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Morning news headlines for January 30, 2013
West Side Market closed due to fire; Mayfield Heights mayor pleads guilty; FitzGerald appears closer to 2014 run for governor

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • West Side Market closed due to fire
  • Prade set free
  • Mayfield Heights mayor pleads guilty
  • FitzGerald appears closer to 2014 run for governor
  • Key Building in Akron on auction block
  • Accused Chardon shooter case back in court today
  • More funding for summer school lunches
  • Naming battle over Mount McKinley resurfaces
  • West Side Market closed due to fire
    Cleveland’s West Side Market is closed today after a small fire last night caused significant smoke damage. Firefighters were on the scene around 2 a.m. and quickly contained the fire that broke out at Sebastian’s Meat. Food throughout the market also has to be inspected for health and quality assurance before it can reopen.

    Prade set free
    A former Akron police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing is free after a judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he's innocent. Doug Prade was released from the Madison Correctional Institution west of Columbus on Tuesday, just hours after an Akron judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he didn't kill his former wife. The now 66-year-old Prade was convicted in 1998 of shooting his ex-wife to death outside the Akron office where she worked as a doctor in 1997. There were no witnesses and no fingerprints, and no gun ever was found. Prade's conviction largely was based on a bite mark found on his ex-wife's body. The new test results show that Prade couldn't have left the mark.

    FitzGerald appears closer to 2014 run for governor
    Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is taking a step that appears to be cementing his 2014 bid for Ohio governor. FitzGerald has hired Democratic campaign strategist Aaron Pickrell as an adviser. Pickrell ran both of former Democratic Governor Ted Strickland campaigns and served as state director for President Obama’s 2008 win in Ohio and as senior adviser in Ohio last year. FitzGerald has been traveling the state speaking to Democratic groups and says he expects to announce his plans soon. Other Democrats considering a run against Gov. John Kasich next year are former Summit County Congresswoman Betty Sutton and Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles.

    Key Building in Akron on auction block
    A mostly-vacant downtown Akron landmark will go on the auction block next month. The Beacon Journal reports the more than 100-year-old Key Building on Main Street will be offered a public online auction in late February starting at $600,000. It’s currently owned by a Bethesda, Md., real estate company and was foreclosed on last year.

    Accused Chardon shooter case back in court today
    A hearing today in Geauga County could determine when the trial for 18-year-old T.J. Lane will begin. Lane is accused of firing shots in the Chardon High School cafeteria nearly one year ago, killing three students. His trial was set to start this month, but the defense and prosecution said they needed more time to prepare in light of new evidence.

    More funding for summer school lunches
    Gov. John Kasich has authorized spending up to $1.5 million more to help feed needy children during the summer when they aren't getting free lunches at school. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks said the money will help continue last summer's weekend meals backpack program for children in need. The money comes from the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Kasich signed the order Tuesday. Some 45 percent of school-aged children in Ohio receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. But when summer comes, participation in the seasonal companion program available to those same children draws only a fraction of eligible youngsters.

    Mayfield Heights mayor pleads guilty
    The mayor of a Cleveland suburb has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics violations for failing to disclose income he received from two companies that have done business with the city. In a plea deal, Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile will pay $15,000 – the amount he failed to report on his financial disclosure statement in 2010 – to the Ohio Ethics Commission and $6,000 to the prosecutor's office. He’ll also serve one year probation. Costabile announced his resignation last week and will leave office Friday. Mayfield Heights Law Director Leonard has said the investigation was tied to the signing bonus from a drilling deal. Another issue was a reported $100,000 deal with a real estate developer.

    Naming battle over Mount McKinley resurfaces
    There’s a renewed push to change the name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley -- named for Ohio native President William McKinley. An Alaska Senator has again introduced legislation to rename North America’s highest peak, Mount Denali. A bill introduced in the last Congress died. Meanwhile, Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles has introduced legislation to preserve the name Mount McKinley. Former Stark County Congressman Ralph Regula fought the name change through bills for decades until his retirement in 2009. President McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio and later settled in Canton. 


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