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2 – The Herald Saturday, August 10, 2011
For The Record
Vol. 142 No. 58
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany 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
Ottoville Local SchoolWeek of Aug. 23-26Tuesday:
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Fort JenningsLocal Schools
Chocolate, white or straw-berry milk served with allmeals.H.S. ala carte - Pretzeland cheese available everyFriday.Salad bar with fruit andmilk $2.00 available everyWednesday.
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Spicy chickensandwich, cheese slice, greenbeans, fruit.
Sloppy Jo sand-wich, mixed vegetables, sher-bet, fruit.
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Although the calender may not reflect it,summer is almost over. How do I know this?Well, for one, the cicada are going crazy.According to my esteemed colleague, theearlier you hear them, the earlier the frost is.Fall may be sooner than we think; I’ve beenhearing them buzz for weeks.I know we’ve had some pretty steamyweather in the last months and it couldn’tseem less like school is going to start in twoweeks. It doesn’t seem possible. After we cel-ebrate the Fourth of July, the rest of the sum-mer seems to evaporate. I couldn’t believe itwhen I got the first school registration.Many of my flowers are starting to showthe wear and tear of blooming like crazy forweeks. The impatiens are looking creepy withtheir spindly pale stalks and sparse leaves andmy pale lavender petunias and red and whitebegonias have flowered their brains out andstill look good. That’s quite unusual for me; Idon’t have a black thumb but it’s not a brightgreen one, either.We passed on the tomatoes this year. Lastyear, the potted tomatoes got that funk thatcomes from water splashing up from the dirtand the ones in the back had a case of theblight.We tried to grow tomato plants in thoseTopsy Turvy things and failed miserably bothtimes. The first time, we got one from a friendand pushed our little tomato plant throughthe bottom and filled it with dirt and then myhusband watered it diligently every day. Wefound out you really aren’t supposed to fill itup with dirt or water them that much and itquickly drowned and looked like a weed thathad been set on fire.The second time around, we got one alreadywell established. It was ginormous. It alreadyhad three tomatoes on it. We thought we hadIt made. We were going to show that TopsyTurvy a thing or two. It only took us fourweeks to kill that one. We did get a coupletomatoes off of it before its demise. I’m notsure what happened to it. I know at one pointmy husband thought I was watering it and Ithought he was.So this year, we didn’t even try. Might be acop-out but I am really not concerning myself with it.We also put in some new perennials. I’mtrying to work it so everything just comes upon its own and we don’t have to worry aboutbuying plants. It’s a good theory. I’ll let youknow how it works.Football practice has been underway. Myneighbor girl is on the Jefferson junior highteam. She’s soft-spoken and cute and isn’tafraid to hit or take one. It cracks me up to talkto her with her little-girl voice and know shecould probably take me down and make mesay uncle in a second.Another sure sign of the end of the sum-mer is Allen and Van Wert county fairs. Allenstarted Friday and Van Wert is right aroundthe corner.So now is the time. Carpe diem! Take thatweekend trip, get in that last swim. Summer’salmost over and times a-wastin’. You need toget in the last hurrah of summer.
New Mexico hero whosaved girl says he’s illegal
3 convicted in Cub Scout slayings free
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)— Three men convicted inthe nightmarish slayings of three Cub Scouts went freeFriday, nearly two decadesafter they were sent to prisonin a case so gruesome it raisedsuspicions the children hadbeen sacrificed in a Satanicritual.Doubts about the evidenceagainst the trio had persistedfor years and threatened toforce prosecutors to put on asecond trial in 2012.Instead, the so-called WestMemphis Three were permit-ted to plead guilty to murderin exchange for time served,ending a long-running legalbattle that had raised ques-tions about DNA and keywitnesses — and attractedsupport from celebrities suchas Eddie Vedder.The men entered thepleas under a legal provisionthat allowed them to main-tain their innocence whileacknowledging that prosecu-tors had enough evidence toconvict them.“Although I am inno-cent, this plea is in my bestinterest,” Jessie Misskelleysaid.Damien Echols had beenon Arkansas’ death row andin 1994 came within threeweeks of execution. Heremained defiant Friday,accusing prosecutors of usinginnuendo and faulty evidenceto convict them.In the event of a new trial,“they knew there would bemore people watching, moreattention on the case, so theywouldn’t be able to pull thesame tricks,” Echols said.Prosecutor Scott Ellingtonsaid it would be “practicallyimpossible” to put on a prop-er trial after 18 years. Themother of a witness who testi-fied about Echols’ confessionhas publicly questioned herdaughter’s truthfulness. Anda crime lab employee whocollected fiber evidence attwo of the defendants’ homeshas died.“I believe this case isclosed, and there are noother individuals involved,”Ellington said.Since the original jury con-victions, two of the victims’families have joined forceswith the defense, declaringthat the men are innocent, headded.The victims’ families werenotified about the pact aheadof time but were not asked toapprove it.Echols said he and the oth-ers would keep working toclear their names. The men,who were teenagers whenthey were convicted, havespent half their lives in pris-on.Asked by reporters abouthis plans, Jason Baldwinreplied, “Live my life thebest I can and enjoy everymoment of it.”Baldwin told reporters hehad been reluctant to pleadguilty to crimes he didn’tcommit, but he agreed todo so to ensure Echols wasspared from death row.Echols thanked Baldwinand called his release “over-whelming.”“It’s not perfect by anymeans,” he said of thearrangement. “But it at leastbrings closure to some areasand some aspects.”The prosecutor said henever considered any pleabargain that would throw outthe verdicts of two juries.“Today’s proceedingallows the defendants thefreedom of speech to saythey are innocent, but thefact is, they just pled guilty,”Ellington said.By entering guilty pleas,the three have lost any rightto file a lawsuit against thestate.ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.(AP) — The man who chaseddown a suspected child abduc-tor and saved a 6-year-old girlfrom what could have beena horrible fate was honoredas a hero Friday. But he isalso gaining a new kind of celebrity: as a poster child of sorts for immigration rightsin state and national immigra-tion debates.Antonio Diaz Chacon, 23,is married to an Americanand has been in the countryfor four years. But Chaconsays he abandoned attemptsto get legal residency becausethe process was difficult andexpensive.Diaz Chacon revealedhis immigration status toUnivision this week and con-firmed to The AssociatedPress that he is illegal, prompt-ing chatter on the Internet andsocial networking sites thathis case underscored immi-grant rights positions in twoongoing political debates.Some argue he is an exam-ple of the kind of immigrantthe federal government willnow largely leave alone. TheDepartment of HomelandSecurity announced Thursdaythat deportations would focuson criminals.“As exceptional as hisstory is,” said ChristinaParker, a spokeswoman forBorder Network for HumanRights in El Paso, Texas, “itpoints to the fact that mostundocumented immigrantsliving in the United Statesare not criminals. He’s morethan not a criminal now. He’sa hero.”Diaz Chacon’s status didn’tplay a role in Albuquerque’sdecision to honor his bravery.Mayor Richard Berry declaredFriday Antonio Diaz ChaconDay in Albuquerque and heldan afternoon ceremony wherehe presented Diaz Chacon aSpanish language plaque rec-ognizing his bravery in jump-ing in his pickup and chasingthe suspect until he crashedinto a light pole. Diaz Chaconthen rescued the girl as thedriver of the disabled van raninto the desert. The suspectwas arrested later by police.Diaz Chacon, with hiswife and two daughters, wasall smiles at the ceremony,which was also attended bythe officers who eventuallyarrested accused kidnapperPhillip Garcia, 29.“He says he is really happyand content and there’s nolarger words for it,” his wifeMartha, who was translat-ing from Spanish for him,said. “It is a real large hap-piness.”Asked in a telephone inter-view with the AP Thursdaywhat would be the best rewardfor his actions, he said he hadalready gotten it: a thank youletter from the little girl.
A summer fling; there’s still time
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A boy, Colin Andrew, wasborn Aug. 19 at St. Rita’sMedical Center to Chris andSherri Hunt of Delphos.He weighed 9 pounds, 7ounces and was 20 incheslong.He was welcomed home bya brother, Ethan.Grandparents are SandyHellman of Delphos, the lateKenny Hellman and Dave andVicki Hunt of Defiance.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Friday:
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Ohio to require reviewof all executions
By JoANNE VIVIANOThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — The Ohioprisons department announcedFriday it would require post-execution reviews of all lethalinjections and a physical eval-uation of the condemned per-son’s veins three weeks priorto execution as part of policychanges made in response toa federal court judge’s criti-cism.Department spokes-man Carlo LoParo said thenew procedures are part of a “comprehensive rewriting”of state execution policy thatwas filed with U.S. DistrictCourt Judge Gregory Frost.Frost halted a July execu-tion, citing “haphazard appli-cation” of certain death pen-alty protocols and calling thesituation an embarrassment.The new policy requirestwo separate reviews. The firstcalls for the execution teamto immediately assess eachexecution to discuss unusualevents, possible improve-ments and any discrepanciesin how their actions havebeen officially documented.The second calls for a “qual-ity assurance review” andrecommendations by a spe-cial assistant designated bythe director of the prisonsdepartment. It must includean evaluation of the execu-tion team and a review of documentation, training andprofessional qualifications.The policy says the newprocedures are to be “strictlyfollowed” and the wardenor prisons director must benotified of any reasons fordeviation, with any varia-tions requiring the director’sapproval.The policy also requiresteam members to do anevaluation of the condemnedinmate’s veins three weeksbefore the scheduled execu-tion, instead of 24 hours, soteam members can preparefor any possible contingen-cies.On July 8, Frost delayedthe execution of death rowinmate Kenneth Wayne Smith,which had been scheduled forJuly 19. He did not judgewhether Ohio’s death penaltyitself was constitutional.Assistant Federal PublicDefender Carol Wright, whorepresents Smith, said Fridaythat his defense team had onlyrecently received the newpolicy and had no immediatecomment.The ruling led Gov. JohnKasich to postpone an Augustexecution to give the statetime to address Frost’s con-cerns. The new policy is togo into effect Sept. 18, twodays before the state’s nextscheduled execution.
Weatherization jobs to be cut as funding ends
COLUMBUS (AP) —Hundreds of home-weath-erization jobs are expect-ed to be lost in Ohio asfederal stimulus moneyruns out for programsthat help low-income andelderly Ohioans with homeimprovements.The Ohio Association of Community Action Agenciestold the state this week thatagencies providing servicesfor the Home WeatherizationAssistance Program expect tolay off about 700 employeesin the next six months.The expected layoffsinclude crew workers andcontractors working forweatherization providersaround the state, Philip Cole,executive director of theColumbus-based associationsaid Friday. The jobs areexpected to disappear as the$267 million in federal stim-ulus money that Ohio beganreceiving in June 2009 runsout, Cole said.The money Ohio receivedwas part of $5 billion allot-ted for weatherization underthe American Recovery andReinvestment Act.More than 32,000 units —including homes and apart-ments — have been weather-ized statewide since the fed-eral money became available,Cole said.More than 1,000 workersacross the state have beentrained for weatherization-related tasks, Dave Rinebolt,executive director and coun-sel for the Ohio Partners forAffordable Energy, told theDayton Daily News.The program was aimedat reducing utility costs by anaverage of 30 percent, savingmoney for residents and tax-payers who pay for heatingsubsidies for the poor, TheColumbus Dispatch reported.
By The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, Aug. 20,the 232nd day of 2011. Thereare 133 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights inHistory:
On Aug. 20, 1911, The NewYork Times sent a messagearound the world by regularcommercial cable to see howlong it would take; the dispatch,which said simply, “Times, NewYork: This message sent aroundworld. Times,” was filed at 7p.m. and returned to its point of origin 16 1/2 minutes later.
On this date:
In 1833, Benjamin Harrison,23rd president of the UnitedStates, was born in North Bend,Ohio.In 1866, President AndrewJohnson formally declared theCivil War over, months afterfighting had stopped.In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s“1812 Overture” had itspremiere in Moscow.In 1910, a series of forest firesswept through parts of Idaho,Montana and Washington,killing at least 85 people andburning some 3 million acres.In 1920, pioneeringAmerican radio station 8MK inDetroit (later WWJ) began dailybroadcasting.