Old Stone Church forum

The issues facing Clevelanders -- from lead exposure to gun control -- were explored from a racial perspective during an open forum over the weekend.

It was the first of five programs at the Old Stone Church on Public Square, where the conversation focused on race in an election year.

One of the participants -- retired Pastor Kristine Eggert with God Before Guns – says her group is circulating a petition to place a measure before voters for home rule for gun laws in Ohio.

Sherrod Brown

After a recent water scare in Sebring, Ohio and crisis in Flint, Mich., U.S. Sen.Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill aimed at addressing notification delays and readiness plans for communities hit with high lead levels in their drinking water supply.

Bald Eagle
National Wildlife Service / U.S. Wildlife website

The bald eagles have come back to Brecksville.  

The nesting pair has been returning to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at about this time each year since 2006. 

The chief of visitor services, Jennie Vasarhely, says it is important for people who want to see the birds to keep their distance.  Getting too close disturbs the eagles so no one should approach the nesting area directly, or walk along the old railroad right-of-way that goes by it.

She says the return of the birds this year, and every year is very important. 

Edward DeBartolo

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2016 over the weekend, and two of the men being enshrined this year are Ohio natives.

Edward DeBartolo, Jr. is this year's contributor enshrinee, for his 23 years running the San Francisco 49ers. He was born in Youngstown, and began his career with his father's company, developing shopping centers such as Randall Park and Summit Mall. Known as a "players' owner," his 49ers won five Superbowls and made the playoffs 16 times in the 1980s and '90s.

Alliance for Energy Choice
Alliance for Energy Choice

  Opponents of the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities are taking a big swing at the plan through a media blitz. 

“You want us to pay for what? This is crazy!”

So begins the ad by a  group of energy producers, known as the Alliance for Energy Choice, who are taking their fight against a price guarantee for AEP and FirstEnergy to the airwaves with radio and TV ads.

“They want a handout and they want you to hand it to them.”