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Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration.
"I find it inspiring in a way — that tangi ... (full story)


Lower dividend yield but a better stock

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm considering the purchase of 500 shares of TECO Energy because I'm attracted to its 5 percent payout and its potential growth in prosperous Florida. But my broker tells me that United Technologies, which pays only 2 percent, is a better buy for appreciation and dividend increases, and he thinks I should buy that ... (full story)


Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal's Douro River.
Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked dry stone walls to narrow ledges, where the schist rock had been crumbled, also by hand, to make the soil. The terrace ... (full story)


Local


Felon who used mom's credit card without permission will return to prison

A three-judge appellate panel in the 9th District Court of Appeals recently decided that the Medina County Court of Common Pleas properly sentenced a defendant on charges of receiving stolen property.
The case stemmed from Jamie Maynard’s unauthorized use of a credit card that belonged to her mother and stepfather.
Mayn ... (full story)


State


Family attorney says Traficant 'very critical'

Family attorney says Traficant 'very critical'

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for the family of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant said Thursday that the ex-congressman remains in "very critical" condition after being injured in an accident on his farm outside of Youngstown in northeast Ohio.
Heidi Hanni said Traficant was being kept as comfortable as possible an ... (full story)


Ohio zoo takes in another baby gorilla

Ohio zoo takes in another baby gorilla

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo has taken in another baby gorilla after it was shunned by her mother in Oklahoma.
Kamina was flown by private plane this week to Ohio, where the Cincinnati Zoo has successfully raised a gorilla baby brought from a Texas last year after a similar rejection by the mother. Experts aren't s ... (full story)


New sentencing for condemned mom who starved girl

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman on death row for starving her 7-year-old daughter will get a new sentencing hearing, the state's highest court ruled, saying her trial attorney didn't introduce enough evidence about her troubled childhood and diminished mental capacity.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that another ... (full story)


Official: Vigilance needed to counter extremism

Official: Vigilance needed to counter extremism

COLUMBUS (AP) — Vigilance is needed to counter attempts at violent extremism at home as the threat of Islamic State militants overseas grows, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday after a meeting with community leaders at a central Ohio mosque.
Islamic State militants have a slick social ... (full story)


Legislation would make sex between students, any school employee illegal

Rep. Christina Hagan has said taxpayers deserve peace of mind when thinking about the safety of sending their children to school.
“I want to ensure that disturbing actions are not deemed acceptable in our classrooms,” she said.
Hagan, R-Alliance, is sponsoring a bill that would close a “glaring loophole&rdqu ... (full story)


East side murderer loses appeal

A man found guilty of murder recently lost his appeal when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that the evidence against him properly supported his convictions.
The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas found Derrick Peeples guilty of the shooting death of Jerome Crockett in the early morning hours of Aug. 25, 2012.
Croc ... (full story)