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Caserta: Guilty plea for tax evasion Will not lose vendor’s license


TROY — The owner of a Piqua eatery entered pleas of guilty to felony tax evasion charges in common pleas court Monday after refusing to pay taxes over a three-year period. With his attorney at his side, Randall P. Caserta, 52, of Piqua, the sole shareholder of Charles Caserta Restaurant, 331 S. Roosevelt Ave., entered the guilty pleas to three counts of failure to remit sales tax, felonies of the fourth-degree that each carry a potential maximum sentence of 18 months in prison on each count. He could also face a fine of up to $5,000 on each count, and will be ordered to make full restitution. Caserta entered the pleas in an agreement with proseISAAC HALE/STAFF PHOTO cutors, who agreed to jointly Randall P. Caserta, 52, of Piqua, owner of Caserta’s Restaurant, 331 S. Roosevelt Ave., Piqua, raises his hand to be sworn recommend probation inin at his court hearing Monday as his attorney, Stephanie Gunter, looks on. Caserta entered guilty pleas to three felony stead of prison time. counts of failure to remit sales tax. Additionally, the plea

Taking it one year at a time


agreement stipulates Caserta will not be stripped of his vendor’s license.A conviction of failure to remit sales tax normally carries that penalty. Caserta was arraigned on the charges in the spring after prosecutors filed an indictment against the restaurant owner for not paying the business’s sales tax from Jan. 1, 2009, through Aug. 31, 2011. Each charge filed against Caserta was representative of each year he failed to remit the sales tax, 2009, 2010, and 2011. According to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, $13,567.03 was the amount of taxes Caserta failed to remit. Judge Christopher Gee released Caserta, who appeared via a court summons, on his own recognizance after his change of plea hearing and ordered a presentence investigation. Caserta will next appear in court Sept. 3 for his sentencing hearing.


Uncertainties continue but good news prevails BY JENNIFER RUNYON For the Daily Call

COVINGTON – When the Ohio General Assembly passed the new biennium budget, it brought good news for Covington Exempted Village School district with an increase in state funding. This in turn brought a salary increase to members of the Covington Education Association (CEA) and Cov-

Briefly Association to meet PIQUA — The Southview Neighborhood Association will have a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Mote Park Community Building. Anyone who lives, works, or has a business in the Southview area is welcome to attend

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ington Classified Employees Association (OAPSE). Through the new biennium budget, the district will see a 6.25 percent increase in state funding in fiscal year 2014 and a 6.21 percent increase in fiscal year 2015. According to Superintendent David Larson, district leaders were not projecting any change from the state. Both organizations ratified the agreements during the last month and the board of education approved the new contracts at their June and July meetings. All employees took a salary freeze during the last contract negotiations passed in 2011. There also were changes in health care benefits that helped reduce the district’s operating costs. These benefits will remain the same in the new contract. The recently passed negotiations are only for one year. “There’s so much uncertainty in terms of state financing we’re not predicting any changes but we thought we better just take it one year at a time,” Larson said. Larson said the increased funding will allow the district to “increase spending on student instructional opportunities.” He said these will begin with technology needs and intervention strategies. He also said district leaders may look in to its textbook purchasing strategy although he sees a reason to wait on this. “You always have that thought in your mind that See Year/Page 2


Allison Nikolai of The Spieker Company photographs the progress made on restoring the historic lock in Lockington on Tuesday afternoon. Restorations have been underway since early July and are scheduled to be completed in May of next year. (Below) Allison Nikolai paints identification tags on blocks removed from the lock in Lockington on Tuesday. The lock is scheduled to be disassembled, blocks cleaned and catalogued, and then carefully rebuilt using the same blocks to ensure the structure’s integrity.

Individuals selling meat out of pick-up Authorities believe may be tied to break-in

BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff ’s Office detectives are still looking for individuals who have been selling meat out of a freezer in the bed of a pick-up truck

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who may possibly be connected to a daytime burglary in Bethel Township earlier this week. According to Miami County Sheriff ’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, a white Dodge Ram pick-up truck was in the neighborhood prior to the burglary. The vehicle

was described to have had a freezer with meat in the back as the individuals went door-to-door selling the products.The Bethel Township home was burglarized on Sunday. The door of the home was kicked in and jewelry See Meat/Page 2



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Texas attorney general campaigns from wheelchair BY PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The stage at a Houston honky-tonk has a wheelchair ramp. At another rally, Greg Abbott’s aides lay plywood boards on the ground to make a smooth path over wet grass. Other stops have no speaking platform, making it hard for standing crowds to see the candidate at all. It’s another day on the campaign trail for Abbott, the longtime Texas attorney general who is paralyzed from the waist down, as he tells voters his personal and political story from a wheelchair in his bid to succeed Gov. Rick Perry. “We’ve got a nice alleyway now,” a staff member says as Abbott prepares to roll through a receiving line of supporters. Abbott, 55, lost use of both legs in 1984 after a tree crashed onto him while jogging. Almost three decades later, he is the early favorite to replace Perry, who will not seek another term next year. If Abbott wins, he would become the nation’s first elected governor in a wheelchair since 1982, when George Wallace won his final term in Alabama. His only challenger so far derides him as the “anointed one” of Texas Republicans. But that prestige comes with a strange reality: Some voters are still unaware of Abbott’s personal history and disability, despite the fact that he’s been the state’s top law-enforcement official for a decade. “I was shocked a little bit,” said Charlcie Penny, noting how she had seen Abbott on television for years without realizing he used a wheelchair. Her son-in-law is Republican strategist Mike Toomey, Perry’s onetime chief of staff and former college roommate. To get better acquainted with supporters, Abbott told and retold the story of the accident this month during a 10-city tour across Texas that drew crowds of Republicans, many reinvigorated by a fresh face after 14 years of Perry, the state’s longest-serving governor. Abbott was an ambitious 26-yearold law student in Houston when he took a break from his studies and went for a jog to clear his mind. In the middle of the run, a 75-foot oak tree crushed him with the crack of splintering wood that sounded like an explosion. It’s unclear why the tree fell, apart from speculation that it may have been weakened by Hurricane Alicia a year earlier. “Texans believe in overcoming obstacles and rising above challenges,” Abbott said. “I want to be a representative for that hope and opportunity for everyone — a visible, tangible sign that it doesn’t matter what challenges we face, both individually and as a state, we can rise above those challenges.” Abbott lives openly with his disability. His first video in the run-up to his long-expected candidacy was a nearly five-minute piece about the accident narrated by Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator and star of “Law & Order.” Daniel Hodge, Abbott’s first assistant attorney general who has worked with him for a decade, acknowledged that campaigning with a candidate in a wheelchair re-

we may be going to e-books sooner rather than later,” he said. Larson said that any additions made would be transportable to the new building when completed. He citied the wireless tech-


In this July 15 file photo, Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott responds to a question during an interview in Houston. At 26, Abbott lost the use of both legs when a 75foot oak tree fell on him. Abbott is the early favorite in next year’s race to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who is not seeking another term. If Abbott wins, he would become the nation’s first elected governor in a wheelchair since Franklin D. Roosevelt won New York in 1929. quires “more logistical thought.” “Most stages don’t have ramps. Most stages have stairs,” he said. After her husband’s accident, Cecilia Abbott feared the worst. The young newlyweds had moved to the big city only a month earlier. Greg Abbott had a job lined up at a law firm and was taking his bar exam in a week. Their adult lives were about to start. Cecilia called it “the big dream.” “Almost immediately, I felt like, ‘Well, that’s all gone,” she said. Four days later, doctors installed two steel rods into Abbott’s back. The former athlete who ran track in high school needed a year for rehabilitation. Their landlord widened the bathroom doors in their apartment and installed a ramp. On the campaign trail, applause reliably greets his go-to line: Unlike politicians who say they have a spine of steel, Abbott literally has one. Abbott sued the property owner of the tree and collected millions, but has never revealed the full settlement. Democrats have accused Abbott of hypocrisy by helping make civil lawsuits increasingly difficult to file and win in Texas. Abbott says someone rendered disabled as he was could still sue under the same circumstances today. During a recent campaign stop, Penny and 100 other supporters struggled to see him speak without a platform at a hardware store in an East Texas logging town where Abbott spent part of his childhood. Two of the supporters, who had spoken knowledgably about Abbott’s politics while awaiting the rally, didn’t know he used a wheelchair until minutes before the

speech. Abbott has reason to be confident. He has a mighty $23 million war chest and a record that makes conservatives swoon. He has sued the Obama administration 27 times, tried to save Republican-drawn voting maps in Texas that federal courts threw out as biased and will now defend the legality of new abortion restrictions that set off waves of protests this summer inside the state Capitol. If he prevails in November 2014, his next home may need only minor adjustments to accommodate his wheelchair. After a fire gutted the Texas Governor’s Mansion in 2008, the upstairs residence was made wheelchair-accessible for just about everything but using the stovetop. The ranks of wheelchair-using politicians are small. Among the most prominent currently in office is Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schauble, who was paralyzed in 1990 after being shot three times in an assassination attempt. Former Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager, who contracted polio from his infant son’s vaccine, was elected in 1998 following a “Rolling Across Virginia” campaign. Coincidentally, Hager’s son Henry married Jenna Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, who as governor appointed Abbott to the Texas Supreme Court. In Wichita Falls, in the front yard of Abbott’s first home, he gave a speech heavy on his accident and recovery. Neighbors and supporters gathered for grilled hamburgers and iced tea, and Abbott guessed what many were thinking. “You’re wondering,” he said, “how slow was that guy jogging to get hit by a tree?’”

nology being installed at the elementary and middle schools this summer saying that “all access points will be transportable.” He added that the district may look in to using such programs as Yearly Progress Pro and Study Island more. These are pro-

grams used by students, parents and teachers last year. The additional funding may allow the district to use the programs in new and more in-depth ways. In the past, positions were reduced through retirements in order to re-

duce the district’s operating expenses. There is no plan to replace these positions. The state funding will have no impact on the district’s building project. According to Larson, everything remains as it was when passed in May.

same time the burglary had taken place, Duchak said. Duchak said the sheriff ’s office was flooded with phone calls about the vehicle selling the meat out of the truck in the last several weeks. “We’re confident in the

information we have received from the public to identify the individuals involved,” Duchak said Tuesday. “The detective units are working on it.” Duchak reminded the public to stay vigilant and to report any suspicious vehicles in their neighbor-

hoods. The sheriff ’s office reminds the public to “See something, Say something” and call (937) 4409911 for non-emergency reports. For more information, visit

Meat Continued from page 1 and electronics were reported stolen. Neighbors had reported the white Dodge Ram pick-up truck in the area around the


Robert Edward Cruikshank PIQUA — Robert Edward Cruikshank, 42, of Piqua, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, in Versailles, as the result of an accidental fire. He w a s b o r n Dec. 24, 1970, in T r o y, the son o f Robert Cruik- CRUIKSHANK shank of Piqua and Frances (Epperson) Rickey and stepfather, Jim Rickey of Sidney. In addition to his parents, Robert is survived by one son, Robert V. Cruikshank of Troy; one sister, Angie L. Sanders of Anna, and extended family, Deb and Vernon Stamen, Mike and Julie Jennings, and Tom Jennings, all of Covington. He was preceded

SIDNEY — Ralph C. Kemp, 90, of 145 Independence Dr., Sidney, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 2:20 a.m. at t h e Piqua Manor Nursi n g Home. He was born on KEMP Aug. 8, 1922, in Port Jefferson, the son of the late Paul L. and Alice (Limbert) Kemp. On Feb. 23, 1946, he married his lifetime sweetheart of 62 years, Wilma D. Wagner who preceded him in death Aug. 9, 2008. He is survived by three sons, David Kemp and wife Sandy of Sidney, Tom Kemp of Beaumont, Miss. and his wife, the late DeDe Kemp and Steve Kemp and wife Rosana of Troy; five grandchildren, Steven, Tammy, Shon, Melissa and Jeremy, 26 great-grandchildren; four g r e a t - g r e a t grandchildren; four brothers, Art Kemp and wife Eileen of Bellefontaine, Don Kemp and wife Jane of Sidney, John Kemp and wife Lottie of Cheyenne, Wy., and Jim Kemp and wife Geneva of Lexington, Ky., and two sisters, Martha Treen of Sidney and Carolynn Moore and husband Tom of California and special friend, Charlene Burchett of Sidney. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Adam Kemp. Mr. Kemp was a World War II veteran, who served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. After serving his country he returned home and worked

in death by extended family friend, Daniel “Boone” Jennings. Mr. Cruikshank was self-employed and currently working in the Versailles area. A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, at the Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St., Sidney, with Pastor Teresa Wenrick officiating. Interment will follow at Miami Memorial Park, in Covington, at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with a proper grave marker for Robert. Envelopes will be available at the church. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to Robert’s family at our website,

for Hance Electric and Appliance in Port Jefferson until the owner sold his business. He then went into business for himself, and became the owner/operator of Kemp’s TV Sales and Appliance Repair. He served as the Port Jefferson Post Master from 1958 to 1962, and later retired in 1985 from Baumfolder in Sidney. Ralph served as president of the Port Jefferson Community Club, and was a founding member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ in Port Jefferson, where he served as deacon and trustee, and was also a member of the Sidney American Legion Post 217, and Sidney DAV. Ralph enjoyed traveling and had visited every state except Vermont. He also enjoyed playing violin, and reading in his spare time. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with the Rev. James Oates officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will be conducted by the Sidney American Legion Post 217 at 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening. Memorials may be made to Port Jefferson Church of Christ in memory of Ralph C. Kemp. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kemp family at

Michael R. Priefer TROY — Michael R. Priefer, 60, of Troy, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at his residence. He was born on April 13, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo., to Dormalee (Misemer) Priefer and Richard Priefer. Michael is survived by his mother, Dormalee; brother, David Lee Priefer of Florida; and his father, Richard Priefer of St. Louis, Mo. Michael was a member of Piqua Pentecostal

Church. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with the Pastor Gary Wagner officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Piqua Pentecostal Church. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Robert Eugene Sink

JONESBORO, Ga. — Robert Eugene Sink, 82, of Jonesboro, Ga., passed away July 19, 2013. Mr. Sink was born to the late Alva and Thelma Sink in Piqua. Robert is survived by his Death notices wife of 61 years, Barbara BATAVIA — Richard Jay Overla, 76, of Batavia, formerly of West Milton, Ellis Sink; son, Robert W. passed away at his residence. Funeral services will be held Thursday, at Hale- Sink and wife, Cynthia; Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton with the Rev. Jerry Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, West Milton. PIQUA — Silas L. “Gabby” Maxson, 86, of Piqua, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Sterling House, Piqua. Services are pending at Suber-Shively Funeral Home, Fletcher.



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daughter, Kaye Andrews and husband, Stephen; grandchildren, Kelly Andrews and Robert Andrews; and a sister. Arrangements are being handled by Horis-A. WardFairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Ga., 30281.

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Hoying inducted to Lehman Hall of Fame LEHMAN — The Lehman Catholic High School Alumni Association has announced the school’s seventh annual Lehman Hall of Fame Induction. This year’s inductees include four distinguished individuals – Leesa A. Baker, Betty Hemmert, Clifford Hoying, and Robert J. (Pete) Meyer who will be honored at the Lehman Catholic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 3. Since beginning this tradition, the Hall of Fame Committee has sought to honor not only alumni but outstanding faculty and supporters of Lehman Catholic. The Hall of Fame ceremonies will begin with Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel on campus. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Harriett J. Frantz Gymnasium. Inductee Clifford Hoying was the long-time president of First National Exchange Bank (now US Bank, Sidney). Hoying passed away on June 9 of this year. The father of four Lehman graduates, Hoying was treasurer of the Lehman High School Foundation from the time it was chartered in 1973

through 1998. During his tenure in office, the Foundation’s assets grew to nearly $3 million. Through his work at the bank, Hoying was a well-known face in the community and a natural fit for taking the helm in fundraising efforts. Over the years, Cliff worked with the bank and many large donors to the school to ensure that Lehman would continue to exist to provide Catholic education to the young people of the area. In his letter of recommendation, retired Piqua attorney Paul Gutmann said, “It was my privilege to serve on the Foundation Board as secretary simultaneously with Cliff’s long service. I can certainly attest to his devotion to the school and its mission…. There is no way to put a value on the service he gave to the school other than to simply say that it was invaluable.” Lehman President Mike Barhorst wrote: “Cliff was our de facto development director, long before we knew we needed a development director…. Cliff had an office on the first floor of the bank, right inside the front door. On my first visit, I was surprised to ask a question and see him turn around, pull open a file drawer, take

out a file and give me an answer to my question. I asked another question, he pulled open another drawer in a different file cabinet, retrieved the file and answered it. And so it went on my frequent visits to his office.” “Over the years, Cliff became my counselor, confident, mentor and most importantly, a good friend,” continued Barhorst. “I can never recall asking for something for the school and not hear Cliff responding ‘yes.’ ‘No’ was simply not a word that was a part of his vocabulary when it came to Lehman Catholic. Cliff was always behind the scenes working – tirelessly working on behalf of the school.” Hoying was a graduate of Fort Loramie High School and the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. He began his career at the Fort Loramie Banking Company and then joined First National Exchange Bank where he worked for 35 years until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Holy Angels Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Sidney Rotary Club. Besides his work with the Lehman Foundation, he served on boards for the Sidney Senior Center and Dorothy

day of the event. Prospective students attending “Celebrate You” will meet with an advisor, design a personalized educational plan, and register for upcoming fall semester classes. In addition, they will receive information about setting career and academic goals, learn about the financial aid process, and complete new student orientation. “This is a great opportunity for those who are new to Edison,” said Stacey Bean, enrollment manager for Edison. “This event makes it so easy for busy people to prepare for college. Prospective students can come to campus, complete the entire admissions process and reg-

ister for classes in just a few hours. We are ready to celebrate those who are interested in pursuing a degree here at Edison.” Students new to Edison will also be able to complete the COMPASS assessment in reading, writing and math. Students who have previously completed college math and English, or who have qualifying ACT or SAT scores, may not need to take the COMPASS. It is recommended that prospective and returning students speak to an admissions specialist before committing to a testing time. The COMPASS assessment takes about two hours to complete.


Cooler temperatures A cold front will sweep across the area bringing in cooler and less humid air. Temperatures will feel more like late summer through the end of the work week. The next chance of thunderstorms will arrive on Saturday. High: 76 Low: 59.






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HIGH: 79 LOW: 57 Love Retirement Community. Cliff and his wife Lois saw all four of their children graduate from Lehman – Diana Reinhardt, Debra Both, and Amy LeBron, all of Columbus, and Annette Paulus of Sidney. In conclusion, Lehman President Barhorst wrote: “Cliff knew the importance of giving talent and treasure to those institutions he valued. Fortunately for generations of Lehman students, Cliff and his wife Lois valued Lehman Catholic.” Tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available by contacting the Lehman Catholic Development Office. The deadline for ordering tickets is July 29.

Edison to host new student registration event PIQUA — Coinciding with its 40th anniversary celebration, Edison Community College will host a new-student registration event, “Celebrate You,” designed to expedite the application and enrollment processes in time for classes that begin Aug. 26. “Celebrate You” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Piqua Campus, and will feature a one-stop registration opportunity and refreshments. For this special occasion, the college is waiving the $20 application fee for all new students. The $25 set up fee for students utilizing the College’s payment plan will also be waived for those registering the

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Renner Philipps Age: 6 Birthdate: July 24, 2007 Parents: Mike and Lisa Philipps Brother: Bryce Philipps Grandparents: Mike and Pam Phillips and the late Sherry Wackler


Prospective students may schedule to take the test prior to the event by calling 778-7850, or by taking the assessment Tuesday, July 30, starting anytime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about Edison Community College, go online to<http: //>.

Wendy’s tops expectations; to sell restaurants

The wait is over, visit the Farmers Market today PIQUA — A wet and cool spring in conjunction with a very wet early summer delayed the arrival of produce at the Farmers Market but the wait is now over and the offerings are very much worth the wait. Visitors to the Piqua Community Farmers Market will find sweet corn, crisp green beans and peppers, cabbage, lettuce, onions and so much more available from several vendors at the weekly Thursday market. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is located in the parking lot at the corner of Ash and Spring Streets in downtown Piqua and operates from 1:30 5:30 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 12. There are approximately 15 vendors at the market each week and in addition to a wide variety of produce visitors will also find delicious home-made baked goods, handmade crafts and specialty items including honey, coffee beans and hot sauce. The next couple of weeks will be busy ones at the Piqua Community Farmers Market. This Thursday, July 25, the market will be having an author fair from 3-5 p.m. The event will feature four different local authors including Henrietta Hahn, two Market vendors, Bill Weldy and Dennis Hitzman, and local author Terry Ervin. Henrietta Hahn has written a book about the

founding of the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development. Bill Weldy is an action-adventure writer who lives in Piqua and Dennis Hitzeman is a writer living in Pleasant Hill. His favorite genre is tales of the strange and Dennis’s short story “St. George and the Dragon” was published in Flights of Fiction, An Anthology of Short Stories set in Southwestern Ohio. Terry W Ervin II is both an author and an English instructor at Upper Valley Career Center. He enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction and lives in St. Paris with his wife and two daughters. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series, released by Gryphonwood Press, is a post-apocalyptic fantasy series and his most recent release is Genre Shotgun, a collection of short stories that range from science fiction and horror to mystery and inspirational. Visitors to the market will have the opportunity to visit with the authors and purchase copies of their books. Readmore’s Hallmark will also be on hand at the Piqua Community Farmers Market this week as the Day Sponsor. Readmore’s will have

hourly drawings for store gift certificates and will also be distributing discount coupons to market visitors. Readmore’s Hallmark is a Gold Crown Hallmark store located at 430 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua. Next week, Aug. 1, the Piqua Community Farmers Market will be hosting a cupcake decorating contest with the theme “Fresh from the Farm.” The cupcake decorating contest is open to anyone interested in participating and there is no charge or pre-registration required. Details about the cupcake contest can be found on the Mainstreet Piqua website at or at Also on Aug. 1, the Piqua Arts Council will be on hand to do mural painting on snow blades and WPT/Muzzy Broadcasting will be on hand to register people to win tickets to the ‘Staying Alive’ concert at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. Anyone interested in learning more about the Piqua Community Farmers Market can visit the website at or call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is a project of Mainstreet Piqua.

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s reported a quarterly profit above Wall Street expectations and said it’s selling 425 of its restaurants to franchisees, a move that’s expected to help boost its profit margins. The move isn’t unusual; fast-food companies often own only a small percentage of their restaurants. This helps keep their operating costs in check and gives them a more stable stream of income that’s tilted toward royalty fees and rent, rather sales at restaurants. Wendy’s, based in Dublin, Ohio, also raised its dividend by 25 percent to 5 cents per share. Its stock rose 8.2 percent to close at $7.23 Tuesday. CEO Emil Brolick said that the sale of the restaurants will also help expand adoption of the company’s new restaurant designs. That’s because Wendy’s plans to sell the restaurants to “well-capitalized” franchisees willIn Brief ing to pay for the PIQUA — Piqua Central High School Class of 1953 remodeling. The sleeker new look is will meet for lunch at 12 p.m. Thursday at China East, Piqua. Harley Weldy from California will be in atten- part of Wendy’s push to try to distance itself from dance.

the greasy, cheap image of traditional fast-food chains. By cleaning up its stores and offering more premium burgers and sandwiches, Wendy’s is hoping to align itself more with places such as Panera Bread or Chipotle, which have the ability to charge higher prices for their food. But during the quarter, Wendy’s said sales edged up just 0.4 percent at company-owned restaurants open at least a year in North America, compared with 1 percent for McDonald’s in the U.S. Wendy’s noted that part of the reason was increased marketing for its value menu. The company had previously noted that it was losing share in the value category, given the focus rivals have put on their value menus. Executives said that they were committed to having a “higher-end message” as the “top layer” of their marketing. But they added that value would also need to be an ongoing message, particularly given the economy. For the year, Wendy’s said it expects the sales

figure to grow between 2 percent and 3 percent, given its expectation for stronger sales in the second half of the year. That optimism is fueled by the recent introduction of its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, which has generated plenty of buzz online. The company says the sale of its restaurants will reduce its ownership to 15 percent of its locations, from 22 percent. McDonald’s owns about 10 percent of its U.S. locations. Wendy’s said it now expects long-term adjusted earnings-per-share growth in the mid-teens percentage range starting next year. Previously, it had forecast single-digit to double-digit growth. Wendy’s says it earned $12.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $5.5 million, or 1 cent per share, a year ago. Not including one-time items, it earned 8 cents per share, more than the 6 cents per share Wall Street expected. Revenue rose to $650.5 million, short of the $659.5 million analysts expected.


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lmost every day, you hear about an accident victim being airlifted to a medical center which,many times, is able to save the person’s life thanks to the speedy transport. When you hear that our life expectancy is going up, advances like that are a big reason why. A hundred years ago, I would have been dead at 22 with a burst appendix. Instead, I had a routine surgery, recovered quickly and went on barely giving it a thought. My life expectancy increased dramatically after surgery, but it had no effect on yours. But it did have an effect on the “average”: My survival boosted everyone’s life expectancy a tiny fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent. Multiply that by all the medical advances over the years that have driven up our life expectancy — transplants, bypass surgeries, defibrillators, antibiotics, pre- and post-natal care and even things like the Heimlich maneuver — and you really see the numbers jump. But here’s the really strange thing about life expectancy — the older you get, the longer you will live. It sounds crazy until you realize that when you hear the average life expectancy for men is 75.5 years, they’re not talking about you. They’re talking about a baby born today. A man who is 75.5 JIM MULLEN today will, on average, live alColumnist most another 11 years. Why? Because he’s survived childbirth, a plethora of deadly childhood diseases and allergies, and the draft. He’s also probably pretty tough, because he hasn’t been carried off by a host of other things that would have killed frailer people. But we may have reached our peak. A news story this week announced that many of the helicopters used to airlift patients to hospitals were not big enough to carry patients that weigh over 350 pounds, which is becoming a more and more common dilemma. No doubt, someone is now legislating for bigger and more powerful emergency airlift helicopters to handle the load, but in a few years they’ll say that 400-pound patients can’t be transported.The year after that ... well, there is no upper end in sight. And the thing is, can you really call being 350 pounds an accident? It’s like getting “accidentally” run over by a glacier that moves 2 inches a year. Didn’t you hear all the people yelling “Walk for your life”? Weighing 350 pounds and wondering why you’re getting sick is like buying a house next to the airport and wondering why it’s so noisy. EMTs are saying they need bigger ambulances for the bigger patients; hospitals say they need bigger beds and bigger wheelchairs;funeral parlors are ordering bigger and bigger (and more and more expensive) caskets. Where will it end? Every now and then, you’ll see a story about a person so large they have to break out a window and use a forklift to get him or her out of the house. My friend Dr. Sam says he has a money-making solution to the problem. Not the helicopter part of the problem, but the coffin part. He dreams of starting a business called “Dr. Sam’s Postmortem Liposuction.” It works like this: When a super-sized person dies, instead of going through the expense of ripping out a wall, hiring a special hearse and spending thousands extra on a giant coffin, you simply call Dr. Sam. For half the price of all that, he shows up with a few 5-gallon buckets and starts liposuctioning the body until it’s small enough to use all the normal modes of transportation. It may sound silly now, but I can easily see this service being advertised in an infomercial on late-night television, with Dr.Sam saying things like,“Call in the next 10 minutes and get an extra 5-gallon bucket for free.” I should mention here that I just play golf with Dr. Sam; I’m not even sure he’s a medical doctor. It sounds like something only a Ph.D. would think up. Contact Jim Mullen at

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the president’s delay, while he Affordable Care 160 voted against it. It’s Act originally passed hard to interpret exactly the House in 2009 what that means, but it with 220 votes, all but one doesn’t seem good for of them Democrats. ReObama. cently 251 members of the The second part of the House, including 22 DemocGOP strategy was introducrats, voted to postpone for ing the bill that would delay one year implementation of BYRON YORK the individual mandate the the heart of the act — the Columnist same way Obama had deindividual mandate to purlayed the employer manchase health insurance. If date. The purpose, Speaker this were any other issue, liberal commentators might see a gov- John Boehner said in a special floor aperning majority emerging in favor of de- pearance, was “to make sure families and individuals get the same break from laying Obamacare. In the last couple of years, House Re- Obamacare that the president wants for publicans have voted over and over to re- big businesses.” The 22 Democratic votes peal the president’s health care plan. It in favor of the delay provided another got to be routine. Not long ago, however, sign that doesn’t look good for the presithe Obamacare battle took a turn to- dent. Boehner sent out a press release claiming “bipartisan opposition to a parward the bizarre. The cause was the administration’s tisan train wreck.” Seemingly unsteadied by a turn of decision to delay by one year the mandate requiring big businesses to provide events that included his own threat to health coverage for employees or pay a veto himself, Obama took to the White fine. The White House acted in response House East Room for an Obamacare pep to complaints from business owners, who rally. The Republicans were clearly on his mind. called the mandate burdensome. “Yesterday, despite all the evidence So Republicans thought: What about all those individuals out there who be- that the law is working the way it was lieve the mandate requiring them to buy supposed to for middle-class Americans, coverage or pay a fine is just as burden- Republicans in the House of Represensome? As the GOP saw it, the White tatives voted — for nearly the 40th time House listened to big business but ig- — to dismantle it,” the president said. “We’ve got a lot of problems in this counnored the little guy. So Republicans came up with a two- try ... and yet, instead we’re refighting part strategy that would, among other these old battles.” Perhaps the battles would indeed be goals, sound out House Democrats’ attitudes toward Obamacare less than three old if Democrats had written a law that months before it is to become a reality in went into effect a year or even two years after it was passed. But Obamacare beAmerican life. First, Republicans introduced a bill came law more than three years ago and that would write into law what the pres- still hasn’t gone into effect. Of course the ident had already done by fiat — that is, battle is still going on. Now the House bills go to the Demodelay the employer mandate a year. That seemed unnecessary, and a little mis- cratic-controlled Senate, where they will chievous, but the serious point, accord- die. But Republicans will try to ensure a ing to one House GOP aide, was to noisy death. “We can make sure it doesemphasize that “the president can’t just n’t get bottled up in committee,” says one determine which laws he’s going to fol- Senate GOP aide, “and then try to attach low and when he’s going to follow them.” it to something on the floor.” That means Even though it was largely moot, there will at least be some debate on the Obama took the move seriously enough delays, even though Majority Leader to take the somewhat odd action of Harry Reid will never allow a vote on threatening to veto a bill that would du- them. And after that? Republicans don’t plicate his own policy. And when the White House argued that the postpone- quite know. But they are confident that ment legislation “would cost millions of the coming implementation of Obahard-working middle-class families the macare will give them more chances to security of affordable health coverage undermine the health care law. “We had and care they deserve” — remember, the these two votes,” says the GOP House bill would simply codify an action aide, “because the president gave us an Obama had already taken — the White opportunity to take another whack at it.” House’s position veered into the surreal. Byron York is chief political correThe House voted on July 17, and in the end 35 Democrats voted in favor of spondent for The Washington Examiner.

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State Fair unveils butter sculptures COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio State Fair has opened the curtain on this year’s butter sculptures. The display for this year’s edition of the fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of the All-Ohio Youth Choir and pays tribute to its founder, Glenville D. Davis. The traditional butter cow and calf share a larger refrigerated display with a butter bust of Davis and 60 choir members. It was made public on Tuesday by the American Dairy Association, a day before the fair’s opening ceremony.

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DEAR ABBY: I have an awful time meeting men. I’m not considered beautiful by any means, so that means meeting any good guys won’t happen. I use Craigslist a lot to meet sexual partners. I am so tired of giving up my body for a few minutes of pleasure and then feeling empty on the inside. Please tell me what to do. — WHERE ARE THE GOOD GUYS?


In this May 22, 1992, file photo, talk show host Johnny Carson, right, appears with the show’s announcer Ed McMahon during the final taping of the “Tonight Show” in Burbank, Calif. Content from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is available for digital download. Starting Tuesday two volumes of material from the King of Late Night can be purchased from the iTunes store.

NEW YORK (AP) — Heeeere’s Johnny on iTunes! For the first time, content from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is available for digital download. Starting Tuesday, two volumes of material from the King of Late Night can be purchased from the iTunes store. A compilation edition (priced at $14.99) includes highlights from the 1960s through Carson’s emotional farewell show and his memorable next-to-last show with

guest Bette Midler, which aired in 1992. A second volume ($19.99) features 16 “Tonight” episodes with some of Carson’s favorite guests, including Don Rickles, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres in one of her first TV appearances. Roughly half the material has never been available before in any form of home video, said Jeff Sotzing, president of Carson Entertainment Group, which is releasing the nearly 15 hours collection. In addition, a selection of

50 “Tonight”-derived alert tones (with such signature catchphrases as “Here’s Johnny!”, “Hi-yo!” and “We’ll be right back”) will be available for 99 cents each. This online release follows the digitization of 4,500 hours of “Tonight” hosted by Carson during his 30-year run on NBC. a former Sotzing, “Tonight” producer (and Carson’s nephew), drew on past experience assembling the “Tonight” anniversary shows in culling material for the new releases. “I have a pretty good sense of where the nuggets can be found,” he said. “We go back

and try to find things that are representative of what the show was and that are still entertaining.” And there’s plenty more to come. His dream: to put every show online for instant download. It’s an achievable goal, he said, though a slew of legal clearances remain before it can happen. Meanwhile, visitors to iTunes can expect to find the current Carson content supplemented by more “Tonight” clips as often as each month, Sotzing said. “We just want to see how much demand there is for these first releases,” he said.

Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dead at 69 BY FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on “Law & Order” during his wide-ranging career, has died. Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69. For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it. “Sometimes you can take those dramatic roles and maybe interject a little humor into them, and I think the reverse also works,” Farina said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. “One of the funny things in life to me is a guy who takes himself very seriously.” Farina’s many films include “Saving Private Ryan,” (1998), “Out Of Sight” (1998), “Midnight Run” (1988), “Manhunter” (1986),

and his breakout and perhaps most beloved film,“Get Shorty” (1995), a comedic romp where he played a Miami mob boss. He recently completed shooting a comedy film, “Lucky Stiff.” Among his numerous TV roles was Detective Joe Fontana on “Law & Order” during the 2004-06 seasons, replacing longtime cast member Jerry Orbach in the ensemble. “Law & Order” executive producer Dick Wolf said he was “stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis’ unexpected passing this morning. The ‘Law & Order’ family extends sympathy and condolences to his family.” Also on TV, Farina was a regular in the star-studded though short-lived 2011-12 HBO horse-track drama “Luck.” He starred in the 1980s cult favorite “Crime Story,” and his stylish private-eye drama “Buddy Faro” (1998) was warmly received if little-watched. He followed that up with a 2002 sitcom flop, “The In-Laws.” Last season, he gueststarred on the Fox comedy “New Girl.” One of the sitcom’s stars, Jake Johnson, said: “He is someone I will surely miss. I looked up to him personally and professionally. ... We all will miss out.” A veteran of the Chicago theater, Farina appeared in

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Mantegna’s Joseph “Bleacher Bums” and “Streamers,” directed by Terry Kinney, among other productions. Born Feb. 29, 1944, Farina was raised in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, the seventh child of Italian immigrants. After three years in the U.S. Army, he served with the Chicago Police Department for 18 years, both as a uniformed officer (he was there for the 1968 Chicago riots) and a burglary detective, before he found his way into acting as he neared his forties. His first film was the 1981 action drama “Thief,” directed by Michael Mann — a future collaborator on numerous projects as recently as “Luck” — whom he had met through a mutual friend. In “Thief” he landed a

small role as a criminal henchman, and, while not initially planning a career change, found the film world “very interesting,” as he told the AP in 2004, and concluded it could be a great sideline. (At the time, he was supplementing his cop’s salary by working as a security guard.) “I remember going to the set that day and being intrigued by the whole thing. I liked it. And everybody was extremely nice to me,” he recalled, while cautioning, “If the people were rude and didn’t treat me right, things could have gone the other way.” He continued to work as a detective while taking occasional dramatic roles, and even took a leave of absence from the Chicago police to star in “Crime Story,” before he made the full-time acting plunge.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 17year-old girl who was raised to be polite. When I meet someone, I offer a handshake and a smile and make eye contact. However, I have found that because I’m female, adults — especially men — will go in for a hug even when I offer my hand to shake. This is followed by comments like, “You’re too sweet to just shake hands,” or, “Girls don’t shake hands.” I like hugs, but they make me uncomfortable when they’re from someone I don’t know well, and I find the comments insulting. How do I avoid this awkward moment and respond to the comments? — TEEN IN NEW YORK

Advice come and watching my expenses, I have saved enough and I am eligible for good retirement benefits. So what’s my problem? Friends and family insist I’m crazy to leave a job at which I could work for another five to 10 years. I know retirement is practical for me because I have gotten professional financial planning advice. There are many things I really want to do — classes, hobbies, volunteer work and travel before I’m too old. My friends need to work to support their extravagant lifestyles, lavish vacations, expensive restaurants, plus their new cars, clothing and electronics. I did things my way and can afford to retire now, so why can’t my friends keep their mouths shut and let me enjoy what I have worked for? — READY TO RETIRE DEAR READY: They may be jealous, or they may be genuinely concerned about you. Not knowing them, I can’t answer for them. I can, however, suggest this: Before quitting your job and the steady, modest income it provides, talk with another financial planner and get a second opinion. You’d do that with a doctor if you had a serious question about your physical health, and I’m recommending you do it because this decision will affect your financial health for the rest of your life. If you wait a few more years, you won’t be over the hill, and you will have even more money to enjoy in your retirement.

DEAR TEEN: The next time someone lunges forward, take a step back and say, “I prefer to shake hands!” Say it with a smile and don’t be confrontational, but DO defend your personal space if you feel it Dear Abby is written by is being invaded. It is not Abigail Van Buren, also impolite to do so. known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her DEAR ABBY: I’m sinmother, Pauline Phillips. gle, have no kids and I’m about to turn 62. I own my Write Dear Abby at own home and have no or P.O. debts. After years of earn- Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA ing a modest but steady in- 90069.

■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker

A duplicate disaster

The strong emphasis duplicate bridge places on overtricks can sometimes produce a result that would cause a nonduplicate player to shake his head in disbelief. A spectacular example is provided by today’s deal, which occurred in a pairs

event at the 1990 Summer North American Championships. South reached six notrump as shown, and West led the jack of spades. In rubber bridge, declarer would have no problem assuring the slam. He would simply establish dummy’s hearts, losing a trick to the queen along the way, and wind up with 12 tricks consisting of two spades, four hearts, three diamonds and three clubs. But at duplicate, where making six might be a poor result if seven can be made, South cannot afford to settle for a mere 12 tricks. So when dummy came down, declarer immediately noted

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that if West held two, three or four hearts including the queen, 13 tricks could be made by taking one or two heart finesses. Accordingly, South won the first trick in his hand with the king of spades and led a heart to the ten, whereupon East, smoothly and in tempo, followed low! This had the desired effect on South, who, quite understandably, was convinced that the precious overtrick was just around the corner. So he cashed dummy’s king of clubs to unblock the suit, crossed to the queen of diamonds and played the AQ of clubs before leading a heart to the jack. One can only imagine South’s cha-

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Ex-Presidents Club: Lots of life after White House

Thank God for daily blessings

BY NANCY BENAC Associated Press

t sure feels good to finally sit down and prop up my feet in front of a fan after a shower. It has been hot and humid this week. We have been trying to shade the windows from the sun. We have a wrap-around porch towards the east and south, which provides some shade. It’s when the sun shines from the west that we feel the heat. In the house we pull the shades to block out the sun until the sun goes down. We use batterypowered fans but it seems on hot days like this they just blow the warm air around. Growing up at home we didn’t have any fans. In Dad’s later years he finally bought a small battery-powered square fan to help him get through hay fever season. My husband Joe and sons Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 10, with the help of the neighbors put 400 bales of hay in our barn this week that we bought from the neighbors. Plans are to get our hay cut this week yet. Joe doesn’t think we will have enough as we put 1 field into beans this year. Putting up hay is a very hot job in this weather. Susan, 17, Verena, 15, and Benjamin are detasseling corn which is also a very hot job. The factories that Joe and Elizabeth, 19, work in do not have air conditioning so they get pretty warm on days like these. The young children have been staying cool by filling tubs of water and then having a water battle.Those are always fun and sometimes everyone joins in. I canned Seranno peppers this week.Today I need to can pickles. Joe picked two five gallon size buckets of cucumbers. We are having tomatoes and lots of zucchini to add to our menus. I also canned black raspberry freezer jam with berries Timothy has on his property.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first 200 years of the republic, just three presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office: John Adams, Martin Van Buren and Herbert Hoover. The odds for ex-presidents have improved considerably since then. Jimmy Carter, who raised the bar for active post-presidential years, is 88 now, and 32 years out of office. No one has survived longer after leaving the White House. George H.W. Bush, 89, passed the two-decade mark this year. The two most recent former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both are going strong. Gerald Ford lived nearly 30 years after leaving office. There’s a lot happening in the ex-presidents club these days — thanks to increasing longevity, the personalities of the current members and expanding opportunities for influence. After a relatively quiet start to his post-presidency, George W. Bush in recent weeks has made headlines by speaking out for immigration reform and popping up in Africa at a wreath-laying with President Barack Obama to remember victims of terrorism. Clinton, with his philanthropic work and a wife who’s a potential presidential candidate, is never far from the news. The elder Bush, although frail, was at the White House last week (in jaunty red-and-white striped socks) for a ceremony promoting the volunteerism program he started as president. And Carter, noted for his years of globe-trotting work to advance human rights, spoke out last week against “legal bribery of candidates” at home in the form of unchecked politi-

cal contributions by outside groups. Is all this activity the new model for ex-presidents? It turns out they’ve got plenty of examples to draw on from earlier centuries. “There’s a whole class of people who leave the White House and continue to take a hyperactive role in American life,” says presidential historian Douglas Brinkley of Rice University. He points to Andrew Johnson, who was elected to the Senate after a presidency that included impeachment; William Howard Taft, who became a Supreme Court justice; John Quincy Adams, who was an outspoken opponent of slavery as a member of the House; Theodore Roosevelt, who created the Bull Moose Party and tried to regain the presidency, and many more. “There is no rule of thumb,” says Brinkley. “Each man is just different.” For all their differences, though, recent chief executives have tended to start their post-presidential years relatively quietly, taking time to regroup, to heal in some cases, and give the new guy space to operate. They focus on raising money for their presidential libraries/centers. They write memoirs. Their poll numbers improve as time passes and memories of hard-fought presidential battles soften. Call that phase one. Bush, whose presidential center in Dallas was dedicated in April and whose 2010 memoir, “Decision Points,” was a bestseller, has seen his poll numbers rebound, and he seems to be entering phase two: He says he wants to make a difference in the world, but steer clear of politics and avoid meddling in Obama’s business. His recent activities have demonstrated both the possibilities and limi-

tations of an ex-president’s influence. Bush’s presence in Africa during Obama’s visit to the continent offered a reminder of his efforts to fight HIV and AIDS there. But his entreaty to bring a “benevolent spirit” to the debate over immigration reform seemed to have zero impact on House Republicans. GOP legislators said Bush’s comments never even came up in their closed-door meeting about immigration on the day he spoke out. “We care what people back home say, not what some former president says,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. Still, recent ex-presidents seem to be assuming a higher profile in public affairs and politics, says Thomas F. Schaller, a political scientist at the University of MarylandBaltimore County who has written a study of postmodern ex-presidents. “The opportunities are greater,” says Schaller, pointing to the bigger role of electronic media, the globalization of politics and the tendency of expresidents to work more cooperatively with one another and with the current occupant of the White House. After Clinton and the elder Bush worked closely on humanitarian aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Indonesia, Clinton quipped, “People began to joke that I was getting so close to the Bush family, I had become the black sheep son.” A number of earlier expresidents also played on the global stage — but with a smaller megaphone. Herbert Hoover, who lived nearly 32 years after his presidency, traveled the world and took on significant relief efforts in Europe during and after World War II. He later served on government re-

form commissions during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, and declared he had “outlived the bastards” who blamed him for the Great Depression, according to Schaller. Brinkley says Carter, who left office with disastrous job approval ratings, “game-changed” the expresident’s role with his vigorous public policy activity and freelance diplomacy. The joke is that Carter, who left office in 1981, used the presidency as a stepping stone to his expresidency. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Clinton, with his foundation work, seems intent on following Carter’s model, although the two have had prickly relations over the years, in part because of Carter’s unbidden forays into diplomacy while Clinton was president and his criticism during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Obama will exit the White House at age 55, some 14 years younger than when Ronald Reagan took office. He’ll soon need to consider how his next act will play out over what most likely will be decades. “Who wants to think their better days are behind them when you’re in your mid-50s?” asks Brinkley. “You try to say, ‘How can I make a bigger impact?’ You’re seeing Clinton do that, and you’ll see George W. Bush do it, but in his own Texas-style way.” At his library dedication, the younger Bush related that Alexander Hamilton had once worried about ex-presidents “wandering among the people like discontented ghosts.” “Actually,” he added, “I think we seem pretty happy.”



LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook Benjamin had a nice 14th birthday on Sunday. I made a chocolate cake and decorated it for him. We didn’t do anything special for our 20th anniversary on the 15th. Where have these years gone? It is only 8 a.m. and the sun feels warm already. Joseph and I watered the gardens with the sprinkler. The hose wouldn’t reach the one corner so we watered that with buckets. It’s time consuming but it is dry and needs rain. The Good Lord will provide. We have so much to be thankful for. Do we appreciate the many blessings we have? Let us thank God daily for our blessings! Laundry is also on our list to do today so I’ll sign off wishing all of you readers God’s many blessings. Try this recipe with your fresh garden goodies.

CHICKEN GARDEN BAKE 1 cup chopped zucchini 1 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup chopped onions 1/3 cup grated cheese 1 cup cut up cooked chicken 1 cup milk 1/2 cup Bisquick 2 eggs 1 /2 tsp. salt 1 /2 tsp. pepper Heat oven to 400. Lightly grease an 8x8inch square baking dish or 9” pie plate. Sprinkle zucchini evenly in baking pan. Beat remaining ingredients for 1 minutes or until smooth. Pour evenly in dish. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

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loan as a business arrangement. Write down the terms and have the documents notarized to provide more legal standing, should the borrower default. Many web sites offer free promissory note forms. Although your son-in-law is a dishonest rat, you can’t exactly claim the high moral ground here either.Falsifying the debt to income ratio the mortgage lender required to do the deal makes you culpable, all good intentions notwithstanding. With that “gift letter” hanging over your head, it’s probably best to move on.Thanks for sharing — we hope you will spare other grandparents from a similar money trap.


Dear Grandparenting: My tale of woe is about money. My daughter had just married the man of her dreams. They got right to work on starting a family. I had a granddaughter 11 months later. The place where they were living had all kinds of problems. It was a 4th floor walk-up apartment. There wasn’t a decent park or green space nearby for my granddaughter to play and get outside. Then there was a robbery in broad daylight right out on the street. My daughter was scared some-

too easy to cite Shakespeare’s admonition about “neither a borrower nor a lender be,”because where family is concerned, many are inclined to help out. Toss grandchildren into the mix, and most grandparents throw caution to the wind. We daresay that most of these transactions end without disaster, but lending money to loved ones remains an emotionally loaded time bomb that can detonate family ties. As a rule of thumb, grandparents should never lend more than they can afford to lose, and consider the impact the loan may have on other family members to avoid resentments and inDear Why: It would be fighting. Finally, treat the


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where this is going. I was supposed to get my money back when they sold their old apartment. My son-inlaw had other ideas. He invested the money instead. Then they got divorced. Then my son-in-law said he would turn me in for mortgage fraud if I leaned on him to repay the loan. Now he lives in a big house while my daughter rents a small apartment. This money was for my granddaughter, not him! I am too embarrassed to tell anyone how I screwed up. What can I do? — Why Me? Piqua, OH

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TROY — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for a eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their prediabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes. This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for six months after participants graduate. The class will be held Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., beginning Aug. 28, at YMCA’s Robinson Branch in Troy, 3060 South County Road 25-A. To register for the program or for more information, contact Donn Craig at 440-9622 or

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JOHN CRUSEY Columnist through the door at home I shot a glassy look at my wife and said, “I told you that I could do it. Now, can you help me get my shoes off?” Somehow, the cycling bug really bit me on that ride, and over the next several years I logged better than 10,000 miles per year on bicycles. It all came to an end in 1998, when I was exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide for several months. It did brain damage and totally disabled me. For the next four years I pretty much stared at the walls and drooled on myself between hundreds of complex partial seizures. Doctors thought I had advanced Parkinson’s disease, but then something odd began to happen. Apparently my brain was creating new circuits and I started to regain some of what I’d lost. I was getting better. The tremors stopped, the seizures became a memory, my vision, hearing and speech all improved, but my sense of balance was still terrible. My stepson loved it, and used to bring friends home from school to watch him tap me on the side of my head and see how easily I fell over. All of those years of inactivity caused my weight to almost double and I knew that was going to lead to serious complications. I turned 70 this spring, and about a month ago, I was introduced to something called a recumbent tadpole tricycle. This is the reverse of a traditional three-wheeler. It has two wheels in front and one in the back, and the riding position is really laid back. It was love at first sight and balance isn’t an issue! I’m on Piqua’s bike paths as often as possible now. The numbers on the bathroom scales are getting smaller, and I’m dreaming about those long rides again.

’ve got good news to report again this week. My sugars have been awesome! Of course, I’ve had my occasional highs and lows but for the most part, they’ve been right on track. It’s great to have something good to report. There’s so much negative out there when it comes to diabetes as I was recently reminded. I was shocked yesterday when I clicked on a Facebook post from a diabetes group that asked people to share stories of hope… remember I said stories of hope. I thought this would be a nice, encouraging read. Boy was I wrong, I only read five comments. That’s all I could handle. Three of the five were about people’s relatives who had type 1 diabetes and died at early ages. Now, I do believe that these stories need to be told. Everyone needs to know how serious this disease is, but I thought we were sharing stories of hope. And, I find things like this all the time. It’s just getting under my skin I guess. Thanks for letting me vent. While we’re on the topic of hope, let me plug an

event that I hope will provide a break from the negativity and give lots of encouragement. The AntiBurnout Blowout: An Inspirational Night Out will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Tipp City United Methodist Church. The night will include live music, speaking and tons of fun. I’m still working out the details, but I know that tickets will be required and will cost probably around $5. This money will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and will help to fund research toward tools that help to make living with this disease easier and those that possibly prevent or cure type 1 diabetes. While the profits will go toward JDRF, anyone can experience burnout from anything. The event isn’t limited to diabetics. So come on out. Get rejuvenated to continue the fight against whatever you’re battling and benefit JDRF. What a win-win! If you would like more information on the Anti-Burnout Blowout: An Inspirational Night Out when it becomes available, I would love for you to email me at jrun- Also, if you have an idea you’d like to see at the event, please let me know. As I said before, I’m still in the planning stages and would welcome any thoughts to make this event filled with fun and encouragement that attendees won’t soon forget. Also, I wanted to let parents of children with type 1 know about a Website I just came across. It can be at found This site is a partnership between the Lily Company and Disney. Lily has a long history in the diabetes field manufacturing products we so desperately need like say insulin for example. The site takes the Lily knowledge and pairs it with the fun and magic of Disney. There’s lots of blog posts from moms in the same situation you are in (like supply tips and tricks), expert answers to questions, advice for families newly diagnosed and much more. They even have a new magazine (Ask your healthcare provider for a free copy). The first two issues address juggling type 1 care and outdoor pur-



suits, handling sleepovers, birthday parties, sports, and stress, as well as games, puzzles and crafts for kids going back to school and tips for parents sending them back to school. And, on a final note, I want to invite you to the next Type 1 Talk to be held from 2-4 p.m. July 28 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Type 1 Talk is a support group for individuals and their loved ones dealing with type 1. It’s just an informal, non-judgmental way to get to know others “who get it.” If you know someone who may benefit from the group, please let them know about our next meeting. Jennifer Runyon has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She can be reached at

Cancer fundraiser benefit’s massage therapy TROY — The John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care continues to allow the UVMC Cancer Care Center to provide a variety of services to patients including new massage therapy. “I am so grateful. The generosity that our community has for our cancer care center is amazing, and it just continues,” said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director. “People keep giving and, through their generosity, we are able to provide all of these services.” The Dugan Memorial Fund’s annual reception this year was held at the Piqua home of Stacy and Benny Scott. The event, in its ninth year, was attended by more than 125 people and raised more than $50,000. John J. Dugan was a Miami County commissioner and long-time supporter of UVMC at the time of his death in 2003 from complications of esophageal cancer. His family chose to honor him through support of the local Cancer Care Center. That commitment has raised more than $410,000 for center projects. In 2012, the event featured the opening of the John J. Dugan Infusion Center at the new Cancer Care Center. Previous fund projects included the healing gar-


From left, Bob Price, Terrence Dugan, Jean Dugan and Tom Parker of UVMC talk during the annual fundraiser to benefit the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care den now starting to bloom outside the center. This year’s event dollars will underwrite the new integrative/complementary medicine component of massage therapy for patients, said Kathie Scarbrough, President and Executive Director of the UVMC Foundation. Heath said the complimentary therapy began June 1 and is being offered by Theresa Ann Nelson, a licensed massage therapist. The therapy available includes massage, reflexology, hand massage and chair

massage. Any therapy is voluntary and approved by the patient’s physician. “What we have found so far is patients feel more relaxed, all feel very positive about the experience,” Heath said. Evidence supports the benefit of therapeutic massage in helping boost the immune system, restoring energy and helping patients deal with the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, she said. Jean Dugan, John’s wife, said she is “so happy to see the continued support from the community for the Can-

cer Care Center. We have dedicated donors who have been with the John .J. Dugan Memorial Fund for the Cancer Care Center for nine years now. Each year new donors join this wonderful cause.” The Dugans’ son, Brian Dugan, said the family is very happy the event has contributed so much money and energy to the Cancer Center and Infusion Center. “Dad would be very happy to see so many of his friends contributing to this great cause,” Brian Dugan said. The event is unique, in part, by its venue at an area family’s home. Jean Dugan said she is honored by the continued “generosity of families who allow this event to be held at their lovely homes.” In addition to the Scotts, the following have hosted the event: Bill and Wanda Lukens, Henry and Linda Ernst, Dr. Norman and Georgia Armstrong, Tom Hagan, Brent Black, Greg and Laura Stephens and Dave and Sally Waibel. The John J. Dugan Infusion Center hosted the event as part of its opening in 2012.

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them. It was probably piety, but they decided to take me on as a project, giving me all the food, water and encouragement that I needed to see me through. Twenty-two hours into the ride I struggled over the finish line, seven pounds lighter and so sore I had major problems just getting off of the bike. Stumbling




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I’m back! ifteen years. Fifteen years since I’ve been able to put my foot on a bicycle pedal and enjoy an activity that I’ve loved all my life. Actually, I was introduced to “serious” cycling in 1972 because of a snit with my ex-wife. One evening at home, I was reading an article in the newspaper about an upcoming bicycle ride in Wapakoneta, Ohio: the Midwest Double Century. Riders were expected to cover 200 miles in 24hours. I read the important pieces of the article out loud to my wife, and added jokingly, “I should sign up.” “Are you out of your mind? You’d never make it!” “What do you mean, I wouldn’t make it? Don’t I have a ten-speed bike?” “Yes, that you ride seven miles to work. Don’t be stupid.” I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck coming to attention as she stomped out of the room, mumbling something about an “idiot”. There were more conversations like this, and on that July Fourth weekend, I found myself surrounded by 216 cyclists, with bikes stripped to bare necessities and all had those funny, turned-down handlebars. I had every bell and whistle I could afford bolted to my ride. Its traditional upright handlebars were equipped with mirrors, lights and a horn with a big, rubber squeeze bulb on it. My chrome fenders shined as we started the ride. Being in the middle of this group gave me a closed in feeling, but that went away as the other riders disappeared ahead of me. By mid-afternoon I’d put in 125-miles and was feeling pretty proud of myself. Though the temperature climbed into the midnineties and was making an issue of itself. Then the course began snaking over a series of hills near Yellow Springs that all but finished me. Rest stops were coming closer and closer together and there wasn’t any part of me that didn’t hurt by now, except my hands, and I couldn’t feel them at all. I started to rethink my choice of handlebars. A dozen times over I was ready to quit, only my wife’s “You’ll never make it,” kept me on that saddle, which was another piece of the bike that was showing no mercy. This is about the time I caught up with four members of a cycling club from Whitehall, Ohio.They were having dinner and invited me to join

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Piqua earns runners up honors MINSTER — Minster held its annual youth baseball tournament over the weekend at the Four Seasons Park. After the first round of pool play the Piqua boys remained undefeated. However, the competition was so fierce the team were number three seed in pool play with Versailles claiming the number one seed with Coldwater claiming the number two seed. Union City earned the wild card. In the first round of bracket play Coldwater defeated Union City to advance to the championship. On the other side of the bracket Piqua defeated Versailles. The championship game was decided by a score of 8-6 with Coldwater holding on to win. The Piqua boys came back from a deficit of 8-3 in the last inning. The final out came on a close play at home with the tying run stranded on third. Piqua earned Runners up honors. Reminder: July 27-28, Piqua Youth Baseball will host the second annual youth baseball tournament, the Indian Summer Classic. Union City, Bell Center, Zanesfield, Goldy’s Gang (Greenville) and Piqua will all be playing.

PIQUA — Join us for the second annual Dream Chasers 5k Run/Walk in the memory of Paul “Skip” Jackson who passed away due to a brain aneurysm. He was a pillar of the Piqua community, friend to many, and a wonderful husband and father who is and forever will be greatly missed. The scholarship foundation, DreamChasers, is now in effect and will be rewarding Piqua area students with $1,000 scholarships. Jackson was a firm believer in education and wanted as many young adults to have access to college as possible. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 2, at Fountain Park in Piqua. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Registering to run can aslo be done online at and or to donate to the scholarship visit: The first $1,000 raised will be donated to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, and any money raised after will go to the DreamChasers scholarship foundation. Come join us to support and enjoy a day at the GREENVILLE — The park. Jackson always beLight Foundation is excited lieved in chasing your to announce their 5k Advendreams, so take the first ture Race, the Gauntlet on step toward your destiny. Saturday, Aug. 3. The Gauntlet is back and particAnnual golf ipants will have the opporscramble tunity to conquer natural and man-made, military-inannounced spired obstacles in what PIQUA — The Piqua promises to be a fun, High School girls basket- MUDDY race. Solo runners, ball program will be hold- ages 14-up, can run competing their annual golf itively for awards or just for scramble at 1 p.m., Satur- fun and Teams of 3 can work day, Aug. 3. Start time together, aiding each other with check in at 12:15. through the course, to comCost is $60/player with pete for the team awards. foursomes needed. InStill not sure you have cludes greens fees, cart, what it takes to get dirty? dinner and prizes. That’s okay, we have someRegistration deadline is thing for everyone and for all July 26. ages at the Gauntlet. In adAll proceeds go to sup- dition to the 5k we have a port the Lady Indians full day of entertainment basketball program. To that is free for spectators. register a team, contact Gauntlet Events include Eric Brown (937) 602- bands, free kids race for ages 5493 or 7-13, great food,, raffle prizes, 50/50 chances, beer If you would like to be a tent and special guest aphole sponsor, contact Doug pearances. The event will Yount (937) 570-2558 or also provide a free Kid Care for Venue, which will be run cerdetails. tified sitters and volunteers to provide a safe and enterLocos Express taining atmosphere to our to add 17U team participant’s kids. So come out and see us on August 3, LIMA — Locos Express 2013 for an experience like has announced they will no other, test your menbe adding a 17U team for tal/physical strength, cheer 2014. We will be having on your friends and enjoy a tryouts at Simmons Field full day of entertainment. (home field of Lima Locos) Proceeds from this race from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on will go to The Light FoundaAug. 18, for 17U. Locos tion. The Light Foundation Express is a non-profit created in 2001 by subsidiary of the Lima Greenville native and forLocos that is dedicated to mer NFL New England Pathe development of youth triot Matt Light, strives to baseball. The Express seinstill and augment the vallect teams will be competues of responsibility, acing in tournaments after countability, and hard work the end each school’s 2014 by providing youth with a spring baseball year. We unique outdoor learning exwill be traveling throughout Ohio, Michigan and perience that assist them in Kentucky playing among reaching their goals and the best competition in highest potential. With programs like Camp Vohokase, the Midwest. Receive instruction and the Light Foundation is able practice in an indoor facil- to provide positive opportuity this winter by colle- nities for young people who giate and professional may not otherwise have instructors. Visit them. The Light Foundation m a l o c o s. n e t / l o c o s - e x - also provides college scholarpress/tryout-registration ships for local high school students, a free youth footto register for tryouts. Registration is re- ball camp, and opens the facility at Chenoweth Trails to quired. other local non-profit proPlay among the best, against the best, Locos grams like the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Darke County Express. Email locosex- Adapted PE, Youth For with Christ, Church retreats, and the Greenville Goal Setters any questions. Program.

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Top row from left to right, Coach Kyle Pratt, Coach Jamie Lawson, Coach Sean Anderson, Coach Deron Johns. Second row standing, SS-Zane Pratt, OF-Warren Shockey, C-Anson Cox, OF-Sean Brading, Third ro –Colten Beougher, P-Mickey Anderson, OF- Peyton Offenbacher, with third row kneeling: OF Brennan Bowman, 2nd –Landon Lawson, OF-Brenan Johns, Batboy-Braden Offenbacher, 1st-Trenton Rudd.

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A portion of the proceeds will also benefit local nonprofits organizations who have committed their time, efforts and volunteers to help with the event festivities. The Light Foundation is also working with Green Sneakers for this Event. Green Sneakers will donate .50 per pound of sneakers collected. Participants can leave those MUDDY golden nuggets with us when you cross that finish line. Spectators you too can donate, just bring us your gently used sneakers. Participants and spectators will receive one raffle ticket for each pair of shoes donated. For more details and updates about the Guantlet and to register, please go to m Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Registration and Pre-Registration Deadlines. Sponsorship Packages are still available, if you’re interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nick Schuckman at (513) 513-0948, Leslie Gunckel, at (937) 423-7443 or e-mail us at

Gauntlet 5K Adventure Race What: The Gauntlet is a 5K Adventure Race to benefit the Light Foundation and local non-profit organizations. Participants and spectators, alike, will enjoy a full day of free entertainment including bands, great food, raffle prizes, 50/50 chances, beer tent and special guest appearances. The event will also provide a free Kid Care Venue. Participants and

spectators are urged to donate gently used sneakers, and they will receive one free raffle ticket for each pair. Who: People of all ages. There’s a free kids race for ages 7-13, and competitive races for runners aged 14up. When: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 3. Where: 440 Greenville Nashville Rd., Greenville OH 45331 For more information, visit the event site:

Cook to participate in Crossroads Elite


Pictured is Storm Cook with Coach Tyler Dietz of Five Star. PIQUA — Piqua Indians basketball player Storm Cook was recently selected to participate in the Crossroads Elite Top 125 up and coming Showcase. The Showcase features the top freshman basketball players across the country including Canada. Storm will be participating on Aug. 10-11, in Nashville, Tenn. He recently participated in the Five Star Basketball Camp in Louisville, Ky., where he received the following awards: Five Star Team Tournament Champion, Five Star All-Star, All-Star game Most Outstanding Player and Five Star Camp Most Outstanding Player.


Teen football player dies ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities plan an autopsy to try and learn what caused the death of a high school football player in northeast Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 17year-old Jordan Bracken-Howley died suddenly Monday morning. Jordan Bracken-Howley would have been a senior at Apalachee High School, where he played as an offensive and defensive lineman. Coach Shane Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he complained of a headache on Sunday and just wasn’t feeling good. Davis said that when his father tried to wake him early Monday, the teen was unresponsive and could not be revived. The coach said he last saw the teen at football practice Friday, and he showed no ill effects then. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Johnson pleads no contest LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL running back Larry Johnson has pleaded no contest in a domestic violence case involving an exgirlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort. The Las Vegas ReviewJournal reports the 33-yearold was ruled guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor domestic violence battery and assault. A felony charge was dropped as part of a plea deal. Johnson was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine. He must also perform 48 hours of community service and attend six months of counseling. Police arrested Johnson Oct. 5 at a Bellagio hotel room amid allegations that he beat and strangled his exgirlfriend. Johnson starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, but most recently played for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. He was arrested several

times during his nine-year NFL career.

Czech Republic headed to little league series S O U T H WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Czech Republic is headed to the Little League World Series, joining Australia as rookie participants at youth baseball’s biggest tournament. The South Moravia league beat Italy in the European and Africa Region championship July 20 to become the first Czech team to advance to South Williamsport. The World Series begins Aug. 15. A squad from Australia has also qualified, meaning the World Series will have two countries making their debuts in the same year for the first time since Guam and Russia made inaugural appearances in 2001. Australia got its own region this year after a Little League realignment to account for international growth.



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NBC to take over part of NASCAR TV package JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports. The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday begins in 2015 and gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races of the season and final 19 Nationwide races. It also makes NBC Sports Group the premier motorsports network with NASCAR, Formula One and IndyCar among its properties. “With NBC, you’re joining a family at NBC Sports where you’ll be surrounded by incredible championship-type programming,” said Steve Herbst, NASCAR’s vice president of broadcasting and production. “Their football package on Sunday night is the No. 1 show on television … they are the home to championship programming and we’ll be promoted and marketed and shown alongside those top-tier events.” NBC will air seven Cup races, while 13 will be on the NBC Sports Network. The Nationwide Series will have four events on NBC and 15 on NBC Sports Network.

Herbst said some of the Cup events will be a lead-in to “Sunday Night Football.” “We’re going to have the opportunity as we get into the fall season and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup to be on Sunday afternoons leading into NFL football, and that’s an exciting opportunity for us, given the obvious power of the NFL,” he said. “We still have a ways to go to figure out what races and when, but it will be select races that go into Sunday Night Football.” The deal also gave NBC Sports Group rights to the K&N Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series events, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and season-ending banquets, live-streaming rights for Cup and Nationwide, and Spanish-language broadcast rights on Telemundo and Mun2 for national series events and NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series. NBC Sports Group replaces ESPN, which carries 17 events and picks up its portion of the schedule this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Turner, which currently has six races on the schedule. NBC shared the television contract with Fox from 2001-06 in the first national TV deal for NASCAR.

NBC pulled out of negotiations on an extension, and ESPN picked up that portion of the schedule in 2007. John Skipper, president of ESPN, said the network will continue to cover NASCAR when its deal expires. “ESPN has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with NASCAR. We have tremendous respect for the France family, the drivers and all in the sport and wish them well,” he said. “We will continue to serve NASCAR fans through SportsCenter and our other news platforms as we continue to enhance our industry-leading collection of quality assets. We are looking forward to the start of our Sprint Cup season and will continue with our deep commitment to the highest quality coverage.” Turner indicated earlier Tuesday it could not compete financially in the negotiations to extend its 31year relationship with NASCAR. “We think NASCAR is an attractive property, but we are disciplined in our approach to negotiating sports rights and could not come up with a business model that was financially prudent for our company,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports at Turner.

Fans to pick final round hole GULLANE, ScotTour cards Uihland (AP) — If Phil lein from a EuroMickelson and Ian pean Tour in Poulter don’t like Portugal, Koepka the hole location for by winning three the par-3 15th at times on the Oak Hill in the Challenge Tour final round of the for an instant proPGA Champimotion. onship, they might Uihlein is No. want to take it up 108 in the world, with the fans. while Koepka is After all, the fans No. 114. are going to decide “We’re watchwhere to put the ing both of them pin. very closely,” said The PGA of Kerry Haigh, the America anPGA of America’s nounced a contest chief champicalled “PGA Chamonships director. pionship Pick the Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the dis- “At this point, Hole Location tributor of this item, PR Newswire Association LLC. they have not Challenge Hosted been invited.” by Jack Nicklaus.” Haigh said he used during the week,” he PGA BUBBLE: While Fans can go to the said. “It’s a green that does there is only one month would consider the high PGA’s website have plentiful locations left to qualify for the ranking based on the because there’s water all FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Cup ited tournaments they hole starting Tuesday the way down the length playoffs, another points have played this year. 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That had fans to interact with the in PGA Tour events from LPGA Tour at 68. been the largest margin of PGA Championship and the Bridgestone InvitaBut she is playing golf victory in the PGA Cham- play a role in shaping the tional a year ago through again. pionship until Rory McIl- outcome of the final round the Canadian Open. Rankin, who worked for roy won by eight last year fascinates me,” Nicklaus Among those on the bub- ESPN at the British Open, at Kiawah Island. said. “It’s like being able to ble are Roberto Castro said she played for the “The idea came up, we call the shots during the (No. 69), Matt Jones (No. first time since 2011 durspoke to Jack and he was fourth quarter of the 70), David Hearn (73), ing a family trip to Ruivery excited about it,” said Super Bowl. … I believe Matt Every (75) and Jeff doso, N.M. She played 10 Kerry Haigh, the chief this new concept will Overton (79), who only holes with son Tuey and championships officer for serve as an exciting three years ago was granddaughter Kendall the PGA of America. hands-on learning experi- screaming, “Boom, Baby!” with mixed results. The 15th hole is 181 ence for golf fans, and I’m after holing a fairway shot “It was the first time I yards with bunkers to the happy to be involved.” had my hands on a golf in the Ryder Cup. left and water along the Haigh has been in The PGA of America club in two years,” said right side. charge of setting up the uses this list to fill its 156- Rankin, the first woman The fans won’t be able course for the PGA Cham- man field, which can add a to go over $100,000 in one to put the flag wherever pionship, Senior PGA and number of spots. year on the LPGA Tour they want. Haigh said the Ryder Cup since 1989. 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NASCAR back at dirt track for 1st time since '70 BY DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer ROSSBURG — Time to attach the mud flaps. NASCAR is set for an off-road detour through the dirt. The Truck Series is headed for the Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt track for a one-night only special designed to reconnect NASCAR with its early roots and give fans raised on asphalt and stock cars a taste of the wild races run in the dust. The last time one of NASCAR’s top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The dirt drought ends when the trucks race Wednesday night at Tony Stewart-owned Eldora in Rossburg. Stewart, still a regular on the weeknight racing circuit, has naturally become a big booster of NASCAR’s return to dirt. Most of the field drove their first Eldora laps at Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a neat facility,” Stewart said. “It’s well lit, it’s a wide racetrack, it gives you a lot of options of where you can go and what you can do. I think it gives those guys an opportunity. The practice day on Tuesday should help a lot of those teams be able to get acclimated before they come back to the track on Wednesday.” Eldora’s grandstands are sold out for the 9:30 p.m. ET race, even as some of the series’ biggest winners, like Kyle Busch, are sitting out. Ryan Newman and Dave Blaney are the only Cup drivers in the field. The race will feature a handful of so-called ringers, such as Scott Bloomquist, a member of the National Dirt Track Hall of Fame with more than 500 victories in a lengthy career. The 49-year-old Bloomquist is set to make his NASCAR debut driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. “It’s going to be something different I’m sure, but it’s a race car and I’ve driven a lot of race cars,” he said. “Never a truck, but it's still a race car.” The race also gets a twist on qualifying. There are five, eight-lap qualifying events and a 15-lap lastchance race to come up with the 30 competitors (regularly 36 in the series) who will start the 150-lap Mudsummer Classic. Because there is no pit road, the race is broken into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps. Trucks driver James Buescher raved about Eldora after he tested there. “It was a lot more fun than I expected it to be,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be interesting when we get 30 trucks on the track at the same time in tight quarters like that. It’s going to be an action-packed race. I just hope there’s not too many cautions.” It could happen. After all, the trucks weren't built to race on dirt, so some adjustments were needed. The Goodyear dirt tire has been widened from 10 to 11 inches to provide a larger contact patch with the track and give the trucks more grip. While the Eldora right-side tire will basically remain the same height as a NASCAR tire run on asphalt tracks, the left-side is 3 inches shorter (85.8 inches) to build in more stagger, which will help the trucks turn better. The trucks will be fitted for mesh shields and hood deflectors to hold off debris kicked up from the muck. The drivers who know how to get dirty are the easy favorites. Kyle Larson, pegged as NASCAR’s next big star, is one of the few drivers with experience on the dirt oval. Larson is one of only two drivers to sweep the USAC Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. Larson also won in the USAC Midgets in 2012. There's a reason this track was selected for him to make his second Truck Series start of the season. “I have been looking forward to this race for a really long time,” he said. “I've had a lot of fun racing at Eldora and have had quite a bit of success, so I am excited to get back. I can't wait to see how the trucks run there.” Even with the lengthy gap between NASCAR dirt races, fans and drivers are buzzing over the race, a rarity in a series that often runs in front of mostly empty grandstands as a support race in a Sprint Cup weekend. But a big crowd, big ratings and a great race could go far in making an Eldora a regular stop on the Truck Series circuit — and maybe make stock car racing there a reality. “If it has incredible success, who knows how far this could go?” driver Kenny Wallace said. “You could put the Nationwide Series there. One thing I always remind people of — and I race dirt all over the United States — this is where Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman came from. Three quarters of the field in Sprint Cup came from dirt tracks just like Eldora. I think this is a really good deal.” The race comes six weeks after the death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on a dirt track in New Jersey. State police say a mechanical problem was to blame for the spinout that ended with Leffler’s car slamming into a concrete wall. The 37-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a one-time winner in the Truck Series.

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BASEBALL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE_Suspended Milwaukee OF Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season and postseason for multiple violations of baseball's drug program and labor contract.

GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGS_Released LHP Chuck Lukanen.

OTTAWA SENATORS_Re-signed D Patrick Wiercioch to a three-year contract.

FOOTBALL National Football League CINCINNATI BENGALS_Released G Travelle Wharton.

PHOENIX COYOTES_Signed D David Rundblad to a two-year contract.

LAREDO LEMURS_Signed RHP Seth Lintz. American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX_Optioned 3B Brent Morel to Charlotte (IL). Reinstated 1B/DH Paul Konerko from the 15-day DL.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS_Released INF Gilbert Briones. Signed INF Eddie Young. ST. PAUL SAINTS_Released LHP Aaron Correa and RHP Hugh Adams.

TEXAS RANGERS_Acquired RHP Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for RHPs C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, INF Mike Olt, and a player to be named. Reinstated RHPYu Darvish from the 15-day DL list.

WICHITA WINGNUTS_Released C Scott Dalrymple. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS_Sold the contract of RHP Bryce Morrow to the San Diego Padres.

National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS_Sent RHP Brandon McCarthy to Reno (PCL) for a rehab assignment.

GATEWAY GRIZZLIES_Signed RHP Aaron Baker and OF Nick DeLorenzo. Traded RHP Ryan Hartman to Joliet for a player to be named. Released INF Spiker Helms.

CHICAGO CUBS_Recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Iowa (PCL).


COLORADO ROCKIES_Recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Tulsa (Texas). Optioned INF Josh Rutledge to Colorado Springs (PCL).

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association BOSTON CELTICS_Signed C Vitor Faverani and G Phil Pressey.

ATLANTA BRAVES_Transferred LHP Eric O'Flaherty to the 60-day DL. LOS ANGELES DODGERS_Sent RHP Stephen Fife to Albuquerque (PCL) for a rehab assignment.

DALLAS MAVERICKS_Traded the draft rights to G Nick Calathes to Memphis for a 2016 second-round draft pick. Named Gersson Rosas general manager.

MIAMI MARLINS_Sent RHP Jose Ceda to Jupiter (FSL) for a rehab assignment.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS_Signed C Byron Mullens.

NEWYORK METS_Optioned RHP Greg Burke to Las Vegas (PCL).Reinstated 1B Justin Turner from the 15-day DL.

TORONTO RAPTORS_Signed G D.J.Augustin to a one-year contract.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS_Fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein.Promoted minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu to hitting coach.

Women's National Basketball Association NEW YORK LIBERTY_Signed G Samantha Prahalis to a seven-day contract.

American Association GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS_Released


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS_Re-signed D Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year contract. Announced an affiliation agreement with Orlando (ECHL).

HOUSTON TEXANS_Signed WR DeAndre Hopkins.Released NT Ra'Shon Harris.Placed S Orhian Johnson and LB Sam Montgomery on the active/non-football injury list. Placed DE Earl Okine on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS_Re-signed F Nicolas Deschamps to a one-year, two-way contract.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS_Signed DL Anthony Rashad White.

WINNIPEG JETS_Agreed to terms with F Bryan Little on a five-year contract.

NEWYORK JETS_Signed QB Geno Smith to a four-year contract.

American Hockey League GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS_Agreed to terms with G Tom McCollum on a one-year contract and F Anthony Peluso on a two-year contract.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS_Announced CB Eric Wright failed his physical and returned him to Tampa Bay.

IOWA WILD_Named Kurt Kleinendorst coach. SOCCER Major League Soccer SEATTLE SOUNDERS_Loaned F Fredy Montero to Sporting Lisbon (Portugal).

Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS_Released P Burke Dales. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS_Signed DL Aaron Crawford and Mathieu Boulay and LB Shelly Lyons to the practice roster.

TENNIS WTA_Named Steve Tseng head of global sponsorship sales.

GYMNASTICS USA GYMNASTICS_Promoted Scott Bregman to director of content and communications.

COLLEGE BARTON_Announced the resignation of men's and women's golf coach John Hackney.

HOCKEY HOCKEY CANADA_Named Mike Babcock coach and Ken Hitchcock, Claude Julien and Lindy Ruff associate coaches for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team.

FORDHAM_Named Greg Marmaros director of football operations. INDIANA-EAST_Named Tiffani women's basketball coach.

National Hockey League CALGARY FLAMES_Signed C Sean Monahan to a three-year, entry-level contract.

UTAH JAZZ_Signed G John Lucas III.


OHIO STATE_Suspended TE Marcus Baugh one game and RB Carlos Hyde from team activities. Dismissed DLTim Gardner from the football team.

FLORIDA PANTHERS_Agreed to terms with D Colby Robak on a two-year contract.

CINCINNATI TEAM STAX CINCINNATI REDS BATTERS Votto Choo Bruce Phillips Robinson Mesoraco Paul Frazier Cozart Izturis Heisey Hannahan Hanigan Miller Ludwick Soto Team Totals ___¢

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AB 363 364 393 364 139 184 165 317 362 85 112 95 145 20 0 3 3369

R 69 69 55 48 16 18 19 36 48 4 13 7 13 2 0 0 436

H 115 107 106 97 37 46 41 77 85 19 25 21 28 2 0 0 849

2B 19 24 28 17 6 10 10 17 22 4 8 4 6 0 0 0 180

3B 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11

HR 15 14 20 12 0 5 5 10 7 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 96

RBI 44 32 68 79 7 23 27 46 34 6 12 9 14 1 0 0 416

BB 75 65 30 25 16 21 20 35 15 7 7 10 19 5 2 0 354

SO 87 87 119 57 36 39 43 82 65 7 26 23 18 5 0 2 773

SB 3 11 2 2 3 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30

CS 2 8 3 2 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 25

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W 1 0 3 9 5 9 4 2 9 1 5 0 2 3 56

ERA 2.13 2.57 2.66 2.79 3.02 3.19 3.33 3.46 3.53 3.75 3.84 4.05 4.33 4.40 3.38

G 38 11 44 19 38 20 9 40 20 28 20 8 29 28 99

GS 0 0 0 19 0 20 9 0 20 0 20 0 0 0 99

SV 0 0 23 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 27

IP 38.0 7.0 40.2 122.2 50.2 132.2 48.2 41.2 125.0 24.0 129.0 13.1 27.0 28.2 897.2

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R 9 3 12 43 20 49 18 16 56 11 56 6 15 14 360

ER 9 2 12 38 17 47 18 16 49 10 55 6 13 14 337

HR 3 0 4 14 4 17 6 4 11 4 10 2 3 4 100

BB 16 2 19 28 15 23 14 19 40 7 31 9 11 10 272

SO 35 7 68 76 44 75 41 47 132 32 133 11 20 21 821

L 1 1 3 4 3 7 2 5 3 1 9 0 2 0 43


E 10 2 0 6 0 5 1 4 10 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 46

NEWYORK (AP) Ryan Braun stood on a spring training field and proclaimed he was innocent of using banned testosterone. “I would bet my life,” he said back then,“that this substance never entered my body at any point.” Seventeen months later, he accepted a 65-game suspension from baseball and admitted, “I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Attention quickly turned to who’s next? Will Alex Rodriguez or any of the other players tied in media reports to the Biogenesis of America clinic get disciplined and, if so, when? “I’m pretty sure Braunie won’t be the last,”DetroitAllStar outfielder Torii Hunter said. “It’s going to be for the next 100 years, somebody’s going to try to beat the system, and as long as they keep catching guys, the system works.” Braun, a five-time All-Star, accepted a penalty 15 games longer than the one he avoided last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled. More than a dozen players were targeted by MLB following a report by Miami New Times in January revealing relationships between Biogenesis and major leaguers. When Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) Sports reported in February that Braun’s name was listed in Biogenesis’ record, Braun said his lawyer had retained clinic ownerAnthony Bosch as a consultant. Braun issued a statement that said “I have nothing to hide.” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced Braun’s penalty,citing the outfielder for unspecified“violations”of both baseball’s drug program and labor contract.Braun’s ban will cost him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary.With the Brewers in last place in the NL Central, they aren’t likely to have any playoff games for him to miss. “I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed,” Braun said. “I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.” Under the agreement reached by MLB and the players’ association the specifics of Braun’s admission were not made public. A person familiar with the deal,speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said 50 games of the penalty were connected to Biogenesis. The additional 15 games stemmed from Braun’s actions during the grievance that overturned his positive test from October 2011. The suspension will count as a first violation of the drug program, the person said.

BASEBALL STANDINGS W Oakland Texas Seattle Los Angeles Houston

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.

National League The Associated Press

Miami 3, Colorado 1 Pittsburgh at Washington, 12:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs 4, Arizona 2

East Division W Atlanta Philadelphia Washington New York Miami Central Division W St. Louis Pittsburgh Cincinnati Chicago Milwaukee West Division W Los Angeles Arizona Colorado San Francisco San Diego

San Diego at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

L 56 49 48 43 36

Pct 43 50 51 52 61

GB .566 .495 .485 .453 .371

L 59 58 56 44 41

Pct 37 39 43 53 57

GB .615 .598 .566 .454 .418

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L 51 51 48 45 44

Pct 47 48 52 53 56

GB .520 .515 .480 .459 .440

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— 7 8 11 19

Cincinnati 11, San Francisco 0 Wednesday's Games Pittsburgh (Liriano 9-4) at Washington (Strasburg 57), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 6-9) at Toronto (Rogers 3-4), 7:07 p.m. Atlanta (Hudson 7-7) at N.Y. Mets (Hefner 4-7), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Lannan 2-3) at St. Louis (Westbrook 64), 8:15 p.m. Miami (Ja.Turner 3-2) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 95), 8:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 6-9) at Arizona (Kennedy 3-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers 14, Toronto 5 Cincinnati (Leake 9-4) at San Francisco (Gaudin 41), 10:15 p.m.

Atlanta 2, N.Y. Mets 1 San Diego 5, Milwaukee 3

Pct 41 44 52 51 65

GB .586 .556 .475 .474 .337

— 3 11 11 24½

Miami at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

San Diego (O'Sullivan 0-1) at Milwaukee (Lohse 67), 8:10 p.m.

Monday's Games Pittsburgh 6, Washington 5

L 58 55 47 46 33

Thursday's Games

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Monday's Games Texas 3, N.Y. Yankees 0

Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers 14, Toronto 5

Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay 3, Boston 0 Baltimore 9, Kansas City 2

American League The Associated Press East Division W Boston Tampa Bay Baltimore New York Toronto Central Division W Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota Chicago West Division

Detroit 7, Chicago White Sox 3 Oakland 4, Houston 3

L 60 59 57 52 45

Pct 41 41 43 47 53

GB .594 .590 .570 .525 .459

— ½ 2½ 7 13½

L 54 52 45 42 39

Pct 44 47 51 54 57

GB .551 .525 .469 .438 .406

— 2½ 8 11 14

L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 6-9) at Toronto (Rogers 3-4), 7:07 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 4-5) at Boston (Doubront 7-3), 7:10 p.m. N.Y.Yankees (Pettitte 7-7) at Texas (Garza 0-0), 8:05 p.m. Baltimore (W.Chen 5-3) at Kansas City (E.Santana 6-6), 8:10 p.m. Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 7-7) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 2-7), 8:10 p.m. Thursday's Games N.Y. Yankees at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Minnesota 4, L.A. Angels 3 Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Seattle 2, Cleveland 1 Houston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Wednesday's Games Oakland (Griffin 8-7) at Houston (B.Norris 6-9), 2:10 p.m. Minnesota (Pelfrey 4-7) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 4-5), 3:35 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Baltimore at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Kazmir 5-4) at Seattle (J.Saunders 9-8), 3:40 p.m.

Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.


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BY FRANCES DRAKE For Thursday, July 25, 2013 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a good day to do research or seek out solutions for past problems. You might be surprised by your success rate. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Discussions with others in a group might rehash old problems. And perhaps this time, you will see things in a new light. One can only hope. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Talk to people in authority about financial matters today, especially your earnings or regarding something you own. You just might get what you want if you are direct about it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This is a good day to finalize plans regarding travel or higher education that you have been considering for some time. Think of it as wrapping up your chance for a dream. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Your feelings of sympathy for someone who is less fortunate might prompt you to be generous. Probably, you've been considering this for a while. (Kindness is a good thing.) VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Discussions with partners and close friends might re-examine something that was previously discussed. Perhaps this time you are more sympathetic to see the other person's point of view. And vice versa. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) At work today, you will find that there is a mutual support and sympathy between co-workers. Good -this makes things easier and promotes production. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) This can be a creative day for you. You might want to make vacation plans, socialize with others or dream up artistic solutions. Playful times with children also will appeal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is a good day to organize your mess at home. Go back and plow through boxes and old material that you haven't looked at for a while. (You'll love yourself for this later.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your imagination might be the key to solving a problem today. Something from the past has to be looked at again, and you know it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) If shopping today, guard against going overboard buying luxurious elegance. Yes, it's wonderful, but can your budget handle it? PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You're tuned in to the wants and needs of others today because your Spidey sense is heightened. You might find that others are equally tuned in, and you can communicate at a subtle level. YOU BORN TODAY You are a seeker. You hunger for adventure and the stimulation of exotic, faraway places. You have a great imagination, and you are an idealist. Many of you live for your dreams. Personally, you are honorable, trustworthy and noble. (And you will defend your honor!) This year your primary focus is on relationships, partnerships and close friendships. Enjoy. Birthdate of: Heather Marks, model; James Lafferty, actor; Eric Hoffer, philosopher.

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For Ohio animals, a spread of doughnuts, hot dogs BY ANN SANNER Associated Press COLUMBUS (AP) — It turns out doughnuts, dog food and Gatorade are bear necessities. At least those were the preferred foods of Dewey, a 400pound Asiatic black bear temporarily housed at a state facility in Ohio. The building holds wild creatures confiscated or surrendered under Ohio’s exotic animal law, which was strengthened following the release of dozens of animals including lions and tigers by their suicidal owner in 2011 in Zanesville. Authorities fearing for

public safety killed most of the animals in a headline-capturing saga. At least five alligators and two bears have come through the state’s roughly $3 million facility since it opened in February. Ohio’s agriculture department then looks for permanent housing for the critters in sanctuaries or zoos. Groceries and supplies for the hungry boarders have topped $1,025 since the end of May, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. Items included a 20-inch jungle ball for the bears bought on-

line for $225 and five, 5-foot kiddie pools for alligators from WalMart for about $74. Feeding logs show Dewey and an American black bear named Boo Boo weren’t light eaters. Dewey’s meals included chicken breast, nuts, cookies and bagels. Boo Boo, a female who weighed 250 pounds, enjoyed hot dogs, lettuce, corn and fish. Both bears had poor diets before they arrived. Sixteen-yearold Dewey ate like a teenager, munching on pizza and drinking Mountain Dew. The state initially got food for the bears through an agreement with the Columbus zoo, though

Dewey turned up his nose at the nutritious chow. “In this particular case, we felt like it was more important to keep them on the food that they liked,” said Erica Hawkins, a spokeswoman for Ohio’s agriculture department. State veterinarians eventually worked more wholesome items into their diets, she said. Both bears left this month for a sanctuary in Colorado. The department expects to see more creatures after Jan. 1, when Ohio’s law allows officials to take away dangerous wild animals if their owners don’t meet state requirements to keep them.

Report: Economic concerns drive college choices BY PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — College costs are driving decisions about which schools to attend, what to study and even where to live, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae. Parents no longer foot the largest portion of the bill, according to the lender’s annual survey. That role goes to grants and scholarships, with student loans coming in third. While the recession has largely passed, economic worries have not and many families are making college choices driven by fears of tuition hikes and job losses, according to the survey. “Parents are willing to stretch themselves,” said Sarah Ducich, Sallie Mae’s senior vice president for public policy. “It’s not that they’re not willing to pay. It’s that their income is not keeping up.” College spending per student was about $21,000 during 2012, down from a peak of $24,000 in 2010, according to the Sallie MaeIpsos Public Affairs report. The annual survey of student financial aid found students earned about $6,300 in grants and scholarships to pay for college costs, taking the top spots from parents. Parents chipped in $5,727 on average, a decrease of 35 percent

since 2010. Student loans were the third most common source to pick up the bill for courses, housing and books. The average student borrowed $8,815 in federal loans. The rate for those loans was the subject of debate in the Senate last week, as lawmakers considered a compromise that would offer some students lower rates for the next few years but would prescribe higher rates for future classes. The Senate is expected to vote on that White House-backed compromise this week. “Rates on every single new college loan will come down this school year, offering relief to nearly 11 million borrowers,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday. The White House estimates the average undergraduate student would save $1,500 in interest charges if Congress acts before leaving town for the August recess. A vote has not been scheduled. Last year, the average family turned to grants and scholarships to cover 30 percent of college costs. Parents’ income and savings covered 27 percent of the bill and student borrowing covered 18 percent. “We have moved into a post-recession reality in how people pay for college,” Ducich said. Parents’ enthusiasm for college

has not shriveled, though. The survey found 85 percent of parents saw college bills as an investment in their children’s future. “We’re in a new normal where big ticket items like college, families will pay for them but won’t stress about them too much,” said Cliff Young, managing director at Ipsos. One-fifth of parents added work hours to pay for college and half of students increased their work hours, too. The report found 57 percent of families said students were living at home or with relatives, up from 41 percent last year and 44 percent in 2011. Among other strategies employed to deal with costs: — One-fifth of students from low-income families chose to transfer to less expensive schools. — About one-fifth of students said they changed majors to fields that were expected to be more marketable upon graduation. — In all, 67 percent of students and their families eliminated colleges at some stage during the application process because of costs, up from 58 percent in 2008. “It forced them to adopt new behaviors of savings and ways to

find nickels and dimes,” Young said. The tuition sticker price at public four-year colleges is up 27 percent beyond overall inflation over the last five years, according to the latest figures from a separate study from the College Board. This past year it rose nearly 5 percent to an average of $8,655 nationwide. Including room and board, the average sticker price at public colleges is now $17,860, and students pay on average $12,110. At private fouryear colleges, the average full tuition price is now just under $40,000, with the average student paying $23,840. What does that mean for the average college student? About two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 had loan debt at graduation, and their debt averaged $26,600, according to the most recent figures from the California-based Institute for College Access and Success. That was an increase of about 5 percent from the class before them. The Ipsos telephone poll was conducted between April 10 and May 9 with 802 parents of undergraduate students aged 18 to 24, and 800 18- to 24-year-old undergraduate students. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Detroit retirees worry about possible pension cuts BY JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — K.D. Bullock had been retired from the Detroit Police Department for nearly 17 years and was working as a casino security supervisor when he encountered a problem last March — long accustomed to working on his feet, he suddenly couldn’t make it up a flight of stairs. After months of doctor’s appointments, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which makes it difficult for him to breathe. He not only left his job but had to begin paying others for the fix-up work he’d been doing on his historic six-bedroom house. Now, he could be facing another hit, this time to his $2,400-a-month pension. The pensions earned by more than 21,000 retired municipal employees have been placed on the table as Detroit enters bankruptcy proceedings with debts that could amount to $20 billion. Labor unions insist the $3.5 billion in pension benefits are protected by state law, but the city’s emergency manager has included them among the $11 billion in unsecured debt that can be whittled down through bankruptcy. A federal judge has scheduled the first hearing on the city’s case for Wednesday. The prospect of sharply reduced pension checks has sent a jolt through retired workers who always counted on their pensions_who sometimes sought promotions just to sweeten the pot_and never imagined they could be in danger even as the city’s worsening finances finally led to its

bankruptcy filing last week. Bullock says he’s worried he’ll have to sell his home in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood, and others are wondering if they can afford a house at all. “A number of things can happen. It just means our lifestyle is going to change — we have no way of knowing,” Bullock said of the choices facing him and his wife, Randye. The average annual pension payment for Detroit municipal retirees is about $19,000. Retired police officers and firefighters receive an average of $30,500. Top executives and chiefs can receive $100,000. Police and firefighters don’t pay into the Social Security system so they don’t receive Social Security benefits upon retiring. Bullock, 70, said the idea that his pension could be reduced is “a hard pill to swallow” after 27 years on the force working his way up. He said he was proud to be the first black commanding officer of the department’s communications system. He said that pensions — and people — should be a priority over other city assets, such as artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts, some of which could be sold to help satisfy the city’s staggering debts. But art patrons have protested the idea of auctioning off Old Masters in the museum collection. And investment funds have spoken up for the average people who could get only cents on the dollar for their investments in supposedly safe city bonds. The ripple effects of the pension issue are touching people far be-

yond Detroit. Glenda Dehn, 66, and her husband planned to spend winters in Arizona after his retirement from the police force, but since their recent divorce after 48 years of marriage, the home in Peoria, Ariz., is her permanent residence. Now she worries that she’ll have to move in with family members in Michigan. “It would be a major life change for me and many, many others,” said Dehn, who also has a son on the force. Likewise, police retiree Warren Coleman, 76, wonders if his other investments will be enough to support him. In his 27 years on the job before he retired as an executive lieutenant and moved to Ocala, Fla., he said he “put a whole lot of effort into getting promoted” with the rising retirement benefit in mind. “I intended ... to do the best I could while I was there and get me in as nice a position as I could,” he said. Not knowing what’s going to happen to the pensions — especially after paying into them and planning retirement around them— is the biggest concern for retirees right now, said Rose Roots, a 30-year city employee who retired in 1997 as a job-training specialist. She’s also the president of a retiree chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. People want advice, she said, but there is little she can say. “I’ve had some older retirees call me on the phone in tears because of their medical needs,” said Roots, 76. “I’ve never received calls like

the calls I get now.” Roots said her pension payment is “well below” the $19,000 annual average for municipal employees. “At this point I can’t even guess at what may happen that may force me to make changes,” she said. Retirees are putting their hopes in state lawsuits filed by the pension funds. They argue that pensions are protected by the Michigan Constitution and should not be part of the bankruptcy process. The bankruptcy judge will likely rule on whether federal bankruptcy law supersedes the state guarantee. The impact of the decision could fall heavily on retirees who had low-paying jobs and got small benefits checks. Michael Woodson began receiving a disability pension of less than $500 a month after he said he fell off a truck while working for the sanitation department. The 57year-old, who uses a walker, lives in a rugged neighborhood “in the heart of Detroit.” “My concern is just (living) every day,” he said. “When you come from where I come from, things like this happen all through your life. ... I’ve been a blue-collar worker or less all my life. You learn to struggle.” Coleman, the Florida retiree, said he’s not only concerned about his future, but also the city he served. He remembered working during the 1967 riots, and worries about the anger if thousands of people lose most of their income in the bankruptcy process. “I see some big problems as a possibility,” he said.

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William, Kate, show off newborn royal baby boy The Royal family tree

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip have four children; Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne. Prince William is second in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles. The baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be third in line to the throne.

Camilla Parker Bowles Duchess of Cornwall

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William added: “He’s a big boy. He’s quite heavy,” and laughed when a reporter asked him about the baby’s hair. “He’s got way more than me, thank God,” he said. The prince said they are still determining what to name the baby. The couple re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV. William drove the couple away — palace officials said they will head to an apartment in Kensington Palace. The young family’s first public appearance together has been the moment that the world’s media and crowds of onlookers camped outside the hospital had long been waiting for, and the photographs snapped Tuesday are likely to be reprinted for decades as the baby grows into adulthood and his role as a future king. The appearance recalls a similar appearance three decades ago, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried the newborn William out to pose for photographs on the same steps in 1982. Earlier, grandparents Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, and Michael and Carole Middleton — Kate’s

parents — were the first relatives to visit the young family at the hospital. Charles called the baby “marvelous,” while a beaming Carole Middleton described the infant as “absolutely beautiful.” The couple’s Kensington Palace office said Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the 8 pound, 6 ounce (3.8 kilogram) baby boy at 4:24 p.m. Monday. The news was greeted with shrieks of joy and excited applause by hundreds of Britons and tourists gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace. Revelers staged impromptu parties at both locations, and large crowds crushed against the palace gates to try to catch a glimpse — and a photograph — of the golden easel placed there to formally announce the birth. Hundreds were still lining up outside the palace gates Tuesday to get near the ornate easel. In London, gun salutes were fired, celebratory lights came on, and bells chimed at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate wed in a lavish ceremony that drew millions of television viewers worldwide.

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