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Another Northeast Ohio theater is closing: The Wake Up for Thursday, January 26, 2023

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When the coronavirus pandemic closed theaters for months, many of our movie habits changed forever.

When was the last time you went to the cinema?

There may be no real substitute for sinking into the dark in a big leather armchair with a lap full of popcorn and a seemingly bottomless fountain drink. But many of us would rather be watching the latest release from our couch.

We have a choice of options from a range of streaming services, all available from our remote control.

Less than a month into 2023, three theaters in northeast Ohio are dying.

-Laura

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movie theater: Regal Great Northern Mall Stadium 10 & RPX in North Olmsted will close after less than 10 years in business, reports Joey Morona. The move takes place because the Regal parent company Cineworld wants to emerge from the insolvency unscathed.

household loan? Lawyers for Larry Householder say the former Ohio House Speaker failed to pocket nearly $500,000 for his alleged participation in an illegal bribery scheme. They say the money was actually a loan from Jeff Longstreth, a former senior political adviser. But Andrew Tobias reports that public records show that Householder has never disclosed any debt to Longstreth on mandatory annual financial disclosure forms.

Today in Ohio: The power struggle between Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens and House Representative Derek Merrin flared up this week as Stephens’ allies and House Democrats outvoted vocal Merrin supporters to end House Rules and GOP to approve leaders of the House of Representatives. We talk about why Merrin won’t back down on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

housekeeper process: A COVID-19 infection in the jury pool has delayed the trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and an alleged conspirator until at least next week, reports Jake Zuckerman. The delay interrupts the testimony of Blane Wetzel, the FBI special agent who led the investigation into Householder, lobbyist Matt Borges and three other suspected conspirators.

Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a union meeting on Capitol Hill last year. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press file photo)AP

Sherrod Brown: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat whose chances of re-election next year are skewed by political forecasters, on Wednesday blamed Ohio’s Republican drift in statewide races on the demise of unions and Republicans changing voting rules. Sabrina Eaton reports that Brown has told reporters that the decline in unions has contributed to lower wages and declining economic growth in Ohio, saying the state’s Republican-controlled legislature is “more concerned with guns and abortion and people who… make love, prevent them from getting married… …when they invest in this economy.”

SNAP cuts: Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in March will affect hundreds of thousands of Ohio households from a variety of backgrounds, from older Ohioans and married couples to two-worker households and people with disabilities, according to the latest census estimates. Zachary Smith reports that as of November, 738,000 Ohio households received SNAP benefits. Those who remain in the program will lose at least some of their benefits when the special pandemic program ends.

shooting confirmed: A federal appeals body on Wednesday confirmed the firing of a Cleveland EMS captain over offensive online posts he made about the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice in 2014. The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the city’s firing of Jamie Marquardt did not violate Marquardt’s First Amendment right to free speech and upheld a district judge’s decision, reports Adam Ferrise.

white pond: Akron residents are fighting the city’s controversial sale of 68 acres on White Pond Drive to a developer who plans to build a $55 million residential and retail project. Homeowners near the site and a group, LEAD for Pollinators, filed a lawsuit in Summit County Common Pleas Court this week, alleging that the city council violated the city’s charter when it appealed last month for approving the sale to Triton Property Ventures agreed.

Drive-through cannabis

Patients can pick up their prescriptions at the state’s first drive-through medical cannabis pickup counter without ever getting out of the car.clap

drive-through pot: Filling out a medical marijuana prescription will be a lot easier for patients in Lorain County. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports that Klutch Cannabis, an Akron-based cannabis company founded in 2020, offers Ohio’s first operational medical cannabis drive-thru.

Carjacking Injury: A suspected carjacker sent a Cleveland woman to the hospital after he jumped into her SUV at a Brooklyn Center gas station and sped away while she was hanging by the door, prosecutors claim. John Tucker reports that the car quickly collapsed, sending the 27-year-old woman to the ground.

shoot shop: A Pennsylvania man sentenced to more than 13 years in prison on Wednesday told a federal judge he was “grateful” that bullets fired by deputy US marshals hit him instead of other bystanders at a crowded Cleveland mall had been. Adam Ferrise reports DeWayne Taylor, 33, told the judge he was upset that he forced the marshals to shoot him in the Walmart parking lot on Steelyard Commons, particularly because a grandmother and her grandchild were so close to the shooting were.

96 years old: Authorities say a 96-year-old Cleveland man who died in October was murdered. When police found Curtis Sutton in his bed on Oct. 11, they suspected no third-party negligence, but the coroner ruled Sutton’s death was manslaughter on charges of “failure to thrive with dehydration and bronchopneumonia,” reports Olivia Mitchell.

Awards in Sports: A Guardians fan favorite, a longtime football coach dedicated to mentoring players on and off the field, and a solid season at the Diamond were among the honorees of the 23rd Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. Marc Bona reports that more than 1,600 people attended Wednesday night’s ceremony at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to commemorate local high school, collegiate and professional athletes.

beard awards: Three Cleveland chefs have been named as semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards, reports Paris Wolfe. Brandon Chrostowski of the EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is a semi-finalist for outstanding restaurants nationally for the second year running. Larder Delicatessen & Bakery chefs Allie La Valle-Umansky and Jeremy Umansky are semi-finalists for Best Chef: Great Lakes.

Tito pizza: Guardians manager Terry Francona visited the original Geraci’s in University Heights to bake some cakes and sample new menu items for the Slice shop slated to open in downtown Cleveland this April, reports Marc Bona. Francona invests in the restaurant, located in the former Vincenza’s Pizza & Pasta.

wedding fair: How helpful are wedding fairs? At a recent event, there were 39 venues, 21 photography companies, 18 catering companies and 17 entertainment companies, writes Jane Morice. She decided the Expos are best for women who are newly engaged and have absolutely no idea what they want for their special day.

maple syrup: Northeast Ohio is a maple syrup-producing region with Chardon as its capital. Gathering maple sap to reduce it to the sweet elixir typically begins in mid-February, but last week’s warm weather has had some producers questioning whether to start sap gathering early, reports Paris Wolfe.

Thank you for joining our revamped Wake Up format this week. We’d love to hear your feedback on our new look. Don’t forget you can always find the latest Cleveland news by visiting cleveland.com. If you appreciate the hard work of Cleveland journalists, consider becoming a cleveland.com subscriber.

— Curated by Laura Johnston with contributions from Cliff Pinckard

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