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Headline News for Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Northeast Ohio car dealer pulls TV ads in Congressional race; Local doctor challenges conviction for murder; Ohio GOP candidate denies wrongdoing for

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A Northeast Ohio car dealer who’s running for Congress is pulling the plug on his broadcast TV advertising in the final weeks of his race. Tom Ganley confirms he has canceled hundreds of thousands dollars worth of planned TV ads, but says he’s not giving up on his congressional bid against Democratic incumbent Betty Sutton in the 13th district. Ganley has been hit with a lawsuit by a woman who claims he propositioned and groped her last year. A spokesman says Ganley will advertise instead on cable TV and radio – which cost a fraction as much.

 Political ads that have been running this election season are getting more pointed. Ohioans have been seeing this ad from the conversative group, American Crossroads, which targets Democratic candidate Lee Fisher. PolitiFact Ohio editor Robert Higgs works at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and says most of the ads are only half true.
A GOP congressional candidate from Northwest Ohio says he did nothing wrong by wearing a Nazi uniform to participate in World War II reenactments, despite criticism from a top U.S. House Republican. Rich Iott says that he took part in the historical reenactments to educate the public and does not agree with what the Nazis did to the Jews. The House Republicans' No. 2 leader said Sunday he would not support someone who would dress up in a Nazi uniform. Iott is running against Democratic incumbent Representative Marcy Kaptur.
A Gates Mills doctor sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for poisoning his wife is challenging his conviction. A Cuyahoga County jury convicted Yazeed Essa in March. He fled the United States shortly after his wife’s 2005 death and was arrested in Cypress. Lawyer Stephen Miles tells the Plain Dealer that the judge and prosecutors turned the jury against Essa with details about extramarital affairs and his behavior after his wife’s death. The county prosecutor’s office says it’s confident the conviction will be upheld.
A school board member in Canton has resigned after the board acknowledged it violated the state’s open meetings law. The board says it mistakenly failed to notify the public when it interviewed candidates and named the Reverend Wilber Allen the third to a vacant seat. Board members say Allen resigned Monday to avoid any legal challenges.
Cedar Point won’t change its Halloween attractions despite concerns by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The group asked Cedar Point last week to get rid of an asylum-themed haunted house and outdoor show, saying they reinforce stereotypes about mental illness. Park spokesman Robin Innes says although Cedar Point will keep its attractions the way they are, the park does not mean to offend anyone.
The group says it’s disappointed but won't take further action.
The state Public Utilities Commission wants to hear from residents about discontinued discounts for all-electric homes. Last year, First Energy ended the decades of discounts to more than 350,000 customers who used all-electric to heat their homes. Gov. Ted Strickland ordered the utilities commission to restore the special rates. Temporary bill reductions will stay in place until the PUCO figures out a permanent solution. Public hearings begin Oct. 25 and run through November. 
General Motors wants to make sure two Cleveland-area car dealers close as scheduled. The Plain Dealer reports GM has filed a court brief to stop Sims Chevrolet in Lyndhurt and Halleen Chevrolet in North Olmstead from fighting their impending closures. The two dealers were among about two dozen that lost arbitration in GM’s plans to dump nearly 1,200 dealerships.
Ohio's Democratic chairman says ads and fliers falsely implying that Treasurer Kevin Boyce is Muslim continued to appear over the weekend despite a promise from his opponent they had stopped. Chris Redfern calls the Josh Mandell ad campaign despicable. Ads and mailers question the relationship of Boyce's top deputy to bank lobbyist Noure Alo. They use Noure's first name, Mohammed, and suggest he and Boyce attend the same mosque, though Boyce is Christian.
Canton will begin a $2.4 million renovation and expansion of its City Hall in January, the first major work done on the eight-story building since it went up in the 1960s.
The work will enclose a courtyard to make more room for the Canton municipal court and City Council. The work will be paid for mostly with city capital improvement funds with some money coming from the municipal courts.
Cuyahoga County executive candidate Matt Dolan has received another big endorsement. The founders and leaders of Cuyahoga’s government reform effort say the Republican is the best choice to lead the corruption-riddled county. After Cuyahoga County’s corruption investigation became public, Martin Zanotti led Issue 6, the successful effort to scrap the three-commissioner system, and replace it with a county executive and council. He says Dolan is not tainted by the scandal by the Democratically controlled government.
Lorain County’s community health clinic will receive $6.6 million in federal funds to renovate and expand medical and dental clinics. CEO Stephanie Wiersma says with the state of the economy in Lorain and the 11,000 people her two centers serve, the rarely seen government money is much needed.
The Lorain center is one of three in Ohio to receive funding this round. Health facilities in Chillicothe and Springfield were also part of the $727 million national award.
Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is making his teaching debut this fall with a legislative politics course at the University of Dayton. The school said Monday that Taft has been at the university since 2007, when he became a distinguished research associate in education and allied professions.
The two leading candidates in the Senate race will meet tonight in Columbus for their third and final debate. Democrat Lee Fisher and Republican Rob Portman agree that the state's economy has major problems while blaming each other for job losses.
The city of Akron and its police union are at odds – again. This time it’s over six ballot issues in November. The Fraternal Order of Police has joined a coalition of other groups including the firefighters union to encourage voters to reject charter issues 11 through 16. The proposals range from making it more difficult to get initiatives and referendums on the ballot to allowing the city to enter agreements with other governmental agencies. The unions say the new language lets the city merge the police department and the Summit County Sheriff’s office. But city Service Director Rick Merolla says the charter amendments are strictly cost-saving moves recommended by a non-partisan group of city leaders.                          
But on one issue, the city unions are split. Police back a proposal to shift about $12 million in city income taxes from school construction to safety forces. The fire union opposes it. The Akron School Board voted Monday to support the issue.
Longtime Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait remains hospitalized in Houston with pneumonia. The team said Tait experienced discomfort and chest pains during and after Cleveland's game at Houston on Sunday night. The Cavs said Tait is stable.
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