Cyclist sees parallels to 'Breaking Away' rider
Written by MIKE MILLER, The Herald-Times   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:15

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by The Herald-Times.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The royalty checks still appear in Dave Blase's mailbox once or twice a year.

They're not as lucrative as they once were — seldom netting more than $15 — but 35 years after he provided the inspiration for the Dave Stoller character in "Breaking Away," Blase is happy to be remembered.

It's been quite the ride for the man who thought very little of himself when he arrived on the Indiana University campus for his freshman year in 1958. The years since provided him with a new hobby, Little 500 glory and a seminal role with one of the most popular sports films of all time.

"It's certainly gotten me a lot more attention around this time of the year," says Blaise, now 74 and living in northeast Indianapolis with his wife of more than 40 years, Yolande.

While Dennis Christopher's portrayal of Stoller in "Breaking Away" isn't exactly biographical, there were very real parallels between Stoller and Blase, The Herald-Times reported (http://bit.ly/PqmGrC ).

Health agencies try to counter Ohio mumps outbreak
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health agencies trying to stem a large and growing mumps outbreak are advising college, school and even day care leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized and to separate them from those who haven't been vaccinated and those who are infected.

More than 250 cases of the contagious viral illness are confirmed, making it the largest mumps outbreak in Ohio in years, said Brian Fowler, the chief of vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology at the Ohio Department of Health.

It comprises most of the 276 mumps cases reported nationwide so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, 438 cases were reported last year.

The Ohio cases date to January, and it is hard to say how long the outbreak might last. Officials hope new cases will become more sporadic, especially as classes end and students of all ages have less contact in school environments that make the spread of illnesses more likely.

"We're not out of the woods yet," Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez said.

Foes of Ohio clean energy bill criticize senator
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of a bill turning back Ohio's alternative energy targets are alleging the Senate utilities chairman has disrespected and offended witnesses during hearings on the measure.

A combat veteran who works for the Sierra Club wrote a letter of complaint about Republican Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) to the Senate president. He says Seitz mocked the Bataan Death March in which 650 American soldiers were killed and spoke in a German accent while speaking of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Other witnesses say Seitz walked out on a clergy member and pretended to shoot himself in the head when listening to the state's watchdog for utility consumers.

Seitz, of Cincinnati, says opponents are taking him out of context. He says he's allowed many hours of opponent testimony on the bill.

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(Updated) Football coach pleads no contest in Ohio rape case
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:07

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players in 2012 pleaded no contest to two charges on Tuesday, the Ohio attorney general's office said.

Defendant Matt Belardine entered no contest pleas in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking. Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000.

A message left for Belardine's attorney seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Belardine was one of six people charged last year by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of the 16-year-old West Virginia girl who was raped after an alcohol-fueled house party in August 2012.

With Belardine's plea, four of those cases have been resolved. The players were convicted in March 2013 and sentenced to the state's juvenile detention system.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:05
Ann Arbor moves forward with plans to curb smoking
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:14

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor is moving forward with plans to curb smoking in the city.

The Michigan Daily reports (http://bit.ly/1po0HSP ) City Council passed an anti-smoking ordinance 9-2 Monday night to make smoking near bus stops and within 20 feet of city buildings a civil infraction. The ordinance also will prohibit smoking in certain areas of parks.

Punishment could be a $25 fine or community service.

Councilmember Christopher Taylor was among those in favor of the ordinance, saying it's "not a tremendous burden on people." He says it's primarily intended to allow non-smokers to create social norms that educate smokers and could prevent others from taking up smoking.

Councilmember Jane Lumm voted against the ordinance, citing doubts about enforcement. She says any type of enforcement would be a waste of police officers' time.


Information from: The Michigan Daily, http://www.michigandaily.com

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