May 6, 2015

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Unemployment rate drops below 8 percent

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared Read More…

Ohio sees increase in disabled parking permits

A sharp increase in the number of disabled parking permits issued in Ohio has raised questions about whether they are too easy to acquire and how to meet the demand for spaces, a newspaper reported Thursday. The state of Ohio handed out 300,000 of the disabled parking placards last year, which was a 21-percent increase Read More…

Man finally becomes a Boy Scout at 82 years old

BELLVILLE, Ohio — As an 8-year-old, all James Gatton dreamed about was becoming a Boy Scout. He grew up around troops who made their frequent camping trips at the family-owned Gatton Rock campground. “Always had a soft spot for the Scouts,” Gatton said. He thought his time had come when his father took him to Read More…

Man suing Four Loko maker after he got drunk and ran into traffic

COLUMBUS — A central Ohio man seriously injured when he ran into traffic and was struck by a car is suing the makers of a controversial alcoholic drink he says made him do it. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Richard “Tommy” Whaley filed suit against Phusion Products, the Chicago-based maker of the Four Loko Read More…

Ohio State football: Buckeyes find unity in big win

COLUMBUS — In the moments immediately after Ohio State’s 17-16 victory over Michigan State, players and coaches took turns talking about what the win meant to them and how much they cared about each other. “Words can’t explain what went on in that locker room, the excitement,” wide receiver Corey Brown said. “Everybody was just Read More…

‘Touchdown Jesus’ replacement statue returns

MONROE — A southern Ohio church has drawn a standing-room crowd for the dedication of a towering roadside Jesus statue that replaced one destroyed two years ago in a lightning fire. The Dayton Daily News reports that the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, north of Cincinnati, dedicated the 51-foot statue at a service Sunday night. Read More…

New poll shows Sherrod Brown leading Josh Mandel in Ohio Senate race

COLUMBUS — A new newspaper poll shows that Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has opened up a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Josh Mandel. The poll published Monday by The Columbus Dispatch shows the first-term Democratic senator leading Mandel, the state treasurer, by 49 percent to 39 percent. In the first Dispatch poll Aug. 26, Read More…

Ohio State outslugs Michigan State in bruising Big Ten opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Urban Meyer’s first Big Ten game as Ohio State coach turned out to be a classic welcome to the conference. His quarterback got shaken up twice, but Braxton Miller kept coming back on the field, and in the end the Buckeyes played just well enough defensively to come away with a Read More…

For coaches, Ohio State vs. Michigan State is just a game again … but it’s still a big one

EAST LANSING, Mich. — For years, Mark Dantonio and Ohio State were on fairly cozy terms. Dantonio was a defensive coordinator there — a protege of coach Jim Tressel — before moving on and eventually taking over at Michigan State. He grew up an hour from the Buckeyes’ home field, and his wife is an Read More…

Ryder Cup rookie Keegan Bradley stars as U.S. grabs 5-3 lead on Europe

MEDINAH, Ill. — Keegan Bradley went from a rookie to a rock star in the Ryder Cup, and Phil Mickelson saw it coming. Moments after Bradley poured in an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole Friday morning, Mickelson stood off to the side of the tee box to watch Bradley prepare to smash another Read More…