"Truth Booth," counterfeit bills and influenza spikes: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are today's headlines from around Northeast Ohio, including a statewide Energy Emergency Declaration from Governor Kasich, counterfeit bills circulating in Northeast Ohio and "Truth Booth" concept art in Cleveland.

TRUTH BOOTH: According to the Plain Dealer, visitors to the Cleveland Museum of Art can enter the "Truth Booth," a conceptual art project in which participants enter a giant inflatable speech bubble/recording booth and complete the phrase "The truth is…" The creators of the project, San Francisco-based Cause Collective, choose selective clips from the booth to post on their website. The booth is available at the museum Monday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. before moving to other locations in Cleveland. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

FLU: Hospitals in the area are restricting visitors to protect patients from flue, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Cases of flu are spiking in the region, and Summa Health System said Akron City Hospital is admitting about one or two patients daily for the flu virus. Flu is typical for January and February, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is a high level of flu activity nationwide. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

CHARDON: Joe Bergent, interim superintendent of the Cuyahoga Heights Local School District and head of Chardon Schools in 2012, was the guest speaker at a Nordonia High School safety roundtable Friday, according to Nordonia Hills News-Leader. Bergent outlined what emergency plans worked and what didn't, and how Nordonia could prepare itself in case of emergency. Chardon was the location of a school shooting on Feb. 27, 2012, when student T.J. lane shot six students, killing three. Click here to read more at The-News-Leader.com.

COUNTERFEIT BILLS: The Secret Service field office in Cleveland warned merchants that counterfeit $100 bills are circulating in Northeast Ohio, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The Secret Service said advances in technology has made it easier to produce counterfeit bills that look realistic. Investigators also say they've seen an increase in smaller counterfeit bills like $5 and $10. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

ENERGY: Governor Kasich issued a statewide Energy Emergency Declaration today to speed up shipments of propane gas and heating oil supplies, according to WKYC. The declaration follows this month's polar vortex along with rising costs of propane and home heating oil. Kasich's declaration allows shippers of propane or heating oil to drive for more hours and for more days. Click here to read more at WKYC.com.

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