Amani Abraham

Amani Abraham

Amani Abraham is the morning web editor and also tracks morning drive traffic for 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX during weekday mornings and is a reporter/anchor. She's no stranger to AkronNewsNow.com, having worked as an intern with Rubber City Radio Group as a producer for the Daily Vodcast and other video projects.. Amani is a 2011 graduate with a Communications degree from the University of Akron, where she excelled in her work on the student radio station WZIP-FM and Z-TV, the University's television program. You can reach Amani through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or by email aabraham@rcrg.net

Monday, 23 December 2013 09:53

Gas Prices Up In Akron

While you're out today traveling or shopping for some last minute holiday gifts, you'll notice gas prices are up about 19 cent from last week.

GasBuddy.com reports prices in Akron stand at around $3.26 per gallon, which is a few pennies above the national average.

The average price of gas is four cents higher than the same time last year.

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(GasBuddy.com News Release) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 18.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.23/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 0.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Motorists hitting the road for Christmas travel are cringing as gasoline prices have picked up with the best now behind us," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While prices will advance, I don't expect it to last too long- January and February generally also feature relatively low gasoline prices. And while motorists aren't looking forward to the higher prices, they may take some solace in our expectation that gasoline prices in 2014 should average lower than they will after 2013 is complete. Make no mistake- gas prices will see volatility, and there will be times when motorists will experience "motion sickness" at the pump, but that shouldn't discount that Americans will be able to spend less on a yearly basis in 2014 than they did this year," DeHaan said.

Friday, 20 December 2013 20:52

Akron Children's, Anthem Reach Agreement

Akron Children's Hospital has reached an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield which will allow customers to access services and providers effective at the start of the new year.

If the hospital and health care provider did not reach a new agreement by Jan. 1, Children's Hospital doctors could have become "out-of-network" for those with Anthem insurance. That would have likely raised costs or copays.

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(Akron Children's Hospital - News Release) Akron Children's Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have reached an agreement to renew their long-standing relationship, giving Anthem members continuing access to the hospital and its specialist physicians.

Akron Children's has more than 700,000 patient visits each year and performs more pediatric surgeries than any other hospital in northeast Ohio. As an integrated pediatric healthcare delivery system, Children's has two hospital campuses and more than 80 primary and specialty care locations throughout northern Ohio.

"We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Anthem so we could remain accessible to all of the Anthem-enrolled patient families who rely on our services and providers," said Karen Richter, vice president of Managed Care at Akron Children's Hospital. "We're happy our patient families will still be able to access their trusted physicians and have the peace of mind the continuity of care will provide."

As the largest pediatric health care system in northeast Ohio, Akron Children's cares for half a million patients each year, including children, teens and adults from all 50 states and around the world. In addition to our main campus in downtown Akron, the Children's system also includes the Beeghly campus in Boardman as well as more than 80 locations throughout our service area.\Anthem serves 3.3 million members in Ohio with health benefits plans for individuals and employers. The agreement includes all Anthem commercial health plans effective Jan. 1, 2014.

"Anthem and Akron Children's have had a long-term professional relationship, providing our members with ongoing access to the excellent health care services provided by the hospital and its physicians," said Jim Pugliese, regional vice president of Provider Engagement & Contracting for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. "This agreement renews our continuing commitment."

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:24

Coroner: 9-Year-Old Girl Was Strangled

A Wayne County coroner says the 9-year-old girl found in a trash bin over the weekend likely died from strangulation.

The preliminary autopsy results were released Monday. Wayne County Coroner Dr. Amy Joliff said the findings show Reann Murphy was strangled with an "unknown object".

Reann was reported missing Saturday afternoon and was later discovered near her home, in a dumpster on Akron Road in Smithville.

Neighbors said Jerrod Metsker, 24, had been seen building a snowman with Reann and helped search for the girl after she was reported missing. Metsker is being held on $1 million bond.

A preliminary hearing for Metsker has been scheduled for December 23rd at 10 a.m.

No word yet of any possible motive in the case.

Monday, 16 December 2013 09:48

Bond Set At $1 Million For Murder Suspect

Bond has been set at $1 million for the man charged in the death of a missing 9-year-old girl in Wayne County over the weekend.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, a neighbor of the victim's family, was arrested after Reann Murphy was discovered near her home, in a dumpster on Akron Road in Smithville. She was reported missing late Saturday afternoon.

A preliminary hearing for Metsker has been scheduled for Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.

No word yet of any possible motive in the case.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:50

Easy Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Have an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party coming up? Don't worry about traveling to the mall to grab the ugliest sweater you can find. Try creating your own work of art. 
Add a large bow by attaching it to an old sweater using a hot glue gun or fabric glue. You can even attach bows and a stocking to make a simple ugly sweater. You can even get...
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:38

Fabric Wrap

Skip the normal wrapping paper and use some of the extra scrap fabric inside your home to create an easy way to wrap a small gift.BuzzFeed.com posted a list of cool wrapping ideas - plus this one below:
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:36

Creative Gift Card Wraps

Get a little creative when giving a gift card to someone you love during the holiday season.
Try putting the gift cards in boxes that you already have in your home - like a medicine box or a gum container. They're easy to wrap and adds a little suspense when opening the gift. 
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Friday, 13 December 2013 11:56

Another Round Of Snow Ahead

Another round of snowfall is expected to make its way to Northeast tonight and into tomorrow (Saturday). The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Winter Weather Advisory for late tonight to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Meteorologist Jennifer Nittoso with the Weather Channel said the snow accumulation could reach between five to six inches on Saturday. Temperatures will reach a high around 30 and drop into the 20s Saturday night.

"By the time we wake up on Saturday morning, it will already be going," said Nittoso. "But the bulk of the snow is going to fall from mid-morning on Saturday through, I would say, Saturday evening."

Temperatures hovered around the teens during the past weak, but Nittoso says it'll change over the weekend with temperatures around 30 on Saturday.

 

Winter Weather Advisory


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
955 AM EST FRI DEC 13 2013

.AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE UP THE OHIO VALLEY TONIGHT AND
SATURDAY SPREADING SNOW ACROSS THE REGION. THE SNOW SHOULD BEGIN
IN THE WEST TOWARD MIDNIGHT AND SPREAD TO THE EAST BY SUNRISE. THE
SNOW WILL PERSIST AROUND 24 HOURS. PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOW ARE
EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY SATURDAY MORNING.

OHZ010>014-020>023-031>033-038-089-PAZ001>003-132300-
/O.CON.KCLE.WW.Y.0016.131214T0500Z-131215T0300Z/
LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-ASHTABULA INLAND-MEDINA-SUMMIT-
PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-HOLMES-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-
NORTHERN ERIE-SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
JEFFERSON...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...WOOSTER...
CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MILLERSBURG...ASHTABULA...ERIE...EDINBORO...
MEADVILLE
955 AM EST FRI DEC 13 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO 10 PM EST SATURDAY...

* ACCUMULATIONS...5 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING...THE SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE REGION FROM WEST TO
  EAST LATER TONIGHT AND THEN TAPER OFF BY LATE SATURDAY EVENING.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST TO EAST WINDS AT 5 TO 15 MPH.

* IMPACTS...SNOW ACCUMULATION CAN MAKE ROADS SLICK...REQUIRING
  LOWER SPEEDS AND GREATER DISTANCES BETWEEN VEHICLES WHILE
  DRIVING.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE 20S TONIGHT CLIMBING INTO THE LOWER 30S
  ON SATURDAY.

* VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NORMALLY ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS LIGHT SNOW... BLOWING SNOW...
SLEET... FREEZING RAIN AND WIND CHILLS. WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE
SIGNIFICANT... THE WORD ADVISORY IMPLIES THAT SEVERE WINTER
WEATHER IS NOT ANTICIPATED. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR
FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

&&

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:41

VIDEO Chief Oliver To Kanye: "Check Yourself"

Behind the sarcasm and humor is a message for Kanye West from Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.

It's another round of babble from Chief Oliver, but this time he's not happy with something rapper Kanye West recently said in an interview on Saturday Night Online, an iHeart Radio show. The rapper talked about performing on stage and explained how is job can be dangerous. West said in the interview, "This is like being a police officer or something, or like war or something."

Below is Chief David Oliver's Facebook post:

Dear Kanye West,

I am honored to be writing such an important star. I am a mere Internet sensation. I’m not sure I am worthy to address you, although the Huffington Post did say I was “Humorous and Insanely Popular.” I don't pay much attention to those things. Anyway, please excuse my interference in your life for a quick second.
 
I read your interview and also watched it on video. You said: 
“I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.….and I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.” 
 
I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every day. I know that being a rapper is tough work. I have tried to rap, and it is very difficult to keep up with the pulse of the rhyme flow…although when Ice Ice Baby comes on the radio, I can usually keep up with ol’ Vanilla. Anywho, your job is just some very dangerous work. Most people don't consider... if you rap really fast, without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit your head.
 
That last paragraph was covered in sarcasm. I’m letting you know, just so you do not think I agree with your very ignorant assessment of your career (or any other performer)as it relates to a person in the military or a police officer’s service. You sir, are as misguided as they come. I do have a suggestion for you. Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. It could be something like “I’m Kanye West, wearing a flak vest.” I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck.
 
Your line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today….which include entertainers thinking they are something more than just entertainers. I know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get economics. What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves.
 
Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver.

 

 

Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:36

Pope Francis Accepts Card From Walsh Students

The same day Pope Francis was named as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year", the Pope accepted a heart shaped card by Walsh University students studying in Rome.

Students and faculty arrived early at St. Peter's Square were they waited to present the handmade card and letter to the Pope.

"It was a big heart with a letter on the back of it inviting him to dinner," said Kathleen Wagner of Akron. Wagner, a Walsh University student, designed the card with Giovonna Rion of Dover. They left for a study abroad program in Rome in late October. The program is part of the university's Global Learning program.

The students had some help from the audience to get the Pope's attention.

"[Pope Francis] looked at it and he read it and then he held it up and he had the biggest smile on his face," said Wagner.

No word yet on whether or not the Pope accepted their invitation to dinner.

"Not yet. I keep checking my email and my phone hasn't left my side," said Rion.

Below is the letter the students presented to the Pope:

Dear Pope Francis,

Our names our Giovonna Rion and Kathleen Wagner and we are students of Walsh University. Walsh University is a Catholic University in North Canton, Ohio in the United States of America. Our University was founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1960 and just 8 years ago we formed a Global Learning Campus in Castel Gandolfo. We are both currently studying at our campus in Castel Gandolfo and on behalf of our whole University, present in Italy and in the United States, we would like to invite you to join us for dinner on our campus one evening before we depart back home to the United States on December 20th.

It would mean so much to all of us if you would be able to join us for dinner. We take such pride in being a Catholic University. We have all visited the Vatican on our trip already and we are even touring the Vatican School, since we are all education majors. It would just make our trip even more special if we could treat you to a meal on our campus, just to show you how much we look up to you and appreciate all you do for us and the Church. It would be such an honor for us to meet you, and we cannot even express how much we would love for you to come. We will even take requests for whatever you would like to have for dinner!
We would love for you to join us at dinner! We are very excited to hear from you! Thank you for everything you do!

Wishing you the best!

Giovonna, Kathleen, and all of the students of Walsh University

P.S. We attended Vespers on Saturday and we waved to you! We we really excited that you waved back to us, it made our whole night! Thank you!