Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Another Cop Charged for Death Threats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 5:46 PM

It appears that Solon sergeant Andrew Kolcinko isn't the only local cop who's been threatening to kill his significant other. While Kolcinko awaits his trial in Garfield Heights for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, an Akron cop awaits his own date in court for doing the same. In January, Leslie Jones allegedly chased his wife around their house with a knife, threatening to kill her. When she tried to call the police, he disconnected the phones. But it appears that Jones' wife eventually reached 911. This week, Jones appeared in a Summit County courtroom, where he was indicted on five different charges, including domestic violence. He was also placed on leave. -- Denise Grollmus

Terry McCauliffe cancels Joseph-Beth appearance

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 4:39 PM

This just in: Democratic bigshot Terry McCauliffe canceled his appearance at Joseph-Beth Friday night. You can still read our interview with him. You just won't be able to laugh at McCauliffe in person for asking singer-songwriter Paul Simon about his "dad," the late Senator Paul Simon — who was in no way whatsoever related to the diminutive pop star who supported Art Garfunkle for years. --Michael Gallucci

Ohio EPA: Slightly Less Evil

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 4:06 PM

Chris Korleski: No longer an agent of evil?
Maybe we were wrong about Chris Korleski, the new head of the Ohio EPA. After our story ran about the agency's continued refusal to speak to Scene's reporters, the EPA's new spokesperson called to "extend an olive branch between the two of us and try to start fresh." It was an historic day, considering Scene's relationship with the agency. Ever since a 2001 story chronicling the agency's seven years of stalling in cleaning up a chemical leak in Middlefield, it's been chillier than a shuffleboard game between Fatah and Hamas. But Melissa Fazekas, former communications director for the Ohio Senate Democrats, said Korleski wants to wipe away the hard feelings and give Scene a "clean slate." "It is a new day and we will try to go forward from here," says Fazekas. If we're really good, says Fazekas, we might even get to see the secret room where they stash all the people with the glowing heads. — Jared Klaus

Kevin McCarthy & Beautiful Loser

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Kevin McCarthy is from �??Frisco, but don�??t hold that against him
Money Where Your Mouth Is: Scene's music writers are busy scraping off their black nail polish after Monday's emo-riffic My Chemical Romance concert, so they hereby surrender the podium to let a band speak for itself. Band: Kevin McCarthy & Beautiful Loser Hometown: "Bi-coastal: Cleveland/San Francisco" Sounds like: "Dan Ben, Jack Johnson" Fun fact: "Scott Barkan from Hypnotic Clambake plays guitar on new release, which was co-produced by former Clevelander Jerry Becker, now in The Bittersweets. Jeremy Bleich of Birth will be in town to perform at the CD release party." Playing: "Don't miss the CD Release Party at the Agora (5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-6911) on Friday March 2 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets purchased off the web site before Friday will include a copy of the CD in the ticket price. Advance ticket price is $15. Tix at the door are $20." Why you need to see them: "McCarthy has taken his jam-band jazzy roots and melded them onto a dreamy, rhythmic singer songwriter foundation." - Katherine

Free Lovedrug EP

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 3:46 PM

If you haven't heard them yet, know that Canton's Lovedrug rules. They're good guys, and the music's midway between Bends-era Radiohead and non-sucky emo. Check out this week's Scene for a review of their new disc, Everything Starts Where It Ends. You can see the band at their CD release party this Saturday, March 2 at Akron's Lime Spider (207 S. Main St.). The set will be an acoustic storytellers show. Fans who buy Lovedrug's new Everything Starts Where It Ends will receive a free copy of the Everything Starts... Tour Bootleg EP. The show will also featuring Goodmorning Valentine's Joey Beltram, who's a tremendous singer-songwriter. -- D.X. Ferris

Death and Flex

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Charles Fleck
A friendly anonymous tipster left a vague message for me last night: Someone died at Flex, they reported excitedly. Why don't you check it out? Flex, of course, is developer Charles Fleck's multimillion-dollar gay fun house just east of downtown, which we first told you about last May. It's had a somewhat rocky go of it since then: construction was delayed, local health officials tried to screw him, and a woman filed a complaint accusing Fleck of discrimination after he turned her down for a job. But things are looking up for Fleck: The club is up and running and starting to pick up business, he says. While the woman's complaint isn't yet resolved, Fleck says he's been granted an exemption and can now legally discriminate against women, seeing as how his joint is loaded with naked men -- be still, my heart! -- walking around. And while someone did die there recently, it wasn't anyone famously straight, nor was it particularly scandalous. An old guy apparently had a heart attack. In a palace of saunas and Stairmasters, it's no surprise when someone's ticker suddenly won't turn over. — Joe P. Tone

New Nine Inch Nails Concert DVD

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Nine Inch Nails, Cleveland's biggest rock export in recent memory, has a new live DVD, and a new studio album will be here before you know it. In stores today, the Beside You In Time DVD captures a full show from 2006's With Teeth tour, plus bonus clips and promo videos from the album. Concert DVDs generally suck, but the strobing live footage will give you a sunburn. NIN's new studio disc is due April 17. Entitled Year Zero, it's just one part of an elabroate, future-shock multimedia project from NIN mastermind Trent Reznor -- kind of like The Lost Experience meets The Handmaid's Tale . Check out a creepy trailer for it here. Early songs suggest it's way less poppy than 2005's With Teeth, and more of a disturbing mood piece like 2000's underrated The Fragile. -- D.X. Ferris

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