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Guilty pleas vacated in Youngstown murder case

A Mahoning County trial judge coerced a defendant into pleading guilty in a Youngstown murder case, the 7th District Court of Appeals has ruled.
The appellate panel reversed and remanded the case of Vincent Reber, who appealed his convictions following guilty pleas to one count each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. < ... (full story)


11th District judge tells concurring judge she “lacks judicial temperament”

The Franklin Township Board of Trustees’ decision not to rezone Portage County property for low-income student housing was not discrimination, the 11th District Court of Appeals ruled recently in a majority decision.
However, in an unusual move, two of the voting appellate judges exchanged insults while deciding the case.(full story)


Sports


Stretching Part 2

In the previous column I talked about stretching, particularly about its several baffling aspects. For instance, on the one hand most all exercise professionals agree that stretching is a crucial component of any well-balanced fitness/training program, yet on the other hand stretching is easily the most neglected component.
Mayb ... (full story)


800-meter Olympic champ Mims remains pioneer 50 years later

800-meter Olympic champ Mims remains pioneer 50 years later

The moment felt surreal to Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Madeline Manning Mims as she stood on a track in North Carolina over the summer and performed a pitch-perfect rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Making it all the more so were those listening in the crowd: her close friends, John Carlos and Tommie Smith.(full story)


Overextended: Why schools rush to extend coach contracts

Overextended: Why schools rush to extend coach contracts

Coming off a division title that included a victory against its archrival, Auburn faced the prospect of losing its coach.
Who knows whether Gus Malzahn really wanted to return to his home state and become the head football coach at Arkansas, another SEC school, but Auburn's leadership decided it did not want to chance it. Malzahn ... (full story)


Browns owners exploring purchase of Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS (AP) — Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said Friday, Oct. 12, they are part of a group trying to buy the Columbus Crew to keep the MLS team in the city.
The group, which also includes Columbus-area investors, said in a statement it is moving forward to acquire the team, which appeared headed to Austin, ... (full story)


State


Supreme Court suspends Steubenville attorney after federal fraud conviction

The Ohio Supreme Court recently indefinitely suspended a Steubenville attorney convicted of a federal felony for his role in fraudulently obtaining $140 million in federal contracts targeted to businesses owned by disabled veterans and the economically disadvantaged.
In a unanimous per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court stated tha ... (full story)


Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why.
Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennesse ... (full story)


2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled.
Garcetti may not be the best-known 2020 preside ... (full story)


Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

SEATTLE (AP) — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.
Allen used the fortune he made from Microsoft — whose Windows ... (full story)