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LABOR DAY-OHIO POLITICS
Ohio Democrats try to rally with labor
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio Democrats have their work cut out for them as they try to rally support at Labor Day gatherings.
Sometimes considered the unofficial beginning of the stretch drive to November general elections, Monday's holiday finds gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald trying to regain his footing after a series of political missteps.
FitzGerald plans to walk in a Cleveland Labor Day parade, then take part in Toledo's Labor Day Festival. Running mate Sharen Neuhardt will head to the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island near Cincinnati.
Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) angered unions early in his term with since-repealed restrictions on public union bargaining.
A state Republican spokesman says the outlook for Kasich and the party in November is very strong, but that Republicans aren't taking anything for granted.
Rally held outside Wal-Mart where cops shot man
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A large crowd supporting police rallied outside an Ohio Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.
The Dayton Daily News reports the rally Sunday in support of Beavercreek's police department followed a rally Saturday at the same store in the southwestern Ohio city. The Saturday rally called on authorities to release surveillance video of the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III.
Police responded to the store after a 911 caller said a man was waving a gun. Police say Crawford didn't respond to orders to put down the air rifle he was holding.
An attorney representing Crawford's family has said surveillance video shows the shooting was unjustified.
A special grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case.
Authorities: Man shot on I-74 in Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year old man says he was shot by someone in a car that pulled alongside his vehicle on Interstate 74 in Harrison Township, Hamilton County.
The victim told the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office that a silver four-door car pulled next to him east of the Dry Fork exit and that someone fired at least three shots, one of which struck him. The man drove off the highway and pulled into a gas station, where he asked the clerk to call for help. It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday.
The victim, who has not been identified, has been taken to a hospital. His condition wasn't immediately known.
An investigation is continuing.
Ohio house explodes; no injuries reported
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - Fire officials say an explosion and fire destroyed a house in southwestern Ohio. No injuries were reported.
Battalion Chief Nathan Hiester (HEES'-tuhr) with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department says several residents in Beavercreek and Xenia called 911 after hearing the explosion between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Fire officials say the cause was not immediately known and remains under investigation.
The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report that the house was already destroyed and burning when crews arrived. He says it took about an hour and a half to get the fire under control.
Hiester says the people who lived in the rented house were away on vacation and have been notified.
BODY RECOVERED-OHIO LAKE
Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks
LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources statement says eight of the nine people on the boat were rescued.
State watercraft officers say they received the call about a boat sinking on Indian Lake north of the Lakeview boat ramp around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from area fire departments had already safely pulled the eight people from the water when state officers arrived. The state agency says the 22-year-old man's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
Officials said no additional details were immediately available. The man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
State officials say the investigation is continuing.
Police investigate man's body found in alley
CINCINNATI (AP) - Police are investigating after discovering a man's body in an alley in Cincinnati.
WLWT-TV and The Cincinnati Enquirer report that police received a call shortly before 7 Saturday night and responded to an alley in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Police said a passerby reported finding an unresponsive person in the alley. Authorities say the man was dead.
Cincinnati police Sgt. Daniel O'Malley told The Cincinnati Enquirer that there were no signs of foul play that could immediately be identified. Police canvassed the scene for information and were working to determine the person's identity.
Police said Sunday that they had no additional information to release.
The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is investigating to determine the cause of death.
Officials probe cause of leaks in Ohio dam
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) - Leaks found at a southern Ohio dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources noted on its website Sunday that the water at Lake White State Park in Waverly was lowered nearly three feet below summer pool after leaks were found in a Friday inspection. Department spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said Sunday that draining water from the 337-acre lake allows inspectors to get a better look at any damage and determine what needs to be done.
McCorkle confirmed the dam appeared stable and said officials would continually monitor it.
The water was closed to recreational activity to allow inspectors to assess the situation. But the rest of the park remained open.
Orders coming to Ohio school district for cookie
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio school district that discontinued a popular cafeteria cookie under new federal nutritional guidelines says it's heard from plenty of people commenting on the decision or wanting to special-order the treat.
The traditional Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) pink cookie is a sweet sour cream sugar cookie with pink icing. It was a favorite of students for four decades, but Elyria school cafeterias stopped selling it because of the government's edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol.
A district spokeswoman tells The Chronicle-Telegram the schools have received more than 100 calls and messages, some from outside Ohio. She says some want to place special orders, and others suggest creating a healthier version or ignoring the guidelines.
The district's food provider decided against offering a modified, healthier version.
Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms
CLEVELAND (AP) - Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp the Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are locating in and around Cleveland. They're taking advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.
It's ironic that a Rust Belt city like Cleveland is so well-suited to the Internet age. The superhighways of the late 19th and early 20th centuries - rail lines - have proved to be the ideal conduit for routing fiber-optic cable.
And one of Cleveland's biggest attractions is its low cost of electricity. One data center executive says power can cost 13 to 16 cents per kilowatt in the Northwestern U.S. but only 5 or 6 cents in Cleveland.
Air Force Museum in Ohio restoring Titan rocket
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Restoration experts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio are launching their biggest project yet.
A Titan 4B space launch vehicle that has been sitting in gigantic pieces in a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar near Dayton is being prepared for restoration efforts. It will be displayed in the museum's fourth building, slated to open in 2016.
The Titan 4B stood more than 200 feet tall, and just one of its solid rocket motor units weighs 75,000 pounds.
A restoration supervisor says it will be the largest artifact ever restored there. Supervisor Greg Hassler says staffers must figure out how to assemble it for display horizontally.
The Titan rocket family was a critical component of U.S. space efforts for nearly 50 years from 1959.
Walsh Jennings ties for 3rd all-time in wins
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Kerri Walsh Jennings, who is the women's career leader in professional beach volleyball wins, moved into a tie Sunday for third place in all-time overall victories.
Her win at the AVP Cincinnati Open with partner April Ross was Walsh Jennings' 122nd tournament title, tying her with Randy Stoklos and leaving her behind only Sinjin Smith (139 wins) and Karch Kiraly (148).
Walsh Jennings and Ross beat second-seeded Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat, 21-14, 21-15, in Sunday's tournament championship match. The duo has won all five tournaments on the AVP's 2014 schedule and moved to 26-0 in AVP matches this season. They have faced Fendrick and Sweat in all five tournament championship matches.
The men's title went to Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson for a second straight year. Seeded second, they swept sixth-seeded Nick Lucena and Ryan Doherty, 21-13, 23-21 in Sunday's final.
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