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Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith announces a possible run for Cuyahoga County executive in wake of announcement last month by County Executive Ed FitzGerald that he will run for governor against Republican John Kasich next year, Smith, a Cleveland Democrat, is the first Black to announce (Editor's Note: Smith will hold an information and expungement clinic open to the public with law enforcement officials and affiliates of the OBCI relative to a new state law for exungement of select criminal records that she co-sponsored that Kasich supported, the clinic is for people that qualify to have criminal records sealed under the new law and will be held on May 23 at 4 pm at the CSU Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave in Cleveland, people with criminal warrants should consult an attorney first, Blacks get harsher criminal sentences than their White counterparts in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas led by Chief Judge Nancy Fuerst, a Cleveland NAACP study that is gathering dust to protect the establishment found)

Ohio State Senator Shirley Smith (D-21), a Cleveland Democrat By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief,  Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's No 1 and No 2 online Black news venues  ( )  Reach Cleveland Urban News.Com by email at and by phone at 216-659-0473 CLEVELAND, Ohio- Ohio state Sen. Shirley Smith (D-21) is the first Black to announce that she might run for Cuyahoga County executive next year in the wake of a formal announcement late last month by County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat like Smith and former FBI agent and Lakewood mayor, that he will not seek reelection and will instead run as the likely Democratic nominee against Republican John Kasich in the 2014 gubernatorial election.  A prior state representative and state senator since 2007, Smith would not go into detail with Cleveland Urban News.Com on her proposed run for one of the most powerful offices

Greater Cleveland community activists to hold vigil this evening, December 16, 7pm to remember 20 school Connecticut children, 6 adults, gunned down by 20-year-old suspected shooter Adama Lanza, vigil is in Cleveland at 2510 St. Clair Ave., WERE AM 1490 Radio Station where WZAK 93.1 FM and Radio One are housed

Suspected shooter Adam Lanza, who is accused of shooting his mother in the face multiple times and killing her and then starring in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn on Friday, Dec. 14 that left 20 first graders at the  school and six adults dead, including the school principal, teachers, a psychiatrist, and a school guidance counselor. Lanza then turned the gun on himself a died with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head, leaving a slew of unanswered questions and a ferocious debate on gun violence and gun control that promises to linger into the new year.   By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper ( ) CLEVELAND, Ohio-Greater Cleveland community activists will hold a vigil to remember the Connecticut shooting victims of 20 elementary school children and six adults on Sunday, Dec 16 at 7 pm in the parking l

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice withdraws from consideration for U.S. secretary of state in letter to President Obama, had Rice been nominated and confirmed she would have been the first Black Democrat, third Black and second Black female to hold the post, she is the first African- American ambassador to the United Nations

United States ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice,  the first African-American to hold the post who earlier today withdrew  from consideration as U. S. secretary of state to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in a letter to President Barack Obama who accepted it and said that Rice is an exemplary public servant subject to unfair attacks by Republican operatives.   By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper ( ) WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a letter today to President Barack Obama U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice withdrew her name for consideration for United States secretary of state following criticism by Republican lawmakers of her comments on Islam and her description of the  Sept 11 attacks on the U.S.  diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya which  left four dead, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. "I am

Rev Dr. Ralph David Abernathy III, a son of the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy Sr. that marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and led The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, visits Cleveland to push early voting, to support Obama, speaks at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland with singer John Legend performing, says some Blacks get "Romnesia" and forget about the struggle for Civil Rights, says Obama is a change agent for America, Black community, famous Blacks have toured Cleveland in support of Obama as Ohio remains pivotal

The Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy III, an evangelist, Civil Rights leader, motivational speaker and a son of the late Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy Sr. His father, Abernathy Sr.,  was the partner of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during the Civil Rights movement who assumed the leadership role of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference after the assassination of King in 1968. The younger Abernathy visited Cleveland, Oh. on Sunday to stomp for the reelection of President Obama The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy Sr. (left) and The Rev.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a press conference during the height of the Civil Rights Movement JACK E. CANTRELL, MEMPHIS PRESS-SCIMITAR: COURTESY MISSISSIPPI VALLEY COLLECTION / UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS  LIBRARIES By Marc R. Churchill and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Online Blog, Ohio’s Most Read Online Black Newspaper  ( ) CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Rev. Dr