When the first blasts from Red, White & Boom lit the sky and rattled windows, most people were ready. Pets were terrified. And many fled in fear. By early this afternoon, the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center had taken in more than 55 pets, mostly dogs.
Together, Ray and Matt Lees â a longtime couple with a big, busy, suburban household â are raising eight children. âWe donât treat them as his three and my five,â Matt said. âTheyâre ours.â That likely will become a matter of record soon. When the Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it also provided the means for married same-sex couples such as Ray and Matt to obtain joint parental rights in Ohio.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio â An odd mix of men in pressed business suits and men and women in disheveled and rain-soaked clothes huddled together in the middle of the street and bowed their heads as the police departmentâs chaplain prayed: âWe come now at this moment in time declaring that everything thatâs been going on here comes to an end.
The torrential rains that have pounded Ohio in the past few weeks have flooded basements and sent creeks spilling into roadways. They also could mean bad news for Lake Erie this summer. Besides the damage they caused for homeowners and drivers, rains swelled rivers across the state, including near Toledo, which got more than double its average rainfall.
Sure, the two-year state budget contains $71 billion in spending, but as with all budgets, it contains much more â items that affect practically every Ohioan in some way. It affects you, if you ... â¢ Use a landline in a rural area: Opens up the ability for phone companies to abandon land-line service.
When Martins Ayoola-Adeola encounters patients who speak of hunger, of unmet basic needs, he can look them in the eye and tell them he understands. Ayoola-Adeola, who is about to start his second year at Ohio State Universityâs College of Medicine, grew up in Nigeria. His parents, who now live in Maryland, have known real struggle.
So, about this Doo Dah. If youâve been to the parade before, you know what youâre getting into. But letâs say you havenât . Letâs say that just around noon on Saturday, you â a Doo Dah virgin â cut diagonally through Goodale Park, heading to the paradeâs start at the northeast corner. The huge ice cream cone was probably the first hint that you had crossed into some alternate reality.
Something occurs this month that happens so infrequently that folks say itâs âonce in a blue moon.â July has two full moons. The first was on July 1, and the second, the blue moon, will be on the 31st. The Old Farmerâs Almanac says a second full moon in a month happens every 2.5 years or so. The first full moon was the buck moon. The name originated, perhaps, because in years past, the deer were fat by now after the hard times of winter.
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio â A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judgeâs decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state.
While some have called for stricter gun regulations after the church shooting last month in Charleston, S.C., Chad D. Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, is espousing the opposite: End the restrictions in states such as Ohio and South Carolina on carrying concealed weapons (without advance permission) into places of worship, which otherwise become âno-guns victim zones.â