Friday, 24 September 2021 05:39

Akron Marathon Saturday, In Person

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The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon happening in the city Saturday, with more health and safety measures in place than ever before.
 
All runners and volunteers for the event must shot proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within 72 hours of tomorrow's start.
 
Runners must present that information today at the Akron Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, that is closed to the public due to COVID-19.
 
Saturday's race, meanwhile, kicks off at 7 a.m. at Broadway and East Market Street outside the Akron Art Museum. There are multiple road closures for the race. See more details now at the Akron Marathon website here. 
Late on Wednesday, the FDA announced their emergency approval of a booster for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. At first, this will be for high-risk individuals and those above the age of 65.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she shared her thoughts on the rollout of these boosters on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Skoda urges those wanting to receive their booster to have their original vaccine cards with them. Pfizer will be the first booster at the health department, and according to Skoda, Moderna and Johnson+Johnson shots may be approved a few weeks from now.

Skoda believes these boosters can be rolled out as early as next week.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:50

Delta Variant Continues to Impact the Unvaccinated

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As has been the case in the second half of the summer, the Delta variant is causing problems in most communities, to the point where hospitals are seeing a strain inside their ICUs.

Dr. Thomas File is an infectious disease expect at Summa Health, which is one of those hospitals that are filling up. Dr. File joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what his facility is seeing as the variant continues to wreck havoc on many, including those who have yet to obtain their vaccines. On the topic of those vaccines, Dr. File says they continue to be "very effective" against the disease, even though there have been many breakthrough cases of vaccinated individuals getting the Delta variant.

Dr. File touched on the booster topic, encouraged the unvaccinated to get their shots, and how we may see a worse flu season in 2021 than we did a year ago.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:48

Hey Bobby! - 9/22/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

Today, Bobby and Ray look at the prospects within the organization, the second half impact of Cal Qualtrill, and some things to look for at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hey Bobby! is powered by NECA-IBEW.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021 04:22

Stanley Ford Guilty

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Stanley Ford, the Akron man accused of setting three fires, including two dealy house fires that killed nine people between 2016 and 2017, is guilty on 26 of the 29 charges against him.

The 62-year-old Sherbondy Hill resident was found guilty by a Summit County jury Tuesday all 22 counts of aggravated murder, the most murder charges filed against anyone in Summit County history.

Akron Police accused Ford of setting two house fires on Fultz Street in Akron, just four doors down from one another. 

The first fire was set in April 2016 that claimed the lives of Lindell Lewis, 66, and Gloria Hart, 65. One person was able to escape the house fire unharmed. 

Nearly one year later, Ford set fire to the second home on Fultz Street, where a family of seven lived. All of the members of that family were killed, including 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, 37-year-old Angela Boggs, 14-year-old Jared Boggs, six-year-old Daisia Huggins, five-year-old Kyle Huggins, three-year-old Alivia Huggins, and 16-month-old Cameron Huggins. 

The sentencing phase of the Stanley Ford murder trial begins Monday; he is facing the death penalty.

Monday, 20 September 2021 10:53

Akron-Summit County Public Library: Digital Dilemma

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Customer demand for digital library materials like e-books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines, is sky high because of the pandemic. But, so is their cost, compared to traditional, hard copy library materials.

Listen now to Jeanne Destro's interview with Akron-Summit County Public Library Director, Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, to find out why, how that might affect taxpayers, and what, if anything, you can do about it.


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Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Data is showing that vaccine boosters could be "weeks away," according to recent medical studies. Right now, the recommendation would be to take the booster eight months after the original round of shots.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner at Summit County Public Health, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the strength of these vaccines, and how though vaccinated individuals can still contract the virus, it will stave off serious infection and possible hospitalization. Skoda also touched on the topic of vaccine boosters, as well as when children under 12 can obtain their jabs.


Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost negotiated big legal settlements with Opiod drug distributors, and ticket seller StubHub this week.

As Yost explains in this interview with Jeanne Destro, Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen agreed pay a record $808 million dollars to settle litigation alleging illegal practices that led to the Opiod epidemic.

In addition, StubHub agreed to give refunds in cash, instead of just in vouchers for future concerts, to ticket holders who didn't get to see shows cancelled because of the pandemic.


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Ohio Attorney Genereal, Dave Yost

 

Ohio  Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Ohio Senate-28) was hoping Ohio's new  Ohio voting district map would more accurately reflect Ohioans' voting preferences.

But that didn't happen this week, when the Republican-controlled redistricting redistricting commission voted to approve a new map.

Even though voters approved anti-gerrymandering reforms, and Republicans only outnumber Democrats in Ohio by a slight margin; the new district map is still solidly red. But,  because there was no bipartisan consensus on the new map; it will be in effect for four years, instead of ten.

In the meantime, Sykes says legal challenges are already in the works that could keep it from going into effect as it is right now.

Jeanne Destro talked to Sykes about it this morning.


She also talked to 17th District US Congressman Tim Ryan:


Friday, 17 September 2021 08:37

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-17-21: War on Robocalls! Featured

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State law enforcement officials are joining the Federal government to fight illegal robocalls.

Today, we'll hear from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, and networking technology expert, ZipDX LLC CEO David Frankel, on why robocalls are such a problem, and what can be done to stop them.


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Ohio Attorney General, Dave Yost

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ZipDX LLC CEO, David Frankel

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