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WYSO Weekend: August 10, 2014

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • Beavercreek police say the state will investigate Tuesday night’s shooting of a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store.   Police shot 22-year-old John Crawford, of Fairfield, after he failed to comply with verbal orders. He died later at Miami Valley Hospital.
  • A controversial issue in Dayton has come to an end – at least for the moment. The issues of whether or not the city should host immigrant children from Central America in temporary shelters. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports the federal government has said – for now – they won’t need Dayton’s help, after all.
  • This week, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments in several same-sex marriage cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Capacity crowds filled the Potter Stewart courtroom in Cincinnati plus two additional overflow rooms for spectators. And advocates on both sides of the issue held rallies or prayer vigils outside the courthouse.
  • It’s been a tough month already for the Democratic candidate for governor. Ed FitzGerald’s poll numbers and fundraising are still well behind incumbent Republican John Kasich’s. And now he’s had to explain he wasn’t doing anything inappropriate with a woman he was found in a car with on a very early morning in October 2012, and he’s had to apologize for driving without a valid license for a decade in the early 2000s. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler sat down with two campaign veterans to talk about what’s next for the FitzGerald campaign – if anything. "You can see the full interview with Greg Haas and Mark Weaver on "The State of Ohio" at statenews.org."
  • Nothing brings consensus like a crisis. During Toledo’s recent drinking-water ban, conflicting ideas about how to test for toxins caused confusion for decision-makers. That problem sparked rare, swift action by multiple layers of government, to create a uniform, statewide protocol. From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, Joanna Richards reports.
  • Athletes began arriving en-mass in Northeast Ohio today for the world Gay Games, which officially got underway Saturday. Although this Olympic-styled sporting event focuses on L-G-B-T participants, you don’t have to be gay to compete. From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, David C. Barnett profiles three Ohio competitors who say they found their true selves through sports.
  • Some people are morning people, even on the weekends: They might like, for example, getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to head down to their local farmers’ market. WYSO listener Gabrielle Civil is not one of those people. She lives in Yellow Springs, where the farmers’ market runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. And she had a question about that:
  • A request for a Captain Stardust or a Wobbly Wheel may sound unusual, but it's actually the sound of drinks being order at the Yellow Springs Brewery, just outside of the Dayton, Ohio. It’s a scene that’s become common as micro-breweries pop-up across the Miami Valley, and it's also the sound of money being made. That's becoming more common, too. Craft and micro-brewing have become cottage industries in Ohio, putting 1.3 billion into the state economy last year, and Dayton is perhaps the best example of how the micro-brewing movement can help small cities. In January of 2011, there were no small breweries in Dayton. Today, there are ten operating and three more slated to open this year. But why Dayton? And why now?
  • Vocalist Martin Bakari, is a 2005 graduate of Yellow Springs High School – now living in New York.  Growing up he performed in YS Kids Playhouse and the Friend’s Music camp.  Bakari will perform this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Friends Care Community Center. Earlier this week he stopped in to talk with Niki Dakota on Excurions to talk about those early experiences with the arts, and his upcoming performance.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.