Attorney Richard Herman says the family is a victim of an indifferent bureaucracy whose judgment changes with international politics. "In the early to mid- '90s, he would have been approved," he says. Herman then recites the list of incidents his client suffered through. "If that's not persecution, I don't know what is . . ."
Maple Heights schools may want to hold off on major purchases for a while. The mother of the 13-year-old student who had sex with his teacher is suing the district in federal court.
In November, middle-school teacher Adrienne Clayton was sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with the student. Clayton confessed after police found sexually explicit letters she had written him. In addition to Clayton, the suit names the board of education, an assistant superintendent, a teacher, and two principals. Among other traumas, the suit says the boy is tested regularly for HIV . . .
Word is Beck Center is taking over the Riverside Academy of Music, thereby doubling the size of its student body. (In addition to housing a theater, Beck teaches classes in the arts.) Apparently, Beck Center will convert one of its buildings, the Lakewood armory, into a music school. This marks the first attempt at establishing a major arts center on the West Side. It's also a chance for Beck -- thought by many to be a provincial community theater -- to have a larger impact on Cleveland's arts scene. But if a deal is going through, it's still on the hush-hush. Riverside's acting director, Judy Votypka, declined comment.