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By JULIE CARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Uniongroups in Ohio brandishedRepublican-red T-shirts onThursday as they sought toease partisan divisions over aGOP-backed bill that wouldstrip public employees of col-lective bargaining rights.The attempted show of solidarity by one of manyunions plugging Statehousehallways in protest of the billcame as a similarly momen-tous bill stirred a furor inWisconsin, where Democraticsenators fled that state to forceRepublicans to negotiate. Italso took place on the sameday tea party groups fromaround Ohio staged their firstorganized demonstration infavor of the bill.The Ohio proposal, spon-sored by Republican Sen.Shannon Jones, would abol-ish collective bargainingrights for state workers andrestrict teachers, firefighters,police, university employeesand local workers in theirbargaining abilities. Unionswould lose the ability tonegotiate salary schedulesand step increases in favorof merit-based raises. Unionswould be barred from requir-ing non-members covered bytheir contracts to pay dues.Cincinnati CouncilmanJeff Berding told the SenateInsurance, Commerce andLabor Committee duringthe more than eight hours of testimony Thursday that thecurrent situation has becomeunworkable for cash-strappedcities.“City leaders, managers— elected to represent thetaxpayers — need the abilityto pay what we can afford,and not have it dictated byunions gaming the systemand unelected third parties,”he said. “I must share withyou my profound personaldisappointment to realize thatunion leaders and their mem-bers prioritize pay benefitsover averting layoffs.”Ray Warrick, a member of the Ohio Liberty Council, acoalition of tea party groups,called the days of union pro-tests at the Statehouse “trulysad.”“It’s one of those occa-sions where certain powerbrokers pit citizens againstone another to achieve theirgoals of self-preservation,retention of power and con-tinued access to the taxpay-ers’ money,” he said. “Themessage they are screaming isthat the proponents of SenateBill 5 somehow are againstpolice officers, firefighters,teachers and other innocentpublic employee rank andfile. That is both false andridiculous.”Outside the hearing room,thousands of union members— teachers, firefighters, pris-on guards, police — got a sur-prise visit by former Gov. TedStrickland, a union-friendlyDemocrat ousted in last fall’selection by Republican Gov.John Kasich. Strickland hadno formal role in the day’sactivities.Strickland said he wantedto show his support to unionworkers — who took a payfreeze and 10 furlough dayseach year under his adminis-tration.“This has little to do withbalancing this year’s budget,”he said. “I think it’s a powergrab. It’s an attempt to dimin-ish the rights of working peo-ple. I think it’s an assault of the middle class of this stateand it’s so unfair and out of balance.”Jones, the sponsor, said sheanticipates changes to the billfollowing this week’s inten-sive hearings. Republicanscontrol 23 seats in the Senate,where 17 votes are need for abill to pass.
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
Area educators often agreethat state and federal bureau-cracy can make teachingmore challenging. Unfundedmandates and variousrequirements connected tostate assessments often com-plicate matters in administra-tion offices and classrooms.However, the burden is easedwhen one level of bureau-cracy helps meet standardscreated by the one closer tohome.President Barack Obama’sRace to the Top program wasauthorized in 2009, allocat-ing billions of dollars to thestates as they competed forallotments. Not all Tri-countyschools signed on to Ohio’sgroup participation but theminimum is $100,000 overfour years. Better-performingschools get that amount,while others get more money.Area districts report using itfor professional developmentand technological devicesto enhance standardized testperformance.Delphos City, OttovilleLocal and Jennings Localschools each get $100,000over four years. Elida LocalSchools is benefitting from$245,000 over the sameperiod. Lincolnview LocalSchools did not apply. Theprogram requires approv-al from superintendents,board presidents and teac-ers unions. According toSuperintendent Doug Fries,the teachers union would notagree to participate in theprogram.Delphos City SchoolsSuperintendent Jeff Pricesaid Ohio was awarded $400million but participating dis-tricts can only use the moneyin certain ways.“There were guidelinesand specific categories whereyou had to show how youwould use the money. Wehave chosen to use it on theprofessional developmentof our teachers. That meansgetting them together withinthe district and sending someof them to conferences thatlook at how our curriculum isaligned with new state stan-dards,” he said. “We are goingto implement some research-based teaching strategies; it’sabout making sure each gradelevel does what it needs to doto move each child along. So,we’re working together sowe don’t overlap within thecurriculum.“We’re also using themoney to set up some short-cycle assessments so we canchart the progress of eachchild as we go along, rath-er than wait for the annualtest results from the state.They’re not full-blown testsbut we’ll chart our students’progress quarterly and thiswill also enable us to tar-get our teaching strategiesto each child. We’ll know if they need intervention andif they do, we’ll know whatinterventions will be helpfulto them.”Jennings and Ottovillesuperintendents said they areusing the funds for profes-sional development. Both arealso using it for technologyto be used in administeringshort-cycle assessments.Jennings will use the AppleiPod Touch, while Ottovillewill use Apple iPads.“We have some now andwant to expand what we’re
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Ottoville Local Schools teachers Kevin Blake, left, Aaron Verhoff and AnthonyCastronova learn their way around an iPad this morning. Tonya Koenig from theNorthwest Ohio Education Technology Foundation brought teachers up to speed on howthe iPad works and applications they can use in the classroom. The school purchased 20iPads using Race to the Top funding.
“ ... We’re alsousing the moneyto set up someshort-cycle assess-ments so we canchart the progressof each child as wego along, ratherthan wait for theannual test resultsfrom the state.They’re not full-blown tests butwe’ll chart ourstudents’ progressquarterly and thiswill also enableus to target ourteaching strategiesto each child. ...”
— Jeff Price,Delphos City Schoolssuperintendent
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FFA boosters setberry sale
Delphos FFA/AlumniBoosters is holding aFresh Strawberry Sale.Grown in Dover, Fla., ber-ries are $20 per flat (12 1-pintcontainers) and $11 per half-flat (6 1-pint containers).Strawberries will be deliv-ered the week of March 21.Call 419-236-7883to order. Orders must beplaced before March 6.
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The Delphos EaglesLodge will host a RedCross blood drive from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26.Donors must be at least 17years old, weight at least 110pounds based on height andbe in good general health.Red Cross donor cardor other ID required.Call 1-800-RED CROSSor go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a dona-tion appointment.
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Christopher Burk, Anthony Bodine and Libby Baker count balls during a physicaleducation class this morning at Franklin Elementary School. The first-grade studentswere assigned the task of counting colored balls from the center of the gym and group-ing them in certain ways by number and color.Below: Franklin first-grader Tyler Metzger helps Physical Education Coach KyleHarmon count his team’s balls as Hunter Miller and Logan Jones look on.
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03-12-17-22-23-27-34-38-39-40-42-48-52-63-66-76-77-78-79-80At 11:02 p.m. onWednesday, a collisionoccurred when a driver sus-pected of being under theinfluence of alcohol struck atelephone pole.Richelle Ravlerson, 23, of Spencerville, was travelingsouthbound on SpencervilleRoad when she failed to main-tain control of her vehicle andstruck a Sprint utility pole.There were no injuries andsevere damage to Ravlerson’svehicle.Ravlerson was cited foroperating a vehicle under theinfluence and failure to main-tain reasonable control.MANAMA, Bahrain (AP)— Soldiers fired tear gasand shot heavy weapons intothe air as thousands of pro-test marchers defied a gov-ernment ban and streamedtoward the landmark squarethat had been the symboliccenter of the uprising againstthe Gulf nation’s leaders.Hospital officials said atleast 20 people were injured,some seriously. Ambulancesirens were heard throughoutcentral Manama a day afterriot police swept through theprotest encampment in PearlSquare, killing at least fivepeople.An Associated Presscameraman saw army unitsshooting anti-aircraft weap-ons above the protesters inapparent warning shots andattempts to drive them backfrom security cordons about200 yards (200 meters) fromthe square.The clash came just hoursafter funeral mourners andworshippers at Friday prayerscalled for the toppling of theWestern-allied monarchy inthe tiny island nation that ishome to the U.S. Navy’s 5thFleet.The cries against the kingand his inner circle — ata main Shiite mosque andat burials for those killed inThursday’s crushing attack— reflect an important esca-lation of the political upris-ing, which began with calls toweaken the Sunni monarchy’spower and address claims of discrimination against theShiite majority in the tinyisland nation.The mood, howev-er, appears to have turnedtoward defiance of the entireruling system after the bru-tal crackdown on a protestencampment in Bahrain’scapital, Manama, which leftat least five dead, more than230 injured and put the nationunder emergency-style foot-ing with military forces inkey areas and checkpoints onmain roads.“The regime has brokensomething inside of me. ...All of these people gatheredtoday have had somethingbroken in them,” said AhmedMakki Abu Taki at thefuneral for his 23-year-oldbrother, Mahmoud, who waskilled in the pre-dawn sweepthrough the protest camp inManama’s Pearl Square. “Weused to demand for the primeminister to step down, butnow our demand is for theruling family to get out.”The White House hasexpressed “strong displea-sure” about the rising ten-sions in Bahrain. The 5thFleet is the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s efforts to con-front growing Iranian militaryambitions in the region.At a Shiite mosque inthe village of Diraz, an anti-government hotbed, imamIsa Qassim called the PearlSquare assault a “massacre”and thousands of worship-pers chanted: “The regimemust go.”
Richard Anthony,55, of Byron, Ill., and for-merly of Delphos, memorialservice will be held at 4 p.m.Saturday at St. Peter LutheranChurch, followed by a prayerservice at 5:45 p.m. and mili-tary honors at 6 p.m.At 12:03 p.m on Thursday,a collision occurred when thedriver of one vehicle backedinto another vehicle.The vehicle of QuintonThornton was parked alongEast Second Street whenLindsay Reynolds, 22, of Delphos, began backing upfrom a parking space. Reynoldsfailed to see Thornton’s vehi-cle and struck it in the centerfront with the center rear of her vehicle.There were no injuries andminor damage to the vehicles.
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Matthew Schliesman, a fire-fighter from Hamilton said hesaw the similar bills in Ohioand Wisconsin as attemptsto break a promise to publicemployees.“State budgets are tighteverywhere, obviously. Butthey’ve also negotiated thesecontracts with us and tobe able to say, ‘I have nomoney, we need to bail out,’I mean, do the rest of us getthose kinds of incentives?”he asked. “I mean, if I can’tpay my mortgage becauseI lose my job, is the bankgoing to bail me out andlet me still keep my house?Every testimony I hear hereis we have no money, weneed to be able to weasel outof the deals that we alreadymade.”Ted Lyons, an electronicsexecutive and tea party leaderfrom Miami County, saw theday differently.“Our state funding is goingbroke and every special inter-est has a good reason whythey need to be given as muchmoney as they have beengiven,“ he said. ”And we can’tafford it anymore.“Ohio’s tea party move-ment is among the nation’sstrongest — but tea partysupporters were fewer byfar than union protesters onThursday.On the High Street sideof the Statehouse — whichsits on the heart of downtownColumbus — a passing fireengine answering a call drewloud cheers and screams of support from the union-heavycrowd. As the vehicle passed,city and school buses on thestreets honked.
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doing to fit more kids. We’reusing them as an aide in read-ing, as well as math and sci-ence,” said Jennings LocalSchools Superintendent NickLanghals. “They can read thescreen but they can also hearit, so that helps students in ouryounger grades learn to readand we’re having success withit. Kids can also do some mathand science exercises on themin the way of independentstudy; they can do the workon their own and the teacherscan see if they’re learning thematerial or if they need to goover it again.”Ottoville is using the larg-er iPad for the same things.Superintendent Scott Mangussaid the other benefit is imme-diate grading on tests that willexpedite further instruction asneeded when used for in-classquizzing.At Elida, No Child LeftBehind Director FaithCummings is coordinating thedistrict’s use of RttT dollars.Again, professional develop-ment is the federally-set crite-ria specifying how the moneyis used.“We are working on usingdata to improve instructionand will work with a systemthe state will purchase calledthe Instructional ImprovementSystem. It’s an electronicsystem that will use all theparts of what we do in schoolimprovement from studentdata to teacher evaluations andprofessional development,”she said.“We’re also going to lookat an area for revised stan-dards and assessments. Wehave revised standards inmath and language arts thatare federal and in science andsocial studies that are fromthe state. With Race to theTop money, we’re rolling outprofessional development andtraining. We’re also lookingat Great Teachers and GreatLeaders; we have a commit-tee that will work to meet anddevelop a teacher evaluationand principal evaluation sys-tem based on the state modelthat will include componentsof school improvement.”Cummings added that Raceto the Top is a “mini revolu-tion” in education that is aboutreform, not funding practicesalready in place.
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Today is Friday, Feb. 18,the 49th day of 2011. Thereare 316 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Feb. 18, 1911, theworld’s first officially-sanc-tioned airmail flights werecompleted as Fred Wiseman,carrying three letters, arrivedin Santa Rosa, Calif., in hisbiplane a day after leavingPetaluma (engine trouble hav-ing forced an overnight stop)while in India, French pilotHenri Pequet carried some6,500 letters and postcardsfrom Allahabad (AH’-lah-hah-BAHD’) to Naini (NAN’-ee) in 13 minutes.
On this date:
In 1564, artist Michelangelodied in Rome.In 1861, Jefferson Daviswas sworn in as provisionalpresident of the ConfederateStates of America inMontgomery, Ala.In 1885, Mark Twain’s“Adventures of HuckleberryFinn” was published in theU.S. for the first time.In 1930, photographic evi-dence of Pluto (now designateda “dwarf planet”) was discoveredby Clyde W. Tombaugh at LowellObservatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.In 1960, the 8th WinterOlympic Games were formal-ly opened in Squaw Valley,Calif., by Vice PresidentRichard M. Nixon.In 1970, the “ChicagoSeven” defendants werefound not guilty of conspir-ing to incite riots at the 1968Democratic national conven-tion; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions werelater reversed).In 1977, the space shut-tle Enterprise, sitting atop aBoeing 747, went on its maid-en “flight” above the Mojave(moh-HAH’-vee) Desert.In 1984, Italy and theVatican signed an accord underwhich Roman Catholicismceased to be the state religionof Italy.
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Jeffery L. “Jeff” Davis, 55,of Venedocia, died at 11:08a.m. Thursday at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center, sur-rounded by his loving family.He was born Feb. 1, 1956,in Van Wert to Walter andJessie (Carnahan) Davis, whopreceded him in death.On Nov. 17, 1978, he mar-ried Cindy Kiracofe, who sur-vives in Venedocia.Survivors also include sonBrett Davis of Fort Wayne;daughter Renae (Scott)Eversole of Delphos; broth-ers Jim (Denise) Davis of Venedocia and Jerry (Victoria)Davis of Buckland; and grand-daughter Gabrielle Eversole.He was preceded in deathby a brother, Johnny Davis.Mr. Davis worked at RidgeStone Quarry. He was a mem-ber of the United KennelClub. He enjoyed hunting,fishing, playing softball andtruly loved the outdoors.Services will begin at 2p.m. Sunday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, the Rev.John Medaugh officiating.Burial will be in VenedociaCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Saturday and one hourprior to services Sunday at thefuneral home.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.
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www.delphosherald.comVantage Career CenterBusiness students recentlycompeted in the first roundof Region 16 BusinessProfessionals of Americaskills contests at CelinaHigh School. Fifty-fivestudents from the Vantagebusiness programs -Interactive Media, MedicalOffice Management andNetwork Systems - com-peted in a variety of dif-ferent contests includ-ing Computer Security,VB.NET Programming,Fundamental Accounting,Medical Office Procedures,Web Site Design, ComputerAnimation, NetworkDesign, Advanced OfficeSystems and Proceduresand Administrative Support.In all, 22 students earnedthe right to advance to thestate competition held inColumbus in the spring.Network Systems: AdamSmazenko (Antwerp)placed second in VB.NETProgramming. The team of Patrick Jackson (Parkway),Justin Van Horn (DelphosJefferson), Phillip Stemen(Fort Jennings), and StormDunakin (Paulding) quali-fied for state competi-tion by placing first in theParliamentary ProcedureTeam contest. The NetworkDesign Team — MichaelHoersten (Crestview), BartBarthels (Van Wert), KrisKing (Van Wert) and ShawnGuelde (Paulding) — gar-nered first place honors.Thomas Moore (Paulding)placed first in ComputerSecurity while ShawnGuelde placed second. KodyMcCague (Paulding), placedfirst in PC Servicing andTroubleshooting. The teamof Dakota Talbott, NathanTheis, Brandon Jarrell, andDylan Ankney, all fromPaulding, took first place inthe Web Application Teamevent. Junior Daniel Perkins(Van Wert) placed first inVB.NET Programming,while senior MichaelHoersten (Crestview) placedfirst in Computer NetworkTechnology.Aryn Denny (WayneTrace), a senior in theMedical Office Managementprogram, placed firstin the Integrated OfficeApplications. KrystalGamble (Lincolnview)placed first in MedicalOffice Procedures contestand Caleb Lawrence (WayneTrace) took first place inInterview Skills. AlyssaBlack (Parkway), placedsecond in the Medical OfficeProcedures. Bianca Salisbury(Parkway), took second placein Advanced Office Systemsand Procedures. JasminePrice (Antwerp), placed sec-ond in Fundamental WorkdProcessing Skills andCiera Zeigler (Van Wert)placed second in AdvancedInterview Skills. Four stu-dents, Aryn Denny (WayneTrace), Natalie Kindell(Crestview), Megan Stutz(Parkway) and CourtneyTemple (Wayne Trace), joined forces to take firstplace in the AdministrativeSupport Team contest whilefour other Vantage students,Olivia Hook (Wayne Trace),Caleb Lawrence (WayneTrace), Emily Shuherk(Paulding), and CierraZeigler (Van Wert), placedsecond in the same contest.Students who quali-fied for the state contestwill compete in March inColumbus.
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From the Vantage Point
The following are Vantage Business Professional of America (BPA) 2011 state qualifiers: front from left, AlyssaBlack, Krystal Gamble, Shawn Guelde, Bianca Salisbury, Bart Barthels, Caleb Lawrence, Megan Stutz, CourtneyTemple, Aryn Denny, Dakota Talbott, Kody McCague and Natalie Kindell; and back, Daniel Perkins, ThomasMoore, Kris King, Michael Hoersten, Patrick Jackson, Phillip Stemen, Justin Van Horn, Storm Dunakin, BrandonJarrell and Nathan Theis. Absent is Jasmine Price.By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAssociated Press
LUCASVILLE — Ohio’sexecution of neo-Nazi FrankSpisak will likely be the lasttime the state uses sodiumthiopental, a drug in shortsupply nationally, as the statelooks ahead to its next sched-uled execution and plans touse an anesthetic used inassisted suicides in Oregonand Washington.Spisak was executedThursday at the SouthernOhio Correctional Facility inLucasville. The 59-year-oldwas convicted of killing threepeople on a Cleveland collegecampus in 1982 in a shootingspree that targeted blacks.The condemned killer’sfinal words were Bible versesread in halting German. Thereading drew snickers fromwitnesses, including twobrothers of one victim andthe daughter of another.The U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental stoppedmaking the drug, creating ashortage for the more than 30states that used it.Ohio plans to use pen-tobarbital for the first timein March for the scheduledexecution of Johnnie Baston.The anesthetic has never beenused by itself in a U.S. execu-tion. Oklahoma uses pento-barbital, but in combinationwith other drugs that paralyzeinmates and stop their hearts.Baston, 37, is scheduledto die March 10 for the deathof Toledo storekeeper ChongMah. The 53-year-old manwas shot in the back of thehead. Baston’s requestedclemency but the Ohio ParoleBoard has recommendedagainst it. A decision fromGov. John Kasich is pending.Drugs used in lethal injec-tion have become an issuesince a legal challenge bycondemned killers made it tothe U.S. Supreme Court. Thecourt in 2008 ruled constitu-tional a three-drug methodused in Kentucky.The following year, Ohiobecame the first state to switchto a single dose of sodiumthiopental. The state made theswitch to end lawsuits overthe three-drug system it previ-ously used.Once Ohio switched tosodium thiopental, otherstates followed suit and noware looking again at Ohio andthe use of pentobarbital.Spisak was Ohio’s longest-serving death row inmatebefore execution — morethan 27 years. Spisak blamedthe 1982 crimes on a hatredof gays, blacks and Jews andon mental illness related tosexual identity confusion.Defense attorneys watchedthe execution, and issued astatement saying their clientcommitted the crimes becauseof severe mental illness, notout of hate.“We have the ability toprovide treatment and pro-tect the public without kill-ing mentally ill people whocommit crimes,” said AlanRossman and Michael Benz.Cora Warford, whose sonwas among those killed, saidin a statement afterward that“justice has been served.”Spisak identified him-self as a woman and wentby Frances Spisak in corre-spondence, a name defenseattorneys also used. Theyclaimed their client sufferedfrom a severe bipolar disorderthat was not diagnosed untilyears after the conviction.The parole board and Kasichrejected their argument in rul-ing against clemency.The 1982 shootingsoccurred over several months,from February to August.Brian Warford, 17, wastaking classes at ClevelandState University as an alterna-tive education student earninghis high school degree whenhe was shot and killed. TheRev. Horace Rickerson, 57,was killed in a campus bath-room where he had rebuffedSpisak’s sexual advances.Timothy Sheehan, 50, whoworked in Cleveland State’smaintenance department, waskilled because Spisak believedSheehan might have witnessedRickerson’s shooting.John Hardaway was shotseven times as he waited fora commuter train by some-one later identified as Spisak.He survived and was presentat the execution Thursday.Coletta Dartt, a universityemployee, was shot at as sheexited a bathroom stall. Shepushed Spisak away and ran.
Ohio to execute neo-Nazi with suicide drug in March
BELLEFONTAINE (AP)— Investigators found a bodybelieved to be a missing Ohiowoman hidden in the base-ment of her mother’s house,and they were searching forthe mother’s live-in boyfriend,police said Thursday.Officers discovered thebody Wednesday night in theBellefontaine home after theynoticed clothing that appearedto be blood-stained while theywere talking with the mother,police said.Tiffany Brown, 26, wentmissing nearly a week ago.Her mother told police onSaturday that Brown left hertwo children with a neighbora day earlier so that she couldrun a few errands.Police were waiting for anautopsy to confirm the iden-tity of the body. But a newsrelease from police Thursdaynight referred to the case asthe Tiffany L. Brown homi-cide. A police dispatcher didnot know if investigators hadreceived the autopsy results.As part of their search forthe 37-year-old boyfriend,authorities also were lookingfor an elderly Logan Countycouple and their green MercuryGran Marquis. Police said theywanted to make sure Richardand Gladis Russell were OK.The FBI have joined in thesearch for the Russells.The Bellefontaine Examinersaid the couple once ownedthe residence where investiga-tors found the body and soldthe home to the boyfriend andBrown’s mother. The paperalso reported that the Russellslive about three miles fromwhere the boyfriend’s truckwas found.Authorities said that thebloody clothing they foundbelonged to the boyfriendand that his pickup truckwas found Wednesday nightin a small town just outsideBellefontaine. Police foundBrown’s car at an apartmentcomplex in Bellefontaine onMonday.Authorities said Brown’smother is not a suspect. Nocharges have been filed, andpolice described the boyfriendas a person of interest.The father of Brown’s twochildren lives in Cincinnatiand earlier told police he didnot know anything about herdisappearance.
Missing womanbelieved tobe found dead
CLEVELAND (AP) Ohio Attorney General MikeDeWine has sued a Clevelandschool, challenging a claimthat its diplomas will lead tocommunity college accep-tance.In the lawsuit filedThursday in the CuyahogaCounty Common Pleas Court,DeWine says the Communityof Faith Christian Schoolmisrepresented the degrees itoffered to students. He saidthe state has received 30 com-plaints since 2008.The lawsuit against theschool and owner JeffreySanders asks the court toprohibit such claims that thediplomas would get the stu-dents into local colleges andimpose fines for any viola-tion.Sanders could not bereached for comment. Thereis no phone listing for him orthe school at the address listedin the lawsuit and no attorneywas listed in court records.
DeWine suesprivate school

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