Thursday, September 29, 2011

Opponents of Ohio Voting Act Deliver Signatures, Voting to Still Commence Next Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM


Fair Elections Ohio, the umbrella group for the organizations gathering signatures to repeal the new voting act, HB 194, turned in petitions with 318,460 signatures to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office in Columbus today. 231, 247 valid signatures are required for the measure — which turns voting into a videogame-like obstacle course — to be on the November 2012 ballot.

However, while the signatures are being checked, the bill is on hold, meaning that the old rules apply. So you can go cast your vote for this November at your board of elections starting next Tuesday.

The Fair Elections Ohio people are allowed to continue to collect signatures while the petitions are being checked to create a cushion against any that may be thrown out. They will be continuing to do so through mid-October. — Anastasia Pantsios

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Someone Probably Involved in the Muni Lot Sex Tape Doesn't Want People to See the Muni Lot Sex Tape

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM


It certainly has been a busy week for off-the-field Browns news. There was the fan who celebrated the game-winning touchdown in the endzone Sunday and was promptly arrested. There was the drunk fan in the Muni Lot who stripped to his underwear, challenged an amateur tailgating DJ to a fight, and lost. There was the fan who was ejected from the stadium for "excessive standing."

And then there was the Muni Lot blowjob video, which captured two amorous and possibly intoxicated lovers getting frisky behind an RV trailer in plain sight of the amateur photographer and anyone who happened to be driving on the shoreway at that moment.

The video has since been deleted by the YouTube user, but it hasn't been lost to the ether of blackout concrete parking lot memories yet. Deadspin has a copy of its own, which is still up.

Yesterday they published an email correspondence (bottom of page) with someone who had contacted them asking to have the video removed. Subject: Defamation of Character. It's readily apparent that one of the participants in the amorous activities is the sender. Full transcript after the jump.

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Malt Liquor Bottle Causes Bomb Scare in Amherst

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

  • Bruce Bishop, Chronicle Telegram

The two most important and enjoyable parts of this story are right up top. The headline basically explains the situation: Malt Liquor Bottle Causes Bomb Scare in Amherst. Self-explanatory.

And then there's the picture. Two officers of the law. One with his hands on his hips. Intense furrowed brow behind the cop glasses. The other undoubtedly on the phone to the CIA.

This is what happens when Amherst cops get a tip that someone left a suspicious bag in the road and mentioned blowing something up. They closed off streets, according to the Chronicle Telegram, and called in the bomb squad. Of course, it was just a bottle of King Cobra malt liquor.


After the jump, we imagine the conversation the two cops are having while staring intently at the plastic bag.

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Tim Hagan Leaves Job at Metro

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM


There was simply no way after cutting 450 jobs and declaring a multi-million dollar deficit that Metro and Tim Hagan could continue working together.

The former commissioner announced he is leaving his part-time, $90,000/year gig with the county-financed hospital which he started back in January. His last day will be Friday.

Hagan's hiring was drew criticism from the start, especially among Metro staffers who were watching jobs being eliminated as Hagan began drawing a paycheck, because of his ties to Metro Top Men and the hospital's precarious fiscal situation.

Metro has been blitzed with a near-constant barrage of bad PR this year. From questions about their consultant-hiring practices to layoffs to severance packages for departed executives to the dismal deficit numbers from this week, Metro hasn't shined brightly in the public's eye.

Hagan and Metro parting ways was the bare minimum the hospital could do at this point. In fact, it was overdue given their situation. After the jump, statements from Hagan and Metro, the latter of which says Hagan did good work in his three-day-a-week gig.

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The Campaign to Get Snubbed Bands Into the Rock Hall

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM


Earlier this week, the nominations for the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced and the responses fell into three familiar and predictable categories. 1) Meh. The Rock Hall is irrelevant. 2) Sure, those bands are finally getting their due. Cool. 3) Whaaaaattttt?!?! My favorite band was snubbed again. OMGZZ!Z!Z This injustice must be corrected. I solemnly swear upon my copy of "Alive!" that I will make things right.

Off the top of our heads, here's a shortlist of bands folks have the most beef with the Rock Hall for not including: Kiss, Rush, Moody Blues, Chicago, Deep Purple, The Guess Who, Yes, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and Judas Priest. Of course, there's other bands that have a more legitimate qualm. And, for every guy tooting the horn for Rush, there's some guy out there ranting that it's ridiculous that the Rock Hall continues to snub Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Some fans are more proactive than others in their quest to get their favorite band into the hallowed halls off Lake Erie. The Washington Post focuses on a couple in this feature, specifically a Cleveland man driving the "Get Duran Duran Into the Rock Hall" skinny-tie train.

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Trailer: 'American Teacher'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM


The screening of "American Teacher," the documentary produced by Dave Eggers, narrated by Matt Damon, and based on a book co-written by Cleveland's own Dan Moulthrop, screens October 5 at the Capitol Theatre. Sadly, it's a one-time showing for now and tickets are sold out.

That, however, doesn't mean you shouldn't watch the trailer and make a mental note to see the film the next chance you get. The argument here is that schools thrive and children perform better when they have great teachers, and it's hard to attract great teachers in the current construct of American schools, specifically in respect to the compensation and respect offered to the folks chartered with teaching our children. Reviews so far have been positive.

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Concert Review: Fleet Foxes at Masonic Auditorium

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM


Some bands make it look too easy.

There are moments in a Fleet Foxes concert where you have to remind yourself that all those scenic harmonies are coming from human voices, that those rhythms are tenuous — only as steady as the hands of the six bearded heads bobbing in front of you on stage.

When it was all said and done, Seattle’s gift to the indie-folk wave delivered almost two hours of music, including a four-song encore at Masonic Auditorium last night. After a bit of a slow start (a harmonic intro followed by “The Plains/Bitter Dancer”), things picked up considerably with “Mykonos,” the take-away track from 2008’s Sun Giant EP.

Even though the set was heavy on songs from this year’s Helplessness Blues, the nearly 20 songs the band played last night spanned both albums and covered fan favorites like “Sim Sala Bim,” “Montezuma,” “Lorelai,” and “Grown Ocean” from the new record, as well as “Your Protector,” “White Winter Hymnal,” and the oft-requested “Blue Ridge Mountains” from the debut.

The band was as gracious as the audience was enthusiastic, and it’s no surprise to anyone who has ever seen a show at Masonic Auditorium that it was the perfect venue for the Foxes’ Cleveland debut.

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