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Education
9:59 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Panel to Study Combining Ohio School Districts

CINCINNATI – Ohio’s 614 school districts might be reduced in number depending on the results of a study.

Gov. John Kasich has asked Ohio lawmakers to set up a panel to explore whether combining school systems could save money and boost the quality of learning

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports two districts in northeast Ohio's Wayne County took a step toward consolidation and saved $300,000 a year by merging their central offices.

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Poetry
10:35 am
Sun July 31, 2011

Conrad's Corner: An Interview With Janeal Ravndal

Janeal Ravndal got her start in poetry by borrowing a verse from her mother and taking it to school as a child, "and the teacher was so pleased that I decided I was a poet too."

Hailing from Yellow Springs, Ravndal often writes occasional verse, a style of poetry her mother also writes.  In this interview, Ravndal shares several occasion verse poems with Conrad Balliet and talks about the craft of writing. 

Commentary
10:15 am
Sun July 31, 2011

My Enormous Egg

Flickr Creative Commons user RachelSharon

There’s a bird that’s been trying to get in my house. He pecks at the window all day. What does he want? A bird flinging himself against a window ten hours a day does appear to to be trying to get inside. Go outside and look at the window from the bird’s perspective, and you’ll see your own reflection. The bird is met with a rival who answers his every parry with a thrust, who sings at the same time he does --the height of avian rudeness! Most importantly, it’s a rival who will not be vanquished, and will not go away. Nothing in his experience has prepared him for that.

 

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Politics
5:45 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

PoliticsOhio: Ballot Issue Order Announced, Wording May Spark Debate

Ohio Statehouse
Flickr Creative Commons User Thoth188

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Bill Cohen from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau to discuss the newly announced order of November's ballot issues, including the Senate Bill 5 referendum. Cohen reports that the wording will be hashed out next week when the Ohio board ballot meets which could lead to some controversy.

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Military
4:47 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Human Performance Wing Gets New Centrifuge Part Delivered To Wright-Patt

A 250,000 pound motor is being delivered to Wright Patterson Air Force August 1st. It is the first component of the new centrifuge at 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The motor will be capable of producing 15 Gs, which is a measurement of gravity and mass. For example, 15 Gs could make a 200 pound man feel like he weighs 3000 pounds.

The delivery represents a significant step in the second phase of the 2005 BRAC decision to close Brooks City Base in San Antonio, Texas and transfer the mission of the program to Wright-Patt.

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