Poachers in a Zimbabwe village have killed more than 300 elephants for their ivory— triple authorities’ original estimates — by lacing watering holes with cyanide. That makes it the single worst animal massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. WORLD -2
A food writer for website Deadspin ranked eating Cincinnati chili as a more painful experience than getting hit by a car. CINCINNATI -2
After two separate cases involving grossly abused Middletown dogs made headlines, Butler County Sheriff Richard K.
Jones is lobbying for the passage of House Bill 274, which would (finally) raise penalties for animal cruelty to felony status; right now, animal cruelty is punishable by a maximum of just 90 days in jail, and one Middletown offender who left his German Shepherd chained to a tree for four years walked away with just a $25 fine. CINCINNATI +1
The LA Times officially announced its editorial page will no longer publish letters from climate-change deniers because the paper has a strict policy to avoid printing factual inaccuracies. WORLD +1
Heroin overdose is the now the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio. CINCINNATI -2
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