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Qualls asks for quick chief search, Ohio highway rank drops, Dems OKed abortion "gag"

click to enlarge Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is calling for a quick police chief search following a bout of local violence during the past few weeks. In a memo to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Qualls argues a police chief replacement is necessary to clamp down on crime, particularly gun and gang-related violence. She asks the city manager to report to City Council on the hiring search in early August and have a full replacement ready by the end of the summer. Former Police Chief James Craig recently left Cincinnati to take the police chief job in Detroit, his hometown.

Ohio

dropped from No. 13 to No. 25

in a state-by-state ranking of highways. The report from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, looked at highway conditions and cost effectiveness. Among the findings: About 22.73 percent of Ohio’s bridges were deemed deficient in 2009, down from 24.51 percent in 2007. Twenty states reported more than one in four bridges as deficient — a threshold Ohio barely missed. Despite Ohio being relatively worse off, the nation as a whole improved in major categories, according to the report: “Six of the seven key indicators of system condition showed improvement, including large gains in rural interstate and urban interstate condition, and a reduction in the fatality rate.”

Ohio Democrats now criticizing the state budget’s rape counselor restriction

voted for the measure in a separate House bill on June 16

. The “gag,” as Democrats now call it, prevents publicly funded rape counselors from discussing abortion as a viable medical option for rape victims. “Democrats supported the bill to fund rape crisis centers and we were led to believe that this offensive language gagging rape counselors would be fixed in the budget,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern told the Associated Press through a spokesperson. “It was not.” Democrats voted against the state budget that actually encoded the measure into law.

On July 11 at Fountain Square, anti-abortion group Created Equal plans to use a jumbo screen to

show a graphic video

containing footage of aborted fetuses and their separated limbs.

Three more statewide online schools — known as “e-schools” — are

coming to Ohio

following approval from the Department of Education. Proponents of e-schools call them a “valuable alternative” to traditional schooling. But some education experts and studies have found e-schools

often perform poorly

.

Mason is having some success using private-public partnerships to attract high-tech companies

.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says

“pilot error”

caused the stunt airplane crash that killed two at last month’s Dayton Air Show.

BBC

explains

why phones sometimes feel like they’re vibrating when they’re not.

New contact lenses give telescopic vision

.

Fireworks would likely

look boring

in space.
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