Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 14:34

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters.

Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and "unenforceable in all circumstances."

"The record before this court ... is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state's ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," Black wrote.

The order does not force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

Black delayed deciding whether to issue a stay of his ruling pending the state's appeal in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until after attorneys on both sides present arguments on the issue by Tuesday.

Report: cost of lost Ohio inmate property rising
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says the cost of lost or stolen Ohio prison inmate property rose 28 percent over the past five years.

The report by the state's Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville in central Ohio paid $12,243 in property reimbursements during that time, the most statewide.

The report released Monday says the facilities with the highest reimbursement rates last year were Franklin Medical Center in Columbus and the state's highest security institutions.

The report says prisons reimbursed inmates a total of $128,011 from 2009 through 2013 for property loss, a figure that does not include awards through the Ohio Court of Claims.

The bipartisan prison inspection committee says Ohio is improving the training of guards related to packing up inmates' belongings.

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'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:23
Edmond Aviv sits on a street corner holding a sign Sunday, April 13, 2014, in South Euclid, Ohio declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence because he was accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported http://bit.ly/1p0xNrR ).

"The judge destroyed me," Aviv said. "This isn't fair at all."

The sentence stemmed from a neighborhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for years. Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered him to display the sign for five hours Sunday as part of his sentence.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 09:05
Work on historic Cleveland ballpark nears finish
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:25

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cries of "play ball" should be in the air again this summer on the site of League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s and Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run.

A $6.3 million city-funded project to restore and renovate what's left of the old ballpark on Cleveland's east side should be done by mid-July, The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1gSMHey) reported.

"We are looking for this to be a destination, not just a ball field," said Michael Cox, Cleveland's Director of Public Works. "We're hoping to give tours."

Little remains of the ballpark that opened in 1891 when Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young, now the Hall of Fame namesake of major league baseball's pitching award, threw the first pitch. The original first baseline grandstand wall and the three-floor ticket house are part of the restoration effort.

A new artificial turf field will be added in May with home plate with home plate in the same spot where it was for the Indians. The field's dimensions will be the same, too — 460 feet from center field, 375 feet from the left-field corner, and just 290 feet down the right-field line

Replica of Lincoln funeral locomotive visits Ohio
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A full-size replica of a steam locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral car will visit Ohio this week.

The Leviathan 63 engine is part of the planned 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train project that will re-enact the U.S. president's final journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1qLv3dz ) reports Ohio will get an advance look at the engine when it stops at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington in northeast Ohio this week and at the Ohio statehouse in Columbus the next week.

The visits are intended to help raise funds for completion of the Lincoln Funeral Car that will travel with the locomotive in 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The re-created funeral train will pass through Ohio and six other states.

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