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German minister Schaeuble bows out, convictions intact

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 6:25 AM
Updated: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 6:23 AM

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who championed austerity as the only way countries like Greece could avoid bankruptcy and continue to use the euro currency, is winning plaudits at his final meeting with European peers.

Schaeuble, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been a controversial figure at the eurogroup meetings over the past few years, not least because of his insistence that countries requiring financial bailouts had to implement tough austerity measures, such as big spending cuts and tax increases, in return for the money.

His supporters, mainly in northern Europe, argue that Schaeuble's approach helped stabilize the euro currency in what was its biggest crisis since its launch in 1999. They note that no country has ditched the euro and of the bailed-out countries, all but Greece are standing on their own two feet. Even Greece, with its annual budget in much better shape is due to exit its bailout era next year.

Schaeuble's critics though have accused him of being cold-hearted and impervious to the damage wrought to vast sections of society from the austerity prescribed. In return for the hundreds of billions of euros that allowed the bailed-out countries — Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus — to meet their debt obligations, governments have had to undertake wide-ranging reforms to their economies as well as pursuing strict budgetary constraint. In Greece, the austerity has been widely blamed for a deep recession that saw the Greek economy lose a quarter of its output, and unemployment and poverty levels rise markedly.

"Eight years is enough," said Schaeuble as he entered the eurogroup meeting of the bloc's 19 finance ministers in Luxembourg. "In a tough time, we kept the euro stable."

Since the euro's launch, Germany has always been the most-important member of the single currency bloc, both because of the size of its economy but also because of its well-earned reputation for financial stability over many decades. Under Schaeuble, the country's power became even more pronounced, particularly with regard to Greece after its debt crisis exploded in the autumn of 2009. In 2015, Greece came close to going bankrupt before the left-wing Greek government under new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras relented and accepted the country's third international bailout on similar terms to the previous two.

"He played a crucial role," said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top official in the 19-country eurozone. "He will be missed," Dijsselbloem said, before adding "his sternness sometimes." He also said Schaeuble was known for his advice "sometimes asked, sometimes unasked, but always welcome."

Spain, which saw some of its banks bailed out during the crisis, had warm words, too.

"At the end of the day, he only looked to the best for the whole of the eurozone," said Finance Minister Luis de Guindos.


Dave McHugh contributed from Frankfurt.

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Grill at Wendy’s in Vandalia malfunctions, causes fire

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:55 PM


UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.: A malfunctioning grill is the blame for the fire at the Wendy's in Vandalia that has shut down the business tonight and possibly the next few days. 

A Vandalia fire battalion chief tells us the fire also burned wiring behind the grill and that prompted the fire department to shut off the gas and electric service to the building. 

No one was injured in the fire.


Crews are at the Wendy's on East National Road for a fire in the grill area of the fast food business. 

Crews were dispatched to the restaurant, 383 E. National Road and James Bohanan Drive, just after 7 p.m. 

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There are no reports of any injury and we're checking for details about the extent of damage. 

Fire crews from Butler Twp. and Huber Heights also responded on the call.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Dayton school board approves new superintendent, raise

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:43 PM

Dayton school board approves new superintendent, raise

The acting superintendent who led Dayton Public Schools in the “challenging” wake after the exit of Rhonda Corr received the job permanently on Tuesday.

The board elevated Elizabeth Lolli to the top position without a national search or interviewing other internal candidates. Her contract runs through July 31, 2021.

The contract will pay Lolli $25,000 a year more than Corr’s base pay.

William Harris Jr., board president, presided over the 7-0 vote for Lolli, who he said proved herself in the interim position.

DPS officially hires new superintendent.

“It’s been challenging for all of us,” Harris said. “She demonstrated competent leadership. She was able to make insightful decisions and continues to do so. She’s demonstrated that she can lead this district with all of its challenges. We think she is the right one and we look forward to working with her.”

Lolli said her first action as permanent superintendent was to get up by 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to determine whether school needed to be called off due to weather. But after that, she said the focus would be on improving the district’s academic performance, by some standards the second worst in the state.

“You cannot change everything overnight, I know how long the change process takes, I just want to make sure we are focused, and that we can change things as quickly as we can change them because we have students we are serving and I want to make sure they get the best education possible,” she said.

Lolli, hired by the district in 2016 as an associate superintendent, was named acting superintendent after Corr was placed on administrative leave in November.

The district parted ways with Corr in January, but will continue paying her salary, which was $150,000 a year, as well as full retirement and health insurance benefits through July as part of a separation agreement. DPS initially hired Corr under a one-year contract and extended it for three years but soon afterward accused Corr of unprofessional behavior, creating a hostile work environment and falsifying documents.

After board members announced their intention to stick with Lolli last week, she said was eager to “work for a longer term.”

Lolli said she wants to continue the work she began in her roles prior to becoming superintendent.

“We started a lot of changes in curricular work, and I’m excited to expand that and I’m excited to build a really strong, firm foundation with the city, and the communities that we serve and a strong foundation with the teachers’ association and the other trade unions we work with,” she said. “I believe that together everybody can make a difference – a positive difference for our students.”

Lolli, a 40-year educator who has twice led other districts as superintendent, will be paid a prorated salary of $150,000 annually through July 31. The remaining years she will be paid a base salary of at least $175,000 annually.

Lolli’s base salary is 16.7 percent higher than Corr’s, but Corr’s contract offered the potential for thousands more in bonuses if individual schools and the district as a whole met certain performance standards.

Like Corr, Lolli will receive an annual $30,000 annuity and pension contribution from the district as well as other fringe benefits.

Lolli will take the helm of a district with one of the weakest report cards in the state with a districtwide, five-year graduation rate of “D,” and an “F” for test performance achievement. But the most recent report card gave the district high marks for year-over-year progress.

Lolli said that before she signed on as superintendent, she asked the board to bolster the curriculum office by filling vacant positions and adding at least two more positions.

“The board has given me the OK to do that because I believe that the academics will only improve if we show the support that we need to have through that curriculum and instruction piece,” she said.

Lolli and her husband, Gene, who is the business manager for Fairborn City Schools, are currently in the process of finding housing in Dayton by Aug. 1.

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DPS school closing plan moves forward

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:47 PM

Dayton Public Schools is moving ahead with a plan to close and demolish Valerie Elementary School and move students to Meadowdale Elementary. Some Meadowdale Elementary students would be relocated to other schools to make room. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Dayton Public Schools is moving ahead with a plan to close and demolish Valerie Elementary School and move students to Meadowdale Elementary. Some Meadowdale Elementary students would be relocated to other schools to make room. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Dayton Public Schools board voted Tuesday to close two schools in the fall while more elementary and high schools could close in the future.

Shortly after the board voted 7-0 to make Elizabeth Lolli permanent superintendent, they also voted unanimously to follow through with Lolli’s recommendation to begin a three-year plan that also calls for further consolidating some grades in other schools.

Under the plan, Valerie Elementary and the Innovative Learning Center will close as well as the DPS headquarters building at 115 S. Ludlow.

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More schools at both the elementary and high school levels could be closed in the future, according to the capacity plan.

Lolli also made a recommendation to consolidate the district’s seventh- and eighth-graders from seven into four schools, except those at Stivers School for the Arts. The proposal was later modified so that current seventh graders at Meadowdale High School, Belmont High School, Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy and Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy would stay one more year at those schools and then transition into high school.

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The process generated an impassioned response in the community by some, including Dayton resident David Esrati, who filed a lawsuit challenging the district over open meetings laws.

On Monday, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge denied a preliminary injunction sought by Esrati to halt the school capacity plan process. Esrati alleged an Ohio Open Meetings Act violation because he was denied access to bus tour of DPS facilities by the School Facilities Task Force.

Judge Richard Skelton did write that the 20-member panel formed to help Lolli was a public body — disagreeing with DPS and Dayton city attorneys.

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South Florida man accused of trying to lure child into car, deputies say

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

South Florida Man Allegedly Tried To Lure Child Into Car, Deputies Say

A 12-year-old child in South Florida ran home yelling “Stranger … Danger!” after a man allegedly tried to lure him into his car, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

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A Lantana-area man now faces multiple charges in the incident, which took place Saturday night.

Authorities said Domingo Domingo-Andres, 24, was driving near Palm Beach Memorial Park at about 9 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly pulled his silver Honda alongside the child and yelled for the child to get in. 

He was arrested Sunday on charges of kidnapping and enticing and luring a child. 

Domingo-Andres remained in custody early Tuesday after Judge Ted Booras on Monday set his bond amount at $150,000.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the child began to walk away as Domingo-Andres continued his pursuit. A neighbor was able to get the vehicle’s tag number before Domingo-Andres could drive away. 

Deputies found the vehicle in front of Domingo-Andres’ home a few blocks away and questioned him about the alleged incident. 

He initially denied speaking to any children, saying he had only spoken to an older man who asked him for a ride to a store, the report said.

However, Domingo-Andrews later told deputies he had just gotten paid and wanted to treat the child either to food or candy.

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