Cleveland – Great Lakes Outdoors TV Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cleveland – Great Lakes Outdoors TV 32 32 Corvettes, Bomb Threats and Spock: Revisiting Jimi Hendrix’s Crazy 1968 Tour Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:26:04 +0000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It might be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Jimi Hendrix wasn’t such a well-known guitar god.

By 1968 Hendrix had become a big star in Europe. But he had yet to break into the United States. That all changed after The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1968 US tour.

The latest episode of the CLE Rocks podcast looks back on this whirlwind race that took Hendrix and his comrades from coast to coast, ultimately paving the way for some of the best performances of their careers, including a memorable stop in Cleveland and a series of dates at Winterland Arena in San Francisco this fall.

[Listen to CLE Rocks Presents…Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 American Tour is part of our CLE Rocks Podcast series. Listen to the entire episode and more on Apple, Spotify or Acast]

The Jimi Hendrix Experience stop in Cleveland on March 26, 1968 included two sold-out shows at Music Hall. But Hendrix made sure to immerse himself in the city. He took part in an impromptu jam session at the famous Otto’s Grotto concert hall, smoked a joint with Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock from “Star Trek”, and bought a Corvette Stingray from a Shaker Heights dealership which he would later totalize. during this year.

The Cleveland Shows took place at a time when Hendrix established his star power in the United States, becoming the highest paid performer in music.

CLE Rocks revisits some of Northeast Ohio’s most legendary concerts and tours. You can check out some of the previous episodes below and visit our pages on Acast, Apple, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms:

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USPS hosting a job application workshop in Cleveland Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:42:00 +0000

CLEVELAND – The United States Postal Service is hosting a workshop in Cleveland for those looking to apply for a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) position.

On September 22, the USPS will be hosting the workshop at the Cleveland Administrative Building at 2200 Orange Avenue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the workshop, USPS will help participants navigate the application portal as they aim to fill 100 CCA positions.

The starting salary for the position is $ 18.51 per hour and USPS said the company offers competitive compensation, on-the-job training and advancement opportunities.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be able to pass a drug and background check, and must also have a valid driver’s license.

Applications can be submitted online only. To learn more, click here.

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Kluber set to start as New York hosts Cleveland Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:35:59 +0000

Cleveland Indians (71-73, second in AL Central) vs. New York Yankees (82-65, fourth in AL East)

New York; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

PITCH LIKELY: Indians: Zach Plesac (10-5, 4.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 88 strikeouts) Yankees: Corey Kluber (4-3, 4.02 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 72 strikeouts )

FANDUAL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Yankees -191, Indians +163; over / under is 9 1/2 strokes

BOTTOM LINE: New York and Cleveland meet on Friday.

The Yankees are 41-31 on home turf. New York’s offense has compiled a .236 batting average this season, Aaron Judge leads the team with a .281 score.

The Indians went 35-37 far from home. Cleveland’s offense has compiled a .235 batting average this season, Myles Straw leads the team with a .270 rating.

The Indians won the last game 7-3. Sam Hentges recorded his first win and Franmil Reyes went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBIs for Cleveland. Jameson Taillon recorded his second loss for New York.

BEST PERFORMERS: Joey Gallo leads the Yankees with 35 homers and hitting .200.

Straw leads the Indians with 133 hits and 45 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Yankees: 4-6, 0.236 batting average, 4.53 ERA, outscored by 10 points

Indians: 3-7, 0.186 batting average, 4.34 ERA, outscored by 18 points

INJURIES: Yankees: Jameson Taillon: (ankle), Luis Severino: (elbow), Darren O’Day: (hamstring), Jonathan Loaisiga: (shoulder), Yoendrys Gomez: (covid-19), Domingo German: (shoulder ), Zack Britton: (elbow), Tim Locastro: (knee), Aaron Hicks: (wrist), Clint Frazier: (vertigo), Miguel Andujar: (wrist).

Indians: Nick Sandlin: (shoulder), Shane Bieber: (shoulder), Josh Naylor: (ankle), Wilson Ramos: (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Downtown Cleveland Tower in Erieview to house new upscale W hotel, first in Ohio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:38:00 +0000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The owners of Tower at Erieview have announced that an upscale hotel concept will operate on the lower floors of the 529-foot building, adding another luxury option for travelers staying in downtown Cleveland while even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect business and leisure travel.

The owners of the East 12th Street office building – run by the Kassouf family, known to own multiple parking lots – have signed an agreement with Marriott International to operate a 210-room W hotel. The hotel will serve as the introduction of the W concept in Ohio and will be the brand’s 25th hotel in the United States

It will also be another luxury hotel option for business and leisure travelers, adding to the upscale rooms available at the Ritz-Carlton and the Metropolitan at The 9, which are also owned by Marriott.

A press release announcing the new hotel says the W Cleveland will also have a 15,000 square foot ballroom, event center and conference space.

Above the hotel, the Kassouf’s renovation plans include the construction of 227 high-end apartments and more than 300,000 square feet of office space. They also plan to convert the 38th floor of the building into a fine dining restaurant, capitalizing on its view of the lake and its stature as the fourth tallest building in Cleveland and one of the tallest in Ohio.

He also plans to renovate the adjacent 130,000-square-foot Galleria into a “lifestyle center,” with a spa and gym, the statement said. A heated parking garage will go below.

The Kassouf aim to start renovations to the more than $ 90 million project early next year and complete them within 24 months, by early 2024.

“Cleveland is ready for this next level of luxury and entertainment. Our vision positions the property as a premier destination in Cleveland for visitors and residents of Cleveland, ”said Elias Kassouf, vice president of Erieview Tower LLC, in a statement.

Completed in 1964, the building was part of a master plan for the neighborhood designed by architect IM Pei. The building, designed by New York-based company Harrison and Abramovitz, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. A group of investors led by the Kassouf bought the ailing tower and adjacent Galleria in 2018 for 17, $ 7 million.

The Ohio Development Services Agency in August 2020 granted the renovation project a historic preservation tax credit of $ 5 million. Anne Polkinghorn, who markets the project for the Kassouf, also said the project received historic federal tax credits. The owners also plan to claim additional tax credits from the state under a new program that provides funding for “transformational” projects, she said.

The question, however, is whether Cleveland is generating demand for hotels now or in a few years, especially as the pandemic continues to affect the number of people traveling for business and pleasure.

A report from the downtown Cleveland Alliance released in August found that 48% of hotel rooms in the city’s central business district were occupied between April and June of this year. That’s an improvement from the start of the pandemic, but much weaker than before the virus in the fourth quarter of 2019, when 78.8% of rooms were occupied.

The effect of the pandemic on the hospitality industry has created financial problems for hotel owners in the city. For example, the Westin Cleveland Downtown, a few blocks west of the Tower in Erieview, faces a foreclosure lawsuit.

David Sangree, president of Hotel & Leisure Advisors in Cleveland, said opening a hotel right now wouldn’t be the best business decision, but the number of business and leisure travelers is expected to increase as the number of coronavirus cases is steadily decreasing.

While the number of business travelers is never as high as it used to be, with some companies choosing to conduct their business virtually rather than in person, the number of people attending events and just traveling could make a hotel. like the W Cleveland a hit.

Sangree cited the Erieview Tower near the Huntington Convention Center and the lakeside as a selling point.

“It depends on when they plan to open,” he said. “I hope by then Covid is over and business travel resumed.”

Elias Kassouf said in a statement that “There is a void in the Cleveland market for a luxury hotel with destination amenities available, and we are confident all 210 rooms will be in demand. Both parties agreed it was a perfect fit for our city.

Read more:

Downtown Cleveland hotels continue to face economic hardship due to coronavirus, report says

Cleveland skyscraper and church renovation projects benefit from state historic preservation tax credits

Erieview Tower and Galleria sell for $ 17.7 million

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Five questions from the Cleveland Browns with Dawg Pound Daily Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:06:59 +0000

Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Dawg Pound Daily has joined The Toro Times to answer five questions about the Houston Texans’ road game with the Cleveland Browns.

Randy Gurzi, site expert at DPD was kind enough to take the time to discuss this week’s game between the Houston Texans 1-0 and the Cleveland Browns 0-1. Most would have expected the Browns to be 1-0, but losing to the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t the worst thing in the world.

The Cleveland Browns present a new challenge that the Houston Texans did not face in their Week 1 game against Jacksonville. This new issue is the fact that this is a playoff team that some even consider a potential Super Bowl contender. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski made the Browns a true title contender, something some Texans fans have never seen in their lives.

Second-half turnovers were the reason Cleveland lost a 22-10 lead when they appeared to be in control. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt’s hasty attack can create a dangerous situation for the defense, as Baker Mayfield can hit any of the Browns’ wide receivers for a big win at any time.

If the Texans can win the time for the possession battle and force at least two turnovers, there may be a chance Houston could steal a surprise victory. At the same time, it is perhaps the biggest test for this Texan team of the whole season.

As for the questions, they range from Browns rookies, injured players, game predictions, etc. Proceed to the first question below!

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Without hurricanes, wildfires and water shortages, is climate Cleveland’s new selling point? Sat, 11 Sep 2021 09:35:13 +0000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – People love to disparage Cleveland for its weather – and winters here can indeed be brutal – but a little lakefront snow is nothing compared to the weather crises other parts of the country have endured. We could be the lucky ones.

Massive wildfires are burning California, sending plumes of smoke across many states.

Drought across much of the west has resulted in water restrictions for some of the 40 million users who depend on the severely depleted Colorado River, with more severe limitations likely along the way.

Hurricane Ida, a major Category 4 storm, destroyed much of southern Louisiana before its remnants flooded parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, shutting down the New York subway and drowning several people in their basements.

Oh, and for those who complain about the 90 degree days in Cleveland every summer, know that Portland hit a record 116 degrees in June, surpassing all-time highs in Dallas and New Orleans.

“Welcome to Ohio, we’re boring from a climate point of view,” said Ned Hill, professor of economic development at Ohio State University.

The risk of severe weather and natural disasters in many parts of the United States stands in stark contrast to Greater Cleveland and the rest of the Great Lakes where hurricanes, drought, earthquakes and the like are of little concern.

“It’s actually something that came to my mind when I was playing golf the other day,” said Matt Barkett, executive at Cleveland Dix & Eaton’s public relations firm.

Barkett, who lived in Denver, said he and the others in his quartet felt blessed to be outside on such a beautiful day, considering the hardships others were going through.

“I mean these drought issues are really scary,” he said.

Indeed, the abundance of fresh water stored in the Great Lakes must resemble a shimmering oasis for areas of the country that lack water.

Hill actually coined the phrase “climatically boring” for the Cleveland area in the 1990s when he was teaching at Cleveland State University. in the Richfield area.

The companies were providing behind-the-scenes IT operations for insurance companies in New York City and wanted to minimize the risk of weather-related disruption.

“We don’t have earthquakes. The tornadoes are in the southern part of the state. … ”said Hill. “And people know how to get to work in the snow. “

The US Drought Monitor is produced jointly by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Making the climate a business asset for Ohio

Today, several organizations are trying to capitalize on Cleveland’s relatively boring climate.

The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, along with the Cleveland Water Alliance and the Cleveland State Energy Policy Center, are developing something tentatively called the “Business Climate Risk Tool” that would highlight the Northeast Ohio weather benefits.

“Companies are certainly focusing more on the value of being in a climate-friendly environment and how that can affect their bottom line,” said Mark Henning, research associate at the State of Energy Policy Center. Cleveland.

The goal is to create a database that will allow businesses to connect anywhere in the country and determine their climate risk and associated costs.

“If you pay for hurricane insurance, how much are you paying compared to zero here?” Said Ebie Holst, director of clusters and innovation at the water alliance.

These types of ratings already exist, but they are scattered and located behind the payment walls of rating companies, Foley said. “We’re going to have to put something in place and then test it with people. “

Holst said a northeast The Ohio-based company has already volunteered to pilot the tool “so they can look at their operating costs in different locations.”

Foley said he hopes to have a program ready for testing by the spring of 2022 and that the Cleveland Foundation should decide soon whether it will contribute $ 100,000 to the effort.

Once developed, the tool could be used to bolster Northeast Ohio’s trade attraction efforts, which have already clustered to some extent around the region’s water resources.

In this case, the county and the Water Alliance have teamed up with the Greater Cleveland Partnership to launch a rigorous study of the industries most likely to be concerned about water safety, identifying some 900 companies they should speak with, a said Bryan Stubbs, chairman and executive director. of the Water Alliance.

“We have fresh water and we’ve upgraded the capacity,” Stubbs said, “That’s the other big deal here.”

This list was initially reduced to just over 100, all related to the chemical industry, who may have reason to locate operations in the Cleveland area.

“This is one of our clearly differentiated strengths that we need to capitalize on in every way,” said Baiju Shah, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, both as a resource for attracting businesses and jobs as well as as a leisure provider. .

The value of Lake Erie

While water is clearly an asset for Northeastern Ohio, “it’s a lot more nuanced than I think a lot of people realize,” said Bill Koehler, general manager of Team NEO, a JobsOhio’s regional economic development arm.

Lake Erie offers plenty of water, he said, but if it is to be bottled or used in food processing, the additional treatments could be prohibitively expensive. There is also a question of access.

And while climate risk in general can be a factor in which a business makes an investment, it may not be enough to uproot a business from, say, California, where it has a workforce and a chain of. established supply.

“I mean, when companies are looking to make a big investment, the decision is to generate a return on their investment, their return on their investment, as quickly as possible with the most certainty over time,” he said. declared.

Yet the idea of ​​Cleveland as a climate paradise is gaining ground. National publications highlight it, including the all-important Site Selection magazine, which touted the region’s abundant water resources in an article no doubt read by the very people who help point businesses to where another.

And an article in Fast Company, which bills itself as “the world’s first progressive business media brand,” focuses on the prospect of Cleveland other Great Lakes cities becoming the mecca for climate refugees.

He asks whether proposed federal investments in green infrastructure should be directed to the ever-growing Sunbelt or “to more resilient areas where people may one day move.”

low risk

This map from JobsOhio shows how low-risk Ohio is for natural disasters.

“Let us restore the beauty of the Great Lakes”

“If it is indeed the latter, let’s make the Great Lakes great again,” the article said. “Not only is the region expected to avoid the most egregious climate impacts, but it also has an abundance of affordable housing, room to grow, and a commitment to equity and sustainability. “

At the Cleveland Foundation, these are the kinds of questions Stephen Love asks himself every day as a program manager for environmental initiatives. He thinks Cleveland’s weather sets it apart from other cities.

Northeast Ohio is well positioned to take advantage of its climate resilience, he said, but only if it maintains that resilience by reducing its carbon footprint and preserving the quality of its assets, including Lake Erie, which continues to be threatened by harmful algal blooms in the Western Basin.

It also means being prepared over the next decades for what could be an onslaught of climate refugees, including those of small means fleeing areas where climatic vagaries have made life untenable.

One thing is certain, the concern has the attention of those seeking to preserve the wealth they already possess.

Nowadays, the concept “ESG”, which stands for environmental, social and governance, is popular in meeting rooms. Investors are demanding that companies consider the threat of climate risk to the company’s future performance, Shah said.

“It’s like an exponential growth in awareness because of the ESG movement,” he said.

JobsOhio, the state’s quasi-private economic development arm, recognizes businesses’ growing desire to limit their climate risk and discusses state benefits on its website.

“The market differentiates sites based on important factors such as abundance of water and low risk of natural disasters,” JobsOhio spokesperson Matt Englehart said in an email. “Ohio is strongly positioned on both, and we are working with our partners to highlight this advantage with potential job creators. “

Additionally, he said, “Ohio’s low risk of natural disasters is particularly attractive to companies looking to make a high capital investment, such as in data centers, lithium-ion batteries and energy. “

Or as Hill would say, come to Ohio, where it’s climate boring.

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Lack of bus drivers forces Ohio school district to cancel classes Wed, 08 Sep 2021 06:48:00 +0000

WILMINGTON, Ohio – A southwestern Ohio school district was forced to cancel classes on Tuesday because many of its bus drivers were released with the coronavirus or other illnesses.

Mindy McCarty-Stewart, superintendent of schools for the city of Wilmington, told Fox 19 that the district was unable to find enough replacement drivers to fill the vacancies. The district transports approximately 1,500 students per day. The decision to cancel classes was not announced until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, according to reports.

“Wilmington has a very dedicated and loyal transportation service that cares deeply about the safety and education of our students,” McCarty-Stewart told Fox 19. “However, due to a shortage of bus drivers across the state, we struggle to have enough back-up drivers when we have multiple absences.

WCPO Channel 9 reports that drivers and students are required to wear masks on buses. Each bus is disinfected weekly and drivers can use a disinfectant spray between routes, reports WCPO.

The district says it is working on a plan to keep classes open in case it faces a shortage of bus drivers again.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, schools in Wilmington currently have eight staff members and 36 students who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilmington is located in southwestern Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati.

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Progressive Cleveland City Council candidates push for new policies, as incumbents offer reality check Sat, 04 Sep 2021 09:01:39 +0000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Eight progressive Cleveland City Council candidates, backed by a political action committee that aims to be a new force in city politics, want to make big changes at city hall next year .

But board holders don’t hesitate to come up with what they see as a reality check: Noble ideas are one thing, but getting results in city council requires collaboration among members, a realistic look at what the city can afford and the recognition that it is the mayor – not the council – who guides the direction of the city.

“They don’t even understand how the city government works – [council] don’t hire, we don’t shoot, and we don’t deploy, ”group councilor Mike Polensek said. “So it’s about working within the system and trying to solve the problems.

The challengers, supported organizationally and financially by a PAC called A Better Cleveland for All, generally want more progressive policies in Cleveland, as well as public-minded reforms in the way the council conducts its business.

The candidates are: Ayat Amin in Ward 3, Erick Walker in Ward 4, Daniel Graves and Stephanie Howse in Ward 7, Aisia Jones in Ward 8, Rebecca Maurer in Ward 12, Kate Warren in Ward 13 and the City Councilor Jenny Spencer in Ward 15. The incumbents challenged by the group are: Ward 3 Councilor Kerry McCormack, Ward 8 City Councilor Mike Polensek and Ward 12 Councilor Tony Brancatelli.

This story, the second in a two-part series about the PAC and the candidates it supports, takes a closer look at the changes the challengers want to implement and where they are failing in the eyes of the incumbents they are running against.

Read the first part here: Progressive Cleveland City Council Candidates Aided By New PAC Seek Change At City Hall

Public security

In interviews with and The Plain Dealer, candidates backed by A Better Cleveland for All said adopting new policing strategies should be a priority for the city.

-Graves wants to end qualified immunity for officers, limit when they can use force against people, and require semi-annual mental health assessments, as well as mental health exams when officers are first hired. He wants to deploy social workers to respond to non-violent conflict and set up a standing citizens’ review committee, as proposed in a voting initiative by Citizens for a Safer Cleveland.

-Howse wants police to make more use of the diversion center, so low-intensity felony suspects with mental illness or addiction can get treatment instead of jail time.

-Jones, a Black Lives Matter activist, wants more policies to decriminalize drug addiction, homelessness and poverty. She wants to give “people with mental health problems an additional option for emergencies, compared to calling the police directly.”

-Warren would also like to explore an option in which mental health professionals respond to certain calls from the police. “I think the city has invested a lot of money in policing, and that alone is not delivering the results that we want to see,” she said.

-Walker said he wanted the city to focus more on “tackling” poverty. “I think if we want to see crime decrease here, this is where we have to start,” he said.

Economic development

Candidates spoke generally about the need to invest in affordable housing in neighborhoods.

-Amin, an environmentalist running on a Cleveland version of the “Green New Deal,” wants to standardize community benefit agreements in places where the tax abatement is used. This could include requiring developers to invest along transit routes, adding public green space, or setting aside some housing units for low-income residents.

-Howse wants a “significant” sum of money from federal Cleveland bailout funds to help people own their homes, with down payment help or help with maintenance costs. She also wants the city to take advantage of its banking arrangements – “create a policy to stop doing business with financial institutions that are proven to have discriminatory lending practices” in black communities, especially in the East Side.

-Graves called its Ward 7 a “gold mine”, due to its historic neighborhoods and its central location between downtown and University Circle. Development of the city center is “at its peak at this point,” he said. “Ward 7 is in the center of Cleveland, so we need to welcome and embrace development, because it’s a growth strategy. And we need to make sure it’s fair through affordable housing, as well as business development that reflects ”the diversity of the neighborhood’s population.

-Spencer wants to rework the city’s pollution reduction policy to focus investments on affordable housing in neighborhoods experiencing rapid development and rising housing costs. She also wants older people to have the opportunity to ‘age in place’ – ensuring that old houses are accessible to people with reduced mobility or that new houses are built in an accessible manner.

–Warren said the city should be more strategic in offering tax breaks and should hold these recipients to higher standards. “I don’t think getting rid of pollution is the right approach,” she said. “But if the city is not going to generate tax revenue [from a project], we have to get something back for that, ”she said, citing green building standards as an example.

Council reforms

Many PAC candidates and leaders support reforms, such as providing public comment at council meetings and giving residents a more direct say in how certain taxes are spent (a concept known as participatory budgeting). They say Cleveland has low voter turnout because people feel their voices are not being heard in city hall.

Several have criticized the way the board appoints hand-picked successors when an incumbent leaves mid-term, instead of letting voters decide.

PAC Treasurer Pat Murray, for his part, said his group sees the election as an opportunity to give council members (and their constituents) more voice over the city’s priorities, a role that the charter of the city assigns to the mayor.

Opponents speak out

The idea that most residents are not participating in city government because they don’t feel their voices are being heard is a “loophole,” Brancatelli said. He said residents are often politically disengaged due to housing issues that force them to move house to house, and their children, from school to school.

Under these circumstances, Brancatelli said: “Voting is not a high priority. Surviving is a high priority, and that’s why stabilizing the community of people has been so important to me.

And he said the public already had the opportunity to make their voices heard. One example is the city’s annual allocation of federal block grants, in which the public regularly weighs in on how the money is to be spent. Another is at the committee hearings that he chairs.

“If you’ve come to realize that you think you need public comment, then you probably haven’t been listened to in the last decade,” said Brancatelli. “We have had public comment for a long time. I bring [community members] to testify.

McCormack and Brancatelli wondered if there was a big difference between the policies already supported by the Council and the priorities of the ABC4All candidates.

“I’m not sure what your definition of progressive is and how it differs from what we’re already doing,” Brancatelli said, noting that the changes these candidates want to see are ultimately limited by Cleveland’s finances and market forces. beyond. control of the city.

For example, he said, “If there is anyone who thinks we can demolish 4,000 abandoned properties tomorrow, all they do is flatter the community members… you are lying to them.

McCormack considers himself a progressive and has cited other progressive organizations that have supported him.

“So, I guess the question in my mind is, is this really about electing progressive leaders? Or is it just about turning people against the incumbents? McCormack said.

Like the ABC4All candidates, McCormack said he supports changes to the city’s pollution reduction policy, to ensure its fair use across the city. It is a tool that should be used to bring more low-income housing to the city, he said, or to encourage a sustainable lifestyle by bringing more development to areas close to public transport lines. .

“The issues we see around investing in our communities are multi-layered and revolve around things like valuations, the red line and where banks lend, which is exactly why this is a critical part of what I do. did, “McCormack said.

Polensek challenged the rallying of some of ABC4All’s candidates against the “status quo” in city council, saying it had never been a “rubber stamp” for the mayor’s office.

“I think there are real problems with the police department. It was not handled well, in my opinion, which is why you have never heard me criticize the presence of the Ministry of Justice here, ”Polensek said, adding that he had led the efforts to equip the Cleveland Police Body Cameras.

He said the residents of his neighborhood “don’t want the police to be decimated – they want more police on the streets, but they want responsibility, professional conduct, service that reflects the community, and they want to see a true community policing “.

Polensek said: “Should the board leadership have demanded more oversight? Of course, but [personally], I was very aggressive in terms of surveillance.

And city council, he said, demands that members compromise and unite.

“You can be as conservative as you want, you can be as liberal as you want… but you have to understand that when you walk in the door, you are not the one making the decision,” Polensek said. “You have to work with your colleagues.

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President Biden defends start of ‘Eternal War’, praises airlift Wed, 01 Sep 2021 11:56:39 +0000

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defensive President Joe Biden called on the US airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success”, though more than 100 Americans and thousands more were left behind.

Twenty-four hours after the last US C-17 cargo plane left Kabul, Biden addressed the nation and vigorously defended his decision to end America’s longest war and withdraw all troops American before the August 31 deadline.

“I was not going to prolong this war forever,” Biden said Tuesday from the White House. “And I wasn’t going to extend an outing forever.”

Biden faced tough questions about how the United States left Afghanistan – a chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence, including a suicide bombing last week that killed 13 U.S. servicemen and 169 Afghans.

He is the subject of strong criticism, in particular from the Republicans, for his management of the evacuation. But he said it was inevitable that the final start of two decades of war, first negotiated with the Taliban on May 1 by former President Donald Trump, would have been difficult, with likely violence regardless. when it was planned and carried out.

“To those who ask for a third decade of war in Afghanistan, I ask, ‘What is the vital national interest? “,” Biden said. He added, “I just don’t think America’s safety and security is enhanced by continuing to deploy thousands of American troops and spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Asked after the speech that Biden seemed angry at some of the criticisms, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president had simply offered his “strong assessment.”

Biden scoffed at Republicans – and some Democrats – who argue that the United States would have been better served by maintaining a small military footprint in Afghanistan. Prior to Thursday’s attack, the US military had not suffered any combat casualties since February 2020 – around the time the Trump administration negotiated its deal with the Taliban to end the war by May of this year.

Biden said breaking the Trump deal would have reignited a shooting war. He said those who prefer to stay at war also fail to recognize the weight of deployment, with a scourge of PTSD, financial hardships, divorces and other problems for US troops.

“When I hear that we could have, should have continued the so-called low-intensity effort in Afghanistan at low risk for our military, at low cost, I don’t think enough people understand how much we have asked for 1 % of this country to put on that uniform, ”Biden said.

Besides all the questions at home, Biden is also adjusting to a new relationship with the Taliban, the militant Islamist group overthrown by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks in America, and which is once again in power in Afghanistan. .

Biden tasked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to coordinate with international partners to keep the Taliban on their promise of safe passage for Americans and others who wish to leave in the days to come.

“We don’t just take their word for it, but their actions,” Biden said. “We have leverage to ensure that these commitments are met. “

Biden also rebuffed criticism that he broke his promise to get all Americans out of the country before the US military withdrawal. He said many Americans left behind have dual citizenship, some with deep family roots that complicate their ability to leave Afghanistan.

“At the end of the day: 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said. “For the remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to getting them out, if they want to get out. “

Biden repeated his argument that ending the war in Afghanistan was a critical step in recalibrating U.S. foreign policy in the face of growing challenges posed by China and Russia – and counterterrorism concerns that pose a more potent threat to states – United

“There is nothing that China or Russia would prefer, want more in this competition, than the United States getting bogged down in Afghanistan for another decade,” he said.

According to Biden, the war could have ended 10 years ago with the American murder of Osama bin Laden, whose extremist al-Qaida network planned and executed the 9/11 plot from an Afghan sanctuary. Al-Qaida has been drastically curtailed, so far preventing it from attacking the United States again. The president lamented about $ 2 trillion in taxpayer dollars that was spent on fighting the war.

“What have we lost as a result in terms of opportunities? Biden asked.

Congressional committees, whose interest in the war has waned over the years, are expected to hold public hearings on what went wrong in the final months of the US withdrawal.

Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., On Tuesday described the Biden administration’s handling of the evacuation as “possibly the biggest failure of the US government on a military stage of my life” and promised that Republicans would pressure the White House for answers.

Meanwhile, the Senate met briefly on Tuesday, chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, to unanimously pass a bill that increases spending on temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their relatives. charge returning from another country due to illness, war or other crisis. Biden quickly signed the legislation, which increased funding for the program from $ 1 million to $ 10 million.

A group of Republican lawmakers gathered on the floor of the House on Tuesday morning and participated in a minute’s silence for the 13 servicemen killed in the suicide bombing.

They also called for a House vote on legislation from Representative Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Who, among other things, would require the administration to submit a report on the number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan as well as the number of Afghans who had applied for a category of visas reserved for persons employed by or on behalf of the US government.

GOP lawmakers objected to Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Putting the House on adjournment. They then met for a press conference to denounce the administration.

For many American commanders and soldiers who served in Afghanistan, it was a day of mixed emotions.

“We are all in conflict with feelings of pain and anger, grief and sorrow, combined with pride and resilience,” said General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded troops in Afghanistan earlier in his career. “But one thing I’m sure, for any soldier, sailor, airman, or marine and their families, your service mattered. It was not in vain.


Associated Press editors Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report.

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The Boxers’ Association will dedicate more Cleveland area fighters this weekend Sat, 28 Aug 2021 10:32:35 +0000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio State Former Boxers Association is dedicating two classes to its Hall of Fame this weekend.

The organization is doing what the Professional Football Hall of Fame recently did, running two introductory courses in one year because Covid delayed the 2020 event.

The induction lunch will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday August 29 at the Holiday Inn in Independence. Tickets for the event are sold out, said Gene Glen, secretary of the organization.

The 10 dedicated amateur and professional fighters:

• Ernest Bailey, who has had over 100 amateur fights.

• Shawn Bailey, amateur record 53-12, 7-0 as a professional. (The Baileys are twins.)

• Robert Carson, Ohio State Heavyweight Champion.

• Joe DiSalvo, Golden Gloves champion, 10-2 pro record.

• Lee Kreisher of New Philadelphia, started in Toughman competitions and mixed martial arts, then boxed on Showtime and coached fighters.

• Scott Neal, who previously won the association’s Coach of the Year award.

• Robert Parks, amateur record of 59-6.

• Edward Reust, Cleveland Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.

• Jim Rumsey.

• Cleveland Watkins, a light heavyweight from Youngstown.

Other winners include:

• Joe Gentile, man of the year for the third time.

• Referee of the Year Doug Paterson.

• Carl Burton, Lifetime Achievement Award

• Nick Duganier and Rick Lozado, coach of the year

• Marty Healey, Bulldog Award, for his contributions and support.

• Antonio Rodriguez, “Little Bulldog” award, for his contributions and support.

Glen said the association is not limited to inducting boxers only.

“We put in people who are associated with boxing, maybe they were a coach or managed fighters and never boxed,” Glen said, adding that the organization has been around since 1966.

All the members nominate the future sanctuaries, then the executive committee draws up the list for approval.

Glen, who started fighting at bantamweight and ended up at welterweight, has been a member since 1973 and was inducted in 1982. He said he expected 175 people for Sunday’s celebration.

“Sometimes we only put two or three, but we had a lot of names,” said Glen, who is also a judge on the state boxing commission. “It’s bigger than usual.”

Sunday is a big day for boxing in Cleveland, with Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley headlining a night of fights at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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