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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of writers and literary fans will gather in southwest Ohio for the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in early April.
The University of Dayton says the April 10-12 workshop sold out in 12 hours, with 350 writers from around the nation.
But there are other events that are free and open to the public. They include the writing competition results ceremony April 9, with entries from 853 writers. There also will be book-signings with author-columnist Lisa Scottoline and cartoonist Tom Batiuk, creator of "Funky Winkerbean."
Long-time talk show host Phil Donahue will give the opening keynote for the writers' workshop. Donahue was a neighbor of Bombeck, the late University of Dayton graduate known for her humorous writing.
The biennial workshop in her name was launched in 2000.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court says a man who was freed from prison after spending 21 years on Ohio's death row because of a botched prosecution can't pursue his lawsuit against the county prosecutor's office.
A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that Joe D'Ambrosio's lawsuit amounts to a failed attempt to hold Cuyahoga County accountable for the actions of individual prosecutors. The court said the lawsuit failed to establish that their actions were part of a larger pattern of corruption.
D'Ambrosio was imprisoned on a murder conviction in the 1988 death of a 19-year-old man. He was released in 2010 when a federal judge ruled prosecutors failed to provide evidence that could have exonerated him.
His lawyer said Thursday they would likely appeal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The union representing Ohio prison guards wants an extra 400 officers to combat what it calls a sharp increase in the number of serious assaults by inmates on staff.
The union says an upcoming state budget proposal of 83 officers at three individual prisons is not enough and will lead to more injuries and added workers' comp and overtime costs.
The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said Thursday the major assault rate has hit a 7-year high even as nearly 850 guard positions have been cut.
Guard Monica Meade said she was off work for three months last year after an inmate at Trumbull Correctional Institution punched her after threatening to throw her off a second-floor balcony.
A message was left with the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A sentencing date has been set for an Ohio pediatric doctor who has pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography.
Christopher Pelloski, former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program, faces up to 10 years in prison after his November guilty plea to a single count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography.
Columbus federal judge Algenon Marbley scheduled the May 2 sentencing date on Thursday.
A criminal complaint against Pelloski last summer said he acknowledged to investigators that he used his home desktop computer and a laptop belonging to Ohio State to download child pornography, including videos and photos.
Pelloski's lawyer has said Pelloski pleaded guilty to take responsibility for the crime.