Ohio

U.S. Supreme Court and protest sign supporting abortion

Ohio Passes Nation's Strictest Anti-Choice Bill

Opponents argue it essentially bans the procedure—and is a direct threat to Roe v. Wade.

No Federal Indictment for Cop Who Killed John Crawford for Holding a BB Gun

An Ohio special grand jury already declined to indict Beavercreek Police Department officer Sean Williams.

White policemen in navy uniforms and hats and helmets by a black, white and red police cruiser, near yellow and black crime scene tape against brown buildings

After OSU Attack, Muslims, Somalis Fear Retribution

“When I first heard that he was Somali, I mean my stomach did fall,” said an OSU senior. “Not just because of what happened today, but because of what will happen tomorrow.”

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Donald Trump Advocates Nationwide Stop and Frisk, People Say 'Nah'

Also, one of his Ohio campaign chairs resigned after insisting there was “no racism” before President Obama.

Black boy

Independent Autopsy Reveals Police Likely Shot Tyre King While He Was Running Away

“The family continues to request a full, thorough and independent investigation by an outside law enforcement agency.”

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Ohio Police Kill Tyre King, Boy With BB Gun

Many see parallels between the 13-year-old’s death and that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Tony Dungy in beige suit next to brown metal bust of his head

Tony Dungy Honors Trailblazing Black Football Coaches at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Dungy, the first Black head coach to win a Super Bowl, recognized predecessors during the ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Lawsuit Says Ohio Secretary of State Illegally Disenfranchised Registered Voters

The ACLU and Demos allege that Jon Husted violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 when he purged 2 million people from the state’s voter rolls.

The FDA Just Removed An Important Barrier to Abortion Access

The FDA just updated the labeling for a drug used in medication abortions. It’s a move that knocks down a major barrier to early access, particularly for people in Ohio, Texas and North Dakota.

Cleveland Prosecutor, Criticized for Clearing Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice, Defeated in Primary

Timothy McGinty faced protest and criticism from many, including Rice’s family, for mishandling the case of the 12-year-old who was shot dead by police in 2014. 

Why Tamir Rice's Mom Hasn't Endorsed Anyone for President

Samaria Rice’s new essay breaks down what the candidates need to do to earn her support.

Read MarShawn McCarrel II's Beautiful Poem, 'Down South'

The #BlackLivesMatter activist committed suicide on Monday in front of the Ohio Statehouse. Here, some of his poignant words.

#FundraiserFriday: This Documentarian Wants to Screen Her Film on the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland

SorayaSoi Free is raising $2,000 to premiere her film at Cleveland State University, which was the site of the historic gathering.

Senator Sherrod Brown: Terrorists 'Look More Like Me'

The Ohio senator spoke out against scapegoating Syrian refugees as terrorists. 

Ohio Suspends Death Row Executions Until 2017

Ohio—like many states—is having trouble obtaining the drugs needed to carry out lethal injections.

Despite His Raw Lyrics, White 'Drill' Rapper Slim Jesus Isn't 'Out Here Catching Bodies And S***'

The viral sensation who co-opted Chicago’s hyperviolent drill music did his first extended interview with VLAD TV yesterday—and it’s a trip. 

No Indictment for Officers Involved in John Crawford's Killing at Walmart

An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict officers who killed Crawford for holding a toy gun.

Boko Haram, Jerry Sandusky and OITNB Nude Scene

Some of what I’m reading about today

Voters in Predominantly Black Ohio Suburb Forced to Cast Provisional Ballots

A number of residents in Forest Park, a predominantly black suburb outside Cincinnati, are reporting they’re being forced to cast provisional ballots because records incorrectly show they already submitted an absentee-ballot.

The state Board of Election says the issue was caused by a “human error” but Forest Park residents–65% of them who are black–will still have to file a provisional ballot

Romney Family Invests in 'Faulty' Voting Machines That Will be Used in Ohio

It’s clear Ohio will be the decider so this is definitely something worth watching.