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Five things you might have missed: 7/17

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    Housing insecurity is a persistent issue for students in Toledo, including a 16-year-old who thinks he has moved 10 times since sixth grade and who is currently living on his own.

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    Toledoan Taylor Dungjen poses with a photo of her grandfather, Milan Dungjen, an Army veteran. Taylor has been searching for his missing military medals for years, and recently might have found them. The photo is hanging in her two-year-old son's room, whom she also named Milan.

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    Marathon Classic defending champion Lydia Ko explores the new 18th hole with tournament director Judd Silverman, left, during a trip to Highland Meadows in May.


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    Mentor resident Zak Baer tries to look under the hood of a 1950 Packard Ambulance up for auction during the Ron Hackenberger Collection Auction at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.

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Were you too busy during a sunny summer weekend to check Twitter or visit Here are five stories you might have missed from the weekend’s news.

Toledo Public Schools has most homeless students in Ohio

He lives a double life.

At school, he’s jovial, engaged, looking to talk with friends. He plays football and dreams of being on a MAC team when he graduates.

At “home,” though, he’s serious and withdrawn. He tries to find ways to get school projects done that require Internet research, but he doesn’t have Wi-Fi at the hotel where his mom stays, or at the relatives’ houses he crashes in.

He’s 16, now in high school. Since the sixth grade, he thinks he’s lived in 10 different places. There have been evictions, short stays with family, and even a stint squatting in a foreclosed home. FULL STORY


Local woman’s years-long search for medals ends

Taylor Dungjen thought she might never see her late grandfather’s lost Army medals again.

That is, until this summer, when a stranger found the 23 vintage military awards in California. Now, after years of searching, Ms. Dungjen’s family will reattain her grandfather’s decorations.

Ms. Dungjen, a 27-year-old Toledo police officer and former Blade reporter, always looked up to Milan Dungjen, her “Opa,” which is German for “grandfather.”

Mr. Dungjen served in the Army for 20 years and was deployed during World War II and the Korean War. During his military career, he acquired a number of awards, including two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. FULL STORY


Marathon Classic remains a can’t-miss destination

If validation of the Marathon Classic’s enduring — and growing — stature and reputation on the LPGA Tour was needed, it comes in years like this.

Timing be damned, the biggest names in women’s golf are rolling into Highland Meadows for the 32nd playing of this oldie but goodie.

Begin with the headliner, Lexi Thompson, the powerful 22-year-old whose grace after a controversial, four-stroke penalty cost her the season’s first major — the ANA Inspiration — only amplified her profile as the game’s most popular player.

But keep going. FULL STORY


Area retail landscape starts to shift

By several measures, retailing in the Toledo area would appear to be thriving.

Store lease rates continue to go up and the vacancy rate for for shopping centers has been declining.

What’s more, although the amount of space under construction has fallen over the last six months, that which is being developed, about 34,000 square feet, is preleased.

But the numbers can be deceiving. FULL STORY


Norwalk car auction draws enthusiasts from all over

NORWALK, Ohio — Jeff Lipnichan considers himself somewhat of an expert when it comes to old cars and trucks.

However, some of the of vehicles up for inspection Friday at Summit Motorsports Park amazed the vintage car enthusiast.

Seeing the bright yellow 1937 Studebaker J5 Coupe Express was a first for the Scranton, Pa., resident.

“I have never seen this early of a Studebaker pickup. This is like walking through a museum,” Mr. Lipnichan, 53, said of the cars, trucks, and other vehicles on display Friday in advance of the two-day auction of rare and vintage vehicles that begins Saturday. FULL STORY

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