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					Page 8 — Thursday, December 29, 2011                                                           Nation                                                                         The Indiana Gazette

                                                                                                          Titanic artifacts heading
                                                                                                             to auction in April
                                                                                                              By STEVE SZKOTAK
                                                                                                                Associated Press

                                                                                                           RICHMOND, Va. — The
                                                                                                         owner of the largest trove of
                                                                                                         artifacts salvaged from the
                                                                                                         Titanic is putting the vast
                                                                                                         collection up for auction as
                                                                                                         a single lot in 2012, the
                                                                                                         100th anniversary of the
                                                                                                         world’s most famous ship-
                                                                                                           More than 5,500 items in-
                                                                                                         cluding fine china, ship fit-
                                                                     RICH PEDRONCELLI/Associated Press   tings and portions of hull
                                                                                                         that were recovered from
IRVIS OROZCO, 24, is a senior studying international relations at the University of California.          the ocean liner have an esti-                                      STANLEY LEARY/Associated Press
A new law set to take effect on Sunday will allow Orozco, who was brought to the country                 mated value of $189 million,
                                                                                                                                          CURRENCY THAT is part of the artifacts collection of the
illegally from Mexico when he was an infant, to receive private financial aid at California’s            according to Premier Exhi-
                                                                                                         bitions Inc., parent of RMS      Titanic is one of the treasurers to be auctioned in April in
public colleges.
                                                                                                         Titanic Inc., the Titanic’s      New York.
                                                                                                         court-approved salvor. That

   Abortion, immigration                                                                                 value was based on a 2007
                                                                                                         appraisal and does not in-
                                                                                                         clude intellectual property
                                                                                                         gathered from a 2010 scien-
                                                                                                                                          overseen the case from her
                                                                                                                                          Norfolk courtroom, has
                                                                                                                                          ruled that RMS Titanic has
                                                                                                                                          title to the artifacts and was
                                                                                                                                                                           collection and offered for
                                                                                                                                                                           sale as one lot,” Guernsey’s
                                                                                                                                                                           wrote in the SEC filing,
                                                                                                                                                                           which outlines the terms of

 changes among 2012 laws
                                                                                                         tific     expedition      that   entitled to full compensa-       the auction. The auction
                                                                                                         mapped the wreck site.           tion for them. She has not       house’s commission is 8
                                                                                                           The auction is scheduled       determined how RMS Titan-        percent of a successful bid.
                                                                                                         for April 1 by Guernsey’s, a     ic will be compensated.            In 2010, RMS Titanic col-
 By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS          or fewer workers and allows        bles on school menus. Agri-         New York City auction               Smith, a maritime jurist      laborated with some of the
        Associated Press          them to keep a copy of the         culture Commissioner Adam           house, according to filings      who has called the Titanic       world’s leading experts in
                                  new hire’s driver’s license in-    Putnam says the change will         by Premier Exhibitions Inc.      an “international treasure,”     the most technologically ad-
  Girls seeking abortions in      stead of using E-Verify.           help children eat healthier.        with the Securities and Ex-      has approved covenants           vanced expedition to the Ti-
New Hampshire must first             A South Carolina law              A California law will add         change Commission. Re-           and conditions that the          tanic, undertaking the first
tell their parents or a judge,    would allow officials to yank      gays and lesbians and people        sults of the auction won’t be    company previously worked        comprehensive mapping
employers in Alabama must         the operating licenses of          with disabilities to the list of    announced until April 15,        out with the federal govern-     survey of the vessel with 3-D
verify new workers’ U.S. resi-    businesses that don’t check        social and ethnic groups            the date a century ago the       ment, including a prohibi-       imagery from bow to stern.
dency, and California stu-        new hires’ legal status            whose contributions must be         Titanic sank on its maiden       tion against selling the col-      Some of the never-before-
dents will be the first in the    through E-verify. A federal        taught in history lessons in        voyage after striking an ice-    lection piecemeal.               seen images were shown in
country to receive mandato-       judge last week blocked parts      public schools. The law also        berg.                               The conditions, which ac-     Smith’s courtroom. The
ry lessons about the contri-      of the law that would have re-     bans teaching materials that          The auction is subject to      companied a 2010 ruling,         most striking images in-
butions of gays and lesbians      quired police to check the         reflect poorly on gays or par-      approval by a federal judge      also require RMS to make         volved the 3-D tour of the
under state laws set to take      immigration status of crimi-       ticular religions.                  in Virginia whose jurisdic-      the artifacts available “to      Titanic’s stern, which lies
effect at the start of 2012.      nal suspects or people               Opponents have filed five         tion for years has given over-   present and future genera-       2,000 feet from the bow.
  Many laws reflect the na-       stopped for traffic violations     potential initiatives to repeal     sight to legal issues govern-    tions for public display and       A camera in a remote-con-
tion’s concerns over immi-        they think might be in the         the requirement outright or         ing the salvage of the Titan-    exhibition, historical review,   trolled submersible vehicle
gration, the cost of govern-      country illegally, and that        let parents remove their chil-      ic.                              scientific and scholarly re-     skimmed over the stern,
ment and the best way to          would have made it a crime         dren while gays’ contribu-            The Titanic treasures were     search, and educational          seemingly       transporting
protect and benefit young         for illegal immigrants to          tions are being taught.             amassed during seven per-        purposes.”                       viewers through scenes of
people, including regulations     transport or house them-             In New Hampshire, a law           ilous trips to the wreck,           Atlanta-based Premier Ex-     jagged rusticles sprouting
on sports concussions.            selves.                            requiring girls seeking abor-       which rests about 2½ miles       hibitions has been display-      from the deck, a length of
  Alabama, with the coun-            California is also address-     tions to tell their parents or a    below the ocean surface in       ing the Titanic artifacts in     chain, the captain’s bathtub,
try’s toughest immigration        ing illegal immigration, but       judge first was reinstated by       the North Atlantic.              exhibitions around the           and wooden elements that
law, is enacting a key provi-     with a bill that allows stu-       conservative Republicans              A spokeswoman for the          world. The items include         scientists had previously be-
sion requiring all employers      dents who entered the coun-        over a gubernatorial veto.          auction house and Premier        personal belongings of pas-      lieved had disappeared in
who do business with any          try illegally to receive private   The state enacted a similar         Exhibitions          declined    sengers, such as perfume         the harsh, deep ocean envi-
government entity to use a        financial aid at public col-       law eight years ago, but it was     Wednesday to discuss the         from a manufacturer who          ronment.
federal system known as E-        leges.                             never enforced following a          auction with The Associated      was traveling to New York to       The cameras did not
Verify to check that all new         Many laws aim to protect        series of lawsuits.                 Press until a formal an-         sell his samples.                probe the interior of the
employees are in the country      young people. In Colorado,           In Arkansas, facilities that      nouncement in January.              RMS recovered artifacts       wreck. But the expedition
legally.                          coaches will be required to        perform 10 or more nonsur-            The Titanic’s sinking          from the shipwreck in expe-      fully mapped the 3-by-5-
  Georgia is putting a similar    bench players as young as 11       gical abortions a month             claimed the lives of more        ditions in 1987, 1993, 1994,     mile wreck site, document-
law into effect requiring any     when they’re believed to           must be licensed by the state       than 1,500 of the 2,228 pas-     1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004.       ing the entire debris field for
business with 500 or more         have suffered a head injury.       Health Department and be            sengers and crew. An inter-         In its SEC filing, Premier    the first time.
employees to use E-Verify to      The young athletes will also       subject to inspections by the       national team led by             acknowledged any future            The new images will ulti-
check the employment eligi-       need medical clearance to          department, the same re-            oceanographer Robert Bal-        owner of the Titanic treas-      mately be assembled for
bility of new hires. The re-      return to play.                    quirements faced by facilities      lard located the wreckage in     ures must abide by the           public viewing, scientists
quirement is being phased            The law also requires           that offer surgical abortions       1985, about 400 miles off        covenants and conditions.        said, and to help oceanogra-
in, with all employers with       coaches in public and private      in the state.                       Newfoundland, Canada.               In accordance with court’s    phers and archaeologists
more than 10 employees to         schools and even volunteer           It affects two Planned Par-         U.S. District Judge Rebec-     conditions, “The Property        explain the ship’s violent de-
be included by July 2013.         Little League and Pop Warner       enthood facilities that offer       ca Beach Smith, who has          will be sold as a complete       scent to the ocean bottom.
  Supporters said they want-      football coaches to take free      the abortion pill, though
ed to deter illegal immigrants    annual online training to rec-     they’re not singled out in the
from coming to Georgia by         ognize the symptoms of a           statute.
making it tougher for them        concussion. At least a dozen         Among federal laws, a
to work. Critics said that        other states have enacted          measure Congress passed
changes to immigration law        similar laws with the support      last week to extend Social Se-
should come at the federal        of the National Football           curity tax cuts and federal
level and that portions of the    League.                            unemployment benefit pro-
law already in effect are al-        People 18 and under in Illi-    grams raises insurance fees

                                                                                                                                      INDIANA COUNTY
ready hurting Georgia.            nois will have to wear seat        on new mortgages and refi-
  “It is destroying Georgia’s     belts while riding in taxis for    nancings backed by Fannie
economy and it is destroying      school-related purposes, and       Mae, Freddie Mac and the
the fabric of our social net-     Illinois school boards can         Federal Housing Administra-
work in South Georgia,” Paul      now suspend or expel stu-          tion by 0.1 percent beginning

                                                                                                                                       AREA BUSINESS
Bridges, mayor of the onion-      dents who make explicit            Jan. 1.
farming town of Uvalda, said      threats on websites against          That covers about 90 per-
in November. He is part of a      other students or school em-       cent of them and effectively
lawsuit challenging the new       ployees.                           makes a borrower’s monthly
law.                                 Florida will take control of    payment on a new $200,000

  Tennessee will also require     lunch and other school food        mortgage or refinancing
businesses to ensure em-          programs from the federal          about $17 a month more
ployees are legally author-       government, allowing the           than it would have been if
ized to work in the U.S. but      state to put more Florida-         obtained before the first of

exempts employers with five       grown fresh fruit and vegeta-      the year.

Last-minute holiday shopping
   gave merchants a boost
    By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO          look for a discount.                  The post-Black Friday lull
        AP Retail Writer            In the week before Christ-       was deeper than usual this

                                                                                                                                                                   January 31, 2012
                                  mas, last-minute shoppers          year.
  NEW YORK — The holiday          gave retailers a 4.5 percent          The two weeks after
shopping season turned out        increase in revenue at stores      Thanksgiving          weekend
to be two seasons split by a      open at least a year with the      showed the biggest percent-
big lull.                         same week last year, accord-       age sales decline since 2000.
  A surge in buying in the
two weeks before Christmas
coupled with a record-break-
                                  ing to the International
                                  Council of Shopping Cen-
                                  ters-Goldman Sachs Weekly
                                                                     Then, during the final two
                                                                     weeks before Christmas,
                                                                     sales surged again, by the
                                                                                                          Deadline December 30, 2011
ing Black Friday gave retail-     Chain Store Sales Index.           highest rate since 2005,
ers a solid season. The dol-        The index estimates sales        Niemira said.                       Showcasing the diversity of the Indiana County Economy
drums between the buying          at 24 major stores including          “The holiday season was
binges show how shoppers          Macy’s Inc. and Costco             good but uneven,” Niemira
have learned to wait for the      Wholesale Corp. Revenue at         said.                               Find out what the business climate will be like this year.
discounts they know will          stores open at least a year is        Stores are expected to ben-
come. For Dec. 1-24, spend-       an important measurement           efit when shoppers come             Are companies
ing rose 4.7 percent com-
pared with the same period
                                  of a retailer’s performance
                                  because it excludes the ef-
                                                                     back to spend their gift cards,
                                                                     because people often spend
                                                                                                         preparing for growth?
last year, according to re-
search firm ShopperTrak. In
                                  fects of stores that open or
                                  close during the year.
                                                                     more than the cards’ value.
                                                                     In addition, gift card sales are
                                                                                                         Which businesses
November, it rose 4.1 per-
cent. A 4 percent increase is
                                    Total retail revenue for the
                                  week ended Saturday rose
                                                                     recorded only when shop-
                                                                     pers redeem them.
                                                                                                         will be hiring?
considered a successful sea-      14.8 percent compared with            People have more money
son. A combined figure for        a year ago, ShopperTrak esti-      on their cards to spend. Ac-
the whole season won’t be         mates.                             cording to an ICSC-Goldman          Look for information
available until after Dec. 31.      Gift buyers gained steam as      Sachs survey of shoppers
  The increase is good news       the season went on. The            conducted Sunday, 18 per-           profiling area industries and
for the economy, because it       store revenue figure rose 0.9      cent of holiday spending
shows shoppers were willing       percent last week from the         went toward gift cards, up          local businesses.
and able to fund a holiday        week before, building on a         from 14.6 percent last year.
splurge. Consumer spend-          3.4 percent increase the week         ICSC said it expects holiday
ing, including major items
such as health care, accounts
                                  before that.
                                    “The downs and ups were
                                                                     sales for November and De-
                                                                     cember to rise in line with its
                                                                                                                       For Details Please Phone Your
for 70 percent of the econo-
                                  much more accentuated,”
                                  said Michael P Niemira, chief
                                                                     forecast of 3.5 percent.
                                                                        The week after Christmas,                     Advertising Representative at ...
  Still, plenty of shoppers are   economist at the trade             which includes six shopping

pinched for cash in the slow      group. “It just shows how          days, should be strong. But
economic recovery, and were       cautious the consumer is.          it’s being compared with
seeking the best deals. Stores    Consumers are bargain              seven days last year because
have trained even shoppers        hunters more today than            the week as retailers measure
who are primed to spend to        ever before.”                      it ends on Saturday.

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