(FROM NEWS SUN) Honda exported its one-millionth car from the U.S. on Wednesday, which the automaker said should help it overcome a drop in sales stemming from a conflict with China.
Last month Honda announced that overall sales have fallen because exports to China have dropped, but the company said this week that American auto sales are up 39 percent in November over last year. It also hopes that exports to other countries will offset the sales drop in China, such as the launch of the Accord in South Korea this week that led to the one-millionth export.
Honda employs 13,500 people in Ohio, including about 1,475 from Clark and Champaign counties and 1,200 more from the rest of the Miami Valley. It builds transmissions and engines for the Civic at the Anna and Russells Point Plant, while the Accord is built at the Marysville Auto Plant.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The area’s top tourist attraction, which draws more than 1 million visitors a year from around the world, will undergo an $800,000 renovation to its popular IMAX theater.
The IMAX theater at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will bid farewell to giant reels of miles-long film and usher in digital 3-D projection for the first time on the cinema’s towering six-story screen.
The top-to-bottom renovation will replace the giant, curved white screen with a silver screen capable of showing 3-D movies at the cinema that attracts about 100,000 visitors every year.
THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS SAYS OHIO REPORTED 98 INFLUENZA-RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS LAST MONTH, UP 200 PERCENT FROM THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR, SHOWING A NATIONAL TREND IN WHICH FLU ACTIVITY HAS GONE UP HARDER AND EARLIER THIS SEASON, MORESO THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.
Educators debate proposed exam
Ohio educators responded with tempered support to the American Federation of Teachers’ call for a more stringent exam, which has been likened to the bar exam for lawyers, for those entering the teaching profession .
Jeffrey J. Mims Jr., an Ohio Board of Education member, said the success of that initiative would depend on the type of exam required and whether classroom experience was a component.
The stricter standards reportedly would address the “sink or swim” dynamic that AFT President Randi Weingarten said transpires with new teachers, and which she called unfair to teachers and students.
The AFT, one of the largest teachers’ unions, said this exam would be paired with stricter entrance requirements for potential teachers, such as a minimum grade-point average.
Death penalty trial next week for Xenia man
(FROM DAYTON DAILY NEWS) A Xenia man will go on trial in Kentucky starting Monday in an attempt to avoid the death penalty for his role in a 2005 double homicide.
A Rowan County, Ky., jury on Tuesday night found 44 year old Ronald Christopher Fairchild guilty on two counts of complicity to commit murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the deaths of Donald Walker and Marlane Mauk in May 2005.
The Madison Press reports a London man convicted of amassing a library of child pornography from the Internet will spend the next eight years in prison, following Monday’s sentencing in Madison County Common Pleas Court
44 YEAR OLD Donald Lemasters pleaded no contest in August to 24 counts of pandering and possessing child pornography and one count of possessing criminal tools. The tool was his personal computer.
Judge Robert D. Nichols ordered Lemasters classified as a Tier 2 sex offender and said he would oppose any effort to obtain early release for the man. The sentence is open to appeal.
Monday’s lengthy hearing concluded a case that started nearly two years ago when deputies with a Franklin County task force investigating Internet crimes against children noted hundreds of pornographic images downloaded to a computer in London. A subpoena tracked that Internet address to Lemasters’ home-office computer on Liberty Street.
London Police Chief Dave Wiseman says during an April 19, 2011 raid on the home, deputies and police officers arrested Lemasters and confiscated the computer and DVDs containing 170,000 inappropriate images of children in sexual situations.
WEEC SPORTS – THURSDAY 12-6-12:
NBA: CHICAGO 95 CLEVELAND 85, INDIANA 99 PORTLAND 92.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DAYTON 81 ALABAMA 76, OTTERBEIN 85 WITTENBERG 80 WEDNESDAY, LAST SATURDAY WOOSTER 60 WITTENBERG 41.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: GREENON 50 BELLEFONTAINE 46, INDIAN LAKE 59 SHAWNEE 51, KENTON RIDGE 93 NORTHWESTERN 42, TECUMSEH 60 URBANA 48, TROY 67 SPRINGFIELD 19, STEBBINS 45 GRAHAM 31, CENTERVILLE 65 FAIRBORN 45, LEBANON 43 PIQUA 24, SIDNEY 47 WAYNE 43.
NFL FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT 8:20PM: DENVER AT OAKLAND. SUNDAY 1PM: BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON, DALLAS AT CINCINNATI, KANSAS CITY AT CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE AT INDIANAPOLIS. QUARTERBACK BEN ROETHLISBERGER EXPECTED TO RETURN FROM INJURY AND PLAY SUNDAY VERSUS SAN DIEGO.
THE NHL LOCKOUT HAS LASTED OVER 80 DAYS NOW, ALTHOUGH IT’S REPORTED PROGRESS POSSIBLY BEING MADE NOW IN AN ATTEMPT TO SALVAGE THE CURRENT NHL SEASON, SAYS CBSSPORTS.COM.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS NAMED 3 HEISMAN FINALISTS TO GO TO NEW YORK THIS SATURDAY NIGHT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE HEISMAN TROPHY. THEY ARE JOHNNY MANZIEL, TEXAS A&M QUARTERBACK, COLLIN KLEIN, KANSAS STATE QUARTERBACK, AND MANTI TE’O, LINEBACKER FROM NOTRE DAME, SAYS CBSSPORTS.COM.
BRET BIELEMA LEAVES THE BIG TEN’S WISCONSIN BADGERS TO TAKE THE COACHING JOB AT ARKANSAS, AND FORMER AUBURN ASSISTANT GUS MALZAHN IS THE NEW HEAD COACH OF THE TIGERS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE.
THE BCS TITLE GAME IS IN MIAMI ON MONDAY NIGHT JANUARY 7TH 8:30PM, NO. 1 NOTRE DAME VS. NO. 2 ALABAMA, THE FIESTA BOWL JANUARY 3RD 8:30PM, OREGON VS. KANSAS STATE, THE SUGAR BOWL JANUARY 2ND 8:30PM: FLORIDA VS. LOUISVILLE, JANUARY 1ST THE LAST 2 BCS BOWL GAMES HAVE FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS IN THE ORANGE BOWL AT 8:30PM, AND THE ROSE BOWL AT 5PM TUESDAY JANUARY 1ST, STANFORD VS. WISCONSIN. SEVEN BIG TEN TEAMS ARE BOWL ELIGIBLE AND PLAYING IN GAMES, INCLUDING THE CAPITAL ONE BOWL NEW YEARS DAY AT 1PM, GEORGIA VS. NEBRASKA, AND THE OUTBACK BOWL AT THE SAME TIME, SOUTH CAROLINA VS. MICHIGAN. NORTHWESTERN, MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN STATE, AND PURDUE ALSO PLAYING.