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Dimora's attorney, community activists say 28 year sentence from Judge Lioi is unfair, Lioi said Dimora and Russo had a corrupt symbiotic relationship, Lioi gave former Black judge harsher sentence than former White judge

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

AKRON, Ohio-An attorney for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora (pictured) and at least one community activist out of the Cleveland, Oh. area say that the 28-year federal prison sentence handed to the former chairperson of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party on Tuesday for convictions by an Akron federal jury in March of racketeering and 32 other corruption-related charges is absurd at best.

"Notwithstanding the crimes that Jimmy Dimora was convicted of, I think the punishment was too severe," said Larry Bresler, a Cleveland community activist and inactive attorney who teaches classes on community organizing at Case Western Reserve University and leads the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Organize Ohio. "People that commit murder rarely are sentenced to 28 years."

Dimora, 57, faced more than 30 years in prison for his non-violent white collar crimes.

He appeared for sentencing handcuffed and in an orange jail jumpsuit.

He did not take the stand at his eight week trial before U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi (pictured), who came under fire last year from community activists for handing former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry, who is Black, a maximum six year sentence and giving Bridget McCafferty, a White former common pleas judge who faced 50 years in prison, only 14 months.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:29

Cleveland Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha loses in second round at 2012 Olympic Games in boxing

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

LONDON, England-Cleveland Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha (pictured) lost a one-point decision in the second round at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on Thursday to Indian matinee idol Vijender, whom sports pundits predicted the winner .

A middleweight division fighter, Gausha, 24, was among the 16 amateur boxers out of the original 32 to advance to the quarter finals.

A former Golden Gloves champion who began boxing at the age of 10, Gausha, who is Black, won the first round of the boxing competition by knocking out Armenia's Andranik Hakobvan in the third round.

He is a product of the Cleveland Municipal School District, the city of Cleveland's predominantly Black school system.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 05:06

President Obama to visit Cleveland area in Akron, and Ohio remains a key battleground state, Akron is NBA great and former Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James' hometown

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

AKON, Ohio- President Barack Obama (pictured) will visit Akron, Oh. on Wednesday where NBA great LeBron James (pictured) is a native, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland that has a  Black residential section with constituents that are now  part of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's 11th congressional district.

He will also make a stop in Mansfield, Oh. as part of his campaign tour.

Obama for America campaign officials did not say in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com on the upcoming visit whether James will join the president in Akron, though the basketball star did campaign for Obama in 2008, the year he won election as America's first Black president.

The president comes to the Cleveland area for a third time this summer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:16

Is leasing and not buying a car better? Is taking a lump sum on a lawsuit and other money settlement rather than monthly payments a smart choice?

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By Gwendolyn Riase (pictured), Contributing Writer (Editor's note: The below article is that of Gwendolyn Riase and not necessarily the opinion or position of Cleveland Urban News.Com or the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News.Com. Her comments are her opinion and are not meant to serve as any legal, financial or other advice)

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Most of us keep a sharp eye out for potholes on the road. It can really cost you big bucks to replace your tires, rims and hubcaps. These are literal potholes. But there are also financial “potholes” that will devour you and all your money without a watchful eye for them, as well. Here are two to consider:

Lump Sum Settlements – Let’s say you sued someone and won a sum of money that is to be paid monthly or yearly until it is paid to you in full. Or you have an inheritance or win the lottery. You may have a large sum of money coming to you, but you’ll only be paid in small amounts (yearly or monthly) over a number of years. Some companies are willing to offer you a large lump sum of money now so you don’t have to wait before you’re paid in full. Of course, the lump sum is a much smaller amount than what is due to you.


Cleveland Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha advances to 2nd round in Olympic Games boxing after knocking out opponent in third round, boxing promoter Don King is from Cleveland too

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com

LONDON, England-Glenville High School Graduate Terrell Gausha (pictured in boxing gear) got closer to a gold metal and made the Cleveland schools and America proud with a third round knockout at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on Saturday of his opponent, Armenia's Andranik Hakobvan.

A middleweight division fighter, Gausha, 24, is among the 16 remaining amateur boxers out of the original 32 to advance to the quarter finals and will box again at 9:30 am on Thursday against Indian matinee idol Vijender.

"He knocked him out and you don't see that much in Olympic boxing," said Michael Nelson, an entrepreneur who owns the restaurant The Kitchen, and Lil Africa, a party and versatility building at 69th St and Superior Ave in Cleveland where Gausha had sparred in practice and regular boxing matches. "He is just another example of the Black males that graduate from the Cleveland Municipal School District and go on to make us proud."

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 09:25

Updated:Retired Plain Dealer Reporter and Community Activist Richard Peery, Activist John Boyd, Black men take on Mayor Jackson, Cleveland Black leaders, elected officials over Gov. Kasich, say voter suppression law he pushed hurts Obama, Black community

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The newly found relationship between Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a select group of Cleveland area Democratic Black elected officials and civic leaders has some other Black people in a quandary.

The Black state legislators from Cleveland, at least two Blacks on Cuyahoga County Council, controversial Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, some Cleveland councilpersons, and Black civic leaders such as Cleveland NAACP former president George Forbes, its current president James Hardiman, and Cleveland Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference Executive Director the Rev. E.T. Caviness are being called out by Black men upset with the Kasich-Black -leaders- are -my -friends thing.

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed voter suppression bills with targeted habits of African-Americans and Cleveland's Black politicians heap praise on him," said Richard 'Dick' Peery (pictured in brown), a retired Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper reporter who was a union steward at the newspaper and is long time community activist. "Don't they know they are committing suicide by kowtowing to the man who crippled the voters that send them to office and who will be needed and missed by President Obama in November?" (Editor's note:  The voter suppression statute in Ohio slashes early voting by two weeks, among other provisions, mandates that Civil Rights activists and Black elected officials of Ohio such as 11th congressional district congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge  say targets minorities, poor people and the elderly)

John Boyd (pictured in Black), a community activist too and a Cleveland Ward 6 precinct committeeman who has run unsuccessfully for Cleveland City Council and Cuyahoga County Council, said that the Black leaders and elected officials at issue "are spineless and have short memories."

And Peery's nephew, Anthony Peery, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that "they've been bought by the neo-liberal Blacks that we were warned about in the 1990s."

Kasich (pictured third), 60, was in Cleveland last week for the ceremonial signing of a criminal records sealing law that recently passed the Republican controlled state legislature and was sponsored by state senators Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati).

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 04:17


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS