April 23, 2014

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Judge orders Ohio authorities to recognize out-of-state gay marriage

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference April 4 in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and “unenforceable in all circumstances.” “The record before this Read More…

Man ordered to hold ‘I am a bully’ sign calls sentence unfair

Edmond Aviv sits on a street corner holding a sign Sunday in South Euclid declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence because he was accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

SOUTH EUCLID (AP) — An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he’s a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life. Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped Read More…

PETA drops restaurant proposal for Jeffrey Dahmer house

The Bath, Ohio, childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer, where he committed his first murder is for sale for just under $300,000.  (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

BATH, Ohio (AP) — A national animal welfare group says it has abandoned the idea of turning serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Ohio into a vegan restaurant. Moira Colley, spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells The Akron Beacon Journal the group “won’t be able to move forward” with Read More…

United vacating concourse at Cleveland Hopkins

A United Airlines employee staffs a ticketing counter at San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. United Airlines has announced it is vacating its concourse in Cleveland Hopkins. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials at the Cleveland airport are trying to determine the potential impact of United Airlines’ decision to vacate one of its concourses. The Plain Dealer reports that United notified the city and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday that it will consolidate all of its flights onto Concourse C, leaving the 16 gates Read More…

Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference April 4 in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final Read More…

Student charged after shot fired at Kent State

Quavaugntay Tyler

KENT, Ohio (AP) — The Kent State University freshman who prompted a campus lockdown when he shot himself in the hand during a domestic dispute remained jailed Thursday on a concealed weapon charge, campus police said. The man fired only once Wednesday night during some sort of dispute with two female students, Police Chief John Read More…

Suspect in shooting at Kent State in custody

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A person suspected of firing a gunshot on the campus of Kent State University on Wednesday was captured later that night and was in custody at a hospital, campus officials said. Campus police said the male suspect was in custody at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. They did not say why Read More…

UPDATED: Cleveland still in running to host GOP Convention

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland.  ASSOCIATED PRESS

  CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland and Cincinnati are the two Ohio cities still in contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention with the list of possible cities narrowed to six on Wednesday. Columbus, the third Ohio city to bid for the convention, has been knocked out of competition along with Phoenix. The Republican National Read More…

Kasich signs bill approving four extra ‘snow days’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs a bill to grant school districts additional calamity days before a group of students at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s governor sought to make civics cool for a group of elementary students Wednesday as he signed a bill giving them four extra calamity days this year. Snow, ice and harsh temperatures caused many districts across the state to exhaust the school year’s five allowable calamity days — most commonly called “snow days,” Read More…

Old buildings may have speeded spread of fire that gutted downtown Garrettsville

Downtown Fire Ohio Village

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The age of several buildings leveled by a fire in the downtown area of a northeastern Ohio village may have contributed to the fast spread of the fire, the village’s fire chief said Sunday. Chief Jeff Kaiser of Garrettsville’s fire department said two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation, but weren’t seriously injured Read More…