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Watch | Progressive Insurance brings 1500 jobs to Cleveland, and Donald Trump accused of trying to buy votes in Ohio on 3News Now with Stephanie Haney

Plus, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield promises to play catch with a fan, what GM Andrew Berry says about all those losses and where to get your Fat Tuesday paczkis
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3News Now with Stephanie Haney on Feb. 25, 2020

CLEVELAND — On Tuesday's 3News Now with Stephanie Haney, the top headlines include how you can snag one of 1,500 new jobs with Progressive Insurance in Cleveland, and allegations of President Donald Trump trying to buy votes from minorities in Ohio.

Plus, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield promises to make the dreams of a young boy who wants to play catch with him come true, and 3News sports analyst Ben Axelrod joins the show to talk about Browns general manager Andrew Berry's role in that 1-31 stretch, during the 2016 (1-15) and 2017 (0-16) regular seasons.

And with it being Fat Tuesday, we have your guide on where to get the best paczkis (pronounced "poonch-keys") in Northeast Ohio.

Progressive Insurance announced plans on Tuesday morning to hire 1,500 people right here in Cleveland with more than 8,000 jobs up for grabs nationwide, including 400 work-from-home positions.

The new jobs are expected to be filled throughout 2020.

“With an increase in customers and total revenues topping $39 billion, the company needs more employees to support continued growth in the auto, property, commercial lines and recreational products insurance at more than 250 locations across the country,” the company announced in a press release.

Apply for one of the open position at Progressive's career website, here.

On Monday, video of a little boy named Deacon Jones was tweeted, holding up a poster board saying that his one wish is to play catch with the Browns' quarterback. 

"If you had one wish, what would it be?" the adult, presumably Deacon's father, asks in the video.

Deacon replies, "Play catch with Baker Mayfield."

Mayfield, who was tagged in the tweet, saw it and replied, "We can make this happen!"

We'll all be watching for that, when it happens.

The Browns continue to get national attention, even in the off-season, as the Today Show discussed whether new general manager Berry is the right man for the job, despite his role in the Browns' 1-31 stretch.

Ben joins Stephanie to talk about how Berry explains that time period, when he served in the Browns' vice president of player personnel.

"The focus was a little bit more on accumulating assets whether it was draft picks, young players, cap space to set a foundation for long-term success," Berry said. "But at the end of the day, it is about winning and that has to be the focus and we didn't win enough games."

Hopefully that turns around this time, as Berry becomes the youngest GM ever in the NFL, at the age of 32.

And for those who observe Lent, today is Fat Tuesday, the last day to gorge yourself on whatever you plan to give up for the next 40 days (46 days if you include Sundays).

To help you out, we have compiled a list of the best places to partake in the Polish tradition of Fat Tuesday paczkis.

A paczki is a jelly-filled donut, and every Fat Tuesday Cleveland-area bakers rise super early and spend hours preparing the treats for customers to enjoy, often times selling out in just hours. 

Here are a few 3News favorites:

  • Rudy's Strudel & Bakery

5580 Ridge Road Parma, OH 441123

  • Kiedrowski's Simply Delicious Bakery

267 Cooper Foster Park Rd, Amherst, OH 44001

  • Samosky's Home Bakery 

6379 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130 

Check out the fill list here.

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