Thursday, November 30, 2006

A word from a pissed off relative

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 7:42 PM

I find your article ["The Wrong Crowd," April 12] not only offensive, but inaccurate. You don't care that what you write hurts the people involved. You should be ashamed of what you do. You expose people's lives to a media-controlled society that believes what you print, right or wrong. Your reporters and your magazine make me sick, and it should make you sick as well. Kenny Spade Mogadore
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Frank Jackson's first year

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 5:23 PM

This morning on 90.3 WCPN's Sound of Ideas, a panel of esteemed journalists were discussing the first-year accomplishments of our great mayor, Frankie G. By the time I tuned in, they had finished outlining what I can only imagine was an illustrious list of accolades, and had moved on to pontificating about the future. Tax abatements, the great minds said. That's the issue Jackson will tackle next year. Somehow, I was unconvinced. So I decided to compile my own list of what we, the people, would like to see our great mayor do next year: 1. Leave City Hall. 2. Learn to speak in sentences that don't begin with the phrase "If I were paying attention." 3. Stop leaving love notes from Sam Miller lying around the office. 4. Talk to your brother, Nick. Rumor has it he's not so popular over at the school district. 5. Release that pile of public records you've been hoarding. Remember those minority-owned construction companies that were getting paid for not doing any work? Whatever happened to that investigation? 6. Try a new hairdo. Seriously, the Abe Lincoln look isn't helping your image. 7. Pay a little more attention to your land deals. Here in the Poorest City in America, we don't appreciate getting screwed by your developer pals. 8. Take a cue from your predecessor. Remember what happened when Jane Campbell spent four years doing nothing? You're on the right track, buddy. Just three more to go. — Lisa Rab
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Hookers are people too

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 5:15 PM

If your life — or your genitals -- has ever been touched by a prostitute, be sure to pay your respects on December 17, the annual memorial day for hookers. Vanessa Forro, a former call girl, organized the vigil on the West Side to pay respects to murdered prostitutes — those who have gone down, so to speak, in the line of duty. Her demonstration is part of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which started in 2003 after the notorious Green River killer, Gary Ridgway, was convicted of murdering enough women to fill a telephone book. The victims "often get forgotten because they're prostitutes," says Forro. Forro says she's learned some lessons since the last vigil she held in 2004 on Public Square, where only six people showed up. "Not a lot of people want to stand there and listen to talking about prostitutes dying and stuff," she says, "especially around the holiday season." That's why Forro has moved this year's memorial to a "more appropriate" location at West 44th and Lorain. A note to all Johns: The hookers won't be working that night. — Jared Klaus
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Cleveland Show Proves Fateful for GNR Opener

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 5:02 PM

One show into their scheduled 15-city tour with Guns N' Roses, the Eagles of Death Metal have been banished from Axl Rose's camp. The band, which features Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme, was berated by fans at its Quicken Loans Arena show last week. When Rose finally took the stage later, he too derided EODM, calling them "the pigeons of shit metal" and declaring they were finished as GNR's opening act. He wasn't kidding. "Unfortunately, as quickly as it began -- it ended," reads an announcement at EODM's website. The news comes as belated comfort to GNR fans, who had assumed Rose would do something fabulously asinine during the show but went home oddly disappointed. -- Erich Burnett
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Real-Life Borats

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 4:08 PM

We're not usually ones to recommend a trip to the Plain Dealer's website -- it's like trying to navigate Uzbekistan with a 1973 map of Pennsylvania -- but Sabrina Eaton scored a great story about a bunch of real-life Kazakhstan filmmakers trying to make a documentary in Ohio. Because everyone is talking about Borat, nobody believes these dudes are for real. Hillarity ensues. It's so good, we're surprised Sacha Baron Cohen didn't think of it himself. Best part: One of the dude's names is "Bolat." Niiiiiiice. -- Kevin Hoffman
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Microwave Mom

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 4:05 PM

It looks like the story of the baby-microwaving mom has made it all the way to China and getting front-page play in the New York Daily News. For those of you who haven't heard, this Dayton mother of four (pictured) is accused of stuffing her month-old baby in a microwave and burning the child to death. It's yet another national accolade that's sure to perpetuate the image of Ohio as a backwoods Thunderdome. -- Kevin Hoffman
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A New Game at Jacobs Field

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 2:21 PM

How much is Jacobs Field worth? According to the new Monopoly Here & Now game for mobile phones, it's going for the bargain rate of $600,000. The popular board game's digital-era makeover comes complete with animated tokens (featuring such 21st-century staples as laptops and cell phones) and new properties, which span N.Y.C. to San Francisco. Our very own Jacobs Field is one of the 22 pieces of virtual real estate gamers can get their greedy hands on. Best of all, that $600,000 price tag is considerably lower than the $176 million it cost to build the thing. -- Michael Gallucci
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