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Work on historic Cleveland ballpark nears finish
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:25

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cries of "play ball" should be in the air again this summer on the site of League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s and Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run.

A $6.3 million city-funded project to restore and renovate what's left of the old ballpark on Cleveland's east side should be done by mid-July, The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1gSMHey) reported.

"We are looking for this to be a destination, not just a ball field," said Michael Cox, Cleveland's Director of Public Works. "We're hoping to give tours."

Little remains of the ballpark that opened in 1891 when Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young, now the Hall of Fame namesake of major league baseball's pitching award, threw the first pitch. The original first baseline grandstand wall and the three-floor ticket house are part of the restoration effort.

A new artificial turf field will be added in May with home plate with home plate in the same spot where it was for the Indians. The field's dimensions will be the same, too — 460 feet from center field, 375 feet from the left-field corner, and just 290 feet down the right-field line

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'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:23
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Edmond Aviv sits on a street corner holding a sign Sunday, April 13, 2014, in South Euclid, Ohio declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence because he was accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported http://bit.ly/1p0xNrR ).

"The judge destroyed me," Aviv said. "This isn't fair at all."

The sentence stemmed from a neighborhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for years. Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered him to display the sign for five hours Sunday as part of his sentence.

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SW Ohio city mulls digital billboard deal
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:19

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio city is planning to pay $700,000 for a huge digital billboard visible to motorists on Interstate 70.

Officials in the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights say naming rights for city-owned facilities and advertisements eventually will pay for the 65-foot-high sign just west of a new $18 million music center.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sZrbJL ) reports that the city will pay about $50,000 a year for 20 years to finance the project. The public will have a chance to weigh in when the legislation has a first reading at Monday night's city council meeting.

An advertising company would manage and help build the city-owned sign in exchange for permission to build its own sign elsewhere in the city of about 40,000 people north of Dayton.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Replica of Lincoln funeral locomotive visits Ohio
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A full-size replica of a steam locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral car will visit Ohio this week.

The Leviathan 63 engine is part of the planned 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train project that will re-enact the U.S. president's final journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1qLv3dz ) reports Ohio will get an advance look at the engine when it stops at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington in northeast Ohio this week and at the Ohio statehouse in Columbus the next week.

The visits are intended to help raise funds for completion of the Lincoln Funeral Car that will travel with the locomotive in 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The re-created funeral train will pass through Ohio and six other states.


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Judge set to issue key Ohio gay marriage ruling
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state's ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people to marry the person of their choosing.

His ruling would allow gay couples in Ohio to obtain the same benefits as any other married couple in the state, including property rights and the right to make some medical decisions for their partner. The ruling would not directly impact any other state but Ohio.

Black is not expected to force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

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