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Obituaries Garza SAVANNAH, Ga. — DaShawn Anthony Mitchell Garza, 13, of Savannah, Georgia, died Thursday afternoon, September 26, 2013 at Hospice Savannah. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of Shirley Godfrey and Mark Garza. DaShawn was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Bloomingdale and was an 8th grade student at Bartlett Middle School. Surviving are his mother, Shirley Godfrey; his step-brother, Elijah Livingston; aunt and uncles, Mark and Amie Pepponi and William

Godfrey, Jr.; his cousins, Miabella Rosa Pepponi and Jacob Pepponi, and family friend, John Connelly III. A memorial service was held at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, October 5 th, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Interment was private. The family would like to thank the Lutheran Church of the Ascension. Please share your thoughts about DaShawn and his life at Gamble Funeral Service of Savannah was in charge of arrangements.

Tyson WEST MILTON — Mark A. “Hot Rod” Tyson, 94, of West Milton, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the VA Hospice, Dayton. He was born March 5, 1919, in Huntsville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mamie (Bailey) Tyson; former wife, Betty Soliday Tyson; brothers Leo and Therman Tyson; sisters Wanda, Leah and Lavon; and son-in-law, Dewitt Sandifer. He is survived by his loving wife, Dottie J. (McCulley) Tyson; sons and daughters-in-law Mark A. and Carol Tyson, Bowling Green; Terry O. and Cindy Tyson, Perrysburg; daughters and sons-in-law Judy K. Sandifer, West Milton; Gina and J.D. Johnson, West Milton; Toni and John Willis, West Milton; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchil-

dren. Mark served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he received the EAME Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, received Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal WWII and Army of Occupation Medal Germany. He was retired from Ohio Bell, attended United Church of Christ, was a Mason, a member of the American Legion and loved woodworking. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery, West Milton. Friends may call on Saturday two hours prior to the service (10 a.m.-noon) at Hale-Sarver. If so desired, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or VA Hospice, Dayton. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Funeral Directory Longendelpher COVINGTON — Melvin F. Longendelpher, 96, of Covington, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Services pending. Arrangements in care of JacksonSarver Funeral Home, Covington. Stutz TIPP CITY — Jacqueline “Jackie” Stutz, 71, of Tipp City, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Services are pending at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City.

AP Photo New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, and her husband Mark Kelly tour the New EastCoast Arms Collectors Associates arms fair in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday. Kelly looks at an antique revolver.

Ex-US Rep. Gabby Giffords attends NY gun show

courageous!” Giffords, a face of the national gun control effort, slowly walked hand-inhand with Kelly through the large room where Winchester rifles, muzzleloaders, antique knives and other weapons were on display and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags hung from poles. They stopped at display tables, Kelly asked dealers questions about the weapons, and Giffords shook hands and smiled when people greeted her. “Good to see you looking good!” some said. Kelly bought a book on Colt revolvers, and said later he probably would have bought a gun if he had had more time. He said both he and his wife are gun owners. The trio was greeted by light applause when introduced at the news conference, but some people booed from across the room. Many at the show said the couple made a good impression.


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Dying Ohio man on gurney leads daughter down aisle CLEVELAND (AP) — A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter’s wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney. Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy took part in daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported ( A volunteer team of medical professionals helped Nagy escort the 24-year-old bride as groom Angelo Salvatore and the Rev. Chuck Knerem awaited their arrival. “It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle,” said the 56-year-old Brunswick man. “She’s my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle.” Nagy was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer and has undergone chemotherapy. He has been at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since August. Doctors were uncertain if he would be able to make the wedding, initially scheduled for next year. But with monitor cords slipped under his tuxedo and a tracheal tube attached, he made the trip down the aisle, kissing a grandson who was the ringbearer and giving a thumb’s up. “There was no way he was not going to finish this out,” said his wife Jean. Jacky Uljanic, a nurse practitioner with the hospital, helped make the arrangements for Nagy to attend the wedding. She put him through daily therapy to build up his strength and she checked on the logistics in advance. Physicians Medical Transport donated the ambulance trip, and a doctor and other medical personnel accompanied Nagy on the ride. Sarah said that since she was a little girl, she has wanted her father to escort her down the aisle when she married. She said her future husband assured her she would get her wish. At the vestibule, she burst into tears and told her father she loved him. “We did it,” Nagy said to her and reminded her not to streak her makeup.

AP Photo In this Oct. 12 photo, Scott Nagy is wheeled from First Lutheran Church in Strongsville by paramedics Melissa Powell, left, and Andrew Gorman, right, to a spot in the parking lot so he could see his daughter, Sarah Salvatore, and new husband, Angelo Salvatore, come out of the church doors after their wedding ceremony at First Lutheran Church in Strongsville, Ohio. University Hospital sent a medical team along with Scott who is bound to his bed. The ambulance ride to the church was donated by Physicians Medical Transport.

Ohio clears specialty drug-makers in executions COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio could begin executing inmates with doses of a lethal injection drug prepared by specialized pharmacies under a change in its execution process prompted by difficulties securing the powerful sedative last used by the state. New Ohio prisons department execution rules allowing compounding pharmacies were filed in federal court Friday, just days after the state’s last supplies of pentobarbital expired. Such businesses custom-make drugs but aren’t subject to federal scrutiny. The new policy also establishes an alternative intravenous drug combination — the sedative midazolam with the opiate hydromorphone — if expired pentobarbital is deemed unusable or if new supplies of the drug are unavailable. Ohio’s last dose of unexpired pentobarbital was used to put Harry Mitts to death Sept. 25 for fatally shooting two people, including a suburban Cleveland police officer. The process of relying on compounding pharmacies for future pentobarbital supplies may require legislation to protect those pharmacies from lawsuits by capital punishment opponents. Federal public defender Allen

Bohnert said he was reviewing the new drug protocol’s potential role in federal litigation challenging Ohio’s execution procedures. The policy is in effect for the scheduled November execution of Ronald Phillips, sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. “We’re disappointed that Ohio has chosen to turn to these unregulated and questionable sources for their official execution drug,” said Bohnert, who doesn’t represent Phillips. A federal judge has indicated he would review the new policy. The original manufacturer of pentobarbital, Denmark-based Lundbeck Inc., in 2011 put the drug off-limits for executions and required that prohibition remain when it sold the product to Lake Forest, Ill.-based Akorn Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) As a result, supplies had dried up in Ohio and around the country. Texas, the nation’s busiest deathpenalty state, disclosed in records released this week that it has turned to a compounding pharmacy to replenish its pentobarbital supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers products from compounding pharmacies unapproved drugs and doesn’t

vouch for their safety or effectiveness. The businesses came under new scrutiny after last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak was linked to contaminated injections made by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. Ohio’s announcement Friday marks the third time the state has made a change related to the drug it uses in lethal injection. In 2009, Ohio switched from a three-drug cocktail to a single dose of sodium thiopental. In 2011, it switched to pentobarbital when the manufacturer of sodium thiopental also restricted its distribution. Bohnert said rules revised so often raise questions about the process. “The fact that they need to change the protocol so frequently suggests that perhaps there should be a serious discussion about whether to have the death penalty in Ohio at all,” he said. Among other states struggling to find alternatives are Georgia, Missouri and Arkansas. A legal challenge has placed Missouri’s proposal to use propofol on hold, and anesthesiologists are asking the state to reconsider out of fear it could lead to restrictions of the drug needed for hospital use.

Ohio student loan default rate among highest DAYTON (AP) — Ohio’s student loan default rate is among the 10 highest in the country with nearly 30,000 Ohioans defaulting on federal loans they were supposed to start repaying in 2010, a newspaper reported. A total of 29,500 Ohioans are among more than 600,000 former college students defaulting on student loans for the three-year period, a Dayton-area newspaper reports. Ohio’s default rate over that time increased from 13.2 percent to 16.2 percent, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that more than 7 million borrowers are currently in default on a federal or private student loan, meaning they missed payment for nine months. Defaults leave borrowers facing problems that include late fees, added interests, wage garnish-

ment and court costs. “The consequences of default are so severe,” said Lauren Asher, president of The Institute for College Access and Success. She said the debt can follow borrowers for the rest of their lives, ruining their credit and making it difficult to buy a car or rent an apartment. It can also limit job prospects and make it impossible to get federal grants or loans to return to school, Asher said. Ohioans graduate with an average $28,683 in loans, according to the Project on Student Debt. But fees and interest

can cause that debt to increase quickly when borrowers don’t find jobs after college and default on their loans. Ronnie Battson, 57, said he owes $60,000 for a $24,000 loan he took out to fund his computer networking degree from ITT Technical Institute in 2001. The Dayton resident said he has applied for jobs in his field without success and now works as a security guard at minimum wage, while his student debt keeps growing. “It gets really discouraging,” he said. The Department of Education advises bor-

rowers in default to contact the agencies billing them, explain their situation and ask the agencies to work with them. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, who has proposed changes aimed at helping borrowers, says debt can be very destructive. “It kills hope. It kills opportunity,” she said. Warren has proposed restoring bankruptcy protections for student debt and giving graduates the ability to refinance their debt to take advantage of historically low interest rates. She also wants loans be made at no profit to the government.


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A smiling Gabrielle Giffords toured rows of tables loaded with rifles and handguns Sunday in her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting, and pleaded afterward for people to come together to stop gun violence. The former Arizona congresswoman visited the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair with her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to highlight a voluntary agreement that closely monitors gun show sales in New York. The trio mixed with a gun show crowd that was mostly welcoming — with a few hostile undertones — before calling for people to build on the cooperative effort. “We must never stop fighting,” Giffords said at a post-tour news conference, her fist in the air. “Fight! Fight! Fight! Be bold! Be

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