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10 things to know, Friday, May 29

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Hastert indictment offers few clues Allegations that the former U.S. house speaker agreed to pay a person millions in hush money does not reveal what he did wrong. 2. Rumble in Zurich: Ali vs. Blatter As he Read More…

For second straight year, national spelling bee ends in tie

OXON HILL, Md. — They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways. The bee hadn’t ended in a tie Read More…

Jankowski just misses advancing at national spelling bee

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At first glance it appeared Emma Jankowski had the closest of shaves in not advancing to today’s semifinal round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School correctly spelled “rathskeller,” a German word for basement tavern or beer hall, during Wednesday afternoon’s onstage rounds to help Read More…

So far, so good for Lorain County speller

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is still in it to win it. The Avon Lake Learwood Middle School eighth-grader successfully spelled “trajectory” during the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee late Wednesday morning. “We’re just finishing up now,” Emma’s mom Terri said about 11:45 a.m. as the family left the mammoth 2,000-room Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel at Read More…

Avon Lake speller learns to say ‘cheese’ in German

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is a bit more worldly thanks to Tuesday’s preliminary written and oral rounds in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. One of the words the Learwood Middle School eighth-grader had to navigate her way through was “schmierkase,” a German term for a soft uncured cheese made from sour skimmed milk. Emma’s study Read More…

Area bee champ set for a spell

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AVON LAKE — If there’s one thing Emma Jankowski doesn’t fret about, it’s stage fright. She’s been stepping on stages since age 7, and the Learwood Middle School eighth-grader sounds calm, cool and collected as she prepares to stand in front of a big audience next week when she represents her school, community and The Read More…

High school girls soccer 2011: Breaking down the season

TEAM CAPSULES NORTHEAST OHIO CONFERENCE Elyria Pioneers COACH: Venera Ilievski, 6th year 2010 RECORD: 6-9-0, 3-2-0 RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Bailey Andress, sr., GK; Cheyenne Gutierrez, sr., F; Kaleigh Plato, sr., D; Haylie Davis, jr., D, Monica Banks, jr., D. SCOUTING REPORT: Andress, an all-conference and All-Lorain County goalkeeper, allowed just 24 goals while making 178 saves Read More…

Arrival: Registration

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“Waiting patiently to pick up the registration packet.  It would appear that a lot of other spellers had the same idea, but the Bee staff is quick and friendly. Thank you!” − Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Cecil, of Amherst, is in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee Read More…

Arrival: Safely at the bee

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“After making it safely to the Gaylord National (home of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee) Matt settles down in his room to study with the world’s smallest copy of the Merriam-Webster dictionary − or maybe that’s just his iPod ” − Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Cecil, of Amherst, is in Read More…

CT speller clears third round in Washington, D.C.

Paul Kardar, 14 and an eighth-grader at Open Door Christian School, won The Chronicle-Telegram’s regional spelling bee in April. He’s now in Washington, D.C., where he will compete in the 83rd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Round 1 of the three-day competition begins tomorrow, but the Kardars have been in D.C. since Sunday. Paul will Read More…