Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:10

Local Professors Preview Presidential Debate

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Five weeks out from the presidential election, the first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden take place at Case Western Reserve University tonight. Many voters have made up their minds, but there are some still on the fence, and could a good or bad debate performance swing the election?

Dr. David Beer is a professor of political science at Malone University, and he discussed the game plans each candidate will have to stay on in order to have a solid performance. He also shot down any thought that a Fox News moderator would slant the questions and narrative towards Trump, as Chris Wallace is widely respected amongst Beltway circles.

The Bliss Institute’s Dr. David Cohen does not expect this to be a high-brow debate, with Trump looking to “poke the bear” and bully Biden over his son, Hunter, and Biden may hit Trump back on his tax returns. Cohen feels the candidates have to avoid the gaffes as much as possible, so as to not make anything viral for the stretch run.

Monday, 28 September 2020 10:25

Shrimp Salesman Stabs Victim Outside Circle-K

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Akron Police say an argument over shrimp ended with one man being stabbed at the Circle K on East Exchange Street Sunday afternoon.
According to the police report, the victim was approached by the suspect (pictured) who was selling shrimp in the parking lot. When the victim said he didn't want to purchase any shrimp, the suspect pulled out a large knife and stabbed the man in the head and neck.
The victim was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Now, Akron Plice are looking for the suspected shrimp salesman stabber.
Monday, 28 September 2020 09:05

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian Previews Indians, MLB Playoffs

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Four the fourth time in five years, and the fifth time since 2013, the Cleveland Indians are marching to the playoffs. However, they will have to do so without their manager, Terry Francona, due to ongoing medical issues and procedures.

ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the Tribe under interim manager Sandy Alomar. Kurkjian says he “wouldn’t want to play the Indians” in a short series due to their pitching, mainly from Cy Young Award favorite Shane Bieber. He also looked at the New York Yankees, their opponent for this best-of-three matchup, as well as the rest of the American and National League.

Sixteen teams are a part of the playoffs during this abridged baseball season, but could that be the norm going forward? According to Kurkjian, Major League Baseball may weigh out the pros and cons of an expanded playoff, but if it were up to him, he is fine with just ten teams moving on during a normal 162-game season.

The Mahoning Valley has long been a hub for car manufacturing, and though the area has seen some hard times of late, could it be experiencing a resurgence?

Congressman Tim Ryan thinks so, as mentioned on the Ray Horner Morning Show. He talked about “Voltage Valley,” which is the area in Lordstown where Chevrolets and General Motors were once built and now have made way for the electric cars and trucks. Ryan made mention of the Valley’s history of automotive work mixed with a solid supply chain for chargers and batteries can bring in a new age of innovation for the region.

Rep. Ryan also touched on the need for additional stimulus, especially for small businesses, and says the House of Representatives will appeal to the Senate Republicans again for some type of deal.

Friday, 25 September 2020 06:28

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-25-20 Featured

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This week, it's all about technology that can both protect, and harness the power of one of our area's most valuable natural resources: Lake Erie.
Our featured guests are Ohio Lake Erie Commission Executive Director Joy Mulinex, on new technology to protect the lake from harmful algal blooms, and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation President, Dave Karpinski, on getting the green light to build a wind farm that will power thousands of homes, out in the middle of the lake.

Today, we head up Route 8 to Stow-Munroe Falls High School and meet two Bulldogs. Kailey Hobart is a sophomore at Stow, and she is already a star on the soccer team as well as the classroom. She holds a 3.9 GPA. Stephen Mangira is a tight end and outside linebacker on the Bulldogs football team. A senior, he currently maintains a stunning 4.6 GPA. The Student Athlete of the Week program is brought to you by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Last Friday’s game between East and Firestone at Ellet High School was suspended at halftime due to a shooting in the stands. Mayor Dan Horrigan suggested that maybe Akron Public Schools should proceed with no fans in the stands.

However, spectators can still attend games, though with limited capacity and now metal detectors, according to Akron Public Schools athletic director Joe Vassalotti. The APS AD also talked on the Ray Horner Morning Show about the fans that are in attendance must wear masks, and that includes both indoor and outdoor events.

Vassalotti also touched on other fall sports such as volleyball and golf, which have seen a rise in popularity in recent times.

Over the weekend, information was put out by the CDC on the spread of COVID-19 through the air, which confused some in the medical and science community, as well as the general public. This information was walked back a little.

Dr. Hazel Barton is a microbiologist at the University of Akron, and she talked on the Ray Horner Morning Show about the airborne spread of COVID-19 and how long it may stay in the air. She, as well as other public health officials, discourages social gatherings, and urges folks to not get complacent as the weather cools down and most are stuck inside.

Dr. Barton also touched on the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine, which could be available for the most vulnerable population as early as the end of 2020.

The Major League Baseball playoffs are set to being next week, with the Cleveland Indians being a part of it in some capacity. If you’re confused about the playoff bracket, you’re not the only one.

Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio made some sense of the playoff structure on the Ray Horner Morning Show. There is a possibility the Indians will take on their division foes in the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the playoffs, and DiBiasio points to the Tribe’s strong pitching staff giving them an edge in a short series.

DiBiasio praised the way Major League teams have handled themselves during the abridged season, with very few positive tests and punishing those who broke the mandates.

The U.S. Marshals Service, along with local and state police, are reporting that 35 children have been recovered so far during Operation Safety Net over just the past month. That updated total is out of 40 active cases in the northern part of the state.  

All of the missing and endangered children that have been returned to their homes are between the ages of 13 and 18. Furthermore, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot from the Northern District of Ohio said in a press release that more than 20 percent of the 40 cases have been tied to human trafficking and that those cases have been referred to the Human Trafficking Task Force in Cuyahoga County. 

Of the five remaining open cases, Marshal Elliot says the task force is committed to bringing those children and others back home safe. 

“This was new unchartered territory and the first time we conducted an operation like this," Marshal Elliot stated in a press release Monday. "I am very proud of our law enforcement, community and media partners who worked tirelessly to bring our missing and most vulnerable children to safety. The establishment of a permanent unit in Northern Ohio will ensure that our most vulnerable missing children will continue to be found and brought to safety.”

The Missing Child Unit of The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to be asking for support from the community in locating these 5 remaining missing kids. Tips about where these kids may be can be called into the U.S. Marshals tip line at 1-866-492-6833.

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