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Thomas Lucente: Hostility toward police officers easy to understand

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One could make a career out of writing a column about the unbelievable actions of police officers and prosecutors in our burgeoning police state.I have no desire to engage in such an activity because on some level I respect the kind of person it takes to do that job correctly.Sometimes, though, the depravity is too large to ignore.Take the case involving Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood and former Napster Chief Operating Officer Milton Olin Jr.The 65-year-old Olin, a married father of two and a prominent entertainment attorney, was riding his bicycle in a bike lane Dec. 8 when, shortly after 1 p.m. Wood’s patrol car slammed into him killing him. Wood did not brake or swerve before hitting Olin.


Will column: Paul Ryan’s way forward

WASHINGTON — To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected.Ryan says he was wrong.

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Labor Day: Skills for a lifetime

By Thomas E. PerezAs the Secretary of Labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing: they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people.But here’s the rub: too often, they can’t find workers who have the skills they need.Meanwhile, although businesses have added 9.9 million jobs since February 2010, a lot of people a...

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Letter: Cats at Van Wert Fairgrounds need help

This letter is to urge people to please stop dumping cats and kittens at the fairgrounds in Van Wert. It is not a safe haven.About four years ago while at the fairgrounds, my wife and I observed many cats and kittens around several buildings. That day, we saw around 40. We decided to feed and water them at the locations where they were.This last winter we only missed one day because drives were not plowed.Recently, I was ordered to feed cats at only one locati...

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Editorial: Justice needs taste of real world

The Lima NewsOhio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor needs to read the newspapers more to get an idea of how the rest of the world is living as Labor Day approaches Monday.Speaking to hundreds of the state’s judges Thursday morning, she used her State of the Judiciary address at the Ohio Judicial Conference to make a case for higher salaries for judges. She said it was ”extremely troubling” that Ohio’s judges have ...

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Navy’s lead fleeting

BALTIMORE — Two hours after Ohio State’s 34-17 win over Navy on Saturday, all the Navy logos had been scrubbed and washed from the artificial turf at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Stadium.Much like Navy’s hold on the game, they were temporary, not permanent.But for too long for comfort for Ohio State, Saturday’s season-opening game looked like it could become an indelible, unforgettable moment for Navy. And an unforgettable moment for all the wr...

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Command performance for Barrett

BALTIMORE — Three weeks ago, if J.T. Barrett gave any thought to what he’d be doing after Ohio State’s season opener against Navy, he probably figured it would go something like this:First, make a quick change out of a uniform that was so lightly used he could probably wear it again the next week without throwing it into the laundry. Then grab one of the pizzas in boxes on a table outside the locker room for his post-game meal, head for the bus to the airport and ...

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Bluffton, ONU dominate volleyball invitationals

BLUFFTON — Bluffton swept the Sommer Center Spiketacular with 3-0 victories over Denison and Geneva on Saturday. It marks the first time since 2010, when Bluffton went 9-0 to start the season, that the Beavers have opened 4-0.Sara Roth was placed on the All-Tournament Team and MacKenzie McFarlin was named MVP.Ohio NorthernADA — Ohio Northern (4-0) team finished the weekend strong. The Polar Bears defeated Defiance and Wooster to win the 36th annual...

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LCC picks off Bath

LIMA – Lima Central Catholic was looking for its playmakers to make a big play.Aidan O’Connor did just that, only it came on defense.O’Connor jumped a route in the middle of the field for an interception and ran it back for a 58-yard TD to help the T-Birds post a 26-21 victory over Bath in Week 1 on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.O’Connor’s first of two fourth-quarter picks gave LCC the lead to stay, 20-14, with 9:01 to go....

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Bath edges LCC on the links

BATH TOWNSHIP – The Rob Contini Memorial golf tournament usually kicks off the boys’ high school season every year.Mother Nature played havoc with the original date; so the make-up date was Saturday and, unfortunately, many of the teams originally scheduled to compete were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.What was to have been a 14 team field (including three teams from the Columbus area) was reduced to five, but, included two of the better area t...

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LCC’s Sreenan impresses

COLUMBUS GROVE – Being oblivious has its advantages for cross country runners.Coming into Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational, Lima Central Catholic freshman Emily Sreenan was unaware of how good her competition was going to be.So naturally, Sreenan went out fast and stayed hot on the heels of Wauseon’s Taylor Vernot for the entire 5K race.The result for Sreenan was a personal-best time of 19 minutes flat and a second-place finish to Verno...

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Ottawa-Glandorf boys soccer team goes to 3-0

Four different Titans scored goals and goalie Jacob Ellerbrock made three saves as O-G moved to 3-0 on the season with a 4-0 victory over Bryan on Saturday.Napolean 2, Shawnee 1NAPOLEAN — Jackson Schaaf scored Shawnee’s goal.Bluffton 5, Defiance 1DEFIANCE — Cole Harlow had three goals for Bluffton.Boys golfVersailles InvitationalMinster (329) finished second to Russia 1 (328). Alex Britton of New Br...

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O-G moves to 4-0 in girls soccer

BRYAN — Six different Titans scored goals as Ottawa-Glandorf moved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-0 girls soccer victory over Bryan on Saturday.Cassie Schroeder got the shutout in goal.Allen East 6, Indian Lake 0HARROD — Leah Casey had three goals and Jade Meyer two as the Mustangs had 41 shots on goal.Lima Senior 1, Delphos St. John’s 1DELPHOS — Kayleigh Twinning of Lima Senior and Carleigh Ankerman of Delphos St. John’...

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Kevin Harvick dominates to win Atlanta Nationwide

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win an unusually wreck-free NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Harvick, who will start from the pole Sunday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, took the lead on the 37th lap and ruled the 1.54-mile tri-oval for his third win of the season in 11 races.Kyle Larson, who started second, finished third. Kyle Busch was fourth, and pole-sitter Chase Elliott ...

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Ottoville holds yearly park carnival

OTTOVILLE — It may take a village to raise a child, as the adage goes, but as Ottoville has proved this weekend, it also takes a village to put on a festival.Ottoville’s Park Carnival has brought thousands to the Putnam County village, more than double the village’s population of 976.“It takes over 1,100 people to donate two hours of their time to make this work,” carnival organizer Troy Heitmeyer said. “We have about 10 or 12 people o...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

DAILY (Saturday)Pick 3: 7-3-0 day, 3-9-7 nightPick 4: 6-9-5-3 day, 5-2-9-2 nightPick 5: 7-0-0-0-5 day, 5-0-8-0-6 nightRolling Cash 5: 13-31-33-38-39CLASSIC (Saturday): 17-30-38-42-43-48KICKER: 725740Jackpot: $4.3 millionPOWERBALL (Wednesday): 17-24-26-45-46Powerball: 19Power Play: 3Jackpot: $90 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 3-26-45-58-73Mega Ball: 12...

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

LIMA — There were 765 entries in The Lima News 18th annual Amateur Photo Competition, which is 420 fewer photos entered than last year.“Entries were down this year by 420 entries, but the quality of entries was much higher,” said Craig Orosz, photo editor for The Lima News. “Judges had a tough time picking this year’s winners. We had some copycat photos from last year’s winners, which are common and a huge no-no. … But overall, it was a fan...

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It’s time to play.But before you hop in the car, check out this list to make a plan. Be sure to check back with The Lima News, as we will publish a listing monthly in Lifestyle and details weekly in 360.To submit event information, please contact Craig Kelly at Sept. 1 — Van Wert County Fair, Van Wert1 — Labor Day Parade, downtown Lima1 — Harrod Community Garage S...

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