December 22, 2014

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Lorain teachers protest shorter day

LORAIN — The Lorain teachers union filed 183 grievances Monday because of a plan to cut the elementary school day by 45 minutes. One grievance was filed for every elementary school teacher because the shortened day does not allow for teachers to have midday planning time, which they are guaranteed in their contract, union President Read More…

Mattel recalls more tainted toys

This Batman action figure was one of the recalled toys.  NEW YORK — With its reputation bruised by the second major recall of Chinese-made toys tainted with lead paint in a matter of two weeks, Mattel Inc. on Tuesday defended the measures it has taken to ensure the safety of its toys. "I am disappointed Read More…

A broken truck spares Utah miner from cave in

     ORANGEVILLE, Utah — Jameson Ward usually spends his whole shift with the six men now trapped in the Crandall Canyon mine. On Aug. 6, the mechanic was called away to fix a broken truck.    In his first detailed interview since the cave-in, Ward said Tuesday that he was about a quarter-mile from Read More…

Hospital security Tasers defiant new dad, who drops baby

   HOUSTON — In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor.    Now the man says the baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.    “I’ve got Read More…

`Bike Path rapist’ sentenced to 75 years to life

   BUFFALO, N.Y. — A murderer who lived a double life as a friendly family man and western New York’s “Bike Path Rapist” was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 75 years to life in prison.   “Whatever sentence I get today I deserve,” Altemio Sanchez, 49, said in state Supreme Court. He apologized to relatives Read More…

Judge: Jurors can’t watch“CSI” and “Law and Order”

^BC-ODD–Judge-TV Rules,0191   ^Judge orders jurors: don’t watch ‘CSI,’ or ‘Law & Order,’ or ‘Nancy Grace’      HAMILTON, Ohio — Most jurors are told not to read news about their case. Jurors in Butler County can’t even look forward to their weekly installment of “CSI.”    Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney tells sitting jurors Read More…

Boy spends 15 minutes locked in a gun safe

   WORCESTER, Mass.  — Gun safes are supposed to keep children out, but a 10-year-old boy managed to lock himself in.    Daniel Jancura and two other boys were playing with a safe on display at a Sam’s Club on Monday when he became trapped inside. It was at least 15 minutes before firefighters and Read More…

Solution to N.Y. traffic gridlock? Charge ‘em!

^BC-Traffic Fee,0243   ^NYC gets $354 million for traffic-toll plan    WASHINGTON — The federal government has agreed to pay $354 million to New York City to help it launch an ambitious plan to reduce traffic by charging tolls on drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan.    New York’s effort, called congestion pricing, would Read More…

Alabama city considers drying out — again

ATHENS, Ala. — Voters have a chance on Tuesday to return this northern Alabama city to the days of Prohibition.    A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales. Business interests are against repeal, Read More…

Historic building nearly gone

Wagner/POV building fire was one of biggest ever in Wellington See video footage of the fire scene here and a slideshow of amateur photos of the fire here.  Firefighters battle the fire at 1 a.m. Tuesday at Wagner/POV Products in Wellington. WELLINGTON — A smoldering pile of rubble is all that remains of the 147-year-old Read More…