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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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Ohio Democratic Party Selects David Pepper as Next Chairman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

The Ohio Democratic Party has elected new leadership. The new chair is David Pepper, former Hamilton County commissioner and the failed candidate for recent campaigns for attorney general and auditor. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, he’ll be joined by another former statewide candidate and State Senator.

Approved by Ohio House, Redistricting Plan Heads to Voters

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

A new bill that changes the method of drawing the lines for state lawmakers’ districts will now go before voters after Ohio House members approved it earlier Wednesday. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Rates Of Hunger And Homelessness Rise Across Cleveland

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The Greater Cleveland area is seeing a greater need for emergency food assistance, as well as an uptick in homeless families. ideastream’s Brian Bull reports The annual U.S. Conference of Mayor’s status report on hunger and homelessness recently highlighted the level of homelessness in Cleveland.

Man Accused of Killing Akron Police Officer Indicted, Could Face Death if Convicted

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM

The man accused of killing an Akron police officer has been indicted on numerous counts, including murder. ideastream's Nick Castele reports the man could face the death penalty if convicted.

Fraud Costs Rampant In Home Care

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

The Columbus area leads the nation in per capital Medicare-certified home health agencies. Cuyahoga County is second only to Franklin County in fraud cases statewide... with this one of only states eight lacking strong regulations. After a two year investigation, the Columbus Dispatch published findings this week. lead reporter Ben Sutherly talked with ideastream's Rick Jackson about the report.

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.

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