The iOpener: Apology From Airport Director; Akron Buys Malware Protection; Wright State Strike Over

Cleveland Hopkins Airport Director Robert Kennedy was summoned to explain changes in the taxi and ride share drop off location.
Cleveland Hopkins Airport Director Robert Kennedy was summoned to explain changes in the taxi and ride share drop off location. [Brian Bull / ideastream]

Good morning on this rainy Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.  You have two more days to make plans for Valentines Day.   

The director of Cleveland Hopkins Airport apologized to city councilmembers for failing to tell them about a change in the airport’s pick-up and drop-off policy.  Council members summoned Robert Kennedy to an emergency meeting to explain the abrupt reversal.  Starting Monday, all vehicles will be allowed to make curbside stops, including hotel shuttles, due to future construction at the Ground Transportation Center.

Cuyahoga County's jail warden, Eric Ivey, has been demoted to associate warden, following the county inspector general's finding last December that he had violated the county's anti-nepotism policy.  Ivey had supervised his wife's boss for two months.  Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said a second investigation of Ivey is underway following allegations made in a recent review of the jail by U.S. Marshals.

Akron City Council approved the city’s request to spend $100,000 for malware protection software for its computers.  A cyberattack launched three weeks ago disrupted e-mail service, online bill-paying and the online 311 system. City council members say some computers are still not working.

Police are searching for a woman who they say was abducted at the Ohio State University campus in Mansfield.  The university's Department of Public Safety says student Skylar Williams was approached in a campus parking lot by an acquaintance, Ty'rell Pounds, who forced her at gunpoint into his car and fled with her.  Police found the vehicle and say Pounds stole another one at gunpoint.  Ohio State Police consider Pounds armed and dangerous.   

A high ranking Cleveland fire official is on restricted duty, after he was arrested at the airport for disorderly conduct.  Fire officials say Fire Battalion Chief William Graham was drunk and acting aggressively while waiting at an airport gate.

FBI agents in Cleveland are seeking a man who they believe held up two banks in four days.  The latest robbery was Monday at a Fifth Third bank in Lakewood.  A Key Bank in Cleveland was robbed Friday.

In Dayton, Wright State University’s board of trustees approved a deal that ends what is believed to be the longest strike of unionized faculty members in Ohio’s history.   Teachers returned to classes Monday.

The Browns have signed Kareem Hunt, the running back cut by the Kansas City Chiefs last November after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman at the Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel downtown.  General manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt while working for Kansas City, said the Browns "fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem's history."  Dorsey said Hunt deserves a second chance.

In a game between two of the worst teams in the NBA, the Cavs prevailed, beating the New York Knicks, 107-104, at the Q.  It was the Knicks' 17th straight loss.

Weather forecast: A flood watch remains in effect for most of Northeast Ohio through 4:00 a.m. Wednesday.  Rain, gusting winds from the east as high as 31 mph.  High 46.  The rain turns to a wintry mix tonight when temperatures drop to a low of 25. 


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