8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Working mothers who are breast-feeding and need to express their milk must have break times and a private location - not a bathroom - to do so in the workplace, according to a little-noticed provision of the new health care law. "It flew under the radar and took everybody by surprise,' said Andrew Rodman, partner with Stearns Weaver Miller, a Miami law firm that sent out an advisory on the new law to clients this week.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - After receiving threatening late-night calls at home and having the term "baby killer' shouted as he spoke on the House floor, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., on Friday became perhaps the most prominent casualty of the health care debate, announcing that he will retire from Congress. His decision to retire, after becoming a target of both sides in the abortion debate, added to the problems of Democrats fighting to hold on to their majority in the November midterm elections.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
President Barack Obama and potential rival Sarah Palin traded barbs over nuclear weapons policy in an exchange that provided an early look at what a 2012 election campaign between the two might look like. Each politician was openly dismissive of the other Friday.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - For the better part of three months, Norwalk city officials debated adult arcades. Some said they didn't want arcades within the city limits while others said let the market decide. After all was said done, Norwalk council let the arcades in -- sort of -- with pretty restrictive zoning.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Looking ahead to the April 20 regular session, Norwalk city council will likely vote on the contract between the city and North Central EMS for ambulance/EMS services. The contract is for nine years. Mayor Sue Lesch said at last week's council meeting the city stands to save at least $300,000 over the course of the contract compared to the expiring one.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A fire has displaced a local family of five. It also killed their two cats. "The Red Cross was giving them assistance," Willard Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Joe Reiderman said about occupant Shana Hambey and her family. Firefighters responded to the blaze reported at 7:41 a.m. Friday at 3322 Ohio 598 in New Haven Township. The fire started in the kitchen area in a rear addition on the house built in the 1850s.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will have a different look next week. Missing will be the mountains of trash piled up on every city street. The reason for this is, a few months back, Norwalk city officials put an end to the spring and fall trash pickup, citing budgetary concerns.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Making something positive out of an overwhelming tragedy - that's the goal of an event is being held in memory of Charlotte "Charlie" Sweet, the Norwalk High School junior who took her own life in May 2009 at the age of 17. The benefit for the "To Write Love on Her Arms organization" will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. April 24 at the "Old Rec" on Monroe Street. The event is called "Remember the Sweet Things in Life" and is intended to remember those who have died by suicide and those currently struggling with depression.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
The father of a reality TV show producer questioned by police in the slaying of his wife in Cancun "loved (her) and would never harm her.' Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, was released by state police in Mexico after a day of questioning concerning the strangulation death of his wife, Monica, who is the owner of a popular Los Angeles-area nightclub.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Music video footage of singer Erykah Badu stripping off her clothes while strolling through downtown Dallas has dominated coverage of the Grammy winner for the past week. On Saturday, life was more down to earth as the singer smiled, chatted and laughed while signing CDs and fliers for several hundred hometown fans at Good Records on Greenville Avenue. Dressed in sweatpants and a purple hoodie, the Dallas native was swarmed by people who weren't calling for her arrest.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tiger disembarks from his never-ending philandering, sexting, lying scumbaggery, and rejoins what originally turned him into a person of interest. Playing golf. At the Masters.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Doberman, coffee in hand, looked closely at McBeanne as he sat down next to the former accountant. "Have you been working on someone's income tax again? I thought you had hung up your old green eyeshade for good a couple years ago. But here we are on the doorstep of Uncle Sam's tax deadline. Your eyes are all weepy red.' "It's the doggoned allergy season. I took a pill a minute ago. That should clear things up pretty soon. Our confounded pollen aggravates me a little more about this time every year. I found an over-the-counter product which suits me. It doesn't make me sleepy or get on my nerves.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
This week's story could be called "much ado about nothing,' as it concerns a criminal indictment in which the defendant was acquitted after short deliberation by the jury. The excitement of the case was that the accused was a former county commissioner and presently serving as cashier of the Savings & Loan Banking Co., of New London. Our subject is George E. Prosser of New London. He had served as county commissioner from 1895 to 1901. He was a co-founder of the bank in 1900, and also was serving as vice-president of the C. E. Ward Co. It was charged that he had solicited and had accepted bribes from the companies who were hired to build bridges. At that time the county did not have a highway department or engineer. What is now the office of engineer was known as the county surveyor.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Recently, my husband and I were listening to the early morning news on WLKR radio. One of the top news items was about Norwalk's upcoming Easter egg hunt (now in the past, but this was last week). The radio station news announcer spoke about the starting times for the hunt. There were several starting times, depending on the child's age. "This is news?' my husband asked. To him, news involves government and war and crime and politics - not an Easter egg hunt.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Who are we really protecting? Who are we hurting? That was an interesting discussion I had last week with Reflector Columnist Debbie Leffler, a former staffer here who left to return to school, get her teaching degree and change professions.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.' - Benjamin Franklin As the weather has warmed this spring, you may have noticed a foul smell in the air. It's not the local sewage treatment plant, but more likely the stench emitting from Capitol Hill.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - Brian Colatruglio, the head football coach at perennial playoff winner Hopewell-Loudon for six seasons, confirmed Thursday that he had accepted an offer to become Columbian's head coach, according to the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune. In jumping from the Midland Athletic League to the Northern Ohio League, Colatruglio will replace Steve Gilbert, who retired two months ago after 17 seasons at the helm of the Tornadoes.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft reported Wednesday of virtually all of the copper from a vacant Southwest Road house. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said this is the fourth such complaint about abandoned or vacant houses in Groton Township in the last couple of months.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The foreclosure crisis that has impacted Summit County homeowners has been a financial boon for a select few friends of Sheriff Drew Alexander. Fifteen men, mostly retired police officers with little or no appraising experience, combined to earn more than $1.2 million working part time setting property values for the sheriff's office last year.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former area police officer accused of molesting a 13-year-old female was arraigned on five felonies Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Colonel G. Willis Jr., 50, of 55 State St., entered a "not guilty" plea to one charge of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition in connection with incidents between June 1 and Nov. 30. The suspect also was arraigned on two additional charges of gross sexual imposition stemming from incidents between September 2006 and March 8, 2009. Willis' trial is set for June 29.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The labor-management cooperation conference held Wednesday at the Norwalk High School Performing Arts Gallery appeared to be a big success. Sandy Simon, executive director for the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, brought a team of management experts with her. Representatives from local companies, such as Commercial Vehicle Group and New Horizons, also were in attendance.