September 17, 2014

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A.J. Wright stores closing; most will reopen under new names

TJX Cos. says it is shuttering its A.J. Wright discount stores, cutting 4,400 jobs and converting the stores to other brands such as T.J. Maxx. Ninety one stores will be converted into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores and 71 will be closed along with two distribution centers. About 4,400 jobs will be cut and Read More…

3 kids die, teen hurt in Central Ohio fire

BUCYRUS — A nighttime fire at a mobile home without smoke alarms killed three children and injured a 14-year-old boy while their mother was at work, authorities and a neighbor said today. Carolyn Gallant, who lives across the street, said another neighbor had seen smoke pouring out of the home Thursday night and called 911. Read More…

Source: Strickland names running mate to state Supreme Court

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COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has picked the woman who ran at his side in a failed bid for re-election as the next justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. A source with knowledge of the decision said today the Democratic governor had selected Yvette McGee Brown for a vacancy created by the election of Read More…

Avon couple survives plane crash with just bruises

WILLARD, Ohio — An Ohio trooper says a couple was lucky to survive a plane crash with just bruises. Thirty-six-year-old Larry Coleman of Avon says he was flying with his wife, Shannon Coleman, when the single engine aboard the 2009 CTLS plane failed. He says he tried to land in a field but didn’t see Read More…

Cleveland zoo going smoke free

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s zoo plans to snuff out smoking in the new year. A new policy taking effect Jan. 1 will prohibit visitors from lighting up inside the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Smoking will be allowed in the parking lots. Zoo marketing manager Sue Allen tells The Plain Dealer newspaper that zoo staff and volunteers will Read More…

Cincinnati families find goat heads on their doorsteps

CINCINNATI — Butchered goat heads have been left outside three homes in an upscale Cincinnati neighborhood, and police are puzzled. Two turned up on front porches and a third was found elsewhere on property this week, at homes roughly within a one-mile area in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Police say butcher paper also was left Read More…

Marine from Akron killed in Afghanistan

AKRON — A 25-year-old Marine from northeast Ohio has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. U.S. military officials say in a statement that Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt of Akron died Monday while conducting combat operations in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Relatives and friends tell media outlets that Wyatt’s wife is expecting the couple’s first child. Read More…

76ers 117, Cavaliers 97: Losing streak hits five

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PHILADELPHIA — Thaddeus Young had so much fun Tuesday night he wanted the game to last forever. It sure seemed that long for Cleveland coach Byron Scott. Young had a season-high 26 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the struggling Cavaliers 117-97 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. “I definitely wanted Read More…

Cleveland transit fees to stay the same in 2011

CLEVELAND — Bus and train riders in Cleveland and the surrounding area won’t face a fare increase in 2011. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority officials said Tuesday they won’t raise prices or make cuts in service next year. The Plain Dealer reports the agency’s trustees have adopted a budget that keeps operations going at current Read More…

WikiLeaks founder turns himself in, will fight extradition

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court on Tuesday he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations, setting up what could be a drawn-out legal battle. The 39-year-old Australian appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court after turning himself in to Scotland Yard earlier Tuesday to face a Read More…