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There is a chance of showers in northeast Ohio this afternoon with highs in the low 80s. Skies will clear up for the weekend and highs will be in the upper 70’s on both Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading.
disturbed children: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday that it is dispatching a Rapid Response Team to Cuyahoga County following recent reports of unsafe conditions for youth and employees at the Jane Edna Hunter Social Services Center. Kaitlin Durbin reports the response came after two staff members from the Department of Children and Family Services appeared before the district council earlier this week to ask for help, allegedly bringing up years of violence, abuse and sexual assault at the facility.
Loehmann: Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland cop who shot Tamir Rice, has left the small Pennsylvania department that hired him this week. Loehmann resigned Thursday morning, hours after media reported that Tioga County had hired him.
A tiny Pennsylvania town hired Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland cop who shot Tamir Rice in 2014. We talk about how he could possibly work as a police officer at Today in Ohio.
insurance allowances: Ohio health care advocates want Congress to extend federal health insurance premium subsidies, which expire at the end of the current plan year. They warn that not renewing the subsidy would jeopardize health insurance coverage for thousands of Ohioans who would otherwise struggle to pay their premiums, reports Sabrina Eaton.
national park: The National Park Service wants to improve visitors’ park experience at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is inviting contributions. Megan Becka reports that community members will be able to attend a meeting this month and share their thoughts on the park’s draft Community Access Plan.
Restoration of Mormon homes: When Joseph Smith came to Kirtland in 1831 with a group of followers, they established a congregation that served as the headquarters of the fledgling religion that would later become The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, reports Robert Higgs, the church is restoring Smith’s house, a site in suburban Kirtland held sacred by the church community.
art relief: Cuyahoga County invests $3.3 million in money for ARPA’s art. Steven Litt reports that the county council on Tuesday voted to approve the award of up to $1.65 million in ARPA funding to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the agency that supports the arts by collecting proceeds from the county’s cigarette tax to cultural organizations and distributes the same amount to the Nonprofit Assembly for the Arts, an umbrella organization of Cleveland’s nonprofit and for-profit cultural industries, in support of artists and creative businesses.
sea lampreys: This year’s Tall Ships Festival in Cleveland will feature some of the Great Lakes’ most disgusting denizens – sea lampreys. Peter Krouse reports that the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will be on site with half a dozen sea lampreys in a tank to publicize the destructive nature of the invasive species and why it is important to continue controlling their population.
Weekly Cases: The State of Ohio reported 18,838 new cases of COVID-19 in its weekly dashboard update on Thursday. Julie Washington reports that the total number of cases this week is averaging about 2,691 new cases per day over seven days, up from last week’s total of 17,225, or 2,461 per day.
mortgage rates: The national average for 30-year mortgage rates fell nearly half a percentage point on fears of an economic slowdown after rising more than two percentage points since Jan. 1. Sean McDonnell reports the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 5.3% on Thursday, up from 5.7% a week ago.
gambling: Ohio gaming revenue is down for the third straight month, suggesting the record pace for casinos and racinos may be over. Ohio casinos and racinos generated $196.8 million in gaming revenue in June, down $7.6 million from June 2021, reports Sean McDonnell.
Jayland Walker: Akron Mayor Dan Corrigan has imposed another curfew for the city’s downtown area, preventing residents from being outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The restored curfew is in effect after seven people, including Jacob Blake Jr.’s father and Breonna Taylor’s aunt, were charged on Wednesday during a protest over the police shooting of Jayland Walker, reports Olivia Mitchell.
discipline in prison: The guard at Cuyahoga County Detention Center was reprimanded for verbally altering an inmate. Olivia Mitchell reports that county officials have admonished Michelle Henry for an incident involving an inmate who was escorted out of the showers when he blew Henry a kiss.
Big ships: A fleet of seven tall ships returned majestically to Cleveland on Thursday evening to kick off the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, which runs through Sunday. Marc Bona reports that the grand fleet – seven replica and restored ships from three countries – will be docked at North Coast Harbor near FirstEnergy Stadium. David Petkiewicz has photos of the ships.
The Ozarks: Like many others who have watched Netflix’s “Ozark,” Susan Glaser was intrigued by the prospect of visiting this hearty slice of the American Midwest. She left on a family vacation to explore the many water activities, natural wonders, and tourist attractions of the Lake of the Ozarks.
Back Street Boys: The Backstreet Boys finally made it to the sold-out event at Blossom Music Center on Wednesday after a two-year delay due to the pandemic. And the boy band had plenty of flair, reports Annie Nickoloff.
things to do: The CLE has a big summer weekend coming up with festivals, art shows, a beer bonanza, the WonderStruck Mustic Festival, the Tall Ships Festival and the Cain Park Arts Festival. Annie Nickoloff has 20 ways to spend the next few days in northeast Ohio.
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