With 'Formation,' Beyoncé Lights Up The Internet. Here's What People Are Saying

Beyoncé is one of a kind — the kind of star who can drop a surprise music video and see much of the Internet and social media instantly explode."Formation," released Saturday, has already racked up more than 7 million views on YouTube. It's full of implicit and explicit commentary on subjects like being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.And the Internet responded swiftly.The video is a "powerful proclamation of being a proud, powerful black woman," writes Margaret E....
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Sherrod Brown
U.S. SENATE

After a recent water scare in Sebring, Ohio and crisis in Flint, Mich., U.S. Sen.Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill aimed at addressing notification delays and readiness plans for communities hit with high lead levels in their drinking water supply.

Bald Eagle
National Wildlife Service / U.S. Wildlife website

The bald eagles have come back to Brecksville.  

The nesting pair has been returning to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at about this time each year since 2006. 

The chief of visitor services, Jennie Vasarhely, says it is important for people who want to see the birds to keep their distance.  Getting too close disturbs the eagles so no one should approach the nesting area directly, or walk along the old railroad right-of-way that goes by it.

She says the return of the birds this year, and every year is very important. 

Alliance for Energy Choice
Alliance for Energy Choice

  Opponents of the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities are taking a big swing at the plan through a media blitz. 

“You want us to pay for what? This is crazy!”

So begins the ad by a  group of energy producers, known as the Alliance for Energy Choice, who are taking their fight against a price guarantee for AEP and FirstEnergy to the airwaves with radio and TV ads.

“They want a handout and they want you to hand it to them.”

Akron Brass nozzle
Akron Brass Company website

Another of those special companies in northeast Ohio that has long been a world leader in making an important precision product has been sold.  But WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that may not be a bad thing.  

Akron Brass began in 1918 in Akron, later moving to Wooster. Its precision fittings for everything from fire hoses to marine equipment are considered top of the line. 

Since the 1990s it has been owned by a British company, though it remained in Wooster. 

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

An Ohio environmental group is making recommendations on how to handle the elevated lead levels showing up in some tap-water samples. The move comes after officials in the village of Sebring waited months to notify residents of unsafe levels of lead.

Football HoF
WKSU

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 includes six players who played in a combined 40 Pro Bowls. 

This year's class includes Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison -- who played in the '90s and 2000's -- as well as Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Superbowl win in 2007.

Sherrod Brown
WKSU

With the Republican National Convention just months away, Ohio’s politicians are preparing to greet delegates, activists and candidates to Cleveland.

 Among them is Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Brown says he’s hopeful that some of the more controversial comments from the Republican campaign trail don’t make it into the convention. 

Charles Lawrence
CLEVELAND MUSIC SETTLEMENT

The CEO of the Cleveland Music Settlement, Charles Lawrence, resigned late Friday, just as he was arrested in Cleveland Heights for gross sexual imposition. The arrest stems from a Feb. 1 police report filed by a female.

In a statement, the Music Settlement says it knows of no instances of improper acts involving Lawrence and students at the school. The Cleveland Music Settlement also says it's launched a search for its next president.

John Kasich
CNN

  

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host his 100th town hall in New Hampshire this weekend – just days before the first-in-the-nation primary there on Tuesday.

Amer Ahmad
CHICAGO TONIGHT WTTW

The current state treasurer is releasing the results of an independent investigation he ordered into activities by a top aide of the former state treasurer. 

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Former President Bill Clinton levied an extended criticism of Bernie Sanders at a campaign stop in which he took issue with "sexist" attacks against his wife.

In the stretch run before the New Hampshire primary, the former president accused Sanders' supporters of slinging vitriol toward Clinton's female supporters, citing the tale of one female blogger who was bullied online.

Out for dinner with a group of friends, Christina Dierkes, a science writer with Ohio Sea Grant in Columbus, was feeling adventurous. It took some steely courage to order the Caribbean Roll at Mr. Sushi's. Not so much for the tuna and avocado on the inside — that's a combination that's appealing to most of us. But the tuna sushi in this spectacularly Americanized roll is topped with a deep-fried banana, honey, mayonnaise and a generous dash of coconut crumbs. Yum?

At more than 1,100 feet long, it's large enough to hold more than 6,100 people — but on Sunday, the 168,000-ton Royal Caribbean cruise ship was tossed around by a winter storm that damaged the craft and left four people with minor injuries.

Photos sent by passengers show high winds, turbulent seas and leaning decks.