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CMHA Cop Shot Black Teen Arthur Keith in the Back, Autopsy Kept Secret for Three Months

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click to enlarge An autopsy released this week revealed that Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) officer James Griffiths fatally shot 19-year-old Arthur Keith in the back on Nov. 13, 2020 outside the King Kennedy public housing complex in Central. The autopsy was completed on Dec. 8, but wasn’t released to......

What You Need to Know About Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine

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click to enlarge Maryland National Guard/FlickrCC And then there were three: A single-shot vaccine is the latest weapon to join the battle against COVID-19 in the United States. On February 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus......

Wolstein Center in Cleveland to Serve as FEMA Mass Covid Vaccination Site

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click to enlarge The White House along with state and local officials announced today that the Wolstein Center will be among the arenas and stadiums nationwide serving as FEMA-operated mass vaccination sites. When it opens on St. Patrick’s Day it’s expected to administer as many as 6,000 vaccine shots a......

DeWine Says When Ohio Maintains 50 Covid Cases Per 100,000, Health Orders Will Be Revoked

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On the one-year anniversary of Ohio’s war with the novel coronaviurs, Gov. Mike DeWine appeared for a statewide press conference and implored Ohioans to continue wearing masks and to get the vaccine as soon as they are able to do so. Alternating between wartime and distance running analogies, DeWine said......

Ohio No. 3 for Most Covid-19 Cases at Colleges and Universities, According to NYT Data

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click to enlarge Charles Burkett Jr./FlickrCC Colleges and universities in Ohio haven’t fared so well at evading the coronavirus. In data collected by the New York Times and last updated Feb. 26, there have been 24,940 positive COVID-19 cases reported at 62 higher-ed schools in the Buckeye State over the......

Looking Beyond Classroom to Improve Student Success in Ohio

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new bill would help schools in Ohio look beyond the classroom to improve student success. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act would help districts bring in wraparound services that support the overall well-being of students and their families, including medical care, counseling, mentoring......

Addressing Faculty, Cleveland State University Leadership Admits It Ignored Process in Hiring Douglas Dykes, Defends Decision

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Addressing faculty senate members in a virtual meeting this week, Cleveland State University leadership admitted its hiring of Douglas Dykes to a senior VP HR position fell outside of its normal process but defended the decision, saying Dykes was the ideal candidate. The remarks came after a series of stories......

Dan Gilbert’s Net Worth Skyrocketed by $25 Billion Tuesday, Making Him World’s 16th Richest Man

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Dan Gilbert is now the planet’s 16th-richest human being after his net worth soared by $25 billion Tuesday, fueled by speculative day-trading on the stock market. Bloomberg reported that his single-day increase in wealth represented the biggest daily jump up in the history of their list of wealthiest billionaires alive.......

Mysterious Nose Sculpture Appears Out of Nowhere at Hart Crane Park in the Flats

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene Mysterious nose sculpture at Hart Crane Park, (3/2/2021). A sculpture that resembles a human nose, complete with hairy nostrils, mysteriously appeared this weekend at Hart Crane Park, the small greenspace adjacent to Sainato’s and Merwin’s Wharf in the Flats. Canalway Partners, the local......

Two of Armond Budish’s Top Chiefs Departing for Work Elsewhere

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click to enlarge Ted Carter, Cuyahoga County’s chief of economic development, and Eliza Wing, the county’s chief of communications, are both departing the distinguished employ of County Executive Armond Budish for work elsewhere. A county spokeswoman confirmed to Scene that both had resigned and will be moving on. Carter, who......

Sherwin Williams to Begin HQ Construction in Late 2021, But Details Predictably Scant

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click to enlarge Sherwin Williams Rendering of site plan off Public Square. Sherwin Williams, the global paint giant that made headlines in November for firing its most famous TikToker, has announced that it will begin construction on its downtown Cleveland headquarters in late 2021. In a statement last Friday, the......

One Teen Dead, One Partially Paralyzed After Sledding Accidents at Hinckley Hill

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click to enlarge Natalie Wilson, family photo A 15-year-old girl died and a 17-year-old girl sustained serious spinal cord injuries in separate sledding accidents at Hinckley Hill the weekend of Feb. 20th. Officials say the hill, a popular area for sledding, became icy that Saturday and Sunday as temperatures rose......

Ohioans Bought a Ton of Guns in Turbulent 2020, FBI Data Shows

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In the United States, we’ve hoarded a lot of surprising things over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the beginning. Toilet paper. Beef. Puzzles. And here in Ohio, we apparently bought up all the guns. According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), 976,751 firearm......

COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Ready for Teens This Summer

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click to enlarge Photo via Wikimedia Commons Encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines keeps coming. No unusual safety issues arose during the first month of vaccination, when 13.8 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were administered in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported......

Tectonic Changes in Cleveland’s Private Sector Leadership as Mayoral Race Looms

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click to enlarge Courtesy GCP Baiju Shah, the head of the Greater Cleveland Partnership The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the region’s influential chamber of commerce, has announced that Baiju Shah will be its next CEO. Shah is the director of the recently formed Cleveland Innovation Project and the senior innovation fellow......

‘Aisha’s Law’ for Domestic Violence Protections Returns to Ohio Legislature

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click to enlarge State Reps. Janine Boyd, left, and Sara Carruthers, co-sponsors of Aisha’s Law, speak Thursday during the House Criminal Justice Committee. Expansions to domestic violence protections have once again returned to the Ohio Statehouse, after passing the House last year but failing to see daylight in the Senate.......

Young Lefty Stefan Knaack Running for Cleveland City Council in “Forgotten” Ward 11

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At 23 years old, Stefan Knaack is far and away the youngest candidate for Cleveland City Council in 2021. The recent Cleveland State University alum and diehard Cleveland sports fan has announced his candidacy in Ward 11, a west side ward that includes the eastern sliver of Jefferson, the western......

Federal Monitor Report on Cleveland Police Actions During May 30th Protest Paints Clearer Picture of Use of Force, Corrects City’s Narrative

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click to enlarge The federal monitor team overseeing the city of Cleveland’s consent decree with the DOJ this week released a report on Cleveland police actions during the May 30th George Floyd protest downtown that found the department failed in ways minor and major. Released yesterday, details were first reported......

Car Dealer Bernie Moreno Resigns from MetroHealth Board of Trustees

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click to enlarge Bernie Moreno, the luxury car dealing blockchain enthusiast and possible U.S. Senate candidate, resigned his seat on MetroHealth’s board of trustees last week. His term wasn’t set to expire until 2025. A Metro spokesperson confirmed the news to Scene after a Twitter user noted that Moreno’s bio......

Who on Earth is “Dick Knoth” and Why is He Running for Mayor of Cleveland?

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City Club of Cleveland Dick Knoth Who is the man pictured above? Is his name truly Dick Knoth? Believe it or not, yes! Dick Knoth is a partner at the law firm of Baker-Hostetler. (Ho ho!) Dick Knoth is a father of three and a former board chairman at a number......

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