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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Sports/Business 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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Applications are beingaccepted for the Kevin R.“Spanky” Kemper MemorialScholarship at St. John’sand Jefferson high schools.An application may beobtained from the schools’guidance counselors.Applications mustbe submitted by April15 to be eligible.
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — Whenchildren leave their parents’homes for the real world,there is often a discouragingperiod of adjustment whenthey realize they won’t beable to live the same lifestylethey were accustomed to.The Ohio State UniversityExtension has created a pro-gram to help prepare highschool students for thefinancial challenges ahead.The Putnam County OSU-Extension brought the “RealMoney, Real World” pro-gram to Ottoville eighth- andninth-graders Tuesday morn-ing.“First, they attend class-room sessions where they’regiven different career options,monthly income, spouses andin some cases, children,”Jason Hedrick of the PutnamCounty OSU Extensionsaid. “They talk over all themonthly bills they will haveto pay. In the gym, we havetables set up. Each representsa specific bill like housing,cars, insurance, etc. Theyhave to visit each table andtry to budget that income andtry to save money or at leastbreak even.”Students were assigneddifferent incomes — someof which barely cleared mini-mum wage — giving thema clear example of what itwould be like to balance abudget. The bills includedin the exercise were childcare, clothing, communica-tions, credit, contributions,entertainment, food, housing,insurance, transportation,utilities and miscellaneous.“This is just a snapshotof what it would be like tospend the money you makeevery month. They also learnwhat you earn isn’t whatyou take home and put inyour account,” Hedrick said.“Each student is meant toassume they have a spousewho is unable to contributean income, whether becausethey lost their job, can’t finda job or are in school. Thatkind of thing is a reality.”When the students werefinished with each table, theywere sent to the “finish line”where they were told howthey did.“This is the second timewe’ve had the programhere at Ottoville,” FamilyConsumer Science EducatorPam Hickey said. “We’lltry to do it every other yearand get them thinking aboutfinances as they go throughhigh school and into theircareers. We want to get themthinking that way earlier sothey see that mom and dadalso have a budget to consid-er and to help them assumesome financial responsibil-ity.”Along with Hickey,Ottoville teacher NancyKroeger and OSU Extensionrepresentative Tina Koesterwait at the finish line for stu-dents to finish their budgets.“In class, I have them bal-ance a checkbook,” Kroegeradded. “They have to go homeand get a cell phone bill,amount spent on weekly gro-ceries and monthly utilitiesand practice writing checksfor those things. All together,we spend about nine weekseducating them about finan-cial responsibility.”Koester says the programis also good for the parents.“They end up quizzingtheir parents, as well, andasking questions,” she said.“They call attention to thingslike bills when they needto practice writing checks.Their parents really look atthe bills and think, ‘Wow,I’m spending that much oncell phones’?”Hickey said it’s importantfor students to lower theirlifestyle expectations.“I tell the kids that whenthey move out and go out ontheir own, they’ll go fromup here to way down herebecause they’ll be startingat the beginning,” she said.“They find out they can’tafford everything they needor want and they end upusing credit to fill in the gaps.That’s where people get introuble. That’s why budget-ing is important.”
‘Real world’ may burst some bubbles
Sue Bendele of the OSU Extension, left, and volunteerMelissa Schnipke, right, help Tim Feasel work out hisclothing budget.Leeanna McKamey of the OSU Extension Putnam County Office, left, and volunteerKatrina Beining help students budget “food expenses.”
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“I’m Broke,” Melissa Sarka, center, told NormaUnverferth, left, of the OSU Extension and volunteerBrianna Rodriguez, right, at the housing table. Studentswere given a fake income and were required to budgetimaginary monthly expenses accordingly.Baked to Perfection owner Alex Benavidez held a program called “I Love Cookies”at the Delphos Public Library Tuesday evening. Children were instructed how todecorate cookies, apply fondant and keep it from drying out. From left: Justin Mox, K.C. Edsall and Annabella Keller take their turn at the table with Benavidez.
 Library hosts cookie program
Stacy Taff photo
BY ED GEBERTHerald Correspondent
Ohio 75th House DistrictRepresentative LynnWachtmann (R-Napoleon) ispreparing for another battleover abortion. Wachtmannplans to introduce a bill todaywhich has the eye of legisla-tors and activists in manyother states.The “heartbeat bill” wouldprevent a woman from ter-minating a pregnancy oncea fetal heartbeat has beendetected. That typically takesplace in the first six weeksof the pregnancy and canbe as early as 18 days afterconception.“It was not my originalidea but I’ve been a pro-lifeleader here in Columbus for26 years, and I’m commit-ted to pushing the courts asfar as we can go to pro-tect human life, and that’sclearly what this bill is allabout,” Wachtmann stated onTuesday.The bill was crafted by for-mer Ohio Right To Life leg-islative director Janet FolgerPorter, whom Wachtmannsaid he has known for twodecades. The Ohio native alsoput together the nation’s firstban on late-term abortions.The bill is not withoutits critics, even among pro-life supporters. Some won-der about the constitutional-ity of such a measure. Thoseopposing the bill claim thereis no doubt the measure isunconstitutional. Still othersupporters worry that if thebill is passed, then overturnedby the Supreme Court, itcould affect laws already onthe books. Wachtmann saidhe wants to begin the discus-sions.“I’m introducing this billto get the debate going tosee how far we believe wecan push the U.S. SupremeCourt in upholding as strong
Wachtmann pushes for abortion restriction
See WACHTMANN, page 2
By MAGGIE MICHAELThe Associated Press
CAIRO — Egypt’s anti-government activists calledon supporters today toexpand their demonstrationsin defiance of the vice presi-dent’s warning that protestscalling for President HosniMubarak’s ouster would notbe tolerated for much longer.Vice President OmarSuleiman, who is managingthe crisis, raised the pros-pect of a new crackdown onprotesters Tuesday when hetold Egyptian newspaper edi-tors there could be a “coup”unless demonstrators agree toenter negotiations. The pro-testers insist they won’t talkbefore Mubarak steps down,which the president is refus-ing to do.“He is threatening toimpose martial law, whichmeans everybody in thesquare will be smashed,”said Abdul-Rahman Samir, aspokesman for a coalition of the five main youth groupsbehind protests in Cairo’sTahrir Square. “But whatwould he do with the rest of the 70 million Egyptians whowill follow us afterward?”Suleiman is creating “adisastrous scenario,” Samirsaid. “We are striking andwe will protest and we willnot negotiate until Mubaraksteps down. Whoever wantsto threaten us, then let themdo so.”For the first time, protest-ers were calling forcefullytoday for labor strikes, try-ing to draw powerful laborunions into support for theircause.Suleiman’s warning wasthe latest in a series of con-fused messages from thegovernment to the protesters.Officials have made a seriesof pledges not to attack, harassor arrest the activists in recentdays, followed by Suleiman’sthinly veiled threat of a newcrackdown.“We can’t bear this fora long time,” he said of theTahrir protests. “There mustbe an end to this crisis assoon as possible.” He said theregime wants to resolve thecrisis through dialogue, warn-ing: “We don’t want to dealwith Egyptian society withpolice tools.”He also warned of chaosif the situation continued,speaking of “the dark bats of the night emerging to terror-ize the people.” If dialogueis not successful, he said, thealternative is “that a couphappens, which would meanuncalculated and hasty steps,including lots of irrationali-ties.”Although it was not com-pletely clear what the vicepresident intended in his“coup” comment, the pro-testers heard it as a veiledthreat to impose martial law— which would be a dramaticescalation in the standoff.Suleiman, a military manwho was intelligence chief before being elevated to vicepresident amid the crisis, triedto explain the remark by say-ing:“I mean a coup of theregime against itself, or amilitary coup or an absenceof the system. Some force,whether its the army or policeor the intelligence agencyor the (opposition Muslim)
Protesters defy order to stop
See EGYPT, page 2
Partly cloudyThursday;high 15. Seepage 2.
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Game changesfor St. John’s
St. John’s AthleticDirector Todd Schultehas announced two gamechanges: the boys game atLincolnview, postponedfrom Saturday, will start at4 p.m. Saturday; and theOttoville at St. John’s girlsgame that night, sched-uled for a 6 p.m. JV start,will start at 6:30 p.m.
Local teams ranked
In the next-to-last girlshigh school basketballrankings, six area teamsare in the running.In Division IV, Minsteris rated third, with Ottovillesixth and Jefferson closebehind at seventh.In Division III, FortRecovery stands 11th.In Division II, Bath is 11thand St. Marys Memorial 16th.See full rank-ings on page 7.
Tuesday’s AreaPrep ScoresBoys
Arcadia 62, Fostoria St.Wendelin 50; Archbold 41,Defiance Tinora 22; Carey54, McGuffey Upper SciotoValley 45; Columbus Grove71, Pandora-Gilboa 40;Cory-Rawson 68, KansasLakota 41; Crestline 57,Ridgeway Ridgemont 50;Kalida 59, Haviland WayneTrace 45; Minster 63, Anna60; Mogadore 62, Akr.Coventry 54; N. LewisburgTriad 63, DeGraff Riverside58; Oregon Stritch 56,Northwood 45; Ottoville 59,Ft. Jennings 39; S. CharlestonSE 47, Milford CenterFairbanks 44; Tol. Christian81, Tol. Emmanuel Baptist 53
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Arlington 66, Kenton36; Bryan 39, Stryker 37;Celina 47, Convoy Crestview43; Columbus Grove 51,Ada 39; Delphos Jefferson62, Lafayette Allen E. 41;Findlay Liberty-Benton 42,Miller City 26; HavilandWayne Trace 59, Continental45; Marion Cath. 38,Mansfield Christian 33, 2OT;Napoleon 37, WhitehouseAnthony Wayne 34; NewBremen 61, Spencerville 49;Sandusky 64, Marion Harding50; St. Marys Memorial43, Ottawa-Glandorf 30;Van Wert 57, Lima Sr.51, OT; Wapakoneta 48,Coldwater 44, OT.
 
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
The high temperatureTuesday in Delphos was 22and the low was 3. A year agotoday, the high was 28 and thelow was 11. The record highfor today is 69, set in 1925and the record low of -14 wasset in 1967.
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a bill as possible, that is savingas many unborn babies as pos-sible,” Wachtmann declared.“It’s been bandied around by thepro-life community around thecountry for a number of years,and Mrs. Porter, like myself, iswanting to take a bigger bite outof the proverbial apple, to try topush the agenda more toward alot less abortion and a lot morelife by going with this ‘heart-beat bill.’”Today’s announcementis timed to coincide with theupcoming Valentine’s Day hol-iday and to play off the state’stourism slogan, ‘Ohio. At theheart of it all.’”According to Wachtmann,committee level discussion atthe Statehouse will be necessaryto adjust the bill to stand a con-stitutional test. Once that pro-cess has concluded, he expectsit to pass.“I wouldn’t have introducedthe bill if I didn’t think it had areasonable chance to becomelaw,” he stated.Either way, Wachtmannfinds himself in the middle of a red-hot abortion debate thatreaches beyond Columbus tothe entire country.
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Brotherhood or the youth them-selves could carry out ’creativechaos’ to end the regime andtake power,” he said.Suleiman, a close confidantof Mubarak, also reiterated hisview that Egypt is not readyfor democracy.“The culture of democracyis still far away,” he told stateand independent newspapereditors in the roundtable dis-cussion Tuesday.His comments were ablunt, impatient warning forthe youth organizers to entertalks and drop their insis-tence on Mubarak’s ouster.He rejected any “end to theregime” including an imme-diate departure for Mubarak— who says he will serveout the rest of his term untilSeptember elections.U.S. Vice President JoeBiden spoke by phone withSuleiman on Tuesday, say-ing Washington wants Egyptto immediately rescind emer-gency laws that give broadpowers to security forces — akey demand of the protesters.Suleiman’s sharply wordedwarning deepened protesters’suspicions of his U.S.-backedefforts to put together nego-tiations with the oppositionover reforms. The protestersfear that if they enter talksbefore Mubarak leaves, theregime will manipulate themand conduct only superficialchanges without bringing realdemocracy.Organizers of the massdemonstrations, now in their16th day, sought to widentheir uprising. They called fora new “protest of millions”for Friday similar to those thathave drawn the largest crowdsso far. But in a change of tactic, they want to spread theprotests out around differentparts of Cairo instead of onlyin downtown Tahrir Squarewhere a permanent sit-in isnow in its second week, saidKhaled Abdel-Hamid, one of the youth organizers.
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TULSA, Okla. — A sec-ond powerful blizzard in aweek roared through parts of the nation’s midsection ontoday, bringing biting windsand dumping more than afoot of snow on areas stilldigging out from last week’smajor storm.As the system moved east-ward toward the Deep South,it dropped 16 inches of snowon the northeastern Oklahomatown of Pawhuska and 14inches on nearby Eucha,according to Osage CountyEmergency ManagementDirector Howard Pattison.Bartlesville, about 50miles north of Tulsa, gotmore than a foot of snow, andSiloam Springs, Ark., acrossthe state border, got 9 inches,said Michael Lacy, a mete-orologist with the NationalWeather Service in Tulsa.He said strong winds createdblizzard conditions that lim-ited visibility and made travelhazardous.Heavy snow was reportedin parts of Kansas and Texas,where many school districtscancelled classes. And win-ter storm warnings wereissued for an area stretchingfrom northern Louisiana toGeorgia, where a blizzard lastmonth paralyzed Atlanta fordays.In northeast Oklahoma,Sandra Barrows was stuckat a Salvation Army shelterafter running out of moneyfor hotel rooms. She was hop-ing to get a bus ticket out of Tulsa, where she got strandeda week ago on her way to anew job in St. Louis, beforethe third storm in a week hitthe area.But after the record 14-inchsnowfall that kept students outof school for at least six days,halted garbage pickup andkept some roads impassable,the city of 390,000 was brac-ing for the worst. By 9 a.m.today, Tulsa had received 4.5inches of new snow, puttingit just two-tenths of an inchfrom matching its seasonalrecord of 25.6 inches set inthe 1923-1924 season.“You’re trapped,” the47-year-old Barrows saidTuesday. “Depressed.”State lawmakers in theirfirst week of the legislativesession cancelled their workuntil next week in anticipationof the storm. The OklahomaHighway Patrol was discour-aging all travel statewide.Road crews in Arkansaswere treating the streetsTuesday in anticipation of snow that forecasters warnedwould choke highways, dis-rupt work days and likelyextend the stretch of can-celled school days in north-west Arkansas to nearly twoweeks. Some educators fearthat the missed days are eat-ing into time they need toprepare students for annualstate benchmark exams inApril.“We’re all very antsyto get back in class,” saidGravette Public Schoolssuperintendent Andrea Kelly,whose 1,757-student districtlast held classes Jan. 31.School districts acrossnorthwest Kansas called off classes Tuesday and severaluniversities closed early.By today morning, 17inches of snow had fallen inNewton, 15 inches in Coffeyand 14 inches in Wilson, theNational Weather Servicesaid. As the storm movedout of Kansas, temperatureswere expected to drop intothe teens in the state, mak-ing the coming weekend’sforecast of temperatures inthe mid-40s seem downrightbalmy.In Texas, classes werecanceled for students inthe Dallas, Fort Worthand Amarillo school dis-tricts. Dallas-Fort WorthInternational Airport can-celed about 120 departures.Spokesman David Maganasays DFW airport anticipatedoperating a full schedule latertoday when conditions wereexpected to improve.As the storm moved intothe Deep South later today,it was expected to dump upto five inches of snow onnorthwest Mississippi and aninch or less around Atlanta,enough to snarl traffic andcause closures in a region tra-ditionally short of salt trucksand plowing equipment.In Oklahoma, severalinches of snow remainedunplowed in many Tulsaneighborhoods Tuesday, andabandoned cars and trucksstill littered local roads. Assome of the snow melted overthe weekend, dozens of watermains broke throughout thecity, causing flooding andeven more street closures.There was progress,
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At 11:34 a.m. Tuesday, acollision occurred when a vehi-cle driven by Michael Miller,47, of Ottoville, was north-bound on South Clay Streetand came to the intersectionof West Clime Street. Afterstopping, Miller proceededinto the intersection. ByronTalboom, 39, of Delphos, waswestbound on West ClimeStreet when he came to a stopat the intersection of SouthClay. Talboom failed to seeMiller move through the inter-section and proceeded, strik-ing Miller broadside on thepassenger side.There were no injuries andminor damage to both vehi-cles. Talboom was cited forfailure to maintain reasonablecontrol.
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More federalhelp for thosehurt by DHLJurors want topay man due tolack of evidenceState slashes3-year transitplan by $70M
Kasich’s JobsOhio bill tobe altered for more disclosure
CLEVELAND (AP) —At least three members of aCleveland jury say the evi-dence was so thin against aman jailed for weeks in anassault case that they want togive him their juror pay.The jury quickly acquitted19-year-old Demrick McCloudon Friday. He’d been chargedwith leading other teens tobeat a high school student andthreaten him with a gun onOct. 13. McCloud was arrest-ed that day and held in jailuntil the trial.The three jurors tell ThePlain Dealer there was a“sheer lack of evidence,” sothey’ll each give McCloudthe $100 they were paid for jury service if he earns a highschool equivalency degree.A prosecutor’s spokesmanmaintains in a statement thatthe victim was “steadfast” inidentifying McCloud as anattacker.COLUMBUS (AP) — Thenew state administration isslashing a three-year, $150million commitment to Ohiotransit agencies made last yearby former Democratic Gov.Ted Strickland.The Ohio Department of Transportation under currentRepublican Gov. John Kasichis instead pledging $80 mil-lion in federal money forbuses and other public transitthrough 2013.The Columbus Dispatchreports the funding levelsproposed by ODOT DirectorJerry Wray on Tuesday wouldprovide transit agencies withmore annual support thanthey’ve received during muchof the last decade.The department dismissesStrickland’s transit plan as“not realistic and short-term.”Agencies that were count-ing on more money saythey’ll have to make cutbacks.Greater Cleveland RegionalTransit Authority officials tellThe Plain Dealer their planto expand trolley service willhave to be set aside.
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — TheOhio governor’s plannednonprofit development officewould have to report travelexpenses paid for by corpo-rations under changes to theJobsOhio bill being discussedin the state Senate.Lawmakers sponsoringthe measure told a Senatecommittee Tuesday they areworking to make the semi-private entity more transpar-ent, including requiring pub-lic notices for the four publicmeetings of the JobsOhioboard. Its minutes would alsobe disclosed.Those changes are notspelled out in the legislationthe House passed last week.The bill has drawn heatfrom mostly Democraticlawmakers who say it wouldkeep taxpayers in the darkas the board negotiates withbusinesses to attract employ-ers to Ohio and retain jobs.The legislation sets up aframework for JobsOhio, aprivate-public partnership thatwould lead the state’s eco-nomic development efforts.JobsOhio would be overseenby a nine-member board thatincludes Republican Gov.John Kasich as its chair. Thebill directs the Department of Development’s interim direc-tor, Mark Kvamme, to reviewthe duties that his state agen-cy currently performs andwhat could be transferred toJobsOhio.An apparent loophole inthe legislation could allowJobsOhio members to take job-seeking trips paid for bycorporations without havingto report them to the public.Rep. Mike Duffey, aWorthington Republican, andKvamme said they are work-ing with the Senate on amend-ments to the bill that wouldrequire that travel expenses bythird parties be reported quar-terly. In addition, proposedchanges would also authorizethe Ohio Ethics Commissionto investigate JobsOhio andenforce its statutes.“If we do our job right,we should have nothing tofear from full disclosure andtransparency of the activi-ties of JobsOhio,” Kvammetold members of the SenateFinance Committee.Sen. Chris Widener, thecommittee’s chair, told report-ers he expected the bill to bevoted out of his committee withthe changes and head to the fullSenate for a vote next week.
Ohio to execute 7 killers
WILMINGTON (AP) —The federal government isproviding another $2.9 mil-lion to help Ohio workers hurtby the relocation of a DHLExpress air shipping facility.Labor Secretary Hilda Solissaid during a visit to the stateon Tuesday that the moneywill pay for re-employmentservices for about 730 moreworkers affected by layoffs atWilmington Air Park in south-west Ohio. The number is ontop of about 1,600 Wilmingtonworkers who benefited fromtwo earlier rounds of assis-tance totaling $8.3 million.DHL closed its shippingoperation in Wilmington in thesummer of 2009 and movedit to Cincinnati/NorthernKentucky InternationalAirport, more than 50miles away. Thousands of Wilmington Air Park employ-ees lost their jobs.
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Executiondates were set Tuesday forseven condemned killers inOhio, ending what had beena break in capital punish-ment scheduling by the stateSupreme Court.Ohio now has execu-tions scheduled each monththrough October, bringing thepossible number of peoplewho could be put to death in2011 to nine, which wouldbe a state record for a singleyear.One of the inmates whoreceived an execution date,Brett Hartman, came withinabout a week of being exe-cuted in 2009 before a federalappeals court allowed him topursue an innocence claim.Hartman, 36, was sen-tenced to die for the 1997Akron killing of 46-year-old Winda Snipes, who wasstabbed more than 100 times,then had her hands cut off.Hartman has an appeal pend-ing in the state Supreme Courtresolving DNA testing andwhether a jailhouse informantlied at Hartman’s trial.“We are disappointed thatthe Supreme Court set a datefor Hartman when there isstill litigation pending in theCourt,” said his attorney,David Stebbins.Documents show the OhioSupreme Court decided toset executions a month apartafter the state prisons directorrequested more time betweeneach procedure.Gary Mohr, directorof the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,asked Chief Justice MaureenO’Connor on Jan. 27 to leave30 days between executions,according to correspondenceobtained by The AssociatedPress through a recordsrequest.Providing that delay“would assist us in our per-formance of this duty,” theletter said.Justin Kudela, the court’sCase Management Counsel,confirmed in a Feb. 2 e-mailto the governor’s office thatthe high court would followthe director’s request.Ohio decided last monthto switch to a new execu-tion drug as supplies of theformer drug ran out. Thestate had repeatedly said ithad enough of the formerdrug, sodium thiopental, tocarry out next week’s execu-tion of triple murderer FrankSpisak, but would not com-ment about its supply afterthat.The court’s decision toannounce new execution dateswas not related to the drugswitch, said court spokesmanChris Davey.The Department of Rehabilitation and Correctionnow plans to use 5 grams of the new drug, pentobarbi-tal, for the March 10 execu-tion of Johnnie Baston, whofatally shot a Toledo storeowner in 1994. If the execu-tion proceeds, Ohio wouldbe the first state to use asingle dose of pentobarbitalto carry out a death sen-tence. Oklahoma also usesthe drug but follows it withtwo other chemicals that par-alyze inmates and stop theirhearts.The drug has also beenused in assisted suicides inOregon and Washingtonstate.Ohio switched drugs afterthe sole U.S. manufacturerof sodium thiopental, whichhad suspended production in2009, announced last monthit would not resume makingthe drug.Some states, includingArizona, Arkansas, California,Georgia and Tennessee,turned to an English manu-facturer of sodium thiopentalfor their supplies, a sourcethat is now in doubt afterthe British government said itwas banning the export of thedrug for use in executions.Thirteen states asked U.S.Attorney General Eric Holderon Jan. 25 for help identifyingsources for the drug or mak-ing federal supplies availableto states.Without a supply of sodium thiopental, “many jurisdictions shortly will beunable to perform executionsin cases where appeals havebeen exhausted and gover-nors have signed death war-rants,” the letter said.Justice Departmentspokeswoman Alisa Finellisaid Tuesday the agency willreview the letter.Among Ohio inmatesnewly scheduled for execu-tion is Clarence Carter, 48,set to die April 12 for beat-ing to death fellow HamiltonCounty jail inmate JohnnyAllen in 1988.The announcement doesn’tleave much time to preparefor a new clemency hearingfor Carter, his attorney, LindaPrucha, said Tuesday.Danny Lee Bedford, 63,now scheduled to die May17, was sentenced to deathin 1984 for murdering his25-year-old ex-girlfriend,Gwen Toepfert, and her boy-friend, John Smith.The states that signed theletter to Holder are: Alabama,Colorado, Delaware, Florida,Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri,Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee,Utah, Washington andWyoming.
By LISA CORNWELLAssociated Press
CINCINNATI — Morethan 500 patients at a veter-ans hospital will be offeredfree HIV screenings to deter-mine if they were infectedby a dentist who for 18years failed to consistentlyfollow the infection controlstandard of changing latexgloves between patients,Veterans Affairs officials saidTuesday.The Dayton VA MedicalCenter is notifying at least535 patients who saw the den-tist for invasive proceduresbetween Jan. 1, 1992, andJuly 28, 2010, center direc-tor Guy Richardson said. Thepatients will be offered freescreenings for hepatitis B,hepatitis C and HIV, and anypatients found to be infectedwill receive free treatment,he said.“We are deeply sorry forthe concern this circumstancehas caused veterans and theirfamilies,” Richardson said.VA officials declined toidentify the dentist or com-ment on whether the den-tist had been tested for thoseinfections, but Richardsonsaid the risk of a blood-borneinfection is considered to beextremely low and limited tothe dentist’s patients.“There is no indicationthat any patients have beeninfected,” he said.The dentist, whose failureto change gloves was firstreported by the Dayton DailyNews newspaper, is stillemployed by the center buthas been temporarily reas-signed to non-clinical duties.Administrative actionagainst the dentist is pending,Richardson said.An employee raised theconcern about the dentist’sgloves in late July. The VA’sdental clinic was closed fromAug. 19 to Sept. 10, and asafety review was conducted.The center’s investigationfound that the dentist wasn’tchanging gloves consistentlybetween patients, Richardsonsaid.The 535 veterans identi-fied as being at potential riskare being contacted throughtelephone calls and certifiedletters, and a telephone hotline has been set up to allowveterans to make appoint-ments for screenings and getmore information. A specialdental care clinic also hasbeen set up to allow veteransa “safe, easy and private envi-ronment to obtain follow-uptesting,” the VA said in astatement Tuesday.The VA still has about100 records to review, andthe number of veterans poten-tially at risk could increase,Richardson said.He said the center takespatient safety very seriouslyand “failure to follow infec-tion control procedures is notacceptable.”
Dentist didn’t change glovesbetween patients for 18 years
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