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Disgraced savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90
Written by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 06:14

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.

A person with direct knowledge of the death confirmed on Tuesday that Keating had died but didn't provide further details. The person wasn't authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

When Keating's Phoenix-based home construction company, American Continental Corp., bought Lincoln Savings & Loan in 1984, the multimillionaire elevated its worth from $1.1 billion to $5.5 billion in a four-year period.

But his financial empire crumbled with state and federal convictions for defrauding investors. Keating allegedly bilked Lincoln customers by selling them $200 million of unsecured "junk" bonds. They became worthless when Keating's company became bankrupt.

The thrift's collapse cost taxpayers $2.6 billion and tarnished the reputations of five senators who became known as the "Keating Five." One of them was Republican U.S Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and the scandal re-entered the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Mr. Clean artist Richard Black of Ohio dies at 92
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:18

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92.

Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering says services are planned Saturday for Harry Richard Black. The Dayton Daily News reports Black died Sunday at his home after a brief illness.

Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. credits Black with creating the muscular bald man who cleans things up quickly. The company chose his depiction to represent its cleaner when it launched in 1958. Mr. Clean quickly became a popular brand and advertising character.

Black also was among artists behind depictions of Smokey Bear for U.S. Forest Service fire-prevention messages.

The Philadelphia native opened his own studio in 1950 and did illustrations for national companies and magazines. He was a longtime educator at colleges.


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Man charged in fatal Ohio Amish buggy crash
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:48

BURTON, Ohio (AP) — Court records say the driver of an SUV has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in a crash with an Amish buggy that killed one person and injured three others in northeast Ohio.

Chardon municipal court records showed that the Ohio State Highway Patrol charged Douglas Learn on Monday, although officials said the county prosecutor will consider other charges.

The patrol said the 42-year-old Learn was driving a Ford Explorer on Sunday night when it slammed into the back an Amish buggy carrying five members of a family near Burton in Geauga County. Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Byler died later at a hospital, and three family members were hurt.

The patrol said alcohol and excessive speed were factors. A message was left at a phone number listed for Learn in court records.


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Indiana Guardsman pleads guilty in Ohio bomb case
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Indiana Guardsman has pleaded guilty to having homemade explosive devices in his vehicle when he was stopped in Ohio.

Andrew Boguslawski (boh-guhs-LAW'-skee) faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to having nine unregistered bombs found in his vehicle and four devices that could be converted into bombs. He also admitted having 20 explosive devices or components at his Indiana home.

Boguslawski entered his plea before a federal magistrate in Columbus during an hourlong hearing.

His attorney has said Boguslawski had the illegal devices but planned to use them for legitimate training purposes.

An Ohio trooper stopped Boguslawski on Jan. 1 for speeding on Interstate 70 west of Columbus.


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Transport for charter schools costing Ohio taxpayers
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:11

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that taxpayers are largely footing the bill for public school buses that have to drive farther to transport students attending charter schools.

State officials have forced traditional public schools to traverse their cities to pick up and deliver kids to privately run charter schools, often while cutting transportation to their own kids.

The Akron Beacon-Journal (http://bit.ly/1pE9zR1 ) analyzed statewide data and determined that it costs about 44 percent more per child to deliver the charter school attendees door to door.

A child attending a traditional public school and transported on a district bus cost on average $4.30 per day in 2012. For a charter-school student, it was $6.18 — or $1.88 more per day.

Since then, 22,000 more kids have been enrolled at the state's charter schools.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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