September 21, 2014

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Gov. Strickland halts workers’ pay increases

COLUMBUS — Gov. Ted Strickland said he will deny pay raises for about 3,400 state workers because of declining budget revenue. The move puts a freeze on the salaries of nonunion state employees in cabinet agencies and other departments under the governor’s control — mostly political appointees hired since Strickland took office in January. “I Read More…

Planting the Seeds

Network’s goal is to link land with those who want to farm it "WANTED: Forty-year-old male seeking lush green acreage, two tractors, attractive septic tank and a pole barn. Enjoys long walks in farm fields, picking weeds and the sweet fragrance of fresh manure." So maybe the ads won’t look quite like the one above, Read More…

Once there’s land, much work lies ahead

A new program to match retiring farmers with aspiring farmers is helping prospective agriculturists get a start in the business, but finding the land is just the first step. The Northeast Ohio FarmLink program, which started in February, is looking to link farmers who want to sell their land with men and women who want Read More…

Cleveland happy for finals boon

M.R. Kropko The Associated Press CLEVELAND — A hand-painted message on the window at Flannery’s Pub says it all: “We Believe.” Fans have faith in the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are playing the franchise’s first NBA finals. But pub manager Christine Connell also believes dollars and brews are about to flow as fast as a LeBron Read More…

VFW program gives WWII vets a free ride

ELYRIA — The veterans of World War II have been called America’s greatest generation, and several local veteran leaders are trying to make sure that that members of that generation are honored the way they should be with free flights to the nation’s capital to view the World War II memorial. “If it were not Read More…

The plan: Play with pain

Hughes won’t give up spot NBA FINALS: CAVALIERS VS. SPURS The Chronicle-Telegram SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James’ face lit up on the interview podium Saturday afternoon when he was asked a question about the hit series “The Sopranos,” and the Cavaliers small forward then talked at length about his desire that Tony not get “whacked” Read More…

Tips for better Game 2

Terry Pluto Associated Press I talked to a current NBA coach who has been on the staff of several teams that have gone deep into the playoffs. I asked him to pretend he was Mike Brown, and what should the Cavs coach do in Game 2 of the NBA Finals? “Boy, that’s tough,” he said. Read More…

Girl Power

Rags first filly to win Belmont in 102 years Richard Rosenblatt The Associated Press NEW YORK — Rags to Riches is queen for a day. The fabulous filly outdueled Preakness winner Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run and won the Belmont Stakes by a head Saturday, becoming the first of her sex in more than Read More…

East stars survive

SHEFFIELD — It looked safe for the East after John McGraw scored his second touchdown of the night to give his team an 18-7 lead with 3:30 to play. It took the West one play — one long play — to make matters interesting. It became more tense as the West got the ball back Read More…

GM’s new guys striking out – Tribe Commentary

 It’s been a good start for the Indians, who still led the Central Division by 2½ games after Cliff Lee got shelled — AGAIN — in a series-opening loss to Cincinnati on Friday night. Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro’s offseason acquisitions? Not so much … at  least through the first 59 games of the season. Read More…