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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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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 7:

Cuyahoga County Public Library is opening all of its branches to the public starting Monday, with some restrictions to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

Each of the library’s 27 branches is operating at 25 percent capacity. Branches also have removed some furniture and are limiting the number of public computers in use to allow for social distancing. Computers will be wiped down after each user.

Visitors are allowed to once again browse the stacks and check out materials, said CCPL Executive Director Tracey Strobel, but everyone must wear a mask.

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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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The Washington Redskins football team is conducting a "thorough review" of its name, an apparent break from the NFL franchise's longtime resistance to consider such a move.

A short time later, Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians said it would consider the "best path forward with regard to our team name." It said the team wants to embrace responsibility to advance social justice.

It’s summer, and usually, that would mean a wide variety of summer programs would be open for kids, like day camps or educational classes.

The coronavirus outbreak, however, has changed the landscape for summer programs. Some are canceled, some are now online, and others that are still offering in-person programs look very different.

Ballet students in Kay Eichman’s class are wearing leotards and buns. Everything sounds and looks like a normal class, but the dancers are all in their separate homes, meeting virtually, to keep them safe during the pandemic.

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

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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, 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

County fairs around Northeast Ohio are debating whether to ban sale or display of the Confederate flag. The grass-roots movement comes after state legislators killed a proposal that would have banned the flag across all fairs last month.

Portage County is the latest to face calls to remove the Confederate flag from its county fair. A petition from Portage County Young Democrats urges the fair board to take the “necessary steps” of banning the sale and display of the flag at the Portage County Randolph Fair.

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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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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 1:

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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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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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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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Hundreds of people lined up in West Akron for free, in-car coronavirus testing. The parking lot at House of The Lord Church was filled with the sound of idling cars on Saturday morning as people crept toward a row of doctors and technicians from Summa Health and Summit County Public Health. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 26:

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 25:

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An Akron group is trying something new to help local food entrepreneurs and celebrate the city’s cultural diversity.

The North Akron Community Development Corporation will open a rotating restaurant next month in Temple Square on North Main Street. The NoHi Pop-Up project has lined up eight chefs who will each take a weekend to serve lunch and dinner.

North Akron CDC Director Katie Beck says it’s a good opportunity for food entrepreneurs to experiment and look into opening their own restaurants.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, June 24:

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High school sports are resuming activities for the first time since March, when seasons were canceled amid the pandemic. But the Senate Athletic League for Cleveland schools has been slow to get students back on the field. 

Sports commentator Terry Pluto says school sports are about much more than competition.