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The news quiz features 10 questions on current events from the past week. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Classes are in full swing at schools across Northeast Ohio. So it's a good chance to show some solidarity with students by taking a few moments to take the cleveland.com news quiz, featuring 10 questions on current events.  You're not being graded, but hopefully you have been paying attention to the news during the past week. The quiz is below. Mobile users can take it here. Good luck.  // var _polldaddy = [] || _polldaddy; _polldaddy.push( { type: "iframe", auto: "1", domain: "advanceinternet.polldaddy.com/s/", id: "cleveland-com-news-quiz-for-friday-sept-9-2016", placeholder: "pd_1473402753" } ); (function(d,c,j){if(!document.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=('https:'==document.location.protocol)?'https://polldaddy.com/survey.js':'http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js';s=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);}}(document,'script','pd-embed')); // ]]>
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Ohio Cleveland State University
Feds: Steel mill cited for failing to protect, train workers
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Federal investigators have cited a northeast Ohio steel mill for safety violations, including that workers weren't protected from a dangerous atmosphere caused by chemicals leaking into the ventilation system. WEWS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2cH9KuV ) documents released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say TimkenSteel also failed ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Occupational safety and health Akron Ohio Ohio English-language films Nitrogen HVAC Water Laborer
Mother says special needs son forcibly baptized; robber calls judge 'slave master'; infant dies at homeless shelter: Overnight News Links
Also, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll; Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money; Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest Featured stories Mother says special needs son was forcibly baptized at Geauga County church (WKYC Channel 3) Bank robber who acted as own attorney calls Lake County judge 'slave master' at sentencing (News-Herald) Infant who died at Dayton homeless shelter was a twin (Dayton Daily News) Crime Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money (cleveland.com) 'Extremely delusional' North Olmsted youth pastor sentenced for sexual relationship with teen (cleveland.com) Two accused of causing crash while fleeing Eastlake police (photos) (cleveland.com) Berea man sentenced for rape of Soviet-era labor camp survivor (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights detectives arrest suspect in restaurant robberies (video) (cleveland.com) North Ridgeville abduction case may be linked to Elyria, Cleveland (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain County couple arrested in connection with alleged child abuse case (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues (cleveland.com) Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school (cleveland.com) No water in a hot Cleveland school? Depends who you ask (cleveland.com) Cleveland artist to live inside giant wooden sphere made from demolished houses (cleveland.com) 10 Cuyahoga County school districts have new taxes on the November ballot: Here's the list (cleveland.com) Local news East 20 Lake County restaurants, other food places with most health inspection violations (cleveland.com) Man worth millions says he needed food stamps (WKYC Channel 3) Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall comes to Geauga County (News-Herald) Local news West Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest (video) (cleveland.com) Florida man dies after crash on Ohio Turnpike (Lorain Morning Journal) Willard man struck, killed on Ohio 61 (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Death of man at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park ruled suicide by medical examiner (cleveland.com) Akron awarded $5 million to reimagine civic spaces, bring diverse communities together (cleveland.com) State Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll (cleveland.com) Retired generals from Ohio stress their support for Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump's Cleveland appearance (cleveland.com) Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio but not much changes for patients (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmaker urges cities not to ban medical marijuana before state sets rules (cleveland.com)  Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video) (cleveland.com) How to build a highway: A tour of an Ohio Turnpike construction zone (cleveland.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Lake County Ohio Elyria Ohio
Death of man at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park ruled suicide by medical examiner
The death of a man found at Brandywine Falls Tuesday has been ruled a suicide by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. Watch video AKRON, Ohio -- An elderly man found dead at Brandywine Falls Tuesday took his own life, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. The office identified the man as 71-year-old August C. Voight, of Brecksville. Voight died of multiple blunt force injuries, Gary Gunther, chief investigator with the medical examiner's office, said Thursday. Voight was found at the base of a cliff overlooking a 65-foot waterfall on the eastern edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Sagamore Hills. Previous coverage: Elderly man found dead at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Voight's death is the third in the area since the falls became part of the national park. In 1995, a man fell over the boardwalk fence and died. There wasn't another death there until May 2011 when a 31-year-old Canal Fulton man died after falling from the top of the falls.    If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
45 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio and Erie Canal Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Death Brecksville Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Life
Free hot dog offered with a ticket to "Sausage Party"
Regal Cinemas is offering a voucher for a free hot dog to everyone who buys a ticket to "Sausage Party." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Theatergoers have a chance to get free food the next time they see the summer's hit R-rated comedy "Sausage Party." In what is likely an attempt to boost lagging ticket sales, Regal Cinemas is offering a hot dog voucher to everyone who buys a ticket to see the raunchy farce about anthropomorphic foodstuffs between Friday and Sunday. Northeast Ohio has eight Regal Cinemas theaters located in Willoughby, Richmond Heights, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Westlake, Medina, Hudson and Akron. Sausage Party has made more than $100 million at the box office so far -- against a modest $19 million budget -- but tickets sales have fallen off since its August 12 premiere. It brought in a pedestrian $5.2 million in ticket sales last weekend, finishing fifth behind "Don't Breathe," "Suicide Squad," "Kubo and the Two Strings," and "Pete's Dragon."
21 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Cities in Ohio Movie theater Greater Cleveland Box office Akron Ohio Brook Park Ohio Ticket
WKSU to host public forum on effects of removing the Gorge Dam
WKSU and Exploradio will hold a public forum and panel discussion Sept. 21 on removing the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has focused on removing the Gorge dam from the Cuyahoga River for more than a decade. The dam is located in the Gorge MetroPark between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.  In March, the federal government said it would pay 65 percent of the $70 million cost to remove the 57-foot-high dam. Residents can attend a public forum hosted by WKSU and Exploradio to learn more about what removing the dam will mean and what can be done to remove the decades of sludge built up under the dam and downriver. The forum will be Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. Register for the free event here. All Things Considered host and Exploradio producer Jeff St. Clair will moderate the public discussion. Panelists include representatives from the Ohio EPA, the city of Akron, Summit MetroParks and the local whitewater kayaking community.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Environmental Protection Agency Ohio Federal government of the United States Cuyahoga River Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Pretenders record new album with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach
"Alone" arrives Oct. 21. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Pretenders have announced their first new album in eight years. The band will release "Alone" on Oct. 21, helmed by the only original member left - Akron native Chrissie Hynde. The album was recorded at Easy Eye Studio, the Nashville studio of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. In addition to the new album, the Pretenders are set to hit the road with Stevie Nicks this fall. There is no Ohio stop scheduled on the trek, so far. New #Pretenders album! 'Alone' Released 21 Oct 2016. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. pic.twitter.com/FPV5UwBi0y -- Nerds Attack! (@nerdsattack) September 8, 2016
39 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Chrissie Hynde The Black Keys Devo Rubber Factory Brass in Pocket Dan Auerbach
Scarborough's University of Akron Corps of Cadets program attracts 14 students
Few University of Akron students are interested in the Corps of Cadets, touted as a career-focused program with a military flavor, has not drawn students. AKRON, Ohio - Few University of Akron students are interested in the Corps of Cadets, touted as a career-focused program with a military flavor. The student organization and a Leadership Academy were announced with great fanfare by former President Scott Scarborough in June 2015 as part of his efforts to reposition the university as Ohio's Polytechnic University. "Corps members will learn how to lead teams, manage time, plan a career, build and strengthen an organization, and lead a life of personal decorum," the website says. Last year 14 students participates in the Corps of Cadets, which does not require a military commitment, officials said. Eleven returned this year and three new members joined. In contrast participation in the Army ROTC program has grown from 89 members in fall 2012 to 119 this fall. Scarborough resigned May 31 and UA dropped its branding as a polytechnic university. Other initiatives Scarborough supported, including success coaches, have been dropped.  What was proposed? The Corps of Cadets, the only one of its kind in Ohio, was to feature dedicated on-campus student housing, a student honor code, and medals, decorations, promotions and awards. Members would wear uniforms and march with the UA Marching Band. A Glee Club was to be formed in 2016 to perform at various university events. Corps of Cadets members would be eligible for up to $2,000 in annual scholarships. The corresponding Leadership Academy was to include programs and academic courses from the ROTC Leadership Series and the Institute for Leadership Advancement offered through UA's College of Business Administration. Working in conjunction with the faculty in various colleges, a leadership minor and leadership certificates were to be developed. What has occurred? There is no dedicated housing. The corps has a living-learning center in conjunction with the ROTC program. Members have uniforms and follow an honor code. Medals, decorations, promotions and awards are being developed. A seal, Facebook page and Twitter account were established. The Corps of Cadets marched on with the band at three football games last year. It is expected to march at the Military Appreciation football game on Oct. 15 Cadets conduct leadership classes and meetings each week. They led physical training three times a week and planned three service projects. A glee club was planned as a long-term option. The scholarships were to start this academic year. Officials are evaluating scholarship eligibility. No funding was allocated to establish the Leadership Academy, according to Bradley Harvey, the director of UA's military/veteran student programs.
27 points by The Plain Dealer | Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ohio Student Akron Ohio University of Akron University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Management
4th Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival set for Saturday
The fourth annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival – which has always sold out – is Saturday, Sept. 10. LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The season of outdoor beer fests continues, with the fourth annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival happening Saturday, Sept. 10. More than 180 craft beers from almost 50 craft breweries and 60 wines from 50 wineries will be part of the fest, which is 5-10 p.m. in downtown Lakewood. About 2,000 people are expected to sip and swirl within a two-story, open-air parking deck behind the INA Building, 14701 Detroit Ave. Tickets can be purchased at wineandcraftbeerfestival.com or at Rozi's Wine House, 14900 Detroit Ave. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass, 15 sample tickets and access to the University of Akron Lakewood Wine & Beer School. Food will be available for purchase. General admission is $40 (advance), $50 (at the gate) and $10 (pre-sale only designated-driver), but the festival has sold out each of the last three years. This year, VIP tickets are sold out. The rain-or-shine, no-dogs-allowed fest is sponsored by Sibling Revelry Brewing in Westlake and presented by the non-profit LakewoodAlive, a community-development organization. It's a fundraiser for the organization and Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance. This time of year marks the traditional end to outdoor beer-fest season. Here are a few more coming up: * Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18, Scene Magazine's Downtown Oktoberfest Cleveland will be held in Public Square. * On Saturday, Sept. 17, the third Ballpark Festival of Beers returns to Canal Park in Akron. * On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Lake Erie Crushers and The Brew Kettle will hold the first Crushers Craft Beer Festival at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon. * The fourth and final Brew at the Zoo of the year will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Akron Zoo. This one will have a Halloween theme.
41 points by The Plain Dealer | Brewing Beer Ohio Akron Ohio Cleveland Brewery Greater Cleveland Wine
Four injured, including child, in Akron highway crash
Four people, including one child, suffered "traumatic" injuries in a Tuesday evening car crash, according to fire officials. AKRON, Ohio -- Four people, including one child, were injured in an Akron highway crash Tuesday night, the Akron fire department said.  The crash happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lane of Interstate 76 near East Market Street, according to a fire department news release. Four people were reported trapped in their vehicles.  Fire crews arrived at the crash scene to control traffic and remove the injured people, the news release states. The four were taken to three different hospitals with "traumatic injuries." The cause of the crash remains under investigation, the news release says. The number of cars involved was not immediately known. No information about the injured people's ages or genders were released. Their current conditions are also unknown. Traffic appears to be moving smoothly on Interstate 76 as of 8 p.m., according to the Ohio Department of Transportation traffic site OhGo.com.  This post will be updated as more details are released.  If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section. 
41 points by The Plain Dealer | Interstate Highway System Injury Akron Ohio English-language films Freeway Interstate 76 Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania Lane
Infant abducted, left in church; suspect jumps deputy; ITT Tech closes campuses: Overnight News Links
Also, Cuyahoga County hindered by $1 billion in debt, report says; Mentor psychic deceived clients out of $1.5 million in cash, jewelry and cars, records say; Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue Featured stories Infant abducted, left in Akron church (WEWS Channel 5) Suspect jumps deputy, tries twice to steal cruiser (Sandusky Register) ITT Tech closes, including campuses in Warrensville Heights, Strongsville and Akron (cleveland.com) Crime Mentor psychic deceived clients out of $1.5 million in cash, jewelry and cars, records say (cleveland.com) Akron police officer cited for OVI (WEWS Channel 5) Boy found shaking as parents overdosed on heroin in Cleveland park, police say (WJW Channel 8) Man accused of looking up students' skirts at Hathaway Brown School (WJW Channel 8) Amherst Township man gets five years for firefighter hostage situation (Lorain Morning Journal) Euclid man gets probation for egging onslaught on his former neighbor's house (cleveland.com) Dozens of headstones vandalized at historic Cleveland cemetery (cleveland.com) Man shot dead in Cleveland was threatening people at two gas stations, police say (cleveland.com)  Parma man guilty of sex trafficking of child, paying 14-year-old for sex (cleveland.com) Accused gunman fired 27 shots into North Ridgeville home, striking teen in ongoing dispute (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in St. Rocco's Fest carjacking, mother's fatal crash appears in court (cleveland.com) Drug agents seize more than 70 kilos of cocaine in Cleveland bust (cleveland.com) Berea family finds drunken stranger asleep in their home (cleveland.com) Sexual predator accused of being part of Cleveland smash-and-grab ring (cleveland.com) Police ask for public's help in finding suspect in Canton double homicide (WEWS Channel 5) District says Brookside High transgender students can use any bathroom (WEWS Channel 5) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cuyahoga County hindered by $1 billion in debt, report says (cleveland.com) Local news East Ohio 44 North ramp to Ohio 2 West to close (cleveland.com) Water main break closes Richmond Heights Elementary Wednesday (WKYC Channel 3) Bus driver leaves students unattended in Euclid (WEWS Channel 5) School in Euclid dismisses early because of temperatures (WJW Channel 8) Local news West Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue (cleveland.com) Oberlin College president to step down in 2017 (Lorain Morning Journal) No charges in hot air balloon incident (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Four injured, including child, in Akron highway crash (cleveland.com) Medical examiner called to scene after person fell at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (cleveland.com) Fire crews evacuate Akron business after 'hazardous materials release' (cleveland.com) Akron Zoo hosts job fair for Boo at the Zoo, Wild Lights (cleveland.com) Ohio Federal judge erred in last-minute order to keep Cincinnati polling places open in March primary, appeals court says (cleveland.com) Ohio's endangered species: Black bear, rattlesnake, hellbender and more (cleveland.com) State says releasing autopsies in Pike County killings threatens case (cleveland.com) National Democrats pull another $3 million from Ohio's U.S. Senate race (cleveland.com)
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Ohio Akron Ohio Cuyahoga River Cities in Ohio Cleveland
4 teens flee Ohio treatment center, fracture employee's neck
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northeast Ohio say an employee at a treatment center for juveniles had his neck fractured when he and a colleague were beaten as four teenagers escaped the facility. The Repository (http://bit.ly/2c0uBuo ) reports the boys who fled the secured residential facility near Canton on ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Canton Ohio English-language films Akron Ohio The Repository
Report: County's $1B in unpaid debt impedes ability to serve
CLEVELAND (AP) - A report says a northeast Ohio county has $1 billion in outstanding debt that is hindering its ability to support and serve its residents. The Center for Community Solutions report released last week says Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County's debt service represents 5 percent of the total budget. The ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Akron Ohio United States public debt Money Ohio Greater Cleveland Debt Cleveland New York City
Millionaire collected food stamps, prosecutor says; proposal would make abortion murder; officer's neck broken by teens: Overnight News Links
Also, shooting in parking lot of Cleveland police station wounds 1; Tamir Rice 911 call taker disciplined for 'rude, unprofessional' behavior in recent incident; Northeast Ohio schools closed Thursday due to heat Watch video Featured stories Raid targets Geauga County millionaire on food stamps (WKYC Channel 3) Proposal would brand abortion as aggravated murder in Ohio (cleveland.com) Corrections officer's neck broken during teens' breakout (Canton Repository) Crime Shooting in parking lot of Cleveland police station wounds 1 (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga County Jail sergeant disciplined in excessive force case (cleveland.com) Avon police officer on leave after drunken-driving arrest (cleveland.com) Cleveland woman accused of forcing homeless woman into prostitution (cleveland.com) One injured in afternoon shooting near University of Akron (cleveland.com) Cleveland Heights police officer accused of holding gun to his wife's back during domestic dispute (audio) (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga Falls man gets five years in prison for shaking infant (cleveland.com) Cleveland hip-hop artist on house arrest taken into custody after someone shot up his house (cleveland.com) Death penalty trial begins for man charged in Warrensville Heights barbershop slayings (cleveland.com) Felon tied to Cleveland smash-and-grab ring (cleveland.com) Three teens charged in separate robberies in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Detroit-area trucking company owner sentenced to nine years for dealing club drugs (cleveland.com) Two charged after Cleveland federal agents seize more than 200 pounds of cocaine (cleveland.com) Four shot in three hours in Cleveland, including teen (cleveland.com) FBI expands search for man they believe abducted one girl, tried to snatch another (WEWS Channel 5) Sheffield Township man arrested after Lorain shooting (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Tamir Rice 911 call taker disciplined for 'rude, unprofessional' behavior in recent incident (cleveland.com) Northeast Ohio schools closed Thursday due to heat (cleveland.com) How hot is too hot for school when there's no air conditioning? (cleveland.com) Donald Trump to appear at Cleveland charter school Thursday (cleveland.com) Monument company to review vandalism damage at historic Cleveland cemetery (cleveland.com) Cleveland paints over accidental bike lane on Ontario (cleveland.com) Jack Cleveland Casino revenue rebounds in August (cleveland.com) More RTA service cuts go into effect Sunday (cleveland.com) Local news East John Carroll University closes 2 dorms because of power outage (cleveland.com) Local news West Elderly man found dead at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Newly merged Cleveland Clinic Akron General names president (cleveland.com) State Sen. Rob Portman launches investigation into EpiPen pricing (cleveland.com) The most famous person from each county in Ohio (cleveland.com)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Summit County Ohio Cuyahoga River Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Falls man gets five years in prison for shaking infant
A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for shaking his girlfriend's baby, Summit County prosecutor's said. AKRON, Ohio -- A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for shaking his girlfriend's baby, Summit County prosecutor's said. William Jobe, 29, of Second Street, pleaded guilty to child endangering last month. He was arrested in August 2015 after he admitted to police that he shook the 8-month-old baby, prosecutors said. The infant suffered temporary paralysis, according to prosecutors. Jobe, who was home alone with the baby when the incident took place, called 911 and said the girl was having a hard time breathing. The baby was admitted to the Akron Children's Hospital's intensive care unit with serious injuries. Previous coverage: Man charged with shaking, injuring infant in Cuyahoga Falls If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
36 points by The Plain Dealer | Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Akron metropolitan area Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Ohio and Erie Canal Stow Ohio
Snapchat, Facebook Live coverage of Stipe Miocic's UFC workout: Follow along Wednesday
Add cleveland.com on Snapchat and Facebook for coverage from Stipe Miocic's workout Wednesday. CLEVELAND, Ohio - In a few days, Euclid native Stipe Miocic will try to defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship against veteran Alistair Overeem. Follow cleveland.com on social media Wednesday as Miocic prepares. UFC 203 takes place at The Q on Saturday and represents the first official UFC event to be held in Northeast Ohio. Both Miocic and Overeem are in Cleveland to prepare for their showdown. The heavyweights have open workouts Wednesday afternoon. Social media coordinator Hayden Grove will cover Miocic's workout on Facebook Live and Snapchat around 3 p.m. Here's how you can follow along: Add cleveland.com on Snapchat. Our username is clevelanddotcom Follow cleveland.com on Facebook here. For more information on UFC 203, check this out. Tickets to the fight are still available.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Ultimate Fighting Championship Greater Cleveland Alistair Overeem Cleveland State University Akron Ohio Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio
Newly merged Cleveland Clinic Akron General names president
Dr. Brian Harte will start in the new position September 26th. Dr. Brian HarteCourtesy of Cleveland Clinic  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Clinic has named Dr. Brian Harte as president of the newly formed Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the hospital system announced Wednesday. Harte, who most recently served as president of the Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital, is a hospitalist, a doctor who focuses on the care of hospitalized patients. He will replace Acting President Janice Murphy, who will return to her role as chief operating officer for the Clinic's Regional Operations. Harte was chosen after "a thorough review by the search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees," according to the hospital system. He begins in the new position on September 26th. The Clinic-Akron General merger, one of the state's largest in recent memory, took more than a year to finalize. It includes the entire Akron General Health System, including the flagship Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, three health & wellness centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates. Dr. J. Stephen Jones, president of the Clinic's Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers, said in a news release that Harte is uniquely qualified for the job.  "The integration of Cleveland Clinic and Akron General is succeeding at a rapid pace," Jones said in the release. "I'm confident with Brian's experience and proven successful leadership we will continue to drive positive change and to actualize true regionalization and grow our services for the benefit of the Akron community." Harte, who joined the Clinic in 2004, is the former chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine and the Medicine Institute there. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining the Clinic. He is an associate professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also currently serves as president of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
19 points by The Plain Dealer | Medicine Hospital Physician Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Cleveland Akron Ohio Hospice
Huntington Bank banks on affordable housing - Cheers & Jeers: editorial
Huntington Bank's $150 million assist to affordable housing statewide deserves an exuberant Cheer, writes the editorial board. CHEERS . . . to Huntington Bank for investing $60 million in affordable housing in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland's Midtown Corridor, and an additional $90 million statewide. The money will be aimed at renovating and building new inexpensive housing for veterans, elderly, the poor, and homeless, in other words, those who need it most.  About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> But JEERS . . . to FirstMerit Bank, which recently merged with Huntington Bank, for being part of a scheme that slapped customers with multiple overdraft fees. Huntington did not admit guilt in FirstMerit's case, but it did agree to create a $9 million cash settlement fund and a $7 million debt forgiveness fund.  CHEERS . . . to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority for trying to help young low-level ex-offenders clear their criminal or civil records, knocking down a barrier that keeps so many unemployed.    The federally-funded project provides a lawyer to help people under 25 who receive public housing subsidies get an expungement or restore a suspended driver's license.  If it turns them into law-abiding workers, it will be well worth it.  Expungements may get young people back into the job market *********** Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Lawyer Overdraft Affordable housing Debt Money Legal aid Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio
Perceptions of Cleveland continue to rise; Destination Cleveland sets goal of 20 million visitors by 2020
At Destination Cleveland's annual meeting Thursday, Gilbert announced an ambitious new goal for the organization: 20 million annual visitors by 2020, which would amount an increase of 14 percent over the next four years. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - How can Cleveland top a year like 2016? The head of the region's tourism agency says it can't -- instead, city boosters need to build on the year's success. "We have to work our tails off to sustain that momentum," said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland. "It's not about working for the next big thing." Instead, he said, it's about working toward many smaller things: more meetings and conventions, more leisure travelers and an overall better visitor experience. At Destination Cleveland's annual meeting Thursday, Gilbert announced an ambitious new goal for the organization: 20 million annual visitors by 2020, which would amount an increase of 14 percent over the next four years. "We talk about this notion of being an 'It' city," said Gilbert, a place with a reputation like Austin or Nashville. "That's what we aspire to." The agency released some data on visitor perceptions of the city that made the goal seem possible: * 38 percent of potential visitors from nearby states said they would definitely or probably consider a leisure trip to Cleveland, up from 33 percent a year ago. The recent figure puts Cleveland on par with Columbus and Pittsburgh, two cities that in recent years have fared much better than Cleveland in perception surveys. * National meeting planners, too, have improved their impressions of the city. In 2012, Cleveland was included on a list of cities that planners would "hardly consider" as a meeting host, due to concerns about cleanliness, safety and a lack of hotel rooms. In 2015, the city was included on a list of the top 15 most improved meeting destinations by Watkins Research Group. * And, perhaps, best of all: The percentage of Clevelanders who say they would recommend their hometown as a visitor destination jumped dramatically in the past year, from 54 percent in 2015 to 77 percent in 2016. Related: Watch Destination Cleveland's new video celebrating city's success Gilbert said the dramatic shift in perception - both among Clevelanders and outsiders -- is the result of many factors: the successful Republican National Convention last summer and the positive media coverage it generated, the success of the Cavaliers and Indians, and more. "I think people are finally proud of their own community,'' he said. Destination Cleveland, too, deserves some credit, he said. The organization's advertising campaign in 2016 alone helped drive 1.2 million visitors to Cleveland, according to a recent study by Longwoods International, a market research firm. Destination Cleveland, with an annual budget of about $15.5 million, spends about $1.5 million on advertising, according to Gilbert. The agency is funded primarily through the Cuyahoga County's bed tax. Longwoods also reported that every dollar spent on advertising by Destination Cleveland generated $195 in visitor spending and $5 in tax revenue. And that visitor spending translates directly into jobs for Clevelanders, said Dan Walsh, chairman of Destination Cleveland's board of directors. The tourism industry, he said, sustains 66,000 jobs in Cuyahoga County, up from 61,000 five years ago. "It truly is an industry," said Walsh. "This isn't about cheerleading. It's about creating jobs." The agency last year hired the travel consulting team from Ernst & Young to help develop a strategic plan for the next five years. Among the new strategies: Destination Cleveland plans to evolve from a traditional destination marketing organization, responsible primarily for marketing a destination, to a destination marketing and management organization, with responsibilities for improving a visitor's experience once they're here. The agency's funding of pedestrian-focused signage around town is one example of that shift in philosophy. The installation of 54 signs before the RNC was among numerous accomplishments cited at the annual meeting, held at Severance Hall. Other achievements include: * 744 convention leads in 2016, up 17.4 percent over a year before; and 228,500 hotel room nights booked. * 4.4 million visits to the organization's website, thisiscleveland.com, up 36 percent over the year before. * 209 million people reached via the agency's social media campaigns. Also on Thursday, Destination Cleveland honored two local residents key to the city's tourism success: * Jay Casey, a bartender at the Music Box Supper Club, won the Hospitality Star Award, given annually to a frontline employee who provides excellent customer service to Cleveland visitors. Nominated by his manager, Casey was described as an employee who "shines a unique love and light on not just the Music Box or the Flats, but the entire city of Cleveland." * Ginenne Clark, events and publications coordinator for the Society for Photographic Education, received the agency's Cleveland Champions Award, for helping to bring her group's annual conference to Cleveland in 2019. The group, based in Cleveland, will bring 1,500 attendees to the city in March 2019, an event that will generate about $1.8 million in economic impact.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland Hotel Akron Ohio Tourism 2015 Greater Cleveland 2010s
We all pay a price for street violence: Ron Soeder (Opinion)
Guest columnist Ron Soeder, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, writes that we all pay a price for urban street violence. Ron Soeder is CEO and president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.Ron Soeder  Guest columnist Ron Soeder has been president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland since May 2006. He joined the organization after spending nearly three decades as a senior executive in the consumer products industry. In October, he was one of the presenters at 'Reality Shifts,' a TEDx/Cleveland State University event. He holds a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a master's degree from the University of Akron. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Concord Township. Rayshawn Armstrong oozed charisma. He told jokes that left our Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland kids giggling uncontrollably. He patiently helped children with homework. He played games with youthful joy. He helped change lives. So when Rayshawn, 25, a BGCC staff member, was shot and killed while sitting in the passenger's seat of a car in 2014, his co-workers wept and an entire community felt a deep sense of loss. Unfortunately, street violence has claimed the lives of more than 50 members of our Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland family since I became CEO of the organization 10 years ago. I vividly remember the sobering response of one young, inner-city panelist who, when asked at a conference what he wanted for his 18th birthday, said, "I have it. I am still alive." At another recent event, a Club alumnus who grew up in Cleveland's King Kennedy neighborhood was asked whether she had ever been personally impacted by a violent death. She replied, "I have experienced more (murders) than I have years in my life." She is 22. Hopes and dreams wither in a world where kids can't get to school or work safely. It doesn't have to be that way. We, as a community, can help restore those hopes and dreams by creating safe, positive places for youth, steering teens and young adults away from gangs and showing them the path to good jobs. Or we can ignore those issues, writing off those lost dreams as someone else's problem. We will pay either way. The difference is whether we invest in ways to help kids become productive citizens with bright futures or construct more prisons. Here at BGCC, we've decided we cannot and will not look the other way. We are committed to working where we are needed most - in Cleveland neighborhoods and the inner-ring suburbs - rather than where it might be more comfortable. We agreed to take over Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, an anti-gang initiative, because we believe this effort is vital, not because it is easy. I urge you to join us by getting involved in efforts to help Cleveland's at-risk kids and young adults. Support or volunteer with one of the many organizations doing good work in the inner city. At our Clubs, for example, we teach kids how to be good citizens, live healthy lives and succeed in the classroom. Youth who aren't headed to college can get training for a good career. Those with a knack for growing things have opportunities in our urban farm program. Our new recording studio gives teens an outlet to express themselves and learn how to play instruments. None of these programs would be possible without our partners, supporters and volunteers. I have grown tired of seeing the teddy bears that mark each death scene in our neighborhoods. I want to change the dialogue to celebrating a birthday, a promotion in school, a winning performance on the field and on the stage and a graduation from high school or college. Let's celebrate life. It has been estimated that between all the expenditures for police investigations, emergency rescue services, medical treatment, legal services and incarceration, it costs $1 million each time a bullet hits flesh. For young people like Rayshawn Armstrong, the price is much steeper - and one we cannot afford. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below. Readers are invited to submit Opinion page essays on topics of regional or general interest. Send your 500-word essay for consideration to Linda Kinsey at [email protected] Essays must also include a brief bio and headshot of the writer. Essays rebutting today's topics are also welcome.  
74 points by The Plain Dealer | Academic degree Bachelor's degree Master's degree Akron Ohio
Izzie through Jobu: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Izzie to Jobu. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Izzie to Jobu in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Izzie to Jobu. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Eva through Frankie: See contest photos of cats named Eva-Frankie Photo gallery #10 Frankie through Gio: See contest photos of cats Frankie-Gio Photo gallery #11 Giorgio through Harriet Tubman: See contest photos of cats Giorgio-Harriet Tubman Photo gallery #12 Harry through Ivy: See contest photos of cats Harry-Ivy Photo gallery #13 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Harry through Ivy: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Harry through Ivy. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Harry through Ivy in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Harry through Ivy. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Eva through Frankie: See contest photos of cats named Eva-Frankie Photo gallery #10 Frankie through Gio: See contest photos of cats Frankie-Gio Photo gallery #11 Giorgio through Harriet Tubman: See contest photos of cats Giorgio through Harriet Tubman. Photo gallery #12 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Harriet Tubman Akron Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland
Cleveland Indians at spring training in Goodyear, Arizona practicing in cooler temperatures than here in Cleveland
Cleveland Indians' are actually seeing cooler temperatures today in Goodyear, Arizona than here in Cleveland. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Indians are in Goodyear, Arizona for spring training. Usually, this means escaping Northeast Ohio's harsh winter weather. However today, the tables have turned as it is record-warm here in Cleveland; we managed to reach 69 degrees, beating the previous record by a whopping 7 degrees. Cleveland breaks high temperature record of 62 degrees previously set in 1981 In Goodyear, Arizona? It's 59 degrees and rainy. If only the Indians could've practiced at Progressive Field today! For the rest of the week, Goodyear's weather is definitely going to be more enjoyable than here in Cleveland. The Indians will continue to practice in the rain and 60-degree weather Sunday, but starting Monday the sun and temperatures in the 70s are back. Cleveland's temperatures will drop much closer to normal starting Monday, with highs ranging from the upper 40s to lower 60s through Friday. Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Ohio Akron Ohio Sun Progressive Field Sunday Goodyear Arizona
Bobblecon attracts dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts for swap and sell show (video, photos)
A bobblecon Saturday, Feb. 18, in Akron attracted dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts. Watch video AKRON, Ohio - A bobblecon in Akron attracted about 60 people to swap, sell and buy the nodding collectibles, with hundreds of the smiling and shaking figures sharing table space Saturday afternoon. As expected, Cleveland athletes dominated, from current (Tyler Naquin, LeBron James, Carlos Santana) and former (C.C. Sabathia in a disco pose, Brad Daugherty of the Cavs, Hall of Famer Bob Feller). Others stood their ground, from UFC fighter Holly Holm in action to a miniature NASCAR racer Jeff Kenseth. Anyone in the sports arena is fair game for their image to be captured in a bobblehead. Mascots rooted, announcers remained silent, characters stared (remember Jobu from "Major League?"). Even Indians manager Terry Francona is caught zipping along in his scooter. The hobby is fueled by team giveaways and the secondary market, which includes shows, flea markets and online vendors. More info Pedro Avalos of Akron is the man behind the national group Bobblehead Addicts. He organized Saturday's show at the Ancient Order of Hibernians hall. Email him for details on future shows. He's also on Twitter. Avalos works with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is receiving its largest donation of bobbleheads from collector Bob Manak of Cleveland.
69 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Cleveland Cavaliers Akron Ohio LeBron James Brad Daugherty Terry Francona Johan Santana 2009 NBA Playoffs
Greater Cleveland Congregations wants meeting with Dan Gilbert to discuss Q deal
Greater Cleveland Congregations is asking for more investment in neighborhoods as the city and county consider a proposal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Greater Cleveland Congregations is requesting an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as the non-partisan coalition of religious groups continues to object to a plan to use public funds to help pay for the renovation of Quicken Loans Arena. The meeting is requested to work out a way to bring some of the money proposed to be spent on the Q arena makeover back to the neighborhoods, according to a news release from GCC. The group, as well as other activist organizations and some residents, don't agree with a plan that would divert taxpayer dollars to downtown development but not invest equal amounts of money in the neighborhoods in their eyes. The group is asking for Gilbert to support establishing a Community Equity Fund which would provide a match of any public funds for the Q makeover to go towards neighborhood priorities, the news release said. An investment of $35 million is being asked from Gilbert personally to capitalize the fund and to help with initial costs to build two mental health crisis centers on the east and west sides of Cleveland, the news release said. "GCC's belief is that the financial benefit Mr. Gilbert and the Cavaliers accrue from the Q far outweighs what Cleveland-area residents receive in return, therefore there must be equity built into the deal in the form of the Community Equity Fund," the news release said. "Examples of these benefits include not paying property tax on the Q building, extracting exclusive value of the building's naming rights, and a Cavaliers franchise now valued at $1.2 billion, up from $375 million when Mr. Gilbert first purchased the Cavs, which the public helps subsidize through the current Q arrangement." As of Saturday morning there was no response to the meeting request. "We ask to meet with Mr. Gilbert in-person in the coming weeks to explain our position on the Q deal and discuss how he can help unite Cleveland, instead of continuing the long history of pitting neighborhoods against downtown," Donna Weinberger, member of GCC's Strategy Team said in the news release. The group met with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish as well and requested Budish slow down the legislative process and allow transparency and community input. GCC also wants Budish to be a part of the establishment of the Community Equity Fund. Members also spoke out against the proposal Tuesday at the County Council meeting, where the plan will be under consideration for the next few weeks. The group will hold a public meeting March 9 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6114 Francis Avenue in Cleveland to update the public on the project. The GCC is a group of faith communities and partner organizations that works to build a greater Cleveland for everyone.
171 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert Cuyahoga County Ohio 2007 NBA Finals Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Quicken Loans Akron Ohio
Cleveland breaks high temperature record of 62 degrees previously set in 1981
At noon today, Cleveland broke the high temperature record of 62 degrees set back in 1981. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At noon today, Cleveland-Hopkins Airport recorded a temperature of 64 degrees, breaking the record by 2 degrees previously set in 1981. We could break the record even further, as the high for the day isn't forecasted to peak until 3 p.m., reaching around 65 degrees. Why so warm? It's because of a combination of two major weather patterns. The first is a high pressure system, which dries the air out leading to some very sunny skies bringing in warmth. The second, is southerly flow. Any time the winds blow from the south, because Ohio is so flat, this can drag in warm air all the way from the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did this pattern cause record temperatures for Cleveland, but also in Toledo, Mansfield, Akron and Youngstown. As temperatures continue to rise today, these records will change. Records as of noon today.National Weather Service  First real taste of spring ahead through President's Day: Northeast Ohio weather forecast Feb. 17-20 Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
60 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Greater Cleveland Meteorology Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Akron Ohio Thermodynamics Basic meteorological concepts and phenomena Anticyclone
Man shot by Hudson officer had pot in system; Public Square closer to buses' return; inmate threatens Trump: Overnight News Links
Also, Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose; Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth; It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists Watch video Featured stories Emirati man fatally shot by Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system, tests show (cleveland.com) RTA, city move closer to reopening Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) Officials: Ohio inmate threatened Trump, sent powder (fox19.com) Crime Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose (cleveland.com) Man indicted in hit-and-run death of Cleveland police officer tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors say (cleveland.com) Hinckley Township man pleads guilty to shooting brother, sister to death (cleveland.com) Cleveland man stabbed in face, kicks robber in groin during home invasion (cleveland.com) Akron man who raped children, gave them STDs sentenced to life in prison (cleveland.com) Heartless Felons stole thousands of dollars worth of cellphones in multi-state burglary spree, feds say (cleveland.com) Lorain woman stabbed boyfriend in the butt in mini-fridge dispute, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland man orders sandwich, then robs Mr. Hero, police say (cleveland.com) Man charged in stabbing of Cleveland man during home invasion (cleveland.com) Authorities search for Garfield Heights bank robber (cleveland.com) Cleveland boyfriend, girlfriend accused of luring men to be attacked, robbed (cleveland.com) Authorities arrest Canton man charged with murder in Akron shooting (cleveland.com) Akron man wanted in connection with fatal Cleveland shooting arrested (cleveland.com) Police: Man arrested after attempted hostage situation in Lorain (Lorain Morning Journal) Painesville Township man sentenced for endangering infant son (News-Herald) Woman admits trying to ship marijuana through Willoughby UPS (News-Herald) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth (cleveland.com) Ohio City park plan, at Irishtown Bend, gets legs with Clean Ohio grant to buy, clear land (photos) (cleveland.com) Beacon apartment tower in downtown Cleveland aims for spring construction start (photos) (cleveland.com) William Denihan retiring from drug, mental health board after decades of public service (cleveland.com) Cleveland State receives $1 million gift for foster care youth support center (cleveland.com) Local news East Funeral arrangements announced for Brush High School hockey player who died suddenly (cleveland.com) Earthquake concerns: Some Trumbull County residents warned to be prepared (WJW Channel 8) Conneaut Public Works employees rescue six puppies (cleveland.com) Local news West Man hurt by explosive in Sheffield Lake (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) 10-year-old Lorain student dies after battle with neuroblastoma (Lorain Morning Journal) Amherst mother says Avon basketball players made fun of son's disability (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Gas leaks discovered at Medina apartment complex involved in fatal explosion (cleveland.com) Spike in fatal crashes by drunk or drugged drivers causing concern in Summit County (WEWS Channel 5) LeBron James pays for Akron students to rebuild homes in ravaged New Orleans (cleveland.com)  Goodyear to upgrade airship operations base with inflatable hanger for Wingfoot Two (cleveland.com) State It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists (cleveland.com) Ohio Democrats want Trump administration to keep conflict-of-interest rules for investment advisers (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich could win controversial Medicaid changes, thanks to Trump (cleveland.com) Here's which Ohio cities, villages, townships would win or lose money under Gov. John Kasich's budget (database) (cleveland.com) Student loan borrowers would be Donald Trump's personal butler to erase their debt (cleveland.com) Suspect charged in murder of man whose body was found in wooded area near Doylestown (WEWS Channel 5)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Akron Ohio Cleveland Robbery Lorain County Ohio
Ex-East Cleveland mayor to run in Cleveland; man shot, killed in Akron; inmate dies in medical emergency: Overnight News Links
Also, Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says; Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds; Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland Watch video Featured stories Former East Cleveland mayor will run for Cleveland mayor (WJW Channel 8) Man dies after getting shot during fight, crashing vehicle into pole (WEWS Channel 5) Woman charged in drug case dies after 'medical emergency' at Cuyahoga County Jail (cleveland.com) Crime Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland (cleveland.com) Akron man charged with arson in explosion that leveled home (cleveland.com) Investigators searching for man who robbed Woodmere bank (photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland man who carjacked St. Rocco's Festival-goer then caused fatal crash is sent to prison (cleveland.com) Man charged in Cleveland cellphone store armed robbery (cleveland.com) Parma man charged in high-speed police pursuit (cleveland.com) Lorain woman accused of hitting man with van (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain student reports possible abduction attempt (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain man faces sixth drunken-driving charge in 14 years (cleveland.com) Cleveland puppy killer who skipped sentencing turns herself in (cleveland.com) Man accused of following Case Western students, fondling self at Panera Bread in University Circle (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in connection with two Ohio City bank robberies (cleveland.com) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds (cleveland.com) Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove reports rough financial year for hospital in 2016 (cleveland.com) Bail reform gets liberal rap but can be bipartisan: 6 states that prove it (cleveland.com) Residents demand Cleveland Public Power make Rockefeller Park lighting repairs (WEWS Channel 5) Cleveland area Applebee's holding fundraisers for fallen Officer David Fahey (WKYC Channel 3) Local news East Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says (cleveland.com) Parents at Heights High wanted to be told about student's current felony criminal case (WEWS Channel 5) Pet rescue sues Lake Humane Society after seizure of more than 150 cats (WOIO Channel 19) Immigration law firm holds 'Know Your Rights' workshop at Painesville library (cleveland.com) Local news West Lorain County, cities of Elyria and Lorain join suit against Medical Mutual of Ohio (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Discovery of asbestos blocks Elyria library renovation plan (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Norwalk woman's obituary raps Trump (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work (cleveland.com) Summa violations include inadequate emergency room teaching experience, hostile work environment (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron Public Schools 'State-of-the-Schools' (WKYC Channel 3) New penguins, a red panda and other critters now call the Akron Zoo home (Akron Beacon Journal) Barberton to host Better Block to help brand business district (cleveland.com) State Fourth Ohio child dies of flu-related illness: What you need to know (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman will support Neil Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court (cleveland.com) Ohio congress members Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan back Jaime Harrison of SC for DNC chair (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich headed for Germany, England (Associated Press) Marsy's Law for Ohio begins campaign for crime victim ballot initiative (cleveland.com) Lawsuit says Ohio jail officer pepper-sprayed man in restraints (video) (cleveland.com) Man killed in officer-involved shooting in west Columbus (nbc4i.com)
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland WOIO Lorain County Ohio Robbery
Greater Cleveland Volunteers - Opportunities for the week of Feb. 15, 2017
Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer services. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer services. We recruit individuals age 18 years+ to volunteer at 100+ nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County. We offer on-going and special event volunteer opportunities. Connect with us at greaterclevelandvolunteers.org, Facebook and Twitter @CLEvolunteers. We have volunteer coordinators available at 216-391-9500. Here are a few featured volunteer opportunities. Have an interest and don't see it? Call us and a volunteer coordinator will assist. On-Going Home repair needs - Are you available weekdays? Make upgrades to homes of specific screened clients. Keep individual homes in Cuyahoga and neighboring counties safe, accessible and upgraded for seniors. Projects may include installing door knobs, smoke detectors, grab bars, doorbells and hand rails. Help this agency reach their goal to service 100 homes. Background check is required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or [email protected] Hospice: A Special Kind of Caring - Respite and friendly pet owner volunteers are encouraged to support caregivers and/or offer weekly pet visits to patients. The dog must be a certified therapy dog. The volunteer must produce current records for the pet and a current Ohio license. Hospice training and background check are required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or [email protected] Dramatic Arts - If you're a musician or enjoy the theatre there is an after-school program that is seeking volunteers. If a musician, you could provide valuable lessons to low income students in instrumental and/or vocal music. Piano, violin and vocal teachers are especially needed. Choose to teach one student or a group. The school is located in Ohio City. If you enjoy theatre, assistants are needed for their stage productions. The students enjoy this creative energy outlet! Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or [email protected]
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Greater Cleveland Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Cuyahoga River Akron Ohio Lakewood Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Theatre
University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work
The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. Trustees on Wednesday authorized administrators to seek legislative approval to sell the university-owned residence. Approval is needed because the deed is in the name of the state of Ohio. The 7,600-square-foot home, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-baths and a four-car garage, has been vacant since former President Scott Scarborough moved out in the fall. Scarborough resigned last May. In October, when Matthew Wilson was named president, the former dean of UA's law school decided to remain in his own home. At that time the university said it had no specific plans for the mansion. The university had required its president to live in a university-owned residence, officials said. Wilson and the board agreed that Wilson would not live in the home or be provided with a housing allowance. The school bought home, on Burning Tree Drive in Akron, and a neighboring lot for $850,000 in 1998 when Luis Proenza arrived as president. Little had been done to the home during Proenza's tenure but faculty, students and staff were angered when they learned that renovating and furnishing the home for Scarborough cost $950,000. The university on Wednesday broke down the expenditures: $375,000 came from non-public donated funds resulting from the sale of previous university residences given to the UA Foundation by donors and restricted for a residence. $141,000 for furnishings, fixtures and equipment came from private donations. $167,645 in already budgeted labor costs for university employees. $268,179 for outside labor, materials and furniture. The planter referred to by interior decorators as an "olive jar." University of Akron  A $556 olive jar in Scarborough's bedroom became a flashpoint for students and employees upset at the cost of renovations at a time when 161 employees lost their jobs. "To my knowledge, the purchased items and furniture (including the large planter that is referred to as an "olive jar") remain University property and are still in the residence," spokesman Wayne Hill said in an email. "Disposition of them will be considered as part of the overall sale process, assuming the legislative approval is obtained."
358 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio University University of Akron Akron Ohio Home improvement Renovation Luis M. Proenza Dean
30 University of Akron volunteers discover ancestry in 'Rethinking Race'
Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, officials said AKRON, Ohio - Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, officials said. The results will be revealed Thursday night as part of UA's annual "Rethinking Race" series. This is the 10th year of UA's Rethinking Race, a two-week forum of events that focuses on opening dialogue around race and race-related issues. Ancestry.com, which offers DNA testing and ancestry resources for a fee, contacted the university to offer free DNA tests and interviews, said UA spokeswoman Lisa Craig. Heather Pollock, an anthropology and classical studies lecturer, took the lead on the DNA project and recruited 30 students, faculty, staff and President Matthew Wilson, Craig said. The project was designed to challenge people to explore their own narrative about race, the university said. It would explore questions such as: What we can tell from how we look? What can we tell from what science tells us? What narrative can we tell ourselves and others that could be more inclusive when we talk about race? The tests were done about four weeks ago and the volunteers learned the results about 10 days ago. Their reactions were videotaped and will be revealed on Thursday. The university released a short video of volunteers describing their ethnicity and then reacting to the results. The full results will be revealed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gardner Theatre, second floor of the Student Union, 303 Carroll St.  The discussion is open to the public. The university will release results and a video on Friday.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Ethnic group University Thomas Jefferson Ohio Race University of Akron Akron Ohio Student
Eva through Frankie: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Eva through Frankie. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Eva through Frankie in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Eva through Frankie. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
12 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
3 Cuyahoga County juvenile prosecutors resign; proposal would require teachers to job shadow: Overnight News Links
Also, FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe; Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting; Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 Watch video Featured stories Three Cuyahoga County juvenile division prosecutors resign as more rape cases go unnoticed (cleveland.com) Ohio teachers would have to job shadow at a business to renew licenses under Gov. John Kasich's budget (cleveland.com) Accused drug dealer locks keys in car, busted after calling police (WJW Channel 8) Crime FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe (cleveland.com) Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma (cleveland.com) Brooklyn High School employee possibly in inappropriate conduct with students (cleveland.com) Man accused of shooting two teens in crowd watching fight in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Man injured in shooting in Cleveland's Central neighborhood (cleveland.com) Reward offered for capture of Cleveland woman who killed puppy, skipped sentencing (cleveland.com) Brook Park man accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights man wounded by pellet gun in drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Eastlake police arrest woman in connection with theft of $2,000 worth of baby formula (News-Herald) Akron man pleads guilty to raping 71-year-old woman (cleveland.com) Teens accused of arranging attempted robbery in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Two pedestrians struck in hit-and-run crashes in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Girl left home alone in Parma Heights while mother went to work, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland Heights High School student recorded special needs classmate using bathroom, posted it online, police say (WEWS Channel 5) Elyria mom with extradition warrant facing child endangering charge (Lorain Morning Journal) Police: Lorain man resists arrest; faces several charges (Lorain Morning Journal) Sandusky police seize two kilograms of cocaine, three pounds of marijuana (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Head Start board insists it legally fired agency CEO -- who remains on the job (cleveland.com) Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting (cleveland.com) Mayor Jackson says city will need another extension from the FTA on Public Square (cleveland.com) Ed FitzGerald still has money in his campaign account. Here's how he has been spending it (cleveland.com) Missing 12-year-old girl found safe in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Cleveland Humanities Festival illustrates how immigration has affected America (cleveland.com) For 9th year, Cleveland Municipal Judges officiate weddings in Tower City on Valentine's Day (cleveland.com) City's pavement management strategy will be 'worst first' (WOIO Channel 19) Northeast Ohio mom who lost daughter hears her little girl's heart beating in another child (WJW Channel 8) Local news East Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 (News-Herald) Immigrants in Painesville and elsewhere can take steps to protect themselves, leaders say (photos) (cleveland.com) Two possible cases of voter fraud being examined in Lorain County (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Local news West Oberlin College president takes job at Pace University (Lorain Morning Journal) Brecksville, Independence will hire administrator to run regional dispatch center (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area City of Akron partners with Salvation Army to bring hot meals to Summit Lake (cleveland.com) State Suspect in killing of Ohio State student was being monitored by GPS, reports say (cleveland.com) Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich says intelligence community schemed against Michael Flynn (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman says he listened to fierce critics of Betsy DeVos but 'did my own research' (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel's Senate campaign names Portage County chairwoman -- but it's news to her (cleveland.com) Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules (cleveland.com) Cursive handwriting back in schools? Some legislators want to require it (cleveland.com) 2-year-old at center of Dayton felonious assault case has died (Dayton Daily News)
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Ohio Cities in Ohio Akron Ohio Elyria Ohio
Cleveland-area home sales dipped slightly in January, but prices were up (interactive maps)
Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. Across 18 counties, sales were down 1.5 percent from January of 2016, according to fresh figures from the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service. That's a difference of only 39 properties, most of them condominiums. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028787539'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> Prices, meanwhile, were up when compared with last year's levels. The average sale price for a house in the region was $140,765 in January, a 5.6 percent jump from the first month of 2016. At $125,711, the average sale price for a condo was 15.7 percent higher than a year before, the listing service reported. Sales and prices both dipped from December to January, but that's typical at the turn of the year. Among counties with at least 100 transfers in January, Lorain County experienced the steepest annual sales gain - 18 percent. The county's average sale price was up by 8.4 percent, to $149,487, when compared with a year before. In Cuyahoga County, sales topped their January 2016 levels by 1.5 percent, with 852 transactions. The average sale price posted a 4 percent annual gain, reaching $142,720 in January. Sales were essentially flat - down 0.5 percent - in Summit County, home to Akron. But the average sale price, at $138,405, was up 12 percent from a year before. The listing-service data captures most local residential real estate transactions. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028807457'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> In January, Geauga County had the highest average sale price in the region, at $271,203. Jefferson County, home to Steubenville, had the lowest average sale price, at $80,435. Homes in the region sold for as little as $800 and as much as $2.4 million during January, the listing service reported. The National Association of Realtors and Ohio Association of Realtors are scheduled to release their January home-sales reports on Feb. 22.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Geauga County Ohio Summit County Ohio Lorain County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio counties Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Valentine's Day 2017: Download printable Cleveland Cavaliers valentines
Happy Valentine's Day! Here, you can print out our special set of Cavaliers valentines cards. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Love is in the air. And so is Kevin Love. Are you looking for a special way to show the basketball-lover in your life how much you care about them? Our printable sheet of Cleveland Cavaliers valentines might do the trick. These Valentine's Day cards feature LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, along with some basketball love puns like "Loving you is a slam dunk" and "I'm #ALLIN for you." Download the sheet of cards below. Then print them and cut them out to give to five of your closest friends. Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy these Cavs-themed valentine cards. (Image by Zachariah Durr)
118 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Michael Jordan Shaquille O'Neal 2009 NBA Playoffs Slam dunk Akron Ohio 2007 NBA Finals Love
RTA riders rally to reopen Public Square to buses; 'whistleblower' targets Pilot Flying J: Overnight News Links
Also, RTA riders rally for reopening of Public Square to buses; Cleveland Teachers Union leaders and school district reach a possible contract; Prosecutors uncover dozens of uncharged juvenile cases, including rape Watch video Featured stories RTA riders rally for reopening of Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) Pilot of 48 years, on Cessna disappearance: Not likely weather-related (WOIO Channel 19) 'Whistleblower' claims Pilot Flying J fraud cheated federal government (WKYC Channel 3) Cleveland Teachers Union leaders and school district reach a possible contract (cleveland.com) Crime Prosecutors uncover dozens of uncharged juvenile cases, including rape (cleveland.com) Prosecutors will seek death penalty against suspect in Alianna DeFreeze killing (cleveland.com)  Heartless Felon gang member pistol-whipped, shot Cleveland teen at close range, police say (cleveland.com) Computer stolen at gunpoint in Akron Craigslist robbery (cleveland.com) Four robbed in 12 days at Cleveland State, university says (cleveland.com) Five Cuyahoga County banks robbed in one day, FBI says (cleveland.com) Man wanted in 2015 fatal Akron gas station shootout arrested (cleveland.com) Cleveland man who ran online child porn sharing group pleads guilty (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting in city's Clark-Fulton neighborhood (cleveland.com) Cleveland man shot while running from drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Thieves steal $4,500 Boy Scout trailer with pinewood derby track inside (WOIO Channel 19) Lorain fatal shooting under investigation (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain man sentenced for 2015 fatal crash (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County FAA releases air traffic control audio in Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6 (cleveland.com) Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier (cleveland.com) Missing Cleveland man has been found, police say (cleveland.com) Local news East Colleges work together to improve Lake and Geauga counties (cleveland.com) Local news West Avon infant beats odds, gets new heart (WKYC Channel 3) Bat species could be latest roadblock in NEXUS pipeline through Northeast Ohio (WEWS Channel 5) Amish buggy driver has survived 14 accidents (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Gov. John Kasich appoints two judges to Akron Municipal Court (cleveland.com) City passes $966 million in 2017 spending plans (Akron Beacon Journal) Cuyahoga Falls offers safe exchange location for craigslist, Facebook purchases (cleveland.com) State 'Right-to-work' bill introduced in Ohio House (cleveland.com) Trump administration pulls back federal stance on transgender restroom use (cleveland.com) President Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Northeast Ohio (cleveland.com) Opioid addiction means more Ohio kids in protective custody (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel, gearing up for 2018 Senate run, has recruited campaign leaders in all 88 Ohio counties (cleveland.com) How technology could change Ohio, according to Gov. John Kasich (cleveland.com)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga River Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summit County Ohio
Q renovation financing of $140 million before Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday
The process to borrow $140 million to renovate Quicken Loans Arena begins Tuesday when a resolution to sell bonds to finance the project is introduced at Cuyahoga County Council. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The process to borrow $140 million to expand and update  Quicken Loans Arena begins Tuesday when a resolution is introduced at Cuyahoga County Council. Here's what you need to know. What is the project? In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers and county and city leaders announced a plan to upgrade the 22-year-old arena. The $140 million reconstruction will modernize it with a glass front, public gathering spaces and dining areas. The Q is one of the oldest NBA arenas in the nation without a major update, and civic leaders fear that without a renovation, Cleveland will stop attracting top entertainment acts. The Q will stretch all the way to Huron Road, taking in the outdoor space from Ontario Street east to East 6th Street. The reconstruction will increase space for dining and bars, fan zones and other gathering spaces by more than 60 percent, to 153,000 square feet. The update will make the Q competitive with newer arenas in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Columbus. Who will fund the improvements? The county will sell $140 million in bonds for the project. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund, and taxes will pay for $160 million. The Cavs will pay $122 million through increased rent payments. Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034. More than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million, by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. Is there any opposition to the project? Greater Cleveland Congregations, a non-partisan coalition which represents 100,000 people across 43 congregations and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County, wants Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for renovating the Q. The organization said more than 100 leaders are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting. "As legislation on the Q upgrade is officially introduced, GCC leaders will deliver messages to County Council on Valentine's Day urging them to reject a"sweetheart deal" on the Q and stand up for neighborhoods," officials said in a news release. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus opposes spending any tax dollars to renovate the arena. What the process? The resolution will be introduced on Tuesday. Council members are not expected to comment and the measure will be referred to the Committee of the Whole. The committee, which includes all council members, is scheduled to meet Feb. 21. Audience members can comment on the resolution Tuesday during the public comment portion of the meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. See the resolution below (with a 2 page summary at the end) or click here if on a mobile device. How can I attend or watch?  The meeting is held on the fourth floor of the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters, 2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland. Visitors can park in the attached garage and parking will be validated at the meeting. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the council website, council.cuyahogacounty.us // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3460828-20170214-MTG-AgendaAttachReduced.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3460828-20170214-MTG-AgendaAttachReduced" }); // ]]>
91 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Renovation Lakewood Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga River
Beer calendar: Flip Side-Lucky Owl collaboration ale out, plus tastings at Rozi's, Heinen's, more
Flip Side is releasing an exclusive Pale Ale from Lucky Owl Brewing, plus there's a ton of casual tastings scheduled throughout Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND, Ohio - We've got news about a collaboration ale at Flip Side, plus Heinen's tastings and a lot more in our weekly beer calendar. Deadline to submit events is Thursday; email [email protected]: FEBRUARY February: All locations of The Rail will celebrate FeBREWary. The monthlong event will feature draft beers not available anywhere else in Ohio. Featured breweries include Wolf's Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Warped Wing Brewing in Dayton and Zaftig Brewing in Worthington. It's the second annual year the restaurant is holding FeBREWary. Rail locations: 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn; 400 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted; 4347 Belden Village Mall, Canton; and 17885 SouthPark Center, Strongsville. Monday, Feb. 13: Flip Side is releasing a collaboration Pale Ale from Lucky Owl Brewing from Chagrin Falls. It will be exclusive to its Northeast Ohio locations: 49 Village Way, Hudson; 44 N. Main St., Chagrin Falls; 19071 Old River Road, Rocky River and 1060 W. 10th St., Cleveland (Flats). Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 15-18: Flip Side will have a glass giveaway event with Four String Brewing Co. of Columbus. It's at 19071 Old River Road, Rocky River. Friday, Feb. 17: Heinen's will hold a Zest Fest-Beer Tasting 5-8 p.m. Taste 20 citrus-inspired beers along with citrus fruits. Cost is $15. It's at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Friday, Feb. 17: Heinen's will feature beers from Fat Head's and Dogfish Head breweries 6:30-8 p.m. Ten beers - five from each - will highlight core brews and special releases. Specialty cheeses and artisan breads will be served. Cost is $10. Reservations requested. Call 216-382-4144. It's at 2180 S. Green Road, University Heights. Friday, Feb. 17: Heinen's will hold a Citrus Beer Bash 6-8 p.m. It's a tasting of 10 citrus-inspired beers. Cost is $10. Registration is requested. Call 440-238-9491. It's at 18300 Royalton Road, Strongsville. Saturday, Feb. 18: The Winking Lizard will feature a Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Two sessions - 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. - will be at 25200 Miles Road, Bedford Heights. Cost is $45 ($40 for 2017 Beer Tourists). Cost includes a dozen samples and appetizer/sandwich buffet. Saturday, Feb. 18: West Point Market, which now has a full bar with craft taps and wine, is having a wine and beer tasting 7-9 p.m. Sample 16 wines all rated minimum 90 points and cost less than $20, plus four craft beers. Cost: $40 (advance), $45 (at the door). Includes food, apps and dessert. Space is limited. West Point is at 33 Shiawassee Ave., just off Ohio 18 (West Market Street), Akron. Saturday, Feb. 18: Heinen's will hold the first of the two-day Taste the Sun Weekend 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Platform Brewing's Ugli IPA will be released. Face painting will be available for kids. It's at 19 Clinton St., Hudson. Sunday, Feb. 19: Heinen's will hold the second of the two-day Taste the Sun Weekend 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Platform Brewing's Ugli IPA will be released. Face painting will be available for kids. It's at 19 Clinton St., Hudson. Wednesday, Feb. 22: The Rail will hold Beer Exploration Society at 7 p.m. featuring Goldhorn Brewery of Cleveland. Cost is $12. It's at 400 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted. Call to reserve a spot, 440-979-1979. Thursday, Feb. 23: The Rail will hold Beer Exploration Society at 6 p.m. featuring Fat Head's Brewery. Cost is $12. It's at 17885 SouthPark Center, Strongsville. Call to reserve a spot, 440-783-1275. Friday, Feb. 24: Rozi's Wine House is having a wine and beer tasting 6-8 p.m. featuring Kunde Winery, Sebastiani's The Crusher Wines and Short's Brewing Co. of Michigan. Cost is $25. Rozi's is at 14900 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. MARCH Sunday, March 5: Fat Head's will hold an introduction to Hop Art, beer-inspired art classes, 2-5 p.m. Cost is $40. Fat Head's is at 18741 Sheldon Road, Middleburg Heights. For tickets, click here. To check out the work, click here. Friday, March 10: Akron Art Museum's 10th Akron Art & Ale is 6-9 p.m. The fest is held in the atrium of the museum, One South High St., downtown Akron. Tickets are $50 ($35 for museum members, $25 for designated drivers). Fest includes food and people's-choice voting. Here's more on the fest. Friday, March 10: Heinen's will hold a spring beer tasting of 10 bottles and or cans and six drafts. It's 6:30-8 p.m. Sip seasonal brews will be complimented by corned-beef sandwiches, barbecue pig wings, artisan cheeses and crackers. Cost is $15. Registration is requested. Call 440-238-9491. It's at 18300 Royalton Road, Strongsville. Friday, March 17: Heinen's will feature Irish Offerings 6-8 p.m. Five beers and cheeses from Ireland will be available. Cost is $10. It's at 900 Euclid Ave., downtown Cleveland. Friday, March 31: Heinen's will hold an Ohio IPA Fest 6-8 p.m. with 10 India Pale Ales from Ohio breweries. Cost is $15. It's at 900 Euclid Ave., downtown Cleveland. APRIL Monday, April 10: To celebrate the upcoming Indians home opener and season, Brick and Barrel will host a beer and baseball night at 6 p.m. Local historian and author Scott Longert, who has written several books on Cleveland Indians history, will speak, answer questions and sign books. Free admission. Event precedes trivia at 7:30 p.m. Brick and Barrel is at 1844 Columbus Road, Cleveland. Cleveland's home opener is Tuesday, April 11, vs. the Chicago White Sox. MAY Friday-Sunday, May 26-29: A Memorial Day weekend Grand Brewery Tour is scheduled. Cost is $750. The tour goes from Canton through Columbus and Cincinnati down to Asheville, North Carolina. It includes motor-coach travel, breakfasts, three nights at Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, two lunches, t-shirt, two growlers, beer on the bus and guided tours. Booking-date deadline is Friday, March 31. Email [email protected] JUNE Sunday, June 4: The Lake Erie chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will hold a summer show and barbecue at the German Central Foundation, 7863 York Road, Parma. It's 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The free show is for all things beer-related - cans, bottlecaps, signs, posters, trays and historical items. People can buy sell, swap and display items. Call to reserve a table, 440-334-7561. AUGUST Saturday, Aug. 26: The Brewery Collectibles Club of America will hold its annual 'can-vention' in Cleveland. Collectors buy, sell and show breweriana - cans, signs, bottle caps, trays, openers, photos - any and all things beer-related. The show will be at Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave. E., Cleveland. The multi-day event culminates with a public-invited show Saturday. For details, click here.
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Beer Brewing Brewery Beer style Akron Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Indians
14 opiate deaths in Feb. in Cleveland; neighbor saves man from fire; boy, 7, dies of flu: Overnight News Links
Also, Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County; Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power; Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy; Featured stories Cleveland Police: Opiate-related deaths now total 14 in February (WKYC Channel 3) Passer-by saves neighbor from burning apartment in Twinsburg (Akron Beacon Journal) Another flu-related death: 7-year-old East Liverpool boy dies (WJW Channel 8) Crime Suspects wanted in 10 unsolved Cleveland-area bank robberies (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain man walks out of child rape trial: Fugitive of the Week (cleveland.com) Wanted Pennsylvania man arrested in Amherst (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power (cleveland.com) Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga County demolition fund puts dent in housing-market distress (photos, interactive map) (cleveland.com) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's concerns about rental inspections: Displacing poor families, burdening landlords (cleveland.com) How and when Cleveland plans to roll out its new rental inspection plan (cleveland.com) Cleveland rental inspections to look for peeling paint, flushing toilets, other hazards (graphic) (cleveland.com) Urban Community School's miracle worker, Sister Maureen Doyle retiring after 34 years (cleveland.com) How Urban Community School helps students and families thrive (cleveland.com) Four injured in crash with Cleveland fire department vehicle (cleveland.com) Cleveland Donut Fest brings hundreds of donut-lovers to Red Space (video, photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland business executives say immigration ban led to de facto hiring freeze (WEWS Channel 5) Local news East Officials: Overdose victims did not ingest laced marijuana (News-Herald) Local news West Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County (cleveland.com) Avon East Elementary closed Monday due to a gas leak (WOIO Channel 19) Make-A-Wish sends Bay Village teen to 2017 Grammy Awards (cleveland.com) State Prosecutor files motion against Brian Golsby in death of Ohio State student, may pursue death penalty pending trial (10tv.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Lorain County Ohio Cleveland WOIO
Chumly through Cuddles: See photos of kitties entered in the Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Chumly through Cuddles. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Chumly through Cuddles in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Chumly through Cuddles. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie - Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Monday's photo gallery will feature cats named Cupcake through Dolly. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
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Charlie through Chumbee: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named Charlie through Chumbee. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Charlie through Chumbee in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Charlie through Chumbee. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Sunday's photo gallery will feature cats named Chumly through Cuddles. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
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Ohio governor works to erase state's 'Rust Belt' label
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a pet peeve: the use of the term "Rust Belt" to describe his state. The Republican governor wants to send the label to the scrap heap of history. Kasich acknowledges it's not an easy sell, but he argues that significant changes ...
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No public money for Q improvements, says Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus has joined critics of Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland's plan to spend millions of tax dollars on renovations to Quicken Loans Arena while community needs remain unmet. LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus is joining opposition to spending tax money on Quicken Loans Arena renovations while community needs remain unmet. In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers, county and city leaders announced a plan to upgrade the 22-year-old arena. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund, and taxes will pay for $160 million. Caucus members held a press conference Friday to say they opposed the use of any tax dollars to renovate the Q. That differs from the view of Greater Cleveland Congregations, which has called for the city and county governments to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for the arena renovations. Members of both groups, who strongly support the Cleveland Cavaliers, say they are "Not All In" and plan to attend council meetings to voice their concerns. The Progressive Caucus formed last year in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Following the election the group has continued progressive efforts and is resisting actions by President Donald Trump, said Steve Holecko, the political director. The group has about 2,100 members, he said. As the plan stands, the Cavs will pay half the cost of upgrades through increased rent payments. Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034. More than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. Cuyahoga County's legislation to provide funds for the Q is expected to be introduced at Tuesday at County Council. Council members generally do not comment on introduced legislation, which will be referred to the council-of-the-whole meeting on Feb. 21. But the public can comment on proposed legislation at any meeting. Members of the GCC and caucus said they plan to attend Tuesday. Holecko and caucus operations director Tristan Rader said the Q project is "an opportunity for the people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to end their silence and start to be citizens instead of spectators to the decisions impacting their communities. "This is an opportunity to break with a past where such projects are routinely rubber stamped,. We deem this renovation to be a breach of public trust and a gross misuse of public funds. We will not stand by while those elected to lead us redefine progress as working people subsidizing billionaires."
140 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Downtown Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Lakewood Ohio
C.C. through Charley: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named C.C. through Charley. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named C.C. through Charley in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named C.C. through Charley. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 Saturday's photo gallery will feature cats named Charlie through Chumbee. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
55 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Parma removes teacher after accusations; family says suspect shot by deputy unarmed; former Kent player acquitted: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question; City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square; Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 Featured stories Ashley B. MasonParma Police  Teacher removed from Parma high school after 'possible inappropriate situation' with student (cleveland.com) Family says suspect shot by Ashtabula County deputy was not armed (WKYC Channel 3) Former Kent State football player found not guilty in kidnapping, assault case (cleveland.com) Crime Two Northeast Ohio fugitives arrested by U.S. Marshals (cleveland.com) Woman's teeth knocked out during Cleveland carjacking, suspect arrested (cleveland.com) ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Beachwood gas station (cleveland.com) Man breaks into Cleveland teen's home, rapes her at gunpoint, police say (cleveland.com) Police chase along Interstate 77 ends in crash near Richfield (cleveland.com) Akron man pleads guilty to fatally shooting man during drug deal (cleveland.com) Employee protects store by throwing soda at suspects armed with handguns (WOIO Channel 19) Amherst man accused of sexually assaulting young girl again (Lorain Morning Journal) Former Lorain teacher takes plea deal, avoids jail time (Lorain Morning Journal) Erie County inmate suffers broken jaw in fight with fellow inmate (Sandusky Register) Summit County teen accused of raping his half-siblings (Associated Press) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question (cleveland.com) Cleveland federal judge says Mexican border crossers he sentenced were not violent criminals (cleveland.com) City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square (cleveland.com) Pride in the CLE, originally a replacement event for Cleveland Pride, is taking place again this year (cleveland.com) Port hires design team to envision transformation of Irishtown Bend (photos) (cleveland.com) Dying Cleveland man giving massive bobblehead collection to Hall of Fame (photos, video) (cleveland.com) Local news East Former Lake Erie College football coach violated school policy (WKYC Channel 3) Michigan Republican official resigns after suggesting repeat of Kent State shootings (cleveland.com) Marijuana laced with opiates causes three overdoses in Painesville Township (cleveland.com) Local news West The Container Store hiring 50 for its first Northeast Ohio store opening June 10 in Beachwood (cleveland.com) Owner of North Ridgeville anti-transgender sign says he has resigned as city council president (WEWS Channel 5) County closes Whitehead Road bridge for safety reasons (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area City of Medina to help residents displaced by deadly apartment explosion (cleveland.com) State Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 (cleveland.com) Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say (cleveland.com) Tom Price, the next Trump confirmation: Why Democrats will vote no (but he'll get confirmed anyway) (cleveland.com) Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote (cleveland.com) Shale gas and oil producers could pay $250 million in local property taxes, industry study claims (cleveland.com) Columbus Police video shows officers pepper-spraying anti-Trump protesters (nbc4i.com) 89-year-old NKY man wards off burglar with gun: 'I didn't have time to get scared' (wlwt.com)
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Ohio colleges among most expensive in U.S.; coalition calls for schools, lawmakers to step up
College remains unaffordable for many Ohioans and lawmakers and colleges must take steps to help people obtain a degree, certificate or other postsecondary credential, education officials said Thursday. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio has some of the most unaffordable colleges in the United States, and a coalition of school officials is calling on lawmakers and universities to make education more affordable. The Higher Education Compact and Philanthropy Ohio held a press conference in Columbus featuring public policy officials, professors and representatives from education organizations in Cleveland, Akron, Dayton and Cincinnati. The compact is a collaborative partnership of the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, 17 colleges and universities, and more than 50 community organizations. The partners released a policy paper on college affordability. See the report below or click here if on a mobile device. Two-thirds of Ohio's jobs will require post-secondary credentials by 2020, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, but the Lumina Foundation reports that only 43.2 percent of working-age Ohio adults have a post-secondary degree or certificate, leaving a significant skills gap, officials said. The cost of college keeps many students from lower-income backgrounds from seeking education beyond high school, officials said. They said Ohio ranks 45th out of 50 states related to college affordability because: The state underinvests in higher education, allocating 7 percent of state and federal expenditures toward higher education, as compared to an average of 10 percent in other states. Ohio's public colleges compensated for the reduced state funding by increasing tuition. From 1996 to 2006, four-year universities increased tuition by 9 percent annually, resulting in a 2006 tuition rate that was 47 percent higher than the national average. Colleges have had a state-imposed tuition freeze the last two years. Need-based financial aid, through the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, was reduced from $223 million in 2007-08 to $69 million in 2011-12.   The educators are asking lawmakers to: Increase need-based grant dollars over the next four years to $223 million. Proposed funding for each of the next two fiscal years is around $100 million. Tie any new increase in grant dollars to completion-based incentives that encourage students to graduate in four years. Create and fund a new financial aid program for "cost of attendance" expenses, such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Work with colleges to advocate for federal financial assistance programs and tax incentives for students pursuing any credential with workplace value, including and especially short-term certificates. Work with the Governor's Executive Workforce Board to design and implement an employer-based incentive pilot program to incentivize employers to assist their employees financially in earning postsecondary credentials. The educators are asking colleges to: Urge institutions to create embedded short-term and one-year certificates within associate and bachelor's degrees. Establish "transfer centers" on community college campuses to help ensure seamless transition to a university. Continue and expand partnerships with community colleges to increase the number of students participating in 2+2 pathways and to create "academies" whereby students can enroll at a community college while simultaneously being admitted to a four-year institution. Experiment with "free to finish" programs for students who are in good standing and have degree work appropriate for in-demand workforce areas. Establish college-sponsored "emergency funds" that can be accessed by students to address financial barriers that keep them from finishing school. Ensure that students who transfer have access to the same financial aid opportunities as students who directly enroll as freshmen. // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3457542-Embargoed-Copy-College-Affordability-2-1lr.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3457542-Embargoed-Copy-College-Affordability-2-1lr" }); // ]]>
206 points by The Plain Dealer | Higher education College High school University Education Madrasah Secondary education Akron Ohio
Ashtabula County deputy shoots suspect; Brinks truck worker robbed; 'drugs' at school are Flintstone vitamins: Overnight News Links
Also, Alianna DeFreeze's father says pastor tried to use girl's death as 'publicity stunt'; pastor denies accusation; Retired California judge, Cleveland native and nephew of Don King, dies in murder-suicide, reports say; Cleveland Live! will anchor nuCLEus project retail; Shake Shack, HopCat, Starbucks Reserve sign on Featured stories Ashtabula County sheriff's deputy involved in shooting (Ashtabula Star Beacon) Armed suspect in Brinks robbery wore security guard uniform (photos) (cleveland.com) 'Drugs' handed out at Cleveland elementary school turn out to be Flintstone vitamins (WEWS Channel 5) Crime Retired California judge, Cleveland native and nephew of Don King, dies in murder-suicide, reports say (cleveland.com) East Cleveland police arrest one of three men sought in deadly shooting (cleveland.com) 2-year-old Lakewood girl was home when father killed her mother, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland hip hop artist, former basketball prospect plead guilty to gang-related shooting (cleveland.com) Third man charged in slaying of beloved Cleveland bartender (cleveland.com) Lakewood man pistol-whipped, carjacked in broad daylight (cleveland.com) Beachwood man wanted on weapons violations arrested in Warrensville Heights (cleveland.com) Man accused in robbery, pistol-whipping near Cleveland State University (cleveland.com) Akron man pleads guilty to selling carfentanil that killed pregnant woman (cleveland.com) Van used by Maple Heights family to transport daughter to therapy is stolen (WJW Channel 8) Seville man charged in rape, kidnapping in North Ridgeville (Lorain Morning Journal) Father found guilty of murder of 3-year-old Hailey Miku (Canton Repository) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Alianna DeFreeze's father says pastor tried to use girl's death as 'publicity stunt'; pastor denies accusation (cleveland.com) Cleveland Live! will anchor nuCLEus project retail; Shake Shack, HopCat, Starbucks Reserve sign on (cleveland.com) University Hospitals to join MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic in regional trauma network (cleveland.com) Amazon expected to open downtown Cleveland package-pickup store (cleveland.com) Army Corps says profane emails about Port of Cleveland shouldn't lead to adverse ruling in dredging case (cleveland.com) Local news East Daughters of Willoughby Hills woman who was killed awarded $6.2 million in damages (News-Herald) Painesville Township Fire Department warns of marijuana laced with an unknown opiate (News-Herald) Cleveland Heights police search for missing teen boy (cleveland.com) Health inspectors charged with falsifying inspections (WKYC Channel 3) Local news West Elyria schools vote to go back after Labor Day (WEWS Channel 5) Amherst firefighters rescue woman after cliff fall (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Elyria police: Rollover on I-90 sends pregnant woman to hospital (Lorain Morning Journal) Bald eagles return to nest in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for 12th year, forcing closures (cleveland.com) See how flooded Rocky River is after this week's rain (video) (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Swensons Drive In makes list of 50 best burger joints in the country (cleveland.com) More than 50 people attend rally to support Highland Square shop owner's defiant display (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron hopes branding its neighborhoods will help city grow (cleveland.com) Where's High Hampton? Check out the map -- plus median home value & income -- of Akron's 24 neighborhoods (cleveland.com) 10-year-old home invasion victim becomes crucial witness as police nab Akron home invasion suspects (WEWS Channel 5) State President Trump's tweets on judges, terrorism puzzle legal experts. What's his end game? (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich says he supports a free press, opposes sanctuary cities (Associated Press) Marsy's Law for Ohio, crime victims ballot initiative, gets green light to collect signatures (cleveland.com) Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper backs Tom Perez in DNC chair race (cleveland.com)  Wilberforce University seeks to sell two buildings to raise money (cleveland.com) Ohio's U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is GOP target in 2018 election (cleveland.com) Toledo couple accused of falsely diagnosing patients with Alzheimer's (nbc24.com) Feud over Facebook linked to two killings (vindy.com)
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Shooting kills 1, wounds 4; house explodes in Akron; Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident returns: Overnight News Links
Also, Mayor questions RTA traffic and safety studies that support reopening Public Square to buses; Cleveland Clinic's controversial fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort will go forward; Duo wanted in Strongsville fatal stabbing arrested in Ashland Featured stories BCI, police investigate shooting that left 1 dead, 4 injured (WJW Channel 8) House explodes in Akron (cleveland.com) Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident removed from U.S. returns (cleveland.com) Crime New York man used taxi, Greyhound bus for getaway after robbing Cleveland bank, police say (cleveland.com) 15-year-old goes missing in Cleveland (WOIO Channel 19) Duo wanted in Strongsville fatal stabbing arrested in Ashland (cleveland.com) Drug dealer gets 8 years in prison for providing carfentanil that killed pregnant woman (Akron Beacon Journal) Woman shot and killed in Lakewood identified (cleveland.com) Pants-less Strongsville ice rink abductor convicted (cleveland.com) Boys robbed at Rocky River Mitchell's arranged clothing deal through OfferUp app (cleveland.com) Armed men barge into home on Cleveland's West Side (cleveland.com) Elderly woman carjacked at Cleveland gas station (WJW Channel 8) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Mayor questions RTA traffic and safety studies that support reopening Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) DeFreeze family loses location for murdered teen's funeral (WKYC Channel 3) Cleveland Clinic's controversial fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort will go forward (cleveland.com) Brookside flooding closes Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (cleveland.com) Jack Cleveland Casino January revenue falls below Cincinnati, Columbus (cleveland.com) Cleveland ranks 84th in U.S. News & World Report's annual Top 100 Best Places to Live (cleveland.com) Local news East Women rescued from embankment in Painesville (WKYC Channel 3) Flood warning issued for Grand River at Painesville (cleveland.com) Flood warning issued for Chagrin River at Willoughby (cleveland.com) Democracy Day in Mentor and elsewhere probes corporate political gifts (cleveland.com) Local news West North Royalton schools face significant operating cuts if voters reject May tax increase, school officials say (cleveland.com) Bomb squad resolves dynamite situation (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Court dismisses appeal filed by State Sen. Michael Skindell in Lakewood Hospital closure lawsuit (cleveland.com) 10-year-old cancer patient befriended, honored by Lorain Police (WJW Channel 8) Lorain middle school students honored for buying shoes for classmate (Lorain Morning Journal) Akron / Canton area Statue of Liberty mannequin with bag over head leads to threats against Akron store owner (WEWS Channel 5) Summit County students fight heroin with PSAs (cleveland.com) State Betsy DeVos confirmed as U.S. education secretary with historic tie-break vote (cleveland.com) Reaction to Betsy DeVos's confirmation is swift and heated (cleveland.com) Rep. Marcia Fudge introduces legislation to ease food donations (cleveland.com) Ohio Dems respond to proposed sanctuary city ban with own plan (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmakers introduce bill to start school year after Labor Day (10tv.com) Energy prices expected to creep higher, says U.S. Energy Information Administration (cleveland.com) Find out if you would save under Ohio Gov. John Kasich's tax plan (calculator) (cleveland.com) Off-duty Mansfield police officer helps save drowning boy (Mansfield News Journal)  Toledo City Council approves conversion therapy ban (Toledo Blade)
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Cleveland State reportedly set to hire former Akron AD Mike Thomas
Former Akron athletic director Mike Thomas reportedly is being hired as the new athletic director at Cleveland State. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State will announce Wednesday that Mike Thomas has been hired as the school's new director of athletics, according to multiple reports. Thomas would replace John Perry, who stepped down last month. Thomas had been athletic director at Illinois for five years before being released in 2015. He was athletic director at Akron from 2000-2005, and at Cincinnati from 2005-2011, before being hired at Illinois. Check back for more on this story.
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How to get to Akron's the Northside Arts District during Perkins/Innerbelt closure
The closure of Akron's Innerbelt during the city's Old Main Sewer Separation project means a headache to get to the Northside Arts District. Here's how. AKRON, Ohio - The end of the Innerbelt is closed. So is the intersection of MLK Jr. Boulevard, North Howard and North Main streets for a sewer separation projection that will take six months. So how do you get to the restaurants, hotel and galleries of the Northside Arts District? It's a question that concerns business owners there. "The only way we can still be here when it's over is for people to come," said Jill Bacon Madden, owner of Jilly's Music Room, which has live music several nights a week and a gluten-free menu. "They just have to drive another block." Previous coverage: ODOT to start removing Akron Innerbelt Feb. 6: See what roads will close for 6 months City engineering project manager Mike Wytrzyszczewski said because of EPA-mandated deadlines for the sewer separation projrct, and ramp closures on I-77 and I-76, the  confluence of projects affecting Northside was out of the city's control. So they city has been planning since 2015. The good news: There are plenty of detours to Northside, and they're marked with signs. Also, the Northside Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which also houses the kitschy Speakeasy lounge, has opened its private parking lot to customers for the duration of the closure. The closure will route drivers, trying to go through downtown, northward off Perkins Street to Summit Street and then west on Furnace Street, which runs right thought the Northside District to Howard Street. Tips for getting to the Northside Arts District From Route 8 going north: Take the Perkins exit, turn left on Perkins Street, turn right on Summit Street and left on Furnace Street From Route 8 going south: Take the Perkins exit, turn right on Perkins Street, turn right on Summit Street and left on Furnace Street From W. Market Street: Bear left onto North Street near McDonald's, turn right on Howard Street and left on Ridge or Furnace streets. Or take Market through downtown. Turn left on Summit Street, cross Perkins Street and turn left on Furnace Street From E. Market Street: Turn right onto Summit Street, cross Perkins Street, turn left on Furnace Street From Tallmadge Avenue: Take Howard Street going south toward downtown, turn left on Ridge or Furnace streets Dave Sharp, director of operations at dba, Dante Boccuzzi Akron and Speakeasy, says the closure may have positive effects. "It might expose more people to this place," Boccuzzi said. However, there is some worry out-of-town travelers will have a hard time finding the Courtyard hotel, the only open hotel in the downtown area. During the convergence of the North Main/Howard Street/Innerbelt closure and Old Main Sewer Separation project, drivers can access the Northside Arts District in several ways. Most traffic coming from downtown will take the detour from Perkins Street to Summit Street to Furnace Street. Howard Street will remain open to Beech Street. City of Akron  Sharp said most of his customers come from Cleveland, the west and the north suburbs, such as Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls, so they can still take Route 8 to Perkins Street and take the detour down Summit to Furnace Street. But he's also driven the route from various directions in town and made suggestions for signage placement. He's asked for a sign on West Market Street at North Street, which runs east to Howard Street. The Northside District logo will be added to the orange detour signs all around the district to help drivers navigate the closure. But Claudia Zeber Martell and Michael Martell of Zeber-Martell Clay Studio & Art Gallery are concerned the detour will cause drivers to go faster down Furnace Street. The couple, who have owned the gallery there for nearly 30 years, have kept the business alive through many construction events over the years and feel confident their clientele will still come. But safety is a concern. The city plans to have police out during the first weeks of the closure. "If we need them, we'll keep them there," Wytrzyszczewski said. To stay up to date on Akron's road closures, visit DriveAkron. Visit the Northside Arts District Facebook page for more information. SaveSaveSaveSave
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