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Shuffle: Cleveland Band Seafair's Big Comeback

A popular orchestral rock band from Cleveland is back together and gearing up for a big 2018. For this week's Shuffle, Seafair talks about working out their differences and getting back to the joy of making music. Creativity versus business
Seafair is an eclectic blend of pop, rock and classical influences, combining drums, guitar and bass with violin and cello. They formed in 2012 but split up early last year. Vocalist Chayla Hope said the band got caught up trying to make it big. “It...

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A record number of snowy owls are stopping in Northeast Ohio due to a biological phenomenon.

The owls are native to the Arctic. It’s normal to see one or two in Northeast Ohio during the winter. This year, 18 have been spotted in the Cleveland area just since Thanksgiving.

Marty Calabrese, a naturalist at Cleveland Metroparks, says the reason is owls had more to eat this summer, which led to more offspring.  

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A growing number of Ohio children live in homes with parents who speak little English. And a national education advocacy group says the state isn’t doing enough to communicate with those parents about their children’s schools.

 

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The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says Ohio’s school report cards are unfair to schools with high rates of poverty.

The education research and advocacy group released its recommendations to improve Ohio’s school report cards Thursday. In it, the group says the state focuses too heavily on test scores and not enough on student long-term growth, leaving high poverty schools with D’s and F’s.

A high-ranking official for the state's main administrative business agency is in trouble in a newly released report. 

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The state has awarded nearly $10 million for research and development projects to try to stem opioid addiction, part of the $20 million Gov. John Kasich said he wanted to set aside for high-tech solutions to the epidemic. 

“We look at it as a new class of opioid,” Sturmer said.

Greg Sturmer is with Elysium Therapeutics. It is developing a new kind of pill that would limit how much of the painkilling substance would be released into the body.

He says that could  prevent overdoses and even stop addiction.

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The newly selected board of directors for Akron’s advanced innovation hub is beginning the process of finding a CEO. 

The innovation hub program, which is called Bounce, will combine existing city assets for boosting entrepreneurship, such as the Global Business Accelerator, with new ways of linking innovators.

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The Cleveland Browns fired their executive vice president of football operations, Sashi Brown. Owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement that Hue Jackson will remain the coach for this year and 2018.

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The planners charged with imagining how Akron’s downtown will grow and change over the next 10 years held their third and final gathering Wednesday night at the Akron Civic Theatre.

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The historic Rinkert Building in downtown Canton was auctioned off Wednesday. At 10 stories, the more than a century-old office tower was Canton’s first "skyscraper." 

The winning bid of just under a million dollars came from the Canton Downtown Land Bank.  Michael Gill is director of the Canton Development Partnership, which includes the private, non-profit land bank.  He says the building will likely be converted into residential use with ground-floor retail space.

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California fire officials say the massive Thomas Fire has claimed the life of a firefighter.

"I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident," Chief Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, tweeted. "Please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers and all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions."

An 'Accidental President,' Then And Now

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A relative political unknown becomes President of the United States and the world reacts with trepidation.

It happened in 2017 … and in 1945 when Harry Truman took office.

Truman’s unexpected rise to the position of commander-in-chief has a lot of similarities with Donald Trump’s ascension to power. And there are many lessons to take away from the Truman administration that can help us understand Trump’s approaches to conflict and leadership, says A.J. Baime, author of “The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World.”

It seemed like a moment when everything would change. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

There was sadness. There was anger. There were questions. How could this happen, and what would be done to stop anything like it from ever happening again?

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