Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Around the Tristate

Traficant prison release date moved

YOUNGSTOWN - The 2009 prison release date of former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. has been extended by 24 days, according to a prison Web site.

With "good time," which inmates earn by following prison rules, Traficant's release was set for July 17, 2009, which cut a little more than a year off his sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site now shows his release date is Aug. 10, 2009.

A prison spokesman Monday would not say why Traficant's release date was extended.

Leap year to throw off weekly payroll plans

COLUMBUS - With 2004 being a leap year, some workers can look forward to an extra paycheck, since there will be 53 Thursdays and 53 Fridays, instead of 52 each.

Workers paid on a weekly or biweekly basis will be affected.

For many, 2004's first paycheck will arrive on Jan. 2. If you think of this Friday's paycheck as the extra one, just remember the "bulk of those dollars were earned in 2003," said Bill Hutter of a Columbus-based payroll service company.

Fort Knox museum to see big expansion

FORT KNOX, Ky. - The private foundation supporting the George S. Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor at Fort Knox will start a $35 million fund-raising campaign next year. The targeted improvements include three new buildings, an adjacent park and new eating facilities.

The 53-year-old museum - already one of the largest in the Army - plans to add 150,000 square feet and spend $5 million on new interactive exhibits and $2 million enhancing its Internet presence.

School not the only place kids get flu

INDIANAPOLIS - Optimists might say the holiday break gives the nation's schools a chance to snap the flu cycle by allowing students to recover from the sniffles and for custodians to sanitize classrooms. But does it?

Family gatherings, shopping malls and airports also may be crowded with people carrying the flu and other bugs. That creates the potential for viruses to erupt in schools that hoped they had seen the worst of the flu.

"It offers an opportunity for them not being in school here, but where will they be over the Christmas break?" asked Phyllis Lewis, school health coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education.

Get out there and get down
2003: The year in review
Dowlin rolling out big guns of the GOP
Eat less, exercise more to lose weight safely
Lawsuits pending across country against diet aid

Urban League CEO retires
Dispute could leave Anthem users in lurch
Deters fills in for Cunningham; Green Twp. trustee undecided
West Chester Twp. trustee to run for commissioner
Wyoming man says he was abducted, robbed
Fairfield's $50M budget hires more city workers
Killings at 26-year high
Swimming pools cut from city funding
Neighbors briefs
Ohio moments
Nuns' eatery faces eviction
Public safety
Around the Tristate
Today is deadline for donations to Wish List

Korte: Tarbell most efficient at wooing voters
From the State Capitals
Good Things Happening

A. Sweeney, Supreme Court justice

Charges dropped against traveler
Church revives Sunday night cafe
Traffic stops turn up drugs, too