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Goldman Sachs: Too Big For Jail?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Just because the SEC filed a lawsuit, it doesn't mean they will win. Goldman Sachs could easily prevail. Before we start breaking out the champagne, let's look at what is actually going on.

Gambling in Greater Cincinnati and Lotteries (VIDEO)

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The video talks about the history of gambling in Greater Cincinnati and the author's connection to the subject. It also talks about the death of a Lakeland, Florida lottery winner, Abraham Shakespeare.

Matt James Dead: Notre Dame Football Recruit Dies In Fall From Balcony In Panama City, Florida

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Matt James, a 17-year-old football player who had signed to play for Notre Dame, died Friday after falling from the third floor balcony of a hotel in ...

What Are We Going to Do About Gambling Addicts?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.

The "Don't Ever Give Up" Business Plan

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Seth Godin, who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs be productive, says that business people never realize that with a little bit of push, they can move past a seeming dead end and reach business success. I hope that is true in my case.

Kentucky's Ultimate Watchdog Journalist

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

In April, Al Cross is being inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. No one worked harder or longer to gather all the nuances of a story than Al Cross.

Money, Sex and Hot (Broke) Messes

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

People looking to solve financial problems are also looking for empathy. Instead, the message they often receive from books about money is "I'm OK and you're an idiot."

Facing History, and Arizona

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It is easy to be cowed by mere numbers in the immigration debate. More than 12 million undocumented people reside in the United States. But whether yo...

My Day at the Racino

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My home state of Kentucky has been knocking around the idea of allowing slot machines at race tracks. I've been to a number of casinos with slot machines. But I had never been to a race track with slot machines, at least until last week.

Valentine's Day and Leaving a Tip for the "Little People"

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Take a good look around and if you're looking down Put a little love in your heart -Jackie DeShannon In the early 1990's, I was one of the nation...

Just Say "No" to Adult Children Wanting Money (Video)

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Why people should not give money to their adult children.

Death By Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Abraham Shakespeare should have been on top of the world. In 2006, he won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery. Last week, they found his body buried five feet deep under concrete.

Elderly Jews finally become adults, decades after turning 13

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

On the morning of October 15, as young hippie-ish Hasidim beat on drums, singing ecstatically, nine elderly Americans from a retirement village in Cin...

Advice for the Unknown Lottery Winner

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

After having overcome trillion-to-one odds, the idea of running through the money would seem silly to most winners. However, studies shows that 90% of people blow all their money within five years of winning the jackpot.

Cavaliers owner presses support for Ohio casinos

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KENT, Ohio — The majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers is defending a plan to put casinos in four Ohio cities.

Dan Gilbert is a chief investor in the proposal. He will face an opponent during a televised debate Monday at Kent State University.

Rob Walgate, vice president of the Ohio Roundtable policy group, will represent opponents of Issue 3, a ballot issue that if approved would change Ohio's Constitution and allow one casino in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.

The debate will be taped at 4 p.m. and will air at 10 p.m. on ONN-TV, a news station that is available on cable systems in most Ohio counties.

Supporters of the November ballot amendment say casinos will create 34,000 jobs, while opponents say it will also cause jobs to be lost and would establish a lower tax rate than other states have for their casinos.

Small Town Values in a Big Time Lawyer

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

It could be that President Obama is a small town guy after all. His early adulthood on the south side of Chicago is where he found a "small town" environment that embraced him.

Grocer offers its first Black Friday promotion

Vail Daily. | Vail Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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CINCINNATI - The nation's largest traditional grocery chain is getting into the Black Friday shopping game. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. stor...

Minn. ice company to pay $9M in antitrust case

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MINNEAPOLIS — A packaged ice company has agreed to pay a $9 million criminal fine for allegedly conspiring with a competitor to divide up the ice market in the Detroit area and southeastern Michigan.

The Justice Department says St. Paul, Minn.-based Arctic Glacier International Inc. is the second company to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into the packaged ice industry. Home City Ice Co. of Cincinnati pleased guilty in June 2008.

The Justice Department says three of Arctic Glacier's former executives also reached plea deals.

The charges against Arctic Glacier and the three former executives were filed under seal Sept. l0 and unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati LIVE on Twitter: Local News, Sports, People

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Follow the latest in Cincinnati LIVE through our curated Twitter lists: local news, local sports, and local people via tweets. Do you know a tweete...

Man, woman found dead in Ohio day-care parking lot

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: Cincinnati, Home News

FAIRFIELD, Ohio — Police say a man and woman found dead in an SUV parked at a southwest Ohio day care center had both been shot in the head.

The bodies were discovered by a lawn care worker inside the vehicle outside Jelly Bean Junction Learning Centers at around 9:15 a.m., about three hours after the day care center opened.

Fairfield police Lt. Kevin Haddix says there were no other injuries and all the children are safe at the center some 20 miles north of Cincinnati.

The SUV was parked next to a trash bin about a dozen spaces from the front door and in front of a playground. Parents are allowed to pick up their children, but others are still at the center Monday afternoon.

The victims' identities haven't been released and it's not clear if they had any affiliation with the day-care center.

Marathon Mileposts

NYCity News Service | NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A CHILLY START STATEN ISLAND - Just before 6 a.m., small groups of runners spilled out of already-full tents as fresh arrivals clamored for a spot, se...

Bengals living on edge, sitting in first

AP | JOE KAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CINCINNATI — If Limas Sweed holds onto the ball in the end zone or Joe Flacco hits his wide-open receiver down the sideline, nobody is talking about the Cincinnati Bengals as a surprise team. They'd be back in the pack, trying to catch up to the big boys.

Sweed dropped it. Flacco overthrew it. And everyone in the AFC North is chasing Cincinnati, a team that's sitting in first place because of a newfound knack for living on the edge.

The Bengals (4-1) have been the NFL's ultimate high-wire act. Every one of their games has come down to the final 22 seconds. All but once, the final ticks have gone their way. A 17-14 victory in Baltimore on Sunday left the Bengals in sole possession of first place with their best start in four years.

Real? Or mirage?

The Bengals acknowledge that there's luck involved. If Sweed catches the ball in the third quarter, the Steelers are in control and likely headed for another win. If Flacco gets the ball to Mark Clayton with less than three minutes left on Sunday, there's no room for Carson Palmer's brilliance.

Soupy Sales,The First Birdbath: From the Detroit Stories

Lester Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lester Sloan

Soupy's pies were the great equalizers. Everyone wanted to be hit with a pie thrown by Soupy, even Sinatra. No one was too big or important to get a pie in the face.

Court to decide on expansion of Miranda rights

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is once again trying to clarify what the long-established Miranda rights require the police to do, with the justices on Wednesday agreeing to decide whether officers can interrogate a suspect who said he understood his rights but didn't invoke them.

The high court agreed to hear an appeal from Michigan prosecutors who had their conviction of Van Chester Thompkins thrown out by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because police kept talking to Thompkins after reading him his rights – despite Thompkins not verbally agreeing to invoke or withdraw his Miranda rights.

Thompkins was arrested for murder in 2001 and interrogated by police for three hours. At the beginning, Thompkins was read his Miranda rights and said he understood.

The officers in the room said Thompkins said little during the interrogation, occasionally answering "yes," "no," "I don't know," nodding his head and making eye contact as his responses. But when one of the officers asked him if he prayed for forgiveness for "shooting that boy down," Thompkins said, "Yes."

He was convicted, but on appeal he wanted that statement thrown out because he said he invoked his Miranda rights by being uncommunicative with the interrogating officers.

Big East vs Big 12 in 2010 bowl at Yankee Stadium

AP | RALPH D. RUSSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — The Big East now has a bowl in its backyard.

A Big East team will face a team from the Big 12 at Yankee Stadium in a new bowl game after the 2010 season.

The conferences and the New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a four-year deal to play the first bowl in the Bronx since 1962.

The Big East, which has always considered New York its home turf, will send either its third or fourth selection to the yet-to-be-named bowl game. The Big 12 will send its seventh selection to play in the new $1.5 billion stadium.

If the Big 12 does not have enough bowl eligible teams, Notre Dame has agreed to take its place, providing it is available.