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The Ladies Auxiliary of Delphos American Legion 268 will hold an Easter bake sale during the fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the post headquarters, 415 N. State St. Auxiliary members are asked to bring their baked goods and egg products to the building before 4 p.m. Friday.
The Defiance College football program has announced the date for its fourth annual coaches clinic. The event will take place April 17 and be held at Coressel Stadium and the Serrick Campus Center. The clinic will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and end with an ideasharing session at 3 p.m. The day will also include an on-field drill demonstration led by the DC coaching staff, multiple speakers with coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels and a provided lunch. Please contact offensive coordinator Nick Tabacca with any other questions (such as cost) at (419) 783-0482, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The clinic brochure is also available on the Defiance College athletics web site. TODAY Baseball: Jefferson vs. St. John’s, 4:30 p.m. ... (5 p.m.) Lincolnview at Fort Jennings; Ottoville at Ayersville; Minster at Spencerville; Bryan at Elida. Track and Field (4:30 p.m.): St. John’s at Coldwater/Marion Local; Fort Jennings and Ottoville at Paulding. FRIDAY Baseball: Columbus Grove at Leipsic (PCL), 5 p.m. Softball (5 p.m.): Ottoville At Allen East; Cory-Rawson at Columbus Grove. SATURDAY Baseball: St. John’s at Lincolnview/Antwerp (DH), 11 a.m.; Perry at Spencerville (DH), noon; Hardin Northern at Columbus Grove (DH), noon; Findlay at Elida (DH), noon Softball: Hardin Northern at Kalida (DH), 11 a.m.; Jefferson at Minster (DH), noon; 4-team at Spencerville, noon; Lincolnview at Pandora-Gilboa (DH), noon; North Baltimore at Columbus Grove (DH), noon; Elida at Bellefontaine (DH), noon Track and Field: Spencerville at Versailles Boys Invitational, 9 a.m.; Elida at Celina Invitational, 11 a.m.
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Delphos Stadium Club Trustee John Nomina addresses stakeholders and volunteers Wednesday at the Delphos Coon and Sportsman’s Club. Staff photos BY NANCY SPENCER The Delphos Stadium Club will start sprucing up the stadium side seating at the football The Delphos Herald “We are hoping to field at Stadium Park this spring. email@example.com open that tunnel former wastewater treatment front will also be replaced. left,” Nomina said, “we will plant office. On the cement structure, fix the asphalt at each end by DELPHOS — More than so we can reroute The football field was both ends will be cleaned and the concession stands.” 30 stakeholders and volunalso moved north 10 feet and painted and structural issues Nomina added that grants traffic from teers gathered at the Delphos resodded. addressed. are being sought for a sidein front of the Coon and Sportman’s Club “Last year was a great “We are hoping to open walk project on the east side Wednesday to hear about year. We did more by far than that tunnel so we can reroute of the park along the Little stands and the upcoming projects of the any other year we’ve been traffic from in front of the League diamonds and one to handicap area Delphos Stadium Club. involved,” Nomina said. stands and the handicap area install handicap seating on President John Nomina Next on the club’s list is to the tunnel,” Nomina said. the visitors’ side of the stato the tunnel.” thanked all in attendance for the stadium itself. The first The tunnel has been closed dium. their donations whether it The club has done more — John Nomina, project will be to remove on the west end of the stadiwas monetary or sweat. seating from the steel struc- um for decades. than $2 million in parks’ Delphos Stadium “We could not do this The handicap area on the improvements in the last 20 Club trustee ture on the east end and without all of you,” Nomina the stadium. The steel and stadium side will be elevated years. Last year, the club bid stadium will be cleaned, so fans can see over the footsaid. “We are a bare-bones Other members of the organization. We don’t have on and won seating for the repaired, welded and ball team and the decking Delphos Stadium Club an entertainment budget visitors’ side at the football caulked and then painted replaced. include Gary Mack, Don or an advertising budget. field from the old Wizards’ with three coats — primer, The club hopes these proj- Neumeier, “Zee” Beining Everything we are given is stadium in Fort Wayne, as base and top coats— and the ects will be completed by and Clara Hanf. To volunput back into the projects at well as fixtures for a new seating put back in. football season. teer or share ideas, contact a visitors’ locker room in the the parks.” The chain link fence in “If we do have any money member.
Obama expands offshore drilling
By BEN FELLER The Associated Press
New railing installed at canal at Third Street
BY MIKE FORD The Delphos Herald firstname.lastname@example.org DELPHOS — The Miami-Erie Canal is one of the key reasons the city was settled and has remained vital to local culture. Now, a railing marking the canal is in place near Third Street. “The county engineer’s office put it up. We had an old, ratty railing up there and took it down when we replaced the sidewalk the summer before last. We went for a year without a railing, so we decided we’d better get one up because it’s dangerous there; a lot of kids and stuff. First, we were going to put our own railing up with some railing we had left over from other places; we just needed the ends and caps to hold the railing up. Then we got some
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The new railing at the Canal. prices from manufacturers. Then we came into winter. Then the county came and said they could put it up for us,” Mayor Michael Gallmeier said. The mayor isn’t sure
canal on Third Street is marked with Miami & Erie what the cost is or who is responsible for it but said the city never received an estimate. “We haven’t gotten a bill; let’s put it that way. I’m hoping they paid for it all. When we talked to them about it, they said they thought it was theirs to take care of. So we put the sidewalk in for them and they put the railing up,” he said.
WASHINGTON — Shaking up years of energy policy and his own environmental backers, President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to drilling Wednesday, widening the politically explosive hunt for more homegrown oil and gas. Obama’s move allows drilling from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska, and exploration could begin 50 miles off the coast of Virginia by 2012. He also wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches. Still off limits: the entire Pacific seaboard. And in a nod to conservation, Obama canceled oil exploration in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, deeming the area a national treasure. For this oil-dependent nation, the decision could start to reshape far-reaching economic and national security policies, affecting where the U.S. gets the fuel for its cars, heating and energy-gulping industry. For a president on a roll following a big health care win, Wednesday’s drilling declaration was both aggressive and pragmatic. Even with a push for cleaner energy sources and efficient cars — and with promises of protection for ecosystems and coastal tourism — the nation still needs more oil, Obama See DRILLING, page 2
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Militia suspect denies involvement in plot eva OBITUARY Grone
By CoreY WiLLiAMs and JeFF KAroUB the Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan man authorities accuse of being a “heavy gunner” for a Midwest Christian militia denies involvement in any plot to overthrow the government, his attorney says, and she plans to present evidence to prove he’s different from his fellow defendants. Michael David Meeks, 40, of Manchester, faces a federal detention hearing today in Detroit, where defense attorney Lisa Kirsch Satawa said evidence would be presented to distinguish Meeks from eight other suspected members of Hutaree charged with seditious conspiracy, or plotting to levy war against the U.S. Laying out the Hutaree hierarchy during a Wednesday hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet told a magistrate that accused ringleader David Brian Stone had designated Meeks and 46-year-old Thomas W. Piatek The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court: An Ohio City man was given an 18-month prison sentence but placed on community control for a period of five years and must spend time in the county jail along with electronic monitored house arrest upon release from the county jail. Michael J. saam, 54, Ohio City, was arrested on July 17 by a State Trooper while he was operating a farm tractor while under the influence of alcohol. This was Saam’s 16th DUI charge. Judge Steele noted for the record that Saam had since the violation voluntarily entered a lockdown treatment program as conducted by the Northwest Ohio Recovery Service with the program called “Fresh Start” and is involved with a treatment program conducted by Westwood Behavioral Center in Van Wert. Saam’s attorney, W. Edward Hatcher, told the court that Saam’s alcohol problem of Indiana “heavy gunners” in charge of “laying down heavy fire” in encounters with the enemy. Stone, Meeks, Piatek and six other suspected Hutaree members — self-proclaimed “Christian warriors” who trained themselves in paramilitary techniques in preparation for a battle against the Antichrist — were arrested after a series of weekend raids across the Midwest. Prosecutors say an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the group and a cooperating witness aided an investigation into members’ alleged plans to make a false 911 call, kill responding police officers, then set off a bomb at the funeral to kill many more. An indictment said that after the attacks, the group planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with law enforcement. “This is not Michael’s profile. He is a damned good Marine,” his father, Eugene Meeks, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “But Michael could have changed over the years.” Meeks’ family and others listened Wednesday as Waterstreet presented parts of the government’s case in hopes of persuading U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer to deny bond, including details of a speech Stone apparently planned to give during a rally in Kentucky. “We are the American military. We outnumber them,” a speaker identified as Stone says on an audio tape recorded by the undercover agent. “People should not be afraid of the government. The government should fear the people.” The agent, who also had built explosives under Stone’s direction, accompanied Stone and others who intended to attend the Feb. 6 meeting of militias before their road trip was stymied by rough winter weather, Waterstreet said. As Stone read his speech to passengers in a van, the agent recorded him, Waterstreet said. “Now it’s time to strike and take our nation back so we will be free of tyranny,” Stone, 44, of Clayton, Mich., says on the recording played in court. “The war will come whether we are ready or not.” Several defense attorneys objected to the testimony presented by Waterstreet, arguing there was no opportunity to cross-examine the undercover agent. “All they’re saying is my client has an opinion and knows how to use his mouth,” Stone’s lawyer, William Swor, said before Waterstreet played the tape. Swor later said Stone’s speech was about defending against foreigners and not making war against the U.S. government. Federal officials said they began monitoring the militia last summer and believed an attack was planned for April. Waterstreet said Hutaree was planning training that month where they would kill people who “came upon them.”
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Eva Grone, 91, of Delphos, died at 2:25 a.m. Thursday at Vancrest Assisted Living. Arrangements are incomplete at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
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has caused him problems all his life and hopefully he has started on his way to recovery from that problem. Saam addressed Judge Steele telling him that he was very grateful for the court letting him enter the “Fresh Start” program and that he feels the program has really changed my life or saved my life. Saam stated that he had been alcohol free for over five months and promised that he would stay alcohol free one day at a time for the rest of his life. Judge Steele ordered that Saam immediately serve 60 days in the Van Wert County Jail and upon release spend another 90 days on electronic monitored house arrest and ordered to spend up to five years on community control. Saam was ordered not to operate any motorized vehicle of any type — not even a riding lawnmower — for any reason. Saam must pay a mandatory fine of $1,350, his drivers license was suspended for life. Judge Steele warned Saam that there was an 18-month prison sentence hanging over his head and any type of violation of his community control could result in him serving the eighteen months in prison. Dan travis neiferd, 32, Delphos, was placed on one year of community control on a domestic violence charge, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Neiferd was ordered to complete an anger management program which his is presently enrolled in, pay court costs, and perform 200 hours of community service which can be reduced to 100 hours if fully employed. Judge Steele also gave Neiferd a 180-day jail sentence and fined him $1000 but deferred the imposition of the fine pending the successful completion of the community control program. Joseph P. Kelly, 36, Van Wert, was placed on one year of community control on a charge of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Kelly had originally been charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property for the theft of a license plate from a motor vehicle in January. Judge Steele placed Kelly on one year of community control, ordered that he immediately spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail and that he will have an additional 30 days of jail to be spent at a time to be determined by his supervision officer. Kelly also received a 180 day jail sentence and $1000 fine with the imposition of the jail sentence and fine deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program. Douglas Dunlap, 47, Spencerville, was placed on two years of unsupervised community control on a charge of theft a misdemeanor of the first degree. Dunlap allegedly leased a semi-trailer from E&R Trailer Sales and failed to return the trailer of make lease payments. Dunlap was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,656.85 to E&R Trailer Sales. Dunlap also received a 180day jail sentence along with a $1,000 fine with the imposition of the sentence deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program. rodney Walker, 39, Scott, admitted to violating his community control by being unsuccessfully terminated from the WORTH Center in Lima, Ohio which was part of the terms of his community control. Judge Steele ordered that Walker serve 47 days in the Van Wert County Jail which is the balance of incarceration originally ordered when he had been sentenced. nicholas e. Metcalfe, 27, Van Wert, appeared and was ready to enter a guilty plea to a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle but the hearing was continued after the court learned of other issues pending against Metcalfe. shawn Ussery, 22, Sylvania, appeared and requested a waiver of jury trial. Ussery had been originally charged with telecommunications harassment. Judge Steele will hear the case rather than a jury. The trial date will be set in the near future. Jerry Cannode, 36, Kenton, was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to
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a charge of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation, Cannode sold 83 aluminum wheels and 8 drive shafts to a scrap metal dealer in Ohio City. The scrap dealer recognized Kenny Auto Wrecking markings on the articles and contacted them. The scrap dealer was able to get identification information from Cannode which he furnished to the Sheriff’s Department. Cannode was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 7. nathan A. Long, Van Wert, was placed on a treatment program in lieu of conviction after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree. Long will be under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department for a period of one year while he completes the treatment program. Long had been arrested on the drug charge on July 16, 2009, by the Van Wert City Police Department. Heidi K. sill entered a guilty plea charging her with three felony counts involving the theft of checks and the forgery of the checks. According to a Van Wert City Police Department investigation, Sill allegedly stole checks from a Haley Moser on Feb. 12 and then on Feb. 17 and 23 forged Haley Moser’s name to the checks. Judge Steele ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. May 19. Jon Gaskill, 37, Grover Hill, entered a plea of guilty to receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. The charges are the result of a theft investigation conducted by the Van Wert City Police Department which had been reported to them on Jan. 16. The theft involved the theft of firearms from Virginia Schlatman. Judge Steele ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. May 19.
WeAtHer ForeCAst tri-county the Associated Press toniGHt: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. FriDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. FriDAY niGHt: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds around 10 mph. eXtenDeD ForeCAst sAtUrDAY: Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy with highs in the lower 70s. South winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. sAtUrDAY niGHt: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 40 percent. sUnDAY-MonDAY niGHt: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Lows in the upper 40s. tUesDAY, tUesDAY niGHt: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
High temperature Wednesday in Delphos was 71 degrees, low was 38. High a year ago today was 59, low was 39. Record high for today is 78, set in 1946. Record low is 18, set in 1964.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn on Wednesday: Classic Lotto 14-18-22-24-41-45 Midday 3 5-7-2 Midday 4 6-7-2-4 Pick 3 1-9-1 Pick 4 6-9-7-9 rolling Cash 5 01-04-28-37-39 ten oH 01-13-20-29-35-37-38-4041-53-54-56-63-66-68-71-7476-77-79 ten oH Midday 04-08-10-12-13-18-19-2021-22-41-43-53-54-57-63-6769-71-78
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Students can pick up their awards in their school offices.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.” — Sacha Guitry, Russian-born French actor-writer-director (1885-1957)
American aid going to Afghanistan partners
By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press bowing to political pressures. The Obama administration has been pressing allies to increase the number of troops, both for combat and for training Afghan security forces. Defense officials tell The Associated Press that the initial aid package aimed at six small countries — Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — is about $50 million and will be distributed almost equally among them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced. Those six countries account for fewer than 1,300 troops in Afghanistan. Most of the money will buy equipment for those forces, the defense officials said, but troops will also receive critical instruction on how to detect and counter roadside bombs as well as other training. “It’s not bribery,” said Rick Nelson, a counterterrorism expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “But at end of the day, we’re asking these allies to join us and we want them to be valuable partners. And some lack the resources to be partners in ways we need them to do so.” Nelson said that while the money can be an incentive for a country to keep forces in Afghanistan, some of the nations are under a great deal
One Year Ago • Around the Tri-county, various agencies have suffered budget cuts in recent months from their respective revenue sources. Earlier this year, Allen County commissioners dammed the streams flowing to several entities to avoid cutting any dollars to the sheriff’s department. Putnam County Commissioner Vince Schroeder said his cash pile is low and adjusting requires a 15 percent cut to all offices on the receiving end of the flow. 25 Years Ago — 1985 • During a recent assembly at St. John’s High School, top candy sellers of the school’s 1985 campaign were awarded prizes. They included Kim McCabe, winning a telephone; Jenny Wittler, fourth highest seller, awarded $20; Beth Gengler, third, awarded $25; Brian Butler, top seller, winning a television; Jerry Clark, winning a AM-FM stereo cassette player and Rod Courtney, fifth, awarded $15. • The Putnam County American Cancer Society highlighted its annual benefit dance with presentation of the new Nurse of Hope for the county. Doris Ellerbrock of Ottawa, was named the 1985 Putnam County Nurse of Hope. She works at the Hilty Memorial Nursing Home in Pandora. • Ottoville Cub Scouts Pack 266 held its annual Pinewood Derby. Receiving trophies were first place winner, Chad Miller; second place, Kevin Kemper; third place, Jason Metcalfe; and fourth place, Brent Osenga. These four scouts will represent Pack 266 at the district derby April 21 at Fort Jennings. 50 Years Ago — 1960 • Cub Scout Pack 48’s first annual Pinewood Derby was featured by an all-Becker final. John and Tom Becker were the finalists among over 30 cars entered in the Derby. First place award was won by John whose speedy yellow car won both final heats in a record time of 4.5 seconds. The cars were constructed by the Cubs and their fathers as a father-son project and were required to meet rigid specifications, the most important of which is that the car cannot weigh more than five ounces. The cars are raced on a 32-foot wooden ramp, equipped with a starting apparatus. Materials for the track were donated by the Delphos Bending Company and labor in assembling the wellbuilt track was contributed by Ike Bandelier. 75 Years Ago — 1935 • A building on North Canal Street occupied by the Nathan Liff junk business was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. The fire raged fiercely and the intense heat caused windows on the north side of the Edwards Brothers Building to be cracked and paint to melt and run off the roof. The Raabe Motor Sales Building was saved by the department. • The Jefferson High School band and orchestra will go to North Baltimore to participate in a Northwestern Ohio Graded Festival in which bands of Classes C and CC schools will compete for district honors. The Jefferson school authorities are now seeking transportation facilities to take the members of the band and orchestra to North Baltimore. • A number of Delphos Knights of Columbus were in attendance at an initiation held in Sidney. Those in attendance from Delphos included S.G. Grothouse, William Gladen, Richard Mueller, Hubert Burger, F.R. McKowen, Henry Imholt, Paul Wulfhorst, James McNamara, Robert Satterthwaite, Theodore Pohlman, Harold Lause and A.J. Laudick.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Army general won’t be formally reprimanded after urging troops to lobby to keep the ban on openly gay military service. President Barack Obama supports lifting the ban, and an active attempt to keep it in place could be considered insubordination. But Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon’s civilian boss says the three-star Army general won’t receive a letter of reprimand or be forced to step down. Army Secretary John McHugh told reporters Wednesday that Mixon has been told by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey that what he did was inappropriate. “The chief and I believe that he is now prepared to lead in the very distinguished manner in which he has led in the past and that brought him to a very, very high level three-star position,” McHugh said. “So we will consider the matter closed as of today,” he added. Mixon’s case underscores the difficulty facing Obama as he presses ahead to repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Pentagon officials say they want to hear the opinions of the troops so they can address their concerns. McHugh said he has talked with some gay soldiers already about the policy. He said the troops wouldn’t be discharged for revealing their sexual orientation in those discussions, even though doing so technically violates the law. “What I’m trying to do is tell the troops that’s it’s OK to talk about this, no matter what their view is,” he said. But unsolicited pushback — particularly by senior uniformed officers — could help to mobilize resistance within the ranks that would make it difficult to change personnel policies without dividing military units and hurting troop readiness. Mixon urged troops to speak up in support of the ban in a letter published in a military newspaper. McHugh said he didn’t think Mixon deserved harsher treatment because he now “recognizes it is inappropriate for him to become an advocate and try to shape the opinion of the force, rather than reach out and ascertain the opinion of the force.” Obama says that everyone, gay or straight, should be able to serve their country, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a yearlong review of how to make that happen. Some military officials, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen, say they agree it’s time to reverse the law. But other uniformed officers — also with impressive service records, including Marine Corps Commandant James Conway — have said the law is helping to keep order and discipline and that lifting the ban during a time of two wars could be too disruptive. In an interview this week with Congressional Quarterly, the Army’s Casey said he doesn’t think the majority of troops support a repeal, even though he would support the study ordered by Gates to determine if that was true. In a separate interview with Military.com, Conway pointed to logistical hurdles in repealing the ban and said he wouldn’t force Marines to share rooms with gay service members on base.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into equipment and training for its smaller partner nations in the Afghanistan war, a new effort that could encourage some countries not to abandon the increasingly unpopular conflict. The money comes from a $350 million Pentagon program designed to improve the counterterrorism operations of U.S. allies. While the funding cannot be openly used as an enticement for NATO nations to either send troops to Afghanistan or keep them in the country, the budding initiative sends the message that those who commit to the counterinsurgency fight could be rewarded. The U.S. is committing more troops to Afghanistan to beat back a stubborn Taliban-led insurgency — and watching in dismay as allies, including Canada and the Netherlands, look to pull troops out of the 8-year-old war or remove them from combat duties. Roughly 87,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan now, and about 100,000 are expected to be in place by late summer. The number of allied troops is a bit more than 40,000 and could dip as nations begin
Seniors fear reform will hurt Medicare
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seniors aren’t breaking out the champagne for President Barack Obama’s health care law, and for good reason. While Democrats hail the overhaul as their greatest health care achievement since Medicare, seniors fear it’s a raid on that same giant health care program — a bedrock of retirement security — in order to pay for covering younger, uninsured workers and their families. There’s no doubt that broad cuts in projected Medicare payments to insurance plans, hospitals, nursing homes and other service providers will sting. What hasn’t sunk in yet is that the new law also improves the lot of many Medicare beneficiaries. Obama is hoping that most will eventually conclude the plusses outweigh the minuses. Keenly aware that this is a congressional election year, Democrats structured the law so virtually all the cuts start next year and take effect only gradually. For this year, the law provides a sweetener. More than 3 million seniors who have been falling into a Medicare prescription coverage gap will get a $250 rebate, a down payment on closing the “doughnut hole.” Nonetheless, seniors are anxious. “I’m afraid from the little I’ve heard that it’s not good for seniors,” said Muriel Couzon, 86, a retired supervisory social worker from New York City. A Democrat, Couzon says the legislation could affect her vote this fall: “I have to see what it will do to me and other seniors like me.” It’s going to take a while before the verdict is in. Change will come slowly to Medicare, which covers 46 million seniors and disabled people. There will be winners and losers: —Gross cuts in projected payments to insurers, hospitals and other providers total $533 billion over 10 years, according to a preliminary analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. About $100 billion will be plowed back into Medicare, leaving a net cut of $428 billion. Medicare spending will continue to grow under the law, just not as fast. The reductions are smaller (about 6 percent) than Democratic President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress came up with in 1997 (12 percent). Still, they’re deep enough that some experts believe a future Congress will reconsider them. —The law strengthens traditional Medicare, which covers about three-fourths of seniors, by improving preventive care and increasing payments to frontline primary care doctors and nurses serv-
of political pressure to withdraw, and their minds aren’t likely to be changed by a few million dollars. The broad outlines of the plan were forwarded to members of Congress late last week. A second notice with details of how the money will be spent will go to Congress soon. More than $200 million has been earmarked, with the bulk of it — roughly $150 million in military equipment and training — going to Yemen, a country seen as a growing haven for terrorists linked to al-Qaida. Officials said there is a broad consensus within the Pentagon that delivering aid to coalition partners in Afghanistan is a priority. They expect to provide help to additional countries when the remainder of the $350 million is parceled out later this year. Pentagon leaders are also pushing to expand the Afghanistan program beyond its current $75 million cap. Initially, defense officials believed that the rules of the program prohibited them from spending money to help nations fighting alongside the U.S. in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But as the Obama administration was debating the U.S. troop surge last fall, Pentagon officials went to Congress to clarify the rules.
White House sets new fuel standards
By KEN THOMAS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is setting tough gas mileage standards for new cars and trucks, spurring the next generation of fuel-sipping gas-electric hybrids, efficient engines and electric cars. The heads of the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency today were signing final rules requiring 2016 model-year vehicles to meet fuel efficiency targets of 35.5 miles per gallon combined for cars and trucks, an increase of nearly 10 mpg over current standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The EPA, which received the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions in a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, will set a tailpipe emissions standard of 250 grams (8.75 ounces) of carbon dioxide per mile for vehicles sold in 2016, or the equivalent of what would be emitted by vehicles meeting the mileage standard. The EPA is issuing its first rules ever on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. President Barack Obama, previewing the plan Wednesday, said it marked a reversal “after decades in which we have done little to increase auto efficiency.” Obama said the standards would “reduce our dependence on oil while helping folks spend a little less at the pump.” Each auto company will have a different fuel-efficiency target, based on its mix of vehicles. Automakers that build more small cars will have a higher target than car companies that manufacture a broad range of cars and trucks. The standard could be as low as 34.1 mpg by 2016 because automakers are expected to receive credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in other ways, including preventing the leaking of coolant from air conditioners. Obama said the new requirements will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the life of the program, which will cover the 2012-16 model years. The new standards move up goals set in a 2007 energy law, which required
ing as medical coordinators. But it gradually reduces generous government subsidies to private insurance plans, Medicare alternatives that have lately gained popularity. That could lead to an exodus from the private plans. —The most significant new benefit — closing Medicare’s prescription coverage gap — won’t be fully phased in until 2020. That’s a long time if you’re old and frail. The coverage gap starts after the first $2,830 spent on medications in a year. Seniors then pay entirely out of their pocket until they have spent $4,550, when the government starts picking up 95 percent of the tab. After the rebate this year, seniors in the gap will get a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs in 2011, and a smaller break on generics. The discounts gradually ramp up until the “doughnut hole” is closed. —One change has received little attention but could have major consequences. The law authorizes a variety of experiments to provide better care for seniors struggling with multiple chronic illnesses — about half the program’s beneficiaries. Prominent voices in the medical community have been clamoring for the government to use Medicare as a laboratory for change. If the approach succeeds, fewer people may end up in the hospital for bad drug reactions and other common problems.
the auto industry to meet a 35 mpg average by 2020. A NHTSA official familiar with the plan, who was not authorized to speak publicly before today’s announcement, said the requirements would add about $1,000 per new vehicle by 2016 but would pay back that investment within three years. The rule is expected to save more than $3,000 over the life of the vehicle through better gas mileage. Environmental groups have sought curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, blamed for global warming, and challenged the Bush administration for blocking a waiver request from California to pursue more stringent air pollution rules than required by the federal government. The request was granted by the Obama administration last year. “The standards forthcoming under the ’clean car peace treaty’ are a good deal for consumers, for companies, for the country and for the planet,” said David Doniger, climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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Honor Roll I 3.667 - 4.00 Seniors Stephanie Bidlack, Stacie Chandler, Drew Mesker, Matt Schimmoeller, Ben Schnipke, Kevin Stewart and Katie Von FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Lehmden. Optimist Club meets at Juniors the A&W Drive-In, 924 E. Krista Baldauf, Lacey Hittle, Andrew Fifth St. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite Huntsman, Melissa Krietemeyer, Austin at Delphos Senior Citizen Norbeck, Alyssa Piasecki, Ryan Schuerman, Center, 301 Suthoff Street. Kegan Sickels and Lauren Verhoff. Sophomores 1-4:30 p.m. — Interfaith Troy Hellman, Jason Hemker, Ethan Thrift Store is cosed. 4-7 p.m. — American Schimmoeller, Aaron Schnipke, Cody Legion Post 268, 415 N. Warnecke and Tyler Wiedeman. State St, will hold its weekFreshman ly fish fry. Rachel Krietemeyer, Sara Miller and Kaitlin Stechschulte. SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Eighth grade Thrift Store is open for Cassie Lindeman, Nicole Ricker, Seth shopping. Ricker, Jamie Saum, Alyssa Schimmoeller St. Vincent DePaul and Logan Sickels. Society, located at the east Seventh grade edge of the St. John’s High Rachael Baldauf, Kari Eickholt, Sarah School parking lot, is open. Hellman, Emily Klir, Mackenzie Landwehr The facility can also be opened by appointment by and Alyssa Wiedeman. calling John Trentman at Honor Roll II 2.850 - 3.666 419-692-7185. Seniors 9:30-11:30 a.m. — Ashley Amstutz, Jacob Berelsman, Delphos Postal Museum is Stephanie Clay, Megan Hemker, Jared open. 1 p.m. — Optimist Easter Horstman, Luke Inkrott, Kristi Kennedy, Egg Hunt at Waterworks Chase Kimmet, Todd Kleman, Jeremy Park. Neidert, Jeremy Neidert, Melanie Neidert, 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. Adam Osting, Cory Schimmoeller, Megan John’s Little Theatre. Schimmoeller, Trevor VonSossan, Drew SUNDAY HAPPY EASTER! MONDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 7 p.m. — Delphos Parks and Recreation board meets at the recreation building at Stadium Park. Washington Township trustees meet at the township house. 7:30 p.m. — Spencerville village council meets at the mayor’s office. Delphos Eagles Auxiliary meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 Fifth St. Please notify the Delphos Herald at 419695-0015 if there are any corrections or additions to the Coming Events column.
Thrift Shop is closed. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Ladies Club, Trinity United Methodist Church. 7 p.m. — Delphos Emergency Medical Service meeting, EMS building, Second Street. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Chapter 23, Order of Eastern Star, meets at the Masonic Temple, North Main Street.
Our Trip Takes Us will the Hirns will travel up not be published this through California, week as Becky and experiencing Death Brumback Library Dan wrap up their Valley, Yosemite, Spring Training jobs the Redwood Forest at the Camelback and a drive on Ranch in Glendale, the Pacific Coast AZ. The final leg of Highway. Next their journey will take they’ll travel to the the family through Pacific Northwest Hirn 13 more states. After and then home through TODAY 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith a brief stop in Las Vegas, the Midwestern states.
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Becky’s column will return next week. Becky Hirn is a Delphos resident traveling America with her family for a year. She documents the journey at www.ourtriptakesus.com . Follow the Hirn family in photos, blogs, on Facebook and Twitter. You may email Becky at beckyhirn@ ourtriptakesus.com
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The Lady Shock are comprised of, front from left, Jenna Illig, Paige Gaynier and Jayla The Lady Mavericks Upward basketball team for 2009-10 has, front from left, Emma Leis, Rachel Fetzer and Ayron McClurg; and back, coach Andy North, Audrey North, Rostorfer; and back, coach Dave Illig, Madison Farler, Carrie Stetler, Melanie Koenig, Aubrie Friemoth and coach Doug Stetler. Lauren Mox, Abigail Purdy and coach Gregg McClurg.
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couple of big plays and double plays. We then gave up three runs with two outs,” Metzger commented. “You just have to CONVOY — The St. John’s find a way to get out of those baseball team has had its share innings. Crestview had some of woes versus perennial power nice hits but you just have to Crestview over the years. find a way to get out of situaThe Blue Jays were disap- tions like that and we did not.” pointed once again Wednesday The Blue Jays’ best scornight as they dropped a 4-0 deci- ing opportunity came in the sion to the Knights at third inning. Senior the Crestview Athletic Nate Webb hit a douComplex. ble to start things off. The game started Junior Ryan Edelbrock out close — with both laid down a sacrifice teams’ pitchers throwbunt to move Webb to ing shutouts — until third base. A strikeout the fourth inning. later, classmate Tyler With two outs, the Bergfeld kept things Knights were able to alive by being patient score three runs. and getting a walk, givBlue Jay junior ing St. John’s runners Webb Austin Vogt pitched on first and third. This three straight innings of 3-up was as close as they got as the and 3-down. next batter struck out to end the The fourth inning looked inning. the same with getting the first The Jays also had a chance two outs with help from his in the seventh inning to score. defense. With one out, senior Joel “I was happy overall with Pohlman reached first base on the performance tonight. Austin an error. Vogt walked to put a pitched well until he got into runner in scoring position, with some trouble in the fourth. We sophomore Ryan Denzel pinchjust have to keep working and running for Vogt. However, the it is early in the season, just our Blue Jays could not take advansecond game,” St. John’s coach tage as the next two batters Dan Metzger relayed. struck out and popped up to Crestview’s Kyle Balliet second to end the game scoredoubled and scored when Ian less. Zollars doubled. Jordan Speaks “We were opportune hitters was the next one up for the tonight but with it being early Knights and hit a triple, driving in the season, we swung at too in a run. The final run came many first pitches early in the with Evan Vining driving in ball game. St. John’s is very Speaks with a single. The Blue good and a well-coached team Jays were finally able to get and we knew we were going to out of the inning when Steven have our hands full with them,” Rickard bounced out to second. Crestview coach Jim Wharton The damage had been done. remarked. Crestview got another run in St. John’s falls to 0-2 and the fifth inning for an insurance takes on Jefferson tonight (4:30 policy, again coming with two p.m. first pitch) at Wildcat outs after Holden got picked Field. off first. Josh Staten got a douCrestview is now 1-0 on the ble and Brad Miller drove him season and plays at Hicksville in with the next at-bat with a tonight. single. Score by Innings: “We played good defense St. John’s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 overall today, coming up with a Crestview 0 0 0 3 1 0 x - 4
Knights shut out Blue Jays
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All-Stars split once more
By JIM METCALFE The Delphos Herald
ELIDA — It might not have been the Phi Slamma Jamma “fraternity” from the early 1980s — the highflying Houston Cougars of Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde “the Glide” Drexler, Larry “Mr. Mean” Micheaux and the like — but there was plenty of athletic high flyers Wednesday night as the boys District 8 All-Stars put on a show for the 36th time on the Union Bank Court of the Elida Fieldhouse. There was plenty of shots, 3-pointers, fancy passes and more than a few slams — and missed dunks — for both games. The West — with plenty of size put on a shooting clinic in the Division IV contest, canning 51.4 percent (55-of107, including 14-of-43 from deep) and placing eight of their 11 players in double digits in grabbing a 124-99 victory. In the opener, the divisions I, II and III tilt, once more, the East got the split, downing the West 104-87. In the small-school clash, New Bremen’s 6-8 Caleb Williams led the way with 19, Continental’s Chase Ordway 17 (5 treys), 16 from St. John’s Nate Webb (4 bombs), 15 from Jared Horstman of Fort Jennings, 13 apiece from St. John’s Justin Backus and Ottoville’s Keith Pohlman and 10 each by New Knoxville’s Ryan Vanderhorst and New Bremen’s 6-8 Justin Eilerman. They also put on a passing clinic as the team com-
The Delphos Herald ---Musketeers smack Big Green in baseball
Spartans down Lady Green
OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville baseball team already had a game under its belt Wednesday night but Fort Jennings didn’t seem to mind, knocking out 11 hits and taking advantage of three Big Green errors in a 20-9 rout at Ottoville. Jared Horstman got the win for the Musketeers (1-0). He was backed by a home run by Jared Calvelage and two doubles each by Drew Metzger and Brad Trentman. Jared Horstman and Austin Norbeck had two hits apiece. Tyler Turnwald took the loss for the home team (0-2). The Big Green pounded out 14 hits, led by five doubles. Cody DeLong and Austin Markward each went 4-for4. Fort Jennings was to host Lincolnview tonight (5 p.m.) but it was moved to Lincolnview; Ottoville visits Ayersville.
Fort Jennings 20, Ottoville 9 Ft. Jennings 1 4 2 4 3 0 6 - 20 11 0 Ottoville 0 4 0 0 3 2 0 - 9 14 3 WP: Jared Horstman (1-0); LP: Tyler Turnwald (0-1). 2B: Drew Metzger 2 (FJ), Brad Trentman 2 (FJ), Jared Horstman (FJ), Cody Delong (O), Austin Norbeck (FJ), Aaron Wehri (O), Travis Maag (O), Austin Markward (O), Kyle Kroeger (O). HR: Jared Calvelage (FJ). ----
LIMA — The youthful Ottoville fast-pitch softball team committed three errors to none for Lima Senior in an 8-4 victory for the Lady Spartans Wednesday. Shyvetta Simpson (1-1) got the win for the hosts, pitching a 3-hitter. Freshman McKenzie Martin (0-1) took the loss for the Lady Green (0-2). The 6-run third inning was the big frame for the Spartans. Ottoville visits Allen East 5 p.m. Friday.
Lima Senior 8, Ottoville 4 Ottoville 001 101 1-433 Lima Sr. 016 001 x-870 WP: Shyvetta Simpson (1-1); McKenzie Martin (0-1). 2B: SDamantha Modica (O), Allissa Cassell (LS).
---Lady Lancers earn tough triumph behind Fries
2-for-4, Kaitlyn Brant 2-for3 with an RBI and Carley Springer 1-for-3 with a run batted in. “Kela pitched another great game, allowing only a leadoff single in the first. Again, our defense behind her was outstanding. We also got some timely hitting to push home the two runs. Both pitchers were on top of their game tonight,” Lancer coach Dave Evans noted. Williams gave up seven hits in her complete game and fanned nine as well, walking one. The Lady Lancers scored solo tallies in the fourth and seventh. Lincolnview (2-0) is at Pandora-Gilboa for a noon doubleheader Saturday.
Lincolnview 2, Van Wert 0 Lincolnview 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 2 7 0 Van Wert 000 000 0-011 WP: Kela Fries (2-0); LP: Williams. 2B: Kela Fries (LV).
bined for 36 assists (and only 12 turnovers vs. 11 for their opponents) as Webb (8 rebounds) and Vanderhorst had six each, Horstman (7 boards) and Marion Local’s Brian Heitkamp five each, Ordway four and Pohlman and St. John’s Scott Recker (9 caroms) three each. Kalida’s Jordan Basinger added eight boards. This game was never really close as the West got off quickly; by the first 5-minute stoppage for fresh subs, Horstman had seven and Vanderhorst six as they led 23-6. Bringing in a lot of size, Williams kept up the pace with eight of his 12 first-half markers in the next five minutes for a 24-point margin. Horstman and Ordway finished off the half with 11 each as the West built up as much as a 36-point edge before Aaron Swaney (Allen East; 11 markers, 7 assists) hit a 3-ball at the buzzer for a 68-38 halftime score. Three East players tossed in 14 apiece: PandoraGilboa’s Josh Lee and Tom Hochstettler (8 boards) and Perry’s Brandon Riepenhoff (4 bombs). Jordan Cook (Vanlue) knocked down four treys and P-G’s 6-7 Tyler Gratz (12 boards) added 10 counters. With the closest the East could get the second 20 minutes was 25, the only thing left to really decide in the second 20 minutes was when the century mark would be passed. The West got it at 8:11 when Basinger knocked down a 3-ball. The East never got there as they missed two final shots
in the last 15 seconds. The West outboarded the East 62-56 (16-21 offensive) but the East had the only foul shots (4-of-5 for 80%). As well, they shot 40-of-112 (15-of-43 downtown) for 35.7 percent. In the opener, it was close for almost the entire way — except for a 6-plus-minute span to start the second half that saw the East go from a 38-37 halftime deficit to a 67-42 span behind six from Elida’s Desmond Ragin (8 points, 9 boards) and five each from LCC’s Desi Kirkman (15 markers, 8 boards, 4 steals), LibertyBenton’s Brett Pasche (10 counters, 4 assists) and Ottawa-Glandorf’s Josh Johnson (10 counters, 7 caroms). Other than that, the two teams battled on even terms but the West never could mount a comeback. For the West, Wapakoneta’s Jackson Hayzlett was the game-high scorer with 17 (3 bombs), while Jefferson’s duo of Craig Carder (8 caroms) and Jordan Jettinghoff (6 assists) added 16 each (4 bombs each) and Parkway’s Dillon Long 14. The East had three more get double digits: Lima Senior’s Anton Hutchins (4 assists) with 15 and Elida’s Mike Knotts (9 boards, 4 assists) and Defiance’s Steve Hammersmith with 12 each. The East held a 63-45 edge off the glass (20-12 offensive) and a 10-16 (plus-6) advantage in turnovers. The shooting was about even: the East hitting 44-of99 (10-of-23 downtown) for
44.4 percent versus 36-of87 for the West (13-of-41 triples) for 41.4 percent. Both teams shot 66.7 percent at the line: the East 6-of-9 and the West 2-of3.
DIVISION IV EAST (99) Aaron Swaney 4-0-11, Tyler Sutton 2-0-4, Jordan Cook 4-0-12, Taylor Miller 4-0-8, Andrew Bell 1-2-4, Tom Hochstettler 6-0-14, Brandon Riepenhoff 5-0-14, Tyler Gratz 5-0-10, Josh Lee 6-1-14, Kevin Rogers 3-1-8. Totals 40-499. WEST (124) Brian Heitkamp 0-0-0, Chase Ordway 6-0-17, Justin Backus 6-013, Keith Pohlman 6-0-13, Scott Recker 3-0-6, Ryan Vanderhorst 5-0-10, Nate Webb 6-0-16, Jared Horstman 7-0-15, Caleb Williams 9-0-19, Justin Eilerman 5-0-10, Jordan Basinger 2-0-5. Totals 55-0-124. Score by Halves: East 38 61 - 99 West 68 56 - 124 Three-point goals: East, Cook 4, Riepenhoff 4, Swaney 3, Hochstettler 2, Lee, Rogers; West, Ordway 5, Webb 4, Backus, Pohlman, Horstman, Williams, Basinger. ---DIVISION I-II-III EAST (104) Dre White 3-2-8, Desi Kirkman 7-0-15, Josh Johnson 4-0-10, Sam Stolly 3-0-8, Brett Pasche 4-010, Desmond Ragin 4-0-8, Mike Knotts 4-2-12, Terence Pollard 3-06, Anton Hutchins 7-0-15, Steven Hammersmith 5-2-12. Totals 44-6104. WEST (87) Darin Waterman 3-0-7, Jackson Hayzlett 7-0-17, Jordan Jettinghoff 5-2-16, Dillon Long 7-0-14, Luke Grieshop 1-0-3, Jake Olson 2-0-4, Craig Carder 6-0-16, Tim Brunet 1-0-2, Jacob Bagley 0-0-0, Vic Fortkamp 4-0-8. Totals 36-2-87. Score by Halves: East 37 67 - 104 West 38 49 - 87 Three-point goals: East, Johnson 2, Stolly 2, Pasche 2, Knotts 2, Kirkman, Hutchins; West, Jettinghoff 4, Carder 4, Hayzlett 3, Waterman, Grieshop.
(3-for-5, 4 RBIs) in the bottom of the fifth for Van Wert. Corey Clifton provided the other big Van Wert bat with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs Anthony Simpson went 3-for-4 to pace the Lancers, while Austin Kayser went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and Taylor Hoehn 2-for-4. Lincolnview hosts Fort Jennings tonight.
Van Wert 10, Lincolnview 9 Lincolnview 4 0 1 3 1 0 0 - 9 12 4 Van Wert 0 5 0 1 3 0 1 - 10 12 3 2B: Austin Kayser 2 (LV), Taylor Hoehn (LV). HR: Zach Bolenbaugh (VW).
(0-1). 2B: Ryan Musgrave (E), Mackenzie Hampshire (E).
---8-run 3rd lifts Elida baseballers
VAN WERT — It was a good old-fashioned pitchers’ duel Wednesday night at Van Wert as Lincolnview senior right-hander Kela Fries outdueled the Lady Cougars’ Williams for a 2-0 fast-pitch softball victory. Fries (2-0) threw a 1-hitter (Madison Kohn had the only hit with a leadoff single) and fanned nine. She walked none. Fries helped herself with a 1-for-3 performance at the plate. Paige McClure went
---Cougars win baseball slugfest
VAN WERT — Both Lincolnview and Van Wert pounded out 12 hits in their baseball battle Wednesday night at Smiley Park. However, the Lancers had four errors and the Cougars three, enough for a 10-9 Cougar victory. It came down to a walk-off homer by Zach Bolenbaugh
ELIDA — The Elida baseball team erupted for eight runs in the third inning to propel the Bulldogs to a 9-2 victory Wednesday night at Ed Sandy Memorial Field. Ronny Milam got the victory for the hosts (2-0), while Mangas took the loss for Leipsic (0-1). Ryan Musgrave went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in, while Matt Thompson went 2-for-3. Mangas batted 3-fior-3 for the visitors. Elida hosts Bryan tonight (5 p.m. first pitch).
Elida 9, Leipsic 2 Leipsic 100 010 0-2 5 1 Elida 108 000 x-9 8 3 WP: Ronny Milam (1-0); LP: Mangas
---Lady Knights pummel ’Dawgs ELIDA — Powerhouse Crestview lived up to its fast-pitch softball reputation by handing host Elida a 10-0 whitewash Wednesday night at Dorothy Edwards Field. Chelsea Lare (1-0) tossed a 5-hitter while helping herself at the plate with a double. The Lady Knights (1-0) compiled 10 hits versus Jenn Eilerman (0-1). Lydia Etzler had the big blow for the visitors with a round-tripper. The Lady Bulldogs also committed four errors. Elida is in twin-bill action at high noon Saturday at Bellefontaine.
The Lady Racers fell 7-2 to drop to 5-6; ODU is 7-4.
MEN: Doubles: No. 1: Jeff Brown/Juan Cardenas (UNOH) 8-6 over Conrad Klank/Claude Badowski. No. 2: Bernado Feitosa/Bruno Melibeu (ODU) 9-7 over Gustavo Rueda/Alexander Hager. No. 3: Greg Dillon/Robert McMahon (ODU) 8-4 over Jason Sarno/Cassio Sirimarco. Singles: UNOH Ohio Dominican Winner Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 No. 1: Gustavo Rueda (UNOH) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (13) over Bernado Feitosa. No. 2: Jeff Brown6-1 5-7, 6-1 over Bruno Melibeu. No. 3: Alexander Hager (UNOH) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3 over Greg Dillon. No. 4: Juan Cardenas (UNOH) 6-1, 6-3 over Claude Badowski. No. 5: Conrad Klank (ODU) 6-4, 7-5 over Evan Carr. No. 6: Robert McMahon (ODU) 6-2, 6-4 over Jason Sarno. WOMEN: Doubles: No. 1: Aline Mariano/Katelyn Rodgers (ODU) 8-6 over Jamie Hilborn/Katie Whittington. No. 2: Tara Carr/Ashley Carmack (UNOH) 8-3 over Krista Derry/Mari Monaco. No. 3: Nathalia Braga/Ruchika Alahakoon (ODU) 8-3 over Jessie Stambaugh/Erynn Piper. Singles: No. 1: Jamie Hilborn (UNOH) 6-0, 7-5 over Nathalia Braga. No. 2: Aline Mariano (ODU) 6-3, 6-3 over Katie Whittington. No. 3: Katelyn Rodgers (ODU) 6-3, 6-3 over Shaye Warman. No. 4: Ruchika Alahakoon (ODU) 6-2, 6-0 over Tara Carr. No. 5: Krista Derry (ODU) 6-1, 6-1 over Jessie Stambaugh. No. 6: Mari Monaco (ODU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 over Ashley Carmack.
Crestview 10, Elida 0 Crestview 4 1 0 1 4 - 10 10 1 Elida 000 00- 0 54 WP: Chelsea Lare (1-0: LP: Jenn Eilerman (0-1). 2B: Kayla Richardson (CV), Chelsea Lare (CV). HR: Lydia Etzler (CV).
---Racers split tennis match with ODU
COLUMBUS — The University of Northwestern Ohio tennis teams split their match with Ohio Dominican Wednesday in Columbus. The men beat ODU 5-4 to improve to 11-3, while ODU falls to 3-8.
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Pond algae control with barley straw Friends of Ohio Barns set Barn
BY GLEN ARNOLD Associate Professor, OSU Extension educator
Filamentous algae is the most common aquatic weed problem in Ohio ponds. Its “sudden” appearance as it floats off the bottom causes consternation to pond owners as it degrades the aesthetic and recreational value of their ponds. A number of mechanical, biological, and chemical control measures are available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. A review of these measures can be found in Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet A-398, Controlling Filamentous Algae in Ponds. http://ohioline.osu.edu/a-fact/0003. html Barley straw has received attention as an algaecide based on research done in England. Results showed that barley straw prohibits the growth of many types of algae, but not all. Research in the United States has not yielded results quite as positive as those in England.
COLUMBUS — Farmer? Gardener? Foodie? Wine Enthusiast? How are you Farm Bureau? Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to tell their story in the “I am Farm Bureau” contest. Prizes include pre-paid Nationwide Bank®Visa® gift cards, plus a chance to be featured in a Farm Bureau advertising campaign. The contest is part of a larger campaign to illustrate the diversity of Ohio Farm Bureau membership. “Sometimes the public is led to believe that Farm Bureau is ‘big, corporate agriculture,’” said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director of marketing communications. “In fact, membership includes farms of all sizes, gardeners, food and wine enthusiasts, nature lovers, conservationists and more.” While only Farm Bureau members can enter, the pub-
Cover Crop and Drainage Water OFB launches “I Am Farm Bureau” contest Management Field Day set Wednesday
“Anybody can be a Farm Bureau member, and this contest is a wonderful opportunity for all of them to showcase who they are, what they do and how diverse Farm Bureau really is.”
— Dan Toland, communications specialist lic will determine the winner from a group of finalists. Internet users will be able browse member stories and photos, and select their favorite entry. “Anybody can be a Farm Bureau member, and this contest is a wonderful opportunity for all of them to showcase who they are, what they do and how diverse Farm Bureau really is,” said Dan Toland, OFBF communications specialist. “With the contest taking place through social media, it is also a chance for Farm Bureau and consumers alike to discover new connections and opportunities and to take a look at how we are ultimately tied to our agricultural heritage.” The deadline for entries is May 31. Final judging will be complete by June 27 with winners announced on June 28. The grand prize is a $250 pre-paid Nationwide Bank Visa gift card. Runners-up receive a $100 Nationwide Bank Visa gift card. For more information on the contest, visit www.ofbf. org or www.facebook.com/ OhioFarmBureau. Van Wert SWCD and OSU Extension Van Wert are cosponsoring a cover crop and water management field day. The field day will be held at two separate locations during two sessions on April 7. The first session will run 9-11 a.m. at Ron Kill’s field approximately 1/4 mile south of the intersection of U.S. 224 and Convoy Heller Road on the west side of Convoy Heller Road, just south of the power substation (park on the west side of the road). This session will be outdoors so plan to dress accordingly for the weather. Jim Hoorman, OSU Extension Mercer County will be discussing cereal rye, oats, cowpeas and oilseed radish. Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD is scheduled to discuss cover crop incentive programs through EQIP. Pond Seed Company will be present to show seed size of various cover crops and discuss seed pricing. Ron Kill will be available to discuss his experiences with cover crops. A soil pit will be available to examine the impact of cover crops on soil quality and structure. The second session will run 1-3 p.m. at 2498 John Brown Road (pull into the barnyard on west side of road). This session will be partially outdoors, so dress accordingly for the weather. Norman Fausey, NRCS Supervisory Soil Scientist
The decomposition of barley straw in water produces and releases many compounds, one of which may help control algae populations. The chemical compound does not eliminate existing algae cells but interferes with and prevents the growth of new algae cells. As “old” algae cells naturally die off, few new algae cells are produced and the algae population is controlled as long as the compound is being produced. In a small ornamental pond of four square yards (about 100 square feet), only 0.01 pounds is needed. In a one-acre pond, the amount required would be about 107 pounds of straw or 2-3 standard bales. In a pond with a history of algae problems, a higher initial amount of 225 pounds per surface acre may be warranted. Each bale should be broken up as much as possible so that nearly all decomposition will occur in the presence of oxygen. About 1/3 of a bale should be placed in a large, weighted permeable bag of some sort. If an
intact bale is placed in the pond, only the decomposition occurring along the outside of the bale will occur in the presence of oxygen. Bags containing loose straw should be placed around the perimeter of the pond in water no deeper than 6 feet. Most algae production occurs in shallow water so the bulk of the control compound needs to be located there. Attaching a rope to each bag is advisable in order to retrieve the bags and replace the decomposed straw with fresh straw as needed. Barley straw appears most effective when used to inhibit development of algae, but is apparently not effective in controlling existing algae. Barley straw should be placed in the pond in April for best results. In ponds with a history of algae problems, old straw should be replaced with fresh in mid-July. Ohio State University Extension has a fact sheet on using barley straw for algae control and it can be found online at http:// ohioline.osu.edu/a-fact/0012. html
Conference and Barn Tour
The Arden Shisler Conference Center, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, will be the site of this year’s Friends of Ohio Barns Conference April 23 and 24. The adventure starts Friday with a day-long bus tour through Wayne County to see and explore many historic barns. Rudy Christian, Larry Sulzer and other barn detectives will be there to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour. In keeping with the theme of barns, the group will stop at the Smithville Barn Restaurant for lunch. Saturday’s conference will be filled with presentations by knowledgeable barn enthusiasts. Steve Gordon, an Ohio farm and barn historian, is the keynote speaker this year. Pam Whitney Gray, also known as the “Lady Barn Consultant,” will be there promoting her new book and speaking on the Americanization of the Family Farm. Wayne County historian Paul Locher will also be there to entertain with his knowledge of local history with yarns and stories from his book, “When Wooster was a Whippersnapper.” Dr. Anne Christy will present information regarding the reuse of old barns, tax credits, grant writing and other beneficial resources for barn owners and Charles Leik will bring everyone up to date on the National Barn Alliance program. The Wayne County Historic Barn Survey volunteer program will report on findings to date of the survey teams. Rudy Christian, local timber framer and traditional builder, will also be giving a talk on the history of timber framing. The Barn Repair Panel will also be on the schedule to provide humor and education for barn owners with maintenance and/or repair
questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos depicting their barn maintenance problems or issues that they would like discussed. There will be timber frame and hewing demonstrations, barn survey exhibits, antique tool exhibits, a bookstore, barn models as well as a silent auction filled with interesting items and more. Visit www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more schedule items and registration costs. Contact Laura Saeger at email@example.com or Ric Beck at rbw7215@ hotmail.com. Friends of Ohio Barns is a non-profit organization designed to promote awareness of the significance of Ohio’s historic barns through educational opportunities that bring together barn owners, barn lovers and folks who believe in the stewardship of Ohio barns.
will be discussing the value and benefits of installing a water control structure and how that impacts field water management. Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD will discuss incentives available for drainage control structures, and Ron Schumm will be available to discuss his experiences with his water control structure. This is a BYOC (bring your own coffee) event and lunch is not provided. Preregistration is not required. Questions on this field day can be directed to Andy Kleinschmidt, OSU Extension at 419-203-5967 or Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD at 419-2389591
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selected for ‘Farming on Five to Fifty’ are designed to help people learn how to grow food for themselves, their family and friends.” Attendees will be rotated through four different breakout sessions including vegetable gardening, backyard
COLUMBUS — Living the rural life means a lot to learn, from figuring out how to grow a garden to managing your property. Due to their increasing popularity, topics such as these will be the focus of the Grow and Know Series, presented by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Grow and Know encourages people to get back to basics with their land and food, and provides information on how to make the most of their property, whether it’s a patio downtown or 50 acres in Ohio’s countryside. The series consists of four day-long events which will be held throughout Ohio, culminating with a holiday event in November. The first regional event, “Farming on Five to Fifty,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at Malabar Farm in Lucas. “This event will be perfect for those looking for ideas on what to do with a few extra acres,” said Cara Lawson, promotion specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau and one of the coordinators for the event. “The sessions
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By Bernice Bede Osol
Friday, April 2, 2010 Things are about to change in the year ahead for those of you who have not been shown proper recognition for a job well done. An excellent job change is indicated for those who deserve more. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Something that gave you some concern previously may resurface again today, but this time it shouldn’t cause you any trouble in handling. Negatives have now turned into positives. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If you’ve been working on anything of significance, try to solidify it now, especially if it involves a joint endeavor. Everything is likely to run smoothly for both you and your partner. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Tough times are finally shifting in a favorable direction, so do what you can to turn any condition that has to do with your work or career into something you’d be proud to be part of. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Stop leaving everything up to others, especially when it involves your material security. Check out what you can do to take a more direct control over that which affects your livelihood. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- This is an excellent day to enlarge your range of social interests if you are amenable. By meeting new people, new groups, or getting into new activities, you can expand your life considerably. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -That which is old hat can be repurposed in new situations or activities, so don’t forsake anything that has worked so well for you in the past. Today is all about blending. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- A new financial trend you’re watching may be starting off slow, but it is likely to gain substantial momentum with time. Becoming part of it while it is still new will yield you much down the line. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -It’s not the time to throw in the towel on a matter that hasn’t taken off as quickly as you had anticipated. Proper compensation or rewards for this endeavor can still materialize in the long term. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- It might not appear so to you right now, but major improvements in your social life are indicated for the times ahead. Appreciation of others needs time to develop. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t forsake one you’ve been involved with for a long time, especially for someone new you just met. You can pursue new interests without giving up an old friend. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Lady Luck is more likely to repeat her favors in areas that have made the most of her good offerings. Don’t do anything to rock the boat, when everything’s going so smoothly for you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Take a long-range view on your life instead of focusing only on the immediate. As you broaden your perspective on things, fresh opportunities will become more evident with time.
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Dear Annie: My husband also allow your older sons and I adopted a boy from a to get to know him before he reputable adoption home 26 is shoved in their faces. By years ago. At the time, we all means, continue to see were given only a few details him, but please give yourself more time before taking the about the birth parents. Several months ago, next step. Dear Annie: I read the I found out who the birth mother is and where she letter from “Lost in Hawaii,” lives. If I contact her and she who was concerned that her wants to get in touch, should ex-husband was too lenient I share this information with with their 14-year-old daughmy son? The mother was ter who lived with him. My ex gave himself a only 17 when she gave him divorce for his up. I know now 50th birthday. My that my child has 12-year-old daughsiblings. Should I ter decided to live keep this informawith Dad, and was tion to myself forallowed to stay ever? -- Desperate out as late as she To Know What wanted and leave To Do her room a mess D e a r and was never disDesperate: Has ciplined for anyyour son ever thing. After two expressed an years of his lazy interest in searchand lenient parenting for his birth parents? He is an Annie’s Mailbox ing, my beautiful, smart daughadult now, and this decision should be his. ter started drinking and Tell him you can help him was suspended from high locate his birth mother if school twice for drugs. The he wants to do so. There police once picked her up may be medical history that at 3 a.m. If I tried to “interwould prove useful, and if fere,” she would threaten not his biological family agrees, to visit me again. Last fall, a meeting could be a good she flunked out of her first thing. Adoptees often find semester of college. My biggest regret is that I this emotionally beneficial. Dear Annie: I am a didn’t fight harder to get cus52-year-old widow. My hus- tody. I hope she will bounce band died seven years ago, back, but the situation has and I had not dated any- gone downhill, and I realize one until I met “Jim” at the what she needed most was guidance and discipline, not health club. We discovered we had guilt-induced permissivea lot in common, and as ness. -- Didn’t Stand Up time went on, we began to for My Daughter Dear Didn’t: You can’t develop strong feelings for each other. I felt my life turn back the clock, but it come back to me. After five is never too late to build a months, Jim moved in with better relationship with your my teenage son and me. He daughter so you can be the source of support she needs. makes us both happy. Annie’s Mailbox is writThe problem is, my two older boys do not feel I ten by Kathy Mitchell and should have another man in Marcy Sugar, longtime edimy life. I told them Jim has tors of the Ann Landers also felt the emptiness of a column. Please e-mail your loss and understands. I also questions to anniesmailsaid I will always love their email@example.com, or write father, but I want a life, too. to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Unfortunately, my sons Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. have made it hard for me to Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los see my grandchildren. We are Angeles, CA 90045. not a close family anymore, and I am heartbroken. What do I do? Should I please my sons or myself? Am I a bad mother for choosing a man over my grown sons? -- Mom in the Middle Dear Mom: We see two different problems here. Your sons are being selfish to withhold the grandchildren because you refuse to remain alone for the rest of your life. However, having Jim move in with you and a teenager after five months is too much too soon. We know you have been lonely, but you are rushing this relationship. It is premature to cohabit, and you should explain to Jim that you are having second thoughts about the arrangement and would like to take things more slowly. He should move out. This will
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By ERIC TUCKER and PAT EATON-ROBB The Associated Press WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Stacey Marcure thought she and her family had survived the worst of flooding two weeks ago, when no more than 5 inches of water seeped into her basement. Then she woke Tuesday to a fresh burst of heavy flooding spurred by record-setting rainfall that released havoc on this former mill town and much of the Northeast. Her family made it out safely, though her husband had to be rescued by boat after he returned to raise valuables to the top floor. Now she’s staying with relatives, unsure what will become of possessions such as her daughter’s first communion dress — or the home that had been in her family for 70 years. “It’s definitely not going to be livable, at least not for a while,” said Marcure, 38, a teacher’s assistant. The rains stopped Wednesday and the floodwaters began to recede in hard-hit Rhode Island, though what the governor called the worst flooding in 200 years could persist for several days and permanently close businesses already struggling in the weak economy. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to travel to Rhode Island on Friday to assess the damage, a department official told The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the trip hadn’t been formally announced. The latest flooding there was far worse than an inundation earlier this month in the same areas, and the ripple effects were vast and still being tallied: Hundreds were forced from their homes and thousands of properties lost power. Bridges and highways were washed out from Maine to Connecticut and sewage systems were overwhelmed to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets. Homes and cars were submerged along the banks of the Pawtuxet River, which flooded several blocks past its banks in many spots and crested Wednesday at 20.79 feet — 12 feet above its ordinary level of 9 feet. Water flowed like a torrent around the Warwick Mall, with rapids encroaching outside an Old Navy and Macy’s. Oil slicks floated on top of muddy water through neighborhoods. Stonington, Conn., a coastal town on the Rhode Island border, was largely cut off as two of its three bridges went out. A bridge also gave out in Freetown, Mass., isolating about 1,000 residents. In Coventry, R.I., the abutments on a two-lane bridge had washed out, and officials continued to monitor it today for potential collapse. A stretch of Interstate 95, the main route linking Boston to New York, was still closed and could remain so for days as engineers inspect structural damage. Amtrak suspended some trains because of water over the tracks. The heavy rain is the latest setback to Rhode Island, which has struggled for months with an unemployment rate nearing 13 percent — about three percentage points higher than the national average. Some of the areas worst hit were business districts. Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Gov. Don Carcieri, said it was too soon to know the economic impact of the latest round of flooding to the state, which has a $220 million budget deficit. But Angelo Padula Jr., a West Warwick city councilman, said he assumed the flooding was a death knell for his family business — an autorestoration company founded by his grandfather
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with then-Pope Paul VI nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. In the Aug. 27, 1963, letter, the head of the New Mexicobased Servants of the Holy Paraclete tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry and strongly urges defrocking repeat offenders. The letter shows that the Vatican knew, or should have known, about clergy abuse in the U.S. decades ago, said Anthony DeMarco, a plaintiff attorney in Los Angeles who provided the letter. The accusation comes as plaintiffs in Kentucky are attempting to sue the Vatican for negligence for allegedly failing to alert police or the public about priests who molested children. Yet the problem was very well-known to Rome well before the 1960s. The 1917 code of canon law criminalized sexual abuse of minors. Five years later, the Vatican penned a document outlining detailed procedures for handling such cases. In 1962, that document was updated and has been used in many of the lawsuits by victims against U.S. diocese and the Vatican itself. The letter, written by the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, appears to have been drafted at the request of the pope and summarizes Fitzgerald’s thoughts on problem priests after his Vatican visit. The letter echoes other Fitzgerald writings about wayward priests. Several news organizations, including the AP, reported last year that Fitzgerald was intent on buying an island where priests attracted to men and boys could be segregated, and even made a $5,000 down payment on a Caribbean island for that purpose. “It is for this class of rattlesnake I have always wished an island retreat, but even an island is too good for these vipers,” he wrote an acquaintance in 1957. In 1960, he sent two priests from the Paracletes to the island of Tortola to investigate the location — but his dream of an
1963 letter indicates former pope knew of molestation
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Google Inc. accused Vietnam on Wednesday of stifling political dissent with cyberattacks, the latest complaint by the Internet giant against a communist regime following a public dispute with China over online censorship. Like China, Vietnam tightly controls the flow of information and has said it reserves the right to take “appropriate action” against Web sites it deems harmful to national security. The cyberattacks targeted “potentially tens of thousands,” a posting on Google’s online security blog said. It said it was drawing attention to the Vietnam attacks because they underscored the need for the international community “to take cybersecurity seriously to help keep free opinion flowing.” Google apparently stumbled onto a scheme targeting Vietnamesespeaking Internet users around the world while investigating the surveillance of e-mail accounts belonging to Chinese human rights activists, one analyst suggested. The attackers appear to have targeted specific Web sites and duped users into downloading malware programs, said Nart Villeneuve from The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. That may have allowed the infiltration and surveillance of activists, he said. “This kind of stuff happens all the time in China,” said Villeneuve. “It has a chilling effect. It silences people.” Google engineer Neel Mehta wrote in the posting, “these attacks have tried to squelch opposition to bauxite mining efforts in Vietnam, an important and emotionally charged issue in the country.” The mining project involving a subsidiary of Chinese state-run aluminum company Chinalco is planned for Vietnam’s Central Highlands and has attracted strong opposition. Foes fear the mine would cause major environmental problems and lead to Chinese workers flooding into the strategically sensitive region. The computer security firm McAfee, which has investigated the malware, also discussed the attacks in a blog posting Tuesday.
Google: Vietnam smothers dissent Police: Teen sold stepsister, 7,
island monastery dedicated to trouble priests ended when the new archbishop of Santa Fe overruled him, his successor, Rev. Joseph McNamara, has said in an affidavit. A message left with the Paraclete order at one of their two existing facilities in Missouri was not returned. A number for the second facility was disconnected. The offices of the Vatican spokesman were closed late Wednesday. Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, defended the church and said it was unlikely Paul VI ever saw the 1963 letter. Fitzgerald opens the five-page letter by thanking the pope for an audience the day before and says he is summarizing his thoughts at the pope’s request on the “problem of the problem priest” after 20 years working to treat them. He tells Paul VI that treatment for priests who have succumbed to “abnormal, homosexual tendencies” should include psychiatric, as well as spiritual, counseling — but goes on to warn about the dangers of leaving those individuals in ministry. The letter proves that Vatican officials knew about clergy abuse decades ago and should have done more to protect children, plaintiff attorney DeMarco said. The church has come under fire for transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to other parishes, rather than reporting the abuse to civil authorities and removing them from ministry. The problem of clergy abuse has been known to Rome well before then. The 1917 code of canon law criminalized sexual abuse of minors. Five years later, the Vatican penned a document outlining detailed procedures for handling such cases. In 1962, that document was updated and has been used in many of the lawsuits by victims against U.S. diocese and the Vatican itself. Fitzgerald’s letter shows the pope knew how pervasive and destructive the problem was, DeMarco said. The letter was released in Los Angeles by attorneys who represented more than 500 victims of clergy abuse in their record-breaking $660 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2007.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It started with a party invitation to a 15-year-old girl from some men she knew. She took her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment down the street from their home near the Statehouse, where the girls had been hanging around outside on a Sunday afternoon. For the younger girl, police say it quickly descended into a horrifying ordeal in which she was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched but got paid by those who did it. Their parents, none the wiser, thought maybe they had run away. The teen has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Her name was not released because of her age, but the county prosecutor plans to ask the court to try her as an adult. In the meantime, she is being held at the Mercer County Youth Detention Center. The 7-year-old had wanted to tag along because she was worried about the 15-year-old’s safety, Mayor Doug Palmer said. When the girls didn’t return home by 4:30 Sunday afternoon, their parents called police, believing the older one had run away from home and taken her younger sister with her. In fact, they were down the street inside a 13th-floor apartment at Rowan Towers, a high-rise complex so dangerous that police are hired as security guards at night. Inside apartment 13-C, police said, the 7-year-old was soon left alone as her sister headed to a back bedroom to sell sex to several men. When she came out into the living room, she handed her 7-year-old sister money and encouraged her to let the men touch her. It went from touching to assault. Afterward, the child put on her clothes and left. Her sister stayed behind with the men. Two women found the child crying outside the apartment and walked her home, where police were waiting. The child told them what happened and was treated at a hospital. When police located the 15-year-old later that night, she also told them what happened and was arrested. Palmer said the crimes are among the worst he’s seen in 20 years as mayor. Lauren Kidd, a spokeswoman for New Jersey’s Children and Families department, said state and federal confidentiality laws prohibit the agency from commenting about possible prior involvement with the family. But Juniak indicated the department may have had previous contact with the older girl. Police are now scouring video surveillance from lobby and elevator cameras to try to identify everyone at the party. They believe there were about a dozen people in the apartment, mostly teenage boys and men who police say likely broke in — a fairly common occurrence in the crime-plagued neighborhood that sits in the shadow of the Statehouse’s golden dome. Police Director Irving Bradley Jr. said the building’s management company, Interstate Realty Management Co., has been working with police to curb the violence.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A crowd sprayed with bullets in a drive-by that killed four and wounded five had just returned from the funeral of a man slain nearby and a 20-year-old is suspected in both shootings, according to authorities concerned about more retaliation. Two men and a 14-year-old boy accused of driving the minivan from which the bullets were fired were charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday night’s shooting, the worst in D.C. in at least 16 years. One of the suspects, Orlando Carter, also has been charged with second-degree murder in the March 22 death of Jordan Howe, whose funeral was earlier that day. On March 23, Carter was shot in the head and shoulder hours after his brother was charged in Howe’s death, court documents said. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newshan said at a news conference that by finding out if there are beefs between two neighborhood groups he called crews, police hope to stop more bloodshed. Crews are more loosely affiliated than gangs, he said. Court documents mention one other person in the van who was not caught. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the drive-by an egregious type of retaliation. “It’s ridiculous and the community is tired of it. There is no excuse for it,” she said. Both the drive-by and Howe’s killing were in a neighborhood known for drugs and related violence about 7 miles from the White House. Friends and relatives of the drive-by victims returned to the scene, where a blood-covered gauze package lay on a sidewalk that smelled of bleach. Four teddy bears were placed by steps leading to the apartment building. The building’s owner, William Cheek, said he had just walked across the street to buy a lottery ticket when he heard gunshots about 7:30 p.m. and saw many in the group on the ground. His grandson was among the victims. “I saw him breathe his last breath,” Cheek said, a tear running down his face. “He was shot in the head.” Cheek didn’t want to identify his grandson but said he was enrolled in a GED class, played basketball and hoped to become a long-distance bus driver. Court documents identified the victims as 17-year-old Tavon Nelson, 19-year-old William Jones III, 16-year-old Brishell Jones and 18-year-old Devaughn Boyd. “They got shot right on my porch,” said Cheek, a case manager at a local community center with programs on substance abuse, job training and anger management. Carter and Nathaniel Simms, 26, were arraigned and ordered held without bail. The teen also faces a murder charge and a family judge ordered him held at a juvenile facility, saying he was a danger and a risk for fleeing. He has nine convictions dating to 2005.
Bush wiretapping takes hit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a repudiation of the Bush administration’s now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance” by the National Security Agency. The judge’s 45-page ruling focused narrowly on the case involving the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, touching vaguely on the larger question of the program’s legality. Nonetheless, Al-Haramain lawyer Jon Eisenberg said the ruling had larger implications. “By virtue of finding what the Bush administration did to our clients was illegal, he found that the Terrorist Surveillance Program was unlawful,” Eisenberg said. President Bush authorized the surveillance program shortly after 9/11, allowing NSA officials to bypass the courts and intercept electronic communications believed connected to al-Qaida. Generally, government investigators are required to obtain search warrants signed by judges to eavesdrop on domestic phone calls, e-mail traffic and other electronic communications. At issue Wednesday was a 2006 lawsuit filed by the Ashland, Ore., branch of the Saudi-based foundation and two American lawyers Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor. Belew and Ghafoor claimed their 2004 phone conversations with foundation official Soliman al-Buthi were wiretapped without warrants soon after the Treasury Department had declared the Oregon branch a supporter of terrorism. They argued that wiretaps installed without a judge’s authorization are illegal. It was the last active case pending before a trial judge challenging the wiretapping program that ended in 2007. “The ruling ends the case, but without the fireworks everyone expected,” George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr said. “It ended with a whimper.” The plaintiffs were seeking $1 million each, plus attorney fees in the case. Walker ordered more legal arguments before deciding on possible damages. The ruling came after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the lawsuit threatened to expose ongoing intelligence work and must be thrown out.
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Answers to Wednesday’s questions: The cheetah is the only member of the cat family that does not have retractable claws. You tell the sex of a horse by its teeth because males have 40 molars and females have 36. Today’s questions: By what popular name do we know the fluorine-based compound polytetrafluoro-ethylene, or PTFE? Why is the small shorebird Americans know as the red phalarope called the grey phalarope in England? Answers in Friday’s Herald. Today’s words: Dolus: fraud; malicious deceit Paddling: collective noun for mallards
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