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Addressing Racial Inequities in American Schools

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by Floco Torres   10/16/2017 Recently, I’ve thought of being black in America as being an avatar for a video game. Players get to log in, dress like you, pick the stages and difficulty levels they think they’re prepared for and play the game. When you die, the... More »

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Akron Pride 2017

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Akron Celebrates Its Diverse Community words Claude Christensen, photos by Claude and Noor Hindi  Akron has a lot of pride. The 2017 Akron Pride March began at 11am on Saturday, August 26, a day with a clear blue sky and the occasional cotton puff of a cloud. ... More »

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Four Week Panhandling Certification Course

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  by Kelcie Erbse Every Wednesday for the next few weeks, The Homeless Charity, a non-profit charity organization in Akron will be having a panhandling course. Individuals who are out of home or out of work can go and get certified. The classes will be led by ... More »

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The Power of Mentorship

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Getting Involved with United Way, VISTAs and  iC.A.R.E. by Lia Pietrolungo   This summer marks the one year anniversary of United Way of Summit County housing iC.A.R.E. Mentoring (Creating Authentic Relational Energy) under its community impact program umbrell... More »

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Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington

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  words by Heather Roszczyk, special to The Devil Strip; photos by Shane Wynn   “This is a moment we’re always going to remember,” says Nicole. “He’s being sworn in right now.” We sit silently, the beat of the windshield wipers clashing with the violin concert... More »

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Where to find ‘The Next Akron’

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Ed. note: Mark gave this as a talk at the most recent PechaKucha Night in Akron. It’s not just an excellent example of the reason PK has become my favorite local event, but it perfectly sets the tone for this issue. We who love Akron and its people have a lot ... More »

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Big Idea : Rooted Akron

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Name: Caitlin Boyle Occupation: Owner at Rooted Akron, Healing Arts Director at Big Love Network, Reiki Master Hometown: Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; grew up in Huron, OH Current Neighborhood: North Hill Contact: rootedakron@gmail.com   Name: Kelly... More »

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How to repair a neighborhood

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by Scott Piepho Stephanie Leonardi lives in a difficult neighborhood. A few blocks to the west lies Summit Lake, once the center of area recreation, before years of industrial pollution befouled it and Interstate 76 bisected the neighborhood in the late 1950s.... More »