Cleveland Indians Closer Chris Perez is blasting fans for what he calls their lack of support and an "embarrassing" attendance record to date.
While the Tribe is ranked first in the American League Central, the team is dead last when it comes to attendance in the majors.
"It's not a good atmosphere, it's not fun to be here," Perez said.
When asked if his teammates share his feelings, he admitted he's not the only one.
"They feel the same way, they just won't say it," Perez said.
From expressing his concerns about other teams and their outlook on playing in Cleveland, to the media and blaming them for negative spins, Perez sounded off.
Listen to his interview below:
Perez admits that the weather and economy are factors, but he says his anger built up over time and that Thursday was the last straw for him.
"We're in first place, enjoy it. We could be in last place-- could be the Royals, could be the Pirates," Perez said.
Ohioans will notice slightly higher gas prices from a week ago.
AAA Auto Club reports the average price for a gallon of regular is about $3.66-- up 3 cents from a week ago.
"With Memorial Day a week away, it's time to put to bed an old myth that gasoline prices rise ahead of a major holiday," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan, in a press release.
As of Monday morning, GasBuddy.dot.com shows prices in Akron near $3.55 and $3.58 in Canton.
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Akron, May 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70/g, according to gasoline price website AkronGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 10.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"With Memorial Day a week away, it's time to put to bed an old myth that gasoline prices rise ahead of a major holiday," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Average gasoline prices will likely continue to decline in the days ahead of Memorial Day, but folks will still say come next year that prices went up over the weekend this year. It's a sign of how sensitive motorists become to gasoline prices around the holidays, nothing more, and most of the time, the myth isn't true. This year will be one of those years- unless you're on the West Coast, prices have been slowly coming down," DeHaan said.
Before you whip up your favorite side dish or grab a your grilling tongs, make sure you follow safe picnic practices this Memorial Day weekend.
You should always start off by washing your hands, kitchen and outdoor cooking area.
The Summit County Health District's Dr. Margo Erme reminds those preparing meals, to wash their hands in between cooking and handling food.
Dr. Erme's Safety Tips:
"If I have a bowl of potato salad, then I have it sitting in a top of another bowl that had ice in it, and then I stir it up regularly so that it distributes that coolness around," Erme said.
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The number of reported jobless Ohioans dropped during the month of April to 7.4 percent, down from 7.5 in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The state saw gains of about 2,900 jobs in government and 1,900 in professional and business services.
Manufacturing has been helping to drive the recovery in Ohio, but that sector lost 1,400 jobs last month.
Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in April, down from 7.5 percent in March, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment fell 3,400 over the month, from the revised 5,141,300 in March to 5,137,900 in April.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 431,000, down from 438,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 79,000 in the past 12 months from 510,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.8 percent in April 2011.
The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in March and down from 9.0 percent in April 2011.
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 3,400 over the month, from 5,141,300 in March to 5,137,900 in April, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.
Service-providing industries decreased 2,000 over the month to 4,300,000. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,700), leisure and hospitality (-2,000), financial activities (-1,400), and other services (-400). Growth occurred in government (+2,900), professional and business services (+1,900), education and health services (+1,500), and information (+200). Goods-producing industries, at 837,900, were down 1,400 from March. Manufacturing jobs fell 1,400 while mining and logging and construction were unchanged.
From April 2011 to April 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 47,200. Service-providing industries added 29,300 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (+16,600), education and health services (+16,500), and professional and business services (+7,300). Also showing improvement were information (+1,700) and other services (+1,300). Over-the-year declines were posted in leisure and hospitality (-8,200), government (-3,100), and financial activities (-2,800). Goods-producing industries increased 17,900. Manufacturing gained 16,600 jobs through expansion in durable goods (+12,000) and nondurable goods (+4,600). Construction added 1,000 jobs while mining and logging employment increased 300.
Update 11:41 a.m.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man killed after running into a house Friday.
Jeffere E. Blackmon, 24, of Akron, was found dead at the scene after his Hyundai Sontana ended up in the basement of a vacant home off of East Avenue in Akron.
Police continue to investigate why he lost control traveling northbound on East Avenue at about 12:45 Friday morning.
Update 8:22 a.m.
A driver is dead after his Hyundai Sontana crashed into a vacant Akron home.
Akron Police arrived to the 900 block of East Avenue at 1 a.m. Friday, to discover two people inside the vehicle.
The man behind the wheel lost control while traveling northbound on East Avenue, drove through a vacant lot and then smashed into a house. The vehicle ended up in the basement of the home.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's office has not yet identified the victim.
One person was found dead after a vehicle crashed into a vacant Akron home Friday morning.
Akron Police arrived to the home in the 900 block of East Avenue to discover two people inside the vehicle that ended up in the basement. Police received a call at about 12:45 a.m. Friday regarding the incident.
Officers have not yet identified the victims.
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Cuyahoga Falls police arrested two after the discovery of a meth lab inside an apartment near Water Works Family Aquatic Center.
Akron-based FirstMerit outlines job cuts to save millions of dollars in 2013 in its latest filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In the company's Tuesday filing, a presentation listed the elimination of 338 positions.
The reduction in staffing levels is just part of the effort to save $30 million by next year.
As the company moves forward amid the current economic conditions, proactive steps were listed in the presentation to address challenges, including the "declining level of branch traffic".
Of the ideas for savings measures submitted by employees, 341 ideas were chosen.
Other "efficiency initiative actions" included in FirstMerit's filing:
The first evidence of the company's budget trimming endeavor surfaced last week, when AkronNewsNow.com first reported FirstMerit was eliminating all assistant branch manager positions across the board.
While the company operates 205 locations in the region, not all had the assistant manager positions.
On Monday, the Beacon reported FirstMerit would close six area branches and turn one into a drive-thru only.
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FirstMerit Eliminates Jobs
If you thought prices at the pump seemed lower lately-- you were right.
Average retail gas prices in Akron dipped 10.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.56 a gallon as of Sunday.
The national average dropped 3.3 cents a gallon last week according to AkronGasPrices.com.
"While gasoline prices east of the Rockies have been falling, the West Coast remains at the mercy of refinery production," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan in a press release.
As the Memorial Day weekend inches closer, DeHann says motorists on the West Coast are watching and waiting to see how much they'll pay to fill up.
"The entire West Coast right now is looking for any reason for a continuation in the price rally we've seen in the last week as supply remains tight, and stakes high as Memorial Day weekend is just two weeks away. While pump prices may continue their decline outside the West Coast, any refinery blip certainly has the potential for localized hotspots, and motorists should be aware of that," DeHaan said.
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A banking institution headquartered in Akron is eliminating positions across all of its branches.
"We are realigning our staff and as a part of those changes, we have eliminated the assistant branch manager position at our branches," Robert Townsend, media relations officer for First Merit.
When contacted by AkronNewsNow, Townsend was evasive about the details, but did say the decision was made Thursday.
First Merit operates close to 50 locations across the Greater Akron region.
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A suspect is in custody in connection with the robbery of the Sheetz gas station in Cuyahoga Falls this week.
Daniel Frick Jr., 33, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested last night on aggravated robbery charges.
Detectives were searching for a man who allegedly hit up the gas station off of Main Street at gunpointWednesday night.
It's reported the man entered the Sheetz Gas Station on Main Street, walked inside the beer cooler, picked out a can of beer and then walked to the cash register-- but he didn't make a purchase.
Police say the man put his hand inside his hoodie and pointed something at the clerk, saying he had a gun and demanded money. He took off in a four door back car.
Police Looking To I.D. Falls Robbery Suspect
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