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Chryssa Hartnett Takes More Votes in Judicial Race

With a final vote tally of 44,147 votes for one and 44,036 votes for the other candidate, the race for Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge is over. That race has been hanging in the balance since election night when Chryssa Hartnett held a 29 vote lead over incumbent Curt Werren. Friday, the BOE office has completed the final tally of provisional and absentee ballots cast and the winner Hartnett's lead grows to 131 more votes than Werren. But, even then it's still not completely over as the race will now be subject to a recount. 

Former CFO of Suarez Corporation Industries Sentenced to Nearly Double the Time of Ben Suarez

The Chief Financial Officer of Suarez Corporation Industries receives nearly double what was given to his former boss. Ben Suarez was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison following his conviction of one count of obstructing justice by witness tampering. Friday, former CFO at the company, Michael Giorgio was sentenced to 27 months in prison, 2 years supervised release and received a 50-thousand dollar fine. Reports indicate that in court the federal judge explained that Giorgio will serve a longer term than Suarez because Suarez was found not guilty of all but one count, yet Giorgio pleaded guilty to several criminal counts. 

Deadline Set for Financial Recovery Plan Revisions in Massillon

Massillon city officials are running out of time to make changes to their financial recovery plan. A resolution passed this week by the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, requires the Mayor and city council to submit a revised plan to get the city out of fiscal emergency by March 19th. Officials say because the income tax levy failed earlier this month, the revision is necessary. That levy would have raised the city's income tax rate from 1.8 percent to 2 percent and would have generated 1.2 million dollars next year for the city and 1.6 million dollars in the years to come. If officials don't meet that deadline, the city could see a 15 percent cut in each department per month until a new plan is submitted to the group.
 

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Woman, 84, dies in Mount Vernon house fire

An early-morning fire today in Mount Vernon killed an 84-year-old woman who was trapped in her upstairs bedroom amid thick smoke, Fire Chief Chad Christopher said. Christopher was not releasing the woman’s name this afternoon. She lived alone.

Ebola tests negative for two North Side sisters

Two North Side sisters who underwent Ebola testing today have the flu. The girls, 4 and 6, had recently traveled to Sierra Leone and developed fevers early this morning, prompting concern about Ebola. Tests for that virus came back negative, said Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez. Early Ebola symptoms and flu symptoms are similar.

Sea organisms from shipwreck could be real treasure to researchers

The greatest treasure of all in the SS Central America shipwreck off the South Carolina coast might not be gold bars and coins worth millions of dollars. Microscopic organisms in the sediment below the wreck might reap a different kind of treasure — one that could save lives. That’s the hope of research scientist Michael Lawman, whose Tampa biotech company Morphogenesis is sifting through the sediment in hopes of finding microorganisms that could one day help treat cancer and other diseases.

Behind-the-scenes team begins Ohio Stadium game-day prep at 3 a.m.

Hundreds of facility workers wake up Ohio Stadium on football game days well before more than 100,000 fans, and even most tailgaters, descend upon the home of the Buckeyes. Beginning around 3 a.m. for a noon kickoff, they ensure that every seat, aisleway, suite, bathroom and (of course) the playing surface is ready before even the teams walk into the stadium.

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.

New Jersey looks at 'yes means yes' college policy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals.

Marion Barry remembered for love of DC

Marion Barry, who served four terms as the mayor of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Council as the representative for the city's Ward 8 until his death Sunday at the age of 78, was remembered for his love for the city he served:

AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

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