Ohio

5:33am

Tue March 25, 2014
Author Interviews

For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:17 am

Akron was once known as the rubber capital of the world.
Mark Duncan AP

When it comes to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, writer and journalist David Giffels says, "I have spent my whole life watching people leave." Once known as the rubber capital of the world, Akron was a hub of tire manufacturing giants. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs until the 1970s, when those jobs began migrating to places with cheaper labor.

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4:56am

Wed December 11, 2013
Education

Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:10 am

Kyrah Whatley, 17, is confident she can become a mason after finishing high school. But around the U.S., many parents think schools are not adequately preparing girls for the workforce.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.

Masonry, on the other hand, intrigues her. "I'm a kinesthetic learner. ... I learn with my hands," she says.

That's why Kyrah is thinking of joining the Navy as a certified mason right after she graduates from Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio.

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1:28am

Fri December 6, 2013
StoryCorps

Adrift In Frigid Water, Not Caring 'If You Live Or Die'

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 8:49 am

On a visit to StoryCorps in Ohio, Dennis Hale recounted his experience surviving a shipwreck on Lake Huron to his wife, Barbara.
StoryCorps

It was 1966, and a ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last run of the season, hauling steel across Lake Huron. The crew was eager to head home for Christmas. But one night, caught in a severe storm, the ship broke apart and sank.

Only a few of the crew members made it to a life raft, and only one of them, watchman Dennis Hale, survived.

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3:00pm

Sat November 9, 2013
Around the Nation

In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:10 pm

Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio.
Noah Adams NPR

The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.

The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.

The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.

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9:41am

Wed September 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Ohio, Other States Running Out Of Lethal Injection Drug

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 12:34 pm

The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, Texas, where death-row inmates receive lethal injections.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

After Ohio death row inmate Harry Mitts Jr. is executed on Wednesday, the state will have officially run out of pentobarbital — the lethal injection drug.

That's because the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck LLC, which manufactures the drug, has cut off its supply in deference to the European Union's opposition to capital punishment.

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