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Possible arson spree worries Dayton officials
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:26

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A possible arson spree causing thousands of dollars in property damage has Dayton officials concerned.

Fire officials say more than two dozen fires have hit Dayton's west side this year, mostly in vacant structures, causing upward of $138,000 in damage.

The Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1r1Z0pI ) that 18 of 26 fires structures involved vacant buildings and all of those have been ruled arson.

Assistant Dayton fire chief Michael Caudill says 11 fires happened within the past month, raising concerns that the numbers might grow with warmer weather.

Caudill says fire-setters sometimes have the mistaken belief that burning a vacant house can somehow improve the neighborhood.

He says it's often more expensive to fix a home that has burned.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Crosses displayed in Ohio village challenged
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on a tiny eastern Ohio village's municipal building.

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has challenged the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it's constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.

Mayor John Abdalla temporarily removed the crosses in January after the foundation threatened to sue, but he returned them to celebrate the Easter season. One is Latin, the other Eastern Orthodox.

Abdalla told the Steubenville Herald-Star that such seasonal displays were allowed. The mayor declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press, including saying whether the crosses still adorned the building's facade.

He told the newspaper he planned to remove them at the end of April. Easter is this Sunday.

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No school recommended for unvaccinated kids
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio officials are warning that children without mumps vaccinations might have to miss weeks of school if an outbreak of the illness hits classrooms.

More than 200 cases of the contagious viral illness, with more than 130 of those linked to Ohio State University, have been reported this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1ePHzDh ) that the health commissioners for Columbus and Franklin County wrote letters to schools encouraging vaccinations.

The letters also advise parents that unvaccinated students might have to stay home 25 days or longer if clusters of mumps cases begin showing up in schools.

Officials have urged residents of the region to make sure they've been inoculated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press ED WHITE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:49

DETROIT (AP) — Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.

The deals are tied to Detroit getting money from the state over 20 years, along with $466 million in private money, all to shore up pensions.

Retired police and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments. Other city retirees would see a 4.5 percent pension cut. The $816 million vanishes if retirees don't vote in favor in the weeks ahead.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger says deals reached Tuesday are important. But he tells The Associated Press that persuading lawmakers to approve the money soon is difficult because of anti-Detroit sentiment in the Legislature.

Republicans control the House and Senate.


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E.L. Doctorow to receive Library of Congress Prize
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:29

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist E.L. Doctorow will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made the announcement Wednesday.

Billington said each of Doctorow's books is a "vivid canvas" filled with "color and drama." He likens Doctorow to Charles Dickens.

Doctorow says novelists live with self-doubt. He says the honor confers "a blessed moment of peace and resolution."

Works from his five-decade career include "Ragtime," ''World's Fair," ''Billy Bathgate," ''The March" and his current book, "Andrew's Brain."

The Bronx-born novelist majored in philosophy at Kenyon College in Ohio.

The award will be presented Aug. 30 in Washington.

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Online:

http://eldoctorow.com/


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