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Dimora launchpad turns sour
Reaction to arrest

Kabir Bhatia
The Community Center opened in 1986; it was renamed in Dimora’s honor in 2000.
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Jimmy Dimora was once Cuyahoga County’s most prominent politician.  Dimora got his start in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford Heights, where he was the youngest man ever elected Mayor.  Now he faces 26 felony counts of corruption, one of more than 30 defendants, including two judges, snagged by the feds.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia visited his hometown to gauge public perceptions of the once favorite son...

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Jimmy Dimora was the mayor of Bedford Heights for 17 years, elected when he was 26.  There's even a Community Center here named for him.  But after his arrest Wednesday, many locals were circumspect.
Dimora claims he's innocent and, unlike his fellow defendants in the FBI investigation, he plans to fight the charges.

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