New Ohio State president to earn about $1 million
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Friday, 31 January 2014 17:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's new president will earn about $1 million annually in total compensation, or about half of what his predecessor made.

The contract for Michael Drake, former chancellor at the University of California-Irvine, includes $800,000 in base pay and $200,000 in deferred annual compensation.

The agreement released Friday by Ohio State also includes a $1,200 monthly car allowance and $50,000 in annual research funds.

The university also will pick up Drake's moving expenses and pay social club dues excluding a golf membership.

The 63-year-old Drake receives free housing by the requirement that he live in the president's residence in suburban Bexley.

Former Ohio State president Gordon Gee (gee), who retired in July, earned about $2 million a year in total compensation.

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Ohio man will be buried astride beloved Harley
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Friday, 31 January 2014 08:50

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man's family is fulfilling his dying wish — to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

But it hasn't been easy. The project required an extra-large cemetery plot to accommodate a Plexiglas casket for Billy Standley and his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser. Embalmers prepared his body with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he'll never lose his seat.

Standley's family said he'd been planning it for years. He said he didn't just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in see-through casket. His sons began fashioning it about five years ago.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1dS4hsq) reports that Standley of Mechanicsburg, west of Columbus, died of lung cancer Sunday at age 84. He was to be buried Friday.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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Charges dropped against Ohioan imprisoned 20 years
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Friday, 31 January 2014 07:14

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Charges were dismissed Thursday against a northeast Ohio man who served about 20 years in prison for a 1993 killing but maintained his innocence.

A judge ordered a new trial last year for Dewey Jones of Akron after tests showed his DNA didn't match evidence at the scene.

Prosecutors filed to dismiss the charges, noting that witnesses have died and evidence has degraded.

"We basically looked at the case as it stands today and determined that we didn't think that we could, for the second time, prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," said Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the Ohio attorney general's office.

Jones told WEWS-TV he felt overwhelmed and said he knew such a day would come.

"I just never thought it would take this long," said Jones, 51. "The truth is the truth, and it always comes out."

Ohio grandma held for gagging child with underwear
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Friday, 31 January 2014 08:49

NEW STRAITSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio grandmother has been charged with child abuse for allegedly gagging an 11-year-old granddaughter with soiled men's underwear.

Sgt. Ed Downs of the Hocking County sheriff's office tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1cAHiGC ) that it was "the most disgusting, heinous" case of child abuse he'd ever seen.

Downs says the 54-year-old New Straitsville woman was arrested Wednesday, after an older granddaughter secretly took cellphone video of the alleged abuse.

The video shows the woman forcing underwear soiled with feces into the 11-year-old's mouth and taping it there. When the girl vomited, her grandmother told her to swallow it.

The girl was being punished for stepping on the grandmother's injured foot.

The woman is being held with a $1 million bond on charges including kidnapping and endangering children.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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Ohio leaders debate taxes, death penalty at forum
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Friday, 31 January 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not eager to end the death penalty, not afraid to veto a drilling tax and not looking to push a right-to-work proposal to limit labor unions.

The first-term Republican made those stances clear in answering questions Thursday during a legislative preview session for journalists, organized by The Associated Press.

Still unknown is what he'll say in his State of the State address on Feb. 24 in Medina.

"I don't know yet," he told reporters. "But hopefully it will not be a real long talk."

State leaders including Kasich were asked about an array of policy issues facing them in the election year.

Online voter registration was among the top priorities for Secretary of State Jon Husted, also a Republican. But support for it among his fellow GOP lawmakers who dominate the Legislature remains unclear.

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