Dr. Amy Acton to serve on Mayor-elect Justin Bibb’s transition team: The Wake Up for Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 – cleveland.com

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton. (Ohio Channel)Ohio Channel
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Bibb transition: Dr. Amy Acton, the former Ohio Health Department director who attracted a nationwide following as she guided Ohio’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, will serve on Cleveland Mayor-elect Justin Bibb’s transition team. Courtney Astolfi reports on the list of advisers who will help identify priorities during Bibb’s first 100 days in office.
Presidential debate: Former President Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus three days before his first debate against President Joe Biden in Cleveland, according to a new book. Trump also had a negative coronavirus result from a different test shortly after the positive. He then traveled to the Samson Pavilion, owned by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, where Trump and his family ignored Clinic staffers who asked them to wear masks, reports Sabrina Eaton.
COVID spike: The state of Ohio reported 8,944 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the second time since early January that the state health department listed more than 8,900 cases in a single day. Julie Washington reports COVID-19 cases are trending upward as people head indoors for holiday gatherings and the highly transmissible delta variant continues to dominate.
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Republican U.S. Senate candidates are millionaires. JD Vance disclosed personal and family assets worth at least $4.3 million and as much as $10.5 million. Mike Gibbons disclosed assets worth at least $83 million and as much as $286 million. We’re talking about how that fits with voters on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
Redistricting lawsuit: A coalition of voting-rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued, asking the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out Ohio’s new Republican-drawn congressional map as an illegal gerrymander. The lawsuit from the ACLU, the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the A. Philip Randolph Institute is the second this fall challenging congressional districts and the fifth challenging redistricting, Andrew Tobias reports.
Dark money: A dark-money group funded by Columbus-based utility American Electric Power has reported spending $1.5 million last year, including paying $500,000 to an effort backed by Ohio’s former Ohio House speaker to evade term limits. Andrew Tobias reports the measure ostensibly would have strengthened Ohio’s term limits laws by setting a hard cap, but also would have reset each lawmakers “clock” at zero, allowing former House Speaker Larry Householder to remain in office for another 12 years.
Business fairness: Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that would allow “non-essential” Ohio businesses to remain open in the event of a public-health shutdown like the ones the governor imposed last year, as long as they follow the same rules as other stores that are allowed to continue operations, reports Andrew Tobias.
Haiti kidnappings: The assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs told U.S. Sen. Rob Portman earlier this week that he’s been personally involved in trying to recover 15 Christian missionaries from an Ohio organization who were kidnapped in Haiti six weeks ago, reports Sabrina Eaton.
Youth services: The director of the state agency over the youth prison system is out and a new director will start later this month, reports Laura Hancock. Ryan Gies, who served as the Ohio Department of Youth Services director, is moving to the Ohio Department of Public Safety and will serve as director of special projects in the department’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.
Child-care grants: The state of Ohio is making $150 million available for grants to help child-care providers who took on added expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic or too improve access to childcare for families. Sean McDonnell reports the money is from the federal stimulus package – known as the American Rescue Plan Act – signed into law by President Joe Biden in March. Child care, and the lack of access to it, is often cited as a reason some people aren’t returning to the workforce.
Cleveland mayor-elect Justin Bibb.David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com
Bibb administration: Cleveland Mayor-elect Justin Bibb is now accepting applications for five top-level jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office at the start of January. Courtney Astolfi reports that Bibb intends to hire a team “that reflects the diversity of our city” and is “committed to delivering a modern and responsive city government to bring City Hall into the 21st century.”
Judge investigation: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court officials are investigating after several potential jurors said they saw a judge shove a man out of an elevator inside the Justice Center late Monday. The jurors did not know the name of the judge, according to a letter one juror submitted to the court. Cory Shaffer reports the juror wrote that the judge and an attorney told a man to get off the elevator because it was full.
RTA: As the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority works to update its bus and rail fleets, it’s also considering upgrading its fare collection system to provide riders one-stop shopping. Kaitlin Durbin reports that through either the Moovit or Transit apps, riders would be able to plan a trip, track routes in real time, and pay their fares all in the same location.
Doll CEO: Nine-year-old Demetrius Maurice Davis Jr. is the CEO of Our Brown Boy Joy, which makes plush dolls that look like him. Working with his mom, a former Cleveland school principal, he designed the dolls with different skin tones and wardrobe choices. So far, sales have been good, reports Megan Becka.
Dog names: What do Cuyahoga County residents call their dogs? Robert Higgs sorts through more than 63,000 names contained in the county dog license registry for 2021 and found Biscuits, big and small. Apples and Apricots, Pickles and Pineapples, Onions and Brussel Sprouts. Others include a basset hound named Pancetta, a pit bull terrier named Ricotta and a Maltese/poodle mix named Pommes Frites.
Vax-2-school: Thirty more Ohioans have won $10,000 for college tuition, career and technical training, Laura Hancock reports.
Tandre Buchanan was convicted Wednesday of robbing Colossal Cupcakes in Cleveland on May 30, 2020. [FBI provided photo]
Riot conviction: A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Cleveland resident of robbing Colossal Cupcakes amid the riots that wrecked downtown Cleveland on May 30, 2020. John Caniglia reports the jury deliberated about four hours before handing up the verdict against Tandre Buchanan, 24, who was found guilty of robbery and obstruction of justice.
Cocaine ring: A Cleveland woman has admitted to leading a large-scale drug ring that poured nearly 450 pounds of cocaine into Northeast Ohio from California. John Caniglia reports that Khalilah Crumpler, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.
Brite Winter: Brite Winter music festival, one of the largest music events of Greater Cleveland, will return to the West Bank of the Flats on Feb. 26. The outdoor fest, which takes place at the intersection of Main Avenue and Center Street, will celebrate its 13th year with more than 30 musical acts, along with art, food and beer trucks, activities and more, Anne Nickoloff reports.
Dyson design: James Dyson answers the internet’s burning questions about design and inventions for cleveland.com’s sister site Wired. What do you do if you have an invention idea? Why are hand dryers so loud? How does suction work?
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