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20 Years of Glory: RENT Celebrates Two Decades at Templeton-Blackburn

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On January 25, 1996, 35-year old Jonathan Larson unexpectedly succumbed to an aortic dissection related to Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder. His abrupt death arrived the same day as the debut preview performance of his musical, which would become defining in stage history: RENT. The show debuted three months later in April of that year, at… Read More

44th Annual Athens Film and Video Festival April 3-9

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On one of the upper floors of the Central Classroom building on Union Street lies an extensive archive of the oldest festival in Athens: the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Started in 1974, the festival is known in film circles as being especially supportive of film crafted by marginalized populations and underground artists. In… Read More

Audio Slideshow: The Chop Shop


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The Chop Shop opened in 2008 next to the Athena in Athens, Ohio, with the intent to not discriminate against any hair type. Their main goal was to open a barbershop as a safe place to come and converse and have their haircut in a relaxed environment. WOUB Photojournalist Michael Swensen produced this audio slideshow giving… Read More

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Ohio Democrats Push Proposal Setting Up Equal Pay Hotline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are proposing an equal pay hotline that they say could help fight wage discrimination. State Reps. Kent Smith, of Euclid, and Janine Boyd, of Cleveland Heights, introduced legislation Tuesday establishing the hotline. Their bill would establish a toll-free number where workers could anonymously report instances… Read More

Justice Vetoes Right-To-Work Amendment, Cites Court Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation intended to clarify the West Virginia right-to-work law enacted last year, saying it’s currently before the state’s top court and that process shouldn’t be interfered with. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature would remove provisions from the law enacted last year that would seem… Read More