Some Cuyahoga County residents would have to travel 90 minutes to use the countys only ballot drop box: The –

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Ballot drop box: Voting-rights advocates say it could take some Cuyahoga County residents as long as 90 minutes in travel time to cast an absentee ballot at the countys only drop box. Attorneys for the League of Women Voters and the NAACP of Ohio this week cited the difficulties of low-income residents as part of a filing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland that seeks multiple drop boxes in each county in Ohio. John Caniglia reports the organizations are fighting Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRoses directive that allows just one dropbox per county, which they say limits voters' rights and is unconstitutional. Judge Dan Polster will hear testimony today.

CLE debate: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the moderator for the first presidential debate Sept. 29 in Cleveland, on Tuesday announced the topics that would be the focus of the 90-minute forum, which will not have commercial breaks. Seth Richardson reports Wallace will ask questions on the Trump and Biden records, Supreme Court, COVID-10, economy, race and violence and integrity of the election.

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This Week in the CLE: Supporters of Donald Trump booed Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Monday when he urged them to wear Trump 2020 masks. Were talking about the divisiveness in the Republican Party on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.coms daily half-hour news podcast.

Based on Ohio Department of Health data, an estimate of just over 16,000 known coronavirus cases currently exist.Rich Exner,

New numbers: Ohios coronavirus cases continue to trend downward, with 685 new cases reported on Tuesday, reports Andrew Tobias. The number was the lowest increase in daily reported cases since Sept. 8, when health officials reported 656 new cases.

Cleveland numbers: Mayor Frank Jacksons administration announced Tuesday that the Ohio Department of Health confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were found in Cleveland the lowest number daily number since June. No new deaths were reported. The last time Cleveland had fewer than 10 deaths in its daily report was June 19, when seven new cases were reported, according to Robert Higgs.

Back to class: Northeast Ohio school districts that already took an in-person or hybrid approach to learning are happy with the results, reports Emily Bamforth. So far, outbreaks at K-12 schools are limited. An Ohio coronavirus dashboard released Thursday showed a total of 157 new cases in students between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13, and 91 new staff cases.

State of the schools: Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon thinks the coronavirus pandemic is a pivotal moment in the districts history, an opportunity to make learning more individualized, unpin learning milestones from strict timeframes and instead support individual students to learn completely, even if it takes extra time. Emily Bamforth reports school leaders will consider when to return in-person classes in the next few weeks.

Contact tracing: How does contact tracing work for the coronavirus? Seth Richardson reports epidemiologists start with a phone call, then establish a timeframe for when the person was infected. They find out when a patient began experiencing symptoms and work backward, tracking where theyve been and whom theyve been in contact with.

Coronavirus ventilation: Winter is coming, and Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohioans need to start preparing now to minimize the spread of coronavirus in indoor spaces as temperatures get colder. Jeremy Pelzer reports that includes working with an HVAC technician, when possible, to maximize air flow and filtration within homes and businesses.

Debate street closures: In preparation for the first 2020 presidential debate, Cleveland began closing streets Tuesday near the Cleveland Clinic, starting with East 89th Street between Chester and Euclid avenues. Robert Higgs lists the traffic closures and detours that are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Friday.

Clean campaign: The two Democrats running for Ohio Supreme Court this year have declined to sign the Ohio State Bar Associations clean campaign pledge, asserting that they want to point out that their Republican opponents will make conservative judicial rulings. Jeremy Pelzer reports Republican incumbents Judith French and Sharon Kennedy have signed the pledge, which commits candidates to, among other things, disavow ads that attempt to lead voters to believe that a candidate will decide issues or cases in a predetermined manner.

Nina Turner: Former state Sen. Nina Turner announced Tuesday she is forming an Ohio-based public affairs firm to provide guidance for candidates, grassroots organizations and businesses wanting to implement liberal values and policies. Seth Richardson reports that Turner, a Democrat who served as co-chair of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign, said she hoped to apply her experience in the public and nonprofit sectors to anyone looking for assistance with implementing liberal values.

A screenshot from the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists debate on which presidential candidate is better for the Black community. Cuyahoga County Republican Party Executive Director Donna Walker Brown stood in for President Donald Trump while Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairwoman Shontel Brown was the surrogate for former Vice President Joe Biden. (Screenshot/GCLEABJ)

Presidential forum: Surrogates for both Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden said their preferred candidates were the right choices for the Black community during a Tuesday debate, Seth Richardson reports.

Supreme Court reversal: Sen. Rob Portman is defending his reversal on whether the U.S. Senate should vote on a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, arguing that the situation has changed since 2016 because the presidency and U.S. Senate are now controlled by the same political party. Sabrina Eaton reports that Portman predicted the U.S. Senate will swiftly confirm whoever President Donald Trump nominates to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Voter registration glitch: The state sent voter-registration forms last week to 59,000 Ohioans in a response to what Gov. Mike DeWine called a glitch that stopped forms from being sent, after they initially requested them. Andrew Tobias reports the error affected people who requested to register to vote through the states public-benefits platform, which allows people to apply for food stamps and Medicaid, the health-insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Unemployment delay: Many Ohioans receiving unemployment benefits have had their latest payments delayed because of a coding error, Jeremy Pelzer reports. All direct-deposit payments from the Ohio Job Insurance System sent to financial institutions between Saturday and Monday were initially rejected because they didnt include the names of the recipients.

Home sales: Ohio home sales were up 4.2% in August from the same month a year ago, another sign that the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic may be fueling a competitive housing market. Eric Heisig reports that 16,311 homes were sold last month, compared to 15,656 homes sold in August 2019. The average home price was $222,797, a 12.3% increase from the same month last year.

Defense attorney: A defense attorney who once helped defend a Cleveland police officer against manslaughter charges in the 2012 shootings of two unarmed people will represent the 19-year-old man accused of killing an undercover detective and an informant. Cory Shaffer reports that Cuyahoga County Judge Sherrie Miday assigned attorneys Fernando Mack and Nancy Jamieson to defend David McDaniel against several charges, including aggravated murder in the deaths of Det. James Skernivitz and Scott Dingess.

A Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officer shot and wounded a man inside the Carl B. Stokes Mall in Cleveland's Central neighborhood, police say.

CMHA shooting: A Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officer shot and injured a despondent 39-year-old man who threatened a social services employee, Adam Ferrise reports. A Cleveland EMS supervisor said an ambulance took the man to MetroHealth Medical Center in serious condition.

Protest report: A Cuyahoga County draft report on the May 30 protests found no problems with how deputies used less lethal munitions on the crowd, despite reports released Friday that said two deputies didnt have proper training. Courtney Astolfi reports that the county believes a post-May 30 decision to expand its arsenal of less lethal munitions increases the safety of all involved in riot situations. Additionally, the Sheriffs Department is adding instructors to boost the number of deputies trained on such munitions, and increasing the frequency of such training.

Unemployment: Though the $300-a-week supplemental unemployment payments have arrived for many Ohioans, questions still linger about who qualifies, disputed claims and problems in reaching the unemployment office for help. Rich Exner answers readers' questions.

Tremont development: Developers of who already have transformed old industrial property in Tremont into housing moved a step closer to approval Tuesday for tax incentives to help launch their latest project, known as the Lincoln Building. Robert Higgs reports City Councils Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee approved incentives that would divert property taxes generated by the Lincoln Building to help pay for the improvements to the $24 million, four-story apartment building at Scranton Road and Willey Avenue.

Health department: Mayor Frank Jackson envisions his top-down restructuring of the citys Department of Public Health accomplishing more than just addressing complaints about unfair treatment workers. Jackson tells Robert Higgs he aims to refocus the department to address underlying health issues that are caused by racism and can lead to crime. He also wants to align the department with Clevelands 22 recreation centers, which could become resource centers that help families connect to social and health services.

Nuisance ordinance: The Cleveland suburb of Bedford will pay $350,000 and repeal a so-called nuisance ordinance that a federal lawsuit said was discriminatory against renters who are women, minorities and people with disabilities. Eric Heisig reports the ordinance allowed officials to designate people as a nuisance after they were accused of breaking the law more than twice on a property or in the city within a year even if tenants were not at fault.

Murder-suicide: The Lorain County Sheriffs Office is investigating a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife in Penfield Township, reports Kaylee Remington. Deputies discovered the couple Monday but officials have not released their identities to the public.

John Boehner: Want to learn more about former House Speaker John Boehner than his well-known fondness for golfing, Camel cigarettes and red wine? Sabrina Eaton reports his book, On The House: A Washington Memoir, will be released April 13.

Towpath Marathon: The 2020 Towpath Marathon, half-marathon and 10K are scheduled live and in-person in October, with the option to race virtually for each of them, Cameron Fields reports. The 28th annual race mostly on the flat, asphalt Towpath Trail will start at 8 a.m. and noon Oct. 11 for both the in-person and virtual competitions. Registration opens at 4 p.m. today, but fields will be capped.

Notorious RBG: From February through August, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood will host Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Laura Johnston reports the retrospective, which is arranged in sections with titles inspired by Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrics, focuses on Ginsburgs work to protect civil rights and expand equal opportunity for all Americans, with archival photographs, home videos, documents, contemporary art and artifacts, including Ginsburgs Supreme Court robe and lace jabot.

Oyster day: Cleveland.coms sister site, Epicurious, challenged Chef Robert Ramsey to make an entire days menu - breakfast, lunch, dinner and yes, even dessert - featuring oysters every step of the way.

Best desserts: Marc Bona has nine dont-miss desserts that serve as wonderful options to the multitude of chocolate offerings.

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