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Life among the walking dead

Reuben MeesI’ve never considered myself much of an actor or storyteller, but there’s something about Halloween that brings out the unusual side in all of us.

So as I lay on a wooden table soaked with fake blood that actually tastes quite good but is very sticky — a sawed off knife protruding from the Heart Rock Café T-shirt I got for donating blood — I was as shocked as the people who walked by and said, “Hey, that’s the newspaper guy.”

Not wanting to break character, however, I just groaned and limped toward them with my red, sticky fingers extended. Sorry for accidentally getting the goo in your hair, whomever the young woman was walking down that dark path last Saturday.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Boeckman did not deserve to be booed

Matt HammondAbout every newspaper in Ohio has run a column this week about Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman getting booed by his home fans last Saturday. I might as well chime in, too.

In short, it was an embarrassing moment for the Buckeyes and their fan base. Boeckman led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title last year and a berth in the national championship game. Yet as he ran off the field after one of three plays he was in for against Troy, many fans booed him.

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The earth moves as music plays

Miriam BaierI felt the earth move under my feet when I heard Carole King was coming Wednesday to Bellefontaine.

Well, that is an exaggeration, but a flood of bittersweet memories stemming from the music on her iconic Tapestry album released in 1971 that includes I Feel the Earth Move did flood over me.

I first came across that album flipping through my brother John’s collection at his house during one of many visits with my parents.

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Seven hasn’t proven to be my lucky number

Doug LoehrI sat at my desk with the TV only inches from head when our managing editor, Jim Mason, received word from our circulation manager to tune into CNN immediately. Something “big” was up for the newsroom to switch in the morning from ESPN Sportscenter to CNN.

I remember thinking what in the world could be more important than our daily dose of sports highlights?

But from my chair looking up at the screen, an odd sight was being broadcast. A plane had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York city.

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Beijing deserves pat on back despite issues

Reuben MeesSeveral months ago, I was close to putting the words boycott and Olympics in the same sentence.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Actually, for all my anti-Olympics sentiments before the games, I must admit there were some pretty phenomenal performances this year and I’m rather glad I let myself get sucked into the hype.

Actually, it’s only been three days and I’m starting to have summer games withdrawal. Like many Americans, I was hooked. It was like a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Once you sit down with the bag, you can never eat just one.

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And in the GOP corner?

Reuben MeesJoe Biden.

Really.

Joe Biden!?!?

My reaction Saturday when I heard Barack Obama’s choice of a running mate was as lackluster as the vice-presidential hopeful’s name itself.

Joe bidin’ time until some other election might represent any meaningful change for our country.
Evidently no one read my column about picking Ron Paul or Ralph Nader. Even Hillary Clinton would have been better than Joe Biden.

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Stop and listen to the music

Reuben Mees“I say hey man nice shot.”

That’s about all I could think to say about this weekend’s Woodshock experience.

“What a nice shot man.”

And granted, I got a nice shot of Richard Patrick rockin’ the stage at Zane-Shawnee Caverns. The lights and colors illuminating the outline of the national band Filter’s frontman were about as dramatic as any photo I’ve ever taken.

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10 is no longer perfect

Miriam BaierNo more perfect 10s in the Olympics gymnastics competition that starts this weekend? Ten isn’t good enough anymore.

Say it isn’t so.

Since Nadia Comaneci stormed into perfection in the 1976 Olympics with a 10.00 in Montreal, the world of gymnastics has had that hovering just out of reach above the uneven parallel bars.

But the International Gymnastics Federation changed the scoring format following medal disputes at the 2004 Olympics.

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