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Gibbons Out; Wennberg, Goloubef Up

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — 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 bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Ohio workers have a slightly fatter wallet

dispatch.com — 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. dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Gas prices dip below $2 a gallon in central Ohio

dispatch.com — 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

dispatch.com — 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

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — 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. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #Buckeyes #OhioState

Return of holiday production takes poignant turn for cast

dispatch.com — 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: bit.ly/1wt57tU

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

dispatch.com — 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 dispatch.com/content/storie…

Huntington to offer Apple Pay for customers

dispatch.com — 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.

Five-year-old Dublin boy sends his allowance - $1 - to save the UAB football program

dispatch.com — Make no mistake: Bennett Williams is an Ohio State football fan. But when the 5-year-old Dublin boy was looking at the logos of all 125 football teams, he noticed the fiery dragon that belonged to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He decided he liked UAB football too.
Dec 18, 2014

The most adorable story about a 5-year-old Dublin, Ohio, kid and and UAB football you've ever read: ow.ly/G8f2p #GoBennett

Dec 18, 2014

5-yr-old Dublin boys gains fame by sending $1 allowance to "save" #UAB football. (he likes the dragon mascot) ow.ly/G8eaG

Dec 18, 2014

RT @DispatchAlerts: A 5-year-old Dublin boy wanted to save UAB football. He sent them his allowance-$1. The athletic dept.had it framed. shar.es/13OPjz

Kasich to revamp Ohio laws on charter schools

dispatch.com — Gov. John Kasich pledged today to revamp Ohio laws on charter schools. "We are going to fix the lack of regulation on charter schools," he said during a year-end address Downtown. He said the state will no longer tolerate out-of-state organizers coming into Ohio just to make money and take advantage of children.

Local Government Insider: Columbus woos Browns for training camp

dispatch.com — Just before Sunday's 30-0 Cincinnati Bengals beat-down of the Cleveland Browns, some of Columbus' elected officials were in Cleveland flashing Johnny Manziel-style money signs. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council President Andrew J. Ginther and Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady showed up at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland to make a pitch for Columbus to become home to the team's new training camp.
Dec 18, 2014

Dispatch reporting Columbus politicos believe they will lure #Browns to Columbus for training camp. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Dec 18, 2014

Local Government Insider: Columbus woos Browns for training camp (maybe Buckeye success will rub off) shar.es/13DBeG

Speaker Batchelder departs Ohio House with colleagues’ warm praise

dispatch.com — The Ohio House said goodbye yesterday to Speaker William G. Batchelder, a conservative stalwart and legislative icon. With tears in his eyes, Batchelder stepped down from the dais one last time into the arms of his wife, surrounded by thunderous applause.
Dec 18, 2014

Got 10 minutes to spare at the end of your day? Read @phrontpage's mini-profile of Speaker Batchelder dispatch.com/content/storie…

Dec 18, 2014

An extremely intelligent lawmaker: Speaker Batchelder departs Ohio House with colleagues’ warm praise bit.ly/13CaLPq

Dec 18, 2014

After 38 years in legislature, Speaker Batchelder departs Ohio House with colleagues’ warm praise... shar.es/13DxKS

Dec 18, 2014

Speaker Batchelder departs Ohio House with colleagues’ warm praise shar.es/13Dd0b via @DispatchAlerts

Report: Ohio among worst-prepared states for handling infectious diseases

dispatch.com — Ohio is among the worst-prepared states for tackling infectious diseases ranging from flu to Ebola, according to a national report released this morning. Two nonprofit groups - Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - judged states' abilities to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks based on 10 measures.
Dec 18, 2014

Report: Ohio among worst-prepared states for handling infectious diseases shar.es/13O5R9 via @DispatchAlerts

Dec 18, 2014

This is comforting: Report says Ohio is among worst-prepared states for handling infectious diseases...... fb.me/2OUjBuw4y

DeWine: How can Ohio better train its police?

dispatch.com — A group of advisers appointed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today began dissecting how police officers are trained in the wake of controversial fatal police shootings in Ohio and elsewhere. DeWine outlined the mission of his law-enforcement training advisory group at its first meeting, asking members to examine if state standards adequately prepare police officers in evaluating when to use - or not use -- deadly force.

Ohio Politics Now: House approves redistricting, tanning bed restrictions, more in lame duck

dispatch.com — Ohio voters are the next to decided if they approve of a legislative redistricting plan negotiated by Ohio lawmakers. The House approved the bill reform yesterday after the Senate voted at 4 a.m. Friday following hours of negotiating to find a compromise. "It will be a clearer process and more fair to the general public," said Rep.
Dec 18, 2014

Ohio Politics Now: House approves redistricting, tanning bed restrictions, more in lame duck dispatch.com/content/storie…

Dec 18, 2014

Ohio Politics Now: House approves redistricting, tanning bed restrictions, more in lame duck shar.es/13DNjE via @DispatchAlerts

Judge to resign from Ohio State board in ethics deal

dispatch.com — U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley has agreed to resign from the Ohio State University board of trustees effective Jan. 30 after the Ohio Ethics Commission found that he violated state rules by serving as both a trustee and an OSU adjunct professor. The federal judge's resignation is part of a settlement with the ethics group.
Dec 18, 2014

Federal judge to resign from Ohio State board in ethics deal shar.es/139Wz9 via @DispatchAlerts

Ohio State student killed in crash recalled at service

dispatch.com — Stephanie Jeanette Fibelkorn was supposed to be on her way to Disney World today for another internship on her mission to become an "Imagineer" for the entertainment giant. Instead, friends, family, fellow city employees and people who had heard of the tragic death of the ever-upbeat young woman gathered to remember Fibelkorn at a memorial service for the Ohio State University mechanical-engineering student and "Disney nut" at the Riffe Center Downtown.
Dec 18, 2014

Celebration of life for Stephanie Fibelkorn includes #OhioState pledge to match donations to scholarship in her... fb.me/48M2AyyNV

Blue Jackets notebook: Wisniewski gets grief for miss

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — With 1:03 remaining in overtime on Tuesday at Detroit, James Wisniewski took a pass from right wing Cam Atkinson and somehow missed an open net from less than 10 feet. The Jackets went on to win 1-0 in a shootout. Atkinson said he will razz Wisniewski about the miss "only for the rest of the season."
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Aportzline: Dispatch: #CBJ Wisniewski still can't believe he missed open net; how #Caps plan to confront Bobrovsky; more notes bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Dec 18, 2014

Dispatch: #CBJ Wisniewski still can't believe he missed open net; how #Caps plan to confront Bobrovsky; more notes bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Cannon Fodder podcast | Photobombing the playoff picture

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Taking a seven-game winning streak into tonight's game, the Blue Jackets are moving up the Metropolitan Division standings, now just a handful of points out of the playoff picture. The Dispatch hockey writers talk about the streak and where the Jackets stand. Follow Cannon Fodder on iTunes
Dec 18, 2014

Cannon Fodder podcast: #CBJ seven-game win streak has them photo-bombing the Eastern Conference playoff picture bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…