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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-8Business 9Classifieds 10Television 11World news 12
Index
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Geise shuts out Rams in sectionalbaseball, p6Ford to boost factory output, p9
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ZIN instructorsset Zumbathon
to benefit Relay
ZIN instructor AngieBonifas, with guestZIN instructors JosieHemmelgarn, Angie Hatfieldand Holly Vaghn, willpresent a Zumbathon char-ity event “Make EveryMove Count” to benefit the
Delphos Relay for Life.
The Zumbathon will beheld from 2-4 p.m. May20 at the Delphos EaglesLodge. The cost is $10per person. Tickets can bepurchased at the door.Ages 10 and upare welcome.
Do-Right offers
chicken dinner
The Do-Right Motorcycle
Club will hold a chickendinner from 4-10 p.m. onJune 23 at the Foresters Hall
at 14570 Landeck Road.
Chicken dinners willbe $7 while they last.The Dave Liles Band!will perform and an auctionand raffles will be held.Proceeds will help pur-chase school supplies forthose who need them forthe 2012-13 school year.
Jefferson offersband concert
The Jefferson InstrumentalMusic Department willpresent its Spring BandConcert at 7:30 p.m. todayin the Jefferson MiddleSchool Auditorium.The sixth-grade, juniorhigh and senior highbands will perform.SunnyThursdaywith highin mid 60s.See page 2.
Stacy Taff photo
 2012 Survivor Dinner draws record crow
The 10th annual Relay for Life Survivor Dinner accommodated a record turn-outTuesday evening at St. Peter Lutheran Church. “We have 125 here tonight,” 2012Survivor Chair Cindy Burgei said. “Normally we have about 125 sign up but thenonly around 70 show up. It’s nice to bring all of the cancer survivors and the care-givers together to enjoy a nice night.” Entertainment for the night was a variety of songs performed by the Jefferson Show Choir, directed by Tammy Wirth. The audi-ence members were invited to sing along with the well-known songs, which includedAretha Franklin’s “Respect” and “We’re Doing a Show.”
Council approvesroadwork by AllenCounty engineers
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — On emer-gency measure, city councilapproved two pieces of leg-islation Monday to contractwith the Allen County engi-neers for tarring and chippingand paint-striping variousstreets.The first ordinanceapproves tarring and chippingof Jefferson Street in StadiumPark; Eighth Street from ElmStreet to Moening Street;Jackson Street from PierceStreet east to the dead end;Third Street from JeffersonStreet to State Street; andFirst Street from Pierce Streetto Franklin Street.The project cost is$32,000.The second ordinanceapproves painting and strip-ing South Main Street fromSuthoff Street to Clime Street;Elida road from Fifth Streetto the city limits; State Streetfrom North Street to the creek
on SR 697; Third Street from
Clay Street to WashingtonStreet; Fourth and First streetsfrom Main Street to PierceStreet; Canal Street fromFirst Street to North Street;
Fifth Street from Elida Roadto Lehman Road; Second
Street from Douglas Streetto Jefferson Street; JeffersonStreet from Second Street toThird Street; Clay Street fromSecond Street to Third Street;and Pierce Street from therailroad tracks to Fifth Street.The cost of the project is$3,000.Council also approved 37amendments to the city’s traf-fic code to bring it in line withcurrent state law.Several groups approachedcouncil requesting street clo-sures and city assistance.The Delphos VeteransCouncil requested MainStreet be closed from Secondto Fifth streets from 10:45-11a.m. on May 28 for the annualMemorial Day Parade. Theparade steps off in front of theSafety Service Building onEast Second Street and endsat Veterans Memorial Park atMain and Fifth streets.The Delphos Fire Assoc.will host the 138th NorthwestOhio Volunteer FirefighterAssoc. Convention set June15-16. It has requested sev-eral street closures for eventsfrom 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.on June 15, including MainStreet between the railroadtracks and Fifth Street; ThirdStreet between Main Street
and the alley; and SR 66 traf 
-fic re-routed as is done forthe annual Canal Days fes-tival. Closures from noon to5 p.m. for June 16 includeSecond Street between Stateand Main streets; Main Streetbetween Second and 10thstreets; no parking on thenorth side of First Street from
State to Main streets; and SR
66 traffic re-routed as is donefor Canal Days.The Delphos KiwanisClub requested North Streetfrom Canal Street to Jeffersonstreet be closed for the annualFourth of July celebration atStadium Park.
Representatives of the
Nathan Miller BaseballTournament requested assis-tance with umpire fees forthe tournament. The city hasdone this in the past. Thetournament raises funds forscholarships for students atboth local schools.All were approved.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist informedcouncil he has requestedincome tax information todetermine how the I&KDistributing closure willaffect the city. Berquist saidhe did not request any par-ticular person’s tax informa-tion — only an aggregate of what the city will lose.“We shouldn’t really seeany effects throughout thisyear but next year may bea different story,” Berquistsaid.Berquist said the facilityhas 124 employees and it isstill unsure how many will beoffered other positions withLipari Foods, which recentlypurchased I&K.
Patrol focuses on motorcycle safety
COLUMBUS — May isNational Motorcycle SafetyAwareness Month and thePatrol would like to remindmotorists that there will bean increase in motorcycles onthe roadways with the warmerweather and to remind motor-cyclists to ride trained and toride sober.From 2009-11, motorcy-cle-involved crashes resultedin a total of 503 fatalities andover 11,400 injuries in thestate of Ohio. In 2011 alone,there were 167 motorcycle-related fatalities. Of the 167fatalities, the motorcyclistwas at fault 70 percent of thetime.Taking a training classand riding with properendorsements as a motor-cycle rider can help protectyourself and others frominjury or even death. Out of the 7,920 citations the Patrolhanded out to motorcyclistsin 2009-11, 20 percent werefor operating a motorcyclewithout a proper license orendorsement. As a rider,simple things like ensuringyou have a valid motorcy-cle endorsement, receivingquality motorcycle trainingand wearing proper safetyequipment can be key ele-ments in staying safe.
Riding sober is also very
important. Last year, 49percent of the fatal motor-cycle crashes involved animpaired motorcyclist, anincrease of 10 percent from2010. Of course, motorcy-cle safety is not solely theresponsibility of motorcy-clists. Motor vehicle driv-ers share in this importanteffort by being aware of motorcyclists.There are some importantsteps to become more awareof motorcyclists:
A motorcycle is a motor
vehicle with all of the privi-leges of any vehicle on theroadway.
• Give motorcyclists a full
lane of travel.
• Look for motorcyclists
on the highway, at intersec-tions and any time you arechanging lanes.
• Allow plenty of space in
front of the vehicle you aredriving and do not follow amotorcycle too closely.
Nancy Spencer photo
Pre-sale season tickets for the Delphos Municipal SwimmingPool are now available at the Municipal Building at 608 N.Canal St. during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.through May 25. On May 26, 27 and 28, they will be sold atthe pool during pool hours when weather permits.
Presale prices are: Regular prices effetive May 29:
Single $60 Single $80Family $170 Family $195Over 55 $50 Over 55 $70Applications can be obtained at the Municipal Building oron the city’s web site, cityofdelphos.com. Applications canbe mailed in but have to be received no later than May 24 inorder to get the pre-sale rates. The city is not responsible forany applications that are not received.To purchase a family pass, applicants must bring or attacha copy of their 2011 federal income tax form to show proof of dependents. Checks are to be made payable to “City of Delphos.”The pool season is May 26 (Memorial Day weekend) thruAug. 22. Pool hours are from noon to 8 p.m. The opening isdependent on air temperature (>70 degrees), water temperature(>67 degrees) and weather conditions.General Admission $5
Reissued passes
 
$5
Swimming lessons $40 a sessionPool parties $125Evening Swim (6 p.m. to close) $2There are no refunds/rain passes.Children age 2 and under are admitted free and LittleSwimmers are required for children who are not toilet trained.
City of Delphos Administrative Assistant Sherryl Georgesells tickets to Bob Thitoff on Monday as Edy Carder waitsher turn.
Photo submitted
Student council donates to Community Unity
The St. John’s High School Student Council recently donated $500 to theCommunity Unity Project. That money will provide the food for the month of July — approximately 100 boxes — for local residents in need. Delphos Mayor andCommunity Unity Food On Us Co-Chairs Michael Gallmeier, left, and Bob Ulm, second from right, and Community Unity co-founder the Rev. David Howell, right, accept the donation from Student Council President Andrew Etgen.TODAY
BASEBALLDIVISION IVAt Crestview: (UpperBracket) Lincolnview vs.No. 1 Crestview, 5 p.m.(winner to ColdwaterDistrict May 16)
SOFTBALL
DIVISION IVAt Lincolnview
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(LowerBracket) Jefferson vs. No.1 Crestview, 5 p.m. (winnerto Elida District May 15)At Miller City: (LowerBracket) ColumbusGrove vs. No. 2 PatrickHenry, 5 p.m. (winner toElida District May 15)Track and Field: WBLmeet at Wapak, 4:30 p.m.
THURSDAY
BASEBALLDIVISION IV: AtColumbus Grove:
 
(LowerBracket) Miller City vs. No.2 seed Kalida, 5 p.m. (win-ner to Elida District May 16)DIVISION IIIAt Shawnee: Jefferson vs.Coldwater, 5 p.m. (winnerto UNOH District May 17)Track and Field(4:30 p.m.): NWCmeet at Crestview.Tennis: Districts atPort Clinton, TBA
Crisis threatens Europe’s way of life
The Associated Press
Elections in France andGreece reflect the anger and dis-illusionment coming to the sur-face across Europe as a celebrat-ed way of life that people havelong enjoyed — and even takenfor granted — comes underpressure in these times of crisis.Though the situation varies fromnorth to south, Europe is under-going profound change — fromits sophisticated lifestyle to itscherished welfare benefits anda sense among many Europeansof being the world’s elite.These are some of the waysyou can see Europe grapplingwith change:
— THE WELFARE
STATE: Six-week paid vaca-
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60’s. Generous benefits forthe sick and unemployed. Thecradle-to-grave welfare systemthat was a pillar of Europeanlife for decades is being scaledback from one austerity pack-
age to another. Retirement ages
are being raised past 65 in manycountries. The Swedish primeminister even toyed with theidea of making people workuntil 75. Europeans are not aboutto give up on their fabled socialmodel, but they can expect aslimmed-down version in thefuture. “I don’t think the socialwelfare system is being dis-
mantled,” says Rebecca Adler-
Nissen, assistant professor atthe University of Copenhagen’sCenter for European Politics.“It’s more about what we canafford in the future.”— LIFESTYLE: Bon-vivantsor loafers? When it comes towork-life balance, Europeanseither got it totally right or losttheir minds completely, depend-ing on whom you ask. But eco-nomic realities are now forcingthe most stressed countries toquestion some deeply ingrainedhabits. Long lunches are onthe wane across the continent.Spain is considering a changethat takes aim at the habit of employees turning up for workand immediately going down to
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BITUARYTHANK YOU
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ODAYIN HISTORY
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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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 246
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 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 $1.48per 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
High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 70 degrees,low was 55. High a year agotoday was 71, low was 45.Record high for today is 87,set in 1993. Record low is 27,set in 1945.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Mostly cloudywith scattered rain showersand isolated storms in the eve-ning then partly cloudy aftermidnight. Lows in the lower40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15mph. Chance of precipitation30 percent.
THURSDAY
: Sunny.Highs in the mid 60s.Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly clear. Lows in the mid40s. West winds up to 10mph.
FRIDAY
: Sunny. Highs inthe lower 70s. West winds upto 5 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT
: Mostlyclear. Lows around 50.
SATURDAY
: Mostlysunny. Highs in the mid 70s.
SATURDAY NIGHT-MONDAY
: Mostly cloudy.Lows in the lower 50s. Highsaround 70.
MONDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s.Cynthia S. Warnecke, 53,formerly of Spencerville, diedat 12:25 a.m. today at IndianaUniversity Medical Center,Indianapolis.Funeral arrangementsare incomplete at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home,Spencerville.
In the police reports pub-lished in Monday’s Herald, Kevin Frasl was chargedwith obstructing officialbusiness, not disorderly con-duct.
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Trial delayed for officials
from hot dog shop
TOLEDO (AP) — Atrial has been delayed fortwo company officialsaccused of stealing thou-sands of dollars from anOhio hot dog eatery madefamous on the TV series“M-A-S-H.”The pair charged withstealing from Tony Packo’sInc. were a company con-troller and the founder’sgrandson, Tony Packo III.They have pleaded notguilty.A judge rescheduledtheir trial during a pretrialhearing Tuesday in Toledo.Court records show thedate was pushed backfrom June 18 to August 13because of a conflict withthe court’s schedule.Actor Jamie Farr madeTony Packo’s famous inthe 1970s when he por-trayed a homesick U.S.soldier in the Korean Warwho longed for the eat-ery’s hot dogs.The restaurant chainwas sold this year after ayearlong family feud overownership.
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the closest coffee shop for ahalf-hour or more breakfast.Another sacred cow beingtargeted is the habit of mak-ing a long weekend out of it when a holiday falls on aThursday, by taking off theFriday as well. In Ireland,the crisis has had an impacton legendary pub traditions.The Irish increasingly social-ize at home, avoiding pubswhere beer and other drinkprices are several times high-er than what’s offered bythe German discount super-markets now proliferating inIreland.— POLITICALEXTREMES: The NationalFront in France. GoldenDawn in Greece. TheFreedom Party of theNetherlands. The TrueFinns. Across WesternEurope, and in parts of theEast, the far-right is on themarch. Europe has deep tra-ditions of tolerance and plu-ralism with roots in the 18thcentury Enlightenment. ButEuropean history also offersthe most extreme examplesof racist nationalism. Whileoutright Nazis are a tinyminority in Europe today, theeconomic crisis has fueledforces on the right opposedto immigrants and the veryidea of European integra-tion. On the other end of thespectrum, left-wing partieswho see the European Unionas a capitalist superstate sup-pressing the working classeshave made gains in France,Spain, Greece and Denmark,among other countries.— EUROPE IN THEWORLD: The world stilladmires French art, Italianfood and Spanish soccer. Butin the global economy, slug-gish Europe is looking lessattractive when compared tofast-growing emerging econ-omies such as China, Indiaand Brazil. That’s a blowto the ego of a continentaccustomed to seeing itself as having a central placein history. The EuropeanUnion’s seemingly endlessdebt crisis has seriouslydamaged confidence in itscommon currency project.Bickering between nationshas also tarnished Europe’sself-image as a role modelof how nations can cometogether to build peace andprosperity.— CULTURE ANDARTS: Don’t worry, thedebt crisis isn’t going to shutdown the Louvre in Parisor the Vienna State OperaHouse. Culture will playa central role in Europeanlife for the foreseeablefuture. But how much of itshould be financed by thegovernment? That’s a ques-tion being asked in manyEuropean capitals as bud-gets are being tightened. Aspart of its austerity drive,Spain’s new conservativegovernment has eliminatedthe Culture Ministry as aself-standing institution,merging it with educationand sports. A program tosubsidize Spanish cinema— which made a namefor itself around the worldwith Oscar-winning direc-tors such Pedro Almodovar— has been scrapped. InSweden, the government hasdecided to gradually disman-tle a subsidy program thatprovided lifelong incomeguarantees for artists seenas particularly important toSwedish culture.OTTAWA — After 21years in prison, KennethRichey will now spendanother three years behindbars.Richey, 47, now of Tupelo, Miss., was sen-tenced today in PutnamCounty Common PleasCourt on a felony countof retaliation for phon-ing in a threat to JudgeRandall Basinger on NewYear’s Eve.Judge Basinger was anassistant county prosecu-tor in 1986 when Richeywas charged with settinga fire that killed a 2-year-old girl in ColumbusGrove. The convictionand death sentence wereoverturned in 2007 bya federal appeals court,which cited question-able arson evidence. Aplea agreement in PutnamCounty led to Richey’srelease from prison inJanuary 2008.Visiting Judge DaleCrawford handed down thesentence in a courtroomfilled with eight friendsand family of Richey.Richey was led into thecourt room in handcuffswearing green and grayprison stripes. He saidhis threat against JudgeBasinger was a drunkenprank and apologized.Richey had pleadedguilty to retaliation, athird-degree felony.Judge Basinger made avictim statement in whichhe called Richey a threatto the public who needsto be incarcerated to themaximum sentence.“The defendant is a socio-pathic felon who has maderepeated death threats tome and others in attemptsto avoid prosecution,” the judge said.
Richey to spend 3 years in prisonfor threats to Putnam County judge
Ken Richey appears in PutnamCounty Court in Ottawa in Aprilwhen he pleaded guilty to threaten-ing a judge. (TB file photo)
Crisis
VERMILION (AP) —Police in northern Ohio saya woman on a riding lawnmower accidentally ran overher 4-year-old daughter, criti-cally injuring the girl.The accident happenedMonday at a home inVermilion, a small city westof Cleveland along Lake Erie.Vermilion police say the girlapparently was playing witha toy and got near the mowerwithout being spotted by hermother, who backed up thevehicle.Sgt. Jeff Chandler tellsThe Morning Journal innearby Lorain that the girlwas knocked over and herfeet became caught underthe mower blades. She wasflown to a children’s hospitalin Cleveland in critical condi-tion.No update on her condi-tion was available Tuesdaymorning.
Mom riding moweraccidentally runs over girl, 4
The Landeck CommunityCommittee thanks everyonewho helped make the porkchop dinner very successful.Those who purchased ticketsand those who worked at themeal site were greatly appre-ciated.The proceeds are being usedto help purchase equipment forthe Landeck Community play-ground. Monetary donationswill gratefully be accepted.Send a check to the LandeckCommunity Playground at5423 N. Kill Road, Delphos.
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Today is Wednesday, May9, the 130th day of 2012. Thereare 236 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On May 9, 1712, theCarolina Colony was officiallydivided into two entities: NorthCarolina and South Carolina.
On this date:
In 1754, a cartoonin Benjamin Franklin’sPennsylvania Gazette showeda snake cut in pieces, with eachpart representing an Americancolony; the caption read,“JOIN, or DIE.”In 1883, Spanish philoso-pher Jose Ortega y Gasset wasborn in Madrid.In 1936, Italy annexedEthiopia.In 1945, U.S. officialsannounced that a midnightentertainment curfew wasbeing lifted immediately.In 1951, the U.S. conductedits first thermonuclear experi-ment as part of OperationGreenhouse by detonat-ing a 225-kiloton device onEnewetak Atoll in the Pacificnicknamed “George.”In 1961, in a speech tothe National Associationof Broadcasters, FederalCommunications CommissionChairman Newton N. Minowdecried the majority of televi-sion programming as a “vastwasteland.”In 1962, scientists at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded inreflecting a laser beam off thesurface of the moon. Italianmovie director Federico Fellinibegan filming “8 1/2,” his arthouse classic about a moviedirector struggling to make amovie.
 
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Repeal of contentious election law heads to Kasich
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Acontentious new electionlaw was on track to beingrepealed in the presidentialbattleground state of Ohioafter a bill to rescind the lawcleared the Legislature onTuesday, amid Democraticaccusations that Republicanswere thwarting the chancefor voters to weigh in on theissue this fall.GOP Gov. John Kasich isexpected to sign the repealbill.The overhaul law has beenon hold since September.That’s when the FairElections Ohio campaign hadgathered more than 300,000signatures from Ohioans toget a referendum on Nov. 6ballots to ask voters whetherthey wanted to repeal it.“Why not let the vot-ers vote?” state Rep. MattLundy, an Elyria Democrat,asked his Republican col-leagues. “This is a very badidea.”House Speaker WilliamBatchelder and others havesaid there is no precedent fora legislative repeal of a billthat also is the subject of areferendum, so it’s unclearhow a court might rule if alegal challenge is filed.The state’s top electionsofficial said with the law’srepeal, there’s no longer aquestion to be placed beforevoters.“Today’s action by thelegislature means that Ohio’selection law is no longerin limbo and the potentialfor unnecessary voter con-fusion has been eliminat-ed,” Secretary of State JonHusted, a Republican, saidin a written statement.The Republican-controlled House passed themeasure on a 54-42 voteTuesday, sending it to Kasich.Three House Republicans joined Democrats in oppos-ing the bill. The GOP-dominated Senate approvedthe legislation on a party-line vote in March.Among other changes, theoverhaul law trims the swingstate’s in-person early votingwindow from 35 days beforeElection Day to 17 days, andthe period for absentee vot-ing by mail from 35 days to21. It also cuts off in-personearly voting on the Fridayevening before ElectionDay.Supporters of the repealmeasure contend it wouldhave same effect as votersopting to toss out the lawthis fall. They say repealingthe bill and getting rid of the referendum would alsosave taxpayers almost $1million.But the repeal bill alsowould reaffirm a technicalchange made last year ina separate bill that resultedin early voting ending onthe weekend before the elec-tion.Before the overhaul andsubsequent technical change,local boards of election hadthe discretion to set their ownearly, in-person voting hourson the days before ElectionDay. In-person voting on theweekend varied among thestate’s 88 counties.Democrats and FairElections Ohio want thethree final days of in-personvoting restored. Otherwise,they say the bill is not a“clean” repeal and wouldnot effectively give vot-ers the same voting optionsthey had before the overhaulbill’s passage.Batchelder, a MedinaRepublican and a formerappeals court judge, toldreporters he believed the billwas a true repeal of the law.Rep. Lou Blessing, aCincinnati Republican, saidlocal election officials askedthe Legislature to end earlyvoting on the Friday eveningbefore Election Day, so theyhad time to prepare for theelection.“That’s going to be thelaw no matter what wedo with (the overhaul),”Blessing said.House leaders had delayeda vote on the repeal billfor almost two weeks in aneffort to try to strike a com-promise with opponents of the law, but none had beenreached by Tuesday.Jennifer Brunner, aleader in the Fair ElectionsOhio campaign and a for-mer Democratic secretaryof state, said the referen-dum has been certified forthe ballot and the groupintends to continue withits campaign to repeal thelaw.“The leadership of thisLegislature can’t seem to getit through their heads thatthey can’t affect the pro-cess,” Brunner said.Voters last fall over-whelmingly rejected aRepublican-backed collec-tive bargaining law.Passage of the repealbill came after a politicallycharged debate in the Housethat reflected the high stakesnature of a presidential elec-tion year.No Republican presiden-tial nominee has reachedthe White House withoutcarrying the swing state.President Barack Obamawon Ohio in 2008, after thestate went for George W.Bush in 2004.Obama’s re-electioncampaign had worked withopponents to challenge theoverhaul law.Should the repeal ques-tion remain on the ballot,Blessing said a vote for itwould be similar to one fora deceased candidate whosename was still on the ballot.“That’s what’s happeningto this bill,” Blessing said.“It’s dying.”Rep. Vernon Sykes, anAkron Democrat, said therepeal was unfair to thosewho want to weigh in on theissue.“We are taking it awayfrom the people,” Sykessaid. “They have spoken.They would like to have anopportunity to make a deci-sion.”Voter advocates, includ-ing the League of WomenVoters in Ohio, have urgedstate lawmakers not to makeany changes to Ohio’s elec-tion law before November,including repealing the newlaw.
Ohio soldiers
remains identified,
6 decades later
HAMILTON (AP) — Theremains of a southwest Ohiosoldier who went missing dur-ing the Korean War have beenidentified more than 60 yearslater and will be buried thisweek with full military honors.The military says 24-year-old Cpl. Clyde Anderson of Hamilton was part of a combatteam that came under attackin 1950. He was later listed asmissing in action.In the early 1990s, NorthKorea returned more than 200boxes of what were believedto be the remains of hundredsof U.S. military members.DNA tests helped confirmthat Anderson’s remains wereamong them.His burial is plannedSaturday in Blanchester.
Toxic algaegrowing earlier
COLUMBUS (AP) —Tests indicate the blue-greenalgae growth that has plagueda western Ohio lake appearedabout two months earlier thisyear than last year.Toxic algae blooms inrecent years have hurt tourismnear Grand Lake St. Marys.The Columbus Dispatchreports tests show the algaemay have started growing inearly March this year. Lastyear, it appeared in late May.Milt Miller of the GrandLake St. Marys RestorationCommission blames unusu-ally warm weather in March,when temperatures topped 80degrees.Officials have used a chem-ical treatment at the lake to tryto block algae from feeding onphosphorus, which spurs thegrowths.
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