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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a new ride at Cedar Point, We Are Ohio plans "real state of the state" and capital murder trial is pushed back.
MADISON TRIAL: The capital murder trial of Michael Madison, 36, has been pushed back from April 28 to late July so his defense attorneys will have three more months to prepare, according to The Plain Dealer. Madison was indicted last July in the deaths of three women: Angela H. Deskins, 38, Shetisha Sheeley, 28; and Shirellda Terry, 18, after the three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags near Madison's home. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnel said she will not allow another extension. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
TRESSEL: Trumbull County commissioners have joined the ranks of people recommending Jim Tressel for Youngstown State University's president, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Tressel is the former head football coach at YSU and Ohio State University and current executive vice president of student success at University of Akron, and has also been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan to be appointed president. AGB Search, which conducted the presidential search for the last university president, Randy J. Dunn, has offered to do a new search for YSU for free, since Dunn resigned after only 7 months. Click here to read more at Vindy.com.
REAL STATE OF THE STATE: Ohio union leaders are planning a rally before Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address Monday at 5 p.m. in Medina to deliver what they are calling "the real state of the state," according to The Medina Gazette. Organized by We Are Ohio, the group that worked to repeal Senate Bill 5 in 2011, has organized the rally and John Leatherman, president of the Medina City Teachers Association, will be one of four featured speakers. We Are Ohio spokesman Meredith Tucker said they expect a few hundred people at the rally. Click here to read more at MedinaGazette.NorthCoastNow.com.
CLEVELAND CONVENTION: Cleveland Mayor Frank jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced Thursday that a group of non-profits and community leaders have formed "Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc." to attract major political parties to host a national convention there in 2016, according to The Plain Dealer. The committee, a non-profit corporation, will prepare bids to attract political parties. The city and county are considering legislation next week to create a bid package pledging support. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
SLINGSHOT: Cedar Point announced this week that they will begin construction next month on a 263 foot tall ride called the SlingShot, which launches two riders in a secured, open-air seat almost 360 feet into the air at speeds of up to 62 mph, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The ride will be ready this summer near the Gemini roller coaster, and will cost extra on top of the park admission. Cedar Point also announced the arrival of Starbucks, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon and other places to eat. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.