March 5, 2015

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Stepped-up security planned for Public Square as Cleveland casino opens

CLEVELAND — Police are trying to discourage loitering in Cleveland’s Public Square ahead of the opening of the downtown casino next week. The opening will create new security challenges as thousands of casino visitors cross paths with public transit riders using a busy terminal nearby. Also in the mix will be panhandlers and homeless people Read More…

Kentucky Derby: Stacked field means favorite role might not be worth much

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hot pace. Muggy day. One of the deepest, talented fields in years. A delicious stew with all the ingredients for an unpredictable Kentucky Derby. The 20-horse field for today’s race is so stacked that unbeaten Gemologist is no better than third choice on the morning line. In other years, the colt would Read More…

Ohio Senate passes bill to ban cellphone use by teen drivers, texting by all

COLUMBUS — Ohio drivers would be banned from texting, and teens couldn’t use their cellphones, iPads or other electronics behind the wheel under a bill that the Ohio Senate passed on today. Some state senators argued the legislation chips away at personal freedom, while others said it doesn’t go far enough to target distracted driving. Read More…

5 indicted in alleged plot to bomb Brecksville bridge

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CLEVELAND — Five men suspected of plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge have been indicted on three counts each, including a new charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction to destroy property in interstate commerce. The indictment was announced today in Cleveland by U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach. The five men, all described Read More…

Tribe finally breaks through with win over White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Indians felt it was just a matter of time before they put some runs on the board. Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered to lead Cleveland to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Santana hit his fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth Read More…

Indians waste chances early, win late

CHICAGO — The Indians felt it was just a matter of time before they put some runs on the board. Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered to lead Cleveland to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Santana hit his fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth Read More…

Ohio Senate panel makes changes to texting bill; could vote this afternoon

COLUMBUS — Teen drivers in Ohio couldn’t use their cellphones, iPads or other electronic devices unless there’s an emergency under a measure being considered by a state Senate panel. Senators added the restrictions on teens today in a series of changes that also included dialing back a statewide texting ban on adult drivers. Revisions would Read More…

Judge: Suspected Chardon shooter competent for trial

CHARDON — A judge in northeast Ohio says a 17-year-old boy charged in a school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students. The ruling Wednesday by Judge Timothy Grendell in Geauga County Juvenile Court means suspect T.J. Lane can be tried as an adult. Lane is charged in the Read More…

Indians out of sync in loss to White Sox

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CHICAGO — Two seasons ago, Ubaldo Jimenez was a 19-game winner. Now he is a work in progress. Gordon Beckham snapped out of a slump with three hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday. Shelley Duncan connected for Cleveland, snapping the team’s 11-game homerless streak. Jimenez (2-2) issued six Read More…

Ohio liquor control agency cutting some vodka prices temporarily

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s liquor control agency says it’s reducing prices on certain kinds of vodka in an effort to make room for new items. The Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control said Tuesday that more than 60 vodka items, including bacon-flavored vodka, will be sold at discounts starting at 15 percent. Brands include Absolut, Read More…