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Litter of red pandas born at Columbus Zoo in Ohio

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo says three red pandas born recently are the first of the endangered species born at the zoo in central Ohio since 2002.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014

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BGSU plans new Greek housing village

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A new housing village intended to help promote fraternities and sororities on campus will be constructed on a university campus in northwestern Ohio.

The planned Greek housing village at Bowling Green State University will replace fraternity and sorority houses to be torn down. University officials determined that conditions at the existing fraternity and sorority houses on campus were substandard and renovating the buildings — some of which date back to the 1940s — would prove too costly.

The project also was driven by the university's realization of the importance of fraternities and sororities to campus life, said Steven Krakoff, vice president of career planning and campus operations.

"We view membership in Greek organizations as a significant part of overall student engagement," he told The Sentinel-Tribune newspaper in Bowling Green (

Work on the project is scheduled to begin this week. But Krakoff said it will take some time to disconnect utilities and prepare the buildings to come down, so actual demolition won't begin until later in the month.

The razed buildings will be replaced with a townhome village of 10 buildings with a capacity of 426 beds. The $30 million project is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2016.

Assistant Dean of Students Chris Bullins has been leading an effort to reinvigorate fraternities and sororities on campus.

"They are a way for students to get involved and engaged on campus," Bullins said.

He said Greek organizations value leadership and civic engagement and help boost school pride. Students who belong to Greek organizations also tend to remain loyal to the institution after graduation, donating time and money to the school, Bullins said.

The village, which will include a courtyard and walkways, should be a major attraction for sororities and fraternities, according to Bullins.

There are about 1,600 members in fraternities and sororities at Bowling Green State University, the newspaper reported.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014

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Funeral jobs attracting more people new to trade

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The way a friend's body looked at her funeral — thick cosmetics making the 19-year-old seem unnaturally tan for the time of year — prompted Melinda Coffman to rethink the work she was doing.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014

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Ohio conjoined brothers marking a milestone


BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio brothers hoping to be recognized later this year as the world's oldest conjoined twins plan to celebrate this week as they hit a milestone they've been looking forward to for years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014

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Ohioan hurt in explosion warns of fireworks danger

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A year ago, Kevin Skubic was just happy to be alive.

Now, he's about living.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014

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Ohioans can search sex offender phone, email info

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans can see whether phone numbers, email addresses or screen names belong to registered sex offenders under a new feature added to the state's online database.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014

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Local GOP to fight Ohio elections chief's decision

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Lucas County Republican Party plans to challenge Ohio's elections chief in court in a dispute over nominees for the county's troubled elections board.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014

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Ohio amusement park offers free military admission

MASON, Ohio (AP) — An amusement park is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military over the Fourth of July holiday period.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014

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