December 20, 2014

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More than 200 to lose jobs at state development department

COLUMBUS — More than 200 state jobs will be eliminated as Ohio shifts its economic development functions to a new semi-private jobs board. Gov. John Kasich reported to the Legislature today that he expects 211 cuts over the next year at the Ohio Department of Development. The number represents 40 percent of the department. Many Read More…

Cedar Point haunted attractions getting new names after complaints

SANDUSKY — An Ohio amusement park says it will have new names this year for two Halloween attractions that drew complaints from mental health advocates. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, said Cedar Point promoted false stereotypes last Halloween by calling a haunted house “Dr. D. Menteds Asylum for the Criminally Insane” and Read More…

Ohio has more mosquitoes this year, and more with West Nile, health officials say

Health officials and pest controllers say this year’s Ohio weather patterns have meant more mosquitoes, including more carrying West Nile virus. Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon Libby says 248 pools of mosquitoes collected from traps have tested positive for the virus so far this year. That’s up from 78 by this time in 2010. Read More…

New fence meant to prevent jumpers on Akron ‘Suicide Bridge’

AKRON — Years of discussion and concern have resulted in the installation of a fence meant to stop people from jumping off an Ohio city’s “Suicide Bridge.” That’s what some have called Akron’s “All-America Bridge” or “Y-Bridge,” from which dozens have leaped to their deaths since the mid-1990s. The Akron Beacon Journal reports work is Read More…

Fausto Carmona leads Indians over White Sox

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona throws during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday. Carmona went 81⁄3 innings during the Indians’ 4-1 victory. (AP photo.)

CHICAGO — Fausto Carmona figured out the Chicago White Sox just in time to keep the Cleveland Indians in second place. Carmona allowed four hits over 8 1-3 innings and the Indians beat the White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night. The win kept Chicago from passing the Indians and moving into second in the AL Read More…

Cleveland nixes crackdown on flash mobs

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland crackdown on flash mobs won’t be enacted now that the city council has upheld the mayor’s veto. A measure that would have made it a crime to use social media or cell phones to pull together a crowd was approved unanimously by council members last month and then shot down by Read More…

Orphaned grizzly cubs coming to Cleveland zoo

CODY, Wyo. — Wildlife officials in Wyoming say two grizzly bear cubs from the state are being sent to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Wyoming Fish & Game Department said Wednesday that the mother of the cubs was euthanized after repeatedly causing property damage and other problems. She was captured Aug. 7 in the Shoshone Read More…

White Sox 8, Indians 7: Tribe falls in the 14th

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CHICAGO — Juan Pierre’s game-ending single in the 14th inning capped a wild, five-hour marathon as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 on Tuesday night. Gordon Beckham doubled off Chad Durbin (2-2) with one out in the final inning, advancing to third on Brent Morel’s infield single. David Huff relieved Durbin to Read More…

Feds decide against requiring farmers to get truckers’ licenses

Federal highway officials have decided that farmers who operate tractors, combines and semitrailers can keep driving on rural roads without the same kind of regulations that apply to long-haul truckers. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that it won’t require farmers to get commercial driver’s licenses after agriculture organizations and lawmakers from farm Read More…

Abercrombie offers ‘Jersey Shore’ cast money to stop wearing its clothes

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino poses at GQ magazine's 2010 "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles. (AP photo.)

NEW ALBANY, Ohio — A clothing company is offering money to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his fellow “Jersey Shore” cast members — so they’ll stop wearing the brand on the show. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. says in a news release posted Tuesday that it’s concerned that having Sorrentino seen in its clothing could cause Read More…