September 18, 2014

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Oberlin High ranks high for teaching low-income students

OBERLIN — A new high school ranking by Newsweek magazine lists Oberlin High School as one of the top schools in the country for low-income students. Oberlin High School, which has fewer than 350 students, ranked 416th on the list of the top 500 schools nationwide. Its graduation rate is 89 percent — with 61 Read More…

Avon eyes increased hotel tax for its own visitors’ bureau

AVON — Travelers staying in motels within city limits soon may see a larger tax on their bills. The city’s 3 percent excise tax, or bed tax, in existence since 1999, generates revenue for Avon’s general fund. According to Finance Director Bill Logan, the city collected $64,901 in 2013, and in 2014 they have collected Read More…

Crumbling Lorain hotel could become upscale apartments

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LORAIN — The blighted former Spitzer Plaza Hotel may be saved from demolition. Lorain Hotel Investors LLC, a company that includes Chicago-based T-2 Capital Management and Black River Landing developer James Louthen, wants to spend $10 million to convert the building into about 50 upscale apartments for residents 55 and older, a Monday news release Read More…

UPDATED: Highway Patrol: Driver jumps in front of semi, sets self on fire

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — A man who jumped in front of a tractor-trailer truck before lighting himself on fire Monday morning was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Hugo Ramos, 28, of Cleveland, was driving westbound on state Route 20 with three children in the car about 10:45 a.m. Monday when he pulled off the Read More…

Elyria man killed in single-vehicle crash

An Elyria man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning. Harold Brown, 31, was driving a 1999 Volvo southbound on West River Road, north of Russia Road, at 1:32 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a small curve, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle traveled off Read More…

10 Things to Know, Monday, Sept. 15

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Hollande presses for action against militants France’s president says there’s “no time to lose” in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq’s borders. 2. Read More…

Photos: North Ridgeville Skunk Festival 2014

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The annual North Ridgeville Skunk Festival was held on Saturday afternoon. The popular event draws skunks and their owners from all over, and features races and a costume contest.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up Read More…

Oberlin school board to build elementary building as first phase

OBERLIN — The school district has made plans to move forward with its building consolidation project by completing the most financially feasible part of the plan first. Oberlin school board members last week decided to start their consolidation project by building a new elementary school. The plan would include shutting down both Eastwood and Prospect Read More…

Relative’s crime enough for public housing eviction

Jonathan Miller holds his daughter, RIley Miller, while standing with his mother, Geraldine Miller, outside a relative's apartment in New York. Geraldine Miller faces eviction from her public housing apartment because Jonathan was found there after she signed an agreement banning him from the premises for his robbery conviction at 17. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go to a Read More…