How Strongsville is re-enforcing Ohio school bus laws.

After the tragedy in Indiana where three school children died after being hit by a car passing a school bus illegally, Strongsville’s police department decided to enforce Ohio’s school bus laws a little differently. Above is a podcast. It has the interviews of both Mark Fender, Strongville’s Chief of Police, and Cameron Ryba, superintendent of Strongsville City Schools.  They discuss how this solution came to fruition and how they plan to continue it in the future.  Strongsville is not the only police department in Ohio to take action against distracted drivers.  Chief Fender explained how the intiative is less about the numbers and more about behavioral change. “I don’t have numbers

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House Bill 755: The Drawbacks and Benefits of an Animal Abuse Registry

By Kathryn Monsewicz The above podcast features interviews with the Stark County Dog Warden, Ohio SPCA, and Stark County Humane Society about House Bill 755. Snapshots of some companion animals up for adoption at the Stark County Humane Society. Photos by Kathryn Monsewicz. House Bill 755 was introduced into the Ohio Legislature in October 2018 to establish a registry for those convicted of or who pleaded guilty to animal abuse offenses. The registration would be maintained by the Attorney General’s Office with access granted to local and state law enforcement. The bill proposed on the Legislature’s website details types of animal abuse, how long an abuser would be listed on

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Advocating for human trafficking close to home

Words by Ashton Vogelhuber   Human trafficking is modern day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. This definition comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s website which also describes the type of person traffickers often target as well as provides other resources to recognize key indicators. In Ohio, Governor Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force provides an overview of state and federal anti-trafficking laws found below.    The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to marshal the resources of the State of Ohio to coordinate efforts to identify victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system

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Down to the wire: outdated electrical systems pose potential threat to Kent homes

There can be evident risks when purchasing or residing in an older home, such as outdated heating sources, structural issues or lead paint on the walls. Inside the walls, however, could lie another potential threat: worn, exposed or faulty knob-and-tube wiring. The standard electrical system installed from the late 19th century up to the 1950s in the United States, knob-and-tube wiring is now generally considered unsafe for homes by most electricians. Its installation is prohibited in the National Electrical Code. There is no ground wire in the knob-and-tube setup, which newer electrical systems include to neutralize the positive and negative currents. In addition, existing systems are decades old, exposing the

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International students face H1B visa stress in this graduation season

  This year, another lucky 85000 people win this H-1B Visa lottery. But working visa is always the most arguable topic among international students. What is H-1B? [<a href=”//storify.com/mollyying/h-1b” target=”_blank”>View the story ” H-1B” on Storify</a>] Most of international students are looking for H-1B visa after their graduation and internship. It is the way to start their career in U.S. But to get this visa is not easy and the opportunity is not equal to everyone. Tim Si graduated from Kent State University last year and he is now working in a architecture firm in Cleveland. He feel he is really lucky this year and wins this H1-B lottery. “The

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Freedom House gives veterans a second chance

by Justin McKinney, Jacob Runnels and Jessa Schroeder.   Note: the Freedom House has asked we do not disclose last names of veterans in order to respect the privacy of the organization as well as the veterans themselves.     For veterans who don’t have anywhere to call their own home, they can enlist in the services of Freedom House.   According to its website, Freedom House is a program organized by the Family & Community Services (F&CS) of Northeast Ohio to “support homeless veterans in our community in their efforts to achieve greater self sufficiency” that serves Portage and other surrounding counties. F&CS has one Freedom House in Kent,

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