People raise funds for child’s wheelchair

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A fundraising campaign is underway to buy a custom wheelchair for a 6-year-old girl with spina bifida after hers was stolen from in front of her family’s Cincinnati home.

Kindergartner Austyn Bloebaum’s wheelchair was stolen Thursday after her mother, Casey Hamilton, went back into their house to make a call because a bus with no wheelchair lift had arrived to take Austyn to school.

Hamilton said she and Austyn waited inside the house to stay warm until another bus arrived. They discovered a half-hour later that the chair with hot pink wheels had been stolen.

Hamilton said the wheelchair serves as Austyn’s legs and allows her to go school and other places.

A GoFundMe account has been established to raise $9,000 to pay for a new chair.

Prosecutors tracking Manafort’s edits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are revealing they know every word Paul Manafort changed in an opinion piece about his involvement in Ukrainian politics.

They said they tracked the changes the former Trump campaign chairman made as he edited the piece while under house arrest.

Prosecutors said the op-ed was part of a public effort Manafort was trying to orchestrate that would have violated a judge’s order to refrain from trying his case in the press.

Manafort’s attorneys argue that he had only edited the piece after receiving it from a former Ukrainian public official whom he knew through his consulting work in Ukraine.

They also said Manafort didn’t violate the judge’s order and was exercising his free speech rights to defend himself.