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As Kent State University faces a lawsuit from a gun rights group over what the group calls call "punitive" security charges for an on-campus rally, and Ohio State University beefs up security for an appeareance by the former head of a rightwing media outlet, state lawmakers took up a bill that backers say would protect all free speech at public universities.

A Halloween venue in Pataskala that held a "Swastika Saturday" the day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh said "we screwed up big time." 

Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus Sunday night to mourn the 11 victims of a gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue.  

A Pataskala haunted house drew protestors and condemnation Saturday, for an event that seemed particularly offensive after the morning’s shooting at a Pennsylvania synagogue. 

Updated at 12:14 a.m. ET on Sunday

Federal prosecutors have charged Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old suspected gunman who carried out a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, with 29 counts in the deaths of 11 people, The Associated Press reports.

"Please know that justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe," Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, said at a news conference, according to the AP, describing the massacre as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate."

Four men connected to a white supremacist group based in California have been arrested and charged with rioting at last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Local billionaire Les Wexner says he is no longer a Republican. 

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A federal magistrate is allowing attorneys to question the father of the publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website and an accountant in connection with a lawsuit against the publisher. 

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The Maumee man charged with driving a car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges. 

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A Muslim-American radio host has received a court judgment in his favor in his lawsuit against the publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website who did not response to the case in court. 

Some north Columbus residents are angry about neo-Nazi recruiting flyers in their neighborhood.  

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Federal court documents show a lawsuit over white nationalist Richard Spencer's effort to speak at the University of Cincinnati has been dropped. 

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White nationalist Richard Spencer has backed out of public speaking at colleges and universities, and is dropping lawsuits against schools who blocked his events.  

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The University of Cincinnati's president says white nationalist Richard Spencer's plan to speak on campus during spring break is no longer an option. 

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Kent State University has reiterated it cannot accommodate a request to allow a white nationalist to speak in early May as part of his campus tour. 

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An attorney for white supremacist Richard Spencer has given Kent State University until the end of the day today to allow him to speak in May or face a lawsuit.  

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The Hilliard teen convicted of plotting a mass shooting at Davidson High School in 2016 has been sentenced to four years in prison.  

A west side neighborhood plans to hold a unity rally Sunday evening after racist fliers were found posted in the area. 

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An attorney representing the campus tour organizer for white nationalist Richard Spencer says he'll sue Kent State University if it doesn't agree to rent space for a Spencer speech. 

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 Kent State University is denying a request to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus on the day marking the anniversary of the Ohio National Guard shootings. 

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Andrew Anglin, whose Worthington-based neo-Nazi website is notorious for its racist internet trolling campaigns, has dubiously claimed he lives in Nigeria.

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Ohio State University is asking a federal judge to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed by an associate and organizer of campus tours for white nationalist Richard Spencer. 

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The Ohio man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been indicted on 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder.

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A Worthington-based neo-Nazi website publisher is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic internet trolling campaign against a Montana real estate agent and her family.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET

An independent review of Charlottesville's handling of the white nationalist rally there in August found that law enforcement and city officials made several significant mistakes, resulting in violence and distrust.

The city commissioned the report, which was prepared by Timothy Heaphy, a former U.S. attorney in Virginia. In conducting the investigation, Heaphy said his team pored through hundreds of thousands of documents, interviewed hundreds of witnesses, and reviewed countless hours of video and audio.

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A federal judge has refused to give court-ordered permission for attorneys to question a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website publisher's relatives about the man's whereabouts.

Attorneys for the man suing the publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website are asking for court  permission to question the publisher's relatives concerning his whereabouts.

Westerville police are investigating after several residents found religious and ethnic slurs spelled out in shaving cream on their driveways on Sunday.

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