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What other issues are at stake in the 2020 presidential election? The Wake Up for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

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a sign on the side of a building: Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democratic and former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, speaks to a group of around 50 at Cuyahoga Community College on Oct. 24, 2020. © Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democratic and former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, speaks to a group of around 50 at Cuyahoga Community College on Oct. 24, 2020.

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The headlines

Campaign issues: What seemed like the most complex presidential race in recent memory has actually become quite simple: It’s dominated by the coronavirus, with break-throughs for racial equity and the appointment of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice. But what about climate change? College loans? Seth Richardson breaks down the other issues that matter in the November election.

Early voting: Hundreds of voters waited in a line that stretched from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to the off-ramp of I-90 on the first Saturday of early in-person voting. Kaylee Remington reports that voters were happy and excited to cast their ballots. The board processed 2,436 in-person voters Saturday and more than 1,000 on Sunday.

Global Center: The board that oversees the taxpayer-funded Global Center for Health Innovation wants to spend $30 million to revamp the building into an extension of the attached Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Courtney Astolfi reports that the Convention Facilities Development Corp. believes the work would give the Global Center a new image for the second time since it opened in 2013 as the Medical Mart, a showcase space for medical technology and a concept that never reached its full potential.

This Week in the CLE: Indicted former House Speaker Larry Householder is breaking the rules when it comes to campaign finances, using nearly $1 million to pay criminal lawyers. We’re talking about Householder, as well as the coronavirus and the mysterious death of a townships trustee, on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

Election night: Use cleveland.com as your second screen on Election Night. We’ll have analysis on the presidential race and news on any problems at Northeast Ohio polling places, plus county-by-county numbers and the latest on local races, including U.S. Congress, the Ohio Statehouse and tax issues for Cleveland schools and Cuyahoga County Public Library.

New records: Ohio broke the state’s record for daily new coronavirus cases again on Friday, with a 2,518 increase, Emily Bamforth reports, and again on Saturday for the fourth day in a row, with 2,858 cases, according to Kaylee Remington. Ohio hospitals for the fifth straight day reported a record number of coronavirus patients, as estimates for active coronavirus cases in Ohio swelled to more than 31,000, Rich Exner reports.

Cuyahoga numbers: The positivity rate among coronavirus tests administered at MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals between Oct. 10 and Oct. 14 spiked to 5.1%, up from 3.8% the week before. Courtney Astolfi reports that as of Friday, 76% of regular adult hospital beds at hospitals in Cuyahoga County were occupied, and 80% of intensive-care unit beds were occupied, according to the county Board of Health. About 37% of ventilators were in use.

The Ohio RV Supershow, which features hundreds of RVs on display at the I-X Center, has been canceled for January 2021. © Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS The Ohio RV Supershow, which features hundreds of RVs on display at the I-X Center, has been canceled for January 2021.

Cleveland numbers: The city of Cleveland recorded 94 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths this weekend, Jane Morice reports. The 94 cases bring Cleveland’s confirmed case total to 6,133, the Cleveland Department of Public Health reports. The total, including probable cases, is 6,691.

CARES: Gov. Mike DeWine will send $425.6 million to colleges and universities, hospitals and other organizations affected by the pandemic in the state’s latest allocation of its share of federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funding. Andrew Tobias reports on the millions of dollars going to small businesses, public colleges, non-profits, restaurants and more.

I-X Center: The Ohio RV Supershow, which typically kicks off a series of major consumer events at Cleveland’s I-X Center, has canceled its January 2021 event because of the coronavirus pandemic. Susan Glaser reports the Great Lakes Recreational Vehicle Association hopes that some version of the show could be held later in 2021, possibly outside. The I-X Center is closing, and it’s unclear whether other major consumer events scheduled for early 2021 will go forward.

Mike DeWine wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine talks about the importance of wearing masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Cleveland on Monday. The state broke multiple records for daily increases this week. © David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com/David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Ohio Governor Mike DeWine talks about the importance of wearing masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Cleveland on Monday. The state broke multiple records for daily increases this week.

Pinecrest: A New York-based lender who gave a $171 million loan to the developers of Pinecrest in Orange Village now owns Northeast Ohio’s newest shopping and dining center, thanks to financial issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Heisig reports that an affiliate of Square Mile Capital Management owns the 750,000-square-foot complex as of Wednesday, in lieu of a foreclosure.

‘Tyranny’ plot: A Miami County resident has told police that he was approached about helping to arrest Gov. Mike DeWine at his Greene County home and try him for “tyranny.” Jeremy Pelzer reports the plan was to arrest the governor later that weekend, try him for several supposed crimes, and sentence him to a penalty that could include exile or execution.

Yost complaint: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a complaint to the Ohio Elections Commission on Friday, saying former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder broke state law when he spent nearly $1 million in campaign funds to pay lawyers defending him against federal corruption charges. Andrew Tobias reports that Yost said his office also is exploring “several potential legal theories” for how it could possibly block Householder from using the money to pay his lawyers, assuming the money is still in a bank account.

Eviction lawsuit: Landlords across northern Ohio have sued the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claiming the agency’s move to place a nationwide moratorium on rental evictions has forced property owners “to bear a disproportionate share of the costs of the pandemic.” John Caniglia and Eric Heisig report the National Association of Homebuilders and a group of property owners filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Akron, claiming the CDC’s order on Sept. 4 exceeds its authority and was arbitrary.

Kamala Harris: During a get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland on Saturday, Democratic vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris said people must overcome any attempt to obstruct their vote, adding that the path to the White House runs through Ohio. It was Harris' first visit to Cleveland since being selected as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, Seth Richardson reports. Harris on Saturday also made an unexpected trip to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to thank voters.

New grocery store: The Cleveland Clinic and an economic development corporation have advanced plans to build a grocery store and apartments in the city’s Fairfax neighborhood, part of plans to revitalize what a city councilman called a “food desert” along the planned Opportunity Corridor. Eric Heisig reports that officials won’t say what chain is moving in, but they visited a Meijer grocery store in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get an idea for what the one in Cleveland could be.

Zoning dispute: Two nonprofits have taken a zoning dispute to federal court, accusing Munson Township in Geauga County of blocking residential housing for women seeking to remain sober. John Caniglia reports the Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers Inc. and the Fair Housing Resource Center Inc. filed a lawsuit late Thursday in U.S. District Court against the township, its zoning board of appeals and its zoning administrator.

Same-sex marriage: A Cleveland minister can avoid marrying same-sex couples in Cuyahoga County without the fear of prosecution under a proposed settlement involving the county’s anti-discrimination law, reports John Caniglia. Kristi Stokes, an evangelical Christian from Cleveland, claimed her business, Covenant Weddings, offers services only “that celebrate marriage between one biological man and one biological woman,” the lawsuit said.

Schwarzenegger in CLE: Arnold Schwarzenegger said on social media Friday that he feels “fantastic” after undergoing a heart procedure at the Cleveland Clinic, Evan MacDonald reports. The actor, bodybuilder and former governor of California took to Twitter to post photos of himself around Cleveland. He revealed he had surgery at the Clinic to replace the aortic valve in his heart, and said he previously had surgery to replace his heart’s pulmonary valve.

Liquor violations: Ohio Investigative Unit agents cited Karma Café in Akron for violating state health orders put in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. At 1 a.m. Saturday, agents saw the bar was allowing people to drink alcohol, Kaylee Remington reports. Ray’s Pub, in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood, was also cited for after-hours alcohol consumption, Jane Morice reports.

Medicare: Want to know about Medicare? Cleveland.com hosted a one-hour seminar with experts from Medical Mutual and Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging to help answer questions, with columnist Terry Pluto hosting.

Tim Misny: Personal-injury lawyer Tim Misny is known for ads featuring his pointed finger, stern glare and signature line: “Misny makes them pay!” Anne Nickoloff reports those ads inspired local comedy rapper Kyle Wertz (who makes music under the moniker “Mayor Wertz”) to create his new single “What Would Misny Do? (Make Them Pay!)”

Cute pets: From rainbows to rockers, these pets in Halloween costumes will scare away the blues. Check out the contestants in cleveland.com’s cutest pet contest!

New Moon: October is one of the busiest times of year for The New Moon, a store that sells a variety of spiritual and witch-focused items. Anne Nickoloff talks to owners Dawn and Bob Bartos about their favorite Cleveland restaurants.

Mitchell’s: Mitchell’s Ice Cream has officially opened its Westlake location, a replacement for the creamery’s first location, which brothers Pete and Mike Mitchell opened in Westlake in 1999. It’s the 10th location for the Northeast Ohio chain, reports Anne Nickoloff.

House of the Week: One of the most iconic homes in Shaker Heights has hit the market, Joey Morona reports. Built in 1929, the Jacobethan Revival-style home was designed by John Sherwood Kelly and is available for $2,750,000.

Other headline

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Cleveland couple accused of stealing boots off man’s feet charged with shooting him weeks later Read more

Bedford drug dealer gets 11-year sentence after being convicted in second overdose death Read more

Orange Schools aim for return to in-person learning Nov. 2, if Cuyahoga County stays ‘red’ Read more

Painesville City Local Schools will return to in-person learning starting Tuesday Read more

Berea first responders, essential workers get pandemic hazard pay Read more

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