First off, I made knuckleheaded mistake in last week's column.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation offices are no longer in the Gibson Building in downtown Warren. In fact, they left in February 2005.
What I should have written is that the Social Security Administration is a tenant at the Gibson Building.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted last week launched a new online voter search tool that allows voters to ''easily check their information and know where to go to cast their ballots,'' he said in a news release.
The search tool, available at myohiovote.com, allows voters to check their registration, voting address and polling location.
The system has been simplified, too, according to Husted.
Voters need only now to give their first and last name and county. Before the update, users were required to put information into several fields to access their information.
The timing of the launch coincides with early voting in Ohio for the May 7 primary election. Early voting began Saturday for overseas and military voters and begins Tuesday for the rest of us registered voters.
But if you're not registered, there is still time. The deadline is 9 p.m. April 8.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, spent most of last week in Germany for the 30th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, of which he is a co-chair.
Bundestag is the parliament of Germany.
Ryan met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, according to a news release from his office. He also met with members of the Bundestag, European parliament and German business.
He sent along two quotes Thursday.
''Germany is a growing country in both political and economic power, and we would be wise as a region to build strong relationships with the German people, German businesses and German political leaders,'' Ryan said in an email.
''Our businesses can take advantage of the benefits of a strong German market and our workers can benefit from German investment in Ohio. We have low natural gas costs here and that can help grow manufacturing here in the U.S.''
Ryan will host a German delegation to Ohio next year.
''We can learn a lot from Germany,'' he said in the email. ''Their focus on the future of energy and their unique and successful apprenticeship programs are something we should emulate in order to prepare our work force for the jobs of the future.''