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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Indians Welcome Tonight's First Pitch From Girl with 3D-Printed Hand

Posted By on Sat, May 26, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Eight-year-old Hailey Dawson is throwing out the first pitch at tonight's Cleveland Indians game against the Houston Astros, continuing her goal of tossing out the starting ceremonial pitch at all 30 MLB ballparks. And she's doing it with the help of a 3D-printed hand.

Born with Poland Syndrome, which means she's missing most fingers on one of her hands and has underdeveloped pectoral muscles, she also has a fiery passion for baseball. Thanks to a 3D-printed hand from the University of Las Vegas Nevada College of Engineering, and an inspiring attitude of, “if I can do it, you can do it,” Dawson is heading to an MLB mound for the eighth time on her first pitch tour. (We found out about the Tribe’s enthusiasm to host Dawson last September.)

The college prints a new hand for each first pitch, specialized with the teams’ colors and logos. Dawson’s mom, Yong, told Fox 8 News she hopes her daughter’s traveling all over the country to throw first pitches will raise awareness of Poland Syndrome, show how children can get cost-effective solutions with 3D-printed prosthetics and inspire others.

To learn more about Dawson’s journey, watch this video.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Connect Podcast With Special Guest Matt Fish

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:55 PM

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Welcome to episode 41 of The Connect.

This episode features my conversation with Matt Fish. Matt is a restaurant entrepreneur, musician and founder of the popular Melt Bar & Grilled. I visited Matt at the (Independence, OH) Melt location and had a great talk about many topics including:

• The powerful nostalgia of grilled cheese
• Our grilled cheese stories from the past
• How a five year old Matt learned how to butcher chickens on
his family farm
• When his love of Rock and Roll and KISS started
• Why Matt decided to create MELT Bar & Grilled
• The challenges of being an entrepreneur
• Matt’s advice on how to avoid regret

Listen here or stream below.

More about Melt Bar & Grilled here.

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All original music & audio production
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Owen Zubek

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Nature Camp

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Cori Birce
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The Cavs: In Deep Trouble or Business as Usual? — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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Andre and Zac talk a little Browns, discuss the Indians in Chicago, then dive into the Cavs' issues and their chances of salvaging the Eastern Conference Finals.

Subscribe to A to Z on iTunes here.

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The Center and Near West Theatre Host LGBTQ+ Youth Prom This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:20 PM

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For the second year in a row The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) is presenting a LGBTQ+ Youth Prom to allow an inclusive experience for teens of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions (SOGIE).

The Center is joining forces with Near West Theatre, who will be housing the event for an enchanting evening of music, dancing and fun. The LGBTQ+ Youth Prom is an officially recognized event as part of Pride in the CLE.

Despite the first amendment protecting teens with diverse SOGIE from being discriminated against based on choice of prom date or attire in the public school system, these same laws do not protect those in private schools or who may not be comfortable and 'out' in their public school environments.

The LGBTQ+ community has made incredible strides in achieving acceptance, but a new study revealed that in the last two years, teens have experienced an unprecedented high in anti-LGBTQ+ bullying. As it stands, LGBTQ+ students are two to three times more likely than their peers to be physically assaulted or threatened at school.

Pride Proms are alternative events that allow a safe environment for teens with diverse SOGIE to experience a right of passage for most high school students without fear of ridicule or danger. Offering inclusivity and affirming support, Pride Proms can be beneficial in helping the development of positive identities for LGBTQ+ youth.

This year's theme is Happily Ever After: Write Your Own Happy Ending. Wear What Makes You Feel Magical.

The LGBTQ+ Prom is for youth ages 14-19 on May 26 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Near West Theatre is located at 6702 Detroit Avenue.
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In Surprise Move, C. Ellen Connally Will Run for Chair of County Democratic Party on Progressive Ticket; Trevor Elkins to Run for Vice-Chair

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:04 PM

In a surprise shift, Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins and former judge and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman C. Ellen Connally announced Friday afternoon that Connally, not Elkins, would be running for chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. Elkins, who had been the face of a progressive challenge to powerful party factions, will run alongside Connally as vice-chair.

“Because I believe Judge Connally’s steadiness, wisdom, experience, and accomplished record of service are exactly the unifying qualities our party needs, I asked her to step into the lead role for our party," Elkins said in a press release. "She and I have tremendous chemistry and we are committed to reforms intended to nurture activist energy to win elections."

C. Ellen Connally added, “We have had many conversations about the future of our party and I’m excited to take the lead role of unifying it with a focus on getting Democrats elected. We are going to make a great team and cannot wait to get started.”

Since losing to interim chairwoman Shontel Brown last summer, Elkins has worked alongside the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus to build a coalition and incorporate activist energy into the party by recruiting progressive Democrats to run for seats on the party's central committee. That body will elect a chair at Euclid High School on June 9.

Shontel Brown has the backing of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and other elected leaders. Her vice-chair is Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley.

Elkins’ campaign for party chair consisted of a series of procedural recommendations. He called them “a set of essential rule changes designed to eliminate backroom horse trading” in a press statement announcing his candidacy last week. Those include electing the full membership of the party's executive committee (nearly half of whose members are currently appointed), and refraining from endorsing candidates in primary races with open seats.

Elkins told Scene that he and Connally work well together and that they would treat their roles more or less as co-chairs. They are both committed to what they're calling the Unity platform.

"This was never about Trevor Elkins being King," he said. "And it isn't about C. Ellen Connally being Queen. This is about making the party stronger."
 
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Tri-C Just Got More Expensive, But It's Still the Cheapest in Ohio

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 12:49 PM

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Cuyahoga Community College has just announced its plans to increase its tuition for the first time in four years. The $10 boost per credit hour was approved Thursday by the Tri-C Board of Trustees, according to a press release.

Starting July 2, Cuyahoga County residents will pay $114.54 per credit hour. Overall, the average Tri-C student is set to pay an extra $90 per semester. Until then, school cost for residents will remain $104.54 per credit hour, as long as they register for the fall semester by 11:59 p.m. on July 1.

Yet even with the tuition boost in place, the expense to attend Tri-C remains the lowest in Ohio for the approaching school year. The school intends to dedicate the new funds toward career services aimed at helping students find jobs after graduation, as well as new student-focused programs. 
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One Squirrel Takes Out Power in Downtown Akron This Morning

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 11:31 AM

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This morning went dark for many homes and businesses in downtown Akron, after one squirrel got a little too curious.

The rodent apparently meandered into a spot he or she should not have been, breaking into a downtown power substation at about 8:39 a.m., disrupting the machinery. Thanks to the animal's antics, more than 350 customers experienced a blackout, and that included the Summit County Courthouse.

Thankfully, the whole debacle lasted only about 30 minutes and FirstEnergy Corp. confirmed that the power was restored by 9:08 a.m.

Squirrels, it turns out, are responsible for taking out hundreds of power grids throughout this country in the last 30 years.

No word yet on what became of this Akron squirrel, or how the animal was discovered. 
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