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The Pulse: Getting to Know Brian Hoyer

Hoyer attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Wildcats. In addition to playing football, Hoyer was a Wildcat baseball pitcher, infielder, and outfielder. In 2002, he compiled an 8-1 record with a 1.99 ERA as a sophomore. He was the winning pitcher in the 2002 Ohio Division I State Championship game allowing two earned runs in six innings pitched. Hoyer compiled a 16-7 record (.696) as a.
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Faith Column: On Living a Life of Joy

A beautiful two-story house is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac on a private, wooded lot. The house has a grand foyer entrance, four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, an attached three-car garage and a beautifully manicured lawn. It is absolutely breathtaking to see. On the outside, it appears to be the perfect place to call home. But a closer look and a peek through the windows reveals.
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Talking with Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon has a plan — the Plan for Transforming Cleveland Schools, that is. Two of my children attend CMSD schools and this summer, Gordon and I talked about the bold strategy nicknamed the "Cleveland Plan." Voters approved it in November when they passed Issue 107 — a 15-mill levy and the first school levy Clevelanders passed in 16 years. During.
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Last Chance to Play Pianos on the Street in University Circle

Have you seen pianos stationed on the sidewalk in different places around University Circle? They are an art exhibit called "Play Me, I'm Yours" by artist Luke Jerram. Anyone can sit down and play one of the pianos. The exhibit is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since 2008, the exhibit has visited more than 35 cities. In Cleveland, there.
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Self-Defense Classes Needed

Where do we go from here? After the news of the killings of three women in East Cleveland in July, many are wondering, “Where do we go from here?” East Cleveland resident M. LaVora Perry shares her thoughts about what comes next. I received an email Thursday, July 11, about a missing 18-year-old, Shirellda Helen Terry. I posted it on Facebook and hoped to soon hear that Shirellda was fine. Friday, July 19, East Cleveland police.
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Just a Little Nudge

One day, while walking my dog, I noticed a tiny bug on the sidewalk. Somehow the little guy had gotten turned over on his back and was desperately struggling to turn back over, with all his little insect legs flailing in the air. It appeared to be a hopeless case. As I glanced down at the tiny creature, I thought to myself, “Oh, that’s too bad”.
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Become a Peaceful Warrior

Where do we go from here? After the news of the killings of three women in East Cleveland in July, many are wondering, “Where do we go from here?” Neighborhood Connections' Tom O’Brien shares his ideas about what comes next. We need to turn our anger and sadness into action. But we can’t do this alone. We need to come together to build the “beloved community” as Martin Luther King Jr. said. Together,.
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On Structural Racism

Last month I had an interesting conversation at the monthly Network Night held by Neighborhood Connections. Every first Thursday of the month, there is a Network Night that draws about 70 people for interesting conversations, exchange of ideas and resources and great connections.  Last month, one of the conversations was about identifying movie clips that raise awareness about racial dynamics and understanding racial oppression and privilege. The.
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We Are Family

I was on the west side of Cleveland recently, and I found myself taking a long, interesting look around me. I was fascinated by what I was seeing. What did I see that so intrigued me? People. Yes, people. I watched, fellowshipped with and talked to people of different colors, different ethnic backgrounds, different denominations, different sizes. I went to Lift Him Up Ministries, 4004 Cypress.
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Teacher Helps Girls Take Flight

Eighth-grade English teacher Emerald Hall doesn't play. She expects her students to work hard, just like she does. I could tell that Hall, 44, meant business the moment my 14-year-old daughter told me about her. For example, to my daughter's surprise, Hall carefully read and graded each page of the jumbo-size packet of eighth-grade study material her students brought home during spring break. I can’t say that if.
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Letters to Our Daughters

A few years ago, University Circle resident Michael Chapman stopped asking God for money and started asking for an idea instead. He got the advice to change the way he prayed from R.A. Vernon, his pastor at the Word Church, which has services at East Cleveland's Shaw High School.  Following Vernon's suggestion paid off, said Chapman in a recent interview. Through prayer, he came up with.
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No Place Like Home

A coworker just walked in my office and said, “It is nice to have you back!” to which I replied, “It is good to be home!” You see, I started another job this past January, but it wasn’t actually a new job, because I had worked in the same department back in 2006. I left in 2008 for a couple of years to explore other career.
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Knitting Together Friendship

A group of knitters in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood have transformed into friends in recent months. Eleanor Bergholz, 69, started the knitting circle in September at the Rice branch of the Cleveland Public Library. With outside temperatures creeping upward, Bergholz polled members of the knitting circle to see if they needed a break over spring and summer. Their response? “No way!” To get the group going, Bergholz originally asked a.
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Reading the News

I was moved to tears by the issue of Shawken News that was inserted into the April issue of Neighborhood Voice last month and produced by stalwart, hopeful and brave students from Shaw High School and Hawken School. I wonder how hard is the fight for equality gonna get? What will be the prize? It inspired poetry that seldom comes to me now. Reading the News I remembered what.
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Race Relations Forum

I attended the third in a series of Race Relations Forums, sponsored by the City of Cleveland and MetroHealth Hospital, last month at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle, close to where I live. To those who came to the forum, I say “Hurray! Kudos for having an interest in a change!” Coming out to the forum was the first step to eradicating the arcane.
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