October 5, 2015

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Local politicians react to State of the Union address


“Congress must come together to strengthen the middle class and ensure that every Ohioan has the opportunity to be a part of it. We can help achieve this by fighting for those who are still struggling after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At a time when our economy is still recovering, extending Read More…

College Football: Northwestern QB announces plans to form first union for college athletes

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks while College Athletes Players Association president Ramogi Huma, left, United Steel Workers National Political Director Tim Waters, second from left, and United Steel Workers president Leo Gerard look on during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO — Calling the NCAA a dictatorship, Northwestern’s quarterback and the United Steelworkers announced plans Tuesday to form the first labor union for college athletes — the latest salvo in the bruising fight over whether amateur players should be paid. Quarterback Kain Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a news conference in Chicago, Read More…

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor knows how to bring the big hits … and does it within the rules

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor tackles San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald on Jan. 19 in Seattle. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Kam Chancellor is imposing. He’s a strong safety that looks like he should be playing linebacker and the hardest hitter in the best secondary in the NFL. What is setting Chancellor apart is his ability to still be intimidating but do it within the framework of the NFL wanting to protect Read More…

Brain-dead pregnant Texas woman taken off life support

Erick Munoz stands with an undated copy of a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo, in Haltom City, Texas. Marlise was removed from life support Sunday. AP FILE PHOTO

  FORT WORTH, Texas — A public battle over the fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus ended quietly and privately as she was taken off life support and her family began preparing for her burial. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied Sunday with a judge’s order to pull any Read More…

2 Toledo firefighters killed in apartment fire

Toledo firefighters rush a fellow firefighter down the stairs of a six-unit apartment building in Toledo on Sunda.  Two firefighters battling the blaze at the apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed, city officials said. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

TOLEDO — Two firefighters battling a blaze at an apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed on Sunday, city officials said. Firefighters Stephen Machcinski, 42, and James Dickman, 31, were killed while fighting the fire in the six-unit building, Toledo Fire Department Chief Luis Santiago said at a news conference Sunday night. He said that Read More…

Super Bowl XLVIII: Cold, wind greet Broncos, Seahawks as they arrive in New Jersey

Tractors plow snow off the parking lot of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be played between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, will be the first NFL title game held outdoors in a city where it snows. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — An icy wind made its way through the Meadowlands, cut across the Hudson River and into frigid Manhattan. Looks like Mother Nature is taking seriously the NFL’s slogan for the upcoming Super Bowl: Best Served Cold. One week before kickoff, on the day the Broncos and Seahawks arrived in the frozen Read More…

Commentary: Bad decision to give Olympics to Russia looks worse by the day as safety concerns grow

Security personnel walk with their dogs outside Fisht Olympic Stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics Monday in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics begin Feb. 7. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The countdown to Sochi was supposed to be joyous, a celebration of all things Russian and the Olympics, too. Instead it’s been nothing but a grim reminder that Olympic officials had no idea what they were getting when they bought into Vladimir Putin’s visions of surf and snow and handed him a Winter Olympics to Read More…

NFL: Browns play well in Pro Bowl, which is decided by 2-point conversion in final minute

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, of Team Sanders, pulls in a touchdown catch  over New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, of Team Rice, during the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium Sunday in Honolulu.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU — Jerry Rice has fresh bragging rights on Deion Sanders nearly a decade after both players retired from the NFL. Dallas running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left and Carolina running back Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to give Rice a 22-21 Read More…

Indians: Jim Thome to get statue at Progressive Field on Aug. 2

Jim Thome

CLEVELAND — When Jim Thome first started pointing his bat toward the pitcher, he never imagined that subtle movement would one day become immortalized. The Indians announced Saturday that they will unveil a statue of Thome at Progressive Field on Aug. 2. Cleveland’s career leader in home runs will be forever honored with the statue, Read More…

NFL: Peyton Manning trying to be 1st QB to win Super Bowl with 2 teams

Peyton Manning holds the Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl with the Colts in 2007. He's trying for No. 2 next Sunday. (AP FILE PHOTO)

For all the NFL records Peyton Manning owns — and there are plenty — he is one victory away from the one accomplishment that eventually might define his legacy more than any other. If Manning’s Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks next weekend, he would become the first starting quarterback to win Super Bowl titles Read More…