IBM brings quantum computer to Cleveland Clinic — but what is that? The Wake Up for Wednesday, March 31, 2021 –

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Quantum computing: The Cleveland Clinic and IBM have entered a 10-year partnership that will install a quantum computer at the Clinic next year to speed up medical innovations. Julie Washington reports the computers super speeds can crunch larger amounts of data at speeds that regular computers cant match. The partnership will allow research into genomics, population health, clinical applications, and chemical and drug discovery.

Unemployment: Ohios unemployment system has been swamped with claims both real and fraudulent during the pandemic. And even when some Ohio employers tell the state that a claim is fraudulent, the state sends out benefits anyway, Jeremy Pelzer reports. Sometimes, the approval comes before a companys deadline to reply.

This Week in the CLE: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted isnt backing down from calling COVID-19 the Wuhan virus, even after criticism. Were talking about why on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.coms daily half-hour news podcast.

New numbers: Eighty-three more Ohioans are reported to have died with COVID-19, bringing total deaths to 18,609, Laura Hancock reports. The number of cases increased by 2,458 Tuesday, higher than the 21-day rolling average of 1,617.

Bail reform: The Ohio Supreme Court has approved rule changes that expand bail reform, including one that requires all 28 counties with more than one municipal or county court -- including Cuyahoga -- to adopt a uniform monetary bail schedule. Laura Hancock reports that starting July 1, if courts cant agree on a uniform schedule, theyll have to use a model bail schedule developed by the Supreme Court.

CPP lawsuit: The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the city of Clevelands effort to throw out a class-action lawsuit filed against Cleveland Public Power over more than $188 million in customer fees. Cory Shaffer reports the courts justices declined to hear the citys appeal of a lower courts ruling that reinstated the lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of the public utilitys consumers.

College vaccinations: Gov. Mike DeWine has said Ohio would look at vaccinating college students in the fall, rather than the spring, because of the limits on the college calendar. But Emily Bamforth reports discussions are ongoing. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine could help vaccinate students before they head home for summer break.

Vaccine selfies: What does a vaccinated Northeast Ohio look like? Show us your elation at receiving the vaccine with your selfie. aims to create a photo mosaic of submissions.

JobsOhio: JobsOhio will invest $50 million this year in taking ownership stakes in start-up companies, Andrew Tobias reports. The JobsOhio Growth Capital program aims to help fledging businesses attract funding while making a profit that the program can invest in future companies.

Congressional election: Former state Rep. Bryan Flannery, an Akron Democrat, officially announced his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District on Tuesday, becoming the only white candidate in the Democratic primary to succeed former Rep. Marcia Fudge. Seth Richardson reports that Flannery acknowledged the elephant in the room of running in the states lone majority Black district as a white candidate, but said, despite the perception, he wasnt banking on a split Black vote to create a lane to victory.

Digital divide: The project increases the number of low-income households in Cleveland receiving broadband service from DigitalC to about 950, compared to about 80 this time last year, Peter Krouse reports. At least one-third of Cleveland residences still dont have broadband service that is either affordable or accessible, and in neighboring East Cleveland 60% to 80% lack the service.

A picture of a basement remodel from Otero Signature Homes. Otero Signature Homes had relatively stagnant growth last year, but it's optimistic about its growth for 2021. (Otero Signature Homes)

Remodeling boom: As Clevelanders have stayed home during the pandemic, theyve been updating kitchens and bathrooms, refinishing basements and adding home offices. The home remodeling industry has boomed during the pandemic, partly because the housing market is so tight, Cameron Fields reports.

Boat show: The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which puts on the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show and Fishing Expo, asked a judge to appoint a receiver to manage the finances of the company that runs the now-closed I-X Center. Eric Heisig reports the association, which had a contract with I-X Center Corp. to host the boat show every January through 2024, asked Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo to appoint a receiver to ensure the companys assets are protected, to ensure it can follow through with any event contracts and pay any damages if the court finds it violated a contract.

Grad schools: Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati consistently ranked in the top 100 for graduate programs in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Emily Bamforth reports the magazine uses different methods to rank each area of graduate study.

OSU commencement: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and the co-founder of Moderna, Robert Langer, are speaking at Ohio State Universitys in-person commencement ceremony, along with U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty and NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa, who was the first Hispanic woman to go to space. Emily Bamforth reports that this year there will be two ceremonies on May 9 to confer more than 12,000 degrees.

Diversity officer: Akron has hired Sheena Fain in the new role of contract compliance and supplier diversity officer, as part of the citys plan to award more contracts to minority-owned, woman-owned, disadvantaged and local businesses. Robin Goist reports the Akron native will be paid $72,000.

Rocky River teachers: The Rocky River Police Department has reopened an investigation into the behavior of several high school teachers accused of inappropriately discussing a female student in a video uploaded to Google Classroom, Kaylee Remington reports. The department said previously undisclosed information may exist that indicates evidence of criminal activity, allowing Rocky River police to reopen the criminal case involving several teachers employed by Rocky River High School.

School investigation: A Catholic school teachers aide is on leave amid an investigation into accusations the the aide physically abused a 4-year-old boy, Adam Ferrise reports. The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. AgathaSt. Aloysius School on Lakeview Road.

Lake Erie: The body of missing 18-year-old Alaina Camacho of Cleveland was found in Lake Erie Monday evening, Kaylee Remington reports. The sheriffs office, Lorain police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Lorain County Dive Team found Camachos body just after 5:30 p.m. in her 2004 gold Honda Accord underwater.

Club shootout: The recent shootout at The Spot after-hours club was sparked by an argument a woman had with a man she believes killed her boyfriend. Adam Ferrise reports the woman told police she thinks the man killed her boyfriend about two years ago. The man pulled out a gun, igniting a shootout where seven people were injured. They were driven to MetroHealth for treatment. Each of the seven people survived.

8-year-old death: An 8-year-old girl died early Tuesday in a house fire in Akrons Kenmore neighborhood, Robin Goist reports. Firefighters responded around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday to a fire on the 2200 block of 18th Street SW.

16-Bit: 16-Bit Bar + Arcade has closed up its Lakewood location, with plans to move into Ohio City with Pins Mechanical Co. later this year. Anne Nickoloff reports the new space is slotted to open in the fall of 2021.

Try a slice at a new pizzeria. (Photos courtesy of Chatty's Pizzeria, Pizza DiLauro and Plain Dealer archives)

Pizza pie: A few new pizzerias have popped up around Northeast Ohio, and theyre all worth a try. Anne Nickoloff highlights Chattys Pizzeria in Bay Village, Pizza DiLauro in Chagrin Falls and a new Upper Crust location in Shaker Heights.

Freezer dinners: Take ordinary items from the freezer aisle into super low-cost, high quality meals? Chef Dan Giusti prepares 4 dishes, each coming in at under $3 per serving, elevating frozen fruits and veg to unexpected heights, in this video from cleveland.coms sister site, Epicurious.

Capitol Theatre: The Capitol Theatre, will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 8. Then, 100 days later on July 17, the Gordon Square landmark will reopen to the public for its first screening in over a year, Joey Morona reports.

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