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Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

COLUMBUS (AP) — An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging an imprope ... (full story)

Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed out nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.
Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her ... (full story)

Ohio law allows increased penalties for hate crimes

Defining hate crimes
Ohio law broadly defines hate crimes as criminal acts motivated by prejudice or intolerance and directed toward a member of a gender, racial, religious or social group. Ohio law does not, however, consider hate crimes as stand-alone offenses. Rather, they are considered as factors in determining penalties or ... (full story)

Pilot programs intended to address changing family court dynamics

Today's families don't necessarily reflect the family model around which family courts throughout the United States were developed, a nonprofit organization championing the administration of justice in state courts found in a recent study.
The National Center for State Courts - headquartered in Williamsburg, Va. - plans to take t ... (full story)

Report: Ohio ranked 40th for health

Grappling with challenges from the high prevalence of smoking, low immunization coverage among children and high levels of air pollution, Ohio is ranked the 40th healthiest state, according to the United Health Foundation's American Health Rankings 2018 report, which was released last month.
The state ranked 39th the previous yea ... (full story)