Clevelanders gather, relieved to hear guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin: The Wake Up for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | #schoolshooting


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Local scores: Chicago White Sox 8, Indians 5

Chauvin verdict: After former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, dozens of Clevelanders gathered at Public Square to show support for Floyd’s family and applaud what they see as progress in a criminal justice system that too often imposes strict penalties on minorities while letting police officers get away with using excessive force. Eric Heisig reports the plan was to give people a chance “to collectively grieve and … to celebrate this step toward victory.”

Death penalty: Ohio’s death-penalty system is broken, immobilized by state officials’ years-long fruitless struggle to find lethal-injection drugs. Yet leaders appear to be content to have capital punishment remain in a sort of legal purgatory, leaving more than 130 Death Row inmates, as well as their victims’ loved ones, in limbo, reports Jeremy Pelzer. Ohio has executed only three people in the past seven years as pharmaceutical companies have refused to sell state officials the drugs used in lethal injections. Gov. Mike DeWine said last year that he will refuse to allow any more executions to take place until state lawmakers decide on an alternative to lethal injection.

This Week in the CLE: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced on Monday she would make another bid for governor in 2022. We’re talking about what makes Whaley a good candidate and whether she can portray Gov. Mike DeWine as weak on gun policy on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

Special podcast: Two members of law enforcement shot two people over two days in Cleveland last week. Olivia Mitchell spoke with police and neighbors about the back-to-back shootings that come amid a tense period where the nation again is grappling with police violence in a special episode of This Week in the CLE.

New numbers: Ohio on Tuesday added 1,799 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total from the beginning of the pandemic to 1,056,606. Laura Hancock reports Ohio added 42 deaths, bringing the total to 19,033.

Ken Johnson: A special panel appointed by the Ohio chief justice on Tuesday suspended Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson while he remains under criminal indictment. Robert Higgs reports the panel of three retired judges held that the charges against Johnson related directly to his position in public office and that the rights and interests of the public would be adversely affected if he were allowed to continue to serve.

Public comment: The grassroots organization seeking to establish a public comment time at Cleveland City Council meetings said Tuesday that a majority of the council members now support their effort. Robert Higgs reports that according to Clevelanders for Public Comment, Ward 9′s Kevin Conwell and Ward 1′s Joe Jones have agreed to support proposed legislation that would establish a public speaking time and expand public speaking at committee meetings, along with Basheer Jones, Brian Kazy, Kerry McCormack, Mike Polensek, Jasmin Santana, Charles Slife and Jenny Spencer.

Citizens for a Safer Cleveland announced its campaign Tuesday for a ballot initiative that strives to reform police accountability and oversight.

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Safer Cleveland: Social advocacy groups on Tuesday launched a campaign for a ballot initiative to ensure fair and independent investigations of police misconduct in Cleveland. Cameron Astolfi reports Citizens for a Safer Cleveland coalition aims to reform accountability and police oversight with an initiative on the city’s November ballot.

County holiday: Cuyahoga County Council President Pernel Jones Jr. on Tuesday proposed county workers receive a paid holiday for Election Day, rather than County Executive Armond Budish’s idea to make Juneteenth a paid day off. Courtney Astolfi reports a committee took no action in order to give more consideration to the Election Day suggestion and other alternatives.

College compensation: U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez is reintroducing a bipartisan bill that would let college athletes across the country be compensated for their names, images and likenesses without being banned from competition. Sabrina Eaton reports the former Ohio State Buckeyes and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver says his bill would level the playing field between states like Florida and Mississippi that passed laws allowing college athletes to make endorsement deals and states that didn’t by setting a single federal standard.

State budget: A House committee has boosted education funding as part of its finishing touches to a state budget plan, setting up the bill for approval by the full House as soon as today, Andrew Tobias reports. On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee tweaked the school-funding overhaul contained in the two-year, $74.4 billion budget bill, adding another $115 million for K-12 schools.

Beachwood shooting: Authorities are investigating a shooting at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the popular Pinecrest shopping center, Olivia Mitchell reports.

17-year-old boy shot: A 17-year-old boy was found shot to death in a field in Cleveland’s Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood, Adam Ferrise reports. Darryl Smith III of Cleveland died in the shooting.

17-year-old girl shot: A Columbus man is charged the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. Adam Ferrise reports Esperanza Lugo, 18, is charged with aggravated murder in the April 8 shooting of Hershawna Rias.

Akron superintendent: The Akron Public School Board has narrowed the search for a superintendent down to two candidates, including Christine Fowler-Mack, chief of portfolio planning, growth and management at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Robin Goist reports.

Cleveland prepares for NFL Draft, April 18, 2021

All 32 NFL teams have a giant helmet displayed on Mall C downtown in preparation for the upcoming NFL draft in Cleveland. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

Downtown hospitality: As the 2021 NFL Draft draws closer, employers in Cleveland’s hotels and restaurants are looking to hire. The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Downtown Cleveland Alliance created a website to connect job seekers with open positions in the hospitality industry, Cameron Fields reports.

Draft concert: Rock and soul duo Black Pumas and Cleveland’s Machine Gun Kelly will perform during the final two days of the NFL Draft, Marc Bona reports.

#VoicesofCLE: Browns star Myles Garrett has commissioned the latest #VoicesofCLE public art installation, which will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cleveland Visitors Center. Cameron Fields reports Garrett chose local artist Glen Infante to construct the “Cleveland is the Reason” mural, a piece inspired by different Cleveland sports, rock ‘n’ roll and pop-culture icons. Garrett was involved in the piece from concept to completion.

Inkcarceration: Inkcarceration, a music and tattoo festival that takes place at Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory, has announced its 2021 festival lineup, featuring heavy-metal headliners Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne. The festival is slated to take place Sept. 10-12 after being delayed from its July 2021 date because of concerns about the coronavirus, Anne Nickoloff reports.

Asian Festival: The Cleveland Asian Festival will return in 2021, with a virtual event set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22. Anne Nickoloff reports the 90-minute celebration will feature performances, health resources and AsiaTown businesses through a virtual tour of the Cleveland neighborhood’s shopping centers and restaurants.

Eric Andre: Eric Andre answers the internet’s most searched questions about himself in a video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Wired.

Book stores: Hoping to celebrate both World Book Day on Friday, April 23, and Independent Book Store Day on Saturday, April 24? Anne Nickoloff has 16 of Greater Cleveland’s locally owned and operated book shops.

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