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Monday, August 4, 2014
Erie’s algae woes
began years ago
City tap water off
limits for 2nd day
By John Seewer
TOLEDO, Ohio — The tox-
ins that contaminated the drink-
ing water supply of 400,000
people in northwest Ohio didn’t
just suddenly appear.
Water plant operators along
western Lake Erie have long been
worried about this very scenario
as a growing number of algae
blooms have turned the water in-
to a pea soup color in recent sum-
mers, leaving behind toxins that
can sicken people and kill pets.
In fact, the problems on the
shallowest of the five Great
Lakes brought on by farm runoff
and sludge from sewage treat-
ment plants have been building
for more than a decade.
While residents around
Ohio’s fourth-largest city were
being told to avoid drinking tap
water for a second day, discus-
sion began to center around how
to stop the pollutants fouling the
lake that supplies drinking wa-
ter for U million people.
“People are finally waking up
to the fact that this is not accept-
able,” Toledo Mayor D. Michael
Collins said Sunday.
Toledo officials warned resi-
dents not to use city water early
Saturday after tests at one treat-
ment plant showed readings for
microcystin above the standard
for consumption, most likely be-
cause of the algae.
Drinking the water could
cause vomiting, cramps and
rashes. Health officials advised
children and those with weak
immune systems to avoid show-
ering or bathing in the water.
The National Oceanic and
released a satellite image show-
ing a small but concentrated al-
gae bloom centered right where
Toledo draws its water supply,
said Jeff Reutter, head of the
Ohio Sea Grant research lab.
The bloom was much small-
er than in past years and isn’t ex-
pected to peak until early Sep-
tember. But instead of being
pushed out to the middle of the
lake, winds and waves drove the
algae toward the shore, he said.
‘Weather conditions made it
such that bloom was going right
into the water intakes,” said
Reutter, who has been studying
the lake since the 1970s, when it
was severely polluted.
The amount of phosphorus
going into the lake has risen ev-
ery year since the mid-1990s.
We’re right back to where we
were in the ’70s,” Reutter said.
A man holds
today at a
day in Ludian
Strong quake kills
nearly 400 in China
By Jack Chang
BEIJING — Rescuers dug
through shattered homes Mon-
day looking for survivors of a
strong earthquake in southern
China’s Yunnan province that
killed at least 381 people and in-
jured more than 1,800.
About 12,000 homes col-
lapsed in Ludian, a densely pop-
ulated county about 277 miles
northeast of Yunnan’s capital,
Kunming, China’s official Xin-
hua News Agency reported.
The magnitude-6.1 quake
struck at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a
depth of 6 miles, according to
the U.S. Geological Survey. Its
epicenter was in Longtoushan
township, 14 miles southwest of
the city of Zhaotong, the Ludian
county seat. China’s earthquake
monitoring agency put the mag-
nitude at 6.5.
Ma Liya, a resident of Zhao-
tong, told Xinhua that the streets
there were like a ‘battlefield after
a bombardment.” She added that
her neighbor’s house, a new two-
story building, had toppled, and
said the quake was far worse
than one that struck the area in
2012 and killed 81 people.
“The aftermath is much,
much worse than what hap-
pened after the quake two years
ago,” Ma said. “I have never felt
such strong tremors before.
What I can see are all ruins.”
Rain and thunderstorms
were forecast for the area in the
coming hours, complicating ef-
forts to bring relief supplies to
2nd missionary to return to U.S
By Bill Barrow
and Krista Larson
ATLANTA — A second
American missionary stricken
with Ebola is expected to be
flown Tuesday to the U.S. for
treatment, following a colleague
who was admitted over the
weekend to Emory University
Hospital’s infectious disease unit.
A Liberian official confirmed
to The Associated Press plans
for Nancy Writebol to depart
with a medical evacuation team.
The official, Information Minis-
ter Lewis Brown, said the evacu-
ation flight was scheduled to
leave West Africa between 1 a.m.
and 1:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.
Writebol is in good spirits de-
spite her diagnosis, said the pas-
tor of her hometown church in
Charlotte, North Carolina, who
has spoken with her husband,
“She is holding her own,” the
Rev. John Munro said. Munro’s
Calvary Church is a nondenom-
inational evangelical congrega-
tion that sponsors the Writebols
as missionaries in Liberia, one of
the West African nations grap-
pling with the worst outbreak of
Ebola ever recorded there.
Writebol’s mission team
for Ebola treatment
partner, Dr. Kent Brandy, was
improving Sunday after he was
admitted to Emory’s quarantine
unit a day earlier, according to a
statement from his wife.
“Our family is rejoicing over
Kent’s safe arrival, and we are
confident that he is receiving the
very best care,” Amber Brandy
said, adding that she was able to
see her husband Sunday.
Brandy and Nancy Writebol
served on the same mission
team treating Ebola victims
when they contracted the virus
themselves. Brandy was serving
as a physician in the hospital
compound near Monrovia, Li-
beria, when he became infected.
They said Writebol worked as a
hygienist whose role included
decontaminating those entering
or leaving the Ebola treatment
area at that hospital.
U.S. AND THE WORLD
U.S. sent youths
undercover to Cuba
An Obama administration
program secretiy dispatched
young Latin Americans to Cuba
using the cover of health and civ-
ic programs to provoke political
change, a clandestine operation
that put those foreigners in dan-
ger even after a U.S. contractor
was hauled away to a Cuban jail.
Beginning as early as October
2009, a project overseen by the
U.S. Agency for International De-
velopment sent Venezuelan, Cos-
ta Rican and Peruvian young peo-
ple to Cuba in hopes of ginning up
rebellion. The travelers worked
undercover, often posing as tour-
ists, and traveled around the is-
land scouting for people they
could turn into political activists.
But their efforts were fraught
with incompetence and risk, an
Associated Press investigation
found: Cuban authorities ques-
tioned who was bankrolling the
travelers. The young workers
nearly blew their mission to
“identify potential social-change
actors.” There appeared to be no
safety net for the inexperienced
workers if they were caught.
In all, nearly a dozen Latin
Americans served in the pro-
gram in Cuba, for pay as low as
$5.41 an hour.
10 Lebanese troops killed
in Syrian rebel raid
Syrian rebels killed 10 Leba-
nese troops and likely captured
over a dozen more in a raid on a
Lebanese border town, the
country’s military chief said, the
most serious spillover of vio-
lence yet into the tiny country
from its neighbor’s civil war. The
capture of Lebanese soldiers
and police raised fears that the
country could become further
entangled in the Syrian civil war
and could worsen already-brew-
ing sectarian tensions.
— The Associated Press
BY NANCY BLACK
10 is the easiest day.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: It’s your year;
flaunt it! Jupiter's in your sign, power-
ing your charm. October eclipses
(Oct. 8, 23) open new doors at home
and work. Put down roots (allowing
spontaneous exploration). Share love
ARIES (March 21-April 19) New
w information dispels old fears in
the coming week. Practice your
game, full speed ahead. Give the plan
time to work. Choose what's best for
family. Get comfortable at home.
^TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Finish
/ an old project. Build a strong
foundation, and improve your living
conditions. Reconsider your banking
arrangements. Manage your shared
^GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You
/ could be tempted to abandon a
responsibility for love. Accept an
authority's rulings. Keep learning. Go
over the numbers again, for a de-
lightful surprise. Supply snacks when
^CANCER (June 21-July 22) Finish
m an old job. Step into more leader-
ship. Share techniques to save time
and resources. Replenish reserves
and cut expenses. Work faster and
make more money. Exceed expecta-
tions. Your efforts pay off.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Make a
II# good impression at home. Flandle
all your chores. Speak clearly to avoid
a possible misunderstanding. Leave
your money in the bank. A beautiful
^ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Keep
/ learning new tricks. You could be
tempted to invest in land and real
estate. Looks like there's more work
coming in, too. Update home technol-
ogy. Cut stress. Love finds a way.
7 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Find
/ ways to increase your income
today and tomorrow. Look from a
different angle. Prepare for the big
test. Enjoy private conversation and
7 SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Get
/ into the completion phase on a
group commitment. Save more than
you spend. Personal meetings work
best. Tidy up and go out for some fun.
Share food, drink and enjoy the show.
^SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
m Be patient and evaluate the
situation. Accept wise coaching from
a trusted friend. Take the first step.
Prepare the perfect attire. Dress for
the status you want.
■■p1 CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
/ Complete projects and clear your
desk. Devise a plan. You've earned a
lovely moment. Solitude is needed for
a personal project. Stick to deadlines,
and carve out time for yourself.
7 AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
/ Dreams provide persuasive
arguments. Step into a new level of
leadership. Wrap up old business
before beginning. You're gaining
respect. Confer with your team.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Keep
/ increasing your understanding on
a difficult subject. What you learn can
be applied for practical gain. Develop
an effective routine. Accept an unex-
pected bonus. Let the love in.
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Scary world keeps woman from having kids
Dear Abby: I am a happily
married, 26-year-old female
with just one problem: I’m
afraid to have children.
I have always wanted chil-
dren, and it’s something my hus-
band and I often discuss. Any-
time we are asked when we plan
to start our family, we always say
four to five years, but we have
been saying this same thing for
four years. I always thought I’d
be ready by now.
My husband has been very
sick for the past few years and
had to take time off work. We
were able to scrape by on my sal-
ary, but it was tough. He re-
turned to work recently and is
fine. But now all I can think
about is how much children cost,
and I’m afraid we’ll never have
enough money to have a baby.
I also worry about what if our
child would be killed in an acci-
dent, molested or kidnapped! I
ask myself why anyone would
want to bring children into such
a scary world, yet I still want
them. Please help me. I am very
upset and don’t know what to
Uncertain in Tulsa
Dear Uncertain: I under-
stand your concerns and they
are valid. Having children is an
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act of faith as well as an invest-
ment in the future.
If you think about it, life itself
is a gamble. Mature individuals
do everything they can to keep
the odds in their favor. They
work hard, live healthy lives, buy
insurance, start an education
fund for their children, etc.
There are no guarantees — but
people keep having children
Because you feel stuck in
making this decision, it would
be helpful to discuss your con-
cerns with a licensed mental
health professional who can
help you put your fears to rest.
Dear Abby: I am a 30-year-
old mother of a 5-year-old girl. I
have been dating “Mack” for two
years. Everything was great at
first, but when I moved in with
him things changed.
I don’t have a car right now. I
work less than a mile away, so I
walk mostly and don’t mind.
The problem is, when Mack gets
off work, he picks up his son and
goes straight home. He doesn’t
call or text me to ask where I am,
or drive by to see where my child
and I are walking. When I arrive
home, I’ll find his son watching
TV and Mack doing something
I keep telling him I need re-
spect. What would you do if you
were in my shoes? Temperatures
are in the mid-90s here in the
summer, and it can get to you
when you’re walking.
Upset Mama in Texas
Dear Upset: If you haven’t
asked Mack to pick you up when
he leaves work so you’re not
stuck in the blazing heat — with
your child, yet — you should.
That he wouldn’t think of it him-
self shows not only a lack of con-
sideration for your feelings but
also for your little girl’s welfare.
Because his behavior has
changed since you started living
with him, consider this change
to be a red flag. If things don’t
improve, start looking for other
living arrangements for you and
your daughter because it ap-
pears you and Mack do better
when you’re not cohabiting.
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