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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).

Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith writes editorial against Cleveland schools tax levy, says it hurts taxpayers, lacks student- based outcomes, that unconstitutional school funding formula that hurts poor children should be fixed first

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.Guest Columnist: State Senator Shirley A. Smith (pictured), a Cleveland Democrat, represents Ohio's 21st District.

By Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith (D-21), Guest Columnist

CLEVELAND, Ohio -Clevelanders are now voting on Issue 107, a 15-mill levy for the Cleveland [Municipal] School District. Its fate will have huge repercussions for students and taxpayers. (Editor's note: The Cleveland schools are controlled by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson per state law and the schools 15 -mill operating levy is on the Nov. 6 ballot for either approval or disapproval by Cleveland voters, a majority of whom are Black).

I oppose the Cleveland plan for multiple reasons. It lacks student-based outcomes. It was sold with hyperbolic doomsday rhetoric. And it failes to address socioeconomic problems that obstruct learning. It will also add to higher water, sewer and garbage bills in 2013.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 November 2012 02:18

Obama cancels campaign visit on Wednesday to Akron, Ohio in Cleveland area as Hurricane Sandy has caused 48 deaths, 7.5 million customer power outages in 15 states including Ohio, 1 in 3 homes without power in Cleveland

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

CLEVELAND,Ohio-At least forty-eight people are dead, a third of them in New York alone, and over 7.5 million customers across the nation in 15 states and the District of Columbia are without power because of Hurricane Sandy. And as the presidential campaign enters its final week, the country is taken by storm literally, and by virtue of a neck and neck race to the White House that has the Republican and Democratic parties fighting each other tooth and nail to the finish line.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 November 2012 02:20

3rd Anniversary Of The Imperial Avenue Murders And Purplelight Vigil is Sat, Oct 27, 5 pm, E. 123rd St and Imperial Ave. (if rain at 2nd Trinity Baptist Church across the St, 12302 Park Hill Ave), activists, family, elected officials to speak

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Imperial Women Coalition, other community activist groups, Imperial Avenue residents, Black elected officials, and others will hold The Third Anniversary of The Imperial Ave Murders And Stop The Violence Rally In Cooperation With Domestic Violence Month And Purplelight Vigil on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 5:00  pm on the corner of  E. 123rd St and  Imperial Ave., next to the since demolished home of serial killer Anthony Sowell (pictured). (From downtown Cleveland take Kinsman Ave to E. 123rd St, turn left, and proceed two blocks to Imperial Ave with the home next to the corner). 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 06:52

Obama's plane lands him at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio to cheering crowd of 12,000 people for campaign speech, he urges Ohioans to vote early, gets endorsement from Colin Powell, Obama supporters comment on visit

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By Johnette Jernigan and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, OHIO -  Barack Obama’s private airplane landed at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, OH Thursday night to a cheering crowd of 12,000 people and neared the president to a podium where he spoke for nearly a half an hour on his political platform, the importance of early voting, and the necessity of winning Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio.

And America's first Black president announced that he had won the endorsement of Republican Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, who served under former president George W. Bush, and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush. (Editor's note: Powell also endorsed the Democrat Obama for president in 2008).

“I just got the endorsement from Colin Powell,” said Obama. “I am glad to be back in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 06:55

Obama visits Cleveland, Ohio tonight after winning third and final debate on Monday, free tickets to hear him speak are all gone

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog

CLEVELAND, Ohio- After coming off of a win where polls showed that he trampled Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romey during the third and final presidential debate, which was Monday night on foreign affairs at Lynn University in New York, President Barack Obama will speak to grassroots supporters Thursday night at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland, OH.

"The president was on his A game during the debate Monday night and Mitt Romney was all over the place with mumble jumble and cowboy diplomacy," said state Rep. John E. Barnes Jr (D-12), a Cleveland Democrat who said that he will be among a host of Democrats in Ohio, including Cleveland area Black elected officials, that will be out this evening to hear the first Black president of the United States of America speak to the American people.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 06:58

Cleveland Browns new owner Jimmy Haslam is the new sheriff in town, brings new flavor to Cleveland: Who will stay and who will go? Eagles Joe Banner is new president, CEO for next season, Banner has record and passion for winning football games

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By Karl Kimbrough, Sports Writer, Cleeland Urban News.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Jimmy Haslam III is the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became official Oct. 16. And he  brings with him,  a new flavor for the major metropolitan city of Cleveland where professional sports is a draw.

A billionaire who was unanimously voted in as the majority owner of the football franchise last week in  Chicago IL., Haslam also brings a new era of professional football to Cleveland.

He comes experienced in the corporate world, and in football.

He made his fortune as president and CEO of Pilot Flying, a nationwide truck stop travel center based in Knoxville, TN.

The former eight percent owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haslam has taken over the Cleveland Browns in rapid fashion. His hands on approach gives some fans and players alike the feeling that there is a new sheriff in town and that the organization will be run much differently than with previous owner Randy Lerner.

But with a change in ownership of the football team, comes a change in its administration, and likely its roster too.

"The players came away [from the official news of new ownership of the team and an approaching new president and CEO] knowing that everyone is working for their jobs," said Joe Haden, a team corner back. “When you have new people, new management coming in, and you're not really secure with what's going on , that's another reason for you to step it up. Coaches are going to step up and everybody's really working for their job.”

Joe Banner will assume the role of president and CEO, with Mike Holmgren stepping down and retiring at the end of the season, Haslam  said at a press conference last week, though he said also that Holmgren is expected to continue working with the team.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2012 06:27


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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