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Cleveland Clinic again gets top ranking

Cleveland -- The Cleveland Clinic has again been named the top hospital in the country for heart care by U.S. News & World Report.

The news magazine ranked the Cleveland Clinic the top hospital in Ohio and No. 4 overall in the nation -- behind Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Massachusetts General Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports the Cleveland Clinic has been named the best heart hospital for the 19th year in a row by the magazine. In all, the hospital placed in the top 10 in 14 different specialties.

Dr. Bruce Lytle, chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, said the hospital is grateful for the recognition but keeps striving to get better every day.

-- Associated Press

Woman dies in

industrial accident

Barberton -- A medical examiner's office in Northeast Ohio says a 51-year-old Barberton woman was killed when she became entangled in a paper rolling machine at the plant where she worked.

The medical examiner and police are investigating the July 15 industrial accident at PPG Industries in Barberton that killed Wendy Breiding.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that her death was ruled accidental after an autopsy July 16.

The Pittsburgh-based company said it is cooperating with local authorities and conducting its own investigation.

PPG has about 150 employees at its Barberton site, where it makes optical products and silicas used in the tire, food, footwear, printing and other industries.

-- Associated Press

Woman faces trial in poisoning death

Cleveland -- A Cleveland woman who coached youth baseball is standing trial for allegedly killing the father of their two children by poisoning his iced tea with antifreeze in 2006.

Holly McFeeture contends the death of her 31-year-old fiance, Matthew Podolak, was suicide. Her trial began July 16 on charges of aggravated murder and contaminating a substance for human consumption or use.

Prosecutor Brian McDonough told the jury a man McFeeture dated later contacted police in 2008 and said she had admitted putting something in Podolak's drinks.

The Plain Dealer reports that Podolak's manner of death was changed to homicide, based on the tip, and McFeeture was indicted in 2010.

Attorneys for the 35-year-old McFeeture are expected to argue that Podolak, who suffered from depression, drank antifreeze to kill himself.

-- Associated Press

Turnpike tolls to rise annually for 10 years

Berea -- Ohio Turnpike commissioners voted July 15 to raise tolls 2.7 percent annually for the next 10 years to pay for highway projects across the northern part of the state.

For motorists using E-ZPass payment devices, cross-state tolls approved by the newly renamed Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission would rise 25 cents to $11.50. After 10 years, it would be $14.75.

The 241-mile cross-state toll for truckers using E-ZPass would rise $1 to $36 next year. After a decade, the toll would be $45.75.

The commission also authorized $1 billion in bonds that the higher tolls will help finance. The new debt would be issued by the end of July.

Republican Gov. John Kasich pushed for the toll-hike plan to move along big projects that have been delayed for years. The investment in infrastructure is expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs.

-- Associated Press

Book returned to

library 41 years late

Urbana -- The saying goes that it's better late than never.

Thus, a person claiming to be a slow reader has returned a book that was 41 years overdue to a western Ohio public library.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Champaign County Library on July 17 received the book along with a full cash payment of the fines totaling $299.30.

The book titled "The Real Book About Snakes" was returned anonymously. It was originally due July 17, 1972.

The newspaper reports the library also received a handwritten note in which the reader apologized for the delayed return. The reader calculated the overdue fees at 2 cents per day.

-- Associated Press

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