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Star Beacon (Newspaper) - January 4, 2007, Ashtabula, Ohio BAKER NEW PRESIDENT OF GOTL COUNCIL PAGE A3 STAR THURSDAY JANUARY 4 2007 BEACON Bula officials assault case heads to a grand jury NEWSSTAND 50 CENTS HOME DELIVERY 35 CENTS Honoring John Morton Mother son write books about founding fathers PAGEB1 COMICS Let the Star Beacon know what you think of Z8TS Email your opinions to or mail them to PO Box2100 Ashtabula OH 440052100 PAGEB5 DEATHS GEORGIA Craig A HATTERSLEY Louise HOLLIS Shirley M JANEZIC Robert W KENNISON Earl MOZZOCCO Nicole M RAFFENAUD Mary D RUKS Clarence P SILLANPAA Anna M TALCOTT Abby A PAGES A6A7 INDEX BusinessD2 ClassifiedsD3 ComicsB4 B5 CurrentsB1 EntertainmentB3 OpinionA4 PuzzledB6 SportsC1 PM Showers Details Page A2 High 50 Low 46 Sunrise am Sunset pm SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Bridge St Pizza Now Open 9645555 To have the Star Beacon delivered to your house call 9943242 BILL WEST Star Beac0 L j DILL vJiai DEFENDANT JASON Strong left and attorney William Bobulsky confer during a short break during Strongs preliminary hearing Wednesday in Western County Court on a felony assault charge Jason Strong is accused of breaking mans nose By SHELLEY TERRY Staff Writer GENEVA A judge bound a city officials felonious assault case over to an Ashtabula County grand jury Jason Strong who is the city of Ash tabulas executive direc tor of housing and community development appeared with his attorney William Bobulsky at the preliminary hearing Wednesday morning before Western County Judge Richard L Stevens After about 40 minutes of tes timony from the victim Jeremy Kuhar 23 of Jefferson Stevens announced his decision and continued Strongs unsecured bond Ashtabula County sheriffs deputies charged Strong 32 of Ashtabula with felonious assault on Dec 3 after Kuhar went to the emergency room with a broken nose according to a criminal complaint filed in Western County Court Kuhar testified t Wednesdays hearing Strong punched him in nose at Kuhars girlfriends house in Austinburg He sajj the altercation occurred short ly after he and a group fyf friends returned from a Christmas party at the and Conference Center Geneva State Park As they were moving cars in See STRONG Page A2 Terry McConnell takes over as North Kingsvilles new mayor By MARK TODD Staff Writer v NORTH K3NGSVILLE Terry McConnell hopes his tenure as mayor goes as smooth ly as the many years he logged as a North Kingsville council man McConnell took over as the vil lages top administrator with the arrival of the new year He replaces Ron McVoy who stepped down to devote more time to his family and private businesses McConnell earned the title when his fellow members voted him council president pro tern late last month The pro tern automatically assumes the mayor job when a vacancy occurs during the term of office Right now Im just getting acclimated to the office and the job McConnell said Council elected Mike the new pro tern at Tuesdays regular meeting Members will appoint a new member to replace McConnell during their next meeting Jan 17 A handful of applications have teen received and each candidate will be interviewed during an executive session said See MAYOR Page A2 There is nothing political about finding a policy to end the war in Iraq raising the minimum wage achieving energy independence or helping kids afford college In fact politics has prevented progress on these issues for too many years Sen Harry Reid of Nevada due to become majority leader at the stroke of noon today m Democrats pledge action when in control of Congress By DAVID ESPO Associated Press WASHINGTON Congressional Democrats stepped hungrily to the brink of power on Wednesday promising immediate action to limit the influence of lobbyists and constant prodding of the Bush administrationto bring US troops home from Iraq President Bush pushed back against the political opposition as he contemplated divided govern ment for his final two years in the White House He said he would soon propose a fiveyear plan to balance the budget and he chal lenged Democrats to avoid passing bills that are simply political statements There is nothing political about finding a policy to end the war in Iraq raising the minimum wage achieving energy independence or helping kids afford college shot back Sen Harry Reid of Nevada due to become majority leader at the stroke of noon today In fact politics has prevented progress on these issues for too many years Even as they prepared to take control of Congress Democrats received a brusque reminder that they face pressure from the politi cal left as well as resistance from Republicans At one point during the day Rep Rahm Emanuel a member of the Democratic leadership was addressing reporters when he was loudly inteirupted by Cindy Sheehan and other antiwar activists Deescalate investi gate troops home now they shouted while he smiled gamely Rep Nancy Pelosi in line to become the nations first female House speaker spent much of her day at ceremonial events She attended a Catholic Mass in remembrance of the children of Darfur and Katrina then a tea in her honor That left it to her lieutenants to outline plans for the Democrats See CONGRESS Page A2 UiimllatBU LO uie ouice ana me gee MAYOR Page A2 See CONGRESS Page A2 City will use EPA grants to assess brownfield sites Bv SHELLEY TERRY StffWrter Environmental Protection bly do to bring Ashtabula fulfill City Manager of brownfields sites am Affencv said Jason hnnlr fn a vihrant fhriv Anflinnv Pantorrallnc By SHELLEY TERRY Staff Writer com ASHTABULA The city will receive two brownfields program grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency said Jason Strong director of hous ing and community devel opment My department is doing everything we can possi bly do to bring Ashtabula back to a vibrant thriv ing beautiful city again he said Brownfields grants help revitalize for mer industrial and com mercial sites which will fulfill City Manager Anthony Cantagallos vision for this communi ty the city will use the two grants each to create an inventory of brownfields sites and perform environmental site assessments of haz ardous substances and petroleum The grants totaling See GRANTS Page A2 Scientists say oil company misinforms public on global warming ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON ExxonMobil Corp gave million to 43 ideologi cal groups between 1998 and 2005 in an effort to mislead the public by dis crediting the science behind global warming the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted Wednesday The report by the advo cacy group mirrors similar claims by Britains lead ing scientific academy Last September The Royal Society wrote the oil company asking it to halt support for groups that misrepresented the sci ence of climate change Many scientists say car bon dioxide and other heattrapping gases from tailpipes ant smokestacks are warming the atmos phere like a greenhouse melting Arctic sea ice and alpine glaciers and dis turbing the lives of ani mals and plants ExxonMobil called the scientists report See OIL Page A2
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