March 4, 2015

Rain and snow

Family gathers to remember pair who died in car, train crash


LORAIN — Mufideh Al-Nimer knew food. She knew which dishes to prepare without salt and which to make kosher. She knew how to roll grape leaves into tasty Mediterranean dishes, and she knew how her five sons liked their sandwiches prepared. Every morning, the 78-year-old mother of 10 would wake up at 4 a.m. and Read More…

FDA again warns of caffeine powder danger

Following a meeting last week between the parents of a LaGrange teen who died from ingesting caffeine powder and members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA issued its second warning against the powder, which is easily available online. On Tuesday, Michael Landa, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Read More…

Bill would increase the number of addicts physicians could treat


A key aspect of battling the growing heroin epidemic may lie in treating those already suffering from addiction. At least that’s the approach The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act aims to take. The act, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., last week and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, would Read More…

Spencer man to receive Carnegie medal for saving car crash victims

Spencer resident Shane Robinson, with his wife, Brittney, was awarded a Carnegie Hero Medal on Wednesday for saving the lives of two people from a burning car last September in Huntington Township in Lorain County. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A man who saved the lives of two people when he pulled them out of a burning car in September will receive a national Carnegie medal for his act. Shane Robinson of Spencer will join a list of heroic recipients when he receives the Carnegie medal today. This year, Robinson is one of 22 people Read More…

As summer returns, so do the mayflies

Towns on the lake know this time of year well. It’s when mayflies emerge from the lake and surround buildings, houses and, especially, bright lights outside of restaurants and bars. In the past few weeks, the largely seasonal insects have been coming out in full force as a result of the early summer mating season. Read More…

How to travel 40 mph while 100 feet above ground: Ride a zipline


It was late Wednesday morning and I was tied to karabiners and rope, suspended in a tree. Thirty acres of dense green woods — which easily could have been mistaken for a rainforest — stared back at me as I jumped. It didn’t take long before I realized how soothing it is to travel more Read More…

Euthanized spider monkey gains international attention

Jacob Ruehlman

An incident in which a spider monkey bit the thumb of a curious stranger last week and was euthanized just after midnight Saturday because of the bite has gained international attention. “The entire primate community is enraged,” Dr. Deborah Misotti said. Misotti is director of the Talkin’ Monkey Project, a primate sanctuary in Florida. She Read More…

Hundreds of snowy owl sightings reported in state

A snowy owl flies at Spitzer Marina in Lorain. The species has been drawing watchers to Lake Erie for a glimpse of the bird, a rarity in Ohio. Bird watchers and photographers from all over the state have been converging to see the snowy owls that have been seen in the area. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY BRUCE BISHOP)

For many nature lovers and birdwatchers, the rare influx of snowy owls into Ohio this year is a stunning occurrence. “It’s been just outstanding,” Jamey Emmert, of the wildlife division of The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said about large numbers of snowy owl sightings reported this winter. Snowy owls are northern-born and typically reside Read More…