Court rules man who robbed, shot brothers must serve post-release control

Published: 04/23/2014

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently ordered a trial court to hold a resentencing hearing and properly impose post-release control for a man convicted of robbing and shooting two men.

The three-judge appellate panel found that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas failed to properly inform Anthony Cockroft of his post-release control obligations following his convictions for aggravated robbery, aggravated murder, attempted murder and tampering with evidence.

Man who murdered two during convenience store robbery loses appeal

Published: 04/23/2014

In the Eighth District Court of Appeals, a three-judge appellate panel recently affirmed the judgment of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, which denied a defendant’s motion to vacate judgment from his 2006 convictions for aggravated murder with mass murder specifications, felony murder and escape detection specifications.

The defendant, Wayne Ervin, appealed pro se and argued that the trial court committed prejudicial error when it convicted him “without formal accusation for acquirement of jurisdiction over subject matter.”

Legislation would require certification for Ohio surgical technologists

Published: 04/23/2014

Surgical technologists are the only members of surgical teams who are not required to meet threshold education and certification criteria in order to practice in their area of expertise.

Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, wants that to change.

“Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team,” she said.

“They are responsible for ensuring that the supplies, equipment and instruments needed for surgical procedures are available and in operational order, and that the surgical field is and remains sterile.”

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Published: 04/23/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

Technological visions displayed at 1964 World's Fair didn't all come true

Published: 04/23/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not.

The New York World’s Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions, some that turned out to be right on the money and others that, perhaps thankfully, were way off the mark.

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Published: 04/23/2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — They’re called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

Younger girls often wear them as pants with little fuss. But as those same girls approach middle school, leggings have become a clothing accessory that’s increasingly controversial — and seemingly, the favorite new target of the school dress code.

Army Corps Florida beach erosion fix would cost $43.4M

Published: 04/23/2014

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says it will be expensive to fix beach erosion problems along a Florida shoreline.

A new report estimates it will cost $43.4 million over 50 years to create a 10-foot seaward extension of existing dune and berm. Army Corps project manager Jason Harrah told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the plan faces hurdles as it heads to Congress for reviews.

Officials say appropriation is slated for 2016, with construction beginning in 2017 at the earliest.

Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

Published: 04/23/2014

Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.

“Botanically derived pesticides are not always safe and some are more hazardous than synthetics,” said Linda Chalker-Scott, an extension horticulturist at Washington State University’s Puyallup Research Center. “Any improperly used pesticide will contaminate nearby terrestrial and aquatic systems.”

A closed shop now for the World Golf Hall of Fame

Published: 04/23/2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — No one should have been more thrilled than Vijay Singh to hear about the voting changes for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Singh is already in.

He was elected in 2005 with 56 percent of the vote from a panel that consisted mainly of golf writers, most of whom the big Fijian had blown off over the years. By then, Singh had 25 PGA Tour victories, three majors, two PGA Tour money titles and one Jack Nicklaus Award as player of the year. He is among the greats in the game.

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