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The Rush is on for Ohio's Marijuana Dispensary LicensesThe Rush is on for Ohio's Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:06:39 +0000

Today, the Ohio Department of Commerce will stop accepting applications for its first crop of medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Although only 60 licenses will be issued, some industry insiders estimate that applications will number in the hundreds. "It's a very hot market," said Thomas Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association 's recently formed Ohio chapter. Up to 18 dispensaries in Northeast Ohio will get in on the ground floor of what is expected to be a $300 million to $400 million per year industry. But first, would-be weed-dispensers must clear some major hurdles including bureaucratic and financial requirements, logistical challenges and legal risks. "The application process is pretty thorough," Rosenberger said. On top of a $5,000 fee, applicants must submit a detailed business plan, floor layouts, and security protocols. Key employees must undergo a background check. And applicants must have access to at least $250,000 in liquid capital


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Guidelines of Diagnosing High Blood Pressure ChangeGuidelines of Diagnosing High Blood Pressure Change

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:38:22 +0000

New guidelines from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are changing the definition of high blood pressure. Patients with blood pressure previously considered pre-hypertension now fall into the Stage One category. Dr. George Thomas , director of the Center for Blood Pressure Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic , says more people will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure. “The statistic that we had previously of 1-in-3 U.S. adults having hypertension changes now into 1-in-2 U.S. adults having hypertension. So the actual numbers, for a diagnosis of hypertension, start at 130 systolic – that’s the upper number – and 80 diastolic, which is the lower number.” Thomas believes the change recommended by the study will raise awareness and lead to lifestyle modifications.


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All Three Democratic Women Running for Ohio Governor Say Justice O'Neill Should ResignAll Three Democratic Women Running for Ohio Governor Say Justice O'Neill Should Resign

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:18:25 +0000

Three women who are running for the Democratic nomination for governor -- Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former state Rep. Connie Pillich -- are calling for Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O’Neill to resign over comments he made on Facebook alluding to his sexual past. In response to sexual harassment allegations against Senator Al Franken, O’Neill wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." “As a Democrat, I’m horrified that a statewide candidate would belittle victims of sexual harassment and assault in the way that he did. And as a women I’m outraged that he would equate sexual assault with indiscretion. It’s wrong to trivialize this,” Sutton said in a phone interview. Whaley and Pillich both condemned O'Neill on Twitter. Ohio's Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper also called the post "terrible," tweeting that "we're having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it's


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Ohio Supreme Court Justice O'Neill Defends His Facebook Post Disclosing his LoversOhio Supreme Court Justice O'Neill Defends His Facebook Post Disclosing his Lovers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:57:32 +0000

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, the only Democrat holding a state elected office, says he stands by a controversial Facebook post in which he disclosed he’d had more than 50 lovers and revealed some identifying details about them. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports as O’Neill faces condemnation and calls for his resignation. O’Neill says his point was to get the past out of the way. “As a candidate for governor I am probably the next victim. I figured I’d make it easy for my enemies just to say, I am not a perfect person, and I would suggest that neither are you.” He did amend his post to take out details of a few of the more than 50 lovers he claims, but says his post wasn’t inappropriate. “It’s obviously an appropriate post because we’re talking about real issues for real people.” And though there are calls for him to resign, he says there’s no way. “Absolutely not. We don’t have robots on the bench. We have real people. And what my post demonstrates is, I’m a


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Case Western Reserve University Gets a Microscope Developed by This Year's Nobel WinnersCase Western Reserve University Gets a Microscope Developed by This Year's Nobel Winners

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:46:26 +0000

Case Western Reserve University is going to be getting a high-tech microscope developed by this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The cryo-electron microscope produces clear, 3-D images of molecules. It costs as much as $7 million. Mark Chance , vice dean for research at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, explains how this microscope can benefit future biomedical research. We’re designing molecules to block cancer or block Huntington’s. But in order to make that drug development process efficient, we need structures of those target molecules we’re going for. And we want to see how the drug molecule fits in to the various nooks and crannies in the protein structure. This microscope would be the first in Ohio. Chance says he is talking with Ohio State University about organizing a consortium to share its use and cost.


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Morning Headlines: Steelworkers Reject TimkenSteel's Second Offer; Kasich Defends Execution ProtocolMorning Headlines: Steelworkers Reject TimkenSteel's Second Offer; Kasich Defends Execution Protocol

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:48:58 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, November 17th: Union rejects second offer from TimkenSteel; Sen. Brown gives campaign donations from Sen. Franken to charity; Ohio launches anti-bullying ad campaign; Ohio State suspends fraternities after hazing incidents; State Highway Patrol links higher speed limits to more crashes; Ohio faces legal challenges after failed execution; Kasich defends Ohio execution protocol; Killers of Cleveland teen get lengthy sentences, not death penalty; Ohio man threatens to commit mass shootings at Las Vegas church; Cardinal Health pledges $10 million to Opioid Action Program; More people are flying out of Cleveland despite fewer carriers; Union rejects second offer from TimkenSteel A tentative four-year agreement between TimkenSteel and members of Steelworkers Local 1123 has been voted down. It’s the second agreement in about a month to be rejected by the workers. The agreement was voted down 673 to 590, a slightly narrower margin than last month’s


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Akron Takes a Big Step Forward In Efforts To Combat Infant MortalityAkron Takes a Big Step Forward In Efforts To Combat Infant Mortality

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:15:59 +0000

Healthcare and community leaders in Akron today signed an agreement to work to reduce infant mortality , particularly among African-American babies. The movement was launched by Mayor Dan Horrigan and is called “ Full Term, First Birthday ,” since premature births are the leading cause of infant mortality in Akron. Terry Albanese, the mayor’s assistant for education, health and families, says things like stress can lead to premature births, and the increase in the past several years could be linked to political and economic issues ranging from police shootings to the great recession. “It puts everyone on high alert. It makes everyone question and wonder. And especially minorities that are going to be more affected by this. Some of the worries that people have in other communities – you don’t need to have those in Akron, because Akron won’t stand for those kinds of issues.” Albanese adds that the city will be applying for Medicaid grants for drugs and other medical methods to prevent


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Hitting the High Notes in a Century of the Cleveland OrchestraHitting the High Notes in a Century of the Cleveland Orchestra

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th season this year, we take a look back at where the orchestra started and how it evolved into one of the finest in the country.


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Summit County to Open Its First Financial Empowerment CenterSummit County to Open Its First Financial Empowerment Center

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:51:49 +0000

Akron’s first financial empowerment center is due to open in February. United Way of Summit County , the City of Akron and Huntington Bank are partnering to create the center, which will be in Kenmore. Adrienne Bradley is the director of Financial Empowerment of United Way of Summit County. She says there’s a high need for financial assistance in Kenmore. "It’s individuals that are working very hard every day and maybe not quite possibly making that living wage, maybe living paycheck to paycheck. And so Financial Empowerment is really open to anyone of any socioeconomic class of any income range. The center in a former Huntington Bank branch will offer one-on-one meetings with trained counselors. Services will include money management, ways to decrease debt and help improve credit scores.


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Summa Health System Says Its Finances Are Improving Despite Credit DowngradeSumma Health System Says Its Finances Are Improving Despite Credit Downgrade

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:44:25 +0000

Summa Health System is trying to stay positive after Moody’s Investment Service this week announced a slight downgrade in its bond credit rating from Baa1 to Baa2 . The downgrade will add around $90,000 per year to the costs of Summa’s $350 million expansion of Akron City Hospital. But Chief Financial Officer Brian Derrick says Summa’s finances have improved in recent months after a rough few quarters. “We clearly had a difficult first six months of this fiscal year but we are in an upswing in the last part of this year, and we expect that positive momentum to continue into 2018,” says Derrick. He says the $60 million in losses predicted earlier this year has been roughly cut in half. He says competition from larger hospital systems, changes in the insurance markets and a declining population are major challenges moving forward.


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What Obhof Thinks Of Rise In Sexual Harassment AllegationsWhat Obhof Thinks Of Rise In Sexual Harassment Allegations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:43:29 +0000

In the past month, two lawmakers and one high-ranking staffer have resigned under the guise of "inappropriate conduct." But that phrase can be attributed to a wide-range of infractions. The Senate president says they're goal is to be as transparent as possible. House Republicans have not released any more information on Representative Wes Goodman’s sudden resignation - only that it was based on “inappropriate conduct” with another person, not employed by the Legislature, inside his office. Chief of Staff for Senate Democrats Mike Premo also resigned due to unspecified “inappropriate conduct.” Republican Senate President Larry Obhof says even he hasn’t gotten all the facts yet. “And as far as what should be made public and what shouldn’t be that would in part depend on what did occur,” Obhof said. However, he does believe leaders are sending a message that they’re taking allegations seriously. "I nappropriate behavior won’t be tolerated." Obhof asked Republican Sen.Cliff Hite to resign


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Women say the Atmosphere in Ohio's Statehouse Has Long Been ToxicWomen say the Atmosphere in Ohio's Statehouse Has Long Been Toxic

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:13:35 +0000

Two Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic Senate staffer have resigned in the last month – all over what’s been termed “inappropriate behavior." This raises the question of whether there is a culture at the Statehouse that attracts or encourages behavior that makes people feel uncomfortable or afraid. Back in the 1980’s, Mary Anne Sharkey left a job as a reporter at the Dayton Journal Herald to become a Statehouse reporter. She says she quickly discovered there was a ‘good old boy’ culture throughout the state capital and was shocked at what she discovered. “When I first came there, the press room was really more like a locker room. There were nude photos hanging on the walls above reporters’ cubicles. There was a box full of Playboys and Penthouses and the whole place was a bit of a culture shock for me because even though I came from a newsroom, I had never felt anything quite like that.” Blatant sexuality Sharkey was one of only a handful of female reporters in what had been a


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Morning Headlines: Execution of Ailing Killer Postponed; Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Clears SenateMorning Headlines: Execution of Ailing Killer Postponed; Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Clears Senate

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:36:27 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, November 16th: Charges dropped against driver assaulted by police officer; Execution of ill death row inmate postponed; Down syndrome abortion ban passes Ohio House; Tape reveals truck stop executives "loved" ripping off customers; Bond set for Cleveland man who shot and wounded two officers; Allegations of inappropriate behavior force another lawmaker to resign; Cuyahoga County considers license plate scanners to catch criminals; Cordray will be out of CFPB by the end of the month; Summa Health gets negative rating from Moody's; Cleveland Indians propose extending players' parking lot; Cleveland RTA considers expanding service to suburban private universities; Budget airline ends Akron-Canton to Las Vegas service; Charges dropped against driver assaulted by police officer A judge has dismissed all charges against an unarmed driver who was punched by a police officer more than a dozen times during a traffic stop in Euclid. Richard Hubbard


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Shuffle: Bluegrass Artist David Mayfield Finds The 'Sweetside' of Making Music in CantonShuffle: Bluegrass Artist David Mayfield Finds The 'Sweetside' of Making Music in Canton

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:43 +0000

Popular bluegrass artist David Mayfield has come home to start a recording company. Sweetside has recently opened in downtown Canton, but he's kept his new venture mostly under the radar. For this week’s Shuffle, The Devil Strip’s music editor Brittany Nader talks about the new studio. Nader says she heard about Sweetside Recording Company through the Cory Grinder Band of Akron. "They told me they had recorded their new album at this place called Sweetside, and I had never heard of it. I found out it was opened and operated by Grammy-nominated producer David Mayfield." A local bluegrass hero Mayfield's music career began when he was a child. He performed in his family band, One Way Rider, with his parents, David and Valerie Mayfield , and his younger sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield . "He started doing his solo stuff with the encouragement of his sister and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers. So, he started The David Mayfield Parade where he was writing and performing his own original


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Ohio Senate Passes Down Syndrome Abortion Ban BillOhio Senate Passes Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Bill

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:28:53 +0000

Ohio could soon become the third state in the country to ban abortion after a diagnosis of Down syndrome. A bill to do that has passed the Senate. Republican Frank LaRose of Hudson explained why he sponsored the Senate version of the ban. “Do we want in the state of Ohio to have people making a decision that someone is less valuable because of a chromosomal disorder that they have?” But Republican Matt Dolan of Chagrin Falls joined the nine Democrats in voting against it, saying he’s worried whether it will hold up in court, and about encouraging silence about Down syndrome. “I fear that we will have more abortions, which is not the impact of this bill. Constitutionally, I have questions.” The House passed a Down syndrome abortion ban two weeks ago. So one measure will have to be chosen to be presented to Gov. John Kasich , who said two years ago he would sign such a ban.


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Ohio's Senators Are Sparring Over Healthcare Provisions In the GOP Tax PlanOhio's Senators Are Sparring Over Healthcare Provisions In the GOP Tax Plan

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:25:12 +0000

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is weighing-in on the Republican tax plan in the Senate, including a piece that he says was slipped-in “in the dead of night” to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Brown is unhappy about the provision to remove the individual mandate -- which requires people to buy insurance or pay a fine – after the Congressional Budget Office said it would raise premiums by 10 percent, and cause 13 million people to lose coverage . It would also save $338 billion, which Brown says would go toward corporate tax cuts as part of the tax bill. “Tax reform should be about cutting taxes for working families. Not increasing the cost of their health insurance. If you want to do tax cuts for the middle-class, then do tax cuts for the middle-class. This bill doesn’t do anything like that. “If we sat down and really did real tax reform – focused on the middle-class [and] focused on making us more competitive as a country – we could do this bipartisan-ly. But there is no interest


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Improvements are in the Works for Doan Brook Next to the Cleveland Museum of ArtImprovements are in the Works for Doan Brook Next to the Cleveland Museum of Art

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:19:37 +0000

The Cleveland Museum of Art is partnering with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on a $5 million project to realign Doan Brook , which runs along one side of the museum. Kristen Buccier, the project manager for the Regional Sewer District, says this is about more than just stabilizing the bank of Doan Brook. “And beyond that, on the left bank, the Cleveland Museum of Art will be doing a landscaping restoration project with some trails and incorporating some of the artistic elements into that to actually make it a meeting place for people.” The Regional Sewer District will begin bank stabilization next summer. The work is expected to last one year. The museum’s landscaping project will start shortly after that.


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Local Police Department Wants to Raise Security For Churches Local Police Department Wants to Raise Security For Churches

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:14:34 +0000

The Weathersfield Township Police Department in Trumbull County is reaching out to churches in its jurisdiction to try to make them safer. Police Chief Michael Naples says there are about ten houses of worship in the communities and unincorporated areas his Weathersfield department patrols. And, he says, recent mass shootings around the country and the deadly church incident in Texas point to the need to make sure "all that can be done is being done" to keep the local churches safe. “We feel we should try to touch bases with everybody. And try to give them some updated training and some security during their times of worship. We don’t have any reason to believe there is going to be any problem. But with what happens in today’s day and age, it is better to be protective than not.” He added: “we decided to contact all our churches in our township. We’ve got all their times of worship. And we’ve stepped up patrols during their times of worship. And we’re in the process of attempting to


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Gov. Kasich Calls Off Lethal Injection of Sick InmateGov. Kasich Calls Off Lethal Injection of Sick Inmate

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:56:12 +0000

After months of warnings that a death row inmate was too sick to be executed, the state tried and failed to carry out his lethal injection. Convicted killer Alva Campbell was in the execution chamber lying on the table for more than 20 minutes, but the medical staff couldn’t find a viable vein. Gov. John Kasich , who was monitoring the attempted execution from a different location, ultimately called it off. Lynn Hulsey of the Dayton Daily News says the staff tried to stick Campbell’s arm for a while, then tried his ankle. “It’s just notable how gentle they were with him and a couple of them you could see them reach out and pat him on the shoulder as they went through the process.” But the ACLU , which opposes executions, called the process “torture” for Campbell. Kasich announced the new execution date has been set for June 2019.


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Cordray Steps Down, Signals Potential Run for GovernorCordray Steps Down, Signals Potential Run for Governor

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:34:53 +0000

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray is stepping down from that post before the end of the month. That’s thought by many to signal that he’s running for governor. Speculation about whether Cordray would run for governor in 2018 has been just that – speculation. He hasn’t talked about it publicly because he can’t while he’s is in his post as the head of the federal bureau that works on behalf of consumers. State Rep. David Leland , who is a friend of Cordray’s, says he doesn’t know if Cordray will step into the race. “Rich has been an outstanding servant in the state of Ohio. He served in the Legislature. He was elected as our state treasurer. He was elected as our attorney general. "And so he’s won statewide election in the state of Ohio but more importantly than that, he’s been working for working families across the United States of America, making sure they are not being ripped off by banks and other institutions. And we need a person like that in Ohio.”


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