A Mother's Mission by Erick Trickey When Yvonne Pointer's daughter, Gloria, was murdered in 1984, the mother of three dedicated her life to service and activism. Her daughter's case went unsolved for 29 years — until this May, when a suspect was charged in the slaying. Now, Pointer faces a new challenge: She must find herself.
Fair Play Edited by Steve Gleydura; Stories by James Bigley II, Caitlyn Callahan, Elaine T. Cicora, Chris Dobstaff, Barry Goodrich, John Hitch, Kelsey Husnick, Amber Matheson, Alyssa Morlacci, Drew Parker, Kelly Petryszyn and Kim Schneider
Fair Play: Cattle Call
As the youngest of six children at Boyert's Greenhouse and Far, 18-year-old Clayton Boyert is raising six heifers and nine pigs, while taking care of 15 additional cows with hopes of building a future in the cattle industry. He led his shorthorn heifer to win the championship at the National Junior Shorthorn Competition in Des Moines, Iowa, this summer.
Fair Play: Crash Course
Willoughby's Tom Powell got his first lesson in demolition derby at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds last summer. Powell, a 53-year-old master technician at Mazda-Saab of Bedford, placed second in his first derby behind 21-year-old Ashley "Smashley" Saponari of North Royalton. Older, wiser and a little sorer, Powell returns to the event this year.
Fair Play: Magic Carpets
Sibyl Osicka has been demonstrating her rug-making technique at the Cuyahoga County Fair for more than 30 years. Fairgoers can pull up a chair to watch her work —she always keeps a couple seats handy for visitors.
Fair Play: Of Note
Barbara Ricca has been playing the trumpet with the Geauga County Fair Band since it began in 1938. As Ohio's oldest and only county fair band, it has about 50 active participants, but Ricca, 90, is the only original member.
Home Days: Light Fixture by Rebecca Meiser An eco-conscious family gives new life to a post-World War II bungalow in Rocky River.
The Indecision Jason Brill Call it the summer of our discontent. A few hot-button topics have forced Clevelanders to choose a side the last couple of months, be it Captain America: The Winter Soldier, parking price spikes or the man who made "decision" a dirty word.
Paper Chase by Ken Doctor The Plain Dealer is cutting home delivery to four days and shrinking its staff. But an industry analyst says it can still excel if it learns from newsroom reinventions elsewhere.