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Alumni outraged over firing of gay teacher in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:17

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Toledo is backing a Roman Catholic school that parted ways with a gay teacher.

The diocese released a statement Monday saying Sandusky Central Catholic School appropriately terminated band and choir director Brian Panetta because he had publicly announced his plans to marry another man.

Panetta, a five-year teacher, was forced to resign last week, and issued a public statement about it Friday. The diocese said it was responding to Panetta's statement, noting it supported the firing "in light of the Church's clear teaching on sacred marriage."

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1aiYOOk ) reports that a group of outraged alumni of the school has taken to social media to oppose Panetta's termination. A new blog is pushing for him to be rehired, and a change.org petition has gone up.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage


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Boy, 2, falls to his death through window in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:16

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old boy fell to his death after a window gave way in his family's 17th-floor apartment in East Cleveland.

Officers were called to the Crystal Tower Apartments at about 7:40 p.m. Monday after the child fell. He was pronounced dead at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Lt. James Naylor tells The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland (bit.ly/L58mUm) that the boy was at home with his mother and grandmother, who didn't see him fall through the closed window, but heard it happen. Naylor says windows in the apartment extend to the floor.

Police say the fall appears accidental. The child was not identified.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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62 dogs found in minivan broken down in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:34

HEBRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana dog breeder whose minivan broke down in central Ohio was transporting 62 dogs, some four or five to a crate.

Licking County Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson says the animals were stacked "bottom to top" in the van when it was discovered in the parking lot of a hotel in Hebron, east of Columbus, on Saturday afternoon.

Carlson said the dogs, some just a few weeks old, had coats covered with feces and urine.

The driver reported being hired by the breeder to take the 50 adult dogs and 12 puppies to an animal rescue in New Jersey. They now are in Ohio animal shelters.

The county prosecutor's office will consider charges in the case.


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Ohio official: 35 local races decided by 1 vote
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top election official is stressing the importance of voting after a review of election results found a number of nail-biting contests in 2013.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said of the 110 recounts following the Nov. 5 election, 35 local races and eight local issues were decided by one vote or through breaking a tie.

Voters picked mayors and township trustees, along with city or village council and school board members. They also decided local tax matters.

Husted, a Republican, will be up for re-election this fall. He said in a written statement that the results prove that each vote can make a difference.

Husted said the close races also reinforce the need to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio.


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Ohio bill would protect underage drinkers who summon help
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill proposed by an Ohio lawmaker would protect underage drinkers from criminal charges if they call 911 for help.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1frZQvT ) reports the bill would expand so-called "good Samaritan" protections to those younger than 21 in an effort to save lives. It would keep them from being prosecuted for underage drinking in certain situations.

Currently, only those 21 or older can possess and drink alcohol.

Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, said the bill would extend similar protections given to students on some Ohio college campuses.

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