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Weekly Regional Roundup

Weekly Regional Roundup August 1, 2014

New polls show most people don't know who democrat Ed FitzGerald is and that's a problem for the candidate with the election just 13 weeks away. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will have its day before the bar as the state's Supreme Court justices agree to decide if the district can collect fees to deal with storm water problems. We'll discuss what's at stake. And August means honors for two of northeast Ohio's favorite athletes, Jim Thome and LeBron James. Join host Rick Jackson and a panel of journalists Friday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Youth Tobacco Use

Youth Tobacco Use July 31, 2014

Cigarette use among high school and college age students is way down - a public health victory. But young people are increasingly turning to alternative forms of tobacco, most notably hookah and small cigars. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County high school students has smoked tobacco in the last month. The trend is alarming some experts, who say hookah can be even more harmful than cigarettes.

Heartless Felons

Heartless Felons July 30, 2014

The gang problem and the violent crime that comes with it is growing in Cleveland. And one gang in particular, the Heartless Felons, concerns even those who once were involved in gangs. The Heartless Felons, they say, are different: there appears to be no code of respect for anyone. And you can find them on Facebook. We'll talk to former gang members and those working to bring peace to the streets.

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy July 29, 2014

In a recent international survey of financial literacy, American 15-year-olds scored average. That score was less than thrilling to financial experts, who say students from the most developed country on the list should have done better. In Ohio, financial literacy is mandated, but no curriculum is specified. What are American youth not being taught and how does it affect them later in life? And what financial literacy tips could the rest of the country learn?

Building a Better Teacher

Building a Better Teacher July 28, 2014

Movies are filled with inspiring teachers. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds, or Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. They seem to be blessed with an innate ability to teach. Is it really that simple? Author and journalist Elizabeth Green says the idea of the "natural born teacher" is a myth, but good teaching can be taught. We'll hear her thoughts on how that can be done. And we'll talk to an outstanding local educator about what makes a good teacher. Bring your pen and paper; class starts Monday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas, hosted by Ida Lieszkovszky.

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