Archive for June, 2014

Making it easier to access water–what Pack H2O is doing

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Women using the PackH2O

When’s the last time you walked three miles to get the water you need for your family?  Probably never, right?  Much of the world is not so lucky.  Millions of people travel long distances every day to get water, often using containers that once carried chemicals. Take a look.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an8Da5e4vk8  PackH2O, led by Kelsey Langsdale is ...

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Short-term loan act was smoke and mirrors

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Two weeks ago, the Ohio Supreme Court decided in Ohio Neighborhood Finance, Inc., v. Scott that lenders are not obligated to make payday loans under the Short-Term Loan Act, which restricted fees, and instead may lend under the Small Loan and Second Mortgage Acts, which permit significantly higher fees. The Short-Term Loan Act was passed for the supposed purpose of controlling payday loans, but not one loan has been made under the 2008 law.

The problem is, as the court concluded, ...

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Ohio death penalty task force got it right

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Two years ago, in response to questions about lack of uniformity in carrying out the death penalty, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor formed a task force to assess whether Ohio’s death penalty is being administered fairly. The task force recently announced its recommendations, and though it was a balanced group, some members criticized the task force for being “strongly influenced by a pro-defense majority bent on an agenda of abolition, not fairness.” The Dispatch criticized the task force ...

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Sex trafficking captures girls even from “nice homes”

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It is a criminal enterprise more profitable than the drug trade. Human trafficking targets and exploits primarily young girls, who are forced to engage in sex with strangers. It is modern day slavery, happening here in Ohio.

Traffickers prey on young girls, offering the things they need. It may be shelter or food—whatever it takes to win over the girl’s trust. Eventually, the trafficker gains the girl’s confidence and then exerts control, either through violence or by using drugs to purposefully ...

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