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It will become mostly sunny today after a cloudy start and it will be cool, with highs around 70 degrees. Highs will jump to the low 80s on Saturday before dropping back to the upper 70s Sunday, with showers likely. Read more.

Local scores: Kansas City Royals 11, Indians 1

Ballot boxes: President Trump’s re-election campaign Thursday jumped into a legal fight over Ohio’s elections, seeking to prevent a push for multiple drop boxes for absentee ballots in counties across the state. John Caniglia reports Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party filed documents to oppose a lawsuit brought by voting-rights groups arguing that one box per county harms larger, metropolitan counties and violates residents’ rights.

Red Summit: Summit County is back in the red after weeks in lower yellow and orange alert status, reports Laura Hancock. Five other counties — Butler, Montgomery, Mercer, Preble and Putnam — were listed as red, or Level 3, on Thursday’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map, which shows risk of coronavirus spread. Summit County has had a sustained increase in emergency room visits for coronavirus-like illness, an early sign that there is a spike in infections.

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This Week in the CLE: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is fighting back against a coronavirus relief bill, saying it does too little, while U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says it’s better than nothing. Who’s right? We’re debating on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

Health director: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine remains without a state health department director after a South Carolina public-health official withdrew her name from consideration hours after DeWine announced she’d had been hired. Dr. Joan Duwve, a North Olmsted native currently who is director of public health for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, was supposed to be a permanent replacement for Dr. Amy Acton. But she backed out for personal reasons, Andrew Tobias reports.

HB6 repeal: Ohio state lawmakers made their case for repealing House Bill 6 on Thursday before a legislative panel, noting the scandal surrounding its passage and questioning whether the owner of two nuclear power plants needs the law’s $1.3 billion public bailout. Republican state Reps. Laura Lanese and Dave Greenspan, as well as Democratic state Reps. Mike Skindell and Michael O’Brien, testified before the Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight, Jeremy Pelzer reports.

Attorney General William Barr is expected to appear Friday at the funeral of James Skernivitz, the Cleveland police detective who was killed last week during a drug investigation (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)AP

William Barr: U.S. Attorney General William Barr is expected to appear today at a service for James Skernivitz, the slain Cleveland police detective killed during a drug investigation last week, John Caniglia reports. Barr is expected to join mourners at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to remember the 22-year police veteran who was shot on West 65th, near Storer Avenue.

DeWine briefing: Gov. Mike DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine and Lt.  Gov Jon Husted were vaccinated for the flu on live TV during their daily coronavirus briefing Thursday. Laura Hancock reports 1,121 new COVID-19 cases were reported, with 30 new deaths.

Cleveland numbers: The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 20 more Clevelanders had become infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, Robert Higgs reports. There have been 5,156 confirmed cases in Cleveland since March. No new deaths were reported.

Trump revelations: Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday declined to directly comment on revelations from famed Washington Post editor Bob Woodward’s upcoming book that Republican President Donald Trump said he wanted to downplay the coronavirus despite knowing its severity. Seth Richardson reports that as he has done throughout the pandemic, DeWine sidestepped questions about what effect Trump’s downplaying of the virus had both nationally and in Ohio.

Ohio COVID-19 nursing home deaths

Nearly 2-in-3 Ohio coronavirus deaths have been to patients of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.Rich Exner, cleveland.com

Nursing homes: At least 2,797 patients of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died with the coronavirus, Rich Exner reports. This is up 87 deaths from last week. Sixty-five percent of the 4,324 reported coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio have involved long-term care facility patients.

Black churches: Cleveland’s predominately Black churches have always functioned as a center in their communities, and the pandemic has made that role more important than ever, Julie Washington reports. Even though pastors are delivering the word of God via laptops instead of holding traditional in-person Sunday worship services, churches are finding ways to continue to be a source of strength, support and trusted information about COVID-19, from doing drive-by visits to hosting Bible study over Zoom. Some churches are seeing a rise in membership or an increase in collection gifts.

Vitamin D: A pilot study in Spain suggests a prescription Vitamin D analog could benefit coronavirus patients, the latest to fuel the unsettled debate over the vitamin’s potential efficacy against COVID-19. Evan MacDonald reports that while there is no definitive science to support such a claim, armchair experts have taken to the internet in recent months to tout its potential benefit.

Downtown Cleveland: Downtown Cleveland likely won’t return to normal until the coronavirus pandemic is behind us, though boosters of urban cores believe such places are far from dead. Eric Heisig reports from a forum Thursday, where Downtown Cleveland Alliance President and CEO Joe Marinucci said that while there may be changes to a downtown workweek, people want to be with other people because that’s where they’re most creative.

Trial locations: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court will use the Global Center for Health Innovation for some proceedings when the court resumes holding jury trials on Sept. 21 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Cory Shaffer reports. The court will use the county-owned and largely vacant $465 million facility that sits across Ontario Street from the Justice Center to assemble potential jurors and hold some jury trials in civil cases.

That’s Rich: Have you gotten a phone call warning you your Social Security number has been suspended? It’s a scam. The Federal Trade Commission alone received 20,716 fraud reports from Ohio during the first half this year, with a median loss of close to $200 per complaint, reports Rich Exner.

I-480 Valley View Bridge

The new I-480 bridge (center) over the Cuyahoga River Valley is ready for traffic. Eastbound traffic will be switched to the new bridge this week, to allow for continued work on the existing eastbound bridge. When the job is completed, all three bridges will be used, with 12 lanes of traffic.Amanda McFarland, Ohio Department of Transportation

480 closures: ODOT’s massive job to rehab the twin Interstate 480 bridges over the Cuyahoga River Valley and add a third bridge to accommodate more traffic is about to reach a milestone. That will require multiple lane closings and restrictions, starting tonight, as eastbound traffic is shifted onto the new bridge, Rich Exner reports.

Kanye West: The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously denied Kanye West’s request to order his name on the state’s presidential ballot this November, ruling that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was justified in rejecting the rapper’s petition signatures. Jeremy Pelzer reports LaRose rejected West’s filing last month after his staff determined the signature of West’s running mate, Michelle Tidball, and information on West’s original nominating petition and statement of candidacy did not match the paperwork actually used for petitions signed by voters.

Unemployment: The number of initial and continued unemployment claims in Ohio each fell last week, continuing a mostly uninterrupted decline since the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Jeremy Pelzer reports. For the week of Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, 17,983 Ohioans filed initial unemployment claims, a 4% drop since last week.

RTA grant: The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority a $15 million grant to replace its railroad cars, U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced Thursday. Sabrina Eaton reports the grant will support GCRTA’s plans to buy 34 new heavy rail vehicles for its Red Line and upgrade its rail maintenance facility, equipment, and stations to accommodate the new vehicles.

CMHA grant: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority an $8.2 million grant to help it prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic among the homeless or those receiving homeless assistance, Sabrina Eaton reports.

Census: An estimated 8% of Ohio’s households have yet to be counted in census 2020, with just a few weeks to go. Rich Exner reports state and local officials are concerned with getting the rates higher as work on the census is coming to an end. “We need your help,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing.

Kent State University rock

A vintage photo of the iconic rock at Kent State University. Someone has painted racist messages on the rock three times since mid-August.

Kent State rock: Black students protested Thursday at Kent State University, calling the school’s response to repeated racist messages painted on a campus rock lackluster. Alexis Oatman reports the campus group Black United Students has submitted a list of demands to the university, urging Kent to find better ways to make students of color, particularly black students, feel comfortable.

8-year-old shot: An 8-year-old girl in Akron was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after someone shot at the car in which she was riding with other children inside, Robin Goist reports. The victim’s condition was unknown as of Thursday afternoon and the investigation is ongoing.

Ta’Naejah McCloud: A federal appeals court has overruled a judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit against Cuyahoga County involving the death of 5-year-old Ta’Naejah McCloud. John Caniglia reports the decision means the case can proceed more than a year after it was thrown out.  The child’s estate filed the lawsuit that said Ta’Naejah’s death in 2017 stemmed from how the county’s Children and Family Services mishandled the abuse case.

Black Women Rising: Black Women Rising is determined to address how Black women have been affected by the coronavirus. Alexis Oatman reports that hundreds of people listened in and voiced their thoughts while local leaders, elected officials, and Ohio advocates spoke on the impact of COVID-19 during a virtual roundtable with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Rep Paula Hicks-Hudson.

Rock curator: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has promoted Nwaka Onwusa to vice president and chief curator, replacing Karen Herman, who announced on Wednesday that she is stepping down after six years at the museum. Onwusa joined the Rock Hall in 2019 as the director of curatorial affairs, Anne Nickoloff reports.

Film fest: The Cleveland International Film Festival has announced several streaming events this fall. Up first is an online screening of the documentary “Aggie,” sharing the story of Cleveland’s Agnes “Aggie” Gund, who is known for her extensive advocacy work and arts philanthropy in the city, reports Anne Nickoloff.

COVID testing: Children 12 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 testing at more than 2,000 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations, Julie Washington reports.

Browns tickets: How can you get into a Browns game? Season ticket and personal-seat-license holders got their first crack at tickets this week as the team began contacting them in groups based on seniority. Each was given a time slot to buy seats for just the Bengals game on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a season-ticket member declines to purchase or misses the assigned window, the next group moves up until all tickets are spoken for, reports Joey Morona.

Browns tailgating: It is Browns season, but rules limiting mass gatherings and requiring use of face coverings and social distancing in most public settings remain in effect in Cleveland. And the city intends to enforce those regulations, with possible fines for violations, reports Robert Higgs.

Browns and bars: What can bars, restaurants and brewpubs expect for the fan experience during a coronavirus Browns season? Anne Nickoloff, Joey Morona and Marc Bona report that business owners are questioning how many fans will turn out during football games wanting to kick cabin fever and watch a game with fellow fans, socially distanced.

Lake Hope: Susan Glaser has been to lots of inland lakes in Ohio. But Lake Hope is perhaps the loveliest, small and secluded, amid some of the most scenic land in the state. Lake Hope has more cabins than any other state park, one of the prettiest state-owned campgrounds, and the best park food in Ohio, maybe anywhere.

Book week: The fifth annual Cleveland Book Week, put on by the Cleveland Foundation and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, has plenty of virtual educational events planned for Sept. 29 until Oct. 4. Anne Nickoloff reports one of the biggest events of the week is the airing of a new Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards documentary Oct. 1.

Beachwood boutiques: Tanya Manning-Grant found inspiration from her family for her two boutiques at Beachwood Place. Anne Nickoloff reports Dresscode and Ashton’s Corner will both celebrate their grand openings from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Cedar Point: There will be no Eerie Estate to tour this fall at Cedar Point. Susan Glaser reports the popular HalloWeekends is being replaced this year with Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, family-friendly activities and entertainment, plus rides.

Kafela: Kafela, a newly opened restaurant and cafe, is focused on bringing Los Angeles to Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. Anne Nickoloff reports the restaurant features a colorful interior, with plants for sale on the sidewalk in front.

Choco Taco: Join intrepid pastry explorer Claire Saffitz as she dives into the world of ice cream-filled dessert tacos. Her goal? A gourmet Choco Taco, in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Bon Appetit.

What to do: Between beach season and fall festivals, Joey Morona has 15 things to do this weekend, including comedian Paul Virzi at Hilarities and flowers at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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