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2008-07-17 06:00:34

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 17--The federal agencies responsible for keeping the food on your table safe from contaminants including E. coli and salmonella have no authority to force product recalls. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture rely on the good will of slaughterhouse operators, grocery-store executives and others. However, proposals in both chambers of Congress aim to give the government the power to force recalls....

2008-07-16 21:00:26

By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--Natural-gas prices will take a small step back from record levels next month, dropping from the current $1.43 per 100 cubic feet of gas to $1.35. Columbia Gas of Ohio announced the August rate Wednesday, a figure that gives customers slight relief from the record high but that is still much higher than the 98 cents per 100 cubic feet in August 2007. An average customer's bill is expected to be $30.85 in August, down from $33.68 in...

2008-07-16 21:00:14

By Tim Doulin, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--Google helps millions of people find things on the Internet. Now, it's helping COTA riders find their bus. Riders can go to the COTA Web site, www.cota.com, and punch in the origin and destination of their trip along with the desired date and time. Google Transit processes the information and tells the rider where and when to meet the bus that will take them where they want to go. It even tells the rider how to get to the bus stop...

2008-07-16 15:00:22

By Joe Hallett, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--CINCINNATI -- Undaunted by the challenge, John McCain today attempted to convert an overwhelmingly black audience that solidly supports his Democratic opponent, bespeaking themes of economic and educational justice, and lathering on charm. The presumed Republican presidential nominee had the difficult task of addressing the 99th convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People less than 48 hours after Sen....

2008-07-16 12:01:17

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--Protecting voter-approved school levies from immediate repeal efforts and creating a single statewide cutoff date for kindergarten eligibility are some of the changes in state law being sought by the Ohio Board of Education. At its monthly meeting in Columbus yesterday, the 19-member panel asked state lawmakers to approve more than two dozen proposals, including: --Make Sept. 30 the date by which children must be 5 to enter...

2008-07-16 06:00:44

By Mike Pramik, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--Cardinal Health has agreed to pay a fine of $105,000 to settle a charge by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy that it failed to report increases in drug orders from a rogue pharmacist. The fine relates to Cardinal's shipments of controlled substances to Caringwell Pharmacy in Dublin from November 2006 until March 2007. The board said Cardinal provided addictive drugs, including prescription painkillers and anxiety medication, to...

2008-07-16 06:00:31

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--After making deep cuts in its schedule at Port Columbus and elsewhere, American Airlines plans to lay off 55 workers in Columbus. The airline, the fourth-largest carrier of passengers at Port Columbus for the year to date, disclosed the cuts in a filing with the state of Ohio under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. In part, American's letter read: "It is quite clear that we can no longer operate our...

2008-07-16 06:00:29

By Molly Willow, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--LOS ANGELES -- Richard Lewis considers himself a "comedy historian." He pursued advertising at Ohio State University, but his other studies also began when he was a student in Columbus -- when he heard a recording of the "dirty" Lenny Bruce. "That was like listening to (Jimi) Hendrix for the first time; I equate it to that," Lewis said of taking in The Concert at Berkeley in his apartment at 14th Avenue and High Street. "I put it...

2008-07-16 06:00:29

By Molly Willow, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--LOS ANGELES -- Following the long-scheduled end of its first original drama, The Shield, after the seventh season beginning Sept. 2, FX will also prepare for the end of its Golden Globe-winning Nip/Tuck. Network President John Landgraf announced yesterday that the plastic-surgery drama would end in 2011, after a fifth season set to begin early next year and a total of 100 episodes. "We're not going to wait until the light is...

2008-07-16 06:00:29

By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 16--After a decade at Easton Town Center, Shadowbox will return to the central city. The comedy-music-theater troupe plans to announce today that it will build a home in the Brewery District to accommodate larger crowds and more performances. The site, to be redeveloped from the Brewmasters Gate entertainment complex on S. Front Street at a cost of $5 million to $7 million, will include a 350-seat theater (compared with the...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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