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More high school grads need help in college
Other headlines: Eight Cleveland firefighters disciplined over prank; Water main break hits RTA's Windermere station

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Eight Cleveland firefighters disciplined over prank
  • Water main break hits RTA's Windermere station
  • Ohio's execution policies face legal challenges
  • Murder/suicide suspected in Defiance slayings
  • More high school grads need help in college
    A report says that more than one-third of recent high school graduates entering Ohio colleges require developmental classes in English or math to get up to speed.

    The report highlights the need to work with the education systems for kindergarten through 12th grade to make improvements, according to Randy Dunn, President of Youngstown State University.

    The Board of Regents report showed that 40 percent of 2012 high school graduates took developmental courses in either of the two core courses at a public university or community college.

    Eight Cleveland firefighters disciplined over prank
    Officials say eight Cleveland firefighters have been demoted or suspended for taking part in a prank that involved urinating on the photo of a former division chief.

    City safety director Martin Flask says the conduct of the firefighters "brought dishonor to the ranks of fire officers."

    Apparently the official photograph of a former chief was placed in urinals at two bars during a celebration held in honor of newly-minted firefighters.

    Water main break hits RTA's Windermere station
    A water main break has tied up RTA routes in East Cleveland.  RTA officials have closed the Windermere transfer station and are diverting all routes to the Superior station.

    Crews are on the scene working to repair the break.

    Ohio's execution policies face legal challenges
    Ohio prisons lawyers are being kept busy with legal issues regarding recent, and planned executions. 

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the number of simultaneous lawsuits over the state’s execution policy is unprecedented.

    The family of Dennis McGuire is suing on constitutional grounds over the more than 25 minutes it took for the state to put him to death using an untried pairing of drugs.

    The next inmate scheduled for execution, Gregory Lott, is contesting that procedure.  Those hearings will be held February 19th.

    And lawyers are struggling with the details of a death row inmate who wishes to donate organs to a family member.  The execution of Ronald Phillips has been postponed until July 2nd

    Murder/suicide suspected in Defiance slayings
    A sheriff's office in northwest Ohio says four people have died in what is being investigated as a triple murder-suicide.

    Officials identified the dead as 68-year-old Robert Garza Sr., his 61-year-old wife, Christine Garza, 42-year-old daughter, Zoila Garza, and granddaughter, 15-year-old Rebecca Garza.

    Sheriff David Westrick said today that the grandfather apparently was the shooter. The sheriff said Garza had health problems but hasn't determined if that's the motive.

    The bodies were discovered Thursday night by a family member who was checking on the welfare of the four near Defiance, about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. 

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