Today is expected to reach highs around 70, but windy conditions are also in store, with wind gusts potentially reaching 30 mph. Skies will be clear throughout the day, but it is forecast to be cloudy at night with chances of showers picking up after midnight. The low is forecast to be around 40. Read more.
Local scores: Utah Jazz 114, Cavs 75
Wasted vaccine: Ohio hospitals, pharmacies, health departments and others reported 4,214 doses of coronavirus vaccine couldn’t be used because they expired before they were administered, were broken or damaged or not stored at the right temperatures. Laura Hancock reports on the fraction of the 4.6 million first and second doses administered in Ohio.
COVID up: With the sharp winter decline in Ohio coronavirus cases over, there has been a spring uptick – with newly reported cases up about 10% in the last week. Rich Exner reports vaccinations, meanwhile, have sharply increased with 35% of the state’s 16 and older population now having received at least one shot.
This Week in the CLE: Of the nearly 400,000 Ohio coronavirus cases reported since the beginning of vaccinations in mid-December, 34 are known to have involved people who were vaccinated before being infected — and none have died. We’re talking about it on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
New numbers: Another 1,497 coronavirus cases added Monday boosted the state’s total to 1,013,119, Laura Hancock reports. Monday’s case total is below the 21-day rolling average of 1,590.
March snow: If March does indeed close out without any measurable snow, it will mark just the second time on record since 1938. The other time was last year, Rich Exner reports. But last year, Cleveland had 3.2 inches of snow April 15-17 as well as the first May snow since 1974.
Foreclosure case: The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a case that’s at the center of a longstanding legal fight regarding how Cuyahoga County handles foreclosures of certain properties, John Caniglia reports. Attorneys for Elliott Feltner were petitioning the court to analyze whether the county’s process of foreclosing on properties and transferring them to a county land bank is constitutional.
Death rate: With the last of the death reports from 2020 still trickling in, the Ohio Department of Health is now reporting that at least 143,558 Ohioans died last year from all causes amid coronavirus – an increase of nearly 20,000 from the year before. Rich Exner reports the increase amounts to 16%.
Virus criticism: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Monday doubled down on his pointed public use of the phrase “Wuhan virus” to describe the coronavirus, dismissing those who said the term encourages bigotry amid a backdrop of rising prejudice and hate crimes against Asian-Americans. Andrew Tobias reports that Husted told a Cincinnati radio host that what he actually meant in his 10-word tweet was to criticize the Chinese government for not being more transparent about its possible role in the pandemic.
Infection risk: The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 under real-world conditions, with each reducing the risk of infection by approximately 90%, reports Evan MacDonald. Clinical trials conducted last year found both vaccines were approximately 95% effective at preventing symptomatic infections.
Eviction moratorium: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday extended a moratorium on evicting tenants who cannot pay their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic to June 30. Eric Heisig reports that court challenges threaten the directive’s future.
Park improvements: Cleveland City Council approved legislation Monday that will open a path for improvements to Canal Basin Park, the trailhead for a section of the Towpath Trail. Robert Higgs reports the park, expected to cost nearly $757,000, will be will be developed using excess parking spaces at the site next to Columbus Road below the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
Unpaid furloughs: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish wants to give millions of dollars to full-time, non-union workers to compensate for unpaid furloughs that his administration put in based on its inaccurate projections of revenues that would be lost due to the pandemic. Courtney Astolfi reports that the county ended 2020 with $192 million in reserves, more than twice the $89 million that the administration had projected prior to the pandemic.
Canal park: Akron City Council unanimously approved Monday $2.95 million for improvements to Canal Park, the home of the Akron RubberDucks. Robin Goist reports some repairs will happen before the 2021 season begins on May 4, and other renovations — including new seating — are slated for the offseason leading up to 2022′s opening day.
Manufacturing czar: Joe Biden’s White House will get a “Chief Manufacturing Officer” if Ohio Congress members Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan and Rob Portman get their way. Sabrina Eaton reports the three Ohioans teamed up with a bipartisan group of legislators in both Houses of Congress to introduce legislation that would create the new White House post, as well as a new office to help strengthen America’s manufacturing industry and workforce, improve global competitiveness, and enhance research and development.
Banking committee: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is using his chairmanship of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees the banking system to overturn regulations the Trump administration passed in its waning day. Brown believes the so-called “True Lender Rule” lets predatory lenders skirt state laws that curb interest rates on loans and allows them to prey on vulnerable consumers, reports Sabrina Eaton.
COVID warning: Nicole Stika lost her father-in-law, her mother and her father in three consecutive days before Christmas. Now, Evan MacDonald reports, Stika believes her family’s story is a cautionary pandemic tale. She’s encouraging others to get the shot, because she’s seen how the virus can wreak havoc on a family.
Elderly scam: A pair of Florida men admitted Monday to swindling elderly residents in Northeast Ohio out of their savings in a scam that targeted grandparents. John Caniglia reports the Tampa 20-somethings pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and wire fraud, whose victims suffered a combined loss of more than $383,000.
Parma dad: A judge on Monday ordered a Parma father charged with aggravated murder in the death of his 5-year-old son to remain in jail without a bond. Cory Shaffer reports prosecutors prepare to take his case to a Cuyahoga County grand jury to consider eligibility for the death penalty if he is convicted.
Police chase: East Cleveland police chased a suspected stolen pickup truck into downtown Cleveland on Monday morning, and the pursuit ended in the truck slamming into an office building, Olivia Mitchell reports. An East Cleveland police officer was also bitten by his own K-9 officer. The officer went to MetroHealth after being bitten. Police in Cleveland and East Cleveland haven’t said whether the driver of the truck suffered any injuries.
Land swap: Cleveland City Council approved a property swap Monday with Cleveland schools that will allow redevelopment of two idle school buildings and construction of an elementary school near where Tamir Rice was killed. Robert Higgs reports legislation approving the swap would take effect immediately once signed. The plan would provide 2.2 vacant acres adjacent to Cudell Recreation Center on the West Side, which will become the site of a new Marion C. Seltzer Elementary School.
Stipe Miocic: Stipe Miocic lost his UFC Heavyweight Championship in devastating fashion at Saturday’s UFC 260, against Francis Ngannou. Troy Smith reports that if Miocic does decide to fight again, he’ll likely have to work his way back up the heavyweight ranks.
NY penthouse: Cleveland.com’s sister site, Architectural Digest, takes you to the Upper East Side of Manhattan to visit a luxurious pre-war penthouse on the market for $39 million.
Wild Mango: Jia Wei is set to open Wild Mango in Crocker Park in June. Marc Bona reports the restaurant will cover about 8,000 square feet and have capacity for 180 diners inside and 100 outside, in the former Asian bistro Vieng’s space, across from The Cheesecake Factory and next to Aladdin’s Eatery.
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