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


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, January 13, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Against WOIO Alleges On-The-Clock Drug Use, Sexual Favors for Ad Clients

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Kevin Flanigan II, a sales employee at 19 Action News, filed a lawsuit against WOIO and Raycom Media last week, naming two high-level employees in his accusations of maintaining Gomorrah-like work environments.

The allegations involve all sorts of sordid behavior, like knocking down lines of cocaine during work hours and proffering blowjobs to prospective ad clients, to paraphrase the legal complaints. Anyway, the suit mostly speaks for itself (embedded below). WOIO top brass has vehemently and publicly denied the allegations. Rachel Dissell of the Plain Dealer published some quotes from General Manager William Applegate.

Lawsuit Against WOIO

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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


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


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


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, October 21, 2010

Vintage Scene — Breaking News: We Hired a Mexican!!!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM

The Mexican.
  • The Mexican.

Three years ago, Debra Adams Simmons was hired as Managing Editor of the PD. The PD celebrated this with a front-page story. Scene liked this so much that we wrote a story about how we hired a Mexican. It's never not been a timely and hilarious story, but we're going to use the news of Simmons getting the Editor job at the PD yesterday as a reason to post it again, just because. Enjoy.


The bosses issued this press release today. Pretty exciting stuff.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2007 — Further establishing itself as northeast Ohio’s premiere alternative weekly, and sending a clear message that it is committed to workplace diversity, Scene proudly announced today that it hired a Mexican guy.

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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

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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