Anti-swatting, fentanyl testing: What’s on faucet for the lame duck Ohio legislature this week? The Wake Up for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

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If the vacations are probably the most fantastic time of the yr, lame duck may be the most efficient time of the yr for the Ohio legislature.

Within the frenzied weeks between Election Day and yr’s finish, lawmakers have a last probability to approve laws launched in the course of the previous two years. Our statehouse staff is protecting observe of all of the hustle and bustle.

Possibly we’ll even see some Christmas tree payments.

– Laura

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Lame duck: The Ohio Normal Meeting is about to return this week for the previous couple of weeks of lawmaking of the 2021-22 legislative session. Jake Zuckerman stories a number of gadgets are up for committee votes this week, together with decriminalizing fentanyl testing strips, limiting early voting and stiffening penalties towards swatting.

Non-profits: Like individuals and companies, non-profits took a tough hit in the course of the first yr of the pandemic. Nonetheless, out of the greater than 2,900 non-profits in Larger Cleveland, 100 nonetheless managed to generate greater than $15 million in income. Zachary Smith lists the large ones, together with 4 that reported over $1 billion in income in the course of the first yr of the pandemic.

Boutros pay: In 2018, MetroHealth Board Chairman Thomas McDonald pointedly defended elevating the pay of then-CEO Dr. Akram Boutros due to the success of the system. Neither talked about a $400,000 bonus Boutros obtained weeks earlier as a result of McDonald knew nothing about it, based on an investigative report. Julie Washington has the total recording of a gathering with the Seller editorial board.

Boutros lawsuit: Fired MetroHealth System CEO Dr. Akram Boutros has filed a lawsuit towards the MetroHealth Board of Trustees for violations of the Ohio Open Conferences Act, stories Julie Washington. Final week, the MetroHealth Board of Trustees fired Boutros, who had led the hospital system for almost 10 years, saying he had given himself greater than $1.9 million in unauthorized bonuses. Boutros stated the bonuses have been licensed by the board.

Right this moment in Ohio: Dr. Akram Boutros, the fired CEO of MetroHealth System, didn’t disclose his full annual compensation – together with bonuses – on no less than two events. We’re speaking about Boutros’ wage, raises and bonuses on Right this moment in Ohio,’s every day half-hour information podcast.


Presently, medical marijuana is allowed for 22 situations in Ohio – akin to persistent traumatic encephalopathy, ulcerative colitis and Tourette’s syndrome. (Charlie Riedel, Related Press file picture)AP

Leisure marijuana: Backers of an Ohio leisure marijuana legalization proposal purpose to put the initiated statute earlier than voters in November 2023, stories Laura Hancock. Meantime, the Normal Meeting could cross by the tip of the yr a invoice that will enable the drug for any situation “that the affected person’s signs could fairly be anticipated to be relieved from medical marijuana.”

Pension fund: Ohio’s two largest state pension funds are suing Warner Bros. Discovery, claiming they misplaced greater than $25 million as a result of firm executives withheld antagonistic details about a merger earlier this yr. Jeremy Pelzer stories the class-action lawsuit, filed by the Ohio Public Staff Retirement System, the State Lecturers Retirement System and different Warner Bros. Discovery buyers, claims the corporate and high executives David Zaslav and Gunnar Wiedenfels didn’t reveal that WarnerMedia was in monetary disarray when it merged with Discovery final spring.

OSU president: Ohio State College President Kristina Johnson will step down from her position on the finish of the tutorial yr. The college introduced the change in a information launch Tuesday night, albeit with out a lot rationalization behind the transfer, Jake Zuckerman stories.

Cleveland’s Promise: At Almira Elementary Faculty, many youngsters on individualized schooling plans finally attain some extent the place they now not want their IEPs. Hannah Drown stories 22% of Cleveland colleges college students, or about 8,200 college students, have an IEP, in comparison with 16% throughout Ohio.

Quilting duo: Jan Lipker has had an curiosity in stitching and quilting since childhood, however it was solely after the coronavirus pandemic and a few much-needed bonding time along with her daughter, Rebecca, did the 2 understand they weren’t simply weaving materials collectively however sharing recollections. Alexis Oatman stories their enterprise at present has over 15,000 followers on TikTok, with greater than 131,000 likes on the social media platform.

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Akron private coach James Anderson celebrates atop Mount Kilimanjaro on Oct. 14, 2022. (Courtesy of Morgan Anderson)

Mount Kilimanjaro: Every year on Oct. 14, Akron private coach James Anderson celebrates his sobriety anniversary by partaking in an intense bodily problem. Megan Becka stories that one problem had eluded Anderson till this yr: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the world’s tallest mountain not a part of a mountain vary.

COVID-19 map: The COVID-19 image in Northeast Ohio worsened final week, with three counties beforehand designated yellow flipping to purple for top COVID-19 unfold. Ashtabula, Medina and Lorain counties have been designated purple on the newest U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention map, stories Julie Washington.

Reasonably priced Care: Continuation of expanded subsidies for middle-income households and the tip of the “household glitch” are among the many adjustments coming to the Reasonably priced Care Act subsequent yr. Julie Washington stories open enrollment — a time to cease, begin, or change ACA Market medical insurance — is open now via Jan. 15.

Suspect charged: A West Aspect man has been charged within the homicide of Adrianna Taylor, his live-in girlfriend, who was discovered buried in Pennsylvania on Thursday with a gunshot wound to the top, John Tucker stories. Anthony M. Kennedy, 43, was charged however stays at-large.

Mosque taking pictures: An argument throughout night prayer inside a West Aspect mosque ended when a person shot a fellow congregant outdoors the constructing, leading to felonious assault expenses, stories John Tucker. Nasir Abdelrahman, 53, was arrested Nov. 21 and accused of taking pictures a fellow mosque-goer within the biceps on the Islamic Middle of Northeast Ohio–Masjid Al-Sahabah, within the metropolis’s Jefferson neighborhood.

Tri-C lawsuit: Two Cuyahoga Group School professors on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the varsity and its high directors of retaliating towards them for making important feedback in regards to the college to the media. Cory Shaffer stories Diane Gaston and Linda Lanier instructed a WOIO Channel 19 reporter in a Could 2021 section that the varsity’s choice to supply fewer in-person programs at its downtown campus than at suburban campuses disproportionately harmed Black and minority college students.

Firefighter dying cost: A Cuyahoga County grand jury Monday accused a Cleveland man of homicide within the dying of firefighter Johnny Tetrick. Leander Bissell, 40, is charged with homicide, felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter, failure to conform, failure to cease after an accident and aggravated vehicular murder. He might face 15 years to life in jail if he’s convicted of the homicide cost.

Wrongful imprisonment: A decide on Monday formally declared that Ru-El Sailor was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a 2003 homicide that he didn’t commit. Cory Shaffer stories Cuyahoga County Frequent Pleas Court docket Decide Sherrie Miday instructed Sailor, who was launched in 2018 after prosecutors agreed that he didn’t kill Omar Clark, that he ought to have by no means gone to trial within the first place.

Warrants: Federal prosecutors in northern Ohio issued extra search warrants and subpoenas than some other federal district within the nation within the first six months of the yr. Adam Ferrise stories they even outpaced Miami prosecutors, who’ve traditionally been among the nation’s busiest.

Freeway deaths: Sixteen individuals died in 15 visitors accidents over the Thanksgiving weekend on Ohio highways, stories Molly Walsh. Two have been pedestrians and 10 weren’t sporting a seat belt. Six deadly crashes concerned impaired driving.

Airport breach: A Cleveland man who carjacked a girl and breached a gate at Cleveland Hopkins Worldwide Airport was charged Monday with damaging its major radar antenna tower, which prompted the momentary shutdown of the airport on one of many busiest journey days of the yr, stories Olivia Mitchell. Isaac Woolley, 26, was taken into custody by Fairview Park police on Wednesday for grand theft of a motorized vehicle and tried felonious assault.

Vacation pop-ups: Toast the vacation season at one in every of Cleveland’s greatest pop-up bars, with ornaments, glitz, and vacation merriment. Paris Wolfe stories the pop-ups are round for a restricted time.

‘Christmas Story’ Home: “A Christmas Story” Home & Museum proprietor Brian Jones confronted actor Yano Anaya outdoors the Cleveland vacationer attraction just lately, accusing him of being a “rip-off artist” and a “loser.” Paris Wolfe stories Anaya, who performed Grover Dill within the unique 1983 “A Christmas Story” film and has a task the brand new HBO sequel, “A Christmas Story Christmas,” created a little bit of a stir within the media just lately by claiming that forged members need to purchase the home and several other surrounding properties within the Tremont neighborhood.

‘A Christmas Carol’: For a lot of households in Northeast Ohio, the vacations don’t start till you’ve seen Nice Lakes Theater’s manufacturing of “A Christmas Carol.” Cleveland’s traditional firm has been staging the beloved Charles Dickens story for 34 years, attracting over 800,000 individuals since its debut in 1988. Joey Morona stories the present stays that magical expertise you bear in mind.

Mickey D’s: ‘Tis the season for limited-time choices at your favourite fast-food chain. Joey Morona tries the Smoky BLT Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonald’s so that you don’t should.

RV Rocking: Jeff and Patti Kinzbach discovered themselves in California for Thanksgiving, visiting their daughter and staying at Dockweiler State Seashore RV Park. The Kinzbachs discuss their Thanksgiving journey and share the story of a pair they met on the park, who additionally ready their vacation meal proper on the seashore.

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— Curated by Laura Johnston with contributions by Cliff Pinckard

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