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๐Ÿ“š Welcome to Tuesday, and happy National Librarian Day to all who celebrate.

๐ŸŒค๏ธ Today's weather: Mostly sunny, high of 65.

๐Ÿฅ Sounds like: "Fight on for KSU" by the Kent State University marching band.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Cleveland member Mary Matejczyk!

Today's newsletter is 936 words โ€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Kyle Rittenhouse to speak at Kent State

Photo: Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images

Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of two men during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, will speak at Kent State University tonight.

Why it matters: The university, whose history includes the 1970 Kent State Massacre, has received significant backlash from student organizations for allowing the Rittenhouse event.

  • Kent State released a statement last month saying it "upholds the First Amendment rights ofโ€ฏfree speech and peaceful assembly for all."

The intrigue: Multiple student organizations held a protest yesterday where the phrase "Welcome Killer" was painted on the campus' famed Rock, along with the names of victims of police brutality.

  • A campus-wide walkout is planned for noon today, followed by a student-led conference at Oscar Ritchie Hall at 3:30pm that will feature Gaige Grosskreutz, who was wounded in the Rittenhouse shootings.

Catch-up quick: On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Grosskreutz during protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.

  • Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
  • His lawyers argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. A jury found him not guilty on all five counts.

What they're saying: Aimee Flores, president of KSU's Spanish and Latine Student Association, tells Axios that Rittenhouse's appearance brings to mind the gun violence of May 4, 1970, when a Vietnam War protest on campus resulted in National Guard soldiers killing four students.

  • "It's disheartening we're still dealing with this 50 years later," she says.

The other side: The Kent State chapter of the conservative group Turning Point USA, which organized the Rittenhouse event, sees his story as valuable.

If you go: Tickets to the 6pm event, which is open to the public, are free via registration.

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2. Task force delivers recommendations on youth mental health workforce

County Executive Chris Ronayne and Mayor Justin Bibb, putting their heads together on youth mental health. Ohio Means Jobs executive director Michelle Rose (R) facilitated the meeting. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

A task force assembled last year to address the shortage of youth mental health workers in Northeast Ohio has delivered its findings.

Why it matters: The region's social and behavioral health providers are hemorrhaging staff, as the workforce is drawn to higher-pay and lower-stress jobs in other fields.

Inside the room: At a roundtable discussion last week, the task force presented a landscape analysis of work already underway in Cuyahoga County and a set of seven recommendations.

  • The overarching recommendation was to sustain the ongoing collaborative effort to address the challenge.

What they're saying: "What we have here between funders, providers and workforce leaders deserves permanent staffing to implement [the other recommendations]," Ohio Means Jobs executive director Michelle Rose told Axios.

Zoom in: Other individual recommendations drill down on ways to retain and expand the workforce, including through peer support, training, career awareness and policy advocacy at the state and federal levels.

  • The ultimate goal is to put more money into the pockets of workers.

What we're watching: The task force is optimistic about being aligned with Gov. Mike DeWine's commitment to growing the state's behavioral health workforce.

The bottom line

3. The Terminal: Tacos with a side of news

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐ŸŒฎ It's Taco Week! Dozens of restaurants around town are offering specials all week long. (Cleveland Scene)

๐Ÿ›Œ Per Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, fewer children are sleeping at the Jane Edna Hunter social services center. There was a recent stretch of seven days when no one stayed overnight. (Signal Cleveland)

๐ŸŽข Cedar Point has reached a financial settlement with the Michigan woman who was severely injured in 2021 when a piece of the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster hit her in the head while she was waiting in line. (Cleveland.com)

๐ŸŒฏ Northeast Ohio colleges and universities are responding to student feedback to improve historically bland dining hall offerings. (Cleveland Magazine)

4. Brews on Tues: ๐Ÿป Medina's Planted Flag

Flag planted on Pearl Road in Medina. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Sam here. I found myself in Medina last weekend and made a spontaneous pit stop at a barn house brewery I'd never heard of.

State of play: Planted Flag Brewing, located at 3594 Pearl Road, opened in 2020, the same week Gov. Mike DeWine ordered a statewide shutdown.

Between the lines: Brewmaster and founder Aaron Wirtz has tried to distinguish his operation by using predominantly local ingredients, including 100% Ohio malts and local hops when possible.

Vibe check: Country brewpub chic, with a visible brewing operation and a bustling intergenerational clientele.

  • On Saturday afternoon, every table in the dining room was occupied.

What I drank: "Tillie's Lunch Run," the flagship German lager.

  • The beer is named for Wirtz' grandma, who used to make lunch for her father and run it across West 25th Street in Cleveland to deliver it to him at work.

The bottom line: If you're in the neighborhood and have a hankering for an IPA, farmhouse ale or German lager, don't sleep on this family-owned gem.

5. ๐Ÿค˜ Rock Hall fans have spoken

Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images On Location

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concluded its annual fan vote yesterday.

Why it matters: Since the online poll debuted in 2012, the No. 1 vote-getter has been inducted all but once.

The intrigue: This year's top-seven vote-getters, in order โ€” Dave Matthews Band, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Cher, Lenny Kravitz and Kool & the Gang โ€” will comprise a single "fan ballot" added to a pool of more than 1,000 votes.

By the numbers: All but six artists (DMB, Soundgarden, Cindy Lauper, Warren Zevon, Fela Kuti and Iron Maiden) that have made the fan ballot in previous years are now Rock Hall inductees.

What's next: The Rock Hall will announce its class of 2024 before the end of the month.

  • The induction ceremony will take place at a to-be-announced date this fall in Cleveland.

Go deeper: Women will rule the Rock Hall moving forward

Thanks to our editor Lindsey Erdody and copy editors Rob Reinalda and Yasmeen Altaji.

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๐Ÿ“š Sam is grateful for the librarians in his life, especially his sister Elizabeth (Euclid) and brother Matt (Lakewood).

๐ŸŽธ Troy has added Linkin Park's "Papercuts" singles collection to his vinyl shelf.