In this edition of WYSO Weekend:
- As reported on WYSO earlier this week, unintentional drug overdoses are still on the rise in Montgomery County - new numbers released Tuesday by public health officials show unintentional drug deaths jumped from 162 in 2012 to 226 in 2013. Overdoses have been increasing since 2010, but officials call the 71 percent jump in deaths “unprecedented." Bill Wharton with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County says it’s going to take everyone in the community to deal with the problem.
- Two Clark County men who served in Vietnam have teamed up to raise money to build a granite monument listing Clark County veterans who died in the war. David Bauer and Randy Ark's project has received overwhelming support from the community and is near completion. This past week, WYSO’s Wayne Baker offered us the Memorial Day report.
- The University of Dayton is preparing its bid to bring the NCAA First Four men’s basketball games back to Dayton. Last season, the Dayton Flyers went to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years. The First Four games and the Flyer’s recent success highlight the growing economic impact of UD basketball for the city. To talk about all this Jerry Kenney spoke with the Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Dayton, Neil Sullivan. He told us about the bid process underway.
- The Cleveland Museum of Art is preparing to send a priceless painting to Sicily as part of an international cultural exchange. That deal was hammered out after some last-minute, high-stakes negotiations, last year. From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, David C. Barnett fills in some of the dramatic back story.
- Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt writes a monthly column for the online publication The Independent. WYSO offers that column as a podcast.