Posted Friday, September 28, 2012
Newsmaker: Bill Kitson, president & CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland
The charity fund-raiser announced it would no longer contribute to the local Boy Scouts after next year because the Scouts exclusion of gay members runs counter to United Way’s anti-discrimination policy. United Way funding paid for a Scouting program that serves hundreds of boys. United Way will still channel individual donations earmarked for the Scouts.
Roundtable: Henry Gomez, politics reporter, The Plain Dealer; Patrick Shepherd, founder, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats.
Presidential politicking played out mainly in Ohio this week. President Obama made stops in Ohio college towns. Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan crisscrossed the state for the better part of the week. Campaigning picked up as new polling showed the President with an expanding lead in Ohio and some other battleground states. New polling also showed Governor Kasich with an approval rating of more than 50% for the first time since he took office.
Gee, Wouldn’t you Like to Have This Guy’s Perks?
A year-long investigation by the Dayton Daily News shows the Ohio State University has spent nearly $8 million since 2007 maintaining the lifestyle of president Gordon Gee. This is on top of Gee’s nearly $2 million salary. As the university’s schmoozer-in-chief Gee spends an average of $23,000 monthly throwing parties at the presidential mansion, he’s a world traveler and the university has spent $64,000 on Gee’s trademark bow ties and bow tie tchotchkes.
Indians Fire Manager Acta
The Cleveland Indians front office has begun the search for a new manager after declaring Manny Acta will not return for the 2013 season. Acta’s three year stint in Cleveland produced neither a playoff appearance nor a winning season. Bench coach and former Indians star Sandy Alomar will finish out the season as manager.
Classical Music Station Tunes Out Profits
Cleveland’s WCLV will end its commercial status at the end of the year and switch to the non-profit business model. Station officials say WCLV, now in its 50th year, will sound the same except for the absence of commercial advertising, a rarity in the world of classical radio. Mr. Feagler discussed the changeover with WCLV founder and president Robert Conrad.
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