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Local action, p6 and 8Kasich’s team prepares to defendnew school formula, p3
Obama proposals facequick fight in Congress
By ERICA WERNERThe Associated Press
 Ash Wednesday marks Lenten season
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church parishioners attended Ash WednesdayMass this morning and received the mark of the ashes. The ashes are made from theburning of the blessed palms distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. They aresprinkled with holy water before being applied to the forehead in the sign of a crosswith the minister’s right thumb. Today marks the beginning of the Lenten season.(Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
State of the Union address
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
At a recent celebration, the Delphos Fire Association honored 3 newly-retired fire-fighters for their service. Together, these firefighters accounted for 97 years of serviceto the association and the citizens of Delphos. Pictured with the service awards theyreceived are, from left, Paul Carder (26 years), Dennis Hageman (44 years) and BobJettinghoff (27 years). (Submitted photo)
 Firefighters retire with 97 years experience
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 174
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.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 willbe accepted in towns or villag-es where The Delphos Heraldpaper carriers or motor routesprovide daily home delivery for$1.48 per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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Prosecutor: Chicago gangwar led to teen’s death
March 22, 1946 - Feb. 11, 2013
John “David” Whittington,66, of Gomer, passed awayat 1:47 p.m. Monday from amassive heart attack at LimaMemorial Hospital.He was born on March 22,1946, in Lima to John andNorma (Notter) Whittington,who preceded him in death.He was united in marriageto Linda Jane Renner, whosurvives in Gomer.Other survivors includea daughter, Cynthia Lynn(Scott) Neubert of Delphos;a sister, Nancy (Larry) Millerof Lima; two grandsons, EvanJohn Neubert and Alex DavidNeubert; a sister-in-law, Jill(Arnold) Renner; and threenieces and three nephews.He was also preceded indeath by his grandparents,Thomas and Mabel (Ballard)Whittington, Penegoes, NorthWales; great-grandparents,Thomas and Sara Whittingtonand Richard and BerniceNotter; and brother-in-law,Allen Keith Renner.Mr. Whittington was ateacher at Perry Local Schoolsand Delphos Jefferson HighSchool, where he taught sci-ence, biology and anatomyand was a guidance counselor.He lectured Indian relic adulteducation courses at VantageVocational School andScience Methods at the OSULima Campus. He also servedas a student teacher supervi-sor at OSU Lima campus. Hewas a harness racing clerkat Shelby, Putnam and AllenCounty fairs and volunteeredas a juvenile probation offi-cer and teacher for the LimaJuvenile Court.He was a member of theGomer United Church orChrist, the Ohio State AlumniAssociation, Allen CountyGo-Bucks Club and WelshSociety of Northwest Ohio,serving as the current presi-dent; past member of theLima Emergency PlanningCommission, NationalAssociation of BiologyTeachers and Ohio Academyof Science Olympiads atOSU; judged local, regionaland state science fairs; anddirected marine biology campson Andros Island, Bahamas.He was awarded the N.W.Ohio Science Teacher of theYear, National Association’sBiology Teacher of the Year,Lima Senior High SchoolHall of Fame and HonoraryWildcat Award at Jefferson.Mr. Whittington gradu-ated from Lima Senior HighSchool in 1964, the Ohio StateUniversity in 1968 and theUniversity of Dayton in 1972,where he earned his mastersdegree in guidance.He enjoyed reading, gar-dening, harness horse racing,traveling, boxing, gamblingand antiquing. He was an avidIndian relic historian and col-lector.Funeral services will beheld at 11 a.m. on Saturday atthe Gomer United Church of Christ the Rev. David Howelland Brian Knoderer offici-ating. Burial will follow inthe Pike Run and TawelfanCemetery in Gomer.Visitation will be from 3-8p.m. on Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and onehour prior to services Saturdayat the church.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the WelshSociety of Northwest Ohio.
Oct. 12, 1919-Feb. 11, 2013
Elizabeth Smith, 93,of Delphos, died at 5:15a.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Oct. 12, 1919,in Paulding County to Josephand Marie (Hrachovska)Sochor, who preceded her indeath.On July 30, 1941, she mar-ried Lloyd Smith, who sur-vives in Delphos.Other survivors include ason, Donald (Sally) Smith of Hernando, Fla.; two daugh-ters, Susan (John) Ebey of Santa Monica, Calif., and Barb(Kim) Bradshaw of Elida;and two grandchildren, RyanBradshaw of Kansas City,Mo., and Laura Bradshaw of Santiago, Chile.She was also preceded indeath by a brother, JosephSochor; and three sisters, MaryStraznicky, Bessie Polasekand Anna Allmandinger.Mrs. Smith was a tellerat Commercial Bank for 19years. She was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch and its Altar RosarySociety and CD of A and theFirst Catholic Slovak LadiesAssoc. She enjoyed baking,sewing, needlework and sheloved her grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in the churchcemetery.Friends may call from 2-4,6-8 p.m. Thursday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake willbegin at 7:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily would prefer all donationsbe made to St. John’s ParishFoundation or St. VincentdePaul Society.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 41 degrees,low was 28. High a year agotoday was 29, low was 18.Record high for today is 66,set in 1990. Record low is -8,set in 1944.
By DON BABWINThe Associated Press
CHICAGO — Two mencircled a park on Chicago’sSouth Side looking for mem-bers of a rival gang before onecrept up on a group seekingshelter from the rain under acanopy and opened fire, strik-ing a 15-year-old honor studentwho once made a video protest-ing gang violence, prosecutorssaid Tuesday.New details about the deathof Hadiya Pendleton emergedduring a court hearing in whicha judge denied bail for thetwo men charged with mur-der in her death, 18-year-oldMichael Ward and 20-year-oldKenneth Williams. Williams’attorney denied that his cli-ent was a gang member, butCook County Assistant State’sAttorney Jennifer Sexton laidout in sometimes chilling detail— much of it, she said, pro-vided by the defendants them-selves — of a hunt for rivalgang members that ended witha deadly case of mistaken iden-tity. Authorities have said noone in Pendleton’s group wasaffiliated with a gang. Her deathis one of dozens of homicidesin Chicago already this year buthas drawn national attention inpart because the drum majoretteperformed as President BarackObama’s inaugural festivities just days before the shooting.Sexton said Ward andWilliams belonged to theSUWU gang and were trollingthe streets about a mile fromObama’s Chicago home onJan. 29, looking for membersof a rival 4-6 Terror gang. Theysaw Pendleton and her friendshuddled under the canopyabout 2 p.m., mistook them formembers of the other gang andpulled over in an alley, she said.Ward told police the twogangs had been shooting ateach other since 2010, and hewas angry with the 4-6 Terrorgang for shooting and killinga friend of his, Sexton said. Hehopped out of the car and washanded a gun by Williams, whopolice said had been shot inthe arm by a member of a rivalgang just six months earlier,she said.“Defendant Ward admittedhe snuck up on the group andthey didn’t see him coming,”Sexton said. He fired at leastsix times, she told the judge.One bullet struck a 17-year-oldin the left ankle, and anothergrazed the left foot of another17-year-old. Pendleton was hitin the upper back.“She was able to make itoutside of the park and thencollapsed on the street,” Sextonsaid. The teen died later that day.
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Rogue ex-LAPD officerbelieved dead after standoff 
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif.(AP) — As police scouredmountain peaks for days, usingeverything from bloodhoundsto high-tech helicopters, therevenge-seeking ex-cop theywanted was hiding amongthem, holed up in a vacationcabin across the street fromtheir command post.It was there thatChristopher Dorner apparent-ly took refuge last Thursday,four days after beginning adeadly rampage that wouldclaim four lives. The searchended abruptly Tuesday whena man believed to be Dornerbolted from hiding, stole twocars, barricaded himself in avacant cabin and mounted alast stand in a furious shoot-out in which he killed onesheriff’s deputy and woundedanother before the buildingerupted in flames. He neveremerged from the ruins andhours later a charred body wasfound inside. “We have rea-son to believe that it is him,”San Bernardino County sher-iff’s spokeswoman CynthiaBachman said. Dorner, 33,had said in a lengthy rantpolice believe he posted onFacebook that he expected todie in one final, violent con-frontation with police, and if itwas him in the cabin that’s justwhat happened. The appar-ent end came very close towhere his trail went cold sixdays earlier when his burningpickup truck — with guns andcamping gear inside — wasabandoned on a fire road inthe San Bernardino NationalForest near the ski resorttown of Big Bear Lake. Hisfootprints led away from thetruck and vanished on frozensoil. With no sign of him andfew leads, police offered a $1million reward to bring himto justice and end a “reignof terror” that had more than50 families of targeted LosAngeles police officers underround-the-clock protectionafter he threatened to bring“warfare” to the LAPD, offi-cers and their kin.Just a few hours afterpolice announced Tuesdaythat they had fielded morethan 1,000 tips with no sign of Dorner, word came that a manmatching his description hadtied up two people in a BigBear Lake cabin, stole theircar and fled. Authorities didn’timmediately give more detailson the two people.Game wardens from theCalifornia Department of Fishand Wildlife who were part of the search detail spotted thepurple Nissan that had beenreported stolen going in theopposite direction and gavechase, department spokesmanLt. Patrick Foy said. The driv-er looked like Dorner.They lost the purple carafter it passed a school bus andturned onto a side road, buttwo other Fish and Wildlifepatrols turned up that roada short time later, and weresearching for the car when awhite pickup truck sped errati-cally toward the wardens.“He took a close look at thedriver and realized it was thesuspect,” Foy said.Dorner, who allegedlystole the pickup truck at gun-point after crashing the firstcar, rolled down a windowand opened fire on the war-dens, striking a warden’s truckmore than a dozen times.One of the wardens shotat the suspect as he rounded acurve in the road. It’s unclearif he hit him, but the stolenpickup careened off the roadand crashed in a snow bank.Dorner then ran on foot tothe cabin where he barricadedhimself and got in a shootoutwith San Bernardino Countysheriff’s deputies and otherofficers who arrived.Two deputies were shot,one fatally. A SWAT teamsurrounded the cabin andused an armored vehicle tobreak out the cabin windows,said a law enforcement offi-cial who requested anonymitybecause the investigation wasongoing. The officers thenpumped a gas into the cabinand blasted a message overa loudspeaker: “Surrender orcome out.”The armored vehicle thentore down each of the cabin’sfour walls.A single shot was heardinside before the cabin wasengulfed in flames, the lawenforcement official told TheAssociated Press.
Ohio man gets 9years for rapingteen girl
BELLEFONTAINE (AP)— An Ohio man has been sen-tenced to nine years in prisonfor raping a 14-year-old girl.WHIO-TV says 35-year-old Michael Williams hadpleaded guilty in January. Hewas sentenced Tuesday inBellefontaine, in west-centralOhio.He will also have to servefive years of probation afterhe gets out of prison and reg-ister as a sex offender.Authorities say Williamswas arrested Aug. 3 aftera member of the victim’sfamily reported the crimeto Bellefontaine police.Prosecutors noted for thecourt that the victim suffered“serious emotional harm” atthe hands of Williams.DELAWARE (AP) — Theboyfriend of a central Ohiowoman killed in crash causedby a repeat drunken driver issuing the man’s employer andthose who may have servedhim alcohol.WBNS-TV says an attor-ney for Brad Weaver filed thewrongful death lawsuit thisweek. His girlfriend, HeidiHecker, was killed in the Nov.8 crash. Weaver and the cou-ple’s 10-month-old daughterwere injured.A jury convicted 45-year-old Marc Kraft last week, anda judge sentenced him to morethan 29 years in prison. Itwas Kraft’s seventh drunken-driving conviction.The lawsuit claims Kraft’semployer knew or shouldhave known about his drivinghistory before entrusting himwith the pickup truck he wasdriving when he slammed intothe Subaru at an intersectionin Delaware, near Columbus.
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Today is Ash Wednesday,Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2013.There are 321 days left in theyear.
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On Feb. 13, 1943, duringWorld War II, the U.S. MarineCorps Women’s Reserve wasofficially established.On this date:In 1542, the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII,Catherine Howard, was exe-cuted for adultery.In 1861, Abraham Lincolnwas officially declared win-ner of the 1860 presidentialelection as electors cast theirballots.
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Kasich schools team preparesto defend new formula
Woody Hayesstatue goes upon OSU campus
COLUMBUS (AP) —An 8-foot-tall bronze statueof legendary football coachWoody Hayes is going up out-side the Ohio State Universityathletic center that bears hisname.The Columbus Dispatchreports that the 800-poundlikeness of the longtime coachhas been in the works forfive years. It’s scheduled tobe affixed to a granite baseWednesday afternoon outsidethe Woody Hayes AthleticCenter on campus.The statue and other trib-utes come in recognitionof the 100th anniversary of Hayes’ birth on Thursday.The bronze likeness wasdone by artist Alan Cottrill of Zanesville.Hayes coached at OhioState for 28 seasons. He diedin 1987.
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COLUMBUS — Gov.John Kasich’s educationteam is setting out to defenda new school funding for-mula that left many districts,including some of the state’spoorest, surprised at the lackof added cash.Richard Ross, director of the Governor’s Office of 21stCentury Education, said hewould present to the budget-writing Ohio House FinanceCommittee on Wednesdayfigures that prove the newlyproposed equation deliverson the Republican gover-nor’s promise to help poordistricts the most.“We have some charts toillustrate that low-incomeschools actually get signifi-cantly more resources thanhigher wealth schools,” Rosssaid Tuesday. “Personally, aswe talked about it when itwas presented on the philo-sophical basis, I think con-ceptually school districtsliked what they heard.”Then came release of newdistrict-by-district fundingbreakdowns.The eagerly anticipatedspreadsheets were to be thefirst significant adjustmentsto state subsidies that Ohioschools had seen in fiveyears. Sixty percent of dis-tricts’ allotments turned outto be flat. Superintendentswere shocked, some werelivid.Kasich’s AchievementEverywhere plan sends $1.2billion more overall to K-12public school districts overthe two-year budget cyclebeginning July 1. Thatincluded a nearly 6 per-cent increase in fiscal year2014 and 3.2 percent morethe next year. The proposalbrings all schools up to thetax base level of a districtwith $250,000 in propertyvalue per student — the 96thpercentile of districts state-wide — to ease wide dis-parities in millage revenuesfrom local levies. Add-onsare provided to account forthe number of poor students,English-language learners,gifted students and otherspecial categories.And another $300 mil-lion is set aside in a StraightA fund, which will delivergrants to districts for innova-tion and efficiency measures.The Ohio 8, a coalition of superintendents and teacherunion presidents from thestate’s eight big-city dis-tricts, said in a statement thatit’s still reviewing the pro-posal but an initial analysissuggests “room for improve-ment.”“We are concerned aboutpotential new restrictionsand/or mandates relatedto funding and significantpolicy proposals,” said a joint statement from AkronSuperintendent David Jamesand Cleveland TeachersUnion chief David Quolke.Ross’ presentationWednesday was to empha-size that the new formulafunnels the largest amount of money — 27 percent of whatOhio spends — to the state’s14 large urban districts, orabout $5,500 per studentover the biennium. By con-trast, the per-pupil amountof the wealthiest 20 percentis about $1,500.More than 60 percent of money goes to poorer dis-tricts.Administration estimatesRoss was to present showthe 20 percent of districtswith the lowest property val-ues after the big-city dis-tricts gets the next largestamount — more than $2.3billion, or 18 percent of the total — over two years.Successively wealthier quin-tiles, representing 20 percenteach, receive a successivelysmaller share of the total,ending with 8.7 percent of funding for the wealthiest 20percent.Adjusted on a per-pupilbasis, the administrationsays, the story is the same.According to administra-tion calculations, the amountthe 14 large urban districtsare receiving per student iswell above the state average,while the per-pupil fundingfor the wealthiest districts iswell below the state aver-age. Ross said any new for-mula was bound to come withgrowing pains, includingadjustments for significantshifts in enrollment numbersand property values since thestate has been without a newformula.The formula ties moneymore closely to studentsrather than districts, he said.DAYTON (AP) — A formerdirector of a funeral home insouthwest Ohio is facing charg-es of theft, tampering of recordsand other felony counts.Owner Scherrie McLin isaccused of accepting moneyfor prepaid funeral expens-es and using the funds forpersonal use. MontgomeryCounty Prosecutor Mat HeckJr. said Tuesday McLin ille-gally converted more than$200,000 for so-called “pre-needs” contracts from morethan 50 people.Heck says a grand jury hasindicted McLin on 17 felonycounts, including theft froman elderly or disabled person.Heck’s office says no attor-ney of record is listed forMcLin yet. Last year, morethan 50 boxes of crematedhuman remains were found ata house McLin co-owned thatwas under foreclosure. Thecharges Tuesday stemmedfrom an investigation that wasunrelated to the remains.
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followed by the governmentrunning out of money to fundfederal agencies March 27.He made clear he will con-tinue to press for the rich topay more in taxes, a positionRepublicans have rejected.Republicans, meanwhile,made clear they’re in littlemood to cooperate.“We are only weeks awayfrom the devastating conse-quences of the president’ssequester, and he failed to offerthe cuts needed to replace it,”House Speaker John Boehner,R-Ohio, said in a statement.“In the last election, voterschose divided governmentwhich offers a mandate onlyto work together to find com-mon ground. The president,instead, appears to have cho-sen a go-it-alone approach topursue his liberal agenda.”Earlier Tuesday, in a meet-ing with television correspon-dents and anchors, Boehnersaid immigration is about theonly item on Obama’s list thathas a chance of passing thisyear. He said the president ismore interested in getting aDemocratic majority in bothchambers next year and saidhe doesn’t believe Obama“has the guts” to take on liber-als in his party over spendingcuts.Obama did reiterate hiswillingness to tackle entitle-ment changes, particularly onMedicare, though he has ruledout increasing the eligibil-ity age for the popular benefitprogram for seniors.“Those of us who caredeeply about programs likeMedicare must embrace theneed for modest reforms —otherwise, our retirementprograms will crowd out theinvestments we need for ourchildren and jeopardize thepromise of a secure retirementfor future generations,” he said.“But we can’t ask senior citi-zens and working families toshoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while askingnothing more from the wealthi-est and most powerful.”On immigration, a biparti-san group of negotiators in theSenate is working to craft leg-islation embracing Obama’scall for a pathway to citizen-ship for illegal immigrants butmaking such a path contingenton first securing the border, alinkage Obama has not sup-ported.
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the United States.Benedict is the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, andthe decision has placed the Vatican in uncharted waters: Noone knows what he’ll be called or even what he’ll wear afterFeb. 28.The Vatican, however, revealed some details of his finalday as pope, saying he would attend a morning farewell cer-emony with his cardinals and then fly off by helicopter at 5p.m. to the papal summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo.Under that timetable, Benedict will be far from the Vaticanwhen he ceases being pope at 8 p.m. — a deadline decidedby Benedict himself because that’s when his normal workdayends.Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said noformal or symbolic act was needed to make his resignationofficial at that time, because Benedict has already done all thatwas required to resign by affirming he had taken the decisionfreely.Benedict’s final official acts as pope will include audienceswith the Romanian and Guatemalan presidents this week andthe Italian president on Feb. 23.Making sure the transition goes smoothly, Benedict madean important appointment today, naming the No. 2 administra-tor of the Vatican city state, Monsignor Giuseppe Sciacca, as alegal adviser to the camerlengo.The camerlengo, or chamberlain, helps administer theVatican bureaucracy in the period between Benedict’s resigna-tion and the election of a new pope.The current camerlengo is Benedict’s longtime trustedaide, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state.Bertone takes over the moment Benedict retires and will play akey role in organizing and participating in the conclave to electa new pope, expected sometime in mid-March.At that conclave, the church’s 117 cardinals under the ageof 80 will get to vote on who should succeed Benedict.The Vatican has made clear that Benedict will play no rolein the election of his successor, and once retired, he will befully retired. He plans to live a life of prayer in a convertedmonastery on the far northern edge of the Vatican gardens.But his continued physical presence within the Vaticanwalls has raised questions about how removed he really willbe from the life of the church. Lombardi acknowledged thatBenedict would still be able to see his friends and colleagues.“I think the successor and also the cardinals will be veryhappy to have very nearby a person that best of all can under-stand what the spiritual needs of the church are,” Lombardisaid.
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