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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Kathleen Foody The Associated Press ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter is stepping back from most of his humanitarian work and surrounding himself with family as doctors target the skin cancer that showed up in his liver and brain. Four generations of Carters are gathering in his tiny hometown of Plains, Ga., to celebrate his wife Rosalynn’s 88th birthday. He plans to teach Sunday School at his church, as he often does. And on Oct. 1, Carter will turn 91. The former president was relentlessly upbeat Thursday, making jokes and flashing his wide smile during a detailed, 45- minute news conference about his melanoma diagnosis and treatment. He said he feels “ ready for a new adventure” and said his life’s work is not yet done. “ Within the bounds of my physical and mental capability I’ll continue to do it,” Carter said. “ But I’m going to have to give the treatment regimen top priority.” His spirits seemed to dampen only when he expressed doubt about being able to participate in a homebuilding mission in Nepal this November with Habitat for Humanity. The trip would have been the 33rd such mission for Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. Instead, he said, family members may have to take his place. Carter received targeted radiation therapy Thursday, aimed at four small tumors in his brain. The day before, he received his first dose of a recently approved drug to help his immune system seek out and destroy cancer cells that may develop anywhere else in his body. He will have that treatment three more times at three- week intervals, and there could be other radiation treatments, if needed. Doctors also removed a small tumor from his liver Aug. 3. He said Thursday that he felt little pain or weakness and had slept well after receiving his first intravenous dose of pembrolizumab, which is sold as Keytruda after being approved by the FDA for melanoma patients last fall. Jason Carter, his grandson, said the extended Carter family already had plans to gather in Plains for Christmas this year. In the meantime, Jason Carter said he expects his grandfather to spend time with his wife and do a lot of fishing. “ For the longest time, I think a lot of people have looked at him as someone who’s just going to go on forever,” Jason Carter said. “ There’s this old gospel song we were just talking about that says ‘ I’m going to stay on the battlefield,’ and that’s always the way that he’s approached his life.” As much as he’s able, Carter said he’ll keep lecturing at Emory University, raising money for the Carter Center’s $ 600 million foundation, and meeting with experts on guinea worm and other diseases the center is working to eradicate. “ We understand that he has to focus on his treatment, and that’s what we want him to do,” the center’s CEO Mary Ann Peters said. “ The best thing we can do is continue to do our job so that when we report to him, we’re not creating any problems.” The Chronicle- Telegram Saturday, August 22, 2015 A3 NATION Cyan A3 magenta A3 yellow A3 black A3 Cyan A3 magenta A3 yellow A3 black A3 STORE CLOSING ! We Lost OurLease! ALL SALE PRICES INCLUDE STATE TAX! 50- 70% OFF MSRP! HEMLOCK COTTAGE FURNITURE& GIFTS 601 S. MAIN ST, RT 58, WELLINGTON 440- 647- 9373 SAT 10- 5 • SUN 11: 30 - 3: 30 MON, THURS, FRI. 10- 6 FREE DELIVERY WITH A PURCHASE $ 499 OR OVER Lorain’s Fabulous Lighthouse Main Library | Wednesday, August 26, Noon Matthew Weisman and Frank Sipkovsky will tell the story of Lorain’s lighthouse and the efforts to preserve this iconic attraction. Preregistration required. Save a Life- How- To South Lorain Branch | Tuesday, September 8, 6 p. m. Learn emergency first aid from licensed American Red Cross instructor Anne Dabrowski. She will cover CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and more. Preregistration required. REDEFINE YOUR Search and register for events, find location LIBRARY EXPERIENCE info and more at LorainPublicLibrary. org FREE ONLINE COURSES Lorain Public Library System is now offering free online courses to library cardholders. These instructor- led classes are great for both professional and personal enrichment. Find Gale Courses in the eLibrary on LorainPublicLibrary. org . Mama bear, cubs beat heat in pool ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N. J.— A mama bear and her five cubs decided to beat the heat in a New Jersey backyard pool. Tim Basso posted a video online showing the bears climbing into his family’s above- ground pool, tumbling out of it, dragging around pool toys and climbing on a slide and swing set. Basso told News 12 New Jersey his 3- and 5- year- old daughters weren’t eager to share their toys. One of the girls can be heard on the video crying out “ No!” as a cub grabs an inflatable toy. The family watched the bears from inside the safety of their Rockaway Township home. Basso said he thought the bears would stop only briefly for a drink but ended up frolicking for nearly an hour. Lawyer skips court so wife won’t kill him PITTSBURGH— A Pittsburgh defense attorney got a hearing postponed at the last minute after convincing a judge that his wife’s labor was a matter of life— or his death. The Pittsburgh Tribune- Review reports Marc Daffner was granted a continuance Thursday after filing a blunt request with a Pittsburgh City Court magistrate. It read: “ Defense counsel’s wife went into labor at approximately 11: 15 a. m. today, and defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.” Daffner said the district attorney and judge agreed to the move. His client is charged with receiving stolen property. Daffner said, “ I didn’t have a legal reason for the continuance, but that was the truth.” Daffner’s staff couldn’t immediately confirm Friday whether his wife had given birth. Free college tuition with half- court shot MUNCIE, Ind.— An incoming freshman has won free tuition for a semester at Ball State University after sinking a half- court shot. Lem Turner of Illinois made the lucky shot Thursday night during a freshman pep rally for this year’s athletic events at Worthen Arena. The event was held as part of the school’s welcome festivities. Ball State said it was the second time in three years that a student has made a half- court shot to win tuition for a semester. The other student did it in August 2013. A new school year starts at Ball State on Monday. — from wire reports ROUNDUP Rebecca Santana The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Talking about New Orleans a decade after Hurricane Katrina, people here often reach for the Biblical, describing an economic and cultural resurrection. Helped by billions in recovery money, buoyed by volunteers and driven by the grit of its own citizens, the city is enjoying a resurgence. Reforms from schools to policing to community engagement and water management are in progress, buttressing people against the next monster storm. But in the same breath, people also point to the many left behind. This ‘ New’ New Orleans is whiter and more expensive, and blacks still suffer society’s ills disproportionately, especially in the chronically neglected Lower 9th Ward, a bastion of black home ownership before the floodwalls failed. “ A lot of folks say things are so much better, the economy is so improved, and other people are going to say it is so much worse,” said Allison Plyer at The Data Center, a think tank in the city. “ And both those realities are true.” Katrina swamped 80 percent of New Orleans with polluted water up to 20 feet deep. More than 1,500 from Louisiana died, the National Hurricane Center reported a year later. Hospitals and police were overwhelmed. The economy shut down. Survivors felt abandoned. Many evacuees didn’t return. It seemed like a death blow for a city already suffering from crime, racism, poverty, corruption and neglect. New Orleans is a national treasure, where African- American, French, Spanish and Caribbean traditions had mixed for nearly three centuries. Could the people who create its unique forms ofmusic, food and fun survive such devastation? Could they thrive? “ We’re still standing,” said Jannis Moody, a young black woman enjoying a free concert featuring the Rebirth Brass Band. “ What’s clear” is that the people of New Orleans “ are a resilient people.” Signs of renaissance abound: The city has recovered nearly 80 percent of its pre- storm population. Most public schools are being run as private charters, and the graduation rate has jumped, although criticism abounds. The old Charity Hospital, a first and last resort for the uninsured, has been replaced by a gleaming new University Medical Center. Louis Armstrong Airport, where thousands tried to flee in August 2005, now handles more passengers than before Katrina. There are more restaurants. New businesses open 64 percent faster than the national average. Sales revenue this year is up. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought a French Quarter mansion and built new housing, part of a wave of up to 40,000 new residents, Tulane professor Richard Campanella estimates. Countless “ YURPS” ( young urban renewal professionals) and millennials followed the recovery and insurance money to what seemed like a “ kind of undiscovered bohemia,” he said. At Launch Pad, a co- working space meant to foster community, co- founder Chris Schultz said the storm “ catalyzed people who stuck around to really care about the city.” “ The city has changed and ultimately we needed to change,” said New Orleans native Brooke Boudreaux, operating manager at the iconic Circle Food grocery near Treme, a neighborhood that calls itself “ the Birthplace of Jazz.” Once catering almost exclusively to black customers, the flooded grocery finally reopened last year, responding to an influx of Hispanics and whites by adding tamales and organic produce to New Orleans staples like Camellia red beans. The Industrial Canal cleaves the Lower 9th Ward apart from all this. Eighty- year- old Oralee Fields calls it “ the wilderness” as she looks out from her porch in frustration at the vegetation overtaking her street. “ I had nice neighbors. We all grew up together, children walking home together from school.” Massive piles of garbage and homes ruined by toxic mold are gone. What remains in the Lower 9th is an emptiness. Brad Pitt’s “ Make it Right” houses, community gardens and a new $ 20.5 million community center attest to hardfought progress. But only one school has reopened, and few stores. Generations of home ownership worked against the Lower 9th, because many lacked the flood insurance mortgage lenders require, said Sierra Club activist Darryl Malek- Wiley. Reconstruction money matched pre- Katrina market values that didn’t cover rebuilding. A protracted debate over whether to abandon the Lower 9th as livable space slowed recovery. The city’s black population is down from two- thirds before Katrina to about 60 percent. Those who remain earn half the income of white households. Thirty- nine percent of children remain in poverty. ‘ New’ New Orleans leaves many behind Verena Dobnik Associated Press NEWYORK— On a crowded pedestrian plaza in Times Square, half a dozen topless women pose for pictures with passers- by. The only thing concealing their breasts is red, white and blue body paint. They urge men, women and even children to stand with them, first taking a frontal shot, then the backside. In return, they expect a tip. “ People are having fun. There’s no problem,” said Saira Nicole, one of the topless women. But in the past few weeks, their painted bodies have been splashed on tabloid covers as proof of what some say is increasing seediness at the “ Crossroads of the World.” Frustrated politicians would like to regulate the presence of the women and the many costumed characters such as Elmo and Cookie Monster who populate the plaza. But they have no clear idea how. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he believes the women are engaging in an illegal activity that harkens to the “ bad old Times Square.” And Mayor Bill de Blasio this week formed a task force to look at how to regulate “ aggressive solicitation.” He suggested one solution would be simply to do away with the pedestrian area where they gather. The experience of millions of tourists “ has been diminished by the proliferation of topless individuals and costumed characters who too often harass people and expose families to inappropriate acts,” the mayor said. City officials already have brainstormed solutions that include licensing those who troll for tips in furry costumes or pushing them out of the square. But the city and the Times Square Alliance, which regulates activity there, have so far taken only one step: posting notices and handing out fliers informing visitors that tips are not an obligation. Legal experts said the quandary is whether the activity amounts to a street performance protected by the First Amendment or a form of commercial activity that can be regulated. There’s nothing illegal in New York City about going topless ( with or without body paint), parading around in a furry costume or even begging for money in most places. 10 YEARS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA AP Marquell Williams, 12, uses her phone to view videos on Facebook in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on Aug. 14. Williams survived Katrina with her family in Mississippi and moved to New Orleans after the storm. Cancer forces Carter to scale back work Carter AP Robert Burck, who performs as the Naked Cowboy, wears a bra as he plies his trade in New York's Times Square on Aug. 19. Trying to tame Times Square

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