CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio Democrats have their work cut out for them as they try to rally support at Labor Day gatherings. Sometimes considered the unofficial beginning of the stretch drive to November general elections, today's holiday finds gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald trying to regain his footing after a series of political missteps. FitzGerald plans to walk in a Cleveland Labor Day parade, then take part in Toledo's Labor Day Festival. Running mate Sharen Neuhardt will head to the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island near Cincinnati.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A large crowd supporting police rallied outside an Ohio Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. The Dayton Daily News reports yesterday's rally in support of Beavercreek's police department followed a rally Saturday at the same store in the southwestern Ohio city. The Saturday rally called on authorities to release surveillance video of the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III. A special grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year old man says he was shot by someone in a car that pulled alongside his vehicle on Interstate 74 in Harrison Township, Hamilton County. The victim told the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office that a silver four-door car pulled next to him east of the Dry Fork exit and that someone fired at least three shots, one of which struck him. The man drove off the highway and pulled into a gas station, where he asked the clerk to call for help. It happened around 6 p.m. yesterday.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - Fire officials say an explosion and fire destroyed a house in southwestern Ohio. No injuries were reported. Battalion Chief Nathan Hiester (HEES'-tuhr) with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department says several residents in Beavercreek and Xenia called 911 after hearing the explosion between 6 and 6:30 a.m. yesterday. Fire officials say the cause was not immediately known and remains under investigation.
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