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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Looking for Charlize Theron on the Rapid

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Seriously? You thought youd spot her sleeping on a wooden bench in the Tower City station?
  • Seriously? You thought you'd spot her "sleeping on a wooden bench in the Tower City station"?

"Charlize Theron Hired To Ride Struggling Cleveland Light Rail System Monday Through Friday," reads the headline to this breaking news story:

CLEVELAND—As part of an ongoing effort to rejuvenate its public transportation system, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announced Wednesday that it had signed a three-year, $32 million deal hiring Academy Award—winning actress Charlize Theron to ride the city's light-rail lines eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.

Wait! Stop! Don't run out and buy that RTA pass. The headline is from satirical paper The Onion. having a little fun at Cleveland's expense.

But given the recently demonstrated propensity of certain politicians to treat the Onion as a reliable news source — and it's probably at least as reliable as Fox News — we can probably expect to see some elected officials spending a lot more time riding the Rapid. — Anastasia Pantsios

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