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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including warrants for arrest end for deceased Akron teen, a statewide study to detect Lynch syndrome in cancer patients and Goodyear needs a name for its new airship.
CANCER SCREENINGS: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center is recruiting at least 2,000 Ohio patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year for a study to screen patients with colon cancer get screened for Lynch syndrome, a hereditary genetic mutation that increases the risk of cancer, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Participants will have their tumor tested for the gene mutation for free, and should testing show a possibility of Lynch syndrome, the patient and their parents, siblings and children will be offered free genetic testing and counseling. Those with Lynch syndrome have as much as an 80 percent chance of getting colorectal cancer, and women with Lynch syndrome have about 60 percent risk of endometrial cancer. Those with colon cancer diagnosed before age 50 will also be offered free genetic testing, regardless of screening results. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
YSU PRES. SEARCH: Although the Youngstown State University academic senate made a recommendation last week that the presidential search committee include a faculty representative from each college, the trustees said Wednesday that only the board will serve on the committee, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The board — which includes nine members and two student members all appointed by the governor. Trustees chairman Sudershan Garg said at the trustees meeting that the committee would be too large if everyone who showed interest — including people from across campus and from the community — was included in the search. 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. The search comes amid endorsements for Jim Tressel, former YSU and Ohio State head football coach, to be picked as president from prominent businessmen, commissioners and lawmakers including Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Robert Hagan and Rep. Nick Barborak. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
GOODYEAR: Goodyear is holding a contest to name its new Goodyear NT airship, a state-of-the art, semi-rigid replacement for its aging blimp fleet, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The airship will have its first flight later this month and will be able to display color video during the day on its high definition light display in fall. Though Goodyear says people can call it a blimp, it is technically an airship and can take off and land similar to a helicopter. This model has three 200-horsepower prop engines and seats 12 — five more than the blimp — and also has a restroom. Contest participants can go to www.goodyear.com/en-US/company/blimp to learn more. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that health insurers who sell family coverage to married heterosexual couples must do the same for married homosexual couples, even if the state doesn't recognize same sex-marriage, according to the Plain Dealer. Although it is illegal for insurance companies who offer coverage through the Affordable Care Act to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, previously it fell to individual states to determine what constituted a family. Since Ohio does not recognize same-sex marriage as valid, same-sex couples were denied family coverage through the Affordable Care Act. The federal government will not fully enforce this decision until 2015, but insurers are being encouraged to comply. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
DECEASED TEEN: The family of Jeffrey Gardner Jr. might finally be able to put a nightmare, in which they began receiving letters last month threatening to arrest their dead son, to rest after sheriff's deputies arrested Gardner's friend facing charges of tampering with records and forgery, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Despite being murdered in 2007, Gardner family received numerous letters threatening to arrest him for failure to appear in court for driving without a license and driving with expired plates, opening old wounds for his family and causing confusion for Barberton Municipal Court. Sheriff's deputies identified Drew Redington, 28, a friend of Gardner's who they believe used Gardner's name, birthdate and social security number to get out of driving offenses. Redington was being held in the Summit County Jail on a contempt of court charge and is now facing new charges. Click here to read more at ohio.com.