Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:58

Chemical Plant Explosion

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UPDATE: 7-19-18
 

Nobody was hurt when when the Emerald Performance Materials chemical plant in South Akron blew up yesterday, sending smoke and flames high into the sky, and triggering the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses.

Akron Fire officials gave residents the green light to return home by about 5:30 last evening, and even though the chemical which blew up--Butadiene--is toxic, they said it was safe to return to the area, and there was no indication the fire and explosion posed a health risk.
Butadiene is used in the manufacture of rubber, and other industrial products.

No word yet, as to what caused that explosion.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:33

Highland Grad, Former Buckeye Dead at 34

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Former Ohio State defensive end and 2002 Highland High School graduate Mike Kudla, 34, has passed away according to a the Highland Local School District.

Kudla ranks 14th on the all-time sack leaders list for Ohio State and was a member of the 2002 National Champion team. Kudla was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

While his NFL career was cut short by injuries, Kudla remained active in sports medicine, working with the NFL on CTE-protocols.

No cause of death has been released.

The following is the notification posted to the Highland High School Facebook page: 

Dear Highland Parents and Friends,

We were informed this morning that Mike Kudla passed away unexpectedly yesterday, Sunday, July 15. He was 34.

Mike was a proud 2002 graduate of Highland High School. An honor student and four-year letter winner, he left Highland with over 500 career tackles and was named to several All-America teams. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of the 2002 National Championship Team under Coach Jim Tressel, a two-time Big Ten Champion, First Team All-Big Ten, and 2005 Team Defensive MVP. Mike capped off his Ohio State career with a three-sack performance in a win over Notre Dame and ranks 14th in Ohio State history for career sacks.

After his career in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike embraced his entrepreneurial spirit and began a career in insurance and risk management. After several years, the opportunity arose to join The Ohio State University and, in 2012, Mike was named Managing Director of Development for the Fisher College of Business. Most recently, he was the owner of Core Plex, where he developed and built medical facilities all over the country. He was also working with the NFL on protocols for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have experienced multiple head injuries.

Despite his success on and off the football field, Mike remained humble and was extremely generous with his time and resources. He was always willing to share his experience and mentor youth. He was loved and respected by many and will be missed terribly.

The Kudla's have been long-time members of the Highland community. His mother, Mary Fran, worked at Highland Schools for 20 years, retiring in July 2017, and remains the director of the Highland Community Education program.

Mary Fran and her husband, Paul, reside in Montville Township and have four other children, Brian ('98), Katie ('00), Eric ('05, also employed at Highland Schools) and Emily ('09).

Most of us cannot begin to imagine the depth of grief that their family is going through right now. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral arrangements are pending. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Thank you,
Dawn Marzano
Director of Communications
Highland Local School District

Back in April of this year, the Summit County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into the attempted suicide of an inmate at the Summit County Jail. 

During the investigation, three deputies who were on duty at the time of the incident in question, were questioned. It was later uncovered that the deputies provided false information to medical staff and investigators. 

In a press release on Tuesday, July 17th, Inspector Bill Holland with the Sheriff's Office said that former deputies Teresa M. Stark, Debra Weiland, and Alycia L. Hawkins have been charged with Falsification, a first degree misdemeanor, and Obstructing Official Business, a second degree misdemeanor. Inspector Holland added that two of the deputies quit the department and the third was removed from duty while she was still in her probationary period. 

No further information regarding the secifics of the April incident at the Jail were provided. 

Three teenagers were gunned down in the 400 block of Noah Avenue over the weekend. Due to the rash of gun violence in the city of late, the mayor and chief of police addressed the bloodshed in the area on Monday afternoon.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap what was said during his Monday press conference, as well as a slew of other topics, such as the end of First Night Akron.

Horrigan also touched on the future of the now-vacant site at Rolling Acres, as well as the events surrounding the All-American Soap Box Derby.

The city of Akron has seen its share of ups lately, but one constant has been going downhill: the All-American Soap Box Derby, of course.

Mark Gerberich is in his second full year as president of the Soap Box Derby, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to go over the events this week through the 21st. Gerberich says they have racers from all over the globe, not just the United States. However, some come from a family of racers, dating back five generations, and they spend their vacations in Akron.

The Soap Box Derby is not just about cars and racing. The education side of it has its appeal expanded into China and Australia.

Summer is halfway over, and while students have just over a month to soak up the sun, educators and administrators are gearing up for a new school year come August.

One of the biggest topics in education of late has not been about the curriculum, but student safety. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss school safety and the ongoing rhetoric surrounding the topic. Weingarten is not in favor of arming teachers, which was a suggestion spawning from the tragedy in Parkland, Florida,

Weingarten believes the issue is certainly societal, and does not rule out veterans who would offer their services to increase security, but arming teachers is not the answer, according to her. She also believes schools need to increase their mental health services.

Automobile manufacturers have vacated the Rust Belt for decades in favor of greener or overseas pastures. Many communities have seen the plant shut down and families out of work, and the towns have yet to recover.

However, Twinsburg is a success story on how to revitalize a town after a major business closes. Ted Yates, the mayor of Twinsburg, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the near and distant future of the new Cornerstone Business Park. Built on the site of the old Chrysler plant, which vacated in 2010, residents have and will see companies such as FedEx, Amazon, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and others be on the site.

The location is set on Route 82, between I-480 and I-271, not far from the Macedonia border in northern Summit County.

Monday, 16 July 2018 11:51

Teen Homicide Victim Identified

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified a weekend shooting victim as 15-year-old Tyrone Phelps of Akron.

According to the report from Summit County Foresnsic Investigator Supervisor Amy Schaefer, Akron Police and EMS responded to Noah Avenue and Copley Road in Akron just before 10:30 Sunday night. That's where they found Phelps with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Akron Children's where he died about a half hour later.

No suspect information has been provided. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Saturday, 14 July 2018 15:53

MOVIE REVIEWS - In Theaters Now

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Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

For some reason we just don't get tired of this Tom Cruise series based on the old TV show of the same name. And this is pretty good.

Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team at the IMF are this time trying to save the world from nuclear attack.  This has a great cast, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Rebecca Ferguson, and Michelle Monaghan.  There is plenty of action to go around, and there are some amazing chase scenes that are memorable.  This is filmed wonderfully, and set in a beautiful European backdrop for the most part.

This is fun, exciting and has great pace.  It may be a bit too long, but what action movie isn't?  For some reason this franchise is aging well. Why? Great cast, and an original premise spawned decades ago, that is holding up against the test of time.

Well Done.

 

 

Equalizer 2

I would ask you this.  Pay no real attentoin to the stuffy national critics on this one, they are begin unkind and having ridiculous expectations here.  If you go, you will like his flick.  Denzel is back as the complicated Robert McCall.

This is a summer action flick, with a brain.  McCall s still called by his troubled past to help those who can't help themselves, and this does lose a bit of focus at times and winds off course a bit.  So what?  Refreshing that we have a movie that is adult, and McCall is taking on real people, that live in our world today.  And being even more fair, he is fighting to help the ONE person and not save the universe from some creature that can fly and has rays flying out of his eyes.

 

 



This has been update nicely, and looks great. Antione Fuqua is a great director and his mark is all over this. Denzel is terrific, and so is the supporting cast.  Yes, this is plenty violent, but his business is messy. This is handled very well, and is not gratuitous. Not all movies are made to win Oscars, and this won't, but you'll like it.  An we need movies that are more human based for grown ups to see.

Equalizer 2 -  Nothing wrong here.  Hoping for more.

 

 

Skyscraper

The Rock just keeps making movies that people want to see.  This is one of them.  This is nothing except summer thrills and fun.

I can't even say this is a good movie.  But what I can say this is an entertaining movie, especially in the summertime.  The Rock is trying to save hisfamily from the worlds tallest building that is on fire, and under attack by terrible people.   Can we love this guy any more?

 

 
This is filled with sweaty palmed moments and we are almost falling 3,000 feet many times. This movies along nicely and is compelling in it's action, as opposed to its underlying plot, which is adequate at best.   But you won't care. This is summer fun action with a smile.  And a good, fun action flick is right on time right now

Sacario 2

The original was a very good movie, and so is this one. This is one of those movies that has no good guys whatsoever.  This deals with the drug cartels, how are awful.  The secret part of the US Government , and they are awful.  Corrupt police north and south of the US/Mexican border.



This is the second in what is turning out to be a series, as this is set up for more.  This time the US kidnaps a cartel leaders daughter in the effort to start a civil war between the cartels in Mexico.  The effort is being made because in our movie, he president has deemed the cartels as terrorists.  And we must engage theme south of the border.

Needless to say, this goes wrong.  Violent, harsh, not easy movie watching. But very good, and puts you on a slow burn that keep you watching.  A hard R rating, and well deserved.  The first one was good, this is very good.

 

 

 



Friday, 13 July 2018 09:58

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-7-13-18 Featured

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This week, we're visiting Akron's "Makerspace", where tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs can use both new and old technology to create, explore, and innovate. We'll also learn about a new invention to make the electrical grid "smarter", how we may one day use the whole surface our homes to generate electricity, and technology that can enable you to actually see around corners.

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