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2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Barbara Carmen, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--Central Ohioans who hire private haulers will likely pay more next year to make their trash disappear. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio approved a $2-per-ton increase in tipping fees this afternoon. Rumpke Consolidated Cos., which collects trash at 375,000 central Ohio households and businesses, will pass along the fee to private customers and, where contracts allow, to towns, said Jonathan Kissell, a company spokesman....

2008-08-05 21:00:10

By Joe Hallett, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- During a speech today on energy policy, Barack Obama offhandedly mentioned the two starlets who will become his symbolic soul mates for the rest of the campaign if his GOP opponent has his way. "John McCain wants to talk about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears," Obama told 2,300 in the gym at Austintown Fitch High School near Youngstown. "That's his idea of a really relevant campaign, but I don't have time to deal with...

2008-08-05 15:00:39

By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--Four of America's 10 fastest-dying cities are in the Buckeye State, according to a list produced by Forbes magazine. Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown get the dubious distinction, based on their anemic population growth and their sluggish gains in overall economic activity. "Despite a decade of national prosperity, the former manufacturing backbone of the U.S. is in rougher shape than ever, still searching for some way to...

2008-08-05 12:00:23

By Tracy Turner, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--Even the most innocent-looking Web site can hide dangers -- and the cost remains high for computer users who fall into such traps. "I've seen people who downloaded a SpongeBob calendar for their kids and end up with a virus," said Craig Brasmer, president of PC Guys, a Worthington-based computer-repair store. In fact, 70 percent of computers brought in for repairs have been infected with viruses. "Phishing and ID theft has gotten way...

2008-08-05 12:00:23

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--Network. Haggle. Get there early. Come back late. For the best deals on a garage-sale item, take notice of veteran shoppers' tips. Carmen Rodgers did most of her shopping for the upcoming school year at a series of garage sales last weekend in Pataskala. As her 11-year-old daughter enters a "grunge phase," Rodgers said it was more practical to buy used clothing. Plus: "Apparently buying new clothes is not 'in'." However, it was...

2008-08-05 06:00:46

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 5--Maybe you've seen the TV ads or heard the ominous voice on the radio warning Ohioans to prepare for a flu outbreak, the likes of which could radically alter life as we know it. Reminding viewers of the toll of past flu pandemics, the TV ad shows a vacant football stadium, a classroom emptied of students and a field of gravestones before a voice warns, "It will happen again." The ad campaign is brought to you by the Ohio Department of...

2008-08-05 03:00:46

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 4--Maybe you've seen the TV ads or heard the ominous voice on the radio warning Ohioans to prepare for a flu outbreak the likes of which could radically alter life as we know it. Reminding viewers of the toll of past flu pandemics, the TV ad shows a vacant football stadium, a classroom emptied of students and a field of gravestones before a voice warns, "It will happen again." The ad campaign is brought to you by the Ohio Department of...

2008-08-04 12:01:30

By Mike Pramik, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 4--Construction of medical office buildings is all the rage in central Ohio and around the country as the health-care industry continues to expand. But some of the offices around Dublin Methodist Hospital might be in need of defibrillation. While the hospital slowly increases its patient count, the attached medical office building developed by Daimler Group sits nearly empty more than half a year after the hospital opened. Bob White...

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Frank Gabrenya, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 3--With all due respect to Batman, the Joker and fans of dark crime dramas, the best-reviewed movie of 2008 is an animated feature rated G. WALL-E, the sci-fi comedy-adventure from the Pixar studio, has received a score of 93 on the Web site Metacritic.com, which tallies numerical grades of zero to 100 based on reviews from key publications and online sites. That score is the highest of the year; The Dark Knight, by comparison,...

2008-08-02 06:00:20

By Simone Sebastian, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 2--The cheers were so deafening that some adults in the Arts Impact Middle School gym stuck fingers in their ears. Students stomped rhythmically in the bleachers, chanted their team names and waved signs attesting to how cool they were. The scene could have been from a state championship basketball game. But the title these kids were competing for had more to do with physics than field goals. "That excitement ... to that...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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