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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including support for former football coach Jim Tressel for YSU president, support for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for U.S. President, a fourth lawsuit filed over Stark County sheriff and bowling replaces donkey basketball for fundraiser.
JIM TRESSEL: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan voiced his support for Jim Tressel as president of Youngstown State University Wednesday in a letter to trustees, which was also signed by 31 local business and community leaders, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Tressel is the former football coach of YSU and Ohio State University and currently serves as University of Akron executive vice president of student success. Youngstown President Randy Dunn announced his resignation this week effective Aug. 16, despite being appointed only last July. Tressel's name was brought up as a potential presidential contender last year as well, but Tressel didn't apply. If Tressel applies this year, his application will go before the Board of Trustees. Click here to read more at Vindy.com.
LINKED KILLINGS: State and federal police and prosecutors announced Wednesday they are looking for suspects in 15 unsolved, loosely linked killings in Central Ohio since 1998, according to the Associated Press. The killings are mostly drug-related homicides and almost all in Columbus, and often involved violent home invasions. The most recent homicide was July 4 with two women as victims. A list of victims can be found here. Anyone with information can call 614 849-1766. Click here to read more at RecordPub.com.
HILLARY CLINTON: A poll from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut shows that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win against all the GOP presidential candidates, including John Kasich, in Ohio if the election were held today, according to The Plain Dealer. The poll, conducted by live interviews over landlines and cell phones, found that 55 percent of the 1,370 voters surveyed said Clinton would make a good president with a 2.7 percent margin of error. None of the GOP candidates received a positive score, and the poll showed that 51 percent of Ohio voters would choose Clinton and 39 percent would choose Kasich if the election was held today. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
STARK SHERIFF: For the fourth time in a yearlong saga, a lawsuit has been filed regarding Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier, this time from his predecessor Timothy A. Swanson, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The complaint, filed Tuesday in Stark County Common Pleas Court, seeks payment of $88,511.75 plus interest from Maier to Swanson for the value of salary and benefits Maier received between Feb. 5, 2013 and Nov. 6, 2013, or the time in which Maier was appointed to when he was removed from office for not meeting qualifications. Swanson claims he was the "rightful sheriff" during that time. Swanson previously filed a suit seeking to prevent Maier from being appointed a second time, but it was dismissed and he was reinstated Dec. 11. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
STATE OF THE STATE: Only 50 of the 1,184 tickets requested for Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address in Medina were awarded through the ticket lottery Wednesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Medina High School Performing Arts Center, where the address will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, has a seating capacity of 1,133, and Kasich spokesman Jim Lynch said about 550 tickets will go to the General Assembly and about 50 more will go to members of the media. The remaining tickets will go to members of the Ohio Supreme Court, Medina County elected officials, Courage Medal recipients and their guests, volunteers and members of Kasich's Cabinet. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
DONKEY BALL: Since the Brunswick High School Post Prom Committee had to cancel tonight's Donkey Ball fundraiser game — where participants play basketball atop live donkeys — following threats of protests from animal rights activists, the committee has scheduled a Scotch doubles bowling tournament fundraiser instead, according to The Plain Dealer. The committee now has to raise the money they hoped to raise for the after prom, as well as the $550 in retainer and cancellation fees paid to The Buckeye Donkey Ball company. The game was cancelled Feb. 10 following an online petition and planned picketing from activists, who said that the game was inhuman and sent a bad message to children. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.