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Kids vs. cops chess tournament helps youth learn about police in friendly setting

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Kids and cops squared off in a friendly game of chess for nearly two hours Wednesday at the Jones Leadership Academy of Business in Toledo.

The tournament, in its second year, wasn’t just to have fun and crown some winners, though. The event was hosted by the Toledo Public Schools Department of Public Safety and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department to help youth bond with law enforcement and learn more about what they do.

Chess holds a special place in the heart of Rohan Padhye, who has played the game for about 10 years. Through playing with the cops, he said he has learned a lot and taken away life lessons he’ll never forget.

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Community leaders talk Black History Month, legacy in the Glass City

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Leaders within the Toledo community said Black History Month is all about knowing where we come from and where we are headed as a nation.

“We have to talk about the people that have definitely impacted us the most and never leave them out,” Toledo City Councilwoman Vanice Williams said.

Williams said you can’t tell American history without Black history.

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The next generation of jazz

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This month, we have looked at the many ways Toledo native and jazz legend Art Tatum had an impact on the genre, his contemporaries and his hometown. Now, we conclude the series with the next generation of jazz.

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Breaking baseball’s color barrier: Moses Fleetwood Walker, the true first African American player

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When it comes to Major League Baseball’s long history, Jackie Robinson is widely known as the man to break its color barrier. However, there’s another player who continues to get overlooked for that title and his name is Moses Fleetwood Walker.

“They are nothing compared to what Moses Fleetwood Walker was doing back then,” television producer Byron Motley said.

A writer for the documentary “The League,” Motley has spent a lot of time studying African American baseball players. Walker being one of them who has proven to be a Toledo revolutionary and whose stellar play on the baseball field remains mind-blogging to historians.

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Restaurant Week Toledo set to begin Monday

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Over 40 local restaurants are preparing for Restaurant Week Toledo, the annual event that’s set to start Monday, Feb. 26.

Restaurant Week Toledo gives the community the opportunity to try dozens of locally owned restaurants around the area with discounted prices, while also being able to support Toledo youth.

Leadership Toledo’s tuition-free youth program is receiving a portion of participating restaurants’ profits that will be donated to its high-impact program for aspiring young leaders.

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Toledo’s first Black-owned barber college nearing one year old

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James Chestnutt, better known as Kutt’em Cheen, is currently a student at Topp Of The Line Barber College. He’s 27 years old and becoming a barber has always been on his mind.

“I’ve always been thinking about being a barber,” Chestnutt said. “My dad’s a barber, my uncle’s a barber, so it’s always been in my blood.”

He said he came to T.O.L. Barber College in south Toledo with the hopes of one day opening up his own barber shop business.

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Toledo GROWs to host 20th annual Seed Swap

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Toledo GROWs is hosting its 20th annual Seed Swap this weekend.

The event will take place on Feb. 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Scott High School located at 2400 Collingwood Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

According to organizers, at the event, attendees will receive free seeds and gardening information including watering tips, planting schedules, composting tips and more.

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‘A Night of Black Voices’ to feature Toledo’s most talented Black vocalists this weekend

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Stone Productions and the Collingwood Arts Center is presenting ‘Not Your Average Ensemble – A Night of Black Voices’ this weekend in Toledo.

The event will take place on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Collingwood Arts Center located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

Organizers say ‘A Night of Black Voices’ is a jukebox cabaret that will feature individual and group numbers performed by some of Toledo’s most talented Black vocalists. Tickets for the event are $15 online or $20 at the door.

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Local church holds expo to spotlight Black-owned businesses

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A local church is honoring Black History Month by uplifting and amplifying Black-owned businesses.

One business owner tells 13 Action News its fulfilling to know that her church is there for her.

“My church has been such a great support in my business,” said Tyla Jackson, Dynasty Child Care Center owner. “They’re always wearing my t-shirts telling people about my daycare. We offer child care to low income families.”

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Heart Gallery showcases importance of adoption

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The Heart Gallery travels around northwest Ohio to spread awareness about adoption.

Wendy Spoerl, the president of the Adopt America Network in Toledo, on Thursday said the exhibit is about placing kids in homes who are in foster care.

“The libraries are wonderful because we can get to a lot of different parts of the Toledo community and spread this message more broadly,” Spoerl said.

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