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Noon headlines, Feb. 26, 2013: Chardon shooter, Christian teacher, housing
Chardon shooter pleads, Christian teacher goes to the Ohio Supreme Court, housing prices up in Cleveland, pregnant teacher protests firing

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:
  • T.J. Lane is facing life in prison
  • Ohio's high court will hear Christian teacher's appeal this week
  • Cleveland housing prices recover slowly
  • ACLU files complaint over pregnant woman's firing
  • T.J. Lane will spend his life in prison
    The teenager accused of shooting six students at Chardon High School a year ago has pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated murder and and is to be sentenced March 19. He faces life in prison with no chance for parole.

    The now 18-year-old T.J. Lane withdrew his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and told the packed Geauga County courtroom this morning that he was entering the new plea on his own.

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    He also pleaded guilty to felonious assault and other charges.

    Lane opened fire before school while he was awaiting a bus transfer in the cafeteria. He killed 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, 17-year-old Russell King, Jr. and  16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin, and wounded three other students.  He was arrested just outside the school.

    Ohio high court will hear Christian teacher's appeal this week
    The Ohio Supreme  Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether a teacher accused of persistently pushing religion in his science classroom should get his job back.

    John Freshwater says the Mount Vernon school board in central Ohio violated his constitutional free speech rights and did not make it clear what was acceptable in his classroom before firing him two years ago. His lawyers say he was a victim of a “religion-phobic” school board. He’s lost that argument in the lower courts.

    The school board says he shared creationist material with his students in the classroom and kept a Bible on his classroom desk, showed creationist videos and taught creationism even after the school district told him not to. He’s also accused of using a Tesla coil to burn a cross on a student’s arm. Parents complained and filed federal lawsuits.

    Cleveland housing prices recover slowly
    Nationally, housing prices rose more than 7 percent last year. And while prices recovered in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor market as well, they did it at a much lower rate. According to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, prices in the Cleveland market climbed only 2.9 percent. Case-Shiller measures prices in 20 markets, and the only one doing worse than Cleveland was Chicago.

    ACLU files complaint over pregnant woman's firing
    The American Civil Liberties has filed a discrimination complaint with the  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for an Ohio woman who was fired by a religious community organization because she got pregnant Jennifer Maudlin of Springfield is a single mother of two. She says the group, Inside Out, fired her last September when she revealed she was pregnant, and was hostile toward other women – married and not -- who became pregnant.

    Listener Comments:

    Freshwater is wasting taxpayer money with his repeated appeals supported by the Christian right. Creationism is not science and we don't teach children about magic in the science classroom.
    End of story. Freshwad may sneak through the Ohio Suprme Court as it appears the justices are scientifically illiterate but he won't get through the US Suprme ourt. another menatkl gerbil who wants to proselytize on taxpayer money and misinform and miseducate our children. Disgraceful.

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