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Toys for Tots sign up set The Marines’ Toys For Tots will assist children in need again this Christmas. se families with toys for their children so no Preregistration is required. Assistance applications will be taken at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 428 Kilbourne St., on Friday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 5:30-8 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents who signed up elsewhere for Christmas toys’ assistance, cannot also sign up with Toys For Tots. Parents must bring picture ID, income and residency verification, proof of expenses such as utility bills in their name, their children’s medical card(s) or other proof of guardianship. Those who do not have medical cards such as Careworks, WIC or Wellcare, must provide proof of children through custody papers (updated for 2012), or an updated Department of Human Services award letter with children listed, or this year’s school records. If parents are separated, the custodial parent is the only one eligible to sign up for assistance, not both. Grandparents must bring in proof of custody. At sign up, all parents will be given an appointment for Saturday, Dec. 14, to come and shop for their children’s toys.

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 7 to 14 mph. S aturday Night: Showers likely after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 11 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Sunday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Sunday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Monday: A chance of rain and snow showers.

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New center aims to find workers Manufacturers in four-county area have thousands of jobs open Becky Brooks Managing Editor

Bellevue Development Corporation director Steven Fuhr unveiled plans for the Regional Resource Center which will be housed in the same building as the BDC and the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce in the West 100 block of Main Street. “We’ve put together a team comprised of the four county area,” Fuhr told chamber members at the monthly luncheon Thursday held at the Willows at Bellevue clubhouse. The BCD official said for once having Bellevue located in corners of Erie, Huron, Sandusky, and Seneca counties played in the city’s favor. The new resource center will concentrate on increasing the availability of qualified workers for manufacturers in the four participating counties, he said. The new center will involve vocational schools, public schools, cities in four counties, the county governments and the economic development corporations from nearby cities and those four counties. “There is a fundamental lack of skilled employees,” Fuhr stated. Within a 200-mile radius of Bellevue there are 4,700 open

Becky Brooks | Gazette

Steven Fuhr, director for the Bellevue Development Corporation, talks to the local chamber of commerce on Thursday.

jobs, he reported to the chamber. “They can’t find people who can pass a drug test, have a good work ethic and have skills,” he reported, noting there are about 400 manufacturers in the four counties participating in the resource center. Fuhr reported a new Limited

Liability Corporation is being created to operate the Regional Resource Center in Bellevue and it will be renting office space from the BDC, which purchased its own office building over a year ago. The building is currently is being remodeled with the new renters slated to move in around Dec. 1, he said.

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Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House.

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President Barack Obama pauses Thursday while speaking about his signature health care law in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.

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One of the goals of the resource center will be to update the public’s vision of manufacturing in the region from old antiquated plants to operations that are nearly “food-sterile” and clean, Fuhr said. He also commented that the center must work to change educators’ and parents’ misconceptions that working at a manufacturing plant is a second-rate option. “If you ever get a chance to go out and visit a manufacturing plant, take it,” he said. “In order to start changing things we have to start with educating not only the parents but the schools themselves,” he told business leaders in the room. He said recently economic development leaders arranged to take school counselors from Sandusky County on a bus tour of manufacturing plants to update their knowledge. Currently educators and parents see two paths for their youths - Path A to college and Path B to a job right after high school. Fuhr said working at a manufacturing plant is a career that in this four county region pays on average basic starting wage of $15 to 22 dollars an hour with

“This fix won’t solve every problem for every person, but it’s going to help a lot of people,” the president said. He acknowledged that “we fumbled the rollout of this health care law” and pledged to “just keep on chipping away at this until the job is done.” He also promised to work to regain the trust of the American people. “I think it’s legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” he said. Obama has been under

enormous pressure from congressional Democrats to give ground on the cancellation issue under the health care overhaul, a program likely to be at the center of next year’s midterm elections for control of the House and Senate. It’s unclear what the impact of Thursday’s changes will be for the millions of people who have already had their plans canceled. While officials said insurance companies will now be able to offer those people the option to renew their old plans, companies are See HEALTH | 2

BELLEVUE - The first “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2014 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The drawing was held on Nov. 14 and the winner of $750 was Cynthia Evans of Fremont. Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing. Evans is the second winner in the current raffle, after Jerry Hoy of Wabash, Ind. won the “Loyalty Club” drawing of $750 on Oct. 1. Hoy’s name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September. Two more “Early Bird” drawings will be held on Dec. 14 ($500) and Jan. 14 ($250). The fourth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, in cooperation with Steinle

Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a 2014 Stingray, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West. As of Nov. 14, just 480 tickets remain to be sold at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are nonrefundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com. A total of 1,553 tickets will be sold for the raffle, and last year’s event was sold out days prior to the drawing. The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2014 will be for the 2014 Stingray Corvette or $50,053 in cash. Four other cash drawings include $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for See WINNER | 2

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Mass burial held in Philippine city hit by typhoon KRISTEN GELINEAU, OLIVER TEVES Associated Press

T A C L O B A N , Philippines — The air was thick with the stench of decay as sweating workers lowered the plastic coffins one by one into a grave the size of an Olympic swimming pool. Scores of unidentified bodies were interred together Thursday in a hillside cemetery without any ritual — the first mass burial in this city shattered by last week’s Typhoon Haiyan. Six days after the disaster, some progress was being made in providing

food, water and medical aid to the half-million people displaced in the Philippines. Massive bottlenecks blocking the distribution of international assistance have begun to clear. Soldiers on trucks gave out rice and water, and chainsaw-wielding teams cut debris from blocked roads to clear the way for relief trucks in Tacloban, the capital of the hardesthit Leyte province. Thousands of people continued to swarm Tacloban’s damaged airport, desperate to leave or to get treatment at a makeshift medical center. “We know the gravity

of our countrymen’s suffering, and we know that, now more than ever, all of us are called on to do whatever we can to help alleviate our countrymen’s suffering,” President Benigno S. Aquino III said in a statement. Authorities say 2,357 people have been confirmed dead, a figure that is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when information is collected from other areas of the disaster zone. With sweat rolling down their faces, John Cajipe, 31, and three See BURIALS | 2

Vincent Yu | AP

A young girl walks her brother Thursday to the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift shelters throughout the complex’s once bustling shops and popular basketball court. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great halls with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed eastern Philippines on Friday.


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THE BELLEVUE GAZETTE Friday, November 15, 2013

Cops & Courts

Community News What’s cooking…

Get your orders in for the annual FFA Fruit Sale; fruit, nuts and jerky are available along with handmade gourmet gift baskets, featuring products such as BBQ sauce made by FFA members. Pears and pineapples are also available. Pre-sale ends Nov. 21. To order, contact the Vo.Ag. Dept. at Bellevue High School, 419-484-5070. All-you-can-eat breakfast at Green Springs Fire Department, Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with whole hog sausage, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs & coffee. Adults, $7; children under 12, $4. Bellevue Elks, Prime Rib Dinner Friday night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attn. Eagles: Feather Party with turkey dinner, Friday, Nov. 15, Serve from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment by Billy Hawkins 7:30-11:30 p.m. Townsend Ruritan Club

Winners named by in the Booster 200 drawing are, first place, Mary Helen Whitely; second Pat Manahan; and third, Jim Depolo. Bellevue Elks: Texas Hold-em Tournament, Sat., Nov. 16, 1 p.m. Public welcome. A Christmas Open House will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception School, hosted by ICS 7th & 8th graders. This is a fundraiser for their class trip to Washington, D.C. There will be crafts, vendors & baked goods. Rigatoni Dinner & Silent Auction to

Benefit Sal Famulare, Nov. 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 209 Southwest St. Tickets available by calling 419-483-5442 Once again, shoppers at Meijers in Sandusky can help Bellevue’s Fish & Loaves Emergency Food Pantry by participating in the store’s “Simply Give” program from Nov. 3 through Jan. 4. Get a $10 gift card at Fish & Loaves, 203 Maple St. (or from a board member) and take it to Meijer’s in Sandusky where it will be matched. Last year, the pantry served over 13,500 people in the Bellevue School District. Make & Take Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bellevue Public Library, 224 E. Main St., starting at 9 a.m. Kids are invited to drop in to make a turkey decoration. Younger visitors may need help from a paent or caregiver. Continues while supplies last.

their Fremont home. The excessive-force lawsuit claims that deputies entered the home unannounced while Bryan Jones was passed out on the couch and deployed devices known as flashbang grenades. Within 10 seconds, Deputies Jose and Mario Calvillo — who are brothers — shot Jones so many times that one of his arms was severed, the family’s attorney, Dennis Murray Sr., said Wednesday. They “were so wild with delusions and anger that bullets were found in the walls and woodwork of the residence, as well as in the body of Bryan,” Murray wrote in the lawsuit, filed in October 2010. The Calvillos said that Jones had leveled the shotgun at them, and they feared for their lives. A third deputy who was there but did not fire his

gun described the room as being filled with smoke from the flash-bang devices, making it hard to see. Teresa Grigsby, the attorney representing the county and the other defendants in the case, said she was still reviewing the 6th Circuit’s decision and considering various options, including appeal. The sheriff ’s office “handled the difficult situation created by Bryan Jones’ conduct professionally and appropriately, and that view will be affirmed when the litigation reaches its final conclusion,” Grigsby said. The night his son was killed, Tracy Jones had called the sheriff’s office to report that Bryan Jones was drinking, had a gun, was acting “crazier than heck,” and threatening to kill his mother, who wasn’t there at the time.

is holding a Pancake and Sausage Brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Townsend Township Fire Station. Adults, $7; Children under 12 are $4. Sausage gravy and biscuits area also available.

What’s happening…

Bellevue Police Wednesday, Nov. 13 12:15 a.m.: Police were called to a 1100 block of East Main Street for a domestic dispute between a male and female near the facility’s indoor pool. 7:43 a.m.: A non-injury accident was reported at Greenwood and Union streets. 2:47 p.m.: A woman at the 1100 block of East Main Street reported someone kicked in her hotel room door overnight while she was gone. 4:04 p.m.: A Carol Avenue woman reported her husband would not allow her to leave the location. A police officer arrived and reported the dispute was over who would leave first. 11:01 a.m.: Police were called to a 1100 block East

Yarn Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in Bellevue Public Library, 224 E. Main St., for beginning or experienced people interested in knitting, crocheting or sewing A Feather Bingo Party will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m. in St. Gaspar’s parish hall, 16209 E. Co. Rd. 46, south of Bellevue. Come enjoy an afternoon of fun — and a chance to win a free Thanksgiving turkey. Players must be 18; tickets sold at the door. Local grains Sunrise Cooperative, Fremont, as of closing at 3 p.m. Thursday: CORN - Clyde: November 2013, $3.87; Monroeville: November 2013, $3.77. SOYBEANS - Bunge (Bellevue): November 2013, $13.17; Clyde: November 2013, $13.12; Monroeville: November 2013, $12.97. WHEAT (Soft Red) - Clyde: C O LU M B U S — S t a t e November 2013, $6.10. Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) said he applauded the recent announcement that because of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s successful efforts to reduce overhead costs and improve efficiency, $120 million in funding is now available to repair and replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges over the next three years. ODOT has chosen When deputies arrived, bridges based on various they looked through a factors including safety living-room window and and the importance to saw Bryan Jones seated local job creation efforts. with his feet propped Ohio’s Bridge Partnership up on a coffee table, a shotgun in his lap and has specified funding for his eyes closed, although a bridge in Huron County

with the upcoming repair of Old State 52 over East Branch f the Huron River. “I am pleased to see this project moving forward to benefit our local communities,” Rep. Boose said. “By encouraging efficiency in state government, we can make taxpayer dollars go further, making important projects like this possible.” Ohio is home to 44,000 bridges, which is the second-highest number in the nation behind Texas. The condition of Ohio’s bridges are reportedly better than the national average, however many bridges are in need of serious repair, Boose noted in a press release.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Bellevue Public Library will host a the Family Caregiver Series. The program is “About D e m e n t i a /A l z h e i m e r ’s Disease.” It will be 2-4 p.m. at the library. The three-part series will be presented for families beginning to encoun-

ter Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, or who are looking for additional information. Registration is requested, 419-5371999 or 800-272-3900. The library also annoucned it will be closed on Thursday, Nove. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Rep. Boose announces bridge repair project

Lawsuit in fatal Sandusky County shooting to proceed AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press

CINCINNATI — A northern Ohio mother can move forward with her $20 million lawsuit accusing police of shooting her son multiple times within seconds of entering the house unannounced as he appeared to be sleeping with a shotgun in his lap, an appeals court panel ruled on Wednesday. In its ruling, the threejudge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower court’s decision to allow the lawsuit to proceed to a jury trial. Kim Jones, 48, and her now-deceased husband, Tracy Jones, sued Sandusky County, its Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, and two deputies following the July 2010 shooting death of their 26-yearold son, Bryan Jones, in

Center From page 1A a median wage of $26 an hour. He also commented that the manufacturers need to improve their efforts in reaching out for new workers. “They are not really telling their story to people what their business is about,” he said. “We might start advertising…if you want a career come to Bellevue,” he commented. Fuhr shared statistics

collected by Congress in a report that showed that of 100 ninth grade students - of those only 18 will achieve a college degree ranging form an associate to a bachelors. He also shared slides of business trends including the great relocation of manufacturers in 2000 when China entered the National Trade Organization and businesses left the United States for Mexico and

China. In 2013 - that trend has changed and now job numbers are changing. He said job openings are up 300 percent in manufacturing - but finding qualified workers is the challenge. “Right now all we are doing is maintaining the work force,” he said, noting current new workers are replacing retirees. “We are not filling the demand of manufacturers.

the market and result in higher premiums for consumers.” Insurance companies will be required to inform consumers who want to keep canceled plans about the protections that are not included under those plans. Customers will also be notified that new options are available offering more coverage and in some cases, tax credits to cover higher premiums. Under Obama’s plan, insurance companies would not be allowed to sell coverage deemed subpar under the law to new customers, marking a difference with legislation that House Republicans intend to put to a vote on Friday. Only last week, Health

and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate panel she doubted that retroactively permitting insurers to sell canceled policies “can work very well since companies are now in the market with an array of new plans. Many have actually added consumer protections in the last three-and-a-half years.” Republicans were unimpressed with the changes. House Speaker John Boehner, speaking in advance of the president’s announcement, insisted it was time to “scrap this law once and for all.” “You can’t fix this government-run health care plan called Obamacare ,” he said. “It’s just not fixable.”

Health From page A1 not required to take that step. The main industry trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, said Obama’s offer comes too late and could lead to higher premiums, since companies already have set 2014 rates based on the assumption that many people with individual coverage will shift over to the new markets created under Obama’s law. Karen Ignagni, president of the industry group, didn’t speculate on whether companies would extend coverage for those threatened with cancellation, but warned in a statement that “changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize

Main Street business when the owner found a man in his barn. The suspect left and left a bicycle behind. Police located the male at another business. The owner of the first business advised he would give the suspect a trespass warning and if he returned he would be arrested. 7:40 p.m.: A 100 block Yorkshire Place business employee reported that she thinks she received a counterfeit $100 bill. 11:12 p.m.: A Goodrich Road resident reported her 16-year-old son did not come home. His vehicle was seen at a girlfriend’s home at Northwest and Williams. The woman said she went to that location and was pounding on the door and no one would answer.

he appeared to half-open them at times, court records say. Deputies, who said Jones could have been faking being asleep, entered the home about 90 minutes later. Kim and Tracy Jones, who were outside the house, said they heard their son ask, “Why?” after the flashbang devices went off, then a barrage of bullets. Murray said the couple was anguished by their son’s death and regretted ever calling the sheriff’s office. Bryan Jones also was survived by his child and his brother. Tracy Jones died at the age of 51 in March after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Caregiver series continues Tuesday

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From page A1 third place, $1,000 for fourth place, and $500 for fifth place. Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419-483-4040, Ext. 4319, or visit www. VetteRaffle.com

If the gap is not filled, manufacturers will again move from the country to where workers are available, he commented. In Ohio, statistics show in the manufacturing sector, there are now 662,000 employed. As director of the BDC, Fuhr said the first question any industry asks is about the labor pool and the new resource center From page A1 will help to develop that teenage boys who work pool. at the Tacloban cemetery placed the first body in the grave’s right-hand corner. The second body followed two minutes later, Obama, for his part, carefully placed alongmade clear he would side the first. And so on, continue to fight ongo- until scores of coffins ing attempts to sink the filled the 6-foot (2-meter) whole program, saying, “I deep grave. A ritual to will not accept proposals sprinkle holy water on the that are just another bra- site is expected to be held zen attempt to undermine Friday, one week after the or repeal the overall law typhoon struck. and drag us back into a A portion of the femur broken system.” was removed from each “We’re going to solve corpse by the National the problems that are Bureau of Investigation. there, we’re going to get it Technicians will extract right, and the Affordable DNA from each bit of Care Act is going to work bone to try to identify the for the American people,” dead, said Joseph David, he pledged. crime photographer for While the White House the bureau. deals with the cancella“I hope this is the last tion issue, the adminis- time I see something like tration is also promising this,” said Mayor Alfred improvements in a fed- Romualdez. “When I look eral website so balky that at this, it just reminds enrollments totaled fewer me of what has happened than 27,000 in October from the day the storm hit in 36 states combined. until today.”

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Tarting up your Thanksgiving butternut offering J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor

Much as I love butternut squash — and firmly believe it belongs on the Thanksgiving table — I’ve grown bored with the ways it typically shows up. Too often, the squash is cut into chunks, then either seasoned and roasted or steamed and mashed. And while both approaches can be delicious, they get tedious year after year. They also don’t do the squash justice. Face it, a bowl of mashed squash will always be a runner up to mashed potatoes. And of the many roasted dishes that land on the table, squash isn’t the one most people will reach for. So I decided to reinvent the Thanksgiving squash dish. I wanted something with a bit of backbone. Something that stood out

and didn’t resemble every other — or any other — dish on the table. What I came up with is a simple, savory squash tart. Not only is it easy to make, it even can be prepared ahead of time (saving valuable oven space on the big day), then briefly reheated just before serving.

S A V O R Y BUTTERNUT SQUASH TART

Start to finish: 45 minutes (15 minutes active) Servings: 8 9-inch prepared (rolled) pie crust 1 3/4 pounds peeled and cubed (about 1/2inch cubes) butternut squash 3 eggs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Program offered for non-insured crop disasters FREMONT — Crop producers are reminded of the availability of the Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the 2014 crop year. NAP coverage is only available for crops that cannot be covered by a crop insurance policy such as hay and many fruit / vegetable crops. The final date to purchase 2014 NAP coverage for hay and forage crops, apples, asparagus, blueberries, cherries, peaches, grapes, strawberries, pears and most other orchard crops is Nov. 20. Producers that fail to purchase NAP by the applicable deadline for these crops will be ineligible to obtain coverage for the 2014 crop year. The deadline to purchase NAP for most spring planted fruits and vegetables such as but not limited to pumpkins, sweet corn, melons, squash is March 15, 2014. NAP provides payments to producers affected by weather related disasters when crop losses exceed 50 percent of the produc-

ers Actual Production History. Many producers that purchased 2013 Crop Year NAP coverage suffered losses due the excessive rainfall and July 2013 storms. 2013 Crop Year NAP producers that filed a Notice of Loss with the Farm Service Agency are reminded of the requirement to submit their final production evidence and NAP Application for Payment as soon as possible but no later than Aug. 15, 2014. Producers are encouraged to submit their production evidence and application as soon as possible however, so that calculations can be made to determine whether or not the producer is eligible to receive a 2013 Crop Year NAP Payment. For more information concerning the NAP Program or other Farm Service Agency programs, contact the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency at 419-334-6330 Ext. 2 or visit the Farm Service Agency website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Producers can report farm operation changes to FSA FREMONT — The Sandusky County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that producers may now report changes to their farming operation for the 2014 crop year. “It is important for landowners and operators to report changes to the Farm Service Agency to ensure USDA records are accurate and proper benefits are paid” according to W. Todd Warner, County Executive Director of the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency. Some changes that must be reported to the Farm Service Agency include but are not limited to farm ownership, farm operator, cropland acreage and bank account changes. “To process a farm ownership change, the current landowner must provide proof of ownership such as a copy of a deed” according to Warner. If there is a change in operator on a farm for the 2014 crop year, this change should be reported to the Farm Service Agency by the farm owner. Changes in cropland acreage or land use are quite common in Sandusky County.

cessor. Process or blend until mostly smooth. Add the eggs, cheese, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper, then process again until very smooth. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and set it on a rimmed baking sheet. Carefully pour the squash mixture into the crust, then bake for 25 minutes, or until set at the center. Cool slightly before cutting into slices. Nutrition information per serving: 220 calories; 90 calories from fat (41 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 75 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 6 g protein; 430 mg sodium.

The most common cropland changes that must be reported to the Farm Service Agency include cropland sold or devoted to a non-agricultural use such as residential housing, farm buildings or industrial use. USDA benefits cannot be earned on land devoted to a nonagricultural use. In some instances, FSA may provide measurement service to determine the acreage devoted to the non-agricultural use if necessary. The Sandusky County Farm Service Agency provides numerous monetary program benefits. Most program payments are issued using Electronic Funds Transfer (Direct Deposit) to the farm producer’s bank account. “Any change to a producer’s bank account must be reported to FSA to prevent a delay in receipt of your benefits” said Warner. For more information concerning acreage reporting or other Farm Service Agency programs, contact the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency at 419-334-6330 Ext. 2 or visit the Farm Service Agency website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

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basket. Set the squash Matthew Mead | AP

This October photo shows a savory butternut squash tart in Concord, N.H. Not only is it easy to make, it even can be prepared ahead of time, then briefly reheated just before serving.

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Opinion Fewer apply for jobless benefits Labor Department reports a drop in weekly average CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer

Staatsanwaltschaft Augsburg | AP

Photo above left, provided by the Augsburg, southern Germany, prosecution Tuesday shows a painting ‘Reiter am Strand’ (‘Riders at the Beach’) by German artist Max Liebermann from 1901 that was among the more than 1400 art works that were seized by German authorities in an apartment in Munich in February 2012. Investigators, aided by a leading art historian, are trying to establish the artworks’ legal status and history. It’s unclear how many of the works might be subject to return to pre-World War II owners. Above right, a painting ‘Reiter am Strand’ (‘Riders at the Beach’) by German artist Max Liebermann from 1901 that was among the works that were seized .

Art trove claims face legal hurdles FRANK JORDANS Associated Press

BERLIN — When German tax authorities entered the home of a recluse collector and found a trove of art that could include works stolen by the Nazis, they stepped into a legal quagmire — one that may end up being resolved by politics as much as the law. For a year and a half, prosecutors kept their find quiet, hoping to trace the history of some 1,406 pieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall before going public. But since news of the case broke last week, officials have been scrambling to justify their secrecy and explain why Germany can’t just hand the pictures back to the heirs. At times German authorities have appeared to be working at cross purposes as they try to balance judicial independence with public relations. Ironically, it may be the strong protection of individual rights introduced after World War II that may support the legal argument that collector Cornelius Gurlitt should keep the works he inherited from his father Hildebrand, an art dealer who

traded in works confiscated by the Nazis. “His father did bad things during the Nazi period, but under our legal system you can’t punish the son for that,” said Matthias Druba, a Berlin lawyer who has dealt with other art restitution cases. Authorities are investigating whether the paintings, prints and drawings were “misappropriated.” But a spokesman for Augsburg prosecutors, who are handling the case, acknowledged that Germany’s 30-year statute of limitations for most criminal prosecutions could make a legal pursuit of the art difficult. “I never said we will give back the pictures to all those who suffered injustice back then,” prosecutor Matthias Nikolai told The Associated Press. “We need to examine who can make what claims,” he said. “To put it very carefully, there is a possibility in Germany’s criminal code to hand seized objects back to victims.” Experts say the government’s best option could be to appeal to Gurlitt’s sense of ethics and negotiate resolutions about the art instead of heading to court. There’s some precedent for that. Two years ago, Gurlitt sold a work by German expressionist painter Max Beckmann

titled “The Lion Tamer” for 864,000 euros ($1.16 million), which he shared with the heirs of a Jewish collector who once owned the picture. “It was all a matter of goodwill,” said Karl-Sax Feddersen, a legal adviser for the Cologne auction house Lempertz. “The heirs wouldn’t have been able to get a German court to help them.” The elder Gurlitt, who died in 1956, was one of four art dealers commissioned by the Nazis to sell what is known as “degenerate art” — items seized from museums because they were deemed a corrupting influence on the German people. Prosecutors believe some 380 of the works found in his son’s apartment were “degenerate art.” But another 590 artworks there may have been looted by the Nazis, they say. The German government is keen to help the claimants, aware that doing otherwise would be a public relations disaster for a country trying to make amends for its Nazi past. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday that authorities were using “all the available expertise at their disposal” to determine if there were legitimate claims to the works.

Should cursive be kept in the classroom? JULIE CARR SMYTH

WHAT DO THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THINK?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The swirling lines from Linden Bateman’s pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms. Cursive. Penmanship. Handwriting. In years gone by, it helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate. But now, in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone. No handwritten signature necessary. Call it a sign of the times. When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped. But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.

THE ARGUMENT FOR CURSIVE

Bateman, a 72-year-old state representative from Idaho, says cursive conveys intelligence and grace, engages creativity and builds brain cells. “Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard,” said Bateman, who handwrites 125 ornate letters each year. “We’re not thinking this through. It’s beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards.”

WHY WAS IT DROPPED?

State leaders who developed the Common Core — a set of preferred K-12 course offerings for public schools — omitted cursive for a host of reasons, including an increasing need for children in a digital-heavy age to master computer keyboarding and evidence that even most adults use some hybrid of classic cursive and print in everyday life. “If you just stop and think for a second about what are the sorts of skills that people are likely to be using in the future, it’s much more likely that keyboarding will help students succeed in careers and in school than it is that cursive will,” said Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of K-12 policy and leadership at the University of Southern California.

THE MOVEMENT TO HAVE TEACHING CURSIVE RESTORED

States that adopted Common Core aren’t precluded from deviating from the standards. But in the world of education,

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This image provided by the Baseball Hall of Fame shows at letter written by Lou Gehrig on Hotel Cleveland stationary to sportswriter Gordon Cobbledick. In years gone by, penmanship helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate. But now, in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone. No handwritten signature necessary. Cursive writing is not being taught in many schools as some 45 states have adopted Common Core standards, which have eliminated the teaching of cursive writing.

where classroom time is limited and performance stakes are high, optional offerings tend to get sidelined in favor of what’s required. That’s why at least seven states — California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah — have moved to keep the cursive requirement. Legislation passed in North Carolina and elsewhere couples cursive with memorization of multiplication tables as twin “back to basics” mandates. Cursive advocates cite recent brain science that indicates the fluid motion employed when writing script enhances hand-eye coordination and develops fine motor skills, in turn promoting reading, writing and cognition skills. They further argue that scholars of the future will lose the ability to interpret valuable cultural resources — historical documents, ancestors’ letters and journals, handwritten scholarship — if they can’t read cursive. If they can’t write it, how will they communicate from unwired settings like summer camp or the battlefield? “The Constitution of the United States is written in cursive. Think about that,” Bateman said.

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the fifth straight decline that shows businesses see little need to cut jobs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile fourweek average fell 5,750 to 344,000. The average has dropped 11 percent in the past year. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen back near pre-recession levels this month after spiking in early October because of the partial government shutdown and processing backlogs in California. The steady declines are the latest sign that companies are firing fewer workers. And last week’s report on hiring and unemployment in October showed that businesses are also hiring workers at a steady pace. Employers added 204,000 jobs last month, many more than expected and a sign that companies shrugged off the 16-day shutdown. Private businesses added 212,000 positions, the most since February. Many economists had thought the unemployment benefit applications would fall even lower. The four-week average remains about 10,000 higher than it was in August. “While it is disappointing that layoffs have not fallen further, the good news is that the government shutdown appears not to have generated a lasting negative impact on labor markets,” Guy Berger, an economist at RBS, said in a research note. Companies have stepped up hiring as growth has picked up. Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs per month from August through October. That’s up sharply from an average of 146,000 in May through July. The economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in the JulySeptember quarter, up from a 2.5 percent rate in the previous quarter and just a 1.1 percent rate in the first three months of the year. Solid job gains should support steady growth in the coming months. Greater hiring, combined with modest increases in pay, could encourage Americans to spend more. Consumer spending drives roughly 70 percent of economic activity. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3 percent last month from 7.2 percent in September. But that was partly because many federal workers were temporarily laid off during the shutdown. About 3.9 million people received benefits in the week ending Oct. 26, the latest data available. That’s about 53,000 fewer than the previous week. The total unemployment benefit rolls have fallen 22 percent in the past year. Many of those former recipients have likely found jobs. But most have probably used up all their benefits without finding work. Job growth is a major factor for the Federal Reserve, which is weighing when to reduce its economic stimulus. The Fed has been buying $85 billion-a-month in bonds to keep longterm interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending.

All the fuss seems a bit loopy to certain members of Gens X, Y and Z — which have diverged increasingly from handwriting to computers. The volume of first-class mail at the U.S. Postal Service fell in 2010 to its lowest level in a quarter-century, just as computer use — and the keyboarding it involves — was surging. Some 95 percent of teens use the Internet, and the percentage using smartphones to go online has grown from 23 percent in 2011 to 37 percent today, according to the Pew Research Center. A 2012 Pew report found the volume of text messages among teens rose from 50 a day on average in 2009 to 60 a day on average two years later. Pew research has also shown that educators don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. A survey of teachers of American middle school and high school students published in July found 78 percent believed digital tools such as the Internet, social media and cellphones were encouraging their students’ creativity and personal expression. Kristen Purcell, associate director for research at Pew’s Internet & American Life Project, said researchers found it surprising — given those results — that 94 percent of the 2,462 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project surveyed still said they “encourage their students to do at least some of their writing by hand.” Teachers gave two primary reasons, she said: Most standardized tests are still in paperand-pencil format and teachers believed having students write by Doors Open at 5 PM hand helped them slow down their thinking, 50/50 Drawing at 6 PM encouraging deeper and fuller thinking during Hunting Equipment Drawings the writing process. Pew surveys of teens VFW Charities of Ohio have found many prefer to write on the computer, which they found faster and neater, but many still use handwriting for notes, letters, journals, short stories or music lyrics — as well as for school.

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Sports

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CLEVELAND — This architect’s rendering provided by the Cleveland Browns shows part of a proposed renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium Wednesday in Cleveland. The two-year modernization project, proposed for completion during the next two off-seasons, would include two new video boards nearly triple the size of the boards currently in each end zone and increasing the lower bowl’s seating capacity while improving sight-lines.

Going for that modern look Browns reveal proposal to upgrade stadium TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND — They’ve boosted their reputation and improved their record. Now the Browns want to upgrade their stadium. Days away from playing their biggest game in years, the NFL team unveiled plans Wednesday to modernize FirstEnergy Stadium with a two-year, $120 million renovation project. Browns CEO Joe Banner said the club will present its proposal, which includes the installation of new, high-definition video scoreboards, escalators and a reduction of 3,000 seats, to the city’s planning commission on Thursday. The Browns also will meet with Mayor Frank Jackson and city officials about approval and funding for the project. The NFL recently approved a $62.5 million loan to the team to

be used toward stadium improvements and Banner said all of that money will be applied toward the plan. It’s apparent the Browns will ask the city for some money, but how much is unknown. “We have to do this together,” Banner said. “Obviously, the planning commission and a number of agencies in the city would have to be in line and approving this project for it to happen economics aside, and obviously economics aren’t an aside, so there is nothing that can happen to the stadium without the city feeling positive.” The Browns unveiled plans for the stadium makeover, to take place over the next two offseasons. Banner, owner Jimmy Haslam and president Alec Scheiner were sitting on stage, video highlights of this season’s first nine weeks were shown before renderings of the revamped stadium were presented to the audience.

Banner said there are no plans to put a dome or roof on the stadium because it would require a nine-figure investment. Also, the Browns will continue to play on a grass field rather than switch to a synthetic surface. Although the seating capacity will drop from 71,000 to 68,000, the lower bowl will be reconfigured with more seats, giving fans better sightlines of the field. The exterior also will receive a face-lift, escalators will be added to aid fan movement between levels and concessions will be improved. The stadium improvement would continue Haslam’s plan to overhaul a franchise that has never made the Super Bowl and last won an NFL title in 1964. The team spent $5 million refurbishing its headquarters and training facility in Berea this summer, and Haslam feels this stadium overhaul is a logical next step. “It’s all part of creating a world-

Bellevue offering travel basketball The Bellevue Recreation Department is now taking registration for 2013-2014 traveling basketball leagues. Be sure to register paricipants by Wednesday, Nov. 20, so as to avoid the $5 late fee. Girls 5th and 6th grade traveling team There will be a player and parent meeting held on, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Community Center for those interested in participating. Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Flat Rock Care Center or Bellevue Community Center. This league will consist of others teams from the local area. Participants must have a center membership. The cost for Bellevue resi-

dents is $30 and for nonresident it’s $43 with an additional $15 player fee. Boys 5th and 6th grade travel team There will be a player and parent meeting held on, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Bellevue Community Center for those that are interested in participating. Practices will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at the Bellevue Community Center or the Flat Rock Care Center. This league will consist of other teams from the local area. Participants must have a center membership. The cost for Bellevue residents is $30 and for ronresidents it’s $43 with an additional $15 player fee. Boys 7th - 9th grade junior S.H.O.E. travel basketball league

First practice will be Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Bellevue Community Center. The practice schedule will be determined based on facility availability. Open to any boys not currently playing on a school team. There will be no cuts, everyone will be placed on a team. The cost of the program includes a team uniform, court or practice time, quality instruction, and a 10 game schedule. Games will be played on Saturday afternoons against local teams unless otherwise noted. The league season runs through February. Participants must have a center membership. The cost for Bellevue residents is $30 and for nonresidents it’s $43, with

an additional $15 player fee. Boys 9th - 12th grade senior S.H.O.E. travel basketball league Sign ups and open gym will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 7 - 8:30 pm; teams will be drafted on Nov. 19 Games will be played on Tuesday evenings. All boys signing up will be placed on a team. The player fee includes a team uniform. The cost for members is $16 and for non-members it’s $29. Register in person at the Bellevue Community Center. Call the Bellevue Community Center at (419) 483-5555 with questions and visit www. bellevuerec.com for the full line up of winter sports.

Detroit’s defensive line ready for Roethlisberger NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of what he will be up against when Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the Detroit Lions pay Pittsburgh a visit this weekend. “You’ll end up dead if you’re not careful,” Roethlisberger joked Wednesday. “That’s a great D-line and defense. I tell myself all the time to be alert for those things, but when the bullets start flying who knows what’s going to happen?” A bemused Suh offered some reassurance. “That’s interesting,” Suh said. “I’m not a killer. My track record proves that one, or I’d be in jail. I guess I’ve got to take that somewhat as a compliment, but no, there’s going to be no killing on Sunday.” Roethlisberger was speaking figuratively, of course, but Suh

“That’s a great D-line and defense. ... when the bullets start flying who knows what’s going to happen?” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Fairley are a tandem to be feared this season. Drafted in the first round a season apart, they’re anchoring a defense that is a big part of why the Lions are in first place in the NFC North. In last weekend’s 21-19 win over Chicago, Detroit came up big while backed up against its own goal line. Late in the first half, the Bears had the ball at the Detroit 4-yard line. That’s when Suh was able to redirect a pass that ended up being intercepted in the end zone. At the end of the game, the Lions stopped a 2-point conversion attempt, and when the Bears got another try because of a penalty,

Detroit stopped them again. Lions’ opponents have had 24 chances in the red zone this season, scoring touchdowns only 10 times. That defensive ratio for Detroit is tied for the fourth-best in the league. Suh and Fairley have combined for seven sacks this season. The two defensive tackles will now begin eyeing Roethlisberger, the 6-foot-5 quarterback whose ability to keep plays alive is well known. Of course, that style comes with a trade-off. Roethlisberger may occasionally avoid the rush and complete a big pass downfield, but if he holds the ball too long, Suh and Fairley are confident they can get to him. Then there’s the matter of actually tackling Roethlisberger, which is no easy feat. “One guy is not going to bring him down. We’ve seen that,” Fairley said. “He spins out of moves, he shakes guys out of him. He’s really just a big, strong quarterback.”

WILLARD — Area media representatives met Thursday evening at the Varsity Club in Willard to cast their pre-season girls and boys basketball votes for four area leagues. The leagues that were voted on included, the Northern Ohio League (NOL), Firelands Conference, North Central Conference (NCC) and the Midland Athletic League (MAL). The voting is based on the number of teams in each league, voters then score each team one through however many teams are in the league. The highest number is first place, which gives the school the most points. The school with the most points generally is the team with the most first place votes, but not always. A team can have the most points in their league and still not have the most first place votes. The voting for the girl’s basketball took place first. In the NOL, there were 17 voters and taking first with 14 first place votes was Bellevue napping 114 points. Second was Willard with 87 points;Third was Norwalk with 78 points; Fourth was Shelby with 70 points and two first place votes; Fifth was Ontario with 50 points; Sixth was Tiffin Columbian with 43 points and rounding out the NOL in seventh with 34 points was Sandusky. In the Firelands Conference, there were 9 voters and taking first place with eight first place votes was South Central with 65 points. Second was Western Reserve with 54 points and one first place vote; Third was St. Paul with 53 points; Fourth was Mapleton with 43 points. Fifth was Crestview with 35 points; Sixth was Plymouth with 26 points; Seventh was Monroeville with 24 points and rounding out the Firelands Conference in eighth with 23 points was New London. In the MAL, there were 5 voters and there was a tie for first place with two first place votes each between Mohawk and New Riegel, both having 55 points. Second was Carey with 52 points and one first place vote; Third was St. Wendelin with 38 points; Fourth was Calvert with 37 points; Fifth was Fremont St. Joseph with 36 points; Sixth was a tie between HopewellLoudon and Seneca East both with 32 points; Seventh was North Baltimore with 22 points; Eighth was Lakota with 14 points; and rounding out the MAL in ninth with 12 points was Old Fort. ***Bettsville does not have a girl’s basketball team this year*** In the NCC, there were 8 voters and with four first place votes was Upper

Sandusky with 51 points. Second was Wynford with 49 points and two first place votes; Third was Colonel Crawford with 43 points and one first place vote; Fourth was Bucyrus with 42 points and two first place votes; Fifth was Riverdale with 39 points; Sixth was Buckeye Central with 31 points and one first place vote; Seventh was Galion with 20 points and rounding out the NCC in eighth with 13 points was was Crestline. As for the boy’s basketball voting the results were quite a bit different. In the NOL it was almost a landslide vote, with 17 of the 18 first place votes Norwalk leads the NOL with 124 points. In second was Ontario with 99 points and the one other first place vote. Third was Bellevue with 68 points; Fourth was Willard with 67 points; Fifth was Shelby with 54 points; Sixth was Tiffin Columbian with 47 points and rounding out the NOL in seventh place with 45 points was Sandusky. In the Firelands Conference with 10 voters first place went to Plymouth with eight first place votes and 78 points. Second with the other two first place votes was Western Reserve with 72 points; Third was New London with 53 points; Fourth was St. Paul with 46 points; Fifth was Crestview with 40 points; Sixth was Mapleton with 29 points; Seventh was South Central with 28 points and finishing out the Firelands Conference in eighth place was Monroeville with 15 points. The MAL had five voters, who were split between New Riegel and Old Fort with 55 points each for who will be leading the league, but Old Fort pulled slightly ahead with three first place votes. Second was Carey with the remaining two first place votes and had 54 points. Third was Fremont St. Joseph with 40 points; Fourth was HopewellLoudon with 37 points; Fifth was Calvert with 35 points; Sixth was Seneca East with 34 points; Seventh was Mohawk with 24 points; Eighth was North Baltimore with 17 points; Ninth was St Wendelin was with 16 points. Tenth was Lakota with 15 points and rounding out the MAL in eleventh was Bettsville with 5 points. In the NCC there were eight voters and all eight first place votes went to Colonel Crawford, who had 64 points. Second was Upper Sandusky with 48 points, tied for third were Galion and Buckeye Central each with 44 points. Fourth was Wynford with 38 points; Fifth was Bucyrus with 25 points; Sixth was Riverdale with 17 points and rounding out the NCC in seventh was Crestline with 8 points.

Ready for round two Clyde, Perkins meet again tonight CLYDE — First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility will be hosting it’s first playoff football game tonight. BAF Stadium will be hosting the Division III second round playoff game tonight, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played between the Clyde Fliers and the Perkins Pirates. Both Perkins and Clyde High Schools will be preselling tickets for $7. All adult, student and senior citizen tickets will be the same price at $7 presale. Tickets for Clyde residents will be available for purchase until

3 p.m. today at Clyde High School. Tickets will also be available at the McPherson Middle School during school hours. Tickets for Perkins residents will be available for purchase until 4 p.m. today at the Perkins High School Athletic Office. All tickets at the game will be $9. There will also be a $2 parking fee, due to the game being an OHSAA tournament football game. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The Bellevue Athletic Boosters will be operating a full concession stand, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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This photo provided by the Center for American Archaeology on Nov. 12, 2013 shows canine bones buried at the Koster site in Greene County, Ill. The fossil specimen at this site is dated to 8,500 years ago. A large DNA study suggests dogs arose from wolves in Europe some 19,000 to 32,000 years ago. Results were published online Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 by the journal Science.

people found them useful for things like hunting and guard duty. Over a very long time in this human environment, wolves gradually turned into

the first dogs. The latest attempt to figure out where this happened was published online Thursday by the journal Science.

Researchers gathered DNA from fossils of 18 ancient wolflike and doglike creatures that lived up to 36,000 years ago in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. They compared the genetic material to modern samples from 49 wolves from North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, 77 dogs of a wide variety of breeds including cocker spaniel, basenji and golden retriever, and four coyotes. The DNA of modern dogs showed similarities to the genetic material from the ancient European specimens and modern-day European wolves, the researchers reported. The first dogs evolved by associating with hunter-gatherers rather than farmers, since dogs evidently appeared before agriculture did, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are now, based on

genetic evidence, three alternative hypotheses for the origin of dogs,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Wayne of the University of California, Los Angeles, a study author. He said his results suggest a better case for Europe than for east Asia or the Middle East. He also said the kind of wolf that gave rise to dogs is now extinct. Olaf Thalmann of the University of Turku in Finland, another author, said the work doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that Europe is the only place where dogs emerged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We conclude that Europe played a major role in the domestication process,â&#x20AC;? he said in an email. The work makes a strong argument for an origin in Europe, although it might not be the only place, said Greger Larson of Durham University in England, who did not participate in the research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real step in the right direction.â&#x20AC;?


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BuckEyes An inside look at Ohio State football SAY WHAT?

RECRUITING UPDATE

“Man, it’s so cold my face hurts.”

The subtraction of a recruit from Ohio State’s recruiting class was the big news of the week. Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind., West Side), a wide receiver in the 2014 class who had verbally committed to OSU decommitted. Johnson plans to visit Western Michigan, Cincinnati and South Florida. His move reduces OSU’s 2014 class to 16 verbal commitments. OSU still has four receivers in its 2014 class: Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J., Pope John XXIII High School), Parris Campbell (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School), Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis Cathedral High School) and Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn Erasmus Hall High School). Ohio State’s coaches were on the road talking with recruits during last week’s bye week. Head coach Urban Meyer made an appearance at Cleveland Glenville’s first-round playoff game against Cleveland Brush to look at three of the top senior prospects — cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Erick Smith and offensive lineman Marcelys Jones. Lattimore and Smith are still uncommitted and have offers from Alabama, among many others. Jones has verbally committed to OSU. Nineteen Glenville players have gone to Ohio State in the last 17 years. Ohio State offered four 2015 recruits scholarships last week. They are: Scott Patchan (Orlando, Fla., Freedom High School), defensive end; Anthony Wheeler (Dallas Skyline High School), defensive end; Kyle Phillips (Nashville Hillsboro High School), defensive end; and Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas, Thurgood Marshall High School), linebacker.

1. What was the first overtime game Ohio State played? 2. Who is the last Ohio State football coach named Big Ten Coach of the Year? 3. What is the Big Ten record for most consecutive wins in football? 4. Who is the only Illinois player chosen No. 1 overall in the NFL draft? 5. Where was Illinois legend Dick Butkus selected in the 1965 NFL draft? Answers: 1. Illinois in 2002; 2. Earle Bruce in 1979; 3. 29, Michigan 1901-03; 4. Jeff George (1990); 5. Third overall by the Chicago Bears.

— Texan Dontre Wilson, reacting on Twitter to the coldest morning of his Ohio State career earlier this week.

No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois, noon, ESPN < OFFENSIVE LINE Ohio State has had more than 600 yards total offense four times, including the last two games. Tackle Taylor Decker, who left the Purdue game with a strained medial collateral ligament in his knee, is expected to return this week. Left guard Michael Heitz, a two-year starter, is the most experienced Illini lineman. Right guard Teddy Karras is the great-nephew of former NFL star Alex Karras. Advantage: Ohio State

< DEFENSIVE LINE Sophomore end Noah Spence has emerged as the pass rushing force OSU thought he would be while recruiting him. He has 3.5 sacks in the last two games. Ohio State is second to Nebraska in the Big Ten with 26 sacks. Don Speck | The Lima News Tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) has become a bigger part of OSU’s passing game in Stopping the run has not been a strong point for Illinois. It has allowed recent games. Here he celebrates his two-point catch against Purdue last season a 100-yard rusher in its five Big Ten games, all losses. Indiana’s Tevin with Corey Linsley (71). Coleman had 215 yards rushing and his teammate Stephen Houston ran for 150. The lack of a pass rush (No. 113 nationally) has put pressure on a < QUARTERBACKS shaky defensive backfield. Ohio State’s record for pass completion perAdvantage: Ohio State centage in a season is Troy Smith’s 65.3 percent in 2006. This year, Braxton Miller is completing 72.5 < LINEBACKERS percent of his passes. In the last three games, he Ohio State got a scare when starting linebackhas hit on 79 percent of his throws. ers Curtis Grant (ankle, back) and Joshua Perry Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase is a four-year starter who has passed (dislocated finger) left the Purdue game, but both for 2,420 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. are expected to play Saturday. Early in his career, he carried much of the rushing load for the Illini but he For Illinois, Jonathan Brown leads the Big Ten in has rushed for only 151 yards this season. He threw for a career-best 450 tackles with 88. He has 10.5 tackles for losses, four sacks and an intercepyards in a 52-35 loss to Indiana last week. tion. Mason Monheim has 74 tackles. Brown had 17 tackles against Ohio Advantage: Ohio State State in 2011. Advantage: Ohio State < RUNNING BACKS Carlos Hyde will be going for his fifth consecu< DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD tive 100-yard rushing game against a defense that OSU’s defensive backfield has made enough has struggled against offenses not as good as improvement that “What’s wrong with the pass Ohio State’s. defense?” is not heard nearly as often as it was Illinois’ Josh Ferguson has 515 yards rushing earlier in the season. Much of that improvement and has caught 37 passes for 483 yards. Donovan Young has gained 330 came against two freshman quarterbacks. This yards rushing. week, the Buckeyes will face a four-year starter. Advantage: Ohio State Illinois has intercepted only two passes this season (No. 118 nationally). Safety Earnest Thomas is second on the team in tackles with 76. < WIDE RECEIVERS Advantage: Ohio State Corey Brown (41 catches, 547 yards), Devin Smith (38 catches, 542 yards) and Evan Spencer < SPECIAL TEAMS (21 catches, 209 yards) have caught a pass in OSU’s Drew Basil is 7 for 7 on field goals with a every game. Five different players have led the long kick of 45 yards. Punter Cameron Johnston team in catches in a game this season. averages 40.9 yards per punt. Spencer Harris (34 catches, 301 yards, 1 TD) and Steve Hull (28 Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski is 8 of 12 on field catches, 504 yards, 3 TDs) lead the receivers for Illinois. Hull, who started at safety the last three seasons, got nearly half of his season yardage total goals but is only 1 of 3 on kicks longer than 39 yards. Punter Justin Duvernois averages 40.2 yards per kick. when he caught nine passes for 224 yards against Indiana. Advantage: Ohio State Advantage: Ohio State

BIG TEN STANDINGS Leaders Division Big Ten W L Ohio State 5 0 Wisconsin 4 1 Penn State 2 3 Indiana 2 3 Illinois 0 5 Purdue 0 5

Overall W L 9 0 7 2 5 4 4 5 3 6 1 8

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Passing Braxton Miller....................................1,316 Kenny Guiton ...................................... 749 Rushing Carlos Hyde..........................................701 Jordan Hall ...........................................519 Braxton Miller...................................... 410 Receiving Corey Brown ...................................... 547 Devin Smith.........................................542 Field Goals Drew Basil.............................................7/7 Interceptions Follow Jim Naveau on Twitter at Doran Grant ............................................ 3 @Lima_Naveau. Bradley Roby ........................................... 2 Copyright © 2013 The Lima News. Tackles Reproduction of any portion of this material is Ryan Shazier ......................................... 73 prohibited without express consent. Curtis Grant ......................................... 48 Aug. 31 ................................Buffalo 40-20 Sept. 7.....................San Diego State 42-7 Sept. 14 ...........................California 52-34 Sept. 21 ........................Florida A&M, 76-0 Sept. 28 .........................Wisconsin, 31-24 Oct. 5 ..................... Northwestern, 40-30 Oct. 19.....................................Iowa, 34-24 Oct. 26 ..........................Penn State, 63-14 Nov. 2 ................................... Purdue, 56-0 Nov. 16 ..............................at Illinois, noon Nov. 23.................................. Indiana, TBA Nov. 30 ..........................at Michigan, TBA

WEEKEND SCHEDULE Big Ten Ohio State at Illinois, noon Purdue at Penn State, noon Indiana at Wisconsin, noon Michigan State at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. Michigan at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. Top 25 Iowa State at Oklahoma, noon Syracuse at Fla. State, 3:30 p.m. Georgia at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. Miami at Duke, 3:30 p.m. Utah at Oregon, 4 p.m. Alabama at Miss. State, 7 p.m. Texas Tech at Baylor, 7 p.m. Florida at S. Carolina, 7 p.m. Houston at Louisville, 7 p.m. Stanford at USC, 8 p.m.

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Heisman a ‘what if ’ for Miller COLUMBUS — If Braxton Miller had not been injured and had played the whole season the way he has played in the last three games, he would be in the middle of the Heisman Trophy discussion. A sprained knee ligament cost Miller almost three full games and limited him in his first game back from the injury. But in the last three games, Miller has shown the growth that coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman predicted for him this season as a junior. Miller is on a pace to set the Ohio State completion percentage record, hitting 72.5 percent of his passes. His decision making and command have improved. And the ability to break a long run at any time seems to have returned as the knee healed. It’s possible that Miller’s chance to be a factor in the Heisman wasn’t the only thing that took a hit when he went out, though. It might be a stretch, but it is possible that if Miller had played all season and were more involved in the Heisman Trophy race, Ohio State might be closer to the top of the BCS standings. The Buckeyes are unbeaten, but if highlights of Miller doing great things every week were on ESPN, it might have changed the perception of at least one or two voters in the polls that count in the BCS standings. It would be one more way for OSU to get positive exposure. Kenny Guiton was spectacular in relief for the three games Miller missed and OSU won all three. But his success could be something some people are using to reinforce the conventional wisdom that Ohio State’s schedule is less than challenging. If the Buckeyes can beat these teams with their No. 2 quarterback, then the competition must not be that tough. Bottom line: Ohio State has had a great season so far but it might have been even better if Miller had played every game.

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