Ohio Time Warner customers to be sold after merger, BP pulls out of Utica Shale, the truth behind that New York Times' 'Verbatim' video: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including Northeast Ohio customers of Time Warner Cable to be sold to Charter Communications, BP to pull out of Utica Shale and the truth behind the New York Times' "Verbatim" video.

VERBATIM: Cleveland attorney David Marburger, the subject of a popular New York Times video in which comedians reenact a Ohio Supreme Court Case deposition said he's amused that the 2010 case is receiving notoriety again, but says the tone of the video is all wrong, according to The Plain Dealer. The New York Times first video in its "Verbatim" series, which will turn legal transcripts into dramatic and comedic videos by recreating them word-for-word, reenacts a 10-page deposition about the definition of a photocopying machine in the case of the Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office charging $2 for every document copied onto a CD for the public. The comedic result is a 7-minute long video in which "Marburger" becomes increasingly frustrated with a man portraying a nervous Lawrence Patterson, the acting Information Technology director for the Recorder's Office. The real Marburger said the opposite was true — Marburger was more bemused than angry and Patterson was neither nervous or intimidated. The video has been making the rounds on social media since it was posted April 27. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

BOIL ALERT: The boil alert for Austintown and Canfield townships that was announced Sunday has been lifted by the Youngstown Water Department, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. A back-up generator at the pump station kicked on and off six times in a four-hour period before a breaker was tripped and power was restored at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, but the city water department asked residents and businesses to use bottled water or boil their tap water as a precautionary measure. Testing revealed the water was safe and not contaminated. Click here to read more at vindy.com.

BP: BP announced this morning that it intends to pull out of the Utica Shale in Trumbull County due to disappointing well results and take a $521 million write-off, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. BP said it plans to sell the approximately 100,000 acres of land it leased in early 2012 in Trumbull County, where it has four active wells. BP said in its quarterly earnings report that the wells have had poor returns. Another major driller, Halcon, announced that it was suspending its drilling operations in the region in March. Click here to read more at vindy.com.

HOPKINS: Frequent travelers of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport can now apply for TSA Pre√, which allows flyers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts plus leave their laptop in its case and keep their 3-1-1 compliant bag in their carryon bag, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can enroll in the program by first completing an online form at www.TSA.gov/tsa-precheck and then making an appointment to verifying their identity and provide fingerprints at the application center across from carousel 8 in the baggage claim. The application center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

TIME WARNER CABLE:

Following the federal approval of the merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast, Northeast Ohio subscribers will be sold to Connecticut-based Charter Communications for about $7.3 billion, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. This move to sell 3.9 million customers from Comcast/Time Warner will put its national market share total under 30 percent of all subscribers, possibly to encourage federal approval. A spokesman from Charter said it will probably use existing equipment in Northeast Ohio and employees may only see a uniform change following the sale. Comcast and Time Warner are the two largest cable companies and Charter is the fourth-largest. Comcast and Time Warner are still awaiting federal approval of the merger. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

 

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