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Monday, April 30, 2012
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Tickets are currently on salefor the Purse Bingo fundraiserfor the Ohio National Guardsoldiers. This includes Alpha,Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echoand HHC which are currentlydeployed over in Afghanistan.Proceeds will be used forshipping care items overseas,summer picnic, Homecomingparty and Christmas party.The bingo will he heldMay 12 at the Delphos EaglesLodge. Doors will open at5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at7 p.m. There will be 50/50and raffle tickets available topurchase.Tickets are $25 each andincludes dinner and 20 gamesof bingo with name brandor designer purses as prizes.Extra bingo tickets and bever-ages will be available to pur-chase. Tables can be reservedfor $20 (tables can sit 8, 10 or12 people).Emailing bakline06@gmail.com or call 419-235-5534 for tickets.
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 Bra-vo Dinner and Comedy Night a hit 
Jefferson FCCLAmembers recently partici-pated in the Ohio FCCLAState Leadership meetingin Columbus. Right: ZoeyPorter and Tori Schleeterreceived a gold star ratingfor their National ProgramsProject, “ Breaking Familyobstacles with RonaldMcDonald House.” Theyhave qualified to competeat the FCCLA NationalConference.
FCCLA members headed to national competition
Left are Samantha Farler, Shyanne Caudilland Kaitlyn Cress, who received a silver rat-ing for their project, “Dime Duel For Hunger.”FCCLA National Leadership Conference willbe held July 6-12 in Orlando, Fla. Each memberwill need to raise $1,200-1,500 to attend. Thisis a great experience for students to competeand meet FCCLA members from all 50 states,hear from great motivational speakers, attendleadership academy and assist with Star Eventcompetitions. They will represent the OhioFCCLA, as well as Jefferson FCCLA. To sup-port them, donations/sponsorships should bemade to Delphos Jefferson FCCLA, c/o BevTuttle, 227 N. Jefferson St., Delphos OH 45833;or by contacting Bev Tuttle at 419-692-6466 orbtuttle@dl.noacsc.org.
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By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
WASHINGTON — Ayear after the U.S. raid thatkilled Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted,too busy surviving for themoment to carry out anotherSept. 11-style attack on U.S.soil.But the terrorist networkdreams still of payback, andU.S. counterterrorist officialswarn that, in time, its off-shoots may deliver.A decade of wars in Iraqand Afghanistan that has costthe U.S. about $1.28 tril-lion and 6,300 U.S. troopslives has forced al-Qaida’saffiliates to regroup, fromYemen to Iraq. Bin Laden’sNo. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri,is thought to be hiding, outof U.S. reach, in Pakistan’smountains, just as bin Ladenwas for so many years.“It’s wishful thinking tosay al-Qaida is on the brinkof defeat,” says Seth Jones,a Rand analyst and adviserto U.S. special operationsforces. “They have increasedglobal presence, the numberof attacks by affiliates hasrisen, and in some places likeYemen, they’ve expandedcontrol of territory.”It’s a complicated, some-what murky picture forAmericans to grasp.U.S. officials say binLaden’s old team is all butdismantled. But they say newbranches are hitting Westerntargets and U.S. allies over-seas, and still aspire to matchtheir parent organization’smilestone of Sept. 11, 2001.The deadliest is inYemen.“They are continuing totry to again, carry out anattack against U.S. personsinside of Yemen, as well asagainst the homeland,” WhiteHouse counterterrorism advi-sor John Brennan said Sundayon ABC’s “This Week.”“We’re working veryclosely with our Yemeni part-ners to track down all theseleads,” he said.Brennan says there’s nosign of an active revengeplot against U.S. targets, butU.S. citizens in Pakistan andbeyond are being warned tobe vigilant ahead of the May
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani officials today condemned theU.S. for carrying out its first drone strike in the country sinceparliament demanded they end two weeks ago, but qualifiedthat it should be seen in light of the presence of Islamist mili-tants on Pakistani soil.The mixed signals indicate the delicate tightrope the gov-ernment is trying to walk with the American attacks. They arevery unpopular in Pakistan, so opposing them makes sense forpolitical reasons. But the government does not seem to wantthe strikes to torpedo attempts to patch up ties with the U.S.,which could free up over $1 billion in American military aid.Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying thestrikes which killed three suspected militants in the NorthWaziristan tribal area Sunday “are in total contravention of international law and established norms of interstate rela-tions.”“The government of Pakistan has consistently maintainedthat drone attacks are violative of its territorial integrity andsovereignty,” it said.Pakistan’s parliament demanded an end to the strikes inmid-April when it approved new guidelines for the country’srelationship with the U.S.Washington had hoped that parliament’s decision wouldpave the way for Pakistan to reopen supply lines for NATOtroops in Afghanistan that were closed in November inretaliation for American airstrikes that accidentally killed 24Pakistani troops.The drone attacks have been a stumbling block. But PrimeMinister Yousuf Raza Gilani struck a moderate tone todaywhen he seemed to link the strikes to the continued ability of Islamist militants fighting the government and internationalforces in Afghanistan to operate on Pakistan’s territory.He pointed out that the resolution passed by parliamentalso stipulated that foreign fighters must be expelled from thecountry and Pakistani soil should not be used to attack othercountries.“So, when we plan a strategy (with the U.S.), all theseaspects would be discussed,” said Gilani.The U.S. has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan targetTaliban and al-Qaida militants who use its territory to launchcross-border attacks.The Pakistani military has refused, claiming its forces arestretched too thin by operations against homegrown militantsbattling the government. However, many analysts believePakistan is reluctant to target militants with whom it has his-torical ties because they could be useful allies in Afghanistanafter foreign forces withdraw.The drone issue is complicated by the fact that some ele-ments of the Pakistani government, including the military,have helped the U.S. carry out strikes in the past. That coop-eration has come under strain as the relationship between thetwo countries has deteriorated, but many analysts believe somein the government still support the program at some level.
The Delphos Relay forLife Bra-vo Dinner andComedy Night took placethis weekend with FranklinElementary School takingthe big prize for best brain a recent contest. Braswere decorated to raiseawareness for breast cancerand boost Relay for Lifeefforts. Sandy Suever, top,accepted the trophy onbehalf of the school. CindyMetzger and Rick Milleroffer congratulations.Right: Ruth Luckeaccepted the People’s Choiceaward on behalf of FirstFederal Bank.
A source who did not wishto be named and is employed atI&K Distributors has informedthe Delphos Herald that work-ers have been informed byLipari Foods, Inc. that theplant will close. The sourcesaid all employees will be outby late summer. Michigan-based Lipari Foods recentlybought the Delphos facil-ity and Representative LauraLiras would not confirm any-thing. She said the acquisitionclosed in recent weeks and thecompany is still evaluating thematter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) —The Secret Service does notoften get a black eye behindthose oh-so-cool sunglasses.It’s got a shiner now.The public face of the ser-vice is one of steely profes-sionals in impeccable suits,wearing discreet earpieces andpacking even more discreetweapons. Agents are expres-sionless except for their ever-searching gaze, lethal automa-tons ready to die for a presi-dent.By reputation, stoked byHollywood myth and the pub-lic’s fleeting glances at dark-windowed motorcades, theyare anything but party ani-mals.But what happened inColombia didn’t stay inColombia.The exposed Secret Servicesecrets have put the storiedagency under a different lineof fire, as lawmakers and inter-nal investigators try to get tothe bottom of officers’ behav-ior and any implications forthe safety of those they protect,starting with President BarackObama.Eight Secret Service officershave been fired and three dis-ciplined, and a dozen militarypersonnel have had their secu-rity clearances suspended, inthe unfolding investigation of sexual misbehavior by agentswho traveled to Cartagena,Colombia, this month to set upsecurity for Obama’s visit.The agency says it is alsolooking into whether agentshired prostitutes and strippersin El Salvador in advance of the president’s trip last year.More reports are emerging of allegedly ribald conduct, off duty on official trips.John Brennan, Obama’s topcounterterrorism adviser, saidSunday investigators want toknow whether there was anytime “these activities put at riskeither classified information orsecurity.” He said officials aresatisfied the Colombian epi-sode did not pose a threat tothe president.Obama joked about agentsbeing on a shorter leash in hisremarks to the White HouseCorrespondents’ Associationdinner Saturday night. “I reallydo enjoy attending these din-ners,” he said. “In fact, I hada lot more material prepared,but I have to get the SecretService home in time for theirnew curfew.”
Secret Servicestill reelingfrom scandal
Pakistan sends mixed signals concerning US drone attack
St. John’s slates summercage camps
Camp Director AaronElwer announced the dates forbasketball camps held at St.John’s High School.The camp for boys enteringgrades 2-9 will be held from8:30-11:30 a.m. June 11-14.The girls camp (same) willbe held 12:30-3 p.m. the samedates.Applications are availablein the high school or gradeschool offices and must bereturned by June 1.
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The last registration forthe 2012 Delphos SoccerAssociation season (playersages 5-11 and junior high)will be held 9 a.m. to noonSaturday at the DelphosMcDonalds. Forms can alsobe downloaded at www.delphosohsoccer.com or onFacebook.
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2A– The Herald Monday, April 30, 2012
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The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
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WASHINGTON —Japanese Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda, in his meet-ing today with PresidentBarack Obama, is looking toreaffirm Japan’s strong alli-ance with the U.S. and boosthis leadership credentials ashis popularity flags at home.Noda, who came to powerin September and is Japan’ssixth prime minister in sixyears, faces huge challengesin reviving a long-slumber-ing economy and helpinghis nation recover from theworst nuclear crisis sinceChernobyl.His Oval Office meet-ing and working lunch withObama, to be followed bya gala dinner hosted bySecretary of State HillaryRodham Clinton, could offerNoda some brief relief fromdomestic woes. The two sidesare determined to show thatU.S.-Japan ties are as closeas ever, particularly after theassistance the U.S. lent fol-lowing the massive March2011 earthquake and tsunamithat triggered a meltdown at anuclear plant.The U.S. alliance withJapan, the world’s third-larg-est economy, is at the coreof Obama’s expanded engage-ment in Asia — a diplomaticthrust motivated in part by adesire to counter the growingeconomic and military cloutof strategic rival China.The U.S. has about 50,000troops in Japan, and both sidesnever tire of saying that theirdefense cooperation underpinsregional peace and security.Among the issues for dis-cussion will be North Korea’srecent failed rocket launchand expectation it couldsoon undertake its third-evernuclear test. They will alsodiscuss democratic reformsin Myanmar and the interna-tional pressure on Iran over itsnuclear program.Noda is the first Japaneseleader to be hosted at theWhite House since hisDemocratic Party of Japan,which had an initially awk-ward relationship withWashington, came to powerin the fall of 2009. Whenthe party came to power in2009, it had favored a foreignpolicy more independent of the United States.Obama and Noda will holda joint news conference.Noda is seen in Washingtonas capable and practical, andthe Obama administration willbe hoping he can weather hispolitical problems and stickaround longer than his imme-diate predecessors. His pollnumbers have dwindled tobelow 30 percent as he pushesan unpopular rise in a con-sumption tax to tackle Japan’svast national debt and loom-ing social security crisis tocope with the nation’s agingpopulation.Days before Noda’s visit,the U.S. and Japan announcedan agreement on shifting about9,000 Marines stationed on theJapanese island of Okinawa.The plan would spread U.S.forces more widely in theAsia-Pacific as part of a rebal-ancing of U.S. defense pri-orities after a decade of war inIraq and Afghanistan.It is a move also aimed ateasing what Okinawans viewas a burdensome U.S. mili-tary presence and goes someway to ameliorate a long-termirritant in bilateral relations.But there’s still no timetableand the plan faces oppositionin Okinawa and in the U.S.Congress.No breakthroughs on tradewere anticipated at today’ssummit. In November, Nodasignaled Japan’s interest inthe Trans-Pacific Partnership,a pact under negotiation bynine nations and a key plankin U.S. trade strategy to crankup its exports to supportAmerica’s fragile recoveryafter the global slowdown.While Noda is believedto be personally supportiveof declaring Japan’s intent to join the talks, he faces oppo-sition at home, even withinhis own party. The pact coulddemand an assault on theheavy subsidies enjoyed byJapan’s farmers.2 anniversary of the night raid.U.S. helicopters swoopeddown on bin Laden’s com-pound in the Pakistani armytown of Abbottabad, killinghim, one of his sons, twocouriers and their wives.The last view forAmericans of the mastermindbehind the Sept. 11 attackswas that of a wizened oldman sitting in front of anold television, wrapped in ablanket.The world may neversee photographic proof of his death. U.S. DistrictJudge James E. Boasberg inWashington ruled last weekthat the Obama administra-tion, under the Freedom of Information Act, would nothave to turn over images of bin Laden during or after theraid.“Verbal descriptions of the death and burial of OsamaBin Laden will have to suf-fice,” Boasberg wrote in hisruling on the lawsuit by thepublic interest group JudicialWatch.Bin Laden’s killing andal-Qaida’s stumbling effortsto regroup are now thenational security centerpieceof President Barack Obama’sre-election campaign.The White House fre-quently cites the president’sdecision to approve the raid,with only a 50-50 chancethat bin Laden was even atthe compound. Obama couldhave gone down in history asthe man who put the NavySEALs and the relationshipwith Pakistan in jeopardy,while failing to catch the al-Qaida leader.“Al-Qaida was and is ourNo. 1 enemy,” White Housespokesman Jay Carney saidlast week. “So it’s a partof his foreign policy record,obviously, but it’s also partof a very serious endeavor tokeep our country safe.”How safe remains in ques-tion.U.S. officials say al-Qaidais less able to carry out acomplex attack like Sept. 11and they rule out al-Qaida’sability to attack with weaponsof mass destruction in thecoming year. These officialsspoke on condition of ano-nymity because they say pub-licly identifying themselvescould make them a target of the terrorist group.U.S. counterterrorist forc-es have killed roughly half of al-Qaida’s top 20 leaderssince the raid. That includesU.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed by a dronein Yemen last September,less than six months after binLaden’s death.Only a few of the originalal-Qaida team remain, andmost of the new names on theU.S. target lists are relativeunknowns, officials say.“The last terror attack wasseven years ago in Londonand they haven’t had anymajor attacks in the U.S.”says Peter Bergen, an al-Qai-da expert who once met binLaden. “They are recruitingno-hopers and dead-enders.”
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There is simply no disput-ing that wearing a safety beltcan save your life. That iswhy the Ohio State HighwayPatrol is encouraging allmotorists to buckle-up. In2011 nearly 65 percent of the people killed on Ohio’sroadways were not wearinga safety belt. During the firstthree months of 2012, safetybelt citations by Ohio troop-ers are up 19 percent over2011 — and during this timeunbelted traffic fatalitiesdecreases by 16 percent.“It’s simple — safety beltssave lives and reduce injuryin crashes,” said Lt. BrantZemelka, commander of theLima Post. “It is the easiestthing you can do to protectyourself, your family andyour friends.”According to the NationalHighway Traffic SafetyAdministration, safety beltssave over 13,000 lives everyyear and remain the singlemost effective thing you cando to protect yourself in acrash.Choosing to wear a safetybelt is a personal choice andOhio’s safety belt compliancerate indicates that motoristsare doing so more now thanever.According to Ohio’s2010 Observational SeatBelt Survey, 83.8 percent of motorists were found to bein compliance with Ohio’ssafety belt law. This is asignificant increase fromthe 72.9 percent observedin 2002. While these rateshave steadily increased, fartoo many Ohioans still do notbuckle-up.Ohio’s safety belt lawremains a secondary viola-tion, however troopers contin-ue zero tolerance enforcementwhen motorists are stopped forother violations and are foundnot be wearing their belt.Troopers ask that youwear your safety belt everytime and insist that those whotravel with you buckle-up aswell.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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Louis L. Rode, 96, of Landeck, died Saturday, at hisresidence.He was born Dec. 18, 1915,in Landeck, to Sylvester andLeona (Rahrig) Rode, whopreceded him in death.He married VeronicaFuerst, who died in 1999.In 2003, he married MaxineButler, who survives.Survivors include sonsDaniel (Giovanna) Rode of St.Louis, Mo. and Larry (Olga)Rode of Landeck; daughtersJudith Allemeier and Linda(Jack) Gorman of Delphos;stepsons Dave (Jean) Butlerof Front Royal, Va. andJohn Wesley (Sheila) Butlerof Mendon; stepdaughtersDarlene (Bob) Cramer of Celina and Annette (Tony)Cooper of Overbrook, Kan.;brothers Theodore Rodeof Coldwater, Mich. andSylvester Rode Jr. of FortJennings.10 grandchildren CraigAllemeier, Steve Backus,Brenda Hoersten, Jay Gorman,Joseph, James and JonathanRode, Natalie Grothouse,Kristin Spicer and NicholasRode; 14 great-grandchildren;nine stepgrandchildren; threestepgreat-grandchildren.He was preceded indeath by a brother, NorbertQuentin Rode; three sisters,Sylvia Martin, Zita Martinand Audrey Etgen; and a son,Roger Rode.Mr. Rode was a lifelongfarmer. He was a member of St. John the Baptist CatholicChurch in Landeck. He was apast member of the Landeckchapter of the CatholicKnights of Ohio. He servedin the U.S. Army and was aveteran of World War II. Heenjoyed woodworking, espe-cially turning wood on a lathe.He enjoyed fishing. He wasa musician who played thesaxophone and clarinet.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Tuesdayat St. John the Baptist CatholicChurch. Burial will be in thechurch cemetery.Friends may call from6-8 p.m. today at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherethe parish wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Even those Pakistani offi-cials believed to support theattacks often protest them inpublic because they are sounpopular in the country.Many Pakistanis believe theymost kill civilians, an allega-tion disputed by the U.S. andindependent research.A Pakistani intelligenceofficial said the most recentstrike seemed to be a messagefrom the U.S.“It’s a message that thingsare going to continue as usualirrespective of what we say,”said the official, speaking oncondition of anonymity becauseof the sensitivity of the issue.It’s not the first time theU.S. has ignored Pakistan’sparliament, which has calledfor the drone strikes to endsince 2008.President Barack Obamasignificantly ramped up strikesin Pakistan when he took officein 2009, and while the U.S.has said little publicly aboutthe attacks, American officialshave argued in private thatthey are critical to targetingTaliban and al-Qaida fighterswho threaten the West.Drones are not the onlyissue complicating Pakistan’sdecision to reopen the NATOsupply lines.
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Today is Monday, April 30,the 121st day of 2012. There are245 days left in the year.
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TOLEDO (AP) — Severalwrong-way auto accidentsin Ohio, including a crashthat killed three sorority sis-ters, have pushed lawmak-ers to introduce legislationthat would bring bigger finesand longer license suspen-sions for wrong-way drivers,especially those who’ve beendrinking or driving under sus-pension.The proposed bill calls fora wrong-way driver who killsor injures another person tolose their license for at leasttwo years and up to 10.Two fatal accidents thatclaimed six lives within twoweeks in March in the Toledoarea have put a spotlight onwrong-way crashes.The Ohio Department of Transportation and the OhioHighway Patrol reviewedinterstate roadways in theToledo and Bowling Greenarea, finding that signs exceedfederal requirements.Investigators are still try-ing to figure out why a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75in northwest Ohio slammedhead-on into car carryingfive Bowling Green StateUniversity students who wereleaving for a spring break tripin March. Three of the youngwomen died along with thewrong-way driver.The patrol is awaiting theresults of toxicology testingon the driver, but they havesaid they’ve been unable todetermine where and why shegot on the wrong side of theroadway.State numbers show 32wrong-way crashes causedfive deaths in Ohio last year.The proposed legisla-tion introduced by state Sen.Mark Wagoner, a Republicanfrom suburban Toledo, doesnot address how to preventthe accidents, but it wouldincrease the penalties.“You can’t always stopconduct. You can’t legislatecommon sense,” Wagonertold The Blade (http://bit.ly/JIMDin ) newspaper. “But if people do it, there will be verystiff consequences.”Driving on the wrong sideof a divided interstate cur-rently is a minor misdemeanorthat carries a maximum fine of $150 but no jail time. Driverswho have been guilty of othertraffic violations within a yearcan face jail and a slightlyhigher fine.Under the new proposal,anyone who drives fartherthan 500 feet on the wrongside of a divided highwaywould have their license sus-pended up to a year. A personwho is also convicted of driv-ing while drunk would face afelony and a six to 18-monthprison sentence.Wagoner said the penal-ties would not increase forsomeone who simply makes awrong turn and quickly turnsaround.“Everybody has gone thewrong-way on a one-waystreet at some point,” Wagonersaid. “But if you go furtherthan 500 feet, you’re just notpaying attention.”A similar proposal hadbeen brought up before byformer state Sen. Bob Spadaof Parma Heights. His broth-er-in-law had been killedby a wrong-way driver inCuyahoga County.Sen. Jim Hughes of Columbus also joinedWagoner in sponsoring thebill after he was approachedby police concerned aboutwrong-way accidents in cen-tral Ohio.
Ohio legislation targetswrong-way drivers
By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press
WEST CHESTER — Oneby one, the parents of LakotaSchools came down the audi-torium steps to stand beforethe microphone. Some weredressed in business attire;shirt-and-tie, sport coats,dresses. Others were casual,in jeans and T-shirts.All were unhappy aboutwhat is happening in one of Ohio’s highest-rated schooldistricts, as it deals with toughbudget pressures that schoolsacross the state are having.“We are cutting every stu-dent’s ability to achieve hisfull potential,” said longtimeresident John Trygier.“I wanted them to havethe Lakota education I had,”said Lisa Babcock, a motherof five. “Are you going todrive all the parents out of theschool district?”Sitting around a table atthe front and facing an audi-ence of hundreds in this north-ern Cincinnati suburb, schooladministrators and boardmembers on the verbal firingline weren’t happy, either.“We have no choice,”Karen Mantia, the superinten-dent, said repeatedly.School officials had justlaid out measures to slash$10.5 million, more than 6percent, from the district’sbudget. That’s 141 lost jobs,most of them teachers, onefewer class period a day, lessinstructional time and less art,music and physical education.Such scenes are playingout around Ohio.“It’s becoming more andmore common across the state,and across all types of districts,even districts with generallyhigh levels of performance,”said Damon Asbury, legis-lative director for the OhioSchool Boards association.A survey by the researchgroup Policy Matters Ohioconcluded that two of everythree districts face shortfalls.From the biggest such asCleveland and Cincinnati, tosmall ones such as Waterlooin northeast Ohio and Monroein southwest Ohio, schoolboards are hacking at their2012-13 budgets, with hun-dreds of jobs already slatedfor elimination.The state’s school fund-ing formula, reliant on prop-erty taxes and willingnessof voters to approve levies,was declared unconstitution-ally inequitable in 1997 bythe Ohio Supreme Court. Newapproaches offered since bygovernors and legislators havefallen by the wayside.While among issues withthe formula is the gap in prop-erty values between wealthyand poor districts, the reces-sion hit some suburban dis-tricts particularly hard. Afteryears of double-digit enroll-ment growth that requiredbuilding new schools andhiring more teachers, theyabruptly ran into what formerLittle Miami Schools boardpresident Kym Dunbar calls “aperfect storm” — slashed statefunding, falling property val-ues, pinched household bud-gets. That southwest Ohio dis-trict fell into a state-declaredfiscal emergency and is tryingto climb out after finally pass-ing a levy last November.
School district’s cuts show schools’ woes
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s tourism director saysthe proposed new model forfunding tourism marketingwould make Ohio more com-petitive in the region as it luresvisitors.Republican Gov. JohnKasich’s proposal woulddouble that allocation to $10million and pay for tourismmarketing campaigns throughgrowth in sales-tax revenue,instead of allotments from thestate’s general revenue fund.The proposal would limitfunding to $10 million, whichis roughly the average tour-ism budget among Ohio andits five neighboring states,according to the U.S. TravelAssociation.Ohio’s spending still wouldtrail tourism budgets of $11.8million in Kentucky and $27.4million in Michigan, whosenational television com-mercial features scenes of asunset, a river and a footballSaturday near the Universityof Michigan, with a voice-overby actor Tim Allen.Ohio’s major ad cam-paign, a $1.8 million effort,runs regionally in May andJune in cities such as Detroit,Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.The Buckeye State has “alot we can do to talk about therichness of the experience inOhio, but we’re not going tospend $27 million, I believe,”Kasich said.REYNOLDSBURG (AP)— Ohio officials are consid-ering the request of an animalowner’s widow for the returnof five exotic animals that sur-vived an October release.The state AgricultureDepartment meets today toreview Marian Thompson’sappeal of a state-issued quaran-tine of the animals. Officials areexpected to defend the state’sauthority to hold them on suspi-cion of infectious diseases.Thompson’s husband, TerryThompson, released dozensof wild creatures from theirZanesville farm Oct. 18 beforekilling himself. Authorities wereforced to shoot 48 of the crea-tures. Three leopards, two pri-mates and a bear survived andhave been held at the ColumbusZoo. One leopard later had to beeuthanized.It’s unclear when a deci-sion would be made on arelease. The state’s standardsix-month observation periodfor the animals ended Friday.COLUMBUS (AP) — Gasprices in Ohio are up slightlyfrom a week ago but remainwell below the numberslogged last spring as fuel pric-es climbed to record highs.The average price forregular gas in Ohio is $3.74a gallon in today’s surveyfrom auto club AAA, the OilPrice Information Service andWright Express. That’s 4 centshigher than a week ago.
Tourism chief:Funding planmakes Ohiocompetitive
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consider releaseof exotic animals
Ohio gas pricescreep up in week

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