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Delphos St. John’s Schools
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Students are the heart and soul of all that wedo at Delphos St. John’s. From our Preschool,where the littlest Blue Jays are as young asthree years old to our graduating class of seniors, we are a family. To each family andeach student who choose to be a part of Delphos St. John’s, THANK YOU for being apart of the mission of our school.
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Status update: Facebook to go public
By BARBARA ORTUTAYand MICHAEL LIEDTKEThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — Facebookmade a much-anticipated sta-tus update Wednesday: TheInternet social network isgoing public in a stock offer-ing that could value it at asmuch as $100 billion, eightyears after its computer-hack-ing CEO Mark Zuckerbergstarted the service at HarvardUniversity.That means anyone withthe right amount of cashwill be able to own part of a Silicon Valley icon thatquickly transformed fromdorm-room startup to culturaltouchstone.If its initial public offer-ing of stock makes enoughfriends on Wall Street,Facebook will probablymake its stock-market debutin three or four months asone of the world’s most valu-able companies. Facebook,which is now based in MenloPark, Calif., hopes to list itsstock under the ticker sym-bol, “FB,” on the New YorkStock Exchange or NasdaqStock Market.In its reg-ulatory fil-ing with theSecuritiesand ExchangeCommission,Facebook Inc.indicated ithopes to raise$5 billionin its IPO.That wouldbe the mostever for anInternet IPO, easily surpass-ing Google Inc. and its earlybackers raised $1.9 billion in2004. The final amount willlikely change as Facebook’sbankers gauge the investordemand.Joining corporateAmerica’s elite would giveFacebook newfound finan-cial clout as it tries to makeits service even more perva-sive and expand its audienceof 845 million users. It alsocould help Facebook fendoff an intensifying challengefrom Google, which is look-ing to solidifyits status asthe Internet’smost power-ful companywith a rivalsocial net-work calledPlus.Theintrigue sur-roundingFacebook’sIPO hasincreased in recent months,not only because the com-pany has become a commonconduit —for everyone fromdoting grandmas to sassyteenagers— to share infor-mation about their lives.Zuckerberg, 27, hasemerged as the latest in alineage of Silicon Valleyprodigies who are alternatelyhailed for pushing the worldin new directions and reviledfor overstepping their bounds.In Zuckerberg’s case, a law-suit alleging that he stole theidea for Facebook from someHarvard classmates becamethe grist for a book and amovie that was nominatedfor an Academy Award lastyear.Following the model of Google co-founders LarryPage and Sergey Brin,Zuckerberg set up two class-es of stock that will ensure heretains control as the some-times conflicting demandsof Wall Street exert newpressures on the company.He will have the final sayon how nearly 57 percentof Facebook’s stock votes,according to the filing.Even before the IPO wasfiled, Zuckerberg was shap-ing up as his generation’sBill Gates — a geek whoparlayed his love of comput-ers into fame and fortune.Forbes magazine estimatedZuckerberg’s wealth at $17.5billion in its most recent sur-vey of the richest people inthe U.S. A more precise mea-surement of Zuckerberg’sfortune will be available oncethe IPO is priced and pro-vides a concrete benchmarkfor determining the valueof his nearly 534 millionFacebook sharesThe IPO will also minthundreds of Facebookemployee as millionairesbecause they have accumu-lated stock at lower pricesthan what the shares are likedto be valued at on the openmarket. Facebook employed3,200 people at the end of last year.Depending on how longregulators take to reviewFacebook’s IPO documents,the company could be makingits stock market debut aroundthe time that Zuckerberg cel-ebrates his next birthday inMay.When most companies go
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 Local students win trip for high scores on Americanism Test 
State American Legion Test winners, front from left, Julie Bonifas and Nick Bockey, and their parents JanetBonifas, back left, and Karen and Mark Bockey, look over photographs of some of the places they will see on theirtrip to Gettysburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C. Both are students at St. John’s High School and won the free five-daytrip by virtue of their high scores on the test. Bonifas was also awarded a $200 savings bond for scoring 100 percenton the test, achieved by only three of the 84 district winners. Bonifas and Bockey are two of the 18 winners in the stateof Ohio to qualify for the trip. Gerald White, right, director of American Legion Americanism & Youth Activities, and Keith Hall, back right, local Americanism and Buckeye Boys chairman, congratulate the winners.
Womanwins small-claims suitover Hondahybrid mpg
By LINDA DEUTSCHThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — TheSouthern California owner of a Honda hybrid car won herunusual small-claims courtlawsuit against the automakerover the vehicle’s failure todeliver its stated fuel econ-omy.Los Angeles SuperiorCourt Commissioner DouglasCarnahan awarded HeatherPeters $9,867 on Wednesday,saying Honda did mislead herabout the expected mileage.“At a bare minimum Hondawas aware ... that by the timePeters bought her car therewere problems with its livingup to its advertised mileage,”he wrote in the judgment.Peters opted out of a class-action lawsuit so she couldtry to claim a higher paymentfor the failure of her Civic todeliver the 50 miles per gallonthat was promised when shebought it.Informed of the decision byThe Associated Press, Petersexulted, “Wow! Fantastic.”“I am absolutely thrilled.Sometimes big justice comesin small packages,” she said.“This is a victory for HondaCivic owners everywhere.”Honda hadn’t seen the deci-sion Wednesday afternoon butplanned to issue a statementafter it was reviewed, saidspokesman Chris Martin.Peters, a former lawyer,hoped to inspire a flood of lawsuits by the other 200,000owners of the Hybrid HondaCivic model sold in 2006. Shesaid that if all 200,000 ownersof the cars sued and won insmall claims court, it could costHonda Motor Co. $2 billion.
New debate: When is medical marijuana ‘usable?’
By JEFF BARNARDThe Associated Press
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. —When police knocked on JoshBrewer’s door to check formarijuana, even one of thenation’s most liberal medicalmarijuana laws was put tothe test.Officers were fine with thetwo pounds, 10 ounces he anda cousin had grown, harvest-ed, and processed. That wasunder the pound and a half each allowed by law. Andthey didn’t care about the 12plants — six each — growingin the backyard. Also legal.But after they discoveredthe additional two pounds, 11ounces drying on coat hangerssuspended from the ceilingin the living room, officersarrested Brewer, sparking alegal battle over what wasenough — in the maximumsense — for medical use, andwhat crossed the line into thepotential for illegal sales.After all, even 1.5 poundsby one measure would equal1,200 joints.A motion to dismiss thecase because the drying mari- juana was not “usable” underOregon law was turned downby a judge. Brewer served 60days in jail and received threeyears of probation, puttinghim back on conventionalpain pills for a wrist he saidhe injured in a constructionaccident.But Brewer, 24, beat therap and has already started anew pot garden after the stateattorney general’s office con-ceded last week that, basedon a 2007 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling, the marijuanastill drying on coat hangersdid not qualify as ready foruse.“Without the hanging mar-ijuana, there is no evidencethat defendant possessedmore than the lawful amountof ‘useable marijuana’,” saidthe state brief on Brewer’sappeal.The case illustrates that 16years after California becamethe first state in the nationto make medical marijuanalegal, the legal questions overwhat is legal and who goesto jail and who doesn’t arefar from clear. The 15 statesthat allow marijuana use formedical reasons each havetheir own widely-varyingapproaches.Southwestern Oregon liesat the northern tip of whatis known as the EmeraldTriangle, for its prime mari- juana-growing climate. Theregion also has the highestper capita concentrations of medical marijuana growersin the state. With so much potallowed under Oregon law,law enforcement says it’s dif-ficult to make sure that noneis sold illegally.“It’s turned into a Cheechand Chong movie. ‘Up InSmoke,’ man,” said Medfordpolice Chief Tim George,
Buckeye Chuckpredicts earlyend to winter,Phil sees shadow
MARION (AP) — Ohio’sanswer to Punxsutawney Philis predicting a shorter win-ter — not that there’s beenmuch winter to speak of.WMRN radio reports thatOhio groundhog BuckeyeChuck failed to see his shad-ow at dawn today under over-cast skies in the central Ohiocity of Marion. Accordingto legend, no shadow meansspring will arrive early.Winter has barely madean appearance in Ohio.Temperatures have beenwarmer than normal andmost spots have seen muchless snow than usual.Meanwhile inPunxsutawney, Phil did seehis shadow today, forecastingsix more weeks of winter.The Groundhog Daytradition comes from aGerman superstition thatcalls for bad weather if an animal casts a shadowon Feb. 2, the Christianholiday of Candlemas.
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High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was52 degrees, low was 37. Higha year ago today was 21, lowwas 8. Record high for todayis 57, set in 1931. Record lowis -12, set in 1985.
May 14, 1917-Feb. 1, 2012
Audrey B. Vandemark,94, of Elida and formerly of Spencerville, died at 4:30a.m. Wednesday at VancrestHealthcare Center in Delphos.She was born May 14,1917, in Spencerville toWilliam M. and Mildred(Bowers) Grunden.On Nov. 8, 1934, she mar-ried Lawrence E. Vandemark,who died on Aug. 15, 1993.Survivors include sonDonald L. Vandemark of Elida; daughter Jeannine(Byron) Nolan of Van Wert;sister Alma Tyo of Oakwood;grandchildren LuAnn (Randy)Strayer of Spencerville, KevinVandemark of Lima, Dianna(Jeff) Goecke of Spencerville,Deborah (John) Stetler of Cloverdale and Scott (Beth)Nolan of Venedocia; 15 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in deathby sister Hazel Jarman; andhalf brother Harry Rice.Mrs. Vandemark was ahomemaker and had workedat Aeroquip Manufacturing inVan Wert. She was a memberof Hartford Christian Churchand its Friendly Circle, theJolly Dozen Club and Chapter130 Order of Eastern Star inSpencerville.Services will begin at 1 p.m.Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Pastor RobertKing officiating. Burial willfollow in Wright Cemetery inConverse.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Friday at the funeralhome.Memorial contributionsmay be made to HartfordChurch Building Fund.Delphos police are inves-tigating a pair of theft com-plaints reported on Tuesday.At 3:18 p.m., DelphosPolice were contacted by aresident of the 900 block of North Jefferson Street in ref-erence to a theft complaint.Upon speaking with thevictim, officers were advisedsomeone had taken automo-bile parts from outside theresidence.At 3:04 p.m., police werecontacted by a resident of the 800 block of North CanalStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon speaking with thevictim, officers were advisedsomeone had taken a televi-sion tower lying behind thevictim’s residence.Common Pleas Court hada lighter than normal agendaWednesday morning.
Benjamin Hurley, 
27,Van Wert, was placed on ayear of community controland ordered to spend 180 daysin the Van Wert County Jailon a charge of theft, a mis-demeanor of the first degree.Judge Steele ordered Hurleypay restitution in the amountof $249.23 to the victim, $250as partial reimbursement forhis court appointed attorneyand court costs.Hurley was given creditfor 105 days jail which he hadserved on the charge awaitingfinal disposition of his case.
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21,Saginaw, Texas, entered aguilty plea to a charge of Vandalism a felony of thefourth degree for his part inthe destruction of construc-tion equipment at a windmillsite in July of this year.Two other individuals,along with Edwards, werearrested for the destructionof a crane along with otherlighting equipment which wasproperty of Blattner EnergyCompany.Edwards will be orderedto make $58,000 restitutionalong with the other two par-ties for the damage done tothe lighting equipment.Judge Steele ordered apre-sentence investigationand scheduled sentencingfor March 14. Edwards isbeing held in jail on a cashbond.
Ford C. Wilson, 
28, VanWert, was granted judicialrelease from prison andplaced on community controlfor a period of three years.Wilson, along with oth-ers, was arrested for a seriesof thefts from vehicles parkedat the Van Wert CountyFairgrounds, the breakingand entering of fair groundbuildings along with build-ings owned by the Van WertCounty Foundation.Wilson was ordered tomake restitution to the vic-tims of the thefts.
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29,Beechnut, Texas, entered aguilty plea to a bill of infor-mation charging him with atheft, a felony of the fifthdegree.According to a state-ment made, Cooper alleg-edly pulled a phone scam onan elderly lady in Van WertCounty, where he was able toget a large sum of money.Judge Steele ordered apre-sentence investigationand scheduled sentencing forFeb. 29.At 2:42 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were contact-ed by a resident of the 1000block of Lima Avenue in ref-erence to being threatened bya roommate.Upon speaking with thevictim, officers were advisedthe victim was threatened by aroommate earlier in the day.Officers will present charg-es to the prosecutor’s officerfor possible charges on theroommate.
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whose officers arrested Brewerin 2009. “We are swimmingin weed.”Oregon and Washingtonboth allow users to possess 24usable ounces, by far and awaythe most. California allowseight ounces, but unlike moststates, only counts the buds,the most potent part of theplant. Most other states allow2-3 ounces. Colorado allows2 ounces, Maine 2.5 ounces,and Hawaii 3 ounces.George said the way thelaw stands, medical marijuanagrowers can be growing —year-round indoors — dispos-ing of, and replenishing theirstock from their plants and astockpile of drying branches.“How dry is dry in orderto make it count?” he said.“Right now you can have 1.5pounds per day every day of the month. That is crazy.”Research done for theU.S. Drug EnforcementAgency found that marijua-na plants can yield 1 to 5pounds dry weight, with theprized buds making up 18percent and leaves 16 per-cent. Using those figures, thesix plants per patient allowedin Oregon could amount to2-10 pounds of buds andleaves, far more than the 1.5pounds allowed.Marijuana clinic ownerPaul Stanford said 1.5 poundsfor the entire year would beenough for most people whosmoke their medicine, but notfor people who use it to bakecookies and the like.Whatever the legalamount, vulnerability to arrestremains.
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She launched a web site,DontSettleWithHonda.org,and said she was contacted byhundreds of other car ownersseeking guidance in how tofile small claims suits if theyopted out of a class-actioncase already filed.The upside of small claimscourt is that there are noattorneys’ fees and cases aredecided quickly. Individualpayments are far greater thanin class-action cases.Honda’s proposed class-action settlement would giveaggrieved owners $100 to$200 each and a $1,000 credittoward the purchase of a newcar. Legal fees in the classaction case would give triallawyers $8.5 million, Peterssaid.Legal experts had said itwas unlikely that all ownerswould take the small claimsroute because of the time andenergy involved in pursuingsuch lawsuits. But it was aunique approach that couldhave an impact.Carnahan held two hear-ings on the claim in January.Peters claimed her car nevercame close to the promised 50mpg and that it got no morethan 30 miles per gallon whenthe battery began deteriorat-ing. She still owns the car andwanted to be compensated formoney lost on gas, as well aspunitive damages, amountingto $10,000.A Honda technical expertwho testified at an earlierhearing said the company wasrequired by federal law to postthe sticker estimating the high-est mileage the car could get.But he said the mileage variedon how the car was driven.The company said Peters wasnot deceived.A judge in San DiegoCounty is due to rule inMarch on whether to approveHonda’s class-action settle-ment. Members of the classhave until Feb. 11 to accept ordecline the deal.Small claims courts gener-ally handle private disputesthat do not involve largeamounts of money. In manystates, that means small debts,quarrels between tenants andlandlords and contract dis-agreements. Attorneys aren’tusually there; in California,litigants aren’t allowed tohave lawyers argue theircase.The limit for small claimsdamages in California is$10,000. In other states it rang-es from $2,500 to $15,000.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 20s. Northwinds around 5 mph throughmidnight becoming light andvariable.
FRIDAY
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: Partly cloudy witha 30 percent chance of rainand snow. Lows in the upper20s. Highs in the lower 40s.
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public, they let Wall Streetinvestment banks handle every-thing. That means the initialstock price is reserved for biginstitutional investors, shuttingout the average investor.The IPO filing casts a spot-light on some of Facebook’sinner workings for the firsttime. Among other things, thedocuments reveal the amountof Facebook’s revenue, itsmajor shareholders, its growthopportunities and its concernsabout its biggest competitivethreats.The documents show, asexpected, that Facebook isthriving. The company earned$668 million on revenue of $3.7 billion last year, accord-ing to the filing. Both figuresnearly doubled from 2010.“The company is a lot moreprofitable than we thought,”said Kathleen Smith, princi-pal of IPO investment advisoryfirm Renaissance Capital.Although she consideredFacebook’s numbers “veryimpressive,” she said Facebookneeds to talk more about whereit sees its growth coming from.“What new areas of busi-ness is it expecting to pursuebeyond display ads?”What’s not in the docu-ments, yet, is Facebook’smarket value. That figurecould hit $100 billion, basedon Facebook’s private valua-tions and the expectation thatit will continue to grow at arapid pace. Facebook also didnot say what percentage of itsshares it plans to sell.Facebook heads a class of Internet startups that have beengoing public during the pastyear.The early crop has includedInternet radio service PandoraMedia Inc., professional net-working service LinkedInCorp. and daily deals compa-ny Groupon Inc. Most of thoseInternet IPOs haven’t livedup to their lofty expectations.The list of disappointmentsincludes Zynga Inc., whichhas built a profitable businessby creating a variety of gamesto play on Facebook. Zynga’sstock fell 5 percent below itsIPO price on the first day of trading.
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COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio lawmakers who wantschools to wait until afterLabor Day to start classes forthe year say that would helpthe state’s tourism industry.Republican State Rep. BillHayes says what he describesas the state’s third-largestindustry loses business whenschools reopen too early.The Columbus Dispatchreports a bill Hayes has co-sponsored would give schooldistricts a way to opt out onthe post-Labor Day require-ment.The same measure woulddetermine the length of theschool year based on thenumber of hours students arein class, not the number of days.At a state House hearingon Wednesday, a member of a central Ohio school boardcomplained that provisionwould hurt education qualityby allowing districts to cutweeks off the school calen-dar.
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Van Wert aggregationdeal set at 18 percent
By ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — Thediscount through electricalaggregation has continued toincrease, and now with acontract about to be signed,it appears that those takingpart in the governmentalaggregation program willsave 18 percent on genera-tion costs.Bill Bradish of PalmerEnergy met with the VanWert County Commissionerson Tuesday to sign somepaperwork to be filed with thePublic Utilities Commissionof Ohio (PUCO) to certifythe commissioners as theaggregator for the plan.Once the paperwork is filed,PUCO should approve it in30 days.“Once that is completed,then we will start the processof getting the databases of electrical customers and get-ting out the cards,” Bradishtold the commissioners. Hewas referring to cards whichwill go to everyone eligibleto take part in the county’saggregation program, allow-ing people to opt out of theoffer. Those would likelybe delivered in mid-Marchto mid-April to county resi-dents in areas that havealready passed aggregationat the ballot box.The aggregation dealingbegan last fall with compa-nies offering a three percentdiscount on the generationcosts, but by November thecompetition for the marketdrove the discount rate up toeight percent, offering sav-ings to electrical customersof nearly $70 each year.From that point, the offersgrew to 11 percent, 15 per-cent, and now finally to 18percent. Bradish commentedsimply, ‘It’s really a gooddeal.”This aggregation programalso helps the county’s cof-fers as well as participat-ing townships and munici-palities. For each householdthat is a part of the county’saggregation program, thecounty will receive $10 grantmoney that will be split withthe township or village.Bradish explained theagreement:“We have pretty muchfinalized the deal with FirstEnergy for this area. Weare at a two-year contractwith two two-year possiblerenewals. We do have a $10per meter grant, and we havenegotiated it for the othertwo periods also. So in otherwords, in two years when wenegotiate another contract,we will get another $10 permeter,” he said. “Then intwo years after that, as longas it is still First Energy, wewill get the $10 grant. Wehave the ability within thetwo years, if someone comesup with a deal, we are free torenegotiate that.”The deal is open to resi-dential electrical customerswho are not using a budgetbill plan, and to small busi-nesses using less than 700,00kw per year and located inan area which has passed theaggregation legislation.According to Bradish,electrical customers who arealready under contract withanother company will notreceive a card about the pro-gram. If a customer wishesto break a deal with anothercompany and join the coun-ty’s program, he needs tocontact First Energy.“There will be somepenalty to get out of thatcontract,” Bradish warned.“People need to weigh thatfee against the savings theywould realize in the govern-mental program.”Later on Tuesday, thecommissioners met withBruce Miller of GarmannMiller Architects to dis-cuss possible changes tothe Courthouse HVAC anddome restoration project.Last week, bids on the proj-ect came in far too highfor the project to proceed asplanned.County CommissionerThad Lichtensteiger report-ed that work was still beingdone to finalize project plans,but the work will likely bepushed back until warmerweather.It appears that House Bill300, which allows the countyto borrow money to makeenergy-improving renova-tions against the estimatedenergy savings, may be theticket to putting the workback on track.“As it stands at this point,Bruce Miller is going to goback and talk with the appar-ent low-bid general contrac-tor and find out if we cantweak that bid a little bitto incorporate some changesthat we think can be made.We won’t have to beef upsome of the metal trussesso heavily, and it mightallow him to lower his bid,”Lichtensteiger said.When bids were openedon the project last week, thegeneral construction bidswere all far above the engi-neering estimate for the work,leading the commissioners togo back to Garmann Millerto come to a possible solu-tion.As of now, the countycould get the entire court-house equipped with aheating, ventilation and airconditioning system with a$1.56 million price tag foraround $100,000-$200,000with about $800,000 in loansfrom House Bill 300, andmoney from Judge CharlesSteele’s special projectsfund, along with some tin-kering with the constructiondocument requirements.
E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: Is it truethat cable and other payTV boxes that sit atop tele-vision sets consume massiveamounts of energy, in partbecause they are always on, even when the TV is off?— Sam Winston, Metarie, LA
We hear a lot about howmuch energy modern day flatscreen TV sets consume, butthe innocuous set-top boxesthat drive them, along with theirbuilt-in digital video recorders,may be even more to blame.A recent analysis conductedby the consulting firm Ecos onbehalf of the Natural ResourcesDefense Council (NRDC) foundthat “the average new cablehigh-definition digital videorecorder (HD-DVR) consumesmore than half the energy of anaverage new refrigerator andmore than an average new flat-panel television.” Overall, set-top boxes in the U.S. consumesome 27 billion kilowatt-hoursof electricity. This is equal tothe annual output of six aver-age (500 megawatt) coal-firedpower plants and accounts forthe emission of 16 million met-ric tons of carbon dioxide.Part of the reason these boxesare such energy hogs is they typi-cally operate at nearly full powereven during the two-thirds of thetime when they are not activelyin use driving TV screens orrecording to built-in DVRs. “Asa nation, we spend $2 billioneach year to power these boxeswhen they are not being activelyused,” reports NRDC.To make matters worse,American consumers have littleif any choice about which sboxes they get from their cableor satellite service providers.Since the providers usually ownthe boxes yet don’t have to payconsumers’ electric bills, theyhave little incentive to utilize ordevelop more efficient models.In Europe, Sky Broadcastingis beginning to distribute moreefficient equipment to subscrib-ers there. NRDC is urging thelargest pay-TV service pro-viders in the U.S. (Comcast,Time Warner, DirecTV, DishNetwork, Verizon and AT&T)to heed the efficiency call withtheir own set-top box and DVRofferings. Redesigning set-topboxes to power down whennot in use is perhaps the big-gest opportunity for energysavings. “Innovation to reducepower consumption when notin use—such as has occurredwith mobile phones, which alsowork on a subscriber basis andrequire secure connections—issorely needed in set-top boxes,”counsels NRDC. Also, re-jig-gering content delivery systemsso only one main set-top boxsends signals to all the televi-sions in the house (or to lowerpower “thin client” boxes) couldcut household electric bills andcarbon footprints. The groupadds that “better designed pay-TV set-top boxes could reducethe energy use of the installedbase of boxes by 30 percent to50 percent by 2020.”Last year the U.S. govern-ment released new energy effi-ciency standards for set-topboxes within its EnergyStarappliance efficiency rating pro-gram. While this new speci-fication is a step in the rightdirection, consumers have littleknowledge about such options.NRDC urges pay-TV subscrib-ers to request that their provid-ers make available set-top boxesand DVRs that meet the newerEnergyStar 4.0 standards. Themore of us that request suchimprovements, the likelier theyare to happen. And the cableor satellite provider that cansave customers money whilereducing overall environmentalimpact may just win over anincreasingly large sector of theAmerican people that actuallycares about being green.
 EarthTalk® is writtenand edited by Roddy Scheerand Doug Moss and is a reg-istered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com).
The Alphabet for Seniors — The New ABC’s
A is for apple,and B is for boat,That used to be right,but now it won’t float!Age before beautyis what we once said,But let’s be a bitmore realistic instead.
The (NEW) Alphabet
A’s for arthritis;B’s the bad back,C’s the chest pains, per-haps car-di-ac?D is for dental decay anddecline,E is for eyesight, can’tread that top line.F is for fissures and fluidretention,G is for gas which I’drather not mention.H high blood pressure —I’d rather it low;I for incisions with scarsyou can show.J is for joints, out of sock-et, won’t mend, K is for kneesthat crack when they bend.L’s for Liver, is it stillthere, M is for memory, Iforget what comes next.N is neuralgia, in nervesway down low; O is for osteo,bones that don’t grow!P for prescriptions, I havequite a few, just give me apill and I’ll be good as new!Q is for queasy, is it fatalor flu? R is for reflux, onemeal turns to two.S is for sleepless nights,counting my fears, T is forTinnitus; bells in my ears!U is for urinary; troubleswith flow; V for vertigo,that’s ‘dizzy,’ you know.W for worry, now what’sgoing ‘round? X is for X ray,and what might be found.Y for another year I’mleft here behind, Z is forzest I still have — in mymind!I’ve survived all thesymptoms, my body’sdeployed,And I’m keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed!COLUMBUS (AP) — Aproposal to repeal Ohio’scontentious new election lawwill soon be introduced in thestate’s Senate, the leader of theRepublican-led chamber saidWednesday.The law trims early vot-ing in the presidential battle-ground state, among otherchanges. It’s been on holdsince September, until voterscan decide this fall whether itshould be tossed out.Plans to replace the law arestill being discussed, SenatePresident Tom Niehaus toldreporters. The New RichmondRepublican said it’s too earlyto tell whether any new legis-lation could be passed beforeNovember’s general election.The state’s top election offi-cial has called for state law-makers to scrap the electionlaw, so that it won’t appear onfall ballots.Secretary of State JonHusted told local officials ina speech last week that a cam-paign about the details of theoverhaul measure will con-fuse Ohioans at the same timeelection officials are trying toinform people how to vote.Husted, a Republican, wel-comed Wednesday’s news of an upcoming Senate bill thatwould repeal the law.He estimates that removingthe referendum from ballotswould save taxpayers $1 mil-lion. Husted has said he wantsOhio lawmakers to restart theprocess of writing a new billafter this year’s presidentialelection.But lawmakers are consid-ering the possibility of replac-ing the law with multiple bills,Niehaus said.Senators have divided theelections law into three areasfor further review, he said.They are looking at changesto the state’s petition process,local elections boards’ opera-tions and early voting rules.
Senate bill torepeal Ohio’selection law

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