November 27, 2014

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Ohioans reject chance to convene on constitution

COLUMBUS — For the fifth time in 100 years, Ohioans have rejected the chance to revisit Ohio’s Constitution. Such a forum would have allowed debate on issues such as redistricting, term limits, casino gambling and gay marriage. Instead, voters rejected Issue 1 in Tuesday’s election by strong margins in every county. Under state law, the Read More…

Ohio voters reject new political mapmaking panel

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps. Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers’ groups split on the issue. The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen Read More…

Marcy Kaptur defeats ‘Joe the Plumber’ for U.S. House seat

COLUMBUS — Joe the Plumber isn’t Joe the Congressman. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher lost his bid Tuesday for a U.S. House seat in northern Ohio. Veteran Democrat Marcy Kaptur beat the Republican in his first attempt to win public office. Wurzelbacher became an overnight sensation during the presidential campaign four years ago and a favorite of Read More…

Ohio presidential vote seen as potential decider

COLUMBUS — President Barack Obama held an early lead over Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday in Ohio for what could be a pivotal battleground state in their nail-bitingly close president race. With about 16 percent of the vote reported, Obama was ahead by some 169,000 votes in unofficial results. The Democrat was trying to carry Read More…

What exit polls say about Ohio voters

COLUMBUS — Preliminary results of voters’ views of Tuesday’s elections, according to an exit poll conducted in Ohio for The Associated Press: OHIO’S SENATE RACE Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown withstood slipping popularity among older voters and independents to win a second term. A supporter of the auto bailout, he got the backing of Read More…

9-year-old LifeFlighted after being hit by car

AVON LAKE — A 9-year-old boy was LifeFlighted today after he was struck by a car in Avon Lake. According to police, the child was playing with other children on Deer Run Lane when he chased a ball into the street and was struck by the car just after noon today. Rescue squads arrived to Read More…

Judge orders careless driver to fix Thanksgiving dinner for police officers

CANTON — A judge in Ohio sentenced a careless driver to fix Thanksgiving dinner for three police officers on leave or unable to work. The sentence was handed down Monday in Canton to 46-year-old Valerie Rodgers of Tuscarawas Township. She also was placed on probation for one year for knocking over a police officer while Read More…

Browns coach Pat Shurmur talks about decisions in loss to Ravens

BEREA — Coach Pat Shurmur is second-guessed when the Browns win. When they lose, he’s third-, fourth- and fifth-guessed. When they lose for the 10th straight time to a bitter rival because of sloppy play and debatable decisions, as they did Sunday, Shurmur should wear a flak jacket. Not only was his coaching ability questioned Read More…

Free comic book program encourages literacy

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Students who love comic books may get lucky and find one or two teachers who allow them to indulge in the medium in the classroom. But to find an entire school district — from the superintendent to a physical education teacher — that embraces the short stories as a part of childhood literacy? Some would Read More…

Woman who drove around bus on sidewalk ordered to carry ‘idiot’ sign

CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was loading and unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing an embarrassing sign. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at a Cleveland intersection next Read More…