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Monday, July 23, 2012
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PartlycloudyTuesdaywith 30 per-cent chanceof showers,storms. Highin upper 80s. See page 2.
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The Van Wert CountyAgricultural Society hasannounced the entry deadlinefor this year’s county fair isAug. 1. This includes all gen-eral entries and those for live-stock, senior fair and juniorfair. Senior fair entries mustbe submitted at the office and junior fair entries online atvanwertcountyfair.com.The fair office is open from9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.Tickets are on sale for grand-stand events, season tickets,membership tickets and juniorfair tickets. One must have amembership ticket and be acounty resident to vote for fairdirectors.
Fair deadlineset for Aug. 1County crewswill pick upstorm debrisuntil Thursday
Van Wert CountyEngineering Departmentcrews have been busy clean-ing up debris left overfrom the June 29 storm.Debris removal opera-tions will cease on July 26.County crews have beendoing their best to removetrees and brush from roadright-of-ways. Landownersare encouraged to placetheir yard waste near theroadway to be picked upwithin the next two weeks.After Thursday, removalwill be the responsibil-ity of the landowner.
At the Park On Main Street 
Jefferson hostingweek-long FB camp
The Jefferson junior highfootball team is having campfrom 4-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at Stadium Park. Anystudent in seventh or eighthgrade that wants to play in2012 should be there.
Midget footballsign-ups announced
Sign-ups for the 2012Delphos midget football sea-son will run from 6-7 p.m.July 30 at the Stadium Parkshelterhouse. This is for any-one 9-12 years old not cur-rently on a team. You must be9 by or on Sept. 1 and no olderthan 12.Try-outs will run from 6-7p.m. Aug. 6-7 near Diamond4.Contact Ron Ebbeskotteat (419) 692-7191 with anyquestions.
St. John’s holdinginfo session
St. John’s will hold itsOHSAA meeting for all par-ents and students, grades 7-12,that plan on playing a fall sportthis year at 7:30 p.m. Thursdayin Arnzen Gymnasium.
By TOM COYNE andRALPH D. RUSSOAssociated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAAslammed Penn State for the JerrySandusky sex abuse scandal todaywith an unprecedented series of pen-alties, including a $60 million fineand the loss of all the school’s vic-tories from 1998-2011, knocking JoePaterno from his spot as major collegefootball’s winningest coach.Other sanctions include a four-yearban on postseason games that will pre-vent Penn State from playing for theBig Ten title, the loss of 20 scholar-ships per year over four years and fiveyears’ probation. The NCAA also saidthat any current or incoming footballplayers are free to immediately trans-fer and compete at another school.NCAA President Mark Emmertannounced the staggering sanctionsat a news conference in Indianapolis.Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” — shut-ting down the Nittany Lions’ programcompletely – the punishment is sosevere, it’s more like a slow-deathpenalty.Sandusky, a former Penn Statedefensive coordinator, was foundguilty in June of sexually abusingyoung boys, sometimes on campus.An investigation commissioned by theschool and released July 12 found thatPaterno, who died in January, and sev-eral other top officials at Penn Statestayed quiet for years about accusa-tions against Sandusky.Emmert fast-tracked penalties rath-er than go through the usual circuitousseries of investigations and hearings.The NCAA said the $60 million isequivalent to the annual gross revenueof the football program. The moneymust be paid into an endowment forexternal programs preventing childsexual abuse or assisting victims andmay not be used to fund such pro-grams at Penn State.“Football will never again be placedahead of educating, nurturing and pro-tecting young people,” Emmert said.By vacating 112 Penn State victo-ries over a 14-year period, the sanc-tions cost Paterno 111 wins. FormerFlorida State coach Bobby Bowdenwill now hold the top spot in theNCAA record book with 377. Paterno,who was fired days after Sanduskywas charged, will be credited with298 wins.The scholarship reductions meanthat Penn State’s roster will be cappedat 65 scholarship players within acouple of seasons. The normal schol-arship limit for major college footballprograms is 85. Playing with 20 lessis crippling to a program that tries tocompete at the highest level of thesport.Emmert had earlier said he had“never seen anything as egregious” asthe horrific crimes of Sandusky andthe cover-up by Paterno and others atthe university, including former PennState President Graham Spanier andathletic director Tim Curley.The investigation headed by formerFBI Director Louis Freeh said thatPenn State officials kept what theyknew from police and other authori-ties for years, enabling the abuse togo on.There had been calls across thenation for Penn State to receive the“death penalty,” and Emmert had notruled out that possibility as late as lastweek — though Penn State did not fitthe criteria for it. That punishment isfor teams that commit a major viola-tion while already being sanctioned.Penn State has already agreed tonot fight the sanctions.Emmert said the university and theNCAA have signed a consent decree,essentially a pact signing off on thepenalties.
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Leslie Klausing, left, buys fresh flowers fromSusan Studer King at the Buckeye Blooms boothof the Delphos Farmer’s Market on the corner of Main and Third streets Saturday morning.
Stacy Taff photos
Sue McGue, left, sells Tupperware at the DelphosFarmer’s Market while her neighbor Brenda Hoerstensells jewelry.Above: LakeRider and hisdaughter Olivialook over a 1945Ford duringthe DelphosArea Car ClubCar Show thattook place overthe weekend.Crowds enjoyedsunshine andmoderatetemperatures forthe event.
Mary M. Grothause photos
 A large crowd  gathered around the Hanser Family Pavilion at Stadium Park Sunday eveningto listen to Phil Dirt and the Dozers perform as part of the Concert in the Park series.
Stacy Taff Photos
Withtemperaturesreachingthe 90sagain thisweekend,Delphoschildren headed to the DelphosSwimming Pool to cool down.
 
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Vol. 142 No. 29
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. Lows inthe lower 70s. West winds 5to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mphin the evening.
TUESDAY
: Mostly cloudyin the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. A 30 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Highs in the upper80s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT
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:Partly cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in themid 70s.The Ottoville PoliceDepartment and Ohio StateHighway Patrol assisted thePutnam County Sheriff’sOffice in chasing a suspect at1:31 a.m. today. Paul Keaslerof Lima was driving a four-wheeler north-bound on SR190, pulling a trailer with afour-wheeler on it. Sheriff’sdeputies attempted to stopKeasler when he fled, drivingthrough a residential prop-erty and hitting a basketballpole. He then fled on foot andwas apprehended after a shortpursuit.It was discovered the trailerand four-wheelers were stolen.The trailer and one of the four-wheelers were stolen shortlybefore the incident, while theother four-wheeler was report-ed stolen on July 19 from aresidence on Road 5.Keasler is being held inthe Putnam County AdultDetention Facility withnumerous charges, includingmultiple felonies.The high temperatureSunday in Delphos was 92 andthe low was 67. A year agotoday, the high was 94 and thelow was 73. The record highfor today is 106, set in 1934and the record low of 48 wasset in 1944.On Sunday at 5:06 p.m.Delphos Police were called toa residence in the 700 blockof North Franklin Street inreference to an attempted bur-glary complaint. Upon offi-cers arrival, the victim statedthat someone had attempted togain entry into the residence.On Saturday at 9:19 a.m.Delphos Police were calledto the 500 block of WilliamsAve. in reference to a theftcomplaint. Upon officersarrival, the victim stated thatsomeone had gained entry intoan unlocked vehicle parked atthe residence and had takenmoney from inside.
April 26, 1929-July 22, 2012
William “Skeeter” E. Moore,83, of Defiance, died Sunday atGlenn Park of Defiance.He was born April 26,1929, in Defiance, to Mitchelland Elva (Byers) Moore.Survivors include daugh-ters Sherry (Richard) Laurie of Guelph, Ontario and Barbara(Roger) LaForce of Talbott,Tenn.; sister Margaret Wisemanof Ocala, Fla.; stepgrandsonJamie LaForce; grandchildrenHeather and Jennifer Laurie andCorey Wagner; and great grand-daughter Darrian Wagner.He was preceded in deathby his brother, MitchellMoore, Jr.Mr. Moore was a UnitedStates Army veteran whoretired from the Lima FordEngine Plant in 1991 after 16years of employment there. Hehad also been employed withPepsi in Bryan and BunnyBread in Defiance. He was a1947 Defiance High Schoolgraduate.Family-only interment ser-vices will be held at RiversideCemetery in Defiance. Friendsmay call from 4-8 p.m.Tuesday at Lawson-RoessnerFuneral Home at 1753 S.Clinton St. in Defiance.Condolences may be sharedat defiancefuneralhome.com.
Lima man caught in Putnam Co.
By PAUL SCHEMMand BEN HUBBARDAssociated Press
BEIRUT — The Syrianregime threatened today touse its chemical and bio-logical weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its firstever acknowledgement thatit possesses weapons of massdestruction.Foreign Ministry spokes-man Jihad Makdissi stressed,however, that Damascuswould not use its unconven-tional arms against its owncitizens. The announcementcomes as Syria faces inter-national isolation, a tena-cious rebellion that has left atleast 19,000 people dead andthreats by Israel to attack toprevent such weapons fromfalling into rebel hands.Syria’s decision to revealthe long suspected existence of its chemical weapons suggestsa desperate regime deeplyshaken by an increasingly boldrevolt that has scored a stringof successes in the past week,including a stunning bombattack that killed four high-level security officials, the cap-ture of several border cross-ings and sustained offensiveson the regime strongholds of Damascus and Aleppo.“No chemical or biologicalweapons will ever be used, andI repeat, will never be used,during the crisis in Syria nomatter what the developmentsinside Syria,” Makdissi said innews conference broadcast onSyrian state TV. “All of thesetypes of weapons are in stor-age and under security and thedirect supervision of the Syrianarmed forces and will never beused unless Syria is exposed toexternal aggression.”While the statementMakdissi read out prom-ised not to use the weaponsagainst the Syrian people, helater noted that Damascus isnot facing an internal enemyin the rebellion, which theregime has described as beingfunded from abroad and driv-en by foreign extremists.He added that there wasa foreign political and mediacampaign “that seeks to jus-tify and prepare internationalpublic opinion for militaryintervention under the falsepretense of weapons of massdestruction.”Syria is believed to havenerve agents as well as mus-tard gas, Scud missiles capa-ble of delivering these lethalchemicals and a variety of advanced conventional arms,including anti-tank rocketsand late-model portable anti-aircraft missiles.Israel has said it fears thatchaos following Assad’s fallcould allow the Jewish state’senemies to access Syria’schemical weapons, and has notruled out military interventionto prevent this from happening.A senior U.S. intelli-gence official said Friday theSyrians have moved chemicalweapons material from thecountry’s north, where thefighting was fiercest, appar-ently to both secure it, andto consolidate it, which U.S.officials considered a respon-sible step.But there has also beena disturbing rise in activityat the installations, so theU.S. intelligence communityis intensifying its monitoringefforts to track the weaponsand try to figure out wheth-er the Syrians are trying touse them, the official saidon condition of anonymityto discuss the still-evolvinginvestigation.Makdissi did not discusslast week’s bombing claimedby the rebels that killed fourtop Syrian security officials,but assured journalists thatthe situation was under con-trol, despite reports of clashesthroughout the country andespecially in the major cit-ies of Aleppo and the capitalDamascus.“Yes, there were clasheson certain streets in certainneighborhoods, but the secu-rity situation is now muchbetter. Everyone is feelingreassured,” he said. “We arenot happy about this, but thisis an emergency situation andit will not last more than aday or two and the situationwill return to normal.”Security forces appeared toshow more government con-trol in videos posted onlineby activists today. Some of the clips show Syrian militiasweeping through Damascusneighborhoods once held byrebels, kicking down doorsand searching houses in mopup operations against thefighters that had managed tohold parts of the capital formuch of last week.
By MICHAEL TARMAssociated Press
CHICAGO — Jury selec-tion is to begin today in DrewPeterson’s long-delayed mur-der trial, where prosecutorswant the former suburbanChicago police officer’s wives— one he’s charged with slay-ing and another who has dis-appeared — to effectively tes-tify from their graves throughfriends and relatives about histhreatening to kill them.Those picked for the jury are likely to hear wit-nesses describe statementsthat Peterson’s third wife,Kathleen Savio, and his fourthwife, Stacy Peterson, alleg-edly made. Such hearsay isusually barred. However, anappellate court ruled jurorscan hear them.Peterson, 58, is chargedwith killing Savio in 2004.Her body was found in a drybathtub in her home, her hairsoaked with blood. The ex-Bolingbrook police sergeantis also a suspect in the 2007disappearance of his fourthwife, Stacy Peterson.A judge will vet would-be jurors starting today. A200-person jury has beenwaiting three years for a trialto get under way. It was putoff because of appellate courtbattles over the Savio andStacy Peterson statements.“I’ve never heard of any-thing comparable to this — a jury pool waiting around forso long knowing what casethey’re going to be in and thereliance on hearsay,” said GalPissetzky, a Chicago defenselawyer with no link to thecase. “It’s all very unusual.”The legal saga surroundingPeterson and whether he usedhis status as a police officer totry to get away with murderhas attracted national attention.Rob Lowe portrayed Petersonin a 2011 TV movie, “DrewPeterson: Untouchable.”Vetting would-be jurorstypically takes a few days,but extra time is sometimesrequired in high-profile casesto weed out those who comein with well-formed opin-ions. Opening statements atPeterson’s trial in Joliet areslated for next Tuesday.The defense raised concernsome prospective jurors mayhave violated orders to avoidall news about Peterson. Onequestion Will County JudgeEdward Burmila is likely toask is whether they saw themovie.Pissetzky wonders if thosein the jury pool succumbedto temptations to peek at thenews or search online aboutthe case.“It’s like you tell a kid,‘Now, don’t you eat that pieover there,”’ he said. “What arethey going to do? Eat the pie!”An appellate court ruledthis year that jurors can hearwitnesses say Savio and StacyPeterson told them Petersonthreatened them. There’sapparently no physical evi-dence, so the hearsay is theheart of prosecutors’ case.At a hearing in 2010 todetermine what hearsay a jury could hear, dozens of witnesses testified that Saviotold them she feared DrewPeterson would kill her andmake it look like an accident.The 40-year-old Savio’sdeath was initially declaredan accident, but Peterson wascharged after fourth wife StacyPeterson disappeared. The23-year-old Stacy Peterson’sbody has never been found,but authorities say they believeshe’s dead.Peterson, jailed since his2009 arrest, pleaded not guilty.His attorneys say Savio’sdeath was an accident and thatStacy Peterson — 30 yearsyounger than Drew Peterson— ran off with another manand is alive.
Jury selection to start in Drew Peterson trial
A baby boy was bornJuly 20 to Caitlyn Reynoldsof Delphos and Tyler Smith(deceased).
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Attemptedbreak-inUnlocked car,money taken
William E. Moore
Syria says it will usechemical weapons if attacked
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Timothy John, 45,of Van Wert, funeral servicesbegin at 11 a.m. Tuesday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome with burial to follow inSt. John’s Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at thefuneral home.Memorials are to theAmerican Cancer Society.
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, July 23,the 205th day of 2012. Thereare 161 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On July 23, 1962, the firstpublic TV transmissions overTelstar 1 took place during aspecial program featuring liveshots beamed from the UnitedStates to Europe, and viceversa.
On this date:
In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant,the 18th president of theUnited States, died in MountMcGregor, N.Y., at age 63.In 1886, a legend was bornas Steve Brodie claimed to havemade a daredevil plunge fromthe Brooklyn Bridge into NewYork’s East River. (However,there are doubts about whetherthe dive actually occurred.)In 1942, Harry James and hisOrchestra recorded “I Had theCraziest Dream” in Hollywoodfor Columbia Records.In 1952, Egyptian militaryofficers led by Gamal AbdelNasser launched a successfulcoup against King Farouk I.In 1967, a week of deadlyrace-related rioting that claimed43 lives erupted in Detroit.In 1977, a jury in Washington,D.C., convicted 12 Hanafi (hah-NAH’-fee) Muslims of chargesstemming from the hostagesiege at three buildings the pre-vious March.In 1982, actor Vic Morrowand two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, werekilled when a helicopter crashedon top of them during filmingof a Vietnam War scene for“Twilight Zone: The Movie.”(Director John Landis and fourassociates were later acquittedof manslaughter charges.)In 1986, Britain’s PrinceAndrew married SarahFerguson at WestminsterAbbey in London. (The coupledivorced in 1996.)In 1997, the search forAndrew Cunanan, the sus-pected killer of designer GianniVersace (JAH’-nee vur-SAH’-chee) and others, ended aspolice found his body on ahouseboat in Miami Beach, anapparent suicide.
Ten years ago:
Thousandsof Palestinians marched to burytheir dead after an Israeli air-strike killed a top Hamas leaderand 14 civilians, including ninechildren. Welsh archbishopRowan Williams was chosento be the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans. A frailbut determined Pope John PaulII arrived in Toronto at the startof an 11-day trip that also tookhim to Guatemala and Mexico.Novelist Chaim Potok died inMerion, Pa., at age 73. ActorLeo McKern died in Bath,England, at age 82.
Five years ago:
In the firstpolitical debate of its kind, alleight Democratic Party con-tenders, appearing on CNN,fielded questions submitted bythe public on YouTube. A vio-lent home invasion in Cheshire,Conn., resulted in the deathsof a prominent doctor’s wife,Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and theirdaughters, Hayley and Michaela;two suspects, Steven Hayes andJoshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV’-skee), werealmost immediately arrested(both were convicted and sen-tenced to death). Comic DrewCarey was tapped to replacelegend Bob Barker on the CBSdaytime game show “The Priceis Right.”
One year ago:
Singer AmyWinehouse, 27, was founddead in her London homefrom accidental alcohol poi-soning. Retired Army Gen.John Shalikashvili, the firstforeign-born chairman of theJoint Chiefs of Staff, died atMadigan Army Medical Centernear Tacoma, Wash., at age 75.Nguyen Cao Ky, 80, the flam-boyant former air force generalwho’d ruled South Vietnam fortwo years during the Vietnamwar, died in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
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Servicemembers – alreadyarmed with the discipline andskills needed to strengthenthe 21st century economy –should not have to struggleto find a job whentheir military ser-vice ends. Theseheroes who foughtfor our countryshouldn’t haveto fight for workwhen they comehome.And yet, unfor-tunately many do.As citizens, wehave a responsibil-ity to do something about thethousands of older veteranswho are jobless or underem-ployed.That’s why the VeteransRetraining AssistanceProgram (VRAP) – a jointDepartment of VeteransAffairs and Department of Labor training initiative – isso important.Last year, Congress passedthe VOW to Hire HeroesAct, which honors our gov-ernment’s obligation to ourveterans. VRAP is a criticalcomponent of the law.VRAP provides unem-ployed veterans between theages of 35 and 60 the oppor-tunity to pursue training fornew careers in high demandoccupations.While the entire list of VRAP high-demand occupa-tions can be found on the VAwebsite, some include:Welders, chemical plantoperators, painters;Law enforcement, fire-fighters, emergency medicaltechnicians;Construction, electricaltechnicians, flight attendants;Paralegals, legal secretar-ies, administrative support;andTeachers aides, librarytechnicians, counselors.These opportunities arewide-ranging. And in fact, asof July 12, more than 31,000applications nationwide havebeen received for the VRAPprogram. However, the pro-gram is limited to 99,000 par-ticipants through March 31,2014.Because applicants will beapproved on a first come, firstserve basis, we all must doeverything we can to spreadthe word to eligible veter-ans in Ohio. This is a greatopportunity that Ohio veter-ans deserve.According to theU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, inorder to qualify forthe program, a vet-eran must:Be at least 35but no more than 60years old;Be unemployed;Have an other thandishonorable dis-charge;Not be eligible for anyother VA education benefitprogram such as the Post-9/11GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill,Vocational Rehabilitation andEmployment Assistance;Not be in receipt of VAcompensation; andNot be enrolled in a Federalor state job training program.And while participants arerequired to be enrolled in aVA-approved education pro-gram, here in Ohio, we’relucky to have 23 communityand technical colleges thathave already been approved.Each of these schoolsoffers programs which leadto an Associate Degree,Non-College Degree, or aCertificate, and include train-ing for a high-demand occu-pation. Veterans can enroll ateach of these colleges usingVRAP assistance.We need to spread the wordabout training programs, likeVRAP, that will help provideour veterans with the neces-sary skills to find good pay-ing jobs.By raising awareness of veterans’ jobs services andbetter coordinating the rangeof resources available tothem, we can help improve job prospects for America’sheroes.To find out more aboutthe VOW to Hire Heroes Act,please visit benefits.va.gov/VOW/.If you have any otherquestions regarding veteranservices, please contact myoffice at 888-896-OHIO(6446) or visit brown.senate.gov for additional informa-tion.
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DAYTON (AP) — Feweligible Ohio homeownersare having their foreclosurecases reviewed for free eventhough they might receive upto $125,000 if lenders wrong-fully caused them financialharm.The reviews are to deter-mine if borrowers sufferedfinancial harm due to errors,misrepresentations, or otherdeficiencies in the foreclo-sure process, the DaytonDaily News (http://bit.ly/LDBDmM) reported. Lendersmust compensate them forsuch injuries.Mortgage lenders requiredto offer borrowers the inde-pendent foreclosure reviewsent notification lettersto about 140,700 eligibleOhioans who faced fore-closure in 2009 and 2010.But a report by the federalOffice of the Comptrollerof the Currency says only6,000 Ohioans had requestedreviews as of May 31. Thereview request deadline isSept. 30.Nationally, more than fourmillion people were mailedletters last year. As of June,the response rate was 5 per-cent, or about 200,000 peo-ple, according to the U.S.Government AccountabilityOffice.The review resulted fromconsent orders issued against14 lenders in April 2011by the Federal Reserve andComptroller of the Currency.The orders require lendersto use third parties to do thereviews requested by borrow-ers.To qualify, homeownershad to have a loan servicedby one of the 14 lendersand had foreclosure actionagainst their property in thetwo-year period. The lend-ers include Bank of America,JPMorgan Chase and WellsFargo among others.Harmed borrowers couldreceive cash payment anda correction to their cred-it report. They also couldreceive payment for lost equi-ty, reimbursements for relatedout-of-pocket costs, and othertypes of remediation.Borrowers could potential-ly receive $1,000 if the lendernever solicited a loan modifi-cation, $2,500 to $15,000 if aloan modification was deniedin error, or up to $125,000if the borrower was not indefault when the foreclo-sure started, according to theHomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton.There is no cash compen-sation if a foreclosure is notcompleted, but the foreclosurewill be suspended, accordingto government officials.But eligible homeown-ers have been difficult tofind. Many have lost theirhomes, and others are reluc-tant to open mail from abank, said Beth Deutscher,executive director of theHomeOwnership Center.“It doesn’t surprise me theresponse rates are low,” saidDeutscher.Efforts to reach borrowershave been criticized for notdoing more in areas such astesting readability of docu-ments, working with consum-er groups and spelling out thefinancial remediation avail-able, according to a GAOreport this month. It foundefforts to reach homeown-ers have improved in the lastyear, but regulators and bank-ers could still do better.Lenders will continueto work with regulators totry to reach customers, saidthe Housing Policy Councilof The Financial ServicesRoundtable, which representsmortgage companies.
Few Ohio homeownersopting for foreclosure help
By MARK CURNUTTEThe Cincinnati Enquirer
CINCINNATI (AP) —The Rev. Tom Bokenkottervisited Dorothy Day’s Houseof Hospitality on the LowerEast Side during a visit toNew York in 1975.“I had soup at the kitchen.It was informal and relaxed.People felt at home,” saidBokenkotter, now 87, whowondered if there was a soupkitchen back in his home-town, where he taught at St.Gregory Seminary and XavierUniversity.The only one he could findin Cincinnati tied the mealto a mandatory religious ser-vice. So, he recruited friends,and, with just $700 in thebank, started Over-the-RhineKitchen, which is based onDay’s model and recognizedtoday as Cincinnati’s oldestsoup kitchen.Closing in on almost 2 mil-lion meals served since 1997,Over-the-Rhine Kitchen ismarking its 35th anniversa-ry. Yet beyond its birthdaycelebration, Over-The-Rhineand sister locations WalnutHills Kitchen and WalnutHills Pantry remain timelyand vital. They continue toprovide an intersection fordisparate people - those whoneed help and those who wantto help.The kitchens serve 230,300meals a year. Another 9,000people, some repeat clients,receive groceries and house-hold items - dry goods, eggs,toiletries.Over-the-Rhine andWalnut Hills, founded in1984, operate with a paid staff of six. A regular roster of 42secular groups and congrega-tions, Christian and Jewish,contributes nearly 50,000volunteer hours annually. Infact, Bokenkotter said, thatpassionate commitment to thekitchen is the reason it’s stillaround.Mike Weber, 66, is retiredfrom the printing business,lives in Symmes Townshipand has volunteered to serveone meal a week for the pastthree years. He is often joinedby his wife, Peg, 57.“Here’s one philosophy: Idon’t ask a lot of questions,”Weber said after serving foran hour, a ring of sweat dark-ening the neckline of his grayT-shirt. “Ninety percent arevery grateful. They come inhungry. They leave full. Soit’s basic. They’re hungry atnoon. They’re not at 1.”The community formed byOver-the-Rhine Kitchen onboth sides of the counter isboth permanent and transient.Everyone is welcome.“It’s all pretty simple,”said Patricia Wakim, execu-tive director for 12 years.“We don’t judge. We smile.We try to meet the basichuman needs for food andwater.”Guests are the homeless,both new from job loss andchronically on the streetsfor years, those with men-tal illness, the addicted, low-income residents who livenearby and need help with anoccasional meal. There aren’tas many children in the neigh-borhood as there were beforeWashington Park School wastorn down in 2007 and rede-velopment began.Yet every now and then,a grandmother with a grand-child will come in to eat.Most guests are adults. Abouta quarter of them are women.Pamela Thota, 51, ishomeless and a cancer survi-vor. She has long, blonde hairshe makes sure to keep awayfrom the surgical stoma in herthroat. She cannot speak.
At 35, oldest Cincinnati soup kitchen still timely
GLOUSTER (AP) — Arural southern Ohio couple saysit has settled with Houston-based Tennessee Gas PipelineCo. over a November gas lineexplosion that destroyed fourstructures, including the cou-ple’s home.John and Kathy Sayers,of Morgan County, told TheAthens Messenger for an arti-cle Sunday that executives of the firm improved terms of thedeal after viewing videotapedfootage of the damage. JohnSayers said details are pro-tected under a confidentialityagreement.Engineers say landslidesand a crack in a pipelineweld caused the natural gasline explosion that destroyedthree houses and a barn. TheSayerses’ house was reducedto a few bricks and a par-tial foundation after a 36-inchdiameter pipeline explodedabout 50 feet away.
Couple, pipeline
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PORT CLINTON (AP) —Officials behind a new avia-tion museum in northern Ohiosay it will give modern-dayvisitors the feel of differ-ent era, a throwback to thegrowing interest in aviationbetween World War I andWorld War II.The 23,000-square-footLiberty Aviation Museumnear Port Clinton opened witha ribbon-cutting Friday at theErie-Ottawa Regional Airport,and museum CEO Ed Patrickpromised its collection willgrow and improve, the PortClinton News Herald report-ed.It goes down to the details,with art deco fixtures andchrome accents to complementthe old planes and vehiclesfrom the World War II era, aswell as a vintage diner that wasshipped from Pennsylvania,and restored to working order.The museum will have tradi-tional glass display cases fullof memorabilia, but organiz-ers said some of the sights willbe ever-changing.
Ohio museumhonors aviation
COLUMBUS (AP)— Organizers behind theannual Ohio State Fair saynew attractions will includeunusual flavors on popularfood staples and a worldrecord attempt.The Columbus Dispatchreports that entertain-ment when the fair opensWednesday will include astuntman trying to jam peo-ple into a 6-foot latex balloonfor a world record, and asinging competition modeledafter “American Idol.”Food staples like frieddough will have a new latteflavor, and funnel cakes cantaste like pumpkin spice,chocolate brownie and pine-apple-upside-down cake.Organizers also say manystands will fry food in oil thathas 20 percent less saturatedfat than regular soybean oil.More than 830,000 peoplevisited the fair last year atthe Ohio Expo Center, thebiggest crowd since 2004. Itruns through Aug. 5.
Ohio State Fair to offer new food, attractions
CLEVELAND (AP) — A46-year-old Ohio businessmaninspired by the service of othersis heading to medical school tobecome a doctor working in anurban setting.“I’ve been inspired by thedifferences I’ve seen other peo-ple make in the inner city,” BillDowning told The (Cleveland)Plain Dealer.“Pastors, doctors, nurses,social workers, urban pioneers.I felt I needed to invest the restof my active career on a fulltimebasis.”He will enroll at ClevelandState University in the fall in itsnew joint program with NortheastOhio Medical University toprovide doctors in underservedurban neighborhoods.Rev. Duane Crabbs, whofounded South Street Ministriesin Akron with his wife, Lisa,15 years ago, has worked withDowning for six years and callshim humble and a man of greatintegrity.
At 46, Ohio busi-nessman headingto medical school

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