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Re: “Mike O'Malley's Balancing Act: Rebuilding Confidence, Addressing the Drug Problem, Ousting Tim McGinty & More

It appears that the difference between the current prosecutor and O'Malley is his ability to convey his practices. Keep this in mind, the County Prosecutor is the Chief law enforcement officer. His responsibilities are to seek indictments and gain convictions. He not here to appease one group above another. He also has to maintain a viable and working relationships with all police departments within the county. These departments have the responsibility to conduct criminal investigations for his office. Further, O'Malley in most cases will not turn over his sworn responsibility to the Attorney General or to a Special Prosecutor he selects to determine the indictment/trial process. His words sound good. Let's see if his actions match.

Posted by Mayberry on 11/09/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Thousands of Absentee and Provisional Ballots Will be Tossed Out. Here's Why, and How to Avoid It

There is only one possible justification for any barrier to voting: preventing voter fraud. When such a barrier demonstrably disenfranchises large numbers of voters and no concommitant reduction in voter fraud can be shown to have occurred, the state should LOSE.

A person does not need to live as the state's lawmakers prefer in order to qualify to vote; the ONLY qualifications are that the person is a citizen and not under a disability. And the disability arising from incarceration or past felony conviction should be eliminated.

I was made to send in TWICE for an application for an absentee ballot, and then made to call the BOE over a period of WEEKS to be certain they had recorded my ballot. These laws and their implementation are 100% designed to keep large numbers of qualified voters from casting their ballot, out of a belief this will advantage the Ohio GOP. I'm 63; what's going to happen in another 10 years, if I am suffering a memory impairment and cannot perform these extraordinary administrative tasks? I won't be able to vote, is what. In the fight between me and the Cuyahoga County BOE to keep my ballot from being counted, the BOE will win -- but is that why our BOE exists? To suppress the number of votes cast by actual, registered citizens?

SCOTUS has refused to accept certiorari on this Voting Rights case, I don't know whether that means this litigation must start again, but if so, it must be done. The Ohio GOP cannot be allowed to use the voting laws as their own personal Jim Crow law to keep as many black voters from casting their ballots as possible.

Posted by Madeline on 11/09/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Mike O'Malley's Balancing Act: Rebuilding Confidence, Addressing the Drug Problem, Ousting Tim McGinty & More

I supported Mr. O'Malley during his campaign and tbh, at first it was merely anger at Mr. McGinty for his conversion of the grand jury process in the Tamir Rice case from a search for a basis on which to take the case to trial to an elaborate and expensive defense of the cops who IMO committed murder.

But this article is reassuring.....there are various barriers to justice in this county and O'Malley seems willing to acknowledge them all.

I sincerely hope he carries out the program of reforms he has described, and I have only one other request: bring in a Special Prosecutor to file homicide charges on the killers of Tamir Rice.

Posted by Madeline on 11/09/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Ohio's Dog Breeding Regulations Aren't Solving the Puppy Mill Problem

I just bought a puppy that clearly came from a puppy mill in Columbus, Ohio. Thought it seemed odd and puppy had many illnesses that has taken many vet visits, medications, and my dedication to caring for him. They promised AKC pepper work I have never seen. When purchased I was given female pup papers and the puppy had been transferred from Henry Yoder to Sunset Acres. This purchase occurred September 24, 2016 at a business not a kennel and two blocks from Ohio state police station in Columbus. I can share address and names to anyone wanting more information that would like to investigate them. I live in Illinois traveled to get pup that they eagerly wanted to ship. I was told parents at other site and pups when ready go to this site or brought there for pick up. My pup was to be a full blooded maltese with AKC papers. I was told from litter of three and the other two pups there were much bigger makes sense now not same litter I was given female papers with different birthdate than provided for male pup I purchased. Pups smelled of urine beyond belief. We took pup to vet on Monday after purchasing on Saturday because he seemed sick. He had four types of worms, garidia, ring worm, kennel cough, ear mites and malnourished. My vet clearly informed me based on what I told her on the purchase and his condition he came from a puppy mill. They advertise on puppy find and oodle. I have researched them more to discover they use photos over and over with different names. Our pup maltese but they sell several other breeds. BEWARE.

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Posted by Stop puppy mill sellers and breeders on 11/08/2016 at 1:07 AM

Re: “On the Road with the Wheelie Kings of Cleveland

We saw a group of about 20 vehicles ATVs doing wheelies and dirt bikes Sunday 11/6/2016 going south on Nottingham/185th towards Euclid Avenue at about 6pm. And also two different unlicensed cycles and an ATV run a red light causing green light traffic to stop from a Cleveland street into a pedestrian area of CSU 12 minutes later. They seemed to be out to have fun but their actions are extremely dangerous and give the impression of anarchy in addition to being illegal.

Posted by Paul Simmons on 11/07/2016 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Dredge Report: Port Authority and Army Corps Battle Tooth and Nail for Your Sympathies

@Tim Evanson
I love where your head is at and i agree you need to treat the disease, but sometimes if you don't treat the symptoms before a surgery can be scheduled to treat the disease, your patient will get worse or die.

Posted by rendi on 11/02/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Frustrating Cold Cases

I am the sister of Cythnia m Johnson, i was too young to remember but i have spend the last few months researching my sisters death.I am trying to get a story posted or printed on her death.Please responded with comments or information that could help me.

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Posted by Lilmissy on 11/02/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Why Are You Still Paying Him?

now he is "retired" with all billions he was stolen! enjoy the retirement, fraud!

Posted by Alison on 11/01/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Off the Hook

Hi Martin ... I can help fill in the blanks. Alan Belkin went to work for Diane Gonda and Associates. He took my case and claimed in 2002 that he had lost his license because he failed to keep up with legal electronic filing requirements. I had just been laid off after employer harassment and intimidation and fraud plus age discrimination. Gonda argued that my case should be about the two year noncompete. I paid the retainer. They failed to file for close to a year (sound familiar?). I complained .... they browbeat me then finally filed. They lost but Gonda flat out refused to give me a copy of the docket. I finally received a copy and found that the judge found for my employer due Gonda's filing delay exceeding the statute of limitations and failure to file documents required by the court. She demanded more money to file an appeal. Another attorney I contacted drafted a demand letter and she subsequently filed at her cost. Months later I find that she had lost the case again. She again failed to file documents required by the courts and dropped the case with due notification from myself and the courts. She simply moved to St Thomas due to "court stress" per her St Thomas Scuba business site. She lied to the CBA that the case had no merit. CBA sided with her despite having a copy of part of the docket with the judge's comments. Ohio Bar refused to take action. Ohio Supreme Court refused to take action despite the fact that they had disbarred Belkin! Years later he was still working for another attorney in Cleveland. My life and career were destroyed.

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Posted by Peter Maizitis on 10/31/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Now What?

Listen. I know them, Mary and Jeff. Well, "knew" Jeff. UNLESS you knew him personally you just wouldn't understand why the things he did following the murder don't seem suspect to those closest to him. He was a very odd man indeed, that he was!, the behavior following his first wife's death was not out of the ordinary for him. The things he did like the painting the bedroom and the burning of the headboard seemed logical in his mind. It was just the way he was. And as for Mary. I'm sorry but you can't pick and choose when and who you fall in love with.. And don't try to argue with that!! You all know that is true! Specially when you are spending the amount of time together as they were. At the end of the day only God knows the truth and can judge. So just let it all be. For heavens sake the man past away. So now all three sides of the familys are suffering. Give it a rest!

Posted by Theniece on 10/28/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Dredge Report: Port Authority and Army Corps Battle Tooth and Nail for Your Sympathies

Good story, Sam. Complete, touching on almost all of the issues, and well-balanced -- unlike the Belt story you referenced. Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer environmental reporter

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Posted by Jim McCarty on 10/28/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Curse of Chief Wahoo

Everyone is complaining about a caricature it's been used for many years for many sports teams why is nobody complaining how the United States government screwed over the indigenous people of the United States of America slaughtered them enslaved them took their land gave them nothing yet you people spend hours crying about a logo that bears no resemblance to an American Indian in actuality. If you are actually all really concerned about the plight of the American Indian the actual indigenous tribe of America go spend some time helping those people out they certainly need it

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Posted by gk36 on 10/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Dredge Report: Port Authority and Army Corps Battle Tooth and Nail for Your Sympathies

Ohio is doing next to nothing to control the source of the problem: Sediment runoff. Ohio farms and poor development are largely to blame, and the state has done absolutely nothing to force farms to account for the sediment they are pouring into the Cuyahoga River. It's a clear pollutant, and in economics it's called an "externality" (a cost imposed on others, but not captured in the price of the good). The state should intervene when there's market failure like that, but has not. They'd rather dredge every year than spend a little effort on regulation that would have quadruple the benefits (such as improved wildlife, cleaner water, improved flood control, etc.).

Some localities are doing work to improve the problem with development. There's a Tinker's Creek Watershed Alliance which is attempting to significantly reduce sediment flows from the Cuyahoga's biggest tributary, Tinker's Creek. Developers channeled the creek in some places, and used cheap culverts rather than bridges. This causes the water in the creek to flow faster, which causes markedly higher sedimentation and worsens flood control. The Alliance is working to restore creekbanks in the worst areas, but can only do a little each year.

But that's just one tributary. Many others are in worse shape, and some are receiving no help at all.

This dredging contretemps focuses on the symptoms, not the disease.

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Posted by Tim Evanson on 10/26/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “78-Year-Old Dan Ott Has Stolen More Than 1,000 Cars in His Life. And Left Plenty of Damage Along the Way

And thats why i pay locksmiths to install me a deadlock to a front door and buy a customisable lock for my car despite insurance. I even have my own place that rekey me locks once a year locksmith vaughan That grandpa is really terrifying. Why does people that dont want to work and spending their lives stealing from others.

Posted by FallenValley on 10/26/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Father Under Fire: A Westlake Church Rallies Around its Pastor After Charges that He Sexually Abused His Adopted Daughter

I, too, attended this church for a few years - at the very beginning. I remember meeting an older guy who tried to exploit me.

So, this is not a surprise at all. But what I found sickening is the lying for two years after it was reported to the local authorities, and the victim blaming. This is typical.

In an article, they (Jordan and Paul) were quoted as stating, "We not only have faith in our Lord but also in our system of justice" and maintained their innocence. While charges were dropped against the former, I hope justice is served and Paul is, at the very least, listed on the sexual offenders list.

I'm absolutely sure that if there were other allegations of sexual misconduct in that church that were covered up, then others are also involved. It's a team sport. I hope more parents and children come forward, and report anything unusual and there is a full investigation, and audit of their financials.

Sexual exploitation and abuse usually go hand in hand with money. There could be a kick back of some sort.

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Posted by Catherine on 10/26/2016 at 2:18 AM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Frustrating Cold Cases

Does anyone know or heard about a missing girl maybe from the 1940's or 1950's from the buckland /wapak Ohio area

Posted by Barbara on 10/21/2016 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Thousands of Absentee and Provisional Ballots Will be Tossed Out. Here's Why, and How to Avoid It

It seems to me that these two shouldn't complain, since they can't even follow a few simple instructions. The ballot and envelope with different names? And then 1 of 5 fields on the ballot envelope blank? I'd reject it too, no matter what kind of explanatory note was included.

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Posted by Headman on 10/21/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Thousands of Absentee and Provisional Ballots Will be Tossed Out. Here's Why, and How to Avoid It

Thank the Bible-thumping mofos in Columbus for making North Missitucky great again.
If there's a new way to screw things up, this state will find it.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 10/20/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Help Wanted: The next generation of nannies for the super-rich

Ms. Rab,
Your article on the English Nanny & Governess School in May of 2008 was nicely done. As a former 1995 graduate of the school, I enjoyed reading it. I much enjoyed the school and my successful placement with one of their clients in Westchester County, NY - a professional, kind and compassionate, Hindu family with three wonderful children.

I am very grateful to the school for the professionalism they instilled in me and my classmates. It was a wonderful experience and led to a ten plus career as a Certified Professional Nanny. Mrs. Roth was very kind and soft spoken. To this day, I still remember her picking me up at the Cleveland airport when I flew in and taking me to the off campus apartment complex where the other students and I would be staying. I begged her not to get my luggage out of her trunk as I could do it, but she wouldn't hear of it. Very pleasant women.

I have researched "nanny" history and came across a book, although I don't remember neither the title nor the author, which detailed the true lives of a few European nannies. One was British and was placed with either an East Indian or Middle Eastern family. the young women had to wear the local cultural attire as part of her work. The book chronicled nannies from the 18th and 19th century. A very interesting and informative read. It shed light on how babysitters were considered for the poor and nannies were for the wealthy. One interesting note according to the author was that the nannies sometimes came out of the farming communities. An amazing history that we modern nannies came from!

Thank you again for the walk down "memory lane."

Lynette Wommer, CPN

Posted by Lynette Wommer on 10/20/2016 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Thousands of Absentee and Provisional Ballots Will be Tossed Out. Here's Why, and How to Avoid It

Unmentioned in this piece is how the Republican State Legislature knows innately that any level of complication fuels the apathy they feast on.

All Federal offices should be distracted and managed by the federal government under an additional Voting Rights Act that bans gerrymandering, among other updates.

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Posted by JM on 10/19/2016 at 2:25 PM



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