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Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka leaves everything to come to Cleveland

Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka leaves everything to come to Cleveland

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

November 8, 2019

On June 22, Ryo Muranaka took a leap of faith. He sold all of his earthly belongings and booked a one-way ticket from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Cleveland, Ohio with only his music, some luggage and a dream. His dream was to meet the legendary Cleveland rap group, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He spent t...

Advancing voter restrictions in the great Midwestern swing state

Sydney Negron, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

On Tuesday, millions of Ohioans went to the polls to participate in the 2019 general election. This year, voters are being impacted by the culmination of over a decade of laws passed to restrict voting, and these same policies will continue to influence how the state decides in the highly consequential ele...

Dead Clevelanders you should know, but probably don’t

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

November 1, 2019

In honor of one of Halloween’s original traditions, remembering and honoring the dead, let’s look at a few of Cleveland’s lesser-known, but still prominent. residents. Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel Although not born in Cleveland, Joe Shuster moved to the city when he was a young boy. In Cle...

Revisiting the deadly Lackawanna Limited train crash

Halle Rose, Contributing Reporter

November 1, 2019

The morning of Aug. 30, 1943, started like any other. Five hundred passengers boarded the Lackawanna Limited passenger train in Hoboken, New Jersey and departed on time, at 9:20 a.m., en route to Buffalo, NY. At 2:50 p.m., the train left Binghamton, NY, 30 minutes behind schedule but quickly making up ...

Trudeau wins Canadian elections despite brownface controversy and corruption

Trudeau wins Canadian elections despite brownface controversy and corruption

Maryam Iqbal, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Last week, Canada voted to reelect incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for another four years. Trudeau won back in 2015 with a majority in the House of Commons with a Liberal agenda focusing on climate change, education and trade, becoming a global symbol of liberalism even as right-wing populism too...

The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft, home to trapped demons and Wiccan history

The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft, home to trapped demons and Wiccan history

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

November 1, 2019

Steven Intermill seems like he could be an extra on “The Drew Carey Show,” with his greying hair, faded blue jeans and soft-spoken personality. He is the type of person who finds cleaning meditative. Then, he grabbed a metal axe. “You don’t want to have this around during your rituals be...

The Torso Murders: Cleveland’s serial killer, still at large

Veronica Madell, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

In September 1934, the first body was found. A young man was walking along the shores of Lake Erie when he stumbled upon the lower torso of a woman. Later that week, a dive team found the arms, but never the head. Little did the city of Cleveland know that the most prolific and gruesome serial killer in t...

Graveyards, monuments and bridges: haunted locations in Cleveland

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Halloween may be over, but there are still many places in Cleveland that are known for year-round spooky occurrences. Below are some of the spookiest sites in the city. Just a short walk from campus, the Lakeview Cemetery is not only home to the graves of many people important to Case Western Reser...

Anxiety from the LGBTQ community as Supreme Court prepares to rule on workplace discrimination

Sydney Negron, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

“I am scared for the safety and wellbeing of myself, those I love, and those within my community,” said Case Western Reserve University student Morgan Jones.  For members of the LGBTQ community, like Jones, the current Supreme Court term is set to be one of the most significant in history. Depend...

Cleveland mayor’s plan to plant trees should improve air quality

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

October 25, 2019

Air pollution has consistently made Cleveland one of the smoggiest cities in the United States, and earned the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area the number nine spot on the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2019” rankings of U.S. cities most plagued by year-around particle pollution. Transportat...

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