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City begins to address pool pass controversy

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Recently a local same-sex couple was denied a Family Pass for use at the Heise Park Pool. While they were still allowed to use the pool at standard admission rates, the situation brought to light the ever-changing concept of what a family is — making this more than a matter of gay rights.There are numerous examples of non-traditional families, such as single-parent households, grandparents and other blood relatives being caregivers, adoptive families, blended families, and, yes, gay couples raising children.


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Slim RandlesLike a doctor removing something important, Herb Collins gently peeled the wrapper back from the root ball and tenderly placed the baby tree in the hole. Then he stood and walked around it to see which way he should align it. Actually, looks pretty good just the way it is.So he took his bucket of mixed sand and compost and began sprinkling it down onto the roots and then packing it in gently with his fist.Every few minutes he’d stop and read ...

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Savvy Senior: Alternative Lodging Options for Retirees Who Travel

Dear Savvy Senior,Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these?Retired TravelersDear Travelers,If you’re willing to do a little research and preplanning, th...

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Troubled Josh Gordon charged with DWI

Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career.Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest.Gordon was pulled over just before 3 a.m. for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Ji...

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Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to ...

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NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change “in real time” rather than rules passed through legislation.The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the presea...

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Movie Review: “Tammy”

“Tammy” is a movie where we’re supposed to laugh at bad things happening to a pathetic character. Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is responsible for a lot of the bad things about her life, but the world keeps piling problems upon her anyway. She is not likeable or resilient enough to us to root for her, but not heinous enough for us to root for her misfortune and comeuppance. We’re not rooting for anything except for the movie to be over.

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Attorney General DeWine Certifies Petition for Ohio Clean Energy Initiative Amendment

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today certified the petition for the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative amendment to the Ohio Constitution. The initiative certified today is the fourth such-titled submission to the Attorney General since 2012.On June 26th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative,” from the committee Yes for Ohio’s Energy Fu...

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