October 23, 2014

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Proposal to boost speed limits clears Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS — A proposal to increase Ohio’s speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstate highways has cleared the state Senate. Wednesday’s 27-6 vote comes after a legislative panel worked out differences between House and Senate versions of the transportation bill. Under the measure, Ohio’s transportation department would set the maximum speed limit for interstate Read More…

Judge awards Ohio employers $860 million for workers’ comp overcharges

COLUMBUS — Ohio employers are collectively owed $860 million after being overcharged for nearly a decade by the state insurance fund for injured workers, a Cleveland judge ruled Wednesday. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle’s decision involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners, many unaware they are covered Read More…

Lawsuit settled between Elyria Olympian and her parents

Rob and JoAnn Madison speak at Ely Square during a rally before their daughter Tianna appeared in the London Summer Olympics last year.

Tianna Madison’s parents have settled the lawsuit they filed against their daughter last year accusing the Olympic gold medalist of libel, slander and defamation. Scott Schooler, who represented Jo Ann and Robert Madison, said paperwork has been filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed last year. “The parties Read More…

Relaxed LeBron focusing on here and now

CLEVELAND — Appearing very relaxed and confident, LeBron James took the politically correct approach Wednesday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. “Right now, I’m focused on right now,” the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder said when asked about possibly returning to the Cavaliers, the team his Miami Heat squad was to face later that night. “I don’t really get Read More…

A little faith goes a long way: Open Door reflects on ’03 trip to Columbus

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At 11 o’clock this morning, it will be 10 years to the minute since Open Door’s improbable Patriots took the floor at Value City Arena in Columbus while the pep band played “Onward Christian Soldiers.” The unheralded, unranked, unexpected and unknown Patriots. Open Door had never before won a district basketball game, let alone a Read More…

Vermilion’s AuBree LaForce named Lorain County Miss Basketball

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ELYRIA — It didn’t hurt that her aunt was a veteran basketball coach. It definitely helped that she started playing the game in elementary school. And it was a big plus that she comes from a sports-focused family. All the assets — athletic ability, academic excellence and college basketball potential — came together for Vermilion’s Read More…

Upset of Heat tonight would be special for Cavs

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Byron Scott doesn’t think anybody can beat the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series right now. But with LeBron James and the Heat bringing their 23-game winning streak to Quicken Loans Arena tonight, Scott does subscribe to the theory that any NBA team can beat another on any given night. “Just Read More…

Mother: Man in standoff high on heroin

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — Kenneth K. Cole, the man who died Monday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with Lorain County sheriff’s deputies, was high on heroin, his mother said during a 911 call. “My son’s a heroin addict, and he’s wigging out,” an emotional Esther Cole told the 911 dispatcher. “He’s trying Read More…

Women rule on state’s 9th appellate court

When Medina attorney Jennifer Hensal took her seat on the 9th District Court of Appeals last month, she made history: She became the fifth judge on Ohio’s first all-female appellate court. Hensal achieved the feat in last November’s election by defeating incumbent Judge Clair Dickenson, who had been the lone man on the bench. During Read More…

House demolished before appeal was heard, owner says

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LORAIN — On the same day a lawsuit was being filed to prevent the city from tearing down a house it deemed dilapidated, a work crew was busy pulling it to the ground. “Even as we were filing suit, we learned, to our amazement, the city had demolished the property,” attorney Brent English said. The Read More…