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Allen County Fair audiences love high dive act

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LIMA — Sinbad and his crew have been searching the high seas for the famous golden pineapple, and their search has led them to, of all places, the Allen County Fair.Brown Entertainment’s Sinbad High Dive Act has been thrilling fair audiences three times a day since the fair opened, featuring slapstick comedy and incredible dives, from synchronized falls to the climactic 85-foot dive at the end. The evening show even takes it a step further by having the diver lit on fire before the dive.“I was holding my breath at the end there,” Darlene Lee, of Wapakoneta, said. “To dive 85 feet is pretty far.”


George Will: Fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.

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Letter: Suicide is preventable

Robin Williams was brilliant, at once a great comedian and a talented actor.He expressed, through his many roles, intelligence, innocence, kindness, compassion and so much humor; traits we all admire. How could someone who enjoyed such admiration and acclaim die by suicide?There are many lessons we can learn from Williams’ tragic death; one of them is that depression is a real biological disease and it can be lethal. Suicide takes twice as many lives as homicide ea...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rick Perry’s indictment: The real abuse

AUG. 18 — “All politics is local” was the classic phrase coined by Byron Price, bureau chief for The Associated Press in Washington in 1932. In Texas, an embattled Democrat county prosecutor has convinced a Travis County grand jury that “All politics is criminal.”Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the departing Republican governor who’s exploring another presidential bid, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power. He’s accused of vetoing $7.5...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ghana not so golden: Government salaries threaten economic growth

AUG. 19 — Ghana, a country of 27 million on the west coast of Africa, called the Gold Coast when it was a British colony, has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.Government employee pay, which ate up 70 percent of government revenues in 2012, may now be threatening Ghana’s status. Its economy had averaged an impressive 6 percent growth in recent years, achieving 4.4 percent last year.However, earlier this mo...

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Rookie T.J. House, 4 Indians relievers blank Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Wednesday night.Rookie Zach Walters hit his sixth homer. It was his third home run in eight games with the Indians since he was acquired from Washington on July 31 in a trade for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.Mike Aviles homered among his three hits and drove in two runs.House (2-3) gave up four ...

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Lynn, Peralta lead Cardinals to sweep of Reds

ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors’ first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings, and his seven-game winning streak ended.The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept...

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Ready to make impact

COLUMBUS – Before the 5-star ratings from the recruiting analysts, before Ohio State won the battle to sign him, Raekwon McMillan was a highly anticipated athlete.McMillan, a freshman from Hinesville, Ga., was regarded as the top high school linebacker in the country when he signed with Ohio State and enrolled early in January.Middle linebacker has not been a position of strength lately for Ohio State. From the moment McMillan signed with OSU, there has been specul...

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Trip to Iowa field a dream come true

It wasn’t a bucket list item, but the movie “Field of Dreams” is one of my all-time favorites and my family knows that.So when they said, “let’s go to Field of Dreams for our final family getaway before we go back to college,” I was all in.Field of Dreams is not close to Lima.Our GPS told us to plan on seven and a half hours.It took much longer with road construction, and frequent restroom stops with yours truly....

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Shawnee defeats Bluffton in tennis

Nkiru Anigbogu did not lose a game in her singles victory as Shawnee defeated Bluffton 5-0 Wednesday.LCC 3, Kenton 2The doubles team of Olivia Stanley and Shelby Young lost only two games in their victory.Ada 4, Lima Senior 1The Bulldogs move to 8-0 on the season. Mackenzie Wills and the doubles team of Tessa Coulson and Olivia Gonder did not lose a game. Ryann Crockett won for Lima Senior.Girls s...

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Hoyer beats injury, Manziel to win starting job

BEREA — Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job.Through sweat and tears, he fought his way back from a serious knee injury only to be faced with the Browns drafting Johnny Manziel, college football’s dynamic quarterback with the cult-like following.Hoyer, though, persevered. He endured grueling rehab to get back on the field sooner than expected, stayed focused as Manzielmania consumed the Browns, and...

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Buckeyes moving on after loss of QB to injury

COLUMBUS — When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State’s practice on Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t certain what had happened.“Oh, it was devastating. It was a bad deal,” Meyer said glumly Wednesday. “First of all, I didn’t see exactly what happened and I thought someone hit him. I went berserk, saying, ‘What happened?’ (The coaches) looked at me and I said, ‘...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

DAILY (Wednesday)Pick 3: 3-2-5 day,3-8-9 nightPick 4: 6-9-4-2 day,9-2-6-7 nightPick 5: 9-0-5-6-6 day,2-8-0-8-7 nightRolling Cash 5: 5-8-16-22-32CLASSIC (Wednesday): 1-4-13-19-34-39Kicker: 861393Jackpot: $3.9 millionPOWERBALL (Saturd...

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McDonald’s comes tumbling down

WAPAKONETA — Mary Monfort, half of the wife-husband tandem that own several area McDonald’s restaurant chains, once said, “We like to be in your corner, not on your corner.”Patrons visiting the Wapakoneta restaurant that the couple own will now find that corner to the east by just a few yards.A little more than 100 onlookers gathered and watched as the McDonald’s building that has stood since the 1970s came tumbling down as demolition crews ...

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Facebook connection ends in invitation to the Philippines

WAPAKONETA —When Katie Westcott clicked on the YouTube video link on her Facebook page in January to watch two young Filipino boys sing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she had no idea how her life would change.After watching Aldrich Talonding singing and James Bucong playing the guitar, Westcott felt compelled to leave a prayer of blessing under the replies.“There was no way I was expecting to hear back,” said Westcott. “There were over 37,000 replie...

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Official wants Ohio’s ‘checkbook’ online

LIMA — Ohio’s treasurer visted Lima on Wednesday to pitch his vision of creating a transparent database for the public to use that shows how local and state governments are spending money.The ultimate goal of the idea is to make legislators “think twice” before spending copious amounts of tax money on dinners out on the town, or trips to conferences in Hawaii, or other expenditures that may be deemed unnecessary, according to Josh Mandel.

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Allen County group holding resource fair to benefit veterans

LIMA — Veterans who need various resources will be presented an opportunity to flood the Allen County Veterans Service Commission’s Resource Fair on Tuesday, according to Tamara Curtis, the commission’s director.The Veterans Benefits Fair is set to give the veterans an opportunity to get in touch with their Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, according to Curtis.“What we’re hoping is that veterans will come … veterans who have nev...

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Ice Bucket Challenge reaches Lima mayor, others

LIMA — Mayor David Berger announced during a news conference Wednesday that he has been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.While he is refraining from disclosing the location of his chilly contribution, Berger said he is not exempt from raising awareness to the disease. Teachers from Heritage Elementary School and Perry Township Firefighters have accepted their nominations and challenges as well.

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