Posted Friday, January 21, 2011
Roundtable: Bob Dyer, columnist, Akron Beacon Journal; Jill Miller Zimon, blogger, Writes Like She Talks; Patrick Shepherd, founder, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats.
Jail for Akron School Mom—an Akron woman is spending ten days in the Summit County jail for enrolling her two daughters in the Copley-Fairlawn schools. Authorities say Kelley Williams-Bolar falsely claimed her daughters lived with her father in the Copley district when they actually lived with her in Akron public housing. Williams-Bolar and her father also charged with grand theft, but the jury deadlocked on the charge and it was dropped.
Medical Mart—construction is underway on Cleveland’s Medical Mart and Convention Center after a groundbreaking in downtown Cleveland last Friday. Operators are now moving ahead with the process of signing up tenants and conventions. Dozens have signed letters of intent, but few are financially committed yet. That’s expected to change as construction progresses.
High School Playoffs—the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the governing body of high school sports, is asking member schools to approve a new system for determining divisional lineups for post-season playoffs. The Association hopes to equalize competition in sports such as football and basketball that have been dominated in recent years by parochial schools.
Ohio Joins Health Reform Lawsuit—Attorney General Mike DeWine made good on a campaign pledge this week by including Ohio in the 27 states challenging the individual mandate at the heart of the health reform measure. DeWine said the government does not have the right to force someone to buy a product. Ohio was one of six states that joined the suit this week. It was originally filed in Florida.
Special Guest: Dr. J. Daryl Thornton, Pulmonologist, MetroHealth Medical Center—when Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died of a brain aneurism two years ago the issue of organ donation was thrust into the limelight. The gift of Tubbs Jones’s organs saved or improved the lives of 30 people and encouraged many others to become organ donors. We’ll recall Tubbs Jones’s final act through the eyes of her son Mervyn and talk with Dr. Thornton about the need for even more donors.