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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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Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let’s not even get into Mitt Romney’s wholesale slander of the so-called “47 percent.”

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Upcoming area festivals and fireworks

LIMA — With summer now in full swing, festival season has arrived once again. Below is a list of some of the festivals going on this week our area.Organizing a festival and want it listed? Send your information to Craig Kelly at MARYS25th annual Summer ArtfestMonday through Aug. 10St. Marys Community Public LibraryEnjoy some of the region’s best art in a ...

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Lima Live brings music, activities to downtown

LIMA — There may not be a Square Fair this year, but there will still be plenty of reasons to come downtown this weekend with Lima Live, hosted by the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima.“It’s going to be a full weekend,” council member Bart Mills said. “On Friday night, there will be music by The Conspiracy Band here for Rally in the Square at ArtSpace/Lima. They’re a really great band with a full horn section. On Saturday morning, we’ll ...

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A little taste of Nashville in Ottawa

OTTAWA — The address may be Ottawa, Ohio, but it will feel more like Nashville, Tennessee, today in downtown Ottawa as the Ottawa-Glandorf Rotary Club hosts presents the Little Nashville festival.“We usually have the Party in the Park out here, and that’s been falling apart lately, so the Rotary Club said we should do this,” club member Tom Rosenbauer said. “We said, ‘Let’s just make all the bars play country-related music,’ and we go...

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Coldwater celebrates 54th Community Picnic

COLDWATER — The village of Coldwater will be holding its 54th annual Community Picnic this weekend with the theme “Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes.” According to picnic vice president Greg Homan, the village will have a lot to offer during this festival.“We’ve got a lot of big entertainment, including a parade, and we have a variety of things for young and old,” he said.After starting with sidewalk sales and a movie Thursday, the f...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Palmer v. District of Columbia: Upholding the 2nd Amendment

July 29 — Government cannot pass laws, then place into practice rules, that effectively ban a constitutional right. That’s the upshot of a ruling released late Saturday in a long-running Second Amendment case out of Washington, D.C.A lawsuit filed years ago challenged the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. of New York, appointed to hear the case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, by Chief Ju...

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Locos stay alive on Wilder 2-hitter

LIMA — Here’s one scary thought: Locos right-hander Cory Wilder said he didn’t have his “best stuff.”But his fastball and breaking ball were plenty strong enough to take care of Licking County on Thursday.Wilder (North Carolina State) fired a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Licking County in Game 2 of the semifinal best-of-three series at Simmons Field.The series is even at 1-1. The final game of the semifinals seri...

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Manziel dealing with rookie pains

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback.He’s doing all he can in the classroom to grasp Cleveland’s offense, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is finding that once he’s behind center, everything is moving faster than expected.He...

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Kenton’s Sherman to play hoops overseas

Kenton’s Garrick Sherman has signed to play professional basketball in Kaszalin, Poland. He made that announcement Thursday on Twitter.The 6-foot, 10-inch former All-Ohio player averaged 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game for Notre Dame last season. He started his college career at Michigan State then transferred to Notre Dame for his final two seasons.Kaszalin is a city of 108,000 people in northwest Poland. The team he is joining plays in the highest league in P...

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Delphos St. John’s football season ticket sales start Monday

The Delphos St. John’s Athletic Department has announced that last year’s reserved seat season ticket holders and those purchasing general admission season tickets for the 2014 football season can buy their tickets from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Aug.11 at the high school office. Evening hours will be from 7 to 7:30 Aug. 13 for anyone. Grade school and high school student season tickets will be sold at those times as well.Those who do not wish...

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Judge election campaign funds even

LIMA — Campaign finance filings show that Democrat incumbent Glenn Derryberry and challenger Carlene Huston-Kinworthy have about the same available in campaign war chests as we head into the campaign season.Campaign finance reports were due by 4 p.m. Thursday. The Citizens to Elect Carlene Huston-Kinworthy filed June 11, and the Committee to Re-Elect Judge Derryberry filed June 10.Both had filed post-primary reports in June. Candidates were not required to file aga...

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Motive for slaying may be jealous boyfriend

LIMA — The motive for a 2009 murder is shaping up to be that of a jealous boyfriend, testimony revealed Thursday.Defendant Markelus Carter is accused of killing Kenneth Warrington. Warrington and Carter’s ex-girlfriend were dating. Carter was jealous about this and called Warrington’s workplace, posing as an attorney. Carter was trying to obtain e-mail to see if that man and his ex-girlfriend were having an affair on company time, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor...

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Man who attacked elderly woman with hammer gets 13 years

LIMA — A man who attacked an elderly woman with a hammer chose not to call the prosecution’s bluff by accepting a plea deal Thursday and a 13-year prison sentence just before time ran out on the offer.Keith Maidon accepted the offer and a judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Just hours before, he refused an offer Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said would only be on the table until the end of the day.Maidon pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and robbery. H...

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Missing Putnam County girl located

OTTAWA — A girl reported missing since Tuesday has been found, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office reported Thursday that Brittany Alexis Kaye Cross had been located, but that no other information was available as they investigate her disappearance.The sheriff’s office asked for assistance in looking for the 14-year-old in the early afternoon Thursday after she became missing in Continental area at about 9 p.m. Tue...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, July 31, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office:2500 block of North Thayer Road, Lima – A woman reported Monday a person assaulted her.3298 Elida Road, Lima – A man reported July 24 someone used his credit card without his permission.6000 block of Leatherwood Road, Lima – A woman reported Monday someone walked around her house with flashlights....

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Trades raise money at golf outing

LIMA — The Lima Building and Construction Trades partners raised $59,200 at the annual Husky Golf Outing, held July 26. This total represents more than half of the $114,000 brought in during this fundraiser, with all funds used to support a variety of non-profit organizations.The Lima Building and Construction Trades had 22 partners participate in the outing, including Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 776, Sidney Electric, Laborers Local 329, Tuttle Construction and Iron Worker...

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