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Snow, slick roads cancel Ohio events

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A wintry storm has caused hazardous conditions in northern Ohio, and bad weather resulted in numerous cancellations across the state including basketball games and holiday events.

The National Weather Service says snowfall will drop 3 to 5 inches across much of the state's north, adding to the 3-4 inches already on the ground in many areas. Forecasters warn of slick roads and reduced visibility for drivers.

The Toledo Zoo closed early yesterday, and the annual Mount Adams Reindog Parade featuring costumed canines was postponed in Cincinnati. A scheduled appearance in Rocky River by celebrity chef Rachael Ray also had to be canceled because of bad travel conditions in the east.

Troopers across the state responded to multiple slide-off accidents and vehicle collisions that snarled traffic.


Ohio police say 1 killed in I-71 Columbus crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 61-year-old tractor-trailer driver has been killed after a crash with a car on northbound Interstate 71 in Columbus.

Columbus police say the semi and a Mustang were both heading north when they hit yesterday morning, and the semi ran off the right side of the highway and into a guardrail and concrete sound barrier.

Police say Daniel Eisnaugle of Newark was dead at the scene. The Mustang driver was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

Police were still investigating the accident, which caused northbound lanes to close for hours.


Federal authorities say Ohio doctor has left country

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say a southwest Ohio spine doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgeries has left the country.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the authorities are trying to decide what to do about court proceedings scheduled for next year. Defendant Abubakar Atiq Durrani pleaded not guilty in August to charges of health care fraud and making false statements in medical matters.

Authorities say many patients wound up with worse pain after the doctor operated on them. He also faces civil lawsuits.

He had been ordered by a federal judge to stay in the Cincinnati region. The court rejected a request to let him visit his ill father in Pakistan.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Ohio governor speaks at Cincinnati commencement

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's governor urges new college graduates to make a difference in someone else's life.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) spoke yesterday at the University of Cincinnati commencement ceremonies. UC president Santa Ono (OH'-noh) led the event.

Kasich says fame and power are fleeting, but that graduates can make their mark by engaging in changing the world.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kasich told stories about his early life and people he has met.

More than 2,000 students received degrees.

Among those given honorary degrees was the Rev. Michael Graham, president of Xavier University. The reasons UC cites for Graham's honor include his active efforts to better the community.


Ohio school helps Miami tribe preserve its history

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwestern Ohio university is working to preserve 19th-century land grant documents recently recovered by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma from a key moment in its history.

Tribe members say the grants marked the tribe's transition from collectively held land to individual ownership as it tried and mostly failed to avoid government relocation.

Miami University in Oxford is preserving eight land grants found in storage at a Catholic diocese in Indiana. They include one signed in 1823 by President James Monroe and seven signed in 1843 by President John Tyler.

Tribe member George Ironstrack says the grants are important because they show Miami efforts to secure a land base for their families amid increasing pressure from government officials and others who wanted their land.