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“Neither Mr. Moroun nor Mr. Stamper had received a notice that they individually could be facing consequences,” Mr. Mogill said. “It’s not enough that a company has been found in contempt. The law is so clear.”

The bridge company also must pay $7,500, the maximum under state law for civil contempt, and the state’s legal fees.

OHIO

Panel sticks to ‘White Only’ pool sign ruling

COLUMBUS | A state panel on Thursday upheld its decision that a Cincinnati landlord, who claimed a black girl’s hair products clouded an apartment complex’s swimming pool, discriminated against the child by posting a “White Only” sign poolside.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission voted 4-0 against reconsidering its finding from last fall. There was no discussion.

The group found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein, who is white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents.

The parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out of the duplex in the racially diverse city to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a release announcing its finding.

An investigation revealed that Mr. Hein in May posted on the gated entrance to the pool an iron sign that stated “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,” the commission statement said.

Several witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord indicated that she posted it because the girl used chemicals in her hair that would make the pool “cloudy,” according to the commission.

FLORIDA

Principal faces charges stemming from hypnosis

NORTH PORT | A Florida high school principal accused of using of hypnosis on students entered a written plea of not guilty to two misdemeanor charges on Thursday.

George Kenney, 52, was charged earlier this week with two counts of unlawful practice of hypnosis.

Officials say Mr. Kenney hypnotized two North Port High students before the two, independently of one another, committed suicide last year. Officials say Mr. Kenney had been warned by his boss to stop using such one-on-one hypnosis with students.

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