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Thomas Lucente: Another court victory for the American people

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Thankfully for the American people, the courts are on a real winning streak lately, including two victories for opponents of Obamacare.First, the Supreme Court ensured that small-business owners have a right to religious freedom despite the mandates of the Affordable Care Act. (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby). Then the Supreme Court said anti-abortion protesters have a right to freely speak and assemble in public (McCullen v. Coakley). Then the Supreme Court protected the people from tyranny by ruling that a warrant is necessary before the cellphones of Americans detained by police can be searched (United States v. Wurie).


Lawmakers should limit free travel, not hide it

July 25 — Just because something’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right, no matter what the House Ethics Committee says.This is the same committee, after all, that tried earlier this month to make it more difficult for citizens to find out which lawmakers are accepting freebies for themselves, their families and staffs; how often; and the identity of the private organizations or foreign governments picking up the tab.The moral watchdogs quietly did away ...

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Caroline Little: The technology that will stimulate journalism’s future is now here

To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious.While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. The image of a reporter showing up to a scene with a pen and a pad is iconic but lost to the vestiges of time.I am asked frequently about the future of newspapers and, in particular, what does a successful future look like. For journalists, to be successful is to command multiple t...

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Locos graded

It was a one of a kind summer.After the Lima Locos stumbled out of the gate at 2-4 and went 10-10 for the first half, they suddenly ripped off an eight-game winning streak. That kick started the team to finish the year with a mark of 17-3 over its final 20 games.The 27 wins marked the third highest win total by the Locos, falling two short of the record 29 in the championship year of 2011.When the regular season was over, the Locos had finished 27-13 and had w...

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Siblings collect city championship

LIMA — Before heading off in separate directions for college life, Liz and John Kidd teamed up on the tennis courts this weekend.The sister-brother duo won the Lima Area Tennis Association’s Mixed Doubles championship Sunday, beating the son and mother team of Alex French and Diane French 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 at the UNOH Tennis Courts.The mixed doubles tournament was the third and final city tennis tournament put on by LATA this summer.It was the third ti...

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Indians’ Santana continues HR tear

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn’t do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City.Carlos Santana hit five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for two more shots Sunday and leading the Cleveland Indians over the Royals 10-3.Santana tied a team record for homers in a series, finishing off this four-game set with a pair of...

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Nats’ Fister handcuffs slumping Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Mat Latos let one bad inning get to him.The Reds’ starter allowed no hits through the first four innings before Danny Espinosa led off the fifth with a clean single. Fister sacrificed Espinosa to second with one out and Latos walked Denard Span and hit Anthony Rendon to load the bases. Jayson Werth walked to drive in a run after falling behind 0-2 and LaRoche followed with a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.Washington went on to win the game 4-2 on ...

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Shawnee cross country meeting Tuesday

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday for all those interested in running cross country for Shawnee at Heritage Park.

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Wapak’s Wayman makes championship

Drew Wayman, who will be a senior at Wapakoneta High School, has qualified for the SOPGA (Southern Ohio PGA) Junior Tour Championship.He will be playing in a two-day tournament July 29 and 30 at Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin.He qualified by finishing fifth in a field of 81 at a SOPGA two-day tournament at Reid Memorial in Springfield where he led after the first day.Wayman has participated in two out of 12 SOPGA tournaments this summer and is ranked 30th ...

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Activate Allen County: Road to success is through baby steps

Most experts will tell you, when it comes to getting healthier, it’s best to do it in small, manageable steps. Whether you want to lose weight, start an exercise program, or just change your diet, your best chance at success comes with setting goals that are realistic and achievable.The same goes for developing a healthier community.When Activate Allen County first launched almost two years ago, the team had one basic goal — to make the healthy choice the eas...

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Heavy rain dampens Auglaize fair opening

WAPAKONETA — Auglaize County Fairgrounds Secretary Fred Piehl told a group of officials Sunday that the 2014 fair would be “the best Auglaize County Fair yet.”The fair will now have six days to make up for a somewhat lost day and back up that claim.Moments after a brief fair-opening ceremony Sunday with local elected officials and other members of the business community, dark clouds opened up and delivered a torrential downpour and forced the cancellati...

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Lima official: City can’t afford to maintain spare buildings

LIMA — Lima Director of Public Works Howard Elstro said the city may want to reconsider the possibility of spending more money to maintain the former Fire Station No. 4 or seven other city-owned buildings because of budget constraints.City Councilman Tom Tebben had asked for the matter to be forwarded to the finance committee if the city should consider digging into its coffers to aid some of the nonprofit groups that help out in some way in the city. However, Elstro advised ...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Sunday, 27 July 2014

DAILY (Sunday)Pick 3: 4-0-1 day, 8-1-4 nightPick 4: 8-9-0-7 day, 0-8-9-0 nightPick 5: 6-3-1-6-1 day, 5-4-7-9-7 nightRolling Cash 5: 14-17-23-34-36CLASSIC (Saturday): 4-11-24-25-28-37KICKER: 737909Jackpot: $2.8 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 24-28-30-38-39Powerball: 16Power Play: 2Jackpot: $60 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 22-29-33-41-68Mega Ball: 12...

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Jim Krumel: Darkness rules after midnight

Little good happens after midnight.How many times did you hear that ditty as a teenager?Our parents drilled it into us. We in turn rattle it off to our kids. Police preach it, and preachers swear by it.Here’s another old saying: “Life can change in a split second.”You probably heard that one, too, and have said it yourself.It doesn’t take long for things to go haywire.Thirteen seconds.ThatR...

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2 killed in small plane crash near Findlay

FINDLAY (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio said two people were killed in an early morning small-plane crash.The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said that the crash occurred at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board launched investigations of the single-engine plane crash that killed both people on board.The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports that the plane crashed into a ditch, a...

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Trial in salmonella outbreak that killed 2 Ohioans to start in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.A federal indictment unsealed in February 2013 brought charges against the head of Peanut Corp. of America and several others stemming from the outbreak tied to peanuts processed by the company. It was an unusual move by the fe...

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Lima Municipal Court records

Lima Municipal Court DispositionsJuly 14:Jayshawn Martin, 19, of 721 N. Jefferson, pleaded guilty to theft. Sentence: 10 days jail, suspended, $150 fine.Jestin J. Johnson, 34, of 513 E. Fourth St., pleaded no contest to intoxication. Sentence: $150 fine.Jamie M. Hartman, 38, of 229 1/2 E. Spring St., Apt. B, St. Marys, pleaded no contest to use/possession/sale/drug paraphernalia. Sentence: 10 days jail, suspended, $...

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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.orgOhio 117 between Spencerville and Ohio 116/Ohio 117 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement joints and removal of pavement reflectors. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and cones noting the lane closures. Work is being per...

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