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Shrinking synagogues find strength in smaller numbers

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rusty black pickup truck with a whitetail deer sticker in the back window sat parked, illegally, on the sidewalk outside the Sons of Israel synagogue on a Friday night. No one was around to complain. The plain brick building is wedged between typical, four-squared Pennsylvania homes, still decorated for H ... (full story)

Police officer's murder remains unsolved 20 years later

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton police officer Kevin Brame was gunned down two decades ago, and his family members and loved ones continue to search for answers and struggle to understand why his killer has never been identified and brought to justice.
Some relatives have thought about Brame every day since he was fatally shot ... (full story)

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common.
Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found guilty.
Yet only on ... (full story)

Akron attorney who aided clients’ tax evasion suspended

The Ohio Supreme Court recently issued a two-year suspension to an Akron attorney convicted of assisting a couple in their attempt to evade paying outstanding federal taxes.
The Supreme Court suspended Gregory T. Plesich and credited him for time served since the Court’s initial interim suspension of him in June 2018. His ... (full story)

Ohio man graduates from felony veterans treatment court

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CINCINNATI (AP) — For five decades after his honorable discharge from the Marines in 1970, Gano Gibson lived with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.
Gibson's one-year tour in Vietnam involved intense combat, but he rarely talked about the war. He didn't talk about what bothered him. He says he didn't know what PTS ... (full story)