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Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem, "Mariposa."

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who stabbed a 7-year-old girl on an Ohio school playground, leaving her seriously hurt.

A former bank manager who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5 million from a suburban bank branch she managed in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
 
Amy Scarpelli was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Dayton.
 
Prosecutors have said the former manager of a U.S. Bank branch in Miamisburg used the money for gambling, sporty cars and motorcycles.
 

There are estimates that say one out of 3 adjunct teachers across the country are living in poverty, and the summer months, when most students are on break, are especially tough.

To counter that seasonal economic downturn, 14 Dayton artists are hosting a one-night-only, pop-up art event called Feed the Adjuncts. 

In the following interview from WYSO Weekend, artist and adjunct teacher, Colleen Kelsey, paints a picture of the local landscape for part-time teachers which includes a look at some of the financial challenges adjuncts face. 

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Cleveland City Council is introducing legislation to set the minimum wage at $15. Throughout the state and the country, there are repeated calls for increasing the minimum wage.

Democratic State Representative Kent Smith wants to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, giving more than a million Ohioans a raise.

“And 2.1 billion would get circulated in the Ohio economy.”

But John Barker, the head of the Ohio Restaurant Association, says many of his members already pay above the $8.10 state minimum wage but going higher could cause inflation.

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The Mulberry Moon waxes through its second quarter this week, becoming completely full on the 22nd of May, lying overhead and gibbous throughout the night.

Sweetening both white and red mulberries, the moon makes locust and buckeye flowers open and then fall as the high canopy slowly closes in.

Cedar waxwings migrate north as the flowers collapse. In warm and humid evenings, giant June bugs come to your porch light, and the first firefly glows in the grass.

An Evening With Michael Pollan

May 16, 2016
Alia Malley

On April 21, 2016, WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis interviewed Michael Pollan before an audience of about a thousand people at the University of Dayton Rec Center.  Pollan is a sustainable food advocate and the best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals, In Defense of Food: An Eaters’ Manifesto, and Cooked, which was recently made into a mini-series for Netflix.  Michael Pollan’s appearance in Dayton is part of the UD Speaker Series. 
 

The Obama administration has given Ohio school leaders some summer homework with a new federal directive on transgender students and bathrooms in public schools.

Several school officials say they will study the directive issued Friday and seek legal advice, even if they are already in general compliance with the Education and Justice departments' guidance that transgender students can use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.

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The last remaining flying unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a new commander.

The Dayton Daily News reports Col. Adam Willis took over the 445th Airlift Wing for Col. Jeffrey McGalliard during a ceremony on Sunday.

McGalliard is retiring after a 30-year Air Force career to fly as a commercial airline pilot. He took over the unit in November 2013.

Willis has served as the commander of the Air Force Reserve's 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

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Or’Zaria Slaton had a difficult childhood—she says she was raised by gangsters, and spent time in custody of lots of different adults, in and out of group homes and foster care.

Ultimately, she says it left her an angry and self-protective person.

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