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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 10Television 11World briefs 12
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Farm bill divides Midwestern, Southern farmers
By JIM ABRAMSThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Foronce, it’s not Democrats bat-tling Republicans. The five-year farm and food stampsbill now being debated in theSenate is a regional fight, pit-ting rice and peanut growersin the South against corn pro-ducers and soybean farmersin the Midwest.The half-trillion-dollarbill setting farm policy intothe future outlines dramaticchanges in how farmers areprotected from financial andnatural disasters. It wouldend $5 billion a year in directpayments to farmers wheth-er or not they actually planta crop and programs thatreward farmers when pricesfall below a targeted level.Instead, the governmentwould offer a new “shal-low loss” program to aidfarmers when revenues fallbetween 11 percent and 21percent below five-year mov-ing averages and would putgreater emphasis on heavilysubsidized crop insurance.Farmers’ regular crop insur-ance would pay for lossesabove 21 percent.The Congressional BudgetOffice estimates this newshallow loss program couldsave taxpayers some $8.5 bil-lion over the next five yearscompared with the currentsubsidy system.As with all big changes,there are winners and los-ers. Southern rice and pea-nut growers see themselvesas the losers. This regionaldivide is one of the two majorobstacles to getting a farmbill through Congress beforethe current law expires at theend of September.Nutrition programs, pri-marily food stamps, are theother hurdle. They make upabout 80 percent of the costin the $100 billion-a-year bill.The Senate proposal wouldcut the food stamp programnow serving about 46 mil-lion people by $4 billion overthe next decade — largelyby targeting abuses. Somesenators and the Republican-controlled House would liketo see a far bigger cut, mainlyby tightening eligibility forfood stamps.The entire bill, whichalso covers conservation andresearch programs, wouldreduce spending by $23.6 bil-lion over the coming decade.Republican Sen. JohnBoozman, whose state of Arkansas is the nation’slargest rice grower, said theSenate bill “will have a dev-astating impact on Southernagriculture.” Republican Sen.Saxby Chambliss of Georgia,the national leader in pea-nut production, complained it“shoehorns all producers intoa one-size-fits-all policy” thatwould force farmers to switchto crops that enjoy better cov-erage for losses.The bill’s two main spon-sors, Senate AgricultureCommittee Chairman DebbieStabenow, D-Mich., andtop Republican Pat Robertsof Kansas, defended theirapproach.“People can always dis-agree with economists,”Stabenow said on C-SPAN’s“Newsmakers.” “But I guesswhat I would say is what wehave put in place ... it’s fairfor every commodity.”“This is a different year,this is a year we have tochange,” Roberts said in thesame interview, adding thatwas made clear to all thecommodity groups.But rice and peanut farm-ers argue that the crop insur-ance and the new shallowloss or Agriculture RiskCoverage programs are betterfitted to crops such as corn,where natural disasters suchas floods and droughts cancause far greater fluctuationsin yields. Many rice farmers,who irrigate their crops andhave more consistent yields,don’t have crop insurance toprotect them from yield loss,but they do have to cope withlarge swings in prices andhigh production costs.Linda Raun, who runs a1,000-acre rice farm south-west of Houston and chairsthe USA Rice ProducersGroup, said direct paymentshave been their only safe-ty net in the past. Withoutprice protection, banks won’tlend them money, she said.“We’ve got to have a farmprogram that allows us tobecome bankable.”Without greater risk pro-tection she said she willhave to decrease production.Texas, unlike other rice-growing areas, does not havethe climate and soil to switchto other crops, she added.Raun said production
“People canalways disagreewith economists,”Stabenow saidon C-SPAN’s“Newsmakers.”“But I guess whatI would say iswhat we haveput in place ...it’s fair for everycommodity.”
— Senate AgricultureCommittee ChairmanDebbie StabenowSunnyThursdaywith highin low 80s.See page 2.
City schoolslaunching DelphosVirtual Academy
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — DelphosCity Schools are joining thea small group of school dis-tricts in the area that offer vir-tual learning to assist studentswho are credit-deficient orwould benefit from advancedcourses or to recapture stu-dents who leave the districtfor online learning.Jefferson High SchoolPrincipal John Edinger pre-sented the initial proposal forthe Delphos Virtual Academyat Monday’s school boardmeeting.“In my seven years asprincipal here, I have watchedstudents leave the district foralternative education or to behome-schooled and I’ve won-dered how we get them backin the district so they can earna Jefferson diploma and par-ticipate in district activities,”Edinger said.Edinger said the offeringwill also be instrumental incatching up incoming studentswho enter the district withfewer credits than needed.Students who are takingonline classes will still beable to study at home andthen join their classmates forextra-curriculars. There willalso be a lab at Jefferson HighSchool for traditional seatstudents to get extra help or totake advantage of advancedcourses.The school board approvedChris Sommers as supervi-sor of the academy. Edingersaid Sommers will makesure students are using thelab properly and assist onlinestudents.An information meetingwill be held later this summer.
“In my sevenyears as princi-pal here, I havewatched studentsleave the districtfor alternativeeducation or tobe home-schooledand I’ve wonderedhow we get themback in the districtso they can earn aJefferson diplomaand participate indistrict activities.”
— John Edinger,Jefferson HighSchool principal
Street closuresfor convention
Delphos Fire and Rescueand the City of Delphoshave announced thefollowing street closures andparking restrictions for theupcoming Northwest OhioVolunteer Firefighters Assoc.Convention this weekend:— There will be noparking on either side of Main Street between Secondand Fifth streets from Fridayafternoon to 5 p.m. Saturday;— No parking on eitherside of Second Street betweenState and Main streets and noparking on either side of MainStreet between Fifth andTenth Street from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday for the parade;— There will be no travelon Third and Fourth streetsbetween State and Maplestreets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday due to marchingbands lining up for theparade; and— No parking on the northside of First Street from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdaydue to rerouted traffic fromSR 697.Also, Delphos Fire andRescue vehicles will use bluelights on trucks and squadsduring the convention whenmaking emergency runs.Downtown Delphos willbe blocked off similar toCanal Days for the weekend.
Stacy Taff photo
Summer Reading Program heads to the moon
Delphos children in grades K-5 enjoyed “Lunar Rocket Rovers” at the DelphosPublic Library Tuesday afternoon as part of the Summer Reading Program. MariaVega of Wapakoneta’s Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum gave a presentationon space rockets. Above: Vega shows a model of “Saturn V,” the rocket that tookArmstrong, a Wapakoneta native, to the moon. The program is divided into two agegroups. Night Owls, for children ages 3-6, is at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Mondays andat 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The Twilight Club, for grades K-5, is held at 2 p.m. and6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
Nancy Spencer photo
 Residents can paint hydrants
Firefighter Mike Metzner paints a fire hydrant onSecond Street Tuesday. Residents who would like topaint fire hydrants on their properties can get paintand brushes at the Delphos Fire and Rescue building.See FARM page 2See SCHOOL page 2By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — AnOhio bill that increases pen-alties for human traffickingand creates a fund to helpvictims cleared one of itsfinal legislative hurdles onTuesday.The measure would makehuman trafficking a first-degree felony, punishableby up to 15 years in prison.That’s tougher than the sec-ond-degree felony that thestate Legislature establishedin late 2010 to tackle what’sdescribed as modern-dayslavery.Victims of human traf-ficking are oftentimes forcedinto the sex trade or pushedto work against their will infields, restaurants or othersweatshop-type jobs.The bill would create apath for victims to have theirrecords expunged if they haveprostitution or solicitationcharges as a result of beingforced into the sex trade.The proposed change in thelaw would help victims piecetheir lives together and re-enter society, said state Sen.Larry Obhof, a MontvilleTownship Republican.“I think we can all agreethat being a victim of humantrafficking is itself badenough,” Obhof said. “Wedon’t need a justice systemthat stigmatizes victims evenfurther.”The legislation would alsoallow victims to sue theirtraffickers for damages.“They are never going toget their innocence back, butsomeone is going to pay,”said state Rep. Teresa Fedor,a Toledo Democrat whosponsored the bill and hasled the call for stronger lawsin Ohio.The state Senate unani-mously passed the measureon Tuesday, and the OhioHouse unanimously passed itlast month. Representativesare expected to agree tothe Senate’s changes today,which would then send thebill to the governor for hissignature.Gov. John Kasich hasmade bolstering the state’shuman trafficking law a pri-ority. The measure’s pas-sage was a rare showing of bipartisanship as the GeneralAssembly looked to wrap upits work this week beforebreaking for the summer.The Republican governorhas pledged to crack downon the crime. In March,Kasich signed an execu-tive order that directed stateagencies to work togetherto identify the most effec-tive ways to rescue victims,get them help, and prosecutethose who abduct and exploitthem.Thirteen is the most com-mon age in Ohio for childrento become victims of humantrafficking, according tostate figures. An estimated1,078 underage Ohioans aretrafficked each year, andanother 3,016 children areconsidered at-risk.“This is like domesticabuse on steroids,” Fedorsaid in a recent interview.Fedor said she workedwith senators to make surethe bill also targets thedemand for human traffick-ing. For instance, people whoseek prostitutes or knowing-ly solicit sex from traffickedvictims could face tougherfelony charges if the victimsare younger than age 18.
“They are nevergoing to get theirinnocence back, but someone isgoing to pay.”
— state Rep. TeresaFedor, a Toledo Democrat
Senate passes bolsteredhuman trafficking bill
See BILL, page 2
Museum extendshours for events
The Delphos CanalMuseum will have extendedhours this week-end toaccommodate the Firemen’sConvention on Friday andSaturday and the LincolnHighway Convention west-ern pre-tour group who willbe arriving on Sunday.Hours are noon to9 p.m. Friday; noon to6 p.m. Saturday; and1-8 p.m. Sunday.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 273
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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Jan. 12, 1919-June 11, 2012
Margaret B. Broaddus,93, of Delphos, died at 8:09p.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born on Jan. 12,1919, the ninth of 12 childrento William and Inez (Ervin)Mulbarger, who preceded herin death.In 1938, she marriedWilliam E. Broaddus, whodied on Nov. 18, 1996. Hewas the love of her life.Survivors include sonWilliam G. (Mary Jane)Broaddus of Brunswick;daughter Dian (Jack) Staupof Delphos; and grand-children Derek (Debbie),Deanna and David Broaddusof the Cleveland area, Amy(Michael) Malone of PlainCity and Todd Staup of Lima.She was also preced-ed in death by a son BrianKirk Broaddus on March5, 2004; infant son, BartonKeith Broaddus in 1944;brothers Clifford, Charles,Lloyd, Edward, Albert andBob Mulbarger; and sistersRosalma Von Blon, GladysPepple, Nina Mohn, BettyeFlagg and Jeanne Kiser.She retired in 1984 fromKey Bank, formerly PeoplesNational Bank, after 25 yearsof employment. Membershipsinclude Trinity UnitedMethodist Church, whereshe was treasurer for manyyears and was very active inher earlier years in the CCL,PTA and Women’s ChurchGroups. She was a Brownieand Girl Scout leader and a1937 graduate of Lima SouthHigh School, where she hadbeen a cheerleader for threeyears and senior queen atten-dant. She loved reading books,writing letters, sending cardsand playing Hand and Foot.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Saturday at TrinityUnited Methodist Church, theRevs. David Howell and JohnMedaugh officiating. Burialwill follow in Walnut GroveCemetery.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and foran hour prior to the service atthe church.Memorials are to the churchor St. Rita’s Hospice.
March 6, 1934-June 11, 2012
Ronald W. “Ace” Boroff,78,of Spencerville, died at 7:40a.m. Monday at The Laurelsof Shane Hill in Rockford,following an extended illness.He was born March 6,1934, in Mendon to Williamand Mabel (Mutersbaugh)Boroff.On June 1, 1957, he mar-ried Helen Jean Martin, whosurvives.Graveside services willbegin at 10 a.m. Thursdayin Mendon Cemetery, PastorMark Rutledge officiating.Friends may call from 3-7p.m. Wednesday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home inSpencerville.
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April 10, 1946-June 11, 2012
Dorothy J. Tate, 66, of Delphos, died Monday morn-ing at her residence.She was born April 10,1946, in Lima to Dean C. andBernadine (Harrington) Tate,who preceded her in death.Survivors include twobrothers, Michael (Pamela)Tate, of Waynesfield and JamesDean (Rose) Tate of Lima; asister-in-law, Merril Tate, of Eugene, Ore.; eight nieces andnephews, Kelly Credit, Kevin(Abby) Tate, Erika (Steven)Conaway, Candice Petrotte,Brian (Jennifer) Tate, MichaelT. Tate, Jeffrey (Donna) Tateand Tara (David) Zorn; a god-daughter, Jessica Artl; and 14great-nieces and -nephews andtwo great-great-nephews.She was also preceded indeath by a brother, William“Bill” Tate; and a nephew,Kirk Tate.Miss Tate retired in 1999from Delphos City Schools as aJefferson High School Englishand Spanish teacher. Then,she taught at St. John’s HighSchool, where she retired inJune. She was a 1964 graduateof Waynesfield High School,where she was the class saluta-torian. She received her bach-elor’s degree from BowlingGreen State University andher master’s degree from KentState. She was a member of theOhio Education Associationand the Daughters of theAmerican Revolution. She wasa cancer survivor for more than20 years.A celebration of life willbegin at 11 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Revs.Jacob Gordon and MelvinVerhoff officiating.Friends may call from2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday atArmentrout Funeral Home inWaynesfield.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the Spanishclubs at St. John’s High Schoolor Jefferson High School.Condolences may beexpressed at: www.armen-troutfuneralhome.com
Dec. 2, 1925June 11, 2012
William “Ben” Kelly, 86,died at 9:50 p.m. Mondayat Roselawn Manor NursingHome in Spencerville, follow-ing a six-month illness.He was born Dec. 2, 1925,in Allen County to Edwardand Elva (Stose) Kelly, whopreceded him in death.On May 3, 1952, he marriedFrances Wilges, who survives.Services will begin at 11a.m. Friday at Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home, PastorNeal Whitney officiating.Burial will be in SpencervilleCemetery with military ritesby Spencerville Veterans.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Thursday at the funeralhome.Memorial contributions maybe made to the SpencervilleAthletic Boosters.
A boy was born June 11 toMatthew and Laura Mummaof Delphos.
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Corn: $6.19Wheat: $6.16Beans: $14.20A girl was born June 11 toTayler Horstman and DaronElston of Cloverdale.
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The measure contains anemergency clause, makingit effective as soon as it issigned into law, rather thanafter the typical three-monthwaiting period.Among other changes tothe law, the human traffickingbill would:— Require that certain traf-fickers or people promotingprostitution, such as pimps,register as sex offenders.— Ensure that traffickersface a second-degree felonycharge of obstruction of jus-tice if they threaten or intimi-date victims from testifyingagainst them.— Require Ohio’s attorneygeneral to publish statisticseach year on human traffick-ing violations and providetraining to officers who inves-tigate and handle traffickingviolations.— Include human traffick-ing in the types of cases inwhich law enforcement agen-cies can share investigativework.— Direct the state’sPublic Safety Department tocreate of a poster that adver-tises the National HumanTrafficking Resource Centerhotline, which could be dis-played at truck stops, gasstations and other locationsthat are visible from road-ways.— Require that proceedsfrom the personal propertyand other assets seized by lawenforcement from traffickersbe used to help provide treat-ment, care and rehabilitationof victims of human traffick-ing.
By SINAN SALAHEDDINThe Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A coor-dinated wave of car bombsstruck Shiite pilgrims inBaghdad and several othercities today, killing at least 65people and wounding morethan 200 in one of the dead-liest days in Iraq since U.S.troops withdrew from thecountry.The bloodshed comesagainst a backdrop of politi-cal divisions that have raisedtensions and threatened toprovoke a new round of theviolence that once pushedIraq to the brink of civil war.Nobody immediately claimedresponsibility for the attacks,but they bore the hallmarksof Sunni insurgents who fre-quently target Shiites in Iraq.Today’s blasts were thethird this week targeting theannual pilgrimage that seeshundreds of thousands of Shiites converge on a golden-domed shrine in Baghdad’snorthern neighborhood of Kazimiyah to commemoratethe eighth century death of a revered Shiite saint, ImamMoussa al-Kadhim. The com-memoration culminates onSaturday.Puddles of blood andshards of metal clogged adrainage ditch at the site of one of the bombings in the cityof Hillah, where hours beforepilgrims had been marching.Soldiers and dazed onlookerswandered near the charredremains of the car that hadexploded and ripped gapingholes in nearby shops.Most of the 16 separateexplosions that rocked thecountry targeted Shiite pil-grims in five cities, but twohit offices of political par-ties linked to Iraq’s Kurdishminority in the tense north.Authorities had tightenedsecurity ahead of the pilgrim-age, including a blockadeof the mainly Sunni area of Azamiyah, which is near thetwin-domed Shiite shrine.The level of violence hasdropped dramatically in Iraqsince peaking in 2006-2007as the country faced a Sunni-led insurgency and retaliatorysectarian fighting that brokeout after the U.S.-led invasionthat ousted Saddam Hussein.But Iraqis still face near-dailyattacks and Shiite pilgrimagesare often targeted.Political divisions alsohave only deepened, para-lyzing the country since theAmericans withdrew all com-bat troops in mid-December.Shiite Prime Minister Nourial-Maliki has been accused of 
Car bombs targetingShiites kill 65 in Iraq
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costs amount to about $1,000an acre for rice. Because of a reliance on foreign exportmarkets, prices can changerapidly. Currently prices forSouthern rice are not thatgood, unlike the strong pricesenjoyed by corn and soybeangrowers.Testifying last monthbefore the House AgricultureCommittee, Armand Morris,a peanut producer in Georgiaand chairman of the SouthernPeanut Farmers Federation,said the debate “is not whetherfarmers will take significantcuts in farm programs; weknow this will take place.”Rather, he said, it’s about“whether we will have a farmbill that works for one ortwo regions of the country,and one or two crops, or anational farm bill that worksfor all regions of the countryand all crops.”A recent study by theFood and Agriculture PolicyInstitute at the University of Missouri in Columbia doesshow that rice and peanutgrowers who are the mainbeneficiaries of direct pay-ments would lose more than60 percent of their govern-ment support over the nextdecade under the new sys-tem.But the same report alsofound that the shallow lossprogram was generally equi-table among the major cropgroups.Southern senators areseeking to negotiate changesto the bill that would allow achoice between the Senate’scurrent crop insurance andrevenue protection programsand some modified form of existing target price programthat compensates farmerswhen prices dip below a cer-tain level and which is pre-ferred by the rice and peanutgrowers. The bill already hasa separate revenue insuranceprogram tailored to the needsof cotton farmers.If that fails, HouseAgriculture CommitteeChairman Frank Lucas,R-Okla., has made clear thatthe yet-unwritten House billwill include an alternative tomeet the concerns of thoseSouthern planters. The safetynet, he said, “has to exist forall regions and all crops, andit has to be written with badtimes in mind. These pro-grams should not guaranteethat the good times are thebest, but rather that the badtimes are manageable.”
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The board approvedthe following supplemen-tal contracts for the 2012-13 school year: StephanieBraun, high school stu-dent council, junior classadvisor and prom coordi-nator; John Vennekotter,senior class advisor; JoshVasquez, senior class advi-sor; Vera White, freshmanclass advisor; Arnita Yoder,sophomore class advi-sor; Christine Siebeneck,sophomore class advisor;Chad Brinkman, juniorclass advisor; ChristineSiebeneck, National HonorSociety advisor; TamaraWirth, show choir direc-tor; David Stearns, march-ing band, musical and stageband director and musicalbusiness manager; TerryMoreo, asbestos coordina-tor; Beverly Tuttle, FCCLAadvisor at the middle school;Scott Elwer, FFA advisor;and Kay Gossman, boys andgirls athletic manager andD-Club advisor.The board also accept theresignation/retirement noticesof Jane Gonyea from the caf-eteria staff and Ken Grothausas a bus driver both effectivethe end of the 2012 schoolyear.Gonyea served as acook and as a bus aide andGrothous drove bus since1962 and helped cleanFranklin Elementary School.Treasurer Brad Rostorfersaid work on the high schoolparking lot should begin inlate July.In other business, theboard:
• Recommend the board
accept the resignation of Middle school interventionteacher Kylie Rammel;
• Accepted the resignation/
retirement of Doris Knebel asbus driver effective July 1st.A public hearing will be heldat 7:45 pm Aug. 13 in theboard of education office atthe administration building,234 N Jefferson St. to con-sider her rehire;
• Employed Christine
Grothaus as FranklinElementary interventionteacher to replace KathyBuettner, who is filling theguidance position vacatedby the retirement of QuincyKiracofe;
• Employed Heather
Patrick as Jefferson MiddleSchool intervention teacherto replace Kylie Rammeleffective the end of the con-tract; and
• Re-employed Kristin
Gable under the Title I fed-eral program to serve themiddle school math stu-dents. Additional funds werereceived to subsidize Title I.
High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 83 degrees,low was 64. High a year agotoday was 76, low was 55.Record high for today is 86,set in 1956. Record low is 45,set in 1985.
Delphos weather
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United Way taking Venture Grant apps
The United Way of GreaterLima (UWGL) has announcedMonday’s opening of its 2012Venture Grant applicationprocess for community 501c3organizations.UWGL Venture grants offerqualified 501c3 organizationsoperating in Allen County, theopportunity to receive grantsof up to $5,000 to supportwork in specified areas of United Way focus. Grants areawarded semi-annually in Julyand February. Current areas of focus are: Preventative Healthand Financial Self-Sufficiency(see more information onfocus areas at end of grantinformation).
Venture Grants are:
• One-time grants – not an
• For health and human
services providers;
• For emerging community
• For emergencies and
unforeseen circumstances thathave an immediate impact onservice delivery;
For sponsorships and
other community-buildingevents;
• For collaborative projects
or programs;
• Focused on education,
financial self-sufficiency orhealth;
• To test or demonstrate
new approaches and tech-niques in the solution of com-munity problems;
• To address priority com
-munity issues and demonstratemeasurable outcomes; and
• Intended to strengthen
the management capabilitiesof agencies and/or promotevolunteer participation andcitizen involvement in com-munity affairs.
Venture Grants are not:
• For annual fund drives;• For operating deficits or
after-the- fact support;
• For direct or grassroots
• For religious purposes;
• For hospitals, medi
-cal research or academicresearch
Grant Specifications:
• Opening date for com
-pletion of application is June18, closing date is 5 p.m.July 6;
• Application is via web at:
• Applicant address and
service area must be withinAllen County;
•Applicants must be in
compliance with all applica-ble governmental regulations;and
• An applicant not possess
-ing 501c3 status may identifya 501c3 sponsor to act as fis-cal agent. The fiscal agentmust have 501c3 status.
Judge: Schoolviolatedstudents’ rights
Customers may testifyabout massage parlors
CINCINNATI (AP) — Afederal judge has blocked a
southwest Ohio universityfrom enforcing restrictionson student political speech oncampus, saying it violates freespeech.U.S. District CourtJudge Timothy Black ruledTuesday that the University of Cincinnati violated the FirstAmendment by restricting stu-dent political speech to a cer-tain area and requiring priornotification and permission.
The judge’s preliminaryinjunction asks the universityto rewrite its policy. It also
will allow the school’s chap-ter of Young Americans forLiberty, which filed a lawsuitin February, to collect signa-tures on campus for a right-to-work cause.Maurice A. Thompsonwith the 1851 Center forConstitutional Law, whichhelped the student group, calledthe ruling a victory for freepolitical speech by students.
Prosecutors in northeast Ohiowant customers to testifyabout eight Warren massageparlors suspected as fronts forprostitution as the city tries toclose the facilities.
In recent weeks, authori
-ties have searched the spasafter a lengthy investigationand began taking steps torevoke their licenses. A hear-ing is planned Monday on thecity’s legal action against thebusinesses.City attorneys want someof the customers to tes-tify. The attorneys tell theWarren Tribune Chroniclethey’ve subpoenaed 15 of about 40 men whose infor-mation helped authorities inthe investigation. Those menbegan receiving subpoenasTuesday.An attorney that repre-sented the parlors has saidthe prostitution allegationsare based on statements madeby purported clients withoutlegal representation.Used condoms and about$90,000 in cash were foundat the businesses.
Prosecutor seeks mercyfor condemned Ohio killer
prosecutor who helped sendthe killer of a Youngstownstore owner to death row toldthe state Parole Board onTuesday that the condemnedinmate should be sparedbecause the crime didn’t riseto the “heinous” level thatdeserves capital punishment.Former Mahoning Countyprosecutor Gary Van Brocklinsaid he tried repeatedly to getJohn Eley to testify againstanother man he believes isthe mastermind of the 1986shooting in exchange for alesser sentence.That other man, MelvinGreen, gave Eley the gun usedin the shooting and told himto go into the store, which hadbanned Green for previousthreats, Van Brocklin said viaa video interview presentedto the parole board.“Basically, he set up theentire robbery,” Van Brocklinsaid.He also said that, whilenot making light of the death
of Sinjil Market owner Ihsan
Aydah, the robbery of theconvenience store was thetype of killing that was pros-ecuted more frequently asa death penalty case in theearly days of the law. Ohio’scurrent capital punishmentlaw was enacted in 1981.
“It wasn’t in the more hei
-nous nature of cases that nowreceive the death penalty,”Van Brocklin said.
It’s not unusual for judges
or prosecutors to change theirmind about individual casesor the death penalty itself,but such testimony on behalf of a condemned inmate isrelatively rare.Eley, 63, is scheduled to
die by injection July 26. He
confessed to the killing topolice and invoked his FifthAmendment right to refuseto testify against Green, whowas acquitted.
“I don’t want to go through
all this ritual,” Eley told acourt psychologist in 1987,according to a written pre-sentation to the board by PaulGains, the current MahoningCounty prosecutor, whoopposes clemency.
“I did it. I want to do my
time,” Eley said in that inter-
view. “I don’t want to talkabout it. I’m sorry I did it,
that’s all.”Green, 54, is in prisonand scheduled for release inOctober on charges he ille-gally carried a concealedweapon, had a gun in a carand possession of drugs. Buthe also faces the possibility of additional time for violatingparole on a prior aggravatedrobbery conviction, accord-ing to state prison records.Those charges are unrelatedto the Eley case.Scott Krichbaum, whorepresented Green at trial in1987, said Tuesday that thestate had enough to chargeGreen but not to convict him.
“It’s a common tactic
to blame the other guy,”Krichbaum, now a Mahoning
County judge, said in a phone
interview. “That’s pretty stan-dard in criminal defense.”Eley’s attorneys basedtheir argument for clemencyaround Green’s role in theshooting. They also presentedevidence that Eley came froman impoverished childhood,abused alcohol and drugs,had brain impairment and ismentally disabled and men-tally ill.Gains says Eley was acareer criminal who showedno remorse over the shooting
and whose IQ of 82 is well
above the threshold of mentaldisability.Gains presented evidenceto the board that Eley with-drew his claim of mental dis-ability eight years ago andthat psychological reportsfrom the trial draw oppositeconclusions about mental ill-ness and mental disability.Gains noted Eley hadalready been to prison twiceby the time of Aydah’s slay-ing.“And where Eley’s attor-neys now say that MelvinGreen should be blamed forthe crime, the evidence isunrebutted that Eley was theshooter, and that Eley wentinto the store alone whileGreen waited outside for Eleyto subdue Mr. Aydah,” Gainssaid in his board filing.The board will make itsrecommendation next weekto Republican Gov. JohnKasich, who has the finalsay.Tuesday’s hearing camethe same day a Cuyahoga
County judge began a hear
-ing on a death row inmatewho received a last-minutereprieve last week.Attorneys for Abdul Awkalare presenting witnesses andarguments to Judge StuartFriedman that Awkal is men-tally incompetent to be put todeath for killing his estrangedwife and brother-in-law ina Cleveland courthouse 20years ago. The hearing con-tinues today.Attorneys say Awkal
believes the CIA is orches
-trating his execution. Thestate says courts and expertshave previously ruled Awkalcompetent.The reprieve that Awkalreceived from Kasichrescheduled his execution forJune 20.
CHARDON (AP) — A trial
date is set for the teenager whopleaded not guilty to fatallyshooting three students andwounding three more at a highschool east of Cleveland.The trial for 17-year-oldT.J. Lane is scheduled Aug. 14in Geauga County. He’s beingtried as an adult on charges of aggravated murder, attemptedaggravated murder and feloni-ous assault.Prosecutors say Laneadmitted taking a .22-caliberpistol to Chardon High Schooland firing at students on Feb.27. A sheriff’s deputy testifiedLane was wearing a T-shirtwith the word “Killer” whenhe was found.
Questions about Lane’s
mental competency came up
when the case was in juvenilecourt, where a judge found
him competent for trial. Thatissue may be revisited.
Ohio teen’sschool shootingtrial set for Aug.
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Energy Dept.backs Ohio energy
plant project
PIKETON (AP) — President
Barack Obama’s administra-tion is making sure that workwill continue to develop andtest a southern Ohio plantthat would enrich uranium fornuclear power plants.The U.S. Department of Energy will ensure cost-shared funding in a deal
with USEC Inc. for the
American Centrifuge Plant inPiketon. The department saidWednesday the cooperativeagreement will move criticalresearch forward while pro-tecting taxpayer dollars.
The $350 million project is
meant to demonstrate that theuranium enrichment technolo-gy will work on a commercialbasis, reducing financial risksthat have held up USEC’sapplication for a $2 billionloan guarantee for the plant.
The project has biparti
-san support in Ohio, where itcould create as many as 4,000
 jobs in a struggling region.

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