Jumat, 01 Januari 2010

plus 4, Heath's cameras top local headlines - Newark Advocate

plus 4, Heath's cameras top local headlines - Newark Advocate

Heath's cameras top local headlines - Newark Advocate

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 04:07 AM PST

NEWARK -- The economy continued its downward spiral, causing a longtime family-owned business to close and local unemployment to skyrocket during 2009 in Licking County. Community members also mobilized in Heath to remove traffic cameras.

Newark residents received national attention as the Newark High School Sinfonia was profiled by The New York Times, and one man's adventure in a motorized bar stool was picked up by news outlets across the United States.

These are the top stories of 2009, as voted on by Advocate readers:


The cameras went up quietly, and began recording, on June 1. By the end of the month, a local group of citizens, led Duane Goodwin and Ronnie Kidd, spoke out against the cameras.

"I've talked to people that live outside of town, and they said they'll avoid Heath," Goodwin said in a June 27 Advocate story. "They're going to go somewhere else. They don't like the police state."

The opposition put together a petition to place a charter amendment on the November ballot, seeking the cameras' removal. They pointed to lower traffic through Heath, and the fact that a for-profit company was in control of the fines.

Greg Powers, who opened Leghorns restaurant in 2008 on 30th Street, wrote a letter to the editor in August claiming his business was down 13 percent in July -- the first month the fines counted. Other business owners agreed they also had seen a decline.

In return, Heath council members and Mayor Richard Waugh pointed to a drop in crashes on Hebron Road and said safety always was the top concern. Traffic-count numbers from Redflex Traffic Systems also showed a decline in traffic after the cameras were installed.

The cameras were shut off at midnight after the Nov. 3 election, in which voters decided to ban the cameras.

During the four months of fines, the city received more than $750,000 in revenue, while Redflex earned more than $300,000.


The pressures of the economy and national concerns led to an abrupt closure for the 50-year-old business owned by Dave Chesrown Sr.

The problems began with the loss of Oldsmobile a few years ago, and were compounded by General Motors' decision to end its Pontiac line this year.

That move cost Chesrown about $1 million.

Chesrown's 200 cars were removed from its Cadillac, Buick, GMC and Kia lots beginning on May 1.

The Kia dealership later was bought by Coughlin Automotive.


The economy continued to be a major story in 2009, as local unemployment rates hit 22-year highs in June, jumping past 10 percent.

Most of the county's largest employers, including Owens Corning, Holophane, Boeing and Longaberger each laid off or furloughed workers either in late 2008 or 2009. Some businesses, such as Ecolab and the Chesrown car dealership, also closed their doors this year.

By the end of the year, the unemployment rate had fallen slightly, as local job specialists mentioned companies re-hiring -- including Longaberger recalling 50 employees -- or new companies opening in the area.


An Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper, Jason E. Highsmith, and two others were clocked speeding at twice the speed limit on June 28 on Interstate 70.

The information came to light more than a week later after he was issued a ticket. A report by the Ohio Inspector General's Office criticized the patrol's handling of the incident, during which Trooper Bryan Lee pulled over the speeders, recognized them as "friendlies" and allowed them to leave without tickets.

Days later, Highsmith and Gahanna Police Officer Christopher Thomas, who was clocked at 149 mph, were served with tickets.

Thomas was fired, while Highsmith was suspended for five days and moved from the exclusive Motorcycle Unit to the Marysville Post for "conduct unbecoming an officer."


Perhaps more than any other local story in 2009, the Newark High School Sinfonia put a national focus on the city and the school district.

The group's journey began in April with a second-place finish at the National Orchestra Cup in New York City, while competing with a variety of private schools, or those concentrated on the arts, from across the United States.

During that same trip, the Sinfonia was profiled and featured on the front page of The New York Times. The writer focused the story on Tiffany Clay, a senior first violinist who earned top grades at school, lived on her own and worked almost full-time at Sonic Drive-In.

Donations from across the nation poured into the Sinfonia, and Clay accepted a scholarship to Oklahoma City University, where she is majoring in music.

Some Sinfonia members later were invited to a November White House reception celebrating classical music.


A troubled and abusive relationship came to a violent end Aug. 4 in the parking lot of CVS on West Main Street.

Robert Channel, 50, shot and killed his estranged wife, Vicki Channel, 47, early in the morning before returning to his car and shooting himself. The two were in the middle of a divorce, and Vicki had placed a restraining order against her husband.

The Channels had two children.


The families of Misty Butts, James Bryant and John Boyce received a measure of closure when Iradell "Ike" Crumpton, then 32, pleaded no contest in February to their murders.

On May 16, 2005, Butts, 21; Bryant, 22; and Boyce, 48, were found dead of gunshot wounds in the East Main Street duplex Butts and Bryant shared.

In a February 2009 hearing, Crumpton pleaded no contest on three counts each of aggravated murder and murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Court records indicated Crumpton's motivation was payback for a drug deal between Bryant and either himself or an associate. Butts and Boyce were killed because they were bystanders who witnessed the shooting.


The past year has been yet another busy one for the Newark Board of Education.

The year began with the board naming $1.9 million in cuts to balance the budget, followed by the search for a new treasurer and a levy campaign.

Voters approved a May 5 levy that should keep the district solvent for a few years -- barring unexpected state decreases -- and seven-year superintendent Keith Richards announced his retirement.

Doug Ute, formerly with Elgin Local Schools, was hired and began Aug. 1.


H1N1 flu was a constant concern throughout 2009 and will continue to be a concern in 2010.

The flu claimed two Licking County lives late in the year: A 53-year-old man from Newark died in October, and a 50-year-old man from Heath died Nov. 2.

The Licking County Health Department continues to hold flu clinics and urges residents to be wary of the flu.


When Kile Wygle crashed his motorized bar stool on Kelley Lane in March, he didn't expect to be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated -- after drinking 15 beers.

The revelation of the bar stool led to national media interviews for its creator, Vonn "Skeeter" Watson, and Wygle's driver's license was suspended.

The contraption later was confiscated by the Licking County Child Support Enforcement Agency and auctioned on eBay for $1,125, though the bidder never came forward. After searching for other bidders through eBay, LCCSEA pulled the bar stool off the site.

Agency director Elizabeth Winegar said the agency will auction it off in a live auction the weekend of Jan. 21-23 at Apple Tree Auction Center.

Advocate reporters can be reached at (740) 328-8821 or advocate@newarkadvocate.com.

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HMCI to again mark its vibrant and lively presence at the 10th Auto ... - PRLog (free press release)

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:03 AM PST

PR Log (Press Release)Jan 01, 2010 – The much awaited auto event of India, the 10th Auto Expo 2010, is not only be about concept cars and the latest technology in automobiles but also provides visitors an opportunity to admire cars that have had a glorious and lively past. Some of the beautifully restored vintage and classics on display, dating back to the early 1920's, were once driven by maharajas, princes, industrialists, film actors, philanthropists and style icons of the times. It is thanks to the effort and initiatives of the Heritage Motoring Club of India (HMCI) which has worked vigorously over the past Ten years in bringing the private collections of vintage and classic car and motorcycle collectors to the general public.

This year, the HMCI Pavilion will be the first pavilion to be inaugurated by Shri M. S. Gill, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. He will also release "The Classic Heritage of India", a Vintage & Classic Car Wall Calendar 2010 featuring photographs of automobiles by well known automotive photographer K. Jairaj Chaudhari.

The HMCI pavilion, spread over 22,000 sq. ft. of covered area, and located near` the main entry at Gate 2 (Bhairon Marg), will display over 75 Vintage & Classic Automobiles. According to Mr. K. T. S. Tulsi, President HMCI, "We are the only classic auto club that has participated in each of the past four Auto Expos of 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. This year too we will showcase the best restored thoroughbred classics including some rare, exotic, iconic and popular models of classic automobiles from 1920-1970 in order to create greater understanding and appreciation of our passion".

Curiosity over how auto-engineering has evolved over a century attracts several motor car enthusiasts to the HMCI stall. Visitors to the pavilion can look forward to seeing yesteryear beauties such as Buick Series 90L, Jaguar XK120, Mercedes 180 Pontoon, Mustang 1966.

According to Mr. Diljeet Titus, General Secretary, HMCI, one of the primary objectives of the show is to provide a perspective of how automobile engineering has evolved over the years. Cases in point are Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet BelAir, Mercedes 170V Sports Roadster. This year the number of participants has increased to 75 from the first year's 65.

HMCI's vice-president S. B. Jatti's says, "My dream of trying to attract more young people and telling them about our centuries-old assets is bearing fruit. Our pavilion drew record visitors in 2008 and I'm sure this time too it will be a crowd puller."

In addition to the display of vehicles, the club has also organized a slew of activities for visitors to the Heritage Pavilion. These include:

Automotive Fine Arts Exhibition:
The HMCI in a unique initiative will honour captains of the Indian Auto Industry with Mementoes and also exhibit paintings and fine examples of automotive art. These will be from the private collections of Mr. Farhan Kidwai, Mr. Sandeep Katari, Mr. Jairaj Chaudhari, Mr. Sunil Sahai and Mr. Diljeet Titus. Throughout the Auto Expo, children will be invited to participate in a painting competition.

Tour for Children and the Elderly:
HMCI will organize a special tour for underprivileged children from the SOS Children's Village. The elderly from Helpage India will also get a chance to visit the Auto Expo and a take a trip down memory lane with cars from their childhood which will be followed by lunch.

Auction of a Classic Car and Automotive Painting:
At the HMCI pavilion, visitors can bid for an auction of a restorable classic car. Money raised from the bid will go towards a charity. Visitors will also enjoy a live rock 'n' roll show by Black Slade every evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. performing music from the 60's and 70's.

Other features of the pavilion:

•A display by Manjit Bhullar of three classic Bullet motorcycles – modified versions.

•The Heritage Stock Exchange will offer tips to the visitors on restoration of a vintage car and advice on buying and selling collectibles.

•The pavilion will also have a stall distributing Classic Wheels, wall calendars, posters, t-shirts, caps, badges, classic auto books, classic auto models.

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Investigation of fire at Menomonee Falls mansion continues - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 07:39 PM PST

Dec. 31, 2009 | Though they are believed to be "lifeless," the infectious agents known as prions that cause a variety of fatal brain diseases in people and animals, including chronic wasting disease in deer, are capable of evolving like living organisms, according a new study.

The research, which has implications for eventual treatments for such diseases, is one of the first studies to suggest that something that is devoid of DNA or other genetic material can evolve in a Darwinian manner.

"It is really a novel concept," said Mark Beilke, a professor of medicine and chief of infectious disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Beilke, who was not involved in the research, said teaching the prion theory even to medical students is difficult. The new paper, which was published online Thursday in the journal Science Express, adds another complicated twist to the prion concept, said Beilke, who also practices at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Beilke said the new finding makes sense. »Read Full Article

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Posted: 31 Dec 2009 06:27 PM PST

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In Cuba’s Time Capsule, an Automotive Legacy - New York Times

Posted: 31 Dec 2009 05:23 PM PST


EXCEPT for the security guards toting machine guns, this could have been any Caribbean island airport.

Until we walked outside, that is. Then it was apparent that we had either entered a time machine or landed in Cuba.

Actually, it was both.

As we left the terminal, the taxi lane was crowded with vehicles I hadn't seen since childhood. Brightly colored American cars, all built before 1960, crowded the passenger pick-up area. It's a time warp created by the suspension of trade between Cuba and the United States after Fidel Castro's revolutionaries took control in 1959, cutting off the flow of new American cars.

That was no drawback to a group of five automotive historians, including me, who had been invited here to research the Cuban Grand Prix sports car races of 50 years ago.

In particular, we hoped to learn more about the 1960 race for a 50th anniversary celebration to be held in March at the Amelia Island Concours d'Élégance in Florida. The race was won by Stirling Moss in a Maserati Tipo 61, known as a Birdcage; both Moss and the winning Maserati will attend the March 14 concours. (Full disclosure: I am co-chairman of the event.)

Our host for the research mission was Eduardo Mesejo Maestre, curator of the Depósito del Automóvil, the country's official antique car museum. Our group had received Treasury Department permission to travel directly to Havana from Miami on cultural exchange visas. Call it spark plug diplomacy.

From the airport we went straight to the Depósito, housed in a open-air warehouse in the heart of Havana's historic district. We had hoped to see Castro's personal cars on display in this former navy facility, but that was not the case.

Castro's cars, it turns out, are stored in a warehouse at Communist Party Central Headquarters, Mr. Mesejo told us; the museum's collection comprises about 40 cars, trucks and motorcycles that represent the last 100 years of Cuba's automotive history.

Just past the admission desk — admission is one CUC, or Cuban Convertible Peso, or about $1.08 — visitors are greeted by a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I with coachwork by Letourneur & Marchand of France. We were told this car was found abandoned after the 1959 revolution and kept safe by the government until the museum opened in 1980.

The Rolls, like all of the cars on display, is not the sort of pristine example seen in most modern museums. The vehicles are well used and unrestored, but clean. Mr. Mesejo told us the cars were given a daily sponge bath to remove the potentially caustic dust that blows in from nearby building renovations.

The Depósito is arranged in two large rooms. The first room allows visitors to get close to the cars. In the second room, velvet ropes keep visitors at a distance. All informational placards are written in Spanish, so a translation guide is needed when the only English-speaking person on the staff, Mr. Mesejo, is not available.

While some auto museums apply faux finishes to give floors and walls a patina of period correctness, the Depósito's concrete, stucco and painted surfaces are authentic. The rough-hewn building reeks of character.

Most of the cars in the collection are American, including a Chevy touring car and Model T and Model A Fords. Against the back wall are two 1959 Oldsmobiles, one originally owned by Camilo Cienfuegos, a revolutionary leader considered a hero by his countrymen. The few European cars include a 1953 MG TD, a 1920s Fiat (discovered hidden behind a secret wall in a mansion) and a bright red Alfa Romeo roadster.

"I know that car from when I was a child," Mr. Mesejo said of the Alfa. "My father would not let me stand any closer than one meter from it, which is very hard for a little boy. When it came here to the museum, I sat in it for an hour."

Some of the newer cars — a 1970s Daimler and a 1980s Chevy — were left to the museum as gifts by departing foreign diplomats.

The museum's most important car is a 1905 Cadillac, which was in continuous use until the 1980s. The Cadillac is now being restored, the first such project for the museum. Much of the technical information needed for its restoration came from collectors in Philadelphia.

Fords and Oldsmobiles were assembled on the island in the 1940s and '50s, Mr. Mesejo said. "After the Revolution the car companies left, and Cuba, as an auto assembly country, was paralyzed."

We were told of the country's dire economy, where street sweepers and doctors make the same wages. So auto repair for the island's vintage cars becomes a creative endeavor: shampoo is used for brake fluid; iron pipes are cut up for piston rings; Coca-Cola is used to loosen rusty bolts; and cars are painted with sponges, then buffed with toothpaste.

"We call it the Cuban way," Abel Contreras de la Guardia, our translator and tour guide, said. "We do anything to keep our cars running."

Besides hoping to one day display the personal cars of Fidel and Raul Castro, as well as the Chevrolet Impala of Che Guevara, Mr. Mesejo said he would like to secure what is perhaps Cuba's most important car.

"I have seen Ernest Hemingway's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker convertible," he said. "It is hidden, but it is still in the country and still restorable."

Front and center in the museum's second room is a replica of the 1960 Maserati raced by Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-time world champion. If this bright blue sports car were real, it would be worth millions of dollars, but this one was cobbled together from Citroën parts for a movie about Fangio. It was donated to the museum after filming was completed.

Parked next to the fiberglass Maserati is a car that holds special meaning for Mr. Mesejo: a plain-looking dark brown 1953 Dodge sedan.

"That was my father's," he said of the car he inherited. "With this I learned to drive and work on cars.

"This car never let our family down."

Depósito del Automóvil is at Oficios No. 13, Habana Vieja, C.P. 10100, La Habana, Cuba. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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