drone certificationRepublicans’ proposed congressional maps might violate limits on gerrymandering: The Wake Up for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

November 4, 2021by helo-10

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Local scores: Cavaliers 107, Portland Trail Blazers 104

Congressional maps: Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate released congressional map proposals Wednesday that would each result in two likely Democratic seats of a total of 15, which might violate a constitutional amendment that voters passed to limit gerrymandering. Laura Hancock reports each map offers the Republicans more GOP-leaning seats: Up to 11 in the House plan and up to 10 in the Senate plan. Senate Democrats insist that a map they introduced Sept. 29 is fairer, with eight projected Republican congressional districts, six projected Democratic ones and one toss-up district in the Cleveland area that would lean slightly Democratic.

Vaccine for kids: Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said Wednesday that the state is on the “threshold of a long-awaited step that brings us ever closer to getting through this COVID-19 pandemic.” Julie Washington reports the state has ample supply of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine in all of Ohio’s 88 counties, with more than 367,000 doses set to arrive in Ohio on a staggered schedule.

Nonprofit executive Justin Bibb won big Tuesday, defeating City Council President Kevin Kelley to become the first new Cleveland mayor in 16 years. We’re talking all election — school board, City Council, mayors and more — on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s half-hour daily news podcast, formerly known as This Week in the CLE.

FirstEnergy: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday withdrew the certification of FirstEnergy Advisors following an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that the PUCO didn’t do enough to ensure the FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary would comply with state rules regarding corporate separation and other issues. Jeremy Pelzer reports that an attorney for FirstEnergy Advisors told the PUCO in a filing that the company intends to reapply for certification “in the near future” using a “more transparent certification process.”

COVID-19 exposure: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine announced Wednesday that they have been exposed to two staff members who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will cancel in-person events through Saturday.

State elections: If Tuesday’s results in bellwether races around the country are any indication, voters that can swing tight elections toward either party are not swinging with the Democratic party these days. But that could change by next year’s midterm elections. Sabrina Eaton reports Democrats in Ohio said they don’t think Tuesday’s dismal results spell doom for their 2022 bid to capture the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated when incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman retires.

This precinct map shows the wide margins Justin Bibb enjoyed over Kevin Kelley across the East Side and much of the near West Side, according of unofficial results from the 2021 Cleveland mayoral election.Rich Exner, cleveland.com

Statistical analysis: Mayor-elect Justin Bibb completely dominated Tuesday’s mayoral election. Seth Richardson reports the city’s East Side carried Bibb to victory, while the West Side, roughly, split. Bibb won 12 of Cleveland’s 17 wards, including nine of 10 East Side wards with 70% of the vote or more.

Police HQ: Cleveland police’s new headquarters will be a 187,000-square-foot building that distinguishes itself from the neighboring buildings with its large blue metal panels, Eric Heisig reports. The L-shaped building would be surrounded by multiple gardens open to the public.

Opportunity Corridor: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio officials gathered Wednesday to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the long-awaited Opportunity Corridor Boulevard between Interstate 490 and University Circle – but Clevelanders will have to wait a little longer before they can drive, bike or walk on it, Robin Goist reports.

City Council: Three of five new Cleveland City Council members elected Tuesday are women following a general election that saw a 20-year record-high share of women vying for spots on a council historically controlled by men. Courtney Astolfi reports Tuesday’s victories will bring the number of women on council to five — up one from its current tally of four.

Lawsuit settled: Cuyahoga County has agreed to pay $99,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a nursing official who was fired for publicly accusing the former jail director of blocking support of medical needs. John Caniglia reports that Gary Brack’s statements before a County Council committee in May 2018 highlighted staffing issues in the overcrowded facility in a year when eight inmates died.

School violence: Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack has agreed to meet with the teachers union for the district on Nov. 11 to talk about the increase in student violence, disrespect and more, reports Megan Becka.

Delta deaths: The COVID-19 delta wave, from which Ohio is emerging, killed a greater proportion of younger Ohioans than past waves, Julie Washington reports. Since Friday, 236 more Ohioans died with the coronavirus, bringing the total to 24,763 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Vaccine scholarships: The Ohio Vax-2-School vaccine lottery program expanded to children ages 5-11 on Wednesday following the federal government’s recommendation that children in that age group receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Cameron Fields reports the vaccine lottery will award $2 million in scholarships, including 150 scholarships worth $10,000 apiece and five scholarships worth $100,000 each, starting Nov. 22.

Summa vaccines: About 91% of Summa Health employees are fully vaccinated in compliance with the health system’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy, Julie Washington reports. An estimated 7,300 employees (91%) are fully vaccinated, while 566 employees (7%) received a medical exemption or religious accommodation.

Layoffs: Progressive will lay off 76 employees from its campus in Mayfield, reports Sean McDonnell. The employees provide services for a third party that contracted with Progressive, but that contract is set to expire. Affected employees were told in January 2020 that the contract wouldn’t be renewed.

Top Workplaces: Are you proud of your company and want to see how it measures up? The 2022 survey for Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces is open, allowing companies to showcase standout culture and how they attract and maintain top talent, reports Alexis Oatman.

Car sales: Car dealership sales were down over 30% last month and inventory is still low, reports Sean McDonnell. The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association blamed a national shortage of new vehicles in reporting a 31% drop in October sales compared to last year.

Cedar Point: Cedar Fair reported record-high revenue for the third quarter of 2021, up 5% from the same period in 2019, Susan Glaser reports. Attendance has largely rebounded from 2020, although group sales and continued restrictions at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario have kept companywide visitor numbers below where they were in 2019.

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Teen shooting: Two boys, ages 12 and 13, are charged with aggravated murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Maple Heights. Adam Ferrise reports the two boys face 14 identical charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, including lesser offenses of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, according to court records.

Crime rates: According to a 2020 Gallup poll, 78% of Americans perceive crime to be on the rise nationally, while only 38% perceive crime to be up in their local area. The wide gap exists when, in reality, violent and property crime rates have actually dropped dramatically since the 1990s. Joey Morona looks at rankings of the safest states.

Priest sentencing: Federal prosecutors say a Catholic priest used the confessional to gain details from boys, which he used to extort them into providing him with sexually explicit photographs. John Caniglia reports that prosecutors recommended that the Rev. Robert McWilliams, 41, be sentenced to life in prison for the exploitation of children.

Music history: John Gorman, who spent 13 years at WMMS FM/100.7, serving as program director during the radio station’s peak years in the 1970s and 1980s, has put his predominantly Cleveland rock-’n’-roll collection up for auction. Joey Morona reports it’s one of the largest collections in Cleveland music history.

How you spend: Cleveland.com’s sister site, Glamour, asks women of different incomes: What has the last 18 months taught you about your financial habits?

Fall foliage: A new observation deck at Lake Metroparks’ Girdled Road Reservation provides a beautiful view of the fall colors above Big Creek. A paved hiking trail leads to the observation platform, making it accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. John Pana has drone views of fall foliage.

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