Phil DeOliveira

  Philip de Oliveira is a master’s student in Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC). Prior to pursuing journalism, he took a bachelor’s degree in music composition and piano. He also spent some time traveling Northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Phil currently lives in Cleveland Heights.

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Canton is holding its first needle exchange later this month. The program lets people who use injected drugs swap their used needles for clean ones.

Canton is holding its first needle exchange later this month. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the program lets people who use injected drugs swap their used needles for clean ones.

Project SWAP (Stark-Wide Approach to Prevention) was created in response to a rise in hepatitis C cases in the area, and a HIV outbreak two years ago among drug users in neighboring Indiana.

The primary goal of the program is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by getting contaminated needles off the streets. It also gives referrals to treatment and counseling services.

Cleveland State University has selected the head of the Colorado Film School to direct its new School of Film, Television and Interactive Media.

Frederic Lahey is coming to Cleveland to do what he did in Colorado: Start a film school from scratch. 

It takes more than talent and skill to make a living in classical music these days. That’s why the Cleveland Institute of Music is trying a new program to teach its students what they can’t learn in a practice room.

The Akron Art Museum is once again putting iconic works of art where you’d least expect them. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the museum’s Inside|Out public art event is coming to 40 locations around Akron.

Three vacant houses in Cleveland’s Slavic Village are now full of art.

This weekend, dozens of local artists created 100 paintings, sculptures, and installations in homes slated for demolition. The event, called “Rooms to Let,” is in its fourth year.

Painter Scott Pickering said the event is helping to revive the neighborhood by filling it with people and art, even if the art is temporary.


A group of conservative and liberal activists are challenging an Ohio law that they say puts unfair restrictions on free speech.

WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the group is suing the state over ambiguities in the law.

The plaintiffs are the liberal blog Plunderbund, freelance political reporter John Spinelli, and the Portage County Tea Party.

The Music Settlement in Cleveland has been a pioneer in the development of music therapy. Despite being around for 50 years, misconceptions remain about the work they do.

A handful of residents at a retirement home gather in a large, multi-purpose room. At the far end, there’s an upright piano with chairs arranged in a semi-circle.

The gospel choir at Eliza Bryant Village is about to rehearse for its next concert.

Combining therapy and music

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For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce are releasing arts industry data for individual states.

Lakewood City Council is supporting the proposed Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie, which would be about 7  miles offshore from Lakewood.

Council passed a resolution that cites Ohio’s over-dependence on fossil fuels and a potential economic boost for the city.

The city of Akron and Tuesday Musical want to help the city relax using classical music. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports on a new initiative to bring live chamber music to Akron’s public spaces.

The free, 45-minute concerts are part of a series called Decompression Chamber. The idea for the concerts came out of research suggesting classical music decreases stress and enhances brain function.

The Cleveland Clinic is selling art to benefit hearts. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports next month’s auction at Christie’s in New York will include items from the Clinic’s collection.

The eight works for sale include sculptures and paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso.

The artworks were donated to the Cleveland Clinic by philanthropist and entrepreneur Sydell Miller, whose collection spans impressionist and modern art.

A long-standing musical tradition in northeast Ohio is going through some changes.

WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira  reports on what’s in store for audiences at the 85th annual Bach Festival at Baldwin Wallace University.

One of the most dramatic changes this year may be the fact that the featured work on Saturday's concert won’t be music by J.S. Bach. Instead, concert goers will hear Ein Deutsches Requiem by Romantic composer Johannes Brahms.

A new poll finds that President Trump's performance since taking office has done little to change the minds of Ohio voters.  

The Cleveland Orchestra is turning 100 years old, and it’s planning concerts, tours, and educational programs to celebrate.

One of the season’s highlights will be a series of educational concerts and a two-week Beethoven festival, which will include all nine Beethoven symphonies. It’s being called The Prometheus Project.

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from heaven to bring enlightenment to humanity. The myth inspired Beethoven’s only ballet, “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

SummaCare is moving the more than 300 employees in its downtown Akron headquarters to a new office space in Akron’s East End.

The Akron-based insurance company’s current space is 90,000 square feet, spread across five floors. By moving to the East End, SummaCare will lose almost a third of that space but have all of its employees on one floor.

Ohio is extending a program that allows public agencies to get rebates on the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals gives the rebates for its version of the drug. It will continue to issue $6 rebates for every syringe sold.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says extending the rebate was necessary because of the rise of cheaper, more potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil.


The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a new CEO. Joe Mazur accepted the job after six years as president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby in Akron.

Mazur says he wants to add a train car with activities for children and specialty cars to accommodate the scenic railroad’s weekend crowd.


Akron Public Schools officials are saying the district will continue to accommodate transgender students, even after President Donald Trump removed federal guidelines with incentives to do so.

The man allegedly involved in a hostage situation in Kent has been identified as 27-year-old Kent resident Christopher Carter.

Kent police arrived at the Villages at Franklin Crossings apartment complex around 12:30 Sunday afternoon following reports of drug activity.  Carter fled to a basement laundry room where he allegedly held a woman at knife-point.

Cleveland.com reports state investigators recovered a knife from the scene.

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course has hired its first chaplain.

Chaplain Jim Smith was working in his Christian bookstore in Calcutta, W. Va., when a recruiter from the Race Track Chaplaincy of America asked him to be the first chaplain at Mountaineer Racetrack, about two hours away. He worked there for nearly 13 years.

The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties will begin accepting residents at its new facility on Wednesday. The shelter renovated the old Middlebury Manor Nursing Home in Akron, a move that doubled its capacity to 184 beds.

CEO Terri Heckman says bringing residents from two existing locations to the new facility will help reduce energy costs and overstaffing. The kitchen won’t be ready until late May, but Heckman says meals are being provided by local businesses and community members.


The International Joint Commission is calling for the U.S. and Canada to take action against micro-plastics in the Great Lakes.

The commission’s report recommends a binational plan for research, education and outreach. It also recommends a standardized scientific approach to sampling and finding out where the plastic is coming from.

Frank Bevacqua  is a spokesman in the IJC’s Washington office. He says federal and state governments will need to work together.

Akron hopes to bring together the entire community over a meal this fall -- to eat and to figure out the most important issues to the community.

Malone University’s music department has received the largest donation in the program’s history from the estate of a former public school secretary. Ann Leech worked in Canton City Schools and was a lifelong supporter of Malone’s arts programs.

Music Department Chair Michael Benson says a committee is considering possible uses for the $1 million donation, including scholarships, renovations, instrument repairs, and instrument purchases.

Among a collection of wire recorder interviews with Holocaust survivors, researchers at the University of Akron have discovered a previously lost spool containing traditional songs sung in German and Yiddish.

One of the survivors on the recording is Guta Frank. After World War II, she ended up in a refugee camp in Henonville, France. Psychologist David Boder made the recording while visiting the camp.

The University of Akron is responding to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from all countries, and all residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

University President Matthew Wilson says about 85 students enrolled at the university come from the seven countries listed in the executive order. According to Wilson, two Iranian graduate students at the university had their student visa applications suspended last week.

Cities like Oberlin, Lorain, and Dayton could be affected by President Trump’s executive order threatening to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities.

The Maumee River could become Ohio’s next water trail thanks to a joint effort by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the Defiance Soil and Water Conservation District.

The two groups are applying to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the 108-mile river for recreational use.

The site of the May 4th Kent State University shootings is now a national historic landmark. The 1970 shooting of 13 students—four of whom died—by the Ohio National Guard is considered a turning point in public perception of the Vietnam War.

Laura Davis was a freshman at Kent State when the shooting took place. In 2012, she was part of a group that applied to make the site an historic landmark.

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