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Sen. Rob Portman reportedly to make move to explore 2016 presidential race

dispatch.com — WASHINGTON - Sen. Rob Portman plans to take the first step toward a run for the White House in 2016 by forming a presidential exploratory committee after the November election to raise money to pay for travel and expenses in the early primaries and caucuses.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @kkondik: Portman reportedly will form presidential exploratory committee after elex: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

Portman talking about forming an exploratory committee for a 2016 presidential run. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @HALLETTJOE: Torry reports: Sen. Rob Portman reportedly exploring 2016 White House run dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @HALLETTJOE: Torry reports: Sen. Rob Portman reportedly exploring 2016 White House run dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

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Feds say Pakistan unlikely to return fugitive Ohioan

dispatch.com — The U.S. attorney's office asked a federal judge today to sentence fugitive Amer Ahmad in absentia because Ahmad fled to Pakistan in April while he was awaiting sentencing. The former Ohio deputy treasurer pleaded guilty in December to a $3.2 million bribery and kickback scheme in Columbus and was released on bond.
Aug 28, 2014

Feds say Pakistan unlikely to return fugitive Ohioan; want ex-deputy treasurer sentenced in absentia shar.es/11oAlG

Aug 28, 2014

The latest in the odd tale of a former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan after pleading guilty to bribery dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

Feds say Pakistan unlikely to return former Ohio deputy treasurer for sentencing... shar.es/11o29V

Aug 28, 2014

Feds ask judge to sentence fugitive former Ohio treasurer Amer Ahmad in absentia shar.es/11ogwX via @DispatchAlerts

Man critical after shooting at Near East Side Wendy's

dispatch.com — A man is in critical condition after being shot at a Wendy's parking lot on the Near East Side this evening. Columbus police were called just after 6:30 p.m. to the Wendy's restaurant at 1054 E. Broad St. on a report of a shooting.
Aug 28, 2014

Man critical after shooting at Near East Side Wendy's shar.es/11WIxF via @DispatchAlerts

Gahanna woman serious injured after car flips on I-270 near Easton

dispatch.com — A Gahanna woman was seriously injured this afternoon, when her car ran off I-270 near the McCutcheon Road overpass on the Northeast Side. Nancy L. Wright, 58, was driving south on the Outerbelt just before 4 p.m., when her car veered to the left, struck a guardrail and rolled over.
Aug 28, 2014

Gahanna woman serious injured after car flips on I-270 near Easton shar.es/11WIdx via @DispatchAlerts

Avoiding 'smart' electric meter could mean bigger bill

dispatch.com — American Electric Power Ohio is asking permission to charge customers $31.80 a month if they choose not to have a "smart meter" installed and continue to have their electric meter read manually. The power company says in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that the charge reflects the costs of having someone come to a person's home to read the meter.
Aug 28, 2014

Electric utility customers who refuse one of the new "smart meters" looking at a higher costs. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

AEP Ohio wants to charge $32 a month to those who don't have 'smart' electric meters... shar.es/11okii

Rental company: American flag not the issue in dispute with Whitehall woman

Aug 28, 2014

RT @amiller78: Rental company says U.S. flag not the issue in telling Whitehall woman to remove her flag... shar.es/11oC8h fb.me/1nMQQFmMl

Aug 28, 2014

Rental company says U.S. flag not the issue in telling Whitehall woman to remove her flag... shar.es/11oC8h fb.me/1nMQQFmMl

School board refuses to discuss superintendent's lavish travel in public

dispatch.com — The central Ohio school board that gave its superintendent license to charge $380,000 worth of travel on a public credit card met today in private and then authorized its lawyer to try to recoup any misspent money. The five-member, publicly elected board of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio met in closed session despite the objections of a Dispatch reporter.
Aug 28, 2014

The ESC board politely closed their meeting and politely declined to answer my questions. Here's the story: ow.ly/APzgA

Aug 28, 2014

Closed meeting. Won't answer questions (not put in writing, anyway). Accountability anyone? shar.es/11o4Xi via @DispatchAlerts

Aug 28, 2014

School board refuses to discuss superintendent's lavish travel in public shar.es/11ovzZ via @DispatchAlerts

Police release video of suspect in July shooting

dispatch.com — A man running from a double-shooting scene on the South Side in July was captured on a neighbor's surveillance camera, Columbus police said. Michael L. Cumberland, 39, was found dead on the porch of 1175 Berkeley Rd. around 11 a.m. on July 13. Erica N. Haley, 21, also was shot and survived.
Aug 28, 2014

Do you recognize this guy running from a double shooting on Berkeley Road back in July? dispatch.com/content/storie…

Ohio State vs. Navy: QB flew under radar until he found niche running Midshipmen's offense

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Having played a game the night before, Keenan Reynolds was looking forward to a long, relaxing Labor Day weekend when he settled in front of the family television set five years ago for the first of three days of watching college football.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Navy QB wanted to play for Urban Meyer. Now Keenan Reynolds will play against him. @BBaptistHoops profiles the star: buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Navy QB wanted to play for Urban Meyer. Now Keenan Reynolds will play against him. @BBaptistHoops profiles the star: buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Aug 28, 2014

Second day of this week's cruise with Navy, on record-setting QB Keenan Reynolds. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Former postal worker accused in 5-year-old mail theft remains free

dispatch.com — Warning to would-be crooks: Don't try to rack up Kroger fuel points when you're buying stuff with a stolen credit card. That's what apparently led postal investigators to former mail carrier Arlie O. Ruff of Bexley. Ruff, 67, was in U.S.
Aug 28, 2014

Ex mailman linked to stolen credit cards thru Kroger fuel points shar.es/11oT8Z via @DispatchAlerts

Rob Oller commentary: Fans find Ohio State on TV isn’t birthright

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — WOW isn't the first word that comes to mind for Columbus TV viewers fuming about not being able to watch Saturday's Ohio State-Navy game on their cable or satellite system. The word of choice, or rather the choice word, has four letters, not three.
Aug 28, 2014

Remember when almost no #OSU football games were on TV? You're probably old. @rollerCD ow.ly/AODkU

Aug 28, 2014

With apologies to Howard Beale, "Ohio State fans are mad as hell they can't watch the Buckeyes anymore." Column. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Ethics commission to look at contract County Auditor Mingo awarded former chief of staff

dispatch.com — The state auditor's office will send information to the Ohio Ethics Commission about a consulting contract Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo awarded to his former chief of staff. The former chief of staff, Jerzell Pierre-Louis, had been seeking payment after Mingo replaced her. He said he wanted to take the office in a new direction.
Aug 28, 2014

Ethics commission to look at contract County Auditor Mingo awarded former chief of staff shar.es/11o7ao via @DispatchAlerts

Best/worst of times for Shannon

dispatch.com — By: Joe Vardon Today was a milestone of sorts for Charles "Chip" Shannon, newly minted campaign manager for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald. Shannon's first email to FitzGerald supporters as campaign manager was sent today, asking them to sign up to something called "Remember in November," which has to do with Senate Bill 5 (although the point is a little unclear).