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March 13, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prisoners, soldiers and students piled more sandbags on a 2-mile-long levee in Smithland, Ky., taking no chances even as a revised forecast predicted the Ohio River won't go as high as initially feared. Just in case something does go wrong, city officials went ahead and evacuated City Hall and the water treatment plant for this town of 1,200.
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April 4, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
When Charles Keating's family announced this week that the infamous savings and loan swindler had died at 90 , it seemed only natural to wonder what America's No. 1 pornographer had to say. After all, before ripping off defenseless retirees, Keating had made a name for himself as an anti-smut crusader, pursuing Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt with a relentless zeal. “I normally don't have anything to say about anybody who has passed on,” Flynt, 71, told me from his Los Angeles home Friday.
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March 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
Louisville, Ky., bolted the gates shut in its flood wall Tuesday as the highest water along the Ohio River in 30 years pushed downstream, swamping one town after another and swelling the ranks of people driven from their homes. The Ohio was out of its banks from West Virginia to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and the water was not expected to crest in most places until today or later.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Living in the Midwest can be a bit of a devil's lottery when it comes to tornadoes, and on Sunday, several Midwestern communities drew a losing card. The death toll rose to eight Monday in Illinois and Michigan as officials sifted through damage and assessed losses. In the central Illinois town of Washington, neighborhoods were flattened and dozens of residents were injured by a possible EF-4 tornado. Residents and volunteers flooded churches and a local hotel, as people grappled with their losses.
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March 12, 1993 | Reuters
Communities along the rain-swollen Ohio River took steps to protect drinking water supplies Thursday as a 15-mile-long chemical spill moved downstream. Officials said the spill occurred Wednesday at the ITAPCO Corp. plant in New Albany as workers were unloading toluene from a barge that was carrying the volatile, benzene-like solvent.
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June 19, 1990 | From Associated Press
The death toll reached 22 as townspeople on Monday began burying those killed in the flash floods that ravaged a rural area near this Appalachian village last week. The search for those still missing turned to the debris-clogged Ohio River, and the body of a 13-year-old girl was recovered. The body of Kerri Polivka was found in the river about 3 miles below the mouth of Wegee Creek. She was visiting the home of a friend, 9-year-old Amber Colvin, when the flood struck Thursday.
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August 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Kentuckians gathered Friday evening on the banks of the Ohio River for the dedication and first performance of the 400-foot-high Louisville Falls Fountain, billed as the world's tallest floating fountain. The fountain, on an octagonal barge 39 feet across, is a gift to the city from Mary and Barry Bingham Sr., who donated $2.6 million for its construction and maintenance for three years. Bingham, patriarch of a three-generation media family, died Monday at age 82.
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April 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Authorities said Tuesday that there was no immediate threat to wildlife or water supplies from a barge loaded with 160,000 gallons of lye that ran aground and capsized on the Ohio River. The barge was one of 15 being transported by a tugboat around a sharp bend when it broke away and ran aground near the rocky shore, Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Adkins of the Coast Guard said. Cleanup and removal of the barge is expected to take weeks.
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January 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The smelly oil slick moving down the Ohio River reached Kentucky on Friday, six days earlier than expected because recent heavy rains have increased the river's flow, officials said. The leading edge of the 10- to 17-mile-long slick arrived before dawn at Ashland, said Don Armstrong of the state Division of Disaster and Emergency Services. Officials taking water samples could smell the oil, he said, and the three water intake valves for Ashland, a city of 26,000 residents, were shut down.
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January 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
A tugboat and three barges sank Sunday after being swept over a dam spillway on the Ohio River by currents made stronger by heavy rains, killing three crew members. One person was missing and believed to be aboard the sunken boat. Three people were rescued by crews of other tugs and taken to a hospital. Fire crews arriving on the scene determined the swift water was too dangerous to enter, said Chuck Ward, assistant fire chief in Industry.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The two high school football players accused of rape will get their day in court. The city of Steubenville, Ohio, however, will have to fight some of its battles online, where news of the case began. It's the story of a horrifying accusation met with small-town side-taking and blown up into a national scandal. Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, both 16, are accused of raping a drunk and unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on the night of Aug. 11 while other partygoers tweeted and Instagrammed about the attack.
NEWS
October 13, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - As he campaigned Saturday near the convergence of three coal-producing states, Mitt Romney pressed his domestic energy plan, saying the nation needs to increase production for its security and its economy. “We're going to take full advantage of our oil, our coal, our natural gas, our nuclear, our renewable,” he told about 3,500 supporters gathered in the college green at Shawnee State University. “We have 250 years of coal. It can be burned cleanly. This president when he was running for office said that if you want to build a new coal plant you can, but if you do, you'll go bankrupt.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio - Hope has been absent for so long from Appalachian Ohio that many people have forgotten what it's like. Idle steel mills run the length of several city blocks, empty and rusting on the thickly wooded banks of the Ohio River, like hulking tombstones for a past that died and the promise that died along with it. What optimism exists has little, if any, connection to the presidential campaign, which for all its import...
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December 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will return to the Mississippi River with cruises starting in April. The re-created riverboat that had ended service in 2008 returns under new management and with onboard entertainment and historians to keep it lively. An added holiday gift: a $150 shipboard credit for those who reserve by the end of December. The Great American Steamboat Co. will offer three- to 10-day itineraries focusing on the Civil War, Southern culture, spring gardens, fall foliage, the Kentucky Derby and other themes.
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June 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Hundreds of gulls were killed or maimed in Cleveland after what investigators believe was cooking oil spewed from a sewer pipe into the Cuyahoga River. Investigators said Friday that several hundred gallons of the substance killed or disabled hundreds of gulls near the Kingsbury Run tributary. Most of the birds are just downstream from the site where environmentalists last week celebrated the Cuyahoga River's comeback since floating oil and debris caught fire on June 22, 1969.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2009 | Peter H. King
One of this town's few successful entrepreneurs stood at the grill of his barbecue joint the other day, tending to half a dozen hamburger patties as he contemplated the central mystery of Cairo -- how could a vibrant American community tumble into such a blighted, broken-down condition, and why can't it pull itself back up? "I don't understand it," Darrell Shemwell said. "We've got rivers, we've got rail . . . we've got history.
NEWS
April 3, 1988
A diesel oil spill floated along about 50 miles of the Ohio River but authorities said it was dissipating and did not threaten drinking water supplies. Coast Guard officials said that the spill started somewhere southwest of Cincinnati and that they were still searching for the source of the fuel. The oil extended from Madison, Ind., to Louisville, Ky. Barge fleets, towboats and holding tanks along the river were all being checked.
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February 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Seven barges carrying gasoline broke free from a towboat Sunday on the Ohio River and spilled an estimated 40,000 gallons of fuel into the river after striking a railroad bridge piling, officials said. Recovery of the gasoline was impossible because it had been diluted, said Rich Carter, assistant chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Response. "No impact has been observed thus far," he said.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2008 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the glitz of the Democratic Party convention in Denver for the shuttered mills of the Rust Belt on Friday, kicking off a campaign swing that will take them through Pennsylvania and several Midwest battleground states. The trip, the first that the two have taken together since Biden joined the ticket last week, brought the candidates to a region deemed crucial to Democratic hopes of taking the White House in November. And it underscored the Obama campaign's imperative to shore up support in traditional Democratic strongholds, even as the Illinois senator competes for red states in the South and Rocky Mountain West.
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April 22, 2007 | Maggie Barnett
AMERICAN HISTORY Steaming down the Ohio River Take an eight-night tour of the American heartland aboard a vintage train from Chicago to St. Louis and a cruise aboard the American Queen steamboat. Dates: Aug. 3 to 11 Itinerary: Ports include Paducah, Ky., Madison, Ind., and Cincinnati Price: $2,495 to $5,195 per person, double occupancy ($900 to $1,800 single surcharge), including train to Chicago from Los Angeles (if booked by May 7), accomodations, meals, excursions and onboard entertainment.
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