-The first sign of the West Nile virus has reached Ohio. After trapping hundreds of mosquitoes each day to test for the virus, officials in Hilliard, a part of Franklin County, found their first batch of the infected little buggers. To prevent any humans from contracting the disease, the Vector Disease Control has been spraying the pesticide permethrin throughout southern Hilliard. Our advice to residents? Full on bubble suit and a pet bat. Works like a charm. (Columbus Dispatch)
-Reusable grocery bags are the hottest thing in the ever-growing "go green" initiative. But a new study has found that these environmentally friendly bags can actually be pretty dangerous. After testing 84 reusable grocery bags carried by some snobs in Tuscon, LA, and San Fransisco, researchers found that more than half were contaminated with "food-borne bacteria," such as E. Coli, and all because the bag owners, 97 percent of them in fact, decided not to ever wash them. Usually, something like this isn't anything to laugh about, E. Coli does have the ability to be life-threatening. But this quote from one of the co-authors of the study is just too much. Charles Gerba said that if people are serious about using these bags, then they have to know how to take care of them. "The last thing you want to do is grow salmonella in your sack," Gerba said. Couldn't have said it better myself. (Cleveland.com)
-Three Indians minor-leaguers have had charges filed against them after ganging up and assaulting a man in a club on June 3. The three players — Akron Aeros first baseman Beau Mills and outfielder Jerad Head and Columbus Clippers pitcher Josh Tomlin — were at a club in downtown Akron called Whiskey Dick's. As it goes, the players began teasing a man, calling him soft, accusing him of using steroids and saying his girlfriend wasn't getting the satisfaction she deserves. Then they punctured his lung and broke his ribs, putting the man in the hospital for two days. So while these clowns may be the future of Indians baseball, we can take solace in the fact that they aren't on steroids. Hell, it took three of them to start a fight, then win it. (Ohio.com)
-What do FEMA and tornado relief efforts in northwestern Ohio have in common? Well, in true FEMA form, the answer is nothing. Tornadoes ripped through three counties and killed six people in June, causing extensive damage and destroying buildings, including Lake High School and Lake Township's police station and administrative building. Gov. Strickland had requested $1.3 in aid, but federal officials never bothered to drop by northwest Ohio to scope the damage, and later denied the request. So get out them checkbooks, taxpayers of Wood, Fulton and Ottawa counties. Looks like this one's on you. (Toledo Blade)
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