9/8/14 – 10:57 A.M.
Here’s what’s making news around the state today:
Cedar Point’s 16-year run as the world’s best amusement park is over. The Sandusky theme park was dethroned this past weekend in “Amusement Today’s” annual Golden Ticket Awards, finishing second to a park in Germany. The magazine’s readers didn’t forget about Cedar Point, naming Millennium Force the world’s best steel roller coaster.
Another celebrity is adding on to a reward to find the teenagers involved in the repulsive Ice Bucket Challenge prank in Bay Village. Former TV talk show co-host and actress Jenny McCarthy announced on Twitter that she’s matching the ten-thousand-dollar reward posted by Clevelander Drew Carey. The video released last week of a special-needs Bay High School student having a bucket of urine and feces dumped on him has spurred national outrage.
Community colleges in Ohio are facing a new state funding formula. New rules that took effect last week will tie funding for two-year public colleges to graduation rates and course completion instead of an enrollment-based formula. The two-year schools will be under the same rules as Ohio’s four-year universities, which include tuition freezes and aid for low-income and minority students.
The search resumes today for a man who drowned in Lake Erie while trying to rescue his son and another boy. Officials say the 12 and 13-year-olds were near Luna Pier Sunday afternoon when they were swept out into the lake by a current. Juan Layva swam out to them, went under the water and never resurfaced. The boys were rescued by the LaSalle Fire Department.
Seven Collinwood High School athletes will be disciplined this week for their roles in an ugly brawl during a football game. Cleveland schools officials say one student will be punished by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the others will be disciplined by the school. The fight during last week’s Collinwood-Garfield Heights football game led to several arrests and a forfeit loss for both teams.
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