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Rain thins Christmas on Green crowd Indoor activities for annual event popular BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA — Mother Nature seems to be rather fickle these days as rain came down on those who dared to venture outdoors for the annual Christmas on the Green Friday evening. This left music maestros tucked into corners, Christmas characters congregated at the library entry, the Lampost IV singing before thin numbers, the horse-drawn carriage ride and food vendors minus what is typically long lines. “I think the rain has really affected the crowd this year,” said Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua. She had hoped more would attend as the evening progressed because “the community loves this

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The Lamppost IV perform in the gazebo in downtown Piqua on Friday during the annual Christmas on the Green. Rainy weather limited the crowds for the holiday event. Santa will arrive today in the Piqua Holiday Parade, which starts downtown at 2 p.m.

event, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to celebrate the season together.” However, the event was not an entire washout as the kiddie Christmas shop at the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce was packed. As was the library filled with individuals, especially children. The families were either awaiting the Piqua Arts School to perform the Nutcracker and the Renaissance Singers to perform afterward or in the children’s department one floor below. Here attendees took advantage of multiple games and activities, and partook of cookies and punch laid out for their enjoyment in the entryway being overseen by Tess Graves of the catalogue department. Graves estimated about 50 had come through the department not long after the event started at 6 p.m. She explained how the challenging weather can at times play in their favor. “Sometimes when it is bad outside people See ChristmasPage 2




Covington kids brighten holidays of service members

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Destyni Scherer Third grade Springcreek Moments in Time


In 1867, Piqua’s first African-American business was chartered as Co-operative Trade Association. Courtesy of the Piqua Public Library

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Covington Middle School Principal Josh Long has his head shaved and cut into a mohawk by middle school math teacher Jason Ahrens on Friday afternoon. Long agreed to receive the haircut, and dye his remaining hair red, if students could raise $1,000 for the American Red Cross to use for Hurricane Sandy relief. Students met their goal and presented a check to R. Scott Miller, executive director of the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, for $1,001.37. Ahrens’ class raised the most money in the effort so he was given the honor of handling the clippers. Before sitting down in the “barber’s” chair, Long told the students that learning about giving and donating to others in need is just as important as math, science and English.

COVINGTON — Kindergarten and firstgrade students at Covington Elementary School have taken on a special project aimed at assisting and uplifting soldiers who are stationed abroad this Christmas season. At the same time, teachers who helped organize the classroom assignment say the project also teaches the approximate 120 students what it would be like to have a parent serving in the military. Kelly Gessner, a firstgrade teacher, and Lee Anne Boggs, a kindergarten teacher, are two of a total of five teachers and See Soldiers/Page 2

New school to be built on old hospital site



Students ‘adopt’ soldiers


Construction set to begin next spring BY JENNIFER RUNYON For the Daily Call Editor’s note: Piqua City Schools has released design graphics for the district’s new buildings giving the public their first look at what’s to come. The Daily Call is sharing these graphics and information about the buildings in this two-part series. Day two will focus on the new intermediate building. The series began Friday with a look at the two new primary buildings.

PIQUA — A new school building is planned for students in fourth- to sixth-grade at Piqua City Schools through a partnership with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. This partnership has the state paying 47 percent of the construction cost. The new intermediate building will take place of the district’s three schools used for those grades currently. It will be called Piqua Central Intermediate School and will be built on the former Piqua Memorial Medical Center site. The City of Piqua used a Federal grant to obtain

A provided architectural drawing shows the new Piqua intermediate school’s media center. The intermediate school will house students in grades 4-6 and will be built on the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site. Construction is expected to begin on the district’s three new facilities (including two new elementary buildings at See School/Page 2 Washington and Springreek) in the spring.


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Chambers to host social media event TROY — On Wednesday, the Miami County Chambers of Commerce Small Business Council will host a seminar on “Safety and Social Media.” Did you know that 1,500,000 pieces of content are shared each day on social media? The presenter, Mike McDermott, will explain in detail what security measures your company should take to safeguard your business when dealing with social media. McDermott also will discuss the benefits of having a social media policy. With the ever-growing demand of social media, you and your company need to safeguard how and why your employees are permitted to use this form of communication. The “Safety and Social Media” seminar will be held at the Concord Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy beginning at 7:30 a.m. with registration, networking and a light breakfast. The program will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information on registration costs, contact the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 773-2765 or




FOP shops for kids’ gifts

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Meijer manager Dessie Szklany, far left, checks out a selection of kids bicycles with Piqua Deputy Police Chief Marty Grove and Carman McCoy Barhorst, program director for the Miami County Victim Witness Program as members of the Miami County FOP Lodge shopped at the Troy Meijer store for Christmas gifts for victims of crime and abuse around the area. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered to children by FOP members and Santa Claus in time for Christmas.

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their classes at the school who have “adopted” a platoon of soldiers and have been sending letters and packages to them this holiday season. The soldiers from an artillery unit, based out of Lottery Oklahoma, currently staCLEVELAND (AP) — tioned abroad are receivThe following are Friday’s ing the letters and winning Ohio Lottery num- packages filled with goodies. Because of their misbers: sion, school officials do not Night Drawings: know where in the world ■ Rolling Cash 5 they have been deployed. 17-26-31-33-39 More than five boxes ■ Pick 3 Numbers containing letters and 3-0-3 useful or comforting goods ■ Pick 4 Numbers have been sent and Gess4-0-0-7 ner and Boggs said anDay Drawings: other five boxes will be ■ Midday 3 shipped out next week. 8-2-1 The deadline is Dec. 14. ■ Midday 4 Gessner said the project 1-8-0-9

began after a student’s father, who also is a veteran, visited the classroom and told the children how difficult it can be for soldiers who are away from their families during Christmas. So far, the students seem to love the activity and are hopeful the soldiers will write them back. In the letters, the students ask the soldiers questions and tell them things about their lives. Each one contains a selfaddressed envelope. “The kids are so excited about it,” Gessner said. “They love being able to bring stuff in for the boxes. They all wrote letters and asked each soldier a question. We don’t expect every soldier to

write back for awhile, but some of the letters were just amazing.” Some of the items in the boxes include candy, snacks, books, magazines, mini footballs, Slim Jims and other surprises for the soldiers. Boggs said the students in her class loved bringing in items to give to the soldiers. “They have brought in all sorts of cool stuff,” Boggs said. “We even allowed them to bring in used items so everyone could participate.” All of the items are expected to reach the troops before Christmas. “It has been really nice to see just how caring and compassionate the students have been,” Boggs said.


come in, so we get a lot more, it depends. If it’s nice they may stay out longer,” said Graves, though pointing out that while it may be good for the library activities, “it may not be so good for others.”

his mother, Norma Florkey; his brother and sisters, Vicki, Mary, Ann and Bobby; and many other family members; as well as his very special dogs, Baby Girl and Diesel. Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home, 620 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, Mich. Services will be officiated by Pastor Jay Julian. David’s family will receive friends at the funeral home at 3 p.m. until the time of service. Interment for David will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Marion, at a later date. Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Hornbeck family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home, Cadillac.

Shirley A. Byrkett VANDALIA — Shirley A. Byrkett, 76, of Vandalia, formerly a longtime resident of Ludlow Falls and West Milton passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Crossroads Rehabilitation and Nursing, Vandalia. She was born Sept. 8, 1936, in Troy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph W. and Irene M. (Martindale) Byrkett. She is survived by her son and daughterin-law, John and Barbara

Byrkett of Ludlow Falls; grandchildren, Alex, Zack and Kellen; and greatgrandchildren, Riley and Jaxon. Shirley was a 1954 graduate of Milton-Union High School. She formerly worked at Stump’s Grocery in Englewood for 25 years and retired from Goodyear, Dayton. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton.

Death notices PIQUA — Joseph C. Dellinger, 88, of Piqua, died at 10:23 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Versailles Health Care Center. His funeral arrangements are pending through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home.

Mainstreet plans ‘Cash Mob’ in downtown Piqua A provided architectural drawing shows the new Piqua intermediate school’s welcome and reception media centers. The intermediate school will house students in grades 4-6. Construction is expected to begin on the district’s three new facilities (including two new elementary buildings at Washington and Springcreek) in the spring.

New school by the numbers: • Piqua Central Intermediate School (Grades 46) • Projected Enrollment — 859 students • Square footage — 105,579 • Three story classroom area with the remainder of the building on one floor • Length of front of building –—350 feet • Length of side of building — 238 feet Budget - $22.1 million media center will be equipped with materials students on that floor need. For example, the media center on the floor that houses sixth-grade classrooms will have books and materials appropriate for sixthgraders. A welcoming center will greet guests upon enter-

ing the front doors of the school. The student dining area will also serve as a community room. Because of strategically placed gates and doors, a group using this community room would not have access to the entire building. This is also true for the gymnasium. “There’s been a lot of

Those others include a number of vendors in the Fort Piqua Plaza area, and the businesses dependent on individuals traveling up and down the heart of the city. One attendee and her family may have put it best though about the night’s weather. “It’s not like it’s freez-

ing, blowing, and nasty,” said Angie Finfrock, who was attending Christmas on the Green with her entire family as they were just departing from Readmore’s Hallmark after having recently ridden the kiddie train. “It’s not cold, it’s just rain. You just have to dress for the occasion.”

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CADILLAC, Mich. — David Hornbeck, 47, of Cadillac, Mich., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Butt e r worth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dave w a s HORNBECK b o r n Nov. 22, 1965, in Troy, Ohio. He married Tonya Moot on June 29, 2002, in Cadillac. Dave had a love for fishing, camping, doing yard work, snowmobiling and cooking. Most of all he loved his wife, children and grandchildren. Dave is survived by his wife, Tonya; his children, Orlando, April Hornbeck, Michael, Moniqua and Harley Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Tristan, Tiyahna, T’yondre, Alexander and Felicity;

DAYTON — Mary Ellen Parrish, 87, of Dayton, formerly of Englewood passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Maria-Joseph Center, Dayton. Funeral services will be held Monday at the HaleSarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton, Burial will follow at Dayton Memorial Park.

Continued from page 1 the hospital’s title and then agreed to sell the facility to Piqua Schools for $1. Originally, the district’s plans had the Nicklin Medical Building remaining; however, it was included in the property sold to the district and the district is no longer working around it. Construction on the school is expected to begin in the spring of 2013. At 105,579 square-feet, the building is slightly larger than the two primary buildings. Because of this, design on the intermediate building began first. Unlike the two-story classroom wings of the primary buildings, the intermediate’s classroom wing will be three stories with the remainder of the building on one floor. Currently, there are approximately 300 students at each of the district’s three intermediate buildings. Piqua Central will have 300 students on each floor. The main office will face Nicklin Avenue. Parents taking students to school will enter off Nicklin Avenue with buses entering off Park Avenue. There will be open media centers on each floor of the fourth- to sixth-grade building. According to Superintendent Rick Hanes, each


thought put in to how do we make this work not only for the students, but also for the community,” Project Manager Curt South said. There has been concern that when an event is held at the intermediate building, there would not be ample parking. South said the district is at the limit on spaces the state will allow and that the bus parking area will be over-striped for car parking. He added that it is not yet certain what will happen with the current Nicklin school building, but it most likely could be used for overflow parking. The building is expected to be finished in January 2015. Students will move into the new building at that time.

PIQUA — As a part of its ongoing efforts to support local merchants, Mainstreet Piqua will host its second “Cash Mob” at 5:15 p.m. Monday. Cash mobs are one of many buy-local campaigns that have recently spread to communities across the country in an effort to support local businesses. Participants will meet at the Mainstreet Piqua office and walk to the “mob” business (The “mob” business will remain a surprise until people arrive) and shop. The goal is for each person to spend at least $10. Last month Mainstreet “mobbed” Readmore’s Hallmark and 28 participants dropped a staggering $537. Organizers hop to do even better on Monday! Businesses are cho-

sen based on many factors, including the fact that they are locally owned and have a commitment to supporting the community. When residents shop local, they invest in their community, in their neighbors, and in themselves. The best return on investment in this economic climate is local businesses. To learn more about the cash mob event go to the Mainstreet Piqua facebook page, a or follow Mainstreet Piqua on twitter @mainstreetpiqua. Mainstreet Piqua is a non-profit organization that serves Piqua, and beyond, by creating a thriving downtown as the heart and center of commerce and community.

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Community spotlight

Giving Tree

Rain likely throughout weekend A front stalls out across the area over the weekend. This keeps the area in a very active weather pattern with the chance of rain each day through Monday. Once again, rainfall could be more significant on Sunday. Temperatures will remain above normal through the weekend, and then we turn chilly next week. High: 52 Low: 45.

For the hard to buy PIQUA — Still seeking gifts for the difficult-to-buy-for people on your list? The Piqua Public Library announces a creative way to honor friends and family members that enjoy reading and want to encourage a love of books. The library is now featuring two Giving Trees. The lobby tree focuses on Teen and Adult titles, while the Children’s Department tree specifically showcases books for the young (and young at heart). Each Giving Tree is covered in paper ornaments that show a book cover on one side and the cost of donation on the back. When you select an ornament and donate the amount listed, you’ll be helping to fund the work of the library by providing new reading materials to the public. When you make a donation to the Piqua Public Library, you’ll receive: a thank you card, a gift card to give to your honoree, and a book plate will be placed in the book noting that it was donated in honor of “Jane Smith” by “John Smith.” “This is a way to give your friends and family a gift that always fits and never needs to be dusted,” said Robin Heintz, Piqua Public Library Marketing Specialist. “Plus, you know that you’ve done good this season by bringing more books into the community. It makes a legacy of the love of reading — and how can any gift top that?”



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Parker James Age: 7 Birthdate: Dec. 9, 2005 Parents: John and Robin James, Piqua Grandparents: Pam and Dave James, Ruth Barhorst, Bill Causey

‘Made in Piqua’ 2013 ornament available tributed to our continuing operation since 1908. After 104 years, we are still proud to be in Piqua, Ohio!” The idea for the collectible ornament came from former downtown Piqua merchant Doug Stilwell. A new ornament, featuring a different item made in Piqua, is produced each year and it is the goal of Mainstreet Piqua to feature items made by both historical business as well as those still present in the community. Companies that have been featured on the Made in Piqua ornament series include Decker’s, Hartzell Propeller, Favorite Stove Company, The French Oil Mill Machinery Company and the Meteor Motor Car Company. The ornaments are available at the Mainstreet Piqua office, 326 N. Main St., as well as Readmore Hallmark, 430 N. Main St., Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St. and Tapestry Angel, 516 Spring St.


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PIQUA — Piqua’s rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the sixth “Made in Piqua” ornament honors one of Piqua’s oldest companies. The new ornament honors the Piqua Paper Box Company and features a historic view of the front of the company’s Covington Avenue building, the company logo and a set of three boxes like the ones made at the Piqua company. The ornament is brass with dark blue highlights. The ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced for the project by Piqua Paper Box Company. The cost per ornament is $12. “The Piqua Paper Box Company appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this great project,” Lauren Gleason said. “We are very pleased with the way our ornament turned out and are honored to be a part in representing the people of Piqua who have con-


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Open Mike

Some people way off base with their complaints This past week has been a relatively busy one for Piqua police. A bank robbery and an aggravated assault with a box cutter topped the list of crimes on this week’s police docket. These situations, along with other news items were covered by our Piqua Daily Call staff, the stories appeared in our newspaper as well as being posted on our website and Facebook page. One of the advantages — and disadvantages — of posting stories to a social media site is that readers can provide comments and feedback. I have touched on this topic in previous columns, but it seems that the time is right to mention again that some folks just don’t appreciate where they live and seem to live their lives for one reason … to complain about everything they see and hear. Let me first address the two crimes mentioned above. Several people on Facebook chose our page to make derogatory remarks regarding the Piqua Police Department. One person was even complaining about an allegedly unsolved Piqua robbery — from 1994. First, let me point out that both of these major crimes that occurred this week have been solved. Arrests were made in both cases. The “bad guys” are off the street. Too many people just don’t understand reality. MIKE ULLERY Life is not a one-hour cop Chief Photographer show. Solving crimes does not happen magically, and rarely in one hour. In reality, it sometimes does not happen at all. In the real world, sometimes the bad guys win. We are fortunate in our area to be blessed with great officers on dedicated and professional law enforcement agencies. These men and women work every day to, as the Los Angeles Police Department motto says, “Protect and Serve.” And let us not forget that their line of work carries with it a set of dangers that most of us never have to face . The next time that you feel like making disparaging remarks about our local law enforcement officers, think about Suzanne Hopper in nearby Clark County, who died less than two years ago in the line of duty. Or, stop by the Miami County Law Enforcement Memorial at the courthouse in Troy, where the names of law enforcement officers from our hometowns are etched in granite after they made the ultimate sacrifice … for you and for me. Along with those few who were complaining about law enforcement were the number of people who look for excuses to say horrible things about our city. Yes, our city. I live in Troy but have been made to feel welcome working in Piqua and have grown to consider it my home away from home. I see much good in Piqua. It is there. All one has to do is to open their eyes. Sure there are criminals in Piqua. Stuff happens everywhere and Piqua is no more, or less, prone to violence than any other local community. Possibly, it is just human nature, but when we post stories full of good news and progress for our city, few people take notice. Let someone break the law, however; and there are hundreds of people lying in wait to talk about how that person represents the way that Piqua is as a community. Nothing could be further from the truth. Piqua is a great community with great schools and great people. My thoughts are that if you live in Piqua and don’t like it … leave. If you live elsewhere, don’t presume to make judgments against our city. None of us is perfect. No community is perfect. But all one has to do is to open their eyes and look around them to see that the good far outweighs the bad in our little neck of the woods. I don’t know about you, but I think that I will stick around. Mike Ullery is the Chief Photographer of the Piqua Daily Call. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of the Piqua Daily Call.

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He wants monopoly on Monopoly racecar Dear Parker BrothHeck, I bet if you ers: polled the country I am a satisfied cuseverybody would want tomer who has a couple to be the racecar. Noof queries regarding body voluntarily picks your wonderful, ageless the wheelbarrow, do classic Monopoly. I have they? played Monopoly my Long story short we entire life and yet when didn’t know how to setI think back I can’t retle the racecar staleWILL E SANDERS call ever actually finishmate. Christine politely Staff Writer ing a game. suggested a coin flip. I One time I almost continued to whimper finished a game when I and threw a tantrum, was a kid, but my older brother, Dustin, unwilling to back down. flipped the game board off the kitchen “Stop acting so childish,” I murmured. table. I’m not sure if that has ever hapHow should these petty squabbles be pened to you, but essentially it’s a game- handled? That is to say, short of a knife ender. I mean, the game board flipped in fight or a bare-knuckled brawl who gets the air like it was shot out of a catapult. first dibs on the racecar? Little green houses and miniature red Christine foolishly maintains I show a hotels fell from the sky — a few went little chivalry. I say that in a fast-dealinto the ceiling fan and ricocheted with ing property trading game that progreat velocity. Colorful fake money, motes faulty banking methods and chance and community chests cards encourages negligent lending practices were raining down all around us. Even there is no such thing as chivalry. the two dice bounced back down on top She claims I should pick another of the overturned game board. game piece and move on. I told her that Double sixes! was an easy sentiment to possess. She Oh no, I remember thinking, I don’t wasn’t the one who forked over $44.95 want Dustin to take another turn! for Monopoly (The Godfather Edition), This isn’t my actual question, but I and I was. don’t write fake letters too often so I’ll go So does the owner of the game itself ahead and ask. If a Monopoly partici- carry any special privilege with it? The pant flips, jerks, throws or otherwise rules fail to address this crucial issue. In vandalizes the playing surface in a bout your opinion should I or should I not get of uncontrolled sibling rage does he or first dibs? she ultimately and automatically forfeit Further complicating this matter is the game? the fact that, while I did purchase the I would imagine so of course, for I feel board game, it was a birthday present to it violates the spirit of the game. Christine. We debated for a half-hour I notice on the side of the box it reads over this. the game pieces are a choking/safety She is right. I did buy that particular hazard for children five and under. This version of Monopoly as a present for her, might seem like a random question but but I didn’t really buy it for her. I bought does that mean I won’t choke on one if I it for her — for me. I know it sounds selfintentionally consume one? Because I ish, but I’ve always wanted a reason to have to level with you, I’m fairly certain say, “I’m gonna make him an offer he I could eat the thimble and have it pass can’t refuse,” during a game of Monopunmolested through my digestive tract oly. successfully. That would be the one I Anyway, if you could get back with me would eat if I had to, like, if I was forced and weigh in on these matters I would at gunpoint to eat one of the 12 Monop- greatly appreciate it. Until you do, I will oly pieces. The howitzer and the man on not pass Go or collect $200. horseback are way too pointy to risk it with. To contact Will E Sanders email him Another question I had is the reason I at To learn more am writing. about Will E Sanders, to read past The other night my beautiful, brand- columns or to read features by other Crenew wife, Christine, and I reached an ators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, unpleasant impasse. visit the Creators Syndicate website at She wanted to be the racecar. COPYRIGHT 2012 I wanted to be the racecar. CREATORS.COM

Excerpts of recent editorials of interest from Ohio newspapers: (Cleveland) Plain Dealer An Ohio House committee risks shaming the state in backing off a bill to make cockfighting a felony. Ohio, as The Columbus Dispatch reported the other day, is one of only 14 states, and the only Great Lakes state, where cockfighting is a misdemeanor. Bids to help Ohio gain some legislative self-respect in this department have been stymied for decades by a small but determined and vocal clique of game-fowl breeders, mostly in southern Ohio. In the latest twist, the effort to make cockfighting a felony has stalled in the House’s Criminal Justice Committee because of lastminute “questions” about House Bill 260, sponsored by Republican Rep. Timothy Derickson, from Butler County in southwest Ohio. One committee member, lame-duck Republican Rep. Danny Bubp, of West Union in southern Ohio’s Adams County, reportedly mused that making cockfighting a felony would further crowd Ohio’s prisons. If that is so, then cockfighting is far more widespread in Ohio than its protectors have ever previously admitted. Cockfighting is a revolting, dehumanizing blood “sport” that has no place in 21st-century Ohio. What also is revolting is that a lame-duck session of the House ipso facto, a House with some members who will never again face voters would seek to protect it. ___ (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune Representatives in the Ohio House voted 58-27 to approve an overhaul of the public school rating system. The bill next goes to the state Senate, which is expected to act on the proposal before the current legislative session ends in December. Fine. But a priority for next year should be devising a school funding formula which relies less on personal property taxes. The proposed overhaul would change the rating scale to parallel the familiar A through F grading system. Big deal. Most Ohioans are smart enough to equate the current five-tier ratings excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency to letter grades. The key, of course, is how those ratings are derived. It makes sense that lawmakers and taxpayers alike have a method to assess how well resources they allocate are being utilized. There is a certain logic to determining that system before revisiting school funding issues. But 15 years have passed since the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state’s method for funding public education was unconstitutional. In the meantime, actions by state legislators haven’t even earned a rating as “continuous improvement.” That doesn’t leave many letters to choose from in grading their performance.

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Censorship necessary? Nobel literature winner believes so BY LOUISE NORDSTROM Associated Press



STOCKHOLM — This year’s Nobel literature winner Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his cozy relationship with China’s Communist Party, defended censorship Thursday as something as necessary as airport security checks. He also suggested he has no plans to join an appeal calling for the release of the jailed 2010 Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo. Mo has been criticized by human rights activists for not being a more outspoken defendant of freedom of speech and for being a member of the Communist Party-backed writers’ association. His comments Thursday, made in Stockholm, appear unlikely to soften his critics’ views toward him. Awarding him the prize has also brought criticism from previous Nobel winners. Herta Mueller, the 2009 literature laureate, called the jury’s choice of Mo a “catastrophe” in an interview with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter last month. She also accused Mo of protecting China’s censorship laws. Mo said he doesn’t feel that censorship should stand in the way of truth

granddaughter asking me for Santa Claus’ phone number. It seems she is very angry at her daddy for calling her a brat because she wouldn’t give him a hug. She wants to tattle on her daddy to Santa. Her parents are not together. Her daddy’s involvement has been only within the last year. She seemed very upset about the incident, and I want to make sure “Santa” gives her a good answer. I asked her to write a letter instead of phoning Santa to give me time for an answer. Did I do the right thing? — GRANDMA T., PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF. BY DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer DEAR GRAMDMA T.: Yes. Once your grandNEW YORK — Ed daughter has written the Henry’s assignment coverletter to Santa you may ing the White House would find that she no longer be a challenge for any jourdwells on what happened. nalist, no matter his emHowever, if she continues to ployer. look for a reply, “Santa’s” reYet Henry works at Fox sponse should be that her News Channel, home base daddy was hurt when she for viewers who longed for refused to give him a hug President Barack Obama’s because daddies need love defeat. More than anyone, just as little girls do. But he understands how the name-calling is wrong, no natural adversarial role of matter how old you are, reporting on the highest and he shouldn’t have level of government has becalled her a brat — which is come complicated in recent why he’ll be getting a lump years by the rise in partisan of coal in his stocking at media and online critics who Christmas. parse every word reporters and anchors say. TO MY JEWISH “It definitely puts presREADERS: The eight sure on all of us,” Henry days of Hanukkah begin at said,“and if you step out and sundown. (I cannot believe ask tough questions, you’re how early it has fallen this somehow seen as a partisan year.) Happy Hanukkah, now — even if it’s a substaneveryone. A joyous Festival tive question and even if it’s of Lights to all of you! a fair question.” Henry, 41, is preparing for Dear Abby is written by four more years on the beat Abigail Van Buren, also and would like to cover the known as Jeanne Phillips, Obama administration from and was founded by her beginning to end. He came mother, Pauline Phillips. to Fox in 2011 from CNN, for Write Dear Abby at whom he had worked in or P.O. Washington since 2004 (his Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA wife, Shirley Hung, is a 90069. CNN producer). Prior to get-

but that any defamation, or rumors, “should be censored.” “But I also hope that censorship, per se, should have the highest principle,” he said in comments translated by an interpreter from Chinese into English. Mo,a Communist party member and vice president of China’s official writers association, spoke at a news conference in Stockholm,where he is spending several days before receiving his prestigious prize in an awards ceremony next Monday. Addressing an issue that is extremely sensitive for China’s authoritarian Communist regime, Mo likened censorship to the thorough security procedures he was subjected to as he traveled to Stockholm. “When I was taking my flight, going through the customs ... they also wanted to check me — even taking off my belt and shoes,”he said.“But I think these checks are necessary.” Mo also dodged questions about fellow writer and compatriot Liu Xiaobo, who won the Peace Prize in 2010 but who remains in prison. Although he has previously said he hopes Liu will be freed soon, he refused to elaborate more on the case. “On the same evening of my winning

ting into television, the Queens, N.Y., native worked in print at Roll Call. He said he brings to his coverage the desire to hold public officials of each party accountable for their actions, and no ideological point of view. Fox has never denied that prime-time stars like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are opinionated. Daytime hours and programs hosted by Shepard Smith and Bret Baier are set aside for news, although it’s naive to suggest there’s no point of view. Three recent episodes illustrate the point. Fox aired 27 minutes of Obama speaking during four days just before the election — compared to 168 minutes of Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America noted. Author Thomas Rick’s interview on Fox last week was abruptly cut short when he accused the network of “operating as a wing of the Republican Party” with its coverage of the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fox News chief Roger Ailes encouraged David Petreaus to run for president, although Ailes

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make the killing club return that defeats the contract. But even if you duck the king of spades, you still have to play carefully to get home safely. Let’s say that after you duck the king, West leads another spade to dummy’s ace. In that case, you draw trumps with the queen and king, then lead a diamond from dummy and, after East follows low, you finesse the nine! This extraordinary play ensures the contract. West wins with the queen but is helpless. If he returns a spade, you ruff in dummy and finish with 11 tricks; if West cashes the ace of clubs instead, you finish with 10 tricks. Note that East cannot stop you from making the contract by playing the ten on your diamond lead from dummy. In that case, you would win with the king,

return to dummy with a trump, lead another diamond and finesse the nine to finish with 11 tricks. The operative principle throughout is to shape the play so as to prevent East from ever gaining the lead.


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said he was joking. For a reporter like Henry, Fox “frames the work, you can’t escape that,” said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and professor at George Washington University. The setting adds another layer of scrutiny. “It’s very difficult when you work for an organization where the opinion page is on the front page,” said Sesno, who hired Henry as a paid fellow at George Washington last year. Henry has had two tense moments with Obama at news conferences. At one, Henry asked Obama why it had taken the president several days to express anger about bonuses given to AIG insurance executives. Obama responded that “it took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.” When Henry asked Obama to respond to a Romney comment that “if you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president,” Obama said that, “I didn’t know you were the spokesman for Mitt Romney.” The first incident happened while Henry worked at CNN, the second when he was at Fox. Arguably, for an interview

subject, the first question would be more objectionable: it infers that Obama has been slow to move on an issue. The second was simply asking for a response to a critic’s statement, something reporters do every day. Henry and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney have gone back-and-forth in some briefings, with Carney once suggesting that “you’re creating a thing here for Fox.” But they appear to have a solid working relationship. Henry said the White House has never retaliated against him for any of his work, or because of anger at his network. “Like every other professional journalist who covers the White House, we don’t like every word that Ed has said on camera, but we work with him every day to provide the access and information that he needs to communicate to a sizable audience what’s happening at the White House,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Benghazi has proven an interesting case study. Henry rejects the notion that he works off Fox marching orders in discussing the issue, but said,“I wouldn’t lie to you. I see that we’re covering Benghazi a lot, and I think that should be something that we’re asking about.”

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That’s why it’s correct to duck the opening spade lead and why you later take the deep diamond finesse. Failure to make either of these plays would cost you the contract, assuming proper defense.

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the prize, I already expressed my opinion, and you can get online to make a search,” he said, telling the crowd that he hoped they wouldn’t press him on the subject of Liu. Earlier this MO YAN week, an appeal signed by 134 Nobel laureates, from peace prize winners like South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Taiwanese-American chemist Yuan T. Lee, called the detention of Liu and his wife a violation of international law and urged their immediate release. But Mo suggested he had no plans of adding his name to that petition. “I have always been independent. I like it that way. When someone forces me to do something I don’t do it,” he said, adding that has been in his stance in the past decade. Mo is to receive his Nobel prize along with the winners in medicine, physics, chemistry and economics. The Nobel Peace Prize is handed out in a separate ceremony in Oslo on the same day.

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■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker

Assume you’re declarer in four hearts and West leads the king of spades. How would you play the hand? Take your time -the play is not as simple as it may seem. To begin with, you should duck the king of spades. If you take the king with the ace and East is a first-rate defender, he will signal with the jack to show his J-10 combination. This guarantees him an eventual entry in spades that will allow him to



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Ruth Ann and Thomas Grove Sidney High School He is a 1983 graduate of Miami East High School, has worked as a manager for McDonalds, worked for Emery and UPS, is a Springcreek 4H adviser and soccer coach. He is currently employed with Troy City Schools as a bus driver. The couple enjoy activities with their daughters, choir, piano, soccer and 4-H. They love gardening and time spent with family and supporting Miami East School and soccer program. An open house will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at their home, hosted by family.

eff and Linda (DeWitt) Carpenter of Piqua are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 12, 1987, at St. Pauls UCC in Piqua, officiated by the Rev. Williams and the Rev. Allen Marheine. They have two children, Hannah, 13 and Libby, 9. She is a 1982 graduate of Piqua High School and a graduate of Edison Community College and Wright State University. She has worked as an assistant manager for McDonalds and currently teaches the marketing program at


Cain graduates from recruit training Marine Corps Pfc. Brandon M. Cain, son of Christina Cain of Bradford and Steven Cain, of Troy, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. For 13 weeks, Cain stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor,

homas a n d Ruth Ann (Stump) Grove of Piqua are celebrating their 50th wedding ann i v e r s a r y. They were married Nov. 11,1962,at the Church of the Brethren in Piqua in the of presence 125 guests. The Grove’s have three sons and one daughter, Tom and Robyn Grove Jr. of Hilliard, Marty and April Grove of Piqua, Dr. Chris and Becky Grove of Troy, and Dr. Brent and Jenny Sneed of Indianapolis.Tom and Ruth Ann have 12 grandchildren, including Ryan, Kurt, Darrin, Kristen, Abby and Benjamin Grove, Jason, Jared and Jocey Sneed, and Dylan, Austin and Adrian Hemm. Tom and Ruth Ann are active members of the Westminster Presbyterian


courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Cain endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Cain is a 2012 BY MELISSA KOSSLER graduate of Bradford High DUTTON School of Bradford. Associated Press

Sara Goheen, a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, often folds placemats or straw wrappers into interesting shapes while she’s waiting at a restaurant for the food to arrive. “It’s super satisfying to see a flat piece of paper turn into something — whether it’s a rhino or a star,” Goheen said of her passion for origami. “Empowering,”is the word used by Richard Alexander, who with partner Michael LaFosse publishes books and videos about origami and runs an origami and papermaking studio in Haverhill, Mass. “You take a simple square

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problems — from understanding protein folding to designing safer airbags. Some are applying mathematical techniques to their designs, allowing for models with increased complexity and realism. Today, origami designers can develop models that require 200 to 300 steps. Fifty years ago, designers created models with 20 to 30 steps. “People have really discovered properties of the paper and possibilities of the paper that were literally deemed impossible,” Gould said. Origami can be a fun way to explain geometry and other mathematical concepts, said Michael Vass of Rogers, Ark., who home schools his 7-year-old daughter, Hannah.

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Regardless of their interest in astronomy, visitors to Chris Krstanovic’s home want to look through his telescope. Krstanovic recently built an observatory at his house in Windham, N.H. Before he added the domed structure, he didn’t star-gaze as often as he liked because of the time and effort involved in setting up his telescopes and other equipment. “It takes you two hours to set up plus two hours to take down. It takes away from your observing time,” said the business owner, who developed an interest in astronomy as a kid. “Being out there in the open sky, it’s kind of cold. It’s miserable.” Now, he can easily search the sky for exoplanets — planets outside the solar system — anytime he wants to. And share his hobby with guests. “Everybody that comes to our house wants to go in there and look,” he said. “Many of my neighbors have young kids. This opens up a whole new field for them. It is a very good way to get young people interested in science.” A growing number of amateur astronomers around the country are installing home observatories to indulge their passion for exploring the night sky, said John Goss of Roanoke, Va., vice president of The Astronomical League, which represents more than 200 astronomical societies. The cost of equipment has decreased dramatically over the last 20 years, he said. Advances in technology also mean amateurs can buy cameras and viewing equipment once limited to professional observatories. Today, amateurs can buy a telescope and accessory equipment that allows a more detailed look at

deep space for about $4,000. A similar set-up might have cost $20,000 two decades ago and wouldn’t have been as effective. Aside from telescopes and cameras, a home observatory must have a roof that opens or retracts, and a stable mount for the telescope. Do-it-yourselfers often construct observatories out of shed-type structures designed so the roof rolls off the building onto support beams. Others buy prefabricated domes and mount them on their homes or other small buildings. It helps to live far from the city lights. You can set up a home observatory for about $20,000, said Suzy Gurton, education manager at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, in San Francisco. She used to see such a project “as the exception. Now, I’d compare it to buying a new car.” And the equipment for viewing and photographing the sky has advanced so much that amateurs, too, are regularly “contributing to science,” she said. “That’s the amazing part. The equipment to do scientific observations has become affordable,” she said. Volunteers helped astronomers at Yale University discover a series of small galaxies that could offer insights on how stars are formed. An amateur in Australia is credited with alerting NASA to a spot on Jupiter that scientists believe occurred when a comet or meteor crashed into the planet. Current equipment also allows amateurs to closely study supernovas and offer data on the life cycle of stars. Krstanovic works with professional astronomers to help measure star spots, which can determine how fast a star rotates. “You now can have something that if you know how to use it and if you have the right camera, you can do some real science,” he said.

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salsa, fruit, tortilla scoops, milk. Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Spicy chicken Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hamburger, strips, sweet potato fries, fruit, tater tots, baked been and corn salad, fruit, roll, milk. beans, milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sesame chicken with rice, fruit, PIQUA CATHOLIC: California casserole, forMonday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken tune cookie, milk. patty sandwich, peas, Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pepperchoice of fruit, graham oni and cheese pizza crackers, milk. sticks, marinara sauce, Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Salisbury fruit, spinach strawberry steak, mashed potatoes, salad, milk. blueberry muffin, fruit, Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Walking milk. tacos, fruit, cowboy salsa, Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fish tortilla chips, milk. sandwich, green beans, Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken choice of fruit, milk. nuggets, fruit, sweet poThursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chili, buttato fries, green beans and ter bread, crackers, choice carrots, roll, milk. of fruit, milk. Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Choice of PIQUA HIGH pizza, corn, choice of fruit, milk. SCHOOL: Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hamburger, broccoli salad, waffle fries, fruit, milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken stir fry with rice, California blend, fruit, cookie. Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pepperoni pizza, fruit, tossed salad, peas, milk. Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beef and bean burrito, cowboy

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Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pan pizza, sandwich with mayo and fries with bean salad, green beans, mustard, ketchup, pickles, peaches, peaches, milk. cookie, milk. COVINGTON HIGH Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Walking taco with taco sauce, letSCHOOL: tuce, cheese salsa, tortilla Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Turkey and chips, grapes, Teddy Gracheese on a bun, green hams, milk. Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken beans, carrots, applesauce, nuggets with BBQ sauce, Goldfish, milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken hip baked beans, mixed fruit, dipper, cheesy potatoes, cookie, milk. Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheese pizza, broccoli, orange slices, cucumber slices with dip, raisins, breadstick, milk. Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Italian mandarin oranges, sherbake, garden spinach, bet, milk. peas, peach cup, applesauce, whole grain roll, NEWTON milk. SCHOOLS: Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Soft taco, Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Popcorn refried beans, corn, fresh citrus cup, fruit mix, chicken, whole wheat dinner roll, carrots, corn, cookie, milk. Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pan pizza, p e a c h e s / s t r a w b e r r i e s bean salad, green beans, (high school: juice), milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Corn dog peaches, grapes, milk. minis, black beans/green beans, diced pears/apples, MIAMI EAST Welches fruit snacks (high SCHOOLS: school: salad bar, juice), Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grilled milk. Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tacos chicken breast sandwich meat, cheese, lettuce, with with mayo, cooked carrots, pears, frozen fruit juice tomatoes, salsa and refried beans, pineapple tidcup, milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hamburger bits/grapes, Rice Krispie treats (high school: juice),

milk. Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken patty on whole grain bun, cosmic creation potatoes, mixed fruit/sidekick, chocolate pudding (high school: juice, salad bar), milk. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Double Friday stuffed crust pizza, broccoli/green beans, applesauce/oranges, pretzel twists (high school: juice), milk.

VERSAILLES SCHOOLS: Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken fajita with lettuce, salsa and black beans, banana, milk. Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hot ham and cheese sandwich, fries, pineapple, milk. Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sloppy Joe sandwich, fresh carrots, applesauce, milk. Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicken patty, corn, peaches, milk. Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grilled cheese, cole slaw, sunshine fruit, milk.

BRADFORD SCHOOLS: Menus not available.

Marriages Lavon Eugene Sisler, 78, of Dayton to Lillian Young, 82, of 7565 W. State Route 571 Lot 21, West Milton. Brandon Scott Ingersol, 31, of 580 Trade Square E,

Troy to Amanda Rochelle Wiley, 34, of same address. Michael Allen Raymond Shrout, 24, of 5118 Farrington Road, Covington to Clairity Francis, 24, of same address.

John Andrew Wiesendanger Jr., 31, of 9 W. Market St., Troy to Kitty Ho Yin So, 27, same address. Dustin Andrew Graham, 27, of 426 E. Greene St., Piqua to Joy Elaine

Whitmer, 33, of same address. Tyler James Mistisshen, 28, of 1858 Towne Park Drive, Apt. 6B, Troy to Alisha Beth Osting, 24, of same address.

Levi Seth Jenkins, 21, of Ceres, Calif. to Abby Elizabeth Bowman, 23, of 7610 Snyder Road, Fletcher. Jay D. Birt, 45, of 224 1/2 S. Main St., Piqua to

Nancy Jane Denner, 36, of same address. Rey Domenic Reyes II, 34, of 1715 Amherst Ave., Piqua to Frances Marie Mercado Laqui, 30, of same address.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Boundariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Committee seeks donations Items sought for sale to finance scholarship fund sports related books and other books that are fiction or non-fiction, along with movies on VCR or DVD and music of different genres. The group is requesting no pornography or books that would reflect badly on Edison or the scholarship committee. The organization is also requesting no donations of encyclopedias or dictionaries, as they are unlikely to sell. The organization hopes to raise funds for the Preston Shepard No Boundaries Scholarship and award The award is in honor of Preston Shepard, a 2012 Edison honors graduate who overcame great ob-

be presented by him to the next recipient of the award. The scholarship will also be presented to that person. Anyone including individuals or corporations or businesses who would like to donate to the Preston Shepard No Boundaries Scholarship Fund can do so by contacting Chris Norman at Edison Community College at (937) 778-8600. Those wanting to donate books or music for the book sale can do so by bringing them to Edison and leaving them in the large boxes located at Edisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entrance inside the third set of doors on the west side facing Looney Road or at the entrance to the new Emerson addition at the glassed in area near the front entrance near the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pointâ&#x20AC;? of the school.

The boxes are marked with a photo of Shepard and are marked for the book sale. The book sale is scheduled for early in the spring semester and will be open to the public. The book donations will be accepted through the first day of the sale. The dates for the sale will be announced soon. Donations are accepted between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays during school hours. Books can be dropped off during those times except during Christmas break, when the school will be closed, which includes Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Edison Community College is located at 1973 Edison Drive off of Looney Road in Piqua. Anyone with questions

about donations can contact Ashley Nix at (937) 570-3073 or Kathy Leese at (937) 489-3711. The scholarship committee appreciates all of the donations and hopes the community will support the scholarship.

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PIQUA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Preston Shepard â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Boundariesâ&#x20AC;? Scholarship Committee at Edison Community College is requesting donations of good, clean used books, movies and music. If you have old books in good condition that you want to clear out, the scholarship committee would like to have them for their first used book sale. They also need music and movies. They are looking for family friendly paperbacks, hard backs, textbooks, recipe books, Christian books including Christian fiction such as the Amish type books, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, biographies,

stacles in his life to earn a degree. He is now working on his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree at a four year college and plans to earn a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. Preston is an inspiration to many people at Edison and in the community for his determination, energy and positive attitude after he was injured in a fall that left him a paraplegic. Preston has refused to allow the accident to define who he is as a person. The book sale will help to fund a scholarship and award that will be given to an individual who is an Edison student who has overcome obstacles in their life to achieve their educational and career goals. The first Preston Shepard No Boundaries Award was presented in the spring to Shepard and will hopefully



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Five tips for parents Citigroup to cut more than 11,000 jobs with boomerang kids ollege graduation can be both an exciting and unsettling milestone in a young adultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially when the current job market is still less than desirable and borrowing for further education can be very expensive. Struggling to find a job or concerned about covering rent, living expenses and student loan payments with their current income, many grads are deciding to move back in with their parents. While this arrangement can work and it may be financially convenient for a young person, it can also take a toll on mom and dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement savings. If your empty nest is soon to be occupied â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether short- or long-term â&#x20AC;&#x201D; consider the following tips before your young adult arrives back home. 1. Set clear expectations. Before your adult children show up with a carload of boxes and college mementos, make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve answered a few key questions. How long are they welcome to stay? Will they be required to pay rent or chip in for groceries? In what other ways do you expect them to contribute to the household? Take the lead on setting ground rules. If your child has concerns, listen to them, but find a compromise before they move in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and consider putting it in writing. 2. Keep your goals on track. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural to want to help your children, but be honest and realistic about your own situation. Before offering any financial assistance, make sure you can do so out of discretionary income and not by sacrificing your retirement savings or other goals. If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to help, explain why. Your children may not like or expect your response, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be setting a good example by demonstrating that responsible financial decisions arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy. 3. If you offer help, do it in a sensible way. Recent grads often return home because they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found a job or are trying to save money. Helping them pay for essentials (such as auto or health insurance) can be appropriate for a limited time period. Handing over a regular allowance for luxuries or entertainment is usually not. Once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten on their


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Honda marks 1 millionth export at Ohio plant MARYSVILLE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Honda is celebrating the U.S. export of its 1 millionth vehicle at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly plant in central Ohio. The company says the millionth export is a 2013 Honda Accord, built at the Marysville plant northwest of Columbus. The milestone comes 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda, also an Accord and

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Citi Bank sign is seen, Wednesday in Chicago. Citigroup said Wednesday that it will cut 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by new CEO Michael Corbat. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of Citi's workforce of 262,000. BY CHRISTINA REXRODE AP Business Writer

Banks are searching for ways to make money as new regulations crimp some of their former revenue streams, like trading for their own profit or marketing credit cards to college students. Customers are still nervous about borrowing money in an uncertain economy. And they are still filing lawsuits over industry sins, like risky mortgage lending, that helped cause the crisis. Citi fared worse than others. It

stepped down. Pandit had reportedly clashed with the board over the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy and its relationNEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Citigroup ship with the government. said Wednesday that it will cut While the job cuts are among the 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by first major moves by Corbat, they new CEO Michael Corbat. The cuts are in line with Panditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blueprint. amount to about 4 percent of Citiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Citiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster of 262,000 employees is workforce of 262,000. down from 276,000 at this time in The bulk of the cuts, about 6,200, 2009. will come from Citiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer Bank of America and Morgan banking unit, which handles everyStanley have also shed jobs over day functions like branches and that period. checking accounts. In a stateCiti said that ment Wednesit will sell or day, Corbat scale back consaid his bank sumer operaremains comtions in mitted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;our Pakistan, unparalleled 9JCVÂśU JCRRGPKPI Companies 9JCVÂśUJCRRGPKPI 9J[ KVÂśU JCRRGPKPI Generally Paraguay, Roglobal network are rushing to pay billions in extra companies pay special dividends in mania, Turkey and footprint.â&#x20AC;? dividend payments before the exceptional circumstances, such as when and Uruguay end of the year. Last month, 228 they are flush with cash or are in the midst However, he companies announced plans for of restructuring. The current trigger is that and focus on added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We special, one-time payments to their tax rates on dividend income are 150 cities have identified investors. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than triple scheduled to rise next year. The rate for around the the 72 announcements in Novemtaxpayers in the top income bracket could Novem areas and ber 2011, according to S&P Dow jump as high as 43.4 percent from 15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;that world p r o d u c ts Jones Indices. percent, unless Congress and President Barack have the highwhere our Some companies are taking advantage of Obama strike a budget compromise. The change is est growth polow interest rates to reward their shareholders. part of the scheduled expiration of tax cuts approved scale does not Costco is issuing $3.5 billion in notes at interest under President George W. Bush. tential in for provide rates of 0.65 percent to 1.7 percent to cover the The specter of higher taxes has led still more consumer meaningful re$3 billion in special dividends it will pay this companies to move up dividends that would normally banking.â&#x20AC;? month. be paid in January to this year. turns.â&#x20AC;? 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Corbat said Citi â&#x20AC;&#x153;has come a long than 4 percent on a day when most After a long stretch of empire- way over the past several years.â&#x20AC;? bank stocks were up only slightly. building, it has been shrinking for Citi said it expects the cuts to Citi was up $1.48 at $35.77 in mid- the past several years, shedding save $900 million next year, and day trading. units and trying to find a business more in the following years. They Job cuts are a familiar template model thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more streamlined and will be a drag, though, in the short in a banking industry still under efficient. term: Citi said it expects to record the long shadow of the 2008 finanCorbat became CEO in October pre-tax charges of approximately $1 cial crisis. after Vikram Pandit unexpectedly billion in the fourth quarter.



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Troy leaders take exception to USA Today poverty story

BY NATALIE KNOTH Civitas Media MIAMI COUNTY — Local city and social services leaders said they were surprised to see Miami County — and Troy specifically — highlighted on the front page of Wednesday’s USA Today for having one of the greatest increases in poverty over the past few years. While city officials said the writer omitted Census figures that would have painted a more positive picture, those working closely with the area’s poor said they are indeed serving more people. In the piece, staffer Marisol Bello wrote, “This rural community, 22 miles north of Dayton, has seen an explosion of poverty in the past four years that is among the highest increases in the nation.” Bolstering the story was a comparison of Census figures from four years ago to today. Last year, one in every six Miami County residents lived in poverty, versus one in 16 four years ago. Dick Steineman, founder of St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and director of men’s shelter St. Joseph’s House, said the article sheds light on the growing problem of poverty but neglects to highlight the depth of services available in Troy. “If I had never been to Troy, Ohio, and had picked up that newspaper, I would have sensed that there’s probably big problems here,” said Steineman, who talked with the reporter prior to the story’s publication. “But

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candidates. “It’s a program where people come in and talk about how to look for work,” Richey said. “We don’t have a bus system like most cities or a means of transportation. If you don’t have your own car, you’re pretty much in walking mode.” Helping people find jobs and in turn feel empowered again will help turn the community around, Steineman said. “We have to find jobs for people where they get up and go to work, feel good about themselves, make some money and sustain their families,” Steineman said.

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Beamish said he felt blindsided by the writer’s findings. “I’m very frustrated with that article. I don’t even want to give it credence,” said Beamish, a board member of the human services agency United Way of Troy. “I’m very disappointed they never even contacted me to get my opinion,” he continued. “I find that upsetting. (The article) portrays a city and county as poverty abounding, which is not the case.” Though poverty may not be widespread, pastor David Richey of Richards Chapel United Methodist Church estimates that the church’s food pantry now serves about 11,000 to 12,000 people today versus a few thousand when it first opened six years ago. Like Steineman, Richey said jobs are the key to uplifting the area’s less fortunate. But they have to be the right positions — and the people have to be trained, he added. “Some of the jobs that are available, the people aren’t trained to do them, and for some, they’re not the type of jobs that pay enough for a family,” Richey said. But the church is trying to help. In February, Richards Chapel will be launching Jobs for Life, a program that will provide job training and interview skills and bring employers to Troy to interview-

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is being appealed. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved gay marriage earlier this month. But 31 states have amended their constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriage. North Carolina was the most recent example in May. In Minnesota earlier this month, voters defeated a proposal to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in that state’s constitution. The biggest potential issue before the justices comes in the dispute over California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional ban on gay marriage that voters adopted in 2008 after the state Supreme Court ruled that gay Californians could marry. The case could allow the justices to decide whether the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection means that the right to marriage cannot be limited to heterosexuals. A decision in favor of gay marriage could set a national rule and overturn every state constitutional provision and law banning same-sex marriages. A ruling that upheld California’s ban would be a setback for gay marriage proponents in the nation’s largest state, although it would leave open the stateby-state effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry. In striking down Proposition 8, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals crafted a narrow ruling that said because gay Californians already had been given the right to marry, the state could not later take it away. The ruling studiously avoided any sweeping pronouncements.

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HOROSCOPE BY FRANCES DRAKE For Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) No matter how sympathetic you feel toward others, be careful today. You might be tempted to give away the farm. Remember: True generosity is giving what is needed. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is a lovely day for important discussions with partners and close friends because people feel mutually sympathetic to each other. That’s why it will be easy to reach an agreement. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Co-workers and people connected with your job will be surprisingly supportive today. Accept this, and offer your own support to them in return. What goes around comes around. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Romance is very sweet and affectionate today. Your idealism is aroused, which means you might put someone up on a pedestal. (It’s probably temporary, but it’s kinda fun.) LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Discussions with female relatives will be gentle and affectionate today. Someone might need you to listen. It’s a small thing, yet so important, isn’t it? VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Because your imagination is heightened today, this is a great day for those of you who are working in creative fields. Nevertheless, imagination is important in many areas of life. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Be careful about major expenditures today, because you might be tempted by luxury and elegance. Why not give things a sober second thought? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Today you feel kindhearted to everyone you meet. They, in turn, will be friendly to you because generally, the attitude of one person triggers the same in another. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) There is a difference between self-sacrifice and martyrdom. Don’t be a doormat for others if you’re concerned about their misfortunes. Stay strong so that you can help them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your connection with a female authority figure will help you today. This person feels sympathetic to your needs and could promote something that benefits you financially in the future. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) People view you as being sympathetic and helpful today. This is never a bad thing because kindness is the most important quality. In fact, it’s a wonderful thing to cultivate. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Because your appreciation of beauty is heightened today, visit beautiful places! Go to parks, art galleries, gorgeous architectural buildings and museums. YOU BORN TODAY You are dramatic, powerful and romantic. Your imagination and sense of theatricality create a world in which you fiercely protect your loved ones. No matter what your job, you fantasize about achieving bold exploits. Personally, you are private and very sensitive. In the year ahead, something you’ve been involved with for about nine years will end or diminish to make room for something new. Birthdate of: Dame Judi Dench, actress; Jesse Metcalfe, actor; John Cassavetes, actor/filmmaker. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc.








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REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012 REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the minutes from the November 20, 2012 Regular City Commission Meeting RES. NO. R-147-12 (Adopted) A Resolution for preliminary legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the resurfacing of I-75 from Statler Road Bridge to the Miami-Shelby County Line RES. NO. R-148-12 (Adopted) A Resolution for preliminary legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for bridge repairs on SR 66 RES. NO. R-149-12 (Adopted) A Resolution for preliminary legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for guardrail work along US 36 OLD BUSINESS ORD. NO. 23-12 (3rd Reading) (Defeated 12-04-2012) An Ordinance amending Chapter 34 of the Piqua Municipal Code to reflect City procedure and changes in the Ohio Revised Code ORD. NO. 25-12 (2nd Reading) (2nd Reading 12-04-2012) An Ordinance repealing Schedule A of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code and adopting a new Schedule A of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code, relating to wages of certain municipal employees ORD. NO. 26-12 (2nd Reading) (2nd Reading 12-04-2012) An Ordinance repealing Schedule A-1 of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code and adopting a new Schedule A-1 of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code, relating to wages of certain municipal employees ORD. NO. 27-12 (2nd Reading) (2nd Reading 12-04-2012) An Ordinance repealing existing Chapter 33.08 – Insurance and enacting a new Chapter 33.08 of the Piqua Code, relating to employee policy ORD. NO. 28-12 (2nd Reading) (2nd Reading 12-04-2012) An Ordinance to make appropriations for the City of Piqua, Ohio for the year 2013 NEW BUSINESS RES. NO. R-146-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing purchase orders to Chemical Services Inc., Huron Lime, Inc. Marubeni Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Univar USA Inc., City of Dayton for the 2013 purchase of various water treatment chemicals RES. NO. R-150-12 (Adopted) A Resolution strongly opposing the passage of HB 601 by the Ohio General Assembly which proposes uniformity measures for Municipal Income Tax in the form of unfunded mandates and a substantial loss of revenue, and declaring an emergency ADJOURNMENT 2347618

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IN BRIEF ■ Football

INSIDE ■ Winning is fun for Bengals back, page 18. ■ Browns against possible ban of kickoffs, page 18.



Headed in right direction

Hemm named on region team Piqua boys give Former Piqua standout Justin Hemm picked up another honor after closing a recordsetting career as a receiver at Adrian College. Hemm has been named HEMM third team All-North region by He finished his career with 12 100-yard receiving games, including 210 yards on 13 catches in the MIAA title game and 12 catches for 119 yards in the NCAA Division III playoff game. He set single-season school records this year with 78 receptions for 1,209 yards and 10 TDs. Hemm finished with 1,409 all-purpose yards. He set five career school records, including 3,024 receiving yards, 195 receptions, 26 touchdowns, 4.76 receptions per game and 3,811 allpurpose yards.

Centerville battle BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

The schedule maker did the Piqua boys basketball team no favors in the early going of the 2012-13 season. And Friday night, on Hall of Fame night, the Indians put together an effort that would have been good enough for a win against a lot of teams — but the Indians were facing Brook Cupps’ Centerville squad and came out on the short end of a 70-58 score. William D. Ashton, Scott Foster and George McKinney were inducted into the Hall of Fame. “There are no moral victories,” Piqua coach Heath Butler, whose team was coming off a overtime loss to Tippecanoe Tuesday, said. “There was no letdown from Tuesday. These kids came out an played hard from the start.” In fact, Piqua had a 130 run in the opening quarter to take an 18-9 lead. Colton Bachman had eight points in the run, ■ Basketball while Luke Karn had a putback to cap the run. “We came out and every time Centerville scored, we would answer it,” Butler said. “We weren’t DAYTON — Former Ver- standing around. The kids knew what they needed to sailles standout Megan Campbell had another big do.” But, points were a probyear for lem in the second and the the Unithird quarter — Piqua versity of made just six of 18 shots Dayton in the those two quarters volleyball to get outscored 32-17 and team. fall behind 44-35 going to The the fourth quarter. junior “We did have trouble middle scoring,” Butler said. “But, blocker CAMPBELL you have to give Centerhelped the Flyers to a 27-5 record ville credit. They have overall, that included a 19- long arms and do a great job of playing defense.” match win streak before Centerville opened the losing to Oregon in the second round of the NCAA lead to as many as 15 midway through the quarter, tournament. but the Indians were not Dayton defended its Adone. 10 crown and Campbell Threes by Bachman has recently been named and Karn, who would hit first team All-Atlantic 10, in three in the quarter, first team all-Northeast Region and first team All- brought Piqua within 6054 with 1:13 to play. Academic District. Campbell led the team with 14 solo blocks and was second on the team with 287 kills and 120 blocks. She also had 21 aces and 67 digs, as well as receiving A-10 honors during the season. The Lady Flyers had a perfect 14-0 record in the A-10 and were a perfect 11-0 on their home floor.


Piqua’s Erik Vondenhuevel shoots over Jared Weyler Friday night.

Campbell has big year for UD

Piqua’s Josh Holfinger brings the ball up the floor Friday night. “It would have been Butler said. “But, the kids shots.” Piqua, who scored 23 easy to pack it in (when just kept battling and we Centerville led by 15),” were able to hit some big points in the final eight

BOXSCORE Centerville (70) Joey Weingartner 4-8-18, Dane Lambert 0-0-0, Eric Meininger 3-2-9, Jake Replogle 5-10-20, Jared Weyler 4-0-8, Robby Smith 3-1-7, Adam Devilbiss 0-0-0, KC Adams 10-2, Alex Rado 2-1-6, Austin Recker 0-0-0, Sam Fowler 0-0-0. Totals: 22-22-70. Piqua (58) Tate Honeycutt 1-3-5, Xavier Harrison 0—1-1, Luke Karn 5-2-15, Ryan Hughes 33-11, Josh Holfinger 4-0-9, Colton Bachman 4-4-15, Erik Vondenhuevel 1-0-2, Daniel Monnin 0-0-0, Dorian Ashe 0-0-0. Totals: 18-13-58. 3-point field goals — Centerville: Weingartner (2), Meininger, Rado. Piqua: Karn (3), Hughes (2), Holfinger, Bachman (3). Score By Quarters Centerville 12 30 44 70 18 26 35 58 Piqua Records: Centerville 3-1, Piqua 0-3. Reserve score: Centerville 52, Piqua 35.

Russia boys fall to JC Houston gets SCL win


How many Q: kickoffs has Josh Cribbs returned for touchdowns in his NFL career?



QUOTED “This suggestion doesn't add up. It doesn’t make sense to me.” —Phil Dawson on the possibility of banning kickoffs

minutes, was within eight with less than 20 seconds to go and had the ball, but Centerville was able to hit four free throws for the final margin. Bachman and Karn led a balanced Piqua attack with 15 points, while Ryan Hughes added 11 and Josh Holfinger scored nine. Holfinger grabbed six rebounds and Hughes pulled down five. “The kids just do such a great job sharing the basketball,” Butler said. “Nobody feels like they have to score. “They do a great job of playing as a team.” Jake Replogle had 20 points for Centerville and Joey Weingarnter added 18. Piqua was 18 of 43 from the floor for 42 percent and 13 of 19 from the line for 68 percent. Centerville was 22 of 46 from the floor for 48 percent and 21 of 30 from the line for 70 percent. The Elks won the battle of the boards 25-18 and had 13 turnovers to Piqua’s 22. Piqua lost the JV game 52-35, with Brandon Hohlbein scoring 10 points. The Indians will get no break in the schedule Tuesday, traveling to Springfield. “They are another big, athletic team in the GWOC,” Butler said. “We are not going to put our heads down. We will come back tomorrow morning and start getting ready for Springfield. This kids know the program is headed in the right direction.” As does anybody who was at the game Friday night.


Russia’s Adam Hoying (right) battles Eric Ryder for a rebound Friday night.

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RUSSIA — The Jackson Center Tigers held off a valiant charge by the Russia Raiders down the stretch to remain unbeaten on the year with a 51-46 victory in SCL boys basketball action Friday night at Russia. The Tigers go to 2-0 in the County and 3-0 overall with the win and are back in action tonight at home against Riverside. Russia is still looking for its first win in three tries, two of them SCLgames. They will play at Minster tonight. “We just were very much in sync on offense in the first half,” said Russia coach Paul Bremigan, whose Raiders fell behind by 16 at the intermission. “We played much better in the second half at both ends of the floor.” The Raider whittled the

lead down to just three points on a couple of occasions in the final two minutes of the game. “I thought we did a good job of coming back on them, but Levi Winner came in and made some big plays for them,” he said. “He hit a couple of big buckets that really hurt us.” Jackson Center had good balance, with Alex Meyer and Gavin Wildermuth finishing with 12 apiece, Eric Ryder added 11 and Winner finished with eight. Russia was led by Trevor Sherman with 15 and Nolan Francis 10. “Trevor (Sherman) had a real nice game,” said Bremigan. “They were on Treg (Francis) pretty hard. And we got a real See BOYS/Page 17




NFL Glance National Football League All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East y-N. England N.Y. Jets Buffalo Miami South x-Houston Indianapolis Tennessee Jacksonville North Baltimore Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland West

Versailles’ Sam Prakel was the national male winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Friday night. For more on Prakel, see future editions.

Buckeye Insurance Group WPTW Holdiday Classic Schedule Thursday, Dec. 27 At Piqua Junior High JV Lehman Catholic boys vs. Russia, Noon At Piqua High School JV Piqua girls vs. Covington, 10:30 a.m. Piqua boys vs. Covington, Noon VARSITY Lehman Catholic girls vs. Russia, 4 p.m. Lehman Catholic boys vs. Russia, 5:30 p.m. Piqua girls vs. Covington, 7 p.m. Piqua boys vs. Covington, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 At Piqua High School JV Russia girls vs. Piqua-Covington loser, 10:30 a.m. Boys Consolation Game, Noon VARSITY Girls Consolation Game, 6:30 p.m. Boys Consolation Game, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 At Piqua High School JV Russia girls vs. Piqua-Covington winner, 10:30 a.m. Boys Championship Game, Noon VARSITY Girls Championship Game, 6:30 p.m. Boys Championship Game, 8 p.m.

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Bowl Glance College Football FBS Bowl Glance Subject to Change All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Toledo (9-3) vs. Utah State (10-2), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego San Diego State (9-3) vs. BYU (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ball State (9-3) vs. UCF (9-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-4), Noon (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) TODD B. ACKER/CIVITAS PHOTO

TJ Martin shoots over Anna’s Joel Albers Friday.

Boys Continued from page 16 goodgame off the bench bers in the third quarter. from Austin Tebbe.” We probably didn’t do a good enough job of scouting them on that. Cats stop Anna HOUSTON — For the “But we handled the third game in a row, the ball fairly well and got Houston Wildcats were some real good efforts impressive on the defen- from kids that don’t show sive end, and it led this up in the boxscore.” time to a 49-38 victory He pointed to TJ Martin over the visiting Anna and Austin Sarver. Rockets in County boys “TJ had an outstanding basketball action Friday game,” Willoughby said. night. “He got a lot of offensive The win puts Houston rebounds because his man at 2-1 overall and 1-1 in was doubling down on the County heading to Jesse (Phlipot). Franklin-Monroe tonight. “And Austin just battled Anna is 0-2, both games inside against bigger being in county play. The guys.” Rockets are also in action Phlipot finished with 19 tonight, at New Knoxville. points for the Wildcats Houston, which has and Jake Braun added 11. won two in a row, led 25For Anna, Albers fin14 at the half and that ished with 19 and Carter was too much for the Bensman added 10. Rockets to overcome. HOUSTON NOTE: “We held them to 14 Houston’s boys basketball points in the first half,” game tonight at Franklinsaid Houston coach John Monroe will start at 6:30 Willoughby. “We felt and not 6 p.m. as is indipretty good about that. We cated on the school schedhad trouble with (Joel) Al- ules.


Record Book

Prakel Wins Heisman


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Washington Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2), 3 p.m. (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4), 9:45 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Arizona State (7-5) vs. Navy (7-4), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2) Pinstripe Bowl At New York Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas (8-4) vs. Orgeon State (9-3), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State (6-6) vs. TCU (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. N.C. State (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (6-7) vs. Southern Cal (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta LSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)

Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Orange Bowl At Miami Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State (11-1) vs. Oregon (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Mississippi (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 6 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Miami Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, TBA (NFLN)


NBA Standings National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division L Pct GB W New York 14 4 .778 — Brooklyn 11 6 .647 2½ 10 8 .556 4 Boston Philadelphia 10 8 .556 4 Toronto 4 15 .211 10½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 12 5 .706 — 10 5 .667 1 Atlanta Charlotte 7 10 .412 5 Orlando 7 11 .389 5½ 2 13 .133 9 Washington Central Division W L Pct GB 9 8 .529 — Chicago Indiana 10 9 .526 — Milwaukee 8 9 .471 1 6 14 .300 4½ Detroit Cleveland 4 15 .211 6 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Memphis 13 3 .813 ½ 15 4 .789 — San Antonio Houston 9 8 .529 5 Dallas 9 10 .474 6 5 12 .294 9 New Orleans Northwest Division W L Pct GB 15 4 .789 — Oklahoma City Utah 10 10 .500 5½ Denver 9 10 .474 6 8 9 .471 6 Minnesota Portland 8 11 .421 7 Pacific Division L Pct GB W L.A. Clippers 12 6 .667 — Golden State 11 7 .611 1 L.A. Lakers 9 10 .474 3½ 7 13 .350 6 Phoenix Sacramento 5 12 .294 6½ Thursday's Games New York 112, Miami 92 Dallas 97, Phoenix 94 Friday's Games Boston at Philadelphia Denver at Indiana Washington at Atlanta Golden State at Brooklyn Chicago at Detroit Cleveland at Minnesota Memphis at New Orleans Houston at San Antonio, Charlotte at Milwaukee Toronto at Utah L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City Orlando at Sacramento Saturday's Games Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Golden State at Washington, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 7:30 p.m. New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Memphis, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m. Sunday's Games Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Denver at New York, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Utah at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Men’s College Slate College Basketball Schedule All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 8 EAST Towson at Georgetown, Noon St. Peter's at Loyola (Md.), Noon Binghamton at Bryant, 1 p.m. Yale at New Hampshire, 1 p.m. St. Francis (NY) at Boston College, 2 p.m. Albany (NY) at Colgate, 2 p.m. Delaware St. at Delaware, 2 p.m. Hofstra at LIU Brooklyn, 2 p.m. Drexel at Princeton, 2 p.m. Lehigh at St. Francis (Pa.), 2 p.m. Kansas St. at George Washington, 2:30 p.m. Vermont at Quinnipiac, 3 p.m. Temple vs. Duke at the IZOD Center, East Rutherford, N.J., 3:15 p.m. Dartmouth at Holy Cross, 4 p.m. Army at Penn St., 4 p.m. Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 4 p.m. Niagara at Buffalo, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Duquesne, 7 p.m. La Salle at Northeastern, 7 p.m. North Florida at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Fordham vs. St. John's at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Villanova at Penn, 8 p.m. Iona vs. Rutgers at Madison Square Garden, 9 p.m. SOUTH Portland at Kentucky, Noon Austin Peay at Memphis, 1 p.m. Cleveland St. vs. NC State at Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C., 1 p.m. Cent. Michigan at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Southern Poly St. at Georgia St., 2 p.m. Robert Morris at Hampton, 2 p.m. UMKC at Louisville, 2 p.m. SC State at Maryland, 2 p.m. Indiana St. at Morehead St., 2 p.m. William & Mary at Radford, 2 p.m. UTSA at SC-Upstate, 2 p.m. Paine at Alcorn St., 4 p.m. Webber at Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. Allen at Florida A&M, 4 p.m. MVSU at Virginia, 4 p.m. IUPUI at W. Kentucky, 4 p.m. Montreat at UNC Asheville, 4:30 p.m. Appalachian St. at W. Carolina, 4:30 p.m. Mississippi at Middle Tennessee, 5 p.m. N. Iowa at George Mason, 6 p.m. E. Kentucky at Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Wofford at Davidson, 7 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. Brewton-Parker at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m. UNC Wilmington at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. Richmond at James Madison, 7 p.m. Coppin St. at Marshall, 7 p.m.

Alabama A&M at Mercer, 7 p.m. Seton Hall at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. UT-Martin at Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m. ETSU at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Arizona at Clemson, 8 p.m. Southern Miss. at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at McNeese St., 8 p.m. Utah Valley at Troy, 8 p.m. South Alabama at UAB, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Arkansas at Michigan, TBA Long Beach St. at Ohio St., Noon South Dakota at Ball St., 1 p.m. Samford at Bowling Green, 2 p.m. Md.-Eastern Shore at Cincinnati, 2 p.m. Rochester (Mich.) at Detroit, 2 p.m. Purdue at E. Michigan, 2 p.m. Colorado at Kansas, 2 p.m. Loyola of Chicago at Michigan St., 2 p.m. Oakland at Ohio, 2 p.m. Murray St. at Evansville, 2:05 p.m. Tennessee St. at Missouri, 3 p.m. Alabama St. at Chicago St., 3:05 p.m. Colorado St. at Ill.-Chicago, 4 p.m. CCSU at Indiana, 6 p.m. Wisconsin at Marquette, 6 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at SE Missouri, 6:30 p.m. Toledo at E. Illinois, 7 p.m. Brown at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. VMI at Wright St., 7 p.m. Hiram at Youngstown St., 7 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Dayton, 8 p.m. Butler at Northwestern, 8 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at W. Illinois, 8 p.m. N. Colorado at Wichita St., 8 p.m. IPFW at Drake, 8:05 p.m. W. Michigan at Illinois St., 8:05 p.m. SOUTHWEST TCU at Tulsa, 1:05 p.m. Texas-Pan American at Texas St., 3 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Arkansas St., 3:05 p.m. Missouri St. at Oklahoma St., 4 p.m. UCLA vs. Texas at Reliant Stadium, 5:15 p.m. Texas Southern at Houston, 6 p.m. LSU-Shreveport at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. Jackson St. at North Texas, 8 p.m. Sam Houston St. at Houston Baptist, 8:05 p.m. Idaho at UTEP, 9 p.m. FAR WEST CS Northridge at Arizona St., 2 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Air Force, 4 p.m. Grambling St. at Oregon St., 4 p.m. Okla. Panhandle St. at Wyoming, 4 p.m. Idaho St. at Oregon, 6 p.m. Sacramento St. at San Jose St., 7:30 p.m. San Francisco at Pacific, 8 p.m. Nevada at Washington, 8 p.m. Utah at BYU, 9 p.m. Carroll (Mont.) at Montana, 9 p.m. Valparaiso at New Mexico, 9 p.m. UC Irvine at Weber St., 9 p.m. W. Oregon at Utah St., 9:05 p.m. Menlo at Cal Poly, 10 p.m. Illinois at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. Tulane at San Diego, 10 p.m. Pacific Union at Santa Clara, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Southern Cal, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 EAST Columbia at American U., 2 p.m. Sacred Heart at Lafayette, 2 p.m. Siena at Manhattan, 2 p.m. Canisius at Marist, 2 p.m. Fairfield at Rider, 2 p.m. Hartford at Fairleigh Dickinson, 4 p.m. SOUTH FIU at Stetson, 2 p.m. Presbyterian at Furman, 3 p.m. Maine at Florida St., 4 p.m. UMBC at Norfolk St., 4 p.m. MIDWEST Akron at Creighton, 2:05 p.m. CS Bakersfield at S. Dakota St., 3 p.m. Kent St. at Xavier, 4 p.m. Milwaukee at DePaul, 5 p.m. North Dakota at N. Dakota St., 5 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha at Iowa St., 7 p.m. FAR WEST UNLV at California, 6 p.m. Fresno St. at Washington St., 7 p.m. Pepperdine at Hawaii, Mid

Women’s Schedule Women's College Basketball Schedule All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 8 EAST Rhode Island vs. Maine at the Portland (Maine) Expo Center, 1 p.m. Navy at Mount St. Mary's, 1 p.m. Holy Cross at Quinnipiac, 1 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Syracuse, 1 p.m. George Washington at American, 2 p.m. Albany (N.Y.) at Canisius, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Duquesne, 2 p.m. Stony Brook at Fordham, 2 p.m. Oakland at Manhattan, 2 p.m. Delaware St. at NJIT, 2 p.m. Yale at St. Francis (N.Y.), 2 p.m. Villanova at Saint Joseph's, 2 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at Saint Peter's, 2 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at Colgate, 4 p.m. Binghamton at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Niagara at Lehigh, 7 p.m. Boston U. at Marist, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at West Virginia, 7:30 p.m. SOUTH South Florida at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. VCU at Coppin St., 2 p.m. Towson at Md.-Eastern Shore, 2 p.m. Columbia at UNC Asheville, 2 p.m. Richmond at UNC Greensboro, 2 p.m. Seton Hall at Wake Forest, 2 p.m. Tennessee Tech at W. Carolina, 2 p.m. Davidson at Miami, 2:05 p.m. Chattanooga at Alabama, 3 p.m. UMass at Mississippi, 3 p.m. Talladega at MVSU, 4 p.m. William & Mary at Radford, 4:30 p.m. SE Louisiana at Florida A&M, 6 p.m. George Mason at Maryland, 6 p.m. Stetson at Charlotte, 7 p.m. UNC Wilmington at Liberty, 7 p.m. St. Augustine's at Winthrop, 7 p.m. Valparaiso at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. Sam Houston St. at South Alabama, 8:05 p.m. MIDWEST Utah St. at Notre Dame, Noon Michigan St. at Dayton, 1 p.m. Marshall at S. Illinois, 1:05 p.m. Wright St. at Akron, 2 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Cleveland St., 2 p.m. Milwaukee at Toledo, 2 p.m. Chicago St. at W. Michigan, 2 p.m. Green Bay at Marquette, 3 p.m. Loyola of Chicago at Nebraska Omaha, 3 p.m. Drake at North Dakota, 3 p.m. S. Dakota St. at N. Iowa, 3 p.m. Florida St. at Nebraska, 3:05 p.m. N. Kentucky at Ball St., 4 p.m. W. Illinois at SE Missouri, 4 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Missouri, 6:30 p.m. IPFW at SIU Edwardsville, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST UNLV at UTSA, 2 p.m. UCLA vs. Texas at Reliant Stadium, Houston, 2:30 p.m. Creighton at Houston, 3 p.m. Colorado St. at Tulsa, 3:30 p.m. E. New Mexico at UTEP, 6:30 p.m. TCU at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at Arkansas St., 8:05 p.m. FAR WEST Air Force at Denver, 3 p.m. Wyoming at Montana St., 4 p.m. Arizona at New Mexico, 4 p.m. Utah Valley at Idaho St., 4:05 p.m. CS Northridge at Fresno St., 5 p.m. S. Utah at San Jose St., 5 p.m. BYU at Utah, 5 p.m. San Diego St. at San Diego, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 EAST Louisiana Tech vs. Rutgers at Madison Square Garden, 11 a.m. Georgetown at Penn St., Noon Arizona St. at Boston College, 1 p.m. Duke vs. St. John's at Madison Square Garden, 1:30 p.m. Hartford at Dartmouth, 2 p.m. Princeton at Delaware, 2 p.m. Penn at LIU Brooklyn, 2 p.m. CCSU at New Hampshire, 2 p.m. SOUTH Middle Tennessee at Kentucky, 1 p.m. S.C. State at Clemson, 2 p.m. Hofstra at Auburn, 3 p.m. Longwood at Gardner-Webb, 3 p.m. Jacksonville St. at Lipscomb, 3 p.m. Southern Miss. at Louisiana-Monroe, 3 p.m. Tulane at LSU, 3 p.m. Illinois at Memphis, 3 p.m. Elon at N.C. State, 2 p.m. Furman at South Carolina, 3 p.m. Alabama St. at Troy, 3 p.m. Purdue at UT Martin, 3 p.m. MIDWEST Lafayette at Ohio St., 1 p.m.



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Illogical ‘idea’ Players don’t agree with possible ban of kickoffs pants." Dawson believes recent rules changes like banning the blocking wedge, moving the kickoff up five yards and limiting the number of players that can line up on one side of the ball for an onside kick, have lessened the number of violent collisions in games. However, there are plenty of other plays when hard hits are common. He cited punts as a prime example. "When the ball is 50 yards down the field, guys are running full speed and you get a lot of cross blocks and guys getting knocked out," Dawson said. "I still wouldn't say it's any more dangerous than any other play. I watch wide receivers get concussions each and every week in the NFL, yet we're going to pick on kickoffs? That doesn't add up to me." Dawson said taking away the kickoff — and it's only a suggestion at this point — would also remove other elements that help make pro football special. "There is so much personnel scheming, matchups, strategy that goes into each and every kickoff that people will never understand," he said. "All they see is a guy run and kick the ball. But there's a lot that goes into it and it would be a shame to see that much thought be removed from the game. "And hey, I'm probably someone who would benefit from this rule, so I don't have a vested interest. I'm known as a field-goal guy, so if anything it would help me, so I'm not saying this because I'm mad, I'm a kicker and I'm going to lose. I don't think this suggestion makes sense." The argument that taking away kickoffs would cost players jobs isn't a sound one, Dawson said. Most teams use the same players to cover punts and kickoffs and only two teams have kickoff specialists. For both Cribbs and Dawson, the kickoff is as much a part of pro football as the handoff or forward pass. It is engrained in the sport's deepest roots. "From when I was a little kid I dreamed about having the opening kickoff in the Super Bowl and all the flashbulbs go off," he said. "I want to be that guy.”

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Green-Ellis begins to emerge Winning is fun for Bengals running back CINCINNATI (AP) — BenJarvus Green-Ellis showed the Bengals his competitiveness this summer when he got wrapped up in a team volleyball game that was supposed to be just for fun. To him, fun means winning. "He was out there competing, trying to encourage guys, making sure we didn't lose and things like that," quarterback Andy Dalton said on Wednesday. On the field, the running back's results were disappointing in the first half of the season, when a young offensive line had trouble opening holes. Now, Green-Ellis has run for more than 100 yards in each of the last three games, steadying the offense during a four-game winning streak that has Cincinnati (7-5) back in playoff contention. His new team is seeing that competitive streak again. "It's fun to see because he's really turned it on these last couple weeks," Dalton said. "It doesn't seem like anything's stopping him." Green-Ellis signed with the Bengals as a free agent after four years

with New England, where he had a total of 20 starts and four 100-yard games. The Bengals were looking for a more versatile replacement for Cedric Benson as they evolved into a West Coast offense. The running game struggled mightily at the outset. Green-Ellis averaged less than 60 yards in the first nine games, and the Bengals rushed for only 93.7 per game, eighth-worst in the NFL. There's been a pronounced change lately. Green-Ellis ran for 101 against Kansas City, 129 against Oakland and 118 against San Diego, becoming the first Bengals running back with three straight 100-yard games since Corey Dillon in 1999. During the last two games, he's broken runs of 48, 41 and 39 yards, the three longest of his career. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden thinks it's a matter of Green-Ellis settling in behind a new offensive line that was in flux because of injuries early in the season. "It was his first time with a new line and a new system and terminology and all that stuff," Gruden

said. "A lot of the runs were the same he's used to, but still you've got to get used to your linemen and our aiming points and all that. "He's done a great job being patient, but making his decisions and getting up the field have been outstanding. That's the big thing." The Bengals got to see another side of him during the second half of their 2013 win in San Diego on Sunday. After Green-Ellis was dropped for a loss on third-and-1, he was outspoken on the sideline, rallying the rest of the offense. "He's vocal in a sense that when he feels like something needs to be said, he'll say it," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "He'll ask what he needs and what we have to do to be successful. “He's not scared to talk about it. And that's a good thing. “ It's a mark of a guy that's confident." Green-Ellis is the opposite of Benson when it comes to sharing his thoughts with the public. Benson would meet with the media in front of his locker every Wednesday to discuss the state of the

team and the upcoming game. If he thought the Bengals were overlooking the run, he'd say so. Green-Ellis doesn't do many interviews and doesn't say much even then. "I'm only thinking about Dallas, that's about it," he said after practice on Wednesday. "I don't even care about the last three games. Those are etched in stone. “Nothing we can do about them. Only thing I care about is improving and worrying about Dallas." The Cowboys (6-6) come to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, needing to stop Green-Ellis in order to have a chance to stay in the playoff chase. Dallas is one of four teams in the NFC at 6-6, a game behind Seattle for the final wild card berth. "Physically the line is good up front, but he just has a good feel for running," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "I think anybody who's followed his career when he was in New England, he just seemed to make a lot of yards. “He's certainly doing that in Cincinnati."

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kickoffs have defined Josh Cribbs' career in the NFL, and made him an invaluable weapon for the Cleveland Browns. So the thought of the league abolishing the exciting play irritates the return specialist. "They need to call it a different league if they do that," Cribbs said. "It'll change the game drastically." Earlier this week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league's competition committee will consider eliminating kickoffs in the offseason. In an effort to reduce head injuries and protect players, the league previously moved the kickoff from the 30 to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourthand-15 situation. While he coached at Rutgers, Schiano witnessed one of his players, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010. Goodell has called Schiano's idea "interesting." Browns kicker Phil Dawson believes it's illogical. "I'm all for player safety," said Dawson, in his 14th season with Cleveland. "I do think the NFL has done a good job in the past — like with the wedge rule. This suggestion doesn't add up. It doesn't address what they say the dangers are because punts are just as violent. There aren't going to be any touchbacks. How many times have you seen a punt returner waiting for the ball to come down and the gunner just kills him? "It doesn't make sense to me." Cribbs, who shares the league record (8) for kickoff return touchdowns with Seattle's Leon Washington, can't envision the game he has played since he was a kid not having kickoffs. "I couldn't ever see that," said Cribbs, sixth on the career kickoff yardage list. "That's like taking the goal post out of the stadium, taking the whole post and uprooting it. Only play offense and defense, just like intramurals. Then play indoors and put flags in our


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