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Cloudy skies are in the forecast for today and it will be chilly, with highs staying in the upper 30s. There is a slight chance of snow overnight as temps drop to the low 30s. Read more.
Jail cameras: The Cuyahoga County jail intends to install new surveillance cameras to better monitor inmates at risk of harming themselves or others. Cleveland.com’s Courtney Astolfi reports the county Board of Control on Monday approved $70,000 for 24 cameras for use in cells of inmates with mental-health issues. The decision follows the board’s approval last week of $63,000 for 26 cameras to monitor waiting areas and hallways.
Michigan marijuana: Marijuana is now fully legalized in Michigan. And while law-enforcement officials in Ohio say that will inevitably lead to more marijuana being brought over the state border, there are no specific plans to monitor transporters, reports cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer.
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Human services tax: Cuyahoga County Council voted, 7-3, on Monday to reject a possibly less-costly alternative to a proposed $35 million tax increase to support health and human services in the county. Cleveland.com’s Courtney Astolfi reports the alternative proposed by Councilman Jack Schron would have placed two tax issues on the county’s March ballot that collectively would have raised an extra $35 million, but would have given voters the option of approving only one tax to raise an extra $11 million.
6-year-old death: A Euclid man suspected in the deadly October shooting of 6-year-old Lyric Lawson during a slumber party at her house appeared in court Monday on unrelated felony drug trafficking charges. Cleveland.com’s Cory Shaffer reports Raysean Howard Jr. pleaded not guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to a four-count indictment that accuses him of dealing heroin and fentanyl, according to court records.
Teen charged: A 15-year-old boy is charged in connection with a deadly shooting that killed an 11-year-old boy at a birthday party. Cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise reports the teen is charged with reckless homicide, a third-degree felony.
Bag ban: Cleveland City Council voted to opt out of Cuyahoga County’s law banning retailers from dispensing single-use plastic bags for at least six months to allow for more research. Cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs reports that if the legislation is signed by Mayor Frank Jackson, the city would use the hiatus to have an unspecified group study the best ways for Clevelanders to reduce their use of single-use bags.
Elevated walkway: Cleveland City Council on Monday approved a plan by JACK Entertainment to build an elevated walkway over Ontario Street, linking the upper floors of the old Higbee Building to parking across the street, reports cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs.
Dirt track: City Council on Monday agreed to allow Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration to hire a consultant to see if building a dirt-bike complex is feasible in the city, according to cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs. Legislation approved by City Council allocates nearly $156,000 to hire an expert to survey for possible sites. The consultant would also analyze whether the city could find a vendor to run the operation, said Matthew Spronz, Jackson’s director of capital projects.
Journalism advocate: Advance Local Midwest Regional President Brad Harmon introduced himself to the cleveland.com newsroom Monday as a fierce defender of local journalism. Cleveland.com’s Emily Bamforth reports that Harmon believes the duties of news outlets are to engage, inform and protect the community, as he oversees cleveland.com and mlive.com.
Controversial club: Brawls, drugs and a rape are among the accusations authorities are citing in an attempt to shutter a strip club in downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District neighborhood. Cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise reports that Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo on Nov. 21 ordered Paradis Gentlemen’s club on Frankfort Avenue near West 6th Street temporarily closed. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 to determine if the club will remain closed.
Water tests: State officials will oversee a sweeping survey of the state’s water supply to test for potentially harmful, man-made chemicals by the end of next year, cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise reports. The state EPA will coordinate testing with 1,500 local public water systems that provide water to 90 percent of Ohioans, while the state health department will work with local health departments on reaching out to the rest of Ohioans who get their water from private sources.
Bar fight: A 30-year-old man was thrown through a large window during a fight at a downtown Cleveland bar, police tell cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise. The fight happened about 8 p.m. Sunday at Flannery’s Irish Pub on East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felonious assault, but formal charges have not yet been filed.
Sloopys: The Sloopys are back again, just in time for the holiday season. Capitol Letter, cleveland.com’s politics newsletter, is asking for nominations in more than 30 categories on everything from best dressed to the biggest windbag, including a new reader-suggested category: Lobbyists’ Best Friend.
Season’s greetings: Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States, with 1.6 billion cards bought each year. Millennials are big on carrying on the tradition, especially with photo cards, and cleveland.com’s Laura Johnston runs down the trends of 2019.
Holiday ale: Reporters Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriguez surveyed the 15 finalists from cleveland.com’s recent Best Brewery contest for a rundown of all their holiday beers that can help warm you on a cold winter’s night, or ease the stress of the holidays. Get this — You could drink a different holiday brew every night of December and still not sample all of them. We will cheers to that and these 36 holiday brews.
Tax incentives would target housing development along Cleveland’s lakeshore Read more
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Burger King approved for site of La Siesta Motel in Strongsville Read more
Bay Village Schools get high grades; superintendent moving into strategic planning process Read more
Lakewood’s new law prohibiting cell phone use while driving is now in effect Read more
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Man confesses to fatally shooting uncle in West Akron, police say Read more
Akron man gets life sentence for rape of teen female Read more
73-year-old Maple Heights laundromat employee shot and killed during argument, police say Read more
U.S. Marshals search for Akron man wanted in connection with fatal home invasion Read more
Man whose failed suicide attempt caused deadly crash sentenced to life in prison Read more
Mario Manningham arrested in Warren for failing to show up for traffic offense Read more