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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 IN HISTORY ACCENT, D1 The great fire of London 5 IN A ROW SPORTS, B1 Indians on a streak High of 84. Low of 65. Forecast on A6 PARTLY SUNNY W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ D2 CROSSWORD .. D2 CLASSIFIEDS.... D4 COMICS ........ D6- 7 MOVIES................ D2 OBITUARIES ...... C2 OPINION .......... C4 YOURTOWN ...... C3 INDEX MONDAY, August 31, 2015 75 ¢ 7 DAYS AWEEK HOME DELIVERY LORAIN COUNTY FAIR: DAY 7 ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE PHOTOS A demolition derby car gets its back wheels onto the trunk of John Bizorik’s car during the heat in the 1980s and newer category of the demolition derby Sunday afternoon at the Lorain County Fair. Jennifer Stewart, of Amherst, competed in the demolition derby at the Lorain County Fair on Sunday afternoon in memory of her daughter, Vanessa Webb, 17, who died unexpectedly in 2014. County fair’s last day is smashing Most of suit claims denied The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Most of the claims in a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s 2013 decision to use $ 930 million in Ohio Turnpike tolls to fund nonturnpike highway and construction projects have been thrown out by a federal judge. U. S. District Judge Dan Polster wrote in a recent 14- page opinion that the money from the Ohio Turnpike Commission benefits turnpike users, even if it is not used for maintenance of the turnpike itself, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. Gov. John Kasich pushed the state legislature in 2013 to use toll money to bolster the Ohio Department of Transportation’s budget by changing state law to allow for turnpike toll money to be used for nonturnpike projects. The change was put into the budget that year. The commission increased tolls 2.7 percent for each year until 2023 to pay for the projects. The increases started in January 2014, and the lawsuit sought to have the state reimburse drivers who paid toll OHIO TURNPIKE Derby driver dedicates day to her daughter Attendance numbers drop; school schedules blamed Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram WELLINGTON — Attendance was 125,718 at the 170th annual Lorain County Fair, fair board President Kim Meyers said Sunday. The number was about 0.5 percent below last year’s attendance of 126,423. It was 3.5 percent below the average annual attendance between 2010 and 2014 which was 130,279. Meyers attributed the slightly lower numbers to more schools opening earlier the last few years and cooler weather early last week for the seven- day fair. Meyers said fair organizers are grateful for fairgoers’ support. “ We think we had a good, solid week,” he said. “ We’re very pleased with the result.” This year’s attendance included a record high 28,172 Saturday, which traditionally draws the most people. Meyers said the record was due to good weather, school being out and most attendees being off from work. Attendance was 16,136 Monday, 15,789 Tuesday, 14,246 Wednesday, 14,289 Thursday, 20,974 Friday and 16,112 Sunday. Many fairgoers attend annually. Regulars include about 2,500 people who camp out all week in 660 camping spaces. Fair admission for adults is $ 5; children 8 and younger get in free. Meyers said revenue from the fair is still being calculated and may be announced at the next Board of Directors meeting Sept. 8. Profits are spent on annual improvements and maintenance, which Meyers said usually costs between $ 250,000 and $ 300,000. Contact Evan Goodenow at 329- 7129 or egoodenow@ chroniclet. com. “ We think we had a good, solid week. We’re very pleased with the result.” Kim Meyers Lorain County Board president Guy Boulton Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A six- year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin- Madison has added to the mounting evidence that growing up in severe poverty affects how children’s brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage. The study — which combined the expertise of neuroscientists and economists — found that the parts of the brain tied to academic performance were 8 percent to 10 percent smaller for children who grow up in very poor households. It was based on a relatively large sample of predominantly white children whose mothers were much more educated than the general population. And the results show a biologi- Study: Poverty affects brains Judge throws out challenge to use of tolls Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram WELLINGTON — Jennifer Stewart hoped to compete in Sunday’s Lorain County Fair Demolition Derby against her daughter, Vanessa Webb. Instead, Stewart competed in honor of her 17- year- old daughter, who died in November of a suspected genetic heart defect. Stewart’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix got pinned against a concrete wall and the engine died early in the heat. She was competing in the 1980s and newer category. While disappointed in her finish, Stewart said she was glad she participated. Stewart, 33, said her daughter’s death has been devastating, but she felt as if her daughter’s spirit was with her. “ To me, we’re still together,” said Stewart, of Amherst. “ Just in one car, not two.” Stewart, 33, said she and her daughter regularly attended the fair, and her daughter loved the derby. Stewart said she rode in the derby in 2010, inspiring her daughter to want to compete. A large picture of a smilingWebb was affixed to the roof of the Grand Prix. “ This ride is for you Nessy. Rest easy,” said an inscription painted on the car. While Stewart couldn’t be with her daughter, Nathan Owens was his daughter’s passenger in the youth heat of the derby. Owens’ 14- year- old daughter, Shelby Owens, won the heat. Shelby’s 1996 Camry was the last of 12 cars moving after an approximately 30- minute heat. It included a small car fire, a driver helped off the track with a minor rib injury. It featured plenty of smoke, grinding See FAIR, A2 See BRAIN, A2 MRI scans show effects of being poor See TOLLS, A2

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