August 21, 2014

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Indians 3, Blue Jays 2 (11): Tribe off to best start since 2008

TORONTO — This new era of Indians baseball has begun near perfectly, and  Cleveland has one of its offseason additions to thank for making it possible. Though closer Chris Perez blew a save in the ninth inning Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, designated hitter Mark Reynolds eased the pain with a mammoth 11th-inning solo home Read More…

Indians notes: Kazmir won’t start Saturday

TORONTO — Fifth starter Scott Kazmir says he is able to make his season debut Saturday in Tampa Bay. The Indians say he won’t. Though Kazmir made it through a 30-pitch bullpen session without incident Wednesday at Rogers Centre, Cleveland is not willing to activate the left-hander after he felt soreness on his right side Read More…

ESPN’s Mel Kiper thinks Browns will have opportunity to trade down from No. 6 pick in draft

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper expects the Browns to receive offers for the No. 6 pick in the draft later this month. CEO Joe Banner is open to trading down and would like to add a second-round pick. The Browns gave up theirs when they selected receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft in July. Read More…

Ohio partners with feds to target food stamp fraud

DAYTON — The state is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to crack down on fraud in the federal food stamp program. The state and the federal agency will share information about their transactions, and the USDA will provide training and data-mining assistance to identify suspicious patterns of benefit redemption that could indicate illegal Read More…

Baseball: Comets star has Stanford scholarship, lofty goals

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In 2012, Griffin Weir batted .422 with eight doubles and 22 RBIs as the Amherst Comets went 19-9 overall and shared the Southwestern Conference title with Avon Lake with a 10-4 record. He was a first-team All-SWC and All-Lorain County selection as a junior, and for good measure orally committed to Stanford. It was a Read More…

Student saving for college — 25 cents at a time

By PHIL TREXLER, Akron Beacon Journal AKRON — He’s saving for college 25 cents at a time. For Firestone High School senior David Krichbaum, that means handfuls of peanut M&Ms and shiny quarters, a ton of sales pitches and more than 200 rejections. This 17-year-old budding entrepreneur bought his first gum ball machine off Craigslist Read More…

Men arrested in 2009 Lorain homicide

LORAIN — Police arrested two men in connection with the 2009 homicide of Marquis McCall. McCall, 18, was gunned down in June of 2009 while he was walking on West 13th Street and Long Avenue. He died of a gunshot to the chest. After witnesses stepped forward with more information, police were able to arrest Read More…

Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House to close April 13

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ELYRIA — For a few minutes Tuesday, the notoriously gruff Sandi Laubenthal let her guard down. “You have no idea how hard this is,” Laubenthal, owner of Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House, said about her decision to close the landmark downtown restaurant April 13. “It’s even hard for me to talk about.” Moss’ opened Read More…

Softball: State champion Keystone avoids opening loss in extra innings

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LAGRANGE — It looked pretty grim when Keystone fell behind Westlake 3-1 after two innings in the bitter cold of Tuesday afternoon. In fact, it began to look as though the Wildcats would lose their first softball game since June 4, 2011. That was the day they dropped a frustrating one-hitter to Poland Seminary 4-0 Read More…

Indians: Excitement contagious for Nick Swisher, teammates

TORONTO — Nick Swisher is used to being the first one at the ballpark, on Opening Day or any day. But when the Indians’ new first baseman caught the coaches and staff bus that left the hotel at 1 p.m. Tuesday for Rogers Centre, there were 15 or 20 teammates on it. “That bus was Read More…