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Dozens of fires, 15 arrests in East Lansing
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:42

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

The police department's weekend report says 12 people arrested were students and one was an alumnus. East Lansing police say there were at least 57 fires, especially in a neighborhood of apartments just off campus.

Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.

The Lansing State Journal posted video online (http://on.lsj.com/1iQcJRG ) showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire. The street scenes early Sunday occurred after the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes and earned a Rose Bowl bid.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says he's disgusted and disappointed by what happened.


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Ohio state school board member who lobbied resigns
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A member of Ohio's state school board resigned Monday after questions arose over his work as a lobbyist. He cited an ethics opinion suggesting the arrangement was illegal.

Bryan Williams, a former Republican state lawmaker from the Akron area, said in an email to board President Debe Terhar that recent media reports drew his attention to an Ohio Ethics Commission opinion saying elected members of state boards shouldn't be registered lobbyists.

"Adherence to Ohio ethics laws and advisory opinions of the commission charged with interpreting state ethics laws is of the utmost importance to me," he wrote.

Williams was one of four members of the 19-member panel identified in a November report by the Akron Beacon Journal as having ties to businesses with a stake in education funding. One other member, C. Todd Jones, is a registered lobbyist. The others are the spouse of a lobbyist and a college president.

A message seeking comment from Williams was not immediately returned.

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Ohio board firing teacher over Facebook posts
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:24

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school board has voted to fire a teacher who they say made some Facebook posts that were racist and derogatory.

The board in Akron voted Monday night to fire music teacher David Spondike. The board put the Firelands High School teacher on paid leave while it proceeds with terminating his contract.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1d6mUug ) reports that the process could take months if the 15-year veteran teacher decides to fight the decision.

Administrators say he posted racial slurs and derogatory comments on his Facebook page after witnessing teenagers urinating near his front yard.

The teacher initially refuted the allegations in a series of online videos. He later acknowledged posting the comments, saying he was within his rights to speak his mind.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Plane returns for emergency landing in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:25

CINCINNATI (AP) — An airplane heading from Cincinnati to Dallas-Fort Worth has made an emergency landing at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

An airport spokeswoman says American Eagle Flight 3162 returned to the airport and landed safely Monday night. She says there were no injuries among the 53 passengers and crew. Passengers have been taken back to the terminal.

American Eagle did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (cin.ci/1iRpGL5) that the plane landed at about 7:30 p.m. because of smoke coming from a "main gear." It says it was unclear what caused the smoke.


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Moderate revenue changes for Ohio's 4 casinos
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 16:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Revenues at Ohio's four casinos changed only moderately last month.

Data released Monday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission shows that Cleveland's casino saw the most fluctuation, with a revenue increase from $19.5 million in October to $20.2 million in November. That's an increase of 3.5 percent.

Cincinnati's casino saw the largest drop, going from $18.2 million in October to $17.6 million last month. That's a drop of 3.3 percent.

Revenues at Columbus' casino dropped by 1 percent, to $17.5 million, while the Toledo casino's revenues went up by 1.2 percent to $14.8 million.

Statewide, casino revenues totaled $70.2 million in November. That's a 0.1 percent increase over October revenues.

Overall, the casinos have drawn more than $758 million so far this year.


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