Tyler Thompson

News Intern

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Tyler Thompson is currently a senior at Kent State University, focusing on multimedia journalism. He works for Black Squirrel Radio as a writer, article coordinator, DJ and production director. A former graduate at the University of Akron, he has a degree in firefighter protection where he earned his state license and graduated the EMT-Basic program from Akron General Hospital.

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Algae Bloom seen from Lake Erie
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A crowd sourcing effort is in the works to monitor toxic algae that is polluting Lake Erie.

University of Akron science professor Hunter King and his students are developing affordable, do-it-yourself measuring devices that the public will be able to build or buy.

King says they want to get materials in the hands of volunteer groups and schools to measure local water sources.

photo of Josh Gordon
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After five seasons and playing just 11 games, the Josh Gordon saga is over in Cleveland. The Browns have traded Gordon to the New England Patriots.  The team had been patient with Gordon, whose battle with addiction has kept him sidelined for the bulk of his career.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explored why New England is taking a chance on the troubled athlete.

A Need for a Quarterback

photo of farmers' market
COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY

Residents near downtown Akron will have a new place to shop for fresh foods.

The Countryside Conservancy says local farmers will sell their foods in a new public food market in Akron’s Northside District. It will be located in the former Northside Lofts parking garage.

Rachel Goforth with Countryside says local food and produce has not been readily available in the downtown area.

The Cleveland Browns open their season at home this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After failing to win a single game last season, the Browns are heading into this season hoping for a fresh start with two new quarterbacks. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto thinks the team can improve from their 0-16 season.

Really, It Can’t Get Any Worse

Andrew Meyer

A statewide notice that says CBD oil is illegal to sell by non-sanctioned stores has local natural health shops pulling their CBD products off the shelves.

The notice, sent out by Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy, says CBD oil can be distributed legally by those under the state-sanctioned medical marijuana program. The program is expected to start by early 2019.

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