November 21, 2014

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Only the strong survive

Surprise contenders, chase at records highlight second half Jay Cohen The Associated Press Barry Bonds likely will take down the Hammer’s home run record soon. The fates of the surprising Milwaukee Brewers, the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees are far murkier. With baseball still buzzing about Ichiro Suzuki’s sprint Read More…

Positive sign

Hafner, Tribe agree to four-year, $57 million deal CLEVELAND — The Indians will begin the second half on a positive note without even playing a game. Cleveland is expected to announce the signing of Travis Hafner to a long-term contract extension today, a day before the Indians open the second half of the season in Read More…

Tribe has look of a playoff power

Terry Pluto Associated Press The Indians score a ton of runs, hit more home runs than any other American League team, draw lots of walks and close out games. They haven’t lost more than three games in a row this season. Take a bow for that, C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona and Joe Borowski. Yes, Joe Read More…

LeBron sings, dances and wins

Beth Harris The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — LaDainian Tomlinson won four trophies at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, including male athlete of the year for his record-setting season with the San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson defeated LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Tiger Woods Read More…

Oberlin may choose between levies or tax hike

OBERLIN — Voters might get the opportunity to eliminate two property tax levies for the Oberlin Schools if they agree to pay a higher income tax in November, school officials said. The whole idea is to make the taxes more equitable and to allow property taxes to drop, Superintendent Geoffrey Andrews said Tuesday. “Poor people Read More…

Are you safe? Inspection law hasn’t been enforced

LORAIN — Since 1997, Building Department officials have sent thousands of notices to landlords warning them to either comply with a rental inspection or face fines and possible jail time. But until Monday, not a single case ever was referred to the city’s Law Department.  “This is the first case I’ve received where we are Read More…

Program would tighten rules for landlords

ELYRIA — City officials are taking a look at a program that will help keep track of landlords in the city and provide for more thorough checks of their property. “We are proposing a program for landlords to have to register their property with the city and to provide a contact phone number so that Read More…

What tenants should know about their rentals

LORAIN — Thousands of renters in Lorain may be living in uncertified or unsafe houses and should know their rights when dealing with landlords. Renters should contact the building department if there any concerns over the safety of their residence, said Lorain Safety Service Director Mike Kobylka. Kobylka said the tenant has no financial obligation Read More…

Lorain man pleads guilty to killing wife

Robert Thompson gets 24 years to life in plea deal ELYRIA — Robert Thompson Jr. will serve 24 years to life in prison for raping and killing his wife last August, but it’s not enough for the family of 40-year-old Wendy Thompson. “I believe he deserves way more than what he got,” said her sister, Read More…

New words

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is already a ginormous book, but thanks to a gaggle of new words, it’s getting even bigger. Adam Gorlick The Associated Press It was a ginormous year for the wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster. Along with embracing the adjective that combines “gigantic” and “enormous,” the dictionary publishers also got into Bollywood, sudoku and speed dating. Read More…