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LUV LEBRON? James license plate proposed

dispatch.com — For those who feel they are struggling to properly convey their excitement over the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, one Ohio lawmaker may have a solution. Legislation to create the "Lebron James Witness 2.0" license plate will be introduced within the next two weeks, in plenty of time for consideration when lawmakers return to session following the November election, shortly after the NBA season begins.

Montgomery: New Ohio State band investigation won't repeat last one

dispatch.com — Betty Montgomery, who will lead an expanded inquiry into the Ohio State University marching band, said that she won't retrace the steps of the previous investigation that led to the firing of band director Jonathan Waters. After a meeting today with OSU President Michael V.
Jul 31, 2014

Ex-AG Montgomery: New Ohio State band investigation won't repeat last one #TBDBITL shar.es/LClRy via @DispatchAlerts

Data czar pleads to felony in Columbus schools cheating

dispatch.com — The architect of data tampering in Columbus City Schools pleaded no contest this morning to a felony charge. Stephen B. Tankovich, 66, who oversaw the district's data reporting to the state, was the first to be charged in connection with a long-running scheme within the district to avoid being held accountable for students with poor attendance and low test scores.
Jul 31, 2014

Cbus data czar to be witness in cases against others. Prosecutor expects 2 more in a month... shar.es/L4WhQ

Jul 31, 2014

Cbus Schools data czar's lawyer says former Supt. Gene Harris knew about data scrubbing... shar.es/L4WhQ

Jul 31, 2014

Data czar pleads to felony in Columbus schools cheating shar.es/L4axR via @DispatchAlerts

Jul 31, 2014

Data czar pleads no contest, convicted of felony in Columbus schools cheating case shar.es/L41ja via @DispatchAlerts

State fair cancels martial-arts event, adds free concert

dispatch.com — The Ultimate Victory Challenge mixed martial-arts event scheduled for the Ohio State Fair on Saturday night has been canceled, fair officials said this afternoon. A reason was not provided. Instead, a Beatles tribute band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Celeste Center on the fairgrounds.

State Auto earnings dip in second quarter

dispatch.com — State Auto Financial said this morning that its second quarter profit fell by about half from a year ago, much of it because of a one-time charge from a discontinued program. The insurer said it made $3 million, or 7 cents per share, for the quarter ended June 30, compared with $6.2 million, or 15 cents per share, for the same period a year ago.