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While Canada and the United Kingdom offer bivalent booster COVID-19 vaccines to elderly and immunocompromised patients, don’t expect the same treatment in the United States.
Although it’s been more than six months since the first bivalent vaccine, which protected against the omicron variant, the FDA is so far sticking to its January guidance that most people would be advised to get the latest vaccine annually each fall, like a flu shot. .
The World Health Organization released a preliminary report in late March that said only people at high risk of COVID-19 need extra boosters.
Young and healthy people are well protected by hybrid immunity. Which is a good thing because in Ohio, only 16.6% of those over 5 years of age received a bivalent booster dose.
Cavaliers vs Charlotte HornetsThe Cavs head into the playoffs after capping off the regular season with a 106-95 loss to Charlotte
Guardians vs. Seattle MarinersSeattle’s Sentinels advance, avoiding a sweep with a 7-6 win in 12 innings
Northeast ohio weather forecastAn almost perfect spring day
COVID-19 boosterThe FDA says it continues to “closely monitor emerging data in the United States and globally” about when Americans can get a second COVID booster dose, according to Julie Washington.
Jim JordanJordan said he wants to use his new chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee and its newly formed select subcommittee on arming the government to change the way government works. Sabrina Eaton reported that in his first two months on the job, the Champaign County Republican conducted 12 hearings, issued 20 subpoenas, sent 148 letters, conducted eight written interviews, obtained 113,980 pages of documents and issued two reports.
Childcare businessChildcare is very expensive for individual families, but running it can be financially risky, too—although some childcare employees earn minimum wage. Federal aid is running out, while the cost of utilities, food, and supplies is rising. Laura Johnston reports on the challenges at child care centers, which have raised prices, reduced hours, or cut lunches to help manage costs.
Today in Ohio: Lawyers for two former FirstEnergy CEOs say they face “potential looming indictments,” so they should not be impeached in May. We’re talking about what can finally go down in House Corruption Case #6 of the Day in Ohio, cleveland.com’s half-hour daily news podcast.
Grant adoptionGovernor Mike DeWine on Friday signed an executive order launching a program offering grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to adoptive parents this year, Jake Zuckerman reports. The program allows adoptees to seek a one-time grant of $10,000 to adopt anyone who is not a stepchild; $15,000 for adoptive parents who provided foster care for the child prior to the adoption; and $20,000 for parents who adopt a child with special needs.
TornadoTornadoes: While tornadoes do not generally strike large urban centers, they have occurred in Cuyahoga County, Zachary Smith reports. Since 1950, 16 tornadoes have formed within county boundaries, primarily in the suburbs around Cleveland, with most located near the airport on the county’s west side. The most recent was in Oakwood, in the southeast corner of the county, in 2019.
Climate changeThe Northeast Ohio District Coordinating Agency does not want to jeopardize its ability to obtain state and federal grants to improve air and water quality. That point was made Friday, Peter Cross reports, as two NOACA board committees recommended that the overall work plan and budget — which includes a section called “Climate Action Planning” — go to the full board for approval in June.
Passover SederThe Chester Township Tkvat Yisrael Synagogue celebrated the messianic Passover Thursday night at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. David Petkiewicz has photos of the event. More than 220 people attended the celebration, about a quarter of whom never attended a Seder.
lock 3: The coalition of Ohio, Erie Canalway, the City of Akron and Residents on Thursday broke ground on the Lock 3 Park redevelopment project in downtown Akron, according to Megan Pica. Upgrades to the park are based on input from residents and include creating a year-round park that will be a destination for residents, guests, hikers and cyclists along the Ohio Trail and Erie Canal Towpath.
professional sportsCleveland’s top three sports teams generated $1.1 billion in revenue in 2022, making the city the nation’s 10th-largest in terms of professional sports revenue, according to a study by sports betting firm OLBG Tipsters. The Guardians generated $267 million in revenue in 2022, boosted by their playoff appearance. However, the Browns, without the benefit of a playoff appearance, have the most revenue, according to Zachary Smith.
Golf lesson: The Tanglewood National Golf Club near Chagrin Falls is for sale and the current owner wants it to remain a golf course, Megan Sims reports. In 2012, the Tanglewood Lake Homeowners Association, which represents the adjacent housing development, reached an agreement to purchase the 132 acres for $1 million. This way the association can prevent unwanted development in the future.
CDC mapCuyahoga County, surrounding counties, and most of Ohio are rated green due to low prevalence of COVID-19 on the latest US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map. Last week, 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties were rated as having the lowest prevalence of COVID-19, Julie Washington reports.
unloading agent: The businessman fined $30 million for operating an illegal dump in East Cleveland is identified in court filings as the government’s “confidential source” in a bribery case against two former police officers in that city. Corey Shaffer reports that George Michael Riley’s ARCO recycling center caught fire in November 2017 and burned for a week. While FBI agents watched him, the following summer he met a patrolman and a former officer who was out of work and paid them to file false police reports so Riley could commit insurance fraud, the files say.
Death on the tracks: A Cleveland man who police say kidnapped an amputee victim and left for dead on a set of train tracks in February has been charged in the death of another person. Aaron Parsons, 36, surrendered to the US Marshals forces on Wednesday after authorities said he fled to North Carolina after the kidnapping, John Tucker reports.
Solon shots: An officer was placed on administrative leave Friday after he fatally shot a teen who led police on a manhunt near an elementary school. Olivia Mitchell said the decision came a day after Patrolman Brian Botto tracked down a 16-year-old boy who led police on a chase near Roxbury Primary School.
Merritt IslandMerritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was created by the federal government in 1963, a year after the Kennedy Space Center opened, with 140,000 acres of undeveloped land and sea that are home to hundreds of species. Canaveral National Seashore, another great federal property, is a 24-mile stretch of pristine, undeveloped beachfront. Susan Glaser mentioned that the two parks make a worthwhile addition to an excursion or stopover in each.
King Tut: After the success of their food truck in the past two years, Hadia and Nader Suleiman decided to open a brick-and-mortar space, reports Paris Wolfe. This year, they unveiled King Tut Egyptian Street Food, a 15-seat dine-in/takeaway restaurant in Bricksville.
cooking effect: American cuisine is the most popular influence in Cleveland restaurants, according to a study by The Picky Eater Blog. Italian, Chinese and Mexican ethnic cuisines follow in popularity, Paris Wolf reports.
house opener: There’s just something that draws us to Guardians’ home opener, that fresh feeling of starting over. Perhaps it’s from the way the team finished last year, atop American League Central, with a fearless youth push to a 92-70 season, according to Marc Bona.
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Curator: Laura Johnston, with input from Clive Pinkard
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