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Guard unit gets rousing sendoff Soldiers head for assignment in Afghanistan BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — The Piqua High School gymnasium was packed to the rafters Wednesday morning, just days after Veterans Day, for a Call to Duty ceremony in honor of 165 soldiers with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1487th Transportation Company. The send-off of the unit, which is stationed in Eaton but operates a detachment from Piqua, was accompanied by the patriotic tunes of an ONG band, spouses waving flags and holding up signs, and tearful children who will spend the next long year waiting for the return of a mother or a father from Afghanistan. The troops, who left by bus after the ceremony, are being deployed to Afghanistan to provide tactical ground transportation security in supof Operation port Enduring Freedom after attending training at Fort Hood in Texas. As each of the soldiers filed in one-by-one at the start of the ceremony the crowd cheered and clapped wildly, some even as tears rolled down their faces. “This is truly a fitting ceremony to send off these great warriors, but can you imagine how great it will be a year from now when we are back here welcoming them home?” asked ONG Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst. “Those are the really good ceremonies.” Ashenhurst thanked each soldier for the sacrifices they have made in the last year as they prepared for deployment and



Soldiers of the Ohio National Guard, 1487th Transportation Company, which has a detachment in Piqua, gathered at Piqua High School on Wednesday for the unit’s Call To Duty ceremony. The unit, under command of Capt. Stephen A. Sturgill and 1st Sgt. Mike A. Kula will be deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The deployment is expected to be for one year. For a slide show of the sendoff, visit the sacrifices they will make in the coming year. “Thank you for stepping up to the plate and taking up this mission,” she said. “You have been training and preparing for this deployment and your efforts have been nothing short of spectacular, your performance has been remarkable and your service has not gone unnoticed.” The commander of the 1487th Transportation Company, Capt. Stephen Sturgill, who is charged with leading the soldiers, assured friends and families in attendance that he will take care of the unit while overseas. “I am proud to be your commander,” he said. “I am proud of your courage, competence and commitment. … Today I could not be more proud to be a sol- Jacob Henry, 3, flashes a “Peace Sign” to soldiers of the Ohio National Guard, dier and commander of the 1487th Transportation Company. He and his sister, Charleigh Clark, were on See Guard/Page 4 hand in support her husband, Pfc. Kendall Clark of Columbus.

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President Barack Obama gestures answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. FBI,” Obama said, qualifying his words of support for the agency and its actions in the case. As Obama spoke about the scandal from the White House, legislators

on Capitol Hill were grilling FBI and CIA officials privately about the same issues: whether national security was jeopardized by the case and why they didn’t know about the investigation sooner. “I have no evidence at this point, from what I’ve seen, that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security,” Obama said at his first postelection news conference. As for the FBI’s handling of the matter, Obama said: “My expectation is that they follow the protocols that they’ve already established. One of the challenges here is that See Sex scandal/Page 2

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Fletcher man’s trial under way Suspect allegedly possessed stolen semi tractor STAFF REPORT TROY — A Fletcher man’s two-day bench trial began in common pleas court Wednesday for his alleged being in possession of a stolen semi tractor f r o m POHLHAMUS a Texas impound lot, in addition to possessing several other suspected stolen vehicles at his Fletcher farmstead. Clifford A. Polhamus

Jr., 60, has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, felonies of the fourth-degree, and one count of having a weapon while under disability, a thirddegree felony. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in June at his arraignment. Judge Christopher Gee is hearing the bench trial and is expected to issue a verdict in the case as early as Friday, according to the judge’s office. Authorities arrested Pohlhamus on April 18 at his property, located at 5345 E. U.S. Route 36, east of Fletcher, while serving a search warrant and seized several semi tractors and at least one See Trial/Page 2

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Obama presses GOP to tax rich as way to avoid ‘cliff’ Boehner contends plan would hurt nation’s economy BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for reelection on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the “fiscal cliff” plunging the nation back into recession. “A modest tax increase on the wealthy is not going to break their backs,” Obama said of the nation’s top income earners. “They’ll still be wealthy,” he said at his first news conference since winning a second term. At the same time, the president stressed he was amenable to compromise on other approaches from Republicans who say they will refuse to raise tax

rates. “I believe this is solvable,” he said during the news conference. At a news conference of his own a short while later, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed that a bipartisan “spirit of cooperation” has been evident since the election that augurs well for talks expected to begin Friday at the White House. However, he said of the president’s proposal, “We are not going to hurt our economy and make job creation more difficult which is exactly what that plan would do.” Obama seemed eager to avoid issuing any ultimatums. Asked if it would be a deal-breaker for Republicans to refuse to allow the top tax rate to revert to 39.6 percent from the current 35 percent, he sidestepped. “I just want to emphasize I am open to new ideas if the Republican counterparts or some Democrats have a great idea for us to raise revenue, maintain progressivity, make sure the middle class isn’t getting hit, reduces our deficit.”

Wall Street wasn’t encouraged that agreement was becoming more likely. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 185 points for the day. The president’s remarks were his first extended public discussion of the issue that is dominating the postelection session of Congress, and they followed statements earlier in the week from Boehner and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate GOP leader. Both men have said they, too, want a compromise and have said they are willing to support additional tax revenues as part of a deal that includes tax reform and measures to recast the government’s largest benefit programs. But they appear to rule out any legislation that raises tax rates. McConnell issued a statement calling on Obama to “propose a specific plan that includes meaningful entitlement reforms to strengthen and protect these programs for future generations.” He referred to Medicare, Medi-

caid and Social Security. The president has moved aggressively this week to lay down markers for any negotiations, first meeting with labor leaders and representatives of liberal groups at the White House, then welcoming a delegation of corporate chief executives for a private session moments after wrapping up his news conference. Aides said the president is prepared to go to the public in the coming days to enlist support for his position. He said Wednesday, “The American people understood what they were getting” when they voted for him after a campaign that focused heavily on taxes. Obama is expected to welcome the top leaders of both political parties to the White House on Friday for their first postelection face-to-face discussion of the fiscal cliff, the combination of tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts that will take effect as 2012 gives way to the new year unless Congress intervenes.

Republicans elect woman to post in House leadership team Pelosi will run again to lead Dem lawmakers BY LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Stinging from double-digit election losses among female voters, House Republicans elected a woman to their top leadership team Wednesday in a tense test of gender politics and the clout of the GOP’s power brokers. The election of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state to the No. 4 leadership position among House Republicans dispatches conservative favorite Tom Price of Georgia, who had been endorsed by Mitt Romney’s running

mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. House Speaker John Boehner didn’t take sides, but McMorris Rodgers was considered the leadership favorite. Newly elected Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana said it was important to have a woman in a top role. “It does show our party values strong female leadership,” Brooks said of McMorris Rodgers’ election. She said she expects the party now to “try and do a better job of getting our message out to a broader audience.” The race for such an obscure post carried big symbolism after women voted for Democrats by an 11point margin in the presidential and generic congressional races, accord-

ing to an exit poll by The Associated Press and television networks. Republicans widely decried their party’s domination by white males, and Democrats declared themselves the party of diversity. In the Senate, the GOP was once thought to be poised to gain control of the chamber but instead lost two seats to Democrats. In the House, Republicans retained the majority but lost as many as eight seats, with some races still uncalled. And Obama defeated Romney 332-206 in the Electoral College. The lessons of the election weighed heavily on the lawmakers returning this week to Capitol Hill for a lame-duck, end-of-year session. McMorris Rodgers’

supporters had touted her conservatism and her work as Romney’s House liaison. Ryan touted Price as a proven leader and advocate of conservative policies on budget, tax and health care issues. Vote totals were not released. Earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., surrounded herself with other female lawmakers to announce that she will run again for leader despite her party’s failure to gain the 25 seats it needed to flip control of the House.The nation’s first female speaker of the House, Pelosi largely skipped over that disappointment and focused on election results that she said made her caucus the most diverse in history.

A lawyer for Allen released a statement promising the general would cooperate fully with the Defense Department inspector general’s investigation. “To the extent that there are questions about certain communications by General Allen, he shares in the desire to resolve those questions as completely and quickly as possible,” said Col. John Baker, chief defense counsel of the Marine Corps. Allen has denied any wrongdoing. New details about the early chronology of the case emerged: The first anonymous email, which the FBI ultimately traced to Broadwell, was sent in May to Allen, not Kelley. It warned Allen about his upcoming meeting with Kelley and suggested she would harm his reputation, a person close to Kelley told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FBI investigation was continuing. Starting about two weeks later, in early June, Kelley herself received the first of as many as five emails sent from different anonymous accounts alleging that she was up to no good, the person said. One of those mentioned Petraeus by name. By the end of June or early July, Kelley contacted an FBI agent in Tampa she had met years earlier, which began the agency’s investigation

of the matter. Officials who have seen the communications between Allen and Kelley on Wednesday described some of the emails as “suggestive,” and said their release would be embarrassing for the general. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. With Broadwell and Kelley suddenly in the center of the storm, small details suddenly became topics for discussion. Word surfaced Wednesday that Kelley’s pass to enter MacDill Air Force Base in Florida had been indefinitely suspended, a decision made at the base level. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Warren said Kelley still can enter the base but must report to the visitor center and sign in like others without a pass. Separately, a U.S. official said the Army has suspended Broadwell’s security clearance. As a former Army intelligence officer, she held a high security clearance. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Broadwell admitted to the FBI that she had taken classified documents out of secure government buildings, and there were substantial amounts of classified documents on her computer, according a federal law enforcement of-

ficial, who also was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The FBI also found classified documents in the search of Broadwell’s house earlier this week, the official said. Broadwell had agreed to the search and had told agents in advance that there would be some there. Broadwell, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., was spotted in Washington at her brother’s home late Tuesday. Her listing in her high school yearbook in Bismarck, N.D., as “most likely to be remembered” took on new meaning. FBI Director Robert Mueller and Deputy Director Sean Joyce met privately with legislators on both sides of the Capitol on Wednesday to explain how the investigation unfolded. They met first with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, then crossed the Capitol to meet with the House Intelligence Committee.

Sex scandal Continued from page 1 we’re not supposed to meddle in criminal investigations, and that’s been our practice.” Federal law enforcement officials have said the FBI didn’t inform the White House and Congress sooner about the original investigation because of rules set up after the Watergate scandal to prevent interference in criminal investigations, and that lawmakers weren’t given notice of potential national security problems because the bureau had quickly resolved them. CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, two days after the White House was notified that he’d acknowledged having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The FBI’s investigation of the matter began last summer, after Broadwell allegedly sent harassing, anonymous emails to a woman she apparently saw as a rival for Petraeus’ affections. That woman, Florida socialite Jill Kelley, in turn had traded sometimes-flirtatious messages with the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Kelley’s complaints about the threatening emails triggered the FBI investigation that led to the resignation of Petraeus and the inquiry into her communications with Allen.



James Owen West FLETCHER — James Owen West, 77, of the Fletcher area, passed away Tuesd a y , Nov. 13, 2012, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home. H e w a s WEST b o r n June 30, 1935, on State Route 48, north of Pleasant Hill, to his parents Samuel and Pearl (Oakes) West. He attended Newton High School and graduated from there in 1953. Jim retired from Dayton Power & Light Co. after 31 years of service in the gas division and previously had been employed by several other gas companies. He married his second wife, Phyllis Suzanne Millhouse Freeman on Oct. 20, 1979. He is survived by his first wife and mother of his four children, Wilma Jean Ellison; his children, Theresa and Kevin Burnside of Troy, Kristina Darby of Troy, Lori Dennis of Westerville and Bonnie Blair of Tipp City; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; four stepdaughters; one stepson; eight

step-grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; brothers, Robert, John, Kenneth West; sisters, Jean Byrd and Barbara West. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy, where he served on the board of trustees and as chairman of the usher committee. He loved his Lord and served him faithfully. He was an active member in both the Fletcher and Vandalia Lions Club and was a past president of the Fletcher Lions Club. He will be remembered by his family as being a kind, thoughtful, caring, loving husband and father. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. If so desired, memorial contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church of Troy. Online memories may be left for the family at

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Trial Continued from page 1 vehicle, in addition to a firearm and several financial documents. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant after gaining information that a semi on the property was reported stolen out of Coman County, Texas. The semi tractor was initially impounded after inaccuracies were found with the vehicle’s VIN number, according to the sheriff’s office. Polhamus, who runs

C&P Transportation, was convicted of similar crimes in 2004 and was sentenced to three years in prison. In that case, Polhamus was convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, both felonies. In the previous case, some of the stolen tractors and trailers came from as far away as Florida. Polhamus was found to have “used tools to disassemble or alter the stolen vehicles to conceal their identity,” court records show.

State lawmakers moving ahead on family planning bill COLUMBUS (AP) — State lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with a bill that would send Planned Parenthood to the back of the line for public family-planning money, even as crowds of chanting protesters lined the Statehouse halls to oppose the measure. The Health and Aging Committee planned a vote later Wednesday on the bill, which would then go to the House floor. The Senate would take up the measure after Thanksgiving at the earliest. Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon,

said he expected the panel to support the bill. Protesters in pink Tshirts chanted “Hear us now!” as they packed the hall outside the committee’s meeting. Some were staffers of Planned Parenthood. Other protesters wore shirts reading “Women are Watching.” State Sen. Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat, said at a news conference on the bill that Republicans in the Statehouse were ignoring the message sent by women with last week’s re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama.

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Gradual warm-up continues High pressure is our fair weather friend this week. It will be cold, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s, but at least the weather will be quiet with lots of sunshine. There will be a slow moderation in temperatures as we head toward the weekend. High temperatures will recover to the 50s by then. High: 48 Low: 28.



Veterans Day Parade at Springcreek school was held Monday. Participating in the parade were 25 veterans. Each student received a flag from the American Legion.

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tect our freedoms. WAA reaches out to thousands of children each year with the message of Remember, Honor and Teach. The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman/woman as an individual is stressed. The wreath laying is now held each year on the second Saturday of December and was unanimously voted by the U.S. Congress as “Wreaths Across America™ Day.â€?

By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath for the holiday season. You may honor your hero who is buried at any local cemetery by sponsoring a $15 wreath. Now through Nov.26, call or stop in and order a wreath at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, 646 West High Street, Piqua. MelcherSowers Funeral Home is one of nearly 1,000 family owned Veterans & Family Memorial Care providers across all 50 states nationwide. Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home also continues to accept used cell phones as part of the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program. These cell phones are turned in and exchanged for calling cards which are distributed among soldiers to allow them to call their families at home free. Another continuing project is the Old Glory collection. This allows people to turn their used flags in to us for proper disposal. “We are honored to be a part of each of these programs,� said Jerry L. Sowers, president, Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home. “We look forward to the success of “Wreaths Across America� again this year.

Police reports These are selected inci- assault. dents provided by the Piqua Police Department. Nov. 9

Unruly juvenile: A Piqua High School student who was already on probation was charged with menacing and taken to the juvenile detention facility after he threatened a teacher. Burglary: Police responded to the 800 block of West Ash Street after a home was burglarized. A video game console and some games were stolen. Assault: Police responded to the Colonial Terrace Apartments, 1901 Covington Ave., after a male struck a female in the head. The man was found and charged with

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The Piqua High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the Princeton Barton Classic speech and debate tournament on Nov. 10. Piqua had four students place in the top six in the category of Prose and Poetry. Pictured from left to right are Andrea Ferree (1st place), Ashley Gerlach (3rd place), Makylie Killian (5th place), and Josh Hanes (4th place).

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Sgt. James White of Eldorado spends time with his wife, Lindsey, and children, Hunter, 8, Peyton, 4, and Cooper, 2, as he and fellow soldiers of the Ohio National Guard, 1487th Transportation Company gathered at Piqua High School on Wednesday.

Guard 1487th, and to stand shoulder-toshoulder with you and your family during this time of great danger and uncertainty. Together we are, and will always be, iron camels and Army strong.â&#x20AC;? Charleigh Clark of Columbus, who was holding her little brother, Jacob Henry, 3, during the ceremony, said so many thoughts were racing through her mind since her husband is among the troops making the deployment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really proud of him,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am scared and I am happy. I am already counting down the days for him to come home.â&#x20AC;? Her husband, Pfc. Kendall Clark, embraced her in a long hug and kiss following the ceremony.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my first deployment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am ready to do what needs to be done so I can get back home.â&#x20AC;? Theirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was one of 165 other family gatherings that took place inside the gymnasium before the troops boarded buses and officially began their deployment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today is a sad day because this is the last time these families will see their soldier for a year,â&#x20AC;? said ONG Chief of Staff, Public Affairs, James Sims. The unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous service includes Iraqi Operation Freedom in 2004 through 2005 and Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991.

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oth candidates for president failed to tell the truth about the biggest issues facing the country: spending, taxes and deficits. Every reasonable and realistic person in Washington — and, yes, there are some left — knows that any “grand bargain” must involve both higher revenues and reduced benefits. But since those options are unpopular, both candidates hid behind frothy and fraudulent promises that no real sacrifice would be required — at least by their own party’s core constituents. President Barack Obama essentially said that soaking the rich would solve the problem. Republican Mitt Romney said that lowering taxes and cutting regulation would magically create new profits and comfortable surpluses. They were both dissembling, and they both knew it. But that was during the campaign, when both men were scrambling for votes in an extremely close election. Now that the election is over, it’s COKIE AND time to get serious. It’s time to STEVE ROBERTS take risks and say unpopular Columnists things. It’s time for leadership. Of course, that’s easy to say and hard to do. Gridlock is a more likely outcome than progress. Ideologues on both sides are digging in for trench warfare and sending out signals that any hint of compromise will be met by immediate cries of betrayal. Those ideologues have dominated the capital over the last few years, but they should not win again. The national interest demands a drive for common ground. And so do many voters. “Tonight you voted for action,” the president said Tuesday in his acceptance speech, “not politics as usual.” That’s right, and the president has to take the lead here. Yes, he promised four years ago to govern in a bipartisan way, and no, he did not succeed in doing that. The bulk of the blame rests with Republicans who blocked him at every turn, but there’s no point in refighting those old battles. The time for finger-pointing is over. It’s a new day, a new term. The president actually urged voters to support “anybody, of any party” who would “break the gridlock in Congress,” and now he has to govern by supporting those same people. For starters, he has to put on the table significant entitlement reform -- raising the eligibility age for Medicare, for example, or slowing the rise of Social Security benefits. And he has to stand up to the liberal purists who insist that no benefit -- not one -- should be part of any discussion. A recent headline in Politico signaled what he’s up against: “Liberals fear grand bargain betrayal if Obama wins.” Van Jones, a former Obama aide, sounded their battle cry: “There is no reason in the world why the pillars of middle-class security, the earned benefits our parents fought for, should be on the chopping block.” Actually, there is a reason, a good one: We cannot afford all those benefits, particularly as the baby boomers retire and swallow a growing chunk of the annual budget. And Obama seems to understand that. “It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant,” he told the Des Moines Register. “But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of program cuts for every dollar in (taxes), and work to reduce the costs of our health-care programs.” But the president needs a negotiating partner, and Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also have to show some courage. They have to take on the purists in their own party who insist that not a dime of new taxes — not one — can be part of any “grand bargain.” Those leaders were determined, in McConnell’s famous words, to make Obama a “one-term president,” and they flinched from any deal that would burnish the president’s re-election credentials. But that argument is over. They lost. Now, like the president, they have to forget old grudges. They have to take a deep breath and a second look. And there are a few brave souls in their party who are willing to speak the unspeakable: New taxes have to be part of any deal. One of them, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, recently warned a business group in New York: “If you like the package that we ultimately come up with, then we haven’t done our job -- because everybody is going to ultimately pay a price in this.” That’s true. And it’s time for truth.

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danger that is apparent in ore than a half cenevery household but retury ago, after he ported in almost no news defeated Richard M. outlet -- insufficient penNixon in one of the closest sions and savings to carry presidential races of all time, hard-working, middle-class John F. Kennedy was perAmericans into retirement. suaded to fly from his Palm If people were waiting 45 Beach retreat to the vice minutes to vote in Richland president’s Key Biscayne redoubt as a symbol of na- DAVID SHRIBMAN Township in southwestern Pennsylvania, and as much tional unity. The two men Columnist as twice as long in parts of were far closer than Barack Virginia, it very likely is beObama and Mitt Romney are, but still there was some awkward- cause they have waited for years for ness in the gesture, which had been politicians to address these problems. Obama’s victory was muted compared cooked up by former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and former President Herbert with his 2008 triumph. His supporters will say that this is the Hoover. The two, both Navy men who went to natural consequence of both expectations Congress in 1946, met amid palm trees that were deeply unrealistic and of an and flashing photographers’ lights, and economic crisis that was alarmingly perperhaps no one noticed then what is so sistent. But Obama was elected the first obvious now from the aging footage of the time on the jet stream of optimism, and event, that the victor, whose break- even his strongest admirers concede prithrough came in the first presidential de- vately that Obama soared as a candidate bate earlier that autumn, wore a dark but stalled as a president. The American people gave Obama a suit and that the vanquished wore a gray suit, tantalizingly like the one that al- new start, but in awarding him a second lowed him to fade into the background so term, they changed the terms of engagedisastrously at the WBBM-TV studio in ment. Not so much four more years, they seemed to say, as four different years. Chicago. If the American people felt otherwise, The president-elect began with a question that nagged at his mind, asking his they would have elected Romney -- or opponent: “How the hell did you carry given Obama a bigger victory. Despite the numbers, this was a grudging victory, deOhio?” Perhaps in a few days Obama and livered by a nation that no longer wants Romney will meet, for in truth the nation its leaders to hold grudges. In the last day of his last campaign, needs a robust symbol of unity far more in 2012, when the two candidates differed Obama returned to Iowa, where his unon so much and assembled coalitions that likely rise to power began with an astonopposed each other with such anger and ishing caucus victory in the winter of distrust, than it did in 1960. Kennedy 2008, and there he spoke of his “moveand Nixon were -- despite the folklore ment for change.” Hours later, the voters’ that now portrays the contest as a titanic verdict indicated that Americans do want struggle between bitter rivals and com- change, just as they did in 2008, but also peting worldviews -- more alike than dif- a change in the way the president conducts business. The margin of victory this ferent. The campaign just completed will be time, smaller than it was four years ago, remembered for the struggle for Ohio, but is a signal that its chief executive’s peralso for its intensity, its nastiness, its formance was acceptable, but only barely price tag. The two combatants fought so. Two months after that remarkable fiercely. They obscured their own records and distorted their rivals’. Their allies 1960 meeting in Key Biscayne, newly inportrayed their opponents as monsters in augurated President Kennedy, seemingly a Manichaean struggle of good versus awed by the challenges he faced, stood beevil. In that, as in so much else they said, fore both houses of Congress and delivered a sobering State of the Union they were wrong. Tuesday — “America’s choosing day,” in message. “We cannot afford to waste idle hours Walt Whitman’s characterization of the election of 1884 — the nation whispered and empty plants while awaiting the end that it wanted to continue on the Obama of the recession,” the 35th president said. path, but shouted that it wanted to do so “We must show the world what a free with a different pace, in a different tone, economy can do -- to reduce unemployment, to put unused capacity to work, to with a different result. Now Obama is no longer the man of spur new productivity, and to foster hope and change, but a scarred and real- higher economic growth within a range of istic president whose people gave him a sound fiscal policies and relative price second term and a second chance in the stability.” So, too must Barack Obama’s America. hope he might change. Four years ago it seemed as if Obama Now Obama — no longer the charmed prophet floating above the political land- had begun a new era of progressivism, fuscape -- has a new beginning. But he will eled by a new generation of Americans have difficulty claiming a mandate, and who had turned away from conservatism. the animating question of American pol- This morning that seems far less certain. Four years ago it seemed as if Obama itics now is what he will do with his new beginning and what he must do to govern were asking big questions and positing with anything approaching effectiveness. big answers. This morning, even in the The heavy turnout, perhaps a result of glow of his re-election, he seems the prisone of the many unintended conse- oner of those big questions and chary of quences of the Citizens United decision, big answers. The question now is how is almost certainly an indication of the Obama, flush with fresh victory but urgency and intensity Americans feel sobered by his challenge, will change, and about the problems that Obama didn’t whether Washington can change with tackle or solve in his first chance: Slow him. economic growth. Stubbornly high unemDavid M. Shribman is executive editor ployment. Terrifying consequences of the imminent fiscal cliff, of the unaddressed of the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette and is a entitlement crisis, and of the smoldering veteran political columnist.


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Two Ralphies speak up ‘A Christmas Story’ classic makes Broadway debut


In this Oct. 26 photo, Johnny Rabe, left, and Joe West pose during rehearsals for “A Christmas Story, the Musical” in New York. Both boys are taking turns playing the bespectacled, daydreaming hero Ralphie in the show that opens opens Nov. 19. BY MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer

a lot of people know Ralphie. They know who he is. They know the gun, the glasses, the cheesy smile, the daydreaming.” The show has more than a dozen catchy songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — titles include “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” and “A Major Award” — and a book by Joseph Robinette. It also stars Dan Lauria, who played the dad in “The Wonder Years.” But the stars are really Rabe and West, who will shoulder the role of Ralphie for as many as nine shows a week. Though West will take the bulk of the Ralphies, the boys insist there’s no competition. “We both have it so it’s going to be great,” says West, from Valencia, Calif., who has already played Oliver in “Oliver” and Jem in “To Kill a Mockingbird” in California. “Both of us really just want to have a great time,” says Rabe, from Naperville, Ill., who has appeared in productions of “The Music Man” and “For the Boys” in his native state. John Rando, the show’s director, is grateful he’s landed two Ralphies oozing talent. “We’re talking about these very young boys, but yet their confidence levels and their professionalism is extremely high,” he says. West was almost born to be doing this — his parents, Maura West and Scott DeFreitas, are actors who met on

NEW YORK — This Christmas, if Ralphie ever actually does shoot his eye out with a Red Ryder BB Gun, don’t worry. There’s a spare Ralphie. Johnny Rabe and Joe West, both 12, are taking turns playing the bespectacled, daydreaming hero in a musical stage version of the cult film “A Christmas Story.” Both grew up watching the 1983 movie, both initially auditioned by submitting videos and both are now making their Broadway debuts. “It’s so great to be here,” Rabe says during a joint interview in a rehearsal room. His co-star agrees: “I’m very excited but, at the same time, nervous.” The film and musical are based on writer and radio-TV personality Jean Shepherd’s semiautobiographical story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s desperate attempt to land an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings from everyone that he’ll shoot his eye out. Like the film, the musical features a menacing school bully, an annoying kid brother, an eccentric father, a lacestocking-clad leg lamp, a bright pink bunny suit and a kid who gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole during a triple-dog-dare. “It’s cool to be playing such an iconic character,” says Rabe. “I mean,

the soap opera “As the World Turns.” Rabe’s parents have no connection with show business but their son has loved theater since he was 2. Both boys are being homeschooled by their moms during the show’s run. A rough early version of the show debuted in Kansas City in 2009 with a different creative team. Since then, it’s found a director in Rando (“Urinetown: The Musical”) and a choreographer in Warren Carlyle (“Finian’s Rainbow”). Last year, a version with a different Ralphie went on a five-city tour. That actor aged out of the role — at 13 — and a national search was launched. Rabe knew the part since he’d been in the tour’s ensemble. Rando says the creative team had been quietly considering the young man as a good choice one day to play Ralphie. “When he was onstage, my eye kept drifting to him,” says Rando. “He has a kind of young, scrappy boy quality that I think fits the part. He’s hearty. He’s from the Midwest and that also gave him a quality that I was really interested in.” West was cast after he submitted a video audition and was asked to come to New York to try out in person. “He had a remarkable singing voice for an 11-year-old boy. That was the thing that really perked up our interest in him,” says Rando. “He, too, has this sort of scrappy quality that I think is really right for the role.”

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And the winner is ... the Mormon church BY RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer


In this Saturday, Oct. 6, file photo, women walk by a statue of Joseph and Emma Smith outside the church office building during the 182nd Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Salt Lake City. The LDS church has entered a new era after Mitt Romney’s run for president. His candidacy illuminated a changing landscape for the religion, where Americans are growing more curious than fearful about the faith, and allies can be found even among Christians with deep misgivings about Mormon beliefs. among Christians with deep misgivings about Mormon beliefs. “After this, it’s hard to say the Mormons are really outsiders,” said Jan Shipps,

Mark your calendar Shabbat service scheduled PIQUA — Congregation Anshe Emeth in Piqua will be conducting a regular Shabbat service on Friday. Services will be conducted by rabbinic intern Marc Kasten beginning at 7:30 p.m. The synagogue is located at 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua. For further information, check the website at or call 937-547-0092.

Community Thanksgiving service and dinner set in Covington COVINGTON — The Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Covington Ministerial Association will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the sanctuary of the United Church of Christ at 115 N. Pearl St., with a combined choir practice at 6:30 p.m. A Thanksgiving meal will be offered, at no charge, beginning at 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. in the UCC Dining Hall. This meal is offered in love and friendship, free of charge, by the Church of the Brethren, Covington Presbyterian, Fields of Grace, Freidens Lutheran, Friendship Community, Old German Baptist-New Conference, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Stillwater Community Church and the United Church of Christ. The public is invited to join in fellowship and thanks.

Annual turkey supper slated FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church, located at 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher, will be hosting their annual turkey supper from 4:39-7 p.m. Tuesday. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, pie, and beverages. Carryout service will be available. This year a free-will offering will be collected with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ada United Methodist Church. Their building was destroyed in a fire earlier this year and the Fletcher Church would like to “pay it forward.”

a scholar of American religion and expert on the LDS church. No one would argue that prejudice and misunderstanding have disappeared. And many wonder how long the new tolerance will last beyond the election. But over the years since Romney first indicated he would try for president, there have been signs of real progress. Mormons no longer stand alone against insults to their church; leaders of other faiths join them in protest. Christians who once spoke about Mormonism only to condemn it, now also acknowledge the church’s dedication to family, charity and community service. Until recently, prominent Christian preachers risked their standing in their communities by appearing at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. That backlash has since diminished. And ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are discouraging conservative Christians from calling the LDS church a cult, a theological term with a specific meaning for Christians that morphed over the years into a broad rebuke. “I think this change in tone is significant, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the long run,” said J.B. Haws, a historian at Brigham Young University who researches public perception of the LDS church. “From a Mormon standpoint, it has to be encouraging, since the softening of the ‘cult’ rhetoric diminishes the ‘strangeness’ factor that is always tied to charges that Mormons aren’t Christians.” Richard Mouw, dean of Fuller Theological Seminary, a prominent evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif., said Romney’s candidacy didn’t cause the shift, but was a sign of changes already under way.

‘Breakfast with Santa’ planned COVINGTON — The Covington United Church, 115 N Pearl St., in Covington, will hold its annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday Dec. 1. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. Whether you are young in age or heart, come enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Santa will arrive with a gift bag for all children. To make reservations and order tickets ($3.50 donation) contact Pam Clark at 473-5403 or tickets are available at Joanie’s Floral Design in Covington. Limited seating is available.


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anyone-but-Romney Republican primary, the prospects for civil discussion about Mormonism seemed dim as evangelical leaders scrambled for an alternative nominee. Their motivations were varied, including concern that Romney wasn’t sufficiently conservative. However, religion was a factor. At a private Texas meeting of evangelical leaders last January, organized to decide who they should back, Romney received just four votes out of about 150, according to Mark DeMoss, an evangelical adviser to Romney who was there representing the campaign. The leaders endorsed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a conservative Roman Catholic. “I thought there was much more negative attention to the LDS church and its beliefs and history in the primaries,” said David Banack, a Latter-day Saint and Wyoming attorney who voted for Romney. Once it was clear Romney would be the nominee, criticism of Mormonism mostly stopped. (Banack also credits President Barack Obama for restraint on the topic during the election. “There aren’t many positive things I would say about the Obama campaign,” Banack said, “but that was one of them.”) Interest shifted away from beliefs that set Mormons apart to how Mormons worship and live. The spotlight on Romney spread to a broad array of Latter-day Saints, including Harvard management gurus, authors and bloggers. At the University of Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish football team is led by


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Mouw is co-leader of a group of evangelical and Mormon scholars who have been working behind the scenes for more than a decade to bring civility to their theological debate. In recent years, growing numbers of evangelical and other religious figures have made their way to Temple Square. Mormon authorities have also been reaching out, scheduling visits with leaders of other faith traditions while traveling for regular church business, according to Michael Purdy, a spokesman for the LDS church. The Rev. George O. Wood, head of the Assemblies of God, one of the largest U.S. Pentecostal denominations, met in September with LDS authorities and local evangelical leaders in Utah. The Assemblies of God considers Mormonism heretical, but Wood said leaders from the two churches can relate over their similar “marginalized and persecuted backgrounds.” At the same time, nonMormons are having more frequent contact with Latter-day Saints in their everyday lives. Christian conservatives often find themselves working with Mormons in the business world, Mouw said. (Evangelicals often ask him if it’s OK to pray with Mormons at a working lunch.) At a recent talk about Mormonism to an evangelical community in Phoenix, Mouw said about a dozen people came up to him afterward and said, “My pastor says Mormons are evil, but I have next door neighbors who are Mormon and are really wonderful people.” During the rollercoaster

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Stan Way, a Latter-day Saint from Jasper, Ala., had just finished dinner out with some Mormon missionaries when he noticed a car slowing as it approached. The missionaries were wearing the traditional white shirts and dark ties that identify them as Latter-day Saints. It was about a month before Election Day, when voters would decide whether Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon major party presidential nominee, would become the first Mormon president. The driver stopped and lowered her car window. “Hey,” she said, “it’s a good time to be a Mormon!” Then she drove off. “We stood there in shock,” Way said. “That usually doesn’t happen in Alabama.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has entered a new era after Romney’s run for president. His candidacy illuminated a changing landscape for the religion, where Americans are growing more curious than fearful about the faith, and allies can be found even

star linebacker Manti Te’o, a Latter-day Saint who talks openly about how he prayed to choose among the dozens of college scholarships he was offered. On a few occasions, reporters managed to attend church with Romney and his wife, Ann. LDS leaders in many cities held open houses, called “Meet the Mormons” or “The Mormons Next Door,” to answer questions about the faith. The Republican National Convention included emotional stories from fellow Mormons about how Romney had helped them and their families while he was a church leader in Massachusetts. Latter-day Saints have no professional clergy and their congregations are led by lay volunteers. “I thought he put the religion up there front and center in a positive light, even though he didn’t make it a focus,” said Anthony Ramon, a 49-year-old Salt Lake City investment broker who is Mormon and voted for Romney. “They (Americans) know a little more about people that represent the Mormon religion, and I think it will drive away further controversy.” On Election Day, evangelicals, a key Republican constituency, supported Romney in greater numbers than they did 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, according to exit polls. However disappointing Romney’s loss to Obama, Shipps said it was likely the best outcome for the church. As the first Mormon in one of the most powerful jobs in the world, any unpopular moves Romney would have made in the U.S. or abroad could have rebounded badly on Mormonism. Now, the church will get a break from the spotlight. After the election, Mouw estimates that evangelicals can be divided into thirds: one group that accepts Mormonism, another that rejects it, and another group that is conflicted about the faith. Sarah Fishler Rice, a 32year-old Latter-day Saint from Salem, Ore., didn’t vote for Romney. A registered Democrat, she cast a ballot for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. But she said Romney had performed a service for Mormonism. “I think at the end of the election, people were seeing him for his political beliefs rather than his religious beliefs, I think that was a really big hurdle that he overcame,” Rice said. “Maybe the next time — maybe one of his sons will run for president one day — people will get over the Mormon issue more quickly and see the candidates for who they are.”



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PHS adds a new molder of minds Teaching a lifelong dream for Buehler PIQUA — Kathy Buehler is a new core physics science teacher at Piqua High School. She attended Anna High School. When asked what extracurriculars she was involved in during high school, she replied, “a lot actually.” She continued on to say she was president of Student Council, FFA vice president, and the treasurer of National Honor Society. She was a member of future teachers of Amer-


ica, Science Olympiad, Volleyball, and cheerleading. Buehler attended The Ohio State University for her bachelors’ degree and achieved her master’s degree at the University of Findlay. Her teaching experience began with student teaching in the Columbus City School System as well as at Botkins High School and Wapakoneta High School. Then she had a short stint at St. Mary’s Memorial High School fill-

ing a maternity leave position. Teaching has been a lifelong dream for Buehler that started when she was in junior high school and was only fueled in high school when she made the decision to become a KITTEL science teacher. When Buehler was asked how she was enjoying Piqua High School so far, she replied, “I really like it; all the staff and students were very nice and extremely welcoming.”

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Students bring early Christmas to seniors BY SUMMER LITTLEJOHN Staff Writer PIQUA — On Dec. 1, in the Piqua High School commons from 8-10 a.m., the school is holding a Senior Citizen Holiday Extravaganza Breakfast. It’s a brand new event, and there will be food, drinks, and entertainment from start to finish. Some of the foods and beverages to be served are egg casserole, biscuits and gravy from Bob Evans, sausage, hash browns, juices, and coffee. The food

will be served from 8-9 a.m. Tony Lyons, the principal of Piqua High School, said the event “will give our students a chance to do something nice for a portion of our community.” He said it gives the students a chance to connect with the communities senior citizens. “They don’t get many chances to talk to someone who is 50 or 60 years old,” Lyons said. It’s an event to say thank you to Piqua’s senior citizens. Tom Westfall, music director of Piqua High

School, was asked to put on some of the entertainment with his show choir. Piqua High School’s “The Company” will be putting on their debut Christmas show as well as having many of the singers and dancers perform solos. The Combo band, directed by Mitch Mahaney, will also be putting on a performance at the breakfast. The student council will be helping the senior citizens with their food and beverages. The tickets are free and can be picked up at the high school.

Speech and debate team to welcome new coach BY MEGAN JONES Staff Writer PIQUA — The Speech and Debate team has a promising year ahead. In addition to Dustin Hornbeck, a new coach has presented his skills and knowledge of the speech and debate extracurricular — Max Griffith. Griffith coached history teacher Hornbeck in high school for their speech and debate team and

theater classes, so he has plenty of experience and has a good relationship with the current coach. Currently, Griffith is retired from teaching but still wants to help coach the Piqua Speech and Debate team. Griffith said he has been involved with speech and debate teams across Ohio for at least 30 years. He has a passion for working with students on the Speech and Debate

team, which is evident because he drives 80 miles once a week to interact and assist the team. Griffith said working with theater and speech and debate was part of his DNA and that it was one of the things he enjoyed most. “I love to see kids improve. Speech and Debate helps them to become more confident with themselves. I also enjoy the competition.” Students schedule individual

practices with both Hornbeck and Griffith every week in half hour increments to prepare for competitions. This past weekend, everybody who participated in the category “Prose and Poetry” placed in the competition which shows the students’ hard work and the coaches’ great teaching skills. Andrea Ferree place first in the competition. Both coaches are looking forward to a prosperous competitive year.

Piqua City School news briefs PIQUA — The following events are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • A Senior Citizen Holiday Extravaganza Breakfast will be held from 8-10

a.m. Dec. 1, in the Piqua High School Commons. This event is sponsored by the Piqua High School Student Council. Breakfast will be served from 89 a.m. and entertainment

will be provided by the PHS music department from 8-10 a.m. This event is for senior citizens from the Piqua School District Community and tickets can be picked up for free

at the Piqua High School main office. • The Piqua High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the Princeton Barton Classic speech and debate tourna-

ment this past weekend. Piqua High School had four students place in the top six in the category of Prose and Poetry. Congratulations to Makylie See Briefs/Page 9

BY KAYLA E. BOWERMASTER Staff Writer PIQUA — McDonald’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 12 is ninthgrader Haeley Kittel. Kittel lives with her mother Angela Small. Kittel was nominated by Marcus Bixler, who said, “Haeley is an active class participant, an extremely hard worker, and a pleasure to have in geometry.” She is currently involved in choir and the PHS marching band, and her favorite teacher is Megan Barr. Kittel enjoys the differences in class choices at the PHS, and she plans to go to either Ohio State or Wright State to become a teacher after she graduates.

Collecting supplies Piqua High School will still be collecting school supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy through Friday afternoon. Supplies may be dropped off in the main high school office. For more information, contact Stacy Falcone at 773-6314, ex. 1108

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Court is in session BY ALYX MEYERS It is hard to imagine being on trial for arson and murder as a 15-year-old, but that is exactly the theme of this year’s Mock Trial case. A fictional case such as this is debated each year by students across the state of Ohio. In this year’s case, sophomore Dakota Allen was taken into police custody and questioned without a lawyer or parent about his involvement in a fire that was started on his high school campus and took the life of a school janitor. The case is about how Allen was pressured into confessing to a crime that he may or may not have committed. So the gist of the case is a motion to suppress his undocumented confession. Lehman Mock Trial Adviser Liz Maxson said, “I am excited for this year because the case is so untraditional. It will be a challenge for the students and I have high expectations for how well our team will do with this challenge.” The purpose of Mock Trial is to educate young people about law and order by giving them an opportunity to take on a fictional court case as lawyers and witnesses. Students must debate each side of the issue, not just what they believe is the truth. Thanks to the addition of two new co-advisors, faculty members Kim Miller and Linda Applegate, the membership of Lehman’s Mock Trial team has increased this year. The three advisors also work with two attorneys — 1996 Lehman graduate Nicole Reiss of Carpenter, Lipps and Leland of Columbus, and Stephen Beiting of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk of Sidney. These attorneys volunteer their time to teach the students about the ins and outs of the law. New member Rachel Remencus said, “I am excited for this experience but also nervous because I don’t know what to expect.” So anyone who likes playacting and debate, and is interested in becoming a witness or a lawyer, should expect to have lots of fun as a member of the Mock Trial team.

Check out Lehman at annual Open House BY LEXI STEINEMAN Lehman is hosting its annual open house from 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov, 18. All prospective students are invited including all students grades 5-8 from partner schools, including Holy Angels, Piqua Catholic, Holy Rosary in St. Mary’s, St. Patrick in Troy, Immaculate Conception in Celina, and St. Mary in Greenville. There will be tours of the school with the teachers sharing information on their classes and all of the extracurricular activities and clubs offered at Lehman. There will also be a performance from the Limelighters Show Choir followed by cookies, drinks, and Walking Tacos. “I think it is a good way for people to get a general idea of where everything is in the building and also a very beneficial way to attract more students to the amazing learning environment we have here at Lehman,” said senior Katie Rossman. So whether you are a student at another high school and would like to learn more about our school, or you are one of those prospective students from one of our partner schools, come out and join us for this great and exciting experience. Students who attend will be eligible to enter a drawing for $500 scholarships and be included in a Archdiocese of Cincinnati drawing for an iPad.

NET: Building strong and beautiful men and women BY ELLIE CAIN Recently, one of the National Evangelization Teams made a trip to Lehman Catholic High School. The NET Ministries travel all around the country, helping young Catholics grow not only in their faith, but grow into being strong and beautiful young men and women. The team that visited Lehman was made up of young adults, just out of high school or college, looking to help spread the faith and create better lives. They travel the country, stopping at high schools and parishes, hosting retreats for many young adults like themselves. The entire junior class was able to attend this retreat on Friday, Oct. 26. “Strength and Beauty” was the theme for this particular retreat. Throughout the entire day, the NET members taught us the importance of seeing yourself as a daughter or son of God. We were made by him and we need to see ourselves as beautiful and strong as He made us.

Fundamentally sound BY JOHN HUSA The fall sports season is over now, and winter sports are starting up again at Lehman and other high schools. The Cavalier boys’ basketball team is looking to do great things this season, after a 12-10 record last year and a disappointing tournament showing. The team is led by four seniors: Tharon Goins, Connor Richard is ready Connor Richard, Dylan for his senior season Long, and Michael Jacob. The juniors are Kristopher Lee, Drew Westerheide, Josh Smith, Nathan Hall, James Rego, John Husa, and Seth Bensman. Sophomores are Jackson Frantz, Greg Spearman, Nick Earhart, Alec Greve, Nick Rourke, Thomas Covault, Grant Gleason, Lane Monnin, Austin Arnold, Clay Selsor and A.J. Hemmelgarn. The freshman team is made up of Stephen Monnin, Zach Scott, Tyler Scott, Colin Hughes, Zach Haas, Adam Vanderhorst, Avery Pickrel, Connor Thobe, Colin Greve, and Jerry Curtis. The “Ice Box” returns as Isaish Williams is in his third year as head coach for the Cavaliers, but he will have a new assistant coach in John Westerheide. For the Cavaliers to be successful, Coach Williams believes the team has to be fundamentally sound and must have a lock down defense. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our depth will help us,” said senior Tharon Goins. “I expect us to have a successful season and hopefully we can make a tournament run.” Senior Connor Richard added, “It should be a really exciting year. We are very quick and fast, and we have a lot of young talent. If we play how we are capable of playing, we will be very hard to beat.” With the depth, quickness, and high energy from the players and coaches, the Cavaliers are looking to be one of the best in the area. As a third year player myself, I am very eager for this season because I feel we have great team chemistry and will take opposing teams by surprise. The season tips off Dec. 1 at Ridgemont so come out and support the Lehman Cavaliers in another thrilling season.

DAVIS PIQUA — Promoting Recognition of Diversity (PROD) has named Jasmine Davis as their 2012 October Student of the Month. Davis, a student at Piqua High School, is the daughter of Chris and Monica Davis. Davis broke two school records in volleyball and is a career holder for assists. She received 1st team GWOC and 1st team District 9 the last three years. In addition, she has helped coach youth since her freshman year. Davis is president of F.E.A in her Teacher’s Academy class. She enjoys student teaching is employed at the Piqua Kroger. Davis has one brother, CJ Davis,who also attends PHS. She is a member of Sidney First United Methodist, attends the Young Life program and belongs to the Link Crew at PHS. She plans to pursue a degree in education and obtain a teaching degree.


whelming that the pill containers most definitely keep out ultraviolet light. After the initial experiment, each group of students came up with their own experiment to see which substances kept out the ultraviolet rays the best. The students tested: sunglasses, sunscreen, and swim goggles. The seventh grade had a wonderful time on October 16th and 17th when they went to the Cincinnati Zoo to “Sleep with the Manatee.” The evening consisted of a behind the scenes tour of the zoo, focusing on biodiversity and the manatees. The next morning the students were treated to a “meet and greet” with the birds that perform in the bird show. One of the many highlights of the trip was seeing the new four day old baby giraffe, Lulu, that was born at the Cincinnati Zoo. The zoo trip was the culminating activity for the students’ unit on endangered species. The junior high math classes are excited about their new math books published by

Holt McDougal. The new math books are based on the common core state standards. The students are moving right along and doing a great job of mastering the math concepts presented in their new books. Pam Canady, athletic director reports that The Piqua Catholic Athletic Boosters met this week and we are very excited about the “Family Fun Fest” on Nov. 17, DSC beginning at noon. There will lunch items for sale that includes wings, brats, hotdogs, nachos and much more. College football games will be on all day with the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game at 3:30 p.m., as well as Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. as the headliners. Come and cheer on your favorite undefeated team. The day will also include Corn Hole, Dodgeball, a drawing for an I-Pad plus door prizes and raffle items. Submitted by Catholic School.


UVCC School of Nursing celebrates success PIQUA — Twenty-one students from the Upper Valley Career Center Adult Practical Nursing program turned the dream of graduating from nursing school into a reality on Nov. 8. The graduation event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center staff members, family and friends. Pam Hill, School of Nursing Director, welcomed those assembled and congratulated the graduates for achieving this milestone accomplishment. Special tribute was paid to five nursing graduates who demonstrated high aca-

demic success. Those individuals include Tammy Jones, Tim Taylor, Carrie Berning, Amy Mahoney and Dara Wildermuth. Class adviser Vickie Ashman commended the graduates on their unwavering commitment, challenges conquered and goals reached over the last thirteen months. “The knowledge, compassion and caring is there, now it is time to apply the skills you have learned to make a positive difference in the lives of others,” Ashman said. Pam Hill and Upper Valley Career Center

Director Mike Adult Shellabarger awarded the diplomas. The 2012 School of Nursing graduates include Ashlyn Adams, Carrie Berning, Tammy Bridenbaugh, Staci Bruggeman, Shanan Callahan, Brandi Crumrine, Tammy Dirksen, Tina Dulin, Christi Huntwork, Jessica Jaqua, Tammy Jones, Amy Mahoney, Jessica Santos, Amanda, Schwartzengraber, Krystin Sieber, Jody Shepherd, Sara Stephan, Timothy Taylor, Holly Travis, Pamela Walker, and Dara Wildermuth.

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much at one time. They also put their writing skills to use when they wrote about their field trip to Victoria Theater in Dayton to see “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and other short stories. Second grade is also busy using their iPads supplementing their curriculum. Each iPad has several programs downthat include loaded Physics for 2nd graders, EStoria which has many neat books, Math Fact Master and many more. These iPads were purchased with grant money from the Piqua Community Foundation. Junior high teacher, Joyce Thornberry says — As the old adage goes: “time flies,” and this was definitely true for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year for the junior high. The eighth grade physical science class explored the scientific method by developing and performing an experiment to see if the medicine bottles that your pills come in keep out ultraviolet rays. The results were over-

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PIQUA — The school year at Piqua Catholic is off to a great start with many wonderful and exciting things going on. Most recently, all of the students were able to participate in a television style game show where their knowledge of math, science, art, history, music and faith were put to the test in front of their peers. The Brain Show also had a family night where different family teams got to compete and have a blast. The second-grade teacher, Lori Williams reported that the children are busy learning, writing and using technology in the classroom. The kids just finished a unit over bats. They enjoyed learning different facts about this interesting mammal. As a concluding project, they wrote a 3 paragraph report detailing all the information they learned. They were so surprised that they could write so


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Killian (5th place), Josh Hanes (4th place), Ashley Gerlach (3rd place) and Andrea Ferree (1st place). • The Springcreek Primary School second grade music program is scheduled for 7 p.m.Monday,Nov.19 in the auditorium at Springcreek. Greene Street Church is sponsoring refreshments after the performance. • High Street Primary School students are collecting items in their homerooms to fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child.”Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes full of gifts to children in other countries through the organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Students are doing this as a service project while learning about the character trait of “Caring.” • Officer Fogt from the Piqua Police Department will be at High Street Primary School on Nov. 20 to instruct all third-grade classes on seatbelt safety. • On Nov.27 and 28,High Street Primary first-graders will travel to Brukner Nature Center to learn about pioneer life and mammals.



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Local School Honor Roll Covington Elementary Honor Roll COVINGTON — The following students are on the Principal’s List (all A’s) for the first nine weeks of school at Covington Elementary. • 3rd Grade: Holly Beasley, Claire Fraley, Gavin Fraley, Cameron Kirker, Elizabeth Kuether, Emily Schafer • 4th Grade: Jaden Barhorst, Hannah Burns, Robert Burns, Katie Hembree, Andrew Holley, Grant Humphrey, Madison Jones, Alyssa Kimmel, David McCool, Cara Miller, Ellery Reck, Avery Rench, Donovan Richard, Cael Vanderhorst • 5th Grade: Hailey Baker, Josie Crowell, Jesse Fisher, Elizabeth Kuntz, Zachary Kuntz, Parker Lucas, Gavin Lutz, Brenna Miller, Andrew Parker, Michael Schafer, Josie Schaurer, Cade Schmelzer, Bailey Tipps, Savannah Travers,

Josh Wall, Hailey Weer The following students are on the Honor Roll (all A’s and B’s) for the first nine weeks of school at Covington Elementary. • 3rd Grade: Michelle Alexander, Tyler Alexander, Izeke Benedict, Scott Owen Blumenstock, Mackinze Boehringer, Brown, Garret Fraley, Amaya Franke, Paige Gillespie, Claudia Harrington, Toby Jones, Ethan Kendig, Daniel Leistner, Keegan Lynott, Kaleigh Maio, Makenzee Maschino, Christina Monnin, Megan Naylor, Kody Nelson, Owen Rawson, Ayden Rench, Maddison Sheets, Sarah Slusher, Ricky Stephan, Sandy Turner, Jearold Wolfe • 4th Grade: Trentin Alexander, Randy Anthony, Grant Babylon, Jessicah Besecker, Duncan Cooper, Morgan Fairchild, Abigail Fraley, Zachary Green, Jakob Hamilton, Ellie Hedges, Sydney Hogue, Tyler Jones, Aimee Kerce, Owen Landis, Kyleigh Nelson, Tyler Owens,

Jake Phillis, Chelsea Poling, Caleb Roetter-Ditty, Ben Romie, Samantha Straw, Gavin Swank, Hailie-Jo Taxis, Carissa VomBaur, Ella Warner, Bethany Weldy, Destina Wills • 5th Grade: Nate Alexander, Maci Arthur, Marciana Auxier, Sarah Barnhart, Kara Bowman, Brian Brown, Spencer Brumbaugh, Gabrielle Buchanan, Marisa Cota, Joseph Franke, Raven Grilliot, Madison Hite, Seth Iddings, Sophia Iddings, Gavin Jones, Morgan Kimmel, Rachel Lauber, Makenzie Long, Morgan Lowe, Alexis Meyer, Olivia Mohler, Elizabeth Randall, Warrick Reck, Alex Shaffer, Winter Sims, Mary Slusher, Brenden Smith, Hayley Triplett, Bryce Weer, Dalton Weer, Maci White

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Freshman • Blue Card: Caitlin Justice, Emily Randall, Erin Redick • White Card: Adam Bick, Lindsey Black, Kurt Brower, Jamie Hawkins, Caden Hellyer, Kelsey Kirchner, Lauren Koontz, Brandon Mack, Karson Mahaney, Grant McCalister, Stephanie Millhouse, Emma Monnin, Ciara Oiler, Katherine Runner, Caitlin Studebaker, Isabelle Weber, Michael Werling • Honor Roll: Devyn Carson, Trent Church, Jeremy Clark, Melissa Coates, Hannah Davis, Emma DeWeese, Alyssa Eakins, Ryan Haney, Eliza Hershberger, Kley Karadak, Scot Kirby, Benjamin Marlow, Megan Miami East High Pettit, Samantha Sands, School Honor Nathan Teeters Sophomores Roll • Blue Card: Renee DeFord, Abigail Hawkins, CASSTOWN — The Rachel Hawkins, Brook-

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Stephanie Wolf • Honor Roll: James Allen, Tahyler Allen, Erin Augustus, Kolin Bendickson, Trey Billing, Tanner Church, Michael Fellers, Justin Furrow, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Brady Smallenbarger, Macaleh Thompson, Caroline Wilson, Haley Young Seniors • Blue Card: Molly Green, Victoria Nuss, Dakota Potts • White Card: Kayla Bombin, Christine BowlEllie Bowman, ing, Tucker Carrigan, Christopher Cron, Megan England, Amber Franics, Robert Hamilton, Kimberly Jay, Joshua Niswonger, Sarah Pyers, Sara Thompson • Honor Roll: Lindsay Brookhart, Leah Dunivan, Morgan Jess, Zackary Martinez, Allison Millhouse, Hunter Murphy, Brooklyn Pearson, Seth Pemberton, Abigail Tamplin, Kere Utz

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HOROSCOPE BY FRANCES DRAKE For Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) For the next six to eight weeks, your ambition will be aroused! Make the most of this in order to achieve what you want to get done. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Focus on travel plans that come your way in the next month, because you want to get outta Dodge. You need a change of scenery, plus you’re dying to learn something. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Disputes about shared property are likely in the next month. Don’t go looking for fights, because they will find you! CANCER (June 21 to July 22) With Mars opposite your sign for the next six weeks, relations with close friends and partners will be prickly. In part, this is because you are less patient with others. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You’ll be working so hard in the month ahead, you will delegate as much as possible. Focus on staying strong. Get rest and eat healthy. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) You’re in party mode! For the next six weeks, you want to take a vacation, go on social outings with others, watch sports events and enjoy playful activities with children. Yay you! LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Your home will be more chaotic during the next six weeks due to renovations, redecorating projects or visiting guests. Just do what you can to maintain your cool. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You’ll be unusually aggressive in all your communication with others in the next month. Be aware of this if people are running away from you when you speak! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You’re willing to work extremely hard to earn your money in the next few months. Naturally, you’ll be spending it as well! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Try to get more physical exercise, because you have energy to burn! Mars in your sign for the next six weeks makes you unusually assertive and forthright. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Many of you will be involved with secret love affairs or private activities that are behind the scenes for the next month or so. (You have a lot of hidden energy now.) PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Groups and physical sports will appeal to you during the next month. However, a dispute with a friend might arise, especially if it’s related to competition or jealousy. YOU BORN TODAY No matter how quiet or gentle you appear, you always have a dignified authority that others respect. Your command is rarely questioned! You’re an individualist, and you’re also a nurturer. You always treat people well. Finding the right partner is important to you. Work hard to build or construct something in the coming year because your success soon will follow. Birthdate of: Diana Krall, jazz songstress; Brooke Elliott, actress/singer; Griff Rhys Jones, comedian/TV host. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc.






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PROBATE COURT OF MIAMI COUNTY, OHIO W. McGREGOR DIXON, JR., JUDGE IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME OF JAMES KENNETH EVANS TO KENNETH JAMES EVANS CASE NO. 85838 NOTICE OF HEARING ON CHANGE OF NAME Applicant hereby gives notice to all interested persons that the applicant has filed an Application for Change of Name in the Probate Court of Miami County, Ohio requesting the change of name of James Kenneth Evans to Kenneth James Evans The hearing on the application will be held on the 17th day of December, 2012 at 1:00 o’clock P.M. in the Probate Court of Miami County, located at 201 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373. James Kenneth Evans 354 Monroe Concord Road Troy, Ohio 45373 2339787 11/15/2012

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PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES ConAgra Foods, Inc. is one of North America's leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America's households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. The Production Associates at our premier Slim Jim and school lunch pizza production facility located in Troy, OH, will be responsible for bakery and/or meat processing activities.

Taking applications for route delivery driver, must be able to drive 18-22 foot box truck, Must be able to lift 50 pounds. NO WEEKENDS!! APPLY: Piqua Pizza Supply Company, Inc 1727 W.High St. Piqua

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Job positions may include the following: • Machine Operator • Production Line Worker • Mixer • Packer • Sanitation Worker Position requirements: Must have a High School Diploma or GED. • Must be able to communicate and work effectively in a team environment. • Ability to frequently lift and/or carry items from 35-50 lbs. • Ability to work in a noisy, hot and/or cold work environment. • Ability to stand for an extended period of time. • Must be able to work any shift and/or on weekends and holidays. • It is preferred; applicants have at least 6+ months of continuous work experience in a manufacturing or food industry environment. • Candidates must be willing and able to work in a fast paced manufacturing environment.

Applications for employment will ONLY be accepted at the Miami County Job Center office located at 2040 N. County Rd 25A, Troy, OH 45373 from Tuesday - Friday (11/13 thru 11/16) from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please note: Applications will not be accepted at the plant. An Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer

Garage Sale To advertise in the Garage Sale Directory Please call: 877-844-8385

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales

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CONOVER, AB Graham Center, 8025 US Route 36, Saturday only, 8am-12pm. Large Indoor Sale. 60's and 70's Look & Life magazine, youth beds, older sled, weight bench and weights, dishes and kitchen items, home and Christmas decorations, books and much more. Items recently received from several families. Bake sale by youth group. Fletcher Lions pancake, sausage and mush breakfast 7amnoon.

PIQUA, 1720 Amherst, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, Steel case 2 door cabinets with shelves, 5 drawer filing cabinets, 4 door roll-about cabinets, wood stainless & office tables, wood table with shelves, 5 Christmas trees various sizes, miscellaneous cabinets, lamps, desk, much more!

PIQUA, 1818 Parkway Drive, Friday & Saturday, 11am-5pm. Outside Christmas decorations, sleigh, nativity set, miscellaneous.

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Runs in all our newspapers Visiting Angels seeks experienced caregivers for in-home, private duty care. Immediate need for live-in and weekends. 419-501-2323.

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PRODUCTION Freshway Foods is accepting applications for immediate openings. Complete an application Monday-Friday 8am5pm at 601 N. Stolle Ave. Sidney, Ohio NOW HIRING: Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info: (985)646-1700 Dept. OH-6011.

Dayton based contractor currently seeking applicants for an electrical helper position. Applicants must possess good work ethics, be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen, and have reliable transportation. No prior electrical experience is requited. This full-time position includes benefits like paid-time off and educational assistance. If interested, apply in person: 1885 Southtown Blvd. Dayton, OH 45439 between the hours of 8:00am-11:00am & 12:30pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday. SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY!!!

TROY 226 Tetbury Thursday 2pm-5:30pm and Friday 9am-noon Huge moving sale, Maytag washer and dryer like new, Christmas items, books, electronics, Housewares, furniture

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UTILITY SUPERVISOR Continental Express Inc, a leader in the transportation industry, is accepting applications for a working Supervisor in our Utility Dept. Ideal candidate must be dependable, have past supervisory experience and a steady work history. Experience operating or working around semi’s or large equipment a plus. Person will be responsible for supervising a crew that washes and fuels trucks. This is a day shift opportunity on Tuesday-Saturday schedule. We offer excellent pay & benefits, uniforms, and a clean work environment. Apply at Continental Express, 10450 St Rt 47 Sidney,OH or contact Mark at 937/497-2100

For Rent

305 Apartment 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom, Houses & Apts. SEIPEL PROPERTIES Piqua Area Only Metro Approved (937)773-9941 9am-5pm Monday-Friday 1 BEDROOM, downstairs, 431 West Ash, stove, refrigerator, no pets $385, Credit check required, (937)418-8912 1 BEDROOM, upstairs, 431 West Ash, stove, refrigerator, no pets $335, Credit check required, (937)418-8912 1 BEDROOM, 322 S Main St. downstairs, stove & refrigerator furnished. $285. No pets. (937)418-8912 EVERS REALTY TROY, 2 Bedroom Townhomes 1.5 bath, 1 car garage, $695 (937)216-5806

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DUMP TRUCK DRIVER Part-time/ full time. Class B CDL, dump truck experience required. Knowing the area is a plus. Local hauls. Perfect for semiretiree. (937)339-6861.

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The I-75 Newspapers have an exciting opportunity available in our Classified Call Center for an Inside Classified Sales Specialist. This position is based in our Sidney, Ohio, office.



CDL Grads may qualify Class A CDL required Great Pay & Benefits! Call Jon Basye at: Piqua Transfer & Storage Co. (937)778-4535 or (800)278-0619

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We are seeking a motivated individual who will be able to provide exceptional customer service to our customers in a variety of arenas. Ideal candidate will manage inbound and outbound classified advertising calls by demonstrating expert product knowledge and developing and maintaining relationships with our customers.


As an Inside Classified Sales Specialist, you will sell a variety of classified advertising packages including employment, promotions and private party advertising. An established account base is provided and will be expected to be maximized to full potential. Knowledge of Miami County manufacturing and industries is essential.

The successful candidate should have familiarity of order entry software with the ability to type 50+ wpm. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multi-task are also required. Inside advertising sales or telemarketing experience is preferred.

This position is full time with salary, commission and benefits. No phone calls will be accepted regarding this position. EOE


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PIQUA, 4610 North Stillwell Road. Friday, 9am-4pm. BAKE SALE! Pies (fruit & cream), apple dumplings, breads, cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, Angel food cakes, cookies and noodles.

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Association Management Company has a full time accounting position opening. Must have experience in "Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables, Bank Reconciliation, Electronic Banking." Must have experience in "Peachtree Software". Send resume with qualifications, employment history, personal references and salary requirements to: Long - RESUME PO Box 117 West Milton, OH 45383 or email


OTR Truck Drivers Are you looking for: • Based out of Jackson Center, Ohio • Non-Automotive freight • Home 3 out of 4 weekends • Medical, Dental, Life, Disability • 401k & Profit Sharing • Vacation after 6 months • Safety & Performance bonus • $1,000 Sign on bonus • Starting pay.36cpm to .41cpm

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales

Hiring Production Associates 12 Hour Shifts @ $12/Hour Medical Benefits added at 90 days

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PIQUA, 421 Wood Street (Transform Life Church), Friday only, 9am-4pm. End of season garage sale - NOT rummage. Peevy speakers, walkie talkies, DVDs, namebrand clothes & purses, Body Works, scrapbooking, blankets, baby clothes, household items.

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Service&Business DIRECTORY

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305 Apartment

1273 CAMARO Court, 2 Bedroom, luxury apartment, garage, kitchen appliances. $600 Monthly, available now! (937)570-3288.

309 1/2 South Wayne, 1 Bedroom, stove, refrigerator, no pets, $325 monthly, Credit check required (937)418-8912



305 Apartment

305 Apartment

2 BEDROOM Rentals on Camaro Ct, Piqua, includes appliances, garage, & deck. $550-$575/ month, plus deposit, & application fee. Bruns Realty Group 937-339-2300

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! Warm up to the savings at Arrowhead Village, Ask about 1/2 Month free rent special

2 BEDROOM in Troy, Move in special, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, no pets. $525. (937)573-7908

1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments with all the amenities TROY, 1 & 2 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 & $525 monthly. $200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821

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320 Houses for Rent

545 Firewood/Fuel

ONE BEDROOM, 1-story. Senior housing complex. Private parking, on-site laundry. $476/month. 103 Parkridge, Piqua. (937)214-2445

TROY, 567 Stonyridge, 2 bedroom, stove, refrigerator, NO PETS. $450 month, $450 deposit. Credit check required, (937)418-8912.

PIQUA, 3 bedroom, 112 South Main, 1.5 bath, stove, refrigerator, $450 monthly, No pets, Credit check required, (937)418-8912

FIREWOOD, $125 a cord pick up, $150 a cord delivered, $175 a cord delivered and stacked (937)308-6334 or (937)719-3237

PIQUA, Parkridge Place. Roomy 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, CA, stackable washer/ dryer furnished, $525, no animals! (419)629-3569.

TROY, 701 McKaig, nice duplex, Spacious 3 bedrooms, w/d hookup, appliances, $700. No pets, (937)845-2039

320 Houses for Rent

PIQUA Lovely, large 4-5 bedroom house in country. Appliances furnished. No pets. $1600 monthly. (937)418-8912

325 Mobile Homes for Rent

PIQUA, 2200 Navajo Trail, 3 bedroom townhouse, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, 1850 sqft, $975 month, one month's deposit. Available 11/1. (937)335-9096.

421 BLAINE Avenue, 2 bedroom, corner lot, fenced yard, detached garage. $600 month, $600 deposit. (937)615-0610.

PIQUA, 439 1/2 Adams, upstairs, 1 bedroom, Stove, refrigerator, no pets! $315 Monthly, Credit check required, (937)418-8912

PIQUA, 1709 Williams, 4 bedrooms, newly remodeled, appliances, CA, fenced yard. $950 month, (937)778-9303, (937)604-5417.

TROY, 509-1/2 East Main Street 1 bedroom upstairs, appliances, monthly lease possible, $400 month (937)207-7306.

PIQUA, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, full basement, no pets, metropolitan possible, $475 + deposit. (937)332-9096

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IN COUNTRY, Near Bradford, 2 bedroom trailer, $400, (937)417-7111, or (937)448-2974

500 - Merchandise

520 Building Materials DRYWALL, 5/8x4x10ft. Gold Bond Fire-Shield gypsum board. 50 sheets. $250, (937)689-3728.

COMPUTER SET, Windows XP, loaded, CDROM, DSL Internet, USB. 90 day warranty on parts, $100. Ask about laptops. (937)339-2347.

NEWS REPORTER The Sidney Daily News, an award-winning daily newspaper, is seeking a full-time general assignment news reporter. Journalism degree or requisite experience required. Position entails coverage of government, education and law enforcement, as well as some feature writing. Looking for someone who is enthusiastic and aims for high standards of professionalism.

Send resume to: Jeff Billiel, Executive Editor & Publisher at

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NOTICE Investigate in full before sending money as an advance fee. For further information, call or write:

Better Business Bureau 15 West Fourth St. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45402 937.222.5825 This notice is provided as a public service by A newspaper group of Ohio Community Media


FIREWOOD, All hardwood, $150 per cord delivered or $120 you pick up, (937)726-2780. FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, $120 you pick up. ( 9 3 7 ) 8 4 4 - 3 7 5 6 (937)844-3879 FIREWOOD seasoned and split. $150 cord delivered, $80 half cord delivered. (Miami County). Call (937)559-6623, Thank you. SEASONED FIREWOOD, $120 a cord you pick up, $140 a cord delivered. (937)339-5198 or (937)552-1303

525 Computer/Electric/Office

428 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331


Call today for FREE estimate Fully Insured Repairs • Cleaning • Gutter Guard

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25 Year Experience - Licensed & Bonded Wind & Hail Damage - Insurance Approved


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875-0153 698-6135

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645 Hauling

Licensed Bonded-Insured


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Mobile Veterinary Service Treating Dogs, Cats & Exotics

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Mention this ad and get $500 OFF of $4,995 and up on Roofing and siding


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CALL TODAY! (937)418-4712 or (937)710-5277 625 Construction

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675 Pet Care

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620 Childcare

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600 - Services

SEASONED FIREWOOD, $150 cord split/delivered, $80 half cord, stacking $25 extra. Miami County deliveries only. (937)339-2012 SEASONED FIREWOOD $155 per cord. Stacking extra, $125 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available (937)753-1047

550 Flea Markets/Bazaars HOLIDAY VENDOR SHOW, Miami East School, November 18, Noon-5pm. Free admission! 20+ vendors, raffle. Portion of proceeds will be donated to Miami East FFA & Band.

570 Lawn and Garden LAWN TRACTOR, Sears, snow blade, cab, chains, weights, 42" mowing deck, $1100. (937)368-2220 leave phone number in message.

577 Miscellaneous BASKET WEAVING Supplies, Reed handles & embellishments, valued at $550+, all for $250, call for details, (937)778-1475


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577 Miscellaneous

588 Tickets

805 Auto

CRIB, changing table, cradle, doorway swing, high chair, booster chair, pack-n-play, travel bassinet, tub, child rocker, clothes, blankets (937)339-4233

TOTAL GYM, many extras, CD and instructions, used 3 times, new $275, asking $175 (937)615-9496 before noon or after 7pm

OHIO STATE/MICHIGAN tickets (4) section 34B, $500 each (937)524-3473

WALKER Dolomite Legacy, seat, large wheels, brakes, basket, adjustable navy, like new $75. (937)339-4233

BUYING ESTATES, Will buy contents of estates PLUS, do all cleanup, (937)638-2658 ask for Kevin

1998 CADILLAC Eldorado (classic), excellent condition, factory 12 CD disc sound system, am/fm radio, powered rear view mirrors, starfire engine, powered memory leather seats, cruise control. I can no longer drive, $4950 must see to appreciate (937)335-3202 after 11am

WALKER, wheel chair, tub, shower and transfer benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grab bars, canes, entertainment center and more (937)339-4233

593 Good Things to Eat

CRIB, real wood, good condition, stationary sides, $75 (937)339-4233 HOT TUB, Dynasty 6 person, cover, lifter, steps, manuals, Dyna shield cabinet, Ozone, chemicals, 5.0hp/ 220, good condition $1500, (937)492-2422 SCOOTER: (Guardian.) New batteries. Excellent condition. Great for someone needing help to get around. $450 (937)710-4999

583 Pets and Supplies ENGLISH BANTAM Bulldog puppies, registered, $700, (937)539-2175 or (937)539-6019.

SPA Hot Springs Sovereign Spa. 6 adults, 230W, 50AMP, 335 Gallon. Retractable cover. Manuals, chemicals. 80% OFF NEW LIST PRICE. $2050. (937)492-2443

Happy Jack Liquivic: Recognized safe and effective against hook and roundworms by US Center for Veterinary Medicine. Siegel Covington Store (973)773-7474

592 Wanted to Buy

880 SUV’s

THANKSGIVING TURKEYS Pasture free, all natural, no meds or hormones. Local feeds. (937)526-4934 ask for Beth. If no answer leave message.

805 Auto 1971 MG MIDGET 1275 cc, wire wheels, new top, tonneau & upholstery. Recently completed 2 yr. rebuild & restoration (not for show, but nice) asking $2500 (937)332-8128 1994 FORD F250 4 Wheel Drive pick-up, 7.3 diesel engine. Good wood truck. $2750. (937)492-7713

SPORTS MEMORABILIA, autographed with certificate of authenticity. All items, REDUCED to $100 each. Pete Rose, Stan Usual, Micky Mantel, Ken Stabler, Willie Mays (bat, catch), Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Larry Bird, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Magic Johnson. (937)778-0232.

KITTENS Darling tabby's. 11 weeks old. Also 4 year old spayed female, needs a 1 cat family. Free to good homes. (937)473-2122

2008 TOYOTA CAMRY, fully loaded, navigation, heated leather seats, 70k miles, $12,000 (937)216-0284

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2007 PONTIAC Grand Prix, 3800 V6, 4 door, 69k miles, $8500, (937)295-3656.


To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Picture it Sold please call: 877-844-8385


SIDNEY DAILY NEWS DISPLAY DEADLINE Friday, 11/16, 5pm Friday, 11/16, 5pm Monday, 11/19, 5pm Tuesday, 11/20, Noon Tuesday, 11/20, Noon


THANKSGIVING 2012 DISPLAY & CLASSIFIED DEADLINES ISSUE Wednesday, 11/21 Thursday, 11/22 Friday, 11/23 Saturday, 11/24 Monday, 11/26

1997 CHEVY Blazer LS, 4WD, green, 190k miles, must see! $2595 OBO, (937)418-9266 or (330)388-6857.

LINER DEADLINE Tuesday, 11/20, 3pm Tuesday, 11/20, 3pm Wed., 11/21, Noon Wed., 11/21, 3pm Wed., 11/21, 5pm


Good Condition. 112,000 original miles. $2200.

Red, 4 door, all wheel drive, automatic, towing package, moon roof, excellent condition, 102k miles, ready for winter, $5295 OBO

2 bunks, sleeps up to 8. Large slide-out, newer awning. $12,900.



Call/text (937)875-0839




2006 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER 126,000 miles. Turbo. Excellent condition. 1 owner, power everything. sea foam color. $4600 OBO. (937)216-8068


ISSUE Monday, 11/26

LINER DEADLINE Wed., 11/21, 3pm

TROY DAILY NEWS / PIQUA DAILY CALL DISPLAY DEADLINE Friday, 11/16, 5pm Friday, 11/16, 5pm Monday, 11/19, 5pm Tuesday, 11/20, Noon Tuesday, 11/20, Noon Tuesday, 11/20, Noon

ISSUE Wednesday, 11/21 Thursday, 11/22 Friday, 11/23 Saturday, 11/24 Sunday, 11/25 Monday, 11/26

LINER DEADLINE Tuesday, 11/20, 3pm Tuesday, 11/20, 3pm Wed., 11/21, Noon Wed., 11/21, 3pm Wed., 11/21, 4pm Wed., 11/21, 5pm

4x4, ZR2 package, well maintained, 127K miles, new tires, all power, V6 auto, runs very good.


DISPLAY DEADLINE Tuesday, 11/20, 5pm

LINER DEADLINE Wed., 11/21, 4pm



48,500 miles 2.7L engine. Power locks and windows. AC, AM-FM CD radio. Very Good Condition $6900. (937)526-3073

101k miles, great condition, asking $4250. Call (419)628-1320

75,000 miles, leather, 6 speed manual, sunroof, alloy wheels, excellent condition, $13,750 (937)473-3293


Please be advised our offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. We will re-open on Monday, November 26 at 8am.

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INSIDE ■ Roethlisberger will be out Sunday, page 16. ■ Dickey, Price win Cy Young Awards, page 17.



IN BRIEF ■ Football

Another chance

Bucc tickets on sale now Covington will play Coldwater in a Division V regional finall playoff game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Welcome Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and everyone six years or older will need a ticket. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale through Friday at Covington High School and Covington Middle School. Tickets will also be on sale at Joanie’s Floral Designs until 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Pre-sale tickets are $7. All tickets at the gate will be $9. Covington will keep a percentage of the pre-sale proceeds.

Buccs Radio to air game Buccs Radio will be broadcasting the Covington-Coldwater football playoff game Saturday on Air time is 6:45 p.m. Check the Buccs Radio Facebook page this week for updates and the latest Buccs Weekly.

WPTW to air playoff games WPTW 1570 AM will air two football playoff games this weekend. On Friday, Milton-Union and Clinton-Massie will air at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. On Saturday, Covington and Coldwater will air at 6:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

PressPros to air D-VI game will air the Marion LocalSt. Henry Division VI playoff game Friday night at Wapakoneta. Air time is at 7 p.m. Fans at the game can also hear the game on 107.3 FM.


PYBSA to hold open meeting The Piqua Youth Baseball and Softball Association will be holding an opening meeting Sunday. It will be held in the Miami Valley Centre Mall banquet room and will be held the third Sunday of every month.


Cassel to start against Bengals


Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer (15) late in last Sunday’s race.

Gordon creates dilemma Should NASCAR have suspended four-time champion? (AP) — NASCAR had a real dilemma on its hands with this whole Jeff Gordon mess hanging over the season finale. History suggested Gordon could have been suspended from Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as punishment for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix, sparking a brawl in the garage. That's the punishment Kyle Busch got a year ago for retaliating against Ron Hornaday Jr. in a Truck Series event at Texas. But was NASCAR seriously going to sit the fourtime champion? From the season finale? Nope. He instead got a $100,000 fine from NASCAR, which also docked him 25 points in the championship standings. Maybe NASCAR should have also thanked him for triggering the fight and frenzied final sequence of events that had half the country talking about the series on Monday. Even without that, the penalty was the right call by NASCAR, which walks a fine line between sport and entertainment — and has only itself to blame. Some viewed Sunday as a black eye for NASCAR, but others were celebrating it as one of the best races of the season. It wasn't lost on Kevin Harvick, who snapped a 44-race losing streak with the victory. "The sport was made on fights. We should have

more fights," he said. "Fights are what made NASCAR what it is." NASCAR heard the complaints from fans that drivers had become too corporate, the sport had strayed too far from its rough and tumble roots and scores were no longer settled at the track. The 2009 finale at Homestead was one of those throwback races, and the crowd roared as drivers used their cars to deliver old-school justice. President Mike Helton said at the time: "We didn't certainly intend to make it too sterile, but the drivers were afraid to be themselves, and that's not good." So NASCAR relaxed at the start of the next season, using a "Boys, Have At It" policy that allowed the drivers to police themselves. The boys tested NASCAR just four races in when Carl Edwards waited 153 laps for his crew to fix his car for the sole purpose of getting back on the track at Atlanta to wreck Brad Keselowski. Edwards' high-speed contact sent Keselowski's car airborne, and there were immediate calls for Edwards to be suspended. But doing so would have been the immediate end of the policy, and Edwards instead got off with a mere three races of probation. The boys have been allowed to have at it ever since. There has been bump-

ing and banging, and Tony Stewart's threats to wreck each and every driver who blocks him from now until the end of time. There's an occasional flare-up, an intentional act or two, and NASCAR intervenes when needed. Then came last November at Texas, when Busch blatantly put Hornaday, a championship contender, into the wall under caution. Unlike Edwards, he absolutely deserved to be suspended. Where NASCAR erred was in insisting that Busch had been suspended solely for the Hornaday incident when he had been out of control most of last season and arrogantly behaving as if his talent made him untouchable. In fact, Hornaday had called for Busch to be suspended for that weekend's Cup race, an option Busch seemed to dismiss in an interview after the accident. By suspending him the next morning, NASCAR sent a message it was in charge and Busch better start behaving. Gordon's decision to wreck Bowyer — he says Bowyer deserved it for a season's worth of misdeeds — is more like the Edwards incident. Or perhaps more like another incident last season, when Brian Vickers promised retaliation against Matt Kenseth and then rode Kenseth's back bumper until Kenseth

turned into the wall. Vickers got no penalty. Gordon, however, seemed to have zero regard for others on the track. The wreck also collected Joey Logano and Aric Almirola, championship contender Keselowski had to dodge his way around it and the whole thing was a direct contributor to the last-lap wreck. NASCAR needed to take action against the crew chiefs, and did by fining Brian Pattie $25,000 for failing to maintain control of Bowyer's crew and placing Alan Gustafson on probation through the end of the year because he's responsible for Gordon's crew. With that, NASCAR was done with the matter. "There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play," said NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton. "We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them." It was the appropriate response from NASCAR. Either the series is going to be about immediate paybacks and justice — you know, the stuff that's got everybody talking and moves the meter — or there's no such thing as "Boys, Have At It" anymore.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Cassel is getting another start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady Quinn still has not been cleared to participate in a game following his concussion, so Cassel will be back under center when the Chiefs play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. "Brady does feel better. I'm glad he's feeling better. But he hasn't been cleared to play yet," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said during what's become a weekly Wednesday ritual of addressing the QB spot. "I can't take the chance on practicing the guy and not having him ready." Cassel will start his third consecutive game. He was the starter earlier this year before sustaining his own concussion against Baltimore. Quinn was the fill-in starter for a game, and then got the permanent job, only to be knocked out of his second start against Oakland. Quinn has been practicing, but Crennel said he's not been cleared for full contact. "He's feeling a lot better, doing a lot better," Crennel said. "He went to the doctor and he told him he's doing a lot better. The doctor also told him he was going to monitor him this week, and if he makes it through this week without incident, he could be cleared for the weekend. But he's got to make it through the week." Quinn admitted last week that he tried to play through the latest concussion, which he believes happened when an Oakland defender's knee collided with the back of his helmet while he was scrambling early in the game. Quinn was later sacked, and then threw an interception during which he recalled having "tunnel vision," before he was removed from the game. Quinn has been consulting with Dr. Micky Collins, the executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, one of the leading experts in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes who have suffered concussions.

Weeden knows numbers are bad Rookie looks to improve

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QUOTED “This sport was made on fights. We should have more fights.” —NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick

BEREA (AP) — The numbers aren't good, at least not good enough. Brandon Weeden doesn't need anyone to tell him that. The Browns rookie quarterback doesn't have to scan his statistics to know he has to play better. He's well aware that he's thrown too many interceptions, won too few games and has yet to convince Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner that he's the franchise's future. Weeden understands he must improve. Just don't bother bringing it up. "I'm not a moron," he said.

Following a bye week to rest his arm, relax his body and mentally block out the bad stuff from the season's first nine games, Weeden said Wednesday that he's determined to play at a higher level and lead the Browns to some victories in their last seven games. Maybe because he's 29, Weeden isn't always viewed as a rookie, which may explain some of the criticism about his game. "I think lost in all of this is that I'm a rookie," he said. "I'm still playing teams for the first time. I'm still seeing things for See WEEDEN/Page 16


Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden scrambles against Baltimore.

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Roethlisberger tries to remain positive Won’t play on Sunday PITTSBURGH (AP) — Right arm tucked into a black sling, weary eyes betraying a decided lack of sleep, Ben Roethlisberger tried to stay positive after the worst — and by far the most harrowing — injury of his career. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback believes he

can return this season despite spraining his right shoulder and suffering what he called a dislocated rib in Monday night's overtime win against Kansas City. He's just not sure when he'll be ready. And his medical team appears nowhere close to figuring out how exactly to get him there. "From what (the doctor) said he's trying to talk to experts because there is

no case study over the exact same thing," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "We're just trying to talk to people ... because we don't know." All Roethlisberger knows for certain is that doctors are concerned the rib — which he injured while getting sacked by a pair of Kansas City linebackers in the third quarter on Monday — could puncture his aorta if jostled around.

He also knows he'll be a spectator indefinitely while the surging Steelers (6-3) try to track down AFC North-leading Baltimore (7-2). The rivals meet twice over the next three weeks, with the first showdown coming Sunday night at Heinz Field. Veteran backup Byron Leftwich will take the snaps in place, Roethlisberger's looking for his first win as a starter in six years. "I'm not going to go out


against the Ravens. Still, Roethlisberger remains optimistic he'll be back to work at some point over the next seven weeks. Asked if he thinks the injury is season-ending, the two-time Super Bowl winner shrugged his one good shoulder and attempted to remain upbeat. "I don't think so, I don't know though but I'm not a medical expert," Roethlisberger said.

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Continued from page 1B the first time. I'm making a lot of mistakes that I'm making for the first time. I'm trying not to repeat them. But I'm not a nine or 10-year veteran. "Some people might lose track of that sometimes. But it is what it is. I've got to play better. I've got to do my part to help this team win." And taking better care of the football should be his top priority. Before practice, Browns coach Pat Shurmur made it clear there is one aspect of Weeden's game that needs immediate attention. "Don't throw interceptions," he said. "Done. End story. I want to be right to the point." Point taken. Weeden has thrown 12 interceptions, tied for the NFL's second-highest total. The only QB to throw more picks is Dallas' Tony Romo, who will match up against Weeden on Sunday when the Browns (2-7) visit the Cowboys (4-5) looking to end an 11-game road losing streak. Weeden concurred with Shurmur's candid and curt assessment that he needs to be smart with the football. "That's kind of been my priority since I played Pee-Wee football," Weeden said. "We never want to throw interceptions. My aggressive manor and mindset sometimes gets me in trouble. I'm not going to take that away from myself. "I have to take care of the football. I have to cut down on them. I think guys that are aggressive like that, sometimes that's one category they unfortunately may have a couple more than they'd like. It's not good, but we're just being aggressive. Sometimes, making that aggressive throw, sometimes it catapults you and gets you momentum. You get a big throw and kind of spark a drive or something. I agree with him." The Browns' game before their bye was testament to Shurmur's evaluation of Weeden, who has completed 185 of 336 passes (55 percent) for 2,088 yards and nine touchdowns. Weeden threw two interceptions during a 25-15 loss to Baltimore. Those miscues weren't particularly costly, but he failed to get the Browns into the end zone despite five possessions inside the Ravens' 20-yard line. There were some who theorized that Weeden played too cautiously in the red zone, perhaps because he was afraid to throw a pick with Ravens safety Ed Reed lurking. Did the gunslinger get gun shy? Weeden said he took what the Ravens gave him. "If you go watch the tape, no one was open," he said. "I made smart decisions down there. We were in the red zone and the balls I did throw, I did check down. Windows were small, but if I throw a pick there, you guys are

there and try and be Ben," Leftwich said. "We see the game differently. He's physically able to do some things that I can't do but that doesn't mean I can't go out there and do my job." The Steelers have been forced to play with Roethlisberger occasionally over the last nine seasons, going 8-5 without their franchise cornerstone since 2004. Four of those losses, however, have come

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NFL Standings asking me the same questions. Weeden and Shurmur have discussed his decision making and interceptions, but it hasn't been a major point of emphasis during their talks. "It's just common knowledge between the both of us, we know you can't turn the ball over," he said. "It's in my forefront, but I don't let it get to the front of my mind, where I'm so paranoid about throwing interceptions that I don't take shots." Unable to work out a trade to move up and draft Robert Griffin III, the Browns selected Weeden with the No. 22 overall pick in April's draft. They ignored his age, dismissed the fact that he rarely took a snap under center in college and banked on him filling a position that has been unresolved for years. Shurmur believes Weeden can become an "outstanding player" and to do that he needs "to lead us to victories and don't throw interceptions." That will happen once Weeden starts making better choices. "I've looked at all of those interceptions and there are times when he could've made better decisions," Shurmur said. "There's, of course, things have happened that where a ball bounces off a guy's chest. So you look at all of those things. You don't want to play anxious football, but you also have to be smart." Last week, Banner said he and Haslam will use the rest of the season to decide if Weeden is indeed Cleveland's long-term answer at quarterback. If there wasn't enough pressure on Weeden already, Banner raised the heat level a few degrees. Weeden, though, isn't sweating it. He's doesn't feel as if he's under fire. "I would've expected him to say that," he said. "They're taking over this organization and they're going to do the moves to help this team win and I obviously want to be the guy that they have a lot of confidence in going forward and I've got to play like it. "I've got to go play well and keep the team growing and keep the team making better plays and let the rest kind of take care of itself." NOTES: Browns RB Trent Richardson is still not 100 percent but the bye week helped his rib cartilage injury. Richardson is close with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, whose records he broke in high school. Richardson said they speak regularly and he has watched Smith on TV's "Dancing With The Stars." Richardson said, "He got moves, man." ... Browns TE Benjamin Watson was named the fourth captain for this week's game. .... Browns CB Joe Haden was limited in practice with an oblique injury but said he expects to play.

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College Schedule College Football Schedule All Times EST (Subject to change) Thursday, Nov. 15 SOUTH SE Louisiana (4-6) at Nicholls St. (1-8), 7 p.m. North Carolina (6-4) at Virginia (4-6), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 SOUTH FIU (2-8) at FAU (3-7), 8 p.m. FAR WEST Hawaii (1-8) at Air Force (5-5), 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 EAST Temple (3-6) at Army (2-8), Noon Yale (2-7) at Harvard (7-2), Noon Towson (6-4) at New Hampshire (8-2), Noon Indiana (4-6) at Penn St. (6-4), Noon Maine (4-6) at Rhode Island (0-10), Noon Monmouth (NJ) (4-5) at Robert Morris (4-6), Noon Sacred Heart (2-8) at St. Francis (Pa.) (4-6), Noon Duquesne (5-5) at Wagner (7-3), Noon Virginia Tech (4-6) at Boston College (2-8), 12:30 p.m. Columbia (3-6) at Brown (6-3), 12:30 p.m. Penn (5-4) at Cornell (4-5), 12:30 p.m. CCSU (2-7) at Albany (NY) (8-2), 1 p.m. Bryant (4-6) at Bucknell (2-8), 1 p.m. Colgate (7-3) at Fordham (6-4), 1 p.m. Holy Cross (1-9) at Georgetown (5-5), 1 p.m. Lehigh (9-1) at Lafayette (5-5), 1 p.m. Dartmouth (5-4) at Princeton (5-4), 1 p.m. Buffalo (3-7) at UMass (1-9), 3 p.m. Villanova (7-3) at Delaware (5-5), 3:30 p.m. Texas St. (3-6) at Navy (6-4), 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma (7-2) at West Virginia (5-4), 7 p.m. SOUTH Tennessee Tech (3-7) at Austin Peay (1-9), Noon Houston (4-6) at Marshall (4-6), Noon Florida St. (9-1) at Maryland (4-6), Noon W. Carolina (1-9) at Alabama (9-1), 12:21 p.m. Arkansas (4-6) at Mississippi St. (7-3), 12:21 p.m. Marist (3-6) at Campbell (1-9), 1 p.m. San Diego (6-3) at Davidson (2-8), 1 p.m. Jacksonville St. (6-4) at Florida (9-1), 1 p.m. Delaware St. (6-4) at Howard (6-4), 1 p.m. Drake (7-3) at Jacksonville (7-3), 1 p.m. Valparaiso (1-9) at Morehead St. (3-7), 1 p.m. Hampton (2-7) at Morgan St. (3-7), 1 p.m. Wofford (8-2) at South Carolina (8-2), 1 p.m. The Citadel (6-4) at Furman (3-7), 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian (2-8) at Gardner-Webb (2-8), 1:30 p.m. Georgia Southern (8-2) at Georgia (9-1), 1:30 p.m. Savannah St. (1-9) at SC State (4-6), 1:30 p.m. Liberty (5-5) at VMI (2-8), 1:30 p.m. Richmond (7-3) at William & Mary (2-8), 1:30 p.m. Jackson St. (6-4) at Alcorn St. (4-6), 2 p.m. Alabama A&M (7-3) at Auburn (2-8), 2 p.m. Florida A&M (4-6) vs. Bethune-Cookman (8-2) at Orlando, Fla., 2 p.m. Elon (3-7) at Chattanooga (5-5), 2 p.m. SE Missouri (3-7) at Murray St. (4-6), 2 p.m. NC A&T (6-4) at NC Central (6-4), 2 p.m. Memphis (2-8) at UAB (3-7), 2 p.m. South Florida (3-6) at Miami (5-5), 3 p.m. Tennessee St. (8-2) at UT-Martin (7-3), 3 p.m. NC State (6-4) at Clemson (9-1), 3:30 p.m. Charleston Southern (5-5) at Coastal Carolina (6-4), 3:30 p.m. Duke (6-4) at Georgia Tech (5-5), 3:30 p.m. Mississippi (5-5) at LSU (8-2), 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee (6-3) at South Alabama (2-8), 3:30 p.m. Arkansas St. (7-3) at Troy (5-5), 3:30 p.m. East Carolina (6-4) at Tulane (2-8), 3:30 p.m. Utah St. (8-2) at Louisiana Tech (9-1), 4 p.m. North Texas (4-6) at Louisiana-Monroe (6-4), 4 p.m. Old Dominion (9-1) at James Madison (7-3), 7 p.m. W. Kentucky (6-4) at Louisiana-Lafayette (5-4), 7 p.m. Tennessee (4-6) at Vanderbilt (6-4), 7 p.m. Samford (6-3) at Kentucky (1-9), 7:30 p.m. Lamar (4-7) at McNeese St. (6-4), 8 p.m. UTEP (2-8) at Southern Miss. (0-10), 8 p.m. MIDWEST Kent St. (9-1) at Bowling Green (7-3), Noon Rutgers (8-1) at Cincinnati (7-2), Noon Iowa (4-6) at Michigan (7-3), Noon Northwestern (7-3) at Michigan St. (5-5), Noon Miami (Ohio) (4-6) at Cent. Michigan (4-6), 1 p.m. N. Dakota St. (9-1) at Illinois St. (8-2), 1 p.m. E. Michigan (1-9) at W. Michigan (4-7), 2 p.m.

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Indiana St. (7-3) at Youngstown St. (6-4), 2 p.m. South Dakota (1-9) at S. Dakota St. (7-3), 3 p.m. W. Illinois (3-7) at S. Illinois (5-5), 3 p.m. Purdue (4-6) at Illinois (2-8), 3:30 p.m. Minnesota (6-4) at Nebraska (8-2), 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest (5-5) at Notre Dame (10-0), 3:30 p.m. Ohio St. (10-0) at Wisconsin (7-3), 3:30 p.m. Missouri St. (3-7) at N. Iowa (4-6), 5 p.m. Iowa St. (5-5) at Kansas (1-9), 7 p.m. Syracuse (5-5) at Missouri (5-5), 7 p.m. SOUTHWEST UCF (8-2) at Tulsa (8-2), Noon MVSU (4-6) at Texas Southern (2-8), 2 p.m. Prairie View (3-7) at Ark.-Pine Bluff (8-2), 3:30 p.m. Texas Tech (7-3) at Oklahoma St. (6-3), 3:30 p.m. SMU (5-5) at Rice (4-6), 3:30 p.m. Sam Houston St. (8-2) at Texas A&M (8-2), 3:30 p.m. E. Illinois (7-3) at Cent. Arkansas (8-2), 6 p.m. Northwestern St. (4-6) at Stephen F. Austin (4-6), 7 p.m. Kansas St. (10-0) at Baylor (4-5), 8 p.m. FAR WEST Washington (6-4) at Colorado (1-9), 1:30 p.m. North Dakota (5-5) at N. Colorado (4-6), 2:05 p.m. Washington St. (2-8) at Arizona St. (5-5), 3 p.m. Southern Cal (7-3) at UCLA (8-2), 3:05 p.m. Colorado St. (3-7) at Boise St. (8-2), 3:30 p.m. Montana St. (9-1) at Montana (5-5), 3:30 p.m. Nevada (6-4) at New Mexico (4-7), 3:30 p.m. Wyoming (3-7) at UNLV (2-9), 4 p.m. E. Washington (8-2) at Portland St. (3-7), 4:05 p.m. UTSA (6-4) at Idaho (1-9), 5 p.m. Weber St. (1-9) at Idaho St. (1-9), 6 p.m. Sacramento St. (6-4) at UC Davis (3-7), 6 p.m. Cal Poly (8-2) at N. Arizona (8-2), 6:05 p.m. Stanford (8-2) at Oregon (10-0), 8 p.m. Arizona (6-4) at Utah (4-6), 10 p.m. California (3-8) at Oregon St. (7-2), 10:30 p.m. BYU (6-4) at San Jose St. (8-2), 10:30 p.m.

Prep Pairings OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS REGIONAL FINALS DIVISION I All games at 7 p.m. Saturday unless noted Region 1 4 Mentor (11-1) vs. 2 St. Ignatius (11-1) at Byers Field Region 2 1 Massillon Washington (11-1) vs. 2 Toledo Whitmer (12-0) at Mansfield Arlin Field Region 3 4 Pickerington North (11-1) vs. 7 Hilliard Davidson (102) at Ohio Wesleyan University Selby Stadium Region 4 1 Cincinnati Colerain (12-0) vs. 3 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (9-3) at University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium, 7:30 p.m. DIVISION II All games at 7:30 Friday Region 5 4 Chardon (10-2) vs. 3 Aurora (11-1) at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium Region 6 4 Avon (11-1) vs. 2 Toledo Central Catholic (11-1) at Clyde Robert Bishop Jr. Stadium Region 7 4 New Albany (10-2) vs. 3 Columbus Marion-Franklin (11-1) at Gahanna Lincoln Stadium Region 8 1 Cincinnati Turpin (12-0) vs. 6 Trotwood-Madison (102) at Kings Stadium DiIVISION III All games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 9 1 Chagrin Falls (11-1) vs. 6 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-2) at Solon Stewart Field Region 10 1 Napoleon (11-0-1) vs. 2 Bellevue (11-1) at Findlay Donnell Stadium Region 11 4 Dover (10-2) vs. 2 Millersburg West Holmes (11-1) at Canton Fawcett Stadium Region 12 1 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (11-1) vs. 3 The Plains Athens (11-1) at Reynoldsburg Raider Stadium State semifinals: Saturday, Nov. 24 State final: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Canton Fawcett Stadium DIVISION IV All games at 7:30 Friday Region 13 1 Brookfield (12-0) vs. 2 Creston Norwayne (12-0) at Stow Ron Marhofer Auto Family Field Region 14 1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (12-0) vs. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf (12-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium-Purk Field Region 15 1 St. Clairsville (12-0) vs. 3 Johnstown-Monroe (10-2) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium Region 16 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (12-0) vs. 7 West Milton Milton-Union (10-2) at Centerville Stadium DIVISION V All games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 17 1 KIirtland (12-0) vs. 7 Youngstown Ursuline (8-4) at Aurora Veterans Stadium Region 18 4 Findlay Liberty-Benton (11-1) vs. 7 Hamler Patrick Henry (10-2) at Lima Stadium Region 19 1 Lucasville Valley (12-0) vs. 6 Baltimore Liberty Union (10-2) at Nelsonville Boston Field Region 20 1 Coldwater (12-0) vs. 3 Covington (12-0) at Dayton Welcome Stadium DIVISION VI All games at 7:30 Friday Region 21 1 Mogadore (12-0) vs. 6 Youngstown Christian (9-2) at Ravenna Gilcrest Field Region 22 1 McComb (12-0) vs. 6 Delphos St. John's (8-4) at Findlay Donnell Stadium Region 23 1 Danville (11-1) vs. 2 Newark Catholic (10-2) at Westerville Central Warhawk Field Region 24 4 St. Henry (9-3) vs. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

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NBA Standings National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division L Pct GB W 5 0 1.000 — New York 4 2 .667 1½ Brooklyn 4 3 .571 2 Boston 4 3 .571 2 Philadelphia 2 6 .250 4½ Toronto Southeast Division L Pct GB W 6 2 .750 — Miami 3 3 .500 2 Atlanta 3 3 .500 2 Charlotte 2 5 .286 3½ Orlando 0 6 .000 5 Washington Central Division L Pct GB W 4 2 .667 — Milwaukee 4 3 .571 ½ Chicago 3 5 .375 2 Indiana 2 6 .250 3 Cleveland 0 8 .000 5 Detroit WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division L Pct GB W 7 1 .875 — San Antonio 5 1 .833 1 Memphis 3 2 .600 2½ New Orleans Dallas 4 4 .500 3 Houston 3 4 .429 3½ Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 6 2 .750 — Minnesota 5 2 .714 ½ Denver 4 4 .500 2 Utah 4 4 .500 2 Portland 3 5 .375 3 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 5 2 .714 — Phoenix 4 4 .500 1½ Golden State 3 4 .429 2 L.A. Lakers 3 5 .375 2½ Sacramento 2 6 .250 3½ Tuesday's Games Charlotte 92, Washington 76 Toronto 74, Indiana 72 New York 99, Orlando 89 Brooklyn 114, Cleveland 101 Portland 103, Sacramento 86 San Antonio 84, L.A. Lakers 82 Wednesday's Games Detroit at Philadelphia Utah at Boston New Orleans at Houston Charlotte at Minnesota Memphis at Oklahoma City Indiana at Milwaukee Washington at Dallas Chicago at Phoenix Atlanta at Golden State Miami at L.A. Clippers Thursday's Games Boston at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. New York at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Friday's Games Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Indiana, 7 p.m. Orlando at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at New Orleans, 8 p.m. New York at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Transactions Wednesday's Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League MIAMI MARLINS—Claimed LHP Scott Maine off waivers from Toronto. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Agreed to terms with C Blake Lalli on a minor league contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with LHP Jeremy Affeldt on a three-year contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Announced first base coach Trent Jewett with be the third base coach for the 2013 season. Named Tony Tarasco first base coach and Gary Thurman minor league outfield/baserunning coordinator. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL—Fined Houston LB Tim Dobbins $30,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit to Chicago QB Jay Cutler. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Signed G Jeremy Bridges. Placed DE Thomas Keiser on injured reserve. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed TE DeMarco Cosby to the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS—Signed RB Kahlil Bell. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Signed LB Omar Gaither. Placed LB Travis Goethel on injured reserve. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Released WR Phil Bates from the practice squad. Placed WR Lavasier Tuinei to the practice squad. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Released DT Kellen Heard. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Promoted DE Markus White from the practice squad. Signed LB Joe Holland to the practice squad. Canadian Football League CFL—Fined Calgary SB Nik Lewis an undisclosed amount for violating the league's social media policy. LACROSSE National Lacrosse League EDMONTON RUSH—Acquired T Jeremy Thompson from Buffalo for F Aaron Wilson and a 2013 second-round draft pick. SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS—Fined D.C. United G Bill Hamid an undisclosed amount for failing to leave the field in an orderly manner after receiving a red card and D.C. United F Lionard Pajoy an undisclosed amount for "deliberately marring the penalty mark" in a Nov. 8 game against New York.



Thursday, November 15, 2012


Price, Dickey baseball’s best pitchers Duo winners of Cy Young NEW YORK (AP) — David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball's Cy Young awards on Wednesday. Price barely beat out 2011 winner Justin Verlander for the American League prize in one of the closest votes ever. Dickey was an easy choice for the NL honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 38-year-old Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, an achievement mentors such as Hall of Famer Phil Niekro are quite proud of. "I am not a self-made man by any stretch of the imagination," Dickey said on MLB Network. "This is a victory for all of us." Runner-up two years ago, Price was the pick this time by the slimmest of margins. He received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for Verlander, chosen first on 13 ballots. Other than a 1969 tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain, it was the tightest race in the history of the AL award. Rays closer Fernando Rodney got the other firstplace vote and came in fifth. "It means a lot," Price said. "It's something that


R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award Wednesday. I'll always have. It's something that they can't take away from me." Price went 20-5 to tie Jered Weaver for the American League lead in victories and winning percentage. The 27-year-old lefty had the lowest ERA at 2.56 and finished sixth in strikeouts with 205. Verlander, also the league MVP a year ago,

followed that up by going 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA and pitching the Detroit Tigers to the World Series. He led the majors in strikeouts (239), innings (238 1-3) and complete games (six). Price tossed 211 innings in 31 starts, while Verlander made 33. One factor that might have swung some votes, however: Price faced stiffer competition in the rugged AL East

than Verlander did in the AL Central. "I guess it's a blessing and a curse at the same time," Price said. "There's not an easy out in the lineups every game. It feels like a postseason game." Weaver came in third with 70 points, but was listed second on a pair of ballots. The right-hander threw a no-hitter and had a 2.81 ERA in his first 20-

win season but missed time with injuries and totaled only 188 2-3 innings for the Los Angeles Angels. The top pick in the 2007 amateur draft out of Vanderbilt, Price reached the majors the following year and has made three straight All-Star teams. Despite going 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 2010, he finished a distant second in

Cy Young voting to Felix Hernandez, who won only 13 games for last-place Seattle but dominated most other statistical categories that year. Verlander was trying to become the first AL pitcher to win back-toback Cy Youngs since Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000. San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum did it in the National League in 200809. Dickey garnered 27 of 32 first-place votes and easily outdistanced 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez of Washington finished third. Dickey joined Dwight Gooden (1985) and threetime winner Tom Seaver as the only Mets pitchers to win the award. The right-hander was the club's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. And perhaps most impressive, Dickey did it during a season when the fourth-place Mets finished 74-88. "It just feels good all over," he said. Price and Dickey are both from Tennessee, making them the fourth pair of Cy Young winners to be born in the same state, according to STATS. The two MVP awards will be announced Thursday. Verlander's teammate, Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, is a leading contender in the American League.

Drama not over yet Lakers moving on with D’Antoni as coach


Thad Matta and Buzz Williams check out the condensation on the USS Yorktown last Friday.

Carrier Classic will continue Officials look for engineering solution to problem COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Carrier Classic will return to the USS Yorktown to open the college basketball season despite last weekend's cancelled contest between Ohio State and Marquette. Morale Entertainment President Mike Whalen said Monday his group and the Patriots Point Development Authority have agreed to hold the event again next year despite the game being called because of continuing condensation on the court made it too dangerous for the players. Whalen said he and organizers believe they have an engineering solution to keep the surface dry for next season. "We're trying to do some good and we think we can continue to do that," Whalen said. There were no compli-

cations earlier Friday when Notre Dame women defeated Ohio State 57-51 in a Top 25 matchup on the carrier's converted flight deck. Whalen said the format would remain the same with both a women's and a men's game. "There are a lot of women in the military, a lot of women veterans," he said. "It's important that we do this." Whalen said he has had heard from about 10 schools since Saturday who were still interested in playing aboard the carrier. The Carrier Classic wasn't the only outdoor game affected by the weather. The GeorgetownFlorida game on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville was called off after halftime because of condensa-

tion. On Sunday, Syracuse defeated San Diego State 62-49 on the decommissioned carrier USS Midway, a game that was delayed two days because of the threat of rain. Activities on the Yorktown were moving along as planned Friday until Ohio State and Marquette began warmups. Players began slipping on the surface and struggling to gain their footing. Referee John Cahill delayed the start to give organizers the chance to dry the court. Still, the moisture continued and the game was eventually cancelled about an hour after it was supposes to tip off. Ohio State and Marquette players mingled with fans and military personnel following the cancellation. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta and

Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams both said they'd take part in games like this in the future, if possible. Whalen said the fans and military he spoke with were disappointed the game wasn't played, but understood the reason why. "There was not one boo when the cancellation was announced," Whalen said. "I think that's important." The first Carrier Classic was held outside San Diego in 2011 when North Carolina and Michigan State played on the USS Carl Vinson, a game attended by President Barack Obama. This year's games were held to benefit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Pau Gasol got home from the game and read about it on Twitter, while Dwight Howard got a midnight message on his BlackBerry. They shared most Los Angeles Lakers fans' mix of surprise, trepidation and anticipation. Just when everybody thought the Lakers were getting back together with Phil Jackson, they switched course in the middle of the night and went with Mike D'Antoni. What a weekend in Hollywood — and the real drama isn't over yet. The Lakers reacted with ample excitement and a little bewilderment Monday to their front office's surprising decision to hire D'Antoni as coach Mike Brown's replacement over Jackson, the 11-time champion who discussed the job at his home Saturday and apparently wanted to return. D'Antoni didn't even interview for the job in person, speaking to the Lakers over the phone. "It has been crazy, but all this stuff will just make this team stronger," said Howard, who has been in a Lakers uniform for about six weeks. "Everything that we've been through so far, it's going to make us stronger, and we have to look at this as a positive situation." The Lakers' third coach in four days won't take over the team until later in the week. D'Antoni still hadn't been cleared to travel Monday after undergoing knee replacement surgery earlier in the month, although the Lakers are optimistic the former Knicks and Suns coach will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday. So interim coach Bernie

Bickerstaff was still in charge Monday when the Lakers gathered for an informal workout ahead of Tuesday's game against San Antonio. Just two weeks into the regular season, the Lakers (3-4) are about to start over with a new offense and another coaching staff — and a renewed certainty they're expected to compete for a title this season. "It's been a zoo," said forward Antawn Jamison, a 15-year NBA veteran who played for D'Antoni on a U.S. national team. "But as I was telling somebody, it's just a typical day here in L.A. It's interesting. ... It should be a lot easier to adjust to than the system we were trying to get adjusted to early on in the season. We've got Steve (Nash) that can help us out." Two Lakers who supported both Brown and his two potential replacements weren't available in El Segundo to weigh in on the hire. Nash missed the workout while getting treatment on his injured leg, while Kobe Bryant left before it ended to share a helicopter ride back home to Orange County with point guard Steve Blake, who needed an exam on his abdominal injury. And the tall, professorial coach with all the rings wasn't at the Lakers' training complex at all. Just 24 hours after Jackson seemed headed back to his oversized chair on the Staples Center bench, D'Antoni had the job. It's too soon to tell how the Buss family's latest counterintuitive move will sit with Lakers fans, who chanted "We want Phil!" during the club's weekend games.


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