News roundup: week ending July 9, 2010

July 8, 2010 by EVE   · 1 Comment »

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News roundup: week ending June 11, 2010

June 16, 2010 by EVE   · 1 Comment »

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Voting closes this weekend for statue of influential Ohioan to be on display at U.S. Capitol

June 7, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Published on June 7, 2010 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Voting closes Saturday to help decide which influential Ohioan will be memorialized as a statue and represent the state at the U.S. Capitol.

Ohioans of all ages can choose from a list of 10 finalists and cast their ballots at one of three dozen voting locations across the state. Ballots also can be downloaded online — at www.legacyforohio.org — and submitted via e-mail or traditional mail, but they must be turned in or postmarked by June 12.

Kim Schuette, communications manager for the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, said about 13,000 ballots have been sent to the center so far. She anticipates a flood of ballots to arrive next week from polling places that stockpiled ballots to send in one batch after voting closes.

Read the full article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Historic Ohioans vying for spot in Statuary Hall

June 7, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Published on June 7, 2010 in the Columbus Dispatch:

Picking a famous Ohioan to be honored in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., has all the trappings of a political race: campaign committees, spirited debate, high-profile spokesmen and a public vote.

But in this case, all the candidates are dead and the winner will be cast in stone instead of taking office.

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is beating the drum for Jesse Owens; Amanda Wright Lane, the great-great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, is campaigning for her pilot-ancestors; and the University of Cincinnati is backing Dr. Albert Sabin, the inventor of the polio vaccine.

The campaigning has been spirited and sometimes contentious.

Stan Purdy, a Georgetown, Ohio, lawyer who is president of the U.S. Grant Homestead Association, said it’s hard to compete with some of the more-glamorous campaigns.

“The Edison people are way out in front,” Purdy said. “If you give them one table to give a demonstration, they’ll take three.

“The Wright brothers had a flight simulator. That’s not fair,” he said, joking.

But Grant got an unexpected bonus from the recent proposal to replace the Ohioan’s likeness on the $50bill with that of former President Ronald Reagan.

“I couldn’t have created any greater publicity than that,” Purdy said.

Read the full article in the Columbus Dispatch.

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News roundup: week ending June 4, 2010

June 4, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

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Flapper gowns on display at Upton

June 4, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Published on June 4, 2010 in the Trib Today:

A display of 1920s FLAPPER DRESSES will be shown from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Harriet Taylor Upton House off Mahoning Avenue for the first open house of the summer. The subject of the open house is voting. There will be a display memorabilia regarding the Suffrage movement. Attendees will have a chance to vote to have a statue of Harriet Taylor Upton placed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

Read the original article in the Trib Today.

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Ohioans back best Buckeye for revered site

June 2, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Published on June 1, 2010, in the Toledo Blade:

COLUMBUS – Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is pushing for Jesse Owens.

Three costumed women campaigned for Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, suffragist Harriet Taylor Upton, and Challenger astronaut Judith Resnik.

And a Dayton economic development group is the wind beneath the wings of the Wright Brothers.

While the campaigns hardly compare to the nasty television ads in this year’s race for governor, advocates for Ohio’s 10 finalists – 11 if you count Orville and Wilbur Wright separately – are using the Internet and star power to get their favorites into the National Statuary Hall.

As of last week, more than 12,000 ballots had been received, Ohio Historical Society spokesman Kim Schuette said.

The unprecedented vote, which will continue through June 12, is designed to influence a legislative committee that formally will recommend a replacement for Gov. William Allen as one of two Ohio representatives in the hall in the U.S. Capitol.

Allen, a Democratic governor and congressman from Chillicothe, was popular in the late 1800s, but his tolerance of slavery and opposition to the policies of President Abraham Lincoln have not worn well over time. So the state is looking to make a change.

Ohio’s other representative, assassinated Republican President James Garfield, will remain in the hall.

Also among the 10 nominees on the ballot are inventor and Milan native Thomas Edison, Toledo congressman and abolitionist James Ashley, civil rights leader William McCulloch, medical researcher Albert Sabin, and Civil War general and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Working with supporters in Ohio, the campaign has contacted women’s political groups, schools for girls, Girl Scouts, and other organizations in hopes of getting out the vote.

But she’s feeling a bit overwhelmed by Ohio State’s lobbying for Owens, the African-American track star whose 1936 Olympic gold medals in Berlin became a thumb in the eye to Adolf Hitler’s Aryan superiority propaganda.

Mr. Gee cast his vote for Owens on the first day of balloting at the historical society, and the university president engaged in a good-natured debate with the costumed women who were present to promote the three female candidates.

Ohio State also used the recent grand opening of its new Ohio Union to promote Owens.

“There’s a lot of competition,” Ms. Long said. “The fact is that Ohio State University is a public institution that gets federal and state money. I think it would be better if they educated the student body about all 10 candidates and let the students make an educated choice rather than push so hard for an [alumnus]. I find that disturbing.”

OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said Mr. Gee’s involvement is as much about promoting the vote in general as it was promoting Owens. He said the school is also behind McCulloch, another alumnus.

Read the full article at the Toledo Blade.

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News roundup: week ending May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

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News roundup: week ending May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

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You can vote for Resnik statue in U.S. Capitol

May 15, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Published on May 15, 2010 in the Akron Beacon Journal:

Judith A. Resnik, Akron’s own astronaut, is in the running to represent Ohio in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, and you can help send her likeness to the nation’s capital.

Judith Arlene Resnik was born April 5, 1949, to parents Marvin and Sarah Resnik. She and a younger brother, Charles, were raised in Akron.

She attended Firestone High School, where she was valedictorian of the class of 1966. She excelled in mathematics and played classical piano.

She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in 1970 and her doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1977.

In August 1984, Resnik became the second American woman in space as a mission specialist aboard shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage.

Sally Ride had been the first, aboard the shuttle Challenger in 1983.

Resnik was killed, along with her six crew mates, on Jan. 28, 1986, when Challenger exploded 73 seconds after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. She was 36 years old.

The explosion was blamed on a faulty seal on an O-ring on a solid rocket-fuel booster.

Resnik was awarded the congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004 for exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the nation and humankind.

Many buildings have been named after her, including an Akron elementary school.

Three of the candidates to represent Ohio are women: Resnik; author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896); and Harriet Taylor Upton (1853-1945), a prominent suffragist who helped lay the groundwork for the women’s right to vote and the first child-labor law.

Read the full article at the Akron Beacon Journal.

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