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South Side restaurant follows Nationwide Children’s lead

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:33pm
Jimmy Dragich’s dream was to open a restaurant. Now the flooring contractor is finally at the point where he can begin converting a rundown, boarded-up brick building along Parsons Avenue into a destination spot. It’s a return to the South Side for Dragich, who spent the first few years of his life on Hinman Avenue.

Reynoldsburg council refuses to repeal pit-bull ban

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:13pm
Sorry, pit bulls: You’re still not welcome in Reynoldsburg. After more than a year of pleas from advocates hoping to repeal the city law banning the breed — and months of work by a committee revising those local ordinances — the Reynoldsburg City Council decided last night to change absolutely nothing.

Families mourn two killed in South Side shootings

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:21pm
In two homes, about a mile apart on the South Side today, two families are grieving. Family of Robert D. Bass and Cherod D. Houchins, aged 22 and 21, respectively, gathered to mourn the two young men, both fatally shot at a Franklinton apartment last night.

Title IX affected band director’s firing, experts say

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:18pm
Strict federal rules helped chart the course that Ohio State University took as it investigated its marching band, and the course that OSU leaders took in their decision to fire the band director. In the 23-page report that led to the dismissal of Jonathan Waters, Ohio State investigators wrote that federal Title IX rules guided them to the finding that there was a “hostile environment” for students in the band. Based on that finding, federal law required them to act.

Apartments in central Ohio trend toward high end

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:13pm
By the end of this year, central Ohio is expected to have added more than 7,500 new apartments to the market since the start of 2013. With all those new units, one might imagine that rent prices would fall. But experts say that average rents are still expected to rise this year and vacancy rates are projected to move up only slightly.

Political ads for same-sex marriage return to TV

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:47pm
Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a statewide coalition advocating to make same-sex marriages legal, today released an ad that will run in various cities around the state from Wednesday though Aug. 6. The ad features two elderly Ohio men, Henry Hawley and George Vassos of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who were married last fall in New York after spending 50 years together as a couple.

Senior Day attracts crowds to the Ohio State Fair

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:17pm
Walkers and wheelchairs are competing with strollers today as Senior Day takes over the Ohio State Fair. Seniors began pouring into the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Buses and vans stopped first at the Martin Janis Center at the south end of the grounds to drop off passenger from senior centers, residences and organizations around Ohio.

Wright-Patterson pressured to fill more hospital beds

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:04am
DAYTON — Ohio’s largest military base is under pressure by the U.S. Department of Defense to fill more beds in its hospital. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton needs to boost the use of its 62-bed inpatient hospital, where the occupancy rate has been about 45 percent.

Akron schools to pay autistic child's education

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:51am
AKRON, Ohio — The Akron school district has agreed to pay just over $100,000 a year to send an autistic child to a private school after a longstanding challenge by the child’s parents.

Murder charge added against man involved in Cincinnati chase

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:39am
CINCINNATI — A man has been charged with aggravated murder in the aftermath of a slow-speed chase on Cincinnati-area interstate highways in which police say he held a handgun to his head.

Justice Insider: ‘Masked’ bandit nabbed with goods but set free

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:45am
The Union County sheriff caught a masked thief in the act last week, only to turn around and let him go. You’d understand why if you saw this perp’s mug shot. He was the cutest thief you ever did see.

Ohio House Republicans introduce bill to replace Common Core

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:31am
Ohio school districts that have spent four years implementing new Common Core standards might soon be told to change course. Hearings will begin in August in the Ohio House on a new bill designed to eliminate the Common Core math and English/language arts standards and begin developing new standards for the state. The bill also might rework new science and social studies standards, said Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, the No. 2 leader of the House.

Contestants share secrets to seed spitting at state fair

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:27am
The secret to competitive spitting seems to involve coordinating the tongue with the rest of the body. That’s according to the winners of the 2014 Ohio State Fair watermelon-seed spitting contest at 1 p.m. this afternoon — fittingly, just after lunch.

Proposal to replace Smokey Bear put on hold

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:26am
Smokey Bear, who has greeted tens of thousands of visitors by name at the Ohio State Fair since 1959, is going to be replaced. Like many other aging workers, old Smokey is a victim of technology, in this case an $80,250 “animatronic” Smokey Bear to be manufactured by LifeFormations, a Cincinnati company.

Former contractor extradited from Iraq to face federal charges

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:21am
A former Las Vegas contractor who was extradited from Iraq has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges for attempting to bribe U.S. officials to steer multimillion-dollar contracts his way. Metin Atilan, 54, is the first person to be returned to the United States under the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty of 1936, federal officials said in a statement today.

Chillicothe officials mum after police chief suspended again

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:16am
Police sources have confirmed that long-embattled Chillicothe Police Chief Roger Moore has been suspended. But no one is saying anything else. City Safety-Service Director Mike Green wouldn’t comment but released a statement saying only that more information will come when Everson returns on Friday from a planned vacation and that the police department is in the “capable hands” of three other commanders. Green’s statement said Moore’s suspension is a paid administrative leave. According to the city auditor’s office, Moore’s annual salary is $90,588.

On Restaurants | Olivers offers sophisticated take on sports bar

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:00am
Olivers Burgers, Steaks and Bourbon opened at 26 N. High St., in the former Thai Lotus and Mall Cafe spaces on June 16. The latest entry by FAB Dining Group is its fifth restaurant Downtown — although Chez du Bon has closed, replaced by Fin.

Suspect in Hocking County double shooting dies of self-inflicted wound

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:51am
The Franklin County man who was charged with shooting his ex-wife and killing her friend in a Hocking Hills cabin on July 19 has died. Michael J. Napoli, 33, died on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth said yesterday.

Woman’s body found in Muskingum County

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:38am
The Muskingum County sheriff’s office is calling the death of a woman suspicious. A missing-person report was filed on Friday about a woman living in the Brookside Apartments just east of Zanesville.

Newark man dies after his SUV hits trucks on Far East Side

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:35am
A Newark man died from injuries that he suffered in a multi-vehicle crash on the Far East Side yesterday morning. Robert L. Lacy Jr., 58, was pronounced dead shortly after noon at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.