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able defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a bastion of the movement for generations. The Republican-dominated House ignored Democrats’ pleas to delay the passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency that the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private-sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov.

BY JOHN FLESHER Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — As chants of angry protesters filled the Capitol, Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthink-


Rick Snyder signed them both within hours, calling them “proworker and pro-Michigan.” “This is about freedom, fairness and equality,” House Speaker Jase Bolger said during the floor debate. “These are basic American rights rights that should unite us.” After the vote, he said, Michigan’s future “has never been brighter, because workers are

free.” The state where the United Auto Workers was founded and labor has long been a political titan will join 23 others with right-to-work laws, which ban requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services. Supporters say the laws give See Right to work/Page 8

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Bradford Council meets today BRADFORD — The Village of Bradford Council has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in village hall. This meeting will take place prior to the regular scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. The purpose of today’s special meeting is to review general fund finances.

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Churches, synagogue participate in Piqua Arts Council’s Art Walk Self-guided tours, reception set Friday

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PIQUA — Candles will illuminate walkways leading to historical places of worship on Friday, when the Piqua Arts Council sponsors its holiday Art Walk. Local residents and their families are invited to participate in the free self-guided tour of historic churches and a synagogue nestled close to downtown Piqua from 4-7 p.m. “It’s a great opportunity for families to celebrate the holiday season and learn about the architecture, art and music of these beautiful houses of worship which have such a rich spiritual heritage in our community,” said Chris Schmiesing, PAC vice president and chairperson of the ArtWalk program. Participating churches will have docents available to discuss the history, art and stained glass windows, for example, and many will be providing musical entertainment. Maps of participating locations are available at each of the Art Walk churches, as well as the Piqua Public Library, Arabella


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The Congregation Anshe Emeth synagogue will be among the local houses of worship that will be featured in Piqua Arts Council Holiday Art Walk. salon and spa, Piqua Government Church, Greene Street United Complex, Piqua Area Chamber of Methodist Church, Congregational Commerce and many downtown Christian Church, True Vine Piqua businesses. Church, Congregation Anshe The eight participating locations Emeth, Westminster Presbyterian include St. Mary Catholic Church, See Art Walk/Page 8 St. Paul’s Evangelical & Reformed

PIQUA — The Piqua Development Department has announced the recent release of a draft Complete Street Policy for the city. The streets policy provides a vision and strategies for ensuring future transportation and development projects balance the needs of all users, including motorist, pedestrians, bicyclist, freight carriers, emergency responders, transit providers and adjacent lands uses, and promote a more livable community for citizens of all ages and abilities. The content of the document is based upon the insights and suggestions offered by biking, See Street/Page 8




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Edythe F. Martin PIQUA — Edythe F. Martin, 76, of Piqua, died at 8:11 p . m . Mond a y , Dec. 10, 2012, at the Upper Va l l e y Medi c a l Center. MARTIN She was born March 14, 1936, in Troy to the late Harold and Marjorie (Penney) Bowman. She married David A. Martin on July 6, 1962, in Troy; he preceded her in death March 6, 2003. Survivors include a step-mother, Agnes Bowman of Troy; five brothers, Larry L. (Karen) Bowman of Piqua, Harold H. (Robin) Bowman of Troy, Robert D. (Barbara) Bowman of Casstown, Donald (Pat) Felver of Lawrenceville, and Georgia, Alfred “Bud” (Juanita) Felver of Piqua; a sister, Rose D. (Robert) Anderson

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of Gainsville, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Martin was a 1956 graduate of the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing and retired as a registered nurse from the Upper Valley Medical Center following a long career of helping others. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas L. Bolte officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reserved Education Fund of St. Boniface Catholic Church, 310 S. Downing St., Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

PIQUA — Jane Jacoby, 81, of Piqua, died at 2 a.m. Mond a y , Dec. 10, 2012, at her residence. She w a s b o r n Aug. 7, 1 9 3 1 , JACOBY i n Richmond, Ind. to the late Carlton F. and Lillian (Teague) Rothert. She married Robert Jacoby on Sept. 22, 1968, in Sidney; and he survives. Other survivors include a son, David (Linda) Jacoby of Oldsmar, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and David Drudy; and three stepsons, Dean, Donald and Douglas Jacoby. Mrs. Jacoby was a 1949 graduate of Richmond High School. She was a member of the YWCA of Piqua, the Altrusa Club and an active member of

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Rev. Lon William Mindt PIQUA — The Rev. Lon William Mindt, a resident f o Piqua Manor, f o r merly of Eng l e wood, went to h i s heave n l y MINDT home Dec. 8, 2012, following the effects of Alzheimer’s. He was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Blue Grass, N.D. to William E. and Sophie (Ballinsky) Mindt. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister. One sister, Violet Dittus of Washington and brother, Clifford Mindt of Montana survive. Leon was married to Esther (Mindt) Mindt on Nov. 27, 1947. The couple was able to celebrate 65 years of marriage. She survives, along with their three daughters, Cynthia and the Rev. Floyd Sollenberger of Camp Hill, Pa., Sylvia and Ray Daniels of Wabash, Ind., and the Rev. Dr. Arlys and Jerry Fogt of Piqua. They share the wonderful memories of a life well lived. His legacy continues with seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army after World War II ended during the occupation, stationed in Korea from 1945-1946 and upon his honorable discharge became an apprentice blacksmith and welder. He felt the call to Christian ministry and began college at General Beadle in Madison, S.D., while serving a small church in Ramona, S.D. He continued his college education and graduated in 1064, from Kearney State in Kearney, Neb., while serving churches in Elm Creek, Neb., Taylor, Neb., Almena, Kan. and in Scotia, Neb. After graduation he moved his family to Dayton to begin seminary

the Upper Valley Community Church. As a gifted artist, she created many birth and marriage plaques, which could be found in homes all across the country. She was an avid bridge player having been a member of a card club. She loved her family and life and will be deeply missed by many friends throughout the country. A service to honor her life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Jetter, Jack Chalk and Lay Minister Richard Feightner co-officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 200 W. High St., Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

training at United Theological Seminary and continued serving various student pastorates in Lebanon, Eaton and Sidney. He graduated with a M.Div. from UTS in 1968, and was ordained in the Dakota Conference of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church and choosing to stay in Ohio he accepted a call to serve the United Church of Christ in West Milton. Although he served carious churches in different denominations, he always felt his calling was to be a shepherd to everyone in any community in which he lived. He spent 10 years as an instructor in carpentry at the former Miami Valley Joint Vocational School. Leon spent many ours building and delivering his specially designed storage barns of all sizes. After formally retiring, he continued to substitute both in the pulpit and the classroom. His passion was doing small wood projects for people as gifts and creating something out of materials others threw away. He also enjoyed serving the VFW Post 7741 as a life member and chaplain for many years on the local, county and district levels. Funeral services will be officiated by the Revs. Floyd Sollenberger and George Sidwell at Englewood United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors, will be at Piqua Forest Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Englewood United Methodist Church, 107 N. Walnut St., Englewood. Donation envelopes will be available at the service. All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton.

TROY — Dorothy June Rudy, 91, of Troy, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Koester Pavillion, Troy. She was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Dayton, to Paul and Mayme (Folker) Caron. Dorothy graduated from Newton High School and on Jan. 5, 1940, she married David S. Rudy. She worked for the Arens Corporation in Covington and worked as a ward clerk for Stouder Hospital in Troy. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ. She enjoyed travelling and loved the their farm in Pleasant Hill. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son, David Scott Rudy. She will be missed and remembered by her daugh-

ter-in-law, Judy Rudy of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott and Teresa Rudy of Tipp City, Sue Ann and Wade Hickle of Vandalia, Gary David and Samantha Rudy of Vandalia; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Nicholas Rudy and Katheryn and Sarah Hickle; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. The Rev. Dr. Keith Wagner will officiate with interment following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County. Online memories may be left for the family at

Irene J. Goodin LONDON, Ohio — Irene J. Goodin, 89, London, Ohio, formerly of Tipp City, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Madison Senior Living Community. She was born April 27, 1923, in Troy, to the late Earl and Halcie (Emswiler) Haaga. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Goodin, to whom she was married 65 years spending the last 35 years in Kissimmee, Fla., before returning to Ohio after her husband’s death to be near her family. She is survived by her children, David A. and his wife Marjorie Goodin of Brookville and Elizabeth A. and her husband Michael Green of London, Ohio; grandchildren, Brad (Nicole) Ostendorf, Blake Ostendorf, Beth Ostendorf, Tracy (Jeremiah) Hunt, Benjamin (Lindsay)

Goodin and Daniel Goodin; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Sofia, Grayce, Lillian, Amanda and Kylee; and great-great grandchild, Alexis. Irene was Valedictorian of the class of 1941 from Tippecanoe High School. During World War II she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. At the end of the war she married her husband and together they raised their family. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday in Section 1 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City, with Pastor Bonita Wood officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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Lenora Ann (Boyer) Elsner HOUSTON — Lenora Ann (Boyer) Elsner, 92, of 6 0 6 0 Houston Road, Houst o n , passed a w a y peacefully at Fa i rhaven N u r s - ELSNER i n g Home at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Lenora was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Shelby County, the late Hamer and Nellie (Miltenberger) Boyer of Houston. On Dec. 25, 1940, she married Ronald Elsner and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2000. Lenora is survived by her son, Larry and his wife Karen Elsner, of Sidney; three grandchildren, Andrew Elsner, Nick Elsner, and Lindsey Elsner. Lenora was preceded in death by one brother, Clifford ‘Bud’ Boyer and one sister, Margaret Bailey. Lenora retired from the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, in Piqua where she worked as a cook. She also had prior service with the Houston School District. She was a

life time member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Fort Loramie American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Houston Grange. Lenora belonged to the Houston Congregational Christian Church in Houston. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and reading. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother and she will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Pastor James Manuel officiating. Interment will follow at the Houston Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Houston Outdoor Athletic Complex, c/o Shelby County Community Foundation, Wilson Hospice, 10836 Fairington Drive, Sidney, in Lenora’s memory. All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Adams Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Jackie W. Barnes Sr. COVINGTON — Jackie W. Barnes Sr., 70, of Covington, passed away at 9 : 4 5 a . m . S u n d a y , Dec. 9, 2012, at the Heartl a n d BARNES Nursing Home Piqua. Jackie was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Evarts, Ky. and the son of the late Bill and Neva (Haney) Barnes. He retired in 2005 from Hobart Brothers of Troy, and was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Jackie was a member of the Hickory Grove United Baptist Church of Greenville, the Eagles Lodge of Covington and the Bradford Community Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Michelle Morgan; and two brothers, Ronnie James and Bobby Ray Barnes. Jackie is survived by his wife, Rose G. (Jones) Barnes of Covington. They were married June 12, 1965. Also by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jackie W. and Michelle Barnes Jr. of Piqua, Christopher M. and Shannon Barnes of

Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Andrew Cindy J. Barnes of Piqua. There are 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Linda and Earl Curry and Brenda Barnes, all of Greenville, brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Bev Barnes of Greenville;and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Tom Jones and Pastor Gary Wagner co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Cemetery Covington. The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military Honors at 2 p.m.Thursday in the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today in the funeral home. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Hickory Grove United Baptist Church of Greenville, Hospice of Miami County or Heartland Nursing Home of Piqua. Condolences for the family may be expressed through

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Gradual warmup expected High pressure building in will bring clear skies and lots of sun today, but we stay chilly. Sunshine will dominate through the end of the week. With the return of south winds for the latter half of the week, temperatures will once again soar to above normal levels. The next chance of rain arrives over the weekend. High: 42 Low: 24.





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REGIONAL ALMANAC Temperature High Yesterday 33 at 3:59 p.m. Low Yesterday 31 at 9:24 a.m. Normal High 39 Normal Low 25 67 in 1931 Record High Record Low -8 in 1917


Warren Lodge No. 24 Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, 217 W. High St., Piqua, recently held its election of officers. Each officer is a Master Mason in good standing and will hold that position for the 2012-2013 inspection season. Michael S. Foster was elected worshipful master and will head the lodge and its activities. Front row, pictured from left to right, Stu Shear, treasurer, Michael Foster, worshipful master and Sherman Deaton, senior seward. Second row, left to right, Nathan Coppock, junior warden, Howard Lambert, chaplain and Dixson Clement, senior warden. Top row, left to right, James Lambert, secretary, Douglas Smith, senior deacon, A. J. Marrs, junior deacon, and Donald Mumford, installing officer. The lodge was founded and granted a charter from the Grand Lodge of Ohio in November 1840, and was located on the second floor of Tamplin’s Tavern on the southwest corner of Spring and Ash Streets in Piqua.The present building built in 1848, as a Baptist church, became the home of Warren Lodge, after extensive renovation, in 1929.The lodge supports many community efforts including the State Route 66 highway cleanup, Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army and other community service endeavors.


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High school choir presents holiday concert PIQUA — The Piqua High School Choral Department will present its annual Holiday Concert and Cookie Walk on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at the high school. The choirs are under the direction of Tom Westfall. The concert will begin with a mass choir number, “Joy To The World.” The choirs will be accompanied by the Gotham City Brass Quintet, David Broerman, organ, Brenda Vetter, piano and student percussionist, Will Cissner on tympani. The Women’s Chorus will perform “Jingle Bell Rock,” followed by “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” with organist David Broerman. “Here Comes Santa Claus” is next and the choir will close their portion with “A Star Dances,An Angel Sings” accompanied by the Handbell Choir. The Handbell Choir is made up of Piqua City School staff members David Broerman, Pam George,

Greg Hawk, Dustin Hornbeck, Lindsay Muhlenkamp and community members Joan and Greg Heroon. The Gotham City Brass Quintet members are Linda Holt and Jim Vetter, trumpet, Annie Shilt, French horn, Ray Marion, trombone, and John Streb, tuba. The Quintet has been playing together for many years and gives concerts and pro-

grams in the Miami Valley Area. The Men’s Chorus will sing “It’s The Christmas Time of Year” with student Will Cissner on chimes, followed by a Ukrainian folk song, “Sleigh Bells”. The song “Goin’ To Bethlehem” will have vocal percussion

provided by students Mason Stevens and John Klenk. The Gotham City Brass and organist David Broerman will join the choir in “Sing We Now of Christmas.” The PHS Show Choir, “The Company” will present its Christmas show of “Santa’s On His Way Medley,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” and conclude with “Yule Be Swingin.’” Both

by the Handbell Choir and violinist, Paul Hrivnak. Something new this year will be a performance of the Piqua Junior High 8th Grade Choir. They will perform at the 4:30 p.m. program only and will do three songs. The Eighth Grade Choir is a graded class that meets 1st period everyday under the direction of Westfall. The concert will conclude with the Gotham City Brass and David Broerman on organ accompanying the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Members of the audience will be invited to join the Concert Choir on stage to sing along. The annual “Cookie Walk” will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through the concerts. The MIKE ULLERY/STAFF FILE PHOTO cookies are presongs will feature student sented on beautifully decosoloists. rated tables and are sold by The Concert Choir will the pound. This is a major begin with “Bell Carol of the fund raiser for the PHS Kings” featuring the Hand- Music Boosters. bell Choir, followed by a traThe concert is free and ditional Hanukka song, open to the public. For more “S’Vivon,” sung in Hebrew. information, call the PHS They will also sing “Once in office at 773-6314 during Royal David’s City” joined school hours.

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PIQUA — Girls and boys in K-4th grade are invited to join in the YWCA’s annual “Rudolph’s Recipes” class from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. Children will help create, bake, and decorate baked goods and then take home dozens of cookies and holiday treats to share with their families. “This is a great way to get your youngsters in the holiday spirit,” said Jennifer Anderson, one of the YWCA Cookie Ladies who will be instructing the class. “We try lots of differ-

Cable announced today that it will be accepting new and unwrapped toys from customers and employees who would like to help families in need this holiday season. “Time Warner Cable appreciates the support of our customers and employees who want to make a difference for a family this holiday season,” said Christine Mackin, community relations specialist with Time Warner Cable Southwest Ohio. “All of the toys collected will stay in that commuTime Warner nity through our partneraccepting new, ship with the Marines Toys for Tots.” unwrapped toys Toys can be dropped off PIQUA — Time Warner at participating Time ent recipes so the children will have a variety of goodies to enjoy at home as well as the fun of sharing something special with their families that they made. One fun food we will make is Reindeer food. The kids will love making this for Santa’s reindeer too.” For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626, or e-mail

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KETTERING — Sam J. Curcio, 93, of Kettering, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Sterling House of Troy, Troy. He was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Dayton, to the late Dominic and Lucia (DeSando) Curcio. His wife, Suzanne (Netzley) Curcio, preceded him in death in 2010. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Alison Curcio of Troy; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Alice Steffen of Centerville and Theresa and Forrest McMichael of Kettering; two grandchildren, Jacob and Ella Curcio; and nieces and nephews, Sara Hinders, Diana (Larry) Flemming, David (Karen) McMichael, Bonnie (Ron) Hershey, and Lisa (John) Mock. In addition to his parents and his wife, Sam was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hinders and Catherine Franklin. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Sam was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and

a member of East Dayton Church of Christ. He retired from Truman Optical, Dayton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at East Dayton Church of Christ, 3409 Linden Ave., Dayton, with Pastor Scott VanDyke officiating. Interment will follow in Polk Grove Cemetery, Butler Township. Friends may call from 57 p.m. today at Baird Funeral Home, 555 N. Market St., Troy, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Acclaim Hospice, 7887 Washington Village Drive, Suite 350, Dayton, OH 45459. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sterling House, Koester Pavilion, and Acclaim Hospice for the care they provided Sam. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Police find pot-belly pig in stolen car YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio made a curious discovery after finding a stolen car — a full-grown pot-belly pig in the back seat. Police reports said officers responding to a call about an abandoned car Monday found the Nissan Cube with air bags deployed, two flat tires and heavy damage to the front end. And there was a 250-pound potbelly pig named Penelope in the back seat. The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that officers had the car towed with the pig inside.

The owner, who lives in Pennsylvania, was contacted and said she was visiting a friend in Youngstown. She said she did notice the vehicle — and the pig — missing but thought the “kids took it.” Police contacted animal welfare workers, and they con-

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ust weeks away looms the ‘fiscal cliff,’ a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that everybody in Washington claims they want to avoid. Republicans want to work with the president to steer our economy clear of the fiscal cliff in a way that finally begins to solve the problem of our nation’s debt. We have a huge national debt because Washington spends too much, not because it doesn’t tax people enough. During the campaign, the president spoke of a ‘balanced’ approach to the fiscal cliff and our debt — a combination of new tax revenues and spending controls, used in tandem to reduce the deficit. When the president says ‘new revenues,’ he means raising tax rates. Republicans are opposed to that because it will hurt small businesses and destroy jobs. JOHN BOEHNER “But there’s another way 8th District Congressman to get the president the revenue he seeks. By cutting spending and closing specialinterest loopholes in the tax code instead of raising tax rates, we can avert the fiscal cliff in a way that helps our economy instead of hurting it. Accordingly, Republicans have signaled our willingness to accept some new revenues, if they come from tax reform instead of higher tax rates and are accompanied by meaningful spending reforms that begin to address the drivers of our country’s debt. In re-electing a Democratic president and a Republican majority in the House, the American people gave both parties a mandate – not to raise tax rates, but to find common ground and act in the best interests of our country. I’ve cited the 1986 tax reform agreement between a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, and a Democratic Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, as one model of such a bipartisan accord. That agreement helped to pave the way for the strong economic growth America experienced in the years that followed. A more recent model exists as well, in the form of the proposal President Clinton’s former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles, presented last year to the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (‘supercommittee’). The proposal is basically this: both parties would agree to a balanced deficit reduction package that includes significant spending cuts as well as $800 billion in new revenues. To avoid doing harm to the economy, the new revenues would be achieved not through higher tax rates, but through pro-growth tax reform that closes special-interest loopholes and deductions and lowers rates. “On the spending side, the plan would cut $900 billion in mandatory spending and another $300 billion in discretionary spending. These would be cuts over and above the spending reductions enacted via the 2011 Budget Control Act. This plan is a middle ground that would enable us to avert the fiscal cliff without doing harm to the nation’s economy. “On Dec. 3, we sent this plan to the president as our counteroffer to his own fiscal cliff plan. The president’s plan calls for a $1.6 trillion tax hike — double what he campaigned on — as well as billions in new ‘stimulus’ spending and the authority to raise the nation’s debt ceiling to infinity. The huge revenue increase in the president’s plan would be achieved through higher tax rates on small businesses and others. And where are the spending cuts the president promised? Republicans won’t be party to an agreement that shields big businesses and preserves special-interest tax breaks while raising tax rates on small businesses and hurting our economy. Our proposal instead offers a way for Democrats to get the revenue they seek along with meaningful spending reforms, without tax rate hikes that will cost jobs. “To date, though, the president has refused to consider our plan, while also refusing to offer a viable alternative. The proposal put forth by House Republicans is a reasonable framework. If the president won’t accept it, he has a responsibility to offer a plan of his own that can pass both chambers of Congress. “Slow-walking our economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff is not a strategy worthy of the White House. For the sake of our country, the president must lead.

he failed to increase the ow are the “fiscal number of Republican cliff ” negotiations senators. And Romney going? Reportedly, failed, in part, because he Republican leaders and followed McConnell’s President Barack Obama “blame Obama” strategy. are in a stare-down. HowFour senators have alever, many rank-and-file ready stopped marching members Republican blindly after McConnell. have blinked, apparently DONNA BRAZILE This week another senaready to fold a demontor, Bob Corker of Tenstrably losing hand. Columnist nessee, joined them. These Republicans have begun to recognize that both morally Corker told a Reuters reporter that his and economically, the tax rates on the fellow senators were beginning to see wealthy must return to those of the value in assenting to restoring taxes on Clinton-Gore era. But Republican lead- the super wealthy, in return for holding ers apparently feel that the rich getting the debt limit hostage once more, in the richer — their rates are lower than next Congress. That’s one step away from the cliff yours, dear reader — is more important than getting our country’s long-term fi- and one step toward the ditch. Holding the debt limit hostage nances in order. The negotiations began when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner worked well for McConnell and Boehner visited Republican Senate Minority in 2011, but not so well for the rest of Leader Mitch McConnell and gave him the country. On the same day that Obama’s proposal to read. McConnell, Boehner’s boast, “I got 98 percent of by his own account, read it, smiled and what I wanted,” made headlines, this then “burst into laughter.” Geithner, ap- was also a headline: “Dow Drops 512 parently a little stunned, said, “I don’t Points.” However, it seems Republicans still think I’ve ever seen you smile.” Obama then asked the Republicans to want to play “blink at the brink.” When present a counter-proposal. Speaker Boehner offered a modest loophole closJohn Boehner called the president’s pro- ing, Sen. James DeMint attacked it, sayposal “la la land,” then offered to raise ing, “Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax just half the revenue Obama proposed, hike will destroy American jobs … while and to do that by closing unidentified not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a loopholes. White House press secretary single penny.” Veteran political obJames Carney characterized their rec- servers saw this as a scripted “good copommendation as “magic beans and fairy bad cop” moment, meant to give Boehner an excuse and a way out. He dust.” In 2001, tax rates changed, becoming, can now claim the “modest loophole closin effect, a vacation from taxes for the ing” is the best he can do because of conwealthy, and tax relief for 98 percent of servative pressure. That’s a cop-out, all Americans. Obama wants to end that because Boehner remains in charge. He vacation. His proposal also includes purged four dissidents — conservative about a $25 billion in stimulus spending Republicans — of their chairmanships for jobs growth and the extension of the this week, sending a clear message of “to payroll tax cuts. The Republican pro- get along, go along.” He replaced them posal repeats Mitt Romney’s plan: Close with … other conservatives, who have unspecified loopholes and cut safety net no doubt agreed to play nicely and programs, specifically Medicare and So- march in rank. The easiest and simplest thing for cial Security. There’s only one problem: The Repub- House Republican leaders to do is to lican position was thoroughly debated, allow a vote on the Senate-passed middebunked and rejected in the election dle class tax cuts. House Democrats only a month ago. Voters chose Obama’s filed a discharge petition to automatiposition, a balanced approach of spend- cally bring the middle-class tax cuts to ing cuts and increased revenues. A re- the floor, with 178 signatures and countcent Washington Post poll confirms ing. Meanwhile, a White House adviser most Americans agree the wealthy get told the Los Angeles Times, “The only better tax breaks, and they want the time these guys have ever moved on disparity to end. And voters have over- something is when they have felt the whelmingly insisted that Congress not outside pressure.” Boehner sent Contouch Social Security and Medicare ben- gress home without having done anyefits. If an agreement isn’t reached, a thing to compromise. Maybe voters will Washington Post-Pew Research Center buttonhole them while they’re home survey shows 53 percent of Americans with a little citizen pressure. The clock is ticking. It’s time that will blame the Republicans for pushing America over the fiscal cliff. Throughout members of Congress listen to their conObama’s first term, Senate Republicans stituents and honor only one pledge: to marched in lockstep to McConnell’s di- advance the common good for the sake rections. They opposed everything. Mc- of the Republic. Connell even appeared to call the shots Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic in the House during the 2011 debt limit negotiations. But Senate Republicans strategist, a political commentator and may be hearing a different drum. It’s contributor to CNN and ABC News, and not surprising. McConnell’s stated No. 1 a contributing columnist to Ms. Magapriority, defeating Obama, failed. And zine and O, the Oprah Magazine.

To the Editor: The St. James Episcopal Church food pantry has ministered to the residents of Piqua and the areas surrounding through another difficult year. We have experienced an 18 percent increase in those in need this year. We have given out over 91 tons of food, personal care and donated items to over 600 families monthly, which equates to over 16,000 people annually. The food pantry again this year will provide to our clients through a random drawing 100 “Christmas Dinner” boxes, which include a ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, apples, oranges, an apple or cherry pie, milk and butter. We could not do this without our many volunteers, donations and grants so we would like to say thanks to all those who made this year a success in providing for those in need. Especially Dee Gastineau, our grant writer, Shared Harvest, Walmart, Red Lobster, Kroger, Aldi, Big Lots, Everett Lavy (Piqua area farmer), Piqua Paper Box Co., Trinity Episcopal Church in Troy, all those organizations who awarded the pantry grants, all the organizations and individuals who provided us donations (monetary and food), and all the special volunteers who work the food pantry. We could not serve the people of Piqua without them. We feel blessed to be able to continue this ministry and serve those in need and hope that next year will bring a better year for all of us. Thank you again. —Marisa Littlejohn St. James Episcopal Church Food Pantry Volunteer.

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of 14 years Rivera — soulful, troubled Wife learns man still carries PATRICK T. FALLON/AP PHOTO

A woman adjusts a flower in front of candles and pictures displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday.

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BY E.J. TAMARA AND NATALIA CANO Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Jenni Rivera launched her career hawking cassette recordings of her songs at flea markets, but a powerful voice, soulful singing style and frank discussion of personal troubles powered her to the heights of a male-dominated industry,transforming her into the one of the biggest stars of the genre known as grupero. Her life was cut short at its peak on Sunday by an airplane crash in northern Mexico that also killed six friends and co-workers. The 43-year-old mother of five and grandmother of two became a symbol of resilience for millions of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Her fame grew as she branched out into acting, appearing in independent film, reality TV and the televised singing competition “La Voz Mexico.” She had recently filed for divorce from her third husband, was once detained at a Mexico City airport with tens of thousands of dollars in cash,and publicly apologized after her brother assaulted a drunken fan who verbally attacked her in 2011. “I am the same as the public, as my fans,” she told The Associated Press in an interview last March. Rivera sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums and won a string of Latin music awards. Her shows filled both the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Mexico’s National Auditorium, a feat few male singers in her industry achieved. Many of her songs dealt with themes of dignity in the face of heartbreak, and her shows were known for their festive atmosphere and her intimate interactions with her fans. She would fill song requests from fans who had suffered heartbreak and setbacks, and would

often pull women and girls onto stage to personally tell them to keep moving forward. The plane, being flown by two pilots, was taking her and her publicist,Arturo Rivera, her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, and two friends, one named Mario Macias and another who was only identified as Gerardo, to the central Mexican city of Toluca after a Saturday night concert before thousands in the northern city of Monterrey.All were killed. After the concert she gave a press conference during which she spoke of her emotional state following her recent move to divorce former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who played for teams including the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Rivera announced in October that she was divorcing Loaiza after two years of marriage. “I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you.Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman,”she said Saturday night. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.” Rivera’s parents migrated from Mexico to California and founded the label that also propelled two of her five brothers, Lupillo and Juan Rivera, to careers as well-known singers of grupero music. Born on July 2, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, Dolores Janney Rivera Savedra studied business administration and often said with pride that she started her singing career in flea markets in the Los Angeles area, selling cassette tapes to fans. She formally debuted on the music scene in 1995 with the release of her

album “Chacalosa”. That successful album was followed with two other independent albums, one a tribute to slain Mexican-American singer Selena that helped Rivera expand her following. By the end of the 90s,she won a major-label contract,and built a loyal following that knew her as the “Diva de la Banda.” At the end of the 1990s, Rivera was signed by Sony Music and released two more albums, “If You Want to See Me Crying,” and “Queen of Queens.” In 2002, she received her first Latin Grammy nomination, for best album in the band music category. Even more widespread success came when she joined Fonovisa and released her 2005 album titled “Partier, Rebellious and Daring,” which positioned her as one of the most renowned grupero singers and songwriters. She was also nominated for Latin Grammys in 2008 and 2011. She was also an actress,appearing in the indie film “Filly Brown,” which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, as the incarcerated mother of character Filly Brown. “Though she’ll be remembered as an iconic singer, she was also a powerful actress whose full range of talents the world was just beginning to discover,” the directors, producers, cast and crew of “Filly Brown” said in a statement. Her most recent album, “Joyas Prestadas,” or “Borrowed Jewels,” won widespread praise and awards and helped cement her status as one of the brightest stars of Mexican-American music. She was also filming the third season of “I Love Jenni,” which followed her as she interacted with her family and toured through Mexico and the United States. She also played a key role in the reality shows: “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C”and her daughter’s “Chiquis ‘n Control.”

■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 14 years to a man who had two failed marriages. I never felt insecure in my married life until I read his answers to a Yahoo Answers poll that asked, “Do you dream about the one that got away?” and, “Have you found the love of your life?” My husband responded that he thinks about her very often, especially on her birthday and Valentine’s Day. To the other question he replied he had found the love of his life, but the relationship had ended in divorce, which he admitted was his fault. I know he was talking about his first wife. I feel so sad and insecure. Now I must deal with the fact that on Valentine’s Day his thoughts are with someone else. How can I get over this? I no longer believe him when he says he loves me because I have proof that he hasn’t moved on yet. I can’t believe he said that even now he still thinks about her. Please help. — SAD HEART IN SAN JOSE DEAR SAD HEART: Your husband posted those thoughts on a public forum? Rather than feel hurt and insecure, you should be furious. How would he feel if the person answering that poll had been you? (Of course, you would have had better judgment.) By now it should be clear to you that you did not marry a rocket scientist. You have my sympathy because his first marriage has been over for nearly two decades and he — along with his obvious shortcomings — are no longer her problem, but yours. However, your pain may lessen if you look at the bright side: He treats you well 363 days a year, and many of the women who write to me are not so lucky.


Advice to see each other every two weeks, but no longer. It has been almost two months. He calls once a week, but nothing else. We have been close and he has shared his life, his worries and personal information with me. I haven’t pressured him and I don’t need a commitment now, although I would like one someday. Abby, he seems to be drifting away. Is it OK to write to him, email him, send encouraging notes once a week and continue to support him? Is it too much to ask for more frequent communication from him? I have offered to travel the 1,000 miles, but he has evaded my offer. I’m not ready to walk away. We have been great together and this is difficult for me. Advice? — HOLDING ON IN COASTAL CALIFORNIA

DEAR HOLDING ON: It’s fine to be supportive, but don’t overwhelm him right now. You may have to let this play out in its own time. Your friend may have retreated because he’s concentrating his energy on reviving his business. He may be licking his wounds or he may have met someone, which is why he discouraged your visit. That he still calls you is encouraging. Because you have known him for two years, I recommend you simply ASK him if he’s met someone else. If the answer is no, it will put your mind at ease. DEAR ABBY: I have But if the answer is yes, at been involved with a man least you’ll be clear about in a long-distance rela- what happened. tionship for two years. I Dear Abby is written by care about him very much and I believe he cares for Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, me. Things were going great and was founded by her until he was devastated mother, Pauline Phillips. by a downturn in his busi- Write Dear Abby at or ness. He had planned to from force of habit, but this move here, but was unable P.O. Box 69440, Los Angemerely emphasizes the fact to sell his home. We used les, CA 90069. that there’s almost no such thing as an automatic play in bridge.

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fers the only real chance to score two spade tricks. It is therefore not as odd a play as it might at first seem. Most declarers holding the South cards would probably play low from Tomorrow: Strike while their hand at trick one the iron is hot.


There are times when declarer must make what appears to be an unnatural play, because that is the only way to make his contract. South did exactly that in this deal and scored a game as a result. First, a word about the bidding. South had a problem of sorts in choosing his opening bid. He considered the possibility of opening with five diamonds, but decided, correctly, that his hand was too strong for a pre-emptive bid. He therefore bid only one diamond,

hoping to increase his chances of reaching a potential slam contract if his partner had a moderately good hand. As it turned out, South had to play well just to make five diamonds. West led a spade, declarer following low from dummy, and when East won the trick with the king, South played his queen on it! Declarer later successfully finessed dummy’s ten of spades to acquire his 11th trick. Had South played the four of spades on East’s king — certainly the more “natural” thing to do — he would have scored only one spade trick and gone down one. While it is true that dropping the queen of spades under the king is an unusual play, since it appears to reduce declarer’s number of spade tricks from two to one, the queen play is correct because it of-

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It seems only a short time ago ... nother week has already passed and it is time to write the column again. We have also entered the last month of 2012. Where does time go so fast? I keep thinking next week will be less busy and before I know it the week has passed. Daughter Verena will have her 15th birthdayon Dec. 10. How can she be that old already? It only seems short years ago that she was a baby. I’ll never forget the day Verena was born. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and woke up my husband Joe. I told him that I think he will have to go wake the neighbors and ask to use their phone. The midwife, Sylvia, which is Joe’s aunt, didn’t have a phone so a driver would have to be called to go pick her up. =Joe wasn’t in too much of a hurry as our first two children didn’t come very fast. He said he would just wait until he saw lights on at our English (non-Amish) neighbors, which was usually around 4;30 a.m. He then went over and called a driver to go get Sylvia and by the time she came it was after 5. Joe took the same driver to take our daughters Elizabeth and Susan over to my parents and bring my mother back with him. Mother was always a comfort to have during these times. Mother came prepared to stay all day. By the time Joe was back with my mother it was almost 6 a.m. Mother decided to make breakfast for everyone. Meanwhile, Joe wanted to go out and milk our cows and do the chores, since he still thought we had plenty of time before the baby’s arrival. But before anyone could get started on anything Verena was ready to be born. She arrived at 6:32 a.m. and we were blessed with another precious, healthy daughter. We were all surprised that things went so fast. Sylvia was not quite finished at our house when the driver came for her as she was needed by one of Joe’s cousins. If I remember right Joe’s cousin had her baby an hour after Verena. Verena was always full of energy and getting into everything at 6 months. She would crawl from one end of the room to the other before I knew it. She has been through a lot in her 15 years. At times she still does get post-concussion episodes but it usually

only affects her memory. Whatever happens during a post-concussion spell she will not remember. She has learned to cope with it and over time it seems to be getting better. We pray someday they will leave completely and are thankful how she has healed so far. She also seems to be doing well after her surgery to lengthen her heel cords on her right foot, a symptom of her muscular dystrophy. She is doing well and is an eighthgrader at school. Yesterday we did the laundry and hung it on the lines in the basement. It seems during the winter months we always have laundry hanging in the basement. We usually do laundry on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I am glad we have a place to hang it inside and don’t have cold hands hanging it outside. We used to hang our clothes outside all winter to let our clothing freeze dry. It was a cold job putting it out and getting it in. Our church won’t have the Christmas potluck until Dec. 30 this year, so that makes it a little less hectic before Christmas. Here is a recipe for you readers who are onion lovers. My onions didn’t do so well so I am already out of them and having to buy them. ONION RINGS 2 good sized onions 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup milk 2 Tab. vegetable oil Peel and slice onions. Slice fairly thick at least 1 /4 inch thick. Separate rings and use only the larger ones. Refrigerate until ready to use. Beat egg. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. In a large saucepan heat oil or shortening. Fill pan at least half full. When oil is hot enough dip onion rings into batter and cook until golden brown on both sides

BY SANDRA G. BOODMAN Kaiser Health News A distinguished vascular specialist in his 80s performs surgery, then goes on vacation, forgetting he has patients in the hospital; one subsequently dies because no doctor was overseeing his care. An internist who suffered a stroke gets lost going from one exam room to another in his own office. A beloved general surgeon with Alzheimer’s disease continues to assist in operations because hospital officials don’t have the heart to tell him to retire. These real-life examples, provided by an expert who evaluates impaired physicians, exemplify an emotionally charged issue that is attracting the attention of patient safety experts and hospital administrators: how to ensure that older doctors are competent to treat patients. About 42 percent of the nation’s 1 million physicians are older than 55 and 21 percent are older than 65, according to the American Medical Association, up from 35 percent and 18 percent, respectively, in 2006. Their ranks are expected to increase as many work past the traditional retirement age of 65, for reasons both personal and financial. Many older doctors remain sharp, their skills up-to-date and their judgment honed by years of experience. Peter Carmel, the AMA’s immediate past president, a 75-year-old pediatric neurosurgeon in New Jersey, recently wrote about “going full tilt.” Unlike commercial airline pilots, who by law must undergo regular health screenings starting at age 40 and must retire at 65 — or FBI agents, whose mandatory retirement age is 57 — there are no such rules for doctors. Nor are any formal evaluations required to ensure the continued competence of physicians, many of whom trained decades ago. Most states require continuing education credits to retain a medical license, but, as Ann Weinacker, chief of the medical staff at Stanford Hospital and

comes home from her job and opens the door.All I said was something about taking Lauren (my granddaughter) to the doctor because she had a bad cough. Then my daughter-in-law got all uppity and told me off so I left.Now I ask you. Who’s in the wrong? That was three days ago. I’m still waiting for her apology. — H.W., Waynesboro, PA Dear H.W.: Of all the family connections in the grandparenting universe,the relationship between a grandmother and daughter-

Clinics in California, observed, “you can sleep through a session, and if you sign your name, you’ll get credit.” “The public thinks that physicians’ health and competence is being vigorously monitored and assessed. It isn’t,” said geriatrician William Norcross, 64, founding director of a program at the University of California at San Diego that performs intensive competency evaluations of doctors referred by state medical boards or hospitals. The program -- known as PACE, for Physician Assessment and Clinical Education -- is one of about 10 around the country. Norcross, who evaluates 100 to 150 physicians annually, estimates that about 8,000 doctors with full-blown dementia are practicing medicine. (Between 3 and 11 percent of Americans older than 65 have dementia.) Studies have found, Norcross noted, that approximately one-third of doctors don’t even have a personal physician, who might be on the lookout for deteriorating hearing, vision or motor coordination, or the cognitive impairment that precedes dementia. The Effects Of Aging “Doctors are not immune to the effects of aging,” Norcross said, adding that the onset of dementia is often insidious and gradual. Too often, he said, health problems become impossible to ignore after a catastrophic event, such as the death of a patient. “Doctors with cognitive and neurological problems almost never have insight into their problems,” he said, and many deny that anything is wrong. While few experts would argue that age alone should control who can continue to practice, some studies suggest that doctors’ skills tend to deteriorate over time. A 2006 report found that patient mortality in complex operations was higher among surgeons older than 60 than among their younger colleagues. To address the problem in a systematic way, a

in-law is most fraught with peril. There’s often a competition, a natural tension.Now take that and multiply by it by the forces playing on your daughter-in-law – job pressures, perpetually bone tired and run ragged keeping up with her young twin tornados, and dealing with the guilt produced by having to work instead of staying at home to raise her brood. She walks through that door after work, she’s one tightlywrapped bundle of stress. The lines of communication between grandmothers and daughters-in-law can

clog up.A daughter feels free to level with her mother, but a daughter-in-law,wishing to be respectful,is more inclined to grin and bear it. We suspect that your well-intentioned remarks about seeing a doctor were the last straw on a bad day for your daughter-in-law – one of those times when opinions come across as criticisms.You said, “take her to a doctor.” She heard, “you’re a bad mother for not seeing a doctor sooner.” Your daughter-inlaw is probably mortified by her outburst, so get over it, give her the benefit of the

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small but growing number of hospitals -- including the University of Virginia Health System, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas -- have recently adopted policies requiring doctors over a certain age -- 70 at U-Va. and Driscoll, 75 at Stanford -- to undergo periodic physical and cognitive exams as a condition of renewing their privileges. Diane Pinakiewicz, former president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, a Bostonbased information and advocacy group, calls the policies “a fabulous idea” that is long overdue. “Without a rule, it’s left to someone’s personal decision” to self-monitor. New Hampshire healthcare consultant Jonathan Burroughs, who has worked with hospitals seeking to implement testing policies for older physicians, estimates that roughly 5 to 10 percent of institutions have adopted them and that interest is growing. “Colleagues have a code of silence,” said Burroughs, who spent 30 years as an emergency department physician. During his career, Burroughs said he followed several elderly doctors around, quietly correcting their orders to prevent mistakes. Such experiences, he said, are nearly universal in medicine. “Most medical staffs look the other way, thinking, ‘There but for the grace of God.’ This person has been a good doctor, and we’re not going to betray them,” Burroughs said. But that kindness can backfire, he added, subjecting patients to potendisastrous tially consequences such as serious injury or death, and the faltering physician to a malpractice suit or the loss of a medical license. John Schorling, a professor of medicine who heads U-Va.’s Physician Wellness Program, said the policy adopted last year was prompted by “general concerns” about patient safety and is modeled on aviation industry practices. “Pilots have peo-

ple’s lives in their hands, and so do doctors,” he said. ‘Fred Flintstone’ Care But some hospital administrators dispute the need for such testing. Fitness to practice, they maintain, is already paramount in decisions that hospitals make every two years or so to renew a physician’s privileges. And that process, they say, has gotten more stringent in the past decade with the proliferation of performance data on doctors. “In medicine, I think you need to look at people individually,” said David Mayer, 59, vice president of quality and safety at MedStarHealth, the largest hospital network in the District and Maryland. “To just put a number there and say, ‘You need to be looked at more closely’ because of age is not justified.” Brian Johnston, chairman of the emergency department at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, agrees. “It’s just very hard to make a hard-and-fast rule based on age,” said Johnston, 74, who is still pulling regular shifts in the fast-paced specialty. Testing everyone who hits a certain age is “unnecessarily hamhanded.” But Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins surgeon and author of “ Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” says that screening can weed out those who should no longer be practicing while giving “those who are fully functional the freedom to practice without the stigma of ageism.” Although an older doctor can be a font of wisdom and experience, Makary warns that too often patients receive what he calls “Fred Flintstone care” from doctors whose skills have not kept pace. “Some older surgeons are all over minimally invasive surgery,” he said, “but many have just ignored minimally invasive techniques.” Their patients, he said, may receive state-ofthe-art care — for 1976. See Scrutiny/Page 8

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■ Grandparenting Dear Grandparenting: My daughter-in-law blew her top about me getting on her nerves. She needs “space.” I’ll give her plenty of space. The next time the phone rings because she wants a babysitter maybe I’ll be busy that day. I put my life on hold after she had the twins. I was the best grandmother anyone ever had. Just ask my husband. He said I am a slave to my grandchildren. But that was OK with me until she got in my face and told me to butt out. I deserve more respect after all I’ve done. Here’s exactly what happened. She


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Restaurant inspections are performed by Miami County Public Health. They can be reached at (937) 5733500, by email at info@miamicountyhealth.netor on the website at These violation reports were provided by the Miami County Public Health and will be printed bi-monthly. Nov. 27 • Logan’s Roadhouse, 1750 W. Main St., Troy — Floors under equipment unclean. Unlabeled chemical spray bottle. Fountain pop holders at bar unclean. Handles unclean to equipment. Low sanitizer concentration (<100 ppm) in bar, three compartment sinks and sanitizer basket. Old date stickers on unclean pans. No tongs provided at lemons. Brushes for sauce and meat not being sanitized every four hours. Observed slicer, tomato dicer and knives stored as clean with food residue on them. Old carbon build-up on sheet trays. • Speedway,1894W.Main St., Troy — Observed hot holding sandwiches held at 125 degrees, not 135 degrees or greater. A thin-tipped metal-stemmed thermometer must be present to take temperatures of thin mass food. Observed leak under dump sink and at faucet handle at the three-compartment sink. Soap in restroom is not functioning properly. Clear food debris and seal in cooler/freezer when needed. Walk-in cooler door is not closing properly. • Covington Elementary School, 707 Chestnut St., Covington — Ensure corner of walk-in cooler FRP board is sealed tightly to wall. Observed some ice on floor and small ice drops on ceiling in walk-in cooler. Nov. 28 • The Dish, 7031 S. County Road 25-A,Tipp City — Torn gaskets to refrigeration units. Lights in walk-in cooler not working properly or burned out. No caps on small opening on grease trap. Concrete floors in back exit area are no longer sealed and found unclean. Remove towel from beer walk-in cooler. Mop sink in drive through side unclean. Observed areas of clutter on drive through side.Observed support beam removed from walk-in cooler; beam found leaning on side of cooler wall. Ceiling found bowing in cooler. • High Street Cafe and Bakery,109 N.High St.,Covington — Dump sink, hand sinks, prep sink and threecompartment sinks have hard water build-up or coffee residual build-up. Observed residual build-up on bottom of cooler. Clean prep sink drain of build-up. Nov. 29 • Railroad Restaurant, 629 S. Crawford St., Troy — Handles to equipment unclean. Residential use only equipment in kitchen (crock pots, etc.). Open can of tomato juice in refrigerator. Damaged tile in men’s restroom and damaged floors at bar. Observed fruit flies at bar. Missing thresholds at doorways allowing for floors to not be watertight. • Skyline Chili, 1775 W. Main St., Troy — Observed low areas of grout in front of ice machine and area in front of freezer. Open employee drinks on back area prep table. Cheese found at 44 degrees, must be kept below 41 degrees. No ammonia test strips to ensure proper solution. Nov. 30 • Cassanos No. 49, 975 W. Main St., Tipp City — Handles to equipment unclean. Garlic butter setting on counter requiring refrigeration. Drain to pop machine unclean. Ice dispenser unclean. Observed salami dated for eight days, instead of seven days allowed.Found outdated ham (11-20) and salami (11-26).Observed employee handle cheese for sub with bare hands.


■ Surviving Diabetes

Tough position but undefeated Getting an answer from insurance company part two elcome to part two of my tale. If you remember, back in my last column I said, “The last two weeks have been full of so much junk, I think I’ll just have to dive in the middle and put the rest in another column.” Well, this is the other column. Thanks for hanging with me! OK, so I had gotten really tired of my sugar being all over the place, so I decided to make some changes. After 26 years of dealing with something day in and day out, it’s hard to admit you don’t know everything, but that’s what I had to do. I would change my site every three days like you’re supposed to and start writing everything down. I did blood sugar checks before and two hours after each meal and took note of the readings, carbs eaten, bolus given and what foods I ate. I also was taking the time to really look at packages or ask for nutrition information at restaurants before I bolused.


What did I learn from all this? That I was way (I would write that in all caps if I could) over bolusing! At McDonald’s one day, I was all set to bolus 13, but I stopped myself, flipped the tray liner over (That’s where McDonald’s has their nutrition info for those of you who didn’t know) and took the time to add up the carbs in the food I would be eating. Eight! That’s what I needed to bolus. Eight not 13! So, that is embarrassing for me to admit and it puts me in a tough position. Sometimes you don’t have the carb content and you have to guess. Well thanks to my McDonald’s scenario my confidence went right down the toilet! Plus, some foods affect people differently than they should, so do I up it when I think a food will hit me like there are more carbs in it then the info says, or am I just overestimating? I find myself wondering that a lot. I also found that I was over treating my lows. So here’s how a day in my life

would go, I’d eat and over bolus for the food, then go low and over treat for the low which would take me high, I’d do a correction bolus and go low and the cycle would continue. Well, once I made these changes and started entering things in my pump and letting it do the calculating (I had to admit, in this case it was smarter than I was) my sugars were awesome. In fact, one day my pre lunch reading was 83. My post lunch … 83! Now that’s some good bolusing. OK, so you know things couldn’t keep going this well for long. I had a commitment I had to be at from 4:45-10:30 p.m. now that throws a wrench into eating on schedule and writing everything down. I was starving by the time I got home, so I stupidly got some fast food. I woke up the next day in the 300s. I bolused to correct and then dropped low and that’s when the phone rang. It was the supplier of my continuous glucose monitoring sensors letting me know that my insur-

ance was saying that the order I placed a few days ago wouldn’t be covered. In fact, they didn’t cover the order I placed back in March either and I owed $705 because of it! So this of course led to a hysterical breakdown in the middle of my kitchen. Through my sobs, I cried out “I can’t do this! I can’t check my sugar and count carbs and write everything down and make changes and fight with the insurance company!” So after I decided to fight rather than cry I made many, many phone calls and finally got an answer! Although no one could tell me why, apparently for 2012 there was “a change in verbage” in my policy that caused the claim to need a manual review rather than just being approved. There was a note in my chart though that said that it should be approved. Well, that would’ve been nice to know about five phone calls ago! I’ll fast forward to the end and let you know that they did end up


Columnist covering my order. And, some good things did come from the fiasco. I’m now using a new supplier for my Dexcom supplies, and think they’ll be much better. And, I may just be upgrading to the newest Dexcom, the G4, when my warranty expires Dec. 20. I’m looking forward to the columns I can write if I get it because you know I’ll have a lot to say! And on one final note, I want to offer a reminder. Many people with chronic diseases have met their insurance deductible by now. If you can get cheaper supplies after your deductible is met, place an order ASAP. Most of the time at the beginning of the year, that deductible is reset. Jennifer Runyon has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She can be reached at

Energy experts say drilling can be made cleaner BY KEVIN BEGOS AND tion. The industry and many federal and state officials SETH BORENSTEIN say the practice is safe when Associated Press done properly, but environPITTSBURGH — In the mental groups and some sciColorado mountains, a spike entists say there hasn’t been in air pollution has been enough research. linked to a boom in oil and Some environmentalists gas drilling.About 800 miles say if leaks and pollution away on the plains of north can be minimized, the boom Texas, there’s a drilling has benefits, since gas burns boom, too, but some air pol- much cleaner than coal, lution levels have declined. emitting half the carbon Opponents of drilling point dioxide. to Colorado and say it’s danAl Gore told The Associgerous. Companies point to ated Press that it’s “not irreTexas and say drilling is sponsible” to look at gas as a safe. short-term substitute for The answer appears to be coal-fired electricity. But that drilling can be safe or it Gore added that the main can be dangerous. Industry component of gas, methane, practices, enforcement, ge- is a more potent heat-trapography and even snow ping greenhouse gas than cover can minimize or mag- CO2. That means that if nify air pollution problems. large quantities leak, the ad“It’s like a vehicle. Some vantage over coal disapcars drip oil,” said Russell pears, the former vice Schnell, deputy director of president said. the federal Earth System In Colorado, the National Research Laboratory in Oceanic and Atmospheric Boulder, Colo. “You have Administration estimated wells that are absolutely that 4 percent of methane tight. And you have other was leaking from wells, far places where a valve gives more than previously estiout, and you have huge mated, and that people who leaks.” live near production areas The good news, nearly all may be exposed to worrisides agree, is that the tech- some levels of benzene and nology exists to control other toxic compounds presmethane gas leaks and ent in oil and gas. other air pollution associAcross the industry, the ated with drilling. The bad technology for stopping news is that the industry is leaks can be as simple as fixbooming so rapidly that ing seals and gaskets, or it some companies and some can involve hundreds of milregulators can’t seem to get lions of dollars of new conahead of the problems, struction. which could ultimately cost “I think it’s totally fixbillions of dollars to remedy. able,” Schnell said. “At least The worries about what the bigger companies, they drilling does to the air are are really on top of this.” both global and local, with Gore added that when scientists concerned about companies capture leaking the effects on climate change methane, they end up with as well as the possible more to sell. “So there’s an health consequences from economic incentive to capbreathing smog, soot and ture it and stop the leaking,” other pollutants. he said. Hydraulic fracturing, or Another major source of fracking, has made it possi- worry is the industry’s pracble to tap into deep reserves tice of burning off, or flaring, of oil and gas but has also natural gas that comes out raised concerns about pollu- of the ground as a byproduct


of oil drilling. Over the past five years, the U.S. has increased the amount of flared and wasted gas more than any other nation, though Russia still burns off far more than any other country. In some places, energy companies haven’t invested in the infrastructure needed to capture and process the gas because the oil is more valuable. In the Bakken Shale oil fields of North Dakota, for example, about 30 percent of the natural gas is flared off

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Continued from page 1 workers more choice and support economic growth, but critics insist the real intent is to weaken organized labor by encouraging workers to “freeload” by withholding money unions need to bargain effectively. Protesters in the gallery chanted “Shame on you!” as the measures were adopted. Union backers clogged the hallways and grounds shouting “No justice, no peace,” and Democrats warned that hard feelings over the legislation and Republicans’ refusal to hold committee hearings or allow a statewide referendum would be long lasting. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and other Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation met with Snyder on Monday and urged him to slow things down. “For millions of Michigan workers, this is no ordinary debate,” Levin said after the House vote. “It’s an assault on their right to have their elected bargaining agent negotiate their pay, benefits and working conditions, and to have all who benefit from such negotiations share in some way in the cost of obtaining them.” Although numbering in the thousands, the crowds

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Scrutiny Continued from page 6 Orthopedic surgeon Ralph Blasier agrees. In a 2009 review article entitled “The Problem of the Aging Surgeon,” Blasier wrote that “essentially every treatment technique taught 25 years ago has been abandoned and replaced,” including the treatment of traumatic fractures and joint diseases. “All surgical specialties,” he continued, “have had similar turnover of treatment methods.” Blasier, 62, who practices in Escanaba, Mich., has cut back his practice in recent years. He no longer performs certain demanding operations, such as arthroscopic shoulder surgery, because he doesn’t think he does them as well as he did at age 50, when he was at his peak. One reason Blasier believes doctors are loath to retire is that they haven’t planned for it. Five years ago, he earned a law degree from Wayne State University and is handling several legal cases, in addition to his reduced surgical practice. In a few years when he retires, he plans to practice law. “If I screw up a legal case,” he said, “nobody dies.” At Stanford, Weinacker, chief of the 1,800-member medical staff, said that reaction to the policy, which affects about 25 doctors, has been mixed. Several doctors, she said, have decided to retire instead of undergoing testing. “I think the main thing I stressed with people was that this policy is intended to be supportive,” not punitive. Anyone found to have problems will be referred to the PACE program for a more complete evaluation. At U-Va., Schorling said that 28 of the 35 doctors older than 70 completed screening and passed easily. The other seven decided against participating and no longer have hospital privileges there, although they are free to practice

were considerably smaller than those drawn by rightto-work legislation in Indiana earlier this year and in Wisconsin in 2011, during consideration of a law curtailing collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Those measures provoked weeks of intense debate, with Democrats boycotting sessions to delay action and tens of thousands of activists occupying statehouses. In Michigan, Republicans acted so quickly that opponents had little time to plan massive resistance. Snyder and GOP leaders announced their intentions last Thursday. Within hours, the bills were hurriedly pushed through the Senate as powerless Democrats objected. After a legally required five-day waiting period, the House approved final passage. The governor said he saw no reason not to sign the bills immediately, especially with demonstrators still hoping to dissuade him. “They can finish up, and they can go home because they know … making more comments on that is not going to change the outcome,” he said. “I view this as simply trying to get this issue behind us.”

Church. Afterward, everyone is invited to gather in the beautifully decorated lobby of the Piqua Public Library for a reception from 6-8 p.m. Holiday cookies will be provided by the Arabella salon and spa with coffee and hot chocolate supplied by Winans. Members of the Full Sound Chamber Group of Zanesfield will perform a concert of classical and seasonal music during the reception at the library. The string quintet, which performed at the PAC Art Show in September, includes musicians who perform on the violin, viola, cello and double bass. Their 21-song repertoire will range from music such as carols Away in the Manger, Silent Night, Holy Night and O Come, O Come Emmanuel to Overture from Messiah (Handel), Waltz from the Christmas Tree Suite (Rebikov) and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach). The Rev. Kazy Blocher Hinds of Westminster Presbyterian Church is among those pastors who will be participating in the Art Walk. Having recently celebrated its 200th anniversary, Westminster will open its doors to visitors to hear seasonal music and hymns performed by organist elsewhere. David Broerman. Church members will also be presStill Practicing ent to discuss WestminAt 101 stained glass R h e u m a t o l o g i s t ster’s Ephraim Engleman, who windows and its prayer will turn 102 in March, shawl ministry. Tours of the said he plans to never quit. sanctuary also will be proOne of the nation’s old- vided. The Art Walk also will inest practicing physicians, Engleman drives from his San Mateo home to the sprawling medical campus of the University of California at San Francisco Continued from page 1 three days a week. There work of any one person, but he sees about eight long- rather the collective efforts time patients per week and of a host of people who did spends most of his time di- what they needed to do recting the Rosalind Rus- when faced with this terrisell Medical Research ble tragedy,” Rohr said. “I acCenter for Arthritis, an ad- cept this honor on behalf of ministrative post he has the fellow city employees held since it was created in and officials, the citizens of 1979. Joplin, the 154,000 regis“I’m very much opposed tered volunteers and all to retirement,” said Engle- those who have helped us in man, an accomplished vio- our time of need.” linist who plays once a Rohr provided direction week with a chamber and led the staff throughout music group. “As long as the disaster response to enI’m able intellectually and sure that the citizens of physically, I’m going to con- Joplin received efficient and tinue.” Engleman, who effective services that would graduated from medical allow them to recover in the school in 1937, loves being best and most appropriate a doctor and said, “I can do manner for their individual everything I ever did.” His circumstances. only impediment, he said, “The tornado’s effect on is severe spinal stenosis, this community was indewhich has left him stooped scribable. But with our citiand dependent on a cane. “I zens’ resilience, the hard walk like an old man,” he work of many, at all levels of said. government, the local, state Informed that Stanford, and federal, Joplin is makhis undergraduate alma mater, has recently begun requiring doctors older than 75 to be tested, he quipped, “I’m glad they Continued from page 1 don’t do it here.” But Engleman said that he is not running, and walking enopposed to such evalua- thusiasts who live and tions and that he has asked work in the Piqua commuhis colleagues to tell him if nity. they believe he is slipping. “By all means, let me know -- and I’ll get the hell out of here,” he said he told them.




A nativity scene is among the holiday decorations at St. Mary Catholic Church, which is one of the stops on the Piqua Arts Council’s Art Walk on Friday clude St. Mary Catholic Church where musical director John Wright and others will provide organ and piano music. The Rev. Fr. Thomas Bolte notes hosts also will give tours of the stained glass windows and provide handouts of the parish’s history. Background music will also set the mood for True Vine Church, according to Stacey Scott, who notes two art pieces will be displayed by the Rev. Eric Samuel Timm, along with church history pamphlets and candy canes distributed to ArtWalk guests. Greene Street United Methodist Church will be decked out for the holidays and, according to Sherry Heath, there will be recorded music and possible live organ/piano music provided throughout the Art Walk. Dee Gastineau will be playing a 1923 Skinner Pipe Organ throughout the event at the St. James Epis-

copal Church. Tour guides or “station experts” also will be available at displays to explain the church’s stained glass windows, carved reredos behind the St. James altar, pipe organs, red doors and building history. Parish member Rick Paldino, will be available to discuss his pottery and other art he has produced for the church. The Rev. Jeffrey Bessler will also be present to discuss Episcopal liturgical traditions for those interested. Handouts prepared by Violet Das, church historian, will also be available. Congregation Anshe Emeth, a Reform Jewish Synagogue, was organized in 1958, according to President Eileen Litchfield. Art Walkers are encouraged to stop and view the sanctuary, which dates back to 1920, and listen to background music while viewing a hallway painting by Janet Garlikov to resemble aged Jerusalem stones as

well as other artwork. The synagogue will only be open from 4-6 pm. in observance of the Jewish holiday. St. Paul’s Evangelical Church will be providing three hours of both piano and organ music by church organist Jane Ann Vest. Bells of St. Paul’s will chime every 15 minutes. According to Marilyn Halteman “this is probably one of the few churches in which the hand-ringing of bells is still used — a tradition dating back to 1888, when the bell tower was built and the three bells installed. Along with music, a printed brochures of the church history will be provided to all visitors and it is anticipated stained glass windows will be lighted from the outside “so the beautiful art work can be seen in the sanctuary after dark,” Halteman said. For more information about Friday’s Art Walk or upcoming programs, visit

ing great progress in its recovery,” Rohr said. During a recent press conference, Rohr noted that 79 percent of the dwellings damaged or destroyed in the tornado have been rebuilt, repaired or filed a building permit to do so. “As we continue to work on the rebuilding efforts and recovery of our community, we will not forget those who lost their lives and their loved ones, as well as the many whose lives have been changed since May 22, 2011.” Rohr has been with the city of Joplin since November 2004. During this time, Rohr has led numerous initiatives, including the success of • Completing 10 blocks of downtown streetscaping improvements, which have ignited new interest in downtown revitalization; • Leading the initiative for a Public Safety Tax that

allowed for an additional 30 police officers and the construction of the city’s first police substation in the southern portion of the city. The tax also allowed for the hiring of 30 additional fire fighters and the construction of a new fire station in Southwest Joplin, which opened in Spring 2012; • Developing and implementing a “Blueprint for the Future” which establishes short-, mid- and long-range goals and objectives over the next 10 years; • Creating a public transportation system in 2007 utilizing fixed routes and incorporating city’s historic mining district as the theme of service; since inception, this program has doubled rider usage; • Creating and executing a Neighborhood Improvement Program that engages leaders in both public and private sectors to strengthen partnerships for

success. • Completing Phases I and II of community athletic complex that offers baseball, soccer, softball and tennis facilities and programs for residents and sports teams and organizations; and Rohr has also written a book about the city’s first six months following the disaster. It is entitled “The Miracle of the Human Spirit.” Prior to his work in Joplin, Rohr served as city manager in Piqua from 1998 to 2004; worked as city manager in Punta Gorda, Fla. from 1995-98, and filled the city manager position in Washington Court House for five years prior to that. He also was city manager of Newton Falls, Ohio for approximately three years. Rohr received a master’s degree in public administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Miami University.

Residents of Piqua are invited to review and comment on the draft policy, which is now available for viewing at

Residents also are invited to attend the Piqua City Commission work session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to learn more about this item.

The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers located on the second floor of the Municipal Government Complex.



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The Piqua boys basketball team lost to Springfield 79-49 Tuesday night. Xavier Harrison (above) brings the ball up the floor against Henry Alexander. Josh Holfinger (below) goes up for two points.

The Piqua eighth grade boys basketball team will take a 4-0 record to Troy tonight. The Indians are coming off a 47-29 win over Vandalia Tuesday in their home opener. Nathan Monnin and Storm Cook both recorded double-doubles, while Hunter Hawk held Vandalia’s leading scorer to four points in the second half. Monnin had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Cook had 10 points and 10 rebounds. PIQUA SCORING Cook 10, Patton 9, Lawrence 1, Hecker 1, Hawk 4, Smith 7, Monnin 13, Bayman 2.

Lady Roaders drop JH games The Bradford junior high girls basketball teams were swept by Tri-Village and Ansonia. Against Tri-Village, the seventh grade lost 19-9 with Ivee Brubaker scoring five points. The eighth grade lost 32-16 with Alley Booker scoring four points. Against Ansonia, the seventh grad lost 20-11, with Bailey Wysong and Hannah Fout scoring four points each. The eighth grade lost 41-38 in overtime. Booker scored 16 points and Amanda Brewer added 12. BRADFORD SCORING vs. Tri-Village Seventh Grade Brubaker 5, Fout 4. Eighth Grade Hart 3, Booker 4, Brewer 2, Rosengarten 2, Bates 3. vs. Ansonia Seventh Grade Wysong 4, Fout 4, Brubaker 2, Houser 1. Eighth Grade Hart 3, Booker 16, Brewer 12, Bates 7.


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The Piqua girls bowling team had an impressive showing at the GWOC Preview, beating all the GWOC North teams and finishing fourth overall. Piqua was in third place with a 2,551 total after the first three games and was solid in the Baker games, with a 1647 total for the 10 games to finish fourth overall with 4,198. “I was concerned going into the tournament on Saturday, because we did not practice very well last week with our spare shooting,” Piqua coach Craig Miller said. “Spare shooting in Baker games has been our downfall all along. “It was probably just the girls getting used to the Baker format of only bowling two frames in a game and not seeing the lanes breaking down between their frames.” Shae Doll led Piqua, finishing seventh overall with games of 203, 150 and 233 for a 586 series. Hayley Ryan was 12th with a 562 series on games of 179 213 and 170. Other Piqua scores were Kaili Ingle with a 490 on games of 147, 180 and 163; Hayley Huebner

481 on games of 146, 165 and 170; Alaina Mikolajewski with games of 143 and 153; and Emily Wenrick, who rolled a 136. The Piqua boys finished 15th overall and fourth in the GWOC North with a 4,373 total. The Indians were hurt by a 1,659 total in the 10 Baker games. Brandon Devaudreuil finished 18th overall with a 605 series to lead Piqua. He rolled games of 202, 223 and 180. Mike Haney rolled a 585 with games of 214, 212 and 189; while Brad Anderson had a 559 series on games 192, 166 and 201. Josh Homer rolled a 473 series on games of 142, 182 and 149; and Zac Mason rolled games of 170 and 191. TEAM STANDINGS BOYS 1.Northmont 4,949, 2.Beavercreek 4,914; 3.Troy 4,887’ 4.Centerville 4,803; 5.Wayne 4,792; 6.Sidney 4,759; 7.Fairborn 4,759; 8.Lebanon 4,731; 9.Fairmont 4,683; 10.Miamisburg 4,619; 11.Xenia 4,558; 12.Springboro 4,533; Springfield 4,479; Greenville 4,429; Piqua 4,373; West Carrollton 4,311; Vandalia-Butler 4,090; Trotwood-Madison 2,502. GIRLS 1.Fairmont 4,474; 2.Beavercreek 4,439; 3.Fairborn 4,253; 4.Piqua 4,198; 5.Centerville 4,105; 6.Troy 4,099; 7.Wayne 4,083; 8.Lebanon 4,046; 9.Sidney 4,040; 10.Vandalia-Butler 4,020; 11.Xenia 3,923; 12.Springfield 3,482; 13.Miamisburg 3,431; 14.Greenville 3,291; 15.Northmont 3,252; 16.Springboro 2,913; 17.Trotwood 2,833; 18.West Carrollton 2,562.

Kiefer wins two races Reds, Indians at Waynesville meet trade outfielders Lady Tigers first at Tippecanoe quad Stubbs, Choo switch teams WAYNESVILLE — The Piqua girls swimming team finished eighth at the Waynesville Invitational, while the boys fini s h e d 10th. Emma Kiefer l e d Piqua, winning the 100 b a c k stroke, 6 3 . 9 3 ; KIEFER and 100 IM, 66.84.

BOYS Team scores: Grandview Heights 117, Oakwood 88, Waynesville 64, Centerville 39, Franklin 36, Springfield Shawnee 35, Greenville 33, Colerain 30, Franklin 22, Piqua 20, Middletown 17, Stivers 6, Valley View 5. Piqua Placers 200 Medley Relay: 7.Piqua, 2:05.64. 100 Backstroke: 7.Zach Zimpher, 1:13.92. 50 Butterfly: 8.Andrew Lamphar, 30.06. 100 Individual Medley: 5.Andrew Lamphar, 1:10.84. 100 Breaststroke: 6.Grady Stewart, 1:16.98. 200 Freestyle Relay: 6.Piqua, 1:48.52. GIRLS Team scores: Centerville 108, Oakwood 78, Grandview Heights 62, Franklin 53, Colerain 48, Middletown 39, Stivers 38, Piqua 31, Springfield Shawnee 20, Waynesville 16, Valley View 13, Greenville 12. Piqua Placers 200 Medley Relay: 7.Piqua, 2:17.06. 50 Breaststroke: 6.Cecily Stewart, 39.50. 100 Backstroke: 1.Emma Kiefer, 63.93. 200 Backstroke Relay: 6.Piqua, 2:26.76. 100 IM: 1.Emma Kiefer, 66.84.

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ished second. Bailey Marshal won the 100 freestyle, 57.58; and 50 freestyle, 25.87; while Amber Siebert won the 200 IM, 2:25.8; and 100 breaststroke, 1:13.62. Also winning for Versailles were Lexi Flliehman, 1:06.90; Hannah Marshal, 100 backstroke, 1:05.12; the 200 medley relay (Hannah Marshal, Amber Seibert, Ashlyn Cordonnier, Lexi Fliehman), 1:56.81; 200 freestyle relay (Ashlyn Cordonnier, Hannah Marshal, Abbey Marshal, Bailey Marshal), 1:48.34); and 400 freestyle relay (Lexi Fliehman, Amber Seibert, Abbey Marshal, Bailey Marshal), 3:56.72. For the boys Cole Albers won the 200 IM, 2:17.40; and 100 breaststroke, 1:08.31; while Andrew Kramer won the 500 freestyle, 5:32.65; and 100 backstroke, 1:05.44. Cole Poeppelman added a win in the 100 butterfly, 1:08.81. Versailles will swim at the Vandalia-Butler Invitational Saturday at Wright State University. VERSAILLES RESULTS BOYS 200 Medley Relay: 2.Versailles (Andrew Kramer, Cole Albers, Sam Subler, Darren

Subler), 1:54.46; 6.Versailles B (Jacob Rose, Tyler Rose, Quincy Baltes, Harrison Detrick), 2:30.22. 200 Freestyle: 2.Sam Subler, 2:07.62; 5.Ian Lawrence, 2:23.84. 200 IM: 1.Cole Albers, 2:17.40; 6.Quincy Baltes, 3:09.01. 50 Freestyle: 2.Cole Poeppelman, 25.49; 4.Darren Subler, 28.96. 100 Butterfly: 1.Cole Poeppelman, 1:08.81; 5.Harrison Detrick, 1:27.39. 100 Freestyle: 3.Sam Subler, 56.46; 7.Quincy Baltes, 1:14.78. 500 Freestyle: 1.Andrew Kramer, 5:32.65; 2.Ian Lawrence, 6:26.65. 200 Freestyle Relay: 3.Versailles (Quincy Baltes, Ian Lawrence, Sam Subler, Cole Poeppelman), 1:52.78; 5.Versailles B (Darren Subler, Jacob Rose, Tyler Rose, Harrison Detrick), 2:03.58. 100 Backstroke: 1.Andrew Kramer, 1:05.44. 100 Breaststroke: 1.Cole Albers, 1:08.31; 6.Harrison Detrick, 1:22.05. 400 Freestyle Relay: 2.Versailles (Cole Poeppelman, Ian Lawrence, Cole Albers, Andrew Kramer), 3:53.14. GIRLS 200 Medley Relay: 1.Versailles (Hannah Marshal, Amber Seibert, Ashlyn Cordonnier, Lexi Fliehman), 1:56.81; 4.Versailles B (Rachel Subler, Murphy Grow, Breana Winner, Hannah Wenig), 2:12.07. 200 Freestyle: 3.Abbey Marshal, 2:15.22; 5.Breana Winner, 2:33.74. 200 IM: 1.Amber Seibert, 2:25.08; 2.Ashlyn Cordonnier, 2:27.16. 50 Freestyle: 1.Bailey Marshal, 25.87; 3.Hannah Wenig, 28.78. 100 Butterfly: 1.Lexi Fliehman, 1:06.90; 3.Hannah Marshal, 1:09.19. 100 Freestyle: 1.Bailey Marshal, 57.58; 2.Abbey Marshal, 61.40. 500 Freestyle: 2.Murphy Grow, 6:21.22; 3.Breana Winner, 6:42.14. 200 Freestyle Relay: 1.Versailles (Ashlyn Cordonnier, Hannah Marshal, Abbey Marshal, Bailey Marshal), 1:48.34; 2.Versailles B (Lindsey Didier, Janelle Mangen, Emily Ruhenkamp, Gabrianna Mescher), 2:03.18. 100 Backstroke: 1.Hannah Marshal, 1;05.12; 2.Lexi Fliehman, 1:09.43. 100 Breaststroke: 1.Amber Seibert, 1:13.62; 2.Ashlyn Cordonnier, 1:14.94. 400 Freestyle Relay: 1.Versailles (Lexi Fliehman, Ambert Seibert, Abbey Marshal, Bailey Marshal), 3:56.72; 2.Versailles B (Breana Winner, Rachel Subler, Murphy Grow, Hannah Wenig), 4:21.31.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and infielder-outfielder Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Drew Stubbs. "It was very difficult giving up home-grown talent, but we think Choo can fill the missing parts in our lineup both offensively and defensively," Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operation and General Manager Walt Jocketty said. "He is an exciting player, and we expect him to set the table for Phillips, Votto, Bruce, Ludwick and the rest of our run producers." The deal came Tuesday night. The Indians are working on other deals, including one that could include shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Choo, who has been Cleveland's primary right fielder for the Indians since 2006, will likely play center and bat leadoff for Cincinnati. Dealing Choo was al-

most a necessity for the Indians. He was entering the final year of his contract and is eligible for free agency in 2013. The Indians have not been able to work out a deal with agent Scott Boras, who has turned down several extensions in recent years. The 30-year-old Choo batted .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 games last season. Donald hit .202 in 43 games. Choo and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers were the only players in the Major Leagues in 2012 with at least 40 doubles, 15 homers and 20 steals. Choo joined Roberto Alomar and Grady Sizemore as the only players in Indians history to reach each of those statistical marks in a single season. Stubbs has played center exclusively for the Reds. He batted .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs, and struck out 166 times in 493 at-bats.



Wednesday, December 12, 2012



Houston, Russia get SCL wins Lady Vikings pull away from Knights in second half

Impressive ‘return’ Brown perfect in Bengals loss CINCINNATI (AP) — Light rain had just ended when Josh Brown lined up for a 52-yard field goal try in the third quarter, the game on the line. For the last three months, he'd hoped for this test. Made it with room to spare. Brown connected on all four of his field goal tries for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, including that 52-yarder in the third quarter of a 20-19 loss to Dallas. The Cowboys won it with a field goal of their own as time ran out. For Brown, it was a solid first step in trying to show the rest of the NFL that he's not finished. "It's a positive note," Brown said. "It just reassures you that you're not done playing yet. To be able to bang out a 52yarder and to do it with confidence — it's all reassuring that I'm moving on the right path to getting back in the NFL." The 4-for-4 performance just might jump-start his career, even if it turns out to be his only game with Cincinnati. The Bengals needed a kicker on short notice when Mike Nugent hurt his right calf during practice last week. They brought in several kickers for a tryout, and Brown won them over with his consistency. He'd been trying to get another chance since the Jets released him at the end of training camp, keeping his leg in shape by kicking three times a week on the West Coast. There was a lot of pressure on him Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium — the Bengals (7-6) are in the thick of the AFC wild card chase. Brown was good from 25, 33, 25 and 52 yards, bailing out an offense that stalled near the goal line. If Cincinnati would have held on at the end, Brown would have been their MVP for the day. One very good day helped his career outlook. "In a ton of ways," Brown said. "You get released from one job, you don't make the team with the Jets for certain reasons, then you're just reassuring people that OK, he can still play, he can still kick off. Thirty-three is not old for a kicker. I

feel I've still got seven or eight years left in me." Brown was Seattle's seventh-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2003. He played five years with Seattle and four with St. Louis, making 220 field goals in 272 attempts (80.9 percent). When the Jets let him go, he learned what it's like to be a kicker trying to get back into the league. His wife runs a business in Seattle, so he took care of their three children while kicking as much as he could. "I went home and just stuck to the plan of kicking three days a week — Friday, Sunday, Tuesday — wherever I could find room," Brown said. "High school fields, parks." He'd fly to San Diego and work out with other kickers, trying to stay sharp for when the call finally came. It was a big adjustment. "I played nine straight years, so I never had to deal with it," Brown said. "Now I do. The more games I get in this year, the more it's going to help me to try to get on a roster in February and keep moving forward." It's unclear how long he'll be in Cincinnati. Coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal about whether Nugent would be healthy enough to kick during a game on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Brown knows that in any case, he won't be around for very long. By making the most of his chance, he's hoping to get another one next season with some team. "It's important to me, especially going into next year," he said. "This really helps." NOTES: Nugent didn't participate in practice for the second straight day Tuesday. ... DE Michael Johnson (toe) and RB Cedric Peerman (ankle) also sat out for the second day in a row. .. CB Dre Kirkpatrick was held out of practice after going through a full workout on Monday. He missed Sunday's game against the Cowboys while recovering from a concussion. ... LB Rey Maualuga (shoulder, knee) and LB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) were limited in practice.

For Anna, Bensman finished with 17 and Joel Albers added 14. “We finally got some defensive stops in the fourth quarter, and that, coupled with the three-pointers, brought us back,” said Anna coach Nate Barhorst. Russia was 22-for-51 from the field and outrebounded Anna 29-24.

Cats win again FORT LORAMIE — Houston won its fourth game in a row Tuesday, going on the road and beating the Fort Loramie Redskins in County boys basketball action, 40-35. The Wildcats go to 4-1 on the year and 2-1 in SCL play with Fairlawn coming to the Houston gym Friday night. Fort Loamie lost its second straight, both in SCL play, to fall to 0-2 in the league and 2-2 overall heading to Russia Friday night. The one statistic that jumps out from the game is Fort Loramie’s free throw shooting. Redskins atThe tempted only one in the game. That enabled Houston to overcome its own lessthan-ideal performance at the line as the Wildcats hit just 6-for-14.

Houston had to overcome an early deficit after Fort Loramie streaked to a 15-8 lead after one quarter. But the Wildcat defense took over, limiting Loramie to just nine points in the middle two periods combined. That was half of what Houston put up, leaving the Wildcats with a twopoint lead heading into the final period. “Evan Winner really was a key for us defensively,” said Houston coach John Willoughby. “We had him get up on their point guard a little more. “He didn’t create turnovers so much as really getting everybody going.” Houston actually shot better from the field than from the line, hitting 16for-47 for 47 percent. The scoring was spread out, with Nate Ritchie leading with 11 points. Fort Loramie canned 15 of 43 shots from the field for 34 percent and were led in scoring by Seth Guillozet, who also had 11. Loramie outrebounded the Wildcats 19-14, with Logan McGee pulling down six. Jesse Phlipot also had six rebounds for Houston.

Both teams committed just nine turnovers in the game.

GIRLS East beats Greenon CASSTOWN — Greenon and Miami East were deadlocked at the end of the first half Monday. But coming out of locker room, the Vikings picked up their intensity on both ends of the floor, allowing Miami East to emerge with a 47-29 win in Casstown, getting revenge for one of their rare losses from last season. The Vikings allowed a mere seven points in the second half. On offense, Ashley Current led the balanced attack with 14, while Trina Current added nine points and eight rebounds. Angie Mack scored eight and Abby Cash had seven points and 10 rebounds. Miami East (5-0) plays at Franklin Monroe Thursday in CCC action.

Lady Roaders fall BRADFORD — The Bradford girls basketball team struggled in a 72-32 loss to Mechanicsburg Tuesday. Brooke Dunlevy scored 13 points and Haley Patty added 10.

Players suspensions lifted Fault found with everyone NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Finding fault with nearly everyone tied to the New Orleans Saints' bounty case, from the coaches to Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue tossed out the suspensions of four players Tuesday and condemned the team for obstructing the investigation. In a surprising rejection of his successor's overreaching punishments, Tagliabue wrote that he would "now vacate all discipline to be imposed upon" two current Saints, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, and two players no longer with the club, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and freeagent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove. Tagliabue essentially absolved Fujita, but did agree with Goodell's finding that the other three players "engaged in conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football." It was a ruling that allowed both sides to claim victory more than nine

months after the league first made "Saints bounties" a household phrase: The NFL pointed to the determination that Goodell's facts were right; the NFL Players Association issued a statement noting that Tagliabue said "previously issued discipline was inappropriate." Vilma, suspended by Goodell for the entire current season, and Smith, suspended four games, have been playing for the Saints while their appeals were pending. Fujita is on injured reserve; Hargrove is not with a team. Tagliabue, appointed by Goodell to oversee a second round of player appeals, criticized the Saints as an organization that fostered bad behavior and tried to impede the investigation into what the NFL said was a performance pool designed to knock targeted opponents out of games from 2009 to 2011, with thousands of dollars in payouts. A "culture" that promoted tough talk and cash incentives for hits to injure opponents — one key example was Vilma's offer of $10,000 to any teammate who knocked Brett Favre out of the NFC championship game at the end of the 2009 season —

existed in New Orleans, according to Tagliabue, who also wrote that "Saints' coaches and managers led a deliberate, unprecedented and effective effort to obstruct the NFL's investigation." The former commissioner did not entirely exonerate the players, however. He said Vilma and Smith participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays — including hard tackles — while Hargrove, following coaches' orders, helped to cover up the program when interviewed by NFL investigators in 2010. "My affirmation of Commissioner Goodell's findings could certainly justify the issuance of fines," the ruling said. "However, this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization." Tagliabue said he decided, in this particular case, that it was in the best interest of all parties involved to eliminate player punishment because of the enduring acrimony it has caused between the league and the NFL Players Association. He added that he hoped doing so would allow the NFL and union

to move forward collaboratively to the more important matters of enhancing player safety. "To be clear: this case should not be considered a precedent for whether similar behavior in the future merits player suspensions or fines," his ruling said. Tagliabue oversaw the second round of player appeals to the league in connection with the cash-for-hits program run by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009-2011. The players initially opposed his appointment. Goodell had given Vilma a full-season suspension, while he gave Smith, Fujita and Hargrove shorter suspensions. Tagliabue cleared Fujita of conduct detrimental to the league. The former commissioner found Goodell's actions historically disproportionate to past punishment to players for similar behavior, which had generally been reserved to fines, not suspensions. He also stated that it was very difficult to determine whether the pledges players made were genuine, or simply a motivational ploy.

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ANNA — Anna rallied furiously in the final period to overcome a 10point deficit and send the game to overtime. But the Russia Raiders dominated the extra session and came away with their first win of the season, 62-52, in SCL boys basketball action Tuesday night. The win was Russia’s first of the season and puts the Raiders at 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the SCL with Fort Loramie coming to town Friday night. Anna drops to 0-4 after its second straight overtime loss and makes the short trip to Botkins Friday in league action. Russia increased a fivepoint halftime lead to a 10-point margin after three periods at 43-33. But in the final period, Anna got big threes from Carter Bensman, who had five in the game, and Brad Boyd, and knotted the game up at 50-50 after regulation. But it was all Russia in the overtime, the Raiders outscoring the Rockets 122 to post their first win of the season. Russia had four players in double figures. Trevor Sherman and Kyle Poling had 13 apiece and Treg and Nolan Francis both had 12 points.



Not worried about job Shurmur focused on Redskins BY JEFF SCHUDEL Willoughby Herald BEREA — Even as his rumored replacements figuratively line up outside his office door, ready to take over if he gets kicked to the curb, Browns coach Pat Shurmur says he is locked in on the Washington Redskins and nothing else. Strange to tell, Shurmur had to answer questions about job stability and whether he is doing the math on what it would take for the Browns to make the playoffs in the same press conference Monday. The Browns are 5-8. The Colts at 9-4 and Steelers at 7-6 are currently the AFC wildcard leaders. The Bengals (7-6) and Jets (6-7) are next followed by the Browns. The Browns are ahead of the other 5-8 teams â the Chargers, Dolphins and Bills, based on tiebreakers. “I’m not going to focus on that,” Shurmur said Monday. “Our energy, our efforts are all going to be directed to the Redskins. “It’s a little bit easier to be narrow-minded and short-sighted with three games to play. We have to make sure we stay in the moment. “The math changes in those situations if you don’t take care of business this weekend.” The Browns close with road games in Denver and Pittsburgh. Shurmur’s job status continues to be the bigger focus. He was 4-12 last season in his first season as head coach. The current threegame winning streak is the longest for the Browns in three years. The latest name rumored to be on the short list of candidates to replace Shurmur if team owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner make a change is Josh McDaniels, currently in his second stint as Patriots offensive coordinator. McDaniels, born in Canton in 1976, was 11-17 before being fired in 2010 with a month to go in his second season as head coach of the Denver Broncos. The thread between McDaniels and the Browns was developed by Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. He bases his notion on Mike Lombardi being hired as general manager and surmises Lombardi would select McDaniels because of Lombardi’s close ties with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Lombardi worked for the Browns as a scout or in the personnel department from 1987-1995, and has also been linked to persuading Nick Saban to Alabama to coach the Browns. “I’m not worried about saving my (job), I’ m worried about doing my job and that’s it,” Shurmur said. “Just want to do my job.” Previous owner Randy Lerner shook the Belichick coaching tree twice and it did not work well either time. Romeo Crennel, Belichick’s defensive coordinator from 20012004 in New England, was the Browns head coach from 2005-2008. He went 24-40. Belichick fired Crennel and hired Eric Mangini, another Belichick protege. Mangini was a defensive assistant under Belichick from 2000-2004. He was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator in

2005 and the Jets head from 2006-2008. Mangini was 10-22 in 2009-10 as Browns head coach. Saban was the Browns defensive coordinator under Belichick from 1991-94, which is when Lombardi , Saban and Belichick developed their bond. “No one really knows what’s going to happen in the future,” rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz said in a conference call Monday. “I think one of the stranger things is we don’t have any clue what’s going to happen. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of trying to push that aside and just focus on doing on our job. You don’t really have too much time to be thinking about anything else.” Rookies have made 72 starts for the Browns this season. The Colts are second with 44 rookie starts. It is no surprise the Browns are playing better now than at the beginning of the season when they were 0-5. They have won five of their last eight games. “I’ve always been fond of our team,” Shurmur said. “What I like about this team is theyâ re tough. They play hard and when we ask them to do things they respond. They’re a very coachable group of guys. “There’s a mixture of young guys and older guys that have been around here a long time. When you see it all come together and they have success, as a teacher or a coach, that’s where you get your joy.” The Browns need to win one of their last three games to assure their best record since going 10-6 in 2007. ■ The Browns already have more sacks than they did in 2011 and with eight more over the last three games will post their highest total since dumping quarterbacks 43 times in 2001. Brady Quinn was sacked five times in the 30-7 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday to run the team total to 33. The sacks are spread around; Juqua Parker leads with five. Frostee Rucker and Jabaal Sheard have four each. D’Qwell Jackson has 3.5 sacks and John Hughes has three. The team record for sacks in the expansion era is 43 set in 2000 and tied in 2001. “The veteran guys they brought in here, Juqua Parker, and Frostee, have been good in the meeting rooms and helping the younger guys out,” Sheard said Monday in a conference call. “Last year, we were kind of short with me and Phil (Taylor) coming in and not really getting to know the scheme of the defense. We had to mature pretty fast. I just think right now that everybody has a grasp of the defense and what’s going on. We’ve got a better feel on defense.” Parker and Rucker were the only two players General Manager Tom Heckert signed in free agency. The Browns have posted 14 of their 33 sacks in the last four weeks after Ahtyba Rubin returned from a calf injury. Taylor returned from his pectoral surgery one game earlier. The pair started in Dallas when the Browns sacked Tony Romo seven times.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Record Book Football

NFL Standings 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 y-Denver San Diego Oakland Kansas City

W 10 6 5 5

L 3 7 8 8

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .769 .462 .385 .385

PF 472 245 289 240

PA 274 306 352 276

W 11 9 4 2

L 2 4 9 11

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .846 .692 .308 .154

PF 365 292 271 216

PA 263 329 386 359

W 9 7 7 5

L 4 6 6 8

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .692 .538 .538 .385

PF 331 278 321 259

PA 273 264 280 272

W L T Pct PF 10 3 0 .769 375 5 8 0 .385 292 3 10 0 .231 248 2 11 0 .154 195 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

PA 257 281 402 352

East PF 373 343 300 240

PA 270 329 314 341

W L T Pct PF 11 2 0 .846 337 y-Atlanta Tampa Bay 6 7 0 .462 354 New Orleans 5 8 0 .385 348 4 9 0 .308 265 Carolina North W L T Pct PF 9 4 0 .692 323 Green Bay Chicago 8 5 0 .615 308 Minnesota 7 6 0 .538 283 4 9 0 .308 320 Detroit West W L T Pct PF 3 1 .731 316 San Francisco 9 Seattle 8 5 0 .615 300 St. Louis 6 6 1 .500 236 4 9 0 .308 186 Arizona x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday's Game Denver 26, Oakland 13 Sunday's Games Minnesota 21, Chicago 14 Washington 31, Baltimore 28, OT Cleveland 30, Kansas City 7 San Diego 34, Pittsburgh 24 Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 23 N.Y. Jets 17, Jacksonville 10 Carolina 30, Atlanta 20 Philadelphia 23, Tampa Bay 21 St. Louis 15, Buffalo 12 Dallas 20, Cincinnati 19 San Francisco 27, Miami 13 Seattle 58, Arizona 0 N.Y. Giants 52, New Orleans 27 Green Bay 27, Detroit 20 Monday's Game New England 42, Houston 14 Thursday, Dec. 13 Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Carolina at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Detroit at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 4:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at New England, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.

PA 259 308 379 312

N.Y. Giants Washington Dallas Philadelphia South

W 8 7 7 4

L 5 6 6 9

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .615 .538 .538 .308

PA 279 219 286 342 PA 184 202 279 292

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)

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)

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

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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 W L Pct GB New York 15 5 .750 — 11 8 .579 3½ Brooklyn Philadelphia 12 9 .571 3½ Boston 11 9 .550 4 4 18 .182 12 Toronto Southeast Division W L Pct GB 14 5 .737 — Miami Atlanta 12 6 .667 1½ Orlando 8 12 .400 6½ 7 13 .350 7½ Charlotte Washington 2 15 .118 11 Central Division L Pct GB W Chicago 11 8 .579 — Milwaukee 10 9 .526 1 10 11 .476 2 Indiana Detroit 7 16 .304 6 Cleveland 4 17 .190 8 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB 18 4 .818 — San Antonio Memphis 14 4 .778 2 Dallas 11 10 .524 6½ 9 11 .450 8 Houston New Orleans 5 14 .263 11½ Northwest Division L Pct GB W Oklahoma City 17 4 .810 — Utah 12 10 .545 5½ 9 9 .500 6½ Minnesota Denver 10 11 .476 7 Portland 9 12 .429 8 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 14 6 .700 — 14 7 .667 ½ Golden State 9 12 .429 5½ L.A. Lakers Sacramento 7 13 .350 7 Phoenix 7 15 .318 8 Monday's Games Golden State 104, Charlotte 96 Philadelphia 104, Detroit 97 Miami 101, Atlanta 92 San Antonio 134, Houston 126, OT Dallas 119, Sacramento 96 Portland 92, Toronto 74 Tuesday's Games L.A. Lakers at Cleveland New York at Brooklyn Denver at Detroit, Washington at New Orleans L.A. Clippers at Chicago Wednesday's Games Brooklyn at Toronto, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Orlando, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Houston, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Dallas at Boston, 8 p.m. Memphis at Phoenix, 9 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 10:30 p.m. Thursday's Games Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at New York, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

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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)

9-0 280 24 23. Wichita St. 24. Oklahoma St. 7-1 251 23 25. NC State 6-2 213 25 Others receiving votes: Oregon 177, Pittsburgh 177, Kentucky 44, Wyoming 15, UConn 10, Marquette 8, VCU 6, Butler 5, Maryland 5, Murray St. 4, Alabama 3, Miami 3, Virginia Tech 3, LSU 1.

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 9, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Pvs 9-0 769 1 1. Indiana (25) 2. Duke (6) 9-0 749 2 3. Michigan 9-0 705 3 10-0 663 4 4. Syracuse 5. Florida 7-0 644 5 6. Louisville 8-1 609 6 6-1 586 7 7. Ohio State 8. Arizona 7-0 568 8 9. Kansas 7-1 537 9 10-0 465 14 10. Illinois 11. Missouri 8-1 450 11 12. Cincinnati 9-0 447 12 13. Creighton 9-1 338 13 14. Gonzaga 9-1 325 10 15. San Diego State 7-1 292 15 16. Minnesota 10-1 225 21 17. UNLV 7-1 224 18 18. North Carolina 7-2 222 16 19. Michigan State 8-2 213 17 20. New Mexico 10-0 207 20 21. Georgetown 7-1 163 23 22. Kentucky 6-3 125 19 23. Oklahoma State 7-1 116 22 24. Notre Dame 8-1 110 25 25. N.C. State 6-2 93 24 Others receiving votes: Wichita State 88, Pittsburgh 74, Oregon 32, UConn 10, Murray State 10, Wyoming 8, Butler 4, Mississippi 2, VCU 2.

Men’s AP Top 25 The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Indiana (44) 9-0 1,580 1 2. Duke (20) 9-0 1,551 2 3. Michigan 9-0 1,444 3 4. Syracuse 8-0 1,378 4 5. Florida 7-0 1,319 6 6. Louisville 8-1 1,303 5 7. Ohio St. 6-1 1,211 7 8. Arizona 7-0 1,178 8 9. Kansas 7-1 1,087 9 10. Illinois 10-0 991 13 11. Cincinnati 9-0 944 11 12. Missouri 8-1 877 12 13. Minnesota 10-1 714 14 14. Gonzaga 9-1 699 10 15. Georgetown 7-1 577 15 16. Creighton 9-1 525 16 17. New Mexico 10-0 512 18 18. San Diego St. 7-1 491 17 19. Michigan St. 8-2 328 19 20. UNLV 7-1 305 21 21. North Carolina 7-2 298 20 22. Notre Dame 8-1 283 22

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN Women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Stanford (24) 8-0 742 1 8-0 722 2 2. UConn (6) 3. Baylor 7-1 693 3 4. Duke 8-0 657 4 6-1 610 5 5. Notre Dame 6. Kentucky 8-1 603 6 7. Georgia 10-0 572 7 9-1 530 8 8. Louisville 9. Maryland 6-2 484 9 10. Penn State 7-2 451 10 7-1 441 11 11. California 12. Tennessee 6-1 408 13 13. Oklahoma 8-1 371 12 9-1 363 14 14. Purdue 15. Oklahoma State 7-0 329 15 16. Dayton 10-0 283 18 5-1 271 19 17. UCLA 18. South Carolina 10-0 208 21 19. Ohio State 6-2 197 20 5-1 152 16 20. Texas 21. Kansas 8-1 141 17 22. West Virginia 6-2 100 23 7-1 72 — 23. Miami 24. Nebraska 7-3 70 22 25. Texas A&M 5-3 64 — Others receiving votes: Florida State 55; North Carolina 46; Syracuse 25; St. John's 19; Arkansas 16; South Florida 16; Gonzaga 15; Iowa State 15; Chattanooga 6; DePaul 2; Iowa 1.

Women’s AP Top 25 The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25thplace vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 8-0 978 1 1. Stanford (22) 2. UConn (16) 8-0 968 2 3. Baylor (2) 7-1 930 3 8-0 884 4 4. Duke 5. Notre Dame 6-1 806 5 6. Georgia 10-0 790 6 8-1 783 7 7. Kentucky 8. Louisville 9-1 713 8 9. California 7-1 614 11 6-2 610 9 10. Maryland 11. Penn St. 7-2 564 10 12. Oklahoma 8-1 514 13 6-1 512 14 13. Tennessee 14. UCLA 5-1 485 17 15. Purdue 9-1 450 15 6-0 392 16 16. Oklahoma St. 17. Dayton 10-0 334 19 18. Texas 6-1 326 12 230 21 19. North Carolina 8-1 20. Ohio St. 6-2 223 20 21. Miami 7-1 211 23 8-1 180 17 22. Kansas 23. Texas A&M 5-3 83 — 24. South Carolina 10-0 75 — 6-2 73 — 25. West Virginia Others receiving votes: Florida St. 64, Arkansas 58, Nebraska 55, Iowa St. 53, Delaware 15, Chattanooga 6, St. John's 6, Duquesne 4, Syracuse 4, Iowa 3, Michigan St. 2, Colorado 1, Gonzaga 1.

Men’s College Slate College Basketball Schedule All Times EST Wednesday, Dec. 12 EAST SC State at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Fairfield, 7 p.m. Hartford at Niagara, 7 p.m. Towson at Temple, 7 p.m. Coppin St. at UMBC, 7 p.m. Dartmouth at Vermont, 7 p.m. SOUTH Rio Grande at Campbell, 7 p.m. North Greenville at Presbyterian, 7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at UCF, 7 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at Maryland, 8 p.m. Louisiana Tech at McNeese St., 8 p.m. Nicholls St. at New Orleans, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Savannah St. at Ohio St., 7 p.m. Green Bay at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. SOUTHWEST LIU Brooklyn at Rice, 8 p.m. Lamar at Baylor, 9:30 p.m. FAR WEST DePaul at Arizona St., 9 p.m. Colorado at Fresno St., 10 p.m. Oregon St. at Portland St., 10:35 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 EAST NC A&T at NJIT, 7:30 p.m. SOUTH Middle Tennessee at Belmont, 7 p.m. Anderson (SC) at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m. S. Virginia at Longwood, 7 p.m. Wichita St. at Tennessee, 7 p.m. FIU at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:05 p.m. Toccoa Falls at Coastal Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Southern U. at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m. Troy at Alabama St., 8:30 p.m. MIDWEST Presbyterian at North Dakota, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Houston Baptist at Texas-Arlington, 8 p.m. Eureka at Texas-Pan American, 8 p.m. FAR WEST Washington at Seattle, 10 p.m. La Verne vs. UNLV at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 10 p.m. Jackson St. at Washington St., 10 p.m. Idaho St. at Cal St.-Fullerton, 10:05 p.m.

Women’s Schedule Women's College Basketball Schedule All Times EST Wednesday, Dec. 12 EAST Auburn at George Washington, 7 p.m. Princeton at Villanova, 7 p.m. Southern U. at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. SOUTH N.C. Central at North Carolina, 11 a.m. S.C. State at Charleston Southern, 7 p.m. Jacksonville St. at Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Penn St. at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. McNeese St. at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Urbana at Wright St., 7 p.m. Oregon at Illinois, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Oral Roberts at Baylor, 7 p.m. FAR WEST San Diego at Arizona St., 1 p.m. Cal State LA at Nevada, 2:30 p.m. Santa Clara at San Jose St., 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 EAST Merchant Marine at Army, 7 p.m. SOUTH Georgia St. at Belmont, 1 p.m. Converse at Coastal Carolina, 5 p.m. UCF at FIU, 6 p.m. Kennesaw St. at UNC Asheville, 6 p.m. Nicholls at Alabama St., 6:30 p.m. Morgan St. at Elon, 7 p.m. Davidson at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. Bluefield St. at Liberty, 7 p.m. Norfolk St. at Radford, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. ETSU at LSU, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Chicago St. at Rice, 8 p.m. FAR WEST CS Bakersfield at Air Force, 9 p.m. Cal State Fullerton at Oregon St., 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 SOUTH Md.-Eastern Shore vs. Campbell at UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Fla., 1 p.m. Jacksonville St. at North Florida, 3:30 p.m. Oral Roberts at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Alabama A&M at Memphis, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Roosevelt at Ill.-Chicago, 8 p.m. FAR WEST Fresno St. at Portland, 8:15 p.m. Louisville at Colorado, 9 p.m. Weber St. at Wyoming, 9 p.m. Carroll (Mont.) at Idaho St., 9:05 p.m. Seattle at Pepperdine, 10 p.m.



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Johnathan Hankins will enter the NFL draft.

OSU D-line gets younger Hankins leaving early BY JOHN KAMPF Willoughby Herald The defensive line Ohio State will field in 2013 got a whole lot younger on Monday afternoon. Already faced with having to replace three departing seniors, Ohio State learned that junior lineman defensive Johnathan Hankins will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Hankins’ decision is not a surprising one. He is widely regarded as being a first-round draft pick in the April 25-27 draft. “I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL draft,” Hankins said in a statement on Monday afternoon. “I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State." The 6-foot-3, 322-pound All-Big Ten selection finishes his career at Ohio State with 138 tackles, 16 1/2 of which were tackles for a loss, and five quarterback sacks. This past season, Hankins had 55 tackles and four tackles for a loss. “I have enjoyed coaching and getting to know Johnathan Hankins over the past year,” Coach Urban Meyer said. “His hard work on and off the field has given him an opportunity to move on to the next level. The coaching staff and I wish him all the best.” Hankins’ departure means Ohio State will

have four new starters on the defensive front line next season. John Simon, Nathan Williams and Garrett Goebel all just finished their senior seasons. If there is a position at which Ohio State has the depth to afford a loss to the NFL, it’s on the defensive line. Playing integral roles in the Buckeyes’ rotation on the defensive line this past season were Steve Miller, Noah Spence, J.T. Moore, Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt. Freshman Se’ Von Pittman will also be in the mix after redshirting this season. Meyer is also bringing in a strong group of defensive line recruits this season, with verbal commitments so far from Joey Bosa, Michael Hill, Tyquan Lewis, Donovan Munger, Billy Price and Tracy Sprinkle. The last Ohio State player to leave early for the NFL was Euclid’s Thaddeus Gibson in 2009. With Hankins having made his decision to make the move to the NFL, attention is turned to two other Buckeyes who have similar choices to make, running back Carlos Hyde and defensive back Bradley Roby. Hyde, a junior, ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. Roby, a redshirt sophomore, was third on the team with 63 tackles. He intercepted two passes, broke up 17 and defended 19 others.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy history suggests it will never get better for Johnny Manziel than it did this season. In the 78-year history of the Heisman, only one player has one more than one: Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and '75. But even if another Heisman is not in Manziel's future, there's still plenty left for Johnny Football and Texas A&M to achieve before he's done in College Station, Texas. "First and foremost, there's the Cotton Bowl," Manziel said Saturday night. The 10th-ranked Aggies play No. 12 Oklahoma in Dallas on Jan. 4. "From there, I have to be the guy who starts the motor for a run at the national title next year. That's our goal. If more awards come, they come." That goal doesn't seem farfetched at all after the Aggies' scintillating first season playing in the Southeastern Conference. Manziel was joined on stage at his post-ceremony news conference by coach Kevin Sumlin and A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the former star quarterback at Texas Tech. Manziel turned 20 this week. Kingsbury is 33. Sumlin is 48. It's not hard to look at them and see the future of the SEC. Especially after the Aggies went 10-2 this season and left no doubt that their fast-paced, spread offense would not sputter in the big bad SEC. Texas A&M averaged 552 yards per game and 44 points. Manziel smashed Cam Newton's total offense record with 4,600 yards passing and rushing. "You look what our offense did this year. People didn't really think that we were going to have mush success in the SEC. They said these smashmouth, hard-nose defenses and this gimmick offense ... won't work. "For us to come into Alabama and some of the other games and really stress tempo, tempo, tempo. We want to move fast. We want to make


Johnny Manziel will have a tough act to follow next year. people uncomfortable. That was our main goal this year. Our offense with coach Sumlin and what coach Kingsbury did, I love it. I love everything about it. “It's definitely something that can work if you have the right people in place for it." Kingsbury said he and Sumlin didn't quite realize what they had in Manziel early on. "All spring coach Sumlin would blow the whistle because the defense was close, and (Manziel would) come over ... spike the ball, 'God! They wouldn't have got me.' I'm like, 'OK, Johnny, sure they wouldn't have got you.' Come to find out they wouldn't have got him." Potentially, Texas A&M will have many of its best pieces in place next season. Receiver Mike Evans is a freshman, too, and has future first-round draft pick written all over him. Texas A&M has an offensive line that rivals Alabama's with two stud tackles in Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Both

of those big boys are juniors. The first-round of the NFL draft could await — Joeckel is being projected as a top-10 pick. Getting them back to College Station for another year will be tough. But if Aggies fans are allowed to dream, there's no reason why A&M's offense can't be even better next season. Even if Manziel's numbers aren't. There's only so much defenses can do to hem in Manziel, who is a master of making something out of nothing. But football is a game of adjustments. Defenses will search for ways to rein in Johnny Football. Sumlin's response might be to get his running backs more involved. The Aggies figure to have a stable of good ones next season. Manziel could be as good or better next season, but not be able to put up those same video-game numbers. It's a common tale in Heisman history. BYU's Ty Detmer won

the award as a junior in 1990, but finished a distance third behind Desmond Howard in 1991. "The hard parts winning it again because the expectation level goes up," Detmer said earlier this week. "I felt like my senior year I was a much better player than my junior year. Smarter, less turnovers. Didn't have as good a stats, but I felt like I was a better player my senior year. But the expectations were different." Expectations will by sky high in College Station next season. The move to the SEC, hiring Sumlin and the second Heisman in the history of the program — and first since John David Crow in 1957 — have Aggies' hopes soaring. "The award for the program is huge," Sumlin said. "There's a lot of programs out there that don't have one. It took a long time for Texas A&M to get to two." Maybe Manziel can buck the trends again and A&M won't have to wait so long to add a third.


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Thurs - Weds @ 5pm Sat - Thurs @ 4pm

EVERS REALTY TROY, 2 Bedroom Townhomes 1.5 bath, 1 car garage, $695 (937)216-5806 2 BEDROOM in Troy, Move in special, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, no pets. $525. (937)573-7908 2 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES, Piqua, all appliances including washer/ dryer, 1.5 bath (937)335-7176 PIQUA, Parkridge Place. Roomy 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, CA, stackable washer/ dryer furnished, $525, no animals! (419)629-3569. PIQUA, large 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, carpeted, appliances, utilities included, off-street parking, no pets, (937)552-7006. PIQUA. Pets welcomed, on Jill Ct. 2 bedroom, CA/ heat, washer/ dryer hook-up, appliances including dishwasher. $495/ month plus deposit. (937)418-1060.

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PIQUA, 910 New Haven. 3 bedroom, 1.5 car, CA, fenced yard. $850, deposit. (937)778-9303, (937)604-5417.

SOFA & LOVESEAT, like new. Call in mornings or email, $650, (937)308-8687.

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

TV, Hitachi 52" HD; entertainment center; (2) head board with frame and dressers, and other household items, excellent condition. (937)339-8411

TRACTOR, Massey Harris Pony tractor with hydraulic blade, excellent condition. (937)489-1725

545 Firewood/Fuel TROY, 1142 Lee Road, 3 bedrooms, garage. $750 month + deposit. Available 1/1, (937)552-9644.

325 Mobile Homes for Rent IN COUNTRY, Near Bradford, 2 bedroom all electric trailer, $400 plus deposit, (937)417-7111, or (937)448-2974

500 - Merchandise

510 Appliances WASHER/DRYER, na, light use, (937)773-4016

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


CDL Grads may qualify

SEASONED FIREWOOD $150 per cord. Stacking extra, $120 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available, (937)753-1047 SEASONED FIREWOOD for sale. $135 delivered. (937)638-6950

560 Home Furnishings LIFT CHAIR, good condition, brown in color, $150, (937)693-4781 anytime.

Great Pay & Benefits!

$200 Deposit Special! STORAGE TRAILERS FOR RENT (800)278-0617


320 Houses for Rent 411 FIRST, 2 bedroom, appliances furnished, tenant pays utilities, $400 monthly or $100 weekly, (937)778-8093.

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

300 - Real Estate

EXECUTIVE HOME, 3 bedroom. Custom built ranch with basement, pool & clubhouse, upscale with all amenities, 1341 Paul Revere, Troy, $1700 monthly, (937)335-6690, PIQUA, 8394 Piqua-Lockington Road, 2 bedroom, fenced in yard, detached garage, $600 + deposit, (937)206-7754

105 Announcements

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

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

For Rent


305 Apartment

Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western Union branches are trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable.

1, 2 & 3 Bedroom, Houses & Apts. SEIPEL PROPERTIES Piqua Area Only Metro Approved (937)773-9941 9am-5pm Monday-Friday 1 BEDROOM, upstairs, 431 West Ash, stove, refrigerator, no pets $335, Credit check required, (937)418-8912 1 BEDROOM, 322 S Main St. downstairs, stove & refrigerator furnished. $385. No pets. Credit check required, (937)418-8912 1273 CAMARO Court, 2 Bedroom, luxury apartment, garage, kitchen appliances. $600 Monthly, available now! (937)570-3288.

If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.

JOHN DEERE, 4020 gas, PS, 3pt, live pto, weights, 96 HP, only 4578 hours, sharp original tractor. (937)489-1725

RECLINER/ROCKER, Lazy-Boy, oversized, medium tan, heat/massage built in. Very good condition. $1000 new, asking $225. (937)492-7463

235 General

235 General

AMPLIFIER Hartke Bass Stack, 350 watt head. 4X10 cab and 1X15 cab. $650. (937)726-2621 CRIB, changing table, doorway swing, swing, high chair, booster chair, travel bassinet, tub, child rocker, clothes, blankets, movies, dolls, (937)339-4233. GIRL'S BIKES, would make good Christmas present (937)335-1938

235 General




AIR COMPRESSOR, Craftsman, 5 HP, 25 gal. tank, very good condition, $195 (937)773-4016

FIREWOOD, All hardwood, $150 per cord delivered or $120 you pick up, (937)726-2780.

Class A CDL required

TROY, 1 & 2 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 & $525 monthly.

577 Miscellaneous

FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, $120 you pick up. ( 9 3 7 ) 8 4 4 - 3 7 5 6 (937)844-3879

535 Farm Supplies/Equipment


Must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field. Salary range $14.60-$20.43 DOQ. Send resume to: MIAMI COUNTY CHILDREN'S SERVICES Attn: Julie Holmes 510 W Water Street Ste. 210 Troy, OH 45373 EOE

2 yr experience required

888-588-6626 or


MIAMI COUNTY CHILDREN'S SERVICES has an opening for a full-time


235 General

Apply in person at: Hiegel Electric 3155 Tipp-Cowlesville Road, Troy

2500-3000 mi/wk avg No-touch truckload van freight Good balance of paycheck and hometime Terminal in Jackson Center, OH.

***Full Benefits***

CDL Drivers: $11.50/HR

Journeyman industrial, commercial, residential service electrician. Full time with benefits.

Call Jon Basye at: Piqua Transfer & Storage Co. (937)778-4535 or (800)278-0619

LABORS: $9.50/HR

Work Your Own Hours, Have Insured Vehicle, Must be at least 18 years old, Valid DL. No Experience Necessary!

Class-A CDL Driver

200 - Employment


280 Transportation

• For more info contact Keith Price: (310) 863-3683 or e-mail resume to

135 School/Instructions PIANO LESSONS, Register NOW! Professional and private piano lessons for beginners of all ages. 30 years experience. Makes a great Christmas gift, (937)418-8903

Wings Sidney and Troy. Hiring a Manager with minimum of 3 years restaurant management experience, and experience managing a restaurant with a full bar is preferred. Join a team that is all about sports, great food and friends. To apply, fax resume to: (937)660-3300.

Mon - Thurs @ 5pm Weds - Tues @ 5pm Fri - Thurs @ 5pm



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The Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services is accepting resumes for the position of CLERICAL SPECIALIST 3 within the Administration team. DUTIES: K First Backup for Receptionist. Excellent Customer Service. Answer telephone calls, Scan items brought by consumers to be distributed to the worker, Print and distribute receipts for items brought to the agency K Post outgoing mail K Process incoming mail; Open, date stamp, scan and distribute mail K Responsible for monthly and quarterly report distribution K Responsible to schedule maintenance of agency vehicles K Track JFS Expense requests K Assist Child Support Unit with clerical duties MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: K 1 year experience as a Clerical Specialist 2 K -or formal education in arithmetic that includes addition and subtraction, and reading and writing common English vocabulary along with Computer Skills-Excel, Word, Databases. Also requires one course or six months experience in typing or keyboarding and one course or six months experience in word processing. In addition, applicants must have an additional twelve months previous clerical experience in a position similar to a Clerical Specialist 2. Customer Service experience a must K -or education, training and/or experience in an amount equal to the Minimum Qualifications stated above. PAY FROM: $-10.01 to $15.84- per hour based on experience. FRINGE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Work Hours: M,W,TH,F 7:30am- 4:00pm- Tuesday 7:30am-6:00pm • Health insurance available • Prescription drug card • Paid sick leave if leave available • Paid vacation (after 1 year of service) or after accumulated if applicant has prior countable service • OPERS pickup • Deferred compensation plans available Anyone interested should submit a resume and cover letter by December 14, 2012 to:

Remit to: Patricia Raymond-Administrative Supervisor Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services 227 South Ohio Avenue Sidney, Ohio 45365 Shelby County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTICE OF JOB OPPORTUNITY The Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services is seeking a qualified applicant for a Fiscal Specialist. DUTIES: K Reviews, tracks and approves monthly foster care and adoption subsidy activity. K Reviews, enters and tracks manual claims and adjustments for subsidized child care. K Prepares, executes and monitors agency contracts and agreements. K Additional duties include; monitoring children’s services allocations and completing quarterly reports, procuring agency supplies, collecting payments for clients and maintaining agency RMS system. K Wage from $12.32 to $21.24 with supplements paid for education. This position is Classified, Certified Civil Service and may require passing a Civil Service Test. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: K Completion of undergraduate major core coursework in accounting or finance or similar field of study. K Or three courses or eighteen months experience in accounting, two courses or twelve months experience in finance, one course or six months experience in written communication for business, and one course or six months experience in typing, keyboarding or word processing that included generating a spreadsheet. K Or education, training, and/or experience in an amount equal to the Minimum Qualifications stated above. K Degree is preferred but not required. FRINGE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Work Hours: M,W,TH,F 7:30am- 4:00pm- Tuesday 7:30am-6:00pm • Health insurance available • Prescription drug card • Paid sick leave if leave available • Paid vacation (after 1 year of service) or after accumulated if applicant has prior countable service • OPERS pickup • Deferred compensation plans available Anyone interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter no later than, December 14, 2012.


100 - Announcement

All Display Ads: 2 Days Prior Liners For:





Remit to: Patricia Raymond- Administrative Supervisor Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services 227 South Ohio Avenue Sidney, Ohio 45365 Shelby County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Wednesday, December 12, 2012


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2009 CHEVY SILVERADO Extended cab, red with black interior, locking rear differential, Reese hitch, chrome step rail, 17,000 miles, $15,500. Call (937)524-6656

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Advertisement for Bids City of Piqua IFB 1232 DISTRIBUTION TRANSFORMERS Sealed bids for the purchase of Distribution Transformers for the City of Piqua Electric Distribution Department, will be received by the City of Piqua Power System, 201 Hemm Ave., Piqua, Ohio, until 2:00 P.M., on Monday, January 7, 2013 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. The Bidding Documents, which include Specifications and Bid Form, may be obtained at the City of Piqua Purchasing Department, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio at no cost. You can also download a copy of the forms from our web site Bids must be signed and submitted on City bid forms included in the bid package. The sealed envelope must be marked “IFB 1232– DISTRIBUTION TRANSFORMERS.” Each Bid must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the Bid and all persons interested therein. No Bidder shall withdraw his Bid after the actual opening thereof. The City reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, waive irregularities in any Bid, and to accept any Bid that is deemed by City to be most favorable to the City. Beverly M. Yount, CPPB Purchasing Analyst City of Piqua, Ohio • NO JOB TOO SMALL, WE DO IT ALL

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SHERIFFʼS SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 11-504 JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA vs. Jason K. Schaeffer, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on December 19, 2012 at 10:00 oʼclock in the a.m. the following described premises, to-wit: Situated in the City of Piqua, in the County of Miami, and in the State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-021490 Also known as: 509 Orr Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Forty Two Thousand and 00/100 ($42,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. David W. Cliffe, Attorney 11/28, 12/05, 12/12-2012





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615 Business Services

CASH PAID for junk cars and trucks. Free removal. Just call us today (937)732-5424.

Call Bob (937)339-8352


2002 DODGE Grand Caravan Sport, 186k Miles, $2850, (937)214-5798

899 Wanted to Buy

19,000 miles. $15,500.

Call Bob (937)339-8352


600 - Services

895 Vans/Minivans



1998 DODGE DAKOTA, well maintained, low mileage per year, $3750 OBO (937)773-4016

Nice and loaded! 77,000 miles. $9900.


WHEELCHAIR, Manual, supports up to 600 lbs. $350. (937)698-6362

1957 CHEVY 4 Door Post, Complete solid car, Does not run, $3250, (937)335-9353, Days


Hemi 5.7L SLT, quad cab, cap, 135K miles, excellent condition, $7900 OBO.


WANTED! Need money? I buy guns, gold and silver coins. Fair prices. (937)698-6362

805 Auto

Make Someone’s Day Tell Them



WALKER, seated walker, wheel chair, tub, shower/ transfer benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grab bars, canes, entertainment center, more! (937)339-4233.

800 - Transportation

Great gas mileage, sunroof, 144K miles, runs great, asking $3200

2003 DODGE RAM 1500


TV Sony, 36" HD tube TV. Grey. (Heavy) with black stand. $125. (937)773-3645 leave message

WE PAY cash for your old toys, antiques, and collectibles! Star Wars, GI Joes, postcards, pre-1980's comics, autographs and much more, (937)606-0405.



STOVE TOP Frigidaire ceramic stove top, white $200. (937)698-6362

592 Wanted to Buy

PIQUA, 715 Broadway, December 14th 9am-4pm & December 15th 9am-2pm, Inside Estate & Moving Sale, Lots of Antiques, Coke Memorabilia, Vintage advertising, collectibles, double track train, local items, household goods, Miscellaneous, Please no early birds!

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


RIFLE, Winchester Model 94 SE, large loop lever, 30-30, 1987, never been fired, original box, saddle model. Barrels only 16". $600. (937)698-6362

GUN CABINET, Christmas for your hunter! 6 capacity, wood, locking glass front door, lockable storage space, (937)773-4644 leave message.

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales



LONGABERGER BASKETS, Boyd's Bears, purses, dresses, leather jackets, Bratz dolls, lamps, remote control car, clocks, (937)773-9025

586 Sports and Recreation

Please call: 877-844-8385 to advertise


GOOD STUFF Cheap for Christmas, Lead Crystal Compote, plus and others; oil painting 32x27; new and used- mens Burberry coat, London Fog jacket, all weather, silk and cashmere scarves; womens cardigan and pullover pure wool sweaters, Lambskin short coat; Beautiful China 10 place settings plus; William Rogers silverware 12 place settings plus, Swiss blue Topaz AAA necklace 8.5 ct, earrings 2.5 ct. each, all items fraction of retail, details, pricing, appointment, cell (937)497-1929 evening or later

WEIMARANER PUPPY AKC, 8 weeks old, vet checked, tails, nails and have been wormed. First shots, ready for good homes. (1) Blue, (2) Silvers, (3) females, Parents on premises. $600. (937)658-0045



CRIB, real wood, good condition, stationary sides, $75 (937)339-4233

GERMAN SHEPHERD, Puppies, DOB 9-29-12, Parents have excellent AKC Pedigree, sire is grand champion show dog, asking $500, (937)492-2038

Garage Sale


BLACK LAB puppies for sale, AKA and CKC registered, (937)539-0474.


CANDLES, tart burners, wreaths, artificial flower arrangements & more. Half price sale on all items - Moe's Creations - home scents. Great Christmas gifts. December 10 through 14, 3pm-6pm. 10775 North State Route 48, Covington. (937)214-4810.


583 Pets and Supplies


577 Miscellaneous


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Newspaper Knowledge How many different careers can you find mentioned in the news? What preparation do you think was needed for each of them? Choose one page from the newspaper, and then think about how many different jobs are involved in creating that one page. List them.

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People To Know John F. Kennedy Alan Shepard Martin Luther King Thurgood Marshall John Glen

Math Is Everywhere Math is all around you. Examples include ticket prices, sports statistics and the cost of music or lunch. Math learned in school will help you be successful in life, not just in jobs you may have as adults. You need math skills to shop for food and not spend more money than you have. You need them to compare prices and get the best deals. You need them to understand sports statistics, read schedules or plan outings with friends or family.

(or home page, if you are using the newspaper’s website). Add that number to the expected high temperature in your community today.

The print, electronic or Web edition of the newspaper is a great resource for building math skills. As a class or with a partner, use the newspaper to solve the following problem based on just some of the ways math is in the news. You may use a calculator.

4. Multiply that number by the number of game shows on TV between 7 and 9 p.m.

2. Divide that number by the number of photos on the first sports page. 3. Add to that amount the number of women pictured in the entertainment or features section.

5. Subtract the number of points scored yesterday by the professional sports team closest to your community.

1. Count the number of times the president of the United 6. Add that to the closing total of the stock market yesStates is mentioned on the front page of the newspaper terday to obtain your final answer.

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Churches, synagogue participate in Piqua Arts Council's Art Walk


Churches, synagogue participate in Piqua Arts Council's Art Walk