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Newburgh Heights to Implement 32-Hour Work Week for All City Employees

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Tuesday, at Newburgh Heights’ village council meeting, Mayor Trevor Elkins introduced his latest piece of progressive legislation: a bill to reduce the standard work week from 40 hours to 32 hours for all full-time city employees. The bill was unanimously passed and is now official policy in the small, blue-collar suburb...
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Downtown Residents Association Knew the City Would Approve Dan Gilbert’s Bad Pedestrian Bridge, They Just Wish the City Had Listened to Their Concerns First

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Mayor Frank Jackson put the final stamp of approval on JACK Casino’s proposed pedestrian bridge today, the second time the company will directly connect parking lots to buildings it owns as to minimize the inconvenience of folks having to face other people, some of whom may not be white, while...
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Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. to Acquire Middletown’s AK Steel in Billion Dollar Merger

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click to enlarge AK Steel, one of Southwest Ohio’s largest employers, will likely be acquired by a Cleveland company known for ore production, officials with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced today. Cleveland Cliffs, the nation’s largest producer of iron ore pellets, is seeking to acquire the local company in a deal believed...
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A Format Change for 107.3 The Wave Could Be On the Horizon

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The beginning of the Christmas season could mark the end of smooth jazz at 107.3 The Wave. Knowledgeable sources say the station is abandoning the format on Friday. Rumors have been swirling for a few weeks. The station’s owner, Rubber City Radio Group, did not respond to a request for...
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Giving Tuesday: Be Generous Yet Wise in Ohio

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio – Be generous with your pocketbook, but also be wise – that’s the advice of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Giving Tuesday. Spokesman David O’Neil said while charities use the annual observance to seek support from donors, scammers may also be trying to compete...
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Tiffany Haddish to Perform at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage in January

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Tiffany Haddish to Perform at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage in January Posted By Jeff Niesel on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 11:31 AM click to enlarge Thanks to her performance in the hit comedy Girls Trip, actress Tiffany Haddish has quickly established herself as...
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You Could Get Fined for Texting and Driving in Lakewood Starting Today

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click to enlarge ~W~/FlickrCreativeCommons As of today, Lakewood police officers can pull drivers over and issue a citation for any cell phone use that takes hands off of the wheel and eyes off the road. A new ordinance, passed by Lakewood City Council in September, makes cell phone use while...
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Cleveland City Council Amends Kelley’s Bag Ban Opt-Out, Will Follow County Timeline

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click to enlarge Cleveland City Council introduced an amendment Monday morning to legislation that would have allowed the city to “opt out” of a county plastic bag ban, set to take effect January 1. The amendment, sponsored by councilmen Kerry McCormack and Mike Polensek, would allow the city to opt...
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Proposed Ohio Abortion Ban, Including Suggestion Doctors Attempt to Re-Implant Ectopic Pregnancies, Draws Widespread Scrutiny

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click to enlarge Rep. Candice Keller, Ohio House of Representatives A bill proposing a total ban on abortions now before the Ohio House of Representatives has drawn media coverage from as far away as England over a provision that some say requires doctors to perform the impossible — or potentially...
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Introduces Bill to Repeal ‘Opportunity Zones’: ‘The American People Have Been Scammed’

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click to enlarge Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced legislation to repeal the controversial “Opportunity Zones” from the United States tax code in late November, following a series of bombshell ProPublica reports that found billionaires like Detroit’s Dan Gilbert were benefiting from the laws. The Repeal Opportunity Zones Act of 2019 (H.R....
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Ohio Could be Hit Hard by Plan to Cut Food Stamps

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohioans prepare big holiday feasts, others brace for a possible hit to their food budgets. The Trump administration wants to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by $4.5 billion over five years by changing how states use household utility costs to determine SNAP...
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10 Exotic Animals Died in Thanksgiving Fire at Port Clinton Safari Park

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click to enlarge Photo via Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok were all killed in a Thursday evening blaze at a barn that houses animals for the Port Clinton African Safari Wildlife Park.  The rest of the park’s 300 animals are safe,...
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EDEN to Receive 150 New Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities, Most in Ohio

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene Ruth Gillett (County Homeless Services), Pamela Ashby (HUD), and Elaine Gimmel (EDEN), among others, with ceremonial check. The Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN), alongside leaders from the Cleveland HUD office, announced Tuesday that the local nonprofit housing agency had received the largest...
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Leon Bibb Narrates Audiobook Version of Architect Robert P. Madison’s Memoir

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click to enlarge Earlier this year, the locally based Act 3 released Designing Victory, Cleveland architect Robert P. Madison’s memoir. Written by Madison with local author Carlo Wolff, it chronicles Madison’s remarkable career. In 1954, Madison opened the first architectural firm in Ohio by an African-American architect. He would go on to...
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Cleveland Shoots Up Inequality Rankings in Bloomberg Analysis

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A recent Bloomberg analysis of major U.S. metros found that Atlanta was the most inequitable city in the country. Cleveland, which was ranked 22nd last year on the same list, has skyrocketed to fifth place. The analysis used data from the 2018 U.S. census estimate to survey earners in the...
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Cleveland’s Pre-Thanksgiving Traffic is Nearly the Worst in the Country, Google Says, And Here’s How to Avoid That

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click to enlarge Photo via Howard J/Flickr It’s not all in your head, Cleveland has the second highest concentration of Thanksgiving traffic in the country the day prior to the holiday, a Google Trends analysis called Mapping Thanksgiving has once again reported. According to the 2018 data, as compared to...
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Cleveland City Council Ceremoniously Votes for Continued Undermining of Democracy in Cleveland This Evening

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Monday, November 25, 2019 Cleveland City Council Ceremoniously Votes for Continued Undermining of Democracy in Cleveland This Evening Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 4:10 PM click to enlarge Cleveland City Council Ward 17 Councilman Martin Keane Another way to put that: Cleveland city council...
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14 Thanksgiving-Eve Parties to Hit This Year in Cleveland Before Dealing With Your Family

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Photo by Emmanuel Wallace Part of coming home or just being around for Thanksgiving means getting drunk with old friends before having to spend the next day cooped up with your family. Here are 14 parties going on around Cleveland to get you out of the house this Thanksgiving Eve....
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Rural vs. Urban Ohio: Similar Challenges, Unique Strengths

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click to enlarge Research has shown that, since the end of the Great Recession, rural areas in Ohio and other states haven’t shared in the same economic recovery as metropolitan areas. But a new report suggests rural America has unique assets that shouldn’t be overlooked. Senior Economist at the Center...
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GE’s Nela Park Holiday Lights to Shine Again for 95th Year

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Photo courtesy Cleveland Memory Project GE Lighting’s Nela Park is once again brightening up the blocks along Noble Road with holiday lights this upcoming season. The official light switch ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6. Two years ago, for the first time since 1958, visitors were allowed to roll...

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