April 19, 2014

Medina
Mostly clear
40°F

‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps east

A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind Read More…

Ohio courts must report mental health info

Courts in Ohio must now report certain mental health information about people convicted of violent crimes for inclusion in a law enforcement database. A rule approved by the Ohio Supreme Court requiring that notification took effect Wednesday. The court devised the new document that judges must submit to police about violent offenders with a mental Read More…

Ohio lawmakers prep 2014 agenda

A two-year state budget is behind them. A key decision on the Medicaid health program has been made. The significant policy debates of 2013 may have offered a warm-up to Ohio lawmakers, who plan to turn their attention in the new year to tackling drug abuse and discussing additional tax changes. State legislators will no Read More…

OSU football: Meyer aims to keep BCS record perfect

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will try to improve to 5-0 in BCS games when the Buckeyes take on Clemson tonight. (AP PHOTO)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is sounding like someone who’s getting comfortable under the brightest lights as well. Meyer has coached in four previous BCS games. He’s never lost. Swinney has taken his team to the Read More…

OSU football: Spence suspended three games

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating an undisclosed Big Ten rule. Spence did not accompany No. 7 Ohio State on its trip to the Orange Bowl, with the team citing “a personal issue.” The Buckeyes (12-1) play No. 12 Clemson (10-2) on Read More…

Cavs: Star point guard Irving has bruised knee

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers rang in 2014 with some encouraging news: Kyrie Irving’s left knee is only bruised. The All-Star guard did not sustain structural damage Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers and is not expected to miss any significant time. An MRI revealed a bruise, the team said Wednesday in a statement. Irving will have Read More…

Rose Bowl: Hinckley Township’s Cook named offensive MVP

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook throws a pass against Stanford in the Rose Bowl. (AP PHOTO)

PASADENA, Calif. — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State’s season, the storybook ending came with a moral. After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody’s shadow anymore. For the first time in 26 years, they’re Rose Bowl champions. Hinckley Township native Connor Read More…

Trumbull County Amish lawsuit over rape can proceed

COLUMBUS — A county children’s service agency and its workers aren’t entitled to immunity sometimes granted public employees or entities, a federal judge ruled in allowing an Ohio Amish couple’s lawsuit to continue over the rape of their adopted baby by her biological parents during a partially supervised visit. The decision late Tuesday by Judge Read More…

Permits required for owners of exotic animals

COLUMBUS — Owners of certain snakes and dangerous wild animals in Ohio must have a permit to keep their creatures beginning Wednesday, though the state has issued none. Just seven applications returned to the state had been completed as of Tuesday, while another 30 are in progress, according to Ohio’s Department of Agriculture. The permits Read More…

The Top 10 stories of 2013 from the Associated Press

Here are 2013’s top 10 stories, in order: HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL The White House had hoped the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment would be a showcase for the upside of Obama’s much-debated overhaul. Instead, the website became a symbol of dysfunction, providing Republicans and late-night comics with ammunition, and worrying the president’s Democratic allies. Read More…