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Savannah James Christens Akron-based Goodyear's Newest Blimp, Wingfoot Two

Goodyear’s newest blimp – Wingfoot Two – was christened Friday by Savannah James – wife of LeBron James -- at the company’s hangar in Suffield. Savannah James christened the blimp on a wet and windy day in front of hundreds of employees and their families. The festivities included a performance by the University of Akron marching band. Goodyear christened Wingfoot One, the first of its new class of airships, two years ago. The two most recent additions to the fleet are technically not blimps....
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E.J. Dionne at Akron Roundtable
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Washington Post columnist and NPR commentator E.J. Dionne is predict a victory for Hillary Clinton on Election Day, but getting no joy from the race leading up to it.   

“I value every day that I am on this earth.But there are 19 days left until this election, and I cannot wait  until they are over.  I have enjoyed this election less than any election in my entire life -- because I think there is bitterness to it and a lack of connection to problem solving.”

Clinton in Cleveland

In a speech that tried to reach out to voters of all parties -- and no party -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton largely addressed issues that appealed to her liberal base – increasing the minimum wage, college affordability and clean energy.

But it was her criticism of her opponent that appealed most to the crowd at Cuyahoga Community College Friday night.  

Clinton was jovial as she asked the audience if anyone had watched the presidential debate Wednesday night – teeing up her punch line.

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Goodyear’s newest blimp – Wingfoot Two – was christened Friday by Savannah James – wife of LeBron James -- at the company’s hangar in Suffield.

Savannah James christened the blimp on a wet and windy day in front of hundreds of employees and their families. The festivities included a performance by the University of Akron marching band.

photo of Rob Portman and Ted Strickland

The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio held their third and final debate in Cleveland last night. Freshman Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican,  faced former Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat. Each tried to link the other to their party’s presidential candidate. 

The default campaign mode for these two has been Ted Strickland blaming Rob Portman for trade deals with China while Portman blames Strickland for causing the Great Recession.

Hillary Clinton at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Hillary Clinton will be speaking at Cuyahoga Community College this afternoon, following a meeting with two activists with the Movement for Black Lives, Brittany Packnett and DeRay Mckesson.

They’re talking about equity in the African-American community.


Nostalgia is the key ingredient at a restaurant that recently opened in Chagrin Falls. It’s new, but the menu is retro, and the location's  familiar.

For seven years, the sign outside said Fresh Start Diner, and before that for half a century it was Dink’s Colonial Restaurant, a Chagrin Falls culinary landmark.

Jack Krissinger has renamed it North Main Diner. “I’m the owner-operator-chef-general crazy person.” 

He’s a Chagrin Falls townie from way back.

A.J. Rocco's

Cleveland is getting ready for the Indians’ first World Series run in 19 years. The first game will be at Progressive Field in Tuesday. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the sports frenzy in Northeast Ohio. 

The World Series tickets went fast, too fast for Robert Kesizer of Wadsworth who got in line about a half hour before they went on sale at Progressive Field.

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Only two of Ohio’s 88 counties have a county executive, and both are in Northeast Ohio. This November, voters in one of those counties will be choosing their next county leader.

WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on why this form of government took root here; it’s a story that starts with a sex scandal and ends with public corruption.

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Ohio’s government watchdog is recommending changes with the agency that issues permits for oil and gas drilling in Ohio.

Ohio’s inspector general says his office found a series of issues in the Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources. The investigation says that office failed to refund at least 47 over-payments for well applications, totaling more than $13,000.

Summit County Executive Candidates Debate

Republican Bill Roemer and Democrat Ilene Shapiro are running for Summit County executive. Shapiro currently holds the office, having been appointed to it this summer after the cancer-related death of long-time Executive Russ Pry, who also  was a Democrat. Bill Roemer, a former Summit County Council member, is trying to become the first Republican elected to the county’s top administrative job. 

Ilene Shapiro
She is a 10- year veteran of County Council and council president for the last three. Before her political career she was a local business executive.


Reconnecting You with the Political Process

As part of the Ohio Media Project, WKSU will work to reframe how the 2016 campaigns are covered, restoring your voice in the process

From NPR

President Obama's two-year-old campaign against the Islamic State is clearly weakening the extremist group. But he's unlikely to finish the job during his final months, leaving it to his successor, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, to figure out how to keep ISIS on the run.

U.S.-backed Iraqi troops are on the march against the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq. In neighboring Syria, ISIS recently lost the symbolically important town of Dabiq.

AT&T has agreed to terms with Time Warner to buy the media giant for more than $80 billion, according to both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. The reports give new weight to accounts that emerged Friday, saying that the two corporations were close to a merger deal.

More than 40 years after she became the first woman to climb the world's highest mountain, Junko Tabei has died at age 77, according to Japanese media. Tabei was just 4'9", but she was a giant in mountaineering, as the first woman to conquer the "Seven Summits" — the tallest peak on each continent.

Tabei "was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago but continued her mountaineering activities while undergoing treatment," Japanese broadcaster NHK reports, adding that she died Thursday in a hospital in Kawagoe City.

The death toll is rising at the site of a train derailment in Cameroon, with President Paul Biya saying the crash of the crowded car Friday killed more than 70 people and wounded 600 more. The train was packed with people because rains had washed out a frequently used road Thursday.

"My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the #CAMRAIL train derailment in #Eseka," Biya wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

Life is pretty busy for Mike Buchmann, a high school art teacher and football coach, and his wife Shannon, who works as an assistant controller at a small private college near their home in Mishawaka, Ind.

Everyone is out the door by 7:45 each morning: Mike shuttles their two older kids to before-school care, while Shannon drops off their 14-month-old at a church-based child care center before they head off to their full-time jobs.

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