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30, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Man suffering from ALS aims tofind cure, p3Spurs take 2-0 lead, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 9TV 10World News 11
Cloudy andcool Thursdaywith high inupper 60sand 30 per-cent chanceof afternoon show-ers. See page 2.
New Ohio casino makes debut
By JOHN SEEWERThe Associated Press
TOLEDO — Developersof Ohio’s newest casino thinkthey’ll do just fine competingfor gamblers with Detroit’sthree casinos, even withoutthe spas, hotels and big-nameconcerts found just up theroad.Whether they’re successfulmight come down to the littlethings like a prohibition onsmoking on the casino floor,or the free garage parking.The Hollywood Casinoin Toledo made its debutTuesday, drawing manypeople who for years havefrequented the casinos justan hour drive to the northin Detroit. “I’m done goingthere,” said Jaycee Riley, of West Unity.“I can’t believe how niceit is. It’s better than someof the casinos in Vegas. Idoubt I’ll be going thereanymore too,” she saidwhile waiting with most of the casino’s first custom-ers in a long line to join itsrewards program.The $320 million casinodesigned to look like a grandArt Deco movie house has asingle floor devoted to slotmachines, table games andrestaurants. It sits right alongInterstate 75 just south of downtown Toledo. Casinooperators think the ease of getting in and out along withthe free parking will be amajor draw.The lack of a hotelshouldn’t hurt businessbecause most customerswill be traveling less than ahalf-hour, said Peter Carlino,chairman and chief executiveof Penn National Gaming Inc.“This is a big-time facility byany measure,” he said.Penn National, basedin Wyomissing, Pa., has27 casinos nationwide. It’salso constructing a casino inColumbus that is expected toopen in the fall.Ohio’s first casinoopened just two weeks agoto big crowds in downtownCleveland. Another casino isbeing built in Cincinnati.All four casinos will drawaway Ohio gamblers who’vebeen spending an estimated$1 billion each year to wagerin neighboring states. Gaminganalysts think Detroit’s casi-nos could lose up to 5 percentof their revenues.On Tuesday, executivesfrom Penn National, localpoliticians and even Toledonative Jamie Farr, whoplayed cross-dressing Cpl.Max Klinger on the TV series“M.A.S.H.,” officially openedthe casino as dealers, host-esses and a pair of showgirlscheered.The casino then opened tothe public about two hoursearlier than expected. Mostpeople headed to the slotmachines, leaving the pokerand blackjack tables empty, atleast in the first few moments.By mid-afternoon, the casi-no’s parking garage wasfull and visitors were beingdirected to overflow lots.Perhaps the biggest differ-ence between the casino inToledo and the ones in Detroitis smoking. It’s banned inOhio’s gambling halls, butnot in Detroit.Jake Miklojcik, a gamingindustry analyst in Michigan,thinks the smoking issue willplay to Detroit’s advantageand might lessen the amountof business it stands to loseto Ohio.Carlino, who was on handfor the opening in Toledo,said the absence of smokingwill have an impact but thereis little the company can doabout that.Among those who werefirst inside the casino onTuesday, the lack of smokeseemed to be welcome.“I love it,” said TerraTeague, of Detroit. “I can’tstand that cigarette smoke.”Audrey Johnson, also of Detroit, said she didn’t knowabout the smoking ban beforewalking into the casino.“I’ll probably come here alot more often knowing that,”she said.Still, whether she skips thecasinos in her hometown forthe new one in Ohio willcome down to what everygambler care about most.“It depends on how thewinnings are,” she said.
Stacy Taff photo
When Jodi Osburn cleans houses, she washes windowsif clients require it.BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
ELIDA — With the fast-paced lives most Americanslive, juggling jobs, commit-ments and family obligations,sometimes it’s hard to mus-ter the energy for a thoroughhousecleaning. At times likethis, a welcome solution maybe hiring someone else todo it.For multiple households inthe Delphos area, that some-one is Jodi Osburn. Osburnsays she got started in thecleaning business when afriend needed a partner.“My friend started clean-ing houses a long time agoand she did it with anothergirl who ended up quitting 13years ago,” she said. “So myfriend asked me if I wantedto do it and I said yes. Whatwe do is just basic cleaning,dusting, vacuuming, sweep,mop, wipe down cabinets,tubs, sinks and toilets. Wedon’t usually wash windows.Sometimes we do, if the cli-ent asks for it. With the twoof us, it takes about two hoursto complete a cleaning job.”Since they can’t be expect-ed to know where all of a cli-ent’s belongings go, Osburnsays it’s a judgement call onwhether they work around orthrough a mess.“We don’t usually pickthings up and put them awayor do dishes,” she said. “If theydon’t have a lot of dishes, wemay do them; or if they have adish washer, it’s pretty easy forus to just stick them in there.”Since Osburn and her part-ner work freelance, their cli-entele grows by recommen-dation.“We usually just give peo-ple our numbers if they’reinterested,” she said. “Mostof it is word of mouth. Rightnow, we have eight homes weclean. We do five one weekand then three the next week,so each home is cleaned everytwo weeks. We used to have16 clients but over the years,people have passed away ormoved into nursing homes orbeen laid off their jobs.”Osburn, who also cleansthe Delphos Post Office, saysthere isn’t much she dislikesabout her job.“Toilets can be disgust-ing, of course, but other thanthat there’s really nothingdifficult about it,” she said.“Occasionally some funnythings happen, especially withvacuum cleaners. One time,the front blew off a sweeperand it sounded like a gunshot,so I hit the ground.”Osburn enjoys working intandem.“It’s nice working withsomeone else, too. You havesomeone to talk to and ittakes half the time. I really just enjoy the whole thing.There’s no boss, no drama orpressure and you get to workat your own pace,” she said.Osburn lives in rural Elidawith her husband, Robert,and their dogs, Thor and Nig.They have three grown chil-dren: Misty Brooks, StevenOsburn and Amanda Osburn;and three grandchildren.
Osburn makes a job outof ‘cleaning house’
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Library to hostZumba class
The Delphos PublicLibrary is hosting a ZumbaClass at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Call the library at 419-695-4015 and register for thisfun, exciting and free pro-gram led by Angie Bonifas.Wear comfortable cloth-ing and tennis shoes.
The Meadowsof Kalida to hostcommunity picnic
The staff and residentsat The Meadows of Kalidainvite the community toenjoy a free picnic at thehealth campus from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10.The event promisesgood food, games, doorprizes and entertainmentby Country Gentlemen.
Knothole starts Monday
Summer Rec DirectorChris Mercer announced theBoys Knothole League beginsMonday with a meeting at9 a.m. at Stadium Park; thegirls begin 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Jennings cancelsIMPACT testing
According to FortJennings AD Todd Hoehn,Thursday’s IMPACT testinghas been postponed until July25 for all athletes in grades9-12: Freshman - 8:30 a.m.;Sophomores- 9:45 a.m.;Juniors - 11 a.m.; and Seniors- 12:15 p.m. For info, call theoffice at (419) 286-2238.
DJ, SJ still accept-ing aps for camps
Jefferson head boysbasketball coach MarcSmith and St. John’s AaronElwer are accepting appli-cations for their respec-tive camps until Friday.Jefferson’s is set for 3-5p.m. June 5-7 at JeffersonMS. Forms are avail-able at Franklin, Landeckand the middle school.
St. John’s are set forJune 11-14: the boys from8:30-11:30 a.m. and the girls12:30-3 p.m. Forms are avail-able at the school offices.
The Delphos Eagles Auxiliary 471 presented a check for $500 to the Delphos SeniorCitizen Center to be used for the transportation program. Participating in the checkpresentation are, front from left, Lola Stechschulte, Rita Nesbitt, Marge Koester, Alice Heidenescher and Rita French; center, Pat Patton, Mary Thitoff, CatharineGerdemann, Eagles Auxiliary President Doris Keller and Delphos Senior CitizensCenter Director Joyce Hale; and back, Tami Gehr, Betty Elsea and Shirley Jarman.
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Judges sentence warlordCharles Taylor to 50 years
By MIKE CORDERThe Associated Press
LEIDSCHENDAM,Netherlands — International judges sentenced formerLiberian President CharlesTaylor to 50 years in prisontoday, saying he was respon-sible for “some of the mostheinous and brutal crimesrecorded in human history”by arming and supportingSierra Leone rebels in returnfor “blood diamonds.”The 64-year-old warlord-turned-president is the firstformer head of state convict-ed by an international warcrimes court since World WarII and judges said they had noprecedent when deciding hissentence.Taylor will serve his sen-tence in a British jail. Hislawyers, however, said theywill appeal his convictionsand that will likely keephim in a jail in The Hague,Netherlands, for months.Prosecutor Brenda Hollisalso said she was consideringan appeal.“It is important in ourview that those responsiblefor criminal misconduct ona massive scale are not givena volume discount,” Hollissaid.The Special Court forSierra Leone convicted Taylorlast month on 11 charges of aiding and abetting the rebelswho went on a brutal rampageduring that country’s decade-long war that ended in 2002with more than 50,000 dead.At a small protest outsidethe court, one man held upa hand-written placard pro-claiming: “Blood diamondsare not forever. They come ata cost Taylor.”Taylor showed no emotionas he stood while Lussickhanded down what was effec-tively a life sentence.“The lives of many moreinnocent civilians in SierraLeone were lost or destroyedas a direct result of hisactions,” Presiding JudgeRichard Lussick said.Prosecutors had asked foran 80-year sentence; Taylor’slawyers urged judges to handdown a sentence that offeredhim some hope of releasebefore he dies.Hollis said the sentencewould only provide a mea-sure of closure for victims of one of Africa’s most savageconflicts.“The sentence that wasimposed today does notreplace amputated limbs. Itdoes not bring back thosewho were murdered,” shesaid. “It does not heal thewounds of those who werevictims of sexual violenceand does not remove the per-manent emotional and psy-chological and physical scarsof those enslaved or recruitedas child soldiers.”Lussick said an 80-yearsentence would have beenexcessive as Taylor was con-victed of aiding and abettingcrimes and not direct involve-ment.But the judge added thatTaylor was “in a class of his own” compared to oth-ers convicted by the UnitedNations-backed court.“The special status of Mr.Taylor as a head of state putshim in a different category of offenders for the purpose of sentencing,” Lussick said.Taylor’s lead attorney,Courtenay Griffiths, warnedthat the court’s refusal to takeinto account Taylor’s deci-sion to step down from powerfollowing his indictment in2003 when setting his sen-tence sent a worrying mes-sage against the backdrop of ongoing atrocities allegedlybeing committed by Syriangovernment forces.“What lesson does thatsend to President Assad?”Griffiths asked. “Maybe thelesson is: If you are a sittingleader and the internationalcommunity wants to get ridof you either you get mur-dered like Col. Gadhafi, oryou hang on until the bitterend. I’m not so sure that’s thesignal this court ought to betransmitting at this particularhistorical juncture.”At a sentencing hearingearlier this month, Taylorexpressed “deepest sympa-thy” for the suffering of vic-tims of atrocities in SierraLeone, but insisted he hadacted to help stabilize theWest Africa region andclaimed he never knowinglyassisted in the commission of crimes.“What I did...was donewith honor,” he said. “I wasconvinced that unless therewas peace in Sierra Leone,Liberia would not be able tomove forward.”Judges rejected that argu-ment, saying that while heposed as a peacemaker hewas covertly funning theflames of conflict by armingrebels in full knowledge they
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 261
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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,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
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Jola Lee Coplin, 79, of Van Wert, died at 4:58 a.m.Tuesday at Van Wert InpatientHospice CenterShe was born Nov. 2, 1932,in Lima to Ralph Milton andIlah Noami (Dickey) Craig,who preceded her in death.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Thursday at FirstPresbyterian Church, VanWert, the Rev. Hal Shafer offi-ciating. Immediately follow-ing the service, there will bea meal served by the church.Committal services will beheld at 2:30 p.m. Thursdayat Lost Creek Cemetery,Hicksville.Friends may call from10-11 a.m. Thursday at thechurch.Preferred memorials are tothe church.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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02-04-07-16-17-18-23-27-29-31-39-40-46-49-52-62-70-73-78-79High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 81 degrees,low was 66. Rainfall wasrecorded at .90 inch. High ayear ago today was 87, lowwas 70. Record high for todayis 94, set in 1986. Record lowis 36, set in 1947.
: Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 40s. Northwinds 10 to 15 mph.
: Partlycloudy in the morning. Thencloudy with a 30 percentchance of showers in theafternoon. Highs in the upper60s. Northeast winds 10 to 15mph.
 Showers. Lows in the lower50s. Northeast winds 10 to 20mph. Chance of precipitation80 percent.
: Cloudy with a50 percent chance of show-ers. Highs in the Lower 60s.Northwest winds 10 to 20mph.
: Mostlycloudy. A 30 percent chanceof showers overnight. Lowsaround 50.
: Partlycloudy with a 30 percentchance of showers. Highs inthe upper 60s.
:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s.Three individuals appearedTuesday in Van Wert CountyCommon Pleas Court:
Tom Karnehm Jr, 
56,Van Wert, changed his pleato guilty on two counts of trafficking in Marijuana inthe vicinity of a school. Bothcounts are felonies of thefourth degree.The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation andcontinued the case for sen-tencing on July 11.
Kyle Caldwell, 
32, VanWert, was sentenced on hisplea of guilty to trespass ina habitation, a felony four.He was sentenced to threeyears community control, 30days in jail, 90 days of elec-tronic monitored house arrestif he qualifies, if not, then 90days jail, 200 hours commu-nity service, substance abuseassessment and treatment,two years intensive probation,court costs and had 18 monthsin prison deferred pendingsuccessful completion of hiscommunity control.
David Pratt, 
33, VanWert, was sentenced after hisplea of guilty to possessionof heroin, a felony five. Hewas sentenced to three yearscommunity control, 180 days jail, additional 30 days jail,200 hours community ser-vice, substance abuse assess-ment and treatment, two yearsintensive probation, driver’slicense suspended six months,pay attorney fees and courtcosts and had 9 months inprison deferred pending suc-cessful completion of hiscommunity control.Corn: $5.85Wheat: $6.57Beans: $13.68
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Guitar picking master DocWatson dies in NC at 89
First lady: Daughters need thick skin in politics
By MARTHAWAGGONERThe Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — DocWatson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musicianwhose mountain-rooted soundwas embraced by generationsand whose lightning-fast styleof flatpicking influenced gui-tarists around the world, diedTuesday at a North Carolinahospital, according to a hospi-tal spokeswoman and his man-ager. He was 89.Watson died at Wake ForestBaptist Medical Center inWinston-Salem, where he washospitalized recently after fall-ing at his home in Deep Gap,in the Blue Ridge Mountains.He underwent abdominal sur-gery while in the hospital andhad been in critical conditionfor several days.Arthel “Doc” Watson’smastery of flatpicking helpedmake the case for the guitar asa lead instrument in the 1950sand 1960s, when it was oftenconsidered a backup for themandolin, fiddle or banjo. Hisfast playing could intimidateother musicians, even his owngrandson, who performed withhim.Richard Watson said ina 2000 interview with TheAssociated Press that hisgrandfather’s playing had ahumbling effect on other musi-cians.“Everybody that’s pickedwith you says you intimidatethem, and that includes someof the best,” Richard Watsontold him.The ever-humble DocWatson found it hard tobelieve.Country and bluegrass sing-er Ricky Skaggs said Tuesdayevening, “An old ancient war-rior has gone home.”“He prepared all of us tocarry this on,” Skaggs added.“He knew he wouldn’t lastforever. He did his best to carrythe old mountain sounds to thisgeneration.”Doc Watson was bornMarch 3, 1923, in Deep Gap,about 100 miles northwestof Charlotte. He lost his eye-sight by the age of 1 when hedeveloped an eye infection thatwas worsened by a congeni-tal vascular disorder, accord-ing to a website for Merlefest,the annual musical gatheringnamed for his late son Merle.He came from a musicalfamily. His father was activein the church choir and playedbanjo and his mother sangsecular and religious songs,according to a statement fromFolklore Productions, his man-agement company since 1964.Doc Watson’s father gavehim a harmonica as a youngchild, and by 5 he was play-ing the banjo, according to theMerlefest website. He learneda few guitar chords whileattending the North CarolinaMorehead School for the Blindin Raleigh, and his fatherhelped him buy a Stella guitarfor $12.“My real interest in musicwas the old 78 records andthe sound of the music,” DocWatson is quoted as sayingon the website. “I loved it andbegan to realize that one of the main sounds on those oldrecords I loved was the gui-tar.”The wavy-haired Watsongot his musical start in 1953,playing electric lead guitar ina country-and-western swingband. His road to fame beganin 1960 when Ralph Rinzler,a musician who also man-aged Bill Monroe, discoveredWatson in North Carolina. Thatled Watson to the NewportFolk Festival in 1963 and hisfirst recording contract a yearlater. He went on to record 60albums, and wowed fans rang-ing from ‘60s hippies to fansof traditional country and folkmusic.According to theEncyclopedia of CountryMusic, Watson took his nick-name at age 19 when some-one couldn’t pronounce hisname and a girl in the audienceshouted “Call him Doc!”Seven of his albums wonGrammy awards; his eighthGrammy was a lifetimeachievement award in 2004.He also received the NationalMedal of the Arts fromPresident Bill Clinton in 1997.
By NANCY BENACThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON —Michelle Obama says herdaughters are learning thateven the kids of politicianshave to have a thick skin.“Politics is tough,” the firstlady said Tuesday. “That’s just sort of the nature of thebeast.”But she said daughtersSasha and Malia, at ages 10and 13, also know that nomatter what happens in theNovember election, “theirlife is good either way.”Mrs. Obama chatted aboutfamily life, this year’s re-election campaign and what’snot ahead for her — a careerin politics — during a roundof interviews promoting therelease of her new book onthe White House garden.As for the personal attacksthat swirl around her husbandin a campaign year, the firstlady said: “You just sort of have to have a thick skin inthis thing. And your kids dotoo.”Malia and Sasha “under-stand that their world is secureno matter what,” Mrs. Obamasaid on ABC’s “The View.”“They’ve grown to under-stand that home is whereverwe are. ... And Dad is alwaysgoing to be Dad. So they’regood.”The first lady left no doubton the question of a politicalfuture of her own.“Those are other people’srumors,” she said. “I haveno interest in politics. Neverhave. Never will.”She added: “The one thingthat is certain: I will serve. Iwill serve in some capacity.”Mrs. Obama said her workto support military fami-lies “is a forever proposi-tion. They will always need avoice out there.”Later, with Jon Stewartof “The Daily Show,” Mrs.Obama talked about the vir-tues of fresh veggies andwouldn’t bite at a Stewartsuggestion that she use herhigher poll ratings as a weap-on in any argument with herhusband.“I don’t wield it overhim,” she said. “One of thethings I’ve seen over the last3 1/2 years, I’ve seen what ittakes to be president. I kindof watch this thing prettyclosely. You know, the presi-dent is getting all the harddecisions, where there is noeasy answer.”During her media tour thefirst lady offered other tidbitsabout the Obama family, andher efforts to promote healthyeating and exercise:—The president isn’tmuch of a griller-in-chief.“He doesn’t mind grilling,but I was the griller in ourhousehold. ... I love to grillanything,” she said in aninterview airing Thursday on“Rachael Ray.”—She doesn’t have toworry about deer or otheranimals nibbling on plantsin the White House garden,thanks to “a big fence andmen with guns,” she saidon “The View.” There weresome pesky birds to contendwith, however.—Her effort to fight child-hood obesity “isn’t aboutgovernment telling peoplewhat to do,” she told ABC’s“Good Morning America.”It’s designed to give fami-lies information, support andresources to find their ownsolutions.The first lady’s gardeningbook, released Tuesday byCrown Publishers, is “AmericanGrown: The Story of the WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden andGardens Across America.”
“He preparedall of us to carrythis on. “He knewhe wouldn’t lastforever. He didhis best to carrythe old mountainsounds to thisgeneration.”
— Ricky Skaggs
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would likely use weapons tocommit terrible crimes.Prosecutors said therewas no reason for leniency,given the extreme nature of the crimes, Taylor’s “greed”and misuse of his position of power.“The purposely cruel andsavage crimes committedincluded public executionsand amputations of civilians,the display of decapitatedheads at checkpoints, thekilling and public disembow-elment of a civilian whoseintestines were then stretchedacross the road to make acheck point, public rapes of women and girls, and peopleburned alive in their homes,”prosecutor Brenda Holliswrote in a brief appealing forthe 80-year sentence.Taylor stepped down andfled into exile in Nigeria afterbeing indicted by the court in2003. He was finally arrestedand sent to the Netherlandsin 2006.While the Sierra Leonecourt is based in that coun-try’s capital, Freetown,Taylor’s trial is being stagedin Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague, for fear holding itin West Africa could destabi-lize the region.
Turkey expels diplomatsas Syria denounces protest
ANKARA, Turkey (AP)— Turkey and Japan expelledSyrian diplomats today, join-ing the U.S. and several othernations in protesting a week-end massacre of more than100 people in Syria, includingwomen and children.The move came as Syrianforces bombarded rebel-heldareas in the same provincewhere the Houla killingsoccurred, although no casual-ties were immediately report-ed, activists said.Survivors blamed pro-regime gunmen for at leastsome of the carnage in Houlaas the killings reverberatedinside Syria and beyond, fur-ther isolating President BasharAssad and embarrassing hisfew remaining allies. TheSyrian government denied itstroops were behind the kill-ings and blamed “armed ter-rorists.”The U.N.’s top humanrights body planned to holda special session Friday toaddress the massacre.Damascus had said it wouldconclude its own investigationinto the Houla deaths by todaybut it was not clear if the find-ings would be made public.The Houla killings prompt-ed Western nations to expelSyrian diplomats in a coordi-nated protest, with the UnitedStates, Britain, Canada,Australia, France, Germany,Italy, Spain and Bulgariaordering top Syrian diplomatsto leave on Tuesday.Syria’s state-run mediatoday denounced the diplo-matic expulsions, which beganTuesday with announcementsby the United States, Britain,Canada, Australia, France,Germany, Italy, Spain andBulgaria, as “unprecedentedhysteria.”Turkey, Syria’s neighborand a former close ally, joinedthe coordinated protest today.Turkey has been among themost outspoken critics of the Assad regime. It closedits embassy in Damascusin March and withdrew theambassador. Its consulate inAleppo remains open.The Foreign Ministry saidit ordered the Syrian charged’affaires and other diplo-mats at the Syrian embassy inAnkara to leave the countrywithin 72 hours. The consulatein Istanbul will remain openfor consular duties only.The Foreign Ministry saidit also reduced the number of its personnel in the consulatein Aleppo, Syria, today.Turkey’s Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdogan alsosaid new unspecified sanc-tions might be imposed againstSyria in the coming days. Theworld “cannot remain silent inthe face of such a situation,”he said.
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The Marion TownshipTrustees met Tuesday at theMarion Township Officewith the following memberspresent: Jerry Gilden, JosephYoungpeter and HowardViolet.The purpose of the meetingwas to pay bills and conductongoing business. The min-utes of the previous meet-ing were read and approvedas read. The trustees thenreviewed the bills and gaveapproval for 19 checks total-ing $18,318.31.Road Foreman Elwerreported the Road and SignInventory are completed forMay.The first round of mowinghas been completed.The crack sealing projectis scheduled for sometime inJuly or August.Police Chief Vermillionhad no report.Fiscal Officer Kimmetadvised the Trustees of esti-mate costs for the town-ship were received from theAuglaize River project.Trustee Youngpeterreceived a call regarding waterissues in Landeck and Elwerstated he already has calledthe county regarding this.There being no furtherbusiness, a motion to adjournby Trustee Youngpeter wasseconded by Trustee Violet,which passed unanimously.
Marion Township Trustees
Dates for livestock iden-tification and weigh ins havebeen announced.Sheep, Goat & DairyFeeder Weigh in will beSaturday at the Beef Barn onthe Fairgrounds. Exhibitorsshould enter off of Fox Roadand acquire their trailer num-ber so they can be tagged in atimely fashion. Once parked,exhibitors should wait untiltheir animals are identifiedbefore they cross the scales.Sheep and Goat exhibitorsmay directly enter the scalesas their identification is theirUSDA scrapies tag. Specieshave been divided by timeslots to assure that everyoneis tagged and weighed in atimely manner. Sheep willweigh from 7:30-8:15 a.m.;goats from 8:15-9 a.m.; anddairy feeders from 9:30-10:30a.m.Effective 2012, all hogexhibitors must transporttheir animals to the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds for iden-tification. Due to standardsin cross contamination andliability, Jr. Fair Board mem-bers are no longer permittedto travel from farm to farm toidentify animals. Exhibitorsshould enter in gate 4 entranceand will travel from the eastend of the Jr. Horse Buildingthrough to the west end to exitout gate 5. Exhibitors will berequired to bring their hogsone of the following dates:from 6-9 p.m. June 7; from 8a.m. to noon June 9; and from6-9 p.m. June 12.In order to minimize stress,assure animals are brought inat the coolest time available.Animals will stay on trailersto be tagged as efficiently aspossible.For more information,contact the OSU ExtensionOffice at 419-238-1214 or aclub/chapter leader.
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Ohio man with musculardisease aims to find cure
BY JULIE M. MCKINNONThe (Toledo) Blade
OAK HARBOR (AP) —Tim Brooks was a boy whenhis father died young.That was only the start.Years later, the Oak Harborresident lost two brotherswithin six months; one of electric shock while working,the other, like their father, inan auto accident. More recent-ly, his mother and anotherbrother died of Lou Gehrig’sdisease, which causes progres-sive muscle weakness, paraly-sis, and ultimately death. Itis more formally known asamyotrophic lateral sclerosis,or ALS.Now Mr. Brooks is liv-ing with ALS, which in hiscase has hindered his speechand swallowing to the pointthat most nourishment comesthrough a feeding tube.Still, he and his wife of nearly 34 years, Andrea, areenjoying life and are tryingto help researchers find theabnormal gene causing ALSamong relatives that could bepresent in more — includ-ing their two daughters and2-year-old granddaughter.“It is hard to correct some-thing if you don’t know whatcaused it,” Mr. Brooks saidthrough an iPad, a device heuses to communicate.Such helpfulness, oneNorthwestern University neu-rologist who has studied ALSfor roughly a quarter centu-ry said, is vital to advanc-ing research to find the causeand ultimately a cure for theneurodegenerative disease.The Chicago-area university’sresearch team recently discov-ered details about the under-lying disease process for alltypes of ALS patients, includ-ing those with familial ALS,said Dr. Teepu Siddique, aneurology professor with theuniversity’s Feinberg Schoolof Medicine.“We’re very hopeful,” Dr.Siddique said. “For the firsttime, we’re very hopeful.”He added: “I’m thankful,very thankful, to Tim’s familyfor helping us out.”Commonly named forformer New York Yankeesbaseball player Lou Gehrig,who died of ALS in 1941,the disease stops signals sentby motor neurons in the brainand spinal cord from reachingmuscles.As a result, weakened mus-cles atrophy and eventuallybecome paralyzed, and mostpatients die of respiratory fail-ure within three years or so of symptoms showing up.Six to eight people per100,000 live with ALS, accord-ing to the ALS Associationnorthern Ohio chapter, whichprovides support groups,equipment, and other servicesto northwest Ohio residents.That means an estimated30 Lucas County residentsare living with ALS, part of roughly 60 people in a nine-county area of northwest Ohio,according to the association.In about 90 percent of ALScases, the disease is sporadicand not inherited. The otherroughly 10 percent of casesinvolve familial ALS, causedby a gene abnormality.A number of gene muta-tions causing familial ALShave been identified, but thecorrect one has not been foundin Mr. Brooks and his family.Typically, mental abili-ties are not affected by ALS,although there are some famil-ial cases linked to dementia.Mr. Brooks’ aunt, his latemother’s twin, 81-year-oldJoan Nesteroff of the Chicagoarea, was diagnosed with ALSmore than 20 years ago, andshe started showing signs of dementia at about 70, said herdaughter, Kathi Boothe, whocares for her mother.Some patients describeALS as like being buried insand because they are unableto move their bodies. The typ-ical case resembles the cen-turies-old beliefs of Frenchphilosopher Rene Descartes,who thought a person’s mindand body were separate, Dr.Siddique noted.“This is a terrible disease,”he said. “It separates out mindfrom body. The mind is there,but the body’s not there.”He added: “It’s sort of likeliving in a dream world.”Northwestern research-ers discovered that the pro-tein recycling system in theneurons of the spinal cordand brain is broken in ALSpatients. As a result, cells can-not repair or maintain them-selves.A lack of funding, how-ever, is delaying work on find-ing an effective treatment bytesting for medications thatwould regulate the proteinpathway, Dr. Siddique said.Northwestern researchershave less than $1 million ayear to work with, and theyneed $10 million to $15 mil-lion over the next two to threeyears to come up with treat-ment answers, he said.“Now we’re at a pointwhere we need an infusion of funding and resources,” Dr.Siddique said.Relatives of Mr. Brookshave donated DNA to researchefforts both at Northwesternand the National Institutesof Health, which is studyingALS genetics.Research to identify abnor-mal genes has opened up in just the last few years, saidDr. Erik Pioro, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosisand Related Disorders.At Cleveland Clinic,research includes compar-ing neurological tissue frompatients before and after theirdeaths to identify changes onMRIs, Dr. Pioro said. “It’s just really so important thatfamilies are willing to donateblood and are willing toparticipate in these types of research projects.”Mr. Brooks, who is treatedby Dr. Pioro, has agreed todonate his brain and spinalcord to Cleveland Clinic afterhis death.His late brother, GaryBrooks of Genoa, made ananatomical donation after suc-cumbing to ALS last year, theBrookses said.Providing information andgenetic material to researchersincluding Dr. Siddique andhelping raise money are thefamily’s legacy, they said.“We realize we have agenetic gold mine, not onlyfor our family, but for otherfamilies who suffer fromALS,” Mrs. Brooks said.In tracing Mr. Brooks’ fami-ly tree, it looks as if his maternalgrandfather, Ben Wunderley,died of ALS at 47.Mrs. Nesteroff, Mr.Brooks’ aunt, is the first of current generations to be diag-nosed with ALS, and a cousin,Toledo native Bob Textor of Iowa, is living with the dis-ease.
Bomb plotsuspects getdetention hearing
AKRON (AP) — A fed-eral judge is consideringwhether to release fivesuspects on bond aheadof their trial on chargesalleging they plotted tobomb a bridge in north-east Ohio.Prosecutors said beforetoday’s detention hear-ing in Akron that theyopposed the release of thefive men.The government hasdescribed them as self-pro-claimed anarchists. Theyhave pleaded not guilty.They were arrested inearly May and accused of trying to detonate whatwas actually a fake explo-sive provided by someoneworking with the FBI. Thehighway bridge targeted bythe alleged plot crosses theCuyahoga Valley NationalPark, between Clevelandand Akron.Attorneys for one of thesuspects have sought tohave him released on bondinto a psychiatric unit ata state mental health carefacility.
State aims toreduce roadproject delays
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio officials are againadjusting anticipated delayson some major transportationprojects, and this time they’reshrinking the constructioncalendar.State transportation staff-ers had recommended thatplanned work on some bridgeand road projects be delayedby up to 19 years, citing alack of funds and over-com-mitment by previous admin-istrations. The ColumbusDispatch reports an advisoryboard is expected to consid-er a tighter timetable nextweek.Director Jerry Wray saysthe Ohio Department of Transportation is countingon savings from a smallerpayroll and other initiativesto help fund some projectssooner. Wray says the newconstruction dates aren’t setyet.Democratic state Rep. JohnPatrick Carney of Columbussays he’s become skepticalabout the ODOT estimatesas they’ve changed severaltimes over a few months.

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