Morning Headlines: Northeast Ohio Transit Agencies Drop COVID Mask Requirements…and More | News

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Here are your headlines for Wednesday, April 20:

  • More masks on Greater Cleveland RTA, Akron Metro RTA and Laketran
  • Cleveland Hopkins passengers are mixed over mask removal requirements
  • Pepper Pike rabbi accused of seeking sex with underage girl
  • Cleveland plans commission for black women and girls
  • Guardians, White Sox, rescheduled, doubleheader today
  • NCAA sanctions Ohio State women’s hoops and two other programs
  • Weather: Cloudy, dry, more seasonal weather

More masks on Greater Cleveland RTA, Akron Metro RTA and Laketran

(WKYC-TV) – Several public transportation systems in northeast Ohio are following the lead of major airlines and ending their mask requirements for passengers and employees. The Greater Cleveland RTA, Akron Metro RTA and Laketran decision comes after a federal judge in Florida overturned the national warrant on Monday. The judge ruled that the CDC exceeded its authority by issuing a health order requiring masks on public transportation.

Cleveland Hopkins passengers mixed on masks

(Ideastream Public Media) – At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, airline passengers had mixed reactions to the end of masking requirements. Some chose to wear masks at the airport. Others said they would wear a mask during their flight. And many have completely ditched their masks. A passenger traveling to Chicago expressed concern that others around him might be carrying the virus without knowing it and said he would continue to wear a mask. Another who had just arrived from California said he was comfortable being masked as an option. The airport also confirmed the Twitter that the warrant will no longer be executed inside the building.

Pepper Pike rabbi accused of seeking sex with underage girl

(WKYC-TV) – A Pepper Pike rabbi is facing criminal charges after investigators say he arranged to have sex with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old boy. Rabbi Stephen Weiss of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun ​​was arrested on Monday. Prosecutors say officers found condoms and lube in her car. Weiss was released on Tuesday after posting $50,000 bond. He must wear an ankle monitor. He faces felony charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, unwelcome and possession of criminal tools.

Cleveland plans commission for black women and girls

(WOIO-TV) — The Cleveland City Council is considering legislation that would create a commission to study ways to improve the lives of black women and girls. The order, introduced on Monday, comes after a City Lab study in January named Cleveland the worst major city in America for black women in areas including academic achievement, income and health outcomes. . If approved, the 12-member commission would study the barriers black women face and how to dismantle them.

Guardians, White Sox, rescheduled, doubleheader today

(AP) — The Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox had their game at Progressive Field postponed for a second straight day due to bad weather. Tuesday’s game was announced four hours before the first pitch. The past two days have seen sleet, snow and temperatures in the 30s. The match will be composed as part of a traditional doubleheader today, and Monday’s postponement will be part of a doubleheader on July 12. Today’s game will start at 2:10 p.m.

NCAA sanctions Ohio State women’s hoops and two other programs

(AP) – The Ohio State University women’s basketball, fencing and golf have had the university’s athletic department probed for the next four years for multiple recruiting and violations of NCAA policy. The department also faces penalties, including a $5,000 fine and a percentage of individual program budgets. The university itself has reported these violations, including athletes receiving manicures, car rental loans and free meals. They took place between 2015 and 2019. The coaches of the three sports implicated in these violations have since resigned or retired.

Weather: Cloudy, dry, more seasonal weather

(National Weather Service) – Increasingly cloudy today. High 56 for Akron and Cleveland. This evening, mostly cloudy, showers late this evening and Thursday morning. Bottom 48.

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