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Akron city council president Marco Sommerville reacts to being interrupted by Ernie Tarle during a public hearing on speaking opportunities before Akron City Council in Feb. 2012 in Akron, Ohio. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron Public School superintendent David James (left) talks with Akron City Council president Marco Sommerville before the start of the Akron School Board during the board meeting in Oct. 2010, in Akron, Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
City Council president Marco Sommerville listens to Mayor Don Plusquellic press conference where the mayor announced that lay off notices will be given after a 48 hour period in Sept. 2009, in Akron, Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
It was early last year when I first spotted an increase in the number of young men’s and women’s photos appearing in death notices. On occasion, the obituaries mentioned that a son or daughter had lost a battle with addiction.