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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

Cleveland city councilperson arrested on suspicion of DUI, is second currently sitting city council person to face DUI charge, pleads not guilty

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 02:06

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner calls for election reform in Ohio, takes on Ohio Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in editorial to Plain Dealer

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By Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25) as a guest columnist to the Plain Dealer Newspaper, Ohio's largest newspaper. A Cleveland Democrat, Turner is a former Cleveland Ward 1 councilwoman and one of two Black Ohio senators representing Cleveland constituents, among others. She represents Ohio's 25th legislative district and is contemplating a run in 2014 for Ohio Secretary of State against controversial Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Though appointed at times, no Black Democrat has ever been elected to a statewide office in Ohio such as governor, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state or the Ohio Supreme Court.

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Elections, of course, create winners and losers. In every contest, one candidate, party or issue will come out on top. It is rare, however, that voters come as close as they did this year to getting the short end of the stick.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 November 2012 17:28

Occupy Cleveland members sentenced for plot to bomb Ohio bridge, some say it was a set up for fighting against illegal foreclosures in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson had banned Occupy Cleveland from Public Square

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Three young White men that were active in the Occupy Cleveland movement who previously pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb Route 82 bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in April in Sagamore Hills between Cleveland and Akron, Oh. with dummy explosives provided by an FBI informant were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge David Dowd Jr. to prison terms below what prosecutors had requested.

Akron is a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland.

Brandon Baxter, 21, of Lakewood, Oh., was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in prison and Connor Stephens, 21, of Berea, Oh., received an 8 year prison sentence.

Ring Leader Douglas White, 27, of Indianapolis, In., was handed a sentence of 11 and 1/2 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors had requested 19 to 30 years but Dowd, a federal district judge out of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, opted for lesser time.

A fourth suspect, Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, has not yet been sentenced after pleading guilty in July and agreeing to help prosecutors.

Fifth suspect Joshua Safford, 23, of Cleveland, is undergoing psychiatric analysis and his case is still pending.

The guilty pleas earlier this year from those sentenced came after former pleas of not guilty and claims by defense attorneys, including Stephens defense attorney Terry Gilbert of Cleveland, that the men were victims of a sting by federal authorities at the hands of paid FBI informant Shaquille Azir, 39, who found them housing and fed them food and drugs.

That alleged sting, defense attorneys once said, was part of a conspiracy to ruin the thriving Occupy Cleveland movement. And that they did, say community activists.

"Protests are necessary but they need to be peaceful and non-violent," said Larry Bresler, a Cleveland community activist who leads Organize Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. "And yes, I believe that this incident destroyed the Occupy Cleveland movement."

No protests, however, got violent in Cleveland, partly because of a Black mayor who grew up in the ghettos of Cleveland himself, and lives there now with his wife and other family members, and is skilled in dealing with community conflict, no matter how aggressive it might ultimately become.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 02:09

Cleveland Browns lose to Dallas Cowboys in tale of two halves following overtime

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By Cleveland Urban News.Com Sports Writer Karl Kimbrough

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Browns came back Sunday from a week off with a new attitude in playing against the Dallas Cowboys, a game that went into overtime, though the Browns lost 23-20.

In most of the first nine games of this season the Browns had been starting the game like first half doesn't count, being out scored going into halftime in practically every game.

But against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Cleveland had a 13 point lead at the end of the first half.

The Browns shutout Dallas in the first half,  and shut them down playing with a purpose, and with intensity not seen from them this year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 05:15

Rep. Marcia Fudge elected chair of Congressional Black Caucus by a unanimous vote, she helped Obama win Ohio and re-election

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

WASHINGTON D.C. - Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge( D-11) (pictured), a Warrensville Hts. Democrat, was elected the 123rd chairperson of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday by a unanimous vote of her peers.

The only Black congressperson from Ohio whose 11th congressional district includes the predominantly Black east side Cleveland and its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County and a part of Akron and staggering parts of its Summit County suburbs, Fudge said that she is honored to have been chosen.

"I am humbled by the vote of confidence of my colleagues who have selected me to serve as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the the 113th Congress," said Fudge, 60, a former Warrensville Hts, Oh mayor and past national  president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. "Leadership of the CBC will be shared among all officers elected and I will continue to work hard and serve with dedication the people who sent me to Congress,"

Current caucus chairman Emanuel Cleaver praised Fudge, who was among a cadre of influential Democratic officials from Ohio that help President Obama win re-election by winning Ohio, a pivotal state for presidential elections.

"Marcia Fudge is an excellent leader," said Cleaver, a Democrat who represent's Missouri's fifth congressional district. "She has served her constituents and the state of Ohio with unmatched fervor and has been an outspoken member of the CBC in supporting policies that protect the most vulnerable in our country."

Fudge said  that "as members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we call ourselves the conscience of the Congress for a reason. We are a collective voice for millions of people around the country who need us to champion their issues and protect their future."

The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization of nearly all of the Black members of Congress and is exclusive to Blacks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:17

Female victim of uppercut by fired RTA bus driver to appear at press conference with Imperial Women on violence against women, and on WERE 1490 AM at 5:30 pm Sunday, Nov 18 on Art McKoy show

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Imperial Women and other womens' rights groups will hold a press conference on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 pm with Shidea N. Lane (pictured), the young Black woman subjected to an uppercut, choked, and thrown from a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus by since fired bus driver Artis Hughes (pictured).

The press conference will be held in the parking lot at WERE 1490 AM Radio Station in Cleveland, 2510 St. Clair Ave. For more information contact The Imperial Women at 216-659-0473.

"We will be there for the press conference and we look forward to appearing on WERE radio later that evening so that Shidea can tell her story," said Dale Friedland, Lane's lawyer.

Other Speakers for the press conference include Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor Leaders Dr. Stuart Robinson and Valerie Robinson, Cleveland Community Advocate Kimberly F. Brown, Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker Brown, Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Attorney Edele Passalacqua, Imperial Women Member and Community Activist Frances Caldwell,  Imperial Women Member and Community Activist Willie Stokes, and Community Activist Denise Taylor, a member of The Imperial Women, and Black on Black Crime.

In addition to The Imperial Women, sponsoring groups include Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice.

Following the press conference, and specifically at 5:30 pm , Lane, 25,  and Friedland, will appear on the Art McKoy University Show, which airs weekly on WERE on  Sundays from 5 pm to 7 pm and is produced by  McKoy and Community Activist Al Porter of Black on Black Crime Inc. The call in number to the radio station is 216-578 1490. To reach McKoy call 216-253-4070.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:26


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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