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. So at the insistence of his wife, he is here getting screened for coal workers' pneu

Free, in-school stores provide essentials for students in need

Student Success Stores opened a free, anonymous place for students to shop right inside their school. The stores stock items such as food, clothes, shoes, body wash, bras and underwear, tampons, and toiletries. The organization, which celebrated two years in July, has stores in Mifflin Middle School, Columbus Global Academy and Champion Middle School. A store in Wedgewood Middle School was opened in April and the organization will open another at South High School at the start of the school year

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.  “I feel like we’re waiting for the billows of white smoke, like the announce