OH-MI-IN News
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:23

DETROIT (AP) — The omission in the federal budget for funding specifically for a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay efforts to build a commuter bridge connecting Detroit with Canada, state officials say.

Land acquisition for the New International Trade Crossing could start this summer on the U.S. side of the Detroit River, with bridge construction scheduled to begin in 2016. The project would be completed in 2020.

The span would compete for the lucrative cross-border toll revenues in Detroit and Windsor, Ont., mainly being captured by the privately owned Ambassador Bridge.

"This infrastructure project is of utmost economic significance to both Michigan and the entire U.S. and our largest trading partner, Canada," said Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports the project.

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Historians seek revival of studying the Midwest
Written by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:19

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A quick glance of the history departments of universities in the Midwest will reveal courses of study ranging from the American South to Asian, European and African cultures — even gender and race.

What you're not likely to find is a course on Midwest history.

"I think parents in the Midwest would be shocked to know that they're paying all of this money for a college education, and their children are learning almost nothing about their own Midwestern roots," said Jon Lauck, author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."

Historians have delved into topics such as race relations in the South over the past 50 years, but the industrialization of agriculture and Native American relations have received comparatively little coverage, he said, leading to a dearth of an overall Midwest historical account over the past 50 years.

Lauck and his fellow historians in the Midwestern History Working Group believe the region's contemporary history needs to be catalogued. To that end, the coalition is launching a new online academic journal of Midwest history next month and a new Midwest history association this fall — the first in decades with that sole focus.

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Man whose family fled Iraq an Ohio student leader
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:17

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A young man whose family left the violent turmoil of Iraq has become a campus leader at a southwest Ohio college with a fast-growing international student population.

Fady Al-Banna, a 23-year-old senior, is the director of international affairs for student government at Wright State University. He is also on a dean of students advisory board.

New international students at Wright State increased by 42 percent last fall to 1,477, the school says.

Al-Banna said he enjoys the diversity of Wright State and appreciates the efforts to recruit students from other countries.

"That's beautiful," he said.

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NE Ohio district bans substitute teacher
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:18

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school district says it won't use a man as a substitute teacher again after he allegedly spanked two young students.

The Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown (http://bit.ly/1cEE07v ) reports that a 63-year-old McDonald, Ohio, man is accused of spanking an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl during a gym class on Tuesday. John E. Jerome pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge and was released on his own recognizance.

Warren schools says he has been certified to work as a substitute teacher since the 2010-'11 school year, but that he will not be called again.

The school district says spanking or hitting by a school employee isn't allowed.


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Six U of Akron fraternity men plead not guilty to hazing
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:36

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Six fraternity members at a university in Ohio have pleaded not guilty to hazing charges.

The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard that he bled through his pants.

All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.

Police at the University of Akron say a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles.

A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity's pledge process.

Officials at the university say they've shut down the fraternity while the national leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity say they will help authorities bring justice to anyone who may have violated the law.


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