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John Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, in a.2010 file photo, in his Olin Hall office in Akron, Ohio. He has been much in demand during this election. A photograph of Ray Bliss is on the shelf in the background. (Paul Tople / Akron Beacon Journal)
May 18 was like most days for 34-year-old Kimyata “Coop” Cooper Jr. After calling his dad to plan on watching the basketball game later that day, he finished up his work at Salvation Army and headed to the Barberton YMCA to play a game of basketball.