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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Aggressively closing or replacing failing schools was a major goal of the Cleveland Plan, but one that has been scaled far back from what the Plan first called for," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The original version of the district-wide improvement plan in 2012 said that the district would "target the lowest 10-15 percent of these (failing) schools for immediate and dramatic action" each year including closure, starting new schools in their place or turning operations over to a charter school.

That aggression was scaled back as the plan developed, and the eventual legislation for the Plan left out any closure requirements.

The major effort with "failing" schools named 23 of them - nearly 1/4 of the district - as "Investment Schools" and put them on an improvement plan, instead of targeting them for closure. We'll have a roundup of how that has gone later today.

But the district has taken stronger action with some schools.

Links theirs!

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Also from the Plain Dealer today:

WEWS Channel 5 Good Morning Cleveland anchor Jackie Fernandez and meteorologist Somara Theodore are no longer with the station.

"We don't discuss internal employee matters," news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. "However, News 5 holds all of its journalists to the highest ethical standards."

Harris would not speak directly to the reason why Fernandez and Theodore were let go, but FTVLive, a TV news industry site, reported it was because the two waited in line for tickets to Jay Z's upcoming Cleveland concert for Hillary Clinton on company time last week and then posted about it on social media.

"It is important to the reputation of our station and to Scripps, our parent company, that our news coverage is fair and unbiased," Harris said. "Those crucial qualities have been emphasized repeatedly during this contentious election season.

"We remind our journalists frequently to avoid even the appearance of support for any sides of this election. It is imperative that we maintain objectivity in the work we do to serve our communities in NE Ohio."

My favorite part: "News 5 holds all of its journalists to the highest ethical standards."

1. Good Morning Cleveland anchors are considered journalists.

2. They're held to the highest ethical standards.

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And, of course, the reason we're reading Cleveland's news:

Just in case Cleveland Indians' Manager Terry Francona gets another emergency craving for stress-relieving ice cream, Pierre's Ice Cream has sent over a "World Series Survival Kit" full of enough frozen treats to feed the entire team.

Cleveland-based Pierre's heard about his late-night order of ice cream from room service during the early morning hours before Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series matchup with the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. The Cubs won that game, but are trailing the Indians in the best-of-seven series.

"With the series moving back to Cleveland . . . as a proud Cleveland company and the official ice cream of the Cleveland Indians, we wanted to do our part to help Mr. Francona and the team on to victory in Game 6!" said Matt Thornicroft, Pierre's assistant marketing and communications manager, who hand-delivered the container to the Indians' Clubhouse.

It wasn't about free advertising at all! I mean, no professional newsroom would give in to such chumpery, right? It's a cute story!

Although Pierre's is available to fans at Progressive Field, Pierre's wanted to make sure he wouldn't have to take his eyes off the game for his ice-cream fix.

So you can already get Pierre's at the ballpark.

And the only person quoted is a Pierre's PR person.

And there's a link - which I took out - to Pierre's, but not to an article about the original Francona ice cream episode on which this is all based.

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The article has been shared more than 3,400 times. No wonder newspapers are dying - should have offered them a sponsored content deal instead.

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Docs: U.K. Involved In Secret U.S. 'Kill List'
"According to the documents, personnel at U.K. bases leased to the U.S. military play a role in drawing up the 'kill list' for the ongoing drone assassinations in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and others."

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See also:

International Criminal Court Poised To Investigate War Crimes In Afghanistan.

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Forest Preserves Have 600 Archaeological Sites!
"The entire history of human occupation in the Chicago area, from 12,000 years ago to the present day, can be found in the more than 600 archaeological sites in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

"During a free forum at The Field Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5, attendees will discover what these sites can tell us about the region's past, how it's shaped our present, and what we must do to protect it in the future."

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From the Beachwood sports desk . . .

Bearnesia
The Bears beat the Vikings on Monday night, but no, that doesn't mean they're suddenly good. Learn, dammit!

Breakfast In America: EPL Prez Endorsements
"A week from now, it will all be over," our very own Eric Emery writes. "And when I say it, I don't mean Sunderland's chances to avoid relegation."

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BeachBook

Signature Minnesota Brewer And His Band Coming To Chicago.

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Woman Sues KFC For $20 Million Over 'False" $20 Chicken Bucket Commercial.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

Seems to me he won.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Suboptimized.



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Posted on November 1, 2016


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SPORTS - Saturday's 'Greatest Horse Since Secretariat.'

BOOKS - Bannon, The Best And The Brightest.

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