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Cemetery levy renewal to be decided by voters Will E Sanders

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PIQUA — In existence for 145 years and hailed as the “first and finest” union cemetery in the state of Ohio, a ballot measure for the continued support of the Forest Hill Union Cemetery awaits city voters who make it to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 5. The 120-acre cemetery, spread out over two elevations with a canal running through the middle of it, has three walking

trails and the city bike path along the canal. It’s considered by many to be among the nicest places in the city. But Forest Hill Superintendent Jim Roth wanted to stress to voters just how important the five-year, .5 mill levy renewal is. He said the levy will not create any additional tax and said based on $100,000 valuation of a home, a resident would pay an equivalent of $15.31 per year. The Forest Hill Cemetery, located at 8660 N. State Route 66, has

more than 29,000 burials and 27,000 monuments. Roth said the cemetery is “Piqua’s best kept secret” and encouraged residents to back the ballot measure. One of the main reasons voters should support the levy, Roth said, is because it will keep the cost of burials down. “Without the levy I am sure that cost would double,” he said. ” Most if not all of the publicly owned cemeteries do have higher pricing than we do.” In addition, a levy approval would mean the cemetery workers could

continue improving the grounds as area residents have come to expect, like new flower gardens; replacing curbing; repaving existing roads; removing dead trees that are dangerous; and normal, routine maintenance. “These are just a few of the many things that take place here at the cemetery each day,” Roth said. The cemetery staff includes five full-time employees as well as a part-time gardener. “The goal of the board of trustees is to continue to provide quality service to

the public and those who choose to use Forest Hill Cemetery as their final resting place,” Roth said. “We pride ourselves on the ability to provide personal service to each family or individual who comes to the cemetery, should they come just to walk, run, bike or for a burial, we hope that we fulfill the needs of that individual and the community.” He added: “The cemetery is a source of pride for the entire area and we will continue to help provide that to all citizens of the area.”

T.C. man gets three years probation in child porn case

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Afterward, Holbrooks’ home was subsequently searched and a computer he owned had child TROY — A Tipp City pornography stored on man who possessed it. pornography depicting He faced a maximum, children and caught the combined sentence of attention of an Internet two years in prison for detective learned his the convictions on the fate at a sentwo fifth-degree tencing hearing felony sex counts Monday in Miami and a $5,000 fine. County Common He was origiPleas Court. nally charged Ja m e s D. with two secondHolbrooks, 32, degree felony was convicted on counts of illegal two felony counts Holbrooks use of a minor in of disseminatnudity oriented ing matter harmful to matter or performance. juveniles at an Aug. 19 Holbrooks pleaded to change of plea hearing the two lesser charges and on Monday a judge in an agreement where ordered the Tipp City prosecutors agreed to resident to serve three jointly recommend conyears on community current sentencing. control sanctions. The criminal charges He possessed child he was convicted on do pornography on his com- not carry sex offender puter, which was learned registration require after a detective from the ments. Troy Police Department However, as a condidiscovered that informa- tion of his probation tion and passed it along Holbrooks was ordered to members of the Tipp to undergo sex offender City Police Department. assessment.

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Piqua firefighters observe while workers from the Piqua Underground Utilities department demonstrate their ability to drill holes using water under pressure. Firefighters spent Monday morning doing trench rescue training at the city compost facility on PiquaTroy Road. Several methods of drilling holes and shoring trenches were explored in order that firefighters might be prepared to safely save the life of someone buried by the collapse of material or earth.

Covington Council discusses downtown renovations SafeHaven finalist in online contest Amy Maxwell

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COVINGTON — Covington Council met Monday and discussed quite a few changes affecting the village in the near future. A discussion was initiated regarding the need to appoint a com-

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mittee for the preliminary planning of the High Street/Downtown reconstruction project. Council has been exploring the possibilities to update the downtown area, both in construction and aesthetic qualities. Council decided Mayor Ed McCord and Village Administrator Mike Busse would facilitate the committee and members should include two council members, two downtown business owners and one village citizen. Council aims to form the committee with a plan to hold its first meeting in the beginning of 2014. Long time council member Marc Basye formally submitted his letter of resignation to council Monday night as well. Basye, a sergeant with the Tipp City Police Department, has served on council since 1999, and has been a member

of the Covington Police Department in the past, which he credited for his initial interest in becoming a council member from the desire to be a part of positive changes within the village. Basye acknowledged that his resignation was bittersweet for him. “My original plan was to serve out the remaining two years of my term as a councilman in this great village, however, my wife, Susan, and I have found a home in Tipp City and we will be relocating completely within the next few weeks,” Basye said. McCord said he was sorry to see Basye go, but that council understood. Council has 30 days to appoint a replacement for Basye before the position is open for mayoral appointment. Busse reported that See COUNCIL | Page 2

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PIQUA — For those who desire to help others but may not have the financial backing to do so here’s a wonderful opportunity. SafeHaven Inc., a nonprofit organization to help those in need, ages 18 and over, is one of the top 10 finalists for the Jump START your nonprofit contest being held by Modern Office Method, an office equipment provider for Ohio and parts of Kentucky and Indiana “It’s very easy, and they can vote once a day,” said Doug Metcalfe, executive director for SafeHaven Inc., who explained this is the first time they’ve been selected to the top ten, and if chosen, monies from the contest will be used to purchase much-needed

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office equipment from Modern Office Method to aid their administration offices across three locations: Miami, Darke and Shelby counties. “It’s a great opportunity and anyone can help.” The way to help SafeHaven is simple, visit www.momnet.com online and vote for the Dayton region every day between now and Friday, Nov. 1. There are three

prizes with the first place winner receiving $20,000, second place $10,000 and third place $5,000. For Metcalfe, this is a unique opportunity for those in the community who wish to give back, while expressing his appreciation to those in the community who have helped the See FINALIST | Page 2


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Obituaries WILLIAM HEBB TROY — William Max Hebb, 79, of Troy, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. He was born Dec. 8, 1933, to the late Delphos Thomas and Helen M. (Cromer) Hebb. He is survived by his wife, Miriam E. (Mothmiller) Hile Hebb; two daughters, Patricia (Paul) Yelley of Lucasville and Tammy of Troy; one son, Del (Barb) Hebb of Fruitland Park, Fla.; three step-daughters, Debra Gray of Troy, Cynthia (Keith) Deeter of Tipp City and Beth (Guy) Griffith of Marion, N.C.; four grandsons; four step grandsons; one step granddaughter; 10 step greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hebb was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Hebb; two

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brothers, Dwaine Hebb and Robert Hebb; and two halfbrothers, Junior Gladman and Jerry Gladman. He was a member of the Troy Fish and Game and enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as going to flea markets. He retired after 34 years from Hobart Brothers. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Dave Leckrone officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Friends may call from 12-2 Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

GEORGE ATKINS TROY — George W. Atkins, 53, of Troy, died at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Genesis Health Care Center, Troy. He was born in Piqua, on Aug. 8, 1960, to the late George W. and Earlene (Smith) Atkins. George was married to Lisa Howard. She survives. George also is survived by six daughters, Lakisha Atkins of Indiana, Latasha Atkins, Latisha Atkins, Ladoshia Atkins, Lashay Atkins and Lashonda Atkins, all of Piqua; one son, George W. Atkins III; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl McKinney, Kenneth and Mary Coulter, Johnny and Debbie Coulter, Jasper and Tammy Atkins and Jerry Atkins, all of Piqua; two sisters and brothers-in-

TROY — Marsha G. Williams, 65, of Troy, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. She was born Nov. 20, 1947, in Dayton, to the late Clyde “Bud” and Eva (Cotterman) Zwiesler. She is survived by two daughters, Marcia DeMoss of Troy and Amanda Starner of Troy; one twin sister and brother-in-law, Melody and Russell Lawson of Tehachapi, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Andrew Gasson. In addition to her parents, Marsha was preced-

ed in death by one brother, Ronnie W. Zwielser of Piqua. She was a member of the Mid-County Church of Christ in Troy and was formerly employed with Emery/UPS. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Mid-County Church of Christ, 1580 North Dorset Lytle Road, Troy, with Minister Russell Lawson officiating. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

LAURENCE AMICK PLEASANT HILL — Laurence B. Amick, 73, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Garnet and H a z el (McConnell) Amick. Larry graduated from Newton High School class of 1957 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s degree from Wright State University. He married Judy E. Hess on May 18, 1963, in Pleasant Hill, and together they shared a life for more than 50 years. Larry worked as an educator for 42 years including 14 years as principal at West Liberty-Salem School District, and served in the U.S. Air Force.

law, Pauline and Edward Henry of Waldo, Ark. and Lois and Bennie McDonald, both of Piqua; special brother, Chris Scott of Piqua; and one granddaughter, Joshlyn Atkins of Indiana. George was a laborer and worked in several different factories. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with Bishop E. L. Wilson. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Friends may call from 12-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to ROBERT Hospice of Miami County, PIQUA — Robert M. P. O. Box 502, Troy, OH Burns, 72, of Piqua, died 45373. Condolences may be expressed to the family at at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Miami Valley www.melcher-sowers.com. Hospital, Dayton. He was born Feb. 12, 1941 in THOMAS BROWN Watertown, N.Y., TROY — Thomas for his entire life, raising to the late Richard P. Brown, 68, of Troy, Suffolk sheep and cattle H. and Lillian M. passed away Sunday, Oct. there for 60 years. (Coffield) Burns. 20, 2013, at the Upper Among numerous Survivors Valley Medical Center. accomplishments, Tom include his fianHe was born July 24, was a reputed livestock cée, Karen M. 1945 to the late Howard judge. As a judge, Tom Hayslett of Piqua; Hales and Mildred traveled to 42 a son, Brian Burns McGalliard Brown. states and judged of Ashville, N.C.; and a Tom was preceded at every national grandchild. in death by his sheep show in the Mr. Burns was a gradubrother, Robert nation. In 1982, ate of Piqua Catholic Hales Brown; sisTom was honored High School and retired ter, Rosemary by the American from the B. F. Goodrich Trissell; nephew, Saddle and Sirloin Company as a machinist Jeffrey Anderson; Club as one of the and an inspector. He was and his beloved, faithful top five livestock judges in a member of the Fraternal Border Collie, Kate. America. He was the recip- Order of the Eagles of He is survived by one ient of the Ohio Master Covington and the Loyal sister, Josephine Brown Shepherd Award in 1991 Order of the Moose Lodge Wallace of Casstown; and was inducted into the of Crystal River, Fla. nieces, Jill Kiser of Piqua, Ohio State Fair Hall of Krista Wallace Black Fame in 2004. of Richmond, Ind., Jan Tom was a past-president Anderson, and Jayne of the Ohio Sheepman’s Anderson and Ann Francis Association, a member of From page 1 of Piqua; nephews. Ric the Ohio Lamb Board, the Wallace of Casstown and Lamb and Wool Checkoff Ritter Pipeline crews will Greg Anderson of Bowling Board and was currently being working for Vectren Green, Ky.; and many great- chairman of the Ohio Energy Delivery of Ohio nieces and nephews. Scrapie Committee. He to replace gas mains and Tom will be missed and was a member of the Cove services in the village. remembered by his fam- Spring Church. The areas of work will ily and close friends, Craig Graveside services include: East Broadway Fetters of Osceola, Iowa, will be held at 11 a.m. Street, North Wenrick Janet Pond and daughters Thursday, at the Village Street, North Ludlow Stacey and Jennifer of St. of Casstown Cemetery Street and East Maple Paris, John Allread, also where Tom will be burof St. Paris, Dennis and ied on the family plot. In Street. Cheryl Clark of Troy, Cindy lieu of flowers, memo- The work will consist of Gibson of Troy, and many rial contributions may be installing a polyethylene sheep breeders across the made to the Ohio Sheep system to replace the curcountry. Improvement Association Tom was a graduate of Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Miami East High School Scholarship Fund, 280 N. and Bowling Green State High St., Columbus, OH From page 1 University with a bachelors 43218. The fund is used both of science in Education. He to give scholarships to the organization, on his behalf and the taught for 30 years in the youth of Ohio. SafeHaven family, as he Miami East school sysFriends may express tem. Tom lived on his fam- condolences to the family referenced those who ily’s historic Spring Haven through www.bairdfuneral- work and are assisted by the organization. Farm in Miami County home.com. “This has been a great, supportive comIn Loving Memory of munity,” said Metcalfe with the SafeHaven family appreciative of 12-21-1930 TO 10-23-2012 that support, too, stating they have consisGod saw you getting tired; tently asked the execua cure was not to be. tive director how they He put His arms around you

He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Amick; children, Reed Amick of Bellefontaine and Thea Taylor of West Milton; grandchildren, Jaydin Allen, Zoey Allen, Elijah Taylor; daughter, Nicole Amick. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert and Donald Amick. Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren, 300 East Monument St., Pleasant Hill, with Pastor Eugene Oburn officiating. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill History Center, 611 E. High St., Pleasant Hill, OH 45359. Online memories may be left for the family at www.jacksonsarver.com.

MARJORIE ANN BROWN TROY — Marjorie Ann (Hoagland) Brown, 85, of Troy, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at her residence in Troy. She was born July 27, 1928, in Troy, to the late Charles H. and Clara E. (Wenger) Hoagland. She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamberlyn and Norman Yahle and Kimberly and Doug Antonides, all of Troy; five grandchildren, Veronica (Ben) Cottam, Christopher (Patty) Antonides, Nicholas Antonides, Breanne (Brad) Frasher, Gregory Yahle; and three great grandchildren, Bronwen Cottam, Zander Frasher, and Logan Lynn Frasher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold E. Brown, in 1999. She was a 1946 graduate of Troy High School, and a graduate of Miami Jacobs College and Wright State University.

She had been a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ since 1947, and was a volunteer at the Upper Valley Medical Center. Her biggest joys in life were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed her church, her friends, reading, and cooking. She was the co-owner for 31 years with her husband, Harold of K&T Canteen and Catering. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with interment to follow in Casstown Cemetery, Casstown. Friends may call from 12-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

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A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Chalk officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or the Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.

WEST MILTON — Maynard D. “Hap” Alspaugh, 83, of West Milton, formerly of Covington, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at McKinley Commons, West Milton. He was born May 26, 1930, in Painter Creek, to Lloyd and Kathryn (McConnell) Alspaugh. Maynard graduated from Franklin High School class of 1949. He retired from Aerovent, Piqua, after 26 years of service, worked at the Piqua City Schools and Newton Schools as a janitor for 30 years, and volunteered as an Auxiliary Highway patrolman at the Piqua Post from 1970-2000. He was an associate member of the Troy VFW Post 5436, a member of the American Legion Post 80, Covington, and was a Unit Commissioner with Boy Scout Troop 7, Piqua. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and roller skating. The family would like to thank the nurses from Hospice of Miami County for the care they showed to Maynard during their time with him, and a special thank you to the residents of McKinley Commons for their friendship. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan (Wooddell) Alspaugh; great-grandson,

Brayden Dorsten; brothers, Marvin Alspaugh and Ronny Alspaugh; and sisters, Rita Mote and Ruth Mendelson. He will be missed and remembered by his children, Theresa “Terri” and Ralph Hittle of Pleasant Hill, Rose and David Burns of West Milton, David and Kristen Alspaugh of Covington; grandchildren, Jennifer and Kenneth Golden, Karen Spiers, Kari Hittle, Matthew and Amanda Burns, Katie Long, Blythe Alspaugh; great-grandchildren, Dontea Brown, Brandyn Taylor, Pearl Golden, Alanna Demoss, Skylar Demoss, Brinlee Demoss, Logan Burns, Allyson Burns, Kaydence Dorsten, Rylan Dorsten; brother, Warren Alspaugh of Tipp City; and sister, Sue Knife of Troy. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington. Pastor Justin Williams will officiate with interment following at Fletcher Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. Online memories may be left for the family at www. jackson-sarver.com.

rent steel pipeline system. First, the gas main will be replaced and then the service lines serving residential and commercial customers will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored. Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact

customers to schedule this portion of the work, which will involve a short service interruption. Additionally, a Vectren representative will schedule a time to relight any natural gas appliances of impacted customers. Busse also noted that the project will include an upgrade from low pressure to medium pressure lines.

Council passed a resolution to authorize Busse to dispose of obsolete property and also a resolution for Busse to enter into a contract with Hylant Insurance for property and liability insurance. They also authorized Busse to enter into a contract with Marias Technology for the village’s web hosting services.

may give back, too. “They are always asking about ways to give back.” Those who have been and continue to be helped by the nonprofit, information provided by SafeHaven Inc., are those who may suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or a major depressive disorder, among other mental illnesses that

can disrupt a person’s thinking, moods and ability to cope with the demands of life. Mental illness does not discriminate, which means anyone, regardless of age, race, religion, or income may be affected. It is also treatable, with medication to help control symptoms, along with supportive counseling, self-help

groups, assistance with housing, vocational rehabilitation, income assistance and other community services. SafeHaven is also funded by the Piqua United Way, Darke County United Way and the Shelby County United Way. For more information visit www.safehaveninc.com.

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and whispered “Come with Me.” It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, For part of us went with you the day that God called you home. A million times we’ve thought of you a million times we’ve cried. If love could have saved you, you never would have died. Your loving wife & family

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Dispose of leaves at the city compost facility for free

PIQUA — In an effort to assist residents with their leaf pick-up, Piqua will allow residents to dispose of their leaves free of charge. Starting Oct. 28 through Dec. 13, residents may take their leaves to the city compost facility, should residents not wish to wait on their scheduled leaf pick-up date by city crews. Residents may contact the street department to schedule a time to take their leaves to the compost facility. Normally, the cost to dispose of leaves is $10 per truck or trailer load. But in an effort to assist residents as well as city crews,

this fee will be waived during this time period. The more residents that participate in this program, the more beneficial it will be for residents and city crews. This will allow residents to remove their leaves at their convenience, which will free up parking spaces in residential areas, keep leaves from collecting in storm sewer systems, and allow city crews more time to work on street related issues. The city is hoping to get a multitude of residents to participate in this new program, which is a win-win for all involved. All leaves collected will be composted

and sold next spring and summer as compost for gardens and flower beds. It is a very nutrient rich product that resembles top soil. The city has been composting leaves, and making mulch at this facility since 2003. All leaves brought to the facility must be free of brush, bushes or any type of wood. Those items may also be taken to the compost facility for a nominal fee. The facility is located on Piqua-Troy Road, approximately a mile and a half south of Garnsey Street. For questions or scheduling, call the street department at 778-2095.

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Piqua leaf pick-up to begin Monday PIQUA — City crews will begin leaf pick-up Oct. 28 and continue through Dec. 13. Leaf pick-up crews will cover the city three full rounds, plus additional coverage, as needed in areas with a heavy concentration of leaves. To help provide efficient pick-up, residents are asked to rake leaves with regard to the following: • Rake leaves to the curb line. On streets with no curbs, rake leaves to the edge of the asphalt. • Keep leaf piles free of stones, cans, trash, sticks, etc. These items can damage the vacuum equipment.

• Do not rake leaves to the alley, or boulevards. • Make sure leaves are not piled under, between, or around parked cars. The leaf pick-up hotline number is 778-2047. A recorded message will be updated each day, describing the location in which crews are working. Call the hotline to receive schedule information. The city’s website www.piquaoh. org also will have the schedule updates. Those with questions or requiring additional information pertaining to this program are advised to contact the street department at 778-2095.

Carson Hawk Age: 8 Birthday: Oct. 22 Parents: Cleadous and Holly Hawk of Piqua Grandparents: James and Patricia Smith, and Cleadous and Jeanella Hawk all of Lima Great-Grandparents: Rita Ricker of Delphos and Norma Smith of Lima

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A headline in the Oct. 17 edition of the Piqua Daily Call should have stated the Run in Piqua 5k event takes place Oct. 26. The Call regrets the error.

Foundation scholarship deadline approaching PIQUA — The Miami County Foundation reminds Miami County high school seniors and graduates the deadline for submitting a scholarship application to the Thelma Ross Dalton Scholarship Fund is Nov. 1. These scholarships

can be up to $3,000 and are awarded to selected Miami County residents to further their post-high school education. It was Mrs. Dalton’s express desire that these funds be available to assist county residents to continue their education in any accredited college,

trade/vocational or nursing/health related facility. As a former resident of Miami County it was her bequest the Miami County Foundation administers and distributes the scholarships annually. A committee comprised of Miami County

Foundation and community members will select recipients. Scholarship applications are available online at www.miamicountyfoundation.org, Miami County high schools or by phoning the Miami County Foundation office at 773-9012.

Meet the Candidates Night at the YWCA Piqua PIQUA — A community education forum featuring state and local issues and candidates in the November election affecting Piqua area residents will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the YWCA Piqua. The evening is organized by the YWCA Public Policy Committee. Interested citizens are invited to attend the forum which is free and open to the

public. This event will feature invited candidates with opposition who are running in the Nov. 5 General Election including Lucinda L. Fess and William D. Vogt (Mayor, City of Piqua); James H. Cruse Jr. and Joseph H. Wilson (Piqua City Commission 3rd Ward). One local issue that will be on the ballot is the Forest Hill

Cemetery renewal tax levy with Jim Roth, Superintendent, as the representative. The forum will be broadcast live by WPTW (1570 AM) and will also be taped for later broadcast by WOTVC (Channel 5). For more information, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626, or e-mail info@ ywcapiqua.com. The YWCA is handicap accessible.

Not-so-scary haunted woods TROY — Come enjoy a kidfriendly evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with guided walks, live animals and costumed characters at Brukner Nature Center. A guide will lead particiants along luminary-lit trail and stop at five stations along the way so you and your family can learn all about the wild creatures of the night.

Activities also will include free face painting, crafts and games, wildlife viewing, storytelling at a campfire plus cookies and cider after the hike. The program is $3 per person for BNC members and $5 per person for non-members. Be sure to have your membership card ready. Tickets are available on a first-

Quarter Auction to benefit veterans museum

TROY — The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will be hosting its Quarters for “Our Quarters” auction beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the second floor dining room at the Masonic Lodge in Troy. The date is particularly fitting as it falls on Veterans Day weekend. The monies raised will be used specifically for the museum and more particularly to cover the rental costs for the facility in which the museum

is located. There will be an admission fee of $3, which will purchase a numbered paddle and a door prize ticket. Each participant can buy as many paddles as they like. There will also be food and drink items for sale with all proceeds to benefit the museum. Those who visited the booth during the Miami County Fair, the drawing for the quilt will also be taking place that evening.

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Time for annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade PIQUA - The Piqua Kiwanis is calling ghosts and goblins, princes and princesses to participate in the annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This is the 57th annual parade which was begun in 1956 by Joe Thoma Jr. The evening ’s festivities will begin with judging of costumes promptly at 6:15 p.m. in the Unity National Bank parking lot in Piqua with the parade starting at 7 p.m. Costumes will be judged for children up to age 14 years old in 11 categories: Scariest/Ugliest, Most Original, Best Couple, Funniest, Prettiest, Cartoon Character, Science Fi c t i o n , Historical/Political, 3 years old and under, Princesses, and High School Band. First, second, and third prizewinners will

be chosen in each category with prizes of $20, $10, and $5. Two grand prizes sponsored by Unity Bank, a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike, will be given for the outstanding costumes chosen by the judges. Prizes and treats will be given to the children at the conclusion of the parade on the front porch of the YMCA. Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Anyone interested in finding more out about the Kiwanis Club of Piqua is invited to call Brian Phillips at 7781586. Kiwanis meets on Wednesdays at noon at The Bistro Room (formerly Backyard Bistro) at 1876 Commerce Drive.

come, first-served basis on the night of the event, handed out in the order that you arrive at the gate at the entrance, so if you want to join your friends, ride together or meet and drive in together. The gate opens at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every 5 minutes after that. Parking is limited.

Covington BOE COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. today at the Board of Education office located in the Covington Middle

School. The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve the fiveyear forecast and any other items that may come before the board.

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A vegetable too far After a few doctor plain old fruit and visits and constant fruit juice? Seriously? problems with prescrip- I guess he was expecttion medicines, my ing my “come to juices” friend, Dave, has decid- moment and it didn’t ed to pay attention to happen. Obviously, I what he eats, hoping would take more work. to cut down “It’s not on some of just fruit; it the more works with unpleasant everything,” side effects he says, and, perthrowing in haps, become pieces of raw h e a l t h y broccoli, cauenough to liflower and stop taking celery and some meds adding it to Jim Mullen a l t o g e t h e r. the apple, Years of airpear and Columnist plane peagrape cocknuts and convenience tail. store lunches have Another swig and it taken their toll on him, did taste surprisingly and he was feeling old good. “Let’s add a litbefore his time. So he tle tomato and green did what many people pepper.” Whrrr, whrrr, in his condition have whrrr. Less good, but done: He bought a juic- still a healthy-tasting er. drink. I could almost He loves it and now feel lost strength comhe can’t wait to spread ing back to my legs, the message of juicing increased vigor, deeper to everyone who comes breaths. If I did this in his house. I suspect every day, if I stopped in the next few weeks eating bacon cooked in he may start showing sugar, cheese-covered up at a complete strang- everything, junk food er’s back door, wearing snacks and late night a white shirt and a skin- cookie dough ice cream, ny black tie, and ask I could see myself living them if they’ve heard to 150. Maybe Dave is the good news about onto something here. juices. Me? I like juice, “See what I’m saybut I have never had ing? Watch this.” Dave a juicer. I’m a blender throws in a cucumber. person. But mine is 30 I take another sip. My years old, maybe older. sciatica disappears. My I think it was made by lower back pain goes Atwater Kent. I used to away. My skin is startmake smoothies in it. A ing to look young and little ice, a little milk, healthy. My hair is some fruit, yummy. But turning brown again. I hadn’t used it for a I’ve probably grown 2 few years. Last week, or 3 inches. I’m getI found a recipe for a ting into it now. What smoothie that called for else can we throw in frozen banana chunks. there? The pulp side is This blender couldn’t almost full now; there’s handle them, and fro- not much room. Dave zen banana chunks are gets a gleam in his eye. marshmallows com- He can see I’m a conpared to ice. So I was vert. He reaches into in the market for some- the fridge and pulls out thing new. Maybe a a bag of dark green letjuicer is just the thing tuce. “Wait till you try to replace my failing this. Kale! It’s a miracle blender. food. You barely have “See, you can put to eat anything else.” anything in it and it all Whrrr. Whrrr. Whrrr. tastes good,” Dave says, I take a sip — of the throwing in some apple most disgusting stuff slices, a few chunks of known to man. This is pear and a handful of not a food; it’s a chemiseedless grapes. Whrrr, cal weapon. The mirwhrrr, whrrr. Juice acle is that anyone is comes out one side; able to choke it down. It apple-pear-grape pulp sucked all the flavor out comes out the other. of all the other fruit and “Try it, see how great vegetables and added it tastes.” “It does taste its own peculiar stink. good. But so does an Within seconds my apple. How do you skin re-wrinkled, the know you’re not throw- sciatica returned, my ing away the best part?” hair turned white, and Dave gives me that I shrunk several inches. look you’d give to some- I’m going to try blendone who just told you ing my bananas again. that you had an ugly baby. Could I not tell Contact Jim Mullen at the difference between JimMullenBooks.com.

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Written off for dead, immigration reform could still live

The Senate and House had not reformers won’t wait until security is even settled the final details of end- in place before starting legalization. The Senate papered over the probing the government shutdown before President Obama was on to his next lem by throwing billions of dollars at priority. “We still need to pass a law border security in the final rush to pass the Gang of Eight bill. to fix our broken immigraBut that didn’t make the tion system,” Obama said Gang ’s solution any more on the night of Oct. 16 as attractive to House conserCapitol Hill scrambled to vatives. “I think there would end the standoff. In case be overwhelming opposition anyone missed it, the next from within the ranks to morning he declared: “We going to conference with should finish the job of fixthe Gang of Eight bill,” one ing our broken immigration conservative House member system.” said in an email exchange. Byron York There’s no doubt the “Indeed, this would be way president wants an immigraColumnist more divisive than the last tion deal; he’s talked about four weeks have been for the House it for years, and now can’t put it off until another term. But could GOP.” The conservatives seek to avoid a the Republican-controlled House of Representatives — exhausted, dazed scenario in which the House passes and confused after the self-inflicted some sort of immigration bill, goes battering of the last few weeks — to conference with the Senate, and actually get itself together to pass comes out of the negotiations with a a reform bill to go along with the bill that looks a lot like the Gang of Gang of Eight bill the Senate already Eight’s. “Everyone has seen the bad faith exhibited by Obama and (Senate passed? The prospect alone makes some Majority Leader Harry) Reid during observers laugh. “People talking about this fiscal fight, and I can’t imagine immigration being next: have you anyone making the case that a final been watching the House?” tweeted (immigration) product would reflect National Review’s Jonathan Strong conservative principles in any fashduring the worst of the shutdown ion,” the lawmaker says. “Reid has battle, adding the hashtag “#crazi- all but said that no matter what the ness.” In this (entirely reasonable) House passes the Senate will simply view, there’s no way the fractured jam the Gang of Eight bill through a GOP could ever unite to pass such a conference committee.” That skepticism is probably far-reaching piece of legislation. shared by a large number of House But that doesn’t keep immigration Republicans, perhaps enough to kill reformers from trying — and hoping. “There is still a window,” says one any reform proposal. But the reformHouse GOP aide involved in crafting a ers, led by Obama, are still trying. reform proposal. “The leadership has They have the Senate bill in their said keep working on it and see what pocket. They have nearly unanimous Democratic support plus a significant you can do.” Republican immigration proponents number of Republicans. They have the have been quietly talking to GOP mem- support of powerful interest groups. bers throughout even the craziest days And they have money, money, money. At a recent Congressional Hispanic of the shutdown and default fights. Conference meeting, Democratic Rep. They report some progress. Yes, the John Yarmuth of Kentucky noted that most conservative House Republicans the forces of comprehensive immigraare mostly against them. But those tion reform include vastly wealthy with a libertarian bent are more open businesses willing to spend big to to the cause. The aide says reformers win. And the other side? “There is no have had good meetings “with a few of money on the other side of the issue,” those guys who were with Ted Cruz at Yarmuth said. “There is nobody out Tortilla Coast,” referring to the House there ready to spend $100 million conservatives who met with the Texas against this.” For the pro-reform side, senator at a Washington, D.C. restausupporters like Facebook founder rant and ended up holding out longest Mark Zuckerberg — who wants looser against a deal to end the shutdown. visa standards for foreign high-tech But the problem for reformers workers — can rustle up that much is not the fractiousness of House with the help of a few Silicon Valley Republicans, although that doesn’t friends. help. The problem is that the reformAn initiative with that much money ers have never found a way to bal- and that much clout behind it can ance the border security demands never be dismissed. Which means of conservatives with the reformers’ that, even if comprehensive immigrademand for quick legalization of the tion reform appears to be dead, its 11 million-plus immigrants currently opponents can never, ever assume the in the United States illegally. The game is over. conservatives must have security first, and then legalization (and even then, Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington some won’t ever support reform). The Examiner.

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To the Editor, Saint Paris voters elected a new, young, inexperienced Mayor in November 2011. He resigned the position within six months of taking office. I was serving my seventh year on Saint Paris Village Council and was the elected president of council. When he resigned, according to Ohio law, I became mayor. I have conducted council meetings, attended state and local mayor association meetings, represented the village at chamber of commerce meetings and events, and lobbied for economic development in Saint Paris. I am happy and proud to represent and provide leadership to the village of Saint Paris. I have learned much during the past 17 months as mayor of Saint Paris. This November, according to Ohio law, Saint Paris voters must elect a person to complete the unexpired term of mayor that was open in 2011. This will be a special 2-year term for the mayor. I will be happy to continue as mayor of Saint Paris and complete the term that the new, young, inexperienced mayor gave up. I have the time, energy, and knowledge to continue as mayor of Saint Paris. I would appreciate your vote Nov. 5, 2013. Sincerely, Brenda Cook Mayor of Saint Paris

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When the reckless and nauseating spectacle in Washington finally ended, here’s what House Speaker John Boehner had to say: “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.” His glib summation shows better than nearly anything how out of touch those Republicans responsible for this month’s government shutdown are with the American people and with common sense itself. Good fight? It’s hard to even understand what the tea party crowd was fighting for. Surely they didn’t believe they would actually succeed in convincing President Obama to undo his signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act. Surely they didn’t believe Americans wanted the government they’re paying for to be shut down. Surely they didn’t predict broad approval for their scheme to bring the country close to a crash of the economic markets and inflict pain on federal workers, private contractors and the many, many other Americans who rely on the government in ways small and large. Surely they didn’t imagine that underscoring what a dysfunctional mess Washington has become would improve the nation’s standing in the world. The reprieve — a deal to reopen the government and lift the threat of default — is temporary, of course. Lawmakers agreed to fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. The serious players in the House, Senate and White House must persevere. The bigger budget battle has yet to be joined.

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Shutdown coverage benefits cable news networks

David Bauder AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government shutdown damaged the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good business for the cable television news networks — and taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more than five million Wednesday evening when Congress passed a compromise bill to put the government back online. “It was a drama,” said CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who logged many hours of airtime along with Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News and Mike Emanuel of Fox. “Whenever there’s a drama, people are interested.” MSNBC, which has struggled in this postelection year, saw its average prime-time viewership jump 35 percent to 978,000 this month through Wednesday, compared to the first nine months of the year, the Nielsen company said. Fox, which chose not to make any of its reporters available for this story, was up 9 percent to 2.22 million in the same period (although the network also benefited from a primetime schedule change this month). CNN improved by 11 percent to 721,000. The news networks brought their traditional hallmarks of crisis coverage to the political machinations, including “countdown clocks” that marked each second closer to a debt limit deadline. The story meant brutal hours: O’Donnell, who filed for MSNBC, CNBC and NBC News, was at work past 3 a.m. Eastern the first night of the shutdown, then back at 6 a.m. for “Morning Joe.” There were many strong points to the coverage, particularly when reporters didn’t fall back on cliches like declaring winners and losers for an event that did few people proud,

said Jane Hall, a journalism professor at American University. “It certainly gave voice to the American people disgusted over this and there were a number of good stories about the impact of the shutdown on government workers,” Hall said. Social media was a big help, O’Donnell said. She would hear from people outside the Capitol cocoon through Twitter and email, with many raising questions she used in her reporting. She was asked how the shutdown would affect Social Security or back pay for government workers. NBC used a “dearcongress” hashtag on Twitter to encourage questions. Sometimes the concerns were very specific, like when shrimp fishermen asked about access to launches on federal land, which she took to an individual congressman in the affected area. “That was a real-time experience of the shutdown that did not compare to anything in a crisis that we had covered before,” O’Donnell said. In the past, Bash said she’d often need to plead with producers for time off the air to report. In this case, it wasn’t really necessary: Her sources would text, tweet or email information while she was on the air. When President Barack Obama spoke to the nation on Thursday, Bash had instant reaction from several Republicans minutes after he left the podium. When Republicans and Democrats weren’t talking to each other, Bash found that they would talk through her. “I’ll report something or I’ll tweet something and I’ll get a call from a source pushing back or trying to shape it — not because it’s a message to the world, but because it’s a message to the other side,” she said. Bash would set up live shots in the hallway between Speaker John Boehner’s office and the floor of the House of Representatives, a passageway teeming with sources.

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Carol Burnett receives top U.S. humor prize in DC Brett Zongker Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Carol Burnett launched her namesake variety show in the 1960s, one TV executive told her the genre was “a man’s game.” She proved him wrong with an 11-year run that averaged 30 million viewers each week. On Sunday, the trailblazing comedienne received the nation’s top humor prize at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Top entertainers including Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and others performed in Burnett’s honor as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show was taped Sunday and will be broadcast Nov. 24 on PBS stations. “This is very encouraging,” Burnett, 80, deadpanned in accepting the prize. “I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. “With any luck, they’ll soon get voted out, and I’ll still have the Mark Twain prize.” Fey opened the show with some jokes about the recent government shutdown and about fears over “Obamacare.” “Enough politics. We are here tonight to celebrate the first lady of American comedy, Ted Cruz,” Fey said, referring to the Texas senator who took a prominent role during the shutdown. Fey quickly turned to showering Burnett with accolades for opening doors for other women comedians. “You mean so much to me,” Fey said. “I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.” In an interview, Burnett said she was drawn to comedy after realizing how it felt to make people laugh. She went to UCLA with plans to become a journalist, but she took an acting course that put her on stage. “I played a hillbilly woman, and coming from Texas … it was real easy for me,” she said. “I just made my entrance, and I said, ‘I’m Baaack.’ Then they exploded.” “I thought whoa! This feels good,” Burnett said. “I wanted those laughs to keep on coming forever.” Few women were doing comedy when Burnett set her sights on New York. She caught a break when she was spotted by talent bookers from TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” and was invited to perform her rendition

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Carol Burnett is honored with the Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.

of “I Made a Fool of Myself over John Foster Dulles.” Almost immediately, Burnett transformed Dulles, the former secretary of state, “from a Presbyterian bureaucrat into a smoking hot sex symbol,” said Cappy McGarr, the co-creator of the Mark Twain Prize. “She sang that she was ‘simply on fire with desire’ and that was really her big break.” Soon after, Burnett landed a role in Broadway’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” and began appearing on morning TV’s “The Garry Moore Show.” She never thought she could host her own show, though. “I was more of a second banana,” she said. But she loved playing a variety of characters. CBS signed her to a 10-year contract doing guest shots on sitcoms and performing in one TV special a year, but the deal also allowed her the option of creating her own variety show and guaranteed her airtime. But five years in, CBS executives had forgotten about the idea. She recalled one executive telling her: “You know, variety is a man’s game.” “At that time, I understood what he was saying, and I was never one to get angry,” Burnett said. “I said ‘well this is what I know, and this is what I want to do.’” The show ran from 1967 to 1978 and included guest stars such as Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan and Betty White. Tim Conway, one of Burnett’s costars on her show, joked that he now spends his time traveling around the country for Burnett to receive awards. “Thank you for being such a friend,” he said, “such a generous person, not with salary, but generous.” Comedian Martin Short also joined the tribute to Burnett.

“What is it about redheads on television that make us laugh so much? Carol, Lucille Ball, Donald Trump,” he said. Burnett said it’s a thrill to receive the award named for humorist and satirist Mark Twain and that she’s in good company with past honorees, who include Fey, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Ellen DeGeneres. Coming on the heels of the government shutdown, McGarr said it’s nice to bring an “intentionally funny moment” to Washington after weeks of political drama. “You know, serious times call for seriously funny people,” McGarr said. Burnett made a special request that rising comedienne Rosemary Watson, who does impressions of Hillary Clinton and others, be part of the show. Burnett found Watson on YouTube after receiving a fan letter and thought she was funny. “The thing is, you pay it forward,” Burnett said, “because when I got started, somebody gave me a break when I was 21 years old, and I wanted to go to New York.” Before the show, Watson said that watching Burnett shaped her life as a child. She said Burnett was not a joke teller but created funny characters. “I do what I do because of her,” Watson said. “For me, she was it. She was the female comedian I wanted to be most like.” Vicki Lawrence, a co-star with Burnett on “The Carol Burnett Show,” who is perhaps best known for playing “Mama” in sketches with Burnett, said she was planning to be a dental hygienist before she knew Burnett. “I was going to be cleaning teeth somewhere,” she said, “and I guess she changed that.

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but we were really close. When I walk the halls at school, I hear people say bad things about him. When I bring his name up, no one has anything good to say about him. It seems like they don’t really care that he was my cousin and I loved him. How can I ask these people not to say bad things about him? — Hurting in Indiana Dear Hurting: Because people forget that the young man who died was your relative, feel free to remind them. All you need to say is: “You know, he was my cousin and we were close. I still miss him, and I wish you wouldn’t say things like that about him when I’m around.” Losing a relative at any age is hard, but when the person is young, it can be even harder. Because you are still hurting and it has been three years, consider talking about this with a school counselor or joining a grief support group. Your clergyperson can help you locate one. 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 www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Attempt to help turns sour Not quite a year ago there came the first big snow of the season and the clogged paths through the city were about to be cleared. Early morning, there was that wonderful silence, no wind rustling the stubbornly clinging dried tree leaves, no barking dogs, no chirping children. Then from the distance came the muted sounds of a town being awakened by machinery, plowing the route for those who had to leave their houses. Thank God for old age; retirement allowed us to stay in our warm home. At the end of the driveway I saw a male figure holding a snow shovel. Standing close by was a female, no shovel, not even a broom. I don’t know where they came from or how they got here. There wasn’t a vehicle in sight — not a car, bicycle, sled, or wagon. RB and I aren’t in condition to push equipment for snow or grass removal, so that morning it looked like we were in luck. RB opened the garage door, a signal to the young couple of his interest. The price was right and they accepted the loan of an extra shovel. They weren’t dressed warmly enough and the girl welcomed my invitation to come in and thaw out. She was nearly purple and her fingers were stiff. After that day, they showed up with the first snow flake and found a steady job. We learned they’d been evicted from a motel and the few dollars they earned from snow removal

got them back into a warm room. our garage and we saw them several times a You may have seen the pair as they shoveled week as they gained more “customers.” I gave their way around town. You surely saw them the girl instructions on weeding and turned when the weather changed and they pushed a her loose in my flower beds. She was slow lawnmower from house to house. They did a but thorough and didn’t destroy anything little weeding and trimming as precious. She was rather quiet well. We learned their names, and shy; he was conversational, that they weren’t married, energetic, and maybe a little and he had a mother living in too friendly. After working in Piqua. How much of that was our yard for hours, he told RB true? Probably a part of it. He of his need to use our “facilidid confide to our son that he’d ties.” This is a corner lot and been incarcerated for six years. there are no bushes for “sneaky We believed that. I would have elimination.” How can you tell guessed them to be in their mid someone you’re paying to help 20s; she may have been but he you that he cannot “relieve” Carolyn Stevens later said he was 36. He had the himself in your bathroom? RB open face of a child, smooth, a told the young man it wasn’t Columnist perfect oval with large, round advisable to ask to go into any brown eyes. The most outstanding feature was house to use the toilet because it could cause his perpetual smile — a big, full grin revealing problems if anything were to “come up missa mouth full of straight, white teeth. It was ing.” Although it was just a toilet being borthe smile that made me suspicious. Nobody rowed, it was the second time in 10 years that feels that good all the time! I jokingly told RB a worker asked for the private convenience; we that I’d like to know what the kid was taking suffered a loss both times. RB is thinking of because I’d like some, too. developing a booklet of advice on how to point RB gave them an edger and, as payment for out the nearest gas station. My advice is, find lawn services, our son gave them a mower. a hiding place for valuables AND have them They were still without transportation so insured. (We’re not ready to get a gun. Yet) RB allowed them to store their equipment in The kid used our toilet on a Sunday after-

noon. Tuesday morning, I found that something had “come up missing.” I’m rarely out of the house, our doors are locked, and NO ONE — besides the kid — came into the house during that period of time. After RB reported it, the Piqua police were on it immediately. They located the hotel the kids used, the kids knew or sensed they were in trouble and they’d “checked out. ” When the investigating officer caught up with them, the young man adamantly denied knowing anything about anything. The girl didn’t know a thing either, but I don’t think she knew much in the first place. A mistake the girl made was in changing the color of her hair. I didn’t describe her at the beginning of this story but I could have said she was of average height and weight, badly in need of some exercise, a face that was unremarkable, and mousey brown hair. Well, change that! The little mouse went platinum! You could have seen that hair glowing across a parking lot. Less than two months later, the kid with the baby face enjoyed the recently publicized accommodations available at the Miami County Jail: wet, moldy, crumbling, semiprivate rooms with toilets that might flush. Or not. There was no mention of clean linens. I believe Bonnie and Clyde were both guests. Next: Invitation to Court

to attend. It will be in Berne, Ind. at a community building. With gas prices being high it also makes the prices go up for us when we hire drivers. We had to buy our coal for the winter or at least some of it, making things a little tight right now with money. We attended this reunion three years ago. My husband Joe started working five days at the factory again this week which will help out a lot. We can’t complain as God gives us many blessings. How thankful we can be to have a place to live and plenty of food in the house. It makes us appreciate it all the more. One Sunday afternoon we recently walked back to see where Joe and the boys set up his tree stand in our neighbor’s woods. It was an interesting nature walk. It is a little bit hilly but Joe and the boys cleared a nice path to walk. Loretta, 13 has a hard time getting up the hills. Benjamin, 14 and Joseph, 11 hooked arms with her on either side and helped her get up the hilly areas. They also helped her get up in Joe’s tree stand which is 15 feet high. She was glad to be able to sit up there awhile although she was worn out until we came back home. Things the rest of us take for granted are so hard for her to do. Do we appreciate our good health enough?

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October 18 — today is Elizabeth’s friend Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go to him! We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house tonight but told him it’s easier if he would come here instead. Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work today so we are going to try to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We have never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Also on our menu will be either fried or barbecued chicken. Am not sure what else we will have yet. Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband Joe has tried bow hunting. He hasn’t had time to go too often yet but hopes to go tomorrow. Tomorrow is the Eicher reunion on Joe’s dad’s side. Money-wise we will be unable

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Parents using tattoos as allergy advisories for kids Allison Ward

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For the parents of a young child with food allergies, an autumn church festival can be something of a land mine. Baked goods, ice cream and other foods with unknown ingredients — they all pose a danger to a youngster who is still learning what he can and can’t eat safely because of such allergies. Which is why Cindy Gordon has become increasingly proactive. Before leaving her Plain City home for the recent church outing, she applied temporary tattoos to the arms of sons Carson, 6, and Benjamin, 3. One circular tattoo alerted potential food providers to the boys’ nut allergies; the other cautioned more generally of an “Allergy Alert.� (Benjamin is also allergic to dairy and is gluten-intolerant; Carson also has a dairy intolerance.) “They both are anaphylactic to peanuts and almonds, which means it could be a deadly situation for them,� Mrs. Gordon said. “I wanted to make sure that if we got separated from them, they’d be safe.� The latest trend in allergy-alert products allows children to make allergies known in a fun, visual way at an age when they

might not be able to voice the dangers themselves. Dr. David Stukus had seen young patients wearing alert bracelets or T-shirts but, during the summer, he began receiving inquiries about tattoos after articles about them appeared in USA Today and on the lifestyles website Yahoo Shine. The topic pervaded social media, the allergist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital said, after a 13-year-old girl at a California summer camp died in late July of an allergic reaction to peanuts. Every year in the United States, more than 200 children and adults die of food allergies, Stukus said. Almost 6 million children have a food allergy. “That’s two kids in every classroom,� he said, with milk, eggs and peanuts being the most common. Reactions, ranging from hives to difficulty breathing, vary by individual and incident. Tattoos, Stukus said, shouldn’t replace a parent-teacher action plan, both to prevent an allergic reaction and to clarify what should be done when a reaction occurs. Parents should begin teaching their child self-advocacy at a young age, he added. Gordon bought the tattoos ($8 for 25) online from Peanut Free Zone, based in

Canton. Similar tattoos are sold by Safety Tat, started by Ohio State University graduate Michele Welsh, and other companies. Gordon’s boys also wear an AllerBling bracelet with cute charms that detail their allergies, and they carry epinephrine autoinjectors in packs around their waists. She uses the tattoos, she said, for field trips and gatherings. “They’re a great visual for other adults to see.� Stacey Stratton and her sister Denise designed the Peanut Free Zone tattoos to make them eye-catching. “We use bright colors — yellows and reds — and there is no other fluff,� said Stratton, a former special-education teacher. The two women started the company in 2010, because Denise Stratton’s sons have peanut allergies. The sisters also sell allergy-alert postcards, stickers and bracelets. Some people warn, however, that the tattoos can give parents a false sense of security and that they can rub off. “Parents might think, ‘Oh, I have this on my child, so I don’t have to say anything,’� said Amy Behnen, owner of Nut Free Sweets in New Albany, whose 6-year-old son, Landon, is allergic to peanuts, tree

nuts, coconut and wheat. Her son also has eczema, which is irritated by temporary tattoos. Lewis Center mom April Booth found the tattoo idea intriguing but hasn’t applied the tattoos on 5-year-old son Mitchell. Instead, she hooks homemade tags alerting people of his multiple food allergies on his book bag, lunch pack or belt loop. “I’d love to be able to put (a tattoo) on when he goes to school or when we go out and about,� said Booth, noting how children feel safe accepting food from adults, who might not be aware of any allergies. Her son is allergic to nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, pineapple, watermelon and broccoli. Stukus said some experts worry about kids being bullied further (almost a third of children with food allergies are bullied, he said) with such a visible exclamation of their allergy. “But the more awareness, the better,� he said. “With a food allergy, there is no threshold — no safe amount.� In the Gordon household, the tattoos also bring a bit of positivity to an experience that can be negative: Having to tell a child he can’t have a cupcake at a birthday party is difficult, she said. “The tattoos are a neat thing.�

Creating a healthier community High sugars worse than root canal When we see the word health, what (How do I get to the bike path?) and do we mean? What are we really talk- policy (taxes on cigarettes). So coming about? There are many ways to munity based programs are most likely define good and I do not believe that to succeed when they address all of it is merely the absence of disease or these issues. Increased awareness and education illness. Good health is more than that. It really reflects a state of physical, are the place to start. Areas where personal choice and polmental, psychological and icy meet occur at some social well being. restaurants. For example, One of the central fast food places have been issues has to do with under the gun for promotbalancing the role of the ing unhealthy lifestyles. individual with the role While some of this may of government in promotbe warranted, kudos are in ing health. This issue order for McDonald’s rescame to light in New taurants which have begun York City under Mayor posting calorie content in Michael Bloomberg. The James S. Burkhardt their menu boards. While Bloomberg administrait may not make much diftion touched off huge conD.O. ference, their increased troversy with its “portion cap rule� limiting the size of sugary awareness of what you are eating may drinks. This was opposed by many by give some people pause and change to stating that “New Yorkers need Mayor a healthier choice. There are areas that may be easy to not a nanny.� So, on one hand, government policy identify and change. Here are some approaches — taxes, bans and other ideas that would create healthier choicregulations — are viewed as “nanny es. I have seen food at concession state� intrusion by “big government.� stands and not much would be conOn the other hand, changes in regula- sidered “good for you.� One simple tion can help with a “savvy state� to change would be to price water cheapfight conditions that lead to epidemic er than soda pop. Another simple change would be of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Chronic diseases, such as heart dis- to provide nutritional information on ease, cancer and diabetes, are respon- vending machine food. Again, not much sible for seven out of every 10 deaths in vending machines would be conamong Americans each year and sidered “healthy.� At Ohio Northern account for 75 percent of the nation’s University, pharmacy students develhealth spending. Many of the risk oped a labeling system for foods in factors that contribute to the develop- vending machines based on sugar, salt, ment of these diseases are preventable. fat and fiber content. To view this in No one would deny that in the detail go to onu.edu/trafficlightplus United States in general and have in This would be a great project for any Miami County in particular that we number of high school groups or even eat too much, smoke too much, drink for leaders club at the YMCA. Providing nutrition information or to much and exercise too little. Health status and related healthy behaviors a financial incentive to drink more are determined by influences at many water are only 2 easy ways to increase levels including personal choice, (Do awareness and improve the healthy of I supersize my meal?) environment our community.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to scheme of things, it’s pretty awesome anyone who donated to the Juvenile how the human body works together, but Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to sometimes it just sucks! OK, one mystery solved, on to the Cure Diabetes. I raised $1,709.31. Well, my team did, but the two donations that next. I’ve heard horror stories of the got filed under the team — my mom’s things steroids do to your blood sugar, so and my aunt’s — were meant to be I of course wondered what I was in store filed under me, so I’m claiming them all for. After just one day of being on them, (insert smiley face emoticon!). We had a I couldn’t get my sugar out of the 300s. It was really taking a toll great day for the walk and on my body. My heart felt there was quite a turnout! like it weighed 500 pounds It was great to see all the and all my muscles were support! completely exhausted! I’d Now, on to business rather have the little bit of and unfortunately, it’s not pain from my tooth than very nice business. When the highs, so I called the you read this, I’ll be one dentist and asked to stop day out from my first-ever taking the steroids. They root canal. Yuck! I can only approved and I breathed a imagine how awful a root SURVIVING DIABETES sigh of relief. canal is (actually, I’m tryNow, I hate to sound like ing not to), but the journey Jennifer Runyon a whiner (I hope it’s not too that got me there isn’t too late for that!), but the sugars and tooth pretty either. My sugar was being crazy. I would eat pain aren’t the worst part of this tale something and bolus what I normally — it’s the money involved. With every would for it, but I’d hit the roof! I’d bolus ounce of my being, I hate how much I to come down and it wouldn’t work. cost my family. In addition to paying Eventually, everything would decide to for test strips, insulin, reservoirs, infuwork and down I’d go much lower than sion sets and thyroid medicine (for the planned. I couldn’t figure out what was Hashimoto’s disease, which is, of course, going on. My tooth had been hurting, but related to diabetes), we now have to pay for a root canal and the work needed I never linked the two. I finally worked up the nerve to see afterward. And of course this has to come what the issue was with my tooth. at the end of the year, when the flexible Turned out it’s an abscessed tooth and spending account money is almost gone. I have to have a root canal. Great! The And of course I had to get this news the dentist put me on antibiotics and ste- day after we priced items for our kitchen roids. As soon as I heard the word “anti- renovation we were going to start saving biotics,� I thought, “Well, that’s it! That’s for. I’m just so fed up with it! I tried to go back and put some more why my sugar’s been so crazy; I have an infection.� Anytime your body gets an humor in this column — after all, laughinfection, it releases hormones to fight ter is the best medicine — but I got the infection, which in turn makes blood nothin’. Sorry to be so negative! Thanks sugar run high. You know, in the grand for letting me vent my frustrations!

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CINCINNATI (AP) — An Iraq war veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has been removed from her final resting place because officials at the historic Cincinnati cemetery deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds. The headstone of Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favorite cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room. Despite getting the cemetery’s prior approval of the headstone’s design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker’s name and rank — her family said Monday that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down. The 7-foot headstone,

along with a near-exact duplicate erected for Walker’s living twin sister, have been removed and will not be allowed back up, cemetery President Gary Freytag said Monday. “We’ve decided that they aren’t appropriate for our historic cemetery and they can’t be displayed here,” Freytag said, adding that the employee who approved the headstones made an inexplicable error in judgment, given the cemetery’s traditional, stately appearance. He acknowledged that the cemetery is at fault and that staff members would be meeting with Walker’s family on Tuesday to try to find a solution, which could include a more traditional gravestone bearing small likeness of the character. Freytag also said Spring Grove is prepared to reimburse the family for each headstone, which cost a combined $26,000, and

“It is frustrating that you entrust a cemetery to have your best interest at heart and accommodate you and your family at a hard time … and because they don’t like it they’re going to take it down,” said Kara Walker, 29, an information technician for the U.S. Navy stationed in Naples, Italy. “My sister served our country and most people try to accommodate veterans and try to take care of them,” she said. “For them not to accommodate and respect what my sister sacrificed, not only for my family, but for everyone else in this country, really bothers me.” She said the only way the cemetery can make it up to the family, which she said pre-paid for six plots for $29,000, is to put the headstones back. “They already brought enough grief and pain to the family,” she said. “We Kara Walker | AP Photo want what we paid for This Thursday, Oct. 10, photo provided by the family of Kimberly and what I know my sister Walker shows Walker’s gravestone in the likeness of popular carwould have wanted.” toon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

pay for new ones. “I feel terrible that it got to this point but I’m hoping we can come out at the other end of the tunnel with a solution,” he said. Walker was an Army corporal assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion and served two yearlong tours Iraq in 2006 and 2010 as a petroleum supply specialist, her family said. Walker was found dead in a hotel room in Colorado Springs on Valentine’s Day this year, strangled and beaten to death. Her boyfriend, an Army sergeant stationed nearby, was arrested and charged with her killing. Walker’s twin sister, Kara Walker, said the family is beyond distraught. A lot of thought went into the gravestones, which she said were chosen because her sister loved SpongeBob, even outfitting her entire bedroom with the cartoon character’s decorations.

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Sinclair Community College sophomore Jessica Thobe has been named the OCCAC Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 13. T h o b e led the Tartan Pride to three wins last Thobe week over Cincinnati State, Owens and Lorain County. She totaled 22 kills vs Cincinnati State, as well as 19 each against Owens and Lorain County. Additionally, she had 22 digs against Cincinnati State, 19 against Owens and nine against Lorain County. Thobe has 456 kills (1st in OCCAC, 2nd in nation) and 481 digs (4th in OCCAC, 28th in nation) this year, including 180 kills (1st in OCCAC) and 163 digs (5th in OCCAC) in OCCAC play. The award is the second of the season for Thobe, who is the reigning OCCAC Player of the Year. Thobe and the Tartan Pride are 29-4 overall and 8-2 in OCCAC play.

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Russia’s Kylie Wilson was named to the first team on the All-SCL volleyball team. Taylor Daniel was named to the second team. Houston’s Bri Garber and Russia’s Camille Puthoff were named honorable mention.

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The Piqua high school bowling team will be selling Ulbrich’s donuts starting at halftime of Friday’s football game against Vandalia Butler. They are $5 per dozen. For each dozen you buy you can purchase a coupon for $1.00 to buy a dozen get a dozen free at a later time.

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Lady Cavs survive sectional test Lehman gets past Miami East 1-0 Rob Kiser Call Sports Editor rkiser@civitasmedia.com FAIRBORN — All the players and coaches at the Lehman-Miami East D-III girls soccer sectional final Monday night knew a couple things before the game. That when all was said and done — there would be no losers. And there would be no secrets. So, it was no surprise it was a battle to the end before Lehman, the top seed and second ranked D-III team in Ohio, came away with a 1-0 victory over the thirdseeded Vikings. Lehman will play the Bethel in a D-III district title game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bellbrook. “We all know each other,” Lehman senior Madeline Franklin said. “We have been playing together and against each other since 8-U (eight years old). We always look forward to this game.” This was the same Miami East team that had handed Lehman its only loss of the season, 2-1, on Sept. 24. And the two teams were playing in the sectional final for the third straight year. “We know each other well,” Lehman coach Tony Schroeder said. “They have 11 seniors and we have nine. So, there are a lot of very good soccer players out there. They got us 2-0 two year ago (in the sectional final) and we got them 2-0 last year. So, we knew what kind of game it was going to be.” So, did Miami East coach Emalie Carson. “We had beaten them earlier this year,” Carson said. “It is tough to beat them twice. But, this is the matchup we wanted. It just didn’t work out.” And with two of the top defenses and keepers in the area in Miami East’s Kelly Rindler and Lehman’s Grace Frantz, it was no surprise it came down to one goal. Despite limiting East to two shots in the opening half, Lehman went to the break scoreless thanks to some close misses and nice saves by Rindler. “This game didn’t go the way we expected,” Schroeder said. “Miami East does a great job of keeping us from playing our game. You are always worried. Emily Holicki is very good at get-

ting shots off thru balls, but Jordi (Emrick) and Karly (Baird) did a great job tonight.” It took almost 64 minutes of soccer to produce the game’s only goal. Franklin sent a ball down the right sideline and Ashley Keller was able to win the race to the ball. “I knew Ashley (Keller) could get to it,” Franklin said. Rindler was in perfect position, but Keller hit a rocket. On a cold night with a slick ball, Rindler wasn’t quite able to secure it. “I don’t think Kelly ever had the ball, but that’s not on the goalie,” Carson said. Keller put the deflection in the net at the 16:10 mark. “I didn’t expect that (second opportunity),” Keller said. “But, Mike Ullery | Call Photo See LEHMAN | Page 12 Lehman’s Ashley Keller (17) controls the ball against Haley Young.

Lehman’s Karly Baird heads the ball against Haley Young Monday night.

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Price is right for Reds manager opening Pitching coach gets nod to replace Baker

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pitching coach Bryan Price was first on the Reds’ list of manager candidates. Three hours of answering every question tossed his way ended their search rather quickly. After one interview, it was over. The Reds stayed inhouse for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he’ll take them deep into the playoffs right away. “Bryan is exceptional,” owner Bob Castellini said. “We’ve been fortunate to be with him long enough to know how exceptional he is. “I can’t tell you how well this has fit in for us. We did not have to go out and do a search,” he said. “We had the person we felt could take this team deep into the postseason and then some.” Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. But Cincinnati got knocked out in the first round of the postseason each time. The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by

the pitching staff. Cincinnati lost its last six games, including a 6-2 defeat at PNC Park in the wild-card playoff against the Pirates. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to make a change. Jocketty considered two in-house candidates: Price and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman. Price got the first interview and impressed everyone so much that Jocketty didn’t interview anyone else. “I was convinced that Bryan was our guy just because of the past association we’ve had with him,” Jocketty said. “I think that to bring other people in just for the process of going through an interview — to me, I wouldn’t want that.” The job carries enormous expectations for the 51-year-old Price, who has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level. He interviewed for the Marlins’ job last year, which got him thinking that he’d like to be a manager some day. Given his four successful seasons in Cincinnati, he wanted to stay if possible. “It’s a team that’s capable of doing even more,” Price said. “I think we certainly should talk

very optimistically about the three playoff appearances in the last four years, which were maybe somewhat discredited because we hadn’t gotten past the first round. “Considering the 15 years prior, it was definitely a huge step in the right direction,” Price added. “But we all have expectations of getting beyond that.” Price was a lefthanded pitcher for six years in the minors, his career scuttled by elbow surgery. He started his coaching career in Seattle’s farm system and was the Mariners’ pitching coach from 2000-05. He moved to Arizona as pitching coach from 2006-09, resigning there after Bob Melvin was replaced. Jocketty hired him to replace Dick Pole in Cincinnati, where he helped the Reds’ staff develop into one of the NL’s best during his four seasons working with Baker. Now, Jocketty has several important lineup decisions to make to try to keep the Reds competitive in the NL Central, which sent three teams to the playoffs. Division champion St. Louis opens the World Series against Boston on Wednesday. The Pirates passed the Reds for second place and home-field advantage for the wildcard playoff during the final week of the season.

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Bryan Price smiles after being named manager of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

The pitching staff will have some changes, with starter Bronson Arroyo eligible for free agency. Left-hander Tony Cingrani made his debut last season and showed he could win in the majors, but was sidelined by back problems in September. Ace Johnny Cueto missed most of the season with shoulder problems. The Reds have to decide whether to keep left-hander Aroldis Chapman as their closer or move him into a starting role. Price would have preferred making him a starter. If he gets moved into the rotation, the Reds don’t have anyone with appreciable experience at closing games. He and Jocketty said they hadn’t made any

decisions on the pitching staff or the everyday lineup. The offense struggled last season with no consistent right-handed hitter. Cleanup hitter Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder on a slide on opening day and missed most of the season. He returned in mid-August and hit only two homers with the shoulder still bothering him. Joey Votto and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo led the NL in on-base percentage, but Choo is a free agent. Billy Hamilton created a sensation with his speed when he was called up in September, but struggled to get on base consistently in Triple-A before his first promotion to the majors.


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Ohio High School Football Computer Ratings DIVISION I (top 16 from both regions qualify for the playoffs) Region 1 1. Hudson (8-0) 29.825, 2. AustintownFitch (8-0) 24.5125, 3. Lakewood St. Edward (6-1) 24.4944, 4. Canton McKinley (8-0) 23.9541, 5. Mentor (7-1) 21.9625, 6. Cleveland Heights (7-1) 19.95, 7. Westerville Central (7-1) 19.6439, 8. StowMunroe Falls (7-1) 18.85, 9. Marysville (6-2) 17.55, 10. Cle. St. Ignatius (5-3) 17.1518, 11. Elyria (6-2) 17.125, 12. Wadsworth (7-1) 17.1, 13. Solon (4-4) 12.75, 14. Brunswick (5-3) 12.1125, 15. Massillon Jackson (5-3) 12.1098, 16. Strongsville (5-3) 11.6125, 17. Shaker Hts. (5-3) 10.675, 18. Tol. Whitmer (4-4) 10.6625, 19. Green (4-4) 9.7375, 20. North Royalton (3-5) 9.575 Region 2 1. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (8-0) 28.4043, 2. Hilliard Davidson (8-0) 25.1, 3. Cin. Colerain (8-0) 24.8718, 4. Centerville (6-2) 24.8635, 5. West Chester Lakota West (7-1) 24.3125, 6. Huber Hts. Wayne (7-1) 22.0537, 7. Pickerington North (8-0) 21.2615, 8. Cin. Elder (6-2) 21.1907, 9. Clayton Northmont (7-1) 20.185, 10. Fairfield (7-1) 19.2125, 11. Springboro (7-1) 16.6375, tie-12. Miamisburg (6-2) 16.025, tie-12. Hilliard Darby (7-1) 16.025, 14. Cin. St. Xavier (44) 14.375, 15. Pickerington Central (5-2) 13.8651, 16. Dublin Coffman (5-3) 13.3875, 17. Cin. Oak Hills (5-3) 13.0375, 18. Lebanon (6-2) 11.9, 19. Upper Arlington (4-4) 11.6375, 20. Lancaster (5-3) 10.5537 DIVISION II (top eight from each region qualify for the playoffs in Divisions II through VII) Region 3 1. Willoughby South (7-1) 18.6125, 2. Cle. Glenville (7-1) 18.4438, 3. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. (7-1) 17.6, 4. Kent Roosevelt (7-1) 14.3125, 5. Bedford (7-1) 12.9, 6. North Olmsted (6-2) 12.1, 7. Lyndhurst Brush (5-3) 11.8375, 8. Painesville Riverside (6-2) 11.8, 9. Madison (6-2) 11.775, 10. Westlake (4-4) 9.275, 11. Garfield Hts. (5-3) 8.35, 12. Mayfield (3-5) 7.7625 Region 4 1. Medina Highland (8-0) 21.8625, 2. Avon (8-0) 21.2625, 3. Macedonia Nordonia (8-0) 19.925, 4. Akron Ellet (8-0) 18.3625, 5. Tol. St. Francis deSales (6-2) 16.3, 6. Perrysburg (6-2) 15.775, 7. Avon Lake (6-2) 14.8875, 8. Massillon Washington (7-1) 14.6378, 9. Uniontown Lake (5-3) 12.3625, 10. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (5-3) 12.2816, 11. Sylvania Southview (5-3) 11.5375, 12. Tol. Bowsher (6-2) 10.9375

Region 5 1. Zanesville (8-0) 23.725, 2. Mansfield Senior (8-0) 21.7625, 3. New Albany (8-0) 21.517, 4. Worthington Kilbourne (7-1) 20.2, 5. Cols. Northland (6-1) 17.381, 6. Dublin Scioto (5-3) 16.8875, 7. Pataskala Licking Hts. (7-1) 15.7125, 8. Cols. St. Charles (5-2) 13.5201, 9. Ashland (5-3) 13.1125, 10. Cols. Walnut Ridge (6-2) 12.1408, 11. Mount Vernon (6-2) 11.0875, 12. Hilliard Bradley (5-3) 10.075 Region 6 1. Loveland (8-0) 28.175, 2. Cin. Mount Healthy (7-1) 18.3625, 3. Cin. Northwest (8-0) 17.0375, 4. Cin. Withrow (7-1) 15.375, 5. Cin. Winton Woods (6-2) 15.0822, 6. Kings Mills Kings (5-3) 11.2487, 7. Cin. Glen Este (5-3) 11.0625, 8. Harrison (5-3) 10.9125, 9. Lima Senior (5-3) 10.8625, 10. Vandalia Butler (5-3) 10.375, 11. Cin. Turpin (4-4) 9.325, 12. Cin. LaSalle (3-5) 8.5751 DIVISION III Region 7 1. Akron St. Vincent-St Mary (8-0) 24.5789, 2. Hubbard (8-0) 24.125, 3. Poland Seminary (7-1) 18.35, 4. Chesterland West Geauga (6-2) 18.2625, 5. Louisville (8-0) 17.8375, 6. Aurora (7-1) 16.2625, 7. Chagrin Falls Kenston (6-2) 15.4875, 8. Alliance Marlington (6-2) 14.7375, 9. Alliance (6-2) 13.1375, 10. Norton (7-1) 11.4625, 11. Warren Howland (4-4) 11.2625, 12. Tallmadge (5-3) 11.15 Region 8 1. Tol. Central Cath. (8-0) 25.825, 2. Norwalk (7-1) 18.2125, 3. Clyde (7-1) 18.1625, 4. Sandusky Perkins (8-0) 16.7875, 5. Tiffin Columbian (7-1) 15.375, 6. Napoleon (5-3) 11.5625, 7. Defiance (5-3) 8.625, 8. Parma Padua Franciscan (3-5) 6.675, 9. Medina Buckeye (4-4) 6.45, 10. Lodi Cloverleaf (2-6) 5.9625, 11. Mentor Lake Cath. (2-6) 5.2904, 12. Mansfield Madison Comp. (3-5) 4.975 Region 9 1. Cols. Marion-Franklin (7-1) 20.1125, 2. The Plains Athens (8-0) 18.9125, 3. Cols. Brookhaven (6-2) 14.8056, 4. Circleville Logan Elm (6-2) 14.3375, 5. Chillicothe (7-1) 14.2835, 6. Dover (6-2) 13.558, 7. New Philadelphia (7-1) 13.525, 8. Dresden Tri-Valley (6-2) 12.225, 9. Granville (6-2) 12.05, 10. Millersburg West Holmes (6-2) 11.45, 11. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (4-3) 10.401, 12. Carrollton (4-4) 9.5125 Region 10 1. Wapakoneta (7-1) 17.675, 2. Franklin (7-1) 16.55, 3. Springfield Shawnee (8-0) 16.1, 4. Mount Orab Western Brown (8-0) 15.1465, 5. Tipp City Tippecanoe (8-0) 14.675, 6. Day. Thurgood Marshall (4-3) 14.6347, 7. Springfield Kenton Ridge (7-1) 12.95, 8.

Celina (7-1) 12.6125, 9. New Richmond (7-1) 12.55, 10. Trotwood-Madison (5-2) 9.6746, 11. Bellefontaine (3-5) 6.75, 12. Day. Meadowdale (4-3) 6.6047 DIVISION IV Region 11 1. Chagrin Falls (6-2) 17.075, 2. Peninsula Woodridge (6-2) 14.3, 3.Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (5-3) 13.0357, 4. Struthers (6-2) 12.675, 5. Fairview Park Fairview (7-1) 11.8375, 6. Cle. John Hay (7-1) 11.7437, 7. Cle. Benedictine (5-3) 10.4625, 8. Perry (4-4) 10.35, 9. Minerva (4-4) 10.2, 10. Cortland Lakeview (5-3) 9.975, 11. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (4-4) 9.9125, 12. Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. (44) 9.6375 Region 12 1. Caledonia River Valley (8-0) 21.125, 2. Bryan (8-0) 18.425, 3. Kenton (8-0) 17.6625, 4. Genoa Area (8-0) 16.75, 5. Wooster Triway (6-2) 15.3625, 6. Galion (7-1) 13.2875, 7. Millbury Lake (6-2) 12.8, 8. Wauseon (7-1) 12.675, 9. Sparta Highland (6-2) 11.5875, 10. Upper Sandusky (7-1) 11.3125, tie-11. Bellville Clear Fork (5-3) 8.6, tie-11. Bellevue (4-4) 8.6 Region 13 1. Newark Licking Valley (7-1) 17.675, 2. Duncan Falls Philo (7-1) 16.9, 3. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (6-2) 13.075, 4. Zanesville Maysville (6-2) 11.0125, 5. Carroll Bloom-Carroll (5-3) 9.7, 6. Bexley (5-3) 9.3625, 7. Uhrichsville Claymont (53) 8.95, 8. Steubenville (5-3) 8.7164, 9. New Concord John Glenn (5-3) 8.25, 10. Cols. Bishop Watterson (2-5) 7.6693, 11. Wintersville Indian Creek (5-3) 7.6, 12. Vincent Warren (3-5) 6.8189 Region 14 1. Kettering Archbishop Alter (7-1) 17.6818, 2. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (71) 16.8355, 3. Cin. Archbishop McNicholas (6-2) 14.9116, 4. Circleville (6-2) 14.5875, 5. Germantown Valley View (71) 14.4875, 6. Urbana (8-0) 14.1875, 7. Washington C.H. Miami Trace (6-2) 14.1275, 8. Cin. Wyoming (6-2) 13.0125, 9. Pomeroy Meigs (6-2) 11.2875, 10. North Bend Taylor (5-3) 11.275, 11. Carlisle (5-3) 10.975, 12. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (5-3) 10.9 DIVISION V Region 15 1. Akron Manchester (7-1) 18.2, 2. Beachwood (6-2) 14.625, 3. Youngstown Ursuline (4-3) 13.5666, 4. Columbiana Crestview (7-1) 13.375, 5. Navarre Fairless (6-2) 13.0125, 6. Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. (7-1) 11.9758, 7. Youngstown Liberty (6-2) 11.65, 8. Sullivan Black River (6-2) 11.425, 9. Magnolia Sandy Valley (5-3) 8.7125, 10. Canton Central Cath. (44) 6.5875, 11. Cadiz Harrison Central (35) 6.56, 12. Garrettsville Garfield (4-4) 6.525

Region 16 1. Columbia Station Columbia (8-0) 15.8, 2. Pemberville Eastwood (6-2) 15.225, 3. West Salem Northwestern (71) 14.7875, 4. Loudonville (8-0) 14.6375, 5. Findlay Liberty-Benton (7-0) 14.0159, 6. Coldwater (6-2) 13.25, 7. Huron (6-2) 12.85, 8. Doylestown Chippewa (6-2) 11.7625, 9. Elyria Cath. (5-3) 10.75, 10. Marion Pleasant (5-3) 9.2625, 11. Orrville (4-4) 9.1875, 12. Creston Norwayne (6-2) 9.05 Region 17 1. Cols. Bishop Hartley (7-1) 16.7564, 2. Wheelersburg (8-0) 16.575, 3. St. Clairsville (7-1) 15.8542, 4. Martins Ferry (7-1) 15.6521, 5. Baltimore Liberty Union (7-1) 14.95, 6. Proctorville Fairland (5-3) 12.2125, 7. Williamsport Westfall (4-4) 7.1625, 8. South Point (6-2) 7.0833, 9. Portsmouth West (4-4) 6.7125, 10. Chillicothe Southeastern (3-5) 6.325, 11. Frankfort Adena (4-4) 6.3125, 12. Ironton (2-6) 5.3409 Region 18 1. West Jefferson (7-1) 15.55, 2. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (8-0) 15.375, 3. Hamilton Badin (7-1) 15.0125, 4. Cin. Madeira (6-2) 13.4125, 5. Day. Chaminade-Julienne (5-3) 13.3125, 6. Richwood North Union (7-1) 13.125, 7. Cin. Mariemont (5-3) 11.6125, 8. Waynesville (6-2) 11.275, 9. Brookville (5-3) 9.1625, 10. Reading (4-4) 7.3375, 11. Middletown Madison (4-4) 7.1125, 12. Jamestown Greeneview (5-3) 6.8125 DIVISION VI Region 19 1. Canfield South Range (8-0) 13.575, 2. Mogadore (7-1) 13.15, 3. Kirtland (8-0) 12.7588, 4. Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (8-0) 11.8068, 5. Brookfield (6-2) 10.4217, 6. McDonald (6-2) 9.3375, 7. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (6-2) 9.3201, 8. Cuyahoga Hts. (5-3) 9.05, 9. New Middletown Springfield (6-2) 9.0101, 10. Newcomerstown (4-4) 6.825, 11. Sugarcreek Garaway (4-4) 6.525, 12. North Jackson Jackson-Milton (5-3) 5.9369 Region 20 1. Defiance Tinora (7-1) 14.2125, 2. Delphos Jefferson (8-0) 14.1375, 3. Haviland Wayne Trace (7-1) 13.5, 4. Convoy Crestview (6-2) 12.2875, 5. North Robinson Colonel Crawford (7-1) 11.4625, 6. Lima Central Cath. (6-2) 11.075, 7. Hamler Patrick Henry (6-2) 10.6, 8. Northwood (6-2) 10.4375, 9. Ada (6-2) 10.4125, 10. Defiance Ayersville (6-2) 9.65, 11. Bucyrus Wynford (4-4) 9.0827, 12. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (5-3) 8.175 Region 21 1. Cols. Bishop Ready (8-0) 21.2125, 2. Lucasville Valley (8-0) 15.325, 3. Bellaire (6-2) 14.6471, 4. Centerburg (8-0) 12.8, 5. Newark Cath. (7-1) 12.3875, 6.

Oak Hill (7-1) 10.9625, 7. Woodsfield Monroe Central (5-3) 8.8875, 8. Beverly Fort Frye (6-2) 8.6625, 9. Gahanna Cols. Acad. (5-3) 8.65, 10. West Lafayette Ridgewood (4-4) 6.95, 10. Fredericktown (4-4) 6.95, 12. Stewart Federal Hocking (4-4) 4.6408 Region 22 1. Cin. Country Day (8-0) 12.6749, 2. Casstown Miami East (7-1) 12.65, 3. Williamsburg (6-2) 11.4, 4. West LibertySalem (7-1) 10.7375, 5. New Paris National Trail (7-1) 10.0421, 6. Cin. Summit Country Day (6-2) 9.8157, 7. Mechanicsburg (6-2) 9.6, 8. Lewisburg Tri-County North (6-2) 8.7375, 9. Minster (5-3) 6.5375, 10. Fayetteville-Perry (6-2) 6.3487, 11. Arcanum (4-4) 6.0375, 12. London Madison Plains (3-5) 5.3625 DIVISION VII Region 23 1. Berlin Center Western Reserve (80) 17.1125, 2. Norwalk St. Paul (7-1) 12.225, 3. Wellsville (7-1) 11.05, 4. Danville (6-2) 9.5896, 5. Ashland Mapleton (6-2) 8.9375, 6. Lowellville (5-3) 8.8202, 7. Southington Chalker (5-3) 7.2115, 8. Garfield Hts. Trinity (3-5) 5.375, 9. Plymouth (5-3) 4.85, 10. Mineral Ridge (4-4) 4.225, 11. Warren John F. Kennedy (2-6) 4.1, 12. Lucas (3-5) 3.9125 Region 24 1. McComb (7-1) 10.3447, 2. Arlington (6-2) 9.2, 3. Fremont St. Joseph Central Cath. (5-3) 9.1875, 4. Leipsic (6-2) 8.5581, 5. Hicksville (4-4) 7.575, 6. Tiffin Calvert (4-4) 7.525, 7. Sycamore Mohawk (4-4) 7.1375, 8. Delphos St. John's (4-4) 6.1375, 9. Tol. Christian (5-3) 5.9, 10. Edon (6-2) 5.775, 11. Pandora-Gilboa (5-3) 5.6843, 12. Lima Perry (3-5) 4.8625 Region 25 1. Shadyside (8-0) 18.2929, 2. Glouster Trimble (8-0) 15.325, 3. Steubenville Cath. Central (8-0) 13.3, 4. Racine Southern (7-1) 10.9625, 5. Caldwell (6-2) 10.025, 6. Malvern (6-2) 9.625, 7. Beallsville (5-3) 7.5915, 8. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (5-3) 5.9125, 9. New Matamoras Frontier (4-4) 5.8024, 10. New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Cath. (4-4) 5.6004, 11. Crown City South Gallia (4-4) 5.3625, 12. Lancaster Fairfield Christian Acad. (5-3) 4.7753 Region 26 1. North Lewisburg Triad (8-0) 16.6875, 2. Maria Stein Marion Local (80) 16.3375, 3. Covington (8-0) 14.4375, 4. Lehman Cath. (7-1) 12.7064, 5. Bainbridge Paint Valley (6-2) 10.875, 6. Fort Loramie (6-2) 9.7822, 7. Portsmouth Notre Dame (6-2) 8.4125, 8. Cedarville (5-3) 8.1875, 9. Cin. Riverview East Acad. (4-4) 4.9375, 10. Fairfield Cin. Christian (4-4) 4.9311, 11. Manchester (5-3) 4.8625, 12. DeGraff Riverside (4-4) 4.2753

Record Book Baseball

Prep Tournament Schedule

World Series Glance World Series Glance All Times EDT WORLD SERIES (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) All games televised by Fox St. Louis vs. Boston Wednesday, Oct. 23: St. Louis (Wainwright 19-9) at Boston (Lester 15-8), 8:07 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. x-Monday, Oct. 28: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m. x-Wednesday, Oct. 30: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m. x-Thursday, Oct. 31: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m.

Football

NFL Standings National Football League All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East New England N.Y. Jets Miami Buffalo South Indianapolis Tennessee Houston Jacksonville North Cincinnati Baltimore Cleveland Pittsburgh West

W 5 4 3 3

L 2 3 3 4

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .714 .571 .500 .429

PF 152 134 135 159

PA 127 162 140 178

W 4 3 2 0

L 2 4 5 7

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .667 .429 .286 .000

PF 148 145 122 76

PA 98 146 194 222

W 5 3 3 2

L 2 4 4 4

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .714 .429 .429 .333

PF 148 150 131 107

PA 135 148 156 132

W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 7 0 0 1.000 169 81 Denver 6 0 0 1.000 265 158 San Diego 4 3 0 .571 168 144 Oakland 2 4 0 .333 105 132 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 4 3 0 .571 200 155 Philadelphia 3 4 0 .429 169 196 Washington 2 4 0 .333 152 184 N.Y. Giants 1 6 0 .143 126 216 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 5 1 0 .833 161 103 Carolina 3 3 0 .500 139 83 Atlanta 2 4 0 .333 153 157 Tampa Bay 0 6 0 .000 87 132 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 4 2 0 .667 168 127 Detroit 4 3 0 .571 186 167 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 213 206 Minnesota 1 5 0 .167 132 181 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 6 1 0 .857 191 116 San Francisco 5 2 0 .714 176 135 St. Louis 3 4 0 .429 156 184 Arizona 3 4 0 .429 133 161 Thursday's Game Seattle 34, Arizona 22 Sunday's Games Atlanta 31, Tampa Bay 23 Washington 45, Chicago 41 Dallas 17, Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Jets 30, New England 27, OT Buffalo 23, Miami 21 Carolina 30, St. Louis 15 Cincinnati 27, Detroit 24 San Diego 24, Jacksonville 6 San Francisco 31, Tennessee 17 Kansas City 17, Houston 16 Green Bay 31, Cleveland 13 Pittsburgh 19, Baltimore 16 Denver at Indianapolis Open: New Orleans, Oakland Monday's Game N.Y. Giants 23, Minnesota 7 Thursday, Oct. 24 Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Francisco vs. Jacksonville at London, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Washington at Denver, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Open: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee Monday, Oct. 28 Seattle at St. Louis, 8:40 p.m.

THURSDAY D-III District Girls Soccer At Bellbrook Lehman Catholic vs. Bethel, 7 p.m. SATURDAY Regional Cross Country At Troy Division III Girls, 11:30 a.m. Teams Covington: Carly Shell, Anna Dunn, Hannah Retz, Julianna Yingst, Heidi Cron, Cassidy Cain, Briana Grilliot. Versailles: Murphy Grow, Madison Grilliot, Lexi Fliehman, Brooke Pothast, Katelyn Goettemoeller, Jadyn Barga, Camille Watren. Miami East: Marie Ewing, Abigail Amheiser, Lorenza Savini, Abby Hawkins, Sami Sands, Erin Augustus, Abby Bollinger. Lehman Catholic: Caroline Heitmeyer, Jenna Zimmerman, Janelle Gravunder, Katie Heckman, Theresa Schmiesing, Julia Harrellson. Russia: Emily Borchers, Lauren Heaton, Molly Kearns, Karissa Voisard, Claudia Monnin, Kirstin Voisard, Emilie Frazier. Individuals Bailey Brewer, Bradford; Division III Boys, 1:30 p.m. Teams Russia: Caleb Ball, Jordan Gariety, Steven Stickel, Trevor Monnin, Bryan Drees, Alex Seger, Ethan Monnier. Covington: Lane White, Nate Dunn, Alex Schilling, Steven Shane, Sam Sherman, Daniel Jennings, Tyler Henry. Lehman: Joe Fuller, Nick Elsner, Gabe Berning, Isiaiah Winhoven, John Schmiesing, Brandon Simmons, Teddy Jackson. Versailles: Richie Ware, Andrew Kramer, Tyler Rose, Noah Pleiman, Cole Albers, Matt Mangen, Jacob Rose. Individuals Josh Ewing, Miami East; Devon Jester, Houston; Troy Riley, Houston; Brady McBride, Newton. District Volleyball Finals Tippecanoe D-III Versailles vs. Roger Bacon, 4 p.m. Miami East vs. Badin/Reading winner, 5:30 p.m. Troy D-IV Russia vs. Jackson Center, 2:30 p.m. Lehman Catholic vs. Newton-Catholic Central winner, 5:30 p.m.

BCS Poll List 1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Oregon 4. Ohio St. 5. Missouri 6. Stanford 7. Miami 8. Baylor 9. Clemson 10. Texas Tech 11. Auburn 12. UCLA 13. LSU 14. Virginia Tech. 15. Oklahoma 16. Texas A&M 17. Fresno St. 18. N. Illinois 19. Oklahoma St. 20. Louisville 21. South Carolina 22. Michigan 23. UCF 24. Nebraska 25. Oregon St.

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AP Top 25 Poll The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, 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 (55) 7-0 1,495 1 2. Oregon (3) 7-0 1,427 2 3. Florida St. (2) 6-0 1,395 5 4. Ohio St. 7-0 1,309 4 5. Missouri 7-0 1,197 14 6. Baylor 6-0 1,189 12 7. Miami 6-0 1,130 10 8. Stanford 6-1 1,118 13 927 3 9. Clemson 6-1 10. Texas Tech 7-0 904 16 11. Auburn 6-1 867 24 12. UCLA 5-1 832 9

13. LSU 6-2 739 6 14. Texas A&M 5-2 683 7 15. Fresno St. 6-0 550 17 16. Virginia Tech 6-1 509 19 17. Oklahoma 6-1 501 18 18. Louisville 6-1 428 8 19. Oklahoma St. 5-1 382 21 20. South Carolina 5-2 381 11 21. UCF 5-1 345 NR 22. Wisconsin 5-2 258 25 23. N. Illinois 7-0 220 23 24. Michigan 6-1 169 NR 25. Nebraska 5-1 117 NR Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon St. 79, Michigan St. 73, Georgia 30, Mississippi 27, Florida 17, Utah 4, Washington 4, Texas 2, BYU 1, Ball St. 1.

USA Today Top 25 The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (57) 7-0 1,544 1 2. Oregon (4) 7-0 1,482 2 3. Florida State (1) 6-0 1,410 5 4. Ohio State 7-0 1,382 3 5. Baylor 6-0 1,255 12 6. Miami (Fla.) 6-0 1,186 11 7. Missouri 7-0 1,184 14 8. Stanford 6-1 1,117 13 9. Texas Tech 7-0 981 15 4 10. Clemson 6-1 913 11. UCLA 5-1 710 10 12. Oklahoma 6-1 695 18 13. Oklahoma State 5-1 688 17 13. LSU 6-2 688 8 15. Texas A&M 5-2 622 7 16. Louisville 6-1 571 6 17. Auburn 6-1 537 NR 18. Fresno State 6-0 532 19 19. Virginia Tech 6-1 499 20 20. South Carolina 5-2 468 9 21. Nebraska 5-1 385 21 22. Northern Illinois 7-0 298 23 23. Michigan 6-1 268 24 24. Wisconsin 5-2 195 NR 25. Central Florida 5-1 151 NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan State 102; Oregon State 91; Notre Dame 62; Arizona State 51; Georgia 37; Mississippi 17; Texas 11; Houston 6; Florida 4; Brigham Young 3; Ball State 1; Boise State 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1.

College Schedule College Football Schedule All Times EDT (Subject to change) Thursday, Oct. 24 SOUTH Marshall (4-2) at Middle Tennessee (3-4), 7:30 p.m. Kentucky (1-5) at Mississippi St. (3-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 FAR WEST Boise St. (5-2) at BYU (5-2), 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 EAST Delaware (5-2) at Rhode Island (3-5), Noon Houston (5-1) at Rutgers (4-2), Noon Sacred Heart (7-1) at St. Francis (Pa.) (2-4), Noon Robert Morris (2-4) at Wagner (2-5), Noon Brown (3-2) at Cornell (1-4), 12:30 p.m. Duquesne (4-2) at Bryant (3-4), 1 p.m. Lehigh (6-1) at Bucknell (2-4), 1 p.m. Salve Regina (5-1) at CCSU (2-5), 1 p.m. Colgate (2-5) at Georgetown (1-6), 1 p.m. Princeton (4-1) at Harvard (5-0), 1 p.m. Lafayette (1-5) at Holy Cross (3-5), 1 p.m. Stetson (1-5) at Marist (4-3), 1 p.m. Pittsburgh (4-2) at Navy (3-3), 1 p.m. Yale (3-2) at Penn (3-2), 1 p.m. Maine (5-2) at Villanova (4-3), 1 p.m. Columbia (0-5) at Dartmouth (2-3), 1:30 p.m. W. Michigan (0-8) at UMass (1-6), 3 p.m. New Hampshire (3-3) at Stony Brook (3-3), 4 p.m. SOUTH Wake Forest (4-3) at Miami (6-0), Noon Towson (7-1) at Richmond (3-4), Noon Louisville (6-1) at South Florida (2-4), Noon UConn (0-6) at UCF (5-1), Noon Georgia Tech (4-3) at Virginia (2-5), 12:30 p.m. Charlotte (4-3) at Charleston Southern (6-2), 1 p.m. Delaware St. (3-4) at Hampton (2-5), 1 p.m. Morgan St. (2-5) at Howard (2-5), 1 p.m. Davidson (0-7) at Jacksonville (3-4), 1 p.m. Dayton (5-2) at Morehead St. (3-4), 1 p.m. Old Dominion (4-3) at Norfolk St. (2-5), 1 p.m. Liberty (3-4) at Gardner-Webb (4-3), 1:30 p.m. Samford (5-2) at Wofford (5-2), 1:30 p.m. The Citadel (2-5) at Chattanooga (5-2), 2 p.m. NC A&T (3-3) at Florida A&M (2-5), 2 p.m. Point (Ga.) (3-4) at Presbyterian (2-4), 2 p.m. NC Central (3-4) at Savannah St. (1-7), 2 p.m. Jacksonville St. (5-2) at Tennessee Tech (3-5), 2:30 p.m. Texas Southern (1-6) at Grambling St. (0-7), 3 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff (0-7) at MVSU (1-6), 3 p.m. Tennessee (4-3) at Alabama (7-0), 3:30 p.m. Alabama A&M (2-5) vs. Alabama St. (5-2) at Birmingham, Ala., 3:30 p.m. Georgia Southern (4-2) at Appalachian St. (1-6), 3:30 p.m. NC State (3-3) at Florida St. (6-0), 3:30 p.m. Clemson (6-1) at Maryland (5-2), 3:30 p.m. Boston College (3-3) at North Carolina (1-5), 3:30 p.m. Tulsa (2-4) at Tulane (5-2), 3:30 p.m. Duke (5-2) at Virginia Tech (6-1), 3:30 p.m. Elon (2-6) at W. Carolina (1-7), 3:30 p.m. James Madison (5-2) at William & Mary (4-3), 3:30 p.m. SC State (5-2) at Bethune-Cookman (6-1), 4 p.m. Mercer (6-1) at Campbell (1-6), 4 p.m. McNeese St. (6-1) at Nicholls St. (4-3), 4 p.m. Troy (4-3) at W. Kentucky (4-3), 4 p.m. UT-Martin (4-3) at Austin Peay (0-7), 5 p.m. E. Illinois (6-1) at Tennessee St. (7-1), 5 p.m. Jackson St. (5-2) vs. Prairie View (5-3) at Shreveport, La., 5 p.m. VMI (1-6) at Coastal Carolina (7-0), 6 p.m. Louisiana Tech (2-5) at FIU (1-5), 6 p.m. Alcorn St. (6-2) at Southern U. (4-3), 6:30 p.m. Furman (3-4) at LSU (6-2), 7 p.m. Georgia St. (0-7) at Louisiana-Monroe (3-4), 7 p.m. North Texas (4-3) at Southern Miss. (0-6), 7 p.m. FAU (2-5) at Auburn (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Idaho (1-6) at Mississippi (4-3), 7:30 p.m. Lamar (3-4) at SE Louisiana (5-2), 8 p.m. MIDWEST Ball St. (7-1) at Akron (2-6), Noon Northwestern (4-3) at Iowa (4-3), Noon Oklahoma St. (5-1) at Iowa St. (1-5), Noon Nebraska (5-1) at Minnesota (5-2), Noon Valparaiso (1-6) at Drake (3-4), 2 p.m. South Dakota (4-3) at Illinois St. (3-4), 2 p.m. Miami (Ohio) (0-7) at Ohio (5-2), 2 p.m. E. Kentucky (4-3) at SE Missouri (1-6), 2 p.m. Toledo (4-3) at Bowling Green (5-2), 2:30 p.m. N. Iowa (4-3) at S. Dakota St. (4-4), 3 p.m. N. Dakota St. (7-0) at Indiana St. (1-6), 3:05 p.m. Michigan St. (6-1) at Illinois (3-3), 3:30 p.m. Buffalo (5-2) at Kent St. (2-6), 3:30 p.m. E. Michigan (1-6) at N. Illinois (7-0), 3:30 p.m. West Virginia (3-4) at Kansas St. (2-4), 3:45 p.m. Baylor (6-0) at Kansas (2-4), 7 p.m. South Carolina (5-2) at Missouri (7-0), 7 p.m. Missouri St. (2-6) at W. Illinois (3-5), 7 p.m.

Penn St. (4-2) at Ohio St. (7-0), 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Vanderbilt (4-3) at Texas A&M (5-2), 12:21 p.m. Temple (1-6) at SMU (2-4), 3 p.m. Texas Tech (7-0) at Oklahoma (6-1), 3:30 p.m. UTEP (1-5) at Rice (5-2), 3:30 p.m. UAB (2-4) at UTSA (2-5), 5 p.m. South Alabama (3-3) at Texas St. (4-3), 7 p.m. Texas (4-2) at TCU (3-4), 7:30 p.m. FAR WEST Butler (6-2) at San Diego (4-3), 4 p.m. Utah (4-3) at Southern Cal (4-3), 4 p.m. UC Davis (3-5) at Montana St. (5-2), 4:05 p.m. Notre Dame (5-2) at Air Force (1-6), 5 p.m. UNLV (4-3) at Nevada (3-4), 6:05 p.m. Arizona (4-2) at Colorado (3-3), 7 p.m. UCLA (5-1) at Oregon (7-0), 7 p.m. Wyoming (4-3) at San Jose St. (3-3), 7 p.m. Abilene Christian (5-3) at New Mexico St. (0-7), 8 p.m. N. Arizona (5-2) at Cal Poly (3-4), 9:05 p.m. Stanford (6-1) at Oregon St. (6-1), 10:30 p.m. Fresno St. (6-0) at San Diego St. (3-3), 10:30 p.m. California (1-6) at Washington (4-3), 11 p.m. Colorado St. (3-4) at Hawaii (0-6), 11:59 p.m.

Prep Football Poll COLUMBUS (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the sixth weekly Associated Press poll of 2013, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1, Cincinnati Moeller (19) 8-0 265 2, Cincinnati Colerain (4) 8-0 227 3, Austintown-Fitch (3) 8-0 197 4, Canton Mckinley 8-0 143 5, Hudson 8-0 139 6, Hilliard Davidson 8-0 138 6-1 130 7, Lakewood St. Edward (1) 8, Pickerington North (1) 8-0 101 9, Mentor 7-1 68 10, Cleveland St. Ignatius 5-3 65 DIVISION II 1, New Albany (10) 8-0 231 2, Loveland (6) 8-0 226 3, Zanesville (5) 8-0 209 4, Avon (3) 8-0 184 5, Mansfield 8-0 141 6, Cleveland Glenville (3) 7-1 126 7, Massillon Washington (1) 7-1 119 8, Medina Highland 8-0 104 9, Macedonia Nordonia 8-0 85 10, Cincinnati Winton Woods 6-2 36 DIVISION III 1, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (17) 8-0 262 2, Toledo Central Catholic (8) 8-0 245 8-0 181 3, Hubbard (1) 4, Sandusky Perkins 8-0 158 5, Athens (2) 8-0 149 6, Mount Orab Western Brown 8-0 91 7, Chillicothe 7-1 64 8, Poland Seminary 7-1 48 9, New Philadelphia 7-1 42 10, Columbus Marion-Franklin 7-1 37 DIVISION IV 1, Kenton (19) 8-0 268 2, Bryan (3) 8-0 235 3, Genoa Area (2) 8-0 215 4, Caledonia River Valley (3) 8-0 155 5, Clarksville Clinton-Massie (1) 7-1 147 6, Kettering Archbishop Alter 7-1 133 7, Urbana 8-0 121 8, Wauseon 7-1 73 9, Chagrin Falls 6-2 32 7-1 25 10, Newark Licking Valley DIVISION V 1, Wheelersburg (21) 8-0 261 2, Cin.Hills Christian Academy (1) 8-0 203 3, Findlay Liberty-Benton (3) 7-0 198 4, Loudonville (1) 8-0 158 5, Columbia Station Columbia (1) 8-0 149 6, Columbus Bishop Hartley (1) 7-1 106 7, St. Clairsville 7-1 103 8, Coldwater 6-2 92 9, Martins Ferry 7-1 68 10, Akron Manchester 7-1 59 DIVISION VI 1, Kirtland (21) 8-0 269 2, Columbus Bishop Ready (5) 8-0 232 3, Canfield S. Range (1) 8-0 161 4, Delphos Jefferson (1) 8-0 160 8-0 141 5, Clev. Villa Angela-St. Joseph 6, Lucasville Valley 8-0 117 7, Mogadore 7-1 101 (tie) Centerburg 8-0 101 9, Haviland Wayne Trace 7-1 61 10, Defiance Tinora 7-1 52 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cincinnati Country Day 48. 12, Newark Catholic 31. 13, Casstown Miami East 14. DIVISION VII 1, Maria Stein Marion Local (23) 8-0 265 2, Berlin Center W. Reserve (1) 8-0 198 3, Shadyside (1) 8-0 187 4, Glouster Trimble (1) 8-0 176 5, North Lewisburg Triad (1) 8-0 150 6, Covington 8-0 149 7, Steubenville Catholic Central 8-0 141 8, McComb 7-1 69 9, Wellsville 7-1 55 10, Norwalk St. Paul 7-1 49 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Lehman Catholic 13. 12, Leipsic 12.


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Meyer gives ‘State of BCS” speech Pressure kicks no problem for Nugent To early to worry about standings Jim Naveau Lima News

COLUMBUS – Urban Meyer called it his State of the Union address. But unlike those annual presidential messages, his speech avoided soaring rhetoric in favor of calming words and focused on the near term instead of looking forward to all the possibilities of a glittering and glorious future. He simply told Ohio State’s football team not to spend too much time thinking about the first Bowl Championship Series standings, which were announced Sunday afternoon. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) was fourth behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon in the BCS rankings. “We had our first State of the Union yesterday (Sunday). It was the first time I talked about the polls because they’re going to hear it,” Meyer said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “This BCS thing came out and my comment was that we are indeed in the mix. In the mix for what, don’t worry about it, but we are in the mix. People think very highly of you, maybe some people don’t. You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturdays,” he said.

Unlike other years when Ohio State was a BCS contender, this was a back burner topic which didn’t come up until almost 15 minutes into Meyer’s press conference, though. The defensive struggles OSU had in a 34-24 win over Iowa last Saturday and how to avoid a repeat performance when Penn State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) comes to Ohio Stadium on Saturday night dominated the discussion. In its last three games against Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa, Ohio State has allowed 295, 343 and 245 yards passing. The defensive line and linebackers also struggled in the first half against Iowa. Meyer, who has used the word “alarming” several times about OSU’s defense in recent weeks, says there are issues with the defense but nothing that can’t be fixed. “We have good enough players. We have good enough coaches. We just have to play better,” he said. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett says the defense has gotten the message. “After watching film, there is no way to get around it. In the first half, they (Iowa) beat the crap out of us. We can’t start a game like that again,” Bennett

said. “I don’t think we’ve ever allowed ourselves to be manhandled like that. I don’t think that is going to happen again this season. Players are ratcheting up the intensity.” NOTES: Talking Targeting: Meyer said he did not think the tackle that caused cornerback Bradley Roby to be ejected from the Iowa game under the new “targeting” enforcement was the kind of play the rule was aimed at. “That rule was not put in for that play,” he said. “I think that the NCAA and everybody is going to want to relook at that rule. We at Ohio State are very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the N-th degree. Any rule for the safety of the players, no question, we support it. “However, that was a game changer. To take one of your better players out of the game, that impacted the game,” he said. Roby Regression?: Meyer said that even before the ejection Roby has not played up to the standards he set last season when he considered leaving early for the NFL draft. The year got off to a bad start when Roby was suspended for the opener against Buffalo for an incident with a bouncer at a Bloomington, Ind.,

bar. He has appeared to be burned in coverage at times but also has had high points, like blocking a punt for a touchdown against Northwestern. “He’s not playing at the same level he did a year ago,” Meyer said. “At times he plays fantastic. When there’s a mistake on the corner position, it’s glaring. He’s going to finish the year strong.” OSU-Purdue Kickoff: Ohio State’s game at Purdue on Nov. 2 will start at noon. It will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Another Speech: With Iowa leading OSU 17-10 at halftime last Saturday, wide receiver Corey Brown asked Meyer if he could talk to the team, something that is not a common occurrence. It was a memorable speech, wide receiver Devin Smith said. “We came in and you could kind of tell the locker room was dead. Everybody was really not saying anything, everybody just looking at each other. Right before we went out, Coach Meyer said we needed to step it up. “Philly (Brown) just stood up and said, ‘This is not how we play.’ He was screaming and he was just saying ‘This is not us and this is now how we play. We need to show them what we’re all about.’”

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Nugent will be on a field somewhere, staying sharp with an offseason workout. He’ll line up and imagine himself in the middle of a kicker’s most pressure-filled moment. The clock is nearly down to zero. The crowd is standing and screaming. Players on both sides avert their eyes as a game full of big plays and tense moments comes down to the kicker’s final swing of the foot. Try to imagine how that is going to feel. “I do it in the offseason when I’m just out by myself,” Nugent said. “If you can try to put as much pressure on yourself as you can when you’re practicing, put yourself in the situation, maybe that adds up and makes it easier when it actually happens.” Two weeks in a row, he’s come through for real. Nugent’s field goals in the final seconds gave the Bengals wins at Buffalo and Detroit, vaulting Cincinnati (5-2) into a two-game lead in the AFC North. The Bengals host the New York Jets (4-3) on Sunday. The Bengals’ kickers have played a big role during a current three-game winning streak. Punter Kevin Huber pinned the Patriots with a 57-yard punt into a downpour, and the Bengals held on for a 13-6 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Huber pinned the Bills in overtime, and Nugent finished them off with a 43-yard field goal for a 27-24 win. Last Sunday in Detroit, Huber pinned the Lions late in the game, giving Cincinnati good field position when it got the ball back one last time. Huber was good from 54 yards on the final play for another 27-24 win. “We keep it interesting, don’t we?” receiver Marvin Jones said. Nugent’s 54-yard kick tied Doug

Pelfrey’s club record for longest game-winner. He’s the first kicker since Pelfrey in 1994 to end backto-back games with a winning field goal. Ending a game on such a long kick meant something special. “I think it is kind of nice,” Nugent said. “It was a lot of fun just coming off the field knowing we got a win, especially being an away game.” Nugent spent his first four seasons with the Jets, the last four with the Bengals. He has seven game-winning kicks in the closing minutes of regulation or overtime, though the one at Detroit on Sunday was his first from longer than 50 yards. Those kicks don’t come around very often. Nugent had one in overtime at Ohio State and a game-ending 54-yard kick against Marshall his senior season. In each of the last two games, Nugent got a chance to win it after wasting a chance to pad the lead. He missed a 34-yard field goal try in Buffalo and a 47-yarder in Detroit, but came through at the end. “I sit there thinking if I’d made that earlier kick, how different would the game be at the end of the day,” said Nugent, who is 10 for 13 overall this season. “You think about that after the game but not so much during because if you make a big deal of that during the game, it’s going to drive you crazy and maybe not get the better result.” Nugent got those two chances to win a game because Huber pinned opponents deep in their own territory and the defense quickly forced a punt that gave the Bengals good field position. Both kickers have come through when needed most. “We knew they would be huge, and Kevin has had a really good year,” coach Marvin Lewis said.

Lehman From page 10 Carson said. Lehman finished the game with four corner kicks and 16 shots to East’s six shots and no corners. Frantz had five saves, while Rindler recorded eight. “I did (get a sense she needed a shutout),” Frantz said. “If I gave up a goal, my team would get down. But, I knew our defense could do it.” Miami East finished another outstanding season 13-3-2, with another CCC title to add to the list. “We had 13 wins,” Carson said. “The seniors had 57 wins in their career. That is just phenomenal.” As Schroeder told his team, now 15-1-1, after the game — they are five wins from where they want to get to. After surviving a game where there were no losers.

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Back in 1956, TV in its infancy had introduced many Americans to the young politician as he made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic vice presidential nomination. Four years later, he was running for the presidency, with TV joining him on the campaign trail. His landmark televised debates with Republican nominee Richard Nixon helped seal the deal. Some 70 million Americans watched the first debate, with the telegenic Kennedy deemed the clear winner. Televised debates would become staples of future presidential campaigns. Once in office, Kennedy and the growing medium of television (households owning a TV had soared to 46.9 million in 1960 from 9.8 million a decade earlier, according to Nielsen) created further indelible images. His inaugural address in 1961 was seen by millions as he urged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you….” He charmed viewers with his televised press conferences, which were candid, off-the-cuff and sometimes talk-show-host witty. Once, a newsman asked Kennedy if, given the burdens of the presidency, he enjoyed the job — and would he recommend it to others? “The answer to the first is yes, and the second is no,” he quipped, his face crinkled in a grin. “I don’t recommend it to others — at least, for a while.” Viewers loved his wife, Jackie, too. In February 1962, all three networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — aired her tour of the newly restored White House. More than 80 million Americans tuned in. “Television brought John Kennedy and his family into America’s living rooms as had been the case with no president before,” sums up historian Robert Caro, whose books include a multi-volume biography of Kennedy successor Lyndon Johnson. Then, on Nov. 22, 1963, and in the days that followed, TV devoted itself to an all-consuming national tragedy. “Television intensified all the emotions of those four days. It intensified the shock and horror of the murder, and then the murder of the murderer,” Caro says, referring to Lee Harvey Oswald’s slaying. “It intensified the grief and the mourning and the mystery. And it intensified the healing process of the funeral ceremonies.” But TV also assisted with a seldom-recognized part of the transition process, Caro adds: It reintroduced a man who for three years toiled in the margins — Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president — as he was summoned to command at a crisis point of trauma and alarm. Says Caro, “You have to recognize the relationship of television not only to the dead president, but also to the new president taking over — his reassuring, calming effect on the public because of his demeanor.”

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In this July 26, 1963 file photo, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sits behind microphones at his desk in Washington after finishing Thursday & Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm. Tools. his radio-television broadcast to the nation on the nuclear test ban agreement initialed by negotiators in Moscow.

Johnson’s demeanor was first on display just hours after the assassination as he arrived from Dallas at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Air Force One, accompanying the casket and Mrs. Kennedy, still in her bloodstained pink suit. Clustered nearby were some 50 members of the media, including NBC News correspondent Robert Abernethy, whose primary memory is how “eerily quiet” it was as they waited. “The reporters and crews, nobody said much — or could say much,” recalls Abernethy, now 85 and still busy as the host of “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” on PBS. He and his counterparts from the other networks offered spare commentary on the sad scene as the newly-sworn-in Johnson stepped to the forest of microphones and, striking just the right blend of resolve and humility, told the nation, “I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help, and God’s.” This was one of so many unforgettable moments that had begun, for many viewers, with the stark on-screen message “CBS News Bulletin” as the voice of anchor Walter Cronkite had cut into the lunch-hour soap “As the World Turns.” “President Kennedy has been the victim of an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas,” Cronkite reported. “It is not known as yet whether the president survived …” All too soon, Cronkite, by then on camera with his eyes moist and voice choking, made his memorable pronouncement that Kennedy had died. “We began dispatching people in all directions,” CBS News Washington bureau chief William Small says. “We sent one remote to the White House, one to the Hill. We didn’t have a third, so we improvised: We took a Greenbrier station wagon and put the guts of a remote (a camera and other equipment) in it and headed it toward Lyndon Johnson’s house.” Like many others in command roles, Small didn’t leave the bureau for the next four days, “from the shooting to the burial.” “When I finally got home,” he said, “I asked my wife, ‘What was it like?’ She said, ‘There was no one on the streets. Everyone was watching television.’” Never before had the public been privy to such a seismic event beyond their own experience delivered with such youare-there thoroughness and immediacy. The three networks threw out regular programming and suspended commercials for blanket coverage of unfolding events in Dallas, Washington and elsewhere from Friday through Monday, a span of consecutive TV coverage not exceeded until September 2001. And the nation was transfixed. Following the White House confirmation of Kennedy’s death, nearly half of all the country’s TV homes were in use. A few hours later, nearly two-thirds of all TV homes were tuned in. And on Monday afternoon, during the funeral coverage, viewers in 81 percent of the nation’s homes had their eyes glued to the screen, according to Nielsen. This upended a world where people still got most of their news from print, when newsreels still accompanied the features at movie theaters.

“It was the coming of age of television news,” says Dan Rather, who was in Dallas to coordinate CBS’ coverage of a political visit by the president that was expected to produce little actual news. At the instant Kennedy was shot, Rather was standing nearby on what was meant to be the presidential motorcade route’s last stop, where cameramen would hand off film for Rather to rush to the lab for processing. Though he didn’t witness the shooting, the future CBS anchor saw the president’s limousine rush by and it “seemed to be heading in the wrong direction,” Rather says. “When I got over the overpass to the grassy knoll, I knew what had happened was really bad. That scene of chaos, confusion and fear in front of the textbook depository is as vivid to me today as the day I experienced it.” ABC News’ Bob Clark was riding in the press car of the motorcade as one of the pool reporters. “Oswald was shooting directly over the press car. We heard the shots,” Clark recalls. “Then our car raced off, following the president’s car to the hospital, not having any idea what was going on.” At Parkland Memorial Hospital, it was immediately clear Kennedy had been gravely injured. “The president was lying in the backseat of the limousine,” Clark reported in his first phone dispatch, “his head cradled in the first lady’s lap. At this stage there was no official word as to whether Mr. Kennedy was still alive. But he lay motionless on the backseat of the car for some two minutes while a stretcher was wheeled out from the hospital.” The visual that viewers saw during Clark’s account wasn’t Clark, but the seal of the president of the United States. This, of course, was an age before digital technology, portable video and all but the most cursory satellite transmission. The relative primitiveness of the available tools becomes a further testament to the networks’ achievement. For example, the cameras used for live transmission were full-size rigs, “and we only had a limited number of them,” says Small. This posed a particular challenge in covering Monday’s funeral procession in Washington. After the funeral at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Kennedy’s flag-draped coffin was carried on a horse-drawn caisson the several miles to Arlington National Cemetery, where he would be buried. TV covered the somber passage every foot of the way. “We enlisted every correspondent we had,” Small recalls. And as the caisson moved past each camera position, that camera crew would leapfrog down the line beyond the next camera. “Some cameras were in four positions during the day,” Small says. TV’s funeral coverage, even viewed today, seems perfectly suited to the occasion. It was meditative and dignified. Telecast in black-and-white (as most TV still was), the somber monochrome seems fitting as it captured Kennedy’s flag-draped coffin in the Capitol Rotunda, the riderless horse, the veiled widow with her 3-year-old son in a salute, the eternal flame at the gravesite.

These sights gave the viewer a chance to absorb, and mourn, the enormity of what had taken place. And yet, they came just a day after an awful counterpoint: Oswald’s on-screen shooting. It occurred during a photo op where the media could glimpse the accused assassin as he was transferred from city police custody to the county jail. NBC was on the air live when nightclub owner Jack Ruby lunged for Oswald, who, flanked by deputies, was cut down at point-blank range. Never before had a real-life homicide aired live on TV. “He’s been shot, Lee Oswald has been shot!” NBC correspondent Tom Pettit erupted. “It’s absolute panic here in the basement of Dallas Police headquarters.” The other two networks had missed airing the murder live, but CBS brought a pioneering dimension to the murder scene. Within two hours, it had engineered what was likely a first for TV news: a film playback of the shooting in slow motion and freeze-frame. Kennedy’s shooting two days earlier had not been aired live. But it was captured on film by a spectator, Abraham Zapruder, with his 8mm movie camera. Then, amazingly, this unique visual record did not air for more than a decade. In 1963, the images seemed too disturbing for the public to behold — and 50 years later, the 486 frames continue to horrify, even as they have fueled conflicting theories of who, and how many, fired the shots. Nowadays, the idea that the president’s every public minute could evade documenting by professional media — not to mention scores of ordinary onlookers and self-styled citizen journalists — seems inconceivable. “In today’s world,” says Rather, “you would have had cameras all over the place, and it would have been very difficult not to have pictures of the limousine with the president slumped over” — that is, video from every angle showing the killing in high-def detail, repeatedly broadcast and viewable on YouTube. Rather draws a cautionary picture of such a murder covered in today’s hopped-up media environment, with many rival channels digging for details while voicing on-the-fly theories of what had happened and who might be behind it. The atmosphere of necessary restraint 50 years ago “may have worked to the country’s advantage,” Rather says. “The information the nation needed came in due course as it made its peaceful transition of power at the top.” To argue for restraint can be heresy in journalistic circles, but even that weekend traumatized Americans were conflicted about the information coming to them via TV. “The viewing ordeal was almost uncannily strange,” wrote The New York Times’ TV writer Jack Gould, describing “a battle within one’s self not to hear more and an uncontrollable hunger to obtain additional information.” Meanwhile, both viewers and broadcasters grappled with “an inclination to think about what the future may hold and an embarrassed realization that it was much too soon to do so.” A half-century later, this is a struggle that TV, along with its audience, still grapples with.

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A history of a city and its liberal ideals Ann Levin

democratic society, including tolerance, diversity and civil rights. When Shorto writes that Amsterdam may well be the birthplace of liberalism, he doesn’t mean “liberal” in the sense that it’s used in American political debate. He’s referring to “a commitment to individual freedom and individual rights, and not just for oneself but for everyone.” He means liberalism in its original sense of “free,” from the Latin word liber. Shorto’s attempt to understand Amsterdam feels urgent, in part because he recognizes that these values are threatened today. “While liberalism is one of our most precious cultural possessions,” he writes,

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No guide to Amsterdam is complete without a mention of tulips, canals and legalized pot and prostitution. In Russell Shorto’s engaging new history of his adopted city, he, too, touches on these well-worn subjects. But Shorto is more interested in exploring how a city of 800,000 souls — roughly the size of Columbus, Ohio — “has influenced the modern world to a degree that perhaps no other city has.” He argues that it has done so because over the centuries, through a combination of collective action and self-seeking individualism, Amsterdam has come to embody the most cherished ideals of Western

“it can also be overstretched, belittled, squandered.” But “Amsterdam” isn’t just a book about big ideas. It features a lively cast of characters, both famous and obscure, including Erasmus, Spinoza and Rembrandt. And it brims with the sights, smells and sounds of a nearly thousandyear-old bustling, mercantile city. Bicycling through his neighborhood with his toddler son strapped to the handlebars, Shorto notices a “white cleanness … a rinsed quality” to the morning light. He describes the “deep, icy, impetuously heaving waters” of the nearby North Sea. A few chapters later, we’re back on the waterfront, this time to witness the return of

a fleet from the East Indies, laden with more than a million pounds of pepper, cloves and nutmeg, “packed with exquisite care into the hulls.” Shorto’s previous works include a well-regarded book on the Dutch origins of Manhattan. It’s fitting, then, that for his latest effort he burrows back even farther — to investigate the European civilization that sent forth its emissaries to the New World to lay the foundation for modern-day New York. Countless books have been written about Holland’s capital city, from prosaic tourist guides to scholarly tomes. At 300-plus pages, Shorto’s relatively modest contribution stands as a sparkling addition to the lot.

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This photo provided by Doubleday shows the cover of the book, “Amsterdam: A History of the World: Most Liberal City”(Doubleday), by Russell Shorto.

US, Afghans confident troop agreement will pass Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S and Afghanistan officials say they are confident that tribal elders and the Afghan population will agree to keep U.S. and coalition troops in the country after 2014, even as a senior U.S. military official warned of high profile attacks and assassinations leading up to Afghanistan’s presidential elections next year. The comments come amid persistent uncertainty about the security agreement, includ-

ing provisions allowing the U.S. military to continue to conduct counterterrorism operations and insuring that U.S. military courts, not the Afghans, would maintain legal jurisdiction over American forces that stay in the country. A senior U.S. official said that Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that he has strong confidence that the agreement would be endorsed soon and that the vast majority of Afghans support it.

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The two spoke during a NATO meeting where leaders were getting updates on the war and progress of the Afghan forces. In a separate discussion, a senior U.S. military official said he is pretty confident that the agreement will be signed, adding that he has spoken to Afghans at every level and none have said the bilateral security agreement was a bad idea. The military official also said that Afghans recognize that keeping U.S. and coalition troops in the country after 2014 to train and assist the Afghan forces is key to getting the more than $4 billion in financial support that allied nations have pledged to provide. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issues publicly. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and

President Hamid Karzai reached an agreement about a week ago on the key elements of a deal that would allow American troops to stay after 2014, when combat troops are scheduled to leave. One key unresolved issue — which is a deal breaker for the U.S. — is whether U.S. military courts maintain legal jurisdiction over the troops. The U.S. official said Hagel made it clear to Mohammadi that jurisdiction is a must for the security agreement. Karzai said that issue must be discussed by the consultative assembly of tribal elders, or Loya Jirga, before he makes a decision. The national meeting is expected to start between Nov. 19 and 21 and could last as long as a week, with as many as 3,000 people attending. The Loya Jirga is not binding but Karzai is likely to follow it. The agreement would then

have to be ratified by the Afghan Parliament. There have been repeated worries that the complex agreement could fall apart in much the same way that U.S. negotiations with Iraqi leaders collapsed over the issue of troop immunity. The U.S. then pulled all of its troops out of Iraq. Officials Tuesday sought to present a more optimistic view of the Afghan situation, while still acknowledging that there are still challenges ahead. In particular, the military official warned that based on intelligence reports and discussions with Afghans, the U.S. is expecting the Taliban to try to disrupt April’s elections with high profile attacks and targeted killings aimed at candidates and high-level officials. U.S. officials have said that the U.S. and NATO would like to keep between 8,000-12,000

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Middle School. The boy’s parents are cooperating with authorities and could face charges in the case, police said. Authorities say they’re withholding the seventhgrader’s name out of respect for his family. At a news conference Tuesday, law enforcement and school officials again lauded the actions of 45-yearold math teacher and former Marine Michael Landsberry, who tried to stop the rampage before he was killed. “I cannot express enough appreciation for Mr. Landsberry,” Washoe

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troops in Afghanistan to train and assist the Afghan force and conduct counterterrorism operations against alQaida. Both Hagel and the U.S. military official said they are still comfortable with that range of numbers. Hagel told reporters traveling with him that the sooner an agreement is reached, the better. But he said there is still sufficient time. “I don’t think there’s any deadline that we have to have it by Thanksgiving,” said Hagel, as he was traveling to the NATO meeting. “If we stay on track — that gives us plenty of time.” If the security agreement is not signed, all troops would leave at the end of next year. P re s i d e n t B a ra c k Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press he would be comfortable with a full pullout of U.S. troops.

County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said. “He truly is a hero.” The violence started before the first bell of the day rang, as students filed off buses and gathered for class. The boy opened fire outside a school building, hitting one 12-year-old student in the shoulder. He then headed toward a basketball court, where he encountered Landsberry. The teacher walked calmly toward the shooter and lifted his hands, asking the boy to hand over his weapon. “He was telling him to stop and put the gun down,” student Jose Cazares told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. “Then the kid, he yelled out ‘No!’ Like, he was yelling at him, and he shot him.” Landsberry suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Still, his actions gave students enough time to run to safety, according to Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras. Police said they believe the shooter at one point tried to enter the school but couldn’t open the door because of emergency lockdown procedures. After killing Landsberry, the boy fired at a second student, hitting him in the abdomen. He then shot himself in the head. The two 12-year-old boys who were wounded are in stable condition and recovering. Authorities provided no motive for the shooting but said they’ve interviewed 20 or 30 witnesses and are looking into any prior connection the victims had with the shooter. “Everybody wants to know why — that’s the big question,” Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller said. “The answer is, we don’t know right now.”

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