Friday, 05 October 2018 10:24

Jasen's Blue Line Journal: 13.1

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Half Marathon Finisher. When I began my training for the Akron Half Marathon, I wasn’t really sure that my name would be next to those words in less than seven months. After last week, it is. About a week before race day I thought the run would be a great…
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:51

AUDIO: UA President Talks Academic Changes

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The University of Akron announced big changes Wednesday, revealing that it would cut around 80 degree programs while placing higher emphasis on programs such as polymer science that the university is best known for. The plan, which calls for the hiring of new faculty members in several departments without laying…
Thursday, 09 August 2018 12:44

Jasen's Blue Line Journal: The 10K

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“You can’t change the weather. You can change your attitude.” I found myself repeating that phrase over and over again Monday as I ran the Goodyear 10K course. Over the last six months, the vast majority of my runs have either been in cool weather or in the shade. Monday,…
Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:30

AUDIO: Cordray, DeWine Tout Children's Policies

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The race for governor is heating up, as both major party candidates have begun to unveil their policy proposals. Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine recently unveiled the children's services planks in their platforms. They both joined The Jasen Sokol Show on Thursday to talk about their ideas and…
Monday, 25 June 2018 18:13

Jasen's Blue Line Journal: The 8K

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If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be at the start line of an 8K, I would have called you crazy. Yet that’s where I was on Monday morning. As the race announcer for the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, I can’t race the…
Saturday, 23 June 2018 12:56

AUDIO: Previewing The Ohio Derby

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Ohio's richest thoroughbred horse race is at JACK Thistledown Racino in North Randall Saturday. The 84th running of the Ohio Derby features a $500,000 purse, several horses that ran in Triple Crown races earlier this year, and one Akron area native looking to score in a race that he says…
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:20

Jasen's Blue Line Journal: Countdown To The 8k

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It seems like just yesterday that I started this journey toward the Akron Half Marathon, yet in less than three weeks I’ll take to the National Interstate 8k course to complete the first race of Akron’s summer trilogy. With coaching from Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Race Director…
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 18:50

Lock 3 Mural Organizer Addresses Controversy

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The organizer of the effort to place a crocheted mural of Sojourner Truth in Lock 3 is speaking out on the controversy over its unveiling. Cindy Michael of Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium worked to secure matching funds from the Knight Foundation for the mural and recruit people to crochet…
Two Akron City Councilwomen say not only were they not invited to the unveiling of a new crocheted mural of Sojourner Truth at Lock 3, but that few in Akron's African American community knew it was even happening. The controversy erupted after pictures of the unveiling posted to social media…
The addition of girls to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts was controversial when it was announced, and the controversy erupted again when it was announced last week that the Boy Scouting program for middle and high-school aged children would change its name to "Scouts BSA" starting in 2019. The Great…
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