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An Indiana officer runs with a local child through the fountain in Public Square

PHOTOS: Capturing the essence of the RNC

From patriots in Daniel Boone hats to police in prayer circles, Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the myriad sights amid the RNC.

Gilligan the Magician: Let's Make America Magical Again

First person: the greatest sleight of hand

In this riveting essay, Fresh Water contributor Mark Oprea offers up a sweeping insider's view of the RNC.

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Five strategies the Cleveland Police used to win the RNC

These straightforward tactics contributed to a stunningly successful policing story for the Cleveland Police Department and its extended team during the Republican National Convention.

"Unafraid and Unashamed" mural by Julian Raven

First Person: a thin glass line between Chris Christie and Alex Jones

During last week's Republican National Convention, Downtown Cleveland was a veritable flea market of ideologies and beliefs, with Public Square serving as the epicenter.  

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Panning out: Five takeaways from the RNC protests

Fresh Water managing editor Erin O'Brien was downtown most every day from July 14 until the RNC concluded on July 21. In this roundup, she gives a street-level view of the protests, large and small.  

A tight security plan in Public Square

First Person: reflecting on a successful RNC in Cleveland

There was a lot to take in during the RNC last week, from unique participants to a party-like atmosphere. Senior Fresh Water contributor Karin Connelly Rice shares her impressions of the event and how it played out in the 216.

Sun sets as the end of the RNC draws near

A quiet ending to the 2016 RNC

Social media roundup: the final day of the RNC in Cleveland brought soaring temperatures yet a mellower crowd to Public Square and East 4th Street.

Protesters light a flag on fire, causing chaos on E. 4th

Chaos on the street, cat calls in the crowd at Q on night three

Social media roundup: after tensions escalated, then fell, last night at the Q provided its own kind of controlled chaos. The Fresh Water team witnessed it all.

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A moody Tuesday at the RNC

Social media roundup: Tuesday morning, people were mingling about and enjoying the entertainment. By the afternoon, many protest groups had taken over Public Square. Then calm resumed.

Police use their bikes are barricadesades

A busy RNC day in Cleveland

Social media roundup: there was a lot going on in Cleveland on the first day of the RNC with thousands of visitors, protesters and business people all going about their causes.

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