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Portage County Bar starts new domestic relations legal clinic

Peter C. Kratcoski has been practicing law since 1988.
In recent years, he’s been seeing more and more people needing help with all aspects of domestic relations law.
So Kratcoski and other members of the Portage County Bar Association decided to do something about it.
The Portage County Bar Association Domestic Relat ... (full story)


National


AP Exclusive: Gulf oil wells lingering with temporary seals

AP Exclusive: Gulf oil wells lingering with temporary seals

Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows.
It is not clear how many incompletely sealed wells may have leaked &m ... (full story)


China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown

China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — Four men already had been convicted of murder in southeastern China when a fifth person confessed to the crime. But when lawyers demanded to review case documents to clear the men's names, the court stonewalled. So the lawyers unfurled banners outside the venue.
They protested for days, alongside social activ ... (full story)


Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture our attention

Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture our attention

AVON, N.C. (AP) — It's the golden hour, right before sunset, when the light is soft and pretty. The landscape looks like a postcard. Tourists stroll, kids run.
No one is in the water. No one wants to be a feast for a shark.
"This is a very sharky place," mused 56-year-old John Kane as he stood on the Avon Pier ... (full story)


State


Ohio standards board opposes school barricade devices

Ohio standards board opposes school barricade devices

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's building standards board took a strong position Friday against the installation of barricade devices on classroom doors in the event of an active shooter, just weeks after a law went into effect allowing the devices.
Many of the barricades require specialized skills to install and then several steps t ... (full story)


Democrats' old, new guard clash over US Senate race in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — Former and current chairmen are clashing over the Ohio Democratic Party's treatment of a young challenger who has refused to drop out of the 2016 race for a U.S. Senate seat also sought by former Gov. Ted Strickland.
Generations are reversed in the feud. A group of older Democrats from former Gov. Richard Ce ... (full story)


Trump looms over first Republican debate of primary race

Trump looms over first Republican debate of primary race

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — They have been holding mock debates, hunkering down with advisers and finessing policy answers. But the most pressing concern for many Republican presidential contenders as they prepare for the first debate of the 2016 primary season is one man: Donald Trump.
The billionaire businessman has dominated the ... (full story)


Judges rule consensual search of parolee's home was lawful

Federal judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a warantless search of a parolee’s home was lawful because he gave consent prior to the search.
The three-judge panel recently affirmed a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio that denied Darryl Lee’s motion ... (full story)


Sale of prison in Marion awaits Kasich's signature

A bill that would allow the state to sell the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, among other properties, has been sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
The contested bill would authorize 18 conveyances of state-owned real estate to various persons, by various methods, including by direct sale, sealed proposal ... (full story)


Technology


ABA Techshow wrap-up, NE Ohio connection

The 2015 ABA Techshow went heavy on the ethics of legal technology, along with all the new gadgets.
Not surprisingly, there was a definitive emphasis on the ongoing, constant lack of even the most basic technological skill level among modern attorneys.
Really. Not like I’ve been talking about that for 20 years or anythi ... (full story)