Poor Will's Almanack for the last week of Late Summer
In the last week of late summer, the final tier of wildflowers starts to open. White and violet asters, orange beggarticks, burr marigolds, tall goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod and Japanese knotweed come into bloom, blending with the last of the purple ironweed, yellow sundrops, blue chicory, golden touch-me-nots, showy coneflowers and great blue lobelia.
A federal judge said new laws, passed by Ohio’s Republican legislature, that wiped out early in person voting at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day are unconstitutional. It’s good news for Democrats and the Obama campaign who’ve been fighting to restore the weekend of early in person weekend voting. They point out 93,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Presidential election in 2008.
The University of Dayton says its new center in China will allow students and staff to collaborate with businesses on research and developing new products and technologies.
The University of Dayton China Institute opened recently in a fast-growing corporate region about 75 miles from Shanghai. Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and University of Dayton president Daniel Curran attended the grand opening at the Suzhou Industrial Park.
Dayton native Matthew Birdsall is the managing editor of the Mock Turtle Zine, a local collection of art and literature. He's also a writer himself. Here Birdsall sits down with WYSO's Conrad Balliet to discuss what makes poetry, writing from experience and to share some poems of his own.