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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 »

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Arts collaboration brings monsters to downtown.

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by Scott Piepho When two different groups independently arrive at the same idea at the same time, it boosts confidence in the ideas’ fundamental rightness. Because a community arts organization and a group of middle school students simultaneously arrived at th... More »

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Random Cushing, Hip Hop Cartoonist

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actually by Scott Piepho The artist who led the APS/Akron Arts Prize creative crosswalks project could get an award for the most perfectly appropriate name. Random Cushing–his given name—describes himself as a nomadic illustrator, battle rapper and burrito ent... More »

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Word Travels: Wick Poetry Center has poetic plans for Akron

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by Melanie Anderson There is magic in poetry. It allows a person to share deep feelings of love, of pain, of joy. It celebrates the intricacies and simplicities of language and connects communities through the sharing of common experiences and emotions. “Poetr... More »

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Will of the People

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What will it take for state legislators to focus on answers to the opioid epidemic? by Chris Horne “All 99 of us (in the Ohio House of Representatives) couldn’t be more different, but we all have heroin in common,” says State Rep. Greta Johnson (Akron-D), who ... More »

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Counting Days: You’ll find hope in Akron’s Recovery Court

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by Chris Horne A small blond boy scampers around on the burgundy carpet, going as he pleases between the tables and chairs. He’s oblivious to the proceedings, even when everyone erupts into applause for his mother because she quit smoking four months earlier. ... More »

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Why Wesley said ‘no’ to Cleveland

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(Hint: He’d already said ‘yes’ to Akron) words by Chris Horne; photos by Shane Wynn During a commercial break, Brent Wesley came over and said he wanted to do a wrap-up, debriefing kind of thing after the show. “I want to explain why,” he said then darted off ... More »