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Alumni call for reinstatement of fired OSU band director
Other headlines: Brunswick brings back tornado sirens; Brother charged in death of dirt bike thief

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Brunswick brings back tornado sirens
  • Brother charged in death of dirt bike thief
  • Akron schools pay $100,000 for single student's special ed
  • Alumni call for reinstatement of fired OSU band director 
    The ousted director of the Ohio State marching band is getting support from alumni and others for his reinstatement.

    A petition is quickly gaining signatures by backers of Jon Waters who was fired last Thursday for tolerating what it calls a ‘sexualized’ culture in the band, according to the Plain Dealer.

    A two-month investigation detailed lewd activities that it says qualify as sexual harassment.

    Backers of Waters says he worked to improve the band and make it a safe environment.

    Ohio State officials stand by the decision to fire Waters.

    Brunswick brings back tornado sirens

    Clarification:  The original version of this story referred to the emergency notification system as 'reverse 911.'  That is the trademarked name of an emergency notification system but is not the one used in this case.

    A northeast Ohio community where two tornadoes have touched down this summer will reactivate its tornado warning sirens.

    The city council in Brunswick voted Monday night to get the sirens up and running again.

    The city had shut them off six years ago after repeated attacks from hackers had the sirens sounding false alarms. Since then, the city has used an emergency notification system, sending alerts to phones and via email.

    The cost will include upgrades to prevent hackers from accessing the system.

    Minor tornadoes caused damage in northern Medina County in June and July. The first one damaged about 40 homes in Brunswick.

    Brother charged in death of dirt bike thief
    Two Cleveland brothers have been charged with felonious assault after using their cars to hit and kill a 17-year-old boy who they claim had stolen a dirt bike from them.

    Tracy Philpott Jr. of Warrensville Heights died Saturday, two days after being struck by cars police say were driven by 24-year-old Aaron Trail and 28-year-old Alfonso Trail on Cleveland's east side.

    A police report says Philpott brandished a gun when he and an unidentified male robbed the brothers of the dirt bike.

    Police say the Trails got into separate cars after hearing the dirt bike stall a short distance away, found Philpott and hit him with their cars.

    Akron schools pay $100,000 for single student's special ed
    The Akron school district has agreed to pay just over $100,000 a year to send an autistic child to a private school after a longstanding challenge by the child's parents.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the school board approved paying the tuition and other costs on Monday.

    The child's parents initially challenged the school district six years ago about allowing their child to attend Monarch Center for Autism in Cleveland Heights.

    Akron school officials argued the district had appropriate facilities.

    The state will reimburse Akron schools about a third of the costs.

    An attorney for Akron schools says the district is obligated to provide an appropriate education to children.

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