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The newest den mates at the Akron Zoo now have names to call each other.
A pair of coyotes on display at the Grizzly Ridge exhibit will henceforth be known as Shilah and Kaliska after counting a thousand votes in a naming contest that ran over the Thanksgiving holiday. The names are Native American and mean "brother" (for Shilah, the male) and "coyote chasing deer" (for Kaliska, the female. Other names also drew on Native American heritage including Dasan, or chief, and Adany, for timber or woods.
The Akron Zoo coyotes are a brother and sister born in Logan, Utah. Coyotes are making a comeback across the United States, including her in northeast Ohio - - -
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(Akron Zoo) After a naming contest that generated over 1,000 votes, the coyotes at the Akron Zoo have been named. The male is named Shilah (shy-luh) and the female coyote will now go by Kaliska (kuh-lis-kuh). The coyotes, which have been on exhibit now since last month, are part of the zoo’s Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit.
The naming contest ran from Thursday, November 21 to Monday, December 2, 2013. The animal care department at the zoo narrowed the choices of names down to two for each coyote. The names are of Native American origin and Shilah, seen at left in an Akron Zoo photo, means “brother” while Kaliska means “coyote chasing deer.” The non-winning choices were Dasan (dug-sahn) for the male, which means “chief” and Adany (uh-dah-knee) for the female, which means “timber” or “woods.”
The coyotes, one male and one female, are siblings. They were born on April 13 at USDA facility in Logan, Utah. When they arrived at the zoo this summer they were in quarantine in the zoo’s Center for Animal Care. More recently they were moved to their exhibit to get used to their surroundings before they went on exhibit to the public. Being right next to the red wolf exhibit gives the zoo the opportunity to educate people about the differences and similarities in coyotes and wolves.
Coyotes are a species of canid that can be found anywhere in North and Central America. They are grayish brown to yellowish in color. Their belly and throat are mostly white. They are very adaptable to many different habitats as they live in deserts, prairies, savannas, tropical forests, tundra, grasslands and urban areas. Their diet consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, insects and other small prey. The average weight of a coyote is 25-40 lbs. Coyotes are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment.
For four generations the Ninni family has been baking for Akron; Italian specialties like cassata cakes for weddings and celebrations, cookies for any holiday but not after this holiday. The long-time home for Italian sweets and pastries will be closing it's doors for the final time after the Christmas holiday.
Current owner-operator Tony Ninni, who says his father still comes to the bakery to oversee his work just as his grandfather and great-grandfather did in their day, tells WONE's Jeff Kinzbach it was the toughest of decisions but at age 62 the business is at the point where it won't be reopening and he'll be looking to bake for someone else to wind up his career before retirement.
The local bakery started out in 1926 at a North Hill location but soon moved around as various landlords and buildings went through the paces but the bakery always had a Ninni to prepare and bring out of the oven baked goods used by families and friends for generations, celebrating graduations, marriages, births and even funerals.
Ninni's will be taking orders for holiday cakes, breads and cookies now through December 16th for the holidays; orders can be placed by calling 330-634-0060 -- and yeah, that's a plug.
Feds and local police have their eyes peeled for an Akron woman who's made it to the top of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force most-wanted list.
Toni Smith-Drake, 59, is wanted on a long list of financial-related charges including identity theft, forgery and transportation of stolen property. Authorities say she was part of a group that stole over $200,000 in proceeds from U.S. Savings Bonds from an elderly woman. Police think she could be in the Akron or Cleveland areas and previously lived in the neighborhood of the 400 block of South Adams Street in Akron.
A reward is offered.
(Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force) The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Toni Smith-Drake.
Smith-Drake is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the United States Secret Service. Smith-Drake is wanted for aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of another person’s social security number, transportation of stolen property, securities, and money also forging endorsements on U.S. Treasury Bonds. It is alleged that Smith-Drake and her co-conspirators stole and fraudulently negotiated U.S. Savings Bonds of an elderly female. They obtained over $200,000 in proceeds from the bonds.
Smith-Drake is a 59 year old black female standing approximately 5’5” and weighing 250 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Smith-Drake is believed to be hiding somewhere in Cleveland or Akron. She also has a previous address near the 400 block of S. Adams St. in Akron.
If you have any information in reference to Toni Smith-Drake, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.
Forget the Frozen Tundra; try the frozen-hard pitch. The Zips men's soccer squad ended it's run for another national championship with a 1-0 overtime loss to Marquette in a game marked more by a rock-hard field and freezing temperatures in Milwaukee. The winning goal game in the first overtime period with just 23 seconds left. "Both teams had to adapt through it and, unfortunately, a slip on the field hurt us in the moment, and they capitalized," said Akron head coach Jared Embick.
The Zips end the season 17-4-1 while Marquette. at 13-5-2 but ranked with the number nine seed, advances with it's first NCAA Tournament win in their history.
(GoZips.com) The University of Akron men's soccer team saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end in the second round with a 1-0 defeat to No. 9-seed Marquette in freezing temperatures and a rock-hard playing surface at Valley Fields Sunday night.
After a scoreless regulation, the Golden Eagles (13-5-2) bagged the Golden Goal in the first overtime period with just 23 seconds left. Coco Navarro, who got free when an Akron defender slipped and fell to the ground, finished a long cross from Adam Lysak to give Marquette its first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
"It was disappointing for two teams who like to play soccer to have their game decided by the conditions of the field," said UA head coach Jared Embick. "But give Marquette credit. They found a way to make a play."
"Both teams had to hit long balls in the channels to decide the game. It's not what you want. Both teams had to adapt through it and unfortunately, a slip on the field hurt us in the moment, and (Marquette) capitalized."
It was a startling conclusion for the Zips (17-4-1), who nearly won the match in regulation when Zac Portillos banged a liner off the right post in the 76th minute. Then, just five minutes into overtime, Akron thought it had won a penalty kick opportunity when Reinaldo Brenes appeared to be tackled from behind in the box but no call came.
With temperatures that hovered in the low 20s and wind that made it feel much colder, players on both sides struggled to get solid footing on the frozen pitch and the pace of play suffered as a result.
After being out-shot 10-5 in the first half, UA settled in after the break and had the better of play but couldn't cash in. Third-year sophomore Jake Fenlason turned in another commendable performance with nine saves – the most by an Akron goalkeeper all season – in a losing effort.
Much of the action took place in the middle third of the field in the first half.
The Zips had their best chance of the half in the 34th minute when Eric Stevenson chipped a ball over a Marquette defender for Brenes, who was streaking down the left side of the field. Brenes took a quick touch to avoid the MU goalkeeper, who had come off his line, but couldn't quite get control of it as his shot hit the side netting.
Fenlason had to make three saves in the opening period as the Zips dealt with a number of dangerous crosses by the Golden Eagles. MU's best look came in the 27th minute when a cross found C. Nortey with space in the midde of the box but hooked it wide of the left post.
In all, the Golden Eagles, who captured their first Big East Tournament Championship last weekend, out-shot the Zips 19-15. With the win, Marquette advances to play at No. 8-seed Virginia in the third round of the NCAA Tournament next Sunday (Dec. 1).
Zips Notebook: Sunday was just Akron's second loss during the run of play in its last 16 NCAA Tournament matches (10-2-4), dating back to the 2009 season ... It was also just the fourth time UA had been shutout in 2013 ... Senior Robbie Derschang was helped off the field with a leg injury in the second half and did not return
The pairings are out for the state high school football semifinals following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Fans of the Fighting Irish and Panthers better find cheap gas before the holiday because they'll be heading south, while the Hornets will be on a short flight to Parma.
Next Friday's action with 7:30 kickoffs include the pair of local undefeated teams. St. Vincent-St. Mary will take on Columbus Marion-Franklin in New Philadelphia while Highland takes on fellow northeast Ohio semifinalist Glenville at Byers Field.
On Saturday, Manchester travels south on I-71 to face Columbus Bishop Hartley with a 7:00 kickoff in Mansfield.
InfoCision Stadium hosts what is likely to attract most Cleveland football fans; St. Ed's v Mentor Saturday night.
(OHSAA) The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Sunday the pairings and host sites for the football state semifinals. Divisions II, III, IV and VI will play on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., while Divisions I, V and VII will play on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
UPDATE 4:50 PM 11/24/13: The missing adult alert for 83 year-old Donald Myers of North Canton has been cancelled.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office says Myers was found unharmed at an out of state location.
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