The Village Voice passes on the rather innocuous and not unusual news that the DEA took down a heroin mill in Fort Lee, NJ recently. Ah, but there's more.
About five and a half pounds of heroin was seized yesterday, as well as 100,000 glassine envelopes. The envelopes bore names of different brands of the drug, including "Roger Dat," "Spring Break," "True Dat" and — just in time for the second round of the NBA playoffs — "LeBron James." Ten people are currently being held in connection with the bust.
Officials estimate that the heroin was worth over $1.5 million. $50,000 of cash was also seized.
Users complained that while the "LeBron James" brand starts out with a quick bang and big promises of the best high ever, it never quite delivers once game-time arrives.
Bloggers of the world, pull out your headphones and listen up: stop emoting about the Royal Wedding. That post on Foucault and Danger Mouse? Junk it. All the possible jokes about Rebecca Black have been made and beaten to death; quit trying to cook up a new one. It may be time finally to get out of mom’s basement, to stop [insert staletoast blogger cliché here].
It may be time to go corporate: Patch is looking for a few good keyboard pounders who can grind out a word count.
According to Forbes, AOL’s hyperlocal news network — which has a considerable footprint here in Northeast Ohio — has been trying to sign up 8,000 bloggers over the last week. Each site editor is tasked to have five to ten bloggers on board when Patch rolls out a new blogging platform on May 4th. The move is a shift in direction for the web site, which so far has had a slow-growth business plan. But as of late, much has changed in the Patchosphere.
The top ten perks of being on the cover of Madden, starring Peyton Hillis. (Clever, but could have been funnier.)
The Browns traded their No. 6 first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a bunch of other picks, then traded up from the No. 27 to the 21st spot to snag Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor. It seems some had concerns about Taylor's weight, which hovered at more than 330 pounds.
Let's head to the blockquote machine for analysis from the PD:
At 6-3 1/2 and 337 pounds, Taylor is one of the heaviest players in the draft. Originally enrolled at Penn State, he was involved in a fight at a fraternity and dismissed from the school after his second year. Taylor transferred to Baylor, sat out 2008 and started at tackle his last two seasons.
Draft publications rip Taylor for struggling to keep his weight down and having fatigue problems. When properly motivated, they praise him as run-stopper who is "a terror to block."
Heckert said Taylor is conscientious about his weight and weighed in at 335 for the Browns — a few pounds less than he played at Baylor. Heckert said Taylor and Bowers dined together during their visit to the Browns, and Taylor ate salmon.
Good idea on Taylor's part, but isn't that like an alcoholic ordering a club soda when he's out to dinner with his girlfriend's parents just because he thinks that they think that he's a drunk? Did anyone tail Taylor after that dinner? Odds are he went straight to McDonald's after the Browns brass left and ordered three quarter-pounders and two McFlurries.
After just shy of four years on West Sixth Street, Crop Bistro (www.cropbistro.com) will shutter on Saturday, April 30. Five days later, at 5 p.m. on Thursday May 5, owners Steve and Jackie Schimoler will open Cropicana (www.cropicana.com), their casual waterfront kitchen on Whiskey Island (2800 Whiskey Island Dr.; 216-631-1800).
"It's moving really fast now," says Jackie Schimoler. "We had hoped to have a 'closing day' party at Crop to thank all our friends — but with so much to do before opening Cropicana, it doesn't look like we'll have the time."
Of course, launching Cropicana has been a cool Lake Erie breeze compared to the efforts going into Crop's new Ohio City location at 2537 Lorain Ave., near the West Side Market. At this point, Jackie Schimoler says permits are all in place, restoration of some vintage plasterwork has been completed, and construction is beginning in earnest. — Elaine Cicora
Rep John Boehner — the tan man trying to make good on a plan for American stability — suffered a bit of a blow today. According to the Dayton Daily News, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll says the Ohio Republican’s approval rating has slid: now, as many Americans who are stupid enough to answer poll questions view him unfavorably as favorably. The magic number is 34 percent. The other 66 percent go Boehner what?
The popularity contest was once not so dire for the Speaker. In January, after admiraling the Republican conquest of Washington, he was sitting pretty with a 42 percent favorability, the other side of the equation at 22 percent.
OK, that might be a bit of an overstatement. But not totally. It's just that Lorain County folks are drunker and higher than people in other places.
The Chronicle Telegram reports on a study that surveyed drug and alcohol use. The target demographic — 18-25 year-olds — were asked about marijuana, booze, and narcotics, but were not required to pee in a cup, so this was mainly on the honor system, albeit the anonymous honor system.
Results showing a population more inclined to toke and sip means Lorain County will receive $484,500 over the next three-plus years to address the users and abusers who call the county home.