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Commentator E.J. Dionne Tells Akron He Can't Wait For This Election to be OverCommentator E.J. Dionne Tells Akron He Can't Wait For This Election to be Over

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:14:00 +0000

Washington Post columnist and NPR commentator E.J. Dionne is predict a victory for Hillary Clinton on Election Day, but getting no joy from the race leading up to it. “I value every day that I am on this earth.But there are 19 days left until this election, and I cannot wait until they are over. I have enjoyed this election less than any election in my entire life -- because I think there is bitterness to it and a lack of connection to problem solving.” Dionne also told the Akron Roundtable Thursday Donald Trump may continue to be politically active even if he loses. E.J. Dionne’s address to the Akron Roundtable will be broadcast in its entirety Thursday at 8 p.m. on 89-7, WKSU.

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Hillary Clinton Stumps at Tri-C in ClevelandHillary Clinton Stumps at Tri-C in Cleveland

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:03:51 +0000

In a speech that tried to reach out to voters of all parties -- and no party -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton largely addressed issues that appealed to her liberal base – increasing the minimum wage, college affordability and clean energy. But it was her criticism of her opponent that appealed most to the crowd at Cuyahoga Community College Friday night. Clinton was jovial as she asked the audience if anyone had watched the presidential debate Wednesday night – teeing up her punch line. "Well, that was the third and last time that I will ever have to debate Donald Trump. I have now spent 4.5 hrs on stage with Donald proving once again I have the stamina to be president and commander in chief." She referenced Trump’s refusal to promise that he would accept the outcome of the election. Clinton said his comment was a threat to the nation’s peaceful transition of power. "But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right?" Audience

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Savannah James Christens Akron-based Goodyear's Newest Blimp, Wingfoot TwoSavannah James Christens Akron-based Goodyear's Newest Blimp, Wingfoot Two

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:39:14 +0000

Goodyear’s newest blimp – Wingfoot Two – was christened Friday by Savannah James – wife of LeBron James -- at the company’s hangar in Suffield. Savannah James christened the blimp on a wet and windy day in front of hundreds of employees and their families. The festivities included a performance by the University of Akron marching band. Goodyear christened Wingfoot One, the first of its new class of airships, two years ago. The two most recent additions to the fleet are technically not blimps. They’re semi-rigid airships. True blimps are non-rigid. Tech upgradesThe new airships are faster, bigger and quieter than the previous generation of blimps, with a top speed of 73 mph and a length of more than 80 yards. Rick Nicodemus from Akron has been with Goodyear’s IT Department for 38 years, and he brought his family to see the christening. “Oh, it’s like flying a jet plane. They let us go through it when they were first building it and it looks like a pilot’s cockpit in there, it’s so

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Portman and Strickland Face Off in Final Senate Race Debate Before the ElectionPortman and Strickland Face Off in Final Senate Race Debate Before the Election

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:09:00 +0000

The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio held their third and final debate in Cleveland last night. Freshman Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, faced former Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat. Each tried to link the other to their party’s presidential candidate. The default campaign mode for these two has been Ted Strickland blaming Rob Portman for trade deals with China while Portman blames Strickland for causing the Great Recession. Last night they linked each other to the top of their party’s ticket. Portman has recently distanced himself from Donald Trump by withdrawing his endorsement, but Strickland thought it took long. “He stood by Donald Trump when he called women pigs and when he mocked a disabled person. And it wasn’t until it was in his political calculation to try to disassociate himself," Strickland said. Portman said his Democratic opponent should have condemned Hillary Clinton. “When Hillary Clinton called half of Donald Trump’s supporters deplorable, said they

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Clinton and Trump Stump in Cleveland Today and TomorrowClinton and Trump Stump in Cleveland Today and Tomorrow

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:08:32 +0000

Hillary Clinton will be speaking at Cuyahoga Community College this afternoon, following a meeting with two activists with the Movement for Black Lives, Brittany Packnett and DeRay Mckesson. They’re talking about equity in the African-American community. This is their second meeting. A year ago, Clinton met with them and others to talk about criminal justice and race, including the school-to-prison pipeline, voting rights and economic development in urban core communities. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and his running mate Mike Pence will be in Cleveland tomorrow at the IX Center, where he held a massive rally days before the March primary. That was the same day Clinton appeared at a town hall at a predominantly African-American church on Cleveland’s east side.

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Chagrin Falls Townie Opens A Place to Come Home ToChagrin Falls Townie Opens A Place to Come Home To

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +0000

Nostalgia is the key ingredient at a restaurant that recently opened in Chagrin Falls. It’s new, but the menu is retro, and the location's familiar. For seven years, the sign outside said Fresh Start Diner, and before that for half a century it was Dink’s Colonial Restaurant, a Chagrin Falls culinary landmark. Jack Krissinger has renamed it North Main Diner. “I’m the owner-operator-chef-general crazy person.” He’s a Chagrin Falls townie from way back. “My mom and dad still live in the same house for the last 44 years.” They’re regulars at his new diner along with other folks he grew up with; "a lot of the guys I played soccer with in Chagrin, and a lot of the people I graduated with have stopped in.” New owner a former regularGrowing up, when it was Dink’s, Krissinger himself would stop in often. “I used to sit on the end of the counter. I’d get a burger and fries, and I paid 15 cents extra for the lettuce on my burger. And it was just kind of the local place that you could actually

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Preparations are Underway for the Start of the World Series in Cleveland Next WeekPreparations are Underway for the Start of the World Series in Cleveland Next Week

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:12:43 +0000

Cleveland is getting ready for the Indians’ first World Series run in 19 years. The first game will be at Progressive Field in Tuesday. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the sports frenzy in Northeast Ohio. The World Series tickets went fast, too fast for Robert Kesizer of Wadsworth who got in line about a half hour before they went on sale at Progressive Field. “When they opened the box office at 10, the processing of the tickets was really slow, I think just because everybody’s online trying to get tickets. It took forever for each person. I was probably about tenth or eleventh in line, probably the first four people in line got tickets then they shut it down. All in all it was pretty orderly, but I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t get tickets, but that’s the way it goes.” Indians officials say sales were supposed to be online only, but a mention was left on the team website that box office tickets would be available for the playoff games, and that confused some fans. Meanwhile,

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What Is a County Executive, and Why Do Only Two Ohio Counties Have One?What Is a County Executive, and Why Do Only Two Ohio Counties Have One?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:57:43 +0000

Only two of Ohio’s 88 counties have a county executive, and both are in Northeast Ohio. This November, voters in one of those counties will be choosing their next county leader. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on why this form of government took root here; it’s a story that starts with a sex scandal and ends with public corruption. In Summit County, Democrat Ilene Shapiro and Republican Bill Roemer are running for county executive. They’re running to manage the county’s half-billion-dollar budget and departments ranging from Economic Development to Job & Family Services. Summit has had an executive since 1981, after voters approved what’s known as the charter form of government. “Most everyone else has the commissioner form of government," explains Stephen Brooks, a political scientist at the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute. “It’s usually three individuals who are elected and in some senses serve both the legislative and the executive activities of county government.” That’s in

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Investigation Shows Ohio Failed to Refund Oil and Gas Lease OverpaymentsInvestigation Shows Ohio Failed to Refund Oil and Gas Lease Overpayments

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:31:33 +0000

Ohio’s government watchdog is recommending changes with the agency that issues permits for oil and gas drilling in Ohio. Ohio’s inspector general says his office found a series of issues in the Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources. The investigation says that office failed to refund at least 47 over-payments for well applications, totaling more than $13,000. The inspector general's report says after they voiced concerns to ODNR, a state database used to track drilling permits was changed to make it look like the over-payers no longer had overpayments on their accounts. The inspector general says they never received a clear answer as to why. The inspector general also noted applications were sometimes changed without the applicant’s consent, and some applications weren’t processed in the time frame laid out in state law. No criminal charges were recommended, but the report suggests ODNR create a system to track overpayment credits, and speed up the

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Candidates for Summit County Executive Talk Economic Development, Public Safety Candidates for Summit County Executive Talk Economic Development, Public Safety

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:24:38 +0000

Republican Bill Roemer and Democrat Ilene Shapiro are running for Summit County executive. Shapiro currently holds the office, having been appointed to it this summer after the cancer-related death of long-time Executive Russ Pry, who also was a Democrat. Bill Roemer, a former Summit County Council member, is trying to become the first Republican elected to the county’s top administrative job. Ilene ShapiroShe is a 10- year veteran of County Council and council president for the last three. Before her political career she was a local business executive. Her campaign is stressing, among other things, continuity with the work of former Executive Pry. She says this will be especially true in the area of fiscal management of county and in aggressively responding to opiate addiction issues. “We are working collaboratively with the 31 entities that are in Summit County to solve these addiction related problems. And, especially with that one, you need everybody at the table.” Shapiro cites

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Trump Will Accept the Result of the Election...If He WinsTrump Will Accept the Result of the Election...If He Wins

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:08:11 +0000

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visited one of Ohio’s most Republican counties to motivate his staunch supporters to go out and vote. Trump doubled down on what he said in last night's final presidential debate: that he wouldn't pledge to accept the results of the election outright. Trump has been playing this issue up more than any other in the past week, claiming the elections could be rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor. In front of a big crowd in Delaware County, Trump added fuel to that fire. “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win!” Trump continued to build doubt by linking Clinton to other claims of corruption, such as rigging a town hall during the primaries. Jon Husted, Ohio’s top elections official -- who has said he will vote for Trump -- has rejected the idea of election rigging.

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Illegally Purged Ohio Voters Can Cast Provisional BallotsIllegally Purged Ohio Voters Can Cast Provisional Ballots

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:54:08 +0000

A federal court has ruled thousands of Ohioans who had been removed from the voter rolls must be allowed to vote in this election. The court told Secretary of State Jon Husted to allow voters who have been removed from the voter rolls since 2011 to vote in this election. Mike Brickner is with the Ohio ACLU. “The vast majority of people who were illegally purged will be able to show up either early, in person to vote or will be able to show up on Election Day, cast a provisional ballot and have that provisional ballot counted.” Husted said he had removed voters who had died, had incorrect addresses or were deemed as inactive voters because they hadn't voted in multiple elections He says he will comply with the court's order to count votes of people who remain eligible and still live in their original county. The court will revisit the issue after the election to determine a permanent ruling.

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The View From Pluto: 'A Remarkable Spirit and Big Heart' Did It For The Cleveland IndiansThe View From Pluto: 'A Remarkable Spirit and Big Heart' Did It For The Cleveland Indians

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:56:58 +0000

The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series for the first time in 19 years. The Indians won their first pennant since 1997, blanking Toronto 3-0 yesterday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Indians' playoff run has been the most unexpected. "This Indians team is the most fun, unlikely, unpretentious group I have seen to win and go to a World Series, and I go all the way back to all those teams in the '90's. I had more fun watching these guys than any of those." A rookie pitcher shinesThe Indians got a most unlikely pitching performance from rookie Ryan Merritt, who held the Blue Jays to a pair of hits over 4 1/3 innings and left the game with a 2-0 lead. "In baseball history, [Merritt] is the second least-experienced pitcher to ever start a postseason game. And he seemed to gain more composure as the game went on (versus) the experienced Toronto hitters. But did they know this kid was going to be able to do that? Of course they didn't. He

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Head Out On An Indian Summer Photo Safari Along Lake Erie's ShoreHead Out On An Indian Summer Photo Safari Along Lake Erie's Shore

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:40:25 +0000

Fall colors are peaking in these last days of a warmer than normal October. For nature lovers venturing out with their cameras, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman offers the guidance of one of Ohio’s leading landscape photographers in today’s State of the Arts. It’s Indian summer, and we’re not just talking Tribe. It was 70 degrees and partly cloudy on a late September day when we met Ian Adams just east of Painesville and a mile west of the Perry nuclear plant. “We’re in the initial 20-acre tract of land that was opened in 2012 as the Lake Erie Bluffs,” says Adams. It’s a new unit of the Lake County Metroparks, and his camera knows it well. Ian Adams now calls Cuyahoga Falls home. He left Birmingham, England, 40 years ago. “And for the last 25 years of that I’ve been a professional Ohio photographer, writer, and teacher.” Making others careAdams has authored two dozen books, most of them about Ohio, including two volumes of “A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio.” He’s a passionate lover of nature who

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University of Akron Changes Course and Makes Matthew Wilson Its Permanent PresidentUniversity of Akron Changes Course and Makes Matthew Wilson Its Permanent President

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:56:54 +0000

Matthew Wilson is no longer “interim” president of the University of Akron. Just three months after selecting him “interim” leader of the university the University of Akron Board of Trustees voted in special session to drop the interim pat of the title for Mathew Wilson. His original appointment as interim was for eighteen months, Wilson said stabilizing the university is a priority. “Even back as early as July, it was my position that I will serve however you would like me to, but the earlier we move forward with interim positons -- whether its president, provost, deans, chairs and the like -- we really ought to look at making this place as stable as we can to go forward.” Wilson will serve until the end of June in 2019. His salary remains $370,000 a year. The board’s decision to end the interim status of Wilson drew some criticism from faculty, staff, and student groups for the way it was handled. Dani Jackson, a University of Akron junior and head of the local chapter of the Ohio

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Tim Kaine Rallies Clinton Volunteers in Central OhioTim Kaine Rallies Clinton Volunteers in Central Ohio

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:19:40 +0000

Two days after the Trump campaign sent its vice presidential candidate to Columbus, the Clinton team sent its counterpart to central Ohio to rally volunteers to go out and knock on doors for the Democratic presidential nominee. Tim Kaine leaned on the importance of winning the Buckeye state. Tim Kaine focused on the differing tones of the campaigns, saying Hillary Clinton builds a community of respect and Donald Trump runs a campaign of insults. And he also noted Trump’s admission that he hasn’t paid taxes in more than a decade. “Don’t tell me you’re going to be great for the military if you’ve been stiffing them for years. Don’t tell me you’re going to be great for the vets if you’ve been stiffing them for years. You’ll be great for teachers if you’ve been stiffing them for years,” he said. Trump’s Ohio spokesperson responded with a statement targeting the Clinton email leaks, saying it shows Clinton wants to open trade, which will send jobs out of Ohio.

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Summit County Executive Candidates Differ on Top PrioritySummit County Executive Candidates Differ on Top Priority

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:13:20 +0000

Republican Bill Roemer and Democrat Ilene Shapiro, the candidates for Summit County executive, held their first and only debate today at Quaker Station in Akron. They’re running in the first election since Democratic County Executive Russ Pry died this past summer. About 300 people gathered in the ballroom to hear the candidates' positions. Ilene Shapiro, who was County Council president until being appointed to fill Pry’s term, told them fiscal responsibility is the county government’s most important function. She says it impacts everything the county does. Opponent Bill Roemer, a former county council member, says fiscal responsibility is important, but safety is the top priority. On the issue of job creation, he says the county must do a better job of working with businesses. “As a certified public accountant I was director of sales for Ameritech, now AT&T. I talked to business owners on a daily basis. One of the things I heard is that it’s difficult sometimes to deal with the

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NPR Fact-Checks the Final Presidential DebateNPR Fact-Checks the Final Presidential Debate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

It's the final debate between the two major-party presidential candidates. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Wednesday, October 19th, beginning at 9pm. The debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace from Fox News Channel. How can you be certain that the responses from Clinton and Trump are truthful? NPR will have a team of journalists fact-checking the debate in real time. A transcript of the debate is below, including analysis which is highlighted, followed by context and fact-checking from NPR reporters and editors. Live Updates begin at 9pm. You can listen along at 89.7 WKSU, at or on our mobile app. Note: This page will update automatically as the debate proceeds. Loading...

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The View From Pluto: Indians' Battered Pitching Staff is Cause for WorryThe View From Pluto: Indians' Battered Pitching Staff is Cause for Worry

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:36:23 +0000

The Indians lost 5-1 yesterday to the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Championship Series. Cleveland still leads the series 3-1 and will try again today to win to earn their first World Series trip since 1997. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says they weren't hitting the ball well and Toronto starting hitting. "It's very easy to come up with a gloom and doom scenario," Pluto says. "We are the masters of disaster when it comes to looking at our teams and thinking about how things can fall apart." The Indians had won nine games in a row going back to the end of the regular season. But, all of the injuries to the starting rotation have piled up. Cleveland is forced to use an untested rookie in today's fifth game. The man in question is 24-year-old Ryan Merritt, who has just 11 innings of big-league baseball under his belt. "Who knows how [Merritt] will pitch, and Toronto finally has some confidence. The nice thing is, if they lose today, they'll do have the two games in Cleveland and they'll

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Rift Between Ohio GOP and Trump Splits Republican VotersRift Between Ohio GOP and Trump Splits Republican Voters

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:44:47 +0000

Donald Trump’s supporters in Ohio are being forced to take sides after the presidential nominee cut ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. This fracture could have lasting impact after the votes are counted. The first major Trump campaign event in Ohio following the split with the Ohio GOP came with a sense of awkwardness. As supporters filed into the Greater Columbus Convention Center to see Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, they admitted that they’re disappointed with state party leaders. That includes Cindy Novak of Thornville. “I have to admire the Democrats. They get behind whoever it is, they don’t split. But Republicans go in a circular firing squad and shoot each other. We need to stop it, we just need to stop it.” Trump supporters added that they’re less likely to vote for more traditional Republican candidates like Gov. John Kasich in the future because of this fracture.

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