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Between the Lines: Opportunity Corridor, Zimmerman verdict fallout

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CLEVELAND -- Governor John Kasich brought a transportation time machine to Cleveland.

He announced plans and funding to speed up major highway projects here and around the state, largely using new dollars from bonds backed by the Turnpike.

The Opportunity Corridor will have a groundbreaking next year, instead of the projected date of 2027. Many Democrats praised Kasich's plan.

His opponent -- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald -- hoped to get mileage out of a Kasich decision to lease or sell the Turnpike that did not happen.

What does Kasich's announcement mean as a boost to the region's economy and his reelection campaign?

The acquittal verdict deciding George Zimmerman committed no crime in killing Trayvon Martin continues to echo here.

There have been multiple protests. More are expected. More voices are joining the debate.

The verdict has heightened the profile of Rep. Marcia Fudge, as spokesperson for the Black Caucus in Congress.

What will the short-term and long-term impacts here be?

Will this heighten emotions about the ultimate Grand Jury decision to indict or not indict Cleveland police officers for shooting two unarmed suspectes following a citywide chase?

A privately-funded Holocaust Memorial will be placed on public grounds at the Statehouse.

Governor John Kasich backs the idea as a way to teach lessons about courage and evil.

Some groups vow to sue it as an illegal endorsement of a specific religion.

Will the courts permit the monument to be built?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Blaine Griffin and conservative Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien on this edition of Between the Lines.

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