It’d be hard to pin down exactly what’s behind the burgeoning print scene in Cleveland; On the one hand, the obsolescence of analog systems has taken old equipment like letterpress printing machines out of the commercial realm and created an after-market for art studios. But that’s certainly not all. At a time when art schools are modifying curriculum for the digital age because that’s how the kids get jobs, there’s a certain Luddite slacker appeal. But maybe the real motivation comes from the sensual appeal of printmaking: The carving of wood blocks, the scratching of metal plates, the literal burning of screens with light, the rolling and wiping of ink, and — for letter press machines — the hand-set, lead-heavy fact of moveable type.
Whatever you chalk it up to, there’s a little revolution going on in a couple of print shops around town. Zygote Press just keeps getting busier and busier, and now comes a group calling itself Artist Books Cleveland, which is a collective of people all about making books one by one, by hand, exploring their physical structure, and how that relates to meaning. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory (opened in the fall of ’08), where they’ve got not only a whole bunch of print making going on in old factory space, but the actual manufacture of paper, one sheet at a time, by hand.
Brett Hartmann sits on death row, awaiting an April 7 appointment with the lethal injection chamber for the 1997 murder of Winda Snipes. Hartmann has always denied stabbing Snipes over a hundred times and cutting off her hands in a brutal attack that occurred in her Highland Square apartment ("Deadline," March 25).
Strangely, another woman was also murdered in Snipes’s bedroom, in apartment #10, just a few years later. In 2000, Rachelle Greenwood was stabbed to death in that room by a man named Scott Henretty. Unlike Hartmann, there was never a question as to Henretty’s guilty, as he was caught red-handed, as it were. At the time, many wondered if Henretty, who also lived in the building, could have been the one who murdered Snipes as well. Police dismissed it as a coincidence, stating at the time that when Snipes was killed Henretty didn’t live there.
It’s anyone’s guess why cop cruisers in Cleveland, the largest city fleet in the state, still don’t have dash cams to protect officers — and their suspects — from false accusations.
Councilman Zack Reed says he’s been trying to get them installed from the time he was chairman of Council’s Public Safety Committee six years ago. Though he’s no longer in that post due to DUI troubles, the matter still seems to frustrate the current chairman, Councilman Kevin Conwell. Public Safety Director Martin Flask danced around the subject at Council’s last Public Safety meeting, saying that priority might be leaning toward the installation of more security cams. But with dash cams costing about $200 per cruiser, Reed doesn’t get it.
“Marty Flask and Chief [Mike] McGrath don’t want those cams and the question is, ‘Why?’” wonders Reed. “Steve Loomis [head of the police union] doesn’t have a problem with it. Officers don’t seem to have a problem, but when it comes down to somebody saying we’re going to use these dollars to put cams in the cars, for some reason, it doesn’t get done.”
It could be a useful tool — or a coffer-clearing one. Depends.
Do local UFOlogists know too much? According to one local believer, the shadow government sent out its black-ops helicopters to “taunt” an Ohio UFO investigator who lives north of Columbus after he talked about a sighting on the radio a few years back. The intimidated space cadet managed to capture a fleet of the secret choppers on video and now thanks to the magical tubes of the internets (the future is now!) everyone can finally see the proof. Yes, indeed. Those helicopters are ominously black.
In related news, check out these enhanced photos of the large triangle-shaped UFO captured on cell phone video by a trucker driving through Midvale, Ohio, last December. Spooky stuff. — James Renner
Scene's James Renner will be interviewed on Channel 5's "Live at Five" tonight. Reporter Duane Pohlman has found a witness who claims to have seen Dean Runkle with Amy Mihaljevic on the day she disappeared. Renner first identified Runkle as a possible suspect — the most significant new lead in years. The new witness will be revealed on Channel 5 at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Scene's Dan Harkins on WCPN's Reporters Roundtable. Topics include Sheriff McFoul and the magically shrinking Council.
Ohio Citizen Action has a big and dirty state to patrol for industrial excrement, right near the bottom in nationwide water- and air-quality rankings. Last fall, its organizational tactics helped convince metal and mining behemoth Eramet to spend $170 million to clean up its Marietta manganese factory. But OCA’s Cleveland chapter, one of just three in the state, can handle only one big issue at a time. That’s why it’s training ordinary citizens to become better activists and observers.
At its next Good Neighbor Campaign training session (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at CSU’s Main Classroom 438), the organization is bringing in pollution-prevention expert Robert Pojasek from Boston to discuss how he’s convinced companies to cut emissions and costs. Liz Ilg, the Cleveland chapter’s program director, says Pojasek will illustrate how to use a “campaign of conscience to convince plant managers and CEOs that they need to listen to their neighbors.”
Dr. Anne Wise will discuss the public-health side of pollution ramifications. Then participants can go home and deal with their problems in a constructive way, says Ilg. “We don’t get to work on every issue, and we know that there are so many people out there dealing with different issues in their backyard, so we offer these trainings to deliver to them what we’ve learned.”
The cost is $15, which will pay for breakfast, lunch and all training materials. Two future field trips will build on what attendees have learned, with more hands-on help in researching and organizing. For information, call 216.861.5200 or go to ohiocitizen.org. — Dan Harkins