September 2, 2014

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Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

The Sept. 18 execution of Ronald Phillips, convicted for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. The ruling by federal judge Gregory Frost will delay executions scheduled for September, October and November and highlights Read More…

ODOT establishing bee-friendly areas in route medians

COLUMBUS — A state agency is turning a highway median in southern Ohio into a honeybee paradise in an effort to create habitats for a bee population that has been declining in recent years. The Ohio Department of Transportation planted wildflower seeds in two, 1-acre lots along state Route 207 in Ross County in June Read More…

Changes would make it easier to obtain headstones, markers for unidentified graves of soldiers

CLEVELAND — A U.S. Senate bill that would make it easier to get headstones for historic unmarked veterans’ graves has drawn support from historians in Ohio. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Jon Tester, D-Mont., recently introduced a bipartisan bill to enable veterans’ service agencies, military researchers, historians or genealogists to request free headstones or markers Read More…

Photos: AHA! Festival of Lights

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Cleveland is the site of AHA!, a multiday festival of lights that concluded Saturday night and is intended to celebrate Cleveland’s recent downtown revival and Gay Games 9, which will take place in downtown Cleveland and Akron. AHA! and its various light and interactive creations were created by artists from LAND Studio.

GOP officially names Cleveland host city for 2016 convention

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Republican National Committee has voted to officially name Cleveland as host for its 2016 national convention. The 168-member organization of party leaders cast a unanimous vote for Cleveland during its annual conference on Friday in Chicago. It’s now up to the host organizing committee in Cleveland to finish raising the $60 Read More…

Former Buckeye Greg Oden arrested on battery charges

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police arrested former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. The free agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, was arrested early Thursday at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts Read More…

Federal judges hear arguments in 4 states’ gay marriage cases

Gay marriage supporters Duane Lewis and Rex Van Alstine, right, hold their hands to their chests as the national anthem plays during a rally Tuesday in support of gay marriage in downtown Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Their colleague, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, however, gave fewer hints as to where he may come down when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of Read More…

EPA official says toxic water threat not over

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TOLEDO (AP) — The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along westernLake Erie is far from over even after Ohio’s fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. That’s because the algae leaving behind the dangerous toxins each summer aren’t supposed to peak until September. The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend Read More…

UPDATED: Ed FitzGerald lacked driver’s license for decade

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Democrat running for Ohio governor had been without a permanent driver’s license for more than 10 years when police found him in his car with a woman who was not his wife early one morning in October 2012. Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald’s license expired in 2002, and he didn’t get Read More…

LeBron James, sons pitch in on Akron home rehab

LeBron James knocks the spindles out of a railing at a rehab site on Monday in Akron.  (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Michael Chritton)

AKRON (AP) — LeBron James and his two sons are getting their hands dirty in helping to rehab a house in the NBA star’s Akron hometown. James took the controls of a backhoe Monday to help fix up a crumbling house for the family of a sixth-grader in his Wheels for Education mentoring program. His Read More…