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Killer IDed in 38-Year-Old Cold Case, but He Won't Go to Prison

Harold Warren Jarrell, suspected of murdering 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser in Ohio, died in 1996

(Newser) - In September 1982, 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser was abducted while walking home from school in Columbus Ohio, then beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled to death. Her body was discovered in a field two days later, but her killer was never found. Now, nearly four decades later, authorities say they have... More »

Taco Bell Worker Who Wouldn't Take BLM Mask Off Was Fired

Taco Bell has since apologized to Denzel Skinner

(Newser) - On June 2, Taco Bell posted a letter from its CEO noting it was "committed to being part of long-term solutions" on "racism or violence against Black people." This week, the fast-food chain took flak for that statement after an employee in Youngstown, Ohio, was fired for... More »

State Senator Loses Job as ER Doctor Over Comment

He questioned the hand-washing abilities of the 'colored population'

(Newser) - Ohio state Sen. Steve Huffman had a job as an emergency room doctor when he questioned the hand-washing practices of the "colored population" during a Senate hearing on racism on Tuesday. He doesn't now. The physician who spent 18 years working at Upper Valley Medical Center and Wayne... More »

At State Hearing on Racism, an Allegedly Racist Remark

Ohio Sen. Steve Huffman asked if 'colored' people were doing a good job at hand-washing

(Newser) - An Ohio state senator is accused of showcasing systemic racism in a hearing to determine whether racism should be declared a public health crisis. State GOP Sen. Steve Huffman, an emergency room doctor on the Senate Health Committee, was questioning Ohio Commission on Minority Health chief Angela Dawson on Tuesday... More »

Here's Where Jobs Have Taken Hardest COVID Hit

WalletHub looks at states where coronavirus has had the biggest effect on unemployment

(Newser) - Since the coronavirus has found its way to the United States, the economic ramifications have been devastating, leaving unprecedented numbers of people out of work and businesses folding. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which have been suffering the most on the jobs... More »

Lawmaker Won't Wear Mask Over Religious Beliefs

Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale says humans are created in God's image, and he won't cover up

(Newser) - An Ohio state lawmaker is refusing to wear a mask because, well, it would cover his face. In a Monday Facebook post , GOP Rep. Nino Vitale cited his religious beliefs in refusing Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's recommendation to wear a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19, per the... More »

Ohio Gives Biden a Reason to Smile

First major test of mail-in voting is complete

(Newser) - Joe Biden easily trumped Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's presidential primary in Ohio, conducted almost entirely by mail, reports the Hill . The former vice president nabbed 72.4% of 860,347 votes cast, according to unofficial results , compared to 16.6% support for Sanders, who ended his campaign three weeks... More »

Ohio Family Creates a Drive-Thru for the Lonely

Simply honk for a chat in Columbus, Ohio

(Newser) - Isolation was wearing hard on the Roush family to the point that 8-year-old Charlie said he was "losing his mind." That's when the Columbus, Ohio, family set up a "drive-thru chat," encouraging area residents to pull up their driveway so that mom Corrine, dad Matt,... More »

Video of Banned Gathering: 'We Don't Give a F---' About Virus

Rashaan Davis arrested, charged with defying Ohio's stay-at-home order, posting YouTube video

(Newser) - There's a stay-at-home order in Ohio, issued by Gov. Mike DeWine, that was recently extended through May 1, but some just couldn't resist the temptation of getting together for a Friday night street gathering—and at least one person couldn't resist recording it and uploading the video... More »

Courts Nix States' Attempts to Ban Abortion

Abortion clinics score victory amid attempts to shut them down amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing abortion providers a victory as clinics across the US filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during the outbreak. A new Ohio order is also unconstitutional if it... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

Burned Skull of Teen Mom Missing Since 2010 Turns Up

Prosecutor says 'multiple witnesses ... ought to be pretty nervous' in case of Paige Johnson

(Newser) - The remains of a teenage mother who disappeared in Kentucky nearly a decade ago have been found across the state line in Ohio. Paige Johnson was just 17 when she vanished in Covington on Sept. 23, 2010, after going to a party with friends. Various searches failed to turn up... More »

Abortion Clinics Are Given a Strict Pandemic Order

But it's unclear whether the Ohio clinics will comply

(Newser) - Seeking an abortion amid the coronavirus pandemic? Better hope you're not in Ohio. The state's attorney general has told two abortion facilities to stop providing services that require personal protective equipment—which includes abortion, CBS News reports. "You and your facility are ordered to immediately stop performing... More »

Another Major Primary Called Off

Ohio's health director declares health emergency

(Newser) - Ohio's Tuesday primary has been called off despite a judge's refusal to grant a temporary restraining order. Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday night that polls would be closed under an emergency order from Health Director Amy Acton, reports the Columbus Dispatch . "During this time when we face... More »

Ohio Gov.: I Don't Think We Should Vote Tuesday

But a court will decide whether primary goes ahead

(Newser) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state's primary should not be held Tuesday, in light of the latest CDC guidance that no gatherings of 50 people or more be held to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. "It is clear that tomorrow's in-person voting does not... More »

Ohio Officials Estimate 100K Have Coronavirus

'So that just gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly'

(Newser) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world is now around 135,000. Health officials in Ohio believe there could be almost that many unconfirmed cases in their state alone. Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said Thursday that she estimates that around 1% of the state's... More »

40 Years After a US Open Splash, This Tree Has Fallen

Famous 'Hinkle Tree' meets its demise thanks to gust of wind

(Newser) - A tree that appeared overnight during the 1979 US Open to become a part of golf lore has met its end. The Black Hills spruce known as the "Hinkle Tree" was partially uprooted by a gust of wind this week at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, and was cut... More »

Bride Vows Revenge Over Llama Wedding Guest

Her brother says $400 rental 'was worth it'

(Newser) - Reddit users were so captivated by a photo of a well-dressed llama at a wedding, where the bride was visibly unamused, that it became the top overall post this week. As CNN reports, the backstory is even better. Ohio's Mendl Weinstock says he first told his sister, Riva, that... More »

Woman Arrested in Odd Kerfuffle Over Cell Service

Seloni Khetarpal complained after her parents cut off her cellphone service

(Newser) - An Ohio woman was arrested for calling 911 when her parents cut off her cellphone service, authorities said. Seloni Khetarpal was arrested Feb. 13 by Massillon police and charged with disrupting police services, a fourth-degree felony, the AP reports. Jail records show that Khetarpal, 36, repeatedly called emergency dispatchers because... More »

Inmate Climbed Into Ceiling. It Didn't End Well

Ohio inmate's prison escape plan foiled after ceiling gives way

(Newser) - WOIO calls it a botched prison escape in Ohio that ended in "embarrassing fashion." ABC7 calls it an "epic fail"—or should it be "epic fall"? It was all of these things for Jessica Boomershine, who was caught on surveillance camera determinedly trying... More »

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