IX Center gears up for more shows, renovation: The Wake Up for Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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Center IX: The IX Center, almost a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, is preparing for what the new operator hopes will be a major revival. And the building will eventually get a new name, if a sponsored naming can be found, reports Sean McDonnell.

COVID birthday: Two years ago on Wednesday – March 9, 2020 – the Ohio Department of Health confirmed the state’s first three cases of COVID-19. We expected normality in a few weeks. Boy, were we wrong. Where have we been and where are we going? Julie Washington recounts three marches of the pandemic, now that we hope the virus remains manageable.

Ohio’s retired public educators have not received a cost-of-living adjustment for the past eight years. So the teachers hired an expert who is fighting the Ohio state teachers’ pension system for information to get a clearer picture of pension management and activity. We talk about how the fight could result in Ohio Supreme Court rulings and state law changes on Today in Ohio, Cleveland’s daily half-hour news podcast. com.

PUCO: A top lawyer who handles litigation for the Ohio Public Utilities Commission involving utility companies has resigned from four investigations involving FirstEnergy Corp. on his role in Bill 6. The move came after Gregory Price admitted he had provided advice on the legislation that became a Statehouse scandal, reports John Caniglia.

College Funding: Ohio colleges and universities have received nearly $1.2 billion over the past year in US bailout funding, at least half of which has been used to provide direct financial aid to students so they can continue their education during the pandemic, the US Department of Education announced Monday. Sabrina Eaton reports that about $305 million went to community colleges in the state and more than $34 million went to the state’s two historically black colleges and universities.

lead pipes: Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that more than $4 million in public funding will be used to find and replace toxic lead water pipes in Ohio communities, reports Jeremy Pelzer. As aging lead pipes corrode, lead particles are carried into drinking water causing a number of health problems in adults, children and fetuses.

City budget: The Cleveland City Council is poised to approve Mayor Justin Bibb’s first budget proposal, despite significant reservations about projected spending topping revenue by 2022 millions. $8 billion is still up for a vote by the full board, but the board’s “yes” vote from the finance, diversity, equity and inclusion committee on Monday is a strong indicator that the budget will get full board approval later this month, before the April 1 deadline, Courtney Astolfi reports.

Increase in methamphetamine: Methamphetamine, the stimulant that has long been a staple of rural Ohio, is gaining a foothold in the state’s biggest cities. According to John Caniglia, this is a major change brought about by Mexican cartels bringing a cheaper and more potent product to an ever-growing market. And for the first time in decades, meth is entering the black community.

Daily cases: Ohio State reported 431 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, extending the streak of days under 2,500 to 24, reports Julie Washington.

Ortho technology: A tech startup using software and artificial intelligence to bring orthodontics to more people has raised millions of dollars in funding and is looking to scale significantly, reports Sean McDonnell. Richfield-based Orthobrain announced on Monday that it received $9 million in its latest funding round.

Casinos: Casinos and racinos in Greater Cleveland all increased revenue over last year, with MGM Northfield Park recording a 16.7% gain. Sean McDonnell reports that in the state of Ohio, gambling revenue increased by 12.7%. Combined, casinos and racinos earned $179 million in revenue in February, up from $159 million last year.

Starbucks: Workers at a fourth Starbucks in the Cleveland area have announced their intention to unionize. Baristas at the University Circle cafe on Euclid Avenue announced plans to form a union on Monday morning, reports Sean McDonnell.

Trial for fraud: Federal prosecutors on Monday labeled a failing financial adviser a con man who lied to his investors in a $9.3 million scam that targeted seniors. John Caniglia reports that prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments that Raymond Erker invested the savings of 54 residents in risky start-ups, despite his assurances that the investments would be safe.

ex-girlfriend murdered: A jury on Monday found a Cleveland man guilty of aggravated murder and other counts in the home invasion murder of his ex-girlfriend. Deangelo Thomas, 46, broke into Arianne Welch’s apartment in the city’s Woodland Hills neighborhood on June 7, 2020 and shot the 29-year-old woman nine times, Cory Shaffer reports.

Theater house square: Spectators are no longer required to wear a mask when attending a performance at Playhouse Square, reports Joey Morona.

film festival: The Cleveland International Film Festival unveiled its full screenings schedule for 2022 on Monday, with a massive lineup that will include more than 300 features and shorts. Anne Nickoloff reports that the films will screen March 30-April 9 in person at Playhouse Square, then stream online April 10-17.

Russian boycott: The Cleveland International Film Festival has removed its Russian films from its initial programming due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, reports Anne Nickoloff. “No Looking Back” and “Unclenching the Fists” – two films originally scheduled to be part of the festival this year – will not be screened.

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