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UD names new chair for board of trustees
 University of Dayton alumnus David Yeager has been named to chair the UD board of trustees, the university announced Tuesday. Yeager, who graduated from UD in 1975, chaired UD’s presidential search committee last year and played an integral role in hiring Eric Spina as the university’s 19th president. Spina began his new job July...

7:13 PM Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

University of Dayton alumnus David Yeager has been named to chair the UD board of trustees, the university announced Tuesday. Yeager, who graduated from UD in 1975, chaired UD’s presidential search committee last year and played an integral role in hiring Eric Spina as the university’s 19th president. Spina began his new job July...
Second Thoughts: College football overload saves sports fans

7:19 PM Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

High school football is back, which means lightning delays, great concessions and marching bands. I cannot recall the last season in which games were not delayed or pushed back a day due to inclement weather. Maybe next year it’ll be 70 and calm on opening night. Sure. And maybe officials will stop throwing phantom pass interference...
Second Thoughts: Murphy goes from seventh at state to Olympic podium

3:17 PM Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

I-Team reporter Josh Sweigart dropped in on the awesome Darke County Fair on Friday. I jokingly told him to bring back an elephant ear. A couple hours later he delivered a glob of greasy deliciousness to my desk. Just what our newsroom needed: more sugar! Congrats to Tri-Village graduate Clayton Murphy on his bronze medal in the 800-meter...
Second Thoughts: Lilly King lets it rip in and out of the pool
 The kids are going back to school this week, which means no more brushing their teeth at midnight while I’m trying to sleep. Throw in the start of football, and this is a great time of year. Lilly King is one of my all-time favorite athletes. The teenage swimmer from Indiana won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in Rio, setting...

7:13 PM Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

The kids are going back to school this week, which means no more brushing their teeth at midnight while I’m trying to sleep. Throw in the start of football, and this is a great time of year. Lilly King is one of my all-time favorite athletes. The teenage swimmer from Indiana won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in Rio, setting...
Second Thoughts: Not easy to find hosts (patsies) for future Olympics

7:28 PM Saturday, Aug. 06, 2016

I’m getting mentally prepared for Germanfest at Carillon Park. The awesome festival begins Friday. Great food, cold beer, cool German hats. It’s also fun to expand your vocabulary and use words such as “schnitzel” and “biergarten.” Cheers! The bar is at an all-time low for the Summer Olympics, which began...
Central State president honored
 Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond recently was named the 2016 Female President of the Year among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Jackson-Hammond said she is “grateful for the recognition and shares this award with the Central State team who is so very committed to advancing quality...

6:00 PM Friday, Aug. 05, 2016

Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond recently was named the 2016 Female President of the Year among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Jackson-Hammond said she is “grateful for the recognition and shares this award with the Central State team who is so very committed to advancing quality...
Second Thoughts: For Griffey, a deserving day in the public eye
 I’m thinking about taking the family to Louisville for a quick vacation before the homework excuses start flying. Never been there, but I hear good things. If you have any travel tips, please drop me a line. With a baseball and softball player in tow, we already have the Louisvlle Slugger Museum on the itinerary. Ken Griffey Jr. takes...

8:57 PM Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016

I’m thinking about taking the family to Louisville for a quick vacation before the homework excuses start flying. Never been there, but I hear good things. If you have any travel tips, please drop me a line. With a baseball and softball player in tow, we already have the Louisvlle Slugger Museum on the itinerary. Ken Griffey Jr. takes...
Second Thoughts: Pitch counts for high school kids long overdue

5:43 PM Saturday, Jul. 16, 2016

Three things you’ll never catch me doing: drinking a wine cooler, cheering for the Texas Longhorns, or joining in on this strange Pokemon craze. We are doomed when our stupid smartphones are being credited for getting people off the couch to exercise. Nothing wrong with a good walk, but you’re not going to drop 30 pounds looking...
Second Thoughts: How about Duvall vs. Frazier in HR Derby?
 So Kevin Durant is joining the Warriors, taking the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach in favor of rolling up his sleeves. Good thing the Cavaliers rallied to win the NBA title this year, because they might be one and done. In other news, Wayne and Centerville will combine their football teams, just to make sure...

4:40 PM Saturday, Jul. 09, 2016

So Kevin Durant is joining the Warriors, taking the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach in favor of rolling up his sleeves. Good thing the Cavaliers rallied to win the NBA title this year, because they might be one and done. In other news, Wayne and Centerville will combine their football teams, just to make sure...
Gaming sites see slight bump
 Midway through 2016, Ohio’s casinos and racinos are trending slightly ahead of last year’s revenue numbers. The state’s 11 gambling venues took in a combined $862 million over the first six months of the year — a 5.2 percent increase over the first half of 2015. The state’s seven slots-only racinos performed...

7:02 PM Thursday, Jul. 07, 2016

Midway through 2016, Ohio’s casinos and racinos are trending slightly ahead of last year’s revenue numbers. The state’s 11 gambling venues took in a combined $862 million over the first six months of the year — a 5.2 percent increase over the first half of 2015. The state’s seven slots-only racinos performed...
Second Thoughts: Baseball at Fort Bragg is worth a salute

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 02, 2016

Happy 240th, America. It’s Fourth of July weekend — time for baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. And, unfortunately, bottle rockets at midnight (c’mon kids, give it a break). A Braves-Marlins matchup normally would cause the masses to catch up on their quilting or basement cleaning, but tonight’s matchup on...
New UD prez feels right at home
 Eric Spina worked his way through his first day as president at the University of Dayton with tours, meetings and plenty of handshakes and small talk. At one point, he found himself in a wind tunnel at UD’s School of Engineering. “Ah, I’m home,” he said. Spina has a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering...

10:29 PM Friday, Jul. 01, 2016

Eric Spina worked his way through his first day as president at the University of Dayton with tours, meetings and plenty of handshakes and small talk. At one point, he found himself in a wind tunnel at UD’s School of Engineering. “Ah, I’m home,” he said. Spina has a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering...
Spina takes over as UD president
 Today is Eric Spina’s first official day as the University of Dayton’s 19th president, but before taking over he spent some quality time earlier this week with the two men who preceded him. One of Spina’s tasks as he transitioned into his new job was to gather in the courtyard outside historic St. Mary’s Hall for an...

1:27 AM Friday, Jul. 01, 2016

Today is Eric Spina’s first official day as the University of Dayton’s 19th president, but before taking over he spent some quality time earlier this week with the two men who preceded him. One of Spina’s tasks as he transitioned into his new job was to gather in the courtyard outside historic St. Mary’s Hall for an...
Dead people got food stamps in Ohio, audit shows
 A state audit released this week outlines abuses of Ohio’s food stamp program, including more than 1,800 instances of dead people receiving aid. The study of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, covered the first six months of 2015. Problems uncovered, which included recipients carrying large...

10:41 PM Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016

A state audit released this week outlines abuses of Ohio’s food stamp program, including more than 1,800 instances of dead people receiving aid. The study of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, covered the first six months of 2015. Problems uncovered, which included recipients carrying large...
Audit: Food stamps awarded to dead Ohioans
 An audit of Ohio’s food stamp program found dozens of cases of dead people being awarded benefits and other instances of potential fraud, Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday. The findings included 36 cases in which recipients were issued $24,406 in benefits more than a year after their death, with $13,598 being spent in nine cases....

10:32 PM Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2016

An audit of Ohio’s food stamp program found dozens of cases of dead people being awarded benefits and other instances of potential fraud, Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday. The findings included 36 cases in which recipients were issued $24,406 in benefits more than a year after their death, with $13,598 being spent in nine cases....
UD coffee table book now available as free e-book
 A new coffee table book entitled “Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century,” is now available as a free e-book. The book, released as Dr. Dan Curran concludes his tenure as UD president, looks back on the university’s history as well as achievements during Curran’s presidency...

7:48 PM Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

A new coffee table book entitled “Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century,” is now available as a free e-book. The book, released as Dr. Dan Curran concludes his tenure as UD president, looks back on the university’s history as well as achievements during Curran’s presidency...
Second Thoughts: Reds should have honored Rose years ago
 I enjoyed watching the NBA draft, which featured few impact players but plenty of impact fashion. I got some solid ideas, so the next time I go to the Art Ball I will be ready. If Saturday’s standing ovation at Great American Ball Park wasn’t the loudest and longest in Cincinnati history, today’s will be. Pete Rose was inducted...

5:36 PM Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

I enjoyed watching the NBA draft, which featured few impact players but plenty of impact fashion. I got some solid ideas, so the next time I go to the Art Ball I will be ready. If Saturday’s standing ovation at Great American Ball Park wasn’t the loudest and longest in Cincinnati history, today’s will be. Pete Rose was inducted...
Second Thoughts: Much respect to Cavs, but Warriors too tough at home
 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope your kids hold off on making you breakfast until you can finish my column. Men don’t expect to be showered in gifts; we don’t want shoes or jewelry. A new chamois for wiping down the truck would be nice. Can’t go wrong with a steak on the grill, either. The Cleveland...

3:13 PM Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope your kids hold off on making you breakfast until you can finish my column. Men don’t expect to be showered in gifts; we don’t want shoes or jewelry. A new chamois for wiping down the truck would be nice. Can’t go wrong with a steak on the grill, either. The Cleveland...
Second Thoughts: We’ll miss Wright State’s wacky baseball mascot
 I finally broke down Saturday and turned on the air conditioning. Inspired by “The Settlers,” who still have cable (so do we) I wanted to go the whole summer without AC. That idea was as popular as Draymond Green in Cleveland. Wright State’s baseball mascot, Gary Croswell, made a dramatic announcement on Twitter last week...

6:58 PM Saturday, Jun. 11, 2016

I finally broke down Saturday and turned on the air conditioning. Inspired by “The Settlers,” who still have cable (so do we) I wanted to go the whole summer without AC. That idea was as popular as Draymond Green in Cleveland. Wright State’s baseball mascot, Gary Croswell, made a dramatic announcement on Twitter last week...
UD’s Miller highest-paid coach in Atlantic 10
 The Dayton Flyers have worked their way into the college basketball spotlight the past few years, and their coach is one of the beneficiaries of that success. University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller cashes the biggest paycheck in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an annual salary that blew past $1 million two years ago...

8:09 PM Friday, Jun. 10, 2016

The Dayton Flyers have worked their way into the college basketball spotlight the past few years, and their coach is one of the beneficiaries of that success. University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller cashes the biggest paycheck in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an annual salary that blew past $1 million two years ago...
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