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Northeast Ohio Colleges Step Up Efforts to Help Students With Basic Needs During COVID-19

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click to enlarge Taking five classes at once is a heavy load for any college student, but for 26-year-old Marcus Thornton, it sometimes feels like a crushing weight. That’s because the computer science major at Cleveland State University is also working full-time to pay for tuition and living expenses. Yet......
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Ohioans Retreat Into Safe Groups, Crave Post-Election Unity

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Ohioans are exhausted during the final run up to the 2020 presidential election. They’re worried about COVID-19, about where the United States is heading, about the vote, both the mechanics of how it will work — or won’t — and about who will ultimately win. Most are avoiding any face-to-face......
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31 Rural Ohio Counties Considered “Red Zones” for COVID

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio — COVID-19 cases are on the rise almost everywhere, but the share of new cases in rural Ohio counties is outpacing the new caseload in metro counties. According to an analysis by The Daily Yonder, nearly 70% of the nation’s more than 1,900 rural counties......
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Foiled Plot Against Michigan Governor Shows Far-Right Domestic Terrorism is a Threat — And the Calls Are Coming From Inside the White House

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It was a plot that seemingly could have been ripped right out of the pages of a Hollywood action movie script — something like Liam Neeson’s Taken, or a Coen Brothers film, perhaps, or even Joker. A group of men, secretly meeting in a hidden basement under a Grand Rapids......
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Faced With an Election Loss, Trump Will Sow Doubt About the Truth. We Can’t Let That Happen

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click to enlarge I was a staffer on George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, and I experienced first-hand the chaotic uncertainty and political maneuvering that was the Florida recount. As historically bad as that time was for our country, it pales in comparison to what may be to come if vote......
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Plain Dealer’s Entertainment Tabloid, Friday Magazine, Ceasing Publication After 54 Years

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene The Plain Dealer Plaza at 1801 Superior Avenue The Plain Dealer’s Friday! Magazine, the standalone tabloid arts and entertainment section that has printed weekly for 54 years, is no more. Content previously included in that section will now have a new home.  Cleveland.com......
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It’s That Time of Year When Clevelanders Can Enjoy a Purple Glow Over the City Thanks to Green City Growers

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Does anyone know what’s causing this purple light in the sky over Cleveland?? pic.twitter.com/d3gUalx4xH — Shi Ann Gurko (@ShiGurk) October 20, 2020 That magical purple glow over the city of Cleveland is, sadly, not a vortex opened to deliver us all peacefully and safely to a more just, happier dimension.......
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The Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office Is Dealing With a Bed Bug Infestation, If You’re Wondering Why Things Are Taking Longer Than Normal There

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click to enlarge Lawyers, title agencies and the rest of the assorted professionals that depend upon the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office to do the people’s business have been frustrated in recent weeks as things have taken longer than normal to get processed. There’s a reason for that: bed bugs. The......
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Nine Ohio Counties Cut Ties With Midwest Direct, the Cleveland Company Behind Repeated Delays in Mailing Absentee Ballots

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click to enlarge Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose last night provided a few updates on Midwest Direct, the Cleveland company that has recently been in the news for being woefully behind on printing and mailing out absentee ballots for the 16 Ohio county board of elections that contracted with......
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Artist-Made Anti-Trump Billboards Pop-Up Across Ohio Urging Voters to #VoteThemOut

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click to enlarge A slew of artist-designed, anti-Trump billboards are popping up in battleground states across America, including 60 spread throughout Ohio. The street art campaign has placed four billboards in Cincinnati — with more in Cleveland, Youngstown and Columbus — calling for voters to #VoteThemOut. According to a release......
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“Cleveland Reporter,” “NE Ohio Times” Among 50+ Ohio News Sites Controlled by Republican Propaganda Empire

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click to enlarge Screenshot: clevelandreporter.com A New York Times report published Sunday revealed that hundreds of news sites cropping up nationwide are part of a growing media empire with content largely controlled by conservative think tanks, political operatives and public-relations executives. Ohio is now home to more than 50 of......
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Kamala Harris to Campaign in Cleveland After Postponement Due to Covid-19

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Monday, October 19, 2020 Kamala Harris to Campaign in Cleveland After Postponement Due to Covid-19 Posted By Sam Allard on Mon, Oct 19, 2020 at 9:39 AM click to enlarge The Biden-Harris campaign announced this weekend that Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris will indeed make a......
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Ohio Attorney General Yost Backs Reform, Not Ban, of No-Knock Warrants

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click to enlarge Dave Yost, Ohio AG’s Office Ohio’s top law enforcement official says there is an “inherent conflict” in state law brewing between the rights of armed homeowners and the sort of “no-knock warrants” that gained renewed infamy this summer after the fatally botched raid and shooting death of......
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Cleveland Clinic’s Billing Practices Under the Microscope in Class Action Suit

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click to enlarge Wikipedia The Cleveland Clinic A legal complaint filed in August seeks up to $5 million in damages and a permanent injunction against the Cleveland Clinic on behalf of plaintiffs who allege that the hospital’s billing practices create confusion, cause undue stress and result in the financial ruin......
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The FDA Tweaked Its Policy on Gay Men Donating Blood. Discrimination Still Runs Through Its Veins

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click to enlarge Photo by Jackie Marschall, Hoxworth Blood Center “We all bleed the same.” Those were the words displayed on the stack of postcards that debuted in August at a blood drive hosted by the Hoxworth Blood Center at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Each card’s front showed a rainbow and......
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Vote Now in Scene’s Best of Cleveland 2020 Finalist Poll

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As far as timing goes, launching the Best of Cleveland 2020 poll in March only for the full hammer of the coronavirus pandemic to come down days later wasn’t ideal. Scene’s annual survey and awards, after all, celebrate the very best reasons and places for Clevelanders to get together. And......
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Cleveland Hospitals’ Private Police “Border Patrol” Comes Under Scrutiny

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click to enlarge Raymond Wambsgans/FlickrCC ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Two City Council members, a municipal court judge and the NAACP are calling for tougher supervision of private police forces that disproportionately arrest......
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Shaker Heights Fires Police Officer Who Gave Middle Finger to Protestors at Presidential Debate in Cleveland

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click to enlarge Cleveland.com YouTube still Shaker Heights Mayor David Weiss told residents today in an afternoon email that the police officer who was captured on video giving the middle finger to peaceful protestors at the Presidential debate in Cleveland has been fired. “The behavior of this officer violates all that......
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Here’s Cleveland Public Power’s Explanation for the String of Recent Power Outages on the Near West Side

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Cleveland Municipal Light plant sign, 1962 Even for Cleveland Public Power customers accustomed to random, frequent outages, this past week was plagued with more annoyances than usual. Once again, businesses on the near west side had to shut their doors early, folks had to go to bed in silence without......
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In Bay Village, Someone Called Cops on a Sleeping Homeless Person. It was a Statue of Jesus.

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click to enlarge Courtesy Fr. Alex Martin, St. Barnabas Twenty minutes after a “homeless Jesus” sculpture was installed on the grounds of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, someone called the cops.  Created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, the sculpture depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench......

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