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Three surgeries and more than a year of physical therapy later, Paige Gilliland pedals a stationary bike at the Ohio Orthopedic Center for Excellence in Upper Arlington. In her most-recent bout of physical therapy, she does squats and leg lifts to strengthen her front and back leg muscles after having had reconstructive surgery on her torn ACL, the anterior cruciate ligament that helps stabilize the knee joint.
I grew up in Mississippi, but now I call Ohio home, and we, too, are plagued with an unacceptable rate of infant mortality, currently ranking 43rd in the nation. (The United States ranks 34th among developed countries.) How can it be that great states such as Ohio and the world’s most technologically advanced country are so dismal in caring for its most vulnerable?
An audio recording released by Ohio State University today appears to capture Jonathan Waters, the now-ousted director of the marching band, yelling obscenities at a student who contradicted him. The student recorded the audio without Waters’ knowledge and provided it to Ohio State on July 9, more than a month after the university had started an investigation into what is determined is the “sexualized” culture of the band. Ohio State fired Waters yesterday.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, under fire from his political opponent for alleged favoritism in his debt-collection program, announced today that his office had a record year in collecting $471.8 million in money owed to the state. The total topped 2012, the previous record year, when $466.6 million was collected.
Neither bighead nor silver Asian carp were found in the Muskingum River and two other rivers after fishing crews searched extensively for the invasive, unwanted species, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said today. The department’s Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispatched crews to search for live Asian carp in June after water samples taken previously from the Muskingum River showed traces of the carp’s environmental DNA.
Two sobriety checkpoints will stop drivers in Hilliard tonight. One is scheduled for Cemetery Road at Lacon Road from 9 to 11 p.m. The other for Hilliard-Rome Road at Richlanne Drive from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
A former Columbus police officer caught with thousands of child pornography images was sentenced to just over 10 years in prison today. U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley handed down the 121-month sentence against Stewart A. Miller, 48, in federal court, saying he was troubled by Miller’s long history of viewing child pornography and that his actions seemed to escalate over time. Miller agreed to pay $7,500 in restitution to one of the victims.
Ohio State University fired marching band director Jonathan Waters yesterday after a two-month investigation found that band leaders ignored a “sexualized” culture among students and didn’t take sexual-harassment training as recommended. The firing came two weeks after OSU leaders told Waters he could keep the job if he enacted a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, his attorney, David Axelrod, said yesterday. The firing was a surprise to Waters, Axelrod said.
The state has issued its first toxic algae warning along Lake Erie this summer. The warning was issued at Maumee Bay State Park after samples collected on July 21 showed high concentrations of microcystin, a liver toxin associated with blue-green algae.
AKRON — A northeast Ohio man faces a life prison sentence after being convicted of fatally stabbing his mother then living in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
CINCINNATI — A charity said it has applied for a federal grant aimed at bringing to Ohio some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the U.S. border recently.
The third time was the charm for a hot-air balloon version of Smokey Bear at the Ohio State Fair. After rain on Wednesday and windy conditions yesterday kept the balloon grounded, today’s mild temperatures and dead calm allowed a 16-member crew to inflate the 97-foot-tall balloon and launch it above the north end of the grounds by 7:30 a.m.
The communication director at the Ohio Department of Education apologized for a tweet from his personal Twitter account urging charter-school opponents to take a break from debate over the schools and maybe “get laid.”
CINCINNATI — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald told a conference of mostly African-American civic leaders from around the country yesterday that cuts to public spending in a few areas and changes to voting laws in Ohio are philosophically linked to benefiting the wealthy.
What began as a budget grudge between the Hocking County commissioners and the coroner has now moved into court with charges filed against the doctor. Hocking County Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf filed misdemeanor charges on Wednesday against Dr. David L. Cummin in Municipal Court. The charges claim he is not doing his job.
WASHINGTON — If there’s any indication that the Ohio congressional delegation is concerned about the state’s opioid epidemic, it might be this: Within the past week, four Ohio lawmakers have introduced or announced plans to introduce three bills aimed at addressing drug addiction.
Despite problems that plagued an Arizona execution, Ohio officials plan to use the same drugs in the same quantity during Ronald Phillips’ execution scheduled for Sept. 18. Capital punishment in Ohio has been on hold for two months because of an order by U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost in a lethal-injection case. Frost’s order expires on Aug. 15. Barring further legal action, the execution will proceed for Phillips, a Summit County child-killer who already has had two reprieves.
American Electric Power is reporting an increase in profit and sales for the second quarter, helped by rising electricity demand from large factories and in regions with shale-gas development.
A Far East Side man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 29 years for his role in the execution-style slaying of an 18-year-old woman and the wounding of her boyfriend. Michael A. Jackson II, 27, was convicted in April of murder, felonious assault and two counts of kidnapping in a jury trial in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
A North Side charter school that had state and federal revenue of $3.8 million last year has laid off 17 employees as part of a “financial restructuring,” but it intends to remain open this fall. Several teachers said they received letters last week from FCI Academy telling them their contracts would not be renewed. The school reported having more than 400 students during the 2012-13 school year.