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UpfrontInside
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
Index
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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www.delphosherald.com
Class of ’76plans reunion
St. John’s HighSchool class of 1976has planned its 35threunion for Aug. 6 at theDelphos Eagles Lodge.Classmates who havenot mailed a responseand still plan to attend,RSVP by July 22, by call-ing Karen Youngpeter at419-695-6343 or VickeyFischer at 419-692-2184.
Board seeksnew members
Occasionally theMental Health andRecovery Services Boardhas openings for volunteerboard members. Boardmembers must be resi-dents of Allen, Auglaizeor Hardin Counties, beat least 18 years of ageand have a desire to makea difference in the livesof people with mentalillness or addiction.To be considered forappointment to the Board,send a resume` to:Board MemberMental Health andRecovery Services Board1541 Allentown RoadLima, Ohio 45805Or send a resumeto mike@mhrsb.org
Middle Point
Lions Benefit
Auction set
The Middle Point LionsClub is preparing for itsannual Benefit Auctionand Ice Cream Social.The event willbe held July 29 atthe Middle PointCommunity Building.The auction will startat 6 p.m. and food will beserved starting at 5 p.m.The items to be auc-tioned are new and usedand have been donatedfrom the communityand area merchants.Sandwiches, pie, icecream and cold drinkswill be availableProceeds from theevent will be used to sup-port the many communityactivities of the club.
Partly cloudywith high inmid 80s onFriday. Seepage 2.
Church tohold dinner
Those with tickets for theSt. Peter Lutheran Churchgrilled pork loin dinner onSunday are reminded topick up their carry-out-onlymeals from 11a.m.-1p.m.Proceeds ben-efit the church.
Delphos Area CarClub Show and SummerCar Care Tab.
Entertainment set for Canal Days 2011
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — TheCanal Days Committee hasannounced the entertain-ment and a new event forthe upcoming festival Sept.15-18 in downtown Delphos.Locals Deuces Wild &the Rednecks will performfrom 8 p.m. to midnightFriday of the event.The band plays every-thing from country torock to alternative;from Merle Haggard toCollective Soul — a littlesomething for everyone.Butch Prine Sr., GregRhoem, Adam Wisher,Butch Prine Jr. and new-comer Melissa Pruittround out the group.Exploit of Lima willperform 8 p.m. to mid-night on Saturday. All fourmembers, Bob Schroeder,Mark “Slappa” Utz, EdBurwell and Frank “Elwood”Harnishfeger,play morethan oneinstrumentand are genu-inely fun towatch. Theycover every-thing fromcountry, rock,bluegrass,alternativeand more.Someone’sKids returnto close outCanal Daysfrom 3-6p.m. Sunday.Someone’sKids is a band with solidexperience that playsrock, country, blues, and just make-you-feel-goodmusic. Members are Tad“Todd” Wade, Bob “Ringo”Stippich and Bill “PeaKnuckle” McDonald.The hot new trend in thisarea for women is PurseBingo. The Canal DaysCommittee will host thisnew-to-the-festival eventfrom 3-5 p.m. on Sept.17 in the Social Tent.Everyone will get 20chances to win designerpurses during the twohour bingo with tickets$20 each for 20 games.The designer purses willrange from $50 to $400.The last game will be acoverall for the “best of the best” designer purses.This is a “ladies afternoonout” and drinks will be avail-able with a purchase of drinktickets under the social tent.Purchase PurseBingo tickets at theDelphos Area Chamberof Commerce office.The pig races return onSaturday of Canal Days afterthe Purse Bingo at 6 p.m.Kicking off the festivalis the Canal Days QueenPageant at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 inthe Jefferson Middle SchoolAuditorium. Fifteen localhigh school girls will vie forthe crown.RickMiller willemceewith CanalDays ChairTony Wehrispeaking.To raisefunds, thecontestantswill hold aSpaghettiDinner from3-6 p.m.Aug. 6 atDelphosAmericanLegionPost 268on State Street. Ticketsare $5 and available atthe chamber office.The Canal Days 5thannual “Toast to the City” isscheduled for Sept. 15. Theopen-to-the-public event hasa “Grecian Nights” theme.Phil Austin of MaverickMedia will host the evening.Mayor Michael Gallmeierand 2011 Canal DaysChairman Tony Wehri willpresent the official Toast tothe City beginning at 6 p.m.The guest speakers for theGreek-themed evening willbe members of the Pimpasfamily. They will share inter-esting family history abouttheir Greek heritage and howthey settled in Delphos.Entertainment will bemusic from On the BeachBand from Toledo.This classic band playsgigs across the United States,performing family-friendly,adult alternative music.A variety of local cui-sine, wine and specialtybeer will be included inthe price of the ticket.Registration begins at5 p.m. and the programstarts at 6 p.m. sharp.Cost for the event is $25per person or $200 for atable of 8 and reservationscan be made by contactingthe Delphos Chamber of Commerce before Sept. 1.
Deuces Wild & The RednecksSomebody’s KidsExploit
Stacy Taff photo
Patrons make use of the computers and internet access Wednesday afternoon at theDelphos Public Library.
Library board working to furnishnew building — The First Edition
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—TheDelphos Public LibraryBoard of Trustees met inregular session Wednesdayafternoon to discuss itemsleft on the to-do list for theFirst Street building — TheFirst Edition.With renovations com-plete, the board is focus-ing more on furnishing thebuilding for use.“We have the furniture,the tables were just deliv-ered. Currently there is nocable, telephone or internetaccess over there, but as of now there isn’t really a needor demand for it,” DirectorNancy Mericle said. “That’ssomething we’ll have toaddress farther down theline.”The board agreed to allowMericle to place an inquirywith the Library’s telephoneprovider as to the cost of putting a phone line in.“We’ve talked more aboutputting a refrigerator in andI’ve gotten some quotesfrom the area,” Mericlesaid. “If we can afford to doso, we’d like to stay localwith everything.”The board voted to pur-chase a refrigerator fromWestrich Furniture andAppliance for $399 anddecided to hold off on adecision about window cov-erings for the building untilmore quotes are obtained.“We talked some aboutputting a sign out front thatsays ‘The First Edition,’”Mericle said. “We’ve drawnup several examples of where we could go withit and most seem to likethe image of an open bookwith the name on the pages.I talked to (Safety ServiceDirector) Greg Berquist andhe said we will have to havean architect approve thesign, just so the city can besure the sign won’t blow off and into someone’s yard orsomeone’s car.”The board agreed towait on a decision for thesign and in the meantime,to allow Mericle to consultwith a graphic designer.The meeting was con-cluded with an executivesession and no further busi-ness.
Delphos Public Library
Army suspends use of newsquare-shaped parachuteafter Elida soldiers death
By TOM BREENThe Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. TheArmy is suspending use of its first new parachute sincethe 1950s after a paratrooperwas killed while jumpingwith the updated model,which features a square-shaped canopy resembling ahuge fitted bedsheet.The T-11 parachute hasbeen gradually replacingan older, mushroom-shapeddesign that has remainedlargely unchanged for morethan five decades. The newparachute is supposed tobe safer and more reliablebecause it has a larger cano-py to slow a soldier’s rate of descent and reduce injuriesfrom hard landings.The suspensionannounced Friday cameabout two weeks after Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay, 25, of Elidadied at Fort Bragg follow-ing an apparent parachutemalfunction during a routinetraining jump from 800 feet,a typical altitude simulatingcombat conditions.After Clay’s death, inves-tigators identified problemswith the packing process forthe parachutes that resultedin tangled loops, twists inthe top of the canopy andimproper folds that couldhamper the chute’s opera-tion.“The observations aresignificant and pervasiveenough to indicate potentialsystemic shortfalls,” accord-ing to the Army order sus-pending use of the T-11.Army spokesmanWilliam Layer said the sus-pension was standard pro-cedure until the militarycan investigate.The investigation is beingdone at the Army SafetyCenter at Fort Rucker, Ala.A spokesman at the facilitydid not respond to a call forcomment Wednesday.Last month, before Clay’s jump, a separate Army orderrequired additional testingfor the T-11 parachutes.Officials at the military’sPathfinder School at FortBenning, Ga., questionedthe accuracy of Air Forcecalculations regarding theeffect of wind drift on thechutes.Despite Clay’s death, onemanufacturer of the para-chutes is confident they willprove safer and more effec-tive for soldiers than the oldT-10 model.“In terms of the per-formance of the parachuteitself, I’ve heard of noissues up until this point,”Gregory Kraak, director of war fighter equipment forindividual protection sys-tems for Phoenix-basedBAE Systems, one of threemanufacturers supplying theArmy with the new para-chutes. “The data’s prettystraightforward.”With the old parachutes,“You’re coming down faster.You’re carrying less weight.You land fairly hard, andyour injury rate is higher,”said Kraak, a retired para-trooper who made dozensof jumps using the old T-10model.The improved safety thatcomes from softer landingseven outweighed concernsthat, with a slower descent,paratroopers in combatcould be exposed to groundfire for longer periods of time, Kraak said.A spokeswoman forAirborne Systems NorthAmerica, one of the otherparachute manufacturers,referred questions to theArmy. The third company,Raven Aerostar, did notrespond to requests for com-ment.
 
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Across from Delphos Swimming Pool
333 North St., Delphos, OH
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Kids ages 9-12 will learn about fitnessand nutrition in a fun way.T-shirt and snacks provided.Pre-register 419-695-7325 
Kids Camp run by:Kelbi  personal trainer 
2 The Herald Thursday, July 14, 2011
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 26
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,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
At 11:47 p.m. on Monday,Delphos police were called tothe 500 block of South MainStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival,they spoke with the victimwho stated he had placed hisbelongings outside of the resi-dence and when he returnedlater, someone had taken someof the items.
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July14, the 195th day of 2011.There are 170 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On July 14, 1911, Harry N.Atwood became the first pilotto land an airplane (a WrightModel B biplane) on thegrounds of the White Houseafter flying in from Boston;he was greeted by PresidentWilliam Howard Taft.
On this date:
In 1789, during the FrenchRevolution, citizens of Parisstormed the Bastille prisonand released the seven prison-ers inside.In 1853, CommodoreMatthew Perry relayed toJapanese officials a letter fromPresident Millard Fillmore,requesting trade relations.(Fillmore’s term of office hadalready expired by the timethe letter was delivered.)In 1881, outlaw WilliamH. Bonney Jr., alias “Billythe Kid,” was shot and killedby Sheriff Pat Garrett in FortSumner, N.M.In 1913, Gerald RudolphFord Jr., the 38th presidentof the United States, wasborn Leslie Lynch King Jr. inOmaha, Neb.In 1933, all German politi-cal parties, except the NaziParty, were outlawed.In 1966, eight student nurs-es were murdered by RichardSpeck in a Chicago dormi-tory.
By LYNN ELBERThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — “MadMen,” the sharply observeddrama of a changing 1960sAmerica, captured 19 Emmynominations today to lead theseries pack, with the melo-dramatic miniseries “MildredPierce” starring Kate Winsletgrabbing a top 21 bids.“Mad Men” has a chance torepeat for a fourth consecutiveyear as best drama. “ModernFamily,” last year’s top com-edy series, was the most-nomi-nated sitcom with 17 bids.Other leading nomineesinclude the Prohibition-eradrama “Boardwalk Empire”with 18 nominations,“Saturday Night Live” with 16and 13 bids each for the sex-and-swords fantasy “Game of Thrones” and the sitcom “30Rock.”“OK, keep it together,” asurprised nominations co-announcer Melissa McCarthysaid when she realized shewas a nominee for her sitcom“Mike & Molly.”The controversial minise-ries “The Kennedys,” whichwas dropped by the Historychannel and given a secondchance by the lesser-knownReelzChannel, received 10nominations, including bestminiseries and acting bids forGreg Kinnear as PresidentJohn F. Kennedy, Barry Pepperas Robert Kennedy and TomWilkinson as family patriarchJoe Kennedy.Familiar faces have a chanceto claim — or reclaim —Emmys, including last year’slead comedy actress winnerEdie Falco of “Nurse Jackie”and Jim Parsons, best actor fora comedy for “The Big BangTheory.” Both were nominatedthis year.Jon Hamm received hisfourth lead acting bid for “MadMen,” and this time the com-petitor who denied him theaward three times before isn’tin the category. Bryan Cranstonand Hamm’s new competi-tion includes Steve Buscemi,who received a Golden Globefor his performance as anAtlantic City political boss in“Boardwalk Empire.”Steve Carell earned a bestcomedy actor nominationfor his final season of “TheOffice,” his last chance to winan Emmy statuette for his roleas TV’s most clueless boss.Matt LeBlanc, best knownfor his role as Joey in “Friends,”received a lead comedy actorbid for playing a screen versionof himself in the satiric showbusiness series “Episodes.”And proving that the BettyWhite phenomenon still haslegs: The 89-year-old won-der nabbed a best supportingactress bid for the sitcom “Hotin Clevand.” If she wins, itwould be her eighth Emmy.There were fresh faces aswell, including best dramaactress nominee Mireille Enosof “The Killing” and bestdrama actor Timothy Olyphantof “Justified.”Ed O’Neill, who wassnubbed last year for “ModernFamily,” this year received asupporting actor bid for his roleas patriarch in the comedy.Two Oscar winners, Winsletand Melissa Leo, have a chanceto score an Emmy for “MildredPierce.” Leo, who also appearsin the New Orleans drama“Treme,” received a support-ing actress bid for the mini-series.Emmy voters have a chanceto flaunt their risk-taking sidewith “Game of Thrones,”given the usual resistance torewarding genre shows such asfantasy or science fiction.The series based on theGeorge R.R. Martin novelsscored a best drama nod butonly a single acting bid, forPeter Dinklage in a support-ing role.Other best drama con-tenders besides “Game” and“Mad Men” are “BoardwalkEmpire,” “Dexter,” “FridayNight Lights” and “The GoodWife.”“Modern Family” is com-peting with “The Big BangTheory,” “Glee,” “The Office,”“Parks and Recreation” and“30 Rock” for the best comedycrown.The nominations, whichwere announced by McCarthyand Joshua Jackson of “Fringe”at the Academy of TelevisionArts & Sciences,” sets up aclash in a new category thatcombines the previously sepa-rate movies and miniseries.The contenders besides“Mildred Pierce” and “TheKennedys” are “CinemaVerite,” “Downton Abbey,”“The Pillars of the Earth”and “Too Big to Fail,” aboutthe 2008 U.S. fiscal cri-sis. Snubbed in the categorywas the new incarnation of “Upstairs Downstairs,” whichfound its turf poached by theother British class drama,“Downtown Abbey.”LOS ANGELES (AP) —A man charged with stalkingHalle Berry pleaded not guiltyWednesday and was orderedto stay 500 yards away fromthe Oscar-winning actress if he is released from jail.Richard A. Franco, 27,did not speak during a brief arraignment hearing thatoccurred hours after he wascharged with stalking.Deputy Public DefenderKen Star, entered the plea onhis behalf and did not opposethe court order protectingBerry that was issued bySuperior Court Judge UpinderS. Kalra.The actress did not attendthe hearing, but has comeface-to-face at least twicesince Saturday, when hefirst breached security at herHollywood Hills home.A prosecutor and Star saidBerry identified Franco afterhis arrest Monday night.Star read from a policereport that stated Berry“appeared very shaken andshowed signs of stress” whenpolice asked her to identifyFranco, but he conceded hisclient admitted to being at herhome.“She’s in extreme fearof this defendant,” DeputyDistrict Attorney WendySegall said during the arraign-ment.Berry obtained a civilrestraining order requiringFranco to stay 100 yards awayfrom her and her 3-year-olddaughter on Tuesday. Shewrote that Franco almost fol-lowed her into her kitchenon Sunday afternoon. Shesaid she was able to lock thedoor and call police before heentered her house.Kalra’s order will expire inthree years or once the caseagainst Franco has concluded.Franco will return to courton July 27 for a preliminaryhearing where some of theevidence against him will bepresented. He faces up to threeyears in prison if convicted.He remains jailed with bail setat $150,000.Three individuals werearraigned Wednesday morn-ing before Judge Charles D.Steele in Van Wert CountyCommon Pleas Court. Thethree had been indicted by theVan Wert County Grand Jurywhich met last Friday.
Tyler J. Torrey, 
18,Convoy, entered a not guiltyplea to a charge of sexualmisconduct with a minor, afelony of the fourth degree.Torrey was released on a$5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond with conditionsthat he have no contact withthe alleged victim.A pretrial hearing has beenscheduled for 8 a.m. July 20.
Steven G. Ramsey, 
25,Butler, Pa., entered a not guiltyplea to a four count indictmentcharging him with forgery, fel-onies of the fifth degree.Ramsey had been arrestedby the Van Wert City Policefor passing counterfeit twentydollar bills at a recent eventheld at the Van Wert CountyFairgrounds.Ramsey was ordered heldon a $20,000 cash bond alongwith a $5,000 unsecured per-sonal surety bond.A pretrial hearing has beenscheduled for 8 a.m. July 20.
Bradley W. Sheets, 
29,Convoy, entered a not guiltyplea to an indictment charg-ing him with three counts of breaking and entering, felo-nies of the fifth degree; onecount of theft, a felony of thefifth degree; and two countsof theft, misdemeanors of thefirst degree.A Van Wert CountySheriff’s Department inves-tigation revealed that Sheetsallegedly was breaking intoa local nursery business andhad stolen other items fromresidents.Assistant ProsecutorMartin D. Burchfield askedfor a cash bond. Judge Steeleset bond at $20,000 cash witha ten percent privilege alongwith a $5,000 unsecured per-sonal surety bond.
Victoria R. Roberts, 
31,Middle Point, was sentencedto three years of communitycontrol and made to spendsixty days in the Van WertCounty Jail on a charge of perjury.Roberts had been indictedin April of this year aftermaking false statementsunder oath in a case whichher husband Thomas Robertswas involved in.Judge Steele ordered thatRoberts also spend an addi-tional thirty days in jail at atime to be determined by hersupervision officer.Judge Steele also gaveRoberts a one year basicprison term but deferredthe imposition of the prisonterm pending her successfulcompletion of the communitycontrol program.Erik R. Byer, 26, VanWert, Ohio was placed onone year of community con-trol on a charge of attemptedproviding false informationto purchase a firearm.According to a Van WertCounty Sheriff’s Departmentinvestigation, Byer provid-ed false information in anattempt to purchase a fire-arm. At the time, Byer wasprevented from purchasinga firearm because of a pastcriminal record.Byer was ordered to payall costs associated with hiscase, spend up to thirty daysin jail at a time to be deter-mined by his supervisionofficer, and not possess anyfirearms or ammunition.Judge Steele gave Byer a180-day jail sentence and a$1,000 fine but deferred theimposition of the jail sen-tence and fine pending thesuccessful completion of thecommunity control program.
Teresa M. Wood, 
39, VanWert, was placed on one yearof community control on acharge of receiving stolenproperty, a misdemeanor of the first degree.Wood had made restitu-tion for the property in ques-tion prior to her hearing.Wood was ordered to payall costs associated with hercase and to spend a thirty day jail sentence at a time to bedetermined by the supervi-sion officer.Judge Steele also gaveWood a 180-day jail sentenceand a $1,000 fine but deferredimposition of the sentencepending her successful com-pletion of the communitycontrol program.
Jason A. Lamb, 
29, VanWert, was placed on threeyears of community controlon two counts of traffickingin drugs, both counts feloniesof the fourth degree.Lamb’s attorney told thecourt that Lamb had recentlycompleted a drug rehabilita-tion program and is heavilyinvolved in follow counselingfor a severe drug problem.Lamb also addressed thecourt telling Judge Steele thathe was ready to get his lifeon the right track and that hewas tired of his life revolvingaround the use of drugs.Lamb was ordered tospend 180 days on electronicmonitored house arrest, servean additional 30 days in theVan Wert County Jail at atime to be determined by hissupervision officer, completea substance abuse assessmentand complete any recommendprograms. Lamb’s drivingprivileges were suspendedfor six months, and he wasordered to pay all costs asso-ciated with his case.Judge Steele also gaveLamb two 12-month prisonterms to be served consecu-tively but deferred the impo-sition of the prison sentencepending the successful com-pletion of the communitycontrol program.
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17-22-26-28-29-32-34-44-45-58-61-63-67-68-70-73-76-77-78-79At 4:06 a.m. on Tuesdaywhile on routine patrol in the200 block of East 13th Street,Delphos police observed asubject at a business in thatarea. When the subject sawofficers approaching, they ranfrom that area.The subject could not belocated. Upon checking thebusiness, officers locateditems the subject was usingto take product stored at thebusiness.Detectives were called tothe scene to recover evidenceand process the scene.At 9:21 p.m. on Monday,Delphos police were called tothe 600 block of West FirstStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers, arrival, thevictim stated a subject knownto them was at the residenceand the victim believes thesubject took some items fromthe residence when they left.At 4:56 p.m. on Monday,Delphos police were calledto the 900 block of HudsonStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadgained entry into the victim’svehicle and had taken itemsfrom inside.At 6:12 p.m. on Wednesday,police were contacted by asubject who stated that whileher vehicle was parked inthe 600 block of East ThirdStreet, someone gained entryinto her vehicle and had takenpersonal items from inside.
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Corn: $7.33Wheat: $7.00Beans: $13.93High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was81 degrees, low was 66. Higha year ago today was 87, lowwas 64. Record high for todayis 106, set in 1936. Recordlow is 44, set in 1967.
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BELMONT (AP) — Anailing Loretta Lynn has can-celed a weekend appearanceat an Ohio music festival.The web site for theJamboree in the Hills saysthe 76-year-old country musiclegend won’t be taking thestage on Sunday because shewas recently hospitalized forserious dehydration. A state-ment posted Wednesday saysthe singer was treated follow-ing a period of extreme heat inTennessee, where she lives.Lynn is quoted sayingshe’s sad to have to cancelany shows and that she waslooking forward to seeing herfans.Miranda Lambert, TimMcGraw and Toby Keith areamong the other country musicstars scheduled to appear atthe four-day Jamboree, open-ing today in Belmont in east-ern Ohio.
 
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E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: Whydon’t we reprocess andre-use our nuclear wastelike France does? Wouldit be possible for us to startdoing so?— Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, MD
Reprocessing nuclearwaste to extract more energyfrom it, while expensive andcontroversial, is indeed to thisday still practiced in France,the UK, Russia, India andJapan—but not in the UnitedStates, where it was invented.The process involves break-ing down spent nuclear fuelchemically and recoveringfissionable material for usein new fuels. Proponents toutthe benefit of reducing theamount of nuclear waste,resulting in less highly radio-active material that needs tobe stored safely.Nuclear reprocessing wasfirst developed in the U.S.as part of the World WarII-era Manhattan Project tocreate the first atomic bomb.After the war, the embryonicnuclear power industry beganwork to reprocess its wasteon a large scale to extendthe useful life of uranium, ascarce resource at the time.But commercial reprocessingattempts faltered due to tech-nical, economic and regula-tory problems. Anti-nuclearsentiment and the fear of nuclear proliferation in the1970s led President JimmyCarter to terminate federalsupport for further develop-ment of commercial repro-cessing. The military didcontinue to reprocess nuclearwaste for defense purposes,though, until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the endof the Cold War made con-tinuous ramping up of ournuclear arsenal unnecessary.More recently, GeorgeW. Bush pushed a plan,the Global Nuclear EnergyProject (GNEP), to promotethe use of nuclear power andsubsidize the development of a new generation of “pro-liferation-resistant” nuclearreprocessing technologiesthat could be rolled out tothe commercial nuclear ener-gy sector. Federal scientistscame up with promising spinson reprocessing nuclear fuelwhile minimizing the result-ing waste. But in June of 2009 the Obama administra-tion cancelled GNEP, citingcost concerns.Proponents of nuclearpower — and of reprocess-ing in particular — were farfrom pleased with GNEP’saxing, especially in light of Obama’s earlier decision toclose Yucca Mountain as theU.S.’s future nuclear wasterepository. “GNEP may havegone away, but the need torecycle spent fuel in thiscountry is more importantthan ever because of the gov-ernment’s stupid decision toclose Yucca Mountain,” saidDanny Black of the SouthernCarolina Alliance, a regionaleconomic development group,on the Ecopolitology blog.“Without Yucca Mountain,the pressure is on the industryto do more with recycling.”But a 2007 report by thenonprofit Institute for Energyand Environmental Research(IEER) would seem to jus-tify Obama’s decision. IEERfound that nuclear reprocess-ing would actually increaseour volume of nuclear wastesix fold. IEER also reportedthat France, which runs theworld’s most efficient repro-cessing operation, spendsabout two cents per kilowatthour more for electricity gen-erated from reprocessed nucle-ar fuel compared to that gen-erated from fresh fuel. IEEEfurther reports that the coststo build the breeder plantsneeded to convert spent nukesinto usable fuel would “createintolerable costs and risks.”For now, U.S. nuclearplants will continue to storewaste on site, with spent rodscooled in pools of water forupwards of a year and thenmoved into thick steel andconcrete caskets. While pro-liferation and terrorism havelong been risks associatedwith hosting nuclear plants onAmerican soil, recent eventsin Japan underscores that evenMother Nature poses a threat.As such, advocates of repro-cessing probably stand littlechance of reviving plans in apolitical climate now so hos-tile to nuclear development.
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Reprocessing nuclear waste — practiced in France andseveral other countries but not in the U.S. where it wasinvented — involves breaking down spent nuclear fuelto recover material for use in new fuels. Proponents sayit reduces the amount of nuclear waste, resulting in lesshighly radioactive material that needs to be stored safely.Pictured: France’s Cattenom nuclear power station.By JULIE CARR SMYTHAP StatehouseCorrespondent
COLUMBUS — A nation-wide push to limit access toabortions after a fetus can sur-vive outside the womb movedforward Wednesday in Ohio,where state senators clearedtheir version of the bill andsent it to Gov. John Kasich.The Ohio bill requires doc-tors to test the fetus’ viabilitybefore performing abortionsafter 20 weeks and bans theprocedure if there is a positiveresult. There is no exceptionin the bill for the health or lifeof the mother, but it does pro-vide those as legal defensesfor a doctor prosecuted forviolating the law.The measure passed theRepublican-led Senate by a22-7 vote, after clearing theSenate Health Committeealong party lines earlier inthe day.Right to Life ExecutiveDirector Mike Gonidakis saidthe legislation is part of anational effort to eventuallyspark a legal challenge thatoverturns Roe v. Wade, the1973 U.S. Supreme Court rul-ing legalizing abortion.“Overturning Roe wouldn’toutlaw abortion, it would justreturn control over it to thestates,” Gonidakis said. “Whyshouldn’t a state get to set itsown abortion policy? It wouldbe similar to marriage, wherestates set their own rules.”Since last year, lawmakersin eight states have advancedsimilar bills pushing the limitsof Roe, said Elizabeth Nash,public policy associate at theGuttmacher Institute. The rul-ing allows states to limit abor-tions after a fetus has a viablechance at life, while provid-ing exceptions for the life andhealth of the mother, she said.Nash predicted the billwould deter doctors, who riskprosecution for any procedureon a viable fetus, from givinglegal abortions.“I can’t imagine who wouldwant to provide an abortion atthat gestation in Ohio,” shesaid. “This would really havea chilling effect — which getsat what the supporters of billreally want, which is to endall abortions.”Five states Alabama,Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, andOklahoma — have enactedbans this year on all abor-tions after 20 weeks, pointingto disputed science indicatingthe fetus feels pain after thatpoint. Minnesota Gov. MarkDayton vetoed a measuresimilar to Ohio’s in May, andMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasuntil today to act on his state’sversion. Nebraska passed thefirst law using a fetal painstandard in 2010.Republican Gov. JohnKasich has not said whetherhe will sign the Ohio bill.Late-term restrictions areone of several areas in whichstate legislatures are trying torein in use of the procedure orpublic funding for it. So farthis year, 80 bills restrictingabortion access have clearedstate legislatures, according toGuttmacher Institute. That’smore than double the previ-ous record of 34 set in 2005.Ohio has been a full partic-ipant in the trend. The GOP-led Legislature has taken upeight abortion-related billssince January, including apioneering measure to banabortions after the first detect-able fetal heartbeat.Faith2Action director JanetFolger Porter, who has champi-oned the heartbeat bill, attendedWednesday’s hearing on theless restrictive ban. She saidshe was happy to see a lawprotecting unborn children besuccessful, declining to specu-late on how its passage mightaffect the fate of her bill.Opponents of the latestOhio bill testified Wednesdaythat the proposal eliminates asignificant option for womenfacing serious health risksor fetal abnormalities latein pregnancy. The propos-al adjusts a state law foundunconstitutional in 1997.“I think this is just anotherstep toward Ohio becomingone of the most dangerousstates for pregnant women tolive in,” said Jaime Miracle,policy director for NARALPro-Choice Ohio. The billwould affect about 200 preg-nancies a year, but Miracleshared two stories during tes-timony that conveyed theycan be complicated, emotion-al, risky cases.State Rep. Joseph Uecker, aRepublican from a Cincinnatisuburb who sponsored the bill,said that under current statelaw, women can get abortionsthroughout pregnancy. Hesaid the bill sets reasonablerestrictions.“We’re actually seeingwomen coming to Ohio fromother states to get these proce-dures because our law allowsit,” he said. “Is that what wewant to be known for?”Miracle said she counselswomen seeking abortions aspart of her job and must oftensend them out of state.
Ohio Senate passesstatewide abortion limit
LEBANON (AP) — Aformer high school teachercharged with 16 counts of sexual battery involving malestudents in southwest Ohiowas taken advantage of by theteens due to an impairmentthat made her unable to pro-tect herself, her defense teamsaid Wednesday.Attorneys for StacySchuler, 33, of Springboro,also this week changed hernot-guilty plea to not guilty byreason of insanity.Schuler resigned as healthand gym teacher at MasonHigh School in February afterher arrest earlier this year. Shewas charged with 16 countsof sexual battery allegedlyinvolving several teenageboys and three counts of pro-viding alcohol to minors.“It has come to light thatduring the period of the allegedmisconduct, Stacy Schuler hadbecome impaired and therebyunable to prevent the youngmen from taking advantage of her,” said a statement releasedWednesday by father-and-son attorneys Charles H. andCharles M. Rittgers. “In thefall of 2010, the young meninvolved in this case traveledacross the county in order totake advantage of her impair-ment.”The statement did notspecify what the allegedimpairment was, and a womananswering the telephone atthe defense attorneys’ officesaid it would be their onlycomment Wednesday.Earlier Wednesday,Prosecutor David Fornshellcalled Schuler’s plea motion“an interesting development,”given her previous denials of the allegations.“Now at the last minute,they seem to be changingtheir position,” Fornshell toldthe AP. A message was leftseeking his response to thedefense attorneys’ statement.
Ex-teacher files insanityplea in Ohio sex case
COLUMBUS (AP) — TheOhio Legislature approved abill Wednesday that would doaway with the parts of a newlaw that allow Ohioans to reg-ister to vote and update theiraddresses online.The provisions were includ-ed in an election overhaul lawsigned by Gov. John Kasichalmost two weeks ago.Under the sweeping newlaw, voters must give their fullSocial Security number whencasting a provisional ballot,which they’re given if thereare about questions about theiridentification, voting eligibilityor voting precinct. The ballotsare later counted if the voters’information checks out.The law also requires vot-ers to provide their full nine-digit number when registeringto vote, if they choose to usetheir Social Security number asa way to identify themselves.The bill that cleared theLegislature Wednesday wouldrepeal the online provisions andthe full Social Security num-ber requirements — which hadbeen advocated by the state’stop elections chief, Secretaryof State Jon Husted.Beyond the repeal lan-guage, the bill would allowmembers of the military andOhioans overseas to receiveabsentee ballots by email oronline. The legislation wouldalso require voters to printtheir names on the envelope of their absentee ballots to havetheir vote counted.TOLEDO (AP) — Fourpublic employees who helppeople find jobs in northwestOhio will soon be out of workthemselves.The county WorkforceDevelopment Agency inToledo notified four staff mem-bers on Tuesday that they’ll belaid off as of Aug. 19.The Blade newspaperreports the office is dealingwith a sharp reduction in fund-ing. The agency received $3.86million through the state thisbudget year, compared withroughly $7 million in fiscalyear 2009.Ohio Department of Job andFamily Services spokesmanBen Johnson says the moneyis part of federal WorkforceInvestment Act funding dis-bursed by the state.The agency also cut fouremployees in a round of lay-offs last year.
Ohio lawmakersaxe online voterregistration planEmploymentagency cuts jobs
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