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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 8:

When U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was growing up in Ashtabula, Ohio, in the 1950s, it was a thriving factory town with a busy port where freighters brought iron ore to be used in the steel mills of Pennsylvania.

Today, many of the biggest factories have long since left the region for low-wage places — taking a lot of jobs with them — and the port ships a fraction of the freight it once did.


High bacteria levels at Lake Erie beaches are a concern for both swimmers and health officials. An E.coli advisory along two of Ashtabula’s public swimming beaches was lifted after four days last week.

But according to Terri Collett with the Ashtabula Health Department, elevated bacteria levels along Lake Erie beaches are a common occurrence during the summer months.

The Human Library Comes to Ashtabula

Oct 11, 2016
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The Ashtabula County District Library is offering patrons the chance to interact with and learn from what they’re calling “human books.”

Human books are people from all walks of life, including a decorated World War II veteran, a tattoo artist, someone who identifies as bisexual, and someone living with autism. Participants can “check out” a human book for a thought-provoking one-on-one conversation.