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Categories: Pop culture

Tickets for Rock on the Range sold out

COLUMBUS – In conjunction with AEG, Danny Wimmer Presents and Rockhouse Presents, Columbus Crew SC and MAPFRE Stadium announced that all tickets for Rock on the Range 2015 are sold out.

The event, held each summer at MAPFRE Stadium since 2007, is sold out for the third consecutive year. Set to be held on May 15, 16 and 17, this year’s festival marks the fastest sellout to date. Last year, the three-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event attracted 120,000 concertgoers.

The festival’s ninth year is headlined by Judas Priest, Linkin Park and Slipknot, with over 40 other artists scheduled to perform. The festival also features the Rolling Rock Comedy Tent featuring headline comedians Brian Posehn, Jim Norton & Rob Schneider.

AXS TV is set to be on-site to broadcast the weekend as part of its live festival coverage. Also new for 2015 will be the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 VIP Lounge, featuring amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, a charging station, private restrooms, premium food options and more.

Rock on the Range 2015, part of the World's Loudest Month festival series, features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May. Last year saw new attendance highs for the World's Loudest Month festivals, with more than 368,000 fans turning out to see over 150 bands perform, proving that the hunger for rock and metal music in America is growing.

Permalink 11:59:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 226 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Tech Corner

Innis Maggiore names two sitecore-certified developers

Innis Maggiore, the nation's leading advertising agency in the practice of positioning, announced that two web developers were certified on Sitecore 8®. Senior Web Developer Jason Sypolt and Web Developer Brian Trautman attended a four-day training course on the system, prior to completing the Sitecore-certified developer exam.

Sitecore released the latest version of its content management system in December 2014. Sypolt and Trautman were among the first web developers in Ohio to earn certification for the new system.

"Innis Maggiore is committed to advancing the knowledge and certification levels of our web team to stay current with the latest technology," said Mark Vandegrift, principal web and digital services. "With two Sitecore-certified developers, our agency is prepared to meet the increasing web needs of our clients." 

The agency's web team also holds additional certifications in Magento, Microsoft, Silverstripe and Sitefinity. 

Innis Maggiore Group is the nation's leading advertising agency in the practice of positioning, building strong brand positions for companies in competitive markets. The advertising and public relations agency had 2014 capitalized billings of more than $26 million. Key clients include AultCare, Aultman Hospital, Bank of America, Campbell Oil/BellStores, FSBO, GOJO Industries, Inc., inventors of PURELL® , Goodyear, GuideStone Financial Resources, Kendall House/KFC, Nickles Bakery, RTI International Metals and Republic Steel. Innis Maggiore is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Public Relations Society of America. The company maintains a website


Permalink 06:25:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 501 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

New “Comic Strip Only” newspaper to offer new and classic “funnies” to mailboxes everywhere

Seeking to preserve a uniquely American art form, Nashville based media entrepreneur Logan Sekulow has announced the launch of Laugh-O-Gram, a weekly, family-friendly comic strip-only newspaper delivered by mail. The all-new funny pages will include original comics as well as classic titles including Peanuts, Garfield, Family Circus, Beetle Bailey, Amazing Spiderman, Popeye, Dennis the Menace, Marmaduke, Zits, Ziggy, Baby Blues, Hi and Lois, The Phantom, Dilbert, FoxTrot, Nancyand more.

Each issue of Laugh-O-Gram will feature six full-color pages of classic and original comics. The paper hopes to bring the funnies to a new generation, while retaining what made them appealing to the pre-2000s generation. The paper will be printed on newsprint and delivered directly to the mailboxes of subscribers.

With traditional newspaper subscriptions in decline, Sekulow saw a need to save the “funny pages.” Says Sekulow, “The funny pages were a part of my childhood and were very important to me. Now, I have a son of my own. I want to share that experience with him and with families around the country.”

Laugh-O-Gram has enlisted support of renowned cartoonists and animators who share a love for comic strips. Laugh-O-Gram will feature all-new comic strips from some of today’s top artists including former Disney animator Tom Bancroft’s Outnumbered, as well asIntelligent Life from David Reddick (Garfield, Legend of Bill, The Trek Life).

“When we were little kids, it was all about comics.” Bancroft says. “I love this idea.”

“A whole newspaper devoted to comics is so fun, and really celebrates comics in a special way,” says Reddick. “I hope people will enjoy and appreciate comic strips even more, seeing an ocean of color, art and fun before them as they turn each page, just as I did when I was a kid every Sunday.”

Current syndicated cartoonists have endorsed this project as well. Guy Gilchrist, the cartoonist and writer of the legendary strip Nancy, says, “I think it’s a great idea and I just want it to fly. Comics are an American art form, like jazz and the blues, and we can’t ever let it go away.”

Even Ron Ferdinand, the current cartoonist for Dennis the Menace, is a Laugh-O-Gram backer: "I think Laugh-O-Gram is an awesome way to get comics in the waiting hands of comic fans!” 

Beyond preserving the comics of the past, Laugh-O-Gram hopes to inspire a new generation of children to become the next great American artists. Laugh-O-Gram will leave a blank strip in each paper for the personal expression of its loyal readers.

“We want kids involved with this project.” Sekulow says. “Above all, we want to instill creativity in a young generation, as well as showcase the amazing American art of the past, present, and future.” 

Laugh-O-Gram found immediate support when they launched a Kickstarter campaign in March, with rewards that include various subscription packages at discounted rates and original art. Artists offering original pieces of art include Ron Ferdinand, Tom Bancroft, Guy Gilchrist, and fine-artist Noah. Comic fans can still participate in the Kickstarter campaign which is available through Friday, April 24th.

Those interested in the Kickstarter campaign are encouraged to visit:

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Permalink 05:31:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 297 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Nationwide Children's Hospital applauds Congress for protecting child's health

Nationwide Children’s Hospital applauds Congress for passing legislation to protect children’s health care by extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Senate and House and will extend CHIP funding for 2 years. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday evening, passed the House in late March, and will be signed into law by the President.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital thanks our members of Congress for protecting this proven source of health care coverage designed to meet the needs of children,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “This bill ensures Ohio has the budgetary certainty to continue to provide children eligible under CHIP with access to affordable, pediatric appropriate health care coverage.”
“Nationwide Children’s Hospital deeply appreciates the bipartisan votes on behalf of CHIP from our service area legislators, Senators Brown and Portman, and Representatives Beatty, Johnson, Latta, Stivers, and Tiberi. We thank Speaker Boehner for placing a priority on children’s health care and his work with Minority Leader Pelosi to bring Congress together to get this important work done,” Allen said.
The bill will extend CHIP’s current-law funding levels and policies that have made the program a bipartisan success story for nearly two decades. Over the course of a year, more than 260,000 Ohio children, or approximately one in five of those on Ohio Medicaid, will rely on CHIP.  Together with Medicaid, CHIP, has helped to cut the rate of uninsured children in Ohio to a historic low of 5%.  In addition, half of all Ohio births are covered by CHIP and Medicaid.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act extends funding through September 2017 maintaining coverage for an estimated 10 million children across the country. The CHIP program is currently authorized through September 2019.


Permalink 06:45:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 1066 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Malone University Worldview Forum: Black Lives, Blue Lives: Race, Law Enforcement, and the Christian Response

Malone University will host the Worldview Forum, "Black Lives, Blue Lives: Race, Law Enforcement, and the Christian Response" on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center of the Johnson Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public, and will also be available via livestrream both during and after the event.

Speakers include:

  • ·         Andrea Perry, Safety Director for the City of Canton
  • ·         Bruce Lawver, Police Chief for the City of Canton
  • ·         Sandhya Jha, Founder and Director of the Oakland Peace Center 
  • ·         Bishop Joey Johnson, Organizer and Senior Pastor at The House of the Lord

Moderator is Brenda Stevens, Director of Multicultural Services at Malone University.

Panelists will discuss the following questions:

  • ·         What do people within your community say about the recent events and related tensions between police and black Americans?
  • ·         How do you explain the recent events and related tensions between police and black Americans?
  • ·         What can practically be done to resolve these issues? What role can the Christian community play in resolving these issues?
  • ·         What can the individuals in our audience do to resolve these issues? 

 The event will end with questions from the audience.

Speaker Bios:

Andrea M. Perry serves as safety director for the City of Canton. Prior to that appointment, she served at a cabinet-level position as director of compliance and personnel and as acting safety director. Her experience in human resources spans sixteen years, and includes both the public and private sectors. She has held the positions of general manager of administrative services for the City of Cleveland working under former Mayor Michael White, senior organizational advancement analyst for The Timken Company, and most recently the State of Ohio. Ms. Perry is a native Cantonian. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Malone University and a master of business administration degree from Ashland University. Her professional affiliations include Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM), National Black MBA Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame Festivities/Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Committees, Stark County Minority Business Association, Stark County Human Resource Association, Canton Symphony, and Project Rebuild. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Stark County Contemporary Trailblazer.

Bruce Lawver was appointed Canton City Police Chief by Mayor William J. Healy, II in February of 2012. Lawver, a 21 ‐ year veteran of the Canton City Police Department rose through the ranks of the department having worked in patrol, community policing, I.D. bureau the detective bureau and as a SWAT team commander. A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Chief Lawver has received numerous commendations throughout his career in law enforcement. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy Session ‐ 236 in 2009.

Through intelligence‐led policing, Chief Lawver is always looking for new and innovative approaches to improve the technology of the department in order to better serve the residents of Canton. He considers community partnerships with Canton residents, organizations and businesses

to be vital in maintaining open channels of dialogue. This strategy has allowed the department the opportunity to better serve our community with more efficient use of police resources. Under the direction of Chief Lawver, the Citizens Police Academy is introducing Canton residents to

the efforts and daily inner‐functioning of the police department. Involving the community, businesses, neighborhood groups and organizations are crucial to the Canton City Police Department’s strategic approach to fighting crime.

Sandhya Jha serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. She also serves as director of interfaith programs for East Bay Housing Organizations, where she organizes faith communities to advocate for housing as a human right and spiritual mandate throughout California’s Bay Area. Former pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland and former regional staff with Christian Churches of Northern California-Nevada, Sandhya is the author of Room at the Table, the history of people of color in the Disciples of Christ, and Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines on the subject of race and spirituality in America. She serves as a consultant with Hope Partnership and an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer with Reconciliation Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a faith-rooted organizer with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (formerly Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – CA) and is particularly proud of her podcast, Hope from the Hood, available on iTunes and at

Presiding Bishop F. Josephus Johnson II, better known as Bishop Joey Johnson, is the organizer and senior pastor of The House of the Lord in Akron, Ohio. As a visionary, Bishop Johnson founded The Pastoral Mentoring Institute, where he utilizes his considerable skills to train and mentor senior pastors and church leaders to be more effective in their local churches and in making an impact on today’s society and generations to come for the cause of Jesus Christ.  As a lover of The Holy Scriptures with keen intellectual curiosity and insatiable appetite for reading, Bishop Johnson founded Emmanuel Christian Academy and Logos Bible Institute to present opportunities to both children and adults to be educated and equipped in the foundation of God’s Word.  Among his many accolades, Bishop Johnson is the winner of the first-ever “Praiseworthy Sermons! Contest,” in April of 2007, conducted by Church Business Magazine.  The winning sermon was “Restoring God’s Witness To The Streets.” And on June 27th, 2007, Saint Thomas College and Theological Seminary conferred upon Bishop Johnson the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.  In addition, he holds a graduate-level reading certificate in cultural anthropology and New Testament Interpretation from the Theology Department of Creighton University in 2004. In 1983, Bishop Johnson authored The Church: The Family of Families, reprinted March 2013.  The popularity and power of his 1997 sermon series entitled, “Family Mess” inspired him to write God Is Greater Than Family Mess, whose popularity encouraged the updated and revised version, reprinted in 2009. Bishop Johnson completed his third book, The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit: From Denomination to Reformation: An Introduction to Biblecostalism® and released the accompanying Study Guide. In 2011 Bishop Johnson completed and released two books, The Biblical World through New Glasses and Lord of the Flies: A Leadership Fable.

The intent of the Worldview Forum Series is to provide the community with the opportunity to practice critical thinking and civil dialogue in the comparison of various worldviews in a professionally moderated, academic environment. It is expected that the forums will help those who attend learn to identify the constitute elements of differing worldviews as well as their implications upon belief and practice.

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