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Saving the world through rain forests PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:50
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Saving the planet may come down to helping poor women in Kenya cook supper more efficiently.
Dr. Mark Lung and Dr. Anton Espira of ECO2LIBRIUM came to Bowing Green State University Monday to discuss their company's efforts to preserve the world's rain forests as a way of helping forestall climate change and to improve the lives of the poor people who rely on those forests.
Those forests, Lung said, still exist, but are in danger. They are important to global health because they create oxygen and store carbon. They moderate weather, clean the air and prevent drought.
Multinational corporations are not the greatest threat. That comes from the people who depend on the forests for their livelihoods. It is hard to ask those people to sacrifice when they are barely scraping by.
"We cannot expect people to conserve the forest when poverty is a problem," Espira, a Kenyan who grew up in the Kakamega Forest, said. "Conservation is an economic problem."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:56
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Runners take back Boston PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:41
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Amy Craft Ahrens competes in marathons as well as ultra marathons. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Amy Craft Ahrens remembers that day a year ago.
Fighting an injury, she was in Boston, cheering on her fellow runners, when it happened.
"It honestly sounded like cannon fire," she said, recounting the moment she heard the first of two homemade pressure-cooker bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
"Right as we looked we could see the smoke from the first one rising above the buildings, and we knew something very bad had happened."
That day, three people were killed and 260 wounded in an act of terrorism that rocked both the city and the nation.
But Monday, Ahrens, of Bowling Green, and other local runners were among the 36,000 who took to the streets of Boston again with one goal in mind:
"We wanted to be here when Boston took it back," she said.
Ahrens said the decision for her and her group to run again in this year's race was made right after the incident.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:55
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Eastwood teachers make new school pitch PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:48
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PEMBERVILLE - Eastwood elementary teachers made their case Monday for a new K-5 school.
Leslie Oestreich, a third-grade teacher at Pemberville Elementary; Marnie Hartman, a third-grade teacher at Luckey Elementary; and Amy Schaffner, fourth-grade teacher at Luckey, presented to school board members and a sparse audience.
Their goal is for Eastwood to step into the 21st century with a new school to replace two aging structures. The Luckey school was built in 1926, while the Pemberville building dates back to 1936.
Teachers visited new elementaries in Bellevue in Sandusky County and Indian Lake in Logan County. Both are Ohio School Facilities Commission-funded buildings.
Eastwood plans to use OSFC funds, along with tax abatement monies from the new Home Depot distribution center, to construct a new school.
The state would cover 37 percent of the estimated $18 million cost of a new school, according to numbers previously released by the district.
The district is considering a ballot measure in November to consolidate elementary students in one building on the main campus on Sugar Ridge Road.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:55
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Solutions to staggering student loans PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:35
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown speaks to a group of Perrysburg high school students. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Students and graduates adrift in college loans would get some help under proposals explained at the high school Monday.
Two bills introduced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would expand the information shared with borrowers and allow debt-holders to refinance private student loans, which come with higher interest rates than federal direct loan programs and are more prone to increases.
Brown spoke at Perrysburg High School Monday, where he was joined by a Toledo man who outlined his own confusing experience with student loans and how they continue to affect his family.
Kelly McVicker said he knew little to nothing of the process when he borrowed money to attend Owens Community College, leaving him in the dark about the details of the agreements.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:54
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