Day: November 10, 2020

Developers behind Church + State unveil plans for hotel, new apartments in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Developers submitted plans this week that show the apartment building and hotel they want to build right off the Veterans Memorial Bridge in an increasingly crowded area of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

The designs submitted Monday to the city’s planning department show that developers Graham Veysey, his wife Marika Shioiri-Clark and Michael Panzica want to add 167 apartments in a two-acre property off West 25th Street near Detroit Avenue between the bridge and the Superior Viaduct.

The planned 233,000 square-foot project, which the developers have dubbed “Bridgeworks,” will be 11 stories tall and include a 160-room hotel, as well as a coffee and commons bar and a patio. The paperwork also details plans to add 180 parking spaces in a garage both above and underground and 30 spaces along the street.

Veysey, Shioiri-Clark and Panzica have been behind other projects in the Hingetown enclave of Ohio City, including the Church + State building a bit west on Detroit Avenue. Veysey said in a text that he was letting the submission to the planning department speak for itself.

“The project will energize a corner of W. 25th Street and Detroit Avenue that is void of activity and used for light industrial purposes, a use that no longer first (sic) the bourgeoning residential and retail area,” the developers wrote as part of the paperwork submitted to the city. It says the building will help connect the West Bank of the Flats and the north end of Irishtown Bend up to Ohio City.

The county in September 2019 agreed to sell the property, which includes buildings used as a garage and test lab for the public works department, to the developers for $4.15 million. It is one of four the county sold as part of a public works consolidation plan that will centralize operations a garage in Newburgh Heights previously used by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

County records show the sale has not yet gone through. A county spokesman said he could not immediately answer an inquiry from cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.

The plans the Bridgeworks developers submitted indicate that they don’t plan to demolish the buildings on-site to make way for their projects. The buildings, including a ticket booth for the streetcars that stopped running in the city in 1954, will be renovated for “non-public functions” of the hotel and will include commercial and public space, according to the plans.

Part of the facility was built in 1941 and another portion in 1964. The ticket booth predates both and is believed to have been built around 1917.

The project will represent yet another addition of apartments to the West Side area that has seen a lot of new construction in recent years. Buildings such as The Quarter on Detroit Avenue went up in recent years while others such as The Viaduct in the West Bank of The Flats are also planned.

It will also be built near St. Malachi Parish, a Catholic church known for its

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The Crown’s FIRST LOOK of Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia



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Season four of Netflix’s The Crown will finally introduce Princess Diana to its cast – played by up-and-coming actress Emma Corrin.

The return of the popular drama will feature an episode portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘s 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Daily Mail Australia have secured the first look images from one of the scenes set Down Under with baby Prince William.



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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

The cast and crew of the award-winning show did not travel across the globe to recreate some of the former couple’s most iconic moments.

Instead, they substituted various locations around Spain for Australia with the addition of clever digital effects. 

Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William.

One scene shows Princess Diana handing Prince William a koala plush toy as they appear to venture into the outback, near Uluru.  



a man that is standing in the grass: Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William


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Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William



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Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru.

In March 1993, the couple had visited the Northern Territory in very similar clothing as to what is due to be depicted on screen. 

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them.    



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In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them



a little boy that is sitting in the grass: Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru


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Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

The Netflix series, which was filmed from August 2019 to March 2020, also hired extras with Australian accents to help add to the Australian environment they constructed in Spain.

Emma was originally contacted to read as Diana alongside co-star Josh O’Connor in 2018, after he’d landed the role of Prince Charles, as The Crown bosses tried to find the right actress to play Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The star was not auditioning for the role of Diana, but her speech efforts impressed the team so much, she was offered the role eight months later.



a person in a wedding dress: Incredible: Last month, Netflix's official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress for the show


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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date

Season four of Netflix’s The Crown will finally introduce Princess Diana to its cast – played by up-and-coming actress Emma Corrin.

The return of the popular drama will feature an episode portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘s 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Daily Mail Australia have secured the first look images from one of the scenes set Down Under with baby Prince William.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown's recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

The cast and crew of the award-winning show did not travel across the globe to recreate some of the former couple’s most iconic moments.

Instead, they substituted various locations around Spain for Australia with the addition of clever digital effects. 

Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William.

One scene shows Princess Diana handing Prince William a koala plush toy as they appear to venture into the outback, near Uluru.  

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

 Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru.

In March 1993, the couple had visited the Northern Territory in very similar clothing as to what is due to be depicted on screen. 

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them.    

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

The Netflix series, which was filmed from August 2019 to March 2020, also hired extras with Australian accents to help add to the Australian environment they constructed in Spain.

Emma was originally contacted to read as Diana alongside co-star Josh O’Connor in 2018, after he’d landed the role of Prince Charles, as The Crown bosses tried to find the right actress to play Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The star was not auditioning for the role of Diana, but her speech efforts impressed the team so much, she was offered the role eight months later.

Incredible: Last month, Netflix's official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress for the show

Incredible: Last month, Netflix’s official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse

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How FBI agents posed as Cincinnati hotel developers to catch Ohio bribery suspects

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four alleged co-conspirators were arrested and charged in a racketeering and bribery case.

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COLUMBUS – Columbus lobbyist Neil Clark didn’t realize – while chatting with hotel developer clients after a Reds game – that he was talking with undercover FBI agents working to uncover two bribery schemes. 

The first was against Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor, a Republican, who was arrested Tuesday. He is accused of accepting $55,000 in bribes in exchange for his vote on development projects. Pastor pleaded not guilty to charges Tuesday afternoon.

The second was against Clark, former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican, and three others. They are accused of orchestrating a nearly $61 million bribery scheme to seize control of the Ohio House, pass a more than $1 billion bailout for nuclear plants and defend those subsidies against a ballot initiative. 

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is accused of racketeering. The FBI posed as Cincinnati hotel developers to assist in the arrest of Householder and Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor in two separate cases. (Photo: Kyle Robertson, Kyle Robertson)

Those two apparently unconnected, widespread bribery investigations converged in Cincinnati.

Two agents posed as Cincinnati hotel developers with Monarch Development Inc. and offered bribes to Pastor between August 2018 and February 2019. 

One of the projects at the center of the Pastor investigation was 435 Elm St., the former Convention Place Mall that had become an eyesore. The FBI asked former Cincinnati Bengal Chinedum Ndukwe, whose company is trying to develop the former mall site, for help.

In January 2019, Clark met with Ndukwe and the two hotel developers, introduced as Brian Bennett and Rob Miller, in Clark’s Columbus office. Clark told The Enquirer that the men said they had the votes on Cincinnati Council for a boutique hotel at 435 Elm St. and wanted to offer sports betting there. 

Sports betting isn’t yet legal in Ohio, but lawmakers are considering legislation to allow it. The key debate remains where should it be permitted and who should regulate it.

Clark now believes his hotel developer clients were actually FBI agents or informants. Federal documents in the Pastor case back that up. At least one “undercover law enforcement agent” posed as a business partner to Ndukwe and another, unidentified developer, according to Pastor’s indictment. 

In June 2019, Clark and his clients watched a Reds-Houston Astros game in Cincinnati and then met politicians at the penthouse of 580 Walnut St. Clark said he met city council members there but wasn’t sure if Pastor was one of them. 

Clark met with his clients in Nashville in July 2019 and at a suburban Columbus dinner club in September 2019. Conversations from those meetings later appeared in the federal indictment against him, Householder and three allies. Clark, Householder and lobbyist and former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Clark, at the dinner, said that defending the nuclear bailout would shore up Householder’s power going forward:

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Man fatally shot outside Eagan hotel; suspect released from prison in May is arrested

A violent felon was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

The male suspect, who is from St. Paul, was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession. He has yet to be charged in Monday’s shooting. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and the gunman were acquainted before the shooting. Police also have yet to address a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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Wildlife, conservation, recreation among topics of new Colorado Outdoors podcast | Cheyenne Edition

For any outdoor-centric Coloradan, there’s a new podcast to consider.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the end of October launched Colorado Outdoors, audio segments “designed to share the work taking place in the agency,” according to a news release.

Topics will include “parks, wildlife, trails, outdoor recreation, safety, natural resources, research, biology, energy and more.” The podcast “will also give the agency a communication tool to share information on hot and pressing topics,” according to the release.

Colorado Outdoors launched with a 37-minute interview with Dan Prenzlow, director of the government enterprise funded by sporting licenses, park passes and other fees.

The balance between conservation and recreation has “really hit a crescendo in the last five years,” Prenzlow said, alluding to record crowding at parks and the state’s ever-rising population. He said CPW is “working with the governor’s office” to come up with a “balancing” plan.

“Everybody that makes a decision — every county, every city, the state and federal government — anytime you approve something or disapprove something, you’re adding to that complexity,” Prenzlow said. “Long story short, we’re gonna work to balance that.”

Another Colorado Outdoors episode focuses on Fishers Peak, the 42nd state park that recently opened. The park’s manager, Crystal Dreiling, said she expects it to take two years to finalize a master plan for developing the 19,200-acre preserve.

She described the “raw and rugged” nature of the park. “Hopefully we can keep it that way in a sense,” she said.

Colorado Outdoors is available wherever you stream podcasts, including Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Google and Amazon.

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Man fatally shot outside Eagan hotel; 2 in car with out of state plates are arrested

A man was fatally shot outside a hotel in Eagan, and two people who drove from the scene were quickly taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the gunshot victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel, according to police and emergency dispatch audio.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The car had Kentucky license plates, the dispatch audio disclosed.

The man was shot several times, the audio revealed.

Authorities haven’t identified the homicide victim or the suspects, and “whether they knew each other is still under investigation,” said police officer Aaron Machtemes.

Police also have yet to address a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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Mike Pence Celebrates Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations With Florida Vacation

With most of the oxygen being sucked out of the room by Donald Trump’s totally normal attempts to overturn the 2020 election—which got a boost Tuesday afternoon from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—you might have forgotten there’s a pandemic still raging in the United States. But surprise! There is, and it’s worse than it was this spring. On Monday more than 59,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the country’s highest number ever, while new infections hit a record level for the sixth consecutive day. As head of the federal government’s coronavirus task force, Mike Pence was presumably made aware of these statistics when he convened a meeting of the group yesterday for the first time in almost a month. And apparently what he’s decided to do in light of these extremely worrisome numbers is…pack a swimsuit and flip-flops, because the V.P. is headed for a little beachside vacation, baby!

That’s right, the man ostensibly in charge of the government’s response to a deadly disease that has infected 10 million in the U.S. is putting up his out-of-office message and getting some much-deserved R&R!

To be fair, it’s not as though Pence has been doing a bang-up job controlling the virus to date, so his absence will seemingly have little impact on the situation, which is to say: It’ll probably continue to spiral out of control whether or not he’s sipping a virgin daiquiri and yelling at Mother to pass him a beach towel so he can hide his eyes from the heathen displays of flesh on the beach. Under his tutelage, hospitalizations have surged an astounding 73% in the last 30 days, with experts predicting the U.S. could soon hit 200,000 new infections daily. It also appears that the administration held another super-spreader event on election night, with multiple people testing positive after attending Trump’s viewing party. The administration has of course claimed the virus is under control, which is a lie, and on Monday, tried to take credit for the news that a vaccine from Pfizer proved more than 90% effective in early trials, before the company promptly told it to fuck off.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has announced his COVID-19 task force. Shockingly, it’s comprised of actual physicians and health experts, one of whom has a bleak warning for the country. Speaking to CNBC, infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm said the next several months will be “the darkest of the pandemic,” predicting that the number of new daily infections is “going to continue to increase substantially.” He added that “we have not even come close to the peak and, as such, our hospitals are now being overrun. The next three to four months are going to be, by far, the darkest of the pandemic. I don’t think America quite gets this yet. This is going to get much worse.” All of which makes it exponentially more fucked up that the Trump administration is actively blocking the handoff of transition resources to the Biden team, as

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Analysis: Should You Use Miles to Book 2020 Holiday Travel?

Many frequent travelers haven’t stepped foot on a plane for months. Yet, with the holidays approaching, it might be time to dust off the old airline mile account and start booking award travel.

Or is it?

Setting aside the question of whether it’s wise to travel at all this winter, here we’ll dive into the question of using travel rewards like airline miles and hotel points to book holiday travel. Do award bookings offer good value compared with paying in cash in 2020? And do they offer greater or different flexibility in case plans change?

By the numbers: Airline mile value

As part of our updated 2020 airline mile valuations, we compared cash and award booking prices across many dates, including “peak” holiday travel at the end of December. This lets us compare the average cent-per-point value for these bookings during the holidays compared with other times.

This shows us that there is no simple answer to the question, “Is using miles during the holidays a good idea?” American, Southwest and United offered better-than-average value for holiday reward bookings, in our analysis, while the other airlines offered average or slightly below-average value.

Also, these are average values, and individual cases will vary. Some United redemptions will offer lousy value, while some Delta redemptions will (presumably) offer good value during the holidays. The best bet is to compare the cash and award booking prices for your own route and dates, using a calculator like this one.

Keep in mind that the “value” of an award redemption depends not only on the number of miles needed to book it but also the equivalent cash price. And one of the interesting variables making this year unlike others is that cash prices for holiday travel remain historically low.

Make sure to check cash prices

Usually, the allure of using miles to book holiday travel comes from the sky-high cost of normal cash fares. That is, when faced with a ludicrous cash ticket price, many travelers wonder whether points and miles offer a better value. But that’s not the case this year.

According to airfare tracking app Hopper, Christmas airfare is 40% lower in 2020 than 2019, with an average round trip airfare costing just $222. And unless demand increases soon, those prices are likely to remain low until the last minute.

Graph courtesy of Hopper.

The price of Christmas airfare has actually decreased as the holiday approaches, tracking well below the 2019 average.

Importantly, low cash prices usually mean lower “value” for miles, since the cost of award bookings is often more fixed than cash prices. That is, the lower-than-average value shown above for some airlines may simply be the result of lower-than-average cash prices.

Again, it’s important to check the relative value of your own route before booking. If the cash prices are low, you might not need to dip into your miles.

What about flexibility?

With another wave of the pandemic mounting, you don’t want to get locked into any holiday

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City of Winnipeg to give update on coronavirus response Tuesday

Winnipeg officials are expected to give an update on the city’s COVID-19 response Tuesday.



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Mayor Brian Bowman will be joined by Jay Shaw, manager of the city’s emergency operations centre, at a 2:30 p.m. press conference from city hall. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Earlier in the day Manitoba health officials announced Level Red, or critical, COVID-19 restrictions are coming province-wide starting Thursday.

Read more: Coronavirus: All of Manitoba moving to Level Red Thursday, tough restrictions to be implemented

Under the new rules non-essential retail outlets will be limited to curbside pickup and delivery, churches will not be allowed to hold in-person services, and people will be forbidden from social gatherings with anyone from outside their household.

Bars, restaurants, museums and theatres will have to close and recreational activities will be suspended. The restrictions are expected to be in place for four week and are to be reviewed as case numbers change.


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The restrictions will remain in place for at least the next two weeks.

But Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public officer of health said he would want to see the province’s test-positivity rate drop below 3 %, a dramatic decline in new case numbers, and a health care system no longer under strain before lifting them.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate was at 10.6 per cent while Winnipeg’s rate rose to 10 per cent with 216 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday.

Read more: Manitoba reports 384 new coronavirus cases, 5 additional deaths Tuesday

City-run facilities including indoor pools, arenas, recreation facilities and libraries have been closed since late October when the province put tighter restrictions than had been in place across the province in an effort to curb rising cases counts in the city.

According to provincial data there are currently 3,922 active COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg and the surrounding area with 134 people in hospital and 14 in ICU.

Since March 85 Winnipeggers have died from COVID-19.

–With files from the Canadian Press


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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory

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