Human trafficking survivor shows Ohio’s improvement

By Marissa Barnhart, Portia Booker and Mengting Ying She ran. Jennifer Kempton’s only goal was to make enough money for her next dose of heroin and time to sleep. This was all routine. She had been raped, beaten, left for dead and threatened with a pistol to her head. Even the abandoned house she and her latest trick entered was expected. But this night was the most horrific. The man forced her to perform sexual acts she had never done. When he got bored, he sodomized and raped her with a butcher knife, using her blood for lubrication. After two hours of torture, she ran to the gang house and

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Public Access to Police Body Cameras Still Unclear

The Akron Police Department is one of four departments in Northeast Ohio employing use of body cameras. Other departments include Cleveland, Aurora and Twinsburg. However, it is not clear what the rules with using body cameras are, or how the video in question comes into play as public record. Legislation has been proposed that mandates that agencies using body cameras have a written policy set in place and be made public. The bill does not cover who should have access to footage shot on body cameras, or how it should be filed. The Akron Police Department’s website defines public record as “any document, device, or item, regardless of physical form

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Akron City Schools not Eligible for Busing

By Ashlyne Wilson and Alexis Oswald In Akron, 10 city schools are not receiving any school busing as Akron Public Schools (APS) must provide busing to 29 charter and private schools. The students attending these 10 public schools, under the APS policy, are not eligible for transportation by APS because the distance between their school of assignment and their homes are less than two miles apart. Students who are in open enrollment do not qualify for APS transportation either. Anything over two miles is grounds for eligibility for transportation by the schools. Those 29 charter and private schools are all well over two miles from their student’s residences, so transportation

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Striking out: The rise and fall of Akron athletics

By Richie Mulhall & Ian Klein Former University of Akron baseball coach Rick Rembielak never thought it would happen. He never thought the university would cut the baseball program. Rumors spread for the past two weeks that the program could be on the chopping block, something Rembielak didn’t think was possible, even amidst all the gossip. One Monday morning in July when Rembielak returned to his office in Akron after a long recruiting trip, people were approaching him asking him what was going to happen to the baseball program. Taken aback by the line of questioning, Rembielak didn’t even know what they were talking about. But the rumors were spreading,

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UA budget cuts affect arts community

By Rachel Godin Amidst a 60 million dollar deficit accumulated over the span of a decade, the University of Akron made 40 million dollar cuts to fiscal year 2015-2016’s budget. Included, were the entirety of the University of Akron Press, a publisher of fiction and poetry, and the entire staff of EJ Thomas Music Hall. Both staffs were told they would be laid off on July 28th with just two weeks notice. Budgets, which are available to the public, do not reflect the dire straits which would result in the mass personnel cuts. The university failed to transparently address the fiscal issues in public. The current budget approved by the

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House Bill 50 to provide more support for ‘aging out’ Ohio foster youth

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Maureen Centa is a mother of six; two biological, one adopted and three she and her husband adopted after having them as foster children. “We adopted our girls at 11 and 13 after their biological mother couldn’t follow through with a plan to keep them with her,” Centa said. “After adopting them, our director told us about a 14-year-old boy who needed a home, but I didn’t think we were in a place to have more children. We ended up having him over for Easter and it was his first time decorating Easter eggs at 14-years-old and he was wonderful. When he left, I

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Hiring, training process varies among police departments

Story by Tyler Singleton Video by Mike Drake Training to become a police officer from Michael Drake on Vimeo. In October of 1999, Jim Cunningham of the Akron Police Department responded alone to an aggravated robbery call on East Waterloo Road. Cunningham found and ordered the two suspects to the ground. One suspect fled the scene and the other proceeded to reach for his weapon. Cunningham said he almost fired his gun on the suspect, later identified as Charles Williams, a 13-year-old juvenile carrying a BB gun that resembled Akron Police Department’s service weapons. Cunningham received a commendation from the Akron Police Department because he “exhibited great restraint in not

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Ed FitzGerald Town Hall Meeting

Anchor Intro: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald spoke in Akron last night trying to drum up support in the governor’s race. TV2’s Brian Ivey was there and shares more with us now. FitzGerald spoke to around 30 people at theLaborer’s Hall in Akron as part of a town hall meeting. He structured the meeting like a debate with Governor John Kasich, but Governor Kasich wasn’t present. FitzGerald mentioned different talking points that Kasich normally speaks on. FitzGerald said that Kasich is careful about what he says. “{Kasich} says things like, I don’t know why we need right-to-work right now,” FitzGerald said. FitzGerald then focused on some of the main issues

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