Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ohio News Today

Chicago Sun-Times:

The Bears are going to take a closer look at a quarterback.

The team is reported to want to follow up with Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman following the Buckeyes pro day last week in Columbus, Ohio. It's believed that college scouting director Greg Gabriel may have been in attendance that day.....

Former Ohio State quarterback, Craig Krenzel, played with the Bears in 2004.

> Looks like Eddie George, Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner and former professional football player, has found a natural fit on a new show for the Big Ten Network. Eleven Warriors has the details and a video from the new program.

> The Morning Journal has information about legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about safety rules for firefighters:

Firefighters from Avon Lake and Elyria are speaking to members of Congress today about legislation designed to make their hazardous jobs safer.

The Firefighter Fatality Reduction Act of 2009, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), would authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to survey fire departments across the country to learn how they comply with voluntary safety standards....

Sen. Brown has always made worker safety a priority.

>>> The Mayor of Akron doesn't want to use stimulus money to fix a bridge. Recordpub.com:

The mayor of Akron is opposing a plan to award $3 million in federal stimulus funding to the city of Kent for the Crain Avenue Bridge replacement project. In a letter dated March 10, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic urged a more "open discussion" at a regional transportation group meeting set for Wednesday to determine if Kent will receive additional funding for the bridge project.

A technical subcommittee of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Transportation Improvement Program already has recommended twice to allocate the money to Kent, but the final decision will not be determined until Wednesday....

Why would the mayor be against replacing a bridge, even if the money is provided? Shouldn't safety be a priority?