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2008-06-21 15:00:00

By Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 21--When Coldplay first hit the mainstream at the dawn of the century with their debut Parachutes, they were quickly tagged as a kinder, gentler and much more user-friendly Radiohead. Three albums' worth of their patented ''very heavy soft rock'' and more than 30 million in sales later, the band has shaken the Radiohead-lite tag. With its latest album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, anyone still looking to make...

2008-06-21 03:00:23

By Colette M. Jenkins, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 21--The Rev. Harry W. Eberts, former executive director of the Akron Area Association of Churches, is being honored for his contributions to world peace and understanding by the Akron Peace Council. Eberts spent many years supporting the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services in Egypt. The organization provides services that address hunger, health care, poverty, sanitation and education in poor villages. The...

2008-06-21 03:00:00

By John Higgins, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 21--Nearly 29 percent of children entering kindergarten in Akron Public Schools last fall started their public education already behind their classmates on basic readiness skills, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Education. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment-Literacy (KRA-L) tests given to incoming kindergartners every fall since 2004 measure a child's ability to comprehend and process oral language and...

2008-06-20 12:00:00

By Marilyn Miller, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 20--Morgan Hacker, 8, of Massillon, took a front-row seat to see what kind of adventure she would experience in the Akron Zoo's new animal show, It's a Wild World. Morgan said she liked being helpful. It showed. She volunteered for everything from helping to clean off the stage to holding a large boa from the African island of Madagascar. "The snake felt really weird and it was heavy," she said. It took several children to help...

2008-06-20 03:00:17

By Rich Heldenfels, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 20--The people who made Get Smart took their own title's advice. And they got a better movie out of doing so. In the classic TV series, secret agent Maxwell Smart was a dope. He caused constant problems. He annoyed his boss. It was a miracle that he survived as long as he did. But the Smart-as-dope gag has been worked long and hard. The original TV series starring Don Adams ran five seasons (four on NBC, one on CBS). There was...

2008-06-19 03:00:00

By Rich Heldenfels, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 19--If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag. . . . Q: Do you know if the family on "Malcolm in the Middle" had a last name? I don't ever remember anyone saying it and have never heard if there was one. A: First of all, the name was so rarely mentioned that Bryan Cranston -- who played Hal -- has said that the running joke was it was Nolastname. But close observers of the show caught a couple of references to the family as...

2008-06-18 03:00:00

By Jewell Cardwell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 18--Melanie and Bill Edwards of Hartville know about miracles. Sally Rohler, mother of Melanie and grandmother to the family's real-life miracle, was kind enough to bring me up to speed. Jakub Edwards, 6, who was featured in my June 4 column, was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (congestive heart failure) May 18 and was on the heart transplant list at the Cleveland Clinic. Jakub's new heart arrived at 9:45 p.m....

2008-06-16 15:00:48

By Cheryl Powell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 16--A dedicated father-and-son duo are the backbone of orthopedics in Akron. If you're seeking care at a hospital in town for bone or joint problems, there's a two-in-three chance that Dr. Dennis Weiner or his son Scott is in charge of the program. Dr. Dennis Weiner, 69, became chair of orthopedics at Akron Children's Hospital 28 years ago. A couple decades later, Dr. Scott Weiner, 48, an orthopedic oncology specialist, took...

2008-06-14 03:00:37

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 14--Lucky Janice Lindstrom. For several years the Hudson resident bought five tickets every year for Keep Akron Beautiful's Dreamscape raffle. This year, she cut back to one, but it was the right one. Lindstrom's name was pulled June 5 as the winner of a $10,000 landscape makeover. Lindstrom wins a front- or backyard makeover designed by James Arch of Vizmeg Landscape Inc. Donor companies will work together to install the...

2008-06-14 03:00:36

By Colette M. Jenkins, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 14--Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will host the 93rd session of its denomination's six-day Ohio annual conference starting Tuesday. The week's activities include a luncheon on Tuesday, daily worship services and a free Hip-Hop Gospel Concert featuring Judah E, the University of Akron Gospel Choir and Kory Miles & Resurrected Praise at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Student Union ballroom on the University of Akron campus. The...


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