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Congress hopes to wrapup work on payroll tax
By ANDREW TAYLORThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON —Capping a full retreat byHouse GOP leaders, Congresswill convene today in hopesof approving a stopgap mea-sure renewing payroll taxcuts for every worker andunemployment benefits formillions — despite seriousopposition among some teaparty Republicans.Today’s unusual session,if all goes according to plan,will send a bill to PresidentBarack Obama to become lawfor two months and put off until January a fight over howto pay for the 2 percentagepoint tax cut, extend joblessbenefits averaging around$300 a week and prevent doc-tors from absorbing a big cutin Medicare payments.Those goals had beenembraced by virtually everylawmaker in the House andSenate, but had been derailedin a quarrel over demandsby House Republicans forimmediate negotiations ona long-term extension bill.Senate leaders of both partieshad tried to barter such anagreement among themselvesa week ago but failed, insteadagreeing upon a 60-day mea-sure to buy time for talks nextyear.The decision by HouseSpeaker John Boehner,R-Ohio, to cave in to theSenate came after days of criticism from Obama andDemocrats. But perhaps moretellingly, GOP stalwarts likestrategist Karl Rove and theWall St. Journal editorialboard warned that if the taxcuts were allowed to expire,Republicans would take apolitical beating that wouldharm efforts to unseat Obamanext year.Today’s House and Senatesessions are remarkable. Bothchambers have recessed forthe holidays but leaders inboth parties are trying to passthe short-term agreementunder debate rules that wouldallow any individual memberof Congress to derail the pact,at least for a time.The developments were a
It’s My Job
Stacy Taff photo
Tim Mericle, a monument artist at Delphos GraniteWorks, draws a scene on black granite using the diamondetching method.
Mericle’s life workmemorialized in stone
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — While mostartists use paper or canvasas a base for their artwork,Delphos resident Tim Mericleuses stone. As a monumentartist at Delphos GraniteWorks, Mericle is entrustedwith memorializing departedloved ones using black gran-ite and an engraving tool.“The tool I use is basi-cally an engraving pen witha diamond point on the tip,”Mericle said. “You draw onthe black granite by takingthe polish off with the dia-mond tip. One of the greatthings about this method isyou can add color with paint.After you’ve painted an area,you scrape it and it takes off any paint left on the blackpolish. The rest of the paintadheres to the areas you’veetched.”Mericle says his journeyinto the world of art beganin 1963 when he left theU.S. Navy after serving fouryears.“I just knew that’s whatI wanted to do when I gotout,” he said. “I ended uptaking various classes inDayton at the University of Dayton, Dayton Art Instituteand Sinclair College. Afterthat, I worked as a commer-cial artist. I was at BirkmeierMonuments over on CanalStreet for 17 years before Icame to work here at DelphosGranite Works. I’ve been herefor 20 years.”With years of experiencebehind him, Mericle doesn’tfind his work all that chal-lenging anymore. However,difficulties do occasionallycrop up.“The most difficult thingfor me is getting the rightkind of input from custom-ers,” he said. “Sometimes Idon’t have much to go onand I have to make a silkpurse out of a sow’s ear, soto speak.”“Another thing is you can’tmake a mistake,” he added.“If I messed something up onthis, they would have to takeit back over to Fort Wayne tobe re-polished and I’d haveto start all over again. That’spretty costly. Fortunately, thatdoesn’t happen to me often.”Mericle considers himself blessed to be able to spendhis days doing something heloves.“I love every part of this job. It’s great because youreally do have to know howto draw and you need to be anaccomplished artist,” he said.“I never get bored becauseeach project is different fromthe next; there’s always a dif-ferent job to do and the vari-ety keeps it interesting.”Mericle lives in Delphoswith his wife, Becky.
The Season of Giving
What you needto know for theholidays
Due to the Christmasand New Year’s holidaysfalling on a Sunday, TheDelphos Herald will not pub-lish on Monday or Jan. 2.There will be publica-tions on Tuesday and Jan. 3.Post offices will beclosed and there will beno regular mail deliveryMonday and Jan. 2.Most post office, stationand branch retail operationswill close at noon on bothSaturday and New Year’sEve. There will be regularmail delivery on Saturdayand New Year’s Eve andregular mail delivery andretail hours will resumeon Tuesday and Jan. 3.
Holiday schedule:
Delphos Public Library- Closed Christmas Eve,Christmas Day and MondaySpeedway - FifthStreet, regular hours; MainStreet, regular hoursCircle K - Regular hoursThe Point Marathon- Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.Christmas Eve, 7 a.m. to11 p.m. Christmas DayBellmann’s PartyShop - Open until 6p.m. on Christmas Eve,closed Christmas DaySuever’s Townhouse -Open 8-7 on Christmas Eve,11-8 on Christmas DayNiedecken’s Carry Out- Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.Christmas Eve and 9 a.m. to10 p.m. on Christmas DayDelphos Discount Drugs- regular hours ChristmasEve, closed MondayChief’s Supermarket- regular hoursACE Hardware - Open8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ChristmasEve, closed Christmas DayTri-County Do-It Center- Closing Christmas Eve atnoon, closed Christmas Dayand following MondaySunnySaturdaywith high inupper 30s.See page 2.
“I love every partof this job. It’sgreat because youreally do have toknow how to drawand you need to bean accomplishedartist. I never getbored becauseeach project isdifferent fromthe next; there’salways a differ-ent job to do andthe variety keepsit interesting.”
— Tim Mericle
See CONGRESS, page 3Superior Federal Credit Union Delphos Branch Manager Alisah Reaman givesa $2,000 donation to Community Unity leader the Rev. David Howell and MayorMichael Gallmeier.
Superior Federal Credit Union made$41,000 in holiday donations to 17 localnon-profit agencies in Allen, Auglaize andPutnam counties. These donations are inaddition to the more than $100,000 Superioralready donated to non-profits in the sur-rounding community in 2011.“As a community-based financial insti-tution, we are seeing first-hand the dif-ficult times our community has facedin 2011,” President & CEO of SuperiorPhil Buell said. “Our Board of Directorswanted to do something special for theresidents in the communities we serveand providing direct support this time of year is just one small way we can make adifference.”Community Unity, The DelphosCommunity Christmas Project Angel pro-gram and the Delphos Museum of PostalHistory each received donations.“Our primary goals were to get moneyfor shelter or utilities, food and Christmasgifts for children into local residents’ handsas quickly as possible,” Superior MarketingDirector Kurt Neeper. “We specificallychose these charities because of their trackrecord of getting these funds into the handsof those who need it most in the shortestamount of time.”
Kurt Neeper of Superior Federal Credit Union, left, gives Delphos Museum of Postal History Director Gary Levitt a donation.The Union Bank continued its annual food drive tradition this year by using the12 locations as collection sites for canned and boxed goods and toiletries. Employeesand customers were encouraged to help their neighbors by donating non-perishableitems. The bank also gave a monetary donation to 11 individual local food pantries inorder to stock the shelves with additional needed items. Above from left, Gary Ricker, AVP/lender Union Bank Delphos; Dennis Hickey, St. Vincent DePaul, Barb Haggard, Interfaith Thrift Shop; Jenny Schulte, Bank One teller and Doris Neumeier, AVP/ office manager Union Bank Delphos participate in the donation presentation.Delphos Herald Circulation Manager Tiffany Brantley, left, recently dropped off a $250 cash and non-perishables donation to Ken and Lois Blankemeyer at the St.Vincent de Paul Society. The offering was from the newspaper’s Caring and Sharingprogram.
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We’re spending Christmas  in Heaven this year.
 Kenny Miehls 3/16/11Steve Miehls 4/1/11
There are no tears in Heaven, nor grief of any kind.
We leave a nal teardrop to those we left behind.Please keep us in your memory and know that upabove, there are no tears in heaven
instead there is only love.
 Merry Christmas, My love
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The DelphosHerald
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Helen Louise,81, of Rockford, Mass of Christian Burial will be heldat 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday atSt. Teresa Catholic Church,Rockford, the Rev. Ken Altofficiating. Burial will be inWillshire Cemetery, Willshire.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m.Monday at Ketcham-RipleyFuneral Home, Rockford.Memorials may be directedto State of the Heart Hospice,Coldwater, or to the CancerAssociation of Mercer County,Celina. Condolences may beleft at ketchamripley.com.Corn: $6.08Wheat: $5.92Beans: $11.38
Virginia Meyer
Melanie Amarowins ‘The X Factor’
RALEIGH, N.C. —Former presidential candidateJohn Edwards says he hasbeen diagnosed with a medi-cal condition that would makeit difficult for him to attendhis approaching criminal trialover campaign finances and isasking for it to be delayed.In a motion filed Thursday,Edwards’ lawyers asked a fed-eral judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least twomonths. They did not disclosehis illness and filed sealedrecords with the court.“The Defendant has a med-ical issue ... that will prevent atrial of this matter during theJanuary 2012 Criminal Term,”the motion says. “The failureto grant a continuance wouldbe likely to result in a miscar-riage of justice.”Members of the defenseteam could not immediatelybe reached for comment.Federal prosecutors did nottake a position on the medicalissue.However, prosecu-tors filed a separate motionopposing another Edwardsrequest for more time to pre-pare. Prosecutors said theyare ready to try Edwards onsix felony and misdemeanorcounts related to nearly $1million from wealthy donorsused to help hide his pregnantmistress during his 2008 runfor the While House.Edwards, a Democrat, deniesknowingly violating the law andhas pleaded not guilty.The start date of the trialhas already been put backonce after Edwards said heneeded more time to preparehis defense and attend hisdaughter’s wedding.Edwards appeared healthylast week at a pretrial hearingin the case.
By DERRIK J. LANGThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES —Melanie Amaro has “The XFactor.”The powerful 19-year-oldvocalist from Sunrise, Fla.,won the Fox talent compe-tition Thursday over soul-ful 30-year-old singer JoshKrajcik of Wooster.Amaro, who was men-tored by judge SimonCowell and was at one pointeliminated then reinstatedto the contest, was awardedthe grand prize: a $5 mil-lion recording contract anda starring role in a Pepsicommercial.“Oh my God. Oh myGod. Oh my God,” Amarorepeated after host SteveJones announced her as thechampion.Despite continued prod-ding from Jones, an overlyemotional Amaro couldn’tquite formulate words whenshe was revealed to havecaptured the most viewervotes, and she struggledthrough tears to repriseBeyonce’s “Listen,” thesoaring ballad that Amarocrooned at her audition andon Wednesday’s final per-formance round.“I want to say, ‘America,thank you for giving thisgirl an opportunity,”’ saidCowell.Krajcik, the strugglingsingle father who delivereda stripped down rendition of “At Last” for his final rou-tine, seemed content withhis status as “X Factor” run-ner-up to Amaro, who wasborn in the British VirginIslands.“Melanie deserves it,”Krajcik said. “She has awonderful voice. I had suchan incredible experiencehere. I got to be myself, singwhat I want to sing, and Icouldn’t be happier.”Chris Rene, the recover-ing 28-year-old singer-rap-per from Santa Cruz, Calif.,came in third place.Before the winner wasunveiled, the three finalistscrooned classic Christmastunes, and Justin Bieber,Stevie Wonder, LeonaLewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and50 Cent performed varioussongs with former contes-tants. Amaro and Krajcikalso dueted on DavidBowie’s “Heroes.”
Student leaves$172,000 violinon bus
Deputies: Manreturned to beerafter bank robbery
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Police are asking for the pub-lic’s help recovering a rareviolin worth $172,000 thatwas left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggymusic student from Taiwan.Philadelphia police say theinstrument was left in an over-head bin on a Megabus lateTuesday.Muchen Hsieh tells KYW-TV she noticed she didn’t havethe violin after getting pickedup by the family hosting hervisit to the Philadelphia area.She called the bus companybut was told the instrumenthadn’t been found.Hsieh says a Taiwaneseculture foundation lent her theviolin as she studies at theNew England Conservatory inBoston. It was made in 1835by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples.Lt. John Walker says theinstrument can be returned toPhiladelphia police, no ques-tions asked.PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP)— Authorities say a TampaBay area man ordered a beerat a bar, left to rob a nearbybank then came back to finishhis beer.The Pasco County Sheriff’sOffice says 52-year-old JohnRobin Whittle was arrestedat the Hayloft Bar in PortRichey on Thursday after-noon. Deputies say he’s theman who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier, butnot before stopping off at theHayloft for a brew.A bartender there saysWhittle ordered a beer, disap-peared for about 30 minutesand then returned to his beer.Deputies say they arrestedhim at the bar about 10 min-utes after he left the bank.Whittle remained in jailearly today on $10,000 bond.No attorney was listed forhim.
By ANGELA CHARLTONThe Associated Press
PARIS — Tens of thou-sands of women with risky,French-made breast implantsshould have them removed atthe state’s expense, France’shealth minister recommendedtoday, in an unprecedentedmove that could have impli-cations across Europe andSouth America.Xavier Bertrand said themass removals were “pre-ventive” and not urgent, andFrench health officials saidanalyses so far have foundno link between the pre-filledsilicone gel implants andnine cases of cancer amongwomen implanted with them.But Bertrand, in a state-ment, cited an unusually highrisk that the implants couldrupture and leak a question-able type of silicone gel intothe wearer’s body.Health authorities inBritain — where even morewomen have the implantsthan in France — said todaythat for now they see no rea-son to take similar action.Questions remain aboutthe logistics and final costsof the removals. FrancoisGodineau, a top official inthe French national healthservice, estimated it coulddeplete French governmentcoffers by (euro) 60 million($78 million) at a time whenthe country is teetering on abrink of a new recession andstruggling to tame state debt.Investigators say the com-pany Poly Implant Protheseused cheaper industrial sili-cone for the implants insteadof medical silicone to savemoney. The implants werepulled from the market lastyear and the company isbeing liquidated.“As a preventive mea-sure not of an urgent nature,(French authorities) recom-mend that the removal of these implants, even thosenot showing signs of dete-rioration, be proposed,” thestatement said. It added thatthe costs of removal would befooted by France’s nationalhealth care system — pre-sumably solely for Frenchpatients.One reason for the dras-tic measure is the uncer-tainty about the contents of the silicone gel used andthe risks it poses to internalorgans. Also, standard mam-mograms and ultrasoundsdo not always indicate thatan implant has ruptured, andmany women may be walk-ing around unknowingly withburst implants.Some 30,000 of women inFrance, and tens of thousandsmore in Britain, Italy, Spain,Portugal and other countriesin Europe and South Americahave had implants made byPIP. The implants in questionwere not sold in the U.S.
France recommends removalof risky breast implants
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)— Wal-Mart and health offi-cials awaited tests Thursdayon a batch of powdered infantformula that was removedfrom more than 3,000 storesnationwide after a Missourinewborn who consumed itapparently died from a rareinfection.The source of the bacteriathat caused the infection hasnot been determined, but itoccurs naturally in the envi-ronment and in plants suchas wheat and rice. The mostworrisome appearances havebeen in dried milk and pow-dered formula, which is whymanufacturers routinely testfor the germs.Wal-Mart pulled theEnfamil Newborn formulafrom shelves as a precautionfollowing the death of littleAvery Cornett in the southernMissouri town of Lebanon.The formula has not beenrecalled, and the manufac-turer said tests showed thebatch was negative for thebacteria before it was shipped.Additional tests were underway.“We decided it was bestto remove the product untilwe learn more,” Wal-Martspokeswoman Dianna Geesaid. “It could be returned tothe shelves.”Customers who bought for-mula in 12.5-ounce cans withthe lot number ZP1K7G havethe option of returning themfor a refund or exchange, Geesaid.The product is not exclu-sive to Wal-Mart. The man-ufacturer, Mead JohnsonNutrition, declined to answerquestions about whether for-mula from that batch was dis-tributed to other stores.“We’re highly confident inthe safety and quality of ourproducts,” said ChristopherPerille, a spokesman for thecompany based in the Chicagosuburb of Glenview.A second infant fell illlate last month after consum-ing several different types of powdered baby formula, butthat child recovered, healthofficials said.Powdered infant formulais not sterile, and expertshave said there are not ade-quate methods to completelyremove or kill all bacteriathat might creep into formulabefore or during production.Preliminary hospital testsindicated that Avery died of arare infection caused by bac-teria known as Cronobactersakazakii. The infection canbe treated with antibiotics,but it’s deemed extremelydangerous to babies less than1 month old and those bornpremature.
Wal-Mart pulls formulaafter baby dies in Missouri
Twin suicide bombs shakeSyrian capital, kill 40
Virginia Meyer, 69, of Cridersville, died Wednesdayat St. Rita’s Medical Center.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Tuesday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch in Delphos.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Monday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherefurther arrangements areincomplete.
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By ALBERT AJIand ZEINA KARAMThe Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria —Twin suicide car bomb blastsripped through an upscaleDamascus district today, tar-geting heavily guarded intel-ligence buildings and killingat least 40 people, Syrianauthorities said.The blasts came a dayafter an advance team of ArabLeague observers arrived inthe country to monitor Syria’spromise to end its crackdownon protesters demanding theouster of President BasharAssad. Government officialstook the observers to the sceneof the explosions and said itbacked their longtime claimsthat the turmoil is not a popu-lar uprising but the work of terrorists.The blasts were the firstsuch suicide bombings inSyria since the uprising beganin March, adding new andominous dimensions to a con-flict that has already taken thecountry to the brink of civilwar.“We said it from the begin-ning, this is terrorism. Theyare killing the army and civil-ians,” Deputy Foreign MinisterFaysal Mekdad told reportersoutside the headquarters of theGeneral Intelligence Agency,where bodies still littered theground. State TV said initialinvestigations indicated pos-sible involvement by the al-Qaida terror network.Alongside him, the headof the observer advance team,Sameer Seif el-Yazal, said,“We are here to see the factson the ground. ... What we areseeing today is regretful, theimportant thing is for things tocalm down.”An opposition leader raiseddoubts over the authorities’version of events, suggestingthe regime was trying to makeits case to the observers.Omar Idilbi, a mem-ber of the Syrian NationalCouncil, an umbrella groupof regime opponents, calledthe explosions “very mysteri-ous because they happenedin heavily guarded areas thatare difficult to be penetratedby a car.”“The presence of the ArabLeague advance team of observers pushed the regimeto give this story in orderto scare the committee frommoving around Syria,” hesaid, though he stopped shortof accusing the regime in theblasts. “The second messageis an attempt to make the ArabLeague and international pub-lic opinion believe that Syriais being subjected to acts of terrorism by members of al-Qaida.”The blasts went off out-side the main headquartersof the General IntelligenceAgency and a branch of themilitary intelligence, two of the most powerful of Syria’smultiple intelligence bodies.Outside the two buildings,mutilated and torn bodies layamid rubble, twisted debrisand burned cars in Damascus’upscale Kfar Sousa district.Bystanders and ambulanceworkers used blankets andstretchers to carry blood-stained bodies into vehicles.All the windows were shat-tered in the nearby state secu-rity building, which was tar-geted by the other bomb.The two blasts went off within moments of each otherat 10:15 local time (0815GMT)today, a weekend day, echo-ing across the city.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:
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By Rep. LynnWachtmann
It is no secret that Ohio’seconomy could use a jolt. Themission of the 129th GeneralAssembly from Day Onehas been to getOhioans back towork, and just asimportant, attract-ing entrepreneursto establish theirbusinesses withinour borders.There hasrecently beenincreased opti-mism about theeconomic and pro-duction value of the development of Ohio’snatural resources. We arelearning more each day aboutthe vast oil and natural gasreserves under our feet, par-ticularly under the easternportion of the state. Tappingthese reserves, which isalready being done in neigh-boring Pennsylvania, has thepotential to create thousandsof jobs in the state, gener-ate billions of dollars for ourlocal economies and hopeful-ly help in the effort to reducethe country’s dependency onforeign oil.To extract natural gas andoil, drillers utilize a drillingtechnique known as hydraulicfracturing—more commonlyreferred to as “fracking.” Theprocess has been criticized forusing vast amounts of waterand small amounts of toxicchemicals. Some people fearthe possibility of these chemi-cals contaminating drinkingwater.Statistics and history, how-ever, should help to ease theseconcerns. Since the early1950s, greater than 80,000wells have been drilled in Ohiousing the fracking processwithout a single confirmedcase of groundwater contami-nation, according to the OhioEngineers Association. Whilewe must certainly not under-mine the importance of publicsafety, we should also not beso afraid to act that we let agreat opportunity pass us by.Knowledge abouthydraulic fracturinghas increased overthe years, and themethod is safer nowthan ever before.Adequate oversightmeasures are alsoin place. Last year,the previous GeneralAssembly passedone of the strictestlaws in the nationdealing with drillingand fracking.Now I think it is impor-tant to let the free market goto work using the technologyand developing the resourc-es. According to the OhioPetroleum Council, the UticaShale may contain up to 5.6billion barrels of oil. Investorsfrom across the countryhave expressed interest andoptimism in Ohio’s naturalresource development.The Ohio House is commit-ted to revitalizing the state’seconomy, and the develop-ment of natural resourceshas presented us with a greatopportunity to put Ohioansback to work. Of course, noaction should be taken with-out a full understanding of environmental concerns, butthe fracking process has anoutstanding track record of success.Failure to move forwardon this opportunity would bea mistake. 
 Rep. Wachtmann may bereached by calling 614-466-3760, e-mailing District75@ohr.state.oh.us, or writing toState Rep. Lynn Wachtmann,77 South High Street,Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Ohio’s natural resourcescan lead to job growth
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clear win for Obama. Thepayroll tax cut was the cen-terpiece of his three-month,campaign-style drive for jobslegislation that seems to havecontributed to an uptick in hispoll numbers — and taken atoll on those of congressionalRepublicans.Obama, Republicans andcongressional Democrats allsaid they preferred a one-yearextension but the politics of achieving the goal, particu-larly the spending cuts andnew fees required to pay forit, eluded them. All pledgedto start working on that inJanuary.“There remain importantdifferences between the par-ties on how to implementthese policies, and it is criti-cal that we protect middle-class families from a taxincrease while we work themout,” Senate Majority LeaderHarry Reid, D-Nev., said.House GOP argumentsabout the legislative processand what the “uncertainty” of a two-month extension wouldmean for businesses wereunpersuasive, and Obamawas clearly on the offensive.“Has this place become sodysfunctional that even whenwe agree to things, we can’tdo it?” Obama said. “Enoughis enough.”The top Senate Republican,Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was a driving forcebehind Thursday’s agreement,imploring Boehner to acceptthe deal that McConnell andReid had struck last weekand passed with overwhelm-ing support in both parties.Meanwhile, tea party-backed House Republicansbegan to abandon their lead-ership.“I don’t think that myconstituents should havea tax increase because of Washington’s dysfunction,”freshman Rep. Sean Duffy,R-Wis., said.If the cuts had expiredas scheduled, 160 millionworkers would have seen atax increase of $20 a weekfor an average worker earn-ing about $50,000 a year.And up to 2 million peoplewithout jobs for six monthswould start losing unem-ployment benefits averaging$300 a week. Doctors wouldhave seen a 27 percent cut intheir Medicare payments, theproduct of an archaic 1997cut that Congress has beenunable to fix.Even though GOP leaderslike House Majority LeaderEric Cantor, R-Va., prom-ised that the two sides couldquickly iron out their differ-ences, the truth is that it’lltake intense talks to figureout both the spending cutsand fee increases required tofinance the measure.Just hours before heannounced the breakthrough,Boehner had made the casefor a yearlong extension.But on a brief late afternoonconference call, he informedhis colleagues it was time toyield.“He said that as your lead-er, you’ve in effect askedme to make decisions easyand difficult, and I’m makingmy decision right now,” saidRep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.,paraphrasing Boehner’s com-ments.Kingston said the confer-ence call lasted just minutesand Boehner did not giveanyone time to respond.There was still carpingamong tea party freshmenupset that GOP leaders hadyielded.“Even though there isplenty of evidence this is abad deal for America ... theHouse has caved yet againto the president and SenateDemocrats,” Rep. TimHuelskamp, R-Kan., said.“We were sent here with aclear set of instructions fromthe American people to putan end to business as usual inWashington, yet here we arebeing asked to sign off on yetanother gimmick.”Almost forgotten in thefirestorm is that McConnelland Boehner had extracted amajor victory last week, win-ning a provision that wouldrequire Obama to make aswift decision on whether toapprove construction of theKeystone XL oil pipeline,which would bring Canadianoil to the U.S. and createthousands of construction jobs. To block the pipeline,Obama would have to declarethat is not in the nation’sinterest.Obama wanted to put thedecision off until after the2012 election.House Republicans didwin one concession in addi-tion to a promise that SenateDemocrats would name nego-tiators on the one-year Housemeasure: a provision to easeconcerns that the 60-dayextension would be hard forpayroll processing companiesto implement.
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 Langals first-grade class at Ottoville Elementary
Students in Diane Langals first-grade class at Ottoville Elementary include, front from left, Reese Looser, Danielle Swint, Grant Leis, Arin Elston and Kylin Edelbrock; row two, Julia Schleeter, Carli Martz, MichaelDeitering, Hannah Brinkman and Madison Tumblinson; and back, Quentin Vela, Jericho Kious, Destinie Davis, Carson Hunter, Elise Kramer, Kellen Schlagbaum, Trent Kortokrax, Carter Horstman and Langhals.
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Ohio State fans not biting on deals to Florida for Gator Bowl
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio State University foot-ball fans are cool to the ideaof visiting Florida in earlyJanuary for the Gator Bowl,following a dismal year forthe program.Travel pros in theColumbus area tell TheColumbus Dispatch that busi-ness is slow for charters andother package deals for theJan. 2 game against Florida inJacksonville.“This is our 29th year of selling bowl packages, and thisis one of the slowest ones we’veever had,” said George Kun, of George Kun Travel. “Certainly,the problems this season andthis last piece of negative newsare going to put a bad taste ineveryone’s mouth.”Travel agents are lament-ing lost bowl travel revenuesthat are usually a big partof their annual business. Andnext year, there will be noneat all, because of the one-yearbowl ban imposed recently bythe NCAA because of a mem-orabilia-for-tattoos scandalthat led to a coaching change.“Typically, a bowl game is25 to 30 percent of my annualrevenue,” said Ike Reynoldsof Reynolds Travel.He said he usually wouldhave 140 travelers or more fora bowl trip, but so far has only50 committed.The Columbus AirportAuthority says there are sixchartered airplanes — four of them carrying the team andOSU band — booked to flyto Jacksonville for the GatorBowl. There were 10 last yearfor the Sugar Bowl in NewOrleans, and 28 the previousyear to fly to Los Angeles forthe Rose Bowl.The Buckeyes had a lack-luster season on the field andhead to a bowl match-up of two 6-6 teams. It’s a rematchof sorts of the BCS title gamewon five years ago by Florida,then coached by OSU’s newcoach Urban Meyer.ST. CLAIRSVILLE (AP)— Police say a bomb scarethat closed part of an easternOhio shopping mall for hourswas caused by a busted cellphone being mailed back tothe company.Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson tells multiplemedia outlets a maintenanceworker heard a beeping orticking Thursday morningcoming from a mailbox out-side the Ohio Valley Mall.Authorities were summoned,including a bomb squad thathad to come from Columbus,about 110 miles west of themall in St. Clairsville.CLEVELAND (AP) — Anursing assistant has pleadedguilty in the nursing homeabuse of an Alzheimer’s patientwhose son recorded the mis-treatment on a video camerahidden in an air purifier in thewoman’s room.The Plain Dealer reports26-year-old Maria Karban of Cleveland pleaded guilty tomisdemeanor assault Thursdayin Cuyahoga County and facesup to six months in jail. Herattorney declined comment untilthe sentencing next month.Karban and another nurs-ing aide are accused of abus-ing 78-year-old Esther Piskorbetween April 8 and May 15at a at MetroHealth MedicalCenter facility.Forty-five-year-old VirgenCaraballo of Cleveland plead-ed guilty last month to sevenfelony counts of patient abuseor neglect and also is to be sen-tenced in January.

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