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Episode Info: On this week’s episode of This Week in the CLE, we’re talking about huge leaps in our understanding of why the mortality rate for African American babies is so much higher than for white babies. We also discuss some thoughts on Tuesday’s elections, the curious decision of Ohio drivers not to get a more secure driver license, a medical miracle and more. This Week in the CLE is our podcast discussion and analysis of the news by the reporters and editors at cleveland.com. Cohost Laura Johnston and I sat in for a meeting with First Year Cleveland this week, to hear how they are zeroing in on structural racism as a cause for our high infant mortality rate. First Year Cleveland is leading the nation in some ways in seeking out solutions. Laura and I also talk about big decisions by voters in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights and Cleveland. Politics editor Jane Kahoun joins us to talk about why most Ohio drivers are opting out of the secure driver license they will need as identification for flights starting next October. She also discusses why former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel might have taken some improper shortcuts to have the state accept bitcoin payments for taxes, some worrisome news about abandoned coal mines, the growing power of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and why legislators would spend any time switching Ohio’s state beverage from tomato juice to apple juice.  Reporters Mary Kilpatrick and Pete Krouse stop by to reflect on last week’s Cleveland Rising Summit and what it might mean for the future of Cleveland. They were at the summit all three days and were struck by the many new faces that gathered to collaborate on the city’s future.  Reporter Courtney Astolfi discusses the latest in a growing line of failures at the building we used to call the Medical Mart. The upshot: It was a dopey idea when it was proposed, and it’s still dopey. Reporter Adam Ferrise offers insight on a fascinating lawsuit filed this week against Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The mother of a man who was shot to death last month says in the lawsuit that Jackson is to blame, because if police and prosecutors had done their jobs, the man she says blames for her son’s death would have been behind bars when her son was killed. Who is the person she blames for the death: Frank Q. Jackson, the mayor’s grandson. We also talk with Adam about the inexplicable decision of Cleveland Police leaders not to fully staff the homicide unit, especially with the number of homicides in which more than one person has been killed in the same shootings. And court reporter Cory Shaffer joins us to talk about his big story from last week, news that jail guards are so overworked and stressed out that they are falling asleep while supervising unrestrained inmates. Reporter Hannah Drown closes out the podcast with the story of what her father’s doctor’s are calling his miraculous recovery from heart and lung issues that seemed certain to be mortal. New episo...
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