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Humane Society director brings legal expertise to animal advocacy

In January, Diane Johnson became the new chief operating officer and president of Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron. What sold her on the job was a visit to the facility with one of her sons on a Saturday. They did what most people do – adopt a pet.
“Of course we ended up adopting a kitty,” Johnson s ... (full story)

Man who ran over victim with SUV loses appeal

The 11th District Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s felonious assault and tampering with evidence convictions of Francis Fasline, who had struck his victim with an SUV.
Following a jury trial, Fasline was found guilty in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas of one count of felonious assault and one count ... (full story)


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, allowing the law to stand and handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker following a long fight by opponents who say it's a thinly veiled attempt to make it more difficult for Democratic backers to vote.
The la ... (full story)


Rams owner's NFL stadium proposal for LA would house 2 teams

Rams owner's NFL stadium proposal for LA would house 2 teams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An NFL team owner has designed a Los Angeles-area stadium for two clubs — with two home locker rooms, identical sets of office space and two owners' suites.
St. Louis Rams' owner Stan Kroenke doesn't need to partner with a second team to finance the $1.86-billion venue in Inglewood, but the league c ... (full story)

Two-time MVP Steve Nash announces retirement from NBA

Two-time MVP Steve Nash announces retirement from NBA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash announced his retirement Saturday, quietly ending a 19-year NBA career that included two MVP awards.
After playing in just 65 games over the past three seasons due to injuries, the 41-year-old Canadian playmaker formalized his departure with a letter on The Players' Tri ... (full story)

MLB using technology to expand its reach

Spring training is underway in Florida and Arizona, and Major League Baseball has a new commissioner, new executive leadership and a persistent challenge.
MLB has the oldest and least diverse fan base of any of the four major professional sports leagues. The average baseball fan is over 55, white and male. That’s bad news i ... (full story)


Online database for state government spending sought

In 2013, Ohio received a D+ rating in terms of state government transparency in spending.
“We believe that grade was a little too generous,” said Rep. Jonathan Dever, R-Cincinnati.
Dever has partnered with Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea, to sponsor a bill that would require the state treasurer to establish the Ohio Sta ... (full story)

Appeals court reverses lower court; rules for retrial in vehicular homicide case

A split panel of three judges in the 8th District Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s aggravated vehicular homicide conviction, sending back to court for a retrial.
Charles Dukes had been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI with a blood alcohol content that was nearly double the legal limit.
The majo ... (full story)

Court upholds maximum sentence for man who molested young family members

In a recently released opinion, the 12th District Court of Appeals affirmed maximum consecutive sentences for a man found guilty of molesting his daughter and two young nieces.
Jeffery Todd appealed his 25-year prison sentence from the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that he was a first-time offender and should not ... (full story)