7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I was a child, I thought someday I might be in the Olympics. Don't laugh. I thought I would be a ski jumper, a gold medal winner, flying through the air on my skis for the USA. Of course, it never happened. But still, I love the winter Olympics this, said by a person who does not like most sports. A person who never played on a high school or college sports team.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are starting to get a little weird out there and I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. Last week Joseph Stack flew his plane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Berlin Elementary third-graders and students in a Northeast Chinese university are both learning basic English skills. The American and Chinese students have at least one more thing in common: They are pen pals.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - In a surprise development Tuesday that casts doubt on the rest of its season, television's top-rated sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," halted production after its star Charlie Sheen announced he was checking into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic. "We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter," said a statement attributed to CBS, Warner Bros. and executive producer Chuck Lorre, who, according to sources familiar with the situation, were caught off-guard by the actor's move. Studio and network officials would not address the issue further on the record.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tuesday's Huron County commissioners meeting just sort of spilled over into that evening's Norwalk city council get-together. The main topic was trash. City and county officials currently are in discussions to finalize a new five-year solid waste plan.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORDSTOWN - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland joined General Motors North America President Mark Reuss and other state and regional leaders today to announce the creation of 1,200 jobs through the addition of a third shift at GM's Lordstown plant to support the production of the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. "I'm proud to celebrate the creation of 1,200 new Ohio jobs and the resilience of the working men and women of the Mahoning Valley. The chips were down but we never gave up,' Strickland said. "That grit and steely determination is why I love this valley and why I believe in Ohio.
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.