A beautiful day is ahead, with a mix of rain and snow showers possible this morning. Highs will be around 40 degrees, but wind gusts will reach 30 mph. Saturday should be pleasant, with highs in the 50s and mostly sunny skies. Sunday will be cloudy with chances of showers and highs in the upper 40s. Read more.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks 131, Cavs 107
World Center: Cuyahoga County on Thursday pledged $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act money as part of a larger plan to help resurrect the Global Center for Health Innovation, reports Kaitlin Durbin. County Council Chairman Pernel Jones called the spending a “small and wise investment in our community”. That’s the exact amount the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corporation board asked for in February, when it proposed a $46 million facelift to officially wed the property to Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center and give a goal to a building that has otherwise been a mess.
Lawyer Watson: Houston attorney Rusty Hardin has been a go-to lawyer for athletes and millionaires for years, often involving white-collar crimes, real estate law and drunk driving. Hardin tells Adam Ferrise that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam had no role in hiring Deshaun Watson, although Hardin represented an executive at Haslam’s company, Pilot Flying J.
More than a third of Cuyahoga County’s $240 million in US federal bailout dollars could soon be earmarked for county council members and the county executive for community projects of their choosing. We talk about how $86 million could be better spent today in Ohio, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.
Redistricting: Gov. Mike DeWine thinks Ohio should add district competitiveness to the language of the state constitution setting out the policy standards that district legislative lines must follow. Andrew Tobias reports that DeWine told reporters on Thursday that the state’s failed redistricting process hasn’t gone the way he envisioned when he voted for redistricting reforms in 2015 and 2018.
Crime Solving: The State of Ohio will use about $10.5 million in coronavirus aid to buy nine new machines that analyze and compare bullets and other ballistic evidence to help solve crimes, reports Jeremy Pelzer. New National Integrated Ballistic Information Network units will allow state and local law enforcement to analyze and report tiny marks on bullets, casings and other firearm-related evidence and see if they match evidence collected by other departments.
stimulus money: The second installment of Cleveland’s $512 million funding under the American Rescue Plan Act is expected to arrive in mid-2022. At $11,377 per person, Cleveland has the most money available per capita out of the eight biggest money pots. Zachary Smith compares Cleveland to the rest of Ohio.
1950 census: With the release of detailed 1950 census data on Friday, we have a unique opportunity to see how today compares to life 72 years ago – neighborhood and household composition, and more. Zachary Smith reports that in 1950, Cleveland was at its peak. The average house had 3.51 people, already a decrease from the previous census, and only 9% of households had single occupants.
city age: Indian Hill is Ohio’s oldest town, based on median age of 52.4, more than 30 years older than Ohio’s youngest town, the college town of Oxford, Zachary reports Smith. Beachwood (30.9%), Huron (28.3%) and Lyndhurst (28.1%) also rank high.
Oberlin trial: A federal appeals court has dismissed challenges to a Lorain County judge’s decision that awarded more than $30 million to an Oberlin bakery that accused Oberlin College of ruining its business with protests and accusations of racism following a 2017 shoplifting, reports Cliff Pinckard.
Menlo Park: Teachers at a Cleveland charter school that focuses on educating gifted students from kindergarten through eighth grade voted to unionize Wednesday night. Laura Hancock reports the vote was 46 to 3.
downtown mural: The tallest and most prominent white wall in the city, overlooking Public Square and Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland, will soon become a giant canvas for Julie Mehretu, one of the most respected and most respected contemporary artists. wanted in the world, reports Steven Litt.
give back: Advance Ohio is running a “Give Back” program where readers can vote for the nonprofits they think help their community the most. Alexis Oatman reports that the four nonprofits with the most votes will be named winners, who will receive thousands of dollars in marketing services.
Sub-variant of Omicron: BA.2, the milder but more transmissible COVID-19 omicron subvariant, is now dominant among new cases in the United States. Julie Washington reports that the subvariant accounts for about half of all infections in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
COVID testing: You can get a second set of home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Julie Washington reports that every household in the United States is eligible to order two sets of four free home tests.
Weekly cases: Ohio State reported 3,103 cases of COVID-19 in its weekly dashboard update on Thursday, an average of 443 per day, reports Julie Washington. The average for the week ending March 24 was 524 new cases per day.
door-to-door sales: A home in Moreland Hills nabbed the most money of any home sold in Cuyahoga County in February. The 8,000 square foot Colonial-style home at 150 Miles Road sold on Feb. 22 for a hair’s breadth over $2 million. Eric Heisig is in the top 10.
car wash: Citing difficulties in finding employees, Pearl Brookpark Car Wash has closed after 57 years in business, reports Anne Nickoloff. The company was purchased by the owners of Rainforest Car Wash, which operates locations in Cleveland Heights, Brunswick, Medina, Avon and another set to open in Mentor.
Airport parking: If you are heading to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, you might want to find a ride. Susan Glaser reports that all four parking lots at the city-owned airport were full Thursday afternoon, as spring break traffic spikes for the first time in three years. The private lots on Snow Road were also nearly full and strongly advised travelers to reserve parking in advance.
Dave’s owner: The owners of Dave’s Supermarkets have given city officials several reasons behind the decision to close their grocery store in Collinwood, including issues with their landlord and their lease. But the landlord tells Courtney Astolfi he’s hiked up the grocer’s rent for the past year only because Dave refused to commit to a long-term lease.
Trevor Elkin: Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins will plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges in connection with using campaign funds for personal expenses while in office, potentially allowing him to avoid jail time but forcing him to resign from office, reports Cliff Pinckard.
Jail guard: Prosecutors sought Thursday to dismiss a federal charge against a former Cuyahoga County jail guard accused of violating an inmate’s civil rights. The decision in John McCloud’s case comes after U.S. District Judge John Adams ordered a psychological evaluation last fall, John Caniglia reports.
One-tank trips: Regional destinations, popular during the pandemic, are expected to continue to thrive this year as inflation – affecting the prices of gasoline, food and other vacation essentials – influences travel behaviors. Susan Glaser lists some of the best hits for 2022, including a new state park pavilion, the 50th anniversary of Kings Island, and a beautiful Lake Erie lighthouse celebrating a big anniversary.
CIFF: The opening night of the Cleveland International Film Festival is usually an evening to remember. Joey Morona reports that the kickoff of the 46th edition of the festival was very special, the first in Playhouse Square since the festival decided to move from Tower City in 2019.
Jade: After three and a half years of planning and construction, Jade is set to open in the East Bank Flats, with three distinct levels with their own personality. Marc Bona has details.
Things to do: The Cleveland International Film Festival is back, this time in person and in a new location. But if you like theater, live music, or tattoos, well, you have options too. Joey Morona has 20 things to do this weekend.
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