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Pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side

dispatch.com — A pizza delivery man was shot to death last night during a robbery on the East Side, Columbus police said. James A. Crabtree Jr., 45, was found by officers in the middle of N. Cassady Avenue, just north of E. 5th Avenue at 9:24 p.m. He had gunshot wounds in the upper body.
Oct 30, 2014

James Crabtree, killed last night, was working so he could take his daughter trick or treating bit.ly/1tmBo2P pic.twitter.com/1adLYlolgv

Oct 30, 2014

Sure hope they catch this guy...pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side shar.es/10sq6h via @DispatchAlerts

Oct 30, 2014

RT @amiller78: Heartbreaking... and maddening: Pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side... shar.es/10qcuk

Oct 30, 2014

RT @amiller78: Heartbreaking... and maddening: Pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side... shar.es/10qcuk

Oct 30, 2014

Heartbreaking... and maddening: Pizza delivery man shot to death on East Side... shar.es/10qcuk

Inventor of ‘Operation’ game needs money for his own operation

dispatch.com — More than 50 years after inventing a device that became the popular board game "Operation," an Illinois man needs help to pay for his own operation. John Spinello came up with a buzzing toy concept as a University of Illinois student studying industrial design in 1962 before selling the idea to Milton Bradley Co.
Oct 30, 2014

Inventor of ‘Operation’ game needs money for his own operation... shar.es/10suWa fb.me/3eN8ocb4q

Oct 30, 2014

RT @kellylecker: The inventor of Operation was only paid $500 for the game. Now he needs money for an operation of his own. shar.es/10qF3J

Oct 30, 2014

The inventor of Operation was only paid $500 for the game. Now he needs money for an operation of his own. shar.es/10qF3J

Local holiday hiring should be strong

dispatch.com — There's good news this year for those looking for temporary work for the holidays. An improving economy means more demand for workers to fill online orders at distribution centers, wait on customers at stores and deliver packages to homes. The lower unemployment rate and tighter labor market also means workers hired for seasonal jobs will make more money than previous years.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @BizMarkWilliams: Good news for those looking for seasonal job for the holidays. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Kasich's narrative turns personal in Youngstown

dispatch.com — By: Randy Ludlow Ohio Gov. John Kasich turned personal with his narrative once he reached Youngstown in the Republicans' two-day statewide bus tour today. Largely abandoning his typical stump speech, Kasich talked of family, upbringing and values in attempting to connect with the blue-collar, historically Democratic workers at their heavy-metal workplace, Dearing Compressor & Pump Co.
Oct 30, 2014

Kasich's narrative turns personal in Youngstown. An unusual collection marks his roots. shar.es/10tlQl via @DispatchAlerts

More people turning to food pantries, study shows

dispatch.com — More than 1 in 6 Ohioans - more than 2 million people - don't have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report. The study released today by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks showed a 40 percent increase in hunger from four years ago.
Oct 30, 2014

More than 2 million Ohioans turn to food pantries each year, study shows... shar.es/10s74m fb.me/6VGPpJfVz

Oct 30, 2014

1 in 6 Ohioans turning to food pantries - that's $2 million people, new study shows shar.es/10svbh via @DispatchAlerts

Former State Rep. Weddington released from prison

dispatch.com — Former Columbus state Rep. W. Carlton Weddington was released from prison today, 10 months before the end of his three-year prison sentence for bribery, election falsification and an ethics violation. Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Serrott granted the release this morning, and Weddington is expected to be freed this afternoon after paperwork is processed.
Oct 30, 2014

Former Ohio State Rep. Weddington released from prison... shar.es/10s7M6

Oct 30, 2014

RT @phrontpage: Former state Rep. Carlton Weddington of Columbus granted early release from prison dispatch.com/content/storie…

Hold Steady | BlueJackets Xtra

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — For a change, some good news for Blue Jackets fans: The ridiculously lengthy list of incapacitated Jackets appears to have grown slightly shorter. Forward Nick Foligno practiced without limits today and could return to the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, five days after he was stretchered off the Staples Center ice following a freak collision with a linesman.

Ohio State football: Barrett sets standard as first-year starter for Buckeyes

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Urban Meyer wrote J.T. Barrett's parents a note on Tuesday and enclosed a couple of DVDs of their son's performance. Already, the Ohio State coach is gathering mementoes of this remarkable season for the redshirt freshman quarterback. "I think those ought to go in a shoebox somewhere," Meyer said.
Oct 30, 2014

Great look at Ohio State's Barrett and how he stacks up against former Buckeyes by @brdispatch shar.es/10qe7J

More than 400 evacuated after fracking well blows

dispatch.com — People were evacuated from about 400 homes in eastern Ohio last night after a fracking well failed, sending methane and natural gas into the air. The well is in a rural part of Jefferson County, about 15 miles southwest of Steubenville and about 160 miles east of Columbus.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @amiller78: Most back home after Ohio #fracking-well blowout. Questions linger about well safety... shar.es/10qY6Y #shale

Oct 30, 2014

Most back home after Ohio #fracking-well blowout. Questions linger about well safety... shar.es/10qY6Y #shale

Oct 29, 2014

RT @larenschield: Natural gas well blowout in rural Ohio forced 400 evacuations last night & has residents worried about health & homes htt…

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Huntington tops in customer satisfaction among small-business owners

dispatch.com — Huntington Bancshares is No. 1 in overall customer satisfaction among small-business owners in the Midwest in J.D. Power's annual survey released today. JPMorgan Chase & Co., the region's biggest private employer, is No. 2 in the Midwest and South and No. 1 in the West and Northeast.
Oct 30, 2014

$HBAN No. 1, $JPM No. 2 in small-business banking satisfaction survey in the Midwest. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Ex-trooper pleads guilty to coercing sex from women he stopped

dispatch.com — A former Ohio State Patrol trooper pleaded guilty today in federal court to coercing sex from females he stopped or arrested, photographing some of the sexual encounters and stalking some of the victims. Bryan D. Lee, 30, of Lancaster, committed the acts against four women while he was a trooper between 2010 and October 2013, according to the charges against him.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @hollyzachariah: Each paragraph of this story from @Woodsnight about an @OSHP trooper shocked me more than the one before it. shar.es/10q6Zc

Oct 30, 2014

Ohio Highway Patrol trooper resigns after being accused of coercing sex from women he stopped for traffic offenses. ow.ly/DyO0V

Oct 30, 2014

This is so alarming. Ex-trooper coerced sex from women he stopped shar.es/10q6t6

Oct 30, 2014

Ex- Ohio State Patrol trooper coerced sex from women he stopped... some while in handcuffs... shar.es/10qG9g fb.me/6QAyGsuPY

Oct 29, 2014

Ex-Ohio trooper pleads guilty to coercing sex from women he stopped @OSHP shar.es/10rU9t via @DispatchAlerts

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Kasich rakes in even more big bucks

dispatch.com — By: Darrel Rowland An Ohio utility executive, a Missouri megadonor and a South Dakota "poet" helped enrich Gov. John Kasich's re-election campaign coffers by more than $200,000 this week. Poet actually is the name of the leading ethanol producer founded by Jeff Broin, who gave Kasich $10,000 on Monday.
Oct 30, 2014

The election's a foregone conclusion, but @JohnKasich keeps raking in money, including from @firstenergycorp's CEO. dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Doctor whose patients died of overdoses from drugs he prescribed gets one year in prison

dispatch.com — A doctor who made money to feed his own cocaine addiction by prescribing pain killers at a Columbus pill mill was sentenced today to one year in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost condemned the actions of Terry Dragash, 59, who pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
Oct 30, 2014

Pill-mill doc Terry Dragash, whose patients died of overdoses, gets one year in prison shar.es/10sHzu via @DispatchAlerts

Lifetime of travels flavors music created by Sinkane

dispatch.com — In the music video for How We Be, a single from his fifth and latest album, Mean Love, the singer-songwriter known as Sinkane coolly puts his face and falsetto before a vibrant melange of ballerinas and break dancers busting moves along the Brooklyn waterfront. In retrospect, his cameo seemed questionable.
Oct 30, 2014

"Without Columbus, I wouldn't be who I am." - Globe-trotting songwriter (& OSU grad) @sinkane, at the Wex tonight: dispatch.com/content/storie…

Scotts’ new subsidiary Hawthorne focuses on urban, indoor gardening

dispatch.com — Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is launching a subsidiary that will focus on the emerging areas of indoor and urban gardening. Hawthorne Gardening Co., based in New York, will offer brands such as Whitney Farms, a regional line of organic lawn and garden products, and AeroGarden, a soil-free indoor garden made by AeroGrow International.

Blue Jackets | Injuries mount even overnight: Letestu out 2-4 weeks

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — By the time Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen arrived at Nationwide Arena yesterday, he had digested the latest wave of bad news that broadsided the club the night before in a loss to the Ottawa Senators. Two more players suffered injuries in that game: center Artem Anisimov (concussion) and defenseman James Wisniewski (broken finger).
Oct 30, 2014

Dispatch: #CBJ now with nine injured regulars after Letestu's groin barks late in Tuesday's loss to Ottawa bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @DispatchAlerts: Blue Jackets | Injuries mount even overnight: Letestu out 2-4 weeks bit.ly/1tS5rSR

Central Ohio voters asked to support six libraries

dispatch.com — Six central Ohio public-library systems are seeking new or renewed funding to prevent what they say would be drastic cuts in materials and services. The Licking County Library is seeking a permanent 1-mill operating levy to take effect after a five-year levy runs out in 2015.
Oct 30, 2014

Central Ohio voters asked to support 6 libraries to avoid "drastic cuts."... shar.es/10qJnZ

FitzGerald urges his volunteers to action

dispatch.com — Saying that "democracy depends on more than 30 seconds," Democrat Ed FitzGerald exhorted supporters last night to counteract the TV advertising of Gov. John Kasich by talking personally to voters. "Here's what this will be a test of - what's more powerful, conversations or commercials," he told a room full of volunteers in a call center operated by the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association on the western edge of Westerville.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @DanHughes1959: Good luck with that: FitzGerald urges his volunteers to action shar.es/10qdO5

Issues hold many fixes for Columbus’ charter

dispatch.com — Columbus voters will have a rare opportunity to make changes to the city's 100-year-old charter in Tuesday's election. Issues 6, 7 and 8 propose changes to the city's election laws as well as inserting charter language to protect the rights of all people. The three issues contain a combined 19 recommended changes to the charter.
Oct 30, 2014

If you vote in Columbus, you need to read this... shar.es/10qd7s