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Published: Sun, July 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Ohio Superman license plates will be available in October

CLEVELAND

Ohioans will soon have a chance to buy a Superman license plate honoring the comic superhero created by two Northeast Ohio teenagers in the 1930s.

The license plate with the iconic Superman “S” insignia and the words, “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” will be available in early October, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported.

State Rep. Bill Patmon got language authorizing the license plate included in Ohio’s recently passed $62 billion, two-year state budget — after his earlier attempts to get the plate approved were delayed.

“Now, Clark Kent is out of his phone booth,” the Cleveland Democrat said, referring to Superman’s alias.

The comic superhero was dreamed up by teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster while they were attending Glenville High School during the Great Depression, but it took more than five years to get the comic featuring Superman’s first appearance published.

The plate will cost $20 in addition to the typical registration fee of $34.50 plus local taxes. Ohioans wanting to replace existing plates with the Superman plate will pay $20 plus an $11.75 plate replacement fee and a $4.50 replacement sticker fee. A portion of the $20 will go to the Siegel and Shuster Society.

People from other states will not be able to buy a commemorative version of the plate, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Beyonce gains stepmother as father gets married

NEW YORK

Beyonce has a stepmother.

Her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, got married last Sunday. His representative told The Associated Press on Friday that he has wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas. They had been engaged for a year and a half.

The 48-year-old Avery is a real- estate agent. The 61-year-old Knowles guided his daughter to superstardom with the group Destiny’s Child and later in her solo career; she released her father as her manager in 2011.

Knowles and Beyonce’s mother, Tina, divorced in 2011 after 31 years of marriage and two children — Beyonce and her sister, fellow singer Solange.

Associated Press


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