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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

This week the Trump administration announced that international students must take an in person class in the fall, or they will have to leave the United States. 

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 10:

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THE TANGIER

Two Akron landmarks are getting a new lease on life: The Tangier restaurant and the former Akron Beacon Journal building.

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GOOGLE EARTH

The cofounder of Akron’s Nightlight Cinema passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Rob Lucas was heavily involved in Akron’s film community. He helped to create the Nightlight in 2014, drawing on a love of cinema and community.

Steve Felix, who cofounded the Nightlight, met Lucas in 2007 while working at the Akron Film Festival.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Face masks will be required in public throughout Summit County beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The county was moved up to level red Thursday afternoon on Ohio’s coronavirus risk level map.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 9:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 8:

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The Cleveland Indians will likely have a new nickname in 2021. The team late last week issued a statement that it will discuss the best path forward in response to recent social unrest. They've been the Indians since 1915. 

WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says that while he personally doesn't have a problem with the Indians name, current social unrest prompts a change. 

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One of the largest county fairs in the state of the Ohio has essentially been canceled. The Canfield Fair, Mahoning County’s annual event that usually occurs over the Labor Day weekend, will not open to the public. Only the Junior Fair, that includes 4-H and other youth activities, will operate.

The Canfield Fair typically draws some 300,000 visitors.

George Roman runs concessions and grandstand entertainment at the fair.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 7:

Kent Roosevelt High School
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A local school librarian who’s won a national award for her work, will use the money to buy more books for the programs she started at Kent Roosevelt High School.

Media Specialist Jennifer Flaherty plans to split the $10,000 prize between Read Woke and Rough Riders Read.

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ZOOM

Akron City Council has wrapped up a three-year long process to do away with Columbus Day. Beginning in 2021 because of the pandemic, the city will celebrate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Day each October. September will be known as “Welcoming Month.” 

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CREATIVE COMMONS

The federal CARES ACT moratorium on evictions for people in subsidized housing, which was established during the pandemic, is set to expire soon.And that’s causing confusion among renters and courts alike. 


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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 3, 2020:

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COMING TOGETHER STARK COUNTY

Policing and race relations in the city of Canton will be discussed tonight at a town hall being hosted by the newly formed Stark County Collaborative on Race Relations. Those interested in asking a question should email it to StarkCountyCORR@gmail.com, with "question 6/30" in the subject line. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Family Church in North Canton. You can watch it live below or via Coming Together Stark County's Facebook page

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As cases of COVID-19 increase across Ohio, Summit County Public Health is warning residents to be safe this holiday weekend. As of today, there are 54,166 total cases, an increase of 1,301 from Wednesday. Total deaths attributed to COVID-19 stand at 2,903. Officials fear these numbers will rise due to July 4 festivities.

During the Summit County Public Health weekly briefing, commissioner Donna Skoda asked residents to remember how we can control the spread of the virus. 

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 2:

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Former University of Akron track star and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy has cut ties with his alma mater after the school recently eliminated the men’s cross-country program.

Murphy has launched a campaign to get the university to reverse the decision that was part of budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 1:

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ERIK DROST / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Major League Baseball players begin reporting for spring training Wednesday, with a shortened 60-game season beginning later this month. It caps months of contentious negotiations between players and owners to start the season amid the pandemic. The MLB used its right to implement a season where the players receive 100 percent of their salary for each game played. 

On Monday, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona addressed the media, and WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said he had some tough words about the state of the league.

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MARK AREHART / WKSU

Help is being made available for Akron water and sewer customers struggling to pay utility bills due to economic hardship from the effects of COVID-19.

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AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Akron school leaders say a plan it’s developed for reopening this fall involved input from across the district. The school board got a first look at the plan this week. More than 140 teachers, parents, community members and school principals collaborated on its creation.

Government, Nonprofits Working to Prevent Wave of Evictions in Cleveland

Jun 30, 2020
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CONOR MORRIS / REPORT FOR AMERICA

Cleveland’s housing court opened June 15 after a three-month moratorium on evictions. There are concerns a tidal wave of evictions could be coming. 

 

Upcoming rental assistance programs from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County - with about $17 million total in aid – will help, but, will it be enough to keep people in their homes during a pandemic that has sent Ohio’s unemployment rate skyrocketing? 

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 30:

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Organizers of a town hall meeting tonight in Stark County are hoping to deepen community dialogue about policing and race relations.

John Spitzer, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Israel Canton, and Ron Ponder, former president of the NAACP in Stark County, have been helping organize the meeting tonight and another one on Thursday at Faith Family Church in North Canton. Ponder is moderating the sessions. He thinks there’s something to learn from what’s been happening in Canton.

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