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SEIU 1199 and SEIU Local 1 Endorse Justin Bibb for Mayor

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click to enlarge Both chapters of the Service Employees International Union that operate in Cleveland announced their endorsement of mayoral candidate Justin Bibb Wednesday, signaling their desire for a new brand of leadership with a commitment to working people at City Hall. SEIU District 1199, the union representing social service......

Anthony Pilla, Bishop of Cleveland Catholic Diocese for 26 Years, Dies at 88

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click to enlarge Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla celebrates mass. Anthony Pilla, who served as Bishop of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese from 1980 until 2006, died Tuesday morning at his home. He was 88. Pilla was born in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood and graduated from John Carroll University. His......

Ohio Medical Board Renews License of Doc Who Claims Vaccines Make You Magnetic

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click to enlarge The Ohio Channel Sherri Tenpenny They’re forcing freedom loving Americans to choose between injection of a “deadly” vaccine or testing those who will not comply via torturing them with nasal swabs looking for a “virus that, by some claims, doesn’t even exist.” This claim, equal parts baseless......

Cleveland Sports Business Reporter Kevin Kleps Leaving Crain’s for Hyland

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click to enlarge Courtesy Kevin Kleps Kleps flashes his hardware, after taking home top honors in the 2018 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. Local sports business reporter Kevin Kleps announced last week that after almost nine years at Crain’s Cleveland Business, he’ll be departing to take a digital marketing......

Watch This Video and Your Sunday Will Immediately Improve

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Sunday, September 19, 2021 Watch This Video and Your Sunday Will Immediately Improve Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 10:03 AM Tags: Watch This Video, Image We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of......

Umm, What’s Going on With These Wildly Inconsistent Downtown Cleveland Population Numbers?

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click to enlarge SCB Rendering of the Lumen, the 34-story residential tower going up in Playhouse Square. At the City Club’s “2021 State of Downtown” presentation Friday afternoon, the  Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s President and CEO, Michael Deemer, announced that earlier this year, the downtown neighborhood surpassed its population goal of......

Titillating Tidbits: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez Bails in the Face of “Toxic” GOP Environment, Plus Cleveland Ranch Water

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Our weekly roundup of interesting happenings, minor happenings, stuff you missed, stuff we missed, and assorted fun.Citing a toxic GOP environment and calling Donald Trump a “cancer on the country,” Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced last night he will not be seeking re-election. Gonzalez, in a statement and in an interview......

Op-Ed: What Did I Learn Running for Mayor? Only Clevelanders Themselves Can Fix the City

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click to enlarge Courtesy Ross DiBello Ross DiBello If you’re reading this online, you’re lucky. Many Clevelanders don’t have the WiFi, equipment, time, freedom, and/or literacy skills to read the news online. I love Cleveland. All of Cleveland. Many (still) don’t know who I am, but since 2009, when I......

Cleveland Came Through With Donations for Incoming Refugees From Afghanistan, Now the Search Is On for Housing and Long-Term Support

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Courtesy U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants A donation drive rounded up plenty of supplies in recent weeks Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine yesterday announced that 855 refugees from Afghanistan will be coming to Ohio, including 285 to Cleveland, all granted humanitarian parole after undergoing stringent security and medical screenings as......

Blaine Griffin Endorses Kelley in Cleveland Mayor’s Race, Council Presidency in his Crosshairs

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene Blaine Griffin (R), announced his endorsement of Kevin Kelley outside the DREAM mural at E. 110th and Woodland, (9/16/21). Standing before the DREAM mural at E. 110th Street and Woodland Avenue and decked out in an autumnal suit-and-tie combo, Ward 6 councilman Blaine......

College Students Drank Less During the Pandemic But Used Weed, Psychedelics at Record Highs, Study Finds

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click to enlarge If you tried to escape the horrors of the last year by doing your best “guy on the couch” cosplay, then you’re not alone. A recent study published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that half of United States college students ages 19-60 admitted......

U.S. Women’s National Team to Play Paraguay at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday Night

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click to enlarge The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will take on Paraguay in a friendly match at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday evening. The contest will be the USWNT’s first since taking home the Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Coverage begins at......

Republicans on Ohio Redistricting Commission Pass GOP Supermajority Maps, Court Challenges Expected to Follow

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click to enlarge State of Ohio official photos The Republican majority members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission. With some using words like “disappointment” and “unease,” Republican majority members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission passed maps of General Assembly districts on Thursday heavily favoring GOP supermajorities that will last four years,......

How Ohio Became the No. 1 State for Nursing Home Assistant Shortages

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click to enlarge Courtesy Eye on Ohio Ohio is the worst state for nursing home assistant shortages in the country This story is from the Investigative Reporting Workshop in collaboration with Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join Eye on Ohio’s free mailing list or......

Ohio State Legislators Eye Emotional-Intelligence Training for Police

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click to enlarge (AdobeStock) The stress police officers experience can result in serious health complications, such as PTSD. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last summer’s widespread protests were a call for increased police accountability. Now state legislators are proposing legislation that would require law enforcement to receive emotional-intelligence training to better handle......

Bibb Dominates in Cleveland Mayoral Primary, Will Have to Fend Off Kelley in November General

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click to enlarge Eric Sandy / Scene Justin Bibb delivers victory remarks at Third Space Action Lab (9/14/21). Tuesday night, the exclamation point that has famously belonged to (and symbolized) Dennis! Kucinich for decades in Cleveland politics has a new and forceful heir. Justin Bibb!, the 34-year-old nonprofit executive, sailed......

You Can Obsessively Track Cleveland Voter Turnout With This Live Precinct Map

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click to enlarge The polls don’t close until 7:30 Tuesday evening, but throughout the afternoon, you can do the same thing anxious political reporters do: watch voter turnout numbers live as they trickle in from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. This year, as Clevelanders await the results of the......

Fewer Than 1 in 2 Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in Most Ohio Counties

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click to enlarge Graham Stokes/OCJ Groups opposed to mandated vaccinations protest on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse, inside the House Health Committee meets to discuss HB 248 which would prohibit mandatory vaccinations and vaccination status disclosures In 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, fewer than 1 in 2 residents have......

Cleveland Monsters Assistant to Join Blue Jackets Staff After CBJ Coach Refuses Covid-19 Vaccine

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click to enlarge Cleveland Monsters Associate Coach and former NHL defenseman Steve McCarthy has been announced as the newest assistant on the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff under head coach Brad Larsen. The Blue Jackets announced Monday that McCarthy will replace assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre, who has declined to receive......

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