Man who killed his mother, brothers with baseball bat in 1977 loses another appeal

Published: 08/01/2014

A convicted killer recently lost his appeal when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that the Ohio Adult Parole Authority properly considered all factors before denying him parole multiple times.

Michael Swihart was arrested in 1977 after he confessed to killing his father, mother and two younger brothers with a baseball bat and then burning down the family’s home in an attempt to conceal his crimes.

He was 18 years old at the time and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Lawmaker introduces abortion-related Doctor-Patient Relationship Protection Act

Published: 08/01/2014

In response to legislation enacted last year, Rep. Kathleen Clyde has introduced a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that provides that a health care professional would not be subject to civil or criminal liability for failure to comply with abortion-related requirements in certain circumstances.

House Bill 585, also known as the Doctor-Patient Relationship Protection Act, was crafted to counter provisions enacted in the most recent budget that require distribution of published materials from the Ohio Department of Health prior to an abortion.

Legislation designed to promote college internships in Ohio

Published: 08/01/2014

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education has joined a Tipp City lawmaker in calling for the second Tuesday of April to be designated as “Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day.”

“SOCHE is driven by the vision that Ohio citizens are educated, employed and engaged,” said Sean Creighton, SOCHE executive director.

A more vigorous economy seems to be emerging

Published: 08/01/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter.

Consumers, businesses and governments joined to fuel the second-quarter expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than it had previously estimated.

Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando

Published: 08/01/2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well.

The company says Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall.

Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space.

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

Published: 08/01/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

A report to be released Wednesday from the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school term.

The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround

Published: 08/01/2014

McLEAN, Va. — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family’s oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer.

These aren’t small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends, neighbors and relatives, there are often 40 people dining.

“I’m not a gourmet chef,” Nassetta says. “I tend to cook what the kids beg for: my grandmother’s old recipes of spicy red sauces, some sausage and ziti.”

OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers

Published: 08/01/2014

EW YORK — Think you’re in control? Think again.

This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company’s revelation follows news last month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users’ moods. The fact is, big companies use customers as unwitting guinea pigs all the time —online and in the real world.

3 D.C.-area sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

Published: 08/01/2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation’s capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released this week.

The General Services Administration, which oversees federal office space, named two sites in suburban Maryland and one in northern Virginia as the three finalists for the new FBI headquarters.

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