When authorities arrested the alleged shooter in the recent mass shooting which took the lives of 8 people, including six Asian women in Atlanta; there were initial reports he claimed a "sex addiction" was to blame.
But, is there really such a thing?
According to University of Akron Psychology Professor, Dr. Toni Bisconti, who talked about it with Jeanne Destro this morning; the answer is "No".
Listen now, to find out why:
Dr. Toni Bisconti, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Akron
Millions of people around the world are using poetry to express their feelings after getting their COVID-19 vaccine, through a global arts project called "Dear Vaccine".
Listen to Jeanne Destro's conversation with David Hassler from Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center to find out how you can add your unique voice to the mix.
David Hassler, Director KSU Wick Poetry Center
In his new book, "Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions"; Pulitzer Prize winning Author, Michael Moss, contends that all the salty, sugar-filled, fat-rich, processed foods we love so much are not just simply the objects of our desire.
In fact, he says, they are the objects of our addiction; specifically engineered by the food industry to hook us just as surely as cigarettes and drugs.
But is that really true, and if so; what can we do about it?
Dr. David Streem, Chief of Psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
Akron Police are disputing claims by a domestic violence suspect that he was nearly killed during an arrest in February.
Charles Hicks said he couldn't breathe when the officer's knee was holding him down by the neck, something that Akron Acting Police Chief Michael Caprez says it just didn't happen.
Meanwhile, the Akron Fraternal Order of Police put out a press release, taking issue with media reports that allegedly portrayed former officer Jon Turnure's resignation as an admission of wrongdoing, and not following the Akron Police Department use of force procedure.
Akron F.O.P. Lodge 7 President, Clay Cozart, talked to Jeanne Destro about it this morning, on the Ray Horner Morning Show.
While many parents have been worried that increased screen time and app use could be harmful to their kids; there have been no large scale scientific studies that could prove whether or not that is true. But now, there is a push in Congress to make that happen.
The CAMRA Act would commission the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do a study the effects of mobile devices, computers, social media, and online applications on children, as well as TV, movies, artificial intelligence, video games, virtual, and augmented reality.
US Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio 16th District
President Biden has made it a mission to put jobs and infrastructure at the top of his priorities list, and now it is a matter of how well it would go over in the Senate. One senator in particular has also had this at the forefront of his campaigns for years, as well.
Jeanne Destro talked to US Senator Sherrod Brown about what is included in the billl, and asked how many jobs it will create.
In a press conference Thursday, ODOT laid out their projects for the 2021 construction season, including one especially large project for Akron's Central Interchange.
District 4 Deputy Director Gery Noirot explains more below:
(ODOT) A year ago at this time, the future seemed uncertain as we were navigating a global pandemic. However, one thing remained on track in 2020 and that was the Ohio Department of Transportation’s commitment to the maintenance and safety of Ohio’s roadways. The 2021 construction season will be no different!
More than 270 projects will be active across 17 counties in northeast Ohio. Those counties include Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne counties.
During today’s construction kick-off, officials were excited to announce the start of a project that has been a long time in the making. The SR 18 widening and reconstruction between Alber Rd. and Nettleton Rd. in Medina County will begin active construction this year. The original planning study for this corridor began in 2003, with approval to move forward in 2005. The goal of the project is to improve safety by increasing capacity and decreasing congestion to improve the flow of traffic along the corridor.
“ODOT, Medina County Engineer, city of Medina, Medina and Montville townships, and our stakeholders are pleased this project will be moving forward,” said ODOT District 3 Deputy Director Bob Weaver. “We want to remind motorist to always pay extra attention as they go through construction projects such as this, as traffic patterns change frequently and may not be the same as it was the day before.”
Work on this $24 million dollar project will begin later this month and is expected to be complete in June 2024.
ODOT officials also discussed how safety is always a top priority for the Department. “Sadly, traffic deaths continued to climb last year, even with fewer vehicles on our roads,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “We must continue to prioritize projects that make our roads safer for everyone who uses them.”
This year there will be 45 safety projects in northeast Ohio that include Safe Routes to School projects, intersection safety, sidewalk installations, ramp improvements, and more.
A few of the safety projects that will take place this year include:
A few major construction projects highlighted during the construction kick-off include:
Across northeast Ohio there will be 104 roadway maintenance projects that include a new roadway, intersection improvements, widening and resurfacing and 60 bridge projects ranging from minor repairs and painting to complete replacement.
Learn more about the projects mentioned above, and many more online in our District Construction Guides:
Motorists are also reminded about Ohio's "move over law" which requires drivers to move over for vehicles with flashing lights. If they cannot move over, they must slow down.
It's pretty easy to feel down these days.
After all, it's been more than a year since the pandemic began, and while things are a little closer "normal" as people start getting vaccinated; we're not out of the woods yet.
But, as Psychologist and Author, Dr. Toni Cooper tells Jeanne Destro; there are ways to feel better, improve our mental health, and find hope.
Dr. Toni Cooper, Psychologist & Author
UA's Director of Health and Safety Eric Green says the school will initially receive a supply of 3,500 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Those will be distributed to students who are willing to get the vaccine, as it is not mandated that they do.
The university is currently surveying it's on-campus student body of between ten and 13-thousand students on their interest in receiving the vaccine.
Two Kent State University Professors are spearheading a "Rally Against Hate" on campus in front of the Music building this evening (Wednesday, April 7) from 5:30 to 6:30, to spotlight and push back against a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes.
Such crimes have been on the rise nationwide since the start of the pandemic, and have escalated in recent weeks with a mass shooting in Atlanta, and an attack on an elderly woman in New York City.
What we learned, is that right now, there is no record of an anti-Asian hate crime in Akron. However, Caprez says that may be in part because members of Akron's large Asian community may be reluctant to come forward and report them to police.
Now, though, he says his officers will be trained to be on the lookout for such crimes, and that they will make an effort to make more of a connection with the Asian community.
Listen now, to find out more: