Judge won't order Libertarian back on Ohio ballot
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday denied an effort by the Libertarian Party of Ohio to get its gubernatorial candidate back on the ballot for the May primary.

Attorneys for candidate Charlie Earl and the Libertarian Party immediately requested a stay of that ruling and indicated they would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson's decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Earl's candidacy would have the potential to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich as the incumbent faces likely Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive.

Ohio's elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, had disqualified Earl and the Libertarian candidate for attorney general, Steven Linnabary, after their nominating petitions were challenged on two grounds: that signature gatherers failed to comply with Ohio laws requiring them to be either Libertarian or political independents and another requiring them to disclose their employer.

Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.

Effort hopes to draw more visitors to Cleveland
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:10

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tourism officials are hoping a rebranding effort in Cleveland will draw more business and leisure visitors and highlight the city's underappreciated attractions.

David Gilbert, chief of the city's tourism bureau, said Wednesday that the campaign seeks to "change the narrative about Cleveland as a visitors' destination."

The tourism bureau — called Positively Cleveland — is specifically targeting those ages 25 to 34 because they don't have their parents' hang-ups about the city and are most open to coming here to visit.

But they say the outreach will be spread across different age groups, from those who appreciate arts and culture to families who are drawn by the affordability.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1qYuujg ) reports that the campaign has spent nearly $2.4 million figuring out what outsiders think about the city.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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Detroit rejects golf course-cemetery conversion
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials have rejected a proposal to turn a church-owned golf course into a cemetery, which would have been the city's first in decades.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1ellq2N ) Wednesday that building officials rejected the plan by Detroit Memorial Park Association to buy the 120-acre, 18-hole Rogell Golf Course from Greater Grace Temple. The church bought the course in 2007 from the city but closed it last year, saying the operation had never been profitable.

Building officials denied the request because they said converting recreational property wouldn't be in the city's best interests. They also cited concerns about diminishing property values and traffic in the area.

A cemetery official said he will appeal the decision.


Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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Ohio sex offender civil registry never used
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An online registry of child-sex offenders found liable in civil lawsuits has never been used eight years after it was created by legislative compromise, an outcome predicted by critics of the compromise, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The registry replaced a proposal providing a one-time, one-year window for victims to file lawsuits alleging child sex abuse had occurred as long as 35 years earlier. That one-year period would have started when the proposal became law.

But pressure from the Roman Catholic church and other church groups scuttled that provision and replaced it with the registry over the objections of abuse victims, the Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1gOt4zN ).

"It was never set up to be effective from Day One. It was a diversion to make people feel like something would come of it," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Crews work to clean up oil in Ohio nature preserve
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:59

CINCINNATI (AP) — Crews worked Wednesday to prevent the spread of more than 10,000 gallons of oil that leaked into a southwest Ohio nature preserve and clean up the mess, a task expected to take several days.

Workers put berms and barriers in place and dug containment ditches before rain fell Wednesday at the 374-acre Oak Glen Nature Preserve, west of Cincinnati. They vacuumed crude from the wooded ravine and wetlands where it leaked, and planned to build an access road for heavy equipment.

Some 240 barrels of crude oil leaked near the Great Miami River before it was discovered early Tuesday and the pipeline was shut off. Greater Cincinnati Water Works spokeswoman Michele Ralston said the leak posed no threat to the public water supply, but local officials planned to test private wells in the area.

As of Wednesday, the only sign of damage to wildlife was a single dead crawfish, said Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Matt Eiselstein.

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