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Council encourages initiative on plastic bag ban
Source:  Community Common
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:50

PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth City Council has tabled an ordinance that would have banned disposable plastic bags from being used in retail establishments within the City of Portsmouth.

The legislation was meant to combat the polluting environmental effects of bags as well as the accompanying blight within the City.

The move was due to a miscommunication between council and City Solicitor John Haas. Haas informed council that council “could not put general legislation on the ballot.�

“(Citizens) can definitely pass a petition for a ballot initiative,� said Haas. “If they got the required signatures, depending on when it was done, this could end up on next year’s primary ballot or the general election.�

Mayor and 1st Ward Councilman Sean Dunne said he supported a ballot initiative as a way to mobilize young voters interested in environmental concerns.

“The spirit of this legislation was to encourage – particularly younger voters – to become part of the process. If six people vote on it here it defeats the purpose…A group can use this ordinance’s language to put it on the ballot.�

Council voted 6-0 to table the ordinance.

Other council members said they had spoken to local retailers about what a plastic bag tax would mean for their business.

“Prior to COVID, Kroger had an initiative to do away with plastic bags as they have in many other cities,� said 2nd Ward Councilwoman Charlotte Gordon. “They are moving towards biodegradable bags. They were going to do that here in Portsmouth by 2025. However, with COVID everything got set back…they were unable to tell me where that stands. But they agree that plastic bags are a problem.�

“I spoke with a manager from Save-a-Lot who said that plastic bags were 2 cents while paper bags were 10 cents,� said 4th Ward Councilwoman Lyvette Mosley. “They have thousands of plastic bags already in their warehouse. They said, if they were given time of perhaps a year, corporate may be able to prepare to change to biodegradable bags. Right now, they could not afford to do it.�

It remains to be seen if local groups or individuals will take up the issue, obtain the necessary signatures, and add the initiative to the ballot next year.

By Derrick C. Parker

For The Daily Times

© 2022 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved.


Columbia running back Marco Cirigliano aims to build off sophomore season
Source:  The Morning Journal
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:50

Division VI and the Lorain County League better keep an eye on Columbia’s backfield.

Raiders running back Marco Cirigliano is coming off a second-team All-Ohio season. Just like his number change from No. 36 to now No. 3, he and the Raiders anticipate seeing a bigger, faster and stronger force in the backfield.

“Mentally, I am a whole (new) person,” Cirigliano said.. “Last year was a really good acclimation year and was an amazing year. It was a fully varsity year for me to get into (form). I think this year, I have way more experience, I am more into it. I think that mentally, I am more prepared and ready to have this year started.”

After playing a full season, plus a regional semifinal playoff run, Columbia coach Jason Ward thought it was time for him to hit the weight room to combine the speedy north-south style running back with more strength.

“(Cirigliano) hit the weight room hard and (he) got bigger,” Ward said. “He put on some weight and didn’t lose any speed. As a first-year starting tailback, you don’t know what 10 games is going to feel like, let alone 13. I think he looked at Week 13 as his benchmark in terms of being prepared to playing 11, 12, or 13 games. We all felt like he needed to put on some good weight.”

The weight room made him 20 pounds heavier to become 180 pounds.

Cirigliano rushed for 1,464 yards and 27 touchdowns with 189 carries. He was also a receiving option out of the backfield with 247 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions.

Columbia running back Marco Cirigliano takes the handoff from quarterback Andrew Champagne and follow a block against Wellington on Oct. 1. (Randy Meyers - for The Morning Journal)
Columbia running back Marco Cirigliano takes the handoff from quarterback Andrew Champagne and follow a block against Wellington on Oct. 1. (Randy Meyers – for The Morning Journal)

Against Independence in Week 1 of the 2021 season, he rushed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Columbia continue to lean on him as the postseason arrived. Cirigliano’s 300 combined yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns against Black River in a regional quarterfinal were vital in the team’s late 22-20 win over the Pirates.

Columbia’s Cirigliano, Sophomore rushing Raiders to new heights

With the added weight, he still has the speed from track and field to break away from defenses to make for a dangerous combination.

"(Cirigliano) is still going to be a slasher," Ward said. "I think that he believes that with the extra weight, he will be able to carry some bodies and put some bodies on the ground. I think when the game starts, he is still going to be that slashing-type of (running back) that is elusive and can take it the distance from anywhere on the field."

With the season soon to come, Cirigliano is most anticipating the rematch against the LC8 champs Keystone, which defeated the Raiders, 34-24, at Columbia late in the regular season. The loss cost them a league championship.

"I think that (Keystone) was a game that we shouldn't have lost last year," he said. "It is just a big game to rebound for us. ...  It is a game to prove ourselves and show what Columbia (football) is really about."

Keystone and Columbia will play Oct. 14 near the end of the season. Oct. 14 is also Cirigliano's birthday.

Columbia went 11-2 (7-1 in LC8) in 2021. They were a regional semifinalist in Region 21. The new alignment from the OHSAA put the Raiders in Region 22 alongside defending Division VI state champion Carey.

The rest of D-VI will be loaded as well with Kirtland (Region 21), which was a powerhouses in D-V with three state championships in the last four years. They were D-V state runner-up to Versailles, which was also bumped down to Region 24 of D-VI. The 2021 D-VII state champ Marion Local will also compete in Region 24.


Man arrested for assaulting victim with a gun
Source:  WKBN
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:49

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - One man was arrested after police say he assaulted another man with a gun.

It happened Sunday night just before midnight, on the 200 block of Tod Avenue, NW.

Warren Police were called for a disturbance. When they arrive they found the 30-year-old victim lying on the ground on a balcony with another person holding a rag to his head because he was "bleeding heavy."

Witnesses told police 28-year-old Johnathan Ferrier was standing outside his apartment waiving a gun around. After being told to put it away or the police would be called, he replied saying the police couldn't do anything to him, according to the report.

The witness said shortly after he heard a commotion from an apartment and when he went to check it out, he found the victim bleeding and was told Ferrier assaulted him with the gun.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Ferrier was found to have warrants through Trumbull County. He was taken into custody and charged with felonious assault and assault.


Commissioners act on dog fee waivers, $2 million jail grant
Source:  Toledo Blade
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:45

Lucas County owners of licensed dogs are now able to retrieve them for free from the county dog shelter the first time dogs end up there.

State attorneys general support new poultry rule but question oversight
Source:  Bryan Times
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:45

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. “One of the many reasons it’s…

State attorneys general support new poultry rule but question oversight
Source:  Northwest Signal
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:45

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. “One of the many reasons it’s…

Lorain school board votes to denounce ‘divisive concepts legislation’
Source:  The Morning Journal
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:43

The Lorain City Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution opposing legislation making its way through the state legislature the district believes promotes “divisive concepts� in education.

The board voted 5-0 at its Aug. 8 meeting in support of the resolution after hearing from a number of community members, teachers and even the president of the district teacher’s union who all supported the resolution and opposed the proposed legislation, which the district called “unprecedented.”

Several community members spoke against approving the resolution, but ultimately their views did not sway the vote.

The resolution is in opposition to any divisive concepts legislation including House Bill 322, House Bill 327 and House Bill 616.

All three laws attempt to ban or curtail the teaching of sexuality and sexual orientation as well as the history of racism and attitudes toward race in the classrooms of Ohio public schools.

Both subjects have become hot-button political issues in recent years as the country has become more and more divided politically.

Media reports of school board meetings turning into brawls were plentiful the past couple of years as districts all over the country debated just what it should and should not teach students on these subjects.

If HB 616 were to pass, the law would forbid teaching or use of material on sexual or gender indentity to students in grades K-3.

For grades 4-12 the law would forbid: “any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity in any manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,� according to legislation.

Teachers caught in violation could lose their license while districts would be subject to a loss of state funding.

HB 616 also would make it illegal to teach critical race theory; intersectional theory; the 1619 Project; diversity, equity and inclusion learning outcomes; and inherited racial guilt.

Summing up the board’s stance, President Bill Sturgill said the proposed legislation “is a very visual reminder that these laws are much more than the topics that are in news today.�

That view is reflected in the board resolution which states: “the topics of race, racism, gender, sexism, sexual orientation, and gender identity are not divisive or inappropriate, but are instead current and historical realities our students and community face.�

The resolution went on to say that HB 122 and HB 127 were an unprecedented and unlawful overreach of intrusion into public education.

The resolution continued that while HB 616 “devalues historically excluded racial populations and students, staff and community members who hold the LGBTQIA+ identity. In addition, it suppresses classroom discussion and promotes, fear, intolerance and hate.�

Julie Garcia, president of the Lorain Education Association, said the union fully supported the passage of the resolution.

Many students consider the school community a second family and view it as a safe space where they can explore subjects such as sexuality while also not feeling they’ll be subject to discrimination of any kind, Garcia said.

Passing the resolution will protect teachers and allow them to have open and accepting conversations with students about difficult and important topics in an age-appropriate way, Garcia said.

Bart Gonzales, a 1995 graduate of Southview who served in the U.S. Navy and community activist, said he felt the district rushed the process of introducing the resolution and should have held off before passing it.

Gonzales said his experience of growing up in Lorain subjected him to people from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities.

He said he gained a greater appreciation for that experience while traveling the world while serving in the Navy.

Gonzales said he believes the district moved too fast in denouncing HB 616, which he said he read and did not find offensive.

Another woman said the district should focus on getting students up to speed in subjects like reading and stray away from focusing on sexuality, which she intimated was too heavy of a topic for youngsters to have to be exposed to and ponder at such a tender age.


Cold front bringing rain, storms, and a bit of a chill to Columbus area
Source:  NBC4i
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:42

Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:

  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance showers, especially before midnight, low 65
  • Wednesday: Chance of showers, especially south, high 81
  • Thursday: Partly cloudy, isolated pm storm possible, high 82
  • Friday: Mainly sunny, cooler, drier, high 78
  • Saturday: Sunny skies, high 80

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good Tuesday Evening,

It has been a mixed bag across our area today, with highs in the lower 90s in our southern counties, but temps have dropped into the upper 60s in our northern counties today. The slow moving cold front will continue to sag south this evening with showers and some storms ahead of it. These showers will continue this evening and should fall apart a bit overnight.

Temps will start in the middle 60s to lower 60s (north) on Wednesday, but with the frontal boundary close to the Ohio River, expect a chance of morning showers mainly south of I-70 for the first 13-15 hours of Wednesday. By late day, the front should push a little further south and cut off the rain chances. Highs on Wednesday will remain below normal in the lower 80s.

Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. We will stay partly cloudy on Thursday, with isolated late day thundershowers with a cold front that will be progressive. This will clear our area by Thursday night, and will give us clearing skies and cooler and drier air behind it. Expect highs again in the lower 80s on Thursday.

Behind the front we will enjoy mainly sunny skies on Friday, with highs only in the upper 70s. We will see our coolest morning on Saturday with lows in the middle to lower 50s across the area. It is still possible a few areas in the far northeast part of our area (Knox/Coshocton counties) could push the 50° mark on Saturday morning. The weekend will be pretty idea, with highs near 80 on Saturday, and close to 80 on Sunday with a few more clouds.

Early next week, clouds will increase with highs near 80 again, and rain chances will start to ramp up Monday night into Tuesday with our next weak disturbance. Expect partly sunny skies with isolated showers on Tuesday and highs remaining in the lower 80s.

-Dave


Main entrance of popular WV destination expected to be closed this fall
Source:  WKBN
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:41

A sign for the Red Creek Trailhead and Forest Road 19, which are both impacted by the bridge closure. WBOY image.

GRANT COUNTY, W.Va. (WBOY) — The main entrance to Dolly Sods and the popular Red Creek Trailhead is expected to be impacted by a bridge closure this fall, the United States Forest Service said Tuesday.

Last week, the Forest Service announced the closure of the Laneville bridge over Red Creek on Forest Road 19. At the time, the duration of the closure and the time it would take to construct a new bridge were unknown. Now, the Forest Service said in a press release that it is developing a construction contract for the demolition of the existing bridge and the installation of a temporary one.

The Forest Service said it will offer incentives in an attempt to expedite the work and its goal is to have the temporary bridge in place before winter.

Road closure signs have been installed in several locations advising local traffic only in Laneville, according to the Forest Service.

In addition to the Dolly Sods entrance, the Forest Service said the bridge is a key connection between Randolph, Tucker and Grant counties.

An alternate route into Dolly Sods.

The closure stems from an unspecified safety concern that the Forest Service said was identified during a routine safety inspection and warranted an immediate closure.

One possible alternate route visitors can use takes them through Seneca Rocks on Route 33, north on Route 28 onto Jordan Run Road, then west on Brushy Ridge Road into Dolly Sods near Bear Rocks.

The Forest Service asked visitors to consider other access points to the Dolly Sods Wilderness and said the Forest Service's Petersburg office can provide travel suggestions and alternative trails at 304-257-4488.


Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing
Source:  WKBN
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:39

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement.

After hearing more than seven hours of testimony from investigators and witnesses, a Leflore County grand jury last week determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter, Leflore County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said in a news release Tuesday.

The decision comes despite recent revelations about an unserved arrest warrant and the 87-year-old Donham’s unpublished memoir.

The Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr., Emmett Till’s cousin and the last living witness to Till’s Aug. 28, 1955, abduction, said Tuesday’s announcement is “unfortunate, but predictable.�

“The prosecutor tried his best, and we appreciate his efforts, but he alone cannot undo hundreds of years of anti-Black systems that guaranteed those who killed Emmett Till would go unpunished, to this day,� Parker said in a statement.

“The fact remains that the people who abducted, tortured, and murdered Emmett did so in plain sight, and our American justice system was and continues to be set up in such a way that they could not be brought to justice for their heinous crimes.�

An email and voicemail seeking comment from Donham's son Tom Bryant weren’t immediately returned Tuesday.

In June, a group searching the basement of the Leflore County Courthouse discovered the unserved arrest warrant charging Donham, then-husband Roy Bryant and brother-in-law J.W. Milam in Till’s abduction in 1955. While the men were arrested and acquitted on murder charges in Till’s subsequent slaying, Donham, 21 at the time, was never taken into custody.

The 14-year-old Chicago boy was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he and some other children went to the store in the town of Money where Carolyn Bryant worked. Relatives told the AP that Till had whistled at the white woman, but denied that he touched her.

In an unpublished memoir obtained last month by The Associated Press, Donham said Milam and her husband brought Till to her in the middle of the night for identification but that she tried to help the youth by denying it was him. She claimed that Till then volunteered that he was the one they were looking for.

Till’s battered, disfigured body was found days later in a river, where it was weighted down with a heavy metal fan. The decision by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, to open Till’s casket for his funeral in Chicago demonstrated the horror of what had happened and added fuel to the civil rights movement.

Following their acquittal, Bryant and Milam admitted to the abduction and killing in an interview with Look magazine. They were not charged with a federal crime, and both have long since died.

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice Department opened an investigation of Till’s killing after it received inquiries about whether charges could be brought against anyone still living.

Till’s body was exhumed, in part to confirm it was he. A 2005 autopsy found that Till died of a gunshot wound to the head, and that had fractures in his wrist bones, skull and femur.

In 2006, the FBI launched its Cold Case Initiative in an effort to identify and investigate racially-motivated murders. Two years later, Congress passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.

The Justice Department said the statute of limitations had run out on any potential federal crime, but the FBI worked with state investigators to determine if state charges could be brought. In February 2007, a Mississippi grand jury declined to indict anyone, and the Justice Department announced it was closing the case.

But federal officials announced last year that they were once again closing their investigation, saying there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she lied to the FBI.â€�

Timothy Tyson, the North Carolina historian who interviewed Donham for his 2017 book, â€œThe Blood of Emmett Till,â€� said Tuesday that the newly rediscovered warrant did nothing to “appreciably change the concrete evidence against her.â€� But he said the renewed focus on the case should “compel Americansâ€� to face the racial and economic disparities that still exist here.

“The Till case will not go away because the racism and ruthless indifference that created it remain with us,� he said in an email. “We see generations of Black children struggle against these obstacles, and many die due to systemic racism that is every bit as lethal as a rope or a revolver.�

___

Associated Press Writer Allen G. Breed contributed to this report.

Michael Goldberg is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.


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