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Judge Overturns Columbus' Ban On Bump Stocks

A city of Columbus' law banning a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly has been overturned by a judge as unconstitutional. Franklin County Judge David Cain ruled Friday that municipalities can't regulate gun accessories like bump stocks under state law.

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After a summer-long investigation, the Ohio State University athletics department has decided what to do with Maurice Clarett.

OSU athletics director Andy Geiger announced Clarett would be suspended for the season. Geiger disclosed Clarett violated the NCAA rule that prohibits him from accepting gifts as a college athlete. He says Clarett accepted thousands of dollars in gifts but he would not say exactly how many thousands of dollars. Geiger also said Clarett lied to NCAA and university investigators on 14 different occasions, violating the NCAA ethics rule.

Maurice Clarett to Face Criminal Charge

Sep 9, 2003

Ohio State University tailback Maurice Clarett's troubles are growing. A spokesman for the Columbus City Attorney says a criminal charge is to be filed this afternoon against Clarett. City attorney's spokesman Scott Varner says authorities will file one misdemeanor charge of falsification against Clarett. The charge is in connection with a police report Clarett filed in April claiming thousands of dollars of merchandise was stolen from a car he was driving. Clarett's attorney Scott Schiff later acknowledged Clarett inflated the value of the items.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says he's ready to let Maurice Clarett leave the Buckeyes if that's what Clarett wants to do.

Tressel told reporters today that he would recommend Clarett be released from his scholarship if the player wanted to transfer to another school.

His comments come the same day Clarett was charged with falsifying an April police report in which he claimed thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen from a car he was driving.

OSU researchers test

Sep 9, 2003

A team of Ohio State University researchers is part of a consortium of universities developing large-scale applications for a material called "smart dust". On Monday, the researchers demonstrated new technology with a network of smart dust sensors. A car rolls slowly between two lines of orange flags scattered across the lawn of the chemical abstracts service building just north of Ohio State University.

Columbus middle school grieves student hit by car

Sep 8, 2003

Johnson Park Middle School principal Charmain Kinker says a "crisis" team is on hand Monday at the school to help grieving students. 12- year-old Jarrod Payne was killed Friday afteroon as he tried to cross Livingston Avenue at Waverly.

Kinker says the counselors and other staff will provide some students "more shoulders to cry on." Although the new school year is less than two weeks old, Kinker says Jarrod was the second Johnson park student to be hit by a car on the way to and from school. Earlier, a boy was hit on Barnett Street. He recovered from his injuries.

Sunday will be a great day of music at the Germain Amphitheater, a who's who in the music industry will take the stage at Polaris for Farm Aid 2003. The day-long jam session will benefit family farms in Ohio and across the nation. The list of performers includes Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow. Farm Aid concerts began in 1985 but this is the first time Ohio will host the event. Proceeds from the event will pay for programs to promote family farming and locally grown produce. Farm Aid also provides emergency assistance to the owners of family farms.

Earlier this year the space shuttle Columbia was lost when it tried to reenter earth's atmosphere. In the months that followed NASA began an investigation into the shuttle disaster. Ohio state university professor David Woods advised the Columbia accident investigation board as they examined the causes leading to the disaster. Woods is a professor in the institute for ergonomics and co-director of the cognitive systems engineering lab at Ohio State University.

Ohio State tuition increases affect undergraduates

Sep 2, 2003

Ohio State students will return this fall with bigger bills to pay due to the 9 percent tuition increase put into place this summer. WOSU's Anne Allred caught up with summer quarter graduates to find out how higher tuition is straining students. The cost of an Ohio State degree has been rising for over half a decade. Before this summer's 9 percent increase, tuition costs have risen almost 69 percent in the last five years. Matthew Carroll, an out of state student, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism on Friday.

Ohio State has enacted new rules to curtail behavior by football tailgaters seen as dangerous. It is hoped that the new rules cut down on the amount of underage drinking and open container violations that occur in the traditionally popular tailgating areas of Lane Avenue and just outside the stadium.

Additional Ohio guard troops headed for Iraq

Aug 28, 2003

Ohio will send additional national guard troops overseas. 86 members of the 416th engineer group will be deployed to support operation enduring freedom. The group is based in the northwestern Ohio town of Walbridge. They are scheduled to leave in mid-September. A spokesman for the guard says this is the unit's first overseas deployment. The members will oversee construction and rebuilding operations in Iraq. In all, there are 1,600 Ohio National Guard troops serving on active duty.

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