections and Amplifcations   I nside OBITUARIES A4OPINION A5SPORTS B1SCOREBOARD B4MOTLEY FOOL C1WEATHER C2COMICS C2PUZZLES C3CLASSIFIEDS C4   O dd News Lawmakerpulls supportrom ‘cursing’bill ATTLE-BORO, Mass.(AP) — A statelawmaker whoco-sponsored abill that couldhave gottenpolice ocersred or cursingor using racialslurs while in-teracting withthe public haswithdrawn hissupport o theproposal.State Rep. PaulHeroux now sayshe made a mis-take in support-ing the bill andwon’t vote or iti it makes it outo committee,which he says isunlikely.The AttleboroDemocrat sayshe received callsand emails criti-cal o the bill ol-lowing media re-ports last week.The presidentso two majorpolice chiesorganizations inthe state cameout against themeasure.Police chiessay most depart-ments alreadyhave rules thatwould precludean ocer romusing oensivelanguage underconduct unbe-coming an o-cer policies. Dog thatcrashedhal-marathongets medal EVANSVILLE,Ind. (AP) — AnIndiana dog thatbecame an In-ternet sensationater crashing ahal marathonhas won a medal— and an ap-pointment witha veterinarian tonip his wander-ing ways in thebud.The chocolateLabrador re-triever namedBoogie ran mosto the 13.1 milesin Saturday’sEvansville eventand then wastaken to AnimalControl.Owner JerryButts tells theEvansville Cou-rier & Press thatthe 100-pounddog slipped hisleash Fridaynight. It was hisourth escape.Butts saysBoogie now hasa microchip andan appointmentto be neutered. Wednesday, OctOber 9, 2013 | www.w.o 775-NEWS (6397) cadillac neWs | trusted. lOcal. cOnnected A3 l otto Numbers Midday Daily 3 9-7-0 Midday Daily 4 2-7-1-3 Daily 3 7-8-2 Daily 4 9-3-5-7 Fantasy 5 03-14-15-19-25 Keno 01-09-13-14-21-22-28-29-33-36-41-45-47-48-49-50-51-57-62-69-77-80 Mega Millions 06-15-19-23-40 Mega Ball 5 cadillac neWs 28th Circuit Court, Missaukee Co. Aaron Michael Schut, 27, o McBain, pleaded guilty to drug use,specically a non-narcotic. A chargeo possession o the drug known asbath salts was dismissed. Also dis-missed were two counts o assault-ing/resisting/obstructing a policeocer. 84th District Court, Missaukee Co. Joseph Allen Dery, 50, o Falmouth,was sentenced to 60 days in jail withcredit or 13 days ater pleading guiltyto cruelty to animals. Dery also wasordered to pay $865 in nes and eesand was placed on probation or oneyear.Craig Justin Ellington, 23, o Cadil-lac, was ordered to pay $1,065 and wasplaced on probation or one year aterpleading guilty to operating while in-toxicated.Steven Robert Schultz, 52, o LakeCity, was ordered to pay $845 and wasplaced on probation or six monthsater pleading no contest to attemptedleeing and eluding police. Schultzalso pleaded no contest to operatingwhile visibly impaired. A no contestplea is not an admission o guilt butis treated as one at sentencing.Christopher Lee Bowers, 31, o Lake City, was ordered to pay $1,265and was placed on probation or oneyear ater pleading guilty to operat-ing while impaired, second oense.Andrew Wyman Lennon Jr., 18, o Cheboygan, was ordered to pay $250ater pleading guilty to minor in pos-session o alcohol.Joseph Robert Polzin, 62, o Hough-ton Lake, was sentenced to 25 days in jail, with credit or 25 days, and wasordered to pay $609 ater pleadingguilty to larceny. w@w.o | 775-neWs (6397) P ublic Record US adults score below average on worldwide literacy test FrOm staFF and Wire repOrts CADILLAC  — It’s long beenknown that America’sschool kids haven’t mea-sured well compared withinternational peers. Now,there’s a new twist: Adultsdon’t either.In math, reading andproblem-solving usingtechnology — all skills con-sidered critical or globalcompetitiveness and eco-nomic strength — Ameri-can adults scored below theinternational average on aglobal test, according to re-sults released Tuesday.Adults in Japan, Canada,Australia, Finland and mul-tiple other countries scoredsigniicantly higher thanthe United States in all threeareas on the test. Beyondbasic reading and math,respondents were tested onactivities such as calculat-ing mileage reimbursementdue to a salesman, sortingemail and comparing oodexpiration dates on grocerystore tags.A local librarian said sheisn’t surprised to hear thatmany adult Americansstruggle with basic reading.Cadillac Wexord Pub-lic Library Director CathyTacoma said that whilegathering statistics in sup-port o a grant or a localliteracy program, she wasastonished to learn that 17to 19 percent o adults, al-most one in ve, are unableto read.“I think it is essential thatthere are groups that helpadults,” Tacoma said.The director o Adult Lit-eracy Council, which cov-ers the our-county area,said i the study’s numbersare correct, they are goingto need many more tutors.Barbara Derby said thecouncil currently has 25student-tutor pairs.Derby said igures shesaw had previously rankedthe United States as th inliteracy among other coun-tries.Not only did Americansscore poorly compared tomany international com-petitors, the ndings rein-orced just how large thegap is between the nation’shigh- and low-skilled work-ers and how hard it is tomove ahead when your par-ents haven’t.In both reading and math,or example, those withcollege-educated parentsdid better than those whoseparents did not completehigh school.The study, called the Pro-gram or the InternationalAssessment o Adult Com-petencies, ound that it waseasier on average to over-come this and other bar-riers to literacy overseasthan in the United States.Researchers tested about157,000 people ages 16 to 65in more than 20 countriesand subnational regions.It was developed and re-leased by the Organizationor Economic Cooperationand Development, which ismade up o mostly industri-alized member countries.The Education Depart-ment’s Center or Educa-tion Statistics participated.But in the northern Eu-ropean countries that haveared better, the picture wasbrighter — and the studycredits continuing educa-tion. In Finland, Denmark,and the Netherlands, morethan 60 percent o adultstook part is either job train-ing or continuing educa-tion. In Italy, by contrast,the rate was hal that.As the American econ-omy sputters along andmany people live paycheck-to-paycheck, economists saya highly-skilled workorceis key to economic recovery.The median hourly wage o workers scoring on the high-est level in literacy on thetest is more than 60 percenthigher than or workersscoring at the lowest level,and those with low literacyskills were more than twiceas likely to be unemployed.   Woman completes delayed sentence in parking lot incident By Jeff Broddle cadillac neWs LAKE CITY  — A Lake City woman willreceive a ticket or careless drivingand be ound responsible or a civilinraction ater successully com-pleting a delayed sentence or strik-ing and seriously injuring a manwith her vehicle in a bar parking lot,although a civil suit has now beenled against her.Brandi Lynn Vanderwal, 24, alleg-edly drove over Missaukee Countyresident Michael Cox, 26, while driv-ing an SUV outside o the BS Loungeon Aug. 19, 2012. An investigation bythe Missaukee County Sheri’s O-ce showed that a ght had brokenout at the bar between Vanderwal’shusband, Lyle Vanderwal, and anoth-er person. A crowd gathered as the al-tercation spilled outside. Vanderwalattempted to drive away, but oundher path blocked by another man whowas not part o the initial ght. Coxreportedly had jumped in ront o the truck when an individual in thecrowd cried out or someone to stopthe truck.Vanderwal’s attorney, Roger Wo-tila, said her husband was being as-saulted and she was trying to fee thescene to avoid urther injury to herhusband and injury to hersel whenCox jumped on the hood o the vehi-cle.Vanderwal srcinally had beencharged with reckless driving caus-ing serious impairment in connec-tion with the incident. She was givena delayed sentence ater pleadingguilty to reckless driving, which ispunishable by up to 93 days in jail anda ne o up to $500. Ater successullycompleting the delayed sentence bynot being charged with another crimewithin eight months, Vanderwal wasound responsible or careless driv-ing, according to Missaukee CountyProsecuting Attorney William Don-nelly Jr., and will not ace jail time.Wotila said he eels the incident ismore appropriately handled as a civilsuit rather than a criminal matter.The suit names both BrandiVanderwal, Lyle Vanderwal and theamily arm, Rudvan Family Farms,which was listed as the owner o theSUV.Cox’s attorney, Heidi Hodek, saidher rm’s position is the case is de-serving o more than a seven-guresettlement and they will seek the pol-icy limits collectible through Vander-wal’s insurance company.Hodek said Cox not only was runover by the vehicle’s ront and reartires but also was dragged under-neath.“His lie is altered permanently,”said Hodek, who is with Dingeman,Dancer and Christopherson in Tra-verse City.Cox, who is a U.S. Army veteranwho was home on leave, suered atraumatic brain injury as well asmultiple rib ractures, a broken col-lar bone, and a lacerated liver and hashad multiple surgeries ollowing theincident, according to his attorney.Hodek disputed that Cox had jumped on the vehicle’s hood.“The basic story is he walked inront o the vehicle, she ended uphitting the gas and driving straightover him,” Hodek said.A scheduling conerence is set inthe case or Oct. 21 in Cadillac.  jo@w.o | 775-neWs (6397) By rick charmoli cadillac neWs CADILLAC  — Tuesday’s Cadillac AreaManuacturers Association meetingwas all about networks.The meeting, held at Hope Net-work in Cadillac, started by goingover the services provided by thenonprot organization to Cadillac’sindustrial base and then ocused onbroadband network connectivity inWexord County.For those who don’t know, HopeNetwork is a non-proit Christianorganization that helps people gainindependence through specialtyhealth and community services.This includes teaching independentliving skills, vocational training andeven job placement. It also oers acontinuum o care in the treatmento brain and spinal cord injuries,mental illness, and developmentaldisabilities.Hope Network Site Supervisor Mi-chelle Munn gave a brie overviewo the ways the organization helpspeople in the community while ll-ing a need o local industry. Munnsaid the nonprot has been lucky topartner with various Cadillac manu-acturers that support participantsin their programing by giving them jobs, training them vocationally andpaying them a wage. Munn also saidthat the services they provide arenot well known to those who couldbenet rom them, which they hopewill change.The meeting’s ocus then turnedto broadband Internet connectivity.Tom Stephenson serves as commu-nity technology advisor or ConnectMichigan, a group in partnershipwith the Michigan Public ServiceCommission. Connect Michigan is asubsidiary o Connected Nation andis working to ensure that all can ex-perience the benets o broadband.The hope is the increased access,adoption, and use, Stephensonsaid, will diversiy the economyand ensure Michigan’s competi-tiveness.“I have been working in WexordCounty or about a year. What we doand what our task is, is to expand theuse/adoption o broadband in thestate,” Stephenson said. “The statehas 137 providers, and we are work-ing with 129 o them.”While Wexord County was doingwell, Stephenson said it could dobetter and still was below the targetbroadband community assessmentscore o 120. Currently, WexordCounty is at a score o 99, whichtakes into consideration broadbandavailability, competition, mobileavailability, digital literacy, educa-tion, government and health care. ho@w.o | 775-neWs (6397) Cadillac areamanufacturerstalk networks Hope Network services,broadband availabilitytouted as resources ricK cHarmOli | cadillac neWs Cadillac Area Manufacturers Association President Doug Mellema goes over the businessportion of October’s meeting Tuesday at Hope Network in Cadillac.  DETROIT (AP) — An89-year-old Indiana manwho grows lilies pleadedguilty Tuesday in Detroitto serving as a drug muleto distribute more than1,400 pounds o cocaine.Leo Sharp o MichiganCity, Ind., is one o the old-est criminal deendantsin Detroit’s ederal court.He was contrite and verytalkative during his ap-pearance, saying he hadnever beore committed acrime and that he workedor drug dealers becausehe needed money.“In six months I’ll be90,” Sharp said.Sharp was 87 in 2011when a Michigan statetrooper pulled his pickuptruck over on Interstate94, west o Detroit. Anx-ious and upset about whatthe trooper would ind,he declared, “Just kill meand let me leave this plan-et.”In court, Sharp wore adark suit that had a lapelpin signiying his servicein World War II. He playul-ly winked at drug agents inthe second row who investi-gated the case. His hearingaids weren’tstrongenough, soU.S. DistrictJudge NancyEdmunds in-vited Sharpto stand just aew eet awayrom her.“You knew it was co-caine, right?” Edmundsasked.“I did,” Sharp replied.“Oh, yes.”The delivery o morethan 200 pounds wasn’tSharp’s rst interstatehaul. He admitted hewas responsible ortransporting more than1,400 pounds o drugsthat srcinated in Ari-zona. In a court ling,the government said ithas evidence that Sharpwas transporting marijua-na and cocaine rom theWest Coast back in 2000.“It was kind o a bad de-cision to make at this timeo lie,” the judge said.Nonetheless, prosecu-tors are showing mercy byrecommending a ve-yearprison sentence becauseo Sharp’s age and his warservice. It’s a signiicantbreak: The sentencingguidelines, which aren’tmandatory, call or a mini-mum o 14 years.Deense attorney Dar-ryl Goldberg said he willask or less than ve yearswhen Sharp returns tocourt on Feb. 11. He saidhis client is “prooundlyremorseul.”“He was roped intosomething sinister withthe promise o inancialgain,” Goldberg told TheAssociated Press. “Butone thing led to anotherand he was threatened atgunpoint to move cocaineacross the country.”The court hearing hadsome unusual moments.Goldberg repeatedly toldSharp that he wasn’t re-quired to say much be-yond what the judge askedhim. While explaining hehad a clean record, Sharpsaid his only brush withthe law was an incidentin Mexico where he was“taking motion pictureso a prostitute.” Heart to Heart Floral  110 S. Mitchell, Downtown Cadillac www.hearttoheartforal.com  231-775-1984 Creating beautiful “sympathy tributes” for 25 years  A4 cadillac news | TrusTed. local. connecTed 775-NEWS (6397) ..m | wednesday, ocTober 9, 2013 D eath Notices Debra Jane Wooll MARION — A memori-al service or Debra JaneWooll, 62, o Marion, whodied Wednesday, October2, 2013, will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, Octo-ber 12, 2013, at the Mari-on F.O.E. No. 4087 Club. Donald Olson CADILLAC — DonaldOlson, o Cadillac,passed away Tuesday, Oc-tober 8, 2013, at his home.He was 83.Funeral arrangementswill be announced laterby the Peterson FuneralHome in Cadillac.A ull obituary will ap-pear in a uture editiono the Cadillac News. Nada M. Stack CADILLAC — Nada M.Stack, o Cadillac, passedaway Tuesday, October 8,2013, at her daughter’shome in Big Rapids. Shewas 89.A Mass o ChristianBurial will be 10 a.m. Fri-day, October 11, 2013, atSt. Mary’s CatholicChurch in Big Rapids. O-iciating will be FatherCharles J. Schwartz. In-terment will be at theLakeside Cemetery inHolly.Visitation is Thursday,October 10, 2013, rom 2 to4 and 6 to 7 p.m. at St.Mary’s Catholic Church,Big Rapids. The Rosarywill be recited at 7 p.m.The arrangementswere entrusted to theHitesman-Holdship Fu-neral Home, Cadillac.Condolences can besent to the amily onlineat www.hitesman-hold-ship.com. Obama to nominate Yellen as Bernanke successor WASHINGTON (AP) — PresidentBarack Obama will nominate Fed-eral Reserve vice chair Janet Yellento succeed Ben Bernanke as chair-man o the nation’s central bank,the White House said Tuesday. Yel-len would be the irst woman tohead the powerul Fed, taking overat a pivotal time or the economyand the banking industry.Both Yellen and Bernanke arescheduled to appear with Obama atthe White House on Wednesday ora ormal announcement.Bernanke’s term ends in January,completing a remarkable eight-yeartenure in which he helped pull theU.S. economy out o the worst nan-cial crisis and recession since the1930’s.Under Bernanke’s leadership, theFed created extraordinary programsater the inancial crisis eruptedin 2008. It lent money to banks a-ter credit markets roze, cut its keyshort-term interest rate to near zeroand bought trillions in bonds to low-er long-term borrowing rates.Those programs are credited withhelping save the U.S. banking sys-tem.Yellen emerged as the leading can-didate ater Lawrence Summers, aormer Treasury secretary whomObama was thought to avor, with-drew rom consideration last monthin the ace o rising opposition.Yellen, 67, would likely continuesteering Fed policy in the same di-rection as Bernanke. A close ally o the chairman, she has been a keyarchitect o the Fed’s eorts underBernanke to keep interest ratesnear record lows to support theeconomy.As vice chair since 2010, Yel-len has helped manage both theFed’s traditional tool o short-termrates and the uncon-ventional programsit launched to helpsustain the economyater the nancial cri-sis erupted in 2008.These include theFed’s monthly bondpurchases and its guid-ance to investors aboutthe likely direction o rates.“She’s an excellent choice andI believe she’ll be conirmed by awide margin,” said Sen. ChuckSchumer, D-N.Y., a member o theSenate Banking, Housing and Ur-ban Aairs Committee.Obama’s choice o Yellen coin-cides with a key turning point orthe Fed. Within the next severalmonths, the Fed is expected to startslowing the pace o its Treasuryand mortgage bond purchases i the economy strengthens. The Fed’spurchases have been intended tokeep loan rates low to encourageborrowing and spending.Yet even ater the Fed scales backits bond buying, its policies will re-main geared toward keeping bor-rowing rates low to try to accelerategrowth and lower unemployment.The unemployment rate is a still-high 7.3 percent. Few expect the Fedto start raising the short-term rateit controls beore 2015 at the earli-est.Yellen had long been considered alogical candidate or the chairman-ship in part because o her exper-tise as an economist, her years as atop bank regulator and her experi-ence in helping manage the Fed’spolices. Her understanding o thenancial system is widely respect-ed: Beore the crisis struck, shewas among a minority o top econ-omists who had warned correctlythat subprime mortgages posed asevere threat.On the Fed, Yellen has built a rep-utation as a “dove” — someone whois typically more concerned aboutkeeping interest rates low to reduceunemployment than about raisingthem to avert high inlation. Hernomination could ace resistancerom congressional critics who ar-gue that the Fed’s low-rate policieshave raised the risk o high infa-tion and might be breeding danger-ous bubbles in assets like stocks orreal estate. Yellen   WASHINGTON (AP) — A deci-sion by the Obama administrationto require that consumers createonline accounts beore they canbrowse health overhaul insuranceplans appears to have led to manyo the glitches that have rustratedcustomers, independent expertssay.Most e-commerce websites — aswell as medicare.gov — are notdesigned to require those merelybrowsing to set up accounts. But it’sone o the rst steps on healthcare.gov.Consumers trying to create theiraccounts multiplied the volumeo online transactions that over-whelmed the website last week,causing long waits and exaspera-tion. Many people were stopped by abalky security questions page.The administration threw in ad-ditional computing hardware tohandle the volume, and deployedsotware experts to patch the mech-anism or creating accounts, but re-ports o delays persisted Tuesday.For President Barack Obama,glitches involving his signaturelegislation are an unwelcome twist.A devoted smartphone user, his po-litical campaigns were models o high-tech eiciency. Yet the prob-lems that have suraced so ar withhealthcare.gov don’t even involvethe site’s more complicated unc-tions.Allowing consumers to browseanonymously was one o the recom-mendations o Enroll UX 2014, a $3million, 14-month project to designan optimal user experience or theinsurance marketplaces. The well-known San Francisco design irmIDEO led the project and undertookextensive consumer interviews tocreate an easy-to-use site.“The rst thing people said to usis, ‘I need to be able to understandwhat my options are,’” said SamKarp, vice president o programs atthe Caliornia HealthCare Founda-tion. The nonprot helped organizeand nance Enroll UX 2014, whichalso involved the ederal govern-ment and 11 states.Karp said he was concerned whenhe tried the ederal website lastweek and ound that anonymousshopping wasn’t part o it. He con-siders the omission a “major designfaw.”“That was a design recommen-dation and they didn’t do it,” Karpsaid. While several states that builttheir own online marketplaces doallow or window shopping, the ed-eral site serving 36 states does not.Technology-wise, requiringaccounts greatly magniied theamount o work the ederal web-site would have to do, increasingchances o bottlenecks and otherproblems. Faulty design blamed for health website woes The associaTed Press Maureen Bardusk, 62, of Galena, Ill., poses for a photo in Chicago. A design decision to require that consumers create online accountsbefore they can browse available health plans under Obamacare appears to have led to many of the program’s technical problems, inde-pendent experts say. The result seemed strange to Bardusk, who’s hesitant about giving her personal information before she can shop. 89-year-old drug courier pleads guilty in Detroit Sharp   Denver parents accusedo keeping 4 boys in flth DENVER (AP) — A Den-ver couple accused o keep-ing our malnourishedyoung children in a lthyapartment pleaded guiltyto neglecting three otherchildren under strikinglysimilar conditions in 2006,court records show.The parents, Wayne Sper-ling and Lorinda Bailey, ap-peared in court Tuesday onelony child-abuse charges.Authoritiessay their ourboys, ages 2to 6, lived in arank-smellingapartment lit-tered with cateces, fies andurine. Theboys could notspeak and only grunted,authorities said.Police ound similarconditions at the couple’sapartment in 2006, whenthey had three other chil-dren, records releasedTuesday show.All seven kids wereplaced with a child servic-es agency. No other detailswere available on their cur-rent status or whereabouts.Bailey, 35, is ree on bond.She declined to commentater leaving court Tues-day.Sperling, 66, is still in cus-tody and appeared in courtwith his long white hairin a ponytail and wearinga long, fowing beard. Hisattorney made no publicstatement.Neighbors said they re-peatedly complained toauthorities about the boys’care but nothing hap-pened.The state Departmento Human Services is re-viewing the handling o the case because it meets“egregious” criteria, agen-cy spokeswoman Liz Mc-Donough said.McDonough said shecould not comment on spe-cics o the review but saidit would include case notesand whether procedureswere ollowed.Police said the childrenound in 2006 were dirty,wore unwashed clothingand had not been ed or sev-eral hours. The oldest, age 4at the time, spoke ew wordsand mostly grunted andpointed to communicate, therecords show.Passers-by called police inthe 2006 case to say a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old wereplaying in the street. Oi-cers said they ound rottenood, trash and insects in theapartment.Shortly ater the oicersresponded, Sperling andBailey arrived at the homewith their third child, then3 months old, the recordsshow.The parents pleaded guiltyto misdemeanor child-abusecharges in that case andwere ordered to serve pro-bation and take parentingclasses.The three children in thatcase had dierent dates o birth than the our boys inthe current case, the recordsshow. The records identiySperling and Bailey as theparents o all seven.The latest charges cameater an investigation thatbegan Sept. 29, when Baileytook her youngest son to St.Joseph’s Chil-dren’s Hospitalor a cut on hisorehead thatshe said hap-pened ater aall.An emergen-cy room doctorinormed au-thorities that the 2-year-oldwas unwashed and smelledlike cigarette smoke,prompting a welare checkby a Denver Human Ser-vices caseworker. Bruisingbehind the child’s right earappeared consistent withpinching, the doctor said.Denver police oicer N.Rocco-McKeel accompaniedthe caseworker to the apart-ment in a brick buildingnear downtown, where theyound the other three boys.The oicer noted thatfies covered every suracein one room and that hecouldn’t determine anyage or developmental di-erences between the threechildren at home. He saw asingle mattress and a bunkbed set, but none had anysheets or pillows. He said hecouldn’t nd the source o the decaying smell but be-lieved it came rom a roomat the back o the apart-ment.The children were placedin protective custody. Hos-pital exams showed theywere malnourished andnot toilet-trained. They alsodetermined the boys were“nonverbal.”The mother said shethought the apartment wassae, and she denied thatthe boys had any develop-mental delays. She said shehad been living alone in aseparate unit o the build-ing or the past two months,but still saw the children ev-ery day except Saturday andSunday, when she worked.Ocials conrmed that sheworked as a parking lot at-tendant at a nearby eventhall.Sperling told investiga-tors he was unemployedand has been the boys’ pri-mary guardian. He said hemopped requently but thatit’s hard to keep a housewith our boys clean. He alsosaid he intended to beginhome-schooling the 6-year-old.The aidavit said therewas up to 2 inches o cateces under the bunk bedwhere the boys slept, andthe loor was soaked withcat urine. Sperling Bailey
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