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cleveland.com news quiz for Friday, 09/09/2016
The news quiz features 10 questions on current events from the past week. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Classes are in full swing at schools across Northeast Ohio. So it's a good chance to show some solidarity with students by taking a few moments to take the cleveland.com news quiz, featuring 10 questions on current events.  You're not being graded, but hopefully you have been paying attention to the news during the past week. The quiz is below. Mobile users can take it here. Good luck.  // var _polldaddy = [] || _polldaddy; _polldaddy.push( { type: "iframe", auto: "1", domain: "advanceinternet.polldaddy.com/s/", id: "cleveland-com-news-quiz-for-friday-sept-9-2016", placeholder: "pd_1473402753" } ); (function(d,c,j){if(!document.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=('https:'==document.location.protocol)?'https://polldaddy.com/survey.js':'http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js';s=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);}}(document,'script','pd-embed')); // ]]>
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Ohio Cleveland State University
View photos submitted for Best High School Marching Band contest; send yours from tonight's game
Check out some of the photos that have been submitted by readers as part of a nomination for cleveland.com's Best High School Marching Band contest. CLEVELAND, Ohio - As nominations for cleveland.com's Best High School Marching Band contest continue to come in, so do the photos and videos. More than 100 parents, students, faculty, alumni and community members have shared a glimpse of their favorite marching band in Greater Cleveland. Dozens of area schools have been nominated for inclusion in the contest. Click through the gallery above to see some of the many photos we've received as part of nominations. And while you're out at a football game this week or next week, send your nomination along with a picture and/or video to [email protected] or use the comments section below. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Be sure to include a short description on what makes the band so great, memorable moments and why it should be chosen to be included in the contest. We welcome pictures and/or videos of the band in action to help us decide if the band should advance to the first round of online voting. Or send a link to the band's Twitter page or links to Tweets or other social media posts we should check out. The only limitation is the high school must be located within our seven-county coverage area, which consists of Cuyahoga, Summit, Medina, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Portage counties. Best Band contest dates: Here is a rundown on how the Best High School Marching Band contest will work. Now-Sept. 19: Nominations accepted from schools, bands, students, parents, fans -- you name it. Sept. 22-28: The bands that have been selected for the first round of the contest will be announced and the opening round of online voting will be held to determine the eight finalists. Voting totals in this round will also determine the eight seeds for the remainder of the contest. Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Voting in the quarterfinals round. Oct. 6-12: Voting in the semifinals round. Oct. 13-20: Voting in the final round to determine the winner of Greater Cleveland's Best High School Marching Band contest.
20 points by The Plain Dealer | High school Cuyahoga County Ohio The Band Remainder Candidate Greater Cleveland Nomination Education
Mother says special needs son forcibly baptized; robber calls judge 'slave master'; infant dies at homeless shelter: Overnight News Links
Also, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll; Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money; Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest Featured stories Mother says special needs son was forcibly baptized at Geauga County church (WKYC Channel 3) Bank robber who acted as own attorney calls Lake County judge 'slave master' at sentencing (News-Herald) Infant who died at Dayton homeless shelter was a twin (Dayton Daily News) Crime Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money (cleveland.com) 'Extremely delusional' North Olmsted youth pastor sentenced for sexual relationship with teen (cleveland.com) Two accused of causing crash while fleeing Eastlake police (photos) (cleveland.com) Berea man sentenced for rape of Soviet-era labor camp survivor (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights detectives arrest suspect in restaurant robberies (video) (cleveland.com) North Ridgeville abduction case may be linked to Elyria, Cleveland (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain County couple arrested in connection with alleged child abuse case (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues (cleveland.com) Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school (cleveland.com) No water in a hot Cleveland school? Depends who you ask (cleveland.com) Cleveland artist to live inside giant wooden sphere made from demolished houses (cleveland.com) 10 Cuyahoga County school districts have new taxes on the November ballot: Here's the list (cleveland.com) Local news East 20 Lake County restaurants, other food places with most health inspection violations (cleveland.com) Man worth millions says he needed food stamps (WKYC Channel 3) Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall comes to Geauga County (News-Herald) Local news West Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest (video) (cleveland.com) Florida man dies after crash on Ohio Turnpike (Lorain Morning Journal) Willard man struck, killed on Ohio 61 (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Death of man at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park ruled suicide by medical examiner (cleveland.com) Akron awarded $5 million to reimagine civic spaces, bring diverse communities together (cleveland.com) State Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll (cleveland.com) Retired generals from Ohio stress their support for Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump's Cleveland appearance (cleveland.com) Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio but not much changes for patients (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmaker urges cities not to ban medical marijuana before state sets rules (cleveland.com)  Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video) (cleveland.com) How to build a highway: A tour of an Ohio Turnpike construction zone (cleveland.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Lake County Ohio Elyria Ohio
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
Free hot dog offered with a ticket to "Sausage Party"
Regal Cinemas is offering a voucher for a free hot dog to everyone who buys a ticket to "Sausage Party." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Theatergoers have a chance to get free food the next time they see the summer's hit R-rated comedy "Sausage Party." In what is likely an attempt to boost lagging ticket sales, Regal Cinemas is offering a hot dog voucher to everyone who buys a ticket to see the raunchy farce about anthropomorphic foodstuffs between Friday and Sunday. Northeast Ohio has eight Regal Cinemas theaters located in Willoughby, Richmond Heights, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Westlake, Medina, Hudson and Akron. Sausage Party has made more than $100 million at the box office so far -- against a modest $19 million budget -- but tickets sales have fallen off since its August 12 premiere. It brought in a pedestrian $5.2 million in ticket sales last weekend, finishing fifth behind "Don't Breathe," "Suicide Squad," "Kubo and the Two Strings," and "Pete's Dragon."
21 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Cities in Ohio Movie theater Greater Cleveland Box office Akron Ohio Brook Park Ohio Ticket
Brecksville Dam demolition the focus of public hearing tonight in Peninsula (photos)
The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. PENINSULA, Ohio - The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road (Ohio 303) just East of Peninsula. The presentation is sponsored by the Ohio EPA and the National Park Service. Conservationists and friends of the Cuyahoga River generally support the dam demolition plan and the environmental benefits the plan will bring to the water quality and wildlife habitat in the river. No organized opposition is expected. "We're excited," said Pam Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "This is really a good thing for the river." "This project is exactly what we need for the Cuyahoga," said Peter Bode, watershed coordinator for Cuyahoga River Restoration. "It is ridding a major barrier for our migratory species to spawn upriver ... and nothing but a positive for the ecology of the region." Any grumbling about the dam's removal likely will be limited to steelhead trout anglers who enjoy casting their lines into the base of the dam's spillway, where the game fish congregate, unable to proceed upstream. "That is the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel place to be," said Jane Goodman, Cuyahoga River Restoration's executive director. "But it's a small dam. Most people don't even know it's there. I don't expect anyone except the steelhead anglers to have any objections." The EPA and parks officials will present the results of an environmental assessment conducted on the eight-foot tall, 183-foot long dam which spans the river just north of the Station Road bridge trailhead along the Towpath Trail. The assessment identifies an ecological restoration strategy to improve water quality while preserving the Ohio and Erie Canal's cultural integrity as a National Historic Landmark. The EPA and national park officials have proposed completely removing the dam, thus restoring the river to its natural flow conditions. They plan to install a pump to supply as much as 13 million gallons of water a day to the adjacent canal. By removing the dam, state environmentalists would move a step closer to returning the Cuyahoga to a free-flowing river, leaving the 57-foot high Gorge Dam between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls as the only impediment from its source in Geauga County to its mouth at Lake Erie. Removing the Gorge Dam, however, could cost as much as $70 million.
73 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga River Ohio and Erie Canal Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lake Erie Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio National Park Service
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
Akron's Lock 3 to host Patriot Day honoring 15th anniversary of 9/11
On Sunday, Sept.11, Akron will host the 15th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 in partnership with the Akron Police and Akron Fire Departments, the FirstEnergy Foundation and the Love Akron Network. The program will take place at at Lock 3 from 1- 4 p.m.. Lock 3 Live  AKRON, Ohio -- Akron will host the 15th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 on Sunday in partnership with the Akron Police and Akron Fire Departments, the FirstEnergy Foundation and the Love Akron Network. The program will take place at Lock 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. This free event to honor safety forces will include a special commemoration starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Lock 3 Stage.  The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free hot dog, chips and a drink. Family friendly entertainment will include Touch-A-Truck, inflatables, exhibitors and more. Kent State University Executive Director of Media Relations, Eric Mansfield, will serve as the program MC. Information about the City of Akron Patriot Day event can be found at www.lock3live.com.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Kent State University Mid-American Conference University of Akron Greater Cleveland Canton Ohio Kent Ohio Youngstown State University
WKSU to host public forum on effects of removing the Gorge Dam
WKSU and Exploradio will hold a public forum and panel discussion Sept. 21 on removing the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has focused on removing the Gorge dam from the Cuyahoga River for more than a decade. The dam is located in the Gorge MetroPark between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.  In March, the federal government said it would pay 65 percent of the $70 million cost to remove the 57-foot-high dam. Residents can attend a public forum hosted by WKSU and Exploradio to learn more about what removing the dam will mean and what can be done to remove the decades of sludge built up under the dam and downriver. The forum will be Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. Register for the free event here. All Things Considered host and Exploradio producer Jeff St. Clair will moderate the public discussion. Panelists include representatives from the Ohio EPA, the city of Akron, Summit MetroParks and the local whitewater kayaking community.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Environmental Protection Agency Ohio Federal government of the United States Cuyahoga River Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Country LIving Fair in Columbus and migrating monarchs: Home and Garden News
Country LIving Fair in Columbus and migrating monarchs: Home and Garden News. Fair-goers line up for down-home tastes during the Country Living Fair, coming to Columbus in September. The fair brings the magazine's pages to life with booths filled with vintage items, antiques, handmade crafts and great music. Country Living Magazine  COUNTRY LIVING FAIR: The pages of Country Living magazine come to life during the Country Living Fair, returning to Columbus Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18. Special guests and Country Living editors will demonstrate how to make delicious recipes and fun crafts, and talk about beekeeping, creating a personalizes space, gardening and more. The fair offers antiques sellers, furniture makers and crafters, as well as book signings, cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations. Madcap Cottage founders Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke will talk about how they designed their Catskills home and how to use color and pattern to create a personalized space at 2 p.m. Friday. Nancy Fuller from the Food Network will lead a guided shopping trip through the fair on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. You'll find the complete schedule here. Country Living Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18. Gates open for Early Bird ticket holders at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Ohio Village is located at 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. One-day admission is $13 in advance and $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. An Early Bird three-day weekend pass, $40, lets you enter at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free for children ages 16 and under. MILKWEED FOR MONARCHS: This fall, you can collect milkweed seed pods to help the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District's effort to expand the habitat for monarch butterflies throughout Ohio. The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative - a partnership of the Ohio Division of Wildlife and other organizations -- will process the seed pods and establish new plantings of milkweed. During these times the Monarch breeds and lays their eggs on milkweed plants. Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will feed and lay their eggs on. The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative works to educate the public and trying to gain more awareness of the milkweed decline, according to a press release from the conservation district. If you would like to join in this effort, harvest milkweed pods that are dry and gray or brown in color. The pod's seam should pop easily under your thumb. Store pods in a paper bag, placed in a dry, cool place. Mark your bags with the county they were picked in, and the date and time when they were collected. Collected seed pods from Common Milkweed can be dropped off at the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District's office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or left in the collection bin outside the office after those hours. The office is located at 6100 West Canal Road, Valley View. The collection drive continues through Sunday, Oct. 30. Click here for more information. MONARCH MIGRATION: Monarch butterflies are beginning their amazing migration, and their path leads them over Northeast Ohio on the way to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Tag and release monarchs as part of the Monarch Watch program during a session titled Monarch Migration, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Brecksville Nature Center in the Cleveland Metroparks. The session is free and advance registration is not required. Expect to walk about 1 1/2 miles in prairies and meadows. The nature center is located at 9000 Chippewa Creek Dr., Brecksviille.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga Valley National Park Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Columbus Ohio Ohio Saturday Cleveland Metroparks Illinois
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
Detroit-area trucking company owner sentenced to nine years for dealing club drugs
A Detroit-area trucking company owner was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for leading an operation that included two Rocky River sisters and brought large amounts of club drugs to the Cleveland area. Rinald TurhaniFBI  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The owner of a Detroit-area trucking company was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for leading an operation along with two Rocky River sisters that brought large amounts of club drugs to the Cleveland area. Rinald Turhani, 37, used his trucks to bring MDMA and marijuana from Canada to Ohio. He pleaded guilty in June to a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said Turhani would have to be punished for "selling a great deal of poison into the community." Under a deal Turhani reached with prosecutors, Turhani could have faced more than 11 years in prison, but Polster said he felt nine years was sufficient. Turhani was arrested in March along his mistress Denisa Alicka, her sister Jonida Alicka and truck driver Leka Konini. All have pleaded guilty. Ian Friedman, Turhani's attorney, worked hard Wednesday to present Turhani as a family man who, despite letting his family down, was still a good father and husband. Turhani's loved ones sat in the viewing area. Ilva Turhani, Rinald's wife, said her husband has apologized to her every day. And Rinald Turhani said his actions were because he got addicted to drugs. "I promise you this is the first time and the last time I do wrong in my life," Turhani told Polster. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Corts questioned how good of a family man Turhani was "when he was out dealing drugs with his paramour." He noted that Turhani was arrested in California in December with nearly 20 pounds of MDMA, yet was let go after the Cleveland FBI wanted to continue its investigation. Even though many would take that as a warning, Turhani continued to deal with drugs, Corts said. Prosecutors said some of the drugs were dealt out of the Rocky River apartment complex where Denisa Alicka lived. She and Jonida Alicka, a former Linndale police officer, routinely traveled from New York and Michigan with drugs, according to court records. Prosecutors have described the two as having a lavish lifestyle, complete with plastic surgery, luxury cars and trips to Miami. The FBI also said Turhani could be a violent man. An agent testified in March that Turhani punched the dealer who owed him drugs in the face so hard that a tooth went through his lip. More: Judge cites 'unexplained wealth' in detaining Rocky River sisters accused of dealing club drugs If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Wednesday's crime and courts comment section.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Federal Bureau of Investigation English-language films United States Department of Justice Court Cuyahoga County Ohio Judge Family Greater Cleveland
Felon tied to Cleveland smash-and-grab ring
Charles Frett, 35, is accused of being part of a smash-and-grab ring that stole more than 50 ATM thefts from stores throughout Northeast Ohio. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Streetsboro man with a decade's worth of drug trafficking convictions is now accused of being part of a large smash-and-grab ring that prosecutors linked to more than 50 ATM thefts across Northeast Ohio. Charles Frett, 35, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest. Frett is accused of being part of large group that planned and carried out dozens of smash-and-grab robberies at area businesses in Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Lorain and Lake counties. The thefts caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. Frett was identified as one of several people seen going to and from a stash-house on Pratt Avenue where police say the members would tear apart the stolen ATMs with blow torches and other tools. The group is charged in 10 robberies in five counties, including some that took less than two minutes to execute. Frett is the second person charged after an 11-person, 74-count indictment was announced by county prosecutors. Robert Davis, 31, was charged Aug. 25 with being part of the ring and charges against his father were dropped. More charges are expected to be added as detectives keep probing the case. Prosecutors said 11 men -- led by Lamar Speights, Christopher Freeman, Rc Crum -- ran an elaborate operation that targeted businesses that kept ATMs in the front of windows near the entrance. The group typically used a stolen van to crash through the front of businesses and into the bolted-down cash machines, according to investigators. The impact knocked the ATMs off their bases. They loaded the machines into a stolen van and drove away. Frett has been convicted of drug dealing four times since 2002, including once in 2014 where he was arrested with 14 baggies of marijuana he was preparing for sale in the presence of his then-2-year-old son.  If you'd like to comment on this story, visit our crime and courts comments section.
761 points by The Plain Dealer | Criminal law Crime Automated teller machine Illegal drug trade Drug Greater Cleveland Heroin 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
Huntington Bank banks on affordable housing - Cheers & Jeers: editorial
Huntington Bank's $150 million assist to affordable housing statewide deserves an exuberant Cheer, writes the editorial board. CHEERS . . . to Huntington Bank for investing $60 million in affordable housing in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland's Midtown Corridor, and an additional $90 million statewide. The money will be aimed at renovating and building new inexpensive housing for veterans, elderly, the poor, and homeless, in other words, those who need it most.  About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> But JEERS . . . to FirstMerit Bank, which recently merged with Huntington Bank, for being part of a scheme that slapped customers with multiple overdraft fees. Huntington did not admit guilt in FirstMerit's case, but it did agree to create a $9 million cash settlement fund and a $7 million debt forgiveness fund.  CHEERS . . . to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority for trying to help young low-level ex-offenders clear their criminal or civil records, knocking down a barrier that keeps so many unemployed.    The federally-funded project provides a lawyer to help people under 25 who receive public housing subsidies get an expungement or restore a suspended driver's license.  If it turns them into law-abiding workers, it will be well worth it.  Expungements may get young people back into the job market *********** Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Lawyer Overdraft Affordable housing Debt Money Legal aid Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio
Perceptions of Cleveland continue to rise; Destination Cleveland sets goal of 20 million visitors by 2020
At Destination Cleveland's annual meeting Thursday, Gilbert announced an ambitious new goal for the organization: 20 million annual visitors by 2020, which would amount an increase of 14 percent over the next four years. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - How can Cleveland top a year like 2016? The head of the region's tourism agency says it can't -- instead, city boosters need to build on the year's success. "We have to work our tails off to sustain that momentum," said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland. "It's not about working for the next big thing." Instead, he said, it's about working toward many smaller things: more meetings and conventions, more leisure travelers and an overall better visitor experience. At Destination Cleveland's annual meeting Thursday, Gilbert announced an ambitious new goal for the organization: 20 million annual visitors by 2020, which would amount an increase of 14 percent over the next four years. "We talk about this notion of being an 'It' city," said Gilbert, a place with a reputation like Austin or Nashville. "That's what we aspire to." The agency released some data on visitor perceptions of the city that made the goal seem possible: * 38 percent of potential visitors from nearby states said they would definitely or probably consider a leisure trip to Cleveland, up from 33 percent a year ago. The recent figure puts Cleveland on par with Columbus and Pittsburgh, two cities that in recent years have fared much better than Cleveland in perception surveys. * National meeting planners, too, have improved their impressions of the city. In 2012, Cleveland was included on a list of cities that planners would "hardly consider" as a meeting host, due to concerns about cleanliness, safety and a lack of hotel rooms. In 2015, the city was included on a list of the top 15 most improved meeting destinations by Watkins Research Group. * And, perhaps, best of all: The percentage of Clevelanders who say they would recommend their hometown as a visitor destination jumped dramatically in the past year, from 54 percent in 2015 to 77 percent in 2016. Related: Watch Destination Cleveland's new video celebrating city's success Gilbert said the dramatic shift in perception - both among Clevelanders and outsiders -- is the result of many factors: the successful Republican National Convention last summer and the positive media coverage it generated, the success of the Cavaliers and Indians, and more. "I think people are finally proud of their own community,'' he said. Destination Cleveland, too, deserves some credit, he said. The organization's advertising campaign in 2016 alone helped drive 1.2 million visitors to Cleveland, according to a recent study by Longwoods International, a market research firm. Destination Cleveland, with an annual budget of about $15.5 million, spends about $1.5 million on advertising, according to Gilbert. The agency is funded primarily through the Cuyahoga County's bed tax. Longwoods also reported that every dollar spent on advertising by Destination Cleveland generated $195 in visitor spending and $5 in tax revenue. And that visitor spending translates directly into jobs for Clevelanders, said Dan Walsh, chairman of Destination Cleveland's board of directors. The tourism industry, he said, sustains 66,000 jobs in Cuyahoga County, up from 61,000 five years ago. "It truly is an industry," said Walsh. "This isn't about cheerleading. It's about creating jobs." The agency last year hired the travel consulting team from Ernst & Young to help develop a strategic plan for the next five years. Among the new strategies: Destination Cleveland plans to evolve from a traditional destination marketing organization, responsible primarily for marketing a destination, to a destination marketing and management organization, with responsibilities for improving a visitor's experience once they're here. The agency's funding of pedestrian-focused signage around town is one example of that shift in philosophy. The installation of 54 signs before the RNC was among numerous accomplishments cited at the annual meeting, held at Severance Hall. Other achievements include: * 744 convention leads in 2016, up 17.4 percent over a year before; and 228,500 hotel room nights booked. * 4.4 million visits to the organization's website, thisiscleveland.com, up 36 percent over the year before. * 209 million people reached via the agency's social media campaigns. Also on Thursday, Destination Cleveland honored two local residents key to the city's tourism success: * Jay Casey, a bartender at the Music Box Supper Club, won the Hospitality Star Award, given annually to a frontline employee who provides excellent customer service to Cleveland visitors. Nominated by his manager, Casey was described as an employee who "shines a unique love and light on not just the Music Box or the Flats, but the entire city of Cleveland." * Ginenne Clark, events and publications coordinator for the Society for Photographic Education, received the agency's Cleveland Champions Award, for helping to bring her group's annual conference to Cleveland in 2019. The group, based in Cleveland, will bring 1,500 attendees to the city in March 2019, an event that will generate about $1.8 million in economic impact.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland Hotel Akron Ohio Tourism 2015 Greater Cleveland 2010s
Izzie through Jobu: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Izzie to Jobu. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Izzie to Jobu in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Izzie to Jobu. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Eva through Frankie: See contest photos of cats named Eva-Frankie Photo gallery #10 Frankie through Gio: See contest photos of cats Frankie-Gio Photo gallery #11 Giorgio through Harriet Tubman: See contest photos of cats Giorgio-Harriet Tubman Photo gallery #12 Harry through Ivy: See contest photos of cats Harry-Ivy Photo gallery #13 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Harry through Ivy: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Harry through Ivy. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Harry through Ivy in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Harry through Ivy. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Eva through Frankie: See contest photos of cats named Eva-Frankie Photo gallery #10 Frankie through Gio: See contest photos of cats Frankie-Gio Photo gallery #11 Giorgio through Harriet Tubman: See contest photos of cats Giorgio through Harriet Tubman. Photo gallery #12 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Harriet Tubman Akron Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland
Cleveland breaks high temperature record of 62 degrees previously set in 1981
At noon today, Cleveland broke the high temperature record of 62 degrees set back in 1981. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At noon today, Cleveland-Hopkins Airport recorded a temperature of 64 degrees, breaking the record by 2 degrees previously set in 1981. We could break the record even further, as the high for the day isn't forecasted to peak until 3 p.m., reaching around 65 degrees. Why so warm? It's because of a combination of two major weather patterns. The first is a high pressure system, which dries the air out leading to some very sunny skies bringing in warmth. The second, is southerly flow. Any time the winds blow from the south, because Ohio is so flat, this can drag in warm air all the way from the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did this pattern cause record temperatures for Cleveland, but also in Toledo, Mansfield, Akron and Youngstown. As temperatures continue to rise today, these records will change. Records as of noon today.National Weather Service  First real taste of spring ahead through President's Day: Northeast Ohio weather forecast Feb. 17-20 Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
60 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Greater Cleveland Meteorology Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Akron Ohio Thermodynamics Basic meteorological concepts and phenomena Anticyclone
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
Man shot by Hudson officer had pot in system; Public Square closer to buses' return; inmate threatens Trump: Overnight News Links
Also, Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose; Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth; It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists Watch video Featured stories Emirati man fatally shot by Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system, tests show (cleveland.com) RTA, city move closer to reopening Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) Officials: Ohio inmate threatened Trump, sent powder (fox19.com) Crime Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose (cleveland.com) Man indicted in hit-and-run death of Cleveland police officer tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors say (cleveland.com) Hinckley Township man pleads guilty to shooting brother, sister to death (cleveland.com) Cleveland man stabbed in face, kicks robber in groin during home invasion (cleveland.com) Akron man who raped children, gave them STDs sentenced to life in prison (cleveland.com) Heartless Felons stole thousands of dollars worth of cellphones in multi-state burglary spree, feds say (cleveland.com) Lorain woman stabbed boyfriend in the butt in mini-fridge dispute, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland man orders sandwich, then robs Mr. Hero, police say (cleveland.com) Man charged in stabbing of Cleveland man during home invasion (cleveland.com) Authorities search for Garfield Heights bank robber (cleveland.com) Cleveland boyfriend, girlfriend accused of luring men to be attacked, robbed (cleveland.com) Authorities arrest Canton man charged with murder in Akron shooting (cleveland.com) Akron man wanted in connection with fatal Cleveland shooting arrested (cleveland.com) Police: Man arrested after attempted hostage situation in Lorain (Lorain Morning Journal) Painesville Township man sentenced for endangering infant son (News-Herald) Woman admits trying to ship marijuana through Willoughby UPS (News-Herald) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth (cleveland.com) Ohio City park plan, at Irishtown Bend, gets legs with Clean Ohio grant to buy, clear land (photos) (cleveland.com) Beacon apartment tower in downtown Cleveland aims for spring construction start (photos) (cleveland.com) William Denihan retiring from drug, mental health board after decades of public service (cleveland.com) Cleveland State receives $1 million gift for foster care youth support center (cleveland.com) Local news East Funeral arrangements announced for Brush High School hockey player who died suddenly (cleveland.com) Earthquake concerns: Some Trumbull County residents warned to be prepared (WJW Channel 8) Conneaut Public Works employees rescue six puppies (cleveland.com) Local news West Man hurt by explosive in Sheffield Lake (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) 10-year-old Lorain student dies after battle with neuroblastoma (Lorain Morning Journal) Amherst mother says Avon basketball players made fun of son's disability (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Gas leaks discovered at Medina apartment complex involved in fatal explosion (cleveland.com) Spike in fatal crashes by drunk or drugged drivers causing concern in Summit County (WEWS Channel 5) LeBron James pays for Akron students to rebuild homes in ravaged New Orleans (cleveland.com)  Goodyear to upgrade airship operations base with inflatable hanger for Wingfoot Two (cleveland.com) State It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists (cleveland.com) Ohio Democrats want Trump administration to keep conflict-of-interest rules for investment advisers (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich could win controversial Medicaid changes, thanks to Trump (cleveland.com) Here's which Ohio cities, villages, townships would win or lose money under Gov. John Kasich's budget (database) (cleveland.com) Student loan borrowers would be Donald Trump's personal butler to erase their debt (cleveland.com) Suspect charged in murder of man whose body was found in wooded area near Doylestown (WEWS Channel 5)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Akron Ohio Cleveland Robbery Lorain County Ohio
Ex-East Cleveland mayor to run in Cleveland; man shot, killed in Akron; inmate dies in medical emergency: Overnight News Links
Also, Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says; Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds; Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland Watch video Featured stories Former East Cleveland mayor will run for Cleveland mayor (WJW Channel 8) Man dies after getting shot during fight, crashing vehicle into pole (WEWS Channel 5) Woman charged in drug case dies after 'medical emergency' at Cuyahoga County Jail (cleveland.com) Crime Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland (cleveland.com) Akron man charged with arson in explosion that leveled home (cleveland.com) Investigators searching for man who robbed Woodmere bank (photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland man who carjacked St. Rocco's Festival-goer then caused fatal crash is sent to prison (cleveland.com) Man charged in Cleveland cellphone store armed robbery (cleveland.com) Parma man charged in high-speed police pursuit (cleveland.com) Lorain woman accused of hitting man with van (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain student reports possible abduction attempt (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain man faces sixth drunken-driving charge in 14 years (cleveland.com) Cleveland puppy killer who skipped sentencing turns herself in (cleveland.com) Man accused of following Case Western students, fondling self at Panera Bread in University Circle (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in connection with two Ohio City bank robberies (cleveland.com) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds (cleveland.com) Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove reports rough financial year for hospital in 2016 (cleveland.com) Bail reform gets liberal rap but can be bipartisan: 6 states that prove it (cleveland.com) Residents demand Cleveland Public Power make Rockefeller Park lighting repairs (WEWS Channel 5) Cleveland area Applebee's holding fundraisers for fallen Officer David Fahey (WKYC Channel 3) Local news East Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says (cleveland.com) Parents at Heights High wanted to be told about student's current felony criminal case (WEWS Channel 5) Pet rescue sues Lake Humane Society after seizure of more than 150 cats (WOIO Channel 19) Immigration law firm holds 'Know Your Rights' workshop at Painesville library (cleveland.com) Local news West Lorain County, cities of Elyria and Lorain join suit against Medical Mutual of Ohio (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Discovery of asbestos blocks Elyria library renovation plan (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Norwalk woman's obituary raps Trump (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work (cleveland.com) Summa violations include inadequate emergency room teaching experience, hostile work environment (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron Public Schools 'State-of-the-Schools' (WKYC Channel 3) New penguins, a red panda and other critters now call the Akron Zoo home (Akron Beacon Journal) Barberton to host Better Block to help brand business district (cleveland.com) State Fourth Ohio child dies of flu-related illness: What you need to know (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman will support Neil Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court (cleveland.com) Ohio congress members Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan back Jaime Harrison of SC for DNC chair (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich headed for Germany, England (Associated Press) Marsy's Law for Ohio begins campaign for crime victim ballot initiative (cleveland.com) Lawsuit says Ohio jail officer pepper-sprayed man in restraints (video) (cleveland.com) Man killed in officer-involved shooting in west Columbus (nbc4i.com)
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland WOIO Lorain County Ohio Robbery
Greater Cleveland Volunteers - Opportunities for the week of Feb. 15, 2017
Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer services. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer services. We recruit individuals age 18 years+ to volunteer at 100+ nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County. We offer on-going and special event volunteer opportunities. Connect with us at greaterclevelandvolunteers.org, Facebook and Twitter @CLEvolunteers. We have volunteer coordinators available at 216-391-9500. Here are a few featured volunteer opportunities. Have an interest and don't see it? Call us and a volunteer coordinator will assist. On-Going Home repair needs - Are you available weekdays? Make upgrades to homes of specific screened clients. Keep individual homes in Cuyahoga and neighboring counties safe, accessible and upgraded for seniors. Projects may include installing door knobs, smoke detectors, grab bars, doorbells and hand rails. Help this agency reach their goal to service 100 homes. Background check is required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or [email protected] Hospice: A Special Kind of Caring - Respite and friendly pet owner volunteers are encouraged to support caregivers and/or offer weekly pet visits to patients. The dog must be a certified therapy dog. The volunteer must produce current records for the pet and a current Ohio license. Hospice training and background check are required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or [email protected] Dramatic Arts - If you're a musician or enjoy the theatre there is an after-school program that is seeking volunteers. If a musician, you could provide valuable lessons to low income students in instrumental and/or vocal music. Piano, violin and vocal teachers are especially needed. Choose to teach one student or a group. The school is located in Ohio City. If you enjoy theatre, assistants are needed for their stage productions. The students enjoy this creative energy outlet! Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or [email protected]
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Greater Cleveland Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Cuyahoga River Akron Ohio Lakewood Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Theatre
Eva through Frankie: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Eva through Frankie. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Eva through Frankie in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Eva through Frankie. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
12 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
3 Cuyahoga County juvenile prosecutors resign; proposal would require teachers to job shadow: Overnight News Links
Also, FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe; Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting; Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 Watch video Featured stories Three Cuyahoga County juvenile division prosecutors resign as more rape cases go unnoticed (cleveland.com) Ohio teachers would have to job shadow at a business to renew licenses under Gov. John Kasich's budget (cleveland.com) Accused drug dealer locks keys in car, busted after calling police (WJW Channel 8) Crime FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe (cleveland.com) Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma (cleveland.com) Brooklyn High School employee possibly in inappropriate conduct with students (cleveland.com) Man accused of shooting two teens in crowd watching fight in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Man injured in shooting in Cleveland's Central neighborhood (cleveland.com) Reward offered for capture of Cleveland woman who killed puppy, skipped sentencing (cleveland.com) Brook Park man accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights man wounded by pellet gun in drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Eastlake police arrest woman in connection with theft of $2,000 worth of baby formula (News-Herald) Akron man pleads guilty to raping 71-year-old woman (cleveland.com) Teens accused of arranging attempted robbery in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Two pedestrians struck in hit-and-run crashes in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Girl left home alone in Parma Heights while mother went to work, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland Heights High School student recorded special needs classmate using bathroom, posted it online, police say (WEWS Channel 5) Elyria mom with extradition warrant facing child endangering charge (Lorain Morning Journal) Police: Lorain man resists arrest; faces several charges (Lorain Morning Journal) Sandusky police seize two kilograms of cocaine, three pounds of marijuana (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Head Start board insists it legally fired agency CEO -- who remains on the job (cleveland.com) Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting (cleveland.com) Mayor Jackson says city will need another extension from the FTA on Public Square (cleveland.com) Ed FitzGerald still has money in his campaign account. Here's how he has been spending it (cleveland.com) Missing 12-year-old girl found safe in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Cleveland Humanities Festival illustrates how immigration has affected America (cleveland.com) For 9th year, Cleveland Municipal Judges officiate weddings in Tower City on Valentine's Day (cleveland.com) City's pavement management strategy will be 'worst first' (WOIO Channel 19) Northeast Ohio mom who lost daughter hears her little girl's heart beating in another child (WJW Channel 8) Local news East Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 (News-Herald) Immigrants in Painesville and elsewhere can take steps to protect themselves, leaders say (photos) (cleveland.com) Two possible cases of voter fraud being examined in Lorain County (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Local news West Oberlin College president takes job at Pace University (Lorain Morning Journal) Brecksville, Independence will hire administrator to run regional dispatch center (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area City of Akron partners with Salvation Army to bring hot meals to Summit Lake (cleveland.com) State Suspect in killing of Ohio State student was being monitored by GPS, reports say (cleveland.com) Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich says intelligence community schemed against Michael Flynn (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman says he listened to fierce critics of Betsy DeVos but 'did my own research' (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel's Senate campaign names Portage County chairwoman -- but it's news to her (cleveland.com) Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules (cleveland.com) Cursive handwriting back in schools? Some legislators want to require it (cleveland.com) 2-year-old at center of Dayton felonious assault case has died (Dayton Daily News)
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Ohio Cities in Ohio Akron Ohio Elyria Ohio
Cleveland-area home sales dipped slightly in January, but prices were up (interactive maps)
Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. Across 18 counties, sales were down 1.5 percent from January of 2016, according to fresh figures from the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service. That's a difference of only 39 properties, most of them condominiums. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028787539'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> Prices, meanwhile, were up when compared with last year's levels. The average sale price for a house in the region was $140,765 in January, a 5.6 percent jump from the first month of 2016. At $125,711, the average sale price for a condo was 15.7 percent higher than a year before, the listing service reported. Sales and prices both dipped from December to January, but that's typical at the turn of the year. Among counties with at least 100 transfers in January, Lorain County experienced the steepest annual sales gain - 18 percent. The county's average sale price was up by 8.4 percent, to $149,487, when compared with a year before. In Cuyahoga County, sales topped their January 2016 levels by 1.5 percent, with 852 transactions. The average sale price posted a 4 percent annual gain, reaching $142,720 in January. Sales were essentially flat - down 0.5 percent - in Summit County, home to Akron. But the average sale price, at $138,405, was up 12 percent from a year before. The listing-service data captures most local residential real estate transactions. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028807457'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> In January, Geauga County had the highest average sale price in the region, at $271,203. Jefferson County, home to Steubenville, had the lowest average sale price, at $80,435. Homes in the region sold for as little as $800 and as much as $2.4 million during January, the listing service reported. The National Association of Realtors and Ohio Association of Realtors are scheduled to release their January home-sales reports on Feb. 22.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Geauga County Ohio Summit County Ohio Lorain County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio counties Cuyahoga Valley National Park
RTA riders rally to reopen Public Square to buses; 'whistleblower' targets Pilot Flying J: Overnight News Links
Also, RTA riders rally for reopening of Public Square to buses; Cleveland Teachers Union leaders and school district reach a possible contract; Prosecutors uncover dozens of uncharged juvenile cases, including rape Watch video Featured stories RTA riders rally for reopening of Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) Pilot of 48 years, on Cessna disappearance: Not likely weather-related (WOIO Channel 19) 'Whistleblower' claims Pilot Flying J fraud cheated federal government (WKYC Channel 3) Cleveland Teachers Union leaders and school district reach a possible contract (cleveland.com) Crime Prosecutors uncover dozens of uncharged juvenile cases, including rape (cleveland.com) Prosecutors will seek death penalty against suspect in Alianna DeFreeze killing (cleveland.com)  Heartless Felon gang member pistol-whipped, shot Cleveland teen at close range, police say (cleveland.com) Computer stolen at gunpoint in Akron Craigslist robbery (cleveland.com) Four robbed in 12 days at Cleveland State, university says (cleveland.com) Five Cuyahoga County banks robbed in one day, FBI says (cleveland.com) Man wanted in 2015 fatal Akron gas station shootout arrested (cleveland.com) Cleveland man who ran online child porn sharing group pleads guilty (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting in city's Clark-Fulton neighborhood (cleveland.com) Cleveland man shot while running from drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Thieves steal $4,500 Boy Scout trailer with pinewood derby track inside (WOIO Channel 19) Lorain fatal shooting under investigation (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain man sentenced for 2015 fatal crash (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County FAA releases air traffic control audio in Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6 (cleveland.com) Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier (cleveland.com) Missing Cleveland man has been found, police say (cleveland.com) Local news East Colleges work together to improve Lake and Geauga counties (cleveland.com) Local news West Avon infant beats odds, gets new heart (WKYC Channel 3) Bat species could be latest roadblock in NEXUS pipeline through Northeast Ohio (WEWS Channel 5) Amish buggy driver has survived 14 accidents (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Gov. John Kasich appoints two judges to Akron Municipal Court (cleveland.com) City passes $966 million in 2017 spending plans (Akron Beacon Journal) Cuyahoga Falls offers safe exchange location for craigslist, Facebook purchases (cleveland.com) State 'Right-to-work' bill introduced in Ohio House (cleveland.com) Trump administration pulls back federal stance on transgender restroom use (cleveland.com) President Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Northeast Ohio (cleveland.com) Opioid addiction means more Ohio kids in protective custody (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel, gearing up for 2018 Senate run, has recruited campaign leaders in all 88 Ohio counties (cleveland.com) How technology could change Ohio, according to Gov. John Kasich (cleveland.com)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga River Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summit County Ohio
Q renovation financing of $140 million before Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday
The process to borrow $140 million to renovate Quicken Loans Arena begins Tuesday when a resolution to sell bonds to finance the project is introduced at Cuyahoga County Council. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The process to borrow $140 million to expand and update  Quicken Loans Arena begins Tuesday when a resolution is introduced at Cuyahoga County Council. Here's what you need to know. What is the project? In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers and county and city leaders announced a plan to upgrade the 22-year-old arena. The $140 million reconstruction will modernize it with a glass front, public gathering spaces and dining areas. The Q is one of the oldest NBA arenas in the nation without a major update, and civic leaders fear that without a renovation, Cleveland will stop attracting top entertainment acts. The Q will stretch all the way to Huron Road, taking in the outdoor space from Ontario Street east to East 6th Street. The reconstruction will increase space for dining and bars, fan zones and other gathering spaces by more than 60 percent, to 153,000 square feet. The update will make the Q competitive with newer arenas in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Columbus. Who will fund the improvements? The county will sell $140 million in bonds for the project. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund, and taxes will pay for $160 million. The Cavs will pay $122 million through increased rent payments. Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034. More than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million, by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. Is there any opposition to the project? Greater Cleveland Congregations, a non-partisan coalition which represents 100,000 people across 43 congregations and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County, wants Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for renovating the Q. The organization said more than 100 leaders are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting. "As legislation on the Q upgrade is officially introduced, GCC leaders will deliver messages to County Council on Valentine's Day urging them to reject a"sweetheart deal" on the Q and stand up for neighborhoods," officials said in a news release. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus opposes spending any tax dollars to renovate the arena. What the process? The resolution will be introduced on Tuesday. Council members are not expected to comment and the measure will be referred to the Committee of the Whole. The committee, which includes all council members, is scheduled to meet Feb. 21. Audience members can comment on the resolution Tuesday during the public comment portion of the meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. See the resolution below (with a 2 page summary at the end) or click here if on a mobile device. How can I attend or watch?  The meeting is held on the fourth floor of the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters, 2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland. Visitors can park in the attached garage and parking will be validated at the meeting. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the council website, council.cuyahogacounty.us // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3460828-20170214-MTG-AgendaAttachReduced.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3460828-20170214-MTG-AgendaAttachReduced" }); // ]]>
91 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Renovation Lakewood Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga River
14 opiate deaths in Feb. in Cleveland; neighbor saves man from fire; boy, 7, dies of flu: Overnight News Links
Also, Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County; Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power; Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy; Featured stories Cleveland Police: Opiate-related deaths now total 14 in February (WKYC Channel 3) Passer-by saves neighbor from burning apartment in Twinsburg (Akron Beacon Journal) Another flu-related death: 7-year-old East Liverpool boy dies (WJW Channel 8) Crime Suspects wanted in 10 unsolved Cleveland-area bank robberies (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain man walks out of child rape trial: Fugitive of the Week (cleveland.com) Wanted Pennsylvania man arrested in Amherst (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power (cleveland.com) Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga County demolition fund puts dent in housing-market distress (photos, interactive map) (cleveland.com) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's concerns about rental inspections: Displacing poor families, burdening landlords (cleveland.com) How and when Cleveland plans to roll out its new rental inspection plan (cleveland.com) Cleveland rental inspections to look for peeling paint, flushing toilets, other hazards (graphic) (cleveland.com) Urban Community School's miracle worker, Sister Maureen Doyle retiring after 34 years (cleveland.com) How Urban Community School helps students and families thrive (cleveland.com) Four injured in crash with Cleveland fire department vehicle (cleveland.com) Cleveland Donut Fest brings hundreds of donut-lovers to Red Space (video, photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland business executives say immigration ban led to de facto hiring freeze (WEWS Channel 5) Local news East Officials: Overdose victims did not ingest laced marijuana (News-Herald) Local news West Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County (cleveland.com) Avon East Elementary closed Monday due to a gas leak (WOIO Channel 19) Make-A-Wish sends Bay Village teen to 2017 Grammy Awards (cleveland.com) State Prosecutor files motion against Brian Golsby in death of Ohio State student, may pursue death penalty pending trial (10tv.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Lorain County Ohio Cleveland WOIO
Chumly through Cuddles: See photos of kitties entered in the Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Chumly through Cuddles. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Chumly through Cuddles in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Chumly through Cuddles. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie - Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Monday's photo gallery will feature cats named Cupcake through Dolly. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Charlie through Chumbee: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named Charlie through Chumbee. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Charlie through Chumbee in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Charlie through Chumbee. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Sunday's photo gallery will feature cats named Chumly through Cuddles. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
65 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Cleveland man charged with killing Ohio state trooper Kenneth Velez released from jail
Josh Gaspar was indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular manslaughter in the death of State Highway Patrol trooper Kenneth Velez. Josh GasparCleveland City Jail  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland man charged with killing an State Highway Patrol trooper was released from the Cuyahoga County Jail Friday night, according to court records and his attorney. Josh Gaspar, 37, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of trooper Kenneth Velez. The crash happened on Interstate 90 near the Cleveland-Lakewood border. The father of three was killed by the impact. Officials have said that Gaspar was under the influence of drugs when the crash happened. Defense attorney Jonathan Sinn vehemently denied that accusation and said that he and his client intends to take the case to trial. The trial is scheduled to begin March 1, but will likely be pushed back, Sinn said. "He's getting out. He's going back to work, and he's trying to get his life back together," Sinn said.  State Highway Patrol  Sinn noted that Gaspar posted 10 percent of his $500,000 bond in early July, but he remained in jail because he was on probation from a 2014 conviction in Alabama where he sold prescription drugs to an undercover informant. Securing his release in Cuyahoga County required a hearing in Alabama, Sinn said. Gaspar's release comes with a slew of conditions. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitor and he's not allowed to leave Cuyahoga and Summit counties. He'll also undergo regular drug testing. He was also required to surrender his passport.
2340 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Interstate 90 Interstate Highway System Pharmacology Criminal law Ohio
Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department offers Citizens Academy
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department is offering a citizens academy for residents to learn about law enforcement operations. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department is offering a citizens academy for residents to learn about law enforcement operations. The department's first citizens academy was held in the spring of 2016 and the department listened to feedback to improve the program, Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said in a statement.  "We've extended the program in order to incorporate more activities and opportunities to educate our residents on our role in law enforcement," he said. The free program has been extended from 8 to 10 weeks. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 22 in the Justice Center. Residents can expect to participate in interactive demonstrations, lectures, and field trips that will cover the following topics: Corrections Crime Stoppers Firearm Safety Juvenile Detention Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT)   Eligibility requirements include: County resident Age 21 or older No felony convictions Passing a background check The academy is limited to 25 residents and does not give any law enforcement authority to academy graduates. For more information or to download the application, please visit: http://sheriff.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/CC-Sheriffs-CitizensAcademy.aspx.  The application deadline is March 10.
46 points by The Plain Dealer | Police Law Plato Cuyahoga County Ohio Academia Cleveland Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga River
No public money for Q improvements, says Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus has joined critics of Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland's plan to spend millions of tax dollars on renovations to Quicken Loans Arena while community needs remain unmet. LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus is joining opposition to spending tax money on Quicken Loans Arena renovations while community needs remain unmet. In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers, county and city leaders announced a plan to upgrade the 22-year-old arena. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund, and taxes will pay for $160 million. Caucus members held a press conference Friday to say they opposed the use of any tax dollars to renovate the Q. That differs from the view of Greater Cleveland Congregations, which has called for the city and county governments to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for the arena renovations. Members of both groups, who strongly support the Cleveland Cavaliers, say they are "Not All In" and plan to attend council meetings to voice their concerns. The Progressive Caucus formed last year in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Following the election the group has continued progressive efforts and is resisting actions by President Donald Trump, said Steve Holecko, the political director. The group has about 2,100 members, he said. As the plan stands, the Cavs will pay half the cost of upgrades through increased rent payments. Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034. More than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. Cuyahoga County's legislation to provide funds for the Q is expected to be introduced at Tuesday at County Council. Council members generally do not comment on introduced legislation, which will be referred to the council-of-the-whole meeting on Feb. 21. But the public can comment on proposed legislation at any meeting. Members of the GCC and caucus said they plan to attend Tuesday. Holecko and caucus operations director Tristan Rader said the Q project is "an opportunity for the people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to end their silence and start to be citizens instead of spectators to the decisions impacting their communities. "This is an opportunity to break with a past where such projects are routinely rubber stamped,. We deem this renovation to be a breach of public trust and a gross misuse of public funds. We will not stand by while those elected to lead us redefine progress as working people subsidizing billionaires."
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How would life change if you were a cat? That question is trending on Twitter Friday morning
How would life change if you woke up to find you were a feline? Trending on Twitter, there are thousands of ideas you may want to ponder. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With more than 3,500 cat photos submitted to cleveland.com's Cutest Cat contest, there is no doubt Northeast Ohioans love their feline friends. A cat-related hashtag (#IfIwasacat) was trending on Twitter in the Cleveland area on Friday morning too. With nearly 2,000 tweets containing that phrase before 8 a.m, and an average of 200 new tweets per minute, the overall Twitter universe is pouncing on the concept of how you would live if you were, indeed, a cat. Related: If you love cats, be sure to check out photos of the kitties submitted for Greater Cleveland's Cutest Cat contest at cleveland.com/best. The photos above are just a sampling of the galleries running daily. And if the photos make you start to ponder what life would be like if you were a cat, you may want to check out #IfIwasacat on Twitter. We scanned the offerings and have collected below some of the best answers to how humans believe life would change if they woke up tomorrow with fur and a tail. #ifiwasacat pic.twitter.com/5nBD2i4ifc -- Dave Farmer (@thedave02) October 20, 2013 #IfIWasACat I'd still play on my phone all day. pic.twitter.com/IsPRh57ZF5 -- Boston Girl (@boston_girl79) November 7, 2016   #IfIWasACat you wouldn't want to mess with [email protected] @katewalsh @TheCatnipTimes @CatConWorldwide pic.twitter.com/AZKVW8QhtG -- Cole & Marmalade (@ColeTheBlackCat) February 10, 2017 I'll start drama, lol! #IfIWasACat pic.twitter.com/GTvwo0ualk -- lala-la (@GalatkStarship) February 10, 2017 #IfIWasACat I would be grammatically correct. #were -- savannah (@LifeAsSav) February 10, 2017 #IfIWasACat there wouldn't be much change because I'd still be queen of the house. pic.twitter.com/IUkVxxC5Sq -- felicia ruiz[?] (@katwomanfifi) February 10, 2017   #IfIWasACat I'd tell tale of the horrors I've known. In writing. On your skin. With my claws. pic.twitter.com/jEwkyWxqPs -- Ian McLean (@ianmcl) February 10, 2017   #IfIWasACat I'd get the best spot on the couch. pic.twitter.com/nONU4hDRlx -- farbiez (@farbiez) February 10, 2017   #IfIWasACat all the cookies would be mine. <insert evil laugh> [?] [?] [?] -- Agatha Chocolats (@AgathaChocolats) February 10, 2017   #IfIWasACat I would sell catnip by the gram. -- Jeremy Trott (@JeremyJTrott) February 10, 2017  
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C.C. through Charley: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named C.C. through Charley. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named C.C. through Charley in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named C.C. through Charley. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 Saturday's photo gallery will feature cats named Charlie through Chumbee. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
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Parma removes teacher after accusations; family says suspect shot by deputy unarmed; former Kent player acquitted: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question; City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square; Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 Featured stories Ashley B. MasonParma Police  Teacher removed from Parma high school after 'possible inappropriate situation' with student (cleveland.com) Family says suspect shot by Ashtabula County deputy was not armed (WKYC Channel 3) Former Kent State football player found not guilty in kidnapping, assault case (cleveland.com) Crime Two Northeast Ohio fugitives arrested by U.S. Marshals (cleveland.com) Woman's teeth knocked out during Cleveland carjacking, suspect arrested (cleveland.com) ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Beachwood gas station (cleveland.com) Man breaks into Cleveland teen's home, rapes her at gunpoint, police say (cleveland.com) Police chase along Interstate 77 ends in crash near Richfield (cleveland.com) Akron man pleads guilty to fatally shooting man during drug deal (cleveland.com) Employee protects store by throwing soda at suspects armed with handguns (WOIO Channel 19) Amherst man accused of sexually assaulting young girl again (Lorain Morning Journal) Former Lorain teacher takes plea deal, avoids jail time (Lorain Morning Journal) Erie County inmate suffers broken jaw in fight with fellow inmate (Sandusky Register) Summit County teen accused of raping his half-siblings (Associated Press) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question (cleveland.com) Cleveland federal judge says Mexican border crossers he sentenced were not violent criminals (cleveland.com) City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square (cleveland.com) Pride in the CLE, originally a replacement event for Cleveland Pride, is taking place again this year (cleveland.com) Port hires design team to envision transformation of Irishtown Bend (photos) (cleveland.com) Dying Cleveland man giving massive bobblehead collection to Hall of Fame (photos, video) (cleveland.com) Local news East Former Lake Erie College football coach violated school policy (WKYC Channel 3) Michigan Republican official resigns after suggesting repeat of Kent State shootings (cleveland.com) Marijuana laced with opiates causes three overdoses in Painesville Township (cleveland.com) Local news West The Container Store hiring 50 for its first Northeast Ohio store opening June 10 in Beachwood (cleveland.com) Owner of North Ridgeville anti-transgender sign says he has resigned as city council president (WEWS Channel 5) County closes Whitehead Road bridge for safety reasons (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area City of Medina to help residents displaced by deadly apartment explosion (cleveland.com) State Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 (cleveland.com) Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say (cleveland.com) Tom Price, the next Trump confirmation: Why Democrats will vote no (but he'll get confirmed anyway) (cleveland.com) Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote (cleveland.com) Shale gas and oil producers could pay $250 million in local property taxes, industry study claims (cleveland.com) Columbus Police video shows officers pepper-spraying anti-Trump protesters (nbc4i.com) 89-year-old NKY man wards off burglar with gun: 'I didn't have time to get scared' (wlwt.com)
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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 1959 flood was a lesson (photos)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 1959 flood was one for the books. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Can nature interfere with conservation? Yes and that's exactly what happened in 1959, when Big Creek soaked what is now called the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, killing the entire reptile collection. The flooding that closed the zoo on Tuesday is a far cry from the events of 1959 because it shut down for a single day and sustained no damage this week. The zoo did not fully recover from the 1959 deluge until three years later - or 33 years if you accept the notion that the zoo did not have another permanent reptile collection until 1992 when the magnificent RainForest opened. That exhibit, which is really a self-contained zoo in its own right, was built in/on the Big Creek flood plain. According to published reports when the RainForest was opening, some of the planners took that into account and built berms and levies into the landscaping so the only water that gets in is invited. The sensitivity to nature's mercurial side does not end there. All construction to occur after the big flood addressed the potential for flooding in several ways: isolating the building, elevating it, or placing it somewhere else besides the flood plain. Meanwhile, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is trying to raise the consciousness of average homeowners by pushing ways to mitigate storm-water runoff. The zoo and contiguous Brookside Reservation are at the bottom of the Big Creek Watershed -- down stream from seven communities that are home to 175,000 people. All those sidewalks and driveways, the footprint of each house and commercial building, the parking lots and streets, are covering earth that would otherwise absorb rain, melting snow and storm-water runoff. So when it comes to dumping water in the Metroparks and threatening the zoo, nature has a hand and so do we.
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Ashtabula County deputy shoots suspect; Brinks truck worker robbed; 'drugs' at school are Flintstone vitamins: Overnight News Links
Also, Alianna DeFreeze's father says pastor tried to use girl's death as 'publicity stunt'; pastor denies accusation; Retired California judge, Cleveland native and nephew of Don King, dies in murder-suicide, reports say; Cleveland Live! will anchor nuCLEus project retail; Shake Shack, HopCat, Starbucks Reserve sign on Featured stories Ashtabula County sheriff's deputy involved in shooting (Ashtabula Star Beacon) Armed suspect in Brinks robbery wore security guard uniform (photos) (cleveland.com) 'Drugs' handed out at Cleveland elementary school turn out to be Flintstone vitamins (WEWS Channel 5) Crime Retired California judge, Cleveland native and nephew of Don King, dies in murder-suicide, reports say (cleveland.com) East Cleveland police arrest one of three men sought in deadly shooting (cleveland.com) 2-year-old Lakewood girl was home when father killed her mother, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland hip hop artist, former basketball prospect plead guilty to gang-related shooting (cleveland.com) Third man charged in slaying of beloved Cleveland bartender (cleveland.com) Lakewood man pistol-whipped, carjacked in broad daylight (cleveland.com) Beachwood man wanted on weapons violations arrested in Warrensville Heights (cleveland.com) Man accused in robbery, pistol-whipping near Cleveland State University (cleveland.com) Akron man pleads guilty to selling carfentanil that killed pregnant woman (cleveland.com) Van used by Maple Heights family to transport daughter to therapy is stolen (WJW Channel 8) Seville man charged in rape, kidnapping in North Ridgeville (Lorain Morning Journal) Father found guilty of murder of 3-year-old Hailey Miku (Canton Repository) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Alianna DeFreeze's father says pastor tried to use girl's death as 'publicity stunt'; pastor denies accusation (cleveland.com) Cleveland Live! will anchor nuCLEus project retail; Shake Shack, HopCat, Starbucks Reserve sign on (cleveland.com) University Hospitals to join MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic in regional trauma network (cleveland.com) Amazon expected to open downtown Cleveland package-pickup store (cleveland.com) Army Corps says profane emails about Port of Cleveland shouldn't lead to adverse ruling in dredging case (cleveland.com) Local news East Daughters of Willoughby Hills woman who was killed awarded $6.2 million in damages (News-Herald) Painesville Township Fire Department warns of marijuana laced with an unknown opiate (News-Herald) Cleveland Heights police search for missing teen boy (cleveland.com) Health inspectors charged with falsifying inspections (WKYC Channel 3) Local news West Elyria schools vote to go back after Labor Day (WEWS Channel 5) Amherst firefighters rescue woman after cliff fall (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Elyria police: Rollover on I-90 sends pregnant woman to hospital (Lorain Morning Journal) Bald eagles return to nest in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for 12th year, forcing closures (cleveland.com) See how flooded Rocky River is after this week's rain (video) (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Swensons Drive In makes list of 50 best burger joints in the country (cleveland.com) More than 50 people attend rally to support Highland Square shop owner's defiant display (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron hopes branding its neighborhoods will help city grow (cleveland.com) Where's High Hampton? Check out the map -- plus median home value & income -- of Akron's 24 neighborhoods (cleveland.com) 10-year-old home invasion victim becomes crucial witness as police nab Akron home invasion suspects (WEWS Channel 5) State President Trump's tweets on judges, terrorism puzzle legal experts. What's his end game? (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich says he supports a free press, opposes sanctuary cities (Associated Press) Marsy's Law for Ohio, crime victims ballot initiative, gets green light to collect signatures (cleveland.com) Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper backs Tom Perez in DNC chair race (cleveland.com)  Wilberforce University seeks to sell two buildings to raise money (cleveland.com) Ohio's U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is GOP target in 2018 election (cleveland.com) Toledo couple accused of falsely diagnosing patients with Alzheimer's (nbc24.com) Feud over Facebook linked to two killings (vindy.com)
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Shooting kills 1, wounds 4; house explodes in Akron; Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident returns: Overnight News Links
Also, Mayor questions RTA traffic and safety studies that support reopening Public Square to buses; Cleveland Clinic's controversial fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort will go forward; Duo wanted in Strongsville fatal stabbing arrested in Ashland Featured stories BCI, police investigate shooting that left 1 dead, 4 injured (WJW Channel 8) House explodes in Akron (cleveland.com) Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident removed from U.S. returns (cleveland.com) Crime New York man used taxi, Greyhound bus for getaway after robbing Cleveland bank, police say (cleveland.com) 15-year-old goes missing in Cleveland (WOIO Channel 19) Duo wanted in Strongsville fatal stabbing arrested in Ashland (cleveland.com) Drug dealer gets 8 years in prison for providing carfentanil that killed pregnant woman (Akron Beacon Journal) Woman shot and killed in Lakewood identified (cleveland.com) Pants-less Strongsville ice rink abductor convicted (cleveland.com) Boys robbed at Rocky River Mitchell's arranged clothing deal through OfferUp app (cleveland.com) Armed men barge into home on Cleveland's West Side (cleveland.com) Elderly woman carjacked at Cleveland gas station (WJW Channel 8) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Mayor questions RTA traffic and safety studies that support reopening Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) DeFreeze family loses location for murdered teen's funeral (WKYC Channel 3) Cleveland Clinic's controversial fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort will go forward (cleveland.com) Brookside flooding closes Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (cleveland.com) Jack Cleveland Casino January revenue falls below Cincinnati, Columbus (cleveland.com) Cleveland ranks 84th in U.S. News & World Report's annual Top 100 Best Places to Live (cleveland.com) Local news East Women rescued from embankment in Painesville (WKYC Channel 3) Flood warning issued for Grand River at Painesville (cleveland.com) Flood warning issued for Chagrin River at Willoughby (cleveland.com) Democracy Day in Mentor and elsewhere probes corporate political gifts (cleveland.com) Local news West North Royalton schools face significant operating cuts if voters reject May tax increase, school officials say (cleveland.com) Bomb squad resolves dynamite situation (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Court dismisses appeal filed by State Sen. Michael Skindell in Lakewood Hospital closure lawsuit (cleveland.com) 10-year-old cancer patient befriended, honored by Lorain Police (WJW Channel 8) Lorain middle school students honored for buying shoes for classmate (Lorain Morning Journal) Akron / Canton area Statue of Liberty mannequin with bag over head leads to threats against Akron store owner (WEWS Channel 5) Summit County students fight heroin with PSAs (cleveland.com) State Betsy DeVos confirmed as U.S. education secretary with historic tie-break vote (cleveland.com) Reaction to Betsy DeVos's confirmation is swift and heated (cleveland.com) Rep. Marcia Fudge introduces legislation to ease food donations (cleveland.com) Ohio Dems respond to proposed sanctuary city ban with own plan (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmakers introduce bill to start school year after Labor Day (10tv.com) Energy prices expected to creep higher, says U.S. Energy Information Administration (cleveland.com) Find out if you would save under Ohio Gov. John Kasich's tax plan (calculator) (cleveland.com) Off-duty Mansfield police officer helps save drowning boy (Mansfield News Journal)  Toledo City Council approves conversion therapy ban (Toledo Blade)
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Cleveland State reportedly set to hire former Akron AD Mike Thomas
Former Akron athletic director Mike Thomas reportedly is being hired as the new athletic director at Cleveland State. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State will announce Wednesday that Mike Thomas has been hired as the school's new director of athletics, according to multiple reports. Thomas would replace John Perry, who stepped down last month. Thomas had been athletic director at Illinois for five years before being released in 2015. He was athletic director at Akron from 2000-2005, and at Cincinnati from 2005-2011, before being hired at Illinois. Check back for more on this story.
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Boys robbed at Rocky River Mitchell's arranged clothing deal through OfferUp app
The robbery happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the 19700 block of Detroit Road, Rocky River police say. File photo  ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- Two boys were robbed Sunday in the parking lot of the Rocky River Mitchell's Ice Cream after they brokered a deal to sell clothing to two men through a popular classified ad application. Neither of the boys were hurt in the robbery that happened just before 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the popular ice cream shop located on Detroit Road between Linda Street and Allen Court, the Rocky River Police Department said. The boy's ages are not being released at this time, a dispatcher said. The victims used OfferUp to sell clothing and agreed to meet someone at Mitchell's to complete the sale, police said. The two men they agreed to meet instead snatched the bag with the clothing inside and ran west toward a Detroit Road CVS, police said. One of the victims gave chase but stopped after one of the men implied that he had a handgun.  The unsolved robbery is one of a handful of similar incidents that happened in Northeast Ohio involving transactions set up through online channels.  Someone fired shots during a January robbery in Akron arranged through OfferUp. That came just days after a similar incident in Akron involving a sale arranged through Instagram. In that robbery, three teens took a 16-year-old's shoes, then intimated that they had guns in their pockets, police said. Other Northeast Ohio residents reported robberies involving people they met through online marketplaces such as OfferUp and Craigslist. In response, some area police departments have designated their stations as "transaction safe zones" where buyers can arrange to meet sellers. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Tuesday's crime and courts comments section.
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Brookside flooding closes Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Flooding near Cleveland Metroparks Zoo forces it to close, though it may reopen Wednesday. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rainwater and snowmelt raised the level of Big Creek nine feet Tuesday morning, flooding the Brookside Reservation and closing the adjacent Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Big Creek, the Cuyahoga River tributary whose 30-square-mile watershed drains from seven communities, began receding Tuesday afternoon. During Tuesday's storm its level rose to 11.4 feet from 2.4 feet, at one point rising 2-1/2 feet in 90 minutes. Brookside Reservation lies at the bottom of the watershed. By comparison, the nearby Rocky River peaked at 5.5 feet Tuesday, from a level of 1.5 feet. No animals at the zoo were threatened by the flooding. "We closed proactively to ensure safety and vehicle safety," said Dr. Christopher Kuhar, the zoo's executive director. "There is no flooding at the zoo." No decision has been made yet about the zoo's opening on Wednesday.
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Winners in Shaker Heights housing design competition to receive cash prizes Friday
Winners in the Shaker Heights housing design competition will receive cash prizes in a free public ceremony Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dealership, 3558 Lee Rd. SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - This architecturally distinguished East Side suburb may look as if it's completely built out, with no room left for new homes. But that's not the case. To underscore the fact and draw attention to the community's willingness to entertain styles never contemplated by the Van Sweringen brothers, who founded the community in the early 20th century, the city sponsored a design competition for new homes on three open lots. Winners will receive cash prizes at a free public awards ceremony on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road. The competition challenged architect-builder teams to design innovative, energy-efficient, middle-income housing for three specific lots in the southern Moreland neighborhood.   The neighborhood was hit hard by the 2008-09 recession and the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Using federal, state and county grants, the city cleared 50-plus vacant lots at a cost of $10,000 to $15,000 apiece, said Kamla Lewis Director of Neighborhood Revitalization. In all, 85 lots are available in the neighborhood, where the city also established a tax-abated reinvestment area and innovation zone. The competition attracted a dozen entries from the U.S. and the U.K., which were ranked last month by a design jury that included Jennifer Coleman, senior program officer for the arts at the George Gund Foundation; urban finance expert Marc Norman of Syracuse, N.Y.; Philadelphia architect Brian Phillips; and Terry Schwarz is the Director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.  Prizes and winners are: -      1st Prize, $5,000, to Donnelly Eber Architects of New York and Simcon Homes of Cleveland. -      2nd Prize, $3,000, to Decent Goodfellow Architects LTD of London, U.K., and Blossom Homes LLC of Cleveland. -      3rd Prize, of $1,000, to Moreland Collaborative--a team comprising builder and Shaker Heights resident Michael Peters; architects Matthew Wolf, Irwin Lowenstein and Christopher Maurer; designer Kenneth Hejduk; Case Western Reserve University Strategic Innovation Lab Co-Directors Patrick Doherty and Mark "Puck" Mykleby; and marketing professional Sara Gilbertson. The winners are qualified to enter into development and use agreements for construction in in Shaker Heights, and the city considers the winning designs as concepts that will inform the final housing product, the city said in a press release.  The statement, posted on the city's website, quotes Mayor Earl M. Leiken as saying that "the submissions demonstrated the feasibility for energy-efficient, flexible housing. "We look forward to incorporating these progressive designs into the Moreland neighborhood."
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Cleveland ties high temperature record of 60 degrees previously set in 1925
Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport tied the high temperature record of 60 degrees previously set in 1925. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's official, Cleveland, we've tied the high temperature record for today, previously set in 1925, when the mercury hit 60 degrees around 1 p.m. Cleveland Hopkins Airport has hit 60 degrees so far today. This ties the record set in 1925. #ohwx #clewx -- NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) February 7, 2017 The warm temperatures are due to both a passing warm front, and strong southerly flow dragging in that warm, moist air from the Gulf. The high usually peaks around 2 to 3 p.m., so we could still break the record too, not just tie it. That heavy moisture sparked instability which also caused strong thunderstorms, so strong that the National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties through 11:30 p.m. tonight. Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
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Flooding closes Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Flooding shuts down the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo reports on its website that the zoo and RainForest are closed until further notice because of nearby flooding. The bulletin gives no details about the extent of the flooding and whether any animals are in peril. Dr. Christopher Kuhar, the zoo's executive director, said in an email moments ago that "we closed proactively to ensure safety and vehicle safety. There is no flooding at the zoo." Jacqueline Gerling, the Metroparks communications director, said water is rising inside the Brookside Reservation that abuts the zoo.
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Flood warning issued for Grand River at Painesville
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for the Grand River at Painesville. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for the Grand River at Painesville in effect this evening through Wednesday afternoon. Three more flood warnings are in effect across Northeast Ohio, two are for rivers: one for the Cuyahoga River at Independence, and another for the Chagrin River at Willoughby. An aerial flood warning is in effect across Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties through 11:30 p.m. At 12 p.m., the Grand River was 6.3 feet deep, and flood stage is at 8 feet. Minor flooding is in the forecast, and the river will rise above flood stage this afternoon and rise to near 8.4 feet by this evening. The river will fall below flood stage by Wednesday morning, according to the warning. At 8.5 feet, lowland flooding in the adjacent metropark is likely, and Vrooman Rd. will become inundated. Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
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