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Week of 9/23/13

ODU's vision for its future coming into focus
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 21, 2013)

Old Dominion University is unveiling a sweeping redesign of its campus that envisions dozens of new buildings - academic, athletic and residential - over the next 20 years.
The conceptual plan does not call for expanding the campus beyond its current boundaries, instead gaining capacity by building taller structures - up to six stories. Much of the new construction would occur in the University Village area east of Hampton Boulevard, where ODU previously acquired land for expansion.
But in a notable exception, the university has abandoned its controversial yearslong effort to acquire three holdout parcels in that area, yielding to a ruling by the state Supreme Court last week that one of the properties had been improperly condemned by a city agency working on behalf of ODU. The three parcels are occupied by an apartment building and two businesses, Central Radio and Norva Plastics.
David Harnage, ODU's chief operating officer, said Friday the university will work around those properties as it fills in the University Village.
"The master plan has been adjusted to reflect the court's decision," Harnage said. "We're not here to create trauma for people."
Harnage presented the campus master plan to the ODU faculty Friday, the first in a series of meetings he will hold over six weeks with a variety of audiences, on and off campus. The plan is a working document that has not yet been approved by the university's governing Board of Visitors.
The university's last master plan was adopted in 1995. The new plan does not include dollar figures, and officials have not yet specified how it will be funded. (More)

Why is ODU proposing to tear down Foreman Field?
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 21, 2013)

Dave Harnage restores discarded furniture in his spare time. "I love taking old furniture and bringing it back to life."
But as he led the development of a new master plan for Old Dominion University, the university's chief operating officer said he could not figure out a way to restore Foreman Field, the school's 77-year-old, 20,118-seat football stadium.
Harnage spoke publicly for the first time Friday about the plan, which recommended that Foreman Field be demolished and replaced with dormitories. ODU would build a stadium, with a target capacity of between 28,000 and 30,000, on the site of the Powhatan Apartments dormitory complex, which would be torn down.
ODU spent $24.8 million to partially renovate Foreman Field in 2009. Most of that money went into installing an AstroTurf field and constructing the Ainslie Football Complex of luxury suites and a parking deck. Under the master plan, the parking deck and Ainslie building would be redeveloped to provide services for students, and the field would become recreational space.
Harnage has done master plans at James Madison, Towson and Longwood universities.
"One of the things I learned is that great architecture and the presence it creates on a campus is very important," he said. "Foreman Field is a very worthy structure." (More)

Addressing some misconceptions about a new ODU football stadium
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 22, 2013)

Old Dominion University officials said there are a number of misconceptions about ODU's proposed master plan and the effect it would have on football and nearby neighborhoods.
The master plan recommends that Foreman Field be demolished and replaced with a new football stadium seating between 28,000 and 30,000 people. The new stadium would be located on Powhatan Avenue, where the Powhatan Apartments dormitory complex now sits.
ODU chief operating officer Dave Harnage spoke publicly for the first time about the new master plan on Friday http://bit.ly/16fHUAv and he explained why officials feel they must build a new stadium rather than expand Foreman Field.
Let's address what ODU officials say are a few of the misconceptions:
* ODU has no plans to host concerts at the new stadium. If concerts come to ODU, they will be held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Harnage said. If ODU was going to host concerts at a football stadium, it would already be doing so at Foreman Field.
* ODU officials said football traffic won't be jammed into the nearby Larchmont and Lamberts Points neighborhoods. Stadium traffic most certainly would be banished from Powhatan Avenue in both directions. Traffic would be directed toward the Hampton Boulevard corridor where most of the university's structured parking is already located. (More)

(Letter, The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 22, 2013)

RE 'ODU NEEDS to be a better neighbor' (letter, Sept. 17): Contrary to the views expressed in this letter, Old Dominion University recognizes its obligation to the community and delivers on its commitment to service.
Community enrichment is a hallmark of President John R. Broderick's administration; he created the Office of Community Engagement, which I direct.
Over the past few years, we have expanded and made more relevant the numerous lectures, workshops, services, performances and exhibitions that the university presents free to the public.
Last year, ODU launched a special program that will help the region's public school teachers better meet the needs of the children of military parents. As part of a new collaboration with ODU's Art Education Program and the Granby Street YMCA, the university will teach youth art classes for six weeks this fall. We organize an annual Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women and recently hosted a camp for 100 children aimed at creating 'bully-proof' environments.
We have opened our Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, Pretlow Planetarium, and Baron and Ellen Gordon Galleries to the public. Our Dental Hygiene Care Facility offers care to clients who may not be able to afford to visit a dentist. The campus' Perry Library offers free on-site access to books, computers, print and electronic magazines, newspapers and journals. Additionally, we are building an outdoor amphitheater that will soon be the site of free concerts and performances.
These engagement opportunities, and many more, allow us to serve the entire region. In many more ways, we have special connections with the neighborhoods near our campus. ODU sponsors an annual Lamberts Point summer program for young people. Last year, 11,000 of our students performed 375,000 hours of community service. Many of them were spent beautifying nearby neighborhoods, cleaning waterways, tutoring children and reading to the elderly. Faculty and staff members provided 54,000 hours of service for more than 800 organizations and participated in 150 community outreach programs. ...
Karen Meier, Norfolk (More)

Bristol's most well-known residents make their mark
(The Bristol (Conn.) Press, Sept. 23, 2013)

A number of Bristol natives and former residents have made names for themselves on the national level, including a writer for the longest-running animated television sitcom and a beloved TV personality.
Mike Reiss, a television and film writer who is best known for his work on "The Simpsons," is a Bristol Eastern High School graduate. He studied at Harvard, where he became co-president of the "Harvard Lampoon" comedy magazine.
A four-time Emmy winner, Reiss served as a show-runner, writer and producer for "The Simpsons." He has also worked in a number of other creative endeavors. ...
Our last local luminary who made it big outside the city, John R. Broderick, was born in Bristol in 1957. He made his mark in academics and currently serves as president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. As president of the university, he oversee an operating budget of over $500 millions and a staff of more than 2,500 people.
Besides his work at the university, he has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations and he has been honored many times for these endeavors. (More)

A foreboding look at region's income
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 22, 2013)

National income and poverty data from the Census Bureau show a recession that hasn't loosened its grip on the poor and middle class in America.
Figures for Virginia - a state hugely dependent on federal spending - show a more ominous picture.
And then we look at Hampton Roads.
According to last week's "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012," median household income and the poverty rate across America didn't change much between 2011 and 2012. Income fell by $83, which wasn't statistically significant. The poverty rate was 15 percent and unchanged, though it remains near a modern historic high.
The numbers in Virginia told a very different story. Income fell by 2.2 percent, the largest state decline anywhere. In Hampton Roads, that year-over-year decline was a startling 4.5 percent. A household making the median income in 2011, $58,620, made $2,623 less in 2012.
"These are not good-news numbers for Hampton Roads," said Old Dominion University Professor James Koch, who will release his annual and indispensable State of the Region report the week of Oct. 1. "Primarily, they reflect the reality that we have yet to restore the jobs we lost in the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Indeed, we still are about 20,000 jobs below that high point."(More)

SA granny power to be flown to US
(The Post (Cape Town, South Africa), Sept. 19, 2013)

The story of the epic battle against HIV/Aids by local grandmothers is set to take Washington DC by storm, when an exhibition of photographs accompanied by the women's stories is shown there at the Katzen Gallery.
For Felicia Mfamana, 72, and Thelma Nkone, 62, both members of Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids (Gapa), it'll be their first time travelling abroad when they leave Cape Town on Sunday.
The exhibition, which will also be shown at the annual literary festival at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, combines the work of Cape Town photographer and journalist team, Eric Miller and Jo-Anne Smetherham.
Together with Gapa's executive director, Vivienne Budaza, they are responsible for The Nevergiveups, a book and exhibition of photographs and stories about the grandmothers and the dire circumstances that brought them together when they thought they had nothing left.
Gapa was founded in 2001 after UCT research into how HIV/Aids had impacted on the lives of grandmothers. When the research was complete, the women asked: "What are you leaving us with now?" ...
At the Gapa centre in Khayelitsha, women can share their stories and participate in workshops teaching them about HIV/Aids, and also gain basic skills, including gardening and crafts. Many of the women say that when they share their stories they realise they are not alone, which helps them immensely.
The exhibition has been seen extensively in Cape Town, but will be shown in the US for the first time next week, and will include an event where the team will share their stories next Friday. The eBook of The Nevergiveups, which will be available on Kalahari from next week, will also be officially launched at both venues.
The exhibition will run for six weeks in Washington DC and for one week at the literary festival.
The idea to take the exhibition to the US came about when two American professors - Jennifer Fish, professor of gender studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and Bette Dickerson, professor of gender studies at American University in Washington DC - became aware of and involved in Gapa. Each year the professors bring groups of students to Cape Town as part of their study programmes, but they decided that wasn't enough, and that they wanted to take Gapa's message home with them. (More)

America has become the domain of the discontented
(Opinion, Pasadena (Calif.) Star-News, Sept. 21, 2013)

America may be the home of the free and the land of the brave but it's also the domain of the discontented.
We offer as evidence the fact that there are currently five secession movements under way in this country, in California, Colorado, Michigan, Texas and Maryland. The aim for many of them is independent statehood.
Most spring from overwhelmingly white, rural, conservative/ libertarian enclaves. Most of the organizers complain their voices are not being heard. Most believe their political opponents, perhaps enemies is a better word, are violating the nation's founding principles. Most like to throw around words like "tyranny." ...
These efforts reflect the polarization of our country, a never compromise mentality which dictates that you either crush your opponent or cut and run rather than work to effect change.
No good can come of this no matter which side of the political spectrum you occupy.
The irony, as Kimberly Karnes, a professor of political science and geography at Old Dominion University points out, is that a new state "would still be a part of the United States of America, meaning it answers to and must work within the U.S. system, as it currently operates."
"For residents who want more personal freedoms and less government intrusion," Karnes said, "they may find that even in a new state, Uncle Sam is still a frequent visitor in their community." (More)

Tarter: Author shares insights on Caterpillar
(The Journal-Star (Peoria, Ill.), Sept. 19, 2013)

Craig Bouchard didn't set out to write "a wonderfully endorsing" book about Caterpillar Inc. The co-author (with James Koch) of "The Caterpillar Way," to be released next month, said the initial challenge was to chronicle the best managed company in the United States.
"We devised a checklist of characteristics and looked at companies like Apple, Microsoft, IBM, General Electric and Walmart, but Caterpillar was the only one that checked them all," said Bouchard.
"The book is the story of a company that lost $1 million a day for three years in the early 1980s that became the best managed company in the country," he said of Caterpillar.
To write that story, Bouchard said he needed to get "inside" the company, a request that was initially denied. "They turned us down at first, but (Caterpillar chairman and CEO) Doug Oberhelman gave us a chance. We were able to go anywhere we wanted for a year," said Bouchard, who interviewed board members, CEOs, managers and dealers.
"Over a 30-year period since 1984, Caterpillar made six strategic decisions that changed the company. Each strategic move was company-threatening, but Caterpillar went six-for-six," said Bouchard, 59, who played baseball for Illinois State University.
It was at ISU that Bouchard met Koch, then chairman of the school's department of economics. "He's been my mentor my entire career," he said of Koch, who later served as college president at the University of Montana and Old Dominion University. (More)

Documentary about NBA player Jeremy Lin coming to Hampton
(WVEC-TV, Sept. 22, 2013)

A documentary about NBA standout Jeremy Lin opens October 4, and his aunt made sure it would come to Hampton Roads.
Lin's parents lived in the area for about 3 or 4 years. Both attended Old Dominion University, which is where they met.
"It's really not about being at the right place or being lucky or having entitlement to anything," said Lin's cousin, Amy Lu, of his story. "It's about hard work and the perseverance that he put into it."
Lu added, "He's still the same person. He still has a passion for kids. He still has a passion for God, and he's just trying to balance them both."
The AMC Theatres location in Hampton will carry the film when it opens. (More)

Hospital president named for Sentara Williamsburg
(The Virginia Gazette, Sept. 21, 2013)

David J. Masterson, the current CEO for Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, N.C., has been named the new president of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. He reports Nov. 4. Masterson succeeds Bob Graves in the position. Graves, 68, announced his retirement last spring after a 24-year tenure with Sentara. According to a press release issued Friday, Sampson Regional is a similar-sized community based hospital that offers similar services.
Masterson has more than 25 years of hospital administration experience, having worked and led facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Indiana. Masterson was chosen after "an exhaustive search that included both internal and external candidates."
"David Masterson has a proven track record for building and maintaining high quality programs and we look forward to bringing his leadership to Sentara Williamsburg," said Mary Blunt, corporate vice president of the Peninsula Services for Sentara, in the release. Masterson has Hampton Roads roots. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Old Dominion University and his master in healthcare administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has held professional, board and civic positions at national, state and local levels throughout his career. (More)

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?
(Yahoo Finance, Sept. 19, 2013)

It's an age-old question: Are entrepreneurs a special breed, born into this world with a drive and need to succeed that most of humanity lacks, or can they can be created through education, experience and mentorship? We spoke to two academics who have strong opinions on the matter. ...
We asked two prominent and opinionated researchers to weigh in on the question. James V. Koch is a board of visitors professor of economics and president emeritus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He's also co-author with James L. Fisher of the 2008 book Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality, which argues that many entrepreneurs are simply wired that way, giving them a natural advantage in the business world. Julian Lange is a senior professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. His research in the past five years indicates that exposure to the ideas and lessons of entrepreneurship can have lasting effects on students, even if they are not "natural" entrepreneurs.
We asked each of them to make their case.
Entrepreneurs are Born
James V. Koch | Old Dominion University
What did you think about entrepreneurship education vs. natural ability before doing research for your book?
I think my view, being an academic, was that we can teach [entrepreneurship] and do it well. I was a bit surprised at the scientific literature that suggested heredity has a good deal to do with personality and behavior. When I began to look at the literature, virtually every reputable scientist sees it as interaction of heredity and environment. (More)

EPA Foils Clean Fuel
(American Thinker, Sept. 23, 2013)

By Howard Richman, Raymond Richman, and Jesse Richman
By slowing the conversion of vehicles to CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fuel The Environmental Protection Agency is causing needless nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate, and mercury air pollution. It might just as well be renamed the Environmental Destruction Agency.
The EPA has set up a system that adds thousands of dollars to the cost of converting a vehicle from gasoline or diesel oil to CNG, thus sapping a large proportion of the possible fuel cost savings (CNG costs about half as much at the pump) from those who are thinking of switching.
The EPA has done so through a complex set of regulations which apply differently to older and younger vehicles. Those converting an older vehicle must perform tests, pay fees and complete EPA paperwork which add about $4 to $5 thousand to the cost of the conversion. Those converting a newer vehicle must use an EPA certified kit, else the EPA cost is prohibitive.
The authors maintain a blog at www.idealtaxes.com and co-authored the 2008 book, Trading Away Our Future. Dr. Howard Richman teaches economics online. Dr. Jesse Richman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University. Dr. Raymond Richman is a professor emeritus at the U. of Pittsburgh and received his economics doctorate from the U. of Chicago. (More)

School board gets a math lesson
(The Herald-Star (Steubenville, Ohio), Sept. 19, 2013)

City school board members received a lesson in eighth-grade math and a demonstration of the Power Teaching Partnership at Harding Middle School Wednesday evening during the monthly board meeting.
Facilitator Tiffany Pierro told the board members the school has joined the official Power Teaching i3 Partnership with Old Dominion University and John Hopkins University.
According to Pierro, "Power Teaching is a research-based, multiple-day teaching framework that uses proven instructional strategies to increase student achievement. The research has shown students have improved achievement, increased retention, positive peer relationships, increased motivation, high self-esteem, an increase in task behavior and better attitudes."
And after Pierro's introduction, two teachers and eight students showed the school board how the program is helping them learn math.
"Wow," declared city resident Sandi Rue, "what happened to 2 plus 2. These kids are very advanced." (More)

LOV and the Lyric Librarian
(Veer, Sept. 19, 2013)

The local librarian who made good as Virginia Opera's Queen of the Night returns to the stage in Lyric Opera Virginia's season opening Viva Verdi! this weekend.
That perception of coloratura soprano Elizabeth Madeiros Hogue as the star-who-rose-from- nowhere is a significant oversimplification.
Yes, Mrs. Hogue does work full time as the Music and English Reference Librarian at Old Dominion University.
Yes, she is one of a very few local performers ever cast in a principal role by the Virginia Opera Association.
There's more to her story than fits in a sound-bite sized fable.
Anyone who looks at her resume and reads her press clippings knows, for sure, what everyone who hears her sing suspects: She's an opera singer who also works as a librarian, not a librarian who just happens to sing opera.
Before she got her Masters in Library Science, she earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University, with vocal studies there and at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. (More)

Va. Beach educator is regional teacher of the year
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 20, 2013)

Princess Anne High School teacher Carrie Gantt has been named teacher of the year for the region of Virginia that encompasses South Hampton Roads.
Her name was announced Thursday morning at the high school.
She was selected by the Virginia Department of Education. Next, Gantt will compete for the state title.
Gantt teaches English and courses in the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow program, which prepares high school students to study education in college and someday become teachers.
She graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina and holds a master's degree in English literature from Old Dominion University.
When asked earlier this year why she became a teacher, she said she discovered it in college while tutoring a football player.
It's since become a passion, she said.
"I was making a difference," Gantt said. Teaching "is not something I do. It's a way of life for me." (More)

Internet Archaeologists Reconstruct Lost Web Pages
(Mashable, Sept. 18, 2013)

The Internet is disappearing. And with it goes an important part of our recorded history. That was the conclusion of a study Technology Review looked at last year, which measured the rate at which links shared over social media platforms, such as Twitter, were disappearing.
The conclusion was that this data is being lost at the rate of 11% within a year and 27% within two years.
Today, the researchers behind this work reveal that all is not lost. Hany SalahEldeen and Michael Nelson at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., have found a way to reconstruct deleted material, and they say it works reasonably well.
First, some background. The pair began their work by studying the thousands of tweets, blog posts and other resources that were published during the 18 days of uprising in the Egyptian revolution in 2011. These resources were important, they say, because they provide a valuable record of a historic event.
However, they also discovered that some of these posts and others on the web were disappearing and began to measure the rate at which they were vanishing. Hence the numbers given above.
The new work is their attempt to reconstruct these missing posts and resources, at least in part, from the clues they leave behind on the web.
SalahEldeen and Nelson began by attempting to confirm the earlier results, and that threw up a surprise.
"An interesting phenomena occurred as several of the resources that were previously declared as missing became available again," they say. (More)

Virginia's median household income takes hit, census data indicate
(The Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2013)

Virginia's median household income fell more than 2 percent last year, the most significant drop in the country at a time when most states saw their incomes go flat, according to Census Bureau figures.
Several economists said the declining figure is the result of budget cutting in Washington that rippled across the state even before the sequestration-mandated cuts took effect this year.
The median income for Virginia households fell in a single year by $1,400, to less than $62,000, the Census Bureau said. Adjusting for inflation, that is almost $1,000 less than it was in 2000. ...
Vinod Agarwal, an Old Dominion University economist who analyzes the Hampton Roads economy, said squabbling between Congress and the White House created a climate of uncertainty that prompted businesses and individuals to trim spending in 2012.
"It's not merely what actually happens," he said, citing the way the sequestration deadline kept getting delayed and modified. "It's the uncertainty it creates in the minds of businesses. They can't hire people, they can't plan anything, because they don't know what will happen. People who can't plan their spending can't plan their lives. If they're afraid they're going to lose their jobs, they don't spend money."
The debt-ceiling debate in Washington strikes Agarwal as a similar situation, with a possible government shutdown looming.
"The uncertainty created at the federal level in the last three years has not helped this economy," he said. "Right now, if you see what's happening to the fiscal budget for 2014 and the debt-ceiling business, I say, 'Here we go again.' " (More)

Author: Follow businesses' lead in water conservation
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 19, 2013)

Businesses from cruise companies to computer manufacturers are "way ahead of government and ordinary people" in tackling issues of water conservation and scarcity, a researcher said Wednesday.
"The rest of us need to catch up," said Charles Fishman, author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water." He spoke to more than 100 people at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
Celebrity Cruises, for example, decided to substitute "chilled river rock" for the ice it used to keep food cold at its round-the-clock buffets. That saved the equivalent of four tons of ice per day on each ship, said Fishman, who also wrote "The Wal-Mart Effect."
An IBM microchip plant in Burlington, Vt., spent $10,600 a day on water to clean the chips, he said. IBM analyzed its water use and made such changes as running the water through its air-conditioning system to chill it.
The result: It cut its water use by 30 percent, saving $750,000 a year. And IBM saved an additional $3 million a year in energy and filtration costs. As a result, Fishman said, IBM developed a water division to advise other companies on conservation.
Other firms that have taken the lead in water conservation, he said, include Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Co. and General Electric.
Fishman was the opening speaker in the 2013-14 luncheon series of Old Dominion University's Economics Club of Hampton Roads. (More)

For graduates, many ways to get where you want to go
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 18, 2013)

Virginia Tech senior Carl Barbee entered his junior year with just a small amount of student loan debt. His decision to get an associate's degree from Tidewater Community College paved a smooth pathway to Blacks-burg, where he is pursuing a degree in computer engineering, with a minor in math and computer science.
"I saved money and it worked well for me," the 22-year-old Chesapeake resident said. After he graduated from Hickory High School, Barbee said he had to regroup after he didn't get accepted into the two schools at the top of his list. He mapped out a plan with the help of TCC counselors, and while in school was able to work and cover much of the cost.
The community college route was a great decision, Barbee said. "I really had to strategize." He determined what major he'd need in order to become a software engineer. Some of his friends at four-year universities were "floundering," he said, with no idea where they were headed.
About 3.3 million students are expected to graduate from high school at the end of this school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The center also noted that in 2011, 68.2 percent of students enrolled in college in the fall following high school completion. The community college route is becoming increasingly popular, said TCC spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren. Last year 44,393 students were enrolled - about a 15 percent increase from five years ago, she said. ...
TCC and administer the multiple choice tests, and the results are accepted by many of Virginia's public colleges and universities, she said.
Heading to college just out of high school is not for everyone, Jackson noted. "The 'gap year' is becoming popular as high school students transition to their next stage in life." (More)

Hampton Roads ranks in middle in 2 economic studies
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 18, 2013)

Hampton Roads placed in the middle of the pack in two reports released Tuesday on exports and gross domestic product.
The region ranked 54th of 100 metropolitan areas in the value of its exports last year, according to a study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. The report counts exports produced in Hampton Roads, not those that pass through the port from elsewhere.
The value of exports from Hampton Roads totaled $6.23 billion in 2012, or 7.2 percent of the area's total economic output, said the Brookings report, "Export Nation." It was significantly less than the 13.9 percent share that exports contributed to the output of all metro areas. ...
The region ranked No. 166 among 381 U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of its increase in output, or gross domestic product, the bureau said.
Old Dominion University's Economic Forecasting Project last month predicted that the region's domestic product, constrained by the effects of sequestration-related defense cuts, would grow 1 percent this year. (More)