September 30, 2014

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U.S. Supreme Court delays early voting in Ohio

COLUMBUS — A divided U.S. Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin today. The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from Ohio officials who wanted to delay a judge’s ruling lengthening the swing state’s early voting schedule. Ohioans can vote Read More…

Victim’s sons reflect on verdict in salmonella-tainted food case

Randy, left, and Jeff Napier traveled to Washington, D.C., several times to lobby Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration more power after their mother, Nellie Napier, died at age 80 after eating peanut butter tainted by salmonella. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A federal jury that found a peanut plant owner and two other executives guilty on Friday of shipping salmonella-tainted food never heard testimony that their peanut butter killed nine people. The deaths never were discussed because the defendants were charged only with conspiracy and fraud, federal prosecutors said. The sons of one of the victims, Read More…

Peanut plant owner convicted for salmonella deaths

Staff and wire reports Two sons of an 80-year-old Medina woman who died five years ago after eating peanut butter contaminated with salmonella at a nursing home welcomed the guilty verdicts a Georgia jury handed down Friday against the owner and two other executives of the Peanut Corporation of America. “These are the first steps Read More…

Wadsworth graduate named Veterans Affairs official in Washington, D.C.

Col. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, a 1962 alumna of Wadsworth High School, gave a keynote address during a Memorial Day celebration this year in Wadsworth. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Col. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, a 1962 alumna of Wadsworth High School, received a phone call in May 2013 from the White House. It was someone from the Office of White House Personnel telling her she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as assistant secretary of policy and planning for Veterans Affairs. “You never Read More…

Federal judge rejects law banning false statements against candidates

A federal judge on Thursday struck down Ohio’s law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in a case that the U.S. Supreme Court said needed to be heard. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio’s law is unconstitutional and prohibited the Ohio Elections Commission and its members from Read More…

Nation’s new terror fight casts shadow

The nation’s gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones. The familiar silence to mark the attacks and the solemn roll call of the nearly Read More…

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries. Read More…

Convictions upheld in $200M scheme

Staff and wire reports A U.S. appeals court in Chicago on Thursday upheld 10 convictions against an Indianapolis financier found guilty of bilking thousands of Northeast Ohioans, including more than 500 from Medina County, of more than $200 million. But the court overturned two wire fraud counts, saying the government failed to enter into the Read More…

International pipeline company: Eminent domain would be ‘last resort’

Eminent domain could become an issue for residents with property along the route of a proposed 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario. Arthur Diestel, a spokesman for Spectra Energy Co.’s NEXUS Gas Transmission project, said that while the company doesn’t use eminent domain as a negotiation tool, the company will Read More…

Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Mesfin Fekadu | The Associated Press Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage. Beyonce Read More…