Draft plan lays out possible regulations for Ohio schools to reopen: The Wake Up for Thursday, May 14, 2020 – cleveland.com

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Its going to be warm today as highs reach the low 70s. Its also going to be damp showers are likely through much of the day, which chances of thunderstorms during the afternoon and through the night. Lows will be around 60. Read more.

Schools reopening: A state draft plan offering guidelines on how Ohio schools can safely reopen this fall envisions daily at-home temperature checks, hand-sanitizing stations, and required face masks for students and teachers, among other safety measures. Andrew Tobias reports desks would be spaced at least 6 feet apart, high-touch surfaces like door handles and hand-rails would be sanitized regularly, and visitors would be limited or prohibited under the plan.

Property taxes: The 10% drop in property tax collections Cuyahoga is projecting because of the coronavirus pandemic is a far steeper decline than has occurred during any year in the last 20, Courtney Astolfi reports. A cleveland.com examination of tax-collection records dating to 2000 found the county experienced no single-year drop of 10%, even during the Great Recession, which officially ran from December 2007 to June 2009, or during the overlapping foreclosure crisis.

Subtext: Cleveland.com has started a new, free Subtext account to send coronavirus updates. Every day, the team covering the coronavirus will send three to four updates about the progress of the virus -- confirmed cases of the virus, major cancellations, the latest medical advice, relevant scientific information and more. You can even text us back. Go to https://joinsubtext.com/ohiocoronavirus and enter your phone number. Fill out the form below. Or send a text to 216-279-7784. Did we mention its free?

This Week in the CLE: Has the useful portion of Gov. Mike DeWines statehouse news briefings petered away? Were talking about all the questions we havent had answered at the latest afternoon news conferences on This Week in the CLE.

Ohio reported its first three cases of coronavirus on March 9. On Wednesday, the total reached 25,721.Rich Exner, cleveland.com

New numbers: At least 1,483 people in Ohio have died with the coronavirus and at least 25,721 people have been infected, reports Laura Hancock. This includes at least 136 probable coronavirus-related deaths and at least 1,476 probable cases.

Cleveland numbers: The Ohio Department of Health informed Cleveland on Wednesday it had confirmed 35 more cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Robert Higgs reports. The new cases push the total number of Cleveland residents who have been infected to 1,046. No new deaths were reported.

Trends: Data from the Ohio Hospital Association on Wednesday showed the number of coronavirus patients in reporting hospitals across the state fell below 1,000 for the first time in weeks, with a preliminary number for Wednesday of 924. Rich Exner reports the number of patients in intensive care was reported at 353, after they had been above 400 for several days.

Nursing homes: The erratic reporting of Ohio nursing home data for the coronavirus continued Wednesday as the Ohio Department of Health failed to post its weekly update for deaths involving patients, and the number of cases involving patients and staff, Rich Exner reports.

Report challenged: Attorneys for the family of a 23-year-old man killed by an off-duty Cleveland police officer last month said the man never flashed or gun or threatened the officer in the moments before the shooting. Adam Ferrise reports attorneys Shean Williams and Stanley Jackson of The Cochran Firm on Wednesday disputed Cleveland polices official account of the April 9 shooting that killed Desmond Franklin, an aspiring plumber and father of four.

Rep. Jim Jordan speaks at the first online hearing of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Coronavirus panel: Ohio GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan asked no questions and challenged the existence of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis during its first meeting Wednesday. Sabrina Eaton reports health care experts did testify that ramped-up testing is the key to the safe reopening of the nations economy.

Casinos: Ohios 11 casinos and racinos, which have been out of business since mid-March under the governors coronavirus-related ban, are $229 million behind in gambling revenue for the first four months of 2020. Cleveland.coms Rich Exner reports the industry has taken in $410.8 million on gambling, after paying out winnings, down from $640.1 million through April a year ago.

Supreme Court: A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 2015 law allowing the state to temporarily take over leadership of struggling school districts in Youngstown and other cities, Jeremy Pelzer reports.

Ethics violation: A judge has found East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons attempt to represent her city and two former police officers in a court battle over who must pay $15 million to three wrongfully imprisoned men was a patently inappropriate and unethical conflict of interest, reports Cory Shaffer. U.S. District Court Judge James Gwin took the rare step this week of disqualifying Hemmons from representing former officers Vincent Johnstone and Michael Perry, finding that she acted in flagrant violation of the rules that govern the conduct of attorneys and judges.

Ponzi scheme: The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday indefinitely suspended a former Northeast Ohio attorney who served 18 months in federal prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of a combined $17 million. Cory Shaffer reports Mark George must complete his supervised release, take a three-hour legal course on handling client accounts and pay $51,000 to a fund for victims of dishonest lawyers before he can apply to have his law license reinstated.

Bipartisanship: A newly released study of how often members of Congress work across party lines on legislation rated Ohio Republican Rob Portman as the fourth-most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during 2019, and Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan fourth from the bottom of the 437 House of Representatives members it examined. Sabrina Eaton reports on the ratings from the nonpartisan Lugar Center and Georgetown Universitys McCourt School of Public Policy.

Medicaid: With the joblessness accompanying the coronavirus pandemic, more Ohioans are turning to Medicaid for health coverage. About 3 million people are now on Medicaid in Ohio, reports Laura Hancock.

Bar exam: Ohio Chief Justice Maureen OConnor announced Wednesday that the July state bar exam for new attorneys scheduled will be postponed until September, reports Robert Higgs.

Cybercrime: The Ohio House on Wednesday almost unanimously passed legislation that would create a new group of state-level penalties for illegal hacking and other cybercrimes. Jeremy Pelzer reports backers of House Bill 368, which now heads to the Senate, say the changes are needed because Ohio law right now only criminalizes successful computer hacks, not attempts.

Stop the Hate: Thousands of students chose to stand up for themselves and to create positive change as finalists in the 12th annual Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out contest, hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Laura Johnston reports the museum will announce the winner of the 2020 contest, who receives a $40,000 scholarship, at 10 a.m. today.

Collector stamp: The Birch Tree Alle at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens are featured on a U.S. Postal Service stamp released Wednesday, Marc Bona reports. It's one of 10 gardens featured in the American Gardens Forever Stamps series.

Cleveland Zoo: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo said Wednesday its considering reopening drive-thru style, for visitors to enjoy the animals from their cars. The zoo didnt provide any further details about when the drive-thru exhibits might open, or what exhibits visitors could expect to see, reports Mary Kilpatrick.

Masks required: Where are you required to wear a mask? Kaylee Remington surveyed supermarkets, big-box retailers, drug stores and assorted stores around Northeast Ohio to get their latest policies on masks for customers.

WOW: University Circle Inc. has suspended its 2020 Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW) concert season, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Anne Nickoloff reports the series, which had been set to take place every Wednesday between June 17 and August 12, regularly draws large crowds to Wade Oval park outside of the Cleveland Museum of Art in Clevelands University Circle neighborhood.


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Aut-O-Rama: Few business platforms cater to social distancing as well as a drive-in movie theater. Photographer Josh Gunter captured the opening night of the Aut-O-Rama drive-in theater in North Ridgeville for people eager to enjoy a night out watching a movie and maybe even feeling a little normal again.

Donut shops: Though Ohios restaurants plan to begin reopening, many offer to-go options right now. Anne Nickoloff has 17 donut shops open for takeout.

Old food: Join Cefs Claire Saffitz, Brad Leone, Chris Morocco, Gaby Melian, Andy Baraghani, Sohla El-Waylly, Amiel Stanek, Carla Lalli Music, Priya Krishna and Christina Chaey at home as they show cleveland.coms sister site, Bon Appetit, the oldest food in their kitchens. Whether its smuggled lardo or 10-year-old fruitcake, there are a probably a few items here that might be a health hazard.

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