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Browns pick Gilbert, Manziel
Other morning headlines: University of Akron trustees choose Scarborough; Ohio farmers behind on planting; Case against school by parents of suicide victim dismissed
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Head coach Mike Pettine, left, and Browns President Ray Farmer, right talk with reporters following the 2014 draft. The Browns chose Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert as the number 8 pick, and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at no. 22.
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  • Tressel chosen by trustees as next YSU president
  • University of Akron trustees choose Scarborough
  • Ohio farmers behind on planting
  • Case against school by parents of suicide victim dismissed
  • Lawmaker's wife loses bid for husband's job
  • Ohio Supreme Court reprimands former state lawmaker
  • Biden to travel to Cleveland
  • Cleveland City Schools to fire dozens of teachers
  • Browns pick Gilbert, Manziel
  • Reuben Silver dead at 88
  • Northeast Ohio judge pleads guilty
  • Death sentence upheld for truck driver
  • Tressel chosen by trustees as next YSU president
    The Board of Trustees at Youngstown State University have selected Jim Tressel as the school's next president. The board went into an emergency meeting at 7:30 a.m. and announced Tressel's selection shortly after 8 a.m. Trustees authorized board Chair Sudershan Garg and Vice Chair John Jakubek to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Tressel. Tressel and two other finalists visited campus this week. He will succeed Randy J. Dunn, who resigned in March to become president of Southern Illinois University.

    University of Akron trustees choose Scarborough
    Trustees have picked a University of Toledo administrator as the University of Akron's next president, choosing him over former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and another finalist. Trustees say Scott Scarborough starts as president on July 1st. Tressel was offered the position of Youngstown State University president today.

    Cleveland City Schools to fire dozens of teachers
    53 teachers in the Cleveland City School district may lose their jobs under a new evaluation process. The Plain Dealer reports the teachers did not meet expectations set by their principals for teaching and professional conduct. The district says normally, fewer than 10 teachers are not asked back for the next school year. But the district is trying to be more aggressive about replacing teachers and staff that don't meet its standards. That change came through the district improvement strategy passed at the Statehouse two years ago, dubbed the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools.

    Browns pick Gilbert, Manziel
    The Cleveland Browns tapped Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert as the number 8 pick in last night’s NFL draft, and at number 22, Texas A&M quarter back Johnny Manziel. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he’s not a big fan of the player some call Johnny “Football," but Pluto thinks it may have been a smart short-term marketing move for the Browns. Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, and was the third member of the Texas A&M Aggies taken in the first round. In a flurry of moves last night Cleveland traded its number four pick to Buffalo for a number 9 draft AND first- and fourth-round selections next year.

    Ohio farmers behind on planting
    Farmers in Ohio are behind schedule on planting this spring. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the cold wet weather has led to delays. Typically, farmers prefer to have corn planted by mid-May, with soybeans following quickly behind. This year, just 8 percent of Ohio's corn has been planted. The five-year average is 25 percent. Soybeans are even worse—only 3 percent are in the ground, down from the average 12 percent. Still, despite being behind the average, most farmers report being at a similar stage as last year, which resulted in better-than-average crops. If the weather holds out, experts predict farmers could be able to get the state's entire corn crop planted within the next week.?

    Case against school by parents of suicide victim dismissed
    The parents of a Mentor high school student who committed suicide back in 2008 will not receive compensation from her school district. The News Herald reports that a state judge dismissed the remaining claims against the district filed by the parents of Sladjana Vidovic. The Vidovics claimed the superintendent, principal and guidance counselor were responsible for her death because they failed to stop bullying against her. A federal judge found last year that the district did not violate Sladjana's constitutional rights, and sent the other state claims to state court. Judge Eugene Lucci yesterday granted a motion by the district to dismiss the remaining claims. Lucci wrote that evidence shows the superintendent did take steps to implement an anti-bullying program to help Sladjana.?

    Lawmaker's wife loses bid for husband's job
    An Ohio lawmaker's wife has lost her bid to serve as his placeholder after a paperwork error forced him off Tuesday's primary ballot. Rep. Rex Damschroder of Fremont failed to sign his candidate petitions the required number of times, which kept him from running for re-election. His wife, Rhonda, ran as a write-in candidate for his northwestern Ohio seat. Tiffin businessman William Reineke Jr. prevailed in the three-way contest. Had his wife won, Damschroder said she would've left the field, allowing Republican party officials in the district to place his name on the November ballot. Damschroder said Thursday the clerical mistake threw a twist into his political plans, and he's re-evaluating his future. He was elected to the Ohio House in 2010, though he had served eight years before then.

    Ohio Supreme Court reprimands former state lawmaker
    The Ohio Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a former state lawmaker for drunken driving and negligently misrepresenting facts on his driver's license renewal in 2011. The court voted yesterday to reprimand Cincinnati attorney Robert Mecklenborg. The decision follows conclusions from a court disciplinary board that reviews allegations of legal misconduct by an attorney.

    Biden to travel to Cleveland
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Cleveland on Wednesday to deliver a speech about investing in infrastructure and the economy. Biden's office confirmed the plans Thursday but wouldn't provide any details about the appearance. Biden also promoted infrastructure spending during a visit to a different part of northern Ohio last fall. He toured a rail cargo hub south of Toledo and said that investing in railways, ports and highways would keep and create manufacturing jobs in the Midwest and elsewhere.

    Reuben Silver dead at 88
    One of the men who helped shape the Cleveland theater scene has died at the age of 88. Reuben Silver was a respected actor, artistic director and educator. The Plain Dealer reports that Silver died yesterday at the Hospice of the Western Reserve, surrounded by family. Silver served for more than 20 years as the artistic director of Karamu House, the oldest black theater in the country. He also was a professor of theater arts at Cleveland State University for 17 years

    Northeast Ohio judge pleads guilty
    Authorities say a northeast Ohio judge has pleaded guilty to failing to report campaign contributions and expenditures in his 2008 campaign. Federal and state authorities reported that Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of tampering with records. Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Belinky failed to disclose between $7,500 and $150,000 in campaign contributions, expenditures and loans. Belinky, a Democrat from Boardman, was first appointed by then-Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007 and elected to another term in 2008. He resigned in March.

    Death sentence upheld for truck driver
    The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a truck driver sentenced to die for killing his boss and another man. Death row inmate Calvin Neyland Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting the two men at Liberty Transportation outside Toledo in 2007 as he was about to be fired. 

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