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Joseph Blasi: Big story this Labor Day

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For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the wide middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes in sight and no new ideas on the big radar screen.From the end of World War II until the early ’70s, productivity of the economy increased, and wages after inflation also went up. The middle class shared in the fruits of their labor and received a significant portion of the efficiencies of the entire economy. This is no longer the case. Now, there is a huge gap between the substantial increases in efficiency and productivity and the middle-class pay envelope.


Foreclosure process confuses many

LIMA — Foreclosed homes are a common sight across the nation, and have been for some time, and Lima is no exception.Lima City Council’s Public Works Committee addressed issues concerning foreclosed homes in the city.Confusion of who technically owns the property faces many individuals in the foreclosure process. In the majority of cases, the name tied to the home’s address on the deed records, found on the county auditor’s website, will remain ass...

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Jerry Zezima: Fixing a flood of laundry issues

Life is a vicious cycle because there is always a laundry list of things to do. This is especially true if you have to do the laundry, in which case there are three cycles: wash, rinse and spin.But you can’t do the laundry, as my wife, Sue, and I found out recently, if your washing machine is on the fritz. Unfortunately, we don’t know anybody named Fritz, so we called a plumber named Harry.Harry, who owns Brookhaven Plumbing and Heating on Long Island, N.Y., ...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Death on the range: A fatal lapse

AUG. 30, 2014 — Common sense took a holiday Monday last at an outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. A man is dead and a little girl will have to live with the scar of this preventable tragedy for the rest of her life.Instructor Charles Vacca was teaching the child, all of 9, how to shoot, of all things, an Uzi submachine gun. A cellphone video recorded by one of her parents shows her squeeze off a round in single-shot mode. No problem. But when the mode is switched to ...

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Air Force Museum in Dayton restoring Titan rocket

DAYTON (AP) — Restoration experts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are launching their largest restoration project yet at the museum in southwestern Ohio.A Titan 4B space launch vehicle that has been sitting in gigantic pieces in a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar near Dayton is being prepared for restoration efforts. It will be displayed in the museum’s fourth building, slated to open in 2016.The Titan 4B stood more than 200 feet tall, and ...

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Man drowns after boat sinks in Indian Lake

A 22-year-old man drowned early Sunday at Logan County’s Indian Lake, a popular recreational hotspot where many Ohioans flock for holiday weekends.Authorities were withholding the name of the man, but the Bellefontaine Examiner, citing unnamed sources, identified him as 22-year-old Joshua Keith, an Indian Lake High School graduate.According to Mark Bruce of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, nine people were on board a boat that started to sink just north of...

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Labor Day time for leisure for area residents

LIMA — Officially, summer does not end until Sept. 22. However, Labor Day weekend is traditionally seen as the official goodbye to the warm, sunny days, the weekend trips with the family, or the get-togethers.An expected 1.4 million Ohioans and 34.7 million Americans were making that last road trip of 50 miles or more away from home. The trips vary from visiting relatives, to theme parks, to camping and other tourism areas.AAA said hotel costs ranged from 6 percent...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

DAILY (Sunday)Pick 3: 9-3-5 day, 8-9-9 nightPick 4: 8-8-5-4 day, 6-0-6-0 nightPick 5: 4-0-3-9-9 day, 3-1-6-1-3 nightRolling Cash 5: 1-5-6-16-38CLASSIC (Saturday): 17-30-38-42-43-48KICKER: 725740Jackpot: $4.3 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 5-28-31-52-59Powerball: 27Power Play: 2Jackpot: $100 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 3-26-45-58-73Mega Ball: 12...

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Cueto posts victory No. 16

PITTSBURGH — The Cincinnati Reds likely envisioned themselves in the thick of a pennant race as the calendar turned to September.Yet, they’re five games under .500 after injuries wreaked havoc on one of baseball’s more talented rosters.Even Johnny Cueto, one of the game’s best pitchers, hasn’t been immune to the tough times endured by the Reds this season.On Sunday, Cueto overcame an early jolt to earn his 16th win and Chris Heise...

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A moving career

1. How did you get started doing videos for real estate agents?My good friend Todd Kivimaki, he started this business back in college in 2004. We’ve known each other since Cub Scouts. We both went to Bluffton University. I helped Todd in the summers. I am an education major and I taught from 2006 to 2012. Eventually, the company grew big enough that he could bring me on full-time, so I quit teaching in 2012. Now we’ve expanded to Columbus, Dayton, Findlay, Van Wert and ...

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The winners: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo Competition

LIMA —The winners of The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo competition were recently announced. Today, the Portrait and Flowers categories appear.PHOTO EXHIBITWHAT: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo CompetitionWHEN: Thursday through end of yearWHERE: Thursday through Sept. 26 at ArtSpace/Lima downtown; after that, St. Rita’s Medical Center High Street Mall Gallery through end of yearONLINE: Visit www.lima...

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OSU monday morning grade card

After another day to think about it, here’s a Monday morning grade card on Ohio State’s performance against Navy on Saturday:OFFENSEEveryone already knew redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett wouldn’t be Braxton Miller. But there was great curiosity about what he could bring to the field.Barrett threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and one interception in his first college start. And he got better as the game went on, ...

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Dysert, Wenning, Thompson re-join NFL clubs

There were gone for a day, but now they are back.Former area players Zac Dysert (Ada/Miami), Keith Wenning (Coldwater/Ball State) and Jordan Thompson (Parkway/Ohio U.) were all cut by their NFL clubs on Saturday.But all three re-signed with their same NFL teams on Sunday.The Denver Broncos re-signed quarterback Dysert to the practice squad. The Baltimore Ravens re-signed quarterback Wenning to their practice squad. The Detroit Lions re-signed tight end Thompso...

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Lima Municipal Court records

Lima Municipal Court DispositionsAug. 18:Shawn A. Miller, 31, of 5169 Agerter Road, pleaded guilty to persistent disorderly conduct. Sentence: 30 days jail, $100 fine. Pleaded guilty to obstructing official business. Sentence: 90 days jail, $100 fine.Matthew D. Prater, 24, of 1432 S. Agner St., Ottawa, pleaded no contest to possession of dangerous drug. Sentence: 180 days jail, 170 suspended, $250 fine. Pleaded guilty to opera...

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West-central Ohio road construction and maintenance projects

Allen CountyInterstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.orgU.S. 30 from Lincoln Highway to east of Ohio 115 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone on September 2 for approximately three days for bridge deck sealing. There will be closures in the eastbound and westbound lanes. Work is being performed by the O...

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Activate Allen County: Lima YMCA launching diabetes program

LIMA — The Lima Family YMCA is launching the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program on Sept. 16 to help improve health throughout the Lima and Allen County region.The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program runs for 12 months. It is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCAs across the United States are starting the program as part of a national effort to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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Labor Day closings

GovernmentAllen County offices — ClosedAuglaize County offices — ClosedPutnam County offices — ClosedLima city offices — ClosedOhio Bureau of Motor Vehicles — ClosedBanksChase — ClosedCitizens National Bank — ClosedFifth Third Bank — ClosedFirst Federal Bank — ClosedHuntington Bank ̵...

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Lori Borgman: Freedom to make a mess? Naturally

The story of choice for one wing of the grandkids right now is “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter. Part of the attraction is the sheer scandal of it all. Every time an adult reads the story, the kids exude wide-eyed disbelief that a bunny disobeyed his mother (gasp!), ventured into Mr. McGregor’s garden (gasp!) and safely made it home again (the sweet exhale).Not long ago their mother was driving along and said, “Look, a rabbit is crossing the road. I wonder i...

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