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Oldest of zoo gorillas turns 57 at Columbus
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 57 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her central Ohio home.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the female western lowland gorilla, named Colo, will celebrate her birthday Sunday with a yogurt-frosted cake made of peanut butter, applesauce, honey and shredded carrots. The zoo says its website will stream video of Colo receiving the cake and other gifts filled with treats such as berries and tomatoes.

Colo was born at the zoo in 1956. Officials there say she is the oldest gorilla in any zoo.

Colo is a mother of three. Her family tree includes more than two dozen descendants living at zoos across the country.

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Online:

Colo's birthday video: http://birthdays.columbuszoo.org/colo


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AAA expects holiday travel by 3.5 million Ohioans
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 08:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Auto club AAA estimates more than 3.5 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday period running from Saturday through New Year's Day.

That number is up slightly from last year. AAA says travel during this holiday season has increased with economic improvements in recent years. Average gas prices now are expected to remain lower during the holidays than they were a year ago.

Most holiday travelers are expected to be driving instead of flying. State transportation and public safety officials are urging motorists to use extra caution, slow down in wintry conditions and wear seatbelts.

The State Highway Patrol says at least 923 people have died on Ohio roads in 2013. Two dozen more deaths are considered unverified traffic fatalities under review.


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Ohio Supreme Court agrees judge in contempt
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:52

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Friday that a southwest Ohio juvenile court judge is in contempt for barring a newspaper's reporters from her courtroom.

The court upheld an appellate court's finding against Hamilton County Judge Tracie Hunter. The conflict had begun over The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage of six teens charged in 2012 with badly beating a man in suburban North College Hill.

Hunter began banning Enquirer reporters because the newspaper used juveniles' names in coverage.

The Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals ruled to allow Enquirer reporters into the courtroom while both sides were making legal arguments on the issue, but Hunter said that The Enquirer's access would be conditional on not publishing the defendants' names. The newspaper called that an unconstitutional prior restraint of First Amendment press freedom rights and argued that the appellate court's ruling gave it access without conditions.

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Indiana soldier appears as Santa, surprises mom
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:56

BRUSHY PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana soldier surprised his mother Friday with an early return home, masquerading as Santa Claus while she sat on his lap at a school staff Christmas breakfast while she gave a wish list of gifts.

When Prairie Heights High School math teacher Kim Harris told Santa her son had returned from a tour in Afghanistan and was at Fort Campbell, Ky., he asked her if she was sure of his whereabouts. Army Spc. Ethan Harris then pulled down his fake beard and revealed his identity, eliciting a hug and tears from his mom.

"This tops the list and couldn't be a better Christmas," Kim Harris said.

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Final figure in Ohio corruption probe gets six years
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The final figure in a long-running corruption probe in the state's largest county has been sentenced to prison time, federal authorities said Friday.

Former Cuyahoga County employee and Parma School Board member J. Kevin Kelley, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $700,000 for his involvement in several bribery schemes.

Kelley, 44, is the last of more than 60 indicted people to be sentenced in the investigation surrounding bribes paid to elected county officials in return for contracts, federal authorities said.

The investigation — which included the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney's office and other agencies — led to county government reforms approved by voters.

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