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Obama presses Congress on gun laws BY JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) In danger of losing congressional momentum, President Barack Obama is drawing attention to Colorado’s newly passed gun control laws as he applies public pressure on Congress to pass similar federal measures. Obama was visiting Denver Wednesday, stepping up his call for universal background checks for gun buyers as well as his dePresident Barack Obama waves as he walks to board the Ma- mands for Congress to at least rine One helicopter on the South Lawn at the White House in vote on an assault weapons ban Washington on Wednesday as he traveled to Denver and San and limits on large-capacity ammunition magazines. Francisco.

The trip is heavy with political symbolism. Colorado expanded background checks and placed restrictions on magazines despite being a state with a deep-rooted hunting tradition, where gun ownership is a cherished right. Moreover, Obama will meet with law enforcement officials and community leaders at the Denver Police Academy, not far from the Aurora suburb where a gunman last summer killed 12 people in a movie theater. The president’s trip is occurring in the same week that prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty for James Holmes, accused of

carrying out the Aurora rampage. Among those participating in the Denver discussion with Obama was Sandy Phillips, the mother of 24-year-old Jessica Redfield Ghawi, who died in the Aurora shooting. She conceded that gun control is a difficult issue, and said she has spoken to numerous lawmakers in Washington who “want to do the right thing without it costing their jobs.” She said she is counting on Obama to press the issue. “We need to have universal See Obama/Page 2

W.Va. Hampshire blaze under investigation Early Stored materials in dust collector catch fire; no injuries reported voting sheriff begins killed WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) A sheriff known for cracking down on the drug trade in southern West Virginia’s coalfields was fatally shot Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked his car for lunch, a state official said, and a suspect was in custody. State Police told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum died of his wounds, said his chief of staff Rob Alsop. The suspect, who was also shot, was taken to a hospital in Logan, Alsop said. The courthouse was evacuated, streets into the city were blocked off and officers held white sheets around the crime scene, Crum’s body further shielded by two vehicles. The shooting occurred within a block of the county courthouse, said Office of Emergency Services head dispatcher Willis Spence. Officials planned a news conference for 6 p.m. in the county in the southwest corner of West Virginia, on the border with Kentucky.

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smoke started being recirculated into the business, which manufacturers cabinets. A dust collector is used to filter and collect dust and other impurities in the air, and in this case was used to collect wood chips, sawdust and fine wood particles. Employees with the business, which manufactures custom cabinets, reported the fire at

approximately 12:30 p.m. and the Piqua Fire Department was dispatched as Covington and Lockington fire departments provided mutual aid. Employees stated at the time of the incident many of the two dozen workers were either at lunch or coming back from lunch, and those that weren’t were immediately evacuated. Fire crews opened up

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all doors at the business and used fans in an attempt to clear thick smoke from inside, which at times poured out of bay doors. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire, the cause of which wasn’t immediately known Wednesday afternoon. The fire department continues to investigate the fire.

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County Auditor’s Office can be contacted for specifics. Larson said the burden put on the elderly was a common concern with the levy of 2010 that failed. He feels two items help to protect this population with the current levy. Those 65 or older, or totally and permanently disabled, qualify for the Homestead Exemption Act. This allows them to shield $25,000 of the market value of their home from being taxed. For the


A dust collector at The Hampshire Company, 9225 North State Route 66, north of Piqua, caught fire Wednesday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of the building. Piqua, Covington and Lockington fire departments responded to the fire, which left the building filled with thick black smoke. No injuries were reported.

PIQUA — Wood chips and particles stored inside a three-story dust collector outside of The HampSee Sheriff/Page 2 shire Company, 9225 N. State Route 66, Piqua, caught fire Wednesday afand prompted the Today’s weather ternoon evacuation of the busiHigh ness. As the material in the 55 dust collector smoldered,

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TROY — Early voting began at the Miami County Board of Elections on Tuesday for the upcoming May 7 primary election as election officials gear up for the first election under a new elections director and deputy director. Elections Director Andrew Higgins said he is expecting a voter turnout of between 15 to 20 percent for the May election, which falls along historical averages of off-year primary elections in Miami County, which has approximately 70,000 registered voters. “We’re not expecting this election to be big as far as voter turnout,” Higgins said. “We would like it to be, but we can’t force everyone to turn out.” The anticipated low voter turnout will give the board of elections a good opportunity to undergo their first election with new leadership. Higgins, a Republican, was selected as elections director in January after the previous director, Steve Quillen, abruptly resigned just weeks away from the general presidential election. Last month, the board’s former deputy director, Pamela Calendine, left the job after she and the board agreed upon a separation agreement. Her position was filled by Eric Morgan, a Democrat, who is serving as the board’s interim deputy director. “We are set and we are ready to go,” Higgins said of the elections board staff. “After the election, we will sit down and

COVINGTON – A casual community meeting was held Monday for those interested in learning more about the Covington building project. “We want to focus on questions,” Superintendent Dave Larson said. And that’s just what they did following Larson’s opening remarks. During his time, the superintendent reminded those in attendance that the project was needed to

save the district money. He said that while considering the budget, talk kept coming back to the buildings and their needs. One thing became obvious according to Larson: “Eventually, these buildings are going to bankrupt the district.” A Facilities Planning Committee was then formed and the group went to work deciding the best course of action. It was determined the district should pursue a building project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The plan is

for a new pre-kindergarten to eighth grade building with renovations and updates to the high school creating one campus. The state will pay 58 percent of the cost, or $10.5 million. Covington taxpayers will have to pay the rest. This will be done by a property tax of 3.89 mills and an income tax or .25 percent. For the owner of a $100,000 home with a taxable income of $40,000, the cost would be $18.26 per month. The district does have other figures available, or the Miami

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Voting Continued from page 1 what we did right, what went wrong and how we can correct anything for the November election.” Some areas of the county will not have any issues on the ballot, but voters in Troy, Fletcher and Washington Township will, in addition to those who live in the Covington, Milton-Union, Piqua, and Tipp City school districts. Fletcher residents will decide on an additional, 1.5-mill continuing levy for streets, roads and bridges while Washington Township voters will rule on a proposed additional, five-year, 2-mill levy for fire and emergency medical services. Five school levies that will be on the ballot consist of: Covington, a .25 percent income tax for current expenses and a 3.89-mill bond levy issue for a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade building; MiltonUnion, a five-year, renewal, 10.9-mill levy for current expenses; Piqua, five-year, renewal, 5.22mill, emergency; and Tipp City, an additional, fouryear, 4.93-mill, emergency. In Troy, the city council primaries will be uncontested by Republicans in


Obituaries each of the city’s six wards, consisting of Tom Kendall, Douglas Tremblay, John Schweser, Bobby Phillips, Bill Twiss and Brock Heath, respectively. Troy Treasurer Mel Shane and President of Council Martha Baker are running unopposed as well in the primary. They are all Republicans. However, three council at-large seats in Troy will be decided with the primary out of a field of four Republicans: Al Clark, Colin Girolamo, Robin Oda and Lynne Snee. Those seeking to vote early can do so now through the election at the board of elections, which is located on the first floor of the Miami Courthouse. County Hours of early voting run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during normal business hours. encouraged Higgins any citizens who are not registered voters to become registered voters and said the deadline to register for the primary election is April 8. While there are several places a citizen can register to vote, including at the Miami County Board of Elections, one can also register to vote by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State’s website,

Raymond Peters COVINGTON — Raymond Peters, 87, of Covington, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. He was born April 27, 1925, in Covington, to Charles and Mary (Montgomery) Peters. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Grace (Selby) Peters and second wife, Pearl (Beckn e r ) Peters; s i s t e r, Lucille Miller; a n d brother, David Peters. PETERS H e will be missed and remembered by his children and their spouses, Susan and Ron Bowman of Piqua, Rodney and Mary Peters of Covington, Roland and Patricia Peters of Covington, Marcia and Butch Wills of Covington, Yvonne and Chuck Brunk of Union City, Bill and Mary Kate Peters; step children, Sharyl Lair of Huber Heights and Ron and Pam Beckner of Painter Creek; grandchildren, Trent Bowman, Renee Lavy, Julie Shellabarger, Regan Bowman, Wendy Vanderhorst,

Craig Peters, Clinton Peters, Tonia Schauer, Heath Peters, Tricia Bowser, Lincoln Wills, Jaclyn Wills, Trevor Wills, Ashley Wills, Destina Wills, Grayson Wills, Chet Brunk, Alex Brunk, Logan Brunk, Casey Peters, Burke Peters, Dain Peters; 34 great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; brother and sistersin-law, Donald and Beverly Peters of Flora, Ind. and Virginia Miller of Pleasant Hill; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie and John Flory of Covington, Hazel and Carl Wagoner of Covington, Mary Jane and Howard Flory of Lima, and Charles Miller of Lima. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church. 6360 Farrington Rd., Covington, with interment following at Highland Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County. Online memories may be left for the family at

with. Wealthy districts haven’t qualified for a cofunded project because their district’s equity rating is too high. Larson believes the possibility of the state opening the money up to these districts is more of a concern. “If we don’t spend this money, someone else is going to,” he said. Another attendee asked when the district would be coming back to voters because they want to build a new high school. Larson said eventually leaders will have to look at “When is it not cost effective to update this building (the high school.)” However, because the current building plan is what’s called “a segmented plan,” if they desire to complete the project with a new high school at a later date, it can be co-funded by the state as the current plan is.

Larson did add that the district has a 1.25 percent income tax renewal that will expire in 2015. This will need to be voted on prior to the expiration. “If you vote for nothing else, vote for that 1.25 percent because we need that to pay our bills,” he said. Also, an attendee asked if items would be added that are not co-funded by the OSFC, such as an auditorium. Larson stated that such items are not included in the plan, but they could be added if a generous donation is made. He cited examples of neighboring schools that have auditoriums because a community member felt the performing arts were important and donated the funds to build the facility. The new school would have a stage in the commons area for small performances, or when a

larger audience is expected, performances could be held in the gym. Larson said this is similar to Newton’s new school. Answering another question, Larson said leaders plan to redesign the high school to include the board of education office. A tentative timeline also was shared. If the May 7 levy is passed, the OSFC will decide in July if the district receives funding. “Covington is a lapsed district. The OSFC has funded every lapsed district that’s passed its levy,” Larson said. Design for the new building would take place from July 2013-spring of 2014. Construction would go from the spring of 2014-summer of 2015. Occupancy would come at the beginning of the 201516 school year.

curbing gun violence more than three months after the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Last week Obama called for legislation while flanked by 21 mothers who lost children to gun violence. “I haven’t forgotten those kids,” he declared then. On Monday, just before the planned start of the Senate’s debate on gun legislation, Obama is scheduled to go to Hartford, Conn., where state lawmakers have announced a bipartisan

agreement on gun legislation in response to the shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adult staff. “If it were simple to pass measures through Congress that are very common sense but would reduce gun violence in America, those measures would have passed already,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday. “And the president has always recognized that this is something that would be a

positive attitude, always trying to help people,” White said. “It’s just a sad, sad day for Mingo County and the state of West Virginia.” Crum had resigned his post as a county magistrate before launching his sheriff’s campaign as a signal of integrity, preferring to run as a civilian rather than an official, White said. He won the primarily handily and ran unopposed in the general election in the fall. Crum had been a magistrate for 12 years and had previously served as

police chief in Delbarton. White said Crum was dedicated to improving the community and devoted to his grandchildren and adult children. “He always had family around him,” he said. After dozens of indictments were issued earlier this year, Prosecutor Michael Sparks issued a press release declaring that Crum “exceeded my highest expectations” and “has provided a game changing boost to our drug enforcement program.” Delegate Justin Marcum, D-Mingo and an as-

Covington Continued from page 1 previous example, this would reduce the monthly amount by $2.48. Also, social security is not taxed. Larson said some have asked why the district didn’t go with a prekindergarten to twelfth grade building like the 2010 plan had. They have said that they didn’t vote for the 2010 levy, but they would now. Noting that this is “hard to figure out,” Larson stated that the current plan is $3 million less and in the end, the result still will be a one campus solution. This will save the district $200,000 through attrition. The new building would be to the north and east of the high school and would be attached at the high school commons. One attendee asked if there was a danger of the OSFC being done away

Obama Continued from page 1 background checks for every sale, that’s a minimum,” she said in an interview ahead of Obama’s appearance. “I hope he keeps pushing for the assault weapons ban and I hope he keeps pushing for magazine restrictions.” With Congress due to return to Washington after a two-week Easter break, Obama has been scheduling high-profile events on gun legislation to push lawmakers and sustain a drive for some kind of action aimed at

Sheriff Continued from page 1 Delegate Harry Keith White, who campaigned with Crum last year, said his friend was shot to death in the same place where he parked his car most days to eat lunch, near the site of a former pharmacy known for illegally distributing. Crum led a drug task force and an initiative called Operation Zero Tolerance, making good on a campaign pledge, White said. “I think anybody you ask would tell you he was a great guy, always with a


Bill R. ‘Reef’ Smith Jr. PIQUA — Bill R. “Reef” Smith Jr., 56, of Piqua, died at home early Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013. Bill was the son of the late Bill Sr. a n d Wi l m a Smith. Bill is surv i v e d SMITH by his loving wife, Ronda Smith. Surviving children include Shauna Smith of Piqua, Dan and Layla Smith of Covington, Phillip Smith of Springfield, Josh and Tami Long of Sidney, Eric Burke of Sidney, Matthew Siegel of Adrian, Mich., Andrew and Allissa Siegel of Piqua; grandchildren, James Jr., Peyton and Aiden Smith of Piqua, Bryce and Garrett Smith and Lorelei Nutter, all of Covington, Colbert and Rowan Long of Sidney, Simon Siegel of Piqua; siblings, Teresa Smith of Piqua, Cheryl Smith-Stapleton and Jerry Caplinger of Piqua, Jeff and Melissa Smith of Moraine, Neil and Cherice Smith of Piqua, Penny and Brian Roberts of Piqua, and Matthew Smith of Piqua; and numerous aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Smith Sr.; and one brother, Timothy Smith. Bill was a 1975 gradu-

ate of Piqua High School, where he was active in the Piqua football program. Bill retired from Fitzpatrick Steel Products after almost 30 years in the steel manufacturing business. He was an avid Browns, Cleveland Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State Buckeyes and Piqua Indians fan. Bill had been a coach for Piqua Pee Wee Football, Piqua Youth Baseball and Springfield Little League. As an accomplished musician, Bill was the lead guitarist for many bands including Dottie and the Country Four, Levi Country, LCB, Montanna, Superfusion, Reloaded, and the Smith Brothers Praise and Worship Band. His latest CD was recorded with his nephews Eric and Adam Bauman in a band called Superfusion. Other band members were Josh Vetter and George Tucker. Bill had been active in Victory Baptist Church, Piqua. Bill was a life donor to Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Bill’s hope was that his selfless donation would further fight against head and neck cancer. A memorial service will be held at Bill’s home church at Victory Baptist Church in Piqua at 6 p.m. Saturday, with Pastor Phillip DeLorme officiating. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the church.

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NASHVILLE — iello, Bobbie Fairchilds, William N. Charles, 73, of Leslie Fairchilds, Chad Nashville, passed away on Charles, Angie Crespo, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at and William Charles III; the Upper Valley Medical eight great-grandchildren; Center, Troy. He was born brothers and sisters-inOct. 3, 1939, in Lawshe. law, Lloyd and Mary Jane He was preceded in Charles Jr. of Texas, Dondeath by his father, Lloyd ald and Carmen Charles Charles Sr.; mother, Leona of Union and Chester and (Little) Charles; beloved Cathy Charles of Beaverwife, Phyllis (Woodruff) creek. Charles; and son, Richard William was retired Keith Charles. from Globe Motors, DayHe is survived by his ton after 46 years of servdaughters, Alice Gill of ice. Huber Heights and Linda Funeral services will be Wright of Troy, sons and held at 11:30 a.m. Saturdaughters-in-law, Kevin Charles of Vandalia, day, at the Hale-Sarver William and Debbie Family Funeral Home, Charles Jr. of Laura and 284 N. Miami St., West Kenneth and Bonnie Milton, burial to follow at Cemetery. Charles of Delaware; Wheelock challenge.” Friends may call from 10grandchildren, Shane In selecting Colorado, Brumbaugh, David Brum- 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Obama is showcasing a baugh, Stephanie Carlar- Hale-Sarver. state with a long centrist tradition that prizes its Western frontier herDeath notice itage. But an influx of young coastal transSIDNEY — Karla Kay Magoto passed away Monplants and growing His- day, March 25, 2013, at the Pavilion Nursing Home, panic voter clout have Sidney. A memorial service will be held Saturday at helped Democrats win a Calvary United Baptist Church, Sidney. Salm-McGill string of victories in the and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is hanstate. Even before the dling the arrangements. Sandy Hook massacre energized gun control proponents, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was open to new Policy: Please send obituary notices by egun control measures in mail to or by fax to the state. (937) 773-4225. Deadlines: Notices must be received by 6 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Friday, and by 4 p.m. on Monday for Tuesday’s online edition. Questions: Please call Editor Susan Hartsistant county prosecutor, ley at (937) 773-2721, ext. 207 if you have called Crum “a true friend questions about obituaries. to the county.” “He’ll be dearly missed,” he said. Though there is no indication of a direct connection, the killing comes on the heels of a Texas district attorney and his wife being shot to death in their home over the weekend, and officials suspect a * Your 1 choice for complete Home white supremacist prison Medical Equipment gang. Those killings hapLift Chairs pened a couple of months after one of the county’s 1990 W. Stanfield, Troy, OH assistant district attor45373 • 937-335-9199 neys was killed near his courthouse office. 2380072

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Ohio partners with feds to target food stamp fraud Warmer, increasing clouds DAYTON (AP) — The state is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to crack down on fraud in the federal food stamp program. The state and the federal agency will share information about their transactions, and the USDA will provide training and data-mining assistance to identify suspicious patterns of benefit redemption that could indicate illegal activities, according to the Dayton Daily News ( The partnership was announced Tuesday. The USDA estimates that 1 percent of food stamp benefits are misap-

propriated because of fraud. The program distributed $74.6 billion in fiscal year 2012 — that means about $746 million was lost to fraud. Federal estimates show that Ohio might be home to $30 million in fraudulent food stamp use. Kevin Concannon, the USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said the partnerships “will give the states and the federal government both the opportunity to share these electronic data systems, and we think we can help each other in that regard.” The USDA is in charge of investigating food stamp fraud by retailers

and vendors. The state and county agencies are in charge of investigating fraud among residents who receive food benefits. “It’s one thing to take the stores or the store owners out of the program, but there have to be consequences too for the individual households that may have trafficked benefits in those stores,” Concannon said. A common form of fraud involves people illegally selling or trading their benefit cards to friends, store clerks, drug dealers or others for cash, drugs or other non-food items. The USDA announced last May that it was giving states the ability to

Clouds begin to increase by Thursday afternoon as a storm system skims the southern half of the state. contact households that Temperatures continue to warm into the middle and requested multiple re- upper 50's for the end of the week. placement benefit cards to High: 55 Low: 28. determine whether the requests were legitimate or suspicious and required more probing. SATURDAY The Ohio Department FRIDAY of Job and Family Services said that more than 1.8 million people in the state MOSTLY PARTLY receive an average of $135 in food stamps each SUNNY CLOUDY month to help supplement their meals. Those with household incomes up to HIGH: 65 LOW: 32 130 percent of the federal HIGH: 55 LOW: 35 poverty — up to $35,325 for a family of four — qualify for assistance. The USDA signed similar data-sharing agreements with Maryland and Virginia last month.


Northeast drilling boom threatens forest wildlife BY KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hawks swoop in and gobble up songbirds. Raccoons feast on nests of eggs they never could have reached before. Salamanders and wildflowers fade away, crowded out by invasive plants that are altering the soil they need to thrive. Like a once-quiet neighborhood cut up by an expressway and laced with off ramps, northeastern forests are changing because of the pipelines crisscrossing them amid the region’s gas drilling boom, experts say. Environmentalists have loudly worried that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may threaten water and air, though the Obama administration and many state regulators say the practice is safe when done properly. Threats to wildlife have flown largely under the radar. But as studies detail plans for thousands of miles of new pipelines and related infrastructure, the dangers to biologically rich forests that have rebounded since vast clear-cutting in the 1800s are taking on new urgency. “If you wanted to create a perfect storm for biological invasion, you would do what the energy companies are doing in north-central Pennsylvania,” said Kevin Heatley, an ecologist with the national firm Biohabitats who works to restore areas that have been damaged by human activity. “You can only put so many bloody parking lots in the woods.” Energy companies, which say they are being responsible stewards of the land, have rushed to unlock the natural gas lying in the shale beneath Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The gas has lowered energy costs, allowed the U.S. to

lessen reliance on foreign energy and provided private landowners who sit atop well sites with a gold mine in royalties. New York, which also has large reserves, is trying to decide whether to allow fracking. To get the gas to market, hundreds of miles of pipeline are being laid along clear-cut forest “tunnels” sometimes dozens of yards wide. The new energy development is “almost a spider web coming down to the forest,” said Nels Johnson, of the Pennsylvania chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which estimates the state could see thousands of miles of new pipelines over the next two decades. Even northeastern states that have put a hold on fracking aren’t immune, because many import natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that 245 miles of new pipelines were laid in the Northeast last year, and that figure is projected to grow. Wind turbine development poses similar threats, too. The Nature Conservancy says Pennsylvania already has more than 600 of the giant blades, with the potential for thousands more in coming decades. The total acreage taken up by the pipelines, wind projects and related development isn’t that large, but the open spaces they create allow predators and invasive species to permeate a canopy of trees that once kept them at bay. It’s not hypothetical, scientists say. Studies and observations have documented invasions. And just as with humans, the uninvited guests change the neighborhood. Forest fragmentation opens the door to invasive species such as the cowbird, a type of blackbird that normally prefers open land,

said Bridget Stutchbury, a biologist at York University in Toronto who studies forest songbirds. “The female cowbird sneaks around the forest, laying her egg in other species’ nests,” Stutchbury said. Forest birds such as thrushes and warblers don’t realize the egg isn’t theirs and expend energy raising chicks from another species in what she called a “nifty strategy for child-rearing.” The droppings that cowbirds and other invaders leave behind can also contain seeds from invasive plants that will sprout, spread and ultimately change the soil so much that some forest salamanders and wildflowers can’t survive, experts note. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey, released last week, found that in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County, at the heart of the drilling boom, the number of patches or sections of forest

increased by about 156 between 2001 and 2010, with Marcellus Shale drilling and related pipelines responsible for most of the change. The energy industry said that it welcomes original research, but that it should be seen in context. The Geological Survey report, said Patrick Creighton, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, found that oil and gas activity affected less than 1 percent of the forest area in Allegheny and Susquehanna counties. That number may seem small, but experts say it’s a cause for concern, nonetheless. “As an ecologist, you can look at that and say, wow, there are going to be changes,” said Terry Slonecker, the researcher who authored the USGS report, noting it’s too early to know where fragmentation has gone too far.

Ohio files notice of lake order BY ANDREW WELSHHUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s natural resources agency said Tuesday it met the second of two court-ordered deadlines to speed up compensation to landowners for losses from flooding near Ohio’s largest inland lake. At issue is how fast the Department of Natural Resources has responded to an order by the Ohio Supreme Court to compensate 87 landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys, a 20-squaremile lake between Dayton and Toledo. The agency met an April deadline for filing lawsuits to take the owners’ property, a necessary step that triggers the action needed for the state to compensate the landowners, according to a Natural Resources court filing. The state said in February it met a deadline to com-

plete remaining appraisals on properties. The state has argued that some property owners’ land lies outside a flood elevation line and isn’t eligible for compensation. But of those that are within the line, the state has made fair settlement offers, the natural resources agency said Tuesday. Natural Resources director James Zehringer defended the agency’s “careful and thoughtful approach,” which he said protected Ohio taxpayers. Paying “for land that doesn’t flood, and paying too much for flooding not caused by the spillway modifications, is simply wasting taxpayers’ money,” Zehringer said in a statement. The state also blamed attorneys representing property owners for their own delays, saying multiple requests to delay court hearings set back the next case to be settled by four months.

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Let’s move on? everal years ago, on the week prior to MLK Day, my pastor, who happens to be black (a point that may or may not be relevant depending on your perspective) prefaced his remarks with I know I’m going to be in trouble over the controversial statement that I’m about to make but I believe that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he wouldn’t be continuing to march about social injustices and civil rights. He implied that that battle was won and we (blacks) needed to forgive and move on. My pastor, whom I dearly love, was absolutely right — about the part of trouble and controversy. These statements of contemporary hypothetical suppositions based upon ideological talking points LARRY HAMILTON are likely to encounter the Guest Columnist demand of a different perspective and so I offered another point of view. Now, one could argue that the Sunday morning worship service is not the time for a congregational debate — but, let’s move on. It is difficult for we as Americans to talk for any extended period about difficult times and relationships. And politics, race and religion are a matching trifecta for a potentially explosive discourse, in which raw unexposed feelings can lead to an angry and frustrated venting and/or the more remote possibility of a harmonious reconciliation. Putting race aside for the moment (transference) if a man in the pulpit made a social commentary on all of the current spousal infidelities of athletes and politicians by declaring that their wives needed to just “get over it,” well, needless to say that could potentially be a “game changer” in the romantic and intimate conversations likely to occur later. But make no mistake about it, that is a discussion that will take place and the outcome is likely to affect many marital relationships. Those men operating from a historical vantage point of power and privilege, who simply and often unrealistically say we don’t do that anymore, don’t understand the traumatic and desperate impact that statement is likely to play out. They confuse and conflate a change in behavior (or law) with being all that is needed to repair a breach of trust and historical infidelity. They just want to move on. More often than not they are solely fixated on their own future happiness and want to forget about the past indiscretions. But without investing in the time, effort and conversation necessary to assure a level of shared intimacy, they undermine the happiness they say they covet. Coexisting in the same household doesn’t mean the presence of love and a relationship of mutual respect, and without an understanding of the healing necessary for that spouse they impede the progress they desire. She may have done absolutely nothing but she is victimized nevertheless — fighting depression and pondering self worth. If I had only had his dinner prepared, if I had only worn that sexy outfit, if I had only loss that weight gained from having our baby. She is the one that is made to question her dignity, respect and social acceptability. But, hey, he can just say ‘let’s move on.’ Historically in U. S. history it’s the same mode of operation. After a declaration that all men are created equal, the “founding fathers” after fighting their war of liberation and then faced with the difficulty of forming a “more perfect union” decided to compromise their principles and moved on leaving a fifth of the nation enslaved. With each gathering storm cloud represented politically by the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, the political leaders shouted and argued but decided to forget about the past and moved on. What they would move on to would be a calamitousness Civil War with unimaginable suffering. But after a little while the newly won rights of the black man was all but eroded away with the Compromise of 1877, as the nation moved on with nearly 100 years of acceptance of Jim Crow segregation. At the time of his assassination, King was leading a poor people’s campaign and was actually talking about new ways of wealth distribution. I could be wrong, but it just seems to me that had he lived unto this present time he would still be marching in protest of the further consolidation of wealth in the hands of a smaller and smaller percentage of the American people, the bailout of Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, the home foreclosures that disproportionately impacted the poor and minority communities, the staggering unemployment and wage discrimination. King also clearly stated “the time is always right to do what is right.” But let’s move on … You know, if Jesus were alive today he probably wouldn’t be preaching the gospel to the poor, he’d be targeting a different demographic entirely and ready to move on.



Bypassing individual students he March 18 headline in USA Today blares: “More teachers are grouping kids by ability.” What’s wrong with that? Because the actual problems of individual kids are overlooked when students, especially those starting in elementary schools, are tracked as a group by what they’ve learned. But Patrick Boodey, principal of the Woodman Park School in Dover,N.H.,tries to remind us in the same story: “As a teacher, you know in your heart you need to meet the needs of each child”(Greg Toppo, USA Today, March 18). Really? How many teachers do know that and act accordingly? Disturbing answers to that question are documented in the most important article on education I’ve seen in many years: “The ‘Quiet’ Troubles of Low-Income Children,” by Richard Weissbourd of the Harvard School of Education. The article was first published in the March/April 2008 issue of the Harvard Education Letter and is also included in a valuable book: “Spotlight on Student Engagement, Motivation and Achievement” (Caroline T. Chauncey and Nancy Walser, editors; Harvard Education Press, 2009). I have been an observer and interviewer of students in many classrooms around the country,and caught signs of some of these “quiet troubles.” But I had nowhere near the research depth of Weissbourd, whose revelations should be seen by teachers, principals, school boards and legislators in cities, states and the U.S. Congress. His article, of course, should also be seen by those parents whose own troubles give them hardly any breathing room to focus on how well their children are actually able to learn in school. Weissbourd, whom I have also interviewed, cites a study he conducted with other researchers: “Some teachers fail to detect vision and hearing problems and sleep deprivation. Kids who are depressed and withdrawn can also escape teachers’ notice. One reason may be that teachers are often consumed by small numbers of students with loud problems.Teachers may


NAT HENTOFF Columnist also stop registering these quieter problems because they know that their schools don’t have the resources or time to deal with them. “As one school counselor puts it, ‘You have to be extraordinarily withdrawn to be referred to me.’” At a school where I was a guest lecturer on the Bill of Rights for a short time, one female eighth-grader in the back row never said a word in class or looked in my direction. After class one day, I came over to her and found that when she listened closely -- she was hard of hearing -- she was very interested in poetry. We talked for a while about Emily Dickinson. It was quite a large class, and she told me no teacher had noticed her hearing problem. That reminded me of another school I once visited, where teachers did pay close attention to“the whole child.” There, a fifth-grade boy said to me: “Gee, in this school, they know my name!” Weissbourd writes, “The number of children with undetected or untreated vision problems is a national scandal. In any urban classroom, it’s not uncommon to find one or two children squinting at their books or at the blackboard. By one estimate, at least 25 percent of urban students have uncorrected vision problems. “Part of the problem is that kids lose their glasses easily, and it can take Medicaid up to six months to replace them. When they do come, they’re often big and chunky -- the kind of glasses that no school-age child wants to wear.” A “quiet trouble” I hadn’t known about: “Staff members in one elementary school I have worked with estimate that about one-quarter of their students experience sleep deprivation consistently enough to interfere with learning,”he writes. “That percentage is likely to be far higher in high school.”

Weissbourd suggests that “schools can ... work with community health centers to prevent sleep deprivation among children -- for example, by coordinating messages to parents about the importance of establishing bedtime routines and reducing late-night television watching.” And what about the “quiet troubles” of some of these children’s parents? Weissbourd writes:“Somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of parents will suffer from acute, severe depression, experiencing some combination of fatigue, loss of appetite, withdrawal, hopeless moods and suicidal thoughts. “But a range of studies suggests that 30 to 60 percent of low-income parents will suffer from moderate depression for longer periods of time. “I am not talking about mental illness. I am talking about the steady drizzle of helplessness and hopelessness that can afflict those trapped in poverty for many years, especially when these adults are isolated and in constant stress.” While “many of these people, despite their depression, are warm,effective parents ... children of depressed parents are more likely to suffer from an array of problems, including development delays, juvenile delinquency and depression. What’s more, it’s far harder for depressed parents to do the things critical for their children’s school success.” Are you aware of these quiet, smoldering troubles being recognized -- and acted upon -- by many school boards, education reformers and legislators? Presidents who have school-age children send them to private schools, so they’re often silent about all of this, including in their state of the union addresses. If more of the citizenry were not silent, many of these students’ blighted lives could begin to be revived. They’d be surprised at their new capacities to become lifelong learners. Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. He is a member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cato Institute, where he is a senior fellow.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 773-2778 (home) Larry Hamilton of Piqua is a retired Piqua City ■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner, Schools teacher. Hamilton submitted this opinion, 773-8217 piece in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 778-0390

■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189 ■ City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051 ■ Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614) 466-9354

To the Editor: On May 7, we as United States citizens have the privilege of voting and I ask the residents of Piqua to unite and vote “yes” for the Piqua City Schools’ operating renewal levy on that day. We are fortunate to be living in a community where our school district has received an “Excellent” rating and to have the opportunity to build three new schools in the coming year. These new modern building will enhance our city and provide our students with a great learning environment. I want to stress the fact that the renewal levy has nothing to do with the ability for the district to build these schools. The emergency operating renewal levy was originally passed in 2003 and renewed in 2008.The dollars collected are allocated for the daily operating expenses associated with running the district including staff and student programs, maintenance, repairs, transportation expenses, just to name a few. The levy is a renewal with no additional cost for our residents, no new monies will be allocated to the school district but the renewal allows the current funding levels to remain consistent. In other words, you will not be paying more to the school district when you vote “yes.” Supporting this renewal operating levy will be assisting the school district that has successfully strived to remain financially sound. Our district operates below state averages both for expenses and revenue. Piqua City Schools District has operated in the black for the past five years all the while earning an “Excellent” school rating because of the efforts of the leadership, teachers and the caring voters of Piqua. Remember these key components: this is a renewal, not an increase, every dollar raised in this renewal stays in Piqua, and the dollars will be used for daily operating expenses. We are a community on the move with a great future in front of us. Please help keep the district rolling in the direction of continuing to be financially sound and when you exercise your right to vote please vote “Yes” for the emergency operating renewal levy on May 7. Thank you. — Kathy Sherman Piqua

Urge support To the Editor: We support the renewal of the Piqua City Schools operating levy, which is the single issue (for Piqua voters) on the May 7 Primary ballot, and urge our fellow citizens to support it also.Early voting is easy and convenient if you happen to be in Troy; we voted early at the board of elections office onApril 2.The renewal levy will not raise taxes. The levy generates more than $2 million for the general fund expenditures and its renewal is essential for the continued success of our schools. Their operating expenses were lower in 2012 than in 2011. The staff has worked hard to reduce spending while earning an Excellent rating from the state. Piqua schools provide good value for your tax dollars and your vote for the renewal levy is important at this time to allow Piqua’s education program to continue without disruption. We hope that providing the community’s young families with good schools for their children is a cause that you feel is worthy of attention and your support. — Bill and Karen McNeil Piqua



Thursday, April 4, 2013


In a galaxy not so far away? Wife sees trouble NM governor Martinez signs space travel liability bill BY JERI CLAUSING Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday signed into law liability-waiving legislation aimed at saving the state’s nearly quarter-billion-dollar investment in a futuristic spaceport and retaining its anchor tenant, British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. The new law exempts spacecraft parts suppliers from liability lawsuits by passengers. Lawmakers had previously exempted spacecraft operators from liability, but some space companies began passing up the New Mexico spaceport in favor of states that had extended those protections to suppliers. Martinez said in a statement after a signing ceremony at the nearly complete $209 million project in southern New Mexico that her administration was “not only reaffirming the major commitment New Mexicans have made to Spaceport America but we now have an even stronger opportunity to grow the number of commercial space jobs at

the spaceport and across our state. This legislation will prevent lawsuit abuse and make it easier for businesses related to the space travel industry to thrive and succeed right here in New Mexico.” Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America officials have been fighting for years to get the legislation enacted, saying commercial space companies have passed over New Mexico in favor of states with more lenient liability exemptions. Virgin Galactic had hinted last year it might abandon plans to launch its $200,000 per-person space flights from New Mexico if the bill failed again this year. In January, Virgin began paying its $1 million-a-year rent. But it told the state it was doing so only under protest and without making a commitment to some of the other provisions of its long-term lease. Virgin Galactic President and CEO George Whitesides last month said the company and the state still had a “laundry list” of issues to resolve. Virgin Galactic issued a statement Tuesday saying it “has been committed to the success of the Spaceport

since it signed the original deal with the state.” The company also said “all stakeholders must now turn their attention to the future and to recruiting additional companies to the spaceport to fulfill its full potential and maximize new job growth.” Whitesides, in an interview last year, said it was “very concerning” that other space companies were not coming to the spaceport. Virgin Galactic, he said, signed up for a “healthy spaceport” with multiple businesses that could divide the costs. Texas, Florida and Colorado are among several states developing spaceports. Most are revamping old airports or other facilities, but New Mexico’s is unique because it is the first to be built from scratch. Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson said Tuesday that she hoped the new law, as well as commercial tax breaks passed as part of a last-minute deal between the Legislature and Martinez, will strengthen her recruitment efforts. “With this protection enacted, NMSA is now ready and able to get back to the business of building the commercial space industry here in New Mexico,” Anderson said in a statement issued by Martinez’s office.

‘Fifty Shades’ musical is as expected Hornball heaven BY LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Shuffle under some Star of David stained glass windows and a rack of prayer shawls in a corner of the off-Broadway Actors Temple Theatre for this highvolume command at the start of its latest show: “Strap in! Strap on! And if it vibrates, put it between your legs!” There may not be enough exclamation points — or groans, depending on your fan status — for “Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey (Unauthorized) Musical Parody,” one of a few stage spoofs to take on the naughty books in song, and the first to hit New York. The rough-sex romp, featuring a half-wit Anastasia Steele and a flyswatterlovin’ Christian Grey (yes, I said flyswatter) is aimed squarely at the Zumba set. There’s actual Zumba in it, along with plenty of digs about the bad writing and bizarre plot twists of “Fifty” writer E L James. Yet on the first night of previews last week, “Cuff Me” managed to fill the 170-seat theater that doubles as a synagogue with a long history of tending to the spiritual needs of famous, funny Jews from Henny Youngman to the Three Stooges. Producer Tim Flaherty has a history of keeping an eye out for his higher power, having already put on the one-nun comedy

“Late Nite Catechism” in the basement of a Lutheran church. “For me, it’s almost like circling back. I’m always looking for god’s help,” he said. The show, written by three improv dudes from Bible Belt Virginia, relies heavily on parody lyrics set to predictable pop songs with “Fifty”-esque titles: “S&M,” Rihanna’s Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Britney Spears’ “... One More Time,” the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself.” Oh, and there’s a bit of “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” sung by one Willy Blowman, a swish lawyer in a flashy yellow suit. He has the hots for Christian as he goes over the dominant/submissive sex contract the billionaire presents to this developmentally challenged Ana. Bejeweled flyswatter? Fay lawyer? Doing certain unmentionable things with mayonnaise? A pink flamingo lawn ornament among Grey’s sex toys? “Fifty” purists beware, for this mommy porn take on your favorite kinky love story makes plenty of filthy fun at the craze you whipped up. The show, with a fourperson cast, goes like this: Two middle-aged ladies are in a nail salon. One has never heard of “Fifty Shades” so the other fills her in as the two-male, two-female crew takes on

key scenes from the first book, flipping on bad wigs, acting out Ana’s excitable inner goddess and sexprancing to songs with unprintable words. Ana stumbles into Grey’s office, and there’s a visit to Grey’s red room of pain (on opening night of previews the lights were broken, so it was more of a purple). Asked about the act of cashing in on the “Fifty” phenom, Flaherty and writers Brad McMurran, Jeremiah Albers and Sean Devereux quickly said hells, yeah. The erotic trilogy continues to sell, topping 70 million copies worldwide, and a movie yet to announce a cast is planned. McMurran and Devereux are with The Pushers, an improv and sketch group from the Norfolk, Va., area. Albers, a former Pusher, was recruited for “Cuff Me” duty after Flaherty thought it up. “You’re trying to basically take advantage of what the market place is interested in. So, I mean, is that cashing in? We can do lots of shows that no one wants to come see, but I don’t see the point in that,” Flaherty deadpanned. “It’s not exactly like we’re buying mansions out in the Hamptons.” McMurran, on the bawdier side, said of his brush with “Fifty:” ‘’It was just an absolute ball for us to write it. We thought it was just a riot. And then when we found that there may be money behind it, it

became really cool.” had Leslie Albers Nielsen in mind after reading the books. “One of the things that we kept going back to as we were writing was the movie ‘Airplane’ and how because Christian Grey is such a cold, kind of patrician character, that it was more that kind of thing, you know, ‘I’m serious, don’t call me Shirley,’ where he’s saying the most ridiculous things but in the most serious way, like he’s playing Chekhov.” “Cuff Me” is the hornball love child of four men, but its director and musical director are women. That’s a whole lotta testosterone, noted the former, Sonya Carter. She found herself in the absurd position of reining in the raunch for cast members Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, Matthew Brian Bagley, Tina Jensen, Alex Gonzalez and their numerous, roving roles. “I think we have to remember that it was three guys, and sometimes even Tim would be ‘That’s OK,’ and I’d be, like, ‘That’s not OK. I’m sorry,’” Carter said, noting a specific reference to fingers in nether regions. So where’s the line when you’re parodying a bondage parody of “Twilight” vampire love, as James did with “Fifty Shades”? “You take this material and if you present it the wrong way it comes across creepy. So to avoid creepy you go really, really over the top,” Flaherty said. Check.

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DEAR ABBY: My husband, “Wade,” and I went into a convenience store near our home that we frequent regularly. A new employee — a pretty, much younger girl — stared at Wade with an expression of recognition and surprise on her face. When I asked him what that was about, he laughed it off and said I was “imagining things.” The next time we saw her, Wade acted nervous and started talking fast, as if trying to distract me. He seemed to be avoiding eye contact with her. She ignored me while obviously trying to lock eyes with Wade. The third time, she again ignored me but smirked and giggled while we were checking out. Then she shouted, “See ya later!” to my husband as we were walking out the door. When I turned, I caught Wade glaring at her. When I asked why he did it, he replied, “I looked at her like that because she was acting like an idiot.” When I asked why she’d be acting like an idiot if they didn’t know each other, he started screaming at me. He called me crazy and threatened to leave me if I bring the subject up again. Should I ask her why she seems so amused by my husband? And why is he angry at me? — SMELLS SOMETHING FISHY


Advice “Granddad.” Technically, they are not my granddaughters — but what are they? These are just two examples of modern relationships that seem to require a new vocabulary. I have tried searching the Internet for answers without luck. Any suggestions? — FAMILY MAN IN TEXAS DEAR FAMILY MAN: When introducing your late daughter’s husband and his wife, try this: “This is my son-in-law ‘Sam’ and his wife, ‘Virginia.’” If you’re asked for clarification, which I doubt will happen, give more details. As to the woman’s daughters who are not blood related to you, because they call you “Granddad,” refer to them as your granddaughters and leave it at that. DEAR ABBY: Where does the priest get the ashes for Ash Wednesday? — MARY IN VISTA, CALIF.

DEAR SMELLS: By all means ask because I’ll bet she is dying to tell you. Your husband may have been seeing her or someone she knows. He attacked you because he felt guilty about something and didn’t want to discuss it. It proves the truth of the adage, “The best defense is a strong offense.” Believe me, you have my sympathy, but you need to get to the bottom of this, so don’t put it off.

DEAR MARY: Traditionally, palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned to create the ashes, and those ashes are retained for the next year’s Ash Wednesday. Some people keep the palm fronds from the last Palm Sunday tucked behind a cross or a religious picture in their home and bring them to be burned. I have this on good authority. (When I told a priest I would have DEAR ABBY: What do guessed they were left you call additions to your over from the Inquisition, family that result from he laughed.) second or third marDear Abby is written by riages? Our daughter died several years ago. I refer Abigail Van Buren, also to her widower as my son- known as Jeanne Phillips, in-law, but what term and was founded by her should I use when I intro- mother, Pauline Phillips. duce his new wife? She Write Dear Abby at or has two daughters from a previous marriage — P.O. Box 69440, Los Angesweet girls who call me les, CA 90069.

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Sudoku Puzzle Complete the grid so every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

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club to the ace and ruffs a club high. A low trump to dummy’s nine and another club ruff high are followed by a low trump to the ten and still another club ruff. This establishes dummy’s queen of clubs as a trick on which South can discard his queen of hearts, with dummy’s remaining spade as the entry, and the grand slam is home. Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.

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chance. Furthermore, there is no compelling reason to prefer one finesse over the other. Each has a 50 percent chance of success. The third approach, not quite as easy to see,substantially increases declarer’s chances. For starters, South gives up on the club finesse. This leaves him no worse off, since he still has the heart finesse in reserve. But he gains something valuable in exchange -- a chance to establish a club trick without risking a finesse. So he wins the opening diamond lead, plays a


One of the best ways to decide whether you have the values to open with a forcing two-bid is to imagine that you open with one of a suit instead and partner passes. If your immediate reaction is that you want to be in game even though partner has less than six points, you should open with a forcing two-bid. Here South, looking at 11 solid tricks, had a clear-cut opening two-bid.When partner had enough to make a positive response and later

showed the ace of clubs in response to Blackwood, South very reasonably undertook a grand slam. His next problem was how to play the hand after West led a diamond. South has one potential loser to take care of -- the queen of hearts -- and there are three possible ways to take care of it. Two are obvious: He can try a heart finesse, or he can try a club finesse. If the finesse he chooses succeeds, he makes the grand slam. But if the finesse loses, South does not get a second


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RELIGION Bones from time of Christ reveal a brutal history WWW.DAILYCALL.COM

Thursday, April 4, 2013

BY GUY GUGLIOTTA Special to The Washington Post In the days of ancient Rome, it was never a good idea to send amateurs to pacify the Germanic tribes. The Emperor Augustus found this out inA.D.9,when his handpicked crony, Varus, blundered into a series of ambushes in the Teutoburg Forest and lost about 20,000 men in three days. Several years later, another Roman army stopped at that battlefield,a bit south of the modern German city of Bremen, to clean up the scene.According to the historian Tacitus, they found “bleaching bones, scattered or in little heaps,”while“hard by lay splintered spears and limbs of horses.” Human skulls “were nailed prominently on the tree-trunks.” There were “gibbets and torture pits for the prisoners,” and “in the neighboring groves stood the savage altars at which they (the Germanic tribes) had slaughtered the tribunes and chief centurions.” Varus had fallen on his sword after the battle, either out of shame or because he was terrified. It was impossible to know which. Scattered archaeological evidence has long suggested that the warriors of ancient Germania were not kindhearted in victory. But new evidence suggests just how grisly things were at about the time of Christ, when an aggressive and well-organized young Roman empire was trying — ultimately, unsuccessfully — to subdue the equally aggressive inhabitants of Germania. A Danish team, working in a bog about 325 miles south of the site of the Roman massacre, is analyzing the recently excavated remains of 40 men, part of a larger contingent of as many as 200 soldiers, whose bodies were apparently hacked to bits and thrown into the shallows of Lake Mosso after a battle that took place between German rivals, probably a few years before the Varus massacre. The Alken

bog, lying today beneath a lakeside meadow, conceals the largest concentration of apparent war dead ever found from that era. These findings, added to artifacts from other sites and the writings of the ancient Romans, are supplying insights into a warlord culture of fiercely

Aarhus University archaeologist Mads Holst, leader of the excavation team from the university and Denmark’s Skanderborg and Moesgard museums. “There is quite a lot of weapon damage on them, and none of the wounds were healed. Some were dead already when

both.” Holst said Danes have been digging peat and finding bones and artifacts at the Alken Bog, which is located in present-day Denmark, for at least a century. Peat is compressed plant material used as fuel in stoves and fireplaces. Because it is wet

Ohio school: Jesus portrait has been taken down BY DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display. The superintendent of Jackson City Schools said the decision was made after the district’s insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses.He said the faculty adviser and two student members of the Hi-Y Club,a Christian-based service club that the school says owns the portrait, took it down at his direction.


In this Feb. 7 photo, a portrait of Jesus hangs in the hallway at Jackson Middle School in Jackson. “At the end of the day, we just couldn’t roll the dice with taxpayer money,” Superintendent Phil Howard told The Associated Press. “When you get into these kinds of legal battles, you’re not talking about money you can raise with bake sales and car washes. It’s not fair to take those resources from our kids’ education.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation had sued on behalf of a student and two parents, calling the portrait an unconstitutional promotion of religion in a public school. The student and parents weren’t identified publicly by the groups, saying they would face backlash from portrait supporters, some of whom had suggested that they should leave town and find another school. An ACLU spokesman said the school disclosed its decision at a federal court hearing Tuesday in Columbus.The organization will wait to see whether the portrait stays down. “The case is still open; there was no actual ruling (by the court),” spokesman Nick Worner said. But he added there would be no reason to pursue a court order if the portrait isn’t put back up. A U.S. District Court order issued in Columbus on Wednesday stated that the plaintiffs had agreed to temporarily withdraw their motion for a preliminary injunction against the portrait’s display once they verify the school has removed it,and that the two sides had until the end of the day April 11 to settle the case.

egalitarian German tribes that fought constantly, routinely slaughtered their enemies and offered their bodies — and their weapons — to their gods. The remains in the bog “are all young males,” said

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they were thrown into the lake, and we can see there were animals gnawing on the bones. One of the things we are investigating now is whether they all died of battle wounds, or were executed after the battle. We suspect

and oxygen-free, it provides ideal conditions for preserving human remains. Archaeologists in the 1950s and early 1960s found a large concentration of human bones preserved below the water table, but

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(PAC) will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8. The location of the meeting will be the Piqua United Pentecostal Church on the corner of College Street and Ash Street.

Chicken noodle supper time CASSTOWN — Bethel U.M.C. is offering a chicken noodle supper from 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday, at 2505 E. Loy Road. On the menu will be chicken and noodles, choice of salads, pies, cakes and beverages. Adults are $7, children or email ages 5-10 $3 and children questions to Recovery under 5 free. Carry-outs are available meeting slated and first floor is handiSIDNEY — The Sidney Extreme capped accessible. First Church of the makeover: Nazarene will host a Celebrate Recovery (CR) meet- Heart edition Spring bazaar ing at 6:30 p.m. on PIQUA — Grace United to be held Thursdays. CR is a recovMethodist Church, 9411 ery program to help people FLETCHER — Fletcher N. County Road 25-A, deal with hurt, habit or Piqua, will host Extreme United Methodist Church hang-up, including from Makeover: Heart Edition, is hosting a Spring Bazaar divorce, rejection or befeaturing speaker and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sattrayal. Habits may include founder of Deeper Still urday, April 13. Many gambling, drugs, pornogMinistries, Lisa Meiners, homemade items will be raphy or alcohol. Hangduring a women’s confer- available as well as indeups may include ence from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pendent consultants. The depression, negativity or church is located at 205 S. p.m. April 27. anger. The program is Meiners will present Walnut St., Fletcher. open to anyone age 18 and two sessions. The first, above and is offered free of What Not to Wear, will PAC to hold charge. show women how to clothe The CR program fothemselves for success monthly meeting cuses on the future, not with God’s spiritual PIQUA — The Piqua the past. Participants are wardrobe. In the second Association of Churches encouraged to accept resession, God’s Day Spa, 2379413 sponsibility for their acMeiner will teach three tions. Growth in the steps for inner beauty — context of small groups is God’s way. WHOLESALE CARPET OUTLET emphasized. WEWILLNOTBEUNDERSOLD! Tickets are $15, and inAt CR meetings, music clude a light breakfast, Largest In-Stock Showroom in Darke Co. and messages all dealing beverages, and snacks FREE ESTIMATES with the various issues of along with a chance for recovery. The leaders of 937-447-4265 OR 937-447-7445 many lovely door prizes. CR have numerous years Register online at 301 E. Main, Gettysburg experience in song leading, at the RT. 36 BETWEEN COVINGTON & GREENVILLE and public speaking. welcome center at the Those interested in more Mon. - Fri. 8 to 8 Sat. 9 to 5 church or by mail. Send information on CR, may go

UVC Church to host Bible study PIQUA — Upper Valley Community Church, 1400 Seidel Parkway, Piqua, will start a new six-week Bible study. The Thursday study will start at 9 a.m. April 4, with childcare being provided. The Monday evening study will start at 6:30 p.m. April 8. The study will be “When God’s People Pray” by the


Holst said scientists ignored the find at first because of the spectacular discovery nearby of an enormous deposit of Roman weapons. These dated to A.D. 200, but other artifacts at that site, known as Illerup,suggested that the weapons’ owners were invaders from Scandinavia who carried Roman equipment. Illerup, Holst said, “tells you something about arms trafficking at the time.” The Alken bog dead, by contrast, were buried with typically German iron axes, spears and wooden clubs. They were Germans with German weapons. Archaeologist Tina Thurston of the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York, described the European Iron Age at the time of the early Roman Empire as “a very cosmopolitan period,” with “a lot of contact” between the Romans and the various German tribes.“A lot of these guys became mercenaries” for Rome, she added, and “it would come as no surprise” that some Germans warriors “would have Roman equipment.” Arminius, the German chieftain who defeatedVarus, was trained in Rome. Ancient historians described the Germans as egalitarians who elected their leaders and followed them as long as they brought wealth and prestige. “The chieftains were all in competition,” Thurston said. “If you had something, the others wanted it.The war booty was the thing, so they attacked each other.” The rules of this game were apparently unforgiving. Win, and you got the opportunity to fight again. If you lost and you were lucky, your followers simply abandoned you. But if you were not lucky,like perhaps the leader of the Alken warriors, you were hacked to bits. “We’ve read about these mass sacrifices,but this is the first time anything like this has ever been found,” said Thurston, an Iron Age specialist who has not participated in the Alken bog project. “Were they captives,

saved for sacrifice,or did they die in battle, or were they executed? Were some sold into slavery, burned, set free? Maybe in this case everyone was simply rounded up and killed.” Thurston said archaeological sites in the region show no evidence that Germanic chieftains during the early Roman Empire were interested in holding territory or building their own empires. “There were no big houses, no big graves,” she said. So why throw away the enemy’s weapons and dump the bodies in the lake? Holst said his team has counted the remains of at least 200 dead in the bog, many of them buried close to the 40 whose bodies have already been recovered and perhaps all of them soldiers. Nearby sites have yielded ceramic pots, cloven goat skulls and other civilian artifacts: “Our interpretation is that the whole valley should be seen as a sacrificial area,” he said. “It is a religious place.” Holst said the team will try to determine where the Alken bog soldiers came from by comparing their genetic signatures and isotope concentrations to those of human remains and geographical features elsewhere. Scholars’ traditional theory about burying the weapons is one of contrived scarcity: The chieftains got rid of enemy equipment because they wanted to control trade and imports, and they did so by keeping themselves at the center of the arms traffic. Recently,however,archaeologists have suggested there is no reason to impute modern economic motives to ancient behavior. Perhaps the warlords threw enemies and their gear into the bog simply because their religion required it. “In a system like this,it wasn’t important to be decked out in gold and jewels,” Thurston said. “If you were supposed to make offerings, you made offerings.” Gugliotta, a former national reporter forTheWashington Post, is an author and freelance science writer living outside New York.

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Upper Valley Career Center teams compete at Xtreme Bots PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Teams Dominate at Xtreme Bots Competition The Upper Valley Career Center Pre-Engineering and Design Technologies Level l and Level ll students formed six teams who competed at the Spring Xtreme Bot Competition held at Miami Valley Career Center on Saturday, March 23. The students represented Upper Valley well with four out of six teams finishing in the sweet 16. Level ll or senior competitors Gideon Winters of Troy, Oliver Walters of Piqua, Steven Jenkins of Piqua, Seth Clark of Houston, and Kristina Frey of Piqua joined forces as the Senior Turtles and introduced the competition to MultiBot: two 7.5 pound bots, which together took on 15 pound competitions. Deb Luellen, pre-engineering and design technologies instructor said these young designers are being talked about at the National level for what they accomplished at the competition. “These students designed, built, and successfully competed at an amazing level. The MultiBot has never

been attempted anywhere in the Nation until Oliver, Steven, Seth, and Kristina made it happen.” Their work earned fourth place out of 40 in the competition and an award for best engineered. Winning third place was another Level ll team made up of Austin Oder and Dalton Scoggin, both of Sidney. Their Bot also was a new parallel-agram design completed with overall collaboration. It was a team of Level l students that made it to the final match. Josh Detrick of Troy, Jonathon Wirt of Piqua, Trevor Branam of Troy, and Level l welding student Austin Foster of Piqua, competed with a 15 pound low wedge that maneuvered up, over, and under the competition through the final spark-filled battle. This team also won special commendations, receiving best sportsmanship award from the sponsoring manufacturers. Upper Valley Career Center entries are most notable because they are designed, built, and maintained throughout the battle rounds by the pre-engineering and design technologies students with


(Clockwise from top right) Best engineered/fourth place, left to right, Gideon Winters of Troy, Seth Clark of Houston, Oliver Walters of Piqua, Steven Jenkins of Piqua, and Kristina Frey of Piqua. Second place, left to right, Jonathon Wirt of Piqua,Trevor Branam of Troy, Josh Detrick of Troy, and Level l Welding student Austin Foster of Piqua (not shown). Second place action shows Josh Detrick of Troy, taking control in the final battle. Dalton Scoggin of Sidney and Austin Oder of Sidney knocked out their classmates and the MultiBots for a strong third place finish. minimal assistance from Luellen and BattleBot adviser Jeff Shaffer. The students make this happen by concentrating during lab and working extended days. The seniors mentored the juniors and helped move the group effort toward the results accomplished on Saturday.

Driving ability is another important component of the competition. While each team designates a driver, several stepped in to share the responsibility throughout the day. The Upper Valley students have fine tuned their skills by providing demonstrations at Miami and Shelby county fairs, in

lab, and even a recent chamber of commerce Business After Hours. The Upper Valley Career Center teams have already begun preparing for the National Xtreme Bot Competition, which will be held in Indianapolis May 18 and 19. “The seniors have planned this trip since last year

when they received a special invitation based on their performance at the 2012 National Competition,” said Luellen, who hopes to have sponsors in place by that time. “Now the juniors have ranking at the state level and are assured entry. This is one determined group.We are excited to continue.”

Piqua Catholic Happenings PIQUA — The following programs and events are taking place at Piqua Catholic Schools: • Piqua Catholic students, kindergarten through eighth grade, gathered for mass to celebrate the election of Pope Francis I to lead the Catholic Church. The second-graders planned the mass, dressed as Cardinals with red stoles and birettas and accompanied Father Bolte to the altar. During the homily the young students acted out the life of Pope Francis I. • The fifth-grade students are learning decimal division in math and studying ancient Egypt in social studies. Some student created their own hieroglyphic writing while others chose to interview a mummy, how interesting. In religion class they have been learning about the celebration of the Eucharist. The fifth grade D.A.R.E. basketball team dominated the annual D.A.R.E. tournament. • The sixth-graders are engrossed in algebra and preparing to delve into geometry. They also are preparing for the ever-popular country reports and are planning some very interesting presentations. In religion class students are studying the judges and kings of the Old Testament. • Holy Week celebrations began with an all school mass. The first-grade pupils walked into church with Father Bolte and presented the readings. They did a fine job. The communion reflection song was wonderfully done and a great reminder to all in attendance that God does love us On Friday evening the junior high students joined some Lehman students and took on different roles for the Passion of Jesus, a very moving experience for all. • Congratulations to the junior high participants in the regional tournament of the Power of the Pen at Ft. Loramie High School. Kameron Lee, Sophie Mueller, Alanna O’Leary, Mary-Kate Haas, Kate Hemm, Megan Nuemeier and Liz Pax did a wonderful job. • The school is again offering Beyond the Book Accelerated Program for fourth quarter students who excelled in their third quarter coursework. Parents need to contact the teacher no later than Friday, April 5 to set up an appointment for their child to take part in this wonderful opportunity. • The entire student body gathered at St. Mary Church on Friday, April 5. After mass a dedication ceremony took place for the two artistic installations titled “Unity” that the students worked on with MUSE Machine artist, Michael Bashaw. • Education Apparel recently had the annual spring school uniform sale at the North Street campus. Uniforms for the 2013-14 school year were ordered. • The Squire and Squirettes first-ever fundraiser, under the direction of the Knights of Columbus, ended April 5. The drawing will be held on Friday, May 24. • The Piqua Catholic community is accepting registration for the exciting new Piqua Catholic Center for Early Learning. The Center will be specializing in the spiritual and intellectual development of children ages 36. The options for Preschool and Pre-kindergarten are all day or half day attendance and an extended day program that compliments the all day kindergarten program. Information can be secured by calling 773-1564, ask for Gail or Laura or email to Stacy Scott, • Adult representatives from Piqua Catholic, Sidney Holy Angels, Troy St. Patrick and Lehman High School have been meeting with a goal to rebuild Catholic education in the Northern Area of the Cincinnati Archdiocese. The committee is planning a marketing initiative to inform the public of the many positive aspects offered by a Catholic education. • The students and faculty ask for prayers as the school year comes to an end and for the exciting plans that are progressing for next school year. Registration for the 2013-14 school year is ongoing and anyone with even the slightest interest is encouraged to contact the school at 773-1564. Principal Josh Bornhorst will be happy to share the information you request.

Tipton named PROD student of the month PIQUA — The PROD student of the month for February is Kamora Tipton. Tipton is a fourth-grader at Washington Elementary School. She is the daughter of Dorian and Jennifer Tipton, and has three siblings, Jalysa, Jennouleigha and Tashaya.Tipton is a straight A student, attends church at Cyrene A.M.E. church, enjoys playing soccer and enjoys music and art. She also is a member of the K Kids program at her school. Tipton has been a PROD scholar for three years.She was nominated by Linda Hamilton, PCS art teacher and PROD board member) for the following: good classroom decorum, academic excellence and great role models. “I am proud to have Kamora as a student in her classroom,” Hamilton said.

FFA raises money for area charities


Left to right, Brady Anderson, Nick Woolever, Casey Copeland, and Colin Gump are Miami-East FFA members who helped organize a recent Penny Wars activity. Angie Otte (right) from Farm Credit Services of America sponsored the pizza party for the winning agricultural education class. CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a penny war with all of the earnings being equally split between the March of Dimes and Children’s Hospital of Dayton. “Every coin counts in a penny war,” said sophomore Nick Woolever.

Members of the Economic Committee wanted a creative way to raise money for two of their favorite charities that would involve all 82 FFA members. Committee members involved in the organization, counting, and tallying of results were Casey Copeland, Colin Gump,

Megan Smock, Chris Teaford, and Woolever. During the month of March, more than $171 was raised amongst all six agricultural education classes at Miami East High School. Pennies were positive points and all other coins and dollars were negative points. The class

earning the highest average per student was sixth period, a class of agricultural, food, and natural resources. The winning class received a pizza party complements of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, represented by Angie Otte from the Versailles office.

Piqua School Briefs PIQUA — The following activities and programs are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • The Piqua City School District Board of Education has been recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association for achieving the “Gold Level” for Effective School Boards.

This award takes the positive cooperation of the board, superintendent, treasurer, and administration. • Wilder Intermediate School will recognize students for their academic excellence, attendance, and behavior at the Third Quarter Awards Assembly at 5 p.m. Friday.

• High Street Primary School second grade students are participating in the MUSE Program. They are working with artist Michael Lippert developing a program about famous inventors. The program will See Briefs/Page 8



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Junior High students of the month Building color confidence JENNIFER FORKER Associated Press


Piqua Junior High School has announced the February Students of the Month. Seventh-graders are front row, Macy Jackson, Grace Jennings, Leanne Price, Blake Stremmel, and Mikayla Schaffner. Back row, Maya Woodruff, Brent Lemmon, Heather Lacey, and Logan Copsey. (Below) Eighth-graders are front row, Adrea Archer, Claire Hilleary, Kayla Jones, Jacob North. Back row, Corinne Tisher, Bridgette Montgomery, and Justin Dreer. Not pictured: Tiffany Richard.

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Each year the Piqua Optimist Club hosts a luncheon to recognize outstanding youth. One student from each Piqua school is selected to receive the award for being positive role models, demonstrating good citizenship or leadership skills. The award winners, along with a representative from each school, parents and relatives were invited to a luncheon at the Cornerstone Cafe at the Upper Valley Career Center. Award recipients include: Nicklin Learning Center, Sophia Montebon; Favorite Hill Primary, Morgan Slife; High Street Primary, Tyler Montebon; Springcreek Primary, Madison Evans; Bennett Intermediate, Matthew Neil; Wilder Intermediate, Austin Jenkins; Washington Intermediate, Ethan Pohlschneider; Piqua Catholic, Eli Baker; Piqua Catholic, Andrew Hohlbein; Piqua Junior High School, Jordan Booker; Lehman High School, Louis Gaier; Piqua High School, Sara Stengel. Also receiving an award was Kyra Moos who serves as the Piqua Junior Optimist President at Piqua Catholic.

Briefs be performed for parents at High Street Primary at 7 p.m. April 8. • Bennett, Washington and Wilder Intermediate students will be visited by Piqua graduate and author Matt McNeil on Thursday, April 11. Students in grades 4-6 have been reading Matt’s book, The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley to prepare for his visit.At each school,Matt will share details about his story, how he became a published author, and answer

students’ questions. This program was made possible through Piqua Olympiad, Kristen King, the Richard Donnelly Foundation, The Piqua Education Foundation, and Matt McNeil. • Piqua High School will present the musical Aida, an Egyptian love story, on April 12, 13 and 14. Tickets are on sale in the office at Piqua High School through April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening ticket sales will be available from 6:30-8 p.m. April 10. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.


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Artists and craftspeople know that the colors they choose — and leave out — are critical ingredients in their works’ success, no matter the medium. Color done well is captivating. Color done badly? It’s just bad. Or drab. Yet a color tweak may be all it takes to turn up a piece’s vibrancy and magic. An eye for color is both intuitive and learned, say the experts. Kaffe Fassett has spent a lifetime experimenting. The septuagenarian is exuberant with color in his embroidery, knitting and fabric designs. He’s known for bold florals, fruits and vegetables, and geometric shapes — in sweaters, knitted coats and needlepoint.The author of 15 books, his latest,“Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes” (STC Craft, 2013), goes minimal with vibrant swaths of color — a simplicity that’s a stretch for him. A Londoner for 40 years who was born and raised in California, Fassett eschews conventional color rules, although he subscribes to a few intuitively. “I left art school the minute the color wheel came out,” he muses. “I thought that was the work of the devil.” When Fassett talks about harmony and “bounce,” his language is as energetic as his artwork. “Pick up one color and stick it next to another and see if you get a bounce from it,” says the textile artist.“Colors can either dampen each other or they can light each other up. It’s just fantastic to see color that is pulsating. It’s just vibrating with life. Other times, the most wonderful color is dropping dead because it’s in the company of something that’s killing it.” “I want to make the colors lush,”Fassett continues.“I’m after the glow all the time.” During the quilting workshops he teaches in the United States and elsewhere, including online, he recommends using myriad shades of the same color to create depth and harmony. “Whenever possible, you have 10 shades of something rather than just one,” says Fassett,who is inspired in part by faded, antique carpets. For example, while knitters are usually told to adhere to a single dye lot when buying multiple yarn skeins for a project, Fassett recommends working with several dye lots. “I never had dye-lot angst,” he says. “Just the opposite. I loved when a color ran out.” Also, stick to a color theme but make it “pop” with little surprises of a different color. That ensures a piece won’t become muddy or drab from a color theme’s overuse. For example, if you’re working in warm tones of red and orange, inject a little cool blue.This works in quilting and in other artistic media, such as painting. “It can go very mushy if you don’t have enough vivid differences,” says Fassett. In quilting and other textile arts, mix up the fabric patterns — use both large and small prints — to add interest. Anna Maria Horner, a Brentwood, Tenn., fine artist turned fabric and home-decor designer, echoes some of Fassett’s tips. “What people overlook is arranging the light and dark — the depths of every shade,” says Horner, who designs fabrics and needlework products for Westminster Fibers. “You can throw all the right colors into it, but maybe you don’t have the right lightness and darkness and depth of shade.” Meanwhile, too much of a good thing — too much vibrant color — creates chaos, she says. Injecting a neutral color can help. “There’s a difference between vivid and chaos,” Horner says. “It’s really a fine, small step between the two.” Betina Fink, an oil painter for 25 years, teaches art classes — including one about color — at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, Ariz. She recommends studying the same color wheel that Fassett detests and learning about color theory, including how our brains process color. “Color is a system,” Fink says.“You can take a lot of the mystery out of it if you follow the system.” For starters, learn about complementary and analogous colors, she says. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel — say, blue and orange. Analogous colors, such as blue and purple, are near each other on the wheel. Learn how to mix complementary colors and how to use them side by side. Learn about their values — their lightness or darkness — to understand different aspects of the same color. Then, see what color combinations appeal to you, says Fink. Her main advice: Don’t use too much color in your artwork. “It will all start to cancel each other out,” she says. “There’s more impact in your artwork when you use a limited art palette.” Finally, avoid using white to lighten and black to darken a color, Fink says; each mutes colors. Instead, lighten and darken color with another that’s near it on the color wheel. For example, lighten orange with yellow. Darken orange with red. This same color advice can be used elsewhere in our lives — when planning a garden, decorating a room or dressing for a night out. Likewise, get color advice from your surroundings. Horner turns to fashion, Fink looks to nature and Fassett is inspired by antique quilts. “The main thing is to get out your colors and keep looking at them,” says Fassett. “See which ones make each other happy, and which ones overshadow and dominate the scene and make things dull.Get it to the point of glowing.”

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SATURDAY APRIL 6TH 9:00 AM Farm equipment, truck, & tool items: J I Case mod 650 self propelled haybine; 1947 Case VAC tractor; Case 400 Case O Matic drive, wide frt. tractor; 1948 Case grain drill;AC PR5 1 row picker; JD 8’disc; harrow; small Sun Master flail mower; 2 bottom Case plow; 6’x16’ homemade trailer; LA Case engine(minus pistons & rods); 292 IH truck manifold; heat houser for 870 Case; barrel rack; gravity fuel tank; electric fuel pump; older Milwaukee 4000 Watt generator; Kobolt upright portable air compressor; Lincoln Arc welder; acetylene torch set on cart; drill press; large hand bearing press; metal cutting band saw; Milwaukee metal cut off saw; sm. table saw; router & table; sm. floor jack; 2 wheel grinder; bottle jack; truck tool box; buzz saw; wheel barrow; Huffy tiller; HD farm jack; 12 volt plastic tank sprayer; Case wheel weights; log chains; step ladder; ¾” socket set; Miller gear puller; various hand tools and garden tools; 1978 Ford 100 pickup w/ exceeded miles V-8 eng; Antiques & Collectibles: working 1948 Frigidaire refrigerator; nice 85” tall oak wardrobe; pantry cupboard; (2) Eastlake stands; oak dresser w/ mirror; cedar chest; bachelors chest; drop front desk; hall tree; (2) rockers; child’s rocker; oak full bed; antique baby bed; 3 cane seat chairs; Martha Washington sewing cab.; oak library table; oak kitchen table w/ 7 leaves; (4) chairs; 2 base utility cabinets; pictures & frames; large amount of glassware including 12 Fenton bells and many other Fenton pcs., Fostoria, depression glass; 2 pressed punch bowl sets; cake stands; Union Leader Tobacco tin; Small portable Singer sewing machine ser # AM781517 w/ metal box; cook books; (9) Mc Guffy Readers; 1898 OH St Board of Agriculture;10 Loyisa Mary Cott books; 60’s to 70’s toys Fisher Price etc. including wind up Japan Swimming Ducks; 21 Hot Wheels; a few arrow heads; (2) chicken crates; milk strainer; wood sugar bucket; milk can cart on steel wheels; 4 gal bee stinger crock, (2) 5gal crocks; (1) 8gal crock ; (58) DickensVillage series lighted houses collection; (30) Snow babies; horse drawn bobsled; Guns: 22cal Stevens Favorite rifle, 16ga Stevens mod 77D pump shotgun, 6 gun cabinet. Farm Toys & Trucks: over 105 toy tractors including several Farm Toy Museum issue tractors, Cockshutt, Co-op, Case, John Deere tractors; McCormick picker; several semi trucks including Oh Farm Journal set of 4, 1949 Roy Rogers truck in box; Mobil & Marathon trucks; Irtl magazines; OldAbes News magazines; old farm implement books; Modern & Misc.: homemade hickory corner cabinet w/ glass doors on top; light blue lift chair; sofa and love seat; coffee table; 2 pine chest of drws.; computer desk; sewing cabinet; file cabinets; handmade rocking horse; roaster like new; deep fryer; other small appliances; pots & pans; novelty slot machine; 10 roll music box; Pfaltzgraff flatware for 12; canning jars; Coleman camp stove; several bicycles; May Tag older dryer; Gibson older upright freezer; 3 window air conditioners; florescent light fixtures; large coat rack; maple china cabinet; cherry & walnut rough sawn lumber; live trap. Terms: Cash or check w/ proper ID also MC, Visa, Discover accepted with 4% clerking fee. Auctioneer’s note: This will be another good auction, several items not listed.Auction will start with farm equipment and tools; collectibles & household will start @ 9:45 in second ring. Toy tractor collection and guns at approx 10:15 after farm equip and tools. 2 auction rings for large part of auction, bring a friend. Free coffee and donuts to the first 150 registered buyers. Go to auctioneer ID #5640 for photos. FRED LICHTENBERG OWNER

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Collectibles: Hundreds of Better postcards (many real photos), misc. other paper goods, license plates (‘20 and ‘36 Ohio), ‘41 Oregon, ‘37 Idaho, ‘37 Mass., plus a few M.C. and others, manuals for 1940’s Indian, ‘65 Honda sport, 1880 History of Miami Co., Stuka Balsa bomber model, 45 RPM records and unique case (Bakelite), Ford Econline cufflinks, pump organ, large ruby vase Blenko, Poppy Trail dishes, Fenton baskets, bubble glass, misc. glassware, misc. Hot Wheels and Matchbox including trucks and 1520 Redlines, 5’x10’ Maremont metal outdoor sign (mint), 2 sets of seats (Hobart Arena), beer lights and signs including Jr. Helment, Bud Light (neon type), large Miller Light hood, and several metal signs, 3 light traffic light, 1960’s FFA jacket, misc. costume jewelry, Royal Doulton (Sir Francis Drake), 1970 Dionne Warwick Concert Poster. Coins: Approx. 50 lots including 1986 Prestige proof set (silver), several rolls Buffalo nickels, 1830 half, 1881 three cent, few large cents, 1914 and 1916 Buffalo nickels, 1876 dime, misc. nickels, dimes, quarters. Misc: (2) 25 cent gumball machines (w/ gumballs), sessions mantle clock, large collection of aquarium rock and seashells, outdoor lawn decorations, misc. household and garage items, Vita Master 8200 treadmill, new pair of outdoor lights, holiday decorations, Weber grill, edger, weedeater, wheel barrow, Kitchenaide mixer (like new). Electronics: Misc. receivers including a model 6600 integrated receiver/8 track, Sherwood audio/video R500, Technics speakers. Note: Partial listing - items still to be gone through.

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PLAYER PIANO with bench and sheet music, 41" high, excellent condition, approximately 200 rolls, $1200, (937)368-2290.

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SEWING MACHINE, Singer Stylist, quilts & decorative stitches, $80, (937)418-9271

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2007 HARLEY Davidson Wideglide, 12k miles, detachable windshield and saddle bags, heal rest kit, 2 seats, very clean! $9500, (937)564-6409.


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WALKER, seated walker, Tub shower/ transfer benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grab bars, canes, Mickey phone, More, (937)339-4233

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EASTER BUNNIES, Dolls, Cabbage Patch, Real Babies, Bratz, Barbies, Collectible dolls, Boyd, Care Bears, Ty buddies, Beanies, Videos, More, (937)339-4233 QUILT BOOKS & Fabric, storage box full, $70, (937)418-9271

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Piqua Daily Call •

IN BRIEF ■ Tennis

Piqua gives Wayne battle The Piqua boys tennis team swept both doubles matches and played well in the singles before losing to Wayne 3-2 Wednesday. “Our inexperience is showing, but I was really pleased with the way our singles players battled,” Piqua coach Deb Retman said. “We made them earn their points.” In doubles, Luke and Josh Hanes defeated Thomas McMasters and Samuel Klug 6-1, 6-0; and Layne Patrizio and Devon Parshall defeated Victoria Davis and Rachel Diaz 61, 6-1. In singles, Andrew Lamphar lost to Gabriel Morales 6-4, 6-4; Joye Hsiang lost to Victor Morales 2-6, 6-4, 7-5; and Joline Hsiang lost to Dariel Medina 6-1, 6-2.



Piqua girls take third

Lehman boys stay perfect

Echo leagues to start soon

Russia girls win

Leagues form at Mote Park

■ NFL quarterbacks on the move, page 13. ■ Viral video leads to coach’s firing, page 14.

Excited to get started

GREENVILLE — The Piqua girls track and field team got the season started with a third-place finish at the Greenville tri Tuesday. “You could feel the excitement about finally being able to compete vrom both the girls and the coaches,” Piqua coach Erika Butler said. “We are very proud of our athletes and the effort they gave us in every event. “This tri meet was good for our team because we were able to place girls in spots that were new to them to see where they best fit.” Hannah Went had a perfect night for the Lady Indians, winning the 200, 28.63 and running on three winning relay teams. Bree Cheatam, Went, Danajha Clemons and The Lehman boys tenAmy Burt won the 400 nis team improved to 3-0 relay, 53.6; Went, Brooke with a 4-1 win over WaBubb, Burt and Cheatam pakoneta. won the 800 relay, 1:57.03; In singles, Pierce Benand Went, Burt, Liz Duer nett defeated Drew Wayand Danajha Clemons man 6-0, 6-1;Sam Dean won the 1,600 relay, defeated Zach Holtzapple 4:55.94. 6-1, 6-2; and Josh West Taking second were lost to Matt Ewing 6-4, 6- Cheatam, high jump, 4-6; 4. and the 3,200 relay (Kylie In doubles, Mitchell Hays, Courtney Bensman, Shroyer and Noah Dunn Teija Davis, Kaili Ingle), defeated Ben Schroer and 12:17.03. Joe Pitts 6-0, 6-3; and Finishing third were Riley Pickrel and Louis the 1,600 relay B team Gaier defeated Jordan (Bensman, Hays, Davis, Dodds and Colt Place 6-0, Ingle), 5:08.73; Cheatam, 6-0. 100 hurdles, 17.99; Burt, 100, 13.46; and Evans, discus, 90-6. ■ Golf Taking fourth Zynell Clemons, 1:14.78; Ingle, 300 hurdles, 59.48; and Duer, 200, 30.46. “Now, we can use these results to make adjustThe Echo Hills Wednesments for the future,” Butday and Thursday Industrial Leagues will begin on ler said. “The girls understand that the focus April 17 and 18, respecof the season is about us, tively. All league and handicap not our competition and we will continue to work fees must be paid before hard to improve.” league starts. Piqua runs at the Anyone with questions Northmont Invitational can all Chip Fox at 778Saturday. 2086.

■ Softball


SIDNEY — The Russia girls won the Joe Ward In-

vitational Tuesday, while the boys were third. Russia rolled up 172.5 points. Lehman was seventh with 19. Emily Borchers had a LUKE GRONNEBERG/CIVITAS MEDIA PHOTOS big night. Borchers swept the Miami East’s Brandon Kirk tags Max Schutt out at second base. 800,2:35.47; 1,600, 5:40.11; high jump, 5-0; and teamed with Lauren Francis, Claire Sherman and Lauren Heaton to win the 3,200 relay, 10:49.14. Also winning for the Lady Raiders were Leah BEAVERCREEK — Francis, 100 hurdles, The Piqua baseball team Heaton, 400, 16.50; let a win slip from its 1:02.74; and the 1,600 grasp Wednesday, losing relay (Heaton, Sherman, 6-5 to Beavercreek. Francis, Kirstin Voisard), The Indians took a 5-2 4:37.08. lead to the home seventh, Sarah Titterington led before Beavercreek scored Lehman with a secondfour runs without Piqua place finish in the 400 and recording an out to win it. third in the 200. Piqua’s defense was a Russia boys finished problem in the seventh. third, while Lehman was “We had played pretty fourth. good defense up to that Weston Lavy led the point,” Jared Askins said. Raiders, winning the pole “We pride ourselves on devault, 106. fense, but we didn’t show For Lehman, Justin it in the seventh inning. Stewart swept the 100, When you give a team two 11.51; and 200, 23.73. or three outs, that is just Brad Montogomery won the discus, 154-1. BOYS Drew Westerheide makes contact Wednesday. See BASEBALL/Page 14 Team scores: Sidney 144.5, Tecumseh

Piqua can’t hold lead Cavs beat East

129, Russia 113.5, Lehman Catholic 105, New Knoxville 63, Sidney B 42, Stivers 20. Local Placers 3,200 Relay: 3.Russia (Trevor Monnin, Caleb Ball, Alex Herron, Steven Stickel), 9:32.51. 110 Hurdles: 3.Teddy Jackson (Lehman), 16.50; 5.Mitchell Slater (Lehman), 17.37; 6.Adam Hoying (Russia), 19.04; 8.Zach Gariety (Russia), 19.90. 100: 1.Justin Stewart (Lehman), 11.51. 800 Relay: 4.Russia (Josh York, Derek Busse, Cody Heaton, Bryce Dues), 1:46.77. 1,600: 4.Caleb Ball (Russia), 5:08.02; 6.Alex Herron (Russia), 5:14.81. 400 Relay: 3.Russia (Dalton Rees, Derek Busse, Cody Heaton, Bryce Dues), 49.73. 400: 2.Justin Stewart (Lehman), 54.03; 3.Erick Jackson (Lehman), 56.08; 4.Trevor Monnin (Russia), 57.71. 300 Hurdles: 2.Mitchell Slater (Lehman), 44.85; 4.Teddy Jackson (Lehman), 47.27; 5.Adam Hoying (Russia), 47.69; 6.Zach Gariety (Russia), 50.63. 800: 3.Caleb Ball (Russia), 2:21.48. 200: 1.Justin Stewart (Lehman), 23.73; 6.Erick Jackson (Lehman), 25.48; 7.Derek Busse (Russia), 26.16. 3,200: 2.Joe Fuller (Lehman), 10:37.56; 5.Steven Stickel (Russia), 11:04.99; 8.Alex Herron (Russia), 11:42.93. 1,600 Relay: 2.Russia (Trevor Monnin, Caleb Ball, Kyle Poling, Cody Heaton), 3:55.15. High Jump: 3.Kyle Poling (Russia), 5-8; 5.(tie) David York (Russia), 5-6. Long Jump: 2.Erick Jackson (Lehman), 18-4 1-2; 6.Bryce Dues (Russia), 16-3; 7.Grant Gleason (Lehman), 15-10; 8.Josh Yorkl (Russia), 15-7. Discus: 1.Brad Montgomery (Lehman), 154-1; 2.Nick Colby (Russia), 124-9; 4.Kyle Poling (Russia), 121-5; 6.Quinn Monnin (Lehman), 109-4.

Lady Vikings put away Lehman late Houston softball gets win over Sidney

SIDNEY — After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first at Lehman, Miami East took it easy for a bit. Lehman tying the game up in the fourth, though, gave the Vikings a muchneeded jolt. Miami East (2-2) broke that tie up with a five-run fifth inning, putting away a 10-3 victory at Lehman to even its record on the season. "We put it on cruise control for a few innings after scoring two in the top of the first," Miami East coach Brian Kadel said. See TRACK/Page 14 "When they tied it up in

the fourth, cashed in on a couple of fielding errors by us, it definitely woke us up. "After that we started hitting the ball hard and were stringing some hits together, and we finished the game off right." Madison Linn was 3-for -4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs, Christine Bowling doubled, Paige Kiesewetter tripled and Taylor Miller was 2-for-3. And Kiesewetter got the win, entering the game in the fourth inning and striking out 12 batters in relief.

"She spotted the ball well," Kadel said of Kiesewetter. "She came on in relief of Sam (Denlinger), and her pitches were moving well. Lehman had a hard time figuring her out." For Lehman, Ava Schmitz, Ellie Waldsmith and Andrea Thobe all had two hits and Lindsay Bundy had a double. Miami East hosts Versailles today.

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QUOTED “I've let so many people down. I want to tell everybody who believed in me I am deeply sorry.” AP PHOTO

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In Cleveland one day for the start of offseason conditioning, in the Bay Area the next studying his new San Francisco playbook. What a whirlwind 24 hours for Colt McCoy. McCoy's trade from the Browns to the 49ers was finalized Tuesday after the quarterback passed a physical. "I actually showed up in Cleveland yesterday to start the offseason," McCoy said on a conference call between meetings at his new team headquarters. "I didn't really know what was going to happen. “I think there was a lot of speculation. At the end of the day yesterday I was a 49er, and I couldn't be more happy." McCoy will have the chance to win the backup job behind Colin Kaeper-

nick for the NFC champions, who had a spot to fill after trading 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith to Kansas City at the start of the NFL's free agency period. "We are pleased to add another high-character player like Colt to our roster," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "He is a young, competitive player who we are looking forward to working with." McCoy showed up in Cleveland on Monday to participate in the team's offseason training regimen only to learn he was headed West to play for ex-NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh and the twotime reigning NFC West champion Niners. "It's good to get a new fresh start, fresh opportunity, and to do it with a

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McIlroy still looking for answers Playing in final Masters tuneup SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rory McIlroy's lastminute, last-ditch effort to right his game in time for the Masters has taken a trip to a usually out-ofthe-way spot on the PGA Tour. McIlroy and three other top players from the world ranking start play in the Texas Open on Thursday at TPC San Antonio. "It obviously was a lastminute decision to come and play here in San Antonio," McIlroy said after his pro-am round Wednesday was washed out by rainstorms on his 13th hole. "But from what I see I like it. It should be a good week, a week where I can try to get my game sharp going to Augusta." Big-name players don't often seek the Greg NorOaks man-designed Course at TPC to sharpen their games. Last year only two members of golf's top 50 (no one in the top 15) played on a course that ended with the highest overall scoring average on tour except for the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. In addition to McIlroy, the Texas Open has attracted Matt Kuchar (No. 9), Ian Poulter (No. 12) and Charl Schwartzel (No. 15). Ben Curtis, 2003 British Open winner, is the defending champ. McIlroy's play since he won the PGA Championship by a record eightshot margin in August has dropped him a spot, from No. 1 to 2, while Tiger

Woods went back to the top after three wins. McIlroy started the year with new equipment. He swings the same brand of clubs as Woods, but he hasn't produced the same game. He missed the cut at Abu Dhabi, walked off the course as defending champ at Honda and got beat in the opening round of the Match Play Championship in Arizona. "I don't care if I miss 10 cuts in a row — if I win a major," McIlroy said. "I don't care. I mean, that's what it's all about, winning the big tournaments." McIlroy comes to San Antonio for the first time, and he's coming off his second made cut of the year, a 45th-place finish at the Houston Open. Though notables like Woods and Phil Mickelson aren't attracted to the TPC course as a Masters prep, other players who have come here share McIlroy's view of getting in one more competitive event and dismiss his recent skid. "All Rory has to worry about is peaking the right weeks," said Padraig Harrington, also in the Texas field. "His game is plenty good enough that when he does peak, he can lap fields." In addition to the hardscrabble layout Norman crafted in the beginnings of the Texas Hill Country, the weather plays havoc on the event. Last year, Matt Every shot an opening-round 63, a course record, in rather benign conditions. The next day he teed it up with a wind that suddenly howled at

30 mph in places and he shot 74. Winds could reach 25 mph during Thursday's opening round. McIlroy got in a full practice round on Tuesday before getting washed out on the back nine Wednesday. Though Mickelson decided not to play the TPC course a week before the Masters — he played Houston instead — Poulter recently decided it was a good move for him to play. "Phil's mentioned that it's the wrong thing for him to do, to come to a course like this to play golf, but I disagree," Poulter said. "I'm happy to stand on that tee next Thursday (at Augusta National), and I've got to hit it 10 yards left of that bunker, I'm fine with that. I can pick up on that pretty quick." The TPC course had four greens altered and two fairways widened before this year's event. Yet some places remain unchanged, like the treechoked right side of the par-4 ninth where Kevin Na drove his tee shot two years ago and finally emerged with a score of 16. He's not here this year. "And you don't want to hit it in the greenside bunkers here because you're unlikely to get a decent stance and lie," Harrington said. "That's very unpopular among us professional golfers because we like to have nice lies and we like to have everything perfect." AP PHOTO Maybe it's not perfect. Rory McIlroy puts on his rain suit during the Texas Open Pro-Am Wednesday. But it will have to do.

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The Bengals picked up John Sketon off waivers.

Bengals add QB Skelton likely to be backup CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have acquired quarterback John Skelton off waivers from Arizona to compete for the job backing up Andy Dalton. Cincinnati has signed only one free agent from another club — quarterback Josh Johnson from Tampa Bay, who also will compete for the job. Skelton was a fifthround pick from Fordham in 2010 who started 17 games in three seasons, including six last year. He has completed 53 percent of his passes for 3,707 yards with 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The Bengals also signed linebacker Vincent Rey to a new deal on Wednesday. Rey was third in special teams tackles last season and had one sack.

team that's well established," McCoy said. "I've heard nothing but great things about this place. ... It's a blessing." San Francisco is sending a pair of undisclosed draft picks to the Browns. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the team got a fifthand seventh-round pick in this month's NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland's sixth-round pick. The person provided details of the trade on condition of anonymity. McCoy can't wait to get to work alongside Harbaugh, the 2011 NFL Coach of the Year after his rookie season as a head coach. As of Tuesday afternoon, McCoy was still waiting for the chance to toss the ball around with the coach — though they still had a sit-down scheduled after lunching together earlier in the day. "They've been very successful. I've watched Coach Harbaugh since he was at Stanford," McCoy said. "I've played with some guys who were with him at Stanford, Owen Marecic, he played both ways for him, one of my good buddies. "These guys have been around the game for a long time, they know offense like the back of their hand. My job is to come in and learn things as quickly as I can. We do a lot of things similarly. I'll be new to it but I'm excited to get going." When questioned whether he asked his agent to try for a trade, McCoy didn't answer directly — but it sure sounds as if he wasn't against the idea. "I just told him that I wanted what's best," McCoy said. "This is a situation I think will work out best for us, me and the Browns organization. It was a quick turnaround, a

quick change of events. ... I went in with the mindset to compete and I'll carry that mindset over here as well." The 26-year-old McCoy played in only three games last season because of a shoulder injury, a year after starting 13 games in 2011 before sustaining a concussion. McCoy, who won 45 career games at Texas, was forced into the starting lineup as a rookie and made eight starts in 2010. The very next year, he was the victim of a helmet-tohelmet hit by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison. Brandon Weeden beat out McCoy last season, then the Browns signed veteran Jason Campbell last week to make McCoy expendable. He is healthy now — his shoulder and his frame of mind — and ready to compete. That's just what Harbaugh likes, and the coach knows Scott Tolzien will show up also ready to chase the No. 2 job. As crazy as the past day went, McCoy is moving forward. "It happened this way, so I kind of live and never look back," McCoy said. "There were some great things that went on and sometimes I learned from things that went on. I have no hard feelings. I know that's probably a shock for some people to hear that. At the end of the day, I'm where I'm supposed to be right now." McCoy spent the past day pondering his up-anddown tenure in Northern Ohio. "I wished them all the best," he said. "I probably didn't mention it enough in my time there how much I appreciated my time there. I would have loved to see it through. Hopefully, this is a better fit for me."

Palmer headed from Oakland to Arizona Ready to quarterback team built to win TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Palmer has landed with the third team of his NFL career. First Cincinnati, then Oakland and now Arizona, it's not exactly a 'Who's Who' of NFL powerhouses. But Palmer and his new coach insist that he's coming to a Cardinals team built to win now, despite the fact it lost 11 of its last 12 a season ago. The Arizona Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, then agreed to a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million with $10 million guaranteed. "I've got a lot of tread left on my tires," the 33year-old quarterback promised. Ever since Bruce Arians was hired to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt,

quarterback was the No. 1 topic of conversation. "I'm here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed," Arians said at a news conference on Tuesday, "and I'm really happy about it." The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventhround 2014 draft pick and swapped the second of their two sixth-round picks this year for Oakland's seventh-round selection. "This was a no-brainer," Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. "When we learned that he would be available via trade and that we had a shot at getting him, we were aggressive. “We went out there, we put our best foot forward and made sure that we got the deal done. It dragged on a little over the week-

end but this morning we made sure we pushed it over the goal line and got it done." Palmer was to make $13 million under his old Raiders contract but reworked it to come to the desert. "I've only got a couple of shots left," he said. "I've been in this league for a long time. “It's nothing personal, it's not statistical, it's about trying to win a championship." If Palmer starts at least 13 games next season, Oakland gets Arizona's 2014 seventh-round pick. If he doesn't, the Cardinals owe the Raiders nothing. But at least the Raiders have the prospect of getting something for the quarterback rather than just releasing him.

Embracing his opportunity Flynn excited to be Oakland’s quarterback ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Going from a playoff contender in Seattle to a rebuilding project in Oakland doesn't seem to bother Matt Flynn much. If anything, the Raiders' new quarterback is embracing his new surroundings — and his new role. With Carson Palmer having been traded to Arizona in a deal that was completed Tuesday, Flynn is expected to be Oakland's starter next season after spending his first five seasons in the NFL as a backup. He'll have to beat out Terrelle Pryor for the job in training camp, and there's been talk the Raiders are considering taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith

with the third overall pick in the draft later this month. But all indications are that the 27-year-old Flynn will be Oakland's third different starter in three years when the 2013 season begins. "I think that should be everybody's expectation, whether you're competing for linebackers, DBs or snapper," Flynn said during a meeting with Bay Area reporters. "You're expecting to win that job. That's the mental approach I'm going to take to it. I'm here to work and I'm here to compete and do what I need to do to make this place better." The Raiders didn't have to pay much to acquire Flynn from the Seahawks,

sending a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional selection in 2015 to the Seahawks in return for a player who's been mostly untested since entering the NFL as a seventhround pick in 2008. Flynn has started just two games in the NFL, both while with Green Bay. He put up modest numbers as a backup with the Packers but gained national attention when he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a Week 17 game against Detroit during the 2011 season. Flynn cashed in on that success and signed a three-year, $26 million deal with Seattle but lost the starting job to rookie Russell Wilson.


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Continued from page 12 going to make things tough. We are not proud of our performance on defense in the seventh.â&#x20AC;? Noah Gertner was 2-for3, with two runs scored for Piqua, while BJ Marsh was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Buddy Nix was 2-for-3, Michael Anderson, Colin Lavey and Jacob Teauge were all 1-for-3. Austin Reedy had one RBI and pitched into the seventh inning. He combined with Lavey on an 11-hitter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is pretty disheartening to lose a game that way,â&#x20AC;? Askins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, we have to put this behind us and get ready for Versailles.â&#x20AC;? The Indians, 0-3, host Versailles at 5 p.m. Friday at Hardman Field

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again.â&#x20AC;? Nate Bosway had a double for the Cavaliers, and John Copella delivered a big hit, a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh for some insurance. Cole Proffitt got the win for Lehman and Copella came on in the fifth and earned a save. They combined for three strikeouts and two walks. The Vikings (1-1), who opened the season Saturday with a 17-8 rout of Botkins, outhit the Cavaliers but couldn't find ways to push runs across the plate. Michael Fellers was 3for-4 with a double, Braxton Donaldson was 2-for-2 with a double, Bryant Miller was 2-for-2 and Evan Bowling doubled as East outhit Miami Lehman, but left nine runner on base. "There were three innings where we had runners on second and third and one out and didn't score," Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. "You've got to put the ball in play in situations like that. But we're young. We're going to work on them." Miami East hosts Versailles today.

SIDNEY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Miami East simply missed its chances, while Lehman capitalized on the few it got in a 6-2 Lehman win. The Cavaliers were outhit 9-5 by the Vikings and struck out 10 times against East pitching. But they also took advantage of seven walks and got some timely hitting to pull out the win, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great game,â&#x20AC;? said Lehman coach Dave King. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good pitching on TUESDAY both sides, plays at the Lehman rolls plate, plays against the BOTKINS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Freshman fence in the outfield... Our Nate Bosway had a big defense did a good job day on the mound and at

the plate to lead the Lehman Cavaliers to a 74 win over Botkins Tuesday. Bosway pitched a seven-hitter, striking out six and walking two and helped himself at the plate with two hits and two RBI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nate got his first varsity win and did a good job,â&#x20AC;? Lehman coach Dave King said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Botkins had a big second inning, but we committed both errors in that inning. But, to his credit, Nate settled down and started getting his breaking ball over.â&#x20AC;? Cole proffitt added two hits and two RBI, while Greg Spearman had two hits and scored three times. A.J. Hemmelgarn and Max Schutt both added two hits.

Versailles wins big VERSAILLES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Versailles baseball team ibeat Franklin Monroe 161 to go to 2-0. The Tigers had a 5-1 lead before scoring 11 in the fifth inning to end it. Nick Moorman and Mike Davidson had two hits each, while Moorman and Mike Rutschilling drove in two runs each. Rutschilling had a triple and Davidson slugged two doubles. Craig Langenkamp, Kyle Niekamp, Jace Barga and Lee Ruhenkamp all doubled.


TUESDAY Lady Cavs win BOTKINS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Lehman softball team opened the season with a 16-7 win over Botkins Tuesday. Brooke Jones was 5-for5 with triple; while Lind-

Joey Votto and Chris Heisey celebrate with Brandon Phillips after he hit a three-run homer Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. The game was tied 4-4 in the ninth inning at press time.

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Continued from page 12 after an inning but scored a bunch after that in winning 14-11 over the Sidney Lady Jackets in high school girls softball Wednesday at Sidney. The Lady Wildcats go to 2-1 with the win and leave the Lady Jackets at 0-2. Houston got a run in the second, then five in the third and four in the fifth. Sidney trailed 14-6 going to the seven and got five runs, the big hit being a two-run homer by Josie Raterman. For Houston, Nikki Holthaus had two doubles, two triples and drove in four runs, Alyssa Stang had a three-run homer, Hannah Trent had two singles and a home run, Kortney Phipps had three hits and Taylor Willoughby two hits.


say Bundy had two doubles and a triple. Andrea Thobe had three hits including a triple; while Ava Schmitz and Julia Harrelson had three hits each. Ellie Waldsmith had two hits, including a triple; and Erica Paulus added a triple. Bundy picked up the win on the mound.

Newton wins two The Newton softball team swept Wallington, N.J., 9-2 and 8-3 to begin its spring trip Tuesday. Kristen Burden struck out six and walked one in the opener. Madison Mollette was 2-for-4 with a triple, while Kasey Thompson was 2for-4 with a double. Erin Hixon struck out 11 to get the win in the second game. Laura Oaks was 2-for-4 with a double, and McKell Deaton tripled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids played well today,â&#x20AC;? Newton coach Kirk Kadel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made some errors and we took advantage and we hit the ball well.â&#x20AC;?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Newton plays another (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Once the video doubleheader today. went viral, Mike Rice's coaching days at Rutgers Roaders rally were over. DEGRAFF â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Now the question is Bradford softball team whether anyone else will scored seven runs in its lose their jobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including last two at bats to defeat the athletic director who Riverside 14-9. in December suspended Haley Patty overcame and fined Rice for the abuseven Railroader errors, sive behavior, and the unistriking out seven and versity president who walking two. signed off on it. Patty helped herself, Rice was fired Wednesgoin 3-for-4 with a walk. day, one day after a video Lindsey Rose and Erkia surfaced of him hitting, Hart were 2-for-4, while shoving and berating his Brooke Dunlevy was 3-for- players with anti-gay slurs. The taunts were es5. Bradford, 1-1, plays at pecially troubling behavior at Rutgers, where Botkins today. freshman student Tyler Clementi killed himself in Raiders roll The Russia softball 2010 after his roommate team costed to an 18-3 win used a webcam to spy on over Fort Recovery in five him kissing another man in his dorm. innings Tuesday. It also came at an espeHeidi Petty was 3-for-3, cially embarrassing time while Olivia Monnin doubled, homered and scored for the NCAA, with the four runs. Emily Fairchild had two hits, including a triple and drove in five runs. Sara Young got the win and had two doubles, while Carrie Petty had two hits.

country focused on the Final Four basketball tournament this weekend. Rice, in his third season with the Scarlet Knights, apologized outside his home in Little Silver, N.J. "I've let so many people down: my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans, my family, who's sitting in their house just huddled around because of the fact their father was an embarrassment to them," he said. "I want to tell everybody who's believed in me that I'm deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I've caused." Athletic Director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the tape by a former employee in November and, after an independent investigator was hired to review it, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger manage-

ment classes. University President Robert Barchi agreed to the penalty. Pernetti initially said Tuesday he and Barchi viewed the video in December. The president issued a statement Wednesday, saying he didn't see it until Tuesday and then moved to fire the 44-year-old coach for repeated abusive conduct. Through a school spokesman, Pernetti backed up his president. "Yesterday, I personally reviewed the video evidence, which shows a chronic and pervasive pattern of disturbing behavior," Barchi said in a statement. "I have now reached the conclusion that Coach Rice cannot continue to serve effectively in a position that demands the highest levels of leadership, responsibility and public accountability.â&#x20AC;?

Track Continued from page 12 Shot Put: 2.Brand Montgomery (Lehman), 47-2; 3.Ben Montgomery (Lehman), 46-2; 4.Nick Paulus (Russia), 42-6; 6.Kyle Poling (Russia), 3810. Pole Vault: 1.Weston Lavy (Russia), 10-6; 2.(tie) Adam Hoying (Russia) 9-6. GIRLS Team scores: Russia 172.5, Sidney 125, Tecumseh 111, Stivers 90, New Knoxville 49, Sidney B 45.5, Lehman 19. Local Placers 3,200 Relay: 1.Russia (Lauren Francis, Emily Borchers, Claire Sherman, Lauren Heaton), 10:49.14. 100 Hurdles: 1.Leah Francis (Russia), 16.50; 4.Kirstin Voisard (Russia), 18.70; 8.Kassie Lee (Lehman), 21.10. 100: 7.Kaitlyn Barlage (Russia), 14.60. 800 Relay: 3.Russia (Leah Francis, Kaitlyn Barlage, Hannah Bornhorst, Kirstin Voisard), 1:59.32. 1,600: 1.Emily Borchers (Russia), 5:40.11; 3.Lauren Francis (Russia), 5:46.77. 400 Relay: 4.Russia (Leah Francis, Kaitlyn Barlage, Hannah Bornhorst, Karissa Voisard), 57.18. 400: 1.Lauren Heaton (Russia), 1:02.74; 2.Sarah Titterington (Lehman), 1:05.30; 8.Kayli Dues (Russia), 1:11.82. 300 Hurdles: 2,Karissa Voisard (Russia), 56.22; 5.Claire Sherman (Russia), 57.12; 8.Kassie Lee

(Lehman), 65.66. 800: 1.Emily Borchers (Russia), 2:35.47; 2.Lauren Francis (Russia), 2:42.49. 200: 3.Sarah Titterington (Lehman), 27.86; 4.Lauren Heaton (Russia), 28.26. 3,200: 2.Molly Kearns (Russia), 12:51.23; 8.Becca Meyer (Russia), 14:45.51. 1,600 Relay: 1.Russia (Lauren Heaton, claire Sherman, Leah Francis, Kirstin Voisard), 4:37.08. Long Jump: 3.Kirstin Voisard (Russia), 14-0; 5.Clarie Sherman (Russia), 13-2 1-2; 6.Olivia Gorman (Lehman), 13-1. High Jump: 1.Emily Borchers (Russia), 5-0; 3.Hannah Poling (Russia), 4-6. Discus: 2.Erin Gaerke (Russia), 76-9; 4.Rachel Pinchot (Russia), 720. Shot Put: 3.Hannah Poling (Russia), 25-3 1-2; 5.Erin Gaerke (Russia), 22-7. Pole Vault: 4.(tie)) Hannah Poling (Russia), 6-6.

Houston takes third ANNA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Houston boys finished third in the Anna quad Tuesday, while the girls finished fourth. The Wildcats were led by wins from TJ Martin, high jump, 5-9; and Jacob

Braun and Tyler Davis, who finished in a threeway tie for first in the pole vault, clearing 11-6. BOYS Team scores: Coldwater 109, Anna 71, Houston 38.67, Fort Loramie 19.3. Houston Placers 3,200 Relay: 3.Houston, 11:29.27. 110 Hurdles: 4.Nathan Ritchie, 18.87. 800 Relay: 3.Houston, 1:46.92. 1,600: 3.Seth Clark, NT; 5.Azen Reier, NT. 400 Relay: 2.Houston, 50.37. 400: 5.Zach McKee, 61.44. 300 Hurdles: 2.Nathan Ritchie, 45.82. 800: 3.Devon Jester, 2:19.07; 5.Seth Clark, 2:27.37. 1,600 Relay: 2.Houston 4:05.64. High Jump: 1.TJ Martin, 5-9. Pole Vault: 1.(tie) Jacob Braun, 11-6; Tyler Davis, 11-0; 5.Nick Jones, 10-6. GIRLS Team scores: Coldwater 140.8, Fort Loramie 61.2, Anna 30, Houston 24. Houston Placers 3,200 Relay: 3.Houston, 11:29.97. 100 Hurdles: 4.Brayden Murray, 20.38. 100: 4.Kayode Momon, 14.66. 300 Hurdles: 2.Brayden Murray, 57.90. 800: 4.Monique Booher, 2:47.51. 200: 3.Kayode Momon, 31.35. 3,200: 2.Jenna Hooks, 13:28.41. High Jump: 3.(tie) Monique Booher, 4-2. Shot Put: 3.Kayla Kemp, 27-11 1-4.





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