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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.

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.

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.

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.

Court to decide on expansion of Miranda rights

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: Cincinnati, Home News

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.

Can somebody please throw a block?

AP | JOHN McFARLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If your normally reliable fantasy football stars are struggling, you can probably blame somebody who wasn't on any preseason draft board: linemen.

The early season failures of this normally anonymous bunch is getting the notice of fantasy geeks everywhere, especially owners of Aaron Rodgers. He's been sacked an NFL-worst 10 times and hit a bunch more. Kurt Warner was flawless against the terrible Jags, but the week before his line couldn't stop anybody. Numerous others have looked far from comfy in the pocket.

It's not just quarterbacks who've been regularly confronted by unblocked defenders. First-round picks Steve Slaton (51 yards, 2.0 yards per carry) and Matt Forte (84 yards, 2.2 yards a carry) haven't sniffed the end zone. Willie Parker has 66 yards while tiptoeing for 2.4 yards per carry. Kevin Smith was decent last week, bringing his average up to 2.6 yards a pop.

The good news is, this surely can't last. After all, many struggling lines are the same ones that did well last year and their coaches should adjust. By now coaches are figuring out which 350-pounders need more help or need benching, so it seems safe to assume most of them will fix the problems.

As you wonder how much longer Rodgers can remain upright, here are some players to start and some to avoid in Week 3:

WATCH GOP Rep. Whispers "I Agree With You" To Birther

Think Progress | Victor Zapanta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) spoke at the Voice of America tea party this Labor Day weekend outside of Cincinnati, OH. Following a tense Q&A session -- du...

The Lottery Question

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Everyone has dreams and desires but usually keep them hidden, back in the recesses of their minds. The lottery question gets those dreams and desires out in the open, on the front burner.

Today Is the Day to Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

When three people who know about money go to the extreme of not owning any credit cards, others might want to take note.

Dreams of My Absent Father

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

When I read the Obama quote about fathers, it made me wonder what side of the equation I fell on. Was I living up to my father's expectations or making up for his mistakes?

Renegade and Dreams of My Absent Father

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

Obama's election was not only a door opener for people of color. It also showed that people with absent dads, or no dad at all, can grow up and live in the White House.

Bait and Switch Business Relationships

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on a higher goal that they forget about the people who help get them there.

Playing the Hand that Life Deals You

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

I've dealt with hundreds of parents of special needs children. They take the hand that is dealt to them. And usually turn that hand into aces.

Have You Seen My Wallet, NYC? How About My Pride?

Jim Watkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Watkins

Honestly I don't know if they'll appreciate my honesty -- my acknowledgment that I made the very mistake I had just spent three days preaching about.

Hot Dog Road Trip: A Patriotic Party Plan

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

If you're planning a cookout for this most patriotic of days, here's an opportunity to celebrate the American dream. Because hot dog culture is American history.

Getting Rich and the Marshmallow

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

We have a financial system that has played to people's weaknesses. We have allowed people who are prone to instant gratification to have as much credit as they could get their hands on.

Village Green: Revitalizing Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine (Part 1)

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is poised to become one of America's greatest revitalization stories, in the process creating a national exemplar of sustainable development.

A Fat Guy's Prediction: We Need Leadership or We Will Fall Off the Economic Wagon

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Unless someone is capable of changing the American psyche, people are going to go back to their old spending habits.

We Need Business Leaders Who Know About History

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If we are going to break out of this economic crisis, we don't need business leaders trained in business schools. We need leaders who know and understand history.

Cincinnati's Super Hero (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

This story is crazy...crazy awesome that is. WLWT, an NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, did a story earlier this week on the "Shadow Hare"--a man fighting ...

Fix the Airlines Instead of Bailing Out Wall Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I used to schedule an out of town trip then meetings the next day. Now I can't. I am not sure if I will get back or if I will get home exhausted and stressed.

The Positive Economics of Food Stamps

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

A program that gives back $1.73 for every dollar spent is a better return than Wall Street is offering.

MBNA Claims to Have Talked to My Dead Mother about Credit Card

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My mother allegedly died in 2006. I say allegedly because a collector representing MBNA said he talked to her on June 21st.

The Search for a Bailout End Game

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Every bailout plan reminds me of an economic re-run of the Iraq war: There is a lot of panic. A hastily written plan sweeps through Congress without scrutiny. The plan is expected to "shock and awe" us.