Update: The Ohio woman seeking to legally change her name to Sexy successfully pleaded her case in front of a Licking County judge today.
Here's some footage from the hearing, courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch.
Sheila just isn't cutting it for her anymore. In fact, Sheila has gone by her middle name — Ranae — for years instead of her proper name, weighed down by the "ugly" moniker. “I absolutely hate it,” she said. “I think it’s really ugly.” So on February 11, Sheila Ranae Crabtree will go before a judge in Licking County to hopefully etch a new permanent legal name for herself: Sexy.
“I wear Victoria’s Secret clothes all the time,” said Crabtree, who doesn’t want you to know how old she is. “I was like, ‘Shoot, I’ll just go for Sexy.’”
That sounds like as good a reason as any.
Judge Robert Hoover, who most definitely imagined that this would be the high-minded substance he would handle behind the bench, will make the decision on the mother of two's petition to become Sexy Crabtree.
The three top-tier Democratic candidates for Cuyahoga County executive met for a public forum Jan. 26. Tim Russo, candidate for Cuyahoga County executive, was not invited.
“I’ve never seen a supposed ‘frontrunner’ so terrified of an ex-offender on his ballot in my entire life,” Russo wrote of Armond Budish, the favored candidate of much of the local punditry in this race. The “ex-offender” comment refers to Russo’s standing as a convicted felon (he was charged with importuning and dissemination of harmful matter to juveniles in 2001). His recent blog post included a “Blingee” .gif of Budish wearing a Santa hat and a gold chain reading: “Gangsta.”
Anyway, Budish was joined at the forum by former County Sheriff Bob Reid and current State Sen. Shirley Smith, who will likely garner second- and third-place vote tallies behind Budish in the May primary. Russo was not there because, according to the party’s executive director, Nick Martin, he isn’t a registered Democrat. The simplest of public records searches reveals that Russo is, indeed, registered as a Democrat in Cuyahoga County.
But the established media narrative should never be taken for granted, even if it's Cuyahoga County we're talking about. “I don't think anyone knows, when they walk into a voting booth, what 'Budish' is. They probably think it's some sort of tree,” Russo tells Scene. Who knows? Maybe Budish is a local species of tree. Apart from the Jan. 26 forum, the Beachwood candidate isn't making too many public appearances — certainly none where he might have the chance to face Russo.
The odd tactics of getting rid of Russo continued. His invitation to an NAACP-sponsored debate was rescinded. Later, the NAACP reinvited Russo. Later still, the NAACP canceled the event, citing the nasty weather. (The whole thing sounds like a douchey high school lunch table, really.)
“I was looking forward to it,” Russo says. “It would have been the only time I was gonna sit across the stage from Budish.”
"I mean, I was always a huge nerd," he says. "In lieu of having actual interesting things to say about my own life, I would usually drop random factoids into conversations, and people would always say, 'You should be on Jeopardy!'" That's the short version of the story that brought the Broadview Heights resident to the beloved trivia game show.
The slightly longer version involves the actual process: an online test, an in-person audition, a written test, and, lastly, a mock game show — "Just to make sure that you're not completely insane, that they can deal with you on camera," Chu says.
He filmed the episodes back in November; his appearances began airing Jan. 28.
And just that short time, Chu has become a three-day victor on the show (he'll return tonight at 7:30 p.m. to defend the title), as well as a bit of a controversial figure.
That's why Billy Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was buried today with his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser. When he passed away from lung cancer on Sunday at the age of 82, his plans had already been in place for several years.
To be clear, the motorcycle isn't just buried next to him—Standley's plans were much more extensive than that. His two sons built a transparent casket large enough to require an extra-large cemetery plot, and large enough to showcase Stanley astride the machine, in all his glory.
A Chronicle Telegram report detailed his reasoning for the elaborate funeral:
"Standley’s family said he’d been talking about it for years and liked to take people to the garage to show off the unusual casket his two sons had built for him. He told people he didn’t just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in the big see-through box."
His body is held in rider-ready position with multiple straps and a back brace. Additionally, the funeral was held outdoors, allowing mourners to see Standley put to rest.
The funeral idea may have been non-traditional, but it's the way the enthusiast wanted to go. And his determination finally paid off today, when he finally took his final ride.
We’ve been fans of Kent-based singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield since the days when she used to record and tour as Chittlin. A star in the making, she’ll release her new album, Make My Head Sing, on April 15 on ATO Records. She and bassist/husband Jesse Newport recorded it down in Nashville. Rolling Stone has just premiered the new single, “Oblivious,” a noisy track that sounds a bit like a cross between the Black Keys and Neil Young, albeit with a female vocalist. It's a great track. You can check it out here.
Apparently, pizza delivery drivers are immune to the law.
At least, that's what one off-duty Wickliffe deliveryman thought until he was pulled over on Monday with a blood alcohol level of .295 (or, three and a half times the legal limit).
According to The News-Herald, Christian had attached his pizza delivery sign to the roof of his car believing it would deter suspicion and disguise any drunken debauchery. He even admitted to using his clever trick regularly when he went out drinking.
This time, police didn't buy it. They got a call from a different driver to report the guy's bad driving, then observed it themselves before stopping him.
Now, Christian faces two charges of first-degree misdemeanor, and one minor misdemeanor for weaving.
After all, the law's the law, pizza sign or not.
We recently told you about Jonathon Sawyer's plans to open his long-planned Italian eatery Trentina in the old Sergio's in University Circle space.
Well, the Kickstarter campaign to raise $21,999 in 30 days begins today.
Donors to the Trentina Kickstarter can earn rewards that range from a dinner party for 20 people and a cooking class with chef Sawyer to a cocktail or even table named in your honor.
"This is not full funding, just a nice alternative to traditional financing," Sawyer explains. "The truth of the matter is, a lot of us artisans are more skilled with their knives and cutting boards than they are an Excel document or filing loan applications."
Check out the Kickstarter page here.
Check out the video here.
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