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Government to pay Dayton native held captive in Iran

Published: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:55 PM

WASHINGTON — Overlooked in the headline fights over the $1.1 trillion spending bill that cleared Congress last week was a payout 35 years in the making.

The federal government will finally direct up to $4.4 million to families of each of the 53 hostages held in Iran for 444 days.

Steve Lauterbach, of Dayton was one of those hostages.

The reason it has taken so long is the deal President Jimmy Carter signed to get the hostages out prevented them from seeking restitution from Iran. It is not clear, however, whether all the former hostages or their families will receive full payments.

 In large measure that is because the $4.4 million total authorized by Congress depends on the outcome of efforts to collect on judgments won in earlier court rulings involving victims of terrorist attacks, as well as on the number of victims who file claims.

 The law authorizes payments of up to $10,000 per day of captivity for each of the 53 hostages, 37 of whom are still alive. Fifty-two hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981; a 53rd hostage had been released earlier because of illness. Spouses and children are authorized to receive a lump payment of as much as $600,000.

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Bars filling up with Super Bowl viewers despite weather

Published: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM


            Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening.
Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening.

Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening. But some opted to stay home amid rainy conditions and the threat of freezing precipitation overnight into Monday morning.  

“Normally on Super Bowl Sunday, we go over to a Super Bowl party or stay home and have a lot of snack foods,” said Dirk Roburn, Sr., who was at Blind Bob’s Bar on Fifth Street downtown. “This year we decided to come down to Blind Bob’s. We really don’t care who wins the game this year, so it’s more about food and fun than the game I guess.”

Andy Rowe, a manager at the bar, said he anticipates filling more take-out orders than usual this year because of the weather.

“A lot of people like to party at home, and we do an increased amount of carry-out sales,” Rowe said. “ People like their chicken wings and their stuffed burgers.”

WPAFB army captain wants video to send message

Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 2:33 PM


            Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.
Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.

UPDATE May 7

John Bedell talked to Army Capt. Sarah Cudd who is the woman shown in a viral video of her finishing a combat medic certification. Her colleagues cheered her on, and she was able to finish the test. Cudd will discuss the message she hopes that the video will send to others.

FIRST REPORT

Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video. Capt. Cudd works at the veterinary treatment facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Reds Connection: Will the Reds ever bring back the 80s uniforms?

Published: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

 Hall-of-fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about America’s pastime. If you’d like to tap into that knowledge, send a question to halmccoy1@hotmail.com.

Q: Any chance the Reds go back to their 1980s uniforms permanently, because I miss them? — MIKE, Landen, Ohio.

A: The Reds would like to forget about the ’80s, the 101 losses of 1982 and the Pete Rose mess of 1989 and the Marge Schott Era. My preference is the 1960s look, the sleeveless jerseys with the white hats and the names on the backs under the numbers. And, please, no pajama bottom pants.

Q: Why aren’t the Reds giving outfielder Kyle Waldrop a chance? — BRAD, Paulding, Ohio.

A: It’s all in the numbers, my friend. In Waldrop’s last 10 games through Thursday he is 2 for 36 (.056). For the year he is hitting .236 with a .267 on-base average and a .343 slugging percentage. The Reds already have one outfielder with those kinds of numbers, but that guy steals a bunch of bases and makes incredible defensive plays. And I believe outfielders Yorman Rodriguez and Adam Duvall are ahead of Waldrop in the pecking order.

Q: With all the talk about finding another position for Eugenio Suarez, why not let him and Zack Cozart battle it out for shortstop next spring and put the loser on the bench because it is always so weak? — RICK, Loveland.

A: The bench isn’t the problem. It is the lack of production of the everyday lineup. If Suarez is the real deal, they need to find a spot for him, maybe left field or maybe right field if they trade Jay Bruce or maybe second base if Brandon Phillips would agree to a trade. And it would behoove Todd Frazier to find his lost bats.

Closings and delays

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 10:24 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 10:24 PM

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