SPECIAL PROJECTS

Celebrating 175 years of the Akron Beacon Journal
2014 marks our 175th birthday and to celebrate we want to share some of the most notable pages in our paper’s history.

May 4 coverage
On May 4, 1970, four people were killed as National Guardsmen fired into a group of rock throwing protesters at Kent State University.

Examining the State Board of Education
The Ohio State Board of Education sets into motion the policies governing education in Ohio. Members devise graduation and testing standards, teacher licensure rules and evaluations, accountability methods, curriculum and more.

The career of Akron's Black Keys
From the verge of the big time in 2002 to winning Grammies, Akron's favorite band continues the big come up.

An Akron legend: The Soap Box Derby
The iconic gravity-car race for kids that has brought movie stars and large corporations to Akron for decades continues annually at Derby Downs.

$208 million lost locally in Fair Finance collapse
A small, uninsured investment company with a strong track record was acquired by Indiana investors who used the assets to finance failing businesses and lavish living. Investors were mostly from Northeast Ohio, and lost almost everything.