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Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure people present

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure people present

BOSTON — The potency of certain opioid painkillers has Massachusetts’ judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence — a move some experts say is driven by a misunderstanding of the real dangers. The chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court recently told prosecutors that she fears allowing fentanyl and carfentanil into courtrooms puts lawyers, jurors and defendants at risk even when the drugs are properly packaged. “Given their [...]

Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well. “The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.” People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But [...]

New Albany motivational speaker tells businesses to ‘smash the box’

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on New Albany motivational speaker tells businesses to ‘smash the box’

Instead of thinking outside of the box, Chad Willett prefers to smash it. The actor-turned-acting instructor-and-motivational speaker has spoken to more than 50 companies and organizations in the past year, including those in San Francisco, Boston and throughout central Ohio. “What I present to companies all comes from my acting background,” Willett said. “I’ve adapted all of the techniques for working America.” The New Albany resident said acting skills are universal. He teaches his clients’ [...]

Could regional flavor of CFP cause fans to tune away from games?

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Could regional flavor of CFP cause fans to tune away from games?

Hardcore college football fans across the country undoubtedly will be tuned in for the College Football Playoff. But what about casual fans outside SEC, ACC and Big 12 country? With the Pac-12 and Big Ten not represented in the four-team playoff, a TV sports viewership analyst said interest could be tempered on the West Coast, upper Midwest and Northeast. The campuses of Clemson, Georgia and Alabama are in close proximity in the Southeast — Clemson [...]

State lawmakers’ outside jobs can present possible conflicts of interest

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on State lawmakers’ outside jobs can present possible conflicts of interest

A recent change in Iowa’s tax code spared Mark Chelgren’s machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid. The change passed by the state Legislature last year wasn’t just good for Chelgren’s businesses. It was brought about in part by Chelgren himself. The Iowa state senator championed the tax break for manufacturing purchases as part of his work at the statehouse in [...]

Residents who live near damaged California dam blast state over repairs

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Residents who live near damaged California dam blast state over repairs

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation’s tallest dam vented decades of frustration with state water managers Wednesday, telling officials they have no credibility when they say hairline cracks in a newly rebuilt spillway are nothing to worry about. In February, nearly 200,000 people had to evacuate because of catastrophic damage to the spillways at Oroville Dam. The crisis was averted, but concern lingers as the rainy winter [...]

L.A. will become largest city with recreational pot

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on L.A. will become largest city with recreational pot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is in line to become the nation’s largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year. The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after California launches its recreational pot industry in January. Under the Los Angeles regulations, residential neighborhoods would [...]

Lease sale for expansive Alaskan petroleum reserve draws just seven bids

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on Lease sale for expansive Alaskan petroleum reserve draws just seven bids

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump’s efforts to make the United States “energy dominant” with help from Alaska got off to modest results Wednesday. The Interior Department made its largest-ever lease offering within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska: 900 tracts covering 16,100 square miles, roughly the size of New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined. But oil companies submitted bids on just seven tracts covering 125 square miles. The bids totaled $1.16 million, to be split between [...]

San Diego’s sunny identity threatened by homeless crisis

Monday, December 11, 2017|Comments Off on San Diego’s sunny identity threatened by homeless crisis

SAN DIEGO — For Christine Wade, the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot, was far better than their previous home — a shelter where rats ate through the family’s bags of clothes. “It’s peaceful here,” Wade, 31 and eight months pregnant, said in an October interview at the campground. A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing. Like other major [...]

Navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch but sacrifice speed

Friday, December 8, 2017|Comments Off on Navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch but sacrifice speed

BATH, Maine — The Navy’s fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle. The Navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch. The Navy asked last month for concept proposals for multi-mission warships that would be bigger and more heavily armed — and slower — than the littoral combat ships. They would be capable of shooting [...]

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Legal News

Lawyers often walk a fine line to navigate state, federal pot laws

Wednesday, December 6, 2017|Comments Off on Lawyers often walk a fine line to navigate state, federal pot laws

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as entrepreneurs getting into the retail pot industry need a good lawyer, some of those lawyers might be wise to [...]

Legislation seeks incentives for more research on incurable diseases

Monday, December 4, 2017|Comments Off on Legislation seeks incentives for more research on incurable diseases

A bill advanced by a southwest Ohio lawmaker that proposes a different tack for incentivizing medical research relating to incurable diseases secured a first hearing [...]

Legislation aims to expand broadband access in Ohio

Friday, December 1, 2017|Comments Off on Legislation aims to expand broadband access in Ohio

A bill that aims to expand broadband’s reach throughout the Buckeye State has gained the support of county commissioners and a nonprofit nationwide initiative advancing [...]

Business News

Popular Groveport eatery very much a family business

Thursday, December 7, 2017|Comments Off on Popular Groveport eatery very much a family business

Avery Ward has been involved with his family-owned restaurant for as long he can remember. “The story is that was the first place we stopped [...]

Legacy sauces, recipes sustain shuttered Florentine’s brand

Wednesday, December 6, 2017|Comments Off on Legacy sauces, recipes sustain shuttered Florentine’s brand

Just shy of a year since Florentine’s closing, vestiges of the West Side landmark have been springing up on supermarket shelves and kitchen pantries throughout [...]

Owner of Filipino restaurant pleased by Filipino food’s broad popularity

Tuesday, December 5, 2017|Comments Off on Owner of Filipino restaurant pleased by Filipino food’s broad popularity

When growing up in Columbus, Krizzia Yanga thought she never see Filipino-style food recognized by other cultures, let alone the mainstream. During that time there [...]

Real Estate

400 W. Rich St. building to host Festivus event

Thursday, December 7, 2017|Comments Off on 400 W. Rich St. building to host Festivus event

400 W. Rich St., a workplace for artists in Franklinton, will host a Festivus celebration this weekend that will feature artisan goods, crafts, live music [...]

Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue evokes Old South, but may get new name

Tuesday, November 28, 2017|Comments Off on Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue evokes Old South, but may get new name

ATLANTA (AP) — A roadway in Atlanta serves as a concrete reminder to drivers, joggers and neighbors that Georgia once took up arms against the [...]

New Jersey gives initial approval for $5.6 million to help Icahn raze casino

Monday, November 27, 2017|Comments Off on New Jersey gives initial approval for $5.6 million to help Icahn raze casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey redevelopment agency has given preliminary approval to a $5.6 million payment to billionaire investor Carl Icahn to help [...]

Politics

Three local counties picked to receive farmland preservation funds

Tuesday, November 28, 2017|Comments Off on Three local counties picked to receive farmland preservation funds

Three central Ohio counties — Delaware, Fairfield and Madison — are among the recipients of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s latest round of funding for [...]

Conservatives knew ‘family values’ politician had secret gay life

Monday, November 27, 2017|Comments Off on Conservatives knew ‘family values’ politician had secret gay life

COLUMBUS — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with [...]

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

WASHINGTON — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump’s White House shares one thing in common [...]

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