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Higher-ed reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Runner, morning person, breakfast enthusiast.

Education Insider: Evidence punctures ex-principal’s alibis — In a good whodunit, an alibi is everything. Former principal Pamela Diggs testified under oath last week that she couldn't have surreptitiously withdrawn Marion-Franklin High School students who hadn't left - even though her name was on the withdrawal record - because she was on vacation.

Ohio State’s veterinary program among best in U.S. — In the most recent round of graduate-school rankings, Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine was named No. 5 among 28 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking of any college at Ohio State. The school receives 1,400 applicants a year for 162 spots in its veterinary program.

Ohio State homecoming parade Friday — The Ohio State University homecoming parade will step off from Ohio Stadium at 6 p.m. today. It will end at the Ohio Union and be followed by a pep rally for Saturday's football game. About 25 student floats will follow the course east on Woodruff Avenue to N.

Education Insider: Columbus schools told of gambling in 2008 — In July, Columbus City Schools investigated potentially illegal gambling among bus drivers and supervisors at the Fort Hayes Bus Compound. One finding: Some district transportation leaders "demonstrated leadership" when they uncovered the gambling this year and reacted appropriately.

Police shoot, kill two during robbery at South Side store — Two men were shot and killed by Columbus police tonight, after they reportedly robbed a South Side store for the second time in two weeks. The names of the men haven't yet been released. Tonight, their bodies remain under sheets in and near a car that's abandoned on Thimbleberry Road, just east of Alum Creek Drive and south of Williams Road.

Fire-breather burned while performing at Blood Run race — A woman is hospitalized in critical condition tonight, after she was burned while performing a fire-breathing act near Nationwide Arena. Medics from the Columbus Division of Fire received a call at 7:12 p.m. that a person was burned while breathing fire at Nationwide Boulevard and West Street, which is at McFerson Commons near the arena.

Big data: Ohio State, research centers to gather patient information using sensors, cameras — Researchers at Ohio State University are equipping about 100 medical patients with high-tech sensors to collect detailed data about their daily lives, hoping to translate that information into better treatment. The research is part of a new study announced today that spans 11 universities with the help of $10.8 million from the National Institutes of Health.

Ohio State paying $460 an hour to consultant in band investigation — Ohio State University is paying a consultant group $460 an hour and a separate law firm $425 an hour for work on a second investigation of the marching band, records show. An agreement with the David Vaughn Consulting Group charges the university $460 an hour, plus $287 an hour while Vaughn is traveling but not working.

Education Insider: Reynoldsburg grades to be ‘weighted’ — It's been more than two weeks since students in Reynoldsburg schools have had their teachers in their classrooms, and many are getting worried that the close of the district's first grading period won't be pretty.

More Ohio colleges letting applicants skip ACT, SAT — More Ohio colleges are dropping standardized-test scores from their application requirements, saying that high-school grades are a better predictor of academic success. After a quiet rollout of its new "test optional" policy last fall, Ohio Wesleyan University is starting a campaign to tell applicants that they can choose whether to submit test scores.
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Oct 13, 2014

RT @chronicle: The surprisingly amicable retirement of Ron Erickson as Hocking College’s president was a facade, he says:

Oct 13, 2014

But hours will be from 3-4 to honor UM football record MT @bankofannarbor We will not close for Columbus Day because Columbus is in Ohio

Oct 10, 2014

@TattedQT_83 Now would be great. If it has to be later, call 461-8535, please.

Oct 10, 2014

@jqcqueline Collin at The Dispatch here. Heard that the firebreather was injured. Would you call to share what you saw? 461-5091

Oct 10, 2014

@TattedQT_83 Collin at The Dispatch here. Heard about the fire breather. Would you call to share what you saw? 461-8591

Oct 06, 2014

Low ACT/SAT scores? Just leave them out, more Ohio admissions offices say -- but grades will count more

Oct 02, 2014

Deadline for the second #OhioState band inquiry is tomorrow. But leader says it'll be another 4-6 weeks

Oct 02, 2014

New crime stats from Ohio colleges included errors, omissions. Takeaway: Confusion about the law continues

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