Romney campaign stops in Troy

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM

TROY – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in Troy on Sunday during a tour of small Ohio cities that are a key part of his campaign strategy to win the state.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., joined Romney at K’s hamburger shop downtown, the first time the two have campaigned together. Troy is in Boehner’s congressional district.

“Ohio’s going to make the difference,” Romney said. “Ohio I need you to help me become the next president of the United States.”

During his brief remarks in front of K’s, Romney told the crowd he would get rid of President Obama’s health care plan, move the country closer to balancing the budget and become more energy independent.

“Ladies and gentlemen the president’s policies have failed,” said Boehner. They have made the economy worse.”

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a possible vice presidential candidate, joined Romney and Boehner and emphasized the importance of Ohio in determining the outcome of the election.

“Two of the last three presidential elections were decided by Ohio,” Portman said.

The 2000 and 2004 elections were decided by less than Ohio’s electoral votes.

The three Ohio stops took place in counties that overwhelmingly voted for GOP Sen. John McCain in 2008, located about 20-30 miles outside Democratic city centers.
Miami County and most of the rural counties around Dayton have not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 1964 election between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. But rural areas and suburbs are a key part of Romney’s strategy to win Ohio and try to balance out the advantage President Obama will have in the major cities of the state.

Wife, grandchildren accompany Romney
Romney’s wife, Ann, and three grandchildren joined him on the platform in front of the diner where he addressed the crowd.

Steve Bruns, a the owner of a Tipp City general contracting business said the country is at a crossroads right now and he was encouraged by Romney’s speech in Troy.

“Small businesses are what create jobs in this country,” Bruns said.

Marcia Ryan, who owns K’s, opened the restaurant for the event. It is normally closed on Sundays.

“I’m a small business owner, and I think he would be good for the economy,” said Ryan. “If you just have the government hiring all the time, you have to raise taxes to pay them. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Hundreds of people stood outside in the heat waiting for Romney’s bus to arrive. Many fanned themselves with their Romney signs to cool off.

“I think he has to be given a chance to do all the ideas he has to put our country on track and make it a better place for our children,” said Joanne Disbrow, a 78-year-old Troy resident.

Steve Simpson, a 37-year-old Troy resident, stood outside with his 7-year-old son, Anakin, waiting for the Republican candidate to arrive.

“He’s our only chance at saving my son’s future,” Simpson said.”

Protesters shouted “Romney go home” throughout his appearance.

A group of Romney staffers moved a set of speakers into the middle of the group of protesters to try to drown them out in return. The group had gone through regular security, and no staffers or security attempted to remove them from the event area.

Troy was the last stop Sunday of Romney’s “Every Town Counts Tour.” The five-day bus trip started Friday in New Hampshire, where Romney announced his candidacy last year, stopped in Pennsylvania on Saturday and continues on to Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.
All six states were won by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

Candidate promises to stimulate growth
On Sunday, in the town square of Newark, east of Columbus, Romney promised to stimulate growth in the private sector and build an American economy that will “shock the world.”

“This is an election about a fair shot for the American people, a fair shot for the coming generations, a fair shot for job entrepreneurs and innovators,” Romney said.
“I think it’s time for a fair shot for the middle class of America.”

The tour’s campaigning at ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts is a shift from Romney’s recent string of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with business leaders.
The tour is an opportunity to get off the beaten path and visit towns where “people are really struggling in the Obama economy,” a Romney adviser told reporters Friday.

The national unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.

Ohio’s rate was lower — 7.3 percent — and the three counties Romney visited Sunday posted even lower rates in April, according to the most recent data available.
Republicans fare better in places like Troy and Newark, and the Obama campaign has set up offices there and in other small towns.

Democrats said Romney could not relate to small towns and residents in the Troy community,” during a news conference a couple of hours before Romney arrived.
“Mitt Romney thinks he understands Miami County and Ohio, but the truth says otherwise,” said Dave Fisher, Miami County Democratic Party chairman. “Mitt Romney not only has a devastating and dangerous philosophy for our nation’s public sector workers, he has a dangerous philosophy for workers right here in Ohio,” he said.

Hundreds gathered in the rain in Brunswick, south of Cleveland, Sunday morning to greet the candidate with a pancake breakfast.

The clouds cleared by mid-afternoon in Newark. Romney rallied the crowd of about 1,000 there around criticism of Obama’s economic policies.

“Last time when he ran for president, his campaign theme was hope and change — this time he’s hoping to change the subject because the American people aren’t happy,” Romney said.
Romney didn’t delve deeply into solutions, but said he’d do three things differently than Obama, starting with tapping coal and natural resources.

To cheers, Romney said he would bring the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, and he’d build it himself if he had to.

He also said he’d get rid of what he called the cloud of uncertainty hanging over businesses including “Obamacare” and work toward a balanced budget.

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.


Toddler may have frozen to death after wandering out in middle of night

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

North Carolina authorities are trying to determine what happened after a toddler was found dead outside a home early Wednesday morning in Burke County.

Police said they were called to the home around 7:45 a.m. and found a 3-year-old boy dead on the porch.

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Authorities said that someone driving by the house spotted the child and called 911.

Investigators think the boy, who had turned three the day before, wandered outside sometime during the night and died after being exposed to the freezing conditions for too long.

Wind-chill values in the High Country were below zero overnight.

Deputies said when they got to the home the front door was open and the mother was still asleep inside, unaware her son had gotten outside.

The name of the child has not been released and deputies closed the road near the home for hours while they and the Department of Social Services investigated.

Nike’s new hijab sparks backlash, #BoycottNike amid some Muslim support

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

            Figure skater Zahra Lari from the United Arab Emirates wears Nike's new hijab for Muslim female athletes, which the sports apparel company recently unveiled. Now there's a backlash against Nike, accusing it of contributing to the

Nike announced last week it will release its first product directed at Muslim female athletes, the Pro Hijab. And since the unveiling, the company has received its share of backlash from the public.

Social media users have criticized the company for supporting the “oppression of women,” prompting tweets of dissent with the hashtag #BoycottNike.

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But many Muslim women, including weight lifter Amna Al Haddad, the brand’s target audience for its Pro Hijab, applauded the company for its new product, which was developed with the help of hijab-wearing athletes.

“In the past, the big brands didn’t see the need or market for it as it was not ‘popular’ and it was unheard of to see women train, exercise and compete in hijab,” Haddad shared on Instagram.

Others responded to the polarizing criticism of the Pro Hijab, writing that for them, wearing the hijab is not oppression, but a choice.

Users are also sharing a video by Hanna Yusuf of The Guardian, in which the Muslim feminist addressed critics of the hijab and said that wearing hers is a feminist statement. 

“In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?” she said.

But, Yusuf said, her concern with the hijab being unfairly portrayed as oppression is not a denial of the fact that some women are forced to wear it in some parts of the world.

According to a press release obtained by, the Nike Pro Hijab is expected to cost $35, and is similar to its other Nike Pro products: “inconspicuous, almost like a second skin.”

The move followed Nike’s viral campaign called "What Will They Say About You?" — a digital ad targeted at women in the Arab world, featuring female athletes such as figure skater Zahra Lari of the United Arab Emirates and boxer Arifa Bseiso from Jordan.

Nike’s Pro Hijab will be on sale in Spring 2018.

Sheriff uses game show-style ‘Wheel of Fugitives’ to catch criminals

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 1:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

            A sheriff in Florida is using an unusal new weapon to catch criminals and says it's a success. A game show-style 'Wheel of Fugitives' is recorded and posted to Facebook every week.
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The Brevard County Sheriff’s office in central Florida is putting an unusual spin on the agency’s search for wanted criminals.

Using a game modeled on the big wheel in the long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune,” the office posts Facebook videos of its own version of the game called “Wheel of Fugitives.”

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“It’s time for ‘Wheel of Fugitives,’ the game that fugitives hate and citizens love,” the department posted on its Facebook page to alert users that the game is about to begin.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the game’s version of Pat Sajak, said during interviews on the unusual law enforcement tool that officers have been using the game for the past 18 months to find and arrest many fugitives.

Florida sheriff spins the "Wheel of Fugitive" to fight crime!

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“When we put someone up on the ‘Wheel of Fugitive,’ our citizens start sending us messages and contacting us right away,” Ivey said in an interview with CBS News.

Here’s how it works. Ivey spins a wheel with the pictures of 10 wanted criminals attached to it. Whichever photo the wheel lands on is declared the unlucky “winner” and is the person the department will search for with help from all the Facebook users who watch the video.

Ivey said the game has helped catch dozens of wanted felons.