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2008-08-02 06:00:16

By Matt Tullis, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 2--Early-music expert Ben Bechtel was such a perfectionist, his friends joked that he would spend two lessons teaching a student how to take an instrument out of its case. "You needed to do everything right," remembered Barbara Herzog, a former member of the period music group Early Interval, of which Bechtel was a member. Herzog learned how to play the viola da gamba from Bechtel. "You had to know how to open the case," she said. "You...

2008-08-02 06:00:15

By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 2--Frank Sinatra fans are the prime audience for My Way, but Otterbein Summer Theatre's creamy season finale should appeal to anyone who enjoys great music. With That Old Black Magic, I Get a Kick Out of You, I've Got You Under My Skin, I've Got the World on a String, Young-at-Heart, All of Me and Fly Me to the Moon among the almost 50 signature Sinatra hits selected for the tribute revue, who wouldn't enjoy such a trip down memory...

2008-08-01 12:01:02

By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--Add something new to the list of things getting more expensive: electricity. AEP Ohio is seeking state approval to increase electricity rates by roughly 15 percent in each of the next three years, a plan the company said is tied to the rising price of coal and a new state energy law. Consumer advocates are calling the plan excessive and poorly timed. The plan, filed yesterday with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, would...

2008-08-01 12:00:05

By Kevin Mayhood, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--Imagine a pill that could burn calories with no exercise. Or another that gives a couch potato the endurance of a long-distance runner. Well, a couch potato mouse, anyway. Ron Evans and Vihang Narkar at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., reported yesterday online in the journal Cell that these pills not only exist, but they turned sedentary mice into athletes. The scientists think the findings could...

2008-08-01 06:00:32

By Tracy Turner, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--Jalapenos are back on central Ohio grocery shelves today, a day after those grown domestically were officially cleared in an investigation of the recent salmonella outbreak. More than 1,300 people were sickened nationwide. While some area groceries pulled fresh jalapenos when they became suspect in the outbreak, others didn't because their suppliers weren't among those under scrutiny. Some Kroger stores had the peppers as early as...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--The "grand master of Zimbabwean traditional pop" has recorded 46 albums in 26 years and is the best-selling musician in his homeland. Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi will perform tonight at the Riverfront Amphitheater. In southern Africa, the singer has become so popular that the soothing sounds made by his acoustic guitar and his band the Black Spirits (which employs marimba, mbira, percussion, drums, bass and female backing vocalists) are...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Tim Feran, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--The most heralded event of the fall at the Wexner Center for the Arts has spawned a crop of multimedia activities. During the opening weekend of "Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms" at Ohio State University, the center will present "Robert Forster Plays the Velvet Underground" (Sept. 13). The event will spotlight the music of the Velvet Underground -- an art-rock band that Warhol supported. Warhol-related events will continue as...

2008-08-01 03:00:21

By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--Frank Sinatra fans are the prime audience for My Way, but Otterbein Summer Theatre's creamy season finale should appeal to anyone who enjoys great music and heartful singing. With That Old Black Magic, I Get a Kick Out of You, I've Got You Under My Skin, Young at Heart, All of Me and Fly Me to the Moon among nearly 50 signature Sinatra hits, who wouldn't enjoy such a melodic trip down memory lane? New York, New York -- the only...

2008-07-31 12:00:31

By Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 31--So much for any "Berlin Bounce" in the Buckeye State. Barack Obama's lead over John McCain in Ohio has shrunk to 2 points within the margin of sampling error in a new Quinnipiac Poll. The Illinois Democrat was up 6 points in Quinnipiac's previous poll, taken in mid-June. "The $64,000 question is whether Sen. John McCain's surge is a result of Sen. Obama's much-publicized Middle Eastern and European trip, or just a coincidence that...

2008-07-31 12:00:31

By Joe Hallett, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 31--The presidential candidates have taken up residency in your television set and plan to stay awhile. In the past two months, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama have aired more than 100,000 ads on broadcast TV, roughly 33,000 more than during the same time period by the presidential candidates in 2004. From the end of the primary election season on June 3 to July 26, Obama spent more than $27 million and McCain more than...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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