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Cleveland moving toward converting streetlights to LED

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland is taking steps to become one of a few Ohio cities to convert its streetlights to LED fixtures capable of reporting burnouts and other issues.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported recently that limited tariffs have prevented municipalities from switching to LED fixtures, which are brighter than ... (full story)

Court rules bank robber's actions implied threat of force

A panel of three judges in the 9th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that sufficient evidence tied defendant David Smith to a Summit County bank robbery.
Smith was convicted of one count of robbery in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and sentenced to a maximum 36-month prison term after he was found competent to sta ... (full story)


Pickleball game draws a crowd in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Pickleball — fast, competitive and social — isn't a hard game to sell to new players.
But Tim Losavio, an avid 26-year-old pickleballer, wishes it had been called something else.
"I don't tell my friends the name," Losavio said during a break in the game at Baton Rouge's Ceda ... (full story)

A different way to golf: Game of FootGolf comes to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Whispering Pines golf course introduced a new feature earlier this month designed to lower the barrier of entry to the sport: FootGolf.
The course is Mississippi's first and the world's 400th, according to course manager Pam Wickham. It is open to all Columbus Air Force Base personnel and their fa ... (full story)

Innovative roof makes Minnesota stadium lighten up

Innovative roof makes Minnesota stadium lighten up

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene.
It's not one of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's audible calls, nor is it a term for a three-wide receiver set in the Vikings offense.
Look higher for the clues to this tongue-twister, all the way up to the roof of Minnesota's new stadium.
Sixty percent of the colossal ... (full story)


Ohio city better prepared to keep toxins out of tap water

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water.
They are among the first line of defense in keeping algae-produced toxins from again infiltrating the drinking water supply for those who live along the shoreline from Michigan to ... (full story)

Sheriff: Woman killed by suspect in shooting, rape attempt

Sheriff: Woman killed by suspect in shooting, rape attempt

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman found dead in her home was slain by the same man who shot another woman in a nearby park and tried to rape a 14-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday.
Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, was armed with a rifle when he was arrested Monday after a shootout with SWAT team members at a park east of Cleveland, aut ... (full story)

Proposal would ban microbeads in hygiene products

Sen. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, has reintroduced a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would ban the sale of cosmetics or personal care products containing microbeads.
Under the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 193, microbeads are defined as micro-polymer particles, less than five millimeters in diameter, that are made o ... (full story)

Man in money laundering scheme wins early release

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court’s decision that granted judicial release to a man convicted for his involvement in a fraudulent mortgage lending scheme.
The state appealed a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas decision granting Nathan Orms judicial release after he served just six month ... (full story)