Monday, January 16, 2017

Run the Jewels Delivers Perfectly Intense Show at House of Blues

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:57 AM

In what could certainly be called the first "big show" of 2017 here in Cleveland, Run the Jewels tore up a sold-out House of Blues on Saturday, crystallizing their role as one of the most compelling acts in hip-hop today.

If you've perused any of their three albums, you can rest assured that their live show is an ear-bleeding trip through inventive hooks, socially conscious lyricism and jump-the-fuck-up beats. Much of the show was spent gallivanting through Run The Jewels 3, the latest album, which dropped on Christmas Eve. In the crowd, the atmosphere was akin to a hardcore show at times.

Probably the strongest takeaway was the light show — a truly remarkable kaleidoscopic backdrop for the duo's acrobatics. Killer Mike (adorned in heavy-set gold chain) and El-P (hidden behind shades all night) shuffled to and fro across the stage, often appearing only intermittently between bursts of strobe and beam.

There were no overt political messages, as one might have wondered. Killer Mike, of course, was a fixture on the Bernie Sanders campaign back in those wacky Democratic primaries. Early on in the show, the guys did address mosh pit safety and respect for women. (It's hard not to think of some of that stuff as pure liberal-millennial pandering, given that one of RTJ's signature lyrics is: "I put that dick in her mouth all day.")

The Gaslamp Killer opened the show (and later performed a great set at a B-Side after-party). If you ever catch the opportunity to hear him DJ, don't miss it. This guy was fun as hell, and he really tapped into the blistering energy of RTJ. Gangsta Boo also dished up a quick set to kick things off right (and later guested with RTJ).


Talk To Me
Legend Has It
Call Ticketron
Blockbuster Night, Part 1
Oh My Darling Don't Cry
Nobody Speak (DJ Shadow cover)
Hey Kids (Bumaye)
Stay Gold
Don’t Get Captured
Panther Like a Panther
Everybody Stay Calm
Love Again (Akinyele Back) (with Gangsta Boo)
Lie, Cheat, Steal
A Report to the Shareholders
Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)

Kill Your Masters

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Toby Cosgrove Addresses Cleveland Clinic Physician's Anti-Vac Article

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:18 AM

  • Cleveland Clinic
Late last week Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove addressed the anti-vac article penned by Dr. Daniel Neides, the medical director and COO of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, that was published by

In the release, Cosgrove reaffirmed the Clinic's stance on vaccinations and defended the Wellness Institute as a whole, which has unfairly come under fire by critics because of Neides's leadership role there. (The Clinic had previously announced that Neides will be disciplined.) Here's a representative snippet from Cosgrove's release. The whole thing can be read here.

Historically, healthcare has not done a good job of promoting disease prevention. Our Wellness Institute has built a framework to guide patients to healthier lifestyle choices. However, in a recent online column, the Wellness Institute’s medical director shared his personal views about vaccination – views that do not represent Cleveland Clinic in any way.

Vaccinations are a key component to preventing disease and maintaining a healthy society. There is no debating that; the research is clear. To say otherwise is irresponsible and runs counter to Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to evidence-based medicine.

Deadly, debilitating diseases like polio, smallpox and measles are no longer the threats they once were, thanks to vaccines. In fact, according to Healthy People 2020, routine childhood immunization (DTap, Td, Hib, Polio, MMR, Hep B, and varicella vaccines) saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of disease, and reduces direct health care costs by $9.9 billion.

Harmful myths, untruths and junk science about vaccinations have been scientifically debunked.

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Cleveland March Planned in Solidarity with Women's March on Washington

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM

The Women’s March on Washington, taking place the day after the presidential inauguration, is looking like it will be a massive political statement — one of the largest organized protests in American history. Buses are departing from Cleveland and many other cities that morning, and people are traveling from across the U.S. to march in solidarity.

At the same time, "sister marches" are being organized in nearly 300 other cities. Cleveland is one of them.

The Women's March on Cleveland is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Public Square. More than 1,000 people have already RSVP'd to the Facebook event.

“One afternoon while taking a break from research in our office, we discovered the Women’s March on Washington,” organizers Laura Johnson and Claudia Pasmatsiou wrote in a joint statement. “We saw that many cities were hosting sister marches, but were disappointed to find that Cleveland wasn’t on the map. So we decided to take action and organize a local event.”

Speakers will address the crowd, and the march will begin around 11 a.m. (The route will take people from Public Square toward the Free Stamp and back.)

The event is free, and all are welcome.
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Listen to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 Speech at Glenville High School

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:37 AM

  • WEWS

On April 26, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. visited three east side high schools in Cleveland, including Glenville. Audio of that speech had been recorded but sat undiscovered in the high school's library until it was accidentally unearthed in 2011 by an art teacher and some students.

King had been invited to Cleveland by the United Pastors Association, a group of ministers that organized after the Hough riots.

Seems timely in more than one way today and this week.

"And so there are things that all of us can do and I urge you to do it with zeal and with vigor. And let me say to you, my friends, that in spite of the difficult days ahead, the so-called white backlash — which is nothing but a new name for an old phenomenon — I’m still convinced that we’re going to achieve freedom right here in America. And I believe this because however much America has strayed away from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America."

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ryan Merritt and His Fiancee Sent Out Thank You Notes to Indians Fans Who Bought Gifts Off Their Registry

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Ryan Merritt is probably a guy you haven't thought about in a minute even if you're an Indians fan. But just a few months ago he hurled two-hit baseball for four-plus innings in the ALCS against the Blue Jays and entered Tribe lore, mostly thanks to the discovery of his wedding registry during the game.

Tribe fans cleaned out the list, bestowing their thanks to the young left hander for his performance via towels and dishes and all the usual things a couple seek as they start their lives together.

This weekend Merritt and his fiancee added another chapter to the story after sending out what we assume to be dozens and maybe hundreds of thank you notes to fans who sent the couple gifts.

Their wedding, if you're curious, is later this month.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

2nd & High Social House to Replace Lounge 21 in Gateway District

Posted By on Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 12:48 PM

  • Shawn Ford
Matt Wyrick, current owner of 21 Lounge & Kitchen (2123 East 2nd St.), will close and renovate that Gateway District space to accommodate a new venture. He is partnering with Shawn Ford, a longtime bartender and bar consultant who made a name for himself as a regular on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”

Following extensive renovations, the space will reopen in mid-February as 2nd & High Social House.

"A defining feature of the bar will be craft cocktails and [an] eclectic beer and shot menu,” Ford explained. "2nd & High will be crafty and casual, upscale yet approachable, fun and still fantastic while always a great value. I couldn’t be more excited to establish a bar program downtown with a culture that takes itself seriously without taking itself seriously.”

A full kitchen will prepare seasonal "modern fare." A late-night build-your-own pancake menu will be available every night of the week.

“There are more than enough great dining destinations downtown," Wyrick adds. "2nd & High will complement them while putting focus back on the cocktail. The space lends itself to a cocktail bar with its modern finishes. We're not on 4th and a bit contrarian about it. Folks are coming here for a hand-made creation they won’t find elsewhere. Whether it's an after-work shot and a beer, a late-night cocktail with friends or date with your special someone. We'll have something for everyone.”
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Documents: Cleveland Announces Disciplinary Charges Filed Against Officers in Tamir Rice Case

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:12 PM


In a press conference called with 19 minute notice to the media on a Friday after work before a holiday weekend, the city of Cleveland announced that administrative and internal disciplinary charges were filed against the officers involved in the shooting and killing of Tamir Rice but didn't announce the specific charges.

The assembled leaders — Frank Jackson, Chief Williams, deputy chief Wayne Drummond, and public safety director Mike McGrath — took questions in the most nominal sense of the word. They said the charge letters would be released after the press conference and that questions could then be directed to City Hall spokesman Dan Williams and police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia, thus allowing the city officials to abscond without answering any direct questions.

"As you know we've been conducting the adminstrative side of the investigation around the shooting in November 2014 of Tamir Rice," said Frank Jackson, who said little else during the affair, to open the presser. "The criminal side has been completed and you also know there was a settlement on the civil side. The only thing left in regard to the procedure is that of the administrative side."

(Update: The charge letters for Timothy Loehmann, Frank Garmback and William Cunningham are embedded in full below. All the charges for Loehmann stem from his lying on his application for Cleveland, specifically omitting his problems as an officer in Independence that led to him resigning from the suburb instead of being fired. No charges relate to his actions on the day he shot Tamir Rice.)

One of the officers, Chief Williams said, will come before him directly for violation of department rules and procedures. While declining to get into specifics, officials broadly stated that charges for the officers ranged from adminstrative violations to violations of the use of force policy. Williams said he made the recommendations to public safety director Mike McGrath after reviewing the report from the critical incident committee, impaneled by Mayor Jackson and led by Wayne Drummond.

Public safety director Mike McGrath said that pre-disciplinary hearings will be scheduled for this month.

In addition, the city noted that "the Department of Public Safety Quality Control Office conducted an investigation into the hiring of Patrol Officer Timothy Loehmann, specifically the application documents filed by Loehmann."

The two main officers: Frank Garmback, who was driving the cruiser, and Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Rice. Officer Cunningham, who was also mentioned, was off duty and working a secondary job at the Cudell rec center.

PO Timothy Loehmann Charge Letter by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

PO Frank Garmback III Charge Letter by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

Tamir Rice Case, Officer Charge Letters by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

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