April 18, 2014

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Fans, city leaders have message for LeBron: Don’t go

A mural in downtown Cleveland is just one of many ways area residents and officials are trying to convince Cavs star LeBron James that he shouldn’t leave for another team. (AP photo.)

CLEVELAND — They’re saying it on bill­boards, in song, in letters, in petitions and more. Whatever the format, the message from Clevelanders is the same: Dear LeBron James, please don’t go. Please, please, please don’t go. This hard-luck city on the shores of Lake Erie is desperately trying to show its NBA superstar that, with Read More…

Rays 6, Indians 2: Tribe swept away in Florida

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price pitched six strong innings to become the AL’s first six-game winner as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday. The AL East leaders improved baseball’s top record to 28-11 heading into a two-game series at Yankee Stadium. Read More…

Obama in Ohio: Raps GOP as ‘just-say-no crowd’ on economy

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YOUNGSTOWN — President Barack Obama is lumping Republicans together as a just-say-no crowd on the economy and warning that the country would be in a “deeper world of hurt” if the GOP had gotten its way. In prepared comments released by the White House, Obama defended the stimulus spending, tax cuts and tax credits on Read More…

In rare move, Parole Board backs clemency for death row inmate

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board recommended clemency today for a condemned inmate scheduled to die next month for strangling his live-in girlfriend, in a rare gesture of mercy from the panel. The board ruled 4-3 in favor of a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for death row prisoner Richard Nields, scheduled Read More…

Car theft rate down here in 2009, insurance industry reports

COLUMBUS — An insurance industry group reports car thefts were down last year in 15 of Ohio’s 16 largest metro areas. The only exception was the Marietta area in southeast Ohio. The Ohio Insurance Institute says Cleveland had the state’s highest auto theft rate in 2009, with 313 vehicles stolen for every 100,000 residents. Cleveland’s Read More…

Just released: Ohio’s ex-AG didn’t want troublesome aide

COLUMBUS — In a newly released interview with investigators, former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says he really didn’t want to hire the aide who later became the central figure in a sexual harassment scandal. Dann says he recommended friend and neighbor Anthony Gutierrez but hoped he would never pass scrutiny and be hired. Gutierrez Read More…

Ohio Senate plan: No comp drinks at Ohio casinos

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s four new casinos could not have patrons younger than 21 and would be prohibited from serving complimentary drinks, under proposed rules before the Ohio Senate. The bill introduced yesterday also would require the casino operators to pay the state $50 million one-time fees and create a seven-member gaming commission to oversee the Read More…

Rays 4, Indians 3: Indians fall in 11; Cabrera breaks arm

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — John Jaso and the Tampa Bay Rays may have got a break on an 11th inning call and took advantage of it en route to a 4-3 win. The Indians simply got a break they didn’t need when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left in the first with a broken left forearm. The Read More…

NASCAR: No drama? No problem as Kyle Busch pulls away

Kyle Busch celebrates his win Sunday in the Autism Speaks 400 in Dover, Del. (AP photo.)

DOVER, Del. — Kyle Busch would like to believe he would have defeated Jimmie Johnson even without the four-time champion making a rare pit road mistake. Busch never will know, and he doesn’t really care. When Johnson was penal­ized for speeding on the final pit stop, that was all the oppor­tunity Busch needed to pull Read More…

Indians 5, Orioles 1: Westbrook leads Tribe over Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — Now that Jake Westbrook has put concern about his troublesome elbow behind him, he can start thinking about things that cross the minds of other major league pitchers. Things such as getting a shutout, throwing a complete game and earning wins for his team. Westbrook worked around nine hits for his 13th career Read More…