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City of Cleveland Defends Record on Police Use of Force

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The city of Cleveland is responding to a series running on Cleveland.com about police use of force lawsuits that ended in settlements. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports spokesman for the mayor’s office posted answers on the city blog to questions posed by the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Plain Dealer and NEOMG Examine Civil Rights Lawsuits Involving Cleveland Police

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Cleveland police have come under criticism since long before the chase and shooting of 2012 or the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice in Nov. 2014. It is forefront news at any point, as evidenced by 60 Minutes’ recent piece on the challenges facing the police. Today on Cleveland.com, and coming up later in the Plain Dealer are two weeks of in-depth reporting on the Cleveland Division of Police, with stories that did not become public knowledge in most cases. Kris Wernowsky of the Northeast Ohio Media Group and Kathy Siemon of the Plain Dealer talk with ideastream’s Rick Jackson about their series, Forcing Change.

Family Justice Center Offers New Strategy to Help Violence Victims

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Survivors of violence, especially domestic violence, face a number of hurdles once leaving their volatile situation. Along with the psychological, physical, and emotional wounds needing care, survivors also have bureaucratic hurdles, like getting access to social services. Cleveland recently launched a central location for survivors to find many of these services and help. The Family Justice Center opened its doors in December, which some say represents a new, more effective model for providing safety and helping survivors rebuild their lives. ideastream’s Joanna Richards visited the center recently, and joins me now.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams Interviewed on 60 Minutes

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was interviewed by 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker Sunday evening about the criticism the department has faced.

Cleveland Metroparks To Initiate Drone Program

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:51 PM

The airspace over some of Greater Cleveland’s parks and reservations will get a bit busier starting this spring. ideastream’s Brian Bull explains.

Group Questions Kind Of Job Gains As Jobless Rate Dips

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM

The state's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since September 2001. Our Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports there are some concerns buried in that 13-year low.

Annual Review Rates 300 Global Metro Economies, Including Cleveland

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5:39 PM

The Brookings Institution released its annual list of the world’s 300 largest metro economies, which includes Cleveland. How did we rank? ideastream’s Brian Bull has the answer.

Akron Police Wrap Up Recruiting Effort

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

The city of Akron is wrapping up a month-long recruiting effort for a new class of police officers. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU's M.L. Schultze has more on an effort that is key to trying to make the department more reflective of the city.

Auditor Finds Gap Between Reported Attendance, Headcount at Ohio Charters

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:42 AM

A probe of attendance at Ohio charter schools has found wide gaps, in some cases, between the number of students said to be enrolled and the number actually in class. That’s the finding of a report released this week by the state auditor, as statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explains.

Cleveland Must Balance Transparency, Privacy as it Equips Cops with Cameras

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

The Cleveland Division of Police is preparing to start using body cameras, and recently agreed to buy 1,500 of them, according to Taser International. ideastream’s Joanna Richards explains since police cameras are just starting to get widespread use, there isn’t yet a consensus on best practices.

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