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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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A Republican state lawmaker from southwest Ohio has issued a statement about his arrest on drunk driving and weapons charges over the weekend – and so has the House Speaker. 

Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton said in a statement he’ll miss committee hearings and session for the rest of the week, after allegedly passing out drunk in his running car in a McDonald’s drive thru very early Sunday morning.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville didn’t have much to say other than he’ll let the process play out and he’s thinking of Retherford and his family.

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Kent State University

Kent State’s men’s basketball team is hoping to continue its late-season roll with an upset in this week’s NCAA tournament. The Flashes will make their first March Madness appearance since 2008.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Kent team really had to dig deep to get to this big moment:

James Hardy
City of Akron

The city of Akron will begin looking for data-driven solutions to youth violence. City officials are starting their first comprehensive study of the issues facing Akron’s young people. 

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A native Clevelander who became one the world’s most renowned music producers has died.

Tommy LiPuma died yesterday in New York City at the age of 80. After leaving Cleveland in the early 1960s to work in the record industry, he was nominated for more than 30 Grammy Awards and won three. 

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Family of Tamir Rice

A new study introduced with the Cleveland police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice finds that people perceive young black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized white men.  

 

The study published by the American Psychological Association asked nearly a thousand online participants to compare color photographs of young white and black men of equal height and weight. John Paul Wilson, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey says, consistently, participants believed the black men were stronger, more muscular and more menacing.

 

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The man who helped save Kent’s old train station in the early 1980s is now involved in an effort to redevelop the former Portage County Municipal Courthouse.

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CONNOR PERRETT

Gov. John Kasich has been gaining national attention for criticizing the health-care proposal coming from Congressional Republicans, especially when it comes to cutting Medicaid coverage. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Kasich says there’s not much he and other state leaders could do if those cuts happen.

The health-care cuts proposed by Republican U.S. House leaders and backed by President Donald Trump would eventually terminate Medicaid expansion and change the way tax credits are doled out.

Many businesses around the state could soon be getting a big rebate from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

More than 200,000 employers might get rebates from the BWC totaling more than $1 billion. According to the bureau, most rebates will be about 66 percent of what the employer paid in workers’ compensation premiums last year.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof of Medina believes this rebate on top of declining workers’ compensation  costs are making the state more attractive to businesses.

Connie Pillich
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Former state Rep. Connie Pillich of Montgomery has joined the field of Democratic candidates for Ohio governor. Pillich announced her candidacy today yesterday in a video on her campaign website.

The lawyer and former Air Force captain says Ohio has a lot of problems that need to be addressed and says she's the person to do it.

“One thing that really concerns me is our education being outsourced to corporations, our roads and bridges falling apart. Our young people are leaving the state because they don’t think they have any opportunity in Ohio.”

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The man who carried out a deadly attack near Britain's Parliament was known to police and intelligence services, and had previously been investigated, Prime Minister Theresa May says. Speaking in the House of Commons Thursday, May said the man was British-born.

"Some years ago, he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure; the case was historic; he was not part of the current intelligence picture," May said of the attacker. She added that investigations continue.

We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline.

In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America's largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.

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