Thursday, March 1, 2012

OSHA Inspector Arrested for Trying to Blackmail Stripclub (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

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Update: If you've forgotten about Joseph Schwarz, the OSHA official who was arrested in late summer 2011 for attempting to extort Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, scan down below for a full recap of the sleazy events.

If you're simply looking for the end result of his attempt at siphoning some of those dollar bills from the fine establishment, it's this: he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of property. Charges for extortion and the ever-popular "possession of criminal tools," were dropped.

He'll be sentenced in April. (Via the Chronicle-Telegram)

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Who knows why OSHA compliance officer Joseph Schwarz did what he did? Perhaps dizzied by the mountains of supple beautiful flesh surrounding him, maybe in need of a boost to his bank account, or just lacking the common sense to know that his scheme was bound for failure.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Afternoon Brew: Syphilis Up in Cuyahoga County, BBQ With Wife's Clothes, Search Public Employees' Pay, Portage Tea Party Changes Acronym

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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Good afternoon, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you slap that guy in the office who is taking Thursday and Friday off and has said, "Today's my Friday," once too many times today.

— If you're burning your wife's clothes on the grill, telling cops you're "having a barbecue" when they come to ask you about it is a clever response, but one that will likely not get you out of trouble. (Morning Journal)

— There's now a site where you can search for how much every Ohio public employee makes. If you want to know how much folks at Scene make, you should know happy hour for us is a 40 down by the river. Take that for what you will. (NewsNet5)

— Syphilis cases are up slightly in Cuyahoga County. Just a PSA before you decide to forgo the rubber this holiday weekend. (Cleveland.com)

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Ohio Teacher Had Naked Images Captured Off a Stolen Computer She Bought by a Tracking Company, Can Sue

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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52-year-old substitute teacher and widower Susan Clements-Jeffrey had no reason to expect anything but complete privacy as she sat naked in front of her computer back in 2008 chatting and exchanging images with her former high school sweetheart who was in Boston. Well, she'd have to trust that from her spot in Ohio, the man would be trustworthy with what she was sending him, and he was.

The problem came from a third party, a tracking company that had been watching her online action remotely, including the nude moments. Not only had they seen them, they had captured images.

It all started when Clements-Jeffrey bought the laptop. Not from Best Buy or Apple but from one of her student in the Clark County School District. He had told her he'd gotten a new computer and didn't need it anymore. In reality, he had bought it off another student who had bought it at a bus station for $40, and if you trace the laptop's history back further, it had belonged to that same Clark County School District. It was stolen. Clements-Jeffrey says she did not know that.

Clark County contracts with Absolute Software, which installs software on your computer to track the device if it is stolen. You'd imagine this includes tracking locations and IP addresses in an attempt to recover the property. What you probably didn't guess is that Absolute Software grabbed the sexually explicit private images and passed them onto police along with the location data.

This, shockingly, did not sit well with Clements-Jeffrey and her boyfriend, who tried to take Absolute Software to court for violating their privacy. Wired reports that Absolute countered, but last week U.S. District Judge Walter Rice ruled against the company, meaning they'll have to explain why capturing the naked images was integral to recovery the stolen property when Clements-Jeffrey sues. They'll probably have a hard time doing so.

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Recap: Touch's Farm-to-Table Supper

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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The first thing they teach you in Critic School is to eschew hyperbole. After all, if everything is “the best” or “the finest,” you not only give readers reason to doubt your critical judgment, but by the time you run into something that really is extraordinary, you've used up all your adjectives.

So we won't get bogged down in heaping high praise upon Touch Supper Club's Farm-to-Table Supper last night at Stone Garden Farm in Richfield. We'll just say that in our personal annals of eating, this one rocked.

Watching Touch executive chef Jeff Fisher standing in one of the Garden's many sprawling veggie patches, pinching green leaves off a towering lamb's quarters, was just the start of what turned out to be a remarkable parade of pristine dishes served family-style on tables set on the farm's freshly mowed lawn.

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Football Players Penalized for Honoring Dead Teammate During Game, Subsequently Lose on Last-Second Play

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the refs who worked the Walsh Jesuit vs. Louisville (OH) game last Friday night are under heat for a pivotal late-game decision.

Louisville had just scored what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter to go up 26-24. Two Louisville players pointed to the sky after the score, an act meant to honor and pay memory to a teammate who died in an accident a few days before the contest. The ref threw a flag, handing Louisville an "excessive celebration" penalty and Walsh Jesuit a short field to work with. Walsh would kick a last-second field goal to win the game, 27-26.

Coaches, players, family, and a ton of people who never watched the game were in an uproar about the penalty. This was no Chad OchoCinco popcorn celebration, not a dance, not an insult to the opponents. Just a simple, solemn moment.

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Kevin Coughlin Doesn't Believe in Global Warming

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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We know there are some of you on the other side of these interwebs who will read this and agree with GOP Senate candidate Kevin Coughlin when he says the science is sketchy on global warming. It's certainly not coming out of left field for someone on the right of the aisle. But it's news, and it somehow is startling to hear someone say it no matter how many times it's been uttered. His closing one-liner was particularly politician-y.

PALMER: You mean you don't think we can pass legislation to lower our temperature?

COUGHLIN: I would ask the people in Pompeii who are frozen like this if an act of Congress could change their situation. No.

Um, OK. Anyway, full video from his talk in Strongsville below.

(Via Cleveland.com and PolitiFact)

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Teachers and Students Can't be Facebook Friends, Dayton Schools Says

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

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Down in Dayton, the city's public school system is putting a moratorium on Facebook friendships between students and teachers, a move that is so head-smackingly obvious it's fairly disconcerting no one's put a rule like this on the books already. This is the first instance in Ohio of such regulation.

The new policy also says Kotters can't instant message or text with their Vinny Barbarinos or “respond to student-initiated attempts at conversation through nondistrict approved media, whether personal or professional accounts,” according to the Dayton Daily News.

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