11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) - It stopped. Finally, perhaps only temporarily, BP on Thursday managed to corral a raging gusher that for 85 days pumped a monstrous, shifting stain of crude across the Gulf of Mexico, cost coastal communities in four states tens of billions of dollars and left a trail of sick and dead wildlife that scientists predict will only widen in coming years.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing. As the population ages, so does the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Could there be a connection?
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Howard Kornblum has been watching every penny for the past 15 months, and it's about to get worse. After being laid off from his job as a consulting director in Michigan, he took advantage in March 2009 of a federal subsidy to help pay for health insurance. With the government picking up 65 percent of the tab, Kornblum's share of the premiums was $236 a month.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area officials remain optimistic about the eventual development of a runway at the NASA Plum Brook location in Erie County. Erie County, which was denied a Tiger grant several months ago which would have aided in the runway construction, is trying again.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Senate is expected today to break its deadlock over extending jobless benefits to millions of people when it votes on whether to end a lengthy standoff over how to pay for the program. The vote will come a day after President Barack Obama escalated his attacks on Republicans, blasting them for opposing an extension of unemployment benefits while pushing tax cuts for the wealthy.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The husband and I were watching a Reds and Mets ball game, flipping channels at commercials, and found ourselves pulled into the "first ever sit-down interview" since last season's Bachelor and his fiance broke up in the tabloids. Watching Jake and Vienna, the bachelor and his intended, was like watching a melee break out on the ball field. And in this case, the verbal sparring may have been among the most instructional half hour on television.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - An intoxicated Wakeman father and son were arrested in connection with fleeing from Wakeman Police Officer Briana Keegan this weekend. The father and passenger, Robert M. Tite, 58, of 2785 Chenango Road, was released from the Huron County Jail at 9:20 a.m. Monday after posting an $800 bond. He was charged with menacing, resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several North West Street residents are not pleased with the city's sidewalk replacement program. None of the residents who attended Tuesday night's city council meeting were against sidewalks, but they had issues with suggested placement of the sidewalks and the timing of the whole program, considering the economic times.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
In just one week and in just one state last week in Missouri more than 8,300 people fell through the unemployment insurance safety net. Actually, their nets were removed, like thousands of people across the country.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Willard City Schools teacher Shannon Wyckoff admits she's overweight and out of shape. She never thought she'd run 50 miles in a month, let alone a week. But she said she feels if pedestrians in Anchorage, Alaska total strangers to a family she knows well risked their lives to save those family members in a plane crash, the least she can do is walk to raise money for their medical needs.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD City residents could soon face stricter rules about tall grass. Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would change the maximum height allowed to 6 inches from the current 8. If the ordinance passes, residents would get four days notice before the city cites them or city workers mow the grass at the property owner's expense. Council member Greg Davidson has said there are properties in the city's first ward, which he covers, that have knee-high grass.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A Willard man pleaded "not guilty" Monday to driving under the influence (DUI) in connection with a two-vehicle injury accident Saturday on U.S. 224. Robert D. Rogers, 54, of 2948 Neal Zick Road, has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 3 in Norwalk Municipal Court. About 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Rogers was heading westbound on U.S. 224 in a 2004 Chevy Silverado.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sorry McCafe Real Fruit Smoothie lovers. McDonald's has announced it will not offer free samples of the recently-introduced smoothies, because sales have been robust.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The new Mercy Willard Hospital is one step closer to reality. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $40.5 million two-story, 101,000 square-foot replacement hospital was held Friday. Ground preparation for construction began following the ceremony. The anticipated project completion is spring 2012.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
As Linda Bersche closes the books on 2010, she's looking ahead to next year. The executive director of the Norwalk Area United Fund said a day doesn't go by that she doesn't get at least one call for help. That's why she said every penny that comes in goes to a good cause.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The fact that a peaceful protest has been planned for Tuesday at the Huron County Fairgrounds doesn't surprise circus personnel at all. Norwalk resident Sherri Rodriguez told the county commissioners Thursday she and a group of mostly children are going to protest the Carson and Barnes circus, which is slated to perform at the fairgrounds for a pair of shows Tuesday.
11:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbing Aldi of an undisclosed amount of money. He was apprehended at 35 Willard Ave. and taken into custody.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I must admit, the sight of fairground fireworks blasting rainbows into our night sky gave me my usual patriotic thrill," expounded the historian. "Conditions were excellent. They brought back memories of nighttime brilliant flashes and loud blasts from the 8-inch howitzers I served with in the Land of the Morning Calm." "As far as I could tell, violations of our apparently unenforced town fireworks laws may have taken out only one garage. There were no stories about civilian injuries. Some violators are not hard to locate. You can see where they came from by their fiery aerial trail," argued McBeanne.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I'm researching a topic, I frequently find interesting (to me, anyway) little stories which can't be stretched to make an entire column. They're too good to ignore, so I'll throw a few of them together this week in a potpourri of vignettes. It has always been considered that Ralph Cole and Paul Wilber were the pioneer aviators in Huron County in that they each built and flew an airplane about 1912. What a surprise when I spotted a newspaper headline from August of 1910 proclaiming that Howard Markt and William Erb had made several successful flights at the "Milan Street base ball grounds". This is the area where the VFW folks now maintain ball diamonds.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for trafficking in oxycodone. Eugene F. Wilson, 43, of 46 Glover Ave., pleaded guilty May 20 to the controlled drug purchase. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss two similar counts. "Oxycodone is pretty powerful. A lot of time it's used for pain medication ... and cancer patients," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
11:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson A story related to me many years ago told of speculation about safety in the early days of rail travel. The experts at the time cautioned that passengers could not withstand speeds in excess of 35 mph and that their hearts would stop beating when the train reached those excessive speeds.