10:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Another Ohio Bike Week is history and from all accounts it again was a success. How much success is still to be determined. A story by Tom Jackson in Sunday's Sandusky Register said a survey has been commissioned by the Lake Erie Shores and Islands East, Erie County's tourism bureau, that will attempt to answer that question. For the second straight year, the story said, Erie County Commissioner Pat Shenigo and a group of local businessmen put up the money to guarantee payment for deputies providing security for the event at the Erie County Fairgrounds. Shenigo said if the group can prove its worth, it could ask the state to cover some of those expenses. That's the reason for the survey.
10:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) President Barack Obama will address the nation at 8 p.m. today about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the Oval Office, his first televised address from that stately setting since he took office 17 months ago. Aides to the president said Americans shouldn't read too much symbolism into his decision to speak from his formal work space at the White House, where his predecessors have spoken on matters as weighty as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Past presidents also have used the Oval Office for more routine addresses. Nonetheless, the scheduling of the address in prime-time hours after Obama finishes a two-day visit to the Gulf Coast, and on the eve of his first meeting with top BP officials reflects how all-consuming the spill has become for the president after nearly two months of unfolding disaster with no end in sight. Polls show that the spill hasn't caused major damage to Obama's job approval ratings so far, but warning signs are emerging. A new McClatchy-Ipsos poll of 1,071 adults, conducted Thursday through Sunday and released Monday, found that a plurality of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the spill: Forty-one percent disapprove, compared with 33 percent who approve and 26 percent who are neutral or unsure. The poll had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
10:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk city council could be in for a long evening. Tonight's meeting features a boatload of legislation. Items include the possible rezoning of property at Woodlawn Avenue and Mill Street for a parking lot for the Mill Street Bistro, the further development of Sofios Park and consideration of electrical aggregation.
10:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Medications can be replaced. But how do you replace a photograph of your parents framed in gold and black? The picture is one of many losses to a blaze that tore into Mary and Robert Messersmith's Norwalk home Friday morning.
10:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) A Florida man has been convicted of stalking Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson. Robert M. O'Ryan, 36, had been charged with felony stalking and commercial burglary, plus to misdemeanor concealed weapons charges. Authorities said he traveled across the country and scaled a fence at CBS Television City in 2009 when the Olympic gymnast was filming the dance competition "Dancing With the Stars." Johnson testified Thursday that she was so afraid of O'Ryan that she considered quitting the popular TV show. "He was a stranger to me. To see somebody had that much kind of obsession, it made me really scared," she said, speaking in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
10:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar agency located at 118 Blossom Centre Blvd., Willard, will be permanently closing on Saturday, June 26. No reason was given for the closing, which was listed among several other county deputy registrar office closings throughout the state. The release also did not say what would happen to employees who work there.
10:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
In a screening room on the Pixar Studios campus, Lee Unkrich - director of the new "Toy Story 3' - is flipping back and forth with the click of a mouse between images of the Woody in the original 1995 movie and the one that will be on screens across the country when the third and final film opens June 18. The corners of Woody's mouth have smoothed. The collar on his cowboy shirt is less severe, and the stitching is now visible, as it would be on a real toy. The "leather' in his boots and holster has a more realistic tone to it. And because nine years have passed in the "Toy Story' world since the last film, there are subtle but noticeable nicks and marks on Woody.
10:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Saying they are free at last, some sex offenders are calling sheriff's offices and demanding that their pictures and addresses be removed from online listings. But sheriffs are being told not to alter anything while lawyers and prosecutors work to determine the fallout from a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision.
10:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Schools superintendent David Danhoff said he will recommend firing Melodie Adelman because "overwhelming evidence" supports allegations she misused or converted more than $71,000 worth of goods and monies to her personal use. Danhoff's announcement came Tuesday -- six days after a Loudermill hearing during which Adelman, the district's cafeteria supervisor, was given the chance to respond to the allegations.
10:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Few things in the "Help Wanted" ads are more misunderstood than "some travel required." Kind of sounds like fun, doesn't it...jetting off somewhere to do your job rather than working on the same old stuff in the same old office.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND Where LeBron James will play next year and the identity of the Cavaliers new coach are unknowns. But this much is certain: The Cavalier Girls team will return next year, and the Cavs are looking for exciting, fun loving, talented, energetic and outgoing women to join. One young woman from Norwalk, Cassandra, is currently on the squad. The Cavalier Girls do not allow the last names of dancers to appear in print for security reasons. On Saturday, July 17 at Quicken Loans Arena, The Cavaliers will hold auditions for next season's squad. The Cavalier Girls are a group of phenomenal women who uphold a high standard of professionalism and top notch entertainment on and off the basketball court. They are ambassadors for the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, spreading the culture of pure determination, passion, fun and excitement throughout the community.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
JUNE 16, 1986 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 24 years ago: County forms group to work on landfill plans Huron County commissioners are forming a citizens advisory committee to help them determine what should be done with the county's solid waste after the landfill is closed, which is expected to happen within the next three to five years.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY Norwalk resident Heather Horowitz is the new community partnership coordinator at EHOVE Career Center. Horowitz said she plans to develop strong partnerships with local businesses, industry professionals, government agencies and non-profit agencies in Huron, Erie and Ottawa counties and surrounding areas. Building these relationships will result in mutually beneficial projects and programs that develop workplace experiences for EHOVE's high school and adult education students, while also providing local industry with experienced local workers and input on their training. "Industry and even small businesses can rely on EHOVE. We want to continue to be a partner to help where a need exists," Horowitz said. A graduate of North Olmsted High School and Cleveland State University, Horowitz has extensive experience working in a positive role of helping youth and the community. As the director of a non-profit organization, she worked directly with local business and community groups to make a positive impact on the future of many area schoolchildren. Horowitz also has experience working with local school districts and those with special needs.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Seventy-nine of the 115 sex offenders currently registered in Huron County will be affected by a decision this month by the Ohio Supreme Court. Calling it "a narrowly tailored decision," the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that two sections of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act (AWA) that authorize the state attorney general's office to reclassify sex offenders who had already been classified by judges under a previous version of the law, "Megan's Law," are unconstitutional. The decision leaves in place all of the registration and community notification requirements of the sex offenders who were classified on or after the Jan. 1, 2008. It reinstates the pre-AWA registration and community notification requirements that judges had ordered offenders to comply with pursuant to Megan's Law.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
I may send a thanks to Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) for clearly demonstrating what the problem is with politics and politicians in America today. Etheridge, as you are likely aware, was caught on video over the weekend basically manhandling, if not roughing up, a "student" who claimed to be working on a "project." The student approached Etheridge on a D.C. street and with cell phone held out, asked the representative what he thought of Obama's agenda. Rather than giving a straight answer, or even ignoring the questioner and walking away, Etheridge got in the kid's face and started asking him who he was and what he was doing. He then started grabbing at the phone and the kid, kind of wrestling him around. The kid did not seem to fight back other than to back away from the obviously deranged politician.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON A 2-year-old boy had no visible injuries after falling from a second-floor window Tuesday afternoon. "There were some problems with the window. It wasn't locked properly," New London Police Chief Michael Marko said. "The baby is going to be fine." Marko said the boy was up and walking around by the time his mother arrived outside from the upstairs South Main Street apartment. Firelands Ambulance transported the child to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment. Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 1:40 p.m. Before the boy fell through the window, he and his sister were playing on a bed beside the window, Marko said.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
In the test kitchen at the corporate headquarters for Domino's Pizza Inc. in Michigan, a chef dressed in a starched white coat was going through the familiar motions: Sauce on crust, cheese on sauce, pepperoni on cheese, then bake. But this pizza's different, as it has been in Domino's stores across the U.S. since late December. The 9,000-unit chain took a big chance, not only reformulating its signature product for the American market but also disparaging its long-standing recipe in a straight-talk marketing campaign.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Spirit Airlines canceled all of its flights through Tuesday, stranding thousands of passengers or forcing them to pay out-of-pocket for new flights. "None of the planes are moving and none of our pilots have crossed the picket line," said Paul Hopkins, who serves as strike committee chairman of Spirit's unit of the Air Line Pilots Association.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like it or not, radio in Columbus is about to change - not only in the music that it airs but in the money that is spent on advertising. And it's all because of a device the size of a cell phone.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - A Collins motorcyclist who was ejected from his bike on Saturday has been upgraded to fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, a hospital operator said Friday. Jamie L. White, 27, of 4463 Walnut St., had been in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the Toledo hospital after being flown there by a LifeFlight helicopter. White was driving south when he failed to negotiate a Kelley Road curve and drove off the right side, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol.
10:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
New Horizons Baking Company CEO Tim Brown handed Sen. Sherrod Brown a bun right off the line. Brown couldn't help but flinch: The bun, after all, had been heated at 200 degrees.