August 20, 2014


Access limited to Ohio facial-recognition system

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said it continues to reduce the number of law-enforcement officers statewide who have access to controversial facial-recognition technology. The system rolled out last year allows police to take an image of an unknown person and run it through a database of 23 million Ohio driver’s license Read More…

Fired Ohio State band director says he was fixing vulgar culture

Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University’s fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture “in dire need of change” before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to Read More…

UPDATED: Man charged for urinating on Art Modell’s grave

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. Read More…

Ohio lawmakers want Common Core standards repealed

COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican lawmakers in the state House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year’s end, citing widespread discontent they’re hearing from parents, teachers and communities. Reps. Matt Huffman, of Lima, and Andy Thompson, of Marietta, said Monday that Ohio made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio inspectors won’t investigate Cedar Point ride accident

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s amusement ride inspectors won’t be conducting an official investigation into an accident at Cedar Point that injured at least two people, but will have to give the OK for the swing ride to reopen. The state only investigates accidents when someone is admitted to a hospital or stays overnight. Two Read More…

Reports: Skyhawk cable snaps

SANDUSKY — Cedar Point officials have not confirmed online reports that stated a cable snapped on Skyhawk late Saturday. It is not known whether any injuries occurred. Calls to Cedar Point officials went unanswered Saturday.

Fall elections all about economy

Barb Allen leans on the railing of her front porch in Warren. The 50-year-old has been employed, laid off, re-employed and jobless in a single year’s span, illustrating the complicated nature of jobs statistics. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS — Ask politician, pundit and voter alike, and they all will tell you: The November election is about jobs. Job growth is both a key economic indicator and an easy issue for politicians to talk about when campaigning. Yet when the claims of Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald conflict, Ohioans Read More…

Woman hit in face with rock faces long recovery

This undated photo shows Randy Budd and his wife, Sharon Budd, a middle school language arts teacher. They live in Uniontown, south of Akron.  (AP Photo/Randy Budd)

DANVILLE, Pa. — Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd’s skull: To keep her alive. After nearly two weeks, including surgery lasting more than 13 hours that involved removing damaged parts of her brain, they are cautiously optimistic. Read More…

UPDATED: Ashland man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

Jordie Callaha

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison. The man, Jordie Callahan, 28, and his girlfriend were convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and Read More…

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio’s eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites — defined as those ages 18 to 64, with Read More…