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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 17:

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 16:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, January 15:

The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday introduced their sixth head coach under owner Jimmy Haslam. Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski takes over for Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after a disappointing 6-10 season.  WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Stefanski fits into the Browns' analytics approach to the game, but says what the team really needs is leadership. 

During his first news conference, the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns acknowledged the turmoil that’s come with turnover in the position, and he promised fans that he will work to deliver a winner.  

Kevin Stefanski described the players as a "resilient" group after having multiple changes in the coaching staff over the past two years.

Updated: 6:07 p.m., Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has taken 14-year-old Harley Dilly off the missing and endangered child list after a body was recovered in an abandoned house near Dilly’s home in Port Clinton.

Tuesday evening, the Ottawa County Coroner's Office released a preliminary autopsy report, having determined Dilly died from compressive asphyxia after being trapped in the chimney.

Police believe Dilly’s death was an accident and no foul play is suspected.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, January 13:

Browns To Tap Stefanski For Head Coach Job

Jan 12, 2020

The Cleveland Browns have picked Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the new head coach, the 18th full-time head coach in franchise history.

Stefanski, 37, was reportedly the favorite of Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta in last year's search for a head coach. After the Browns fired General Manager John Dorsey two days after Kitchens was dismissed, DePodesta was put in charge of this year's search.

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After avoiding a water disconnection this month, Chapel Hill Mall is now facing a possible power shut down if its bill isn’t paid by January 20th. Ohio Edison issued the notice to mall tenants.

About half the stores are occupied at the mall, where the sole anchor tenant remaining is JCPenney.  It continues to attract customers like Kent State student Hannah Kurtz.

“I don’t know why [the mall] is going out of business.  Maybe it’s not in the best area?  I don’t know [maybe] they could remodel it and make it something else? I’m not sure.”

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SMART COLUMBUS

A Columbus neighborhood is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service. Officials said this is the first program of its kind in the country.

The 12-person, self-driving shuttle will travel a nearly 3-mile circuit in Linden, northeast of downtown Columbus. The residential service will connect people to places like a community house and a rec center.

Luke Stedke is with Drive Ohio, the state agency that helps streamline automated vehicle programs. He said the Linden project can play a role in the future use of driverless vehicles.

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The Cleveland Browns are looking for their sixth head coach and sixth general manager under owner Jimmy Haslam. And the jobs are becoming less desirable with each passing year. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Haslam is yet again changing his approach after firing Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey at the end of the 6-10 season.

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The Cleveland Police Department is taking new measures to standardize the department’s response to incidents domestic violence. The new initiative expands on previous programs and looks to standardize domestic violence investigations.

All officers are now using the Domestic Abuse-Law Enforcement, or DALE, assessment. It includes a series of 11 questions that help officers determine whether a victim is at high risk.

These include questions on past abuse, use of drugs and alcohol and if there are weapons in the household.

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ROGER INGLES

Some Ohioans who oppose the U.S. assassination of senior Iranian military Commander Qasem Soleimani took to the streets in several cities over the weekend. 

Anti-war demonstrator Mark Stansbery was one of nearly 100 protestors who stood in the cold.

“It wasn’t even done in a military sense, in a strategic sense. It was a political assassination. And that’s a very dangerous road we are going down.”

Columbus resident Afkham Davis is from Iran and fears for her family there. 

“I don’t think Iranians are going to be quiet.”

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

An upcoming film series at the Akron-Summit County Public library looks at how to help people re-enter society after serving time in prison.

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WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Cleveland Browns had their first press conference Thursday since firing both head coach Freddie Kitchens and General Manager John Dorsey. Owner Jimmy Haslam said they will hire their new head coach first then look for GM candidates. He said they have talked to more than 20 players and are dedicated to “getting it right this time.”

“I can’t tell you how many people in this organization have been checking references, doing background checks, gathering data, etc...”

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The Cleveland Browns are once again searching for a new head coach. After leading the Browns to a 6 - 10 season, Freddie Kitchens is out of the role he held for less than a year.

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This story was originally published on November 21, 2019

 

At Ashland University, the marching band has proven that age is no barrier to performance. At 70, the oldest member of the band gave his final performance during the last football game of the season.

Frank Stanek celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He's also a member of the Ashland Marching Band.

"Okay, we’re going to do a flashback," Stanek said. "I retired and was playing in community bands and got introduced to Tuba Christmases."

Browns Fire GM John Dorsey

Dec 31, 2019

Two days after firing first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Cleveland Browns are also parting ways with the team's general manager.

The team announced Tuesday that John Dorsey, who was hired in December 2017, is leaving the organization.

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A new study shows young people of color in Ohio have fewer opportunities for economic advancement. The national study done by the Institute for Child, Youth, and Family Policy at Brandeis University measures the opportunity index in 100 of the United States largest metro areas.

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Here are your morning headlines for December 31, 2019:

Cuyahoga County hires manager to oversee opioid settelement funds;
Yost moves for dismissal of Sandusky County prosecutor;
Akron-based trucking company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy;
Youngstown school board member-elect changes mind;
OH judges might be allowed to list party affiliation on ballots;
Delays in ECOT case;
Police to New Year's revellers-don't fire guns into the air;
Browns moving forward on head coach search;
 

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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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A study found that hospitals around Ohio invested more than $6 billion in community issues. These are programs that take health and wellness outside the walls of a hospital. 

The Ohio Hospital Association says the increased spending on community benefit programs shows there's a need for hospitals to invest more in preventative efforts and other social needs in their neighborhoods.

The OHA’s John Palmer says these programs can prevent more costly hospital visits.

Cleveland Unveils West Side Market Goals For 2020

Dec 25, 2019

The city of Cleveland is setting 15 goals for the West Side Market in 2020, including expanding social space, completing capital improvements and attracting small businesses, along with exploring potential online and delivery platforms.

The market has faced renewed criticism in recent weeks from vendors, including Turczyk's Meats, which closed after 36 years citing rising rent and deplorable conditions.

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This story was originally published on September 11th, 2019.

If you’ve watched a Cleveland Cavaliers game on TV in the past 13 years, you likely heard the voice of Fred McLeod. The Cavs’ play-by-play announcer died suddenly on Monday, September 9th. He was 67.  WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said the longtime broadcaster was about to enter his 14th season with an organization that he loved.

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