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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).

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
march in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan 20, 2018.
To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

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Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson is reappointed by city council after retiring from council, vote was along racial lines, mayoral hopeful comments on appointment process

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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- Cleveland City Council on Monday voted to reappoint longtime Cleveland Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson who just retired after 33 years as a councilman to lock in a yearly cost of living raise from his pension that by a new state law will in the future be based upon the economy.

Johnson, who is Black, has caused a lot of hoopla around the divisive issue, though when Cleveland Ward 11 Councilman Michael Polensek, who is White, did it, nobody seem to care. Nor did they care a great deal when Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson reappointed Safety Director Martin Flask and Chief of Police Michel McGrath, both of whom are White, and a hand full of other top level city hall administrators that also retired only to come back to get more monies from the public coffers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:50

C. Ellen Connally reelected Cuyahoga County Council president with support from Black county council members, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard, Connally's reelection comes a day before county sheriff Bob Reid is fired

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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- Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally (D-9) (pictured)), a retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge who once nearly ousted former Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer from his judicial seat, was reelected president of the 11-member county council at its meeting on Wednesday after Councilman Dale Miller (D-2) (pictured in blue tie), a fellow Democrat, withdrew from the race because of a lack of enough support by his peers to win, and pressure.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:03

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid is fired by County Executive Ed FitzGerald after claims of mortgage, foreclosure fraud involving Chase Bank, judges, foreclosures hurt Black communities like Cleveland, Maple Hts. most

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher and Editor-n-Chief

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid (pictured) was fired by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald on Thursday but it won't be effective until the end of the month, FitzGerald told reporters yesterday.

A former Bedford, OH police chief and city manager, Reid has served as county sheriff since appointed by fellow Democrats in 2009. He was then retained by FitzGerald as an appointee pursuant to Issue 6, a county government reform measure that county voters approved in 2009 that replaced the elected offices of the three-member Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners and the county auditor, sheriff, treasurer, engineer, coroner, and clerk of courts with an elected county executive and 11-member Cuyahoga County Council.

The last elected county sheriff before Issue 6 was adopted was former sheriff Gerald McFaul, a Democrat who held the office for 32 years before resigning in disgrace in 2009 shortly before he was convicted of misdemeanor crimes in office.

Frank Bova, a former Warrensville Hts, OH police chief who served as county sheriff briefly in between McFaul and Reid, will act as interim sheriff until FitzGerald names a replacement for the county council to approve.

Reid's firing comes on the heels of complaints of mortgage fraud and illegal foreclosure activity with help allegedly from some Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judges and magistrates, including Judges John O'Donnell and Carolyn Friedland, and Chief Magistrate Stephen Bucha, who leads the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Department.

An investigation by Cleveland Urban News.Com reveals that such complaints fell on death ears when Bill Mason was county prosecutor, allegedly because he now works for the Columbus-based law firm of Bricker and Eckler, the firm with offices in Cleveland that has a contract with the county to assess employee malfeasance and represents mortgage companies such as Chase Home Finance Company of J.P. Mortgage Chase Bank, one of some five mortgage companies and banks that are part of a $1.5 billion national foreclosure settlement that includes Ohio and Cuyahoga County residents.

That settlement is being administered in Ohio by Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Though the county prosecutor's office has authority to investigate foreclosure fraud complaints, county mortgage fraud investigators like Tim Lea told Cleveland Urban News.Com that Chase and others are protected because Mason is now employed with the Cleveland office of Bricker and Eckler and that current county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who was elected last year, will allegedly follow suit too, the latter allegation of which remains to be seen.

Reid has allegedly stolen homes in Cuyahoga County with the help of Judges Friedland and O'Donnell and other judges and magistrates, including Bucha. And data show that the beneficiaries are affiliates of both the Republican and Democratic parties of the county, elected officials,  some judges, Reid himself, and a host of mortgage companies and banks that have bankrupt a plethora of innocent homeowners victimized by the widespread county corruption.

One in every 390 residential homes in Cuyahoga County has resulted in a foreclosure filing in 2012, research reveals. And the communities impacted most have a large number of Black homeowners, including the majority Black city of Cleveland, and the  suburban communities of Euclid and Maple Hts, also a largely Black municipality.

The Heights, namely Cleveland Hts., Shaker Hts. and University Hts, have been affected too, data show.

The alleged scheme involves using ghost or non-existing mortgage companies to target homeowners, illegally foreclosing on them,  and then deflating the foreclosure sale values by up to 80 percent so that the current mortgage companies, like Chase Home Finance, can buy the foreclosed homes at a sheriff's sale for cheap and with the benefit of  not having to sue the homeowner whose note it allegedly holds, though case law makes such activity illegal. Hence, Reid would steal homes appraised by the county for tax purposes say for $123,000 and then sale them to mortgage companies and others for prices as low as  $36,000, all with the approval of several of the majority White 34 judges of the general division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, which is led by Presiding and Administrative Judge Nancy Fuerst.

And when the foreclosed homes are deflated for sale, state law gives the mortgage company and banks that steal them authority to charge the former homeowner the difference, within two years after the foreclosure judgment, between what Reid sales the home for and what is owed on it, a clear sham, data show.

The sheriff's chief assistant, James Bitterman, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that Reid has his own appraisal chart, though state law, which permits county sheriff's in Ohio to appraise foreclosed homes for sale, requires that foreclosed homes are to be appraised like any other residential homes in the state.

Community activists are calling on Black state legislators of Cleveland to introduce a bill that amends the state law that allows county sheriffs to appraise foreclosed homes for sale to require that the appraisal values are determined by the most recent legal county appraisal.

When asked by Cleveland Urban News.Com last year what will be done about documented foreclosure fraud by county officials the Cleveland FBI asked "what is Bill Mason doing?" And after Mason resigned last year as county prosecutor and Cleveland Urban News.Com asked the same question yesterday  of his Democratic successor McGinty, his press spokesperson, Maria Russo, had no answer.

Data also show that the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Call and Post Newspapers, Black elected officials and former Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes were made aware of the aforementioned but have done nothing but to act to remain silent on the corruption that is tearing at the fabric of Cleveland neighborhoods and suburban communities of Cuyahoga County, the largest of 88 counties statewide.

Reid's firing is another blow to the already embattled county Democratic party.

Some 60 Cuyhoga County Democratic Party affiliates, including former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, a prior chairperson of the party, and two former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judges convicted of malfeasance in office and sentenced to prison, have either been convicted or have pleaded guilty to corruption-related crimes in office following a widespread county corruption probe initiated by the FBI  that began four years ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:12

Bill that averted fiscal cliff awaits President Obama's signature, Vice President Biden helped to broker deal with congressional leaders, wrangling still continues over spending cuts, tax hikes, debt ceiling

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The bill that averted the fiscal cliff has reached the desk of  President Barack Obama (pictured) for his signature, though the battle between congressional Republicans and Democrats over tax hikes and spending cuts continues.

"Leaders from both parties came together to reach an agreement that passed with bi-partisan support that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike," said Obama in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "The agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficit in a balanced way by investing in the middle class and asking the wealthy to pay a little bit more."

Vice President Joe Biden (pictured) had helped to lobby for the Obama Administration around the fiscal cliff deal, and the vice president was successful at it, some what.

Had congress not averted the fiscal cliff it would have gone into affect this week with mass spending cuts and automatic tax increases.

The deal was brokered following political wranglings on capital hill in the past few weeks makes permanent the Bush tax cuts, which expired Monday,  for individuals earning less than $400,000 annually, and families earning less than $450,000.

The deal also extends supplemental unemployment benefits for a year, among other provisions.

It does not, however, address in depth the debt ceiling and spending cuts relative to the fiscal cliff, measures that the bi-partisan congress will no doubt fight over in upcoming weeks, and possibly even longer.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:06

Cleveland Urban News.Com takes a look back at the most memorable moments of 2012 from the presidential election to gun violence nationally and locally to the Cleveland schools levy, Jimmy Dimora, the NAACP , Black elected officials, community activists

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:30

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's press secretary Andrea Taylor resigns, no replacement yet named, the mayor has no Blacks as law director, safety director, chief of police, chief city prosecutor, EMS commissioner, chief of staff, Cleveland schools CEO

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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- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) is poised to name a replacement for press secretary Andrea V. Taylor (pictured), who is resigning from the post she has held since 2007, effective Jan 1,  to return to her hometown of Detroit to work in the private sector, a spokesperson for the mayor told reporters.

The mayor is at the end of a second four-year-term and has said that he will seek reelection next year. He has not publicly named a replacement for Taylor, who is Black, though he has no Blacks in the appointed positions of law director, safety director, chief of police, chief prosecutor, EMS commissioner, chief of staff and CEO of the majority Black and impoverished Cleveland Municipal School District.


Jackson,66, is the third Black mayor of the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, which has roughly 400,000 people, a 2010 U.S. Census Report reveals.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 22:38


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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