November 23, 2014

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Oberlin to host 1st Indian classic music festival

OBERLIN — The city will be transformed into a scene from South India today during Oberlin College’s first Thyagaraja (thyah-guh-rah-jah) Festival. A similar festival has been, and continues to be, held on the campus of Cleveland State University for 37 years, growing to become the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India, according to Read More…

Lundy wants end to private food service contract with state prisons

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State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, has called for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to end its contract with the state’s privately run prison food service staffing company, Aramark Correctional Services. His request follows a February report in which the DRC indicated that Aramark failed to provide adequate staffing and meet sanitary regulations and Read More…

Labor teams up for candidates’ night

ELYRIA — Lorain County organized labor will hold its first joint candidates’ night. The event, sponsored by the Lorain County AFL-CIO and the Lorain County United Auto Workers CAP Council, is 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 30 at Lorain County College Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road. Lorain County AFL-CIO President Harry Williamson said Read More…

Oberlin professor files defamation lawsuit against colleague

OBERLIN — An Oberlin College professor who was accused of plotting to kill a colleague has sued another professor for defamation. The professor, Ali Yedes, filed a lawsuit in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday against colleague Samir Amin Abdellatif, suing him for defamation and emotional distress that he said he has faced Read More…

JVS carpentry lab air quality tests come back clean

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OBERLIN — Lorain County Joint Vocational School officials are pleased that two carpentry lab air quality and particulate tests showed no concerns. The tests, completed March 17 and 18 by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Safex Inc., indicated that the individuals tested for wood dust did not exceed the permissible exposure limit set by Read More…

Students’ photo project aims to put bullying in perspective

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OBERLIN — “Fat.” “Ugly.” “Stupid.” Those are words that Oberlin and Wellington students have been called or have used to describe a classmate. Langston Middle School student Tali Brown said she has heard those words used to describe a classmate, but it wasn’t until she participated in the “This is me” project through Common Ground’s Read More…

Oberlin schools participating in conservation competition

Prospect Elementary School Principal Jim Eibel and fourth-graders view the school’s Environmental Dashboard, used to track water and energy usage in the building.

OBERLIN — A city that takes pride in lowering its carbon footprint is instilling the importance of cutting back energy usage to its youngest residents. On Friday, Oberlin Schools kicked off its first “Ecolympics,” a two-week competition to challenge students, faculty and staff to reduce their electricity use. Students in each school building will compete Read More…

Porn star Ron Jeremy speaks in Oberlin

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OBERLIN — Ron Jeremy, whose claim to fame is having sex with as many as 4,000 women on camera, may not have been an obvious choice for an Oberlin College speaker. But he was the perfect person to discuss the laws surrounding the adult film industry, said Taylor Reiners, president of the Oberlin College Republicans Read More…

Muslim advocacy group calls for investigation by Oberlin College into lecturer’s ‘bigotry’

OBERLIN — The Cleveland chapter of the Council on America-Islamic Relations is asking Oberlin College to investigate a lecturer in the Arabic Language Department whom they say openly promotes “anti-Muslim bigotry and crude stereotypes of Muslims in his writings on campus.” CAIR-Cleveland said lecturer Samir Amin Abdellatif is the publisher of a 290-page tract that Read More…

Oberlin seeks state grant to replace garbage trucks destroyed in fire

Oberlin firefighters battle a fire at a maintenance garage Saturday. COURTESY OF CITY OF OBERLIN

OBERLIN — The city of Oberlin has asked for state help to replace garbage and recycling trucks that were destroyed during a February fire at the city’s Public Works Complex. The city, with the help of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, has applied for a $200,000 community grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Read More…