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Investing in Cincinnati Bell

Dear Mr. Berko: My broker is touting a low-priced telephone company called Cincinnati Bell and seems to have an inside track on the company. He thinks that changes in the direction of the company's business to a fiber-optic cable communications company could make it very profitable, as well as a takeover candidate in a few years. He ... (full story)

US retail sales fall in June as consumers stay cautious

US retail sales fall in June as consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.
Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, the weakest showing since February's harsh winter weather kept shoppers indoors. ... (full story)

Starbucks jumping into South Africa's growing coffee market

Starbucks jumping into South Africa's growing coffee market

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa, where the number of cafes has expanded rapidly in recent years.
The company says the first store will open in Johannesburg by mid-2016 through a deal with Taste Holdings, a licensor of global brands in the region.
Even though Starbuc ... (full story)


Longtime Akron attorney remembered as a “lion of the trial bar”

A pillar in the Akron legal community, a consummate gentleman, a lion of the trial bar, and “a lawyer’s lawyer,” those are just a few of tributes being paid to longtime Akron attorney Howard L. Calhoun.
The 88-year-old passed away on July 5, following complications from Parkinson’s disease.
“Howar ... (full story)


US, Iran roll the dice diplomatically and get a nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The talks themselves were a groundbreaking and risky proposition when U.S. and Iranian officials met secretly in the sleepy Arab kingdom of Oman, archenemies feinting for a diplomatic opening. The opposing sides had barely spoken to one another in three-plus decades.
But after a torturous 2½-year ef ... (full story)


Campus cop who shot motorist rated well on traffic duties

CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist he had stopped because of a missing license plate was complimented in a job evaluation for his handling of traffic stops.
Officer Ray Tensing remained on paid leave Wednesday while authorities continued investigating the shooting of Samu ... (full story)

Escape charge stands for man who failed to return from furlough for mother's funeral

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed an escape conviction for a man who failed to return to jail after taking a furlough to attend his mother’s funeral.
Sherman Edmonds appealed his escape conviction from the Warren County Court of Common Pleas, asserting that he was improperly denied jail time credit and th ... (full story)

Proposed legislation would expand Ohio's stalking, harassment laws

A Chardon senator has joined one of his House colleagues in filing a bill into the legislature that would expand the state’s criminal offenses of menacing by stalking and telecommunications harassment.
“During the 130th General Assembly, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee heard a very compelling story brought to us ... (full story)

Where They Stand: John Kasich on issues of 2016 campaign

COLUMBUS (AP) — Where Ohio Gov. John Kasich stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign, a race he joined last Tuesday.
Kasich says people who came to the U.S. illegally years ago and are otherwise law-abiding should be granted legal status if they pay a fine. People ... (full story)

Bill aimed at reducing accidental drug overdoses in Ohio

The sponsors of House Bill 248 have described the proposal as an additional measure designed to cut at the root of Ohio’s addiction epidemic.
Known as the Abuse-Deterrent Technology bill, HB 248 would require that certain health insurers and the Medicaid program provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs.(full story)

Mentor who physically abuse protege loses appeal

The 2nd District Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling affirming a 10-year prison sentence in the case of Bryon Mansley, a Centerville man who was charged with seven felonies for the abuse and extortion of a single male victim.
Mansley appealed from the judgment of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas where he pleaded ... (full story)