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E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: I knowthat some of us are geneti-cally predisposed to getcancer, but what are someways we can avoid knownenvironmental triggers forit?— B. Northrup, Westport, MA
Cancer remains thescourge of the Americanhealth care system, given thatfour out of every 10 of us willbe diagnosed with one formor another during out life-time. Some of us are geneti-cally predisposed towardcertain types of cancers, butthere is much we can do toavoid exposure to carcino-gens in our environment.According to theEnvironmental WorkingGroup (EWG), a non-profitworking to protect publichealth and the environment,a key first step in warding off cancer is lifestyle change—“stopping smoking, reducingdrinking, losing weight, exer-cising and eating right.” TheAmerican Cancer Societyreports that smoking andpoor nutrition each accountfor about one-third of the575,000 U.S. cancer deathseach year.But smoking and obesityare obvious and other can-cer triggers aren’t so eas-ily pinpointed. In 2010 thePresident’s Cancer Panelreported that environmen-tal toxins play a significantand under-recognized rolein many cancers, causing“grievous harm” to untoldnumbers of Americans. AndEWG reports that U.S. chil-dren are born “pre-polluted”with up to 200 carcinogenicsubstances already in theirbloodstreams.Given this shocking fact,it may seem futile to try toreduce our bodies’ chemicalburden, but it could be a mat-ter of life and death. EWGlists several ways anyone cancut their cancer risk. Firstup is to filter our tap water,which can include arsenic,chromium and harmful chem-icals. Simple carbon filtersor pitchers can reduce con-taminants, while more costlyreverse osmosis filters canfilter out arsenic or chromi-um.The foods we choose alsoplay a role in whether or notwe get cancer. Eating lotsof fruits and vegetables ishealthy, but not if they areladen with pesticides. Goingorganic when possible is thebest way to reduce pesticideexposure. And when organicfoods aren’t available, stickwith produce least likely tocontain pesticides (check outEWG’s “Clean 15” list of conventional crops contain-ing little if any pesticide resi-due). EWG also suggests cut-ting down on high-fat meatsand dairy products: “Long-lasting cancer-causing pollut-ants like dioxins and PCBsaccumulate in the food chainand concentrate in animalfat.”Eliminating stain- andgrease-proofing chemicals(Teflon, Scotchgard, etc.) isanother way to cut cancerrisks. “To avoid them,” saysEWG, “skip greasy packagedfoods and say no to optionalstain treatments in the home.”And steer clear of BPA, a syn-thetic estrogen found in someplastic water bottles, cannedinfant formula and cannedfoods. “To avoid it, eat fewercanned foods, breast feedyour baby or use powderedformula, and choose waterbottles free of BPA,” reportsEWG. Personal care prod-ucts and cosmetics can alsocontain carcinogens. EWG’s“Skin Deep” cosmetics data-base flags particularly wor-risome products and green-lights others that are healthy.Another cancer preventiontip is to seal wooden outdoordecks and playsets—thosemade before 2005 likelycontain lumber “pressure-treated” with carcinogenicarsenic in order to stave off insect infestations. Of course,avoiding too much sun expo-sure—and wearing high-SPFsunscreen—when using thosedecks and playsets is anotherimportant way to hedge one’sbets against cancer.
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Smoking and poor nutrition together account for two-thirds of U.S. cancer deaths each year, but the President’sCancer Panel reported in 2010 that environmental toxinsplay a signicant and under-recognized role in many can-cers, causing “grievous harm” to untold numbers of Amer-icans. (iStock photo)
VAN WERT COUNTYCOURT NEWS
The following individu-als appeared Wednesdaybefore Judge Charles Steelein Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas:
22,Delphos, was charged withunauthorized use of a motorvehicle, a felony of the fifthdegree.She entered a plea of notguilty. She was released on asurety bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for Wednesday.
Ruth Ann NapierCaldwell,
21, Van Wert, wasarraigned on a charge of ille-gal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of aspecified government facility,a felony of the third degree.She entered a plea of notguilty. She was released on asurety bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for Wednesday.She also appeared for aprobation violation for hav-ing a positive drug test. Sheadmitted the violation andwas re-sentenced to threeyears community controlunder the same conditions asbefore plus 137 days in jail. Anine-months prison term wasdeferred pending completionof community control.
20, Van Wert,entered a not guilty plea to acharge of complicity to ille-gal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of aspecified government facility,a felony three offense.His case was set for pre-trial on April 24.
26, VanWert, was arraigned on acharge of possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.He entered a plea of notguilty. He was released on asurety bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for Wednesday.
32, OhioCity, was arraigned on acharge of aggravated posses-sion of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. She entereda plea of not guilty and wasreleased on a surety bond anda pretrial was scheduled forWednesday.
21,Delphos, was arraigned on acharge of possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.She was released on asurety bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for April 24.
44, VanWert, was arraigned on acharge of Assault, a misde-meanor of the first degree. Sheentered a plea of not guilty.She was released on asurety bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for April 24.
38, VanWert, was arraigned on acharge of child endangering,a felony of the second degree.He entered a plea of notguilty and was released ona surety bond with an orderto have no contact with thealleged victim in the case.Matter was set for a pretrialon April 24.
31,Ohio City, entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of breakingand entering, a felony of thefifth degree.He was released on a sure-ty bond and a pretrial wasscheduled for April 24.
27,Ohio City, appeared for aprobation violation for beingterminated from the WORTHCenter. He denied the viola-tion and a hearing will be set.
30, VanWert, appeared for a violationof his Treatment in Lieu of Conviction plan. He admittedthe violation.The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation andwill set sentencing at a laterdate.
CHANGES OF PLEASApril Franklin,
31,Bryan, changed her plea toguilty to trafficking in coun-terfeit controlled substances,a felony of the fifth degree.She then requested and wasgranted Treatment in Lieuof Conviction. Her case wasstayed pending completion of the counseling.
50, VanWert, entered a plea of guiltyto two counts of traffickingdrugs, each a felony of thefifth degree. He then request-ed and was granted Treatmentin Lieu of Conviction. Hiscase was stayed pendingcompletion of the counseling.
24Paulding, entered a plea of guilty to nonsupport of depen-dents, a felony of the fifthdegree. He then requested andwas granted admission to theProsecutor’s Office diversionprogram. His case was stayedpending completion of theprogram
SentencingsKenneth Myers III,
21,Van Wert was sentenced on acharge of theft, a felony of thefifth degree.He received three yearsCommunity Control, up to 6months at WORTH Center,additional 30 days jail, 100hours community service,substance abuse assessmentand treatment, two yearsintensive probation, orderedto pay restitution to Van WertFederal Bank of $1,555, courtcosts and partial appointedattorney fees.A nine-months prison termwas deferred pending success-ful completion of CommunityControl. He was ordered heldin jail until transferred to theWORTH Center.
29,Delphos, was sentenced ona charge of assault, a misde-meanor of the first degree.His sentence was one yearcommunity control, 30 days jail, 50 hours community ser-vice, substance abuse assess-ment and treatment, orderedto pay court costs and res-titution to the victim in theamount of $400 by May 15.A 180-day jail term and$1,000 fine are deferredpending completion of Community Control.
2 Ohio men tostop fundraisingfor veteransgroupNew grouppushes forpart-time Ohiofaculty rights
Columbus defenseattorney arrestedon sex charge
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s attorney general saystwo Columbus men agreedto stop what he says wereillegal charitable solicitationsfor a veterans group. AttorneyGeneral Mike DeWine saidWednesday the agreementprohibits the men from servingwith charitable organizationsin Ohio and from conductingor participating in charitablesolicitations for organizationsin the state.DeWine says the nonprofitJust 4 Vets hired one of themen to raise money for thegroup that helps veterans andtheir families. That fundraiserwas assisted by the secondman and others they recruited.DeWine says Just 4 Vets neverreceived any money collectedin donations solicited in frontof various stores at least 12times since November. Themen could face financial pen-alties if they don’t complywith the agreement.AKRON (AP) — A newassociation is lobbying forbetter benefits and bargainingrights for part-time faculty atOhio’s public universities.The Ohio Part-TimeFaculty Association alsowants to boost pay for theseadjunct professors, who makeup about two-thirds of thestate’s public university fac-ulty.The Akron BeaconJournal reported today thatYoungstown State Universityhas the most part-time faculty,while the University of Akronhas more than 1,000 part-timeprofessors.Yvonne Bruce, a memberof the part-time faculty asso-ciation and a senior lecturein English at the Universityof Akron, tells the paper thatmany administrators don’tunderstand the burden thatpart-time faculty face.The association supportsproposed legislation in theGeneral Assembly that wouldallow part-time faculty andgraduate students the right tocollective bargaining.COLUMBUS (AP) —Columbus police have arrest-ed an attorney on a sex chargeafter a woman reported shewas fondled during a meetingat the attorney’s office.Police say the incident hap-pened at the office of defenseattorney Javier Armengau onthe afternoon of April 4.A police report saysthat Armengau, arrestedWednesday on charges of gross sexual imposition andpublic indecency, is accused of forcibly fondling a woman andexposing himself. DetectiveJames Ashenhurst told theColumbus Dispatch todaythe woman was meeting withArmengau about a murdercharge against her son, whomArmengau is representing.Phone and email messag-es were left with ArmengauThursday seeking comment.The Columbus police sexualassault and vice units and theFranklin County Sheriff’s OfficeSpecial Investigations Unit con-ducted the investigation.
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Service to meet significant cost reductiongoals without changing its delivery schedule— any rational analysis of our current finan-cial condition and business options leads tothis conclusion,” the board statement said.An independent agency, the service gets notax dollars for its day-to-day operations but issubject to congressional control. It lost nearly$16 billion last year — $11.1 billion of thatdue to a 2006 law Congress passed forcingit to pay into future retiree health benefits,something no other agency does.“Given these extreme circumstances andthe worsening financial condition of thePostal Service, the board has directed man-agement to seek a reopening of negotiationswith the postal unions and consultations withmanagement associations to lower total work-force costs, and to take administrative actionsnecessary to reduce costs,” according to thestatement. It offered no giving further details.It said the board also asked managementto look at further options to raise revenues,including a rate increase.Fredric Rolando, president of the NationalAssociation of Letter Carriers, called the ideaof renegotiating labor contracts “insulting andunnecessary,” saying that suggestion “is yetanother sign that the Postal Service needs newexecutive leadership.” He said Saturday deliv-ery is critical to the Postal Service’s future.“Losing this competitive advantage wouldnot only reduce mail volume and revenue -sending the USPS on a death spiral - but alsowould disproportionately affect small busi-nesses, the elderly, rural communities, the one-half of the public that pays bills by mail andthe many millions who lack access to reliableInternet service. And it would cost tens of thou-sands of jobs,” Rolando said in a statement.
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puppets, DVD’s, eBooks, ILL services, notary service, lamina-tion, internet access/wireless access, fax services, download-able video and audio, large print materials and videolupe,meeting room access, ABLE/GED classes, carousel slide pro- jector, 16mm slide projector and screen, adult programming,pre-school story time, toddler time, Summer Reading Program,voter registration, microfilm printer/readers and summer com-puter lab.If the levy is renewed, the funds generated will be used forthe general operation of the library.In other news, Rist announced the library is seeking a newlogo.“I’d love to see the library have a different logo than justthe generic logo you see at every library, with the open bookand a person’s head bent over it,” Rist said. “So a while backwe contacted both Jefferson and St. John’s to have their artstudents work on designs for a new logo. We’re excited to pickone. There are some very talented kids at our schools.”
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