November 28, 2014

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Kids experience the joy of horses

AVON LAKE — From the seat of her wheelchair, Dunn, an 11-year-old paint quarterhorse, looked to 17-year-old Kristina Sliman like an insurmountable beast to climb. Yet, with eyes that sparkled with delight and a smile that stretched from ear to ear, the teen begged her mother for just one ride. All she wanted was to  Read More…

A question of history: Budding dispute between Elyria Schools, Landmarks Commission

Elyria School District officials say they’re gearing up for a battle with city preservationists who want to monitor the restoration of Elyria High’s Washington Building, a fight the district says could result in costly delays for the new $68 million Elyria High School. Preservationists, however, say school officials’ fears are baseless, and the district is Read More…

Elyria unveils new Petey the Pioneer

ELYRIA — It’s stuffy and roasting inside the new Petey the Pioneer costume, but 16-year-old John Reynolds is happy to bear the heat if he can make a few people smile. The Elyria High School junior, who is also a linebacker on the varsity football team, stepped into the new mascot outfit Saturday and marched Read More…

One win &Tribe’s in

As Indians close in on title, fans feeling playoff fever  CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians, on the verge of clinching the AL Central and advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2001, already have their fans looking ahead. “With their pitching, they can go all the way,” said Eric Chapman, 43, of Kent, Read More…

Iraqi investigators say videotape shows Blackwater guards fired without provocation

BAGHDAD — Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary. Iraq’s president, meanwhile, demanded that the Americans release an Iranian arrested Read More…

Black and white fades to gray in the home of the Jena 6

JENA, La. — It’s got all the elements of a Delta blues ballad from the days of Jim Crow: hangman’s nooses dangling from a shade tree; a mysterious fire in the night; swift deliberations by a condemning, all-white jury. And drawn by this story, which evokes the worst of a nightmarish past, they came by Read More…

GM, UAW resume talks, said to be close to health care agreement

DETROIT — More progress was reported Saturday as negotiators for General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers worked on a historic new contract that would shift retiree health care costs from the company to the union. Two people who have been briefed on the talks said Saturday that bargainers were getting closer to reaching Read More…

For colleges, whom to give a platform is an agonizing call

Is a college campus a place for all views to be aired, or are some public figures too extreme to deserve the platform? It’s a question numerous colleges have wrestled with, but perhaps none more frequently of late than Columbia University in New York. The topic is front-and-center again over the invitation to Iranian President Read More…

Former leader Fujimori arrives in Peru to face trial on corruption, human rights charges

LIMA, Peru — Former President Alberto Fujimori returned to Peru on Saturday to face charges of corruption and sanctioning death-squad killings, a grim homecoming for the strongman who fled the country seven years ago as his government collapsed in scandal. The plane carrying the 69-year-old former ruler landed in a heavy mist at Lima’s Las Read More…

Ohio State strikes fast, crushes Northwestern

COLUMBUS — So much for slow starts. After lethargic beginnings in their first three games, the eighth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes came out like gangbusters Saturday and chewed up Northwestern, 58-7. It made for a nice celebration of the 500th OSU game played at the venerable Horseshoe along the banks of the Olentangy River. The stadium Read More…