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BlackRock and W.P. Carey

Dear Mr. Berko: I have been reading your column for over 20 years and often wonder why you never mention BlackRock. I have 70 shares at a good profit and would consider selling 20 shares and buying 200 shares of W.P. Carey. Please give me your opinion on this. -- JD, Indianapolis
Dear JD: Way back in 2003 -- when John Thain forc ... (full story)


Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

NEW YORK (AP) — When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts.
After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking.
Cottle is autistic. And today he's an ... (full story)


Local


Judge to hear new trial arguments for ex-officer

COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge on Monday said she'll listen to arguments over whether a former Akron police captain accused of killing his ex-wife in 1998 should get a new trial.
At issue is the interpretation of an appeals court ruling last week in the case against Douglas Prade.
Attorneys for Prade say the 9th District Court ... (full story)


National


Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.
Using plants this way — sometimes called "pharming" — can produce complex and valuable proteins for medicines. That ... (full story)


Alpena woman, family Alpena fair regulars

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The Udell family has been involved with 4-H for over 30 years, and in that 30 years, Tricia Udell has never missed one Alpena County Fair.
Udell started showing animals at the fair when she was old enough to be a 4-H member, and has since had all of her children involved in the fair, which ends Saturda ... (full story)


Koch brothers reach out to Hispanics

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: Charles and David Koch.
The billionaire industrialists are working to patch a ... (full story)


NYC doesn't track sightseeing bus accidents

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies that run New York City's growing armada of double-decker sightseeing buses, like the ones involved in last week's Times Square crash, have no legal obligation to report accidents to the city agency that licenses them.
The Consumer Affairs Department — one of at least five entities involved i ... (full story)


State


Appeals court rejects veteran's double jeopardy claim

A panel of three judges in the 8th District Court of Appeals recently agreed that a trial court may impose separate sanctions for a charge of escape and for violating the conditions of postrelease control.
Kevin Dunne appealed from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas’ decision, arguing that dual sentencing for a sing ... (full story)


Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican allies.
The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House R ... (full story)


Ohio abortion clinic to close unless it appeals

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban abortion clinic that had been allowed to remain open while fighting a state order to close must stop operating unless it files an appeal or other legal action.
A Hamilton County judge ruled Friday that he doesn't have the jurisdiction to change the Ohio Department of Health order closing the Le ... (full story)


Records: FitzGerald fueled cars while unlicensed

CLEVELAND (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, while mayor of a Cleveland suburb, put gas into city vehicles 37 times despite not having a valid driver's license or a temporary driving permit, records show.
FitzGerald was mayor of Lakewood from January 2008 until December 2010, when he took office as Cu ... (full story)


Lawsuit in Ohio corpse abuse case can go forward

CINCINNATI (AP)––A lawsuit against officials in a county where a morgue attendant sexually abused three female corpses can go forward, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
A jury might conclude that Hamilton County's former coroner and morgue director should have known that the morgue attendant could harm or disr ... (full story)


100-year-old Ohio church installs gay pastor

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio church marking its 100th anniversary this year on Sunday installed its first openly gay pastor who came out two years ago and says he wants everyone in the community to know that it's OK to be who they are.
The Congregational United Church of Christ in Plain Township, north of Canton, made the R ... (full story)


Government seeks repayment over living 'dead' man

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — The government wants to recoup benefits paid to the daughters of an Ohio man who was declared legally dead as he stood in court providing ample evidence of his continued existence.
Donald Miller Jr. disappeared in the 1980s, and a death ruling in 1994 allowed his family to get the benefits. When the 62 ... (full story)