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Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.
"The best start under the sun ... (full story)


Inmate who crafted homemade weapons loses his appeal

The 12th District Court of Appeals released an opinion recently rejecting an inmate’s claims that his statements during an administrative hearing should have been suppressed.
Phillip Platt appealed from the Warren County Court of Common Pleas decision denying his motion to suppress and argued that his statements could not ... (full story)

Ohio Democrats turn focus away from governor race

COLUMBUS (AP) — With their prospects of winning the governorship damaged, Ohio Democrats are shifting resources away from the top of the ticket into a coordinated victory campaign focused on getting out the vote.
Embattled gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, said Friday that he plans to ma ... (full story)

In Ohio, Walesa says US can take lead on Ukraine

CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Polish president Lech Walesa said Friday that the United States can take the lead in organizing a global response to Russia's role in Ukraine.
Walesa said the world wants leadership in the situation. Tensions rose Friday after a Russian convoy rolled into rebel-held Ukraine.
"I want to make ... (full story)

Guidelines spell end of Ohio schools' pink cookie

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A favorite — and locally famous — cafeteria treat is off the menu forever in one northeast Ohio school system because of new federal nutritional guidelines.
The government's edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol will put an end to the sale of the traditional Elyria pi ... (full story)

Proposed fair housing bill targeted by housing groups

A coalition of housing associations have soundly opposed a bill that would amend the state’s fair housing standards.
Senate Bill 349 would exempt certain landlords from the housing provisions of the Ohio Civil Rights Law.
The bill would make actual damages and attorney’s fees permissive, limit certain punitive dam ... (full story)

Man from Congo who raped his Butler County niece loses appeal

A convicted rapist lost his appeal recently when the 12th District Court of Appeals found no merit to his claim that his counsel’s lack of courtroom experience made the case a “dead bang winner” for the state.
Defendant Paul Vunda was indicted on seven counts of rape, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct wit ... (full story)