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Former Medina High School Basketball Player Drops Federal Lawsuit

Former Medina High School Basketball Player Drops Federal Lawsuit

A few weeks back, we broke the story of Chase Johanson, the former Medina High School basketball player who sued his former coach, athletic director, principal and school district in federal court after he was cut from the team, allegedly because of some tweets...

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Civil Service Union Puts Pressure on Corrections Department's Security Stance

Civil Service Union Puts Pressure on Corrections Department's Security Stance

With revelations that the Civil Service Employees Association warned the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution about security holes, TJ Lane's prison escape throws the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections into much tougher scrutiny.  “While we are proud of the team of Correction Officers and special teams that quickly...

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Popular Bakersfield Tacos to Plant its Flag in Ohio City

Popular Bakersfield Tacos to Plant its Flag in Ohio City

Bakersfield Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey, a small restaurant group launched by Cincinnati natives John and Joe Lanni, is on track to open in Ohio City in the first quarter of 2015. The brothers, along with co-founder Alex Blust, have signed a lease to take over...

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Watch the Beatles' Press Conference in Cleveland from 50 Years Ago Today

Watch the Beatles' Press Conference in Cleveland from 50 Years Ago Today

"We're quite normal," John Lennon tells a mesmerized and befuddled crowd of local reporters and fans (and reporters who were unabashed fans) during a press conference in Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1964. When asked what they'll be doing after the newser, he effects his...

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Notes on the Dynamic History and Demise of Geauga Lake

Notes on the Dynamic History and Demise of Geauga Lake

Seven years after Geauga Lake aka Six Flags Worlds of Adventure aka Six Flags Ohio shut down as we knew it, the community of fans and historians remains strong nationwide. Closer to home, of course, the Geauga Lake remembrances are vivid and frequent. Last week, Brian...

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Urban Outfitters Takes it Too Far with Blood-Splattered Kent State Sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters Takes it Too Far with Blood-Splattered Kent State Sweatshirt

For only $2,500, this tasteless, "vintage" blood-splattered Kent State University sweatshirt can be yours! Urban Outfitters, the fashion maven and cultural provocateur of your local college town or suburban shopping center, is responsible for this thing. It retailed the "washed soft and perfectly broken...

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Read This 1981 Profile of Jim Brown

Read This 1981 Profile of Jim Brown

Via The Stacks at Deadspin, an illustrative and phenomenally interesting profile of JIm Brown written back in 1981 for Inside Sports. A snippet on his history with violence toward women and violence in general: In a period of three months in 1965, Brown was accused...

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10 Eating Challenges to Conquer in Cleveland

10 Eating Challenges to Conquer in Cleveland

Who says you need to be Adam Richman and travel the world to take on competitive eating challenges? Cleveland's got plenty to conquer right here in our fair city. Take it from Jason "the food guy" Beudert, one of Scene's dining writers who has competed...

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Well, That Kevin Love Billboard Didn't Last Long

Well, That Kevin Love Billboard Didn't Last Long

Where's our Starter throwback swag? ...

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Mineral's Reunion Tour Comes to Grog Shop Tonight

Mineral's Reunion Tour Comes to Grog Shop Tonight

Mineral singer-guitarist Chris Simpson has fond memories of playing Cleveland in the ’90s when the group was initially active. “We played at Speak in Tongues our first few times,” says Simpson, who brings the reunited band to the Grog Shop tonight for two shows. “We...

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Perfect Complement: Cantine Bar and Bottle Shop Pairs Well in Broadview Heights

Perfect Complement: Cantine Bar and Bottle Shop Pairs Well in Broadview Heights

For more than a year, Ross Valenti, owner of the popular Italian restaurant D'Agnese's, was in search of the perfect location for his next concept. After five years in Broadview Heights, and more before that in Seven Hills, D'Agnese's was rolling right along with its...

Dining Lead

Worth a Fig: Karen Small's Longtime Sous Chef Helps Keep the Ohio City Flagship Restaurant Sailing Smoothly

Worth a Fig: Karen Small's Longtime Sous Chef Helps Keep the Ohio City Flagship Restaurant Sailing Smoothly

When he gets the time, sous chef Mike Triptow likes to fish. He's not so much a catch-and-release guy, preferring to clean, filet and eat the ones he hooks. "As long as they're not the real little guys," he says. Getting caught up in the...

Food Features

Surrender: Trentina's Chef-Driven Tasting Menu Produces a Cleveland Culinary Journey Unlike Any Other

Surrender: Trentina's Chef-Driven Tasting Menu Produces a Cleveland Culinary Journey Unlike Any Other

"Eating well is about submission. It's about giving up all vestiges of control, about entrusting your fate entirely to someone else. It's about turning off the mean, manipulative, calculating and shrewd person inside you and slipping heedlessly into a new experience as if it were...

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Quickening Makes a Welcomed Return with 'Color Your Lines'

Quickening Makes a Welcomed Return with 'Color Your Lines'

Album Review
Quickening Color Your Lines self-released) facebook.com/quickeningmusic Prior to this year, local indie rockers the Quickening hadn't booked a gig in six years. But the band — singer-guitarist James Isom, drummer Patrick Ginley and bassist Darren Irwin — recently reunited and played a show at Mahall's earlier...

Music Feature

Band of the Week: Chris Carpenter

Band of the Week: Chris Carpenter

Meet the Band: Chris Carpenter (vocals, guitar), John Mattick (keyboards) A Student of Music: Carpenter says he's "grown up" with music. "The bug bit me before I was old enough to remember," he says. He first took piano lessons and then started playing guitar, eventually...

Band of the Week

Humble Bragg: The English Bard Keeps Up the Good Fight 30 Years On

Humble Bragg: The English Bard Keeps Up the Good Fight 30 Years On

Concert Preview
There they are, lined up side-by-side: Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) and Tooth & Nail, right next to each other at the top of Billy Bragg's page on Spotify. This matters, not only because Bragg is supportive of what Spotify...

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A Cure for Nailbiters: The Tension Never Quite Coalesces in Belleville at Dobama Theatre

A Cure for Nailbiters: The Tension Never Quite Coalesces in Belleville at Dobama Theatre

Some of the scariest moments in theater and in life can arise from seemingly predictable, every-day situations. There's something about a placid façade hiding a terrifying secret that is more blood-curdling than a spooky haunted house at night. This is the effect that playwright Amy Herzog...

Theater

Get Up, Stand Up: Kids Fight for their Rights in Hair Blank Canvas Theatre

Get Up, Stand Up: Kids Fight for their Rights in Hair Blank Canvas Theatre

Just when you think our society has evolved beyond the concerns voiced in the 1967 Galt MacDermot musical Hair, with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, we run into Ferguson, Mo. On TV, there's an uber-militarized police force aiming armor-piercing weapons at...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: May in the Summer

Film Review of the Week: May in the Summer

Though the marriage plot, family dramas and personal revelations in May in the Summer are all too familiar, the film about a New York writer who returns to Jordan with her two sisters for upcoming nuptials is still an original and probing work, stoked by...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: A Letter to Momo

Film Spotlight: A Letter to Momo

A shy 11-year-old girl, Momo Miyaura (Karen Miyama) and her mother (Yuka) are in the midst of moving to her mother's childhood home in the wake of her father's death when a few drops of rain fall on her head as if they're some kind...

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Film Review of the Week: Life After Beth

Film Review of the Week: Life After Beth

It's fitting, isn't it, that Aubrey Plaza should play a zombie. The bone-dry comedienne who arrived on the scene in Judd Apatow's Funny People (2009) and became a household name shortly thereafter as April Ludgate in NBC's Parks and Recreation seems predisposed to the vacant...

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