A judicial candidate forum in which residents can directly address candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.
All of the judicial candidates in Summit County were invited to participate, with some accepting and others declining or not responding.
The event is sponsored by the Akron Organizating Collaborative and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
Every judicial race in Summit County is contested in the Nov. 4 election.To read more or comment...
Akron City Council this week approved spending another $25,000 for the University of Akron law school's expungement program.
The program provides clinics that assist those with criminal convictions that may impede their employment with getting their records expunged.
Joann Sahl, assistant director of UA's legal clinic, told council members the clinics continue to draw a large attendance. She said the next effort that is needed is to educate employers about hiring those whose records have been expunged.
Several council members expressed support for the program.To read more or comment...
A rally to call for a better relationship between the community and police will be held on the steps of the Statehouse at noon Saturday.
The event is being organized by the Ohio Student Association and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
The groups are pushing for justice for John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by a police officer in a Walmart in Beavercreek in August for brandishing what turned out to be a bb rifle. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer.
The groups also are urging "law enforcement and policymakers to address the structural and systematic racial injustices faced by people of color in low-income communities," according to a press release.To read more or comment...
In light of news that the latest nurse struck with Ebola traveled to Northeast Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking the agency to monitor the potential exposure to the area.
"The CDC must dedicate immediate resources to organize monitoring services in Northeast Ohio," Brown. D-Ohio, said in a press release this afternoon. "This includes close coordination with Ohio health officials and medical facilities, tracking and monitoring of Ohioans who may have been in contact with the patient, and the readying and potential deployment of infection experts to Ohio."
Brown's letter to the CDC asks the agency to identify and locate anyone who came into contact with Amber Vinson, a nurse who is a graduate of Firestone High School in Akron, coordinate with state and local health offices, and partner with the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Department of Health.
U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville, said in a news release that she has directed a series of questions to the CDC, the Transportation Security Managemnt Administration and Cleveland Hopkins Airport officials and hospitals in her district to "evaluate the steps being taken to deal with exposure and protocals to protect the public."To read more or comment...
What do you think Ohio's early voting hours should be?
That's the question the League of Women Voters of Ohio is asking in a new survey started today.
Ohio's hours for in-person early voting have been debated for years and were the subject of litigation that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And yet, "no one has ever asked the voters what they want," Carrie Davis, the league's executive director, said in a press release.
The online "I Want to Vote" survey will run through Friday, Nov. 7, with results announced after the election. To participate, visit the website and post comments under the hashtag #iwanttovote.To read more or comment...