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9:17 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Ohio Death Penalty Review Committee Meets Again

A state Supreme Court task force analyzing the effectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law plans another
meeting today as part of its year-long review.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor convened the task force while making it clear it won't debate whether the state should have the death penalty.

The panel has discussed whether Ohio should consider a statewide approach to charging murder defendants with death penalty charges to avoid disparities that arise from county to county.

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Around the Miami Valley
8:54 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Proposal Would Mean Air Force Job Cuts in Ohio

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Officials say new cuts announced by the U.S. Air Force will mean a loss of about 800 jobs at Air National guard bases in Ohio and 160 positions at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

The Air Force on Tuesday announced that President Barack Obama's proposal for the upcoming budget year calls for a reduction of about 10,000 positions nationwide.

In Ohio, the Adjutant General's Department says 846 full- and part-time jobs would be eliminated at Air National Guard bases in Mansfield and Rickenbacker in Columbus. The base in Springfield would lose 47 full-time jobs.

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Statewide News
8:46 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Lawyer: Vatican Overrules 13 Cleveland Closings

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A lawyer who fought church cutbacks in the Cleveland area says the Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of
overruling the closing of 13 parishes.

The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on church shutdowns.

Attorney Peter Borre says the Congregation of the Clergy ruled last week that Cleveland's Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow procedure in the closings three years ago.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Conrad's Corner: March 7, 2012

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Without Straight Lines."

Books
5:23 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Book Nook: Townie, by Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III grew up in poverty in a decaying New England mill town.  His parents were divorced when Dubus was young. His family struggled to get by. In "Townie," the author's first memoir, we learn how he was bullied until he decided to fight back. Dubus became a fighter before he ever thought of becoming a writer.

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