- - Tuesday, July 3, 2012

COLUMBUS — An anti-abortion group in Ohio fell short Tuesday in its attempt to gather enough signatures to change the state constitution to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.

Backers of the proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio and elsewhere hope to spark a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave women a legal right to abortion.

The group had only collected about 30,000 of the roughly 385,000 signatures required for November ballots, Patrick Johnston, the director of Personhood Ohio, said Tuesday.

Donations enable burial for baby found in freezer

TOLEDO — A newborn found dead in an apartment freezer in northwest Ohio is being honored at a public burial service made possible by donations.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reported a man offered a burial plot that his family had in a memorial park after hearing about the homicide. Thomas Griesinger of Delta says he thought the newborn deserved a burial “in a dignified place.”

A funeral home, a flower shop and the memorial park donated services for the Tuesday burial.

A coroner has said the boy was born alive and was strangled and dunked in water. A landlord found the body in April while cleaning out a rental property in Toledo.

The child’s parents have been charged in his death. The newspaper says his maternal grandmother named the boy Alex.

FLORIDA

Doctor wanted Zimmerman see specialist after shooting

ORLANDO — A newly released medical report in the Trayvon Martin case says George Zimmerman had scalp wounds, black eyes and a broken nose from their altercation the night he fatally shot the Florida teenager.

The report was posted online Monday by Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney as part of his effort to get the former neighborhood-watch volunteer released from jail while he awaits trial.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester is expected to decide Thursday whether to release Mr. Zimmerman on bond.

TEXAS

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