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Deadline for weight loss challenge today
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 5:10 PM )

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

DHI Media Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Today is the registration deadline for PEAK’S Community Charity Weight Loss Challenge where teams comprised of employees from a variety of local businesses will rise to the challenge of the goal to lose a half ton (1,000 pounds) in two months.

The cost to register a group of four is $99, which will allow each team member a eight-week membership with access to Zumba, kick boxing, strength-training and fat-burning classes; personal training and life coach sessions; and 24-hour access to exercise equipment.

 

 
US intel says Malaysian plane shot down with missile
Written by AP   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.

Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was “not an accident” and described the Malaysia Airlines plane as having been “blown out of the sky.”

 
Wesleyan Vacation Bible School 'wild' about animals
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 PM
Vacation Bible Schoolers at the Delphos Wesleyan Church attended their second fun-filled day at the church on Thursday dancing to the motion song “Give it Away”. Youth Pastor Pam King said the bible school runs three days and on Sunday, the kids give Bible school to the adults through their perspective. She said awards will also be given out to the kids. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
 
Spencerville Schools looking at replacing, repairing HVAC system
Written by Cynthia Yahna   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 PM

BY CYNTHIA YAHNA

DHI Media Correspondent

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SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville School Board is looking to replace or repair the district’s Johnson Controls HVAC system. David Sudhoff from Smith Boughan gave his presentation on the proposed possibility of upgrading the entire system.

 
Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:36 AM

By PETER LEONARD and

MSTYSLAV CHERNOV

Associated Press

 

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabove, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

The Boeing 777-200ER plane, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage -- which included body parts and the belongings of passengers -- was scattered over a wide area.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash. He insisted that his forces did not shoot down the plane.

President Barack Obama called the crash a "terrible tragedy" and talked about it on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The village of Hrabove is currently under the control of pro-Russia separatists and the area has seen severe fighting between the two sides in recent days.

Aviation authorities in several countries, including the FAA in the United States, had issued warnings not to fly over parts of Ukraine prior to Thursday's crash. Within hours, several airlines, including Lufthansa, Delta and KLM, released statements Thursday saying they were avoiding parts of Ukrainian airspace.

Malaysia Airlines said Ukrainian aviation authorities told the company they had lost contact with Flight MH17 at 1415 GMT (10 a.m. EDT) about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Tamak waypoint, which is 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border.

It said the plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members. It had left Amsterdam at 12:15 p.m. and was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 a.m. Friday.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile from a Buk launcher, which can fire up to an altitude of 22,000 meters (72,000 feet).

Igor Sutyagin, a research fellow in Russian studies at the Royal United Services Institute, said both Ukrainian and Russian forces have SA-17 missile systems -- also known as Buk ground-to-air launcher systems.

He said Russia had supplied separatist rebels with military hardware, but he had seen no evidence "of the transfer of that type of system from Russia." The weapons that the rebels are known to have do not have the capacity to reach beyond 4,500 meters. (14,750 feet)

 
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