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Can you believe it?Another page of the calendar has turned and it is August already. Before we know it, summer will be over.What happened to all those things we promised we’d do. The trips we would take. The fun?Relax. The end of summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. Ohio has a lot of cool places to visit that are less than a tank of gas away. There’s no reason you should let the end of summer be a bummer.Below are 10 ideas for places to visit:OHIO CAVERNS:Miles from Lima: 45


Michelle Obama: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of June, 85 mayors, governors and county officials from across the country — and across the political spectrum — signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Today, we’re announcing that in the two months since then, 97 more state and local leaders have signed on — meaning that a total of 182 local leaders have pledged to end homelessness among the veterans in their communities by the end of 2015.

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Ann McFeatters: With midterms approaching, voters must return to senses

WASHINGTON — The boys and girls of Congress are returning from summer camp — er, Capitol Hill — to their real homes where they will 1) raise money and plead to be returned to camp; 2) stress how much they hate the nation’s political polarization; and 3) pledge never to compromise their beliefs.Folks, there is no way to escape their blandishments unless you do not go out in public, especially to a county fair, parade or political rally. You’ll also have...

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Chicago Tribune: Breakthrough hepatitis C treatment worth its hefty price tag

JULY 28 — There’s a new breakthrough hepatitis C drug treatment that cures — yes, cures — almost everyone who takes it. Unlike previous, far less effective treatments, patients suffer few if any side effects. The entire regimen takes only 12 weeks, much shorter than previous regimens.The drug, Sovaldi, could save the lives of many of the estimated 80,000 people a year who die from the blood-borne liver disease. Eventually, Sovaldi could save the nation’...

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Pandemonium at the fair

WAPAKONETA — It was every boy, girl, chicken, sheep, pig and calf for themselves during the Auglaize County Fair’s Pig and Calf Scramble Friday at the grandstands. The stands were filled as family members watched their young ones run and dive for livestock in the mud of the arena. Which animals they chased depended on their age, according to organizer Mike Etzkorn.“The chickens will be for the real young kids, then we’ll go pigs, sheep and then the calves fo...

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Four departments respond to church fire

McCOMB — Four fire departments responded to a fire at a church Friday in McComb.According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, a call came in at 5:34 p.m. of a fire at the McComb United Methodist Church, 204 S. High St. The McComb Fire Department arrived three minutes later to begin attacking the blaze. During the attempt to put out the fire, McComb called for mutual aid from the Allen Township Fire Department, the Liberty Township Fire Department and the Findlay...

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Crushin’ it

LIMA — Making it big in the music industry is the dream of every band starting up in a garage or basement, and for local country band Nashville Crush, that dream is on its way to becoming a reality.“We started playing together in 2009 with the goal of playing festivals, fairs and beer clubs,” lead singer Brad Wright said. “At that point, we just wanted to make some extra money and have fun playing music and doing something different than what other people in...

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Landowner claims county engineers ruined her property

LIMA — Eighty-six year-old Lucille Wauben has been fighting the county engineers for 16 years.Wauben has stacks of photos and a notebook full of names and dates detailing everything that happened since she signed an easement in 1995 allowing the county to build a bridge on the road in front of her property. Since, Wauben said, mistakes made when the county was building the bridge has ruined her property.“Never sign an easement,” Wauben said, explaining ...

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Kasich to visit Lima next week

LIMA — When Allen County Republicans kick off the start of their reelection efforts for the November campaign, the top man in their party will be in town to help.Local GOP Chairman Keith Cheney announced Friday Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be in town for the Aug. 8 event scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Wannemacher Total Logistics at 400 E. Hanthorn Road. The governor will address the crowd at noon, Cheney said.“We’re anxiously waiting the governor’s mes...

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Business re-opening commemorates success

LIMA — The grand re-opening of Maynard’s Consign and Design Fine Furnishings Friday was a celebration of success amid challenges.Christina Maynard’s new downtown location opened July 7. Her store offers a variety of furniture, paintings, dishes, candles and more. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable, one that allows for peaceful, slow browsing of Maynard’s wide selection of items.Maynard was hoping to move downtown anyway when a pipe froze l...

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Pastor arrested in prostitution sting, again

LIMA — A local pastor caught for the second time in a prostitution sting arrived at a local motel with condoms and the exact amount of cash a woman posing as a teenage girl requested.Pastor Ron Fails of Grace Church World Wide Ministries was charged this week with soliciting, a misdemeanor for a June 18 incident. Fails was taken into custody at a local motel the FBI Violent Crime Against Children Task Force used for the sting, said Sgt. Dave Gillispie of the Lima Police Depar...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 12:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office.Vine Street and Prospect Avenue, Lima – An officer arrested a 49-year-old man Sunday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. An officer found drug paraphernalia in the car.Fourth Street and McClain Road, Lima – An officer responding to a crash Sunday found one of the people involved was intoxicated. The man was arrested.Metcalf a...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemJuly 31 — Kami and Eric Smith, Lima, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterJuly 30 — Jena Kohli and Daniel Morlock, Wapakoneta, girl; Summer Moore and Shane Rogers, Lima, boy.July 31 — Victoria Roeder and Dane Cope, Lima, girl; Kristin and Justin Lenhart, Cridersville, boy; Jamie Reynolds and Ty Kuhns, Cridersville, girl.

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Lifestyle: 10 ideas for a last-minute summer trip / Page 3BNational, World news / Pages 4-8B

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Ohio public the loser

A recent Ohio appeals-court ruling that cruiser dash-camera videos are confidential “investigatory materials,” rather than open public records, threatens Ohioans’ ability to monitor police and defend against abuse.This decision is no favor to law-enforcement officers, either. They often rely upon these videos to prove they behaved professionally and even heroically under difficult circumstances.For these reasons, police agencies would be wise to promptl...

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Lucy – R

The Story“Time is the only true measure. Without time,” says Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), “we don’t exist.” “Time is eternity,” says Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), confirming Lucy’s existential pronouncement. CPN-4, an incredibly potent synthetic chemical, has been released into Lucy’s body. As a result, she will soon be using 100 percent of her “cerebral capacity” and, says neuro-researcher Professor Norman, ̶...

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Carl Leubsdorf: Threats of impeachment all too common since Nixon left office

Forty years after the Watergate scandal forced President Richard Nixon to resign or face certain impeachment and conviction, Washington’s increasing partisanship too often leads to politicians threatening to go there.The consensus in 1974 was that the House Judiciary Committee’s careful, bipartisan proceedings set so high a standard for the future that presidential impeachment efforts would remain extremely rare.Instead, the Nixon impeachment has led to more ...

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