Man who murdered friend's ex-girlfriend loses appeal

Published: 11/20/2014

A man found guilty of breaking into a home to shoot and kill a woman lost his appeal this week when the Third District Court of Appeals ruled that evidence from 40 witnesses was sufficient to support his convictions.

During Raymond Bertuzzi’s jury trial in the Marion County Court of Common Pleas, the state presented testimony from 40 witnesses as well as footage from the security cameras at several area businesses.

In his own defense, Bertuzzi presented no evidence.

Court sides with teen involved in cross-burning decision

Published: 11/20/2014

The judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio was vacated in part this week when the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court did not have jurisdiction to enter default judgment against a minor.

However, the reviewing court affirmed the district court’s entry of default judgment against the minor’s father.

Sentence upheld for man who helped enslave mentally disabled woman

Published: 11/20/2014

A man who conspired with three others to hold a cognitively disabled adult and her minor child in a state of involuntary servitude had his conviction affirmed in a recent opinion released by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Daniel Brown pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to conspiring to commit an offense against the U.S.

Co-op bike shop aims to be 'powerful tool for change'

Published: 11/20/2014

Earlier this year, the League of American Bicyclists released a report that rated Ohio as the 16th-most bicycle friendly state in the country, up from 32nd last year.

The state was praised for its focus on educating the public about sharing the road with bicyclists and its significant investment in biking infrastructure.

“There is a growing movement seeking alternative modes of transportation and bicycles are kind of at the forefront of that,” said Steve Faulkner, press secretary for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Sideline tablets here to stay

Published: 11/20/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL took a major step this season by authorizing the use of tablets on the sidelines and in coaches’ booths.

Most everyone from coaches to players to video directors to league executives say it has been a step in the right direction.

Through their $400 million five-year agreement with Microsoft, the league approved in-game usage of the Surface device.

Microsoft had been working on the technology for 18 months “getting this right,” says James Bernstrom, the company’s product marketing director.

Toyota to start selling fuel cell cars next month in Japan, U.S.

Published: 11/20/2014

TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won’t be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The world’s largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015.

The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for $57,600 before taxes.

Toyota Motor Corp hopes to sell 400 in Japan and 300 in the rest of the world in the first year.

NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

Published: 11/20/2014

NEW YORK — Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.

Ford gets the aluminum F-150 ready for prime time

Published: 11/20/2014

DEARBORN, Mich. — Russell Barnett, a Ford dealer in Tennessee, is ready for aluminum.

Ford is using the metal almost exclusively in the body of the 2015 version of its best-selling F-150 pickup, which will arrive at dealerships next month. Barnett is already answering customers’ questions about the truck, and he’s updated his repair shop not only for the F-150, but in anticipation that other Ford vehicles will eventually make the switch from steel.

But just in case, he ordered some extra steel-bodied 2014 pickups.

After two big road wins, Buckeyes are glad to be home

Published: 11/20/2014

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer continues to dig in his heels whenever he is asked about anything other than the task at hand.

Such as when he faced a question about whether his seventh-ranked Buckeyes are one of the top four teams in the country — in other words, playoff-worthy.

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