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Redistricting decision: The Ohio Supreme Court has once again struck down the state’s new legislative maps as unconstitutionally tilted toward Republicans under Ohio’s new anti-gerrymandering rules, reports Andrew Tobias. In a ruling late Monday, the court gave the Ohio Redistricting Commission until Feb. 17 to draw new maps of the Ohio House and Senate. Once again, retired Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor joined the three court Democrats in rejecting the latest set of maps, approved by the Republicans’ Redistricting Commission on January 22.
Try again: Republican state lawmakers are preparing a new Ohio congressional map proposal after the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the previous map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. Separate introductory committee meetings were scheduled today at the Ohio Statehouse for a pair of Congressional map bills. However, at least one was overturned late Monday following an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that again dismissed Republican-drawn state legislative maps as unconstitutional, reports Andrew Tobias.
Bibb Goals: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb on Monday identified 85 goals for his first 100 days in office – a wide range of priorities for how the city delivers basic services, addresses public health and safety and lays the groundwork of some of Bibb’s more ambitious, longer-term plans. The mayor also unveiled an online tracker to show the city’s progress toward those goals and to provide residents with a way to hold him accountable to his promises, Courtney Astolfi reports.
Balloon ban: Among the Cleveland City Council’s first major pieces of legislation as it began a new term was this: To prohibit the release of 10 or more balloons. The new law, which the city council passed in January, is needed to reduce power outages and promote public safety. But why the limit of 10? And Robert Higgs wonders if the city council doesn’t have bigger worries.
Federal energy regulators have given FirstEnergy two months to develop a plan to reimburse customers with interest after a new audit found the utility improperly accounted for nearly $71 million used to pressure House Bill 6’s outrageous energy bill. We talk about how spending led FirstEnergy to inappropriately raise customer prices on Today in Ohio, cleveland’s daily half-hour news podcast .com.
Gubernatorial Debate: Democratic gubernatorial candidates John Cranley and Nan Whaley have agreed to debate each other on March 28 at Central State University in Greene County, reports Jeremy Pelzer. It’s less clear, however, whether Republican gubernatorial candidates or Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate candidates will accept debate invites from the Ohio Debate Commission.
Public transport: Transit in Cleveland will receive the largest share of $73.5 million in cash for Ohio transit agencies that is being made available in the first tranche of investment law funds and infrastructure employment that is published by the federal government, reports Sabrina Eaton. Over the next five years, Ohio is expected to secure $1.3 billion in funding secured through the bipartisan infrastructure agreement’s transit formula.
Snow removal: Cleveland City Council and members of Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration have said the city’s snow removal process needs to be improved to meet the needs of residents and businesses, reports Courtney Astolfi. The comments came during a three-hour meeting of the council’s municipal services and properties committee on Monday, where members discussed shortcomings in the snowplow system and how Bibb handled communications with the public during Thursday and Friday’s storm that dumped another debilitating round of snow. in the streets of the city.
Dunkleosteus: Along a stretch of the Vermilion River, in the shadow of the Ohio Turnpike, Caitlin Colleary of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History expects to find fossil evidence of the ferocious prehistoric fish known as Dunkleosteus. Peter Krouse reports that the fish was named for a former curator of vertebrate paleontology at the museum and terrorized the tropical sea that covered present-day Ohio when it was part of a landmass south of the equator about 360 million years ago.
Raw sewage: The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District entered into an agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 to significantly reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing into Lake Erie and local waterways. But Peter Krouse reports that untreated sewage continues to flow into Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. This is where it’s the worst.
CWRU Donation: Case Western Reserve University founds the Roth Institute to help prepare students for the “increasingly complex challenges facing the world.” Sean McDonnell reports that the institute is supported by a gift of more than $20 million donated by Joel Roth, a civil engineering graduate in 1958. The program will support up to eight undergraduate students per year with scholarships, programming special event and interactions with accomplished leaders.
Chagrin Falls Park: It is easy to miss the turnoff to Chagrin Falls Park. There are no signs announcing the housing estate, nor the religious congregations that still worship there every Sunday, nor even the community center, which originated in the 1930s but remains the center of life for many residents. Brenda Cain reports that the community was once a predominantly black neighborhood and is still steeped in misconceptions.
Snow plow accident: A 48-year-old Cleveland woman died after an accident Friday morning with a city snowplow, reports Adam Ferrise. Miesha Nicholson drove a 2012 Subaru south on Lee Road and turned left into a McDonald’s parking lot in front of the town’s snowplow, which had its blade down and its flashing lights on.
Number of cases: Ohio State reported 2,594 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, continuing the downward trend in case counts after spikes in late December and early January, reports Julie Washington.
Casinos: Ohio racinos and casinos had their best January for revenue, rebounding from a decline last January due to COVID-19 curfews. Sean McDonnell reports that the state’s 11 casinos and racinos brought in $171.2 million last month.
apartments apartments: A Cleveland panel has approved plans for developers to build more than 600 apartments on the Scranton Peninsula in apartments, although members have asked those involved to further plan the look and use of space public. Eric Heisig reports that the Cleveland Planning Commission on Friday gave approval for the construction of two apartment complexes along Carter Road in a valley between Tremont, Ohio City and downtown neighborhoods.
Merger of airlines: Frontier and Spirit airlines are merging into one dominant low-cost carrier, a move that could affect service and routes at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Susan Glaser reports that the two airlines — fierce competitors for cost-conscious leisure travelers — both have a major presence in Cleveland.
Officer trial: A Cuyahoga County judge on Monday acquitted a suspended Cleveland police officer of rape charges involving two incidents with women. Common Pleas Judge John J. Russo, however, convicted Matthew Piter of two counts of gross sexual imposition. Piter, 28, faces six to 18 months for each charge when Russo sentences him Feb. 28.
Court Tales: During the pandemic, defendants logged on to remote courts while smoking cigars, lying in bed or driving a car. This is despite the courts’ efforts to explain the rules and expectations in the documents sent to the parties beforehand. Court News Ohio shares some of the most egregious behavior.
Gerard Rouge: Westlake native Red Gerard failed to capture another men’s slopestyle gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Gerard won gold at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, aged 17. He was the youngest American man to win Olympic gold in snowboarding. Sunday evening, he took fourth place, reports Marc Bona.
‘Waitress’: The hit Broadway musical “Waitress” returns to Playhouse Square, this time at the Hanna Theater in a more intimate version that will bring audiences closer to the story, reports Joey Morona. The show opens May 26 and runs for five weeks.
Amazed: Don’t watch now, but WonderStruck, which takes place at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland July 9-10, has become one of Ohio’s premier festivals. Beachwood-based event production company Elevation Group has announced the lineup for this year’s festival, with The Lumineers and Vampire Weekend headlining, reports Troy Smith.
Kenny Chesney: Country star Kenny Chesney will hit the road for a tour this summer and will stop at the Blossom Music Center for a show on June 9. Carly Pearce will be the opening act. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, reports Anne Nickoloff.
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