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1:57 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Ohio Lawmaker Wants Kasich Speech at Statehouse

A Youngstown-area state lawmaker is protesting Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plans to deliver his State of the State speech outside Columbus again this year.

In a letter sent Tuesday, state Rep. Ronald Gerberry asked House Speaker William Batchelder to reject any request by Kasich to change the speech's venue. Gerberry said moving the address "significantly destroys" the historic tradition of holding the joint session in House chambers.

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Origins Podcast
10:35 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Should Age Matter? How 65 Came to Be Old and Old Came to Be Ill

In 1942, when this photograph of an elderly Mennonite couple was shot in Pennsylvania, science and medicine were transforming the idea of old age by extending life expectancies and curing chronic disease.
Credit U.S. government photographer Marjory Collins

Baby boomers, 78 million strong, are turning 65 at a rate of 4 million per year. The press, the government, and the medical community claim, often and loudly, that these numbers augur a mass dependency crisis. Such spokesmen envision a world of decrepit elders afflicted with chronic disease slurping their way through the country’s resources. This month historian Tamara Mann explores how, in the United States, the so-called “geriatric crisis” is less related to age itself than to the relationship between old age and government funds, particularly Medicare.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: January 15 - 21, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user qwincowper

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Deep Winter.

The moon turned new just a few days ago, and now that moon, the Cranefly Moon, watches over the swarms of tiny craneflies – that look a little like mosquitoes – and which are common at this time of year.

February’s moon is the Lenten Rose Moon. The Lenten Rose or hellebore, opens as aconites and snowdrops blossom. Maple sap runs when hellebores bloom, and most of the nation's lambs are born.

When the maple trees flower, under March’s Maple Blossom Moon, then the first wave of wildflowers opens in the woods.

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Education
8:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Governor Kasich Says His Comprehensive School Plan Is Coming Soon

Governor Kasich has signed a bill into law that grades schools on an A through F grading scale, which is a part of a bigger education plan that the Governor intends to release soon.

Ohio Governor John Kasich says Ohioans can expect to see his plan for improving education in Ohio’s k through 12 schools by the end of this month.  He says he and his staff have been working on it for months.  And Kasich says he’s glad details of it are not being released to the press.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Conrad's Corner: January 14, 2013

Gary Mitchner reads his poem, "Watching Gogo & Didi."

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