Phil de Oliveira

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Phil is a master’s student in Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC). Prior to pursuing journalism, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and piano. He also spent some time traveling Northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Phil currently lives in Cleveland Heights.

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Malone University’s music department has received the largest donation in the program’s history from the estate of a former public school secretary. Ann Leech worked in Canton City Schools and was a lifelong supporter of Malone’s arts programs.

Music Department Chair Michael Benson says a committee is considering possible uses for the $1 million donation, including scholarships, renovations, instrument repairs, and instrument purchases.

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BREAKING BARRIERS

A Lake Township couple has raised $1 million that will go toward building a regional drug treatment center based in Summit County.

Shelly and Travis Bornstein started a non-profit called Breaking Barriers after losing their son to a drug overdose two years ago.

Travis Bornstein says education programs at the center will confront barriers to recovery, such as misconceptions about the nature of addiction and its effect on communities.

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SARTA

The head of Stark County’s transit system is predicting major cuts to public transportation under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed state budget.

SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad says a sales tax levied on some health care services in 2010 has helped the agency partially recover from the recession. But the tax could be repealed this summer unless Gov. Kasich expands it to all managed-care organizations in Ohio.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Among a collection of wire recorder interviews with Holocaust survivors, researchers at the University of Akron have discovered a previously lost spool containing traditional songs sung in German and Yiddish.

One of the survivors on the recording is Guta Frank. After World War II, she ended up in a refugee camp in Henonville, France. Psychologist David Boder made the recording while visiting the camp.

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WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The University of Akron is responding to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from all countries, and all residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

University President Matthew Wilson says about 85 students enrolled at the university come from the seven countries listed in the executive order. According to Wilson, two Iranian graduate students at the university had their student visa applications suspended last week.

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