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Mixed Notes - July 26 (Updated): ONN Shutting Down, "Gangster Squad" Postponed, More

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 26, 2012

The Ohio News Network is shutting down. Details, from the Columbus Dispatch, are here. One of the big stumbling blocks for ONN was that Time Warner didn't really want to carry it. When TW added ONN to the Akron lineup in 2000, after some difficult statewide negotiations,  it was included only on the digital tier, at Channel 119, which not all subscribers could get; more recently, it has been at Channel 362, in a cluster with a bunch of other news channels.

This week's mailbag is here,. To my great embarrassment, the first question and the headline contain an error. The author of the Jack Reacher novels is Lee Child. The reader who asked about him wrote Childs. I used Child in my answer but failed to correct the text of the question (which I had pasted from an email). The headline was then derived from the question. I hope to get the online version corrected. (Update: The onlin version has been corrected. And the print version included the error in the text but not in the headline.)

Yesterday afternoon came word about WJW's setting up an operation at the University of Akron. My story about that plan is here.

The Colorado shootings have prompted the postponement of "Gangster Squad," the period film which includes a shooting in a movie theater -- a scene included in the movie's trailer, which was at one time showing with "The Dark Knight Rises." Reports about planned changes include those here and here.

Finally, some inspirational words from President Obama (quoted on

"You're competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore. You know, they're not hangin' out. They're not gettin' over. They're not playin' video games. They're not watching 'Real Housewives.' I'm just saying, it's a two-way street. You've got to earn success."

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