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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — DelphosSenior Citizens, Inc. has seenmajor funding reductions inthe last two years. CenterDirector Joyce Hale said thesituation will start to affecther clients this year.“We were able to uselevy dollars to minimizethe effects to our clients butrecent cuts have forced us tomake changes,” Hale said.The most important ser-vice provided by the center istransportation.“Our number one priorityservice is medical transporta-tion. We are in Lima every-day we are open for medicalappointments. Most weekswe are in Van Wert twice aweek for medical. We havetwo part-time employees fora total of 44 hours a week andone full-time employee for40 hours a week,” Hale said.Paying the drivers isn’tthe only expense with trans-portation.“In addition to the drivers’pay, we have vehicle insur-ance and vehicle expens-es. Drivers must also haveroutine physicals, vehiclechecks, driver training, plusfirst aid and CPR. In addi-tion, drivers must have ran-dom drug tests and alcoholtesting,” Hale added. “Wehave already been making dowith less and now we haveless than that.”Some of the changes atthe center will be reducedactivity time to get driv-ers on the road in a timelymanner. Bingo, offered onMonday, Wednesday andFriday after lunch, will stopat 1 p.m. Hand and Footon Monday and Wednesdayand euchre on Friday willstop at 4 p.m.“This allows everyone tohave some social time andstill get our drivers on theroad so they can get back,do their paperwork and gethome to reduce overtime,”Hale said.Chore funding has beencut completely.“We used to hire a sea-sonal worker to help in theChore Program for 20 weeks.We eliminated that positionfor a savings of $2,919.34,”Hale said. “Eliminating thatworker meant we had to cutback on mowing and otheroutdoor work for our clients.The rising cost of gas hasalso cut into our budget; lawnmowers, trimmers, etc.; takegas.”The center had also pro-vided snow removal, lighthousehold repairs and gro-cery shopping. These are ser-vices Hale said may be cutif the center doesn’t see anuptick in funding.“We have a lot of clientswhose family’s do take careof them but not all,” Halesaid. “Some don’t have fam-ily and others don’t have anyclose by.”Hale places some blameon the system.“The state needs to take agood look at who does anddoesn’t qualify for services,”she said. “We can’t keepgiving, giving, giving away.People who actually needthe assistance often don’tget it. Many who need helpget it but at the same time,some who aren’t qualifiedare helped, taking away fromthose who do. It’s a viciouscycle. We have to roll withthe punches and make dowith less.”Hale is often at her wit’send to do just that.“When gas goes up, wedon’t get more money tocover that. How do you makeadjustments? You cut whatyou can offer,” Hale said.“We need donations to makeup the difference. The olderpeople are usually the oneswho reach in their pocket forthat and they aren’t gettinga cost-of-living raise. Howcan they donate under thatsituation?”The .5-mill levy thathas helped fill in the fund-ing gaps is up for renewalin November. If passed, thelevy will raise approximately$1,001,961 to be shared byfour Allen County agencies,including the Delphos cen-ter, Bluffton and Lima opera-tions. Hale hopes the levypasses.“For years, the seniorshave supported this state andnow the state is not there forthem,” Hale said. “We haveto rely on our voters to see usthrough.”
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Vans at the Delphos Senior Citizens Center will make fewer trips to the grocery storeand for other non-medical errands due to funding cuts.
“For years, theseniors havesupported thisstate and nowthe state is notthere for them.We have to relyon our voters tosee us through.”
— Joyce Hale,Delphos Senior CitizensCenter director
Suicide survivorgroup offered
A support group for sur-vivors of suicide will beginFeb. 8 in Allen County.The groups are for anyfriend or family mem-ber who has experienceda loss through suicide.The group will be avail-able free of charge and iscoordinated through thePartnership for ViolenceFree Families. Groups arebeing facilitated by moth-ers who have lost childrento suicide and have receivedtraining to assist them inreaching out to others.The group will meetat 7 p.m. the second andfourth Tuesdays at thePartnerships for ViolenceFree Families office, 658W. Market St., Suite 208.No registration is nec-essary. Groups are open-ended and members may join at any time. For moreinformation, contact thePartnership for Violence FreeFamilies at 419-549 8530.
Chuck Miller photoMick Schaffner photoStacy Taff photo
 Blood drive nets 57 units
Merry Daugherty, left, of the American Red Cross finds a vein in the arm of blooddonor Judy Smith. The American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Delphos Eagles onThursday netted 57 units, 5 more than the goal.K of C sponsoring Free-Throw Championship
The Knight of ColumbusCouncil 1362 Free-ThrowChampionship is scheduledfor 1 p.m. Saturday at the St.John’s All Saints Gymnasium.Registration is at 12:30 p.m.All boys and girls 10-14years old (as of Jan. 1) areeligible to participate andwill compete in respectiveage divisions. Local win-ners will progress throughthe district and state com-petition. Trophies will beawarded to the winner andrunner-up in each division.
TODAY
Boys Basketball: Jeffersonat Lincolnview (NWC), 6p.m.; Kalida at Fort Jennings(PCL), 6 p.m.; ColumbusGrove at Spencerville (NWC),6 p.m.; Elida at Shawnee(WBL), 6 p.m.; Crestviewat Paulding (NWC), 6 p.m.;Bath at Van Wert (WBL),6 p.m.; St. Henry at St.John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
Youngest shootingvictim laid to rest
By GILLIAN FLACCUSThe Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. — Some2,000 mourners packed aCatholic church to honorChristina Taylor Green, thebubbly 9-year-old who wasthe youngest victim of theArizona shootings, whilehundreds more lined streetsoutside in a show of unity andsupport.Christina’s was the first of half-a-dozen funerals in thecoming days, and was to befollowed today with a servicefor U.S. District Judge JohnRoll at the same church, St.Elizabeth Ann Seton. Securitywas expected to be tight at theceremony, with many federal judges among the mourners.Roll and Christina wereamong six people killedSaturday when a gunmanopened fire on a meet-and-greet for Democratic Rep.Gabrielle Giffords in aTucson supermarket park-ing lot. Thirteen others werewounded, including Giffords,who was shot in the head andgravely injured.Roll, who served nearly40 years, had stopped by theevent after attending Massto say hello to the congress-woman.On Thursday, though, thefocus was on Christina as themourners said goodbye to the joyful, patriotic and athleticgirl whose life began on Sept.11, 2001, and ended on whathas become another day of national tragedy.Eight-year-old DanteWilliams had only one thingon his mind: he wanted toleave a giant teddy bear,Brownie, for his slain friend.The third-grader whoattended school with thedark-haired girl recalled chas-ing her at recess and hav-
See VICTIM, page 3
Sign up set forlibrary offerings
A winter/spring ses-sion of Storytime andToddlertime is being plannedfor the younger set at theDelphos Public Library.Registration forboth groups is requiredand begins today.Toddlertime is designedfor children ages 18 monthsto 3 years accompaniedby a caregiver and meetsevery other Thursday morn-ing at either 10 a.m. or 11a.m. from Jan. 27 to April7. Toddlertime groups arelimited to 15 children.Storytime is geared to the3-6-year-old and is held at10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays andat 6:30 p.m. on ThursdaysJan. 25 to April 14. Storieswith books, puppets, musicand motion and nurseryrhymes will be offered.Call 419-695-4015 to register.
 Herald readers capture local birds
Bredeick Street resident Mick Schaffner snapped a shot of awoodpecker, above, visiting his bird feeder this week. Landecker ChuckMiller caught this cardinal near his home.
 
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT
: Cloudy. Achance of snow after mid-night. Lows in the lower 20s.Southwest winds 10 to 15mph. Chance of snow 40 per-cent.
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: Cloudywith a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 30s.Southwest winds 15 to 20mph.
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:Cloudy with a 50 percentchance of snow. Warmer withlows in the upper 20s.NEW YORK (AP) —Convicted mob boss John“Sonny” Franzese is so old,he knew Frank Sinatra in hisheyday. He’s so old, his recentextortion trial became nap time— even when his turncoat sontook the witness stand againsthim.Franzese also is so old that,if federal prosecutors have theirway, he’s almost certain to diebehind bars.To the dismay of supporterswho insist the frail 93-year-oldis a decrepit shadow of his for-mer self, the government hasasked a judge in federal court inBrooklyn to sentence him todayto 12 years or more in prison.The reputed underboss of theColombo organized crime fam-ily remains a remorseless mob-ster who deserves no mercy,“having denied so many of hisvictims the opportunity to liveout their lives safely and securelywith their families,” prosecutorswrote in a sentencing memo.The defense says Franzese,who suffers from an array of ailments, should be allowed to“live out the remaining few yearsor months with his family.”Franzese’s lawyer has soughtto portray the nonagenarian asa harmless relic from “the ageof Eisenhower and LyndonJohnson and maybe the age of George Washington.”According to Mafia lore, hewas a regular at the Copacabananightclub, where he hobnobbedwith Sinatra and Sammy DavisJr., and also once had a stakein the classic porn film “DeepThroat.”But the governmentsays Franzese’s true legacyis something more akin to“Goodfellas.”Franzese’s life of crimebegan in 1938, while he was stilla teenager, with an assault arrest.Prosecutors say he was kickedout of the Army four years laterafter displaying “homicidal ten-dencies.”In 1947, court papers say,he raped a waitress in a garage.In 1966, he beat a murdercharge accusing him of killinga rival and dumping the body— cement blocks chained to thefeet — into a bay.Franzese was convicted in1967 in a bank robbery, sent toprison and paroled in the late1970s. Though never convicted of another crime, authorities say herose to second in command of theColombos, one of New York’sfive Italian crime families.
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Delphos Fire and Rescueresponded to a chimney fireat 6:51 p.m. Thursday at 148Michelle Drive.The home of Bill Guthriesuffered non structural dam-age as the fire was containedin the chimney.Sixteen firefighters with 2pieces of equipment were onscene and back on station at9 p.m.
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Katherine“Kay” L. (Wilson), 71,of Beavercreek, Mass of Christian Burial will begin10 a.m. Saturday at St. LukeCatholic Church. Burial willbe in Woodland Cemetery.Friends may call from 5-8p.m. today and prayers willbe held 9:30 a.m. Saturdayat Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel, 3970Dayton-Xenia Road at GrangeHall Road in Beavercreek.Contributions may be madeto the St. Vincent DePaulSociety of St. Luke Church inBeavercreek, or Friends of Fr.Eiting at the St. Luke ParishCredit Union or donor’schoice. Online condolencesmay be sent to www.tobiasfu-neralhome.com.At 8:47 a.m. on Thursday,a collision occurred when anunknown vehicle struck aparked vehicle and fled thescene.The vehicle of RogerWilhelm, 74, of Delphos, wasparked in front of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church inthe 100 block of North FranklinStreet when it was struck by anunidentified vehicle, causingdamage to the left tail-light,bumper and left rear.There were no known inju-ries.Police noticed paint scuff marks on the vehicle and areinvestigating.
By ALICIA CHANGThe Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep.Gabrielle Giffords is openingboth eyes, moving both legsand arms and is respondingto friends and family.Her doctors call it a “majormilestone” in her recovery.“We’re hoping that shecrosses through many more,”said her neurosurgeon, Dr.Michael Lemole.Her remarkable recoveryfive days after being shotthrough the head has pro-vided a much-needed doseof jubilation after a tragicweek that left the nation inmourning.Giffords and 18 otherswere shot Saturday whena gunman opened fire at ameet-and-greet she was host-ing outside a supermarket inher own hometown. Six peo-ple died, including a 9-year-old girl whose funeral wasThursday.The three-term Democratfirst opened her eyes onher own Wednesday eve-ning while surrounded byher husband, astronaut MarkKelly, and close friends fromCongress.Her left eye, which wasunbandaged, started to flick-er and she struggled a bit towiden it.“Gabby, open your eyes,open your eyes,” her hus-band urged her.Kelly told her to give hima thumbs-up if she couldhear him. She did more thanthat. She slowly raised herleft arm.President Barack Obama,who had just left her bedsideto speak at a tribute for theshooting victims, announcedthe news to the thousandsgathered in the University of Arizona arena — and to theworld.The arena erupted in thun-derous applause. There weretears. And hugs.First lady MichelleObama embraced Kelly, sit-ting beside her.Giffords’ movements lefther friends astonished.“It felt like we werewatching a miracle,” saidRep. Debbie WassermanSchultz, who was at the bed-side. “The strength that youcould see flowing out of her,it was like she was trying towill her eyes open.”At a news confer-ence Thursday at Tucson’sUniversity Medical Center,Lemole smiled when askedif it was a miracle. Then,he spoke carefully, as thosetrained to operate on themost delicate of organs do.He knows all too well thesetbacks that could lurk.“Miracles happen every-day,” he said. “In medicine,we like to very much attri-bute them to either whatwe do or others do aroundus. But a lot of medicine isoutside of our control andwe’re wise to acknowledgemiracles.”He called her movementsa “leap forward.” Her doc-tors said her progress wasnot completely unexpected,but still remarkable.Giffords was still in criti-cal condition, with part of her skull removed to allowfor brain swelling.Few people survive a bul-let to the brain — just than10 percent — and some whodo end up in a vegetativestate.The fact that Giffords isalert and moving “puts herin the exceptional category,”Lemole said.The doctors figuredGiffords would open hereyes soon enough and werepleased that it coincided withObama’s visit. She can nowkeep them open for up to 15minutes at a time.Trauma chief Dr. PeterRhee said Giffords acts likea bleary-eyed person justwaking up.Giffords yawns, rubs hereyes and tries to focus, hesaid. Doctors don’t yet knowif she can recognize hersurroundings, but there aresigns her eyes are beginningto track movements.She is receiving physicaltherapy, which includes dan-gling her legs from her bedwhile propped up by nurses.Doctors hope to have her sitin a chair by today.They also hope to removeher breathing tube — whatthey called the next mile-stone.Kelly has remained byher side the whole time, doc-tors said. He is scheduled tocommand NASA’s last spaceshuttle flight, but that’s uncer-tain now. NASA announced afill-in commander Thursday just in case.The latest progress is afar cry from last week, whena shocked nation braced forthe worst, holding candle-light vigils outside the hos-pital and Giffords’ Tucsonoffice.But as the days tickedby, doctors shared signs of improvement.
Major milestone: WoundedGiffords moves arms, legs
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High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 24 degrees,low was 9. Snowfall wasrecorded at .25 inch. High ayear ago today was 39, lowwas 25. Record high for todayis 63, set in 1932. Record lowis -12, set in 1972.
Delphos weather
Answers to Thursday’s questions:
Rocker Rick Springfield wrote an autobiographicalsong called “Bruce,” about being mistaken for BruceSpringsteen.Canned tomatoes, tomato puree and tomato paste werethe subject of the first food standards established by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1939. The agency’ssecond set of food standards dealt with jams and jellies.
Today’s questions:
What did visionary Czech scientist Otto Wichterleproduce in his kitchen using a contraption made with anErector Set, bike parts and a phonograph motor?What two lines from Tom Cruise’s hit film “JerryMaguire” are on the American film Institute’s list of topmovie quotes?
Answers in Saturday’s Herald.Today’s words:Fusiform:
spindle-shaped
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The Outstanding National Debt as 9:45 a.m. todaywas $14,017,435,809,714.The estimated population of the United States is309,844,671, so each citizen’s share of this debt is$45,240.The National Debt has continued to increase anaverage of $4.16 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.
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Corn: $6.26Wheat: $9.99Beans: $13.69
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Should Atlanta have beenbetter prepared for snow?
ATLANTA (AP) — Daysafter a few inches of snowcrippled the city, childrenare still home from school,icy highways are still litteredwith hundreds of abandonedcars and grocery stores arestill running low on staplessuch as milk and juice.Life in Atlanta prob-ably won’t return to normaluntil late today, when tem-peratures finally rise abovefreezing. But the city’s help-lessness in the face of arelatively mild winter stormraises a question: Should oneof the South’s largest popu-lation centers have been bet-ter prepared?Frustrated drivers andstranded travelers couldn’thelp but lament Atlanta’stoo-little, too-late response.“You’ve got the busiestairport in the world, and thesnow they got we wouldhave cleaned in a matter of minutes,” said Wayne Ulery,an Ohio man who was stuckat Hartsfield-Jackson Airportfor three days. “They usedthings that we use for ourdriveways here trying to getthe airport cleaned up.”City leaders are tryingto take stock of the lessonslearned. Mayor Kasim Reedsaid the next time a stormthreatens, he will recruitmore private contractors tosupplement Atlanta’s mea-ger fleet of 10 snowplows,and he will put them towork sooner. He also saidhe won’t wait for the state toclear main arteries within thecity limits.“We want to send a clearsignal that we are working,”Reed said at a press confer-ence. “The last few dayshave been tough ... But weare not hiding. This is a no-excuses situation.”Critics said the city hadplenty of warning that badweather was on the way andshould have been better pre-pared.“The forecast was per-fect,” said state Sen. VincentFort. As early as Jan. 6, “weknew this was coming.”Fort said he will push themayor’s office to draft betteremergency plans.“I’m really disappointedwith my city,” he added.“Can we really allow ourcity to be paralyzed for anentire week if not more?”State transportation offi-cials were equally over-matched. To deal withthe weather, the GeorgiaDepartment of Transportationtapped into $10 million inreserve money set asidelast year. Spokeswoman JillGoldberg said that moneyis probably gone after thisweek’s storm and a smallerone last month.“We’ve spent that, andwe’ll have to move somemoney around,” she said. “Ina normal year, that $10 mil-lion would have given ussome padding. But we’vehad some big storms andlong storms.”The state dispatched hun-dreds of pieces of equipmentthat dumped thousands of tons of sand, salt and grav-el. Exhausted road crewsworked around the clock toclear roads and highways.But for all their effort, manyroutes were impassable untilThursday, and some driverswere stranded for more than24 hours on Interstate 285,which encircles Atlanta.
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From the Vantage Point
Vantage Career Centerwill hold its Open Houseand Scholarship Dinner from5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.Tour the Vantage build-ing and meet teachers, seedemonstrations and checkout the blueprints for thecenter’s upcoming renova-tion and expansion project.Want to find out aboutan Adult Education classor Wright State Universitycourse? Adult EducationDirector Pete Prichard andAdult Education staff mem-bers will be available toanswer questions.Don’t feel like cook-ing? Support the VantageScholarship fund and enjoya chicken dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. The cost is $7 foradults. Kids can enjoy ahot dog and macaroni andcheese dinner for only $2.(Carry-out service is avail-able, too).Vantage Career Centeris a public school open toany 11th- or 12th-grade stu-dent living in the partici-pating districts (Antwerp,Continental, Crestview,Jefferson, St. John’s,Fort Jennings, Kalida,Lincolnview, Ottoville,Parkway, Paulding, VanWert and Wayne Trace).Find out how Vantagestudents explore, experienceand excel in high schoolwhile preparing for immedi-ate employment and furthereducation.Vantage Adult WorkforceEducation provides develop-ment for business and indus-try by assessing the needs of existing businesses, devel-oping customized trainingcourses to meet specificneeds for individual busi-nesses and by offering pro-grams designed to enhancethe quality of work life foremployees. Vantage also isa satellite campus of WrightState University LakeCampus and offers collegecourses as well as onlineclasses.For more information,call 419-238-5411 ext. 169or visit our web site at van-tagecareercenter.com
Vantage to host OpenHouse Feb. 7
Senior Health Technology teacher Shirley Jarvis speaks to an interested studentand parent during last year’s Vantage Open House.
Kasich to modernize Medicaid
By JULIE CARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Gov. JohnKasich on Thursday unveiledhis vision for reinventing thecash-strapped state’s healthcare delivery system, particu-larly Medicaid, and cutting itscosts.In his first week on the job,Kasich created the Governor’sOffice of Health Transformationby executive order and namedveteran government go-to guyGreg Moody, a former healthand human services official,to lead it.“We want to make Ohioone of the most forward-look-ing states and reform-orientedstates in America,” Kasich tolda news conference crowdedwith health care advocates.“We want to serve those inneed as efficiently and as effec-tively as we can.”Moody’s office will coordi-nate the efforts of three newlynamed cabinet directors: statehealth director TheodoreWymyslo, state Department of Aging director Bonnie Kantor-Burman and state Medicaiddirector John McCarthy.Kasich said the three, inconjunction with the mentalhealth team he announcedlast week, can transform theway doctors, nurses, hospitals,nursing homes and other healthsectors that receive state dol-lars approach care.“We also believe, becauseof the power of the govern-ment and the dollars that weoperate, that we could use thatas leverage to assist the pri-vate sector in terms of drivingreform on outcomes, on pay-ments,” Kasich said. “We’revery excited about this.”Ohio faces an estimated $8billion gap in its more than $50billion budget, and Medicaidis among the state’s biggest-ticket items.Moody began his govern-ment career in 1991 as an asso-ciate to the U.S. House BudgetCommittee, which Kasichchaired as a congressman. Healso served as executive assis-tant to former Republican Gov.Bob Taft for health and humanservices. Most recently, he hasbeen a senior consultant to theprivate Health ManagementAssociates Inc.Wymyslo replaces for-mer Democratic Gov. TedStrickland’s health director,Alvin Jackson. He has 30 yearsof experience as a family phy-sician, educator and adminis-trator.The new health direc-tor also has been an advocatefor Ohio’s participation in agrowing movement to changehow primary care is practicedthrough what’s called a medi-cal home. The offices featuredoctor-led teams of nurses,physician assistants and dis-ease educators who helpresolve problems so doctorscan spend more time with thesickest patients.“We’ve got to have smartpeople putting their headstogether that can go throughthe process of finding wherewe can make change hap-pen that ultimately leads toimproved health for ourpatients,” Wymyslo said.He said state wellness ini-tiatives will remain a focusof his.Kantor-Burman joins thecabinet after serving since 2007as executive director of thePioneer Network, a nationalcenter based in Gahanna, justnortheast of Columbus, thatadvocates consumer choicein long-term care optionsfor seniors. Before that, shespent 15 years as director of the Office of Geriatrics andGerontology at the Ohio StateUniversity Health SciencesCenter.She said it’s important for allstate agencies to work togetherto provide maximum supportto the elder population.Kasich plucked his newMedicaid director from theadministration of former D.C.Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democratwho lost his race for re-electionin November. McCarthy servedas Fenty’s Medicaid director inan emergency environment thatKasich said will suit him wellfor the streamlining effort that’sahead in Ohio.McCarthy has workedwith two Ohio agencies —Job and Family Services, andDevelopment Disabilities —on Medicaid redesign projects.Kasich likened McCarthy toMichelle Rhee, the outspokenformer chancellor of the D.C.public schools whose reformswere backed by Fenty.“John McCarthy fits into thesame mold as a Michelle Rhee— no fear, deathly serious,”Kasich said, calling McCarthy “avery reform-oriented person.”Kasich expressed confi-dence in Moody’s ability tocoordinate his cabinet’s rein-vention of health care, charac-terizing him as “meek but notweak.”Moody said calls for fix-ing the increasingly costlyMedicaid system have changedlittle in his two decades of work on the issue.“Many of the issues arethe same today as they werethen but, in all the time since,I’ve never had the sense of theurgency and the opportunityto really transform these pro-grams, to improve health andto improve how we serve ourneighbors,” Moody said.
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dance contests with her inthe schoolyard — mostlybreak-dancing, he said.He bought the stuffedanimal, a toy nearly astall as himself, to leaveby Christina’s casketbecause she loved ani-mals, but there was noroom.Instead, his mother saidhe would take it to schooland leave it at a growingmemorial there.“This was kind of aclosure for him. He wasin the car coming heresaying he was feeling sadabout it,” said LeshanMitchell, as she and herson left the service. “Hesaid, ‘Mom, I’m feelingreally sad now’ and I said,‘People who didn’t knowher are feeling sad, too,and it’s OK to cry and it’sOK to be angry.”Outside the church,mourners lined both sidesof the street outside formore than a quarter-mileto show their support.Hundreds of motorcycleriders from all over stoodguard. More than a dozenresidents were dressed asangels and some mournersdressed in white placedcandles alongside the roadleading to the church.As Christina’s fam-ily grieved, new devel-opments emerged in thecase when a man walkinghis dog found a black bagcontaining ammunitionthat authorities believewas discarded by the sus-pected gunman, 22-year-old Jared Loughner.Before the service,Christina’s family andclosest friends gatheredunder the enormous theAmerican flag recoveredfrom Ground Zero andpaused for a moment of silence, holding handsand crying. White-glovedstate troopers escortedfamily and dignitariesinto the church as a choirsang hymns.“She would want tosay to us today, ’Enjoylife,”’ said Bishop GeraldKicanas, who presidedover the funeral. “Shewould want to say to ustoday, ’God has loved meso much. He has put hishand on me and prepareda place for me.”’“Her time to be bornwas Sept. 11, 2001,” hesaid. “Her time to diewas the tragic day, Jan.8, 2011, just nine yearsold she was. But she hasfound her dwelling placein God’s mansion. Shewent home.”
COLUMBUS (AP) — U.S.Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohiosays funding will continuefor an alternate engine forthe Pentagon’s next-genera-tion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.Brown and fellowDemocratic Sens. John Kerryof Massachusetts and PatrickLeahy of Vermont had senta letter to Defense SecretaryRobert Gates last week stat-ing that Congress intendedto fund the engine programthrough March 4, despite thePentagon’s opposition to it.The Department of Defense said in a statementThursday that Gates contin-ues to oppose the need for anextra engine and that currentfunding is not due to a changein position, but is beingimplemented because theprior year’s funding expired.Funding is still slated to endMarch 4.The engine is being devel-oped by a General ElectricCo. unit in Evendale outsideCincinnati. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE makes the enginewith London-based Rolls-Royce.
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CLEVELAND (AP) —Thirty people have beenindicted in Ohio in a cross-country heroin ring thatofficials say was directedin Cleveland by five familymembers.The indictments wereannounced Thursday byCleveland and federal law-enforcement officials.Twenty-one suspects were incustody by late afternoon.The government saysthe operation stretching toCalifornia, Minnesota andChicago brought heroin toCleveland for sales across theregion.The alleged Clevelandringleader was identifiedby authorities as 30-year-old Rayshawn “Dirty Ray”Ligon of North Olmsted.Prosecutors say he was aidedby his father, two brothers,a cousin and his girlfriend,all charged in the 110-countindictment.
Feds indict 30in heroin ring
State Senator KarenGillmor (R- Tiffin) recentlyannounced that more than 260scholarships are now avail-able to graduating high schoolstudents planning to attendone of Ohio’s career collegesand schools. These scholar-ships will help provide stu-dents with the education andtraining needed to pursue acareer in fields such as busi-ness, legal and medical tech-nologies, criminal justice andcomputer technology.“Ohio’s career and techni-cal schools offer a numberof programs that provide stu-dents with the skills they needin order to succeed in today’shigh-tech, global economy,”Gillmor said. “I would encour-age all interested students toapply for these scholarships,as they will enable them toobtain education and trainingat a reduced cost.”Scholarships may coverone-half tuition or a specificdollar amount. The schol-arships are provided by theOhio Association of CareerColleges and Schools at nocost to the state. Individualsinterested in applying needto obtain a nomination formfrom the student’s guidanceoffice. Students residing inthe 26th Senate District cansend their nomination forms,along with a school transcript,to Senator Gillmor at the OhioStatehouse, 1 Capitol Square,Ground Floor, Columbus, OH43215.Scholarship applicationsmust be submitted by April 1and recipients will be notifiedno later than May 2. Interestedstudents can a complete list-ing of participating schoolsas well as eligibility require-ments by contacting their highschool guidance counselors orby visiting ohiocareercolleg-es.org/Scholarships.html.
Scholarships offered for students
COLUMBUS (AP) —An Ohio inmate with Nazisympathies who has spent 27years on death row for killingthree men at Cleveland StateUniversity is asking the state’snew governor for mercy, withhis attorneys saying a severemood disorder went undiag-nosed for decades.If put to death Feb. 17,Frank Spisak would set theOhio record for the longesttime on death row before exe-cution.Spisak, 59, blamed the1982 murders on his hatredof gays, blacks and Jews andalso claimed his crimes weresparked by mental illnessrelated to confusion about hissexual identity.During his 1983 trial, hegrew a Hitler-style mustache,and carried a copy of Hitler’sbook, “Mein Kampf” duringthe proceedings.His attorneys asked theOhio Parole Board Thursdayto spare his life, saying hesuffers from a severe bipo-lar mood disorder that wasnot diagnosed until years afterhe was convicted. Spisak ishoused on a prison unit inMansfield reserved for deathrow inmates being treated formental illnesses.Lawyers argue the informa-tion could have led jurors toconsider a different sentence.“To go forward with thisexecution would represent adeparture from the strong soci-etal consensus the death pen-alty should be reserved for theworst of the worst, and thatwe arguably demean ourselveswhen we impose it on theseverely mentally ill,” Spisak’sattorneys, Alan Rossman andMichael Benza, said in theirstatement to the board.Cuyahoga CountyProsecutor Bill Mason saidit’s dubious to diagnoseSpisak with the mood dis-order now when numerousdoctors before and after trialfailed to detect it.Mason said Spisak hasnever taken full responsibilityfor the killings.“Spisak’s attempt to blamehis actions on either beingbipolar or being confusedabout his sexual identity areways he can again try to placeblame on something other thanwhere it belongs — on hisown conduct,” Mason said in afiling with the parole board.
Killer of three asks for mercy
MOUNT EATON (AP)— An Ohio sheriff says aperson of interest in an appar-ent double killing has beenpicked up by authorities inWest Virginia.Sheriff Thomas Maurer innortheast Ohio’s Wayne Countysaid at a news conferenceThursday that officers foundtwo bodies in the basement of afarmhouse, in what he describedas a “gruesome scene.”Maurer identified the manwanted for questioning as the32-year-old son of the couplewho lived in the home. A newsrelease later announced theman was taken into custody inthe Beckley, W.Va., area.Maurer said deputies hadgone to the home near MountEaton after another son inIndiana reported he had notheard from his parents fordays.
Sheriff describes murder scene as ‘gruesome’
“We’ve got tohave smartpeopleputting theirheads togetherthat can gothrough theprocess of finding where wecan make changehappen thatultimately leads toimproved healthfor our patients.”
— Theodore Wymyslo,state health director

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