FISHING BOAT SEARCH
Search for 2 missing Lake Erie boaters delayed
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A state agency says it had to postpone a planned search in western Lake Erie for two boaters who disappeared days ago with two others whose bodies have been recovered.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to try again Sunday.
Spokesman Matt Eiselstein (EYE'-zehl-styn') says Saturday's strong winds and high waves weren't conducive to searching for the missing men, who are presumed dead. Authorities don't think they could have survived days in frigid waters.
The Ottawa County sheriff and U.S. Coast Guard have ended earlier search efforts.
Searchers found a partially submerged boat Thursday on a reef near the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant east of Toledo. They later spotted bodies of two females, since identified as 33-year-old Amy Santus of Perrysburg and 16-year-old Paige Widmer of Leesville, South Carolina.
PEDIATRIC DOCTOR-CHILD PORN
Doctor seeks shorter sentence in child porn case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio pediatric doctor who pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography is citing a troubled childhood and his own sexual abuse as a boy as he seeks a lower sentence.
Prosecutors are calling for a four-year sentence for Christopher Pelloski. Sentencing for the former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program is scheduled for May 2.
Attorneys for Pelloski arguing for a lighter sentence say he compensated for his childhood by becoming an overachiever but also dealt with stress by abusing alcohol.
Federal prosecutors say Pelloski's conduct went back several years and involved disturbing images.
Pelloski pleaded guilty last year to a single count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography. A criminal complaint accused him of downloading child pornography, including videos and photos.
OHIO INVESTMENT-GOP DONOR
Ohio fund invests $50M in fund led by GOP bundler
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's government-run investment fund for injured workers has agreed to put $50 million into a Wisconsin-based real-estate investment fund run by a major bundler of campaign contributions to Republican presidential candidates.
The Blade of Toledo reports the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's investment came in November. No money's yet been disbursed.
It will go to the $450 million Hammes Partners II fund headed by former health care consultant Jon D. Hammes, a major contributor to George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
The newspaper reports the investment bears reminders of the scandal-producing bureau investment into rare coins and collectibles overseen by another Bush bundler, Tom Noe (NOH'-ee). Unlike Noe, though, Hammes reports no state-level political donations.
Bureau spokeswoman Melissa Vince says Hammes' political giving didn't influence the investment decision.
$38M at Ohio state fairgrounds keeps horse event
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Organizers of the All American Quarter Horse Congress have decided to stay in Ohio after the state committed $38 million for upgrades at the state fairgrounds.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio risked losing its contract with the event because the congress had outgrown space available at the Ohio Expo Center. The event has been held in Ohio since 1967.
Virgil Strickler, the center's general manager, said state money will fund construction of a 1,000-stall barnlike structure that will nearly double available stall space, and a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
The fairgrounds' 10-year contract with the congress was set to expire next year. Strickler said a new agreement will be struck before construction begins.
Congress executive director Scott Myers said improvements will nearly eliminate the need to house horses in tent-stalls.
WILD TURKEY SEASON-OHIO
Wild turkey season opening in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's spring season for hunting wild turkeys opens Monday with youths allowed to begin hunting the popular game bird this weekend.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Ohio has had above-average hatch years that should result in many 2-year-old and 1-year-old male turkeys. The agency's Division of Wildlife anticipates about 70,000 licensed hunters aside from landowners hunting on their own property.
The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide with the exception of Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County. A special hunting permit is required there.
Hunters must have a hunting license and a spring turkey hunting permit. They may use shotguns or archery equipment. The wild turkey hunting season ends on Sunday, May 18. Ohio currently has about 180,000 wild turkeys.
Biomedical industry growing in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) - Northeast Ohio is quickly becoming known for its biomedical industry.
The region's biomedical industry grew by nearly 60 percent in the past dozen years. The industry has created thousands of jobs and has become one of the area's few growth industries.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the industry in the region recently surpassed pre-recession revenue levels to become a $5.6 billion industry - up from $3.5 billion in 2000. That's according to an analysis by the regional business attraction agency Team NEO.
The analysis says that biomedical companies now employ about 33,000 people in the 18-county region. Meanwhile, new startups continue to emerge and attract investment.
Venture capitalists are increasingly investing in the designing and crafting of new medical tools in the Cleveland area, too.
Miami (Ohio) honors Ravens' Harbaugh with statue
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - John Harbaugh likes the pose on his bronze statue.
The Baltimore Ravens coach was added to Miami (Ohio) University's Cradle of Coaches on Saturday. He unveiled a sculpture of himself with right arm raised in triumph. Harbaugh says he'd like to strike that pose a few more times this season.
It's the ninth statue on a plaza outside the football stadium in Oxford, Ohio, joining the likenesses of Earl "Red" Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler.
Harbaugh is a 1984 Redhawks graduate and was honored for leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl title two years ago. The Ravens finished 8-8 last season, the first time they failed to reach the playoffs in Harbaugh's six seasons.
Artist sought for Ohio's new US Capitol statue
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio commission is seeking an artist to design a statue of inventor Thomas Edison for the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.
The nonprofit Ohio Statuary Hall Commission is now accepting proposals from interested artists. The artist eventually selected must be approved by the state of Ohio, the Capitol architect and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.
Each state gets to place two statues of notable historic figures in the Capitol.
Edison would join U.S. President James Garfield as Ohio's representatives in Statuary Hall and replace the current statue of Governor William Allen.
Edison received more than one thousand patents, including ones for the phonograph and the first practical incandescent light bulb.
The commission is accepting artists' proposals until 4 p.m. on May 5.
Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.
Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee), of Nashport in central Ohio, died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.
The couple's children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then.
The Zanesville Times Recorder reports that the pair married Feb. 20, 1944, and raised eight children.
Their daughter, Linda Cody, says the two were deeply in love to the end.
Cody says her father began to fade about 12 hours after her mother died and told them that he didn't want to leave her by herself.
She says, "We knew when one went, the other was going to go."
Former Mississippi Guv Barbour to speak in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour will be a featured speaker at the Ohio GOP's annual dinner in Columbus.
The state Republican Party says Barbour will join Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as speakers for its May 10 event.
Kasich is seeking re-election to a second term this November. Barbour campaigned for him in Ohio during his 2010 run.
In 2012, Kasich talked up Barbour as a possible presidential candidate, but the former Republican national chairman decided not to run. There has been national speculation that Kasich could position himself for a 2016 run with a convincing re-election this year.
Ohio's Democratic Party has announced that former President Bill Clinton will highlight its annual dinner in Columbus on June 13.
VIDEO GAME ART
'Art of Video Games' exhibit coming to Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Video games are coming to the Toledo Museum of Art this summer.
The museum is hosting a touring exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum called "The Art of Video Games."
Museum director Brian Kennedy says it's easy to see how artists are using their talent through a relatively new medium.
The exhibit will include about 80 video games from 20 gaming systems to show the change and evolution of art within the games.
It also will show interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles and, yes, there will be a few games to play.
The exhibit opens June 19.
Goodyear narrows possible names for new airship
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has narrowed the list of possible names for the new airship that is the next generation of its famous blimp.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports people submitted more than 15,000 suggestions through a naming contest. The ten finalists include Ambassador, Explorer, Inspiration and Pride of Goodyear.
People can vote for their favorites on Goodyear's website for the next three weeks. Goodyear has said whoever submitted winning name will get access to the airship for a day.
The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure not included in earlier models that raises questions about whether it is truly a blimp, though the company still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body is emblazoned with Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background.
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