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It will be mostly cloudy but warmer today, with highs reaching the mid-50s. Showers are likely overnight, with lows in the upper 40s. read more
MLB: Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox, postponed
dumping committee: As the committee overseeing three years of planning for the Cuyahoga County jail is preparing to vote on a preferred location, one of the members is asking to reverse course and another proposed scrapping the ad hoc group altogether. Kaitlin Durbin reports that friction has been building among the 12-member Justice Center Executive Steering Committee for months as they move closer to final decisions about where the jail will be located, how big it should be and how much it’s reasonably expected to cost.
masks off: For the first time in two years, people flying in America no longer must wear masks to help protect fellow passengers from the coronavirus. Susan Glaser speaks with air passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport about the late-Monday ruling of a federal judge in Florida who struck down the CDC mandate. Greater Cleveland RTA, Akron Metro and Laketran are among the transit systems that also lifted their mask requirements.
The Today in Ohio gang discusses the Cuyahoga County Council, which is exploring whether County Executive Armond Budish lied to them when he said there were no concerns with appointing labor leader Dave Wondolowski to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Board. The issue arose that Wondolowski holds a conflicting public office with the Board of Elections. As a result, council members have requested an inspector general’s investigation into the matter.
Redistricting: A federal court gave Ohio until today to figure out its redistricting mess, describing it as the “drop-dead date” after which it might intervene and start making decisions about when and how Ohio’s state legislative races will be run this year. But Republican state lawmakers in charge of setting a new election date haven’t done so. And Republicans who run the Ohio Redistricting Commission haven’t scheduled a new meeting after the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a set of maps last Thursday, the fourth time it had done so. Andrew Tobias explores what might happen today.
Great collections: Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission officials were surprised to learn this week that a Singapore-based company bought the turnpike’s longtime toll-collection contractor. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, at least one commission member expressed concerns that it might put motorists’ data at risk and increase reliance on overseas companies, although the contractor’s president said it operates only in the US and doesn’t release any information to foreign companies. The commission then rejected a separate concession contract proposal after learning the bidder is based in Ireland.
It’s all around: Roughly a quarter of the Ohio population lives near a toxic release facility, according to data from the US EPA. Zachary Smith writes that data analyzed from the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory and the US Census Bureau’s five-year American Community survey identified the percentage of each state’s population living in census tracts with toxic release sites.
Know the score: A trio of nonprofits in Northeast Ohio created a digital online tool that enables companies to measure racial equity and environmental factors when deciding where to put their offices, factories and other facilities. Steven Litt explains how Team NEO and the Fund for Our Economic Future (along with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) announced Tuesday that it launched “ESG to the Power of Place.” The tool uses data from the US Census Bureau and other sources to provide demographic, workforce, and commuting data for the 18 Northeast Ohio counties served by Team NEO.
Fire accidentally: A windswept fire that destroyed several homes in Cleveland’s Euclid-Green neighborhood likely started by accident. Kaylee Remington reports that Cleveland fire investigators said an undetermined heat source sparked the fire and high winds made it more difficult to manage and likely resulted in more damage.
We all scream: Pierre’s Ice Cream announced last week that it would be sold to Ohio Processors, a dairy manufacturer based in London west of Columbus. Sean McDonnell speaks with retiring CEO Shelly Roth, who reflects on her long tenure as the head of the company founded by her father, Sol. “There weren’t many fathers inviting daughters to help, let alone to succeed in their business,” Roth said. “But he had the courage and the confidence to let me learn from him.”
Walmart closing: The Walmart in Mayfield Heights will close on May 20, according to an announcement from the company. A company spokesperson tells Sean McDonnell that a review determined the location was underperforming financially. All 187 employees will be eligible for transfer to other stores, according to the company.
Coach sentenced: A former Mayfield Middle School teacher and girls track coach is headed to prison for using fake social media accounts, threats and more than $39,000 in cash and gift cards to coerce some of his former students into sending him nude pictures. Cory Shaffer reports that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg sentenced Daniel Carlson on Tuesday to a minimum of 10 years behind bars after listening to what she called “haunting” details of how he posed as a teen online and then threatened to post the photos of the girls on social media after they said they wished to stop.
Rabbi arrested: Police on Monday arrested a rabbi at a Pepper Pike synagogue after investigators say he agreed to meet an undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old boy on a social media site. Cory Shaffer writes that Stephen Weiss, 60, was met by agents with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force that arrested him on charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning and possessing criminal tools.
Personality crisis: Troy Smith continues his ongoing series pondering who does (and doesn’t) belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Today’s entry is one of the most revered and often-cited punk and glam outfits, the New York Dolls.
Barry, Barry good: You know Stephen Root. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you probably say, “Hey, it’s that guy,” any time he shows up in one of your favorite movies or TV shows (“Office Space,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou, ” “King of the Hill,” “Brooklyn 99,” just to name a handful). Root speaks with John Benson about the return of the HBO smash “Barry,” a dark comedy about a depressed hitman-turned-actor from Cleveland (Bill Hader).
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