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More people turning to food pantries, study shows

2 hours 13 min ago
More than 1 in 6 Ohioans – more than 2 million people – don’t have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report. The study released today by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks showed a 40 percent increase in hunger from four years ago.

Pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side

2 hours 53 min ago
A pizza delivery man was shot to death last night during a robbery on the East Side, Columbus police said. James A. Crabtree Jr., 45, was found by officers in the middle of N. Cassady Avenue, just north of E. 5th Avenue at 9:24 p.m. He had gunshot wounds in the upper body. Crabtree was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:33 p.m.

Ex-trooper coerced sex from women he stopped

3 hours 24 min ago
The cruiser video that the Highway Patrol supervisor watched raised red flags. The sergeant saw the trooper flirt with two women in a car that he’d stopped for suspected drunken driving. Then he turned off his microphone. It was that September 2013 incident that led this month to charges against now-former Trooper Bryan D. Lee, who authorities say failed to charge women he’d pulled over in exchange for sexual favors. Lee, 30, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Columbus to four counts of violating the civil rights of four female motorists, as well as one count of engaging in cyberstalking.

Top things to do this weekend, October 31-November 2

3 hours 27 min ago
Halloween events still linger, but as the calendar flips to a new month, Central Ohio lovers of all things comic books, superheroes, fossils, AC/DC tribute bands and scary plants will find lots to love in the next few days. Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

Cardinal Health quarterly earnings exceed Wall Street expectations

3 hours 47 min ago
Cardinal Health has reported first-quarter earnings of $266 million. Although 22 percent lower than a year ago, the company’s earnings exceeded Wall Street expectations. The Dublin-based company’s stock was unchanged in early-morning trading.

Former State Rep. Weddington released from prison

4 hours 12 min ago
Former Columbus state Rep. W. Carlton Weddington was released from prison today, 10 months before the end of his three-year prison sentence for bribery, election falsification and an ethics violation. Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Serrott granted the release this morning, and Weddington is expected to be freed this afternoon after paperwork is processed.

Ohio Politics Now: Boehner blasts Obama administration over Netanyahu comments

5 hours 2 min ago
House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, ripped the Obama administration regarding an anonymous comment from someone in the administration in The Atlantic. The source said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “chickensh--.” POLITICO’s Lauren French writes that Boehner said, “When the president discusses Israel and Iran, it is sometimes hard to tell who he thinks is America’s friend and who he thinks is America’s enemy.”

Lifetime of travels flavors music created by Sinkane

5 hours 59 min ago
The connective threads of Sinkane’s funky, global-flavored pop that National Public Radio praised as “breathtaking,” a malleable sound shaped by a lifetime of travel, can fuse only with the frontman at the helm.

Novelist and his creation at odds in 'City of Angles'

6 hours 15 min ago
A Hollywood writer struggles to adapt his detective novel into a screenplay in City of Angels — but that is only half the action.

Turner calls attack ad ‘racist’; election experts disagree

6 hours 47 min ago
The week before Election Day, the lone African-American candidate for statewide office in Ohio this year accused her opponent of racism. Nina Turner says an attack ad from her opponent, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, is “ vicious, racist and sexist.” Political observers, however, say Turner’s charge of racism appears unfounded.

Trick-or-treat times

6 hours 49 min ago
Most central Ohio communities have scheduled trick-or-treating for Oct. 30.

Slideshow: Snowplow art

7 hours 1 min ago
Faith Crist, front, and Sydney Errington, fourth-graders at Gahanna’s High Point Elementary School, paint holiday scenes on a snowplow blade for the city’s Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration on Nov. 23. Art teacher Doug Parker, back right, selected eight fourth-graders to paint the class’s “Winter Fun” designs on the plows yesterday.

Trial delay sought in quadruple slaying

7 hours 48 min ago
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Defense attorneys have asked a court to delay the trial for a defendant charged with killing four men found in their homes in this small, northern Ohio city.

Cop killer loses death-sentence appeal

7 hours 50 min ago
The nature of a police officer’s killing during a traffic stop — shot four times in the head at close range — outweighed arguments that the killer panicked out of fear he would be attacked by the officer, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday in upholding the defendant’s death sentence by a single vote.

Man found fatally shot in car on North Side

8 hours 28 min ago
A man died yesterday evening after a shooting in a North Side neighborhood. Roger W. Burke Jr., 24, was found shot several times in the driver’s seat of a car in the 2400 block of Peekskill Drive when officers were called to the scene around 5 p.m.

Central Ohio voters asked to support six libraries

8 hours 30 min ago
Six central Ohio public-library systems are seeking new or renewed funding to prevent what they say would be drastic cuts in materials and services.

Columbus schools support-staff union approves new contract

8 hours 59 min ago
A proposed contract for more than 3,000 nonteaching employees in Columbus City Schools offers no cost-of-living increases but would resume “step” pay increases based on years of service, grant a one-time $400 bonus and extend health-care benefits to same-sex partners.

Local Government Insider: More changes recorded at Franklin County recorder’s office

9 hours 4 min ago
There’s been another shake-up at the Franklin County recorder’s office. On Friday, Recorder Terry J. Brown ordered his finance officer to resign because he blamed her bad bookkeeping for a problem with a key account. We here at the Insider knew it was coming because a little bird (two little birds, actually) had told us days before that Brown would fire her and also demote his chief of staff.

Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout in eastern Ohio

9 hours 13 min ago
From his fishing boat on a rural Jefferson County pond, Mike Poole could see the natural-gas wellhead less than a tenth of a mile away. Poole spent part of his Tuesday afternoon on that boat with a friend and his dog. The well, at that time, was just part of the landscape. By Tuesday evening, though, it had forced him from his home in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

FitzGerald urges his volunteers to action

9 hours 23 min ago
Saying that “democracy depends on more than 30 seconds,” Democrat Ed FitzGerald exhorted supporters last night to counteract the TV advertising of Gov. John Kasich by talking personally to voters.