8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Council wrestled with the problem Monday of how to raise money so the village can remain solvent and provide vital services to its citizens. An ordinance was on the table to gradually reduce the income tax credit for people who work out of town and pay tax in another community. Currently, these people get a 100 percent credit so they pay none of the village's 1 percent income tax. Under this proposal, this credit would decrease to 75 percent in the first year, 50 percent in the second year and 25 percent in the third.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) - With his personal life in the spotlight after a DUI arrest, California state Sen. Roy Ashburn on Monday confirmed rumors he is gay, but defended his many votes against gay-rights bills. The Bakersfield, Calif., Republican broke his silence on a conservative radio show in his hometown. The disclosure makes him the first openly gay Republican to serve in the state Legislature.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEATTLE (MCT) - A woman accused of killing two fellow soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and kidnapping their baby in 2008 will face a general court martial after military authorities determined last week there was enough evidence to move forward with the case. Army Spec. Ivette Davila, 24, of Bakersfield, Calif., has been charged with two specifications of premeditated murder and kidnapping. She has been held in the brig at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor since March 5, 2008, after Pierce County prosecutors deferred prosecution of the case to the military.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Starting in June last year, Jeff Laycock began asking people who live in or near Norwalk some thought provoking questions. He sent me the results recently and asked me to comment on them for a "community-client" letter his law firm, Freeman, Laycock & McDaniel, publishes.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol don't gain as much weight in midlife as those who abstain, according to a study released Monday. However, the authors as well as alcohol abuse experts were quick to say that drinking should not be heralded as a new diet nor a path to better health. The study, to be published Tuesday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first to find that alcohol may curb weight gain in women. Previous research suggested that moderate drinking has no effect on women's weight and contributes to weight gain in men. Typically, alcohol consumption is not advised for people trying to watch their weight or lose weight. A five-ounce glass of wine contains 125 calories while a 12-ounce regular beer contains 150 calories. In the study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston examined data from 19,220 women enrolled in the long-running Women's Health Study. The women, all ages 39 and older at the start of the study and all originally of normal weight, provided information on questionnaires about their alcohol intake as well as other health and lifestyle information over an average of 13 years.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Anthony Colarossi The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. (MCT) Consider the predicament SeaWorld managers find themselves in nearly two weeks after the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau the third human fatality linked to a killer whale synonymous with the theme park's brand. In the short term, they have to manage the aftermath of a public tragedy and ensure the safety of their employees.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By ROGER MOORE The Orlando Sentinel (MCT) The very title "She's Out of My League" might scare mere mortals away from wanting to play the "She," or even from that first meeting with the filmmakers. You can't have an ounce of humility about your looks if you're described in the script as "a ten, a HARD ten." Alice Eve didn't flinch.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) Fire rescue officials in Orange County Thursday released the 911 dispatch calls from the SeaWorld Orlando accident that claimed the life of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau. In the first call, a SeaWorld employee is heard telling the dispatch operator "We have a trainer in the water with one of our whales. The whale they're not supposed to be in the water with." Moments later, the same employee calls 911 and tells the operator "they just pulled the AED (automatic external defibrillator)" referring to the portable electronic device used to restart a person's heart. The SeaWorld employee makes a third call, saying "they're gonna go ahead and bring them (rescue workers) in the park, can you let them know? They're (rescue workers) gonna bring the vehicle into the park. My guys are waiting for them at gate 3."
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.