Wednesday, May 03, 2000


UC names new education dean
        Early-childhood specialist Lawrence J. Johnson has been named dean of the University of Cincinnati's College of Education. He has been interim dean since the school year began.

        In his 10 years at UC, Mr. Johnson, 46, has been professor of education, head of the college's division of early childhood and special education, and executive director of the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center.

        Before that, he established and led the early childhood special education program at the University of Alabama.

        His Ph.D. focused on training teachers to educate children with mild learning and behavioral problems.

Teachers union sends out election ballots
        The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, which represents about 3,600 educators and other school employees in Cincinnati Public Schools, will mail out ballots today for its presidential election.

        Current CFT President Tom Mooney is leaving the post after his election in April as president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers. Mr. Mooney, elected in 1979, is the longest-serving president in CFT history.

        The two finalists to replace Mr. Mooney are Rick Beck, a Woodward High School math teacher who has been the union's bargaining chair for 10 years, and Murray Grace, a Cincinnati Public Schools teacher at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center. Mr. Grace has also been CFT recording secretary for two years.

        Ballots are due back by May 15, and are to be presented to the union membership May 17. If the union accepts the election, the new president will be sworn in that day.

Wilmington College to honor educator
        Educator John Bryant will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at Wilmington College's commencement Saturday. Mr. Bryant, a resident of Wilmington, is being honored for his work as executive director of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and 19 years in the college's education department. He also was the Ohio college's basketball coach from 1972 to 1974.

        Mr. Bryant previously taught and coached at Cincinnati's Withrow High School and is active in a variety of community organizations, from the Urban Appalachian Council to the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council and Seven Hills Neighborhood House.

Woman accused of stealing rent money
        A Deer Park woman faces a theft charge for allegedly stealing rent money.

        Barbara Mallon, 50, was arrested Monday night at her Beech Avenue home. She is accused of taking about $12,000 in tenants' rent payments instead of depositing them into the Kugler Mill Limited Partnership's account. She formerly worked for the company. She also altered deposit slips to cover the missing money, according to her arrest report.

        The thefts took place between May 1998 and August 1999, the report said.

Funding uncertain for airport roadwork
        DAYTON, Ohio — Planners say it will take about $80 million to do the roadwork necessary for an envisioned $1.5 billion expansion at Dayton International Airport. But they don't know where the road money will come from.

        The City Commission scheduled a vote for today on whether to request $79.1 million from the state's Transportation Review Advisory Council. That money could hinge on another vote Thursday by a committee of the region's government officials.

        The Transportation Committee of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission will decide Thursday whether to add the entire $1.5 billion, 18-year expansion to the area's transportation list.

Mfume cancels OSU talk due to strike
        COLUMBUS — The leader of the NAACP canceled a speech scheduled for Tuesday at Ohio State University because of a strike by about 1,900 janitors, drivers and other workers, the union and university said.

        Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was to speak about affirmative action and diversity. He was to speak at a luncheon that is part of a daylong conference sponsored by the university, “Racial Legacies: Bridging the Political, Educational and Economic Divide.”

        Local 4501 of the Communications Workers of America said in a statement that Mr. Mfume canceled the speech after learning of the strike.

Company won't produce beryllium at Ohio plant
        LORAIN, Ohio — A company has tentatively agreed to ban the production of beryllium, a metal that can cause a fatal lung disease, at its Lorain plant.

        Cleveland-based Brush Wellman Inc. has reached an agreement with city officials that it will not produce or store beryllium at its plant in the Lorain Industrial Park, company spokesman B.J. Fischer said Tuesday.

        Beryllium has not been produced at the plant since 1948. Brush Wellman has no plans to resume production of the metal there, the spokesman said.

        City Council has been pushing for the ban and is expected to review the deal at its meeting Monday.

        Brush Wellman is one of the world's largest producers of beryllium products and produces the metal at several of its U.S. plants. The metal is used in the defense, automotive and electronics industries.

Suspect is arrested in fatal robberies
        FREMONT, Ohio — Northwest Ohio authorities flew to Houston on Tuesday morning to bring back a man accused of killing two carryout clerks and wounding a bartender in three separate robberies.

        John Michael Robinson, 22, of Sandusky, was arrested at a Houston motel Monday night after a nationwide search that started a week ago.

        The shootings that began April 21 created fear among carryout workers and business owners. Police said they had last heard from Mr. Robinson on Wednesday when he was in Missouri, and that he denied involvement in the shootings.

        Mr. Robinson was captured after authorities were tipped to his whereabouts by a Houston salesclerk, said Charles Holloway, special agent for the FBI in Sandusky.

Judge clears man in gun negligence case
        COLUMBUS — A Columbus man charged with negligent homicide after his ex-wife's teen-age son got hold of his gun and accidentally killed a friend has been found not guilty by a judge.

        Franklin County Municipal Court Judge James Fais ruled Monday that William Gannon, 36, had taken sufficient care to secure the weapon when he locked it in a tool chest.

        Mr. Gannon's former stepson, Kyle Proffit, 14, pried open the chest to get the .45-caliber pistol on Jan. 18 before he accidentally shot and killed Matthew Osborne, 13.

        The shooting took place at Mr. Gannon's home, where Kyle lived along with his mother, Kelley Gannon. The Gannons are divorced but continue to live together.


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