The new Congress map favors Republicans with 10 of the 15 seats: The awakening of Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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Congress Map: If Republicans want to keep the 12 congressional seats in Ohio they currently hold, they will have to run for them under a new GOP-drawn plan introduced on Tuesday. The map would favor Republicans to win 10 of Ohio’s 15 congressional districts, while Democrats would be favored to win the other five. But two of the Democratic-leaning districts — anchored by Cincinnati and Toledo — are highly competitive, making them more accurately considered draws, reports Andrew Tobias.

Police surveillance: A watchdog team overseeing Cleveland Police Department reform praised the unit that investigates citizen complaints against officers, but stressed that more training and resources are needed. John Caniglia writes that a report filed in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland says the administration of the Office of Professional Standards “should be commended for taking a program that was clearly flawed and ineffective and turning it into a program that can make the subject of a legitimate evaluation with areas for improvement.” But a backlog of cases is building up and more needs to be done to support the officers handling these complaints.

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Gun Bills: The Ohio House is set to pass a law today to allow state residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and no longer require them to proactively tell law enforcement order during traffic checks that they are armed. Jeremy Pelzer reports that Senate Bill 215, which passed a House committee on Tuesday, is one of several GOP bills under consideration that would ease gun restrictions in the US. ‘Ohio. Pelzer also reports that the number of concealed firearms permits issued last year in Ohio jumped 20% over the previous year, thanks to a record number of license renewals.

State of the Union: Danielle Robinson of Columbus, whose husband died of a rare autoimmune disease and lung cancer after being exposed to environmental hazards while on duty with the Ohio National Guard, was invited to State of the Union, as does Galloway, Ohio, progressive care nurse Rafynd Duro, and Intel CEO Patrick “Pat” Gelsinger, reports Sabrina Eaton.

Housing assistance: The head of a Cleveland nonprofit housing development group tells a congressional committee that the government should expand efforts like the low-income housing tax credit to increase housing supply affordable prices in the country, reports Sabrina Eaton.

Protected status: A bipartisan group of members of the US Congress, including several representatives from northeast Ohio, are calling on President Joe Biden to grant Ukrainian nationals in the United States “temporary protected status” so that they are not not have to return to their country while it is being attacked by Russia. Sabrina Eaton reports that Democrats Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Tim Ryan of the Niles area joined Republicans Dave Joyce of South Russell and Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River in a letter asking Biden to “use all avenues available under of the law” to protect Ukrainians in the United States.

Russian sanctions: US Senator Rob Portman said on Tuesday that the United States should strengthen its sanctions against Russia and provide additional military assistance to the Ukrainian government, reports Sabrina Eaton. Portman, a former U.S. Trade Representative and current co-chair of Ukraine’s bipartisan Senate Caucus, was among a group of U.S. senators who met with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markova on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and what states States could do to help.

Ukrainian lighting: Governor Mike DeWine ordered the Ohio Department of Transportation to illuminate the state’s two lighted bridges blue and yellow to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Laura Hancock reports that this includes the George. V. Voinovich Bridge, which carries I-90 traffic over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Timken is hiring: Jane Timken, candidate for the United States Senate, announced on Tuesday that she had hired two former high-level advisers to former President Donald Trump to help him in his campaign. Timken, the former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, tapped former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and 2016 deputy campaign manager David Bossie, reports Seth Richardson.

Spotshotter

Experts from the SpotShotter Incident Review Center examine the sounds sent by the technology’s monitoring system. If the noise is qualified as a gunshot, the expert alerts the police in the area.

Spotter: For the past two years, the Cleveland Police Department has used a technology called ShotSpotter to detect gunshots, saying it allows officers to respond to shots more quickly. Olivia Mitchell reports that the technology aims to help officers respond quickly to crime scenes and allow them to gather forensic and other valuable information.

pig bone: Construction workers discovered what turned out to be pig bones on Tuesday at the site of the new Sherwin-Williams headquarters in downtown Cleveland, reports Olivia Mitchell. The discovery prompted Independence Excavating workers to delay construction as Cleveland police officers and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.

General fund: Cuyahoga County ended 2021 with a $17.7 million surplus in its operating budget, due to vacancies and the injection of federal funds, reports Kaitlin Durbin. General fund revenue for the year totaled $531.3 million, while expenses peaked at $513.6 million.

Akron Council Investigation: A city inquest that found Akron Councilman Russ Neal belittled and degraded six female workers has in recent weeks become the center of a fight that has seen Neal defy orders from council leadership and others in his camp call for an independent investigation into his actions. Adam Ferrise reports that Neal has denied the charges and refused to meet with council leaders to discuss city recommendations that he should undergo sensitivity training.

high school stars: Want to celebrate an outstanding young adult, teacher or coach in your community? Advance Ohio honors high school students, teachers and coaches across northeast Ohio for their stories of triumph in and out of the classroom, reports Alexis Oatman.

Home COVID-19 tests

Two boxes of COVID-19 home tests, including one provided by the federal government.

COVID testing: Free federal COVID-19 home tests made available in mid-January are still being delivered to homes across the country. Zachary Smith asks if we still need it in Ohio? Last week, the Ohio Department of Health reported 140,000 tests statewide, down from a peak of nearly 450,000 in mid-January.

New cases: The State of Ohio reported 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, making the 18th consecutive day less than 2,500, reports Julie Washington. The 7,943 cases reported last week are the lowest seven-day total since July 3.

CAK: Allegiant Air is making its own moves this week, relocating to Akron-Canton Airport, where it will launch flights to four southern cities with the possibility of more along the way. Susan Glaser reports that the carrier is starting this week with four routes – to Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda in Florida, as well as Savannah-Hilton Head in Georgia.

dance teacher: A former teacher at the Parma dance academy pleaded guilty on Monday to raping two female students. Cory Shaffer reports that Desmond Beasley, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, sexual assault and gross sexual imposition, with charges that spanned several years and involved five girls and young women aged 13 to 18.

Death sentence: Cuyahoga County prosecutors have dismissed aggravated murder charges that would make two men face the death penalty in the 2018 torture and murder of a Bedford father and his 14-year-old daughter, Cory Shaffer reports .

Humanities Festival: The Cleveland Humanities Festival will focus on the theme of discourse in its schedule of more than 40 public events this spring at various venues in northeast Ohio. Anne Nickoloff reports that events led by Case Western Reserve University include lectures, performances, and presentations by prominent creators and thinkers.

Paczki: In the early hours of Fat Tuesday, hundreds of hungry customers lined up outside Rudy’s Strudel in Parma, ready to order dozens of paczki during the bakery’s annual Paczki Day event. At 5 a.m., a line of patrons wrapped around the building, said Michael Stutz, who was the festival’s DJ in its early hours, reports Anne Nickoloff.

CIFF: Another preview of the Cleveland International Film Festival lineup arrived on Tuesday, when the event announced its slate of films competing in the festival’s juried competitions. Anne Nickoloff reports that three competitions will feature 39 films.

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