COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two teens have been arrested following gunfire that wounded two people and sent shoppers scrambling in a central Ohio mall. Columbus police say they are being held on charges of felonious assault after a 63-year-old man and 17-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds to their legs yesterday afternoon at the Eastland Mall. Police say their wounds weren't considered life-threatening. The Columbus Dispatch reports that police blame a clash between rival gangs that started over memorial T-shirts being made at a mall kiosk for fallen gang members.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Politicians, pundits and voters say the election this November in Ohio is about jobs, but the numbers politicians cite can be confusing. Job growth is a key economic indicator and an easy issue for campaigning politicians to discuss, but the numbers can be confusing to voters. For example, Ohio has gained about 244,000 jobs since Republican Governor John Kasich took office in January 2011, led by private-sector growth. But Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald is right that nearly 25,000 local government jobs have been lost over that period.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University says a task force will be formed to help bring changes after the firing of its celebrated marching band's director amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment. The Columbus Dispatch reports that task force members will be named within days to study how to reverse a band culture of sexual harassment and objectionable traditions. The university dismissed director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear.
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio city will help one of its Hispanic communities celebrate one of their country's patriotic holidays. Hamilton has scheduled its first Dominican Republic Independence Restoration Day parade for August 17th. Restoration Day celebrates the Caribbean nation's successful battle to win back independence from Spain in the 19th century.
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