December 21, 2014

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Ohio school board votes to remove mandate on art, gym teachers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An education policy change that opponents said would let school districts eliminate art, gym and other classes cleared its first hurdle Tuesday at the state school board over some continuing objections. At issue was a rule governing districts’ minimum staffing requirements for elementary art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, Read More…

Family of boy shot dead by Cleveland officer sues

Harriet Petti stands with about a group of protesters, Friday in Cleveland. On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department released findings from a nearly two-year investigation of Cleveland police, which found its officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The family of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday, saying two officers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy in a terrifying manner and fired within seconds. The federal lawsuit filed against the city and the two Read More…

Ohio to form task force aimed at police relations

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general says he plans to ask an oversight panel to review whether the state can better train police in use of force. Attorney General Mike DeWine has called a special meeting of the state’s Peace Officer Training Commission, which helps set police training curriculum. He wants them to review training Read More…

US: Community policing key to Cleveland reform

U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news-conference before a roundtable meeting Thursday in Cleveland. The US Justice Department issued a report Thursday that says Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and place the public and their fellow officers in danger because of reckless behaviors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A commitment to community policing is one of the key reforms the U.S. Department of Justice expects from the Cleveland police after issuing a report that says officers too often use excessive force and violate people’s civil rights. Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said at a news conference Thursday led by Attorney Read More…

Mourners gather for Ohio State athlete’s funeral

Buses that brought Ohio State wrestlers and football players sit outside The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral during the funeral of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Days before Ohio State is to play in the Big Ten championship, team buses carried players and coaches to a Columbus cathedral where they paid their final respects to a teammate who apparently shot himself in the head after sending a message to his parents saying concussions had addled his mind. Read More…

Officer who shot boy had no choice, cop’s dad says

This still image taken from a surveillance video played at a news conference held by Cleveland Police shows Cleveland police officers arriving at Cudell Park on a report of a man with a gun. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland policeman who fatally shot a 12-year-old thought the boy’s pellet gun was a real firearm and later said he had no choice, the officer’s father said. The Nov. 22 shooting of Tamir Rice by 26-year-old police rookie Tim Loehmann outside a recreation center sparked protests in the area. Surveillance video Read More…

Ohio Sen. Portman rules out presidential bid

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. The former White House budget chief and U.S. trade representative said he feels he can play an important role as a member of Read More…

Football, wrestling teams mourn Ohio State athlete

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State athlete found in a trash bin with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound is being mourned by his football and wrestling teammates as police investigate his death. A woman and her son looking for items in a dumpster on Sunday found the body of Kosta Karageorge, 22, who disappeared Read More…

Family reports Ohio State football player missing

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio State football player was reported missing by his family after he left his apartment, was uncharacteristically absent from two practices and didn’t check in, his sister said. Kosta Karageorge, a senior defensive tackle from Columbus, was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday, his sister, Sophia Karageorge told Read More…

Ohio legislators continue work on redistricting revamp

COLUMBUS — State Republicans and Democrats are working to coalesce around a new system for drawing congressional and legislative districts with hopes they can reach the resolution they’ve promised the public by year’s end. States alter political maps to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census once every 10 years in a process called Read More…