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Politics you should care about

Politics you should care about

Jackson Rudoff, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

What a time it is to be American.  For only the third time in United States history the president has been impeached. Now, we’re caught in the midst of an impeachment trial like no other, with heated procedural arguments dominating National Public Radio’s (NPR) soundbites. Debates over precedent hav...

Megxit, the history and rationale for the Royal Family’s decision

Megxit, the history and rationale for the Royal Family’s decision

Christopher Markham, Copy Editor

January 23, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from the British Royal Family, dubbed “Megxit” by the media, shocked the British people. On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted on Instagram that they would “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”  However, ...

Cleveland library workers to strike if talks continue to break down

Cleveland library workers to strike if talks continue to break down

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

January 23, 2020

Library workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 sent the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) an intent to strike notice after months of negotiation led to a standstill. The strike will begin on Feb. 4 if a new three-year agreement is not reached on Jan. 23. (This artic...

The effects of a particularly bad flu season ripple across Northeast Ohio

Collin Wong, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

As the number of flu cases in Cuyahoga County continues to increase, healthcare resources across Northeast Ohio are becoming strained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the flu in Ohio is “widespread.” In Cuyahoga County, there were 135 flu hospitalizations during t...

Here’s why opioid addiction treatment in Cleveland is hard to access

Collin Wong, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

An estimated two million Americans continue to suffer from opioid abuse, but only 2.7 percent of all the country’s treatment centers offer the gold-standard for opioid misuse treatment: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. A piece written by German Lopez for Vox reports that many addicts cannot...

Cleveland Metroparks discuss sustainability initiatives at Green Bag Lunch talks

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

Nancy Despond, special projects administrator at the Cleveland Metroparks, gave the last Green Bag Lunch of the semester this past Tuesday, speaking on sustainability and history at the Cleveland Metroparks.  Hosted by the Case Western Reserve University Office of Energy & Sustainability, thes...

Here’s how Cleveland has been combating the opioid epidemic

Here’s how Cleveland has been combating the opioid epidemic

Collin Wong, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

The opioid epidemic is continuing to ravage communities around Cleveland. From 2016 to 2017, more than 1,300 opioid overdose deaths occurred in Cuyahoga County. By 2018, opioid-related deaths made up approximately 80 percent of the 560 drug-linked deaths in Cleveland, a disproportionately high amount....

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...

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