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U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s decision not to seek re-election in 2022 is a loss. It’s a loss to Ohio’s 16th District, which the Rocky River resident has represented since 2019, and to the country.

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In September 2019, my fall proceeded as normal: Visits to Cedar Point’s Halloweekends nearly every weekend through Halloween night. The visits were a fall tradition for us, capping a summer of going to Cedar Point at least once a week, if just for a few hours on a Friday night.

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We might never find out the reason for last week’s tragedy in Avon Lake. Jeffrey Hull, 50, his wife, Heidi, 46, and sons Garrett, 9, and Grant, 6, were found dead inside their home on English Turn on Sept. 7. Police were called to the house by a co-worker of Heidi concerned when she missed a…

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I grew up in Northeast Ohio — first in Fairview Park and then in Lakewood — but spent ages 22 to 37 living all across the United States. First it was California, which was OK. The weather and scenery were incredible, but the feeling of just not belonging never went away. Then there was a mov…

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The latest shenanigans at the Lorain County Commission read like a bad and cliché-filled political novel. In the last six weeks: an affair was uncovered between Republican Commissioner Michelle Hung, a former North Ridgeville councilperson, and former county 911 Director Harry Williamson, wh…

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A week ago, one of the newspaper’s “building” mates — she works in the office below the West Life in an historical Avon Lake home on Moore Road — came bursting into our office. She had to tell me a story. Her name is Dawn Pruitt. She lives in Sheffield Village, but works as a Home Health aid…

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A podcast recently focused on a different way of asking how someone is doing. “How are you?” seems like a sincere question, but it often elicits insincere responses like “Fine,” or “Doing well.”

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Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

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Time blurs. That’s just a fact these days. Did it blur when I was younger? I don’t think so. I remember when I first started my career in journalism, there was this quaint idea that the first five years were an apprenticeship. You weren’t a full-fledged journalist. You were a journeyman. Boy…

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When the new coronavirus emerged, a rush of 43 states and Washington, D.C., instituted an eviction moratorium, temporarily blocking landlords from ousting tenants from their housing during a health crisis.

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Before COVID … how many times have we uttered that phrase in the past 18 months? Life feels permanently changed because of the still-ongoing pandemic. Realistically speaking, life will return to normal at some time. It hasn’t happened yet because the pandemic is not anywhere near over. Ackno…

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It took a Marvel Studios director to show DC/Warner Brothers how to make a superhero movie.

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Don’t touch a hot stove. Always use crosswalks. Don’t talk to strangers. Wear sunscreen. Don’t run at pools. Wear a bike helmet. Wear a life jacket every time you are in a boat.

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For some reason, even though my weekends are generally jammed packed with just normal chores, I decided on Saturday that I was going to rearrange the spare bedroom, the master bedroom and, by default, the family room. The cleaning-before-moving furniture brought satisfaction. I threw out old…

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It’s politics as usual. Constituents’ needs and wants are victim to partisan fighting and playground bully tactics. Currently, lawmakers are attempting to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure package. In the process, new rules intended to crack down on secretive prescription-drug transactions…

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Have you ever tried, really tried to disengage totally during a vacation? I may be getting old (personally, I think I’m happily stuck at about age 34 or 35), but I find that I never completely “step away” anymore during vacation. I am checking email — I have three email accounts for work and…

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Republicans have argued for months that federal unemployment benefits are keeping Americans from going back to work, and a new survey seems to support that claim. The survey from Morning Consult released last week found that 1.8 million Americans have turned down jobs even though they were u…

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As I write this, my husband and I are in the throes of preparing for our first real vacation since 2019. And by “my husband and I” I really mean my husband. I’m very much of the mindset of “let things flow naturally.” He, however, will calculate the miles to be driven each day and make hotel…

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Recently, right after a trip to the grocery store, my husband and I started talking about the various products we suspect are in smaller packaging but selling for the same price as the previous items. Case in point: breakfast cereal. I’ve long suspected that cereal boxes were getting smaller…

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Last week’s heat brought back unpleasant memories of growing up and living in the Southeast when air conditioning was a luxury.

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For 11 days in May, North Olmsted residents did not know it, but they were in danger. Five dogs under the not-so-watchful eye of a negligent dog owner/dog sitter (depending on her story) were roaming the streets, biting people. Amanda Ramos Martinez, the owner/dogsitter, did know the animals…

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Boxing used to be a big event for the Fourth of July weekend. Many famous bouts took place that weekend, including Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries (1910), Jack Dempsey-Jess Williard (1919), Dempsey-Georges Carpentier (1921), and a big one for the locals was the W.L. “Young” Stribling-Max Schmeling…