CNN posted an intriguing story this week, about how several voting machine manufacturers are conducting "stress tests", to uncover possible flaws that might need to be fixed before the upcoming 2024 election.
While that was of course, welcome news; it did make me wonder just how secure voting machines really are, in general, and what cybersecurity experts do to ensure they stay in tip-top shape.
So, I asked Dr. John Nicholas, who many people in our area will remember as a Professor teaching Cybersecurity at the University of Akron for many years, but who also just recently; began his new job as the Director of the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana.
Listen now, to learn not only about the machines, but also about the people who work behind the scenes to ensure our votes are counted accurately, and without interference.
Dr. John Nicholas, Ball State University
Golf Pro, Dan Dauk, joins Ray every Friday with tips and info for golfers. This week they talked about wet courses.
Golf Pro, Dan Dauk, joins Ray every Friday to talk about local golf courses. It's Ryder Cup weekend. The competition is held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy this year.
Film Study Professor, Joe Fortunato, joins Ray every Friday for Film School. This week they went back to 1988 with the drama, Rain Man.
The Akron Marathon is tomorrow morning! Melissa Johnson, Board Chair of the Akron Marathon, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. They discussed over 20 years of the marathon, the course that highlights Akron, the community, and more!
Guardians Broadcaster, Jim Rosenhaus, joins the Ray Horner Morning Show every Friday to talk baseball in 'Bases & Balls!' Cleveland celebrated Terry Francona (Tito) at his final home game earlier this week. They reflected on Francona's run as manager, the season, and more.
Akron Municipal Court Judge, Ron Cable, says he doesn't know exactly why Akron has the highest per capita eviction rate in the State of Ohio, but he does know that he wants to help both landlords and tenants find a better solution than going through what can be a costly and disruptive legal process that is often the hardest on children who get pulled out of their schools and familiar neighborhoods.
That's why he says he's hopeful about a new, $240,000 grant from the National Center for State Courts, that will be used to start a new Akron Municipal Court Eviction Diversion Program.
Listen now to find out how it will work, who it will benefit, and when it will start:
Akron Municipal Court Judge, Ron Cable
The Akron Marathon is a couple of days away. It's important to prep properly heading into the race. Dr. Nilesh Shah, medical director for the Akron Marathon, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Thrusday. They discussed what to do heading into the race, how to care for your body after the race, and how to start training for 2024.
Both of Ohio's US Senators, Republican JD Vance, and Democrat Sherrod Brown, are expressing concern about the long-term health of East Palestine area residents as a result of their exposure to toxic chemicals from last February's Norfolk-Southern train derailment.
They're calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study whether conditions there constitute a public health emergency, and if they do; their findings could enable the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide the affected residents with Medicare coverage.
In a letter to EPA Director, Michael Regan, the two Senators write, "The long-term environmental and public health impact of this exposure on residents remains unknown and may not become apparent for years to come. No affected resident of East Palestine or its surrounding communities should have to worry about affording necessary health care, now or in the future.”
To read the full letter, click here.
In addition, Senator Brown talked to us on the air this week about his concerns regarding lack of adequate medical treatment for people who might potentially get sick, and why he thinks Norfolk-Southern Railways isn't doing enough to clean up their own mess.
Listen now as he talks with our morning show host, Ray Horner.
**UPDATE: This story was updated with audio from Senator Brown's conversation with Ray Horner, on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Akron police are on the hunt for a suspected teenaged robber who stole from another teen Monday night at Walgreens.
19 News reports that the victim of the robbery, a 13-year-old boy, told police that he was at the Walgreens on West Market Street around 5:30pm when the suspect started following him around the store and eventually outside. Police say that’s when the robber demanded the boy’s wallet and threatened to shoot him.
Now police are asking for tips that might lead to the suspect, described as a boy between 13 and 16 years old, who took the victim's wallet and fled on a bike.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. You can also call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Bobby DiBiasio of the Cleveland Guardians joined the Ray Horner Morning Show for his weekly episode of Hey Bobby! Terry Francona is likely retiring. Ray and Bobby talk about Tito, his career, and more.
The Akron Marathon is coming up this weekend. Katie Riley joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the expo and entertainment.
The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay is coming up on September 30th. Laura McElrath, Vice President, Operations & Race Director of the Akron Marathon, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Tuesday. Laura and Ray discussed the details, when, where, what to expect, and more.