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With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace

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CINCINNATI (AP) — With an eerily quiet and empty stadium plaza behind him, the tour guide tried to help people picture what they would have seen there more than 160 years earlier.
His audience of eight, all on foot, peered over masks at maps as he described hundreds of groceries, saloons, blacksmiths and 100,000 people liv ... (full story)


Plot puts focus on governors' safety amid threats, protests

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A plot to kidnap Michigan's governor has put a focus on the security of governors who have faced protests and threats over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the alleged plot against Gretchen Whitmer is the most specific and highest-profile to come to light, it's far from the first threat against state officials, ... (full story)


Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

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NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren't exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almost no one.
Take Shad Elia, who owns 24 single-family apartment units in the Boston area. He says government stimulus benefit ... (full story)


State cannot challenge erroneous prison sentence 18 years later

When a trial court makes an error during criminal sentencing, the mistake cannot be challenged through postconviction proceedings, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
The Supreme Court further clarified its stance on “void and voidable sentences” by deciding that in 2017 Cuyahoga County prosecutors could not seek ... (full story)


Stolen property values can be combined to increase theft charge regardless of victim’s status

A state law allows for a greater penalty for a person convicted of committing multiple thefts against a single victim and broadens the protection for the elderly, disabled, and military personnel, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court upheld the 2017 conviction of Lashawn Pettus, who ar ... (full story)