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Long same-sex couples studied PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:29
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Esther Rothblum from San Diego State University speaking at a BGSU conference on Analyzing Same-Sex Couples. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The numbers change almost monthly.
At last count, gay marriage is now legal in 17 states, plus Colorado has civil unions, and Michigan's ban on gay marriage is currently being challenged before the state's Supreme Court.
Sociologists and others experience unique challenges when doing same-sex couples research, as indeed so many are now doing.
First off, there's the difficulty of defining who is a lesbian, gay or bisexual; and then deciding how to define a couple, says Dr. Esther Rothblum, professor of women's studies at San Diego State University.
She spoke on "Challenges and Opportunities in Studying the Longest 'Legal' Same-Sex Couples in North America" during the BGSU Center for Family and Demographic Research annual symposium on Wednesday in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
"Sexual orientation" is not the same from one couple to the next, or even from one gay or lesbian couple to the next.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:24
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Teachers in BG get pay hikes PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:40
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Bowling Green teachers have a three-year contract  including a pay increase because of the increasing health of the district's finances.
The district's 198 teachers will receive a salary boost of 2.25 percent for each of the three years of the contract, though they will not get step increases.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the deal with the Bowling Green Education Association on Wednesday.
The agreement will run from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
The current one-year contract expires June 30. The deal was reached in one day.
"We're happy that both sides reached an agreement pretty quickly," said board President Steve Cernkovich.
Superintendent Ann McVey called it "a focused collaborative discussion with the financial well being of the district in mind."
Jeff Nichols, union president, said it was "a very long day" but that much of the language had been negotiated during last year's talks.
Longevity increases were not part of the deal, according to Treasurer Rhonda Melchi.
"Because the teachers are not getting step increases, the 2.25 percent somewhat compensates for that but not completely," she said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:29
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Business gets back overpaid taxes PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:09
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Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa (left) speaking with Pericles Paputsakis, owner of Cosmos II Family Restaurant, before giving Paputsakis a tax refund check due to an overpayment of business taxes made a few years ago. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For more than two years, Pericles "Pete" Paputsakis didn't know he made a $2,000 mistake.
By overpaying his sales taxes and not knowing of the error, Paputsakis risked losing that money. Fortunately, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa disagreed with a former practice that required business to request their money back. Otherwise, it went into state coffers after four years.
Testa made the rounds to a few Northwest Ohio businesses Wednesday, handing out checks for some of the $30 million that the state has collected in overpayments in the past few years alone. He made additional stops in Findlay and Toledo.
Paputsakis received $2,172.61, which includes interest. He said he plans to put the money back into his business, Cosmos II, the Bowling Green restaurant on South Main Street.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:30
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Perrysburg couple partners for BGSU’s Literacy in Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:35
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Joe and Judith Conda pose with some of the books written by authors who have been featured at BGSU’s Literacy in the Park. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Judith and Joe Conda lavish their time, talent and treasure on dozens of organizations - they call them jewels - around the area.
Bowling Green State University could be the crown jewel, in the Perrysburg couple's opinion.
The Condas have set up scholarships, serve on boards there and are the main sponsors of Literacy in the Park, which is in its 10th year.
Their partnership with BGSU started a few years after they moved to the area when Joe Conda took a job with Owens-Illinois.
"We came in 1988. In 1993, my mother moved here with my sister, who was developmentally handicapped," Judith Conda said. "I became very involved with Wood Lane."
As they got to know the Wood Lane staff, the Condas kept seeing a common thread: Almost all of them were BGSU graduates, interns or students.
They established a scholarship for Wood Lane staff members who were also BGSU students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:26
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