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Cleveland Hopkins airport to reveal $2 billion revamp: The Wake Up for Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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a sign in front of a building: Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, opens on Friday. © Susan Glaser/ Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, opens on Friday.

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The headlines

Airport redo: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is planning for a $2 billion rebuilt terminal that is half new and half old. Susan Glaser reports construction won’t begin for years and financing has yet to be figured out, but the idea is to convert the airport from its one-time hub focus to concentrate on local travelers. Among its many features: larger, more light-filled ticketing, concourse and gate areas; a more centrally located customs facility; expanded security screening areas; and an on-site rental-car facility.

a group of people sitting at a desk: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discussed the state's coronavirus vaccination program at a virtual meeting with President Joe Biden © Sabrina Eaton/ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discussed the state's coronavirus vaccination program at a virtual meeting with President Joe Biden

Product shortages: In Northeast Ohio, consumers can’t find their favorite cat food brands, and they see price hikes in cleaning and building supplies as COVID continues to affect labor and shipping. Alexis Oatman reports the available products may have steeper prices, too.

This Week in the CLE: State officials have decided to only take 20% of first doses of the coronavirus vaccine that the federal government has allotted Ohio this week. We’re talking about demand and supply on This Week in the CLE,’s daily half-hour news podcast.

New numbers: Just 13 more Ohio residents are reported to have died with COVID-19 on Tuesday, for a total of 19,441. Laura Hancock reports Ohio added 1,411 new coronavirus cases, above the 21-day average.

A pedestrian bridge links the parking garage to the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Airport officials are considering three terminal renovation proposals, part of the facility's master-plan process. © Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer A pedestrian bridge links the parking garage to the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Airport officials are considering three terminal renovation proposals, part of the facility's master-plan process.

Tamir Rice: The Cleveland Community Police Commission has joined the chorus of Northeast Ohio officials calling for the Justice Department to re-open a federal civil rights investigation into a former Cleveland police officer’s killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Cory Shaffer reports 10 of the commission’s 12 members voted to send the letter that was delivered Monday to the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in Washington and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, asking them to revive the probe following reports that officials in former President Donald Trump’s DOJ let the investigation stall in his final months in office and then closed the case after he lost the 2020 election.

Governors meeting: President Joe Biden on Tuesday held a virtual meeting with a group of U.S. governors, including Ohio’s Mike DeWine, to discuss how to meet a goal of fully vaccinating 160 million Americans by July 4 and ensuring at least 70% of adults have had at least one shot by that date. Sabrina Eaton reports Biden highlighted new programs through rideshare companies Lyft and Uber to give free rides to people going to and from vaccination sites.

Clinic research: New data from the Cleveland Clinic shows the effect of the coronavirus vaccines on infections among healthcare workers and patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19. Evan MacDonald reports the Clinic found that 99.7% of its caregivers who tested positive for COVID-19 in the four months after the health system started offering vaccines were not fully vaccinated.

Botanical Garden: In 1882, Jeptha Wade, a founder of Western Union Telegraph and the Case Institute of Technology, donated 73 acres to Cleveland for a park “to be open at all times to the public.” Now, 10 of those acres are in the Cleveland Botanical Garden, which by 2019 had collected $13 million in parking and admissions fees from the public. Laura Hancock reports that on Tuesday, attorneys for Wade’s heirs, the garden and city argued before the Ohio Supreme Court whether the restrictions to the park’s operations and its underground parking garage is a violation of the deed.

Richard Strauss: Two former Ohio State University students have joined the long-standing legal fight over a rogue doctor accused of abusing students and athletes. John Caniglia reports Alonzo Shavers and Kenneth McHone filed a civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Columbus that alleges the university “had actual notice of and was deliberately indifferent to the fact” that Dr. Richard Strauss had inappropriately touched and abused hundreds of students during examinations.

Mortgage help: Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday signed legislation directing $465 million in federal coronavirus aid to help lower-income Ohioans pay mortgages, rent and utilities. Jeremy Pelzer reports House Bill 167, which passed the legislature without opposition, also offers $100 million in coronavirus aid to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Solar panels: A plan by Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration to install solar panels at 15 sites to reduce electric costs and promote clean energy cleared a hurdle Tuesday, Robert Higgs reports. Cleveland City Council’s Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee signed off on legislation authorizing the project to proceed at an estimated cost of nearly $14 million.

Harmful algal bloom: Scientists predict this summer’s harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie will be smaller than average but more severe than last year, with a rating of 6 on a scale of 1-10, reports Laura Johnston.

Falconers: Ohio falconers will soon be allowed to use owls to hunt for small game, Jeremy Pelzer reports. Under Senate Bill 28, which takes effect in 90 days, the 110 or so Ohioans with a state-issued falconry permit can use owls for hunting animals such as rabbits and squirrels.

Religious protest: A small group of Valley Forge High School students marched down Longwood Avenue in Parma to demonstrate for the rights of Muslim and other non-Christian students who they say do not get academic relief on religious holidays. Alexis Oatman reports the students organized the event to highlight the inequality and lack of intersectionality.

Car thefts: Authorities are searching for four men accused of stealing more than 20 cars in Bay Village over a three-month span in 2020. Kaylee Remington reports the four men are charged with receiving stolen property and are not in police custody.

12-year-old shot: Cleveland police are investigating the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the city’s Cudell neighborhood early Tuesday. Adam Ferrise reports the boy told police someone in a car drove up and shot him in the elbow as he walked along the road.

Murder trial: Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial where the brother of U.S. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is charged with multiple counts of murder in a shooting at a 2018 New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland. Cory Shaffer reports that Tevin Biles-Thomas, a U.S. Army soldier who lives in Georgia, faces life in prison if a jury convicts him of the most serious charge.

RTA: All Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority rides will be free June 13 through June 19 to coincide with the launch of RTA’s redesigned bus route system, reports Courtney Astolfi.

Amusement parks: Cedar Point opens for the season Friday. Kings Island opens Saturday. Kennywood, near Pittsburgh, opened last weekend, and Waldameer, in Erie, Pa., opens this weekend. As COVID numbers continue to decrease across Ohio and the United States, amusement parks are just the latest industry looking forward to a more normal summer. Susan Glaser runs down what to expect, along with operating dates, admission prices, special events and more.

Kendall Jenner: In the new four-part Open Minded video series from’s sister site, Vogue, Kendall Jenner pulls back the curtain on social anxiety and her own experience with it.

Beer and a shot: Market Garden Brewery’s Beer and the Shot promotion is spreading across the country. You can sign up online, show proof that you are fully vaccinated, and get a craft beer for a dime, recalling infamous, raucous 10-cent beer night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1974. Marc Bona reports about 10,000 people signed up, and about half plunked down a dime for a draft. New Jersey, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C, the entire state of Washington and Connecticut also have followed suit.

Other headlines

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Prostate cancer education is heading into Black barbershops through Case Western Reserve University program Read more

Cleveland Heights continues discussion on traffic stop study showing racial disparity Read more

COVID-19 vaccines to be offered May 29, June 26 at Richmond Heights church Read more

Medical marijuana dispensary finally coming to Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights Read more

Larchmere sees pushback on curb bump-outs, road diet Read more

Woman found dead after fire at Parma home Read more

Brunswick streets will be lined with local heroes this Veterans Day Read more

Aldi store approved for Ohio 82 in Broadview Heights; Aldi official has no information about project Read more

Brunswick council approves latest amendments to frozen dessert vendor ordinance Read more

Ohio’s Dave Yost joins other attorneys general against planned Instagram for children Read more


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