Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.
Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week's planned protests.
Fells declined to specify what is in store for the protests in around 150 U.S. cities. But workers recently cited sit-ins as an example of tactics they could use to intensify their push.
The "Fight for $15" campaign is being backed by the Service Employees International Union.
The National Restaurant Association called the protests attempts by labor groups "to boost their dwindling membership."
BODY RECOVERED-OHIO LAKE
Victim identified after boat sinks at Ohio lake
LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died after a boat carrying nine people sank in a western Ohio lake.
A coroner says the victim was 22-year-old Joshua Keith of Bellefontaine.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket when it began sinking on Indian Lake just around midnight Sunday.
State watercraft officers say crews from area fire departments were able to pull the eight people from the water. The victim's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
ISLAND POLICE INVESTIGATION
Ohio island's police dept. under investigation
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff in northern Ohio and state investigators are looking into allegations of misconduct against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay.
The sheriff in Ottawa County says his office is investigating numerous complaints about police on South Bass Island.
Some of the complaints from island residents and business owners have been about what they say are heavy-handed tactics and unlawful arrests by police.
Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that he's confident his department has done nothing wrong.
He says he welcomes the investigation.
The Put-in-Bay police department has a small year-round staff, but hires a number of seasonal officers to deal with the busy summer tourist season.
COLLEGE PARTY DISTURBANCE
Bottles tossed at Ohio police at campus party
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Police say a rowdy crowd near the University of Akron threw bottles at officers while they tried to break up several big parties over the weekend.
Officers say they deployed tear gas and pepper spray just after midnight Sunday.
About a dozen people were arrested. One man was taken into custody after police say he threw a beer bottle and then kicked and dented a patrol cruiser.
Police were called to the area near University of Akron to shut down the parties that had drawn about 4,000 people.
Several cars were damaged during the disturbance.
STATE PARK-DAM REPAIR
Repairs start on state park dam in southwest Ohio
COLLEGE CORNER, Ohio (AP) - A $15 million renovation is underway on a dam at a state park in southwestern Ohio.
The repairs on the earthen dam and concrete spillway at Hueston Woods State Park are slated to be finished in December 2015.
The park's manager tells The Dayton Daily News that the spillway's concrete walls has surface cracks and that water pooling below the dam was seeping underneath the structure.
Manager Mark Lockhart calls the work a proactive step and says there is no danger of the dam failing.
He says workers could finish the project much more quickly if they had drained the lake at the park.
But he says that wasn't an option given that many of the estimated 2.5 million visitors a year use the lake.
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