8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
High unemployment rates have continued to make mortgage loan delinquencies and foreclosures a problem for Ohio and other states. In Ohio, the total number of non-current loans reached 14.4 percent in January, versus a 13.5 percent average for states across the country, according to the Mortgage Monitor Report issued March 15 by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Lender Processing Services Inc.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A day after the pope issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland, two leaders from a group for survivors of church sexual abuse left for Europe to meet with victims, criticize Vatican officials and urge independent investigations into church sex crimes. "That's why we're going now. We're extremely concerned about what's coming out of Rome,' said Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, before she left for Munich on Sunday. "We've been hearing from so many victims from across the globe. We're going to be meeting with some of the survivors and advocates. We're hoping to possibly meet with government officials as well.'
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most Firelands-area residents are happy to say goodbye to winter. But springtime brings its own set of problems. At 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, many municipalities across the state will participate in the statewide tornado drill. Also, the county will once again offer the Skywarn program for area residents. The course is slated for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Dan Periat knows what he's getting into. The 33-year-old Castalia resident was hired Monday night by the Monroeville school board as the new head football coach. Periat had been an assistant under retiring coach Steve Ringholz for the past five seasons. Ringholz was head coach from 1978 to 2009. "This is the type of job I've always wanted," said Periat, who teaches fourth-graders at Monroeville Elementary.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk city councilman is questioning the worth of the city's parking-ticket policy. With the city's current policy, there's no real incentive for offenders to pay. "Only after the third ticket that's not paid will the city boot the car," Councilman Dwight Tkach said.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - As Josie Lou Ratley remained in a medically induced coma Friday, stunned family members struggled to understand why someone she barely knew could become angry enough to allegedly try to beat her to death. "She's not with us,' said Ratley's aunt, Linda Sarmiento, describing the 15-year-old's condition at Broward General Medical Center. "She can't respond to us. She's in a coma.'
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Here are the effective dates of major provisions of the health care overhaul legislation now being considered in Congress: WITHIN A YEAR
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The mother of 4-year-old Lawrence King III has now been charged with endangering children while her husband stands accused of aggravated murder for a series of beatings the boy took this week. Lawrence died early Thursday morning.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Massachusetts legislators may do Ohio one better as they consider an issue that an activist says got its start in the Buckeye State.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
There was a 30-percent decrease of criminal cases being investigated from 2008 to last year in Norwalk. The Norwalk Police Department detective bureau investigated 100 cases two years ago compared to 70 in 2009.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Apparently, you have to possess the personality of a mad-scientist to put together the cast of "Dancing With the Stars,' which returns for its 10th season (8 p.m. today on ABC). How else would you explain the kooky concoction of twinkle-toed celebs who will be donning spandex for our viewing pleasure? We've sized up the field and have zeroed in on our five to watch. _Buzz Aldrin
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sears stores throughout Ohio will extend hours so residents can take advantage of the "Cash for Appliances" rebate program. Many Sears stores will open at 6 a.m. Friday and March 27, with some staying open as late as 11 p.m.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even before Ohio officials learned that they were landing a $400 million federal grant to restore rail service connecting major cities, they spent nearly $1 million on consultants to make environmental reviews, hold public workshops and pitch the train service to the public. The state spent nearly $160,000 last year on a public-relations firm, Engage Communications, that was hired to promote the idea of linking Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati by passenger rail.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Three times a day, just like they always have, SeaWorld Orlando's killer-whale trainers brush Tilikum's teeth. But they no longer stand right next to the animal with a water pick. Instead, trainers have built a 2-foot extension that allows them to work farther from the 6-ton orca's jaws.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man is accused of selling about two pounds of marijuana in his apartment while one of his children was there. Shawn L. Plummer, 31, of 58B Gallup Ave., is charged with five counts of trafficking in marijuana in connection with incidents on Feb. 2, 4, 8, 10 and 11. Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said the offenses happened over a two-week period primarily in the suspect's apartment when "one of his kids' was present.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Are major quarrels becoming a normal part of your household? If so, is the economy partially to blame?
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
They used to say that what makes parenting tough is that babies don't come with an instruction manual. Well, they do now.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
They just want a place to call home. The Huron County Youth Soccer Club has been making big news lately, and not for the right reasons. Club president Phil Oglesby Jr. says the soccer club has been "beat up pretty good in the press" over the new soccer complex on the east side of town. Work has started on the new complex, and although no dates are set, Oglesby said the park's opening won't come soon enough.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - The exact cause of a house fire in the village early Wednesday morning remains unknown. "We're not sure what started it. They're not sure. ... Something could have been left on," Tri-Community Joint Fire District Chief David Seidel said.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Television personality and model Kim Kardashian has bought a furnished estate in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for about $3.5 million. The new home was designed, built and decorated by Beverly Hills-based Lucien Lacasse. The Tuscan-style walled and gated house has fireplaces in the dining room, family room, living room, master bedroom and kitchen as well as outdoors.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A dispute over the way abortion coverage is treated under health care legislation moving through Congress remains a sticking point for House members as Democrats push for a final vote Sunday. With passage of health care reform on the line, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are courting a small group of anti-abortion Democrats who supported the House bill but express concerns that the final legislative package could allow federal funds to be used to provide abortion coverage.