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Friday, July 19, 2019

First-Ever PAWsitively Pinecrest Event to Take Place on Aug. 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 3:45 PM

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Earlier this week, Pinecrest, Cleveland’s mixed-use destination that’s located in Orange Village, announced that the first-ever PAWsitively Pinecrest event featuring a canine carnival and official Guinness World Record attempt will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The event will offer on-site dog adoptions in partnership with the Cleveland Animal Protective League, Geauga Humane Society and Lake Humane Society. It will also feature an official Guinness World Record attempt for most dogs in a single photo, and there will be a dog playground, a pet caricaturist, doggie dessert stations, and a vendor village featuring pet merchandise, services and giveaways.

Participating dogs must be registered in advance and can do so online.

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Northeast Ohio is Home to 3 of America's Most Scenic Restaurants, OpenTable Report Finds

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:47 PM

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It seems OpenTable just can't stay away from Ohio when it comes to making its various national restaurant roundups. Recently, the online restaurant reservation company announced that four of the Buckeye state's eateries, including three in Northeast Ohio, have grabbed a spot on its annual 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America list.

The actual criteria and methodology for this piece of click bait, as in years past, remains murky, but the site claims the 100 honored restaurants were chosen based on an analysis of 12 million user-submitted reviews of about 30,000 American eateries. What makes these places exceptionally scenic is not entirely clear either, but nearly half of all states didn't even get one mention on the list (which seems a little callous to us).

The inclusions of the follow Ohio places probably won't shock you, given their reputations and the fact that they make a lot of OpenTable's lists and were even on this exact list last year.

-The Twisted Olive in Green
-The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton
-Pier W in Lakewood
-Primavista in Cincinnati

Unsurprisingly, California took up the most slots on the list with 24. To take a gander through the entire round-up, go to

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Cleveland Cooling Centers Announced for Excessive Heat Watch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:10 PM

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Summer is hitting Cleveland hard this weekend, with predicted temperatures in the mid-90s with added humidity making it feel like 107 degrees. Thanks to all this sticky warmth, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for eastern Ohio through 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The advisory warns that these conditions may cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke during extended or strenuous activity outdoors (meaning this may not be the best weekend to start training for a marathon).
Luckily, the city of Cleveland has designated multiple facilities as “cooling centers,” where folks can hang out for extended hours and cool down.

Seventeen area outdoor pools will be open from noon to 7:30, and the city has announced eight recreational centers that are extending their hours.

The designated rec centers are as follows:
- Zelma George Recreation Center, open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. (3155 MLK Jr Blvd., 216-420-8800)
- Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, open 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (8611 Hough Ave., 216-664-4045)
- Fairfax Recreation Center, open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (2335 E. 82nd St., 216-664-4142)
- Earle B. Turner Recreation Center, open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (11300 Miles Ave., 216-420-8358)
- Michael Zone Recreation Center, open noon to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. (6301 Lorain Ave., 216-664-3373)
- Cudell Recreation Center, open noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. (1910 West Blvd., 216-664-4137)
- Glenville Recreation Center, open noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. (680 E. 113th St., 216-664-2516)
- Lonnie Burten Center, open starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. (2511 E. 46th St., 216-664-4139)

The Lonnie Burten Center doesn't have air conditioning, and the Glenville Recreation Center is only partially cooled. However, the Glenville Recreation Center will have designated areas where people can cool down.

Oak Street Health’s Glenville (10553 St. Clair Ave., 216-682-7702), Lee Harvard (16888 Harvard Ave., 216-810-7159) and Westown (10688 Lorain Ave., 216-682-7703) locations will welcome anyone in their community rooms from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Stay cool out there, Cleveland.

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Ohio Lawmakers Approve CBD, Hemp Legalization Bill

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 9:08 AM

Right now, it's illegal in Ohio to buy or sell CBD, a hemp extract that contains only trace amounts of THC, outside the state's medicinal marijuana program. But that will probably change soon.

The Ohio House of Representatives July 17 passed Senate Bill 57 legalizing the sale of CBD and the cultivation of hemp. That could be a big boon to farmers — and to fans of CBD who credit the substance with a host of physical and psychological benefits.

Last year, the federal government took hemp from its controlled substances list when Congress passed the Farm Bill. That cleared the way for Ohio to do the same, though current state law conflates marijuana and hemp.

In August last year, the Ohio Pharmacy Board issued guidance suggesting that hemp-derived products were only legal within the confines of the state's medicinal marijuana program, causing CBD and other products to be pulled from shelves in Cincinnati and elsewhere around the state.

In addition to farmers, retailers and CBD fans, Ohio universities could also be a big beneficiary of the proposed law. The bill would allow universities to cultivate hemp without a license — something Ohio State University is looking to do in order to study hemp cultivation.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine still needs to sign the bill into law. If he does, it will go into effect immediately.

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Unaddressed Climate Change Will Skyrocket Number of Days With 100-Degree Heat Indexes in Midwest, According to Report

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 8:04 AM


As Cleveland heads into a weekend with extreme heat watches and heat indexes topping 100 degrees, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists warns that with no or little action on climate change, cities like Cleveland could see exponential increases in days with heat indexes in the triple digits by the middle of the century.

For example, the report notes, Columbus, by historical average, should see about one day per year by the middle of this century when the heat index eclipses 100 degrees. If no further action is taken on climate change, the report warns that number could be 52 by 2075, and 16 if rapid action is taken.

“If we wish to spare people in the United States and around the world the mortal dangers of extreme and relentless heat, there is little time to do so and little room for half measures. We need to employ our most ambitious actions to prevent the rise of extreme heat," the study says. “Over the last 30 years, on average, exposure to extreme heat was the top cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.”

Dangers are most severe for children, the elderly, the sick, the poor and outdoor laborers and include heat stroke, exhaustion, heart attacks and respiratory issues.

They warn:

Late in the century (2070–2099), with no action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, the following changes can be expected:

• The United States will experience, on average, four times as many days per year with a heat index above 100°F, and nearly eight times as many days per year above 105°F, as it has historically.
• At least once per year, on average, more than 60 percent of the United States by area will experience off-the-charts conditions that exceed the NWS heat index range and present mortal danger to people.
• More than 60 percent of urban areas in the United States—nearly 300 of 481—will experience an average of 30 or more days with a heat index above 105°F.
• The number of people who experience those same conditions—still assuming no population change—will increase to about 180 million people, roughly 60 percent of the population of the contiguous United States.
• The number of people exposed to the equivalent of a week or more of off-the-charts heat conditions will rise to roughly 120 million people, more than one-third of the population.
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Will 11th-Hour Ohio Budget Provision Impact Election-Day Operations?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 7:52 AM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are concerns that a last-minute addition to Ohio's new state biennial budget could threaten democracy.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 166 on Thursday, which includes a provision to reduce the minimum number of workers at multi-precinct polling locations on Election Day. Mike Brickner, state director with advocacy group All Voting is Local, contends the need for poll workers is more crucial than ever, as many counties will transition to new voting machines over the next year.

"It's very frustrating, in that we know this could become a perfect storm for problems at the polls in 2020," says Brickner. "The presidential election is going to have a higher turnout than gubernatorial elections, but we even saw in 2018 record turnout."

Supporters of reducing the number of poll workers point out that Ohio voters are now allowed to use any line in multi-precinct polling locations, so the process is smoother and fewer poll workers are needed.

The Senate had already passed a similar measure (SB 22), and Brickner notes his organization was working with lawmakers to ensure any reduction in poll staffers would not adversely affect voters. He's troubled that this was added to the budget last-minute, with no opportunity for a hearing.

The measure could bring relief to counties that struggle to attract reliable poll workers, and it could also reduce Election Day costs. However, Brickner counters there could be a cost for voters - who might face longer lines and confusion at the polls.

"In 2018, there were several counties and polling locations within those counties that had significant issues - with machine problems, with people casting provisional ballots - that really needed poll workers to help navigate those issues," says Brickner.

The minimum required number of poll workers at multi-precinct locations will change from four to two. Brickner says voting-rights groups are committed to ensuring voters have the assistance they need.

"Boards of Elections have to approve any poll reductions in their counties," says Brickner. "And so, voting-rights advocates will be monitoring to make sure that we know of any planned poll reductions, and push back on any that we feel will lead to voters being disenfranchised."

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