Sixth Circuit reverses hate-crime convictions for Amish members community who cut beards, hair

Published: 09/02/2014

Several members of a Jefferson County Amish community won their appeal late last week when the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed their hate-crime convictions.

At stake in the appeal was whether hate-crime convictions could stand for 16 members of the Bergholz Amish community who cut the hair and beards of members of fellow Amish communities.

During a trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, no one disputed that the attacks took place and only a few defendants questioned their participation.

Court: School officials ‘reckless’ for not stopping bullying

Published: 09/02/2014

Last week, three judges impaneled in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that officials for the Green Local School District in Summit County recklessly and negligently failed to respond to the ongoing gender and religious-based harassment and violent bullying of a young Jewish girl.

Plan would allow schools to use land sale proceeds for capital improvements

Published: 09/02/2014

At the request of school administrators in Northwest Ohio, a pair of state Senators have been pushing for the passage of a bill that would adjust Ohio law governing the distribution of proceeds from the sale of school district property.

Senate Bill 231 would permit a board of education to use property proceeds for the construction or acquisition of permanent improvements.

Under current state law, the proceeds from real property sales must be used to retire any debt that was incurred by the school district with respect to that real property.

Private auctioneers could get greater role in foreclosure sales

Published: 09/02/2014

Rep. Peter Stautberg has said House Bill 586 is designed to modernize the state’s foreclosure sale process.

The proposed legislation would permit private selling officers to conduct judicial sales of real property, a process typically handled by the county sheriff.

A “private selling officer” is a state resident who is licensed as both an auctioneer and real estate agent.

Life sentence stands for man who killed woman who rented him a room

Published: 09/02/2014

A Franklin County appellate panel recently affirmed a sentence of life without parole for a man found guilty of shooting and killing an area woman.

Defendant Jason Stubbs appealed the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas’ judgment of conviction and sentence and asked the 10th District Court of Appeals to reconsider his its acceptance of his guilty plea and the imposition of his lengthy prison term.

Stubbs was indicted in September 2012 and charged with one count of aggravated murder with a firearm specification.

Kasich detractors options dwindle headed into fall campaign season

Published: 09/02/2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — So you’re among the half of Ohio voters who weren’t planning to vote for John Kasich. What now?

With the Republican governor’s Libertarian and tea party foes sidelined and his Democratic rival’s campaign disintegrating, pundits and partisans find themselves wondering what path non-Kasich supporters will choose on Election Day.

They could skip over the race between Kasich and embattled Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, throw their support behind the longshot third-party ticket, or just stay home.

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

Published: 09/02/2014

TORONTO — Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. 

More women sought for construction jobs

Published: 09/02/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour.

Now, at 36, she’s back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter.

“I anticipate a lot of hard work,” she said amid instruction in sawing techniques. “I believe it’s going to pay off.”

If Moreno’s six-week training program in New York City leads to a full-time job, she’ll have bucked long odds.

Browns head into season with hope, Manziel on deck

Published: 09/02/2014

CLEVELAND — The Browns, unspeakably miserable for years, have a major buzz about them. It may soon become deafening.

The Dawg Pound is barking — and some of its more rabid members are begging — for Johnny Manziel.

With starter Brian Hoyer on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and watching during the third preseason game, Manziel, the Browns’ rookie quarterback with the quick feet, rocket arm and penchant for partying, scrambled, pump-faked and launched himself into the end zone for his first touchdown as a pro.

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