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Coast Guard Wife Charged With Murder of Ohio Man Found Shot Dead in National Park – CrimeOnline12.15.21

The Florida wife of a Coast Guardsman was arrested Thursday and charged with the murder of a father of two found shot to death in an Ohio national park earlier this year, federal authorities said.

Chelsea Denise Perkins, 31, was arrested at her home in Pensacola and charged with the murder of Matthew John Dunmire, 31.

Dunmires body, with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, was found on March 9 by hikers in a historic cemetery in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Court records said a witness Dunmires supervisor at the screenprinting shop where he worked identified Perkins as the woman who picked Dunmire up from a bar on March 5, according to the Daily Beast.

The affidavit says that Dunmire was out with coworkers that night and told his supervisor he was meeting a woman from out of town. At about 6 p.m., he got a text and announced his date had arrived, and his supervisor walked out with him, where he saw the woman and the car she was driving, a white Smartcar with Virginia license plates and Coast Guard, Bauhaus, and Virginia is for lovers stickers.

Investigators tracked the womans car as well as Dunmires location using surveillance footage from several locations an cell phone data and that a license plate reader captured the vehicles license plate number.

According to the complaint, Perkins contacted a tattoo artist in Detroit on the night of March 5 and made an appointment for the following day after making a stop first. GPS data tracked the car registered in her husbands name to a tattoo parlor in Detroit later the following day.

Cell phone records show Dunmire texting his girlfriend on the morning of March 6 to say he was going to donate plasma and come home, asking the girlfriend not to be upset because he did not sleep with her. Later, he texted, Well I pissed this chick off anyway so I hope yer happy.

Investigators also linked Perkins and Dunmire to an Airbnb that Perkins rented and to the cemetery, where witnesses said they had seen the vehicle on March 6. Those witnesses also reported hearing a gunshot at about noon, but they left the area and did not investigate.

Other hikers found Dunmires body a few days later. Investigators found DNA evidence at the scene that they said connected Perkins and Dunmire on a plastic Aquafina water bottle Dunmire was spotted buying on a convenience stores surveillance video on March 5.

Court documents say that the investigators tracked Perkins to her former home in Arlington, Virginia. There, the documents say, a search found Perkins DNA on a handgun that matched the one used in the shooting.

The affidavit does not explain the time between the Virginia search and Perkins Florida arrest.

Authorities have also not revealed how Dunmire and Perkins knew one another or the motive for the murder. A co-worker of Dunmires told the Daily Beast that he had moved from Virginia to Ohio to turn his life around and that his two children still lived in Virginia.

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Ohio State fans and the 14 stages of Jim Harbaugh: Doug Lesmerises – cleveland.com11.30.21

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is little mystery left with Jim Harbaugh. Michigan has leaned into his preferred style of football this season with a consistent, physical run game. Harbaugh hired six new assistants in the offseason, and the result is a more connected, coherent program. Harbaugh is 0-5 against Ohio State but once again coaching a very good team.

He hasnt won The Game, but in resuscitating Michigan football, he has won 59 others over seven seasons. The Wolverines have reached double-digit victories for the fourth time in his tenure, and after a year apart forced by COVID-19, the Buckeyes and Wolverines will be back together again on Saturday.

A 7-Year Itch for Harbaugh and the rivalry? No, the Wolverines instead seem invigorated. This is one of Harbaughs two best teams. The Buckeyes know Harbaugh by now. Theres comfort in the relationship.

The only thing left to shake it up would be a Michigan win, or Harbaughs eventual departure.

Heres how we got here, in the 14 stages of the relationship between the Buckeyes and their rivals coach.

Former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, interim athletic director Jim Hackett, new head coach Jim Harbaugh and former coach Gary Moeller take a photo together during a press conference to announce Harbaugh's arrival on Dec. 30, 2014. ANN ARBOR NEWS

Jim Harbaugh is coming to save Michigan. Urban Meyer is on the cusp of beating Alabama on the way to winning his first national title at Ohio State, and while the Buckeyes are in New Orleans, Ann Arbor is welcoming home a favored son to challenge Meyer.

In the four weeks since Brady Hoke was fired, Harbaugh has been the front runner for the job. On this Tuesday, he is charming and sincere in his introductory news conference two days after coaching his last game with the San Francisco 49ers.

In a maize and blue tie, with an M pin on his blue blazer, Harbaugh speaks of making a decision with his heart. Already, there is speculation about how long he will stay at Michigan, given his NFL success. The answer will be at least seven seasons. But for now, in the former quarterback for Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines make their ideal hire.

Throughout my life, I have dreamed of coaching at the University of Michigan, Harbaugh says. Now I have the honor to live it. I know Michigan football and I believe in Michigan football.

Ohio State emotion: Respect

Harbaugh, Meyer and Michigan States Mark Dantonio, with several of their assistants, attend the same recruiting camp outside Detroit. The Sound Mind Sound Body camp is a must stop, but a tortured round of interaction for the coaches. They are there to develop relationships with high school recruits, but first they are forced into a group news conference. Afterward Meyer and Dantonio walk through the parking lot to the practice fields together. Harbaugh walks alone several steps ahead. It is an early glimpse at some of the stilted Harbaugh interactions to come.

All this, by the way, came after Harbaugh took off his shirt and jumped into a pickup football game during a recruiting camp in Alabama.

Ohio State emotion: Creeping awkwardness

On Oct. 17, No. 1 Ohio State beats Penn State hours after No. 12 Michigan blows a win over No. 7 Michigan State by fumbling a punt on the last play of the game that the Spartans return for the game-winning touchdown. It will be the Spartans who go on to beat the Buckeyes in November and claim a College Football Playoff berth, while Michigan, after opening the season with a loss to Utah, finishes a strong season at 10-3. The only Big Ten losses are to their rivals -- the Spartans and the Buckeyes.

Ohio State emotion: Big game doubt

Harbaugh is in full recruiting mode. He climbs a tree at the home of one California recruit, then sleeps over at the homes of a few others.

Ohio State emotion: What the heck?

Harbaugh takes Michigan to Florida for spring break to practice at IMG Academy, a hotbed of recruiting talent. Its a smart move, and so creative that the idea is banned the next year. But Meyer soon after says hes thinking about doing the same thing with the Buckeyes (though they never do), which proves Harbaugh is onto something.

Ohio State emotion: Creative curiosity

Derek Jeter, left, talks with former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady and Harbaugh, right, as new recruits Kingston Davis, top right, and Ahmir Mitchell listen in, during the Signing With the Stars spectacle, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Mich. AP

At Big Ten media days, I ask Harbaugh about tweets from the spring where he wrote of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, Good to see Director Smith being relevant again after the tattoo fiasco. Welcome back! This is the era of Harbaugh at his most combative. He was angered by Smith saying he wasnt sure Ohio State would take a Florida trip like Michigan did, but he could see how it made sense to jumpstart a program. Harbaugh also went at other college coaches like Alabamas Nick Saban and Georgias Kirby Smart.

I dont think theres any apologies necessary there, Harbaugh tells me. Do the best job you possibly can, and Ive not made apologies for those specific tweets. I didnt think it was necessary. When someone talks about somebody you love or something you love or makes a personal attack, you have the right to shoot one over their bow.

Ohio State emotion: Simmering anger

Jim Harbaugh tries to get an answer from the officials during a second-half dispute during the 2016 Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus.AP

What still remains Harbaughs best team to date gets as high as No. 2 in the polls before losing to Iowa, but still comes to Columbus at 10-1 and ranked No. 3 to take on the No. 2 Buckeyes. Ohio State prevails in double overtime, staying alive on a fourth-down J.T. Barrett run that was marked to barely give the Buckeyes a first down. Harbaugh after the loss forcefully criticizes several calls, but especially the spot. Hes fined $10,000 two days later for his comments, and the photo of Harbaugh holding his hands several inches apart to indicate how short he thought Barrett was becomes part of his legacy in The Game.

I thought there were some outrageous calls, including the one that would have ended the game, Harbaugh says. I was bitterly disappointed with the officiating.

Ohio State emotion: Relief/revenge/a little more anger

Michigans worst season under Harbaugh finishes at 8-5 with losses to the Spartans and Buckeyes again. He is 1-5 in rivalry games and 28-11 overall. Brady Hoke was 26-13 after three years.

Ohio State emotion: Losing interest

The Wolverines rebound. Michigan is favored in The Game for just the second time in 14 years, as the 10-1 Wolverines are ranked No. 4 and the 10-1 Buckeyes, after barely escaping Maryland the week before, are ranked No. 10. The Wolverines players are calling this the last stop on their Revenge Tour.

The result? Ohio State wins 62-39, the Buckeyes scoring not only their most points against Michigan in 115 games, but the most points the Wolverines have ever surrendered in a regulation game.

Motivated to come back and make darn sure it doesnt happen again, Harbaugh said. Win our next game, thats our motivation now.

Ohio State emotion: Underdog worry, then unexpected blowout elation

The Wolverines are picked as the preseason Big Ten favorite in the annual poll, with some uncertainty around the Buckeyes in the first seasons of head coach Ryan Day and quarterback Justin Fields.

I think thats where I would pick us, Harbaugh agrees at Big Ten media days in July.

Harbaugh also stands by a radio comment in which he said of the departed Meyer, a phenomenal record everywhere hes been. But also, controversy follows him wherever hes been.

I ask Harbaugh why he would say anything that might fire up the Buckeyes.

I dont think it was anything new. I dont think it was a bombshell. It was all things that are very well-documented, he says. I dont see why people are so afraid to say what they think. Maybe thats something worthy to be examined.

Ohio State emotion: Skepticism

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, front left, shakes hands with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, front right, after the Buckeyes' 56-27 victory in Ann Arbor in 2019.AP

Harbaugh and Day face off for the first time in the rivalry. Ohio State beats Michigan 56-27. Harbaugh falls to 0-5 against the Buckeyes, the first coach on either side of the rivalry to do so. He is asked after the loss why the Wolverines havent beaten the Buckeyes and whether its a preparation gap, a coaching gap or a talent gap.

Ill answer your questions, not your insults, Harbaugh says.

Ohio State emotion: Back to losing interest

Day and Harbaugh allegedly have a disagreement on a Big Ten coaches call. Day reportedly tells the Buckeyes afterward in a team meeting that Ohio State is going to hang a 100 on the Wolverines the next time they play.

Ohio State emotion: Rage, allegedly

The teams dont play. COVID-19 wipes out the game. Michigan finishes 2-4.

Ohio State emotion: Could it be ... longing? Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Michigan hosts the Buckeyes in another top five matchup. Harbaugh, after taking a pay cut himself and hiring six new assistants, has revamped his program on the fly. Harbaugh has been talking about The Game as a playoff game, and it is. The winner will advance to the Big Ten Championship and, with a win there, the College Football Playoff. In our survey of Ohio State text subscribers, Harbaugh finishes fifth in a vote of greatest Michigan villains in the rivalry, behind Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, Bo Schembechler and Tim Biakabutuka.

They all beat the Buckeyes. Harbaugh is yet to. At this point, the only way to change the relationship between Harbaugh and OSU fans is for Michigan to win. Ohio State fans know him by now, and Harbaugh in recent years has toned down, at least to outsiders, his splashiest offseason antics. Its about football again, at least for now.

Maybe Saturday will produce more of the same with another OSU win. But if not ... no one on either side knows how it would feel to see Harbaugh, as a coach, claim his biggest victory.

Ohio State emotion: Familiarity

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Cambridge basketball icon Medina Dixon was a local treasure, a transformative talent, and a special friend – The Boston Globe11.13.21

I ask them to look her up, do the research, Blake said. That swagger that Cambridge Rindge and Latin basketball has was built on Medina Dixon. After our class won those championships, any class after that walked in the gymnasium, they had Cambridge swagger. I dont know how to explain it, but it was an aura.

Dixon, who died Monday at 59 from pancreatic cancer, was a before-her-time talent, a 6-foot-3-inch prodigy with the size, finesse, and feel for the game that allowed her to do anything on the court. She would become a transformative figure in womens basketball the leading scorer on the bronze-medal Olympic team in 1992, a gold medalist at the World Cup in 1990, and an NCAA champion at Old Dominion in 1985.

At every step, Blake watched from afar, even if they werent in touch. But when they reconnected a couple years ago, and Blake learned Dixon was battling pancreatic cancer, she wanted to help.

Blakes idea was to rebuild bonds. She rounded up coaches and teammates from Rindge and Latin and set up regular Zoom sessions.

Dixon was touched seeing all the faces.

She would cry, Blake said. She was emotional. The first one was very emotional because none of us had talked to each other in over 30 years. So to hear your head coachs voice 30 years later, it was amazing.

As the weeks went by, more and more faces popped on, with more and more memories. Patrick Ewing made an appearance. So did former Rindge and Latin boys coach Mike Jarvis.

Every week it was different people, which was great, Blake said. She was so surprised. Every week it was someone she hadnt seen in years. We just became her village, her support system.

High school sensation

There was a time when it seemed every local talented basketball player came through Alfreda Harriss gym at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury.

Years ago, Harris got word from a friend about Dixon.

She called me one day and she said, You know, theres a girl out here that plays out in front of my door. She plays with the guys. Shes really good. You need to come take a look at her, Harris remembered.

Harris introduced herself. Dixon had heard of her. Harris convinced her to come to the Shelburne. Dixon joined the Shelburnes AAU program. It took practically no time for a buzz to form.

We put her on the map and she put us on the map, Harris said.

Harris could see Dixons potential even at 15 years old.

If you knew anything about basketball and what athletes look like and the attitude they had about the game and if they wanted to work hard, thats what happens when you do that, Harris said.

But what stood out was how easily the game came to Dixon.

We used to call her Ice because she was so cool, Harris said.

Even at that young an age, Harris could see Dixon paving a path.

Thats exactly what she did for a lot of my players here in Boston, Harris said. Once Medina got out there, all the other players that came behind from my program, all went to major colleges and universities across the country. Some of them are coaching, some of them are assistant coaches.

Dixon had a way of making a first impression. JoAnn OCallaghan would coach Dixon in her first two years at Rindge and Latin, but knew nothing about her the first time she saw her at an AAU game.

Honestly, the first time I ever saw her, she blew me away, OCallaghan said. She came down the floor and she dunked the ball. Its the first woman Ive ever seen dunk the ball. You have to imagine what that feels like. She was just commanding.

Terry Riggs coached Dixon in her last two years at Rindge and Latin. The memories are still vivid.

I have nothing to compare it to, Riggs said. To have the amount of attention that was given to this young woman at age 17, it was amazing. I remember having games at home and Pat Summitt is sitting in the gymnasium.

Any given day that we would have a home game, there would be scouts sitting up in the stands just watching, observing, getting stats, talking to me afterward.

Honestly, the first time I ever saw her, she blew me away She came down the floor and she dunked the ball. Its the first woman Ive ever seen dunk the ball. You have to imagine what that feels like. She was just commanding.

Joanne OCallaghan, Dixon's former coach at Rindge and Latin

It didnt stop once the games ended.

Every Sunday night at 7 oclock, my house phone would ring, Riggs remembered. It was, at that time, the head coach of Ohio State, Tara VanDerveer. It was just almost surreal to me.

Dixon had offers from upward of 200 schools.

She could set that attention aside and just handle the task at hand, Riggs said. They didnt call her Ice for nothing.

The time was special at the school. Ewing was the top boys basketball recruit in the country. Dixon was the top girls recruit. In 1981, they both led their teams to state titles. They brought a rock star atmosphere to high school basketball in Cambridge.

Jarvis toyed with the idea of asking Dixon to play on the boys team.

Back then, girls didnt play on boys teams, Jarvis said. In this day and age, she probably wouldve been playing and starting on my team. Thats how good she was.

Dixon, however, knew the significance of playing for the girls team.

What Ewing was to the boys, Dixon was to the girls. At the time, the exposure and their options were different. The WNBA was still 15 years away. There were professional leagues for women, and Dixon played 10 years in Italy, Japan, and Russia.

Harris said theres no doubt Dixon would have been one of the greats.

Shed be up there with the best of them, Harris said. Diana Taurasi and them, they aint have nothing on her, really.

What Dixon was able to do was lay a foundation. Michelle Edwards came through the Shelburne Center just like Dixon. They played AAU together briefly, but before Dixon left for college, she told Edwards, Youre going to be Little Ice.

It worked because Edwardss favorite player was George Iceman Gervin. At the same time, Dixons game ran parallel.

She was like the true point forward in some programs, Edwards said. She probably could play the point guard, but just her skill set at her height in that era was was just unique. Like, todays players would be someone like Elena Delle Donne could bob and weave in traffic, IQ was crazy. She was tough too.

Edwards went on to play college ball at Iowa. In 1997, she was taken by the Cleveland Rockets in the WNBA draft and spent five years in the league. Shes now an assistant coach at Rutgers.

She popped in on the Zooms as well. Whenever someone said Ice, she made sure there was no confusion.

She aint talking to me, Edwards said. Shes talking to the real Ice.

Facing adversity with grace

One day, Dixon invited her oncologist, Colin Weekes, to join the Zoom.

Weekes had recognized Dixon from the time she walked in his office. He had seen her play for Old Dominion and at the Barcelona Olympics while he was in medical school. He spotted a tattoo of the Olympic rings on Dixons neck, and he had to ask.

Are you . . . he said.

He didnt have to finish the sentence.

Yeah, she said.

Weekes considered the Zoom a gift.

Sometimes when a patients in front of you, youre just focused on the patient and you dont really think that much about what that patient means to a whole other set of people, Weekes said. And to be able to experience that, to see her in her environment, that was really cool.

They bonded from the time they met. He watched her battle the disease on her own terms.

She was a special patient in that we had some similar backgrounds, Weekes said. I could see my relatives in her in terms of being a Black female whos relatively young dealing with this problem.

She was just very graceful. Most people didnt have a sense of how bad she was hurting, how much pain she was really in. She didnt really compromise sort of her being to actuate things. At the end of the day, there was this authenticity to her that I think was quite remarkable.

They talked about pancreatic cancer. Weekes explained that by the end of the decade, the disease is expected to become the second-most deadly form of cancer behind lung cancer. The Black community would be affected disproportionately.

It is going to affect America in a big way, Weekes said.

In the last few years, the deaths of congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek have crystallized the impact of the disease to the nation. Dixon wanted to raise more awareness.

I think with anyone, when youre first diagnosed with this problem, thats what you focus on, Weekes said. And then I think as time goes on and youre more living with the disease, then it becomes, What can I do to help others?

Its about relationships

Katani Sumner met Dixon playing AAU basketball when they were 14, but their friendship wasnt rooted in the game. Sumner loved the game, but more so loved being a good teammate.

Life took them in different directions. Dixon went on her basketball journey. Sumner got married and started her own life. But Dixon would often call Sumner when she needed advice from someone she could trust.

I think she knew that I was nonjudgmental, that I had nothing but love for her, and that her being an athlete or not being an athlete didnt really make a difference to me, Sumner said. I wasnt a fan. I was just a friend.

A week before Dixon died, she had Sumner set up a Zoom for her birthday, which was Nov. 2.

When the day came, Sumner couldnt get in touch with her. She went to the hospital. She wanted to make sure Dixon was able to see the love from her friends.

She saw the Zoom, Sumner said. She saw the people say happy birthday and she said, Thats beautiful.

In those moments, Sumner could see the appreciation from Dixon and from everyone on the Zoom.

I just think its important for people to know that its about relationships, Sumner said. The value of a person is not based on what theyve done or the titles that theyve gained. Its about a heart connection.

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Henry Cejudo declares Tyron Woodley the second cringiest fighter in the world – Bloody Elbow10.20.21

To be the cringiest fighter in the world, one must fully embrace ones own cringe, like Henry Cejudo, the self-proclaimed King of Cringe himself.

But when a fighter isnt even aware of his own inherent cringiness, like former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, the cringe factor is magnified tenfold.

Thats why Triple C has declared T-Wood the second cringiest fighter in the world behind himself.

Im gonna have to give it to Tyron Woodley because its so unnatural, former UFC two-division champ Cejudo told MMA Mania in a recent interview. He so doesnt see it. Colby Covington, hes playing a character, its a persona. But Tyron Woodley, he just doesnt see it, man. Its gone wild, its a circus, man.

He just doesnt see how cringe that he is that he wins the title [of second-most cringe]. I think that even Tony [Ferguson] knows hes a little off his rocker (laughs). I dont know if Tyron is, you know.

Woodley getting an I love Jake Paul tattoo despite being denied a rematch only adds to the cringe, says The Messenger.

Hes just so cringey. The dude has an I love you, Jake Paul [tattoo] on his middle finger, and his movie sucks. But Ill tell you what, he can promote a fight. Hes got a mouthpiece on em, but his actions dont speak louder than his words. He lost to a YouTuber.

Woodley lost to Paul via split decision in an eight-round boxing match at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio in August.

Cejudo, on the other hand, is thinking about coming out of retirement and challenging Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC featherweight title. The Olympian recently re-entered USADAs drug-testing pool and will likely make a comeback by next year.

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Bear releases documentary of "Meet the Rookies" – Ohionewstime.com07.25.21

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As the training camp approaches, fans will be able to take a closer look at the three 2021 Bears Draft topics through a video series released this week.

The three-part Meet the Rookies documentary features behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with quarterback Justin Fields, the fight against Teben Jenkins, and Khalil Herberts running back.

Meet the Rookies, a record of the rookies journey to the NFL, is the seventh consecutive year. Bears sent a video crew to the players hometown to talk to his parents and former coach.

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The series can be viewed on Chicago, the free official Chicago Bears app from Verizon, and the teams social media channels, including YouTube. It culminates in a 30-minute special featuring all three episodes of FOX32 in Chicago at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

In the Fields feature, the Bears crew went to Kennesaw, Georgia, and the first round of picks from The Ohio State University starred at Harrison High School. In his two years as a starter, he passed 4,187 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed 2,096 yards and 28TD.

Fields high school coach Matt Dickman said, He could be quite special, just as he could easily throw the ball into the field at that time and at that level. I knew that I had sex. And you accept it in his work ethic, I thought he had a chance to be a special athlete, its pretty dynamic.

The Jenkins segment focuses on love and gratitude for his father. The Bears rookie is inspired by the memory of Jenkins mother, who died of cancer in 2006 when she was eight years old. In the second round of picks from Oklahoma, a tattoo of the mothers date of birth and death is displayed on her right shoulder inside a pink breast cancer ribbon.

Its one of the things that keeps me pushing and motivating every day, Jenkins said. Look at my arm, look at her and just show her that she can do whatever she needs for what she has experienced. Thats what I really do every week, every day, every practice, every snap. , And just the way you want to attack. The way you really want to play for the rest of your career.

Herberts feature highlights a letter he wrote in His Future Self five years ago when he was a senior at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Tech predicted that his work ethic would allow him to reach the NFL.

There, everything I envisioned came true, Herbert said. I was by no means the most talented person. I was never a crazy athlete. But one of the things I did was work.


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Land Lines: Wearing your heart on the outside – Hometown News07.09.21

With my generation you only had a tattoo if you had been in the navy or in prison.

Body art was not for the general public and carried a stigma that branded someone with permanent ink as somewhat of a low life. With that in mind, I must admit my own grandmother had a tattoo. Very strange.

As a little boy the tiny red heart on her upper arm frightened me. I could only glance at it when my grandma was not looking. No one knew why she had it or where it came from or at least if they did they were not talking. The rumor was that she had gotten it at a fair near Chicago.

What would make my very refined grams do a thing like that? No answer. Of course these days that has all changed. My daughter has several tattoos and seems to be in the majority. I see businessmen with a sleeve of ink showing.

Not too long ago I was on the beach when a county worker on a four wheeler came by. She was wearing shorts and I could see she had a few tattoos. When I admired her body art, she was happy to tell me the stories behind each one. The owl on her calf was in remembrance of her mom who loved owls; the small turtle on her bicep was because she liked sea turtles and her daughters name on her chest was well, self explanatory.

That sent me on a quest to try and discover what prompted people to choose the art they had permanently displayed on their bodies? My daughter has a drawing of a duck pulling the bill off another one. As it is being removed that duck bill is stretching like a rubber band. Cute, right?

But why would my own intelligent daughter choose that particular image to carry forever? She says it does have a meaning to her, but I don't know what it could be.

Tats now rule the world. Snakes seem to be popular as do mom and skulls. Jesus and various religious messages are popular (John 3:16.) Rock and roll gets a lot of ink as does lines from songs. In the beginning it seemed everyone wanted barbed wire.

Young people in the modern world are more often than not opting to have body art. How did this happen? What changed in the last 50 years to make personal ink acceptable? No way to know, but still the thing I find most intriguing about tattoos is how the people choose what to put on their skin?

A few years back while I was supervising the building of the miniature Ormond Garage in Ormond's Birthplace of Speed Park, I came to know a couple of the homeless who had made the park their home. One of those fellows had some numbers boldly imprinted on his neck. When I asked what that was about, he told me that most people like him have their home zip code tattooed so that if they should pass, the authorities would know where to send the body. Sad and creepy, but I suppose that acts sort of like a homeless military dog tag. He wore the zip code of Cleveland, Ohio. I suppose that type is useful, but I don't think many are.

I don't have a tattoo and wouldn't know what to get if I decided to do it. I love my wife, kids and grandchildren, but don't see the need to put their names on my body. I am a devoted NFL Bears fan and pull for the Dodgers in baseball, but have no need to display that to the world.

What causes people to turn their body into a billboard? Obviously I don't have any answers. Oh, by the way, I don't care for bumper stickers on cars either.

Dan Smith is on the board of directors for the Motor Racing Heritage Association and is the author of two books, The Worlds Greatest Beach and I Swear the Snook Drowned. Email questions and comments to or call (386) 441-7793.

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‘I think there’s going to be a lot of chaos.’ NIL to provide opportunities and challenges – The Columbus Dispatch07.09.21

How NCAA's Name, Image, Likeness policy changes the college landscape

The NCAA has issued a temporary policy that will affect name image and likeness. Paul Myerberg breaks down the impact of this change for students.

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Eleven years ago, five Ohio State football players took advantage of their celebrity for financial benefit.

The ensuing tattoo-and-memorabilia scandal brought the program to its knees. Coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign, the Buckeyes suffered through a losing season in 2011, and the NCAA put Ohio State on probationwhile issuing a postseason ban that denied the undefeated 2012 team a chance for the national title.

How the college sports world has changed. Effective Thursday, college athletes became eligible heck, encouraged to profit from their names, images and likenesses.

Daniel Boom Herron was one of the Tattoogate players. He had a pithy take on the change last year when it became clear that NIL was soon to be reality.

Scandal is the new normal, he said with a laugh.

The Wild West is upon us. Rules that have been in place for generations preventing college athletes from monetizingtheir personal brand are falling away. Even the NCAA has essentially thrown up its hands after losing a series of court cases and is adopting policies that give the green light after it acted like a stern traffic cop all these years.

There are some limits. Endorsements for gambling, tobacco or alcohol businesses are prohibited, for example. Athletes must notify their schools about endorsements.

But if a car dealer wants to pay an athlete a million dollars for an endorsement, thats fair game. If a company wants to pay a player for a retweet or Instagram message, its all good.

Such unbridled opportunity might seem rife for unscrupulous characters, as Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith acknowledged last week at a hearing in front of the state House of Representatives committee considering the Ohio NIL bill last week.

But Smith said he looks at the positives of providing financial opportunities for athletes rather than dwelling on what can go wrong with those unscrupulous characters.

I'm not that concerned about it, he said. First and foremost, we focus on us and what we do and how we do things and what's important to us. What's important to us is, one,making sure our student-athletes own their integrity. In life, you own your own integrity. As soon as you step into that other box, you lose it. You give it away. You make that choice.

I get kind of passionate about that. That's the lesson that we're trying to teach. Now, other places are going to cheat. They're going to cheat. I can't control that.

Smith played for Notre Dame in the 1970s and has been an athletic director since 1986. He knows college sports have never been squeaky clean.

I've been doing this for 99,000 years, it seems like, he said. I can tell you the schemes. There will be new schemes. But why would I cheat a (Buckeyes defensive end) Zach Harrison because 2% of our population cheat? I can't do that. I can't look into Haskell Garrett's eyes, who's trying to do it right, and say, We can't do this because that guy over there is cheating. I can't do that. It's not right.

Estimating how much players can make is purely guesswork. OSU star football players, it would seem, could make a pretty gaudy amount. Opendorse, the company that has contracted with Ohio State for NIL deals, estimated thatformer Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields could have earnedmore than $1.3 million on social media alone.

Ohio State president Kristina Johnson was asked how shed feel about it if Fields had been able to make that muchcapitalizing on his fame.

It's a market-driven world we're in, that we believe in, and I would have been very comfortable, she said.

As much as they support star athletes making a windfall, Johnson and Smith said the opportunity for lower-profile athletes to earn income is particularly exciting. Other thanfootball and basketball players, most Division I athletes are not on full scholarships. Smith said that those who aren't graduate with an average of $11,000 in student loan debt. A golfer or tennis player can now hold clinics or camps to make money to defray that debt.

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By virtue of playing for an elite program located in a major metropolitan area, Ohio State is ideally positioned for its players to benefit from NIL opportunities.

I'm not going to say that Ohio State is best positioned (nationally), but I think it's well-positioned, said Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College and an expert on the business of college sports.

Zimbalist has long been a critic of the NCAA, believing that it has unfairly and hypocritically constrained athletes rights. He is in favor of NIL rights, but he has concerns, especially in the short term.

I think there's going to be a lot of chaos, Zimbalist said.

He believes many companies that have sponsored college teams will shift their investment directly to players.

But most significantly, what's going to happen, I believe, is that the NCAA is going to be reluctant to carry out any guardrails or any enforcement of the process for fear of an antitrust suit, Zimbalist said. That means that the prohibition on inducements to attend a university or to stay at the university, even though the NCAA is saying that won't be allowed, they won't have the wherewithal to regulate that.

Zimbalist said the NCAA is already facing two new anti-trust lawsuits in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking back pay related to NIL.

The NCAA, as I understand it from some inside sources, is basically unable to pay its lawyers right now," he said. "They're teetering on the brink, and they're not going to be able to afford more litigation. So they're going to lay back, and when they lay back, the wildness of the marketplace will fill the gap.

Johnson, who was a field hockey player at Stanford, has come to believe that NIL rights are long overdue. She is also an inventor with more than 100 patents. Johnson said universities for which she worked encouraged her to commercialize that intellectual property.

She said NIL is no different than our faculty and staff that invent and use their intellectual property.


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What happened to Carlyle’s teenage Sarah Perkins going missing? – Ohionewstime.com07.09.21

A 17-year-old girl is reported missing from Carlyle, Ohio. Saranikol Perkins has been reported missing and was last seen around 9 pm on June 25th. Perkins is probably in the Springboro or Franklin area, according to Carlyle police officials. Police describe Perkins as 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 113 pounds. According to police, she has brown hair and brown eyes, and has an infinity tattoo on her right arm that says Love You More. Police called her a runaway, saying she had no signs of being at risk. There is growing concern that she hasnt contacted her parents within a few days, officials said. Anyone who has information about her whereabouts will be asked to call 937-425-2525. Perkins disappearance has received considerable attention, mainly thanks to her. Father, Twitch streamer Michael Perkins, or mikey perk. There are thousands of subscribers. Michael Perkins uses the hashtag #FindSarah to raise his plea for help finding a daughter using his platform. In a video posted Tuesday, Michael Perkins said his efforts were working. Michael Perkins said he spoke to the detective dealing with the case and received some hints. Im very excited that it will give birth to my daughter, he said in the video. I dont want to risk anything, so I dont want to talk about it in detail, but I have a lot of hope. I really miss my daughter, and I just want to get her back. Michael Perkins said he did, helping with search activities and traveling for hours each day to different places where she might be. I spread her name and image on social media.

A 17-year-old girl is reported missing from Carlyle, Ohio.

Saranikol Perkins has been reported missing and was last seen around 9 pm on June 25th.

Perkins is probably in the Springboro or Franklin area, according to Carlyle police officials.

Police describe Perkins as 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 113 pounds. According to police, she has brown hair and brown eyes, and has an infinity tattoo on her right arm that says Love You More.

Police called her a runaway and said there were no signs that she was at risk. Authorities say she is worried that she hasnt contacted her parents within a few days.

If you have information about her whereabouts, please call 937-425-2525.

Perkins disappearance has received considerable attention, primarily due to her father, Twitch Streamer Michael Perkins, or mikey perk, who has thousands of subscribers.

Michael Perkins has used the hashtag #FindSarah to raise his plea for help finding his daughter using his platform.

In a video posted on Tuesday, Michael Perkins said his efforts are working. Michael Perkins said he had spoken to a detective handling the case, and said they had received some hints.

Im very excited that it will give birth to my daughter, he said in the video. I dont want to risk anything, so I dont want to talk about it in detail, but I have a lot of hope. I really miss my daughter, and I just want to get her back.

Michael Perkins also assists in the search process, saying he travels to different places where he may be there for hours every day.

Employees say you should stay home and wait, but sometimes you have a hard time doing that. Im trying to use my time to spread her name and image on social media, he said. It was.

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Police looking for person of interest in Buffalo murder who has ties to Ohio – WKBN.com06.29.21

BUFFALO, New York (WKBN) U.S. Marshals are looking for a person of interest in connection to a murder in Buffalo, New York. Investigators say the man has ties to Ohio.

Andre Whigham, 27, is a person of interest in the murder of 22-year-old Taira Lott.

Lott disappeared in January and her body was found weeks later along railroad tracks on Buffalos east side. Investigators believe Whigham was the last person to see her alive.

CrimeStoppers has posted a reward of up to $2,500, as well as an award offered by the U.S. Marshals for up to $5,000 for information leading to Whighams arrest.

Whigham is described as a black male with brown eyes. He is approximately 59 tall and weighing 210pounds. He has several tattoos, including a highly visible tattoo on his neck. He is known to go by thenickname Dro.

Whigham has connections to Ohio and North Carolina.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 716-867-6161, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102, or by submit a tip using USMS Tips or Buffalo Tips apps.

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15 things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend, June 11-13 – cleveland.com06.12.21

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The weather is going to be nice and more places are open. So, theres no excuse to get out and have some fun this weekend. Luckily, you have plenty of options. Here are some of our picks.

The Choir of Man at Playhouse Square

Live performances return to Clevelands theater district. Set in an Irish pub, the show stars a cast of multi-talented singers, dancers and musicians performing a rousing mix of Irish tunes, pop music and Broadway classics. Tickets, $59-$79.

Mimi Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

June 11-July 11

Nazca Chefs present: Peruvian Gourmet Night at Edwins Too

Chef Brandon Chrostowskis Edwins Too in Shaker Square has transitioned from restaurant to culinary innovation hub and event venue. The chefs from Nazca will host a pop-up Peruvian dinner at the space on Saturday. The four-course prix fixe menu includes dishes such as Ceviche, Chicken Causa, Chupe de Camaron and Seco de Carnero. $85 per person, plus $40 per person for beverage pairings.

13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland

June 12, 6 p.m.

Now in its thirteenth season, Take a Hike offers more than a dozen historic interactive tours of Clevelands distinct neighborhoods. (Photo: Jon Fobes/The Plain Dealer)

Take a Hike Historic Walking Tours

The Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation has resumed in-person walking tours of Cleveland. Learn about the citys history, architecture, cultural institutions and more from knowledgeable guides. There are 14 unique tours to choose from. Free but reservations recommended.

Daily through September

Plein Air in the Yards 2021

The Warehouse District welcomes more than a dozen artists, who will be drawing and painting from the green spaces of Worthington Yards. Local singer/songwriter Bruno Kirby will perform his brand of soft, soothing rock. Guests can also check out the Threshold: Drawn to Paint exhibit inside at the Yards Project gallery. Free.

725 Johnson Court, Cleveland

June 12, noon-3 p.m.

Those Men Inside My Brain will play the music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick at this weekend's Parma Rib N Rock Food Truck Festival at Normandy High School.

Parma Rib N Rock Food Truck Festival

Enjoy good food and live music at Normandy High School on Saturday. Get a taste of the town from six great food trucks while four local bands provide the soundtrack. The lineup includes Clevelands Clearwater Revival, The Brakes, Gimme Sugar (Rolling Stone cover band) and Those Men Inside My Brain (Cheap Trick tribute). Drive-thru option available. Admission, $15 per car.

2500 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Parma

June 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Dino Stroll, a tour of giant dinosaurs, is heading to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this weekend.

Dino Stroll at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Go back to prehistoric times and encounter 75 life-size dinosaurs, reptiles and creatures from the Jurassic age. Some of the figures featured in this walk-through experience measure 25-feet tall and 60-feet long. Tickets, $5-$25.

19201 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights

June 12-13

Related: Dino Stroll bringing giant dinosaurs to Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This exhibition at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage pays tribute to the trailblazing late Supreme Court justice through photographs, documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art and interactive displays. Admission, $5-$12.

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood

Museum open Wednesday-Sunday. Exhibit runs through Aug. 29

A tattoo artist works Cleveland Tattoo Arts Convention at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland Tattoo Arts Convention

Get your ink on this weekend. This annual expo features hundreds of tattoo artists from all over the U.S., including several who have been featured on Ink Master such as Al Fliction, Cee Jay Jones and Kyle Dunbar. Magic and sideshow acts like Captain & Maybelle from Americas Got Talent will perform, too. Tickets, $20.

June 11-13

300 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland

ChamberFest Clevelands Together Again! Music Festival

Grab a lawn chair and enjoy world-class chamber music under the stars. This outdoor summer concert series continues Friday with Blue Dress, featuring bluesy music by Maurice Ravel, plus Dohnnyis poignant quintet. The theme for Saturday night is Rambunctious Fun, showcasing world folk songs and the music of Schubert. Free but reservations required.

Grove Amphitheatre, 425 N Commons Blvd., Mayfield Village

June 11 & 12 at 7 p.m.

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez connects on an RBI double off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jose Ruiz in the fourth inning, June 1, 2021, at Progressive Field.John Kuntz,

Indians vs. Mariners at Progressive Field

Full capacity baseball returns to the corner of Ontario and Carnegie as Clevelands baseball club hosts Seattle for a three-game series. Promotions include Sugardale Dollar Dog Night on Friday, Robert Perez bobblehead on Saturday and Kids Fun Day on Sunday. Tickets starting at $21.

2401 Ontario St, Cleveland

June 11-13

CLE Market North Royalton

Shop 30 local artisans, makers and vendors for jewelry, home decor, food items and more. You can also enjoy yoga in the fresh air at North Royaltons City Green. Free admission.

June 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

7000 Royalton Rd., North Royalton

Jeff Dye at Hilarities

Laugh out loud on E. 4th Street as comedian Jeff Dye performs five shows this weekend. Best known as the host of the NBC travel-reality series Better Late Than Never, he has starred in his own special on Comedy Central plus made appearances on The Tonight Show and Last Comic Standing. Tickets, sold in tables of 2, 4 or 6 people, start at $40.

2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland

June 11-13

Rockin on the River

Get grooving to the sounds of classic rock at Black River Landing in Lorain as Northeast Ohios longest-running and highest-attended outdoor concert series continues with another high-energy show. 7 Bridges, also known as the ultimate Eagles experience, is the headline act with support from Harvest, a Neil Young tribute band. Tickets, $7.

421 Black River Landing, Lorain

June 11, 6:15 p.m.

The Biggest Show on Turf: 55 Years of Halftime Shows

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames newest exhibit celebrates the dynamic history and awesome spectacle of the Super Bowl halftime show. The display features stage costumes, instruments and set pieces from some of the most memorable performances. Highlights include The Weeknds infinity mirror set from the most recent game and Left Shark from Katy Perrys performance at Super Bowl XLIX. Admission, $18-28.

Now through Sept. 30

1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland

Double feature at the Aut-o-Rama Twin Drive-in

Round up the kiddoes, pack the car and catch a movie under the stars. Choose your cinematic adventure: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and Jumanji: Next Level on one screen or two Steven Spielberg classics, Jurassic Park and Jaws, on the other. Tickets, $5-$10 per person.

33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville

June 11-16, 9:40 p.m.

Also playing: Movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Mirandas In the Heights is an awe-inspiring celebration of America

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