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Iman Shumpert’s ideal summer comes to screeching DUI halt
Iman Shumpert should’ve hit the brakes on his seemingly perfect summer. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard was arrested on Aug. 10 outside Atlanta on suspicion of DUI, the team announced Friday morning. Shumpert, 26, initially was pulled over by Fayette County police for a lane violation. The Cavaliers said no court date has been set and...
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Tear-out of Great Lakes Science Center theater at full throttle (video)
Major tear-out lays a foundation for the rebirth of the Great Lakes Science Center's former Cleveland Clinic Omnimax Theater. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - A theater is said to "go dark" when there is no show. The Great Lakes Science Center's former Omnimax Theater did that August 29th after the last movie. But as of Tuesday the term took on new meaning because GLSC staff and others began dismantling the equipment that served the theater for the past two decades. Most of the furnishings and carpeting also is being replaced. The most radical change is in the projection booth. Before a first-of-its-kind digital three-projector laser projection system can go, the old system has to come out. Projectionists Jeffry Johnson and Scott Woodruff began dismantling the old system on Tuesday. Giant reels of film were scattered about as they worked. These are generally at least 40 inches across. Some arrive that way, while others have been assembled at the theater by splicing more than a dozen smaller reels together. One of the most demanding tasks was pulling out the xenon projection lamps, which look like large jugs with steel projections at each end. Johnson said they had to wear protective gear because the lamps, each worth $6,000, are under pressure. In use, each one is powered by 15,000 watts with cooling provided by deionized distilled water. The digitalization of images eliminates the high cost of acquiring and shipping large, heavy film prints. Thong Nguyen, a technician from Omnimax corporate headquarters near Toronto, Ontario, said he his helping with the dismantling because some of the equipment can be put back to work at other Omnimax venues around the world. The revamped space is supposed to open next month, when it will be called the Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater, a natural choice because a substantial gift at the dawn of the science center gave the clinic the naming rights for the space. The sophisticated digital system results from between D3D Cinema and Christie Digital Systems, and will feature ultra-high 6K resolution. The science center recently completed a $1.8 million capital campaign to finance the digital conversion and theater remodel, according to the press release. Benefactors included the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, the Lubrizol Foundation, the Cliffs Foundation, PNC Foundation and other corporations, foundations and private citizens supported the campaign.
28 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Digital Great Lakes Science Center Great Lakes Film Cleveland Clinic Digital systems Case Western Reserve University
See the Ohio and U.S. State of the Climate overview for August
NOAA has released the August 2016 regional, statewide, and nationwide climate analysis.
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Two accused of causing crash while fleeing Eastlake police (photos)
Two Cleveland residents are accused of causing a car crash during a short police chase Sunday in Euclid. Brandy TillettEastlake police  Joshua Bailey.jpgEastlake police  EASTLAKE, Ohio -- Two Cleveland residents are accused of causing a car crash following a short police chase Sunday in Eastlake. Officers tried to stop a 2006 Ford after learning the people inside were suspected of shoplifting at Walmart on Vine Street. The driver refused to stop and crashed into a van on Euclid Avenue, police said. The crash pushed the Ford into a street sign and several trees and caused it to overturn. Officers arrested a passenger in the car and arrested the driver hiding nearby, police said. The driver, Brandy Tillett, 32, of Cleveland, is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, failure to comply, reckless operation and driving without a valid license. Her passenger, Joshua Bailey, 32, of Cleveland, is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Tillett and Bailey pleaded not guilty during their arraignments Tuesday in Willoughby Municipal Court. Both are scheduled to appeared at preliminary hearings Sept. 13, records show. A Walmart employee reported just after 8:45 p.m. that two people loaded a cart full of merchandise into their car and drove away. An Eastlake officer spotted the car turning onto SOM Center Road from Vine Street. The driver ignored the officer's order to stop and kept driving onto the Lakeland Freeway toward Interstate 90. The van hit the Ford's passenger side at Euclid Avenue, police said. The van's passengers were taken to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. At least one person in the van suffered a broken shoulder, court records show. Officers arrested Bailey in the overturned Ford. They found Tillett hiding in a recycling bin outside a house on East 267th Street, police said. Neither Bailey nor Tillett was injured. Investigators later learned the Ford had been reported stolen in Elyria, records show. To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section.
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Crime Arrest English-language films Resisting arrest Cuyahoga County Ohio Theft Greater Cleveland Cleveland
Greater Cleveland Volunteers: Opportunities for the week of September 7, 2016
September 18th - Party in the Parklands! Volunteer at an annual Shaker Lakes Hike and Run. 7:00-10:30 a.m. at the water station and 10:30-1:30 with arts/crafts, activities and food/beverage attendants. Contact Jan at 216-391-9500. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer services. We recruit individuals age 18 years+ to volunteer at over 100 nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County. We offer one-time, ongoing and short-term 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. One-time Event: Party in the Parklands! Volunteer at an annual Shaker Lakes Hike and Run on Sunday, September 18th. 7:00-10:30 a.m. at the water station and 10:30-1:30 with arts/crafts, activities and food/beverage attendants. Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or [email protected] On-Going Literacy Tutoring: We have several partner agencies that seek before, during and after school tutoring needs. Tell us what school district is close and when you are available. 216-391-9500 [email protected] Hospice of the Western Reserve needs a volunteer to help out at its resale shop on Mayfield Road. A retail background would be great, but is not necessary.  The volunteer would be trained to run the cash register and  assist the full-time manager. An "employee" discount is given to all who volunteer in the shop.  Shop hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. The shop sells furniture, household goods, jewelry, collectibles, some clothing, purses, etc. Call Sue at 216-391-9500 x 120 for more information Lunchtime Mentoring: If you have a lunch hour available once a week, during the school year, consider serving as a positive role model to a student in the 4th grade. Contact Carol at 216-391-9500 x 125 or [email protected] Theatre Usher: The Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in University Circle is a wonderful new venue for music, lectures and cultural enrichment in Cleveland. If you have an interest in adding this to your volunteer efforts contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or [email protected] Senior Living Facility: Assist transporting resident to/from their outings. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Training and supervision is provided. Contact Lynette at 216-391-9500 x 123 or [email protected]
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Cleveland Week-day names Cuyahoga River Connecticut Western Reserve Lunch High school
August is deadliest month for heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County history
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said August was the deadliest month in county history for heroin and fentanyl deaths. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More people died last month from heroin or fentanyl than any other month in Cuyahoga County history, the medical examiner said. The 52 deaths represent a continuing spike in opioid related deaths in the county. The three deadliest months for opioid deaths have come in 2016. And there has already been 14 deaths in September from heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil, an elephant sedative some 100 times more potent the fentanyl and 2,500 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is now suspected in at least two overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County. Ten people died of overdoses on the drugs over the Labor Day weekend, the medical examiner said. The county has seen at least 330 overdose deaths this year, which already has dwarfed the 228 who died of overdoses in all of 2015. The medical examiner expects more than 500 overdose deaths by the end of the year. Fifteen of the August deaths came in the first three days of the month. July deaths were also above normal. Forty-eight people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses that month, which is the third worst month for opioid deaths for a single month. The second worst total came in March, when 50 people died. Thirty-one people died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses in June, 45 in May, 33 in April, 50 in March, 27 in February and 30 in January, according to the medical examiner's data. This post will be updated.
583 points by The Plain Dealer | Morphine Naloxone Labor Day Heroin Harshad number Fentanyl Cleveland Drug addiction
Man shot during custody exchange at Cleveland police station one of five shot in seven hours
Five people were shot in a seven-hour span Wednesday and into Thursday, including a man who was shot in the shoulder in the parking lot of Cleveland police's First District station. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 31-year-old man who was shot in the shoulder in the parking lot of Cleveland's First District police station was one of five people injured by gunfire in a seven-hour span late Wednesday and early Thursday, police said. All of the victims survived. Officers arrested a man accused in the police station shooting but police are still investigating the other four shootings.  The first shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. A 39-year-old man was shot several times in the 9600 block of Hough Avenue. No further information was released on what led up to the shooting. The police-station shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. The 31-year-old man was with his girlfriend in the parking lot as she was transferring custody of a child to their father, Isiah Martin, also 31. The man walked up to Martin's car and an argument broke out. Martin pulled out a gun, put it to the man's chest and fired one time, according to police.  The 31-year-old man walked into the police department's lobby with the gunshot wound. Officers treated him until an ambulance arrived to take him to MetroHealth Medical Center. Officers in the station heard a loud commotion and saw Martin standing in the parking lot with a gun, police said. They took Martin's gun and arrested him on suspicion of felonious assault. The next shooting happened about 50 minutes later. A 23-year-old man was shot in the foot and someone drove him to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment. He refused to provide information to police about the incident.  A 26-year-old man reported about 11 p.m. that he was in his bed when gunfire erupted in his neighborhood, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Bohn Road. Police officers in the area reported hearing 30 to 40 gunshots. Several houses and cars were hit in the barrage of gunfire. Officers found the 26-year-old man in his home in the 2400 block of East 40th Street with a gunshot wound to his left leg. The final shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Thursday on Lee Road near Holly Hill Drive. A 22-year-old man was shot in the chest while he was walking at the intersection. The man told police a white SUV slowly drove up behind him and an unknown man with a gun jumped out, according to police. The gunman told the man not to run. The man took off anyway and the gunman opened fire, hitting him once in the chest. The man ran to a gas station and asked for help. An ambulance took the man to MetroHealth Medical Center. The shootings happened a day after four people were shot in a three-hour span at different areas across the city.  To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section.
589 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Crime Police Firearm
Cleveland 2016 Fall Festival Guide
The end of summer just means the beginning of fall festivals. Northeast Ohio has a full harvest of autumn parties and events planned.
1972 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland The Plain Dealer Cuyahoga River George Voinovich Cleveland Press Cleveland Cavaliers
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
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
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
One injured in afternoon shooting near University of Akron
One person was injured in a Wednesday afternoon shooting south of the University of Akron's main campus, a campus alert states. AKRON, Ohio -- One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in a shooting near the University of Akron main campus. The shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. near Power and Renschler streets, just south of campus, according to a University of Akron campus alert. The victim was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital in unknown condition. The victim is not believed to be a university student, the alert states. A witness said the shooter was wearing a blue hoodie and gray sweatpants, and he was with two other men -- one wearing a red shirt and the other in a black and yellow hooded sweatshirt. The trio was seen on video in a silver car heading north on Rentschler Street University of Akron police said they did not have any surveillance images of the shooting suspect. Messages left for an Akron police spokesman were not immediately returned Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call University of Akron campus police at 330-972-2911, or tips can be sent to police by texting them to 274637 and starting the text with "ZIPTIP." If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Hoodie English-language films Hood Sweater Shirt University Ohio Cleveland
Three teens charged in separate robberies in Cleveland Heights
Three teenagers are facing juvenile charges in a pair of robberies that happened in Cleveland Heights. CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - Three teenagers face juvenile charges in a pair of robberies that happened in Cleveland Heights. The incidents happened within a three-hour period Saturday but do not appear to be related, police said. Two 17-year-old boys are accused of attacking a 19-year-old man just before 4 p.m. outside Gas USA on Noble Road near Monticello Boulevard, according to a police report. The victim had just left the gas station when the teens pushed him into a parked car and began hitting him. They stole a pack of cigarillos and other items before leaving in a black Oldsmobile Alero, the report says. The victim, who had several cuts and bruises on his face, identified two of the attackers as the 17-year-old boys. Detectives are still working to identify the third attacker. Police filed robbery charges against the 17-year-old boys in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. A 15-year-old boy is also accused of stealing a 12-year-old boy's bicycle shortly before 8 p.m. near the Noble Elementary School playground, according to a police report. The victim said several boys threw him off his Huffy bicycle and began hitting and kicking him. The victim was not hurt but was distraught when officers arrived, the report says. Officers found the 15-year-old boy at the playground. He first denied being involved in the attack and provided a fake identity to the officers. The boy then tried to run, but officers caught him near the intersection of Noble and Montevista roads, the report says. The 15-year-old boy is charged with robbery and obstructing officials business in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Detectives are working to identify the other teens involved in the robbery.
32 points by The Plain Dealer | Attack Crime Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland Oldsmobile Alero Oldsmobile Theft Cleveland Heights 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
Wellington downs Lima Perry 68-47 in Division IV semifinal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Solomon Pierre-Louis scored 16 points and Columbus Wellington quelled a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Lima Perry 68-47 in a boys Division IV semifinal. It happened Thursday at Value City Arena. The Jaguars play for their first title against Cleveland Heights Lutheran East at 2 p.m. Saturday. ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Columbus Ohio Jerome Schottenstein Center Value City Cleveland Ohio Ohio State University National Football League Cleveland Indians
Watch Destination Cleveland's new video celebrating city's success
Dubbed "Come Together," Destination Cleveland's new video includes clips from the Republican National Convention, the Cavs championship game and parade, the Indians, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Metroparks and more. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Destination Cleveland released three new marketing videos at its annual meeting Thursday, including a new anthem featuring clips from the city's banner year in 2016. (Related: Perceptions of Cleveland continue to rise; Destination Cleveland sets goal of 20 million visitors by 2020) Dubbed "Come Together," the video includes clips from the Republican National Convention, the Cavs championship game and parade, the Indians, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Metroparks and more. The city's Contemporary Youth Orchestra provides the musical backdrop, playing the Beatles' "Come Together." Other videos include: * Faces of Tourism, which features employees in Cleveland's tourism industry talking about why they love what they do. * What We Do, which explains the complicated business of boosting tourism in Cleveland.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Cleveland New York Lake Erie Republican Party Indiana 2008 Republican National Convention Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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
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
Cleveland Orchestra's residency in Miami: What is its future? (commentary)
The Cleveland Orchestra appears to be poised to reduce its presence in Miami to some extent next year, presumably in an effort to offset the deficit it reported last year. MIAMI, Fla. - The sands that comprise the Cleveland Orchestra's residency in Miami may be shifting. On my visit to the city last month, through the course of normal reporting, I learned that the orchestra appears to be poised to downsize the project to some extent next year, presumably in an effort to offset the $2.4 million deficit it reported in 2016.  Note my use of the word "downsize," not "eliminate." I have no reason to suspect, even for a moment, that the orchestra would leave South Florida entirely. What I foresee is a reduction, a reallocation of time and resources. What exactly such changes might entail, I can't say. The orchestra declined to officially confirm or deny any of the information I gleaned from a source inside the institution, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The exact nature of what may be transpiring likely won't be known until March, when the group is expected to announce its 2017-18 Miami season. It isn't difficult or unreasonable to speculate, however. I can attest firsthand that Miami is expensive. Everything from lodging and food to transportation costs a pretty penny down there, and the orchestra is an enormous outfit. If saving money is a goal, an effective move would be to reduce the amount of time the ensemble spends there. If I were running the show, I might economize by trimming flights and paring down the residency from three or four scattered weeks to two or three consecutive weekends. I'd also do my rehearsing in Cleveland, reserving time in Miami for income-generating performances. The saddest result of such changes would be a possible reduction in educational activities. Were it to have, say, only two weeks at its disposal in Miami instead of the current four, the orchestra simply wouldn't have time to do as much of the good and ambitious work of visiting area schools, colleges and community centers. This, in turn, could negatively impact fundraising. One "Leadership" level donor I spoke to, who may or may not be representative of her peers, said that if the orchestra were to cut back on education in Miami, she'd trim her annual gift accordingly. I'm also concerned about the effects a potentially leaner Miami residency could have on the orchestra's image in the region. The Arsht Center hosts many orchestras; it would be a shame, after a decade of putting down roots all over South Florida, if the Cleveland Orchestra were to devolve in the minds of locals into just another touring act. That image problem also could spread. In its early days, Cleveland's Miami residency was national news, a bold and creative experiment and a potential model to orchestras everywhere. No matter that Cleveland remains committed to Miami. A reduction of the residency still could be interpreted by some in the industry as a kind of failure. Why the orchestra might be entertaining a cutback is impossible to say with certainty. That topic, too, is one the orchestra has opted not to address publicly at this point. Again, though, it's not hard to read between the lines. The list of high-level donors ($100,000 or more) to the Miami Music Association, the orchestra's governing body in South Florida, is 40 percent shorter than it used to be: six names vs. last year's 10. That's a decent chunk (and potentially all or most) of that $2.4 million deficit. What's more, conspicuously absent from the list is Daniel Lewis, a founder of the residency and longtime "Leadership" supporter. He, in many ways, was the linchpin, the foundation of the whole enterprise. Lewis, though, vigorously refused to comment when approached at a recent Cleveland Orchestra concert in Miami. He's is far from the only person essentially keeping quiet. Aside from a few sources, almost everyone with whom I spoke on this subject - board members, musicians, staff, administrators - declined to go on the record, holding off at least until after a formal announcement. As unfortunate as it would be for the citizens of South Florida, a reduction in Miami would not necessarily be bad news for Cleveland. In fact, local fans and supporters could see it as a boon. Less time in Miami would almost certainly mean more time in Cleveland. More concerts, more opportunities for the orchestra to engage its home base. If two weeks suddenly opened up on my calendar, I know I'd be overjoyed, and eager to make good use of them. A drawdown in Miami might also speak volumes about audience development in Cleveland. Not that long ago, the orchestra went to Miami to ease the burden of selling tickets at home. It could be that now, thanks to the recent influx of new and younger listeners, that burden is no longer quite so heavy. Lastly, it would be hard to argue with a decision made with the orchestra's financial well-being in mind. If a reduction in Miami is what's best for the institution, so be it. We're a few months away from celebrating the orchestra's centennial, and all everybody wants is another 100 years.
92 points by The Plain Dealer | Orchestra Cleveland Cleveland Orchestra Florida Pierre Boulez Miami South Florida metropolitan area
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
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow blasts Trump in Cleveland Public Library talk
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow rips Trump during a talk at the Cleveland Public Library. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Charles M. Blow can communicate in many media, but on Saturday he used words, and he used them earnestly, bluntly, passionately and eloquently to register his disgust with the Trump presidency. The standing ovation for New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow after his Saturday afternoon talk where he criticized President Donald Trump on February 18, 2017 at the Cleveland Public Library. (James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer)James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer  The widely read New York Times columnist called the president "a 70-year-old toddler," "pathological liar," "the Grand Wizard of birtherism against President Obama" and "a demi-fascist." He said Trump has "assembled one of the least-educated cabinets in recent history," and his appointments are "agents of idiocracy." Normally, Blow skewers Mr. Trump in his New York Times op-ed column, but his forum Saturday was a stage in the Stokes Wing of the Cleveland Public Library as part of CPL's Cleveland Conversations series. He drew more than 300 -- a capacity crowd -- to the auditorium and an overflow of 75 more who had to watch him on video in a second-floor conference room. Blow wove together fascinating details about abolitionist Frederick Douglass and presidents Lincoln and Trump. Trump, he said, wants to shut down dissent in this country. By contrast, Douglass was one of Lincoln's harshest critics, but the president "still invited him to the White House to hear him out." They ultimately developed a deep friendship, and Lincoln called Douglass, "one of the most meritorious men, if not the most meritorious man, in the United States." "That is what leadership and growth look like," Blow wrote in a recent column. "Lincoln grew from the association with and counsel from his onetime critic, to become one of the greatest presidents America has ever known." He said Trump's recent remarks suggest that the president has no idea who Douglass was and may even think he is still alive, even though Douglass died in 1875. Blow quoted Trump as saying "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more, I notice." Blow's evolution into a Times opinion writer is unusual. He started out as a graphic artist and designer, ultimately becoming the Times' prize-winning design director for nine years. He went on to become art director of the National Geographic before returning to the newspaper, according to his official bio. His column appears regularly in The Plain Dealer.
4045 points by The Plain Dealer | President of the United States Frederick Douglass Broadsheet Cleveland Abraham Lincoln Newspaper Donald Trump President
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
United Way of Greater Cleveland CEO says fund-raising efforts and other changes are coming
United Way of Greater Cleveland President and CEO August Napoli on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. He told the audience that under his leadership the agency will change its fundraising, enhance its presence in the community and more. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- United Way of Greater Cleveland needs to change how it raises money, enhance its presence in the community, and bring together groups to focus on solutions to major social issues such as infant mortality and lead exposure, the head of the agency said. President and CEO August Napoli, speaking to a group of business and civic leaders at the City Club of Cleveland on Friday, said the way in which United Way "conducts philanthropy" hasn't changed much since the early days of the organization. Given the needs, he said, change is needed now. "Today, roughly a century after our founders created an innovative new model of collaborative philanthropy, we are ready to pioneer a new, 21st century philanthropy -- one that begins to get at the root causes of poverty in addition to responding to their effects," Napoli said. He has lead United Way since June, 2016, replacing Bill Kitson who resigned. Napoli has been deputy director and chief advancement officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art and has worked in Cleveland institutions for most of the past 40 years, including at Cleveland State University, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic. He said the agency's fund-raising efforts need updating. "For 103 years, the United Way has been known for the workplace campaign. For 103 years, bosses have encouraged, and even strongly encouraged their employees to participate in the annual campaign," Napoli said. But Cleveland's corporate landscape has changed, he said. "There just aren't that many 1,000-plus employee companies here anymore." He said the agency needs to expand beyond the workplace campaign and recognize that people who donate are much more savvy than in the past. "Donor choice, donor designation, donor empowerment is not on the horizon," he said. "It is here and a reality that seems to have eluded us to date." In the past few years, the United Way has streamlined its mission and partnered with businesses and social service agencies to put a laser sharp focus on improving education, income and health in the community. The agency has a representative in 25 Cleveland Metropolitan School District Schools to "wade through the complexities of being poor" and get kids and families the help they need, said the United Way website. Its 2-1-1 Help Center, with information and referral specialists, provides free and confidential 24-hour access to people who need food, shelter and heat, along with non-emergency assistance such as tax preparation. Napoli said the service connects upwards of 300,000 a year. "As wonderful an organization as United Way is, I didn't come here to do business as usual, or simply continue what's been done before," Napoli said. "My goal is to take the best of what's been done before and meld it with a clear sense of what needs to be done."
26 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cleveland State University Greater Cleveland Cleveland Clinic Need Ohio 21st century United Way
President Trump is dedicated to reversing American decline - Ed Oberndorf: Speaking from the right
Actions speak louder than words and our new president indeed is wasting no time in fulfilling his promises to "drain the swamp," writes Ed Oberndorf. CLEVELAND -- It was eight years ago that Barack Obama promised hope and change. At the end of his two terms, the nation faced little hope in the urban communities; our fiscal state was in shambles with nearly $20 trillion in national debt; executive orders included regulations that strangled business formations and new jobs; some of our military complex is the weakest since World War II; and our educational system ranks low internationally and needs a major overhaul. I had mixed emotions voting for Donald Trump. He is, indeed, controversial, unpredictable, and sometimes very unpresidential. However, the country needed a major change from an administration that was taking us down the socialistic road to disaster. Actions speak louder than words and our new president indeed is wasting no time in fulfilling his promises to "drain the swamp."  Do I trust him to do the right thing? Hopefully, and only if he listens to the advice of his outstanding cabinet. The media and the Democrats have been very critical of some his cabinet choices who "lack experience." Reviewing the performance of the past cabinet with so-called experience, one wonders whether common sense and a business background may produce better and more productive results. Ed Oberndorf remains active in the Shaker Square Area Development Corp.Ed Oberndorf  What impresses me most about Trump: He is a man of his word and, rightly or wrongly, I feel he is dedicated to making our country in decline great again. Ed Oberndorf remains involved in the community with the Shaker Square Area Development Corp., the Cleveland Sight Center and also with the Omena (Michigan) Historical Society that he founded. About this project: As part of an effort to bring a greater diversity of voices to bear on timely issues, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer are reaching out to 18 published letter writers every few weeks -- five who appeared from their letters to be conservatives, five liberals, and eight who wrote in apparently neutral ways about issues. For this installment, we asked for brief commentaries either on Trump's words versus his actions or on the $140 million Quicken Loans Arena upgrades in Cleveland. Eleven of the 18 said they would write; all had submitted their essays as of Tuesday morning. We also received a Trump essay mailed in by one person we'd reached out to in the prior round, for 12 essays in all -- two on the arena upgrades, which we posted separately, and 10 on President Trump. Several of the letter writers whom we contacted did not wish to write on either topic and asked us to reach out to them with another set of questions as the project continues, which we will do. Questions or comments? Contact Elizabeth Sullivan at [email protected]
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Barack Obama Cleveland Cavaliers Writing Donald Trump World War II President of the United States The Plain Dealer Cleveland
Man shot by Hudson officer had pot in system; Public Square closer to buses' return; inmate threatens Trump: Overnight News Links
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2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Akron Ohio Cleveland Robbery Lorain County Ohio
Beacon apartment tower in downtown Cleveland aims for spring construction start (photos)
Stark Enterprises received another round of design approvals Thursday for the 187-unit apartment building planned on Euclid Avenue. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A city design-review committee greenlighted refined plans Thursday for a 187-unit apartment tower on Euclid Avenue, where developer Stark Enterprises hopes to start construction in the spring. The basics of the Beacon project, a 19-story residential building that will perch atop the 515 Euclid parking garage downtown, haven't changed. But some aesthetic details have shifted since Stark obtained more preliminary design approvals in September. The most notable adjustment is the color. The metal-clad tower still has an ombre look, transitioning from deeper tones at the base to lighter ones toward the top. But the original reddish-brown palette is gone. The Beacon has morphed into a bronze-to-silvery building - a switch that some members of the Downtown-Flats Design Review Committee didn't love. "With the red colors, we really had concerns, and so did our architects, about it becoming pink. A giant, pink building," said Rebecca Hegyes, vice president of development for Cleveland-based Stark. "That is not something that we were interested in." Committee members described the earlier look as more "vibrant" and expressed concerns that the sparkly metallic coating on the metal panels will become more muted with time and exposure to downtown smog and grime. "You've got a choice between giant pink and giant grey," said Thomas Zarfoss, a landscape architect who sits on the committee. Architect Jeffrey Bogart questioned how often Stark will have to clean the building to maintain its sheen. "You've got a bunch of professionals up here telling you that we don't think this neutral, beige-colored building is going to stand the test of time," he said, though he ultimately joined his colleagues in giving the designs a thumbs-up. "We pride ourselves on our product and how it looks," Hegyes said of Stark, the developer and manager of projects including Crocker Park in Westlake and Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere. "I can't overstate the amount of time we've spent looking at color palettes," she told the committee. Architects at Boston-based Nadaaa and Westlake Reed Leskosky in Cleveland also tweaked the lighting scheme and the layout of the building's roof, where mechanical areas will be partially concealed behind a screen and residents will have access to a party room, outdoor deck and small dog park. Some of those changes were responses to earlier feedback from the design-review committee and the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Other adjustments, such as eliminating a canopy over the storefronts and residential entrance on Euclid, were driven by cost-cutting, said Joshua Haney of Westlake Reed Leskosky. "Overall, I think it's fantastic," committee member Tom Yablonsky said, noting that nearly 600 apartments are coming online or being planned along East Sixth Street between the Leader Building and Garfield Building redevelopments and the Beacon. Stark, which separately is pursuing a much larger project called nuCLEus barely a block away, aims to close on financing for the Beacon in late April or early May and start construction soon after. If that schedule holds, the apartments will be complete in fall of 2018, Hegyes said. The planning commission is scheduled to review the Beacon designs Friday.
10 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Architect Construction Pink Floyd Apartment
Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth
With the recent passage of Cleveland's income tax increase, the city has greater capacity to address the city's violent crime epidemic and improve outcomes for inner-city youth. Here's how Mayor Frank Jackson plans to do it.
9 points by The Plain Dealer | Crime Police Criminal justice Cleveland Constable Violent crime Violence The Police
Brush High School hockey team will play tournament game in honor of teammate's unexpected death
The Brush High School hockey team will take the ice days after one of its players unexpectedly died after collapsing during practice. SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Brush High School hockey team will take the ice days after one of its players unexpectedly died after collapsing during practice. Alec Kornet's family encouraged the team to play in Saturday's district tournament game against Lake Catholic High School, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District said in a statement. The game is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Kent State University's Ice Arena. The game will include a moment of silence for Alec, a 17-year-old boy who experienced trouble breathing and collapsed during a Tuesday evening hockey practice at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Pavilion on Monticello Boulevard. The junior honor student died after paramedics took him to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said. The medical examiner's office has not determined how he died. Alec's father said Wednesday that he did not have any diagnosed medical conditions that would explain his unexpected death. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Brush High School hockey players will wear black armbands during Saturday's game. They will also wear stickers with Alec's jersey number -- 4 -- on their helmets, the school district said. "Such immediate and compassionate ways of expressing this tribute, demonstrates the impact that Alec had on so many people in his school district, and, his community," the school district said Thursday in a statement. "The SEL Schools continues to express its deepest condolences to the family of Alec Kornet." The school district also plans to hang a large memorial banner at Cleveland Heights Recreation Center. Brush High School classmates have also begun honoring Alec, the district said in the statement. Students wore Cleveland Indians apparel Thursday in honor of Alec's favorite sports team, and will be allowed to wear Indians gear on Friday as well. Students also created a memorial banner for signatures and messages. In the high school's band room, the snare drum that Alec played in the band is also on display with a bouquet of flowers, the school district said. The Brush High School basketball team will also hold a moment of silence during its Friday evening game, the district said. Alec was on the bench drinking water before he collapsed at Tuesday's practice, his father Scott Kornet said Wednesday outside the family's home in South Euclid. Alec had also not suffered any injuries or taken any serious hits during recent hockey games or practices, his father added. "He didn't seem disoriented or anything," he said. "Everything seemed normal." Scott Kornet and the hockey team's coach performed CPR before paramedics took the boy to the hospital. Alec was the second of three boys, with a 19-year-old brother and a 15-year-old brother, Scott Kornet said. Alec was a member of Brush High School's band and its soccer, hockey and baseball teams, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District said Wednesday in a statement.
84 points by The Plain Dealer | High school Cuyahoga County Ohio South Euclid Ohio Basketball Week-day names Cleveland Charles F. Brush High School Ice hockey
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).
10 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Pizza Wood fuel Pizza delivery Brook Park Ohio Cleveland Cuyahoga River Cities in 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
No injuries in Cleveland city salt truck crash
The crash happened at the intersection of West 58th Street and Detroit Avenue in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, police said. CLEVELAND, Ohio - No one was injured Wednesday night in a crash involving a city salt truck, police said. The crash happened about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of West 58th Street and Detroit Avenue in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. A Cleveland city salt truck was involved in the two-vehicle crash, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said. Police were on scene to divert traffic while the crash was investigated and cleared. The cause of the crash was not immediately released. If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section.
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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
Woman charged in drug case dies after 'medical emergency' at Cuyahoga County Jail
Nadine Stanley, 37, died after a "medical emergency" at the Cuyahoga County Jail. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A woman in the Cuyahoga County Jail on drug dealing charges died Wednesday after suffering from a "medical emergency" at the jail, officials said. Nadine Stanley, 37, of Cleveland was initially treated at the jail, then taken to Lutheran Hospital, where she died, according to Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan. Madigan said they are releasing no further information about the death, or whether anything was found inside Stanley's cell that would indicate why she became ill. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. Madigan said all deaths of inmates trigger an internal investigation.  Stanley was in jail on $1,500 bond after being arrested in January in a drug-dealing investigation. She appeared in court Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing.  Cleveland police on Jan. 3 raided her home in the 2200 block of West 53rd Street, just north of Clark Avenue and next to Clark Elementary School. Police found she and another man-- Antwaun Stanley, 40-- were selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to court records. They also found digital scales and drug packaging material inside the home, court records say. Stanley also has two other drug-related convictions since 1998.   To comment on this story, visit Wednesday's crime and courts comments page.
204 points by The Plain Dealer | Illegal drug trade Heroin Illness Crime Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Cuyahoga County Ohio Morphine Cleveland
2017 Orchid Mania Photo Challenge: There's still time to enter
Photographers can upload photos of orchids or orchid displays from the Botanical Garden's 2017 Orchid Mania exhibit, which runs now through Sunday, March 5. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Botanical Garden's Orchid Mania beckons to amateur photographers who love to capture images of the exotic blooms. The Plain Dealer's 2017 Orchid Photo Challenge celebrates nature photographers by showcasing their best images from Orchid Mania. Cleveland.com readers will determine this year's top orchid images by voting for their favorites. No prizes will be awarded, but the best images will be showcased in online galleries. To participate in the Orchid Photo Challenge, photographers can upload photos of orchids or orchid displays from the botanical garden's 2017 Orchid Mania exhibit, which runs Saturday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, March 5.   Selected high-quality images will be included in an online photo gallery at cleveland.com/insideout. An online poll will invite readers to vote for their favorite photographs. The top vote-getters in the Orchid Photo Challenge will be announced in March. The deadline for uploading photos is Sunday, March 5. The limit is three photos per person. The Orchid Photo Challenge is open to amateur photographers age 18 and over who did not win first, second or third place in the 2016 challenge. Plain Dealer and Cleveland Botanical Garden employees and their families are not eligible to enter. Each photo must show an orchid or orchid display from the 2017 Orchid Mania exhibit at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Only minimal manipulation of images is allowed. Contact Julie E. Washington at [email protected] if you have questions. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of the best images from the 2016 Orchid Photo Challenge. The gallery of photos with this story is made up of entries from the 2016 challenge. Here's how to upload your orchid photos 1. Sign in to your cleveland.com profile or create a account by clicking on this link and then choosing the "sign in" link on that page. A window will open on the right of the screen which includes a link to register for a new account. 2. Start the upload process by going to this page: photos.cleveland.com/photogallery/upload.html 3. Send your image. File size should be at least 250 dpi, 10 inches on the longest side, saved at a 6 or medium quality. 4. Image title: Briefly tell everyone what your photo is. 5. Caption and personal information: Give a brief description of your photo, and be sure to include your name and town. 6. Tags: List things relevant to your photos. Separate tags with commas (orchids, flowers, cleveland botanical garden, orchid mania 2017, cleveland). 7. Gallery: Be sure to choose the correct "Orchid Mania 2017 Contest Photos" gallery from the drop-down menu [the gallery is listed near the top of the menu]. 8. Check out all of the entries here: http://photos.cleveland.com/1812/gallery/orchid_mania_2017_contest_phot/index.html
18 points by The Plain Dealer | Photography Orchidaceae Image Cleveland The Plain Dealer Photograph Orchids Flowers
Who's running for Cleveland City Council? One incumbent faces host of challengers
All seats on Cleveland City Council are up for election in 2017. Incumbents in several of those seats are unopposed at this point. Others, though, may face races with several candidates opposing them. CLEVELAND, Ohio - A member of Cleveland City Council for nearly four decades already faces seven potential challengers for re-election with more than four months to go until the filing deadline.  Cleveland Councilman Ken JohnsonCity of Cleveland Cleveland's Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson, who took office in 1980, has taken out nominating petitions to get on the ballot for re-election.   And a rule of thumb for local elections is that incumbent officeholders often don't face many challengers for re-election.  But that's not the case for Johnson. Among the challengers who have taken out nominating petitions are community and labor activists and some real estate professionals.   All 17 seats on Cleveland City Council are up for election this year. Candidates have until June 29 to file nominating petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if they want to appear on the Sept. 12 municipal primary. The top two vote-getters for each race advance from the primary move to the Nov. 8 general election. If there are only two in a given race, then they go straight to the November ballot, bypassing the primary. Here's a look at potential candidates who have pulled petitions, along with some biographical information on candidates for whom it was available.   Cleveland.com will update this list periodically as the filing deadline nears. Incumbents are noted with an asterisk.  Ward 1  Terrell H. Pruitt*: Member of council since 2008. Major in the Ohio Army National Guard, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.  Kimberly F. Brown: Former social worker and radio personality who ran for mayor in 2009. Runs an advocacy and marketing group called Doveside Promotions LLC.  Keith Smith   Ward 2   Carol Ford: Nursing home worker. Member of the Raise Up Cleveland petition committee that sought to raise the minimum wage in the city.  Robert Owens: Has pulled nominating petitions for the Ward 2 seat on City Council. He also has pulled candidate petitions for the mayoral race.  Ward 3  Kerry McCormack*: Appointed to City Council in April to replace resigning Councilman Joe Cimperman. Previously was director of community affairs for Ohio City Inc.  Ward 4  Kenneth L. Johnson Sr*: Member of City Council for nearly four decades. Chairs the Municipal Services and Properties Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee.  Monroe Bynum Jr: CEO of his own company, the IYI Network.   LaShorn K. Caldwell: Housing manager for the Union Miles Development Corp.   Julie Donaldson: Real estate agent.   Cecil Ekechukwu  Michael McDaniel Sr: Advocate with the American Postal Workers Union.   Rowland Mitchell   Gail Sparks: Director and founder of GOA Realty in Cleveland.   Ward 5  Phyllis Cleveland*: Member of City Council since 2006, majority leader.  Ward 6  Mamie J. Mitchell*: Member of City Council since 2008. Vice chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.  Lavitta Murray: Self employed, Murray is studying at Cleveland State's Marshal College of Law.   David B. Roney: Physical director for the city's pools. Develops and coordinates aquatic programs.  Dylan L. Sellers: Management professional who has worked with nonprofit organizations.  Ward 7  TJ Dow*:  A lawyer. Member of City Council since 2008.   Robert L. Heflin III   Basheer Jones: Community activist   Demar L. Sheffey: Public defender  Ward 8  Michael D. Polensek*: Longest serving member of City Council in Cleveland history. Took office in 1978.   Donald Boyd   Brian A. Friedman: Executive director of Northeast Shores Development Corp.   Ward 9  Kevin Conwell*: Member of City Council sine 2001. Vice chair of council's Safety Committee.  Guy Coleman Jr.  Ward 10   Annamaria Cora: Retired from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department.   Rico Dancy   Ed Hudson-Bey  Ward 11  Dona Brady*: Member of City Council since 1999. Vice chair of the Utilities Committee.  Gilder E. Malone  Ward 12  Anthony Brancatelli*: Member of City Council since 2005. Chairs the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.  Ward 13  Kevin Kelley*: Member of City Council since 2006. He became president of council in 2014.  Ward 14  Brian Cummins*: Member of City Council since 2010. Chairs council's Health and Human Services Committee.  Omar Medina: Pastor  Ward 15  Matt Zone*: Member of City Council since 2002. Chairs council's Safety Committee.  Ward 16  Brian Kazy*: Member of City Council since 2015. Former Cuyahoga County probation officer.  Ward 17  Martin J. Keane*: Member of City Council since 2008. Chairs council's Transportation Committee.  Clinton E. Preslan: Lawyer
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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)
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Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting
More than 200 people packed Cuyahoga County Council chambers Tuesday to voice their opposition and support to the proposed pan to spend tax dollars to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 200 people packed Cuyahoga County Council chambers Tuesday on both sides of a proposed plan to spend tax dollars to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Before the largest crowd ever to attend a meeting since council formed six years ago, a resolution allowing the county to sell $140 million in bonds to expand and update the arena was introduced. Council did not discuss the issue, which will be weighed before the committee-of-the-whole on Feb. 21. But council members listened raptly as about two dozen people spoke for and against the proposal. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund. Taxes will pay for $160 million of that total. 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, and 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. There will be no new taxes. About two-thirds of the crowd opposed the resolution, but a number of people, including area businessmen, union leaders and Q employees, were there to support the measure. Members of Greater Cleveland Congregations, a non-partisan coalition which represents 100,000 people across 43 congregations and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County, made up the bulk of the crowd.  Leaders told council they want Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for renovating The Q. Rabbi Joshua Caruso of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple said the deal sets a dangerous precedent and wondered aloud what would stop the Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Browns from seeking a similar deal in the future. The money spent by Destination Cleveland, the city and the county could be better used to help neighborhoods, opponents said. They wanted to know what protection there was for the investment and whether the Cavs would leave if they got a new owner or better deal. "I find this deal unconscionable," said GCC member Donna Weinberger of Solon. "This deal is not fair, equitable and not the best we can do to bring vitality and growth to all our neighborhoods." She cited Nike's new 'diversity' ad featuring LeBron James. "The ball should bounce the same for everyone," she said. Pastor Richard Gibson of Elizabeth Baptist Church said if the deal is looked at from a business perspective, council has to determine the best return on an investment. "How do you allocate those funds?" he asked. Gibson said there are many needs that could be met with that money. The Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, said the issue could divide a city that had been united behind the Cavs. He asked that the process be slowed down.  The measure could be voted on as early as Feb. 28. GCC members handed council members chocolate and red envelopes that contained invitations to a March 9 meeting their group will hold about the proposal. Among those who spoke in favor of the project were Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council president Terry Joyce and executive secretary David Wondolowski. They said their organization, which includes about 14,000 members, supports the renovation not only because it means jobs, but because The Q and Gateway have revitalized downtown Cleveland and have led to more development and thousands of jobs for Greater Clevelanders. "Tens of millions has been spent in Cleveland only because people are attending events in the Q," Wondolowski said. "This  is not about downtown versus the neighborhoods-  I want to be really clear about this. It is about our collective future." Chef Rocco Whelan spoke of his commitment to Cleveland, his restaurant employees and the growth of the city. He said the project will lead to additional opportunities. "I feel Cleveland has made tremendous strides," he said. "My blue- and white- collar workers are the strongest reason I stand before you. Like you, I roll my sleeves up daily." Other supporters included businessmen Fred DiSanto, on the board of trustees of the Cleveland Sports Commission; Terry Uhl, executive director of Shoes and Coats for Kids; Marc Nathanson, senior development executive at Youth Opportunities Unlimited; and Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.  Former NBA player and Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers said his city supports the project but understands the passion of those who oppose it. "This is not an either-or proposition," he said. "You can do one and figure out the other." He recalled his playing days at the Richfield Coliseum and how public investment revitalized downtown Cleveland. He acknowledged there are many unmet needs in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. "There are 70 good people from Warrensville Heights working at Quicken Loans Arena," he said. "Each one of those people need that money. I want to say that you can do both."
274 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Downtown Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Cuyahoga River 2007 NBA Finals LeBron James
Jackson to move slowly on lead paint inspections: Darcy cartoon
Neurotoxins don't take their time to poison children like Jackson wants to take his time doing what should have been done year ago. CLEVELAND, OHIO -- While President Trump is moving quickly and aggressively to implement his plan to "Make America Great Again,"  Mayor Frank Jackson wants to make Cleveland's rental properties safe again, slowly. Jackson said the city's new plan to inspect rental properties for safety violations will be phased-in, over a five-year period, beginning this summer. The mayor argued that by moving too quickly or aggressively, the city risked displacing too many poor families and placing too much of a burden on landlords. Last week, Jackson met with reporters to discuss the plan that was prompted by the city's ongoing lead poisoning crises. The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series found that less than half of the homes where children had been exposed to lead poisoning had been inspected, over a five- year period. A team of 13 inspectors were hired with money from November's tax increase.  It's hard to believe, but the new inspection team marks the city's first attempt to conduct routine rental inspections. Jackson said  the city faces a "moral dilemma" in carrying out the inspection plan. "If you're talking about a very mechanical kind of thing, you know, half of the places would be closed up.   If you're talking about it in terms of the ethical or moral thing, probably three quarters of the places would be closed up. It's the way it is."  Jackson said that's "one of the reasons why our people are taking so long is because of that -- that decision around that moral dilemma. The Plain Dealer's Rachel Dissel and Brie Zeltner reported that those closest to the issue had mixed reactions to Jackson's comments, "some saying the mayor put a finger on a problem central to improving the safety of the city housing; others arguing his off-the-cuff estimates exaggerate the problem and provide an easy excuse for delay or inaction." Dissel and Zeltner reported, "officials in Rochester (New York) said concerns similar to Jackson's were floated a decade ago when the city instituted citywide inspections for lead hazards that have since resulted in a more than 80 percent drop in the number of kids poisoned by led." A Rochester housing official told The Plain Dealer that landlords who left the market shouldn't have been in it anyway, and the rest adjusted to the enforced code standards. Cleveland Lead Safe Network representative Spencer Wells  told Dissel and Zeltner that the group would like to see legislation that sets a "lead-safe" housing standard that's more affordable than making a home "lead-free." U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development currently requires homes to be made "lead-safe" and maintained.   "Lead-safe" basically entails sealing chipping paint and painting over it  with lead-free paint.   The cost is the cost of a can a paint,brush and roller, plus the labor.   If that bare minimum isn't doable for any landlord, then they have no business being a landlord. Jackson wants to do landlords a favor by phasing in safety inspections, but he's not doing the children of Cleveland a favor by taking another five-years to fully inspect unsafe homes.   Neurotoxins don't take their time to poison children like Jackson wants to take his time doing what should have been done years ago. The mayor and the city leaders need to act with the same sense of urgency they act with on maintaining and improving the homes of the Cleveland Cavaliers , Browns and Indians.   The health of Cleveland's children should be a bigger priority than the playpens of billionaires and millionaires.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers The Plain Dealer Lead Inspection George Voinovich Landlord Cleveland Press
Ohio lands 8 spots on most romantic restaurants list
Eight Ohio restaurants have earned places on the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants list. Four are in Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio landed eight spots on a list of the country's most romantic restaurants, with four in Northeast Ohio. The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Chez Francois in Vermilion, Don's Pomeroy House in Strongsville and Pier W in Lakewood all earned places on the compilation from OpenTable, the online-reservation site. Northeast Ohio's quartet of restaurants on the list offer unique attributes: The Bistro at Gervasi - a winery - has a wide-ranging menu with an Italian focus. Chez Francois is French and one of the few restaurants in the state to maintain a jacket requirement for men. Don's Pomeroy House sits in a 19th century mansion and features a cosmopolitan American menu. And the seafood restaurant Pier W juts out over Lake Erie. Restaurants in 36 states made the list, which includes Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati, Coldwater Cafe & Catering in Tipp City, just north of Dayton; Primavista in Cincinnati and The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro in Columbus. The most-romantic-restaurants list is based on more than 10 million verified OpenTable reviews of more than 24,000 restaurants. Only Virginia (13) and Florida (10) had more entries than Ohio. Picturesque settings, cozy dining rooms and ambience figured into the qualities diners selected. American and French cuisines dominate the list, and Italian, steak and fondue remain popular. Here is OpenTable's complete 2017 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America list.
103 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Restaurant Cleveland French cuisine Pennsylvania New York Menu Lakewood Ohio
Greater Cleveland Food Bank worker loses clients' personal data after car stolen from shopping area
Personal information from about 40 people collected by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was lost last month because it was inside an employee's car when the vehicle was stolen at Steelyard Commons, the food bank said. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Personal information of 43 Greater Cleveland Food Bank clients that was inside an employee's car last month was lost after the vehicle was stolen from Steelyard Commons shopping center, the food bank confirmed Monday. The information included Social Security numbers, dates of birth and Medicare data and was part of applications for assistance that the food bank worker had collected on the day of the car theft, said Karen Pozna, director of communications. That worker is no longer employed at the agency, said Pozna said, who decline to give specifics. The food bank sent letters last week to clients whose information was stolen, informing them of the data breach and listing ways to reduce chances of identity theft. No one has reported identity theft, the food bank said, but it offered the affected applicants free credit protection services for one year. "We took quick action," Pozna said. "We take privacy very seriously." The food bank is investigating its internal controls, she said, adding, "We are putting safety procedures in place to be sure this does not happen again." The Greater Cleveland Food Bank fights hunger and promotes good nutrition in six Ohio counties. Pozna gave this account of how the data was stolen: The food bank outreach employee spent Friday, Jan. 27, driving to various community locations helping residents fill out paper applications for food assistance benefits as part of her regular duties. The 43 applications the worker collected that day were in a tote bag inside her car when the vehicle was stolen that day from Steelyard Commons. The paper forms used are standard procedure, Pozna said. Under food bank procedures, the outreach worker had 24 to 48 hours to return the applications to the food bank's offices, Pozna said, but that didn't happen. Pozna said the outreach worker was not signing up clients at Steelyard Commons, and it is not known why she was there. The car's theft was reported to the food bank and police the same day. The vehicle has not been recovered, Pozna said. "We do take the incident seriously," Pozna said. "We feel terrible for the clients." She said she has no reason to believe the stolen information has been used. A 62-year-old man, who asked not to be named for privacy reasons, was among those who received letters from the food bank informing him of the data theft. In an interview with The Plain Dealer, he wondered why sensitive information isn't immediately entered into a computer. "It [the food bank] is not doing a good job of protecting people's personal information," he said. "It seems very sloppy."
6 points by The Plain Dealer | Identity theft Theft Social Security number Automobile Cleveland Privacy Personally identifiable information Crimes
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
RTA riders rally for reopening of Public Square to buses
Local transit advocates want to see city government take action to reopen Superior Avenue to buses before it's too late. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Only eight days remain before the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will be forced to pay the federal government $12 million for not running buses through Public Square. Local transit advocates want to see city government take action to reopen Superior Avenue through Public Square to buses before it's too late. In a rally at City Hall before tonight's Cleveland City Council meeting, Clevelanders for Public Transit, a local riders' organization, called for members of council to force Mayor Frank Jackson to reopen Public Square to buses. Roughly 25 people attended.  "We're trying to make sure they still know we're here," Akshai Singh, a member of Clevelanders for Public Transit, said during the rally. "If they don't decide to move on the Mayor, they're really abdicating their power."  Transit advocates pack City Hall to call for the reopening of Public Square to buses. pic.twitter.com/LU0S8l7zaT -- Ginger Christ (@GChristCLE) February 14, 2017 The group wants to see council take issue with Mayor Jackson's decision to close the square without first seeking council's approval.  A number of city councilmen have spoken out about Public Square but no actual action has been taken to reopen the stretch of Superior Avenue that runs through the square.  "We've sat on the sidelines for too long. When is City Council going to step up?" said Councilman Zack Reed.  Councilman Jeff Johnson said the closing of the square is harming the poor, working class people who rely on public transit to get to work.  "RTA riders are being missed in this discussion," Johnson said. "Somebody needs to talk about them before we talk about why we're keeping it closed." In keeping buses from the square, RTA riders - especially the elderly - are struggling to make connections and are being forced to walk across an empty and dark square, said Yvonka Hall, outreach director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. "For our young people, that is not okay, and that is not right," Hall said. "We have to change our priorities on how the City of Cleveland treats the citizens of Cleveland."  Clevelanders for Public Transit also has filed a Title VI complaint with the Federal Transit Administration alleging that the closing of Public Square has a disparate impact on African Americans.  RTA and the city RTA last week received a letter from the FTA alerting them that the FTA had received a Title VI complaint against the city over the closure of Public Square to buses and was beginning an investigation into that claim. Title VI complaints involve alleged violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. RTA traffic and safety studies support reopening Public Square to buses What's been happening The square has been closed to buses since Aug. 1 when Mayor Jackson chose to ban buses in favor of a unified Public Square. Mayor Jackson has said he would reopen the square to bus traffic if there was no way to keep it closed without harming RTA's operations or bottom line, and if RTA addresses the city's safety concerns. RTA is on the clock from the FTA to either reopen Superior Avenue through the square to buses or to repay  $12 million in federal grants it received for the the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project by Feb. 21. Because the city will not permit buses to cross Public Square, RTA is not upholding its end of a funding deal it made for the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, the FTA asserts. The Euclid Corridor Transportation Project established the HealthLine, which runs down Euclid Avenue and ends in Public Square. Mayor Jackson has said RTA has not been acting in good faith about Public Square and, ultimately, has slowed down the process of reopening the square.  The mayor said he will not reopen the square to buses until potential terrorist threats are addressed and a safety mitigation plan is established. And that means going beyond what K & J Consulting assessed in a security study RTA had it complete on the square. 
30 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Downtown Cleveland Euclid Avenue Cuyahoga County Ohio HealthLine Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Louis Stokes Station at Windermere Public transport
Woman misses sentencing under Goddard's Law for killing puppy
Deanna Caraballo, 20, who admitted to killing an 8-week puppy and was prosecuted under a new state law that makes animal abuse a felony did not show up to be sentenced Monday. CLEVELAND Ohio -- A 20-year-old woman who killed an 8-week-old puppy and was prosecuted under a recently passed state law that makes animal abuse a felony did not show up to her sentencing. Judge Joseph D. Russo ordered a bench warrant Monday after Deanna Caraballo did not show up to his Cuyahoga County courtroom. Caraballo was released on a personal bond Jan. 12, the same day she pleaded guilty to cruelty against a companion animal, a fifth-degree felony. Prosecutors said Caraballo slammed an 8-week-old puppy into the ground during an argument with her boyfriend at a home in Cleveland. The force of the impact killed the dog, and an 11-year-old boy found the wounded animal, records say. As part of her bond, Caraballo was ordered to undergo court supervision, including drug tests. She showed up for a Jan. 24 meeting at the probation department, then "disappeared off the face of the earth," Caraballo's lawyer, David Kraus, said. Caraballo was arrested in October, about a month after "Goddard's Law" went into effect. The law, named after longtime WJW meteorologist Dick Goddard, made abuse of a companion animal a fifth-degree felony, rather than a misdemeanor. Goddard spent years advocating for harsher penalties against people who abuse animals. To comment on this story, please visit Monday's crime and courts comments page.
472 points by The Plain Dealer | Criminal law Cuyahoga County Ohio Probation Lawyer Judge Cleveland Misdemeanor Dick Goddard
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
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's concerns about rental inspections: Displacing poor families, burdening landlords
If Clevelad too quickly or too aggressively inspects rental properties for health hazards and safety violations such as peeling paint, mold and broken toilets, families may be put out of their homes and landlords unable to rent their properties. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Mayor Frank Jackson said that if an ethical or moral standard were applied to inspecting Cleveland's low-income rental homes for safety, about three quarters of it would be "closed up." Jackson made the comment last week when discussing the city's long awaited and soon-to-be implemented plan to start citywide inspections of rental units in response to its ongoing lead poisoning crisis. That crisis was revealed in 2015 by The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series, which brought to light serious failings in how the city responded to cases of childhood lead poisoning. Without enough staff to keep up, less than half of the homes where children were poisoned over a recent five-year period were inspected, the newspaper's analysis found. "One of the reasons why our people are taking so long is because of that-- that decision around that moral dilemma," Jackson said during an annual meeting with Cleveland.com reporters and editors. The dilemma, as Jackson explained it: if the city too quickly or too aggressively inspects rental properties for health hazards and safety violations such as peeling paint, mold and broken toilets, families may be put out of their homes and landlords unable to rent their properties. "If you're talking about a very mechanical kind of thing, you know, half of the places would be closed up," Jackson said. "If you're talking about it in terms of the ethical or moral thing, probably three quarters of the places would be closed up. It's the way it is." Reaction to Jackson's sweeping comments were mixed among those closest to the issue, some saying the mayor put a finger on a problem central to improving the safety of city housing; others arguing his off-the-cuff estimates exaggerate the problem and provide an easy excuse for delay or inaction.   The city's first-ever foray into routine rental inspections is scheduled to begin in the summer and will involve a new team of 13 inspectors hired with money from November's income tax increase. (LINK to timeline) In addition to interior and exterior peeling paint which may indicate lead hazards, inspectors will look for mold, excessive extension cord use, and ensure homes have basic necessities like hot and cold water, flushing toilets and working carbon monoxide detectors. A check list of what Cleveland's new rental inspection unit will look for in homes as they begin inspections in July. Jackson, again speaking at the meeting, expressed concern about green-lighting immediate citywide inspection of all rental properties or inspecting for "everything from lead to a leaking faucet, to a roof that's leaking, to a hole, some plaster off the wall, the need for paint." Instead, the city plans to phase in its inspections over a five-year period, focusing on specific safety issues in rental homes that are registered with the city. Listen to Jackson's comments in the audio player below. Jackson deals in unfortunate reality Some say the mayor's concerns and the city's five-year plan reflect an unfortunate reality in Cleveland. "He [Jackson] knows the situation. He's an absolute realist," said Tom Bier, a senior fellow at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs with 40 years of experience studying the city's housing market. Bier said it's more likely that about one-third of city rentals are in bad condition. In 2015, a citywide survey by the non-profit Thriving Communities Institute of residential and commercial properties found less then 5 percent of all structures to be in "D" or "F" condition, though it only examined the exterior of homes. Nobody thinks children should be living in unsafe housing, Bier said, and it makes sense to fix the problems upfront rather than pay steep medical and social costs later. But that's not the ways things work here: "It's brutal. But it's reality," he said. Meredith Greif, a sociologist and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University said policy makers like Jackson have to consider how their actions will affect access to housing. Greif is part of a project that's conducted interviews with hundreds of low income families, landlords and court and policy makers in Baltimore, Dallas and Cleveland. On one hand, Greif says code enforcement helps ensure homes are livable, especially for poor children and families. But if landlords are hit with hefty fines for violations, what will happen? Some, she said, might get out of the business altogether. "It's a quandary," she said. "It's a terrible situation all around." Profit margins for landlords can be surprisingly thin, Greif said. There are some for whom the business is quite lucrative, but others report they usually break even or make only a small profit. "The vast majority of landlords with whom I spoke are not absentee, fly by night landlords but ones who have been in the business for quite some time, many well over a decade, and who report taking housing code rather seriously," Greif said. Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli supports the phased approach to rolling out the new inspections, with ample time to educate landlords and give them a chance to make repairs before inspectors come knocking. "As much as I go after landlords, I want to make sure we think about and know the cost of this," he said. Some, especially those who want high "healthy housing" standards for mold and across-the-board use of the more stringent dust wipe tests for lead, might not be happy. Brancatelli thinks those standards, while admirable, would fail. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority only targets peeling paint in its low-income unit inspections and that standard seems to work well, Brancatelli said. Kids in CMHA housing have lower rates of poisoning. "We want to make things safer for kids," he said. "But we need to move the bar slowly." No evidence for widespread displacement, advocates say Child health and housing advocates, though, take issue with several of the Mayor's statements. "We need to strongly resist the notion that a leaky faucet is the same risk (to children) as a neurotoxin," that can immediately and irreparably damage young developing brains like lead can, said Spencer Wells, a longtime housing advocate speaking on behalf of the newly-formed Cleveland Lead Safe Network.   The network hopes to encourage legislation that promotes "lead-safe" housing for kids, a standard that does not require homes to be completely free of lead, only for any known lead hazards to be controlled. It's a standard that protects kids and is affordable, Wells said. Making rental homes lead-free, on the other hand, can be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners without outside help. Still, Wells said, that's not what's required of property owners in most cases. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires homes to be made lead-safe and then be maintained, for example. "Conflating lead-free and lead-safe leads folks to conclude, well, there's nothing we can do," Wells said. Dr. Aparna Bole, medical director of community integration and a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, was most concerned about Jackson's suggestion that rental inspections would displace families. "That hasn't been true at all in other cities that have implemented a rental inspection program," she said, including Rochester, New York (a city highlighted in The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series which Cleveland used in part as a model for its plan) and Baltimore. "I'm the first to say that availability of affordable and safe housing stock is incredibly important to public health, so no part of me would want to recommend removing that housing. But that just hasn't been true anywhere else." Officials in Rochester said concerns similar to Jackson's were floated a decade ago when the city instituted citywide inspections for lead hazards that have since resulted in a more than 80 percent drop in the number of kids known to be poisoned by lead. The landlords who left the market, a housing official told The Plain Dealer, were ones who shouldn't have been there anyway. The rest adjusted. Yvonka Hall, a landlord and member of the Cleveland Lead Safe Network, agrees that many Cleveland landlords aren't making money hand over fist. They might need help -- zero-interest loans for window replacement, for example--in order to make their properties lead-safe. But children, who are the most vulnerable, deserve the most protection, said Hall, who served as director of the city's office of minority health until 2012. "If your whole campaign has been 'looking out for the least of us' then the children who are being poisoned would be at the top of that list, because they can't control their circumstances."
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