8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (MCT) - The one-time lesbian parents of twin boys who will turn 1 next week have agreed to settle a paternity dispute that allows the women to maintain joint custody, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced Friday. San Francisco attorney Deborah Wald, who along with the organization represented the non-biological mother, Kim T. Smith, said the agreement reached a week ago stipulates that both women will be "recognized as legal parents.' Wald said the women will continue to share custody as outlined in a previous Santa Cruz court ruling.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD (MCT) - "The Hurt Locker," a gritty, challenging and little-seen drama about bomb disposal in the Iraq war, won a leading six Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture and the first directing honor for a female filmmaker. Academy Award organizers had doubled this year's best-picture contest to 10 movies to rope in more mass-appeal hits and boost the ceremony's ratings; but "The Hurt Locker," an emotionally exhausting account of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, stands apart as the lowest-grossing film in modern history to capture Hollywood's highest award.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. (MCT) - Three students at Clovis West High School thought it was the perfect prank - a fake Facebook page for Principal Ben Drati. The teens didn't make a serious effort to hide the comical intent of the page, which first surfaced in October. One entry, for example, told students that if they disliked the mega-hit vampire flick "Twilight,' they should "get the hell out of Clovis West.'
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - A Berlin Heights part-time police officer has been charged with furnishing alcohol to an underage person. Jordan Will has since resigned his position with the department, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
As he entered the filthy apartment, Ray Sizemore took a deep breath and held it. Then he went to work on the mess that a couple left before taking off and leaving landlord Nita Runyon stunned at the sight. Mounds of garbage, including cigarette butts, filled the apartment and Runyon wondered aloud how the tenants had room to walk, sit or sleep.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD (MCT) - Kathryn Bigelow made history Sunday night at the 82d Annual Academy Awards, becoming the first woman to win best director, for "The Hurt Locker," which captured six awards, including best picture. The tense film about thrill junkies who defuse bombs in Iraq won original screenplay, sound editing, sound mixing and editing.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - A woman driving in the wrong lane on Ohio 2 crashed while trying to avoid authorities. Vicki L. Laffartha, 36, of Toledo, was spotted driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Ohio 2 near Ohio 60 in Vermilion Township at about 3:30 a.m. today, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD (MCT) - An hour into the telecast of the 82nd Academy Awards, you couldn't help but hope that somewhere backstage at the Kodak Theater someone was waving a script and yelling: "Tempo, people, tempo." Despite everyone's best efforts, this year's Oscars seemed to suffer from a crisis of confidence. Although studded with entertaining and emotional moments, it just never seemed to get going.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - A Toledo driver remains hospitalized at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky after crashing her car while driving in the wrong lane on Ohio 2 early Sunday morning. Vicki L. Laffartha, 36, of Toledo, was listed in fair condition this morning, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Mesenburg said. Huron Fire and EMS transported Laffartha to Firelands after a high-speed chase on Ohio 2 involving the Huron Police Department ended beneath the Ohio 6 overpass.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the latest installment in a series of articles provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Mike Cowan saw a need in the local area for friendly and competent computer service, so in 1991 he opened Advanced Computer Connections, Inc. Cowan, the owner, immediately started to serve local residents, schools and area businesses. ACC is a "solutions provider" and focuses on three key areas: IT business services, data center services and Internet services.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) - A prominent Republican state senator arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this week in Sacramento has taken a personal leave through Sunday from the upper house. State Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield, a 14-year veteran of the California Legislature, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday while driving his state-issued car near the state Capitol.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Police are pursuing charges against the mother of one of the four juvenile suspects in connection with a Feb. 23 break-in. Monroeville Police Chief Mike Ruggles said the mother lied by saying her son was home when he actually was with three co-defendants during the incident on Milan Avenue.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Board of Elections has called a Monday morning meeting to discuss the legitimacy of Patrick Saunders' candidacy. Saunders, of Norwalk, has filed petitions to run as a Green Party candidate in the race for the 58th district House seat, which is currently held by Republican Terry Boose.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department's search for a possibly suicidal West Washington Street man led to a "female friend' saying he's alive and staying in an Ohio hotel. The man left his last will and testament behind Tuesday.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Monroeville's Fab Four each won state titles today, making history in the process by capturing a team title. And for the second straight year, a South Central senior also won a state title. The Eagles' quartet of Hunter Stieber at 119 pounds, Logan Stieber at 125, Cam Tessari at 140 and Chris Phillips at 171 each captured titles today during the state tournament at The Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center.
8:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Despite reports of relentless job losses, including Friday's news that payrolls shed 36,000 more positions last month, Congress is having trouble approving significant legislation to create jobs. "I am frustrated. We are not moving quickly enough to deal with the source of chronic unemployment,' said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. Many Republicans feel the same way.
7:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
ABC's broadcast of "The 82nd Annual Academy Awards' begins Sunday night at 8:30 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are the co-hosts. E! offers its traditional extensive coverage beginning with the four-hour "Countdown to the Red Carpet' (2-6 p.m., E!) to get viewers pumped up for the arrivals. Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic cover celeb arrivals on "Live From the Red Carpet' (6-8 p.m.).
7:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
PHOENIX (MCT) - A bus operating illegally from Mexico and traveling through Texas and Arizona to Los Angeles, slammed into the back of a pickup truck and rolled over early Friday morning in the Arizona desert, killing six passengers and injuring 16, authorities said. "No one walked away unscathed,' Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Robert Bailey said from the crash scene, about 30 miles south of Phoenix.
7:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk councilman faces a disciplinary hearing before the Ohio Supreme Court. Attorney Thomas J. Stoll is accused of not filing required paperwork in probate cases.
7:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - An overwhelming majority of Americans think their federal government is gridlocked by partisan infighting and turf battles and can't accomplish anything, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll. Yet the anger and frustration with Washington aren't directed solely at either party and don't automatically add up to a tidal wave against the governing Democrats in this year's elections for control of Congress, the poll suggested.
7:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
The three men accused of breaking into a rural Willard home have been ordered to have no association with the victim if they post bond. Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge further prohibited David Barnett Jr., 35, Sean M. Picklesimer, 18, and Randy Ruff, 37, from going on the premises of the victim's home in the 1900 block of Greenbush Road. The suspects also were ordered not to touch or possess any firearms, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said.