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CRCC drop-in center offers trafficking survivors safe, quiet place

By Christopher Johnston

For survivors of human trafficking, the need for community support and simple respite from their ongoing trauma is both urgent and virtually unlimited. After more than a year of planning and overseeing the build-out of a former KeyBank branch at 10450 Superior Ave. on the southwest corner of East 105th Street in Glenville, Cleveland Rape…

Ensure Honey Bee Health By Managing Healthy Colonies

Add titleEnsure Honey Bee Health By Managing Healthy Colonies Ridding bee colonies of Varroa mites is key, but keepers must take a holistic approach to maintain thriving hives. With colony collapse disorder (CCD) decimating significant numbers of hives every year, research scientists and beekeepers continue their search for solutions. Honey bee colonies face a lot…

A day in the life of a Cleveland Food Bank truck driver during COVID-19

John Daniel “JD” Aylward is Christopher Johnston’s nephew and one of several of Johnson’s loved ones who are serving on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. Johnston shares the pride Aylward and his coworker, U.S. Marshal Tony Keffer, feel in serving their fellow Clevelanders at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Despite the fact his asthma designated him high-risk and…

Covid-19 and crime accelerate economic struggles in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

Bullet holes peppering the aluminum entrance to the Southern Café East hint at the sobering story of distress tormenting the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Owner and Executive Chef Tony Fortner, who has invested in the community only to find his opportunity for success stymied by Covid-19, currently finds himself living a nightmare that’s far from finished.…

Cleveland’s Salvation Army faces the challenges of rescuing sex trafficking survivors

Since 2018, the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland has run a facility downtown dedicated to helping human trafficking victims. Yet now, although the residence remains full and there is an increase in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the unit is fighting to remain open for the long-term.   Director Beau Hill says a shift in…

Featured: Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism | How has Ohio Stepped Up Measures to Combat Sexual Violence?

For one Ohio trafficking victim, the opening of the accredited rape crisis center at the YWCA Dayton last year proved crucial to quelling her inner demons, which lingered long after the physical pain subsided. For years, her abuser raped and beat her daily. She must never tell anyone, he threatened, because it would “open Pandora’s…

Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor: “Cleveland uses literature to empower youth, overcome social divides

By welcoming and engaging its citizens from all corners through literature, the city is spawning discussions that could help it tackle tough social issues from homelessness to substance abuse. At a long conference table on the east side of Cleveland, Daniel Gray-Kontar listens closely as one of his students, a high school senior, starts to…

History Magazine: Prelude to Victory

Christopher Johnston looks back at industrialist Frederick c. Crawford’s tour of the western front in the late stages of WWII In December of 1944, Frederick C. Crawford, president of Thompson Products, Inc., an automotive and aviation parts manufacturer in Cleveland, stepped out of an airplane in Cherbourg, France. He led a group of six major…

Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor | How Cleveland has become a leader in trying to eradicate human trafficking

JULY 9, 2017  CLEVELAND On a recent Friday night, when many women are spending time with their families or going to see a rom-com movie with friends, Renee Jones is doing something unconventional. She’s driving around Cleveland’s seedier neighborhoods, visiting some of this city’s most notorious strip clubs. Her intention isn’t to see the young women…

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Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor | CSI Cleveland: How the city is curbing sexual violence

Ohio’s second-largest city has become a national leader in responding to rape cases and dealing compassionately with victims. By Christopher Johnston, Contributor | Cover Story | FEBRUARY 21, 2016 CLEVELAND — Registered nurse Elizabeth Boothis was haunted by one rape victim: petite, late 20s, clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. Sitting alone, crying, nose running, with…

Scientific American | High-Pressure Hybrids: Fuel-Efficient Hydraulic Vehicles Come of Age

by Christopher Johnston, ScientificAmerican.com (August 11, 2010) Thanks to hybrid hydraulics, there is something especially awesome in the power of the next generation of garbage and delivery trucks that will soon be rolling through your neighborhood. Although they may still look like big, bulky trucks, inside they boast hydraulic power-train systems that are significantly more…

Time.com | The Cleveland High School Shooting: Portrait of the Suspect as Teenager

by Christopher Johnston, Time.com (3/2/12) In hindsight, the poem on T.J. Lane’s Facebook page was an apparent omen. But before this week, it had all the originality of every adolescent’s angry angst. A touch of goth. A dollop of rebellion. An obsession with mortality. It ends with these lines: “Feel death, not just mocking you.…

Northern Ohio Live | Disarming the Bomb in Hunter’s Head

Fortunately, the tiny bomb lurking in Hunter Severns’ head has not escaped detection. Diagnostic scans on two light screens on the operating room wall reveal its shadowy outlines insinuating throughout his brain, stealing blood from its rightful recipients… Read the full story

Cleveland Tab | Letter from Israel

ElT SHE’AN, ISRAEL – Until a few months ago, Dror Moredechi, a gro- cery store owner outside of Beit She’an, Israel, probably never thought ht would feel closer to people from Cleveland than to some of his own relative; But that changed after June 19, 2003… Read the full story  

Cleveland Magazine | Road Warriors

Faced by a fresh awareness of the “finiteness” of life, Henry A. Zimmerman III decided that quality time with his son meant spending seven weeks together on a 9,OOO-mile odyssey around America in a 1982 VW Vanagon… Ready the full story here

Freshwater Cleveland | Legal clinic helps people expunge criminal pasts

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSTON | THURSDAY, JULY 09, 2015 GLENVILLE On an overcast Saturday morning, when most attorneys his age are golfing, James Levin sits behind a metal desk in a basement office of the Famicos building on Ansel Road in Glenville, trying to unravel the convoluted legal history of a Cleveland man named Albert. Just a…

Scientific American | Personal Grooming Products May Be Harming Great Lakes Marine Life

ScientificAmerican.com | High-Pressure Hybrids: Fuel-Efficient Hydraulic Vehicles Come of Age by Christopher Johnston, ScientificAmerican.com (August 11, 2010) Thanks to hybrid hydraulics, there is something especially awesome in the power of the next generation of garbage and delivery trucks that will soon be rolling through your neighborhood. Although they may still look like big, bulky trucks,…

Time.com | World War II Crimes: The Legal Afterlife of John Demjanjuk

By Christopher Johnston, Time.com (3/22/12) John Demjanjuk died March 17 as he had lived much of the last 35 years of his life: in the shadow of the courts. And his legal afterlife is likely to see his friends and lawyers trying to wrest him from judicial limbo. At the time of his death, the accused Nazi…

American Theater | The Velocity of Eric Coble

The prolific Cleveland-based writer’s career is packed with impulsive twists and crises averted. By Christopher Johnston, American Theater YOU’RE PLAYWRIGHT ERIC COBLE. YOU’VE SPENT two decades getting more than 40 original plays and adaptations produced on six out of seven continents and racking up numerous awards. Now, it’s April 2012, and Estelle Parsons is lined…

The Storyteller

Cleveland Magazine | The Storyteller

S0, have you heard the one about the Irishman who walked into a bar to apply for a job and 10 years later walked out the owner? No, this isn’t a joke. It’s a story – a story about a storyteller. The Irishman is Brendan Ring, proprietor of Nighttown restaurant and bar. Top of Cedar Hill, Cleveland Heights. (This part of the an-tickle is best read in da t’ickest Irish…