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Governor cites character contrast

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is seeking to paint a contrast in character between himself and Republican rival John R. Kasich heading into the final stretch of the race for governor.

At a campaign event Monday, the Democratic incumbent said that if re-elected, he can provide “stable, mature” leadership during a hard time for Ohio. Mr. Strickland calls Mr. Kasich’s proposals reckless, radical and “well outside the mainstream.”

The first-term governor turned up his verbal attacks on Mr. Kasich as he fights a lack of major-paper endorsements and a deficit in the polls. Mr. Kasich and his running mate continued statewide campaign stops Monday in which they planned to emphasize what they call Mr. Strickland’s economic failures.


Obama: Focus more on math, science

President Obama says the future of the country depends on educating students in science and math.

The president said achievements in those fields should get as much recognition as sports championships, although they often don’t. He said the U.S. is being outpaced by other countries, and he wants American students to move from the middle to the top in science and math over the next decade.

Mr. Obama made his comments while hosting a White House science fair Monday to celebrate students who have won science, technology, engineering and math competitions. He viewed student science projects set up in the State Dining Room, including one by a trio of boys who tested safety helmets and concluded that foam isn’t the best material to protect the head - gel is.


Senate candidate’s guards handcuff editor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | An Anchorage prosecutor will decide whether to pursue charges in an incident that resulted in an editor being handcuffed by security guards at a town hall for Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller.

Guards hired by Mr. Miller’s campaign claimed they detained Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger after he “aggressively” pursued Mr. Miller and ignored requests to leave the event Sunday at an Anchorage school.

Mr. Hopfinger told KTUU that security pushed him as he tried to question Mr. Miller and that he pushed back.

Anchorage police have turned the results of their investigation over to the prosecutor.

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