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Federal shutdown sends campers out of the Cuyahoga Valley
Other noon headlines: Impact includes Army Guard drills, congressional twitter wars, deadline for internet cafes
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
The shutdown cleared out the park at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
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  • Last of the campers have moved out of the Cuyahoga Valley park
  • Other shutdown consequences
  • Decision day for internet café backers
  • Last of the campers have moved out of the Cuyahoga Valley park
    The last of the campers are out of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as it -- and 400 other national parks and museums -- deal with the federal government shutdown. Chief Ranger Chris Ryan says the skeleton staff at the park gave people at  the five sites known as the Stanford Backcountry Camping area until 6 tonight  to move on.

    They were all out by this morning.

    Unlike many national parks, the Cuyahoga Valley has no gated access points. But Ryan says the “Park Closed” signs also serve as no-trespassing notices.

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    “First of all, we ask for the public’s cooperation to please respect the closures so that the law enforcement officers can focus on their efforts on protecting human life and property and responding to emergencies so that they would not have to respond to people in closed areas. But the consequences of entering a closed area is that it may result in violation notice.”

    The Trail Mix Boston and Peninsula stores in the part remain open because they’re on private property, and the National Park Service is directing people to the adjacent Metroparks in Summit and Cuyahoga counties.

    Other shutdown consequences
    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that nearly 2,000 Ohio National Guard mechanics, pilots and administrative staff are furloughed under the federal shutdown. The guard is also postponing weekend drills for some 11,000 Army National Guard members.

    Meanwhile, some Ohio members of Congress have taken to Twitter to place blame for the shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner tweeted
    “Remember, Pres Obama signed bill funding troops ... Our veterans, reservists, & National Guard deserve same fairness.”

    In contrast, Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s Twitter account puts the blame on House Republicans and includes the hashtag “BoehnerShutdown.” 

    Decision day for internet café backers
    The group fighting a new Ohio law that essentially puts Ohio internet cafes out of business is trying to turn in more than 70,000 valid signatures today to force the issue onto the November 2014 ballot . That would also stall the law.

    The Committee  to Protect Ohio Jobs came up well short of the required signatures last week and had 10 days to make up the difference. According to the Dispatch, spokesman Mark Weaver says the group stopped collecting yesterday and is doing an internal review before submitting the new signatures to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for review.  

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