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ITW/Hobart to demolish Main Street building Melanie Yingst

Staff Writer myingst@civitasmedia.com

OSU crowd makes lake jump early Some students have plunged into a frigid campus lake early to defy Ohio State University’s attempt to regulate the traditional jump during the week of the Buckeyes’ football game against Michigan. The annual tradition attracts thousands of people, and the university previously allowed it. But this year, officials erected temporary fencing around Mirror Lake and said only students issued special wrist bands could take the plunge Tuesday. See page 6.

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TROY — The landscape of downtown Troy will be changing dramatically in the early months of 2014. The former manufacturing building at the corner of Main and Elm streets will be demolished in 2014, according to Josh Stiever, ITW/Hobart business unit manager of the Stick Electrodes and Solid Wire Division.

Stiever said the building is no longer structurally sound and will be completely leveled early next year. Stiever estimates the demolition will take approximately six to nine months. He said the company is working with the city of Troy and the Troy Development Council throughout the process so the physical site will be worthy of redevelopment for the city’s future. The company is currently interviewing demolition

companies for the process, he said. “ We’re working closely with the Troy Development Council and the city of Troy to minimize impact on the city,” Stiever said. Stiever also said historical items such as clocks, and other historical significant memorabilia will be saved from the building. Stiever said the company has no plans to rebuild on the site and will work with city officials to

ensure transition of the site will be “beneficial to the city.” “Ultimately, we will continue to be a proud part of the Troy community,” Stiever said, noting that all solid wire and welding operations were moved to the Trade Road East facility this summer. According to its website, Hobart Brothers was family-owned and operated until its acquisition by Illinois Tool Works in 1996. ITW is a multinational manufacturer of a

diversified range of value-adding and short-leadtime industrial products and equipment, and is also the parent company of Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Bernard, Tregaskiss and Jetline. In May 2013, the company consolidated all of its brands under a single Hobart brand in order to simplify its filler metal offering and provide a full product line to distributors and end users.

LeDoux’s stabbing suspect in court Will E Sanders

Bucio, can make it to court to represent the Sidney man. A Miami County grand TROY — The Sidney jury indicted Jackson on man who pulled a blade three counts of felonious on several bouncers assault, second-degree at LeDoux’s felonies, and two Restaurant & counts of attemptBar, 118 W. Main ed murder, firstSt., in Troy in degree felonies, September and for the early stabbed two and morning Sept. 15 cut another told multiple stabbing a common pleas at LeDoux’s in court judge downtown Troy. Monday he wantJackson had the Jackson ed his arraignchoice of underMike Ullery | Civitas Media ment continued going his arraignMollie Linton and her daughter Marissa Rinehart, 11, look on as Troy Kroger co-manager Randy after his attorney was ment with the temporary Brookhardt, and FISH employee Steve Hamman, put together a Thanksgiving dinner box, compli- unable to make the court representation of a pubments of FISH, at the Kroger store on Tuesday. hearing. lic defender, but instead Judge Robert Lindeman requested the arraigngranted the continuance ment be postponed until to Randy Lamar Jackson, his lawyer could make it 21, until such a time that his attorney, Christopher See SUSPECT | 2 Staff Writer wsanders@civitasmedia.com

Out of the tank FISH gives out turkey dinners at Kroger

Colin Foster

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TROY — It’s the only time of the year that members of FISH come out of their tank. FISH of Troy — a volunteer led work force that responds one-on-one to persons calling for assistance with rent, utilities, gasoline, prescriptions and other emergencies — volunteers were at the Troy Kroger Tuesday, distributing 60 complete turkey dinners to families who registered for the third consecutive year. “We work with Kroger on this, and I think it’s a fabulous way to do it,” FISH director Myrna Yoder said. “They do all the prep and get this thing boxed up, and we do the legwork and the paperwork and folks can come get a turkey dinner. It’s a good project. We decided a few years ago that something needed to be done because a lot of people do Christmas baskets and toys, and there was kind of a void at Thanksgiving time. There still is. We still have a lot of people that call us and say they’d love to have a dinner. That’s why we decided to do this for Thanksgiving.”

And according to Yoder and secretary Mary Davis, who were standing in front of the store greeting customers as they walked in Tuesday, it’s a time of the year the volunteers of FISH truly enjoy. “This is a happy moment for us,” Yoder said. “We don’t see our clients because we don’t have an office. We do everything on the phone in our day-today work with FISH. This is the only time we see folks. The majority of these folks were recommended by churches, and they really aren’t FISH clients. These are people we don’t know and may never see again. FISH works in an anonymous manner.” “We do this because it’s a passion,” Davis added. FISH has 13 volunteers who field calls five days out the week year around. Davis, a retired school teacher, said she spends several days a month, talking on the phone for up to four hours a day to clients, landlords, people at medical facilities, and utility services. “It takes a lot of checking,” Davis said. The idea for FISH of Troy was conceived in 1969 when a First United Methodist

Tipp BOE continues facility planning Cecilia Fox

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TIPP CITY - At Monday night’s meeting, the board discussed future facilities and approved the purchase of a new school bus. The recent school facilities planning commission meeting showed a strong preference for option A, renovating and adding to L.T. Ball Intermediate to create one large kindergarten through eighthgrade building, over option B, a smaller K-5 building centered around L.T. Ball and a renovated middle school. The board and Superintendent Dr. John Kronour asked for See TANK | 2 feedback from more resi-

dents. Board President Frank Maus said that the board is considering a survey to determine which direction to take the project. Maus said that there has so far been “really good feedback,” but from a small number of residents. “We’re looking for feedback in any form,” Kronour said. Residents can weigh in on the project by calling, emailing, or visiting the district’s website, or by talking to teachers, administrators, or board members. Residents can also watch the website See FACILITY | 2

Boehner visits Tipp plant Staff Reports

TIPP CITY — Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner made a pit stop on his Thanksgiving break at Repacorp, a label and printing company in Tipp City. He took a tour of the plant on Monday and posed for photos with employees. “It’s like, ‘Stop! Everybody look,’” Wendy Rice said of the

reaction on the floor. The Troy resident and temporary worker said she will definitely be telling her children she saw the house speaker at her workplace. The main purpose of Boehner’s visit, according to owner Rick Heinl, was to discuss Affordable Healthcare, otherwise known as Obamacare. See PLANT | 2

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Plant From page 1 Heinl laid out for Boehner his concerns with the new plan and how it will affect his 180 employees. “It’s a real problem. I don’t how companies like (Repacorp) will pay for that. I don’t know what to do,” Heinl explained. “I said ‘John, give me an answer here.’” According to Heinl, Boehner was empathetic, but had no immediate solution. Heinl said Boehner told him the plan is most likely here to stay, unless “it just caves in on its own.”

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to court. No new arraignment date has been set. Lindeman set bond in the amount of $500,000 and Jackson remains behind bars at the Miami County Jail. Carlos Adkins was one of the men stabbed in the altercation and he attended the court hearing. After the court hearing the prosecutor explained each of the five charges to Adkins. “That made my day,” he said, referring to the five serious felony charges his alleged attacker has been indicted on. Adkins said he has a large scar on his chest as a result of the knife attack. Adkins and another man were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center after the attack and later flown via CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. A third victim was transported to UVMC. All three men have since recovered.

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Extra enforcement to be on roads MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra deputies working a combined 70 hours in overtime for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Sheriff Charles Cox. The extra deputies have already commenced the traffic enforcement details, which will run through Dec. 1. The added enforcement will be for the sole

purpose of enforcing all of Ohio’s traffic statutes, he said. Special emphasis will be placed on removing impaired drivers, seatbelt enforcement, speedeing violations, stop sign violations, and other crash causing infractions. The deputies will be deployed throughout the county at various time frames. There will be a zero tolerance for violators during these times

with no warnings being issued in an attempt to limit crashes on Miami County roadways and ensure everyone has a safe Thanksgiving holiday, Cox said. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has traditionally seen a dramatic increase in crashes and crashes in which at least one driver has been drinking. “We urge all motorists to have a designated driver if they

choose to drink over the holidays,” Cox said. The extra traffic enforcement is being made possible through a grant the sheriff’s office received this year from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The grant funds the overtime for the deputies and pays some fuel costs.

Judge rejects OJ Simpson’s bid for new trial WM man arrested for alleged thefts Staff Reports

WEST MILTON — A West Milton man was arrested Monday for three different thefts that occurred within a two week period. Benjamin A. Nixon, 33, was arrested for allegedly robbing the West Milton IGA grocery store, 1177 S. Miami St., on Nov. 3, and attempting to rob Sunoco, 1046 S. Miami St., on Nov. 10 and Dollar General, 653 S. Miami St., on Nov. 11. Nixon According to Chief of Police Garry Kimpel, Nixon used a knife at IGA and no weapons at the other two. Kimpel said video indicates all three crimes were done by the same person. Nixon has been charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery, two counts of felony robbery and two counts of possession of criminal tools. He is currently incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Nixon’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson’s bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star’s bid for freedom based on the claim that his original lawyer botched his armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas more than five years ago. “All grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently, are denied,” Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell said. Simpson lawyer Patricia Palm said she wanted to speak to Simpson before commenting on the decision. Ozzie Fumo, her co-counsel in the effort, said he expected they would appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, whose wife was the judge who presided over the Simpson trial in 2008, called Bell’s ruling “the right decision.” “I believe Mr. Simpson received a fair trial and had more than competent counsel,” Wolfson said. If the 66-year-old Simpson loses his appeal to the state high court, he could take the case to federal courts to argue his constitutional right to effective counsel was violated. Bell’s 101-page ruling came after a Clark County District Court jury found Simpson guilty in 2008 of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in what he maintained was an attempt to retrieve

memorabilia and personal items from two sports collectibles dealers in a casino hotel room. It followed a small victory for Simpson in July, when Nevada parole commissioners granted parole on five concurrent sentences. The parole ruling didn’t free Simpson, because he still faces at least four more years for other convictions in the case. Simpson was handcuffed and jailed following his conviction on Oct. 3, 2008, and sentenced that December to nine to 33 years in Nevada state prison. His conviction in Las Vegas came 13 years to the day after the former movie and TV star was acquitted in the Los Angeles “trial of the century” in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Six years later, a jury in Miami acquitted him of all charges in a Florida road rage case. Simpson’s legal defense in his Las Vegas trial was headed at trial by the same Miami-based attorney, Yale Galanter, who represented him in the 2001 road rage case. Attorney Gabriel Grasso served with Galanter as co-counsel in Simpson’s Las Vegas case. Galanter did not immediately respond Tuesday to messages seeking comment. Simpson’s attorneys in his ongoing bid for freedom are Palm, Fumo and Tom Pitaro.

Bell rejected arguments that Simpson received inadequate legal representation during his trial and unsuccessful appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. That appeal was handled by Galanter after Grasso withdrew. “Mr. Simpson’s convictions stem from serious offenses,” she wrote. The judge noted the involvement of six co-conspirators and “weeks” of advance planning. “Mr. Simpson specifically asked two of his co-conspirators to bring weapons … to show the sellers he meant business,” she said. And the two memorabilia dealers were “lured into a small hotel room” where they were surprised by Simpson’s group. The judge considered a 94-page petition for a new trial and heard five days of testimony in May from 15 witnesses including Simpson, Galanter, Grasso and other lawyers involved in the trial. Simpson’s new legal team later said they believed they presented overwhelming evidence that Galanter knew in advance of Simpson’s plan, had conflicted interests that shaped the way he handled Simpson’s case, and that as a result Simpson didn’t get a fair trial. Simpson civil lawyer Malcolm LaVergne said Tuesday that he believed the team provided “compelling evidence that would justify release.”

Tank From page 1 Methodist Church of Troy member came across an article in a Reader’s Digest magazine regarding a concept for helping those in need. Following that, a group of church men decided to give it a try by assisting the needy with food and used clothing. Over the years, the avenues of help FISH provides have been modified, but the ideal principal has always stayed the same: Serve those in the community that need help. “It’s a passion to help people,” Yoder said. “They don’t know who we are … and it’s okay. I like that. I like being able to help, and they’re grateful for the help

we give them.” In 2012, FISH distributed $37,000 to assist 810 families in the Troy, Pleasant Hill and Casstown areas. To date in 2013, FISH has pledged $30,500 to help out 630 area families. The organization provides assistance in the following areas: rent before eviction, utility disconnects, prescriptions, clothing, gasoline for transportation to and from work and for trips to the doctor. Funds to keep FISH up-andrunning come from the support of local churches, individuals, organization donations and grants. There are many local churches

associated with FISH, including Church of the Brethren, Cove Spring Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian/ Board of Deacons, First United Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church Women, St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Troy Christian Church. The registrations for the dinners came from people affiliated with those churches and a few select FISH clients. Community Partners of FISH include the Corvette Charity, Goodrich Finance Employees, Miami Grandmother’s Club,

Teen Leadership G.I.F.T, The Clothesline, Troy Foundation, Wal-Mart Grant, Women’s Christian Society, U.S. Bank Interest and Park G. Duke Foundation. People seeking assistance can reach FISH by calling (937) 335-1440. FISH has a 24-hour a day answering machine at the Troy Fire Department. People seeking assistance must have a Troy, Casstown or Pleasant Hill mailing address to qualify, but may receive help once every six months.

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which will run out next December. The board will consider placing a renewal on the ballot in May. If they do and how much they will ask for will depend on the success of the bond issue for the construction of new schools, Kronour said. “You can see the need to, at a minimum, keep our PI levy going and at the current dollar amount. The question is whether or not we need add to those dollars, and that to me is somewhat incumbent on where we end up

with a possible building project down the road,” Kronour said. Some permanent improvement purchases include yearly upgrades for technology, classroom furniture, new school buses to replace older ones, and roof and building maintenance. If new schools are built, the district would spend less on building repairs and maintenance. The board voted Monday night to use some of those PI funds to purchase a new school bus. This $89,503 2015 school bus holds 72 pas-

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Troy Daily News • www.troydailynews.com • OPEN HOUSE: Reservations are due today to attend the open house, in recognition of International Volunteer Day, Health Partners Free Clinic will have from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the clinic. The even will be a time of celebration for those who contribute their time and talents to the health of the people of the community. Call the clinic at (937) 3320894, Ext. 0, to make reservations. • KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. Milton “Milt” Miller, manger of the Grand St. Marys Restoration Comission, will speak. • RESERVATIONS DUE: Reservations are due today for the the Miami County Chapter of the Ohio Public Employee Retirees meeting set for 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood Street, Piqua. Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Judge Elizabeth Gutmann will be the guest speaker. Call Beth at 335-2771 for reservations. • P ROJ E C T FEEDERWATCH: Project FeederWatch will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Aullwood. Come count birds, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, share storie and count more birds. The bird counts help contribute to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell website at www. bird.cornell.edu/pfw for more information. • STORY HOUR: Story Hour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Children from ages 3-5 (and their caregivers) can enjoy stories, puppet shows and crafts at the library. Call (937) 698-5515 or visit Facebook or www.mupubliclibrary. org for details on weekly themes.

Friday

• FRIDAY DINNERS: Dinner will be offered from 5-8 p.m. at the Covington VFW Post 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington. Choices will include a $12 New York strip steak, broasted chicken, fish, shrimp and sandwiches, all made-to-order. • SEAFOOD DINNER: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, a three-piece fried fish dinner, 2-piece fried shrimp or a fish/shrimp combo with french fries and coleslaw for $6 from 6-7:30 p.m. Frog legs, when available, will be $10. There will not be a seafood dinner in December. • HOMETOWN HOLIDAY: The 2013 Hometown Holiday Celebration will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Troy. A parade, Grand Illumination, phone calls to the North Pole, visits with Santa, carriage rides, holiday music, refreshments, shopping at local merchants and Mayor Beamish’s special holiday reading all will be part of the event. New this year is the Kris Kringle Shop, which will be located in the Elks Lodge. Children can buy gifts made by local artisans for family, friends and teachers from 4-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.troymainstreet. org or call 339-5455. • HOT CHOCOLATE AND CIDER: The Overfield Tavern Museum, 201 E. Water St., Troy, will provide complimentary hot chocolate and mulled cider at the museum after the parade and Santa’s arrival. Come in and meet Mr. & Mrs. Overfield and guests until 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

• BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The public is invited to come and eat breakfast and get a chance

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Call Melody Vallieu at 440-5265 to list your free calendar items. You can send your news by e-mail to mvallieu@civitasmedia.com. to talk with Santa Claus beginning at 9 a.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. Enter at the Canal Street entrance, which is also handicapped accessible. The event includes a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, juice and hot chocolate. • OPEN HOUSE: Aullwood’s Holiday Art Fair and Open House will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1000 Aullwood Road. Admission is free. Twenty seven artists and designers will offer artwork, hand-crafted jewelry, homemade edibles and exquisite gifts. The holiday open house also will include children’s crafts, candle dipping and more. • BABYSITTING CLASS: A Red Cross babysitting class will be offered at the Milton-Union Public Library for those who care for little ones. The cost for the class is $80 and is reservation only. Call the library at (937) 698-5515 to reserve a spot. • K A R AO K E OFFERED: The American Legion Post No. 586, Tipp City, will host karaoke from 7 p.m. until close. • CANDLE DIPPING: Candle dipping will be offered beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. Individuals, families, scout troops and youth groups will enjoy making red and/or blue colored candles. The cost is a general admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 per child, plus $1 for each candle made. Call (937) 890-7360 for reservations.

Sunday

• BREAKFAST SET: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer made-to-order breakfasts from 8-11 a.m. Everything will be a la carte. • BREAKFAST OFFERED: Boy Scout Troop No. 586 will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the American Legion Post, Tipp City, from 8-11 a/m/ for $7. Items available will be bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, French toast, home fries, eggs, regular toast, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices.

Monday

• P OV E RT Y TRAINING: A Bridges out

of Poverty Training, sponsored by Partners in Hope, will be from 6-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Troy, in Room 321. People from all economic classes will come together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes and support those who are moving out of poverty. To make a reservation, call Partners in Hope at (937) 335-0448 or email bbrubaker@partnersinhopeinc.org. • BLOOD DRIVE: One Call Now will host a blood drive from noon to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 726 Grant St., Troy. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special-edition “Buckeye Strong — Blood Donor ” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate online at www.DonorTime. com. • AFTER-PROM MEETING: The Covington High School Junior Class After-Prom Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the CHS library. Parents who would like to chaperone and/or participate in the 2014 after-prom activities are invited to attend.For more information, contact Shellie Arbogast at 4162143. • MONDAY FUNDAY: Drop in at the Troy-Miami County Public Library anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for do-it-yourself crafts, books to check out and activities or games with a holiday theme. Each week will be different. For children and their caregivers. No registration required. Call 339-0502 for more information. • FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Bring the whole family to the Troy-Miami County Public Library from 6:307:30 p.m. for a special “Trim-the-Tree” night. Join participants as they trim the children’s department tree. Make an ornament for the tree and yours. Enjoy stories and refreshments. No registration required. Call (937) 339-0502 for more information.

Tuesday

• ADULT HIKE: The Miami County Park District will hold its adult exploration hike at 9 a.m. at Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area, 4720 Rangeline Road in Covington. Join park district naturalist Sassafras Susan as she heads out to discover different aspects of nature. These hikes are a great opportunity to get outside and learn together. Walks generally last about two hours and are not strenuous or fast-paced. Register for the program by visiting miamicountyparks.com, emailing to register@miamicountyparks. com or calling (937) 3356273, Ext. 104. • PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: The Miami County Park District will hold their Mother Nature’s Preschool program “Get Ready for Winter” at 10 a.m. at Charleston Falls Reserve, 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City. Join Naturalist Millipede Mike for an

Downtown decorating contest announced TROY Troy Main Street will offer a decorating contest for downtown stores and offices. On the heels of the successful Gentlemen of the Road window decorating contest, Troy Main Street has decided to tap into the creative juices of the merchants again. The windows of downtown Troy will come alive for the joy and amusement of visitors throughout the entire holiday season. To entice each merchant to join the contest,

Troy Main Street is offering a grand prize for the lucky winner. The winner will receive more than $600 in free advertising for their business. The advertising package was organized and paid for by Troy Main Street and by several media outlets who “matched” the purchased amount, including the Troy Daily News, Clear Channel 106.5, I Heart Radio, My Miami County, Troy Community Radio, WPTW Radio and WYSO.

The official judges for the contest are Steve and Marty Baker. Steve Baker is the Northern Bureau reporter for WHIO-TV and Marty Baker is serving her third term as the Troy City Council president. The windows will all be decorated in time for the Hometown Holiday Celebration on Friday and will remain decorated throughout the holiday season.

Comments sought for police assessment TROY — The Troy Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services. As part of the onsite assessment, agency

employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. at the Troy Police Department, 124 E. Main St., Troy. Agency employees and the public are invited. To offer comments by calling (937) 875-0296 on Dec. 1 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply

with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Troy Police Department. Local contact is Captain Joe Long at (937) 339-7525, Ext. 429. Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Troy Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA20155 or (703) 3524225.

vided. Youth will make a minimum of five craft projects. Any crafts not completed during the two-hour timeframe may be taken home to complete later. There will be cocoa available and children can also decorate and eat cookies.

Call to reserve a space at (937) 440-3945, prior to the noon Dec. 5 deadline. Reader’s theater planned for families TIPP CITY — Tipp City Players Community Theater will offer a free Christmas reader’s theater for the family.

AREA BRIEFS Food items being collected PLEASANT HILL — Furry Friends Grooming Salon is holding its fifth annual food collection for the holidays. Nonperishable foods items are being collected between now and Dec. 16 at 17 N. Main St. Food items will be directed to feed local families in the Pleasant Hill area for the holidays. A free toothpicking is being offered with any three pantry items donated this year. Craft, cookie workshop offered TROY — Only a few spots remain for the Holiday Craft and Cookie Workshop, scheduled for children in grades kindergarten through third grade . The annual event will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 in the Ohio State University Extension, Miami County Meeting Room. The cost of the workshop is $5 for 4-H members and $7 for non-4-H members. All materials and instructions are pro-

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Here’s a thought: Don’t blame the merchants who simply are in business to make a dollar for turning Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday Minus One. The vitriol that has been spewing around the Internet and elsewhere since it became clear that most major retailers in the nation were going to be open on Thanksgiving Day this year is laudable in what it seems to indicate namely, a nation that still values family and spending a day of rest with them. Much of the commentary centers on a thoughtful desire to be fair to giving the retail workers an actual day off instead of seeing them having to turn out in force early in the day to get their stores ready for the As holiday onslaught. As II But the reality will be much different. See See It It The allure of discounted merchandise will draw■out ■ The The Troy Troy hundreds of thousands of shoppers nationwide, Daily andNews Daily News welcomes probably before the turkey gets cold in the roasting welcomes columns from pan after dinner. columns from our readers. To our readers. To It is what it is. People who don’t want to shop won’t submit “As II submit an an “As be made to go out. It’s not a federal mandate. People See See It” It” send send who want to shop will do so. your your type-writtype-writAnd people who want to give thanks for family ten and column to: friends, home and hearth and the freedom of living ■ “As I See It” in the United States of America can do so, debit card c/o Troy Daily in hand on Thanksgiving Day or debit card safely News, 224 S. ensconced in a wallet in a dresser drawer untilMarket the St., Troy, OH 45373 45373 real Black Friday.

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change is aggravating the plague of toxic algae in western Lake Erie. If environmental concerns are not enough finally to force action on a broad front to clean up the lake, then the threat to a resource that contributes nearly $11 billion a year to northern Ohio’s tourism economy surely must be…. Elected officials propose several useful measures to curb toxic algae blooms, in Lake Erie and elsewhere. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) seeks to reauthorize a federal law that provides a vital research and response framework aimed at controlling harmful algae nationwide. Congress also needs to fund adequately, not starve, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. State Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) has introduced legislation that would greatly reduce openlake disposal. Toledo Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins has pledged to pay more attention than his predecessor to operations at a facility along Maumee Bay that gets sewage sludge from the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Point Place and disposes of especially contaminated material dredged from the ship channel. All of these measures are useful, and urgent, to deal US: The Troy Daily News welcomes signed letters to the editor. Letters must contain with WRITE LakeTOErie’s algae mess. But they will have only your homeTOaddress andTroy a telephone number wheresigned you canletters be reached during Letters the day.must Letterscontain must WRITE US: The Daily News welcomes to the editor. limited effect without a meaningful effort to address, behome shorter than 500 words as a courtesy towhere other writers. We reserve theduring right the to edit forLetters lengthmust and your address and a telephone number you can be reached day. rather than224deny, the disastrous effects of global cli- FAX (937) clarity. MAIL: S. Market, Troy, OH 45373; E-MAIL: tdneditorial@civitasmedia.com; be shorter than 500 words as a courtesy to other writers. We reserve the right to edit for length and mate change —www.troydailynews.com now. 440-5286; ONLINE: (“Letters To The Editor” link).

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retirement system. The greatest joy was working with and securing answers for the residents of said township. This entailed digging into records. It was just a simple answer to a question, up to saving thousands of dollars. The largest work was being an acting attorney to secure the independence of Washington Township in 1995. This

involved getting and filing several documents in several Miami County offices. To the people of Washington Township, a huge thank you. I’m a World War II vet in good health and need to slow down some. Thank you residents of the township for your support, — Paul Holfinger Washington Township

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The mother of Thanksgiving also needs celebrated XXXXX Troy Troy XXXXX Troy Troy It was 150 years ago that Sarah Josepha Hale gave us Thanksgiving as we know it. The influential editor was the best friend Thanksgiving ever had. We are accustomed, in a more jaded and secular age, to wars on various holidays; Hale waged a war for Thanksgiving. For years, she evangelized for nationalizing the holiday by designating the last Thursday of November for it to be celebrated annually across the country. Besides plugging for Thanksgiving in her publication, “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” she wrote Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan about it before hitting pay dirt with Abraham Lincoln. On Oct. 3, 1863, Lincoln urged his fellow citizens to observe the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Hale had succeeded in her longsought goal, but kept — as Peggy Baker notes in an essay about her as “The Godmother of Thanksgiving” — writing editorials about Thanksgiving for another dozen years. You might say that she was

a bore and nag on the topic, if her racy to the average American home cause hadn’t been so splendid and today. She described the table “now her understanding of Thanksgiving intended for the whole household, so clear-eyed, clairvoyant even. every child having a seat on this Hale saw the Fourth of July and occasion; and the more the better.” Thanksgiving as the twin festivals “The roasted turkey took preceof the American people, “each dence,” she wrote, “being connected with their history, placed at the head of the table; and therefore ofXXXXX great imporand well did it become its tance inTroy giving powerColumnist and lordly station, sending forth Daily News XXXXX distinctness to their nationalthe rich odor of its savory DailyitNews ity,” as Troy she put in anColumnist 1852 stuffing, and finely covered editorial. with the froth of the basting.” July Fourth celebrated The dessert course is national independence and almost as recognizable: Rich liberty, while Thanksgiving “There was a huge plum pudLowry acknowledged God “as the ding, custards and pies of dispenser of blessings.” She Troy Daily every name and description argued that “these two fes- News Guest ever known in Yankee land; Columnist tivals should be joyfully and yet the pumpkin pie occuuniversally observed throughpied the most distinguished out our whole country, and thus niche.” incorporated in our habits of thought Thanksgiving had always been as inseparable from American life.” held in autumn, Hale explains in Of course, Thanksgiving had the book, “the time when the overexisted on these shores long before flowing garners of America call for Hale took it up as a cause. Her this expression of joyful gratitude.” description of a New England But different states held it on differThanksgiving feast in her 1827 ent days, and the holiday tradition novel “Northwood” would have been was strongest in New England. Hale recognized by Norman Rockwell, wanted to guarantee Thanksgiving’s and could apply with equal accu- place in America’s firmament by

making it a national day. She quoted the 19th-century British writer Robert Southey in making her case. “Festivals, when duly observed, attach men to the civil and religious institutions of their country,” he wrote. “Who is there who does not recollect their effect upon himself in early life?” Hale understood the particular pull of Thanksgiving. She wrote in 1837, “It is a festival which will never become obsolete, for it cherishes the best affections of the heart — the social and domestic ties.” (Although her faith in family bonds, re-fortified around the Thanksgiving table, might have been a touch naive: “How can we hate our Mississippi brother-in-law? And who is a better fellow than our wife’s uncle from St. Louis?”) In her 1852 editorial, she predicted that “wherever an American is found, the last Thursday would be the Thanksgiving Day. Families may be separated so widely that personal reunion would be impossible; still this festival, like the Fourth of July, will bring every American heart into harmony with his home and his country.” And so it does, still.

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Jack Dean Knoch TROY — Jack Dean Knoch, age 74, formerly of Troy, Ohio and residing in South Korea for the past ten years passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013. Jack was born on May 28, 1939 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Roberta (Kennedy) Knoch of Wapakoneta, Ohio and the late John “Bus” Knoch. In addition to his mother, Jack is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Terressa Knoch of Vandalia, Ohio and Cristina and Joe Suerdieck of Rochester, Illinois; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffery and Kim Knoch of Lynnwood, Washington and Carl and Jessica Knoch of Eugene, Oregon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Doris Knoch of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Robert and Kathy Knoch of Wapakoneta, Ohio; a stepdaughter; nephews; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Jack was a 1957 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and attended the Ohio Northern University. He was formerly employed with BF Goodrich and Standard Register. Jack enjoyed music and loved to sing. He never met a stranger; was friendly to everyone and loved to laugh. A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, Ohio. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00PM – 2:00 p.m. Private interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

Christopher Allen O’Reilly by his father; and his grandparents, Bob and Marie Gariety. Chris attended Piqua Schools and the Upper Valley J.V.S. He was a faithful Christian and had worked more than 10 years for G & H Sunoco/Day and Night Towing of Sidney. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle in charitable events and rides. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and NASCAR fan. Chris also enjoyed any time spent with friends and family, especially events including live music and food. A funeral service to honor his life will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, November 29, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with Pastor Daryl Peeples officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.

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TIPP CITY — Robert John Lencione, 82, of Tipp City, passed away 10:05 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Covington CLINTON RANDALL | Civitas photo Care Center in Covington. Firefighters stand near the car that was involved in the fatal crash that killed a Troy man on Saturday. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to FisherMIAMI COUNTY — deputy attempted to CareFlight was disCheney Funeral Home, A high speed pursuit that make a traffic stop before patched, but was later Troy. began in Darke County the truck fled at a high canceled when Dircksen ended in a fatal crash just rate of speed eastbound was pronounced dead at •Gilliam north of Bradford early on Horatio-Harris Creek the scene. URBANA — Michael E. Saturday morning. Road. Authorities stated that Gilliam of Urbana, Ohio According to the Darke The driver, Scott Dircksen did not have a passed away unexpectedly County Sheriff’s Office, at Dircksen, 20, of Troy, driver’s license and will on Monday, November 25, approximately 2:30 a.m. continued eastbound at await an autopsy to deter2013. Services are pend- Saturday morning, a dep- speeds reaching 100 miles mine whether drugs and/ ing with Atkins-Shively uty observed a maroon per hour until crossing or alcohol were a factor. Ford truck go down into a the Miami County line Funeral Home, 216 S. ditch and then back on the on State Route 721 and The crash remains Springfield Street, Saint road near the intersection crashing the vehicle on under investigation Paris, Ohio. of US 127 and Horatio- Horatio Road, just north with the Miami County Harris Creek Road. The of Bradford. Sheriff’s Office.

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COVINGTON — Emergency crews from the Covington Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 48 and Versailles Road on Monday evening. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. when, according to Lt.

Michael Whaley of the Miami County Sheriff’s office, a vehicle driven by Carol Stonerock, of Bradford, was traveling westbound on Versailles Road, stopped at a stop sign, then proceeded into the path of a southbound car on State Route 48, driven by Sandra Heise, of Covington. The impact spun the vehicles around causing a secondary impact before Heise’s vehicle ran off the roadway. Heise, was apparently enroute

to a youth basketball practice with her two children, 9 and 10 years old. All four victims of the crash sustained injuries. It is believed that all were wearing seatbelts. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. Mutual aide medics were requested from Bradford and Piqua. Whaley said that Stonerock will be cited for failure to yield at a stop sign. The crash is being investigated by the sheriff’s office.

Adopted Ohio boy’s alleged abandonment stirs worry CINCINNATI (AP) — When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require. “Parenthood is supposed to be forever — not until there are issues,” said Sixto Cancel, a 21-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University junior who is also an advocate for adopted and fostered children. The suburban Cincinnati parents indicted on misdemeanor counts of nonsupport allegedly left the boy with children’s services after saying he was displaying aggressive behavior and earlier threatened the family with a knife. Cleveland Cox, 49, and his 52-year-old wife, Lisa, are due in court Wednesday. Neither they nor their attorney, Anthony Vannoy, immediately returned calls for comment. Adolfo Olivas, an attorney appointed by the court to protect the boy’s interests, has said the emotionally hurt and confused child is now receiving help that the parents should have gotten for him. Cancel believes it was up to the parents to get help for their son, even if he didn’t want it.

Cancel, of Richmond, Va., said he experienced abuse and never found a good fit, moving from a troubled adoptive home to foster care homes. As an adoptee, “you need reassurance that you are not alone,” he said. Christopher Hehn, of Greenwood, Ind., said adoptees crave stability. Hehn, 27, was shuffled from foster home to foster home before a social worker adopted him at age 12. “When the going got tough, it was out the door for me,” Hehn said. “But when I was adopted, my mother said it was forever, no matter what. She stuck it out, and I was finally able to trust again.” Greg and Robin Smith, of New Richmond in Clermont County, became adoptive parents in a ceremony last week, adopting four siblings — ages 5 to 12 — who they cared for as foster children for over three years. Robin Smith acknowledged some anger and other issues among the children, stemming from their experiences before coming to the Smiths. “But you just can’t give up on children, not matter how hard the situation is,” she said. Two biological brothers adopted this month by the Rev. Edward Byers and wife Darnette, of Cincinnati, say they know the 9-year-old must feel

depressed and lonely. “I know what it’s like to move from house to house,” said the youngest brother, 14-year-old Tyshawn. “But I would tell him to stay in there and not give up” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser has declined to provide more details on the charges against the Coxes, but he said there are legal consequences to what he called “reckless” abandonment. National adoption advocates say failed adoptions or dissolutions are rare in cases where the child has been raised from infancy. They said such discord seems to occur more often with youths adopted at an older age. But Kathleen Strottman, executive director of the Washington-based Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, said that while there seems to be less trauma in children placed with adoptive parents as infants, emotional

and behavioral issues can surface long after adoption. Strottman said she was concerned about the wellbeing of the Ohio child, but she also worried that the threat of criminal prosecution could discourage adoptive parents from seeking help. “I’m hoping that ultimately there was a good cause for this prosecution,” she said. “What everyone wants is a child protection system that first and always stays focused on the needs of the child.”

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COVINGTON — Christopher Allen O’Reilly, “Radar”, 43, of Covington, died at 3:41 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2013, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. He was born April 17, 1970, in Piqua, to the late John O’Reilly and Beverly Gariety. He married Amy J. Manning on September 18, 1999 in Bradford; she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Beverly Gariety of Piqua; four children, Elizabeth and Devin Clark of Memphis, Tenn, Dillion Allen O’Reilly of Zanesville, Hayley Renee O’Reilly of Covington, and Harley Earl Robert O’Reilly of Covington; two grandchildren, Madison, Devin Jr., and an unborn grandchild; a sister, Ann Gambill of Piqua; mother and father-in-law, Earl and Arlene Manning of Bradford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jody and Dan Heaton of Gettysburg, Andrew and Ursula Grubb of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death

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More important than his resume, was his desire to give of himself and his resources to make a difference. He was a Sunday School teacher at every point of his adult life and in this and other areas, liked to ask the tough questions that made you think. He was a dedicated member of Troy 1st United Methodist and prior to that Vandalia United Methodist church. His involvement in meaningful causes such as World Hunger Bazaar, local hunger programs, the Vandalia HS Memorial Day celebration and the Vandalia Historical Society are a few of the areas he and mom supported. He loved the art of the deal in his antiques business and made so many friends and had great stories from across his travels and shows. His collection of “junk” was always growing, requiring multiple annexes until the “big sale” in Sept. 2008. His honesty and integrity were unquestioned and he was a mentor to many who worked with him during his professional career. Finally, he was the loving father, husband and son that few could surpass and he will now rejoin his one and only love, his “Schotzie”. A memorial service will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Troy with the Rev. Dave Leckrone officiating. Interment will take place in Poplar Hill Cemetery, Vandalia, Ohio. Friends may call from 2-5PM on Sunday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to Bradley’s House of Hope c/o First United Methodist Church 110 W. Franklin St. Troy, Ohio 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through www. bairdfuneralhome.com.

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TROY — Harold Richard Wherry, 82, of Troy, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 24, 2013, at Miami Valley Hospital. He was born Dec. 22, 1930, to Richard H. Wherry and Katherine P. (Lare) Wherry in Convoy, and that began a wonderful and full life that touched many. He was also supported and guided later by his step father, Lewis McDaniel. Harold is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Nancy L. (Gasiday) Wherry. He is survived by his five children; Tom, Mark, Lisa, Chris and Jane; 11 grandchildren, Lucas, Bess, Marcus, Kaylin, Jacob, Aana, Allen, Jessica, Spencer, Shelby and Megan; five great-grandchildren, Braxton, Brooklyn, Logan, Addison and Kaleigha; daughters- and sons-in-law, Greg, Michelle, Karen and Craig. Growing up he was active in sports and outdoor activities. In particular, he loved to fish and spend time at his parent’s cottage on Lake Lavine. He would also claim to be a bit of a pool shark at the uptown Convoy billiards hall. Basketball seems to have been his best athletic endeavor where he played for Convoy HS, as a freshman at Bowling Green and also in the Army. He attended Bowling Green State University for his undergrad degree and Ball State University for his Masters. He is an Army veteran and was stationed in Germany in 1952-53. His first job was at Mississinawa Valley where he also coached basketball, baseball and track. He then moved on to be Principal at Washington C.H. HS for three years and then on to Vandalia Butler HS in the same position. There he became a fixture from 19651983 and has been known by some to be the “Father of the Modular System”. Some of you will get that!

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New Elvis owners discussing Graceland upgrades Woodhouse believes there is also room for brand growth among younger fans who, unlike their parents and grandparents, did not see Presley in his prime or were born after he died. Presley died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42. Woodhouse notes that more than 9.5 million people like Presley’s Facebook page. “The Facebook sweet spot is probably not what people would assume is the original Elvis fan,” Woodhouse said. “Clearly, he resonates on social media and he resonates on other more modern platforms as well.” Authentic Brands and Weinshanker, along with input from Presley’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, also are discussing ways to upgrade Graceland, the tour-

at Stax” CD box set and rerelease of the 1972 “Elvis on Tour” documentary in theaters and on DVD, and by some new exhibits at Graceland. Woodhouse envisions moving the brand into other realms beyond music, including the luxury items market. As an example, Woodhouse cites the appearance of Presley’s likeness on Dolce & Gabbana T-shirts. Regular T-shirts and tank tops with Presley on them are currently being offered for more than $100 on eBay, and similar T-shirts emblazoned with images of Monroe and James Dean are selling for more than $300 on Dolce & Gabbana’s website. Authentic Brands’ higher-end brands include Judith Leiber handbags, Bobby Jones golf clothing and equipment and men’s clothier Hickey Freeman.

week it had bought Presley’s licensing and merchandising rights from CORE Media Group. The purchase price was not disclosed. As part of the deal, Joel Weinshanker, founder of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, acquired the operating rights to Graceland. Authentic Brands now controls Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages the use of Presley’s name, image and likeness on music, photos, movies, television appearances and performance specials. The licensing and merchandising business revolving around Presley’s life and career has generated about $30 million annually in past years. Fans’ hunger for more of the King has been fed in recent years by releases of music compilations such as the “Elvis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An executive with the company that purchased Elvis Presley’s intellectual property says it is discussing ways to expand the late rock and roll icon’s brand and upgrades to the Graceland tourist attraction. Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer of Authentic Brands Group, says that the company’s status as a marketer of icons like Marilyn Monroe positions it to expand the Elvis brand’s worldwide presence. Presley was “one of the most recognized and revolutionary people of all time, whether it’s in society or in pop culture,” Woodhouse said during an interview, adding that the company can make the Elvis brand “come to life a little bit more than it has been in the past.” Authentic Brands said last

ist attraction focused around Presley’s longtime Memphis home, Woodhouse said. Graceland attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year, offering tours of the home and Presley-related exhibits across the street. Elvis Presley Enterprises officials previously had said that long-discussed plans to improve and modernize the attraction had been put on hold due to the economic downturn and a possible sale. Woodhouse did not discuss details of the upgrades, but says the new operators are considering some “great ideas.” “Suffice it to say, it is as we all know, one of America’s most visited spots and we would like it to be visited more,” he said.

Ohio State crowd makes traditional lake jump early COLUMBUS (AP) — Some students have plunged into a frigid campus lake early to defy Ohio State University’s attempt to regulate the traditional jump during the week of the Buckeyes’ football game against Michigan. The annual tradition attracts thousands of people, and the university previously allowed it. But this year, officials erected temporary fencing around Mirror Lake and said only students issued special wrist bands could take the plunge Tuesday. The Columbus Dispatch reports a crowd of students and other fans stormed the fence Monday night to make the jump. A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy says authorities decided to remove blockades after people knocked down some of the fence and ran through caution tape. OSU had said the restrictions were meant to protect students, who organized the preemptive jump on social media.

In this Monday photo, students gather around Mirror Lake on Ohio State’s campus as part of the Michigan-week tradition, in Columbus. The annual Mirror Lake jump during Michigan week has taken on controversy this year as the university has blocked access to the lake with temporary fencing and asked students to pick up wrist bands in order to jump.

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Rain and snow threaten to snarl holiday travel

AP PHOTO A car travels on Snake Road in Conyngham Township, Pa., on Tuesday as a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet fall heavily throughout the area. A sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast brought a messy mix of snow, rain and wind Tuesday that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year.

iday travel plans on Wednesday for those hoping to visit loved ones in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Many travelers were moving to earlier flights, taking advantage of airlines’ policies to waive their normal change fees. Lisa Jablon was originally supposed to fly Delta from New York City to Syracuse, N.Y., on Wednesday at 9:39 a.m. But after following the storm’s movements, she decided to jump on the last flight out Tuesday night. “I’m flying up to spend the holiday with my boyfriend’s family

U.S. bombers cross China’s claimed air defense zone WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after China asserted greater military control over a swath of the East China Sea to bolster claims to a cluster of disputed islands, the U.S. defied the move Tuesday as it flew two B-52 bombers through the area. The U.S. said what it described as a training mission was not flown to respond to China’s latest military maneuver, yet the dramatic flights made clear that the U.S. will not recognize the new territorial claims that Beijing laid out over the weekend. The two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers took off from

their home base in Guam and flew through China’s newly designated air defense zone, then returned to base, U.S. officials said. The bombers were in the zone for less than an hour, thundering across the Pacific skies during midday there, the officials said, adding that the aircraft encountered no problems. While the U.S. insisted the training mission was long-planned, it came just days after China issued a map and a new set of rules governing the zone, which includes a cluster of islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing.

and I didn’t want to get stuck,” Jablon said. “The rain seems to be better off tonight than it looks tomorrow morning.” The good news is that the storm is supposed to pass through the Northeast before Thanksgiving Day, with the weather mostly clearing up by Wednesday evening. Most airlines are hoping the storms won’t be too severe, allowing them to continue operating a nearly full schedule with few cancellations, but likely a lot of delays, said Daniel Baker,

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Wednesday from the Carolinas to the Northeast, with ice and snow a possibility in the Appalachians, western Pennsylvania and western New York. The storm system, already blamed for at least 11 deaths, could also spawn isolated tornadoes in the Florida Panhandle. The Southeast is set to suffer soaking rain in the coming days, primarily in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” said meteorologist Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service. “Visibility will be restricted not only by the rain and wash from other cars, but from the fog.” After arguing with American Airlines on Tuesday, David Short was able to board a flight from New York City to Dallas a day earlier than planned. The airline initially told him it would cost $2,000 to get on the earlier flight, but a few hours later a representative told him the airline was offering flight-change waivers at no cost. “It was definitely very frustrating and stressful, but it’s all working out,” Short said. This holiday will likely see the most air travelers since 2007, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, with the busiest day being Sunday, an estimated 2.56 million passengers. Wednesday is expected to be the second-busiest, with 2.42 million passengers.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kalustyan’s is an exceedingly difficult place to shop, a jam-packed warren of rooms and uncomfortably tight passages, the navigation of which will require sucking in your gut to squeeze past the too many clerks. The other customers with their giant parcels and lingering ways will annoy you. The sometimes haphazard, sometimes obsessive-compulsive order to the shelves will confound you. None of that will matter. Because the moment you step into this Indian/Middle Eastern spice and specialty food shop nestled into a row of like-minded stores on Lexington Avenue, you’ll immediately begin the calculations. First, of how much you can carry. Next, of how much you can afford. Then, of how much your spice cabinet at home can fit. And finally, how much it will cost to get a bigger spice cabinet. This not-so-little gem of a shop — known to New Yorker foodies, but off the map for most tourists — really is that good. Walk into Kalustyan’s and you are confronted by a delicious abundance. To your left are display cases filled with Lebanese halva (sweets made from ground sesame seeds), flaky Greek pastries dripping with syrup and walnuts, semolina honey cakes, and dozens of others you won’t be able to identify, but nonetheless will find hard to resist. To your right are bin upon bin upon bin of dried fruits and nuts (12 varieties of ground nuts alone). Then come the dried lentils and beans. Then the wall of jams and jellies. Grapefruit jam? Smoke salt marmalade? They’ve got it. Spicy pear jam? That, too. And then there are the hot sauces… I lost count after tallying roughly 250 of them.

AP PHOTOS In this Nov. 21 photo, Amine Dekkar, left, and chef Arpiar Afarian, right, serve diners in the tiny upstairs deli at Kalustyan’s Indian/Middle Eastern spice and specialty food shop in New York. They dole out hummus, falafel, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, 16 types of olives, and more varieties of feta cheese than you know what to do with. The not-so-little gem of a shop nestled into a row of like-minded stores on Lexington Avenue is known to New Yorker foodies, but off the map for most tourists.

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same time. It seems like after Thanksgiving Day is over Christmas seems really close already. Every year

just seems to go faster than the one before. Every year we are all another year older. Our third oldest child, Verena, will be 16 in a few weeks. I cannot believe she is that old already. Next year daughter Elizabeth will leave her teenage years. Daughter Susan will turn 18 in January. Son Benjamin is in his last year of school and daughter Loretta has only one more after this one. I treasure evenings when we all gather around our table to eat supper. Everyone shares about how their days went. We’re

making memories. The girls enjoy singing as they wash the supper dishes. It makes you want to stay right in this stage of life. We know it won’t always be like this but trust the Lord will guide us through the years. Time does not stand still for anyone. I probably baked my first and last gooseberry pie. It was not a hit with Joe and the children. I wasn’t too fond of the gooseberry taste but am glad I got to try it. Today is laundry day. It looks like we will have to hang it in the basement. It looks like rain.

We had a storm go through Sunday afternoon while we were at Jacob and Emma’s house after church services. The tornado sirens in the nearby town went off. On Monday, this area was without electricity so the public school was closed for the day. The children were excited to have a day off. Everything looked dark outside Monday morning with all the neighbor’s yard lights out. How thankful we are when a bad storm passes through and not much damage. Other areas were not quite so fortunate. May God be with them and His

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Thanksgiving includes gluten-free pies and all NEW YORK (AP) — Three different types of stuffing will be offered on Stacy Fox’s table this Thanksgiving: traditional, gluten-free and vegan. There will be steak for people who don’t like turkey. No eggs will be used in the latkes, or Jewish potato pancakes. And the sweet potato pie will be topped with vegan marshmallows she buys at a health food store. “My life used to be simple,” said Fox, who’s entertaining 18 guests in Suffern, N.Y. At homes across the country this Thursday, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like cavemen. The increasingly complicated feasts reflect the growing ranks of Americans who are paying closer attention to the food they put into their bodies. The reasons vary. With two-thirds of the U.S. population either overweight or obese, many find setting rules helps ward off temptation. In other cases, people steer clear of ingredients such as dairy to alleviate bloating or to boost energy. Others worry about the long-term impact of artificial dyes, preservatives and antibiotics in their food. While the dietary quirks of relatives or friends may seem like a mere curios-

ity on Thanksgiving, they’re reshaping the food industry. Sales of organic packaged foods rose 24 percent to $11.48 billion over the past five years, according to market researcher Euromonitor International. Gluten-free packaged foods, made for those who are sensitive to wheat, more than doubled to $419.8 million. And the broader market of packaged foods targeted toward people with food intolerances to things like wheat, dairy or sugar rose 12 percent to $2.89 billion. By introducing gluten-free varieties of Chex cereal in recent years, General Mills says it was able to reverse years of declines and get sales growing again. So far this year, the company says sales are up 6 percent from the same time last year, although it did not give the actual figure. Hillshire Brands has expanded the number of sausages and meatballs made without antibiotics under its higher-end Aidells brand, which has been a bright spot for the company. And sales of Tofurky, the tofubased turkey alternative for vegetarians, have grown each year since it was introduced in 1995, said founder and president Seth Tibbott. Back when Tofurky was rolled out, only about 500 were sold in health food stores

in Portland and Seattle. This year, Tibbott expects to sell about 350,000 of the loaves, which resemble round, boneless turkey breasts filled with stuffing. “People do say it’s close to turkey,” Tibbott said, noting that the company has worked to achieve the hint of gaminess that distinguishes turkey from chicken. Even with all the new food options, however, many remain Thanksgiving traditionalists. As a result, some with dietary restrictions find that they still have to make concessions when eating at relatives’ houses. Alison Johnson, for instance, realizes it would be unreasonable to expect her inlaws to cater to her many preferences this holiday. She’s a vegetarian and she and her husband are on a Paleo diet that shuns processed foods, legumes and most sugars. So for Thanksgiving, she plans to relax her rules a bit, stick to the side dishes and bring along her own Paleo-friendly pumpkin bars for dessert. “When you start saying you’re diabetic and Paleo and vegetarian, they would just throw their hands up and give up,” said Johnson, who runs a recruiting firm in the Albany, N.Y., region. “I have to accommodate myself.”

In other households, those with dietary restrictions have taken control. Daniel Albaugh, personal trainer in Houston, said his family feasts on Tofurky and stopped bothering with a turkey a few years ago. He and his fiance are vegans, as are his mother and sister. “We outnumber them now,” said Albaugh, 31, of his stepfather and grandmother. “They don’t mind it. We gradually stopped accommodating the meat eaters.” Making special dishes for those with dietary restrictions isn’t just about pacifying the squeaky wheel either. When one family member makes a change to their diet, it can have a ripple effect, particularly during the holidays when food is center stage. Eddie Garza, a sustainability coordinator for a real estate company in Dallas, said he became a vegan 10 years ago after growing up on the “typical American diet.” Over the years, he made it a point to educate his family about the health, environmental and ethical reasons for his lifestyle. And while there will still be a turkey on the table this year, a tofu alternative is now a staple too. In fact, Garza, 36, is bringing four Gardein-brand tofu alternatives to dinner because his relatives always end up eating some.

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France to send 1,000 troops to C. African Republic DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — France promised Tuesday to send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic amid warnings about the potential for genocide in the nearanarchic former French colony. Whether the French forces will save lives largely depends on how far the foreign soldiers venture outside the capital, Bangui, to the lawless provinces where mostly Muslim rebels have been attacking Christian villages, and Christian militias have recently launched retaliatory attacks. The French move comes less than a week after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned “the country is on the verge of genocide” and marks the second time this year that France has sent troops to a former colony in Africa. In January, thousands of French soldiers launched an offensive to free northern Mali’s major towns from the control of al-Qaida-linked militants. After that success, the French military is stepping up its efforts in Central African Republic, a lawless country in the heart of the continent. No other country is expected to take action if France, the former colonial power, doesn’t get involved, said Francois Heisbourg, a French analyst at the Foundation for Strategic Research think tank in Paris. “We are a prisoner of history and geography: This is our neighborhood, and yes, we have troops in the area for historical reasons,” Heisbourg said. “And given the humanitarian situation and the political pressure, there is no way we can avoid doing this.” However, it is not clear how much can be accomplished by 1,000 French troops in a country of 4.6 million people where many roads have not been repaved since independence in 1960. An international presence is needed given the limited capacity of Central African Republic’s own security forces, said Christian Mukosa, a researcher with the Africa division of Amnesty

International. “It’s really very important that the French don’t stay only in Bangui, but go to Bouca and other hot spots where currently there are serious human rights abuses and where populations are at risk,” he said. In the northwest town of Bouca, nun Angelina Santaguiliana said she lives in fear of a rebel attack on her Catholic mission. Already some 2,400 people have sought refuge there in the past week, crowding the floors of the church at night and taking shelter under trees on the mission’s yard. “If the French come to help with disarmament in our region, it will be a good thing, but if there is fighting it would make things worse,” she said by telephone Tuesday, with the sounds of children wailing in the background. More than 35,000 other people have sought refuge at another Catholic mission in Bossangoa, according to church officials there. Central African Republic’s current chaos started late last year when a number of rebel groups joined forces to form the coalition known as Seleka. In March the rebels overthrew the president of a decade and installed their leader in power. But rebel leaderturned-president Michel Djotodia now exerts little control over the renegade fighters in the provinces, most of whom are Muslim and who are accused of committing killings, torture and rape, and forcibly recruiting child soldiers. France has warned for months about the deteriorating security in Central African Republic, and its pledge follows warnings from the U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide who called the crisis in the country “one of the worst human rights and humanitarian crises of our time.” The conflict’s toll is difficult to determine as the most vicious attacks have taken place in remote villages. About 1 in 10 people have been displaced from their homes, according to international aid

AP PHOTO In this March 22 file photo, French soldiers arrive at Bangui airport in the Central African Republic. France will send 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic under an expected U.N.-backed mission to keep growing chaos at bay, the defense minister said Tuesday, boosting the French military presence in Africa for the second time this year.

group Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders. Details only trickle in when survivors make their way to safety and the insecurity in the region makes it impossible for aid groups to determine how many have died. And many of the rebels accused of committing atrocities have been integrated into the national army, rendering the country’s security forces unable to combat the cycle of violence. Reports of killings of civilians and looting emerged in Bangui soon after the rebel invasion in March. The crisis deepened several months later when the rebels began targeting the area of Bossangoa, the home region of ousted President Francois Bozize and many of his perceived supporters. Some villages have been completely decimated with homes burned to the ground. The Christian self-defense militias that emerged are also accused of attacking Muslim civilians, many of whom have suffered under the Seleka rebellion already.

In one attack documented by Human Rights Watch, fearful residents only came out of their houses when a local official reassured them it was safe to talk to the Seleka rebels. Five of those who did venture out were then tied together and grouped under a tree. The fighters shot them one by one, Human Rights Watch said. When one victim did not die, his throat was slit. A French defense official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the mission, has said its mandate would authorize troops to end such massacres and restore order throughout the country. France already has about 420 soldiers in the country, though they are based in the capital of Bangui and primarily provide security at the city’s airport. A regional peacekeeping mission also has helped patrol the capital and has a presence in a limited number of communities across the north. A plan to transform that regional effort into one

led by the African Union went into effect in August, but not all of the expected 3,000 troops are yet on the ground. The stepped up French deployment is envisioned as a “bridging force” until an African force is fully operational and France would take a backup role. French diplomats also circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling for additional support for the African Union-led mission. A copy obtained by The Associated Press indicates that they plan to deploy an African Unionled force in the Central African Republic for an initial period of six months to protect civilians and restore security. The draft would also authorize French forces, for a temporary period, “to take all necessary measures” to support the African Union-led mission. The French draft would also impose an embargo on all types of arms and ammunition to the Central African Republic, and a travel ban on individuals who under-

mine peace. France, a former colonial power in West Africa, has a greater military presence in the region than any other Western country, with thousands of troops in countries including Senegal, Chad, Ivory Coast and Gabon. At the height of this year’s operation in Mali, France had about 4,000 troops whose mission was to dislodge rebels and alQaida-linked militants who were advancing on the capital last winter. About 2,800 French soldiers are still there. Le Drian dismissed any comparisons between the Mali and CAR missions. “In Mali there was an attack of jihadists, terrorists who wanted to transform Mali into a terrorist state. This is a collapse of a country with a potential for religious clashes,” he said. “France has international responsibilities, is a permanent member of the Security Council, has history with Central African Republic, and the United Nations is asking us to do it.”

Police fire water cannon to disperse Egypt rallies CAIRO (AP) — Black-clad Egyptian police descended on two small anti-government rallies in Cairo on Tuesday and fired water cannons to disperse them, enforcing a controversial new law restricting protests. The heavy hand fueled a backlash among secular activists and liberals who accuse the military-backed government of accelerating down a path even more authoritarian than the Hosni Mubarak era. The scenes of protesters being dragged away and beaten, with dozens arrested, pitted security forces against secular youth activists, in a new front after months of a heavy — and far bloodier — crackdown on Islamists since the army’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Criticism came even from supporters of the new military-backed government, who warned that the new law will increase opposition and could push secular activists into a common cause with Islamists. The criticism presents a sharp challenge to the government: It threatens to break the loose coalition of secular and liberal politicians and revolutionary activists who gave key legitimacy to the military’s July 3 ouster of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president. That coalition argued that the military’s move, following massive anti-Morsi protests, was necessary for a democratic, secular Egypt, accusing Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood of subverting the hopes for change after Mubarak’s fall in 2011. Its factions backed the military and government — or at least remained silent — when security forces in August crushed pro-Morsi protest camps in a brutal crackdown that killed

hundreds. Now discontent is growing, particularly among young secular activists who led the antiMubarak uprising and are already mistrustful of the military. Many are further angered by the process of amending the Morsiera constitution, largely done behind closed doors, because it is likely to ensure greater powers for the military and the president. They believe the protest law aims to prevent criticism of the new document, due to be put to a public referendum in January. A day earlier, the powerful military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a speech to officers that political factions should stop pushing unrealistic demands and get in line behind the need to bring security in the country. Manal el-Tibi, a member of the state National Council for Human Rights, said that the interim government is creating “more enemies” and the law will only increase protests. “This has driven a wedge in the alliance” formed against Morsi, she said. “This is too much too soon.” The government claimed it took on recommendations from the rights council about the law, but el-Tibi said the body had urged authorities not to release it. To protest the crackdown, 10 members suspended their participation in the 50-member, government-appointed panel amending the constitution, saying they would not return until activists jailed Tuesday are freed. One of the day’s rallies took place outside the parliament building where the panel was meeting, forcing it to adjourn for the day. “The victim will be the panel and its work, and the ultimately

the country,” said Diaa Rashwan, the head of the journalist union and a member of the panel. “We object to the way the Interior Ministry has treated the protesters.” The government says the law is needed to restore security and rein in near daily protests by Morsi supporters demanding his reinstatement. The Islamist rallies have often descended into bloody clashes with security forces, leaving hundreds dead. The government’s message has a strong resonance among a public weary of constant protests and unrest. But critics say the law silences all dissent — effectively banning the sort of protests that ousted Mubarak and led to the removal of Morsi. It requires would-be protesters to get a permit for any gathering of more than 10 people days in advance from security officials, who can reject applications for a number of vague reasons. It imposes stiff fines and prison sentences on violators. Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Othman, a police spokesman, warned challenges to the law would not be tolerated, announcing the break-up of Tuesday’s protests. “This behavior is a challenge to the state and its prestige. The protesters want to embarrass the state,” he said on the private CBC TV channel. “But the state is capable…Any gathering without a permit will be dealt with according to the law.” Though there was no bloodshed, the scenes Tuesday recalled Mubarak-era crackdowns, when police would move fiercely to suppress even the smallest protests. Each of Tuesday’s rallies num-

bered about 100 people. The first was held in downtown Cairo to commemorate an activist — Gaber Salah, known by the nickname “Gika” — killed by police a year ago. Police quickly deployed and warned the group to disperse because it had no permit. When the protesters refused, the police opened up with water cannons, sending them running into side streets, said Rasha Azab, an activist at both of the day’s protests. Hours later, a similar group sprung up outside parliament, protesting an article in the constitution allowing military trials of civilians. “Down with military rule,” they chanted. Again, police gave a warning, then fired water cannons. At least 48 were arrested, including Mona Seif, who leads the anti-military trial movement, and others of the country’s most prominent youth activists. “They don’t want anyone in the streets any more. Not us, not the Islamists,” Azab told The Associated Press before she was detained in the second protest. “They want to bring us back” to before 2011. She and other activists say the military and security forces see the secular activists — with their demands for democratic reform — as a greater threat than the Brotherhood, which has been crippled by the crackdown of past months. On Tuesday, Islamists stayed largely out of the fray. They held small rallies that were not broken up by security forces. Ghada Shahbendar, a rights activist whose daughter was also among those detained, said girls had complained they were sexually harassed by police in deten-

tion, while others were beaten. Shahbendar said the timing of the law is “dubious” ahead of an election season, reflecting activist worries of a crackdown on dissent ahead of not only the constitutional referendum but also parliamentary and presidential elections due to follow. The police “don’t learn from (previous) lessons. The police state holds learning in contempt. They are bullish, arrogant. All they are for is oppressing people.” Another prominent liberal politician, Ehab el-Kharrat, of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party which is highly represented in the government, blasted the law and urged the interim president to reconsider it. Speaking on CBC, he said that under Morsi, the Brotherhood had mistakenly dismissed liberals as insignificant. “Now whoever thinks that the people will welcome repression will very soon discover their mistake.” International criticism of the protest law has also grown. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the law raises concerns. “We urge the interim government to respect individual rights and we urge that the new constitution protect such rights,” she said. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also deplored the new law. HRW’s deputy Middle East director, Joe Stork, warned the law would have “a further chilling effect” on the upcoming series of elections.


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Israel: 3 Palestinian suspects killed in raid

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said troops opened fire on two of the militants in their vehicle, which was found carrying explosive devices and two guns. The military said a third militant was killed in a gunfight that broke out with Israeli forces. Further details of the raid were not immediately available. The military said the operation, near the West Bank city of Hebron, was ongoing. The military said the militants were linked to a violent, ultra-conservative Islamist movement known as the Salafi Jihadis, which draw inspiration from alQaida. Militants tied to the movement are said to operate in the Gaza Strip and to a lesser extent the West Bank. The military said the movement has expanded its network in recent months and that arrests of other suspected militants took place earlier Tuesday in other areas of the West Bank. Such Israeli raids in the West Bank have been relatively rare since the end of the Palestinian uprising of the last decade. Still, the area has seen an uptick in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians in recent months, which has come as the sides are conducting peace talks. The violence has undermined the faltering negotiations.

Former hostages react to Iran’s nuclear deal McLEAN, Va. (AP) — To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear deal brokered by the U.S. and other world powers. The prolonged hostage crisis that began in 1979 gnawed at American emotions and touched off decades of animosity between the U.S. and a nation that had once been an ally. The latest deal has been touted as a trustbuilding endeavor, though some who endured captivity are skeptical. “It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again,” said Clair Cortland Barnes, now retired and living in Leland, N.C., after a career at the CIA and elsewhere. He sees the negotiations now as no more effective than they were for the Carter administration, when he and others languished. Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 83, called the deal “foolishness.” “My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said. “I don’t think today it’s any different from when I was there. None of them, I think, can be trusted. Why make an agreement with people you can’t trust?” Schaefer was a military attache in Iran who was among those held hostage. He now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife of more than 60 years, Anita, who also takes a dim view of the agreement: “We are probably not very Christianlike when it comes to all this,” she said. The weekend agreement between Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — is to temporarily halt parts of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and allow for more intrusive international monitoring of Iran’s facilities. In exchange, Iran gains some modest relief from stiff economic

sanctions and a pledge from Obama that no new penalties will be levied during the six months. The hostage crisis began in November 1979 when militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and seized its occupants. In all, 66 were taken hostage. Thirteen were released less than three weeks later in 1979; one was released in July 1980; the remaining 52 were released Jan. 20, 1981. To be sure, the former hostages have varying views. Victor Tomseth, 72, a retired diplomat from Vienna, Va., sees the pact as a positive first step. Tomseth, who was a political counselor at the embassy in Tehran in 1979, had written a diplomatic cable months before the hostage crisis warning about the difficulties of negotiation with the Iranians. Among other issues, Tomseth wrote that “the Persian experience has been that nothing is permanent and it is commonly perceived that hostile forces abound.” As a result, he wrote that Iranians are more likely to be preoccupied with the short-term gains of an agreement and to treat negotiations as adversarial. Still, he said in a phone interview Monday that it is possible to cut a mutually beneficial deal with them. “The challenge is Iranian society and politics is so fragmented that it’s difficult to reach a consensus,” he said — a problem that is also present in the U.S. He said he considers the deal “in a category of an initial confidence measure.” John Limbert, 70, of Arlington, who was a political officer held hostage during the crisis and later became deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran in 2009 and 2010, also supports the deal. He said he does not view it in terms of whether Iran can be trusted, but whether the regime recognizes that a deal is in its own interest.

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TODAY’S TIPS • BASEBALL: Troy Post 43 American Legion baseball will be sponsoring its monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Dec. 7. The dinner runs from 3-7 p.m. and will be held at the Post 43 Legion Hall on 622 S. Market St. in Troy. It features all the spaghetti you can eat plus a fresh salad bar, bread, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. • BASEBALL: The University of Dayton baseball program will host a holiday camp for players ages 7-12 Dec. 27-29 at the Fredericks Center on the UD campus. The cost is $115. For more information and a camp brochure, send an email to pvittorio1@ udayton.edu, or register online at daytonflyers.com by clicking the “baseball” and then “baseball camps” links. • WINTER SPORTS: Reserve and season tickets for the Covington High School boys basketball season are on sale. Those who held reserve seats last year may purchase their tickets from between 6-7, and those who did not hold reserve seats last year should come to the office between 7-7:30. Boys basketball reserve seat prices are $70 for adults and $40 for students, while season tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for students. Girls basketball season ticket prices are $60 for adults and $30 for students. The girls passes can be purchased in the high school athletic office. Winter sports passes for all junior high and high school regular season home events are also on sale in the high school office, with costs of $90 for adults and $50 for students. For more information, contact Athletic Director Roger Craft at (937) 473-2552. • SUBMIT-A-TIP: To submit an item to the Troy Daily News sports section, please contact Josh Brown at jbrown@civitasmedia. com or David Fong at dfong@civitasmedia. com.

OSU, Michigan went different ways after 2011 game COLUMBUS (AP) — A lot has happened in the two years since players from Ohio State and Michigan — the Buckeyes with their heads down, the Wolverines wildly celebrating — left the field at Michigan Stadium. After beating their rivals seven years in a row, the Buckeyes lost that 2011 game 40-34. At the time, it seemed as if the game might mark a tectonic shift for the two teams. Those were dark days for Ohio State, which had seven losses that season, its most since 1897. And the NCAA was about to levy sanctions

that would rock the program. Michigan, under first-year coach Brady Hoke, captured its 10th win and appeared to have recaptured its national prominence after the woeful era of Rich Rodriguez. That one game appeared to have marked a sea change for both of the storied programs. Or did it? The third-ranked Buckeyes have won almost every game since and are in the thick of the national championship chase under coach Urban Meyer, who has not lost on their sideline. “It is completely different. See GAME | 18

SATURDAY Boys Basketball Tecumseh at Troy (7:30 p.m.) New Bremen at Troy Christian (7:30 p.m.) Houston at Newton (7:30 p.m.) Girls Basketball Tippecanoe at Stebbins (2:30 p.m.) Troy Christian at Newton (noon) Tri-Village at Bethel (1:30 p.m.) Covington at Versailles (1 p.m.) New Knoxville at Lehman (1:30 p.m.) Hockey Troy at North Canton Hoover (at Kettering Rec) (8 a.m.) Alter at Troy (at Kettering Rec) (6 p.m.) Swimming Miami East, Troy Christian at Tippecanoe (6:30 p.m.) Lehman at LCC Invite (9 a.m.) Wrestling Troy, Miami East at Sidney Duals (9 a.m.) Lehman at Fenwick Invite (TBA)

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TROY — When they held the lead in the fourth quarter, the Troy Trojans had chances to put the game away. Once they’d fallen behind, the Trojans found ways to get back into it — but couldn’t get the lead back. In the end, a veteran Oakwood squad made clutch plays late when it needed to, holding off a scrappy — but extremely young — Troy team 35-30 Tuesday night at the Trojan Activities Center. “When you’ve got kids this young, you know you’re going to have ups and downs,” Troy girls basketball coach Nathan Kopp said. “No one likes to lose, but it’s important to learn from your mistakes and try to keep them from happening in the next game. “Our kids that are freshmen and sophoMONDAY mores and haven’t played that much, we’re Girls Basketball asking them to do a lot. It’s going to be Miami East at Troy (7:30 p.m.) Troy Christian at Mississinawa Valley (6 a baptism-under-fire kind of thing. And they’ll have to get it figured out.” p.m.) Early on, the Trojans (1-1) showed Piqua at Urbana (7:30 p.m.) they’ve got the talent to make things hapTUESDAY pen. Boys Basketball Junior Zechariah Bond — the only Troy at Springfield (7:30 p.m.) player on the team that isn’t a freshman or Tippecanoe at Piqua (7:30 p.m.) sophomore — knocked the opening tip to Milton-Union at Brookville (7:30 p.m.) a streaking Kennedi Kyzer for a lightningGirls Basketball Milton-Union at Twin Valley South (7:30 quick layup to put Troy up, and after one quarter the Trojans held a 7-3 edge. p.m.) Kyzer — the freshman who had a douNorthridge at Newton (7 p.m.) ble-double in the Trojans’ opening night Bowling win — scored six points by halftime, but Troy at Urbana (4 p.m.) the Lumberjills (1-2) began to claw their Tippecanoe at Northeastern (4 p.m.) way back into the game and trailed only Wrestling 12-10 at halftime. Miami East at Northwestern (TBA) Kyzer found Bailey Dornbusch open for Versailles/Northridge at Covington (6 3 early in the third quarter to give Troy p.m.) its biggest lead at 15-10, but the Jills answered with four 3s of their own in the third to claim a 22-18 heading into the fourth quarter. Bond (six points, seven rebounds) put back a missed free throw early in the fourth, then Sierra Besecker hit Kyzer for a score on an inbounds play to tie the score, but Oakwood retook the lead on a pair of free throws by Courtney Eggleston (11 points). Troy then had a one-and-one with a chance to tie the score but missed the front end, got the rebound and missed the putback — and Lauren Turner converted on the other end to put Troy down by four. If it were up to the players, Cincinnati already “To get better at something, sometimes would be playing big-name teams and getting a it’s about changing bad habits,” Kopp said. much better read on how good they are so early “In a win, maybe they’re not as noticeable in the season. when you do them, but in a game like this, Who would they prefer to play? those bad habits can get exposed. Bad hab“Ohio State,” forward Justin Jackson said. See HABITS | 18 “Michigan.”

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Troy freshman Kennedi Kyzer drives to the basket for two points Tuesday night against Oakwood at the Trojan Activities Center.

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller evades an Indiana defender in the snow Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

SPORTS CALENDAR TODAY No events scheduled THURSDAY No events scheduled FRIDAY Boys Basketball Centerville at Troy (7:30 p.m.) Butler at Tippecanoe (7:30 p.m.) Northwestern at Miami East (8 p.m.) Bradford at Bethel (8 p.m.) Wapakoneta at Piqua (7:30 p.m.) Hockey Troy at Maumee (at Kettering Rec) (10 a.m.)

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Troy’s Jenna Kaup pulls up for a 3 Tuesday against Oakwood.

CASSTOWN — Miami East knew it would have its hands full with a young Arcanum team Tuesday night — particularly after the Trojans rallied and nearly won on Saturday against another Cross County Conference favorite, giving Tri-Village a scare in a sevenpoint Arcanum loss. So the Vikings made sure there was no doubt from the start. The Miami East defense shut out Arcanum in the first quarter and helped the Vikings stake out a 30-0 lead before the Trojans even scored a point, and with four plays in double digits the Vikings (2-0, 1-0 CCC) cruised from there in a 58-23 victory in their home opener Tuesday. “Arcanum came in with a young roster, but we know they’re turning things around. They only lost to Tri-Village by seven on Saturday, so they could potentially finish anywhere between two and four in the league,” Miami East coach Preston Elifritz said. “We were able to capitalize by mixing it up on defense. We were able to hop on them early with some pressure.” Miami East led 16-0 after one quarter and 30-4 at the half before calling off the dogs. “We took the pedal off after a while. We’re still looking for consistency for all four quarters, but I’m not going to complain,” Elifritz said. Trina Current scored 14 points and added six rebounds and five assists to lead the Vikings offensively, Angie Mack scored 11 points, Ashley Current finished with 10 points and six rebounds and Ellie Gearhart chipped in 10 points. Miami East travels to Troy Monday for an inter-county rivalry battle. Arcanum — 23 Ross 1-0-2, Abner 2-2-6, Johnthy 1-0-3, O’Donnell 1-1-3, Kinzey 1-0-3, Deao 3-0-6. Totals: 9-3-23. Miami East — 58 Mack 5-0-11, Skidmore 1-0-2, Gardella 0-2-2, Gearhart 5-0-10, DeFord 3-0-6, Kindell 1-0-3, A. Current 5-0-10, T. Current 5-4-14. Totals: 25-6-58. Score By Quarters Arc 0 4 16 23 ME 16 34 44 58 3-point goals: Arcanum — Johnthy, Kinzey. Miami East — Mack, Kindell. Records: Arcanum 1-2, 0-1. Miami East 2-0, 1-0. Bradford 38, Covington 36

COVINGTON — Brooke Dunlevy made sure the Bradford Railroaders would be happy over the Thansgiving holiday. Happier than they’ve been in more than two decades. Dunlevy banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Bradford a stunning 38-36 victory over the host Covington Buccaneers — and the Railroader girls basketball team its first victory over their Cross County Conference rivals in 26 years. Bradford (2-1) held a one-point lead with 20 seconds left, but a pair of Cassidy Cain free throws put the Buccs up by one with 1.9 seconds left. Dunlevy caught a full-court pass and heaved up a 3 — and it went in for the win. Dunlevy finished with eight points, while Michayla Barga led the Railroaders with 13. Cain led Covington with 13 points, while Heidi Cron added eight. Versailles 59, Tippecanoe 52 VERSAILLES — Versailles held See VIKINGS | 18

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FOOTBALL National Football League All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 8 3 0 .727288 230 5 6 0 .455186 287 N.Y. Jets Miami 5 6 0 .455229 245 Buffalo 4 7 0 .364236 273 South W L T Pct PF PA 7 4 0 .636263 260 Indianapolis 5 6 0 .455250 245 Tennessee 2 9 0 .182142 324 Jacksonville 2 9 0 .182199 289 Houston North W L T Pct PF PA 7 4 0 .636275 206 Cincinnati 5 6 0 .455243 256 Pittsburgh 5 6 0 .455227 215 Baltimore 4 7 0 .364203 265 Cleveland West W L T Pct PF PA Denver 9 2 0 .818429 289 Kansas City 9 2 0 .818270 179 5 6 0 .455269 260 San Diego 4 7 0 .364213 269 Oakland NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 6 5 0 .545298 279 Philadelphia 6 5 0 .545276 260 4 7 0 .364213 280 N.Y. Giants 3 8 0 .273252 338 Washington South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 9 2 0 .818305 196 Carolina 8 3 0 .727258 151 Tampa Bay 3 8 0 .273211 258 Atlanta 2 9 0 .182227 309 North W L T Pct PF PA 6 5 0 .545286 277 Detroit 6 5 0 .545303 309 Chicago Green Bay 5 5 1 .500284 265 Minnesota 2 8 1 .227266 346 West W L T Pct PF PA 10 1 0 .909306 179 Seattle San Francisco 7 4 0 .636274 184 7 4 0 .636254 223 Arizona St. Louis 5 6 0 .455266 255 Thursday, Nov. 14 New Orleans 17, Atlanta 13 Sunday's Games Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26, OT Jacksonville 13, Houston 6 San Diego 41, Kansas City 38 St. Louis 42, Chicago 21 Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11 Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21 Baltimore 19, N.Y. Jets 3 Carolina 20, Miami 16 Tennessee 23, Oakland 19 Arizona 40, Indianapolis 11 Dallas 24, N.Y. Giants 21 New England 34, Denver 31, OT Open: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle Monday's Game San Francisco 27, Washington 6 Thursday, Nov. 28 Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. Oakland at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. New England at Houston, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 New Orleans at Seattle, 8:40 p.m. AP Top 25 The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: ...................................Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (56).......11-0 1,496 1 2. Florida St. (4).......11-0 1,444 2 3. Ohio St. ...............11-0 1,375 4 4. Auburn.................10-1 1,294 6 5. Missouri...............10-1 1,202 8 6. Clemson ..............10-1 1,196 7 7. Oklahoma St. ......10-1 1,177 11 8. Stanford.................9-2 1,002 10 9. Baylor ....................9-1 976 3 10. South Carolina ....9-2 960 12 11. Michigan St. ......10-1 929 13 12. Oregon ................9-2 731 5 13. Arizona St............9-2 690 19 14. Wisconsin ............9-2 684 16 15. LSU .....................8-3 642 18 16. Fresno St...........10-0 619 15 17. UCF.....................9-1 588 17 18. N. Illinois............11-0 470 20 19. Texas A&M ..........8-3 429 9 20. Oklahoma............9-2 386 22 21. Louisville............10-1 383 21 22. UCLA...................8-3 300 14 23. Southern Cal .......9-3 262 23 24. Duke ....................9-2 135 25 25. Notre Dame.........8-3 68 NR Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Mississippi 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, N. Dakota St. 1, Vanderbilt 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 23, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: ...................................Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (56).......11-0 1544 1 2. Florida State (6) ..11-0 1488 2 3. Ohio State ...........11-0 1428 3 4. Clemson ..............10-1 1289 6 5. Auburn.................10-1 1268 7 6. Missouri...............10-1 1243 8 7. Oklahoma State ..10-1 1225 9 8. Baylor ....................9-1 1009 4 9. South Carolina ......9-2 1003 11 10. Stanford...............9-2 981 12 11. Michigan State ..10-1 962 13 12. Oregon ................9-2 777 5 13. Fresno State......10-0 687 16 14. Wisconsin ............9-2 661 17 15. LSU .....................8-3 646 19 16. Louisville............10-1 603 15 17. Oklahoma............9-2 581 18 18. Arizona State.......9-2 574 22 19. Central Florida.....9-1 512 20 20. Northern Illinois .11-0 459 21 21. Texas A&M ..........8-3 410 10 22. UCLA...................8-3 257 14 23. Southern California9-3 210 25 24. Duke ....................9-2 203 24 25. Cincinnati.............9-2 47 NR Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 17; Minnesota 12; Texas 12; East Carolina 11; Georgia 8; Nebraska 7; Louisiana-Lafayette 6; Miami (Fla.) 6; Arizona 2; Vanderbilt 2. NCAA Division II Football Playoff Glance All Times EST First Round

Saturday, Nov. 23 Winston-Salem 27, Slippery Rock 20 West Chester 38, American International 7 Carson-Newman 37, Newberry 27 Grand Valley State 40, Saginaw Valley State 7 West Texas A&M 27, Indianapolis 14 North Alabama 30, Tuskegee 27 Minnesota-Duluth 55, Emporia State 13 St. Cloud State 40, Henderson State 35 Second Round Saturday, Nov. 30 Winston-Salem State (10-1) at Shepherd (10-0), Noon West Chester (11-1) at Bloomsburg (10-1), Noon Carson-Newman (10-2) at LenoirRhyne (10-1), Noon North Alabama (9-2) at North Carolina-Pembroke (9-1), Noon West Texas A&M (10-2) at Ohio Dominican (10-0), Noon Minnesota-Duluth (11-1) at Northwest Missouri State (11-0), 1 p.m. St. Cloud State (11-1) at Minnesota State-Mankato (11-0), 1 p.m. Grand Valley State (10-2) at Colorado State-Pueblo (11-0), 2 p.m. Quarterfinals Saturday, Dec. 7 TBD Semifinals Saturday, Dec. 14 TBD Championship Saturday, Dec. 21 At Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Ala. Noon NCAA Division III Football Playoff Glance All Times EST First Round Saturday, Nov. 23 Mount Union 34, Washington & Jefferson 20 Wittenberg 58, Lebanon Valley 17 Ithaca 20, Framingham State 17 Wesley 29, Johns Hopkins 24 Franklin 17, Washington (Mo.) 10 Hampden-Sydney 42, Maryville (Tenn.) 34 Hobart 34, Gallaudet 7 St. John Fisher 25, John Carroll 16 Rowan 24, Endicott 0 North Central (Ill.) 63, Albion 7 Wisconsin-Platteville 54, Concordia (Wis.) 20 Wartburg 41, Illinois Wesleyan 7 Bethel (Minn.) 70, St. Scholastica 13 Wisconsin-Whitewater 31, St. Norbert 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor 35, Redlands 7 Linfield 42, Pacific Lutheran 21 Second Round Saturday, Nov. 30 Mount Union (11-0) vs. Wittenberg (10-1) Ithaca (9-2) vs. Wesley (9-2) North Central (Ill.) (11-0) vs. Wisconsin-Platteville (10-1) Wartburg (9-2) vs. Bethel (Minn.) (110) Wisconsin-Whitewater (11-0) vs. Franklin (8-3) Hampden-Sydney (9-2) vs. Linfield (10-0) Hobart (10-0) vs. St. John Fisher (92) Rowan (9-2) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0) Quarterfinals Saturday, Dec. 7 Mount Union-Wittenberg winner vs. Ithaca-Wesley winner North Central (Ill.)-WisconsinPlatteville winner vs. Wartburg-Bethel (Minn.) winner Wisconsin-Whitewater-Franklin winner vs. Hampden-Sydney-Linfield winner Hobart-St. John Fisher winner vs. Rowan-Mary Hardin-Baylor winner Semifinals Saturday, Dec. 15 TBD Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl Friday, Dec. 20 At Salem Stadium Salem, Va. TBD, 7 p.m. NAIA Football Playoff Glance All Times EST First Round Saturday, Nov. 23 St. Francis (Ind.) 20, Faulkner 13 Cumberlands (Ky.) 56, St. Ambrose 28 Missouri Valley 38, Northwestern (Iowa) 13 Morningside 40, Rocky Mountain 21 Grand View 38, Ottawa (Kan.) 13 Tabor 14, Benedictine (Kan.) 13 Baker 10, Sterling 7 Carroll (Mont.) 38, Georgetown (Ky.) 28 Quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 30 TBD Semifinals Saturday, Dec. 8 TBD Championship Thursday, Dec. 21 At Barron Stadium Rome, Ga. TBD, 4:30 p.m. OHSAA Playoff Glance Division I Regional Finals (State Semifinals) Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 Home Team Listed First. Div. I state championship game is Sat., Dec. 7 (time TBA) Region 1 1 Lakewood St. Edward (11-1) vs. 2 Mentor (12-1) at University of Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Region 2 1 Hilliard Davidson (13-0) vs. 2 Cin. Archbishop Moeller (12-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium Division II State Semifinals Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 Home Teams Listed First. Div. II state championship game is either Thursday, Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 6 (time TBA) 1 Cle. Glenville (12-1) vs. 1 Medina Highland (13-0) at Parma Byers Field 3 Zanesville (13-0) vs. 1 Loveland (130) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium Division III State Semifinals Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 Home Teams Listed First. Div. III state championship game is either Thurs., Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 6 (time TBA) 1 Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Marion-Franklin (12-1) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium 2 Clyde (12-1) vs. 7 Trotwood-Madison (10-2) at Lima Stadium Division IV State Semifinals Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 Home Teams Listed First. Div. IV state championship game is either Thursday, Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 6 (time TBA) 3 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (9-4) vs. 8 Steubenville (9-4) at Canton Fawcett

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SPORTS ON TV TODAY MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Maui Invitational, fifth place game, teams TBD, at Lahaina, Hawaii 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Maui Invitational, third place game, teams TBD, at Lahaina, Hawaii 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NIT Season Tip-Off, semifinal, Alabama vs. Duke, at New York 10 p.m. ESPN — Maui Invitational, championship, teams TBD, at Lahaina, Hawaii NBA BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN — Miami at Cleveland NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. NBCSN — Boston at Detroit SOCCER 2:30 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, Copenhagen at Juventus FS1 — UEFA Champions League, Manchester United at Bayer Leverkusen

THURSDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN — Mississippi at Mississippi St. FS1 — Texas Tech at Texas GOLF 6:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Alfred Dunhill Championship, first round, at Mpumalanga, South Africa MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ESPN2 — Old Spice Classic, first round, Purdue vs. Oklahoma St., at Orlando, Fla. 2 p.m. ESPN2 — Old Spice Classic, first round, Butler vs. Washington St., at Orlando, Fla. 4:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Wooden Legacy, first round, Marquette at Cal St.-Fullerton 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Old Spice Classic, first round, Memphis vs. Siena, at Orlando, Fla. 7 p.m. NBCSN — Battle 4 Atlantis, first round, Xavier vs. Iowa, at Paradise Island, Bahamas 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Old Spice Classic, first round, LSU vs. Saint Joseph's, at Orlando, Fla. 9:30 p.m. NBCSN — Battle 4 Atlantis, first round, Tennessee vs. UTEP, at Paradise Island, Bahamas 11 p.m. ESPN2 — Wooden Legacy, first round, Creighton vs. Arizona St., at Fullerton, Calif. NFL FOOTBALL 12:30 p.m. FOX — Green Bay at Detroit 4:30 p.m. CBS — Oakland at Dallas 8:30 p.m. NBC — Pittsburgh at Baltimore PREP FOOTBALL 10 a.m. FS1 — Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) at St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) SOCCER 1 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Europa League, Tottenham at Tromso 3 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Europa League, Zulte Waregem at Wigan

THE BCS RANKINGS As of Nov. 24 Rk 1 1. Alabama 2 2. Florida St. 3. Ohio St. 3 5 4. Auburn 6 5. Missouri 6. Clemson 4 7. Oklahoma St. 7 8 8. Stanford 9 9. Baylor 10. South Carolina10 11. Michigan St. 11 12. Arizona St. 16 12 13. Oregon 14. N. Illinois 17 15. Wisconsin 15 16. Fresno St. 13 17. LSU 14 18. Oklahoma 19 20 19. UCF 18 20. Louisville 21. Texas A&M 21 22 22. UCLA 23. Southern Cal 23 24. Duke 24 25. Notre Dame 25

Harris Pts 2595 2494 2389 2139 2109 2148 2013 1759 1679 1620 1595 976 1284 936 1035 1206 1155 856 855 930 698 391 385 298 55

Pct .9981 .9592 .9188 .8227 .8112 .8262 .7742 .6765 .6458 .6231 .6135 .3754 .4938 .3600 .3981 .4638 .4442 .3292 .3288 .3577 .2685 .1504 .1481 .1146 .0212

Stadium 2 Kenton (13-0) vs.2 Clarksville ClintonMassie (12-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium Division V State Semifinals Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 Home Teams Listed First. Div. V state championship game is Sat., Dec. 7 (time TBA) 1 Akron Manchester (11-2) vs. 1 Cols. Bishop Hartley (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field 5 Coldwater (11-2) vs. 1 West Jefferson (12-1) at Piqua Alexander Stadium – Purk Field Division VI State Semifinals Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 Home Teams Listed First. Div. VI state championship game is either Thursday, Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 6 (time TBA) 1 Kirtland (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Bishop Ready (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field 5 Haviland Wayne Trace (12-1) vs. 4 Mechanicsburg (11-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field Division VII State Semifinals Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 Home Teams Listed First. Div. VII state championship game is Sat., Dec. 7 (time TBA) 1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (13-0) vs. 1 Glouster Trimble (13-0) at St. Clairsville Red Devil Stadium 3 Maria Stein Marion Local (13-0) vs. 8 Delphos St. John’s (9-4) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 6 8 .429 Philadelphia 6 9 .400 Boston 6 10 .375 Brooklyn 4 10 .286 New York 3 10 .231 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 11 3 .786 Atlanta 8 7 .533 Charlotte 7 8 .467 Washington 6 8 .429 Orlando 5 9 .357 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 13 1 .929 Chicago 6 7 .462 Detroit 6 8 .429 Cleveland 4 10 .286

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USA Today Pts Pct 1544 .9961 1488 .9600 1428 .9213 1268 .8181 1243 .8019 1289 .8316 1225 .7903 981 .6329 1009 .6510 1003 .6471 962 .6206 574 .3703 777 .5013 459 .2961 661 .4265 687 .4432 646 .4168 581 .3748 512 .3303 603 .3890 410 .2645 257 .1658 210 .1355 203 .1310 17 .0110

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Computer BCS Pct Avg Pv .970 .9881 1 .990 .9697 2 .920 .9200 3 .830 .8236 6 .810 .8077 8 .660 .7726 7 .720 .7615 10 .690 .6665 9 .640 .6456 4 .560 .6101 11 .500 .5780 13 .770 .5052 17 .490 .4950 5 .730 .4620 16 .510 .4448 19 .330 .4124 15 .260 .3737 22 .310 .3380 20 .350 .3364 18 .010 .2522 21 .140 .2243 12 .260 .1921 14 .250 .1779 23 .020 .0885 NR .170 .0674 NR

2 11 .154 10½ Milwaukee WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 13 1 .929 — Houston 10 5 .667 3½ Dallas 9 6 .600 4½ 7 7 .500 6 Memphis 6 8 .429 7 New Orleans Northwest Division W L Pct GB 13 2 .867 — Portland Oklahoma City 9 3 .750 2½ Denver 7 6 .538 5 Minnesota 8 8 .500 5½ Utah 2 14 .125 11½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 10 5 .667 — Golden State 9 6 .600 1 Phoenix 7 7 .500 2½ L.A. Lakers 7 8 .467 3 Sacramento 4 9 .308 5 Monday's Games Indiana 98, Minnesota 84 Boston 96, Charlotte 86 Miami 107, Phoenix 92 Detroit 113, Milwaukee 94 Houston 93, Memphis 86 Denver 110, Dallas 96 San Antonio 112, New Orleans 93 Utah 89, Chicago 83, OT Portland 102, New York 91 Tuesday's Games Washington 116, L.A. Lakers 111 Brooklyn 102, Toronto 100 Orlando 109, Atlanta 92 Golden State 102, New Orleans 101 Wednesday's Games Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Golden State at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Portland at Phoenix, 9 p.m. New York at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. The Top Twenty Five The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, 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 Pv 1. Michigan St. (56) ...6-0 1,616 1

2. Kansas (8).............4-0 1,559 2 3. Kentucky................4-1 1,445 4 4. Arizona ..................5-0 1,425 5 5. Oklahoma St. (1) ...4-0 1,347 7 6. Duke ......................5-1 1,285 6 7. Ohio St. .................4-0 1,206 8 8. Syracuse ...............4-0 1,161 9 9. Louisville................5-1 1,103 3 10. Wisconsin ............6-0 960 12 11. Gonzaga..............4-0 830 13 12. Wichita St. ...........5-0 809 14 13. UConn .................6-0 798 18 14. Oregon ................4-0 731 17 15. Florida .................4-1 729 16 16. North Carolina.....4-1 712 24 17. Iowa St. ...............4-0 521 21 18. Baylor ..................4-0 437 20 19. UCLA...................5-0 416 22 20. Creighton.............4-0 373 23 21. Memphis..............2-1 354 11 22. Michigan..............4-2 238 14 23. Iowa.....................5-0 197 — 24. UMass .................6-0 188 — 25. Marquette ............3-1 126 25 Others receiving votes: New Mexico 82, VCU 71, Florida St. 63, Virginia 61, Indiana 47, Boise St. 35, Charlotte 35, Belmont 31, Arizona St. 23, Harvard 22, Colorado 19, Villanova 16, Xavier 11, Pittsburgh 10, Missouri 8, Cincinnati 7, Tennessee 7, Minnesota 6, Illinois 2, George Washington 1, Georgetown 1, Texas A&M 1. Ballots Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/ USA Today Top 25 Poll The top 25 teams in the USA Today men's college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: ...................................Record Pts Pv 1. Michigan State (30)6-0 798 1 2. Kansas (2).............4-0 762 3 3. Arizona ..................5-0 722 4 4. Kentucky................4-1 672 5 5. Duke ......................5-1 639 6 6. Ohio State .............4-0 617 8 7. Syracuse ...............4-0 611 7 8. Oklahoma State ....4-0 593 9 9. Louisville................5-1 591 2 10. Gonzaga..............4-0 454 12 11. Wisconsin ............6-0 440 15 12. Wichita State .......5-0 405 16 13. Florida .................4-1 395 14 14. Connecticut .........6-0 337 18 15. Oregon ................4-0 327 17 16. North Carolina.....4-1 325 19 17. Baylor ..................4-0 213 21 18. Creighton.............4-0 199 23 19. Memphis..............2-1 194 11 20. Michigan..............4-2 185 13 21. UCLA...................5-0 156 24 22. Iowa State ...........4-0 151 NR 97 25 23. Iowa.....................5-0 78 10 24. VCU.....................4-2 72 22 25. Indiana ................5-1 Massachusetts 69; New Mexico 56; Marquette 42; Florida State 27; Virginia 24; Boise State 19; Pittsburgh 18; Arizona State 17; Colorado 13; California 12; Saint Mary's 10; Tennessee 9; Saint Louis 8; Charlotte 7; New Mexico State 7; Missouri 6; Utah State 5; Villanova 5; Belmont 4; Notre Dame 3; Providence 3; Harvard 2; Georgetown 1. Tuesday's College Basketball Scores EAST Albany (NY) 70, Rider 59 Baruch 61, Hunter 51 Bentley 89, S. New Hampshire 84 Boston College 75, Sacred Heart 67, OT Brooklyn 102, William Paterson 100, OT Buffalo 81, Robert Morris 66 CCSU 74, NJIT 71 Columbia 61, American U. 47 Drew 84, King's (Pa.) 73 E. Mennonite 91, Ferrum 85 Fordham 79, Manhattan 75 Hobart 85, Buffalo St. 83 McDaniel 57, Washington (Md.) 53 Mount St. Mary's 69, Bucknell 64 Navy 67, Md.-Eastern Shore 59 Penn 85, Niagara 66 Penn St. 84, Monmouth (NJ) 52 Plymouth St. 83, Castleton St. 80 Princeton 71, George Mason 66 St. John's 65, Longwood 47 St. Joseph's (LI) 68, Yeshiva 66, OT St. Peter's 70, Binghamton 57 Thiel 54, Penn St. Behrend 52 Towson 75, UMBC 60 UConn 76, Loyola (Md.) 66 Yale 79, Lafayette 76 MIDWEST Ashland 80, Seton Hill 75 Baldwin-Wallace 101, Olivet 89 Benedictine (Kan.) 72, Park 52 Bethel (Minn.) 75, Bethany Lutheran 63 Cardinal Stritch 91, Trinity (Ill.) 71 Carroll (Wis.) 67, Lake Forest 51 Cincinnati 79, Mass.-Lowell 49 Concordia (Mich.) 91, Aquinas 86, OT Crown (Minn.) 79, Macalester 74 Heidelberg 62, Albion 59 Hillsdale 76, Cedarville 59 Indiana 77, Evansville 46 Indiana Tech 54, Michigan-Dearborn 42 Loras 77, Wis.-Eau Claire 64 Madonna 74, Lourdes 66 Malone 92, Waynesburg 70 Milwaukee 89, Judson 56 Minn. St.-Moorhead 93, Jamestown 69 Missouri St. 54, Liberty 52 Northwestern Ohio 83, Davenport 81 Ohio 76, Mercer 67 Ripon 76, Beloit 60 Saginaw Valley St. 97, Grace Bible 73 Siena Heights 66, Adrian 53 St. John's (Minn.) 88, Wis.-River Falls 58 Valparaiso 85, UCF 70 W. Michigan 99, Oakland 88 Wartburg 77, Carleton 73 Wis.-Parkside 83, Minn. Duluth 70 Wis.-Whitewater 73, St. Norbert 62 SOUTH Anderson (SC) 84, Lincoln Memorial 79, OT Auburn 78, Tennessee St. 73 Belmont 102, Brescia 68 Berry 80, Columbia International 67 Brevard 95, Tusculum 73 Centre 84, Transylvania 75 Charleston Southern 105, Trinity Baptist 58 Christian Brothers 85, Harding 76, OT Colgate 98, Tulane 86 Cumberland (Tenn.) 89, Mid Continent 66 Dillard 47, Spring Hill 43 Georgetown (Ky.) 95, Martin Methodist 75 Georgia Tech 76, MVSU 59 Guilford 73, Randolph-Macon 71, OT Marshall 74, W. Kentucky 64 Middle Tennessee 80, Murray St. 62 Mississippi 84, NC A&T 50 NC Central 101, Barber-Scotia 46 NC State 82, Florida Gulf Coast 62 Nicholls St. 79, UTSA 73 North Florida 65, Savannah St. 61

Point (Ga.) 70, Bryan 65 SE Louisiana 62, W. Illinois 52 Spalding 76, Anderson (Ind.) 66 Tenn. Wesleyan 97, Milligan 90 Trevecca Nazarene 65, Ala.Huntsville 59 UNC Wilmington 72, Campbellsville 55 Virginia 69, Hampton 40 Virginia Tech 75, Furman 54 W. Carolina 78, Limestone 69 Wiley 66, Xavier (NO) 57 Wingate 73, Lenoir-Rhyne 59 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 60, Troy 53 Cent. Michigan 68, Texas A&M-CC 64 Concordia-Austin 95, Schreiner 80 North Texas 84, Incarnate Word 67 SMU 72, Sam Houston St. 53 Southwestern (Texas) 62, Mary Hardin-Baylor 58 Stephen F. Austin 98, Samford 78 Texas A&M 88, Ark.-Pine Bluff 55 Texas A&M-Kingsville 79, St. Edward's 69 UALR 90, S. Arkansas 58 TOURNAMENT CBE Hall of Fame Classic Third Place Texas 77, DePaul 59 Cancun Challenge-Mayan First Round Bowling Green 67, Presbyterian 45 Oral Roberts 67, Georgia Southern 65 Cancun Challenge-Riviera First Round West Virginia 78, Old Dominion 60 Wisconsin 63, Saint Louis 57 EA Sports Maui Invitational Semifinals Syracuse 92, California 81 Consolation Bracket Arkansas 87, Minnesota 73 Gonzaga 113, Chaminade 81 Gulf Coast Showcase Semifinals Louisiana Tech 103, Ill.-Chicago 78 St. Bonaventure 70, Wagner 67 Consolation Bracket S. Illinois 67, Stetson 48 San Diego 83, UNC Greensboro 71 Progressive Legends Classic Third Place Texas Tech 76, Houston 64 Progressive Legends-Brookings Third Place Texas Southern 63, Howard 54 The Women's Top Twenty Five The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, 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 Pv 1. UConn (36)............8-0 900 1 2. Duke ......................5-0 864 2 3. Tennessee .............5-0 799 3 4. Louisville................6-0 779 4 5. Notre Dame...........4-0 750 5 6. Stanford.................4-1 719 6 7. Kentucky................6-0 701 7 8. Maryland ...............4-1 634 8 9. Baylor ....................6-0 630 9 10. Nebraska .............5-0 511 11 11. North Carolina.....4-1 476 12 12. Texas A&M ..........3-0 465 13 13. Penn St................3-1 458 14 14. Colorado..............4-0 365 16 15. LSU .....................4-1 360 15 16. Purdue.................4-0 304 18 17. South Carolina ....6-0 294 19 18. Oklahoma............3-2 285 10 19. Oklahoma St. ......5-0 275 20 20. California .............3-2 236 17 21. Michigan St. ........4-1 213 21 22. Georgia ...............5-0 192 23 23. Iowa St. ...............4-0 190 22 24. Gonzaga..............3-1 105 24 25. DePaul.................3-0 103 25 Others receiving votes: Iowa 24, Florida St. 17, UCLA 17, Dayton 6, Arkansas 5, Georgia Tech 5, Marquette 4, West Virginia 4, Texas 3, Middle Tennessee 2, BYU 1, Bowling Green 1, James Madison 1, Syracuse 1, UTEP 1.

HOCKEY National Hockey League All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA 24 16 6 2 34 68 46 Boston Tampa Bay 24 15 8 1 31 72 61 Toronto 24 14 9 1 29 66 60 25 11 7 7 29 63 70 Detroit 24 13 9 2 28 64 51 Montreal Ottawa 24 9 11 4 22 68 77 25 7 13 5 19 56 81 Florida 25 5 19 1 11 44 79 Buffalo Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA 25 15 9 1 31 72 58 Pittsburgh Washington 24 12 10 2 26 72 68 N.Y. Rangers 24 12 12 0 24 48 59 New Jersey 24 9 10 5 23 50 58 24 9 10 5 23 49 67 Carolina Philadelphia 23 10 11 2 22 50 56 Columbus 24 9 12 3 21 62 71 N.Y. Islanders 24 8 13 3 19 68 82 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 25 17 4 4 38 92 71 St. Louis 23 17 3 3 37 82 50 Colorado 22 17 5 0 34 69 45 Minnesota 25 15 6 4 34 64 58 Dallas 23 12 9 2 26 67 68 Nashville 24 12 10 2 26 56 69 Winnipeg 26 11 11 4 26 69 76 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 27 17 7 3 37 83 71 San Jose 23 15 3 5 35 79 52 Los Angeles 25 16 6 3 35 67 53 Phoenix 24 14 6 4 32 80 78 Vancouver 26 12 9 5 29 67 68 Calgary 23 8 11 4 20 64 84 Edmonton 25 7 16 2 16 65 89 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. \Monday's Games Boston 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Columbus 6, Toronto Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 1 Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Rangers 0 Florida 3, Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 3, Minnesota 0 Nashville 4, Phoenix 2 Chicago 5, Edmonton 1 Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2, OT Tuesday's Games Dallas 6, Anaheim 3 Wednesday's Games Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Carolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Thursday's Games Vancouver at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m.


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Habits From page 16 its can be hard to break, but we’ve got to learn.” Oakwood led by as many as seven at 31-24, but Bond knocked down a 3 and Jenna Kaup (six points) later nailed a long 3 that cut the lead to 33-30 with 2.2 seconds on the clock. Troy, out of timeouts and needing to stop the clock, tried to delay the game, but the officials called a technical foul instead and the Jills converted. “Down seven with one minute left, the girls get it down to three and then do exactly what we asked them to — you can’t ask for more out of them in that situation,” Kopp said. Kyzer finished with a game-high 13 points and six rebounds. Turner led the Jills with 12 points and seven rebounds. On the night, Troy was 11 for 45 from the field — including 5 for 29 from 2-point range. The Trojans also went 2 for 10 from the free throw line, while Oakwood was 9 for 13. “I thought we had some good looks inside,” Kopp said. “You’re not going to win too many games when you go 11 for 45. But we’ll try to learn from

our mistakes for next time.” Troy continues its homestand to begin the season Monday when it hosts Miami East. Oakwood — 35 Kinsey Barhorst 0-00, Anna Lauterbach 0-0-0, Madison Teeters 0-0-0, Anne Whalen 0-11, Taylor Jervis 2-0-5, Georgie Murdock 2-0-5, Courtney Eggleston 3-411, Kathleen Rieger 0-00, Lauren Turner 4-4-12. Totals: 11-9-35. Troy — 30 Jenna Kaup 2-0-6, Sierra Besecker 0-0-0, Maddy Taylor 0-0-0, Bailey Dornbusch 1-0-3, Kennedi Kyzer 5-1-13, Bailey Hess 1-0-2, Kayla Niswonger 0-0-0, Drezenee Smith 0-0-0, Zechariah Bond 2-1-6. Totals: 11-2-30. Score By Quarters OWood 3 10 22 35 Troy 7 12 18 30 3-point go a l s : Oakwood — Jervis, Murdock, Eggleston 2. Troy — Dornbusch, Kyzer 2, Bond. Records: Oakwood 1-2. Troy 1-1. JV Score: Troy 25, Troy’s Zechariah Bond drives against an Oakwood defender Tuesday. Oakwood 22.

Vikings From page 16 a slim three-point lead over the Tippecanoe Red Devils after three quarters Tuesday, and the Tigers (2-1) were able to hold off the fourth-quarter rally to claim a 59-52 victory in the Devils’ season opener. Tippecanoe’s (0-1) big three all were in double figures. Halee Printz led all scorers with 19 points, Carly Clodfelter added 13 and Chelsea Clawson scored 10. But Rachel Kremer hit five 3-pointers and led Versailles with 17 points — one of three Tigers in double digits. Tippecanoe travels to Stebbins Saturday to open Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play. Tri-Village 42, Newton 34 PLEASANT HILL — TriVillage exploded for 20 points in the fourth, rallying from a six-point deficit entering the quarter for a 42-34 victory over Newton Tuesday in Cross County Conference play. “We had it,” Newton coach Neal Hans said. “We had an eight-point lead in the fourth

quarter. We just missed too many layups and too many free throws down the stretch.” Megan Rutledge led the Indians (0-3, 0-1 CCC) with 10 points, Madison Mollette added eight and Trelissa Lavy scored seven. Newton hosts Troy Christian Saturday. Tri-Village — 42 Brown 4-3-11, Mikesell 0-1-1, Falknor 2-5-9, Downing 2-0-5, Ferris 2-4-8, Miller 1-0-3, Berner 2-0-5. Totals: 13-13-42. Newton — 34 Tebics 1-0-2, Lavy 3-1-7, Mollette 3-2-8, Sweitzer 2-0-4, Rutledge 4-2-10, Wise 1-1-3. Totals: 14-6-34. Score By Quarters T-V 8 14 22 42 Newton 6 14 28 34 3-point goals: Tri-Village — Downing, Miller, Berner. Newton — none. Records: Newton 0-3. F. Monroe 55, Bethel 33 BRANDT — Franklin Monroe took a double-digit lead on Bethel by half and never looked back in a 55-33 victory Tuesday evening in Cross County Conference play. The Bees were led Jill Callaham with 14 points and Brianne Whetstone with eight in the loss. Bethel (0-2, 0-1) will host Tri-Village on Saturday. Franklin Monroe — 55 Byers 4-5-13, Bingham 1-4-6, Lucas 1-4-6, Booher 10-6-26, Jeffers 1-0-2, Eley 1-0-2. Totals: 18-19-55. Bethel — 33 Whetstone 3-2-8, Callaham 5-4-14, Grable 1-0-2, Ellish 0-24, Schmidt 2-1-5, Floyd 1-0-2. Totals: 12-9-33. Score By Quarters FM 14 24 37 55 Bethel 4 9 19 33 3-point goals: Franklin Monroe — none. Bethel — none. Records: Bethel 0-2, 0-1.

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Bearcats prep with easy win CINCINNATI (AP) — If it were up to the players, Cincinnati already would be playing bigname teams and getting a much better read on how good they are so early in the season. Who would they prefer to play? “Ohio State,” forward Justin Jackson said. “Michigan.” Instead, the Bearcats’ easy opening stretch is giving them a chance to work on things that will help them down the line. Justin Jackson had his second career double-double on Tuesday night, and Cincinnati’s defense forced 28 turnovers in a 79-49 victory over Massachusetts Lowell. It was a night for the Bearcats (5-0) to work on their full-court defense. They had a season-high 49 deflections, swatting at every pass the River Hawks (0-6) made on either side of the court. “We’re pretty pleased,” said Sean Kilpatrick, who had 18 points in only 23 minutes. “We’ve been harping throughout practice about just playing with our heads, trying to go with the pick-and-rolls. “We’re pretty fast with our feet, but there’s always a ball that goes over our heads because we don’t have our hands in place. We tried to get as many deflections as we could today.” Jackson had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as Cincinnati dominated inside. The forward was coming off his best game — a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks during an 81-62 win over Campbell last Wednesday.

AP photo Dayton guard Vee Sanford, right, puts up a shot over Baylor forward Rico Gathers, left, as Baylor guard Brady Heslip (5) looks on in the first half at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii. Dayton led No. 18 Baylor 59-51 with 6:25 to play at time of press.

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really strong team that is getting better every week. The confidence is through the roof.” Meanwhile, Hoke is dealing with yet another late-season swoon and the maize and blue have more doubters than believers. Will Saturday’s 110th edition of The Game flip things yet again? It was a nadir for Ohio State back in 2011. A season of innuendo, defections and investigations had resulted in the forced departure of coach Jim Tressel earlier that season. He was dismissed for failing to disclose that several of his players had most likely received

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improper benefits from the subject of a federal drug probe. Defensive assistant Luke Fickell took over a team that was weakened further when three-year starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor jumped to the NFL. The rudderless Buckeyes were hanging on, winners of six of their 11 games, heading into the annual joust with the Wolverines. Freshman quarterback Braxton Miller overthrew a wide-open DeVier Posey in the final minute for what could have been a game-winning 76-yard touchdown. “It was heartbreaking,” safety C.J. Barnett said. “We let the great state of Ohio down.” A month later, Ohio

State hired Meyer, an Ohio native who had spent a year as an ESPN analyst after winning two national titles at Florida. He didn’t coach in the bowl game, which Ohio State lost in a final bit of irony to Florida 24-17. Since then, Meyer and the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) have played 23 games and won them all — a school record. Meanwhile, Michigan has fallen off its perch. “This is a big game for us and for this program,” Michigan senior defensive tackle Mike Martin had said after the signature victory against the Buckeyes in 2011. “For us to take this step as a team is huge and it’s something we’re never going to forget, these fans, and

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this fan base is never going to forget.” If not forgotten, that victory certainly has faded. Soon after the Ohio State win, Hoke’s club beat No. 17 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, but has gone 15-9 since. That includes a 26-21 loss to the Buckeyes a year ago. This year, the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) climbed to No. 11 after opening with five wins. Since then, they’ve had dramatic upticks and lulls in production on offense. They’ve offered up yards and points on defense and, unlike almost Michigan teams in memory, have been unable to run for positive yardage. The fans are restless. There are murmurs that Hoke isn’t recruiting or coaching up to the stratospheric standards set by the likes of Bo Schembechler, Fielding Yost and Fritz Crisler. Some of the Michigan players remember what it was like not so long

ago. “Really, what I loved was seeing the look on those seniors’ faces as they walked off, how excited they were and happy they were to beat Ohio that year,” said cornerback Courtney Avery, who sealed the 2011 victory with an interception of Miller with 39 seconds left. “I’m just hoping and working so our senior class can walk off with the same excitement.” The Wolverines will send 18 seniors out for the final time at The Big House on Saturday. Might they do something to stop Ohio State’s juggernaut and create another shift? Maybe. But Ohio State’s Bennett likes where his team is this time around. “It’s a good feeling to know we are going back there and we have some momentum behind us,” he said. “I’m not going to say anything to get in trouble. But it will be a fun game to get a W at their place.”

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Black Friday History... For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping --even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Black is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States -falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off -except those working in retail. The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and

black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet. Why did it become so popular? As retailers began to realize they could draw big crowds by discounting prices,

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Black Friday became the day to shop, even better than those last minute Christmas sales. Some retailers put their items up for sale on the morning of Thanksgiving, or email online specials to consumers days or weeks before the actual event. The most shopped for items are electronics and popular toys, as these may be the most drastically discounted. However, prices are slashed on everything from home furnishings to apparel. Black Friday is a long day, with many retailers opening up at 5 am or even earlier to hordes of people waiting anxiously outside the windows. There are numerous doorbuster deals and loss leaders – prices so low the store may not make a profit - to

entice shoppers. Most large retailers post their Black Friday ad scans, coupons and offers online beforehand to give consumers time to find out about sales and plan their purchases. Other companies take a different approach, waiting until the last possible moment to release their Black Friday ads, hoping to create a buzz and keep customers eagerly checking back for an announcement. More and more, consumers are choosing to shop online, not wanting to wait outside in the early morning chill with a crush of other shoppers or battle over the last most-wanted item. Often, many people show up for a small number of limited-time “door-buster” deals, such as

large flat-screen televisions or laptops for a few hundred dollars. Since these coveted items sell out quickly, quite a few shoppers leave the store empty handed. The benefit of online shopping is that you will know right away if the MP3 player you want is out of stock, and can easily find another one without having to travel from store to store. Also, many online retailers have pre-Black Friday or special Thanksgiving sales, so you may not even have to wait until the big day to save. So, there you have it - the Black Friday history behind the best shopping day of the year!

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Top Five Toys of 2013 Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of November, which means that kids are soon to start filling their Christmas lists with all the latest toys. The holiday season is an important time for retail companies as consumers flock to stores and stock up on gifts for friends and family. It’s a major benchmark for stores like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target, but it’s just as important for the companies making the products. With that in mind, here’s a look at the toys, games and gadgets that are expected to drive big business in the next couple of months. Ever After High dolls After the success of its Monster High dolls, Mattel decided to expand into the realm of fairy tales with Ever After High. Featuring characters like Apple White, Hunter Huntsman and Madeline Hatter, the line features the children of popular fairy tale characters and casts them in a high school setting. The dolls are divided into Royals, who are destined to lived happily ever after, and Rebels, who want to change their destinies. Ever After High dolls can be pre-ordered for about $20.

Minion Dave talking action figure DreamWorks’ Despicable Me 2 was one of the biggest boxoffice hits of the year, pulling in more than $350 million this summer. So it’s no surprise that the movie has spawned a line of popular toys. There are a variety of Despicable Me toys out there — everything from small figures to Despicable Me Monopoly — but the big-ticket item for this Christmas are the collector’s edition toys. The minions, in particular are expected to sell fast, like the Minion Dave Talking Action Figure. It’s pricey for an action figure, retailing for as much as $70, but it has plenty of features to justify that expense. The figure comes with talking-sound effects, changeable expressions, fart sounds and — the real selling point — “super fart sounds.” Disney’s Infinity game Video games do big business in the fourth quarter, and Disney is looking to double up on the spike in video game and toy sales with its Disney Infinity game. Infinity, released earlier this year, is a video game that uses toys with near-field commu-

nication technology. The toys show up in the game, which means if you want to play as, say, Buzz Lightyear, you have to buy the Buzz Lightyear toy first. It’s a great method for extortion profit-making, first pioneered by Activision’s Skylanders series of video games. Speaking of which, the latest Skylanders game, Skylanders: SWAP Force, was set to release on Oct. 13, and should be another Christmas hit. Disney Infinity retails for around $60, and SWAP Force will release at $75; both include starter toys, and are available across multiple platforms. PlayStation 4 and XBox One Most eyes in the video game industry will be on Microsoft and Sony after they release their next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The new consoles are upgrades of systems that have been around for more than six years, which means gamers are eager for new specs, better graphics and (hopefully) improved game play. Both consoles are boasting wide catalogs of launch titles, including entries from Activision, Electronic Arts and others.

The Playstation 4 released Friday for about $400, while the Xbox One will launch Nov. 22 for around $500. Imaginext Batcave Superheros never go out of style, and Mattel is looking to capitalize on that with the next Imaginext Batcave through its Fisher-Price brand. The Batcave spans multiple levels (with an elevator for conve-

nient travel) and includes Batman and Robin figures. Kids (or Batman-obsessed adults) can monitor the Joker on the Batcomputer, fly around in the Batwing glider and even drive Batman around on the Batcycle. The Batcave retails for about $40 and does not come with superpowers.

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How Christmas is celebrated around the world brought to neighbors and friends. Christmas Traditions in Ghana, South Africa “AďŹ shapaâ€? Christmas in Ghana has always been for us one of the most important and joyous religious festivals. It lasts for many days in all parts of the country. It is the time for beautiful Christmas music on the streets, on radio, television, and everywhere. As a religious celebration the churches start preparing many months before December 25th. The preparations are so intense that one really feels as if the whole country is actually preparing for the birth of the baby Jesus. Christmas in Ghana is the time when relatives and friends visit each other from town to town and from village to village in all regions of the country regardless of their Religious Persuasion. One may see people in cars, buses, and Lorries brightly decorated with Christmas themes traveling all over the place with the usual Ghanaian Joy. Many people try to at least get home by Christmas Eve to visit the Ancestral home and to visit with families and friends. The traditional Christmas Eve Dinner consists either of a specially cooked rice and goat or chicken stew or soup and is eaten before the Annual Christmas Worship Service and all friends and relatives as well as strangers are invited. The food consumed at the Christmas Day dinners may include rice, chicken, goat, lamb, and fruits of various kinds. There may be mangoes, oranges, pawpaw or cashew fruits. The families always brightly decorate the houses with beautiful paper ornaments specially made for the occasion. A tree in the center of the courtyard is also decorated. It may be a mango tree or a guava tree or a cashew tree. Usually the children and the young people in each family do this. Not only homes but also schools and neighborhoods are brightly decorated with colorful crepe paper while we look forward to the Christmas Eve Services at the various churches. After the service there is usually a joyous procession through the streets led by local bands and Christmas Revelers which is joined by all. The dancing in the streets may continue till the wee hours of the morning. The gala mood continues night after night for a long time. On Christmas Day everyone returns to the church in his or her ďŹ nest new clothes and the churches are generally full. At the church we hear again the story of the ďŹ rst Christmas in all the ethnic languages along with the singing of traditional carols in our own ethnic languages reminding us of the meaning of the blessed birth of the baby Jesus. After the Christmas service young people receive special gifts such as special imported chocolate, special cookies, and special crackers. They are told that the gifts come from Father Christmas, (a carry over from the colonial days). The young may also receive new clothes and perhaps new shoes or a diary or a book. Meanwhile, throughout the celebration, everyone is greeted with the special Akan greeting word, “AďŹ shapa,â€? meaning Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Japan The Japanese decorate their stores and homes with greens. The only part of Christmas that they celebrate is the giving of gifts. HOTEIOSHA the priest is like our Santa Claus, and he brings the children their presents. Mexico Mexico calls Christmas Navidad. They celebrate Christmas for nine days with Las Pasdas. It is a time where people dress as Mary and Joseph, traveling from house to house asking if Mary may stay the night. They are told the is full. After which the door opens back up and all are invited in for a party with food, songs, and for the children a Pinata. The Pinata is made of paper mache and ďŹ lled with all kinds of goodies. The object is to break it open with your eyes blindfolded. After which the children all dive for all the goodies they can pick up. On the ninth night they are told yes there is room for Mary in the stable and all come in for food and after all go to Church to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. The Netherlands Santa is known as Sinterklaas, and he came to Sweden originally by boat, setting out on December 6th from Spain. He makes his gift deliveries by horseback. The children leave their shoes out, ďŹ lled with hay and sugar for Sinterklaas’ horse. In the morning they ďŹ nd their shoes ďŹ lled with candy and nuts. When Sinterklaas appears to the children, he takes the form of their father or a favorite male relative. North Pole Santa and his helpers are getting ready to deliver gifts to the children of the world. POLAND From Christmas to New Years the streets are lined with lovely stalls called, JOSELKI, each

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one is carefully painted with scenes from the Christmas story. The booths are elaborately decorated in tinsel and lighted candles. Spain The children of Spain leave their shoes on the windowsills ďŹ lled with straw, carrots, and barley for the horses of the Wise Men, who they believe reenact their journey to Bethlehem every year. One of the wise men is called Balthazar, who leaves the children gifts. They call Christmas Eve Nochebuena, and families gather together to rejoice and share a meal around the Nativity scene. Sweden The Swedish people call Santa tomte, and see him as a gnome who comes out from under the oor of the house or barn carrying his sack of gifts for them. He rides in a sleigh drawn by a goat.Santa Lucia day, the oldest daughter wears a wreath of seven candles on her head and servers a special meal of ham, ďŹ sh, and rice pudding. God Jul! On Saint Lucia’s Day, December 13, in the ďŹ rst light of dawn the oldest daughter of the house dresses in a white robe and places a ring of candles in her hair. It is then her job to wake the rest of the family and serve them coffee, buns, and cookies. JULKAPP is another custom, in Sweden. a present is wrapped in many layers of paper and then someone knocks on the door to a house and they leave the gift their. The longer it takes for the present to be opened the better the JULKAPP. Russia Russia has someone named Babouschka, who would bring gifts for the children. The tradition says that she failed to give food and shelter to the three wise men and so she now searches the countryside searching for the baby Jesus, visiting all children giving gifts as she goes. Santa was known as Saint Nicholas but today is called Grandfather Frost, wearing a blue outďŹ t instead of red. The Russians use to celebrate Christmas with great joy and happiness before the Revaluation of 1917. They used to stroll up and down the streets with stars on the end of sticks that they called Stars of Bethlehem. The people went to church services and shared a special meal at home. After the Revaluation the Soviet Government banned Christmas. What the Russians do today is celebrate New Years Day with a special tree decorated like we do ours for Christmas and they have a New Years Day Children’s party. The children join hands and sing songs as they walk around the tree. They wait for DYET MOROZ Grandfather Frost, and his helper SYYEGORACHKA The Snow Maiden to bring them their gifts. Switzerland Santa Claus is called CHRISTKIND, the Christ Child coming to bring gifts to the children dressed in all white with a golden crown, He is helped by Saint Nicholas.

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Belgium The children there believe it is kindly Saint Nicholas who brings them their presents. They also believe he rides a horse so they leave him hay and carrots and water for the horse just outside the house on December 6. Canada/U.S. Christmas trees are decorated and stockings are hung on the ďŹ replace for Santa Claus to ďŹ ll with gifts. Cards and gifts are exchanged with friends and relatives. Children put on pageants and go caroling. China The Christians in China light their homes with beautiful paper lanterns. Santa is called Dun Che Lao Ren. The children hang stockings just as we do. CZECHS They serve a very large and delicious dinner with many courses. Courses are like a appetizer, followed by soup, then a salad, then maybe the ďŹ rst meat dishes, and so on till the dessert is served. They serve this meal on Christmas Eve and it does not matter how big the family is, there is always a place set at the table that is set for the Christ Child. Denmark Santa is known as Julemanden and he arrives in a sleigh pulled by reindeer with a sack full of gifts. Danish children know the elves as Juul Nisse, and believe that they live in the attics of their homes. Instead of cookies and glasses of milk, they leave rice pudding and saucers of milk out for them. England From England we have acquired several customs. The ďŹ rst is the use of Christmas trees. This was made popular during the rein of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Albert came from the country of Germany and missed his native practice of bringing in trees to place on the tables in the house, therefore one Christmas the royal couple brought a tree inside the Palace and decorated it with apples and other pretty items. The second custom is what is known as Boxing Day. It is celebrated the ďŹ rst weekday after Christmas. What this means is that small wrapped boxes with food and sweets, or small gifts, or coins are given to anyone who comes calling that day. Santa is known as Father Christmas, wearing long red robes and had sprigs of holly in his hair. Instead of mailing out their christmas list, children throw it into the ďŹ replace and Father Christmas reads the smoke. England is also where the tradition of hanging stockings by the chimney began, due to the fact that Father Christmas once accidentally dropped some gold coins on his way down the chimney which got caught in a drying stocking. Another interesting thing is that instead of opening up their gifts as soon as they wake up, English children wait until the afternoon. France Santa is known as Pere Noel. He is accompanied by Pre Fouettard who keep track of who has been good or bad for Pere Noel. In some parts of France, Pere Noel brings small gifts in the beginning of December (Dec 6) and comes back to deliver more on Christmas. In France the children get to open their gifts on Christmas, but the parents and other adults have to wait until New Years. In France the children place there shoes by the ďŹ re place in hopes that le Pere Noel/Father Christmas of le Petit Jesus/Little Jesus will place gifts for them. They also have dinner at midnight on December 24 this is called Le Reveillon. They have a cake called La Buche de Noel that is served after the dinner. Tiny clay ďŹ gures are used in the Christmas Crèches, Mangers. These ďŹ gures are most unique as they are dressed in what is popular in provincial clothing that year. The ďŹ gures are Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the Wise Men, the Shepherds, and Angels. Italy It Italy, the main exchange of gift doesn’t occur until January 6th, the day traditionally believed that the Wise Men reached the baby Jesus. Italy has La Befana who brings gifts to for the good and punishment for the bad. She is the same character as Russia’s Babouschka who refused to give the Wise Men food and shelter. The nativity scene may have ďŹ rst been set up by Saint Francis of Assisi. This ďŹ rst one was set up in a cave outside of a village and the villagers were so impressed by the display that now many of the communities compete for the best nativity. India Houses are decorated with strings of mango leaves. Lights are place on the window sills and walls and a star is hung outside. A sweet holiday treat is made called thali and it is

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It’s a Face Off ! Black Friday versus Cyber Monday!

We’re living in the middle of a sea change in commerce, and in response to the big Black Friday sales events, online retailers have retaliated with aggressive discounts on “Cyber Monday,” which started as online sales offered on the Monday after Thanksgiving. (Black Friday started as a huge sale day on the Friday after Thanksgiving). So assuming that you weren’t born to shop on both days, then when is the better time to shop, on Black Friday or on Cyber Monday? Is it more fun and economical to go to the Atlantic Center Mall or Kings Plaza or the Fulton Mall on “Black Friday” in Brooklyn? Or sit out the sales and wait till Cyber Monday? Hmmmmm..... it would be a bargain shoppers dilemma. Except, as even Time Maga-

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made

zine points out, Cyber Monday has morphed into Black Friday. Sales began even before Thanksgiving. Call it huge competition for a buck, whether you spend that buck online or in a store. When & Where to Look for the Deals As the two streams of commerce - retail stores and online stores converge, it’s hard to say where the best deals will be. And, of course, many of the stores that consumers might visit in person are the same brand names that one might visit online. But who ever said bargain hunting was easy? You have to do some homework. To scope out Cyber Monday, definitely check the CyberMonday website, and also the sites of any of your favorite stores or

brands. For Black Friday, check out the local newspapers, TV and radio ads, as well as looking online, on Thanksgiving Day. 5 Pros: Reasons to Shop Cyber Monday Rather Than Black Friday Sales 1.It’s easier and faster. 2.If you were busy with family or travel on Thanksgiving Friday and missed the in-store sales, Cyber Monday gives you another opportunity to take advantage of reductions. 3.You can easily compare prices online. 4.You can shop in your pj’s, from work, or while waiting for the plumber. 5.You don’t need a babysitter. The five cons of Cyber Monday? You can’t “kick the tires” and see the merchandise, it might

be hard to access a computer for shopping purposes, you’ll have to wait for shipping, and some people hate returning purchases by mail. Most importantly, your boss really might not love it if you spend Cyber Monday shopping at your desk! 5 Pros: Reasons to Shop Black Friday Rather than Cyber Monday 1.You can actually see what you are buying — measure it, try it on, see if you like the color. 2.The prices might be better. 3.Not everything that’s on sale on Black Friday will be available on Cyber Monday. 4.It’s an outing. You can bring a friend or spouse for fun and advice. 5.If you don’t go, you might miss some great bargains! The five cons of Black Friday?

The definition of Cyber Monday

its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “’Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”. According to the Shop.org/Bi-

zRate Research 2005 eHoliday Mood Study, “77 percent of online retailers said that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and

promotions on Cyber Monday this year (2005)”. In 2010, comScore[2] reported that consumers spent $1.028 Billion online on Cyber Monday (excluding travel, 2009: $887M), the highest spending day of 2010.

Some of the merchandise is lower-end; prices may continue to drop as the holiday season approaches; it’s too easy to over spend in the midst of a buying frenzy, it’s crowded, and the real bargains may be limited in quantity and sold to earlybird shoppers. So, when to shop? Whatever your personal answer is, the smart thing to do is decide beforehand not just what you want to purchase, but also your budget parameters. That way, come post-Thanksgiving Tuesday (a day for which, gratefully, there’s no retailing name yet), you won’t feel like a turkey with a hangover of buyer’s remorse!

Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Chile, Colombia, and Japan.

High risk - High reward

Black Friday has long been a high-risk, highreward day for retailers. While consumers anticipate long lines and extended hours at stores across the country, the day after Thanksgiving requires some complicated maneuvering behind the scenes for retailers hoping to boost their sales figures. Massive markdowns mean that hundreds of promotions need to be coordinated, inventory must be scrutinized, advertisements must be distributed, and, at the brick and mortar stores, hundreds of employees must be on hand to ensure that the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season goes smoothly. In the years to come, however, customers who once waited for hours in the cold to score a flat-screen TV or a digital camera at a hefty discount may not even turn up when retailers’ doors open. The Black Friday customer, once prone to waking with the dawn to go bargain hunting, is changing. Now, if they even leave their house at all, they’re checking social networking sites to see which stores are the most hectic. They’re scrolling through ads on their tablets without even picking up a newspaper, and they’re comparing prices across hundreds of stores, both online and off, as they wait in line. Last year, customers spent more than $1.4 billion on Cyber Monday, a relatively new shopping holiday just three days after Black Friday. Those Cyber Monday shoppers didn’t need to leave the comfort of their homes and offices to score major discounts—a trend that will surely continue. Black Friday, much like retail in general, is changing. But retailers have a huge opportunity to rise to the challenge of catering to a choosier, hyper-connected consumer every single day of the year. Retail sales are pegged to grow 8 percent annually between now and 2016. Much of this growth will be led by e-commerce sales, which exceeded $1 trillion last year and will grow by an estimated 15 percent this year. While these numbers are huge for retailers, they’re equally as distressing. Retailers may have perfected their supply-chain and inventory management systems to service all their brick and mortar locations, but that doesn’t mean they’re prepared to handle the demands of e-commerce. What’s more, retailers are now expected to deliver the same experience on a desktop computer as on a mobile device. The growth of mobile e-commerce is driving different conversations at the board level of retailers across the country, and this is coming as a shock to those who have just gotten a steady desktop e-commerce experience off the ground.

Customers look at online, mobile, and instore as essentially one thing—the brand they are interacting with—and they now expect to be able to buy whatever they want whenever and wherever they want—an idea we call “commerce anywhere.” Customers want to be able to buy a jacket while lying in bed at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday. They want to order the latest iPhone as they wait in line at the grocery store. They want to see a couch on the showroom floor and have it delivered to their door the next morning. They expect the same ease of access, payment methods, and inventory online as in the store, and they’re not hesitant to voice their opinions, both positive and negative, on Facebook and Twitter. Retailers that can meet the demands of this commerce-anywhere consumer are positioned to reap major benefits. But for those that remain bogged down with outdated legacy systems and are unable to leverage parts of the platform to improve the user experience, this new reality will be a brutal one. An Integrated Approach Retailers must align their business to meet this reality. Successful commerce-anywhere retailing requires making optimal use of data from every part of the business that affects the customer experience. Your strategy must take into account not only online, mobile, and in-store operations, but also supply chain and promotions. Oracle’s charter is to help retailers deliver commerce anywhere to customers, whether they’re on the go, in the store, or on the web. The simplest way to think about that is to enable commerce from planning and supply chain operations through the store, mobile, or e-commerce transaction. The “anywhere” part of that requires wellintegrated operations that leverage a single view of the customer and inventory. When a customer browses boys jackets on her iPhone and shows up in a nearby store, the integrated approach is capable of delivering an e-coupon based on her long-term buying history and today’s mobile session. Available inventory and recent demand influence the offer, and her decision to buy drives downstream merchandising, marketing, and replenishment operations that impact margin performance. As consumer behavior changes, so too must retailers alter their strategies. As competition becomes more extreme, consumers will not sit back and wait for individual retailers to update their systems to meet their needs— they’ll go elsewhere. That’s something retailers can’t afford to let happen.

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