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February 23, 2013

Week in Review: Hartwick leader backs gun limits

The Daily Star

---- — This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


 Hartwick College’s president has joined hundreds of other college and university chiefs to urge Congress to pass gun-control legislation.

 President Margaret L. Drugovich signed an open letter by College Presidents for Gun Safety written in the days after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

 In sports: From start to finish Sunday, Oneonta High junior Mariah Ruff put on a show at Binghamton University’s Events Center.

 One big shot in overtime by teammate Minnie Webster fell into the show-stopper category, though.

 Webster’s three-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime — off a pass from Ruff — lifted the Yellowjackets to a thrilling, 57-56 victory over Horseheads in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference girls basketball championship game.


 New Yorkers are angry about gas prices, but many of them are also trying to make the best of a bad situation, they said and wrote Monday in response to questions about the upward spiral.

 The state started the week with the third-highest gas prices in the United States, after Hawaii and California, according to an Automobile Association of America survey.

 In sports: Jordan Anderson and Amanda Off left their fingerprints all over Saturday’s Midstate Athletic Conference girls basketball final.

 Jenn Elliott’s contributions for Unadilla Valley were less conspicuous.

 But all three seniors helped the Storm to their first league championship as UV beat rival Unatego, 44-34, before a large turnout at Oneonta State’s Dewar Arena.


Roughly a third of the landowners along the 123-mile stretch that would be traversed by the proposed Constitution Pipeline have withheld permission to its developers to have their land surveyed, according to the company’s latest filing with federal regulators.

 In sports: There stood Ray Preston, microphone in hand near. That’s where he asked anyone who’d ever played for him to join him at mid-court.

Out they came from both sides of the bleachers, women of various sizes and ages _ a couple dozen at least _ who had donned maroon Davenport uniforms during Preston’s 34 seasons as coach, along with the current roster.

“This is all about everyone who has ever played for me,” Preston said shortly after his team’s 50-39 Section Four Class D first-round victory Tuesday over Stamford that left him with a state-record 620 girls basketball victories.


Two bodies have been found in the rubble of a Walton house destroyed by a fire Tuesday while a pair of law-enforcement officers were at the site.

According to state police, Walton village Police Chief Brian Laauser and Karl Vagts, a senior investigator for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, were conducting a criminal investigation at the property about 2 p.m., when they heard two gunshots and raced into the house, where they discovered a woman’s body.

In sports: Sumer Murdock scored a game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers, to lead top-seeded Cooperstown to a 47-34 victory over Herkimer in a Section Three Class C-1 girls basketball semifinal Wednesday at Onondaga Community College.


A Burlington Flats couple whose son serves with an Army medical unit in Afghanistan have taken matters into their own hands after hearing that their son’s unit no longer received hot breakfasts.

Arthur and Joy Miller have been sending food each week for about six weeks to Staff Sgt. Jared Miller and his fellow soldiers in the 691st Forward Surgical Team, an Army Reserve Unit based in Utica. The team has been in Afghanistan since October.

In sports: Hartwick College junior basketball guard Maria Foglia earned Player of the Year honors from the Empire 8 Conference, which selected freshman forward Brittney Dumas as its Rookie of the Year, the Hawks announced Thursday.