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GRAPHIC: Gus Macker Basketball Tournament   Gus Macker's Back
In just a couple of weeks, Findlay will once again host the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Last year, bad blood between several rival groups participating in the event triggered a series of violent outbursts that officials at the time described as a 'near riot'. In the aftermath, city leaders considered severing Findlay's long-standing ties to the tournament and yet, it is returning for another go-around. So what is being done in order to prevent a repeat of last year's melee? Local tournament organizers have been working on that question.
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  Cheating To Win - The Honest Way
There's an old saying that goes: 'If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got'. No one knows that better than Bob MacDonald, who made a name for himself years ago by publicly chastising the life insurance industry for its complacency and failure to respond to the changing needs and demands of its customers. In so doing, he put ITT Life at the forefront of change in that industry. Now retired, he has written a new book called 'Cheat to Win: the Honest Way to Break All the Dishonest Rules in Business'. Former CEO and author Bob MacDonald shares some of the secrets from the book.
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  The Changing Taste Of America
If you have noticed some changes lately in walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store or examining the menu at your favorite restaurant, it's not your imagination. Americans are craving more variety, more unique tastes and more healthy foods these days. And the food service industry is taking notice, introducing new products and dishes catering to those tastes. John Koch, director of research and development for IHOP restaurants, talks about this latest trend.
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  America's New News Source
You may recall that during the presidential election last fall, we talked about how the internet had changed the way Americans were learning about the candidates, their platforms and the campaign itself. Now, several months later, has the trend of gathering the news online continued? And if so, is this a positive trend that can encourage an accurate, knowledgeable exchange of ideas and opinions? Yes on both counts, says Neil Budde, general manager of Yahoo! News.
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  Sports Drinks - Healthy Or Not?
We know how important it is to stay hydrated when working and playing outdoors on these hot summer days. One of the most popular ways of doing that, especially among kids, are sports beverages and energy drinks. While they do refresh and recharge the body better than drinks such as Kool-Aid or soda-pop, drinking too much of them could still lead to poor oral health. Dr. Howard Glazer of the Academy of General Dentistry explains why, and has more tips on keeping your teeth as healthy as the rest of you.
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  More SummerStock
This week, the University of Findlay's 2005 SummerStock theatre season continues with 'Noises Off'. Critics have called this play-within-a-play the 'funniest farce ever written'. If you're in the mood for a good laugh, directors Scott Hayes and Dan Bright give us a preview.
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  Fulfulling America's Promise
The 'America's Promise' organization was founded by retired General Colin Powell to ensure that the needs of our children and youth always remain a national priority. To that end, they have launched a new program honoring the 100 Best Communities for Young People in America. Marguerite Sallee, President and CEO of America's Promise, tells us about this exciting program in an EXCLUSIVE Good Mornings! interview.
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  Alzheimer's Research Unlocks New Hope
For many years, researchers have been hoping to find a way to halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease in patients with dementia. That's exactly what scientists at the University of Minnesota were working on when they recently discovered something even more exciting. As medical contributor Dr. Anna Marie explains, the findings may hold the key not only to preventing memory degeneration but even to reversing Alzheimer's effects.
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  Time-Savers Ease Travel Hassles
Thanks to modern technology, family travel has never been easier. From booking vacation flights online to advance check-in, a recent survey shows most travelers are taking advantage of these latest conveniences, saving time for everyone. Especially with the added necessity of clearing modern airport security, the more you can do before you even leave home the better off you're going to be, as correspondent Ed Martell reports.
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  Not Your Average History Book
For more than 25 years, Neil Zurcher logged more than a million miles on Ohio's roadways as host of the extremely popular travel series 'One Tank Trips' for WJW-TV (Channel 8) in Cleveland. Those travels have inspired a number of books celebrating the state's glorious, and sometimes goofy, history and attractions. His latest work tells many of the remarkable stories most history books, and even some local historians, have forgotten. The author joins us to talk about his new book 'Strange Tales from Ohio'.
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  Sure-Fire Summertime Boredom Busters
Don't look now, but we've reached the halfway point of summer vacation. And this is the tough part for parents. Now that the kids have done all the things they couldn't wait to do for the last month or so of school, and mom and dad are tapped out of fresh ideas to keep them occupied the rest of the time, what can we do to avoid the "I'm Bored"s from setting in? Contributing editor Lee Woodruff of FamilyFun magazine and familyfun.com has the answer with her Top Five failsafe summertime boredom-busting tips.
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  An Unfair Shake?
For the past several weeks, the Hancock County Job and Family Services office has been the subject of much attention, not all of it positive. The controversy over the proposal to use surplus funds as employee bonuses raised questions from some community members about the administration of the agency's budget. Then, commissioners decided not to rehire agency director Steve Thomas after his retirement, once again opening for debate the widespread practice of 'double-dipping' by public employees collecting both a pension and a salary. Has the Job and Family Services agency's image been unfairly tarnished by these issues? Hancock County Commissioner Emily Walton joins us for a discussion.
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  Joining The Revolution
Without question, the popularity of digital cameras has revolutionized photography. These days, the family photo album is just as likely to be stored on your hard drive as to be sitting in a book on your coffee table. The downside of all this is that those who have not yet made the digital transition are not only left out of the fun of adding to the family photo archive, in many cases they can't even see those pictures because they don't have the equipment. Now there's an easy way to bridge that digital divide so everyone can share the timeless memories of family and friends. Jeff Rank, product planning manager for Microsoft's MSN-TV, explains how.
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  Creating The Ultimate Home Theater
Last weekend marked the first time in five months Hollywood box office receipts were up over last year. This summer's disappointing numbers demonstrate the clear fact that Americans are changing the way they watch movies, skipping the theater in favor of watching at home. This year, we'll spend an average of 78 hours each watching videos or DVDs. But do we get the full experience filmmakers intend when we watch on the small screen? Correspondent Kate Brookes tells how to create the ultimate home theater.
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  Keeping Your Cool
After the number of 90-plus degree days we've already had so far, one almost shudders to think what the 'dog days' of late-July and August may bring. If the unseasonably hot and dry summer has your air conditioner working overtime and your electric bills soaring, there's no need to get hot under the collar. Johnny Johnson of Carrier air conditioning systems offers tips for bringing those summer cooling bills back under control.
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  Sundaes & Snapshots
Leni Mueller, spokesperson for the Hancock County Agency on Aging and member of the Findlay Art League, fills us in on a couple of upcoming fun community activities. On Friday, the Senior Center will host an Ice Cream Social to kick off a worthwhile fundraising effort. And time is also running out for shutterbugs of all ages to enter the FAL's 3rd annual Drive-By Photography contest. Here's how you can be a part of both.
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  Raising Awareness And Hope
Did you know that Lupus is more common than AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Cystic Fibrosis combined? Yet many people still don't know what it's all about. Raising awareness, and raising hope for those affected by the disease, is the mission of the Lupus Foundation's Northwest Ohio chapter. Jodi Noble and Vickie Dukes tell us more about some upcoming events that will help them do both.
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  Celebrating 50 Years Of Magic
It was fifty years ago this month, July 1955, when Walt Disney's dream of a magical place of family fun and entertainment became reality with the opening of the Disneyland theme park in California. Many critics scoffed that the idea would never work, but over 1-million visitors in less than two months proved otherwise. Not only did Disneyland spark a renaissance in the amusement park industry, the Disney family of parks today continues to be the top tourist destination worldwide. The Travel Channel's Samantha Brown joins us from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida to explain why.
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  A Camp Fire Burning Strongly
Of course we know that the folks at Camp Fire USA provide a year-round program for kids of all ages, summertime is custom made for the fun and adventure they're famous for. Linda Hamilton, CEO of the Northwest Ohio council, fills us in on what's new and exciting at Camp Fire.
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  In The Aftermath
Even as Britons continue to mourn victims of last week's deadly terrorist bombings in London, and as authorities continue their search for those still missing, the investigation into the incident is well underway and experts are analyzing the impact of the bombings in the global war on terrorism. How does this latest incident affect us here on this side of the Atlantic Ocean - both in terms of the physical changes in our security measures and the psychological effect on our mindset?  J. Randall Van Dyne, executive director of the University of Findlay's School of Environmental and Emergency Management and one of the key faculty members instrumental in the establishment of the University's Center for Terrorism Preparedness, talks about the aftermath of the UK bombing and its ultimate impact.
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  Beating Summer Allergies At Camp
More than 50-million Americans suffer from allergies, which can make a summertime adventure in the great outdoors no vacation at all. From a family camping trip to sending the kids off to summer camp, noted allergist Dr. William Berger has tips on making the great outdoors great again.
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  Indulging Your Chocolate Cravings
Chocolate is something most of us consider a 'guilty pleasure'. But how can something that tastes so good be blamed for so many unpleasant side effects? Connoisseurs insist many myths about chocolate simply aren't true and that, in fact, it isn't as bad for us as we might think. Correspondent Mike Morris explains how to enjoy that guilty pleasure with a little less guilt.
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  Much To Talk About
The last couple of weeks have been busy for city leaders. Making headlines since late June: the beginning of the Brandman Tire Dump cleanup effort, official hiring of a new police chief, scaling back expansion and renovation plans for the HRC and projections of lower tax revenues in the next year that may force the city to tighten its fiscal belt. Findlay Mayor Tony Iriti joins us for a conversation on the news of the day.
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  Keeping The Promise Of Education
This week, hundreds of Ohio public school teachers joined with those from other states at the National Education Association's annual convention in Los Angeles. As they are locally, school funding issues were on the minds of many as delegates accused government leaders of breaking their promise to provide America's children with the best educational system in the world. But are educators themselves holding schools back from being the best they can be? Ohio Education Association vice-president Patricia Frost-Brooks defends the public school system and their claims of under-funding in an EXCLUSIVE Good Mornings! interview.
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  'Climbing The Wall'
In celebration of the Hancock Leadership program's 20th anniversary, the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association is presenting a dynamic leadership and community stewardship program on August 12 at the University of Findlay. Director Linda DeArment gives us the details.
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  More Miles For Your Money
The price of crude oil spiked again earlier this week, and gas prices quickly followed. Before you trade in the family people-mover for something more economical to beat the prices at the pump, correspondent Drew Maxwell has a few tips to help improve the mileage on the vehicle you already have.
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