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Be Aware of Another Phone Scam

Scammers are at it once again.  Area residents have reported calls from people claiming to be with the Summit County Sheriff's Department in which they explain the victim owes fines stemming from traffic citations or for missing jury duty. Officials say the scammers ask the victims to pay the fine by purchasing a gift card or by meeting them in person to discuss the issues further. Inspector Bill Holland says this aspect has obviously caused officials to be on alert, because an in person meeting could lead to an assault or robbery. He says they are actively working to try and figure out where the calls are coming from. Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Department. 

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WWII veteran gives his life to save wife

Betty Biddle walked through her house today holding a picture of her husband, Clark. No one who knew 88-year-old Clark Biddle well would be surprised to know that his final act, last Thursday, was to push his wife of 68 years out of the way of a car. She was bruised. He died.

Brown, Portman and Beatty to attend 50th anniversary of Selma events

Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman along with Rep. Joyce Beatty will attend this weekend’s 50th anniversary events commemorating the historic civil rights march in Alabama which helped lead the way to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Brown, D-Ohio, will make his fourth trip to Selma, Ala., where on March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers savagely beat civil rights marchers, including John Lewis, now a Democratic congressman from Georgia.

Evening commute should be free of snow

This evening’s commute should be largely free of snow, and central Ohio should be spared the worst of a potent winter storm that is expected to hammer the southern third of the state over night. The Columbus area will see at most 3 inches of snow by the time the flakes stop falling Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. There might be flurries for tonight’s rush, but central Ohio is expected to receive less than an inch of snow by nightfall, said meteorologist Allen Randall. “It should increase in coverage and intensity this evening.”

Substitute teacher who showed graphic movie to classes sentenced to 90 days in jail

A former substitute teacher was sentenced today to 90 days in jail for showing a movie containing graphic sex and violence to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School. Sheila Kearns, 58, was convicted of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in a January jury trial in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Judge Charles A. Schneider placed her on probation for three years for the low-level felonies, but made the jail time a condition of probation.

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'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side.

Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins?

ATLANTA (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples nationwide a fundamental right to marry.

Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot to bomb NYC subway

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.

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