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Friday, October 31, 2014

Downtown Cleveland is going all-out for the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers; Sherwin-Williams installed a new banner across the street from The Q, to replace the one that was removed in 2010. (KABIR BHATIA)LeBron James is back and Northeast Ohio embraces him
The Cavs lost to the Knicks in their home opener, as Northeast Ohio pulls out the stops for their prodigal son

The Cavs lost to the New York Knicks 95-90 Thursday night at The Q. It was the first season opener for LeBron James as a Cavalier since 2009, and Northeast Ohio was thrilled to welcome him back to The Q. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Ohio has three more days of early voting, than 13 hours at the polls on election day. Ohio politicians and voters head into the final hours of early voting
In-person early voting continues through Monday

Thanks in part to court decisions, Ohio voters can cast their ballots throughout the weekend as well as on Election Day. And both Republicans and Democrats are doing urging their constituencies to do just that. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the last days of campaigning.  M.L. Schultze reports

Cleveland State Rep.'s campaign finance violations tied to OSU tickets
Other morning news headlines: Akron man's IQ could be a factor in life or death sentence; AAA considering roadside assistance for bicyclists

WKSU morning news headlines for Friday, October 31st:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

 Why does purple Ohio's congressional delegation look so red?
To understand the 2014 congressional races, take a look at 2010

Four years ago, Ohio’s political math changed dramatically. Everything shifted the Republicans’ way – including Ohio’s congressional delegation.

Thanks in part to what happened back in 2010, no such sea change is likely this year. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on why purple Ohio looks so red when it comes to Washington.  M.L. Schultze reports

Edwin's Restaurant owner Brandon Chrostowski spends Sunday afternoons in the kitchen of Grafton Correctional Institute teaching inmates the elements of classic French cuisine. (Zachary Duvall)Learning French cuisine in an Ohio prison kitchen
Edwin's Restaurant owner Brandon Chrostowki teaches cooking every Sunday at Grafton Correctional Institution

This Sunday afternoon the aromas of French cuisine will fill the kitchen of Grafton Correctional Center. 

It actually happens at the prison every Sunday thanks to a Cleveland chef and restaurateur who believes in second chances. 

WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has the story in today’s Quick Bite.  Vivian Goodman reports


Thursday, October 30, 2014

FirstEnergy's Durbin says retirements will create employment opportunities. (M.L. SCHULTZE)A collaborative utility job-training program is set to restart in Ohio
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Cuyahoga Community College are partnering to reestablish a two-year program to train power line workers

A collaborative utility job-training program that ended in 2011 has been reactivated. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports it will train a new class of power line workers.  (more)

Millennials are a huge group, but largely divided when it comes to voting. (WKSU file photo)Millennials play role in Ohio policy but not necessarily in its politics
The millennial generation is now the largest demographic in the United States

Around the state, on the campaign trail and through the halls of the Statehouse -- young Ohioans are playing a major role in their communities. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a look at the possible impact of millennials on the results.  Andy Chow reports

Highway exit for Canton, Stark County's largest city  (Stark.gov)Stark County launches an effort to cut traffic deaths
Following a spike in fatalities, the county begans "All Out" enforcement

Traffic deaths are spiking in Stark County. There have been 34 so far this year, compared to 26 for all last year. So, local police across the county, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers joined forces for what they call an “All Out for Traffic Safety” enforcement day.  Tim Rudell reports

David Niven, professor at the University of Cincinnati, says the noncompetitive race for governor may be creating a sense of urgency among those candidates in the downticket races. (Creative Commons: DonkeyHotey)Despite lack of competition, election ads in Ohio are plentiful
University of Cincinnati professor David Niven says he believes the money is spent to keep voters aware

Polls and pundits have predicted a bad year for Democrats and big wins for Republicans in Ohio next Tuesday.

Overall, campaign spending on commercial radio and TV is way down in Ohio. But there are still a lot of political ads on the air – including from candidates who are expected to win by big margins.

University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven says he thinks there’s a simple reason.  Karen Kasler reports

 (Ohio Association of Foodbanks)A growing need at Ohio's food banks
A new study shows a big jump this year in the number of Ohioans turning to food banks.

A new study by the Ohio Association of Food Banks shows there has been an 18 percent increase in the number of Ohioans turning to food banks during the past year.
The director of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank says the new report shows 2 million Ohioans are turning to the state’s food banks each year. And Matt Habash says everyone should be concerned about that.  Jo Ingles reports

Downtown Cleveland is going all-out for the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers; Sherwin-Williams installed a new banner across the street from The Q, to replace the one that was removed in 2010 (K. Bhatia)Ticket prices for tonight's Cleveland Cavaliers opener are through the roof
Many are converging on downtown Cleveland for watch parties, but don't actually have seats awaiting them inside The Q

LeBron James is returning to the Cavaliers tonight, and WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia is on the scene now at The Q in downtown Cleveland.  Kabir Bhatia reports

 Gilbert says Cleveland casino expansion is still on the board
A new, much larger Cleveland casino is coming, but no date for a ground-breaking is being set.

The owner of Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino, Dan Gilbert, said Wednesday that the promised $600 million Phase Two project has not been abandoned. He says planning continues for a casino on the Cuyahoga River, but the gaming industry’s changing landscape is slowing the work.  Kevin Niedermier reports

The last time LeBron James suited up as a Cavalier was in 2010. He returns tonight following a 5-2 preseason with the team (Brandon Davis)Cleveland keyed up for the Cavs with LeBron James
The first home-opener with James since 2009 is being marked throughout Northeast Ohio

Downtown Cleveland is pulling out all the stops tonight as LeBron James officially returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rallies, concerts and watch parties are scheduled throughout the day, and Sherwin-Williams will be dedicating a new banner across from The Q at 4:30.

Mike Frohlich from Brunswick has been a Cavs fan for years. He’ll be at the game tonight and says it’s a new era for Northeast Ohio.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Cleveland state lawmaker to be charged for financial report errors
Other morning headlines: Cavs opener turning into star-studded event; Cleveland city officials push to defeat red light camera ballot issue

WKSU morning news headlines for Thursday, October 30th:  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

The return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers and other changes have fans expecting a championship. (Cleveland Cavaliers screen capture)Expectations are high for the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers
Tonight's home opener features LeBron James back in a Cavs uniform

When the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court in their home opener tonight against the New York Knicks, many people believe it will be the start of a championship season. The key is the return of LeBron James after his four-year stint with the Miami Heat. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has this look at what’s led to this season’s high expectations.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Jeffrey Ullom, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, directs the undergraduate theater studies program. His book is Raising the curtain on the history of America's first regional theater
In a new book, Case professor Jeffrey Ullom chronicles the Cleveland Play House's development and its symbiotic relationship with the city

"A Christmas Story," that timeless tale set in Cleveland, opens late next month at the Cleveland Play House. 

Meanwhile the nearly 100-year-old story of the theater itself is recounted in a new book, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman discovered it’s filled with  dramatic twists and turns.  Vivian Goodman reports


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lee Fisher, head of CEOs for Cities, says the goal is graduation. (CEOs for Cities)Local universities receive $1 million to help graduation rates
The Akron area placed first out of 57 regions around the nation

Five Akron-area universities are sharing a million dollars to help students graduate. The Kresge Foundation put up the money in a national competition of metro regions that could demonstrate the largest increase in college graduation rates. CEOs For Cities reviewed and selected the winner. The head of the non-profit, Lee Fisher, explains where this money is headed.  (more)

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdulla  (Jefferson County)Gas well and pipeline problems in eastern Ohio
Breaks, breaches and flare ups occur in three separate locations

Emergency Management officers and first responders have had a busy few days in Ohio’s Utica shale country.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Some Democrats are less than excited about their choice for governor, Ed FitzGerald. But some conservative Republicans are less than excited about Gov. Kasich. (File photo)Ohio voters want more options for governor
Most voters know who they are voting for, but want more of a selection

There aren’t many undecided voters in this election, especially involving the governor’s race. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that doesn’t mean all voters are happy with the options they have.  Karen Kasler reports

LeBron James gets in some practice before tomorrow's home opener, which is considered by many to be the start of a championship season. (Kevin Niedermier )New era for the Cleveland Cavaliers begins Thursday night
The Cavs open their season at home with the returning LeBron James, and many believe a championship is finally coming to Cleveland

One of the biggest home openers in NBA history unfolds tomorrow night as the team takes the court against the New York Knicks with the returning LeBron James. After no winning seasons following James’ move to Miami in 2010, expectations for this year’s campaign are very high. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, some of the team’s key individuals are taking it one game at a time.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Families evacuated by fracking accident in eastern Ohio are back home
Well-head near Mingo Junction was accidentally sheared off

The frack well that was blasting natural gas and fluid into the air last evening in Mingo Junction Township near Steubenville has been capped.

Jefferson County’s Emergency Management Office says a crew flown in from Texas overnight stopped the leak reportedly caused by the well-head being accidentally sheared off during a drilling operation late Tuesday.

Residents in a 2-mile radius were evacuated, but have now been allowed back into their homes. No injuries, and no damage away from the well site, have been reported. An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.  Tim Rudell reports

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue have gathered at the Statehouse. (File photo)Abortion remains a divisive issue in Ohio
Some criticize leaders for going to far; others for not doing enough

Advocates for abortion rights and birth control say state leaders have done a lot of things during the past four years that restrict Ohio women from being able to exercise their rights to reproductive freedom.

Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports those same state leaders are being criticized for not doing enough.  Jo Ingles reports

Justice Paul Pfeifer was one of three judges calling for life in prison rather than death. (File photo)Ohio's Supreme Court narrowly upholds Ashford Thompson's death sentence
But three justices maintain life in prison is more appropriate for the killer of a Twinsburg police officer

The Ohio Supreme has upheld the death penalty for a nurse who shot a Twinsburg police officer to death. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, three of the seven justices expressed reservations.  M.L. Schultze reports

State Sen. Charleta Tavares says what matters to a women depends on her individual situation. (Ohio Senate)Both parties try to connect with Ohio's women voters
Parties define women's issues differently

Abortion is likely the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they hear the words "women’s issues." But that is only one issue women are concerned about. In fact, there are other issues that many women say are more significant to them.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on what those women want and how they are going about the process of getting it.  Jo Ingles reports

Former Gov. George Voinovich changed the way the state Board of Education worked during his term in office. (U.S. Senate)Seven seats are up for election this year on the Ohio Board of Education
While races are less publicized, the elections have real implications for education in the state

If you are following politics this year, you probably know most of the candidates on the ballot for statewide offices, your congressional district, and maybe a few local seats. But do you know who is running for state school board? Candidates in seven board districts are vying for votes this election for a board that exerts considerable influence over education policy.  (more)

 Championship-caliber Cavs return with a humbled owner and superstar
Owner Dan Gilbert and star LeBron James both had to admit their mistakes and do some apologizing to make Cavs reunion happen

On Thursday, the Cavs begin one of the most anticipated seasons in Cleveland sports history. LeBron James makes his return with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in tow. It follows a series of off-season moves that involved some planning and a lot of luck. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto recently talked with owner Dan Gilbert, who said it’s been a humbling experience.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Current Ohio Congressional Districts   (Ohio Development.gov)Re-election is a sure bet for two Northeast Ohio congressmen
Neither Gibbs nor Ryan is facing an active opposition campaign

Northeast Ohio is carved up among eight Congressional districts.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on two of them, where voters essentially have one choice.  Tim Rudell reports

Chris Boring with Boulevard Strategies says retailers who use social media attract people who aren't necessarily in the labor market.  (Boulevard Strategies )Retailers advertise seasonal work on social media
Retailers such as Macy's are using Facebook and Twitter to attract people to fill positions

People looking to get seasonal work often turn to the internet or the old-fashioned “want ads” for job postings.  But this year, some retailers are taking a more proactive approach: social media ads. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble reports.  (more)

Tracy Thomas, law professor, says mediation is a cheaper, quicker alternative to the court system and it focuses on the parties directly involved.  (The University of Akron School of Law)Three Ohio cities turn to mediation to resolve neighbor disputes
Stow, Tallmadge and Cuyahoga Falls have partnered with the University of Akron law school

Residents in Stow, Tallmadge and Cuyahoga Falls now have a new outlet when they have a disagreement with their neighbors.

Students from the University of Akron law school have partnered with the three cities to offer the Neighborhood Mediation Program. Bickering neighbors will be able to discuss the problem with a law student trained in dispute resolution.

Tracy Thomas is the professor who trains the students. She says mediation is a cheaper, quicker alternative to the court system.  (more)

Cleveland school gets free iPads for all students
Orchard STEM School is one of 114 schools awarded a grant by Apple

Orchard STEM School in Cleveland is one of 114 schools across 29 states that will get a free iPad for each student.

The school was awarded the grant as part of Apple’s $10 million program to help low-income and minority students have better educational opportunities.

Principal Mary Anne Knapp, says the students were pretty well covered when it came to science, engineering and math.  (more)

Much of the Progressive Field mezzanine level in the outfield and the bullpens are gone. The open spaces will be replaced with stacked bullpens and a more open feel for fans. (Kevin Niedermier)Ballpark renovations are on track for completion by Indians opening day next April
New bullpens being built and a new Gate "C" will open the stadium up to the

Big chunks of Progressive Field are gone as renovations continue on the Cleveland Indians ballpark. The team today gave an update today on the work being done.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Traffic cameras like these in Springfield are showing up around the state. (Wikimedia)More are rallying for votes against Cleveland's red light cameras
Issue 35 would cause the controversial traffic cameras to fade away backers say

Another rally was held in Cleveland today to protest the city’s red light traffic cameras, and to support Issue 35, which could put the devices out of business. The issue is on next Tuesday’s ballot. “Black on Black Crime” was a sponsor of this afternoon’s rally at Memphis Avenue and Fulton Road. The organizations’ vice president, Alfred Porter Jr. says his group fights for people’s rights, and that’s why it got behind the Issue 35 campaign.   Kevin Niedermier reports

Although it only ran four seasons, 'WKRP in Cincinnati' has been eagerly awaited on DVD (Shout! Factory)'WKRP in Cincinnati' fondly remembered in Ohio as it comes to DVD
The classic sitcom instilled Buckeye pride when it premiered in 1978

Fans have clamored for years to have “WKRP in Cincinnati” released on DVD – with the original music intact. The 1970s sitcom finally comes out today, and as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, the set should bring back memories for music fans, TV fans and Ohioans.  Kabir Bhatia reports

A Ford EcoBoost engine coming off the line at the Brook Park plant. The automotive industry is boosting Northeast Ohio's recovery. (KEVIN NEIDERMIER)A resurgent auto industry is pushing long-term growth in Northeast Ohio
A new study says the region's auto-related manufacturing will outpace the nation over the next decade, other sectors are also expected to drive growth

The auto industry rebound is boding well for Northeast Ohio car makers and suppliers. According to a new economic report, over the next decade this sector in the 18-county region will grow faster than those in the rest of the nation. And other local manufacturing sectors are also doing well.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Amber Vinson hugs caregivers on her release from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this afternoon. (Screen capture)Ebola-free Amber Vinson thanks God, family, caregivers -- and heads home
But Ohio quarantine continues for Ohio relatives 

Akron native Amber Vinson hugged a long line of doctors and nurses in Atlanta who treated her for Ebola, thanked God and headed back to Dallas this afternoon. Vinson was declared free of the disease two weeks after she was diagnosed. She’s believed to have contracted it from a patient in Dallas. Her grandparents joined her at the press conference.  M.L. Schultze reports


Monday, October 27, 2014

Willis says the test will be useful for those who do -- and do not -- have Ebola. (University Hospitals)FDA clearance of a new Ebola test will let Ohio hospitals do their own
New process could cut testing time to as little as 45 minutes

The FDA has fast-tracked a test for Ebola that could shorten the wait for results to less than an hour. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what difference the test could make in Ohio.

   M.L. Schultze reports

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education (U.S. Department of Education)U.S. education secretary weighs in on Ohio's attempt to scrap Common Core
Duncan says Common Core standards are appropriate and set the bar higher

Forty-three states have adopted the Common Core education standards. Ohio is among those discussing whether to scrap them.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the U.S. education secretary was in town today and addressed the recent debate over the Common Core.  Andy Chow reports

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Ohio's Sen. Brown is pushing for more assistance for homeless vets
The goal is to eliminate the problem by next year

More than 60,000 U.S. veterans are homeless, according to federal numbers from 2012. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing legislation to help the Department of Veterans Affairs eliminate the problem by 2015. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports.  (more)

Call and Post Editor Constance Harper is remembered
Harper was the editor of the Call & Post, a newspaper  focused on the African-American community

Constance Harper is being remembered by many Ohioans today, following her death in a Dayton-area hospital at the age of 81. 

Harper was the associate publisher and editor of the Call & Post, a publication directed at African-American readers in the state. She developed her journalism skills in the Cleveland Public School system. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll miss Harper personally and recalls her presence.  (more)

The bio-retention pond on Cleveland's East 78th street.  The structure is part of the federally mandated storm water reduction 
project the NEORSD is undertaking. (Kevin Niedermier)What was once a row of vacant Cleveland houses will now hold storm water
The park-like setting is the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's first bio-retention cell to help meet federal goals to reduce storm water flowing into the sewer system

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has unveiled its first “green” effort to keep storm-water out of combined sewer overflows. It’s part of a federally mandated $3 billion investment to reduce storm-water problems in the district.  Kevin Niedermier reports

B-2 at the Plum Brook complex (NASA)State development grant to help high tech Ohio
For work at an "only-one-in the-world" lab in northeast Ohio

Ohio is providing funding to help NASA Glenn Research refurbish some equipment in a one-of-kind rocket lab near Sandusky. Scientists can use the 120-foot-high facility at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station to do full-scale rocket engine test firings in simulated high altitude conditions.

Ohio Development Services Agency Director David Goodman says the state is providing a $2 million grant for work at what is called “Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility-B2” on the 6,400-acre Plum Brook campus.  Tim Rudell reports

FilmArray is about the size of a toaster and takes about an hour to complete Ebola tests. (BioFire)Ohio's senators applaud FDA fast-tracking a new Ebola test
Hospitals will be able to use the kits to test for new Ebola strains

The FDA has expedited approval of a new Ebola test kit for use in hospitals. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on today’s action.  M.L. Schultze reports

Aaron Fenton of Phillips Electric says at the Cleveland facility they've developed lighting systems that mimic daylight from sunrise to sunset for hospital rooms, which helps patients heal faster. (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland hosting medical innovators this week
Advances in medical treatment are on display, and new ideas are being sought

Medical innovators from around the world are in Cleveland this week to show their wares and find new ideas. The 12th annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit focuses this year on cancer treatment and personalized medicine.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Dr. Thomas File of Summa How have the American nurses recovered so quickly from Ebola?
Infectious disease specialist says any viral therapy remains experimental, so early detection and strong immune systems may be the keys

Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse with family in Northeast Ohio, is still in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She’s one of now three people in the U.S. known to be infected with Ebola.

But Vinson’s family released a statement on Wednesday saying Vinson no longer has the disease – something Emory officials have not yet confirmed.

WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair spoke with Thomas File, the chief of infectious diseases at Summa Health System, about what her recovery may mean for Ebola treatment.

   Jeff St. Clair reports

Ohio housing market on the rebound
Other morning headlines: Fewer businesses than expected take advantage of tax cut; Sick passenger forces brief shutdown of Hopkins concourse

WKSU morning news headlines for Monday, October 27th:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Cuyahoga County to add second drug court
Funding will come from $1.3 million in federal grants

The growing opiate addiction crisis in Cuyahoga County has prompted the court system to add a second drug court starting next year. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Bill Rice reports the new court will focus more on addicts with coexisting mental health issues.  - none - reports

Ohio's aging population may soon start draining the state's budget. (Ryan Johnson)Ohio's aging population could lead to a big budget gap
Fewer people in the workforce could have trouble supporting Ohio's growing senior population

A big budget hole may be ahead for the state, thanks to Ohio’s aging population.  Karen Kasler reports

Infomercials were part of the finish in time campaign. (University of Akron)University of Akron encourages larger courseloads through infomercials
Marketing says the university has already seen results from unusual campaign

The University of Akron is seeing results from an unusual campaign to get students to graduate on time.

Wayne Hill of University of Akron marketing says the 'Finish in Time' campaign, which includes infomercials, was started last spring to convince incoming freshmen to take at least 15 credit hours.

Hill says research shows this is a big benefit to students.  Lyndsey Schley reports

Mary Pat Doorley with Cuyahoga Valley National Park says they regularly monitor the trail and riverbank conditions.  (Creative Commons: Ken Lund)Partial closure of Cuyahoga Valley National Park's towpath trail starts today
The Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail is undergoing the final phase of a riverbank stabilization project

Ohio residents who frequent Cuyahoga Valley National Park will have to be on the lookout for detour signs starting today.

The final phase of a two-phase riverbank stabilization project will begin on the Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail from Lock 29 Trailhead to State Route 303. Mary Pat Doorley with the park says this is a continuation of work that began in the summer.  (more)

The 14th District is among Ohio's more balanced political districts in the Nov. 4 election. (M.L. SCHULTZE)A preview of the 14th Congressional race in Ohio
Joyce, Wager and Macko face off for Ohio's most balanced district

Heading into this election season, Ohio’s 14th Congressional District was regarded as one of the few in the country that would be competitive between Republicans and Democrats. Pundits have changed their views in recent weeks, but Democrats continue to hold onto hope that Republican Dave Joyce will be a one-term incumbent. WKSU’s M.L. has this profile of the district and the race.

   M.L. Schultze reports

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has held the seat in the 9th district since 1982, and held off challenges from Joe the Plumber and Dennis Kucinich in 2012. (WKSU)A preview of Ohio's 9th Congressional race
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur goes for a 17th term against Republican Richard May, in a district that's a safe seat for a Democrat

Democrat Marcy Kaptur has held the seat in the 9th congressional district along Lake Erie since 1982. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia looks at why that's unlikely to change in next week's election.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Everykey can unlock devices and input passwords to computers that are in its range. (Everykey)Local entrepreneurs raise money to create a password-storing wristband
The device can unlock devices and input passwords to websites

A group of Cleveland-based entrepreneurs are raising money to create a wristband that stores passwords and unlocks electronic devices.

Chris Wentz is CEO and co-founder of Everykey. The wristband sends out a Bluetooth signal that will unlock devices and automatically log users into websites when the wristband is near.

Wentz says it is a secure system.  Lyndsey Schley reports

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