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Evangelical support for Israel is neither permanent nor inevitable

(THE CONVERSATION) Israel's former ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, made waves in May 2021 when he publicly suggested that Israel should prioritize its relationship with American evangelicals over American Jews.
Dermer described evangelicals as the "backbone of Israel's support in the United States." By contrast, h ... (full story)


Sports


Buying a kayak

Well, I took the plunge, literally, and bought myself a sweet used kayak. And a big part of my decision-making process involved peppering the Cleveland Outpost’s Josh Scott with a plethora of kayak questions.
Josh did such a great job talking about the nuances of kayaking that I invited him to be an Ask the Experts guest. ... (full story)


Year since Washington change, Native sports imagery evolving

Year since Washington change, Native sports imagery evolving

Washington will not have any kind of Native American imagery as part of its next name, and the subject is still evolving across sports in the year since the storied NFL franchise dropped arguably the most polarizing moniker left in the pros.
July 13 marked the one-year anniversary since Washington dropped the name Redskins and t ... (full story)


Shank trying to use IndyCar break to finalize future plans

Shank trying to use IndyCar break to finalize future plans

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A bright pink sheet hung near the entrance to the infield at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course congratulating local team owner Michael Shank on his Indianapolis 500 victory — another sign that Meyer Shank Racing is currently having a moment.
Shank is an Ohio native who romped around the fabled road c ... (full story)


State


FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday, July 22, to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company.
Authorities charged Akron-based F ... (full story)


EXPLAINER: As wildfire smoke spreads, who's at risk?

EXPLAINER: As wildfire smoke spreads, who's at risk?

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on the East Coast. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more intense blazes.
Pollution from smoke reached unhe ... (full story)


Who owns the beach? It depends on state law and tide lines

(THE CONVERSATION) As Americans flock to beaches this summer, their toes are sinking into some of the most hotly contested real estate in the United States.
It wasn't always this way. Through the mid-20th century, when the U.S. population was smaller and the coast was still something of a frontier in many states, laissez-faire ... (full story)


A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday, July 14, of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over the last year suggest a federal probe's tentacles only continue to grow ... (full story)


What changes under Ohio's new Fair School Funding Plan?

What changes under Ohio's new Fair School Funding Plan?

COLUMBUS (AP) — Advocates for Ohio's new school funding plan say it should finally provide a level of fairness and reliability that past spending programs lacked.
The Fair School Funding Plan, approved as part of the state budget last month, spends about $12.4 billion this year and $12.6 billion in 2023. At its core the p ... (full story)