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PolitiFact adds Ohio to its lineup

The Truth-O-Meter has arrived in Ohio.

PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times, has launched PolitiFact Ohio in a partnership with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

It is PolitiFact's fifth state partnership, joining sites in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Rhode Island. The Ohio site can be accessed at www.politifact.com/ohio.

"Ohio is an important state in national politics, and it has an interesting cast of political characters," said PolitiFact editor Bill Adair. "It's a great state for the Truth-O-Meter."

PolitiFact Ohio has the same journalistic approach as PolitiFact. It is integrated with the national site and uses PolitiFact's distinctive Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements by public officials in the state.

The Ohio team will be headed by Bob Higgs, a veteran editor of the Plain Dealer, and include seven writers from the newspaper's political team.

PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2009.

Tampa

Channel 28 anchor accused of DUI

Channel 28 news anchor John Thomas was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday night.

Thomas, 44, of Apollo Beach, was arrested at N Albany Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard about 9:40 p.m. He refused a blood-alcohol test, arrest records show. No one returned a call to the station from the Times on Saturday.

Tampa

Driver charged with murder in hit-run

A driver accused of a hit-and-run killing Friday has been charged with first-degree murder, Tampa police said Saturday.

William Charles White Jr., 41, had a dispute with the victim before hitting him shortly after 7 p.m., at 4005 W Hillsborough Ave., police said. The victim was walking on the sidewalk near Aaron's Furniture when he was struck by White's red Ford Thunderbird. Police arrested White of 2504 Robin Drive in Plant City. The victim's name was withheld.

BRANDON

Man accused of shooting ex-wife

A man is in custody after authorities say he broke into his ex-wife's house, shot her in the groin and dragged her to a car.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at 7:45 a.m. at 6836 Kingston Drive in Brandon. About 30 minutes after the Sheriff's Office sent out an alert, Tampa police responded that a man and woman were struggling in the mangroves along the Courtney Campbell Parkway. The suspect, Jayson Michael Aponte, 32, was taken into custody. The victim, Michelle Lugo, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. The Sheriff's Office said Aponte is expected to be charged with multiple felonies.

Times staff

PolitiFact adds Ohio to its lineup 07/24/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 24, 2010 11:20pm]
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