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Ohio Supreme Court: Gender-neutral references in Ohio family court cases
Other headlines: Soggy June dampens Ohio farmers, Cleveland Hopkins Airport celebrates 90th birthday, Appeal in Brelo trial tossed
Story by CORY YORK


 
Morning headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2015:
  • Gender-neutral references in Ohio family court cases
  • Soggy June hurts Ohio farmers
  • Cleveland Hopkins Airport celebrates 90th birthday
  • University of Toledo's new president hits the ground running 
  • Appeal in Brelo trial tossed
  • President Obama tweets to Akron's Black Keys
  • Cavs breaking the bank in free agency 
  • Pittsburgh Steelers could host Super Bowl 58
  • Ohio Supreme Court: Gender-neutral references in Ohio family court cases
    The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country. The Ohio high court says the order remains in place until court rules and forms are updated to reflect such changes. The court's order was issued on Friday, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling. The Ohio order also includes father, mother, parent and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships.

    Soggy June hurts Ohio farmers
    A soggy June has hurt what was a promising spring planting for Ohio farmers. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 60 percent of farm fields in Ohio are waterlogged, according to the Ohio Crop Weather report from the USDA. Parts of Northeast Ohio received around nine inches of rain in June, the second wettest on record. It’s not devastating, according to the Dispatch, some farmers are reporting a 5 – 10 percent crop loss due to the heavy rains.

    Cleveland Hopkins Airport celebrates 90th birthday
    An Ohio airport thought to be science fiction when it was planned in the 1920's is celebrating a historic milestone. Cleveland.com reports a bash was held at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for its 90th anniversary. The party drew about 40 descendants of its founder, William Hopkins, Cleveland's first city manager. Jessica Korman, Hopkins' great-niece, says Hopkins proposed that the city build and operate an airfield in the 1920s. About 100,000 people attended the airport's opening, despite the $1.25 million project's detractors. The airport was the country's first municipally-owned airfield and had the world's first radio-equipped air traffic control tower.

    University of Toledo's new president hits the ground running 
    The University of Toledo's new president hasn't wasted any time getting to work in her new job. The Toledo Blade reports Sharon Gaber started yesterday as the university's 17th president. The 51-year-old met with senior administrators and student success coaches to convey her mission for the school. Gaber says she wants to improve the university's reputation, grow enrollment and research funding, retain students and raise philanthropic support. She left her post as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas to come to Toledo. Gaber signed a five-year $450,000 per year contract with the university and became the first woman to serve as president. Former Toledo president Lloyd Jacobs stepped down last June after eight years as president.

    Appeal in Brelo trial tossed
    The prosecution’s appeal of errors in the not guilty verdict of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo has been tossed out. According to court documents, the appeal was dismissed on Tuesday. Prosecutor Timothy McGinty had argued that errors in the verdict could affect any subsequent trials connected to the police shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s president Steve Loomis tells Cleveland.com he’s happy with the court’s decision. Brelo is the only one of 13 officers to face trial in connection with the massive police chase and shooting three years ago.

    President Obama tweets to Akron's Black Keys
    During a Twitter Q&A session President Barack Obama mentioned one of his favorite songs at the moment is Lonley Boys by Akron's Black Keys. When the band got wind of this they responded asking the president if they could use Air Force One for a gig. President Obama replied saying its only a rental but the band could play at the White House. Cavs breaking the bank in free agency 
    Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert may be breaking open every piggy bank he has ever owned after day one of NBA free agency. The Cavs agreed to terms with Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert and are reportedly close to an agreement with Tristan Thompson. Love agreed to a five-year $110 million max contract and Shumpert agreed to a four-year $40 million contract. Rumors have Thompson's contract ballparked for $80 million. Contracts cannot be signed until July 9 when the salary cap is established.

    Pittsburgh Steelers could host Super Bowl 58
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are making a push to host the Super Bowl in 2023. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the team filed paperwork at May's NFL owners meeting. It is just the first step to host the game. Steelers owner Art Rooney II doesn't know if the team will make an official bid but Allegheny County Commisioner Rich FitzGerald thinks the team has a realistic shot considering the team's history.
     
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