Dorcas Taylor

Searching for one's dream home can be long, arduous and frustrating task. But when the needs of a potential homeowner go beyond finding a nice neighborhood, the right price and the perfect design, and instead include wide doorways, low kitchen cabinets, and a roll in shower the search can be more daunting.

Click on the Listen icon to hear part two of Dorcas Taylor's series on the shortage of accessible housing.

Searching for one's dream home can be long, arduous and frustrating task. But when the needs of a potential homeowner go beyond finding a nice neighborhood, the right price and the perfect design, and instead include wide doorways, low kitchen cabinets, and a roll in shower the search can be more daunting.

Click on the Listen icon to hear part two of Dorcas Taylor's series on the shortage of accessible housing.

Columbus School Board members today approved the millage for this November's ballot. Despite a range from 6 to 7.75 mils board members voted on a number in the middle.

After much discussion, school board members agreed to put a 6.95 mils levy on the upcoming November ballot. The millage would add more than 180 dollars in taxes per year on an 86 thousand dollar house, which district officials say is the average worth of a home in the district.

The soon-to-be-vacated 94-year-old Lazarus store in downtown Columbus will be transformed into an arts and science center. Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute and the city made the announcement yesterday. The center will include a 36 (m) million-dollar, 200-thousand-square-foot institute for applied sciences operated jointly by Ohio State and Battelle, and a 50-thousand-square-foot artist community led by the university's College of the Arts. The combined center would have art studios, exhibit space and restaurants on the ground level.

Thad Matta officially became a Buckeye Friday.

The former Xavier coach was introduced as Ohio State's men's basketball coach.

University president Karen Holbrook announced at an afternoon press conference that trustees officially approved Matta as coach.

He is taking over a team shaken by the sudden firing of coach Jim O'Brien over alleged NCAA violations. O'Brien admitted giving money to a recruit.

Ohio State went 14-and-16 a year ago and finished ninth in the Big Ten with a six-and-ten record, missing the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

A national lobbying organization for gays and lesbians announced a local campaign against proposed amendment to the Constitution set to hit the Senate floor next week.

Starting this weekend The Human Rights Campaign plans to go door-to-door in several Columbus neighborhoods hoping to rally the community to fight the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Lynne Bowman, an HRC board member, calls the bill divisive and discriminatory.

Volunteer Guardians enrich lives

Jul 7, 2004

Without family or friends to care for them often mentally ill or disabled people have no one to help them make critical decisions. But a local program provides court appointed guardians to fill that void.

The man suspected of raping more than 30 women in Central Ohio Monday made his second appearance in court.

Robert Patton Jr. shuffled into Franklin County Municipal Courtroom 1A with his hands and feet shackled. Patton wore a slight smile as he turned to face the magistrate.

The charges total 135---among them more than 70 charges of rape.

Patton's lawyer passed on bond and the suspect was led out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.

Columbus City Council heard testimony Tuesday from persons for and against a city wide smoking ban. Opponents of the ban say business and the local economy will suffer. Proponents say the health of the public is too important to ignore.

Hundreds of cities and states have adopted smoking bans in recent years...namely Boston, Toledo, New York and California. Backers of a smoking ban in Columbus say the trend should expand to the capital city.

Rob Crane is with Smokefree Columbus, which developed the ban proposal. He says a smoking ban is a health issue.

Dale Shipley is the OEMA's executive director. He says the money Ohio received for its homeland security is used to buy equipment, train emergency workers and canvas possible threatened areas and increase security in those areas.

Shipley says another benefit of the grant funds is greater communication between various divisions of law enforcment.

Officials with Columbus Public Schools announced preliminary proficiency test results show student's maintained the previous years passage rates or showed slight advances in other areas.

The results show slightly more students passed several sections of the Ohio Proficiency Test but fewer middle and high school students passed science, reading and writing tests.

The most marked improvement came from elementary students who passed the math portion of the exam.

Thousands of seniors are looking forward to graduation from Ohio State University on Sunday. But many of the university's graduating and non-graduating journalism students feel a sense of dread.

Rose Hume was responsible for teaching classes in OSU's School of Journalism and Communication. She was also the school newspaper's faculty adviser. As of June 15th, Hume is no longer employed by the university.

Officials say D-N-A evidence used to connect a suspect to a series of rapes sat untested for more than two years because authorities didn't have money to pay for analysis. Columbus police arrested 40-year-old Robert N- Patton Junior yesterday and have charged him with one count of rape. A grand jury could decide on additional charges. Patton had DNA taken in September 2001 while in Orient Correctional Institution. But deputy attorney general Jim Canepa says the sample wasn't tested because federal funding had dried up shortly before then.

Although summer break is just days away for many Central Ohio school children, local health officials want parents to plan ahead for next year by making sure their children's immunizations are up-to-date.

If student's don't get the required vaccinations, officials warn, students risk missing out the first few weeks of classes.

Ohio's exclusion policy says schools can give students up to 14 days to get their shots before being "excluded" from classes.

Ohio State University and residents in Worthington and other parts of northwest Columbus are embroiled in a fight for understanding and information.

For the past few years, the university has researched the possibility of expanding a runway at Don Scott Airport.

Residents fear an expanded runway will add more noise to the area.

Ohio State officials say its researchers are collecting the data they need to make the best decision.

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