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Akron Public Schools Weighs In on LeBron James' Intelligence

'He's a bright guy, end of story,' spokesman says

(Newser) - "Anyone that's done what LeBron James has done for the past decade to 15 years for our children to prepare them to flourish in life has to be an intelligent person." With that, Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson joined first lady Melania Trump in praising a... More »

How a Student's Diligence Helped Solve 1975 Mystery

A cemetery index entry of 'Unknown Female White Bones' bothered her too much to ignore

(Newser) - For 40 years, the skeleton with a bullet hole in its left temple carried the title of "Unknown White Female Bones." No longer , thanks to an Ohio college student and the Californian forensic artist she inspired. The Washington Post has new details on the case: Christina Scates, 23,... More »

Body of Missing Girl Identified After 44 Years

Relatives thought they would die wondering

(Newser) - After Akron 17-year-old Linda Pagano vanished in 1974, her family spent 44 years wondering what had happened to her. Now they know she was murdered. Stepfather Byron Claflin reported her missing a day after he kicked her out of his apartment for coming home late from a concert. The Cuyahoga... More »

2 Firefighters Accused of Making Porn Videos at Station

They're now on administrative leave

(Newser) - Two firefighters in Ohio have been suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse. Akron officials say Arthur Dean and Deann Eller were both placed on administrative leave Monday while the city launched an investigation, the AP reports. Fire Chief Clarence Tucker says someone told a firefighter last week... More »

2-Year-Old Ohio Girl Dies on Frigid Afternoon

The Akron girl was discovered by her mother on porch

(Newser) - The temperature never got above 19 degrees in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, and on that frigid afternoon, a 2-year-old girl lost her life. The Akron Beacon Journal reports police are investigating the death, which occurred after the mother found the toddler unresponsive on a porch—which the paper describes as... More »

Trump: War Zones Are Safer Than US Inner Cities

Democrats have completely failed, he says

(Newser) - "Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities," Donald Trump said at a rally in Ohio Monday night, urging minority voters to give him a chance to change things. Murder rates are up "all over the place," he told the Akron crowd, saying "war zones... More »

93-Year-Old Finally Graduates High School

She was expelled for getting married back in 1942

(Newser) - An Ohio woman expelled from high school just weeks before graduation after it was discovered she was married finally got her diploma—on her 93rd birthday, Jezebel reports. According to the Akron Beacon Journal , Dorothy Louise Liggett secretly married her husband after he was drafted into the Army in 1942.... More »

Trip for Hot Pockets Saved Akron Man's Life

Plane full of real estate execs smashed into his apartment

(Newser) - Hot Pockets aren't what you would call a health food, but Jason Bartley is alive today because of them. The Akron man went out around 2pm on Tuesday afternoon to run a few errands, and if he hadn't made a final stop to pick up a couple of... More »

Now LeBron Is Helping Educate Parents, Too

James' foundation is helping parents of poor children get their GEDs

(Newser) - Through his foundation, LeBron James spends at least $1 million every year to educate the poor and at-risk children of his native Akron, Ohio, Cleveland.com reports. Now, he's doing something for their parents, too. Last week, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced a partnership with Project Learn of... More »

7 Stolen Rare Pythons May Die If Not Returned: Owner

Snakes taken from Ohio pet store are all in need of medical care

(Newser) - Seven rare pythons have been stolen from an Ohio pet store, and the company's CEO is desperate to get them back because none of them are in great shape, Cleveland.com reports. Five of the snakes lifted from Akron Rattery and Reptile Rescue on Saturday evening are sick with... More »

Ohio Students Make Cheat Sheet for Dealing With Cops

Most important tip: 'simply stay out of trouble'

(Newser) - Not long after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland in November, a group of students in nearby Akron decided protests weren't enough. So the Akron PeaceMakers , an anti-violence youth group, brainstormed with the local PD to come up with a double-sided crib sheet of tips for... More »

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Patient Closes for Now

Owner shuts down temporarily amid media blitz

(Newser) - While she was in Ohio last weekend, Amber Vinson visited the Coming Attractions Wedding and Formal Shop with friends so they could try on bridesmaids' dresses for Vinson's upcoming wedding. When news broke that the nurse had become an Ebola patient , it didn't take long for the media... More »

Bus Driver Killed After Pushing Girl to Safety

Accident happened during safety drills in Akron

(Newser) - A bus driver was killed after she pushed a 10-year-old girl out of the path of a rolling bus during a safety drill gone awry, reports the Akron Beacon Journal . The accident occurred as the kids were practicing how to evacuate the bus from the rear. All of the kids... More »

'Mono Mono' Twins Make Great Strides

Jenna and Jillian gaining weight, could be home for Father's Day

(Newser) - A rare set of "mono mono" twins—who shared an amniotic sac and placenta— were born just before Mother's Day; now they may be set to leave the hospital in time for Father's Day. Though they needed breathing assistance after their birth at 33 weeks, Jenna and... More »

Ohio Man Shoots Wife of 45 Years in Hospital

Cops believe it was an attempted mercy killing

(Newser) - An Ohio man is facing a charge of attempted murder for what police believe was an attempted mercy killing. John Wise, 66, shot his wife of 45 years while she was in a hospital intensive care unit on Saturday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Barbara Wise, 65, was declared brain... More »

Akron Diner Owner Dies Shortly After Obama Visit

Ann Harris, 70, apparently had heart attack

(Newser) - Sad footnote to President Obama's surprise visit to a restaurant in Akron today: The 70-year-old owner died of an apparent heart attack less than three hours after his visit, reports the Akron Beacon Journal . Ann Harris was picked up by an ambulance shortly after Obama stopped in Ann's... More »

Behind Ohio Gunman's Rampage: Property Dispute

Michael Hance cornered, killed girlfriend's 11-year-old nephew, 6 others

(Newser) - A gunman who killed seven people during a weekend rampage in his Ohio neighborhood cornered one of his victims, his girlfriend's 11-year-old nephew, in the basement of a house, ordered out the family sheltering the boy and then shot him, police said yesterday. Michael Hance's cold-blooded killing of... More »

Eight Dead in Ohio Shooting Rampage

Elderly neighbor says he saw one woman get shot

(Newser) - A family argument in Ohio ended in the shooting deaths of eight people in two places, including an 11-year-old, authorities said today. Two others were wounded. The shootings happened in a wooded, residential neighborhood of older homes outside Akron, and police shot the gunman to death, Copley Township officers said.... More »

LeBron James Thanks Akron in Full-Page Ad

Says he will always be working for his hometown

(Newser) - Let the damage control begin: LeBron James took out a full-page ad today in the Akron Beacon Journal to thank his hometown fans: ‘‘Akron is my home, and central focus of my life,’’ says the ad. "It's where I started, and it's where I will... More »

LeBron Wins MVP in Landslide

But he hints at exit from Cleveland

(Newser) - LeBron James became the 10th player in NBA history to win two consecutive MVP awards yesterday, in a landslide vote that surprised pretty much no one. The Cavaliers forward earned 116 of 123 possible first place votes, and like last year accepted the award in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.... More »

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