Page 8 — Thursday, December 29, 2011 Nation The Indiana Gazette
Titanic artifacts heading
to auction in April
By STEVE SZKOTAK
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
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
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
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
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
“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.