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									CONVENTION CROWDS MEAN BIG MONEY, BUT CAN COLUMBUS CONTINUE TO COMPETE? BUSINESS, D1

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S UNDAY , J UNE 8, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY., told supporters she throws her full support behind Sen. Barack Obama.

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OSU president makes personal mission of running nation’s largest university

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Clinton rejoices in run as it closes
Former first lady speaks to women, endorses Obama
By Beth Fouhy
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

‘It starts with me’

County tax bills to stay the same
By Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
FRED SQUILLANTE DISPATCH

WASHINGTON — This one’s for the girls. That was Hillary Clinton’s message yesterday as she ended her Democratic presidential bid — a final, fullthroated acknowledgment of what her pioneering quest had meant to women. It was a moving, genuine and unexpected - Strickland moment for political adviser to lead Obama’s Sen. Clinton, campaign in Ohio who spent most of her ,A4 campaign playing down her gender as a way to reassure voters who might have trouble imagining a female commander in chief. Clinton also summoned her supporters to use “our energy, our passion, our strength” to elect Democratic Sen. Barack Obama president in November. “I endorse him and throw my full support behind him,” Clinton said. Speaking to supporters at the National Building Museum here, Clinton finally seemed to jettison the counsel she’d received over the course of her 17-month campaign to be safe and noncontroversial — advice that made her seem steely and dull and robbed her of the magic her barrier-breaking campaign might otherwise have had. In defeat, the former first lady was finally free — and clearly eager to let it rip. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” Clinton said — a reference to the See CLINTON Page A4

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Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee enjoys the company of students and recently met with these in his office in Bricker Hall. From left are Marco Satala of Westerville, Kelly Ramos of Loveland, Maureen Mork of Sandusky and David Wilkes of Pepper Pike.

For decades, the state prodded county auditors to make sure homeowners’ tax bills reflected that prices were climbing. This year, nine Ohio counties have a different option: changing nothing. At least five of them, including Franklin, Delaware and Licking counties in central Ohio, are poised to take the state up on it. Auditors in these counties say they won’t change any residential tax appraisals for their three-year update. The move effectively means that, for taxing purposes, nothing changed in these counties’ housing markets from 2005 to 2007, despite a foreclosure crisis and price swings that have not been seen in decades. The move is “arbitrary” and will force low- and moderateincome neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures to pay more than their fair share of property taxes, said Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and See REAPPRAISALS Page A4

By Encarnacion Pyle
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

What he’s done
E. Gordon Gee officially began his second term as Ohio State University president on Oct. 1. A look at some of the major initiatives of his first year back: - Announced six goals to turn Ohio State into the “University of the American Dream” (see goals on Page A10) - Vowed to ensure that any qualified student would be able to afford to attend Ohio State - Revamped the team leading the $1.3 billion OSU Medical Center expansion and smoothed over donor concerns that the project would hurt the school’s cancer center. Elevated Dr. Michael Caligiuri to lead the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and brought in Dr. Steven G. Gabbe from Vanderbilt to head the Medical Center. - Called for the academic calendar to eventually shift from quarters to semesters and for sophomores to someday be required to live on campus - Completed a comprehensive review of graduate programs, which included the recommendation that 34 be reworked - Started reorganizing the Colleges of Arts and Sciences to save money and make it easier for students and professors to perform interdisciplinary work - Set $2.5 billion target for an upcoming capital campaign and hired Peter Weiler from Penn State University to oversee it

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hio State President E. Gordon Gee likes to joke that he is married to Carmen Ohio. He sort of is, just as he’s been devoted to the four other universities he’s led. But that dedication has cost him. Gee believes that his commitment to his work helped cause his recent divorce from his second wife, whom he had met and married during his first term at Ohio State University, from 1990 to ’97. “I loved my wife and didn’t want to get divorced,” said Gee, whose relationship with Constance Bumgarner Gee ended during his tenure at Vanderbilt University. “But I probably wasn’t the best person to be married to. I have always been married to my work.” Coming back to Ohio State allowed Gee to work through a “dark period” in his life, he said. But since returning to Columbus in July, he has thrown himself even more into his work because he isn’t sharing his life with anyone. “Yes, I want time for my family, myself, my friends; but I

Earmarks ingrained in Capitol culture
By Andrew Taylor and Jim Kuhnhenn
ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Miss Frances dishes up food, tough love
By Meredith Heagney
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

it. Miss Frances doesn’t fool around. Frances Carr, 73, has been the director of Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Pantry Miss Frances has a very simple formula in Franklinton since 1999. To the hungry people who eat there every day, she’s for handing out discipline. Come into her soup kitchen and curse, Miss Frances, Sister Frances, and even you get two warnings. The third time, she Mom. On a normal day, the nonprofit serves kicks you out for 30 days. 1,000 meals, and the food pantry gives Pick a fight, it’s a 60-day suspension. groceries to 100 families. Cause enough havoc, and she’ll make it Miss Frances began volunteering in the permanent. soup kitchen in 1987, delivering bread, Wear something skimpy, and she’ll cooking meals and stocking the food make you put on a T-shirt. You better do

pantry. As director, she is responsible for making sure the massive operation keeps running. That’s why she was so devastated when the soup kitchen had to close late last month because thieves stole two large refrigeration compressors and copper piping, spoiling two months’ worth of food. The kitchen and pantry have been shut down since May 28 and Carr has turned See TOUGH LOVE Page A4

SHARI LEWIS

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WASHINGTON — So much for trimming the pork. The practice of decorating legislation with billions of tax dollars in pet projects and federal contracts is thriving on Capitol Hill despite public outrage that helped flip INSIDE control of - Relationship of Congress donations to two years earmarks often is ago. clear ,Insight, G1 More than 11,000 of those “earmarks,” worth nearly $15 billion in all, were slipped into spending bills last year. Now comes an election-year encore. An examination of many of those earmarks by the Associated Press and two dozen newspapers participating in a project sponsored by the Associated Press Managing Editors found much-greater disclosure since 2006 but no end to what has become ingrained behavior in Congress. Assisting the project were two nonprofit and See EARMARKS Page A9

Frances Carr directs the Holy Family soup kitchen.

INDEX

Speed Read, a recap of today’s top stories, is on A2.

Books ..................... E4 Classifieds............. H15

Editorials................. G4 Home & Garden......... H

House market ...H8-H10 Insight....................... G

Movies .................... E7 Obituaries ............ B8,9

Puzzles.................... E9 Travel .........................F


								
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