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Bill O'Neill

Justice O'Neill Stands By Facebook Post On Sexual History, Despite Calls For Resignation

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill offered a bit too much information in a Facebook post on Friday, leading to calls for resignation from both Democrats and Republicans. But O’Neill said he wasn’t hacked and is standing by his comments.

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As the City of Columbus copes with falling tax revenues and a rising budget defecit, employees continue to contribute little for their benefits. The amount of money Columbus employees pay each month for health insurance is far below the national average. Last month the Kaiser Family Foundation released its national health insurance premium survey. It found the average American in 2003 paid $200 a month for family health insurance coverage. City of Columbus employees pay no where near that amount. Most city employees pay about $50 a month for a family plan.

Six months after an arson killed five college students near the Ohio State University campus, the arsonist remains at large. University officials and police have announced a new poster campaign for information in the case.

John Kleberg of Ohio State's office of studnet affairs says the message of the posters is clear: police still want information, any information about the night of April 13th.

Two Ohio State students and three Ohio University students died after someone set fire to the 17th Avenue house in which they were sleeping.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has a new president. It's Ty marsh, who currently serves as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's chief of staff.

Chamber executives cited Marsh's knowledge of the community and the chamber of commerce as well as his economic development experience.

Marsh has worked as Coleman's chief of staff since January of 2000. Before that he served as a senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. Marsh replaces Sally Jackson who resigned earlier this month. He begins his new job in December.

One of the most intensively trained departments in the Columbus Division of Police is the hostage negotiation team. There are nine negotiators in Columbus and they are on call 24 hours a day.

Hostage negotiators have to "talk 'em down," and bring a crisis to a calm conclusion. Sergeant Ron Roberts, who has been hostage team leader for three years, says a person who is holding himself or others hostage thinks that he is in the most crucial time in his life.

A lawyer for Maurice Clarett has asked a federal court to block further prosecution of the suspended OSU running back's criminal case because the university allegedly violated his privacy. Percy Squires told reporters Clarett's statements to the university and the NCAA about an April police report were protected by federal law and should not have been used by the university to criminally prosecute Clarett.

Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" isn't just about a scary monster with neck bolts and a Caesar haircut. That's the Boris Karloff version of the story.

Some of the more profound issues raised by Shelley's book are the subject of a panel discussion at the Ohio State University titled "how much is too much? science, ethics, and Frankenstein".

WOSU science reporter Carolyn Gramling considers Frankenstein, cloning, and the meaning of life in a special two part series. Click on the listen link to hear the report.

The parent company of Big Bear grocery stores has announced it will close 5 stores in the Columbus area. The stores will cease operations by the end of the year. The move is part of Penn Traffic's plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

The high cost of health care has some Ohio State University graduate students in an uproar. About 50 graduate student employees gathered on the oval in front of the library Wednesday afternoon to rally in support of full health care coverage. Currently the university pays 42% of graduate teaching assistants' health care coverage. They want the university to fund 100% of the cost.

Columbus police use new tools to fight drug crimes

Oct 2, 2003

Columbus Police Thursday parked a mobile station at the corner of 8th Ave. and North Fourth St. to combat illegal drug activity. The Weinland Park neighborhood is one of four so-called "Hot Spots" for crime where police are using a combination of high-tech tools and personal relations to boost safety.

American Electric Power says it is surprised a federal agency filed a lawsuit against the company alledging the utility manipulated natural gas prices to make millions of dollars.

In a statement AEP says it is cooperating with the Commodity Futures Trading Comission and hopes to reach a settlement.

Last year, AEP fired five employees who the company says submitted innacurate gas trading information to trade publications. AEP says it has no indication that any current employees were involved in the activities.

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