7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - In a sign of possible differences among top military officials, Army and Air Force chiefs voiced concern Tuesday about ending a ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces while the country is in the midst of two wars. Army Gen. George W. Casey and Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz both told Congress that they support the Pentagon's plan to spend a year studying a change in the policy that allows gays to serve only as long as they keep their sexual orientation hidden.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The school district's finances have become "significantly more stable" since voters passed an earned income tax in November, treasurer Elise Gray told district residents. Gray said at the State of the Schools address on Monday that the district progressed from running out of money in Fiscal Year 2010 to having a positive balance on the final year of the five-year forecast.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (MCT) - In a court hearing Tuesday, lawyers for Rielle Hunter accused Andrew Young of stealing a sex tape featuring former presidential candidate John Edwards, then repeatedly lying about it. The hearing marked the third time in a month that lawyers for Hunter and Young, a former aide to the former senator, have squared off in court in an attempt to secure all copies of the tape, as well as such items as photos Hunter took of herself while pregnant and of Edwards with their child.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
It ain't easy being a hot dog. The sodium. The fat content. The nitrates.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Cavaliers fans at an upcoming home game will have an opportunity to make history - and look warm and fuzzy while doing it. The Cleveland Cavaliers and KeyBank are asking fans attending the March 5 Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons game to get to their seats early to help break the Guinness World Record for the "largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets.' Fans attending the game should be in their seats before the 7 p.m. tip off at The Q to be a part of this history-making event. An anticipated sellout crowd of 20,562 fans will receive a complimentary limited edition Cleveland Cavaliers Snuggie blanket courtesy of KeyBank that will be conveniently draped over every seat in the arena.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
We love the big stars. In Hollywood we have Brad and Angelina, Cher and Rock and The Duke. It's always been that way.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A burglary and grand larceny suspect currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting extradition to Virginia. Anthony Classen, 37, of Wellington, was arrested during a New London traffic stop Friday after the Huron County Sheriff's Office received a tip Classen was wanted on multiple Virginia warrants. A sheriff's report indicates the arrest happened without incident at 12:21 p.m. on West Main Street.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH Monroeville High School's defending champion Firelands Challenge Team captured Monday's first championship match in Greenwich with Edison and host South Central. The Eagles finished with 64 points, followed by the Chargers (38) and the Trojans (20). But if team captain Adam Mastroianni was in a celebratory mood immediately following the match, it disappeared quickly.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into Toyota's safety troubles, the Japanese automaker confirmed Monday, as the company's leadership braces for tough questions in congressional hearings this week about its recent spate of recalls. Toyota officials said the company on Feb. 8 received a subpoena from a federal grand jury in New York requesting documents related to unintended acceleration of some Toyota vehicles and the braking system of its popular Prius hybrid.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Butler Road. Citizens Ambulance Service Inc. transported Joann K. Richardson, 58, of 10004 Stephens Road, Berlin Heights, and Timothy J. Mescher, 56, of 17 Stony Brook Lane, Wakeman, to Allen Community Hospital in Oberlin, both with serious injuries. A hospital spokeswoman had no information on either patients' condition this morning.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
While Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler considers "sexting" offenses "a cause for concern," he said he's not going to make them "a capital case." "Between juveniles, they should be considered unruly or delinquent (cases)," he said. "If juveniles are sending, there are at least delinquent acts and should be treated as such."
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council might start reviewing the city's business incentives at Tuesday night's work session. "We may be having an economic development discussion and waste management discussion depending on the administration," Council President Steve Euton said this morning.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama offered his much-anticipated new health care plan Monday in an eleventh-hour bid to rally Democrats behind sweeping legislation that would expand coverage, tighten regulation of the insurance industry and make the nation's medical system more efficient. (NOTE - To read a Q&A on President Obama's health care plan, read on toward the end of this story.)
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's economy remains sluggish. "Sales tax was down," County Auditor Roland Tkach said this morning. "For the month it was $574,464, which is down compared to last year when it was at $623,676," Tkach added. "That's 2.5 percent down."
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office is now on Facebook. "Its a way to disseminate information," Sheriff Dane Howard said.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - While the economy is still ailing, Cedar Point might be just the antidote for people out of work and looking for at least short-term stability. The amusement park will hold open interviews for more than 4,500 seasonal jobs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park's Breakers Express Hotel, 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - At least for the time being, village residents will not see an increase in the shut-off and re-connect fees for electric utilities. That's because a proposal to hike the fees died during Tuesday's council meeting for lack of a second. The shut-off fee is currently $10 and the reconnect fee $40. The proposal on the floor was to increase the costs to $50 for each as a way to deter the need for shut-offs.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you have been watching the Winter Olympics and are getting the impression that Vancouver, British Columbia is a pretty great place, you're right. I have been there enough times to have some excellent memories of what is often called "the most livable city in the world."
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
The new trial for the involuntary manslaughter charge against shaken baby suspect Jeffrey Resor will start Oct. 18. After Friday's hearing, Resor, 28, now of 72 Townsend Ave., was released on his own recognizance. Retired Lucas County Common Pleas Judge J. Ronald Bowman ordered him to stay away from the family of the deceased child.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Happy anniversary, U.S. Olympic hockey team. The goaltending couldn't haven't been better in the U.S. defeat of much-hyped Canada. The timing couldn't be more perfect, either.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Allegations that Fox's shelved game show "Our Little Genius" might have been rigged has prompted an inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission into possible violations of federal rules that govern quiz shows. Revelations of the FCC probe follows the News Corp.-owned network's decision last month to yank the highly promoted program from its schedule only a week before it was supposed to premiere. Fox took the unusual step after reality-show titan Mark Burnett, who was producing the program, informed the network that there was a problem with how the young contestants had been coached for the competition.