OH-MI-IN News
Forest Whitaker addresses Ohio college graduates
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:34

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker urged graduates of a southwest Ohio university to perform acts of kindness as they go forward with their lives.

Whitaker was the keynote speaker at Miami University's spring commencement ceremony on Saturday in Oxford. The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sHx4IF ) reports that Whitaker told graduates they potentially could change the world by simply treating others with compassion. He said at least one small act of kindness is behind every worthwhile human achievement.

The university awarded more than 4,000 degrees and awarded Whitaker an honorary doctorate degree in fine arts.

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Ohio man shot while holding his baby dies
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:33

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man shot in the head while he was holding his baby has died of his injuries in southwest Ohio

Cincinnati police say Raheem Stenson died at a Cincinnati hospital on Saturday. They say he was shot shortly before midnight Friday. Police responding to a call for help found the 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head.

There were no reports of any injury to the baby

The police homicide unit is investigating the fatal shooting. Police would not comment on a possible motive.

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Great Lakes ice breaking season is over
Written by David Dupont   
Friday, 16 May 2014 14:03
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — More than five months of ice breaking on the northern Great Lakes has been completed by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard says Friday that operation Taconite ended Thursday and encompassed all of Lakes Superior and Michigan, the northern half of Lake Huron, the St. Marys River and the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.
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Report: Legal guardian system fails many Ohioans
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The court-appointed guardian system created to help Ohio's elderly and mentally disabled residents and children has failed many it serves and allows unscrupulous guardians to rob their wards of freedom, dignity and money, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The newspaper's investigation of the system that controls the lives of about 65,000 Ohioans found that even judges overseeing the system say it is broken, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1o40nos ) reported.

Ohio's system has ripped apart families, rendered the mentally ill voiceless, and left some elderly Ohioans dying penniless in nursing homes, according to the newspaper.

Probate judges in Ohio's 88 counties direct the system without detailed state guidelines and often amid overloaded court dockets. The Dispatch's yearlong investigation showed some lawyers appointed as guardians have been allowed to ignore elderly and mentally ill people while placing them in the lowest-rated nursing home and some lawyers have billed wards for thousands of dollars in questionable legal fees for routine tasks such as paying utility bills.

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Sheriff investigates teacher pushing kindergartner
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 16 May 2014 08:01
MOUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio (AP) — A northwest Ohio sheriff’s office is investigating a teacher’s disciplining of a kindergartner after the incident was caught on a surveillance camera.
Riverdale Local Schools has suspended the teacher for 10 days after the video was made public last week.
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