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Romney greets supporters Behind the scenes Presidential candidate, former governor makes iconic Troy stop Out of touch? BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer TROY — Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greeted more than 1,500 supporters to help build support for his bid for the White House Sunday in front of the iconic K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy. “Thank you so much. What a generous, enthusiastic crowd you have here,” ANTHONY WEBER/STAFF PHOTO Romney said before introducing his wife Republican presidential candidate, forAnn and their three grandchildren after mer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney U.S. House of Representatives and visits Troy during a campaign stop at Miami County’s 8th district RepresentaK's Hamburger Shop Sunday. See page 4 and 5 for more on Romney’s Sunday visit


tive, House Speaker John Boehner, and Ohio’s U.S. Senator Rob Portman gave their support for Romney’s bid. “We’re here to take back America,” Romney said on the back of a flat-bed truck for a 10-minute rally cry amidst the crowd jockeying for a closer look and a possible handshake with the GOP nominee for president. Romney arrived at approximately 6 p.m. in front of crowds that waited for more than two hours for a closer look at Romney on his “Every Town Counts” tour. “We’re here to win Ohio,” Ann Romney said. “We’re here to take back America. We’re here to turn this country around See Romney/Page 4

BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer TROY — Before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Troy Sunday, a handful of Democrats met for a press conference at the Obama for America Field Office to discuss their concerns with his campaign and to rally voters behind incumbent Barack Obama. Speaking at the 4 p.m. conference, Dave Fisher, chairman of the Miami County Democrats, accused Romney of See Out/Page 4


Auctioneer Rick Bair, left, calls off bids under the big top at Upper Valley Career Center on Saturday as Larry Coffing, right, watches for bidders. Thouof sands items went on the auction block as items deemed excess or unusable by the state were moved out to make way for updated equipment as renovation of the school continues. (Right) Miami Valley Corvette Club volunteer Richard Knouff, right, directs a 1960 Chevrolet show car to a parking spot inside Fountain Park on Saturday.

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Retired Piqua police officer DickWilcox lines up at putt at Echo Hills Golf Course.Wilcox recalls playing on the old local golf course along the Miami River before Echo Hills opened in 1949.

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This is the third of an eight-part series on the city of Piqua’s parks. The stories will appear each Monday through July 23. BY ROB KISER Sports Editor PIQUA — If you want to know why Echo Hills Municipal Golf Course has been such a special place to the community since opening in June of 1949 — just think in terms of television show “Cheers,” minus the alcohol. “It is not just a golf course,”current Echo Hills Golf and Teaching Professional Chip Fox said. “For a lot of them, this isn’t just where the golf.

This is where they hang out from March to November.” Fox, in some ways, is living his dream — as pro at the golf course he grew up on and won several club championships at in his younger days. “It really is pretty neat,” Fox said. “For one reason, I got to watch my kids play golf here. It has gotten to the point now, where kids of kids I played with are playing here. If I could be a golf pro anywhere, this place would be my choice.” The front nine (opened in 1994) is a 2,948 yard, par 36 from the blue tees, while the back nine is a 3,100-yard, par 36 from the blue tees. And while the yardage may be not be long by today’s standards, the course is full of character and challenges. “It is a challenging 6,000-yard course,” Fox said. The fourth hole is a great example of the challenges on the front nine. It may seem tame at 322 yards for a par-4, until you consider water on the right that crosses over in front of the green and out of bounds immediately left of the fairway. On the back nine, you go from a fairly flat, links type course,to a hilly,tight layout — where you tee ball needs to find the fairway. “The front nine is links golf,” Fox said. “The

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back nine is more of traditional, tree-lined course.You have two nines that couldn’t be more different.” That is part of its s charm — along with the history of a course that has been open for almost 70 years. Three who have been around from the start are Dick Wilcox, Flavil Pollock and Marty Hemm. In fact,Wilcox and Pollock’s history go back to the previous community course in Piqua, located in Rossville, that closed in 1944. “I won the last championship there in 1944,” Wilcox, who went to win several club championships at Echo Hills, and at 83, still enjoys playing the course, said. “I was 13 years old. At the time,they hadn’t played the tournament for about seven years. I had to go out to the previous champions house to get the Cup that the winner got. I remember (Echo Hills pro) Ken Green telling me to hang on to that because it might be worth some money today.I grew up on that course and really enjoyed it.” Wilcox said it was a great day when Echo Hills was opened. “It was pretty exciting (when Echo Hills opened),” he said. “Before that, there was a course that used to be where the Troy football field is. There was a hole that ran right along See Golf/Page 5



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The Ghost in the Courthouse Statue Written by Bill Bailey Illustrated by Michelle Duckworth Chapter 12 ‘Mr. Elder’s ghost’ cries for revenge STORY SO FAR: Donnie and the ghost of Felix LaBauve eavesdrop on Sheriff Matlock and his posse. Donnie learns that the sheriff's gang poisoned Mr. Elder and that Donnie's mom and Jake may be next. Felix has a plan but warns Donnie it will be dangerous. The crowd on the courthouse lawn had just heard some "pickin' and grinnin'" by Big Rockin' Daddy & His Bluegrass Boys, a local band. All around, folks visited as they packed up picnic baskets and gathered their blankets and lawn chairs, getting ready to go home. It was almost night. Showtime. I stepped from behind Felix's statue and into the glare of a blinding floodlight that had been shining on the band. I was wearing a white sheet with slits cut for my eyes, and it was covered with big splotches of ketchup to look like blood. From the other side of the bright light, someone yelled, "What in blue blazes is that?" "It's a ghost!" someone else hollered. Another man piped up. "That ain't no ghost. It's just the boy who was in the spaceman suit. That editor's trying to snooker us again." Little did they know that this time, Jake was as clueless as they were. "Betcha a dollar to a doughnut that crazy editor's got a rope hooked up to ol' Casper here," a man said. "And he's probably hiding in that tree again, holding the other end." He pointed to the branches overhead. "He's gonna make the kid float in the air, just like he did with that fake flying saucer." The crowd looked high in the tree, trying to spot Jake. A few of them came over to me and sawed their hands through the air to search for a rope or wire. "I don't see nothin'," a woman said. "Guess he ain't goin' airborne this time." A tough-looking, muscular guy with tattoos swiped his hand on my ketchup-soaked sheet. He licked his finger and announced, "It's my favorite vegetable – ketchup!" That comment really got the crowd worked up, and now they were laughing and jeering. I turned to Felix. He was standing at my side but was invisible to everyone except me. "Felix, this is a bad idea," I said. "I have ze back of you," Felix said. "I think you mean, you've got my back," I said. "But it's the rest of me I'm worried about." "I've got ze front, too," Felix said. I looked through the eyeholes of the sheet I was wearing, and my stomach started to churn. I recognized some of the food throwers from the alien disaster. I could tell by the gleam in their eyes – they were ready to have some more fun. I looked around for the three bullies from my school and was glad to see they weren't there. "Speak to us, oh great spirit," a woman hollered out sarcastically at me. I stood there, getting up my nerve. "Uh... boo," I finally said, not even sounding convincing to myself. In a sing-songy voice, a man said, "Can't hear you." I raised it up a notch. "Boooo! Boooo!" I yelled, but it came out sounding high-pitched and kind of whiny. "Boooooo, boooooo," a mocking, nasal voice echoed back. Others joined in. Before long, it sounded like a bunch of angry fans booing the refs at a football game. I saw a kid who had brought a bag of jawbreakers to the bluegrass concert. He gave handfuls of the hard candy to his buddies, and they began to inch toward me. I knew I was in

trouble. They unleashed a barrage of jawbreakers, and it stung through the sheet. I noticed some of the adults pulling fruit out of their picnic baskets. Here we go again, I thought. "Felix, isn't this what you French folks call 'déjà vu'?" I asked. "Do something!" Then I spotted Monty McGarrity. He raced to the front of the pack, crouched sideways in his pitching stance, and let fly with a baseball, right at my nose. Just as the blazing fastball was about to smash me into next year, it swerved crazily and circled me, building up speed. Then it shot back toward Monty, like out of a slingshot. "Oui, oui, mon ami. Déjà vu, indeed!" Felix said. Only this time the object didn't stop in mid-air in front of Monty. Instead, it slammed into his belly. "Oommmph," he said, crumpling to the ground, gripping his stomach. "I told you I had ze front of you," said Felix. "Did you see that?!" a lady asked. "Did the kid in the sheet do that?" another asked. A murmur ran through the crowd. They all took a group-step back. "Now we must obtain their complete attention," said Felix. "I think we've already got it," I said nervously. "The police will probably be here any minute to arrest me for causing a riot." "Not to worry. I already took care of ze police," said Felix. "Zey are in a deep sleep." "Great," I said, feeling anything but great. Next, without any warning, I found myself rising into the air – and without a rope this time. Then, the part of the sheet that covered my head magically twisted into a scary-looking mask. Later, I heard folks describe it as a cross between Frankenstein and Voldemort. "ARRRGGGHHHH!" I heard myself shriek. Although Felix wouldn't tell me his whole plan, he had said that this time, I would be the puppet for a change. Now that he was controlling my movements and my voice, I realized what he meant! It was like my body had booster rockets. I was propelled straight at the crowd, my arms outstretched and flapping like a huge bird of prey. Suddenly, Felix made me fly straight up, at least 30 feet in the air. Flailing my arms wildly, I tilted for a second, then nosedived at breakneck speed toward the crowd. "BEWARE! I HAVE COME TO SEEK REVENGE!" a deep voice from inside me growled. I could feel my mouth moving, but I knew it was really Felix speaking through me. A woman's high-pitched scream cut through the night air, and people took off, running in all directions. "PAY! PAY! SOMEONE MUST PAY! WEETH BLOOOOOOD!" I roared. Above the hysterical mob, I whipped one way, then another, like a puppet jerked around

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on a string. "I AM ZE GHOST OF GEORGE ELDER. KEELED BY ZE POISON. BACK FROM ZE GRAVE. MY MURDERERS MUST PAY!" The crowd stampeded across the courthouse lawn like a herd of frightened cows. I zoomed overhead, with Felix's voice booming out of my mouth. "ZE CROOKED COWARDS KEELED ZE EDITOR, MEESTER ELDER – BECAUSE HE HAD TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE." By that point, the crowd had scattered, and only one man was left standing on the courthouse lawn. Felix slowed me down and steered me in for a soft landing right in front of the man. It was Jake, red-faced and outof-breath. He had run out of the newspaper office when he'd heard all the fuss. I tore off the sheet. Jake rushed up to me. "Donnie, you don't work for me anymore, so... what the heck was that!?" "I took ze levitation to another level," Felix said, still speaking through me. "That's an understatement," said Jake. "How'd you? – " "Eet ees a scary magic trick, no?" the voice inside me said. "I'll tell you what's scary," he said. "Your saying my Uncle George was poisoned. Why would you make up something like that?" "Eet ees no fabrication. Eet ees ze truth." "Donnie, Uncle George had a heart attack," Jake said. "Au contraire," said Felix through me.

"Meester Elder was poisoned because he was about to publish an article exposing ze sheriff's scheme to rip on ze county." I corrected Felix, using my own voice. "Rip off the county." When Jake heard my voice correcting the French voice that had just come out of my mouth, he looked at me like I was nuttier than a pecan pie. Felix kept talking through me, not missing a beat. "Ze sheriff uses county money to pay deputies who died long ago, as if they were still alive. He then cashes their checks and puts the money in his own pocket. Eet ees a dirty, corrupt way of stealing from his employers – the citizens of Jefferson." "Wow, you're full of news tonight," Jake said. "You know, ze bad guys will think you were behind my leetle performance. They did keel your Uncle George. And guess what they will do now – now that they think you know about it." "I don't like where this is headed," Jake said. "They weel come after you, n'est pas?" Felix twisted my mouth into a scary, clownish grin. Jake took a step back from this weirdness. "That's not a good thing, Donnie." "Eet ees ze only way we can catch them in ze act." "In the act of what?" Jake asked. "In ze act of trying to keel you. You wanted to expose ze bad guys. Theese will be your big chance!" Like Felix said, now was Jake's chance. His chance to show his true colors. Was he serious about getting the bad guys or just stringing everyone along, so that he could sell lots of newspapers? We were about to find out soon.

Cleaning up Joplin After the tornado, the town of Joplin had to clean up so some of the materials were segregated into six different categories for proper disposal. A lot of the materials were recycled. The six categories were: • Vegetative waste such as limbs, branches and brush (400,000 yards) • Appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and freezers (257 tons) • Electronic waste such as computers, printers, DVD players (156 tons) • Household Hazardous Waste which are chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, mercury, pool chemicals • Construction waste like windows, doors, furniture and carpet • Small motorized equipment like mowers, chainsaws and leaf blowers Hopefully, there will never be a natural disaster like this in our neighborhood.

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Vivian L. Nolan Vivian was formerly employed as a secretary for McCall/Newsweek Corporation and retired from Dayton Power and Light Troy, Ohio in 1993 after 22 years of service. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy and the Retirees Club no. 128. Private Services will be held by the family.Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Contributions can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 409 East Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through


Total: $0.4 million increase

PIQUA — A handful of resolutions will greet attenders of the last commission meeting for June on Tuesday beginning with accepting a budget for the following calendar year. According to the agenda packet made available online and at the government city complex, this 2013 county tax budget was prepared with information provided by individual city departments and administration. These amounts are projected at $81.9 million, a decrease of $5.3 million or 6.1 percent less than current 2012 estimates. Reasons for this decrease has been listed as follows:

Water system-operations and capital - ($1.0) million decrease Special revenue funds Wastewater system-operations - $0.1 Downtown revitalization grant - $0.2 million increase million increase Enterprise funds total: ($0.6) milClean Ohio - hospital ($2.0) million lion decrease decrease Special revenue funds total: Grand total: ($5.3) million decrease ($1.8) million decrease Commission will also discuss a resoInternal services funds lution for authorization by city manHealth care-due to change in ac- ager Gary Huff to enter in a lease counting method - ($3.2) million de- agreement for usage of portions of crease Fountain Park, Hardman Field and Internal service fund total: ($3.2) Hance Pavilion to the Piqua Fourth of million decrease JulyAssociation.As well as,a resolution proposing an amendment to codified orDebt service funds dinance sections to provide an increase Electric debt service - ($1.9) million of 0.25 of 1 percent municipal income decrease tax levy beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Water OWDA debt service - $1.8 milThe latter is being submitting due to lion increase current structural budget issues in the Debt service funds total: ($0.1) general fund,recent decline in local govmillion decrease ernment funding and elimination of the inheritance tax. Commission will be Enterprise funds asked to approve the resolution so that Power system- operations and capi- it may be filed with board of elections tal - $0.3 million increase for voting in November.

General Fund/Amounts of change year 2013 versus 2012 General operations - $0.4 million increase Safety operations - $0.3 million inof Columbus. crease Mary was a 1960 graduSafety equipment - ($0.3) million deate of Kenton High School crease and attended Northwestern Business College. She retired in 2002 from Kenton heading inside for the Troy’s City Schools as an education Continued from page 1 aide. She was a member of and give hope back for campaign classic order of a K’s Hamburger Shop cheesethe Catholic Church and en- America.” burger and milkshake. joyed reading, crossword Romney mocked PresiRomney kick-offed Fapuzzles, and time spent dent Barack Obama’s 2008 laughing with her family campaign cry of “Hope and ther’s Day with a pancake breakfast in Brunswick, and friends. Change,” stating that the A funeral service to honor current president is now then traveled to an outdoor her life will be conducted at 7 “hoping to change the sub- rally in Newark before grabbing a few cheeseburgers — p.m. Thursday at the ject.” and hopefully a few more Jamieson & Yannucci “No way, Mr. President. Funeral Home, Piqua.Vis- You are out of ideas, you are November votes — in Troy, itation will be from 4-7 p.m. out of excuses and, come No- before attending a private Thursday at the funeral vember, you’re out of office,” campaign dinner in Cincinnati. home. Romney said to the cheering Memorial contributions crowds.“We’re here to collect may be made to the Diabetes and Ohio will not turn a oneAssociation of the Dayton term proposition into an Area, 2555 S. Dixie Dr., Suite eight-year proposition. “ being out of touch with the 112, Dayton, OH 45409. “We’re going to get Amer- needs of small cities and Condolences to the family ican growing again for the towns like Troy. may also be expressed people across the country,” “Romney recently said we through jamiesonandyan- Romney said. “We agree don’t need more teachers, ANTHONY WEBER/STAFF PHOTO everybody deserves a fair firefighters and police offiA crowd reacts as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt cers — as if these important shot, but $1 trillion dollars in Romney speaks to a crowd Sunday at K's Hamburger debt and pushing that bur- public workers don’t protect Shop in Troy. our neighborhoods and grow ing his own farm. Jerry den on to our kids — is that our youth. It doesn’t stop try forward,” Sparks said. facing Americans. was a member of St. a fair shot?” Following the press conRomney spoke for 10 min- there: Mitt Romney stood “President Obama is helping Patrick Catholic Church, ‘110 percent’ behind Gov. protect these jobs and Democrats and to ference, the Ohio State University utes about his three top priJohn Kasich on Issue 2 in an make sure we have the re- Obama supporters took their orities if elected in Alumni Association, Miami attempt to take away basic sources we need to provide grievances to Romney’s County Farm Bureau, November. Romney said his rights from Troy school the best education possible speech outside the local Miami County and Ohio first priority would to tap teachers and other public for our youth.” restaurant. Cattlemen’s Association, into the nation’s natural resector employees. Troy simThe Democrats stated Some Democrats waved sources for the United States Vandalia Senior Citizens, ply can’t afford Romney eco- that more than 300,000 signs behind the crowd gathto become “energy independCircle Eight Square Dance nomics.” teaching jobs are at stake ered at K’s, chanting, “Hey Club, Tecumseh 39ers ent.” Romney said his second asserted that RomFisher under Romney. Romney, you’re so rich; Camping Club, GMC Inter- priority is to repeal national ney cut investments in local Sparks added, “300,000 you’re so rich, you make us health-care legislation national, and GMC Great known as “ObamaCare” and aid, which resulted in the isn’t just a number. These sick.” Lakers Camping Clubs. loss of 14,500 jobs for teach- are our co-workers, neighTalking to a few people in The family extends his third initiative is to bal- ers, police officers, librarians bors and friends.” line,Romney volunteerTyler thanks to Dr. Vyas and the ance the nation’s budget. and others during his time U.S. Navy veteran George Byrum responded,“Obama’s Romney wrapped up his Heartland Hospice nurses as governor of Massachu- Parker, a volunteer for the a millionaire, c’mon.” and aides for their excel- speech with a nod to veter- setts. He also accused Rom- Obama campaign, said he is During Speaker of the lent care during his last ans in the crowd and a prom- ney of hiking taxes and fees disconcerted by Romney’s House John Boehner’s ise to restore the nation’s year. by $750 million a year. economic plans, which he speech, some Democrats far Mass of Christian burial military and to “grab the Miami County Democrats said fail to recognize the con- back in the crowd began torch to have a strong miliwill be held 10 a.m. vice-chair Amy Sparks said cerns of working class Amer- shouting “Romney, go home” tary, strong country.” Wednesday at St. Patrick so loud that people gathered “I do, I will and together that as a teacher and a icans. Catholic Church, Troy, with “I see a nation with far too at the front near Romney we’ll restore this great coun- mother, she particularly the Rev. Fr. James Duell oftry — Ohio could make the fears Romney’s plans for the many people unemployed turned around, giving disapficiating. Interment to foland underemployed,” he proving looks. The chanting difference to save this great education system. low in the Casstown said, adding that Romney is continued during Romney’s “Our teachers work hard country,” said Romney in Cemetery, Casstown, Ohio. closing, thanking the crowds every day to help ensure our more concerned with the speech, leading some RepubThe family will receive and handshakes before children are prepared to “ideological battle” of the two licans to shout in response, friends at the Baird Fumove our state and our coun- parties rather than issues “Romney, Romney, Romney.” neral Home, Troy from 48 p.m. Tuesday. Death notices Memorial contributions WEST MILTON — Miami Street, West Milton family at www.hale- Sarver Family Funeral may be made to St. Patrick Jerry Ralph Karns, 82 with Pastor Justin Home, 284 N. Miami Catholic Church, 409 East Street, West Milton. The Main Street, Troy, Ohio of West Milton, passed Williams officiating, burBROOKVILLE — Rev. Charles Meinecke 45373 or Heartland Hos- away on Friday, June 15, ial to follow at Riverside Mary Elizabeth Jewett, will officiate with interpice, 3131 South Dixie 2012, at his daughters res- Cemetery, West Milton. A reception will follow 91, of Brookville, passed ment following at RiverDrive, Suite 208, Dayton, idence in Gainesville, Va., with his family by his side. the burial at the former away Friday, June 15, side Cemetery, West Ohio 45439. Funeral services will be American Legion Post no. 2012, at Good Samaritan Milton. Friends may express Online memories may condolences to the family held at Thursday at the 487, 2334 S. Miami Street, Hospital, Dayton. Hale-Sarver Family FuWest Milton. Online memFuneral services will be be left for the family at through www.bairdfunerneral Home, 284 N. ories may be left for the held Tuesday at

Mary S. Crider PIQUA — Mary S. Crider, of Piqua, formerly of Kenton, died at 2:47 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Heartland of Piqua Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Kenton, to the l a t e Richard a n d M a r y (Bloom) WortCRIDER man. Survivors include a daughter, Cara Garpiel of Piqua; a son, Randy (Tracey) Crider of Bloomdale; five grandchildren; three brothers, Scott (Marlene) Wortman, Vince Wortman, and Russel (Annette) Wortman, all of Columbus; Kim Montgomery of Powell, Pat (David) Williams of Piqua, and Betty (Marvin) Edwards


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Obituaries TROY — Vivian L. Nolan, 76, of Troy, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Upper Va l l e y Medical C e n t e r, Troy. She was born Aug. 7, NOLAN 1935 in Dayton, to the late John W. and Marie (Kessen) Morris. She is survived by her husband, Leo R. Nolan and many cousins including Judy DeWeese Taynor and her husband DonnalA.Taynor of Troy.




Jerome (Jerry) A. Walker CASSTOWN — Jerome (Jerry) A. Waker of Casstown, passed away at his residence Friday, June 15, 2012, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 18, 1929, in Dayton, to the late Adolph and Rhuella (Burgmeier) Waker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Charles; sister, Betty Eckley; and granddaughter, Megan Davis. He is survived by his wife, Donna Jeanne (Frost) Waker; daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Margaret (Waker) Davis; son and daughter-in-law, David and Michelle (Middleton) Waker; grandchildren, Grant Davis (wife, Stephanie); Kate (Davis) Anderson (husband, Brian); Parker Davis (wife, Kelly); Casey (Waker) Patrick (husband, Matthew); great-grandson, Oscar Anderson; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas J. and Linda Waker; aunt, Rita Waker; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Jerry was a graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School and an alumni of the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agriculture. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was employed by the Ohio State University Extension Service as a 4-H agent, worked on farms in Plymouth and Troy. He was a vice president of equipment research and spray programs of ChemLawn Corporation. Upon retirement he finally fulfilled his dream of hav-

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Supporters make special trip for Romney BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer TROY — Art Disbrow of Troy said he couldn’t miss out on the chance to see Mitt Romney speak in Troy. He heard the news of the Republican presidential candidate’s upcoming visit while fishing in northern Canada. Sunday he drove home, almost underestimating the time it would take to get back. “I hadn’t seen my wife for 11 days and I came straight here. Even brought my fish here; they’re sitting on ice in the van,” he said, laughing along with his wife Joanne. Disbrow said he lived in Michigan when Romney’s father George was governor of Michigan. He even had the same doctor as Romney’s mother. But his support for Rom-

ney all comes down to politics. “I believe what he believes,” Disbrow said. Calling themselves big Romney supporters, Marilyn and Ray Wagoner say they are impressed with Romney’s business know-how and can’t picture four more years under President Barack Obama. “We’ve given him three and a half years, and he hasn’t fixed the situation or even attempted to fix the situation,” Ray said. While waiting in line to go through security, Stephen King of Piqua said he and his wife Klarinda had to witness “the piece of history” taking place in Troy. Both admitted that they’re not sure if Romney was the best pick for the Republicans, but they’re satisfied with his campaign thus far. “We’re hoping to see the

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next president. That’s not Obama,” Klarinda said. “I know what I don’t want.” Stephen, on the other hand, said he’s become disillusioned by the current state of politics. “I’ve lost faith with a lot of politics because they argue like school kids,” he said. Linda Fox, attending with her husband Marvin, said Romney’s business strategy is far superior to Obama’s. “We need someone who understands how to run the business and balance the business. We need someone who has experience — not textbooks,” she said. Marvin agreed that Obama is out of touch with business owners,adding that the current president walks the line of socialism. “We want to support a presidential candidate that has the chance to change the country and bring it back to us.We can’t have a president that doesn’t follow the Constitution and relies on executive orders.” Fox said Romney gave a riveting speech that covered his topics of concern.The Pa-

Golf O’Brien rallies supporters Continued from page 1 BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer TROY — If “Ohio Believes,” thenTroy Republican supporters have been converted to help put presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the Oval Office. Accompanying Romney’s Sunday’s stop on his “Every Town Counts” tour were U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a potential vice-president candidate, and House Speaker John Boehner, Miami County’s 8th district congressional representative. “Thanks for coming here to wish the next president a ‘Happy Father’s Day,’” Portman said before a crowd of more than 1,500 supporters in front of the K’s Hamburger Shop Sunday. “We’re here today because we’re concerned, and as Ohioans, we are in the ‘heart of it all.’” Portman, Ohio’s U.S. Senator since 2010,is on the long list of potential vice-presidential running mates for Romney. Portman said with Romney in Office, he would “get the private sector back” and will work “to help U.S. Congress lead an effort to repeal current President Barack Obama’s legislation, especially his health-care program known as “ObamaCare.” “We are proud to have an Ohioan as Speaker of the House,” said Portman before introducing Boehner. “Let’s show Romney that help is on the way.” Portman introduced Boehner as “my friend and neighbor,” a man who has served as Speaker of the House since 2010.Boehner is the 8th district representative — which includes all of Miami County, as well as Darke and Preble counties and most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County.

Boehner said Miami County holds “a warm spot in my soul.” He started his political career 22 years ago in 1990 when “people couldn’t say my name.” “It’s been my pleasure to represent you for 22 years,” Boehner told the crowd. “It all started right here in Miami County and I’m here to say thank you and thank you for being here for Mitt Romney.” Boehner told the crowd how he has voted to repeal ObamaCare and supported more than 30 bills to “get our economy going.” Boehner said he could do more while in office but “we’ve got a big road block.” “We need to get rid of our road block,” Boehner said. “We need to put the American people back together again.” Boehner criticized current President Barack Obama for “making the economy worse.” “Mitt Romney understands that we need to get theAmerican people back together again,” Boehner said before introducing Romney to the crowd. In front of several hundred “Ohio Believes” posters, Miami County Republican chairman John “Bud” O’Brien rallied supporters before Portman, Boehner and Romney arrived. O’Brien said in less than 16 hours, Miami County Republican members knocked on more than 500 doors of registered independent voters to invite them to Sunday’s rally. “Are you prepared to do the same thing?” O’Brien said to the anxious crowd. “We need Romney elected and Speaker Boehner needs his help. He can’t get anything done with someone else occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We need to create jobs and (former) Governor Romney knows how to do it.”

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where the new bridge is. I played there quite a bit before Echo Hills opened.” Wilcox said the biggest change from the opening is the size of the trees. It is particularly relevant on the par5 12th hole,where long hitter can try a risk-reward shot on the their second shot over towering trees on the dogleg right hole. “The trees were a lot lower then,” Wilcox said with a laugh. “On four (now the 12th hole),I used to just hit it over the trees. They are too darn tall now. I can’t get over them.” Wilcox said becoming an 18-hole course was significant. “That was pretty big too (18 holes),” he said. “You get behind a slow group on a nine-hole course, you can figure on being out there five or six hours. We have few of those that play out here now. When we get behind them, we yell at them and tell them to get out of the way (laughing as he said it).” Pollock, also 83 and an active member at Echo Hills, moved to Piqua during his childhood and also enjoyed the prior community course. “Dick (Wilcox) lived right next door to that course,”Pollock said. “I moved here when I was 10, but by the time I was 15, it was closed. When the war came, they just didn’t have anybody to maintain it and it went away.” Pollock also has fond memories of the early years at Echo Hills. “It was great when Echo Hills opened,” he said. “Before that we had to drive all over to different courses to play. I remember going to Lima, Sidney and there was a course in Indiana that some guys from Piqua would go over and play. Most of the trees when it opened were just saplings. The really big trees now are the only ones that were good sized back then. “Even though we were nine holes for a long time, it was great having our own city course. Most of us could-




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n’t afford the country club, so it was great to have a place in Piqua to play. I think it had been in the planning stages for awhile.And it has always been a top-notch course.” One thing that has changed over the years is the ability to get top of the line equipment. Like many, Pollock got his start in the game by caddying — at Piqua Country Club. “Back then, you got most of it (golf equipment) from the pro shop,” he said.“There were catalogs you could order stuff from too. When I was caddying at the country club, guys would trade their clubs in for new clubs. So, a lot of the clubs we had were used clubs.” And while Pollock recently had hip surgery, he hasn’t lost his passion for the game. “I just had surgery on my hip a few months ago, but I played a couple times last week. I am a little guy, but I could always hit it out there with the long knockers. I am 83 now, so I can’t swing too hard or it hurts.” Pollock fondly remembers Echo Hills first pro Dick Kerns and related a humorous story about Kerns and his brother Preacher. “I remember one time Preacher and Dick were playing,” Pollock said. “Preacher had a habit of putting his foot down behind the ball to improve his lie. He was beating Dick one day and when they came to the last hole, Dick had a 4-iron out. “Preacher was walking up to his ball and Dick told him, ‘Preach, if you put that big foot of yours behind the ball, I swear I will slice you open with this 4-iron.’ He was red in the face and he meant it. I laugh every time I think about that.” When you think about golf being a sport for a lifetime, there is no better example than that of Marty Hemm. Fellow members of the women’s golf league at Echo will tell you that Hemm is an inspiration to them — and the 88-year old can be seen walking the course at Echo Hills two or three times a

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old Marina Schemmel, of Troy, and Katie Chapman, 22, of Fairborn, came out to the Romney rally to support the Republican. Schemmel said she was affected by Obama policies when she tried to apply for loans to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati. “The only loans that are left are unsubsidized and interest on them adds up pretty fast,” Schemmel said. Schemmel said she has shook Romney’s hand at a rally in Dayton and hopes to volunteer to campaign for him before November elections and has always enjoyed politics as a political science major at the University of Dayton. “I’m a big Romney fan and I’m here to support him and Boehner,” she added. Chapman said she’s felt the squeeze the economy has on fresh graduates, applying for more than 100 jobs and cultivating only two interviews with her business degree. “It’s really discouraging and it’s frustrating trying to find a good full-time job —

those are hard to find,”Chapman said, adding she’s applied for jobs in Ohio but also in Chicago. Both women agreed they enjoyed spending their Sunday afternoon in the hot sun as witnesses to history in the making. “It’s exciting to actually see it happen and to say I was there,” Chapman said. Rose and Jim Kaverman traveled from Greenville to support Romney. “We need a change,” Rose Kaverman said.“It’s just very important for people to to vote because this election is so important. This election will have the biggest impact on our kid’s future.” Rose said she feels lucky to be employed but has seen other families lose their jobs and their homes during the Obama administration. “When it comes down to it, America needs to wake up,” Kaverman said.“Obama has had his chance so why would you put him back in office if things haven’t changed for the better?”


Above is a scene from the early days of Echo Hills Golf Course as a group of golfers putt out on what was No. 9 green near the old clubhouse. week. “She is amazing,”Fox said. “If it is hot, she may take a cart on the back nine. But, normally she will walk.” Hemm got her start back in 1951, with lessons from Kerns and it has gone from there. “It was a lot easier,”Hemm said with a laugh about the changes in the golf course over the years. ” The trees were probably a lot shorter. I started about two years after it opened. I think I had some friends that played and just decided I wanted to play. “I used to be a better player than I am now. That’s for sure.I always enjoyed.We probably had more women playing back then, because we had a league at night. My first clubs were a starter set I got from Dick Kerns. It just shows you, it is a game you can play at any age.” Another think special about Echo Hills is that there have been just three pros during its existence. Kerns retired in 1976 and Ken Green began his run of 27 years as pro at Echo Hills before going to Miami Shores,where he is currently pro. “I always enjoyed my time in Piqua,” Green said. “The people were great people.It is a community course. Just like here at Miami Shores. The golfers kids play and their kids play. That is the way it is at community courses.” And while there was talk of Echo Hills going to 18 holes in 1967 it didn’t happen until May 13, 1995, which was big for a lot of reasons. First, it had become very crowed as a nine-hole course. “May 1978 was one of the warmest months in May we had,” Green said. “I can remember there was a five-day period where we had 200 golfers on the course every day.That is a good day for an 18-hole course,but for a ninehole course, that is a lot of golfers.” Along with the new nine came a driving range located

in front of the clubhouse — beneficial not only to the golfers, but made given lessons much easier as well. “That was great when we went to 18 holes,”Green said. “We gave everybody bag tags who played in the event we had to open the course — I am sure a lot of them still have the bag tags.” Another Green thing started (with Chip Fox) and Fox has continued is an annual junior program so that young golfers learn the proper etiquette and how to take care of a course from the start. Green, who came to Echo Hills from the Columbus area, said the attacks on 9/11 changed golf forever. “It really had an effect on all golf courses,” Green said. “You could just see the people’s priorities changed. We hadn’t had anything like that happen since Vietnam and Vietnam wasn’t on our soil. Guys who would be out here playing every Saturday and Sunday weren’t here as much.” Green sees the local golf business, like the country in general, picking up again. “It started to pick up, then we had the economy,” Green said. “You can see things starting to pick back up now. People who lost their jobs are starting to get back to work and things are picking up.” Fox, who took over in 2004, sees the golf course improving all the time — most recently because of decision long-time Golf Course Superintendent Kirt Huemmer made several years ago. “About four years ago,Kirt (Huemmer) created no-mow areas on the front nine,” he said.“That made a big difference and really changed the front nine.” Recent work by the city and cutting down trees near the 14th green have led to that challenging par-4 green being in as good a condition as it has been in — and given local golfers something else to talk about as the gather at their local “golf hole.”



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Dems worry Obama could lose election BY JULIE PACE WASHINGTON (AP) — In growing numbers, onceconfident Democrats now say President Barack Obama could lose the November election. The hand-wringing reflects real worries among Democrats about Obama’s ability to beat Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has proven to be a stronger candidate than many expected. But it’s also a political strategy aimed at rallying major donors who may have become complacent. Interviews with a dozen Democratic strategists and fundraisers across the country show an increased sense of urgency among Obama backers. It follows a difficult two weeks for the president, including a dismal report on the nation’s unemployment picture, a Democratic defeat in the Wisconsin governor recall election and an impressive fundraising month for Romney and Republicans. “We’ve all got to get in the same boat and start paddling in the same direction, or we’re going to have some problems,” said Debbie Dingell, a Democratic National Committee member and the wife of Michigan Rep. John Dingell. “We can’t take this for granted,” said Peter Burling, a DNC member from New Hampshire. “I intend to be running scared from now until November.” These worries have also prompted some second-guessing of an Obama campaign operation once perceived as run by disciplined message specialists. Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and former Clinton adviser James Carville this week wrote that Obama’s efforts to convince voters that economic conditions are moving in the right direction aren’t swaying people. “We will face an impossible head wind in November if we do not move to a new narrative,” the strategists wrote. Former Democratic Party chairman Don Fowler faulted the Obama camp for not laying more blame on Republicans for the slow economic recovery. “The Obama campaign should make it clear whose fundamental fault the economic problems are, and they’ve chosen not to do that,” he said, echoing an argument made by other Democrats. “Not doing that, they forfeit an argument, a strategy, a technique toward making the Republicans bear responsibility for these problems.” Some Democrats hope the deepening concern among some party faithful could lead to an increase in fundraising. The mighty Obama and DNC fundraising operation fell behind Romney and Republicans in May, with the GOP team raising $76 million compared to the $60 million haul for the president and Democrats. And the proObama super PAC Priorities USA Action has lagged far behind Republican-leaning outside groups, in part because of what senior strategist Bill Burton said was a sense of complacency among Democratic donors. “Democrats have to know that the president is up against a well-financed opponent in a tough political environment,” said Burton, a former White House aide. “If everyone doesn’t join the fight, he could be defeated.” The Obama campaign itself has also been sounding the alarm. “If there’s anyone still out there acting like we have this thing in the bag, do me a favor and tell them they’re dead wrong,” Anne Marie Habershaw, the campaign’s chief operating officer, wrote in a blog post last week. And campaign manager Jim Messina warned that GOP success in the Wisconsin recall, aided by independent group spending, confirmed that “all the outside money that’s poured into elections this cycle can and will change their outcome.” Julie Pace covers politics for The Associated Press.

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As Romney-Obama fight heats up, Bain will be back tie, 44 to 43 in favor of “care lot of political insidonly about profits.” In Virers in both parties ginia, the “help America think Bain Capital is grow” answer is slightly pretty much a dead issue in ahead, 44 to 42. the 2012 presidential camThe Purple pollsters say paign. After all, Mitt Romthe Bain issue resonates ney has ably defended his powerfully with independwork at the private equity ents, who sided with “care firm that made him rich, BYRON YORK only about profits” 48 perand a number of top DeColumnist cent to 38 percent. It also mocrats, ranging from Cory works with women, who Booker to Ed Rendell to Bill chose “care only about profClinton himself, have defended Bain and companies like it. So its” 47 percent to 33 percent. “Across the purple states, this arguthere’s an emerging consensus that ment has the hallmarks of a classic Bain is over as an issue. Except it’s not. Not only do President wedge issue for the president,” writes Obama’s strategists still believe Rom- the Purple team. “It consolidates Deney’s business record will be an effective mocrats and has a plurality of support issue, a new poll by a bipartisan firm among independents.” But what about all the criticism of suggests attacks on Romney’s past might play well in some key swing Obama’s Bain attacks, particularly from Democrats? Talk to some Democratic states this fall. Purple Strategies is a political con- strategists (not associated with the sulting firm that includes Republican Obama campaign) and they suggest the strategist Alex Castellanos and Demo- criticism is mainly confined to the cratic strategist Steve McMahon. For its Washington-New York corridor, where new Purple Poll, the company’s pollsters Democratic politicians and former read two statements to voters in several politicians depend on friends in private swing states, each statement appropri- equity to fund their global initiatives, ating the language of one side in the their business ventures and their future campaigns. There’s nothing in it for Bain debate. The first was: “Private investment them to bash Bain. Since those Democrats are also in the and equity firms help the American economy grow. They launch new compa- center of the media world, their critinies and rebuild existing ones, including cism of Obama for hitting Romney on some of the biggest employers in Amer- Bain received a huge amount of attenica. Their work has created millions of tion. But the average independent voter jobs and will help drive America’s re- in Ohio doesn’t live in a private equity world, and the Purple Poll suggests his covery.” The second was: “Private investment or her reaction to the Bain issue is quite and equity firms care only about profits different. At the moment, there’s no reason to and short-term gains for investors. When they come in, workers get laid off, believe the Obama campaign has abanbenefits disappear, and pensions are cut. doned plans to hit Romney on Bain in Investors walk off with big returns, and the future. In a conversation in his working folks get stuck holding the Chicago office last month, top Obama strategist David Axelrod seemed conbag.” The overall result in these swing vinced Bain is an important part of the states: Forty-seven percent agreed with campaign. The idea of investments that pay off the “care only about profits” description, while 38 percent picked the “help Amer- even if a company fails, Axelrod said, ica grow” statement. That’s a significant “bothers a lot of people around the country.” And the values that make a private amount of anti-Bain sentiment. The results are particularly striking equity businessman successful are “not in Ohio, perhaps the most important the values that drive the economy.” Axelrod, who declined to reveal the state in November’s election. Forty-nine percent of Ohioans agreed with the campaign’s plans, didn’t sound like a “care only about profits” description of man who has abandoned Bain as a fuprivate equity, while 33 percent agreed ture campaign issue. And now the Purwith the “help America grow” descrip- ple Poll provides new ammunition for those Democrats who want to give it antion. In Florida, another absolutely critical other shot. Perhaps not this week or state, the numbers aren’t as decisive — next, but certainly in the fall, Bain will 47 to 40 in favor of “care only about prof- be back. its.” But they still help Obama. Byron York is chief political correOther states are different stories. In Colorado, the two sides are in a virtual spondent for The Washington Examiner.


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To the Editor: I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Chamber’s Veterans Memorial committee for their assistance in cleaning up the site and keeping it beautiful, especially during the citywide clean-up day recently held in Piqua. Committee members Jerry Christy, Chuck Morris, Jim Oda, Jim Robinson Dave and Bruce Vollette Hogston have been dedicated to keeping this memorial a source of pride for our city. A special thanks to Jim Robinson for his daily visits to water the new seeding and to Bruce Hogston for power washing the cement prior to the Memorial Day ceremony. The committee has had some additional assistance and because of those extra hands the Veterans Memorial looks better than ever. The committee would like to extend their appreciation to Forest Hill cemetery supervisor, Jim Roth, and his staff. These individuals have gone above and beyond to provide us with assistance in repairing a bench, placing our two new benches and a waste receptacle on the grounds of the memorial. Jim and Logan Guillozet provided our volunteers extra help when we removed dead bushes from the corner of the monument. Without this group’s willingness to lend a helping hand our cleanup and improvements would have taken much longer. When you drive by the memorial your eyes cannot help but look at the beautiful landscaping that has transformed the area. The Green Leaf Garden Club came and left quietly but during that time they planted a vibrant array of flowers that have added to the beauty of the monument. Many people will visit the monument this summer and due to these volunteers’ hard work and dedication we can all take pride in knowing that we have a place of honor to recognize our local veterans. —Kathy Sherman Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce

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Grandparents early memories are cherished family history DEAR ABBY: My parents are approaching their 80s, and I’d like to recommend to seniors that a cherished gift to their children and grandchildren would be a journal or family history book written by them describing their childhood memories and early married years. So many funny stories and historical markers of an earlier time — before computers and fax machines — will be lost if they’re not shared. Children and grandchildren can be given the chance to see through your eyes and your memories what their aunts, uncles and grandparents were like, and you can laugh together at the silly things that happened when you were young. The family history can be passed from one generation to the next, and I cannot think of a more special gift. — CHARLENE IN CAMARILLO, CALIF. DEAR CHARLENE: That’s a splendid idea. However, I would urge children and grandchildren to not wait for the family history, but to INTERVIEW their parents and grandparents now, with pencil in hand. Better yet, if possible, use a video recorder. DEAR ABBY: I have a good friend who is married to an abrasive, negative woman. She never has anything nice to say about anyone or anything. I value this friend and would like to continue our friendship, but I don’t want his wife’s negative energy around my family. Should I explain that he and his children are welcome in our home, but his wife is not? Or should I arrange to see him only when I know his wife is occupied elsewhere? — S.K. OUT WEST

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In this undated photo released by TNT, actors, Moon Bloodgood, left, and Noah Wyle, appear in a scene from TNT’s “Falling Skies” Season Finale - Part 1: “Mutiny.” Wyle is confronting an alien invasion, the death of his wife and the potential annihilation of the human species in the new season of “Falling Skies,” which debuts Sunday, June 17, 9-11 p.m. EDT on TNT.

ing him when his wife is otherwise occupied would be far more diplomatic. DEAR ABBY: I’m a fairly intelligent 45-yearold woman. After being single for four years, I began dating a man my age with whom I share many interests. Early on, we had a few fights — possibly because we were both hurt in our previous relationships and were having a hard time adjusting to and trusting a new person. Things have settled down now. Most of our time is spent together even though we live an hour apart, and we’re considered a couple by our friends. I enjoy the time we spend together, but I keep remembering our early fights and I worry about repeats. I think because of our pasts we’ll date for a long time before either of us considers moving in or making serious commitments. My question is, how can you know if you’re on the right path? — A LITTLE SKITTISH IN CANADA

LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noah Wyle is confronting an alien invasion, the death of his wife and the potential annihilation of the human species in “Falling Skies.” But he had to face a more personal issue in tackling the role of history professor Tom Mason in TNT’s sci-fi series, returning 9-11 p.m. EDT Sunday for season two: Wyle, 41, has become an elder statesman, relatively speaking. “I’m Anthony Edwards,” said Wyle, referring to the “ER” co-star who’s got eight years on him and boasted more credits when they started on the medical drama in 1994. “I’m the guy who’s been around a little longer and has a little more set savvy.” It’s a shift that came up faster than expected for Wyle, who looks younger than his years despite the beard he added for gravitas on “Falling Skies.” “When I showed up on set and realized I was going to play a father to Drew Roy, who’s 26, my first instinct was, ‘You gotta be kidding me.’ Then I thought, ‘Why is nobody else having a problem

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with this?’” With his own children just 9 and 6 years old, Wyle protests, “I’m a young dad.” His TV expertise is much appreciated, said Remi Aubuchon, the show’s executive producer. “Noah is a terrific example for the rest of the cast and us. He’s always on set prepared and he stays on the set. And this is a revelation for me, he reads scripts early and his notes are always well thought-out and smart.” Intelligence is a hallmark of Wyle’s characters since “ER,” the actor acknowledges: “I tend to play smart guys, which I like. Brains over brawn.” But Professor Tom is far from deskbound. There’s plenty of opportunity for him to show off his action skills as Tom and other Earthlings fight multilegged aliens, un-fondly nicknamed “skitters” by their human prey, and their murderous robots. Wyle views Tom as a new form of hero who synthesizes the military code embodied by tough soldier Weaver (Will Patton) with a knowledge of history, creating what a colleague termed a “warrior statesmen.” His skills are put to the

test as the new season unfolds. After voluntarily leaving Earth to meet the aliens on their spaceship turf, he’s viewed with suspicion by members of Massachusetts’ “2nd Mass” civilian resistance group. The 10 episodes of season two, filmed in Vancouver, bring new depth to the characters and begin to unfold the “mythology onion” surrounding the aliens and their mission, Wyle said. “It feels a lot fresher, a lot more fun, instead of going, ‘I’m Tom Mason, I used to be a history professor. To prove that, I’m going to cite historical references for each one of these battles,’” he said. There’s definitely more action afoot this season, Aubuchon said, and at the specific direction of executive producer Steven Spielberg. “His primary thing, and I believe he used these words, was, ‘Amp it up. Fans want more. We have to deliver more than we did in the first season,’” Aubuchon said. With six months elapsed since the invasion, and the initial trauma past, the conflict had to evolve. The 2nd Mass understands “we’re not playing anymore, we’re not hiding,

and if we die, we die honorably,” he said. Spielberg was also adamant that “Falling Skies” avoid turning into a “hardware show” with emotions swamped by special effects, Aubuchon said. There will be family time for Tom and his three sons, and romance as well. In one episode, widower Tom and lovely pediatrician Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) share a brief, tender moment over a rare chocolate treat Tom has found for her. Call it “post-apocalyptic dating,” Aubuchon said, “when you know an alien might come around the corner at any moment.” But the revved-up alien action is the payoff for Wyle’s home-front audience, including his son, Owen, who helped dad choose between playing a policeman, lawyer, insurance adjustor or “Falling Skies” alien fighter. “It keeps my son entertained,” Wyle said, smiling. ___ EDITOR’S NOTE — Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber(at)

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Museum of American signs has new home LISA CORNWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A brightly painted, 20foot-tall fiberglass genie towering over the entrance of a renovated 1912 Cincinnati factory gives visitors just a hint of the nostalgic icons awaiting them inside a new showcase spanning nearly a century of American signs. The gigantic genie that was used to advertise a carpet company in 1960s Los Angeles is only one of nearly 500 signs and other items included at the new home of the American Sign Museum, which opens next Saturday in Cincinnati. The new $3.3 million, 20,000-square-foot museum is more than four times the size of the original museum, which could no longer accommodate the museum’s growing collection. “We ran out of space almost as soon as it opened,” founder and president Tod Swormstedt said of the Cincinnati site where the nonprofit museum debuted in April 2005. New 28-foot-high ceilings now provide space for huge signs like a 1963 McDonald’s restaurant in Huntsville, Ala., that wouldn’t fit in the former museum. The 26-foot tall, 3,800-pound sign advertising 15-cent hamburgers features McDonald’s original Speedee mascot — a small figure wearing a chef ’s hat and appearing to be running thanks to some rapidly moving neon lights. Wooden panels from a Lanesville, Ind., barn that was painted with the slogan “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” also made it out


In this Friday photo, a neon car rotates around a 6foot-diameter metal world globe, at the American PROVIDED PHOTO Sign Museum, in Cincinnati. The globe once adver- Eileen Myers and her daughter Annette Lochard share a profession that has them tised an Earl Scheib auto painting company in Comp- going back to school every day — one at Sidney High School and the other at ton, Calif. Window displays featuring different types Lehman Catholic. of signage line the wall in the background. of storage, covering almost an entire wall of the museum’s event area which will be rented out for conferences, wedding receptions and other private events. The museum traces the evolution of American signs, from elegant handpainted gold leaf on glass in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the first electric signs in the early 1900s, to neon signs from the 1920s through the 1960s. Plastic signs that emerged from World War II also are among the displays. Visitors entering the new museum are greeted with a burst of motion and color. Some of the most eye-catching displays include a rotating 6-foot-diameter metal globe encircled by a Saturn-like ring of neon cars that advertised a 1950s auto painting company in Compton, Calif., and a spinning Sputnik replica that welcomed visitors to the Satellite Shopland shopping center in Anaheim, Calif., in the 1960s. Nostalgia remains a

key attraction for many visitors who say the signs bring back childhood memories. But Swormstedt says the museum is more than flashing neon lights or the “warm and fuzzy memories” it evokes. “It’s an educational experience,” Sworrnstedt said. “It’s a fun, colorful way to learn about American history and culture and track our technology and design trends.” Experts in signs and urban landscape issues say the museum’s importance shouldn’t be overlooked. “It’s a national treasure; there’s no doubt about that,” said John Jakle, co-author of several books on American roadside history and a professor emeritus of geography and landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I don’t know any other place where you can go and get a firsthand look at what others of us write about in books,” Jakle said.

Group sponsors Cutest Baby Picture Contest Event featured at Liberty Days FT. LORAMIE — A Cutest Baby Picture Contest will once again be a feature of Ft. Loramie Liberty Days, sponsored by the Loramie Cancer Crusaders Relay for Life team. Voting will take place on the festival grounds June 29 and 30 during the celebration. The winning entry will be announced the afternoon of July 1. Votes may be cast by making a minimum $1 donation from 5 p.m. to closing June 29 and noon to closing on June 30. Prizes will be awarded the top three photo winners, with a $150 Heir-

loom Images Photography gift certificate to the winner, $100 certificate for second place and a $50 certificate for third place. The prizes have been donated by the Fort Loramie studio. The following contest guidelines must be followed: All babies must be between the ages of newborn to 18 months as of June 29, and submitted photos must be current frameless 4-by-6-inch home photographs. Studio photos will not be accepted. An entry fee of $1 must accompany each photo.

Hardin-Houston BOE to meet HOUSTON — The Hardin-Houston Local School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center.

The child’s full name, date of birth, parents’ names, address and telephone number must be written on the back of each photo. Entries may be mailed or delivered to Loramie Cancer Crusaders member Paige Hilgefort at 10117 Hilgefort Road, Ft. Loramie, OH 45845. Only one child is allowed per photo. Photos and entry fees must be received by June 24 and photos will not be returned after the event. All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising activity. Questions about the event may be directed to Hilgefort at (937) 2952804 or (937) 638-3855.

Mother, daughter share same career

One works at Lehman, other at Sidney High FOR THE DAILY CALL SIDNEY — “Like father, like son” is a common expression, but it is “like mother, like daughter” in the case of two Sidney residents. Eileen Myers and her daughter Annette Lochard share a profession that has them going back to school every day. Myers is the administrative assistant at Lehman Catholic High School and Lochard, a Lehman graduate, has the same title across town at Sidney High School. “It is really comparing apples to oranges,” Myers said. “Sidney High School has about six times the number of students that attend Lehman. I have to be a jack-of-all-trades — from answering the phone to keeping track of attendance to acting as a school nurse. But I love being with the kids. They keep you young

and on your toes.” “My job is more specific,” said Lochard. “There are two of us plus we have a separate attendance officer. Our guidance office takes care of a lot of the things mom does in the main office at Lehman. There are still many tasks to perform during the day and it is a challenge to get it all done before going home,” Lochard explained. “Every day is different. If I wrote a book, I could write a chapter a day.” Myers, who has been at Lehman for 26 years, began her career after graduating from then Holy Angels High School and studying at Miami Jacobs College in Dayton. In the Holy Angels Church bulletin, she saw that Lehman was looking for an office volunteer. “Mike Barhorst dropped off a typewriter and asked me to type the Graded Courses of Study, then under revision,” Myers recalled. After several months, longtime Lehman secretary Rita Hennessey announced her retirement and Myers took over. “The day computers were installed in the of-

fice, I remember taking down the instructions in shorthand. No one uses shorthand anymore but that is how I was trained,” Myers said. Lochard, the oldest of Myers’ five children, did not set out to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She worked as a bank teller and then became a stay-athome mom raising her three children. She went back to work in the Shelby County Recorder’s office before applying for the job at Sidney High six years ago. Both women say that the most rewarding part of their job is seeing former students return to the school after several years and thank them for all they have done. Myers and husband Phil have five children — Annette, Doug, Kathy, Theresa, and Matt, all Lehman graduates. Mom’s influence has spread to her two other daughters as Kathy is a paralegal and Theresa is an office manager. Lochard is married to Mike Lochard, owner of Lochard Inc. Their children are Alex, Jacob, and Grace.

Friends of Ft. Loramie Library purchase cupboards, books FT. LORAMIE — Friends of the Ft. Loramie Branch Library has installed new storage cupboards purchased with funds from the sale of thousands of books donated by the community over the years. In addition to the cupboards at the check-out station, money has helped fund the library’s Summer Reading party and the purchase of new books. Future purchases will include additional cupboards, a new chair in which to relax and read, and a memorial display showcase. This year’s book sale will be held Sept. 14 and 15, the

same weekend as the village’s garage sales and the Ft. Loramie Lake Fest. It will be held at the Community building next to the tennis courts. Area residents are asked to call Vicki Cotrell or Sue Eilerman to bring book do-

nations to their homes or the branch library when a contribution is ready. Encyclopedias or magazines should be brought to the village’s recycling center in the industrial park as these items do not resell.

School officials report the board will approve student fees, lunch prices and school handbooks and also act on personnel issues.

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

IN BRIEF ■ Baseball

Post 184 splits tourney games FAIRBORN — The Piqua Post 184 baseball team split four games in the Nischwitz Tournament to improve to 9-8 on the season. Piqua opened the tournament with a 5-1 win as Jacob Burk hurled a threehitter. Dominic Richard and Ethan Bruns each had two hits. Piqua followed the with a 12-8 victory, with Trevor Jacobs picking up the win. Burk slugged a threerun homer in the game, while Tyler Zimmerman had a triple. Piqua lost its next two games by scores of 8-0 and 8-1. “It kind of like our season,” Piqua Post 184 coach Jim Roberts said. “We play great at times, then turnaround and struggle the next game. “We are a young team and we are still working through those things.” Piqua will host Lima at 7 p.m. Tuesday night and play at Troy Wednesday.

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Softball camp set for Piqua Thunder sports will be conducting a Pitching, hitting, and defensive softball camp on June 27 and 28 in Piqua. The camp is open to girls from the second grade to seniors. Cost is $70 for the pitching camp, $45 for the defensive camp and $45 for hitting camp. The pitching and hitting combo camp is $100 and the defensive and hitting combo camp is $85. For more information and a registration form visit or john@thunemail to register; register online, or mail registration form and payment to the address on the form. For more info, call John Hendricks at 765-3486413. Deadline to register is June 20, 2012. Local Contact is Piqua softball coach Rick Claprood at 614-499-6371.


Travis Nees holds the Big 33 Trophy and signifies Ohio’s fourth straight win over Pennylvania in the series after a dramatic comeback.

Ready for next step Nees helps Ohio win Big 33 game BY ROB KISER Sports Editor HERSHEY, Pa. — It would be hard for Travis Nees to find a more thrilling way to end his high school football career. But, Ohio’s 24-21 overtime win in the annual Big 33 game with Pennsylvania played at Hershey Park, probably paled in comparison to Nees’ experiences earlier in the

week. Nees, like every player, spent a time with a little ‘buddy’ and their family — something Nees felt was important. “Everbody is assisgned a buddy, who is a special needs child,” Nees said. “Drew Jackson was my buddy. I can’t say enough about the great experience I had with him and his family — along with my See BIG 33/Page 13

Travis Nees (right) is in on a tackle against Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game.

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winning streak of the season. The Reds also finished 6-2 this year in visits to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Cueto (8-3) overcame an early bout of dizziness and struck out a season-high eight in seven innings. He also doubled for the first extra-base hit of his career. The only run against Cueto came when he issued a bases-loaded walk to pitcher Chris Young — at 6-foot-10, the Mets starter has a strike zone as large as anyone in the majors. Sean Marshall got four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances. It was 3-1 in the sixth when Lucas Duda led off with a single and Ike Davis followed with a hard grounder up the middle that Phillips backhanded. While in full stride, the All-Star tossed the ball with his bare hand between his legs to




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Reds Continued from page 12 shortstop Zack Cozart, who made the DP relay. Phillips broke into a big smile after his latest highlight-reel play. "I'd probably give it an 8½," Phillips said. Phillips' single capped a three-run rally in the fifth, helped by Duda's wild throw from right. There was plenty of wildlife on the field, too — a squirrel scampered into the Reds' dugout in the ninth, and several pigeons spent part of the game wandering around the infield dirt. Phillips noted that the birds stayed on the left side of the infield, closer to third baseman Miguel Cairo. "He had the pumpkin seeds," Phillips said. As for the squirrel, "I don't like them. I don't like things that can't talk." Young (1-1) gave up two earned runs in seven innings. His four-game winning streak, which began in 2010 and was prolonged by a series of injuries, came to an end. Davis, whose dad, Ron, was a longtime pitcher in the majors, scored New York's only run on Father's Day when Young walked with two outs in second. Cincinnati outscored the Mets 14-5, right after New York outscored pitching-rich Tampa Bay 29-9 while sweeping a threegame series. "We got outpitched, we got outhit," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They did exactly what we've been doing, and that is they get the top of the order up with that outstanding middle of the lineup they have to come in and drive in runs." Cueto had been 0-3 lifetime against the Mets and had consistently been hit hard by them. He allowed six hits and walked one. Cueto had gone 216 atbats at the plate with only singles until he crept up in the batter's box and led off with an opposite-field drive that bounced over the right-field wall in the third. He was left

stranded and then in the bottom of the inning, he threw one pitch and needed a break. Baker and a trainer went to Cueto and eventually a cup was brought to give the right-hander a drink. Cueto also got some medication for his stomach. After his double "my eyes were blurry," he said through a translator. "I was dizzy. I felt like I wanted to drop." Cozart doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored the tying run on a single by Wilson Valdez. Joey Votto was intentionally walked and Phillips hit an RBI single, with another run scoring when Duda's throw to third bounced into the stands for an error. NOTES: A day after the Mets put LF Jason Bay on the 7-day disabled list for concussions, Collins said it was too early to predict his future. "I'm really worried about the severity of this injury," Collins said. "There's always the possibility that he doesn't bounce back." ... Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw out the first ball as part of a promotion to celebrate Father's Day. "I'd like to get up on the mound, toe the rubber, whip it in there," said the Giants QB and former high school 2B. Instead, clutching 15month-old daughter, Ava, in his left arm, he lobbed a toss to Mets star David Wright from the grass. Manning said he took a few warmups in the bullpen during his first trip to Citi Field. Asked whether he preferred the Mets or Yankees, he smartly answered: "I'm a New York fan." ... Mat Latos (5-2, 4.64 ERA) starts for the Reds on Monday night at Cleveland vs. Derek Lowe. Baker and Lowe had a verbal dustup a few days ago. ... Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-1, 2.20) starts for the Mets on Monday at home against Baltimore's Jake Arrieta.

Big 33 Continued from page 12 host family all week. It really gives you an appreciation for what you have and it was a great experience.” As for the game itself, Ohio was trailing from the start and still down 21-7 late in the game. “Our first score came on a long pass,” Nees said. “You could just feel the momentum start to swing after that.” Ohio scored again to make it 21-14 and then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff in the end zone to tie the game and force overtime. “When we recovered the fumbled in the end zone, you could just see the Pennsylvania’s players jaws drop,” Nees said. It was Ohio’s fourth straight win over Pennsylvania. “My dad (Piqua football coach Bill Nees) was assistant coach when the

streak started,” Travis Nees said. Nees had four tackles in the game and said it was a good way to end his high school career. “I couldn’t ask for anything better than this,” he said. “These games (The Ohio All-Star game and Big 33) showed me a whole new speed (of the game). “Playing against the best players in Ohio — and Pennsylvania in this game — I think that is a great preparation for the next four years.” And Nees won’t have to wait long to get it started. “I leave next Sunday,” Nees said. “I start class and practice the next day. “I can’t wait to start the next chapter (in his life and football career).” And the ending to his high school career was certainly one to remember.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400 Results Sunday At Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. Lap length: 2 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (17) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 138.1 rating, 48 points, $168,775. 2. (8) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 200, 124.1, 43, $179,160. 3. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 200, 116.1, 42, $155,096. 4. (3) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, 129.8, 41, $120,910. 5. (10) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200, 97.3, 39, $140,496. 6. (28) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 200, 100.4, 39, $134,046. 7. (13) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 200, 104.6, 38, $117,649. 8. (21) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, 94.5, 37, $120,176. 9. (1) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 200, 106.2, 36, $121,743. 10. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 81.4, 34, $134,346. 11. (42) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, 80.2, 33, $133,426. 12. (16) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 200, 89.8, 32, $112,524. 13. (25) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 200, 91.4, 32, $118,705. 14. (19) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 200, 67.5, 31, $115,218. 15. (5) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 199, 83, 29, $125,068. 16. (31) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 199, 66.8, 28, $109,693. 17. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, 199, 71.6, 27, $119,621. 18. (32) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 199, 58.2, 26, $108,630. 19. (20) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 199, 74.4, 25, $122,860. 20. (24) Casey Mears, Ford, 199, 58.5, 24, $98,893. 21. (33) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 199, 58.2, 24, $119,735. 22. (18) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 199, 73.7, 22, $88,935. 23. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 199, 50.6, 21, $94,743. 24. (22) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 198, 65.1, 0, $88,285. 25. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 198, 51.4, 20, $80,485. 26. (39) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 197, 44.4, 18, $99,268. 27. (35) David Gilliland, Ford, 197, 44.5, 18, $88,857. 28. (12) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 197, 62, 16, $87,160. 29. (14) Mark Martin, Toyota, engine, 195, 94, 15, $78,460. 30. (26) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 194, 40.3, 14, $85,385. 31. (40) Ken Schrader, Ford, 193, 36.6, 13, $83,735. 32. (34) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 157, 70.7, 12, $122,843. 33. (4) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, accident, 151, 65.2, 11, $83,910. 34. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, accident, 132, 61.2, 10, $120,451. 35. (9) Joey Logano, Toyota, accident, 125, 79.7, 9, $83,310. 36. (41) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, vibration, 68, 36.1, 8, $75,260. 37. (43) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, brakes, 67, 35.3, 8, $75,205. 38. (27) Michael McDowell, Ford, vibration, 41, 34.7, 6, $75,093. 39. (29) Mike Bliss, Toyota, overheating, 35, 31.4, 0, $72,340. 40. (37) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, vibration, 32, 31, 0, $72,300. 41. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, power steering, 27, 34.5, 3, $72,260. 42. (30) Josh Wise, Ford, engine, 9, 29.4, 2, $72,195. 43. (7) Trevor Bayne, Ford, engine, 7, 30.8, 0, $71,792. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 139.144 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 52 minutes, 29 seconds. Margin of Victory: 5.393 seconds. Caution Flags: 8 for 39 laps. Lead Changes: 23 among 14 drivers. Lap Leaders: M.Ambrose 1-5; G.Biffle 6-26; M.Ambrose 27-31; M.Kenseth 32-48; M.Ambrose 49-52; J.Yeley 53; G.Biffle 54-68; M.Ambrose 69; D.Earnhardt Jr. 70-82; D.Blaney 83; D.Gilliland 84; D.Earnhardt Jr. 85-86; T.Stewart 87-104; D.Earnhardt Jr. 105-117; J.Gordon 118; J.Montoya 119-122; J.Gordon 123-125; D.Earnhardt Jr. 126-162; G.Biffle 163-164; C.Bowyer 165; J.McMurray 166; B.Keselowski 167-169; J.Burton 170; D.Earnhardt Jr. 171-200. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): D.Earnhardt Jr., 5 times for 95 laps; G.Biffle, 3 times for 38 laps; T.Stewart, 1 time for 18 laps; M.Kenseth, 1 time for 17 laps; M.Ambrose, 4 times for 15 laps; J.Gordon, 2 times for 4 laps; J.Montoya, 1 time for 4 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 3 laps; C.Bowyer, 1 time for 1 lap; J.McMurray, 1 time for 1 lap; J.Burton, 1 time for 1 lap; D.Blaney, 1 time for 1 lap; D.Gilliland, 1 time for 1 lap; J.Yeley, 1 time for 1 lap. Top 12 in Points: 1. M.Kenseth, 565; 2. D.Earnhardt Jr., 561; 3. G.Biffle, 548; 4. J.Johnson, 532; 5. D.Hamlin, 514; 6. K.Harvick, 504; 7. M.Truex Jr., 497; 8. T.Stewart, 491; 9. C.Bowyer, 481; 10. B.Keselowski, 458; 11. C.Edwards, 456; 12. Ky.Busch, 432.


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Pct .585 .523 .507 .462 .409 .338

GB — 4 5 8 11½ 16

W L Pct GB Los Angeles 42 25 .627 — 37 30 .552 5 San Francisco Arizona 32 34 .485 9½ Colorado 25 40 .385 16 24 43 .358 18 San Diego Saturday's Games N.Y. Yankees 5, Washington 3, 14 innings Toronto 6, Philadelphia 5, 10 innings Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 2 St. Louis 10, Kansas City 7 Detroit 4, Colorado 1 Pittsburgh 9, Cleveland 2 Oakland 6, San Diego 4 Baltimore 5, Atlanta 0 Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Cincinnati 4, N.Y. Mets 1 Texas 8, Houston 3 Miami 4, Tampa Bay 3, 15 innings L.A. Angels 2, Arizona 0 Chicago White Sox 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 Seattle 7, San Francisco 4 Sunday's Games Detroit 5, Colorado 0 Pittsburgh 9, Cleveland 5 Toronto 6, Philadelphia 2 Cincinnati 3, N.Y. Mets 1 Baltimore 2, Atlanta 0 N.Y. Yankees 4, Washington 1 Tampa Bay 3, Miami 0 Kansas City 5, St. Louis 3, 15 innings Texas 9, Houston 3 L.A. Angels 2, Arizona 0 San Diego 2, Oakland 1 L.A. Dodgers 2, Chicago White Sox 1, 10 innings Seattle 2, San Francisco 1 Milwaukee at Minnesota Boston at Chicago Cubs Monday's Games Atlanta (Minor 3-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 8-3), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 5-2) at Cleveland (D.Lowe 7-5), 7:05 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 3-8) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 10-1), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (J.Sanchez 1-2) at Houston (Happ 4-7), 8:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Garza 2-5) at Chicago White Sox (Z.Stewart 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Toronto (H.Alvarez 3-6) at Milwaukee (Wolf 2-5), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Noesi 2-7) at Arizona (Miley 7-3), 9:40 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 8-2) at L.A. Angels (Williams 64), 10:05 p.m. Texas (M.Harrison 8-3) at San Diego (Marquis 1-1), 10:05 p.m. Tuesday's Games Atlanta at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Texas at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay Toronto Boston Central Division Chicago Cleveland Detroit Kansas City Minnesota West Division

37 34 32

29 32 33

.561 .515 .492

3½ 6½ 8

Sunday, May 20: Miami 101, Indiana 93 Tuesday, May 22: Miami 115, Indiana 83 Thursday, May 24: Miami 105, Indiana 93

W 35 33 32 29 25

L 31 32 34 35 39

Pct .530 .508 .485 .453 .391

GB — 1½ 3 5 9

WESTERN CONFERENCE Oklahoma City 4, L.A. Lakers 1 Monday, May 14: Oklahoma City 119, L.A. Lakers 90 Wednesday, May 16: Oklahoma City 77, L.A. Lakers 75 Friday, May 18: L.A. Lakers 99, Oklahoma City 96 Saturday, May 19: Oklahoma City 103, L.A. Lakers 100 Monday, May 21: Oklahoma City 106, L.A. Lakers 90

W L Pct GB 40 27 .597 — Texas Los Angeles 36 31 .537 4 Oakland 31 36 .463 9 29 39 .426 11½ Seattle Saturday's Games N.Y. Yankees 5, Washington 3, 14 innings Toronto 6, Philadelphia 5, 10 innings Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 2 St. Louis 10, Kansas City 7 Detroit 4, Colorado 1 Pittsburgh 9, Cleveland 2 Oakland 6, San Diego 4 Baltimore 5, Atlanta 0 Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Texas 8, Houston 3 Miami 4, Tampa Bay 3, 15 innings L.A. Angels 2, Arizona 0 Chicago White Sox 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 Seattle 7, San Francisco 4 Sunday's Games Detroit 5, Colorado 0 Pittsburgh 9, Cleveland 5 Toronto 6, Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 2, Atlanta 0 N.Y. Yankees 4, Washington 1 Tampa Bay 3, Miami 0 Kansas City 5, St. Louis 3, 15 innings Texas 9, Houston 3 L.A. Angels 2, Arizona 0 San Diego 2, Oakland 1 L.A. Dodgers 2, Chicago White Sox 1, 10 innings Seattle 2, San Francisco 1 Milwaukee at Minnesota Boston at Chicago Cubs Monday's Games Atlanta (Minor 3-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 8-3), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 5-2) at Cleveland (D.Lowe 7-5), 7:05 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 3-8) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 10-1), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (J.Sanchez 1-2) at Houston (Happ 4-7), 8:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Garza 2-5) at Chicago White Sox (Z.Stewart 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Toronto (H.Alvarez 3-6) at Milwaukee (Wolf 2-5), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Noesi 2-7) at Arizona (Miley 7-3), 9:40 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 8-2) at L.A. Angels (Williams 6-4), 10:05 p.m. Texas (M.Harrison 8-3) at San Diego (Marquis 1-1), 10:05 p.m. Tuesday's Games Atlanta at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Texas at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.

Reds Boxscore REDS 3, METS 1 New York bi ab r h bi Cozart ss 0 Niwnhs lf 4 0 1 0 Valdez cf 1 Quntnll ss 4 0 0 0 0 DWrght 3b 4 0 1 0 Votto 1b BPhllps 2b 1 Duda rf 3 0 1 0 Bruce rf 0 I.Davis 1b 3 1 1 0 0 Hairstn ph 1 0 0 0 Cairo 3b Harris lf 0 Frncsc p 0 0 0 0 Hanign c 0 DnMrp 2b 4 0 1 0 0 Thole c 4 0 2 0 Cueto p Heisey ph 0 ATorrs cf 4 0 0 0 Arrdnd p 0 CYoung p 1 0 0 1 0 Vldspn ph 1 0 0 0 Marshll p Rauch p 0 Rottino 1b 0 2 Totals 33 1 7 1 Totals Cincinnati 000 030 000—3 New York 010 000 000—1 E—Cairo (3), Duda (3). DP—Cincinnati 2. LOB— Cincinnati 10, New York 7. 2B—Cozart (17), Hanigan (6), Cueto (1). SB—Cairo (1), Harris (1). IP H R ER BB SO Cincinnati Cueto W,8-3 7 6 1 1 1 8 Arredondo H,4 2-3 1 0 0 10 1 1-3 0 0 0 Marshall S,9-10 0 1 New York 9 3 2 2 2 C.Young L,1-1 7 Rauch 1 0 0 0 1 1 F.Francisco 1 1 0 0 0 0 Umpires—Home, Vic Carapazza; First, James Hoye; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Jim Reynolds. T—2:53. A—40,134 (41,922). Cincinnati

ab r 5 1 5 1 4 1 5 0 3 0 4 0 3 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 3

h 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 10


NBA Playoff Glance NBA Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Philadelphia 4, Chicago 2 Saturday, April 28: Chicago 103, Philadelphia 91 Tuesday, May 1: Philadelphia 109, Chicago 92 Friday, May 4: Philadelphia 79, Chicago 74 Sunday, May 6: Philadelphia 89, Chicago 82 Tuesday, May 8: Chicago 77, Philadelphia 69 Thursday, May 10: Philadelphia 79, Chicago 78 Miami 4, New York 1 Saturday, April 28: Miami 100, New York 67 Monday, April 30: Miami 104, New York 94 Thursday, May 3: Miami 87, New York 70 Sunday, May 6: New York 89, Miami 87 Wednesday, May 9: Miami 106, New York 94 Indiana 4, Orlando 1 Saturday, April 28: Orlando 81, Indiana 77 Monday, April 30: Indiana 93, Orlando 78 Wednesday, May 2: Indiana 97, Orlando 74 Saturday, May 5: Indiana 101, Orlando 99, OT Tuesday, May 8: Indiana 105, Orlando 87 Boston 4, Atlanta 2 Sunday, April 29: Atlanta 83, Boston 74 Tuesday, May 1: Boston 87, Atlanta 80 Friday, May 4: Boston 90, Atlanta 84, OT Sunday, May 6: Boston 101, Atlanta 79 Tuesday, May 8: Atlanta 87, Boston 86 Thursday, May 10: Boston 83, Atlanta 80 WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio 4, Utah 0 Sunday, April 29: San Antonio 106, Utah 91 Wednesday, May 2: San Antonio 114, Utah 83 Saturday, May 5: San Antonio 102, Utah 90 Monday, May 7: San Antonio 87, Utah 81 Oklahoma City 4, Dallas 0 Saturday, April 28: Oklahoma City 99, Dallas 98 Monday, April 30: Oklahoma City 102, Dallas 99 Thursday, May 3: Oklahoma City 95, Dallas 79 Saturday, May 5: Oklahoma City 103, Dallas 97 L.A. Lakers 4, Denver 3 Sunday, April 29: L.A. Lakers 103, Denver 88 Tuesday, May 1: L.A. Lakers 104, Denver 100 Friday, May 4: Denver 99, L.A. Lakers 84 Sunday, May 6: L.A. Lakers 92, Denver 88 Tuesday, May 8: Denver 102, L.A. Lakers 99 Thursday, May 10: Denver 113, L.A. Lakers 96 Saturday, May 12: L.A. Lakers 96, Denver 87 L.A. Clippers 4, Memphis 3 Sunday, April 29: L.A. Clippers 99, Memphis 98 Wednesday, May 2: Memphis 105, L.A. Clippers 98 Saturday, May 5: L.A. Clippers 87, Memphis 86 Monday, May 7: L.A. Clippers 101, Memphis 97, OT Wednesday, May 9: Memphis 92, L.A. Clippers 80 Friday, May 11: Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 88 Sunday, May 13: L.A. Clippers 82, Memphis 72 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 4, Philadelphia 3 Saturday, May 12: Boston 92, Philadelphia 91 Monday, May 14: Philadelphia 82, Boston 81 Wednesday, May 16: Boston 107, Philadelphia 91 Friday, May 18: Philadelphia 92, Boston 83 Monday, May 21: Boston 101, Philadelphia 85 Wednesday, May 23: Philadelphia 82, Boston 75 Saturday, May 26: Boston 85, Philadelphia 75

American League East Division New York Baltimore

W 40 39

L 25 27

Pct .615 .591

GB — 1½

Miami 4, Indiana 2 Sunday, May 13: Miami 95, Indiana 86 Tuesday, May 15: Indiana 78, Miami 75 Thursday, May 17: Indiana 94, Miami 75

San Antonio 4, L.A. Clippers 0 Tuesday, May 15: San Antonio 108, L.A. Clippers 92 Thursday, May 17: San Antonio 105, L.A. Clippers 88 Saturday, May 19: San Antonio 96, L.A. Clippers 86 Sunday, May 20: San Antonio 102, L.A. Clippers 99 CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami 4, Boston 3 Monday, May 28: Miami 93, Boston 79 Wednesday, May 30: Miami 115, Boston 111, OT Friday, June 1: Boston 101, Miami 91 Sunday, June 3: Boston 93, Miami 91, OT Tuesday, June 5: Boston 94, Miami 90 Thursday, June 7: Miami 98, Boston 79 Saturday, June 9: Miami 101, Boston 88 WESTERN CONFERENCE Oklahoma City 4, San Antonio 2 Sunday, May 27: San Antonio 101, Oklahoma City 98 Tuesday, May 29: San Antonio 120, Oklahoma City 111 Thursday, May 31: Oklahoma City 102, San Antonio 82 Saturday, June 2: Oklahoma City 109, San Antonio 103 Monday: June 4: Oklahoma City 108, San Antonio 103 Wednesday, June 6: Oklahoma City 107, San Antonio 99 FINALS Oklahoma City 1, Miami 1 Tuesday, June 12: Oklahoma City 105, Miami 94 Thursday, June 14: Miami 100, Oklahoma City 96 Sunday, June 17: Oklahoma City at Miami, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19: Oklahoma City at Miami, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, June 21: Oklahoma City at Miami, 9 p.m. x-Sunday, June 24: Miami at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, June 26: Miami at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

WNBA Glance WNBA Glance All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE L Pct W 8 2 .800 Connecticut 7 2 .778 Chicago 5 3 .625 Indiana 4 6 .400 Atlanta 3 7 .300 New York 2 5 .286 Washington WESTERN CONFERENCE L Pct W 10 0 1.000 Minnesota 7 3 .700 Los Angeles 4 4 .500 San Antonio 2 7 .222 Phoenix 2 7 .222 Seattle 1 9 .100 Tulsa Saturday's Games Indiana 84, Chicago 70 San Antonio 98, Los Angeles 85, OT Sunday's Games Connecticut 75, Atlanta 73 Tulsa 87, Phoenix 75 Minnesota at Seattle Monday's Games Washington at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday's Games New York at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Indiana at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

GB — ½ 2 4 5 4½ GB — 3 5 7½ 7½ 9


MLS Standings Major League Soccer At A Glance All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE W L D Pts GF GA D.C. 9 4 3 30 29 19 Sporting KC 9 3 1 28 19 10 New York 8 4 2 26 27 21 Chicago 6 5 3 21 18 18 Columbus 5 4 4 19 13 13 Houston 5 4 4 19 15 16 New England 5 7 2 17 18 18 Montreal 4 7 3 15 19 22 Philadelphia 2 8 2 8 8 15 Toronto FC 1 10 0 3 8 23 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L D Pts GF GA Real Salt Lake 10 3 2 32 25 14 San Jose 8 3 3 27 27 17 Vancouver 7 3 4 25 17 15 Seattle 7 4 3 24 17 13 Colorado 6 7 1 19 20 19 Chivas USA 4 7 3 15 9 17 Los Angeles 4 8 2 14 16 21 Portland 3 6 4 13 12 16 FC Dallas 3 9 4 13 16 26 NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for a draw. Saturday's Games D.C. United 1, Philadelphia 0 Vancouver 1, Colorado 0 Montreal 4, Seattle FC 1 New England 0, Columbus 0, tie Houston 2, FC Dallas 1 Sporting Kansas City 2, Toronto FC 0 Real Salt Lake 3, Chivas USA 0 Sunday's Games Chicago 3, New York 1 Los Angeles 1, Portland 0 Wednesday, June 20 Toronto FC at Houston, 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. San Jose at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Seattle FC, 10 p.m. Montreal at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. New York at Vancouver, 11 p.m. Saturday, June 23 New England at Toronto FC, 5:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Houston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Chivas USA at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 Seattle FC at Portland, 5 p.m. D.C. United at New York, 7 p.m.

Transactions Sunday's Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX—Placed OF Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day DL. Recalled OF Ryan Kalish from Pawtucket (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Optioned C Hank Conger to Salt Lake (PCL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Optioned RHP Tyson Ross to Sacramento (PCL). Recalled LHP Pedro Figueroa from Sacramento. National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Placed RHP Brandon Beachy on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Todd Redmond from Gwinnett (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS—Activated OF Carlos Lee from the 15-day DL. Placed RHP Bud Norris on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12. Selected the contract of LHP Dallas Keuchel from Oklahoma City (PCL). Optioned INF Brett Walace to Oklahoma City. Transferred LHP Sergio Escalona to the 60-day DL. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Reinstated RHP Ryan Mattheus from the 15-day DL. Designated RHP Brad Lidge for assignment. American Association LINCOLN SALTDOGS—Signed RHP Travis Parker. SIOUX FALLS PHEASANTS—Released INF Rob Lind. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES—Signed LHP Chris Zbin. Frontier League FLORENCE FREEDOM—Released INF Tucker Nathans. NORMAL CORNBELTERS—Signed RHP Stephen Adkins. Released RHP Elio Birones. ROCKFORD RIVERHAWKS—Signed RHP Brett Scarpetta. Released LHP Kasey Kiker. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS—Signed RHP Matt Kuna and 1B Steve McQuail. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS—Sold the contract of RHP Eric Meyerchick to Arizona (NL). Signed OF Robert Glover. FOOTBALL Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS—Signed LB Evan Harrington. Released LB-LS Mike Benson, LB Derek Domino, OL Joe Gibbs, WR Youssy Pierre, RB Cory Ross, QB Brandon Summers and WR Derrick Townsel. Placed WR Tyler Scott on the 9-game injured list. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Released WR Paul Hubbard, DE Brandon Akpunko, LB Javon McKinnon and CB David Pender. Signed OT Shannon Boatman.


Monday, June 18, 2012




Earnhardt Jr. back in winner’s circle Little ‘E’ ends four-year drought with win in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — After four years and 143 races — the agonizing near-misses and all those questions about when he might finally win again — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was alone in his car, comfortably ahead of the field and only a few minutes from victory. "That was the worst feeling, riding around there with 15 laps to go, wondering what was going to happen — how you were going to lose," Earnhardt said. "Those laps couldn't go by fast enough." There was no falling short this time. Earnhardt held on smoothly at Michigan International Speedway for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory since 2008, and he did it in convincing fashion, beating Tony Stewart by 5.393 seconds Sunday. When the black Chevrolet with the green No. 88 crossed the finish line, Earnhardt ended a streak of 143 Cup races without a win and gave his legions of fans a thrilling reward for all their support — and patience. "They stayed loyal," he said. "As soon as I got out of the car, that was my initial thought — was about how many people were in their living rooms screaming at the top of their lungs, or running out in the yard, or whatever they do. I just wish I could see it all at once." The victory came almost exactly four years to the day after his last trip to Victory Lane in a Cup race. That also was in Michigan on June 15, 2008. He led for 36 laps a week ago at Pocono but made a late stop for gas instead of trying to stretch the fuel to the end. On Sunday, it wasn't even close — but Earnhardt was still sweating out the finish, waiting for the other shoe to drop during the final moments of the 200-lap, 400-mile race. "I was in there just going crazy," he said. "I just knew I was going to come around the next corner and see a piece of metal laying in the race-


Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his pit crew celebrate after he ended a four-year drought Sunday by winning at Michigan. track. I just was waiting on something to happen. That was terrifying." Earnhardt already had 11 top-10 finishes this season and was second in the points standings entering this race. But after another close run at Pocono, the questions kept coming about his dry spell. That's now over. "Dale had the fastest car all day," Stewart said. "It's not a national holiday, guys. This morning they were celebrating his fourth anniversary of his last win, so I guess we're all in a state of mourning now, because he's broke that string now, so I don't know what we're all supposed to think." Earnhardt remains second to Matt Kenseth in the standings. Earnhardt's 143 races between wins was the sixth-longest streak in Sprint Cup history. Like his last victory in

Michigan, this one came on Father's Day — fitting for the driver whose father has been so revered around NASCAR circles. Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001. "Junior" is now stock-car racing's most popular driver. Earnhardt had lost 76 races in a row when he won in Michigan four years ago. "That race four years ago was a fuel-mileage race," Earnhardt said. "Today we just whooped 'em really good." Earnhardt moved past pole winner Marcos Ambrose on lap 70 to take the lead, and although Stewart would lead for a bit, Earnhardt was in front again not long after the race's halfway point. Earnhardt led on lap 171, after a pitting cycle. With 25 laps remaining, he was ahead by 1.978 seconds. With 10 remaining,

he had built a 5.468-second cushion. The end was almost anticlimactic, and it gave the team a measure of vindication after Earnhardt played it safe at Pocono. "It just proves to us that our strategy is correct," crew chief Steve Letarte said. "If you bring fast enough racecars, you don't have to get outside your comfort zone too far." After finally winning, Earnhardt stopped in front of the grandstand and spun his wheels in front of thousands of fans who were on their feet screaming. It was the 19th Cup victory of Earnhardt's career and second in 159 starts for Hendrick Motorsports. He had 17 victories in 291 races for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Kenseth finished third in the race, which included eight cautions for 39 laps. After practice and

qualifying speeds soared over 200 mph on the newly paved surface at MIS, teams switched leftside tires for the actual race. Earnhardt seemed agitated after a special practice session Saturday night following the tire switch. "I was desperate in that last practice to get something to work," he said. "When it ended, I still wasn't really sure if we were where we needed to be. I woke up this morning, just antsy, not knowing how this was going to play out." It worked out just fine for Earnhardt, although there were problems around the track almost from the start. The race started a couple hours late because of rain. Kurt Busch — back from a oneweek suspension for verbally abusing a media member — went into an

early spin. He finished 30th. Joey Logano, who won last week's Sprint Cup race and Saturday's Nationwide race, was out of this one after a multicar crash that brought out a caution from laps 127-132. Almost immediately after the restart, Denny Hamlin's Toyota went sliding across the grass and caught fire. The flames were extinguished and Hamlin got out of the vehicle OK. Ambrose finished ninth after a qualifying lap of over 203 mph. He was the first Cup driver to win the pole at over 200 since 1987. Earnhardt led for 95 laps. Nobody else led more than 38. "This is incredible," Earnhardt said. "I just didn't know when it would happen. I knew it was going to happen, just didn't know when."

‘Pacman’ faces big payout in suit

Simpson Wins U.S. Open

Bengals DB ordered to pay $11 million


Webb Simpson rallied on Sunday to win the U.S. Open by one stroke over Michael Thompson and Grame McDowell at Olympic Club. Simpson shot a 2-under par 68 Sunday.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones must pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a lone gunman claiming he was doing Jones' bidding opened fire outside the club. Tommy Urbanski, a club manager who was left paralyzed from the waist down, and Aaron Cudworth, a bouncer who was wounded, stand to collect after the late Friday verdict. Urbanksi's bones were shattered in the shooting that occurred after Jones and several other people were ejected from the club. The shooter later demanded $15,000 from Jones for "services rendered." Jones' lawyer, Lisa Rasmussen, said there is no evidence Jones was behind the shooting. She said Jones, who has played five years in the NFL, didn't have the cash to cover the award because he won't receive his first paycheck of the season until September. Rasmussen plans to appeal the verdict. "It's obviously a devastating amount for him financially," Rasmussen

said. "He has really worked hard to make a comeback with his NFL career." She said the jury in the civil case was likely swayed by the sympathetic sight of Urbanski in his wheelchair and Jones' celebrity. "People perceive him as a person who is able to pay $11 million," she said. "Adam doesn't even get paid until he plays his first game." Cudworth's lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, declared the verdict fair, saying the bouncer continues to grapple with "constant pain from being shot in the chest and arm." Cudworth was awarded $1.3 million, including $300,000 in punitive damages. The verdict was first reported by the celebrity website TMZ. "I am pleased that Mr. Jones has finally been held accountable," Schonfeld said, adding that his client "is pleased to have closure." Schonfeld said he wasn't worried about an appeal or Jones' alleged inability to pay the award. "If he is making money, I am going to be there trying to collect," Schonfeld said.


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