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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."
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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)
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Cleveland Pizza Fest 2017 dates announced
Cleveland Pizza fest is heading back to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Organizers have announced the Cleveland Pizza Fest will return to Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer. The fest will be Friday-Sunday, June 23-25. The fest offers a chance for attendees to chow down while pizzerias vie for the coveted 'best pizza' title. Pizzas will be judged in five categories: sauce, crust, toppings, overall and people's choice. Organizers say more than 25,000 people devoured more than 60,000 slices last year. 2016 competitors * Angelo's, Lakewood. * Mama Julianne's, Strongsville. * Lorenzo's, Oberlin. * Primoz Pizza, Cleveland. * Papa Nick's, Cleveland. * Royal Pizza, Parma Heights. * Scott's Fire & Ice (wood-burning fire). * Sauced Wood Burning Fire (Fairview Park). * Pepperoni Cowboy (Catering). * PizzaBOGO (multiple locations). * Romeo's (multiple locations). * Jet's Pizza (multiple locations). Augie's Pizza - winner of last year's best sauce - will be back. Organizers said Augie's is the only pizza vendor from the three original Pizza Bake-Offs held in downtown Cleveland in the 1990s. Vendors will have the opportunity to sell sample-sized slices. The fest will include live entertainment, special events, and more. Schedule * 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 23: Bike night. Band: The Spazmatics. * Noon-midnight Saturday, June 24: Classic car show, 5K run/walk, local sports celebrities, kids activities. Bands: Carlos Jones and The Plus Band, The Rocksiders, Blu Monsoon. * Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, June 25: Classic car show, pizza judging, family events. Bands TBA. Admission is $5 ($1 for tweeners, free for those 12 and under). Parking is free. Proceeds benefit The Sam Gagliardi Memorial Lodge Scholarship Fund and the North End Foundation (Berea Youth Works).
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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)
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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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Democracy Day in Mentor and elsewhere probes corporate political gifts
Democracy Days are taking place this year in 11 Ohio communities to discuss corporate cash in politics in the wake of the Citizens United case. MENTOR, Ohio -- Eleven local cities hold Democracy Days to explore the clout of corporate cash in politics. The cities hold hearings for residents to testify about the influence of corporate donations since the 2010 Citizens United case when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to wipe out the McCain-Feingold restrictions on campaign donations. Mentor's Democracy Day hearing is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Council chambers on the third floor of the Mentor Civic Center, 8500 Civic Center Blvd. Brecksville's hearing will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Human Services Center, 2 Community Dr. The municipal councils of Cleveland, Bedford Heights and Oakwood have opposed the ruling, and so have voters of Mentor, Kent, Brecksville, Chagrin Falls, Newburgh Heights, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Toledo and Defiance. Cleveland and the 10 cities with voter initiatives require annual or biennial Democracy Day hearings. Cleveland Heights held its hearing in January. The schedules of other hearings later this year will be posted at municipal websites and at movetoamend.org/ohio. Writing for the majority in Citizens United, the late Justice Antonin Scalia said corporations have the same right of free speech as private individuals. But all corporations are publicly chartered, even if privately held, and given special privileges, such as personal immunity from business liabilities. So Greg Coleridge says they don't deserve every private right. "If money is speech, those who have the most money have the most speech. That's not anything approaching a real democracy," says Coleridge, who leads the Northeast Ohio branch of the American Friends Service Committee and the Ohio branch of Move to Amend, an advocacy group trying to overcome Citizens United by amending the U.S. Constitution. David Bossie, president of the Citizens United group that challenged McCain-Feingold, says on the group's website that the victory "will preserve all Americans' right to free speech... The American people must be free to participate in the political process, and have the freedom to debate the most pressing issues of our time without government restrictions." But Councilman Marty Gelfand of South Euclid says, "It perverts logic and the rights of people in a free society when corporations get all those rights, and they're not really people. When money can be spent at unlimited levels, it pretty much silences everyone else."
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National Weather Service issues flood warning for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for Cuyahoga, Lake, Gauga, and Ashtabula counties through 11:30 p.m. tonight. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The strong thunderstorms and intense snow melt across Northeast Ohio has prompted the National Weather Service in Cleveland to issue a flood warning for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties through 11:30 p.m. this evening. At 11:30 a.m., the weather service radar indicated 1 to 2 inches of rain has already fallen across the warning area, and runoff from the rain will combine with water released from the melting snow pack leading to flooding. According to the warning, areas which will experience flooding include: Cleveland, Painesville, Ashtabula, Willowick, Conneaut, Chardon, Jefferson, Fairport Harbor, Geneva-On-The-Lake, Parma, Lakewood, Euclid, Mentor, Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, Westlake, North Royalton, Solon, Willoughby and Eastlake. Additional rainfall from showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. Rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half-inch are possible in the warned area. Why is Northeast Ohio getting thunderstorms in February? The National Weather Service urges to never drive through flooded roadways, as the water could be deeper than it looks. Flood warning issued for Cuyahoga River at Independence 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.
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Cleveland Hts. considers sanctuary city status; anthrax scare at courthouse; 3 inmates OD at jail: Overnight News Links
Also, Refugees head to Cleveland after court overturns President Trump's immigration ban; Man charged in Alianna DeFreeze's death was jailed during two unsolved homicides near where teen was found; Funeral arrangements set for Alianna DeFreeze; Featured stories Cleveland Heights residents pack council meeting, push for sanctuary city status (WOIO Channel 19) Letter referencing anthrax mailed to Cleveland federal courthouse, officials say it's a hoax (cleveland.com) Three inmates overdose on suspected heroin in booking area of Medina County Jail (WEWS Channel 5) Crime Man charged in Alianna DeFreeze's death was jailed during two unsolved homicides near where teen was found (cleveland.com) Mother of 3-year-old Major Howard testifies about the man accused of killing her son (cleveland.com) Car stolen after fatal Strongsville stabbing found; suspects remain at-large (cleveland.com) Bedford police, FBI search for U.S. Bank robber (cleveland.com) Man, woman pistol-whipped during robbery in Cleveland State parking lot (cleveland.com) Man charged in deadly shootout that killed Cleveland woman caught in crossfire (cleveland.com) Prosecutors defend right to retry East Cleveland men freed in dismissed murder case (cleveland.com) Homeless men accused of holding Akron man against his will (cleveland.com) Man in custody after Elyria stabbing (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Police: Fleeing motorist in Sheffield Village charged with kidnapping (Lorain Morning Journal) Man, shot by neighbor, charged with voyeurism (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Refugees head to Cleveland after court overturns President Trump's immigration ban (cleveland.com) Mother of mentally ill woman killed by Cleveland police: 'This is not the last you're going to see of me' (cleveland.com) Funeral arrangements set for Alianna DeFreeze (cleveland.com) Cleveland mayor hopes new prosecutor will still honor $500,000 police dash camera agreement (cleveland.com) Diocese of Cleveland awards $1.1 million in grants, announces 'Better Together' student inclusion initiative (cleveland.com) Lady Gaga to play The Q in Cleveland as part of world tour (cleveland.com) Local news East Mayfield High School student to be disciplined for bringing bullet to school, officials say (cleveland.com) Officer being investigated after posting videos in uniform while in patrol car (WJW Channel 8) Local news West Family's search for missing brother ends with ID of man killed 37 years ago in Berea (cleveland.com) Hyland to expand headquarters in Westlake, adding 300-plus jobs (cleveland.com) Future of Nexus pipeline still uncertain following resignation of federal commissioner (cleveland.com) Former sheriff asks for his appeal to be dismissed (Sandusky Register) Lorain utility bills could rise 17 percent (Lorain Morning Journal) Mixed-use development planned for Lakewood Hospital site (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Akron wants to grow from 198,000 residents to 250,000 by 2050: Here's how (cleveland.com) A human skull was found on the sidewalk in Akron. A year later, its identity remains a mystery (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron Snow Angels grows from one-off to regular mission (photos) (cleveland.com) State Teachers protest Sen Rob Portman's support of Betsy DeVos (photos) (cleveland.com) Is there a 51st anti-Betsy DeVos vote? Democrats hold talkathon in hopes of finding one (cleveland.com) Five things to know about Sen. Rob Portman's support for Betsy DeVos (cleveland.com) Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel backs bill banning 'sanctuary cities' in Ohio (cleveland.com) Civil rights attorney gets a call from Josh Mandel days after trashing him on Twitter (cleveland.com) Ohio inmate slain while riding in transport van (Associated Press) YSU police warn students of shooting on Michigan Avenue (vindy.com) Former Ohio State football player gets probation for assault (Columbus Dispatch) Police: Human remains found on golf course in north Columbus (10tv.com) 'Harambe-shaped' Cheeto could sell for thousands on eBay (WLWT Channel 5)
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14 die in Cuyahoga County this weekend from heroin and fentanyl, 70 for 2017
Cuyahoga County saw 14 suspected heroin and fentanyl overdoses from Friday to Sunday, the medical examiner said. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County residents continue to die at a rapid clip from heroin and fentanyl overdoes after a deadly 2016. Fourteen people died this weekend in suspected heroin and fentanyl overdoses, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. Some 24 total have died from the drugs in the first five days of the month. There were at least 46 heroin and fentanyl deaths in January. That number could rise to 57 after toxicology tests are finalized, according to the medical examiner. The death-rate for heroin, fentanyl and other opiate deaths have skyrocketed from 64 in 2011 to at least 517 in 2016, according to the medical examiner.  The medical examiner has not yet put out its final report on exactly how many deaths have been attributed to opiates for 2016. But the county more than doubled the number of deaths in 2015, the worst on record at the time. Of the 14 who died from Friday through Sunday, 12 were from Cleveland, one was from Willowick and one was from Brook Park. The youngest victim was 25 and the oldest was 57. Nine were black, one was Indian and four were white, according to the medical examiner's data. The 46 confirmed heroin and fentanyl overdose cases in January ranged in age from 23 to 67. Thirty-two were men and 14 were women, the medical examiner said. Thirty-two victims were white, 13 were black and one was Hispanic. The victims lived throughout Cuyahoga County and elsewhere. Twenty-three were Cleveland residents, three were from Lakewood, and there was one each from Beachwood, Berea, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Independence, Maple Heights, Middleburg Heights, Newburgh Heights, Olmsted Township and Parma. The eight out-of-county residents who died in Cuyahoga County were from Brunswick, Canal Fulton, Columbia Station, Concord, New London and Wickliffe. Two were from North Ridgeville, the medical examiner said.  The medical examiner also said there was a spike in cocaine-related deaths in January, including 19 who died from doses of the drug mixed with heroin, fentanyl or both. 
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Amanda Berry joins Fox 8 News; shooting wounds 1; Kent State responds to GOP official's comments: Overnight News Links
Also, Six dead in Cleveland in 24 hours due to opiate overdoses; Recent federal court ruling on Trump travel ban likely won't immediately affect Cleveland Clinic doctor; Social media threat against North Royalton Middle School not credible, superintendent says Featured stories Amanda Berry to join Fox 8 News team (cleveland.com) Shooting on Cleveland's West Side sends 1 to hospital (cleveland.com) Kent State University and students express shock over GOP official's comments (Akron Beacon Journal) Crime Six dead in Cleveland in 24 hours due to opiate overdoses (cleveland.com) Two injured in early morning shootings on Cleveland's East Side (cleveland.com) 78-count indictment against Youngstown doctor (WKYC Channel 3) Four set for trial for alleged pill mills in Mentor, Mayfield Heights (News-Herald) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Recent federal court ruling on Trump travel ban likely won't immediately affect Cleveland Clinic doctor (cleveland.com) 'Malls aren't dead at all,' they're just evolving, retail expert says (cleveland.com) Carnegie Avenue EB in Cleveland closed by water main break (WKYC Channel 3) Local news West Social media threat against North Royalton Middle School not credible, superintendent says (cleveland.com) North Ridgeville sign creates controversy with community (WEWS Channel 5) State Child running in street leads Clark deputies to double overdose (Springfield News-Sun) Baby hippo Fiona takes her first steps at Cincinnati Zoo (WCPO Channel 9)
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Two Cleveland restaurants named on Nation's Most Romantic list
Two Cleveland classics have been named to the list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017, compiled by the Open Table website CLEVELAND, Ohio - Two Cleveland classics have been named to the list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017, compiled by the Open Table website. Pier W lakeside restaurant in Cleveland, known for its wonderful seafood dishes, chic atmosphere and stunning views, and the stately Don's Pomeroy House in Strongsville, with its classic cuisine and cozily elegant atmosphere, made the list. The 100 restaurants chosen for the honor in advance of Valentine's Day were based on more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 24,000 restaurants. The honorees come from 36 states. Other Ohio restaurants on the list include The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard - Canton, Ohio; Chez Francois - Vermilion, Ohio; Coldwater Cafe & Catering - Tipp City, Ohio; Orchids at Palm Court - Cincinnati, Ohio; Primavista - Cincinnati, Ohio; and The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro - Columbus, Ohio. Diners can read more about the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, as well as OpenTable's #ValentinesDishPics Valentine's Day giveaway, by visiting OpenTable blog. The full list of 100 restaurants is available here: https://www.opentable.com/m/100-most-romantic-restaurants-2017/
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Police officer accused of pulling gun in road rage; fire department vandalized; senators set on DeVos vote: Overnight News Links
Also, Man arrested in slaying of Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze; Cleveland Clinic doctor removed from U.S. says career could be harmed if she can't return; Barberton High School teacher placed on leave over reported comment Featured stories Cleveland police officer accused of pulling gun on driver in case of road rage (WJW Channel 8) Vandalism with suspected urine at Northfield Center fire department could go unsolved (Akron Beacon Journal) Senate phone lines jammed in advance of Betsy DeVos vote; Portman and Brown have minds made up (cleveland.com) Crime Man arrested in slaying of Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze (cleveland.com) Database shows dozens of kids missing in Cleveland (WKYC Channel 3) Former Cleveland police detective pleads not guilty to drug charge (cleveland.com) 'Heartless con man' J.G. Spooner sentenced to prison for GoFundMe, rent, bad check scams (cleveland.com) Cleveland attempted kidnapping thwarted by Bible study group, report says (cleveland.com) South Euclid man charged in woman's fatal shooting on Cleveland's East Side (cleveland.com) Two men arrested in connection with invading Elyria home, one at-large (cleveland.com) Three sentenced to prison in 2015 kidnapping of Richland County bank manager, family (cleveland.com) Man on trial is accused of pants-less abduction attempt at Strongsville ice rink (cleveland.com) One man, two teenagers arrested after robbery at Avon Lake park (cleveland.com) Akron armed robbers steal Icehouse beers, wallet from two men, report says (cleveland.com) Man wanted in deadly stabbing on Cleveland's West Side captured (cleveland.com) LaGrange Township man arrested in connection to two Grafton robberies (cleveland.com) Lakewood man pistol-whipped during robbery near Cleveland Clinic (cleveland.com) Meth found in vehicle driven by naked man, police say (WOIO Channel 19) Police: Lorain meth lab discovery leads to three arrests (Lorain Morning Journal) Canton man going wrong way on Route 30 killed in head-on crash (Canton Repository) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland Clinic doctor removed from U.S. says career could be harmed if she can't return (cleveland.com) Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, tech execs to meet with Trump (cleveland.com) Cleveland Clinic doctors silently protest on behalf of resident Suha Abushamma (cleveland.com) Refugee ban leaves Syrian family bound for Cleveland in limbo (cleveland.com) U.S. News ranks Ohio hotels; 9 of top 20 are in Cleveland, but not No. 1 (photos) (cleveland.com) Local news East Bomb threat to Warrensville Heights High School not credible, district says (cleveland.com) Local news West North Olmsted brothers kayak a rain-swollen Rocky River (photo gallery) (cleveland.com) Elyria adds four police officers in ongoing departmental recruiting efforts (Lorain Morning Journal) Lakewood to demolish Hilliard Square Theater beginning next week (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Barberton High School teacher placed on leave over reported comment (Akron Beacon Journal) TSA to open temporary PreCheck enrollment center at Akron-Canton Airport (cleveland.com) Wadsworth may be getting its hospital back in legal settlement with Summa (Akron Beacon Journal) Workers at Akron Canton Regional Foodbank use AED to rescue man who suffered heart attack (WEWS Channel 5) University of Akron discovers lost songs of the Holocaust (cleveland.com) University of Akron woos prospective students with Unbox Akron packages (cleveland.com) State Congress overturns rule that blocked coal mines from discharging waste into streams (cleveland.com) Rep. Pat Tiberi seeks tax reforms to promote inner-city investments (cleveland.com) Is the press the opposition party? Here's what Ohio's top Republicans think about the media (cleveland.com) Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities (cleveland.com)
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Mayors of Ohio's largest cities team up to voice concerns at the Statehouse
Mayors of Ohio's 30 largest cities have created the Ohio Mayors Alliance to better voice their concerns at the Ohio Statehouse. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The mayors of Ohio's 30 largest cities are banding together to better voice their concerns and needs to a state legislature they say has become increasingly anti-city. The Ohio Mayors Alliance wants to make sure Ohio's cities have a say in the next two-year state budget and that the next gubernatorial candidates consider urban issues as they're shaping their campaigns.  Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the rhetoric coming out of Columbus often suggests cities are welfare dependents and dependent on the state, but cities give more to the state than they receive. "The state can't do anything for Ohio including our wonderful rural areas without the jobs that are created in cities," Cranley said in a Friday news conference announcing the group's formation. Impact 2016: Where the cuts hurt the most Cleveland is the only one of Ohio's eight largest cities that hadn't officially signed on as of Friday. Northeast Ohio members include Akron, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Elyria, Euclid, Lakewood, Parma and Warren. The alliance is bipartisan -- 20 Democrats and 10 Republicans -- and has been in the works for more than a year, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said. Whaley said meetings with legislative leaders and Gov. John Kasich staffers earlier this week were well received. Opioid abuse epidemic and infrastructure needs will be priorities for the group, and formal positions will require a two-thirds vote.  The group plans to weigh in during state budget deliberations during the first half of 2017. Whaley said city mayors haven't voiced their opinions enough over the past six years of budgets, which have cut funding for local governments. Cranley said local governments have been under attack at the GOP-controlled Statehouse for years.  "We're seeing the job creation happening in cities and yet an attitude in Columbus that's been very anti-local government and very anti-city and that's not good for Ohio," Cranley said.
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What are all these escape rooms popping up throughout Greater Cleveland? (photos and video)
A look at the escape rooms that have popped up throughout Greater Cleveland in the last year. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Breaking into the replica bank vault inside the Trapped! Escape Room in Middleburg Heights is often maddeningly complex. It's difficult to describe the challenge for players without giving away solutions. Let's just say that the fake heist involves piecing together written clues, cracking computer passwords, solving word games and finding keys. The owners of Trapped! pride themselves on the difficulty of their games, which give players an hour to escape from a themed room by solving a series of puzzles. Trapped! is part of the booming escape-room phenomenon that reached Greater Cleveland last year. Greater Cleveland now has eight escape rooms: Trapped! (which also has a location in Cleveland Heights); Perplexity Games in Ohio City; The Ultimate Escape Challenge in Broadview Heights; Lockdown Cleveland on Broadview Road in Cleveland; Daring Escapes in Lakewood; Escape Hunt Cleveland on Miles Road in Cleveland; Escape in 60 on West 6th Street in Cleveland; and Escape Room Cleveland in North Olmsted. It's too early to tell if escape rooms are a lasting trend or a passing fad, but their appeal is undeniable. Solving a puzzle on the bank-vault game -- "Inside Job," as Trapped! calls it -- provides a visceral thrill akin to beating a particularly difficult level of your favorite video game. The first escape room games involved finding the keys and combinations to a series of locks by solving puzzles, but they've become more elaborate. Bank heists, Egyptian tombs and prison games have become common and props often play a large role. The "Inside Job" game at Trapped! requires players to use a fishing pole, and Lockdown Cleveland's Egyptian tomb game involves a wooden staff.  With the rooms proliferating throughout Greater Cleveland, we decided to take a closer look at these businesses, who owns them, who patronizes them, and what the future holds. What are escape rooms? An escape room game puts patrons in a confined space and gives them a set amount of time -- typically an hour -- to escape by solving a series of puzzles. The theme of each game varies, but they include mystery, horror and adventure. A game inside the Trapped! location in Cleveland Heights features an underground prison lined with (fake) dead bodies. It gives customers an hour to escape before an (imaginary) chainsaw-wielding serial killer returns. Perplexity Games in Ohio City includes a mystery-themed game and tells patrons they must find evidence of corruption in City Hall before everyone returns from their one-hour lunch break. Lockdown Cleveland has an Egyptian tomb game that tasks players with escaping from a series of chambers with the Book of Life. Where did they come from? Escape rooms began in the digital realm as online video games. "A lot of people have played them on their phones or their computers," said Perplexity Games owner Diana Molchan, who researched the history of escape rooms before opening one. "You're in a room you can't get out of and you have to click on things and find objects and solve little puzzles" to escape. "Then someone got the great idea to turn them into real-life games," Molchan said. That someone was SCRAP Entertainment, which opened the first escape room in Japan -- titled "The Real Escape Game" -- in 2007. The rooms multiplied across Europe and Asia from there, and SCRAP opened the first U.S. escape room in San Francisco in 2012. Trapped! was Greater Cleveland's first. It's flagship location in Cleveland Heights opened its doors last year. "They're all over the country now," said Trapped! co-owner Alan Applegate. Escaperoomdirectory.com lists more than 1,000 in the United States. The constantly updated list, however, is often incomplete. As of Thursday, it omitted Daring Escapes -- a zombie-themed escape room in Lakewood -- and Escape Hunt Cleveland. "As near as I can tell there are 1,500 in the United States," Molchan said. Many of them have popped up in the last two years in cities as big as New York and towns as small as Fredericktown, Ohio (population: 2,482). Molchan's family got the idea to open an escape room in Cleveland after her husband and son played an escape-room game on a trip to Houston and came home talking about how much fun it was. Applegate told a similar story. He played an escape room game in Toronto with his two teenage sons on a spring break trip. "I was so impressed with how much fun it was, and being a lifelong Clevelander, I knew it would be something fun to bring to Cleveland," he said. Applegate said his sons helped him design the games at their first location in Cleveland Heights. They now have a team of designers coming up with the games, fellow Trapped! co-owner Ryan Brown said. They also build their own props. Are they successful? Escape rooms in Greater Cleveland continue to expand. Trapped! recently cut the ribbon on its second location in Middleburg Heights and hopes to open a third location in Willoughby next year. Lockdown Cleveland has two games, and plans to open a third to accommodate more customers. Perplexity Games hopes to open its second room -- this one will be steam-punk themed and fits perfectly with the industrial feel of the building in which it is housed -- in the next few months. Evilusions, a Willoughby-based manufacturer that provides props to haunted houses, started supplying props to escape rooms a few years ago and has seen the business explode. "Two years ago there might have been a dozen," said Brian Warner, a designer for Evilusions. "Now there's more than 1,000 (in the United States). Every day someone is trying to open up another one. Some people have actually referred to it as a gold rush." Warner said part of the draw is what business owners see as a relatively low set-up cost. All one needs to start an escape room is space, props and a handful of employees. Brown and Applegate said they came up with the concept for their first game in Cleveland Heights in April 2015 and had the room open the following July. "We've opened another (game) every two to three months after that," Applegate said. Marketwatch.com described escape rooms as "unbelievably lucrative" in a July 2015 headline. Although the same article cautioned that it isn't yet clear if the business is sustainable over the long term. Warner added that anyone considering opening an escape room needs to understand that a lot of hard work goes into them. But local escape room owners said they're in it for the long haul. "I see this as a new national pastime," Trapped! co-owner Brown said. "10 years from now they'll be all over the country and we'll have a new industry." Who is playing them? Escape rooms are particularly popular as a corporate team-building exercise, which escape-room owners call their bread and butter. Beachwood-based accounting and consulting firm Zinner and Co. recently gave employees the chance to try an escape room on a corporate retreat. "We had a number of employees that talked about having done them with family and friends," Zinner and Co. managing partner Robin Baum said. "Team building gets a bad rap," she said, explaining that employees sometimes view such exercises as tedious and unnecessary. "But there was no feeling of that in this activity. It was really a joy to do." Zinner & Co holds a regular business retreat and asks employees to spend half the day in a business meeting and half the day on an activity. Perplexity Games accommodated them with meeting space for their work activities, and then let the employees try its game when the business portion of their day was finished. Many customers learn of the escape rooms through word of mouth, but an escape room-themed game show on the Science Channel -- entitled "Race to Escape" -- provides a potent advertisement. "We've watched the show quite a few times," Julie Cobb of Cleveland said after she and her two sons finished "Room 9," a haunted hotel room game at Lockdown Cleveland. Cobb and her friend Julie Lisseki, also of Cleveland, said they decided to try Lockdown because it is close to their church. Both women took their two sons with them when they played on a recent Friday. The Cobbs and the Lissekis managed to solve Room 9 -- which puts players in a haunted hotel room and requires them to find the keys and combinations to a series of locks -- with around 10 minutes to spare. They were rewarded by having their picture taken in front of the Lockdown logo. Like many Escape rooms, employees put pictures of the winners on Lockdown's Facebook page. Room 9 has a success rate of around 45 percent, Lockdown employees said. That figure is close to the industry average success rate of 41 percent. Greater Cleveland's escape rooms are: Trapped! 1796 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights. 216-309-1796. Lockdown Cleveland. 4860 Broadview Road, Cleveland. 216-465-1464 Perplexity Games. 2515 Jay Avenue, Cleveland. 216-273-8000 Escape in 60. 1266 W. 6th Street, Cleveland. 216-307-5444 Escape Room Cleveland. 23525 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. 440-360-7750 Escape Hunt Cleveland. 21639 Miles Road, Cleveland. 216-581-4868 Daring Escapes. 13000 Athens Avenue, Lakewood. 614-594-3376 Ultimate Escape Challenge. 3301 East Royalton Road, Broadview Heights. 216-336-6069
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Standoff in Mentor ends peacefully; possible hate crime in Oberlin; report on Cincy Zoo incident: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland police union president suspended for altercation at union hall; man dies after being struck by bus on Interstate 90; Rocky River schools send letter after divisive election, amid incidents across country Featured stories Mentor warrant delivery turns into standoff (WKYC Channel 3) Oberlin police investigating possible hate crime (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla-exhibit barrier fell short of standards in Harambe shooting, feds say (cleveland.com) Crime Experts present two versions of barbershop shooter's childhood (cleveland.com) Westlake pastor accused of sexually abusing teen sentenced to probation (cleveland.com) Berea heroin dealer pleads guilty in Lakewood man's overdose death (cleveland.com) South Euclid teenager robbed at gunpoint in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Cleveland police searching for missing man with mental health issues (cleveland.com) Two teens arrested in connection with shooting, robbery on Cleveland's east side (cleveland.com) Police search for thief who stole box of St.Ignatius championship rings (WJW Channel 8) Akron man accused of punching girlfriend in face over sharing potato chips (Akron Beacon Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police union president suspended for altercation at union hall (cleveland.com) Man dies after being struck by bus on Interstate 90 (cleveland.com) Public Square designer James Corner praises decision to close Superior Avenue to buses (cleveland.com) How closing Public Square to buses could impact downtown traffic (cleveland.com) Progressive Field gets new sod, elevator repairs, more for 2017 (cleveland.com) Free ice skating on Public Square Nov. 26, courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation (cleveland.com) Local news East Cardinal Commerce in new building in Mentor with plans to hire 40 employees (cleveland.com) Local news West Rocky River schools send letter after divisive election, amid incidents across country (cleveland.com) Four injured; semi crashes into tree trimming crew in Fitchville Township (Sandusky Register) Uber driver takes man to Rocky River police station after heroin overdose (cleveland.com) New Parma school board member lists divinity doctorate on resume, for sale by Universal Life Church for $32.99 (cleveland.com) Indictment of ex-Niles mayor threatens city's recovery (cleveland.com) Oberlin College students march for solidarity (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Possible child enticement puts Akron elementary school into lockdown (Akron Beacon Journal) State U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is challenging Nancy Pelosi for House Democratic leader (cleveland.com) Five thoughts as Tim Ryan takes on Nancy Pelosi (cleveland.com) Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate (cleveland.com) Black students feel less safe on college campuses, survey shows (cleveland.com) Bowling Green police say student lied about politically driven attack (13abc.com) Columbus City Schools teacher accused of assaulting police officer (nbc4i.com)
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Dick's Sporting Goods hiring 190 seasonal workers at 10 Northeast Ohio stores
Dick's Sporting Goods, which is opening its stores from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving and from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, said seasonal employees will receive competitive pay and store discounts. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dick's Sporting Goods is hiring about 190 temporary part-time workers at 10 of its stores in Northeast Ohio. Dick's said it is looking for exceptional applicants who are passionate about sports or the outdoors to join its stores in: Bainbridge Shopping Center in Aurora; The Plaza at Chapel Hill in Cuyahoga Falls; Midway Market Square in Elyria; Legacy Village in Lyndhurst; Great Lakes Mall in Mentor; Market Square at Montrose in Fairlawn; Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted; The Shoppes at Parma; SouthPark Mall in Strongsville; and Crocker Park in Westlake. "Ideal candidates will draw on their personal experiences and in-depth knowledge to guide, inform, equip and inspire our customers," Dick's said in a written announcement. Dick's, which is opening its stores from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving and from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, said seasonal employees will receive competitive pay and store discounts. More information can be found at dickssportinggoods.jobs Dicks Sporting Goods Inc., founded in 1948 and based in Pittsburgh, is one of the nation's largest sporting goods retailers, with an extensive assortment of sports equipment, clothing, footwear, and accessories. As of Oct. 29, Dick's had more than 675 stores in the U.S, as well as e-commerce sales via its Dicks.com site.
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Arabica reopens, other shops get ready in historic Willoughby (photos)
Arabica will reopen at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in historic downtown Willoughby, while Fiona's Bakery and an old-time general store are on the rise in Arabica's old space two doors away. WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- One of the region's iconic Arabica coffeehouses will reopen at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 23, in downtown Willoughby, after moving two doors east on Erie Street from one 19th-century building to another. Owner Frank Suponcic hopes for a good turnout Friday and beyond. "The support has been phenomenal," says Suponcic, former Lake County auditor. "So many people have been walking in during construction wanting to know when the place was going to open up." Suponcic's lease ran out in June at his old home, where he had about 4,000 square feet on a main corner. His new home at 4134 Erie St. has just 2,300 square feet but more space in front for patio tables than his old home had. Suponcic's rehanging his trove of historic Willoughby memorabilia in his new location. The space used to be part of the Art Gallery, which remains open next door. Between Arabica's old home and its new one lies the Wild Goose restaurant. Its owners, McPat and Seamus McMahon, are two of four partners taking over the old Arabica space for a Fiona's Bakery. The McMahon brothers hope to open before Thanksgiving. Above Fiona's, in a second story little used in recent years, an old-time general store is on the rise. The McMahon brothers also own Willoughby's Morehouse restaurant and Croagh Patrick's Pub. Their family runs McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home in Willoughby and Mentor. The region's first Arabica opened in 1976 on Coventry and became a popular hangout for poets, singers, chess players, philosophers and more. In 1992, Willoughby's new mayor, David Anderson, helped to bring a coffees hop to downtown that became an Arabica about 20 years ago. Anderson, still mayor 24 years later, credits the shop with a boom that has filled up downtown. Other Arabicas survive in Wadsworth, Amherst, North Ridgeville, Chesterland, Cuyahoga Falls (inside Western Reserve Hospital), and Elyria (a Rubin's Restaurant/Arabica). Several other local restaurants offer Arabica coffee, which is made by Caruso's Coffee of Brecksville. Scott Hagg owns Arabica's name and logo. He has opened a Caruso's cafe in New Cairo, Egypt, and an Uncle Al's American Cafe in El Harhoura, Morocco, both serving Caruso's Arabica blend.   
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1st Bottle & Bottega wine-art location to open in NE Ohio
Ohio's first Bottle & Bottega art-painting studio will open in October. It will start as a pop-up and eventually move to brick-and-mortar location. CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Northeast Ohio businesswoman is opening the state's first Bottle & Bottega, a painting and wine studio, this fall. The seven-year-old Chicago-based business has more than 20 locations throughout the country, but Vicki Prete's is going to be the first in Ohio. A computer programmer for 13 years, Prete said she wanted to do something that was more directly involved in business, and Bottle & Bottega "caught my eye." "I am interested in both art and wine, but I never thought I had a creative bone in my body," she said. "I went to a wine-painting party. It was fun and therapeutic and it took a lot of the stress away." Bottle & Bottega is based in Chicago.Bottle & Bottega Prete, who lives in Amherst and who grew up in Elyria, is planning on starting the art-wine-painting business in the Westlake-Avon-Rocky River area first through a pop-up approach before settling on a brick-and-mortar business. Introductory classes begin in October. "It's more of a party than a class," she said. "It's a new entertainment option instead of going to dinner or the movies. We call it one part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party." While this is the first Bottle & Bottega in Ohio, the region has similar businesses. Going to bars for a glass of wine has been elevated to going out and painting a glass while you drink. Pinot's Palette has locations in Olmsted Falls and Woodmere. Louisiana-based Painting with a Twist has spots in Avon, Hudson, Fairlawn and Green, with ones opening soon in Beachwood and Strongsville. And many wine bars - The Wine Spot and Cle Urban Winery in Cleveland Heights, for instance - hold regular wine-bottle painting classes. Prete said classes will involve different mediums, offering a chance for amateur artists to pull out their inner Picassos to paint glasses, ornaments and other creative canvases. A nude-model painting night is in the works. Professional instructors are employed for the classes, which will target a range of groups: Baby showers, bachelorette parties and team-building corporate events in "chic and colorful" settings. Prete added she is hoping businesses can come in and create artwork that will wind up hanging in their buildings. Pop-ups will be either BYOB or wine will be provided via a partner venue. Prices probably will be $35 for the public, $40 for private parties, and the number of people per class varies quite a bit. Prete said she is hoping to partner with area wineries, and the pop-up locations will travel to homes, bars and restaurants. More info Those interested in Bottle & Bottega classes can go to bottleandbottega.com/Cleveland-west or call 216-333-1223.
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Garden chores to do now, household waste and pollinator walk: Home and Garden News
Garden chores to do now, household waste and pollinator walk: Home and Garden News. Divide and transplant peonies during mid-September, while you're doing other early-fall garden chores. Lisa DeJong/ The Plain Dealer  MID-SEPTEMBER GARDEN CHORES: This month is the time to plant fall bulbs, prune roses and get vegetable gardens and lawns ready for winter. Cool days means it's possible to work outside all day long, not just in the mornings and evenings. Here's a handy list of garden chores from the websites Away to the Garden and Garden Guides: * Pull up vegetable plants and annual flowers, and cut them up with pruning shears to make them decompose faster on the compost heap. * Pot up parsley and chives and place the pots on a sunny windowsill, for fresh herbs all winter long. * Don't deadhead poppies, larkspur, clary sage, nicotiana and coneflowers if you want to collect seeds or let them self-sow. Birds love large seedheads like coneflowers. * Divide and transplant peonies through September. * It's time to return houseplants that spent the summer outdoors back to their winter homes inside. Check for insects before you bring them inside. But first, put houseplants in the shade a few days to get them used to lower light. * Dig up gladiola, dahlia and tuberous begonia bulbs, but the foliage on. * Prune dead or damaged branches and cut off any old roses on rose bushes. Cut canes back to six to twelve inches. * Now is the time to plant daffodils, tulip and crocus bulbs now for beautiful flower beds in spring. Tulip bulbs only bloom for a few years, so plant new bulbs to freshen your beds. * Lawns could use preparing now for next spring. Aerate and thatch the soil of compacted lawns to improve drainage. There's time to seed bare spots and fertilize now. * Have pruners, mower blades, shears and other gardening tools sharpened now so they will be ready when you can get back into the garden come spring. * Drain outdoor water features. Hardy and non-hardy water lilies can be stored indoors in moist sand if you want to save them for next year. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Got pool chemicals, dead car batteries, automotive oil or roof tar cluttering your otherwise-pristine garage because you don't know how to dispose of these chemicals? Several Northeast Ohio communities, along with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, is conducting a free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program in September. You can drop-off hazardous waste at your local service department on designated collection days. Household materials marked as dangerous, caustic or flammable are accepted in the program. This includes oil-based paints and primers; varnishes and polyurethanes; herbicides and fungicides; caustic household cleaners; pool chemicals; car batteries, automotive fluids and oils; adhesives, roof tar, and driveway sealers; kerosene, gasoline, and lighter fluid; mercury and fluorescent light bulbs. Do not drop off latex paint. Most cities only accept waste from their own residents. Communities not listed here offer year-round or more frequent collections for their residents. Visit CuyahogaRecycles.org to learn about waste collection in your city. The following collection events are scheduled in September: Today through Sept. 18 --North Olmsted Sept. 6-9 and 12-17 -- Garfield Heights Today through Sept. 10 -- Strongsville Sept. 10 -- Parma Heights Sept. 13 -- Seven Hills Sept. 12-23 -- Highland Heights Sept. 16-17 -- Berea Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 -- Shaker Heights Sept. 19-24 -- Euclid Sept. 19-24 -- Westlake Sept. 24 -- Fairview Park Sept. 30 -- Bay Village WILDFLOWERS AND POLLINATORS: Search for bees, butterflies and late-blooming wildflowers in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks during "Wildflowers and Pollinator Wander," on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The walk, on a mile of paved trails, is 1 to 2 p.m. Free, and no advance registration is required. Meet at the North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills.
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PizzaFire's Strongsville location set to open
PizzaFire will open its 10th location in the state in Strongsville. STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - PizzaFire is opening a restaurant in Strongsville, its 10th one in the state, on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The restaurant will be at 15163 Pearl Road, in the space formerly occupied by Tomo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar and the Ground Round. It's on the east side of Pearl just north of Shurmer Road. The first 500 people attending Wednesday's grand-opening festivities at 11 a.m. will receive a t-shirt, and everyone will get a scratch card for a chance to win food. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The fast-casual pizza chain has 10 locations in Ohio, with most in Northeast Ohio. It has spots in downtown Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Woodmere, Rocky River and Niles, as well as the Columbus suburbs of Upper Arlington and Dublin. It also has a restaurant in Kettering near Dayton. Several more are planned throughout the state. The restaurant offers made-to-order pizzas with 40 fresh toppings and assorted sauces and cheeses. The pizzas are fire-baked in an 800-degree oven for 180 seconds.
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