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Dress-wearing Ohio judge sees peeping peril in court stairs


An Ohio judge who wears dresses has rendered a verdict on the airy staircase with glass steps at the new county courthouse: She plans to take the elevators.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch says the stairs at the building that opened Monday in Columbus have the potential to draw peeping from below. She tells The Columbus Dispatch people who wear dresses, skirts and kilts should know about the risk.

County Director of Public Facilities Management Jim Goodenow says there have been discussions about whether anything should be done about the situation. The newspaper reports that officials don’t want to alter the building’s artistic integrity. So for now, security guards have been instructed to watch for people craning their necks up at the stairway.

North Vegas candidate credits neighbor for win


Wade Wagner appears to have won a nail-biter of an election in Nevada, and he’s pretty sure one of his neighbors is to thank.

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s election show the 48-year-old dentist unseated North Las Vegas City Councilman Richard Cherchio by one vote; Wagner drew 1,831 votes to Cherchio’s 1,830.

Wagner tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal his neighbor’s vote put him over the top.

He says he was monitoring election results from home about 10 minutes before the polls closed when he saw the neighbor drive up. Wagner asked the neighbor if he had voted, and the man said no.

So at Wagner’s urging, the neighbor high-tailed it to the polls and cast his vote at 6:57 p.m. The polls closed at 7 p.m.

Wagner says winning the seat by a single vote was “unbelievable,” and that “every single vote does count.”

The 64-year-old Cherchio promises a recount.

Electric bike is a bike, not a car, Oregon man says


When Paul McClain had his driver’s license suspended for driving a car without insurance, the 41-year-old Oregon man started riding an electric bicycle instead.

But authorities say he can’t do that, either.

McClain, of Springfield, is fighting five tickets he received for driving with a suspended license while on his electricity-assisted bicycle. He told a Springfield Municipal Court judge Tuesday that an electric bike is just like a bike and he doesn’t need a license.

But police say it’s not a bike when he turns on the motor.

David House, a spokesman for Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, says it’s a gray area of the law, and the issue likely will end up in court.

The judge said he’ll announce his ruling after a separate trial in Lane Justice Court on a similar ticket.

Associated Press

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