Title IX was the landmark legislation that required most educational institutions to offer equal opportunities for girls and boys. It changed history and opened up the floodgates to basketball courts, soccer fields and classrooms to women all over the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with three experts about what more needs to be done.
You might think the presidential race is settled with two candidates. But there's one candidate you might not have heard much about. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Johnson speaks with host Michel Martin about his policies and the challenges he has getting his message heard.
By an 8-0 vote, the Supreme Court today threw out fines the Federal Communications Commission filed against Fox and ABC.
The court did not address whether the FCC rules violated anyone's First Amendment right to free speech. Instead, the justices ruled that the FCC "failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent."
The city of Columbus is taking legal action against people who live near city reservoirs and have performed mowing, weeding or other upkeep work on the city land next to their properties. Public Utilities Director Greg Davies says the surrounding property must be kept natural to filter drinking water before it reaches the three reservoirs. Three people have been charged with criminal trespassing and other counts. One agreed to mark and mow only her property, and her case was dismissed. Her attorney says he thinks the city is trying to scare people into compliance.
The Franklin County Coroner is no longer calling the 2006 death of a woman a homicide. The state public defender asked Coroner Jan Gorniak to review the case of Delilah Howard. Gorniak says there is not enough evidence to determine a cause of death. The public defender says the report will be used to get a new trial for Howard's husband Timothy, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Last February, the public defender cited new evidence in saying the victim may have committed suicide.
An insurance industry group says vehicle thefts are down in central Ohio. The Ohio Insurance Institute says 42-hundred vehicles were stolen in the Columbus area last year, down by more than 200 from 2010. Most were reported in the city of Columbus. The city ranks 104th on the group's list of 360 metropolitan areas for rates of theft, up from 99th a year ago. Statewide, Columbus ranks third for vehicle thefts, behind Cleveland and Toledo. The group says one reason for the decline may be new technology, which makes vehicles more difficult to steal.