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PHIL LOMBARDO

If the North Akron neighborhood looks a little brighter after dark this winter, it could be the result of newly elected Akron City Councilman Phil Lombardo’s “Project Light it up."

Prior to his election last November, Lombardo had been asked by a business owner for help getting a street light repaired in the Tallmadge Avenue business district.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Officials in Summit County’s Fiscal Office say the county has started foreclosure proceedings against the owners of Chapel Hill Mall for delinquent taxes and unpaid sewer bills.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron’s Chapel Hill Mall came perilously close to closing its doors Friday over a delinquent water and sewer bill. 

The city says its Office of Integrated Development gave the mall’s owner, New York-based Kohan Retail Investment Group, until 9:30 Friday morning to make a payment or face closure.

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SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Akron’s eviction crisis plays out in a small municipal courtroom in the Stubbs Justice Center downtown. Four days a week a magistrate hears from both sides--when they show up.

Magistrate Tania Nemer listens to tenants when they appear, and landlords like Jack Neiman of Exchange Builders. He has about 30 rental units. One tenant has been behind on the $425 a month rent since July. The woman owes Neiman nearly $2,400.

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SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Finishing touches are being put on a new hotel in downtown Akron. It’s located in the historic United building and will welcome guests for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

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ROSALIE MURPHY / THE DEVIL STRIP

In 2019, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and its partners made steady progress in efforts to connect the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, border to border, across Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga counties.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The City of Akron has decided not to appeal a decision to reinstate fired Akron Police detective James Anthony. 

Anthony, a 23-year veteran of the Akron Police, is set to be reinstated to his former rank on January 6 according to a statement released by the city.

He was fired in February for a personal Facebook post following the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that left 11 people dead.  

In the post, he questioned why "no one has offed” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is known for his anti-Semitic statements.

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SHANE WYNN / AKRONSTOCK

The 90-year-old Akron Civic Theatre is poised to undergo a major restoration and expansion project that is expected to take the venue into the next 90 years.  

Theater officials have raised close to 90% of an $8.5 million capital campaign called “Staging the Future.”  The money will be used to complete a restoration that ended in 2002 without finishing the front of the building and Grand Lobby.

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ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

The University of Akron’s new president is giving a vote of confidence to the school’s  struggling football team and its place among the top football schools in the country. 

A report from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University says Akron has the highest eviction rate in the state and the 24th highest nationally, with nearly seven renters evicted every day.

It's not news to the Fair Housing Contact Service, a nonprofit housing support group in Akron. Lauren Green-Hull, the group's associate director, said they've been aware of that data for years, and they've organized a task force to combat the problem.

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Akron police are asking residents to help them track down whoever is vandalizing homes in neighborhoods around the city. Lieutenant Michael Miller says the perpetrators have been throwing rocks through windows of homes in Firestone Park, South Akron, and the North Hill area. He says there have been 20 incidents in North Hill this week.

Miller says there’s no rhyme or reason to which homes have been attacked.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

The Akron Police Department will boost its numbers by about 10 percent in the next six months. Forty-five cadets have begun intensive training in the first Akron Police Academy since the city ended its training program in 2008.  

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

In Akron's College & Career Academies model, the school district is focused on offering hands-on experiences, rather than test-taking, while partnerships with the business community play a vital role.

Just as vital are the choices given to students. They decide which career area they want to investigate.

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