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First flu-related deaths reported in Cuyahoga County; three senior citizens

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:33
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Board of Health on Friday confirmed that three people died last week of flu-related complications. The individuals were senior citizens who lived in Brecksville, Cleveland and Shaker Heights. Officials did not provide the age... Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer

Will America now become afraid of its movie theaters?: Phillip Morris

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:33
The premiering of the movie would have been the ultimate ugly Christmas sweater. But it would have been inspiring and lasting. It would have been the gift of courage. Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer

Mostly cloudy skies all weekend, with rain arriving late Monday: Cleveland Weather Forecast

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:12
The National Weather Service in Cleveland is predicting Northeast Ohio will experience mostly cloudy skies through Monday evening, with temperatures climbing above average. Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Felon convicted of manslaughter as a teen faces 15 years in gun charge

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:57
A Cleveland man who was convicted in the death of his friend when police shot at them following a car chase in 2002 is facing at least 15 years in prison. Eric Heisig, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Garfield Heights man shot cousin while six nieces and nephews were home, family member says

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:37
Six children were at the house where Rodney Roberts shot and killed his cousin Wednesday. Roberts turned himself in to police and his family is hoping for answers. Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group

With new law, Ohio continues trend toward national leadership on rape kit testing

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:34
Attorney General Mike DeWine said there are more rape kits to be sent. Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

Huth & Harris wine merchant opens in Gramercy Gallery space on Medina Square

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:21
A brand new wine merchant in a familiar spot on Medina Square has the area buzzing. Read more about Huth and Harris, the new retail store and tasting room, at the jump. Peter Chakerian, Special to Northeast Ohio Media Group

Adoption, tanning, and immunizations: Ohio's lame duck roundup

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:13
State lawmakers finished their business for the two-year legislative session this week, sending dozens of bills to Gov. John Kasich's desk. Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group

HealthSpan to close four medical offices at year's end; computer problems linger

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:10
HealthSpan physicians who work out of the offices that will close in less than two weeks will be reassigned to 11 remaining locations. Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer

Vermillion woman charged with husband's 2009 murder

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:08
Julene Simko is charged with her husband's 2009 murder. Patrick Cooley, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Lake Ridge Academy students enjoy season of giving

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:04
Lake Ridge Academy students collected money, food, wrapped presents and clothing for the needy in the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer

Ronald McDonald, Providence houses provide vital shelters for families, children: Good News Giving

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:00
Providence House and Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland give shelter to children in need or their families James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer

Ohio shale gas means moderate winter prices, says Dominion East Ohio

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:00
Colder than normal winter on the way but natural gas prices are expected to be low to moderate, says Dominion East Ohio. John Funk, The Plain Dealer

Ikea considers Cleveland: Facts and figures about Swedish home-furnishings giant

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:45
With home-furnishings giant Ikea considering sites in the Cleveland area - and a potential land deal in the works in Brooklyn - we thought it made sense to round up some did-you-know details about the Swedish company. Michelle Jarboe McFee, The Plain Dealer

'Magic in the Moonlight,' 'This Is Where I Leave You,' 'The Skeleton Twins,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:40
Other recent home-video releases include season one of "Extant" starring Halle Berry and the art documentary "Levitated Mass." Chris Ball, The Plain Dealer

What does Akron Innerbelt demolition mean for your commute? Engineers answer questions (Q&A)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:30
Engineers representing the City of Akron answered a litany of questions about the plan to demolish the final mile of the Innerbelt Freeway by 2018 and open the area up to new development. John Harper, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Jimmy Dimora maintains innocence; Ikea may come to Brooklyn; Garfield Heights murder suspect surrenders: Northeast Ohio News Links

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:19
Also, Vermilion widow charged in husband's 2009 murder; prosecutors try to keep Summit County rapist in prison; Medina man indicted in September murder of Elyria man; Gov. Kasich plans to veto bill that would provide racino payment to Austintown; truck fire briefly closes Interstate 90 in Avon; and fire destroys original home of Akron Beacon Journal. Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Man and woman accused of traveling with $1.1 million of marijuana

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:54
The Ohio State Highway patrol said a Colorado man and a New Jersey woman are accused of shuttling $1.1 million of marijuana through Ohio. Mary Kilpatrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Debra Nagy of Les Delices shares her favorite dining high notes: 5 for Friday

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:41
Debra Nagy is well-known for her musical prowess. What you might not know about her is that she is a prodigious cook, canner and pickler who likes a good walk to her favorite noshing spot. She shared her favorite dining stops with for our latest installment of "5 for Friday." Peter Chakerian, Special to Northeast Ohio Media Group

Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst leaving post as commander of Ohio National Guard

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:41
Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio adjutant general and commander of the Ohio National Guard since 2010, will be leaving to assume duties with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC. Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer