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Today’s forecast calls for a high near 66 degrees, with a chance of rain between 2-3 p.m. Tuesday is slated to be mostly sunny, with highs near 70 and a slight chance of showers after 9 p.m. Most of the week is forecast to be rainy, but highs could reach 73 on Thursday. The weekend looks to be partly sunny, with highs around 67 on Saturday and near 63 on Sunday. Read more.
Local scores: Indians 9, Detroit Tigers 3
Vaccine passports: As more people become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, one suggestion for the post-pandemic world is having a vaccine passport, a way to prove someone has been vaccinated before entering a business or traveling on an airplane. Evan MacDonald reports that requiring a vaccine passport raises ethical questions, but also shows there may be a legitimate public health interest in knowing if someone is vaccinated.
Quantum computing: With IBM and the Cleveland Clinic announcing a 10-year partnership for a quantum computer, Cleveland has the potential to be a site of major scientific advancements. Emily Bamforth reports quantum computing is a rapidly developing technology, and it creates atomic pieces called qubits to help replicate complicated processes happening on a molecular level. Research and development is the main application for quantum computing, but future applications could include nuclear science, logistics, cryptography and sensors.
This Week in the CLE: President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan has a whole lot of money that would allow Amtrak to greatly expand passenger service in Cleveland. But will people ride the trains if service is expanded? We’re talking about the potential for more service on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
New numbers: The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths Friday, bringing fatalities among Ohioans to 18,643, Laura Hancock reports. The state’s department of health reported 2,293 new coronavirus cases Saturday, Kaylee Remington reports. Numbers were not reported Sunday because of Easter, and Monday will consist of Sunday’s and Monday’s numbers.
Pfizer effectiveness: Pfizer and BioNTech announced the latest data from their Phase 3 clinical trials shows their vaccine remains highly effective for at least six months, while a study suggests the coronavirus variant discovered in the U.K. could soon become the dominant strain in America, Evan MacDonald reports.
Reaction to Husted tweet: Following Lt. Gov. Jon Husted using the phrase “Wuhan virus” in a tweet, Ohio’s Asian American communities have felt dismayed in the state’s leadership. Seth Richardson reports that Asian American organizations and residents didn’t feel his explanation – that he was attempting to criticize the Chinese government – sufficiently explained why he felt the need to use a term many feel is, at the very least, unhelpful or, at worst, could lead to targeting people of Asian descent for violence.
Capitol attack: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Niles-area Democrat, briefed reporters Friday after a U.S. Capitol police officer was killed and a second officer was injured when a motorist rammed the duo with his vehicle near the U.S. Capitol. The assailant was shot and killed by police after he left his car and lunged at them with a knife. Sabrina Eaton reports that Ryan said he’s not sure if the attack will cause reinstallation of fencing in response to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
UH fertility lab: The former director of the embryology lab at University Hospitals’ Ahuja Medical Center blamed administrators and staff for the malfunction that rendered 4,000 embryos and eggs nonviable during 2018. John Caniglia reports that Dr. Andrew Bhatnager wrote in an affidavit that employees failed to properly maintain the cryopreservation tank where the eggs and embryos were stored.
Vaccine Queens: Northeast Ohio’s “Vaccine Queens” have helped many navigate pharmacy websites and schedule vaccine appointments, and now Stacey Bene and Marla Zwinggi are also looking to bring shots to Ohioans who are homebound. Leila Atassi reports the group has nearly fallen through the cracks when it comes to vaccine deployment.
COVID timeline: Michigan’s coronavirus cases have been surging, with the state’s rate of new cases per 100,000 residents putting Michigan’s status at worst in the country. Marc Bona recounts coronavirus news in his weekly timeline.
MOCA Cleveland: The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has quietly reopened amid the pandemic, but with the museum involved in race-related controversy last spring, it is working to create an “equitable space belonging to all,” said Interim Executive Director Megan Lykins Reich. Steven Litt reports that MOCA’s recent shows portray an institution that appears to be taking a more intentional focus on racial equity.
University Heights prank: University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan posted a message on the city’s Facebook page on April Fools’ Day, saying he signed a proclamation to change the city’s name back to Idlewood Heights. Olivia Mitchell reports the message was an April Fools’ joke and that Brennan considered it a way to honor the history of the community.
Restaurant shooting: A grand jury on Friday indicted two men accused of killing two people when they opened fire following an argument inside the My Friends Restaurant on the Cleveland-Lakewood border. Cory Shaffer reports that Anthony Hunt and Antonio Ortiz have each been charged with aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, aggravated riot and multiple weapons offenses in the March 22 killings of Keondre Austin, 27, and Geongela Rivers, 21.
Party center shooting: A 27-year-old man died after being shot in the head at the Kinsman Party Center early Saturday. Kaylee Remington reports the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. on East 93rd Street near Kinsman Road. When police arrived, they found the man lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his head. No arrests have been made.
Parma shooting: A 47-year-old man has been accused of shooting a 63-year-old man several times in Parma, police said. Kaylee Remington reports that Troy Neal Sharp of Cleveland has been charged with felonious assault in the Thursday shooting on Westlake Avenue just west of West 54th Street. Police are also looking for a woman who is considered a person of interest in the case. The 63-year-old man was taken to the hospital for treatment, but his condition was not immediately available Friday afternoon.
Opening Day weather: The Indians hold their home opener today against the Kansas City Royals. The weather calls for highs around 66 degrees, with a slight chance of rain showers between 2-3 p.m.; first pitch is at 4:10 p.m. Rich Exner reports on the history of Indians home opener weather, going all the way back to 1901.
“Black Boy out of Time” book: Cleveland native and author Hari Ziyad’s debut book, “Black Boy out of Time,” serves as a way to share Ziyad’s views on social issues through the author’s own story of growing up in the Cleveland and Cleveland Heights area. The book was published on March 1 through Little A, an Amazon Publishing imprint, Anne Nickoloff reports.
Tina Turner saying goodbye?: Tina Turner has a very good chance of being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this October. Troy Smith reports it’s also likely Turner wouldn’t be there in person to accept as honor because she has been in poor health. The music icon appears in HBO Max’s new documentary “Tina” for a rare interview from her home in Switzerland.
“Bridgerton” star out: Regé-Jean Page, who played Duke of Hastings Simon Basset and who made the catchphrase “I burn for you” a thing, will not return for the sexy drama’s second season on Netflix, Joey Morona reports.
Lil Nas X: For his forthcoming album, Lil Nas X does 24 Hours for cleveland.com’s sister site, Vogue, talking from the gym to the recording studio.
House of the Week: The 5,811-square-foot home is the Jeremiah Brown house in Hudson, used as a stop to help slaves hide on the Underground Railroad. Inside there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Joey Morona reports the house has been on the market since early March and is priced just under $1.5 million.
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