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A Cleveland judge is welcoming the announcement that U.S. Marshals will conduct an independent assessment of conditions at the Cuyahoga County jail after six inmates died in the last three months.

The Cleveland Browns bounced back from their week 4 loss against the Oakland Raiders with a big win against the Baltimore Ravens. With a record of 2-2-1, every game has been a close call, and WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says that's exactly what's making it fun for Browns fans.

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Six inmates have died in more than three months at Cleveland county jails, prompting a judge to stop sending people charged with non-violent crimes there.

A new report says Downtown Cleveland has capacity for thousands more housing units, but is lagging in homeowners and should work to preserve affordable housing options.

The report, released Wednesday, was prepared by consulting firm Urban Partners and commissioned by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for the neighborhood.

Housing Demand Expected To Continue

Downtown population has grown about 56 percent since 2010, and the researchers expect continued demand for market-rate housing.

A year ago today Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, devastating the already fragile infrastructure of the island, and, according to researchers, led to some 3,000 deaths.

Northeast Ohio’s robust Puerto Rican community mobilized in the days after the storm, gathering aid at the west side Cleveland San Lorenzo Club.

Angelo Ortiz helped organize the effort at the time.

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Cleveland’s 10th Sustainability Summit opened Thursday with the release of the city’s latest plan to deal with climate change.

It’s been nearly a year since Kritzia Basmeson resettled to Cleveland after Hurricane Maria. She lives with her three children on the west side of Cleveland above a hair salon where she works part-time.  

But adjusting to a new city remains difficult, partly because she still worries about her family back in Puerto Rico.

"We all have a little piece over there," Basmeson said, "one little piece over there that we left. And it’s heartbreaking."

In its first year, Cleveland’s Rental Inspection Unit has completed 763 random tests for lead dust.

Out of those inspections, the city issued 34 violations, with less than half of those properties now cleared of their lead hazard.

Department of Building and Housing Director Ayonna Blue Donald testified before city council’s Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee Tuesday, saying she wants three additional properties cleared by the end of the year.

11 appeals were filed and Donald said the remaining five violations are heading toward prosecution.

The Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal plant in Kamaishi Japan.
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Kamaishi, Japan, may be a long way from Cleveland, but both cities have a lot in common.

Bird is removing its electric scooters from Cleveland today. The company says in a written statement it is “voluntarily pausing our operations” while it works with the city to come to an agreement for ongoing operations of their dockless e-scooters. 

“We have had productive conversations with Councilman Kerry McCormack and community members, and are hopeful that we will be able to collaborate with the City on their permitting process,” according to a Bird spokesperson.

A shooting incident just outside the doors of the Level C DNA boxing gym on Lee Road this summer was a tragedy that police say resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl.

The owner of the club, Ra’sheen Ali, says Saniyah Nicholson’s death has strengthened his resolve to make sure she is more than just a statistic. It also made him even more determined to continue his mission to save young black boys at risk for violence and turn them into men, he said.

“I’ll never be the same, but definitely you know it’s a driving force for me,” Ali said.

William Preucil has resigned his post as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Cleveland Orchestra has suspended its concertmaster, Bill Preucil. The move happened one day after the Washington Post published a story in which the renowned violinist is accused of sexually assaulting a student of his when he was a teacher at Miami's New World Symphony in 1998. 

Cleveland Communities Grapple With Trauma From Gun Violence Spike

Jul 27, 2018
Nine-year-old Saniyah Nicholson was caught in crossfire and killed by stray bullet June 20.

A rash of shootings over the past week in Cleveland have contributed to a 20 percent jump in the overall numbers for July compared to last year, according to the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

A partnership focused on tracking and treating elevated levels of lead in Cleveland children found 11 percent of those tested had levels higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public action standard.

One hundred and sixty students ages 3 to 6 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District were tested in the spring and program directors are working to test an additional 20 students this month.

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