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After tax reform, what of city government?

Winter is a good time to contemplate what it means to pay for government From snow removal to pothole repair, the season offers very specific examples of our tax dollars at workPerhaps they do not always work at the pace we want them to, but it remains difficult to deny that collective action in the form of municipal government make ... (full story)


Local attorneys weigh in on whistleblower ruling

How much insulation does the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 provide to federal employees who disclose information in the name of public health or safety? The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean provides some new insight.
Back in 2003, former federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean ale ... (full story)


Valor courts celebrate a year of justice for Summit County vets

For many veterans, the transition back to civilian life can be rocky. In Summit County, there are valor courts to help those veterans get back on their feet.
On the first anniversary of the Summit County Valor Courts’ creation held Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Veterans Services Commission in Akron, Bailiff Jonathan M. Groza, wh ... (full story)


9th District remands Barberton house squatter case

A Barberton city official improperly allowed a deceased woman’s home to be demolished before allowing a potential heir to prove he had a right to the building, the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled recently.
Acting pro se, Sean and David Thomas appealed the judgment of a Summit County trial court awarding summary judgment ... (full story)


Akron Municipal Court turns Valentine’s Day into wedding docket

On a very snowy but picturesque Valentine’s Day in the Summit County Metroparks Sand Run Mingo Pavilion, Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook presided over the weddings of as many as 15 couples.
Instead of holding the weddings on Friday the 13th, Cook and her crew decided that Saturday the 14th, Valentine’s Day, ... (full story)