Akron

Photo of trees blooming in springtime
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Akron officials are warning residents to look out for a fungal disease killing oak trees in the city’s north and west sides.

Oak wilt can kill red and white oak trees within days or weeks by cutting off supplies of water and nutrients. The disease is transmitted by insects through open wounds or broken limbs.

City arborist John Malish says residents can take some precautions.

photo of Akron neighborhood next to I77
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State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy mandates.

Opponents say they’re a financial burden; supporters say they help cut down on air pollution, which then improves respiratory health.

There is one part of Ohio where the risk for experiencing breathing problems is one of the highest in the country.

Akron groups want community members to voice their opinions on a proposed trail that would stretch 6 miles throughout the city.

The Rubber City Heritage Trail follows old railroad tracks through downtown. Dan Rice of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition says meetings this week will discuss options for the trail.

photo of Goodrich smokestacks
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Akron is giving residents a chance to own a piece of city history with the sale of bricks from the iconic B.F. Goodrich smokestacks. 350 bricks are available from a project earlier this year when the city lowered one of the smokestacks due to safety concerns.

City spokesperson Ellen Lander-Nischt says many residents asked the city if they could buy them.

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The Summit County grand jury has indicted Stanley Ford on 29 counts -- with more possible – in a string of arsons on Akron’s west side that left nine people dead.

Ford was initially arrested in connection with a house fire in May that killed seven people – five of them children. Investigators say evidence then linked him to a fire last year that killed two people, plus an unrelated car fire. All of them were within a block of Ford’s home.

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