Friday, July 29, 2016

Report: Mayor Interested in Getting Rid of Bus Traffic Through Public Square

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:53 PM

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The newly redesigned Public Square has been open just one month — a brief timeframe that included brutish RNC shenanigans en masse — and, here we go, Mayor Frank Jackson wants to fuss with it.

NEOMG's Mark Naymik dropped the news today, reporting on "informal discussions" about the mayor's wish to bar RTA bus traffic from the two-block stretch of Superior Avenue that bisects the square — thus closing the square entirely from any traffic. (The current plan allows only buses to trek eastward and westward through the square.)

Jackson's wanted this for a while. “I want to see one big square,” Jackson told Cleveland Magazine in 2012. And when questioned about possibly closing just one of the streets at the time, he said, "We could make it two halves, but that’s not a square. A square is one piece.”

Indeed. Still, that was then, before $50 million had been poured into the "two-halves" plan.

At that time, a consultant hired by Jackson and the Group Plan Commission (to the tune of $120,000) recommended keeping Superior open to bus traffic. That would reduce overall traffic congestion in the area and prevent the city from "displacing nearly 18,000 bus passenger pick-ups and drop-offs daily," as Cleveland.com reported at the time. Closing Superior to bus traffic would also tack on a cool $2.6 million in annual operating costs to RTA's already concerning balance sheet, according to that 2012 study.

RTA has been rather mum on the mayor's renewed push to relocate Public Square bus traffic. 

Naymik points out that the two halves of Public Square do sort of blend into one another, but, he rightfully notes, there is essentially a street (curb cuts and all) built into the very expensive park — a street that was built into the redesign for the purpose of bus traffic. On that note, we ask: What's up with the redesigned redesign wish list from City Hall? 

No word yet, if ever, on where this debate is headed.

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Video: Machine Gun Kelly's Grossest Tattoo Story

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM

It was gross, but it was worth it.

Machine Gun Kelly told Cleveland native and comedian Dave Hill all about it.


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World Rallies Around Canton Gay Couple That Received Anti-Gay Letter in Response to Accidental Wedding Invite

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Remember that story from the spring where a gay couple from Canton inadvertently sent a wedding invite to a wrong address and received a nasty piece of hate mail in response?

The letter promised that an "anti-gay group" from the Akron-Canton area would be attending the wedding to protest.

"Like it or not this is going to happen," the letter promised. "This day is going to be ruined for you." 

See for yourself whether or not Keith and Chad's wedding day was ruined. 

Turns out that Keith Alan and Chad Michael were overwhelmed with support from around the globe after their letter went viral. And the wedding day, according to videographer Candace Wright, was "that much better" because of the support in the face of negativity. 

Video from their wedding day above. You couldn't ask for a better story in the wake of the announcement, yesterday, that Cleveland's 28th Annual Pride Parade has been canceled.
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7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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FRIDAY, JULY 29

Hillbilly Casino


Last year, Nashville’s Hillbilly Casino opened a nationwide tour for rapper Yelawolf. Though the rockabilly band plays with a punk DIY edge that would make Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent proud, the group went over like gangbusters. Local rockers the Whiskey Daredevils, who just completed a new album with producer John Smerek (Detroit Cobras, Reckless Kelly, Paybacks, Electric Six, Sea and Cake) will join Hillbilly Casino for tonight's show billed as the “2016 Greaser Championship.” Local rockabilly outfit Bomb City Royals will also play. (Jeff Niesel) 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

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Decent Promo Vid for 'Cleveland Hustles,' Premiering Next Month

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM


Cleveland Hustles, the LeBron-James produced CNBC original series premiering next month, will bring four new businesses to the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. 

Focusing on Cleveland's spirit of entrepreneurship and its blue-collar heritage, the promo above hints at the upcoming show's vibe and look.

As evidenced almost immediately, the Cleveland boosterism is getting a little stale these days, a little pre-packaged, but the show should indeed continue to place Cleveland in (at least the corner of) the national spotlight. FWIW. 

Brewnuts makes an appearance. So, too, does Anne Hartnett of Harness Cycle and a slew of other local doers and makers. They all reflect on what "Cleveland Hustles" means to them.  

Working hard, they say. Getting up early and staying up late. Just grinding. 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 Cleveland Pride Parade Canceled

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM

ATTENDEES AT 2015 CLEVELAND PRIDE PARADE; PHOTO BY EMANUEL WALLACE
  • Attendees at 2015 Cleveland Pride Parade; Photo by Emanuel Wallace

The 28th annual Cleveland Pride parade, scheduled for Saturday, August 13, has officially been canceled by organizers who cited the current climate, without outright referencing violence toward the LGBTQ community, for the decision.

“We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies,” said Todd J. Saporito, president and CEO of Cleveland Pride, Inc. “Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

The press release in its full is below.

CLEVELAND—The Board of Directors of Cleveland Pride, Inc. announced today that the 28th annual parade, rally and festival has been cancelled for 2016.

“We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies,” said Todd J. Saporito, president and CEO of Cleveland Pride, Inc. “Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

Cleveland Pride's 28th annual parade, rally & festival was scheduled at a new location and parade route for August 13th, with the kick-off of the parade at noon, rally speakers at 1:30 p.m. and entertainers and music throughout the day. This will be the first year that Cleveland Pride will not host its annual event. Cleveland Pride has been organizing this annual celebration since 1989.

Cleveland Pride’s officers and lead volunteers extend their gratitude to all partners, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and service providers for their dedication and energy contributed this year. Individuals, groups and organizations are the cornerstone of the engine that is Cleveland Pride.

“While the specific day of celebration has been cancelled, Cleveland Pride, Inc. seeks to remind everyone that Pride is not a one-day celebration, but a daily act of visibility throughout our community. While we may not be marching as a large, unified body, we can come together throughout Cleveland and continue our support of local LGBTQ establishments and LGBTQ community members.”

The planning team’s next steps will be to refund monies to vendors, sponsors and service providers. A team of board members and lead volunteers will initiate discussion for town hall meetings to further map out a program where we and other LGBT community partners, will be able to start crafting awareness and training programs, that will be beneficial on a day-to-day basis as well as prepared for our celebration in 2017.

Last year's event, which was originally scheduled for June but rescheduled for August because of weather, had 64 units and 1,500 participants and a near record amount of spectators. 
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Donald Trump Supporter Shot During Political Debate At Cleveland Bar

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 2:25 PM

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It seems that pro and anti-Trump activists waited until after the RNC to get violent.

Paul Jones Jr. was shot in the thigh at Winston’s Place on East 131st Street and Miles Avenue Monday evening after getting into a heated political discussion with an unknown male. 

WEWS reports that Jones, a black Vietnam War veteran and avid Donald Trump supporter, was having a conversation with his friend about the presidential candidate when an unknown male butted in. Cleveland police then say that the argument got so tense that the male went to his car, came back with a gun and shot Jones.

"I'm quite sure you have a lot of people having their own opinions. But that doesn't mean you should hurt somebody because you have your own opinion," Jones' mother Latosca told WEWS after the incident.

Cleveland police are still looking for the shooter, who would be charged with felonious assault if caught. Meanwhile, Jones is expected to make a full recovery.

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