Ferguson localized: Campus protests, police violence and racial tensions

The decision Gathered together in The Nest on Nov. 24, students watched the news out of Ferguson, Missouri. The students, members of Black United Students, sat silently. Huddled around a table, leaned back in the blue and beige chairs of the Student Center, and lounging on the oversized beanbag chairs scattered around the floor, their faces showed anxiety as the anchors spoke about the grand jury’s choice. The decision had been made. Silence. Silence and the feeling that there was no air in the room. No angry outbursts. No rioting. Just a slight, painful-sounding cry from one woman. Then another from across the room. Marvin Logan, executive director of Kent

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How to protect health, finances during flu season

by Alicia Balog As students prepare for both the upcoming winter and finals week, Kent State University and health departments throughout the country recommend preparing for flu season as well. What is the flu? The “seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses” that usually lasts one to two weeks, according to flu.gov. Flu season, which began in October, typically goes to April or May depending on the year, said Becky Lehman, director of health education and promotion at the Portage County Health Department. Approximately 5 to 20 percent of people get the flu, according to flu.gov, Lehman said despite what people say, a person does not

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PUCO assures safety for natural gas pipeline in Ohio

More than three million people use natural gas in the state of Ohio. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is committed to the safety of the operations of Ohio’s natural gas pipeline system. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said the gas pipeline industry is only regulated by the State of Ohio, not cities like Kent. Ohio is home to over 100 pipeline operators. According to PUCO’s press release, the natural gas industry is a complex network of companies that produce, transport and distribute natural gas. With the 100 pipelines, more than 56,000 miles of distribution lines are overseen by The PUCO–this provides natural gas to to individual users, as

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New School Report Card System Raises Concerns

Just like students, the school districts in Ohio get report cards for its schools and districts to determine how well they are doing and if students are meeting standard set by the state. Starting for the academic year 2012 – 2013, Ohio Department of Education created a new standard on how school districts are being graded on the report cards. Compared to the academic year 2011 – 2012, the new report card system have added “Gap Closing,” “K-3 Literacy,” and created sub categories for progress reports such as “gifted students” under it’s achievement and progress sections. John Charlton, associate director of media relations for the Ohio Department of Education said

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Ohio’s 100 Gigabit-per second Initiative

COLUMBUS, OH- In February of 2012, Ohio launched a ten-fold boost to its broadband network speeds which enhanced research and created jobs statewide. Governor John Kasich announced the initiative at his State of the State address. Since the launch two years ago the broadband network has come far with advancing the technology across the state. The broadband infrastructure has over 1,800 miles of fiber from its current 10 Gigabits per second(Gbps) to 100 Gbps. Ohio’s Broadband Network Quick Facts The State of Ohio, along with the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), invested $13 million in equipment of our current broadband network. The initiative increased

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French and Kennedy Retain Ohio Supreme Court Justice Seats

After a long battle for the two Ohio Supreme Court Justice seats, incumbents Judith French and Sharon Kennedy retained their seats on election night. French won with a 56% lead to opponent Dem, John O’Donnell’s 44% of votes after O’Donnell conceded. “It feels wonderful,” French said told the Columbus Dispatch. “Whatever words I have tonight, they are not just adequate. I am happy to have defeated the name game. People understood who I was and who I am.” As an attorney, French served as a tutor and mentor in the Columbus Public Schools and spoke frequently to students from around Ohio. She received a “highly recommended” rating from the Ohio State

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Candidates for Ohio 75th District Representative

Name: Kathleen Clyde Race: Ohio 75th District Representative Political Party: Democrat Background: In November 2010, the voters of the 68th Ohio House District elected Kathleen Clyde as Representative to the Ohio General Assembly. Currently an associate in the Kent Law firm of Williams, Welser, Kratcoski & Can, Representative Clyde is running for a second term. Why I Should Care: If reelected, Clyde plans to continue turning the economy around from the middle out, providing economic recovery in which everyone can participate. Born and raised in Portage County, Clyde plans to create an adequate funding formula for K-12 and encourage policies that promote affordable higher education. Message to Kent State Students:

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OSA Kent Chapter Joins Rally to Demand Justice for John Crawford

Members of Kent State’s chapter of the Ohio Student Association joined other in the state organization at a rally for the late John Crawford III, who was shot by police officer six times at a Walmart near Dayton while holding a toy pellet gun Aug. 5, 2014. “We’re here at the statehouse to demand not only justice for John Crawford, but also a fundamental shift in how police enforce our communities.” said Ryan Kreaps, a senior psychology major and field organizer for the OSA Kent chapter. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative organized the rally, consisting of three major OSA chapters in Cleveland, Dayton and Columbus, with over 250-300 according to OSA Dayton

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Kent City Council addresses Ebola before council meeting

Kent City Council met Wednesday night to suspend and adopt a multitude of ordinances from the community development, finance, health and safety and streets side and utilities committees, but before council addressed the agenda, Kent City Health Commissioner Jeff Niestadt reported on the status of Ebola in Ohio. Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8, had been visiting Tallmadge family members in Tallmadge and was there for the majority of her stay. “They spent the evening in Tallmadge, not going any where,” Niestadt said. He also said the she did not go to the Kent State football game, but did go

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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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