Tiny town tries to ridwater supply of worms
OKLAHOMACITY— Beating thelate-summer heat isn’t as easy as run-ning to the sink in one northeastOklahoma town, as residents there arebeing asked not to drink tap water afterred worms were found in the ﬁlteringsystem.The worms — ranging from a half-inch to an inch long — showed up ear-lier this week in the drinking watersupply in Colcord, a small town about80 miles east of Tulsa.City councilman Terry Wood saidcity water was turned back onWednesday morning after workerscleaned, drained and re-cleaned thewater tower. No worms were found inthe tower, he said.“We are still looking into this prob-lem. I mean we need to get to the bot-tom of it and we will continue toinvestigate and do pretty much whatwe need to do to ﬁnd out what hap-pened here,” Wood said.Residents are being asked not toconsume the water or use it to brushteeth or prepare food, Wood said, but itcan be used for showers and otheractivities.Erin Hatﬁeld, spokeswoman for theOklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, said it’suncommon for red worms to show upin a water system in the state, thoughit’s fairly common in the southeasternUnited States.She’s not sure why or how theworms wriggle into water systems.There are no adverse health effectswith the red worms, she said, and theDEQ provided Colcord ofﬁcials withrecommendations for their water sys-tem to prevent future red worm infesta-tions.Several businesses and organiza-tions, like Walmart and the CherokeeNation, have donated bottled water forresidents in the 815-person town touse, Wood said.“We’ve had situations before wherewe’ve been out of water,” he said.“We’ve just had to use bottle water forconsumption, so I don’t guess it’sbeen comfortable for some people butthe last few hours haven’t been thatbad.”Colcord Public Schools canceledclasses Wednesday, but SuperintendentJ.D. Parkerson said teachers and stu-dents are eager to return to classesThursday, though no ofﬁcial decisionhas been made.Health ofﬁcials have provided guide-lines to school administrators to makesure the schools are safe for theapproximately 650 students.
Ohio couple married65 years die 11 hours apart
DAYTON, Ohio — Relatives of anOhio couple who died at a nursinghome 11 hours apart on the same daysaid their love story’s ending reﬂectstheir devotion over 65 years of mar-riage.Harold and Ruth Knapke died in theirshared room on Aug. 11, days beforetheir 66th anniversary, The DaytonDaily News reported. He was 91, shewas 89.The couple’s daughters said theybelieve their father willed himself tostay by his wife’s side despite failinghealth until they could take the nextstep in their journey together. He wentﬁrst — his children saw it as his “ﬁnalact of love” — and she followed.“We believe he wanted to accompa-ny her out of this life and into the nextone, and he did,” daughter MargaretKnapke said.The couple had known each other aschildren and began their courtship aspen pals while Harold, known as“Doc,” served in the Army duringWorld War II. Ruth would later joke: “Ilet him chase me until I caught him!”Her husband became a teacher, coachand athletic director at Fort RecoverySchools, the newspaper said. Theyraised six children while looking aftereach other with a devotion that didn’tseem to diminish.Aphoto taken this summer showshim lying in a bed, arm stretchedthrough a guardrail to hold her hand, asshe leans in to press the top of herhead to his. When she was ailing, heblessed her each night with holywater, daughter Pat Simon said.
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Responding to a clampdown by Nazioccupiers during World War II,Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
“Don’t be’consistent,’but be simply true.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.(1809-1894)
Sen.John McCain,R-Ariz.,is 77.Actress-singer LeaMichele is 27.
Members of Shonkhoodoi Circus practise in a gymnasium in Darkhan,Mongolia.Mission Manduhai is created by ChimgeeHaltarhuu,a former Mongolian gymnast and victim of domestic abuse,who brought three U.S.students and six youngperformers from Shonkhoodoi Circus in Darkhan to travel through the Mongolian countryside to give free circus performances.
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The incorect photo ran with yesterday’sbirthdays. Actress Barbara Bach turned 67yesterday.
the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was exe-cuted on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began oper-ations at the United States Treasury.
, the second president of The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in SaltLake City at age 76.
15,000 American troops marched down theChamps Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued tocelebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
, 4’33” (“Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds”), acomposition by avant-garde composer John Cage, had itspremiere in Woodstock, N.Y., as pianist David Tudor sat at apiano and, for a total of four minutes and 33 seconds, played... nothing.
, an early version of the animated cartoon charac-ter Speedy Gonzales made his debut in the Warner Bros. car-toon “Cat-Tails for Two.”
the Senate gave ﬁnal congressional approval to aCivil Rights Act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond,then a Democrat, ended a ﬁlibuster that had lasted 24 hours.
pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary,Ind.
swimmer Mark Spitz of the United States won thethird of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, ﬁn-ishing ﬁrst in the 200-meter freestyle.
, Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergmandied in London on her 67th birthday.
Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died inTucson, Ariz., at age 63.
, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras,La., bringing ﬂoods that devastated New Orleans. More than1,800 people in the region died.
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(Answers tomorrow)AVIAN SKULK ENCORE SPRAINYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The newlyweds with the flu were —LOVESICKNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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