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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including Youngstown applied for military assistance to help with blight problems, Jim Tressel is named in the top three finalists for University of Akron's presidency (surprise!) and Tallmadge Parks and Recreation manager David Cooper pleads guilty to seven counts of criminal trespassing.
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON: The University of Akron's presidential search has been narrowed down to three finalists, one of which is, unsurprisingly, executive vice president of student success and former OSU/YSU football coach, Jim Tressel, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The other two finalists are Ronald A. Nykiel, provost of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Scott L. Scarborough, provost of the University of Toledo. All three finalists will spend a day next interviewing on campus and meeting with faculty, students, college deans, trustees and the public. Nykiel will be on campus Monday, Scarborough on Wednesday and Tressel on Thursday. Tressel is also in the running for president of Youngstown State University, where he has been endorsed for presidency by prominent local businessmen, commissioners and lawmakers including Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Robert Hagan and Rep. Nick Barborak. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
KENMORE BRAWL: Thirteen more Kenmore High School students were arrested Monday in relation to the fight that occurred on April 11, bringing the total number of students facing charges to 26, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. All arrested Monday were charged with misconduct during an emergency and one student is facing a felony assault charge for attacking a staff member The original 13 were charged with rioting. The fight began when an 18-year-old Buchtel High School student entered Kenmore shortly before the fight began, and officials say neighborhood factions played a role. All of the involved students have been issued a suspension. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
TALLMADGE PARKS AND REC ARREST: The Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department manager David Cooper is on paid leave after pleading not guilty to seven counts of fourth-degree criminal trespassing and is awaiting trial June 3, according to the Tallmadge Express. Tallmadge police say Cooper is shown on video surveillance for Summa Rehabilitation Services at the Recreation Center seven times between March 4 and around March 24 during days and times when the facility was not open. Cooper was originally the liaison between city and Summa Health Services when it moved into the Recreation Center in 2010 but was stripped of that duty in 2012, and the lease requires the city to give 24 hours notice before an employee enters. Cooper has been the Parks and Recreation manager since 2008. Click here to read more at tallmadgeexpress.com.
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE: The Democratic National Committee has named Cleveland among its 14 cities asked to create a proposal to host the 2016 presidential nominating convention, making Cleveland one of only two cities to be courted by both the DNC and the Republican National Committee, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The party said it will accept proposals through June 6, and Cleveland officials already submitted their bid for the Republican convention in February. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County officials announced in February a joint effort to lure the DNC and RNC parties to consider the city for a convention, and Cuyahoga County Council has committed $5 million to support a convention, $2.5 million of which is for law enforcement services. The only other city to be asked to apply by both parties is Las Vegas. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
YOUNGSTOWN BLIGHT: The city of Youngstown is applying to the federal Department of Defense for its Innovative Readiness Training program, which will help the city with the demolition of vacant houses and the removal of trash and brush, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The work would be completed in 2016 if Youngstown is chosen for the program, and the city is proposing two locations as top priority. The city would be responsible for abatement and dumping fees, but the DOD would supply free labor and equipment. The city placed public notices in The Vindicator Monday and Tuesday, which is a requirement of the application. Click here to read more at vindy.com.