December 20, 2014

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Many charter schools funded better than public schools, website shows

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The Ohio Charter School Accountability Project, a joint venture of the Ohio Education Association teachers’ union and Innovation Ohio, released figures of the study on the website knowyourcharter.com. It provides the number of students enrolled in charter schools in every district in Ohio, as well as the grades associated with those charter schools and funding Read More…

Oberlin College students denied request to suspend grades over protests

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OBERLIN — Oberlin College students who sought to have their grades suspended because they’ve been protesting police brutality on and off campus will not get their wish. College President Marvin Krislov on Sunday issued a letter denying the students’ request. Last week, a group of Oberlin students presented a petition signed by 1,300 of their Read More…

Vehicle license fee proposed to pay for North Ridgeville road projects

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — When voters rejected an $8 million bond issue in May that would have paid the city’s portion of the $67 million widening and improvement project for Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads, city officials said they would pursue other avenues to fund the work. Voters turned down the bond issue by 143 votes in Read More…

Lorain seeks new health commissioner

LORAIN — The Lorain City Health Department is seeking a new health commissioner. Kathy Boylan, Elyria health commissioner, served as Lorain’s commissioner in addition to her Elyria duties from 2011 until Dec. 1. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Boylan left because the Elyria and Lorain health departments couldn’t reach a written agreement specifying Boylan’s duties and Read More…

Lorain National Bank merging, changing name

LORAIN — Other than a name change and new color scheme, longtime customers of Lorain National Bank shouldn’t notice anything different about their banking experiences as the result of a merger with a Pennsylvania-based banking company. Lorain National is being acquired by Northwest Bancshares Inc., which operates 164 banking offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio Read More…

Elyria officials react to Mayor Brinda’s proposed cuts

ELYRIA — The city will need to reduce its 2015 budget by another $400,000 on top of the nearly $1.9 million in cuts proposed by Mayor Holly Brinda on Monday. Brinda on Tuesday declined to discuss how the city will arrive at those additional reductions, other than through concessions by the city’s firefighters’ union in Read More…

UPDATED: Driver charged after crashing into Elyria house

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ELYRIA — After a car carrying a man and a woman went off the road and into a house Tuesday, witnesses saw a woman get out of the car and yell that the man was trying to kill them. Around noon Tuesday, Jeffrey Thomas, 36, of Cleveland, was driving a Chevy Impala northbound on East Read More…

Health agency confirms flu death in southern Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — A wave of flu illnesses has forced some Ohio schools to shut down over the past week — and one even asked parents if they could volunteer and to help disinfect the school while students were kept home. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the first flu-related pediatric death of the flu Read More…

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Read More…

Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day appears on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hallof Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock ’n’ roll, Read More…