Buckeye Beat

Buckeye Beat starts off in Cleveland... The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping for another successful year, and they're already getting plenty of attention prior to the start of the NBA season.

Lebron James and company welcomed the start of training camp last week and fans were able to watch - live!

Facebook teamed up with NBA TV and NBA.com to stream the Cavs' practice on Thursday. It marked the first time Facebook has streamed a live sporting event. The program showed the team's practice routine, along with player and coach interviews.

The NBA has been working with Facebook since 2007. They're hoping to be able to reach more and more fans with the help from some of the world's top athletes.

Speaking of top athletes, Lebron James was recently voted as the most liked and the most disliked athlete among people in the United States. But the superstar is definitely loved in his hometown of Akron. He recently teamed up with J.P. Morgan Chase to help kids in his foundation attend college with a full scholarship - as long as they finished high school with the help of his mentoring program.

In Columbus, J.P. Morgan Chase, the bank helping Lebron, gathered high school and college students over the weekend as part of their "Code for Good" program. The students brainstormed and developed ideas about what kind of technology would best benefit kids in Lebron's foundation as they work toward graduating high school. They also recommended software to be put on the devices to enable academic success.

A picture is worth a thousand words.... or in this case, a phone call!

In Westerville, just outside of Columbus, a man received a phone call from the Cincinnati FBI office about a painting that had been hanging in his home for over 20 years. He thought it was just a great piece of art, but he soon discovered it was actually stolen years ago from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland by the Nazis in World War II.

Polish officials say approximately 70% of their art was stolen during the war. But good news in this case. The painting is being returned to the museum and a rededication ceremony is expected to take place.

Instructional Links

Videos: Cleveland Cavaliers, Video Archive


Website: J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. Code for Good


Website: Artnet, Christoffel Lubieniecki


Website: Looted Art, Central Registry on Looted Cultural Property, 1933-1945


Magazine Article: Smithsonian Magazine, February 2008, Monumental Mission


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