SUPREME COURT-LGBT RIGHTS
Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s accepting what he calls a “very powerful decision” by the Supreme Court backing workplace rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people. The court ruled 6-3 that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers. It’s a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. And it’s expected to have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination. Trump says the justices have ruled and “we live with their decision.”
2 teens killed when bricks fall on hammock
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Two girls died after they became trapped on a hammock by some falling bricks. Cleveland Heights police say the hammock was tried to a tree and a brick pillar. The pillar collapsed and fell on the 13- and 14-year-old on Sunday night. Police freed the girls, who were taken to a hospital. They later died of their injuries. Authorities are investigating.
Bomb squad detonates package thrown at justice complex
CINCINNATI (AP) — The bomb squad has safely detonated a suspicious package that was thrown at the Hamilton County Justice Complex in Cincinnati. The sheriff’s office deployed the hazardous devices unit early Monday after the package was tossed over a concrete wall near an entrance. Officers evacuated the justice complex and closed surrounding streets. The bomb squad X-rayed the package and detonated it as a precaution. No one was injured.
AMERICA PROTESTS-CONFEDERATE GENERALS
US base namesakes include slaveholders, failed generals
CINCINNATI (AP) — As much as President Donald Trump enjoys talking about winning and winners, the Confederate generals he vows won’t have their names removed from U.S. military bases weren’t winners. They not only fought on the losing side of a rebellion, some weren’t even considered good generals. The 10 generals include some who made costly battlefield blunders; others mistreated captured Union soldiers, some were slaveholders and one was linked to the Ku Klux Klan after the war. Trump has dug in his heels on renaming, despite a push in Congress to do so.
Care-free days at theme parks giving way to virus safeguards
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Amusement parks around the U.S. are getting ready to welcome back visitors. But just like everywhere else, there will be plenty of changes to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Most will have temperature checks at their gates and limit how many people are allowed in each day. Big theme park operators including Disney and Six Flags will require all guests to wear masks. Some parks have done trial runs with employees to figure out social distancing on rides and plan on cutting down long lines. Disney’s Florida parks will open in July, but without parades, fireworks and character greetings.
Chief: Man who drove into officer shot twice, 21 shots fired
OREGON, Ohio (AP) — Police say two officers shot and seriously wounded a man in his vehicle outside an apartment complex in Ohio after they allege he drove into one officer who was trying to stop him from leaving. Oregon police said they were on another call when they were told a woman was being assaulted in the parking lot. Chief Mike Navarre said the man tried to leave and hit an officer with his car, and the two officers fired 21 times, hitting him twice. He was reported in serious but stable condition. The state Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-CHILD INJURED
Police: 3 face charges in road rage shooting that hurt girl
Authorities say two men and a women face charges after what they call a road rage shooting in Ohio that left a 10-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the leg. Cincinnati police allege that one of the men fired a gun from a vehicle driven by the woman Friday afternoon, hitting the child, whose injuries weren’t life-threatening. They are charged with felonious assault and another man faces weapon and drug counts. It’s unclear whether the defendants have attorneys; listed numbers for them couldn’t be found Saturday.
WOMAN STABBED-TEENS CHARGED
Teenage girl pleads in stabbing death of friend’s mother
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A teenage girl has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of her friend’s mother in Ohio last year. The Springfield News-Sun reports that the girl, who was 15 at the time of the May 2019 attack in New Carlisle, was charged with murder and attempted murder. She pleaded guilty to both counts Thursday in Clark County Common Pleas Court. She will be sentenced July 10. Her friend, who was 13 at the time of the slaying and is now 14, is awaiting trial as a juvenile. The older girl’s plea agreement calls on her to testify if the younger girl’s case goes to trial.
BOY FOUND IN POOL
Child pronounced dead after being found in family pool
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after he was found in the pool of his family’s home in a suburb of Cincinnati. Emergency responders in Butler County were called to the Ross Township home at about 7:20 p.m. Friday after the boy was reported unresponsive. The child was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Township police are investigating.
AMERICA PROTESTS-SENATOR RACE COMMENTS
Ohio senator fired over remarks about black people, hygiene
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has been fired from his job as a physician after questioning at a hearing whether “the colored population” was contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates because they don’t wash their hands as well as other groups. Republican Sen. Stephen Huffman has apologized but remains under pressure to resign his Senate seat. The remarks were made Tuesday during a committee hearing on whether racism should be declared a public health crisis. TeamHealth, where Huffman worked as an emergency room doctor, fired him Thursday. A spokesman said the comments were inconsistent with the health company’s commitment to tolerance and diversity.