September 23, 2014

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State House OKs A-F ranking system for Ohio schools

COLUMBUS — Ohio schools would get old-fashioned A through F grades under a new performance ranking system that cleared the state House on Thursday. Representatives voted 58-27 to pass the voluminous ratings overhaul, sending it to the Senate. That chamber’s leader also has made the proposal a priority before the two-year session ends next month. Read More…

Prosecutor: Obese death row inmate now claiming innocence

COLUMBUS — A condemned killer trying to delay his execution because he is obese is now raising an innocence claim, a prosecutor said in a filing with the Ohio Parole Board. Death row inmate Ronald Post, who weighs more than 400 pounds, is asking the courts to stop his January execution on the grounds his Read More…

Girls basketball: EC avenges tournament loss to Columbia

ELYRIA — It wasn’t exactly like revenge. Was it more like déjà vu? Elyria Catholic fans can remember last season when the Panthers split two basketball games with the Columbia girls. EC won the regular-season meeting by a wide margin. Columbia ended the Panthers’ season with a close victory in the district tournament. On Wednesday Read More…

Westlake man arrested for trying to set garage on fire

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WESTLAKE — A Westlake man was arrested today after he reportedly set his own garage on fire. Daniel Jung, 30, is charged with aggravated arson after police say he set the garage on fire at his home at 25714 Woodpath Trail. Listen to the 911 call: According to police, Jung poured an accelerant around a Read More…

College basketball: Buckeyes start fast, finish slow

DURHAM, N.C. — Once the shots started falling for Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, it wasn’t long before another top-five opponent went down, too. Sulaimon scored all 17 of his points in the second half of the second-ranked Blue Devils’ 73-68 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Ohio State on Wednesday night. “I let my teammates down Read More…

Girls basketball: Alex Harris’ play is key in Titans’ victory

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LORAIN — Alex Harris served notice Wednesday night that she is ready to take on all challengers in senior season. The 6-foot-3 Penn State recruit scored 15 points to go along with 15 rebounds as Lorain defeated Avon 37-30 in a non-league game. Harris said Titans coach Mark Feldmann challenged her to grab 10 rebounds Read More…

Browns’ Brandon Weeden is good to go aftern concussion scare

BEREA — The fog lifted, and quarterback Brandon Weeden began preparing to play in a downpour in the Bay Area. Weeden sustained his first concussion Sunday in the fourth quarter of a win over the Steelers. He was cleared by an independent neurologist to practice and coach Pat Shurmur said he’ll start Sunday in Oakland, Read More…

High school football: Six honored for Columbia, including 1st-teamer Banyasz

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COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia’s football team had a fantastic season on the field. As a result, the Raiders are getting some accolades off it. Columbia went 9-1 in the regular season, winning the outright Patriot Athletic Conference championship, hosting and winning its first-ever playoff game (39-34 over Archbold) and winning more games (10) and advancing Read More…

Albert Fine indicted on aggravated murder charge

ELYRIA — Albert Fine has been indicted on capital aggravated murder charges for the June 28 killing of his girlfriend, Catherine “Kat” Hoholski inside their Lorain apartment. Fine, 30, faces two counts each of aggravated murder and murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of tampering with evidence, Read More…

Dragon Ranch reopens, to start serving dinner Friday

AMHERST — Local businessman Ed Mullinax sits in a booth at the Dragon Ranch, cigar in hand, admiring the fruits of his labor — a restaurant lined with trophies and photographs with the car dealer and notable sports figures. With a new menu and staff, this time the restaurant should be successful, he said. Mullinax, Read More…