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It's official - Goodyear has moved. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning for its new headquarters off Innovation Way in Akron.
The new building will serve as the central campus in Akron and as the headquarters for the company’s global operations and its North American tire business. It will connect with Goodyear’s existing Innovation Center.
Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear's chairman and CEO, said the new headquarters represents more than just a building.
"It represents the culmination of what we've been working towards, not only physically in the building, but how we're going to transform our company," said Kramer.
The company spent more than 100 years at its previous location off East Market Street.
Kramer says the new campus will attract innovative workers and ideas.
"What you need to attract those people is to have a work environment that is conducive to collaboration and what it takes to drive that innovation going forward," said Kramer.
In attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
"I was born and raised in Akron. So, when I think about Akron, I think about Goodyear," said Taylor. "When I think about Goodyear, I think about Akron."
Plusquellic spoke about Goodyear's iconic presence in the city.
"This new headquarters is a strong symbol of Goodyear's continuing presence in Northeast Ohio," said Plusquellic. "As if the blimp isn't enough by itself."
Northeast Ohio Medical University named its first-ever mascot Wednesday. "Nate" - the walking whale.
He was welcomed by several familiar mascots including Zippy from the University of Akron, Kent State University's Flash and Magnus, the mascot for Cleveland State University. (Photo courtesy of Northeast Ohio Medical University.)
There were more than 100 ideas for the university's first-ever mascot, including the Rising Phoenix which was near the top of the list.
It's a perfect fit for the university because officials say the now-extinct creature that could swim and walk was discovered in Pakistan by a NEOMED scientist.
(Press Release) Who says you have to have a sports team to have spirit? Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a health sciences university that may be one of the only public universities in the nation without athletics, introduced “Nate,” the Walking Whale, as its first-ever mascot during an all-campus picnic on Wednesday, May 8. Nate was greeted by more than 300 faculty, staff and students, as well as mascots from neighboring universities.
“There is so much enthusiasm, camaraderie and spirit on this campus, and the Walking Whale is a perfect embodiment of that,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of NEOMED. “We focus on scientific and medical research, training the nation’s future physicians, pharmacists and health researchers, and improving the quality of health care in our communities—and we feel all of those initiatives are symbolized in an official University mascot that encompasses our history and represents where we’re headed in the future.”
For his first appearance, Nate was greeted by area mascots including: Flash (Kent State University), Zippy (The University of Akron) and Magnus (Cleveland State University).
The Walking Whale mascot will make regular appearances on campus and will help roll out the University’s 40th anniversary celebration and the unveiling of the new campus expansion projects, including the University’s first-ever residential housing village; health, wellness and medical education complex, medical office buildings, and more.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WALKING WHALE
The Walking Whale is better known as Ambulocetus natans, an early cetacean that could walk as well as swim. It is the only species classified under the genus Ambulocetus and is a transitional fossil that shows how whales evolved from land-living mammals. It was discovered in Pakistan in 1993 by NEOMED scientist Dr. Hans Thewissen. The mascot represents the great scientific discoveries made at the University, and in the fields of medicine and pharmacy, and helps NEOMED stand out as a center of academic innovation and discovery. The Walking Whale also represents NEOMED's impact on not only our own community, but also the world community. While Walking Whales no longer exist, they have evolved into some of the most elegant and majestic creatures that this world has seen. And no matter what trials, tribulations or successes have arisen, the Walking Whale serves as a reminder that there are always great things lying ahead.
THE MASCOT CONTEST
University constituents were asked to brainstorm ideas for an official mascot they felt embodied the characteristics of the University most important to them. More than 100 ideas were submitted, and a committee of faculty, staff and students selected four candidates which were narrowed down to two (Walking Whale and the Rising Phoenix) though a 'primary' vote by students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees. The two top finalists then went head to head in an important campaign, complete with public debates.
To learn more about the mascot contest, visit www.neomed.edu/mascot.
Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community-based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners. With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the University offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas. Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Visit www.neomed.edu.
The three women found alive in a Cleveland home after about a decade of being held in captivity will soon begin transitioning into their new lives, outside of Seymour Avenue.
Mental health expert Dr. Gregory Jantz says one of the obstacles that many victims have to overcome is learning how to trust again.
"That internal guidance that we have about how to trust, really, has been destroyed," said Jantz.
Dr. Gregory Jantz Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner
Jantz says the road to recovery can become a long and slow process for those who have dealt with a traumatic experience.
"Over the years, there have been similar situations and I got to tell you, it's not one thing that a person easily recovers from."
Jantz says some of the obstacles victims will go through during the recovery process include learning to trust again and finding out who they are as an individual.
"They've got to get to know who they are again."
Patience will be a key factor for many victims who begin to rebuild their lives from the ground up in their road to recovery, according to Jantz.
Carmilla Robinson, the Akron mother of a 19-year-old who was reported missing over the weekend, is holding on to hope after three missing women were found alive in Cleveland Monday.
Police said Taylor Robinson was last seen Friday night after she was dropped off at a house on Kipling Avenue when she went to work as a home health care aide.
Carmilla said she is hoping someone will call authorities with a tip that will lead to her daughter's whereabouts.
"I'm begging for just any help, any information, whether it's small, little, big, minute," said Carmilla. "Please just call."
Carmilla Robinson Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner by Amani Abraham
"I don't want to get anybody in trouble. I just want my baby. I want her to come home."
Carmilla couldn't locate her daughter when she went to pick her up from her job Saturday morning. She only found her daughter's shoes and coat at the home when she arrived.
The mother said her daughter spent most of her time working or with family.
The FBI is now involved in the case. Carmilla said detectives are still searching for any clues and tips. She said authorities are currently following up on a possible tip in Massachusetts. Detectives have not released any new details in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at (330) 375-2530.
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There are many unanswered questions surrounding the kidnapping case involving three missing women found alive inside a Cleveland home Monday.
Three brothers are in custody after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive at a home on Seymour Avenue after they went missing about a decade ago.
The three suspects in the case have been identifed as Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and 50-year-old O'Neal Castro.
Mary Myers, a University of Akron professor and retired Akron Police detective who specializes in criminal profiling, explains what she believes goes on in the mind a kidnapper or serial killer.
"They have such a need to have a relationshoip and they can't have it otherwise," said Myers. "And so they take people and they hold them captive, almost like (Jeffrey) Dahmer did and Anthony Sowell would take them and use them for his purposes."
Dr. Mary Myers Talks to WAKR's Ray Horner
Myers says many of the victims develop a co-dependent relationship with their captors because they rely on them for food and safety.
"The victim is also involved in this because they end up under the, what we call, Stockholm Syndrome where they need to depend on the suspects for their food, for their safety, for their very lives.
Myers says serious threats make it difficult for the victims to escape.
"You can imagine that there were probably threats, serious threats, that if one escapes, the other two would be killed," said Myers. "So how could one escape, knowing that you're going to be the cause of two deaths? It would be very difficult to walk away from that."
The victims were released from MetroHealth Medical Center Tuesday around 8 a.m. Officials say the women are in good health.
The Summit County Board of Elections has fired an employee after they found an anonymous comment he wrote on the Beacon Journal's website.
The Beacon Journal reports the comment made by Andrew Wright, a Republican who worked on campaign finance reports, stated that he hoped a judge and a prosecutor would be the next victims of an accused Akron killer.
The comment was made under the name "DeathByAkron" on a story in January about a man who was acquitted by a jury of murder. It targeted Democratic Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
No charges have been filed against Wright.
The board also approved a motion to adopt a stricter Internet-use policy.
Wright is the brother of Common Pleas Judge Allison McCarty.
On the web: www.ohio.com
Downtown Akron Partnership has launched a website encouraging residents to submit project ideas that will enhance the downtown area.
Director of business relations Kimberly Beckett says the project ideas have to stay within a budget of $300 to $500.
"Really, the sky's the limit for ideas. We're really looking to tap into the creativity of the community and kind of get them to take ownership of the downtown area which belongs to them," said Beckett.
Residents have until May 17 to submit their ideas online at MyAkron.net. The public will vote for one of the projects at a final pitch meeting on June 25th.
A final pitch of the project ideas will be presented in June where the public can attend and donate to the winning project.
Beckett says it's an opporutinity for residents to buy into the program.
"It's beoming a trend in cities around the country and it's really just a way to get people to feel like they're an important part of the community, which they are," said Beckett.
Click here to submit your idea online at MyAkron.net.
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