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Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.

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Ernest Hemmingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” was published on this date in 1952. The book earned him a Pulitzer Prize the following year.

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Editor’s note: This year’s April 2 deadline for property owners to challenge the county’s assessment of their property values is looming and the process can be more complex than many expect. Patrick J. Heery, a real estate attorney with Columbus-based Bluestone Law Group, provides an overvie…

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At my age I expect mornings to be quiet and peaceful. I’m retired. No longer must I pop out of bed at the harsh sound of an alarm, fight for the shower, haul a kid to the sitters and rush to work. I’ve earned the right to sit, to stretch, to yawn to sip coffee and relax, right?

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On July 17, 2011, Richard Combs was celebrating his birthday at Indian Lake State Park, in Lakeview, Ohio. The park is open to the public without an admission charge.

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In the criminal justice system there are a lot of steps – police investigation and arrest, the indictment, a trial and a verdict – before the court gets to the sentencing phase of the process. Here at the Supreme Court of Ohio we recently reviewed a case that focused on the issue of sentenci…

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In 1989, Raeanne Woodman suffered a hemorrhage in the pons – an area of the brainstem. She subsequently underwent surgery, and parts of her pons and cerebellum were removed. As a result of the surgery and the original hemorrhage, she is confined to a wheelchair, has lost vision in her right …

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When the Lockland School District (just north of Cincinnati) Board of Education received notice from the Ohio Department of Education that district employees had improperly reported false student-attendance data to improve their district’s state report card for the 2010-2011 school year, it …

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For certain higher-risk industries, the state has established a list of specific safety requirements that employers must follow to reduce the risk of injuries. Given the potential on-the-job hazards, the construction industry is one of those industries.

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Yesterday marked the first day of spring, so you had better have your lawn mowers in shape to start cutting the green stuff. You might want to keep the snow shovel around, just in case. This is Ohio, you know!

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Editor’s note: The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2005 launched the first national Sunshine Week, a celebration of access to public information that has been held every year since to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution and a key adv…

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Tomorrow’s the big game, Super Bowl 50, and while I’m looking forward to the game and the pageantry that goes with it, each Super Bowl since 1988 has been bittersweet.

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Perhaps it was the Christmas spirit, or the hopeful optimism of the coming new year, or maybe even the melancholy of ending a year that brought forth the emotion of the Dec. 21 Napoleon Council meeting, but it was a welcome relief to see an abatement, however temporary, to the tensions prese…

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Memo from Ohio news media to the public: Message received. You deserve better, more meaningful coverage of presidential elections. That’s a particularly urgent challenge for Ohio’s media outlets since the Buckeye State will again occupy the main stage in 2016.

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As it has done every year since 1936, the Associated Press conducted a vote to select the top 10 news stories of the previous 12 months. Looking back over previous lists, you notice that some stories linger from year to year, moving up and down the list in importance. This year, a number of …

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Can a decision issued by our court — the Ohio Supreme Court — in 2010 have an impact on the sentence of a man serving prison time for crimes committed in 1983? That was the issue in a case that we reviewed involving a man named Michael A. Walker.

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Do probate judges – whose duties include a wide variety of legal matters, including adoptions, marriage licenses, wills and birth certificates – have the authority to issue search warrants on criminal matters in Ohio? That’s the question we – the Ohio Supreme Court – were asked in a case tha…

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Some thoughts to open your Tuesday:

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On July 20, 2010, Elana Parraz was injured while working at Diamond Crystal Brands, Inc. She sought treatment the following day and was placed on restricted work duties. On July 27, she filed a worker’s compensation claim which was allowed for lower back strain. Diamond Crystal accommodated …

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Last week was National Hospital Week, and the week just before that we had National Nurses Day. What could be more fitting than to welcome a new nurse into our family?

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Don’t forget the Challenge of the Badges Blood Drive tomorrow at the Napoleon American Legion. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk-ins are more than welcome, but there still might be time to call Rita at 419-592-4606 for an appointment.

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Editor’s note: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman delivered the weekly Republican radio address this past weekend.

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On Feb. 12, 2011, a 14-year-old girl – B.P. – approached the front of the Euclid Public Library with two friends when a man came up to her and started talking about a study program. He showed her a photo-ID card with his name – James Tate.

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Remember the days when everyone had a lucky rabbit’s foot attached to their key chain? What did they know back then that we’ve forgotten over time? I think they knew you needed a lot of luck to keep track of your keys.

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Sometimes I think our family is going to the dogs. That’s because my husband and I, our kids and their spouses have always felt the need to surround ourselves with pound puppies. As I’ve stated before, our dogs are more than friends, they’re family.

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It was a sad spectacle Monday night to watch the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, even though it was a spectacle I watched with keen interest.

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During most of mankind’s history the unending search for something to eat consumed every aspect of our ancestors’ thoughts, words and deeds. In the not-so-distant past, a large percentage of a person’s life was spent trying to find food. Only recently has mankind been able to shop in a groce…

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“The American people sent a clear message to Washington earlier this month. The United States is a republic, not a monarchy, and they want us to work together to promote real solutions to the issues our country faces – issues that include our nation’s border security and the approximately 11…

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The Ohio Newspaper Association remains opposed to House Bill 663 becoming law. This is a measure that, among other things, will keep secret the source of drugs used in executions by lethal injection. The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate, where President Keith Faber has expressed concerns ab…

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There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeM…

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In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president an…

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DEFIANCE — One individual was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Defiance Sunday.

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Napoleon City Council Tuesday night received information from a water rate study indicating water customers would be facing at least a 25 percent increase in 2017.

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Darby Scarberry, an inmate in the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, filed a claim alleging the Ohio Adult Parole Authority (“OAPA”) violated his constitutional rights by denying his parole application based upon a report that falsely stated he used a knife in a robbery and …