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⚾ On this date in 1981, Cleveland pitcher Len Barker threw the second perfect game in franchise history against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium.

🌂 Today's weather: Chance of showers with a high of 69.

🎧 Sounds like: "The Boys of Fall" by Kenny Chesney

🚲 Situational awareness: Today is Cleveland's annual "Ride of Silence" to honor cyclists and pedestrians who have been struck by cars.

  • Concurrent rides kick off at 6:30pm downtown and in University Heights.

Today's newsletter is 902 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🏈 It's NFL schedule time

Are you ready for some football? Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Dawg Pound won't have to wait long to be part of must-see TV this NFL season as the Browns will host the Dallas Cowboys in the first week.

Why it matters: The Cowboys' televised games average a league-leading 25 million viewers.

  • The game will air in the premier 4:25pm time slot on Fox and mark the debut of Tom Brady as the network's top analyst.

Driving the news: The rest of the NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8pm.

How it works: Cleveland will play AFC North rivals — Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals — twice each.

  • AFC North teams will also play teams from the AFC West and NFC East this season.
  • The Browns finished second in the AFC North, so they will play the second-place teams from the AFC East, AFC South and NFC North as well.

The intrigue: That means games against playoff contenders like the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

  • The Chiefs and Browns' last regular season game took place in Kansas City in 2021, which means Chiefs tight end and Cleveland Heights hero Travis Kelce (and maybe Taylor Swift) will visit Cleveland this season.

If you go: Tickets to the Browns-Cowboys opener start at more than $200.

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2. CWRU declares student protesters "persona non grata"

Blue "No Trespassing" and "No Encampments" signs surround the Kelvin Smith Library Oval at Case, where a pro-Palestinian student encampment concluded Friday. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

Case Western Reserve University has declared a number of students who participated in a pro-Palestinian encampment "persona non grata," a designation that restricts their campus access and could jeopardize the conferral of their degrees.

Why it matters: Case's commencement ceremonies are this week, and university president Eric Kaler, who threatened students with disciplinary action during the encampment, is intent on preventing disruption.

What they're saying: A Case spokesperson confirmed that the "persona non grata" status was part of its student conduct process and that a "limited number" of students would be banned from campus and temporarily have their degrees withheld.

  • "These actions follow repeated warnings from President Kaler to those remaining in the unsanctioned encampment and, later, to those blocking access to Adelbert Hall that their actions violated university policies and would result in referral to the appropriate conduct process," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The other side: Students for Justice in Palestine, the suspended student group that organized the encampment, said in a release that more than a dozen students had been sent correspondence designating them "persona non grata."

  • They said they believed they were being targeted for their views on divestment and their ethnicity.

The latest: In a letter to the CWRU community Monday, Kaler announced updated security protocols for commencement, including metal detectors and bag screenings.

  • "Our top priority is always the safety of our community," Kaler wrote, "and actions or language — including decorations on mortar boards — that make others feel threatened or intimidated will not be tolerated."

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3. The Terminal: News coverage in 3D

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🏘️ Cleveland City Council greenlighted a pilot program, funded by stimulus dollars, that will build two 3D-printed homes. (Signal Cleveland)

  • The money comes from an allocation previously earmarked for the financially troubled Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services.

✏️ Akron Public Schools are proposing $24 million in cuts — including 285 staff positions — before next school year. (Akron Beacon Journal)

⚖️ Former HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge is joining the Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm as a partner in its Cleveland office. (Cleveland.com)

🥊 Mike Tyson and Cleveland's Jake Paul addressed rumors that their July 20 boxing match, which will stream on Netflix, is rigged. (Bleacher Report)

4. A more complete Bernie Moreno backstory

Ohio GOP Senate candidate Bernie Moreno with former President Trump on Saturday in Vandalia, Ohio. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The way [Bernie Moreno] has framed his biography — and the material that he has omitted from the frame — reflects a keen awareness of the political reality in the Trump-era Republican Party in Ohio.
— The New York Times

Moreno, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Sherrod Brown, has frequently told the story of his legal immigration and rags-to-riches success in the United States.

Reality check: The New York Times recently revealed there's more to Moreno's upbringing and connections in Colombia than the narrative he projects.

  • "Mr. Moreno was born into a rich and politically connected family in Bogotá, where some members continue to enjoy great wealth and status," the Times reports.

Zoom in: Moreno's father was an accomplished surgeon. One of his brothers is the president and CEO of a "major construction and development conglomerate."

  • Another brother was the Colombian ambassador to the U.S. before being elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Yes, but: The Morenos were not fabulously wealthy from the moment they arrived in the states.

  • Moreno's father worked as a surgical assistant, and the family of nine lived in a Fort Lauderdale apartment.

The bottom line: To appeal to Ohio's working-class voters, Moreno has downplayed his elite South American connections and emphasized his entrepreneurship and street smarts in Northeast Ohio.

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📆 Start planning your days ahead.

Berea's National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend: A select group of Rib Teams will compete all weekend long to satisfy your appetite for ribs, serving up the best ribs and sauce you will ever taste.

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5. 📖 1 Oppenheimer biographer to go...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Kai Bird is the keynote speaker tonight at the Mandel Opera and Humanities Festival.

Why it matters: Bird co-authored "American Prometheus," the biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer on which the Academy Award-winning film "Oppenheimer" was based.

Between the pages: The event at Mandel Concert Hall will feature musical performances from Cleveland Orchestra soloists and a panel discussion with orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most, president and CEO André Gremillet, and festival curator Elena Dubinets.

  • Expect Bird to expertly investigate this year's festival theme: power.

If you go: The program begins at 7pm.

Thanks to our editor Lindsey Erdody and copy editors Rob Reinalda and Aurora Martínez.

Our picks:

📖 Sam has book club tomorrow and has been totally engrossed in Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go."

🤠 Troy is sorry (not sorry) that he's a diehard Cowboys fan and will be rocking his Emmitt Smith jersey at Browns Stadium on Week 1.