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Early look: What to like about No. 3 Ohio State in 2017

From top to bottom, it’s hard to find a more talented roster — maybe at Alabama, but nowhere else. The expectations are high for a reason. But with Urban Meyer, a fifth-year senior quarterback and a change in offensive style, the Buckeyes seem ready to notch yet another College Football Playoff berth.

Biggest games

►Vs. Oklahoma, Sept. 9

►Vs. Penn State, Oct. 28

►At Michigan, Nov. 25

Three players to know

1. CB Kendall Sheffield. The junior-college transfer certainly looks the part of Ohio State’s next first-round defensive back.

2. WR Campbell. While more will be asked of Campbell in the passing game, don’t sleep on his major impact as the Buckeyes’ primary returner

3. DE Nick Bosa. The younger Bosa brother — after his older brother, Joey — is the program’s next all-everything defensive end.

Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states

College costs loom large in the parental mind. According to a 2013 report by Sallie Mae, half of parents are putting away money for their kids’ education. Those who aren’t are fretting about it, saying that they feel “frustrated,” “overwhelmed” and “annoyed” when they think about college savings. But most parents will deal with an even larger kid-related expense long before college, and it’s a cost that very few of them are as prepared for. That expense is day care.

A report last fall by Child Care Aware America, a national organization of child-care resource and referral agencies, found that the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states. The biggest gap is in New York, where day care will set you back nearly 15 grand, but in-state college tuition is only $6,500 – a difference of over $8,000. Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and Oregon also have large gaps, driven primarily by the high cost of day care in those states. At the other end of the spectrum is South Carolina, where in-state tuition is higher than the cost of day care by about $4,000 a year.

Your Grandma’s Caretaker is Frighteningly Underpaid

Denise Rush is a home healthcare worker in Durham, N.C. She has been a homecare worker for over 20 years, 12 of those in North Carolina. To do this work, she must obtain a license with the state, earning credits to maintain her certification. Rush currently makes $9.50 per hour and is paid as a contractor through a homecare agency

Homecare workers in North Carolina – along with fast food workers, childcare workers, and contingent college faculty members – announced the biggest, low-wage worker action this state has ever seen. Their action on April 15th will coincide with a national day of action organized by the Fight for $15. Started by fast food workers, the Fight for $15 now includes low-wage workers from other industries, including homecare.

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