TOKYO (AP) — Japan’sgovernment ordered the oper-ator of a tsunami-damagednuclear plant today to pay$12,000 to each householdforced to evacuate because of leaking radiation, but someof the displaced slammed thehandout as too little.Tens of thousands of resi-dents unable to return to theirhomes near the nuclear plantare bereft of their livelihoodsand possessions, unsure of when, if ever, they will be ableto return home. Some havetraveled hundreds of kilome-ters (miles) to Tokyo ElectricPower Co.’s headquarters inTokyo to press their demandsfor compensation.TEPCO will start payingcompensation April 28, withfamilies forced to evacuategetting 1 million yen (about$12,000) and individuals getting750,000 yen (about $9,000),Trade Ministry spokesmanHiroaki Wada said.“There are around 150evacuation centers alone. It willtake some time until everyonegets money. But we want thecompany to quickly do this tosupport people’s lives,” TradeMinister Banri Kaieda said at anews conference.The arrangement is a pro-visional one, with more com-pensation expected, Wadasaid. Roughly 48,000 house-holds living within about 19miles (30 kilometers) of thecrippled Fukushima Dai-ichinuclear plant would be eli-gible for the payments.“I’m not satisfied,” saidKazuko Suzuki, a 49-year-oldsingle mother of two teenag-ers from the town of Futuba,adjacent to the plant. She haslived at a shelter at a highschool north of Tokyo for thelast month.Her family has had to buyclothes, food, shampoo andother basics because they fledthe area on government orderswithout taking time to pack.She has lost her job as a wel-fare worker, and a job pros-pect for her 18-year-old fellthrough because of the effectsof the disaster.“We’ve had to spend moneyon so many extra things andwe don’t know how long thiscould go on,” she said.Akemi Osumi, a 48-year-old mother of three also fromFutuba, said the money was a“small step” but that it didn’tfairly compensate larger fami-lies. Her family is living at thesame shelter but also must rentan apartment for her eldest sonto go to a vocational school.“One million yen doesn’tgo very far,” she said. “I’m notconvinced at just 1 million yenper family. If it was dependenton the size of the family I’dunderstand, but it’s not.”
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Littleton pleads guilty to 3 murders, gets
BELLEFONTAINE (AP)— An Ohio man pleadedguilty Thursday and wassentenced to life in prisonwithout parole in the slay-ings of his girlfriend’s adultdaughter and an elderlycouple, whose bodies werefound in three states.Samuel K. Littleton IIpleaded guilty in westernOhio’s Logan County tothree counts of aggravatedmurder and three counts of gross abuse of a corpse inthe February slayings of Tiffany Brown and Richardand Gladis Russell.Littleton, 37, pleadedguilty in a deal with pros-ecutors to avoid the deathpenalty.Prosecutors have saidrelatives of the victimsagreed to the deal to get“closure” and healing and toavoid the lengthy court pro-ceedings associ-ated with deathpenalty cases.Chief AssistantProsecutorEric Stewartsaid Littletontold detectivesrepeatedly thathe didn’t knowwhy he killedBrown and theRussells.Littleton kepthis head downmuch of the time, respond-ing in a soft, clear voiceto a series of yes or noquestions from the judge.His hands were shaking attimes. He declined to makeany statement, although oneof his attorneys apologizedin court to the victims’ fam-ilies, many of whom weptthroughout mostof the hearing.Shouts of “cow-ard!” came fromthe crowd as hewas led away.Some of the victims’family mem-bers addressedLittleton incourt, talkingof the pain andgrief Littletoncaused.“Our lives have beenforever changed by SamLittleton’s senseless act of violence,” said Brown’sfather, Larry Brown. “Weask ourselves every daywhy, but we will never havean answer.”Richard Russell’s neph-ew, Jim Hall, told Littletonthat he hopes “every timethe door slams behind youin that prison, you arereminded of the three livesyou took.”Littleton was convictedin the Feb. 11 stabbing deathof Brown, 26. Her bodywas found in the basementof the Bellefontaine homethat Littleton bought fromRichard and Gladis Russellin western Ohio. She hadbeen stabbed several times,authorities said.Littleton also was con-victed in the deaths of the Russells on Feb. 16 attheir rural Lewiston home.Richard Russell, 84, hadbeen beaten in the head andstabbed once in the chest,and his wife died of a headinjury, authorities said.Stewart said that Littletontold authorities that hestrangled the Russells andstabbed Richard Russell.Authorities said Littletonstowed the bodies in thetrunk of the Russells’ carand drove south, dumpingRichard Russell’s body inTennessee. The body of Russell’s 85-year-old wifewas found in Georgia. Theircar was found in Princeton,W.Va., where Littleton hasrelatives.Littleton was arrestedafter authorities found himhiding in the woods behinda discount store with thekey to the Russells’ car inhis pocket. He was returnedto Ohio from West Virginiaon Wednesday after waiv-ing extradition.
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Ottoville to present ‘Mirror Image’ this weekend
Ottoville High School will present the musical comedy “Mirror Image” in the auditeria at 8 p.m. today and Saturday.A dress rehearsal was held for the musical Thursday night. Above: “The Woodsman,” left, played by Sam Beining, complains about his lack of a real name while “Rosamond” or “Sleeping Beauty” played by Marissa Nienberg sleeps onthe floor. “Mirror Image” explores the fine line between reality and fantasy as the wicked stepsisters from Cinderella, tired of being despised, discover a way to reality through the Magic Mirror. The sisters’ meanness serves them well inreality but creates major problems back in the fairy tale world. The missing wicked stepsisters mean Cinderella won’thave a fairy godmother and the prince is less than impressed with her. The woodsman from Little Red Riding Hood andseveral other stories wants to be a hero rather than an “incidental character,” so he sets out to make a name for himself by bringing the stepsisters back. With no woodsman to save her, Little Red gets mauled by the wolf and Sleeping Beautyhas to chop her own wood with disastrous results. Meanwhile in reality, the stepsisters are wreaking havoc and thewoodsman finds out that being a hero is a lot harder than he imagined. “Mirror Image” features a cast of 38 studentsoffering a fun show the whole family can enjoy. Admission is $5 per person.
Locals to behonored at LMHVolunteer Banquet
Delphos residents will behonored at the annual LimaMemorial Hospital VolunteerBanquet on Thursday at theUniversity of NorthwesternOhio Event Center in Lima.Honored for hours of service in 2010 will be:— Merlene Metzger – 2,000 hours— Sally Kiggins – 750 hours— Keith Kiggins – 750 hoursOverall, more than 150awards will be presented,with special awards givento the Rookie of the Year,those who volunteered 1,000hours or more last year, aswell as those who reached10,000 lifetime service hours.In 2010, 340 activeadult volunteers contrib-uted 93,000 hours to LimaMemorial Health System.
Thrift Shop setsholiday hours
The Delphos InterfaithThrift Shop will be closed onThursday and April 22 forHoly Week observances.The shop will reopen forregular hours on April 23.
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World’s oldest man dies in Montana at 114
By MATT VOLZThe Associated Press
GREAT FALLS, Mont. —Walter Breuning’s earliest mem-ories stretched back 111 years,before home entertainment camewith a twist of the radio dial. Theywere of his grandfather’s tales of killing Southerners in the CivilWar.Breuning was 3 and horrified:“I thought that was a hell of athing to say.”But the stories stuck, becomingthe first building blocks into whatwould develop into a deceptivelysimple philosophy that Breuning,the world’s oldest man at 114before he died Thursday, creditedto his longevity.Here’s the world’s oldestman’s secret to a long life:— Embrace change, evenwhen the change slaps you in theface. (“Every change is good.”)— Eat two meals a day (“That’sall you need.”)— Work as long as you can(“That money’s going to come inhandy.”)— Help others (“The moreyou do for others, the better shapeyou’re in.”)Then there’s the hardest part.It’s a lesson Breuning said helearned from his grandfather:Accept death.“We’re going to die. Somepeople are scared of dying. Neverbe afraid to die. Because you’reborn to die,” he said.Breuning died of natural causesin a Great Falls hospital where hehad been a patient for much of April with an undisclosed illness,said Stacia Kirby, spokeswomanfor the Rainbow Senior Livingretirement home where Breuninglived.He was the oldest man in theworld and the second-oldest per-son, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology ResearchGroup. Besse Cooper of Monroe,Ga. — born 26 days earlier — isthe world’s oldest person.In an interview with TheAssociated Press at his homein the Rainbow RetirementCommunity in Great Falls lastOctober, Breuning recounted thepast century — and what its rev-elations and advances meant tohim — with the wit and plain-spokenness that defined him. Hislife story is, in a way, a slice of the story of the country itself overmore than a century.———At the beginning of the newcentury — that’s the 20th century— Breuning moved with his fam-ily from Melrose, Minn., to DeSmet, S.D., where his father hadtaken a job as an engineer.That first decade of the 1900swas literally a dark age for hisfamily. They had no electricity orrunning water. A bath for youngWalter would require his motherto fetch water from the well out-side and heat it on the coal-burn-ing stove. When they wanted toget around, they had three options:train, horse and foot.His parents split up andBreuning moved back toMinnesota in 1912. The followingyear, as Henry Ford was creat-ing his first assembly line, theteenager got a low-level job withthe Great Northern Railway inMelrose.“I’m 16 years old, had to go towork on account of breakup of thefamily,” he said.That was the beginning of a50-year career on the railroad. Hewas a clerk for most of that time,working seven days a week.In 1918, his boss was pro-moted to a position in Great Fallsand he asked Breuning to comealong.There wasn’t a lot keepingBreuning in Minnesota. His moth-er had died the year before at age46 and his father died in 1915 atage 50. The Montana job camewith a nice raise — $90 a monthfor working seven days a week,“a lot of money at that time,” hesaid.Breuning, young and alone,was overwhelmed at first. GreatFalls was a bustling town of 25,000 with hundreds of peoplecoming and going every day ontrains that arrived at all hours.“You go down to the depot andthere’d be 500 people out there allclimbing into four trains going infour directions,” he said.World War I was still ragingin Europe, and Breuning, who had just turned 20, signed up for mili-tary service but wasn’t called up.He wanted to join an Army unitformed by Ralph Budd, who wasthe railroad’s vice president at thetime and who later would becomeits president.He sent Budd an application,and the reply was disappointing.Budd said Breuning couldn’t jointhe unit because he wanted theyoung man to get a college edu-cation. The war ended later thatyear.“So I never got into the war.The war ended too quick for me,”Breuning said.———The 19th Amendment gavewomen the right to vote in 1919and the nation was riding a post-war wave into the Roaring ‘20s.Walter Breuning bought hisfirst car that year.It was a secondhand Ford andcost just $150. Breuning remem-bered driving around town andspooking the horses that stillcrowded the dirt streets.“We had more damn runawaysback in those days,” Breuning said.“Horses are just scared of cars.”The year may have startedwell, but it went downhill fast.Drought struck. The price of hayskyrocketed and farmers had tosell their cattle. It was the firstwave of agricultural depressionsthat would hit Montana over thenext two decades.The railroad started layingoff people. Breuning had someseniority, so rather than losing his job, he was transferred to Butte. Itwas there he met his future wife,Agnes.Agnes Twokey worked for therailroad as a telegrapher. She and
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Baseball (5 p.m.):Antwerp at Lincolnview;Botkins at Spencerville;Elida at Van Wert (WBL).Softball (5 p.m.):Antwerp at Lincolnview;Van Wert at Elida (WBL).Track and Field (4:30p.m.): Jefferson, FortJennings and Ottoville atColumbus Grove Invitational;Lincolnview at WayneTrace Invitational; Elida atGold Medal (OG) Meet.Tennis: Van Wert atElida (WBL), 4:30 p.m.
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