From the daily archives: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On January 31, 2012 the Ohio Inspector General opened an investigation into Rick Hodges, Kasich’s Turnpike Commission Director.   The investigation stemmed from a complaint about nepotism and improper hiring practices surrounding the hiring of Hodges’ wife while he was Director of Legislative Development at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

According to the complaint, Susan Hodges was hired on October 25th, 2011 as a Work Processing Specialist 2 in an interim capacity to fill the spot of an employee applying for disability leave.  A hearing was held at the request of the bargaining unit, and the hearing officer found that no rules […]

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With the plaintive  sound of school  bells just days away for a new semester, Hemingway could write that they will toll for the University of Akron.  August has been a horrific month for the school, which occupies a generous portion of the city’s downtown real estate and an equal portion of the city’s upscale business world.

Not in recent memory have such critical voices been raised to bruise the sensibilities of the administration and  trustees. And deservingly so.  With the stats on poor student graduation rates, huge debt, falling enrollment  and a growing phalanx of six-figure management operatives (including some double-dippers) […]

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