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No easy solutions in Syria crisis

Reuben-2012

Syria has me at a loss.   

Just two short years ago, an uprising began as a movement of the people to overcome an oppressive government.

When atrocities — such as the severe beating of Ali Ferzat that left the political cartoonist with both hands broken or the murder and removal of musician Ibrahim al-Qashoush’s vocal chords — it was apparent that the regime of President Bashar Assad was a nasty bunch that the world would be better without.

But over the course of the past two years, the people’s movement has grown into something much more difficult to support.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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TEEN TO TEEN TALK: Establishing your assertiveness

“What’s this?” my dad asked one day, somewhat annoyed as he stared at the mountains and mountains of books I had heaped on my bedroom floor. I was dusting, I explained, to clean the shelves all the way to the back instead of just brushing a paper towel or feather duster across the visibly dirty section. Understanding that I am an avid book lover, I told my dad, “my books deserved that.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 July 2013

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May I use the rest room? Jail officials lock bathrooms to quell contraband

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NATE SMITH

Logan County Jail officials have confirmed that certain modifications to the lobby in recent weeks are an effort to curb the amount of contraband being smuggled to inmates in the jail.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013

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An E.G.G. sandwich with the president

Reuben-2012

REUBEN MEES

I once had the opportunity to personally dine with the president.    Not the President of the United States — that would involve way too much security and media hype.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013

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The mystery of the cancer doors

Reuben-2012

Doors, doors, doors ... Everywhere I go I see doors. I was amazed Sunday evening when I went out to shoot photos of the Logan County Cancer Society’s Doors of Encouragement display that downtown Bellefontaine was abuzz with people walking the streets.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013

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There once was a place called America

“There once was a place called America,” our children’s children will one day write, “a bright and shining city on a hill, divinely placed by God to serve as a beacon of hope to the entire world. A land filled with generous-hearted souls who showered the needy the world over with their abundant blessings.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013

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The anatomy of Natalie’s smile

How many of life’s problems could be solved or at least made less severe by a simple, kind smile?

The passing of city resident Natalie Comer earlier this week made me pause to consider this question.

ComerY Display

The Hilliker YMCA set up a display for its employee Natalie Comer who died unexpectedly this week at age 42. The caption under Natalie's photograph reads: "Natalie was a faithful and trusted employee and friend to the Hilliker YMCA. She came to work every day with an eagerness and keen enjoyment for life. Her pleasant caring and giving nature was an inspiration to the entire community. We will miss you Natalie." (PHOTO | HILLIKER YMCA)

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 February 2013

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A year with a beard: A resolution fulfilled

Reuben-2012

The year 2012 went down in history as a first for me — specifically, it was the first time I made a New Year’s Resolution and saw it through to the end of the year.

Most years, 2013 included, I don’t bother to set a resolution as I know I won’t live up to it. But 2012 was different.

Inspired by the formation of the local beard club, the Bellefontaine Body Bearders, I chose to grow out my beard and vowed not to shave it for an entire year.

And I can say I lived up to that resolution, at least in spirit.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013

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