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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has named Rev. Don Oleksiak as diocesan administrator until Pope Francis names a successor for Nelson Perez, now the Archbishop of Philadelphia after more than two years as Bishop of Cleveland.

Perez's appointment to Philadelphia was effective as of Tuesday; Oleksiak's is effective immediately.

Oleksiak is the first diocesan administrator in the 173 year history of the Diocese of Cleveland.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 19:

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The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are ready to part ways with rookie head coach John Beilein. The 67-year-old is unlikely to rejoin the team when they return from the All-Star break on Thursday.

When the Cavs hired the longtime University of Michigan coach last May, WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto was cautiously optimistic that it could be good fit.

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The NFL has lifted Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett's suspension, but he remains in the spotlight following the ugly brawl with Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Mason Rudolph last November. Our sports commentator Terry Pluto says Garrett's recent ESPN interview didn't help to take the focus away from the helmet-swinging incident. 

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Northeast Ohio has had its struggles with malls, like Akron's Chapel Hill which is facing foreclosure. But in Alliance, there is new hope for the Carnation City Mall.

The shopping center currently has just a few stores and food vendors left including a J.C. Penney and Dunham’s Sports.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 17:

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TRUE COLORS UNITED

A new report puts Ohio near last in the list of how states handle homelessness in people under 24. Ohio ranked 42nd among all states in dealing with youth homelessness, especially with LGBTQ kids.

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Joe Gunderman

Kent State University is adding a Grind2Energy system in the dining area of it's new Design Innovation Hub.  No food scraps pre- or post-consumer will go to a landfill, but rather will be ground and stored until it is trucked to a processing system that will turn those scraps into energy and soil enhance

Neighbors concerned about loud roller coasters running late at night at Kings Island may be getting some relief. Parent company Cedar Fair tells the group it will add sand to the tracks of the Orion and Diamondback roller coasters.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 14:

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Another person has accused Congressman Jim Jordan of knowing about former Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss' alleged abuse. The former OSU wrestler made his comments to an Ohio House committee this week.

Michael DiSabato was one of the first Strauss accusers to bring the case to light two years ago.

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Jo Ingles

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports deaths on the state’s roads have increased in five of the past six years, and last year was the second-deadliest year in the past decade. This is why state leaders are backing a new effort to crack down on distracted driving.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 13:

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A new cafe is fulfilling a part of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance’s plan to add more food-related businesses to Kenmore Boulevard.

Lil' Bit Cafe hosted a grand opening Wednesday. Not only does it meet a growing demand for more sit-down restaurants in that area, it also increases job opportunities. The restaurant is partnering with the culinary training program called Jump On Board For Success. JOBS will train teen and young mothers for possible employment at the restaurant.

Two Ohio State University football players have been dismissed from the team after being arrested on kidnapping and rape charges for an alleged assault last week.

CAVS

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a surprise trade just hours before last week’s deadline. The team that’s in last place in the Eastern Conference (13-40) added two-time All-Star Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons without giving up any starters. Drummond is 6 feel 11 inches tall and 280 pounds. He averages 17.8 points and leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.8 per game.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the trade underscores how in the NBA, the bigger you are the lower you're valued. 

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It's hard not to do a series about recycling without thinking of Oscar the Grouch. After all, he lives in a garbage can, but he was born in a time before there was really greater consideration given to what we threw away and the impact it had on the planet. Over time our thoughts about garbage, what we throw away and what we can recycle have evolved.

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Akron Marathon

The Akron Marathon announced it will have a new race director for the 2020 season. 

Experienced runner Verrelle L. Wyatt will be responsible for planning, organizing and staging the marathon events. His experience in leadership and operational management will add to the marathon's effective systems, strategies and thoughtful event policies.

According to Anne Bitong, president and CEO of the Akron Marathon, Wyatt will bring a fresh perspective and an incredible energy to the runners.  

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Sen. Rob Portman says he supports a loan program that would help Lordstown Motors Corp. in its effort to build electric pickup trucks at the old General Motors Co. plant.

The Energy Department loan is known as the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Lordstown Motors was seeking $200 million. But, President Donald Trump cut the loan program from his proposed 2021 budget.

Portman says that is not the final word.

Five former Ohio State wrestlers who say they were abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss, want Ohio’s inspector general to open investigations related to another alleged abuser.

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ANGELA HSIEH / NPR

A Central Ohio man teaching in China said he’s ending his contract to come home early amid growing concerns about the quickly spreading coronavirus

 

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COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY

Despite a disappointing season last year, the Countryside Farmers' Market at Highland Square in Akron will be back this summer. Market manager Serena Jones attributed last year’s lack of activity to the weather, saying it rained almost every Thursday the market was open. Jones said the decision to return was mission driven.  

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 11:

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 10:

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