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Late home run sinks Clippers

Christian Walker hit a solo home run off Austin Adams in the ninth inning to lift the Norfolk Tides past the Clippers 6-5 today in Huntington Park.

Former contractor extradited from Iraq to face federal charges

A former Las Vegas contractor who was extradited from Iraq has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges for attempting to bribe U.S. officials to steer multimillion-dollar contracts his way. Metin Atilan, 54, is the first person to be returned to the United States under the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty of 1936, federal officials said in a statement today.

Michigan woman dies in Licking County

A Michigan woman attending an event at Legend Valley in southeastern Licking County died yesterday. Kristal Tsosie, 27, of Flint, Mich., was attending the weekend-long Gathering of the Juggalos, a festival and concert event by the band Insane Clown Posse, whose fans are known as Juggalos.

Companies step up to help Watkins Memorial band after theft

One marching band story had a happy ending this week. Drum Corps International announced today that it, Mapex Drum Co. and its primary local distributor, Columbus Pro Percussion, teamed together to help outfit the Watkins Memorial High School drum line with new equipment.

Chillicothe officials mum after police chief suspended

Police sources have confirmed that long-embattled Chillicothe Police Chief Roger Moore has been suspended. But no one is saying anything else.

Contestants share secrets to seed spitting at state fair

The secret to competitive spitting seems to involve coordinating the tongue with the rest of the body. That’s according to the winners of the 2014 Ohio State Fair watermelon-seed spitting contest at 1 p.m. this afternoon — fittingly, just after lunch.

Ohio State band alumni march for Jon Waters

A group of Ohio State University Marching Band alumni, most of them women, is marching across campus today to demand that the OSU president reinstate Jonathan Waters as band director. The group started at the band center in Ohio Stadium just before noon and expected to end the march at Bricker Hall, the headquarters of OSU administration.

New Smokey Bear coming to Ohio State Fair

Smokey Bear, who has greeted tens of thousands of visitors by name at the Ohio State Fair since 1959, is going to be replaced. Like many other aging workers, old Smokey is a victim of technology, in this case an $80,250 “animatronic” Smokey Bear to be manufactured by LifeFormations, a Cincinnati company.

Zulily plans to add 900 jobs in central Ohio

Zulily Inc. plans to add 900 jobs in central Ohio and will at least initially locate those new workers in Gahanna. This morning, the online retailer, based in Seattle, was approved by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for a 75-percent, 12-year tax credit in support of its expansion in central Ohio. The company already has a distribution center in Obetz.

Woman’s body found in Muskingum County

The Muskingum County sheriff’s office is calling the death of a woman “suspicious.” A missing person’s report was filed on Friday for a woman living in the Brookside Apartments. Sunday at about 4 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of a body found in a wooded area off of Brookside Drive.

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