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Parole Dispute

Darby Scarberry, an inmate in the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, filed a claim alleging that the Ohio Adult Parole Authority (“OAPA”) violated his constitutional rights by denying his parole application based upon a report that falsely stated that he used a knife in a robbery and raped the victim.While that claim was very recent, his case actually began all the way back on December 18, 1983. It was on that day that Scarberry committed rape. Six mont...

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Getting America back to work

Labor Day is bittersweet for too many Ohioans. On a holiday meant to celebrate the end of summer with a day off from work, too many of our friends and neighbors will spend it looking through the Want Ads for a job.Full-time jobs are hard to come by, while more and more people are forced into part-time work. More and more Ohioans are having to take two or even three jobs just to make ends meet. Washington can and should do more to help.

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Jackie Robinson West, Pardon the Adult Sympathy

To the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars:Boys, I’m hoping you can forgive us grown-ups for some of the nonsense coming out of our mouths after the Little League World Series.Some of us are gushing sympathy and tenderness at you, and that’s the last thing a good ballplayer wants to hear.You’re champions. You’re the pride of Chicago and the heart of the South Side. You are the best Little League baseball team in the United States. Like your ...

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Green Monster

Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You’ve required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work.Today, America’s waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City’s once-filthy Hudson River — right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it’s been for 60 years.In a ration...

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Wrongful imprisonment

This case began in 2010, when United States marshals had a warrant to arrest Rodney Williams. Acting on a reasonable belief that that they would find him at Yanko Mansaray’s house, the marshals entered and searched for Williams. Instead of Williams, they found a large quantity of ecstasy pills.Based on this evidence – which Mansaray filed a motion to suppress at trial – Mansaray was convicted of a drug offense and a related offense and sentenced to 11 years in pri...

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On the road in Ohio

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing in their lives and what Washington can do to help.And while I was happy to see how much progress we are making in the Buckeye State, it was also apparent to me that the federal government isn’t living up to its responsibilities...

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YOUR VIEW

Dear Editor and Perry Township Residents:Highlights of the Aug. 11 Perry Township Board Meeting included the discussion of a loose stop sign at Fishback and Waln Roads. Township officers had made attempts to straighten the sign, which appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.The sheriff’s department in a 2:30 a.m. call to Trustee Wilson told Wilson that it would contact the county for straightening of the sign, after Trustee Wilson told the department that he unde...

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YOUR VIEW

Dear Editor,I want to inform the public about the many benefits of participating in the Boy Scouts. I am a Star Scout working to become a Life Scout and my ultimate goal is to be an Eagle Scout.Scouts is fun and educational. There are over 100 badges that can be earned for a wide variety of interests. Through scouts I have learned many life skills.Scouting builds character and reinforces positive values. I encourage all boys to consider participating in Boy Sc...

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Robin Williams: Comedy and Tragedy

Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to my eyes.Williams’ death made headlines and led TV newscasts. His comedic genius diverted us from stories about terrorism and other sadness in the world. That’s what comedy does. It makes us forget our troubles — national, international and personal — and for a moment, embrace happiness.

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Ministerial Acts

There is never any shortage of television shows, novels and movies about the criminal justice system and courtroom trials. While writers and directors present the drama of those stories, they almost never deal with the more mundane, procedural details associated with trials. That’s understandable, but those elements are an essential part of the entire operation.That was evident in a case that we recently reviewed here – at the Supreme Court of Ohio. The case began all t...

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From flying toys to speeding go-karts

Not long ago, my family and I went to Gatlinburg. We’ve been going down there for nearly as long as I can remember. But during this last trip, something caught my attention that had nothing to do with the Smoky Mountains, souvenir shops, or putt-putt golf.I spent a lot of this trip hanging out with my dad. Of course, that’s not very unusual. My dad and I are – and always have been – very close. And while I’ve always known that I am “my fatherR...

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Shark Week is back, I guess

I wrote a column about sharks not too long ago, and I referenced not only “Jaws” quite a bit, but Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which began Sunday night.Despite my ability to become completely freaked out at the thought of sharks, I am getting angry at the educational channel for what seems to be year two of fake documentaries.But, it didn’t stop me from watching “Shark of Darkness: Submarine Returns” Sunday night, and for two hours,...

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The fragility of life

Recently, a man who was thought to be a gunman in a Beavercreek Walmart was shot down by police officers after reportedly refusing to drop what turned out to be a toy submachine gun.The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on a Tuesday – right when my friend Brian and I were doing some shopping at the nearby Goodwill store.We had just met at Starbucks for some coffee and a general critique of the interior decorating, and we had plans to take in a showing of “A ...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,On Sunday afternoon, July 20, we were privileged to attend a FREE concert at the Washington C.H. High School Cafeteria.The concert by the Fayette County Choral Society and the Fayette County Community Band was an outstanding program of great entertainment. The community owes a large debt of gratitude to Mr. Richard Glass, Director of the Choral Society, and Mr. Dennis Wollam, Director of the Community Band, and all the volunteer members of both organizations....

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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,This concerns the intersection of State Route 207 and Cook-Yankeetown Road which leads to the lodge, campground, golf course, etc.Since Deer Creek Lake was opened there have been accidents and many fatalities at this intersection. After talking to Sheriff’s, firemen, many others I could not get a straight answer about some flashing lights.I then asked Vonne Jensen who works for the State of Ohio with Fayette County about this and within two...

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