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Detroit-owned Van Gogh appraised at up to $150M
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:16

DETROIT (AP) — The fair market values of some of the most popular pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts — including Bruegel the Elder's "The Wedding Dance" and a Van Gogh self-portrait — have been released.

Christie's auction house appraised about 2,800 paintings, sculptures, pottery and other city-owned artwork at the city's request. The list of the items and how much each would fetch at sale were released Thursday by the city.

"The Wedding Dance" is valued at $100 million to $200 million, while Van Gogh's "Self Portrait with Straw Hat" was given a price tag of between $80 million and $150 million.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr hired Christie's to do the work. Orr has said city-owned art in the museum can be considered an asset and could be vulnerable during a bankruptcy. He filed for bankruptcy in July, and federal Judge Steven Rhodes approved the petition Dec. 3.

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Ohio police charge mom, man after bullet hits girl
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 3-year-oldi girl wounded by gunfire was not hit by a stray bullet from a gun battle, Cincinnati police said Thursday as they accused her mother and a male friend of misleading investigators.

The adults initially said the man was carrying the girl outside while taking out the trash when she was struck by a bullet on Tuesday, but the mother later acknowledged they created a false account of what happened based on gunfire that had been reported in the area, police said in a statement.

Police did not disclose what they believe actually happened.

Investigators said the girl's mother, Ebony McDavis, 28, is charged with misdemeanor falsification. Her friend Cordero Warren, 24, is charged with evidence tampering and having weapons under disability, both felonies.

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Ohio AG gives job creation compliance mixed grade
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General says just over half of companies receiving state economic development awards last year were fully compliant with the requirements of those awards, such as job creation or retention.

The report by Attorney General Mike DeWine is an annual study required by lawmakers to gauge the outcome when companies receive grants and other awards.

DeWine's study released Thursday found that of the 266 awards with a performance requirement in 2012, 120 or about 45 percent were not compliant.

Awards issued by the Ohio Department Services Agency fall into four main categories: workforce awards, grants, tax credits and loans.

Online:

http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov


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Ohio judge says efficiency not good case for cameras
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:12

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman cited authoritarian regimes such as Cuba and North Korea as expedient, while saying the U.S. democratic system "can be messy."

"But it's a nice mess to have," Ruehlman said.

The Cincinnati-area village of Elmwood Place wants the judge, who in March ordered a halt to its camera use, to rule against motorists who are seeking nearly $1.8 million in refunds of speeding fines and fees. Attorneys for the motorists say Ruehlman should order the refunds without a trial, since he has already compared the speed cameras to a rigged card game.

Ruehlman said he will issue his decision Jan. 23.

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Ohio police admit to force in OSU student's arrest
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:07

Columbus police officers accused in a federal civil-rights lawsuit of using excessive force on an Ohio State University student over what later amounted to a litter violation said in a court filing Wednesday that they punched the young man up to seven times, sprayed mace in his face and hog-tied him, but that they did nothing wrong.

In their first response to the lawsuit, filed in October by 21-year-old Joseph Hines, of Jackson, Mich., the officers said their actions came during the course of an arrest, that they were "acting under color of law" and that they should be immune from being sued.

"Defendants deny that they violated any constitutionally protected right or any law," according to the filing.

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