Newsmaker: Megan O’Bryan, executive director, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. The Special Commission on Missing Persons and Sex Crime Investigations, of which O’Bryan was a member, completed its work this week with a 933-page report and a series of two dozen recommendations detailing how Cleveland police can better handle such cases. The Cleveland Mayor’s office set up the Commission after the Imperial Avenue serial killings brought out public complaints that police often treated crime victims with disdain.
Roundtable: Kevin O’Brien, editorial writer, The Plain Dealer; Jill Miller Zimon, blogger, “Writes Like She Talks.”
Voter Loyalty—Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is telling local boards of election that voters who want to switch parties in the upcoming primary must sign a document swearing that their change of heart is for real. They must affirm they’ll uphold the principles of their new party. Critics, some newspapers among them, say Brunner is being too harsh but her office says election law backs her stand. More than a dozen states have similar laws.
No Traction for Reform Suit in Ohio—State Attorney General Richard Cordray this week refused to join attorneys general in more than a dozen other states who’ve filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of health care reform legislation. Cordray, a Democrat, says the suit is without merit.
Neither Snow nor Sleet but Saturdays…maybe-- The U.S. Postal Service is thinking about dropping Saturday mail delivery. It would be an economy move for the post office, which lost almost four billion dollars last year. The post office says mail volume dropped dramatically because of the recession and because so many Americans now rely on email.
Newsmaker II: Dr. Leanne Chrisman, family practitioner, University Hospitals. ideastream® kicks off “Fighting Fat,” a weeklong focus on the problems being caused by obesity. Dr. Chrisman discusses the physiological dangers of extreme body fat and addresses the higher medical costs that obesity-related complications can bring on.
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