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The View From Pluto: The Ticking Clock on Interim Coaches

The Cavs and the Browns are taking different approaches in the aftermath of firing their coaches. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says interim coaches know their time at the helm may be short, and it adds a whole new dynamic to the team and its staff. The tainted coordinator
When the Browns fired Hue Jackson with just three wins in two-plus seasons, they promoted defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as interim coach. Williams has had a rocky tenure in the NFL. Most notably, he was...

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Ohio's secretary of state has issued new directives to address problems with counting absentee ballots.

After the 2015 general election, Summit County discarded more than 800 ballots, which arrived without a postmark to indicate whether they'd been mailed before Election Day. Secretary of State John Husted said at the time that only a postmark is allowed. But now he says the state should also accept bar codes, which are used at some postal kiosks.

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Steve Dettelbach is wrapping up his seven years as U.S. attorney for Northern Ohio and heading back to private practice. The work of his office has included high-profile corruption, civil rights and terrorism cases. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the biggest legacy may be the binding agreement to overhaul the Cleveland Police Department.

 

In speeches and interviews, Steven Dettelbach is careful to note that police are crucial, have a hard job and are owed a great deal of thanks.  But, he says, there’s a problem.

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A national banking analyst with ties to Northeast Ohio, says the merger of regional powerhouses Huntington Bank and FirstMerit is catching industry-wide attention.  

Rick Parsons grew up in Avon Lake before 30-plus years in banking that took him to an executive vice 

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Steve Dettelbach is in his final week as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio. And though he plans to remain in Cleveland, it will be in private practice – a step removed from the cases of corruption, hate crimes and police reform that have absorbed him for the last seven years. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze talked with him about where he thinks his office has made its biggest mark.

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OHIO SENATE

The comments the current majority leader in the Ohio Senate made about his primary opponent in an upcoming House race have infuriated her, and many other people outside and inside the GOP. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler follows up on the flap created by an interview with Sen. Tom Patton of Strongsville.

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Two state senators are traveling the state to hear public opinion on medical marijuana, and they made their first stop in Cleveland over the weekend.

Republican State Sen. Dave Burke of Marysville and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko of Richmond Heights were at Cleveland State University for the first of several public forums. The session included everyone from doctors warning against marijuana use, to first-person testimonials about its effectiveness for cancer patients. Burke says that information is crucial in determining how the Statehouse should proceed on the issue.

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  The Cleveland branch of the NAACP wants the head of the patrolmen’s union to resign from the group that has a key role in reforming the police department.

The NAACP says union President Steve Loomis should quit because of his strident defense of the six officers fired for their roles in the mass shooting that killed two unarmed people in 2012.

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  On Monday, a federal judge will get his first official look at the plan to overhaul the Cleveland Police Department. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports some of the details came out in his courtroom today.

 

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Health conscious consumers who eat beef are increasingly concerned about what cows eat. 

Over the past decade, demand for grass-fed beef has grown exponentially. 

While health claims about it are open to debate, there’s no dispute that cooking grass-fed beef requires special care. 

WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talks with Ohio farmers and cooks about that in today’s Quick Bite.

  

“Come on Red. Come on Blackie.”  

On his Kinsman ranch, Aaron Miller calls out to his cows. He also raises lambs and pigs on grass.

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With Ohio’s failing charter schools getting most of the attention, the state’s more successful charter schools say they’re struggling to attract quality teachers. 

Leaders of successful charter schools overwhelmingly say they want failing charters to shut down. That’s one response from a new survey which polled top-performing charter schools, including David Taylor’s Dayton Early College Academy

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Brett Kavanaugh formally takes his seat as the 114th justice at the traditional investiture ceremony at the Supreme Court Thursday morning. There will, however be a difference in the way the event is handled. The court has said that because of security concerns, Kavanaugh will not walk down the court's long outside staircase with the chief justice.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

Ocean activists seem to be on the eve of winning a long battle against a controversial type of fishing gear that has been banned in most of world's oceans. But many fishermen are not ready to let go of what has been a reliable method for catching valuable swordfish.

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted days ago of blasphemy, has been freed from jail after spending more than eight years in solitary confinement awaiting execution.

Think of a music video you love to watch over and over on YouTube, or the hilarious meme you shared last. Proposed digital copyright laws in Europe and other countries kind of want to make those a little less common, and they have their roots in a 20-year-old American copyright law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Cory Doctorow is a writer and activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He and the EFF have been talking about and litigating over the unintended consequences of the DMCA for almost 20 years now. We explore what some of those unintended consequences are.

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