Andrew Atkins

News Intern

Andrew is a senior journalism major and a columnist for the Kent Stater. Alongside being a resident assistant in the honors community, he has worked as the web editor for the Burr Magazine and the campus editor for the Kent Stater. He looks forward to the professional learning opportunities afforded to him through his internship at WKSU.

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photo of Canton Fire Department Truck 1

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for much of Ohio Tuesday. The warning, which has since expired, meant that conditions were good for wild lands to catch fire and for that fire to spread quickly.

As it turns out, these warnings don’t happen very often, according to Kent State University professor of geography Tom Schmidlin who focuses on climatology.

Open Carry Demonstrators
Andrew Atkins / WKSU

About 70 demonstrators gathered in Kent State University’s Risman Plaza Friday carrying handguns and rifles or wearing holsters.

While visitors can bring guns on campus, students and staff cannot.

The event was organized by senior biology major Kaitlin Bennett and Cincinnati-area accountant Jeffry Smith, who has held similar open-carry demonstrations at the University of Akron and other sites around the state.

Bennet says they were there to spark conversation.

Janean Ray / Summit Artspace

A local therapy program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General will help adults with chronic illnesses explore the arts.

It’s called HeRe We Arts. It’s a therapy program that uses music, visual arts, movement, theater and writing to help treat things like mental illness, arthritis and diabetes. Lisa Gallagher, the research program manager, says participants have seen success with these groups, with some feeling less chronic pain.

The logo for the Akron Parks Challenge.

The deadline is fast approaching for community groups and individuals to pitch their ideas for the Akron Parks Challenge. The goal is to improve two Akron parks.

The city will give up to $100,000 each to the winning proposals. Other organizations, like the Knight Foundation, are also pitching in to make these initial projects feasible.

LeBron James speaks with media on the morning of April 18, 2018.

The Cavs are getting ready for their second game in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

They lost game one 98 to 80. LeBron James says he’s not focusing on the hole the team is in.

“I can’t think about advancing. I’m thinking about tonight you know, what my job is, how I can help change the game, help affect the game, try to be as dominant as I can," he said.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Q.