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Headline News for 2/7/11
Two arrested in YSU shooting; 165,000 signatures collected in Akron school residency case; Ashes turn to art in Cleveland neighborhood
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Governor John Kasich plans to travel to Youngstown today to meet with Youngstown State University officials and the mayor following a fraternity house shooting that killed one student and injured 11 others.

Three organizations say they have 165,000 petition signatures that they hope will encourage Governor Kasich to pardon Akron mother Kelley Williams-Bolar, convicted of felonies for lying to get her kids into a suburban school district.

A west-side Cleveland neighborhood plans to launch a new outdoor art exhibit this summer centered on one of the dozens of homes damaged in an explosion a year ago.

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Youngstown police have arrested two men and charged them with a fraternity house shooting that killed one man, left a 17-year-old girl in critical condition and injured 10 others.
The FBI’s violent crimes task force helped Youngstown police arrest two suspects Sunday afternoon, 19-year old Braylon Rogers and 22-year old Columbus Jones, Jr., about 12 hours after they allegedly opened fire at a fraternity house off the Youngstown State University campus. Police Chief Jimmy Hughes says the pair allegedly got into a fight with others at the party and were escorted out, then returned with handguns and started firing. Killed by a bullet in the head was a 25-year-old Youngstown State senior, Jamail Johnson. Hughes says a 17-year-old girl who was critically injured is expected to live.
Youngstown had 20 homicides last year, far fewer just five years ago, when its 32 murders gave it one of the top rates in the country.
 
A group of three organizations plans to deliver more than 165,000 petition signatures to encourage Governor John Kasich to pardon an Akron mother jailed over a widely-followed school residency case. The three activist groups have been collecting signatures since Kasich said he would review the case of Kelley-Williams Bolar. She was convicted of felonies for lying to get her kids into a suburban school district. She spent nine days in jail. 
 
The legal process begins today to determine the future of First Energy’s discounts for all-electric homes. The state Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings the next several days for laywers of all sides to present their cases. The utility has faced backlash after announcing last year it plans to discontinue discounts for all-electric homes offered to more than 350-thousand customers. The PUCO governing board ultimately will vote to end the dispute.
 
A west-side Cleveland neighborhood plans to launch a new outdoor art exhibit this summer centered on one of the dozens of homes damaged in an explosion a year ago.  After that, it will use reclaimed pieces from that house to redesign a garden across from the Lorain branch of the Cleveland Library.
Ward Councilman Matt Zone says the project embraces the Detroit Shoreway’s values of art, sustainability, and social justice. 
The house on 83rd Street was one of four on the block that were condemned after a nearby house exploded January of last year. Local artists plan silhouette images of people doing what they were doing the day of the explosion. After the exhibit, the house will be torn down, and the concrete, wood and siding will be used in the park redesign.
 
A freight train carrying volatile chemicals derailed about 50 miles south of Toledo.   Some of its cars caught fire and exploded Sunday morning, forcing evacuations of nearby homes in Arcadia. No injuries have been reported.     The train was headed North Carolina with 62 cars loaded with ethanol.
 
Clay Matthews has a Super Bowl ring, something his father Clay Matthews Jr., could not do after about 15 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, mainly during the 1980's. Matthews III had two batted passes and one forced fumble in the Packers win over the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
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