Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Akron Music Teacher Admits to Racist Facebook Post; No Explanation For Crazy Denial Videos (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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Update: A referee upheld Spondike's dismissal this week. Via the ABJ:

The Akron Public School Board on Monday voted unanimously to accept a referee’s decision that terminates the employment of David Spondike.
The 18-page decision found that Spondike’s Facebook posting last October in which he repeatedly used the N-word violated the district’s staff conduct and social media policies.
The referee’s ruling upholds an earlier decision by school board members to fire Spondike.
“It’s an unfortunate incident and we’re happy to put it behind us,” said board President Lisa Mansfield.

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On October 28, we brought you the story of the racist Facebook rant written by David Spondike, a music teacher at Akron's Firestone High School.

Spondike was angry about an apparent trick-or-treat incident near his house and dropped multiple n-bombs in a Facebook rant aimed at a black teenager:

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Update: You Could Spend Christmas in Cleveland's Own "A Christmas Story" House

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

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Folks, the bidding's hot on the online auction for a two-night Christmas stay in Cleveland's own A Christmas Story House.

So far, 29 offers have been made, ranging from $1.03 to $3051.69, and the bids will likely continue to rise.

"It has ranged between $3,000 and $5,000 in the past," Steve Siedlecki, A Christmas Story's executive director said of the going price in previous years. Currently there are about 5 or 6 different people who keep the bidding going, he said.

To see the latest offer, or to make one of your own, head on over to Ebay, where you can name your price through Sunday at 7 p.m.

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Originally published 11/29/2013 8:34 a.m.

We triple dog dare you to join the fun and make your bid for a two-night stay in the original A Christmas Story house over the holidays (plus a one night stay at Cleveland's Renaissance Hotel). This year's auction begins today.

From Dec. 23 - 26, you and three guests can re-enact your favorite movie moments, such as checking the mail for Decoder pins, opening presents in Ralphie's living room, and starting a full-on Christmas Day BB-gun fight.

Here's the full calendar of events for this year's winner:

December 23:

TBD: Arrive Cleveland, Ohio
4pm: Check into The Cleveland Renaissance Hotel
5pm: Visit historic Higbee window (right next to Renaissance Hotel)
NOTE: Hotel night can be used any time during a one year period if auction winner chooses not to use it during this visit.

December 24:

10am: Personal behind-the-scenes tour of A Christmas Story House & Museum
12pm: Check into A Christmas Story House
Large FRA-GI-LE Major Award crate delivered to the front door of the house (yours to keep). Crow bar provided to open.
Go out to check the mail for Decoder pins delivered to mailbox (one for each guest and yours to keep)
Climb under the sink just like Randy
7pm: A Christmas Story House to watch A Christmas Story in the house it was filmed (25th Anniversary DVD is yours to keep; popcorn and sodas provided)
9pm: Spend the night in A Christmas Story House sleeping in Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom!

December 25:

8am: Open presents in A Christmas Story House living room
Continental breakfast basket provided by A Christmas Story House
Presents included: 2 BB guns (behind the desk), a bunny suit, 4 A Christmas Story House shirts.
Bring your own presents to unwrap as well
Shoot BB guns in the back yard. But, “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out!!!”
7pm: Watch A Christmas Story Documentaries and play A Christmas Story Monopoly and A Christmas Story The Party Game in the house the movie was filmed.
9pm: Spend the night in A Christmas Story House sleeping in Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom!

December 26:

By 10am, pack up your prized “Major Award” and check out of A Christmas Story House. Have a very Merry and Memorable Christmas.

All proceeds from this year's auction go to A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project.

For more information on making your bid, call 216-298-4919.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Watch A Guy Plunge Into Lake Erie On Thanksgiving Morning

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

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Turkey, family, football and walking barefoot through the snowy beaches of Lake Erie for a quick plunge into dirty near-freezing water: these are the things that make Thanksgiving great.

A Youtube user just uploaded this video from Cleveland of a man walking confidently out into Lake Erie wearing only shorts and a t-shirt before taking a dive under the water and then getting up and walking back. It was around 25-degrees out when this was filmed yesterday. The temperature of the lake was around 43-degrees off Cleveland, per the National Weather Service. That's some solid family bonding right there:

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cavs are Shopping Dion Waiters

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

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In case you missed the news yesterday, via ESPN, the Cavs are shopping shooting guard Dion Waiters. Sources say they've already spoken with the Bulls (targeting Luol Deng) the Knicks (targeting Iman Shumpert) and others.

The ESPN story also said that it was Waiters and Tristan Thompson — not Kyrie Irving, as previously reported — who got into a scuffle during the players' only meeting after the loss to the Timberwolves two weeks ago. Waiters criticized Irving and Thompson, said they were playing "buddy ball" and that he was being held to a higher standard.

Except for dismal foul shooting, Waiters played well in the nationally televised game against the Heat last night, scoring 24 pts on 7-14 shooting (including 4-8 on three-pointers). With any luck, that'll increase his trade value.

Scene was pretty amped for an improved Waiters' season this year, and we're bummed he's turned into such a poisonous locker room presence.

Part of me can't blame Waiters though. Evidently, he's been protesting what he sees as preferential treatment for Kyrie Irving (the same type of treatment Delonte West said LeBron James received at the hands of Mike Brown).

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Play at the Hard Rock Rocksino Opening

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

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Cleveland is about to get another concert venue. When the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield opens on Dec. 18, it will feature a stage that will play host to rock bands and comedians. Live Nation will assist the facility in bringing in national acts. As part of the grand opening celebration, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts perform at 8 p.m. on opening night. Formerly of the punk act the Runaways, Jett had a successful solo career in the ‘80s and has just released a new solo album. The Rocksino also has booked ’80s acts Nigh Ranger (Dec. 27) and Huey Lewis and the News (Jan. 24). Tickets for all the shows go on sale at Ticketmaster tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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Come Together: Papadosio Returns to Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

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Music is a power unlike any other. Forms of artistic expression, as varied as the moments in a day, bear with them an ability to change society and to change the way we think as one. The guys in Papadosio - Ohio natives via the creative playground  of Athens and Ohio University - would say that music can put an end to the sense of isolation we’ve imposed on ourselves.

Thankfully, the band chose to spread that message by way of an incredible, sprawling double-disc album released last year. T.E.T.I.O.S. - To End The Illusion of Separation - is a masterwork culled from the experiences of a band that cut its teeth performing improvisational electronic music our fair state.

“It’s just such a culmination of our lives as musicians and as a band together,” drummer Mike Healy tells Scene. “It ranges from every different kind of music - you can find an influence everywhere.” Typically roped into the jam band genre - and not without cause - Papadosio boasts a slick, psychedelic brew of electronic music. Imagine the visuals and the near-infinite layers of biology found throughout a boreal forest, converted to sprawling, improvisational, hi-def audio. The band’s music is more readily described as an ecosystem.

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Wild Turkey Ambles by Streetsboro Storefronts Dangerously Close to Thanksgiving

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM

A lone gobbler was spotted meandering through a northeast Ohio town earlier this month, strutting his stuff, with little to no care that he and his brothers would soon find themselves plucked, brined, and browned on dinner tables across the region.

Streetsboro Police Lt. Troy Beaver responded to the sighting, near the city's Walgreens on Nov. 15, and tried to shoo the bird back into nearby woods.

Turkey Tom, however, seemed to have his own set of plans.

"...[T]he turkey didn't want to leave," Beaver told the local daily. "After chasing it around my car three times, I realized the situation had become ridiculous to the point of comedy. I figured with it being so close to Thanksgiving, our Facebook followers would get a kick out of the situation so I snapped a couple of pictures. It just became more funny as the bird made its way to Mr. Hero and National Armory."

Beaver posted the photos to the Streetsboro Police Department's Facebook page, adding his own witty commentary about the bird seeking anxiety meds, a sandwich, and arms with which to protect himself in anticipation of the upcoming holday.

After making one last stop at the nearby Taco Bell, Beaver said the bird finally took off into the woods.

Here are some of the photos Beaver posted online:

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Have you had any humorous run-ins with wild turkeys this season? Share your stories in the comment section below.


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