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A recently passed bill in the state legislature makes it possible for expectant parents to receive standardized information about umbilical cord blood banking.

The term “cord blood” is used for blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Unless parents decide otherwise, the blood cells are discarded as medical waste.  Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which have the ability to renew themselves.   The cells offer lifesaving medical benefits and are different from both the embryonic stem cells in a fertilized egg and stem cells obtained from a child or adult person, proponents of the bill say.

“A growing percentage of stem cell transplant patients are receiving cord blood to cure more than 70 diseases,” Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said. “Seventy percent of patients who need a transplant of blood-forming stem cells do not have a matching donor in their own family, and their physician must search public registries of donors.”

The law requires the health department to make available to health care professionals printable publications that can be downloaded from the department’s website.  The law also requires the department to encourage health care providers of services directly related to a woman’s pregnancy to provide the publication before her third trimester of pregnancy.

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He nabbed car thieves, intimidated juveniles looking for trouble, and helped secure local sites for presidential candidates

Barney, Northwood’s crime-fighting police dog, dodged a bullet last year when some residents stepped in to donate funds for his continued service after the city cut the K-9 from the budget due to a poor economy.

But in August, not even residents could help Barney avoid his fiercest foe to date: cancer. The city recently announced that Barney, purchased by a Homeland Security Grant six-and-a-half years ago, was retiring for gooddue to health reasons.

Patrolman Fred Genzman, who was Barney’s handler, said he had no clue Barney

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Patrolman Fred Genzman
with Barney. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

was ill when the seven-and-a-half-year old shepherd started having training issues a few months ago. As part of his K-9 certification test taken every two years, Barney is required to detect explosive odors, which he always did with flying colors. This summer, he uncharacteristically missed a few times, said Genzman..

“He’s never had problems like this before,” said Genzman. “We tried to fix it. We went to Cleveland, talked to different handlers and trainers. We just couldn’t pinpoint the problem,” he said.

As a last resort, Genzman took Barney to a veterinarian for a checkup.

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It wasn’t a bird, nor a plane, but Superman that motorists saw traveling along Woodville Road last week. Allen Mullins, dressed in a Superman costume, is taking the plight of the nation’s veterans across “the roughest terrain in America” to all 50 state capitals in an effort to raise awareness and start a non-profit organization to help veterans returning from war. The 28-year-old Dalton, Ga., man started his walk Jan. 15 and will walk for 10 years or as long as it takes,  he said. He was on his way to Lansing, Mich., when he stopped at The Press.

Oregon will submit grant applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission to help fund Phase 2 of the city’s Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, and the Flood Relief Erosion Control Project.

The sanitary sewer rehabilitation project consists of rehabilitating trunk and local sanitary sewers to reduce inflow/infiltration.

Phase I involved lining several sanitary sewers underneath creeks, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

“This second phase also includes lining the Wheeling Street trunk sewer between Navarre Avenue and Seaman Road,” Roman said at an Oregon council meeting last Monday.

Phase 2 calls for the replacement of sewers in Cresceus and Mambrino roads, and Dearborn Avenue, he said.

“Last year, we submitted this project, but did not receive funding. There was a lot of competition, mainly from Toledo city projects,” said Roman. “Hopefully, there will be less competition this year. But I certainly want to resubmit it and take a second try at getting it funded.”

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A lawsuit filed by Vietnam veterans advocate Nick Haupricht against U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was dismissed on September 17.

Haupricht is seeking $3,458 in Toledo Municipal Court Small Claims Division for money he spent to organize, process applications, and to advertise a ceremony planned to commemorate a section of World War II monument granite being brought to Toledo. The May 16 ceremony was cancelled.

Haupricht claims he was “misguided” by Kaptur’s staff, believing he had authorization to spend the money.

The court cited the Federal Tort Claims Act in dismissing Haupricht’s claim. The FTCA concerns the federal government’s sovereign immunity when its employees are charged with being negligent within the scope of their employment.

On September 23, Haupricht filed a new motion against Kaptur in U.S. District Court asking for an “extension of time to move, plead, or answer.”.

 


 

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