House passes fiscal cliff bill
(FROM NEWS SUN) WASHINGTON — Following a day of intense drama in Capitol Hill as financial markets warily watched, the U.S. House Monday night approved of a compromise package that avoids what would have been a punishing combination of tax increases and federal budget cuts.
By a vote of 257-167, the House approved the same measure passed in the early morning hours of Tuesday by the Senate. It will raise $620 billion in new tax revenue during the next decade by increasing income tax rates on households earning more than $450,000 a year while permanently extending income tax rates for families earning less than that amount a year.
By doing so, the House would avoid what was expected to be a meltdown on Wall Street. Investors had feared that Washington had descended into such chaos that neither President Barack Obama nor Congress could prevent the economy from toppling over what has become known as the fiscal cliff.
ENACTED IN 2006, THE OHIO MINUMUM WAGE AMENDMENT MEANS MINUMUM-WAGE EMPLOYEES IN OHIO WILL GET A 15-CENT INCREASE, BRINGING THEIR WAGES TO $7.85 AN HOUR.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTS SCIENCE TEACHER FRED DONELSON AT GAHANNA LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL STARTED A ROBOTICS CLUB AT THE SCHOOL 6 YEARS AGO. GAHANNA LINCOLN HAS REMAINED THE ONLY CENTRAL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL WITH AN UNDERWATER-ROBOTICS CLUB, AND ONE OF ONLY A FEW IN THE STATE, WITH EXPERTS CONTINUALLY TELLING OF THE ADVANTAGES STUDENTS GAIN BY BUILDING FOR WATER!
WEEC SPORTS – 1-2-13:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES: GATOR BOWL: NORTHWESTERN 34 MISSISSIPPI STATE 20, NORTHWESTERN’S NICK VAN HOOSE, FORMER GRAHAM HIGH SCHOOL STAR, WITH A HUGE 39-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN IN THE 4TH QUARTER FOR THE ‘CATS! HEART OF DALLAS BOWL: OKLAHOMA STATE 58 PURDUE 14, CAPITAL ONE BOWL: GEORGIA 45 NEBRASKA 31, OUTBACK BOWL: SOUTH CAROLINA 33 MICHIGAN 28, ROSE BOWL: STANFORD 20 WISCONSIN 14, ORANGE BOWL: FLORIDA STATE 31 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 10.
TONIGHT 8:30PM: SUGAR BOWL: LOUISVILLE VS. FLORIDA, THURSDAY 8:30PM, THE FIESTA BOWL: OREGON VS. KANSAS STATE, FRIDAY 8PM: THE COTTON BOWL: TEXAS A & M VS. OKLAHOMA, MONDAY 8:30PM: THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN MIAMI, FLORIDA: NO. 2 ALABAMA VS. TOP-RANKED NOTRE DAME, ONE OF 2 12-0 TEAMS THIS YEAR, THE OTHER BEING OHIO STATE, NOT PLAYING IN A BOWL DUE TO THEIR 1-YEAR BAN. THE BIG TEN GOES 2-5 IN THEIR BOWL GAMES THIS SEASON, WITH MICHIGAN STATE AND NORTHWESTERN WINNING, THE ‘CATS WIN 34-20 FOR THEIR 1ST BOWL WIN SINCE 1949! THREE TEAMS DO LOSE BY LESS THAN 7 POINTS, AND NEBRASKA LED INTO THE 3RD QUARTER AGAINST NO. 5 GEORGIA!
NBA: DENVER 92 L.A. CLIPPERS 78, L.A.’S 17-GAME WINNING STREAK IS OVER.
TONIGHT: 7PM: SACRAMENTO AT CLEVELAND, WASHINGTON AT INDIANA.
PITCHER DAVID PRICE AGREES TO A 1 YEAR $10 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH TAMPA BAY.
COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL: 6:30PM TONIGHT: NEBRASKA AT NO. 8 OHIO STATE, WEEC’S CAROLINE MASON TO BE ON HAND FOR THE BUCKEYES 1ST BIG TEN GAME!
NFL PLAYOFFS SATURDAY 4:30PM: CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON IN THE AFC WILD-CARD PLAYOFF ROUND! 8PM SATURDAY: MINNESOTA AT GREEN BAY, SUNDAY 1PM: INDIANAPOLIS AT BALTIMORE, 4:30PM: SEATTLE AT WASHINGTON.
DENVER AND NEW ENGLAND, SEEDED NOS. 1 AND 2, GET 1ST ROUND BYES IN THE AFC, WHILE IN THE NFC IT’S NO. 1 SEED ATLANTA AND NO. 2 SEED SAN FRANCISCO THAT GET 1ST ROUND BYES.
THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, AS MANY EXPECTED, FIRE HEAD COACH PAT SHURMUR AND GENERAL MANAGER TOM HECKERT ON BLACK MONDAY, THE DAY AFTER THE TEAM FINISHED 5-11 IN 2012, SAYS FOXSPORTS.COM.
PHILADELPHIA FIRES COACH ANDY REID, KEN WHISENHUNT OUT IN ARIZONA, AND CHAN GAILEY IN BUFFALO.
OSU’s Simon Named FCA Bowden Award Finalist (FROM BIGTEN.ORG)
Ohio State senior defensive tackle John Simon was named one of three finalists for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s (FCA) Bobby Bowden Award, an honor that goes to the college football player who best epitomizes being a student-athlete. In order to be nominated for the Bowden Award, a player must conduct himself as a faith role model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. The award is named for former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden. The 2012 Bowden Award winner will be announced on January 4, 2013. Northwestern’s Jason Wright was the inaugural winner of the Bowden Award in 2003.
Simon has already been honored as the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the defensive player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character.