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Pat Holmes

(January 24, 2012) — Pat Holmes is currently a fellow in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau program this Winter. While in Athens, Holmes spends his time as City Editor of The Post, Ohio University’s independent student newspaper.

The junior has interned with outlets such as WJET Channel 24 in Erie as well as WPXI Channel 11 in Pittsburgh.

The Erie, Pennsylvania native enjoys Weezer, Steve Martin and Cleveland professional sports teams.


Quickly addicted

(April 1, 2012) — Rebecca Bobb was a success story.


Death toll drops in drug war

(April 1, 2012) — After a decade of shattered lives and early graves, Ohioans finally might be seeing a glimmer of hope in the battle against prescription-drug overdoses.


Drug-overdose deaths a record in 2010

(March 9, 2012) — Ohio tallied a record number of accidental drug-overdose deaths in 2010, with Franklin County registering the highest single-county total.


Columbus State job-training program touted by Jill Biden

(February 22, 2012) — Because he was struggling to pay child support, Marlon Hairston said, he had to take the first chance at earning an income that came his way.


Powerball lures fewer Ohioans but more money at $2 cost

(February 21, 2012) — About a month after lottery organizers doubled the price to play Powerball, Ohioans are playing less than before but responding to sizable jackpots just the same.


Tea party group calls IRS “intrusive” in seeking information on nonprofit status

(February 17, 2012) — An Ohio tea party group is refusing to comply with requests from the Internal Revenue Service regarding its nonprofit status, deeming them “intrusive.”


Israeli official visiting Statehouse expresses concerns on Irans nuclear efforts

(February 16, 2012) — The vice prime minister of Israel sought to foster relations between his country and the state of Ohio today during a speech in the House chambers.


Worthington schools need law changed for bond issue

(February 11, 2012) — Worthington schools want the right to make a rarely used type of tax even more unusual.


Fatal white-nose syndrome found in Summit County bats

(February 2, 2012) — A deadly fungus that affects bats has been found in a Summit County Metro Park.


Ohio still leaves sexual education to each district

(January 30, 2012) — A national group says schools should have specific guidelines for teaching sexual education, such as in which grades children should learn the proper names for genitalia, but Ohio doesn’t plan to follow the recommendations.


Drug shortages alter patients’ care

(January 20, 2012) — Last year was a record year for drug shortages in the United States, causing hospitals to alter treatments and some patients to suffer painful side effects.


Ward representatives for City Council urged

(January 18, 2012) — A coalition looking to create a “more accountable” Columbus City Council wrapped up its final educational session last night.


State parks cleaner with fewer trash receptacles

(January 15, 2012) — Ohio’s state parks are cleaner.


Gees apology accepted by Polish-American group

(January 14, 2012) — A national Polish-American group accepted an apology from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee yesterday for what it called a “slanderous analogy.”


Ohio colleges to aid vets with PTSD, brain injuries

(January 13, 2012) — Ohio State University and five other Ohio colleges are joining a national effort to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries suffered in war.


Web helps county surpass 105,000 in dog-license sales

(January 13, 2012) — Franklin County residents bought more dog licenses in 2011 than in any of the previous five years.


Job training wins experts’ backing as Columbus council mulls spending

(January 6, 2012) — Job training is the surest way to improve the local economy, two experts told the Columbus City Council yesterday as it weighs how to spend money in 2012.