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Black leaders say 'nothing' as St Vincent Charity Hospital in downtown Cleveland closes its inpatient and emergency room services....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-St Vincent Charity Hospital, a hospital located in the city's Central Neighborhood near downtown Cleveland that serves poor people and Black people disproportionately, closed its inpatient and emergency room services on Nov 15, upsetting some Black residents of  Cleveland who say Black leaders said little to nothing about the closing

"They closed St Vincent's on Black people and Black leaders, including the mayor and Cleveland City Council said nothing," said a Cleveland resident on condition of anonymity.

Hospital officials said in a statement that the hospital is now focusing on "ambulatory care as part of adaptive reuse of the campus.”

The Mission Kitchen, an affordable, healthy meal program, will remain open for now, hospital officials said.

Cleveland's first and only downtown hospital, St Vincent and Charities Hospital, which eventually developed into a medical center, was founded in 1865 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. It has been administered for much of its history by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The medical center has a main hospital in downtown Cleveland, with additional medical offices elsewhere in Cleveland as well as the suburbs of Independence, Rocky River, Solon and Westlake.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2022 14:38

Attorney General Merrick Garland names special counsel in the DOJ's criminal probe of Trump after the former president announced he will run for president in 2024....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com

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WASHINGTON D.C.-U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has named war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith special counsel for two criminal investigations by the Department of Justice of former President Donald Trump, action taken just three days after Trump, a Republican, announced that he will run for president in 2024. A federal prosecutor, Smith served as chief prosecutor for the special court of The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo

One investigation pertains to the Jan 6, 2021 insurrection regarding the certification of the Electoral College vote for President Joe Biden’s and the other classified White House documents confiscated from the former president's residence at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida following a raid by FBI and DOJ officials earlier this year.

The DOJ has sent out several subpoenas in recent days pertaining to the criminal probe that Trump and his lawyers call a political stunt by Merrick and the DOJ.

A federal judge-turned-attorney general, Garland named special counsel, say sources, to avoid the appearance of impropriety since Trump is now a presidential candidate. President Biden, a Democrat who unseated Trump from the White House and a likely rival for president in 2024, appointed Garland as attorney general right after he took office in 2021.

The attorney general said Friday during an affiliated press conference that Smith, a longtime prosecutor, is the right man to investigate Trump and that he has "built a reputation as an impartial and determined prosecutor."

Trump  announced Tuesday night from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida that he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House, and now Smith could derail his presidential hopes by getting a stinging indictment, though sources say that that would likely not deter Trump from running.

A former U.S. district attorney out of Tennessee, Smith also served as a Brooklyn based prosecutor for the District Attorney's office and later led the public integrity section for the DOJ's office. Sources said that he was an aggressive war crimes prosecutor when he served as chief prosecutor for the special court of The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo.

Garland also has impressive credentials.

Before becoming United States attorney general, Garland served as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 2021. The U.S Senate, in 2016, rejected then president Barack Obama's nomination of him for the Supreme Court after members of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican majority refused to conduct the hearings necessary to advance the vote to the Senate at large. President Biden named him as attorney general in 2021.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2022 01:57

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Former president Donald Trump announces he will run for president in 2024 as women's groups prepare to defeat him

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PALM, BEACH, Florida-As women's rights groups from across the country prepare to defeat him, former president Donald Trump  announced Tuesday night from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida that he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House.

While speaking at a pre-mid-term election rally in Dayton, Ohio last week for J.D. Vance and some other other Republican candidates, the former president said that "I'm going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida."

And on Tuesday night he did just that before hundreds of political supporters and an anxious mainstream media, but only after a speech in which he bragged on his time in office as president and dogged the policies of current President Joe Biden, the Democrat who ousted him from the White house in 2020 following a contentious election

"I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States," Trump, 76, said during his announcement speech on Tuesday to an array of applause. "America's comeback starts right now."

He promised to "bring down Joe Biden and the radical left," and said that under Biden's leadership crime is high, inflation is out of hand, and Ukraine is an unnecessary expense on the backs of working Americans. He said that if he is elected he would fight inflation, broken borders and  tax hikes, and that he would restore America to a great country. He also said that his campaigning for candidates and endorsements helped Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives in last week's election, an election that also saw the Democrats retain control of the Senate, though by a razor thin margin.

Pundits called the announcement premature on the heels of the November midterm elections, and somewhat ridiculous, and said that Florida Gov Ron DeSantis remains a threat to his candidacy, among others fed up with his heavy handed politics and abusive leadership style.

Also at issue, say pundits, is the "Dobbs decision on abortion."

The announcement about his presidential bid comes as the embattled former president faces both civil and criminal investigations from his time in office and relative to his actions since he left office with a slew of classified White House documents. Those documents prompted an unprecedented raid by the FBI and U.S. Justice Department officials on his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this year.

Trump and his attorneys say that he has done nothing wrong, and that the avalanche of classified documents snatched from his home by authorities became unclassified because he deemed  them unclassified, an analogy that legal experts say is simply absurd. Whether the confiscated documents will lead to an indictment push by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who ordered the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, and Trump's nagging nemesis, remains to be seen.

A former vice president who served under president Barack Obama, Biden has not said publicly whether or not he will seek reelection in 2024, though the president has said that he will make an announcement sometime early next year.

The former president has a colorful background, at least in comparison to President Biden, his White House successor.

Trump graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in 1968. He became president of his father's real estate business in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization. He expanded the company's operations to building and renovating skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He later started side ventures, mostly by licensing his name. From 2004 to 2015, he co-produced and hosted the reality television series The Apprentice. Trump and his businesses have been involved in more than 4,000 state and federal legal actions, including six bankruptcies.

He won the 2016 United States presidential election as the Republican nominee against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton despite losing the popular vote and became the first U.S. president with no prior military or government service. His election and policies sparked numerous protests. The 2017–2019 special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller established that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to favor the election of Trump. When he lost the general election to Biden in November of 2020, all hell broke loose, including a riot in the U.S. Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021 that left five dead, including a capitol police officer, and several others injured.

Trump promoted conspiracy theories and made many false and misleading statements during his campaigns and presidency, to a degree unprecedented in American politics, his critics say. Many of his comments and actions, they claim, have been characterized as racially charged or racist, and many as misogynistic. The former president believes otherwise.

Women's groups are not thrilled by the former president's decision to run for president in 2024.

"This is a detriment to women and to African-Americans, and we will fight his candidacy tooth and nail," said longtime Cleveland activist Elaine Gohlstin, a women's march advocate and a member of the Cleveland activist group Women's March Cleveland, which was founded in 2017 after Trump was inaugurated and millions of women in city's across the country took to the streets for a mass protest, the largest single-day protest in American history.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2022 05:32

Set-up man in the murder of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's grandson is sentenced and gets life in prison.....Frank Q. Jackson was murdered on September 19, 2021....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanobnlinenewsblog.com

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Pictured are Robert Shepherd, 30 (wearing white t-shirt),
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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland man found guilty last month of setting up the murder of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's 24-year-old grandson by luring him to the murder scene was  sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 33 years.

Cuyhog County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deanna Calabrese threw the book at Robert Shepherd, 30, whom jurors, on Oct 31, found guilty on all four counts, including murder, aggravated murder and felonious assault, in the shooting death in September of 2021 of Frank Q. Jackson, though he was not charged with pulling the trigger.

“Our city is a disaster when it comes to gun violence,” Calabrese said in sentencing Shepherd, a member of the notorious heartless felon gang. “There has to be something so dramatic that happens to stop it.”

The former mayor has not commented publicly since today's sentencing of the man who set his beloved grandson up to get murdered.

The killer, who gunned down Frank Q. Jackson in a hoodie on Sept 19, 2021, remains at large and police say they have no credible suspect leads. The former mayor has not spoken out publicly in response to the sentence of the man who killed his grandson.

Prosecutors pushed for a life sentence while defense attorneys argued that their client was not, in fact, the killer and deserved some leniency because, in spite of his lengthy criminal record, he has a history of mental ailments

Jackson's  great grandson, Donald Jackson-Gates, 19, faces aggravated murder and several other charges in an unrelated case in what prosecutors say is a revenge killing of Shepherd's nephew, Cris'Shon Coleman, 20, of Cleveland.

Cleveland police homicide detectives built the case against Shepard largely through surveillance cameras that show him luring Frank Q Jackson to get murdered, but such cameras purportedly do not show the killer.

Shepherd remains in jail on a $1 million bond since his arrest  just days after the former mayor's stepdaughter, Janece Jackson, the  mother of the mayor's slain grandson,  was found unresponsive at a home in Cleveland in October of 2021 and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police said that the cause of her death has not been made public. Other sources say the cause of her death is unknown. She was the only daughter of Jackson's longtime wife, Edwina Jackson.

A Democrat, Jackson opted not to seek an unprecedented fifth term last year.  He was succeeded into office by current mayor Justin M. Bibb, Cleveland's  fourth Black mayor behind Jackson, its  third Black mayor and a Democrat like Bibb, 35, and the city's second youngest mayor.

Frank Q Jackson was shot multiple times at a home in the Kinsman neighborhood on the city's largely Black east side on Sept 19, 2021. Police were called to the shooting near Sidaway and East 70th St. in the Garden Valley projects at around 9 p.m.

A woman witness told police she dropped the younger Jackson off at the house to pick up his dirt bike when she heard multiple shots. She immediately left the scene and called 911.

He was shot seven times—in the head, back, right arm and his left side The older Jackson, who was mayor at the time, was escorted by police into and out of the home where the shooting incident occurred and  was on the scene for much of the night as were then Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams and Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, Griffin now president of the 17-member all Democratic city council. Williams has since retired and Mayor Bibb has appointed Wayne Drummond, a 33-year veteran of the police force who stepped up as interim police chief,  to replace him as chief.

The former mayor's grandson was in the news multiple times in the months leading up to his murder. His suspicious murder came three days after arson charges were filed against a man who was accused of setting fire to a car seen speeding away after the 2019 fatal shooting of  Antonio Parra.

Cleveland police officers went to the former mayor’s house the night of that shooting of Parra occurred in search of Frank Q. Jackson after learning that the car at issue was registered to the mayor's grandson.

Frank Q. Jackson allegedly  told police that he was not driving the car when the arson and fatal shooting occurred and had sold the car.  Arson charges against a  suspect in that case, which remains under investigation, have since been dropped

Also, the grandson, whom the former mayor helped to raise,  was charged with domestic violence following an argument with his girlfriend back in 2020 and was later charged with felonious assault on a police officer and failure to comply with a police officer's order, a first and fourth degree felony respectively.

And he was already on probation relative to a plea deal before Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell that came  following a 2019 indictment on  felonious assault, abduction charges and two counts of failure to comply with police in which he was accused of punching and choking a young 18-year-old Black  woman, and striking  her with a metal truck hitch.

In that case he agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for dismissal of the felonious assault and other charges. In turn, Judge O'Donnell handed him a suspended 90 day sentence and put him on probation for 18 months.

In spite of his run-ins with the law, the former mayor's grandson was loved, Frank Jackson once telling reporters in response to the controversy surrounding his grandson that he loves his family just like others do.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 01:20

Funeral services announced for longtime Ohio state representative Barbara Boyd of Cleveland Hts....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio-Funeral arrangements have been announced for longtime Ohio state representative Barbara Boyd   of Cleveland Hts, a Democrat and former mayor of Cleveland Hts. who passed away on Sat, Nov 5, 2022. She is the mother of former state representative Janine Boyd, also of Cleveland Hts.

 

Funeral arrangements are by E.F. Boyd and Son Funeral Home.

 

Public viewing is Thursday, Nov 17 at the funeral home at noon followed by family visitation at 4pm and an Omega Omega Service at 5pm, also at the funeral home. Funeral services are Friday, Nov 18 at 11am at Forest Hill  Presbyterian Church Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Hts.

 

Dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral in droves, sources said.

 

Barbara Boyd (born April 24, 1942) was an American politician. She served twice as a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives before term limits were instituted for Ohio state legislators, serving the 9th district from 2007 to 2014, and the same district from 1993 until 2000. Her daughter Janine succeeded her into office in 2015 and served in the Ohio House of Representative until April of 2022.

 

A product of Cleveland's public schools who graduated from Glenville High and a former elementary school teacher, Barbara Boyd worked on President Jimmy Carter's campaign as a start to politics. She became the first African American elected to Cleveland Heights City Council in 1983, where she would ultimately serve as mayor. Boyd also worked with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, as well as with the Children's Defense Fund. She was a dedicated member of Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Cleveland, and a founding member of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of Ohio and Greater Cleveland.

 

Barbara Boyd was also know in political circles for her annual Christmas party that drew politicians from around greater Cleveland replete with fine food and pastries, compliments of Barbara Boyd herself.

 

In July of 2018, Cleveland Hts City Council voted to rename Caledonia Park, which straddles the border with neighboring East Cleveland, in her honor.

 

Cleveland Hts is a middle class Cleveland suburb of some 44,000 people. It is the eighth largest city in greater Cleveland and the 20th largest in Ohio, and is roughly 40 percent Black.

 

Black Women's PAC President Elaine Gohlstin said that Boyd "was a trailblazer for Black and other women and will be sorely missed."

 

Dr Mary Rice, a PAC member and a member of the East Cleveland Board Education, agreed.

 

"Practically every Democratic politician of substance sought her advice and support and as our representative in the state legislature she was a fierce advocate for her constituents." said Rice, a retired principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland.

 

East Cleveland School Board President Una H.R. Keenon, also a retired East Cleveland judge and a founding member of the PAC, said that "we love her and are certainly going to miss her [Barbara Boyd], and she taught us a lot."

 

In addition to her daughter, Janine Boyd, Barbara Boyd is survived by her longtime husband, Robert Boyd, a grandchild, and a host of other relatives, friends, and associates.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 18:14

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio