Monday, 20 March 2017 19:46

AUDIO: Akron Proposes Nondiscrimination Policy

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If you've been listening to Akron's leaders recently, you've probably heard the phrase "Welcoming City" quite a few times. Mayor Dan Horrigan's latest step toward that label extends the welcome to members of the LGBT community.

Horrigan and Councilman Rich Swirsky (D-Ward 1) proposed a city nondiscrimination ordinance Monday. If passed by City Council, the ordinance would ban discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, familial status, sex, gender identity or expresson, sexual orientation, or military status. It would apply in the areas of housing, employment, public accomodations, and city contracts. Exceptions would be made for religious groups and the Akron Public Schools. 

While state and federal law already outlaws discrimination against most of the groups covered by Akron's law, it does not include provisions for sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Violations of the ordinance would be investigated by a new Civil Rights Commission made up of 5-7 people appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Council. The commission would have the power to penalize those who violate the ordinance.

Horrigan joined The Jasen Sokol Show Monday to discuss the proposed ordinance.

Monday, 13 March 2017 18:26

AUDIO: Connie Pillich Enters Race For Governor

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The Democratic gubernatorial field grew again Monday as former State Rep. Connie Pillich announced that she is entering the race. Pillich, who also ran for State Treasurer in 2014, joined Jasen to discuss why she's running for Governor and give her thoughts on health care reform and the heroin epidemic.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:42

AUDIO: Reps. Ryan, Joyce React To Trump Speech

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President Donald Trump struck a different, much softer tone as he laid out an outline of his policy agenda Tuesday night in a joint address to Congress. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Niles) and Dave Joyce (R-Russell Twp.) joined Jasen to react to the speech and discuss how Trump's proposals will be viewed in Congress.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:04

AUDIO: Children's Hospital Makes Big Pledge To APS

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North High School's Academy of Health and Human Services got a big boost from Akron Children's Hospital this week.

The hospital pledged $400,000 to the Akron Public Schools. $250,000 of that will go to the health care academy, while the other $150,000 will come in the form of internships, teacher externships, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Children's Hospital President and CEO Bill Considine joined Jasen to talk about the donation and the business community's thoughts on the career academy model being rolled out at North.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:03

Shark Tank Leads To Big Success For Akron Business

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Evan Delahanty's business didn't get a deal from the Sharks on last Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, but Peaceful Fruits is still reaping the benefits of national exposure.

The company, which makes all-natural fruit snacks, staffs people with disabilities in conjunction with Hattie Larlham and the Blick Clinic. After the appearance on Shark Tank, Delahanty says he's already had to add 10 jobs in order to keep up with demand.

Delanhanty joined Jasen to talk about the Shark Tank experience and the next steps for his business.

Evan Delahanty's business didn't get a deal from the Sharks on last Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, but Peaceful Fruits is still reaping the benefits of national exposure.

The company, which makes all-natural fruit snacks, staffs people with disabilities in conjunction with Hattie Larlham and the Blick Clinic. After the appearance on Shark Tank, Delahanty says he's already had to add 10 jobs in order to keep up with demand.

Delanhanty joined Jasen to talk about the Shark Tank experience and the next steps for his business.

It's already a busy week in Akron, as workers began demolition Monday of a portion of the Akron Innerbelt. The work means the intersection of MLK, N. Main, and Howard will be closed for six months. This means visitors to the Northside will have to detour to Summit St. and Furnace St. to access businesses like Luigi's and Jilly's Music Room.

At City Hall, city leaders unveiled their long-term housing plan. The key provision of the plan calls for a tax abatement for home construction.

Akron Planning Director Jason Segedy joined Jasen to address both projects and what they mean for Akronites.

Monday, 30 January 2017 18:38

AUDIO: Mandel, Walters React to Travel Ban

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Reaction to President Donald Trump's executive order pausing the refugee process and suspending visas for citizens of seven Middle Eastern countries has been swift and loud on both sides. Protesters gathered at airports across the country over the weekend while Trump surrogates took to the Sunday shows to defend the order. Liz Walters of the International Institute joined Jasen to express her concerns and talk about the travel ban's impact on Akron, while Ohio Treasurer and 2018 Senate candidate Josh Mandel expressed his support for Trump's action.

Monday, 23 January 2017 19:12

AUDIO: Changes Coming To Summit Lake

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If you drive on Interstate 76/77 through Akron, you've seen Summit Lake. But did you know there is only one bench at the lake and it faces away from the lake?

The lack of amenities around Summit Lake could soon change thanks to the Knight Foundation and the Trust for Public Land. An environmental study is getting underway to find out what uses are possible for the lake. Kyle Kutuchief from the Knight Foundation and Matt Schmidt from the Trust for Public Land joined Jasen to talk about what's ahead.

A community meeting to discuss the future of Summit Lake will be held on January 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Summit Lake Community Center.

The political discourse has been heated lately, but we didn't expect anyone to lose an ear in the process.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a debate over President Donald Trump's immigration policies ended when Salatiel Marcos Ortiz's roommate bit a part of his ear off. The Mike Tyson-esque incident occurred early Monday morning. Ortiz also suffered a broken finger. Police are still searching for the roommate.

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