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Re: “KKK Leader Says Hate Group Is Looking to Expand in Ohio

I thought they killed the leader last night

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Posted by Mark Potts on 02/13/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Cleveland Orchestra to Host a Special Violins of Hope Encore Presentation and Concert

Why schedule this at noon??? This would make for excellent evening program.

Posted by Why Noon??? on 02/13/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Amazing that both the wind and snow plows were able to bend the physical laws of the universe in order to direct all of that force between the PD boxes and Real Estate Times boxes to only knock over the Scene ones.

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Posted by Patrick Burke on 02/13/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Props simply for the use of the term "higgledy -piggledy."

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Posted by missem on 02/13/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Darrell Scott's Cleveland Heights Church Backed Out of the Funeral for 14-Year-Old Alianna DeFreeze

Darryl & Belinda Scott should both be ashamed of themselves. A pastor? Really? Not once did they reach out to the family and offer their condolences and you deny them use of your facility? Then you require payment of them to lay their baby, their baby that was murdered to rest? Shame on you! Shame on you! If this man and his wife have been chosen as GODS messengers, we're in trouble.

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Posted by Ms.Tima2U on 02/13/2017 at 3:57 AM

Re: “10th Annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week to Run Feb. 17-26

Wow you can't beat a $30 slab rib dinner or 1-meat BBQ plate. That's a restaurant week steal.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 02/12/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

HARRASMENT OF A CLEVELAND ACTIVIST BY DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND ALLIANCE STAFF

The news that the DCA (Downtown Cleveland Alliance) stole all the Cleveland Scene Boxes did not come as a surprise. Last summer, I was harassed by DCA staff.

As a Cleveland activist, I have been opposing the renovation of Public Square a bogus $53.5 million project, since August 2014. The square has been nicknamed the Jimmy Dimora Public Square because of corruption involved in the process. In March 2015 there was a 10-day long hunger strike to protest corruption in the project. So far there have been nearly 900 hours of demonstrations first with the LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE signs and now with WELCOME JIMMY DIMORA PUBLIC SQUARE signs. The demonstrations continue unabated with the goal of educating the public about corruption in Cuyahoga County.

On the evening of August 19, 2016, I was threatened by a DCA staff member with police action for taking photographs in the renovated Public Square featuring the PechaKucha 2016 event. DCA was a partner in the renovation.

The PechaKucha event was free and open to the public and set up in the plaza area where the water feature is located. The water had been turned off to accommodate chairs for the event.

Wherever I go I take ample photographs for posts that I write on my Facebook groups, on my blog at REALNEO, and other sites.

I reached Public Square around 7:30 p.m. and started taking photographs.

Around 7:45 p.m. I was approached by a supervisor from DCA who told me that I was observed taking photographs of a private event and if I did not stop he would call the police.

I told the supervisor that the event was free and open to the public.

He wanted to know why I was taking photographs. I explained that I write for my Facebook groups and my blog (at REALNEO) and gave him a copy of my campaign flyer.

He kept on insisting that if I continued taking photographs he was going to call the police.

I asserted my rights and held my ground and told him that he was welcome to call the police and continued to take photographs.

As an activist, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. King and not intimidated by threats from corrupt establishments.

The supervisor took my photograph. Once I became aware that he had photographed me I posed for him with my Welcome Jimmy Dimora Public Square sign and he took another photograph.

I asked for his name, which he gave me. I photographed him as he walked away.

Next, I took my seat in the front row and continued taking my photographs.

About fifteen minutes later the supervisor came to my chair where I was sitting and thanked me and moved away. Not clear what I was thanked for.

No police officer showed up to question me.

The supervisor was polite during all the conversations.

I spoke with Michael Christoff who was in-charge of the PechaKucha 2016 event and confirmed that the event was free, open to the public, and there was no objection to taking photographs.

Some of the DCA staff have been hostile towards me ever since the renovated Public Square opened unofficially on June 24, 2016. There were three other prior incidents.

The first time -- one staff member kept on taunting me for naming my sign after Mr. Dimora who he said was in jail. I explained that Mr. Dimora was in jail for corruption and as the renovation of Public Square was mired in corruption what better way to name it than after Mr. Dimora. After a few trips to Public Square the taunts stopped.

The second time, another DCA staff member who saw me demonstrating (usually I carry my sign and sing accompanied with a tambourine even though I cannot carry a tune) wanted to know how long I planned to stay. I told him politely it was none of his business.

A third time a DCA staff member asked why I take so many photographs. I gave him the same explanation that I have listed before. I also gave him a copy of my campaign flyer.

I have observed that the DCA staff are very dedicated to the work they do.

I recognize a few of them.

I walk all over downtown. Some of the DCA staff are very polite and will say hello when they walk or drive by on their bicycles.

The current incident left a very bad taste.

I sent an e-mail on August 20, 2016 to Joe Marinucci, President and CEO of DCA and requested a response.

No response was received. However, Mr. Marinucci has been quoted in the
Plain Dealer article of September 11, 2016: Cleveland's Persistent Public Square Protester has No Plans to Stop by Michael K. McIntyre, as follows:

Marinucci said he agreed with Puri that a DCA ambassador was wrong last month when he threatened to call police if Puri kept taking pictures at a public event on the square. He said the organization has "made adjustments" so that it doesn't happen again.

References, posts on my blog at REALNEO:

CLEVELAND ACTIVIST ON YOUTUBE TALKING ABOUT HARRASMENT FROM DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND ALLIANCE STAFF, August 29, 2016

CLEVELAND ACTIVIST THREATENED WITH POLICE ACTION FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS IN PUBLIC SQUARE, August 21, 2016

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Posted by Satinder P S Puri on 02/12/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Cleveland's Favorite Fake Construction Worker is Apparently Back

I ran into this guy on chester and 9th downtown today. He asked for a ride to the gas station a few blocks north. Same story as everyone else... Construction crew is up the street and his truck brokedown. I didn't really believe the story since it is a Sunday but like to help out when I can.

I gave him a ride and he started to change his story asking to go to Strongsville. At this point I became uncomfortable and wasn't about to give him a ride to a second much further destination. I told him to get it and he tried to convince to take him further.

If he were honest I may have taken him where he was trying to go.

Posted by Calvin Strikes Again on 02/12/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Nothing like little censorship! Jeez oh Pete, someone's scared

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Posted by Mary Kathleen Donovan Springowski on 02/12/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Trevor Bauer Flipped Out on Twitter Again, Defending Donald Trump and Denying Humans' Role in Climate Change

Sorry...I'm not a gambling man, except for an occasional try at the video poker machines downtown. Got that urge out of my system when I was still a kid, playing cards and betting on the ponies.

Someone refresh my memory...is this the same bright Tribe dude who got busted for having weed mailed to his suburban house? Even Curt Schilling is probably not THAT dumb.

And it's ALL anti-social media now...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/12/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

This appears to be a serious violation of the First Amendment Right to Free
Speech...what would have happened had the Plain Dealer boxes been taken?

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 02/12/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Trevor Bauer Flipped Out on Twitter Again, Defending Donald Trump and Denying Humans' Role in Climate Change

Yea I was quoting Chuckles, who continues to not care about this issue at all.

Chuckles, some see me at the Rocksino this year. Also, the Euclid Beach Band might have what you are looking for.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 02/12/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Trevor Bauer Flipped Out on Twitter Again, Defending Donald Trump and Denying Humans' Role in Climate Change

Anti-social media is a tense barroom at closing time -- minus the beer bottles being used as baseball bats.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/12/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Do they honestly think we believe that anyone is doing any city beautification? Please, the city looks like shit

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Posted by sja7044 on 02/12/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Michigan GOP Official Who Called for "Another Kent State" After Student Protests in Berkeley Resigns

Kent State wasn't the last anti-war protest.

Posted by Allen Craft on 02/12/2017 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

I was gonna suggest that you guys lawyer up, but someone beat me to it about eight hours ago.

This is the same kind of crap that Daley the Elder used to pull, and one of those heavy-handed tactics I don't miss about my native Chicago. Don't let these bastards push you around! Push back and sue!

And if that truck was heading for a dump site, or to a warehouse to hide the boxes and hold them for ransom, get those lawyers to nail the DCA mofos to a cross!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/11/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Trevor Bauer Flipped Out on Twitter Again, Defending Donald Trump and Denying Humans' Role in Climate Change

No, I said he was toast. Bitch Boy was quoting ME. I do remember hearing that this New England reneck plans to challenge Elizabeth Warren. And he'll lose. Then he WILL be toast.

Of course...and you can look it up...I also predicted that Shrillary would turn Agent Orange into burnt toast. But we won't talk about that.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/11/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Cleveland Cyclist Struck in Montana, in Critical Condition

Hello Wendy - you don't know me - my name is Michael Sutton. I was given your name by a sales associate at Geigers in Lakewood. While talking to the gentleman about my most current ambitious adventure to cycle from Cleveland to San Fransisco, he had mentioned your cycle to Seattle , and stated that you are one of Cleveland's famed cyclist. He had also mentioned that you were in a very serious accident, and recovering. This brings me to why I'm writing...I was originally going to cycle cross country for nothing more than adventure. After learning about your accident, and researching it online, I now feel compelled to help you out any way possible - or to carry on, and complete the cycle you had started. My journey begins soon, maybe the middle of March - I hope this is the correct Wendy , my message finds you , and you have a speedy recovery - and most important, to help you any way possible via my cycle ... I can also bake you some cookies too!

Posted by Cycle enthusiast - on 02/11/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “LEGO Batman Movie Falls to Pieces

Whooosh!!!!! That's the sound of this movie going (very quickly) right over your head. Way to overlook the obvious there, er, Capt. Obvious...

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Posted by Derp Mcderperson on 02/11/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Darrell Scott's Cleveland Heights Church Backed Out of the Funeral for 14-Year-Old Alianna DeFreeze

I SERIOUSLY can't believe that delusional people are politicizing this child's death...truly disgusting.

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Posted by Unbelievable on 02/11/2017 at 5:45 PM

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