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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.
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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.
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The last title chase in Bowl Championship Series history has been narrowed to three undefeated teams and a few one-loss teams still clinging to hope. Previously undefeated Baylor and one-loss Oregon stepped aside this weekend with humiliating road losses to Oklahoma State and Arizona. Unbeaten Ohio State and one-loss Auburn happily filled the standings vacuum but still need help in the next two weeks. Alabama and Florida State remained firmly entrenched in the top two spots in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Fans from Berkeley, Calif., to Key Biscayne, Fla., must have done a spontaneous spit take when Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer announced his frustration with the lame-duck Bowl Championship Series. "I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday. Here's another bulletin: Bill Gates is rich. Ohio State is 10-0 with three games left but is not likely to finish in the top two unless Alabama and/or Florida State lose. It would also help if Baylor lost. The Buckeyes are currently third in the BCS standings, by a slim margin, with Baylor set to move to No. 3 if it wins Saturday at Oklahoma State.
NATIONAL
November 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. His students often outperformed those taught by the school's two other science teachers, and Freshwater's evaluations were almost always positive in the 20-plus years he'd been at the school. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Mount Vernon school board was right to fire Freshwater in 2011 in a disagreement over how he expressed his Christianity. In a controversial case that has touched on the divide between free speech and the separation of church and state, Ohio's highest court ruled that Mount Vernon officials were right in firing Freshwater for insubordination for refusing to remove Christian materials from his classroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The FBI is investigating the killing of an Aryan Brotherhood leader from Ohio inside a high-security federal prison in Victorville last week, officials said. David Snow, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. He had served as president of the Aryan Brotherhood in Ohio, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported . He was convicted of possessing 50 tablets of oxycodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Snow's 2005 federal indictment filed in Ohio, he had also been convicted of robbery in 1979 and aggravated assault in 1988.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Maybe the last season of the Bowl Championship Series was supposed to end this way. There are four undefeated contenders left, three weekends to play and only two spots for the Jan. 6 title game at the Rose Bowl. One-loss Stanford, which muddled up the standings last week with its No. 4 ranking ahead of undefeated Baylor, lost a second game to clear out the top four spots. Alabama struggled to a 20-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday but remained affixed on top in Sunday's latest BCS standings with an average of .991.
SPORTS
November 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio State crushed Illinois, 60-35, on Saturday to record its 22nd consecutive victory. It tied the school record for wins in a row -- and what a rush it was. Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards while quarterback Braxton Miller added 184. Ohio State (10-0) finished with 441 total rushing yards. It took Urban Meyer, 22-0 as the Buckeyes' head coach, less than two years to tie a record that has stood for more than four decades. Ohio State's last 22-game winning streak started with a win at Michigan State on Nov. 4, 1967, and extended through the 10-0 national title season of 1968.
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