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Akron Bar Association Elects New Officers and Trustees

AKRON––Ann Marie O’Brien has been elected president of the Akron Bar Association. Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands swore in O’Brien at the association’s annual meeting on June 25 at the Akron Hilton West.
In her address O’Brien expressed optimism for the future and said “the Akron Bar Assoc ... (full story)


National


Patients with vocal issues find relief in Carmel

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — There were times when Anna Danielova opened her mouth to speak but no sound came out.
Years of projecting her voice across lecture halls at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business had strained her vocal cords past the point of fighting through the pain.
They simply quit.
Now, thanks to a ne ... (full story)


Sports


Derek Jeter, an All-Star for the last time

Derek Jeter, an All-Star for the last time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Jeter was an elite shortstop winning World Series championships not long after many of baseball's current greats were born.
With the captain of the New York Yankees set to retire after the season, Jeter's 14th All-Star game will be his last. His first one as a starter in 2000 was special, as was th ... (full story)


James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

NEW YORK (AP) — A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.
Yes, the Cavaliers are going to be good, no doubt. It's impossible not to be with the game's best player. But even LeBron James knows Cleveland has a lot of work to do.
"We're not ready right now. No way," he wr ... (full story)


Pacers face new challenges in Central Division

Pacers face new challenges in Central Division

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The road to another Eastern Conference final just got a whole lot tougher for the Indiana Pacers.
In less than a month, they've seen their division transformed from Lottery Central to the NBA's center of attention.
LeBron James' decision to go home has Cleveland back on the list of title contenders. ... (full story)


State


Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro's house of horrors cuts both ways.
There has been some obvious good. The girl who grew up without a toothbrush and spent nearly 11 years in captivity can provide for herself. She has her own apartment. Her book, "F ... (full story)


Family days at Ohio prisons reunite inmates, kids

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — If it weren't for the barbed-wire fences and ID badges, it could have been a summer afternoon anywhere. But for the men at Belmont Correctional Institution in eastern Ohio, it was a brief respite from their time in prison.
One dad juggled his daughter, who was just shy of her first birthday, wh ... (full story)


Lawmaker continues fight to ban capital punishment

In continuing to rail against the state’s use of capital punishment, Sen. Edna Brown has said Senate Bill 293 is rooted in ensuring that an innocent person is not executed.
“I believe this is a goal that we can all support. Unfortunately, it is not a simple task to accomplish under the current capital punishment syst ... (full story)


Conviction stands for drunk man who clawed cop in the face

A man who clawed a police officer’s face during his arrest recently lost his appeal when the 5th District Court of Appeals found his trial counsel was not ineffective.
Ricky Porter was indicted on one count of assault of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after he allegedly attacked his arresting officers.
The fa ... (full story)


Man who swindled several retailers loses his appeal

A panel of judges in the 6th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Wood County Court of Common Pleas complied with all statutory procedural safeguards in convicting and sentencing Paul Tunison on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Tunison’s indictment in November 2012 identified 13 incidents ... (full story)


58-year sentence for rapist upheld

A panel of judges in the 8th District Court of Appeals partially affirmed the judgment of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas when it ruled the lower court made the proper findings before imposing consecutive sentences but erred by not informing the defendant of court costs.
The defendant, Michael Grant, filed a consolidat ... (full story)