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Published: Monday, 5/26/2008

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In a small, uninviting room inside the Toledo Correctional Institution with a clear view of the barbed-wire fences that separate inmates from the outside world, Corey Adams admitted he is scared. He said he's unsure how he'll adapt to life beyond the security fences and structured environment of the prison - a life to which he has grown accustomed. More than anything, though, he is worried about fatherhood.





WHAT should be the theme song for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign? Some think it should be Carly Simon's 1972 smash hit, "You're So Vain," (I bet you think this speech is about you). Most of us have a higher opinion of ourselves than objective circumstances warrant. But in few of us is the gap between how we view ourselves and reality as wide as it is with Mr. Obama.

The two teenagers killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday along a rural road in Hancock County had been close friends - each planning to attend college. The fatal crash on State Rt. 568 in Marion Township instantly claimed the life of the driver - Carrie Payne, 18, of northeastern Wyandot County's Sycamore, who was a high school senior set to graduate the next night from Mohawk High School in Sycamore. Her friend died the next morning.

When he's looking for a mental health break, Bo Bice retreats to a porch at his home near Nashville and watches the turkey and deer lazily wander through his yard. As a rocker in the home of country music, Bice, the runner-up on the fourth season of American Idol, seems to be out of place, but he quickly shoots down that idea. "There are a lot of people who live here from the rock world. Tom Keifer from Cinderella and I are good friends. We've worked on a couple of projects," Bice says. "This used to be a country-oriented place, but now there are people from rock, pop, everything else, R&B. It's the country nature of Nashville that has people moving here."

Nancy Rasky hollered "thank you," as her mother, Donna Boehme, waved to the uniformed military personnel in Humvees rolling down North Summit Street yesterday during Toledo's Memorial Day parade. Both have lived knowing someone they love could die in combat. Mrs. Boehme's son is an Army colonel based in Germany, and her husband retired as a colonel after 23 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam.

Henry du Pont, immensely wealthy great-grandson of a dynamite manufacturer, made it his life s work to spend untold millions on his three great passions: the finest Holstein cattle, glorious gardens, and exquisite American furnishings crafted between 1640 to 1860. At Winterthur, the Delaware mansion on 2,500 acres he inherited in 1927, he decorated scores of rooms, having walls painted and curtains hung. He arranged cups and saucers on 18th-century tea tables, had French silk dresses cut apart to upholster chairs, and secured brass buttons to the floor so staff would know precisely where furniture should be placed after being moved for cleaning.

It s Memorial Day weekend, and that means the unofficial start of summer. What better time to celebrate by heading outdoors for a picnic? Pack up your basket, grab a blanket, and wrap up some goodies. Whether you re on your lunch break or a Sunday drive, you don t have to go far to feel like you ve slipped away to a place that s lovely and remote places like these.

FIRST, the good news: According to a newly released Justice Department report, the majority of FBI agents refused to participate in the harsh interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq going back to 2002. The bad news could've been much worse: While the majority of FBI agents obeyed the letter of the law, the agency's leadership failed to act aggressively to end the abuse of detainees by its sister agencies or give advice to those agents who complained about how to deal with it.



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