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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday popped in on a local pro-Issue 2 and Issue 3 call center and then refused to publicly endorse either Republican initiative. “Yes” votes on Issues 2 and 3 would keep Senate Bill 5 and allow Ohioans to opt out of mandatory health care passed by Congress last year, respectively. From CNN:

"I am not speaking about the particular ballot issues," Romney said, only after repeated questions from reporters. "Those are up to the people of Ohio. But I certainly support the efforts of the governor to reign in the scale of government. I am not terribly familiar with the two ballot initiatives. But I am certainly supportive of the Republican Party's efforts here."

Both topics are tricky for the Romney campaign.

He is no stranger to health insurance mandates, having passed one of his own in 2006 while governor of Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, the Republican-backed union legislation remains deeply unpopular in the state, which is all but certain to be a swing state once again in 2012.

Romney also doesn't want to make his tax returns public. Too modest.—-

There were right-wing pigeon from outer space sightings at Oak Hills High School and Miami University yesterday. Reports suggest that they were unable to able to destroy the human race, though one can assume they have recently bought guns and watched TV. #deadmilkmen

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport is considering tearing down two of its three terminals after the downsizing of Delta Air Lines created lots of extra space. Administrators say operation and maintenance of one terminal costs $1.5 million per year alone.

Facing opposition in Northern Ohio from people who would rather Gov. John Kasich not sell their roads to private companies, Kasich today promised that most proceeds from the leasing of the Ohio Turnpike would be spent near the people who will have to pay someone else to manage it.

A Sept. 27 Quinnipiac poll found that 56 percent of Ohio voters thought that leasing the turnpike was a bad idea and only 32 percent considered it a good idea. In Northeast Ohio, 64 percent panned the idea, and in the Northwest, 65 percent were against it.

Oakland Police used tear gas during an arrest of Occupy Oakland protesters last night.

Higher education costs continue to soar while Republicans slash state funding and send their kids to private schools. Obama says he's trying to help.

The U.S. has dismantled one of the most powerful nuclear bombs ever built: the B53, which could deliver a 9-megaton blast about 600 times more powerful than the one that smashed Hiroshima.

A chain of boutique hotels has trained its staff to study guests' body language and treat them accordingly:

A body language expert trained employees over the summer on what cues to look for. A guest who makes eye contact while walking down the hall, for instance, may be open to conversation. A corporate trekker constantly tugging on an ear is probably stressed and may be interested in a yoga kit — or perhaps a therapeutic pillow from the hotel's pillow menu...

Employees were taught to mirror a guest's volume and rhythm of speech to put him at ease, Moser says. They learned that if guests are constantly touching their faces, it's a likely sign they're anxious after a long day of meetings or travel. "They'll grab their chin or pull on their ear," Moser says. "Those are cues that maybe I should be doing something to get them to their room quick or make them feel comfortable."

UK scientists have grown some super broccoli.

Game 6 of the World Series might be postponed due to mass rain expected in St. Louis tonight. The Texas Rangers lead the series 3-2 and can finish it off by winning either of the next two games.

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