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Lt. Gen. Thompson takes reigns of AFLCMC

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A new commander was passed the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center flag in a ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Sept. 26.Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson will officially take command of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Oct. 2. He replaces Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, who is retiring. Thompson will lead the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems.Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander, presided over last week’s ceremony in the Modern Flight Gallery. Thompson was promoted to lieutenant general shortly before the ceremony.


Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he’d been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed in a post-midnight statement that the sophomore did appear to have sustained one.That capped a bizarre day in which Michigan tried to address questions about the coaching staff’s handling of Morris, who took a violent hit in the fourth quarte...

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Government: NFL TV ‘blackout’ rule unsportsmanlike

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.“We at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV,” said Chairman Tom Whe...

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Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologized Tuesday for his latest brush with the law, saying he was “deeply sorry to everyone I have let down” with an arrest for DUI.Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when pulled over in his native Baltimore early Tuesday.This is the second time Phelps has been arrested on drunken-driving charges, the first coming in 2004 after he...

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Reds roster could change for 2015

CINCINNATI — After their offense went flat in the closing weeks of the 2013 season that ended with a wild card loss in Pittsburgh, the Reds decided they had to change.No, not the players. The batting coach. And the manager.They fired Dusty Baker after a third playoff appearance in four seasons — their best stretch of success since the days of the Big Red Machine — and figured that Cincinnati could go deep into the postseason with the same group of playe...

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Nats’ Storen, others get second chance

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.Two years ago, he needed elbow surgery in April, worked his way back into the last-guy-on-the-mound job by the time the playoffs rolled around, then allowed a ninth-inning lead to become a 9-7 loss in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis, ending Washington’s exhilarating season in excruciating fashion....

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Bellbrook falls to Alter

BELLBROOK – Saturday’s girls high school soccer game was a physical matchup between non-league rivals Alter and Bellbrook, at Miami Valley South Stadium. Both sides were scrapping until the final whistle, and in the end it was Alter who came away with the 2-1 win.The Golden Eagles (8-2-2) were down a key player with starter Monica Hennen sitting, and Alter (5-6) employed some strategies that caught Bellbrook off guard.“We struggled in the first half, ob...

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Gordon nabs NASCAR Dover win

DOVER, Del. — At 43, Jeff Gordon entered the season answering questions about retirement.After wins at Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan and Dover for his first four-win season since he had six in 2007, the four-time NASCAR champion is answering questions about winning a fifth and hitting the 100-victory mark.“I don’t think we’re going to get to 100 this year,” Gordon said, “but I hope we get past 93. That would be pretty awesome to get a...

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Walmart shooting over or just beginning?

It’s a No Bill from the grand jury in the case of the Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart shooting of suspect John Crawford III. That should be it. It was a sad day for the families of Crawford, Angela Williams and the officers involved. I watched the entire surveillance video and listened to the 911 call at the same time. There’s no question the tragic shooting was justified.This case, falling in the shadow of another shooting in Ferguson, Missouri attracted the same national ci...

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Our beautiful, blessed country

It seems to me that this time of year — late September and early October — is ideal for taking a bit of time out to appreciate what a wonderful, beautiful country we are blessed with. Sure, other times of the year are really nice — when the spring flowers are blooming after a cold winter or the warm, kinda lazy days of summer — but early autumn is probably my favorite season.

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Sen. Brown discusses Crawford case with local leaders

DAYTON — Members of the Dayton Unit of the NAACP and several local government and religious leaders recently met with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to discuss the John Crawford III case.Attendees shared their concerns and opinions with Brown regarding the case. Derrick L. Foward, president of the Dayton Unit of the NAACP, provided an update on the organization’s investigation thus far. He also shared the 911 call from the night of the shooting.Sen. Brown informed t...

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GCP&T debuts its version of the “Hunger Games” to challenge local adult residents

XENIA — Adult teams will be challenged with a variety of skill tests at Greene County Parks & Trails “Hunger Games” challenge beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Caesar’s Ford Park, 520 Stringtown Road.Teams of three adults will compete in a variety of skill challenges — a 2K run, bike ride, archery shoot, fire building, cooking over a campfire, catching fish without a fishing pole and more. A total of 12 skills will be tested with each skill per...

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Explore the natural wetland habitat at Valle View Reserve

FAIRBORN — Local residents will now have the opportunity to explore the natural wetland habitat of Valle View Reserve and learn more about the importance of preserving these wetlands.The City of Fairborn’s 20th park will officially open to the public with a ceremony and dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1097 Empire Court, accessible from Commerce Center Boulevard. Off-street parking is available behind the 5/3 Bank on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road near the Intersta...

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Their viewpoint: Crawford shooting opinions

The following statements were drawn from comments made on our social media accounts and website. All were related to the police shooting of John Crawford III in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart Aug. 5.Frank J.: “It seems clear that the person who should be indicted was the 9-1-1 caller because he provided false information to the dispatcher which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of two individuals. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.“Furthermo...

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Rams’ biggest test up next

They’ve defeated their Greene County rival and the Ohio Heritage Conference defending champions in back-to-back weeks to establish themselves as the area’s top high school football team, but Friday’s game with West Liberty-Salem might be the Greeneview Rams’ biggest test of the season.Greeneview (5-0) defeated North Lewisburg Triad last week, behind Chance Frye’s athleticism, strong running and a solid Rams defense.West Libe...

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Archives contest reveals county history

GREENE COUNTY — The final voting tallies have been calculated in both the Greene County and the statewide versions of the “I Found It in the Archives!” contest, and Deborah Dushane won both contests for her story about her research into a family tale.The story reached back to her childhood in the late 1950s when Dushane said she would show her report cards to her grandfather. She’d get a dollar if that report was a good one.

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Miscues malign Skyhawks

FAIRBORN — The Piqua Indians took advantage of a Fairborn fumble and a slew of Skyhawk penalties to break open a 14-14 halftime tie for Friday’s win at Fairborn Memorial Stadium.Piqua senior linebacker Ben Sowrey fell on the fumble with 37 seconds left in the third quarter and the ball on Fairborn’s 35-yard line.On Piqua’s first play of the drive, Indians quarterback Rupert Delacruz hit Trent Yeomans on a dead run to the left, and the speedy runni...

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California adds steam to the bag-banning movement

We can conserve by not wasting stuff we don’t actually need.California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next year and extend to liquor stores and additional kinds of retailers in 2016.In addition to making it against the law for stores to give shoppers ...

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