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Service members receive military workplace survey

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FORT MEADE, Md. — About 580,000 service members have begun receiving e-mails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate.“The survey is unprecedented in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services,” defense officials said.The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one at the Defense Department will ever see how an individual service member responds, officials stressed.“No service member may be ordered or pressured to complete the survey or not to complete it,” officials said.


OSU’s Miller out for the season

Associated PressCOLUMBUS — Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder.Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery.It’s a huge blow to the nation’s No. 5 team, which already has several major holes to fill on offense.The senior and three-year starter part...

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Local Sports Briefs

Final Fairborn softball resultsFAIRBORN — Final results from the Fairborn Parks & Recreation summer softball leagues.Monday Recreation Men’s D League — Regular Season Champion: Toxic Brew (10-0); League Runner-up: Mr. P’s (6-4); 3. The Funk/Liberty Tax Service (6-4); 4. Relentless Cycle & Speed (5-5); 5. Anonymous Joe’s (3-7); 6. The Crew (0-10).Recreation Men’s E League — Regular Season Champion: Mr. ...

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Xenia Police Reports

July 2410:32 a.m. — Trespassing 1200 block of West Second Street.11:01 a.m. — Harassment 500 block of North Galloway Street.11:17 a.m. — Theft 60 block of South Progress Drive.11:37 a.m. — Property Damage Crash 70 block of Hospitality Drive.11:41 a.m. — Harassment 1000 block of Buckskin Trail.11:41 a.m. — Business Check 100 block of Cincinnati Avenue.11:55 a.m. ...

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School board, city council joint meeting tonight

XENIA — The Xenia City Council and the Xenia Board of Education are meeting in a joint session 7 p.m. tonight at the district central office, at 819 Colorado Drive. Community leaders plan to discuss issues of mutual interest including safety and security of students, homelessness and poverty, and opportunities for cost savings through shared services such as grant writing, communications, and marketing. Through open dialogue and clear channels of communication, both governing bodies are...

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Widener receives WSU ‘Tip of the Hat’ award

FAIRBORN — State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) was presented the “Tip of the Hat” award by Wright State University President David Hopkins Friday, during the Wright State Regional Summit for his service to the community and the Dayton-region.“I am honored to receive this award, and look forward to continuing our efforts alongside our regional partners to create jobs and forge partnerships between our employers and institution of higher education,R...

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Enhancing operation of space-based infrared detectors

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The resulting technology responds to Air Force requirements for improvements in performance of electro-optical space payloads by improving components of the cryocooling system.

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‘Warrior’ mentality under fire

FERGUSON, Mos. — Photos of officers bearing assault rifles and wearing head-to-toe battle armor in Ferguson, Mo., are raising questions over the blurred lines between police and soldiers.One picture features law enforcers staging behind a mine-resistant vehicle and launching tear gas grenades into a crowd of protestors and reporters. Others show police crouched in high positions, sniper-style, sighting through cross-hairs as they respond to unrest over the death of an unarmed...

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Police division swears in pair

XENIA — Xenia Police promoted one and hired another to bring the division to full strength.Jeff Osburn was promoted from detective to the rank of sergeant and will be assigned to patrol officer supervision. Osburn has 17 years of service with the police division which includes the last eight years in the criminal investigations section.David Elliott was hired as a police officer and will be assigned to a field training officer. Elliott comes to the Xenia Police Div...

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XACT to perform ‘Our Town’

XENIA — The Xenia Area Community Theater will begin its 2014-15 10th Anniversary season with Thornton Wilder’s timeless classic, “Our Town” at the Kettering Health Network Theater Sept. 5-14.Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, which premiered in 1938, has been produced countless times from high school to professional stages, but perhaps never before utilizing a large, multimedia screen, portraits of local history and a bridging of the community with ...

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Some things never change

It seems to me that some things never change, that is, we see how events keeps repeating themselves - and we marvel at how some folks apparently won’t or can’t learn from their experiences. Current events remind me of a column I wrote, “A Lesson I Learned As A Child” published on 08/01/2006, and so I have decided to extract a portion of that column for your review. See what you think.“It seems to me that we can learn a lot about life from things that h...

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Crowd gathers at DeWine’s office

COLUMBUS (AP) — A crowd of about 100 people gathered at the Ohio attorney general’s office to call for the release of store security video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.Organizers said they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek.The group that gathered Monday night in Columbus called ...

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A prickly question

Should everyone pay a premium for food because Californians want to waste water?California’s harsh new measure to deal with long-term drought is making waves. Residents caught wasting by washing sidewalks with their garden hose and committing similar reckless acts are incurring fines of up to $500.Is that fair? Or will the fine be perceived as governmental overreach, like former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ill-fated attempt to limit soda sizes to 16 ounce...

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RMR to hold customer appreciation day

XENIA — River Metals Recycling is hosting customer appreciation day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at its Xenia location, 840 Jasper Road.RMR will have hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. River Metals Recycling is the largest scrap recycler in Kentucky and in the greater Cincinnati area, with nine locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. RMR’s Xenia Ohio recycling center buys ferrous scrap as well as common household nonferrous scrap metal items like ...

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Night bike ride planned

XENIA — Enjoy a free evening bicycle ride escorted by Greene County Parks & Trails (GCP&T) Trail Sentinels beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, from Xenia Station to McDonald’s in Jamestown.Participants must be over the age of 18, wear a helmet and have lights. The ride will be cancelled in case of a thunderstorm.The monthly night rides feature different sections of the 62 miles of paved multi-use trails managed by the park agency.The trail sent...

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Parks and trails to host archery workshop

BEAVERCREEK — Join Greene County Parks & Trails for an archery workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 26 or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Russ Nature Reserve, 2380 Kemp Road.Park Ranger Sgt. Brady Smith will make the world of bows, arrows and targets easily understandable. Participants can try their hands at a variety of bows and learn about archery safety and different equipment. Participants must preregister and must be 13 years and older.The cost fo...

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Beavercreek blasts Bucs

BEAVERCREEK — Already up by a wide margin, Beavercreek senior co-captain Ashley Mundey was about to kick a second-half corner kick from the right side when a fan suggested that she kick the ball to Beavers teammate Lexie Ulrich.Mundey’s kick found Ulrich’s foot practically in mid-kick out in front of the Xenia goal, and the ball bounded in for Beavercreek’s seventh and final goal of Monday’s season opener at Frank Zink Field. It was that kind of night ...

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Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” exchanging high-fives and chest-bumping as he took the stage in front of 4,500 fans.Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a s...

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