Library talk to explore 2015

mass shooting at church

Bernard E. Powers Jr., professor emeritus of history at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and co-author of "We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel," will give a free talk from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. downtown.

Powers specializes in examining issues in race and how it shaped America's past and present.

In June 2015, after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine members of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, Powers joined journalist Herb Frazier and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth to explain the background and meaning of the tragic event.

The resulting book explores the history of the AME church and Emanuel’s place in it, the lives of those who were killed and their families as well as the way racism manifests itself in American life today.

The event is a joint effort by the library and the Akron Area Interfaith Council. Powers’ book will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the program.


FBI to probe officer's

use of stun gun on girl

Cincinnati officials have confirmed the FBI is investigating an officer's use of a stun gun on an 11-year-old black girl suspected of shoplifting at a grocery store.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports police officials say the department is cooperating.

Police union head Dan Hils said Friday that FBI agents are seeking voluntary interviews of officers at the scene when Kevin Brown, who also is black, arrested Donesha Gowdy last August at a Kroger Co. store. Brown's body camera recorded him telling Donesha, "Sweetheart, this is why there's no grocery stores in the black community."

Brown was suspended for seven days. An internal investigation concluded the use of a stun gun wasn't warranted during the arrest.

Cincinnati agreed in October to pay Donesha a $220,000 settlement. Kroger Co. is paying her $20,000.


Meow and beyond:

Learn how to speak cat

People can soon learn to communicate with their feline friends.

Chirrups and Chatter owner Tabitha Kucera will host a seminar at 1 p.m. Saturday about cat communication.

She will discuss feline body language, cat vocalizations and helping cats through communication.

The event will take place at the Greentown Volunteer Fire Department on Cleveland Avenue in Lake Township. Tickets are $10 a person.

For more information, contact Jill Kirsh at criplcrkferals@aol.com.


Dominion awards grants

to area nonprofit groups

Dominion Energy, parent company of Dominion Energy Ohio, is contributing $25,000 in Critical Community Needs Grants to five Akron-Canton area nonprofit organizations.

The local grants are part of $155,000 awarded statewide and an overall $1.6 million overall awarded to more than 200 nonprofit organizations providing essential human services in 12 states. This is the fourth year the company has awarded more than $1 million to communities.

The Battered Women's Shelter, Akron Children's Hospital Medical Center, Family Promise of Summit County, Rehab Ministries and Stark County Hunger Force were all recipients of $5,000 grants.

“Each year we look at ways to support charitable organizations that work day-in and day-out to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, in a prepared statement. “These grants will help provide the food, shelter and medical care needed by many for a better life.”