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Published: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:55 PM
WASHINGTON — Overlooked in the headline fights over the $1.1 trillion spending bill that cleared Congress last week was a payout 35 years in the making.
The federal government will finally direct up to $4.4 million to families of each of the 53 hostages held in Iran for 444 days.
Steve Lauterbach, of Dayton was one of those hostages.
The reason it has taken so long is the deal President Jimmy Carter signed to get the hostages out prevented them from seeking restitution from Iran. It is not clear, however, whether all the former hostages or their families will receive full payments.
In large measure that is because the $4.4 million total authorized by Congress depends on the outcome of efforts to collect on judgments won in earlier court rulings involving victims of terrorist attacks, as well as on the number of victims who file claims.
The law authorizes payments of up to $10,000 per day of captivity for each of the 53 hostages, 37 of whom are still alive. Fifty-two hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981; a 53rd hostage had been released earlier because of illness. Spouses and children are authorized to receive a lump payment of as much as $600,000.
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:33 PM
Published: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM
Published: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening. But some opted to stay home amid rainy conditions and the threat of freezing precipitation overnight into Monday morning.
“Normally on Super Bowl Sunday, we go over to a Super Bowl party or stay home and have a lot of snack foods,” said Dirk Roburn, Sr., who was at Blind Bob’s Bar on Fifth Street downtown. “This year we decided to come down to Blind Bob’s. We really don’t care who wins the game this year, so it’s more about food and fun than the game I guess.”
Andy Rowe, a manager at the bar, said he anticipates filling more take-out orders than usual this year because of the weather.
Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 2:33 PM
UPDATE May 7
John Bedell talked to Army Capt. Sarah Cudd who is the woman shown in a viral video of her finishing a combat medic certification. Her colleagues cheered her on, and she was able to finish the test. Cudd will discuss the message she hopes that the video will send to others.