Man who downloaded child porn loses appeal for shorter sentence

Published: 10/21/2014

In the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a panel of three judges recently affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in a child pornography case.

The defendant, Richard Miezin, pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge after federal law enforcement officers downloaded images and video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from his computer.

Judges: Woman properly taken down after kicking officer in the groin

Published: 10/21/2014

A panel of federal judges in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected a woman’s claims that police used unreasonable force when transporting her to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Melissa Standifer appealed a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio after it granted summary judgment to the City of Franklin and it’s police officer Jacob Lacon.

Standifer filed suit against Franklin and Lacon after an encounter with police left her with a broken neck.

Bill would require safer exits for certain rental properties

Published: 10/21/2014

In response to a New Year’s Day fire that claimed the lives of two University of Cincinnati students in 2013, Sen. Bill Beagle has called on lawmakers to pass a bill that would require a separate means of egress for all dwelling areas above the second story of a residential rental property.

“Currently, rental homes that have more than two stories are not required to have any secondary means of egress,” said Beagle, R-Tipp City.

Death Cafes facilitate practical discussions on the end of life - with tea and cake

Published: 10/21/2014

Despite the abundance of literature on the topic, talking about death in polite society remains taboo but a growing global movement is out to change that.

In 2011, Jon Underwood, a British web designer, held a Death Cafe at his home in England.

It sounds morbid, but Underwood was not setting out to do anything that had not already been done.

He modeled his event after the European tradition of holding casual gatherings to discuss important topics.

Judges rule court did not err by sending man to prison rather than county jail

Published: 10/21/2014

The Third District Court of Appeals recently rejected an inmate’s claims that the state failed to uphold its end of the bargain in his negotiated plea deal.

Gregery Hartley appealed his 16-month prison sentence from the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas arguing that the prosecutor failed to uphold a promise that he would only be sentenced to time in county jail rather than prison.

Case summary states that Hartley was indicted on one count of trespass in a habitation when a person is present in October 2013.

FBI director warns that cellphone encryption could impede investigations

Published: 10/21/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms last week against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

Privacy advocates and technology experts called the concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled arguments the government has raised against encryption since the early 1990s.

Construction of apartments pushed up homebuilding in September

Published: 10/21/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.

Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Almost all of the gains came from apartment construction — a volatile category — which increased 18.5 percent after plunging in August.

The sluggish recovery and meager wage growth has left more Americans renting instead of owning homes.

Europe's top powers deadlocked as economy sinks

Published: 10/21/2014

FRANKFURG, Germany (AP) — Europe’s economy needs help — fast.

Yet the two powers that could take action, the European Central Bank and Germany, don’t see eye to eye about what to do.

That leaves Europe’s currency union stuck in a dangerous policy limbo that now has investors worried.

Concern that the 18-country currency union, which accounts for 17 percent of the world economy, has no clear path out of its economic trouble is among the key factors in last week’s global market turmoil.

Royals' captivating run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz

Published: 10/21/2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This Midwestern city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for most of the past three decades, bad baseball has exploded into a sea of blue as long-suffering Royals fans suddenly find their team at the center of the sports universe.

Kansas City’s improbable playoff run stoked a community pride that has blue-clad strangers giving high-fives on the street while police officers thank residents on social media for abstaining from crime — at least on days when the team is playing.

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