Weighing the cost of green energy: Icebreaker wind farm could prove damaging to bird population

A new renewable energy project in Cleveland is under the microscope due to its potential impact on the bird population, specifically those migrating across the Great Lakes. The Icebreaker wind farm is a large-scale clean energy project developed by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo.) that seeks to place wind turbines on Lake Erie. Icebreaker was originally approved in May 2020, but the project was thought to be at risk following a decision by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to include a “nighttime feathering” condition, which required that the turbines be shut down after dark eight months of the year in order to prevent migrating birds and bats

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Northeast Ohio Bars Take New RNC Liquor Waiver in Stride

xWith the 2016 Republican National Convention approaching Cleveland this July, the Ohio Senate has taken leaps to ensure Convention-goers both work and play hard. Passing a law that allows current liquor permit holders to extend hours of operation, the Senate has pushed for local bars to remain open until 4 a.m., to both the pleasure and dismay of those who run them. “It’s exciting,” George Petriga, manager of Flannery’s Pub East 4th location said. “Obviously from a money-making aspect, but also from other aspects. We get to be a part of something bigger than just the bar.” The new permit or “special event waiver” as the Senate phrased it will

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Ohio and Cleveland propose regulations to Uber and Lyft

After waiting hours for RTA to pull up to her stop or trudging home on foot after a night of a few too many drinks, 27-year-old Clevelander and Kent State University grad student Yhosila Deew welcomed Uber into the city like a “godsend.” The ride-sharing app is similar to its competitor Lyft. It performs much like a social network, allowing users seeking a ride to connect with freelance drivers. Riders can even choose the style of car they’d like to be chauffeured in. “It’s a life-saver,” Deew said of the service. “I use it at least once a week.” Deew, who was born and raised in Indonesia, said using an

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Residents of Cleveland’s only women’s shelter report over-crowding, under-funding

  Words and photos by Brittany Rees Audio by Eric Rivers On Payne Avenue, Norma Herr stands, a tall grey building, housing over 200 homeless women each night. However, the horseshoe-shaped center was only ever meant to take care of around 120. Inside, women go without food or beds, sleeping on bare cement and sneaking in snacks. “The shelter was only built to fit 120,” Robin Adellman, resident of Norma Herr and Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) member, said. “It hasn’t done that in 10 years. We have 220 at the moment.” With such over-crowding, Adellman said Norma Herr fails to provide meals for every resident. Instead, many

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