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Doctor seeks shorter sentence in child porn case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio pediatric doctor who pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography is citing a troubled childhood and his own sexual abuse as a boy as he seeks a lower sentence.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year sentence for Christopher Pelloski, former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program. His sentencing is scheduled for May 2.

Attorneys for Pelloski arguing for a lighter sentence say he compensated for his childhood by becoming an overachiever but also dealt with stress by abusing alcohol.

Federal prosecutors say Pelloski's conduct went back several years and involved disturbing images.

Pelloski pleaded guilty last year to a single count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography. A criminal complaint accused him of downloading child pornography, including videos and photos.


Biomedical industry growing in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) - Northeast Ohio is quickly becoming known for its biomedical industry.

The region's biomedical industry grew by nearly 60 percent in the past dozen years. The industry has created thousands of jobs and has become one of the area's few growth industries.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the industry in the region recently surpassed pre-recession revenue levels to become a $5.6 billion industry - up from $3.5 billion in 2000. That's according to an analysis by the regional business attraction agency Team NEO.

The analysis says that biomedical companies now employ about 33,000 people in the 18-county region. Meanwhile, new startups continue to emerge and attract investment.

Venture capitalists are increasingly investing in the designing and crafting of new medical tools in the Cleveland area, too.


1 rescued, 2 transported in NE Ohio apartment fire

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A television station is reporting that firefighters have transported at least two people from an apartment fire in Canton.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland reports crews in Canton were dispatched around 7:25 a.m. Saturday to the three-story brick apartment building on 25th Street NW near Market Avenue. Several residents were reportedly inside when the fire broke out.

Firefighters said at least one person was rescued and at least two were transported to the hospital. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Former Mississippi Guv Barbour to speak in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour will be a featured speaker at the Ohio GOP's annual dinner in Columbus.

The state Republican Party says Barbour will join Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as speakers for its May 10 event.

Kasich is seeking re-election to a second term this November. Barbour campaigned for him in Ohio during his 2010 run.

In 2012, Kasich talked up Barbour as a possible presidential candidate, but the former Republican national chairman decided not to run. There has been national speculation that Kasich could position himself for a 2016 run with a convincing re-election this year.

Ohio's Democratic Party has announced that former President Bill Clinton will highlight its annual dinner in Columbus on June 13.


2 snakes, young alligator taken from Ohio home

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have seized two large snakes, a young alligator and other animals from a central Ohio home after neighbors complained to the local humane society.

Two anacondas, a young alligator, two rabbits and two dogs were removed Friday from a home in Lancaster, roughly 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

A humane officer tells the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette that authorities expect to file neglect charges against the owner. He says the dogs, both English mastiffs, showed signs of neglect. They're being cared for at the local humane society.

Its director says the animals' owner didn't have proper permits to have exotic animals.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture took the alligator. Columbus Zoo officials took the snakes.


Cleveland port allows looks at visiting freighter

CLEVELAND (AP) - Residents and visitors to Cleveland are being offered an opportunity to view the lead ship in the parade of ships known as the Cleveland-Europe Express.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports the Fortunagracht was to sail into Cleveland on Saturday and be open for viewing until 5 p.m. through the port's West Ninth Street gate. Visitors are being allowed to walk down the ramp for a better view of the ship as it unloads.

The 12,500-ton containerized Dutch freighter led the seasonal opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway that began a little more than two weeks ago. Its arrival in Cleveland was delayed by ice.

Cleveland marks the end of a 4,000-mile sail from Antwerp, Belgium, passing through the Welland Canal from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.


'Art of Video Games' exhibit coming to Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Video games are coming to the Toledo Museum of Art this summer.

The museum is hosting a touring exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum called "The Art of Video Games."

Museum director Brian Kennedy says it's easy to see how artists are using their talent through a relatively new medium.

The exhibit will include about 80 video games from 20 gaming systems to show the change and evolution of art within the games.

It also will show interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles and, yes, there will be a few games to play.

The exhibit opens June 19.


Goodyear narrows possible names for new airship

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has narrowed the list of possible names for the new airship that is the next generation of its famous blimp.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports people submitted more than 15,000 suggestions through a naming contest. The ten finalists include Ambassador, Explorer, Inspiration and Pride of Goodyear.

People can vote for their favorites on Goodyear's website for the next three weeks. Goodyear has said whoever submitted winning name will get access to the airship for a day.

The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure not included in earlier models that raises questions about whether it is truly a blimp, though the company still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body is emblazoned with Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background.


Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.

The couple's children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports that the pair married Feb. 20, 1944, and raised eight children.

Their daughter, Linda Cody, says the two were deeply in love to the end.

Cody says her father began to fade about 12 hours after her mother died and told them that he didn't want to leave her by herself.

She says, "We knew when one went, the other was going to go."

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