AU’s president’s house to get update
Akron — The University of Akron plans to spend about $375,000 to renovate its presidential home for the school’s new leader.
The Akron Beacon Journal reportt hat it will be the first major update to the French country home since the university bought it in 1999 for $850,000.
Scott Scarborough started his presidency this month. He’s required to live in university-provided housing.
School officials say the president is the university’s public face and renovations to the 7,600-square-foot home are appropriate.
The school will knock down a wall between two rooms on the home’s second floor to make a master suite with a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom.
Scarborough is expected to move into the house later this year with his wife, 6-year-old daughter and his wife’s parents.
— Associated Press

Tavern to reopen
after owner slain
Cleveland Heights — A popular suburban Cleveland restaurant will reopen this week with a limited menu after the slaying of its owner.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Brennan’s Colony will reopen July 22 for drinks only, but customers can bring in food from area restaurants. The tavern’s kitchen is expected to reopen July 25 with a limited menu.
The announcement comes about three weeks after the tavern’s owner was shot during an attempted robbery at his establishment. Police say 61-year-old Jim Brennan died at a hospital following the June 30 shooting.
Two sets of brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the shooting. Authorities say one of the men had worked for Mr. Brennan for about a month.
— Associated Press

Dimora goes to
U.S. Supreme Court
to ask for new trial
Cleveland — An attorney for a former Cuyahoga  County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, who was convicted in a public corruption case says they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his request for a new trial.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati previously upheld former Dimora’s 2012 conviction and 28-year sentence. His appeals attorney, Christian Grostic, argues that the trial judge wrongly denied their attempt to present Dimora’s ethics disclosure forms as evidence that could show that alleged bribes were gifts he had disclosed.
— Associated Press

Four students robbed at gunpoint
Cleveland — A school spokesman says four Case Western Reserve University students were robbed at gunpoint while on campus this weekend.
University spokesman William Lubinger tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group that the students were studying in the Wade Commons university building on July 19, when three men wearing red bandanas demanded their belongings.
Lubinger said the suspects carried a silver handgun and had hoodies tied to their faces.
The university says in a statement it was “appalled” that the incident could take place inside one of its buildings. The school said it would find additional ways to improve safety.
The students’ belongings were found in a nearby, off-campus home. Police had made no arrests at presstime.
— Associated Press

Couple survives car plunging off cliff
Cleveland — An Ohio couple whose car plunged 70 feet off a cliff survived the fall after a daring rescue around 3:30 a.m. July 20 in Painesville Township.
The driver, Michael Brownwell, 26, freed himself after the wreck and climbed up the cliff to get help.
Brownwell’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Ashley Cusick, was trapped inside the car, and firefighters had to hoist her up the steep embankment.
Brownwell was treated and released from a hospital. Cusick is still undergoing treatment.
Deputies say that alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash and that charges should be filed this week.
— Associated Press