Ex-staff: Ohio charter school’s misconduct rampant
Written by By JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:22
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Board of Education expressed shock Tuesday at accounts of sex games, test tampering and other potentially criminal misdeeds at a Dayton charter school, and vowed to investigate.
At the state school board’s regular monthly meeting, four former teachers at one of 19 affiliated Concept Schools in the state, Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, testified to witnessing oral sex among sixth- through eighth-graders that went unreported to parents, achievement tests that were suspiciously handled and a teacher who called black students “monkeys” and “dogs.”
“Inside my blood is boiling,” board member Deborah Cain said after hearing the testimony. “It is almost incomprehensible.”
Stephen Rudnicki, who taught at the school from 2007 to 2013, said he was assigned to teach physical education, though the school had no gym, and said the school billed as a science academy had no functional science lab until 2012. Early on, it also went without computers and sometimes without food for student lunches, he said.
Northern Ohio city allows year round deer hunting
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:54
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a Lake Erie community in northern Ohio have voted to allow residents to kill deer year round with archery equipment in an attempt to cull the herd.
Thanks to an ordinance passed by city council Monday night, Avon Lake residents will be able to help manage the white-tailed deer populations with bows and arrows, as long as they get the proper paperwork from the city.
Ohio woman critical after rock dropped on car
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:14
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman was critically injured when a rock was deliberately dropped from a highway overpass onto the windshield of the family’s car in Pennsylvania.
Fifty-two-year-old Sharon Budd was struck in the face by the rock dropped onto Interstate 80 near Milton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. Four teens are charged with assault for dropping the 7- to 8-pound rock from an overpass.
Cincy streetcar project on track
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:16
CINCINNATI (AP) — One year after construction started, the downtown Cincinnati streetcar project is still on track.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1jtHBIR ) reports that the $133 million project is on time and on budget. It’s scheduled to open in September 2016.
The 3.6-mile streetcar line is designed to connect Cincinnati’s downtown and riverfront stadiums with the nearby Over-the-Rhine historic district’s trendy bars, restaurants and a popular farmers market.
Ohio bill aims to reduce repeat drunken driving
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:10
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More drunken driving offenders could be required to have devices installed on their vehicles to test their sobriety under an Ohio bill.

The proposal would require the ignition interlock devices for offenders if a judge grants them driving privileges during their license suspensions.

The devices require drivers to blow into a sensor. They would prevent vehicles from starting if a certain amount of alcohol is detected. The systems cost about $80 to $100, which the offender would pay.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 11:14
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