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Some much-needed rain is in today’s forecast. Showers and thunderstorms are possible through the day, most likely after 11 a.m. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Chances for showers and thunderstorms continue overnight, with lows around 70. Read more
Cleveland rules: After a nearly four-hour debate, City Council on Wednesday approved new rules requiring most people to wear masks in public and for businesses to maintain social distancing of customers. The primary emphasis will be to engage with people and businesses and try to build community cooperation, Robert Higgs reports. But police or health officials could cite individuals who refuse to wear masks in public and businesses that don’t follow social-distancing rules.
DeWine speech: Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t make any big announcements in his Wednesday evening address, just pleaded with Ohioans to listen to their better angels, take the coronavirus seriously and wear face masks consistently. Laura Hancock reports that DeWine said Ohio is heading toward the crisis seen in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California and that we have reached a “critical point” in our fight against the virus. However, DeWine did not order any actions Wednesday night. Instead, he asked the public to wear face masks consistently and to increase awareness — yet again — of the seriousness of the pandemic.
Speech reaction: Gov. Mike DeWine in an address Wednesday evening urged Ohioans to take the coronavirus seriously and wear masks. Many on social media viewed the address as a big nothing-burger. Mary Kilpatrick has some examples.
Subtext: Cleveland.com has started a new, free Subtext account to send coronavirus updates. Every day, we’ll send updates about the virus — confirmed cases, major cancellations, relevant scientific information and more. You can even text us back. Go to https://joinsubtext.com/ohiocoronavirus and enter your phone number. Or send a text to 216-279-7784. Did we mention it’s free?
This Week in the CLE: What kind of coronavirus complaints have they received at the Cleveland Health Department? And will we ever know the reason a lying Cleveland police officer whose mistruths falsely imprisoned a man for eight months was not fired? Editors discuss the stories on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
Democratic turn: During the first few weeks of the coronavirus crisis, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine won widespread praise from a large number of Democrats for his swift “stay-at-home” and business closure orders. But Jeremy Pelzer reports the governor’s coronavirus honeymoon with Democrats is quickly giving way to criticism for not implementing a statewide mask requirement and continuing to roll back other social-distancing rules even as cases in Ohio are again on the rise.
New numbers: The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,316 new coronavirus cases. The 21-day rolling average for new cases is now 1,075, Laura Hancock reports. In all, there are 69,311 confirmed and probable cases in Ohio.
Cleveland numbers: The Ohio Department of Health has notified Cleveland that 104 more residents have been confirmed as having COVID-19 coronavirus, Robert Higgs reports. The new cases lift Cleveland’s total confirmed cases to 3,394. No new deaths were reported.
Walmart masks: All Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the country will require all customers to wear masks, starting Monday. Julie Washington reports the rule is aimed at creating consistency across all Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs.
Cleveland Diocese: A report says Pope Francis will name a new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland at noon today. Cliff Pinckard reports Bishop Edward Malesic, currently leader of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, Pa., is expected to become the 12th bishop of the Cleveland Diocese.
Uber app: A new app that links Uber and public transportation will enable riders across parts of Ohio and Kentucky with 13 transit agencies, but not Cuyahoga. Julie Washington reports Uber Transit Ticketing will be rolled out by the end of July, working with the EZfare mobile system, in Erie, Butler, Hamilton, Lake, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark and Summit counties, along with TANK in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati’s streetcar system and Lancaster-Fairfield Transit.
Meat supply: Meat and poultry production in the United States has nearly returned to pre-coronavirus levels and industry officials and Northeast Ohio grocers are no longer warning of potential shortages or limits on purchases. Peter Krouse reports that prices for chicken and hamburger have increased, however, driven by the increased demand from consumers preparing more meals at home because of concerns about the deadly virus.
Campaign fundraising: Facing the most serious election challenge of his 17-year congressional career, Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan upped his campaign fundraising this spring, collected $306,011 between April and June. The amount Ryan raised was dwarfed by the $3,493,674 that Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan collected during the quarter, Sabrina Eaton reports.
Police countersue: Two Garfield Heights police officers responded to a lawsuit accusing them of using excessive force when they Tasered, punched and kicked a man diagnosed with mental illness during his January arrest by filing a lawsuit of their own. Lawyers for patrolmen Michael Malak and Robert Pitts said in the counterclaim filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland that 28-year-old Kenta Settles is a “repeat criminal offender” who has “propagated a misguided, incomplete and one-sided narrative that has falsely portrayed Settles as the victim of unprovoked police brutality,” Cory Shaffer reports.
Housing court Zoom: After a three-month coronavirus-induced moratorium on evictions, the Cleveland Housing Court is poised for an avalanche of new filings. To ensure that magistrates weren’t giving cases short shrift, columnist Leila Atassi assumed it would be best to grant the public unqualified access to every eviction hearing. But after talking to Housing Court Judge W. Moná Scott, Atassi opened her mind. Eviction hearings have a way of airing one’s shame about living in poverty, their financial hardships and misfortune. And the necessity to host eviction hearings online during this pandemic creates an environment ripe for abuse and cyber-bullying if members of the public are permitted to observe anonymously.
Shooting footage: The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a case next week over whether to release footage of the 2017 shooting of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Laura Hancock reports that the Associated Press requested a copy of the video recording of the shooting from the Jefferson County prosecutor, who denied it.
Racial profiling: A Bay Village resident believes police officers racially profiled him after he drove by a crash involving a person-of-interest in the killing of a 2-year-old Lorain girl. Evan MacDonald reports that the man, who is Black, was a few blocks from his own home when several Lorain police officers pulled him over, but quickly realized he wasn’t connected to the police chase and let him go.
Movie cars on auction: Ryan Sheridan is in prison, and his business ruined, but perhaps his most sentimental loss may come when his three prized cars hit the auction block next month. The cars – a 1981 DeLorean, a replica from the “Back to the Future” movies; a 1959 Cadillac Hearse, a reproduction of classic in the “Ghostbusters” films; and a 1995 Chevy Caprice, a replica of a Batmobile – will go up for bid Aug. 1, John Caniglia reports.
Abattoir: The Hildebrandt Building at 3619 Walton Ave., an early 20th-century meatpacking plant turned into a creative hive for artists and entrepreneurs on the city’s West Side, is now home to Abattoir, a new for-profit gallery. Steven Litt reports the gallery is small, with only 850 square feet of track lighting and white walls. But what matters most is that it’s the brainchild of Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, two veteran independent, Cleveland-based curators with impressive credentials.
Lakewood schools: If Cuyahoga County falls into the highest risk category in the state’s coronavirus alert system — purple — Lakewood students won’t go back to school buildings, Emily Bamforth reports. If the county drops into the next lowest level, or the level below, the district will implement a “partial” in-school model, where children go to school every other day.
University of Akron cuts: The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to eliminate the jobs of 178 employees, including 96 unionized faculty, a law school faculty member, 60 staff members and 21 contract employees, Robin Goist reports.
Jolly Scholar: When The Jolly Scholar opens Monday, Aug. 3, the students and others who sip beers in the brewpub on Euclid Avenue will see a few new touches: Plexiglass dividers, a sleek new floor, and creative tabletops adorned with portraits of historical figures many of whom are people of color, covering music, politics, sports and more. Marc Bona reports the illustrations are the work of Woodrow Cowher, a 2015 Case Western Reserve University graduate. Tupac Shakur shares a tabletop with Biggie Smalls. Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles, Lin-Manuel Miranda gazes, Nelson Mandela rejoices, Mahatma Gandhi listens.
Gold medal tips: Watch Simone Biles reveal her beauty secrets, from Epsom salt baths to show-stealing eyeshadow on cleveland.com’s sister site, Vogue.
I scream: Looking to beat the summer heat in Cleveland? Anne Nickoloff has a list of 64 ice cream shops where you can get a few scoops in a cone, a swirl of soft serve or a carefully assembled sundae.
Favorite flavors: Last year cleveland.com reviewed flavors at local ice cream shops, so this summer Yadi Rodriguez and Brenda Cain are hitting custard stands across Greater Cleveland to rank their creamy flavors. Check out the rankings for Weber’s Premium Custard — the original custard sold at Euclid Beach Park — where owner David Ford still uses the original custard-making machines Mr. Weber purchased for the shop in 1931.
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