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Ohio reaches opioid deal that could bring $1 billion to state: The Wake Up for Thursday, July 22, 2021

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a sign on the side of a fence: Workers continue to work on the new synthetic athletic field outside the complex. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Workers continue to work on the new synthetic athletic field outside the complex. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

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a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: The parts and pieces of the student kits wait to be assembled into bags to be given out at the beginning of the school year. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com The parts and pieces of the student kits wait to be assembled into bags to be given out at the beginning of the school year. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Weather

Temperatures will remain mild today with more sunshine. Look for highs in the mid-70s. It will be partly cloudy overnight with temps in the lower 60s.

Local scores: Indians 5, Houston Astros 4

The headlines

Opioid deal: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has reached a $26 billion deal with the nation’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors and drug-maker Johnson & Johnson to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the companies’ role in the opioid epidemic, reports Jeremy Pelzer. Under the massive deal, which could provide as much as $1 billion to the state of Ohio, the money would mostly go to states and communities to help reduce opioid addiction and help addicts get treatment.

Ken Johnson: Federal prosecutors Wednesday portrayed longtime Cleveland City Councilman Kenneth Johnson as a swindler who repeatedly bilked the city by pocketing tens of thousands of dollars through schemes that went undetected for years. John Caniglia reports that prosecutors said Johnson cheated the city “month after month, year after year” in opening statements. Defense attorney Myron Watson said prosecutors provided only a tiny glimpse of the council member’s work.

George David Weiss holding a sign: Browns player alumni Ben Davis, who played for the team from 1967-1973, arrives to volunteer. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com Browns player alumni Ben Davis, who played for the team from 1967-1973, arrives to volunteer. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Jim Jordan: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected a GOP request to make Champaign County GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan a member of a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Sabrina Eaton reports Pelosi argued Jordan’s actions and statements might jeopardize the probe’s integrity.

Delta variant: The delta variant accounted for more than 36% of all infections sequenced in Ohio during a two-week period ending July 3, reports Evan MacDonald. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said “It is when, not if, an unvaccinated individual develops COVID-19.”

Lakefront plan: The Ohio Department of Transportation on Wednesday awarded $2.5 million to the city of Cleveland for a preliminary traffic engineering and economic development impact study of a proposal to extend the downtown Mall to the Lake Erie waterfront. Steven Litt reports Cleveland applied to the Transportation Review Advisory Council in April for $6.5 million to pay for a detailed feasibility study of a proposal by Haslam Sports Group, owners of the Browns, aiming to unleash economic development by creating a stronger connection between downtown and the lake.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Volunteers give the interior of the school a new coat of paint. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Volunteers give the interior of the school a new coat of paint. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Death penalty: The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated the conviction and death-penalty sentence for a man accused of killing a North Royalton woman and her two daughters. Adam Ferrise reports the court ruled Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judges Peter Corrigan, Michael Shauhgnessy and Timothy McCormick failed to advise George Brinkman of his rights before he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

a group of people standing around a table: Browns alumni Greg Pruitt works on some of the student kits. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Browns alumni Greg Pruitt works on some of the student kits. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

‘Incel’ plot: An Ohio man and self-described “incel” plotted a mass shooting at Ohio State University, specifically targeting women living at sorority houses on campus, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday. Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, is charged with attempting to commit a hate crime and unlawful possession of a machine gun. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Adam Ferrise reports.

Canadian border: The Canadian government announced Monday that it would welcome vaccinated U.S. travelers into Canada starting Aug. 9, for the first time in nearly 17 months. Susan Glaser reports the news was greeted with relief and excitement on both sides of the border, as American visitors – including many who own property in Canada – prepare to return.

Homeless men: Some of the homeless men booted from an Independence hotel last week were among nearly two dozen people who crowded Cuyahoga County Council chambers on Tuesday night to protest the ouster brought on by Independence Mayor Gregory Kurtz and County Executive Armond Budish. Courtney Astolfi reports Budish was out of town.

Police apology: East Cleveland police Chief Scott Gardner took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon to issue an apology to the community after two of his officers were charged with stealing thousands from a 21-year-old man during a traffic stop earlier this month. He wrote, “only time allowed me to coherently gather my thoughts after my anger, embarrassment, and disappointment dissipated slightly,” Kaylee Remington reports.

a sign on the side of the road: Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Prison sentence: A judge in Cuyahoga County sentenced a 33-year-old woman to 10 to 12 years in prison Wednesday in the death of a construction worker in Brook Park. Sabra Tolliver killed construction worker Rafael Solis Sr., 61, on Oct. 9, 2019 near Snow Road on Interstate 71, Kaylee Remington reports. Tolliver pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, failure to stop after accident and driving while under the influence.

a group of people sitting at a table in front of a window: Volunteers put together the teacher and student kits. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Volunteers put together the teacher and student kits. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Kiawah: Kiawah, the mostly private barrier island about 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, is often included on lists of the world’s most beautiful beaches. So Susan Glaser put the island on the top of her to-do list as she planned a short trip to try out the new Breeze Airways flights out of Akron-Canton Airport.

School supplies: Cuyahoga County hopes to reach 1,400 kids this year with the Fill the Backpack Challenge to guarantee every child has the school supplies they need, reports Bianca Ramsey.

Browns help: More than 75 Cleveland Browns employees, as well as a handful of player alumni, participated in community service projects Wednesday morning at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland. David Petkiewicz has photos of volunteers converting the building into the Chambers Empowerment Complex with two computer centers, reading nooks and a gym.

a sign above a green field: Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

Rocket ship: Astronaut Mike Massimino attempts to explain what Jeff Bezos’ space flight is like in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Wired.

HOF concert: Country star Jimmie Allen has been added to the Concert for Legends event, featuring headliners Brad Paisley and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The show, set for Aug. 9 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, is a highlight of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Week, reports Anne Nickoloff.

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a man standing in a room: Volunteers give the interior of the school a new coat of paint. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Volunteers give the interior of the school a new coat of paint. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

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a sign on the side of the road: Workers continue to work on the new synthetic athletic field outside the complex. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Workers continue to work on the new synthetic athletic field outside the complex. Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

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a sign on the floor: Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement. © David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com Cleveland Browns employees and a few player alumni were on hand at the former Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland to help convert the school into the Chambers Empowerment Complex. Outside the school, a new synthetic football field is being installed, the tenth one in Northeast Ohio that has been installed by the Cleveland Browns. The work is part of the Browns First and Ten volunteer movement.

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a close up of a flag: About 40% of property owners on Canada's Pelee Island are Americans, who haven't been able to visit their homes for more than a year. Vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter Canada starting Aug. 9.

About 40% of property owners on Canada's Pelee Island are Americans, who haven't been able to visit their homes for more than a year. Vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter Canada starting Aug. 9.
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