September 2, 2014

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Cedar Point announces permanent closing of roller coaster

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Cedar Point announced that one of its steel scream machines will close permanently. Mantis, which was billed the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996, will shut down permanently at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, according to a press release from the park. Mantis has provided Read More…

Court upholds death sentence for Cleveland killer

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man condemned to die for shooting a woman at a Cleveland laundry mat. The court’s 6-1 ruling came in the case of Jeremiah Jackson, convicted of killing Tracy Pickryl in 2009 at the end of a crime spree in Cleveland, Sandusky Read More…

Policymakers having buyers remorse over Common Core standards

Rep. Andrew Thompson, Speaker William G. Batchelder and Rep. Matt Huffman listen to testimony on House Bill 597 in the House Finance Hearing Room at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.  The Bill is designed to eliminate Common Core education standards in Ohio. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Kyle Robertson)

COLUMBUS — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it’s Read More…

Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks

am Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home. An appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014  overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in Ohio Amish communities in 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks Read More…

Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

Investigators look over the wreckage of a plane crash as it rests on the side of a road Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team. The wrestlers were Read More…

UPDATED: 4 college students killed in Willoughby Hills plane crash

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The four men killed in a fiery plane crash in Ohio were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, including three members of the varsity wrestling team, school officials said Tuesday. The three wrestlers were identified as 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio, 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland, and 18-year-old Read More…

Economy key as Ohio governor candidates enter final months

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

CINCINNATI — Looking at a wide view of Ohio’s economy, there are clear signs of economic progress during Republican John Kasich’s time as governor. Zooming into the kitchen tables of typical Ohioans brings a fuzzier picture. In the broad view, the state has added jobs and reduced unemployment, and overall state income and consumer spending Read More…

Ohio absentee ballot requests on way for voters

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters with up-to-date addresses will soon get an absentee ballot application for the November election. Residents should start receiving the applications around Labor Day, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced. Voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. During the last presidential election, 6.9 million Read More…

Westlake cardiologist accused of $7.2 million medical fraud

CLEVELAND (AP) –€” A cardiologist referred patients for cardiac bypass surgery they didn’t need so he could be paid for follow-up visits, federal authorities said Thursday. Dr. Harold Persaud, of suburban Westlake, was indicted in federal court on charges of health care fraud, making false statements and money laundering. FBI agents raided his offices in Read More…

Officials: 2 Ohioans diagnosed with West Nile virus

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio health officials have confirmed that two women have been hospitalized with the West Nile virus in state’s first human cases. The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday a 24-year-old woman in Muskingum County and a 78-year-old woman in Cuyahoga County have been hospitalized with encephalitis. That’s an inflammation of the brain Read More…