Melissa Koppel, a college student who wanted to work with children, turned to pain medication to relieve her severe migraines. When she became addicted and the pills ran out, a boyfriend introduced her to heroin. A year later, she became one of the drug's many victims.
Issue: October 2014 Issue Category: Features Author: James Bigley II
Finding Freedom A year and a half since her liberation from Ariel Castro’s prison, Michelle Knight has traveled overseas, written a best-seller, made new friends and created a new life for herself in Cleveland. Despite her physical and emotional hardships, she's striving to help others find courage and strength.
Issue: October 2014 Issue Category: Features Author: Erick Trickey
Best of Cleveland 2014 Edited by: Jason Brill and Kim Schneider; Stories by: Laura Adiletta, Kathy Ames Carr, Jason Brill, Kathleen Finley, Steve Gleydura, Sheehan Hannan, Frances Killea, Rachel Kalayjian, Jillian Kramer, Lauren McGrath, Cassie Neiden, Kelly Petryszyn, Kim Schneider, Dillon Stewart, Erick Trickey and Sam Twarek; Illustrations by Bob Peck Issue: October 2014 Issue Category: Features