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A shooting incident just outside the doors of the Level C DNA boxing gym on Lee Road this summer was a tragedy that police say resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl.

The owner of the club, Ra’sheen Ali, says Saniyah Nicholson’s death has strengthened his resolve to make sure she is more than just a statistic. It also made him even more determined to continue his mission to save young black boys at risk for violence and turn them into men, he said.

“I’ll never be the same, but definitely you know it’s a driving force for me,” Ali said.

William Preucil has resigned his post as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Cleveland Orchestra has suspended its concertmaster, Bill Preucil. The move happened one day after the Washington Post published a story in which the renowned violinist is accused of sexually assaulting a student of his when he was a teacher at Miami's New World Symphony in 1998. 

Cleveland Communities Grapple With Trauma From Gun Violence Spike

Jul 27, 2018
Nine-year-old Saniyah Nicholson was caught in crossfire and killed by stray bullet June 20.

A rash of shootings over the past week in Cleveland have contributed to a 20 percent jump in the overall numbers for July compared to last year, according to the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

A partnership focused on tracking and treating elevated levels of lead in Cleveland children found 11 percent of those tested had levels higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public action standard.

One hundred and sixty students ages 3 to 6 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District were tested in the spring and program directors are working to test an additional 20 students this month.

During his visit to Cleveland today, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured a temporary housing center on the east side.

He said his department prefers to back programs helping people support themselves. “That’s our major focus now at HUD, on the people themselves as opposed to the programs and the houses,” said Carson. 

Carson walked around Family Promise of Greater Cleveland where kids played in a common room while parents in the next room used computers to search for jobs. The faith-based, private non-profit receives $107,000 a year in HUD funding.

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LeBron James is taking his NBA career out west next season, officially signing with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. But in northeast Ohio, James’ philanthropic endeavors will continue.

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A new report finds that millions of people in Ohio continue to be exposed to excessive amounts of air pollution.

 Rustem Kazazi, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Albania in 2005, says in a lawsuit filed Thursday, May 31, 2018, that U.S. agents seized his life savings of $58,000 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in October 2017.
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An Ohio resident and U.S. citizen who immigrated from Albania has accused U.S. Customs and Border Protection of seizing and keeping his life savings of $58,000 even though he has not been charged with a crime since being strip-searched at an airport last year on a trip back to his native country.

States across the political spectrum have turned recently to a new kind of gun control measure, known as red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders. They allow for the seizure of guns from potentially dangerous people.

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