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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Agriscience 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
Thursday, February 6, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Olympics begin today!, p7Elida FFA Greenhand places 3rd at state, p4
www.delphosherald.comPartly cloudy this morning the becom-ing mostly cloudy. Highs 10 to 15 and lows around -5. Wind chills tonight around -10 to -20. See page 2.
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Area residents dug out on Wednesday after nine inches of snow blanketed the region Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The prediction of 9.5 inches from the National Weather Service was very close to being right on target.“Everything pretty much came in as we thought they would,” noted Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency Director Rick McCoy. “It was much the same as an earlier storm but we didn’t have such high winds and the temperatures did not plummet.”The storm total was 8.5 inches in Delphos, 9.0 inches in Van Wert and in Celina. Spencerville, Columbus Grove and Bellefontaine received 8.0 inches; Grover Hill reported 9.5 inch-es; and Greenville saw 10.0 inches of snow. Area school districts called off Wednesday classes and delayed today’s sessions early Wednesday evening. Most businesses were open on Wednesday, although several opened a few hours late.McCoy had good news and bad news about future winter forecasts this season. First, the predicted weath-er system that is due in the Midwest this weekend will pass to the south of this area. However a clipper coming out of the north could still give the area one to two more inches of snow Saturday night and Sunday. The next storm system is also due to miss this area to the south on Tuesday.“It will be nice to get out of that pattern of having a new storm every few days,” McCoy said.The snow from the latest storm brings the seasonal total in Van Wert County to 51.3 inches — more than 20 inches higher than the seasonal average for snowfall.McCoy is not sure if this winter could end up as one of the snowi-est on record. The winter of 1978 dropped 83 inches and the winter of 1982 saw 82 inches fall on Van Wert County.“With the patterns we are seeing, totals like that still could happen,” he cautioned.
Storm prediction near perfect; more snow on the way
Christine and Frithjof Meissner hold their first grandchild, Marie Meissner. (Photos submitted)
Verl-Delphos Friendship Link adds a generation
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
Verl, Germany —The Verl-Delphos Friendship Link has begun its third genera-tion with the birth of Frithjof and Christine Meissner’s first grandchild, Marie Meissner.Frithjof is the president of the Verl-Delphos Friendship Link for the German side. His son, Christian, and his wife, Katharina, welcomed Marie on Friday. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.Christian stayed in Delphos for eight months when he was 16 years old (St. John’s High School) and also later during his stud-ies at the university, he had an internship in the United States working at the Delphos Wastewater Treatment Plant. He is now 27 years old, has long finished his studies and is an environmental engineer, working for a company in Kirchlengern, about 25 miles from Verl. They produce fil-ter systems for the industry, especially for brickyards.Katharina, also 27, stud-ied business administration and works as a controller for a company in Kuensebeck, about 15 miles from Verl.Frithjof shared his fam-ily’s good news in his sister city via email to Mary Alice Davies and Rick Hanser.Christine and Frithjof Meissner started the relation between Delphos and Verl. Christine’s great-great-great-granduncle was Father John Otto Bredeick, the founder and first pastor of Delphos. Christine was born in the same farmhouse like John Otto but almost 170 years later (1789/1958). She has been a nurse but has been a housekeeper since Christian’s birth. Frithjof, 58, is a high school teacher, teaching lan-guages (English, French, Italian) and Computer Science. He is the coordina-tor of international contacts at his school, thus taking care of all the exchanges, also of the one between Verl and Delphos. Every year there are a number of students that like to travel to Delphos for four months. Besides the Delphos exchange, there are 11 more partner schools around Europe and also one partner school in Bukoba, Tanzania, Africa. Frithjof is also the webmaster of the school homepage and Hanser’s part-ner in the sister city link.
Christian Meissner holds his newborn daughter. See LINK, page 10
Additional meetings set for downtown revitalization
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — They don’t yet have a name but a group is forming to create an environment in downtown Delphos that will make the city’s thoroughfare a viable destination.Led by downtown business owner Bruce Maag, the thrust of the group will be to build on the positives such as histori-cal aspects like the Miami-Erie Canal, Lincoln Highway, the railroads and churches; and address issues such as downtown beautification, enforcing zoning laws and traffic flow.“We have a lot going for us in downtown Delphos,” Maag said. “We have a lot of neat architecture, niche shops, restau-rants and more. We need to make Delphos a destination again. Delphos was the place to be in the 60s and 70s. We need to get that back.”Due to the weather, many people who had expressed inter-est in learning more about Maag’s initiative were unable to attend. To accomodate anyone who would like to be involved, two more meetings to introduce Maag’s ideas and garner more will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Currency, Coins and Collectibles. Contact Maag at 419-692-1888 or email bmaag@phoenixhomes.org.
Jefferson game cancelled
According to Jefferson girls basketball coach Dave Hoffman, the Jefferson at Miller City girls basketball game postponed Wednesday will not be re-scheduled.Other games not to be made up are the St. John’s at Spencerville boys game, the Arlington at Jefferson boys game, the Elida at Ottoville girls cage game and the Kalida at Spencerville girls game.
Girls BasketballJefferson at Spencerville (NWC), 6 p.m.St. John’s at Versailles (MAC), 6 p.m.Lincolnview at Ada (NWC), 6 p.m.Ottawa-Glandorf at Elida (WBL), 6 p.m.Columbus Grove at Bluffton (NWC), 6 p.m.Van Wert at Defiance (WBL), 6 p.m.Crestview at Allen East (NWC), 6 p.m.
Boys BasketballSpencerville at Jefferson (NWC), 6 p.m.Ottoville at Continental (PCL), 6 p.m.Ada at Lincolnview (NWC), 6 p.m.Elida at Ottawa-Glandorf (WBL), 6 p.m.Kalida at Miller City (PCL), 6 p.m.Bluffton at Columbus Grove (NWC), 6 p.m.Defiance at Van Wert (WBL), 6 p.m.Allen East at Crestview (NWC), 6 p.m.Versailles at St. John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
Boys BasketballOttoville at Paulding (ppd. from Jan. 25), 2 p.m.Jefferson at Fort Jennings, 6 p.m.Marion Local at Spencerville, 6 p.m.LCC at Elida, 6 p.m.Ayersville at Kalida, 6 p.m.Bath at Columbus Grove, 6 p.m.St. Henry at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Wayne Trace at Crestview, 6 p.m.Girls BasketballSpencerville at Perry, 1 p.m.Leipsic at Kalida (PCL), 1 p.m.Columbus Grove at Arlington, 1 p.m.Fort Jennings at Elida (ppd. from Jan. 6), 2 p.m.Tinora at Crestview, 2 p.m.St. John’s at Ottoville, 6 p.m.WrestlingColumbus Grove at Carey Classic, 10 a.m.Co-Ed Swimming and DivingSectionals at Ayersville, 11 a.m.
Don’t forget to wear red Friday for women’s heart health
Information submitted
The American Heart Association, through its Go Red For Women movement, urges everyone to sup-port the fight against heart disease by wearing red on National Wear Red Day – Friday.American Heart Month is in February, a perfect time to focus on the prevalence of heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. It is also a time to pause and celebrate the research and education that make lifesaving advances in the diagno-sis and treatment of heart disease a reality.On National Wear Red Day, thousands of people, including employees at many companies, national and local news anchors and talk-show hosts across the country, will wear red to sup-port the cause. Men and women everywhere are encouraged to  join in to show their support by wearing red on Friday. The red dress and the color red symbolize one’s support in the fight against heart disease.Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s cause initiative designed to save women’s lives.
See RED, page 10
United Way 2013 campaign hits 80 percent of goal
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — It appears the United Way of Van Wert County will come up short in its 2013 fundrais-ing campaign but as of the beginning of February, the agency has raised more than 80 percent of its goal.“We still have two indus-tries who have not reported a total and some other con-tributions to come in but it looks like we will end up at about $425,000 like we did last year,” announced 2013 Campaign Chair Anita Carvajal. “We are grateful to individuals, businesses, industries, organizations and everyone who did make a contribution to the 2013 campaign.”The fundraising cam-paign goal is set at $500,000. The funds collected go to help support 24 non-profit agencies around the county.There were plenty of good news items in the cam-paign fundraising report.“The United Way is pleased to announce that we had an increase in pledges from the Van Wert County Hospital employees and the hospital itself,” stated Carvajal. “Employees pledged a total of $7,680, a 13 percent increase, and the hospital pledged $7,000, a 29 percent increase.”Other bright spots include giving from county employ-ees, which totaled 122 per-cent of the campaign goal. Other areas exceeding 100 percent of goal include city government, county govern-ment, county education, real estate and individuals. Other localities exceeding goal were Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire and the townships of Harrison, Hoaglin, Jackson, Liberty, Pleasant, Tully, Willshire and York.Agencies supported by the United Way include: the American Red Cross, Angel Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Buckeye Y, Convoy Food Bank, Convoy Sports Center, Van Wert County Council on Aging, Delphos Senior Citizens Center, Family & Children First, Family Health Care, Habitat For Humanity, Help Me Grow, Lincolnview Latchkey, Middle Point Community Recreation Association, Ohio City Youth Activities, Salvation Army, Victims Services of Van Wert County, Wee Care Learning Center, West Ohio Food Bank, Willshire Youth Activities, Wren Youth Activities, Van Wert County YMCA and the YWCA of Van Wert County.
2 The Herald Thursday, February 6, 2014
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 Lucille G., 92, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiates. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. A Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial con-tributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Colder. Highs 10 to 15. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero.
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 10 to 15. Lows near zero. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero.
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20. Lows 10 to 15.
: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20.The Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas heard six cases Wednesday, including two sentencings, three requests for treatment in lieu of conviction and one treatment in lieu violation.
, 25, Van Wert, was sen-tenced for vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to 12 months prison with credit for 82 days served. The court then found that the plea in this case violated his community control in two prior cases and imposed the sentences of 12 months and 180 days in those two cases, concurrent to each other but consecutive to the vandalism case. He was then granted credit for 209 days in those violation cases.
Joshua Rager
, 29, Van Wert, was sen-tenced for aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. His sentence was three years community control, up to six months at WORTH Center, 30 days jail at a future date, 200 hours community service, two years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees. Nine months prison was deferred.
, 27, Van Wert, appeared for a violation of this treatment in lieu of conviction program. He admitted to failing to report an arrest, failing to report to probation and failing to attend Westwood. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 9 a.m. March 19.
, 22, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information charging him with two counts of possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.
Logan Linton
, 21, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to using harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of convic-tion and his case was stayed pending comple-tion of his treatment program.
Derek Gaskill
, 26, Van Wert, appeared in court pursuant to a motion to determine competency. Following a report from Court Diagnostic Services in Toledo, he was found competent to stand trial. Following that rul-ing, he changed his plea to guilty to break-ing and entering and possession of criminal tools, each a felony of the fifth degree. A third charge of assault was dismissed for his plea. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.Wheat $5.68Corn $4.23Soybeans $13.29
Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.On this date:In 1778, the United States won official recogni-tion from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th presi-dent of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.In 1922, Cardinal Archille Ratti was elected pope; he took the name Pius XI.In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “lame duck” amend-ment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.In 1973, Dixy Lee Ray was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be the first woman to head the Atomic Energy Commission.In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.In 1994, actor Joseph Cotten died in Los Angeles at age 88.In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Pop music star Falco, who’d had a 1986 hit with “Rock Me Amadeus,” died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic; he was 40.Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq’s weapons. (In a scathing 600-page report released in March 2005, the com-mission called the spy community “dead wrong on almost all of its prewar judgments” about Iraqi weaponry.) A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with kidnapping and murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.)Five years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s recovery plan. Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut proces-sor, had knowingly shipped salmonella-laced prod-ucts as far back as 2007. Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87 and Philip Carey at age 83.One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announce-ment that immediately drew protests from some law-makers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Patrick Macnee is 92. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Mike Farrell is 75. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 74. Singer Fabian is 71. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 71. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 65. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Actress Kathy Najimy is 57. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 57. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 57. Actor Barry Miller is 56. Actress Megan Gallagher is 54. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) is 52. Country singer Richie McDonald is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Brandon Hammond is 30. Actress Alice Greczyn is 28.
One Year Ago
Mayor Michael Gallmeier pre-sented a plaque to retiring firefighter Dennis Hageman, who has 44 years of service to the city. Bob Jettinghoff also received a plaque from Gallmeier noting his 27 years of service to the city as a firefighter.
25 Years Ago – 1989
The Jefferson Wildcats, using strong play at the start of both halves and a slowed-down offense in the finale, held off an Ottoville squad 56-50 Saturday night to spoil the Big Green’s homecoming activities on a cold and snowy February evening. A 20-point effort from junior Jon Boggs and 10 each from senior Mike Minnig and junior Chris Renner led Jefferson as they raised their record to 10-6 overall on the season.Spencerville Police Department has been checking into alternatives to replace a volunteer dispatcher who resigned Jan. 31, after manning the phones 24 hours a day for seven years. According to Police Chief Harold Z. Zinsmeister, a tape-recorded message has replaced the dispatcher for now. The callers are being told to report their problems to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, which will in turn dispatch Spencerville’s officers by radio.St. John’s gymnasts closed their regular season with a 5-3 record by downing Coldwater 182.57-126.9 Saturday at Coldwater. St. John’s Julie Hanser won the floor exercises with 9.0. Nikki Wellmann was second at 8.9. Katie Hanser and Carmen Bruns of Coldwater tied for third at 8.8 and Cindy Alder took fourth with 8.6.
50 Years Ago – 1964
There was good news Thursday for farmers and plant workers from St. Marys Foods, Inc., of Delphos. The company announced a pilot project for purchasing cabbages and peppers locally. Effective Monday, St. Marys will go on a two-shift schedule until at least well into March. The Delphos plant produces some two dozen meat products under the Krey Packing Company label.The Delphos Kiwanis Club held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening at the House of Vogts with the club president, Gene Hayes, presid-ing. During the meeting Hayes pre-sented a one-year perfect attendance pin to Harry Gessner. Membership pins were also presented to Edgar Van Autreve, William Broaddus and William Corran, new members recent-ly taken into the club.Mrs. Albert Herman was host-ess to the members of the Del-Otto Club Wednesday in her home on North Main Street, with cards form-ing the evening’s entertainment. First prize was awarded to Mrs. Albert Grothouse, second and traveling to Mrs. Elmer Beckman and low to Mrs. Harry Backus. Mrs. Paul Kaverman will be hostess to the club on April 1.
75 Years Ago – 1939
At a meeting of the Altar Society of St. John’s Church conducted at the school Sunday afternoon, officers for the local unit of the National Council of Catholic Women were chosen. The following will serve during the ensu-ing year: Mrs. A. C. Sendelbach, presi-dent; Mrs. N. J. Schmit, vice presi-dent; and Celina Birkmeier, secretary treasurer.Rose Fast and Mrs. Barney Eickholt are preparing for an opening of their place of business on Wednesday of this week. Mrs. Fast is assisted in the Vogue Hat Shop by Cecelia Mollenkopf and Clara Eickholt. Rita Druckemiller is manager of Margie’s Beauty Shoppe, owned by Mrs. Eickholt. Juanita Nollan is employed as operator.At a special feature, Ralph Marshall of Lima, former Allen County Sheriff, will demonstrate his skill as a pistol shot at the regular weekly meeting of the Delphos Kiwanis Club to be held Tuesday evening at the Beckman Hotel. Marshall is widely known as a pistol expert and was captain of the pistol team at the Olympic games.
Ohio sees another 4 to 8 inches of new snow
COLUMBUS (AP) — Much of Ohio was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight, followed by some freezing rain for good measure. That left a harrowing commute on Wednesday for people who ventured out early, and again closed hundreds of schools that have already run out of their allotment of calamity days.Officials were advising people to stay off the roads if pos-sible, and some local governments and businesses closed or delayed opening. Two legislative committees in Columbus canceled hearings. Scattered power outages were reported.Southeast Ohio saw freezing rain and sleet. The worst of the storm was over in most of the state by dawn, but transportation officials were concerned about the lingering effects of ice on top of snowy roads.“I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole,” said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office on Wednesday morning, avoiding the messy roads but still having to navigate snowy sidewalks. “Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move.“Some parts of Columbus saw as much as 10 inches of snow from the storm that rolled in Tuesday night, while the Cleveland area received between 3 to 6 inches. Cincinnati largely struggled with ice.The Ohio Emergency Management Agency said electricity was expected to be restored Wednesday night to about 10,000 customers who lost power.Temperatures were expected to drop today into the single digits, with a number of schools reporting delayed starts. More snow was forecast this weekend.
Hoffman autopsy inconclusive, further tests needed
TOM HAYSAssociated Press
NEW YORK — Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death executed search warrants, two people with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday, and the medi-cal examiner’s office said more tests are needed to determine what killed him.There was no timetable for Hoffman’s autopsy to be fin-ished, said medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, who declined to discuss the pending tests. Toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.Police believe the Oscar-winning actor may have died from a drug overdose, though his death is being investigated as suspicious pending a more definitive ruling by the medical examiner.Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin — but no traces of the potent synthetic morphine additive fentanyl, which is added to intensify the high and has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania — in samples from at least 50 pack-ets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said.The four people were taken into custody Tuesday night after police executed search warrants at several city apart-ments based on a tip provided by a confidential source that they may have supplied Hoffman with drugs, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because investigators have not obtained evidence to corroborate the reported connection.Police say undisclosed quantities of heroin and marijuana were found in three apartments in a lower Manhattan building. The four suspects, three of whom live in the building, face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Two also face charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. They were awaiting arraignment.The New York Police Department hasn’t officially announced a connection between the arrests and the Hoffman investigation.The NYPD has launched an intensive effort to determine the source of drugs in Hoffman’s apparent overdose even though courts have found that under state law drug dealers can’t be held liable for customers’ deaths.A 1972 state appellate division case found a dealer can’t be found guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide for selling heroin and syringes to a customer who later dies because, the court ruled, legislation enhancing punishment for drug crimes didn’t redefine homicide to include the sale of an illicit drug that results in death.And holding a drug dealer criminally liable for a cus-tomer’s overdose death could prove difficult for the district attorney’s office, said James Cohen, a Fordham University School of Law professor who runs a clinic that represents federal criminal defendants.“It’s not just enough that you know, if you will, theoreti-cally or academically, that heroin could kill,” he said.
Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday — this one to get elected to Congress in his native North Carolina.Aiken announced he would seek the Democratic nomina-tion for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. The entertainer is talking about his non-singing career as a spe-cial education teacher, UNICEF representative and presidential commission member on educa-tion while explaining his reason for getting in the race.In each situation, “I saw a group of people, a population that was not being served,” Aiken told The Associated Press in an interview.In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his “golden ticket” — finishing as the run-ner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV’s 2003 “Idol” competition, which has led to several albums and a role in a Broadway musi-cal. But he said he empathizes with those struggling in the 2nd District where he lives, referring to his upbringing by a mother who fled domestic violence.“For most Americans, there are no golden tickets — at least not like the kind you see on TV,” he says to the camera. “More families are struggling today than at any time in our history, and here in North Carolina, we’ve suffered more than our share of pain.”Aiken, 35, is expected to face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed pro-fessional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary in May. Another Democratic hopeful — Houston Barnes of Durham — gave up his bid Wednesday and threw his weight to Aiken. Official candidate filing begins next week.Aiken said that he considers Washington dysfunctional and that he would focus on jobs, the economy and education. He said the federal health care law needs to be changed but shouldn’t be repealed. He supports abortion rights and considers his political philosophy in the broad middle between political extremes — he said he was once a registered independent voter.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
Classic Lotto
03-08-15-17-36-38, Kicker: -4-2-0-6-5Estimated jackpot: $59.6 million
Mega Millions
Estimated jackpot: $107 million
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E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Does the fact that we’ve had such a cold and snowy winter mean that global warming might not be such a big problem after all? — Lacey L., Lynchburg, VA
It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don’t rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and climate are two very different beasts: “Weather is what’s happening outside the door right now; today a snowstorm or a thun-derstorm is approaching. Climate, on the other hand, is the pattern of weather measured over decades.”Isolated weather events and even seasonal trends are not an indication of global warming’s existence one way or another, and most climatologists agree that the carbon pollution we have been spewing into the atmosphere for the past century is leading to more frequent and intense storms of every kind and causing greater temperature swings all around the planet. In short, the harsh winter we are having shouldn’t be viewed as a refutation of global warming, but rather as further evidence of a growing problem.“There is a clear long-term global warming trend, while each individual year does not always show a temperature increase rela-tive to the previous year, and some years show greater changes than oth-ers,” reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency chalks up these year-to-year fluctua-tions to natural processes such as El Niño or volca-nic eruptions, but points out that, regardless, the 20 warmest years on record have occurred since 1981, while the 10 warmest were in the past 12 years. And global average tempera-tures have risen by 1.4°F overall since the early 20th century.According to Becky Oskin of LiveScience.com, shrinking polar ice caps as a result of global warming in recent decades are one factor that may be contrib-uting to the cold weather in North America this win-ter. “One way the shrinking ice changes weather is by pushing winter air south,” she reports. “When the stored ocean heat gradu-ally escapes in autumn, it changes the pattern of an atmospheric wind called the polar vortex, streaming frigid Arctic air into North America and Europe.” Meanwhile, a 2012 study by researchers Jennifer Francis and Stephen Vavrus concluded that intense warming in the Arctic has caused changes to the jet stream that regulates air circulation around the plan-et, potentially leading to stronger winter storms hit-ting the eastern seaboard of the U.S.And what about all that snow? “Hotter air around the globe causes more moisture to be held in the air than in prior seasons,” reports UCS. “When storms occur, this added moisture can fuel heavier precipitation in the form of more intense rain or snow.” The U.S. is already enduring more intense rain and snowstorms, says the group: “The amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest one per-cent of storms has risen nearly 20 percent, aver-aged nationally—almost three times the rate of increase in total precipi-tation between 1958 and 2007.” And some regions of the country “have seen as much as a 67 percent increase in the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest storms.”And Oskin points out that while we may be bun-dling up and shoveling out in the U.S., it’s turned into another scorcher of a summer in the Southern Hemisphere: 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, and 2014 has started off even hotter, with temperatures soar-ing to 125°F and severe fire warnings issued in at least two states there. Apparently global warm-ing is still on.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a reg-istered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earth-talk@emagazine.com
The harsh winter we are having shouldn’t be viewed as a refutation of global warming, but rather as further evidence of a growing problem. Pictured: Trying to get around in Cortland, Ill., on Jan. 4. (Flickr/Michael Kappel photo)
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend set for this weekend
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LIMA — The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, which teaches girls five essential life skills: goal setting, deci-sion making, money management, busi-ness ethics and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named Feb. 7−8 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO stated, “We’re excited to cel-ebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and share with the community the benefits of Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches five essential life skills.”When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entre-preneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business eth-ics, 80 percent learn goal setting, 77 percent improve decision making and 75 percent develop people skills.Caitlin Puff, a Girl Scout Cadette from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Lima region, agrees that the cookie program teach-es essential life skills.“I have learned so much about business skills and decision making from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. I’ve also learned that I have to work hard if I want to accomplish my goals,” she said.All the revenue earned from cookie activities — every penny after paying the baker — stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Councils use cookie revenue to sup-ply essential services to troops, groups and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers and conducting events. As part of their expe-rience in any Girl Scout product activity, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, includ-ing cookie and financial literacy badges and the annual Cookie Activity pin.“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportu-nity for girls but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Luckenbill. “Girl Scouts partic-ipate in many activities throughout the year and work on many projects. Cookies are just one of those activities. It’s not too late for girls to join Girl Scouting—we want all girls who wish to be a Girl Scout to be able to join. We also welcome adults who wish to make a difference in girls’ lives to volunteer with Girl Scouts.”A new Girl Scouts of USA market-ing campaign reinforces a more con-temporary message with the theme, “This Is What a Girl Can Do.” And, for ease of purchase, customers can now find their Girl Scout Cookies using a free app available for iPhone or Android at www.girlscoutcookies.org or can visit www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org and click on the Cookie Locator banner.
Preble County man gets Purple Heart decades later
CELINA (AP) — A western Ohio man who survived being shot in the head during the Vietnam War finally got his Purple Heart.Maurice Miller, a farm-er in Preble County, north of Dayton, was recently awarded the medal after son-in-law West Foster heard his story and pur-sued the issue with his congressman and the Army.Miller had never told anyone about how he sur-vived being shot as he held off enemy fire during a battle on the Mekong Delta. He brought up his survival story in a con-versation last year with Foster, who asked if he could pursue the issue.The Dayton Daily News reports that Foster, also an Army veteran, wrote to their congressman, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, and the Army.Miller was presented with the Purple Heart Jan. 31.
Reviews: no policy change need post execution
COLUMBUS (AP) — Initial reviews of Ohio’s lengthiest execution during which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death.The reviews, required by Ohio’s prison rules, found that the state’s execution policy was followed and the execu-tion and medical team mem-bers did what they were sup-posed to.The findings are important because the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is under strict instructions from a federal judge to stick to its written policies, last updated in October.Ohio also is planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire’s Jan. 16 execution looking more closely at what happened during the proce-dure.McGuire’s 26-minute exe-cution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. His family is suing, saying it was cruel and inhumane.“I find no reason for revi-sion of policy for future exe-cutions,” Joseph Andrews, an independent reviewer of the execution, said in a Jan. 27 memo.“The process worked very well,” Donald Morgan, war-den of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, where Ohio’s death chamber is locat-ed, said in his report.McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, a recently married pregnant woman in western Ohio.The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News.Lawyers representing Gregory Lott, scheduled to die March 19 for a 1986 arson death, are suing to stop that execution based on what hap-pened to McGuire.McGuire, 53, made repeat-ed snorting sounds and opened and shut his mouth several times during his execution by a never-tried drug combo. He appeared to be unconscious during that time.
State’s major parties fend off 2014 primaries
JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners were cleared for a primary-free showdown on Wednesday amid complaints both parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers.The Democrats had a primary looming as recently as last Friday, before Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.The Republican primary field was cleared for first-term Gov. John Kasich earlier in January, when would-be challenger Ted Stevenot, a tea party favorite, left the race less than a week after joining it. Tea party activists who don’t consider Kasich conservative enough talked about other possible candidates, but none moved forward.Portune and Stevenot both said they would have liked to take their campaigns farther but party pressure got in the way. Neither was among candidates who filed by Wednesday’s deadline for the May 6 primary.Such concerns aren’t unusual to hear from under-dog challengers but were a surprise this year because neither party was expected to face a primary — then both did, said John Green, director of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute for Applied Politics.Green said incumbent governors rarely have a prima-ry, and Ohio Democrats eager to maximize their chances of beating him were doing their best to rally leaders, officeholders, donors and activists behind FitzGerald.“There were, no doubt, people against those chal-lenges,” he said. He noted party leaders often oppose primaries as unnecessarily divisive and expensive, while supporters view them as a good way to air party differ-ences.FitzGerald had been running since early last year, but Portune entered the race Dec. 30 after a flap over tax liens prompted FitzGerald’s first running mate to drop out of the race. He said he was hearing from rank-and-file Democrats the desire for a choice.Portune saw his effort to mount a challenge to FitzGerald fizzle when he ran into problems attracting a running mate, a requirement before the filing deadline for governor. He said last month he thought some poten-tial lieutenant governor candidates were scared off by party leaders’ opposition.“The party has made it very clear that it doesn’t want this to happen. There is a lot of pressure on would-be candidates,” Portune said.On the Republican side, Stevenot was saying exactly the same things — tea party activists wanted a choice and, when he dropped out, that party pressure had come to bear.“I do this reluctantly, because I know that part of what has gone wrong with our political process is that the two major parties have made it exceedingly dif-ficult for a common person to run for office,” he said.Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern rejected suggestions the party blocked Portune’s gubernatorial aspirations.In a Wednesday interview, he said the party carries out an extensive public process leading to its endorse-ments of statewide candidates and Portune was never part of that process.“It’s public. We can’t have it in a back room. It’s not, ‘Let’s make a decision to go with so-and-so and no one will know it,’ in a smoke-filled room and all that stuff. That’s not the way it works,” he said. “This is why I get a little exasperated at this notion that the fix was in and we were all out to get Todd Portune out of the race.”Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Republicans, said it’s the party’s practice to stick by incumbents.Green said he didn’t see party leaders being any more, or less, aggressive than usual. But he said because both Portune and Stevenot effectively repre-sented dissident voices and weren’t in the party pipe-line for future office, gentle negotiation wasn’t likely.

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