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2008-07-30 12:00:48

By Bill Eichenberger, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 30--A star of the Thurber House's 2008-09 "Evenings With Authors" season will be best-selling mystery writer Michael Connelly, who will read from and discuss his latest legal thriller, The Brass Verdict, on Oct. 20, about a week after its publication. The former Los Angeles Times crime reporter turned to fiction in 1992 when he introduced readers to police detective Hieronymous Bosch in The Black Echo. In 2005, he published...

2008-07-30 06:00:54

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 30--There was a time when women weren't included in medical studies and doctors diagnosed and treated their illnesses as if they were men. But women's health care has changed a lot during the past two decades, and hospital systems are catering to their specific needs. This focus isn't by chance. Women make 85 percent of all medical decisions, the Society for Women's Health Research says. "Women really require much more health care...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

By Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 29--Lake Erie's public beaches failed so many bacterial tests last year that Ohio ranks second-worst among all states, according to a new report. Health officials found unhealthful levels of bacteria in 18 percent of the water samples taken from Lake Erie's 7.3 miles of public beaches last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Only Illinois was worse, with 23percent of water samples at...

2008-07-29 12:00:55

By Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 29--'Along Came a Spider' Alice Cooper Longtime Cooper fans will recognize "Steven," the psycho who had a thing for necrophilia, violence and spiders on Cooper's classic concept album Welcome to My Nightmare (1975). Steven has popped up on subsequent albums and slithers back in a big way on Cooper's latest, Along Came a Spider. Though lacking the musical sophistication of Welcome to My Nightmare or any song on a par with rock staples...

2008-07-29 12:00:55

By Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 29--'Two Fat Ladies' Not rated, $59.99 Two cheerfully stout middle-aged women on a motorcycle and sidecar pull into a British seaside town, snap the catch of the day off the boats and prepare a small feast at a restaurant -- all the while bantering and sometimes breaking into song. Thus began a different kind of cooking show in the 1990s. Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright starred as Two Fat Ladies, and they were...

2008-07-29 09:01:14

By Meredith Heagney, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 29--Frustration is mounting for the 12-year-old in braces and blue-beaded flip-flops. Using a foam brush, she's trying to apply a sealant to a pink papier-mache box. It isn't working. The baby-blue paper she glued is starting to wrinkle, and the stinky sealant is getting everywhere. At least the paper butterfly and jewel-centered flower are staying in place. Bethany Benedetto takes this "memory box" seriously because she knows...

2008-07-28 06:01:14

By Braden Lammers, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 28--Natural-gas prices are near an all-time high. Electricity bills are rising. But help has arrived in Columbus for do-it- yourselfers looking for ways to save on home energy costs. The Alternative Energy Store, an online retailer and wholesaler of goods, recently opened an office at 4700 Reed Rd. in Upper Arlington. The company specializes in products powered by alternative forms of energy. "We wanted to make it so a...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Debbie Gebolys, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 28--Hot and tired from preparing rides for the Ohio State Fair, seven ride operators needed a break. Columbus native Roger Barnhart, a carnival worker for the past five years, suggested that he and his friends head to the banks of the Scioto River on the South Side where he had fished hundreds of times. The trip to the river was the last for one member of the group, a man identified by his friends as only JJ, the foreman of the...

2008-07-27 15:00:00

By Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 27--There seems to be little doubt that Champaign County soon will become the center of Ohio's march toward harnessing wind for power. For years, there's been lots of talk about building the towering, green-energy wind turbines in lots of places: along the Lake Erie shoreline, in Morrow or Logan counties, maybe even in Hardin County. But while all those locations have been debated, EverPower Renewables has negotiated leases with at...

2008-07-27 12:00:32

By Tim Feran, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 27--Once a month, Home & Garden visits a central Ohioan's home to peek at the room most readily associated with his or her line of work or play. Jack Hanna calls Rebecca Rose "Miss Rain Forest," partly because of her love of the jungles of the world and partly because of her lush and dense backyard, which just so happens to be located on a street appropriately named Amazon. Rose, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's field conservation...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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