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Job losses in Northeast Ohio mount; protest planned
Other noon headlines: Goodyear, guns, Rubber Ducks, Browns

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In The Region:
  • Job losses in Northeast Ohio mount
  • Goodyear earnings soar
  • Gun bills move ahead in Ohio
  • Meet the Akron Rubber Ducks
  • No trades for the Browns
  • Job losses in Northeast Ohio mount
    Community and labor organizations are rallying at noon Thursday to support the more than 1,000 people who are losing their jobs at Bank of America’s home-loan processing center in Beachwood.

    The groups Cleveland Jobs with Justice  and Stand Up for Ohio are protesting job losses throughout Northeast Ohio, including the Bank of America workers who will have lost their jobs by Thursday. is reporting that the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor metro area has lost more jobs in the last four months than any large metro area.

    And in all, Greater Cleveland has lost nearly 8,000 jobs over the last year.  

    Goodyear earnings soar 
    Goodyear Tire and Rubber is recording a 51 percent boost in third-quarter profits thanks to sales in North, Central and South America.

    Goodyear reported today that it earned $166 million for the period that ended in September. That was higher than analysts expectations, though overall revenue fell 6 percent and came in under expectations.

    Akron-based Goodyear stock is up about 60 percent this year.

    Gun bills move ahead in Ohio
    Guns bills are dominating the Statehouse this week, including a stand-your-ground bill and one that allows hunting with silencers. The argument for silencers includes a claim that it would save hunters from hearing loss.

    Ohio stand-your-ground bill would allow people to use deadly force even if they have a way to retreat in a public place. Cleveland City Council and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus are opposing the bill, pointing to the Trayvon Martin case under a similar law in Florida.

    Meet the Akron Rubber Ducks
    The Akron Aeros are now the  Akron Rubber Ducks. The Indians AA affiliate announced the new name and logo  this morning. The team had been known as the Aeros since moving from Canton to downtown Akron in 1997. New owner Ken Babby says the new name honors Akron’s history in the rubber industry.

    No trades for the Browns
    The NFL trade deadline is today, and the Browns continue to deny they have any plans to trade away receiver Josh Gordon or anyone else. Gordon has been the center of trade rumors since he returned from a two-game suspension at the start of the season. 

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