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Re: “A Brave Never Tells

I am a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and I have passed all the requirements for such a position. Quite frankly there is no time where I went without food for more than 4 1/2 hours. All the Tribal rituals for candidates are as safe as can be expected for a BSA honor camping society.

Posted by Brave on 08/26/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Urban Explorer Films Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park

i grew up in Chippewa Lake used to work at park as a kid everyone in town worked there! The picnics, rides and the owners Parker and Janet Beach were great and later moved to Naples, Fl where I live too! Jungle Larry came too!

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Posted by Sandy Combs on 08/26/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Jury Awards Plaintiffs $392,750 in Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Case Involving Chagrin Falls Nanny School

I am one of the graduates of class #104, and was a classmate of Christina Cruz.
You seem extremely invested in this case (to a point that confuses me, honestly) and the way you speak about Christina feels to me almost as though you've developed a personal vendetta against her for reasons I can't possibly imagine. While I understand you were awarded a unique view of the circumstances from your position as a juror, you comment as though you have insight to the experience of the students of not only class #104, but all students of ENGS, as well as the intentions and character of Mrs. Roth and Mr. Gaylord, that I'm not sure you can rightfully claim.

I spent 3 months working alongside Christina, living in the dorm with her, and for some time after graduation we maintained friendly communication and I spoke with her several times during the beginning stages of this lawsuit.
I will tell you that based on my experience with the majority of the staff of ENGS(with the exception of Riki, who was 100% supportive and wonderful to myself and my classmates, and the instructors and professors who worked with us directly), my opinion is that your peers on the jury absolutely made the correct call in awarding damages to both Christina and Heidi.

Mrs. Roth & Mr. Gaylord are not individuals who conduct themselves professionally, respectfully or consistently. You are placing blame and responsibility onto Christina which you should be placing on the management of ENGS. We are instructed over and over and over again to run every single decision related to our careers & interviews through the school, and assured over and over and over again that the staff will back us up emotionally & legally, talk us through problems, find us families that fit our strengths and personalities...and I found none of this to be the case whatsoever in my dealings with them.

The priority of the current management at ENGS is, always and unequivocally, with the families from whom they hope to receive placement fees. Whether those families are physically, emotionally or sexually abusive seems to be fairly irrelevant.
We are pressured to say whatever we have to say (even if it is untrue) in order to make a good impression on interviews. They routinely pulled us from class in order to go on interviews (causing us to frequently miss information that is vital to our coursework such as CPR training, fire & water safety, self-defense, etc) because pleasing a potential client was more important to them than any of us actually completing the training we had paid for. Bradford Gaylord, during his "Martial Arts" class, frequently neglected to offer any training at all and simply regaled us with stories about himself and gossip from previous classes (including several extremely inappropriate stories regarding sexual scenarios with students). During the ABC Nightline special, which was filmed during my session, they made us repeat classes we had already completed because they wanted certain things to be filmed, and they never rescheduled classes that we had been promised during that time. The management treated the students like hired help; they demanded we move furniture around for them in the dorm, they cancelled one of our classes in favor of us doing yard work for the office, and if anyone protested the staff was rude, petulant, dismissive and often simply stormed off in a fit of childlike temper. I was fresh out of High School when I attended ENGS, and frankly even at that age I was embarrassed and appalled by the extreme lack of professionalism at the hands of Mrs. Roth and her son.

I am offering you this perspective because I would like for you to understand the mentality behind the actions of both Christina and the upper management of ENGS. In my opinion, Christina should not have been accepted to session #104 (and perhaps not at all). The decision was rushed because we were a small class and the school wanted a higher income potential from our class. Period. While I have absolutely no personal conflict with Christina (I enjoyed her company and found her to be capable of extremely sweet and kind conversations and opinions), she did, on numerous occasions, conduct herself in ways that the paperwork of the school clearly stated warranted expulsion. And yet, time and time again, the school broke their own policy to keep her as a student--NOT out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they wanted to rush her through the program, place her, get the fee and then feed her to the wolves. If they had any kind of moral code that wasn't about income, they would never have accepted her to begin with, or they would have expelled her at the first sign of potential mishap, returned her tuition deposit and been done with it. But they wanted more money, so they ignored their own "policies" repeatedly.

I agree with you that a months time should NOT have elapsed between the witnessing and the reporting of this crime. However, I can say to the best of my knowledge of this school, that had I been the one on this interview and had I reported the crime immediately--the school would have treated me with the exact same disregard and slandering with which they treated Christina. You seem to be focusing on the ways in which Christina mishandled the situation and ignoring the reason for the lawsuit itself, which is the misconduct of the school and the way that they manipulate, suppress and mistreat their students for the sake of personal gain and profit.

Why are you so obsessed with how they handled her tuition?? I don't see how that is important at all in comparison to the issue at hand, which is the fact that the school attempted to bully her into silence about the sexual abuse of a child and then attempted to blacklist her after she followed through with the report. The special loan doesn't matter. What matters is that ENGS promises to support their students in the face of professional misconduct, and what they actually practice is, in fact, their own awful brand of professional misconduct and a complete disregard for the emotional well-being of not only their students, but the children who are poised to be cared for by those students. I can tell you that the staff had problems with Christina from the beginning, so the fact that they chose to send her on interviews instead of simply removing her from their program should give you some insight as to where the ENGS places their priorities (HINT: It's money. Always money. Only money).

Nobody, other than the poor girls in PA, is entirely innocent in this case. But the school deserves repercussions for their systemic patterns of willful negligence and cruelty, regardless of mistakes Christina may have made, and I am satisfied that they received those repercussions. I sincerely hope it forces them to closely examine their practices and make choices in the future that actually reflect the standards and loyalty they claim to have for and to their students. The idea behind ENGS is truly wonderful and so, so much potential is being squandered because of the deplorable management.

Thank you for your investment in this case, and I hope I was able to offer some amount of clarity to any lingering questions you had.

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Posted by Session104Grad on 08/26/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Barkevious Mingo, Fantasy Football and a Tribe Losing Streak — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

The DFS economic model is pulled from Enron's slimy playbook.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/26/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “236 Heroin Overdoses in Akron in 3 Weeks; Heroin Being Cut with Elephant Sedative

This is an evil drug, the worst part is it only takes one time and your sucked up into the ugly reality, it's all they can think about it's all they want and they will do anything to get it, everyday of their miserable existence. It is a sad truth, and for some unknown reason it's the #1 drug of choice in schools across the's easily accessible and it tears the lives of everyone that is addicted and their families apart, I don't care what anyone tries to say, you CAN NOT TRUST A HEROIN ADDICT! I have personally watched it take upstanding intelligent people, business owners , people with college degrees reduced to sleeping in a retention ditch and begging for money on the street, loosing everything they own including their own Children and still their entire life is lived for feeding their addiction, they don't care about anything else pr anyone else, and anyone that is saying any different is a bald faced lier And I'll say it to their face. I f you can get them into Rehab it can't be any less than a 6 month program in hospital and supervised aggressive full time treatment center. Anything less WILL FAIL! on my worst day I could never understand what would male anyone do that to themselves. It is evil, it is the work of the devil, and it is affecting millions of people across this great nation so wake up America WE NEED TO GET GOD BACK IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES! and those that don't like it and find it offensive go live somewhere else because YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! And may God have mercy on your souls.
Susan Lipke Mesa Az

Posted by Susan Lipke on 08/26/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “While The EPA Slept

My family lived south of the factory on Georgia Rd.i lost my grandmother,aunt, dad and mom from cancer. I also have a sister that had cancer. My brother also recently died unexpectedly at 51.There is a lot of cancer and illness in this area. My father worked in the factory up till he got cancer died at the age of sad. I have questioned the water for years. I moved out of state and always refused to drink the water because I suspected it was contaminated.

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Posted by Sarah Farmwald-Coblentz on 08/26/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Ballsy East Cleveland Merger Proposal is "Non-Starter"

Big fish in a little pond. Lord, help us. Now everyone knows what we have been subjected to by the East Cleveland City Council and their cronies. It simply never stops. As an East Cleveland resident, I am embarrassed.

For one thing, the name East Cleveland has been tarred and feathered, never again to regain a respectful reputation. The name East Cleveland devalues real estate in the fine old homes in the EC city, in neighboring areas, particularly the extraordinary Forest Hill Community.

The convoluted idea that the council can demand anything is simply disgusting. It doesn't represent the thinking all of EC residents. Our hope lies in the merger.

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Posted by 81homes on 08/26/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Melt Bar & Grilled to Open Quick-Serve Café at 200 Public Square

Before placing an order, consider doubling it....because you can't eat just one!

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/26/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “While The EPA Slept

I've lived two blocks from Georgia rd since 1994. In 1998 I found I had a rare bone marrow disease. Is there anything I can do?
Tina Finnerty

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Posted by Tinaf on 08/25/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “One World Day

This is such a great melting of Cleveland's cultures - food, dance, costumes, vendors - can't wait to see hula dancers in the Polish Gardens at 3pm - there will be more dancing on the stage in the English Gardens as well as Lebonese dancers in their garden - so much more to see and do

Posted by Donna Komidar on 08/25/2016 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Jethro Killer Gets 45 Years, 34 For Slaying Dog

So under Goddard's Law, which passed earlier this year, SIX YEARS is the maximum penalty allowed by the state for causing the death of a police horse or police dog? That's IT? Are you kidding me? Big fucking deal!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/25/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “236 Heroin Overdoses in Akron in 3 Weeks; Heroin Being Cut with Elephant Sedative

236 overdose calls in 3 weeks is absolutely absurd! The tragic numbers of heroin overdoses in Ohio and throughout the nation has reached epidemic proportions. We need to come together and provide solutions such as more education, long-term incarceration to dealers, medical centers that can provide effective detox treatment and individualized mental health care. We cannot look away anymore. Too many lives lost. We have the ability and means, so let's start offering real help.

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Posted by Rapid Opiate Detox on 08/25/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Mad Greek Announces Last Day of Service

When I called a couple weeks ago to make a reservation they said they aren't closing, they are moving. Heard rumor Solon area(??)

Posted by Fritz Harrell 1 on 08/25/2016 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Label Issues New Single From Iconic Cleveland Punk Band Pagans

"The Godlike Power of the Pagans" is one of the best live albums from the 1980s. ....Raw Power, indeed.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/25/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Ballsy East Cleveland Merger Proposal is "Non-Starter"

Juvenile fools with a crazed lust for unlimited power will demonstrate their silliness every time.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/25/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Ballsy East Cleveland Merger Proposal is "Non-Starter"

don't blame Norton for this as he advised them to NOT set pre-conditions.

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Posted by gadgetking on 08/25/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Man Arrested After More Than 350 Weed Plants Found During Raid

Great job guys.

No really, go fuck yourself.

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Man Arrested After More Than 350 Weed Plants Found During Raid

Ever hear of anyone dying of a pot overdose? I didn't think so. Thanks for your waste of taxpayer dollars Stark County Sheriffs Dept. Now get out there and protect us from jaywalking grannies.

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Posted by heresjohnny on 08/25/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Down for the Count: 'Hands of Stone' Underwhelms Inside and Outside the Ring

The movie is based on the outstanding biography - "Hands of Stone:The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran" - by boxing historian Christian Giudice. In December 1992, Duran set up camp at a local gym for a super middleweight bout against Ken Hulsey in the CSU Convocation Center. Duran won by KO at 2:45 of round two. According to BoxRec, the promoter of the card was Ted Stepien.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/25/2016 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Down for the Count: 'Hands of Stone' Underwhelms Inside and Outside the Ring

I'm waiting for the Duran, Duran biopic, myself.

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Posted by Daniel Riordan on 08/25/2016 at 1:36 PM



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