• The Columbus DispatchPickerington community raising money for treating 6-year-old's cancer in Mexico

    Rita Price The Columbus Dispatch @RitaPrice The school-years photo frame that hangs in his Pickerington home soon will feature a picture of Dean “Deany” Bandavanis as a first-grader.”They said that wouldn’t happen,” said Deany’s mom, Ashley Bandavanis. ”We’re so excited, he’s so excited. He’s been running to the school bus.”Thousands of supporters are pulling for the Sycamore Creek Elementary student, who Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchLawmakers pushing campus free-speech bill; universities question the need

    Jim Siegel The Columbus Dispatch @phrontpage Ohio may follow the latest national trend in higher education policy — a debate over campus free speech.A pair of conservative Ohio House members soon will introduce a bill aimed at ensuring free speech is fully available on college campuses across the state.The bill, to be introduced in a few weeks, would prohibit universities from taking Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchFranklin County treasurer-elect files bond she needs to take office

    Kimball Perry The Columbus Dispatch @kimballperry Franklin County Treasurer-Elect Cheryl Sullivan has received a bond, the county administrator said Tuesday, a move that would end a contentious argument in the community and put her into office despite her troubled past.Sullivan wouldn’t immediately say whether that’s true.”At this moment, I can’t confirm or deny that statement, but I’ll have information shortly … as Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchDemocrat Space announces run for state auditor

    Marty Schladen The Columbus Dispatch @martyschladen Former U.S. Rep. Zach Space on Tuesday made it official: He’ll be running for next year’s Democratic nomination for Ohio Auditor.Space, 56, of Dover, is kicking off his campaign with events in Martin’s Ferry, Zanesville, Columbus and Lima.“Ohioans in every corner of the state know that our democracy is broken,” Space said in a statement. “Too Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchMary Beittel's love and service to the homeless celebrated

    Rita Price The Columbus Dispatch @RitaPrice  As he made his way into the red-carpeted sanctuary, Ernest Spratt thought back to the place where Mary Beittel found him. He was alone and cold and staying under a bridge. “She wanted me to live,” he said, smiling through his tears. “She was a beautiful person.” Spratt, 66 and no longer homeless, was among Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchWorthington man charged after exposing self to young girls; lawmakers still seek law change

    Jim Siegel The Columbus Dispatch @phrontpage Some lawmakers want to quickly fix Ohio’s child enticement law after charges were dropped against a convicted sex offender in Worthington who recently tried to lure girls into his car. But even without a change in law, Jonathan Ringel, 25, a convicted sex offender out of Virginia, didn’t get off the hook for long. Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchReynoldsburg man charged in overdose death of drug customer

    Jim Woods The Columbus Dispatch @Woodsnight Less than a year after he was wounded during a home invasion in which his toddler daughter was shot to death, a Reynoldsburg man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for selling heroin mixed with fentanyl to a drug customer who overdosed.Julian Bice, 29, of Reynoldsburg, is also charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in drugs in connection Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchKasich, Hickenlooper agree on health-care proposal

    Catherine Candisky The Columbus Dispatch @ccandisky As promised, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper say they have come up with a bipartisan proposal to stabilize individual health insurance markets after Republicans in Congress failed to pass a health-care bill.Kasich, a Republican, and Hickenlooper, a Democrat, are asking several other governors from both parties involved in discussions about Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchAkron mayor forces out police chief

    The Associated Press AKRON — Officials say the chief of police in Akron has resigned at the request of the mayor. The city announced the sudden departure of Chief James Nice on Sunday. Mayor Dan Horrigan’s office declined to say why Nice’s resignation was requested, but said more details will be offered at a Monday news conference. City Council President Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchMilo the escaped macaw back home at Columbus Zoo

    Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch @jennsmola Milo the renegade macaw is back home safe and sound after escaping from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium late last week. Zoo officials said the bright blue and yellow bird was spotted and recaptured Sunday afternoon after he flew off from the open-air Animal Encounters Village show on Thursday. Milo was located near the Read more...