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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 3, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Nursing home residents must be protected The Warren Tribune Chronicle Aug. 3 About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with...

Indian Muslims sit while maintaining social distance and attend an Eid al-Adha prayer service at the Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Muslims worldwide marked the the Eid al-Adha holiday over the past days amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's celebrations. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

AP PHOTOS: Muslims worldwide mark Eid festival amid pandemic

Aug. 2, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims worldwide have marked the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year’s celebrations. Around the world, Muslims gathered with relatives or at home on Friday to mark the start of Eid. In the Iraqi capital...

FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, Billy McFarland, the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges in New York. More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other

US Marshals put Fyre Festival merchandise up for auction

Aug. 1, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other “minor assets” are up for sale — courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service. In a release Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 items from the...

Muslim worshippers offer Eid al-Adha prayer at a park as mosques are limited for ten people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 31, 2020. This is the first Feast of Sacrifice since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. The major Muslim holiday, at the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, is observed around the world by believers and commemorates prophet Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

Jul. 31, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Small groups of people performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations. The last days...

Oneida tribe wins closely watched Wisconsin legal fight

Jul. 30, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday sided with the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin in its fight over a village's authority to require a special events permit for an apple festival, in a case that could have wide-ranging impacts across the U.S. While the lawsuit on its face was about whether...

N.C. State Fair canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus

Jul. 29, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Fair has been canceled for this year due to safety, financial and attendance challenges from COVID-19, State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced Wednesday. The fair, which was first held in 1853, is one of the state's largest annual attractions,...

South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C., as officials with the South Carolina State Fair announced plans to hold a scaled-down, drive-thru version of of the event this year. Fair officials are calling the free event an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

There's only 1 ride at this year's SC State Fair -- your car

Jul. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2007, file photo, Joe Jutras prepares to wrap his pumpkin to be fitted into a gathering strap during the annual New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass. The 200-year-old Massachusetts agricultural fair, which had been scheduled to open on Oct. 2, 2020, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via AP, File )

Pandemic prompts cancellation of 200-year-old fair

Jul. 29, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of a more than 200-year-old Massachusetts agricultural fair for just the third time in its history, organizers said Wednesday. The Essex Agricultural Society, the organization that runs the Topsfield Fair that was scheduled for Oct. 2-12...

CEO South Dakota's largest fair says it's COVID-19 ready

Jul. 29, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of the Sioux Empire Fair in South Dakota say they're prepared to deal with the coronavirus outbreak when the event kicks off this weekend. COVID-19 has caused other states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, to cancel their state fairs. But, in South Dakota, the...

Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon announces all-online schooling for all students to start the 2020-21 school year during a news conference at Downtown High School in Columbus on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio prohibits county fairs, will expand day care capacity

Jul. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Day cares can return to normal staffing ratios, but county fairs will be reduced to junior fairs featuring livestock competitions for children and teens, without the usual rides, games and grandstand events, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday in his latest updates about the impact of...