Cleveland Heights High School is pretty serious about getting into the Ohio football playoffs. So much so that they’re going to near-laughable lengths in the courtroom to get their way.
The school finished off the regular season with a 8-2 record — nothing to go home angry about, that’s for sure. Even better, the school shut the season down with a show-stopper 29-27 win over Shaw. That final win was bittersweet, however; when the Ohio High School Athletic Association sat down to crunch the numbers on which 8 teams would make the playoffs, Cleveland Heights missed the cut, coming in at number 9.
But this week, according to the Plain Dealer, the school filed legal paperwork asking for a temporary restraining order against OHSAA on the grounds that they should be playing post-season ball.
The school believes they should have landed a slot because Cleveland JFK forfeited a game against John Adams, although the actual mechanics of that situation aren’t as simple as they sound.
Need something to distract you from the inches of water dumping down out of the sky? How about a little dumb criminal news, so you can swing your attention off Mother Nature's ongoing temper-tantrum and onto something a little less unpredictable and uncanny — like a mother recklessly attacking her own children with a knife. Distraction!
This news comes out of Westlake, where police responded to a call to a motel in the early hours of Sunday. According to the Sun News, Shaker Heights-native Andrea Young had allegedly turned against her own family in an intoxicated rage.
The 50-year-old allegedly choked her 22-year-old daughter, then stabbed her 27-year-old son with a paring knife. Young was so jacked-up on whatever substance had wrecked her common sense that the police had to call in back-up from Bay Village for an assist on the arrest. The paper also reports Young got physical while in custody, “at one point dropping her shoulder and pushing a jailer aside.”
Young's son was taken to the hospital, where he received stitches. The family says that the wig-out was uncharacteristic of Young and place the blame on her intoxication. Which just makes the story sad and troubling. Hopefully she'll grab the necessary help.
But in the meantime, Young faces felony charges: “felony assuault, domestic violence and disorderly conduct due to intoxication.”
Local graphic artist Derek Hess is best known for having designed posters and album covers for hardcore and metal bands. But he’s also a Rush fan — he was sitting on the floor just a few rows back from the stage at last night’s concert at Quicken Loans Arena — and he’s just created a poster to commemorate the concert. Evoking the iconography of both Rush’s 2112 and its new album Clockwork Angels, his poster for the concert features a stick-like figure holding his arms up in an act of defiance. He’s just put it up for sale on his web site and you can purchase it here. He says it's selling quickly and the print run is limited to 150.
Often accused of being pretentious and humorless, the guys in the Canadian prog rock trio Rush have actually lightened up over the course of their 30-year career. Sure, they still take their music seriously but instead of trying to replicate what they do in the studio on stage, the guys’ live show has evolved to the point that the trio now takes some liberties with the arrangements. The show last night at Quicken Loans Arena was a textbook example of just how much fun the band’s concerts have become.
For the concert’s first half, the band focused on playing some of the deeper cuts from its back catalogue. While it included hits like “Subdivisions,” a radio-friendly, synth-heavy track off 1982’s Signals, it also revisited rather obscure tunes such as “Territories,” “Far Cry,” and the instrumental “Where’s My Thing.” The first set included an obligatory drum solo from Neil Peart — who hasn’t slowed a bit — before the band took a brief 20-minute intermission.
During the intermission, the band played a funny video that featured actor Jay Baruchel as a nosey auditor who gets the run around from a group of gnomes. But after the funny spoof, the band got down to serious business for the second half, which began with a series of songs from its new album Clockwork Angels. The band came out fired up (and set off some serious fireworks and pyrotechnics as well) and sounded invigorated on the new material, which benefited from a 7-person string section. With the exception of “The Garden,” ironically enough the track that singer-bassist Geddy Lee described as one of his favorites on the new album, the new material had real power behind it and the production value, which included giant video screens that rotated above the stage, was impressive as well. The band’s energy bled into “Red Sector A,” an ’80s tune that the band played as if came from its heavier past, and the jazzy instrumental “YYZ.” Even the set closing classic “Spirit of the Radio,” a staple that you’d think has become tiresome to trot out at show after show, was played with passion.
For the encore, the band struggled to bring “Tom Sawyer” to life but excelled on a pair of instrumentals from its groundbreaking 1976 album 2112.
When singer-guitarist Chuck Berry turned 60, he held a birthday concert that attracted the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray. You’d think at least a few of those A-list stars would be on hand for the Rock Hall’s week-long American Music Masters Series tribute to the man, which culminated last night in a gala concert held at the State Theatre. But for whatever reason, big-name acts weren’t in attendance, even though Berry himself was scheduled to close out the night. Granted, the American Music Masters Series is as much about education as it’s about entertainment, but you’d still think at least a few of rock’s major acts would have contributed a video-taped acknowledgement. After all, they all owe a debt to the man. While that didn’t keep the crowd away (the concert was sold out), it did create a bit of impatience on the audience’s part — at one point someone yelled out “we want Chuck!” during the middle of one of the show’s many slow segments.
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