Fireworks in

playpen burn baby

Youngstown -- A 4-month-old baby was critically injured when a neighbor's fireworks landed in her playpen in Youngstown, burning the girl.

A witness told police a 10-year-old neighbor kicked over a lit tubular firework which shot into the playpen, igniting and burning the child.

The baby was flown to the burn unit at Akron Children's Hospital following the accident late July 4.

The child's grandmother, Carol McCormick, who injured her fingers rescuing the baby, tells WFMJ-TV in Youngstown the child's entire face is burned.

-- Associated Press

Teens go door to door to license dogs

Akron -- Summit County, which has struggled for years to get more dog owners to license their pets, is taking that effort door to door using a dozen teens in a summer work program.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the teenagers are distributing fliers warning Summit County residents to license dogs as legally required. The fliers include an application on one side.

The county is estimated to have more than 133,000 dogs but lately has logged less than 43,000 individual licenses. The county's previous efforts to increase license sales included amnesty periods and special promotions, but the numbers didn't jump.

A spokeswoman says the county is spending under $2,000 on the door-to-door effort and could break even on the cost if it sells about 115 more licenses.

-- Associated Press

Over 1,000 ban selves from casinos

Dayton -- More than a thousand potential gamblers are now banning themselves from Ohio's casinos and racinos as the state's gambling industry expands.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission's Voluntary Exclusion Program that began two years ago to help target problem gambling now includes more than 980 names, the Dayton Daily News.

The Ohio Lottery oversees operations at the state's racinos, which feature horse racing tracks and slot machines. More than 200 names are on that list.

People can ban themselves for a year, five years or life.

The casino commission's executive director, Mark Schuler, says those violating the voluntary ban can be charged with criminal trespassing and have their gambling winnings confiscated. The casinos have conducted 83 investigations of potential violators and 78 people have been charged with trespassing, he said.

Program violators have forfeited $28,552 in winnings, with the money going to the Problem Gambling Resource Fund.

-- Associated Press

Ohio company to help build museum

Cleveland -- A Northeast Ohio company has been chosen as part of the team constructing the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Northstar Contracting Inc. in Cleveland has been awarded a $41 million contract to construct a curtain wall exterior for the museum. The company says on its website that the bronze and glass-panel facade will hang from the top of the museum with no intermediate support.

The museum documenting African-American life, art, history and culture is scheduled to open in 2016. It will include collections covering slavery, post-Civil-War reconstruction and the civil rights movement.

Brown says the exterior will largely be constructed and assembled in Cleveland before being shipped to Washington and mounted on the museum.

-- Associated Press

Ospreys hatched

at wildlife refuge

Oak Harbor -- Officials have spotted what they say are the first osprey chicks hatched at a wildlife refuge in northwestern Ohio.

The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that officials at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge say the parents are two ospreys that showed up earlier this year at the refuge along the shore of Lake Erie. Refuge officials estimate the three chicks hatched within a few days of each other about three weeks ago at the refuge's Blausey Unit.

The osprey parents showed up after refuge staff members installed a nesting platform at the unit, which is closed to the public.

Officials say they are happy to have a new species breeding on the refuge.

Wildlife officials say the chicks likely will begin flying in another three weeks.

-- Associated Press