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Ohio State's walk-on kicker turns heads in first ever game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't waste a lot of time thinking about kickers, but even he had to admit that Tyler Durbin is a pretty cool story. A walk-on kicker who played in his first football game at any level last Saturday, Durbin got the ...
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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott cleared in domestic violence case
Ezekiel Elliott will begin his Cowboys rookie season without the threat of domestic violence charges hanging over him.
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Wellington downs Lima Perry 68-47 in Division IV semifinal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Solomon Pierre-Louis scored 16 points and Columbus Wellington quelled a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Lima Perry 68-47 in a boys Division IV semifinal. It happened Thursday at Value City Arena. The Jaguars play for their first title against Cleveland Heights Lutheran East at 2 p.m. Saturday. ...
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Ohio State University seeks 'Buckeye Love' on Valentine's Day
Ohio State University is holding its first-ever day of giving, which will last 36 hours, beginning Valentine's Day. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State University is holding its first-ever day of giving: Buckeye Love, which begins at 8 a.m. on Valentine's Day, and lasts 36 hours.  The campaign seeks support from alumni, students and other supporters, who can provide funds to any area of the university. Buckeye Leaders donate at least $1,000 to support a challenge pool. The funds will be distributed to colleges, schools, units or student organizations as rewards for winning various challenges throughout the 36-hour campaign. A number of challenges and matching funds are posted on the website, buckeyelove.osu.edu. The day of giving, which ends at 8 p.m. Wednesday, is part of a month-long campaign for #BuckeyeLove. The #BuckeyeLove campaign is an effort to pay forward through good deeds. This is the first year for the day of giving, but the goal is for it to become an annual tradition.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Columbus Ohio University Ohio State University Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Conference Ohio Ohio Stadium Jerome Schottenstein Center
Suspect in Ohio State student's murder appears in court
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Brian Lee Golsby, 29, in the killing of Reagan Tokes, 21. Reagan TokesLegacy.com  COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The man accused of raping and killing an Ohio State University student last week was ordered held without bond after appearing in court on Monday, reports say. Brian Lee Golsby, 29, of Grove City, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property and rape. Investigators say Golsby abducted Reagan Tokes, 21, after she left her part-time job Wednesday night. Golsby took Tokes to a nearby park, where he sexually assaulted her and then killed her by shooting her twice in the head, prosecutors say. Her nude body was found Thursday in the park. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien will seek the death penalty against Golsby. "All I can say about Reagan is we miss her deeply," Tokes' father, Toby Tokes, said outside the courtroom, the Lantern reports. "She didn't deserve what happened to her." According to the Columbus Dispatch, Golsby has a long criminal history that includes violent offenses, including threatening his mother with a knife when he was 14 years old. He was released in November 2016 after serving six years in prison in connection with a 2010 rape and robbery. The woman attacked by Golsby in 2010 tells 10tv.com that she doesn't like the death penalty, but says it might be the only way to stop Golsby. She says she wishes Golsby had received a longer sentence for the 2010 attack. "It's all been very hard. I'd especially been praying for Reagan and her family. I can't imagine what they've suffered through," Sheila Merwin, 71, tells 10tv.com. Detectives in Columbus tell the Dispatch they are working to see if Golsby might be connected to violent robberies in the city's German Village area. Tokes was from Maumee, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, and was a psychology major at Ohio State. She was expecting to graduate in May. Money is being raised for a scholarship in Tokes' memory with a GoFundMe page.  To comment on this story, please visit cleveland.com's crime and courts comments section. 
375 points by The Plain Dealer | Columbus Ohio Crime Crimes Ohio State University Murder Ohio Theft Rape
Suspect in Ohio State student's slaying held without bond
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A registered sex offender suspected in the slaying and alleged rape of an Ohio State University student is being held without bond.
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Convicted sex offender charged in Ohio State student's death
GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — A convicted sex offender released from prison in November has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio State University student.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Columbus Ohio Crime Criminal law Ohio Ohio State University Assault Big Ten Conference Crimes
Stunned Jets linebacker: Man attacked me for no reason
Jets linebacker Darron Lee was still reeling on Monday from what he describes as a bar beatdown he endured over the weekend in his home state of Ohio. The team’s 2016 first-round draft pick posted a selfie video on Twitter, sporting a fresh bruise under his right eye, to describe the moment an anonymous man allegedly...
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Jets linebacker Darron Lee claims he was attacked in Ohio
“Nothing like getting jumped on a Saturday night.....” Lee tweeted.
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Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate
A joint Cleveland State-Ohio State analysis commissioned by NOPEC and released today finds that deregulating electric utilities saved Ohio consumers and businesses $15 billion between 2011 and 2015 and is on course to save another $15 billion by 2020. But Ohio lawmakers are planning to meet behind closed doors Friday with the state's electric utilities. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Consumers, businesses and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and last year and are on course to save the same amount by 2020, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, said today. The claim is based on joint research and statistical analysis completed for NOPEC by Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Ohio State University's John Glenn College of Public Affairs. But those savings, thanks to deregulation, could end soon. The report's release comes a day before Republican leadership in the Ohio House of Representatives plans to huddle with representatives of FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and other utilities to talk about re-regulation. Both AEP and FirstEnergy have publicly said they would try to convince lawmakers to move their power plants back under regulation, which would mean state regulators rather than competition would set prices and customers would probably lose their right to shop for power suppliers. The problem, they said, is their old power plants cannot compete well against an increasing number of gas-fired power plants, in part because gas prices are far lower than coal, and in part because gas plants are cleaner. Chuck Jones, CEO of FirstEnergy, told analysts earlier this month that his company was giving lawmakers about six months to make up their minds. He said FirstEnergy would close or sell some of its power plants, which are owned by the unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solution. Jones also warned that FirstEnergy Solutions might have to seek bankruptcy protection. In releasing the results of the study, Chuck Keiper, NOPEC's executive director said the CSU-OSU analysis shows that deregulation has kept prices lower than they would have been under traditional regulation. "The study will illustrate, with hard facts and numbers, that deregulation is the driving force behind the relatively low cost of electricity in Ohio," Keiper said. "Deregulation has been a gift to Ohio consumers that has given us billions of dollars in savings, and it's a gift that will keep giving for years to come." NOPEC serves about 500,000 customers. It has recently changed its power supplier to NextEra Energy, a subsidiary of Florida-based FP&L. The analysis identifies two developments that have driven down power prices. The first is the ability of customers to shop for their own suppliers (listed for consumers on the PUCO's Energy Choice Apples to Apples website). This university study is the first to analyze the impact of consumer shopping on power prices because detailed price data is not publicly available, although the number of consumers shopping is public. The analysis assumed a 6 percent savings off the standard power company price  for consumers and 4 percent discount for small businesses that shop -- exactly the discounts offered by NOPEC and, according to the study, most other groups that "aggregate" customers in a city to negotiate power prices. Shopping alone cut power prices by more than $3 billion from 2011 through 2015, the analysis concluded. The second development that has driven down the prices is the method the PUCO has used during the last several years to set the power prices the utilities can charge. That price is called the "Standard Service Offer" or "the Price to Compare" on consumer bills. It's the price for customers who do not shop and choose their own supplier. Each utility must hold auctions monitored by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to supply its local distribution companies such as the Illuminating Co. Ohio Edison and AEP Ohio. None of those companies own the power plants, which under deregulation were moved to unregulated subsidiaries. Extreme competition from outside companies, some owning coal plants and others owning highly efficient gas-fired plants, has driven down the resulting Standard Service Offer. The analysis concludes that the auctions have saved customers another $12 billion 2011 through 2015. In other words, had the PUCO set prices during that period of time, customers would have paid an additional $12 billion. The study notes that the PUCO has never lost its authority to set delivery rates, and those charges, the analysis finds, have steadily risen even as the price of power has declined significantly. "Unfortunately, the regulated portion of electricity - called "non-bypassable costs" (distribution, transmission and various riders) -- has been trending upward at the same time that competition has been pushing the generation portion of the costs down. As a result, the overall cost of electricity has not fully reflected the savings achieved through deregulation," the study notes. "However, re-regulating the generation portion of electricity will not reverse the rising costs of distribution and other non-bypassable charges. "This only makes the argument for deregulation more compelling, since deregulation has been most responsible for the relatively low cost of electricity in Ohio. " There exists no public-policy basis for re-regulating generation in Ohio."
79 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Public utility Columbus Ohio Cleveland State University American Electric Power Cost Electricity generation Ohio State University
BTN to air documentary on 2006 Michigan-OSU classic
The Big Ten Network will debut a documentary on the 2006 classic between Michigan and Ohio State on Monday at 9 p.m.        
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Columbus, Ohio — the ‘safest big city in America’?
In the wake of a deadly shooting, Mayor Andrew Ginther assured residents that Columbus is the “safest big city in America.” Yet some residents of rougher neighborhoods disagree.
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The most famous person from each of Ohio's 88 counties

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