NASA Plum Brook - Part One
Posted Monday, October 7
Nuclear power problems have been big news in Ohio this year. The Davis-Besse plant near Toledo was shut down last February because of a hole in the reactor. Both federal regulators and the plant owner admit the incident should have been prevented. But not all Ohio nuclear facilities have had a bad track record. This year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began decommissioning the only reactor the agency ever built. The NASA Plum Brook test reactor near Sandusky operated successfully for eleven years before going into cold storage in 1973. Designed to test the effects of radiation on materials used in space flight, the facility was also an opportunity for the nascent nuclear industry to learn how to safely handle other aspects of nuclear technology. ideastream's Karen Schaefer reports.
Free Times Closes Shop
Posted Thursday, October 3
It was tagged Ohio's largest news, arts and entertainment weekly - with a circulation of 90,000 and hundreds of thousands of readers - but not anymore. Without warning to its 99 full- and part-time employees, The Cleveland Free Times newspaper announced yesterday it would close its doors by the end of the day. The decision came just one week after the paper published its 10th anniversary issue. The Free Times parent company is blaming the shut down on the poor economy. ideastream's Janet Babin visited the paper yesterday, as staff members were preparing to leave work for the last time.