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Parsing Fact From Fiction With Street Gangs Online

Parsing Fact From Fiction With Street Gangs Online Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The use of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook by street gangs has been recurring area of interest for WCPN this year. One question we’ve been asking ourselves is whether “cyber-banging,” as some have called it, represents truth, fiction or a blend of the two. Ideastream's Tony Ganzer returns to this topic by exploring a recent 299-count indictment targeting a gang on Cleveland's west side.

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Cleveland City Council Plans ‘Listening Tour’ After Report on Excessive Police Force

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Cleveland City Council members plan to embark on a "listening tour" through the city's neighborhoods for ideas on how to improve the police force. ideastream's Nick Castele has more.

Drones Soon To Hover Farmlands Of Ohio And Indiana

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Uses for aerial drones have ranged from military surveillance to commercial photography. Now a joint state venture between Ohio and Indiana aims to use unmanned aircraft to study farmlands. Ideastream’s Brian Bull explains:

Longtime Republican Chair Bob Bennett, 75, Led Party for 20 Years

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Praise poured in after news came out over the weekend of the death of longtime Ohio Republican Party chair Bob Bennett. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Grassroots “Village Movement” for Older Adults

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 AM

According to surveys by the AARP and other studies, most Americans want to grow old in their own homes and remain in their communities as opposed to nursing homes or other institutional settings. But a lack of access to needed services can often thwart the efforts of older folks who want to do what experts call “age in place.” But in communities across America, some seniors have organized themselves into “villages” for support. As part of our continuing Be Well series on caregiving, producer Kay Colby sat down with ideastream's Rick Jackson to explain the “village movement” and efforts to develop the first village in Northeast Ohio.

Family of Tamir Rice Calls for Charges in Shooting by Police

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

The mother of the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police says she wants the officer charged and convicted. ideastream's Nick Castele reports she gave a public press conference for the first time since her son's death.

State Board of Education May Drop Requirement for Art Classes

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Operating Standards Committee wants to drop requirement that schools must hire certain "educational service personnel." Affected positions include elementary art or music teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians.

Cleveland Helped Pioneer the Modern Art Movement in America

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

The American art world was turned on its ear a little over a hundred years ago at a New York exhibition that we’ve come to know as “The Armory Show”. 1300 paintings, sculptures and other art objects from Europe were put on display in a huge military armory, in February of 1913. For many, the Armory Show was the first look at the modern stylings of Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh. But, a new book makes the argument that the techniques of what we now know as “Modern Art” were in full effect right here in Northeast Ohio --- at least five years earlier.

Business Sees Victory In Municipal Tax Collection Change

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

A sweeping overhaul of Ohio's municipal tax system is only a step away from the Governor's desk following passage by the Ohio Senate this week. A broad coalition of business groups sees the change as needed relief from a patchwork of local income tax rules. Cities see it as another raid on their revenue. ideastream's David Molpus reports.

Family Of Tamir Rice Files Suit Against City of Cleveland, CPD Officers

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Today, the family of Tamir Rice – the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer last month -- has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. ideastream’s Brian Bull reports.

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