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Teen's age at issue in Ohio school shooting appeal
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:25

A teen who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing three students in a high school cafeteria is challenging an Ohio law that allowed him to be tried as an adult, hoping to persuade an appeals court to throw out his sentence of life without parole.

Prosecutors and T.J. Lane's defense attorney will go before a state appeals court Wednesday morning inside the courtroom where a smirking Lane wore a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it and gestured obscenely toward the victims' families during his sentencing.

Lane was 17 at the time of the February 2012 shooting at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland, and his age is at the center of his appeal.

Because he was a juvenile, he was ineligible for the death penalty. He is serving three life sentences without parole. Lane, now 19, is not expected to attend the appeal hearing.

Lane's attorney is challenging an Ohio law that allowed his case to be transferred from juvenile court to adult court, a statute also being challenged in an unrelated case pending before the Ohio Supreme Court involving a 16-year-old sent to prison.

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Researchers want 9,000 talking cars in Ann Arbor
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:45

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers want to triple the number of so-called talking cars involved in an experiment they and government officials hope will lead to safer roads.

Nearly 3,000 wirelessly connected cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles already are operating in Ann Arbor as a part of the study conducted by the university's Transportation Research Institute and funded in large part by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Ann Arbor News reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1m3GZ9F ) Michigan would like to see 9,000 intelligent vehicles operating in the city within the next two years.

The deployment of such vehicles was launched in 2012. They are being used to study how cars equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication devices interact with each another and with wirelessly equipped infrastructure, such as intersections and street lights.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor


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Ohio spends another $2 million for road salt
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have approved spending another $2 million on road salt to replenish supplies used during the long, snowy winter.

The state Controlling Board on Monday granted the request from the Ohio Department of Transportation was for more than $2 million to buy about 30,000 tons of salt from Cargill De-Icing Technology Inc. and Morton Salt Inc.

Documents show the state is paying about $73.88 per ton for 20,000 tons from Cargill, and $56.75 a ton for another 10,000 tons from Morton.

The transportation department has had to go before the board repeatedly this winter to request money for more salt.

Spokesman Steve Faulkner says the agency has used more than 1 million tons of salt this winter at a cost of nearly $117 million.


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Ohio doctor gets 15 days for hitting bicyclist
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:44

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus-area doctor has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and 400 hours of community service for driving drunk and hitting a cyclist on a road in 2012.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/QaTeao ) reports that 39-year-old Elizabeth Unk was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month to drunken driving and felony vehicular assault.

Police say she hit a cyclist riding on Route 23 in Delaware in September 2012, seriously injuring the man.

The State Medical Board suspended Unk's medical license in December as part of an agreement that will allow her to get it back after completing an alcohol-rehabilitation program. Her driver's license was also suspended for two years. She must attend weekly meetings to address alcohol abuse.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Ohio kids say they broke Hot Wheels loop record
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:33

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A group of fifth-graders in suburban Cleveland believe they've set a new world record for the largest Hot Wheels track loop.

After a few unsuccessful attempts, a Hot Wheels toy car launched from a 24-foot platform raced down the track to the gym floor and completed the 9-foot, 9-inch loop Monday. The students watching at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights, east of Cleveland, erupted in cheers.

They believe the attempt broke the previous world loop record of 9 feet, 3 inches. An officer from the city police department and an accountant were on hand to act as witnesses for the record-breaker.

The attempt was part of an overall fundraising effort that also involved the public shaving of school principal Randall Yates' mustache. Students raised more than $12,000.


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