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.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 18:

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The U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on a resolution to undo the Trump administration’s repeal of “net neutrality” rules. Senate Democrats are forcing the vote less than a month before the new rules are scheduled to take effect.

The U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on a resolution to undo the Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality rules. Senate Democrats are forcing the vote less than a month before the new rules are scheduled to take effect.

So far, all 49 Democratic senators and one Republican support the resolution to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules. A group of senators led by Ed Markey of Massachusetts is bringing the resolution under the Congressional Review Act to force a vote in the Senate.

Over the weekend, President Trump made his second visit to Northeast Ohio in less than two months. While in Cleveland, he met with Republican donors, talked about tax cuts passed last year, and endorsed Republican Senate hopeful Jim Renacci.

Cleveland is known as “America’s polka capital,” where the traditional music and dance still draw devoted fans. But the genre is struggling to reach a broader and younger audience.

In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira met a husband-and-wife duo who’s taking polka all over Cleveland.

Happy music

Go to the Hofbrauhaus in downtown Cleveland on a weekend, and you’ll probably hear Nancy and Eric Noltkamper playing German polkas.

For more than 25 years students and faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music have known Mark Graham as the man in charge of tuning the school’s 108 pianos. But this weekend, he’ll be wearing a different hat: that of a composer.

Graham has been tuning and maintaining pianos at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music for 26 years. During that time he’s kept a little-known secret: For decades, Graham has led a quiet side career of sorts as a composer.

Cleveland is studying the possibility of building a high-speed transportation link to Chicago. Supporters say the proposed Hyperloop would open up new jobs to Northeast Ohioans. But some local transit riders and advocates wonder if it’s the best way to spend limited transportation dollars.

Thousands of gun control advocates gathered in Cleveland on Saturday for what was called The March for Our Lives. It was one of hundreds of marches held nationwide in response to last month’s deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Saturday’s march drew thousands to Public Square for the student-led protest against gun violence. One of the organizers was Solon High School senior Pranav Iyer.

“The Parkland shooting was really a call to action," Iyer said.

A Stark County lawmaker is proposing an expansion of Ohio’s tax credit for motion pictures produced in the state.

H.B. 525 would more than double the current motion picture tax credit from $40 million to $100 million. It also awards credits twice annually for productions that spend at least $300,000 in-state.

The Anti-Defamation League has released its annual report of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. for 2017.

Last year marked the largest single-year increase nationwide since the ADL began tracking incidents in the late ‘70s. Ohio ranked 19th in the nation with 26 anti-Semitic incidents reported last year. In terms of per capita incidents, Ohio ranked in the lower half of states at number 34.

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