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As late summer progresses, Clevelanders can expect mostly hot and sunny weather over the weekend. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Saturday, but otherwise people should have plenty of sunshine. Saturday and Sunday highs are expected to be in the upper 80s. Continue reading.
Local Scores: Toronto Blue Jays 3, Indians 0
Indian deal: The Cleveland Indians have signed a proposed $ 435 million contract with the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the state of Ohio to renovate Progressive Field and extend the team’s Cleveland lease for at least 15 years. Courtney Astolfi reports that local and state taxpayers would pay about two-thirds of the cost, while the soon-to-be-named Cleveland Guardians would pay the rest. The money will be used to overhaul the upper deck and lower deck along the left field so fans can get an uninterrupted view of the city and the baseball diamond as they make their way through the stadium.
HB6: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Thursday asked a Franklin County court to order former Ohio Public Utilities Commission Chairman Sam Randazzo to pay FirstEnergy Corp. $ 4.3 million. paid back as a bribe the company admitted as well as his public salary as chairman. Jeremy Pelzer reports that Yost will also be the former CEO of FirstEnergy Corp. Chuck Jones and Mike Dowling, the company’s former senior vice president of external affairs, in his civil suit against FirstEnergy, former Ohio House spokesman Larry Householder, and others in the HouseBill 6 scandal. The amended lawsuit accuses Randazzo and former FirstEnergy executives of extortion, money laundering, coercion, intimidation and attempted cover-up.
Yellow zones: Cuyahoga County Sheriff Christopher Viland ordered prison staff to end a new method of incarceration, which the officers’ union claims is unsafe and prohibited by a 2014 arbitration decision. Adam Ferrise reports that the new policy called “yellow zoning” was halted early Thursday, the day after the Ohio Patrolmen Benevolent Association filed a complaint about the process. The prison had been using the new form of lockdown for about a month.
Masks or not: As students prepare to return to the classroom for the third year of the pandemic-hit school, Northeast Ohio school authorities have mixed decisions about whether or not masks are required for students and staff. Hannah Drown lists school districts where masks are required for all, none, or only younger children.
This week at the CLE: The Cuyahoga County Health Department recommends that all students and staff wear masks when school starts this month. We talk about if they’ll and why some parents are pushing back this week on CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
unemployment: A legislative committee recommends that Ohio’s troubled unemployment benefit system should examine whether applicants can track their application status in real time and publicly display call waiting times, reports Jeremy Pelzer. A report issued by the Ohio Unemployment Modernization and Improvement Council also urged state unemployment officials to set standards for calling and application support, improving data sharing with other state agencies, and assessing the establishment of more automated functions while improving the person, among other things -to-human communication.
Fair workplace: Two Democratic MPs in northeast Ohio are introducing bill that would allow businesses to receive a state award that says they will pay men and women fairly for showing the average earnings between men and women within 5 percentage points. Laura Hancock reports that the Ohio Department of Commerce’s “Fair Paycheck Workplace” designation is aimed at attracting good employees.
Marijuana proposal: A campaign urging marijuana legalization in Ohio has to collect a new batch of petition signatures as Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost rejected the group’s first batch, reports Andrew Tobias. Yost said in a letter to the coalition to regulate marijuana like alcohol on Thursday that the six pages of the group’s summary language did not meet the legal threshold of “making a fair and truthful statement” about what the 45-page change in law would do .
K-12 instructions: The Ohio Department of Health released guidelines in the form of a flowchart late Thursday afternoon to show schools what to do if a student or employee has been exposed to COVID-19. Laura Hancock reports that the latest guidelines show that no quarantine is required when schools have a mask mandate – regardless of vaccine status – strategies to maximize social distancing, as well as documented COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures.
Mask requirement: Akron University requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks in indoor public spaces from August 9th, regardless of vaccination status, Megan Becka reports. The university is also mandating students, faculty and staff to report their vaccination status by August 20 so the university can “make informed decisions about COVID-19 and further facilitate contact tracing”.
Indian perspective: How does the Indians business compare to other Major League Baseball stadiums and renovations? Cameron Fields looks at the recent costs. Fields also has a construction schedule for Jacobs Field.
Q arena project: Do you remember the Q transformation? The $ 185 million project to remake the Quicken Loans Arena has been fraught with controversy, including a dispute in the Supreme Court over whether petitions should be accepted for a referendum. Alexis Oatman has a timeline. Oatman also asks critics if the Progressive Field project will face a similar struggle.
Moving threat?: Cleveland City and Cuyahoga County councils are likely to approve the new lease with the Indians. There is usually little political backlash from approving such agreements. But Peter Krouse reports that the deal has an opportunity to get political.
Electric vehicles: In an effort to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish the United States as the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles, President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that sets the goal of making half of all vehicles sold in the United States emission-free by by 2030, reports Sabrina Eaton.
Summa vaccination: All Summa Health employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 31, and those who refuse could be disciplined or fired, reports Julie Washington. Exceptions will be made for anyone who has a medical or religious exception, the health system said. Currently, 70% of Summa Health’s 8,000 employees are vaccinated; Unvaccinated employees are asked to wear masks.
Gas explosion: A gas leak caused the accidental explosion that destroyed a house in the Slavic village district on Tuesday, reports Olivia Mitchell. Cleveland fire investigators and Dominion East Ohio Gas workers investigated the explosion, which occurred at around 1:15 p.m. in the house on East 57th Street and Fleet Avenue.
cheater: Witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic was a boom time for fraudsters, many of whom trade through unsecure peer-to-peer payment platforms, which have a fraud rate three to four times higher than traditional payment methods such as debit and credit cards. Sabrina Eaton reports that scammers have carried out advance scams to target stimulus checks, committed identity fraud related to sharing coronavirus vaccination cards online, and even took advantage of grieving families by using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 funeral assistance program targeted.
Spirit Airlines: Travelers flying Spirit Airlines face another day of chaos, with flights to and from Northeast Ohio among the mass cancellations caused by staffing and technology issues. Susan Glaser reports that the airline apologized to customers on Wednesday for the problems and said the number of cancellations will “gradually decrease in the coming days”.
Mrs. Maisel: Fashion historian Raissa Bretaña reviews the historical accuracy of the costumes from Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel’s wardrobe, including day, evening and resort wear, in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site Glamor.
Things to do: Anne Nickoloff has 14 things to do this weekend, including writer showcases, art festivals, concerts, outdoor markets and more.
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