Jeanne Destro

Jeanne Destro

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:31

Akron Mayor's State of The City Address

During his "State of the City" address today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan promised to do more with less, and to continue efforts to revitalize the city of  despite continued economic challenges.

Horrigan pointed to action he's taken over the past year to reduce spending on city health care benefits, to increase collection of funds owed to the city, and to cut the cost of the city's massive sewer improvement project, as examples of progress.

He also pledged that support for basic city services such as police, fire, and road maintenance, will remain strong.

The State of the City event also included an appearance from Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, who presented a $50,000 check for a law school endowment to University of Akron President, Matthew Wilson.

The money will be used for scholarships, and was given to the University in honor of former County Executive, Russ Pry, who passed away last year.

 

Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:13

Holocaust Survivor Recordings Found At UA

Long lost recordings of songs sung by holocaust survivors in the years immediately following World War II have been found at the University of Akron.

The songs were part of a collection of material from psychologist David Boder, who recorded interviews with holocaust survivors back in 1946.

Dr. David Baker who is the Executive Director of the University's Center for the History of Psychology, says the recordings have been in their archives since 1967, but were in a mislabeled canister, and not found until recently.

But, because they were so old and recorded on wire instead of tape; they couldn't play them back. So, one of their media specialists actually constructed a new playback device using both old and new parts.

The songs are sung by a woman who had been in a forced labor camp in Poland. One, is a song that Jews would sing to inspire resistance against the Nazis, and another is a song the Germans forced their captors to sing while working in forced labor camps.

Copies of the recordings will now become part of the collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:13

Holocaust Survivor Recordings Found At UA

Long lost recordings of songs sung by holocaust survivors in the years immediately following World War II has been found at the University of Akron.

The songs were part of a collection of material from psychologist David Boder, who recorded interviews with holocaust survivors back in 1946.

Dr. David Baker who is the Executive Director of the University's Center for the History of Psychology, says the recordings have been in their archives since 1967, but were in a mislabeled canister, and not found until recently.

But, because they were so old and recorded on wire, instead of tape; they couldn't play them back. So, one of their media specialists actually constructed a new playback device using both old and new parts.

The songs are sung by a woman who had been in a forced labor camp in Poland. One, is a song that Jews would sing to inspire resistance against the Nazis, and another is a song the Germans forced their captors to sing while working in forced labor camps.

Copies of the recordings will now become part of the collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:10

Wadsworth Officials Plan Downtown Revitalization

Wadsworth City Council is considering ways to improve and revitalize their downtown.

Mayor Robin Laughbaugh says some proposed plans came out of community meetings, and ideas from the town's Chamber of Commerce. What those plans showed, she said, is that what many people want is more green space.

But, since the city doesn't have a big park or other open space downtown; they'll be considering ideas like planting trees, and acquiring some new property.

Right now, Laughbaugh says, City Council is mulling over three conceptual drawings of what the new and improved downtown could look like.

No word yet on how long it might take for the new plan to come together.

Friday, 27 January 2017 08:16

Summa CEO Resigns, ER Doc Reacts

Less than 30 days after opening a hornet's nest by firing Emergency Room doctors, the head of Summa Health System is leaving. Dr. Thomas Malone submitted his resignation to the board, saying he didn't want to be a "distraction" in the wake of a no-confidence vote by Summa's doctors and widespread criticism of the hospitals actions. Dr. Jeff Wright, who's with the emergency room doctor group whose contract was abruptly terminated over the holidays talked to us on the Ray Horner Show this morning.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:30

Bond Set For Suspect In Fatal Police Hit-Skip

The 44 year old Lorain man charged in connection with the hit-skip death of Cleveland Police officer David Fahey earlier this week, appeared in Cleveland Municipal court for the first time today.

Bond was sent at $500 thousand dollars for Israel Alvarez, who is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, and felony hit-skip.

He is accused of leaving the scene after hitting Officer Fahey, who was setting up road flares at an accident site on I-90 in Rocky River, on Tuesday morning.