Black lung screenings encouraged as cases rise

ATHENS, OHIO — Josh Wilson walked up the small metal steps with his heavy, paint-spattered work boots. The Pomeroy native has been a coal miner for a decade, but hasn't worked for the last four months. He is only 38 but hack coughs like an old man — shaking his whole body. His kidneys recently failed, landing him in the hospital. And now he's having trouble breathing. "Especially at night," Wilson said.

Ohio State students satisfied with Meyer punishment

At the late hour that the decision was made by Ohio State University to suspend football coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, only a handful of people were inside the Ohio Union to watch the announcement. But the few students who were there were glued to their electronic devices waiting for an announcement. "I’ve been tracking it pretty religiously all evening," said Ohio State graduate Brandon Rohrig.

Annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade draws throng championing both diversity, unity

Sitting on a shaded curb waiting for the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade to pass by Saturday was a newly engaged lesbian couple who wanted to show their little boys that it is OK to have two mommies. Crossing in front of them was a 37-year-old man wearing only rainbow-trimmed briefs because he felt like it. Not far behind was a 9-year-old boy marching with his mom because he wanted gay people to know that “most people are friendly and would never hate on them.” Next came a strutting drag queen who wants to be himself whether he is performing onstage or drinking beer and cheering for the Ohio State University football team.