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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a brawl outside the Foundry Concert Club in Lakewood, Akron and Cincinnati children's hospitals join forces for cancer treatments and Munroe Falls answers fracking questions for a French sub-prefect.
FRACKING: A sub-prefect from Istres, a city in southern France, visited Munroe Falls to learn more about issues surround fracking in U.S. cities to report to the French government, including a current Ohio Supreme Court case involving whether drilling should be allowed in residentially zoned areas, according to the Stow Sentry. Simon Babre and his interpreter, Gerard Lob, said they are on a fact-finding mission for the government in France, where fracking is forbidden even for tests. The high court is currently deciding whether a drilling company with a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources should be permitted to drill on private, residential property, or whether drilling should be limited to industrial areas and whether municipalities have home-rule rights regarding zoning. Babre met with Mayor Frank Larson, City Council President Jim Iona and Community and Economic Development Coordinator Anne DiCola on April 14. Click here to read more at stowsentry.com.
MASSILLON AQUARIUM/WATER PARK: Although the idea of a massive indoor aquarium and water park caused a buzz in Massillon in mid-March, city officials say that Hammond Aqualife, the company planning to buy the 275-acre Legends of Massillon golf course to build the proposed $52 million domed-structure, has not made an offer, according to GateHouse Ohio Media. Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, who was initially enthusiastic about the project, said no offer has been made even two weeks after Hammond officials submitted a letter of intent to buy the golf course, and she said she hasn't heard from officials since an April 7 meeting when City Council tabled legislation for a 30-year lease of the golf course. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
CANCER TREATMENT: Akron Children's Hospital has joined with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to provide Phase 1 and Phase 2 experimental drug trials for Akron Children's patients, according the Akron Beacon Journal. Previously, the hospital did not offer Phase 1 trials, which test effects of new drugs in humans, and only offered a handful of Phase two trials, which test the effectiveness and after of new drugs. The partnership will allow children to be enrolled in cancer research and experimental treatments at Cincinnati Children's Hospital but receive follow-up care closer to home in Akron. Akron Children's is the first hospital to join what Cincinnati Children's is hoping will be a network of hospitals called the Advanced Cancer Therapies Network, and Cincinnati Children's is the only Ohio hospital of 11 hospitals in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
LAKEWOOD BRAWL: Twenty people were taken into police custody following a fight around 7:15 p.m. Saturday outside of the Foundry Concert Club in Lakewood at Detroit and Coutant avenues, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Four people were taken to area hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening stab wounds. The club was hosting Firefest 2014, which featured 12 heavy metal bands, but police say the fight was not inside the club. Although gunshots were initially reported, police said no one was shot. The cause of the fight is still undetermined and charges will be determined after police finish collecting statements and processing the 20 suspects. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.