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State websites back online after pro-ISIS hack | Columbus Dispatch State websites back online after pro-ISIS hack
State information-technology officials have restored 11 websites that were hacked Sunday morning to feature a pro-Islamic State, anti-Donald Trump message.The government web pages, including that of Gov. John Kasich, were replaced with the messages about 11 a.m. Some of the websites were restored Sunday while others were back online Monday morning.Two affected computer servers were taken offlin...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
10 state websites hacked, display pro-ISIS message | Columbus Dispatch 10 state websites hacked, display pro-ISIS message
State information-technology officials have restored 10 websites that were hacked Sunday afternoon to feature a pro-Islamic State, anti-Donald Trump message.At about noon, the government web pages were replaced with the messages, which were removed. Some of the websites were restored Sunday while others were not back online until Monday morning.Two affected computer servers were taken offline a...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
New Salvation Army program allows kids to help peers through lemonade stands | Columbus Dispatch New Salvation Army program allows kids to help peers through lemonade stands
Erika Haupt has taken pride in the enthusiasm her daughter, Avery, has shown in peddling lemonade for charity.On a recent Saturday afternoon, the 10-year-old and two friends — Charlotte Kunes and Eva Schoedinger — set up a stand in the Haupts' front yard in Upper Arlington as part of LemonAiD, a communitywide fundraiser for the Salvation Army to benefit underprivile...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
Opioid crisis blamed as cause for rural Ohio counties’ need for new jails | Columbus Dispatch Opioid crisis blamed as cause for rural Ohio counties’ need for new jails
Rural jails — not urban lockups — have quietly and steadily been driving the increase in the number of Americans behind bars, a national study by a justice-reform organization has concluded.And although new jails to replace crowded, outdated lockups are opening or planned across Ohio, including in Franklin and Fairfield counties, the state does not quite fit the pattern ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
ERs adding palliative care to treat seniors' chronic conditions | Columbus Dispatch ERs adding palliative care to treat seniors' chronic conditions
For months, Dee'a Ragland went from one emergency department to another seeking relief from the pain, breathing problems and other nagging symptoms caused by her many chronic conditions, only to be told that there wasn't much the personnel could do.Then in March, an emergency-department doctor at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital on the Far West Side had an idea: Why not ask the hospital's palli...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
More Easton-like tax breaks may spur development elsewhere in Columbus | Columbus Dispatch More Easton-like tax breaks may spur development elsewhere in Columbus
Columbus could do more deals like the one that sent property taxes set aside for projects near Easton to help redevelop the Linden area.The Columbus City Council approved legislation last week allowing the city to use money collected in its 71 tax-increment financing districts to pay for urban redevelopment projects outside the district boundaries after projects the city agreed to complete in t...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
Ohio government websites hacked with pro-ISIS message | Columbus Dispatch Ohio government websites hacked with pro-ISIS message
The state is working to restore 10 websites that were hacked Sunday afternoon.At about noon, the government web pages were replaced with messages in support of the Islamic State and opposing President Donald Trump. Those messages were removed, and as of 4:30 a.m. Monday the websites still said they're down for maintenance.Two affected computer servers were taken offline and an investigation is ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 26, 2017
Fourth of July events in central Ohio | Columbus Dispatch Fourth of July events in central Ohio
All events are July 4 unless otherwise noted.Delaware County• Delaware: Parade, 3 p.m., begins at Delaware County Fairgrounds, goes east on Pennsylvania Avenue to Sandusky Street and south on Sandusky to Wilmer Street, and ends on Henry Street at Selby Stadium; Central Ohio Symphony outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m., Ohio Wesleyan University campus; fireworks to follow concert.• Su...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
10 state websites hacked, replaced with pro-Islamic State, anti-Trump messages | Columbus Dispatch 10 state websites hacked, replaced with pro-Islamic State, anti-Trump messages
The state is working to restore 10 websites that were hacked Sunday afternoon.About noon, the government web pages were replaced with messages in support of the Islamic State and opposing President Donald Trump. Those messages have been removed and as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the websites say they're down for maintenance.Two impacted computer servers have been taken offline and an investigation is ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Theodore Decker: A man's garage is his castle, whether law agrees or not | Columbus Dispatch Theodore Decker: A man's garage is his castle, whether law agrees or not
Big Brother is always sticking his big nose where it doesn't belong, and now an Ohio appeals court says he has leeway to snoop in that most sacred of personal spaces.Nope, not the bedroom, or the bathroom.The garage.I shudder to think.My home is my castle. And because my castle doesn't have a finished basement, the garage is this king's best shot at peace when he needs time away from the queen,...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Job fair for veterans set for Thursday in Columbus | Columbus Dispatch Job fair for veterans set for Thursday in Columbus
A job fair for U.S. military veterans will be held Thursday, hosted by the Franklin County recorder's office and the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades Council.Several labor companies have immediate openings.The job fair, free and open to the public, will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, 947 Goodale Blvd. in ColumbusRecorder Danny O'Co...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Grandview may require helmets for kids on bikes | Columbus Dispatch Grandview may require helmets for kids on bikes
The mile-long journey for Jackson and Zachary Young from their Grandview Heights home to Pierce Field is filled with potential perils — busy intersections, bumps in the road, an untimely flat tire. But the brothers, 7 and 5 years old, are confident they're safe as long as they follow one of their parents' most important rules of the road."Always wear your helmet," they recited ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Town migrant celebration halted after event turned political | Columbus Dispatch Town migrant celebration halted after event turned political
WILLARD, Ohio — Migrant workers arrive here every spring to work in the ‘‘muck,’’ which is what everybody calls the fertile soil that makes this part of Ohio the perfect place to grow radishes, peppers, cucumbers and leafy greens.The temporary workers can be seen planting, weeding and, later in the season, harvesting crops that will be sold at national superma...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
School board conducts business in the dark | Columbus Dispatch School board conducts business in the dark
The Reynoldsburg Board of Education and its lawyers tried to hide an unusual expenditure of public dollars and got caught.It's remarkable that public officials would think that it's a good idea to sneak a potentially controversial spending measure past the public.Even more remarkable is that this is not the first time we have seen such stupidity by public officials and their lawyers, and undoub...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Astronomy: Chinese telescope illustrates that country's science investment | Columbus Dispatch Astronomy: Chinese telescope illustrates that country's science investment
While congress stumbles its way through another budget battle that has the potential to cut drastically NASA’s funding, China continues to invest in the pursuit of new knowledge. China recently launched the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, or HXMT. A hard X-ray has higher energy than a soft X-ray, presumably because it makes a harder collision when it hits an atom. Also, the telesco...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Astronomers release list of exoplanets found in search for life | Columbus Dispatch Astronomers release list of exoplanets found in search for life
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Are we still alone?Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list Monday of 4,034 objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.The new list is the final and most reliable result of a four-year cosmic census of a tiny region of the Milky Way by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft."The searc...
Columbus Dispatch | June 25, 2017
Former Franklin County Judge, Richard Sheward, died Friday at the age of 73 | Columbus Dispatch Former Franklin County Judge, Richard Sheward, died Friday at the age of 73
It was only a few weeks ago that attorney Sam Shamansky spotted Judge Richard S. Sheward zipping up High Street in one of his beloved hot rods — a souped-up Ford Raptor pickup truck. It was red with a custom tag, RSS. No way anyone could miss it.And so it was with an equal mix of shock and sadness that Shamansky read the text message that Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien sent Saturd...
Columbus Dispatch | June 24, 2017
Remembrance Walk gives families chance to honor babies lost too soon | Columbus Dispatch Remembrance Walk gives families chance to honor babies lost too soon
With the reading of names and the release of butterflies on Saturday, parents and others memorialized the children who died way too young.This was the Remembrance Walk, one of a series of events across the country sponsored by Now I Law Me Down to Sleep, a nonprofit group that provides services to parents dealing with stillbirth, miscarriage and sudden infant deaths.About a thousand people gath...
Columbus Dispatch | June 24, 2017
Teen charged in West Liberty school shootings enters insanity plea | Columbus Dispatch Teen charged in West Liberty school shootings enters insanity plea
The teenager charged with 13 felonies in connection with a school shooting in Champaign County in January has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.The attorney for Ely Serna, who faces charges that include two counts of attempted murder and three counts of felonious assault, filed the paperwork in Champaign County Common Pleas Court earlier this week.Serna's case was recently transferred fr...
Columbus Dispatch | June 24, 2017
Reynoldsburg school superintendent alleged bias, retaliation in federal complaint | Columbus Dispatch Reynoldsburg school superintendent alleged bias, retaliation in federal complaint
On her way out, the superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools accused the district of racial and gender discrimination and also retaliation, according to a federal employment complaint obtained by The Dispatch.Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning, who is a black woman, filed the charge in early April with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. By law, a person must file a discriminat...
Columbus Dispatch | June 24, 2017
ECOT continues tax-funded ad blitz despite layoff announcement | Columbus Dispatch ECOT continues tax-funded ad blitz despite layoff announcement
Even after ECOT announced that it will lay off 350 workers within weeks, the internet charter school continues to use taxpayer dollars for a barrage of television ads attacking the Ohio Department of Education's decision to claw back $60.4 million because of the charter's poor attendance records."The Ohio Department of Education wants to end school choice and stop parents from deciding what's b...
Columbus Dispatch | June 24, 2017
Passenger fatally injured in crash on I-71 on North Side | Columbus Dispatch Passenger fatally injured in crash on I-71 on North Side
A 25-year-old man has died after a car in which he was a passenger crashed on Interstate 71 near Interstate 270 on the city's North Side.James Lee III, 25, was pronounced dead at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center on Thursday.He was a passenger in the back seat of a 2007 BMW driven by Kervens Felix, 23. Felix was southbound on I-71 at 12:45 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of the car and it ran ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Lincoln Rutledge's attorneys likely to cite mental health in opposing death penalty | Columbus Dispatch Lincoln Rutledge's attorneys likely to cite mental health in opposing death penalty
The Franklin County jurors who convicted Lincoln S. Rutledge on Thursday of purposely killing a Columbus police officer weren't allowed to consider his mental health.That changes Monday, when Rutledge's mental health is expected to be at the forefront of an effort by his defense attorneys to persuade the same jury that he shouldn't be sentenced to death.Under Ohio law, mental health is amo...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
City has plan to solve Short North parking woes; residents see flaws | Columbus Dispatch City has plan to solve Short North parking woes; residents see flaws
Columbus plans to launch a test program to solve parking problems in the Short North in January, but some residents say the latest iteration of the plan won’t work.The biggest point of contention: Residents want to ban outsiders from parking on residential streets after 4 p.m. City officials contend that is far too restrictive.Columbus plans to have two more open houses and a public heari...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Job fair for U.S. military veterans is Thursday | Columbus Dispatch Job fair for U.S. military veterans is Thursday
A June 29 job fair for U.S. military veterans is being hosted by the Franklin County Recorder and the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades Council.Several labor companies have immediate openings.The job fair, free and open to the public, is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, [...]
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Mental health likely to be issue as defense argues against death penalty for Rutledge | Columbus Dispatch Mental health likely to be issue as defense argues against death penalty for Rutledge
The Franklin County jury that convicted Lincoln S. Rutledge on Thursday of purposely killing a Columbus police officer wasn't allowed to consider his mental health as they deliberated his guilt or innocence.That all changes Monday, when Rutledge's mental health is expected to be at the forefront of an effort by his defense attorneys to persuade the same jury that he shouldn't be sente...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
'Buckeye Bandit' sentenced to 20 years for robbing 8 banks | Columbus Dispatch 'Buckeye Bandit' sentenced to 20 years for robbing 8 banks
You can divide Ikechi W Emeaghara's life into two chapters.The first is about the pastor's son who earned a 3.3 grade-point-average at Westerville North High School. It's about the computer engineering student and football player at the University of Findlay, the youth football coach and the father of a 7-year-old boy.But the second chapter is darker. It is about the "Buckey...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Cases proceeding against marijuana petition circulators accused of turning in bogus signatures | Columbus Dispatch Cases proceeding against marijuana petition circulators accused of turning in bogus signatures
Criminal charges filed against petition circulators accused of falsifying signatures on petitions for the marijuana-legalization ballot issue in 2015 show that people must be careful, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said."It serves as a cautionary note that people circulating petitions need to be very careful and follow the law when they are gathering signatures," O'Brien said. "People...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Ohio counties building jails, but not for reasons found in national study | Columbus Dispatch Ohio counties building jails, but not for reasons found in national study
Rural jails quietly and steadily have been driving the increase in the number of Americans behind bars, not urban jails, a national study by a justice-reform organization has concluded.And although new jails are opening or planned around Ohio, including in Franklin and Fairfield counties, to replace crowded, outdated lockups, the state does not quite fit the pattern that researchers found natio...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Dublin family donates park land to honor parents' legacy | Columbus Dispatch Dublin family donates park land to honor parents' legacy
John and Berniece Thomas dedicated their lives to helping the Dublin community through their careers and volunteer work, and their family's generosity is helping the city complete the Riverside Crossing Park. The Thomas family donated 1.278 acres to the project.“I thought it would be payback for the service they had provided to Dublin,” said their son, Dave Thomas, 75, of Lon...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Saturday event to honor babies who have died | Columbus Dispatch Saturday event to honor babies who have died
A community gathering and a 1-mile walk to remember babies who have died in the community will take place Saturday morning Downtown.The first Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Remembrance Walk in Columbus will take place at Genoa Park to remember babies who have died because of miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss.Registration begins at 8:30 a....
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
What was your favorite TV show spinoff? | This Week Community News What was your favorite TV show spinoff?
The third season of "Better Call Saul" ended June 19 with a simmering finale that tied up several loose ends for Jimmy McGill and his associates before concluding on a somber note.The show, which scores a cool 97 percent on the aggregate-rating website Rotten Tomatoes, has been praised by various critics for its taut writing and vivid characterization. But even though "Saul" stands on its ...
This Week Community News | June 23, 2017
Passenger dies in crash on city's North Side | Columbus Dispatch Passenger dies in crash on city's North Side
A 25-year-old man died Thursday night after a car in which he was a passenger crashed on Interstate 71 near Interstate 270 on the city's North Side that morning.James Lee III, 25, was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m. at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. He was a passenger in the back seat of a 2007 BMW driven by Kervens Felix, 23.Felix was driving BMW southbound on I-71 at 12:45 a.m. when he lost co...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Excitement builds for modernized Hayes | This Week Community News Excitement builds for modernized Hayes
As crazy as it sounds, Hayes High School Principal Ric Stranges thinks students will be excited to return to their studies when summer vacation ends.The building on Euclid Avenue in Delaware is abuzz with activity as workers attempt to wrap up an expansion and renovation project before Aug. 16, the first day of school.Stranges said students were "giddy" to return from spring break to see the op...
This Week Community News | June 23, 2017
Taiwanese electronics giant looks at Ohio for part of multibillion-dollar project | Columbus Dispatch Taiwanese electronics giant looks at Ohio for part of multibillion-dollar project
Central Ohio could be in line for a significant investment from a giant Taiwanese electronics company that plans to create thousands of jobs in the U.S.Foxconn said Thursday that it could spend $10 billion or more to set up manufacturing in the U.S., and that Ohio is one of the states being considered for at least some of the investment.An official familiar with the talks said Foxconn is l...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Funeral for N. Korea detainee draws throng, some turned away | Columbus Dispatch Funeral for N. Korea detainee draws throng, some turned away
WYOMING, Ohio — Celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for more than a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, a packed crowd of mourners gathered Thursday as Otto Warmbier's loved ones shared stories about his affinity for hugs, thrift-store clothes-shopping and little-known rap music.More mourners lined the street, with some ho...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Lake White being lowered after residents complained of leaks | Columbus Dispatch Lake White being lowered after residents complained of leaks
Lake White, where the state invested $31.7 million in a recent project that included rebuilding the dam, must now be at least partially drained.The lake, near Waverly in Pike County, had an "unidentified source of water movement," the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Thursday night.To figure out why the lake is losing water, in spite of a new dam that just was finished, ODNR engineers ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Hundreds turn out for produce distribution | Columbus Dispatch Hundreds turn out for produce distribution
On the blacktop parking lot of Linden Lutheran Church on Oakland Park Avenue Thursday, volunteers passed out 95,000 pounds of fresh produce to families.Lutheran Social Services typically distributes produce in the neighborhood once a month. But with kids out of school and no free lunch services to depend on, families could use more food, said Jennifer Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Lutheran S...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Israel trip key to women's year-long renewal of Jewish faith | Columbus Dispatch Israel trip key to women's year-long renewal of Jewish faith
When Billie and Avalon Sunshine come home from a day at Columbus Jewish Day School, they clamor to tell their mother the things they've learned."The more they learn from school, the more I want to learn," said Gahanna resident Avery Sunshine, 40, and the mother of Billie, 10, and Avalon, 7.Though Sunshine was raised Jewish, her family didn't practice Jewish traditions. Recently, she started att...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Signs of growth seen high above Downtown skyline | Columbus Dispatch Signs of growth seen high above Downtown skyline
In some cultures, cranes are a good omen. It’s said the regal, long-necked birds are symbols of longevity, good fortune and success.Want to know what’s in store for Columbus' Downtown area?Look for the cranes — the mechanical ones.Crawler cranes, tower cranes, articulating boom cranes migrate like mammoth metallic birds, popping up in the sky whenever an area is deemed "promis...
Columbus Dispatch | June 23, 2017
Child's death shows danger of older retention ponds | Columbus Dispatch Child's death shows danger of older retention ponds
If Mallard's Landing had been built after 2012, 8-year-old Abdinasir Ali might be alive today.The boy was pulled from 8 feet of water in the Northeast Side apartment complex's retention pond Tuesday night, and pronounced dead at Nationwide Children's Hospital the following morning.Mallard's Landing was built in 1988, according to the Franklin County auditor's office, 24 years bef...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Man charged in fatal machete attack | Columbus Dispatch Man charged in fatal machete attack
A man is charged with murder, accused of attacking his roommate with a machete at their Northeast Side apartment Thursday morning.Columbus police and fire paramedics were called to the 5100 block of Berryleaf Grove at the Berryleaf Grove apartment complex off Westerville Road at 11:29 a.m. Thursday.They found Omar B. Alston, 31, suffering from multiple stab wounds all over his body, p...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Former doctor and OU trustee shot in apparent home invasion in Westerville | Columbus Dispatch Former doctor and OU trustee shot in apparent home invasion in Westerville
The former owner of a South Side medical center that provided illegal prescriptions to hundreds of patients was shot during a home invasion Thursday in Plain Township.Franklin County sheriff's deputies responded to the 7900 block of Schleppi Road about 7 a.m.  They found Kevin B. Lake in the first floor master bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken in critical condi...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Private finally home, 73 years after his death in the Netherlands | Columbus Dispatch Private finally home, 73 years after his death in the Netherlands
COSHOCTON — They had once parachuted into the same Holland field, the old veteran who stood at the podium and the one in the flag-draped casket behind him.Don Jakeway, a decorated World War II soldier with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, couldn’t keep from choking up as he talked about Army Pvt. Eugene "Gene" Appleby, whose homecoming from w...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Columbus Library board beefs up security after Downtown shooting | Columbus Dispatch Columbus Library board beefs up security after Downtown shooting
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will buy security cameras, enlist more off-duty police officers and ban toy or lookalike guns following the June 11 shooting inside the Main Library Downtown, the first-ever in the 23-branch system's history.Library officials have been busy in the 10 days since the shooting in which Joseph Steward is accused of shooting John Thrash...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Private finally home, 74 years too late | Columbus Dispatch Private finally home, 74 years too late
COSHOCTON — They had once parachuted into the same Holland field, the old veteran who stood at the podium and the one in the flag-draped casket behind him.Don Jakeway, a decorated World War II soldier with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, couldn’t really keep from choking up as he talked about Army Pvt. Eugene “Gene” Appleby, ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Burglaries and home invasion robbery bring 26-year-sentence | Columbus Dispatch Burglaries and home invasion robbery bring 26-year-sentence
A man who participated in a home-invasion robbery in the University District just a week after being released on bond in a series of burglaries was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison.Victor N. Milton, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, 11 counts of burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property, one count of being a felon ...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Columbus Library board beefs up security after shooting | Columbus Dispatch Columbus Library board beefs up security after shooting
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will buy new security cameras, enlist more off-duty police officers and ban toy or look-alike guns, following the June 11 shooting inside the Main Library Downtown, the first-ever in the 23-branch system's history.Library officials have been busy in the 10 days since the shooting in which Joseph Steward, 28, allegedly sho...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
Kosher food helps ease the stress of hospital stays | Columbus Dispatch Kosher food helps ease the stress of hospital stays
Local hospitals are working with the Jewish community to offer comfort to patients who keep kosher.Though many area hospitals have offered kosher meals for years, they often left something to be desired by patients and their families, said a local Jewish doctor.Join the conversation at Facebook.com/columbusdispatch and connect with us on Twitter [...]
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017
8-year-old boy drowns at Northwest Side retention pond | Columbus Dispatch 8-year-old boy drowns at Northwest Side retention pond
An 8-year-old boy pulled from a apartment complex retention pond Tuesday night has died, according to the Franklin County coroner's office.Abdinasir Ali was rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital Tuesday night. There despite regaining his heartbeat and breathing on his own, he was pronounced dead Wednesday at 7:40 a.m.Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said officials believe...
Columbus Dispatch | June 22, 2017