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Hard to Breathe: How Northeast Ohio's Climate Leads to Increased Risk for Respiratory Problems

State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy mandates. Opponents say they’re a financial burden; supporters say they help cut down on air pollution, which then improves respiratory health. There is one part of Ohio where the risk for experiencing breathing problems is one of the highest in the country. The clickety-clack of an XBOX controller can be heard in Dalton Aufdenkamp’s living room as the 15-year-old chats with other gamers in his headset. It’s a...

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Except when he's visiting his wife in a nursing home, 89-year-old James Pint's preferred transportation is a bike. That's what he takes to church, and what he takes to pick up a few items at Marc's. Three or four trips a week, as much as a mile-long ride.

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This Saturday, more than 130 bands and musicians fill Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood for the annual PorchRokr Festival. They’ll perform on porches, sidewalks and stages on several city blocks. For this week’s Shuffle, The Devil Strip music editor Brittany Nader shares two of her favorite artists in the lineup.

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Two local industry leaders were among those sitting on President Trump's economic advisory panels, which were abruptly dissolved Wednesday.  Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove and Timken Company CEO Richard Kyle were among the members.

Kyle served on the President’s Manufacturing Council and Cosgrove on the Strategic and Policy Forum. 

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About 500 people gathered in downtown Akron last  night for a candlelight vigil honoring Heather Heyer and calling her death a potential catalyst for ending racism.

The vigil and rally included the iconic sounds of the civil rights movement and evoked the images of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. But speakers, including former state senator and Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner, dwelled most on Heather Heyer, the young woman killed last weekend as she protested the gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State University is expanding its Center for Applied Conflict Management and refining its mission.

The center, which used to be under the university’s political science department, will now be called the School of Peace and Conflict Studies and will have its own full-time faculty.

The school’s director, Patrick Coy, says the change will give Kent State a bigger profile for its work in conflict management and social change.

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Gov. John Kasich has turned up the heat on President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Trump’s shaky position on white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and other hate groups. This marks another turn in the evolution of Kasich’s relationship with the Trump administration.

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EUCLID POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Euclid police chief has apologized for not responding sooner to a Saturday morning incident involving a white officer caught on video repeatedly punching a black man following a traffic stop.

Police Chief Scott Meyer says the incident is being “thoroughly and fairly” investigated.

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Policy Matters Ohio says President Trump has a long way to go before delivering on his promise to restore blue-collar jobs in the state.

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A third Ohio city is adding a audio-surveillance system to track gunfire.

Cincinnati is rolling out ShotSpotter technology this month.

In 2010, Youngstown became the first Ohio city to install the system. Canton followed in 2013.

ShotSpotter uses microphones to detect and pinpoint the sound of gunshots, which then sends an alert to dispatchers.

University of Virginia researcher Jennifer Doleac says the technology can improve response times.

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The central Ohio man who’s behind the white nationalist website The Daily Stormer has gotten a lot of attention since this weekend’s violence in Virginia. He’s now facing a defamation lawsuit filed in Columbus by a well-known Muslim comedian, columnist and radio host.

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With an eye on the future of online retailing, Walmart and Google are teaming up to go after rival Amazon in a play that also targets the growing market for voice-activated shopping.

Starting next month, Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company's shelves — everything from dish washing soap to dining tables — via the online retailing service Google Express. Until now, Walmart's enormous inventory was available online only through the company's own website.

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and criticized its "failure at the highest political level" to unequivocally condemn the racist violence at Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard University next month, part of a series of lectures he's been invited to deliver during the coming academic year at the historically black college.

Howard officials said Comey had agreed to donate $100,000, his full compensation as the school's King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, to a scholarship fund for students who come from foster homes.

A heartsick surface Navy is vowing to find answers after a series of mishaps that could make the peacetime Western Pacific deadlier for U.S. troops this year than Afghanistan.

The Navy began, as it often does, with accountability: On Wednesday it fired the three-star admiral whose command in the Western Pacific suffered at least four big accidents this year, two of which may have killed a combined 17 sailors.

An officer aboard the destroyer USS Stethem also was lost overboard off the Philippines on Aug. 1.

An airstrike apparently targeting Houthi rebels hit a hotel north of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing dozens of people.

Al-Masirah TV, a network run by the rebels who control the capital, said more than 40 people were killed in the strike in Arhab. But The Associated Press, citing Yemeni officials and witnesses, put the number of fatalities at about 60.

The AP writes:

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