Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Indians Magic Number: 0

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:34 AM

A playoff-clinching celebration went down in the visitor's clubhouse at Comerica Park in Detroit last night after the Indians won and sealed their trip to October. Corey Kluber's groin issues notwithstanding, there was nothing but joy as the beer flowed. Do sort through the various Tribe beat writers' social feeds from last night for vids and pics and quotes from the festivities (we've got a favorite moment of our own).

In the meantime, relive or enjoy for the first time Tom Hamilton's calls of the seminal moments of the game that made your Cleveland Indians the 2016 Central Division champions. (The final out comes at the 2:30 mark.)


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Rock Hall Puts Elton John's 'Hercules' Stage Suit on Display

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM

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  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall
Each year, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members play a role in determining a new artifact to be exhibited at the Museum. At the Membership Appreciation Day event held this past weekend, the Rock Hall announced the winning item — Elton John's "Hercules" stage suit.

The suit won via an online vote and beat out the following: Geddy Lee’s Black Fender Jazz bass guitar played on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour; Jerry Garcia’s Takamine 6-string acoustic guitar played with the Jerry Garcia Band and used by Garcia for Broadway shows in October 1987; Janet Jackson’s "Rhythm Nation" music video jacket and baseball cap; and an outfit worn by Pantera's Dimebag Darrell.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Slugger Jim Thome's Wife to Sign Copies of Her New Novel at Fireside Book Shop

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

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When he played for the Tribe, slugger Jim Thome was a fan favorite. He and his wife Andrea Thome return to town on Oct. 8. Andrea Thome will sign copies of her novel Walland at the Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Developer Fred Geis Has Resigned from Cleveland Planning Commission

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 4:41 PM

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Developer Fred Geis has stepped down from the Cleveland Planning Commission, Cleveland.com reports, after being counseled by his lawyers on the perils of conflicting interests. 

We needn't remind you that Geis is a big shot local developer. (Also a physical specimen.) His most visible downtown project is probably The 9, but his Streetsboro-based firm has also been instrumental in the development of Midtown's Euclid Corridor as a tech hub.

In seven months on the planning commission, Geis has recused himself from decisions related to projects in which he's involved, but as an active developer, that happens quite a bit. And Geis now seems to understand that at this particular urban pastry shop, he can't develop his cake and eat it too.

His appointment, back in February, struck many — even the Pee Dee's editorial board — as improper: 

"There's a big conflict of interest here and it's far more than perception," the Plain Dealer wrote about Geis's appointment. "Fred Geis, a Cleveland resident, owns several parcels of land in Cleveland and works closely with the city to craft public financing deals and to obtain low-interest loans for his projects. That seems at odds with a commitment to serve on an independent board that is supposed to protect the public interest...even if the interests of developers get hurt in the process."

The project that most directly impinged on Geis's decision, via Pee Dee real estate ace Michelle Jaboe, was the Link59 office building in midtown, a building that Geis plans to open for business in 2017, hopefully with more than zero tenants. But the more frenzied local uproar arrived after news leaked that Geis was involved in a proposed outlet mall at Burke Lakefront Airport, a project derided by all but the developers as a hideous oozing eyesore and a golf club to the temple of  downtown urban progress. 

Anywho, the planning commission is now short two members. Frank Jackson has appointing authority. Geis officially tendered his resignation on September 12.   
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Monster Jam Truck Series Coming to the Q in 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 3:16 PM

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The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, an event that features humungous trucks racing against one another, takes place each year at the Q. The series returns in 2017 on Feb. 18 and 19.

Fans will witness “a fierce battle” for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles.

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Former Ohio Attorney General Joins Anti-Death Penalty Organization

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 3:01 PM

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  • Jim and Nancy Petro
Jim Petro, the state attorney general who oversaw 18 executions in Ohio, was elected to the board of directors of Ohioans to Stop Executions this weekend with his wife, Nancy. The move is a high-profile turnaround for a Republican state official.

“Ohio has an unusually high number pro-death penalty government officials who have changed their positions on the issue, but this is the first time we’ve had a couple with such experience join our leadership team," Melinda Elkins-Dawson, board chair, said in a public statement.

Petro urged "a re-examination of Ohio’s death penalty" via OTSE's work. He said he recently arrived at the conclusion that it's time to rethink this policy arena. (Nancy has always opposed the death penalty.)

In Ohio, Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be killed in January.

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Wilberts Food & Music to Host Prog Rock Festival

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM

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Raised in Cleveland by parents who play with the Cleveland Orchestra, violinist Joe Dennison (pictured) mixes classical and prog rock with his band, Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius.

Last year, Dennison and fellow prog rockers Circuline teamed up to create Sonic Voyages Fest, a touring prog rock festival. He brings the show into town this week for a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Wilberts Food & Music


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