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Police: Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:15

CINCINNATI (AP) — An 8-year-old Cincinnati boy was fatally shot in the chest Saturday while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded handgun that he thought was a BB gun, police said.

Cincinnati police Lt. Don Luck told the Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/MEPmM3 ) that three brothers were visiting their uncle in the city's Price Hill neighborhood when they found the loaded gun and one pulled the trigger, striking Sammy Lorenzo in the chest.

The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and rushed into surgery, but later died.

One of the brothers "kept telling the story of how it happened, over and over again," Luck said. "It's so sad."

Luck said that no charges are expected against the children. He said it was too early to tell whether charges will be filed against any adults. An unidentified adult was in the house at the time, but wasn't in the room when the boy was shot, police said.

Cincinnati homicide detectives are investigating.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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Ohio gets new top utility regulator
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has picked a former state budget director and lawmaker to be Ohio's top utility regulator.

The Republican said Friday he is appointing Thomas Johnson to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Johnson will replace Todd Snitchler who decided not to seek reappointment when his term expires April 10.

Johnson is a New Concord native who served in the Ohio House for 22 years. He was former Gov. Bob Taft's budget director upon leaving the Legislature in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree from Muskingum University.

Snitchler's work with the PUCO included encouraging competitive market development and educating consumers about choices for electricity and natural gas services.

Snitchler drew criticism last year for using his Twitter page to blast renewable energy and question global warming.


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Chicago officials say Eliot Ness undeserving of honor
Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:36

CHICAGO (AP) — An effort to scrub Eliot Ness's reputation as the federal lawman who brought down Al Capone came to Chicago's City Hall on Friday.

In a hearing that was unusual for focusing on events that played out 80 years ago, a city council committee voted to send a resolution to the full council next week that would urge federal lawmakers not to name a federal building in Washington, D.C., after the famed Prohibition agent.

"The notion that he put Al Capone behind bars is pure unadulterated Hollywood fiction," said Alderman Ed Burke, who has been pushing for the resolution ever since he heard about the proposal to name the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters after Ness.

During the meeting, Burke relayed what he's learned about Ness. The committee also heard a tutorial from a group of retired federal agents, who told stories about how Ness grabbed headlines and — thanks to a book and movies — has been given credit for heroics he had nothing to do with.

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Ohio governor signs new provisional ballot rules
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has signed into law a measure setting when provisional ballots are counted in the political swing state and what it takes to cast one.

Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don't bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.

The bill signed Friday by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) would put into law recent federal court action that requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct but right polling location to be counted.

The goal of the legislation was to reduce the number of ballots rejected for voting in the wrong precinct but correct polling place.

Kasich also signed a bill letting people park motor scooters or certain motorbikes on sidewalks, as long they do not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic.


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Four shot in Detroit after fight over tax refund
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:29

DETROIT (AP) — A man involved in a dispute over a tax refund check opened fire at a Detroit tax preparation business on Friday afternoon, wounding four employees.

Police say the alleged gunman was arrested running from the scene and a woman involved in the dispute turned herself in later in the day.

The shooting happened at Tax City Tax Service on the city's east side.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said the woman became upset when her tax refund wasn't ready Friday and started scuffling with the guard. Johnson said the man with her pulled a gun and started shooting.

The security guard was wounded, as were three other employees.

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