• Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, dies at 60

    Joni Sledge (right) died on March 10. This photograph of sisters Kim Sledge (left), Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge and Kathy Sledge (inset), are members of music group Sister Sledge. (File Photo)By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
    Wire Service Correspondent
    NEW YORK (AP) – Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said Saturday.
    She was 60.
    Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, last
  • Public Hearing Announcement

    The Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (FCDJFS) will conduct a Public Hearing for the Franklin County Title XX County Profiles for the period of Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2019.  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 2 p.m., at the FCDJFS Northland Village Center located at 1721 Northland Park Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229
    This public hearing is NOT related to publicly funded child care.
    Copies of FCDJFS’ proposed Title XX County Profiles are pos
  • G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest

    Undoing and replacing the Affordable Care Act means bridging a vast gulf between the expectations of many working-class Trump voters and party orthodoxy.
  • Chuck Berry’s music helped define the modern teenager

    (AP) – Rock n’ roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask.
    Along with James Dean and J.D. Salinger and a handful of others in the 1950s, Chuck Berry, who was 90 when he died Saturday at his suburban St. Louis home, helped define the modern teenager. While Elvis Presley gave rock n’ roll its libidinous, hip-sh
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  • With E.P.A. Cuts, States Would Lose Help in Emergencies

    Much of the agency’s state-level work would be eliminated or sharply reduced by President Trump’s proposed budget, which cuts the E.P.A. more than any other agency.
  • 2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third — and the Land?

    Opioid addiction is ravaging America’s farmland, tearing at communities and posing a new threat to families that have worked the same soil for generations.
  • Public Notice

    The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) is releasing Requests for Proposals for Youth Summer Employment and Camp Programs in Franklin County.
    An electronic copy of the RFPs and submission requirements can be obtained at http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/vendor-information/requst-for-proposal.cfm the week of March 6, 2017.
  • Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot

    By Bill BarrowWire Service Correspondent
    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.
    Perez, the first Latino to hold the post, edged Rep. Keith Ellison on the second round of voting by Democratic National Committee members gathered in
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  • First Black Crew Member to Join International Space Station

    By Shantella Y. Sherman
    (NNPA Contributing Writer)
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected astronaut Jeanette Epps to join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018. Epps will become the first Black crewmember to represent the U.S. on the station.
    The journey will mark the first time Epps has traveled to orbit, allowing her to follow in the footsteps of the women who, she said, inspired her to become an astronaut. 
    While other Black astronauts have fl
  • In Ohio, a Warrior Against Slavery

    John Parker, a former slave, was a daring conductor on the Underground Railroad. His home in Ripley, Ohio, helps to tell his story.
  • Debate on Sessions Nomination explodes over Coretta Scott King letter

    Coretta Scott KingBy Lauren Victoria Burke
    NNPA Newswire ContributorThe United States Senate debate over Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (D-Ala.) boiled over into confusion and accusations on Tuesday, February 7, as Senate Democrats carried their opposition into an all-night long protest.
    But at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recited the words of a letter authored by Coretta Scott King, the late widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that’s
  • Baldwin Documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” Receives Oscar Nod

    Last week the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which features commentary by James Baldwin. The film is a tribute to the staggering contribution of one of America’s greatest men of letters. Director Raoul Peck spent ten years completing the film. The documentary was inspired by one of Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts regarding his friendships and views on three of his friends: Medgar Ev
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  • Emmett Till’s accuser admits it was all a lie

    By Stacy Brown
    The Washington Informer
    More than six decades after the horrific, racially-motivated murder of Emmett Till, the White woman who accused the Chicago teenager of verbally and physically accosting her in Money, Miss., in 1955, has admitted she lied, according to a new book.
    Till had allegedly whistled at and groped Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old White woman, while at a country store in the small town.
    After the encounter, Roy Bryant, Carolyn’s husband, and J.W. Milam tracked you
  • The Audacity of Hype

    By Jim Drinkard and
    Calvin Woodward
    Wire Service Correspondents
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the Washington week that wasn’t, President Donald Trump’s new administration whirred like a “fine-tuned machine,” piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen.
    Immigration agents newly empowered by Trump’s call to secure borders sent hordes of bad foreigners back home, validating a president who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory since Ronald R
  • A Small Ohio Town Clamors to Curb Aggressive Policing

    When a black man ended up face down on the ground after a New Year’s celebration, residents of a predominantly white village were outraged.
  • Bacon Shortage? Calm Down. It’s Fake News.

    Despite gullible headlines, and people taking advantage of any excuse to share bacon pictures, there’s no reason to panic.
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  • The Latest: Trump fires acting attorney general

    Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates(AP) — President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would not defend his controversial immigration order.
    He is naming Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in her place.
    The White House press office says in a statement Monday that Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the Un
  • Trump order on refugees, Muslims sparks confusion, worry

    By Alicia A. CaldwellWire Service CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion, worry and outrage grew Saturday as President Donald Trump’s crackdown on refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries took effect. Airlines blocked people traveling to the United States, legal challenges were underway and doubts abounded about whether the order would make America safer.
    The immediate fallout from Trump’s order meant that an untold number of foreign-born U.S. residents now
  • U.S. health officials cancel climate conference; don’t say why

    By Mike StobbeWire Service Correspondent
    NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly.
    But a co-sponsor said he was told by the CDC that it was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration
    The incoming administration did not ask or order that the meeting be canceled, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Ass
  • Trump announces ‘major’ voter fraud investigation

    By Julie Pace and Jonathan LemireWire Service Correspondents
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he’s made repeatedly about a rigged voting system.
    The investigation, he said, will look at those registered to vote in more than one state, “those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).
  • Trump Backers Like His First Draft of a New America

    Voters who cast ballots for Mr. Trump cheered as they saw a new conservative era in government taking shape, even if they were a little leery of him.
  • Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.
    “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war,” actress America Ferrera told the Washington cro
  • King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

    By Bill Barrow
    Wire Service Correspondent
    ATLANTA (AP) – As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation’s first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.
    In more than one venue Monday, speakers and attendees expressed reservations about President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration, some even raising the specter of t
  • Obama speech marks unofficial countdown for Black Americans

    By Errin Haines Whack
    Wire Service Correspondent
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – LaKeitha Carlos was at home in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon and decided to check the flights to Chicago, just in case.
    A last-minute ticket was only $194.
    Carlos took a moment to reflect on how, eight years earlier, she had worked as an organizer in Atlanta to get Barack Obama elected president, marking her start in politics. The wife and mother only briefly considered her choice: Should she drop everything to see the pre
  • U.S. Veteran arrested in airport shooting; 5 dead, 8 wounded

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Army veteran who landed at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a gun in his checked luggage opened fire in the baggage claim area Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle on the ground, authorities and witnesses said.
    The gunman – identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who served in Iraq with the National Guard but was demoted and discharged last year for unsatisfactory perfo
  • UPDATE — FBI: Airport gunman traveled to Florida for massacre

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida appears to have traveled there specifically to carry out the attack, authorities said Saturday, but they don’t know yet why he chose his target and have not yet ruled out terrorism.
    Authorities said during a news conference that they had interviewed roughly 175 people, including a lengthy interrogation with the cooperative suspect, 26-
  • Ford, Criticized by Trump, Cancels Plans to Build Mexican Plant

    The company said on Tuesday that it would instead invest $700 million to increase production in Michigan.
  • Our Story — Big Picture

    Since opening in 1975 on Mt. Vernon Avenue, Nelson Crawley has operated his Crawley’s Custom Picture Framing & Art Gallery. After 42 years, he is retiring and selling the property and business. Long-time active in the local faith community, Rev. Crawley says he will continue to come to work until the right buyer is sent his way who will carry on the tradition and craft of picture framing. (Staff Photo)
  • Ohio State offense falls flat in blowout loss to Clemson

     
    By Bob BaumWire Service Correspondent
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Ohio State made it to the College Football Playoff without winning the Big Ten championship, and on Saturday night did very little to show it deserved to be there.
    The Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl ranks as the most celebrated pratfall in a big game for one of college football’s most prestigious programs in many, many years.
    Ohio State (11-2), which entered the game a slight favorite over th
  • Rangel: Trump presidency like ‘a bad dream’

    NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel thought he would be wrapping up his 46-year career in Congress on a note of triumph, leaving office at the same time as a history-making fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, with the country in the hands of longtime friend Hillary Clinton.
    Instead, the gravelly-voiced New Yorker said he is exiting to “a nightmare,” the ascendancy of Donald Trump.
    “I keep waking up thinking that it’s a dream, bad dream,” he told The
  • Ohio’s high court dismisses media lawsuit over bodycam video

    By Andrew Welsh-HugginsWire Service Correspondent
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a public information lawsuit Tuesday without ruling on its argument that video from police body cameras are public record and should be released on request.
    In not taking up the issue, the court noted that the video had already been released – two days after news organizations requested the footage in the July 19, 2015, traffic stop and fatal shooting of a black motorist by a whit
  • ‘Obamacare’ holding its own

    By Ricardo Alonso-ZaldivarWire Service Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (AP) — “Obamacare” seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace.
    Despite rising premiums, dwindling insurers, and the Republican vow to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, about 400,000 more people signed up through Monday than for a comparable period in
  • An Anti-Semitic ‘Troll Storm’ in Montana

    These hate crimes and incidents of harassment were reported in the last week.
  • Trump says his business is great! Do you believe him?

    By Bernard CondonWire Service Correspondent
    NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump says his business is “great,” and you’ll have to trust him on that. One of the few things an outsider can know for sure is that it’s a complex and opaque hodgepodge of an empire scattered around the globe.
    Trump in May disclosed holdings in about 500 companies in at least 25 countries. But many of the 500 have no business operations, they’re shells set up to hold stakes in other companies
  • Rolling Back Abortion Rights After Donald Trump’s Election

    A 20-week ban in Ohio may be a sign of things to come.
  • John Kasich Signs One Abortion Bill in Ohio but Vetoes a More Restrictive Measure

    The governor signed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, but vetoed a measure that would have barred abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected.
  • Abortion Foes, Emboldened by Trump, Promise ‘Onslaught’ of Tough Restrictions

    Legalized abortion faces its greatest threat in decades, people on both sides of the issue say, and that includes the possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
  • Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

    By Kevin Freking and Josh Lederman
    Wire Service Correspondents
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously defended a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America’s military footprint, drawing a sharp contrast Tuesday to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.
    Obama’s speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was to be his last major national security speech before he lea
  • Whittling Away Abortion Access

    With the prospect of a Trump appointment to the Supreme Court, Republican-led states continue to pass abortion restrictions. Ohio is the latest.
  • John Glenn: The Last American Hero?

    The former astronaut and senator was courageous not just for his feats in war and space, but also in his private life.
  • John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95

    Mr. Glenn was a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure representing Ohio in the Senate.
  • Ohio’s top court says police Dashcam video is public record

    By Andrew Welsh-HugginsWire Service Correspondent
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Video footage from police cruiser dashcams is a public record that, with some exceptions, should be promptly released upon request, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday.
    The Ohio Supreme Court’s unanimous decision came in a case involving a State Highway Patrol chase last year on Interstate 71.
    The state denied a request by The Cincinnati Enquirer for video of the Jan. 22, 2015, pursuit, saying the foota
  • How to Win a Senate Race

    One formula for victory had nothing to do with Donald Trump.
  • Ohioans stunned in aftermath of attack

     
    By Kim TolleySenior Contributing Writer
    Columbus Post
    In the hours following Monday morning’s attack on the campus of the Ohio State University, speculation began to spread about the attacker’s motivations.
    On the first day back to class following the Thanksgiving Day weekend, a student later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, plunged his silver Honda into pedestrians walking near Watts Hall on the Columbus campus. When he exited the car, Artan, a first year business student
  • Ugly / Epic

    ‘Bo’ and ‘Woody’ would be proud about “The Game” on Saturday – The Ohio State Buckeyes vs. TTUN (That Team Up North). It just wasn’t pretty on the field, on the sidelines or at the post-game press conference. As in earlier some matches, OSU struggled but kicked into gear to come back and tie the game by the end of regulation play. Ohio State would go on to defeat Michigan (30-27) in double OT, causing wide speculation and opinion on 
  • AP Top 25 takeaways: A committee quandary and Heisman slip

    By Ralph D. RussoWire Service Correspondent
    Ohio State and Penn State are setting up for quite the potential problem for the College Football Playoff selection committee.
    The second-ranked Buckeyes and No. 8 Nittany Lions each won Saturday, sending Penn State to the Big Ten championship game as East Division winners and Ohio State into wait-and-see mode. Both teams look playoff worthy for now.
    The other race that changed on rivalry Saturday was the one for the Heisman Trophy.
    And, oh, Texas and
  • With playoff spots at stake, Ohio State beats Michigan in 2 OTs

    By Ralph D. Russo
    Wire Service Correspondent
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The play was 29 Lead, and it will go down in history as how Ohio State beat Michigan in one of the greatest games ever played by the Big Ten’s most storied rivals.
    That’s pretty much all Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer wanted to talk about. Everything else about the second-ranked Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over the third-ranked Wolverines on Saturday was almost too overwhelming for Meyer to sort out so soon after
  • Tamir Rice’s mother remains frustrated 2 years after death

    Tamir RiceBy Mark GillispieWire Service Correspondent
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Samaria Rice is trying to find a path forward for herself and her family two years after her 12-year-old son, Tamir, was fatally shot by police while holding a pellet gun at the city recreation where he played nearly every day.Rice is working to create a foundation in Tamir’s name to provide scholarships and mentor children using a portion of what she’s owed from the city of Cleveland in a $6 million settlem
  • Trump again disavows Alt- Right, White Supremacists

    By Bill Barrow
    Wire Service Correspondent
    ATLANTA (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump is again distancing himself from the alt-right movement as its white supremacist members claim his election as a boon for their agenda.
    “I disavow and condemn them,” Trump said Tuesday during a wide-ranging interview with staff members of The New York Times.
    It’s the latest attempt from Trump to separate himself from groups and individuals widely condemned for their advocacy of white sup

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