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Akron judge starts pilot alternative program for at-risk males

Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton is the only African-American male judge in Summit County.
Yet most of the defendants who come to the court are Black men.
“Just my presence in the courtroom really makes a big difference,” Hamilton said. “When they see someone on the bench who looks like them, they ... (full story)

Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned from her post effective Jan. 8, 2021, saying there was "no mistaking" the impact that President Donald Trump's rhetoric had on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Here, five scholars offer their views on DeVos' legacy at the federal agency ... (full story)

In 2020, TV and film still couldn't get abortion right

(THE CONVERSATION) According to decades of research, abortion is an incredibly common and safe medical procedure.
But if you learned about abortion only from movies and TV, that's not the story you'd see. For the last eight years, we've been studying onscreen depictions of abortion. We've found that Hollywood tends to dramatical ... (full story)

Column: How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

(THE CONVERSATION) People will recycle if they can make money doing so. In places where cash is offered for cans and bottles, metal and glass recycling has been a great success. Sadly, the incentives have been weaker for recycling plastic. As of 2015, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. The rest pollutes landfills or the environme ... (full story)

How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains

(THE CONVERSATION) Though you can't see them, radio waves are all around you all the time, carrying information. For most people, some of those radio waves are Wi-Fi signals. Wi-Fi is the catchy name an industry alliance came up with to market devices that transmit large amounts of data over short distances using radio waves. The le ... (full story)