Friday, June 29, 2012

Video: Cavs' Draft Pick Dion Waiters Highlights

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Welcome.
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Because, come on, despite all the points you've been making on Facebook all morning, you had no idea who Dion Waiters was until last night.

Here, scored to some blah Eminem leading into a little Drizzy, are some clips of the newbie Cav on the court.

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Here's the Trailer for That Movie Shot in Cleveland Last Year ... No, the Other Movie

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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Here's the first trailer for the upcoming movie Alex Cross, which was filmed in Cleveland last summer.

You might remember it because one of the stars, Matthew Fox, allegedly slugged a party bus driver in the Flats after a drunken night at a club nobody in Cleveland ever hangs out at.

In the movie, Fox plays a doctor with daddy issues whose plane goes down on some mysterious island. Before he knows it, he's seeing polar bears, bickering with some dude from a Gap commercial, and sparring for the souls of his fellow castaways with a guy named after a 17th century philosopher.

Or maybe that was something else Fox starred in.

We're not sure. And since Tyler Perry stars in the crime thriller, we will probably never be sure, since we have zero interest in seeing it.

The movie opens in October. Let us know if Cleveland looks any more fabulous than it did in The Avengers. —Michael Gallucci

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

East Side Sees Another Drive-By Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

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The situation is still code red over on the east side, where one violent episode only seems to be giving way to the next. After a 48 hour period that saw three separate shootings — leaving 8 people wounded – over the weekend, we're getting word of another drive-by. Fortunately, as with the gunplay that kicked off the week, no one was killed.

The latest incident happened early this morning on East 71st near Shaffer, according to 19ActionNews, about 20 blocks east from the China House shooting. At 12:50 a.m. this morning, two people were hit by fire coming from either a silver PT Cruiser or a Chevy. Police are hunting down the vehicle. One individual was treated on the scene; the other was taken to the hospital.

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Help Find the Hit-Skip Driver Who Leveled a Man in Public Square

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

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The disturbing video below shows a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis hitting a man in Public Square Sunday and driving away. The 27-year-old victim was taken to Metro and later released, which is absolutely shocking considering how violent the impact seems from the clip.

Call the Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 if you have any information. More info on the crash at Cleveland.com.

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Man Claims Bear Rang His Doorbell

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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Animals: they're just like people. At least our anthropomorphic assumptions let them be, like this gentleman in Ravenna who claims a bear not only rang his doorbell, but listened to him when he asked the bear to stop eating his flowers.

Enjoy the most earnest man you'll meet today, courtesy of the Record Pub:

Dan Lintz said a black bear visited his property on Newton Falls Road in Ravenna Township. The bear, he said, rang his doorbell, then “posed for photos” while munching on his flowers, drinking from his fountain, and scampering off into the woods.

“Honest to God,” the body shop owner said as he discussed the recent incident.

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Lintz ran into his home and retrieved his digital camera. He yelled at the bear to stop for photos, and Lintz said he was surprised when the bear took a detour into the backyard.

Lintz took photos of the bear munching on his flowers. After he said, “Hey, stop eating my flowers” the bear obediently moved over to the water fountain to take a drink

And then the bear walked on two legs into his house, poured himself a cup of coffee, and turned on Maury.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Look Under the Veterans Memorial Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

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In the opening scene of Marvel’s summer smash The Avengers, the evil Loki infiltrates a secret military research outpost for a valuable mineral that will help him conquer the world. In the following scene, Loki uses a creepy hideout to hatch his malevolent plans. The location of this creepy hideout? Cleveland’s own Veterans Memorial Bridge, also known as the Detroit-Superior Bridge. The brief scene was shot underneath the familiar landmark in its little-known tunnel system.

Every summer, the Cleveland Public Works department organizes a public tour of the bridge, and I got a sneak peak at what attendees will see when they venture underneath the 3112-foot structure to one of Cleveland’s creepiest locales. On Saturday, July 7, the bridge and its lower subway deck will be open to the public—the only time of the year this is true.

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Nun Bus Stops in Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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Yesterday around noon, a large, colorful bus was parked on Howard Avenue off West 14th Street in Tremont, alongside the historic red brick building occupied by St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. A group of friendly gray-haired women in conservative skirts and jackets mingled with neighbors and local social justice activists. The Nuns on the Bus tour had arrived in Cleveland.

The Roman Catholic nuns are travelling through nine states — primarily in the Rust Belt — to emphasize their work with those in need and to protest the budget cuts proposed by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan that would hit the poor the hardest. The nuns got a tour of the church, learned about its special outreach ministries to deaf and blind people, and visited its longtime hunger center across the street.

The nuns also dashed across West 14th Street to Lincoln Park to visit with a day camp group. They watched some of them demonstrate their hula hoop abilities, queried the kids about their activities and suggested that when they do their cooking project, they send photos to Michelle Obama since she is promoting healthy eating for children. One little girl asked, “Couldn’t we just slip in some ribs?”

Sister Simone Campbell, the catalyst and spokeswoman for the tour, addressed the assembled crowd afterward, saying what nice weather they’d had. “But we’ve been turning up the heat,” she added.

She was referring to the impetus for the tour: an “investigation” ordered by the Vatican of American nuns’ activities that concluded they were devoting too much time doing things like feeding people, educating children, and caring for the sick, and not enough time to attacking gay marriage and abortion. The nuns’ response was basically, “Whatever, Pope Fancy Shoes.”

Some of her travelling companions spoke as well, saying things like, “We as a nation have been losing our sense of community and have gone down a path of individuality. This bus trip is to lift up ‘we the people.’”

Campbell introduced their response to the Ryan budget, which they call the Faithful Budget: “reasonable revenue for responsible programs.” It aims to invest in the common good, putting everyone on a stronger economic footing rather than cutting safety-net programs and doling out a tax cut to the wealthy as Ryan’s budget does.

After lunch, the nuns were heading down to a meeting with the Plain Dealer editorial board. Look for Kevin O’Brien’s column on how misguided they are soon.

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