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State fair offers many budget-friendly options

dispatch.com — Erin Bentley and her husband, Chuck, doubled their spending limit for the Ohio State Fair from last year to accommodate their growing daughter. But they also found some new ways to save money. The couple visited the fair on Saturday with their son, Connor, 4, and daughter, Molly, 2, after getting free tickets from Chuck's mother, who also tagged along.
Jul 28, 2014

RT @amiller78: Good morning. Going to the Ohio State Fair? Here are budget-friendly options... shar.es/Lqlf6 fb.me/37HsuKj9k

Jul 28, 2014

Good morning. Going to the Ohio State Fair? Here are budget-friendly options... shar.es/Lqlf6 fb.me/37HsuKj9k

Governor’s race isn’t only one facing Ohio voters

dispatch.com — They're called down-ticket races, but Ohioans have a big stake this fall in electing the state's top cop, banker, vote-counter and financial watchdog. The Dispatch takes a look at the status of campaigns for offices other than governor. Secrertary of state How vast are the disagreements between Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and Democratic challenger Sen.

Governor’s race isn’t only one facing Ohio voters

mobile.dispatch.com — The past four years in Ohio have been stocked full of partisan battles over voting laws. Sometimes, Husted has been on the opposite side of the GOP-controlled legislature - such as a failed attempt by lawmakers to require a photo ID from voters at the polls and Husted's unsuccessful crusade to allow online voter registration.
Jul 28, 2014

It's not just Kasich v. FitzGerald this year in Ohio. A look at the "down ticket" '14 races bit.ly/1tSodG6

Jul 28, 2014

In the race for Ohio's SoS, the two candidates don't even agree on whether voters are paying attention yet. #ohel2014 bit.ly/1tSodG6

Plans for Rickenbacker house, museum crashed

dispatch.com — Eddie Rickenbacker returned home to a hero's welcome after World War I. The years since have not been as kind to the house he grew up in on the South Side of Columbus. Malt liquor bottles lay in the grass last week outside 1334 E. Livingston Ave., where the WWI flying ace grew up.
Jul 28, 2014

Plans for museum / community center in Eddie Rickenbacker's boyhood home on E. Livingston fizzled... shar.es/LqlhG

Ex-stripper delivers hope to women through gift bags

dispatch.com — A stripper for nearly 20 years, Lynn Stevens had had enough. She remembered the sexual abuse she had endured as a child - followed by unfaithful men, domestic violence, a miscarriage and suicide attempt, drug addiction and jail time. She was tired and depressed, and she ranked her self-worth at zero.

Ohio ranks near bottom on long-term care

dispatch.com — Ohio ranks 44th among states in meeting the long-term-care needs of its older and disabled residents, according to a recent scorecard by AARP. The study examined 26 indicators in five broad areas: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of care and quality of life; support of family caregivers; and effective transitions (from long-term care to home- and community-based services).
Jul 28, 2014

Ohio ranks near bottom for long-term care for elderly and disabled... shar.es/LqZ0q

Ohio State's marching band culture: Innocent fun or abuse?

dispatch.com — Nicknames that make you blush. Raunchy jokes. Gay-bashing songs. Marching in underwear. Some of it is silly shenanigans, maybe. All of it was, by many accounts, the Ohio State University marching band way. Fun. But beneath the high jinks that investigators found were part-and-parcel of being a band member runs a darker undercurrent that surfaced in serious ways.
Jul 28, 2014

RT @ChuckyT3: Hidden culture of Ohio State Univ.’s marching band amounted to abuse, hazing, experts say bit.ly/UwRUAf

Jul 28, 2014

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2 injured by Skyhawk ride at Cedar Point; ride closed indefinitely

dispatch.com — SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders up to 125 feet in the air has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards says a cable on the Skyhawk ride disconnected at about 10 p.m. yesterday.
Jul 28, 2014

2 injured by Skyhawk ride at Cedar Point; ride closed indefinitely... shar.es/LqlBz