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Top picks from 2016 and 2017 are unfazed by playoff pressure

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Top picks from 2016 and 2017 are unfazed by playoff pressure

Auston Matthews got a taste of playoff hockey last season. Patrik Laine has been waiting two years for this. The third pick in the 2016 draft? Well, Pierre-Luc Dubois is taking a surprising star turn in the spotlight of the NHL playoffs, too. Matthews, Laine, Dubois and 2017 top picks Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick all look unfazed as they handle significant responsibilities in the postseason. All are in top-six forward roles and have combined [...]

Ohio Supreme Court upholds death penalty constitutionality

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Ohio Supreme Court upholds death penalty constitutionality

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the state’s three-decades-old death penalty law, rejecting a challenge that argued juries and not judges should impose death sentences. The court ruled against the contention by lawyers for a convicted killer that the 1981 law is unconstitutional because judges, not juries, impose death sentences in contrast to the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial. The court said in a unanimous [...]

Tradeoff: No cash but faster lines as restaurants forgo cash

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Tradeoff: No cash but faster lines as restaurants forgo cash

NEW YORK (AP) — The lunchtime lines at Dos Toros move faster these days — customers don’t fumble for bills or coins, and employees don’t make change. Since around New Year’s, the Mexican food chain has been cashless. “For the vast majority of customers, there’s no reaction at all; they’re already paying with their cards. And the significant majority of cash customers don’t have any problem with it either,” says co-owner Leo Kremer, who has [...]

Despite policy changes, American tourists continue to travel to Cuba

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Despite policy changes, American tourists continue to travel to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro’s time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans’ ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump. Before former President Barack Obama launched detente with Cuba in December 2014, most Americans without family ties to Cuba could travel to the island only on expensive guided tours dedicated to full-time “meaningful interaction” with the Cuban people and [...]

Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Free food pantries are becoming nearly as common as the campus bookstore at a growing number of colleges. More than 570 campus food pantries nationwide are registered with the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which formed in 2012 and helps colleges set up food pantries and other hunger programs. New York recently required that they be established at all institutions in its state university system. “You can’t concentrate when you’re hungry; [...]

Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise

LOS ANGELES — Higher mortgage rates are making the already challenging task of buying an affordable home even tougher for many Americans this spring. In metro areas such as Denver, buyers are rushing to close a deal before mortgage rates get too high. In Dallas, some are embracing longer commutes to find homes they can afford. And in places such as Los Angeles, where the number of homes for sale is down sharply from a [...]

Review: Amazon brings fitting room home with Prime Wardrobe

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Review: Amazon brings fitting room home with Prime Wardrobe

NEW YORK — I’m not stylish, but I do like my T-shirts soft, my sweaters cozy and my jeans to not be scratchy — all of which is hard to know when shopping online. Some online retailers have found ways around that, offering free returns to get shoppers to take a chance and click “Buy.” Others have opened stores to let people feel the fabrics and try on the clothes. Amazon has another solution: Prime [...]

Proposal would allow bystanders to sue police if an officer damages their smartphone

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Proposal would allow bystanders to sue police if an officer damages their smartphone

A Senate committee this week heard testimony of a Columbus lawmaker who wants to bolster protection of citizens’ free-speech rights as they pertain to recording the actions of law enforcement officers while on the job. Introduced in January 2017 at the start of the current legislative session, Senate Bill 13 would impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or state trooper interferes with the [...]

Franklin County gets poor grade for air quality

Friday, April 20, 2018|Comments Off on Franklin County gets poor grade for air quality

Central Ohio’s air quality did not fair well with the American Lung Association. Franklin County received the worst grade for ozone, or smog, pollution in the 10-country metropolitan statistical area from the nonprofit organization’s State of the Air 2018 report released Wednesday. Delaware, Licking and Madison counties received a “C” grade, while the other counties were not graded. “The 2018 ‘State of the Air’ report finds unhealthful levels of ozone put our citizens at risk [...]

Tax breaks proposed for pro bono work

Thursday, April 19, 2018|Comments Off on Tax breaks proposed for pro bono work

A bill proposing tax breaks for attorneys for pro bono legal services has gained little traction since its introduction in the Ohio House of Representatives nearly a year ago. Filed as House Bill 232, the measure is meant to make pro bono work more attractive to Ohio lawyers, while at the same time aiding the state’s indigent legal clients in civil matters. An attorney by profession, Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-on-the-Lake, is fully aware that legal [...]

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Bipartisan House legislation takes on ‘revenge porn’

Wednesday, April 18, 2018|Comments Off on Bipartisan House legislation takes on ‘revenge porn’

Aside from the humiliation and shame most victims who have had photo or video of an intimate nature widely distributed without their consent, there exist [...]

Proposed bill would allow certain psychologists to prescribe drugs in mental health, addiction treatment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018|Comments Off on Proposed bill would allow certain psychologists to prescribe drugs in mental health, addiction treatment

Seventy-two Ohio counties, an area that includes nearly all of the state’s correctional facilities and mental hospitals, report a shortage of psychiatrists, according to federal [...]

Bill designed to boost telemedicine in Ohio

Monday, April 16, 2018|Comments Off on Bill designed to boost telemedicine in Ohio

Committee members in the Ohio House of Representatives took up a bill last week that would raise the profile of telemedicine services with regard to [...]

Business News

Shopping more: Retail sales rebounded a solid 0.6 pct. in March

Wednesday, April 18, 2018|Comments Off on Shopping more: Retail sales rebounded a solid 0.6 pct. in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales. The Commerce Department [...]

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, early user of zip lines, is still going strong

Wednesday, April 18, 2018|Comments Off on Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, early user of zip lines, is still going strong

When Julieann Burroughs and her five business partners started the Midwest region’s first canopy tour, she was surprised when she’d meet someone who didn’t know [...]

Report: Ohio in top 10 for business growth

Tuesday, April 17, 2018|Comments Off on Report: Ohio in top 10 for business growth

Ohio’s year-over-year growth and new companies starting among 18 major industries last year placed it among the top 10 states for business creation. With a [...]

Real Estate

Columbus ranks 50th for highest share of cash-out borrowers

Thursday, April 5, 2018|Comments Off on Columbus ranks 50th for highest share of cash-out borrowers

Central Ohio was among the top 50 metropolitain areas where homebuyers were likely to tap into their home equity when refinancing. Columbus ranked 50th among [...]

Proposed German Village projects not likely the start of a trend, says neighborhood advocate

Tuesday, April 3, 2018|Comments Off on Proposed German Village projects not likely the start of a trend, says neighborhood advocate

Despite limited space, German Village hasn’t fully escaped the wave of residential and lodging developments in central Ohio. The German Village Commission provided conceptual reviews [...]

Love that home’s view? See how much more you’ll pay

Tuesday, March 27, 2018|Comments Off on Love that home’s view? See how much more you’ll pay

A house with a fabulous view can be hard for a homebuyer to resist. But seeing the mountains, water or city lights from the comfort [...]

Politics

Dems’ presidential hopefuls may come from city hall

Tuesday, April 17, 2018|Comments Off on Dems’ presidential hopefuls may come from city hall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats searching for potential presidential candidates may find some in an unlikely place: city hall. A handful of Democratic mayors [...]

Another Trump trade war, this time with Rwanda over clothes

Monday, April 16, 2018|Comments Off on Another Trump trade war, this time with Rwanda over clothes

KAMPALA, Uganda — The sweaty mechanic tossed aside the used jeans one by one, digging deep through the pile of secondhand clothes that are at [...]

Trump says he wants skilled migrants but creates new hurdles

Wednesday, April 4, 2018|Comments Off on Trump says he wants skilled migrants but creates new hurdles

It may be a while before President Donald Trump gets another chance at creating a new, “merit-based” immigration system, a keystone of his four-part plan [...]

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