Thursday, April 17, 2014

Update: Father of Chardon Shooting Victim Found Dead, Two Years to the Day of Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

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Update: The Geauga County Coroner reports the cause of death for Russell King Sr., the father of Chardon shooting victim Russell King Jr., is a heroin overdose.

King was found dead in his home on the two year anniversary of his son's death.

The official cause of death was ruled "accidental acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin and ethanol."

(Originally posted 2/27/2014)

The father of a Chardon shooting victim was found dead this morning, exactly two years to the day that teen shooter T.J. Lane opened fire on Chardon High School students, killing three.

The body of Russell King Sr. was found around 5:15 a.m. in his home. He was the father of Russell King Jr., one of Lane's victims.

Chardon Local Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon, Jr. released this statement in response to the tragic news:

Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are to learn of the loss of Russell King Sr. The thoughts and prayers of the Chardon Schools are with the King family during this extremely difficult time.

Foul play is not suspected and Russell's cause of death is currently being investigated by the coroner.

Lane was given three consecutive life sentences without the chance of parole back in March 2013.

More to come as the story develops.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Nelsonville Music Festival Adds Heavyweight Bands and Artists to 2014 Lineup: UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

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Nelsonville Music Festival got a bit meatier today with the latest round of lineup additions. Dig it:

Shovels & Rope (Sunday)
Kurt Vile & The Violators (Friday)
Valerie June (Sunday)
Lucius
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Wooden Indian Burial Ground
The Tillers
Justin Gordon
Todd Burge
Unmonumental
Weedghost.

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Originally published Feb. 7

Damn. The good folks behind the Nelsonville Music Festival dropped major headlines this morning when they announced several kick-ass additions to the event this year.

The roster of music speaks for itself thus far. Without further ado:

New additions
Dinosaur Jr.
The Head and The Heart
Jason Isbell
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
The No BS Brass Band
Hunters
Charles Walker & The Dynamites
Village of Spaces
Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites

And the bands already listed
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Shakey Graves
Pokey LaFarge
Pierced Arrows
The Men
Grupo Fantasma
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
Michael Hurley
Saintseneca
Motel Beds
Tweens
Tim Pfaff

And, as announced last year, the Avett Brothers are headlining the whole thing.

The fest takes place May 29 to June 1 in bucolic Nelsonville, Ohio. Last year's event, though beset by torrential rain at times, was an unbelievably good time. Wilco held down the headlining slot, giving the fans who stuck it out through a storm a show for the ages.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Video of Lakewood Park Improvements is Wonderful: UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

UPDATE: Lakewood will break ground on this dynamite project sometime this fall, with plans to complete everything by next summer.

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Originally published Feb. 12:

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Structural improvements to Lakewood Park - focusing mostly on the promenade - have been discussed for a few years now. Last week, the city quietly posted an interesting video rendering from Environmental Design Group that shows what a revitalized Lakewood Park might look like.

The Akron-based design firm also published a .pdf elaborating visually on some of the proposals.

If you're into lakeside walks and sunset-watching, you're going to be a super jazzed about this.

Here's the video (tip o' the hat to @lkwdcitizen for tweeting the link):

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Update: [VIDEO] Kent State Student Sends Love Song to Olympic Medal Winner

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Update: The Kent State University student who sent a love song to Olympic medalist Nick Goepper as part of a belated Valentine's Day contest has won a date with the athlete.

The video submission of Tallmadge native Annie Rogers was selected from a pool of thousands of creative entries.

“She had an amazing video,” Goepper said in an interview published in the Akron Beacon Journal. “The lyrics were funny, witty and sweet. She had that little thing at the end and said some funny stuff. I was smiling a lot."

The athlete said he plans to call Rogers to organize their date, and that it will likely take place in either LA or New York City in the coming weeks.

Congrats, Annie!

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(Originally published: 02/20/2014) Team USA skier Nick Goepper is looking for a belated Valentine's Day date, and as such he recently launched a social media contest seeking one lucky lady to join him for an evening after he returns from Sochi.

Kent State senior and Tallmadge native Annie Rogers hopes she's that lady.

Last week, she submitted a video in hopes of catching the medalist's eye and it appears she's done so. On Sunday, he tweeted: “The talent is pouring in. Annie Rogers with a @jason_mraz cover. This one is heartfelt.”

Watch her video below.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

20 Big Name Bands that Played at Cleveland's Odeon Concert Club: An 8 Year Tribute

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Eight years ago today (Feb. 28 2006), the Odeon closed up shop.

Odeon Concert Club was once a famous Flats venue that stayed strong with its eclectic range of shows. However, once other nearby venues like House of Blues emerged, there was some stiff competition. The Odeon, and much of the once-vibrant flats, faded away.

Yet during the 90s and early 2000s, the Odeon hosted many musical legends that helped etch its name in Cleveland's musical history. Here are some of the big names it hosted.

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20 Big Name Bands that Played at Cleveland's Odeon Concert Club: An 8 Year Tribute
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Learn to Brew Craft Beer with this Class at Tri-C

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

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Cuyahoga Community College just created what will probably be its most popular class.

"Brewing Craft Beer" will teach craft brewing basics, like homebrewing, bottling, and beer-making science. Students will also visit local breweries like Nano Brew and Market Garden to pick up some tricks of the trade from town experts.

Better yet, anyone can sign up for this class, which runs from March 18 to April 8 in the evenings.

Well, anyone over 21, that is.

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Parma Ranked One of the Safest Suburbs in America

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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Despite the surrounding hustle and bustle, big city suburbs can be pretty pleasant. Picture well-kept parks, colorful parades, and kids playing in the front yard—all that good, sunny hometown stuff.

Parma's no exception, and it's been recognized by Movoto Real Estate's blog as the third safest suburb in America.

The blog ranked Parma just behind Carmel, IN and Fishers, IN— two other neighborhoods known for being homey.

To get these rankings, the bloggers looked at suburbs of the 50 most populous cities across the country, and then checked out three things: (1) property crimes, (2) violent crimes, and (3) the chances of being the victim of a crime.
Parma's higher rate of violent crimes kept it from being #1,but its property crimes (451) and chances of being a victim (1 in 161) were damn low for the town's population of 82,000 residents.

Plus, with the Cleveland skyline in the horizon, Parma can't get much better, right?

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