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Village in blitz of speeding tickets



Published: Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Village in blitz of speeding tickets

ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio

If you feel the need for speed, better steer clear of the Cincinnati-area village of Elmwood Place.

Since installing traffic cameras, Elmwood Place has issued citations at a rapid pace. Police say there were 6,600 in the first month, or three times the number of village residents. And a reported $1.5 million in fines has been levied since two cameras began operating in September.

The blitz of $105 citations has roiled the economically struggling village for months. There have been petition drives, calls on social media to boycott the village and a lawsuit that alleges constitutional violations.

The police chief says the automated system already has made the village safer because speeding has plummeted.

Arguments in the lawsuit are scheduled to resume today in Hamilton County court.

Rise of centrist raises hopes for resuming talks

JERUSALEM

The unexpectedly strong showing by a new centrist party in Israel’s parliamentary election has raised hopes of a revival of peace talks with Palestinians that have languished for four years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Political newcomer Yair Lapid, the surprise king-maker, already is being courted by a weakened Netanyahu, who needs his support to form a ruling coalition. Lapid has said he will not sit in the government unless the peace process is restarted.

But after a campaign in which the Palestinian issue was largely ignored, it remains unclear how hard Lapid will push the issue in what could be weeks of coalition talks with Netanyahu.

Tuesday’s election ended in a deadlock, with Netanyahu’s hard-line religious bloc of allies and the rival bloc of centrist, secular and Arab parties each with 60 seats, according to near-complete official results. Opinion polls had universally forecast a majority of seats going to the right-wing bloc.

Though Netanyahu, as head of the largest single party in parliament, is poised to remain prime minister, it appears impossible for him to cobble together a majority coalition without reaching across the aisle.

DNA could store digital information

NEW YORK

It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries.

Is this some new electronic gadget? Nope. It’s DNA.

The genetic material has long held all the information needed to make plants and animals, and now some scientists are saying it could help handle the growing storage needs of today’s information society.

Researchers reported Wednesday that they had stored all 154 Shakespeare sonnets, a photo, a scientific paper, and a 26-second sound clip from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That all fit in a barely visible bit of DNA in a test tube.

The process involved converting the ones and zeroes of digital information into the four-letter alphabet of DNA code. That code was used to create strands of synthetic DNA. Then machines “read” the DNA molecules and recovered the encoded information. That reading process took two weeks, but technological advances are driving that time down, said Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, England. He’s an author of a report published online by the journal Nature.

Associated Press


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