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Toledo Legal News - News Ohio Long-Term Care Ombudsman among 25 experts chosen for national commission to assess nursing home response to COVID-19 public health emergency


Beverley Laubert, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Ohio, was among 25 experts and advocates selected to serve on the national, independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. The commission will review and help inform current and future responses to COVID-19 and potential infectious disease outbreaks within nursing homes.

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ODNR offers $500k in grants to improve boating access in 2021

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is offering $500,000 in grants to improve boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities across the state. Applicants may request up to $75,000 for a single project during the grant period.

Date Published: January 25, 2021

Cybersecurity stewardship during trying times

(BPT) Cybercrimes skyrocketed in 2020 - Barracuda Networks reported in March that COVID-19-themed spear phishing emails skyrocketed 667% between March 1 and 23. As fraudsters seek to take advantage, Schwab reaffirms our commitment to our clients to keep their data safe and secure.

Date Published: January 22, 2021

Ohio’s muzzleloader season results

Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters completed the 2021 muzzleloader season with 9,708 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 2 to Tuesday, Jan. 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, an average of 12,695 deer were taken during the same four-day period.

Date Published: January 22, 2021

5 do's and don'ts of fire safety

(BPT) A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds, and a small flame can turn into a major fire rapidly. With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to be ready before disaster strikes. To ensure your family is prepared for the unexpected, make sure you know these five fire safety do's and don'ts from First Alert:

Date Published: January 21, 2021

Doctor’s revised will written on index card rejected

A companion to a deceased sleep clinic founder cannot inherit one-fourth of his estate based on a revised will the psychologist wrote on an index card nearly 40 years after creating a formal will, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

ODNR focused on upgrades with passage of Capital Appropriations Bill

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) welcomes visitors every day to state parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Passage of the Capital Appropriations Bill (SB 310) provides the resources necessary for ODNR to manage and maintain those properties for enjoyment by future generations.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

Philanthropy Ohio and Ohio Department of Education announce round 2 grants from The Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools

Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education have recently announced grants awarded to 29 projects, totaling just over $2.6 million and benefitting approximately 107,516 students across Ohio, through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (the Collaborative Fund) in a second round of funding. In the first round of the grant competition, the Collaborative Fund funded 28 projects totaling $3.1 million and reaching more than 788,000 students. This public-private partnership aims to help schools and districts improve remote education practices and outcomes and to use remote education as a catalyst for re-imagining and re-engineering the delivery of high-quality caring, teaching and learning opportunities for Ohio’s most underserved students.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

ABA reports law school enrollment for 2020 remains stable

The number of students at American Bar Association-approved law schools remained steady this fall compared to a year ago, another sign of enrollment stability despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date Published: January 20, 2021

DOJ files statement of interest urging transparency in the compensation of asbestos claims

The Department of Justice recently filed a Statement of Interest in In re Bestwall LLC in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. In this bankruptcy case, the debtor Bestwall LLC seeks to establish a trust to resolve its asbestos liabilities pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 524(g), a provision in the Bankruptcy Code that provides the framework for responding to the unique issues associated with asbestos liability.

Date Published: January 20, 2021

Top tips for organized tax filing

(StatePoint) 2020 was a particularly stressful year -- but filing its taxes doesn’t need to be. With the following tips, you can stay organized and cool-headed throughout the process.

Date Published: January 20, 2021

Keep your home network secure with these simple steps

(StatePoint) Working and learning from home is the new norm for millions of American families. They’re engaged in a daily juggling act, making sure everyone has the bandwidth and privacy to complete their work, whether it’s the latest algebra assignment or the monthly all-staff meeting. Add in streaming services, online shopping and an assortment of other digital activities and it’s easy to see why cybersecurity might become an afterthought.

Date Published: January 19, 2021

Man with history of violence sentenced to 27 months imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a person with a domestic violence conviction

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced recently that Matthew Paul Slatzer, age 36, of Canton, Ohio, was sentenced by Judge Donald C. Nugent to 27 months imprisonment, the maximum possible sentence allowable within the federal sentencing guidelines. Slatzer previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person with domestic violence conviction.

Date Published: January 19, 2021