Mitch Felan

News Intern

Mitch Felan is a multimedia journalist with experience in radio, television, print and visual journalism. He is back with the WKSU team after spending a semester studying in Washington D.C. Outside of work, he enjoys making music, watching movies and bike riding. He plans to graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism this fall.


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West Point Market

Fairlawn’s West Point Market has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

CEO Rick Vernon says delays in construction and permitting for its on-site bakery have required the restructuring of the business. He says he expects the market will stay open and keep its employees.

“We’ve got things to sell, and we plan going forward on putting the store back together and getting stronger. And having the customers’ support has been great, also,” he said.

photo of bands printed by 3D printer

The Akron Zoo is using 3-D printing to keep better track of some of its animals. The zoo is using its new 3-D printer to create custom bands holding microchips for birds in the aviary.

Dr. Kim Cook, the zoo’s director of Animal Health and Conservation, says they’re using receivers in the aviary to help with research and conservation.

photo of Willard Park

A national study that scores the park systems in America’s 100 largest cities finds that Cleveland is moving up in the ranks.

The city’s parks ranked 37th in this year’s Trust for Public Land study, up eight places from last year. The rankings are based on park access, acreage, amenities and spending.

The group’s Ohio director, Shanelle Smith, says splash pads helped Cleveland improve its score.

photo of Rob Portman

Even though the Senate voted last week to bring back net neutrality protections, Ohio’s Rob Portman is looking for another option. The Republican senator voted against the Democrat-backed bill, which is not expected to pass the House.

Now, Portman says he is considering supporting a similar bill by fellow Republican and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

photo of LeBron James statue concept

An Akron native has started a crowdsourcing campaign to give the city a life-sized tribute to LeBron James. Aaron Carey is hoping to raise $1 million for the statue on

At Monday's shootaround, James said he appreciates the gesture, but had not thought about a pose.

"I mean, I don’t know. I don’t have a particular pose in mind but, like I said, I just think it’s the thought that counts. It’s pretty cool.”

Carey says James’ comments give him hope he will be able to raise the money for the statue.