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Boy hospitalized after being pulled from pond

A 5-year-old boy was in critical condition this evening after being pulled from a pond behind Far East Side homes this afternoon.

Cancer fundraising scam grips family, 2 towns

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The online diary was growing darker: The tumor wasn’t shrinking. The pain was worsening. The medical bills were mounting. Doctors in Columbus and Cleveland and even specialists in Texas, it said, were working on this extraordinary case, and a clinical trial was about to start, all in hopes of getting Mindy Taylor better.

Local group provides Easter baskets for kids in need

Evert Madden struggles to make ends meet for himself and his 4-year-old son during cold-weather months when he can’t find work laying blacktop. Help is easier to come by at Christmastime, but not so much at this time of year, the single dad said.

State troopers teaching officers how to drive to survive

LEXINGTON, Ohio — As State Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Lanning floors the accelerator linked to the throaty Hemi V-8, the G-force punches him and his student back against their seats. The digital speedometer nears three figures on the backstretch of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before a tap of the brakes sends the gray Dodge Charger sweeping into a turn, tires chirping at the strain.

5 doctors in Franklin County top $1M in Medicare reimbursements

Medicare reimbursed five physicians in Franklin County more than $1 million each in 2012, according to a Dispatch analysis of government data released this month. Statewide, 72 doctors and their offices each received Medicare reimbursements of more than $1 million.

Aid lacking for elderly protective services , experts say

A proposal to add $10 million a year to the state budget for adult protective services would better equip Ohio to fight a growing epidemic of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly, advocates say. Even more money is needed, they said, if the state wants to reach elderly residents who suffer silently in the shadows, too frail to care for themselves or afraid to turn in their abusers.

Delaware County outlet mall’s start delayed by road, traffic debate

Developers who plan to build an outlet mall off I-71 in Delaware County have spent the past four months negotiating with state and county officials about roads and traffic the mall could bring to that rural part of central Ohio.

More of Ohio’s GOP legislators face primary foes from right

Fueled by issues including Common Core education standards, Medicaid expansion and stricter abortion limits, a large number of conservative challengers have emerged this year in Franklin County and across Ohio to take on Republican state legislators.

State’s inmates going on Medicaid

After serving their time, many Ohio prison inmates will be released with more than street clothes and a few bucks in their pocket. They’re likely to leave with health insurance. State officials are helping inmates enroll in Medicaid, as they are now eligible for coverage under Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of the tax-funded health-care program.

Upper Arlington: Kids plus fields of candy, equals frenzied hunt

Only chirping birds could be heard as Mac Kinney walked across adjacent baseball fields at Upper Arlington’s Thompson Park, planting signs in a peaceful morning scene that did little to foretell the explosion of excited children coming in about 90 minutes. 

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