May 4, 2015


Man charged for threatening Cleveland officer on trial for shooting man’s sister

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CLEVELAND — The brother of an unarmed woman killed in a hail of police gunfire after a 2012 high-speed chase has been charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly making a death threat against the Cleveland officer standing trial for the shooting. A court security guard reported 35 -year-old Alfredo Williams made the threat outside the Read More…

Indians: Early season struggles continue in 7-2 loss against Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — T.J. House made strides toward rectifying his early season struggles. It just wasn’t enough to hold off the Twins. After giving up six runs in 1⅓ innings in his season debut against Detroit, House allowed five runs in 5⅔ innings on Sunday in a 7-2 defeat to Minnesota. Cleveland has lost six of Read More…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ‘seriously considering’ 2016 presidential candidacy

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Gov. John Kasich told business leaders in Detroit on Monday that he was “seriously considering” a race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn’t setting a timetable for a decision. The second-term Ohio governor said he wouldn’t rush the decision, even as other Republicans join the race. GOP U.S. Sens Marco Rubio of Florida, Read More…

Mom charged after boy, 2, falls into cheetah pit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Barricades block the cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Zoo on Sunday where a child fell into the exhibit on Saturday. (Patrick Cooley/The Plain Dealer via AP)

CLEVELAND — A woman accused of holding her 2-year-old son over a railing at a Cleveland zoo when he fell into a cheetah exhibit has been charged with child endangering. Michelle Schwab, of Delaware, Ohio, was charged Monday in Cleveland Municipal Court. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo says the toddler’s parents jumped in and pulled him to Read More…

Barack Obama calls for an end to ‘conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed Read More…

College basketball: Frank Kaminsky vs. Jahlil Okafor is the big(s) storyline

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (44) and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor will be players to watch tonight in the national championship game. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDIANAPOLIS — Bo Ryan doesn’t want to face Duke center Jahlil Okafor. “There’s no way I could match up with him,” joked Wisconsin’s gray-haired coach. “He’d kill me.” Luckily, Ryan has 7-footer Frank Kaminsky on his side to bang elbows in the post with the Blue Devils’ freshman phenom. Kaminsky vs. Okafor: The game within Read More…

Indicted Cleveland cop: I can’t remember shooting suspects from hood of car

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His footprints were found on the hood of a beat-up Chevy Malibu that had been strafed by police gunfire, killing its two unarmed occupants after a high-speed chase over streets and freeways in and around Cleveland. Yet Officer Michael Brelo told investigators he couldn’t remember standing on the hood and firing the final 15 rounds Read More…

Poll: Whites more likely to OK police striking people

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Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than blacks and Hispanics do, at a time when the country is struggling to deal with police use of deadly force against men of color, according to a major American trend survey. Seven of 10 whites polled, or 70 percent, Read More…

Indians: Madison Bumgarner outduels Cleveland’s Corey Kluber

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner outpitched AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber as the San Francisco Giants completed their Arizona portion of the exhibition season by beating the Indians 5-2 Wednesday. Bumgarner allowed one run and five hits in four innings with four strikeouts in his final tuneup for Monday’s opener Read More…

Obama reduces sentence for Cleveland man, 21 other drug convicts in federal prison

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. The effort could lead Obama Read More…