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Lifelong political activist Marilyn Matia, of Solon, votes for getting involved

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:15
Marilyn Matia, of Solon, has spent much of her life deeply involved in the political process. She is the widow of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Matia. Linda Kinsey, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Notre Dame College will help nontraditional students obtain degrees: Higher Education Roundup

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:07
Notre Dame College is participating in a project to help nontraditional students obtain degrees by accepting transfer credit for those who complete a select group of online courses. Karen Farkas, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Garfield Heights murder suspect turns himself in to police

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:03
The man who police say killed his family member in Garfield Heights Wednesday and fled the scene has surrendered. Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Religion events: Cookies, music and a replica Bethlehem

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
Annual Christmas Walk event is Saturday Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ holds its 5th annual Christmas Cookie Walk event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, in the church social hall, 17751 Chillicothe Road in Chagrin Falls. Simple to elegant varieties of... Plain Dealer staff

After 21 years, woman gang raped when she was 12 faces her attackers in court

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
The case puts in stark relief the legal and emotional hurdles that all the people who have been caught up in the decades-old cases have found themselves facing. Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Foundation needs to listen to fans and fix the process (Commentary, Photo Gallery)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
The announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 seems to be just one more snub of the "older'' acts like Deep Purple, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, the Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra and more. And there's a way to fix it. Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer

Master mortician William F. Boyd leaves legacy of compassion and dignity at death's door

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
William Boyd was one of the longest serving funeral directors in America when he died December 7 at age 99. Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer

Dogs might go to heaven. Cats? Probably not: Regina Brett

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
If all dogs go to heaven, where do the cats go? The Pope could clear a lot of this up. Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer

John Farina named executive director of ARTneo, formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:58
Cleveland arts leader John Farina has been named executive director of ARTneo, which specializes in historical exhibitions on artists of the greater Cleveland region. Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

Holiday gatherings with friends? These 15 Cleveland area restaurants offer extended hours, specials

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:00
Seasonal lunch hours, special menus, other holiday events are on the docket at many area restaurants to draw friends and family gatherings: Restaurant Row Joe Crea, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Smithers adding jobs in Akron: Local Business Brief

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:00
Local business brief Plain Dealer business staff

My Christmas wish list: You should be able to block robocalls, get your credit score more easily, do your taxes more quickly: Money Matters

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:00
It's time for my 10th annual "What I want for Christmas" list. Some wishes from Christmases past have come true: Credit cards are starting to tell customers their credit score every month as standard procedure. Mortgage documents are becoming no-nonsense and easier to understand. Banks can no longer automatically charge overdraft fees on that debit card purchase at places like Starbucks or Walgreens. And many children are finally being taught a little bit of personal finance in school. But unfortunately, my Christmas wish list is still really long this year. Teresa Dixon Murray, The Plain Dealer

A flurry of check-writing to Ohio Republicans and a fireworks bill rockets out of the state Senate: Brent Larkin

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:55
In curious timing, Phantom Fireworks Co. CEO Bruce Zoldan writes some big checks to Ohio Republicans right before the lame-duck Ohio Senate passes fireworks legislation that's on a fast track before it's parked on a technicality in the House, writes Brent Larkin. Brent Larkin, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Jeb Bush's potential running mate: Editorial cartoon

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:32
Like John McCain running against Barack Obama, Jeb Bush will be running against history if Hillary runs and is nominated. Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

8 children die in mass stabbing; ISIS leaders killed in Iraq; North Korea likely had help with hacking: A.M. News Links

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:30
Also, panel finds Secret Service leadership lacking; Boston Marathon bombing suspect appears in court as trial nears; dozens of Taliban fighters killed, Pakistani military says Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Mapp's passing reminds us police (mis)treatment of suspects not new: Carolyn N. Long (opinion)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:20
The passing of former Clevelander Dollree Mapp at age 91, plaintiff in the landmark 1961 Supreme Court decision on illegal search and seizure, is a reminder that more must be done, including in Cleveland, to guard against police misconduct, writes Carolyn N. Long. Guest Columnist/

Freezing drizzle, snow mixture in Cleveland area, creates treacherous driving conditions

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:19
The National Weather Service is warning that roads again could be slick this morning, especially if they haven't been treated with salt. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Garfield Hts. murder suspect surrenders; Muslim says jail violated religious rights; Painesville Perkins robbed: Overnight News Links

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 01:36
Also, Cleveland residents offer solutions for police department at forum; man charged in death of Cleveland Heights toddler who fell from window; campaign to legalize marijuana use in Ohio quietly under way and borrows page from casino campaign Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

'The Colbert Report' ends with serenade of stars, host flying off with Santa, Abraham Lincoln (video)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:30
"The Colbert Report" ended its nine-year run on Comedy Central with the faux conservative host and dozens of celebrities serenading the audience with "We'll Meet Again" before he went to the roof, carrying Captain America's shield, and flew off into the night with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, the "man with all the answers." Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

8 children found dead in mass stabbing in home in Australia

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 23:22
Police also found a woman inside the home with serious injuries. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group