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Nela Park's Holiday Displays Will Be Open To Cars For the First Time Since 1958Nela Park's Holiday Displays Will Be Open To Cars For the First Time Since 1958

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:17:00 +0000

A Northeast Ohio holiday tradition is being revived after 59 years, and it could bring thousands of cars to East Cleveland. GE Lighting’s Nela Park will officially unveil its holiday-light display next Friday, just as it has since the 1920s. For the three Fridays after that, visitors will also be able to drive through Nela Park for even more holiday displays – something that hasn’t been done since 1958. Debbie George designs Nela Park’s holiday displays, and says this year she wanted to acknowledge that history. “We have wonderful archives with photos and drawings and mechanical drawings. And I picked out different things that I thought would be memorable from the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s and so forth.” The drive-through displays were stopped mainly due to traffic flow in the area, when, on Christmas Eve alone, as many as 9,000 cars would come down Noble Road and into the sprawling campus. George says the biggest change in her 15 years at Nela Park was the switch to LEDs, since they’re more


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Cleveland Clinic's Global Innovation Summit Open to Entrepreneurs TooCleveland Clinic's Global Innovation Summit Open to Entrepreneurs Too

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:12:00 +0000

This year's Cleveland Clinic iMedical Innovation Summit highlighted medical innovations from all over the world. Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Michael Roizen is one of the organizers of the summit. He says the innovations are evaluated for their health impact and as inspirations for investments. “We also interview about 20 venture capitalists who have been or come to the Cleveland Clinic to learn about innovation or who have approached us in some other way,” The Medical Innovation Summit takes place each year and houses industry leaders, healthcare professionals and health technology experts. Venture capitalists, angel investors and investment bankers are all invited to the Cleveland Clinic’s annual Medical Innovation Summit, held each October. The 2018 list : 1. "The Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System" An "artificial pancreas" that can help make the lives of those with Type 1 Diabetes easier. Dr. James Young, chair of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute says, "This device,


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Ohio Lawmakers Consider an Alternative to Healthcare Cost Transparency LawOhio Lawmakers Consider an Alternative to Healthcare Cost Transparency Law

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

A law that passed unanimously a couple of years ago that would allow patients to find out the costs of medical procedures hasn’t been implemented yet. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, it might never be if a new bill on health care price transparency is approved. The new law which lets consumers see and compare prices of medical care was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, but it didn’t. The Ohio Hospital Association and others sued, preventing its implementation. So Rep. Steve Huffman is proposing a bill that the hospitals support. “Patients, the hospitals and the physicians want health care transparency in the cost and this will provide it.” But one of the sponsors of the original law, Rep. Jim Butler , is critical of this proposal. He says the new bill requires Ohioans to ask for an estimate seven days in advance, something he says other states have found doesn’t happen. “What’s on the law now is you get an upfront estimate of what your costs are going to be without


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Shuffle: Ambient Artist High Aura'd Finds Inspiration in Northeast Ohio's LandscapeShuffle: Ambient Artist High Aura'd Finds Inspiration in Northeast Ohio's Landscape

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:47:17 +0000

A musician who’s relatively new to Northeast Ohio found inspiration in the landscape for his latest album. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to John Kolodij of Chagrin Falls. He writes ambient music under the moniker High aura’d .


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Two Men Allowed to Enter Ohio After Immigration BattleTwo Men Allowed to Enter Ohio After Immigration Battle

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:58:26 +0000

The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced two lawsuits it filed against U.S. consulates abroad have been resolved. This means after years of waiting, a Syrian man and a Palestinian man are allowed to travel to Ohio from the Middle East.


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Morning Headlines: Conservative Groups Knew of Lawmaker's Same-Sex Affairs; Killer Files AppealMorning Headlines: Conservative Groups Knew of Lawmaker's Same-Sex Affairs; Killer Files Appeal

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:53:55 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, November 22nd: Wes Goodman's extramarital gay sexual encounters were no secret from conservative GOP groups; East Cleveland trades undocumented arrest reports for Justice Department money; Ailing condemned killer files another appeal; Statewide billboard campaign seeks to spark conversations about drug abuse; Federal judge tells Cleveland to catch up on complaint backlog; Cleveland police union's controversial leader gets voted out; Former Trump advisor endorses Hagan for Ohio's 16th District; Congressman Ryan reacts to expected rollback of net neutrality; Jail supervisor charged with assault; County prosecutor to investigate suspicious absentee ballot applications; Officer and former teacher's aide charged with sexual battery; Signet Jewelers report 3Q losses; Wes Goodman's extramarital gay sexual encounters were not a secret The nation's leading anti-gay marriage organization was among the Christian conservative groups that knew a


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The View From Pluto: Northeast Ohio's Big-Time, Small College Football Teams Eye National TitlesThe View From Pluto: Northeast Ohio's Big-Time, Small College Football Teams Eye National Titles

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:23:00 +0000

There are three Northeast Ohio college football teams competing for national titles. Ashland University is in the Division II Sweet Sixteen, while in Division III, powerhouse Mount Union hosts Case Western Reserve University this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about big time, small college football. Ashland's success with Lee Owens This past weekend, Ashland University stunned Division II two-time national champion Northwest Missouri State. Ashland is led by coach Lee Owens , who Terry Pluto says has re-invented himself at the school. Owens coached at Massillon Washington High School at the age of 32. Four years later, he was an assistant at Ohio State. Then, he was the head coach at the University of Akron for nine years, where he was fired after a 7-5 season. With three years left on his contract, the school offered him a desk job in public relations. But Pluto says he still wanted to coach. A few days later, he got a call from Ashland. "You go down


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EPA Awards Top Designation to Akron Sewer Overflow ProjectEPA Awards Top Designation to Akron Sewer Overflow Project

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:48:27 +0000

Akron’s effort to reduce the flow of sewage into streams and rivers has won state and national notice, not only for the way it’s being built but for how it’s being financed. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze took a closer look at a massive concrete bin known as the Howard Storage Basin that the city was showing off today. The Howard Storage Basin got its first big workout last weekend when heavy rains that would have carried millions of gallons of sewage overflow into the Little Cuyahoga River stopped in this massive, 30-foot-deep concrete rectangle instead. Once here, long stainless-steel buckets filled with water, tipped and flushed the debris, sending the contaminated part of the water over to the sewage treatment plant. Tony Burgoyne of the GPD Group helped design the $21 million project. ‘It’s a wave of energy like an ocean tide. Here, you also see water monitors through throughout and around the basin, that’s for fine cleaning. It’s a cannon. It’s a fun spray park.” It’s also one of five


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Ohio House Republicans Deny They Covered Up for Wes GoodmanOhio House Republicans Deny They Covered Up for Wes Goodman

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:23:18 +0000

More information, including allegations of harassment, is coming out against the now former Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman . The top staff leader for House Republicans says they’ve been fielding rumors about Goodman for more than a year but, until this month, there was nothing to act on. When Wes Goodman was running for a seat in the Ohio House last year, rumors started to circulate that the married, right-wing candidate, who was making a name for himself with his anti-LGBT messaging, was gay. The first time House Republican Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe says he heard anything about this was early last year, when someone wanted the caucus to know about the hypocrisy of Goodman’s message. “He was disappointed that Rep. Goodman had anti-LGBT rhetoric on his campaign website but was telling us that candidate Goodman was in fact gay.” What Dittoe and other House leaders knew, and when, is starting to come out in the aftermath of Goodman’s resignation from the House. Goodman was asked to leave when he


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VA Field Hearing in Columbus Addresses Suicide Rate Among VetsVA Field Hearing in Columbus Addresses Suicide Rate Among Vets

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:45:16 +0000

Ohio veterans as well as top VA officials met in Columbus today to talk about issues including suicide. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Esther Honig reports on the field hearing organized by a member of the Veterans Affairs committee. Ohio is home to over 800,000 veterans, the majority of which are over the age of 55. Brown, who sits on the senate Veterans Affairs Committee, says he’s most concerned about the alarmingly high rate of suicides among vets-- about 22 individuals each day. He says it’s critical to get vets in touch with resources when they reenter civilian life. “If they’re getting treatment in the VA the suicide rate is significantly lower than if they have sort of walked away, or been ignored or abandoned by the VA.” Brown says information shared at the hearing will be used to craft legislation, or put pressure on the VA to resolve persistent issues, such as the current staffing shortage of 40,000 workers nationally. Despite the problem with long wait times at the VA, Brown


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Billboards Statewide Target Opioid Use Billboards Statewide Target Opioid Use

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:27:43 +0000

Starting today, the message “Start Talking!” will be on billboards across northeast Ohio…and the state. The outdoor advertising blitz involves hundreds of digital-display and conventional signs and is aimed at helping stem the Opioid crisis. The idea is to get kids and parents or other trusted adults talking about the dangers of drug abuse. Eric Wandersleben, director of Media Relations and Outreach for Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services , says when that happens research shows the children are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs. He says the billboards are being donated by members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Ohio. “The timing couldn’t be better. Families are packing up the car and heading over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house for the Thanksgiving feast. And so, when they see those billboards we’re hoping that prompts families to have those conversations.” The billboards will also encourage motorists to use the Highway Patrol’s #-677 to


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Ohio Prepares New Violation Notices for Rover Pipeline SpillsOhio Prepares New Violation Notices for Rover Pipeline Spills

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:28:38 +0000

The Ohio EPA is planning this week to issue new notices of violations against the company building the 700-mile Rover Pipeline across the state. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has the latest developments involving the controversial natural-gas line. EPA Director Craig Butler says more drilling fluid has been spilled into streams and wetlands along Rover’s diagonal path across Ohio. He says Energy Transfer Partners is supposed to be avoiding such spills by doing its horizontal drilling underground, instead of digging trenches to lay the pipeline. “We know that sometimes these ‘inadvertent returns’ as they call them -- where drilling mud comes to the surface -- they happen occasionally. But we saw a pattern with Rover; that’s why we took a significant action. We’re seeing that pattern emerge again.” Butler says the new spills are smaller than the leaks of millions of gallons of fluid into a wetland in southwestern Stark County. Ohio is suing Rover for $2.3 million for damages and cleanup costs in


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Morning Headlines: Cleveland Passes Disclosure Requirements for Ballot Measures; Akron Swaps LandMorning Headlines: Cleveland Passes Disclosure Requirements for Ballot Measures; Akron Swaps Land

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:10:18 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, November 21st: Akron swaps land with hospital to promote downtown development; Cleveland approves disclosure requirements for ballot initiatives; Facial reconstruction helps investigators put a face to unsolved case; Lottery for Kentucky bourbon attracts tens of thousands of hopeful buyers; More than 300 applications received to operate medical marijuana dispensaries; Ohio Senate Republicans' chief of staff steps down; Justice Department grant helps Canton hire more police; State Highway Patrol sends Thanksgiving warning to holiday travelers; Pop-up nature center gets state recognition; Two former Indians players make hall of fame ballot; Akron swaps land with hospital to promote downtown development The city of Akron is trading land with one of its hospitals in an effort to spur private development downtown. Akron Children’s Hospital is giving the city a lot near Glendale Cemetery, plus about $2 million. In exchange, the city will give the


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Deadline for High-Tech Proposals to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Is Just Three Weeks AwayDeadline for High-Tech Proposals to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Is Just Three Weeks Away

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:41:32 +0000

The deadline to submit new-tech ideas to the state of Ohio to fight the opioid crisis is growing near. The challenge includes $8 million in awards and grants. It kicked-off Oct. 18 th , with proposals to be in no later than Dec. 15 th . Dr. Mark Hurst is medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He says hundreds of submissions are already in and the best of those, and of the hundreds more that are expected, will receive awards. "Then (there will be) further funding to try to develop those things that can come to market and be effective. "So anybody can do that. ... We want the best ideas that are out there to help move this forward.” There is an Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge link on the Ohio Third Frontier website .


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Ohio Beekeepers Find Different Ways to Get Hives Through the WinterOhio Beekeepers Find Different Ways to Get Hives Through the Winter

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:20:00 +0000

The backyard beekeeping business began in Ohio more than 150 years ago. After all that time, beekeepers still don’t agree on what to do with their hives once the weather turns cold. There’s a saying among beekeepers: “If you talk to 100 beekeepers, you’re going to get 101 opinions.” Larry Theurer keeps bees at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. His hives are all ready for the winter now. But the unseasonably warm weather a few weeks ago meant it was still business as usual for the bees. Mark Vandayburg keeps honeybees at his home in Westlake. He helped put feeders on the hives at the fairgrounds. Theurer uses some smoke to calm down the bees. Bees communicate using pheromones. The smoke covers up the pheromones. It’s the insect equivalent of trying to yell over loud music. “If one would panic because I’m in the hive, it can’t pass it along because the smoke is covering it,” Theurer said. When we look inside the hive, it’s clear this particular colony hasn’t been very productive. “They


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Youngstown School Chief's Business Ties With Chicago Company Raise Ethics QuestionsYoungstown School Chief's Business Ties With Chicago Company Raise Ethics Questions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:01:47 +0000

Two Democratic state lawmakers are asking the Ohio Ethics Commission to clarify what rules apply to the CEOs who now run two of the state's most troubled school districts. The CEO positions were created as part of H.B 70 , which allows the state to take over districts consistently in academic emergency. Youngstown-area State Reps. John Boccieri and Michele Lapore-Hagan say a recent report that Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip got outside pay from a company linked with a new school district program raises ethical questions. Boccieri says the state needs to clarify if the CEOs must follow the same rules as other public officials. “Do CEO’s who are now privatized by statute under the Ohio Revised Code, ... are there boundaries with respect to the ethics laws? Cause there aren’t any of the 600 superintendents in the state of Ohio who could do what was just done. They would likely be fired and moved out of office very quickly. So this is something we want to have a better


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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce a Bill Setting Public Records Access Rules for Police Body Camera FootageOhio Lawmakers Introduce a Bill Setting Public Records Access Rules for Police Body Camera Footage

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:30:39 +0000

The emergence of police body cameras has caused several communities to resolve their own questions about what is and is not public record. Lawmakers are introducing a bipartisan bill to provide a final answer. The bill creates several exceptions to public records laws for body cameras, such as if the video shows inside a private home, private business, or shows the victim of a sex crime. Republican Rep. Niraj Antani says body cameras are too new to have solid footing as far as public records are concerned. “Right now, it’s pretty much up to interpretation. And it would ... make it through the courts and then the courts would get to decide what it is (public record). I think that it’s not up to the courts, it’s up to the Legislature,” says Antani. Antani says any adverse police action, such as a police-involved shooting, automatically makes that video a public record.



Akron's Homeless Encampment Drops Its Tiny-Home BidAkron's Homeless Encampment Drops Its Tiny-Home Bid

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:23:19 +0000

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.


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Divorce Case Raises Questions of the Limits in Ohio on a Judge Appointing a Guardian Over an AdultDivorce Case Raises Questions of the Limits in Ohio on a Judge Appointing a Guardian Over an Adult

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:50:48 +0000

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether a judge can appoint a guardian to control the affairs of an adult without giving that person notice and a hearing to contest that appointment. The arguments center on a Cuyahoga County woman who – after 30-plus years of marriage -- was going through a divorce. Though Carol Thomasson had an attorney, a few days before the divorce proceedings began, the family-court judge appointed what’s called a guardian ad litem to represent her. Thomasson maintains the judge’s unilateral decision amounted to declaring her incompetent. But Ohio law presumes an adult is competent unless proven otherwise and she says it allows a guardian to be appointed only after a judge issues a notice and holds a hearing. "If the orders in this case are allowed to stand as precedent, a trial court could appoint a guardian ad litem in any and every divorce case to strip a person of their rights," Thomasson's brief maintains. Neither of the attorneys on


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When Does Not Voting Cost You Your Right to Vote?When Does Not Voting Cost You Your Right to Vote?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:17 +0000

More than a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters didn’t cast ballots last year. And for some of them, that could have been one inactive election too many. Ohio has been removing voters who haven’t cast ballots over a period of six years – unless they contact their board of elections during that time. It’s a process that’s at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case expected to be argued early next year. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Larry Harmon, an infrequent voter who’s a lead plaintiff in the case.


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