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Philharmonic to play Fort Piqua Plaza anniversary gala

Child released from hospital following fire

Belinda M. Paschal

PIQUA — A short-lived house fire that began in the upstairs bedroom that forced a young child to jump out of a window was apparently caused by a discarded cigarette. The Piqua Fire Department responded to the home at 320 Third St. just after 5 p.m. Tuesday and cleared the scene an hour later in a conflagration that caused more smoke damage than fire damage, fire officials said. A young girl who jumped from a secondstory window was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for minor injuries and was later treated and released. Another girl reportedly jumped out the window as well, but suffered no injuries. Names of those involved were not released by the fire department.

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PIQUA — A performance by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will highlight the five-year anniversary celebration of the restored Fort Piqua Plaza next month. “We wanted to have someone that would appeal to all ages and we thought this would be a great fit for Piqua,” said Ruth Koon, who chairs the Fort Piqua Plaza Endowment Fund Committee, hosts for the gala celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 16. “This will be the first time for the full orchestra to be in the Grand Ballroom.” In October 2008, Fort Piqua Plaza underwent a $22 million restoration project, funded by a variety of tax credits, grants, city resources and private contributions from many Piqua families. The plaza includes the Fort Piqua Hotel, which was renovated, the Piqua Public Library, Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, and the banquet and conference facility where the celebration will be held. “At the time of the restoration, we had a gala to

show the community what had been accomplished,” Koon recalled. “It was just a wonderful, beautiful evening for the Piqua community, so we wanted to repeat that five years later.” Koon said the Dayton Philharmonic will perform music tailored to the event’s audience. “We asked them to personalize it a little for Piqua, maybe even incorporate some Mills Brothers songs,” she said. “I’m not sure if they’re going to do that, but they will be making their repertoire personal to Piqua.” Founded in 1933, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has 83 contracted musicians, many of whom are teachers in area high schools, colleges and universities. Artistic Director Neal Gittleman, who has conducted the orchestra since 1995, is known for his unique programming and easygoing style, which combine to make the symphonic music easily accessible and appreciated by diverse audiences. Tickets for the gala event are $125 per person, with proceeds going to the Fort Piqua Plaza Endowment Fund. To purchase tickets, contact Koon at 778-1288 or Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

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Dollar General opens in Bradford Will E Sanders

Staff Writer

BRADFORD — A new Dollar General has opened in Bradford, but this Saturday a grand opening celebration will be held. The Dollar General, located at 136 S. Miami Ave., is hosting their official opening at 8 a.m. this Saturday with special sales and deals and free prizes, said Kyle Baker, manager. The first 50 shoppers at the grand opening will receive a $10 store gift card while the first 200 shoppers will receive a store tote bag, among other giveaways. Store officials said the new store will “offer Bradford residents a convenient, new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.” “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on

quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our Bradford customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.” Traditional Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need. Anyone interested in joining the Dollar General team may visit The store offers convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty products. The store’s layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers. Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.

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Customers check out at the area’s newest Dollar General Store, located at 136 S. Miami St. in Bradford. The store will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday.

Pickleball courts complete and ready for action at Mote Park Bethany J. Royer Staff Writer

PIQUA — Which came first, the dog named Pickles or the game Pickleball? Stick around long enough and the question will be answered, in the

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meantime, the game of Pickleball — a variation of table tennis, tennis, and badminton played with a whiffle ball, composite paddles, and a net lowered to 34 inches at the center, on a court about a third of the size of a tennis court — has landed in the city via a series of new courts at Mote Park. “They did a great job,” said Director of the Public Works Department Doug Harter, who was joined on a blistering Tuesday afternoon by Brian Brookhart, assistant public works director, at the park to explain how the project came together. A team idea and collaboration that saw to the renovation of the former tennis courts, previously in disrepair, with new paving, painting, and fencing. The department even tried the game out for themselves. “We came down and played for the last two nights,” said Harter. “My

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City employees, who were involved with the project, gather for a photo at the new Pickleball courts at Mote Park, on Wednesday.

legs are so sore.” Work completed, the Public Works Department would like to get the word out to promote what is quickly becoming a popular sport. In fact, in 2005, the USA Pickleball Association was formed, with an official tournament rulebook pub-

lished in 2008. The USA Pickleball Association Nationals V will be held Nov. 11-17 at the Sun City Festival in Buckeye, Ariz. Now as to the question about which came first, a dog named Pickles or the game Pickleball? As the story goes, and as told by Brookhart, it

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begins in the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Pritchard and two friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum,

returned from a golf outing to find their families bored and attempted to alleviate the circumstances via badminton but no one could find the shuttlecock or birdie. This led to some improvisation with a whiffle ball, followed by a lowering of the badminton net, and fabricated paddles. Whenever an errant shot happened, it was said that the family dog, a cocker spaniel named Pickles, would run and try to get the ball and hide it. Thus ensued the name of the game for their dog’s ball, Pickle’s ball, and eventually Pickleball. However, the truth is the Pritchard family didn’t get the dog until 1967, so the dog was actually named after the sport. The Pickleball courts at Mote Park will be open for play from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. More information can be found at www.USAPA. org.

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Obituary Sue Ann Sullivan PIQUA — Sue Ann Sullivan, 57, of 317 Brentwood Ave., Piqua, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 13, 1956, in Piqua, the daughter of Charles and Betty (McBride) Wooley of Piqua. On July 19, 1974, she married Sullivan Paul M. Sullivan, who survives along with one son, Mike Sullivan of Piqua and one sister, Sandra Slife of Sidney. Mrs. Sullivan was the owner and operated Handy Hands Cleaning Service in Piqua for more than 30 years. Sue Ann was a member of the Upper Valley Community Church in Piqua. A Celebration of Sue’s

Life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Upper Valley Community Church, 1400 Seidel Parkway, Piqua with Pastor Andy Monnin officiating. Her family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at the church. The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of Miami County in memory of Sue Ann Sullivan. Envelopes will be available at the church. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave. Sidney. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sullivan family at Cromes Funeral Home’s website,

Death Notice John L. Hodge SIDNEY — John L. Hodge, 85, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 6:08 a.m. at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Funeral servic-

es will be held Friday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, with Pastor Michael Garber officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney.

Fact Check: Obama’s Syria case still lacks proof Calvin Woodward Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama voiced his conviction Tuesday night that Syrian President Bashar Assad was to blame for deadly chemical attacks against civilians, but again he offered no proof. A look at his remarks to the nation, seeking support for a military strike against Syria, and how they compare with the facts as publicly known: Obama: “We know the Assad regime was responsible…. The facts cannot be denied.” The Facts: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack. The administration has cited satellite imagery and communications intercepts, backed by social media and intelligence reports from sources in Syria, as the basis for blaming the Assad government. But the only evidence the administration has made public is a collection of videos it has verified of the victims. The videos do not demonstrate who launched the attacks. Administration officials have not shared the satellite imagery they say shows rockets and artillery fire leaving government-held areas and landing in 12 rebel-held neighborhoods outside Damascus where chemical attacks were reported. Nor have they shared transcripts of the Syrian officials allegedly warning units to ready gas masks or discussing how to handle U.N. investigators after it happened. The White House has declined to explain where it came up with the figure of at least 1,429 dead, including 400 children — a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian

Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502. In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad’s forces of gassing to death “over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children.” Obama: “So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to Congress.” The Facts: Obama’s statement that he has the authority to launch military action is par for the course for presidents, and historically disputed by Congress. The issue never gets settled. The Constitution delineates power between the president, who serves as commander in chief of the armed forces, and Congress, which has the ability to declare war. Over time, however, questions arose over where the president’s authority ends and where Congress’ begins. The 1973 War Powers Resolution sought to end the debate, but it has only fueled arguments between Republican and Democratic administrations alike and those who consider themselves constitutional purists. The law gives the president the power to act without congressional approval in cases of national emergency for up to 60 days. In such a case, the president must consult with Congress. And if the deadline passes without congressional authorization, the president has 30 additional days to remove troops. But what constitutes a national emergency and what consultation means remain subjects of continued disputes.

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The NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand Matt Apuzzo Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surveillance machine grew too big for anyone to understand. The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans’ phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism. But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records than they were allowed to. Some officials searched databases of phone records without even realizing it. Others shared the results of their searches with people who weren’t authorized to see them. It took nearly three years before the government figured out that so much had gone wrong. It took even longer to figure out why. Newly declassified documents released Tuesday tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that nobody fully comprehended it, even as the government pointed it at the American people in the name of protecting them. “There was no single person who had a complete technical understanding,” government lawyers explained to a federal judge in 2009. During a summer in which former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden released America’s surveillance secrets to the world, the Obama administration has repeatedly tried to reassure people that the NSA’s powers were kept in check by Congress and the courts. The mistakes discovered in 2009 have been fixed, the president said, a reflection of that oversight. But the documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court show that, in developing the world’s most sophisticated surveillance network, even senior lawyers and officials weren’t sure how the system worked and didn’t understand what they were told. “It appears there was never a complete understanding among the key

personnel . regarding what each individual meant by the terminology,” lawyers wrote in March 2009 as the scope of the problems came into focus. As a result, the judges on the surveillance court, who rely on the NSA to explain the surveillance program, approved a program that was far more intrusive than they believed. “Given the executive branch’s responsibility for and expertise in determining how best to protect our national security, and in light of the scale of this bulk collection program, the court must rely heavily on the government to monitor this program,” Judge Reggie B. Walton wrote in a 2009 order that found the NSA had repeatedly misrepresented its programs. In Congress, meanwhile, only some lawmakers fully understand the programs they have repeatedly authorized and are supposed to be overseeing. For instance, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., one of the sponsors of the USA Patriot Act, has said he never intended it to be used to collect and store the phone records of every American. And when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked whether the government was doing that, he testified, “No.” Yet Snowden’s revelations, published in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, show that is what happened. There is no evidence in the new documents suggesting the NSA used its surveillance powers to spy on Americans for political purposes, a fear of many critics who recall the FBI’s intrusive monitoring of civil rights leaders and anti-war protesters in the 1960s. Instead, the documents blame the years of government overreaching on technical mistakes, misunderstandings and lack of training. From 2006 through early 2009, for instance, the NSA’s computers reached into the database of phone records and compared them with thousands of others without “reasonable, articulable sus-

picion,” the required legal standard. By the time the problems were discovered, only about 10 percent of the 17,835 phone numbers on the government’s watch list in early 2009 met the legal standard. By then, Walton said he’d “lost confidence” in the NSA’s ability to legally operate the program. He ordered a full review of the surveillance. In its long report to the surveillance court in August 2009, the Obama administration blamed its mistakes on the complexity of the system and “a lack of shared understanding among the key stakeholders” about the scope of the surveillance. “The documents released today are a testament to the government’s strong commitment to detecting, correcting and reporting mistakes that occur in implementing technologically complex intelligence collection activities, and to continually improving its oversight and compliance processes,” Clapper said in a statement Tuesday. The surveillance court was satisfied by those improvements; it allowed the NSA to continue collecting phone records every day, a practice that continues today. Now, the Obama administration is fending off lawsuits and a push in Congress to rein in the surveillance. An unusual coalition

of liberal Democrats and Republican civil libertarians has proposed several bills that would either scrap the phone surveillance entirely or require more oversight. President Barack Obama has said he’s open to more oversight but says the surveillance is essential to keep the country safe. Obama and Clapper have said the changes made in 2009 resulted in tightened controls. American data is still collected but only seldom looked at, officials said. And it is kept on secure computer servers equipped with special software to protect it from analysts looking to illegally snoop. “There are checks at multiple levels,” NSA Deputy Director John Inglis told Congress in July. “There are checks in terms of what an individual might be doing at any moment in time.” The same checks that protect Americans’ personal data were also supposed to protect the NSA’s information. Yet Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor, managed to walk out with flash drives full of the nation’s most highly classified documents. The NSA is still trying to figure out, in such a complex system, exactly how Snowden defeated those checks. “I think we can say that they failed,” Inglis said. “But we don’t yet know where.”

How the Syria plan broke through, just in time Calvin Woodward

diplomacy a chance — unfolded:

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We’ve kind of hit a wall,” President Barack Obama commented last week on his way to Russia. He meant his relationship with Moscow, but the remark came to apply as well to other leaders abroad, lawmakers at home and Americans at large, all standing in the way of what he wanted to do about Syria, which was to attack it. Just days later, military action is on hold, a diplomatic effort to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons has some steam and Obama no longer looks so terribly alone. The potential way out took shape with an episode akin to palace intrigue: Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin pulling up chairs in a corner of a stately room at the summer home of Peter the Great, after a very late night of fireworks and lasers etching the St. Petersburg sky. And it grew from there. It’s all been enough to stir some gushing admiration in the halls of Congress for a clever president who knows how to conduct statesmanship when the pressure’s really on. The president of Russia, that is. “Those people who have been demonizing Putin and pushing him away have been doing a great disservice to our country and to the cause of peace,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. That sentiment is far from unanimous in Congress. But the sense of relief that has washed over lawmakers is palpable. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been pushing Obama’s case for military strikes, commented that, really, “I’m not a blood and thunder guy. I’m not for shock and awe.” Instead, almost everyone seems up for dither and defer at the moment. A look at how the past days’ parallel tracks — pushing for approval of a military attack while pausing to give

Obama pressed his case with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit, which included an opulent dinner last Thursday night with ballet dancers and fire jugglers. His pitch slipped past midnight on a night capped by St. Petersburg fireworks at 2 a.m. After Friday’s round of meetings, the burden of a looming military strike in retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons use and the lack of explicit support from summit partners weighed visibly on the president when he addressed the traveling press corps. It’s conceivable that “I don’t persuade a majority of the American people that it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “And then each member of Congress is going to have to decide.” And then he would have to decide whether to attack Syria, even absent congressional support. With plenty of U.S.-Russian tensions simmering — over Syria, Moscow’s sheltering of former NSA leaker Edward Snowden and more — Obama decided there would be no formal one-on-one with Putin. But the Russian leader, the Syrian government’s leading patron on the world stage, approached him Friday and they pulled chairs together off to the side. Flanked only by interpreters, with other leaders looking on, they launched into a 20-minute discussion about Syria. There was no breakthrough on one vexing aspect of their disagreement — the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, Putin broached an idea that the two leaders had first discussed a year ago at the G-20 summit in Mexico — an international agreement to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Obama agreed that could be an area for cooperation and suggested Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov follow up. You wouldn’t know

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it from Obama’s public mood that day, but seeds had been planted.

The Arm-Twisting

Since Aug. 23, administration officials have had discussions about Syria with more than 370 House members and nearly all senators, according to the White House count. The pace picked up on the weekend and into Monday, as members of Congress returned from a summer break that had kept many of them engaged on Syria only from afar. They’d already, though, gotten an earful from constituents against military action. Back in Washington lawmakers were shown a collection of videos, also released publicly, showing victims of the Aug. 21 chemical attacks that the U.S. blames on Assad’s forces. There were repeated presentations of those videos, to bring home the brutality of gassing, although they did not prove who was responsible. “I cannot look at those pictures — those little children laying on the ground, their eyes glassy, their bodies twitching — and not think of my own two kids,” said Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, as part of the lobbying offensive. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pressed members of Congress at a dinner Sunday night as well as in a battery of phone calls over days. Lawmakers walked swiftly from one briefing to the next Monday and gathered en masse in the large Capitol Visitors Center auditorium for a session with top national security officials. Nothing seemed to be working. More and more lawmakers stepped forward to declare their opposition to military strikes. The dynamics — for and against military action — were strikingly bipartisan. But those seeds from the palace were taking root. Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Donna Cassata, Deb Riechmann and Nancy Benac contributed to this report.

Local U.S. flag retirement ceremony set for Saturday

Thursday, September 12, 2013• Piqua Daily Call

PIQUA — The Veterans Elite Tribute Squad, Junior Color Guard and Gover Harley-Davidson will be retiring worn and/or unserviceable U.S. flags during a flag retirement ceremony Saturday at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the grass near the shelter house at the rear of the parking lot of Gover HarleyDavidson located at 1501 E. Ash St. (U.S. 36), Piqua. According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The community is encouraged to participate in this sacred and honored tradition by bringing their worn flags to the ceremony. If you are unable stand during the ceremony you may

bring lawn chairs. Residents who are unable to attend the ceremony may drop worn flags off at Gover HarleyDavidson. This ceremony is being held in conjunction with “Hero Day,” an event hosted by Gover Harley-Davidson to show respect and appreciation for all military personnel and first responders. The event is open to the public and will offer many interesting displays and information about organizations related to our heroes in the military and first responders, including Harley’s Heroes, which brings awareness to our Disabled Veterans of America. Piqua’s own 1487 Transportation Unit will be bringing a variety of their heavy equipment; they will also be on hand to serve lunch to guests.


The Community Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; to register to donate blood, please visit, Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderor call Gover H-D. Live music will storms. Cooler and turning less humid late day. be provided by the Wright Brothers High 80, Low 71 and other participants include: Toys for Tots, area fire and police departments, World War II memorabilia, and various military and first responder displays. Susie’s Big Dipper will sell ice cream and donate a portion of proceeds to a military support organization. McMurchy Designs, otherwise known as the “Patch Lady” will also be Mostly on hand. The 2014 Harley-Davidson Sunny sunny Motorcycles will also be on display. Gover Harley-Davidson is a familyowned dealership that specializes in new and used bike sales, parts, acces- HIGH: 68 LOW: 54 HIGH: 71 LOW: 46 sories, service, and apparel.

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Mote Park Community Center Bradford Pumpkin Show’s prince and princess hosts Life Line Screening contest announced Bethany J. Royer Staff Writer

PIQUA — The Mote Park Community Center was host to Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading mobile vascular screening service, Tuesday afternoon. The group offers carotid artery/stroke screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and more not only in the United States but internationally such as Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. Nadine Haire, team manager, and her group are part of the Independence, Ohio office, with four teams located in the state. Haire estimates they are in the Miami County area about every six months. “We just recently added a testosterone test,” continued Haire, pointing out the variety of tests packaged for both men and women, that are performed by Life Line, including blood tests for chronic kidney disease, thyroid simulating

hormone, prostate specific antigen, and live ALT/AST. “It’s a great service, I can’t even begin to tell you about the hundreds of lives we have saved.” Life Line representatives also screen for issues related to critical glucose. “Whether its low or whether its high, and high blood pressures,” said Haire. “There’s so many things that we find that are very, very significant.” According to the group’s website, conditions they screen for must meet the following qualifications: •The diseases must be common and affect a lot of people •The technology and methods for screening must be highly accurate •The conditions for which they screen must be treatable •Screenings must be affordable and cost-effective for most people Life Line bases their screenings at sites similar to that of the Mote Park Community Center such as

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David Deno of Sidney lays on an examination table at Mote Park on Tuesday as Nadine Haire, far right, and Laurell Webb, of Life Line Screeenings of America runs a test that screens for Carotid Artery Disease, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and EKG. Haire is the team manager for Life Line Screenings and manages the Columbus team, one of four in Ohio.

community-based churches, synagogues, town halls and libraries, and is available in the 48 contiguous states. Their core focus is stroke prevention by testing for the three leading causes of stroke: High blood pressure, carotid artery disease and atrial fibrillation. Pre-registration is required with packages starting at $139 and

Class of 1956

UVMC to offer prostate screenings TROY — Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered at the UVMC Cancer Care Center on Sept. 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. An appointment is needed. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and screening takes only a few minutes, said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director. A combination of a prostate screening and a PSA blood test is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early and potentially curable stage, she said. During the screening, PSA blood tests will be available for $30 and colorectal and occult blood tests for $5. To schedule an appointment, call the cancer care center at 440-4820.

screenings taking approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening has been in service for 20 years. To learn more about Life Line Screening, screenings in the area, or to make an appointment call 1-877237-1354 or visit them online at -OR-

PIQUA — The 1956 Class from Piqua Central High School will be celebrating together the year of their 75th birthday on Saturday Sept. 14, at Heck Yeah. In addition, classmate Alan Biermann will be doing a book signing at Hallmark between 1-2 p.m.The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a social time and dinner following. Orders will be taken from a limited menu and a birthday cake will be served. Class members also will be attending the Friday night football game, which is Alumni night. All classmates and guest are encouraged to join in the activities. For more information, call Nancy Beaver Bates at 778-1781.

BRADFORD — On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Bradford Pumpkin Show will be hosting its annual princess and prince contest. The theme for this year’s competition is “Back in the 80s.” All contestants must be between 6-11 years old as of Oct. 1. All contestants will be judged on stage and will be judged on their appearance, stage presence, costumes and how well they answer questions. There will be no pre-judging. The crowned prince and princess will each receive $50 and a trophy. First runner-up will receive $25 and a trophy. Second runnerup will receive $15 and a trophy. Best costume will be awarded to a princess contestant and a prince contestant and the winner will receive a trophy. All contestants must ride through the Tuesday parade in their own vehicle. Contestants also may participate in the Wednesday parade (this is optional). Please have vehicles marked on both sides with the child’s name. The parade line-up will be at 6:15 p.m. at Bradford High School.

Once again there will be a Float Division Contest prior to the parade. All floats should be brought to the high school parking lot by 6:15 p.m. Tuesday for judging. Best float overall will be awarded $100 and a trophy$75 and a trophy for 2nd place, and a trophy and $50 for 3rd place. Winners from the above categories are asked to ride on the Royalty Float in the parade on Thursday and Saturday of the 2013 Bradford Pumpkin Show. Be at the Bradford High School by 6:15 p.m. for the parade line-up on Thursday and 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Those who are interested in entering are asked to send a $20 (non-refundable) check made payable to Bradford Pumpkin Show, c/o Kathy Wysong, 157 N. High St., Bradford, OH, 45308. Entry deadline will be Oct. 2. Include your child’s name, grade, and what school your child attends, along with parents’ names and a telephone number where you can be reached. For more information, contact Kathy Wysong at (937) 448-6671 or email

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rehabilitation. • Sept 21, Night Hike: Brukner Nature Center will have a Night Hike, “Nocturnal Adaptations,” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Every month BNC Naturalists plan a nighttime adventure into the Brukner woodlands. Watching the moon rise on a clear fall night allows you to experience the effect of illusion, which makes the moon appear larger when viewed on the horizon. It will take only 4 to 5 minutes fort he full waning gibbous to come into view. After watching the Harvest Moon rise above the horizon we will use its’ natural light to continue our hike through the woods. This is the time of year when animals are starting to prepare for the cold months ahead. Squirrels and chipmunks are gathering and storing food. Did you know that the chipmunk has a pouch in its’ cheek that they use to carry? They can hold up to 30 sunflower seeds in one pouch. Come

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When people call for a tinues to amaze. Bob Somerby national “conversation” about recently analyzed an appearrace, what they really have in ance by former prosecutor and mind is a lecture. Sometimes CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin President Obama is among in March 2012, as the publicthem. So at the expense of alien- ity campaign to make Florida prosecutors ating critical race charge George theorists, some Zimmerman with heresy: If the murder neared its president wants crescendo. to understand Suffice it to why he heard car say that virtudoor locks clickally everything ing as he walked Hostin told CNN down the street, viewers about he should study the evidence those two appallwas shown to be ing homicides in Gene Lyons upside-down and Duncan, Okla. backwards at trial. and Spokane, Columnist She’d gotten nearWash. that Fox News is beating the drums ly every dispositive fact about the fatal confrontation between about. Yeah, yeah. I know. Fox, Rush Zimmerman and Martin wrong. Limbaugh and the rest are race- Not that it altered her opinion or baiting. It’s what they do. “Fox anybody else’s as the trial went News Desperately Searches For on to its inevitable conclusion. After the verdict, along came The White Trayvon Martin,” is how Media Matters put it. the professors and critical race The ever-reliable Salon informed theorists to further confuse readers about “The Right’s matters. On PBS News Hour, Prof. Jelani Cobb (University Black Crime Obsession.” Both publications laid down of Connecticut) alleged that the liberal party line: that what “the fact of the matter is, Mr. Salon condescendingly called Zimmerman had called the the “conservative cri de coeur” police 46 times in the previous about the trio of Oklahoma six years — only for Africanteenagers who gunned down Americans, only for Africanan Australian baseball player American men.” Sorry, professor, but The jogging through their neighborhood was essentially phony. Daily Beast catalogued them. Local police saw no racial The actual number of calls motive. (Never mind that one of involving black men was seven, the two African-American perps two of them Trayvon Martin. Then came Prof. Patricia posted this on Twitter: “90 (percent) of white ppl are nasty. Williams (Columbia University Law). Writing in The Nation, #HATE THEM.”) Of course local cops saw no Williams objected to the racial racial motive in the Trayvon “monsterization” of Trayvon Martin killing either, but hold Martin — describing how defense lawyer Mark O’Mara that thought. There’s also the case of “dropped a huge chunk of conDelbert “Shorty” Belton, an crete, bigger and more jagged 88-year-old World War II vet- than a cinder block, in front of eran mugged in Spokane by two the jury box — as though onto black teenagers who stole his Zimmerman — from a great and wallet and beat him to death. death-dealing height.” Would it shock you to learn The victim’s family has understandably resisted attempts to that this lurid episode never hapturn Belton’s death into racial pened? Watch O’Mara’s closing symbolism. No less an author- argument on YouTube if you ity than the New York Times’ doubt me. Anyway, here’s my point: If Timothy Egan — for whom I have great respect — lamented we’re going to have a healing how quickly the crime “went conversation about race and from an all-too-common tale of crime, it’d help if people would urban violence to a politicized quit making wild exaggerations narrative and magnet for rac- and accusations of bad faith. The differences between Fox ists.” “It is much easier to incite News and MSNBC-style racial racial fear than to try to exam- demagoguery are largely a matine the mechanics of evil,” Egan ter of style. Ultimately, too, the exact explained. “Yes, blacks commit a disproportionate amount of the motives of the Oklahoma and homicides in this country, and Spokane murderers strike me are disproportionate among the as far less significant than their victims. Is that because of their extreme brutality and nearsuicidal indifference to human race?” life. It comes in all colors, God In a word, no. Me, I’m with Mark Twain: knows. However, the statistics “I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed preju- Timothy Egan (and President dices. All I care to know is that a Obama) alluded to are stark: man is a human being, and that According to the Center for is enough for me; he can’t be Disease Control, the youth homicide rate (per 100,000) is 28.8 any worse.” That said, special plead- for blacks, 7.9 for Hispanics, 2.1 ing by adepts of the Trayvon for whites. Overall, the African-American Martin cult strikes me as willful blindness. For more than a homicide rate is EIGHT TIMES year, nearly every “mainstream” greater than the national avernews organization in the United age — an ongoing tragedy this States portrayed young Martin’s bickering does nothing to heal. death as the racial atrocity of the century — based largely Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner on tendentious and erroneous and co-author of “The Hunting of the reporting greatly influenced by President” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). the Martin family lawyers. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@ Looking back, some of it con-

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Public school students being tracked continually Born in 1925, I started at Boston planning on doing will be immediately Latin School — both the first U.S. public known to their spying educators. “School school, founded in 1635, and also our officials,” Whitehead added, “hope to oldest school — in the late 1930s for expand the program to all 112 schools in middle school. The teachers the Northside School District. were called — and addressed “(This) will cost $500,000 as — “masters,” and discipline (but) school administrators was tight, with a large percentare hoping that if the school age of expulsions. district is able to increase But our disciplinary data was attendance by tracking the stunot shared with the police or dents’ whereabouts, they will the FBI (which got its name be rewarded with up to $1.7 in 1935). million from the state governDuring these days, howevment.” er, as constitutional attorney And maybe later share the Nat Hentoff and head of the Rutherford data with local police and the Institute, John Whitehead, NSA. Columnist writes in “America’s Schools: Enter a dissenting stuBreeding Grounds for Compliant Citizens” dent: High school sophomore Andrea (, Oct. 12, 2012): Hernandez, objecting on the constitu“Once looked upon as the starting place tional grounds of religious freedom. She for imparting principles of freedom and is, Whitehead tells us, refusing to wear democracy (in our government) to future an RFID card. The result: “Students who citizens, America’s classrooms are becom- refuse to take part in the ID program ing little more than breeding grounds for won’t be able to access essential services compliant citizens. like the cafeteria and library … “The moment young people walk into “According to Hernandez, teachers are school, they increasingly find themselves even requiring students to wear the IDs under constant surveillance; they are when they want to use the bathroom.” photographed, fingerprinted, scanned, Has Obama thought of that? “School X-rayed, sniffed and snooped on. officials reportedly have offered to quietly “Between metal detectors at the remove the tracking chip from Andrea’s entrances, drug-sniffing dogs in the hall- card if the sophomore would agree to ways (during police raids) and surveil- (just) wear the new ID, stop criticizing lance cameras in the classrooms and else- the program and publicly support the where, many of America’s schools look initiative. more like prisons than learning facilities.” “Hernandez refused the offer.” When I was a kid in Boston, where Later, filing in District Court “for a temSamuel Adams (a Boston Latin School porary restraining order and declarative alumnus) and the Sons of Liberty helped of relief” (her lawyers, supplied without ignite the revolution, any of the foregoing charge, as usual, by John Whitehead), privacy invasions (even without our pres- Hernandez explained why she would not ent ever-advancing spying technology) betray her principles. would have led to sharp parent protests. A minor, she had filed through her But today’s parents, thoroughly con- father, Steve Hernandez, and they told the ditioned to their own loss of privacy by court she was acting on “Scriptures found the National Security Agency, George W. in the Book of Revelation.” Bush, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama, According to them, an individual canare largely silent about the chronic data- not accept a certain code and pass “from basing of their children. a secular ruling authority conferring cerAnd for most of the kids themselves, tain privileges … that is a form or idolatry this Orwellian education (though they or submission to a false god.” probably haven’t yet read George Orwell) OK, said school officials, they’d remove is part of growing up American. the radio chip from her RFID badge, but John Whitehead, whom the Sons of she “would still be required to wear the Liberty would have made an honorary badge around her neck as an outward member, has reported on a new priva- symbol of her participation in the projcy-disintegrating invention that allows ect.” schools to be with their students wherHas the state of Texas seceded from the ever they go: United States’ religious freedom without “‘Smart’ identification cards containing my knowing it? Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Because of her religious beliefs, Andrea tags … allow school officials to track every Hernandez was expelled —yes, expelled step students take. So small that they are from John Jay High School in January barely detectable to the human eye.” 2013! And dig this if you have children in Next week: Victory! Andrea Hernandez public — or, for that matter, in any school: has been readmitted to that school and, “RFID tags produce a radio signal by which the wearer’s precise movements because she would not abandon her American right to religious freedom, that can be constantly monitored.” Last year, as part of a pilot program in school district has stopped using the “school safety” in San Antonio, Texas, RFID badges tracking program. I will students at John Jay High School and delightedly show you how all this hapAnson Jones Middle School, Whitehead pened, setting a legal precedent that reports, must carry “an RFID tracking other American students wielding the chip (embedded in an RFID ‘smart’ card), Constitution may follow. In view of John Whitehead’s continuous which will actively broadcast a signal at teaching of what the Constitution actually all times.” Sure, these schools already have a com- says, I wish he were running for president bined 290 surveillance cameras (I kid you in 2016. not). But once authorities are addicted to Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First tracking, there is no limit to their hunting. Amendment and the Bill of Rights. He is a member of the Students at these two particular schools Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cato are aware that whatever they’re doing or Institute, where he is a senior fellow.

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COLUMBUS (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from Columbus launched a bid Tuesday to unseat Ohio Auditor Dave Yost next year, rounding out the Democrats’ 2014 lineup as the party seeks to unseat Republicans who hold every statewide office. Third-term state Rep. John Patrick Carney made the announcement Tuesday at a packed firefighters’ union hall in downtown Columbus, signaling the importance of labor unions in next year’s contest. It will be the first statewide election since sweeping collective bargaining limits were passed by the Republican-led Legislature, then rejected by Ohio voters. Carney, 37, has been an outspoken opponent of the agenda of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his fellow Republicans, including the unions limits and tax code changes. “These sorts of trickle-down, tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy policies have never been particularly good for America,” he said. “It undermines our ability to support basic services that our communities rely on — whether it be fire protection or police protection, local schools, sanitation. Those are the things that have made America great because you have strong communities people want to live in.” Carney is a lawyer at Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur LLP, counseling clients on health care issues. His wife, Jennifer Nelson Carney, is an attorney at Bricker & Eckler. He sits on the powerful House Finance Committee and is the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Insurance Committee. Yost, elected in 2010, has at times taken on his own party, including subpoenaing the financial records of Kasich’s privatized job-creation entity, JobsOhio. He is a former journalist and prosecutor who surprised political prognosticators three years ago with his victory over David Pepper, a well-funded attorney from Cincinnati whose father is the former CEO of Procter & Gamble. Carney said he is waiting for the results of Yost’s audit of JobsOhio. “If I was in that office, I would have completed the audit in a more timely manner and made sure I had all the information to give a full accounting to the public. I don’t think that’s happened today, and it’s discouraging,” Carney said. The Ohio Republican Party criticized Carney for targeting alleged corruption and secrecy within the Kasich administration after casting a positive vote to seat former Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce among fellow House Democrats. Public documents have revealed Boyce knew at the time he took the House seat that his top deputy was under federal investigation. The ex-aide has since been charged with multiple counts in an alleged bribery scheme. Carney called the GOP’s criticism one of the “ridiculous statements coming out of the GOP because they don’t want to have an evidence-based conversation about anything they’re working on.” His announcement completes the Democrats’ 2014 ticket. It is led by Kasich challenger Ed FitzGerald, of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County executive and a former assistant prosecutor and FBI agent. Pepper is making a bid to unseat Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Facing Secretary of State Jon Husted is state Sen. Nina Turner, of Cleveland, and Cincinnatiarea state Rep. Connie Pillich is running against Treasurer Josh Mandel.

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class with three other instructors and her dog Super Smiley. An animal trainer and lifestyle coach, Blake also has a psychology degree from Georgia State University. With more dogs racking up air miles these days, it makes sense to take obedience school to a new level, said Heidi Heubner, who directs volunteers, including airport therapy dogs, at Los Angeles World Airport. There are no numbers on how many pets are taking to the skies, but they have become essential parts of a growing number of families and traveling with them for work and play is becoming more common, said Kim Cunningham, a spokesman for the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association in Texas. It will vary by airline, but there’s always a fee for cabin pets — those under 20 pounds that have to stay in carriers under the seat during a flight. Workings dogs or trained service animals (most airlines also allow psychiatric and emotional support animals, too) fly free, but owners must give

the airline documentation and advance notice. The animals sit at their owner’s feet during flights. The class doesn’t address cargo pets. The class is using the same studio where parts of “Bridesmaids,” ”Kill Bill” and 500 other movies were made. Television scenes from “NCIS,” ”Modern Family” and “The Newsroom” have also been filmed there. Last year, Air Hollywood conducted a test class with 60 puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind. “Some of the handlers were more nervous than the dogs because they don’t like to fly,” said Rick Wilcox, who oversees puppy-training in Southern California. “It was amazing how realistic it was.” Two things are deliberately absent in the simulated airport: the smell of jet fuel and a change in cabin pressure that makes your ears pop. Captan opened his studio about six months before Sept. 11. On Sept. 12, the phone started ringing because airports were locked down and movie and television studios couldn’t shoot scenes they

needed. The studio has grown to include everything from a private jet to a 747, as well as props and supplies. A guide dog takes longer and costs more than any other dog to train because they must be the eyes of their companion. So it wasn’t surprising “that they all went through with flying colors,” Blake said. Going through security, none of the dogs balked or barked at the security wands or pat-downs, even if the wands set off alarms because of their leashes. The dogs sat at their handlers’ feet in the cabin during the simulated flight, which came with engine sounds, the captain speaking, cabin lights being dimmed, overhead bins being shut and warm-up vibrations, Wilcox said. If there was any nervousness, it was during the simulated takeoff, landing or turbulence. When a dog gets nervous, it might clamp its jaw, lick its lips or get wide-eyed, Blake said. With the dogs in the test class, petting was enough to reassure them, she said. The staff was very knowledgeable about dog behavior

Raymond James. It comes on the heels of Microsoft announcing it would buy the mobile phone handset manufacturing business of Nokia Corp. for $7.2 billion and that CEO Steve Ballmer would step down within 12 months. “They’ve said they’re going to be a devices and services company. We know they want to be a device company since they’re buying the Nokia phone division,” he said. “This kind of thing gives more credibility to the idea they’ll be more of a services company as well.” Most buyers of the new Windows 8 operating system discovered Xbox Music because it’s the default player for music files that people have imported from elsewhere, according to Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson. Opening it up to the broader public would give more people a chance to see the benefits of having multiple devices

linked to Microsoft’s platform. Its music service, for example, will save favorites and playlists across PCs, Windows Phones and Xbox game consoles. “To actually build that ecosystem, we need to bring people into it,” Johnson said. Xbox Music allows people to choose from 30 million tracks and stream them for free with ads. The service sells downloadable tracks that have been kept off streaming services by artists or labels. A radio service on Xbox Music also generates song playlists automatically along genres or similar artists. The thinking is if new consumers enjoy the free experience online, some might upgrade to pay $10 a month for the Xbox Music Pass, which allows playback on mobile phones and Microsoft’s game console, Xbox 360, and its upcoming version, Xbox One.

Microsoft is also launching apps for iPhones and Android devices that will allow paying subscribers to access Xbox Music. Previously, you had to have a device running the Windows Phone 8 operating system to access the plan on the go. The decision to allow Xbox Music to run on competitors’ phone platforms is in line with Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp.’s move in June to release app versions of its Office software on Apple’s iPhone. Microsoft is also updating its Xbox Music interface by reducing the size of cover art but adding tabs to make it easier to create and manage playlists. Starting with its release Nov. 22, Xbox One users will also be able to play games while listening to Xbox Music simultaneously, a feature that isn’t offered on the Xbox 360.

Dear Abby: I have four sib- the stage of life in the manlings. We get along fine as long ner you choose. Because you as we’re apart. prefer to bid your siblings During Mom’s and Dad’s goodbye in handwritten letters, funerals, I was dismayed at the go ahead and do it. If I have degree of tension and bicker- any advice to offer it is that ing among us. I am now deal- your husband should continue ing with an incurable to maintain a healthy illness that will shorten distance from your sibmy life considerably. I lings after your death. have no desire to put You can’t prevent them my husband through a from having whatever funeral hosting a family reaction they choose, who never liked him. I considering the level prefer to be cremated, of dysfunction in your and a handwritten letfamily. It’s not unusual ter be sent to each of Dear Abby for survivors to react my siblings after the Abigail Van with anger after a fact. death, and your husBuren Is this selfish? I don’t band should not take want people saying things they it personally if they do. don’t sincerely mean. I didn’t have a happy childhood, and Dear Abby: My daughter my siblings contributed to that. rents a second-floor apartment My letter will not be accusa- with her two little girls. The tory, nor will it rake up long- tenant on the first floor is on ago hurts. I just want them oxygen and smokes cigarettes. to know that my husband has I am concerned about the risk carried out my wishes and they of an explosion that could should not blame him for doing injure my family upstairs. so. Any thoughts? — Keeping My daughter would like to It Simple move, but her lease won’t be Dear Keeping It Simple: up until January. What should I don’t think your wishes are we do? I don’t believe she can selfish. You’re entitled to exit afford a lawyer unless legal aid

is available to her. I find the situation scary. — Worried in Ohio Dear Worried: I find it scary, too. Has your daughter discussed this with the manager of the building? If she hasn’t, she should, and the conversation should be documented. An explosion could harm more neighbors than just her and her children. The smoker is a danger to everyone. If the manager can’t compel the smoker to stop, then your daughter should move because, in a sense, the tenant downstairs is a ticking time bomb, and her children’s safety is paramount.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — For $349, your dog can learn to fly. Security checks and bumpy air are all in a day’s training at a Hollywood film studio to prepare your dog for a safe and calm flight. The Air Hollywood class is billed as the first in a real fuselage on a sound stage with a simulator that mimics takeoff, turbulence and landing. Hollywood extras create crowds and chaos that come with terminals, luggage carts and the blare announcing arrivals, delays and departures. The idea was the brainchild of Talaat Captan, president and CEO of Air Hollywood, the world’s largest aviation-themed film studio, who noticed a dog owner having a rough go getting a pooch through airport security. “The owner was stressed out and the dog was freaking out,” Captan said. “I figured, ‘Why don’t I train those people?’” He hired his friend and former actress, Megan Blake, to write a program and teach the

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In this Aug 19 photo provided by Air Hollywood, Megan Blake, Air Hollywood K9 Flight School Program Director, sitting left, front row, with dog Super Smiley, far right, and other puppies from the Canine Companions for Independence pose for a photo during a K9 flight simulation at the America’s Family Pet Expo, at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, Calif.

and gave good advice, Wilcox said. “‘If a dog gets nervous, don’t coddle them.’ That’s the same thing we use to raise confident, well-balanced dogs,” Wilcox said. The studio is taking reservations for its first paid daylong class on Oct. 19. Classes

will be held every month or two and will be open to wellbehaved dogs of any age. Captan and Blake’s collaboration isn’t the first time they’ve worked together on a sound stage. He was the producer and she was an actress in the science-fiction thriller “Digital Man” 18 years ago.

Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Web for free n Contract —Bridge By Steve Becker Ryan Nakashima AP Business Writer

Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don’t use Windows 8. The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting Monday is intended to bring new customers into the software giant’s ecosystem of devices and services and could help it compete with other digital music offerings like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes. It’s also an acknowledgement that the music service hasn’t done much to drive sales of the Windows 8 operating system. The move represents another step toward Microsoft’s goal of becoming a company that sells devices and services, rather than primarily software, said Michael Turits, an analyst with financial advisory firm

Family feud complicates funeral plans

Dear Abby: My aunt “Stacey” has what they call salt-and-pepper-colored hair. We have suggested many times that she dye it, but she doesn’t want to have to keep up with it. Recently, someone asked her 14-year-old daughter if that was her grandmother! Aunt Stacey will be coming for a visit soon and we want to surprise her with a hair dye. How should we go about it? — Kristy In New Jersey Dear Kristy: Don’t do it, or the people who get surprised could be you and whoever else has concocted this hair-brained scheme. Not all women want to color their hair. Some would prefer to avoid the expense, and others become allergic to the hair dye. My advice is to appreciate your aunt for the person she is and forget about trying to change her image. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus. Syrian troops launched an attack Monday on suspected rebel-held positions on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near Damascus, two days after rebel forces captured the ancient community, an activist group said.

intelligence reports from France and the U.S., which put the blame for the deadly attack on Assad’s regime. Piccinin, who largely avoids looking into the camera during the interview, did not provide further proof for his claim. Instead, he said he and Quirico would publish their information later, “at an appropriate time.” Piccinin says he was captured on his eighth trip to Syria, describing himself as a vigorous supporter of the Syrian rebels’ quest to oust Assad and introduce democracy. That, he told RTL, makes it all the more difficult for him to say that it wasn’t Assad behind the al-Ghouta attack. The claim could not be independently verified, and Quirico was quoted later Monday in La Stampa saying there is no way to know the truth behind it. “It’s folly to say I know that it wasn’t Assad who used the gas,” he was quoted saying on the website. In Tehran, Foreign 40044564

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops launched an offensive Monday against rebelheld positions on hills overlooking a mainly Christian village as they moved to regain control of the ancient community near the capital, Damascus, activists said. The battle for Maaloula, has stoked fears among Syrian Christians that the alternative to Assad’s regime — which is made up mostly of Alawites, followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam — would not tolerate minority religions. Such concerns have helped Assad retain the support of large chunks of Syria’s minority communities, including Christians, Alawites, Druze and ethnic Kurds. Most of the rebels and their supporters are Sunni Muslims. Diplomatic efforts to end the 2 ½ year conflict gained momentum as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid alMoallem welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place the country’s chemical arsenals under international control to avert a U.S. strike, but he did not offer a time frame or any other specifics. Al-Moallem’s remarks, made during a visit to Moscow, appeared to mark the first official acknowledgment by Damascus that it possesses chemical weapons. But it remained to be seen whether the statement represented a genuine goodwill gesture by Syria or simply an attempt to buy time. The United States has been seeking international support for limited strikes against Assad’s government, which it accuses of using chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 assault near the Damascus. The U.S. cites intelligence reports as saying the attack killed at least 1,429 people, including more than 400 children, though other estimates are much lower. President Barack Obama is also seeking authorization from

Congress for the strikes. Assad’s regime denies the allegations and blames rebels, whom it calls terrorists, for staging strikes to gain international sympathy. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier Monday that Assad could resolve the crisis by surrendering control of “every single bit” of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week. Kerry reiterated the U.S. position that there is very compelling evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against his own people. Assad warned in an interview broadcast Monday on CBS that there will be retaliation against the U.S. for any military strike against Syria. “You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government,” he said when asked to elaborate, an apparent reference to the possibility the regime could unleash allied militant groups such as the Iranianbacked Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. He added that the U.S. would “pay the price if you are not wise with dealing with terrorists.” He also denied that he was behind the attack, saying his soldiers were “in another area” at the time and noting that no evidence has been presented. Meanwhile, Belgian writer Pierre Piccinin who was freed Sunday after four months of captivity in Syria said upon his return to Europe that he and his fellow captive, Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, were certain that the Assad regime was not responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical attack. “It’s not the government of Bashar al-Assad that used the sarin gas or another combat gas … we are sure about it following a conversation that we overheard,” Piccinin said in an interview with Belgian broadcaster RTL. Piccinin’s claim stands in stark contrast to declassified

Minister Javad Zarif said his country has warned the U.S. against attacking Syria and has exchanged messages with Washington about it. Maaloula, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Damascus, had until recently been firmly under the regime’s grip despite sitting in the middle of rebelheld territory. The village was a major tourist attraction before the civil war. Some of its residents still speak a version of Aramaic, a biblical language believed to have been used by Jesus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat alNusra or Nusra Front and the Qalamon Liberation Front still control Maaloula, but troops shelled suspected rebel positions on the hills surrounding the area in an apparent bid to isolate the opposition forces in the village. Rebels, who seized control of the village on

Saturday, have said in a video that they will pull out after having achieved their objective of blowing an army post there “that was used to harm Muslims.” In the video, which appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting, a masked commander surrounded by eight masked gunmen said “we will soon withdraw from this city not out of fear but to leave the homes to their owners.” The commander said that explosions and shooting heard in the background were from regime forces shelling the village. Two nuns also appeared in the video, saying they were well-treated by the rebels. “They behaved well with us and they did not harm us,” one said at the rebels’ prompting. Meanwhile, all but some 50 of the 3,300 villagers have fled, according to a resident who left the area in the past days. The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity for

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Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Khan’s behalf in 2011. “Abercrombie & Fitch does not discriminate based on religion and we grant religious accommodations when reasonable,” spokesman Bruce MacKenzie said. “It is our policy not to comment on pending litigation.” A trial on the company’s liability is scheduled for later this month. The judge said the jury is free to award punitive damages if it chooses. It’s the latest employment discrimination charge against the company’s so-called “look policy,” which critics say means images of mostly white, young, athletic-looking people. The New Albany, Ohio-based company has said it does not tolerate discrimination. Abercrombie has been the target of numerous discrimination lawsuits, including a federal class action brought by black, Hispanic and Asian employees and job applicants that was settled for $40 million in 2004. The company admitted no wrongdoing, though it was forced to implement new programs and policies to increase diversity.

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Publication names Ohio Ohio University groups reach out to universities to top 200 raise awareness for suicide prevention Colleen McCarthy

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the American Association of Suicidology. In hopes of raising awareness about the issue for young adults, Ohio University’s Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an honors society for counseling professionals, counselor educators and students, and the Athens Suicide Prevention Coalition teamed up Wednesday night to host a candlelight vigil. Members of the Bobcats for Suicide Prevention Campaign also participated in the event after their own vigil an hour earlier. The college created the group last year following a rise in the number of on-campus suicide attempts. “Suicide prevention and awareness are extremely important issues on any college campus because anything that threatens the safety of students should be an issue that is widely discussed and understood,” said Claire Bens, the president of Bobcats for Suicide Prevention. With a modest-sized group in attendance, leaders first spoke about awareness, how to recognize the signs and get help. “I didn’t know the student that attempted suicide the beginning of the school year, but having been hospitalized from a suicide attempt in high school and losing friends to suicide it’s important to have people talk about it and this is a step in the right direction,” said Alania Papish, a sophomore studying English education at Ohio University.

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A display of 1,100 flags symbolize the loss of college students nationally by suicide each year in the Cuddy Quad on Monday at the University of Alaska Anchorage. For National Suicide Prevention Week, UAA is promoting suicide prevention awareness with information booths, Psychological Services Center and Student Health and Counseling Center open houses, and suicide prevention training for campus community members offered by the UAA Integrated Suicide Prevention Initiative.

Murmurs of lost loved ones, friends or personal battles with suicide were shared as each participant lit their candle and then silently marched through college gate. Jordan Kelly, a freshman studying English education at Ohio University, attended the event as a supporter having seen the real threat of suicide and depression when trying to help a friend last winter. “It’s an emotional roller coaster,” Kelly said. “I felt good for helping a friend but it was scary for everyone involved.” The brief gathering was soon brought to a close after a reminder to speak up, reach out and get help. “Keep the flame alive by being aware,” said Jessica Henry, the presi-

dent of Chi Sigma Iota. The vigil was one of many events planned in honor of Suicide Prevention Week, which ends Saturday. If you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, visit or reach out to the Ohio Counseling Association (http:// or a local counseling service for more information and assistance. “Life is full of new beginnings and, unfortunately, is full of sad endings as well,” said Christine Suniti Bhat, associate professor in counselor education and Chi Sigma Iota’s advisor. “The community needs to know where to get help.”

Bowling Green State University ranked among the top 200 national colleges, coming in at 181. Other top Ohio schools that were ranked nationally include: Case Western Reserve University, 37; Ohio State University, 52; Miami University (Oxford), 75; University of Dayton, 112; Ohio University and University of Cincinnati (tie), 135; and Kent State University, 201. Several northwestern Ohio universities were listed as top schools in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Regional Colleges” list, including Ohio Northern University, which came in second. Bluffton University was ranked 25th for Midwestern schools, down from 21st on the list last year. “Bluffton is honored to once again be recognized for our strong academic environment, small class sizes and personal attention,” said Ron Headings, vice

president for enrollment management and marketing. “This recognition is indicative of the emphasis Bluffton puts on meeting individual needs of students as the focus of the Bluffton educational experience.” The University of Findlay also came in 62nd on the regional list. UF was also listed as one of the “A+ Schools for B Students” for the fourth year in a row. The annual rankings provide a resource for parents and students researching colleges and universities. Schools are ranked based on key measures of quality including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings are developed to help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,600 accredited four-year schools.

State Briefs Doctor indicted in Ohio attack on estranged in-law CLEVELAND (AP) — A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been indicted in Cleveland on an attempted aggravated murder charge in the pry bar attack on his daughter’s estranged husband, who also is a doctor. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said a grand jury also charged 66-year-old Dr. Georges Bensimhon on Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault. He was arrested in the Sept. 4 attack on 39-year-old neurosurgeon Seth Hoffer outside Hoffer’s Cleveland Heights home. The victim was clubbed with a pry bar but managed to fight back, pin his attacker and call for help. The defendant, from Allentown, Pa., couldn’t be reached for comment. Messages were left at a home phone listing and at his attorney’s office. The defendant was freed on $500,000 bond.

Kasich, education leaders launch ‘Straight A’ fund COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has called upon Ohio educators to tap their creativity as the state makes available a new $250 million education innovation grant fund. The Republican governor joined top state education officials Wednesday to launch the Straight A Fund included in Ohio’s two-year operating budget. The program aims to reward creative ideas and programs that significantly boost student achievement, dramatically reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom. Joining Kasich at Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the fund’s governing board were State Superintendent Dick Ross and Susan Zelman, a former state superintendent who’s serving as fund director. Grants will go to traditional public schools, community schools, STEM schools, individual teachers and to educational consortia comprising multiple districts, universities, educational service centers or private entities.

Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish camp that serves children in the Midwest entering grades three to 12. A 9-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., girl, and a 9-year-old Louisville, Ky.-area boy were also hospitalized for injuries from the lightning strike but were released a few days later. Camp Director and Rabbi Mark Covitz said Kadish was teaching younger campers how to play ultimate Frisbee when the lightning struck near the athletic field on a mostly sunny day with a rumble of thunder in the distance, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Covitz said no one saw the lightning, but a loud crack was heard and staffers later found a dead tree about 40 yards from the field. The boy’s father, Scott Kadish, said he heard people who were there refer to the lightning “as a bolt out of the blue.” Covitz speculated that the lightning may have bounced off the tree. The boy’s mother, Alexia Kadish, said she sees some small progress and often climbs into her son’s hospital bed to comfort and talk to him. “I see more light behind his eyes,” she said of her son, who loved playing baseball. She said she often talks to him about what his brother and sister are doing and about TV shows and the Cincinnati Reds.

Along with 12 smaller grants awarded in May, the Water Center has provided more than $3.4 million for research since it formed last October.

Environmentalists seek audit of Ohio coal permits

Homes evacuated in Ohio suburb after gas detected

Detective: Ohio teen charged in 2 slayings lied OTTAWA (AP) — A detective says a teenager accused of killing two brothers in northwest Ohio lied to investigators after his arrest. A Putnam County Sheriff’s detective said in court Tuesday that Michael Aaron Fay told authorities two different versions about what happened before admitting he had made up the stories. Fay’s attorney says investigators used coercive tactics to get the statements and wants them thrown out of the case. The 18-year-old Fay has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder in the May 9 slayings of 14-yearold Blaine Romes and his 17-year-old brother, Blake Romes. Fay is accused of killing the brothers at the Ottawa mobile home he and his mother were sharing with the boys and their mother. He was arrested later that day in Columbus.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Several environmental groups in Ohio want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to perform a full audit of certain permits issued to coal companies following the resignation of a top state regulator. The Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council asked federal officials in a letter on Tuesday to investigate any water-pollution permits issued in the past six months and any draft permits under review by the state’s EPA. The groups’ request comes after a veteran regulator claimed Gov. John Kasich’s administration forced him to resign amid pressure from the coal industry. George Elmaraghy has run the Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water since June 2005 and worked at the state agency for 39 years. His last day is slated for Friday, though he’s hired a lawyer and requested to stay on. The environmental groups have asked the federal EPA to review whether the state’s recent water-pollution permits comply with Ohio and federal laws and rules. “Given the accusations from Mr. Elmaraghy, we feel that such an investigation is appropriate as well as necessary to provide the people of Ohio with confidence in those charged with protecting our streams, wetlands and lakes,” the groups wrote in their letter. A U.S. EPA spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch that officials have received the letter and will review it. The Kasich administration has declined to discuss Elmaraghy’s personnel situation, but has defended the integrity of the Ohio EPA’s permitting program. Ohio EPA officials told the newspaper their permit program is regularly audited by the U.S. EPA and in compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulation.

BEAVERCREEK (AP) — Several homes have been evacuated and a hazardous materials team reportedly called to a suburban Dayton neighborhood to investigate the possible presence of a harmful gas. Authorities in Beavercreek say crews responded Wednesday morning to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm going off. They then began evacuating homes. WHIO-TV reports that a command post was set up in the neighborhood and a hazardous materials team was responding. A dispatcher said fire officials were at the scene and not available immediately to discuss details.

Lightning strike leaves SW Ohio boy brain-damaged

U. of Mich. center awards $2.9M Great Lakes grants

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 13-year-old southwest Ohio boy seriously hurt by a lightning strike at an Indiana summer camp in June is breathing on his own but hasn’t been able to speak or move without help, his family and doctors said. The jolt of lightning stopped Ethan Kadish’s heart and led to brain damage, his parents and doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said Tuesday. The boy is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital, and the damage to his brain was significant, said Dr. David Pruitt, the hospital’s medical director of in-patient rehabilitation. “It’s very early in Ethan’s recovery process, and I expect his overall brain recovery time will extend at least for a couple of years,” Pruitt said. The boy was injured June 29 at Goldman Union

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan Water Center has awarded eight research grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts. The 2-year grants were awarded to teams led by researchers at universities in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York. The projects include work to support efforts to restore native fish migrations across the Great Lakes basin, assess strategies to restore the health of the Green Bay ecosystem under a changing climate and improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. Other projects include efforts to guide ecological restoration of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay. All grant details are posted online.

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state says a prison inmate has committed suicide, the third case of an Ohio prisoner killing himself in two months. The State Highway Patrol says the inmate was found hanging in his cell at Lebanon Correctional Institution early Tuesday by his cell mate. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction identified the inmate Wednesday as James Blackburn of Trumbull County. Records show the 31-year-old Blackburn entered prison in 2006 and was serving a 21-year sentence for a rape conviction. Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide last week as he began a life sentence for imprisoning three women in his home for a decade and repeatedly beating and raping them. Death row inmate Billy Slagle killed himself last month just a few days before his scheduled execution.

House where 3 were found dead is razed NEWTON FALLS (AP) — A home where three people were shot to death in northeast Ohio near the Pennsylvania state line has been demolished. WFMJ reports the house in which authorities found the three bodies in July 2012 was torn down Wednesday. The station reports an area contractor donated the resources to raze the property, which has been donated to the city. Zoning administrator Brett Godfrey says the city expects to annex the land to an existing park that has a playground named in memory of one of the victims. Police at the time said the gunman, 55-year-old Robert Brazzon, of Newton Falls, shot himself in the chest after he was surrounded by pursuing officers in a cemetery. Brazzon’s girlfriend was later found dead in his home. Police said Brazzon shot her.

Ohio seeks pathologist’s help in teen death case CASTALIA (AP) — The Ohio attorney general’s office has asked a former New York City medical examiner to analyze autopsy results in its investigation involving a 19-year-old man who died from a gunshot wound in March 2012. Authorities in Sandusky County have been looking into how Jacob Limberios died. The county coroner ruled the death a suicide last year but also said the teen might not have known the gun was loaded. His parents fought that ruling and hired their own forensic pathologist to do an autopsy. He concluded the death was a homicide after the teen’s body was exhumed last fall. The Sandusky Register reports Dr. Michael Baden will be the fourth forensic pathologist involved in the case. He’s consulted on high-profile cases, including the death of actor John Belushi.

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Issue #1 - Sept. 12, 2013

A “Fresh” Start BY: JOHN HUSA The uniforms are on, the books are out, and school is back in session! With every new school year comes new teachers, new students, and of course new freshmen. It can be a scary shift from being at the top in junior high, and going to the bottom in high school. On the other hand, high school can be an exciting change and can be some of the best years of your life. From the freshmen I interviewed, the year has started off right and they are enjoying being in high school. Blake Leffel said, “I have really enjoyed high school so far. My favorite part has been English class with Mr. Schmiesing.” “It is different since there are a lot more kids in the school, but it has been a good start,” said Jenna Zimmerman. Moriah Pauley said, “It has been different but in a good way. I have really enjoyed playing on the soccer team.” Jared Rourke (also known as “Baby Rourke”) said, “It is way better than junior high. It is cool and I like playing football with my older brother Nick.” I remember when I was a freshman three years ago, and remembering how nervous I was the first day. I look back now and realize it was one of my favorite years ever in school. My advice for the freshmen is to enjoy every moment you get, because before you know it, you will be the ones leading the school.

Freshmen pictured from top to bottom: Blake Leffel, Jenna Zimmerman, Moriah Pauley, Jared Rourke

Master of Math BY: MADILYN BROWN Mr. Jack Albers was well known as a math teacher here at Lehman for 15 years. It was very sad to see such a great teacher go; however, his shoes seem to be filled quite nicely by Mr. Tony Wagner. Although, an unfamiliar face at Lehman, Wagner is definitely familiar with teaching. Wagner has been teaching for 37 years, this being his first year at Lehman. He spent the rest of his teaching career at Sidney City Schools where he started out teaching science classes to the junior high students. He moved to the high school where he became the only math teacher teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and AP Calculus. He has now brought his love for math to Lehman, where he teaches Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and AP Calculus. “The most noticible difference between the two schools is the amount of students,” he said and then jokingly stated that “the halls seem to be a lot quieter.” Wagner also teaches evening classes at Edison Community College and two seventh grade math classes at Holy Angels. Although he seems to be a dedicated Sidney resident, Wagner grew up in Piqua. To get specific, he grew up on a farm. He attended Piqua Schools throughout his childhood and teen years. He then became a Wright State Raider to obtain his undergraduate degree. He received two Masters degrees at the home of the Dayton Flyers. He may be new to Lehman, but Lehman is definitely not new to him. His wife is Cindy Wagner, whom a lot of us remember as our Kindergarten teacher at Holy Angels. Not only is she a graduate of Lehman but she was part of the very first class of Lehman graduates. Their three daughters - Kristen, Gretchen, and Lauren - are Lehman alumnae. Even though you would assume Mr. Wagner is too busy with math and teaching, there are many things he enjoys doing outside of the classroom. In his free time, he takes an interest in woodworking and construction, and fishing and boating in Michigan. He also ran the Sidney City Municipal Pool for many years. “I really enjoy math,” said Wagner. If you take any of his classes, you probably know this already. He said that he wanted to teach math because he enjoys working with students and helping people understand math. If you ever have a question involving math, we all agree that Mr. Wagner is your “go-to” guy.

Firefighters train with grain rescue tubes M.E. student secures devices for departments Melanie Yingst

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CASSTOWN — It’s a vital piece of rescue equipment, which both local fire departments and the community hope never gets used. Miami East High S chool sophomore Nathan Teeters is a junior member of the Fletcher Volunteer Fire Department and saw a need to help protect the members of his local agriculture-based community. Teeters applied and recently was awarded multiple grants to provide three grain rescue tubes to the Fletcher Fire Department, Casstown Fire Department and Elizabeth Township Fire Department through his Miami East FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). “It has been a problem in the community,” Teeters said Sunday. “I recognized that this is an increasing problem and that no local fire department had any of these rescue tubes.” Both city of Troy and Piqua’s fire departments have grain rescue tube equipment, as well as the Christiansburg Local Fire Department, yet, Teeters’ SAE research said no other local volunteer fire departments had the equipment. “I’m really glad this worked out,” Teeters said of the grant awards and the large turnout at the training session held at Miami East High School on Sunday. “I’m glad that all the fire departments were able to come out and be able to see and know what to do if something like this ever happens — which I hope it never does.” As part of the donation of the three grain tubes, which cost $1,025 each, Teeters also coordinated a live simulation of

a grain rescue operation with local fire departments and rescue officials. Teeters coordinated the grain rescue training session which included classroom and video sessions, as well, as a live, active rescue in a large semi grain truck at the end of the day. “I invited all the local departments and sent out letters,” Teeters said. Teeters said he was impressed with the training session and the sophisticated process it takes to use the rescue devices. “I had no idea there was such a meticulous process to rescue someone,” Teeters said. “It was completely the opposite way I had previously thought on how it was done. Even when it’s not a rescue, and just a recovery, there’s a lot of preliminary procedures that has to be done beforehand.” Vince Ashcraft, an assistant chief of the Piqua Fire Department and Clark State Community College Fire Science instructor, taught the more than 25 local fire department officials and members of the Miami County Sheriff ’s Office during Sunday’s training on how to safely remove grain, such as corn from a trapped victim. “I hope its one thing they’ll never have to use,” said Miami East High School FFA adviser Marie Carity as she watched with her FFA students and members of the local community witness the intensive grain rescue training at Miami East High School. “Also, it’s one thing to have one, but another to know how to use one.” The rescue grain tubes help isolate the grain to be able to remove the victim from the entrapment whether it’s in a grain bin or silo or a grain truck. “Grain acts like a fluid,”

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Asst. Chief Vince Ashcraft of the Piqua Fire Department and a Clark State instructor, assembles the grain rescue bin device around a “victim.” The five-section aluminum tube is designed to wrap around a victim trapped in grain so that the product can be removed from inside the tube to free the person.

Ashcraft said. Ashcraft said the grain entrapment rescue process must be thorough so rescuers do not become victims themselves, which happens in 60 percent of such cases. “Victims are not crushed by the grain, it’s by (suffocation) because they are trying to take deeper, harder breaths,” he said. On May 30, a 68-yearold Clark County farmer died as the grain shifted in a grain bin on a farm as he tried to install a piece of equipment in the bin and was not wearing a safety harness. According to the Columbus Dispatch, a 2011 report issued by Purdue University showed that grain-bin entrapments and deaths were on the rise. The report said that in 2010, 51 grain entrap-

ments were reported nationally, with 26 fatalities. The Ohio State University compiled statistics that show that 14 people were killed as a result of grain handling or storage in Ohio between 2001 and 2010. Teeters received major grants from Farm Credit Service of Mid-America of Versailles and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s rural development division. Other funding for the rescue grain tubes included donations from local community members, Miami East FFA alumni, Albert Gross of Heritage Cooperative and the Miami County Farm Bureau. For more information about the Miami East High School FFA chapter, visit www.miamieast.

Cool new khaki BY: EMILY HOERSTEN Walking through the Lehman halls, the student body looks a little different this year. Boys and girls are sporting the new khaki style throughout the building. It was announced during the summer that incoming freshmen would have new uniform guidelines. Boys have the option to wear the same navy pants or shorts or to purchase them in khaki instead. Girls have the opportunity to choose from navy or khaki shorts, pants, or capris. These new uniforms are not limited to freshmen. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are allowed to purchase khakis also, but it is not required. As in the past, shorts are only allowed to be worn in the first and fourth quarters. The khakis are particularly popular among the boys of the student body, including the upperclassmen. Junior Joe Skelton said, “I bought khakis because they’re different and I personally think they complement my red hair and make my eyes sparkle.” Junior Kyle Caulfield had similar views, “I love the khakis,” he said. “They look good on me and they go better with my skin tone.” Every day, khaki shorts and pants are being worn by boys in each grade level. The freshman girls of Lehman wish they had the opportunity to wear skirts to school like the upperclassmen, but they are content with the shorts and capris. However, there is disagreement as to which color is superior. Freshmen Jenna Zimmerman and Moriah Pauley have opposing views on the matter. Zimmerman stated, “Khaki is my favorite because it’s a change from what we’ve been wearing for the past eight years (at Piqua Catholic).” Pauley argues on the side of the dependable navy, “I think it looks better with the blue and yellow shirts.” Whether khaki or navy, pants or shorts, everyone has chosen their favorite, bringing new color and personality into the student body. Overall, the students approve Lehman’s change and are grateful to have more clothing options.

School Briefs PIQUA — The following programs and activities are taking place in Piqua City Schools. •The Piqua Band will participate in a fund raiser through Buffalo Wings and Rings on Sept. 19. The band will receive a percentage of the sales between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Proceeds from the fund raiser will go toward the purchase of new marching band uniforms Bring your family and friends out that night for a great dinner and help the marching band at the same time! •Building Project Updates are available on the Piqua City School District website at Click on “Construction” on the left hand side of the home page for regularly updated information. •Heard It Through The Grapevine — Do you have a question or have you heard something about the Piqua City School District that you want clarified? Link to “Heard It Through The Grapevine” at www. to submit your questions. You will receive an email with the answer/response. Frequently repeated questions will be posted in the Q&A on the “Heard It Through The Grapevine” page. •School Closings/ Delays — The Piqua City School District will be utilizing the One Call Now system for notification of closings and/

or delays during the 2013/2014 school year. Please make sure that your student’s building office has an up to date phone number at all times to assure that you receive these notification calls. Announcements will also be posted on television channels 2, 7 and 22/45, WPTW radio and the district website. •Lunch Menu/ Calendar information can be found on our website at www.piqua. org. Building events are located under “Upcoming Events” or the building web page under “Our Schools,” and menus, along with Lunch PrePay information, can be found under “Our Parents & Students.” •To Report a Student Absence please be sure to report the absence to the building office where your child attends as early as possible. Phone numbers are available in your student handbook. •Sports Schedules are available for all Piqua City School District sports at A link is also provided on the PCS website •If you would like a copy of the “NewsBrief” sent directly to your home or office, you may register at www.piqua. org or email hardmans@ For more information regarding the Piqua City School District, visit www.

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IN BRIEF ■ Coaching

Lehman seeks JH coaches Lehman Junior High is accepting coaching applications for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Applications can be found on the Lehman web site or picked up in the main office.

■ Softball

Flames seek several players The 10U Miami County Flames Fastpitch Softball needs players We are looking for a catcher and a few addtional spots. If interested please contact Jake Fashner at (937) 606-1060 to set up a tryout.

■ Soccer

U.S. qualifes for World Cup COLUMBUS (AP) — The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating regional rival Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-andblue-clad crowd that stood and chanted from start to finish. After withstanding Mexican pressure for the first 20 minutes, the U.S. settled into the match and got the breakthrough in the 49th minute when Johnson outjumped defender Diego Reyes to meet Donovan's corner kick 8 yards out and head the ball past frozen goalkeeper Jesus Corona.

■ Football

Mingo cleared to play Sunday BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Barkevious Mingo doesn't have to wait any longer. He's recovered from a scary injury and cleared to play. Mingo, who was hospitalized with a bruised lung he sustained in an Aug. 15 exhibition game, returned to full contact in practice on Wednesday and is expected to make his NFL debut this week against the Baltimore Ravens. The first-round draft pick missed Cleveland's final two preseason games and last week's season-opening, 23-10 loss.

STUMPER team Q: What was the

Wednesday Industrial League champions the last three years at Echo Hills?


Joe Thoma

QUOTED “It felt like I got the monkey off my back." —Jack Hannahan on his pinch-hit three-run homer


Piqua receiver Tate Honeycutt streaks towards the end zone as the Kings sideline reacts last week.

Lima Senior vs. Piqua When: 7 p.m. Friday. Where: Alexander Stadium/Purk Field. The Buzz: Piqua (1-1) is coming off a 24-23 loss to Kings, while Lima Senior (02) lost a 59-42 shootout to Mansfield last Friday.

Ready to rebound Piqua set to host Spartans ROB KISER Sports Editor Piqua will face a much-improved Lima Senior football team Friday night, when the Spartans visit Alexander Stadium/Purk Field. See PIQUA/Page 11

Piqua linebacker Hayden Hall tackles Kings quarterback Ryan Maguire as Austin Hall (12) and Brady Hill (89) close in last Friday night.

Piqua spikers fall

Friday’s Schedule Lima Senior at Piqua Lehman at London Bradford at Bethel Mississinawa at Covington Ansonia at Miami East Versailles at Coldwater

One for the ‘road’

Give Vandalia battle to end

Lehman making long trip to London KEN BARHORST Civitas Media

SIDNEY — Lehman and Graham will meet again on the gridiron starting next season, but the Cavaliers will have to make one more long bus ride before that series kicks in. And that ride will take place Friday night when they journey to London trying for their second win in a row. London is a Division IV school with a 1-1 mark, having lost big to Urbana in the season opener before bouncing back with a shutout win over Greenon last week. It is located in Madison County, and Lehman head coach Dick Roll says it’s about a 90minute bus ride. The Cavaliers fell behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter last week at Sidney Memorial Stadium against Minster. But the spread offense Lehman has chosen to go with this season was lethal, and brought the Cavs back against the Wildcats to a 33-18 win.


Reynna Lavey makes a save against Vandalia-Butler Wednesday night.

Second-half surge

Lady Indians pull away from Aviators

The Piqua girls soccer team won its GWOC opener with Vandalia-Butler Wednesday night at Wertz Stadium. The Lady Indians, 4-30, used a big-game from Morgen Grunkemeyer to pull away from a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. On one of several second effort plays in the game for the Lady IndiSee LEHMAN/Page 11 ans, Grunkemeyer fin-

ished on a nice cross from Michelle Smith with 36:11 remaining in the game to give Piqua the lead for good. Grunkemeyer and Kayla Schrubb proved to be a scoring combination on the Piqua’s final two goals. Both came off Grunkemeyer corner kicks. On the first, Schrubb was the closest one to it

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and the ball found its way into the Butler goal. On the final one, Grunkemeyer had another great corner and Schrubb scored on her second attempt, after the first one was deflected. Piqua had started the game’s scoring when Hannah Went beat Vandalia to a Gunkemeyer ball and finished. Vandalia tied the game before half.

The Piqua volleyball team lost its GWOC North opener to VandaliaButler 25-20, 25-14, 25-23. "We struggled with consistency tonight," Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. "It was hard to get the momentum on our side. We had some great runs in game three, but could never edge past them." Macy Yo u n t dished out 20 assists. J e s s i c a Apple pounded six kills YOUNT a n d Tasha Potts added five. Kailey Byers led the defense with 18 digs and Abby Berger served two aces. The Piqua JV lost in two games and the Piqua freshman lost in three games. Piqua will play at Sidney tonight.

Lady Cavs fall

SIDNEY — The Lehman volleyball team lost to St. Henry 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 Tuesday in See ROUNDUP/Page 11



Thursday, September 12, 2013



Mesoraco, Hannahan power Cincinnati Reds avoid being swept

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds got power from some unlikely players to complete a 7-3 homestand. Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as Cincinnati avoided a sweep by the last-place Chicago Cubs with a 6-0 win on Wednesday. Mesoraco, hitless in his previous 13 at bats, had three to lead the Reds. The homestand included a 3-1 record against St. Louis and three-game sweep of NL West Division-leading Los Angeles. "It felt like I got the monkey off my back," Hannahan said. "The last two years, I hit home runs on opening day. It was huge." Hannahan didn't get many pinch-hit opportunities in the American League. "This is all new to me," he said. The hit turned a close game into a rout. "It wasn't easy," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "Everybody was happy for Hannahan. It was big to get those runs." Cincinnati entered the game in third place in the Central, three games behind the division-leading Cardinals and two behind Pittsburgh. After winning the first two games of the threegame series, the Cubs were in position for their first sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati since May 2001. Mike Leake (13-6) threw 107 pitches in 5 2-3


Cincinnati Reds baserunner Joey Votto slides into second base as Sterling Castro takes the throw Wednesday afternoon. innings en route to a career high in wins, despite humid conditions and an 84-degree temperature at game time. Leake allowed four hits and four walks with six strikeouts. He joined relievers J.J. Hoover, Alfredo Simon, Manny Parra and Sam LeCure to produce Cincinnati's 16th shutout of the season, four more than last season. "I didn't have my best stuff," Leake said. "Sometimes you have a few games where a couple of pitches beat you. I was able to make pitches and it worked out." Leake appeared to be the odd man out when spring training started.

The Reds were grooming Aroldis Chapman for a job in the starting rotation. They changed their minds and Leake has prospered. "It's an accomplishment," said Leake of his 13 wins. "You can't plan how your season is going to go. The winds have blown me in the right direction." Chicago has been shut out 13 times, three fewer than last season. The Reds used small ball in the second for a 2-0 lead. Jay Bruce led off with a single and went to third on Todd Frazier's softly lined single down the left field line. Both players scored on RBI groundouts to second by Xavier Paul and Zack

Cozart, who went 0-for-4 and ended his career-high hitting streak at 15 games. Mesoraco added his ninth homer in the fourth, a one-out solo shot off a pitch by Jeff Samardzija that sailed 429 feet into the first row of the second deck in left field. The homer was Mesoraco's first in 25 games since he hit two against St. Louis on Aug. 3. The Reds broke it open in the sixth on Hannahan's 402-foot, three-run homer into the right field seats off of Samardzija, Hannahan's first since last July 20 for Cleveland against Baltimore. Samardzija (8-12) gave up eight hits, six runs and

three walks with five strikeouts. He threw 114 pitches, including a wild pitch. "I didn't think he threw the ball bad until the three-run homer," Chicago manager Dale Sveum said. "They had some bloopers and the other homer (by Mesoraco). Other than that, they didn't have a lot of hard hit balls." Notes: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto threw 60 pitches to live batters Wednesday in the second simulated game of his comeback from a strained muscle below his right shoulder. Neither Cueto, on the disabled list since June 29, nor manager

Dusty Baker knew immediately after the session what his next step will be. Cueto says he feels "good and "ready." ... Baker wasn't sure whether LHP Tony Cingrani would go with the Reds on their road trip or stay behind for physical therapy. Cingrani left Tuesday's start in the second inning after aggravating the back problem that sent him to the disabled list from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. ... The Reds are off Thursday. The Cubs continue their longest road trip of the season — 11 games in 11 days — with the first of four games at Pittsburgh. LHP Chris Rusin (2-3) is Chicago's scheduled starter.

Record Book Football

NFL Standings


National Football League At A Glance All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE W 1 1 1 0

L 0 0 0 1

T 0 0 0 0

Pct 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000

PF 23 23 18 21

PA 21 10 17 23

W 1 1 1 0

L 0 0 0 1

T 0 0 0 0

Pct 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000

PF 21 31 16 2

PA 17 28 9 28

W 0 0 0 0

L 1 1 1 1

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .000 .000 .000 .000

PF 21 9 27 10

PA 24 16 49 23

W L T Pct PF Kansas City 1 0 0 1.000 28 Denver 1 0 0 1.000 49 San Diego 0 1 0 .000 28 0 1 0 .000 17 Oakland NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Philadelphia 1 0 0 1.000 33 Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 36 Washington 0 1 0 .000 27 N.Y. Giants 0 1 0 .000 31 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 23 Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 17 Carolina 0 1 0 .000 7 Atlanta 0 1 0 .000 17 North W L T Pct PF Detroit 1 0 0 1.000 34 Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 24 Green Bay 0 1 0 .000 28 Minnesota 0 1 0 .000 24 West W L T Pct PF St. Louis 1 0 0 1.000 27 San Francisco 1 0 0 1.000 34 Seattle 1 0 0 1.000 12 Arizona 0 1 0 .000 24 Thursday's Game Denver 49, Baltimore 27 Sunday's Games New Orleans 23, Atlanta 17 Chicago 24, Cincinnati 21 New England 23, Buffalo 21 Tennessee 16, Pittsburgh 9 N.Y. Jets 18, Tampa Bay 17 Kansas City 28, Jacksonville 2 Seattle 12, Carolina 7 Miami 23, Cleveland 10 Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 Indianapolis 21, Oakland 17 San Francisco 34, Green Bay 28 St. Louis 27, Arizona 24 Dallas 36, N.Y. Giants 31 Monday's Games Philadelphia 33, Washington 27 Houston 31, San Diego 28 Thursday, Sep. 12 N.Y. Jets at New England Sunday, Sep. 15 Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Washington at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Diego at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Miami at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Carolina at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Detroit at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Denver at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sep. 16 Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:40 p.m.

PA 2 27 31 21

New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo South Indianapolis Houston Tennessee Jacksonville North Cincinnati Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland West

PA 27 31 33 36 PA 17 18 12 23 PA 24 21 34 34 PA 24 28 7 27

AP Top 25 Poll The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 7, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (57) 1-0 1,494 1

2. Oregon (1) 2-0 1,385 2 3. Clemson (1) 2-0 1,332 4 4. Ohio St. (1) 2-0 1,327 3 5. Stanford 1-0 1,271 5 6. Texas A&M 2-0 1,133 7 7. Louisville 2-0 1,105 8 8. LSU 2-0 1,075 9 9. Georgia 1-1 1,036 11 10. Florida St. 1-0 1,011 10 11. Michigan 2-0 872 17 12. Oklahoma St. 2-0 834 13 13. South Carolina 1-1 829 6 14. Oklahoma 2-0 675 16 15. Miami 2-0 615 NR 16. UCLA 1-0 488 18 17. Northwestern 2-0 452 19 18. Florida 1-1 405 12 19. Washington 1-0 392 20 20. Wisconsin 2-0 378 21 21. Notre Dame 1-1 333 14 22. Baylor 2-0 295 23 23. Nebraska 2-0 277 22 24. TCU 1-1 170 24 25. Mississippi 2-0 78 NR Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 64, Fresno St. 26, Michigan St. 26, Texas 26, N. Illinois 21, Virginia Tech 15, BYU 14, Georgia Tech 10, Arizona 9, Illinois 9, Bowling Green 7, Penn St. 7, Boise St. 3, Tennessee 1.

USA Today Top 25 The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 7, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (58) 1-0 1,545 1 2. Oregon (1) 2-0 1,447 3 3. Ohio St. (2) 2-0 1,429 2 4. Stanford 1-0 1,327 4 5. Clemson 2-0 1,307 5 6. Texas A&M (1) 2-0 1,242 7 7. Louisville 2-0 1,121 8 8. LSU 2-0 1,067 11 9. Florida St. 1-0 1,040 10 10. Georgia 1-1 1,021 12 2-0 866 14 11. Oklahoma St. 12. Michigan 2-0 860 17 13. Oklahoma 2-0 800 15 14. South Carolina 1-1 788 6 15. Nebraska 2-0 478 19 16. Northwestern 2-0 473 20 17. UCLA 1-0 471 18 18. Wisconsin 2-0 455 21 18. Miami 2-0 455 24 20. Florida 1-1 410 9 21. Notre Dame 1-1 348 13 22. Baylor 2-0 297 NR 23. Washington 1-0 253 23 24. TCU 1-1 195 24 25. Mississippi 2-0 91 NR Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 74; Fresno State 59; Arizona State 48; Texas 38; Northern Illinois 27; Arizona 21; Brigham Young 18; Arkansas 16; Georgia Tech 12; Virginia Tech 8; Texas Tech 7; Central Florida 6; East Carolina 6; Southern California 5; Bowling Green 3; Illinois 3; Kansas State 3; Boise State 2; Tennessee 2; Utah 2; Utah State 2; Boston College 1.


MLB Standings Major League Baseball At A Glance All Times EDT National League East Division W L Pct Atlanta 87 57 .604 Washington 75 69 .521 Philadelphia 66 78 .458 New York 64 79 .448 Miami 53 90 .371 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 84 60 .583 Pittsburgh 83 61 .576 Cincinnati 82 64 .562 Milwaukee 62 81 .434 Chicago 62 82 .431 West Division W L Pct Los Angeles 85 59 .590 Arizona 72 72 .500 San Diego 66 77 .462 Colorado 67 79 .459 San Francisco 65 80 .448

GB — 12 21 22½ 33½ GB — 1 3 21½ 22 GB — 13 18½ 19 20½

Tuesday's Games San Diego 8, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 4, Miami 3 Chicago Cubs 9, Cincinnati 1 Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 3 Pittsburgh 5, Texas 4 St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2 L.A. Dodgers 5, Arizona 3, 11 innings Colorado 9, San Francisco 8 Wednesday's Games Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Pittsburgh at Texas Colorado at San Francisco San Diego at Philadelphia Atlanta at Miami Washington at N.Y. Mets Milwaukee at St. Louis Arizona at L.A. Dodgers Thursday's Games Atlanta (A.Wood 3-3) at Miami (Eovaldi 3-6), 12:40 p.m. Washington (Roark 5-0) at N.Y. Mets (Harang 00), 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Rusin 2-3) at Pittsburgh (Locke 9-5), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (T.Ross 3-7) at Philadelphia (Halladay 3-4), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Thornburg 1-1) at St. Louis (J.Kelly 8-3), 8:15 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 8-9) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 14-3), 10:10 p.m. Friday's Games Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. American League East Division Boston Tampa Bay Baltimore New York Toronto Central Division Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota Chicago West Division

W 88 78 77 77 67

L 58 65 67 68 77

Pct .603 .545 .535 .531 .465

GB — 8½ 10 10½ 20

W 83 77 76 63 58

L 62 67 69 80 86

Pct .572 .535 .524 .441 .403

GB — 5½ 7 19 24½

W L Pct GB Oakland 83 61 .576 — Texas 81 63 .563 2 Los Angeles 68 76 .472 15 Seattle 65 80 .448 18½ Houston 49 96 .338 34½ Tuesday's Games Kansas City 6, Cleveland 3 N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 5 L.A. Angels 12, Toronto 6 Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0 Pittsburgh 5, Texas 4 Detroit 9, Chicago White Sox 1 Minnesota 4, Oakland 3 Houston 13, Seattle 2 Wednesday's Games Kansas City at Cleveland Pittsburgh at Texas N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore L.A. Angels at Toronto Boston at Tampa Bay Detroit at Chicago White Sox Oakland at Minnesota Houston at Seattle. Thursday's Games Oakland (Griffin 13-9) at Minnesota (Diamond 510), 1:10 p.m. N.Y.Yankees (Huff 2-1) at Baltimore (W.Chen 77), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 6-6) at Toronto (Happ 45), 7:07 p.m. Boston (Peavy 11-5) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 11-8), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (Kluber 8-5) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 4-12), 8:10 p.m. Friday's Games Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Wild Card Glance Wild Card Glance NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct WCGB Pittsburgh 83 61 .576 — Cincinnati 82 64 .562 — Washington 75 69 .521 6 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct WCGB Texas 81 63 .562 — Tampa Bay 78 65 .545 — Baltimore 77 67 .535 1½ Cleveland 77 67 .535 1½ New York 77 68 .531 2 Kansas City 76 69 .524 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games Chicago Cubs 9, Cincinnati 1 Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 3 Pittsburgh 5, Texas 4 Wednesday's Games Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Pittsburgh at Texas Washington at N.Y. Mets AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games Kansas City 6, Cleveland 3 N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 5 Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0 Pittsburgh 5, Texas 4 Wednesday's Games Kansas City at Cleveland Pittsburgh at Texas N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore Boston at Tampa Bay

MLB Leaders TODAY'S MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING—CJohnson, Atlanta, .330; Cuddyer, Colorado, .330; Werth, Washington, .328; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, .326;YMolina, St. Louis, .318; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .316; Craig, St. Louis, .315. RUNS—MCarpenter, St. Louis, 113; Choo, Cincinnati, 97; Votto, Cincinnati, 92; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 91; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 88; Holliday, St. Louis, 87; JUpton, Atlanta, 86. RBI—Goldschmidt, Arizona, 107; BPhillips, Cincinnati, 101; Craig, St. Louis, 97; FFreeman, Atlanta, 96; Bruce, Cincinnati, 93; AdGonzalez, Los Angeles, 89; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 88. HITS—MCarpenter, St. Louis, 175; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 173; Segura, Milwaukee, 167; DanMurphy, New York, 165; Pence, San Francisco, 164; Votto, Cincinnati, 162; Craig, St. Louis, 160. DOUBLES—MCarpenter, St. Louis, 48; YMolina, St. Louis, 39; Bruce, Cincinnati, 38; Desmond, Washington, 35; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 35; Pence, San Francisco, 35; Rizzo, Chicago, 35. TRIPLES—SMarte, Pittsburgh, 10; CGomez, Milwaukee, 9; Segura, Milwaukee, 9; Span, Washington, 9; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 7; Hechavarria, Miami, 7; Venable, San Diego, 7; EYoung, New York, 7. HOME RUNS—PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 32; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 31; Bruce, Cincinnati, 29; DBrown, Philadelphia, 27; CGonzalez, Colorado, 26; JUpton, Atlanta, 24; Beltran, St. Louis, 23; Werth, Washington, 23. STOLEN BASES—Segura, Milwaukee, 40; ECabrera, San Diego, 37; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 36; EYoung, New York, 36; CGomez, Milwaukee, 33; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 27; Pierre, Miami, 22; Revere, Philadelphia, 22. PITCHING—Zimmermann, Washington, 17-8; JDe La Rosa, Colorado, 16-6; Liriano, Pittsburgh, 16-7; Wainwright, St. Louis, 16-9; Greinke, Los Angeles, 14-3; Latos, Cincinnati, 14-5; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 14-8. ERA—Kershaw, Los Angeles, 1.92; Fernandez, Miami, 2.23; Harvey, New York, 2.27; Greinke, Los Angeles, 2.79; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 2.82; Strasburg, Washington, 2.96; Corbin, Arizona, 2.97. STRIKEOUTS—Kershaw, Los Angeles, 208; Wainwright, St. Louis, 195; Harvey, New York, 191; Samardzija, Chicago, 190; HBailey, Cincinnati, 190; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 183; Hamels, Philadelphia, 183. SAVES—Kimbrel, Atlanta, 46; RSoriano, Washington, 40; Mujica, St. Louis, 36; AChapman, Cincinnati, 35; Romo, San Francisco, 33; Gregg, Chicago, 31; Grilli, Pittsburgh, 30. AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING—MiCabrera, Detroit, .349; Trout, Los Angeles, .337; Mauer, Minnesota, .324; ABeltre, Texas, .318; DOrtiz, Boston, .310; Cano, New York, .308; Loney, Tampa Bay, .307. RUNS—Trout, Los Angeles, 99; CDavis, Baltimore, 98; MiCabrera, Detroit, 97; AJackson, De-

troit, 93; AJones, Baltimore, 93; Ellsbury, Boston, 89; Encarnacion, Toronto, 89. RBI—MiCabrera, Detroit, 133; CDavis, Baltimore, 126; Encarnacion, Toronto, 104; AJones, Baltimore, 102; Fielder, Detroit, 99; Cano, New York, 98; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 91. HITS—Trout, Los Angeles, 180; ABeltre, Texas, 178; Machado, Baltimore, 178; MiCabrera, Detroit, 175; AJones, Baltimore, 172; Pedroia, Boston, 171; Ellsbury, Boston, 169. DOUBLES—Machado, Baltimore, 49; Lowrie, Oakland, 42; CDavis, Baltimore, 39; Pedroia, Boston, 38; AlRamirez, Chicago, 37; Trout, Los Angeles, 37; JCastro, Houston, 35; Mauer, Minnesota, 35; Napoli, Boston, 35; Saltalamacchia, Boston, 35. TRIPLES—Gardner, New York, 10; Trout, Los Angeles, 9; Ellsbury, Boston, 8; Drew, Boston, 6; AGordon, Kansas City, 6; BMiller, Seattle, 6; AJackson, Detroit, 5; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 5; LMartin, Texas, 5. HOME RUNS—CDavis, Baltimore, 49; MiCabrera, Detroit, 43; Encarnacion, Toronto, 36; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 32; ADunn, Chicago, 31; AJones, Baltimore, 31; Longoria, Tampa Bay, 29. STOLEN BASES—Ellsbury, Boston, 52; RDavis, Toronto, 40; Andrus, Texas, 39; Rios, Texas, 36; Altuve, Houston, 32; LMartin, Texas, 32; Trout, Los Angeles, 32. PITCHING—Scherzer, Detroit, 19-3; Tillman, Baltimore, 16-5; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 15-3; CWilson, Los Angeles, 15-6; Colon, Oakland, 15-6; Guthrie, Kansas City, 14-10; Masterson, Cleveland, 14-10. ERA—AniSanchez, Detroit, 2.61; Darvish, Texas, 2.84; Colon, Oakland, 2.85; Sale, Chicago, 2.90; Iwakuma, Seattle, 2.97; Kuroda, New York, 2.99; FHernandez, Seattle, 3.01; Scherzer, Detroit, 3.01. STRIKEOUTS—Darvish, Texas, 246; Scherzer, Detroit, 215; Sale, Chicago, 207; FHernandez, Seattle, 200; Masterson, Cleveland, 188; Verlander, Detroit, 182; DHolland, Texas, 172. SAVES—JiJohnson, Baltimore, 43; MRivera, New York, 42; GHolland, Kansas City, 41; Nathan, Texas, 39; Balfour, Oakland, 37; AReed, Chicago, 37; Perkins, Minnesota, 34.


MLS Standings Major League Soccer EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts Montreal 13 7 6 45 New York 13 9 6 45 Sporting KC 13 9 6 45 Philadelphia 10 9 9 39 New England 10 10 7 37 Houston 10 10 7 37 Chicago 10 11 5 35 Columbus 9 14 5 32 Toronto FC 4 13 10 22 D.C. 3 19 5 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts Real Salt Lake 14 8 6 48 Seattle 14 8 4 46 Los Angeles 13 10 4 43 Colorado 11 8 9 42 Portland 10 5 12 42 FC Dallas 10 7 10 40 Vancouver 10 10 7 37 San Jose 10 11 7 37 Chivas USA 6 15 7 25 Wednesday, Sept. 11 Chicago at Toronto FC Friday, Sept. 13 Real Salt Lake at Seattle FC, 10 p.m.

GF GA 45 37 44 36 41 27 37 38 37 29 31 35 32 37 31 38 23 39 16 44 GF GA 52 35 35 27 43 33 35 29 43 30 39 39 39 38 29 40 27 48


WNBA Glance

Women’s National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB z-Chicago 22 9 .710 — x-Atlanta 17 14 .548 5 x-Indiana 15 17 .469 7½ x-Washington 15 17 .469 7½ New York 11 21 .344 11½ Connecticut 8 23 .258 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct z-Minnesota 25 7 .781 x-Los Angeles 22 10 .688 x-Phoenix 18 13 .581 x-Seattle 15 17 .469 San Antonio 11 21 .344 Tulsa 11 21 .344 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference Wednesday's Games Atlanta at Connecticut Phoenix at Chicago

GB — 3 6½ 10 14 14




Thursday, September 12, 2013


Davis Makes ‘Heads-Up’ Play

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Abby Helman hits a backhand return for Piqua.

Roundup Continued from page 9 non-conference action. "St. Henry played well," Snipes said. "But, we are playing like an average team. And we are too good of a program to be doing that. We just have to find a way to outwork teams and get things done." Olivia Slagle led the hitters with five kills. Ellie Cain dished out 11 assists. Erica Paulus had 10 digs and Ava Schmitz added six. Lady Vikings win CASSTOWN — The Miami East volleyball team cruised to a 25-6, 255, 25-10 win over Bradford in CCC action Tuesday. Sam Cash had four kills, four aces and nine assists; while Allison Morrett had seven aces and four assists. Lindsey Black had four aces, while Ashley Current had five kills. Angie Mack had four kills and three aces and Anna Kiesewetter added five digs.

Lady Raiders win

RUSSIA — The Russia volleyball team got past Fairlawn 25-21, 25-14, 2512 Tuesday in SCL action. Taylor Daniel dished out 38 assists and served three aces. Kylie Wilson had 14 kills and 11 digs; while Claire Sherman had 13 kills, eight digs and two aces. Camille Puthoff had seven kills and 10 digs and Maggie Kearns added seven kills. The Russia JVs won 2513, 25-21.

BOYS GOLF Cavs drop match

SIDNEY — The Lehman boys golf team lost to Marion Local 181186 Monday at Shelby Oaks Golf Course. Sam Dean was comedalist and led Lehman with a 42. Other Cavalier scores were Bryce Eck 45, Mitchell Shroyer 47, Zack Scott 52. Lehman rebounded by sweeping a tri-match with Waynesfield-Goshen and Temple Christian Wednesday at Hidden Creek Golf Course. Sam Dean was match medalist with 42 to lead Lehman. Other Cavalier scores were Tyler Scott 46, Mitchell Shroyer 48, Zack Scott 48.

Buccs top Tigers

GREENVILLE — The Covington boys golf team defeated Ansonia 172-222 Tuesday at White Springs. Covington's Joe Slusher was medalist with a 38. Other Bucc scores were Levi Winn 42, Ty Boehringer 43, Jacob Blair 49, Jesse Wall 57, Jaret Vanhoose 96.

Ferrell medalist

WEST MILTON — Both Tri-County North and Newton boys golf teams shot 192 Tuesday at Stillwater Ridge Golf Course. But, the Indians lost on

the fifth-man tiebreaker. Wade Ferrell was match medalist with a 44 for Newton. Other Indian scores were Brock Jamison 46, Reid Ferrell 51, Donovan Osceola 51, Milan Bess 55, Christian Nelson 58.

Russia boys win

SIDNEY — The Russia boys golf team defeated Houston 173-216 at Shelby Oaks Golf Course Tuesday. Austin Tebbe was medalist with 41. Other Russia scores were Gavin Hoying 44, Jordan Kremer 44, Monnin 44, Zach Sherman 46, Luke Dapore 46.

GIRLS GOLF Lady Raiders roll

ARCANUM — The Russia girls golf team swept Tri-Village Tuesday night at Beachwood Golf Course. Russia Blue won with 209, Russia Gold had 249 and Tri-Village had 263. Taylor Borchers was medalist with 47 and led Russia Blue. Other Russia Blue scores were Morgan Daugherty 52, Kaila Pleiman 54, Alicia George 56. Russia Gold scores were Corrina Francis 59, Kara Barlage 63, Kelsey Koverman 63, Elizabeth Adams 64.

GIRLS SOCCER Indians win 2-1

BOTKINS — Billy Lavy scored both goals as the Newton girls soccer team defeated Botkins 2-1 Tuesday. Madison Tebics and Erin Sweitzer both had assists.

GIRLS TENNIS Piqua drops match

The Piqua girls tennis team lost to Greenville 5-0 Tuesday. In singles, Corinne Crawford lost to Sophia NAva-Davis 6-0, 6-0; Sam DeBusk lost to Michelle Borgerding 6-1, 6-0; and Megan Mullen lost to Raquel Nava-Davis 6-1, 60. In doubles, Kim McCullough and Haley Weidner lost to Mallory Rich and Abby Monnin 6-2, 2-6, 6-1; and Abby Helman and Molly Smitley lost to Madison Baker and Erin Scott 6-3, 6-1.

“I like it,” said Roll when asked about the offense that is radically different than what he’s been used to in his long coaching career. “It’s exciting for the kids and exciting for the fans. We have a good group of receivers and (quarterback) Nick Rourke understands the offense. Rourke threw for over 400 yards last week in the win, but the Lehman defense also deserves a lot of credit. After getting torched by the passing of Minster’s Josh Nixon in the first half – over 300 yards – the Cavs held the Wildcats in check over the final two periods to pull away to the win. “We changed our coverage in the second half,” said Roll. “We went back to some stuff we did at the beginning of last year. We kinda drew it up in the dirt. “We added another defensive back, went to a three-man front with two safeties on top. We’ve done that before, and it worked well.” Roll was especially pleased with his team’s performance last week in light of Minster rolling to a 12-0 lead in the opening quarter. “I told the kids I thought we grew up,” Roll said. “And that’s how we grew up. We did not go into a shell and say ‘here we go again.’ The kids responded and made plays, and that’s something we didn’t do the first week.” Rourke’s big game throwing the ball was made possible by excellent protection from his teammates up front.

Piqua’s Teija Davis (above) heads the ball against Vandalia Wednesday at Wertz Stadium. For more on the game, see page 9. Photos By Mike Ullery Piqua’s Kaili Ingle (right) fighths off a a Vandalia player Wednesday. For more on the game, see page 9.

Piqua Continued from page 9 Lima Senior, under former Ada coach Mike Fell, opened the season with a 20-14 loss to Beachwood, Ky., before dropping an offensive shootout to Mansfield 59-42 last week. "I think the thing about last week's game was they were down something like 40-14 at one point," Nees said. "They scored on the last play to get back within 59-42. That shows there is no quit in them. That comes from a new attitude with a new coach." Senior quarterback Justin Graham (6-8, 190) leads the offense. Graham has completed 42 of 73 passes for 417 yards. His leading receiver has been sophomore Ruben Flowers (6-4, 180), who has caught 16 passes for 162 yards. Junior Marquis Graham (5-11, 190) has caught four passes for 109 yards. Junior running back Juniel Liles (5-6, 167) leads

the rushing attack, having gained 236 yards on 30 carries. "They are running a wide-open offense out of one and two-back sets," Nees said. "They like to spread you out." On defense, the Spartans operate out of a 4-3 set. "They play a lot of man coverage," Nees said. "They like to attack with the blitz." Piqua is coming off a heartbreaking 24-23 loss to Kings High School, when the Indians had two chances to score in the final two minutes. "Anytime you are coming off a disappointing loss like that, sometimes you can forget about the little things," Nees said. "The kids have responded well. They have responded in the weight room, in the team room and on the practice field." Piqua has shown the ability to make big plays in both games on offense.

Senior quarterback Dan Monnin has completed 25 of 38 passes for 363 yards. He has targeted five different receivers, with all five having at least four interceptions. Tate Honeycutt leads the receivers with six catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns. "Dan has done a good job (distributing the ball)," Nees said. "And the receivers are doing a great job getting a lot of YAC (Yards After Catch)." Trent Yeomans leads the ground attack, having rushed for 269 yards on 19 carries. "We have had two games with more than 400 yards on offense," Nees said. "That is a good thing. What we need to do is eliminate some of the penalties and turnovers. "If we can do that, this has the potential to be one of the most explosive offenses we have had in awhile." Defensively, the Indians

have had a nose for the football, having forced four turnovers. Derrick Gullet leads the way with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. "We have guys running all over the place," Nees said. "The great thing is we have the speed to do that." Of the four touchdowns, Piqua has allowed — one was on a kickoff return and two were after the opponent started in Piqua's territory. "On the special teams, some areas we have been good and other areas, we are very average and continue to work at it," Nees said. "The thing we talk to the defense about is you can't control where the other team is at on the field when you go out there." The Indians will face another test Friday night — and look to get back on the winning side after a tough loss last week.

Lady Cavs roll

ST. MARYS — The Lehman girls tennis team swept St. Marys 5-0 Tuesday. In singles, Julia Harrelson defeated Anna Ernst 6-0, 6-0; Sarah Gravunder defeated Abby Wilker 6-4, 6-2; and Kaitlin Gillman defeated Hannah Feluer 6-0, 6-3. In doubles, Meghan Burner and Elaina Snyder defeated Jen Lauth and Bailey Rust 6-3, 6-3; and Emily Hoersten and Emma Simpson defeated Kaitlin Ross and Jenna Perry 4-6, 7-5, 5-2 (retired). In JV action, Simpson won a singles match 6-2, 6-0.



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For Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your affection for others, especially romantic partners, is tender and sweet today. You find it easy to be sympathetic to their situation. (It's a great day for romance.) TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Relations with partners and close friends will go smoothly today because there is an easy give-and-take between both parties. It's not hard to imagine what it's like to walk a mile in another person's wedges. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Co-workers are sympathetic to you today, which is why this is a good time to ask for their help if you need it. You'll also enjoy making your workplace look more attractive. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Artistic and creative pursuits will please you today. New romance might spring up for some of you. Everyone will feel tender and sympathetic about children. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You will love to redecorate your home today or buy something luxurious for where you live. You're trying to achieve a certain ideal -- and you just might succeed. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your imagination is heightened today, which is why you will spend time daydreaming. Because you can think in pictures, you also might solve a problem. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Be careful about being too extravagant financially today. It's easy to go overboard. You also will feel generous to others. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You will find that it's easy to deal with others with great compassion and tenderness today because you feel genuinely concerned for their welfare. It's a good day for friendship. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) If others need help, you will not hesitate to put their needs before your own. You're not being a martyr; you're just being kind and considerate. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A casual relationship might turn into something romantic for some of you today. Others will idealize a friend. (Remember -- we are all frail mortals on this earth together.) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Someone in authority might ask your opinion about creative matters or anything related to design, layout and furniture arrangement. Meanwhile, some of you will get a crush on your boss. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Travel for pleasure today if you can, because you have a strong desire to see beautiful, exotic places. If you cannot travel, visit museums, art galleries and libraries. YOU BORN TODAY You are strong, determined and persevering. Once you make your mind up, it's full steam ahead! You never waver, even when encountering obstacles. You have determination, discipline and an intense devotion to whatever you do. You can be successful handling difficult, complicated tasks. This year you begin a completely new cycle in your life that will offer you fresh opportunities. Open any door! Birthdate of: Don Bluth, animator; Jacqueline Bisset, actress; Stella McCartney, fashion designer.





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Thursday, September 12, 2013


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NOTICE OF LIQUOR PERMIT APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that the City of Piqua is in receipt of a NEW D5, Liquor License From 311 DRAFTHOUSE LLC, 311 NORTH MAIN STREET, PIQUA, OHIO 45356. Any comments or objections to this license should be submitted to the CLERK OF COMMISSION, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 17, 2013. LUCINDA L. FESS, MAYOR CITY OF PIQUA, OHIO REBECCA J. COOL CLERK OF COMMISSION

PIQUA, 830 Manier Avenue, Saturday 9-3pm, HUGE MULTIFAMILY SALE, baby items, kids clothes boys/girls, household items, lots of miscellaneous. VERY REASONABLE PRICES. TROY 1034 Laurel Tree Ct. Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-noon. Oak secretary. Kitchen Aid mixer. Antiques and home goods. TROY 325 Crestwood Drive Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-? Lots of nice girls clothes 0-7 years, boys 0-4 years priced cheap, women's small to plus size, furniture, antiques, strollers, toys, pack n play, and more TROY 412, 454, 455, 498 Shaftsbury Road, Thursday, Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm Collectibles, antiques, clocks, furniture, double stroller, computer printer-fax-scanner, bathroom sink, tools, baby children junior girls ladies men clothes, new men steel toe shoes, ATV seat and miscellaneous TROY 498 Shaftsbury Road Thursday, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm Collectibles priced to sell - Boyds, Ty, Bradford Exchange plates; Christmas decorations, music, books, household, lawn and garden. New QVC items.

09/12/2013 40491554 Notice to Bidders Ohio Historical Society is seeking bids for the Johnston Farm Museum Classroom Project. For more information visit: ml Aug 29, Sept 5, 12 Mark Lennihan | AP Photo

Lost & Found

The Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, during a test Tuesday in New York. The light display commemorates the twin towers of LOST FEMALE CAT, white the World Trade Center that were destroyed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. One World Trade Center is in the center with black tail & black spots on face, lost in Parkridge on Parkbackground.

Haunting memories of 9/11 shape Syria debate Josh Lederman Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve years later, haunting memories of Sept. 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria. As Americans mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation again is wrestling with painful questions about al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction and the risks of American inaction. At the center of the debate is President Barack Obama, who has sought to move the U.S. away from what he has called the “perpetual wartime footing” it found itself on in the years after 9/11. “America is not the world’s policeman,” Obama said Tuesday evening as he addressed the nation about the Syria conflict. “Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.” Some people worry that a U.S. strike in Syria would embroil the American military in an extended and unwinnable conflict in the Middle East, evoking emotions many felt in the years after 9/11 as they watched America’s sons and daughters go back for second and third tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Others see Syria through a broader Mideast prism involving Iran. They fear that if the U.S. doesn’t assert itself now, America will start from a position of weakness if and when it confronts future threats in the region. When Obama and the first lady stand on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday morning to commemorate 9/11 victims with

a moment of silence, there’s a good chance at least some of these themes will be weighing on the president.

Al-Qaida as Top Threat The international terrorist organization headed by Osama bin Laden became synonymous with “America’s enemy” in the days after 9/11. More than a decade later, bin Laden is dead and Obama says the group’s core is on the path to defeat. But blows to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come amid growing concerns about al-Qaida’s strength in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and even Syria. That foreign jihadi fighters, many linked to al-Qaida, are growing in ranks among rebels fighting Assad’s regime is a major concern for lawmakers and the U.S. Assad and his forces have sought to exploit that concern, arguing, in short, that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Assad said of a potential U.S. strike in an interview Sunday with American journalist Charlie Rose, “This is the war that is going to support al-Qaida and the same people that kill Americans in the 11th of September.”

State of Alert Although Americans are far less jittery about the threat of terrorism than they were in the aftermath of 9/11, they’re still keenly aware of turmoil in the Middle East and its challenges for the U.S. Nearly all Americans — 94 percent — say the war on terrorism has not yet been won, according to a new Associated Press poll. Just 14 percent of those Americans say it’s likely the U.S. will win it during the next 10 years. Such sentiments were punctuated Tuesday when

Obama, hours before his national address on Syria, signed a notice extending the national emergency for another year. “The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on Sept. 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues,” Obama wrote to Congress. Compounding concerns have been new threats to America’s embassies and consulates. A threat from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula led to the closing of 19 diplomatic posts across the Mideast and in Africa last month. And as Obama considered a strike in Syria last week, the State Department was ordering nonessential American diplomats to leave the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Lebanon because of the potential for retaliation from Iran-backed Hezbollah, a group allied with Assad.

Iraq and Afghanistan With the U.S. military struggling to absorb deep automatic spending cuts, few Americans are eager for the U.S. to get involved in a civil war already raging for more than two years, with no end in sight. Obama, who ran for president as a critic of the Iraq war, ended it as president and is winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan, is of similar mind. “I know how tired the American people are of war generally, and particularly war in the Middle East. And so I don’t take these decisions lightly,” Obama said in an NBC interview Monday. Obama and his aides know many Americans reflexively resist anything that calls to mind the aggressive stance President George W. Bush took after 9/11. They’re insisting any U.S. action will be limited and won’t involve

troops on the ground. “This is not Iraq or Afghanistan,” Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said repeatedly Sunday on political talk shows. But Republicans are hearing a slightly different message. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., arranged for Republican congressional staffers to hear from Stephen Hadley, Bush’s former national security adviser, and Eric Edelman, once a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Both played major roles in the Iraq war and are now selling leery Republicans on a strike in Syria.

Weapons of Mass Destruction “The lesson of September the 11th is take threats before they fully materialize,” Bush said in August 2006. Those days, it was erroneous intelligence claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that incensed many Americans as civilian deaths hit record highs three years into the war in Iraq. Today, there are few doubts chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Assad’s regime even acknowledged publicly this week that it possesses the weapons when it agreed to give them up as part of a budding diplomatic deal to avert a U.S. strike. Obama acknowledges that Syria poses no direct or imminent threat to the U.S. But his pitch to Congress, the public and U.S. allies is rooted in the belief that if the world doesn’t act now to uphold a global norm against chemical weapons use, we all could be at risk down the line. “Sometimes wars have started later because people didn’t do things that might have prevented them earlier,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

Mich. smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits David Eggert Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his packa-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify, he’ll almost certainly have to quit smoking. A baseline insurance plan could cost Jones, who makes $22,000 working seasonally from February to November, $775 a year in premiums. Or he could pay no premiums in the cheapest plan, which has higher deductibles and copayments. Yet if he keeps smoking, he could face an annual financial penalty ranging from $1,600 to $1,900 that will make coverage unaffordable. The numbers were estimated using the online Kaiser Health Reform Subsidy Calculator. “I’d rather have health coverage than cigarettes, if it comes down to it,” Jones said. The law requires insurers to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing medical problems. But it also allows them to charge smokers premiums that are up to 50 percent higher than those offered non-

smokers — a way for insurers to ward off bad risks. Jones is not without health problems. He said he should be taking medications for gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and severe acid reflux but instead just suffers through his conditions. “I can’t afford them,” he said. “So I just don’t take them.” Jones, who first smoked at age 12, has tried quitting. He stopped about four years ago with no help from nicotine patches or gum. But he started up again this year. “Everybody around me was smoking except my wife. Everywhere. All my friends,” he said. Nearly one of every five U.S. adults smokes. That share is higher among lowerincome people such as Jones, who are more likely to work in jobs that do not offer health insurance and are a major reason the law was enacted. The smoking penalty has drawn criticism for effectively pricing people out of insurance. Jones already is worried that he won’t be able to afford insurance even if he does quit. He has trouble paying the rent. He takes the bus from rural Charlotte 20 miles each way to work in the city every day. Yet if Jones keeps smoking, he said there is no way he could afford the estimated $1,600 yearly smoking penalty in the least expensive plan, equaling 7 percent of his income. Michigan is not among the few

states that have banned tobacco surcharges on their insurance marketplaces. At least in the interim, Jones may get some relief. A glitch will limit penalties that insurers can charge smokers until it’s fixed next year. The government’s computer system has been unable to accommodate a provision that prevents companies from charging older customers more than three times what they charge younger adults and the provision letting smokers be charged higher premiums. In addition, Jones and other smokers newly insured through exchanges or Medicaid will benefit from requirements that tobacco cessation treatments be covered. Experts say with the prevalence of high tobacco taxes and workplace smoking bans, those able to quit more easily already have done so. Long-time smokers such as Jones — who wants to quit but has found an inexpensive way to keep the habit — usually need nicotine replacement therapy and classes. Jones spends under $10 a month to roll his own cigarettes with a machine. But he’s taking notice of the penalty that could keep him without insurance. “I guess it’s an incentive to quit,” he said. “I’d much rather be able to take care of myself, take proper meds than smoke cigarettes.”

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PIQUA 1020 Lincoln St. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 830am-? Antique plates and furniture. Slab of marble. Paint guns. Golf clubs & set. Lots of miscellaneous.

PIQUA 1115 Camp St. Friday & Saturday 9am-3pm. FIRST TIME SALE! Lumber. Paint & supplies. Crafts. Collectibles. Christmas items. Furniture. PIQUA 1238 Marwood Dr. MOVING SALE! Friday 8am3pm, Saturday 8am-noon. China cabinet/base. Oak dining table/6 chairs. Twin beds/mattresses. Bookshelves. Media cabinet. Desks. Bicycles. Downhill skis. Car topper. Dressers. Radial arm saw. 55 gallon fish tank/base. Miscellaneous. PIQUA 1423 West Grant St ( Off M cKi n l e y & Su n se t) . Thursday & Friday 9am-4pm. Baby furniture. Winter clothing: baby-teen. Lots of miscellaneous.

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PIQUA 609 S Sunset Dr. Friday 9am-6pm. Antiques, collectibles, holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, households. PIQUA 724 Boal Ave. Saturday 8am-4pm. AC TV. Furniture. Household items. Some clothing. PIQUA 807 Lindsey St. Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm. Clothing: Justice brand sizes 10-14, boys sizes baby-3T. Small maternity clothes. Coats. Games. Toddler bed. Swing. Walker. Stroller. DVD's. Softball gear. Live bait. Miscellaneous.

PIQUA, 1205 Maplewood Drive, Thursday, Friday 10am4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Multi family sale! stroller, boppy, baby swing, toys, poker table/ chips, furniture, small appliances, glassware, books, dvds, golf items, holiday decorations, Lots more!! No early birds PIQUA, 1337 Elmwood Circle, Firday, 9-5:30pm, Saturday 911am, MANY LIKE NEW ITEMS, DS and games, remote control cars, Longaberger baskets, 13"TV, mini stereo and speakers, kids clean toys, brand name clothes, too much to list!! PIQUA, 2308 Wilshire Drive, Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm, Toro self propelled mower with bagger, gas trimmer, futon frame, end tables, Toshiba tv with built in dvd player, HealthRider exerciser, weed eater, Scotts lawn spreader, Miscellaneous PIQUA, 510 Snyder Road, Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm, lawnmower, tools, bike, tv with built in vhs player, knitting supplies, bookcase, toys, too much to list!!!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013



GUN – FISHING – TOOLS: Savage 20 Gauge Pump Shot Gun Model 30; 22 Rods & Reels; Boxes of tackle (Garcia, Johnson, Venture, Penn, Zebco); 10' Aluminum John Boat; 8 cases of Brand New Lock Sets, 24 to a Case; Little Giant Ladder; Fiberglass 5' Step Ladder; 10 Extension Cords; C-Clamps, all sizes; 20 Ton Bottle Jack; Wrenches; Asst. Pliers; Asst. Hammers; Sander; Socket Sets; 10 Small Tool Boxes; Skill Power Saw; 2 Craftsman Drills; ½ Impact Wrench; Craftsman Shop Vac; Air Grinder; SK 3/8” Socket Set; 6.5 hp Gas Engine in New Box (Never Opened); 10” Polisher/Buffer; Misc. Tarps; Small Scaffolding Set; 1.5 ton AC Unit for House (like new); 6 Pack of Coca Cola Collector Bottles; World's Fair Beer Cans; Dale Earnhardt Collector Items; Oneida Silver Punch Bowl Set; 3 Trunks; Yard Goose. HOUSEHOLD – GLASSWARE – JEWELRY – FURNITURE: 3 Roseville Vases; Set of Dishes, Royal Wheat; Hull Vase; Carnival Dish; Box of Costume Jewelry; Watches; Cigarette Lighters; Books: “The Sword in the Stone”, “Kidnapped”, “The Last Battle”, Huxford's Old Books, 3rd Edition: “Commodore Hornblower”, “Shadows on the Rock”, “Animal Farm”, Many Misc. Books; Pans; Toaster; George Forman; Picnic Table; Dog House; Cedar Chest; Chef Robe; Vintage Dresser w/Mirror; Child's Easel. AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Very nice and clean items. OWNER: Richard Haney TERMS: Cash or Check with Proper I.D. Not Responsible for Accidents. Any Statements Made Day of Sale Supersede Statements Hereon.


HAVENAR – BAIR – BAYMAN AUCTIONEERS “Have Gavel – Will Travel” Mike Havenar, Rick Bair, Tony Bayman (937) 606-4743 (Auctioneer #4544 & 6480)

173± Acre


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Saturday September 21st. 9:00 a.m.

2 Tracts Located in Lost Creek Twp on N. Bollinger Rd. Casstown, Ohio Miami County

Tract (1) 89.651 Acres Tract (2) 83.400 Acres

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Glassware: Few hand painted bowls (R.S. Germany and R.S. Prussia, opalescent basket, vaseline candy dish, wheat pattern dishes, cruet set, jadite lamp, misc. pcs.







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Location/Directions: Auction held inside the Duke Building at the Miami County Fairgrounds at 650 N. Co. Rd. 25-A, Troy, Ohio 45573.

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1998 Polaris 4x4 Sportsman ATV 1999 Kawasaki 4x4 Prairie 300 ATV. An unbelievable amount of shop equip. - tools & related, a lot of outdoor & sportsman access.; 40+ firearms, ammo & shooters items, fishing & related needs, coins, small collectibles & antique items, wooden ice box (only an overview)




Terms: Cash, VISA/MC/DISCOVER, or check, Out of State checks - 2 forms of ID required.





Note: See photos on website.

Owner: David Rhoades


Join us for this large (2) ring moving auction. Many clean high quality items to be offered.

Misc: General household and garage items, new Sentry fireproof safe.

MIKOLAJEWSKI AUCTION SERVICE Auctioneers: Steve Mikolajewski, Joe Mikolajewski


Sunday September 22nd. 10:30 a.m. 1590 Beechwood Drive Troy, Ohio Modern & Antique Furniture-Household Goods-Vintage Dolls-Glassware-AntiquesCollectibles-Tools-Hitachi 10” Table Saw-Milk Bottles-Vintage Toys-Books-Treadle Sewing Machine, Pocket Watches-More

305 N. Ludlow • Covington, OH

Collectibles: Hand sewn quilts and comforters, chanelle bedspreads (1-Peacock) Zippo (Celina Music - ph 3272), hand painted hurricane lamp (electrified), yard long of 1918 Dilt’s family reunion, young man’s class photo 1910 (all identified), 400-500 records (45 rpm), also some 78’s, pencils and #4 pen tips (Penn R.R.), 2 wind-up monkeys, wind-up metal horse w/ celluloid rider, costume jewelry, 1971 Ezra Brooks “Sprint Car Driver” both w/ box, set of 3 Miller High Life lights (nice set), Hudepohl neon, misc. Hudy & Wiedeman lights, some beer bottles, Billie beer mugs, M.C. dairy porch box, Andrews Sisters record cleaner, early prints of horses, dogs, cats, etc., hand-tooled leather purses (I-Jo-o-Kay), vintage Hoover vacuum and Roto Rug Mower, early kitchen utensils, aluminum spoons (Germany), and so on.


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Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:00am

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Furniture: Base rocker/recliner w/ violin sides, 3 pc. Sellars cabinet w/ original finish, misc. vintage upholstered furniture and lamps, round oak kitchen table, record cabinet, wash stand, waterfall bedroom suite, coffee and end tables, misc. furniture.

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Auctioneer’s Note: This large auction offers a lot of quality from start to finish. A lot of inventory is still new in the boxes. We will be running 2 auction rings so bring a friend. No buyers premium. Times: starting on smalls & misc. - Firearms at 12:30 p.m. followed by ATVs - larger shop items & furniture. View approximately 400 photos on our website.

Sale day phone - 937/545/4416 Visit our website to view photos at WWW.JWAUCTIONS.COM SALE CONDUCTED BY: JON W. CARR “I sell the earth and everything on it” AUCTIONEER & REALTOR BROOKVILLE, OHIO (937) 833-8992




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Scientists help farmers create greener dairies M.L. Johnson Associated Press

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) — Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer. Scientists based at the University of WisconsinMadison have started a slew of studies to determine how dairy farms can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They will look at what animals eat, how their waste is handled and the effects on soil, water and air. Their work is part of a government-sponsored effort to help farmers adapt to more extreme weather and reduce their impact on climate change. The studies also will support a dairy industry effort to make farms more environmentally friendly, profitable and attractive to consumers. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is developing a computer program that will allow farmers to compare water consumption, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from their farms to the national average and learn how improving their practices could help their bottom line. “We like to say sustainability makes cents — c-e-nt-s,” said Erin Fitzgerald, the center’s senior vice president for sustainability. Environmentally speaking, the big issue for dairy farms for decades was manure. Karl Klessig remembers state agents coming to his farm in 2002 and handcuffing him after an unexpected rain washed manure spread several days earlier into nearby Lake Michigan. Klessig was told that if his family didn’t immediately till the manure into the ground, tearing up the grass that feeds their cows, he’d soon be in jail. It was a big loss, but it “jump-started” their environmental awareness, Klessig

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Research technician Kris Niemann hooks up equipment that will measure the amount of ammonia, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases coming off a barnyard lined with sand at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Prairie du Sac, Wis.

said. The family welcomed researchers from UW-Madison and UW-Extension onto its property in Cleveland, about 70 miles north of Milwaukee, for tests that had some unexpected results. For example, the family had been leaving its pastures untilled for up to a decade to allow the grass to build up density, feeding the cows and reducing erosion. But scientists found that also allowed phosphorus to accumulate in the top layer of soil. Klessig said his family has been able to reduce phosphorus by tilling pastures more often and growing corn, which uses phosphorus to grow. They also learned the farm was losing hundreds of pounds of soil each year through its drainage system and wormholes were allowing manure to run into those pipes. It was nerve-racking to have researchers point out these problems, Klessig said. “Sometimes you feel like you’re on top of the table, and you only have underwear on,” he said. But the scientists also offered solutions, which Klessig said, “made us better farmers.” Studies like the ones done at Klessig’s farm helped provide the basis for the computer program being developed by the Innovation Center. The tool will be bolstered by data from a $10 million project led

by UW-Madison but including scientists, engineers and scholars from multiple universities. It is one of four projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers in specific regions adapt to climate change while reducing their environmental impact, said Ray Knighton, national program leader for soil and air quality at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The other projects involve the beef industry in the southern Great Plains and Southwest, wheat production in the Pacific Northwest and wood production in the Southeast. The five-year dairy project focuses on a strip of the northern U.S. from New York to Wisconsin. It is climatespecific in part because things like temperature affect the amount of milk cows produce. At the federally owned research farm in Prairie du Sac, scientists are looking at the impact made by relatively small changes. For example, as cows digest, they essentially burp out methane, a greenhouse gas. So, does changing the animal’s diet make its breath less toxic? They’re also exploring possibilities like whether there’s a relationship between the amount of milk a cow produces and how much methane it gives off. If so, it might

be possible to one day tell farmers that cows with certain genes “will enhance your profits but also enhance the environment,” said Mark Powell, the USDA soil scientist leading the team of researchers. His and others’ work will eventually be combined into what’s called a life cycle assessment that tallies the environmental impact of the entire industry — from the corn grown to feed cows to trucks that deliver milk to grocers. Farmers and others in the dairy industry can then use that information to assess how their decisions add up. “Engaging the dairy producers is the most important thing on this project,” said lead researcher Matt Ruark, a UW-Madison assistant professor and extension soil scientist. “There is a public demand for milk. But cows don’t just produce milk, they also produce manure and methane.” Klessig, whose family owns a cheese-making business along with its dairy farm, said farmers are eager for such information because their success depends on making good choices that they can explain to customers. “We hear it from our customers at the creamery,” he said. “It’s not that we’re organic or we’re not organic. They actually want to understand what we’re doing.”

Mt. Fuji’s Heritage status worries some Elaine Kurtenbach Associated Press

MOUNT FUJI, Japan (AP) — They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to await and cheer the sun’s blazing ascent over the horizon. Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s most iconic landmark, is a group activity: Seldom is it climbed in solitude. The recent recognition of the 3,776meter (12,388-foot) peak as a UNESCO World Heritage site has many here worried that it will draw still more people, adding to the wear and tear on the environment from the more than 300,000 who already climb the mountain each year. Safety is another concern. At least seven people died and 70 were hurt climbing Fuji In 2012, and traffic jams of climbers in the pre-dawn darkness can add to the risks, says Shomei Yokouchi, governor of Yamanashi, the area to the west. The official climbing season runs July to August, and the trek — nine hours round trip in good weather — is especially treacherous other times of the year. Mount Fuji’s near perfect cone was created by an eruption thousands of years ago that buried earlier peaks, and pilgrims have been climbing it for centuries — though women have been allowed only since 1868. It towers over the Pacific coast, ringed by lakes, national parks, temples and shrines that are also part of the World Heritage site. The new status, granted in June, will likely help area businesses — a welcome boost given the economic decline in most of rural Japan. Local authorities are puzzling, however, over how to preserve the mountain’s natural beauty while improving traffic access and other facilities to accommodate the anticipated increase in visitors. Some have suggested limiting access by raising tenfold the 1,000 yen ($10) climbing fee. But that might lead climbers to risk hypothermia by roughing it outdoors instead of staying in the 16 huts along the top of the trail, which charge up to $100 a night for cheek-by- • Piqua Daily Call

Study: 1 in 4 men in parts of Asia have raped Maria Cheng AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) — About one in four men in some parts of Asia admitted raping a woman, according to the first large studies of rape and sexual violence. About one in 10 admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. International researchers said their startling finding should change perceptions about how common violence against women is and prompt major campaigns to prevent it. Still, the results were based on a survey of only six Asian countries and the authors said it was uncertain what rates were like elsewhere in the region and beyond. They said engrained sexist attitudes contributed, but that other factors like poverty or being emotionally and physically abused as children were major risk factors for men’s violent behavior. A previous report from the World Health Organization found one-third of women worldwide say they have been victims of domestic or sexual violence. “It’s clear violence against women is far more widespread in the general population than we thought,” said Rachel Jewkes of South Africa’s Medical Research Council, who led the two studies. The research was paid for by several United Nations agencies and Australia, Britain, Norway and Sweden. The papers were published online Tuesday in the journal, Lancet Global Health. In the new research, male interviewers surveyed more than 10,000 men in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. The word “rape” was not used in the questions, but the men were asked if they had ever forced a woman to have sex when she wasn’t willing or if they had ever forced sex on someone who was too drunk or drugged to consent. In most places, scientists concluded between 6 to 8 percent of men raped a woman who wasn’t their partner. When they included wives and girlfriends, the figures were mostly between 30 to 57 percent. The lowest rates were in Bangladesh and Indonesia and the highest were in Papa New Guinea. Previous studies of rape have been done in South Africa, where nearly 40 percent of men are believed to have raped a woman. Of those who acknowledged forcing a woman to have sex, more than 70 percent of men said it was because of “sexual entitlement.” Nearly 60 percent said they were bored or wanted to have fun while about 40 percent said it was because they were angry or wanted to punish the woman. Only about half of the men said they felt guilty and 23 percent had been imprisoned for a rape. “The problem is shocking but anyplace we have looked, we see partner violence, victimization and sexual violence,” said Michele Decker, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who co-wrote an accompanying commentary. “Rape doesn’t just involve someone with a gun to a woman’s head,” she said. “People tend to think of rape as something someone else would do.” “It’s not enough to focus on services for women,” said Charlotte Watts, head of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not part of the study. She said some programs in Africa based on challenging traditional ideas of masculinity are proving successful. “It may be that the culture where they grew up condones violence, but it’s not impossible to change that,” she said.

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Workers at country’s General Mining and Metallurgical Company shout anti government slogans during a protest against austerity measures that threaten their jobs in central Athens on Tuesday.

Greek high school teachers to strike over job cuts Derek Gaopoulos Associated Press

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Japanese hikers climb one of the trails on Mount Fuji in Japan. The recent recognition of the 3,776-meter (12,388-foot) peak as a UNESCO World Heritage site has many here worried that will draw still more people, adding to the wear and tear on the environment from the more than 300,000 who already climb the mountain each year.

jowl communal accommodations. “With more foreigners visiting, we will need to think of improving the facilities,” Gov. Yokouchi says, noting that the installation of composting toilets has helped. “They are cleaner than before and the smell’s not so bad, but there are not enough of them.” Then there’s the litter. Each year 40,000 to 50,000 volunteers clean up garbage on the peak. Groups collected nearly 900 tons to prepare for June’s World Heritage vote by UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization. The designation is something to be proud of, says Hisataka Kurosawa, a 16-year-old high school student who recently joined a group of volunteers who climbed part of a trail and then scrounged around a car park near a visitor center, collecting several big bags worth of oil cans, cigarette butts, car parts and candy wrappers. “It’s getting polluted and so many people are running around. I’m a bit disappointed about that,” he says. The volunteers were led by Toyohiro Watanabe, a former local government official who runs a civic group called Groundwork Mishima. It’s not just the crowds that worry him. He also frets over acid rain from

sea water mixed with emissions from factories on the coast. And over invasive plant species, such as the bamboo grass that grows thick along the roadsides, obscuring some of the litter tossed from passing vehicles. Global warming may be contributing to huge fissures on Fuji’s slopes, prone to erosion and landslides, he says. “Although Fuji has a power of its own, it is being influenced by global warming and other factors,” Watanabe says as he looks for trouble spots in some of the most frequented areas. “It is getting weaker.” Though it last erupted in 1707, Mount Fuji remains an active volcano and Japanese seismologists watch it closely. The bigger risk, though, is from accidents. Fuji is hardly steep, but its high elevation and fickle weather can make it a hazardous climb. “There are rock falls, and sometimes people are unable to get out of the way,” Gov. Yokouchi says. UNESCO has long acknowledged the risks to World Heritage sites, both from natural disasters and unsustainable levels of tourism. Even for a country as wealthy as Japan, tight budgets mean fewer resources available to support conservation.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Unions representing high school teachers in Greece have voted to hold “longterm” strikes starting Sept. 16 against public sector staff cuts ordered by the government as part of its bailout agreements. The leader of the teaching union OLME, Themis Kotsifakis, said Tuesday that union delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of the weekly rolling protests at a union meeting late Monday. The move represents the first major challenge to the country’s conservative-led government over its program to suspend 25,000 public servants this year and fire 15,000 by the end of 2014. “Our answer to the (government) is a long-term strike that will take place in a decisive way. We are seeking the support of parents and other unions,” said Kotsifakis, who has himself been suspended from his state school teaching job. Later Tuesday, more than 2,000 teachers protested peacefully outside Parliament in Athens. Greece is stuck in a sixth year of recession, with the slump worsened by harsh austerity measures demanded by rescue creditors that have pushed unemployment up to more than 27 percent. Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has promised to end the recession and return the country to bond markets next year after balancing the budget. Finance Ministry figures released Tuesday showed he

was on the right track, with Greece beating its fiscal targets by a comfortable margin. The country’s state budget deficit for the first eight months of the year stood at 2.44 billion euros ($3.22 billion), far narrower than the targeted 7.83 billion euro ($10.33 billion) deficit. Greece’s primary budget — which does not take into account interest payments due on outstanding loans — posted a surplus of 2.9 billion euros, compared to a target of a 2.49 billion euro primary deficit. Teachers at state elementary and private school are also mulling possible strikes, while civil servants are planning a two-day strike next week. Late Monday, Athens University staff suspended all operations for one week in protest at the staff cuts. Other universities are considering similar action. Hundreds of university administrative staff members held a protest march through central Athens Tuesday, as did workers at country’s General Mining and Metallurgical Company who were protesting austerity measures that threaten their jobs. Greece’s international rescue lenders have not said how they will help make the country’s national debt sustainable, and Samaras’ coalition government faces a tough midtermtest in the spring with municipal and European parliament elections. Polls suggest that Greece’s anti-bailout parties are gaining ground. Debt inspectors from the socalled troika of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are due back in Athens later this month.

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