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Quite some time ago I recognized that I will never be able to read all the books I want to read. That doesn't mean I have stopped trying. One thing that really excites me is the prospect of discovering new books and new writers. The other day I had the opportunity to talk to Flynn Berry about her novel "Under the Harrow." The book just came out. It is her debut novel.

Kasich Unsure If He'll Attend Republican National Convention

Jul 7, 2016
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Governor John Kasich says he will be in Cleveland when the Republican National Convention begins in less than two weeks, but he will not necessarily attend. 

 Kasich says he will arrive in Cleveland the Sunday before the start of the convention and leave on Thursday, the day Donald Trump is expected to accept the Republican nomination.

As for speaking during the RNC inside Quicken Loans Arena, he says it is “unlikely to happen.”

Kasich, who was the last Republican candidate to suspend his campaign, says he wishes Trump well.

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Long Gone."

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UPDATE: July 6, 2016

 

Officer John K. Whittemore has been fired from the Yellow Springs Police Department following an internal review, according to a statement from village manager Patti Bates. 

 

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An investigation is underway to determine whether a Yellow Springs Police officer used improper force during an incident in May. It comes after years of what community members describe as questionable policing tactics in the village.

Mary Jo White reads two of her poems, "Why Not" and "The Difference."

Team Void returned to the WYSO studios on July 4th for a special performance live on Excursions.  The band is preparing for a special show at Oddbody's benefiting the Aria Marie Foundation and talked with Niki Dakota about the upcoming show and more.

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Attorneys are asking whether Ohio's new medical marijuana law that bars employers from disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses applies to them.

Lawyers have submitted at least two requests for formal opinions on the matter to the state Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct. Only the state's high court can discipline licensed attorneys.

Attorneys want to know whether lawyers can use medical marijuana, own or operate medical marijuana businesses and represent marijuana cultivators, processors, dispensaries, patients and caregivers.

State lawmakers are requiring a police officer be posted at each camera, which essentially bans the practice.
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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a city's challenge to new rules that require a police officer to be present when an automated camera is used to issue traffic tickets.

Springfield's argument against the law was rejected by a county judge last year and the city lost an appeal earlier this year. Nearby Dayton also has an appeal pending before the state's highest court.

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My wife and I planted dozens of daylilies during the 1980s and 1990s, and each summer morning we counted the plants that were blooming.

I still count lilies in the mornings like I have for over thirty years. This morning, there were forty-five plants in bloom. Others have long bud stalks, and I have sprayed them against the deer that love to eat them.

Last year, the lilies started at the end of May. The greatest number of them in bloom at one time was sixty on the 10th of July. By the third week of August, only one or two remained. I will keep counting to the end.

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If you have an Ohio driver’s license but are not registered to vote, you should be getting something in your mailbox soon from Ohio’s elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state’s voter rolls system is now linked with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database, so he’s now able to make sure Ohio drivers can be voters if they want.

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