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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Summit County Public Health officials held their second coronavirus mass testing event over the weekend – with expanded capacity thanks to the Ohio National Guard.

Cars were lined up for at least a mile as testing began outside of Chapel Hill Mall on Saturday morning. It comes two days after the county was upgraded to Level 3 on the state's public health advisory system.

Health Commissioner Donna Skoda says that increase is coming from a number of sources.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has begun making a few cautious forays back onto the campaign trail. But generally, even as President Donald Trump stumps around the country, Biden is remaining close to his Delaware home as the pandemic has forced him into a kind of virtual front-porch campaign. You have to go back more than a century for the last time two candidates brought such different approaches to campaigning. 

Mike and Melissa Keleman on Keleman Point Farm
COUNTRYSIDE

New sustainable farmers have taken over one of the long-term leases in Cuyahoga Valley National Park as part of its Countryside Initiative. The change is a rare occurrence for the program.                                      

COVID-19 alert map as of September 10, 2020.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 11:

The Rock at Kent State University
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Hundreds of people protested at Kent State University Thursday over repeated incidents of racist graffiti on campus. At issue is The Rock, a large boulder that has frequently been painted with messages from student groups for almost 50 years. But over the past two weeks, it has repeatedly been painted with racist messaging.

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Courtesy / Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival kicked off this week with an online premier. The annual festival is a mix of virtual and drive-in screenings this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s showcasing dozens of films, documentaries and shorts celebrating Black voices in the film industry.

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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

The rhythms of nature continue despite the disruptions the pandemic has caused our lives.

In southern Summit County, the season’s change is marked by a dazzling display of migrating birds. Each night bird watchers flock to witness the mass gathering of purple martins on Nimisila Reservoir.

It’s early September, a warm evening just before sunset. Dozens of bird watchers gather on shore, poised with spotting scopes and binoculars. But the best viewing is out on the water.

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 10: 

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The Cleveland Browns begin the NFL season Sunday. The team has had little time to get adjusted under new coach Kevin Stefanski because of the pandemic. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the Browns face a tough opening game against the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens on the road.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 9:

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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

Few of the dozens of books written about what happened at Kent State May 4, 1970 have the emotional impact of John Backderf’s graphic novel Kent State, Four Dead in Ohio.

The Cleveland-based comic artist, who goes by Derf, spent two years researching and another two years drawing the book.

Derf depicts the final days of the four students before they were shot down on a campus parking lot 50 years ago.

Group painting Kent State rock orange for gun violence awareness
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 8:

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

A new video series traces the history of the University of Akron over the past 150 years – and finds parallels between the past and present.

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Ohio union leaders marked Labor Day today with a call for better conditions for workers and a new website to help them secure work safety, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.   

Wayne Blanchard, assistant UAW director for Ohio and Indiana, was among those participating in a virtual roundtable. He pointed out that many manufacturing plants in this region had made materials for healthcare workers and the public during the pandemic.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The coronavirus pandemic canceled many traditional farmers’ markets in Northeast Ohio this summer. As the season begins winding down, some vendors report experiencing increased demand.

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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

A series of self-guided bicycle tours aims to bring new visitors to the Towpath Trail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cycle Canalway” offers 12 different rides, mapped out for different skill levels. Visitors get information on historic and natural sites of interest, mileage and terrain.

Sherrod Brown at Ohio military installation
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A group of U.S. Senators, including Sherrod Brown, is raising concerns about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the armed forces.

They’ve written a letter (see it below) to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to express their concerns. They say cases of COVID-19 among the military rose by more than 20,000 in July.

Senator Brown says Esper and other civilian leaders are not properly prioritizing the health of servicemembers.

“He’s simply failed in his efforts to address head on this coronavirus in the military.”

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WOOSTER

Wayne County is now on red alert for the very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine attributes that to new cases in prisons, group homes, and churches.

At First Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Amy Baxstrom is director of Children’s and Family Ministries. She says they met last week in-person for the first time since March. But yesterday, it was back to online services because of the new coronavirus threat level. 

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SEAN FITZGERALD / WKSU

Major League Baseball decided that no fans would be allowed to spectate at games this season, and only the teams' staff and the media would be let in. I ended up being one of the lucky few to be inside the Cleveland Indians press box so far during this COVID-19 pandemic.

A photo of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

This week the Centers for Disease Control announced a moratorium on evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) says he is concerned about some provisions of the order.

He says under the rule, tenants won’t be evicted this year, but they will need to come up with eight months of rent in January.

Brown is pushing Congress to renew the weekly $600 unemployment benefit that expired in July, and to approve emergency assistance so people can stay in their homes.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 4:

photo of a rare tropical bird known as brown booby at Nimisila Reservoir
GARY TRAVENY

A tropical bird has taken up residence in Northeast Ohio.

The local appearance of the normally sea-going brown booby has created quite a stir among birders.

It’s the first time the Caribbean native has been seen in Ohio.

Summit County Metro Parks naturalist Janean Kazimir spots the bird on a dead tree limb along the shore of  Nimisila Reservoir just south of Akron.

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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 3:

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AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Akron Police Department has confiscated 469 guns so far this year, an increase of 20 percent. A listener asked our OH Really? team, what happens to all those firearms?

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AMAZON

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland turns 25 years old today. The museum opened with a star-studded concert in 1995 and has evolved in the quarter-century since. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reported on its first 20 years in this story from 2015.

In its first 20 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed more than 10 million visitors. About 85 percent of them were not from Northeast Ohio.

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