For the third time, the Ohio House has passed an abortion ban that would make the procedure illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or as early as six weeks. Both the governor and much of the Senate have expressed strong opposition to the bill, though, making it unlikely to ever become law. » 3/25/15 5:30pm 3/25/15 5:30pm

Ohio Abortion Providers Now Required to Do Fetal Test That Doesn't Exist

States like Texas and Missouri have been loudly crowing for years about their success in making abortion harder and harder to access. But today, let's take a moment to recognize, once again, the contributions Ohio has made to the cause: a thicket of confusing, burdensome, and sometimes contradictory laws and… » 3/03/15 2:30pm 3/03/15 2:30pm

Father Stabs His Trans Child to Death, Tells Police It Was a Cult

An Ohio man's been arrested for the death of his 22-year-old child, Bri Golec, whom he murdered for being transgender. Kevin Golec, who continues identifying Bri as "his son" told police that Bri had been murdered by a cult. The cult he may have been referring to was the trans community, of which Bri had, at least at… » 2/17/15 1:15pm 2/17/15 1:15pm

Anti-Abortion Congressman Tim Ryan Publicly (Finally) Changes Mind

Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, announced in an op-ed today that he's changed his previously anti-abortion stance, writing, "Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends or religious advisers," and that pregnancy is "a… » 1/28/15 4:40pm 1/28/15 4:40pm

Heroin-Laced Bible Plot Foiled by Dog 

Two people in a far-away land called "southwest Ohio" attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into the county jail. A seemingly brilliant criminal plan, yet their plan was foiled by a brave drug-sniffing dog. The heroic dog noticed that the Bible did not emanate its usual, sweet scent of holiness. Rather it reeked… » 1/17/15 11:00am 1/17/15 11:00am

Steubenville Superintendent Resigns to Avoid Criminal Charges

Michael McVey, the superintendent of schools in Steubenville, Ohio, has agreed to resign from his job in exchange for not facing criminal charges related to the district's handling of a 2012 rape of a teenage girl by two football players. McVey was indicted in November 2013 on charges including evidence tampering and… » 1/13/15 11:30am 1/13/15 11:30am

Man Uses Dating Site to Rape Six Women, Says He Was Expecting Arrest

Terry L. Smith Jr. of Columbus, Ohio has confessed to raping more than six women after one of his victims came forward last week. Smith met the women online and expected them not to go to the police, knowing that the shame that they felt would prevent them from taking action against him. » 8/21/14 9:30pm 8/21/14 9:30pm

Another Clinic Closes, Thanks to Ohio's Shitty Abortion Laws

Ohio's unnecessarily severe abortion restrictions have forced yet another clinic to close its doors permanently — leaving women in the Cincinnati area with only one abortion provider, which is also in danger of being shut down. And thus the pro-life mission to deprive women of control over their own bodies continues… » 8/21/14 3:00pm 8/21/14 3:00pm

Church Protests Strip Club, Strippers Protest Church Right Back

This Sunday, an Ohio strip club owner organized exotic dancers for a topless demonstration outside a local church during services. He says the congregation has been protesting outside one of his establishments for years, and he's just slap out of patience with their antics. » 8/11/14 10:50am 8/11/14 10:50am

World's Worst 911 Dispatcher Tells Rape Victim to 'Quit Crying'

A Columbus, Ohio 911 dispatcher is getting a flaccid slap on the wrist for telling a rape victim who dialed the emergency line immediately after being violently assaulted last weekend to "quit crying." » 6/13/14 1:20pm 6/13/14 1:20pm

Your Morning Cry: After 70 Years Together, Couple Dies 15 Hours Apart

Go ahead and grab a tissue, because this real-life version of the couple from The Notebook is almost certainly going to bring tears to your eyes: An Ohio couple who'd been married for seven decades recently died within a day of one another. » 4/21/14 10:20am 4/21/14 10:20am

Ohio's Shitty Abortion Laws May Be Even More Restrictive Than Texas's

Move over, baseball and apple pie: enacting draconian laws that severely infringe upon women's access to abortion — without technically infringing upon their constitutional rights — is on its way to becoming America's favorite past time. » 3/31/14 6:15pm 3/31/14 6:15pm

Ohio Town Removes Service Mini-Horse of Girl with Disabilities

After city officials forced a family to remove a service animal used by their daughter, a family in Ohio has filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. » 2/19/14 11:30pm 2/19/14 11:30pm

Boom: Four Steubenville School Officials Indicted in Teen Rape Case

This morning, Ohio's Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of a grand jury investigation into the roles Steubenville school officials played in covering up the town's now-infamous sexual assault of a girl by football players a year ago in August. Among those charged? The school's… » 11/25/13 12:40pm 11/25/13 12:40pm

How to Feel About Ariel Castro's Suicide

Last night, just a month and change into serving his life + 1,000-year sentence for kidnapping three Cleveland women and keeping them captive under hellish conditions for a decade, Ariel Castro committed suicide in jail. After I heard the news, I felt a range of awful, base emotions, none of which made me feel good… » 9/04/13 11:30am 9/04/13 11:30am

Ohio State May Name Emergency Room After Abercrombie & Fitch

The day in which we all must sacrifice our young upon an altar to corporatocracy looms ever closer: Ohio State University is planning to name its new emergency department after Abercrombie & Fitch, a clothing company that peddles jean shorts and graphic tees about being horny and/or drunk and/or confused to teenagers. » 8/27/13 1:20pm 8/27/13 1:20pm

Ariel Castro Considering Plea Deal to Avoid Death Penalty

Ariel Castro — the Ohio man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning, and repeatedly raping Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight — is allegedly in talks regarding a plea deal that would rule out the death penalty. There's a chance he'll accept the deal during a Friday pre-trial hearing. » 7/26/13 12:00am 7/26/13 12:00am