Monday, August 29, 2016

Police Report Details Alleged Hazing Incident That Led to Lake Catholic Forfeiting First Game of Season

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Update: Channel 19 got its paws on the police report in the alleged hazing incident that led to Lake Catholic's forfeiture of its first game of the 2016 season.

The incident dates back to July and centers on something called the "atomic sit-up." 

Two football teams were having their summer camps at John Carroll University and staying in the same campus hall when the superintendent of the Madison School District called the John Carroll University Police Department to report a possible hazing incident involving their football team. While JCUPD investigated, officials said they saw a hazing incident on surveillance cameras on the floor where the Lake Catholic team was staying.

The incident, according to statements gathered in the police report, involved two underclassmen who were forced to perform what’s called by one source close to the investigation as an “atomic sit-up.” It's when someone does a sit-up blind folded into the naked buttocks of a player who is squatting. There were two victims and five suspects, and other players in the room, according to reports.

(Original story 8/26/16): Seeing a need to address allegations of hazing during a summer football camp, Lake Catholic High School Principal Robert Kumazec announced that the football team will forfeit its first game of the season. 

Here's the gist: In July, allegations of a "hazing incident" and a subsequent criminal investigation picked up headlines following the school's summer football camp at John Carroll University. It's unclear what exactly occurred, but around that time Kumazec sent a letter to parents, saying: "It is my responsibility to inform you that there is a possibility that your son may have captured inappropriate pictures and/or video involving nudity and/or partial nudity [during the football camp]."

Fast-forward to late August, and, as the Morning Journal reports, the school administration and football coaching staff have decided to issue a stack of one-game suspensions to a number of players. “Consequently," Kumazec writes, "the team is unable to field a squad sufficient in number to play this Saturday’s home game against Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School. Lake Catholic has notified Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School of its intent to forfeit the game."

The game was scheduled for this weekend, on Aug. 27.

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Stream Local Indie Rockers Signals Midwest's New Album Right Now

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Inspired by pop-punk acts such as Green Day and Blink-182, Signals Midwest regularly veers from pop-punk formula to throw in “crazy, noodle-y guitar solos,” as singer-guitarist Max Stern once put it.

Past albums have helped the band land on Alternative Press' "100 bands to Check Out” lists. Now, its latest album, At This Age, has caught national attention too.

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Goodbye, Terminal Tower Lights Twitter Account

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 3:08 PM

One of Cleveland's best Twitter accounts is going away for good soon. In a series of tweets, the good folks behind the social media account beaming out reliable shots of the Terminal Tower's ever-rotating light displays announced that the photo stream will soon be ending. (That being said, the Tower is one of Cleveland's most Instagrammed icons, so it's not like we'll be at a total loss but still, @TowerLightsCLE was reliably funny.)


The Tower lights account appears to be an unforeseen victim of K&D's recent purchase of the Terminal Tower. There will still be lights, just, as the account put it, less interaction.

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Pop Singer Niykee Heaton to Play House of Blues in November

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM

A rarity in today’s world in which pop singers use songwriting teams and outside producers, Chicago-born, Florida-based singer Niykee Heaton writes her own music and produces most of her own beats. Last year, Heaton sold out her first North American headline run without the help of a radio campaign.

But she's no longer unknown. Her latest single,“Bad Intentions,” has been certified gold, turning her into an overnight sensation. 

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Deputy Inspector General Blames 'Political Machine' Amid Investigation into Ethics Violation

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 1:17 PM

For those who like to watch political officials gurgle excuses once they're placed on leave amid ethics violations investigation, there's no greater show than Cuyahoga County. This week: Deputy Inspector General Andrea Nelson Moore, blaming the "political machine" for kicking her to unpaid-leave status.

Earlier this year, Moore "utiliz[ed] county property and equipment when distributing her fundraising flyer on Feb. 12, 2016, at the Justice Center and utiliz[ed] endorsements in her campaign literature from County Council persons." In essence, Moore was campaigning for a county judge gig on the public's dime.

NEOMG's Mark Naymik reports on the move today, after having requested documents from the investigation last week. Further details:

On Feb. 12, 2016, Moore used her county-issued identification card to enter the Justice Center and placed campaign flyers advertising a fundraiser in the mailboxes on the 11th floor of the Common Pleas Court's offices. Moore ignored signs on the mailboxes that read, "If you are not a court employee, please see Kathleen or Kelly to deliver mail to these boxes."

Moore's time sheet for that day indicates she was not off the clock when she distributed her campaign literature

"Ms. Moore's election-related activity of placing her fundraising flyer into the county mailboxes ... is a violation of [Griffin's] Ethics Opinion issued on 12/11/15," the investigative report states.

Naymik writes that Inspector General Mark Griffin OK'd Moore's run for the county judge seat, while explicitly stating not to use county resources and not to campaign while on the clock.

Note that while working under Griffin, Moore's job specifically involves a watchdog element. The Inspector General's office was literally spawned from the ashes of the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal, where public officials toyed with taxpayers' time and money to achieve political ends. 

Moore plans to "continue running in the fall" for the judicial seat, she says. It's unclear whether that's a joke or not. 

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No, Scene Does Not Have a Wrestling Ring for Sale

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 12:41 PM

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Last August, almost exactly a year ago to be specific, we blasted out a Craigslist posting that caught our eye. It caught your eye too, apparently, because it's not often that a homemade backyard wrestling ring pops up for sale, and its existence and our post were among some of that month's most shared stories.

There wasn't much mystery to the story: Here's a picture of the ring, here's the Craigslist posting, and here's the link should you want to inquire about purchasing the equipment for any and all backyard amateur wrasslin' shenanigans you had in mind.

That people were interested wasn't surprising — it was a wrestling ring, and for the bargain price of $500 to boot. That people somehow got the idea that we at Scene were the sellers was, however. And so the emails came in the following months and, to our great delight, they continue to arrive. Here's just three from this summer.

While these little inbox chestnuts are amusing, for clarification sake, should anyone land on the previous story or this one: We do not have a wrestling ring for sale and the original Craigslist post is now expired. We wish you luck in your search for a way to practice your suplexes in your backyard, but we can not help you.
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CIA Faculty to Show New Work in Upcoming Exhibition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Jeff Harter, Chair, Illustration Department, “Lots of people waiting in line in California”
  • Jeff Harter, Chair, Illustration Department, “Lots of people waiting in line in California”
As fall classes begin, the Cleveland Institute of Art opens its galleries to the community with its annual Faculty Exhibition, featuring new work by more than 50 members of CIA’s faculty. Additionally, this year’s show is complemented by an exhibition of works by CIA’s technical specialists, staff members in each of the school’s departments who work with faculty and students to utilize specialized equipment and techniques, as well as maintaining CIA’s studios. Both exhibitions open with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 1.

“I think it’s for the community, of course, but it’s also a great way to introduce the faculty to students,” says Bruce Checefsky, director of CIA’s Reinberger Gallery. “It’s a way to open the doors of the intellectual and educational community outside the CIA community, but it also put faces on the faculty.”

CIA’s Reinberger Gallery hosts the 2016 Faculty Exhibition, showcasing new work by the school’s talented instructors. A tradition spanning more than eight decades, this annual exhibition showcases work by ranked faculty members, as well as some adjunct faculty. This year’s Faculty Exhibition includes roughly 70 works by more than 50 of the school’s artists and designers.

“Our faculty are represented by major museums in the country — the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, LACMA and dozens of others including major collecting institutions abroad,” continues Checefsky. “Many of our artists and designers are represented by commercial galleries in New York and Los Angeles, with extraordinary and influential careers outside the institute.”

Simultaneously, CIA’s Ann and Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery presents the Technical Specialists Exhibition. Although their efforts aren’t always as celebrated publicly, these technical specialists lend their expertise to help faculty, students and staff manifest their ideas. The exhibition allows these experts to show off their skills, knowledge and inventiveness.

“Technical specialists are really the life blood of the institute,”Checefsky explains. “Their contributions are significant to the well-being of the college. Artists and designers in their own right, they contribute to the overall conversation about art and design, educating students on par with our astonishing faculty.”

CIA’s Faculty Exhibition and Technical Specialist Exhibition remain on view through Oct. 9. Both galleries are located on the first floor of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s unified campus in University Circle’s Uptown district – just east of MOCA Cleveland on Euclid Ave.

(Cleveland Institute of Art) 11610 Euclid Ave, 216-421-7000,

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