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December 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The prime suspect in the strangling death of a 9-year-old girl in Ohio made a 911 call about her disappearance and was the last person seen with her when the pair were building a snowman, according to media reports. Jerrod Metsker, 24, lived next to Reann Murphy in a trailer park in Smithville, Ohio, where her body was discovered in a trash bin over the weekend, officials said. The county coroner determined Tuesday that the cause of death was strangulation. In the 911 call about her disappearance Saturday obtained by the Wooster Daily Record, the caller identifies himself as Metsker.
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NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A 24-year-old Ohio man is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning on suspicion of murdering a 9-year-old girl who lived next door, according to officials and local media reports. Reann Murphy was last seen playing outside at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a shared area of the Smithville, Ohio, mobile-home park where she lived, Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said at a Sunday news conference. Smithville is about 30 miles southwest of Akron. Officials received a report that she was missing at 8:28 p.m. Saturday and began a search, Hutchinson said.
SPORTS
December 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - - The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole. Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and Florida State in the first title game. It seemed only right that the final Saturday of the last BCS season should match that chaotic conclusion. Well, it certainly tried. In the end, though, somehow, it sort of broke cleanly. How?
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the obvious omission was caught and the decision was made to replace the original No. 14 with Florida State. The name of the school that was going to be 14 and got knocked completely out of the top 25 will not be revealed out of respect for the citizens of Fort Worth.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
This week Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said it would be "a disservice to our nation" if the one-loss SEC championship team is left out of the BCS title game. That will likely happen if Florida State and Ohio State win this weekend to complete undefeated regular seasons. Las Vegas oddsmakers, however, think the nation actually will be better served with Florida State against Ohio State. The Bovada.lv sports books makes Florida State a 10-point favorite over Ohio State but likes the Buckeyes in a title matchup against the SEC. Ohio State is a 2.5-point favorite over Auburn and a 3.5-point favorite over Missouri.
SPORTS
December 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Auburn's shocking upset of No.1 Alabama on Saturday thrilled a nation as it shook up the last two weeks of the final BCS season. Florida State and Ohio State moved into the top two spots in the release of the next-to-last Bowl Championship Series standings as the schools moved closer to berths in the BCS title game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Florida State is first with a BCS average of .995, with Ohio State second at .950. Auburn is third at .923, followed by Alabama in fourth at .854 and Missouri in fifth at .843.
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio Gov. John Kasich enouraged Ohio State fans to boycott the use of the letter "M" as a way of showing support for Saturday's classic college football showdown against Michigan. "We do hereby recognize Saturday, November 30, 2013 as 'Scarlet Letter Saturday' throughout Ohio," the Kasich's resolution said. "[We] encourage all Ohioans to avoid using the letter 'M' when possible. " So far, though, Ohio State is boycotting the letter "D" (as in defense) against Michigan. Ohio and Michigan were tied 21-21 at the half.
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Now that your heart rates have retreated to somewhere near normal, didn't we tell you the Bowl Championship Series (almost) always works out? Shoot, after days like Saturday, why are they even scrapping it for next season's playoffs? (We're kidding). And what if we told you biggest loser Alabama might still be coming to the Rose Bowl thisseason, just not for the title game Jan. 6? College football simply can't get crazier, or better. It started in the morning when No. 3 Ohio State held off Michigan's two-point conversion to win, 42-41, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
Most of the 400 residents who were evacuated in a small northern Ohio town have been allowed to return to their homes after a train car leaked thousands of gallons of a highly flammable chemical earlier this week. The homes closest to Tuesday's derailment in the town of Willard will remain off-limits as the cleanup continues, according a statement by the railroad company CSX Transportation. About three dozen homes are still in the evacuation zone, according to the city. Officials lifted the evacuation for the bulk of the homes on Thursday afternoon, allowing residents to return in time for Thanksgiving after 13,000 gallons of styrene monomer leaked from a train car. No injuries were reported.
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