September 19, 2014

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Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children’s Mercy in Kansas Read More…

Lawyer: Bay Village ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ pranksters ID’d

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for the family of an autistic teenager who had feces and bodily fluids dumped on him when he thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge said Monday that police know who the perpetrators are even as celebrities continue to offer reward money to find those involved. Attorney Dean Read More…

After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help

After Toledo Water Regulation

TOLEDO (AP) — Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes. But with no federal standards on safe levels for drinking algae-tainted water and Read More…

Drew Carey offers reward money in Bay Village bucket prank

Drew Carey

BAY VILLAGE — Comedian Drew Carey is offering to help police find those involved in dumping a bucket of urine and feces on a special-needs teen who was reportedly told the prank was part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” The Cleveland native posted on his Twitter account Saturday that he’s willing to donate $10,000 if police Read More…

Ohio man charged with killing 4 in different homes

Donald Hoffman

BUCYRUS (AP) — An Ohio man was charged with aggravated murder Thursday in the slayings of four men who were found in separate homes earlier this week. Donald Hoffman has been in custody since Tuesday, when police say he walked into the department alone and provided officers with information that led to two of the Read More…

UPDATED: Bay Village Police seek charges in revolting ‘ice bucket’ prank

BAY VILLAGE (AP) — Outraged police in a northeast Ohio suburb are pledging to bring charges against those responsible for dumping a bucket allegedly containing feces and body fluids on a special needs student who was told it was part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” fundraiser. Bay Village police chief Mark Spaetzel said video of Read More…

Judge orders expanded Ohio early voting schedule

Voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on Nov. 5, 2012, the final day of early voting.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

  COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state’s elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall election. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, several predominantly black Read More…

Cedar Point announces permanent closing of roller coaster

mantis

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

Jeremiah Jackson

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…