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Here's an idea, Armond Budish -- less speechifying, more specifics: editorial

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:55
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish turned what should have been a window into his specific plans into a vague, feel-good moment at his inaugural State of the County address earlier this month. He still owes the public the details, the editorial board writes. Editorial Board

Military contractors belie myth of U.S. leaving Afghanistan and Iraq: Robert Weiner and Daniel Wallace (Opinion)

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:53
The United States is not really leaving Iraq and Afghanistan when the contractor force in the region and the gray areas in which they operate remain, write Robert Weiner and Daniel Wallace. Guest Columnist/

A reality check for Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy's Cleveland putdown: Bill Kitson (Opinion)

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:46
Dan Shaughnessy, a sports writer for the Boston Globe, in Cleveland to chronicle the dismantling of his Celtics' championship dreams by our Cavaliers, must have run out of ideas, writes Bill Kitson. Guest Columnist/

Shanna Mahin's darkly comic novel 'Oh! You Pretty Things' pulls back the curtain on the habits of spoiled celebrities

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:30
Her breezy, chatty and often hilarious comments on all things celebrity will keep readers turning the pages - unless you have a personal assistant to do that for you, of course. Michele Ross, Special to The Plain Dealer

Cleveland will be sunny, warmer today; weekend will be mixed

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:17
Forecasters are calling for sunny skies and a high of 50 today. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Woman rescued from fire; Akron police supervisor indicted; heavy drinking on rise among women in Northeast Ohio: Overnight News Links

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:45
Also, man found dead in Tremont was homeless, missing more than a week; Quicken Loans approved bad mortgages just to make money, government says in suit; male standing in road hit by SUV in Geauga County Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Male standing in road hit by SUV in Geauga County

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:20
The male is flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center after being struck on Rock Creek Road in Thompson Township. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

"Scandal" Season 4, Episode 18 recap: Jake clings to life in "First Lady Sings the Blues"

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:45
"Scandal" Season 4, Episode 18 recap: Jake clings to life in "First Lady Sings the Blues." Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer

Sawyer Sweeten, child actor on 'Everybody Loves Raymond, dies from suicide

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:30
Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons on CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond" is dead at age 19 William LaRue, National Desk

Poll shows support for gay marriage at record high in U.S.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:23
It represents a dramatic shift in Americans' attitude toward the issue in just over 10 years: In 2004, 62 percent were opposed to same-sex marriage. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Quicken Loans approved bad mortgages just to make money, government says in suit

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:00
The U.S. government on Thursday sued Quicken Loans, alleging the Detroit-based company knowingly violated mortgage underwriting practices just to close bad loans insured by FHA -- a practice it says has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and hurt neighborhoods when the houses went into foreclosure. Teresa Dixon Murray, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Cavaliers free 'Road Game Watch Party' brings home game energy to The Q (photos): Kristel's CLE

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:54
Thousands of fans cheered on the Cavs at the official playoff watch party held inside The Q Arena during Thursday's away game against the Boston Celtics. Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Mega Millions at $74 million; Ohio Lottery numbers for Thursday

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:43
The Powerball jackpot stands at $50 million for Saturday night. Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group

It's Rock Hall vs. Pro Football HOF: Which is Northeast Ohio's top attraction? Vote today

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:27
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton yesterday pushed ahead of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for Northeast Ohio's top attraction honors - followed (at considerable distance) by the West Side Market and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer

Ted Cruz skips vote as Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:20
After returning from the campaign trail to rail against Lynch on the Senate floor Thursday, Cruz was the only senator absent when the vote was called. Associated Press

Marshals find marijuana in North Ridgeville home during search for fugitive

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:13
U.S. Marshals found three pounds of marijuana when they searched a house for a man on the Dangerous Dozen fugitives list. Patrick Cooley, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cleveland Orchestra declines to renew conductor Giancarlo Guerrero's contract in Miami

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:01
With little explanation, the Cleveland Orchestra said Thursday it will not renew Giancarlo Guerrero's contract as principal guest conductor of its Miami residency at the end of next season. Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Miley Cyrus hits the red carpet at the 2015 Roll and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (video)

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:00
Watch pop star Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2015 Rock Hall Induction ceremony red carpet, which was held at Cleveland's Public Hall on Saturday, April 18. Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Nasdaq closes at record high; Chipotle now offering delivery; Microsoft revenue beats expectations: P.M. Business News Links

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:54
Also, European stocks slip over Greece concerns; Brazilian currency rises to seven-week high; Comcast set to walk away from Time Warner takeover; Ford cutting 700 jobs at Michigan factory; Deutsche Bank to pay $2.5 billion fine for manipulating benchmark interest rates; and Amazon shares numbers for Amazon Web Services. Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Strongsville school board urges state Sen. Tom Patton to keep state money for schools

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:33
The Strongsville school board sent a letter to state Sen. Tom Patton Wednesday asking him not to cut state money for schools. Mary Kilpatrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group