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Shuffle: The Highlights, The Lowlights And The Challenges Of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th Season

The Cleveland Orchestra 's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, Cleveland.com classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

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The Cleveland Orchestra is turning 100 years old, and it’s planning concerts, tours, and educational programs to celebrate.

One of the season’s highlights will be a series of educational concerts and a two-week Beethoven festival, which will include all nine Beethoven symphonies. It’s being called The Prometheus Project.

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from heaven to bring enlightenment to humanity. The myth inspired Beethoven’s only ballet, “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

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Nearly nine years after Ohio lawmakers passed—and voters upheld— a crackdown on payday loan businesses, people are still borrowing from quick-cash lenders. And the lenders are still charging huge interest rates. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says another proposal to regulate the industry is back before legislators.

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ESPERANZA

A mentorship program for Cleveland Latino youth is using new grant funding to continue its work improving graduation rates.The program helps more than 200 students from  three area high schools. 

Esperanza—a non-profit educational support program—will use a $20,000 grant from State Farm to fund its Hispanic Youth Leadership Program.

Victor Ruiz, Esperanza’s executive director, reports a graduation rate of 97 percent for kids involved in the organization’s programs. He says the ‘secret’ is in the relationships.

What Do Ohio Students Need to Get to School Every Day?

Mar 19, 2017
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PEXELS

The Ohio State Board of Education is working on a model policy to ensure fewer students miss school.

Students who miss a lot school fall behind. It's a national problem.

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Ohio House and Senate leaders are forging ahead with their versions of the state budget while kicking off a few new initiatives in the coming week. That includes first hearings for several health and human services issues. 

Republican Sen. Bill Coley is introducing a bill that ends Medicaid expansion for any new enrollees, something conservatives are considering in the midst of looming federal cuts.

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Republican Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton is resisting calls to resign after being arrested on drunk driving and weapons charges.

He's far from the first elected official in Ohio who's run into trouble with the law. But in Ohio, criminal charges don’t always seal a politician’s fate.

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One of the three people who plan  to build a medical marijuana campus in Southwest Ohio thinks the drug can be used to treat one of the state’s biggest problems – opioid abuse.

Jimmy Gould, an investor who also served on the task force that developed Ohio’s medical marijuana law, thinks pot can be used to relieve symptoms of withdrawal from opioid use. Under Ohio’s new law, medical marijuana isn’t approved for that purpose; Gould thinks it should be.

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Protestors staged an all-day demonstration outside the Cleveland office of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman yesterday.  They were calling on the Republican senator to oppose the congressional plan to replace Obamacare. 

A handful of protesters showed up late in the morning outside of Portman’s office. It was one of several nationwide at the Senate and House district offices of other senators and members of Congress. Protestor Fran Calafatis says Portman holds an important vote.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Advocates from anti-hunger groups say President Donald Trump’s more than $1 trillion budget proposal would hurt the neediest Ohioans the most. The president’s budget cuts funds for many domestic programs, including anti-poverty programs that help needy families across the state.

The Trump administration’s budget would cut more than a dozen federal agencies and programs designed to help struggling people. These include low-income heating assistance programs, school aid for rural communities and help for homeless veterans

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

The Cleveland Humanities Festival is underway at venues throughout Northeast Ohio. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the series of lectures, recitals and readings that will examine the historical impact of immigration through the lens of the humanities.

The artistic and educational events include an opening keynote from Harvard history Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., as well as playwrights and authors discussing their work and their cultural heritage.

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U.S. Marine artillerymen are now in place on Syrian soil, north of the last stronghold of the Islamic State. A force of local Kurdish and Arab fighters is moving south, continuing to isolate the city of Raqqa.

They're in the opening stages of a major military operation that officials say could last into the fall.

What comes next is expected to have huge implications not only for the fate of ISIS, but also for the relationship between Turkey and Russia, as well as the geographic outlines of the future Syrian state.

It will be very complicated.

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