Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of January, the First Week of Deep Winter
The progress of deep winter can be gauged by whatever milestones you select. You can track storms and snow or the frequency of birdsong, the state of last year’s plants, or the steady shifting of the sun and stars. The motions are slow and easily measured. This is a simple place to begin to follow the year.
President E. Gordon Gee says the Ohio State University should have asked more pointed questions as a memorabilia-for-cash scandal was first coming to light.
The NCAA last month hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties for violations that started with eight football players taking thousands of dollars in cash and tattoos. That was in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.
Gee tells The Columbus Dispatch that the university has learned to back up its procedures by asking the right questions.
With a two-year state budget behind them, Ohio lawmakers head into a new year with their workloads a little lighter.
Next up: an agenda that's likely less controversial than 2011. The year was marked with heated debate over collective bargaining restrictions for unionized public workers. Voters overwhelming rejected the new limitations in November.
Cracking down on the ownership of exotic animals and spurring development of the state's oil and natural gas industry are expected to be among the top issues before the Legislature in 2012.
More than 1.1 million people have at least one conviction for driving while impaired in Ohio.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that's about one in every seven licensed drivers in the state.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety provided the newspaper with a breakdown on the number of convictions, which includes people from outside the state who were caught in Ohio. Almost 45,000 people have five or more convictions. Two people share the state record of 20 convictions.