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5 things you might have missed in The Blade: 7/31

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    Sierah Joughin's aunt Tara Ice, left, and mother Sheila Vaculik smile through tears as they share warm memories Thursday at Mrs. Ice's home in Sylvania Township. Sierah, 20, was reported missing on July 19, 2016, after riding her bike near her family's home in Metamora. Her body was found on July 22, 2016, shortly after police arrested James Worley of Delta.

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    A person enters the new Renaissance Hotel through a prism doorway Thursday in downtown Toledo. The hotel will open Thursday.

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    Harold Brown, a former Tuskegee Airmen pilot, poses for a portrait with the Harvard IV T6J at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio.

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    Mick Jagger, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, at the Amy's Allie store in Toledo on Friday. Mick, the mascot for the women's clothing boutique, was missing for 16 months and is finally home.

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We get it. Whether you were part of the record-setting Mud Hens crowd Saturday night or otherwise enjoying a nice weekend in Toledo, you didn’t check the news as much as usual. That’s OK — here are five stories you might have missed from the weekend’s news.

1. Sierah Joughin's mom reflects on life of daughter, fight for justice

There was nothing that could prepare Sheila Vaculik for the call.

Sierah Joughin’s loved ones waited together after struggling with days of uncertainty. Then confirmation came, and it felt like a movie scene.

Moments later, Ms. Joughin’s mother shared a profound conclusion with those around her.

“I’m at peace. I know where she is,” Mrs. Vaculik said.

A year has passed since the horrific disappearance and death of Ms. Joughin, 20, of Metamora during a July 19, 2016, bike ride in Fulton County. FULL STORY

 

2. Revamped Renaissance hotel puts focus on local personality

After a substantial makeover that took 20 months, Toledo’s downtown riverfront hotel finally is about to be reborn.

The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel at 444 Summit St. opens Wednesday at 1 p.m., and its new owners spared no expense to wow hotel patrons.

First Hospitality Group Inc. of Chicago, which bought the hotel in December, 2015, expected to spend $25 million to renovate the 12-story hotel over an eight-month period. Instead, the project required twice the expected time and $31 million.

But the extra time and money have transformed the 32-year-old structure into a four-star hotel that features “moments of discovery” for visitors, hotel officials said. FULL STORY

 

3. Veteran’s memoir tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen

PORT CLINTON — Harold Brown enters the Liberty Aviation Museum on a Monday morning wearing a smile. One can’t help but feel the calming energy surrounding the 92-year-old Air Force veteran.

A Redtail Squadron logo is visible on his navy polo shirt as the former Tuskegee Airman walks through the museum. His enthusiasm registers in numerous ways, from offering bits of information about the small model airplanes hanging from the ceiling to stopping to have his picture taken with passing guests.

There’s no question that Harold Brown is pretty recognizable in this part of town.

An 11-minute black-and-white Tuskegee film plays on a projector as Mr. Brown takes a seat at a round table in a room on the opposite side of the wall. He begins to speak about his upcoming book, Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story Of A Tuskegee Airman, scheduled to hit stores Aug. 8. FULL STORY

 

4. Cavalier King Charles spaniel 'Mick Jagger' returns to Toledo home 16 months later

It’s almost like Mick Jagger never left.

The 1½-year-old, tricolor Cavalier King Charles spaniel greeted guests Friday at Amy’s Allie, a boutique in the Cricket West shopping center in West Toledo, where he resumed his role as the store mascot. Mick had been missing 16 months.

“It’s just completely surreal,” Hollie Roberts said. “He’s the same dog he was before. His personality hasn’t changed.” FULL STORY

 

5. Clergy of all faiths offer hope to inmates

When Lynn Lyle teaches her mindfulness class on Tuesday and Friday mornings, she leaves everything but her keys and photo ID in the car.

Ms. Lyle, a member of Flowing Waters Buddhist Sangha in Toledo, then passes through a metal detector and four remotely controlled security checkpoints before reaching her classroom in the heart of Toledo Correctional Institution. The whole process typically takes her up to 45 minutes.

But guards and fences do not deter Ms. Lyle, who has taught at the state prison since 2013.

She is one of the handful of volunteers who regularly visit the facility to lead spiritual services, teach classes, and offer forgiveness to those whom society often deems hardest to forgive. FULL STORY

 

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