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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:46
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rfjablon/index.html

Cuyahoga County touts expanded forensic capabilities at regional crime lab

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:33
The lab was instrumental in cracking the Early Morning rape case. Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rdissell/index.html

Zack Reed wants more Cleveland police officers; Barberton sex offender sentenced; third Canton gas station robbery suspect charged: Northeast Ohio News Links

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:26
Also, man arraigned on felonious assault charge for stabbing elderly Wayne County woman; Ashtabula double homicide suspects appear in court; house guest shoots Youngstown homeowner this morning; Warren mom sentenced to five years in prison for not protecting son from fatal attack; ground broken on expansion at Bowling Green State University Firelands campus; and South Court Street in Medina reopens following water line break. Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rfjablon/index.html

Vintage baseball card scammer sentenced to nearly 3 years in federal prison; Brecksville brother gets probation

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:25
A federal judge sentenced a Pennsylvania man to nearly three years in prison on Monday for selling counterfeit baseball cards of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and others on an Internet auction site. James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jmccarty/index.html

Orange, Pepper Pike support proposed Eastside Greenway

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:20
Orange Village and Pepper Pike's Mayors support expanding trail system and Eastside Greenway project. DiAngelea Millar, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/dimillar/index.html

Akron man robbed of $1,000 while looking to buy car

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:13
A man reported to police that he was robbed of $1,000 while looking at buying a car in Akron. Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/adamferrise/index.html

Happy Hour: Lounge 1890 in Cleveland Arcade rolls out food, drinks and walk into city's past (photo gallery)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:01
Located in the historic Cleveland Arcade, Happy Hour at Lounge 1890 offers a perch into Cleveland's past, served with discounted food and drinks. John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jpetkovi/index.html

Ohio voting tips for college students

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00
Here are the options for college students to vote in Ohio elections. Rich Exner, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rexner/index.html

9 acts guaranteed to enter the Rock Hall in the near future

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:54
Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, 2pac and others will be up for induction within the next several years. Troy L. Smith, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/Troy%20Smith/index.html

Supreme Court early voting order draws praise, criticism: What they're saying

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:48
Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow a reduced early voting schedule to stand pending a court challenge drew mixed responses from Ohio politicians and others involved in the case. Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jborchardt/index.html

Child rapist sentenced to 28 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:47
Jeffrey Haught, 56, of Barberton, was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Tuesday. Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/adamferrise/index.html

Michael Symon and 'The Chew' hosting Michelle Obama draws fire, praise from fans on Facebook

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:39
Word that the show will host First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, assistant White House chef exploded on Michael Symon's Facebook page and the ABC-TV website for their hit daytime show "The Chew": Restaurant Row. Joe Crea, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jcrea/index.html

Why Rob Portman is heading to Iowa this week

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:22
Portman's efforts in Iowa for Senate candidate Joni Ernst and others will be watched closely this fall. We caught up with him Monday before he toured the City Mission, a faith-based social services agency in Cleveland and before he spoke at an early voting rally in Independence with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, two other 2016 prospects. Henry J. Gomez, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/hgomez/index.html

Akron City Council urges ban on powdered alcohol

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:20
As powdered alcohol product "Palcohol" awaits federal approval, Akron's City Council wasted no time voicing its disapproval. John Harper, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jcharper/index.html

Cleveland State University is struggling with its identity

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:05
Cleveland State University is in the midst of an identity crisis and officials say they better solve it or face serious enrollment issues in the future Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/kfarkas/index.html

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:04
The NFL threatened that if the blackout rule was lifted, it could force the to find a way to charge football fans to pay to watch in the future. Amanda Harnocz, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/aharnocz/index.html

North Ridgeville's Lake Ridge Academy gets power from the sun

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:02
the three solar arrays at the school have produced 416 megawatts of electricity since their installation three years ago. That's enough to provide a year's worth of electricity for more than 41 homes. Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/msangiac/index.html

Cleveland Sight Center holds annual Spellbound benefit

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:00
Cleveland Sight Center holds annual Spellbound benefit, expects to raise $200,000. Marc Bona, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/mbona/index.html

More than half of Cleveland kids live in poverty, and it's making them sick

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:00
About 54 percent of Cleveland kids live in poverty, and the experience can change their health for a lifetime. Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bzeltner/index.html

Armond Budish, Jack Schron debate in Cuyahoga County executive race: What they're saying

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:50
A Monday debate between candidates running for Cuyahoga County executive helped paint a contrast between the two men who want the job. Here's a roundup of what people had to say about it. Andrew J. Tobias, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/andrewjtobias/index.html