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.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The lone Republican senator inclined to support the Obama administration's bid to pass a major immigration overhaul said Friday that if a health care bill passes this weekend, the immigration effort is dead for the year. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is considered a crucial player in the immigration debate - a Republican prepared to cross party lines and vote for a bill that would provide a path to legal status for the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - For as long as village administrator Bruce Bowie can remember, Milan has had a 1/2 percent income tax. Only three towns in Ohio have one that low, Bowie said. Bowie said he and council members would like to keep it that way, but due to dwindling finances, they have little other choice than to try to increase the percentage. Village officials have proposed increasing the income tax by a half percentage point to bring the total to 1 percent.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
As social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook have grown in popularity, they've also attracted hate groups in greater numbers, targeting everyone from immigrants and gays to Jews and people of color, a new report says. "The Internet is a powerful thing for hate groups,' said Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which this week revealed results of its annual accounting of online hatred.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's unemployment rate inched closer to 11 percent in February, state officials said Friday. The state's unemployment rate last month hit 10.9 percent, up slightly from 10.8 percent in January.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The North Fairfield pedestrian seriously injured in the vehicle accident Monday morning in front of Berry's Restaurant remains hospitalized, but shows signs of improvement. Thomas Jordan, 71, of 737 Edwards Road, was listed in serious condition Thursday afternoon at the University of Toledo Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Aimee Falk said. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Jordan to the Toledo facility after he first went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He has bleeding in the brain, according to police.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A spokesman for the Ohio Auditor of State's office confirmed the department is in the middle of conducting its annual financial audit for Willard City Schools. However, Chris Abbruzzese said he can't reveal any details other than to say the audit is in progress.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) -- The biggest overhaul of the nation's health care system in more than four decades appeared headed for passage Sunday night after winning a crucial test vote, a victory spurred by last-minute assurances from President Barack Obama that federal policy on abortion wouldn't change. The 224 to 206 vote to formally debate the legislation signaled that by late Sunday, the final votes on the actual legislation are likely to be similar. All the "yea" votes on the rules came from Democrats, while 178 Republicans and 28 Democrats voted no.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The House of Representatives Sunday passed by a 219 to 212 vote the biggest overhaul of the nation's health care system in more than four decades, sweeping changes expected to make coverage easier and cheaper to obtain. The largely party-line vote - 219 Democrats voted "yea' while all 178 Republicans and 34 Democrats voted no - meant President Barack Obama's biggest domestic initiative neared the end of its yearlong political and legislative odyssey.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
BOWLING GREEN - The Plymouth boys' basketball team saw its season end Saturday in the Division III regional final at Bowling Green State University's Anderson Arena. Lima Central Catholic outscored the Big Red 7-5 in overtime to post a 56-54 win and earn a spot in the state tournament.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rape and kidnapping defendant Michael C. Miller had his bond revoked Wednesday for violating the terms of his house arrest. Miller, 41, of 3051 S. Ohio 61, will remain in custody at the Huron County Jail until his trial starts Tuesday. Corrections officers booked him into the jail at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday after he was arrested in the 100 block of Benedict Avenue while intoxicated. "He told the judge he was (there) doing a favor for a friend," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. Leffler said he requested a cash bond, but Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked Miller's bond because he deemed Miller was a flight risk. During Miller's Jan. 25 arraignment, Conway ordered Miller to be placed under electronically-monitored house arrest and prohibited him from having any association with anyone younger than the age of 18.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A community foundation presented Berlin-Milan Local Schools and other Erie County districts with a financial challenge. If there was a report card, Berlin-Milan probably would have received an A-plus.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two area residents were sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for separate crimes. Brian L. Yacob, 19, of 204 Spring St., Willard, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to theft. In exchange, the state dismissed one charge of breaking and entering. Yacob was ordered to pay about $2,200 in restitution Wednesday. "He didn't have a very good attitude in court," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
A nurse anesthetist accused of sexual misconduct by a patient at Mount Carmel East hospital was cleared of the charges Wednesday by a jury. Lawyers in the case said jurors told them after the verdicts were read that the prosecution had not proved how the DNA of Daniel Maldovan got on the breast of the 34-year-old woman. The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Maldovan, 46, of three counts of gross sexual imposition after a six-day trial before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Pat Sheeran.