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The View From Pluto: Saving The Crew May Enhance Jimmy Haslam's Reputation

The owners of the Cleveland Browns are officially in the major league soccer business. Dee and Jimmy Haslam completed their purchase of the Columbus Crew this month. The deal saved the team from being relocated to Austin. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said the move was good for Jimmy Haslam's reputation, which has taken a hit throughout his tenure as owner of the Browns.

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A bill that would create tougher regulations on vicious dog owners is making a return in the General Assembly. The bill has spent years in limbo, but the new sponsor says dog attacks are a widespread problem that must be taken seriously.

Samantha Phillips of Vienna recalled the pain and shock she felt when two dogs got loose last June and attacked her and her mother.

The partial government shutdown is in its fifth week and Akron-area nonprofits that depend on federal funding are discussing what to do if it continues to drag on.

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Transportation, as we know it, is changing. There's ride-sharing, electric cars, and soon, driverless vehicles. One of the things they all have in common, however, are tires.

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In the past two and a half years, staff members at Wright State, who are not unionized, have experienced major budget cuts, changes to their benefits, and several rounds of layoffs. Now, as the faculty union strike enters its second day, the university is relying on them to cover for striking professors.

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The owners of the Cleveland Browns are officially in the major league soccer business. Dee and Jimmy Haslam completed their purchase of the Columbus Crew this month. The deal saved the team from being relocated to Austin.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said the move was good for Jimmy Haslam's reputation, which has taken a hit throughout his tenure as owner of the Browns.


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The Indians had one of the worst bullpens in baseball last season, and now sports commentator Terry Pluto says it's time to rebuild. Two key relievers who were free agents have officially signed with other teams: Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. 

 

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Less than two weeks after a citizens group said it was moving forward with a proposed ballot initiative to reduce lead poisoning in Cleveland homes, the city has announced its own effort.  

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Around 7,000 federal workers in Ohio aren’t receiving paychecks because of the government shutdown. And those who are furloughed won’t be offered unemployment checks from the state either. 

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In federal courts around the nation, the wheels of justice may soon be grinding to a halt.

The government shutdown has already caused delays and disruptions throughout the federal court system, and officials are bracing for things to get a lot worse next week.

At least five people were killed when a man opened fire Wednesday afternoon in a bank in Sebring, Fla., according to officials.

At a brief news conference, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund named 21-year-old Zephen Xaver, of Sebring, as the suspect. Xaver is in police custody.

"Today has been a tragic day in our community," Hoglund said. "We've suffered a significant loss at the hands of a senseless criminal doing a senseless crime."

There are fears that the U.S. economy could face tough times ahead. But many of the typical tools Washington would use to boost the economy have been deployed during the last few years of growth.

Voters in Chillicothe, Ohio, are divided about who's to blame for the government shutdown. Both Republicans and Democrats expressed frustration that negotiations are not happening.

The image of a Chinese schoolyard full of students doing calisthenics isn't new.

But these moves definitely are.

Dressed in a sleek black-on-black ensemble, school principal Zhang Pengfei leads his students in a synchronized routine that would turn heads in any dance club. In matching tracksuits, the kids at Xi Guan Primary School in Shanxi province shuffle their feet, pump their arms, and do the Charleston and the Running Man.

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