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Re: “Into the Scrum: A Few Minutes with the President of the Cleveland Rovers on Injuries, Skill and Weird Traditions of our City's Rugby Team

...and props should go out to the Lakewood Rangers Girls' Rugby Club Team, which is a national powerhouse.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 03/22/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle: State Leaders are Knuckling Down on Voter Restriction. Here in Deep-Blue Cuyahoga County, the Fight is Only Beginning (Again)

I guess it had to happen sometime. I could not disagree more with Eric Sandy and Cleveland Scene on this issue.

A few important points:

* The Democrats and Republicans could VASTLY expand voting rights if they chose to, by allowing people to register online and by allowing ALL voting to be done by mail. Anyone, of any party, who really cared about voting rights would be suggesting these improvements, not nit-picking our already very liberal voting laws.

* The changes to the existing voting law were made, mainly, as a result of recommendations of a BIPARTISAN committee. The reasonableness of some changes -- such as requiring a address and date of birth on an absentee ballot -- is so obvious I wonder we have to explain it. NO POLITICIAN should suggest we are better off if voter fraud crimes proliferate.

* The changes to our voting laws do not involve ID (except for a provisional ballot). These are not the xenophobic, racist anti-voting laws that w have seen passed in Arizona and other states. There is nothing "Jim Crow" about the decision to send unrequested absentee ballot applications statewide, rather than leaving that choice up to county boards of elections.

* If Ed Fitzgerald wants a hobby-horse to ride to the Governor's Mansion, it should be "Cuyahoga County Gov't Corruption", not "voter suppression". He had no hand in passing one of the nation's most liberal voting laws here in Ohio 6 years ago, but he sure was around for the DiMora Crime Festival.

This is diversionary bullshit. Fitz cannot run on his record, so he has latched on to a catchphrase he is hoping will cause a knee-jerk reaction in most voters. The only "voter suppression" going on around here is the suppression of honest debate on real issues, and sadly, the Scene is as guilty of this as the Plain Dealer.

I hazasad. You guys have been my Knights In Shining Armor until now.

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Posted by Madeline on 03/22/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Ballot Battle: State Leaders are Knuckling Down on Voter Restriction. Here in Deep-Blue Cuyahoga County, the Fight is Only Beginning (Again)

The only fraud is from the crazed, bizarre career politicians who scream "Fraud!" -- with an urgency that should only be found in bad actors stumbling through lines in a lousy B-movie.......because it's in the script placed under their pasty faces by adjunct members of the House of Koch -- and the only way those big re-election campaign checks can keep flowing into the "squeaky clean" campaign treasure chests.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 03/21/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Did Major League Baseball Force Chief Wahoo's Demotion?

Wahoo is NOT politically incorrect! That is a lie. Get on with using your brains.

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Posted by mslucky123 on 03/20/2014 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Did Major League Baseball Force Chief Wahoo's Demotion?

So the Indians will become logo-less, just like the Browns.

Posted by IndiansFan on 03/20/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle: State Leaders are Knuckling Down on Voter Restriction. Here in Deep-Blue Cuyahoga County, the Fight is Only Beginning (Again)

Well this article wasn't biased at all...


The fact is, is that voter fraud is running rampant. No one is trying to stop legal citizens from voting, regardless of race or income, but merely stop them from voting multiple times. For one deny the extent of fraud we've seen in recent years would be ignorant. Mickey Mouse voted! We had people in the streets bragging about how many times they voted. This is not acceptable.

I for one am in favor of requiring Voter ID. My precinct requires it, I don't know how others don't. The argument that it is racist is ludicrous. You need it to drive, to fly, to open a bank account, and numerous other things. Despite that, I will accept the argument that a very tiny fraction of the population may not have one. My answer to this is simple: they cost pennies to make. The government can provide them. They cost pennies to make, even if they provide one to every single eligible voter, that's about an estimated $209,000,000. I think it's worth it to provide for fair and legitimate election results.

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Posted by KML on 03/20/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Serial Creep

This makes my stomach drop. I met him a few years before this happened on vacation. Absolutely disgusting

Posted by no name on 03/19/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Serial Creep

Reading this makes my stomach drop bc I met him a year before all this happened on vacation in South Carolina

Posted by no name on 03/19/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

There used to be thriving tennis clubs and racquet ball clubs in the area....but when the boom waned, the places faded away This historic building needs a solid, long-term business plan -- simply, city officials should get it right the first time.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 03/16/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Non-Bible Reading: Where to Find the Gospel of the Written Word in Cleveland

I do wish someone would give some ink to the newly opened Books Nooks & Nibbles in Broadview Heights. The indie local bookstore you're least likely to be mugged outside of.

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Posted by Charles Cassady Jr. on 03/16/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

Nope, we didn’t pay the interviewer. Nor did we avoid talking about CRG or Kendall. Our actual interview was over an hour long, so there was a bunch of stuff that didn’t make it into the article. I think CRG and Kendall are great places to climb! Chick and I both frequented CRG for years, and climb at Kendall every week. We love the community at both places, and I think the owner of CRG, Chris, has done a great job with his updates to the place. He also holds regular grill-outs with free food, which are awesome community building events. If you haven’t been to either place, I totally encourage you to go! The thing I see at both places is that they are filling up - the demand for climbing in Cleveland is growing! Opening another facility is an opportunity to grow our climbing community. Many cities across the nation are multi-gym cities, Cincy, Baltimore, DC, Boston. We think Cleveland can be one too. So I too give a shout out to CRG, Kendall, and all those guys and gals working on access across NEO. The Cleveland climbing community wouldn't exist if it weren't for you guys, and we wouldn't be doing what we're trying to do.

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Posted by NikiZmij on 03/14/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

It seems the interviewees went out of their way to AVOID mentioning Cleveland Rock Gym and Kendall Cliffs, what's up with that?

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Posted by ClevelandClimber on 03/13/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

I'm surprised there is no mention in this article of other important established rock climbing gyms in the area. Notably, Cleveland Rock Gym and Kendall Cliffs. Also, there is a strong advocacy group trying to open up more legal climbing areas in an enviromentally sensitive way at area such as Gorge Metro Park, see the Ohio Climbers Coalition.

Is this a project puff piece? A little journalistic neutrality would be quite welcome. Did the interviewer do their research on the existing climbing community ahead of this interview? Where was the question, "How will your facility differentiate itself from the existing Rock Climbing Gyms in the area?" I do think it would be wonderful to have more competition especially for those living on the West side, but where was the balance in this piece? Did the subjects of this interview pay for the article to be run; it seems like advertising rather than journalism.

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Posted by anonymous on 03/13/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

I also want to give a shout out for the Cleveland Rock Gym... I moved to Cleveland a couple years ago, not knowing a soul here. On the second day in town I went to the the Cleveland Rock Gym on St. Clair and found a thriving climbing community. The staff and patrons at CRG basically adopted me and made me fall in love with Cleveland! Without that place, I would be a sad dude! I never met the historical Chick in all my days climbing there... Heard he's a decent climber but I assumed he wasn't into indoor climbing or being social since I never saw him come in to be involved in the community. Wish them luck though. In meantime CRG it is right off the highway and there's plenty of free parking.

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Posted by good, bad, fugly on 03/13/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Fire in the Bag: The Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums

Bob -
You are totally correct. My apologies to you and Sandy. I got the bad info from a website and should have double checked. Thanks for correcting.

Posted by ladder017 on 03/13/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

As a Cleveland climber myself, I just wanted to add a shoutout to Cleveland Rock Gym -- a thriving community of Cleveland rock climbers despite the dearth of quality outdoor climbing in northeast Ohio. It's been an integral facility to the climbing community here.

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Posted by incognito on 03/13/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Climbing Up the Walls: A Rock-Climbing Couple from Tremont Wants to Bring Vertical Fun to an Ancient Church

While I applaud what they're trying to do, speaking as a current tenant, Cleveland City Officials should take a drive over to Ethel, or Edwards Ave., off Detroit in Lakewood, and take a look at how Mr. Holtkamp maintains the properties he already owns, before handing him the "keys" to that old church.

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Posted by Peter F. Maurath on 03/12/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Fire in the Bag: The Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums

Alexander "Sandy" Hain was not Pipe Major of The Scots Guards. He was Pipe Major of the 2nd Battalion, 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, "The Black Watch". Two entirely different and separate Regiments.
The Black Watch is out of Balhousie Castle, Perth, Scotland, and they are Scotland's oldest Regiment, originally founded as the first Scottish police force.
The Scot's Guards are part of the Guards Division, and are one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland. Its lineage can be traced as far back as 1642, although it was only placed on the English Establishment (thus becoming part of what is now the British Army) in 1686.

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Posted by Bob Heiss on 03/12/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Fire in the Bag: The Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums

Nice article. The legendary pipe instructor is Sandy Hain (not Haim). He was the pipe major of the 2nd battalion of the Scots Guard, known as "The Black Watch'.
You should do an article on him!

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Posted by ladder017 on 03/12/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “The Art of the Autopsy: Photographer Seph Lawless Spends his Days Documenting Decaying Ruins

Two questions. How do you get arrested 50 times going into some of the most easily accessible buildings? If you've been doing this since 9/11, why don't you have any images of older buildings? Thanks!

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Posted by Hacktivist on 03/12/2014 at 2:42 PM

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