Newsmaker: Doug Price, CEO, The K&D Group. Developer Doug Price has big plans for downtown Cleveland. He’s agreed in principle to buy and re-develop the former Ameritrust tower near Euclid and East 9th. He plans a similar reworking of an old office building just east of there. His projects would bring new hotel rooms, apartments, stores and office space to a long-neglected corner of Cleveland’s once-premier street. He and Mr. Feagler will discuss his plans and hopes for his projects.
Roundtable: Mark Naymik, politics reporter, The Plain Dealer; Greg Saber, reporter, WTAM 1100; Brian Tucker, publisher and editorial director, Crain’s Cleveland Business.
National City’s Shaky Week: A jittery stock market gave bank stocks a wild ride this week, perhaps none more so than Cleveland’s National City. Investors made even more nervous by the collapse of a California bank have traded National City stock in large volume this week triggering a roller-coaster ride that bottomed out Monday, then rose and fell through the week. National City is trying to overcome troubles brought on by the collapse of the sub prime mortgage market.
Candidates Woo NAACP: Presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain made appearances before the national NAACP convention in Cincinnati this week. Obama refused to soften a call for greater personal responsibility that drew criticism from Rev. Jesse Jackson. John McCain praised his opponent for blazing a trail that might lead to the White House but criticized him for opposing school vouchers.
Officer Down: For the first time, the city of Twinsburg has lost a police officer in the line of duty. Officer Joshua Miktarian was gunned down this week during a traffic stop. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against the driver who’s claimed the shooting happened in self-defense. The outpouring of public sympathy for Miktarian contrasts sharply with the debate over so-called Cleveland ‘super cop’ James Simone who recently shot and killed a robbery suspect, the fifth fatal shooting of Simone’s career.
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