Candidates file for township, cities and school boards

The deadline for candidates to file to appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot was 4 p.m. Aug. 9.The Hamilton County and Clermont County boards of election accepted petitions from candidates in most races for the Nov. 7 general election.There are still some cities and villages with later deadlines, including the city of Cincinnati, but for most, filing is closed.The write-in candidate deadline is Aug. 28. The candidate name will not appear on the ballot, but there would be a box and a line to write the name in..An asterisk signifies that the petition submitted by the candidate was submitted by the deadline but has not been officially deemed sufficient to allow the candidate to appear on the ballot. The list isn't official until certified by the board of elections. HAMILTON COUNTY – CITIES Blue AshCouncil at Large A: One to be elected to a four-year term. Candidates are Lee E. Czerwonka and Robert R. Ryan. Council at Large B: One to be elected to a two-year term. Candidate is Tom Adamec. Council Ward 1: One to be elected to a two-year term. Candidate is Linda E. Bauer. Council Ward 2: One to be elected to a four-year term. Candidates are Joe Leet and Stephanie Stoller. Council Ward 3: One to be elected to a two-year term. Candidates John P. Dillon and Pramod S. Jhaveri. Council Ward 4: One to be elected to a four-year term. Candidates are Robert J. Buckman Jr. and Jeff Capell. Council Ward 5: One to be elected to a two-year term. Candidate is Marc Sirkin. CheviotPresident of Council: One to be elected for a four-year term. Running is Mark G. Waters. Law director: One to be elected to an unexpired term ending 12/31/2019. Running are Kimberlee Rohr (D) and Deborah Slaughter (R). Treasurer: One to be elected for a four-year term. Running are Steve Brown (D) and Joseph L. Pahls (R).Member Council Ward 1: One to be elected for a four-year term.  Running are Anita Gail Griffin (D) and David W. Voss (R). Member Council Ward 2: One to be elected for a Continue Reading

Southwest Ohio All-District high school football teams announced

Here are the 2017 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district:  DIVISION I First Team OffenseBackfield: Alec Grandin, Centerville, 6-feet-1, 190 pounds, senior, QB; Devin Kenerly, Clayton Northmont, 5-11, 211, sr., RB; Rashad McKee, Huber Heights Wayne, 6-2, 190, jr., QB; Matt Sora, Mason, 6-0, 200, RB; Chase Wolf, Cincinnati St. Xavier, 6-1, 190, sr., QB.Receivers: Caleb Johnson, Springfield, 6-0, 170, sr.; RJ Khayo, Cin. Archbishop Moeller, 5-9, 160, jr.; L’Christian “Blue” Smith, Wayne, 6-5, 215, sr.; Cameron Specht, St. Xavier, 5-8, 160, sr.; Jake Spiewak, Centerville, 6-4, 205, sr.; Kyle Trischler, Cin. Elder, 5-10, 175, jr.; Andrew Wittrock, St. Xavier, 6-0, 175, sr.Linemen: Jackson Carman, Fairfield, 6-7, 345, sr.; Zach Carpenter, Moeller, 6-5, 310, jr.; Aaron Ervin, Springboro, 6-5, 280, sr.; Tate Goodyear, Cin. Sycamore, 6-4, 270, sr.; Jalen Hinton, Northmont, 6-4, 323, sr.; Dillon Stone, Hamilton, 6-0, 280, sr.Kicker: Chris Mangold, Cin. Colerain, 6-0, 170, jr. First Team DefenseLinemen: Spencer Bono, Elder, 6-3, 235, jr.; Bryce Dugan, Milford, 6-2, 225, sr.; Zaid Hamdan, Mason, 5-11, 265, sr.; Bobby Jefferson, St. Xavier, 6-3, 250, sr.; Gabe Newburg, Northmont, 6-5, 210, jr.; Alex Reigelsperger, Wayne, 6-4, 245, sr.; Malik Vann, Fairfield, 6-3, 270, sr.Linebackers: Dan Bolden, Colerain, 6-1, 235, sr.; Jake Bracher, Mason, 6-0, 220, sr.; Thomas Kiessling, St. Xavier, 6-4, 240, jr.; Payton Standifer, Springboro, 5-10, 200, sr.; Max Wynn, Centerville, 6-2, 210, jr.Secondary: Moses Douglass, Springfield, 6-2, 190, jr.; Justin Harris, Wayne, 6-0, 180, jr.; Javon Hicks, Colerain, 6-2, 195, sr.; Jestin Jacobs, Northmont, 6-4, 199, jr.; Bryce Neuse, Beavercreek, 5-11, 190, sr.; Patrick Tueimeh, Sycamore, 5-11, 185, sr.Punter: Jared Kreimer, St. Xavier, 6-0, 170, jr.Offensive player of the year: Chase Wolf, St. XavierDefensive player of the year: Malik Vann, Continue Reading

Readers sound off on school suspensions, the Pledge of Allegiance and gun violence

God willing, Trump will prevail Hartford: I have decided to give my vote to Mr. Donald Trump. As a former Democrat, I just have enough of the Clinton family and I really think that Trump is worthy of a chance to demonstrate his abilities as this nation’s leader. I can see that he born to be a leader. Hillary Clinton already had her opportunity while her husband was President. Why she did not gave all her ideas to her husband while he was in the White House, to help him to do a better job? Now she wants to be the President to humiliate him — to show that she is better leader than her husband. Some people say that Trump does not have the experience, but it is like any other job: if nobody gives you the opportunity, when are you going to develop your abilities? If it is God’s will for Trump to win, no matter the opposition, he will win. I admire the risky support and propaganda of the young man who climbed Trump Tower, but it is better to pray to God asking him not to give us what we deserve, but what we really need as a President for this beloved nation. To this young man I say: please don’t risk your life for politics. You’ll do better on your knees. Lydia Aponte A costly climb Brooklyn: Can any body tell Joe Public how much this mutt who climbed Trump Tower cost taxpayers like me to make sure this idiot didn’t hurt anybody? To the Fire Department, Emergency Services, NYPD and all the other agencies that responded: Good job . All for a schmuck. Jeffrey P. Smith Faces in the crowd Madison, N.J.: Re “Donald Trump trashes Hillary Clinton over Omar Mateen’s father at rally” (Aug. 11): Let’s see. One is the father of a terrorist (who killed 49 people and wounded 53), supports the Taliban and said “God will punish those involved in homosexuality.” The other sent sexually suggestive emails and messages to congressional pages. Mike Clarke Other side of story Silver Continue Reading

World champ Caeleb Dressel chases new goals as he begins senior season at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the cover of a black-and-white composition notebook, Caeleb Dressel pens his goals. In its pages, he records every detail of the steps he takes to get there — notes every practice, critiques every meet, studies every stroke, start and minute detail of becoming a better swimmer.In February, he wrote, “Learning to swim well now, I’ll be FAST!”That logbook has been retired, it’s objective unquestionably reached. Dressel starts one before each big meet, and since then he’s won seven Southeastern Conference titles, three NCAA titles and seven gold medals at the FINA World Championships.As he prepares to start his senior season at Florida, the sprinter won’t divulge what’s on the front of the latest composition notebook. But it’s what he’ll sort out in the pool and on those pages is what will keep the 21-year-old engaged and, likely, continue his emergence as one of the top swimmers in the world. USOC: Expresses interest in bidding for Winter Olympics Figure skating: Gold being treated for eating disorder, will skip season Gymnastics: Olympic champion Simone Biles has new coach “I don’t think anyone will ever be able to perfect the sport, and that’s kind of what I love about it,” Dressel said. “You’re always chasing something. Even the logbooks, you’re just trying to write down what you can to try to figure stuff out. It’s like a puzzle.”The success he’s having in figuring out that puzzle has only increased expectations for Dressel. In Budapest in July, he matched Michael Phelps as the only swimmer to win seven world championship golds in a meet. He’s the only one to win three in one night.After the meet, U.S. captain Matt Grevers told Swimming World magazine that it was “awesome to see the birth of a superstar.”Dressel eschews that, highlighting the accomplishments of his Continue Reading

Union backed candidates sweep Milwaukee School Board elections

A slate of candidates backed by the Milwaukee teachers union swept elections for four contested seats on the Milwaukee School Board on Tuesday.School Board Vice President Larry Miller easily defended his District 5 seat Tuesday night, beating out challenger Kahri Phelps-Okoro.The most competitive race was District 4, where two-term board member Annie Woodward narrowly defeated challenger Aisha Carr, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher.On the city's south side, Latino activist Tony Baez defeated community advocate Jonatan Zuñiga for the District 6 seat while newcomer Paula Phillips defeated former teacher Joey Balistreri for the District 7 seat. MORE ELECTION COVERAGE: State school superintendent | Milwaukee wheel tax | Milwaukee Municipal Court | Milwaukee County Circuit Court | West Allis-West Milwaukee School District ELECTION RESULTS: Statewide and Milwaukee area | Appleton | Fond du Lac | Green Bay | Manitowoc | Marshfield | Oshkosh | Sheboygan | Stevens Point | Wausau | Wisconsin RapidsBoth south side seats were open after Tatiana Joseph in District 6 and Claire Zautke in District 7 served single terms and did not seek re-election.Miller, Woodward, Baez and both Phillips and Balistreri received financial support from the teachers union.The Milwaukee School Board has nine members. The winners will serve four-year terms.Miller has served on the board since 2009 and co-authored resolutions to create a new ethnic studies curriculum and to designate district schools as a safe haven for children of immigrants and refugees.Phelps-Okoro is a former MPS reading specialist and is connected to the Phelps family that runs JCP Construction.Woodward, 77, is a retiree of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. She successfully fought against closing schools in her district and pushed to return North Division to a traditional high school model after the district experimented with placing three small schools Continue Reading

Michael Phelps gets another gold, but says it is the last

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip and gave a little nod.This was how he really wanted to go out.On top of his game in the water.Totally content away from the pool."It turned out pretty cool," Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. "It's just a perfect way to finish."Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, the numbers are simply astonishing.No other Olympian has more than nine gold medals.With 28 medals in all, he's 10 clear of anyone else."It's not even once in a generation," said his coach, Bob Bowman. "It might be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael Phelps comes along. "As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms. One night after his only setback of the games, an upset loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly, Phelps was back on top.At age 31, he leaves Rio with five golds and a silver."I wouldn't change anything," he said. "This is the best place I've ever been in my life."In the stands, his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, bounced along to the music with their son, 3-month-old Boomer, cradled in her arms.Phelps is eager to spend a lot more time with them. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he wants to watch his son grow, maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.And what if Boomer wants to take all those medals to show-and-tell someday?"I might let him take one," Phelps said with a grin."Maybe a bronze," Bowman chimed in.Most of the U.S. swim team was in the stands to watch Phelps' finale, including the biggest female star at the pool, Katie Ledecky.The 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps' final Olympics — twice. He Continue Reading

Site of Summer Olympics in London seeing major upheaval, and not all are happy about cost of Games

LONDON - It's a Tuesday morning on the Greenway, an East London footpath that affords tourists and local gawkers a close-up view of the construction frenzy at the emerging Olympic Park. There is just over one year to go until the Summer Games begin here on July 27, 2012, and facilities are falling neatly into place, readying for test events. The $865 million Olympic Stadium is on schedule, almost completed. Nearby is the Aquatics Centre, where Michael Phelps may butterfly his way to more medals, plus the Velodrome and the Orbit - a 377-foot-high, twisted-steel observation tower that triples as a restaurant and public art. An official souvenir stand already has opened along the Greenway, where you can buy many versions of Wenlock and Mandeville, the oddly-named, one-eyed mascots of the London Games. Karen Eastland, from the Blue Badge Guides, is leading a Greenway tour group past the planning permission posters and several clusters of schoolchildren. Enthusiasm abounds. "We're getting thousands of people," Eastland says. "We've built a monster. We've added a Mid-Evening Olympic tour, the MEOW tour. It's already grown and grown, like the park itself." The Olympic Park is an impressive site from here, but every so often an odor wafts through that is far less pleasant. The stench is a reminder that the Greenway has been built on an old bank of the Northern Outfall Sewer and that East London, from Hackney Wick to Wapping to Fish Island, has a gritty, unglamorous and often unhealthy past. Even while the area is dramatically reinvented, there are many who worry its history will be obliterated and its moralistic tale gone forever. Here lay London, bare. It is along the East End docks where sugar, timber and spices would be loaded and unloaded, along with the immigrants and all their illusions, since the 1600s. The Irish came in 1845 to escape their famine and the Chinese began arriving in 1860 in Limehouse with opium and tea. It is where the Salvation Army was Continue Reading

Young cover stars Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are drooling for fame

This week's mags are kid-obsessed. Life & Style categorizes Hollywood's cutest, while Star plops Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Suri Cruise on the cover to battle for the title of most famous tot. Who will take the crown? Who will take a nap? Find out in the 'zines this week. The director of Paris Hilton's ingenious faux campaign video is Chris Henchy (who also happens to be married to Brooke Shields). Of the video shoot, he tells Us Weekly, Paris "did her own hair and makeup, and made us turkey sandwiches for lunch." I don't see John McCain making any turkey sandwiches. Just saying. Page 3 of OK! and already I'm staring at an almost life-size picture of Michael Phelps' abs. I think these people are trying to distract me. Russell Simmons  has a new lady friend, says In Touch, though the lady friend's rep denies it. The newbie is Danish model Heidi Albertsen, who enjoys yoga, romantic vegetarian dinners and conflict-free diamonds. Or if she doesn't, she soon will. Star asks Eva Longoria if she's ever refused to wear one of the skimpy outfits on "Desperate Housewives." "Oh yeah, all the time," she says. "I try on a lot of lingerie and veto a lot of it. Some very cheek-showing underwear — I do not like that." No word on whether Tony Parker has reverse veto power. More rumors this week that Lindsay Lohan  may be faking her lesbianism. OK! asks if she is a "faux-mosexual." Wow, when she reads that she's going to be "bi-furious." Life & Style thinks Lindz might be converting to Judaism because she changed her Facebook profile's "religious views" section to the words "im converting." Hey, if it will further alienate a father who once played Joseph in a Times Square manger scene, mazel tov! While backstage at the Teen Choice awards, reports Star, Zac Efron asked to borrow a curling iron for girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, but was later spotted using it himself. "He said the humidity was killing his hair," snipes a source. Meanwhile, Vanessa sighed Continue Reading

Voice of the People for Feb. 26, 2009

A blessingRye Brook, N.Y.: When I heard that the archbishop of Milwaukee, Timothy Dolan, would be coming to New York, I literally jumped for joy. I was so pleased. Of the many bishops throughout the United States, Dolan has always stood out in my mind as a down-to-earth man of deep spirituality and compassion. He comes to New York with amazing administrative and pastoral gifts and experience. Those who know him give him tremendous accolades. I truly believe our loving God has inspired the choice of this man to lead one of the largest Catholic communities in the country at a time when the church and society face so many challenges. We are most grateful to Edward Cardinal Egan for his many years of truly dedicated, hard work to the Archdiocese of New York. We now welcome, with open arms and joyful hearts, the leadership of a new, truly genuine shepherd. Frank W. Noriega Make 'em payRidgefield, Conn.: We bought a small condo that we can afford. We don't have any credit card debt. We live within our means. So why do we have to bail out brokers and bankers whose dining rooms are bigger than my condo? The financial wizards caused the economic disaster. Let them go broke and learn how it feels to worry about prices in the supermarket.George Corday Ay, caramba Manhattan: Why does Michael Bloomberg try to speak Spanish? Does he not realize how awful he sounds?Jose Vasquez The blame spreads Manhattan: I agree with Voicer Nancy Vannata regarding Sandy Herold's responsibility in the chimpanzee attack on her friend. But when Connecticut banned ownership of such animals, it allowed Herold's chimpanzee to be grandfathered in. Had authorities sent Travis to an appropriate refuge, this tragedy never would have happened.Carol Hopkins See something, say something Astoria: To Voicer M. Paterno: Drop a dime on anyone who collects public assistance or disability benefits while working off the books. I'm sick and tired of watching people collect benefits they really don't need.Mina Continue Reading

Voice of the People for March 1, 2009

Tiger and cub Staten Island: I just had to tell you how touched I was by the front-page picture of Tiger Woods kissing his infant son (Feb. 19). It was really beautiful. Jean Noroian Sourpuss Richmond Hill: Guest columnist Kelly Brownell says we must tax sugary drinks to save people from weight gain ("Want a healthier state? Save the gov's tax," Feb. 18). So we should also tax cakes, cookies and pies. And how about candy and, while we're at it, ice cream? Where do we stop, Ms. Brownell? Dorothy Lewis Please, Mr. Postman Manhattan: God bless mail carrier Melvin Cauley Jr. ("Postman rescues Queens woman after nasty fall," Feb. 15). When she didn't pick up her mail, he notified the police. I am a wheelchair-bound older person who can't always go down for my mail. My mail carrier would rather stuff my mailbox for days than take the elevator and leave the mail by my door. Rosalyn Marder Dress for success Eatontown, N.J.: Has anyone noticed that when the stock exchange traders started wearing those ugly, cheap-looking mesh jackets, everything started to go down? To make money, dress up, not down. Mary O'Shea Jet setter Bayonne: We're in a recession, and President Obama is never home. How much is this costing taxpayers? Doris Czok Stimulus plan Franklin Square, L.I.: You know what I'm going to do? Run up my credit cards to the max and buy everything I want. Then I'll cry for help when I can't pay it back. Isn't that what America is all about? Thanks for the great idea, CEOs and politicians. I'm going to have a ball. R.J. Vance Don't laugh Westhampton Beach, L.I.: What's next, a $20 billion bailout to cover the Yankees' payroll? Harold Foust Worth 1,000 words Bronx: I hope the pictures of Rihanna after being abused send a message to all who are in bad relationships. Just get out. Find a safe place and call police. Thomas J. Cunningham Drop the 'Rock' Bronx: The views in your Continue Reading