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Cleveland Heights vs. Citizens United in November
Other noon headlines: LeBron James in court, Coughlin challenges Summit, Kasich vs. FitzGerald; Captain America; leaks

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LeBron James is back in Akron, this time on jury duty.
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In The Region:
  • Cleveland Heights vs. Citizens United
  • Coughlin vs. Summit County elections board
  • Fracking ratchets up
  • LeBron in Summit County court -- briefly
  • Kasich vs. FitzGerald leans Republican
  • $900,000 will get you a piece of Captain America in Cleveland Heights
  • Cleveland Art museum leak

  • Cleveland Heights vs. Citizens United
    The city of Cleveland Heights is taking on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    It filed paperwork with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections yesterday to get its challenge of the “Citizens United” ruling on campaign financing on the November ballot.

    The high court’s split decision removed limits on third-party fundraising and spending on elections, including disclosure requirements. A national group called Move to Amend is pushing initiatives in cities across the country to demand that Congress amend the Constitution.

    Coughlin vs. Summit County elections board
    Kevin Coughlin sued today to try to force the Summit County Board of Elections to put him on the November ballot as a candidate for the Stow Municipal clerk of courts.

    The Summit County Board of Elections already turned him down, saying the former Republican state senator is not nonpartisan. He says the board is abusing its power and wants the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn its decision.

    Part of his argument is that the board has cleared a Stow judge to run as a nonpartisan and the same rules should apply to him.

    Fracking ratchets up
    The Beacon Journal is reporting that Ohio is ratcheting up fracking throughout the eastern part of the state. It’s now approved 831 permits to drill into the Utica shale. Nearly 500 of the wells have been drilled, and more than 100 are in production.

    LeBron in Summit County court -- briefly
    LeBron James did not make it onto a jury today in Summit County Common Pleas  Court. But he may be back tomorrow.

    The Miami Heat star still lives in Bath Township. As he headed into the courthouse in downtown Akron today, he posted a picture of himself on Instagram, saying it was time “to serve my civic duty.”

    But he was sent home at about 10:30.

    The last time he spent any significant time in that courthouse was when he was playing high school ball at St. Vincent St. Mary’s and fighting an Ohio High School Athletic Association ruling that stripped him of his eligibility. James sued and the penalty was cut to a two-game suspension. 

    Kasich vs. FitzGerald 
    A national political oddsmaker is feeling more confident that Gov. John Kasich will win re-election – 15 months before the election.

    The Crystal Ball has moved Ohio’s gubernatorial matchup between Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald from “leans Republican” to “likely Republican.” The rating, put together by Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia says two things are working in Kasich’s favor. His approval ratings are decent and national Democrats have closer contests in other states to focus their money on. The report also notes that Cuyahoga County Executive FitzGerald does not have wide name recognition.

    $900,000 will get you a piece of Captain America in Cleveland Heights
    A Cleveland Heights stone mansion used in the filming of the “Captain America” sequel is on the market. The seven-bedroom, seven-bath, 7,000-square-foot-plus Tudor on Harcourt Drive is listed for just under $900,000. That’s quite a bit higher than the estimate  on the real estate Web site Zillow. But maybe the estimators didn’t know about its bit part in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” where it was transformed into a nursing home where Capt. America (i.e. Chris Evans) visited World War II vets.

    The house was built in 1915 for Kermode Gill, who built the Terminal Tower.

    Art museum leak
    The Plain Dealer is reporting that a skylight in the new atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art has spring a few leaks.

    The atrium opened about a year ago, and the leaks showed up Wednesday near the dozen bronze sculptures of Chinese zodiac creatures.

    The paper says the contractor will fix the leaks, which were minor.

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