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Feagler and Friends - Obama to Visit Cleveland
Newsmaker: Dr. Eugene Sanders, CEO, Cleveland Municipal School District. Cleveland's school chief is preparing to lead an army of teachers, administrators and volunteers on a door-to-door mission to get students and their families excited about the upcoming Ohio Graduation Test. Sanders and his troops plan to visit every tenth-grader in the district over the next two weekends. But as school leaders prepared to trumpet an ideal, reality intruded with fights erupting at two high schools. One of the fights resulted in the non-fatal shootings of two people.

Roundtable: Greg Saber, reporter, WTAM 1100; Ned Whelan, Whelan Communications; Michael Walker, executive director, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

Don't BET on Cleveland: Black Entertainment Television studied 22 American cities looking for the ones with the best quality of life for black people. Cleveland came in dead last. Charlotte, NC was first in a study that used such criteria as unemployment, home ownership, manufacturing economy and infant mortality. Cleveland and cities like Detroit and Milwaukee were clustered near the bottom largely because they lack opportunity.

Obama to Visit Cleveland: The Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, is a rapidly rising star in the Democratic Party. He's traveling the country raising money for a run at the White House. He'll be in Cleveland Monday for appearances that will include a fund-raiser and a rally.

Satellite Radio Merger: The satellite radio industry, still in its infancy, has produced its first merger. Sirius and XM have agreed to a marriage worth an estimated $13 billion. The two companies have a combined subscribership estimated at 14 million, but neither has managed to turn a profit. The companies hope the merger will end a costly battle for top talent. They also hope the government won't raise anti-trust issues serious enough to block the merger.

Wal Mart to Pay Up: A key tenant at the new Steelyard Commons shopping center in Cleveland has agreed to forego a property tax abatement it earned by locating on a former industrial wasteland. Wal Mart didn't have an exact figure, but expects to pay out several million dollars it could have pocketed. City officials say they'll talk with other big-box retailers and encourage them to do likewise.
February 26, 2007