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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cleveland to Host New Year's Eve Party on Public Square

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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In its latest effort to promote hometown sentiment by doing cool things that other cool cities do, Cleveland will now be hosting what's intended to be the first annual "Cleveland Rocks" New Year's Eve Party on Public Square. The Ohio Homecoming Group, a collective of local young professionals, along with city and county officials, made the announcement this morning on the steps of City Hall.

Pegged as a celebration of unity, organizers are hoping for a turnout in the 20,000+ range. Ed Fitzgerald said he thinks this is a sign of "the next generation" being really creative and "taking charge of things a little bit."

Via the PD, the event will feature live music, "special guests," food trucks and a fireworks show. It's basically a standard outdoor NYE party to offer an alternative to the bar/restaurant scene, organizers said.

Whether or not young folks — for that is their demo — will don their earmuffs and venture from their house parties is a question we won't know the answer to for another three months, but the party is slated to be free, so that's a plus.

Ohio Homecoming Group partner Alonzo Mitchell had this to say in his remarks:

When we were brainstorming our next big idea to engage and impact Clevelanders, we thought about the big New Year's events in other markets and were shocked that no one had attempted this type of event in Cleveland since 1999. We're thrilled to pioneer this celebration with the support of the city, county and our partners to bring something fresh and exciting to downtown that will help keep people in Cleveland on New Year's.

Plus, Public Square always does look really enchanting and winter-wonderland-ish around the New Year.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Reader: Free the pot smokers. It’s the right thing to do.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 5:38 AM

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Could Ohio become the 13th state to legalize medicinal marijuana?
It's about time Ohio got serious about Marijuana reform. In late May, Tom Roberts of Dayton introduced a medical marijuana bill that will hopefully pass and make Ohio the 13th state with medical marijuana legalized. Speaking as a toker, if medical marijuana passes, I'm going to do whatever it takes to become legal. Marijuana laws are the height of hypocrisy, jailing people for a benign and enjoyable activity that's far less harmful than many legal and abused substances like alcohol and prescription drugs. I'll admit to be willing to lie to not have to live in fear of being arrested for something I feel is acceptable behavior (and even if it wasn't, I'm doing nobody harm other than myself)…

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Heavy Heavy Low Low: More encouraging words from our devoted readers

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09 AM

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If we weren't so preoccupied with felatio, says reader, we'd understand the virtues of this band.
As you're probably aware, being a writer is the toughest job in America. Though we get free coffee, it's that kind they served at Texaco stations in 1981. Worse, sometimes the boss looks at you weird if you take more than four smoke breaks in an hour. Thankfully, at the end of a grueling day of shooting off your mouth, you can always take solace in the constant downpour of appreciation from readers. Take this little missive from Mike in Liverpool, New York, complimenting us on our take on his favorite band, Heavy Heavy Low Low: Obviously this is written by a fag who is too busy sucking dick than even beginning to understand what good music is. Man, Heavy Heavy Low Low is probably one of the best technical/metalcore bands out there. Actually listen to them. You'll see. I think your opinion sucks. Thanks, Mike, for making our day that much brighter.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Keep an eye on the spending of suburban mayors

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:47 AM

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Economists estimate that it takes $7,000 to back the Beachwood mayor's official truck out of his driveway.
I think the recent I-Team report by Fox News on the vehicles that local mayors drive was wonderful. I was outraged listening to the Beachwood Mayor describe driving a 2008 V8 Chevy Tahoe (over $55,000 retail price). I would urge you to look further into the spending patterns of these politicians. You may want to look at how the politician's family members also drive their public vehicles. I can only imagine what other outrageous spending patterns you will find at the cost of taxpayers. Beachwood is probably a great place to start, as the city continues to spend more money while taxes go up each year. The city officials that permit this type of spending should be prosecuted for the misuse of public money. The city councilmen are just as responsible for the authorization. Keep up the good work and thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront. Please stay tough on these politicians. Demand answers for their spending. There is an even better story here, you just need to keep digging. A Lifelong Cleveland Resident

16-year-old girl: My disappointing encounter with Scott Weiland, rock star asshole

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:07 AM

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Scott Weiland is mean to 16-year-old girls. Our guess is he also makes fun of crippled children.
I am a 16 year old girl and I saw Stone Temple Pilots with my father on May 20 at the State Theater in downtown Cleveland. I had the privilege of seeing Stone Temple Pilots play their third show since they broke up in 2003. As soon as the opening music started playing everyone who was at the show stood up and started cheering louder than any concert I had ever been to. Scott Weiland came out on stage smoking a cigarrette. It is state law that you cannot smoke in any indoor public place, but I had seen a few other bands smoke on stage since this law took affect. The State Theater is a beautiful old theater that is about 100 years old and every little detail in this theater was not over looked by the people who designed it. Scott Weiland would flick his cigarettes all over and I’m sure that he left a few burns. At one point I saw him flick a cigarette into the audience while it was still lit...

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Terrence Hough case: It's safe to say this reader believes in the death penalty

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 1:58 PM

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How did they get the O.J. jury to come to Cleveland?
Apparently, the OJ Simpson jury had a nice vacation in Cleveland. 12 morons decided not to give Terrence Hough (the fire fighter who killed three people and injured two last july 5th) the death penalty. He killed three young adults who were making noise after midnight. He decided to grab a fucking 40 caliber and shoot 5 unarmed people, because calling the police and have these guys arrested apparently was too light of a punishment, right? ...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Creepy Religious Mail of the Week

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

When we open a letter from a reader and two clipped-out ads from our rag fall out – you know, ads that prominently feature what goes under them apple bottomed jeans – we’re expecting a tirade about our “smut.” But apparently to some, a fine tail feather inspires religious devotion. Imagine our surprise and delight to read the following whimsical missive, carefully penned on yellow legal paper, from a dear reader. …

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