What We're Reading in Cleveland This Morning: Feb. 7

- The Cleveland Leader reports that the Ohio House is considering legislation to end the Ohio Department of Natural Resources lease on Cleveland Lakefront State Park - a string of six lakeshore beaches. With an estimated $16 million in deferred maintenance and a lack of staffing throughout, the park system is in need of fresh support. The state will release $14 million to Cleveland as compensation for early termination of the lease.

- Well, it's just a scant 119 years after the fact, but local officials will soon add the names of black Civil War veterans to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, as the PD reports:

The monument, opened in 1894 to honor local residents who fought in the war, is a familiar sight on Public Square, with its imposing 125-foot column topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom.

Beneath, in the Memorial Room, the names of 9,000 local residents who served the Union are engraved in the marble tablets that line the walls. But only 18 are black soldiers, even though hundreds from the area are thought to have enlisted.

- And, um, by the way, Alaska has a Cleveland Volcano and it's expected to erupt. For what it's worth...

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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