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WYSO Weekend

A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives in Dayton has a new director. Miami Valley entrepreneur Lauren White will lead UpDayton as it marks its 10-year anniversary this year. In this profile, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at UpDayton’s impact so far, and how the group’s mission has evolved.  

 

For young people across Dayton, September is a time to head back to school and share stories of summer vacation. This fall, some Miami Valley students can brag about building robots … at a new manufacturing camp. The summer camp is part of an effort to spark interest in high-tech manufacturing –– Ohio’s industry faces a shortage of skilled workers. And, as WYSO Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds reports, organizers hope some of this summer’s crop of camp-goers will get excited about working in the field.  *This story is part of WYSO’s Scratch series on business and the economy.

Last week on WYSO Weekend, we heard from the organizers of this year’s Free to Breathe Dayton 5k Run/Walk for Lung Cancer. The annual event returns to The Dayton Raceway at Hollywood Gaming on Saturday, September 8, 2018. We continue that coverage today with a man who has his own story to share. Dr. John Fleishman is an Opthamologist practising in Dayton. He lost his wife Dr. Jill Rosset to lung cancer in April of 2017.

It was several years after Conrad’s Corner began on WYSO that Conrad Balliet, who recently died at the age of 91,  met a person who would become his dear friend for the next 20 years - former WYSO News Director Aileen LeBlanc. She created a show called Sounds Local, and Conrad was a frequent contributor. Today LeBlanc brings us her memories of Conrad and then we’ll hear from other colleagues who shared his love of poetry.

Trisha Werts (third from left) trains volunteers at The Dayton Mediation Center.
Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Mediation Center was established by the city in 1987, “in an effort to ease the impact of community conflicts on public resources.”  The center intervenes in conflicts between residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, employers and employees, schools, law enforcement agencies and even the Dayton court system.

 

Trisha Werts has been with the center for 18 years, and while she mainly works with separated or divorced parents raising children, she's also one of the program's lead mediation trainers.

At least three police departments say they were not aware of yesterday’s scheduled active-shooter exercises at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. During the training, 911 calls prompted a base lockdown and massive police response. WYSOs April Laissle has more.

This August marks the 3rd annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s event drew several thousand visitors.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who, as you may have heard - know how to make some really cool stuff. To get the details on this year’s event we spoke with  Emily and Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event. First they tell us how the maker fair started.

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A special election next month in a Republican leaning Central Ohio congressional district is being closely watched. It’s the 12th district – a seat formerly held by Pat Tiberi…. and before that by Gov. John Kasich. The district has been solidly red for 40 years now. But there are signs the Democrat running to replace Tiberi in the special August election has a good shot of winning. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports some are even saying this race captures the pulse of Ohio voters this November.

Last week, a WYSO investigation revealed thousands of kindergarten through third grade students are suspended each year. State data also show school officials remove children of color from the classroom much more often than white children. Officials most often cited “disruptive” behaviors as the reason for removing children -- behaviors such as not following directions or talking out of turn. Some advocates are pushing for teachers to seek alternative approaches to classroom discipline. To learn more about what some of those alternatives might be, we spoke with Scott Ervin.

A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued 30,000 suspensions to K-through-third-grade students in the 2016 school year. In Dayton, hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year. It’s a problem education policy experts have been trying to tackle for years. Many studies show children who miss too much school struggle to keep up when they return. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, this is especially true for elementary age students.

 

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