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State Rep. Vermel Whalen laid to rest, Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, Congresswoman Fudge, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, former Cleveland mayor Jane Campbell are among dignitaries that attend,..... State Rep Barnes officiates, Rev Stewart does eulogy....Ward 1 residents pay their respects, State Rep. Patmon, State Senators Smith and Turner also attend,.... Campbell, who lost reelection to Jackson in 2005, says that Whalen was loyal, a friend, and a dedicated public servant, ....Other speakers include Cleveland Councilmen Pruitt and Johnson, former Cleveland councilmen John Barnes Sr. and Joe Jones, Elaine Gohlstin, Judges Mason, Stokes and Groves

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                Vermel  M. Whalen                      By Kathy Wray Coleman , Editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com  www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) CLEVELAND , Ohio- Republican Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder (R-69) and Democrats Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and former Cleveland mayor Jane Campbell were among the dignitaries that attended the funeral on Saturday of r etired state Rep. Vermel M. Whalen, who served in the Ohio House of Representatives for 12 years and was a respected and influential politician  in Cleveland Ward 1 on the city's majority Black east side. Her funeral was  at Williams Temple Church of God and Christ in Cleveland, 6812 Woodland Ave. and the Rev. George L. Stewart did the eulogy.  Batchelder described Whalen as a strong and dedicated state legislator and Fudge and Jackson highlighted her efforts in bringing eco

Investigators say Houston mixed alcohol, antidepressants, funeral is Sat, ex hubby Bobby Brown to attend? Obama, Janet support Whitney's daughter

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Whitney Houston By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com News.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) BEVERLY HILLS, California-Whitney Houston mixed a deadly combination of the antidepressant Xanax and alcohol hours before her body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sat afternoon, investigators say., and the media are having a field day with that data, elevating the pop superstar to an even higher celebrity status than she enjoyed in the years before the aftermath of her untimely death. "This is too common a story now in America, the epidemic of prescription drugs," U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) said on a CNN talk show Wed. evening. "There is money all the way down the supply chains from the manufacturer to the doctors." Houston's body was flown to her hometown from the California Hilton where she was staying for what would have b