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2008-07-23 12:00:57

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 23--The one-two punch of Skybus Airlines' demise and nationwide airline industry cuts continues to affect Port Columbus. The decline in passengers at Port Columbus accelerated in June, according to data released at the airport board meeting yesterday. That prompted the airport to revise upward its expected passenger loss for the full year. Port Columbus had 631,029 passengers last month, 13 percent fewer than in June 2007. Overall...

2008-07-23 12:00:51

By Molly Willow, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 23--LOS ANGELES -- After 14 days of listening to people talk about the new season of television, I can say that the fall shows I'm most looking forward to are NBC's Chuck, ABC's Pushing Daisies and Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Except that none of these shows is new. Each had a shortened first year last season because of the writers strike. That doesn't mean that the new 1970s drama Life on Mars (ABC) won't be...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 23--Lime sludge from a Columbus water-treatment plant burst from a corroded pipeline and left a large, gray stain on the Olentangy River yesterday. The city uses lime to help remove dirt and aluminum sulfate from water so that it is safe to drink. Leaked sludge can irritate people's skin, choke off life on stream bottoms and make it difficult for bottom-feeding fish to find food. Yesterday's leak is the third from a city waste pipeline...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 23--JUNCTION CITY, Ohio -- It took three seconds for Elizabeth Blythe to get out of bed and walk the few steps to her kitchen window to check out the hail pelting the sides of her mobile home early yesterday. The wind cracking through the trees sounded to her like gunshots. Just then, the stout trunk of an oak tree crashed through the metal roof of the trailer and landed on the queen-size bed where the 68-year-old woman had just been...

2008-07-23 00:00:00

By Elizabeth Gibson, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--The 90-year-old Town Street bridge over the Scioto River closed six months early today, after the Ohio Department of Transportation determined the bridge might not be safe. "It's breaking up," said Mary Carran Webster, assistant director for the Columbus Public Service Department. "None of the engineers could ensure the structural integrity of the bridge." Public Service Director Mark Kelsey made the call to shut down the bridge...

2008-07-23 00:00:29

By Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--Lime sludge from a Columbus water-treatment plant burst from a corroded pipeline and left a large, gray stain on the Olentangy River today. The city uses lime to help remove dirt and aluminum sulfate from water so that it is safe to drink. Leaked sludge can irritate people's skin, choke off life on stream bottoms and make it difficult for bottom-feeding fish to find food. Today's leak is the third from a city waste pipeline since...

2008-07-22 21:00:00

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--The one-two punch of Skybus Airlines' demise and nationwide airline industry cuts continues to affect Port Columbus. According to data released at the airport's monthly board meeting this afternoon, the decline in passengers at Port Columbus accelerated in June, causing the airport to revise downward its expected passenger total for the full year. A total of 631,029 passengers traveled through Port Columbus last month, 13...

2008-07-22 12:00:47

By Nick Chordas, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--'High and Low' Not rated, $39.95 Based on an Ed McBain novel, High and Low from 1963 is best seen as a triptych: a morality play, a policier and, in between, an indelible suspense sequence. Playing a wealthy manufacturer confronted with a kidnapper's demands, Toshiro Mifune is at his most ragingly magnificent. Akira Kurosawa, that most imperial of filmmakers, uses the wide screen to stunning effect. The second segment lasts...

2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Barbara Carmen, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--Franklin County landfill fees will likely jump nearly 12 percent over the next three years because the economy is down in the dump. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is being hit by higher fuel costs, lower interest earnings on investments and more frugal customers. Business is down 3 percent at the landfill because people are holding onto old items -- or buying fewer new items encased in packaging that becomes trash....

2008-07-22 06:00:24

By Nicquel Terry, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 22--Colleen Staats stared at her son in a hospital bed, where he lay with broken limbs and a fractured skull. A sport-utility vehicle struck 14-year-old Harrison Lucas on June 22 as he was crossing Rt. 256 near Stonecreek Drive South in Pickerington. "It's obviously the worst nightmare you can have as a parent," Staats said. She said it was hard to keep up with the dozens of phone calls and voice mails she received from friends and...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.