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Teen finishes 40-mile walk while carrying brother
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 20:17
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Braden Gandees, 7, rides on his brother Hunter’s, 14, shoulders as they close in on the final miles to the University of Michigan Bahna Wrestler Center on Sunday. Hunter carried Braden, who has cerebral palsy, 40 miles from Bedford, Mich. to Ann Arbor. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Chris Asadian)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teenager who wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy by walking 40 miles with his younger brother strapped to his back battled heat, rain, fatigue and more to finish the trek Sunday.

Hunter Gandee, 14, had been planning for weeks to pull off the walk, hoping to put a face on the muscular disorder that prevents his 7-year-old sibling, Braden, from being able to walk without help. But all his organizing couldn't prepare him for the conditions he faced as he packed the 50-pound boy over two days.

He even thought about giving up along the way.

"Honestly, yes, there was a point that we did consider stopping," Hunter said. "Braden's legs — the chafing was getting pretty bad. We did have to consider stopping. It was at about the 30-mile point."

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 09:17
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Michigan teen begins 40-mile trek carrying brother
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 13:20

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A 14-year-old Michigan boy set out on a 40-mile trek on Saturday with his 7-year-old brother strapped to his back, hoping to raise awareness about the muscular condition that prevents the younger boy from being able to walk without help.

Hunter Gandee, with 50-pound Braden securely strapped to his back, left shortly after 8 a.m. from the parking lot of Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, which is near the Ohio border. They hoped to arrive Sunday at their destination, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Surrounding the Gandees were dozens of family, friends and community members, many of whom released balloons into the sky as the walk commenced.

Called the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, the trek's goal is to raise awareness for the muscle disorder that afflicts Braden and to grab the attention of the next generation of leaders, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs and show them the face of cerebral palsy and the need for new ideas in mobility aides and medical procedures.

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Ohio State officials approve freezing tuition
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The board of trustees for Ohio State University has decided to freeze tuition for the second straight year.
The university said Friday that trustees also supported a freeze on mandatory fees.
The approved resolution holds tuition for the 2014-15 school year. That means undergraduate students will pay about $10,037 a year — the same amount charged to those students this past school year.
Tuition for out-of-state students will rise by 5 percent. So undergraduate students from outside Ohio would pay about $26,537 in tuition.
Housing costs may increase. The room-and-board fee will rise by up to 4.3 percent, meaning students will pay $9,800 to $11,500 for a housing plan.
Tuition for in-state students on regional campuses remains at $7,140 for undergraduates and $11,496 for graduate students.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The board of trustees for Ohio State University has decided to freeze tuition for the second straight year.
The university said Friday that trustees also supported a freeze on mandatory fees.
The approved resolution holds tuition for the 2014-15 school year. That means undergraduate students will pay about $10,037 a year — the same amount charged to those students this past school year.
Tuition for out-of-state students will rise by 5 percent. So undergraduate students from outside Ohio would pay about $26,537 in tuition.
Housing costs may increase. The room-and-board fee will rise by up to 4.3 percent, meaning students will pay $9,800 to $11,500 for a housing plan.
Tuition for in-state students on regional campuses remains at $7,140 for undergraduates and $11,496 for graduate students.
 
APNewsBreak: Top aide to Lt. Gov. Taylor resigns
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:57
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The top aide to Ohio’s lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were found in her timesheets, a spokesman for the office said Friday.
Laura Johnson, who had served as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff since 2011, stepped down Thursday at Taylor’s request, said Taylor’s spokesman Chris Brock. Johnson’s administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, also resigned.
The matter has been referred to the Ohio inspector general and State Highway Patrol to review.
Brock said Taylor’s office discovered Johnson’s timesheet irregularities several weeks ago while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for payroll records, timesheets and parking logs.
Records showed the two women’s reported working hours and their parking garage and building entry logs do not match, according to Taylor’s office. There were also days when both women reported work hours either before entering or after leaving the state parking garage.
For example, Johnson reported working 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22 but according to parking and building logs, she got to work at 9:45 a.m. and left at 3:20 p.m. Brandt’s Jan. 14 timesheet recorded her working from 8:20 a.m. to 6:05 p.m., but logs indicated she entered state premises at 11:15 a.m. and left at 4:15 p.m.
In a memo to investigators, Taylor said the hours the women’s cars were recorded as being in the office’s parking garage was “significantly less” than the hours they said they had worked in a four-month time period.
Johnson did not immediately respond to messages sent to her Facebook page. A phone number for her was not immediately available.
Johnson had been given some flexibility to work from home when needed after she had a baby in 2011, Brock said, but Taylor said in a statement that the pattern of discrepancies was disappointing.
“As a working mom, I know it’s hard to juggle both family and a job so I’ve tried to be supportive of my own staff as they juggle those demands,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, the flexibility I’ve tried to show the chief of staff of my personal office hasn’t been appropriately respected and the workings of the office have suffered.”
She told the patrol and inspector general that the women claimed more hours working away from the office than she anticipated in the period that covered Jan. 1 to April 29 of this year. She said in the memo that both were given “some flexibility” due to personal issues each was experiencing. The memo did not identify the issues.
Brandt said in her resignation letter that she was stepping down “due to an unhealthy hostile work environment.” But Brock said he was not sure what Brandt had meant.
No one answered a phone number listed for Brandt, and a message sent to a non-state email address listed on her resignation letter was not immediately returned.
Taylor, a former Ohio auditor and state lawmaker from suburban Akron, has served as lieutenant governor since 2011. She and Gov. John Kasich are running for re-election this fall.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The top aide to Ohio’s lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were found in her timesheets, a spokesman for the office said Friday.
Laura Johnson, who had served as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff since 2011, stepped down Thursday at Taylor’s request, said Taylor’s spokesman Chris Brock. Johnson’s administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, also resigned.
The matter has been referred to the Ohio inspector general and State Highway Patrol to review.
Brock said Taylor’s office discovered Johnson’s timesheet irregularities several weeks ago while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for payroll records, timesheets and parking logs.
Records showed the two women’s reported working hours and their parking garage and building entry logs do not match, according to Taylor’s office. There were also days when both women reported work hours either before entering or after leaving the state parking garage.
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Columbus submits 2016 Democratic convention bid
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:55
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus has submitted its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ohio’s capital touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and convention center in an application submitted Friday.
The effort comes two months after Columbus was knocked out of the running for the 2016 Republican Convention, which still could go to Cleveland.
Cleveland is also trying to woo Democrats. A tourism bureau spokesman tells media outlets the city has submitted its formal bid.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says has done significant work to prepare for hosting a political convention. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.
Columbus Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was among the bid’s backers, calling Columbus “a progressive beacon” in the battleground state.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus has submitted its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ohio’s capital touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and convention center in an application submitted Friday.
The effort comes two months after Columbus was knocked out of the running for the 2016 Republican Convention, which still could go to Cleveland.
Cleveland is also trying to woo Democrats. A tourism bureau spokesman tells media outlets the city has submitted its formal bid.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says has done significant work to prepare for hosting a political convention. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.
Columbus Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was among the bid’s backers, calling Columbus “a progressive beacon” in the battleground state.
 
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