iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga.) -- Becoming the valedictorian of your high school is a difficult and impressive feat in itself, but it's even more impressive for a Georgia teen who did so while her family was homeless.
Chelesa Fearce has a GPA of 4.466 and scored 1900 on her SATs, even though she and her family were without a home for...
Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- Philosophy professor Simon Critchley from New York City's New School said he believes that the only way to really learn how to live is to prepare to die.
So, as part of a larger theatrical installation this spring called School of Death, he offered a suicide note writing workshop to anyone who was interested in appreciating...
Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Iowa) -- As the search for Kathlynn Shepard, 15, entered its third day Wednesday, new details emerged about the man accused of kidnapping her and a younger girl from a school bus stop before he killed himself in his truck in a secluded area.Police have identified Michael Klunder, a registered sex offender from...
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IRON MAN WINS BOX OFFICE _ Iron Man 3 flew past opening weekend box office expectations by bringing in more than $175 million Friday-Sunday. In less than two weeks Iron Man 3 has hauled in over $680 million, including over a half-billion dollars overseas. No other solo superhero — not even Batman or Spider-Man — has managed this kind of business.
HONEY BOO BOO'S MAMA & SUGAR BEAR GOT MARRIED _ Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars June Shannon and Mike Thompson (aka Mama and Sugar Bear) finally got hitched. The reality TV stars married Sunday in their hometown of McIntyre, Georgia. The invitation warned that "no cell phones, cameras, or outside video taping will be allowed. This will be a taped event." So obviously the nuptials will be featured on their TLC show.
... The 'I dos' comes nine years after Mama and Sugar Bear met in an Internet chat room.
MEN IN BLACK 4 COMING _ Thanks to the success of the third Men in Black, a reliable source says a fourth movie is in the works. In fact, there's already a screenwriter. It's too early to say if Will Smith will return for MiB 4.
LINDSAY LOHAN: ‘I DON’T NEED TO BE ON LOCKDOWN IN REHAB FOR THREE MONTHS’ _ Lindsay Lohan scoffed at her latest court-ordered rehab stint in a candid interview she conducted before checking into the Betty Ford Clinic in California on Friday, insisting the time she has spent at treatment facilities has been "pointless". In an interview with Piers Morgan for the The Daily Mail, Lohan said, "I don’t think it will be a bad thing for me to be away with myself for three months… (but) I don’t think I need to be on lockdown for three months. I don’t think that’s rehab. I’ve been court-ordered to do it (rehab) six times. I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab it was like a joke, like killing time… They just asked me the same old questions I’d answered before."
... But Lohan is open to get something out of her latest spell at the Betty Ford Clinic: "I look at it as a good thing. I can come back afterwards and be fully focused on work. But I think there are other things I could do instead of going to a rehab center that would benefit me more. The best thing they could do for me would be to make me go abroad to different countries and work with children."
For you DWTS fans, it is threesome week, and as a bit of a spolier alert Bachelor Sean Lowe is paired up with two Australian beauties in Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess, who was partnered with the recently booted-off Andy Dick.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY WEDS KLAXONS ROCKER JAMES RIGHTON _ Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has tied the knot with rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France. The town's mayor said on Sunday that he married them at the Mazan town hall on Saturday. Righton is keyboard player for the rock group Klaxons. He and Knightley became engaged a year ago.
Akron Police need the public's help in identifying a man in connection with a bank robbery on the city's west side.
Police say the man entered the PNC Bank in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood Thursday morning just before 11 a.m..
The man allegedly handed the teller a note demanding money. It's unclear if any weapon was shown during the incident.
The man then took off in a blue 4-door sedan westbound on W. Market St.
The suspect is described as a black male in his late 30's to early 40's, thin, and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.
Update: 3:46 p.m
A 16-year old McKinley High School student has been taken into custody in connection with allegedly firing shots outside Schreiber Elementary School in Canton.
The Repository says Canton police confirm the gun turned out to be a BB gun. The teen allegedly got off a bus on Minerva Court NW, pulled out the gun and began firing. There are no reports of anyone being struck.
Police say the boy will at least be charged with inducing panic.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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Schreiber Elementary School in Canton was temporarily placed on lockdown this (Wednesday)afternoon as police responded to reports of a student allegedly firing shots after getting off a school bus.
The Canton Repository reports that police were told three juveniles got off the bus on Minerva Court NW around 1:45 p.m. and that one of them had a handgun and began shooting before taking off, according to Canton police.
No one was reportedly struck and there is no damage to the school building that's been confirmed.
Police are continuing to investigate.Anyone with information is asked to call Canton police.
Keep checking back with AkronNewsNow.com as this story develops.
On the Web: www.cantonrep.com
With prom and graduation parties coming up this spring, the Copley Police Department is providing an extra police presence in their township to help parents make sure their child's celebration is a safe one.
Copley Police Chief Mike Mier explains to AkronNewsNow.com how the process works.
"We told parents that if they're planning to have a party at their home, efforts will be made to provide additional patrol to neighborhoods with registered events," he said.
"They just have to register and let us know the date and the time of the party and as long as we have officers available, we can provide this service."
Copley, along with Bath Township and Richfield Police sent out a filer to their respective jurisdictions to let them know about the service, which will be monitoring underage drinking, parking hazards, and other safety concerns.
Chief Mike Mier says it is very common for officers to make arrests for underage drinking and drug activity this time year.
"Its a problem everywhere, and it seems to be this time of year when it's spring, the weather is warm, people are feeling good, and there are proms and graduations to celebrate."
Events taking place in Copley Township may be registered by calling the Copley Police Department during normal business hours.
Numerous University of Akron students spoke to city leaders to express their concerns about the closing of the Office of Multicultural Development.
Senior English major Michael Davis says he and some of his fellow students are fighting to keep the office open because it will help future UA students sustain success in college.
"The Office of Multicultural Development will assist them in utilizing their potential," he said.
"The sharp focus of the organization on helping the retention of under-represented students."
The University plans on closing the office next year in favor of a Student Success Center for all students as well as a Multicultural Center for programming needs. University officials sent out an email to students to ensure that all services and programs will continue with the two new centers.
Over 20 students spoke during the public comment portion of the Akron City Council meeting Monday night. Last week, over 100 students peacefully protested the closing of the office on the UA campus.
Student Bianca Gomez tells AkronNewsNow.com how the OMD (Office of Multicultural Development) gave her the skills she needs to excel in the workforce once she graduates.
"OMD helped me develop leadership skills they don't teach in class or give in a handout, " she said.
Gomez served as a peer mentor for the Office of Multicultural Development in her time at UA, and said that for some of her peers, the services and support that they received made the difference between earning a degree and possibly dropping out.
Mark Smith says the Office of Multicultural Development really helped him in his college career.
"The office has directed me to navigating the campus way more efficiently than I was before," he explained.
Smith says the services offered at the Office of Multicultural Development should be their for current and future students in hopes of bolstering retention rates for minorities.
City leaders such as Ophelia Averitt, President of the Akron Chapter of the NAACP said that by closing the office, it would create a ripple effect in the community.
"I think we should do something about this," she said.
"These young people are our future."
City officials say they plan on meeting with university officials in the near future to discuss the future of the Office of Multicultural Development.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny tells AkronNewsNow.com said he was impressed with the group of empassioned young adults he saw Monday night.
"They asked us to try and reach out to the President of the University, Dr. Luis Proenza, and also to make contact with the Board of Trustees, and the least we can do is try to do that for them."
Akron Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man accused of forcing his way into a West Akron apartment and assaulting his former girlfriend for several hours.
36-year old Jerome Allen Johnson is wanted for the alleged attack, which occurred early Sunday morning.
Police say he entered the home around 4:30am in the morning, holding the woman against her will for about five hours.
During that time, Johnson allegedly slapped, and choked her. She was eventually able to break free and pulled the fire alarm to alert neighbors according to police.
Johnson took off from the apartment. He is described as a black male, standing 5’10” and weighing 220 lbs.
Anyone with information on Jerome Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Akron Police.
Akron Police detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that took place Saturday morning on the city's west side.
Police say two masked men armed with handguns stormed inside a house through an unlocked door around 1 a.m. on Valdes Avenue and demanded property.
The pair took over $500 in cash and a 2005 silver, Buick Lacrosse belonging to one of the victims Police say the car has not been recovered.
The five people who were inside of the house during that time were unharmed and the alleged intruders were not immediately identified.
Anyone with information on either the suspects or the stolen vehicle is asked to call Akron Police detectives.
Akron Police say a group of men and women attacked a 16-year old boy last Friday night in Goodyear Heights.
The teen was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for head and facial injuries.
Police say they found the boy around 11 p.m. Friday night staggering in the street at Goodyear Boulevard and Colony Crescent.
The teen told police he was attacked by several men and women that night. The group was last seen in a white Chevy Impala. Police have no suspects and no further details at this time.
According to police, neighbors reported hearing shots fired in the same area before seeing a white car take off.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.
Police are looking for an Akron man after a woman said he stole her purse during a Friday night struggle.
24-year old Darelle Norwood is facing robbery charges stemming from the incident. He has not been taken into custody.
Police say a 32 year-old woman was visiting friends on Safer Plaza around 9 p.m. Friday night before she was allegedly confronted by Norwood, who asked to use her car. When she refused, he tried to take her purse, dragging her through the parking lot.
APD Lieutenant Rick Edwards says the woman finally let go of her purse and Norwood fled.
The woman sustained some injuries to her neck and face during the struggle.
Police describe Norwood as a black male, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 140 lbs.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau.
An Akron man was found guilty of first-degree rape in Summit County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
36-year old Christopher Lee Davis of Akron was found guilty by a jury on two counts of Rape in connection with the assault of two young female acquaintances in 2009 and 2010.
Prosecutors say Davis will face up to 20 years in prison
Judge Tammy O’Brien will sentence Davis on May 16.
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