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Here are some of today's headlines, including Elyria extending benefits to same-sex couples, Cleveland Catholic teachers have new demands to meet and Barberton High School Concert band honors slain students.
CATHOLIC TEACHERS: The Cleveland Catholic diocese has changed the morality clause in its contracts for teachers at more than 200 elementary schools to include a long list of banned activities that teachers must agree to or lose their jobs, according to The Plain Dealer. The contract bans public support of anything contrary to Roman Catholic teaching including, but not limited to, publicly supporting abortions, euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, surrogate parenthood, direct sterilization or so-called homosexual or same-sex marriage or unions, as well as sexual relations outside of marriage, any same-sex sexual activity, cohabitation outside of marriage, drug use, viewing pornography and sending inappropriate texts and emails. It also lists teachers as "teacher-ministers," which could cause problems for teachers' unions as ministers cannot be unionized. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
TWITTER THREAT: The student enrolled in Nordonia High School's "Digital Knights" online program was charged with one count of inducing panic, a second degree felony, at an arraignment today in Stow Municipal Court for allegedly threatening to shoot up Nordonia Hills High School in a tweet, according to the Nordonia Hills News-Leader. Mitchell J. Bliss, 18, alleged tweeted "I hope what happened in Chardon happens in Nordonia. You really all deserve it" among three other tweets, even allegedly going so far as to name a student he said he couldn't wait to shoot. Bliss' home, car, computers and cell phone were all searched and Macedonia police say they don't believe he intended to follow through on the threat. Bliss is being held in the Macedonia City Jail on $500,000 bail. Click here to read more at the-news-leader.com.
BARBERTON BAND: The Barberton High School concert band will play an original piece Saturday to honor two students who were killed along with their father during a home robbery last New Year's Eve, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Clarinet player Ashley Carpenter, 18, and percussionist David Carpenter, 14, will be honored at the annual spring concert with a piece titled With Time as the Unknown, which was composed by retired band director Clarence Barber and incorporates the personalities of Ashley and David. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
SAME-SEX COUPLES: The city of Elyria will now allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive their health benefits effective May 1, according to the Elyria Chronicle. While same-sex marriage is still illegal in Ohio it is permitted in other states, and Elyria now says it will honor those unions made in other states. Cleveland, Akron and Cuyahoga County also offer benefits to same-sex couples, and one Elyria employee has already enrolled a spouse for benefits. Click here to read more at chronicle.northcoastnow.com.