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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
Friday, January 4, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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www.delphosherald.comMostly sunnySaturdaymorning, thenpartly cloudywith a 20 per-cent chance of snow show-ers through midnight. Highsin the lower 30s. A chanceof freezing drizzle and lightsnow after midnight with lowsin the upper 20s. See page 2.
Inmate veterans train dogs for other vets
BY DAVID DISHNEAUThe Associated Press
CRESAPTOWN, Md. — HazardWilson’s new cellmate is a hairy bun-dle of energy whose playful zeal can’tbe contained by steel doors: a five-month-old golden retriever. Yardleyis one of three canines assigned sinceSeptember to inmates at a maximum-security prison in western Marylandfor training as service dogs for disabledmilitary veterans.The number of programs nation-wide using inmates to train servicedogs is growing, but the program atWestern Correctional Institute might bethe first to use incarcerated veterans totrain dogs for other veterans.Professional trainers say prison-raised dogs tend to do better than thoseraised traditionally in foster homes,because puppies respond well to con-sistency and rigid schedules. That’s justwhat they get in prison.It’s not all work and no play.“I just love to see him be a puppy,”said Wilson, 53, serving a life sentencefor first-degree murder. “We’re put-ting them through some very stringenttraining — 90 percent of their time istraining — so it gives me great joy justto see them romp and roll around andbe puppies.”The dogs were provided byAmerica’s VetDogs of Smithtown,N.Y. They’re spending 14 months atthe prison for training in obedience andtasks like working light switches andretrieving objects.Trainer Kathy Levick comes in oncea week for two hours of instruction.Otherwise, the inmates — model pris-oners housed in a tier of cells reservedfor the most trusted inmates — workwith the dogs constantly. The animalssleep in cages inside the 6-by-9-footcells and accompany the inmates tomeals and activities.“As soon as the trainer gave us thegreen light, I took him to church,” saidJohn Barba of his pup, Dill. “I just putthe rug down, told him to sit, lay down,and that was it. And he stayed there thewhole Mass.”Barba, 62, was interviewed at theprison in November. He was releasedDec. 17 after serving 33 years formurder. Each prison puppy is assignedboth a trainer and an alternate, so Dill’straining wasn’t interrupted.The dogs spend their weekends atnearby private homes to experience lifeon the outside — things such as shop-ping malls, traffic lights and ordinaryhousehold chaos.The prison, tucked into theAppalachian Mountains about 140miles west of Baltimore, was the firstto receive dogs under the Marylandprogram. Since then, six have arrivedat Eastern Correctional Institution onthe Eastern Shore, and four at theMaryland Correctional Institution nearHagerstown, Division of Correctionspokeswoman Erin Julius said.More than 120 inmates at the threeprisons have applied to participate,although some haven’t yet cleared aselection process that bans known gangmembers and anyone with a record of child or animal abuse.The number of prison puppy pro-grams is growing, said Corey Hudson,president of the North American chap-ter of Assistance Dogs International,a group that establishes and promotestraining standards. He estimated that30 of ADI’s approximately 90 U.S.members have such programs. Theyinclude 13 run by Hudson’s nonprofitorganization, Canine Companions forIndependence, at institutions rangingfrom the Ross Correctional Institutionin Chillicothe, Ohio, to the military’sNorthwest Joint Regional CorrectionalFacility at Fort Lewis, Wash.Hudson said prison-raised dogs
“I just love to see himbe a puppy. We’reputting them throughsome very stringenttraining — 90 percentof their time is training— so it gives me great joy just to see themromp and roll aroundand be puppies.”
Hazard Wilson, 53,serving a life sentencefor first-degree murder
Congressman Latta explains his ‘fiscal cliff’ vote
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta(R-Bowling Green) issued thefollowing statement regard-ing the House vote on H.R.8, the American TaxpayerRelief Act:“Tonight, I supported abill that provides tax relief for hardworking Americanfamilies, making permanenttax cuts that Republicansoriginally crafted and enactedin 2001 and 2003, and pre-vented the largest tax hike inAmerican history.“Besides making perma-nent the tax rates for singlesat $400,000 and for marriedcouples at $450,000, thisbill will prevent 26 millionAmericans from paying theAlternative Minimum Tax(AMT) and helps our smallbusinesses and farmers bykeeping the death tax exemp-tion level at $5 million. Inaddition to extending per-manent tax relief for smallbusinesses and middle classfamilies, I am pleased to seethe bill included an exten-sion of the farm bill, whichwill prevent current law fromallowing milk prices to sky-rocket, as well as repealingthe pay increase for Membersof Congress and White Housestaff.“Our first step to avoid-ing the fiscal cliff has beentaken, but in order to achievea truly balanced approach andput our economy back on thepath to prosperity, we mustwork towards comprehensivetax reform, reducing our defi-cit and cut the out-of-controlspending that is occurring inWashington.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Congressman Bob Latta, along withLatta’s wife, Marcia, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria, pose for a pictureafter Latta was sworn in for his term in office. (Submitted photo)
Poll: Obesity’s a crisis butwe want our junk food
WASHINGTON — Weknow obesity is a health crisis,or every new year wouldn’tstart with resolutions to eatbetter and get off the couch.But don’t try taking away our junk food.Americans blame too muchscreen time and cheap fastfood for fueling the nation’sfat epidemic, a poll finds, butthey’re split on how muchthe government should do tohelp.Most draw the line at poli-cies that would try to forcehealthier eating by limitingfood choices, according to thepoll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for PublicAffairs Research.A third of people say thegovernment should be deeplyinvolved in finding ways tocurb obesity, while a similarproportion want it to playlittle or no role. The rest aresomewhere in the middle.Require more physicalactivity in school, or pro-vide nutritional guidelinesto help people make betterchoices? Sure, 8 in 10 supportthose steps. Make restaurantspost calorie counts on theirmenus, as the Food and DrugAdministration is poised todo? Some 70 percent thinkit’s a good idea.“That’s a start,” saidKhadijah Al-Amin, 52, of Coatesville, Pa. “The fat con-tent should be put up therein red letters, not just put upthere. The same way theymark something that’s poi-sonous, so when you see it,you absolutely know.”But nearly 6 in 10 peoplesurveyed oppose taxes target-ing unhealthy foods, knownas soda taxes or fat taxes.And when it comes torestricting what people canbuy — like New York City’srecent ban of supersizedsodas in restaurants — three-quarters say no way.“The outlawing of sugarydrinks, that’s just silly,” saidKeith Donner, 52, of Miami,who prefers teaching school-children to eat better and getmoving.“People should just look ata Big Gulp and say, ‘That’snot for me.’ I think it startswhen they are young and atschool,” he added.Indeed, while three-quar-ters of Americans considerobesity a serious health prob-lem for the nation, most of those surveyed say dealingwith it is up to individuals.Just a third consider obesitya community problem thatgovernments, schools, healthcare providers and the foodindustry should be involvedin. Twelve percent said it willtake work from both individ-uals and the community.That finding highlights thedilemma facing public healthexperts: Societal changes overrecent decades have helpedspur growing waistlines, andnow a third of U.S. childrenand teens and two-thirds of adults are either overweightor obese. Today, restaurantsdot more street corners andmalls, regular-sized portionsare larger, and a fast-foodmeal can be cheaper thanhealthier fare. Not to mention
Spelling bee winners head to county bee
Spelling bee winners from local elementaries will face off against students fromother Allen County schools in the county bee set Feb. 2 at Rhodes State College.St. John’s Elementary School winner is Abbey Meyer, left, with runner up JaredHonigford. Principal Nathan Stant congratulates them. (Submitted photo)Landeck Elementary School spelling bee winner isLauren Mox, left, with runner-up Trysten Smith.Franklin ElementarySchool winner is fifth-grader Megan Weitzel.Karlie Ulm was runner-up.See LATTA, page 2See OBESITY, page 2TODAY
Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Ada at Jefferson(NWC); Ottoville atCrestview; ColumbusGrove at Lincolnview(NWC); Elida at St. MarysMemorial (WBL); Kentonat Van Wert (WBL);St. John’s at Coldwater(MAC), 6:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball: LimaSenior at Elida, noon;Wapakoneta at Kalida,noon; St. John’s at FortJennings, 12:30 p.m.;Columbus Grove atOttoville (PCL), 1 p.m.;Fort Recovery at VanWert, 1 p.m.; Edgertonat Jefferson, 6 p.m.Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Fort Jennings at ColumbusGrove (PCL); Fort Recoveryat Lincolnview; Allen Eastat Spencerville (NWC - ppdfrom Dec. 21); Elida atLiberty-Benton; McComb atKalida; Minster at Ottoville(2 JV QTRS), 6:30 p.m.WrestlingVan Wert vs. KevinCleveland Memorial,Dublin Scioto, 9 a.m.;Jefferson at PlymouthInvitational, 10 a.m.Co-Ed Swimmingand Diving: Elida vs.Sidney Lehman Tri-meet at Troy, 6 p.m.
Churches partnerfor ‘Year of Faith’presentations
St. John the Evangelistand St. John the BaptistCatholic churches are part-nering to educate parish-ioners on the Sacramentsof the Catholic Churchfor the “Year of Faith.”Monthly presenta-tions will be held withthe churches takingturns 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.Chris Bohnsack at 7:30 p.m.Feb. 25 at St. John’s 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.May 13 at the 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.July 8 at the annex.
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Vol. 143 No. 151
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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Patricia Ann,76, of Van Wert. Funeral ser-vices will be held at 2 p.m.on Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, withReverend Paul Miller officiat-ing. Burial will follow in St.John’s Cemetery. Family andfriends may call from 10-2p.m. Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home.
Robert E., 87,of Defiance and formerly of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial will be held at 11a.m. Saturday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Churchin Delphos, the Rev. ToddDominique officiating. Burialwill follow in ResurrectionCemetery in Delphos, withMilitary Grave Rites by theDelphos Veterans Counciland a 4th Degree K of C ser-vice. Visitation will be from2-8 p.m. today at Harter andSchier Funeral Home witha parish wake at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions can bemade to St. Jude’s Children’sResearch Hospital.
Gary J. KnottFred L. MerricleJames WilliamChamp
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March 31, 1956-Jan. 2, 2013
Gary J. Knott, 56, of Van Wert, died at 8 a.m. onWednesday from injuries sus-tained in a semi accident.He was born March 31,1956, to James and Rita(Mormon) Knott. His mothersurvives in Delphos.On Sept. 26, 1981, he mar-ried Margie Lybold, who sur-vives in Van Wert.Survivors include his sons,Nicholas Knott of Athens,Benjamin Knott of Columbus;a daughter, Erin Knott of Van Wert; sisters, Rose Ann(Jerry) Vetter of Fort Jenningsand Ruth (Gary) Solarik of Archbold; and brothers, John(Janie) Knott of Fort Wayneand Charles (Claire) Knott of Magnolia.His father preceded him indeath.Mr. Knott was a truckdriver for Quality Carriersin Lima. He was a memberof St. Marys of AssumptionCatholic Church in Van Wert.He enjoyed riding his motor-cycle and spending time withhis family.Mass of Christian Burialwill be at 10:30 a.m. Mondayat St. Mary’s AssumptionCatholic Church in Van Wert,the Rev. Stan Szybka officiat-ing. Burial will be at a laterdate.Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. Sunday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and onehour prior to the Mass onMonday at the church.Memorial contributionscan be made to the family.
July 16, 1956-Jan. 2, 2013
Fred L. Merricle, 56, of Spencerville, died at 10:30a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center, following asudden illness.He was born July 16,1956, in Lima to Delmar L.and Dorothy M. (Doseck)Merricle. His mother survivesin Lima.On July 16, 1977, he mar-ried Diane Lynn Comer, whosurvives.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Saturday in theThomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, PastorJim Lyle officiating. Burialwill follow in the SpencervilleCemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today andafter 10 a.m. Saturday at thefuneral home.Memorials may be madeto the Spencerville BandBoosters or to the family.
May 14, 1945Jan. 2, 2013
James William Champ,67, formerly of Spencervilleand Lima, died at 11:36 a.m.Wednesday at the HardinHills Health Center in Kenton,where he resided since Oct.22.He was born May 14,1945, in Lima to James Lewisand Elva Iota “Odie” AdamsChamp, who preceded him indeath.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Wednesday in theThomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, with hisnephew Pastor Thomas Roof officiating. Burial will followin the New Salem Cemetery inAuglaize County, with mili-tary rites by the SpencervilleVeterans.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdayand after 10 a.m. Wednesdayat the funeral home.Memorials may be madeto Followers of ChristInternational.High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 29 degrees,low was 12. High a year agotoday was 35, low was 18.Record high for today is 65,set in 1951. Record low is -9,set in 1982.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Clear. Lowsaround 15. West winds 5 to15 mph.
Mostlysunny in the morning, thenpartly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showersin the afternoon. Highs in thelower 30s. Southwest winds 5to 15 mph.
 Cloudy. Chance of snowshowers through midnight,then chance of freezingdrizzle and light snow aftermidnight. Not as cold. Lowsin the upper 20s. Southwestwinds 10 to 20 mph. Chanceof measurable precipitation40 percent.
Cloudy with a30 percent chance of snowshowers. Highs in the lower30s. West winds 10 to 20mph.
Partlycloudy. Lows in the lower20s.
Mostlyclear. Highs in the lower 30s.Lows in the lower 20s.
Partlycloudy. Highs around 40.Lows in the upper 20s.
 Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of rain or snow.Lows in the lower 30s.
Mostlycloudy with a 40 percentchance of rain. Highs in thelower 40s.
Indian court to rule on generic drug industry
Venezuela’s Chavez fightingsevere lung infection
By NIRMALA GEORGEThe Associated Press
NEW DELHI — FromAfrica’s crowded AIDS clin-ics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in thedeveloping world are hang-ing in the balance ahead of alegal ruling that will determinewhether India’s drug compa-nies can continue to providecheap versions of many life-saving medicines.The case — involvingSwiss drug maker NovartisAG’s cancer drug Glivec —pits aid groups that argue Indiaplays a vital role as the phar-macy to the poor against drugcompanies that insist they needstrong patents to make drugdevelopment profitable. A rul-ing by India’s Supreme Courtis expected in early 2013.“The implications of thiscase reach far beyond India,and far beyond this particu-lar cancer drug,” said LeenaMenghaney, from the aidgroup Doctors WithoutBorders. “Across the world,there is a heavy dependenceon India to supply affordableversions of expensive patentedmedicines.”With no costs for develop-ing new drugs or conductingexpensive trials, India’s $26billion generics industry is ableto sell medicine for as little asone-tenth the price of the com-panies that developed them,making India the second-larg-est source of medicines distrib-uted by UNICEF in its globalprograms.Indian pharmaceutical com-panies such as Cipla, CadilaLaboratories and Lupin haveemerged over the past decadeas major sources of genericcancer, malaria, tuberculosisand AIDS drugs for poor coun-tries that can’t afford to payWestern prices.The 6-year-old case that justwrapped up in the SupremeCourt revolves around a legalprovision in India’s 2005 pat-ent law that is aimed at pre-venting companies from get-ting fresh patents for makingonly minor changes to existingmedicines — a practice knownas “evergreening.”Novartis’ argued that a newversion of Glivec — marketedin the U.S. as Gleevec — was asignificant change from the ear-lier version because it was moreeasily absorbed by the body.India’s Patent Controllerturned down the application,saying the change was an obvi-ous development, and the newmedicine was not sufficientlydistinct from the earlier versionto warrant a patent extension.
By IAN JAMESThe Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan President HugoChavez is being treated for“respiratory deficiency” aftercomplications from a severelung infection, his govern-ment said, pointing to a deep-ening crisis for the ailing58-year-old president.Chavez hasn’t spoken pub-licly or been seen since hisDec. 11 operation in Cuba,and the latest report from hisgovernment Thursday nightincreased speculation that heis unlikely to be able to besworn in for another termas scheduled in less than aweek. It was the first time thegovernment has described thelung infection as “severe,”and the strongest confirma-tion yet that Chavez is hav-ing serious trouble breathingafter days of rumors about hiscondition worsening.“Chavez has faced com-plications as a result of asevere respiratory infec-tion. This infection has ledto respiratory deficiency thatrequires Commander Chavezto remain in strict compliancewith his medical treatment,”Information Minister ErnestoVillegas said Thursday night,reading the statement on tele-vision.The government’s char-acterization raised the pos-sibility that Chavez mightbe breathing with the assis-tance of a machine. But thegovernment did not addressthat question and didn’t givedetails of the president’streatment.“It appears he has a verysevere pneumonia that hesuffered after a respiratoryfailure. It is not very spe-cific,” said Dr. AlejandroRios-Ramirez, a pulmonaryspecialist in Puerto Vallarta,Mexico, who is not involvedin Chavez’s treatment. “Itdoes imply the gravity of his pulmonary infection thatled to a respiratory failure.It doesn’t mean yet that he isbreathing with a machine.”Dr. Michael Pishvaian,an oncologist at GeorgetownUniversity’s LombardiCancer Center in Washington,said such respiratory infec-tions can run the gamut from“a mild infection requiringantibiotics and supplementaloxygen to life-threateningrespiratory complications.”“It could be a very omi-nous sign,” Pishvaian said.He said it’s possible Chavezcould be on “life support,”breathing with help from aventilator, but he added thatit’s impossible to be surewithout more details.“He might be, he mightvery well not be. One canhave a severe respiratory con-dition but not yet need a ven-tilator,” Pishvaian said.The government expressedconfidence in Chavez’s medi-cal team and condemnedwhat it called a “campaign of psychological warfare” in theinternational media regard-ing the president’s condi-tion. Officials have urgedVenezuelans not to heedrumors about Chavez’s con-dition.The statement didn’t pointto any particular rumors butsaid “this campaign aimsultimately to destabilizethe Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ... and end theBolivarian Revolution led byChavez.”Venezuela’s opposi-tion has demanded that thegovernment provide morespecific information aboutChavez’s condition.Chavez has undergone fourcancer-related surgeries sinceJune 2011 for an undisclosedtype of pelvic cancer. He alsohas undergone chemotherapyand radiation treatment.He was re-elected inOctober to another six-yearterm, and two months laterannounced that the can-cer had come back. Chavezsaid before the operationthat if his illness preventedhim from remaining presi-dent, Vice President NicolasMaduro should be his party’scandidate to replace him in anew election.This week, the presi-dent’s elder brother Adanand National AssemblyPresident Diosdado Cabello joined a parade of visitorswho saw Chavez in Havana,and then returned to Caracason Thursday along withMaduro.
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electronic distractions that slight-ly more people surveyed blamedfor obesity than fast food.In the current environment, it’sdifficult to exercise that personalresponsibility, said Jeff Levi of the nonprofit Trust for America’sHealth, which has closely trackedthe rise in obesity.“We need to create environ-ments where the healthy choicebecomes the easy choice, whereit’s possible for people to bearthat responsibility,” he said.The new poll suggestswomen, who have major inputon what a family eats, recognizethose societal and communitydifficulties more than men do.More than half of womensay the high cost of healthy foodis a major driver of obesity,compared with just 37 percentof men. Women also are morelikely than men to blame cheapfast food and to say that thefood industry should bear a lotof responsibility for helping tofind solutions.Patricia Wilson, 53, of ruralSpeedwell, Tenn., says she mustdrive 45 minutes to reach a gro-cery store — passing numerousburger and pizza joints, withmore arriving every year.“They shouldn’t be lettingall these fast-food places goup,” said Wilson, who nags herchildren and grandchildren toeat at home and watch theircalories. She recalls how herown overweight grandmotherlost both her legs and then herlife to diabetes.More than 80 percent of peo-ple in the AP-NORC poll saidthey had easy access to super-markets, but just as many couldeasily get fast food. Another68 percent said it was easy forkids to purchase junk food ontheir way to school, potentiallyfoiling diet-conscious caregiv-ers like Wilson, who doesn’tallow her grandchildren to eatunhealthy snacks at home.“If they say they’re hungry,they get regular food,” she said.Food is only part of the obe-sity equation; physical activ-ity is key too. About 7 in 10people said it was easy to findsidewalks or paths for jogging,walking or bike-riding. But 63percent found it difficult to runerrands or get around withouta car, reinforcing a sedentarylifestyle.James Gambrell, 27, of Springfield, Ore., said he paysparticular attention to diet andexercise because obesity runs inhis family. He makes a point of walking to stores and runningerrands on foot two to threetimes a week.But Gambrell, a fast-foodcashier, said he eats out at leastonce a day because of the con-venience and has changed hisorder at restaurants that alreadyhave begun posting caloriecounts. He’s all for the govern-ment pushing those kinds of solutions.“I feel that it’s a part of thegovernment’s responsibility tocare for its citizens and as suchshould attempt to set regulationsfor restaurants that are potentiallyharmful to its citizens,” he said.On the other side is PamelaDupuis, 60, of Aurora, Colo.,who said she has struggled withweight and has been diagnosedas pre-diabetic. She doesn’twant the government involvedin things like calorie-counting.“They should stay out of ourlives,” she said.
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Provisions in H.R. 8, theAmerican Taxpayer Relief Act are:
• Marginal tax rates – per
-manent extension of currentpolicy up to $400,000 for sin-gles and $450,000 for marriedcouples
• Capital gains and
dividends – makes perma-nent the 15% top capitalgains and dividends up to$400,000 for singles and$450,000 for married cou-ples; 20% rate for bothabove threshold
• Death tax – permanent
extension of current policyon portability and unificationwith a $5 million exemptionindexed for inflation and a40% top rate
• Alternative Minimum
Tax (AMT) for individu-als – permanently indexesAMT for inflation, protect-ing millions of Americansfrom an unexpected taxincrease
• Child tax credit – makes
permanent the refundable$1,000 child tax credit, pre-venting a reversion to the$500 level
• No increase in the debt
limit – remains at $16.394trillion
• Repeals the Community
Living Assistance Servicesand Supports (CLASS) Actentitlement – long termcare program contained inObamacare (PPACA)
• Contains a 1 year exten
-sion of the “doc fix”, theSustainable Growth Rate(SGR), which ensures provid-ers are paid for caring forMedicare patients, thus pro-tecting seniors’ access tohealth care
• Farm bill – provides a
1 year extension of the 2008Farm Bill, avoiding revertingback to 1949 law
• Prevents any cost-of-liv
-ing adjustment to the pay forMembers of Congress for FY2013
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graduate at a slightly high-er level than those reared intraditional settings. A TuftsUniversity study of 397 assis-tance dogs that entered train-ing between 1999 and 2004found that those raised in pris-ons needed less polishing andsucceeded at a higher rate: 76percent versus 61 percent forhome-raised dogs.“I would say the more pris-on programs we can have, thebetter,” Hudson said. “Whenthey’re in the prison, that’stheir major focus, 16 to 18hours a day.”The veteran angle — incar-cerated vets raising servicedogs for other veterans —may be unique to Maryland.Julius said inmates who werehonorably discharged fromthe military are preferred, butthose with less-than-honor-able discharges are consid-ered.Wilson, a former militarypolice officer honorably dis-charged in 1982, said he’sproud to help another vet-eran.“I feel as though theydon’t get what they deservewhen they come home,” hesaid. “This is a part of why Ido what I do.”The program is among anumber of animal-based pris-on programs implementedby Maryland Public Safetyand Correctional ServicesSecretary Gary Maynard,who grew up on an Oklahomafarm. Other Maryland inmatesraise companion dogs, whichdon’t provide physical assis-tance, and tend retired thor-oughbreds.“Everybody thinks it’sabout the dogs,” Maynardsaid. “It’s about the inmatesand the change in theirlives.”
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Ohio store clerkcleared in fatalshootingPolice shootman afterconfrontation
Utility wants Ohio customersto pay for June storms
COLUMBUS (AP) —American Electric Powerwants to make its customerspick up the $61.8 million tabfor repairs resulting from lastsummer’s severe storms.The Columbus Dispatchreports that the reimburse-ment request the companyfiled with the Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio is one of the largest ever in the state.It would cost about $3 amonth for a typical householdand would be paid for a year.That works out to about a2-percent rate increase.AEP’s system sufferedmass power failures because of the June 29 storm. Nearly half of the company’s 1.5 millionOhio customers lost power,some for more than a week.Utility spokeswoman TerriFlora said it is typical forutilities to go to customers torecover costs for large-scalestorms.
Pregnant woman dies in Ohio crash; baby delivered
PERRYSBURGTOWNSHIP (AP) — Awoman who was 9 monthspregnant has died in an autoaccident on U.S. 20, but herbaby has been delivered.WTOL-TV reports that26-year-old Rachel Kominekwas pronounced dead at theaccident scene around 5 p.m.Thursday. Her baby wasdelivered by EMS workersand airlifted to a hospital.The state Highway Patrolsays Kominek was killedwhen her husband, 24-year-old Dustin Kominek, lostcontrol of his car on a snow-covered road while makinga turn. It stopped in an inter-section, where another carstruck it.Dustin Kominek, whowas not wearing a seatbelt,was thrown from the car andsuffered non-life threateninginjuries. The occupants of theother car, 33-year-old MelissaDomanowski, the driver, andher passenger, 34-year-oldJillian Sheetz, also sufferednon-life threatening injuries.CLEVELAND (AP) — A22-year-old Cleveland conve-nience store clerk who fatallyshot an apparent robber last fallwon’t face criminal charges.A Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to indict SterlingEdmonds in connection withthe Sept. 25 shooting at a MiniMart. Police said Edmondsshot 32-year-old Curtis Grantsix times during an altercationin the store.Charges were dropped thisweek.The (Cleveland) PlainDealer reports that Grantargued with Edmonds, whowas in a bulletproof booth,over owing more money.Grant kicked in the door tothe booth and went inside, andthat’s when Edmonds shot himmultiple times.Police said Grant was notarmed. The prosecutor’s officesaid the gun used by Edmondswas owned by someone else.COLUMBUS (AP) —Authorities say a man has beenshot by a Columbus police offi-cer after he fired his gun into ahouse on the city’s east side.Thomas M. Bell II is in sta-ble condition at a hospital afterbeing shot in the midsection onThursday.Police spokesman Sgt. RichWeiner says police received acall at around 6:35 p.m. about aman firing shots outside a house.He says when officers arrivedthey were directed to the home’srear, where they began chasing asuspect. During a confrontation,an officer shot Bell.Weiner says the incidentappears to have stemmed froma domestic dispute. EarlierThursday, a woman was granteda protection order against Bellbut Weiner says it hadn’t beenserved before the shooting.Police recovered a handgunand ammunition.
Judge allows Ohio GM workersto sue over back pay
By JOHN SEEWERThe Associated Press
TOLEDO — A group of General Motors workers innortheast Ohio who say theywere wrongly hit with a paycut can move forward witha lawsuit against the auto-maker and the United AutoWorkers.Nearly 30 workers at GM’sLordstown factory argue thatthey were improperly classi-fied as temporary employeesafter losing their jobs andthen being rehired.The union and company’srequest to dismiss the law-suit was turned down latelast week. U.S. District JudgeBenita Pearson rejected theirclaim that too much time hadpassed and that most of theworkers had not gone throughthe union’s appeal process.The workers at theLordstown plant where GMmakes the Chevy Cruze saidin the lawsuit that they havebeen improperly classified astemporary employees sincebeing hired in October 2006.They lost their jobs inthe spring of 2007 and werebrought back six months later.The workers were briefly paidthe same wage as permanentemployees, but the lawsuitargues that they were reclas-sified as temporary workersin June 2008.The workers said the changein classification cut their payby more than 40 percent. Theyare seeking back pay of $3 mil-lion to $4 million.They also charge that theunion didn’t stick up for themand refused to file a grievance.Both the union and thecompany have denied the alle-gations in court documents.A local union official at theLordstown plant where GMmakes the Chevy Cruze hassaid that the workers weren’tmisrepresented.Tom Mock, commu-nications manager for theLordstown plant, declined tocomment Thursday.A lawyer for the workers,Ken Myers, said it’s possiblethat the lawsuit could pavethe way for workers at otherauto plants who have beenforced into two-tier wage sys-tems. But many wouldn’t beable to sue because of timerestrictions, he said.Still, he has heard fromother workers in a handfulof states. “There are otherpotential lawsuits brewing,”Myers said.The lawsuit filed by thenortheast Ohio workers inMay 2011 said the Detroit-based General Motors Co.violated collective bargainingagreements reached betweenthe company and the UAW in2003 and 2007.
Kucinich won’t rule outfuture campaigns
By THOMAS J.SHEERANThe Associated Press
CLEVELAND — DennisKucinich, a leading voice inthe left wing of the DemocraticParty, left Congress onThursday after 16 years butsaid he wouldn’t rule outanother run for public office.After members of the newCongress took office, Kucinichsaid he’s determined to remaina voice for change even if hedoesn’t have a House vote onCapitol Hill.“It remains to be seen” if he will run for office again,he told The Associated Pressin a phone interview fromWashington. “There’s nocampaign in the offing.”Kucinich said he still hasa supply of yellow campaignyard signs in a garage.The former “boy mayor”of Cleveland and two-timepresidential candidate said hisplans include speaking andtending to a political actioncommittee created to nurturelike-minded progressives.“I’m going to continue myefforts to reach out to unitepeople,” he said. “I’m makingplans right now.”Kucinich, 66, lost last yearto U.S. Rep. Marcy Kapturof Toledo in a Democraticprimary set up by Republicanredistricting.With a national follow-ing among progressives,Kucinich is known for hisoffbeat, brash style sincebecoming Cleveland’s mayorat age 31. One of his petprojects in Washington calledfor creating a cabinet-lev-el Department of Peace toaddress violence in schools,homes, work places andacross the nation and world.Kucinich expressed frus-tration with the growingfinancial demands of runningfor public office and said evencongressional races can costan “obscene” eight figures.Campaign money makesgovernment “an auctionhouse where the policies gothe highest bidder,” he said.He said public financing of campaigns would make thenation “a true democracy.”While the new Congressmight show some support inthat direction, Kucinich said,“The support has to comefrom grassroots, more thanfrom Washington.”“Let’s face it, people inWashington — and there area lot of good people here —they are trapped by this sys-tem,” he said.
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Judge dismissesOhio inmate’sstun gun claim
COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge has dismissed an Ohio jail inmate’s claims that depu-ties used excessive force whenshocking him with a stun gunat the jail and later at a hos-pital.The allegations by MichaelReed were among severalclaims of unconstitutional useof stun guns brought in thepast two years by inmates atthe Franklin County Jail.Reed said deputies improp-erly used a stun gun whentrying to remove him from hiscell for a medical appointmentfollowing a seizure on Jan. 29,2009 and again later in the dayat the hospital.Columbus federal judge Edmund Sargus saidWednesday that deputiesresponded appropriately tocontrol Reed and that Reed’sclaims of excessive force aren’tbacked up by video evidence.Reed’s attorney Noure Alosaid Reed will appeal.AKRON (AP) — A north-east Ohio teen convictedof raping and killing his3-year-old half sister couldbe released from juvenile cus-tody in less than four years if he behaves himself.The 17-year-old boy fromBarberton was sentencedThursday to confinementat an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility untilhe turns 21. He’ll get coun-seling and schooling towarda degree.The Akron Beacon Journalreports that Juvenile JudgeLinda Tucci Teodosio ruledthat if the teen commits a vio-lent act at the juvenile facil-ity, he could be sent to anadult prison for life.The boy was 15 when thecrimes occurred in 2011. Anautopsy said the 3-year-oldgirl died from “multisystemorgan failure,” a medical termfor serious infection over aperiod of time from traumaticinjuries.
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