Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cavs Close Down Quarters to Shut Down Celtics

Posted By on Sat, Apr 25, 2015 at 2:40 PM

The way a team closes out a quarter tells you something about them. There’s a real, “No fella, you come here,” way the Cavaliers closed every quarter against the Celtics. There was no fear, just determination and the same solemn implacability as displayed by the coin-flipping, cattle gun-wielding, force of nature in No Country For Old Men.

The Celtics’ pesky, no-surrender spirit will help sharpen the Cavs for the next round, but in case you missed it, last night the Bulls dispatched their spunky hardnosed adversary the Milwaukee Bucks. So don’t expect this series to be a bellwether of the Cavaliers title chances, but there was certainly a lot to love about it, most notably their end of quarter play.

During the final three minutes of the first three quarters the Cavs turned into high-efficiency killing machine that makes the Terminator look like a Rock’em, Sock’em Robot. Here’s the Cavs’ line during those fateful nine minutes:

11-13 FG, 3-5 3s, 6-10 FTs, 8 Rbds , 5 Ast, 3 stls, 2 blks, 2 TO, 31 points

That focus and determination will serve them well as they move past Glassjaw Joe to the real contenders.

One of the other extraordinary things occurred during LeBron James’ postgame interview, when he showed the level of self-awareness and security that makes him capable of performing the way he does. Nobody becomes a great player without critiquing their game, and James seized upon something most dedicated fans presumed had been enveloped in a blind spot.

We’re speaking specifically of the LeBron Corners Offense which involves dribbling the ball down as if it were the end of the quarter, only it’s an offensive “play.” Sometimes he’ll even run a token pick and roll, and acquire a mismatch only to stand there dribbling, and, were it allowed, probably checking his phone.

We asked Blatt about the tendency of isolation to slow things down and question whether it was something they needed to temper. Blatt tapdanced like Mr. Bojangles before concluding, “We have great one-on-one talent and we use it to our advantage. But I don’t think we lack in ball movement.”

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Local Metal Band Olathia to Celebrate EP Release with Two Shows

Concert Preview

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:54 PM

The local metal band Cellbound had a great 8-year run that resulted in three albums and several regional tours. The group even released an impressive, professional looking video for the tune “Fallen Angels,” which they shot at a cemetery off Pearl Road. Mushroomhead’s Skinny and Stitch directed it. But when the group’s drummer “retired,” singer Chris Emig figured it was time for a change.

“For me, that was the first original project that had some meat to it,” says Emig via phone. “I had done other things before that but when we got together for Cellbound, it really clicked. I had a great time with the guys and really learned to write songs and work together and to do that. We really honed that. It was a great ride and a super good time. I loved my time with [vocalist] Tom Herttna on stage too. We had shared vocals and went back and forth. That was real fun and also challenging. We were both leads so we had to make the songs cohesive.”

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Cleveland in Running to Host the 2016 Copa America

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:49 PM


As a warmup, perhaps, for the Republican National Convention, Cleveland announced its bid last month to host the 2016 Copa America, a prestigious men's soccer tournament that, until now, has always been held abroad.

The event will be held next June at eight to 13 stadiums across the country, and local officials are hoping Cleveland's First Energy is one of them.

"We haven't received any feedback yet, but we feel good about our chances," Jeff Pacini, vice president of business development for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, told recently.  If selected, Cleveland would be a likely candidate for some of the Copa's preliminary-round matches.

The official bid was submitted in March, and venue decisions could be reached as early as next month, officials say.

Cleveland is one of 24 U.S. cities in contention for the hosting slots. The other cities in the running can be found here.
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FBI Accuses Parma Woman's 'Pimp' Of Extorting Stark County Businessman

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 1:17 PM

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A Middleburg Heights man was charged in federal court yesterday, accused of extorting a wealthy married Stark County businessman who he accused of causing a Parma woman's rectal boils.

David A. Zehnder, 45, is accused of demanding $125,000 from the businessman, who had met a 32-year-old Parma woman last August on the extramarital dating website The man acted as a "sugar daddy" to the woman, according to the complaint, paying her monthly for sex and her company. They met about 11 times and he paid her between $30,000 - $40,000, he told the FBI.

Meanwhile, the businessman developed "a boil in his rectum which required surgery," the complaint says, and "according to the Female, she later developed a similar boil."

The woman's anal boil is when David Zehnder enters the scene. He's the woman's pimp, according to the man, and when he arrived at the woman's Parma home on April 6, Zehnder was waiting for him there wearing rubber gloves and holding a club threatening violence if he didn't pay up.

Zehnder said the woman was "damaged merchandise" because of the boil, and that was going to "cost" the victim: he'd either have to provide $125,000 or there would be "serious physical harm" and that he'd tell the man's wife about his actions with the woman. Zehnder made the man go to the bank and give him $10,000 in cash that day, with the rest paid in installments. According to the complaint:

ZEHNDER stated no one would know and this would all go away so long as victim did as instructed. Victim took this to mean ZEHNDER would tell Victim's wife of his transgressions should he not pay. Victim was further threatened that if the authorities were called, ZEHNDER had "others" in place to carry out his plans should he be arrested and unable to do so. Victim was fearful ZEHNDER would harm him or his family should he not pay the extortionate demand.

Sometime before April 15, the man went to the FBI, because the agency set up surveillance outside of the Parma home and was able to record the meeting when the businessman met Zehnder there that day.

He arrived just before noon last Wednesday to meet with Zehnder and pay the next installment. Zehnder held up a legal notepad with the words "no talking," but Zehnder "began to speak out of frustration" because the man was questioning the payments and why it was being done at the home.

"Stop!" Zehnder is recorded saying. "You don't get it, man. This is business. You don't get it. This is business."

According to the FBI, Zender is also accused of saying "'Cause if I don't get my money... I already told you, there's more than just me." And "You made millions. Listen, listen, listen. If you had kept seeing her for the next two years, you would've spent this anyways."

After Zehnder was assured the man wasn't wearing a wire, he said "I'm gonna get mine. One way or the other. And like I said, if you take me down, I'm not the only one. This is part of this whole world you don't understand." Later: "If you cause trouble for me personally, that's gonna cause a fucking shitload of trouble for you. Do you Understand? I'm very valuable. Do you understand? The people I work with are not gonna be happy if something happens to me."

Zehnder also confirmed, while being recorded, that he demanded $125,000 from the man.

Zehnder is charged with knowingly affecting interstate commerce by extortion by threat of physical violence and knowingly transmit in interstate commerce a communication as part of a threat to injure another person to extort money.

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Scene Podcast: Sam Allard on the 'Wolf of Gates Mills' and the Cavs' Playoff Run

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Following this week's cover story, writer Sam Allard joins host Craig Lyndall to discuss the investment schemes of on-the-lam "wunderkind" Oscar Villareal, who bilked Cleveland's rich out of millions and then disappeared.

The two also discuss the Cavs' awesome playoff start, which has the team up 3-0 against the piddling Celtics. 

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Scene Foodcast: Punch Bowl Social, Chicago-Based Soul Food, and More

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 1:08 PM

On this episode of our weekly podcast, Dining Editor Doug Trattner talks with host Craig Lyndall about the goings-on in our region's dynamic dining scene.

Here's a sampling of the topics at hand: Grove Hill family night, country clubs dying off, Punch Bowl Social, Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles, Music Box Supper Club opening the Rusty Anchor, and much more.

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Symon to Host New Food Network Show: Burgers, Brew and 'Que

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM

There have been multiple Michael Symon spottings around town lately. He recently popped up on Market Avenue by Great Lakes Brewing Co. He paid a visit to Karen Small’s Flying Fig. His presence was documented at Butcher and the Brewer. Heck’s in Ohio City reported a visit by the Iron Chef. And he checked out the barbecue at Oak & Embers out in Chesterland.

What we did not know was what behind the visits.

Well, now we do. Symon has been tapped to head another Food Network show, this one titled Burgers, Brew and 'Que. Judging by the name…

When it debuts this July, BB&Q (hmm) will take Symon on a summer road trip through Cleveland and other cities as he samples the best of what’s out there.

Here’s the official statement:

“Meat lovers rejoice! Michael Symon is taking a summer road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and BBQ. Whether it is mouth-watering, mile-high cheeseburgers or slow smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, Michael is going to eat and meet his way through some of the best All-American spots to get your grub on. And, what better way to wash it all down than with local beers and brews, sure to make any meal a perfect 10.”

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