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  • Commissioner works to declare racism a public health crisis in Hamilton County

    07/02/2020 8:27:08 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 18 replies
    TV 9 Cinci WCPO ^ | June 30, 2020 | Mariel Carbone
    HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio — Hamilton County Commissioner Victoria Parks released a draft of a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis in the county on Tuesday. The move, which follows weeks of protests over police brutality, calls for expanded training for county employees, a disparity study specific to the county and expansion of the Office of Economic Inclusion, in addition to supporting collaborative health efforts that reduce racial inequities.
  • One-third of Toledo's City Council arrested on bribery, extortion charges

    07/01/2020 11:19:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/2020 | Caitlin McFall
    The FBI on Tuesday arrested a local attorney and four members of the city council in Toledo, Ohio, for their alleged participation in a bribery and extortion scheme. Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Garrick “Gary” Johnson, Larry Sykes and Keith Mitchell were charged with bribery and extortion in a federal criminal complaint after a two-year investigation, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). “As alleged in the Complaint, four Toledo City Council members and a local attorney have been engaged in a pay-to-play scheme involving bribes for Council votes,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday....
  • Donald Trump is facing the prospect of a landslide loss

    06/25/2020 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 289 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25,2020 | Chris Cillizza
    (CNN)A half dozen new swing-state polls released Thursday morning suggest that not only would President Donald Trump lose if the election were held today, he would lose in a landslide. The surveys, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, show Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by double digits in Michigan (Biden +11), Wisconsin (Biden +11) and Pennsylvania (Biden+ 10) and by mid-single digits in North Carolina (Biden +9), Arizona (Biden +7) and Florida (Biden +6). Trump won every one of those states in the 2016 election. Switch them from red to blue and you can quickly...
  • Christopher Columbus Statue Removed Outside Columbus City Hall

    07/01/2020 12:05:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07/01/20 | Jackie Salo
    A statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday morning amid renewed criticism over the legacy of the explorer.Crews arrived around 3 a.m. with a crane to remove the bronze statue from its perch outside Columbus City Hall, news station WBNS reported.The statue, which will be placed for safekeeping in a city facility, had been a gift from the people of Genoa, Italy, in 1955.But Columbus’ namesake city has experienced renewed calls to re-evaluate symbols associated with him — as critics characterize him as a symbol of white supremacy responsible for the destruction of indigenous cultures.Mayor Andrew Ginther...
  • Hours after mayor speaks out against increasing violence, more shootings in Columbus (felonious assaults involving a firearm in June are up 244%)

    06/29/2020 1:42:01 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    abc6onyourside ^ | by Matthew Thomas Sunday, June 28th 2020
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The morning after Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther held a press conference to address increasing gun violence in the city, Columbus Police responded to two shootings. At least one person was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shooting near a bar on Mediterranean Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Police did not have any suspect information available this morning. Another person was hospitalized Sunday morning after a shooting near the Scioto Mile in the 100 block of West Main Street. Columbus Police said officers found a male victim in his 20s lying on the grass near...
  • VP Mike Pence visiting Lordstown for unveiling of new electric Endurance truck

    06/25/2020 6:52:06 AM PDT · by mylife · 33 replies
    WOIO ^ | 6/25/2020 | John Deike and Rachel Vadaj
    VP Mike Pence visiting Lordstown for unveiling of new electric Endurance truck Lordstown Motors Corp. purchased the plant from GM in November 2019, after the auto giant decided to scale back its production of the Chevy Cruze VP Mike Pence visiting Lordstown for unveiling of new electric Endurance truck The Lordstown Motors Endurance electric truck will be priced just north of $50,000. (Source: Lordstown Motors Facebook page) By John Deike and Rachel Vadaj | June 25, 2020 at 4:36 AM EDT - Updated June 25 at 4:36 AM LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WOIO) - Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Youngstown...
  • Chuck E. Cheese Could Permanently Close All Locations, Including 3 In Cleveland

    06/24/2020 8:32:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies ^ | 06/12/20 | Troy Smith
    The coronavirus pandemic could spell the end of Chuck E. Cheese. The popular kid’s restaurant had to close its 610 locations nationwide during the outbreak. Now, $1 billion in debt has Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company, CEC Entertainment, approaching bankruptcy.The Wall Street Journal reports that CEC is asking lenders for a $200 million to keep its business going. For comparison, the news is similar to the recent circumstances that led to the retail band JC Penney filing bankruptcy last month.CEC has also offered its top executives retention bonuses to try and keep them from leaving, including $3 million to three of its executives,...
  • Dance studios’ lawsuit claims Ohio’s coronavirus rules took a ‘sledge hammer’ to state economy

    06/24/2020 4:41:02 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 10 replies ^ | June 24, 2020 | Jeremy Pelzer
    Nine dance studios from across Ohio have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the DeWine administration’s coronavirus reopening restrictions, as well as receive government compensation for being forced to close. The lawsuit, filed by two Northeast Ohio attorneys in Lake County Common Pleas Court, is the latest in a series of suits seeking to tear down state and local health orders that kept most Ohio businesses closed for weeks – then allowed them to reopen only if they followed a long list of health rules. The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed against Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of...
  • Destroyed Cleveland cupcake store owner gets threats to shut up or her business will be looted again

    06/22/2020 1:16:20 PM PDT · by kevcol · 87 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 22, 2020 | Jon Dougherty
    The owner of a small cupcake business in Cleveland that was destroyed and looted last month as riots broke out following the death of George Floyd says she’s being threatened with future harm and destruction for cooperating with police. In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday, Kelly Kandah, owner of Colossal Cupcakes, a family business, said the threats include people telling her that if she rebuilds, “it’s going to get hit again.”
  • Cleveland Clinic cutting costs in face of $500 million in lost revenue due to COVID-19

    06/22/2020 10:51:17 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 14 replies ^ | June 22, 2020 | Julie Washington
    Cleveland Clinic is taking cost-reduction measures, including eliminating raises and delaying some capital projects, in reaction to more than $500 million in revenue shortfalls and increased expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the health system said. The Clinic also reduced operating costs by restricting travel and changing how it manages paid time off, the health system said. “For the first time since the effects of the 2007–09 recession, the Cleveland Clinic has announced that it will not give pay raises in 2020,” a Clinic statement said. “Our priority is to preserve jobs and not reduce pay for our caregivers. This...
  • Petition Calls for Columbus, Ohio, to Be Renamed ‘Flavortown’ in Honor of Guy Fieri

    06/20/2020 11:27:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 6/19/2020 | Breitbart news
    The controversy over depictions of Christopher Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, has led to an online petition calling for the city to be renamed Flavortown in honor of Guy Fieri. The city of Columbus announced Thursday that the statue of Columbus outside of City Hall would be removed, and officials are asking the Arts Commission to consider changes to the city’s seal, flag and other symbols.
  • Ohio cafe employees stage walkout to boycott company policy offering discounts to police, firefighters

    06/19/2020 4:51:43 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 53 replies ^ | June 7, 2020 | Natasha Anderson
    Several workers at an Ohio cafe staged a walkout Saturday morning to boycott the restaurant. According to the Columbus Dispatch,employees at Northstar Cafe wanted to protest recent decisions made by the restaurant’s management. At Northstar, uniformed officers and firefighters reportedly received a 50% off discount. The staff reportedly decided to discount on Wednesday to show their solidarity with protesters. However, the restaurant faced backlash and reinstated the promotion on Friday. This prompted at least one employee to quit working at the establishment and others to participate in a demonstration. About 20 employees at Northstar’s Westerville location walked out Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Cincinnati budget hearing ends in chaos after a resident tries to make the case for extra police funding sparking fury among booing protesters - before cops are called in to restore order

    06/19/2020 6:41:05 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2020 | Ross Ibbetson
    Not long after he started speaking, Mann tried to silence the crowd but was also berated by the protesters who were standing up close to the stage. Man told FOX19: 'This went from an emotionally charged evening to close to a mob. 'We had one speaker who spoke in favor of the police, and he was shouted down. I said, "Hey listen folks, we are here to listen to each other," and then I was shouted down. 'Frankly it seemed to me we lost the purpose of the public hearing. I said, "This meeting is adjourned." At that point the...
  • Gov. Mike DeWine, LG Jon Husted to return part of their salaries after ordering pay cuts for state workers

    06/18/2020 4:37:58 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 6 replies ^ | June 18, 2020 | Jeremy Pelzer
    Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted each said Thursday that they will return 4 percent of their respective government salaries to the state to match similar pay cuts DeWine has ordered for thousands of other state employees. DeWine, who earned $140,989.84 as governor last year, said during a news conference that his legal counsel has told him he can’t take a pay cut directly. Instead, he said, he will write a check equal to 4 percent of his salary – which came to $5,640 in 2019. In addition, the governor said he and First Lady Fran DeWine have...
  • Status of Christopher Columbus statue outside Ohio Statehouse likely to be debated

    06/17/2020 2:10:19 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 31 replies ^ | June 17, 2020 | Andrew J. Tobias
    The status of a Christopher Columbus statue outside the Ohio State Capitol is likely to come up at a future meeting of the agency that manages the Statehouse grounds, after support has grown in Columbus to remove the city’s other prominent statues of the Italian explorer. Laura Battocletti, executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, said she’s not aware of discussion about removing the statue among CSRAB board members, a mixture of state lawmakers, legislative staff and governor appointees. But, she said, the agency recently has received requests from the public to remove the statue, which has...
  • Ohio restaurant names Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf employee of the month for driving business

    06/17/2020 11:54:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    TribLive ^ | June 17 2020 | MEGAN GUZA
    An Ohio barbecue joint just across the border from Erie named Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf its employee of the month for bringing so much business to the lakefront eatery over the past weeks. The Facebook post from Breakwall BBQ owner Mike Morgan is a wink and a nod to Pennsylvania’s slow, gradual reopening process — a process that has nearby Erie County still in the yellow phase, which prohibits restaurants from offering dine-in services. Ohio restaurants have been open for full-but-socially-distant business since last month. “Also want to give a shout-out to our employee of the month, Pennsylvania’s very own...
  • Black Lives Matter protest of 80 people in tiny Ohio town where just 13 black residents live is overrun by 700 white counterprotesters armed with rifles, handguns and baseball bats

    06/17/2020 9:05:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 17, 2020 | Rachel Sharp
    A Black Lives Matter protest of around 80 people in a tiny Ohio town home to just 13 black residents was overrun by 700 white counterprotesters armed with rifles, handguns and baseball bats at the weekend. Heavily armed white men and women from motorcycle gangs and 'back the blue' groups flocked to the small town of Bethel Sunday shouting 'Blue lives matter!' and 'All lives matter!' and facing off with the small group of village residents who had been demonstrating peacefully calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality across America.
  • Endurance debuts June 25

    06/16/2020 5:45:10 AM PDT · by mylife · 14 replies
    tribune chronicle ^ | 06/16/20 | RON SELAK JR.
    Lordstown Motors Corp. will give the public its first glimpse of the startup’s all-electric Endurance pickup truck during a June 25 event at the company’s headquarters in Lordstown. Lordstown Motors Corp. will give the public its first glimpse of the startup’s all-electric Endurance pickup truck next week at the company’s headquarters in Lordstown. The June 25 launch at the facility, the former General Motors assembly plant, was given the OK by the state with 150 to 200 guests practicing social distancing and wearing masks / goggles amid the viral outbreak. Company officials had planned to publicly reveal the Endurance this...
  • Bill to change how state health officials collect, report coronavirus information passes Ohio House

    06/14/2020 11:52:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies ^ | 06/11/2020 | Jeremy Pelzer
    The legislation would require the Ohio Department of Health, as well as local health boards, hospitals and coroners to report every coronavirus test given, and mandate that ODH release that information, as well as the test results, in the form of a chart or table broken down by ZIP code, as well as infection rates for nursing homes, hospitals and prisons. It would also require the state health department, when it releases COVID-19 modeling projections, to provide supporting information and documents, as well as a margin of error. Supporters of the measure said that the Ohio Department of Health’s presentation...
  • Ohio GOP lawmaker asks if "the colored population" gets coronavirus because they "do not wash their hands as well as other groups"

    06/13/2020 8:24:06 PM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 9, 2020 | Caitlin O'Kane
    During a hearing in the Ohio statehouse on Tuesday, Republican state Senator Steve Huffman asked if "the colored population" is hit harder by the coronavirus because "they do not wash their hands as well as other groups." Huffman, who is a physician, raised the question during a health committee hearing on whether to declare racism a public health crisis. "My point is, I understand African Americans have a higher incidence of chronic conditions and it makes them more susceptible to death from COVID," Huffman said. "But why it doesn't make them more susceptible to just get COVID? Could it just...