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Keeping the Fourth fun — and safe Fourth of July Association to host annual festivities BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff writer PIQUA — Back in April it was hard to imagine summer being just around the corner, but with it now official as of June 21, the traditional festivities of the Fourth of July are almost here, too. And with it, the labor of love from the volunteers of the Fourth of July Association Inc. will soon be on display. The Fourth of July Association will host their annual event from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at Fountain Park, that begins with a flag raising by Boy Scout Troop no. 295 and the Korean War Veter-

ans, with an invocation by Pastor Scott Stremmel of the Madison Avenue First Church of God, and opening remarks from Mayor Lucy Fess and the Piqua Fourth of July Association President Diane Miller. Grounds entertainment under the direction of the Association will include the Red White Blue bar contest for those age 12 years and under. There will be prizes for all three bars with one bar per child. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. until all the bars are found. The penny scramble, also sponsored by the Association, will begin at the following: Children ages 1 to 4 years old at 2 p.m., children ages 5 to 8 years at 2:15 p.m. and chil-

dren ages 9 to 12 years at 2:30 p.m. The Association’s ring toss is sponsored by Ulbrich’s Supermarket, Superstation Marathon, Krogers, Buckeye Chuck, Piqua Beverage Center and Wal-Mart. Hance Pavilion entertainment will include Set the Stage from 34:30 p.m., the Muleskinner Band from 5-6:30 p.m., and the Piqua Christian Church Worship Band from 8:15-10 p.m. A kiddie tractor pull will be held for those ages one to 8 with sign-up to begin at 11 a.m., the pull will go from noon until completion and is sponsored by Unity National Bank. See Festivities/Page 2

Fire chief offers tips for playing it safe on July 4 BY WILL E SANDERS account this Fourth of July holiday, which are Staff Writer both fireworks safety and fireworks legality. PIQUA — Fourth of “Legally, people need July means family gath- to know what they can erings, backyard cook- and can’t do,” Rindler outs, parades, said. “Most people have patriotism and fire- a general idea, but the works. only thing that is legal And it also means the are trick or novelty (firepotential for injuries. works), like smoke Piqua Fire Chief Mike bombs, snaps and Rindler said there are sparklers. Things that two important things people need to take into See Safety/Page 2

WACO campers take to the wild blue yonder Flight Instructor, Jake Minesinger brought his Cessna 172 to WACO Field on Friday. His mission was to give camp participants their first (for most) ride in an airplane. “It’s an amazing experience,” said Minesinger, who has 10 years and more than 2,000 hours experience flying aircraft. “Honestly, I think that I have more fun than they do.” Among the instructors at the camp are Richard Borgerding, aeronautics instructor at the Upper Valley Career Center, and Rick Arnold. While the camp has been a lot of work, with many projects to complete in the one-week period, Borgerding pointed out, “We’ve had a lot of fun this week.” Ten-year-old Conner Maher of Piqua was typical of camp participants. “It was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again,” Maher said after touching back down on the ground, at least physically, following his ride with Minesinger. “It was the most fun I have ever had in my entire life,” Maher went on. He added that he is already looking forward to coming back to the camp next year. The most common words heard when the youngsters described the camp and first their first experiences in flying, were “wow” and “amazing.” The camp wrapped up its 2013 run with a visit from renowned aviation photographer and author of 35 book on aviation, Dan Patterson, followed by a graduation ceremony where participants were awarded certificates of completion and were officially recognized as EAA Young Eagles.

MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO Carson Rogers, 11, of Troy, left, and Conner Maher, 10, of Piqua experience their first flight in a small airplane on Friday. The pair were two of 15 area youngsters who became EAA Young Eagles after successfully completing the 2013 Waco Aviation Summer Camp this week. BY MIKE ULLERY Chief Photographer TROY – As the theme song from “Top Gun” set the mood, 15 area youngsters, along with their parents and some grandparents, sat in a hangar at Historic WACO Field on

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“We want to instill a love for flight in the kids,” said Heiss, “as well as promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). So, this camp does all that. They get a love for WACO history. They get a love for flight. And, they are being exercised in those four areas (STEM) as well.” Troy resident and FAA Certified

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Friday afternoon, watching a slide show, and re-living their week. The group had just completed the 2013 WACO Aviation Summer Camp, hosted by the WACO Learning Center and its director Nancy Heiss. Participants learned the basics and fundamentals of flight, according to Heiss.


Police released this photo of a suspect following a report of lewd behavior at the Piqua Public Library on Thursday. Authorities hope a member of the public can identify the man pictured.

STAFF REPORT PIQUA — Police released a photo of a suspect they hope a member of the public can identify as a part of an active criminal investigation. The photo depicts a black male, approximately 6’, wearing a hat, blue shorts and a gray T-shirt that was captured by a surveillance camera at the Piqua Public Library just before 4 p.m. on Thursday. Police are not releasing details about the investigation. However, the police were called to the library just before 4 p.m. Thursday on the report of lewd be-

havior. According to that report, “a male exposed himself to (a female victim) while she was studying. (The) male was gone on arrival (of the police).” If anyone has information concerning the subject contact police Lt. Rick Byron at the police station, 778-2027, or anonymously through the police tips line at 615-TIPS. Alternately, citizens can submit information online via the police department’s Facebook page or through the police department’s website.

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Paul E. Musser PIQUA — Paul E. Musser, 66 of Piqua, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Koester Pavilion. Born n o June 2 2 , 1947, in Troy, P a u l w a s p r e ceded i n d e a t h MUSSER by his father, Clyde E. Musser. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy (Wackler) Musser of Piqua; his stepmother, Marie E. Musser of Fletcher; two daughters, Ashley (David) Albaugh of S.C. and Nikki Morrison of Piqua; and three grandchildren, Morgan and Bailee Albaugh of S.C. and James Morrison of Piqua. He also is survived by two sisters, Lois (Robert) Hughes of Piqua and Marcia (John) WelkerIsennagle of Troy; a brother, David (Janet Leonard) Musser of Piqua; two nieces, Heather Hughes of Piqua and

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Courtney Musser of Dayton, and nephew, Graham Musser of Xenia. Paul was a 1967 graduate of Miami East High School and a member of the Miami County Farm Bureau. He was retired from Troy City Schools. He will be sadly missed in helping on the family farm. There will be a time of visitation for family and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 p.m. Monday, in the Suber-Shively Funeral Home, 201 W. Main St., Fletcher. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday with Pastor Johnathon Newman of the Koinos Christian Fellowship of Troy, presiding. Burial will follow in Fletcher Cemetery, N. Walnut St., Fletcher. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be sent to

PIQUA — Robert M. Fulker, 91, of Piqua, died at 9:20 p . m . Thursd a y Ju n e 2 7 , 2013, at the Upper Va l l e y Medi c a l FULKER Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Piqua to the late Hobart A. and Ruth (Duncan) Fulker. He married Betty L. Stichter on May 25, 1944; she preceded him in death July 24, 1993. Survivors include a son, Robert L. Fulker of Piqua; a daughter ,Karen (Tom) MacKellar of Lake Worth, Fla.; six grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Fulker. Mr. Fulker was a 1941 graduate of Piqua Central High School and retired from Chrysler AirTemp as a purchasing agent. He was a United States Army veteran having served during World War II. He

Church will offer pizza, soft pretzels, nacho and cheese, pop and water. Lockington U.M. Church and Military Prayer Ministry’s booth will have cinnamon crisps, funnel cake, ice tea, lemonade and water. Madison Avenue Church of God Women will have chicken, BBQ sandwiches, Spanish hot dogs, pie, assorted drinks and coffee, while the men will offer BBQ chicken dinner and pop. The Piqua Apostolic Church will offer glow sticks, strawberry daiquiri, pina colada, hamburgers and

brats, water, pop and chug juice. Young Life’s booth will have on hand tenderloin sandwiches, french fries, bloom’en onion, mozzarella cheese sticks, pepper poppers, chicken tenders, drinks, along with rides and pony rides. The Piqua Pentecostal Church will host a pig race, dunking booth, and balloon toss. The Covington United Church of Christ will have sugar waffles, soda and water. The Fourth of July Association booth will host a ring toss, and the Boy Scout Troop 295 will host

Festivities Continued from page 1 Troy Kiefer, juggler, will roam the grounds from 24 p.m., balloon man from 4-6 p.m., with coupons to Wendy’s and BK Root Beer to be passed out. Fireworks will light up the sky beginning at 10 p.m. Food vendors and activity booths will include: Cub Scout Pack no. 295 booth with snow cones, ice cream, popcorn, kettle and flavored corn, novelties and face painting. Good Shepherd Presbyterian

was a member of the Cong r e g a t i o n a l Christian United Church of Christ, Warren Masonic Lodge No. 24, the American Legion Post 184, V.F.W. Post 4874, and the Covington Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge. A service to honor his life will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. William R. Hewitt officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. His family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street, Suite 700, Washington, D.C., 20005. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

PIQUA — Richard E. U n i t e d McKee, 92, of Piqua, died S t a t e s Army vetat 1:03 eran havp . m . ing served Thursduring World War II. In d a y , addition to his family, he June enjoyed camping, fishing, 2 7 , and sailing. His family ex2013, tends their heartfelt apat the preciation to the staff of Piqua both Piqua Manor NursManor ing Home and Sterling NursHouse of Piqua. i n g MCKEE A service to honor his Home with his family at his side. life will begin at 2 p.m. at the He was born March 19, Monday, 1921, in Piqua to the late Jamieson & Yannucci Harold C. and Maude Funeral Home with the (Faehl) McKee. He mar- Rev. Kazy Blocher Hinds ried Betty “Babe” S. Bis- officiating and conclude sett on April 19, 1940, in with full military honors provided by the Veterans Troy; and she survives. Other survivors include Elite Tribute Squad. His will receive a daughter, Myrna S. family Glassburn of Urbana; a friends from 1-2 p.m. granddaughter, Micki S. Monday at the funeral (Jody) Lamb; a great- home. Memorial contrigrandson, Leighton Lamb; butions may be made to two cousins; two sisters- the Piqua Ambulance in-law; a brother-in-law; Fund, P. O. Box 720, many nieces and nephews, Piqua, OH 45356, the great-nieces and great- Cancer Association of nephews and great-great- Champaign County, P. O. nieces and nephews who Box 38125, Urbana, OH, all fondly knew him as 43078, or Miami County Uncle Micky. He was pre- Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box ceded in death by an in- 501, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences fant brother. Mr. McKee attended and expressions of sympaPiqua City Schools and re- thy, to be provided to the tired in 1978 from the family, may be expressed electrical department of through jamiesonandyana fish pond, speed pitch, the city of Piqua. He was a roller ball, football toss and fish toss. Death notice The Fourth of July AsTROY — Dorothy Marie (Vance) Rhoades, 86, of sociation offers an impressive sponsorship brochure Troy, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Troy with this year’s feature Care and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be held Monday, at Halearticle honoring the Madi- Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton, with son Avenue First Church burial to follow at Arlington Cemetery. of God. The publication is printed by Eagle Printing and Graphics LLC and Policy: Please send obituary notices by e-mail to boasts all the day’s event or by fax to (937) 773-4225. Deadlines: Notices must be received by 6 p.m. sponsors and much more. Sunday and Tuesday-Friday, and by 4 p.m. on Monday The brochures are for Tuesday’s online edition. available at area banks, Questions: Please call Editor Susan Hartley at (937) 773-2721, ext. 207 if you have questions about gas stations, supermarobituaries. kets and at the mall.

Safety Continued from page 1 are illegal are things like firecrackers, bottle rockets and shells. Things that either blow up or goes up in the air and blows up.” Regarding legal fireworks, the fire chief said even sparklers present an opportunity for injuries. He said sparklers create a lot of heat and sparkler wires left on the ground can present a danger. Rindler said the fire department has responded to calls before that invovled sparkler burns, which is why he stressed adult supervision.

State briefs He recommended that extinguished sparklers, and other fireworks, should be placed in a bucket of water in order to prevent the likelihood of a fire, especially in dry areas. “I think the big thing is this: don’t assume just because they are legal that that means they are not dangerous,” Rindler said. He also reiterated that children should not be allowed to use any sort of fireworks unsupervised, noting how even sparklers can cause harm and injury to those who use or play with them. “You should never give

a lighter or matches to a child and expect them to be safe,” he said. “You need to supervise them and show them how to be safe.” Rindler said he understands that fireworks can be fun for some people, but that “you take your chances in so many ways” when someone uses them. Speaking of illegal fireworks, Rindler said that if something happens with them that person is responsible, and noted how illegal fireworks can cause all sorts of problems. Residents who shoot off illegal fireworks could also not only have them

confiscated by the police should they be called, but could also be cited into court, according to the Piqua Police Department. Another thing residents should be reminded of are the rules of recreational fires within the city of Piqua. “If they have recreational fires make sure you have something ready, like a garden hose or a fire extinguisher,” Rindler said. “If they are having a recreational fire, they can only use clean, dry wood. Nothing that creates a lot of smoke.”

Kasich praises state budget changes BY REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press COLUMBUS (AP) — Despite being foiled on Medicaid expansion, Gov. John Kasich praised the Legislature on Friday for passing a spending bill he says will generate jobs through tax cuts and tying college funding to graduation rates. Kasich predicted he and legislators will agree by the end of the year on how to restructure the state’s Medicaid program, which provides coverage for one of every five Ohio residents. “We believe we still have ample time to get this done,” Kasich said at a press conference on the state budget with Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, both fellow Republicans. Kasich had exhorted legislators to take advantage of Medicaid expansion made available to states under President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul,

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which would bring the state federal dollars. The expansion is a key component of the Affordable Care Act, which requires that nearly all Americans have health insurance beginning in 2014 or pay a penalty. The state Legislature on Thursday okayed a $62 billion, two-year operating budget that cuts personal income taxes, changes the way public schools and universities are funded, and adds abortion restrictions. Tax changes in the bill will mean an estimated $2.7 billion in overall tax cuts over three years, including through a phased in income-tax cut for individuals and small busi-

nesses. The cut is partly paid for by increasing the state sales tax rate from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent. A Kasich 2014 Democratic opponent, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, called it “indefensible” to shift taxes as the bill does. “Overall, this budget is just a train wreck for the middle class,” he said during a Friday news conference. “What you’re seeing is income-tax (relief) for the very wealthiest people in the state being paid for by really increasing the tax burden on the middle class and the poor.” Lawmakers revamped ground rules for funding public colleges and uni-

versities to more closely tie graduation rates to the schools’ state aid. Under the plan, which Kasich is expected to sign into law by a Sunday deadline, universities won’t receive a portion of their perpupil funding until the student has graduated. Kasich said this will give students’ parents more confidence that their children will finish their degree. “Stop and think about how many students enter our very expensive fouryear schools, spend two years and drop out, have no certificate, no degree, nothing to show other than high bills,” Kasich told reporters at the Governor’s Residence.

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Doctor found guilty of sex crimes DAYTON (AP) — A doctor has been found guilty of sex-related offenses against young girls who were attending his daughter's sleepovers at his Ohio home. The Montgomery County prosecutor says a jury on Friday convicted 59-year-old Keith Goldblum on eight counts of rape of children younger than 13 and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The suburban Dayton man also was convicted of two counts of voyeurism and one count of attempted voyeurism. Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says the four girls were friends with Goldblum's daughter and the sexual assaults occurred from 2002 to 2011. The prosecutor says two of the girls were raped for many years. Heck says Goldblum could be sentenced July 10 to a maximum of life behind bars.

Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive who plans to challenge Gov. John Kasich next year, says the new state budget is a "train wreck" for the middle class. FitzGerald, a Democrat, tells reporters in that the Columbus budget lawmakers approved Thursday shifts the tax burden to local governments. And he says the Republican governor should veto all the abortion provisions that are included. Kasich and Republican legislative leaders are scheduled to gather on Friday at the governor's mansion to discuss the budget with reporters.

WWII vet, 91, gets medals

MANSFIELD (AP) — A 91-year-old Ohio veteran of World War II has finally received his medals. Melvin Dull of Ashland arrived by limousine to an event Thursday arranged by the Richland County Veterans Service Commission. Dull, who uses a wheelchair, fought back tears as the decoraKasich rival tions — including a Purcalls budget ple Heart, Bronze Star 'train wreck' and POW medal — were COLUMBUS (AP) — pinned to his suit.

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Nick’s Plating in Piqua was recognized Wednesday by Honor Guard members who serve Miami County. Recently, Nick’s Plating employees took two battered and tarnished bugles and re-plated them with no compensation expected. The bugles are used by Honor Guard members who participate in 150-200 funeral services for veterans each year. Above, receiving a plaque is President Duane Penrod of Nick’s Plating and on the right is Commander Wayne Kern of the Honor Guard.

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Facility recognized for commitment to quality care COVINGTON — Covington Care Center has been recognized as a 2013 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through improved quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. “In an age of changing health care, Covington Care Center has remained committed to prioritizing quality care above all else,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This facility is an example of the great things that can be accomplished when we commit to person-centered care.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the improvement quality process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as viand mission sion statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality award, Coving-

ton Care Center may now move forward in developapproaches and ing achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality award. “This award is not simply a plaque that facilities hang on the wall and forget,” said Ed McMahon, chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “Facilities such as Covington Care Center receive this award because they’re committed to the constant journey of improving quality care.” The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Member My InnerView, by National Research Corporation. My InnerView represents the true voice of nursing home and assisted living residents, families, and employees with the most insightful quality measurement solutions and satisfaction surveys in the healthcare continuum. Covington Care Center was one of

PIQUA — Piqua City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, to allow city employees to observe the 4th of July holiday with their families. Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will not be made on Thursday. Thursday and Friday collections will be one day late with pick up on Saturday, July 6, or Friday’s collection. The city urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early pick-ups the following day.

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Class of 1951 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Buffalo Jack’s 361 facilities to receive the in Covington. No reservations are required. Orders Bronze level award. The will be placed from the menu. Mates and friends are award will be presented to welcome. Covington Care Center during AHCA/NCAL’s Coffee social hour on Sundays 64th Annual Convention COVINGTON — For the past 12 years, beginning and Exposition, Oct. 6-9, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, in Phoenix, Ariz. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Covington conducted Covington Care Center their Sunday service at 9 a.m. Recently, church counis a 100 bed skilled nurs- cil agreed to have a year-round Sunday service time of ing and rehabilitation 10 a.m. with a weekly children’s service. Through Suncenter located in Coving- day, Sept. 1, there will be a coffee social hour starting ton, Ohio. Our major from 9-9:45 a.m. health care services include: skilled nursing, long and short-term care, Madison to host singers PIQUA — The Madison Avenue Church of God will physical, occupational, host a group of singers from the Greenville Church of and speech therapies, hosrespite, and God at 7 p.m. today. The group will preach the gospel pice, Alzheimer/dementia care. through song, with their dress as well as their music The restorative program depicting the old older period. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, offers residents additional support after skilled ther- 922 Madison Ave., Piqua. apy ends. All of our services are delivered in a way VISIT US at to ensure quality is number one.

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Stream Team workshop coming day of learning and fun with a free lunch provided. “Miami Valley Stream Team is an education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship,” says Sarah Hippensteel Hall, of the Miami Conservancy District, who will lead the training. “The workshop will ‘train the trainer,’ teaching volunteers how to educate others in monitoring quality of our water resources.” Miami Valley residents interested in the environment, especially local educators, are encouraged to

attend the workshop. The Stream Team program easily fits into elementary, middle school or high school curricula. “The workshop combines informal classroom instruction in the morning with hands-on learning in the stream in the afternoon, so bring your boots,” Hall said. For reservations and directions, call Hall at 937223-1271. The workshop is limited to 25 participants and is presented by MCD and co-sponsored by the city of Troy.

Office training programs at UVCC PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Adult Workforce Education is currently offering two office administration training programs that allow students to begin building skills with a group of core classes before choosing to specialize in medical office or business office. According to Sue Phillis, program coordinator, office administration jobs are at the center of business growth; so the need for well trained, highly qualified workers continues to increase. Reports from The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics substantiate the claim indicating jobs in this field should increase by up to 19 percent through 2020. “Even if you have an of-

fice background, it is critical to stay updated with the latest software and business practices,” Phillis said. “Current skills and certifications can boost a person’s career to the next level.” The Business Office Professional option emphasizes accounting, electronic equipment, and computer software training. Individuals may qualify for jobs as accounting clerks or administrative assistants. The general business background offered in this area is the foundation for advancement. The Medical Office Professional specialty offers in-depth medical terminology, medical office procedures, and computer software applications. Stu-

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Rediscovering truth-tellers: Elizabeth Bentley ne point I always try to highlight when I talk about my new book, “American Betrayal,” is the inspiration of the truth-tellers. These are the individuals who refused to stay silent and thus enable the “betrayal” the book lays out -- the betrayal engineered by a de facto Communist occupation of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin and, even more heartbreaking, largely covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites. The reason I take pains to bring these truth-tellers to light is that they remain lost to our collective memory even as much confirmation of their truth-telling has become public record. This means we are overdue for a major historical correction. Our historical compass still erroneously indicates that the great Red hunters of the 1940s and 1950s were engaged in “witch hunts” for communist spies who were figments of feverish imaginations. But these spies were real, all right, and over 500 have by now been identified. We still snicker reflexively over quaint references to “the Red plot against America.” With archival confirmation, however, we now know there were indeed abundant Red plots, and many of them were brilliantly carried out to completion. We still fail to recognize that the defining features of DIANA WEST our world, from the United Columnist Nations to the International Monetary Fund, were fostered by bona fide Soviet agents (respectively, the U.S. State Department’s Alger Hiss, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Harry Dexter White). And we remain ungrateful or ignorant about the contributions and personal sacrifice of the great witnesses to this perfidy. One such witness -- one such truth-teller -- was Elizabeth Bentley. I am looking at a 1948 newspaper photo of Bentley I recently bought on eBay. She is seated in an upholstered armchair, a small smile and lace collar her only adornments. She looks down at a white cat she is stroking in her lap. The cat looks straight at the camera, as though there were nothing else to disturb this peaceful scene but a flashbulb. In fact, Bentley, then 40, had already entered the firestorm of public controversy that would affect the rest of her life. Roughly three years earlier, in 1945, Bentley walked into an FBI office to inform the U.S. government that she had spent 10 years in the Communist Party underground, half of them as a courier for a secret Soviet espionage network that operated in Washington, D.C., and New York City. By the time my Bentley photo was snapped, she had begun testifying publicly about the U.S. government officials who were in and around the ring with her. These included Lauchlin Currie, one of FDR’s top White House assistants, as well as White at Treasury.There were multiple OSS agents (the OSS was the precursor to the CIA) including Duncan Lee, top assistant to OSS chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan, and many other officials from elsewhere in the government. In all, Bentley would correctly identify 150 secret Soviet network members and collaborators -- identifications subsequently documented by intelligence historians working with Soviet archives. For all her trouble -- for all her truth -- Bentley would be publicly smeared as a crank and a fraud, or, as in her 1963 New York Times obituary, effectively dismissed because public officials she identified were not convicted of espionage. (Therein lies another tale of American betrayal.) In “Spies,” a landmark 2009 intelligence history by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev, the authors completely vindicate Bentley. They call her defection to the FBI “the single most disastrous event in the history of Soviet intelligence in America,” and point out that “FBI investigations and voluminous congressional testimony supported Bentley’s story.” Soviet archives and deciphered KGB cables, they further note, “demonstrate unequivocally that Bentley told the truth.” And she stuck to it, even after the fur began to fly. So why doesn’t this truth-telling American woman have a statue somewhere? Her alma mater,Vassar, would do for starters. Just as Yale pays monumental homage to its own renowned spy, Nathan Hale, Vassar should pay homage to Bentley. Why doesn’t it? The answer, of course, is obvious: The American college campus remains an outpost of Marxism, the very ideology that animated so many of the Kremlin agents Bentley exposed. Indeed, this long-tenured Marxist influence over academia largely accounts for the anti-anti-Communist stranglehold on the historical narrative that skips or smears the truth-tellers, and thus the truth. Meanwhile, not only is Elizabeth Bentley reviled in academia, but some campuses even memorialize Soviet agents and collaborators, including Alger Hiss! It’s time to give the truth-tellers their due and learn what really happened in the past, especially if we hope to prevent it from happening again.


The Usual Eccentric

Marriage doesn’t have to be all doom and groom morning with a nudge y wife rescued in the ribs or incessant me from an inwake-up calls to my sufferable exisportable telephone. tence as a consummate I once ate only one bachelor. Many guys meal a day, which primight not like to admit marily consisted of it, but my wife has some incarnation of spared me the indignity pizza (pizza rolls, pizza of a solitary existence of bagels, pizza wraps, exclusively eatingWILL E SANDERS mini pizzas and somebologna sandwiches Staff Writer times pizza itself). and drinking Now Christine prespoiled milk, and not pares actual meals for even caring that it’s me when she has the time to do it or isn’t half-spoiled. Some of my single friends want to stuck in the toilet due to my insolence paint a portrait of marriage as a loss of toward bathroom etiquette. Last week, Christine went clothes freedom and chauvinistic tendencies. I even know guys who have been with shopping with me since most of my aptheir gal pals for more than a decade be- parel comes from the bargain bin of area fore they finally decided to tie the noose Goodwill stores. We picked out several pairs of pants, but — um, I mean knot. Since getting hitched in September she made me use the changing room, which life has been spectacular, provided I is a place any bachelor worth his weight in have the foresight to remember to place pizza rolls would never venture into. Things the toilet seat down, which, in theory, is were going swell until I realized I wasn’t pretty easy task to accomplish. Most of wearing any underwear. So after I tried the the time I remember, most. For the times pants on, I bought them — along with some I don’t my wet-bottomed wife is quick to new underwear. Sometimes when Christine is not remind me as I pull her out of our toilet around I revert back to some of the funlike a cork from a champagne bottle. No, marriage is probably the best damental cornerstones of bachelorhood. thing that ever happened to me, with ex- Why use a paper plate to eat pizza rolls ception to the first night of my honey- (pizza bagels, mini pizzas and so forth moon. And marriage doesn’t have to be and so on) when I can use a magazine, like Good Housekeeping? Why wash the all doom and groom. Before I met Christine, I lived in a big pair of pants I wore yesterday if I can scary house filled with absolutely noth- wear them again today and hope nobody ing, save for a decrepit and dilapidated notices? Is there any reason to actually couch and a well-weathered rocking wash out the glass I just used when I chair. What little possessions I had can put it back in the cupboard without somehow amassed in my first three anybody the wiser? These are all one of those “if a tree decades on planet Earth were stacked in large piles of interesting geometric falls in the woods and nobody is around shapes that had “future hoarder” writ- to hear it” kind of things. So all of this marriage business isn’t ten all over them. As a reformed bachelor (and hoarder) nearly as hard as everyone makes it out I’ve taken to matrimony like a bird to to be. I’m having a blast with the girl of flight, albeit an extremely clumsy and my dreams — just as long as I rememlumbering bird of prey. I’m a rank and ber to put the toilet seat down. file sort of guy in need of constant reTo contact Will E Sanders email him minding and I’m not ashamed in the least to say I depend on my wife as a at To learn more about Will E Sanders, to read past matter of survival. There are too many examples to list. columns or to read features by other CreBecause of my rabid and well-docu- ators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, mented mistrust of electric alarm clocks, visit the Creators Syndicate website at I rely on Christine to wake me up in the


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Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 773-2778 (home) ■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner,, 773-8217 ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner,, 778-0390 ■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189 ■ City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051 ■ Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: Diana West’s new book is “American Betrayal:The Secret (614) 466-9354 Assault on Our Nation’s Character” from St. Martin’s Press. ■ State Sen. Bill Beagle, 5th District, Ohio She blogs at, and she can be contacted via Senate, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio Follow her on Twitter 43215; (614) 466-6247; e-mail: SD@diana_west_.

■ State Rep. Richard Adams, 79th District, House of Representatives, The Riffe Center, 77 High St. 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-8114, Fax: (614) 719-3979; ■ Jon Husted, Secretary of State, 180 E. Broad St. 15th floor, Columbus, OH 53266-0418 (877) 767-6446, (614)466-2655; ■ David Yost, State Auditor, 88 E. Broad St., 5th floor, Columbus, OH 43215, 800-282-0370 or 614-466-4514 ■ Mike DeWine, State Attorney General, 30 E.Broad St., Columbus, OH 43266, (614) 466-4320 ■ U.S. Rep. John Boehner, 8th District, 12 S. Plum St., Troy, OH 45373, 3391524 or (800) 582-1001 U.S. House Office, Washington, D.C., 1020 Longworth, HOR, 20515 ■ U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-2315 ■ U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3353 ■ President Barack Obama, White House, Washington D.C. 20500, (202) 456-1111

To the Editor: Piqua has a great upcoming author. Her pen name is Rachel Francis. She can be reached at w w w. r a c h e l f r a n c i s Her book, Proper Secrets, is a romance novel but not the run-of-the-mill explicit romance novel. Guaranteed the young teens can read Rachel’s book without being embarrassed. Once you start reading Proper Secrets you won’t want to put Rachel’s book down nor will you want it to end. She has penned a second book, which is equally as good. I’d like to see Proper Secrets made into a movie. Sincerely, — Lois Wilcox Piqua

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Perry, filibuster star clash over Texas abortions GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday admonished the star of a Democratic filibuster that helped kill new Texas abortion restrictions,saying state Sen. Wendy Davis’ rise from a tough upbringing to Harvard Law graduate should have taught her the value of each human life. The Republican governor expanded on those remarks later, publicly wondering what might have happened if Davis’ own mother had undergone an abortion rather than carry her child to term. Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, shot back that Perry’s statement “tarnishes the high office he holds.” Before the white-hot battle over abortion in the nation’s second-largest state turned personal, Davis staged a marathon filibuster Tuesday helping to defeat an omnibus bill that would have further limited abortions in a place where it’s already difficult to undergo them. But Perry called lawmakers back for a second special session next week to try and finish the job. “Who are we to say that children born in the worst of circumstances can’t lead successful lives?” Perry said in a speech to nearly 1,000 delegates at the National Right to Life Conference in suburban Dallas.







Bullock, McCarthy turn it up in ‘Heat’


This film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox shows Sandra Bullock as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, left, and Melissa McCarthy as Boston Detective Shannon Mullins in a scene from “The Heat.”

“Beverly Hills Cop.” ‘’Lethal Weapon.” ‘’48 Hours.” ‘’Tango & Cash.” The buddy cop movie is a reliable mainstay of our popular culture. And the cops are pretty much always guys. So the fact that BOTH the cops in “The Heat” are women would be reason enough to welcome it to the genre. Beyond that, though, the movie is undeniably entertaining — if quite uneven, and sometimes truly over-the-top. The good stuff comes from the obvious chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The actresses sure look like they’re having a blast. And if they’re faking it, well, they’re doing an even more impressive job than we thought. Of course, there’s a formulaic element to “The Heat,” which is directed by Paul Feig of “Bridesmaids” fame — buddy cop movies ARE based on a formula, and this film is content to stay within it. The cops are always terrifically mismatched, usually one straightlaced, the other wild and unpredictable. They’re brought together to solve a case that no one else can. They hate each other at first, but gradually, dontcha know, they learn to ... OK, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Bullock is Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent so compulsively dedicated to

her job that she has no outside life — unless you count a cat which isn’t even hers. She has an uncanny knack for finding the drugs and guns others have missed. But then she arrogantly lords it over her less gifted colleagues — even those poor, untalented drugsniffing dogs. Then there’s Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), who’s way more anti-social than Ashburn. In fact, she’s a holy terror — a crude, profane, angry creature who has no problem reducing her boss to an emasculated, quivering mass. When we first meet her, we wonder if she’s just gonna be too much to take for two hours. But once McCarthy hits her stride in an awesome bit of boss-shaming back at the precinct, she’s off and running. The two women are trying to take down a vicious drug lord in Boston, and that’s all you need to know about the generic plot. The supporting cast is good but kept far from the spotlight. It would have been nice to see more of Jane Curtin, especially; the mere thought of her playing a foulmouthed mother to McCarthy is enough to make you laugh. And laugh you will, even if you’re surprised at yourself sometimes. The funniest moments are when McCarthy’s Mullins assesses her uptight partner as if she were some strange and rare animal she encountered at the zoo. Watch her react to the incomprehensible sight of Ashburn in Spanx, something she’s never seen. (Does Bullock really need

Spanx, though? We digress.) At another point, Mullins visits Ashburn at home, where the FBI agent is dressed in perfectly pressed pajamas. Mullins thinks she’s wearing a tux. Alas, we can’t quote this or really any dialogue by screenwriter Katie Dippold — the expletives flow fast and furiously. Then there’s the dive-bar scene, where the women bond over drinking and yes, dancing. As throughout the film, both actresses are uninhibited physical comediennes here. And they do seem to be improvising much of the time. Some moments go too far, and last too long. A diner scene where Ashburn tries to save a choking patron is agonizing, but even with mouth agape, you’ll probably still laugh, and kudos to the actor playing the paramedic: Talk about making the most of a few lines. Many buddy cop films are corny by the end. There are syrupy scenes here too, but as elsewhere in this uneven movie, the actresses are committed enough to make it work. And Jerry Lewis, are you listening? Despite what you say, female comedy is funny. Especially with McCarthy on the screen. “The Heat,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence. Running time: 117 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

Natalie Cole releases her first Spanish album BY E.J. TAMARA Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — It’s been four years since Natalie Cole received a kidney from a Salvadorian donor, and the singer says it not only connected her to Hispanic culture, it has given her the strength to record her first post-operation album — totally in Spanish. “I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything

happens for a reason. That this was a Latin family, I feel like I’m part Latino now. That (made) the desire to make this record became even stronger,” Cole said recently during a private listening session of “Natalie Cole En Espanol,” released this week. This is Cole’s first album since she received her kidney in May 2009. Her donor was a young woman from El Salvador who died while giving

birth to a baby boy, Lucas, said Cole (the Grammy-winner received the donation after suffering from hepatitis C, a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood). “I couldn’t totally grasp, understand it, but there’s something there, the spirit of this young girl, the spirit of this family, the spirit of the Latin culture, of a Latin heart is inside me,” the 63year-old said.

Produced by CubanAmerican Rudy Perez, the 12-track album is a compilation of Latin American classics, plus a Spanish-language version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her.” It includes titles like “Solamente Una Vez” by Mexican Agustin Lara, “El Dia que Me Quieras” by Argentine Carlos Gardel and a medley of “Voy a Apagar La Luz” and “Contigo Aprendí” by Mexican Armando Manzanero, as well as two duets.

■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker This time West wins with the ace and, having noted his partner’s high-low to show a doubleton, returns a club. East ruffs and later gets a diamond trick to set the contract. However, South can get home safely if, at the start, he takes steps to protect against a possible 4-1 trump division. Instead of ruffing the ace of hearts at trick two, he should dis-

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card a diamond -- which is a loser in any case -- in order to maintain control of the trump suit. Once declarer does this, he is on Easy Street. West cannot shorten him in trumps by continuing hearts, since South can ruff the third heart in dummy, while any other lead allows declarer to draw trumps and then safely force out the ace of clubs.



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Couple celebrates 25th



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BY VALERIE BONK Associated Press

Mary and Kenny Ray Coulter enny Ray and Mary (Gee-Simmons) Coulter of Piqua, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married June 30, 1988, by Judge R. Goater at the Miami County Courthouse. The couple are parents of four children, daughters Latika Matthews of Sidney, Leslie Simmons of Piqua and Ebony (Rucker) and Mike Shropshire of Columbus and son, Kenneth R. Coulter II of Piqua. They have nine granddaughters.


Richard L. and Judith A. Loffer

The couple attend Fletcher United Methodist Church. He worked 12 years for Medalist Allen-A in Piqua, 23 years for Honda Engine Plant in Anna and for 25 years has been a local DJ. She worked as an LPN for 21 years and has been employed with Hospice of Miami County for nine and one half years. The couple will renew their vows at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with an open house following the ceremony until 3 p.m, at Mote Park Community Building, Piqua.

Franklin graduates from basic combat training in S.C. rmy National Guard Pfc. Dennis E. Franklin II has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill


and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Franklin is the son of Dennis and Desiree Franklin of Colt Circle, Clinton, Pa. and grandson of Robert Whitfield of Troy Drive, Mansfield. He is a 2009 graduate of Piqua High School.

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and Richard of Boy Scouts of America, they are members of the St. Lutheran John’s Church, Piqua. Richard was employed with Aerovent for 37 years and Motoman for five years. Judith worked with the Piqua schools for six years and Hallmark Crown Shop for 15 years.

Hawaii hiking trails to be on Google Street View BY AUDREY MCAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s volcanoes,rainforests and beaches will soon be visible on Google Street View. Google Inc. said Thursday it was lending its backpack cameras to a Hawaii trail guide company to capture panoramic images of Big Island hiking trails. Photos will be loaded to Google Maps and the HawaiiVisitors and Convention Bureau website, “The most magical places that we all know and love in Hawaii need to be reached on foot — they need to be explored that way,” said Evan Rapoport, Street View project manager. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google has already taken Street View images of the Grand Canyon and other places popular with travelers. This is the first time the Silicon Valley company has handed over its “Street View Trekker” to another party to have someone else take the images. Rapoport said Google will offer the technology to other organizations around the world who want to sign up for similar partnerships. Groups like tourism boards, government agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations might be among those to use the device, he said.

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ichard L. Loffer and Judith A. (Wilka) Loffer of Piqua, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a fall trip with their children and grandchildren. The couple married were June 22, 1963, at S o l o m o n L u t h e r a n C h u r c h , by Woodville, Carl Schneuker, with the bride’s parents Clarence and Sophrona Wilka of Gena, and Ray and Rose Loffer of Piqua. The Loffer’s have two children, Mrs. Kevin Smith (Jennifer) of Troy and Richard Loffer II of Piqua, grandchildren Ellie and Lilly Smith. Judith is a member of the St. John’s WELCA

WASHINGTON (AP) — They traveled more than 6,000 miles from the Tuva Republic, a predominantly rural region of Russia, to the United States in hopes of saving their culture from slow extinction. The group of eight musicians and craftsmen speak Tuvan, one of more than a dozen endangered languages represented by native speakers at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington. The festival’s program, “One World, Many Voices,” focuses on drawing attention to dying languages around the globe, bringing speakers of languages on the verge of extinction to Washington to explain the challenges to passing their linguistic heritage to younger generations. Other themes presented this year include exploring Hungarian heritage roots and a look into African-American diversity, style and identity. “It’s dying because urban kids, they start to forget their language, our language, and even older generations, lots of people from Soviet time, they have lost their language,” said Tuva native Aldar Tamdyn, 38. As he spoke, he worked with his hands to build an igil, a two-stringed, bowed musical instrument used in his traditional Tuvan throat-singing band. According to Smithsonian curators, about half of the world’s 7,105 languages are reported as endangered. Of those, 3,524 languages are spoken by fewer than 10,000 people each. “These people are under a lot of social and economic and political pressure to abandon their languages and to switch over to global languages,” said K. David Harrison, co-curator for the Smithsonian Institution’s endangered languages program. Nearly half the world speaks one of the top 10 languages, which include Mandarin, Spanish and English. Tamdyn said he tries to resist using languages other than his native tongue but has often found himself using mainstream languages out of convenience. “Even I have started to use lots of other words from other languages. Lots of words from Russian languages,” Tamdyn said. “It’s very upsetting. When talking to the younger generation (in Tuva) I always correct them.” The speakers all brought with them a talent or skill from their area of the world in an attempt to educate festivalgoers about their culture as a whole. Conrad Nolberto, a native Garifuna speaker from Dangriga, Belize, took a break from drumming on hollow turtle shells to educate school-age children about his language, walking them through simple pronunciations. “Our language is our life,” said Nolberto, who is a member of the Libaya Baba drumming and dance group from Belize. “I got the privilege to come to the States and help my kids, and that’s why I’m here. And I brought my culture with me, and I thank the Smithsonian for giving us the chance to share our culture with the American people.” Festival coordinators expect more than 1 million people to attend the free event, which began Wednesday. It runs through Sunday and resumes July 3-7 with special concerts most evenings. The daily event schedule can be visited on the festival website, , or by downloading the Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival smartphone app.

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HOROSCOPE BY FRANCES DRAKE For Sunday, June 30, 2013 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make plans to get away on a vacation if you can during the next month. You'll certainly want to party and enjoy entertaining diversions, especially sports and romance. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Do what you can to make where you live more attractive in the next several weeks. You'll enjoy entertaining at home and buying gifts and goodies for loved ones. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) In the next month, you will notice how much beauty there is in your daily surroundings. Similarly, you will discover how much you are loved. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Look for ways to boost your income in the next three to four weeks, because it's possible. Many of you will be shopping for beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) With fair Venus in your sign for the next several weeks, this is an excellent time to shop for wardrobe goodies. You feel confident and charming, and you'll like what you see in the mirror. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Solitude in beautiful surroundings will please you during the next month. Recognize your need for peace and quiet, and do what you can to give this to yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) The next month is the perfect time for group activities and schmoozing with friends. All group settings will please you. (Indeed, a friend could become a lover.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might be approached by someone asking for your creative input about design, layout, office arrangement, perhaps anything. Consider this a compliment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Travel for pleasure will please you in the next month. You'll also be attracted to people who are strange and different from you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your ability to attract money and favors will increase during the next several weeks. This is a good time to ask for a loan or financial support or to sign contracts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) In the coming month, you'll find it easy to express your affection to others, especially close friends and partners. If you're in conflict with someone, this is the time to make peace. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your health can improve in the next month (though use caution about overdoing sweets). Practical matters will be important in your closest relationships. YOU BORN TODAY It's important for you to have goals, and it's important for you to want to achieve those goals. Without this, you feel lost. Many of you learn a particular technique, which you develop extensively. You also have excellent money savvy and often advise others about their finances. A lovely, social year awaits you. Enjoy good times and improved relationships with everyone. Birthdate of: Peter Outerbridge, actor; Monica Potter, actress; Rupert Graves, actor. (c) 2013 King Features Syndicate, Inc.






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In a series of four photos provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center and a June 18 Associated Press photo, face transplant recipient Richard Norris, the recipient of the most extensive face transplant performed to date, is seen in a prom photo, from left to right, a photo taken before his face transplant, a photo made six days after the transplant and a photo made 114 days after the transplant. Norris received the transplant in a 36-hour operation in March 2012. It included the replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, and skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck. Norris was injured in a gun accident in 1997.

Face transplant patient celebrates life in public BY SARAH BRUMFIELD Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — In the 15 years between a shotgun blast that ravaged the bottom half of Richard Norris’ face and the face transplant that ended a hermit-like life for him, the man from rural southwest Virginia faced cruelty from strangers, fought addiction and contemplated suicide. But even if he could go back in time, he’s not sure he would erase the accident that left him severely disfigured. “Those 10 years of hell I lived through, it has given me such a wealth of knowledge,” Norris recently told The Associated Press, one of only two news outlets granted interviews since his transplant last year. “It’s unreal. It has put some of the best people in my life.” Now, at 38, he’s starting a new life: taking online classes in pursuit of a degree in information systems and contemplating a foundation to help defray future transplant patients’ everyday expenses during treatment. He also has been working with a photojournalist who just completed a book about his journey, titled “The Two Faces of Richard.” He hopes his story sends a message of hope to people in similar situations and encourages empathy in others. “I’ve heard all kinds of remarks,” he said. “A lot of them were really horri-

ble.” After the 1997 accident at his home, Norris had no teeth, no nose and only part of his tongue. He was still able to taste but could not smell. When he went out in public, usually at night, he hid behind a hat and mask. Norris had dozens of surgeries to repair his but eventually face, reached the limits of what conventional surgery could do for him, said Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who performed some of those operations and later led the surgical team that performed Norris’ face transplant. Some parts of the anatomy, such as eyelids and lips, are just too complex to recreate, he noted. “You can create a semblance of something, but I can guarantee you it’s not normal by any means.” Just weeks after Norris was told by another doctor that there was little else that could be done for him, Rodriguez presented him with another option: a transplant. The doctor, who is head of plastic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, had been following advancements in the face transplant field for years. An Office of Naval Research grant for the purpose of helping wounded warriors made it possible for him and his team to attempt their first face transplant, an operation that previously had been performed by only two

other centers in the United States. The world’s first partial face transplant was performed in France in 2005 on a woman who was mauled by her dog. Of the 27 other transplants that have followed, four recipients have died, and the survivors face a lifetime of immunosuppressant drugs, which can take a toll on their health. Unlike most organ transplant recipients, who need their surgeries to live, face transplant patients are risking death to eliminate a non-lifecondition, threatening noted Dr. Mark Ehrenreich, the psychiatric consultant to Norris’ transplant team. Rodriguez says patients are well aware of the situation. “If you talk to these patients, they will tell you it is worth the risk,” he said. The team carefully lays out all of the dangers for patients: Norris’ mother, Sandra, remembers Rodriguez saying there was a 50-50 chance her son would survive the surgery. “We looked at Richard and we told him we loved him the way he was and it didn’t matter to us, but it was his life,” she said. “That was what he wanted to do and we supported him.” Norris said he is humbled by the gift he received from the family of 21-year-old Joshua Aversano, who died after being struck by a minivan while crossing the street. The Maryland family, which

agreed to donate his organs, declined to be interviewed by the AP. In a statement, the family said, “We are grateful Joshua’s legacy continues through the lives of the individuals he was able to save with gifts of organ and tissue donation.” Norris said he speaks to the family regularly and keeps them updated on his life and health. Norris’ 36-hour transplant operation is still considered the most extensive ever conducted beit included cause transplantation of the teeth, upper and lower jaw, a portion of the tongue and all of the tissue from the scalp to the base of the neck, Rodriguez said. “The real main limitation ... is that patients are dependent on medication for life,” he said. The immunosuppressant medications carry risks for the patients, who don’t know how long the transplant will last. Rodriguez said if all goes well, a transplanted face could last 20 to 30 years. For Norris, who makes

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PIQUA — The Tipp City Community Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hance Pavilion in Piqua’s beautiful Fountain Park. The band is under the direction of Gail Ahmed and consists of approximately 50 members from Piqua, Troy, Tipp City, Farmersville as well as other locations in the Miami Valley. The band is open to all who play a musical instrument and practices are held weekly in Tipp City. The band will play 8 concerts and 3 parades scheduled for the summer season, and 4-5 concerts for the Christmas season. The band recently had the distinction of playing a

daily visual checks, the risk of rejection is never far from his mind. “Every day I wake up with that fear: Is this the day? The day I’m going to go into a state of rejection that is going to be so bad that the doctors can’t change it?” But he said he can’t let himself worry about it too much, and he knows that he’s in good hands. Norris has come far in the past 15 months, learning how to eat and talk again and adjusting each time his face gains more feeling. He continues with therapy, travels to Baltimore from his home in Hillsville, Va., regularly to see doctors, and still takes pain and immunosuppressant medications. He says his faith in God has carried him through it all; that he has maintained a sense of humor and remained the same person inside. And he agrees with doctors, who dismiss a commonly held belief that face transplant patients are likely to experience an identity crisis. “When I look in the mir-

ror, I see Richard Norris,” he said remembering the immediate connection he felt with his new face. The bigger issue for Norris is being able to appear in public again. Facial disfigurement tends not to engender sympathy, leaving patients feeling shunned, Ehrenreich noted. “Unfortunately, with severe facial disfigurement, people recoil and make comments they would never make to someone in a wheelchair,” he said. The transplant marks “such a significant improvement, that they’re welcome to be in public.” Since his surgery, Norris says the gawking has disappeared. “When I was disfigured, just walking the sidewalk, I was surprised that more people didn’t walk into telephone poles or break their necks to stare at me,” he said. “Now ... there’s no one paying attention. Unless they know me personally, they don’t know I am a face transplant patient. That right there is the goal we had.”

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■ Briefs F1 to introduce penalty system SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — The World Motor Sports Council says it will introduce a penalty point system for Formula One drivers in 2014 and expand testing to be allowed in January and during the season. The penalty system was prompted by race crashes in the past year. The system would allow a driver to accumulate 12 points before he is banned from the next race. The council said the penalty points would depend on the “severity of the offence.” It also announced plans to allow preseason testing in January which would play into the hands of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, which are keen to hold such tests. It also would allow four two-day track sessions during the season. In-season testing is currently banned.

Turkish athletes caught doping ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has been hit by eight more athletes reportedly caught using banned substances, just days after eight of the country’s weightlifters were pulled out of the Mediterranean Games after failing doping tests at a training camp. Anadolu news agency says on Friday the latest group includes 2004 Olympic silver medalist hammer thrower Esref Apak among seven other athletes, mainly hammer throwers and runners. Anadolu says officials called on the athletes to pull out if taking part in the Mediterranean Games, which end Sunday in Mersin, Turkey. The latest in a string of doping cases means another setback for Turkey, as Istanbul aims to win its bid for the 2020 Olympics ahead of Tokyo and Madrid. In May, Olympic 1,500meter champion Asli Cakir Alptekin and European indoor hurdles champion Nevin Yanit were charged with doping violations.

I’m still record Tour de France winner BY JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) — The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping. Armstrong’s comments to Le Monde were surprising on many levels, not least because of his long-antagonistic relationship with the respected French daily that first reported in 1999 that corticosteroids were found in the American’s urine as he was riding to the first of his seven Tour wins. In response, Armstrong complained he was being persecuted by “vulture journalism, desperate journalism.” Now seemingly prepared to let bygones be bygones, Armstrong told Le Monde he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour victories, even though all seven of his titles were stripped from him last year for doping. He also said his life has been ruined by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation that exposed as lies his years of denials that he and his teammates doped. And Armstrong took another swipe at cycling’s top administrators, darkly suggesting they could be brought down by other skeletons in the sport’s closet. The interview was the latest blast from cycling’s dopingtainted recent history to rain on the 100th Tour. Recently, Armstrong’s former rival on French roads, 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich, confessed to blood-doping for the first time with a Spanish doctor. French media also reported that a Senate investigation into the effectiveness of anti-doping controls pieced together evidence of drug use at the 1998 Tour by Laurent Jalabert, a former star of the race now turned broadcaster. Not surprising in Armstrong’s interview was his claim that it was “impossible” to win the Tour without doping when he was racing. Armstrong already told U.S. television talk show host Oprah Winfrey when he finally confessed in January that doping was just “part of the job” of being a pro cyclist. The banned hormone erythropoietin, or EPO, wasn’t detectable

by cycling’s doping controls until 2001 and so was widely abused because it prompts the body to produce oxygen-carrying red blood cells, giving a big performance boost to endurance athletes. Armstrong was clearly talking about his own era, rather than the Tour today. Le Monde reported that he was responding to the question: “When you raced, was it possible to perform without doping?” “That depends on which races you wanted to win. The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping. Because the Tour is a test of endurance where oxygen is decisive,” Le Monde quoted Armstrong as saying. It published the interview in French. Some subsequent media reports about Le Monde’s interview concluded that Armstrong was saying doping is still necessary now, rather than when he was winning the Tour from 1999-

2005. That suggestion provoked dismay from current riders, race organizers and the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union or UCI. Five-time champion Bernard Hinault, who works for Tour organizer ASO, said: “We have to stop thinking that all riders are thugs and druggies and all that.” Asked later by The Associated Press to clarify his comments, Armstrong said on Twitter he was talking about the period from 1999-2005. He indicated that doping might not be necessary now. “Today? I have no idea. I’m hopeful it’s possible,” Armstrong tweeted. In a statement issued before that clarification, UCI President Pat McQuaid called the timing of Armstrong’s comments “very sad.” “I can tell him categorically that he is wrong. His comments

Cavendish covets Tour de France yellow jersey BY JAMEY KEATEN AND JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) — Soccer’s World Cup. Football’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. Hockey’s Stanley Cup. And, of course, the yellow jersey. No list of the most famous trophies in sports can be complete if it doesn’t include that gaudy shirt from the Tour de STUMPER France — and British speedster Mark Cavendish aims to get his hands on the first one this On Feb. 6, year. 1971, Alan Over the next three Shepard hit a weeks, 21 of them will be golf ball here. distributed at the 100th Tour. None will be more important than the last one — worn by the overall winner on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 21: Many pundits believe that will be either Britain’s Chris Froome or two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador of Spain. QUOTED But it would be a mis“Impossible to win take to reduce the Tour to a two-horse race. Multiple without doping.” heartbreaks, crashes and — Le Monde quoting other dramas await over Lance Armstrong the meandering 2,110-



In this May 20, 2010 file photo, Lance Armstrong bleeds from a cut under his left eye after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour of California cycling race in the outskirts of Visalia, Calif. The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping.

do absolutely nothing to help cycling,” McQuaid said in a statement. “The culture within cycling has changed since the Armstrong era and it is now possible to race and win clean. “Riders and teams owners have been forthright in saying that it is possible to win clean — and I agree with them.” After Armstrong retired for the first time in 2005, cycling pioneered a so-called “biological passport” program, introduced in 2008, that monitors riders’ blood readings for tell-tale signs of doping. Riders in the top tier of teams were tested an average of nearly 12 times in 2012. Yet the pre-Tour drip-drip-drip of doping confessions and revelations about the Armstrong era have overshadowed cycling’s work to break its culture of drug use. That, in turn, has led to renewed appeals from some involved in the sport for cycling to have a “truth and reconciliation” process — where all those involved in doping past and present could air what they know and did once and for all, so cycling can then move forward. “Having it come out in dribs and drabs: You know, Laurent Jalabert this week, this guy (another week) — is ridiculous and painful and unnecessary,” Jonathan Vaughters, a former Armstrong teammate and manager of the Garmin-Sharp team, said this week before Le Monde’s interview. “I really wish that we could get on with the truth and reconciliation committee. ... Let’s just move the sport forward, let’s get it out, let’s deal with it, let’s recognize it, let’s own it, let’s learn from it.” Armstrong told Le Monde he would be prepared to appear before such a committee. “The whole story has still not been told,” he was quoted as saying. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation that unmasked him as a serial doper “did not paint a faithful picture of cycling from the end of the 1980s to today. It succeeded perfectly in destroying one man’s life but did not benefit cycling at all.” He argued that doping would never be eradicated. “I did not invent doping,” Le Monde quoted Armstrong as saying. “And nor did it end with me.”

mile trek along windswept sea sides, through flat plains and Alpine and Pyrenean mountain punishment, and even to a medieval island citadel in the English Channel. The first story could be written by Cavendish: the “Manx Missile” is a favorite to win the mostly flat Stage 1 (132 miles) from Porto Vecchio to Bastia in the race debut on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on Saturday. The Briton, whose muscle, timing and accelerations make him the finest sprinter of his generation, has already won other coveted prizes in his sport. In 2011, he won both the green jersey given to the best Tour sprinter and the rainbow-striped jersey awarded to cycling’s roadrace world champion. The yellow jersey, however, has eluded his grasp. “It’s not just one of the most iconic symbols in cycling, it’s one of the most iconic symbols in the world of sport,” Cavendish said. “To be able to wear that for at least a day in your life, it’s a thing to make any rider’s career.


British sprinter Mark Cavendish walks onto the stage during the official team presentation of the Tour de France cycling race in Porto Vecchio, southern Corsica island, France on Thursday. The 28-year-old native of the Isle of Man, garnering him the “Manx Missile” moniker among fellow Britons and cycling buffs, is the best sprinter of his generation. Cavendish already has 23 Tour stage victories, putting him fourth on the all-time list. The race starts in Porto Vecchio on Saturday June 29, and the 198-rider peloton, or pack, is to cover 3,479 kilometers (2,162 miles) over three weeks, 21 stages and two rest days, before an unusual nighttime finish July 21 on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It’s a thing you dream about when you’re a child. It would be a beautiful thing.” Cycling could use some beautiful things. This is the first Tour since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven victories for doping, which he finally acknowledged on U.S. television after years of denials that were exposed as lies by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

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Despite millions spent on fighting drug use in the peloton, blasts from cycling’s checkered past keep on coming: Ahead of this race, French media reported that a Senate investigation into the effectiveness of doping controls pieced together evidence that a urine sample provided by long-beloved French rider Laurent Jalabert contained EPO, cycling’s designer drug, at

the Tour of 1998. Tour organizers will be hoping the racing drama of the next three weeks will push such miseries to the background. In the traditional prerace presentation, the 22 teams took a stage one after the other Thursday in Porto Vecchio, with its idyllic mountain backdrop on France’s “isle of See Covets/Page 10


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Professional gamers, a dress rehearsal BY DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Past desks covered with extreme sports magazines and refrigerators stocked with energy drinks, a small isolation booth has been erected smack dab in the middle of Red Bull’s airy offices in Santa Monica, Calif. It’s not for hosting meetings or employee breaks. It’s for playing video games — very competitive video games. The beverage company’s North American headquarters played host recently to the chummy Red Bull Training Grounds ahead of this weekend’s Major League Gaming Spring Championship in Anaheim, Calif. Red Bull is betting this new take on training for competitive gaming — or esports, as it’s known — will give its players, to borrow Red Bull’s slogan, wings. The company, which is probably better known for sponsoring action sports stars and race cars than gamers, has previously hosted other e-sporting events, but Training Grounds marked the first time it focused on schooling players. Despite being stationed amid cubicles, the inaugural Training Grounds event had most trappings of a typical mammoth e-sports event: lights, cameras, competitors, commentators and prize money. However, there was no live audience to cheer on the eight international e-athletes, and the gamers were only competing in one title, the real-time strategy game “StarCraft II.”

“The idea behind Training Grounds is to find that happy medium between competition and training,” said Rob Simpson, Red Bull’s e-sports program manager.“While we do have a prize pool on the line ... focus is really on analysis and growing as players. I think it’s a positive thing that people want to consume this kind of information.” Simpson isn’t just referring to the eight “StarCraft II” players who were gearing up for the MLG championship but also the 200,000 spectators who watched more than 20 hours of matches broadcast online by Red Bull. The inaugural event was as much of a promotional affair as it was preparation for players who will be battling in this weekend’s MLG contest. Since the e-sports genre first pressed start with arcade face-offs in the 1980s and LAN parties in the 1990s, there are more competitors than ever before, with a growing gap between seasoned pros and newbs. Those involved agree the more time gamers play in championship settings, the better they fare against the ruthless Zerg alien race in “StarCraft.” “I think the biggest issue for players is that no matter how much they practice at home, once they get up on a stage and have those lights and cameras in their faces, they get distracted,” said Sean “Day(9)” Plott, a former competitor who now serves as an e-sports commentator. “They choke and start playing at a level far below what they usually do at home.”

beauty.” Hundreds of fans clapped politely, as white yachts stuck up like teeth from the shimmering blue Mediterranean. Contador predicts an action-packed race in this comeback year for him. The 30-year-old Spaniard was stripped of his 2010 Tour title and missed out last year over a doping ban. He could be the biggest danger for Froome. Both riders excel in mountain climbs that feature heavily this year. But Contador said there would be more to this Tour than simply their rivalry. “This year won’t just be the story of two riders; we’ll have more actors in this film,” he said. “This year will see more action than in past years,” he added. Of Froome, he said: “I would have no motivation to be here if I thought I couldn’t beat him.” Among longer-shot contenders are 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans of Australia — though at 36, his legs aren’t the freshest — and his young BMC teammate Tejay Van Garderen of the United States, plus Spaniards Alejandro Valverde of Movistar and Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha. Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour winner and a Sky teammate of Froome, is injured and sitting out this year. Last year, Froome was more impressive than Wiggins in the mountains, but that race was more heavily weighted to time trials — Wiggins’ specialty — than in this year’s edition. Like Wiggins last year, Froome has had a nearly flawless run-up to the Tour: the 28-year-old Kenyan-born Briton won four of five races he started. He said he’s confident, but not fond of the “favorite” moniker. “It’s an absolutely privilege for me to be in this position,” he said, but “there is a certain amount of pressure that comes


Puig’s 2-run single lifts Dodgers past Phillies BY JOE RESNICK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig is just 22 years old, and already has established himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the major leagues — as well as a role model for his teammates who enjoy his gung-ho style in the outfield and on the base paths. Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, Andre Ethier had a two-run double, and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-4 victory on Thursday night. “He kind of reminds me of myself,” Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp said of the Cuban rookie sensation. “Sometimes he plays too hard, and sometimes you have to tell him: ‘Man, calm down. You can’t make every play.’ But he’s done an amazing job in his first month in the big leagues. He’s gotten big hits and made big plays on defense. He’s doing a lot, and I think we’re just feeding off the kid.” Zack Greinke (4-3) struck out five over seven innings and allowed four runs on 12 hits, including solo homers by Domonic Brown and Chase Utley, to help the Dodgers get their season-best sixth straight win. Puig was shaken up crashing into the right field auxiliary scoreboard while trying to track Utley’s ninth homer in the top of the seventh that put Philadelphia ahead 4-3. However, Puig was none the worse for wear — as he proved moments later. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom half against rookie reliever Justin De Fratus (2-2) without the benefit of a hit. A.J. Ellis walked and Juan Uribe reached on a bunt that first baseman Ryan Howard tried to field before slipping

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and falling on the play. Nick Punto advanced the runners with another bunt, and Hanley Ramirez drew an intentional walk while batting for Greinke. Skip Schumaker was called out on strikes for the second time, but Puig slapped an 0-2 pitch to left field to put the Dodgers ahead 5-4. “He was ready to hit, so my plan there was to slow him down and try to use his aggressiveness against him,” De Fratus said. “It worked on the first two pitches. I didn’t think I threw a bad pitch on the next one, but it wasn’t where I was trying to get it and he burned me.” Puig is batting a robust .427 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in just 23 big league games. “His energy just feeds into all of us,” Ellis said. “We all dream and wish we could play the way he’s playing, and it makes us want to play better. It’s an energy and a way to play the game that you don’t see too much. When he crashed into the fence, I just wanted to see him pop back up. I love his aggressiveness and love him trying to make a play right there.” Kemp, playing in his third game after missing a month with an injured right hamstring, was 2 for 4 with an RBI double. He led off the eighth with a single, then stole second and third base and scored on Ellis’ sacrifice fly. “I’ve got to test it out. I can’t play timid. I’ve got to play aggressive,” Kemp said of the hamstring. “That’s the way I’ve always been and the way I have to play. He wasn’t paying too much attention when I was on second base, so I tried to take a chance right there. I’m tired of not making the playoffs, so my biggest thing is trying to help my team get there in any way. I feel good. I guess I’ve got them young Puig legs.” Kenley Jansen followed J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario out of the

bullpen and got the last three outs for his seventh save in nine chances. Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone threw 96 pitches through six innings and was lifted for a pinchhitter after giving up three runs and four hits. The right-hander retired his final 15 batters. Pettibone found himself trailing 3-0 after just 17 pitches. Kemp hit an RBI double inside third base, and two more runs came in on Ethier’s double. Right fielder Delmon Young prevented another run, sprinting toward the corner and stretching out to grab Ellis’ extrabase bid. Young tied a career high with four hits — all singles — and put himself within seven of 1,000 for his career. Brown, in his first career at-bat against Greinke, put Philadelphia on the board in the second when he drove a 3-2 fastball to center for his 21st homer and tied Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez for the NL lead. Greinke then gave up a single to Young and a walk to Kevin Frandsen before picking off Young at second base. The Phillies tied it 3-all in the fifth with four consecutive one-out hits, including run-scoring singles by Utley and Jimmy Rollins — only his second RBI in 10 games. “Zack probably didn’t have his best stuff, but he just competed,” Ellis said. “That’s a tough lineup. I mean, they match up all those tough lefties at the top and they have a good mix of players with a lot of professional hitters. But Zack held on and gave us a chance.” NOTES: Former Phillies C Darren Daulton, who played for their 1993 NL championship team and spent the majority of his 15 big league seasons with them, was diagnosed with two brain tumors and will undergo surgery next week.

BASEBALL STANDINGS with it.” “Coming in as the race favorite sets that precedent of people looking to beat you ... so it definitely opens doors that people may be ganging up,” he said, acknowledging the possibility that Valverde, Contador and Rodriguez might form a Spanish alliance against him. Contador is high in Froome’s mind. “I don’t think we have seen Contador at his best yet,” he said. “His goal was never to perform well at any of the races building up to the Tour, but then to come to the Tour at his absolute best. I believe he’ll be here at his best — and that’s what we’ll expect.” Andy Schleck, who inherited the 2010 title stripped from Contador for testing positive for the muscle-building drug clenbuterol, said this year’s mountainous course would have suited him under normal circumstances. But he’s coming off a rough year, including a crash injury to his lower back that kept him out last year. The Luxembourg rider considers himself an “outsider,” not a favorite. The race spends three days on Corsica’s winding, hilly roads. It then sets off on a clockwise run through mainland France along the Mediterranean, into the Pyrenees, then up to Brittany and the fabled Mont-Saint-Michel island citadel before a slashing jaunt southeastward toward the Alps before the Paris finish. “The Tour’s always full of surprises,” said Garmin-Sharp team director Jonathan Vaughters, insisting his American squad could have contenders like Ryder Hesjedal of Canada and Andrew Talansky of the United States. “The easy answer is: Yes, it’s Chris Froome vs. Alberto Contador, but I think we’re going to try and make the answer not as easy.”

American League The Associated Press East Division W Boston Baltimore NewYork Tampa Bay Toronto Central Division W Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota Chicago West Division W Texas Oakland Los Angeles Seattle Houston

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L.A. Dodgers 6, Philadelphia 4 Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Saturday’s Games Washington (Jordan 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 5-7), 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Arizona (Kennedy 3-4) at Atlanta (Hudson 4-7), 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wainwright 10-5) at Oakland (J.Parker 6-6), 4:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco (M.Cain 5-4) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 8-4), 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. San Diego (Cashner 5-3) at Miami (Ja.Turner 1-0), 7:10 p.m. N.Y.Yankees at Baltimore, 8:05 p.m.

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Thursday’s Games Texas 2, N.Y.Yankees 0 L.A. Angels 3, Detroit 1, 10 innings Baltimore 7, Cleveland 3 Boston 7, Toronto 4 Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1 Saturday’s Games St. Louis (Wainwright 10-5) at Oakland (J.Parker 6-6), 4:05 p.m. Toronto (Rogers 3-3) at Boston (Doubront 4-3), 4:05 p.m. Cleveland (U.Jimenez 6-4) at Chicago White Sox (Axelrod 3-4), 4:10 p.m. Kansas City (W.Davis 4-5) at Minnesota (Gibson 0-0), 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Blanton 1-10) at Houston (Lyles 4-2), 4:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 5-7) at Seattle (Harang 3-7), 7:15 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 7-3) at Texas (Tepesch 3-6), 7:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 5-7) at Seattle (Harang 3-7), 7:15 p.m. Monday’s Games Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Cincinnati (Leake 7-3) at Texas (Tepesch 3-6), 7:15 p.m.

N.Y.Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (D.Hand 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 6-3), 7:15 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Lee 9-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 6-3), 10:10 p.m.

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Sunday’s Games San Diego at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

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Arizona at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Texas, 3:05 p.m. St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 8-5) at Tampa Bay (Archer 2-3), 7:15 p.m. N.Y.Yankees (Sabathia 8-5) at Baltimore (Britton 1-2), 7:15 p.m.

Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 2

San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.


the nightcap to break the record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1922.

June 29 1916 — The Chicago 1968 — Detroit’s Jim Cubs and Cincinnati Reds Northrup hit his third played a nine-inning game grand slam in a week as with just one baseball. the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2. 1923 — Brooklyn’s Jacques Fournier went 61990 — Dave Stewart of for-6 with a home run, two the Oakland A’s pitched doubles and three singles the first of two no-hitters as the Dodgers beat the on this day, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 14-5. Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 at the SkyDome. Fernando 1937 — Chicago Cubs Valenzuela of the Los Anfirst baseman Rip Collins geles Dodgers duplicated played an entire game Stewart’s feat by throwing without a putout or an as- a 6-0 no-hitter against the sist. St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time in major 1941 — In a double- league history that two header against the Wash- no-hitters were pitched in ington Senators, New both leagues on the same York’s Joe DiMaggio tied day. and then broke the American League record of hit1995 — The Dodgers’ ting safely in 41 Hideo Nomo struck out 13 consecutive games. Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 DiMaggio doubled in four victory, giving him 50 at-bats in the opener and strikeouts in four games. singled in five at-bats in That broke the Los Ange-

les record of 49 over four fifth and singled in the games, accomplished seventh. three times by Sandy Koufax, the last 30 years ear2010 — Whit Merrilier. field’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 2003 — Eric Byrnes hit 11th inning gave South for the cycle and matched Carolina its first baseball a franchise record with national championship five hits as Oakland beat with a 2-1 victory over San Francisco 5-2. UCLA in the College World Series. The Game2004 — Randy Johnson cocks won the last chamof the Arizona Diamond- pionship played at backs became the fourth Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stapitcher to record 4,000 dium, the CWS’ home strikeouts when he struck since 1950. out San Diego’s Jeff Cirillo in the eighth inning of the 2012 — Aaron Hill hit Padres’ 3-2 win. for the cycle for the second 2007 — Barry Bonds hit time in 12 days, leading his 750th career home run the Arizona Diamondin San Francisco’s 4-3, 10- backs to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. inning loss to Arizona. The Arizona Diamond2007 — Aubrey Huff hit backs’ second baseman cyfor the cycle in Baltimore’s cled on June 18 against 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Seattle. Brooklyn’s Babe Angels. Huff tripled in the Herman was the only second inning — his other major leaguer to hit 1,000th career hit — dou- for two cycles in one seabled in the fourth, hit a son since 1900. He accomthree-run homer in the plished the feat in 1931.

Zimmerman neighbors testify BY MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman’s murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer’s contention that he was on his back and straddled by being Trayvon Martin during their confrontation. Neighbor Jonathan Good said it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman, while another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, said Zimmerman seemed credible when he said immediately after the fight that he had shot Martin in selfdefense. Officer Tim Smith testified that Zimmerman’s backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side. All three were called as witnesses for prosecutors who are trying to convict him of second-degree murder. Good, who had perhaps the best view of any witness, said he did not see anyone’s head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk, as Zimmerman claims Martin did to him. Good initially testified that it appeared “there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” but during detailed questioning he said he saw only “downward” arm movements being made. Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year in self-defense as the Miami-area teen was banging his head into the concrete sidewalk behind the townhomes in a gated community. prosecution Under questioning, Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin. “I couldn’t see that,” Good said moments later while being cross-examined. Good said he heard a noise behind his townhome in February 2012, and he saw what looked like a tussle when he stepped out onto his patio to see what was happening. He said he yelled: “What’s going on? Stop it.” Good testified he saw a person in black clothing on top of another person with “white or red” clothing. He said he couldn’t see faces but it looked like the person on the bottom had lighter skin. Martin was black and was wearing a dark hoodie. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic and was wearing a red jacket. Good was back inside calling 911 when he heard a gunshot. “It looked like there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” Good said. Later, under cross-examination, he said that it looked like the person on top was straddling the person on bottom in a mixed-martial arts move known as “ground and pound.” When defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked him if the person on top was Martin, Good said, “Correct, that’s what it looked like.” Good also said the person on the bottom yelled for help. Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. Zimmerman followed Martin in his truck and called a police dispatch number before he and the teen got into a fight. Zimmerman has denied the confrontation had anything to do with race, as Martin’s family and their supporters have claimed.

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A sleep center in Allen County is currently seeking experienced polysomnographic technicians for fulltime PRN positions. Competitive salary and benefits. RPSGT or eligible preferred. Email resume to: sue.shuluga@

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MONEY MATTERS 13 Retirement income strategies in McNeil named a low interest rate environment Lawyer of the Year PIQUA DAILY CALL • WWW.DAILYCALL.COM

t’s no secret that generating income in retirement is not as easy as it used to be. We’ve experienced a dramatic decline in interest rates over the past 30 years. According to data published by the Federal Reserve Bank, a 10-year U.S. Treasury note (at constant maturity) yielded just under 11 percent in June 1983, 30 years ago. By June 1993, that same bond yielded 5.96 percent, and it kept trending lower to 3.33 percent ten years ago in June 2003. Yet today’s yield on the 10-year Treasury, in the 2 percent range, pales in comparison. In other words, an individual investing $100,000 in a U.S. Treasury note in April when interest rates were 1.76 percent would receive about $147 per month in interest income. That same investment would have earned in excess of $900 per month in 1983, more than five times the cash flow a 10-year Treasury note generates today. Finding higher income There are few signs that Federal Reserve policy or federal government actions will do much to alter the interest rate environment in any significant way in the near future. While it seems reasonable to expect interest rates to, at least gradually, move higher from today’s historically low levels, the timing and severity of such a move is hard to predict. Retirees or those entering retirement need to look at income strategies differently today. Some solutions could include:


A “bucket” approach Consider setting aside 23 years’ worth of income in cash or cash equivalent assets. This is money that will not earn much return (if

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any), but will be readily available to meet income needs over the near term without risk of loss.The rest of your assets could be invested within your risk tolerance in a well-diversified portfolio. Though no strategy is perfect, this balance can help a retiree meet short- and long- term expenses. Seek investments that can generate higher income You likely have different goals for various investments, so while investing in some more conservative investments make sense, you may hope to generate more income in others. To generate income, there are a variety of options to consider, but investors should take great care in doing so. It’s worthwhile to explore different ways to enhance yields you earn from your portfolio, but it should be accomplished by building a diversified mix of assets that are suitable for your risk tolerance. It’s generally wise to avoid putting all or most of your money into a single investment to provide an income stream. A financial professional can help you understand and review all of your options and help you design an effective strategy for your circumstances and risk tolerance level.

Annuities You may want to dedicate a portion of your assets to an annuity that can provide a stable stream of income independent of market conditions. Consistent with the market as a whole, annuity payout rates are lower today than they once were, so this may not solve all of your cash flow needs, but an annuity can help make sure that you have a sufficient income stream to pay essential living costs in retirement. Note that any guarantees, including income, are subject to the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Cutting back on expenses Finding ways to generate income is usually only part of the solution for investors. Many retirees today are experiencing a reality check about their lifestyles. In today’s environment, it may be necessary to determine trade-offs you’re willing to make to afford the essential and lifestyle expenses you need and want. Planning for retirement is complicated so no matter how you choose to invest, do your homework to make sure you understand all of your options and the risks and opportunities associated with current market and economic conditions.

PIQUA — William B. McNeil, of the Piqua law firm McCulloch, Felger, Fite & Gutmann Co., LPA, has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” for the greater Dayton area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected. McNeil has been MCNEIL listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the trust and estates practice area every year since 1999. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is determined by voting by other lawyers who practice in the same specialty. McNeil also is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is past chair of the Board of Governors of the Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. He is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association.

CRAIG W. MULLENBROCK CFP®, CDFA™ Consider meeting with a financial professional that can help you define your risk tolerance and help you prepare for retirement based on your individual goals and circumstances. Mullenbrock holds professional designations as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ practitioner (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ™ (CDFATM). He is Financial Advisor and franchise owner of Mullenbrock & Associates-a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. His practice specializes in feebased financial planning and asset management strategies and has been practicing for 28 years. Offices are located at 228 West Ash St., Piqua, 773-8500 m/craig.w.mullenbrock. Mullenbrock is licensed and registered to conduct business in Ohio.



selloffff Thursday Thursday,, ide sellof In the midst of a steep market-wide Rite Aid stock fell 7 percent to closee at $2.88. gest News from the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain was mixed. Although gh Rite Aid reported p its third consecutive ive quarterly profit, management lowered red its fiscal 2014 earnings forecast. The Camp Hill, Pa., company earned arned $91 million, or 9 cents per share, after fter paying preferred dividends, in the quarter that ended June 1. That

compares too a loss of $30.7 million, or 3 cents per quarter,, when Rite Aid booked share, in lastst year’s quarter ked a $21 million charge for lawsuit settlements. The chain said it now expects p ts fiscal 2014 earnings of between a penny enny and 16 cents per share. That’s down wn from its forecast in April for earningss ranging between 4 cents and 20 cents per share. Analysts expect, on average, rage, earnings of 17 cents per share..

Rite Aid (RAD (RAD ) Thursday’s close: $2.88


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Kent State joins others in raising tuition KENT (AP) — Kent State University is joining most other public colleges in the state in increasing tuition for the fall, but the northeastern Ohio school will put all the money raised by the 1.5 percent increase back into financial aid. Trustees approved the increase Thursday as part of Kent State's $638 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Kent was one of the last of the state's taxsupported universities to set tuition rates for the fall. The University of Akron, Youngstown

State and Bowling Green increased undergraduate tuition by 2 percent, the most allowed by law. Ohio University announced a 1.6 percent increase and Miami University, 1.5 percent. Cleveland State announced a 2 percent increase that will be rebated yearly to students who stay on track to graduation. Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Toledo are freezing tuition for the coming year. Kent State officials said the entire $4.75 million the increase is estimated to generate

will be applied to scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid for students. The tuition increase is Kent's lowest in four years. "We are being efficient. We are being effective," university President Lester Lefton said. "This is a very effective use of a tuition increase, however modest it may be. We have to continue to commit to quality." The university also decided to charge an overload fee for students who take more than 16 credit hours a semester. That fee will raise tuition for about 10 percent of Kent's undergraduates.


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A real estate professional recently coined the term “Price Denial Syndrome,” a troublesome condition that affects sellers having a hard time facing the realities of today’s fluctuating markets. Of course it’s difficult to make a pricing concession, but an overpriced home simply will not sell. Perhaps the sellers argue that they really need the money, but then they have to ask themselves what they’ll do for money if the home doesn’t sell. Maybe they figure that they can shoot for the moon now and reduce the price later if they must. However, the longer a property remains unsold, the more likely it is that even more price reductions will follow. Then it will take even longer to get a sale at a lower price. Some sellers might suggest trying a higher price just for the first two weeks, but that’s when the interest of serious buyers is always greatest. Those buyers usually look within a certain range, and won’t even make an offer at all on an overpriced property.

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DC exhibits bring black history into focus BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150 years of African-American history from slavery to civil rights and contemporary suburban life are in focus in two new exhibitions opening in the nation’s capital. The National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art opened exhibits Friday, in part to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. declared “I have a dream” in August 1963. One show features the work of contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, while the other follows King’s rise to prominence. The National Gallery brought together a series of paintings by Marshall for the Chicago-based artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington. They serve as a timeline of history in pictures and symbols spanning the Middle Passage of slave ships traveling from Africa to America to the entry of black people in the middle class. In a tour of the exhibit, Marshall said he has long worked to show the more complicated dimensions of history in his art. “What mattered to me


Kerry James Marshall's 1995 acrylic and collage on canvas, "Our Town," is part of an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.The exhibit focuses on more than 150 years of African-American history from slavery to civil rights and contemporary suburban life. was really advancing the idea and the image and the presence of black folks in pictures — where they were infrequently encountered,” he said. Marshall said he wanted to find a way to ensure such pictures would have a place in the nation’s museums to tell a more complete history. In 2011, the National Gallery of Art acquired his painting “Great America,” which depicts black figures in a small boat on an amusement park ride. It’s a scene of middle-class leisure but also contains troubling images of the

past. In other paintings, Marshall depicts the Virginia estates of two founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who were slave holders — and he includes images of slaves or slave ships in the scene. Marshall’s painting “Our Town” presents a more contemporary scene with black children in a suburban setting in place of “Dick and Jane” from old reading texts. The boy rides a bicycle, and a girl with a dog runs beside him. Their mother waves goodbye in the distance.

“There are black people who live in neighborhoods that are like that. But the truth is that many of those neighborhoods are black neighborhoods because the white folks who used to live in those neighborhoods moved out as soon as we started moving in,” Marshall said. “Those things … complicate the idea of your success when you arrive at a place like that.” Curator James Meyer said Marshall’s art is distinctive because his paintings look both forward and backward in time to capture an entire sweep of


This watercolor and pencil piece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., done in 1957 by Boris Chaliapin was the original artwork for Time magazine's cover in 1957 when King was elevated to the national spotlight, as well as when he was Time's "Man of theYear" for 1963. African-American history. “In other words, the exhibit confronts the idea of the American dream from a black perspective,” he said. At the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery,

curator Ann Shumard focused on one key person’s biography for “One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.” The gallery gathered journalistic photographs and portraits from throughout King’s life.

Gettysburg cyclorama shows art of war everyone off, those master drawings get out there and other competing companies acquired the artist and drawing,” said Sue Boardman, program manager with the Gettysburg Foundation and a cyclorama expert. Philippoteaux signed his work by adding his likeness, leaning against

GENARO C. ARMAS monly depicted military team of 20 painters creAND JOANN LOVIGLIO or religious scenes and ated four identical Getwere displayed in pur- tysburg cycloramas in Associated Press pose-made buildings. all, based on his sketches GETTYSBURG, Pa. Hung inside a rotunda, and photos of the land(AP) — Standing in the a properly installed cy- scape, historical accounts middle of the gruesome clorama creates an im- and interviews with battle scene during Pick- mersive 360-degree Pickett’s Charge surett’s Charge, surrounded experience thanks to its vivors. They were so popby the horrific sight of colossal size and meticu- ular that a number of 12,000 infantrymen lous details. A diorama in Philippoteaux knockoffs fighting, bloodied, man- front of the canvas adds started making the state gled and dying, some of to the effect by extending fair rounds. the most hardened sol- the scene in 3-D. “When Paul Philipdiers were brought to French artist Paul poteaux is finished with tears. Philippoteaux and a the paintings and lays But that was two decades after the decisive 1863 battle. The soldiers described in newspaper accounts as being overcome with emotion were Civil War veterans looking at a massive in-theround painting, known as a cyclorama, a grand illusion recreating the pivotal battle with a level of realism not seen before. “They were the IMAX of their day,” said Katie Lawhon, spokeswoman for Gettysburg National (Made-up, in-stock items only) Military Park. The National Park Service has owned the cyclorama Allison’s will be closed since 1942. July 4th, 5th and 6th! Visitors coming for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will experience the four-story cyclorama, one of only three known to survive in the U.S., fully restored in a new visitor center with 104 E. Mason Road, Sidney a dramatic light and sound show. As much novelty as HOURS: MON., TUES., WED 9AM - 6PM, THURS. 9AM - 1PM, FRI. 9AM - 8PM, fine art, cycloramas comSAT. 9AM - 3PM, SUN. CLOSED

that wasn’t right,” Lawhon said. “He continued to make changes after it was completed.” Motion pictures killed the cyclorama craze, and they began to quickly vanish by the late 1800s. The only other one still on display depicts the Battle of Atlanta and resides in that city.



In this March 28, 2008 file photo, a conservator works on a section of Paul Philippoteaux's famous "Battle of Gettysburg" cyclorama painting, a 360-degree canvas that gives viewers the feeling of being placed in the middle of Pickett's Charge, the climactic clash on the final day of battle, at the new Museum and Visitor Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa.The Gettysburg Cyclorama underwent a $15 million restoration to repair more than a century's worth of serious damage.

a tree in a Union uniform, as soldiers around him charge the front line. The work was otherwise politically neutral: Whether Union or Confederate, all Philippoteaux’s soldiers fight heroically and die with honor. “He would tinker with it if someone who was there told him a detail

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Reasons to include more dairy in your diet A healthy diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person’s risk of developing disease or other negative health conditions. For example, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can boost the immune system and promote cardiovascular health, lowering your risk of heart disease in the process. While the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in your diet are widely known, the medical benefits of dairy are often overlooked. The following are a handful of ways that dairy products like low-fat milk, cottage cheese and yogurt can make a nutritious and beneficial addition to your diet. * Dairy packs a protein- and calciumladen punch. One cup of nonfat yogurt can provide as much as one-third of your daily recommended calcium intake and nearly 20 percent of your daily recommended protein intake. Though dairy products like ice cream don’t pack the same nutritious punch as yogurt, healthier fare like reduced-fat cheese and skim milk can go a long way toward meeting your daily intake of protein and calcium. • Dairy is a great source of vitamin D. In addition to providing sufficient calcium and protein, dairy also helps men, women and children boost their vitamin D. That’s especially important in the winter months when people tend to get less exposure to the sun. Exposure to the sun is a natural way to boost your vitamin D, but the shorter days and colder weather of winter can make it hard to get sufficient vitamin D during that time of year. Dairy products like low-fat milk can boost your vitamin D, which can improve your bone health and, according to recent research, might help reduce your cancer risk. * Dairy may help lower your blood pres-

sure. Men and women with high blood pressure might benefit from including more dairy in their diets. In a study of 5,000 adults, Spanish researchers found that those who reported consuming the most low-fat dairy products were more than 50 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed less low-fat dairy. Though researchers are not certain as to the reason behind low-fat dairy products’ impact on blood pressure, some theorize that their calcium and protein content are likely behind the benefit. * Dairy benefits your bones. Dairy has long been known to improve bone density. But it’s not just seniors who benefit from the bone-strengthening impact of dairy. Youngsters who consume dairy can also expect an increase in bone mass, which can make them less susceptible to injuries like broken bones. Seniors who consume dairy to improve their bone density should know that a recent study from researchers at the Institute for Aging Research found that not all dairy products are equal when it comes to improving bone density. While milk and

yogurt were linked to higher bone mineral density, dairy products like cream and ice cream contain less protein, calcium and vitamin D and more fat and sugar than yogurt and milk, and these products may actually be associated with lower bone mineral density. Though there are many ways men and women can improve their overall health, it’s important to consider the nutritional value of dairy when making any alterations to your diet.


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Create a peaceful and healthy sleeping environment It is easy to overlook the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Without adequate rest a person can be left feeling irritable, distracted and sluggish. Those who repeatedly do not get enough sleep could be facing other health problems as well. For some, the secret to getting a better sleep is modifying their sleeping environment. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic. An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults report having a sleep or wakefulness disorder, and women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Plus, one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime, offers the organization Better Sleep for Life. In some instances, lack of sleep or too much sleep might be indicative of a medical condition, but it could just be related to poor sleep hygiene and an uncomfortable sleeping environment.

Making some changes could make all the difference. * Start with your mattress. You will spend between seven to 10 hours in your bed each and every night. An uncomfortable mattress could be an underlying factor in your sleep problems. If your bed is several years old, it could pay to invest in a new mattress and box spring. If you sleep with your spouse and your bed is too small, upgrading to a larger size could provide the room you need. If you cannot afford a new mattress, buying a mattress topper in memory foam could mask any problems for the time being. * Balance light and dark. In order to trigger sleepiness at the right time, it is essential to get at least 30 minutes of natural sunlight each day during the morning or afternoon. In the evening, begin dimming the lights to trigger the body’s natural internal clock and stimulate the production of the natural hormone melatonin,

which relaxes the body into sleep. Keep a dark bedroom -- invest in blackout curtains if need be. * Consider white noise. Giving your brain a noise to associate with relaxing sleep can help you drift off more quickly. White noise can also mask other sounds that may distract sleep, such as traffic outside or a partner snoring. White noise can come from a special alarm clock that provides soothing sounds of rain or waves. Many people find running a fan in the bedroom provides the right amount of noise and also helps circulate air throughout the room. * Make the bedroom a cozy retreat. Your bedroom should be a relaxing sanctuary. Fill it with cozy cushions and pillows. Make sure the room is clean and clutter-free. Relaxing blues and purples can be soothing colors to use in decorating, and the use of lavender essential oil could also add to the relaxing environment. * Avoid distractions. When setting up your

bedroom, do not fill it with electronics, such as a computer, tablet and television. These devices could contribute to wakefulness and actually impede your ability to get the rest you need. * Keep cool. A cool bedroom is key to drifting off to sleep. Sweating and overheating can keep you awake, so drop the temperature down at night and dress lightly for bed. You want to feel comfortable and not too hot or cold. If sleeplessness becomes a chronic problem and is not alleviated by changing the sleeping environment, visit a doctor.

Simple ways to protect your bones As men and women age, many take steps to improve their overall health. These steps can be as simple as cutting back on dinner portions or as significant as joining a gym and committing to an exercise regimen. One of the best things men and women can do to improve their health, as well as their quality of life, as they age is to protect their bones. Though some are aware of the importance of protecting their bones, which weaken as the aging process progresses, leaving older adults susceptible to fractures, many might not know that protecting their bones is quite simple. What’s more, many of the roughly two million bone fractures caused by osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become brittle from loss of tissue, are preventable. Men and women who heed the following tips to help protect their bones can reduce their risk of fractures as they age. * Get your calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D promote bone health, and many people are aware of those effects. However, a

2005 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocriology found that 52 percent of postmenopausal women on osteoporosis treatment had insufficient levels of vitamin D, despite being told by their doctors to take both vitamin D and calcium. If your diet does not include adequate vitamin D, which can be found in fortified dairy products, egg yolks, and fish, then vitamin D supplements can help meet your needs. Calcium can be found in a variety of products, including fortified cereals and juices, dark leafy greens like broccoli, almonds and a host of dairy products. * Visit your physician. Few people might know that bone health is actually measurable. A bone density screening can assess your bone health, while FRAX(R), an online tool developed by the World Health Organization, evaluates a individual’s risk of fracture based on a host of factors, including age, weight, height and your medical history. FRAX(R) models give a 10-year probability of fracture, which can help prevent injuries down the road for those people whose

risk might not be immediate. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends all women begin receiving bone density screenings at age 65. However, women with additional risk factors, including smokers, those with low weight or a thin frame, family history of osteoporosis, late onset of menstrual periods, and a history of anorexia or bulimia, should consult their physician about screenings regardless of their age. * Get out and exercise. Exercise is another great way to protect your bones. Unless you suddenly embrace competitive weightlifting, exercise won’t increase your bone density, but it will help you maintain the bone density you already have. Something as simple as walking can help maintain bone density, as can other weight-bearing activities like jogging. Cardiovascular weight-bearing activities can be coupled with strength training, which recent studies have found may improve bone mineral density, something that could delay the onset of osteoporosis and reduce your risk of fracture. A gym will likely

have all of the strength-training materials you will need, but you can also purchase some hand weights or additional resistance training products to ensure your bones are getting adequate exercise. Consult a physician before beginning an exercise regimen, especially if you have recently had a fracture.

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Simple ways to boost your energy levels No one is immune to random bouts of

* Treat yourself to a massage. Many peo-

a typical day. Instead, smaller, more fre-

fatigue. For many people, fatigue is most

ple find their energy levels are adversely

quent meals coupled with healthy snacks

common around midafternoon, when the

affected by stress. Too much stress can

can stabilize blood sugar levels and help

workday starts to drag and that hefty mid-

make you physically sick and cause both

maintain sufficient energy levels, improv-

day meal has inspired thoughts of catnaps.

physical and mental fatigue. There are

ing both mental acuity and mood. Instead

Though an episode of fatigue here or

many ways to more effectively cope with

of a large omelet platter for breakfast,

there is likely nothing to worry about,

stress, and treating yourself to a massage is

choose a small bowl of low-calorie cereal

adults who find themselves routinely

one of them. A massage can relieve stress

and follow it up three to four hours later

struggling to muster any energy, whether

and help overworked muscles recover,

with a healthy snack of fresh fruit. When

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boosting energy levels as a result.

the kids at night, might be surprised to

* Treat breakfast with the respect it

lunchtime arrives three to four hours after your mid-morning snack, choose a small

learn that boosting daily energy levels is

deserves. When you wake up in the morn-

lunch with ample protein and follow that

relatively simple. The following are a few

ing, even after a great night’s sleep, your

up a few hours later with a healthy snack

easy ways to boost your energy levels and

body’s energy reserves are almost entirely

of yogurt. The specifics of your diet should

make the most of each and every day.

depleted. Consequently, men and women

be discussed with your physician, but you

who don’t eat a healthy breakfast are al-

will likely find that eating smaller,more

the value of exercise but simply can’t find

most certain to struggle with their energy

frequent meals and healthy snacks will

the time in the day to squeeze in a little

levels throughout the day. Something as

drastically improve your energy levels

time on the treadmill or at the gym. But

simple as a bowl of low-calorie cereal or

throughout the day.

the American Council on Exercise notes

some oatmeal with fruit can help restore

that as little as 10 minutes of moderate

your body’s energy levels and lay the

might not be the result of an unhealthy

or vigorous exercise at a time each day

groundwork for a productive day. Skip-

breakfast or a lack of exercise. Some

can boost your energy levels and improve

ping breakfast entirely will make you feel

people simply don’t drink enough fluids to

mood. The Centers for Disease Control

sluggish in the morning and increases the

stay hydrated and feel sluggish as a result.

and Prevention recommend that adults get

risk that you will overeat come lunchtime,

Symptoms of dehydration mimic those

at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of

adversely impacting your energy levels for

of hunger, leading many to purchase un-

moderate-intensity aerobic activity,

the rest of the day.

healthy snacks when they might just need

* Get regular exercise. Many adults know

including at least two days of muscle-

* Focus on maintaining steady energy

A low-calorie bowl of cereal in the morning can help improve energy levels throughout the day.

* Drink more fluids. Your lack of energy

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strengthening activities, each week. If

levels throughout the day. Lacking energy

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a byproduct of your eating habits beyond

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the breakfast table. Numerous studies

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cise, the more your energy levels are likely

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Outdoor enthusiasts typically cannot wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, men and women can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. Though it’s easy to get excited about a sunny day, it’s important for outdoor enthusiasts to take safety seriously. No matter your activity, always bring adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and remember to bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day. In addition to packing sunscreen and water, outdoor enthusiasts can employ various additional safety methods depending on which activity they choose to enjoy. Cycling Cyclists must always be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see cyclists as a nuisance, and such motorists may drive recklessly around cyclists in an attempt to scare them off the road. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible. Never listen to an MP3 player or another music player while riding a bike. Such a distraction could prove deadly if it takes your attention away from the road. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures: * Always wear a helmet and reflective clothing that makes it easy for motorists to see you. * Obey the traffic laws. * Always ride with traffic. * Inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride. Hiking When the weather permits, few activities combine the benefits of physical activity with the aesthetic appeal of nature as well as hiking does. Hikers should never hike on poorly developed trails or trails that are too difficult for them to handle, and they should have at least a basic understanding of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hiking trip. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails: * Compass * Flashlight and extra batteries

* Whistle and signal mirror * Map of the park that includes the trails you plan to hike * Waterproof matches * First aid kit * Blanket Inline skating and skateboarding Inline skating and skateboarding are popular activities for adults and children alike. But even though you may associate such activities with your childhood, that does not mean the risk of injury is insignificant. In fact, even seasoned skateboarders and veteran inline skaters have suffered broken bones or head injuries while skateboarding or skating. Proper attire is essential for skaters and skateboarders hoping to prevent injury, so be sure to wear the following gear the next time you hit the half-pipe or go skating by the boardwalk: * Helmet * Knee pads * Wrist guards * Elbow pads Water sports Water attracts the sun, so it’s imperative that anyone planning to spend ample time on or around the water take steps to protect their skin. Wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 15. Never take to the water after you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol can dull your senses, making you less likely to recognize a dangerous situation should one present itself. If you plan on entering the water, always enter feet first and do your best to avoid swimming alone. When you employ the buddy system while swimming, you are ensuring there is someone there to help you should you begin to struggle or to alert lifeguards or other safety personnel should something go awry. If you to plan to fish on a boat, let your loved ones staying behind on land know where you plan to fish so they can share this information with authorities if your boat has problems or you don’t return on time. While on the boat, always wear a flotation device and make sure the boat is not running as you board and dismount. The great outdoors can be enjoyed throughout the year. But outdoor enthusiasts will have a much better time if they take the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury.

When participating in water sports like rafting, adults and children alike should wear flotation devices at all times.


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