According to a United Press International story, a prostitute who advertised her nude house-cleaning service in Cleveland's Scene newspaper was arrested along with her boyfriend for allegedly scamming $67,000 from a 75-year-old Amish customer. The woman and her boyfriend were charged with extortion, theft from an elderly person and burglary for threatening to distribute incriminating pictures of the man to his church community.

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Keith Rathbun has been the publisher of the Budget, a weekly newspaper for Amish and Mennonite readers, since he left the Cleveland Scene in 2000. Last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rathbun announced plans to launch an online version of the Budget. (Of course, the Budget's typical reader doesn't access the Internet, so the Web site will be designed for those doing research.) Rathbun said the Budget is "a lot like the old Scene. That was a special paper, and I had a great time. I was a music fan, but I wasn't a big nightclub guy. I would rather kick back in this kind of lifestyle. It's fun again to publish."

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