November 22, 2014

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Belmont Stakes: Ruler On Ice proves he’s pretty good on mud, too

NEW YORK  – Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom nearly fell at the start. Preakness winner Shackleford faded in the stretch. The Belmont Stakes was up for grabs. And it was 24-1 long shot Ruler on Ice who delivered a huge upset Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown, splashing his way to a Read More…

Indians: Fausto Carmona rocked in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK — Yankees manager Joe Girardi was red in the face with anger, nose-to-nose in a screaming match with Cleveland counterpart Manny Acta after Mark Teixeira was whacked with a fastball. Tired of getting hit by pitches — and losing to rival Boston — the fired-up Yankees took out their frustration on the skidding Read More…

Man who survived ’07 Bluffton bus crash lives through another wreck

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A man who survived a 2007 bus crash that killed five of his Ohio college baseball teammates and two others has lived through another wreck, involving a cycling team. Allen Slabaugh was among eight people in a van that blew out a tire and flipped over this week in Idaho. They were Read More…

Family feud simmering over Ohio hot dog restaurant

TOLEDO — A family feud is simmering over an Ohio restaurant whose hot dogs were made famous on the TV show “M-A-S-H.” The battle over Tony Packo’s is playing out in court in Toledo. The son and grandson of the restaurant’s namesake have been trading accusations for nearly a year, and each is trying to Read More…

E-ZPass system on turnpike to lead to 22 more layoffs

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Turnpike says more automation means fewer toll collectors are needed, so 22 will lose their jobs. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports the first-ever layoff of turnpike toll takers will cut 15 full-time employees and seven who work part-time. Turnpike interim executive director Daniel Castrigano tells the newspaper the toll road Read More…

Man gets 13 years in prison for taking girlfriend to abortion clinic at gunpoint

COLUMBUS — A man charged under a fetal homicide law was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for taking his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint. In sentencing Dominic Holt-Reid, Judge Patrick Sheeran rejected a defense attorney’s argument that his client was guilty of much less serious domestic violence charges that had Read More…

A record 9,700 diplomas to be handed out at OSU commencement

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University says nearly 9,700 diplomas will be given out this weekend, a spring commencement record at what is one of the nation’s largest universities. Ohio State officials say the class of 2011 beats the size of last year’s class by more than 1,000 graduates. The class of 2010 also was a Read More…

‘People are going to die’ due to mental health cutbacks, agency head says

CLEVELAND — The head of mental health and substance abuse services in Ohio’s largest county says “people are going to die” because of new cutbacks at his agency. But executive director William Denihan says the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County must balance its budget and has nowhere else to Read More…

Ohio first lady promoting fitness for kids

TOLEDO — Ohio’s first lady is encouraging kids to work hard, eat healthy and explore new sports to keep themselves active. Karen Kasich has helped to open the National Youth Sports Program summer camp at the University of Toledo. The Blade of Toledo reports the wife of Gov. John Kasick followed Wednesday’s pep talk to Read More…

Ohio Senate passes $55.7 billion state budget

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate has passed its version of the state’s $55.7 billion spending blueprint, but there are still many differences lawmakers will have to work out. The Republican-led chamber passed the bill on a 23-10 vote along party lines after about six hours of debate Wednesday night. The plan would spend more money Read More…