Ohio teen hoops player dies after collapsing
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:45

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a 17-year-old high school basketball player who collapsed and died following a team practice in central Ohio.

Christopher Randolph, a junior at Westerville South in suburban Columbus, died at a hospital after collapsing Wednesday night. Nobody can say yet what happened, and an autopsy is planned.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fpyJy7 ) reports Randolph made the junior varsity team on this year's team and coaches said he was on his way to being a starter.

Varsity coach Ed Calo said nothing on Randolph's team medical forms indicated a problem. He'd had gone through practices and camps all year.

Randolph was born in Maryland and moved with his brother and mother to Ohio about nine years ago.


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

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Cleveland police say fire kills two children
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:43

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two little girls were killed in an apartment fire that their baby sitter said was set by a man in a hooded sweatshirt who had forced his way in, police said Friday.

A Cleveland fire official confirmed the deaths of the two girls, ages 2 and 7, in the Thursday night blaze on the city's east side.

Officers responding to a call of trouble at the four-unit building at about 10 p.m. found it on fire, police said. The girls were asleep in their beds in a second-floor bedroom. They were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The county medical examiner's office identified them as 7-year-old Glacia Ramsey and 2-year-old Peaches Christburg. The office still is investigating the specifics of the deaths.

Chill slows Michigan wolf hunt, hitting 43 quota doubted
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:42

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's recent frigid weather has slowed down the state's first wolf hunt in decades, and a state official says he doubts that the hunt will reach its quota of 43.

The season opened in three sections of the Upper Peninsula on Nov. 15, and 20 wolves had been killed by 6 a.m. Thursday. There have been no reported kills in recent days.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologist Brian Roell in Marquette tells The Mining Journal (http://bit.ly/1h4OURV ) he doubts hunters will reach 43 kills by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Eleven of the wolves killed were females. Upper Peninsula residents shot 13 of them, Lower Peninsula residents shot six and a Wisconsin resident shot one.

Before the season, the DNR estimated Michigan had 658 wolves.



Michigan wolf hunt: http://www.michigan.gov/wolves


Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net

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Michigan House approves medical marijuana bills
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:44

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Medical marijuana measures moved forward in the Michigan House on Thursday, including one that would allow pharmacy sales of the drug, pending federal approval.

The pharmacy bill now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Other medical marijuana bills passed the House on Thursday, but need Senate consideration next year. One would let local governments allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, or "provisioning centers" in their communities. The other would clarify that patients can use non-smokable forms of medical marijuana, such as oils, food items and pills.

Study: Food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:40

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Food supplies for fish and other organisms are declining in some areas of the Great Lakes, particularly Lakes Huron and Michigan, according to a newly released scientific report.

The study, based on years of data compiled by government agencies and university researchers, found evidence of drop-offs in phytoplankton — tiny plants essential to many food chains — since the late 1990s. A decline in tiny invertebrates and prey fish, such as alewives and round gobies, also was detected.

It's likely that invasive quagga and zebra mussels have played a significant role by gobbling plankton, according to the paper, which was published online this month in the journal BioScience. The mussels arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s after being scooped into cargo ships' ballast tanks in foreign ports and hauled across the Atlantic.

Another crucial factor is government policies that have reduced the flow of phosphorus — a key food source for plankton — as a means of preventing runaway algae blooms.

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