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Inaugural 2016 GOP Debate

Chad W. Lutz

After his remarks on Gay Marriage, the entire audience erupted in a roar of applause and cheers. Most of the topics discussed throughout the evening were spoken of in disdain, resentment, and exasperation. But Governor Kasich's message on Same-Sex Marriage was heartfelt and even humanitarian.

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Fire in Garrettsville

Chad W. Lutz

The blaze burned for nearly four hours. One of the buildings that burned to the ground was a local woods and cabinetry shop, which only served to fuel the flames once the initial blaze began.

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Cruel and Unusual?

Chad W. Lutz

Tested and confirmed by a court-appointed neuropsychologist, Marvin Wilson was declared, “intellectually disabled,” as reported by CNN.com the day of the execution.

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Can't Get No Relief

Chad W. Lutz

Earlier this morning, reports began filing in about a large sheen of oil spotted off the coast of Louisiana. Officials state the oil sheen spans one mile in width and spreads ten miles wide. So far, no causes for the oil sheen have been determined. Nearby Shell Oil rigs drilling offshore stand as the lone suspects.

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Tragedy Strikes Chardon

Chad W. Lutz

While a matter of grief and mourning for the time being, the senseless shooting in Chardon also raises several other questions regarding the safety of students in U.S. schools.

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Mosque Controversy Rocks Big Apple

Hallie Witwer

I don’t think that Ohioans have any less to say about this debate than New Yorkers here in America or Muslims around the world. The heat of the argument comes from the coals of anger that are still burning from 9/11, a day that affected Americans from all states, in all corners of the world.

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The Bee's Knees

Chad W. Lutz

Every fall, thousands of high school girls lace up their soccer cleats in search of one goal: to win a state championship.

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Tanzania Albino Killings Brutalize Nation

Hallie Witwer

What a different world we live in. Of course our nation, including our beloved Ohio, has its issues and crimes, but I can’t even begin to imagine having to wake up with a daily fear of having my life taken or my limbs cut off.

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The Politics of Death

Lisa Sanchez

With the flurry of incidents that have occurred since 2000 no politician, interest group, or individual (including Charleton Heston) has ever made a convincing argument to keep guns in the public sphere at the expense of thousands of lives. 

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UC Cop Indicted on Murder Charges

Chad W. Lutz

A grand jury indicted the officer on Wednesday, July 29, under charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Officer Tensing could face life in prison if convicted.

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Conflict in Ukraine

Hallie Witwer/Marty Kosovich

To understand what can eventually resolve the disturbing unrest, let’s take a look at the country itself, its history, and even its possible future.

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Let's All Move To Norway

Chad W. Lutz

As a country, Norway carries no death penalty, of any kind, for any crime, and abolished capital punishment in 1979. Knowing this, Breivik walked into a Norwegian federal courthouse Friday with a grin on his face, knowing, with certainty, the worst that could happen to him was a slap on the wrist. And a slap on the wrist Breivik did receive. He will serve 1 1/2 years for each person he killed.

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It Came Out of the Sea

Chad W. Lutz

At the moment, Japanese scientists grapple with the question of what to do with the colossal aquatic invaders and what, if any, serious threat they may pose.

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Precedence Equals Power

Chad W. Lutz

Within a few hours, thousands of same-sex marriage supporters began celebrating an apparent victory. Ruled unconstitutional, the California Proposition would have outlawed couples of the same sex from entering into a legal domestic partnership.

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Occupy This

Chad W. Lutz

Meanwhile, or so it seems, an “elite group” of individuals dubbed, “The 1 Percent,” control the majority of this nation’s wealth. While some might dismiss this as a blatant fallacy and hasty generalization, statistics from many credible survey agencies and leading economists suggest a top tier of elite Americans controlling the majority of wealth and power in this country.

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Under Review

Chad W. Lutz

The review comes in lue of a criticism by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost. In early July, Judge Frost delayed the execution of Ohio death row inmate Kenneth Wayne Smith. Frost said of Ohio’s death penalty policies, “[Ohio] pays lip service to standards it then often ignores without valid reasons.”

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Don't Leave Me Hanging

Somalia's Female Oppression Worsens

Hallie Witwer

According to individuals living in these communities, gunmen are actively searching out women who are breaking these harsh rules. When caught, the result can range anywhere from imprisonment, to whippings, to execution.

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Raffert Guilty On 24 Of 25 Counts

Chad W. Lutz

Stow, Ohio, native Brogan Rafferty, in connection with 3 murders involving the luring of three men through craigslist onto a cattle farm in Noble County, robbing the men, and killing them, received a verdict of guilty Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

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Waiting for the Sun

Chad W. Lutz

While we as humans sit around in fancy marble structures and wear brightly colored cotton and nylon suits, barking directives in pairs and fighting for socially relevant initiatives, much more is taking place in the universe, much, much more.

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Company Policies Push Privacy

Chad W. Lutz

Imagine my surprise when I opened the Sunday Akron Beacon Journal to find a story about employers asking prospective employees for passwords to their Facebook accounts.

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Clyde Cancer Clusters Scare Ohio Town, Whole State

Chad W. Lutz

Investigators have set up numerous tests to try and pinpoint the cause of the spike in cancers, most of them coming between 2002 and 2006. Eight children were diagnosed with cancer during this time-period, which state health officials are saying is almost double the normal reported figure.

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It Could Go Both Ways

Chad W. Lutz

In January, a federal non-jury trial began in Judge Vaughn Walker’s courtroom to deliberate and debate the constitutionality of the bill. On April 4th Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional and the rainbows came out to play. And came out they did.

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Eagle Eye Buckeye

Chad W. Lutz

Without so much as missing a beat from the summer season, his sophomore stint started out with a bang this past week, finishing as a top medal receiver in the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Invitational held at Silver Springs Country Club, a stone’s throw from my house two blocks over in Stow.

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