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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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Rock Hall Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Six new performers are set to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees represent a wide range of music, from California punk, and Texas blues to the New York underground. ideastream's David C. Barnett has more on the Rock Hall class of 2015.

Athletes’ Protests Have Long History

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Some athletes have taken of late to using the field of play as a platform to deliver a message about deaths of African Americans at the hands of police. ideastream's Nick Castele reports on the debate that has sparked.

Small Businesses Expect Big Receipts During Holiday Rush

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM

In the competition for holiday profits, some small businesses are sounding particularly upbeat despite the advantages online and big box retailers would seem to have. ideastream's Brian Bull reports.

Fans Lobby for Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Rock Hall Induction

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are due to be announced this week. ideastream's David C. Barnett has more a poll that purports to be the voice of the fans.

Browns Set to Start Johnny Manziel at Quarterback

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

With Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel snagging his first NFL career start for this weekend’s game against Cincinnati, Northeast Ohio fans will be watching for his signature “money” gesture. And as ideastream’s Amy Hansen reports, a huge chunk of the country will now be able to watch right along.

Ohio Republicans, Democrats Strike Deal on Redistricting

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Republicans and Democrats from both the Ohio House and Senate reached a major deal in the early morning hours to reform the way voting districts are drawn. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more.

Jackson says police problems complex, stands by leadership

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

In the wake of last week’s scathing Justice Department review of the Cleveland police, Mayor Frank Jackson says many factors, inside and outside the force, have contributed to problems. Responding to the finding of routine, excessive use of force, Jackson talked about the path to reform during an open discussion with reporters today at City Hall. ideastream’s Joanna Richards reports.

Creation Of Sales Tax Holiday For School Supplies Moves Ahead

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Legislation is moving along that would create a sales tax holiday for school supplies next year. ideastream’s Brian Bull reports.

Cleveland’s Children’s Museum Planning to Move into a Mansion

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

The Children's Museum of Cleveland is about to get a new address. Ideastream’s David C. Barnett reports that the move comes after years of cramped conditions in a facility they didn't even own.

Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Fails in Ohio House

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

The controversial bill that would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected failed to pass the Ohio House. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, this appears to be the end of the line for that legislation in this general assembly.

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