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Cleveland schools graduate and Olympic track star Jesse Owens to be honored July 30 with a wall painting by Cleveland School of the Arts students at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center in Cleveland, with a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials

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Pictuted are the late Olymic gold medalist Jesse Owens, and the late Cleveland councilman Lonnie Burten (wearing beard)


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CLEVELAND, Ohio– The legacy of Jesse Owens, the local Cleveland track star who won four gold metals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and was a graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is being honored and memorialized by Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA) students with a mural and an 11:30 am ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 30 at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center on the city' east side. City officials and CSA administrators and staff will also be in attendance, organizers said. For more information contact Kim Moss of the Owens Group by email at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  and by phone at 216-291-0500 / or 216-272-3818.


During the months of February through June, the students participated in an artistic adventure, which culminated  in a full size mural for placement at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center.


The  late Lonnie Burten was a  Cleveland councilman in Ward 5 on th largely Black east side in the the Central area, one of the city's  and the nation's poorest communities, a ward now led by Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, who succeeded Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's third Black mayor.


Burten died suddenly of a heart attack in 1984 at the age of 40 and Jackson was elected in 1989 to replaced him on city council, winning several elections thereafter, and ultimately becoming council president before he ousted then mayor Jane Campbell in a non- partisan election runoff in 2005.


Students at CSA collaborated to design the mural , which is a wall painting, based on their interpretation of Owens’ story.


The mural design was brought to life by the students and with the help of CSA teacher Danny Carver.


Mr. Carver guided the students in awakening their imagination to create a mural that reflects both the local tie of Owens, and his Olympic triumph.


Carver said that it has been an honor to educate and help the students learn and recreate the legacy of Jesse Owens, who died in 1980 after a battle with cancer.


"He’s been a role model to the community for many years and I am proud to be a part of continuing his legacy in his roots," said Carver of Owens, who was Black like Owens.


With time and dedication, Owens' story came alive and was captured by the collaborative design.


The son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, Jesse Owens stunning achievement of being the first American to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany made him an unforgettable part of world history.


Nicknamed 'The Buckeye Bullet,' Owens began his career  in Cleveland at East Technical High School, which is located right across from the newly painted mural. He set two high school world records and tied another in addition to winning all of the major track events, and the Ohio State Championship for three consecutive years. Though he attended the Ohio State University, he did not finish college.


Owens became a role model during a time of deep-rooted segregation. He affirmed that individual excellence distinguishes an individual as the entire world took note of his remarkable achievement, one which remains without precedence. His legacy remains strong, not only throughout Cleveland and the state of Ohio, but across the nation.


The New York Times hailed him as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history.”


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Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 09:54
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Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22, the funeral for the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown to be held in Atlanta with burial next to her mother in Newark, New Jersey.....By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog.

Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

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ATLANTA, Georgia-Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late pop singer Whitney Houston, and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died July 26 at a hospice facility in Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by family, including Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, and the younger Brown's father.


The 22-year-old aspiring singer, who friends say was still grieving the loss of her mother,  who died three years ago, was reportedly found face down in the bathtub by her boyfriend Nick Gordon, 30, and a friend in their Roswell, Georgia, home on Saturday morning, Jan 31. She never regained consciousness .

Gordon performed CPR before paramedics arrived. She was later

transported her by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital, an Atlanta area hospital.

Police are still investigating, sources said.

Brown's funeral will be held in Atlanta, and she will be buried next to her mother at the Fairview Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey, though arrangements are still pending.


She was the sole heir of Whitney Houston's $20 million fortune. and last year received $1.2 million shortly thereafter, the first of three installments from the trust fund her mother left her. She would have gotten 30 percent more at the age of 25 and the remainder of her inheritance upon turning 30.

Houston and Bobby Brown were divorced, and Houston's will is reportedly airtight with the remainder of the fortune, now at a reported $20 million to be spit between Houston mother Cissy and the Houston's two brothers, a clause applicable because  Bobbi Kristina had no children and was not married.

In town for a pre Grammy Awards party, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California on Feb. 11, 2012. The official coroner's report says that the pop icon accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as the causes of death. ( /(

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:02

Unity Day draws thousands to Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, an annual event sponsored by Councilman Zack Reed....Black community supports Police Chief Calvin Williams at the gathering....By Kathy Wray Coleman of Cleveland Urban News.Com

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed (wearing gray tie), and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog.


Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.


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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The annual Unity Day Festival at Luke East Park, sponsored each year by Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, drew thousands of people on Saturday, an indication of the growing influence of the Black east side councilman who has represented the Kinsman and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods since 2000.

Headliners Stephanie Mills, Evelyn "Champagne" King and the S.O.S. Band were the featured groups this year, and performed free  to the community, though Reed has been skilled in drawing corporate sponsors each year to help fund the picnic gala, a gathering replete with concession stands, vendors, fire works, and all.

Last year the legendary R & B singing groups The O'Jays, natives of Canton, Ohio,  and After 7, an 80's singing group, performed.


Numbers range anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people on a given year that the event attracts. This year it was mid-range, but still the draw that has made it so popular.

Reed told Cleveland Urban News.Com then that the event, this year in its 12th year, is a community and family event and was initiated for everybody to "have a good time."

The councilman said that in previous years the Temptations, George Clinton and Cameo were among the performers.


Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, drew applause when Reed recognized him, support from the Black community of a police chief appointed by a Black mayor, three term mayor Frank Jackson. That community acknowledgement of Williams, a who is a Cleveland native and home grown, comes following a court negotiated settlement last month relative to a  consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for police reforms.

Last December the DOJ, then under U.S. attorney general Eric holder, and now led by Loretta Lynch, a former New York prosecutor, announced findings of systemic problems in the city's largely White Cleveland Police Department. Those scathing findings include a pattern of illegal excessive force killings, vicious pistil whippings of innocent women and children, and cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 23:25

Brelo Judge John O'Donnell dismisses misdemeanor charges in common pleas court against 5 Cleveland supervisors involved in the 137 shots deadly shooting so that the case can proceed in East Cleveland....O'Donnell is also under investigation for the theft

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell (pictured) has granted a request by County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to dismiss misdemeanor charges pending in the court of common pleas issued following a grand jury indictment last year against five White supervisors involved in a 2012 deadly car chase so that the city of East Cleveland, where the incident ended following a car chase than began in Cleveland, can proceed. (Editor's note: O'Donnell is also under investigation for the gross theft of homes of Cuyahoga County residents for mortgage companies and banks such as JPMorgan Chase Bank. Cities targeted across the county include University Hts, where its corrupt White Democratic mayor, Susan Infeld, is also a ring leader of the documented theft and public corruption, data show. Infeld is also the safety director of the largely White and middle class Cleveland suburb,  and she uses police to stalk and harass Black homeowners that complain of the mortgage theft, research reveals. In cases of fire claims, Infeld is lobbying JPMorgan Chase Bank, Assurant  Insurance Company, and others not to pay the fire claims so that she and city council can illegally get kickbacks in county grant money to illegally demolish the homes to rid her community of Blacks, research reveals).

All three of them, O'Donnell, McGinty and Infeld, are White.

In Ohio, common pleas courts have jurisdiction over felony charges, some with attached misdemeanors, but not necessarily over misdemeanor cases in isolation of a felony charge.

Supervisiors Randolph Dailey, Michael Donegan, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens and Paul Wilson faced dereliction of duty charges from the 22-minute chase where officers fired 137 rounds at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, killing both of them instantly.

While officer Michael Brelo was indicted and charged with two felony counts of voluntary manslaughter for firing 49 of the 137 shots, and later acquitted in a bench trial before O'Donnell, the other 12 police officers that did the shooting, none of whom are Black,  escaped charges with McGinty' full support.

Both Williams and Russell were Black.


The five supervisors at issue remain gainfully employed and still on the job with the majority Black major American city where a consent decree was reach in federal district court last month with the U.S. Department of Justice for police reforms.

The city of Cleveland, a muncipality of Cuyahpoga County, Ohio's largest of 88 counties statewide, settled wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of the victims for $3 million that was split between the two families.  ( / (

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:07

60,000-signature petition for County Prosecutor Tim McGinty for criminal charges and arrests warrants against Cleveland police that killed Tamir Rice to be delivered at 2 pm at Justice Center on July 23 with 1 pm City Hall rally

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Pictured are  12-year-old Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and newspaper blog. Tel: (216) 659-0473.


Coleman is Black, and a 22-year investigative journalist and political and legal reporter who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Greater Cleveland community members, led by community activists, will rally at the Free Stamp outside of Cleveland City Hall in downtown Cleveland at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 23, and then march to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center to deliver a petition to County Prosecutor Tim McGinty at 2 pm with over 60,000 signatures that calls for state criminal charges against the two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old- Tamir Rice. (Editor's note: The groups call themselves the Tamir Rice Justice Committee and will also hold a 2 pm press conference on the steps of the Justice Center. For more information contact  Dick Peery at (216) 752-9912, Rick Nagin at  (216) 749-2369, or LaTonya Goldsby at (216) 903-8759).

July 23 also marks the eighth month anniversary of Rice's Nov 23, 2014 death, and the petition contains signatures from the community via canvassing,  and online signatures, including at

The Justice Center houses the offices of the county and city prosecutors, city and county clerks of courts, police headquarters, the county jail, the Cleveland municipal and common pleas judges, and the county sheriff, among others. And McGinty, a Democrat who routinely protects police in excessive force shootings from prosecution, data show, and who activists say is procrastinating in the Rice case in particular, is the target of the petition drive.

"The petition will be delivered to County Prosecutor Tim McGinty at the Justice Center and we want the two policemen charged and arrested because Tamir did not pose a threat to warrant anybody killing him," said Richard "Dick" Peery, a community activist, labor affiliate, and retired Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper reporter and former writer's guild union president.

Peery said that Rick Nagin, a Cleveland west side community activist, will lead the rally, and so will Rice's cousin, LaTonya Goldsby.

Elected officials, union organizers, Cleveland NAACP executive board members, and others that also initiated the petition drive were invited, said Peery.

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11), a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose majority Black 11th congressional district includes the city of Cleveland, is the honorary chair of a Tamir Rice Justice Committee petition, a petition signed also by some Cleveland city council members, members of Cuyahoga County Council, state senators, other elected officials, residents, community activists, and members of the faith-based and labor communities of greater Cleveland.

Nick Martin, the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, is also among the notables supporting the initiative.

A county grand jury is expected to hear evidence in the case if McGinty, a former common pleas judge, decides to hand the case to the county grand jury for possible indictments of criminal charges.

Last month Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ron Adrine recommended that McGinty pursue criminal charges against the police officers following the judge's  probable cause finding relative to a citizens affidavit for criminal charges filed per state law and by a group of Civil Rights leaders, area Black clergy and  community activists dubbed the Cleveland 8.

Adrine said in his ruling that McGinty has the oneness to present the case to the grand jury or not, though the issue is on appeal as to whether the Cleveland judge should have issued arrest warrants against the two cops per his finding of probable cause. That finding precipitated in preliminary misdemeanor court criminal charges issued by Adrine, including a charge of murder against the cop that pulled the trigger.

(Editor's note: In Ohio, only a county grand jury can bring felony charges under state law through indictments, though municipal court judges can recommend and issue preliminary felony charges, and bound felony cases over for review by the grand jury after access to a preliminary hearing, and issuance of a probable cause finding. And the county prosecutor leads the review before the grand jury, often times denying a defendant even the opportunity to speak or present his or her side. But cops that get in trouble with the law usually, if not always, get the opportunity to sway or not sway a grand jury, data show.)

Rice had a toy pellet gun that he allegedly was pointing at people at a public park on the city's largely White west side last November before White police officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann arrived following a 9-1-1 call. The Cleveland dispatcher that took the call reportedly told the officers that Rice was a kid and that the gun was likely a toy gun.

Surveillance video shows no crowd when the two cops zoom up on the the 12-year-old in a police cruiser and Loehmann shoots Rice instantly, an action that some signing the petition say warrants at least charges of negligent homicide. They also want all applicable charges, including dereliction of duty, aggravated murder, murder, and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.

Rice's older sister, who witnessed the incident at the park that left her brother dead, told reporters that police said raise your shirt and then shot her younger brother twice in the abdomen. They claimed later, she said, that the younger Rice, who was Black, went for his toy gun.

The boy died a day after the shooting at a local hospital.

Members of the 17-member Cleveland City Council to sign the petition to date for McGinty to push for criminal charges against police relative to the killing of Rice include Jeff Johnson, Brian Cummins, and  Kevin Conwell, vice chair of city council's safety committee.

Members of the 11- member Cuyahoga County Council that signed on include Anthony Hairston, Dale Miller, and Yvonne Conwell, Kevin Conwell's wife.

State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-21), a Cleveland Democrat, and state Sen. Michael Skindell (D-23), a Lakewood Democrat, also signed the petition, as did at least three suburban council persons, including those representing Woodmere, Fairvew Park and the city of Maple Heights.

Dozens of clergy of greater Cleveland have signed on, most of whom are Black, and include the Rev. Tony Minor, Rev. Lorenzo Norris, Rev. Sara Ross, Rev. Waltrina Middleton, and the Rev. Charles See, who leads Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries' Community Re-Entry Program for people returning from prison.

Labor leaders supporting the petition include Democratic operative Lane Dunbar, Workers United Local 178 President Wanda Navarro, Mark Davis, who is the Cleveland regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and David Sheagley, the legislative and political organizer for the American Federation of Government Employees, District 6.

Community activists supporting the endeavor include Dr. Stewart and Valerie Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, William Clarence Marshall of the Carl Stokes Brigade, Cleveland Renaissance Movement Leader Basheer Jones, Carol Steiner of Puncture the Silence,Bill Swain of  Revolution Books, Don Bryant of the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Al Porter of Black on Black Crime, Art McKoy of the Black Man's Army, and Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland and northern Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR).

Among others that signed the petition are Cleveland NAACP Executive Board Member Meryl Tolbert Johnson, Lillian Sharpley and Karolyn Isnhart of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, and Rick Nagin and Janet Garcia, both of whom have made failed bids for a seat on Cleveland City Council.

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 05:08

Ohio Governor John Kasich announces 2016 run for president to mixed reviews and courts the Black vote, says Blacks are still denied equal rights in America..... By Editor Kathy Wray Coleman, of Cleveland Urban News. Com

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. ( / (

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (pictured) declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race today at the Ohio State University in the state's capital of Columbus with some 4,500 supporters on hand.


The governor of the bible belt state joins a line up of some 37 GOP hopefuls, some declared candidates, and others not, a third of them prominent, including front runners Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and flamboyant billionaire businessman, actor and author Donald Trump.

Of note is what the Republican governor said during his campaign speech about African-Americans, though only a handful were there, an indication or not  that he is courting the Black vote,  and if so, a 360 degree turn from when he took office in 2011 and appointed not one Black to his cabinet.

"Or how about a member of the minority community — an African-American," said Kasich. "Do you wonder ?"

"You think about the troubles that many of our African-Americans still face today in the world where we have worked to provide equal rights and opportunities," said Kasich. " Sometimes they're not so sure, and I don't blame them."

Kasich said that historically Blacks have been treated like second class citizens in America, and that their suffering should not be forgotten.

"How about the racial violence that we experienced in this country?" said Kasich. "  The early days of television when they put the dogs and the gas and the batons on people of another color.

A former U.S. rep of Ohio with a sharp political tongue who lost to unions and labor when Senate Bill 5 , a state law that he championed that significantly curtailed collective bargaining in Ohio, was repealed in 2011, the governor game back to win reelection last year with 64 percent of the vote over Democrat Ed FitzGerald.

His Senate Bill 5 foes were among 100 or so protesters, including teachers, organized labor and pro-abortion advocates, that picketed his announcement.

Kasich is the 16th GOP candidate to enter the race and was joined by his wife Karen and twin daughters as he announced his run for the White House. And he focused on fiscal policy, jobs,  and the economy, something presidential candidates often do, smart ones at least.

"I will promise you that my top priority will be to get this country on a path to fiscal independence, strength, and we will rebuild the economy of this country because creating jobs is the highest moral purpose and we will move to get that done," said Kasich.

His announcement got mixed reviews.

Some political pundits , mainly CNN commentators, were unkind, saying the Ohio governor is a long shot and is an unknown, and that he gave a rambling  45-minute announcement speech. And he will not be among the 10 GOP candidates selected for the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland on August 6, which will also host the Republican National Convention next year.

He ranks 12th among the top 15 GOP candidates, according to a poll announced Monday by

Others are calling him a compassionate Republican as he talks equal opportunity while Republican dominated state legislatures across the country, including in Ohio, keep chipping away at voting rights

What he has done for sure is put Ohio further up on the political map for now, an addition to its status already of no Republican of remembrance winning the White House without first winning the state of Ohio, and no Democrat doing so since president John F. Kennedy in 1960.

Kasich was all but confirmed to enter the presidential race when he gave his State of the State address on Feb. 24 at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio to a capacity audience that consisted largely of state legislators and fellow Republicans. There he utilized the bulk of his 75-minute speech to push his tax plan and education funding proposals, as well as an economic agenda, all of them public policy initiatives that are discussed universally on the national level and have become part of his campaign for president.

Kasich ousted the Democratic governor Ted Strickland four and a half years ago and Strickland is  seeking the Democratic nomination for next year's U. S. Senate race,  hoping, do doubt,  to unseat Republican Rob Portman.

Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, her only credible opponent being U. S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of New York, who has wooed crowds but is a sure long-shot at 73-years-old.

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Michael Brown attorney to represent family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old whom Cleveland police killed, attorneys call for Mayor Frank Jackson to fire safety director Michael McGrath and former safety director Martin Flask, now a chief assistant to the mayor, attorneys also want community oriented police advisory board and say the family does not trust Cleveland police to indict the White police officer that killed Rice


Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice along side Benjamin Crump, Leonard Warner and Walter Madison speaks during a news conference in Cleveland


Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was fatally shot by police speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Dec. 8, 2014. To the left of Samaria Rice is Rice family Attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of slain Black unarmed teens  Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.  To the right of Sanaria Rice is Akron based attorney Walter Madison, who will assist Crump in the controversial case that has caused racial unrest in the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland. Photo by Aaron Josedczyk—Reuters