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Noon headlines: April 23, 2013: Ohio governor race, malpractice, soldier
FitzGerald vs. Kasich for Ohio governor, Supreme Court malpractice ruling, soldier's hearing, I-77 crash, Cleveland council change

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M.L. Schultze
Ed FitzGerald is expected to make his Democratic gubernatorial run official tomorrow.
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In The Region:
  • FitzGerald preps for gubernatorial announcement
  • Ohio Supreme Court: Doc's sympathy can't be used in malpractice suit
  • Hearing in capital murder case against Ohio soldier
  • Double-fatal closes I-77
  • Cleveland councilman to run counter to president's plans
  • FitzGerald preps for gubernatorial announcement
    Cuyahoga County’s executive, Ed FitzGerald, is expected to announce tomorrow he’s running for governor.

    FitzGerald plans to make announcements in Cleveland at 12:30, and then in Columbus. He’ll finish the day in Cincinnati.

    FitzGerald is a Democrat and a former FBI agent who took over Cuyahoga government in 2011. That was after federal indictments and the voters dissolved the corrupt three-commissioner form of government.

    FitzGerald would be taking on Gov. John Kasich, who’s expected to run for a second term. A Quinnipiac Poll last week showed Kasich ahead of FitzGerald 46-37 percent.  

    Ohio Supreme Court: Doc's sympathy can't be used in malpractice suit
    A unanimous Ohio Supreme Court says a doctor’s sympathy for a patient cannot be used in a malpractice suit against him.

    The case involves a Portage County doctor and a 2004 state law called the “apology statute.”

    Dr. Randall Smith removed the patient’s gall bladder in 2001. There were complications, and when the patient returned to the hospital a month later, the court says he tried to calm her by taking her hand and saying, “I take full responsibility for this. Everything will be OK.”

    She sued a year later; the case was voluntarily dismissed, then refiled. In between, the state passed the “medical apology statute,” which says sympathetic statements made by doctors cannot beadmitted into evidence in malpractice suits.  

    Hearing in capital murder case against Ohio soldier
    Another hearing is being held today in the case of an Ohio soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians.

    Robert Bales of the Cincinnati area is accused of killing mostly women and children during pre-dawn attacks on two villages in March of 2012. He faces premeditated murder and other charges. Defense lawyers for Bales and military prosecutors gathered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

    The Army is seeking the death penalty in the case. The U.S. military hasn't executed anyone since 1961.

    Double-fatal closes I-77
    Interstate 77 south of Cleveland was largely shut down this morning following a double-fatal crash at about 8 a.m.

    The crash happened near the exchange with State Route 82, when a car heading south crashed through a guardrail and into the northbound lanes.

    Cleveland councilman to run counter to president's plans
    Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson plans to run against one of the most loyal associates of Council President Martin Sweeney.

    The Plain Dealer says Johnson is announcing today he’ll run in November against freshman Councilman Eugene Miller for the new Ward 10 seat.

    Because of population loss, council is dropping from 19 wards to 17. And the new map Sweeney engineered angered some council members, who accused him of slicing up other wards to come up with one that would favor Miller. Johnson was expected to run against Kevin Conwell. But the paper says Johnson will have the backing of Conwell and Mike Polensek, whose wards abuts the 10th.

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