Most talked about Columbus Dispatch stories

Game 32: Somehow, Some Way — Columbus 3, Chicago 2 (SO) The skinny The likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa paid another visit to Nationwide Arena tonight, and Sergei Bobrovsky welcomed Chicago's finest with open arms. "This was so much fun to play against them," Bobrovsky said. "It's such a great challenge.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @smitchcd: Puck-rakers: #CBJ extend point streak, snap 13-game skid against #Blackhawks with 3-2 shootout win:…

Jenner To Miss 1-2 Months — Just as the Blue Jackets started to get healthy, and just as they'd reappeared on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff picture ... The club announced this morning that center Boone Jenner will miss one to two months after being diagnosed Friday with a stress fracture in his back.
Dec 20, 2014

This is surreal, beyond ridiculous ... Boone Jenner to miss 1-2 months with back fracture #CBJ…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Aportzline: Puck-rakers: #CBJ Boone Jenner to miss 1-2 months with a stress fracture in his back; Collins recalled…

Dec 20, 2014

Puck-rakers: #CBJ Boone Jenner to miss 1-2 months with a stress fracture in his back; Collins recalled…

Home of the brave: House donated to disabled veteran — MARYSVILLE, Ohio - There was a Christmas tree on which visitors hung patriotic ornaments and left gifts of household items. There were lights framing the roof of the new ranch house, as well as wreaths and porch columns wrapped in greenery and red ribbons.
Dec 20, 2014

Honored to have covered this today ... Home of the brave: House donated to disabled veteran via @DispatchAlerts

Postgame: North Carolina — Comments from North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Buckeyes players Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson after the Tar Heels' 82-74 victory at the United Center: -- Williams has a different opinion than Matta does on how to prepare his team in November and December for what lies ahead of it.

Dead boy's mom urges Columbus marchers on — The mother of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November praised about 80 protesters at the Ohio Statehouse today for coming to her support. "The police murdered my son. There is no justification for it," Samaria Rice said. Rice's son, Tamir, who was black, was shot on Nov.

Men's basketball: Slow start dooms Buckeyes against Tar Heels — CHICAGO -- North Carolina took advantage of its superior size and weathered late pressure from Ohio State today to beat the Buckeyes 82-64 in the first game of a men's basketball double-header at the United Center. No.1 Kentucky met UCLA in the second game.

A.M. #32: Chicago — The bothersome back of Blue Jacket Boone Jenner mushroomed into something far more sinister this morning, when the team announced that Jenner will miss 1 to 2 months because of a stress fracture in his back. Evil, thy name is injured reserve.

Critics of marijuana legalization: Pot backers see dollar signs — The belief that marijuana is a growth industry appears to be the driving force behind a planned 2015 constitutional amendment that would ask Ohioans to authorize 10 individuals or businesses to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal and medicinal use by residents 21 or older.
Dec 20, 2014

Most-read this AM ... Critics of marijuana legalization: Pot backers see dollar signs via @DispatchAlerts

Ohio State men's basketball: Shannon Scott steeped in Carolina blue growing up — Today's game at the United Center in Chicago between No. 12 Ohio State and No. 24 North Carolina figures to be surreal for the Scott family. Shannon is the Buckeyes' starting point guard, the engineer of one of college basketball's swiftest offenses.

Ohio State men’s basketball: Tall Tar Heels give Buckeyes second shot at a ranked team — CHICAGO - Coaches and players say they don't look back because it does no good to reflect on what might have been. The past 2 1/2 weeks have been an exception to that rule for the Ohio State men's basketball team. "We still talk about the Louisville game," coach Thad Matta said.

Game preview | Men's basketball: Ohio State vs. North Carolina — Notable: Ohio State is 2-10 all time vs. North Carolina, including 0-3 during coach Thad Matta's tenure. The Buckeyes' most-recent win in the series was in the 1992 NCAA Sweet 16 in Lexington, Ky. Their other win was in 1929. ... As a ranked team under Matta, Ohio State is 34-37 against ranked opponents, including 10-9 at neutral sites.
Dec 20, 2014

#Buckeyes looking for first win in 4 tries against #TarHeels in Thad Matta’s 11 seasons at OSU. Game preview:… #buckbk

Gibbons Out; Wennberg, Goloubef Up — The Blue Jackets have placed forward Brian Gibbons on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Washington. The club expects him to miss two to three weeks, according to a release. In 21 games, Gibbons has zero goals, five assists and a plus-2 rating.
Dec 19, 2014

Puck-rakers: #CBJ place Brian Gibbons on IR with knee injury; recall Wennberg, Goloubef from @TheFalconsAHL…

Ohio workers have a slightly fatter wallet — By: Mark Williams Workers in Ohio are making a bit more money. Federal data show that the average Ohio worker earned $846 a week during the April 1-June 30 quarter. That's an increase of 2.1 percent from the same period in 2013.
Dec 19, 2014

Ohio workers making a little more -- emphasis on little -- money these days.…

Gas prices dip below $2 a gallon in central Ohio — Columbus has joined the $2-gasoline party. Early this evening, about 10 stations were selling regular unleaded for $1.99, the first time this has happened, other than a few outliers, since 2009. One was even selling gas for $1.98 a gallon. At one of those stations, M&S Carryout on the West Side, there was a line of cars.

Illegal "casinos" busted — By: Steve Wartenberg Six business in the Toledo area suspected of operating as illegal casinos have been shut down by the Attorney General's office. Gaming machines were removed from each of the six, but no arrests were made, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Rob Oller commentary: From Alamo to Texas, here are your winners — Even though bowl season might look slightly different with a new four-team playoff, what remains are the oddly named games touting everything from potatoes to the Robertson boys from Duck Dynasty. You want clothing? We got it. (Russell Athletic, New Era and Gildan). Car parts? Of course.
Dec 19, 2014

The "Incredibly Clever Except When It's Not" college football bowl prediction column is here.… #Buckeyes #OhioState

Return of holiday production takes poignant turn for cast — Although she buried her granddaughter just days ago, Delores Booker said her faith has banished any thoughts of leaving the upcoming production of Black Nativity. "No, no, no, honey," Booker said after 14-year-old Destinee Booker was shot on Nov. 28 on the South Side.
Dec 19, 2014

I thought I was just writing about the Black Nativity musical. It ended up more about loss and resilience:

Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich says more regulations needed on fracking, charter schools — During a speech in front of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Gov. John Kasich promised to crack down on charter school operators who are not doing their job of educating children, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. "We are going to fix the lack of regulation on charter schools," he said.
Dec 19, 2014

Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich says more regulations needed on fracking, charter schools…

Huntington to offer Apple Pay for customers — By: Mark Williams Huntington Bancshares will begin offering customers the Apple Pay electronic-payments service early next year. The service will be available to customers with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With Apple Pay, you no longer have to pull your credit card out of your wallet to make purchases.