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Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

HONG KONG — Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city’s top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony.Nearly 2 million of the city’s 7 million people turned out, according to estimates by protest organizers. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the “peak period” of the […]

Africans seeking US asylum showing up at Mexican border in record numbers

Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants.Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after flying across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then […]

Some Ohio schools unhappy about bill to require 1 valedictorian, 1 salutatorian

Being named her class valedictorian isn’t the only reason Emily McCarty landed a full-ride scholarship to Ohio University.But the 17-year-old Hamilton Township High School graduate, who earned a 4.5 GPA and 41 college credits, said she wouldn’t trade the hours she spent studying for anything. Her rise to valedictorian set her apart from numerous applicants for the competitive Cutler Scholars program at OU.”It’s opened up a lot of doors and […]

In Jim Siegel, we lost a friend, Ohio lost a watchdog, but his family lost the most

Journalists are accustomed to writing about tragedy and death.After three decades, I still remember asking the father of murder victim Jean Shrader what he remembered most about her and seeing that tough guy — who had pursued her killer for years — melt into tears, unable to speak.And I can never forget, working night cops back in the 1990s, the image of a mother plaintively begging someone on a bitter night to put a coat over her dead son lying on […]

Mandated state audits straining budgets of Ohio's villages, small cities

A coalition of Appalachian mayors is asking the state to change the way it provides auditing services to smaller municipalities, and to help alleviate the financial burden the audits create.Members of the Mayors Partnership for Progress — a consortium of mayors from 15 southern and southeastern Ohio counties — said the costs of required audits disproportionately affect small towns and villages.”Our revenues are tight, our budget is tight, as […]

How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have outmaneuvered Democratic rivals in 2020 presidential race

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg ran through his stump speech (six minutes on generational change), tossed bean bags with activists (in front of as many cameras as Iowa voters), took seven questions from reporters (“How does it feel to be a rock star?’’) and pounded out some blues on an electric keyboard (a Miles Davis tune).If Buttigieg didn’t spend much time talking to voters at his campaign picnic last weekend, he did stick to his winning formula: […]

Justice Department issues memo backing Mnuchin's refusal to give Trump's tax returns to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday released its legal rationale for refusing to provide President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, arguing that House Democrats want to make the documents public, which “is not a legitimate legislative purpose.”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to hand the documents over early last month, writing in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., that the committee’s demand was “unprecedented” […]

Trump warns of epic stock market crash if he doesn’t win in 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, gearing up for the official start of his 2020 campaign, warned that the United States would face an epic stock market crash if he’s not re-elected.“If anyone but me takes over,” Trump told his 61 million Twitter followers Saturday, “there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!”Trump will officially start his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a rally in Orlando, Florida, and […]

Huge crowds march in Hong Kong over extradition bill

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly in black, jammed the city’s streets Sunday in a march protesting the government’s handling of a proposed extradition bill.The crowds, walking slowly and shouting “withdraw” and “resign,” spilled into the streets from downtown Victoria Park and began marching toward the Central district where the government headquarters is located.The demonstrators carried banners demanding […]

How to give to help the family of Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel

A memorial service for Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel is set for Monday afternoon in the Statehouse atrium.Siegel, 46, died Tuesday morning after a working out at his home. An exact cause of death has not been determined. He had no history of health problems.Visitation starts at 4:30 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 5:30.The event is open to the public.Among the scheduled speakers: Gov. Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, Senate […]