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About ten years ago Lynne Truss published a book called "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation." The book was a smash hit, a best-seller, and ever since then I have wanted to interview her. I thought it would probably never happen. But I never gave up and suddenly I heard that she had a new book out and that she was actually on tour in the US. This was a rare opportunity because her books always come out in the United Kingdom but they don't always find US publishers. And she hardly ever tours the US. I could not pass this chance up.

The DAI is offering a look back at the World Wars this summer, with the special exhibitions Call to Duty: World War Posters, and Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered, Photographs by Jane Alden Stevens. It features more than 80 original war posters from World War I and World War II and some huge photographs. This is opening tomorrow on The Fourth of July.

Fireworks could cause problems for some veterans this weekend.
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Many will be celebrating America’s independence and the veterans who fought for it this holiday weekend. But some Ohioans might also do something that causes those same veterans a great deal of grief.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The first piece of legislation related to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry is making the rounds at the Ohio Statehouse.

It’s called the “Pastor Protection Act,” to ensure that clergy members aren’t forced to perform ceremonies that go against their religious beliefs. Sponsoring State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) says it will help supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage get along.

Help Is On The Way To Fight Algae Blooms In Lake Erie

Jul 3, 2015
Karen Schaefer

After June's record-breaking rain, communities in western Lake Erie are bracing for another bad year for algae blooms. But help is on the way. A new federally-funded, tri-state initiative to help farmers reduce fertilizer run-off is ready to take the battle against algae to a new level.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Notabene."

Steve Berry's novels tend to be complex puzzles. His latest thriller in his Cotton Malone series is based upon Berry's research into the 16th Amendment. Are you familiar with that piece of legislation? Our national income tax system is the direct result of it. For it to have become a law it had to be ratified by a certain of states. So of course that happened, right? This book might plant some doubts in your mind about those long ago ratifications, were they enacted properly? That is merely one thread in this complicated story. The action is fast-paced, violent, and confusing.

Cleveland Begins Process Of Selecting Community Police Commission

Jul 2, 2015

More than 100 people are vying for a spot on the panel that will select members of Cleveland’s new Community Police Commission. The list of potential candidates submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office includes judges, social activists, religious leaders, lawyers and professors.

Jerry Kenney

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is using new technology to help stray pets find their way back to their families.

On any given day there can be as many as 200 cats and dogs housed at the Animal Resource Center (ARC), and more than 10,000 animals can come through their doors in a year. Director Mark Kumpf says the numbers of animals they're housing are low right now but that’s about to change.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Department of Education has selected a new standardized test for next year to replace the exam known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is the exam tied to the Common Core standards, and it was first put into use in Ohio during the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the assessment.

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