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Jaxx Cheline never acted before joining QuTheatr Ensemble in Akron, but an appreciation for art and interest in making money was enough to propel the 14-year-old to give it a try. Cheline plays “Anthony” in the upcoming production, “Through His I.”

“He is trans, and he is in high school. And it's about his experiences there,” Cheline said. “He gets bullied a lot and gets ignored by the administration, and so he's in a really dark place about it.”

An Akron woman who’s founded youth programs is taking another step to help her community.

Sheri Yearian has been named an Emerging Cities Champion fellow by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities.

She’ll receive funding to promote cycling by adding more bike racks in the Kenmore area and a bike repair stand.

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Over the last seven years, Ohio’s been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps ex-offenders from getting jobs, paying child support and even volunteering in their community.

When Akron police and city staff removed people from a makeshift tent city last Sunday, it rekindled the battle over where people may live when their 'choice' of residence is a fabric tent.

Officials from Akron and across Ohio testified in Columbus Thursday in support of a new school funding plan they say is more equitable and realistic than what’s been in place for the last 30 years. 

Eighteen months ago, Ohio Reps Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) asked active school superintendents,  treasurers, educators and administrators to put their heads together to create a funding plan that would serve Ohio’s  610 school districts based on their individual needs.  

A public health advocate is pleased Summit County has now banned businesses from selling tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 years old. The legislation, known as Tobacco 21, lessens the chance for teens to get their hands on popular e-cigarettes, Juuls and other paraphernalia.

The director of population health at Summit County Public Health Cory Kendrick said the use of these products among middle and high school students has resulted in the highest rates of  teen tobacco use in years.

Kenmore leaders hope the state’s recent approval to designate the heart of Kenmore Boulevard a National Historic District will be the key to attracting the development they’ve been seeking.

Once one of Akron’s busiest commercial districts, Kenmore Boulevard now has many empty storefronts.

Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance Director Tina Boyes says to reenergize Kenmore, the boulevard needs places people can gather -- like a coffee shop, a restaurant or a brewery.

Gov. Mike DeWine was in Akron Wednesday, telling business leaders that his proposed increase in the state gas tax is crucial for Ohio’s economy.

Youngstown-area U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan takes a selfie with a delegate at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Youngstown) visited Akron on Monday to speak to Akron Press Club, and brought with him some stark warnings about the state of America.

About 400 parents and kids load up their trays with dinner from Swensons and settle into the I Promise School cafeteria and gym for a quick guide to managing money, a pitch for flu shots and a student performance on messages hidden in old spirituals.

These kinds of family gatherings happen once a month and at least 80 percent of the I Promise families participate, according to Nicole Hassen, the Akron Public Schools liaison to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

By the time Goodyear was established in Akron in the 1890s, hundreds of rubber firms already called the city home.
Goodyear Tire And Rubber Co. Records / University Of Akron Library

Firestone Country Club, Goodyear Heights and the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks are among the many reminders that the rubber industry once dominated the eyes, ears and nose of almost every Akronite. 

Organizers of the eBay-backed “Retail Revival” program closed their one-year mission Thursday with a look back at their successes – and what they learned – in Northeast Ohio.

Akron Slowly Recovering From Cyberattack

Feb 12, 2019

In light of a cyberattack nearly three weeks ago that continues to disrupt services, the city of Akron is spending $100,000 for protection against malware. And the expense of the attack and recovery is expected to grow exponentially.

The city believes the attack was launched at least in part by a phishing email, and the goal was to transfer city money into fraudulent credit cards. Chief of Staff James Hardy says none of the money left city coffers, but that’s about the only piece of good news.

Downtown Akron Partnership

This year is shaping up to be a busy year for Northeast Ohio cities and towns trying to revitalize themselves. At least two dozen municipalities have turnaround plans in place, including Akron and Canton, which are spending more than $100 million between them to reinvent their downtowns.

The first medical marijuana harvest took place Monday in Akron. Elected officials and the media toured the 43,000 square foot facility to take in the ceremonial cutting of the first bud.

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