Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Misadventures of Marco Sommerville, Take 2

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 4:13 PM

Ever since Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville got busted for carrying a loaded gun into Akron-Canton Airport, he’s desperately been trying to divert residents’ attention. Just a week after his misdemeanor conviction, Sommerville called for the resignation of Police Chief Michael Matulavich, a 40-year veteran named chief in 2000. Unfortunately, Sommerville came up a bit short on his reasoning. He simply argued that Matulavich “keeps the department down,” noting that the chief rarely makes appearances during the midnight shift and has little support among the troops. He may, however, wish to bone up on his arguments. After all, among the first to come to Matulavich’s defense was union boss Paul Hlynsky. “'The last guy who knows what's good for the police department is Marco Sommerville,'' Hlynsky told The Akron Beacon Journal. “He has never been a friend of the police department. He's made some very anti-police comments during his tenure on City Council. The only thing I can figure is Marco has one of his buddies in line to be police chief so he can further his efforts to influence the department. . . . To me, he's the enemy of the police officers.” And if you asked most Akronites about the police department’s biggest problems, they wouldn’t cite Matulavich’s leadership. They’d point to the lack of funding from Sommerville’s City Council. – Denise Grollmus

Latest Poll: Dennis Kucinich Holds Commanding Lead Among Yoga Enthusiasts!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 4:01 PM

It’s official: If no one votes in the 2008 Democratic primary -- except for a women’s yoga circle in Rocky River and a support group for users of store-bought inhalants -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich would be a lock to win his party's nomination, according to a slightly unscientific poll released by his campaign. Of the 80,000 votes cast on IndependentPrimary.com , Kucinich landed a whopping 61,477 of them. Coming in at a not-so-close second place was John Edwards with 7,614. The online poll supposedly surveyed people around the country who describe themselves as outside the mainstream. This is huge news for Kucinich fans, who are now hoping that mainstream voters -- with whom Dennis is slightly less popular than athlete's foot -- will somehow forget to show up on election day. -- Jared Klaus

Reader: It Just Ain't the Same Without the Gangbangers Around

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 1:40 PM

A letter in response to "The Crackdown: A massive drug bust didn't stop the violence in Superior-St. Clair," June 13: I feel that the neighborhood has calmed down a lot. I stay on East 74th in St.Clair and I went to school with most of the 7-All boys. I'm just happy to say that the neighborhood is safer in some areas. I have two kids by gang member Gary Keaton. My kids' father was killed in 2004 by a man named Douglas Lowe. He was only sentenced to 7 years. I was 5 months pregnant with my second child. My daughter has never met her father. Every day my kids tell me they miss their father. The man that killed him will be free in 3 years. At least I can say all of the 7-All boys loved my children. They probably never meant for things to go the way they did. But they probably feel like they were losing too many of their loved ones. To tell you the truth, I wish they all were out because the hood is not the same without them. Not talking about drugs or gang banging, but they were all good people to be around. Traniece Jackson Cleveland

Radiohead’s Free New Year’s Eve Webcast

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 1:35 PM

We’re not sure what we’re doing New Year’s Eve (OK, we do know: We’re gonna be drinking lots and lots of booze, which will eventually lead to a pretty-close-to-naked rendition of “Umbrella” near midnight). But if we didn’t have plans, we’d definitely be tuning in to Radiohead’s New Year’s Eve free webcast. The gig celebrates the January 1 release of the CD edition of In Rainbows, the download-only phenom that topped many critics’ best-of 2007 lists (including ours). As usual, the band’s keeping mum about what fans will hear when they click on over to Radiohead’s website Monday night, but they are promising more cover songs – like the fab version of New Order’s “Ceremony” they performed the last time they offered one of these free webcasts. --Michael Gallucci

For Fear of Roses Reunion Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Akron's For Fear of Roses will play a reunion set Thursday, December 27 at Annabell's (784 W. Market St., Akron. The alt-rock band played its first show at the bar in 1985, became pawns in a major-label bidding war, remained unsigned, opened for bands from 10,000 Maniacs to the Soup Dragons, and broke up in 1992. "We initially planned on a three-set, full-costume and outfit-change spectacular," says bassist Gerard Dominick, who has gone on to play with nearly every band in Ohio, including the Colin John Band. "But after one dress rehearsal, and the fact that we could not find a shoehorn large enough to get me into my vintage '80s garb, we will perform one set of music instead." The Brian Lisik Band will open. The 21+ show kicks off at 8 p.m.; admission is free. -- D.X. Ferris

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Arrest Warrant Issued for Yung Joc on Gun Charges, Crimes Against Originality

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Early Sunday morning, rapper Yung Joc got caught with a loaded semi-automatic weapon and more than a few rounds of ammunition at a security check at Hopkins airport (some of which were supposedly armor piercing, according to this story from ohio.com). Joc was promptly arrested. Of course, like any good rap artist, Joc proclaimed his innocence by saying he didn’t know where the gun came from and it wasn’t his. On a 100-point scale, the judges gave him only 1.3 for inventiveness. Anyway, Joc’s arraignment was today and he didn’t show. His lawyer made an appearance, but that wasn’t enough for the judge, who apparently took umbrage at a rapper carrying a semiautomatic through the airport. An arrest warrant has been issued and Joc has been proclaimed a fugitive. Pretty tough fighting words from the Cleveland courts, especially when compared to the recent of airport arrest of Akron Councilman Marco Sommerville, who was caught carrying a gun through security at the Canton-Akron airport. He had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but obviously not in an airport. Sommerville was not detained that day, and eventually plead no contest to a misdemeanor. Interesting, that’s all I’m going to say. – Vince Grzegorek

Just 10 Cents a Day Can Change a Child’s Life

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Not really. But this skit, brought to you by FunnyOrDie.com may cause you to reconsider sponsoring a child in Africa this year.

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