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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dave Mason to Play Traffic Material at Ohio Theatre Concert

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

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Traffic keyboardist Steve Winwood reportedly once complained that guitarist Dave Mason thought of the group as his backing band and would bring the guys finished songs and then expect them to play them exactly as they were written. Now, Mason has his chance to take ownership of the classic rock band’s music. For his current tour, which launched earlier this year and comes to the Ohio Theatre on Friday, Jan. 31, he’s playing material from the first two Traffic albums.

“It’s [part of my legacy that I haven’t done before,” he says via phone. “There is no one else doing it. There is no Traffic anymore. There’s some great material. I didn’t know what the response would be but it’s being received better than I thought.”

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Monday, September 9, 2013

You Probably Haven't Heard of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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In an excellent new essay in Belt Magazine's inaugural online issue, Jacqueline Marino recounts the history of Cleveland's Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, one of the most distinguished literary prizes in American letters.

"Yet, for the majority of the award’s 78-year history," writes Marin, "most Clevelanders—and many in the literary world—have not known this prize even existed. And many still don’t."

That's a shame: It's an award which celebrates social justice and contributes to our understanding of racism and diversity. The awards ceremony will be held this Thursday at Playhouse Square, hosted (per usual) by Harvard's Henry Louis Gates. You can check the Anisfield-Wolf website for information on past winners, and opportunities to meet this year's crop.

In addition to a work of poetry, two works of fiction and one work of nonfiction, Wole Soyinka (a Nobel laureate) will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Plain Dealer Names Thom Fladung Managing Editor

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM

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This week's issue includes an article on PD Editor Debra Adams Simmons and the mixed reviews she's received in the newsroom since taking over for Susan Goldberg.

On Jan. 18, The Plain Dealer staff met their new managing editor: Thom Fladung, who had been editor of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press in Minnesota. The appointment surprised a newsroom that had expected to see its metro editor, Chris Quinn, sail into the managing editor's slot. According to newsroom scuttlebutt, the Quinn promotion was already ordained.

By appointing Fladung, however, Adams Simmons shows her muscle. She and Fladung worked together at the Detroit Free Press, and he preceded her as managing editor at the Akron Beacon Journal.
Fladung held that position from 2000 to 2002; Adams Simmons arrived in 2003.

Typically, a newspaper's managing editor is the most hands-on leader in terms of the paper's day-to-day operations.

When interviewing Adams Simmons, this reporter asked about rumors that the managing editor had already been chosen. "There are several candidates and that choice will be made by me, in due time," she said firmly.

Obviously, she meant what she said. — Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mike Trivisonno Has a Message for Tony Rizzo

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

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Mike Trivisonno had that to say on Twitter today about the long-rumored but still not official move of Tony Rizzo from the 9 to noon morning slot on ESPN 850 WKNR to the afternoon drive-time slot, where he will go head-to-head with Triv, the long-standing ratings king of the afternoon.

This could get fun.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

O'Brien Factor: Terrorists should either get color-coordinated or get tortured

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 8:03 AM

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We read Kevin O'Brien so you don't have to ... Column: The terrorists get their day in court. Topic: Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that terror suspects will get their day in court. Kevin-- steel yourself -- doesn’t like the idea. Kevin's Sanity Level Today: 38 percent What Your Head Would Feel Like if You Read it Yourself: A mayfly buzzes around your ear. You try to smack it, but in a freak occurrence, the sudden hand movement creates an air pocket that pushes the insect through your ear canal. It flutters around in your cranium, tickling your cerebral cortex and causing your eyes to cross. Also, you’re wearing a baseball hat that’s 3/8 of a size too small. A Yankees hat, to be precise. Charting Kevin's Logic: 1. In case you forgot, Kevin’s totally into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A bit more surprisingly, Kevin also loves the Constitution. Honest. In his diary, he ranks it third behind only Lee Iacocca’s biography and the Forum section of the Plain Dealer in his list of America’s most vital documents. He’s also a fan of the Geneva Convention—specifically its use of the word “uniformed.” By the way, isn’t foreshadowing nifty? 2. Terrorists don’t wear uniforms. And no, dressing like the bad guy from The Mummy doesn’t count. You need to have, like, patches, to fall under Geneva’s protection. That’s why boy scouts shouldn’t be detained indefinitely, or tortured. Also Burger King employees. 3. Plus, terrorists don’t believe in the Geneva convention. And they use copies of the Constitution for AK-47 target practice. So when we capture them, it would be silly to follow the Geneva convention, or the Constitution. See how that works? If you don’t, you’re basically Al Gore in a kufi. 4. Thanks to those liberal loosies over at the Supreme Court, all those jihadists currently bronzing in Guantanamo now get to enter the cool confines of U.S. court. But how does he know they’re jihadists, you ask, if they haven’t yet been to court? Shut up, jihadist! 5. You see how unfair this is? The terrorists get to cut our heads off after just a few ooga-boogas in front of a video camera. But we don’t even get to lock them in a cage forever without first going through the hassle of proving that they’re terrorists. And does this mean we can’t even electrocute their nipples? Just a little? Bogus!
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Friday, June 6, 2008

PD's Pluto shockingly level- (and smooth!) headed about sports blogs

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 1:01 PM

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In the growing debate between the mainstream sports media -- mascot: a giant-headed, froth-spewing Buzz Bissinger -- and the sports blogosphere -- represented by an angry band of bloggers in Deadspin T-shirts, all of whom are highly skilled in the art of the dick joke -- it’s always interesting to see on which side of the fence big-time print guys fall. Thankfully, the ever reliable folks at Cleveland sports blog Waiting For Next Year posted a pretty lengthy and comprehensive interview with the PD’s Terry Pluto this week, and beyond sounding quite reasonable on the internet/media debate, he also heaped some pretty high praise on sports blogs: ...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Grading the PD's Web site

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 1:57 PM

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The financial web site 24/7 Wall Street has graded the web sites of the country's biggest newspapers. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle get well-deserved As. Cleveland.com, the Plain Dealer's site, earns a C-, which seems about right. Granted, it's harder to hell to navigate, and sometimes when you're clicking around you accidentally stumble on an old Sam Fulwood story, which can really ruin up your day. But we went to public school, where they only give out Ds if you stab the teacher, so C- seems fair enough. Here's 24/7 Wall Street's take: ...

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