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The board of directors for central Ohio-based Victoria's Secret is reacting to a scathing investigation published by the New York Times.

Two weekend articles allege the retailer's parent company, L Brands, and its founder and CEO Les Wexner as well as former executive Ed Razek permitted a culture of misogyny at Victoria’s Secret.

The Times quotes three L Brands executives as saying Wexner appeared to fail to act on accusations that his late former financial advisor Jeffrey Epstein told aspiring models he worked for Victoria's Secret and later assaulted them.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

By spring, anyone walking or driving through the heart of the University of Akron will notice a marked difference in visibility.

In a project launched by the city, the University of Akron and Ohio Edison, 252 older street lights along South Exchange Street will be upgraded to more efficient LED bulbs by May.

The new fixtures are designed to accommodate motion sensors and cameras and will eventually be rolled out in 10 more Akron communities.

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JIM KAFTAN

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 3:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

An African flag was raised at Cleveland City Hall on Saturday to mark the start of Black History Month. It’s something the city’s been doing for 45 years. And one man has been there every time.

Charles See is the retired head of Cleveland's community re-entry program. He's lived in the city his whole life and attended the first flag-raising in 1975 and every one since. He wants young people to spend the month re-connecting with their heritage.

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 31:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

North Akron has been home to immigrants from Nepal, Italy, and – 200 years ago -- Ireland. So what happened to the area that was once known as Old Dublin?

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JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 30:

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The 2020 census count begins in Ohio in April and grassroots organizations are teaming up to ensure this one will be as accurate as possible.

Five Ohio nonprofits - including the Ohio Children’s Defense Fund – will share a $250,000 grant to distribute to organizations promoting census participation.

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The head of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) said the state is at a crossroads with policy on how to move people and products around safely and efficiently.

ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks says the 10.5 cent per gallon state gas tax increase will send an additional $370 million this year to local governments, and will help with 150 projects split in urban, suburban and rural areas. But that gas tax hike is just part of a change that’s coming, because it’s estimated that nearly all vehicles on the roads will be electric 25 years from now.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron will spend close to $16 million dollars on safety services and road repair this year. The city Wednesday released its plans for the Safety & Streets fund, financed by an income tax levy passed in 2017.

The police and fire departments will receive about $5 million dollars each to replace vehicles, including 28 police cruisers and two fire engines. The money will also partially fund a new fire station.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is beginning work on a long-range plan to improve transportation and regional connectivity.

The plan aims to strengthen regional transportation across five counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Medina. NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci said the agency is gathering input to determine what the priorities should be.

“From Amish buggy trails to hyperloop, our region has a lot of opportunity and needs to have a lot of discussion about what we need and what we want over the next 20 years,” Gallucci said.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 29:

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The University of Akron men’s basketball team has rebounded in the Mid-American Conference after several down years. As of Wednesday, the team is 6-2 in the conference and 16-5 overall. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Akron had to start from scratch after their beloved longtime coach Keith Dambrot left for Duquesne three years ago.

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 28:

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The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with Andrew Berry to become their new general manager and executive vice president, according to the Associated Press, bringing him back to the club where he served as vice president of player personnel from 2016 to 2018. 

At 32, Berry becomes the youngest GM in the National Football League and will have control over the team's 53-man roster. Berry is also the second, current African-American GM in the NFL, joining Miami’s Chris Grier. 

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A new social platform aims to help nonprofits connect with volunteers.

GiveGauge was developed by nonprofit CEO Joe Mazur, who heads the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

He and his wife spent three years creating the site. Now more than a thousand volunteers are registered.

Mazur says it gives students an easy way to keep track of their service.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The number of human trafficking cases in Summit County is down slightly, but the crime may be evolving.

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Jan. 27:

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A project to learn what's needed to make one Akron neighborhood more pleasant to walk around is nearing completion.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 24:

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SCOTT TAYLOR / WKSU

There may be no better place to understand the results of the last presidential election than the Mahoning Valley. For his upcoming book, Barnstorming Ohio, David Giffels has been travelling around Ohio, learning what’s on people's minds to get a better understanding of where we’re heading this election year. 

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MARK AREHART / WKSU

The I Promise School will be adding a new facility for students and families. HomeTown Hall will be used as a gathering space for members of the school's community. The school will host a monthly dinner for students and families in the hall.

The J.M. Smucker Company donated $1 million dollars to the LeBron James Family Foundation to help pay for the new facility, which will be located adjacent to the I Promise School. Construction could begin later thsi year. 

Updated: 11:55 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23

Bishop Nelson Perez is leaving Cleveland to become the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Perez, who attended seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained there. The 58-year-old Perez is replacing Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is retiring.

“I’m back to the church, the Archdiocese that formed me, ordained me and walked with me, and eventually then set me forth,” Perez said at a press conference Thursday morning press conference in Philadelphia.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 23:

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MARK AREHART / WKSU

A project to catalog historical images of Cleveland is asking for the public’s help.

The Cleveland Memory Project, housed at Cleveland State University, has been working since the mid 1990s to make local history available online.

Special Collections Librarian Bill Barrow said they have more than 500,000 images from the old Cleveland Press Newspaper.

He said they need help adding information to each image.

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