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By NANCY WHITAKERProgress Staff Writer
PAULDING — Anotherhistoric building in Pauldingis slated to hit the ground ascounty commissioners havetaken steps toward demolish-ing the old jail building onSouth Williams Street.The jail was built in 1876and operated continuouslyuntil a new facility opened in2007. The building has beenempty for the past five years,used only for county storage.Plans call for it to bedemolished as soon as mid-January using county engi-neer’s department’s employ-ees.A spokesman from thecommissioner’s office saidthat the decision to tear downthe jail was mutually agreedupon by the commissioners.No vote was taken.The project has been inthe works for over a year todetermine what to do with theold jail. The commissionersdecided it was more cost-effective to demolish it. Also,Commissioner Tony Zartmanindicated that the commis-sioners had been trying to sellthe old jail and that no onehad expressed an interest inbuying it.Zartman also said that theformer jail was a liability tothe county and they did notwant another building expe-rience such as the old HotelBarnes, which was destroyedin a fire in January.“We have already had thebuilding checked for asbes-tos and it was clear,” notedZartman. The asbestos studywas done in February 2012by HazCorp, a Toledo-basedcompany.HazCorp took samples of various materials and deter-mined there was no asbestosin their sampling. The pipingin the basement, which hous-es the mechanical systemsand pipes, was determinedto be of another material;the report said that is wasquite possible that abatementwas performed in the past toremove any asbestos.“We have already metwith the Paulding Countyengineer about handling thedemolition for us. This willsave the county and gener-al fund money by using theengineer’s office,” Zartmansaid.County Engineer TravisMcGarvey confirmed that hehad met with the commis-sioners and it was somethinghis department would do;however, he does not have acertain time frame as to whenthey would begin.“It is possible that wecould get started on thedemolition by the middle of January,” Zartman report-ed. “It depends a lot on theweather. Last year we hada mild winter. If we haveanother winter like that, therewon’t be a lot of snow toplow and the employees canbe working on the jail.”Zartman also commentedthat tearing down the jailwould save the taxpayersmoney as the jail was anadded expense to the coun-ty.According to reports, thecounty pays approximately$1,000 per year for electric-ity and the cost to mow theproperty is $500. Insurancecosts were not immediatelyavailable.Because the project is stillin the planning stages there isno cost estimate available onleveling the structure.Funding for the demoli-tion will be taken out of thegeneral fund, the same fundused to pay insurance and forthe upkeep.Zartman also commentedthat in addition to being anadded expense, it is a poten-tial safety hazard. Zartmansaid they do not want anygroups or individuals goinginto the building for tours orto remove anything becausethey did not want anyone toget hurt.The John PauldingHistorical Society was con-tacted to see if they wantedanything from the old build-ing before it was demolished.Les Weidenhamer of the his-torical society said that thegroup would like at least oneof the ornate lentils on thestructure.He said that he would liketo take materials from thefront doorway and make atype of memorial and list allthe names of the Pauldingsheriffs.Plans for the property,once cleared, is to sell it withthe hope that the land willbe used commercially andattract a new business.
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Fiscal cliff 
Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — While thetax package that Congress passedNew Year’s Day will protect 99 per-cent of Americans from an incometax increase, most of them will stillend up paying more federal taxesin 2013.That’s because the legislationdid nothing to prevent a temporaryreduction in the Social Securitypayroll tax from expiring. In 2012,that 2-percentage-point cut in thepayroll tax was worth about $1,000to a worker making $50,000 ayear.The Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan Washington researchgroup, estimates that 77 percentof American households will facehigher federal taxes in 2013 underthe agreement negotiated betweenPresident Barack Obama andSenate Republicans. High-incomefamilies will feel the biggest taxincreases, but many middle- andlow-income families will pay high-er taxes too.Households making between$40,000 and $50,000 will face anaverage tax increase of $579 in2013, according to the Tax PolicyCenter’s analysis. Households mak-ing between $50,000 and $75,000will face an average tax increaseof $822.“For most people, it’s justthe payroll tax,” said RobertonWilliams, a senior fellow at the TaxPolicy Center.The tax increases could be alot higher. A huge package of taxcuts first enacted under PresidentGeorge W. Bush was scheduledto expire Tuesday as part of the“fiscal cliff.” The Bush-era taxcuts lowered taxes for families atevery income level, reduced invest-ment taxes and the estate tax, andenhanced a number of tax credits,including a $1,000-per-child credit.The package passed Tuesday bythe Senate and House extends mostthe Bush-era tax cuts for individu-als making less than $400,000 andmarried couples making less than$450,000.Obama said the deal “protects98 percent of Americans and 97percent of small business ownersfrom a middle-class tax hike. Whileneither Democrats nor Republicansgot everything they wanted, thisagreement is the right thing to dofor our country.”The income threshold coversmore than 99 percent of all house-holds, exceeding Obama’s claim,according to the Tax Policy Center.However, the increase in payrolltaxes will hit nearly every wageearner.Social Security is financed bya 12.4 percent tax on wages up to$113,700, with employers payinghalf and workers paying the otherhalf. Obama and Congress reducedthe share paid by workers from 6.2percent to 4.2 percent for 2011 and2012, saving a typical family about$1,000 a year.Obama pushed hard to enactthe payroll tax cut for 2011 andto extend it through 2012. But itwas never fully embraced by eitherparty, and this time around, therewas general agreement to let itexpire.The new tax package wouldincrease the income tax rate from 35percent to 39.6 percent on incomeabove $400,000 for individualsand $450,000 for married couples.Investment taxes would increase forpeople who fall in the new top taxbracket.High-income families will alsopay higher taxes this year as part of Obama’s 2010 health care law. Aspart of that law, a new 3.8 percenttax is being imposed on investmentincome for individuals making morethan $200,000 a year and couplesmaking more than $250,000.Together, the new tax packageand Obama’s health care law willproduce significant tax increases formany high-income families.For 2013, households makingbetween $500,000 and $1 millionwould get an average tax increaseof $14,812, according to the TaxPolicy Center analysis. Householdsmaking more than $1 million wouldget an average tax increase of $170,341.“If you’re rich, you’re almostcertain to get a big tax increase,”Williams said.
“For most people, it’s just the payroll tax ...If you’re rich, you’realmost certain to geta big tax increase.”
— Roberton Williams,senior fellow at theTax Policy Center
Paulding County plans to demolish historic jail
Mostly cloudyThursday with a20 percent chanceof snow showers.Highs in the upper20s. Wind chills 2below to 8 abovezero in the morn-ing. Mostly cloudythrough midnightthen becoming partlycloudy. Lows around 15.Wind chills 1 below to 9above zero. See page 2.
The 1876 Paulding County Jail is scheduled to be razed soon, according to the countycommissioners. (Paudling Progess file photo)
Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating
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This is your brain on sugar —for real. Scientists have used imag-ing tests to show for the first timethat fructose, a sugar that saturatesthe American diet, can trigger brainchanges that may lead to overeating.After drinking a fructose beverage,the brain doesn’t register the feelingof being full as it does when simpleglucose is consumed, researchersfound.It’s a small study and does notprove that fructose or its relative,high-fructose corn syrup, can causeobesity, but experts say it adds evi-dence they may play a role. Thesesugars often are added to processedfoods and beverages, and consump-tion has risen dramatically since the1970s along with obesity. A thirdof U.S. children and teens and morethan two-thirds of adults are obese oroverweight.All sugars are not equal — eventhough they contain the same amountof calories — because they aremetabolized differently in the body.Table sugar is sucrose, which is half fructose, half glucose. High-fructosecorn syrup is 55 percent fructoseand 45 percent glucose. Some nutri-tion experts say this sweetener maypose special risks, but others and theindustry reject that claim. And doc-tors say we eat too much sugar in allforms.For the study, scientists used mag-netic resonance imaging, or MRI,scans to track blood flow in the brainin 20 young, normal-weight peoplebefore and after they had drinks con-taining glucose or fructose in twosessions several weeks apart.Scans showed that drinking glu-cose “turns off or suppresses theactivity of areas of the brain thatare critical for reward and desire forfood,” said one study leader, YaleUniversity endocrinologist Dr. RobertSherwin. With fructose, “we don’tsee those changes,” he said. “As aresult, the desire to eat continues — itisn’t turned off.”What’s convincing, said Dr.Jonathan Purnell, an endocrinolo-gist at Oregon Health & ScienceUniversity, is that the imaging resultsmirrored how hungry the people saidthey felt, as well as what earlier stud-ies found in animals.“It implies that fructose, at leastwith regards to promoting food intakeand weight gain, is a bad actor com-pared to glucose,” said Purnell. Hewrote a commentary that appearswith the federally funded study intoday’s Journal of the AmericanMedical Association.Researchers now are testing obesepeople to see if they react the sameway to fructose and glucose as thenormal-weight people in this studydid.What to do? Cook more at homeand limit processed foods contain-ing fructose and high-fructose cornsyrup, Purnell suggested. “Try toavoid the sugar-sweetened beverages.It doesn’t mean you can’t ever havethem,” but control their size and howoften they are consumed, he said.A second study in the journal sug-gests that only severe obesity carriesa high death risk — and that a fewextra pounds might even provide asurvival advantage. However, inde-pendent experts say the methods aretoo flawed to make those claims.The study comes from a federalresearcher who drew controversy in2005 with a report that found thin andnormal-weight people had a slightlyhigher risk of death than those whowere overweight. Many experts criti-cized that work, saying the researcher— Katherine Flegal of the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention— painted a misleading picture byincluding smokers and people withhealth problems ranging from cancerto heart disease. Those people tend toweigh less and therefore make pudgypeople look healthy by comparison.Flegal’s new analysis bolstersher original one, by assessing nearly100 other studies covering almost2.9 million people around the world.She again concludes that very obesepeople had the highest risk of deathbut that overweight people had a 6percent lower mortality rate than thin-ner people. She also concludes that
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Churches partnerfor ‘Year of Faith’presentations
St. John the Evangelist andSt. John the Baptist Catholicchurches are partnering toeducate parishioners on theSacraments of the CatholicChurch for the “Year of Faith.”Monthly presentations willbe held with the churchestaking turns hosting them.The first speaker is theRev. David Ross at 7:30p.m. Jan. 28 at St. John theBaptist Church in Landeck.He will talk about baptism.The rest of the sched-ule is as follows:Penance — the Rev. ChrisBohnsack at 7:30 p.m. Feb.25 at the Delphos Annex;Confirmation — theRev. Timothy Ferris at7:30 p.m. April 1 at thechurch in Landeck;Holy Order — the Rev.Mel Verhoff at 7:30 p.m. May13 at the Delphos Annex;Holy Eucharist —Rev. Chris Bohnsack at7:30 p.m. June 3 at thechurch in Landeck; andAnointing of theSick — the Rev. CharlesObinwa at 7:30 p.m. JulyAny girl at St. John’sElementary School in gradesK-6 who has not turned ina Mini Cheer Camp formand wishes to attend canturn in a form to the gradeschool office by Thursday.No forms will beaccepted after Thursday.Contact Tricia Patton at 419-303-5376 for more information.
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Patricia Ann Baldauf, 76,of Van Wert, passed awayat 11:35 p.m. on Dec. 20 atVan Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter.She was born on Oct.31, 1936, in Van Wert toHarry Paul and Charlotte L.(Thatcher) Semer, who pre-ceded her in death.On Oct. 14, 1961, she wasunited in marriage Alfred E.Baldauf, who preceded her indeath on Feb. 13, 2012.Survivors include herbrothers, Paul (Peg) Semerof Grover Hill and Jim Semerof Van Wert; and nephewsand nieces, Greg Semer, Kirk(Kim) Semer, Todd (Susie)Semer, Kevin (Julie) Semer,Mike (Edna) Semer, Chris(Susan) Semer, John (Shirley)Semer, Marilyn Diller andCheryl Ann Semer.She was also precededin death by a brother, JohnSemer.Mrs. Baldauf worked atVan Wert Manufacturing for27 years and at the BowlingLanes for a few years. Sheretired from Findlay Industriesafter 5 years. She loved tobowl, golf and loved hercats. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church inVan Wert, American LegionPost 178 Auxiliary, Van WertBowling Association and shewas a member of the VanWert Bowling Hall of Fame.Funeral services will beheld at 2 p.m. on Saturdayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, with Reverend PaulMiller officiating. Burialwill follow in St. John’sCemetery.Family and friends maycall from 10-2 p.m. Saturdayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome.
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High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 32 degrees,low was 17. High a year agotoday was 31, low was 21.Record high for today is 56,set in 2000. Record low is -7,set in 1945.
Pakistanis bury slain teachers, aid workers
SWABI, Pakistan (AP)— Hundreds of villagers innorthwest Pakistan turnedout today to bury five femaleteachers and two health work-ers who were gunned down aday earlier by militants inwhat may have been the latestin a series of attacks target-ing anti-polio efforts in thecountry.The seven had worked ata community center in thetown of Swabi that included aprimary school and a medicalclinic that vaccinated childrenagainst polio. Some militantsoppose the vaccination cam-paigns, accusing health work-ers of acting as spies for theU.S. and alleging the vaccineis intended to make Muslimchildren sterile.As mourners carried thecoffins through the townfor burial today, family andfriends expressed horror thatsuch an attack had strucktheir community.“I told her many times athome ‘be careful as we arepoor people and take care of yourself all the time,”’ saidFazal Dad, whose daughterwas among the seven killed.“And always in responseshe said: ‘Father, if I am notguilty no one can harm me.”’The group was on theirway home from the commu-nity center where they wereemployed by a non-govern-mental organization whentheir vehicle was attackedTuesday. The four mili-tants on motorcycles sparedthe young son of one of thewomen who was riding inthe van, pulling him fromthe vehicle before spraying itwith bullets. The driver sur-vived and was being treatedat a Peshawar hospital.There has been no claimof responsibility, and policehave not made any arrests.The director of the NGOsaid he suspected the attackmight have been retributionfor the group’s work helpingvaccinate Pakistani childrenagainst polio. Javed Akhtarsaid the community grouphas suspended its operationsthroughout the province. Hecalled the move “temporary”but said he did not knowwhen they would resumetheir work.Many local residents viewthe girls’ primary schooland medical clinic run bythe NGO at the communitycenter as saviors for the com-munity’s poor. Now manyare worried about what willhappen if those services arecut off.Gul Afzal Khan, a villagerwhose children studied at acommunity center run by thegroup, said the attack was abig loss.“What is their crime?” heasked. “They were just giv-ing free education and healthassistance to our children.”The attack also was anoth-er reminder of the risks towomen educators and aidworkers from Islamic mili-tants who oppose their work.Last month, nine peopleworking on an anti-poliovaccination campaign wereshot and killed. Four of thoseshootings were in the north-west where Tuesday’s attacktook place.
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Today is Wednesday, Jan.2, the second day of 2013.There are 363 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Jan. 2, 1788, Georgiabecame the fourth state toratify the U.S. Constitution.
On this date:
In 1893, the U.S. PostalService issued its first com-memorative stamp to honorthe World’s ColumbianExpedition and the quadri-centennial of ChristopherColumbus’ voyage.In 1900, Secretary of StateJohn Hay announced the“Open Door Policy” to facili-tate trade with China.In 1935, Bruno Hauptmannwent on trial in Flemington,N.J., on charges of kidnappingand murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and AnneLindbergh. (Hauptmann wasfound guilty, and executed.)In 1942, the Philippinecapital of Manila was cap-tured by Japanese forces dur-ing World War II.In 1959, the Soviet Unionlaunched its space probe Luna1, the first manmade object tofly past the moon, its apparentintended target.In 1960, Sen. John F.Kennedy of Massachusettslaunched his successful bidfor the presidency.In 1971, 66 people werekilled in a pileup of specta-tors leaving a soccer match atIbrox (EYE’-brox) Stadiumin Glasgow, Scotland.In 1974, President RichardM. Nixon signed legislationrequiring states to limit high-way speeds to 55 miles anhour. (Federal speed limitswere abolished in 1995).In 1981, police in Sheffield,England, arrested PeterSutcliffe, who confessed tobeing the “Yorkshire Ripper,”the serial killer of 13 women.
Taliban likensUS Afghanrole toVietnam War
KABUL, Afghanistan(AP) — The Taliban todaylikened the planned with-drawal of U.S. forces fromAfghanistan to America’spullout from Vietnam, callingit a “declare victory and run”strategy.A statement from the mili-tant group said the ongoingtransfer of security operationsfrom U.S. troops to Afghanforces was merely a retreatsimilar to the American with-drawal from South Vietnamprior to the communist victorythere in 1975.American-led NATOtroops are scheduled to pullout of Afghanistan by the endof 2014, although the U.S.will leave a residual forcebehind and other NATO coun-tries have pledged continuingsupport of the Kabul govern-ment.“They want to flee fromAfghanistan just as they turnedtail and ran from Vietnam,”the Taliban statement said.“When America faced utterdestruction in Vietnam, theycame up with the formula‘declare victory and run’ andwant to utilize the formulaof ‘transfer security and run’here in Afghanistan.”The United States with-drew is combat troops fromSouth Vietnam in 1973, leav-ing South Vietnamese forcesto face the North Vietnameseand Viet Cong who marchedinto the capital, Saigon, twoyears later.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
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Ohio traffic deaths risein 2012 after record low
By KANTELE FRANKOThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Thenumber of people killedon Ohio roads increasedin 2012 compared with theprevious year’s record low,even as troopers from theState Highway Patrol madethousands more stops fordrug violations, impaireddriving and other problems.The patrol reported atleast 1,056 deaths in 962fatal crashes during the pastyear, up from 1,015 deathsin 2011, which was thelowest total since record-keeping began in 1936.Hamilton, Mercer, Trumbulland Warren counties eachhad at least 10 more trafficfatalities in 2012 than in theprevious year, according topreliminary data.Patrol spokeswomanLt. Anne Ralston said it’stoo soon to understand thereasons for the increase indeaths, though she notedthat an increase during thefirst half of the year reflect-ed a similar trend at thenational level.Ohio also has at least 45unconfirmed crash fatali-ties, which include those thatremain under investigation andmay not ultimately be ruledtraffic deaths. That makes thepotential total about 1,100fatalities for the year. Thefinal number, to be releasedlater after ongoing investiga-tions wrap up, is likely to fallsomewhere between the num-ber of confirmed deaths andthe possible total.“If one person is dying onour roadways, we still havework to do,” Ralston said.Compared with 2011,troopers made about 1,500more arrests for drug vio-lations and over 800 morearrests for impaired driv-ing in 2012, according topreliminary data. They alsoissued about 7,500 morecitations for seat belt useand used three regionalsquads to specifically targetcrash-causing violations.Col. John Born, thepatrol’s superintendent, saidthe agency was “seeing pos-itive results” from troopers’work to get dangerous driv-ers off the roads.Hoping to lower thenumber of traffic fatalitiesbelow 1,000, the patrol thisyear plans to continue itsfocus on impaired drivingand high-visibility enforce-ment efforts, such as check-points targeting impaireddrivers and “All-Out” daysthat send all its officers onpatrol for a day.Ohio also plans to stepup its investigations into thesource of drugs or alcoholsuspected of causing seriouswrecks. Troopers will aimto identify impaired driv-ers, and state investigativeagents will be looking forpossible criminal violationsstemming from the sourceof the drugs or alcoholinvolved.DAYTON (AP) — At leastthree Ohio cities have reportedtheir first homicides of 2013.Cleveland police reportedthat a man was gunned downon the porch of a home onthe city’s east side at about3 a.m. Tuesday. His namehasn’t been released, and noarrests have been made.The first slaying in the cityof Dayton also likely occurredin the early morning hoursof New Year’s Day. Policesay they found 30-year-oldBradley Thompson dead of gunshot wounds in a home.Multiple shots were heard inthe area, but there have beenno arrests.In Toledo, police said a23-year-old woman was fatallystabbed during a melee in a barearly on New Year’s Day. Theysaid Christina Henderson diedfrom a stab wound to the neck.
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mildly obese people hada death risk similar to that of normal-weight people.Critics again have focusedon her methods. This time,she included people too thinto fit what some considerto be normal weight, whichcould have taken in peopleemaciated by cancer or otherdiseases, as well as smokerswith elevated risks of heartdisease and cancer.“Some portion of thosethin people are actuallysick, and sick people tendto die sooner,” said DonaldBerry, a biostatistician atthe University of Texas MDAnderson Cancer Center inHouston.The problems createdby the study’s inclusion of smokers and people withpre-existing illness “can-not be ignored,” said SusanGapstur, vice presidentof epidemiology for theAmerican Cancer Society.A third critic, Dr. WalterWillett of the HarvardSchool of Public Health,was blunter: “This is aneven greater pile of rub-bish” than the 2005 study,he said. Willett and othershave done research since the2005 study that found high-er death risks from beingoverweight or obese.Flegal defended her work.She noted that she used stan-dard categories for weightclasses. She said statisticaladjustments were made forsmokers, who were includedto give a more real-worldsample. She also said studyparticipants were not in hos-pitals or hospices, making itunlikely that large numbersof sick people skewed theresults.“We still have to learnabout obesity, includinghow best to measure it,”Flegal’s boss, CDC DirectorDr. Thomas Frieden, saidin a written statement.“However, it’s clear thatbeing obese is not healthy- it increases the risk of dia-betes, heart disease, cancer,and many other health prob-lems. Small, sustainableincreases in physical activityand improvements in nutri-tion can lead to significanthealth improvements.”In 1930, Amelia Earhartreached a speed of 171 mphin a Lockheed Vega, setting anaviation record for women.
 
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Emmy Award- winningcomedienne Vicki Lawrenceis one of the most belovedtelevision personalities of her generation. She, alongwith her endearing char-acter, Thelma Harper, bet-ter known as “Mama” cometo Van Wert’s NiswongerPerforming Art Center of Northwest Ohio on April 3for one show at 7:30 p.m.Tickets go on sale at noon onThursday at the NPAC boxoffice and online at www.napcvw.org or Facebook.Plucked out of total obscu-rity as a high school senior,Vicki Lawrence went onto become part of the now-legendary cast of the “CarolBurnett Show.” “I went to theHarvard School of Comedy infront of America,” Lawrencesaid of her Carol BurnettShow training.In the seventh season andhundreds of hilarious sketch-es later, at the ripe old age of 24, Vicki created her mostendearing character to date,Thelma Harper, or “Mama”as she is better known toher fans. After the BurnettShow, Vicki went on to starin “Mama’s Family,” whichconsistently topped the rat-ings for its entire six-year runof original shows.For several years now,“Carol Burnett Show” alum-ni, Harvey Korman and TimConway have been touringas a comedy act in casinosand performing arts centersand doing skits from theBurnett show to tremendousresponse. The unprecedentedratings for the “Carol BurnettShowstopper Special,” whichrecently delighted more than50 million viewers, convincedLawrence that the time isright to take Mama out of thecloset, dust off her sensibleshoes and hit the road withher new touring production,Vicki Lawrence and Mama:A Two-Woman Show.Lawrence will take thestage first. “My new showwill not be a retrospective,”she explains. “We are design-ing a show that is a mixtureof stand-up comedy, musicand my observations aboutreal life.” The multi-talentedentertainer is mostly knownfor her acting and comedictalents, but she also earned agold record for the 1973 hit,“The Night the Lights WentOut in Georgia.”“Mama” makes an appear-ance during the second half.“I think people will get akick out of the things Mamahas an opinion about. We’recreating new material witha more modern and cuttingedge. Where Mama is con-cerned, expect the unexpect-ed. There’s really nothing shecan’t do,” she said. “I hopepeople will be pleasantly sur-prised by a side of Vickithey may never have seen…Iknow they will be lookingforward to Mama, and for herpart, that crazy old gal will beup to the challenge.”Tickets for the April 3show are available at theNiswonger Performing ArtsCenter box office during nor-mal business hours of noonto 4 p.m. Monday throughFriday. The box office islocated in the NPAC at10700 State Route 118 S,Van Wert; by phone at 419-238-6722 (NPAC); or onlineat www.npacvw.org or theNiswonger Performing ArtsCenter of NW Ohio Facebookpage.
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CLEVELAND (AP) —An Ohio judge has rejected arequest by a former Franciscanbrother to withdraw his guiltyplea in the 2002 shooting deathof a Roman Catholic priest.Daniel Montgomery is serv-ing a 24-year sentence afterpleading guilty 10 years ago tomurder and aggravated arsonin the shooting of Rev. WilliamGulas, pastor of St. StanislausChurch in Cleveland.The 47-year-old, originallyfrom Philadelphia, apologizedto Gulas’ family at his 2003plea hearing and sentencing.Cuyahoga County judgeJoan Synenberg turned downMontgomery’s request Fridayon the basis of a legal doctrinethat bars the reconsideration of issues that have been ruled on.Montgomery’s attorneyBarry Wilford, who arguesthat prosecutors withheld evi-dence and Montgomery mayhave falsely confessed, saidthe issue will be appealed.RIVERSIDE (AP) — AnOhio city has gone to federalcourt in its fight to tax civil-ian employees and contractorswho work on part of an airforce base.The city of Riverside nearDayton says a provision of Ohio’s municipal income taxlaw that prevents it from col-lecting taxes from employeesat Wright-Patterson Air ForceBase is unconstitutional.Dayton Daily News report-ed Monday that Riverside saysthe law provides an arbitraryand unjustifiable tax exemp-tion to some governmentemployees and contractors.Ohio argues the stateis allowed to pass laws thatrestrict cities’ taxing authority.Riverside announced in2007 it would begin collectingtaxes on civilian employeeswho work on a portion of thebase located in the city.AKRON (AP) — Newbabies Aiden and Donavyncouldn’t wait until New Year’sDay to come into the world,but the circumstances of thebirth of the Ohio cousins arestill pretty special.The babies were born abouttwo hours apart Monday — tomothers who are identical twins.The Akron Beacon Journalreports that the 19-year-oldmothers — Aimee and AshleeNelson weren’t raised to dothings alike and did not planthe births to come at the sametime. In fact, their due dateswere about a week apart.But Donavyn Scott Brattenwas born just after noon onthe last day of 2012, andAiden Lee Alan Dilts madehis appearance at about 2 p.m.Both were delivered by thesame doctor at Summa AkronCity Hospital.YOUNGSTOWN (AP) —An Ohio appeals court hasreinstated prostitution chargesagainst 19 dancers accused in asex-for-hire at a cabaret.Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown saysa lower court judge shouldn’thave rejected using surveillancevideos as evidence in the case.The videos were on thecabaret’s computers seized bypolice with a search warrant.The Youngstown Vindicatorreports the appeals court ruledMonday that the security cam-era recordings, which alleg-edly provide evidence of pros-titution, do not violate state orfederal wiretap laws.
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MARIETTA (AP) —A dental clinic that takesMedicaid and bills peoplewith no insurance on a slidingscale is a rarity in Appalachiawhere unmet dental care isrampant.Some adult patients at theSoutheastern Ohio DentalClinic in Marietta never sawa dentist as children, somechildren as young as 5 havehad all their baby teeth pulledand some patients in their 20sneed dentures.The Columbus Dispatchreports (http://bit.ly/Z0bk0k)that children in Appalachiahave a nearly 60 percent high-er rate of tooth decay thanelsewhere in Ohio while abouthalf of working-age adultsdon’t have dental insurance.The staff at NationwideChildren’s Hospital inColumbus sees manypatients who can’t find carein Appalachia, said Dr. PaulCasamassimo, the hospital’schief of dentistry.“You’re talking about thishot spot of tooth decay inOhio that is the result of manythings — social deprivation,lack of fluoride, lack of accessto care, just general poverty,”Casamassimo said.“Ultimately the solution,whatever the constellation of approaches is, really is goingto cost money, and I thinkthat’s something that’s a very,very high hurdle to get over.”The Marietta clinic is runby the Washington CountyHealth Department, wherethose with no insurance mightpay about $30 an appoint-ment, office manager KaritaMiller said.Dental care in southeasternOhio is a priority for OhioState University’s College of Dentistry, said college deanDr. Patrick Lloyd, who wantsto recruit a higher percentageof students from the region.Currently, about 3 percent of Ohio State dental studentscome from Appalachia, butLloyd wants that to increaseto 6 percent in the next class.New dentists who grew upthere are more likely to return,he said, and if the state helpsmore dentists get rid of debtif they practice in the region,they’ll be lured there.Dentists graduate with anaverage debt of $195,000, hesaid.In Ohio, there is one den-tist for every 1,874 people,but in Appalachia it’s one forevery 3,138 people, accord-ing to the Ohio Departmentof Health.Dr. William Gable, of McConnelsville in MorganCounty, said the only wayhe sees more of his col-leagues setting down rootsin Appalachia is if Medicaidreimbursement increases.Gable, who acceptsMedicaid, chose his practicealmost three decades agobecause he thought it had alot of potential. “The practicebrought me here, but the peo-ple kept me here,” he said.More than half his patientsare on Medicaid, and thingscan get tight for him finan-cially, Gable said.The state had some suc-cess luring dentists to poorerareas with its existing loan-repayment program, but mostdon’t stay in Appalachia forthe long term, said BarbaraCarnahan, an oral-healthinformation specialist with theOhio Department of Health.A task force convened bythe department recommendedin 2009 the state explore high-er Medicaid reimbursementfor the region’s dentists.Some patients at theMarietta clinic say they can’tafford toothpaste and tooth-brushes, while others say theydon’t understand why theyshould worry about their chil-dren’s baby teeth.Adessa Jackson, a clinicdental technician, said shetries to educate as much asshe can during appointments,stressing the importance of a low-sugar diet and regularoral hygiene.MONROE (AP) — Apolice officer with a stutterwas subjected to discrimi-nation and to ridicule andharassment resulting in ahostile work environment,according to a lawsuit filedby the officer that also allegesviolations of the Americanswith Disabilities Act and theFamily Medical Leave Act.Officer Ken Parson hashad a stutter since childhood,but it wasn’t readily notice-able when he was hired as aroad patrol officer in Monroein southwest Ohio in 2001,according to the lawsuit filedearlier this month.Parson’s attorney, JohnScaccia, said Monday his cli-ent was informed last weekthat his employment withthe city would end on Dec.31. Scaccia says the firingis retaliation for the lawsuit.Messages seeking commentfrom city officials on Parson’semployment status and thelawsuit were not immediatelyreturned Monday.The city’s lawyer, R. GaryWinters, says the city deniesthe allegations of discrimina-tion and other mistreatment,The Cincinnati Enquirerreported. Winters said Parsonwas notified before the law-suit was filed that his leaveof absence for the past fewmonths would expire at theend of the year, according tothe Enquirer.But Scaccia said Parson’sdoctor wrote notes legitimiz-ing his leave, with the lastone extending it into 2013.Winters says Parson islosing his job because he’sincapable of performing theduties of a police officer,according to his own doctor,the newspaper reported. ButScaccia argues the city putParson in a police position“most incompatible with hisdisability.”Scaccia said police offi-cials went to Parson’s homelast week to collect hisbadge and uniform and had“already decided that KenParson was going to be termi-nated” even before a hearinglast week.“He was able to mask hisdisability even when he wastransferred to the detectivesection in 2007, but it laterbecame more noticeable,”Scaccia said.Parson had successfulinvestigations and receivedaccolades for his work as adetective, but was increas-ingly subjected to “practical jokes and ridicule” and wasreferred to “as a dummy tohis face by an officer in frontof his superior who laughed,”according to the lawsuit.In June 2011, Parson wasmoved from detective to roadpatrolman. He challengedthat, arguing the stutter wouldmake it difficult for him toshout for suspects to stopor to cry out for assistance.City Manager William Brocktold The Associated Press atthat time that Parson’s detec-tive assignment was a tem-porary one scheduled to endafter four years and that thosepositions are rotated.The lawsuit says Parson’smental and physical healthhave suffered because of thestress of his new patrol posi-tion and ridicule and harass-ment over his disability.The suit seeks compensa-tion for lost wages and otherrelief, including compensa-tory damages totaling morethan $500,000 and punitivedamages in excess of $2 mil-lion.COLUMBUS (AP) — TheOhio Department of Healthis reporting a spike in thenumber of people hospital-ized with influenza this yearcompared to last year.Department spokeswom-an Shannon Libby says it’searly to see this much fluactivity, with cases typical-ly going up in January orFebruary.The Columbus Dispatchreported Tuesday that 863Ohioans have been hospital-ized with influenza this sea-son, compared with just 65 bythis time last season.The paper says totals fromearly October through Dec.22 included 326 hospitalizedacross the state during theweek of Dec. 16-22.That compares with justnine hospitalized statewidewith the flu during the sameweek in 2011.The Ohio Department of Health collects the data fromcity and county health depart-ments and reports flu hospi-talizations weekly.
Ohio clinic tacklesAppalachian dental needs
Stuttering Ohio officeralleges discrimination
Ohio fu season sees
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