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12:56 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

What's Great in Dayton: December 23 - 29, 2011

The Ice Rink at Riverscape Metropark

I don’t think this will be a White Christmas….

But you can go ice skating. Head to downtown Dayton and the rink is in Riverscape. They’ve got hot chocolate, and outdoor fireplaces and you can check out the Miami River. Bring along your family, and friends to ice skate
the MetroParks Rink. Admission is $5 and includes the use of ice skates.

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Politics
12:23 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Feds Say Cleveland's Vote-counting Scanners Flawed

A federal agency says vote-counting scanners used in Cleveland since 2008 are defective and sometimes miss
votes.

The findings released this week by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission cap a 20-month investigation.

The agency began the investigation after an April 2010 story in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that one in 10 machines failed certification tests required by federal law.

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Environment
12:20 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

US Survey Helps Shed Light on Forest-damaging Bug

Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees nationwide are helping agriculture officials learn
more about a beetle that's threatening forests.

The 61,500 traps installed in 48 states are part of a survey of the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada, including in Ohio.

The 2011 survey shows the tiny, green beetle hasn't been detected outside of the 15 states where it's already known to exist, but it has been found in more counties in those states than last year.

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Statewide News
4:04 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Ohio Republican and Democratic Party Chairs Issue a Joint Appeal

Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine and Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern say they are friends but they are usually adversaries when it comes to political issues and candidates.  But now they have issued a joint news release, asking an appeal to Ohioans. 

Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Benediction for the Year

Flickr Creative Commons user Madeleine_

Bill Felker shares a poem for Winter Solstice. 

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