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On social media, few rules for politicians

dispatch.com — Anne Gonzales of Westerville recently became a real-estate agent, and like any good businessperson is trying to build a clientele. Rep. Anne Gonzales, R-Westerville, is a state legislator representing the 19th House District. Red flags were raised this week when her occupations collided on social media, a murky area of Ohio ethics law largely void of formal guidance for state legislators.

Quickly Losing Grip

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The calendar has flipped to February. The Blue Jackets' season is now almost 60 percent in the books, with 48 games down and 34 games to go. Perhaps it has been true for a long time now, but the season is taking on an air of hopelessness.
Feb 01, 2015

Puck-rakers: Quickly Losing Grip | Barring major turn-around, face of #CBJ season is about to change bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Michael Arace commentary: Unethical coaches shouldn't be celebrated

dispatch.com — There have always been professions that reward lying, cheating and stealing, and even foul mouths. Politics, banking and Tony Soprano spring to mind. High-stakes coaching is in the same class. All is forgiven as long as you win. The more cynical among us will say that it always has been thus.
Feb 01, 2015

Michael Arace commentary: Unethical coaches shouldn't be celebrated shar.es/1obPWu

Feb 01, 2015

Michael Arace commentary: Unethical coaches shouldn't be celebrated shar.es/1obP1p via @DispatchAlerts

Mystery of Tommy Thompson’s time on lam endures

dispatch.com — Hiding out isn't a new tactic for treasure hunter Tommy Thompson. But his most-recent escapade - fleeing from a federal judge's 2012 demand that he explain himself in a Columbus court - was epic even for the eccentric Thompson. U.S. marshals arrested the former Battelle scientist in a Hilton hotel in upscale Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday night.

Kasich's tax cut depends on raising others

dispatch.com — Ohioans would net a $500 million tax cut under the budget that Gov. John Kasich will propose on Monday, but the real battle might focus on the hundreds of millions in tax increases he needs to get a sweeping reduction in the state income tax.

The Right Thing: Customer shouldn’t have split cabby’s fine

dispatch.com — C.N. was traveling in the United Arab Emirates when she hailed a cab. The driver chose to go through a light that was turning red. Waiting for the green light, C.N. says, would have taken several more minutes - and put more money on the meter.

Game 48: Lightning Rods

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 1 The skinny Against the highest scoring team in the NHL, the Blue Jackets made two critical errors that led to two goals. That's what non-winning teams do, of course. And that's what winning teams create with their pace and pressure.
Jan 31, 2015

Puck-rakers: #CBJ assist on two #TBLightning goals, fall 3-1 in fast-paced game that one appeared a goaltender's dual bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 1: Turnovers in defensive zone crush hopes of victory

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning scored two goals 1:41 apart in the third period, pulling away from a tight game to beat the Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night before 18,477 in Amalie Arena. The Blue Jackets have lost three of their past four games and fell to three games under .500 for the first time since Dec.

OSU men's basketball: Buckeyes near top of pecking order in Big Ten

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Finally, after an up-and-down start in the Big Ten, it would appear that Ohio State's season is beginning a longer ascent. Three consecutive victories - the past two over ranked opponents - have the Buckeyes tied for second in the conference at the midpoint of the championship race.
Feb 01, 2015

ICYMI last night: Five questions about the #Buckeyes as they hit the midpoint of their Big Ten schedule: buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #buckbk

Jan 31, 2015

Five questions about the #Buckeyes as they hit the midpoint of their Big Ten schedule: buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #buckbk

Notebook: Former Blue Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman's game improves with better health

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — TAMPA, Fla. - Anton Stralman didn't know what was wrong with him. Neither did Blue Jackets team doctors, he said. But throughout the 2010-11 season, Stralman's second in Columbus, his game suffered as he dealt with repeated bouts of bronchitis. "I would take antibiotics, and I'd start to feel better," said Stralman, 28.
Feb 01, 2015

Dispatch: Former #CBJ D Anton Stralman now healthy, thriving w #TBLightning; plus D-pair shuffles; more notes bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 31, 2015

Dispatch: #TBLightning D Anton Stralman suffered mysterious illness w #CBJ, but return to health helped save career bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

A.M. #48: Tampa Bay

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The Blue Jackets know enough about the Tampa Bay Lightning to be wary. Very wary. The Lightning are among the fastest transition teams in the NHL, a team that turns neutral zone turnovers into fuel. The Lightning have won a franchise record nine straight home games.
Jan 31, 2015

ICYMI: Puck-rakers: A.M. #48: Tampa Bay | #CBJ wary of Lightning speed; welcome Ryan Murray back to lineup bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Reining in the Posse

dispatch.com — The gang's reach spread as the years passed, beyond Columbus and central Ohio and even across state lines. But when the upper echelons of the Short North Posse needed to discuss business, authorities say, they often returned to their roots. Meet me in the Short. Where you at? I'm in the Short.
Jan 31, 2015

New gang takes over Columbus' Short North -- people who care about the neighborhood and are fixing it up... shar.es/1o3qqP

Ohio State: New deal for Gene Smith emphasizes academics

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — When Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber won an NCAA championship last year, athletic director Gene Smith received an $18,000 bonus. Smith explained at the time that such provisions were standard for athletic directors across the country. But some thought that an already well-compensated official shouldn't profit from an individual athlete's championship.
Jan 31, 2015

New deal for #OhioState Athletic Director Gene Smith emphasizes academics, cuts some bonuses... shar.es/1o3sMj

Rob Oller commentary: NFL jobs, like others, come with obligations

dispatch.com — The Super Bowl is on Sunday outside Phoenix, but Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might want to skip the game and instead wander over to the Arizona Football League, an amateur club where players never have to say a word publicly. Lynch can remain quiet and wear whatever Beast Mode hat he wants, without getting fined.
Jan 31, 2015

Marshawn Lynch just wants to play football. Great. We found the perfect place for him. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Former Gov. Ted Strickland 'seriously' considering Senate run

dispatch.com — WASHINGTON - A onetime senior adviser to former Gov. Ted Strickland said today he is "seriously" considering a challenge next year to Republican Sen. Rob Portman, which would set up a race between two of the best-known political figures in Ohio.
Jan 30, 2015

Will he or won't he? Despite buzz, we really don't know if former Gov. Ted Strickland will run for Senate...shar.es/1o0Oz1

Jan 30, 2015

Ted Strickland for Senate? Just what Ohio Dems need -- a new face. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 30, 2015

Former Gov. Ted Strickland 'seriously' considering Senate run shar.es/1o0oMe via @DispatchAlerts

No executions scheduled for this year; 11 scheduled for 2016

dispatch.com — All pending executions in Ohio this year have been pushed back by Gov. John Kasich. Kasich today announced a revised execution schedule in line with a new lethal injection protocol announced recently by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @ohioaj: No executions scheduled for this year; 11 scheduled for 2016 shar.es/1o09Oh via @DispatchAlerts

Jan 30, 2015

No executions scheduled for this year; 11 scheduled for 2016... shar.es/1o0E5a

Region’s Boy Scouts allow gay leaders

dispatch.com — In a new diversity statement, the local Boy Scouts council says that gay adults shouldn't be banned as leaders. But the council stops short of saying that discrimination is not permitted, instead leaving the issue up to the leadership of each local Scouting group.
Jan 31, 2015

Policy shift: Central Ohio Boy Scouts allow gay leaders... shar.es/1o3qD0

College credit for life experience, higher education reform part of state budget proposal

dispatch.com — Two-year community colleges would award four-year bachelor's degrees in certain disciplines and adults would receive college credit for life experience under Ohio Gov. John Kasich's state budget plan. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor outlined some of the administration's higher education initiatives this afternoon at Sinclair Community College ahead of Monday's introduction of the two-year budget.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @meotti: Ohio Gov. Kasich wants to let #communitycollege offer 4 year degrees and fund HS's to offer college courses buff.ly/1AaMv4E #highered

Jan 30, 2015

Kasich budget preview...college credits, higher education reform part of GOP governor's proposal shar.es/1o0OC7 via @DispatchAlerts

Jan 30, 2015

College credits, higher education reform part of state budget proposal, dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @OhioPoliticsNow: College credit for life experience, higher education reform to be part of @johnkasich budget proposal bit.ly/1CU3Gau

Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich's budget to include $500 million tax cut

dispatch.com — Gov. John Kasich won't roll out his two-year budget until Monday but he gave a sneak peek yesterday including a $500 million tax cut, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes. The first part of the plan includes "eliminating state income taxes for 1 million small businesses, while also reducing income taxes for 3 million low-income and middle-class families."
Jan 30, 2015

John Kasich enjoying all those other Republican governors proposing tax increases. dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/9jcFIvUBDX

Jan 30, 2015

.@JohnKasich proposes $500M tax cut for small biz, low-income, middle class. More budget sneak peeks coming today. bit.ly/1Ke4ozO

Jan 30, 2015

Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich's budget to include $500 million tax cut shar.es/1omnoY via @DispatchAlerts