April 20, 2014

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Danger underground? Wellington spill brings pipeline safety into question

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The 70 people evacuated in the Jan. 12 Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill in Wellington are home, but questions linger about the safety of pipelines in the wake of the spill. The spill, which Sunoco officials said leaked 116,700 gallons but didn’t cause major contamination of the Black River, is one of more than 30 Read More…

Local leaders endorse Marcy Kaptur over Dennis Kucinich

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LORAIN — In the battle of the idealist versus the pragmatist, Lorain’s Democratic leaders on Sunday backed the pragmatist, giving U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, their endorsement over U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland. “I look at Congresswoman Kaptur as a leader who puts pragmatism above politics,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said at the grand opening of Read More…

Testing under way on air quality at spill site

WELLINGTON — A decision may come Friday on whether it is safe to allow the 70 people evacuated in Jan. 12’s Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill to return. The evacuation was due to high levels of toxic chemicals like benzene from the spill, which Sunoco said was 116,700 gallons. Results from 15 air samples taken Read More…

Gas leak lingering effects: Resident says fish killed in creek; dirt excavation continues

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WELLINGTON — The dead fish and pools of oil in the creek on Allan Corral’s Wellington Township property were gone Wednesday, but Corral still worried about possible contamination of his property and of the nearby Black River from last week’s Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill. “You know that some of this dirt is contaminated. Are Read More…

Clean up continues of Wellington gas spill

WELLINGTON—The air was thick with the smell of gasoline Monday evening around the football field-sized area on Maple Street by state Route 58 where dozens of workers soaked up what Sunoco Logistics said was a 116,760-gallon spill from their ruptured pipeline. The site is full of toxic chemicals such as benzene, ethylbenzene and toluene and Read More…

Sunoco, EPA hear residents’ concerns over Wellington spill

WELLINGTON — As dozens of workers cleaned up a Sunoco Logistics gasoline spill in a football-field sized area at Maple Street and state Route 58 tonight, Sunoco, federal, state and local officials fielded questions up the road at Wellington High School from about 150 sometimes-skeptical residents. Officials said it was premature to say when the Read More…

NAACP chief wants more diversity in City Hall

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Lorain NAACP President E. Jean Wrice get along. “The mayor and I are not mad at one another,” Wrice told the audience at Wesley United Methodist Church during Sunday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute by the Lorain NAACP. “We’re on the same page and we want the same Read More…

Speakers liken inequality in modern times to civil rights leader’s era

LORAIN — Nearly 44 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. told reluctant aides that he needed to return to Memphis to support striking garbage workers because of the need to “push forward the nonviolent struggle for economic justice.” The struggle continues today, speakers said Sunday at the annual Lorain NAACP tribute to King, who was Read More…

Elyria firefighters extinguish fire at foundry

ELYRIA — A molten iron furnace explosion at the Elyria Foundry early this morning left firefighters trying to determine how to extinguish the fire without causing an even bigger explosion. The explosion occurred around midnight, singing the hair of a worker who was hospitalized with minor injuries, according to fire Lt. Kevin Szabo. The fire, Read More…

Lorain Schools may lay off 150 teachers

LORAIN — Board of Education members want to attract students by showcasing Lorain Schools’ programs and teachers. But those recruitment efforts will be more difficult after board members on Wednesday reluctantly approved nearly $5 million in layoffs and program cuts to reduce a projected $10.3 million deficit for the 2012-13 school year. “This is the Read More…