August 16, 2013 |
Makhaela Jenkins, a seventh-grade girl in Ohio who has played youth football, has been told she can't play for her junior high team, leading to appeals for the school district to change its policies. The Liberty Union-Thurston School District in Baltimore, which is southeast of Columbus, does not allow girls to participate in contact sports with boys. The superintendent in the wake of criticism has said that the district is not violating Title IX, a regulation that gives children equal rights to participate in a program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
August 7, 2013 |
The death two weeks ago of a 450-pound inmate who had said he was too fat to be executed has done little to temper an escalating debate in Ohio over capital punishment. Ronald Post was 53 when he died in a prison hospital in Columbus on July 26. He had captured national attention a year ago with his plea for leniency from death row. He claimed executioners would not be able to find any veins in his arms or legs necessary for the lethal injection. His lawyers worried he might even break the death chamber gurney.
August 4, 2013 |
A death row inmate in Ohio who was scheduled to be executed in three days was found hanged in his cell early Sunday, officials said. Authorities found the body of Billy Slagle, 44, at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus about 5 a.m., prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Los Angeles Times. He was declared dead at 6:11 a.m. Officials suspect suicide. Slagle would have been executed by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The prison typically places death row inmates on suicide watch 72 hours before the execution, Smith wrote in an email, but "inmate Slagle had not yet been placed on constant watch.
August 1, 2013 |
Two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll. UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
July 30, 2013 |
Ohio State's national title hopes got a big boost Tuesday with the five words every big-time head coach loves to hear: "Charges will not be filed. " Columbus, Ohio police announced charges would not be filed against running back Carlos Hyde in connection to a July 20 bar incident in which he was named as a person of interest in an alleged assault. Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer suspended Hyde pending an investigation. "We just have to evaluate the facts," Meyer said last week at Big Ten media day. "And once I evaluate the facts, then we'll make some decisions.
July 29, 2013 |
It has been reported that former Ohio State president Gordon Gee has agreed to a $5.8-million retirement package. Gee, it seemed, spent more time pulling his foot out his mouth in recent years than contributing anything significant to the university. Gee, 69, retired on July 1 not long after disparaging remarks about Catholics and, maybe worse, the Southeastern Conference. This is the same Gee who once took a pot shot at "The Little Sisters of the Poor" and claimed there would be a playoff in college football over his dead body (the playoff begins in 2014)
July 10, 2013 |
A 12-year-old Ohio State fan was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago and decided to refer to his disease as "Michigan. " Why would he do such a thing when many Buckeyes fans won't even refer to the rival school by name? Simple. He wanted to beat it. And he has. Grant Reed was released from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus on Friday after receiving a final chemotherapy session. Although he was readmitted over the weekend because of a bacterial infection, the boy is doing "very well," his father, Troy Reed, said.
July 9, 2013 |
Money can't buy a new past. For the moment, however, the three Cleveland kidnapping victims have something to be thankful for as they move forward: A fund set up in their name has raised more than $1 million. Late Monday night, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight made their first spoken statements since the three women -- as well as a 6-year-old girl born to Berry during her captivity -- were rescued May 6. The women have been carefully shielded from public attention since details of their horrific decadelong captivity came to light.
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July 7, 2013 |
Charles Carr, who was just 18 and a college freshman when he drove country music legend Hank Williams on his final journey more than 60 years ago, died July 1 after a brief illness. He was 79. His death was confirmed by Beth Petty, director of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Ala. "When he was younger, he didn't have an interest in being defined by that moment in his life," said his son, Charles "Lands" Carr. But after the museum embraced the elder Carr later in life, he became more comfortable talking about the last days of Williams, who died during the car trip at 29. The elder Carr was a friend of the Williams family and found himself behind the wheel after the singer hired him to drive him from Montgomery to a New Year's Eve show in Charleston, W.Va., and then to another concert scheduled for Jan. 1, 1953, in Canton, Ohio.
July 7, 2013 |
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.