November 28, 2014

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Prosecutors push changes to Ohio death penalty law

COLUMBUS — Lawyers representing death penalty clients would have to extensively document their time and track their reasons for calling or not calling particular witnesses, under prosecutor-backed proposals being heard today by a committee reviewing Ohio’s death penalty law. Any inmate claiming he had bad legal assistance during a trial would have to include such Read More…

Second Harvest Food Bank receives record $1.5 million gift from Nordson

LORAIN — The area’s biggest food bank looks to take a big bite out of hunger with a record $1.5 million gift from Nordson Corporation Foundation. Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio announced the gift today, which will be the recipient of the foundation’s biggest-ever donation. The $1.5 million will be paid to Read More…

2 men indicted in New Year’s Day Lorain murder

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ELYRIA — Two Lorain men have been indicted on murder and other charges for their roles in the New Year’s Day shooting at Liberty Gas that left one man dead. Desmen Noble and Damian Bell, the two men facing charges, allegedly engaged in a gunfight outside the Cotton Club in the early morning hours of Read More…

Longtime Chronicle managing editor dies at age 81

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Longtime Chronicle-Telegram Managing Editor Arnold Miller has died today at age 81. Miller started at The Chronicle in 1972, according to current Managing Editor Julie Wallace. Miller is known for leading The Chronicle to its highest circulation during his tenure, Wallace said. Wallace said Miller was at a hospice in Westlake when he died. Read Read More…

Girls basketball: Panthers send off seniors with victory in home finale

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ELYRIA — The girls who played on Elyria Catholic’s only Final Four squad bid farewell to their home court Wednesday night. They said goodbye with emphasis. With seniors Karissa McGrath and Brittney McNamara scoring 16 and 13 points, respectively, the Panthers rolled over Bay, 49-28, in a West Shore Conference finale. With the win, EC Read More…

Draft expert thinks Browns will take pass rusher with top pick

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted Wednesday the Browns will draft a pass rusher with the No. 6 pick in April to fill an obvious need. His early top choices are Florida State’s Bjoern Werner and Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore. Kiper said the Browns must also figure out their quarterback situation, but isn’t sure Read More…

Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged today with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter Read More…

Elyria Schools cutting 7th-grade sports, all librarians, 37 teaching positions and more

The WEHS television program will be among the casualties in the latest round of Elyria school district cuts.

ELYRIA — Another 59 positions — among them teachers, special education instructors and classroom aides — will be eliminated from Elyria Schools next year as the district looks to cut $3 million from its budget after a devastating levy failure last year. In a district perpetually strapped for cash, cuts are nothing new to Elyria. Read More…

Activists speak against Oberlin College no-trespass list

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OBERLIN — Inclusion has long been touted as a core value of Oberlin College by its leaders, but a no-trespass list has divided the college and community, list opponents said Wednesday. Before about 200 people in a packed room at the Oberlin Public Library, they described a draconian, Kafkaesque college policy lacking checks and balances Read More…

District swimming: Shoregals have frosh force

Avon Lake freshmen Catrionna Bruce, left, and Brittany Menzer are two big reasons why the Shoregals have enjoyed one of their finest seasons in the pool. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

Brittany Menzer and Catrionna Bruce first crossed paths five years ago in the fourth grade at Westview Elementary School. New to the district, Bruce was a move-in from Denver. They then went to Troy Intermediate School together in fifth and sixth grades. A friendship of sorts started last year from gym class at Learwood Middle Read More…