Ohio education dept. employee had conflict of interest

An Ohio Department of Education employee had outside employment that conflicted with his job and misused state resources to do that job, the state’s top watchdog found.

Michael Troper, a former Worthington city councilman, has been an area coordinator for the education department since 2018, a job advising and assisting school districts with policies and guidelines related to state school funding. But the Ohio Inspector General alleges that he maintained his employment as a treasurer for three community schools that he oversaw in his state role.

Troper’s job application to the education department made no mention of his job as a treasurer, said the report. When asked why, Troper was vague with investigators, saying his work with charter school management company Educational Solutions Company was part time, and that he disclosed it during the onboarding process.

Investigators noted that Troper was aware of the department’s policies and procedures on outside

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‘Destination Marfa’ science fiction film has red carpet premiere in Lubbock | KLBK | KAMC

LUBBOCK, Texas — A new movie coming out next month has ties to West Texas, and it has premiered at films festivals in New York City, Athens, Greece, and now right here in the Hub City.

It’s called “Destination Marfa,” and it was written, directed and produced by Lockney native Andy Stapp who hit the red carpet at Premiere Cinemas to talk with fans ahead of the screening, along with the film’s stars Stelio Savante and Tony Todd.

The science fiction film was shot on location in the titular Marfa, TX, in addition to Plainview, Valentine and Lockney. It follows four friends who come to West Texas to see the mysterious Marfa Lights, and once they arrive, they sense something is very off about the small town and the residents who are not what they seem.

Stapp said he was extremely grateful he got to share his movie with the

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Politicizing virus origins will hinder global efforts, say experts

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Searching for the origin of viruses, including the novel coronavirus, is an extremely difficult and complicated undertaking prone to uncertainties, but one thing that”s certain is that the quest should be underpinned by scientific evidence, not politically motivated speculation, experts said.

“Whenever a major infectious disease breaks out, one of the first questions raised by scientists and the public is: Where did it come from?” said Su Jingjing, a professor at Peking University’s School of Health Humanities.

“Hunting down the origin of a virus, understanding how it is introduced into the human population and how it spreads further will enable medical and public health experts to better cope with the disease and prevent future outbreaks,” she added.

However, Su said, tracing the source of a virus requires large amounts of on-site investigations, thorough laboratory testing and “a great deal of luck”.

For instance, she said, it took nearly

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