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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough has just released his latest book, a fascinating look at the men from Dayton, Ohio who took flight from Kitty Hawk.

A community organization in Dayton is setting up a time bank to encourage volunteering.  East End Community Services is starting the Dayton Time Network, in which members earn credit for each hour they spend helping other members.  That credit can then be redeemed for hours from other members.

Potential members must first attend an orientation meeting, and when accepted, enter the hours worked online. 

Jazz lovers in this area have no doubt made the drive to Dayton to see some of their favorites perform in in intimate setting of Gilly’s, celebrating almost 34 years of presenting live music in their current location. The club’s owner, Jerry Gillotti, joins our Ron Esposito to reflect on some of the greats who’ve performed at Gilly’s and the challenges of booking live music these days.

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Popular humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck went about her life living in a modest 1959 ranch-style house in Centerville, Ohio. Now, that home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Martha Boice, who helped found the Landmarks Foundation of Centerville-Washington Twp., says she thought it was just a pipe dream at first. At a University of Dayton writing conference last year, she asked Bombeck's children if they'd be okay with her pursing the designation. She was delighted when they said yes.

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Dayton mayor Nan Whaley delivered her state of the city address Wednesday. She said Dayton can be a vibrant city, but getting there demands more than just talk.

"Our vision of a thriving, vibrant city can’t just be about talk," Whaley said. "It must be about action and results."

Whaley said the city is seeing results. She cited the May renewal of the city's income tax as a success in keeping Dayton on solid financial ground.

Crime is also down three percent, according to numbers from Dayton Police.

Dayton has a new city manager. Warren Price will take over January 12. He replaces Tim Riordan, who is retiring.

Price comes from Canton, where he held several positions including Directory of Safety, and Chief of Staff - Canton's equivalent to a city manager. He's also an attorney.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says this is the first time in 12 years a city manager has come from outside city ranks.

City of Dayton, Ohio

Dayton's city manager announced Monday he will be stepping down on January 31st.  Tim Riordan has held the job since 2009.  

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of Dayton for these five years,” Riordan said in a printed statement.  “I want to thank the city commission for their support and courage during these tough economic times.  I believe it is time for another individual to bring unique talents and skills to move our city forward.  For me, I look forward to something new and different."

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Following in Cincinnati's trail, Dayton is getting a bike share program.

City Commissioners Wednesday approved the final piece of a financial agreement to support the program.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority will operate and maintain the system. Plans call for about 225 bikes and 22 stations located within a two-mile radius of downtown. The bikes will be "RTA-green."

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is appointing a task force to consider the future of a Gem City landmark.

Dayton's Arcade is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but has been empty since the 1990's. The once glittering building has fallen into disrepair following years of neglect.

In a release, Whaley's office says the task force will review and assess the Arcade for redevelopment along with nine surrounding buildings.

Teachers deliver alarming allegations against charter school

Jul 16, 2014
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.

Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to the state board of education meeting.

The teachers were all former employees of the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School, a charter school managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools.

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